Helen Rakers

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Helen A. Rakers, nee Kramper, 92, of Belleville, IL, born September 10, 1929, in St. Libory, IL, died March 29, 2022, at Four Fountains, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Rakers was a nurse assistant and retired from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital after 28 years of service. She was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Helen loved quilting, baking, and bowling.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Ralph Rakers, whom she married on October 30, 1952, and who died on April 22, 2007; her parents, Henry and Mathilda, nee Lange, Kramper, three brothers, Andrew Kramper, Leo Kramper, and Maurice Kramper; a sister-in-law, Marion Kramper; and a brother-in-law, Melvin Luebbers.

She is survived by her children, David (Leslie) Rakers of Belleville, IL, Janice (Charlie) May of Fairview Heights, IL, Michael (Diane) Rakers of New Baden, IL, and Amy (Phil) Fogle of Anacortes, WA; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Clara Luebbers and Loretta (Raymond) Wennmann; and two sisters-in-law, LaVerne Kramper and Carol Kramper.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2022, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL

Funeral: A funeral procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2022, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

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7 Comments on Helen Rakers

Tari said : Guest Report Apr 14, 2022 at 2:59 PM

When Helen visited Kodiak, I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful stories she’d share about her life. Condolences to Amy and family.

  • Kodiak
  • AK
Jackie Lauf said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2022 at 5:18 PM

Prayers are with you ! May she Rest In Peace .

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jackie Lauf said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2022 at 5:18 PM

Prayers are with you ! May she Rest In Peace .

  • Belleville
  • IL
Vernon and Lisa Hoelscher Gaal said : Guest Report Apr 09, 2022 at 10:45 AM

So sorry for the loss of your mom Helen. We work together at the shrine and out on wiskey road with out the wiskey ha ha packing the holy items. I remember one or her kids would come pick her up to take her home after work. And seeing Helen and Ralph dancing at my wedding. I talk to Helen not to long ago she was at home didn't know she had moved .I just saw it in my mom paper. Sorry to have missed seeing her one more time. Lisa

  • Maryville
  • Illinois
Jim and Linda Heuer said : Guest Report Apr 01, 2022 at 11:41 AM

We were so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family

  • BELLEVILLE
  • IL
Jeanne Edgar said : Guest Report Mar 31, 2022 at 7:46 PM

I enjoyed knowing Helen and talking as I walked her neighborhood. She is certainly missed. Sympathy to Amy and the rest of the family.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Carol Brauer said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2022 at 7:12 PM

My deepest sympathy is expressed to all of the family. I will miss her. May she Rest In Peace. Love and prayers to you all. Carol Brauer

  • Belleville
  • IL

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