Gary A. Stein, 63, of Belleville, IL, born June 28, 1952, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, December 31, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.
Gary was a teacher at Waterloo Junior High School, Waterloo, IL, for more than 30 years before his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick A. and Normalee, nee Rigdon, Stein; one brother, Frederick D. Stein; and two sisters-in-law, Joan Randolph-Green and Karen Stein.
Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Lois, nee Clendenin, Stein, whom he married on June 10, 1978;
two sons and a daughter, Kevin (Katie) Stein,
Kyle (Amy) Stein,
and Kelly Stein (James Bowman);
six grandchildren, Brady, Weston, and McKinley Stein,
Kennedy and Audrey Stein,
and Maiya Bowman;
two brothers, Randy Stein,
and William (Bobbie) Stein;
two sisters-in-law, Tina Stein,
and Pat (Terry) Westhoff;
brother-in-law, Paul Clendenin;
his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Pauline Clendenin;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2016, from the funeral home for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Father Matthew Elie and Msgr. Jack McEvilly concelebrating. Entombment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum, Belleville, IL.
My heart felt sympathy to Gary’s family. I arrived in Florida for two months on Jan.1 and within hours received the sad news. I will always remember the times teaching with Gary and substituting with him after our retirement. I am sorry I can not be in the area to attend his funeral but I will remember him in my prayers. God with all his family during this difficult time. Rich Burroughs
Richard Burroughs, Columbia , IL, 62236
We extend our sincere condolence to the entire Stein family.
Joe and Marquita Wiley, Belleville, Il, 62223
I am deeply saddened by the news of Gary’s passing. A group of us in Waterloo were just reminiscing about Gary a few weeks ago. He was always genuine and kind to all of his students and colleagues.
John Schmieg, Waterloo, IL, 62298
So sorry to hear about Gary’s death. I worked with Lois for many years. Such a hard time to lose a loved one. My prayers and sympathy to the entire family.
Carolyn Wottowa, O Fallon, IL, 62269
We are so saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. We are traveling to Florida so can not attend the services but wanted you to know the Stein family will be in our prayers. Our sincere sympathy to the entire family. (Nonie is Bobbie Stein’s sister).
Bob and Nonie Dudley, Rocheport, Missouri, 65279
We were so deeply saddened by the news of Gary’s passing. The Stein boys grew up close to our house and were close friends with my brother. Gary was always the quiet and gentle one.
Our thoughts and prayers will forever be with the Stein family. He will be greatly missed!!
Sue (Bone) Jones
The Paul D. Jones Family, Belleville, IL, 62226
To the Stein family; we are so saddened and shocked to hear of Gary’s passing. Gary was just one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet and get to know. Kathy and I will say a prayer for Gary and the Stein family.
Dennis & Kathy Anich, Fort Worth, TX, 76131
We are so sorry hearing of the passing of Gary stein, we found out while finishing our drive to Florida, so are so sorry can’t Attend the funeral, but our condolences go out to Lois and the whole stein family. Our prayers are with you
Lois and Roger Smith
Roger and Lois smith, Belleville, Illinois, 62223
As the youngest of the Bone clan, the stories of the Stein boys and my big brother are legendary to me. And Gary’s heartfelt expressions of sympathy at the funerals of both of my parents are burned in my memory. He was obviously a caring and compassionate man who was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
My thoughts and prayers to the Stein family and all who loved Gary.
Dayna (Bone) Douglas, Clearwater, FL, 33759
Bill and Bobbie, I am so sorry to hear of the death of Gary. I am so appreciative of his life and his many accomplishments, especially being a teacher. Many have valued from his life and gifts and talents. For all this I thank God and am having a Mass prayed for him. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Love, Marilyn
Marilyn Scheibel, St. Louis, Missouri, 63109
Gary was a warm-hearted individual who touched the lives of many of us through the years. We remember him very fondly through the Swim Team. God bless the Stein family and please accept our deepest sympathies. Sincerely– Frank, Nina, and Jessica Babka
Frank T. Babka, Belleville, Illinois, 62226
SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS LOIS PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND ALL YOUR FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF GRIEF.
Russell W Anderson, Cahokia, IL, 62206-2103
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO LOIS AND HER FAMILY. I AM DEEPLY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE. I PRAY YOU FEEL GODS PRESENCE THROUGH THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME.
LAVONNE HALBROOK, OFALLON, ILLINOIS, 62269
I was saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Gary–I started my first of 30 years in the Waterloo District at the Junior High and got to know him those first three years. He was kind and helpful. I was able to sit in on one of his classes and saw first-hand what a wonderful teacher he was. He also taught my son, Brad when he came through the Junior High and, again, we saw what a good teacher he was. He will be greatly missed.
Karen Hodapp, Waterloo, IL, 62298
Mr. Stein was a wonderful teacher who will be truly missed. I had him my 7th grade year and I just remember him being happy all the time and always so friendly outside of class. He was a very kind man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Erin Remelius, Bixby, Oklahoma, 74008
I remember Mr. Stein very fondly. Though I got in trouble a couple of times in his 7th-grade math class, I know he was a great man with a large heart, and a passion to teach his students.
Chris Pace, Boston, MA, 01773
Gary was one of my 4 cousins! I am 56 right now. I am sad I didn’t know this! Grandma and Grandpa Stein I loved very much. (Anna & Leonard Stein). My dad was the baby of the family! He died 21 years ago my daddy Leonard (Manny) for family called him! My grandpa lived to be 99. Johnny Stein is the only living brother. 2 cousins and all their children and grandchildren. Please keep me appraised if any Stein pass away. My sister is Kathy Stein. My 2 brothers also Matt Stein and Greg Stein. My mother Janet Marjorie Stein is alive.
Janet Ann Stein, Eads, TN, 38038