Mary Ellen Junker

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Mary Ellen Junker, nee Morck, 76, of Swansea, IL, born September 1, 1943, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at The Colonnade Senior Living, O’Fallon, IL.

Mrs. Junker worked as the secretary for the Development Coordinator at Althoff Catholic High School before her retirement.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, a parish lector, and the St. Peregrine representative at the church.  Mary Ellen was a teacher for more than 25 years at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish School of Religion.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Mark Junker, whom she married on April 28, 1962, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and who died on February 4, 2019; her parents, John and Viola, nee Ward, Morck; and two brothers-in-law, David Junker and Frank Geolat.

Surviving are three sons, Jeffrey (Beth) Junker of Belleville, IL, Kurt (Renee) Junker of Swansea, IL, and Bradley Junker (Eddie Inlow) of Caseyville, IL;
one daughter, Lori Lynn (David) Zeiter of Belleville, IL;
eight grandchildren, Ellie, Cole, and Brooke Junker, Zachary and Zoe Zeiter, Taylor and Grant Junker, and Oliver Junker Inlow;
a sister, Diane (Thomas) Fritzinger of San Antonio, TX;
three brothers-in-law, Michael (Mary Jo) Junker of Ruma, IL, Stephen (Jacquie) Junker of Belleville, IL, Gregory (Renee) Junker of Belleville, IL;
three sisters-in-law, Janice Geolat of Hecker, IL, Sue Ellen (Larry) Christ of Burlington, IA, and Judy Junker of Littleton, CO;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Father Nicholas Junker officiating. Cremation services will follow the Mass.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL, at a later date.


11 Comments on Mary Ellen Junker

Kathleen Draper said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2019 at 5:04 PM

Sorry to hear about your moms passing my mom use to care n live with your Grandma Vi on S.17th St, Belleville

  • Belleville
  • IL
Julie Chaney said : Guest Report Nov 23, 2019 at 3:29 PM

The entire Junker family is in my thoughts and prayers at the loss of such a beautiful soul. I admired your mom over the years in so many ways. She was strong, kind, loyal, loving, creative, and beautiful inside and out. Her friendship with my parents was such a blessing. Your loss is great because you were so graced by her. I send you all a sincere hug just like one of the many I received from her.

  • Highlands Ranch
  • CO
Chris Neu said : Guest Report Nov 22, 2019 at 9:10 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. My deepest condolences. The Junker family will be in the Neu families thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Troy
  • Illinois
Paolo Dulcamara said : Guest Report Nov 21, 2019 at 5:07 PM

My deepest condolences. Though I did not know her, I have seen the fruit of a good life in the good son (the only member of the family I have met) she raised. Prayers to Jeff and all those touched by this loss.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Renee Tillman said : Guest Report Nov 21, 2019 at 4:33 PM

Zoe I am so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. You and your family are definitely in my prayers at this difficult time. God Bless You!

  • Saint Peters
  • Missouri
Jeneen Baker said : Guest Report Nov 21, 2019 at 12:44 AM

My deepest sympathy. Mary Ellen was a great next door neighbor for many years. She was kind and helpful. It was a pleasure knowing her!

  • Swansea
  • IL
Mary Anne Warnecke said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2019 at 4:27 PM

So sorry to hear this. I will always remember the dedication Mary Ellen had to her church, her husband, and her children. May she rest in the peace which eluded her in her later years. Greg and I send our deepest condolences.

  • Belleville
  • IL
James Bassler said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2019 at 1:27 PM

Just a very SPECIAL lady, from a very SPECIAL family.

  • Evansville
  • Illinois
Cathie Gimber said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2019 at 1:02 PM

Please accept my deepest sympathy. She was a very dear lady and I know this is going to be hard on her family. Sincerely Cathie Gimber

  • Lakeland
  • Fl.
Betty Springer said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2019 at 6:35 AM

So sorry for the loss of your aunt and condolences to her family. Sounds like she had a faith filled life - thanks be to God ??

  • Carbondale
  • IL
Gary Schneider said : Guest Report Nov 19, 2019 at 7:55 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Junker family. Attended grade school with Mary Ellen at St Mary. Always considered her and Mark as fine people and although over the years only seen Mary Ellen occasionally she always had a friendly smile to share. May she rest in peace.

  • Springfield
  • IL

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