Gwendolyn Poole

Gwendolyn Poole
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Gwendolyn Rae Poole, nee DeRousse, 83, of Belleville, IL, born February 1, 1933, in Granite City, IL, died Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center, Lebanon, IL.

Gwendolyn was the assistant to the director of the Belleville Public Library.  She was a member of Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL.

Gwen was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 53 years, Leonard W. Poole, whom she married on August 18, 1956, and who died on August 5, 2009; her parents, Charles C. and Bernice I., nee Lyons, DeRousse; and a sister, Rhoda Mae Rehlen, who died on January 19, 2016.

Surviving are two daughters and two sons, Jennie Poole of Belleville, IL,
Bill (Monica) Poole of Jacksonville, IL,
Julie Poole of Lexington, NC,
and John (Lizabeth) Poole of Belleville, IL;
six grandchildren;
and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Public Library.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Rev. Ed Weston officiating.  Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Gwendolyn Poole

Julie and family, we are very sorry to learn of the passing of your mom. We hope that soon you will be able to look back on your memories and smile and laugh.

Laura Taylor, , NC,

We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of your mother be at peace.

Kevin and Teresa Strain, Sumter , SC, 29154

Jennie we are so sorry for your loss. I know you have been through a lot, but now your Mom is in no pain and smiling down on you.

Bam & Nanc Bammer, Belleville, Ill, 622223

I am so very sorry for your loss. My mom, Ann Agne was her friend at Cedar Ridge. We hope you enjoy the bear we left for you-it was our moms from her grand daughter and I hope you hug it a lot in the coming days. I’m so very grateful Mom had such a great friend in Gwen and you can find comfort in the fact that they are in Heaven together.



So sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Gary Hopfinger, Lake Placid, Florida, 33852

Jennie; I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I am not close enough to hold your hand I am holding your heart in my hands. May Gwen RIP Love you

Dee Harney-Wease, Roodhouse, Illinois, 62082

We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of your mother be at peace.

Run Chaput, Belleville, Ill, 62221

Jenny, Julie, John, and Bill,
I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s death. Gwen was such a dear friend to me. We worked together at the library for years. Please accept my most sincere sympathy. You all will be in my heart and in my prayers. God blessed you with a wonderful mother. And she dearly loved you kids! She was so proud of each of you. I’m sure you have many happy memories of her and your dad that you will always cherish. They were good people! God Bless!

Patricia Miller, Belleville, IL, 62226

Jennie, Bill, Julie and John,

So sorry on the passing of your mom. We will greatly miss Aunt Gwen. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cindy and Steve.

Cindy and Steve Aughinbaugh, Shady Shores, TX, 76208

To all your family my condolences your mother was a light in my life every day she would welcome me with smiles and hugs what a joy

Amanda nagel, Lebanon, Il, 62254


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