Jolene Becker

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R. Jolene, nee Gottschammer, Becker, 81, of Smithton, IL, born June 2, 1936, in St. Libory, IL died Tuesday, October 23, 2018, in Smithton, IL.

Mrs. Becker, along with her husband and son, was a co-owner of Becker’s Corner Tavern in Smithton, IL, for many years, and was a member of the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association. She spent many years working for Dr. Gephart.  Jolene was also involved in the Becker Floor Covering business.

An active member of the Smithton Community, Jolene was a member of the Smithton Women’s Club, the Smithton Commercial Club, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Jolene and her husband, Virgil, loved to travel the world, including trips to Spain, Germany, Africa, and Portugal.  In later years, they enjoyed many family trips on the lake in Branson, MO. Jolene had a kind heart for all, but especially for the children of Smithton.  She was very proud of her home and kept it meticulous.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jody Kay Becker; her father, Ralph Gottschammer; a sister, Jacqueline Mae Gottschammer; four brothers-in-law, Kenneth Becker, Melvin Becker, Harold Becker, and Charlie Mulkey; and a sister-in-law, Betty Becker.

Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Virgil Becker, whom she married on June 17, 1954;
three sons, Randy (Rhea) Becker of Smithton, IL, Danny Jo (Michelle) Becker of Smithton, IL, and Dustin (Robin) Becker of Flagstaff, AZ;
a daughter, Dawn Marie Becker (Lloyd) Schenewerk of Imperial, MO;
her mother, Laveda, nee Collins, Gottschammer of Fayetteville, IL;
a daughter-in-law, Sue Becker of Smithton, IL;
three grandsons, Phillip (Julie) Becker of Belleville, IL, Derek Mueth of Padderborn, IL, and Zach Schenewerk of Orlando, FL;
six granddaughters, Melissa Marie (Turner) Thompson of Imperial, MO, Aimee Jo (Turner) Griffen of Union, MO, Kristi Kay (Turner) Zerban of Belleville, IL, Jan Becker (Jeff) Dudowski Jr. of Smithton, IL, JoJo Lee (Pete) Thompson Jr. of Hollywood, FL, and Hannah Schenewerk of Freeburg, IL;
nine great-grandchildren, Caillou Hernandez, Grace Hernandez, Jefferie Wilson Jr., Brooklyn Wilson, Pete Thompson III, Parker Becker, Broden Becker, Brock Becker, and Jordan Dudowski;
two brothers, Ralph “Butch” (Sandra) Gottschammer of North Carolina, and Bob (Jo Ann) Gottschammer of Fayetteville, IL;
a sister, Donna Kay Holyfield of Louisiana;
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jeanette Becker, Dora Becker, Sharon Mulkey, and Carol (Tom) Sneed;
nieces and nephews; cousins; and dear friends.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Smithton, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2018, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, with Fr. Stanley Konieczny officiating.

Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Smithton, IL.

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16 Comments on Jolene Becker

Frank X Heiligenstein said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2018 at 7:50 PM

Virgil, I am a little late in sending my condolences ,but I am so sorry for you and your family's loss..Thank's for all of support over the years and I hope to see you soon. God bless all of your family!!!!

  • Freeburg
  • IL
John & Dorothy Parke said : Guest Report Oct 27, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Virgil & Family, our prayers are with you in your loss. So sorry we could not attend

  • Smithton
  • IL
Dee Shackford said : Guest Report Oct 27, 2018 at 11:47 AM

Lloyd – I was very sorry to hear of Dawn’s mother’s passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with her, you and all of your extended family during this difficult time. With blessings and sympathy, -dee

  • Richmond
  • Va
Dee Shackford said : Guest Report Oct 26, 2018 at 6:33 PM

Lloyd – I was very sorry to hear of Dawn’s mother’s passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with her, you and all of your extended family during this difficult time. With blessings and sympathy, -dee

  • Richmond
  • Va
Barbara Widel said : Guest Report Oct 26, 2018 at 1:45 AM

Virgil, Randy, Danny and Dawn. Words cannot begin to express the loss you must be feeling. I pray to God to help guide you through this difficult battel of grief. Remember each person goes through it differently. I was so honored to have gotten to know your mom through my mom. As you are aware my mother suffered great grief and while my mom was working at the laundromat your mom walked in on some lady making life difficult for my mom. Being Jolene she took care of the issue one, two, three, and told the lady she would be watching her. Your mom was a bully buster before everyone was talking about it. I will forever be grateful for her taking care and making my mom's life a little easier. We call these people earth angels and your mom truly was one. Jolene was Queen of Smithton a beautiful lady inside and out. Thank you for sharing your wife and mother with us. M

  • Belleville
  • IL
Donna Kisgen said : Guest Report Oct 25, 2018 at 7:38 PM

Sorry for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Angie Valentine said : Guest Report Oct 25, 2018 at 4:46 PM

Dawn, Danny Joe, & Dustin, Let your memories remind each of you of what you loved most about your Mom. Say not in sorrow that she is gone.... but rather in gratitude that she was. Hugs & prayers for all.

  • Flagler Beach
  • Fl
Beverly M. Harlow said : Guest Report Oct 25, 2018 at 9:49 AM

Dawn. I am very sorry to read of your mom'a passing. I feel your loss, as I lost my mom, years ago and Cindy last year. May all your memories, give you comfort, in this difficult time.

  • Weyers Cavw
  • VA 24486
Warren and Donna Schenewerk said : Guest Report Oct 25, 2018 at 12:15 AM

To all the family we offer our sincere condolences for your loss. Warren grew up with the family and will always think of them as family. Our prayers.

  • FREEBURG
  • IL
Patty Jurkowski said : Guest Report Oct 24, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Randy,Dawn and Danny Jo, I am sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a kind soul. Her door was always open. May you be surrounded with God's love and peace.

  • Saint Peters
  • MO
wayne battoe said : Guest Report Oct 24, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Sorry to read of Jolene's passing away. sympathy wished to entire family Wayne Battoe

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Debbie Stokes said : Guest Report Oct 24, 2018 at 2:41 PM

Dawn, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Sending prayers and hugs your way.

  • O Fallon
  • Missouri
Tina (Rapp) Basler said : Guest Report Oct 24, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Dawn and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have found memories of your mother. She will be forever missed but always close in heart.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Nancy Blackard said : Guest Report Oct 24, 2018 at 10:49 AM

Dawn, I am so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. Our prayers go out to you & your entire family. May she rest in peace. Love and hugs my friend.🙏💗Nancy B & Curt Werner

  • Belleville
  • IL
Malissa Martin said : Guest Report Oct 24, 2018 at 10:46 AM

Dawn and the Becker family, your Mom was a trooper of which each of you have special dear memories. May these moments take upon a corner of your heart and sustain you through both sad and bright times. You all our in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Lawrenceburg
  • IN
Angela Dickerson said : Guest Report Oct 23, 2018 at 10:48 PM

I'm truly sorry for your loss.

  • Dupo
  • Illinois

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