Joyce Lehr

Joyce Lehr
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Joyce Ethel Lehr, nee Haberl, 86, of Belleville, IL, born April 28, 1934, in Waterloo, IL, died Monday, July 6, 2020, at her residence.

Joyce worked as a cashier and bookkeeper at the local Piggly Wiggly prior to her retirement. She was also a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church in Belleville, IL. Throughout her life, she enjoyed baking and cooking, shopping, traveling to Florida, and visiting the beauty shop to have her hair done every Friday. But no matter what, she always marched to the beat of her own drum. Joyce was always camera-ready; every outfit perfectly coordinated to each holiday, complete with matching jewelry and clip-on earrings (because she never wanted holes in her ears). She loved to celebrate Christmas, filling her home with decorations and angels at every turn. On the Fourth of July, you were guaranteed to find her with a sparkler in each hand once the sun went down. Her sassy personality and tell-it-like-it-is advice brightened up every conversation, but the only thing that was stronger than her wit was the love she had for her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Norma, nee Shook, Haberl; two brothers, Wilbert (Merdi) Haberl and Marvin Haberl; a brother-in-law, Victor Helfrich; and two sisters-in-law, Erna Rose (Edward) Dial and Pat Haberl.

Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Stanley Lehr, whom she married on January 15, 1955;
two daughters, Rhonda Sue Shapiro of Madison, WI, and Roxane Joy (Mike) Dinga of Belleville, IL;
a son, Brent (Mary Ann) Lehr of Normal, IL;
nine grandchildren, Ross (Karli) Shapiro, Sam (Ken) Sutter, Jacob (Genna) Shapiro,
Kaci Lyne (Mike) Durbin, Kristin (Dan) Normansell, Katie (Brandon) Palmer,
Trevor Lehr, Brianna Lehr and Cameron Lehr;
eight great-grandchildren, Charlotte Durbin, Finn Durbin, Isabella Normansell,
Brooklyn Normansell, Dylan Palmer, Caleb Palmer,
Steven Shapiro and Tyler Shapiro;
a sister, Emma Jean Helfrich of St. Louis, MO;
a brother, Gerald Haberl of Dupo, IL;
and a brother-in-law, Mervin (Ada Mae) Lehr of Lenzburg, IL.

Memorials may be made in the form of masses to St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC Guidelines will be in place upon entrance.

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


4 Comments on Joyce Lehr

Larry A Dahm said : Guest Report Jul 13, 2020 at 11:12 AM

Please accept my sympathy at the passing of dear Joyce. She and I were on staff at SuperValu from 1973-1977. I loved her so much. I was in my turbulent teens with shakey self confidence. Joyce was an oasis of encouragement for me. Her acknowledgement of my good job would lift me. Always beautifully coiffed with a lovely fragrance, she drove a new Cadillac into the lot to park next to our beat-up Fords & Chevys. My parents lived in the subdivision near Joyce & Stan's home. I would always look into the Lehr back yard while driving down State Str Road in hopes of gain a glimpse of Joyce doing yard work. In 2014, I lived with my mom during her last weeks. On a bicycle ride, I was blessed to see Joyce and stop for a visit. After 35 years, she remembered me and we entered into lively conversation. What a wonderful lady. Please accept my sympathy but be encouraged at knowing she has met Jesus face to face and is now reclining at the banquet table of eternal life! LD

  • San Francisco
  • CA
Nancy Haberl Drevicki said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 1:48 PM

Stan and Family, so sorry to hear of the passing of JOYCE. What a great lady she was, spunky and always so full of life and fun. That is how I will always remember her!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Brian Haberl & Family said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 12:34 PM

Our memories of Aunt Joyce bring a smile to our faces. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, that our Lord will comfort you and give you his peace at her passing.

  • Baltimore
  • Maryland
Uliana Buxton said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 10:41 AM

Stan and family we are so sorry to hear of your loss, as your neighbors we all enjoyed seeing you both outside and the flowers and decorations over the years. we send you all hugs and prayers David and Uliana

  • Belleville
  • Il

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