Gayle Scheibel

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Gayle A. Scheibel, nee Herzog, 86, of Smithton, IL, born October 30, 1933, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, July 13, 2020, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Gayle was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She devoted her life to her family always putting them first. She was a “canning expert” of whatever Ray grew in his fruit and vegetable garden.  She filled her cabinets and our appetites with these mouth-watering treasures.  Her vegetable soup, Easter lamb cake, almond crescent cookies, and her amazing apple pie were all family favorites.  Gayle was a talented quilter and loved to crochet, making her children various gifts throughout the years.  Her great sense of humor and wit made family conversations around the kitchen table lively and fun. Her favorite pastimes were rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals, reading mystery books, doing puzzles, going to quilt bingos, and playing cards, especially pinochle.

Gayle was a 1951 graduate of Notre Dame High School.  She was active for many years in the Cathedral Grade School Mother’s club and Girl Scouts.  She was a member of St. John the Baptist Quilter’s Group, making quilts for their church picnics and bingos.

Gayle and Ray would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on July 17, 2020.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Gerard E. Scheibel and Joseph A. Scheibel; her parents, Irvin and Iva, nee Misplais, Herzog; and two sisters, Audrey (Melvin) Poniske and Marie (Marvin) Zipfel.

Surviving are her husband, Raymond F. Scheibel, whom she married on July 17, 1954;
ten children, Christine M. (Stephen) Soucy of Belleville, IL,
Marjorie A. (August) Werner of Belleville, IL,
Therese M. (Richard) Hottenrott of Smithton, IL,
Joan A. (Mark) Biekert of Smithton, IL,
James R. (Julie) Scheibel of Ft. Worth, TX,
Angela F. (James) Thomas of Ballwin, MO,
William M. (Christina) Scheibel of Millstadt, IL,
Cheryl J. (Patrick) Michael of Fairview Heights, IL,
Jerome R. (Gwendelyn) Scheibel of Millstadt, IL,
and Maria J. Watts of Belleville, IL;
33 grandchildren;
and 24 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made in the form of masses or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 16, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.

 Funeral:  A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, with Fr. Stanley Konieczny officiating.

Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.


16 Comments on Gayle Scheibel

Gemmy Family said : Guest Report Jul 21, 2020 at 9:03 AM

Jim, We are so sorry for your loss and send prayers and good thoughts to your family during this difficult time.

  • Coppell
  • TX
Karen Williams (Kloess) said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2020 at 2:43 PM

Sorry for your loss. Sending up prayers for peace and comfort.

  • Elizabethtown
  • Pennsylvania
Shannon Forcade said : Guest Report Jul 16, 2020 at 9:12 AM

Gayle was an amazing woman and I am sending all my love and prayers to the family, sweet Ray, and especially my Hottenrott family. Love you all

  • Dallas
  • TX
Pat and Mike Burns said : Guest Report Jul 15, 2020 at 7:22 PM

Deepest sympathy to the Scheibel family on the passing of your wife and mom. We would see your parents at 8:00 Mass. they always had a friendly hello to us! May she Rest In Peace forever.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Anna and Wayne Wilhelm said : Guest Report Jul 15, 2020 at 6:17 PM

Our deepest sympathies to the Scheibel family. What wonderful times we had growing up with you all. We will always remember how sweet and funny Gayle was. All our love and prayers during this sad time.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
mary said : administrator Report Jul 15, 2020 at 3:33 PM

Ray My condolences to you and your family. I would attend services but my wife is very ill and I don't want to be around a lot of people right now and I know she was loved by many. I will call soon Don Schwoebel

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dave Scheibel said : Guest Report Jul 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Uncle Ray and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Aunt Gayle's passing. I cherish my memories of her as well as our families' times together.

  • Ballwin
  • MO
Jan Watson said : Guest Report Jul 15, 2020 at 12:39 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Scheibel family on the loss of your mom/wife. All the Scheibels have a special place in my heart. Couldn’t have asked for a nicer family to grow up with in the neighborhood. You’ll all be in my prayers

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rick & Nancy Truttmann said : Guest Report Jul 15, 2020 at 12:15 PM

Dear Scheibel Family, We are deeply saddened by the loss of your wife/mom. we enjoyed seeing her sweet smile in church. Your parents showed the love for each other and pride in their family. Our prayers are for your sorrow but rejoicing for her in a better place. God Bless!

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Randy & Kristie Galati said : Guest Report Jul 15, 2020 at 11:10 AM

Ray & Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Memories are countless and forever.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Joe & Kathleen Davis said : Guest Report Jul 15, 2020 at 9:14 AM

Ray & Family, Sorry to hear of Gayle's passing. Know that you all have a very special angel in heaven. Our prayers are with all of you.

  • Linwood
  • Kansas
Sandee and Oscar Gain said : Guest Report Jul 15, 2020 at 8:20 AM

So sorry to hear about your mom. You have our deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mary Kozik said : Guest Report Jul 15, 2020 at 5:47 AM

Joan & Abby so sorry to hear of Gail s passing she was a very special lady

  • Belleville
  • I’ll
Patty Karfs said : Guest Report Jul 15, 2020 at 12:21 AM

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your dear Mom ~ what a wonderful woman.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Terri L Terhaar said : Guest Report Jul 14, 2020 at 7:11 PM

I have great memories being in the Scheibel home and experiencing Mrs. Scheibel's sense of humor, which she has passed onto her children. So thankful that Tuffy had a loving home to be in!

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Sue Hahn said : Guest Report Jul 14, 2020 at 4:58 PM

I have such great memories of Aunt Gayle. Always had smiles and kindness. I know you will miss her greatly. I’m so sorry for your loss. All my love to each of you during this difficult time.

  • Wildwood
  • MO

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