Leona Malacarne

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Leona M. “Sis” Malacarne, nee Kombrink, 101, of Belleville, IL, born May 21, 1916, left this life on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, with her family by her side.

Leona led a simple life as a farmer’s daughter and later as a farmer’s wife.  Her love of the outdoors allowed the bounty of the garden vegetables and the beauty of her flowers to be shared with many.

After their retirement, Leona spent many years volunteering at St. Teresa’s cafeteria, as well as the school libraries of Althoff High School and Cathedral Grade School.  She also enjoyed providing transportation to appointments for the Poor Clares and the Sisters at Cathedral in her little red sport pickup.

She dearly loved her three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren and enjoyed showering them with hugs and kisses.

She will be remembered as an incredible woman of faith, a loving matriarch, a mean Bunco player, and a diehard Cardinals fan.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Bill; her infant twin sons, Wilmer and Delmar; her parents, William and Sophia, nee Kassing, Kombrink, a brother, Raymond, a sister, Florence Distler; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Surviving are her three daughters, Arlene (Andy) Pelak of O’Fallon, IL, Doris Malacarne of Quincy, IL, and Connie (John)Wagner of San Diego, CA;
three granddaughters, Shawn (David Parent) Pelak of Ann Arbor, MI, Kelly Pelak of Lisle, IL, and Colleen (Erik) Smith of Bentonville, AR;
four great-grandchildren, Kaylin and Tyler Ditmars, William Parent, and Charlie Smith;
a sister, Lorene Lurtz of O’Fallon, IL;
a brother, Ardell (Bernice) Kombrink of Belleville, IL;
and nieces and nephews.

The family expresses their gratitude to Leona’s very special caregivers at Carelink of Metro East and to Heartland Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy, to Heartland Hospice, or to St. Peter’s Cathedral. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2018, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2018, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Jon Myler officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.


18 Comments on Leona Malacarne

Krystal Welch said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2018 at 8:55 PM

I was just thinking about Ms. Leona and just found out about her passing. My deepest condolences to her family. I adored her and her family while working for her. She was a true sweetheart.

  • Carbondale
  • Illinois
Trudy Wille said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2018 at 5:14 AM

Dear Doris, Connie, and your family, May the Lord bless you all during this time. May you have the peace that goes beyond all human understanding, the peace that comes from the Lord. With heartfelt sympathy, love, hugs, and prayers.

  • Steger
  • IL
Barbara Compton said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2018 at 12:21 AM

So sorry for your loss. I remember growing up at St Teresa’s your parents always being there. Your mom had a lovely, long, giving life. Cherish the memories

  • Belleville
  • IL
The Brutto sisters, Rita, Rose and Mary said : Guest Report Mar 12, 2018 at 12:41 AM

Doris, Arlene, Connie and families, Thinking of you and sending prayers your way. Your Mom was so kind and always ready with a smile. A sweet and wonderful woman. Our sympathy to you all.

  • IL
Elmar Mauer, OMIelmaro mi said : Guest Report Mar 11, 2018 at 12:42 PM

Dear Leona, your loving mother and a good friend to many, many of us, is with her husband Bill again. What a grace and a blessing she was to all God's creation! You had a loving mom, girls; and the church had a faithful and generous member. Enjoy heaven Leona!Elmar Mauer Love, Fr. Elmar, OMI

  • Belleville
  • Illinois, 62223
Donna Leenerts said : Guest Report Mar 11, 2018 at 2:21 AM

Doris, Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. What an amazing “farm girl!” What a wonderful life! ? Donna

  • Lake Ozark
  • Mo
Mary Langenhorst said : Guest Report Mar 10, 2018 at 11:08 PM

Sorry to hear of Leona's passing. I took care of her a few times. Leona was a special lady. Arlene I am working Monday but will keep all your family in my prayers. Mary

  • Albers
  • Il
Jeff Sledz said : Guest Report Mar 10, 2018 at 3:25 PM

We mourn the passing of a truly great woman. I was truly blessed to have her in my life, and cannot begin to describe how much she made me laugh and smile, even when mocking me for supporting the Cubs. I will always cherish the adoration and support she showed to her family. My love and condolences to each and every one of you.

  • Lisle
  • IL
BARBARA ROWELL said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2018 at 9:40 PM


  • IL
Gail Costigan said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2018 at 8:01 PM

Dear Doris and family. I have just learned of your sweet, amazing mom's passing. I send my love and sympathy and am sure she is an angel among the best in heaven now. God bless you all.

  • Quincy
  • Illinois
Juanita Norton said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2018 at 4:21 PM

Look to the hills from whence cometh your help...On behalf of CareLink of Metro East, we send our condolences to you. May God forever keep you in His care as He has received your Mom..another Angel gone home to join the Heavenly Choir.. she will be greatly missed. Thank you for allowing us to come into your lives and home and care for Leona. Arlene you are amazing and we love you! God be with you all

  • Belleville
  • IL
Juanita Norton said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Walk by Faith, not by sight, As you take steps of faith, depend on the Lord as Leona did, she was not afraid to take her final step because her Faith lies upon the Lord. to Arlene, Connie and Doris, it was a joy getting to know you 3 and such treasured memories I have with your Mom, again, thank you all so much for entrusting me to be a big part of her life, growing to love her and wanting nothing but the best for her. You three are treasures and she was blessed to have you. She had to be an amazing Mom! You 3 gave back to her x infinity. I thank God for the crossing of our paths. May He keep you and be your comfort in this time of sorrow

  • Belleville
  • IL
George and Mary Nell Meyer said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2018 at 3:26 PM

Dear Doris, Now we know where your generosity, spirit and love originated. What amazing love your mother brought to others! It was our pleasure to read about your mother. You have been very fortunate having her in your life! Sincerely, George & Mary Nell

  • Quincy
  • IL
Barbara Fry said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2018 at 2:52 PM

Doris, Connie and Arlene ... thinking of you and sending prayers and much love your way. Barbara

  • Quincy
  • Illinois
Sharon Freiburg said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Sending much love....Leona Malacarne always made me giggle. I cherish the times I had with her. Hugs to you all.

  • Cole Bay
  • Sint Maarten
Sharon Freiburg said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Thinking of you all and sending hugs your way. Leona Malacarne always made me giggle. I cherish those times.

  • Quincy
  • Illinois
Denise Harper said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2018 at 3:30 AM

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved, Leona. I will miss talking Cardinal baseball with her. She made me laugh and as I departed her company I left with a smile on my face. Here's to Leona's legacy of family... Love to you all as you grieve. May the pain in your hearts soon be replaced with loving memories to share.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Paul Brown & Janise Denton said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2018 at 2:50 AM

Doris, Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Sincerely, Paul & Janise

  • Quincy
  • IL

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