Marcella Waeltz

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Marcella K. Waeltz, nee Bernhardt, 96, of Smithton, IL, born July 16, 1925, in O’Fallon, IL, died Sunday, February 27, 2022, at her residence.

Mrs. Waeltz was previously employed by Smithton Grade School, Ralston Purina Corporation, and was a former Avon representative. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL. She was a member of the St. John’s UCC Women’s Fellowship and the Smithton Senior Center. Marcella enjoyed spending time with family and loved to talk to family and friends on the telephone. Mrs. Waeltz loved baking and cooking, playing cards and Bunko, listening to country music, and watching game shows on TV. She was a St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and loved to watch their games.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Orville T. Waeltz, whom she married on January 7, 1943, and who died on October 14, 2001; her parents, Henry and Albertina, nee Schildknecht, Bernhardt; three brothers, Lavern Bernhardt, Donald (Jean) Bernhardt, and Delmar (Laverna) Bernhardt; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Surviving are two sons, Gary Waeltz (Marlene Leard, special friend),  and Mark (Barbara) Waeltz; a daughter, Gayle (Bruce) Robbins; eight grandchildren, Kristy (Bruce Jones) Waeltz Holland, Amy (Chris) Judd, Michelle Waeltz, Melissa Waeltz (Shane Cole, Special Friend), Jennifer Waeltz, Ryan (Brooke Wildman, Fiancée) Wambergue, Lindsay (Austin) McRaven, and Brian (Rebekah) Wallace; 13 great-grandchildren, Lily, Jane, Liam, Owen, Orion, Caela, Calista, Landyn, Lucas, Rory, Kyla, Xander and Rand; and a dear friend of the family, Jean Waeltz.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of BJC Home Healthcare and Heartland Hospice for their care and support.

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

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m.­­­ Friday, March 4, 2022, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Andy Wilson officiating.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2022, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Andy Wilson officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


6 Comments on Marcella Waeltz

Calista Judd said : Guest Report Mar 17, 2022 at 2:58 PM

Hey, Grandma I just wanna say that I miss you, I am sorry I didn't have one last goodbye at the funeral, but I didn't really know what to do, so I guess this is my goodbye, I love you grandma I hope that you are always with me, I hope you are at peace, I love you, Calista

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Randy Galati said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2022 at 1:15 PM

Mark/Gary/Gayle, Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Randy Galati

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Shelby Mehrtens said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 11:47 AM

So sorry to hear of Marcella's passing ! She will be missed at the Smithton Senior Center...She was lived by all of us there ! God be with her family .

  • Smithton
  • IL
Charlene Waeltz said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2022 at 9:37 AM

My Deepest Condolences to the entire family. Marcella was a kind, loving, and wonderful lady. She will be greatly missed by many.

  • Missouri
Emily Mohan, PT said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2022 at 1:21 PM

Mark, Ryan and family. I am so sorry to hear of your mother/grandmother’s passing. In the short time I knew her she made a huge impact on my life. She was an amazing woman who was extraordinary strong and fought to the end. I feel extremely lucky to have met her and to see the love you all shared. May you try to find comfort in all the wonderful memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I will never forget her.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Diane Wildman said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2022 at 10:56 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. She was a kind person and always open her house to family and friends. She will be missed. Kyla loved visiting and spending time with grandma Marcella. My prayers for the family.

  • St. Louis
  • MO

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