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 www.rennerfh.com.
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.