Margaret “Toots” Schilling

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Margaret A. “Toots” Schilling, nee Baumann, 81, of Belleville, IL, born November 15, 1937, in Belleville, IL, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 21, 2019, at her residence.

Toots opened Toots’ Cake & Candy Supplies in 1974, and was the owner and operator there for 30 years.  She was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Belleville, IL.  Through her numerous years of owning Toots’, she made many friends.  All who knew her were drawn to her lively, warm personality and kind heart.  The past several years were a battle that she always found a way to keep fighting.  Her bravery was undeniable.  Toots has left quite an impression on many, and will surely be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Margaret, nee Sauer, Baumann; and a brother-in-law, Butch Bujnak.

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Bob L. Schilling, whom she married May 2, 1956;
her son, Brad Schilling of Belleville, IL;
her daughter, Dawn (Terry) Barnes of Swansea, IL;
four grandchildren, Joseph and Joshua Schilling,
and Michael and Elizabeth Barnes;
five brothers, Joseph (Peppi) Baumann, Louis (Nancy) Baumann,
William (Betty) Baumann, Thomas (Nancy) Baumann,
and Daniel (Colleen) Baumann;
three sisters, Mary Bujnak, Diane (Robert) Clark,
and Bernice (Charles) Osborne;
her very special friend, Ann Davis;
many nieces and nephews;
and her faithful companion, Chloe.

Memorials may be made to St. George’s Episcopal Church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019, at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019, at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Belleville, IL, with Father Dale Coleman officiating.

According to Margaret’s wishes, cremation was held, and burial will be at a later date.



5 Comments on Margaret “Toots” Schilling

Richard and Jan Olson said : Guest Report Aug 03, 2019 at 2:21 PM

We had planned to come to your Mom’s service, but unfortunately it did not work out. Please know we offer our sincere condolences. She suffered a long time and is now at peace. Knowing this does not take away the pain of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Dick and Jan Olson

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Carolyn Wottowa said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2019 at 10:10 PM

I first met Toots in January 1980 while taking a cake decorating class at SWIC. Toots' was where we were told we could get our supplies. We got so much more than supplies, we got the encouragement and support we needed as beginners. I didn't know then how that hobby would be a big part of my life. I took the class to make birthday cakes for our children. nieces & nephews. I am now making cakes for our great nieces & nephews and grandchildren. Thanks, Toots for all your love & support.

  • O Fallon
  • Illinois
Shelia Frerker said : Guest Report Jul 27, 2019 at 9:57 PM

Bob and Family, Looking back over the many years I have known Toots, no one has ever come into my life that has held meaning like Toots has. I have admired her positive, upbeat, refreshing attitude she has always carried no matter what obstacle was thrown in her path of living life. Her conerned caring heart for everyone was what made Toots So Very Special.......need I say more as I look forward to having Special Memories with my remarkable and never forgotten friend....Beautiful Toots! Hugs to you all.....Shelia Frerker

  • Trenton
  • IL
Kim Christ said : Guest Report Jul 27, 2019 at 8:31 PM

Toots was one on the most wonderful people I have ever met. She was brave and persevering, always positive and loving to everyone. She was an example of grace to us all. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers of comfort during this time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jerry and Mary Teague said : Guest Report Jul 27, 2019 at 5:55 PM

Bob and Family So sorry for your loss. Jerry and Mary

  • Belleville
  • IL

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