Margaret Birkner

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Margaret Birkner, nee Huth, 95, of Swansea, IL, born June 14, 1923, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, October 12, 2018, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Margaret was a sales clerk at S.S. Kresge Company in Belleville, IL, before her retirement.  Her prior work assignments include the Carroll House, Fab n’ Trim, The Telephone Company and the Dutch Girl Restaurant, all in Belleville. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, and belonged to the Quilters Club at the church. She was also a member of the Belleville Quail Club and The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #697. As a member of the Quail Club, Margaret worked with the quilter group. With her husband Oliver, and a wonderful group of volunteers, the Quail Club Fish Fry was established, which was highly successful for many years.  In addition, Margaret was a charter member of the Swansea Volunteer Fireman’s Auxiliary. For many years, a volunteer in support of her children, Margaret served as a room mother at the Franklin School, with the Boy Scout organization at St. Paul UCC, and with the music programs at Belleville School Districts #118 and #201.

She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 46 years, Oliver Birkner, whom she married on May 19, 1944, and who died on May 3, 1990; her parents, John C. and Clara M., nee Ackerman, Huth; a granddaughter, Sarah Birkner, two sisters, Catherine Huth and Rita Haas; and a brother, John (Edna) Huth.

Surviving are her two sons, William H. Birkner of Phoenix, AZ, and Thomas F. (Kathryn) Birkner of Belleville, IL;
three grandchildren, John, Ryan and Erin Birkner;
a brother, Jerome (Delores) Huth;
a sister-in-law, Darlene;
and many loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fine Arts Fund at St. Paul United Church of Christ.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL with Rev. Michelle Torigian officiating.

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


7 Comments on Margaret Birkner

Donna Fox said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2018 at 3:34 PM

Bill and Tom and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a nice lady. I visied her every time I visited Swansea. I didn't know she did all that volunteer work, but it fits with her caring personality. I'm sure she will be missed very much. I will be praying for her, you and the rest of your family. May God bless you all.

  • Aurora
  • CO
Dennis rueter said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2018 at 12:25 PM

Tom, sorry to hear of ur moms passing. Been awhile since we have been in touch. Do see Byron from time to time.

  • Columbia
  • Illinois
Ray and Jean Chamberlin said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Tom: Our thoughts are with you during the death of your mother. Our son mike also sends his regrets. We are sure you remember him from high school. God bless you and your family at this time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Tom Reaka said : Guest Report Oct 17, 2018 at 12:53 PM

Tom, My condolences to you and your family. I am out of town and just read about your mom. She was a great lady and a friend. She and all of you are in my prayers. Sincerely, Tom Reaka

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Tom Calhoun said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2018 at 4:46 PM

Bill and Tom, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. While I didn't know her that well, the few times I was able to be in her company were very special. What a wonderful person she was. My sympathies to you and your family.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
David Watkins said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2018 at 3:08 PM

Mrs. Birkner treated and cared for us all as if we were her own. We all have great memories of the times we spent at the Birkner household. She was a lovely lady inside and out. My condolences to the entire Birkner family. David Watkins

  • Sarasota
  • Florida
Bette "Hobbs" Ettling said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2018 at 12:24 PM

Marge was always such a sweet lady. Our family lived at 101 Bracket and my mother was in the auxilliary and Mother's club with her. Always enjoyed her company.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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