Mary A. Mathews

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Mary Agnes “Babe” Mathews, 88, of Swansea, IL, born April 11, 1934, in Fairview Heights, IL, died Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Mary Agnes was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL. She worked for Schnucks Market, Swansea, IL, as a courtesy clerk before her retirement. She previously worked as a waitress and in the coal mines of southern Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Theresa, nee Peters, Mathews; five brothers, Joseph Lester, Cletus, John “Jackie”, Anthony, and Eugene Mathews; and five sisters, Lillian Hettenhausen, Teresa Wilson, Sister Mary Anthony ASC, Mary Rubenacher, and Margaret Erb.

Surviving are a brother, Joseph F. (Judy) Mathews;
and many dear nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews whom Babe loved very much.

Memorials may be made to Freeburg Care Center.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.

Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Fairview Heights, IL.


2 Comments on Mary A. Mathews

Laura Buettner said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2023 at 8:42 PM

To the Mathews Family, Sending my deepest sympathies. Babe was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met . Loved working with her at Schnucks and being a dear friend of mine also. Heaven has gained a Beautiful Angel. Love and Will miss Babe

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  • IL
Joy Lucash Sinsay said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 12:36 PM

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of “Aunt Babe”, I grew up with many of her Nieces and Nephews she was always the one who was happy to help with a smile on her face. 🙏

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  • CA

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