Marie Reichling

Marie Reichling
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Marie Reichling, nee Summers, 76, of Belleville, IL, born October 26, 1940, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Mrs. Reichling worked for the U.S. Postal Service and was the first female rural mail carrier in St. Clair County.  She was also a bus driver in Millstadt, a lifetime PTA member and Past PTA President at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Belleville, IL, a charter member of the Belleville Sister Cities with Paderborn, Germany, and a volunteer for many area charities.  Marie was also a member of the Crossroads Christian Church, Caseyville, IL, the Women of the Moose Chapter 53, Swansea, IL, and the Order of the Eastern Star Rob Morris Chapter.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Edward A. and Gertrude M., nee Lawson, Summers; a grandson, James John Reichling in infancy; and a sister, Roberta Giglotto.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Wayne J. Reichling Sr., whom she married on April 25, 1959;
four children, Richard (Michelle)Reichling,
Rita (Mark) Smiley,
Wayne (Julie) Reichling Jr.,
and William (Jeanne) Reichling;
ten grandchildren, Meagan (Andrew) Hall, Charles Jr. (Sierra) Farris,
Rachel Smiley, Amanda Reichling, Amelia Reichling,
Amber Lynn Reichling, Emily Marie Reichling,
Abigail Reichling, Lindsey (Danny) Tyler,
and Steven (Gabriela) Reichling;
six great-grandchildren, Ethan Hall, Riley Hall,
MacKenzie Hall, Ava Binger,
Desmond Reichling, and Aliza Tyler;
two brothers, Edward (Flora) Summers,
and James (Laura) Summers;
a sister, Dorothea (Phillip) Buchanan;
many nieces, nephews and cousins;
and her canine companion, Marley.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, the American Diabetes Association, or the Belleville Area Humane Society.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  The Order of the Eastern Star will hold a ritual at 6:30 the funeral home followed by a Women’s of the Moose ritual.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL with Rev. LaVetta Hall officiating.

Condolences Left For Marie Reichling

Let us who remain not worry or discuss the way she died, but let us remember in amassment the way she lived! God Bless you Marie.

James O Thompson, Cahokia, Illinois, 62206

Thinking of you all and sending prayers love you all

Ann Hamilton Williams , Belleville , Illinois , 62223

Marie is our daughter-in-law’s mother. We use the present tense because she is still with us in heaven. My wife and I haven’t met many people as wonderful as she. Marie lived a life to emulate. She and Wayne,married 57 years, raised a wonderful family. There isn’t enough space to cover her good deeds. Su and I will miss her. We loved her dearly We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Wayne,Sr, and the rest of the extended family. We deeply regret not being able to attend the services. Su can’t travel and I must stay with her.


Rick and Su Smiley

Richard and Susan Smiley, Biloxi, Mississippi, 39532

I’m saddened by the news of my Aunt Marie for she was one of the great ones in our family! I will cherish all my memories of coming to your house, sledding in the backyard and the wonderful smells of your baking, especially your Gooey Butter Cake. Your laughter always made me laugh. I would beg my dad to ride along to go “bumming”, as he called it, to your house and sit at the grown up table to listen to family stories. My prayers to my Uncle Wayne, my cousins and to all those precious grandkids. Fly high Aunt Marie!

Sherry Reichling-Forneris, San Francisco, CA, 94550


John Reichling , O’Fallon, IL, 62269

Please accept our most sincere sympathy and warm wishes during this time of need. Peace be with you.


Ken Billings and Family

Ken Billings , Scott AFB, IL, 62225

Wayne, to you and all those Marie loved, please accept our deepest heartfelt condolences. She was such a joy to know. That smile and laugh would brighten any day.

Wayne & Donna Maddox, , ,

Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jeff & Chasity Revisky, Belleville, Illinois, 62221

Sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences from The Campo Family

Terry CAMPO, Belleville , IL, 62221

We are all very sorry about Marie’s passing and express our deepest condolences. Our thoughts go to her family and friends.
She was one of the first visitors in Paderborn, Germany, in 1988 at the beginning of the Sister Cities relationship between Belleville and Paderborn and has strongly supported it. Thanks to her for all she has done.
We are missing a good friend.
Heiner Sprenkamp, President and Gabi
Wolfgang Stueken, Vice President and Renate
Erwin Schlenger, Treasurer and Uta
Dr. Otmar Allendorf, Honorary Secretary and Helga

DAFK, Paderborn, Deutschland, 33100

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for you. The NARFE Service Center is located in the Civilian Personnel Office, building 50, 201 W Winter St, Scott AFB. You may visit the Service Center on Tuesdays, 10AM to 2PM or call 618-256-9350. You may leave a voice mail message at other times and we will return your call the following Tuesday. You may also call either of our Service Officers, Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819, for immediate assistance if required.

Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap. 1019, Mascoutah, IL, 62258

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of Marie. I know she will be missed terribly by everyone.

Robert and Marilyn Bush, Swansea, IL, 62226-3072

Staci and I were shocked to read the news about Marie’s death. I appreciated her gentle spirit so much in my years of ministry at Hillcrest/Crossroads. May her spirit continue to live on in the church and her family.
Doug Cripe

Douglas Cripe, Elkhart, IN, 46514

Staci and I were shocked to read the news about Marie’s death. I appreciated her gentle spirit so much in my years of ministry at Hillcrest/Crossroads. May her spirit continue to live on in the church and her family.
Doug Cripe

Douglas Cripe, Elkhart, IN, 46514

To the Reichling Family,

So sorry to learn of Marie’s passing. Enjoyed working with her on the various Sister Cities events.

Gary Hopfinger, Lake Placid, FL, 33852


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