John “Jack” Weck

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John “Jack” George Weck, of Belleville, Illinois passed from this life peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on August 15, 2022, at the age of 79.  Born on December 4, 1942, he was the fifth child to George and Aggie Weck.  He built a wonderful life alongside his loving wife of 59 years, Sandy, nee Lauff, Weck.

His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. He was extremely proud of his 18 grandchildren and enjoyed attending all their school activities and sporting events

Jack never met a stranger, he connected with every person he met. Jack enjoyed bowling, fishing, volleyball, sitting on his back porch, and luncheons with friends. He had many lifelong friends, Bob G. and those who passed before him that he deeply missed, Fred, Jack, Ron, Kenny, Bob, Don and Len.  We are happy to know they are together again.

Jack worked for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows for over 50 years and was named an Honorary Oblate.  He was a member of the Cathedral Parish, Cathedral Men’s Choir, Althoff Father’s and Friends, Althoff Bingo, the Belleville Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Serra Club.  He also served on many committees and received numerous awards throughout his lifetime.

Jack will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, George and Agnes, nee Schmittling, Weck; mother and father-in-law, John and Alice Lauff; a brother, Leroy Weck; sister, Ruth Ann (Ronald) Lauf; two sisters-in-law Myra Jean (Leon) Mueller and Joan Lauff; and brother-in-law Ardell Becherer.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra nee Lauff, Weck;
a son, Thomas (Amy) Weck of Millstadt, IL;
five daughters, Teresa (Daniel) Minor of Belleville, IL,  Linda Weck (Jamie Reeves) of Smithton, IL, Diane (Jerry) Green of St. Louis, MO, Sherri (Jonathan) Hertzler of O’Fallon, IL, and Jodi (Derek) Hollaway of Southlake, TX;
18 grandchildren; Chelsea (Greg Blome), Kelly (Nick Fiore), and Jackie Minor, Megan, and John Lebert, Emily Yates, Hank, RJ, Pete, and Will Weck, Maya and Max Green, Sophie, Clint, and Josie Hertzler, Owen, Grant, and Blake Hollaway;
two brothers, Melvin (Sharon) Weck, David Weck (Jane Holstein);
a sister, MaryAnn (Jim) Hosie of Belleville, IL;
two sisters-in-law, MaryAnn Becherer and Bernette Weck of Freeburg, IL;
a brother-in-law, Dale Lauff;
and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Amanda Cashen, Holly, and Becky for their years of care through Dad’s cancer treatment. Also to the Staff at Barnes-Jewish Parkview Hospital, St Elizabeth’s Hospital,  LHC Home Health Care, Dr. David O’Neill’s office, Evergreen Pointe, and Hospice of Southern Illinois.  We are extremely grateful.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville District 201 Bridges Program or Serra Club of St. Clair. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 19, 2022, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL and from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 20, 2022, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 20, 2022, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. James Buerster and Msgr. William Hitpas concelebrating.

Burial will be held at a later date.

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56 Comments on John “Jack” Weck

Vernon and Lisa Hoelscher Gaal said : Guest Report Aug 30, 2022 at 7:07 PM

To Linda & Teresa & family. So Sorry to Hear of Jack Passing I Just Found Out About It. I Worked at The Shrine Manny YEAR'S With Jack He Was a Nice Person to Be Around. My Mom and Dad Verle & Matilda Hoelscher. My mom Worked There Too. Just Wanted to Give Their Sympathy. Lisa Hoelscher & Vernon Gaal Verle & Matilda Hoelscher

  • Maryville
  • Illinois
Joan and Wes Scheller and family said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2022 at 2:01 PM

Please accept our sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. With sympathy, Wes, Joan and family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Sharon Sobieralski said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2022 at 4:34 PM

My sincere condolences to the entire family of Jack Weck. My first acquaintance with Jack was the Tuesday bingo’s at the CK&Lof I hall in Belleville, Illinois. Several years later, our paths crossed again when I worked at MAMI. He was such a kind true gentleman and always had a huge smile on his face, and always greeted you whenever you passed him in the halls or the lunchroom. May he RIP.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Patricia A Schaefer said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2022 at 3:08 PM

So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He always had a smile on his face. My deepest sympathies to you all!

  • BELLEVILLE
  • IL
Gerry Rasmussen said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2022 at 9:49 AM

So very sorry to hear of Jack's passing!! I met and worked closely with Elroy Rule and "Whitey" for several years!! Condolences to Sandy and all who knew Jack!!

  • Crystal Lake
  • IL
Sue Frillman said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2022 at 9:28 PM

I am so very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing he was a one in 1 million guy always a smile and a friendly greeting. He was a good friend of my husband Ralph, when Jack was a photographer for the shrine. My sincere condolences Sandy and family. You and Jack were a wonderful couple for so many years.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Dan and Aika Green said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2022 at 1:51 AM

Sandy, Tom, Linda, Tess, Diane, Sherri and Jodi and all the rest of the family, Aika and I have been thinking about you all and wish we could have made it in to the service. Jack was an extraordinarily kind, funny and thoughtful man. It must feel like there is suddenly a hole at the center of your family, but it was Jack’s presence that helped create such a caring, tight-knit family and you’ll be able to share this difficult time with each other. I know he will be missed deeply. It’s hard for us to imagine not seeing him at the Green gatherings anymore. Our thoughts are with you all. Love, Dan and Aika Green

  • Portland
  • OR
Catherine D. Kreher said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2022 at 10:42 PM

I first met Jack when I was a Belleville Alderman, and I enjoyed visiting with him at Business After Hours. He was such a kind man and always pleasant to everyone. My deepest sympathy to all the family. Catherine Kreher

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jim & Carol Cange said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2022 at 6:13 PM

Jack was a great friend and we will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. So sorry to learn of his passing.

  • Nashville
  • Il.
Aritha Stanley-Adams said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2022 at 10:31 AM

Jack was a very kind and nice man who treated everyone with respect. I enjoyed working with Jack at MAMI and he will be missed by all. Prayers and hugs for the family. God Bless!!!

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Mary Ellen Wescovich said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2022 at 12:20 AM

Gene & I send deepest sympathy to Sandy & Children. Loved meeting when I was young Tom’s teacher at Cathedral & being friends over the years by way of the Oblates. Jack, a saintly man in life , now heaven is brighter & richer with Jack joining the Communion of Saints!

  • Swansea
  • IL
Karen Fuehne said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 9:32 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to the Weck family. I worked with Jack at MAMI. He always had a friendly greeting for everyone. My prayers are with you

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mark A Eros said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 8:34 PM

Sandy, Sherri, & Weck Family, In the 70s when I was in Sbrine choir I met Whitey, a great guy. May God be with you all. May the Eternal Light shine on him.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mark A Eros said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 8:18 PM

Sandy, Sherri, & Weck Family, My thoughts & prayers with all of you. In the 70s "Whitey" was the Shrine photographer I was in the Choir. Sandy, you came to my mom's (Viola's Beauty Shop). And Samuel &Viola (my grandkids) attend Good Shepherd with Sheeri . All part of God's Plan. God Bless. Mark A Euros

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mark A Eros said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 8:18 PM

Sandy, Sherri, & Weck Family, My thoughts & prayers with all of you. In the 70s "Whitey" was the Shrine photographer I was in the Choir. Sandy, you came to my mom's (Viola's Beauty Shop). And Samuel &Viola (my grandkids) attend Good Shepherd with Sheeri . All part of God's Plan. God Bless. Mark A Euros

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rick Nuetzel said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 2:26 PM

I remember Jack as being one of the most truly nice human beings I have known. We attended CGS and CHS together, but only saw him sparingly in recent years. Rest In Peace, my friend.

  • Green Bay
  • WI
mary said : administrator Report Aug 19, 2022 at 1:23 PM

I want to express my deepest sympathy and my thoughts and prayers are with the Weck Family. Linda Janson

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Gary Huwer said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 12:09 PM

My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Weck family on the loss John. He has left a legacy to be proud of!

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Fr. Gene Neff said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 11:26 AM

Sandy & your family: My sincerest condolences to all of you. Jack is one of the best, Christian and Catholic in the best understanding of what in means to be a Catholic Christian. He "walked the talk" as a Disciple of Christ in his daily living. Enjoy eternal life for all the good you have done, Jack!

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Betty Meyer said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 7:57 AM

Jack always had a smile on his face and a "Good Morning" at Missionary Association; a true gentleman. With Deepest Sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Carol Honer said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 6:14 AM

Weck Family Thinking of you with love and prayers. I worked with Jack at MAMI. A great guy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Joe & Kathleen Davis said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 8:28 PM

Weck Fsmily Sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. May God be with all of you and bring you comfort and peace.at this time. Our prayers are with all of you. Remembering the days we were neighbors on Main Street.

  • Linwood
  • Kansas
Debbie & Keith Cornell said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 8:11 PM

My deepest condolences to Sandy and your family. I worked for Jack at the Shrine for 8 years and knew right away I had the best boss. Not only did he show kindness and brought laughter to the office daily, but I saw someone who really cared for others and put them first. Jack truly is a good man and I feel honored to have known him.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Jeff & Michelle Jones said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 5:38 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We were fortunate to meet and enjoy Whitey’s kindness and wonderful smile at numerous soccer games.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Jim Douglas said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 3:32 PM

Our prayers and thanks to the Weck family. My Mom & Dad, Bob & Julie Dick, were good friends with Whitey back when they were in the Cathedral Men's Choir. We especially enjoyed the Choir Picnics each summer. I remember all those happy years. God Bless

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jim Weber said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Sandy & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Jack was a special person and dear friend for many years. My prayers are with you and the family.

  • Saint Peters
  • MO
David Gerstner said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 2:57 PM

My condolences and prayers to the entire Weck family. I will always remember how kind Mr Weck was and all the great memories our families shared together.

  • Dawsonville
  • GA
Kathleen & Philip Raish said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 2:39 PM

To Sandy & Family, We so enjoyed being your neighbors on Meadowlark. So sorry to hear about Jack’s passing. May he Rest In Peace🙏

  • Swansea
  • IL
Mike Lotz said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 11:50 AM

What a great guy Jack was, he was my dad’s best friend and they are finally together again on the golf course or on the lake

  • Belleville
  • Il
Caroljean Gerstner said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 11:23 AM

Sandy and family ,Saddened by your loss, please accept our most heartfelt sympathy our thoughts and prayers are with all of you ,many a good time was had with our families throughout our younger years, take care. Cherish your memories . Carol Gerstner and families

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Cathleen Lindauer said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 11:17 AM

Jack will be truly missed at the Belleville Tourism luncheon meetings and as a volunteer. Jack's pillar of strength and kindness will always be remembered. With Sympathy, Cathleen & the Belleville Tourism Committee Members

  • Belleville
  • IL
Adam Hubbs said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 11:08 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss, I’ll be keeping Tom, Tess, the grandkids and everyone else in my prayers. He was loved by so many.

  • Millstadt
  • ILLINOIS
Becky Kern-Taylor said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 10:12 AM

So sorry about Jack's passing. He will be missed by many.

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Bill and Pat Biehl said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 8:10 AM

We were saddened to hear of Jack's passing. What a wonderful guy , always fun to be around. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Carol Kniepkamp said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 7:26 AM

The Choir of Angels is one voice stronger and the Cathedral Oldtimers Baseball Team had a new Heavenly Hitter! May God guide the Weck family as they grieve the loss of their husband, dad and grandpa. Jack was the friendliest, kindest gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor who will be missed by many friends. May he Rest In Peace!

  • North Richland Hills
  • TX
Milo Beman III said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2022 at 6:52 AM

Jack was a wonderful gentleman to work with and to be friends with. His devotion to all that he did was highly admired. A true role model to many. Condolences to Sandy,and the entire Family. Sincerely, Milo Beman III

  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Illinois
Pat and Bill Schnyder said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 6:20 PM

So sorry to hear of Whitey’s passing. We knew Jack for 40 years since Pat started at MAMI. Many fun times. Our condolences to Sandy,Diane and the family. Pat and Bill

  • Huntley
  • Il
Chris & Karin Scott said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 5:35 PM

Tess & Family, Chris & I are so sorry to here about the passing of your Father. Prayers for strength & peace!❤️🌹🙏🏻

  • Maryville
  • IL
Sheri and David Welch said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 4:47 PM

You will be missed! Prayers to the entire family and circle of friends. Thanks for all the wonderful conversations. Rest our friend.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Mark and Bunny Vonbokel said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 4:35 PM

Tess and family, Our thoughts are with you and your family. Prayers to all.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 4:07 PM

You all have my deepest sympathy on your loss. Jack was always such a kind and caring person with everyone. Heaven gained another angel.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mark & Brenda Lamping said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 3:31 PM

Jack’s warmth and generous spirit welcomed us into shared evenings with the Wecks that were truly memorable. Please accept our condolences during these days.

  • Bourbonnais
  • IL
Bob and Joyce Springer said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 2:52 PM

Our thoughts and prayers to Sandy and all of the family on the loss of Jack. He was a dear friend, for many years in camping trips, bowling and baseball coaching.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Sue Naas said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 2:39 PM

Tess, What a beautiful obit of your father!!! He was one in a million! I know you were so proud of him and have the best memories! May he Rest In Peace!🙏🏻🎚

  • Ridgway,
  • IL
Ruby Buettner said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 2:37 PM

My God hold you in his arms. to the family Jack was loved by many.know that they will keep him in their hearts

  • Belleville,
  • IL
Dave Garris said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 1:38 PM

Jack was simply one of the best...caring, considerate, full of life and love. My condolences to Sandy and the entire family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Julie Meier Riley said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 12:33 PM

My heart goes out to all who knew and loved him. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Norma Silk said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 12:21 PM

Tess and Dan, cherish your wonderful memories of your dad. Love you two. Norma and Cal

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Patricia Sanders said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 12:18 PM

Our prayers goes out to the family may god keep you and bless you in your hour of need. We will miss Mr. Weck he was always smiling and had a kind words for any and everyone

  • Belleville
  • Il
Pam and Rick Kusmer said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 12:13 PM

Our sincerest condolences to the family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Al & Dawn Orelt said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 12:06 PM

We were very fond of Jack and always enjoyed talking to him. He will be sadly missed.My sister in law worked with Jack and thought the world of him also. We will be out of town so please accept our condolences.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Geri Boyer said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 11:39 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man. I enjoyed seeing him that the Shrine, Kings House, and Downtown Belleville. He always had a smile on his face and lifted the spirits of anyone he encountered. he will be missed by the entire community. God bless.

  • BELLEVILLE
  • Il
Terri Dambacher said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 11:35 AM

I met Jack through Belleville Chamber Ambassadors, and quick to learn that he knew my Mom and her family growing up. I am a better person because I know Jack!! He was such a kind person and I have missed talking with him. Just know that he touched everyone's life and is out of pain. Cherish the memories! Terri

  • Swansea
  • IL
Jan (Renner) Watson said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 10:36 AM

Weck Family, Please accept my condolences for the passing of your husband and dad. I always enjoyed talking to him and listening to him and the gang in the choir. Best choir ever. It was nice sharing that special Cathedral bond. Jack always had a smile on his face and a warm greeting. I’m glad I knew him. Sincerely, Jan (Renner) Watson

  • Belleville
  • Il
Janet Baechle said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 10:35 AM

Please accept my condolences. I so enjoyed working with Jack at Missionary Association. He was always so easy to talk with and had a great personality. He will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Brenda Meyer said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 10:11 AM

Prayer and hugs to the family jack was a wonderful, funny, caring person. A truly good guy. Had some great time working with Jack at MAMI. Brenda Owen Meyer

  • Belleville
  • IL

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