Frances Karfs

Frances Karfs
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Frances H. Karfs, nee Schmittling, 80, of Belleville, IL, born October 30, 1934, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, February 2, 2015, at St. Paul’s Home, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Karfs retired from the accounting department at BJC Healthcare in St. Louis, MO.  She was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and Catholic Fraternal Life Chapter 71.  Frances was also a member of the Multiple Sclerosis support group and the Parkinson’s support group.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Joseph G. Karfs, whom she married on November 22, 1956, and who died on July 22, 2008; a daughter, Marguerite Yates; her parents, Frank and Magdalena, nee Reisbich, Schmittling; four sisters, Marie Sowinski, Dorothy Schmittling, Helen Schmittling, and Irene Weber; two brothers, Kenneth Schmittling and Charles Schmittling Sr.; and two brothers in infancy.

Surviving are four sons and two daughters, Scott (Susan) Karfs of Belleville, IL,
Steven Karfs of Belleville, IL,
Christopher (Deborah) Karfs of Vincentown, NJ,
Frank (Beth) Karfs of Manchester, MO,
Mary Jo (Jeffrey) Duing of Draper, UT,
and Magdalyn (James) Wachtel of St. Peters, MO;
a son-in-law, Robert Yates of Belleville, IL;
eleven grandchildren, Scott and Shawn Karfs,
Kristin (Chad) Patterson,
Daniel Yates, Jacob Duing,
John, Elizabeth, Jessica, and Mary Wachtel,
and Aidan and Ian Karfs;
five great-grandchildren, Brylee, Kali, Raelyn, Sawyer, and Jaxson;
two sisters, Rose White and Rita (Merle) Freck, both of O’Fallon, IL;
two sisters-in-law, Delrose Schmittling of Belleville, IL,
and Marion Schmittling of Sparta, IL;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church or to the American Parkinson Disease Association.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 5, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. Friday, February 6, 2015, from the funeral home for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.  Burial will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Frances Karfs

Fran and Joe touched my life in the MS support group when I was first diagnosed with MS. They were great people. My sympathy to your family for your loss and I will say a prayer for all of you.

Diane, Belleville, IL,

We are very sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Jim and Mary Barbara Kurtz, Belleville, Illinois, 62220

Love and prayers to you all from the Hoppers. Wonderful memories of times with your family. May she rest in peace.

James Hopper and Doris Hopper, Belleville, Illinois, 62220

My deepest sympathy during this difficult time.

Joe Martillotti, Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648

Please accept our most sincere condolences and prayers.
Mike & Arlene McNulty

Michael & Arlene McNulty, Flemington, New Jersey, 08822

Chris and Deb,
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
With Deepest Sympathy,

Karen & Pat Rhoades, Southampton, NJ, 08088

Scott, I am really sorry to learn about your great loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family. My prayers for your mother, may God Bless her soul with eternal peace and happiness

Kirit Kothari, Minneapolis, MN, 55479

To Jimmy and Maggie Wachtel,

Please accept our condolences on the death of Maggie’s mother. Will never forget you people and the many get-togethers between the Weissert and Wachtel families.

Les and Marie Weissert

Les Weissert, Freeburg, Illinois, 62243

Scott, My families thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. May you find piece in knowing that you will one day get to see her again in Heaven. I never met your Mom, but she must be great, because you are a great person.

Matthew Waite, Gilbert, AZ, 85234

My mother, Jean Dean, and Frannie were great friends who enjoyed life. They were 2 of a group of several ladies who took water aerobics class at the Y. They grew to be very good friends. I lost contact with Frannie after my mother passed away in 2011. She always had a smile and such a positive attitude. I will always have a special place in my heart for Frannie, I am proud to say that not only was she a friend of my mother’s but was my friend too.
She was a jewel.

Mike Dean

Mike Dean, Maryville, Illinois, 62062


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