Geraldine Oexner

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Geraldine “Gerry” Alvina Oexner, nee Phillips, 92, of Belleville, IL, was called home to be with her heavenly Father on June 9, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. The daughter of Lawrence and Florence Phillips, she was born on March 14, 1927, in Belleville, IL.

Gerry’s lengthy career began as a telephone operator with Southwestern Bell then known as “Ma Bell,” where the operators answered a traditional switchboard. She retired as a district manager for Illinois Bell after working in Belleville, East St. Louis, and St. Louis. She then spent her time nurturing her grandchildren, taking college art history courses and traveling to Mexico, Europe, and Alaska. For many years, Gerry volunteered at MindsEye, the virtual newsstand, where she shared her voice and talents, as she read on the air for those with visual disabilities. She was never without a kind word or helping hand. She was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Christ the King Prayer Group, the Telephone Pioneers, Zonta Business International, and Women of the Moose. She truly taught us that the love of family is life’s greatest gift. She will be dearly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester “Les” Harry Oexner, her parents, Lawrence W. and Florence C., nee Grandcolas, Phillips; a sister, Loretta Stewart; and a brother, Robert Phillips.

Surviving are her children, Loretta (Terry) Stammer of Belleville, IL,
Bonnie (Dennis) Vogt of Belleville, IL,
Michael Oexner of Lanai City, HI,
and Sherry (Douglas) Greiman of Millstadt, IL;
six grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren;
seven great-great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Marcella (Robert) Richter,
and Mary (Roger) Munie;
and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to The MindsEye (formerly Radio Information Service) or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Esquiline Apartment Community Chapel at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:15 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Esquiline Apartment Community Chapel at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL, with Father Joseph Ferriaoli, OMI, officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


5 Comments on Geraldine Oexner

Mary Hirsch said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2019 at 11:03 PM

Bonnie and Kim, I am so sad with you about your loss of this very special lady that you called mom and granny. I had the pleasure of her company on several outings with Kim, and it brings a smile to my face to think about how delightful she was every time. It is very clear why you loved her so much. I know she will be sorely missed, and memories made with her deeply cherished.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Valorie Bauer said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2019 at 12:36 AM

Michael, my deepest condolences on the passing of your mother.

  • Carlsbad
  • CA
Mary Ellen Hentz said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2019 at 12:22 PM

Bonnie I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Remember her when we were in school. She was always one of the Cool Moms. Prayers for your family.

  • Wood River
  • IL
Lou said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2019 at 2:47 AM

Please lean on the Lord for his grace and may you find peace in prayer. Granny bird was amazingly kind and truly loved by all.

  • St.Peters
  • MO
Roger Munie said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2019 at 4:27 PM

Our deepest sympathy goes to the son and daughters of Gerry, and the family. She was truly the best person I know and kind and loving to all.....Mary and Roger Munie

  • New Baden
  • IL

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