James Vierheller

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James E. Vierheller, 93, of Belleville, IL, born November 3, 1925, in Belleville, IL, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Jim was an electrician for 43 years and a 72-year member of IBEW Local One. He retired in 1989 from Environmental Electric, in St. Louis, MO.  He was a World War II United States Navy veteran and served on the USS Benner.  Jim was awarded the Victory Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the American Campaign Medal. He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, the Millstadt VFW Post 7980, and the Belleville Wood Carvers. He enjoyed sailing, camping, wood carving, and was an avid reader. Jim accomplished many good things in life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo A. and Matilda K., nee Kloess, Vierheller; his beloved sister, Marianne Oughton; two brothers, Anthony Vierheller and John Vierheller; a niece and Goddaughter, Barbara Gantner; and a nephew and Godson, Mel Pfeffer;

Surviving are his wife of 69 1/2 years, Myrt , nee Cortner, Vierheller, whom he married on July 30, 1949 in Belleville, IL;
one daughter, Nancy Ann McNay;
one son, Bruce J. (Catherine) Vierheller;
a “bonus daughter”, Karen Pfeffer Schwarze;
eight nieces;
two nephews;
many great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews;
and furry canine companion, Buster.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice, the Disabled American Veterans or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. David Darin officiating.

Burial with full military honors will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


5 Comments on James Vierheller

Nancy said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2019 at 4:18 PM

My Dearest Daddy, Thank you for being the best Father a daughter could ever want. From the piggy back rides to bed as a child, to our shopping and lunch dates, you will forever hold a special place in my heart. I am heartbroken without you but also know you are flying high with the angels. Until we meet again, I will cherish and love you everyday. My Blessings to you, Nancy Anne, your “Sugar”

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
mary margaret mcgrath said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2019 at 2:59 AM

Myrt, Bruce & Nancy.... Peace and Hugs to you all..... Godspeed to Jim

  • Springfield
  • Illinois
Tom Reaka said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2019 at 4:53 PM

Dear Myrt, Nancy, Bruce, My deepest sympathies to you all. My fondest memories of Jim and your family as neighbors on Church St. seem like yesterday. He was such a nice man and was always good to all the 9 T’s. My thoughts and prayers are with you as I am recovering from an ankle surgery and cannot visit personally.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Gary Hopfinger said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2019 at 1:22 PM

Myrt, Nancy and Bruce My sympathies goes out to you with Jims’ passing. He was a great guy, very helpful, kind, and fun to be around. Cherish the memories, I know I will of all the great times we shared over the years.

  • Lake Placid
  • Florida
Mick Cohagan said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2019 at 5:41 PM

On behalf of the members of Millstadt VFW Post 7980 our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of our Comrade. We have many fond memories of Jim helping around the post...Bingo, Turkey Day, Homecoming Parades. Fair winds and following seas sailor. You are missed.

  • Millstadt
  • IL

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