Marie Oelrich

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Marie L. Oelrich, nee Holdener, 91, of Belleville, IL, born September 23, 1932, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, December 11, 2023, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Mrs. Oelrich attended St. Philip Catholic Grade School and was a 1950 graduate of St. Teresa’s Academy, both in East St. Louis, IL. She had been a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, since 1967, and a member of the Women’s Sodality at the church. Marie was a member of VFW Post 1739 Women’s Auxiliary, an election judge for over 40 years, and a charter member of Belleville Sister Cities. Marie, who was commonly referred to as Saint Marie, enjoyed volunteering her time with Meals on Wheels, delivering communion to nursing homes, and was a liturgist at St. Luke Catholic Church. She loved playing cards, especially her weekly pinochle games at the Moose with friends. She was an avid gardener and recycling was her second religion. She was an active participant in the Tour de Belleville until the age of 83 and was once featured in the BND. She loved to travel and had visited all 50 states and enjoyed many trips to Paderborn, Germany.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Charles C. “Chuck” Oelrich, whom she married on October 15, 1955, and who died on March 23, 2008; her parents, Adolph and Veronica, nee Siekmann, Holdener; a sister, Laura Ring; a granddaughter, Megan Oelrich; and a special friend, Jerry Fehlker.

She is survived by a daughter, Eileen M. (Mark) Hoag of Belleville, IL; five sons, Jerome A. Oelrich of Collinsville, IL, Ron J. (Sue) Oelrich of York, PA, Kevin M. (Gina) Oelrich of Belleville, IL, Larry C. (Nancy) Oelrich of O’Fallon, IL, and Matt J. (Angie) Oelrich, of New Baden, IL; 11 grandchildren, Christina Oelrich, Andrew (Janel Plunkard) Oelrich, Stephanie Oelrich, Marie (Wyatt Driscoll) Hisel, James (Lucy Furlong) Hisel, Monique Hisel, Renae (Bradley) Scott, Trent (Menique Koos) Oelrich, Jacqueline Oelrich, Madeline (Ryan Meddows) Oelrich, and Brandon Oelrich; three great-grandchildren, Lucas Oelrich, and Ledger and Ryder Oelrich; five step-grandchildren, Roe (Krista) Draper, Cassandra (Kevin Merkel) Draper, Kristi (Andy) Thouvenot, Tami (Alex) Wuellner, and Kyle Poettker; many step-great-grandchildren; four siblings, Bernice Goodwin of Marysville, CA, Dr. Paul (Loretta) Holdener of Belleville, IL, Margie Dick of Marion, IL, and Doris (Leonard) Black of Caseyville, IL; many loving nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Jim Reynolds of Swansea, IL.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, December 17, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 18, 2023, at St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 18, 2023, at St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Father Eugene Neff officiating.

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


20 Comments on Marie Oelrich

Marilyn Buehlhorn said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2023 at 9:41 AM

Matt & Family, I am so sorry about your mom. Since St Teresa & St Luke have joined, I've seen her frequently at Mass & other parish activities. She will be dearly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sharon & Stephen Sauthoff said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2023 at 7:07 AM

I met Marie when I met Stephen and married, enjoying St. Luke’s. She was outgoing and part of the new luncheon. Happy became a Eucharistic minister, and she shared that with me. She is and was a great lady

  • IL
Dr. Otmar Allendorf said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2023 at 5:13 AM

Deeply felt condolences to the Oelrich family. We have wonderful memories of her hospitality during the sister city visits to Belleville.We very well remember the visits of Chuck and Marie to Paderborn.

  • Paderborn
  • Germany
Connie Barre said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Marie was AMAZING! She was loved by so many but was also so inspiringly!! We met at St.Lukes when our kids ran around in CYO but later we connected through “the church” and lately at St. Paul’s when she would celebrate the Eucharist with Fr. Gene. She always had a smile to share and always so positive about making it 90! I’ll bet she’s riding her bike around those pearly gates!!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kathy Bruss said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2023 at 1:36 PM

So sad to hear of Marie's passing. I had the privilege of playing pinochle with her and Jim at the Moose on Tuesday nights. A truly remarkable woman!

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Cheryl Malerba said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2023 at 1:23 PM

Dear Cousins and family, We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom, our Aunt. Aunt Marie was special to all of us and will be dearly missed. What a wonderful life she has led - God must me so happy to bring her home to be by His side. We are sending you our thoughts, love and prayers, Jay, Wayne, Cheryl, Brian and Stephanie

  • Gales Ferry
  • CT
Larry Newell said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2023 at 10:50 AM

Mary was an awesome lady and I had the pleasure of meeting her when I became the Commander of the VFW Post and going with her and other Auxillary members monthly to Jefferson Barracks and host bingo for the VA patients. She always brought stories and smiles on our trips to and from those outages. She will be missed and my family is praying for your family.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Sandra Krug said : Guest Report Dec 14, 2023 at 4:55 PM

Eileen and Mark, My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your dear mother Marie. She was a lovely and delightful lady who will be missed by many.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Carolyn (Weissert) Wottowa said : Guest Report Dec 14, 2023 at 3:24 PM

I have known the Holdener family for many years. I remember Veronica & Adolph from St Philip, both hard workers. We have many relatives in common, although we are not related. Pauline Holdener and Peggy Siekmann were both my aunts. I also worked with Dr Paul and Dr Greg in radiology. Just wanted to extend our prayers. May the special memories you have guide you in the days ahead

  • O’Fallon
  • Il
Bob and Jay Lee said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2023 at 8:14 PM

Deepest condolences to the family. She was loved by many and will be missed. It was our special joy to call her our friend.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kelly (Barre) West said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2023 at 5:34 PM

Matt and family, I will always remember your mom’s smile. It lit up her whole face and she was always so kind to everyone she met. Keeping you in our prayers - Steve and Kelly (Barre) West

  • Belleville
  • IL
Debbie Townsend said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2023 at 5:04 PM

Eileen, I am so sorry about the passing of your precious mother. You have been an excellent daughter to her, and I know you love each other very much.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Steve & Lynn Glauber said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2023 at 3:57 PM

Our sympathies to Eileen, her brothers and all the family. We fondly remember Marie’s bike treks through our neighborhood when we lived in Belleville and many pleasant conversations with her over the years. May she rest in peace.

  • MO
Rickey lugge said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2023 at 3:53 PM

So sorry to here about your mother great women always smiling she will b missed Great family you all are

  • Belleville
  • IL
Tom and Mary Budde said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2023 at 3:42 PM

Our thoughts and prayers will be with the Oelrich family especially at Christmas time. 🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️to your family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Debbie Browning said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2023 at 1:05 PM

To the Olerich family I am so sorry about Marie.She was an awesome and amazing person.She always had a wonderful grace about her she will be dearly missed love you all.

  • Baldwin
  • Il
Debbie said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2023 at 12:05 PM

Dear family, thinking about you all and all the memories of your beautiful mother, Aunt Marie. What a tremendous loss for family, friends and her community, she was so loved and admired and the life of any party! I speak for mom and all your California cousins... we love you all and feel your sadness, we'll be with you as you honor and celebrate all Marie created and accomplished in her life! She is an amazing woman and her legacy and spirit are everlasting ❤️

  • Roseville
  • CA
Suzanne and Jim said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2023 at 12:05 PM

Marie was our most wonderful neighbor for 18 years. We loved chatting with her across the fence. What great advice she gave us about gardening. We loved seeing her ride her bike through the neighborhood and meeting some of her family. We will miss her immensely.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Lydia feldman said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2023 at 11:12 AM

Sending the deepest condolences to Monique’s family! Big hugs ❤️

  • Farmingdale
  • New York
Michele Ortman said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2023 at 11:08 AM

Matt, Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I will keep you and yours in prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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