Jean was truly a special person, as was so clearly evident to all those blessed to know her. She was a devout Catholic and a faithful member of St. Peter’s Cathedral parish. She was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Belleville, IL, and attended Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. She was a determined individual and always put forth nothing less than her best effort in every position she held during her life.
Her fervor for life was seen daily – from the beautiful hydrangeas she kept in her yard, to the holiday decorations at her home, always done to absolute perfection, to the detail she placed in preparing a perfect dinner party. She loved to travel as often and as far as possible, and she absorbed every moment and ounce of life’s experiences. Jean relished the yearly trips she took with her husband, Tom, children, grandchildren, and friends. She was an active member of the women’s organization, P.E.O. Chapter HR, and loved her gatherings and fundraising with her fellow P.E.O. members. She regularly attended luncheons with her friends and fellow graduates of Notre Dame Academy. During the summers, she would most often be found with her girlfriends enjoying the sun at Westhaven Bath & Tennis Club. From attending the Muny weekly in the summers, to season tickets at the Fox Theatre, to playing bridge with her friends, her schedule was always packed with social events.
Nothing in life brought her more joy than her relationships with her family and friends. The vastness of her circle of friends never hindered her from making each person she loved truly feel her care for them. She never missed a birthday, holiday, or important life event – always sending cards with personal notes, baking her delicious homemade pies, or inviting her loved ones to a dinner or lunch. She was an excellent listener, and her ability to keep in close touch with her friends was admirable.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Robert A. and Camilla B. (Touchette) Maurath, and her dear cousin, Dolores (Bill) Burnworth.
She is survived, and will be incredibly missed, by her loving husband of 55 years, Tom Dinges, her daughters, Lisa (Rick) Roberts of Florissant, MO, and Deb Blanquart of Belleville, IL; her grandchildren, Kate (Paul) Renner of St. Louis, MO, Connor Blanquart of Belleville, IL, and Charlie (Amy) Roberts of St. Louis, MO; and her great-granddaughter, Fiona Roberts.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to P.E.O. Chapter HR or Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. 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. Monday, November 7, 2016, and 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral Procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL., with Msgr. John T. Myler and Msgr. James Buerster concelebrating.
Burial will be in Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
Tom, Lisa, and Debbie words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Mrs. Dinges will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family.
Rhona Bassett, Romulus, Michigan, 48174
My heart is breaking. Jean was like a 2nd mom to me , always long talks with me , so interested in my boring life , as hers was one to be envied . Many days at Westhaven , she was tan, thin and beautiful. Knowing her made you want to be a better person. I have tried several times to contact you , Lisa and Deb as I have had cancer and came close to dying . Like I said at my dads funeral the only good thing was seeing Lisa and Debbie. So I hope to be there . I couldn’t even finish reading the beautiful tribute to your beautiful mom .
Tammy Morton, O’Fallon, Illinois , 62269
Deepest sympathy to Tom and family.. We loved Jean and was so sorry to hear of her passing from Mary Ann. And Tim. We are out of the country and will keep you in our prayers.
Harry &a Ilona Stadnyk, Chesterfield, MO, 63005
Mr. Dinges, Lisa & Debbie, Oh my gosh, she was such a Gorgeous Lady, great Mom to me as well. I feel so bad for your loss,(((Hugging you all))). Praying for Mrs. Dinges (Jean). May your light shine on!
Jonell A. Rapp, Alexandria, Minnesota, 56308
Dear Tom and Family, We are so sorry for the loss of Jean. She was a very special person, and loved by many. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. With love, Mickey and Sandy Freed
sandy &mickey freed, belleville, Illinois, 62223
It is with a heavy heart, that I learned of Mrs. Dinges’ passing. My very sincere condolences to you. Many prayers are being offered for Mr. Dinges and the entire Dinges family in your time of grief. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Bill Potts, Dacono, Colorado, 80514
Tom, Lisa, and Debbie we are so sorry to hear about Jean. You guys had a lot of good years. Wish we could be there.
Marty and Dorothy Wasser, Charlotte, NC, 28209
Deepest sympathy to Tom and his entire family. She was a wonderful lady and I never was her when she wasn’t smiling and happy. My prayers are with you all.
jeanette mils, Swansea, il, 62226
Debbie, I am so sorry about the death of your Mother, my condolences to you and your family. I know she will be greatly missed by many!
Helen Wilson, Belleville, Ill.,
Our deepest sympathies to you in the loss of your dear Jean. She was a special friend who will be greatly missed. God bless you during this difficult time.
Tim and Mary Ann Richards, Swansea, Illinois, 62226
TOM AND FAMILY YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS. SHE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL HER FRIENDS,AND HER NOTRE DAME FRIENDS.
CHERYL AND JERRY GREGORY, GODFREY, IL, 62035
Condolence to Mr Tom Dinges and Family Members at this time of sorrow. May God Bless each of you. Jean is with our Lord and may She be at peace without any more pain and suffering. God rest her soul.
Charles & Sarah Lee, Mascoutah, Illinois, 62258
Tom, Lisa and Debbie….I just learned this evening of Jean’s passing. I want to extend my deepest condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family. Jean was a remarkable woman and will be missed by many.
Lisa Archibald, Overland Park, KS, 66212
Dearest Lisa and Rick: On behalf of the members, staff, and friends of St. Andrew UMC you have our deepest sympathy. Lisa I pray for the continued love and strength in Christ to support you and your family in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. Peace and Love be with you and yours.
Pastor Monica Jefferson
Monica Jefferson, Florissant, MO, 63034
Tom, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Mary Jo Abegg
Mary Jo Abegg, Belleville, Illinois, 62221
Tom, Lisa and Debbie,
We are so very sorry to hear about Jean. She was a wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are out of town and will be in touch when we return.
Don & Carmen Rigney
Don and Carmen Rigney , Belleville, Il, 62226
Tom, Lisa, Debbie and family,
My heart is very sadden by the loss of Jean. She had the most contagious smile, positive energy and brought joy to everyone she touched. I am forever grateful and blessed to have spent many holidays with all of you. You have made me feel like family.
She will be forever missed and forever in the hearts of many.
Peace to all.
Lisa Crank, O’Fallon, IL., 62269
Tom, Debbie, and Lisa. It is so hard to grasp that Jean is gone, she was always so full of life, and lived her life with such fervor. You all were so incredibly close, it was so heartwarming to see, her family was everything. We pray that time will bring peace, our prayers are with you. Jean is in the loving arms of her Savior and she will always be in your hearts. Linda & Terry
Linda and Terry Noblitt, Belleville, Illinois, 62223
Lisa and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your Mom was a wonderful lady and will be missed.
Donna Wise, Millstadt, IL, 62260