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 www.rennerfh.com.
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.