Mr. Fellner was a carpenter as a young man, having built the family home, and later worked at Monsanto as a chemical worker for 35 years. He was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, belonged to the Holy Name Society, and was a 75 year member of the Cathedral men’s choir. A member of the Catholic Knights and Ladies of Illinois, Joe was the founder of the C. K. & L. of I. blood donation program. He was a member of the Belleville Senior Citizen’s Club and also a member of AARP. Joe was a U. S. Air Force Korean War veteran, and belonged to the VFW and to the American Legion.
Joe was a man who was liked by everyone, a devoted man to his family, a gentleman, a man who enjoyed life and was a faithful man. He was a man with character, honorable, and he lived his life by example, always supportive and very dedicated to his faith. When he passed away Tuesday afternoon, the angels took him to meet his Father once again in heaven! He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all others whose lives he touched!
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph A. and Elizabeth, nee Geolat, Fellner; one brother, Vincent Fellner; and three sisters, Sister Elsa Fellner SSND, Agnes Fellner, and Rose (Roy) Hubbard.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Martha “Marty” Jean, nee Christ, Fellner, whom he married on February 14, 1953;
eight children, Carolyn Dixon of O’Fallon, MO,
Cathy (Dennis) Ellerbrock of Belleville, IL,
David (Angie) Fellner of Belleville, IL,
Lynn (Bill) Lehr of Belleville, IL,
Danny (Christine) Fellner of Mascoutah, IL,
Rick (Cheri) Fellner of Shiloh, IL,
Steven Fellner of Belleville, IL,
and Jeffrey Fellner of Belleville, IL;
15 grandchildren, Kim, Liz, Charity, Melanie, David, Jennifer, Christine, Alicia (Ryan), Jamie, Aubrey, Ricky, Nicholas, Michelle, Joseph, and Kyle;
21 great-grandchildren, Logan, Sofia, Corbin, Dominic, Caleb, Aiden, McKenzie, Peyton, Christopher, Camron, Kendra, Owen, Jay, Nevaeh, Amiyah, Kylie, Taylor, Landon, Jaxon, Elijah, and Patrick;
one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Fellner of Kansas City, MO;
and nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express their greatest gratitude to Community Healthcare and Vitas Hospice for their wonderful care in their time of need.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to St. Peter’s Cathedral. 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. Sunday, February 12, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, February 13, 2017, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10a.m. Monday, February 13, 2017, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.
Burial with military honors will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
Jeff and family. I’m sorry for your loss. May the love of your family and friends help you get through this difficult time. Gerry Loeser
Gerry Loeser, Belleville, Illinoi, 62223
Carolyn and Jeff and everyone sorry for the loss of papa Joe what a great father and husband he was. All my love David v mcwhorter
David mcwhorter , Belleville , Il, 62226
Martha and family: You have my deepest sympathy. Joe was indeed a jokester and smiling happy fellow most of the time I was around him. I will never forget my mom talking about how Joe and Martha helped her out when my dad was ill when I was growing up, forever grateful. I also remember calling Joe one time to get jokes about someone I was introducing in a speech class in college. May you all find peace knowing Joe is no longer suffering and in Gods paradise. May God Bless!!
Gerry Hobbs, Troy, IL, 62294
To Fellner family and Ellerbrock family we are all so sorry for your loss. He meant a lot to us at Chiromed and there will never be another like him. He always made us smile when he came through that door. He lit the room up.
Cynthia Walston Laux, Belleville , Il, 62223
I will miss papa Joe’s smile and his ability to make anyone smile. He had a joke for every occasion and he will be missed by all.
Bob Dixon, Desoto, Missouri, 63020
Martha and family Please accempt our deepest sympathy.What a find man he was.Every time I met him he would have a joke to tell,every time.I,m sure he had a funny story for his God.
roger and julia klucker, Swansea, IL, 62226
Martha & Family. Please accept our deepest sympathy. I will always remember the many evenings we would play “5 Crowns” or some other game.
Joe will be missed.
Marlene May, , , 6390
To Marty Fellner and the Fellner family,
Please except my condolences on the passing of PaPa Joe. He will be missed dearly, I think about Marty and PaPa Joe every time I drive by on my way to work. He always had jokes to tell, a very happy guy no doubt.
Brian Metze , Belleville , IL, 62221
I am so sorry to hear about Mr Fellners passing. I have many good memories of all of you from little on. What I remember the most were Mr Fellners jokes he always could make us laugh. He’ll be up in heaven now with my Dad and all the other great men that have been such a blessing in our lives.
Mary Ellen Banes, New Athens, Il, 62264
My dear childhood friend Carolyn, my second mom Marty, and all the Fellners, my heartfelt sympathy in the passing of your dad/husband. I too have many wonderful childhood memories. He always made us laugh. May you find comfort knowing he’s still watching out over you, but just from above. I can almost hear him singing with my dad and all the other Cathedral men’s choir members who have gone before him.
Jan (Saia) Richards, Ofallon , IL , 62269