Mary Ellen Timmermann

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Mary Ellen Timmermann, nee Stokes, 98, of Carlyle, IL, born December 8, 1922, in Carlyle, IL, died Thursday, June 30, 2021, at Oak Hill Nursing Home, Waterloo, IL.

Mary Ellen was devoted to her family and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She spent many years as a caretaker with her sister Aggie. She had many friends and loved to play cards with them until she was 98.  Mary Ellen enjoyed reading and volunteering her time at Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Lester A. Timmermann, whom she married on October 9, 1954, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Carlyle, IL, and who died on July 10, 1998; a great-granddaughter, Mary Ellen Josephine Briesacher; her parents, James and Lorena, nee Heinzmann, Stokes; a sister, Agnes Frerker; an aunt and uncle, Charles L. and Mollie, nee Stokes, Stein; and her Irish brother and sister, Charles K. Stein and Marguerite, nee Stein, Mueller.

She is survived by two sons, Mark (Maureen) Timmermann, and Kevin (Terri) Timmermann; a daughter, Monica Fairbairn; nine grandchildren, Scott (Melissa) Timmermann, Jeff (Laura) Timmermann, Jenny (Chase) Anderson, Nick (Emilie) Timmermann, Rachel (Derek) Briesacher, and Brian Timmermann, and Matt (Laurie), Alex (Kaitlin), and Brad (Kimmy) Fairbairn; 16 great-grandchildren; two special nieces, Mary Agnes (Bob) Berndsen, and Peggy (Rich) Hellige; and a special nephew, Robert “Jim” (Margie) Danehy.

Memorials may be made to Hope Ranch, Freeburg, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Monday, July 5, 2021, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon Monday, July 5, 2021, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Father George Mauck officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Carlyle, IL.


8 Comments on Mary Ellen Timmermann

Dina Wadkins said : Guest Report Oct 12, 2021 at 3:55 PM

Mary Ellen was a beautiful, classy lady. She was a Blessing to many and will be missed.

  • Centralia
  • Illinois
Lori Mount Naes said : Guest Report Jul 27, 2021 at 11:09 PM

Mary Ellen was a great friend to my mom, Sharron Wade. I am so sorry for your loss but know she lived a wonderful life. I will treasure the recipes I have in her handwriting. They are ones I asked for after eating them while visiting my mom. May God bless her soul!

  • Parker
  • Co
John Larkin said : Guest Report Jul 05, 2021 at 11:33 AM

Sincere condolences to our cousins from Carlyle. On behalf of the Larkin family, formerly of East St. Louis (Agnes Martin Larkin),we extend our prayers and thoughts to the family. May she rest in eternal peace.

  • Loves Park
  • Illinois
Gerry DeMarse said : Guest Report Jul 05, 2021 at 10:20 AM

Kevin, Terry, Mark, Monica and the Timmerman family, Please accept our heartfelt sympathies. Thoughts and prayers are with you all! Mrs. Timmerman was the best!! Susan and Gerry

  • Bethesda,
  • MD
Mary Pasbrig said : Guest Report Jul 04, 2021 at 6:50 AM

My sincerest condolences to Mary Ellen's family and friends. I met Mary Ellen when my mother moved to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. I would join Mom for lunch and she sat at the same table with Mary Ellen and other friends. We enjoyed good times and great conversation. She will be missed.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Mary Kay Agne said : Guest Report Jul 04, 2021 at 3:28 AM

Mary Ellen will always hold a special place in my heart. Sending love and prayers to Mark, Kevin and especially, Monica.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Elizabeth Sanford said : Guest Report Jul 02, 2021 at 9:58 AM

Condolences from the Jim Timmermann family of Timmermanns. Mary Ellen was a favorite. When Jim and I were driving across the country from LA to New York, we enjoyed a wonderful summer meal with Les and Mary Ellen. The meal and visit was a comfort as we embarked on a journey into the unknown. May your memories of her well-lived life sustain you in your sorrow. Elizabeth Sanford

  • Holland
  • Michigan
Eleanor Timmermann said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2021 at 10:18 PM

I visited Mary Ellen with my dad (Jim) and Uncle Tom when I was pretty little. Although it was a long time ago, I will always remember how kind she was to me. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Holland
  • Michigan

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