Lucille Zabawa

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Lucille E. Zabawa, nee Stark, 101, of Belleville, IL, born May 18, 1919, in East St. Louis, IL, died Monday, August 24, 2020, at Oak Hill Nursing Home, Waterloo, IL.

Mrs. Zabawa was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace parish, Belleville, IL. In her earlier years, she had been active in many organizations including, the Polish American Ladies Club, the Polish National Alliance Lodge 1174, and the Polish American War Veterans Auxiliary.  Lucille was also a member of the Ursuline Sisters Auxiliary and the Senior Circle Red Bud Illinois Chapter.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Leo J. Zabawa, whom she married on April 14, 1948 in East St. Louis, IL, and who died on March 2, 2002; a son, Leo Frederick Zabawa; a daughter, Barbara Lucille Zabawa; her parents, Francis T. and Anna C., nee Wiegand, Stark; and a sister, Flora Stark Kiddoo.

Surviving are a son, Christopher F. (Lina) Zabawa of Bethesda, MD;
a daughter, Christine C. (Greg) Heilig of Waterloo, IL;
and two grandchildren, Sarah Lynn (fiancé Ian Dahlstrom) Heilig and Byron Paul Heilig.

Memorials can be made in the form of masses or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  A private Mass of Christian Burial will be at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

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


5 Comments on Lucille Zabawa

Lisa Hoelscher Gaal said : Guest Report Sep 04, 2022 at 11:59 AM

Christine and Chris, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We lived on Elizabeth Drive for many years. My mom and dad are still there. Lucille was a grandmother figure to us. We would visit her once in awhile and have fond memories of Halloween, when she would give us money instead of candy. My parents also extend their sympathy to your family. - Lisa Hoelscher Gaal, Mathilda and Verle Hoelscher

  • Maryville
  • il
Sylvia Zeszutek Berutti said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2020 at 6:14 PM

On behalf of the PALS, I want to offer to all of you our deepest sympathy on the loss of Lucille. What a gracious, lovely lady with an endless smile. I remember her being so helpful and loved to play Bingo! We missed her joining us these past years but remembered her by sending seasonal greeting cards. RIP Lucille. PALS

  • Fairview heights
  • Il. 62208
Debbie Miller Schumacher said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2020 at 4:42 PM

Chris & Christine So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. What a great lady & such fond memories. I’ll never forget her Girl Scout leadership, playing in your backyard, and singing Happy Anniversary around the piano. Hope these memories will bring a smile to you and know how much she meant to us.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Linda Gnaegy said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2020 at 3:42 PM

Deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom. Fond memories of your mom & dad. Remember all your great times with her. God bless. Linda Reeves Gnaegy

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Donna Vandeloo Dworak said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2020 at 8:05 AM

I have wonderful memories of Mrs. Zabawa. She welcomed me into her home for play dates with Christine and was an amazing Girl Scout troop leader. I recall our troop performing at the Ursuline Convent and marking trails at Citizens Park. Hoping Christine and the rest of the family find comfort in your memories.

  • Carlyle
  • Il

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