Marcia Richardson

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Marcia M.  Richardson , nee Mason, 82, of Belleville, Illinois, born June 26, 1936 in Belleville, died Friday, November 30, 2018, at home, surrounded by family.

Marcia graduated from Notre Dame High School in Belleville in 1953. She studied Math and Physics at Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, Texas. She returned to Belleville to teach at St. Luke Grade School and Pontiac School. She married John Richardson on November 26, 1959. Mrs. Richardson became a homemaker, raising 13 children.

As a life-long member of St. Teresa Parish, she founded the pre-school Sunday school program; worked as librarian and substitute teacher at the parish school; was active in the Perpetual Help Society, and Young at Heart Club, serving as president of each; counted collections; and served in many other ways at both the church and school.

In retirement, she enjoyed travel with her husband and visiting her children and grandchildren. She was an avid baker. As the matriarch of her family, she was the organizer and planner of frequent large family gatherings.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, John E. Richardson, Sr., who died July 10, 2017, a son, John E. “Jack” Richardson Jr, and her parents, James Sr. and Florence, nee Arnold, Mason.

She is survived by one brother, James A. (Mary) Mason and her children: Janet (Keith) Sweet of Edwardsville, IL, and their children, Adam (Elaine) and Andy Kilker, Colleen, Sean, Connor, and Jack; Jeanne (Scott) Hlavacek of Libertyville, IL, and their children, Matt and Michelle; Julie (Scott) Neill of Lebanon, IL, and their children, Wilson (Kelsey) and Alan; Jennifer (Ames) Foley of Belleville, IL, and their children, Sam, Sarah, and Amanuel; Jill (Doug) Lugge of Millstadt, IL, and their children, Alicia, Thomas, Robert, and Olivia; Jeffrey (Mary) Richardson of Belleville, IL, and their children, Ben (Kristen), Laura, Christopher, Stephen, Timothy, and Kathryn; Joseph (Cathy) Richardson of Lee’s Summit, MO, and their children, Alex, Andrew, and Natasha; Jodie (Ken) Yunevich of York, NE and their children, Megan (Chris) Fifield, Lucie (Will) Cappa, Isaac, and Harry; Jerry (Jackie) Richardson of Millstadt, IL, and their children, Jacob, Abby, and Dan; Fr. James Richardson of Kalamazoo, MI; Joshua Richardson of O’Fallon, MO, and his children, Cole and Sydney; Joel (Alice) Richardson of Seoul, South Korea, and their children, Katherine and Michael;
seven great-grandchildren, Mason, Noah and Lorelai Fifield, Phoebe and Lillian Richardson, Hazel Chollet, and August Cappa.

Memorials may be made to the Kalamazoo Oratory of St. Philip Neri, of which Fr. James Richardson is moderator, or Belleville Pregnancy Care Center. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. with Rosary prayed at 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2018, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: The funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Father James Richardson officiating.

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



12 Comments on Marcia Richardson

Gary and Chin Arnold said : Guest Report Dec 07, 2018 at 12:45 AM

Our hearts go out to the entire Richardson clan. Marcia was very special; her family was her life. Celebrate the many happy memories you all share! She will be missed!

  • Queen Creek
  • AZ
Judy Conley said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2018 at 7:07 PM

I was so sorry to learn of the loss of your Mother while working at the St Luke Sodality Tuesday Noon Luncheon-Card Party She was s model for all families to follow for a joyful life. God be with you in your adjustment and keep your instincts attuned to her inspiration.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Hoof & Paw Animal Clinic said : Guest Report Dec 03, 2018 at 7:39 PM

Andy, We are so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

  • Belleville
  • il
Faye Buford said : Guest Report Dec 03, 2018 at 1:12 PM

Ames and Jenny, my thoughts and prayers for continued strength are with you always.

  • Florissant
  • MO
Christina and Timothy Butkiewicz said : Guest Report Dec 03, 2018 at 3:10 AM

Our thoughts and prayers to all of the Richardson family.

  • Kalamazoo
  • MI
Maurine Eden said : Guest Report Dec 03, 2018 at 2:57 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great lady and always made me feel welcome. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Freeport
  • IL
Sara Christ said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2018 at 4:58 PM


  • Columbia
  • Missouri
Ann Foley said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2018 at 1:54 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Aunt Marcia was an amazing woman and will be missed by all of us. You will all be in our prayers.

  • Zachary
  • Louisiana
Mary Kay Pritchett said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2018 at 3:41 PM

I am so sorry for your loss of your mom! She was a very special lady and will be missed by many. She was always so supportive of me! I valued her friendship. I can't make the wake, but will try to make the funeral on Tuesday.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Mary Anne Warnecke said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2018 at 1:21 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Marcia's passing, but I rejoice in her courage and determination to handle her situation on her own terms. God has reclaimed another of his chosen ones, and, although her passing is a tremendous loss for us who knew her, she now rests with her Creator and her beloved John, My sincere sympathies to all the JER's.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Linda and Joe Cipfl said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2018 at 8:13 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all members of the Richardson family. Undoubtedly, a tremendous void now exists within your family, but so much strength can be found as you recall and enjoy the beautiful love, care and support tthat Marcia has forever provided for her family. God bless all of you! .

  • Ofallon
  • Illinois
Kathy (Kiehl) Clanfield said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2018 at 3:56 AM

Jan and all of the Richardson family, You are in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of your wonderful mother. Your mom (and dad) were two of the sweetest people in the world. Even as parents of a very large family, they were never too busy to coach sports teams or host get-togethers for their kids’ friends. I will forever remember their kindness and senses of humor with a smile. You are all a testament to the wonderful parenting of your mom and dad. May you find comfort in your many happy memories and the knowledge that tonight your parents and Jack are reunited in Heaven. Love, Kathy (Kiehl) Clanfield

  • Janesville
  • Wisconsin

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