Kristine Winterbauer

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Kristine A. Winterbauer, nee Loesche, 63, of Freeburg, IL, born September 15, 1955, in Red Bud, IL, passed away Friday, January 18, 2019, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Friends and family might remember Kris for her elaborate Thanksgiving dinners, as a member of your bowling team, from hours spent dancing to music in her kitchen, as an avid player of the NCAA basketball pools, on rare occasions, as your fishing buddy, and, on less rare occasions, as your drinking buddy.

Kristine and Mark, her husband of 45 years, loved traveling and being with their grandchildren – watching them grow, going to their sporting events and dance recitals.  She loved life, her family, reading, sunbathing, listening to the bells of St. Paul’s Church, and music of all types.  All of these things could instantly bring a smile to her face.  We may have lost Kris, but we will never lose the memory of her smile.

Kristine was preceded in death by her father, Virgil Loesche; and her father-in-law, Robert Winterbauer.

Surviving are her loving husband, Mark Winterbauer, whom she married on March 25, 1973;
one daughter, Melissa (Timothy) Vetter of Glen Carbon, IL;
two grandchildren, Kai and Edie Vetter;
her mother, June, nee Baehr, Loesche of Freeburg, IL;
two sisters, Susan (Greg) Becherer of Freeburg, IL, and Amy (Tom) Drake of New Athens, IL;
her mother-in-law, Barbara Winterbauer of Freeburg, IL;
two brothers-in-law, Wayne (Kathy) Winterbauer of West Mifflin, PA, and John (Lisa) Winterbauer of Freeburg, IL.

Kris will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends.

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2019 and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Earl Crecelius officiating.


16 Comments on Kristine Winterbauer

Frank X Heiligenstein said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2019 at 10:27 PM

Mark, All of us have lost a very personable lady who enjoyed life and was always fun to be around. hope you are doing well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Stewart Lannert said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2019 at 8:19 PM

Dear Mark, I am sorry to hear your wife passed away. I am sending a donation to the church in her name.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lana Behrens Johnson said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2019 at 12:11 PM

Mark, my deepest sympathy. So glad I got to meet you, you have had a special wife and life. Kris’ obituary was beautiful. Susie and June, I am so sorry for your loss of Kristine. What a happy, fun childhood we spent together, Kris will be in my heart forever as all of you will. RIP Kristine.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Amanda Huffman said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2019 at 4:02 AM

I'm truly sorry for your families loss of Kris she was a great woman sure going to miss her..take care

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Jim & Jackie Porth said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2019 at 10:42 PM

Our sincerest condolences to you Mark and your entire family. Sorry for your loss. God Bless all of you.

  • Bristol
  • Rhode Island
Ruth Ann & Jon Hanft said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2019 at 2:29 AM

Amy, Susie & family—Our thoughts are with you all as we all remember her smiles & laughter. After her long fought battle, she is once again the Kris we all remember.

  • New Athens
  • IL
Tom Hill said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2019 at 1:01 AM

So sorry Mark. She will be missed.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Mark Grau said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2019 at 11:38 AM

Mark, my condolences on your loss. Kris was wonderful person, i remember sitting out on the picnic table having a drink. She will be greatly missed.

  • Wooster
  • OH
Kim Meyer Fitzgerald said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2019 at 8:32 PM

Susie and Amy - My heart breaks for you in the loss of your lovely sister. My fondest memories of Kris are when I was "growing up" in the Loesche household back in the late 60s. I remember Kris being coolest person I had ever known in her bellbottom jeans and halter tops. I remember watching her every move, including sneaking peeks at Mark and her kissing in the car when he dropped her off after their dates. What I remember most about Kris was her kindness. She had nothing to gain by being nice to her kid sister's best friend, and yet she was always kind. May her loving spirit be set free from the illness that stole the last few years of her life and may you and your families find comfort in knowing that others are thinking of you in the days to come.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Jerry & Eve Yaekel said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2019 at 4:06 PM

Kris' passing is bittersweet, but our memories of her will always shine through. Our condolences to you, Mark and your family. Eve & Jerry

  • Fredericktown
  • MO
Jay & Linda Krieg said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2019 at 2:27 PM

Mark and family, We are saddened by the loss of Kris’s presence on earth. We are here to assist in keeping the good memories of such a sweet soul alive in our hearts. We are always here for you and to support you in any way possible.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Roberta Stabenow said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2019 at 1:37 PM

She was a wonderful person, inside and out. My sympathy to all the family and many friends.

  • Sun City Center
  • Fl
Deb Reeves said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2019 at 1:24 PM

I'll love you forever my dear friend! I'm not saying good bye, I'm saying I'll see you again...and the music and laughter we shared will be for all eternity.

  • New Athens
  • Illinois
Pam Hammel said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2019 at 1:03 AM

I wish I had the words to comfort her family. She was a good friend and we had some good times together.. May you rest in peace Kris until we meet again my friend. Love, Pam

  • Waterloo
  • Il
Jan Thrasher said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2019 at 11:50 PM

God bless her, she fought such a long hard battle. And Mark you are truly a wonderful husband for all the time you took care of her. Please except my deepest sympathy. May God be with you through this hard time. Gone way to soon..........Jan

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Cathy Sinn Flowers said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2019 at 9:54 PM

My heart goes out to the family...such a beautiful soul gone. The tribute expresses how I saw Kris...always smiling. So friendly. May you rest in the arms of Jesus, dear cousin. Much love to you all.❤️

  • Annandale
  • Virginia

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