Joseph Schmittling

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Joseph G. Schmittling, 74, of Belleville, IL, born September 28, 1944, in Belleville, IL, died, Monday, January 7, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Schmittling was a laborer at Granite City Steel before his retirement.  Prior to that he worked as a coal miner.  He was an avid pool and darts player in his younger years and loved to garden.  Joe was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran serving with the 101st Airborne Division.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Schmittling, nee Money, whom he married on November 13, 1964, and who died on October 10, 2003; and his parents Joseph F. and Marcella M., nee Schoen, Schmittling; and a sister, Rita Schmittling.

He is survived by two sons, Robert Schmittling of Swansea, IL,
and Bradley (Kristy) Schmittling of Florissant, MO;
a daughter, Jennifer Schmittling (Howard Kurtz) of Fairview Heights, IL;
five grandchildren, Peyton Schmittling, Matthew Schmittling, Kandace Poole (Derick Woods), Joshuah (Hayley) Poole, and Kyle Poole;
one great-grandchild, Claire Woods;
his long-time companion, Betty Hughes of St. Louis, MO;
a brother, Anthony (Jennifer) Schmittling;
a sister, Bernice (John) Duncan;
and two brothers-in-law, Ben (Connie) Mooney of St. Libory, IL, and Ron Sinn of St. Libory, IL.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019,  and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.     

Burial with military honors will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


5 Comments on Joseph Schmittling

Cliff Hattan said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2019 at 12:47 AM

Joe and I were in basic training together. I never saw him without a smile. I worked with him when the mine closed at Belleville Area College and I tried to help him find work. My heart and prayers go out to you.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Beryl Shoemaker said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2019 at 11:56 PM

loved him like a brother. my dad lived next door to him and Bernice was my best friend and still is. my kids grew up with his. Jen and my Dawn are still best friends too. Love to all of you.

  • East Alton
  • Il
Susan Davis said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2019 at 10:17 PM

So sorry to hear about Joe's passing. Meet him several times over the years, being longtime friend of Bernice. First time was Christmas when the kids where little and John and Bernice lived on Hamblen. May all your wonderful memories help to make beautiful rainbows in your memories.

  • Nashville
  • TN
Debbie and Charlie Thacker said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2019 at 4:20 PM

Joe was my cousin. We are so sad to learn of his death. He was a soft spoken, kind man. Our condolences to his family.

  • O’Fallon
  • Il
Shelley Zotz said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2019 at 12:58 AM

Jen and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a kind man. He used to bring my mom vegetables from his garden and she loved talking to him. He will be greatly missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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