Joan Ratermann

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Joan M. Ratermann, nee Elling, 83, of Swansea, IL, born May 22, 1938, in Breese, IL, died Monday, December 27, 2021, at her residence.

Mrs. Ratermann worked as a medical biller at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, before her retirement. She belonged to the Swansea Improvement Auxiliary. Joan was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, and was a choir member at the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, James B. Ratermann, whom she married on July 17, 1957, in Breese, IL, and who died on August 7, 1998; three sons, Jan, Jeffrey, and Jay Ratermann; her parents, August and Adele, nee Schroer, Elling; a brother, Adolph Elling; two sisters, Annette Eversgerd and Alice Eversgerd; and two grandsons, Joseph Judy and Justin Ratermann.

Surviving are two sons, Jace (Debbie) Ratermann, and Joel Ratermann (Vicki);
a daughter, Jody Judy;
ten grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to HSHS Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Masks are required.


9 Comments on Joan Ratermann

Jeff stark said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2022 at 3:34 AM

Grandmother, I love you, it is sad to see you go, even though you told me recently that you was ready to go home, I love you grandma! Il see you at them Gates.

  • Caho
  • Illinois
Carol Price (ne Harszy) said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2021 at 8:13 AM

I was sorry to read that Joan had passed. I grew up in the house next to hers. I babysat a few times for you guys. Sorry for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Davidson Family said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2021 at 11:08 PM

Sorry for the Raterman Family loss. Our family had alot good times and laughs both with Joan and Jim. I have alot memories from our float trips. Joan had a big heart of gold and full of kindness. The Davidson Family

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Carol Price(ne Harszy said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2021 at 8:06 PM

I am so sorry about Joan’s passing. I grew up in the house next to hers and I babysat for you guys a couple of times. Please accept my condolences.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rita Pollmann Cox said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2021 at 7:12 PM

Prayers to the family and friends of my cousin Joanne. She loved her life on earth and now enters a new life with her God who offers her life eternal.

  • Carlyle
  • IL
Pat and Carol Murphy said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2021 at 4:21 PM

So sorry to hear about your mom, grandma, I’m sure Justin B. will welcome her home.

  • Belleville
  • IL
w. Francis Elling (wally) said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2021 at 3:59 PM

I am so sorry for the huge loss. Your family are in my prayers

  • Pennsylvania
Rita Pfingsten said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2021 at 8:46 PM

So sorry to read of your mother/grandmother’s passing. Prayers for comfort from the love of God and your family and friends

  • Omaha
  • NE
The Luna Family said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2021 at 6:47 PM

The two Angels, Joan and Justin are now dancing in heaven. Another sweet soul gone too soon. Prayers to the Raterman families.

  • Fairview Hts
  • Il

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