Francesco Cimarolli

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Francesco Edward Cimarolli, 96, of Freeburg, IL, born on September 6, 1923, in Belleville, IL, went to meet his Heavenly Father on November 26, 2019, at Dammert Center at Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL.

Ed, along with his brother Syl, owned and operated the London Shoe Shop at Edgemont, IL, before his retirement. They started the business on January 2, 1964. Ed was a United States Navy Veteran. He served his country during World War II, spending most of his time in the Aleutian Islands, New Guinea, and the Pacific. Ed loved spending time with his two grandchildren and four great-granddaughters. He was an accomplished craftsman, always having a project to work on. Thursday’s were reserved for his weekly homemade spaghetti dinner night for family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Betty Jean Cimarolli who passed away on April 9, 1999; his parents, Angelo and Maria, nee Belli, Cimarolli; and a brother, Sylvio (Syl) Cimarolli.

Surviving are his daughter, Yolanda (Tony) Joynt of Millstadt, IL;
a grandson, Coy (Lori) Mullenix;
a granddaughter, Michelle (Angelo) Papachrisanthou;
four great-granddaughters, Gabriella Papachrisanthou, Isabel Papachrisanthou,
Mia Mullenix, and Ella Mullenix;
and a brother, Lorenzo (Larry) Cimarolli.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, the Dammert Center at Our Lady of the Snows, or Garden Place, Millstadt, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Private burial service will be held at Valhalla Gardens of memory, Belleville, IL.


15 Comments on Francesco Cimarolli

Janis (Pick) Patton said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2019 at 1:06 AM

Yolanda, I am not sure you will remember me from high school, but I saw your dad’s passing in the paper and wanted to send my condolences. I did not know your dad, but I do know it is hard to lose the people closest to us. Janis

  • The Villages
  • FL
Monica Wachtel said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2019 at 3:15 AM

I want to express my deepest sympathy to you Yolanda and your entire family...I really enjoyed getting to meet your dad and the privelage of taking care of him...very nice and great man...I will truly muss him..

  • Smithton
  • IL
John J Dahm said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2019 at 2:23 AM

A good neighbor and a great friend I wish I could have spent more time with him.I remember going to their store we will miss him. John

  • Freeburg
  • ILL.
Jay Nicks said : Guest Report Dec 03, 2019 at 10:13 AM

My deepest sympathy. He was a very kind gentleman.

  • Venice
  • Florida
Chip Fay said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2019 at 9:20 PM

Francis was a great man and will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dan Metzger said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2019 at 12:38 PM

Sorry to hear about your dad. I remember going to his store and getting a Red Goose golden egg. I don't remember what was inside them but it was a big deal at the time.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Karen Saylor said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2019 at 2:55 AM

Yolanda, Mike and I want to send you our deepest condolences. You and your family will be in our prayers.

  • Highland
  • Il
ANITA BECHERER said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2019 at 11:38 PM


  • IL
Anita Becherer said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2019 at 11:28 PM

My condolence to the family of Ed Cimarolli..specially Larry, our family properties adjoined ,,,a long time neighbor and friends.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Beverly Arnotti said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2019 at 3:10 PM

I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I know he meant the world to you. You have one more Angel watching over you. Love and prayers.

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Elaine Jagla said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2019 at 3:20 AM

Love, prayers & sympathy.. Edl was a very special man. You were blessed to have him for so long, although it's never long enough.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Ray LaFore said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2019 at 2:09 AM

Coy, I am sorry to hear this! Wish I had tried harder to get over to see him. I always enjoyed when he would come to a work site. I’m sure you will miss him!

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
George and Maria Hatzadony said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2019 at 1:45 AM

Our deepest sympathy - May his memory be eternal -

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Debbie Larkin (Forhan ) said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2019 at 1:24 AM

Yolanda and family, I have many great memories of “Uncle Ed” through the years growing up across the street from Syl and Wilda. He always had a story and a smile ! He will be missed - Debbie

  • Fairview Hgts
  • IL
Tiffany Prater said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2019 at 1:24 AM

I am forever grateful for the time that I got to spend taking care of him. He will be missed.

  • Dupo
  • Il

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