Marie “Theresa” Fix

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Marie “Theresa” Fix, nee Howard, 84, of Belleville, IL, born November 9, 1935, in East St. Louis, IL, died Thursday, June 4, 2020, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Mrs. Fix was a teacher for 32 years at St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School in Belleville, and previously taught at St. Joseph Catholic School, East St. Louis, IL. For several years she worked at Kroger Grocery Stores and was a greeter at The Louvre, Fairview Heights, IL.  Mrs. Fix was a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and a current member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, David A. Fix; her parents, John C. and Bernadine M., nee Hubert, Howard; three brothers, John (Dolores) Howard, Hubert (Dorothy) Howard, and Bernard (Velma) Howard; and two sisters, Mary (Carl) Varvel, and Virginia Arterburn.

Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Donald W. Fix Sr., whom she married July 19, 1955, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, East St. Louis, IL;

two sons, David (Linda) Fix of Channel View, TX, and Donald W. Fix Jr. of Belleville, IL;
three daughters, Deborah (Daniel) Sodam of Belleville, IL, Dona (Greg) Huber of Belleville, IL, and Diana (Robert) Poe of New Athens, IL;
12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren;
a brother-in-law, Robert Arterburn of Columbia, IL;
numerous nieces and nephews; great-nieces; and great-nephews.

Memorials be made to the Arthritis Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Private family services will be held Monday, June 15, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


25 Comments on Marie “Theresa” Fix

Kathy Raish said : Guest Report Jun 30, 2020 at 3:20 PM

I just heard about Theresa's passing. She taught both of our sons and was a very patient teacher. My heart goes out to the Fix family.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Augie and Margie Werner said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2020 at 9:21 AM

Mrs Fix was a wonderful teacher to our children at St. Mary's and it was always a pleasure to talk with her. Our deepest sympathies to her family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Cheryl Lanter said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2020 at 11:17 AM

So sorry to hear the passing of Theresa. I have fond memories of Zumba class and the fun we had dancing together. She was one of the sweetest people and is fondly remembered. God bless your family!

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Terry and Pat Wesselmann said : Guest Report Jun 10, 2020 at 9:10 AM

Uncle Donnie - our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have so many fun memories that our families shared together.

  • Hastings
  • MN
Mary (winter) Blaies said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 5:37 PM

Mr. Fix and family , Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. I have so very many fond memories of the entire Fix family . St Mary’s : teacher (5th grade) The family Friday night fun Getting that heavy piano ? from next door Mrs Sopp Kroger my first job I could go on and on. I give my deepest sympathy to the whole family and you (Jo) Diana The Winter /Blaies family ❤️

  • Freeburg
  • Il
The Idoll Family said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 3:36 PM

Don and Family, We are so sorry for the loss of Theresa. We go back a long time to the days in Caseyville, IL as neighbors. Everyone will be in our prayers during this difficult. Sincerely, Dolores, Laura, Rhonda, John and Greg.

  • Troy
  • IL
D Hamilton said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 10:12 AM

What a pleasure it was to get to know Theresa through Zumba. She always had a beautiful smile on her face, and the kindness in her heart always came through.

  • Trenton
  • IL
Patrick Hume said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2020 at 5:12 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Theresa’s death! She always had a friendly word for me.

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Mary Ann Torregrossa said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2020 at 10:51 PM

I feel like I lost my mom. Such a big part of my growing up, not only as a teacher but as the mother of one of my best friends: she truly was another “ mom” to me. I’m greatly saddened. To my FIX family know that God’s promise to us is that we will get to see her again. Hug Mr. Fix for me and if you need ANYTHING I’m not far away!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Claudia Johnson said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2020 at 9:55 AM

Don and family , my heartfelt condolences to your entire family. As the next door neighbor for 30 years I have seen a wonderful family always come together. Theresa was a sweet lady and I will miss her. Rest in peace beautiful soul and may the peace of the Lord be with you all

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jim Carron said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2020 at 9:38 AM

Don, Christie and I send our condolences to you and your family. I remember her from The Louvre when I went in for haircuts. Didn't know she was your mother. Prayers.

  • Albers
  • IL
Cindy Lou Winkeler McFadden said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2020 at 8:35 AM

My sincere sympathy goes out to the family. I like many was very fortunate to have known Ms. Fix as our kids went through St Mary's. She was an amazing teacher and lady.

  • IL
Libby family said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2020 at 2:13 AM

The Libby family remembers you for the best and most challenging Science fairs. When they got to high school, the expectations for Science fair were less than St. Mary’s God rest your soul.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Therese Wright said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2020 at 2:07 PM

Please accept our condolences. She was a great science teacher and a wonderful example to our children and parish.

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Diane Perry said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2020 at 1:53 PM

Mrs. Fix was my grade school teacher at St. Mary's. I remember her as kind and patient. Sending Love, Diane Heidenfelder Perry

  • Fort Lauderdale
  • FL
Cathy Schickedanz said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2020 at 1:50 PM

I told Elizabeth and she said "Mrs. Fix was a great 5th grade teacher".

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Ann Bach said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2020 at 11:46 AM

So sorry for your loss. Theresa was a wonderful person to work with. I especially remember the year we were fifth grade partners. She will eat in my prayers

  • Bellville
  • IL
Gail said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2020 at 10:59 AM

My sincerest sympathies to the Fix family. I had the privilege of not only being a student of Theresa's, but also a co-worker and friend. I have many fond memories of our Saturday morning breakfasts. We will all miss her!

  • Illinois
Marilyn Neu said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2020 at 9:42 AM

So many hundreds of children were taught by Mrs. Fix and are better for her guidance. My two children Lisa and Chris were 2 of those many students. I also had the pleasure of working with her through many school projects . Her legacy will live on through all the students she touched . Deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mary Smith said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2020 at 8:50 AM

Deepest sympathy to all of you. Mrs. Fix was a good teacher and was truly dedicated to Catholic education.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Steve and Deb Timko said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2020 at 10:32 PM

We have fond memories of Teresa as a teacher to all three of our children at St Mary’s Catholic School in Belleville. She truly dedicated her life to her students. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Dunedin
  • Flotida
Laurie Eisenhauer said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2020 at 6:58 PM

Dear Fix Family -- I was privileged to have Mrs. Fix and my teacher at St. Mary and was in class with Donnie. She was a wonderful person to know and always enjoyed talking with her. My deep condolences -- Laurie Eisenhauer

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Clare said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2020 at 6:18 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Theresa’s death! Theresa was a wonderful co-worker and a great friend - always so upbeat! She will be missed!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Charlie Chace said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2020 at 3:55 PM

Theresa will always be a loving memory. We pray for her journey to be with our Father in heaven.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Steve Trautt said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2020 at 3:33 PM

Don and family I am so sorry for your loss, I met you and your wife at theYMCA.Don it was always nice talking to you and Charlie over coffee.God Bless all your family Steve

  • Belleville
  • Il

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