Marianne Wessel

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Marianne L. Wessel, nee Uhri, 94, of Belleville, IL, born June 30, 1926, in St. Louis, MO, died Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Marianne was a member of Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church and Volunteered at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL. She lived for her family and loved spending winters in Fort Myers Beach with her beloved “Pinky” and dear friends, Irma and Gus Heller, and also enjoyed fun times at the Lake of the Ozarks. Marianne never met a stranger. “Kissi Kissi”

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Gilbert W. “Gib” Wessel, whom she married on April 19, 1947, and who died on September 17, 2001; a son, James G. Wessel; her parents, Louis and Mary, nee Turek, Uhri; and a granddaughter, Lynne Schweiger.

Surviving are four daughters, Judi (Warren) Diesel, of St. Louis, MO, Susan Wessel of Belleville, IL, Carol (Steve) Helms of Belleville, IL,
and Gerry (Rich) Martin of Fults, IL;
a daughter-in-law, Marion Wessel;
nine grandchildren, Bert Diesel, Lacey (Derek) Belz, Chris (Emma) Wessel,
Jessi (Neil) Pettijohn, Cassidy (Jake) Fahrner, Luke Martin, Debbie (Paul) Schaefer,
Scott Schweiger and Jim Schweiger;
10 great-grandchildren, Beau and Dixie Belz, Ruby, Nash and Trip Pettijohn,
Quinn Wessel, Renee (Greg) Muehlfeld, Brad Schaefer, Kelsea Schweiger, and Jake Schweiger;
and two great-great grandchildren, Asher and Liberty Muehlfeld;

The family would like to give special thanks to Freeburg Care Center and to Family Hospice for the excellent care given to Marianne.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday, August 10, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks, will be in place upon entrance.

Funeral:  Funeral procession to leave at 10:15 a.m. Monday, August 10, 2020, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks, will be in place upon entrance.

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



22 Comments on Marianne Wessel

Lynn Gass said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Hi Judi? I was thinking of you today so I googled you seeing the obituary for your mom. So sorry to see passed a few months ago. Please know my thoughts are with this holiday season. God bless you ❤??

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Marcia Gaul Hagene said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 9:04 AM

Hi Judy, I happened to see your mom’s obituary on Renner’s website. I haven’t seen you or your mom in such a long time but I do remember her great smile!! I’m so sorry for your loss! Prayers for your mom, you and all of the family!

  • Pinckneyville
  • Illinois
Jan Gundlach Schneider said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2020 at 8:22 PM

Dear Wessel family Please accept my sincere sympathy on your mother’s passing..We had so many fun times at the Elks club and parties in our homes. She was a fun loving sweet lady.

  • OFallon
  • Mo
Lyn (Huelsman) Ernst said : Guest Report Aug 15, 2020 at 2:57 PM

God's Blessings to Marianne's family. What a wonderful woman she was. Always made everyone feel so special in her presence. I agree with those who said a party goes on in Heaven with Marianne there. Hugs to all.

  • The Villages
  • Fl
Barb Gundlach Compton said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2020 at 10:20 PM

So sorry for your loss. Many goods times were had between our parents.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Mike Fraser said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 3:51 PM

So sorry for your loss! We had many great picnics and vacations with the Wessel's and the Renner's. You're in our prayers!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Catherine Chambliss-Martin said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 2:23 PM

So sorry to the Wessel family for the loss of your dear mother, and to my grandchildren, Jessi, Cassi & Luke for loosing a very sweet and special Grandmother. I was pleased to have known her. God's Blessings on all your family.

  • New Valmeyer
  • Illinois
Gary Blome said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Please accept my deepest sympathy. Marianne was always nice and friendly to me when I was growing up in the Roosevelt neighborhood. In addition, I really enjoyed working at Wessel’s Market with the Wessel family. Heaven better be ready for a firecracker and be ready to party with her husband and Jim Renner. My thoughts and prayers are with the Wessel family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joan Acker said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2020 at 12:53 PM

My thoughts are with you during this time. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Ann Yocks said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2020 at 10:45 AM

Sending my sympathy to all the family. I know your mom will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you all.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Richard and Ann Mank said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Our sympathy to the Wessel family. We had many fun times with Gib, Marianne, Jim and Marion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Mooresville
  • NC
Connie Simpson said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2020 at 9:31 AM

Wessel family et al, Girls--so sorry on Marianne's passing. What a woman--she could do anything (and did) while raising five kids. She and Mame made such a formidable pair in taking care of all of you! To think that an only child could end up with such a legacy of ancestors--I'm sure she was thrilled and proud. I was just a young teenager when she came into my life and I will always be thankful for that relationship. She's "up there" with Gib and Jimmer--happy to see them both. Love, Connie

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Mark & Kim forcade said : Guest Report Aug 09, 2020 at 2:24 PM

We were very sad to hear of Marianne’s passing. Please except our sympathy. Sincerely, mark and kim

  • Smithton
  • Il
Louise Hoppenjans said : Guest Report Aug 09, 2020 at 11:31 AM

To the family, I am sorry for your loss, however Heaven got a lightening bolt of fun and laughter. Great lady!!

  • belleville
  • ill
Elaine Schmidt said : Guest Report Aug 09, 2020 at 10:22 AM

My deepest sympathy to all of Marianne's family. I was planning to come for services, but seem to have what I think is a sinus infection and due to the COVID I don't want to endanger anyone. Wish I could see everyone again. We cousins had great times getting together. Marinne loved Colorado almost as much as I do. I remember the trips out there too. Much love and prayers, Elaine, Nikki and Brian

  • Jefferson City
  • MO
Janet M Thrasher said : Guest Report Aug 08, 2020 at 10:20 PM

I loved your Mom. I enjoyed talking to her at Freeburg Care Center when she would sit at the table with my Aunt Leona Parrish. Please except my deepest sympathy...

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Jeanette miles said : Guest Report Aug 08, 2020 at 9:50 AM

Deepest sympathy to Marian, son Chris. Played tennis many years ago and remember how much fun this lady was and how her presence was always felt. God bless.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Debra Koehler (Wolf) said : Guest Report Aug 07, 2020 at 10:44 PM

Many childhood memories on State Street. Marianne was a mom I remembered as being so kind and beautiful. My condolences to the Wessel family.

  • Leesburg,
  • FL
Bill and Pat Biehl said : Guest Report Aug 07, 2020 at 2:20 PM

We were sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary Ann Krausz said : Guest Report Aug 07, 2020 at 1:32 PM

I want to express my sympathy to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Jean Blouin said : Guest Report Aug 07, 2020 at 11:27 AM

Judi, Sue, Carol, Gerry & Families, Been thinking so much of your Mom these last few days. So many memories. She was a blessing to us all which is why we all, especially you all, will miss her. Wish I could be there to give you all a hug. God bless you and give you comfort & strength during these days of sorrow. Love you all, Jean & Claude Blouin

  • Dawson Creek
  • British Columbia
John and Jackie (Lugge) Lauf said : Guest Report Aug 07, 2020 at 6:39 AM

Sorry for your loss. May God send many graces to your family to comfort you at this time. May she Rest In Peace .Amen

  • Belleville
  • IL

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