Mary Beth Rompel Schaltenbrand

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Mary Beth Rompel Schaltenbrand, nee Mary Elizabeth Schrand, 92, of Belleville was called home on Saturday, January 15, 2022, surrounded by loved ones at her home in Belleville.

Mary Beth was born February 8, 1929, to Bernice A. (Begemann) and John Henry Schrand. She graduated from Belleville Township High School (West) in 1946. She married Cletus Rompel on April 30, 1949, at St. Mary’s Church in Belleville. Together they had four children. Of all her accomplishments, she considered her family the most important.

Mary Beth had a strong faith in God which was evident in the way she lived her life. She was active in the Catholic church as a Eucharistic minister, PSR teacher, and completed a two-year discipleship of the Catholic church in 2019.

She was classy, graceful, creative, artistic, and loved a good party. Her smile was beautiful and infectious. She was an accomplished painter and completed watercolor studies at SWIC, Lake of the Ozarks, SIUE, and many other places. Over the years, she cultivated a love of plants and became a Master Gardener.

To know Mary Beth was to love her! She will be remembered for her kind, compassionate heart and all the wonderful stories she told. She was a beloved and inspirational person and an invaluable member of the community. She treasured her family and left them a legacy to “Love One Another.”  Her presence will be missed by many clubs and organizations including Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Thursday Literary Club (president), Bridge Club, Talking Club, PEO-EY, Belleville Cursillo #40, St. Clair County Women’s Club, Ladies Sodality (prefect & past president), Pregnancy Care Center (volunteer), and Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Clete Rompel; second husband, James P. Schaltenbrand; two sons, David J. Rompel and Paul J. (Barb) Rompel; a sister, Virginia (Pat) Griffin; and a brother, Jack (Paula) Schrand.

Surviving are her children, James A. Rompel and Linda S. (Tony) Heap; 12 grandchildren, Jami (Bryan) White, Andrew (JoAnn) Heap, Travis (Lauren) Rompel, Luke (Kelly) Rompel, Nicole Rompel Marshall, Bridget (Clay Mitchell) Rompel, Amber (Brad) Kibler, Chelsea (Mike) Renner, Gabriel Rompel, Greta Rompel, and Tobias Rompel; as well as four step-children, Ellen Warner, Richard (Kim), Jeffery (Jennifer), and Tony (Lisa) Schaltenbrand; in addition to 13 step-grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 5 step-great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and countless other nieces, nephews, friends, and family members whom she loved dearly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials or donations may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Belleville, or Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Belleville. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Private burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


21 Comments on Mary Beth Rompel Schaltenbrand

Dennis Baricevic said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2022 at 10:39 AM

Jim: My deepest sympathies. Moms are special.

  • Fairview Hts.
  • IL
Barry and Debra Rahn said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2022 at 2:32 PM

To the entire extended Rompel family our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mary Beth exemplified the best of what any of us can aspire to in life. Kind, gentle, caring, and most of all unconditional love. We know she will be missed by all who came to know her but we also know she will live on in the hearts and minds of her family and friends. God bless you all.

  • Oro Valley
  • AZ
Richard Mathews said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2022 at 1:43 PM

Jim,Linda,Tony- So sorry to hear about Mary Beth. A beautiful lady, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many who all miss and will cherish her memories. She was like a second mom to me back in the day- I have the fondest memories to remember her by. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Take care till we meet again. God Bless you Mary Beth-

  • Leawood
  • Kansas
John E Steffens said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2022 at 1:19 PM

My condolences, hope you find peace during this time.

  • Washington
  • MO
Chris Schottel said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2022 at 12:49 PM

Jim, I extend my thoughts, sympathy and prayers to you and your family on the passing of your mother. I remember your mother being a very gracious and generous lady. I was fortunate to have known both your mother and your father, Clete, a wonderful couple.

  • St. Paul
  • MN
tony drummond said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2022 at 10:42 PM

Jim, Theresa and I have many great memories of your mom. She is in our prayers. You have a great family and I know she had so many friends. Always, Tony and Theresa

  • Kansas City
  • Mo
Joe Bayer, '72 said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2022 at 3:34 PM

Jim, Your Mother seemed to pursue a fulfilling life. What better to use God's greatest gift. May you find comfort from her. Joe Bayer

  • St. Louis
  • MO 63126
Terri Hoff said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2022 at 1:34 PM

Jim, my deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Marc Saenz said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2022 at 1:14 PM

Fox your Mom was 'one of a kind' as I remember the times you took me over to her house after she had married Jim.What a wonderful Hostess as she made me feel so Welcome.My prayers go out to You and the entire Rompel Family.Hope to see you in June in Atchison...

  • NM
Sam Ciluffo said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2022 at 9:04 AM

Jim, So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Please accept my sincere condolences. My prayers are with you and your family. Sammy Ciluffo

  • St.Louis
  • No.
Rich Tedoni said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2022 at 6:41 PM

Jim, so sorry for your loss and Jan & I want to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. It's never easy to bear the loss of a loved one, especially a mother, but we pray that you will find that strength by remembering all the happy moments you and your mother shared in her lifetime. Sincerely, Rich & Jan Tedoni

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Lance Cimarolli said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2022 at 8:30 AM

So sad to hear of Mary Beth's passing. She was an amazing dear friend to our parents (Syl, Wilda) and was always so gracious and kind to all of us. We were blessed to have her as part of our lives. Our sympathy to her family. Lance, Chris, and Malana Cimarolli.

  • Town & Country
  • MO
Roberta Meehan said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2022 at 12:50 PM

To Mary Beth Family: She was a delightful and charming person to know and love. We spent many years serving Queen of Peace together and St.Clair Womans Club and parties with friends. I know you will miss her, as we all will. My prayers are with you all.

  • Belleville
  • IL
John Fagan said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2022 at 8:05 AM

She was one of the nicest people I have ever met and became a lesson in life for me on how to treat others. Thank you “Mrs. Rompel”. I sincerely loved you!

  • Overland Park
  • Ks.
Mark Jasper said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2022 at 7:19 AM

Linda, So sorry for your loss. Hope being around family brings back a few lost memories.

  • New Baden
  • Il
Lisa Schaltenbrand Bright said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2022 at 8:32 PM

So sad for the loss of such a beautiful person. Her exact words at my sons funeral was so sad for you. That has always stuck with me, and I always say so sad instead of so sorry. Such an elegant and fun lady. May Jesus bless all, and give everyone the strength to get through this sad time.

  • O’Fallon
  • Illinois
Todd Fizer said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2022 at 6:19 PM

So sorry to hear the passing of this dear friend. May God's Blessing and comfort be with the family. And a Heavenly reunion in the future.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
MaryAnn Myers said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2022 at 4:38 PM

Bridget I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Rogers
  • Arkansas
Stephen & Sharon Sauthoff said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2022 at 1:14 PM

Linda & Family our love and prayers go out to you we know that your hearts are breaking but she is in a better place she’s in the place of the Lord remember all the good times that you’ve had with her and Linda I know that this is the hardest on you but look back at the great times you’ve had with her and remember them we love you come and see us sometime we miss

  • O’Fallon
  • Illinois
Debbie Larkin said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2022 at 8:10 PM

So sorry for the loss of MaryBeth, I grew up enjoying getting to know MaryBeth at the numerous parties and barbecue's at the Ciimarolli’s house. She was always a delight to talk to. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Debbie & Kent Larkin

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL.
Mary Berndsen said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2022 at 5:27 PM

Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, Still missed and very dear. ( Bob and I will always remember the fun times on St. Patrick Day with your mom and Aunt Mary Ellen Timmermann . Bob & Mary Berndsen

  • Breese
  • IL

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