Marijean Messick

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Marijean Messick, nee Knight, 76, of Belleville, IL, born July 9, 1942, in Parma, MO, died Thursday, January 31, 2019, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Mrs. Messick was a secretary, working in civil service for the U. S. Air Force for her career, eventually retiring as the Scott Air Force Base Hospital Commander’s secretary.  She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, and served on the Mission and Community Service Board for nine years.  Marijean served as treasurer in the church’s Fireside Club and served as vice president of the “Sharing and Caring” group.  She was an avid game, puzzle, and card player, and was a member of “The Shufflers” card club at St. Paul’s.  For the past 19 years, Marijean volunteered three times a week at the Community Interfaith Food Pantry and was very beloved by the many people she helped.

Marijean was preceded in death by her parents, T. C. “Encil” and Mary Imogene, nee Nolan, Knight; and two brothers, Robert N. and William T. Knight.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jerry W. Messick, whom she married on October 18, 1966;
one daughter, Kelli L. (Dale) Wentz of Belleville, IL;
three grandchildren, McKenna Loving of Denver, CO, Ryleigh Loving and Delaney Loving, both of Belleville, IL;
sisters-in-law, Darla Knight and Donna Knight;
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law;
nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Community Interfaith Food Pantry or to St. Paul United Church of Christ. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Michelle Torrigan and Rev. Gustav Kuether officiating. 

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


7 Comments on Marijean Messick

Linda and Lev Reynolds said : Guest Report Feb 06, 2019 at 5:03 PM

We are sorry for your loss. She was a saint of the church with a winning smile and truly giving heart. Our prayers are with all of you.

  • St. Charles
  • MO
Pennie Pavlisin said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2019 at 11:16 PM

Marijean was a wonderful lady both inside and out! My deepest sympathy for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Lebanon
  • Illinois
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap. 1019 said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2019 at 5:17 PM

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 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Mary Bennett said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2019 at 7:54 PM

Kelli, You have my deepest sympathy. Marijean was a warm and loving person and a dear cousin. So sorry we weren't able to have our reunion last year. We will not be able to attend her services. My love to you and your Dad. Cousin Mary Frances

  • Cape Girardeau
  • MO
Brenda Bowen said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2019 at 7:07 PM

Kelli, I am so sorry for your loss. I can see where you get your beauty and your kind heart from. Both you and your mother's smiles shine through your eyes. Her community service and your nursing career show how caring you are. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless.

  • St. Louis
  • Mo
Dan and Susie McKenzie said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2019 at 3:33 PM

Marijean was a sweet lady. The very heart of the Community Interfaith Food Pantry. She will be missed, but we are blessed to have known her. Dan & Susie

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Lynn & Luci Bradley said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2019 at 2:47 AM

Our deepest sympathy on your loss of such a wonderful woman Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Belleville
  • IL

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