Mary Jane Christ

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Mary Jane Christ, nee Klucker, 81, of Belleville, IL, born May 24, 1939, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, May 24, 2020, at her residence.

Mrs. Christ provided childcare in her home for many children for more than 40 years. She was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Mary Jane and her husband enjoyed motorcycle riding and were members of the Goldwing Touring Association for 13 years.  She was an avid Cardinals baseball fan and a devoted grandmother who never missed a sporting or musical event.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert G. Christ; her parents, Herbert and Mary Margaret, nee McCauley, Klucker; a brother, Thomas Klucker, a sister-in-law, Jan Mank; and a brother-in-law, Joe Fellner.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, LaVerne J. Christ, whom she married on June 26, 1957;
three daughters, Sue (Ken) Webb of Benton, AR, Nancy Terveer of O’Fallon, IL, and Peggy (Mike) Joiner of McDonnough, GA;
two sons, Mike (Wendy) Christ of Swansea, IL, and Joe (Lauren) Christ of Freeburg, IL;
a daughter-in-law, Kim Campbell Christ of Belleville, IL;
13 grandchildren, Kyle (Sara) Webb, Annemarie (Andrew) Rains, Logan (Brittany) Webb, Claire Terveer, Mariah Christ, Matthew Terveer, Sarah Joiner, Andrew Joiner, Nicholas Christ, Abby Christ, Luke Schaefer-Christ, Samara Schaefer-Christ, and Gracyn Schaefer-Christ;
three great-grandchildren, Noah Webb, Ethan Webb, and Remy Webb;
three brothers, Bill (Judy) Klucker of Richmond, VA, Roger (Julia) Klucker of Belleville, IL, and Steve (Becky) Klucker of Belleville, IL;
a sister, Gerry (Bob) Hobbs of Troy, IL;
a sister-in-law, Martha Fellner of Belleville, IL;
two brothers-in-law, Larry (Sue Ellen) Christ of Burlington, IA, and Kenny Mank of Damiansville, IL;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Family Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, visitation and funeral services will be private on Thursday, May 28, 2020. For information about viewing a live video of the funeral service, please contact George Renner & Sons Funeral Home at 618-233-5400. Burial will be held at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


23 Comments on Mary Jane Christ

Susan Ford Johnson said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2020 at 1:13 PM

Dear Sue & Nancy, It's been forever but hopefully you remember the Ford Family on Kansas Avenue. It was such a pleasure growing up in the neighborhood and all the Moms treated each of us like their own. Your Mom always made me feel like family and I'm sure she will be greatly missed. God bless you all. Susan

  • Palm Harbor
  • FL
Erin (Darnell) Hallihan said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2020 at 1:21 PM

I remember Mary Jane fondly when I was young and under her care. Playing hide and seek outside and racing down the sidewalks on the big wheels. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Naperville
  • IL
Jim Moran & Pat Bruss said : Guest Report May 30, 2020 at 5:34 PM

Verne: Our deepest sympathies on losing Mary Jane. We have fond memories of you both at St Luke's. Joe: So sorry about your Mom's passing. I will always remember her sweet smile and motherly consideration of my boys growing up with you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Barbara lembke said : Guest Report May 29, 2020 at 10:43 AM

Dear Buddy. On behalf of the Lawrence Christ family we are offering you & your family our condolences. You & Mary Jane we’re always present at Christ functions. Always thought it was neat that you toured on your motorcycles. Life will be surely be different for you. Ours prayers are with you at this sad time.

  • Mascoutah
  • Il
Debbie Vanausdoll said : Guest Report May 28, 2020 at 5:31 PM

So sorry for your loss to all of family. Mary Jane was such a sweet person and loved her family. I enjoyed having Christmas dinner with her and family at her brother Steve's house in later years when I was in town. Many prayers.

  • San Antonio
  • TX
Kathleen Wilson said : Guest Report May 28, 2020 at 4:59 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss. Many of my earliest memories were being cared for by Mary Jane. She was a wonderful woman.

  • Mount Kisco
  • NY
Dale Blaes said : Guest Report May 28, 2020 at 1:27 PM

DearBuddyand Family pleaseecepty mt deepest sympathy on the loss of Mary Jane. As we grew up1/2 block apart on 16 St. And went to sr Mary's school, Mary Jane wasagreatperson. Buddy if you remember ,I lived across alley from H. & W. with loosing 2 brothers 2 weeks ago know your sorrrow and pain. May she rest. In Peace

  • Marissa
  • IL
Jim (Hollywood) & Joanne Ulrich said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 10:36 PM

Vern and Christ family- Our sincere condolences for the loss of a very special person. Always enjoyed talking with Mary Jane. Vern remember our trip to Branson with GWTA - everyone went back to camp - you, Mary Jane and us went get coffee and talked for hours. Will never forget that night? Praying for God’s comfort and peace during this time of your loss. Much love and hugs.

  • Cahokia
  • Illinois
Ken Straubinger said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 7:56 PM

Just heard of your loss. So sorry. Prayers for you and the family.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Debbie Rakers said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 3:52 PM

So very sorry for your loss. Mary Jane was one of the sweetest and kindest women I have ever met. May God give the family comfort and peace.

  • TROY
  • IL
Marie Oelrich said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 3:43 PM

Verne and family, please accept my sympathy on the passing of your beloved wife and mother Mary Jane. She was a beautiful person.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kathy said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 12:39 PM

Mr Christ I am so sorry for your loss. Mary Jane was on special kind of person. She was always there when I needed her. I will never forget her . You are in our prayers

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jeanne M Stewart said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 10:14 AM

To All The Christ's.... I am so very sorry for Mary Jane's passing. She was a pleasure to work for. I had the Honor to work with Both Laverne & Mary Jane. You have all become like family to me for 2 1/2 years, & I will cherish that forever in my heart! She is now re-united with her son Bob, & her mother who she asked about frequently. I Love you ALL & May God bring her to Eternal Peace, & Keep his hold your Family! God Bless You ALL!! Thank you so much, All the best to each of you!

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Brenda Hart said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 9:23 AM

I am sure that my mother-in-law, Doris Hart, was there to greet Mary Jane. Doris adored all of your family so much. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Tony Holdener said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 9:12 AM

My condolences to all of you. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Tracy Major said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 8:23 AM

Peggy, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you, Tracy

  • Covington
  • Georgia
Gary And Donna Sommer said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 7:55 AM

Verne:we always had fun with the GWTA our condolences and prayers for you and your family; and prayers also for Mary Jane

  • Creve Couer
  • mo.
Gerri Keilbach said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 7:11 AM

Dear Mike, Wendy and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Mom and Grandma. I'm sure Jesus has a special place ready for her in Heaven. God blessed you all with her and many happy memories to look back on.

  • Breese
  • IL
June and Ron Kahrhoff said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 6:03 AM

So sorry for Mary Jane’s passing.She was a good friend to our family, and she help raise our daughter, Kelley. Our Lord has a special place for her.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mark & Patty Bearth said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 5:43 AM

Eternal rest grant unto Mary Jane oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul along with the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace through the mercy of God our Father in Heaven.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Karoline Stock said : Guest Report May 26, 2020 at 8:47 PM

My sincere condolences to all of you. Every time I saw Mary Jane she was so friendly and sweet. I know you will all miss her dearly. She was blessed with a loving, caring family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kelley Avery said : Guest Report May 26, 2020 at 6:44 PM

Peggy, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. You were a very dedicated and devoted daughter to your mom for many years through her illness. I’m sending thoughts and prayers for comfort and strength during this time. Love you- Kelley

  • McDonough
  • Georgia
Fr. Gene Neff said : Guest Report May 26, 2020 at 3:25 PM

LaVerne: My condolences and prayers for you and your family; and prayers also for Mary Jane. She, (and you) were a blessing to me and the faith community of St. Luke Parish during my years at that parish. For her service (and yours too) to her parish, to her community, and to all those she showed her love too, I give thanks to God. May she receive the reward for all the good she did. Rest in peace, Mary Jane. Be at Peace, LaVern and family.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL

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