Geraldine Cantwell

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Geraldine Cantwell, nee Martin, 77, of Belleville, IL, born March 5, 1942, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at her residence in Freeburg, IL.

Geraldine was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, and a Sunday school teacher for St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Athens, IL.  She was an avid reader and loved embroidery and playing bingo. Geraldine also loved outdoor activities including, camping, canoeing and swimming. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her family has been the joy of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Wendell Wayne Cantwell, whom she married on March 3, 1962, and who died on February 11, 2012; her parents, Garrold and Alberta, nee Schmiedeke, Martin; a brother, Thomas Martin; and a son-in-law, Thomas Generous.

Surviving are three daughters, Kalean (Alva) Daniels of Judsonia, AR, Kimberly (Ray) Vocker of Belleville, IL, and Kiann (Kent) McDonald of Freeburg, IL;
four grandchildren, Adam Richard McDonald (Andrea), Nathan Kent McDonald, Darian Rae (Billy) Craft, and Morgan Renee Vocker;
five great-grandsons, Jordan Michael McDonald, Levi Gabriel McDonald, Austin Taylor McDonald, Landon Joseph Procko, and Zacharia Joseph McDonald;
one great-granddaughter, Ava Lynn McDonald;
and a brother, William H. Martin of Belleville, IL.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Darwin Schrader officiating.

Private burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL, at a later date.


5 Comments on Geraldine Cantwell

Christine W said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2020 at 9:32 PM

She was an absolute joy and such a sweet, friendly, welcoming, and kindhearted person to spend time with. I will miss our chats dearly and am glad to have had the pleasure to know her. Condolences to her family.

  • OFallon
  • IL
Anita & Dennis Cleary said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2020 at 7:27 AM

Kalean&The rest of family,Please except my sincere condolences for the loss of your mom & the strength to make it through this tough time ?????????Sent to you all??

  • Beebe
  • AR
Shaundelle Heidelberg said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2020 at 8:04 PM

I’m so so sorry u will always be in my heart

  • Belleville
  • I’ll
Lee & Courtenay Wolf said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2020 at 7:54 PM

I’ve been privileged to have known Geri since she and Wendell married 58 years ago. In all that time she was a great support to him and missed him greatly when he passed. She was a good communicator, calling me from time to time to catch up on news and tell me about her doings. We’ll miss that, but know that she is happily reunited with the love of her life.

  • Urbandale
  • Iowa
Christa Cantwell said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2020 at 7:48 PM

So sorry to hear a about you Mom . She was a wonder person and I sure will miss her we had lots of fun. She is in Gods hands now and with every one else. Bless you all my heart is with you. Aunti Chriss

  • Banning
  • California

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