Frederick Bartelsmeyer

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Frederick Bartelsmeyer, 85, of Swansea, IL, born July 5, 1936, in St. Louis, MO, died Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Friendship Village, Chesterfield, MO.

Fred was a civil engineer, having both undergraduate (University of Illinois) and master’s degrees (University of Missouri-St. Louis). He was active in this profession for almost forty years, with more than three-quarters of that time with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Fred was also very active in the professional community, holding various leadership positions in these organizations.

Fred was an outdoorsman, enjoying many different activities with his friends. He and his wife Carol were also always thrilled to spend time together with their friends, including their bridge playing groups which spanned decades.

Above all else, Fred was devout in his faith in God and loved his family. He was extensively involved in Peace Lutheran Church Belleville, and more recently attended Zion Lutheran Church Belleville. And Fred was guaranteed to come to any activity where he was invited by his children, particularly to watch the sports and other activities of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Marjorie, nee Shirley, Bartelsmeyer.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Carol, nee Harmening, Bartelsmeyer, whom he married on August 25, 1956, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in New Minden, Illinois;
two sons, Frederick Bartelsmeyer (Manuela Keller-Bartelsmeyer), and Jim (Helen) Bartelsmeyer; a daughter, Karen Bartelsmeyer;
six grandchildren, Amos, Tilman, Andrew, Alex (Rachel), and Chris (Megan) Bartelsmeyer; and Caroline (Nolan) Johnson;
two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Ellery;
and a brother, Karl Bartelsmeyer.

Fred’s family would like to thank family and friends for their generous support and love. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, or to the Belleville Community Interfaith Food Pantry. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Chris Spelbring officiating.

Burial: Family and friends to meet at North Prairie Cemetery, Hoyleton, IL at 1:30 p.m. for burial.


12 Comments on Frederick Bartelsmeyer

Bob Bartelsmeyer said : Guest Report May 04, 2022 at 12:26 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God Bless.

  • Monett
  • MO
Uliana Buxton said : Guest Report Apr 07, 2022 at 10:34 AM

Carol and family my deepest condolences to you and your family you are in my thoughts and prayers Uliana Buxton AAA

  • Belleville
  • Il
Fairy B. Meek said : Guest Report Apr 06, 2022 at 3:51 PM

Carol, I am sad to hear this. my sympathy to you and family. I shall never forget the good times we had together.

  • IL
Fairy B. MeekI.m so sprry said : Guest Report Apr 06, 2022 at 3:46 PM

Carol, I am so sorry to hear this. My sympathies to you and your family. I shall never forget the good times we had together in IAHE and WIAHE.

  • IL
Lois Auldridge said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2022 at 11:10 PM

Dear Carol,You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know how hard it is to go through this.Your family will be a great comfort to you.All my love ,Lois

  • Alta Loma
  • California
Frances Babb said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2022 at 10:59 PM

I am very sorry to learn of Fred's passing. My husband, Jim and I purchased their lake house in Eldon.

  • Clarkson Valley
  • MO
Sue Frillman said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2022 at 10:54 PM

My sympathy to you and yours at this most difficult time. Prayers are sent to you.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Robert Betts Upper Lake Lorraine Homeowner's Association said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2022 at 12:37 PM

UPPER LAKE LORRAINE HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION   April 5, 2022 Renner Funeral Home 120 N Illinois St Belleville, Illinois 62220 VIA   RE:          Fred Bartelsmeyer Carol Bartelsmeyer and entire Bartelsmeyer Family Dear Carol, On behalf of Upper Lake Lorraine Homeowners Association, we all are deeply saddened by the news about the death of Fred. We are so sorry for your loss. This must be a very difficult time for you. Please remember that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Fred was such a kind soul, who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We will miss his helpful advice. We know how much you will miss Fred, but you can take comfort and strength from the wonderful family you and he had together. We know their love will get you through this difficult time. If there is anything we can do, please don’t hesitate to let us know. May God bless you and your family during this time and always,   Bob Betts, President ULLHOA

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Mary Neher said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2022 at 9:04 AM

Carol, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll miss Fred’s cheerful smile. You and your family are in my prayers. Mary Neher

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jill Hasstedt said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2022 at 12:12 PM

I was so sad to hear that Fred has passed. I loved his humor and positive attitude and seeing him so often at Zion. I rejoice in his faith and in his eterna life in heaven.

  • Belleville
  • IL
cecil stevenson said : Guest Report Apr 03, 2022 at 6:22 AM

Carol and family Sorry for your loss am thinking of you. Sincerly, Cecil

  • O'Fallon
  • Il
Barbara Weisenstein said : Guest Report Apr 02, 2022 at 12:27 PM

My deepest sympathies to you Carol and your family. I loved the time we spent together on our elderhostel trips. You can bet there was a lot,of fun and laughter. I will miss him .RIP dear friend.

  • Belleville
  • Il

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