Joseph Kreher Sr.

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Joseph C. Kreher Sr., 85, of Freeburg, IL, born April 1, 1934, in Paderborn, IL, died, Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Mr. Kreher was a fourth-generation farmer of a German immigrant and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

He was preceded in death by a son, Edward L. Kreher; his parents, Edward G. and Mathilda, nee Maurer, Kreher; three sisters, Cecilia (Arthur) Schaefer, Marie (John) Mueth, Ethel (Fred) Voegele; and two brothers, Clyde O. Kreher and Bertram Kreher.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Evelyn, nee Kehrer, Kreher whom he married on April 4, 1956;
two sons, Joseph Jr.  (Patti) Kreher and Kenneth (Lori) Kreher, both of Freeburg, IL;
a daughter-in-law, Betty Kreher of Waterloo, IL;
seven grandchildren, Eric (Stacey) Kreher, Brian (Catherine) Kreher, Julia (Scott) Baltz, Daniel J. Kreher, Dr. Kelli Kreher (fiancé Andrew Rocco), Amy (Scott) Crean, and Blake Kreher;
six great-grandchildren, Avery, Hudson, and Brock Baltz, Edward Kreher, and Louis and Hattie Jo Crean;
three sisters, Esther E. Eckart of Hecker, IL, Ruth S. Speichinger of Millstadt, IL, and Estelle B. Mueth of Paderborn, IL;
two sisters-in-law, AnnaMae Kreher of Waterloo, IL, EthelMae Kreher of New Athens, IL;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2019, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Fr. Mark Reyling officiating.

Burial will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


8 Comments on Joseph Kreher Sr.

Mark Grau said : Guest Report Dec 07, 2019 at 2:03 PM

Evelyn and family, My deepest sympathy. May Joe rest in peace.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Kay Gaebe said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2019 at 9:59 PM

Sorry to read about your father. God Bless you all. Will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time

  • Addieville
  • IL
Dave Oppelt said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2019 at 3:04 PM

Sorry to hear about your Dad. Prayers go out to you and your family.

  • St Louis
  • Mo
Jim Corn said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2019 at 2:59 PM

Buzz - So sorry to see that your father passed. A long life means greater rewards in heaven. My prayers are with you, Patti and the rest of your family. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
John Pat and Sharon Dartt said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2019 at 2:59 PM

You have our sympathy.

  • Carmi
  • IL
Mark Forcade said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2019 at 2:19 PM

Evelyn, Joe Jr., Kenneth and families- We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely Mark and Kim Forcade

  • Belleville
  • IL
Marla A Vollmer said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2019 at 2:41 AM

God bless and keep you all. With our deepest sympathy for your loss, Marla and Bill Vollmer

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Kim Mappes said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2019 at 12:36 AM

Thinking of you all and wishing you moments of peace and comfort. I was saddened to hear that Uncle Joe passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Mandan
  • ND

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