Geraldine Miller

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Geraldine Mae Miller, nee Krystofolski, 89, of Smithton, IL, formerly of Belleville, IL, born at home on February 8, 1932, in Fairmont City, IL, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, surrounded by her family.

Throughout her life, Gerry was employed at Hoeffken Brothers and J.C. Penney, but her greatest love was being a homemaker, raising her four children, and spoiling her eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Gerry was very involved in her parishes of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Belleville, IL, and after moving to Smithton, IL, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She was a eucharistic minister, volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, and Cosgrove’s Kitchen. Gerry was an amazing wife, mom, Gram, and Gigi. She will be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Sophie, nee Skiera, Krystofolski; her son, Scott Miller, who died in April 2010; her sister, Mary Ann (Alvin) Richter; three brothers, Ronnie, Jim, and Dave Krystoff;  her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur and Ethel Miller; her sister-in-law, Jean Hilmes; and a brother-in-law, Arthur Miller.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of more than 69 years, Robert Miller, whom she married on May 3, 1952; three children, Debbie (Chuck, Jr.) Schumacher, Jeff (Pam) Miller, and Diane McCarkel; a daughter-in-law, Mary Beth Miller; her much loved grandchildren, Chuck III (Ali) Schumacher, Bob (Lindsey) Schumacher, Kate Schumacher Lange, Ryan Miller, Kyle (Jenny) Miller, Eric Miller (special friend, Kala), Allison (Steve) Singer, Meredith Miller (special friend, Matt), Shannon (Steve) Warchol, Chelsea (Mike) Falk, and Erin McCarkel (special friend, Ryan); Gigi to her precious great-grandchildren, Campbell Schumacher, Jay Lange, Sam Schumacher, Austin Lange, Grady Miller, Claire Singer, Edward Warchol, Natalie Singer, baby Warchol and baby Miller on the way; two dear foster great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Loretta Krystoff; a brother-in-law, Bob Hilmes; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

The family would like to give a very special thank you to HSHS Hospice for their support throughout this difficult time. Also, a special thank you to Aaron, for his kindness and compassion shown to our family.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Restoration Fund, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or HSHS Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 15, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with Fr. Stanley Konieczny officiating.

Burial will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



10 Comments on Geraldine Miller

Lisa Hoelscher Gaal said : Guest Report Apr 09, 2022 at 9:00 AM

So Sorry Diane and family For the loss of your mom.We went grade school together. Diane was in the same class. And always enjoyed seeing your mom and dad at the queen of peace picnic she always had a smile on her face. Verle and Matilda Hoelscher will also remember her all the good times had.

  • Maryville
  • Illinois
Barbara Woods Duncan said : Guest Report Aug 15, 2021 at 3:56 PM

My deepest sympathy to Bob and his family. What a beautiful life she lived. I wish you peace in your grief. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mike and Pat Burns said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2021 at 10:22 AM

Bob, Debbie and Chuck, and the rest of the Miller family, our deepest sympathy on the passing of Gerry. She was a wonderful woman. So friendly all the time. May God grant her eternal peace.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Pat Schaefer said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2021 at 5:41 PM

So very sorry for your loss. She was a loving and caring woman.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dick & Pat Prosser said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2021 at 10:19 AM

Debbie and Diane, We all go back many years and have lots of good memories. We also have good memories of chance meetings with your parents at different restaurants on Sunday mornings after Mass. Will always remember their friendly smiles and greeting. We wish you peace at this difficult time.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Jane said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2021 at 8:24 PM

Such a great family! You all are in my thoughts and prayers!!!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Vanessa Ernst said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2021 at 12:56 PM

Hugs To Bob and your family! So sad to hear of her passing! She was such a sweet lady and always had a smile on her face!

  • Smithton
  • Il
Stacy Simonin said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2021 at 8:58 AM

So sorry to see this. Hoping your hearts and minds are full of many happy memories from this wonderful woman.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lori Nafziger said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2021 at 6:44 PM

Dear Diane and family, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. So glad you were supported by Hospice. Diane always told us about her parents. I had the privilege of meeting your parents a few times, and they were so delightful. I pray for God's Blessings upon you. Diane, please give your Dad a hug from me. I Love You DD.

  • Mechanicsburg
  • Illinois
Sheena Streckwald said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2021 at 6:37 PM

I'm so very sorry to hear of Gerry's passing.. may you all feel God's strength and love at this difficult time.. prayers and love to you all..

  • East dubuque
  • IL

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