Margaret Riesenberger

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Margaret Riesenberger, nee Stuempler, 96, of Belleville, IL, born August 11, 1925, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, November 26, 2021, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Riesenberger was the caregiver for many generations of both her near and extended family. She worked in the medical records department of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, before her retirement. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Cordell “Corky” Riesenberger, whom she married on May 2, 1946, and who died February 25, 2019; one son, Robert Lee Riesenberger; one daughter, Sharon Riesenberger; her parents, Herman and Agnes, nee Franke, Stuempler; a grandson, Kristopher Riesenberger; two brothers, John and Charlie Stuempler; and a sister, Mary Stehlick.

Surviving are one daughter-in-law, Karen, nee Pence, Riesenberger;
three grandchildren, Randall (Amy) Riesenberger, ​Ronald Riesenberger, ​and Jennifer L. (Zach) Morton;
five great-grandchildren, Rachel (Paul) Durante, ​Leah, Avarah, Adah and Isaac Riesenberger;
seven great-great-grandchildren, Hannah and Henry Durante; Kyle, Ryan, Kamrynn, Oliver, and Norah Morton;
and many nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to the staff at Bradford Place in Swansea, IL and the ER and ICU staff at Belleville Memorial Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, December 4, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 4, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Masks are required.

Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.


4 Comments on Margaret Riesenberger

Andre Ledee said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2021 at 8:25 AM

My mom, Pat , was a neighbor to Margaret at Bradford Place. During that period of time they became good friends. I would spend many evenings visiting and enjoying dinner conversation in the dining room. I only knew Margaret for a short period of time before covid took over and changed all of our lives forever. But those many stories shared will be treasured forever. Thank you Margaret , it was a privilege to have met you. God Bless your family during this time.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
JudySaeger said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2021 at 8:46 PM

Marge was very inspirational. She and Corky spent many years at the downtown YMCA in the pool. My husband and I exercised and visited with them many times. What a joy they both were. Blessings to a GREAT couple!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kathy McDade Draper said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2021 at 10:56 PM

So sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. My fondest memory is when I would go over to Corky & hers house n Corky would tell us n show us his deep sea helmet & she would beam . She loved her family n everyone. I grew up in the neighborhood n they were like family not just neighbors. True friends & mentors. Rest in Peace. And enjoy your time with Corky & all that have passed. God Bless!!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lynn Gabel Fulte said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2021 at 11:50 AM

Extending condolences on the loss of this lovely woman. My most vivid memory of her was her "head over heels" love for her husband,Corky. She was a wonderful example of dedication and commitment. May she rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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