Helen DeFosset

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Helen M. DeFosset, nee VanderPluym, 100, of Belleville, IL, born February 16, 1919, in Breese, IL, died Thursday, February 6, 2020, at Integrity Healthcare of Columbia , Columbia, IL.

Mrs. DeFosset was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and belonged to the Ladies Sodality at the church. She was a member of the Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge 1221. Helen was a homemaker and seamstress. She loved to dance, bake and especially loved family gatherings.

She is preceded in death by her husband of nearly 32 years, Vernon N. DeFosset, whom she married on April 24, 1940 and who died on February 10, 1972; her parents, Louis B. and Bertha, nee Abeln, VanderPluym; a son-in-law, Duane (Chub) Sudholt; five brothers, Wally (Lillian), Rich (Loretta), Bob (Ardel), Jim (Audrey), and Jerome (Pauline) VanderPluym; a sister, Margaret (Tony) Mondt; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lucille DeFosset, Vivian (Louis) Vagen, Cyril (JoAnn) DeFosset, Gert VanderPluym, Mary Lou VanderPluym, and Lester Berkel.

Surviving are her children, Jeanette (Elmer) Neff of Belleville, IL, Phyllis (Don) Gallagher of Breese, IL, Thomas (Gaye) DeFosset of San Antonio, TX, Rita Sudholt of Belleville, IL, Gary (Kathy) DeFosset of Albers, IL, and Kent (Dixie) DeFosset of Sunset Hills, MO;
17 grandchildren, Cindy (Tom) Feldker, Terry (Cindy) Neff, Christy (Doug) Elbe, Angie (Aaron) Neff, Lisa Gallagher, Gina Gallagher, Lori (Paul) Meier, Nick DeFosset, Erick (Tracy) DeFosset, Marcus (Becky) DeFosset, Amy (LP) Cook, Rich (Alice) Keaton, Gary (Kellie) DeFosset, Chuck (Michelle) DeFosset, Chris (Sarah) DeFosset, Rhonda (John) Nelson and Ellie DeFosset;
three step-grandchildren, Craig (Renee) Friesz, Anne (Scott) Tyler and Dale (Bobbie) Sudholt;
27 great-grandchildren;
six step great-grandchildren;
two great-great-grandchildren and baby Harper due in March;
three brothers, Charlie (Pat) VanderPluym, Dave VanderPluym, and Tom VanderPluym;
a sister, Virginia Berkel;
and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

The family would like to thank the nurses, CNAs and entire staff of Integrity Healthcare of Columbia for the outstanding love, care, and compassion they showed Helen. You were her “earth angels”.

Memorials may be made to Integrity Healthcare of Columbia Activity Fund, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois or in the form of masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 9, 2020, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, February 10, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, February 10, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Christopher Anyanwu and Msgr. William McGhee concelebrating.

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


10 Comments on Helen DeFosset

Wendy Erickson said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2020 at 10:45 PM

We have all been blessed to have Helen touch our lives even here in San Antonio! God bless all of the DeFosset family - From your friends and family in Texas - the Ericksons, Musselmans, and Gulleys.

  • San Antonio
  • Texas
KATHY said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2020 at 1:20 PM


Tim.Steiner said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2020 at 9:32 PM

Kent and the entire family you should be so very proud to have such a wonderful woman that raised you and careed for you all. I send my prayers to you all. God bless everyone!

  • St Louis
  • Missouri
Sue and Luke Highsmith said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2020 at 9:05 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during the grieving of sweet Aunt Helen. May God bless her as she enters the gates of heaven and reunites with our dear departed!

  • UT
Peggy Verdun said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2020 at 4:24 PM

What a wonderful lady both inside & out. Family was her number 1 concern and it showed to all the world. She has left this world a better place.

  • IN
Lisa and David Clark said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2020 at 2:42 PM

Aunt Helen touched many lives in such a positive way. She may have gone to heaven but she will never be forgotten. Prayers for comfort and peace to the entire family.

  • Dayton
  • TX
Jason and Jenny Cato said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2020 at 8:53 AM

Your family is on our prayers and you have our deepest condolences.

  • Cahokia
  • IL
Ellen mcgee said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2020 at 11:08 PM

Grandma Helen holds a very special place in my heart. It was an honor to care for her. My deepest and most sincere sympathy to her entire family. God bless.

  • Columbia
  • Il
Mary & Kevin Pasbrig said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2020 at 10:03 PM

We would like to express our sincerest condolences to all of Helen's children and their families in the loss of such a wonderful lady. You were blessed to have her with as your Mom and for so many years. Love to all of you.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Tiffany Grab said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2020 at 9:15 PM

Elmer, Jeanette and Family Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  • Pinckneyville
  • IL

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