Mary Jane Strube

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Mary Jane Strube, nee Eilermann, 92, of Belleville, IL, born November 8, 1929, in New Baden, IL, died Monday, April 4, 2022, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Strube provided a very stable home for her children. She was a talented baker and enjoyed camping, bowling, and gardening. She could always be found with a smile on her face while holding her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jane was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and the Young at Heart Club at the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, William L. Strube, whom she married on October 11, 1950, and who died on November 29, 2016; her parents, Frank and Caroline, nee Toeben, Eilermann; a brother, Ralph (Mary) Eilermann; a sister, Joan (Jack) Sax; and three brothers-in-law, Nelson Fischer, Don Bartling, and Paul Peters.

Surviving are three sons, Kenny F. (Cherie) Strube of Collinsville, IL, Steve J. (Elaine) Strube of Belleville, IL, and Kevin G. Strube of Belleville, IL;
four daughters, Judith C. (Larry) Merriman of Weatherby Lake, MO, Karen M. (Bill) Davidson of St. Louis, MO, Lynn M. Waldrop of Shiloh, IL, and Denise A. (Brian) Groom of Swansea, IL;
15 grandchildren;
32 great-grandchildren, and one arriving in May;
siblings, Rita Fischer, Helen Bartling, Franklin (Jo Ann) Eilermann, Eileen Peters; Carol (Al) Littken, and Roni Juracek;
and loving nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2022, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

 Funeral:   A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2022, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Joseph Oganda officiating.

Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.


14 Comments on Mary Jane Strube

Jane Behrrman Young said : Guest Report Apr 11, 2022 at 5:24 PM

Fond memories of Mr. & Mrs Strube. Always welcoming to us as kids growing up down the street from them. My sympathy to the Strube family.

  • Denver
  • CO
Scott Fenster said : Guest Report Apr 08, 2022 at 9:16 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Strube's passing. What a nice family she has, and a great legacy she is leaving. Pam and I will be praying for you in the coming months.

  • Earth City
  • Missouri
JoAnn ( Schwaegel) Pickett said : Guest Report Apr 07, 2022 at 9:35 PM

To the Struve family. I am so sorry to hear of Jane’s passing. She and Bill were friends of my dad, Joe for as long as I remember. So many good memories. Jane always had a ready smile. Please accept my condolences

  • OFallon
  • Ill
Mark, Randy Strube & Christie Zimmermann said : Guest Report Apr 07, 2022 at 2:12 PM

Karen, Lynn, Steve & family, please accept our deepest sympathy. So sorry we can't see you all in person but know you're in our prayers and sending hugs to all of you. May she rest in peace in God's loving embrace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
William davidson said : Guest Report Apr 06, 2022 at 11:09 AM

Mary, I am honored to be your son in law and to have had the honor to know you and love you. Say hello to Bill and my dad.

  • St louis
  • Mo
Carolyn & Ralph Wottowa said : Guest Report Apr 06, 2022 at 9:36 AM

So sorry to hear of Mary Jane’s death. I am one of the many “cousins by the dozens” that Bill often recalled. We would often see them at the Moose Lodge. In later years we reconnected when my Mom Lucy Weissert entered St Pauls. Bill was in same hallway in old building and same floor in new building. They were both always glad to be invited to Mom’s birthday parties. May special memories give you comfort in the days ahead.

  • O’Fallon
  • Illinois
Bill and Afton Shambro said : Guest Report Apr 06, 2022 at 9:24 AM

Remembering all the get together s camping and in the back yard under the water tower. Sympathies to the family.

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Sue Koesterer said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2022 at 10:37 PM

Lynn… Your mom was a sweetheart and always so patient with us as teenagers . God bless her. Sending hugs… wish I could be there in person to give them to you… Hugs Sue Koesterer

  • Smithton
  • Illinoi
John Procasky said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2022 at 9:58 PM

I had the opportunity to meet Bill and Mary when they were at St. Paul's. I would stop by Bill's room and chat with him a bit when I was visiting my mother. Both were wonderful people and I am grateful to have known both of them if only for a short time. My deepest sympathies to all of the Stubs family. Mary now you can be with Bill. Rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jack and Mary Garland said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2022 at 9:04 PM

Karen, we are so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Sad for you but glorious for her. Share your many memories with smiles and laughter. She left a great legacy. You and your family are in our prayers.

  • Edmond
  • OK
Maria Hardy & Family said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2022 at 7:47 PM

Our deepest sympathy from our family to all of you, I hope you are able to to find peace in the knowledge Mary is pain free in heaven enjoying time with her husband. ❤️🙏🏻❤️

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Jeff Garcia said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2022 at 4:14 PM

May She R I P...🌹 May You Find Peace In Your Hearts...Blessings And Prayers To The Family...💙

  • Red Bud
  • Illinois
Mike and Cheryl (Black) Stine said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2022 at 4:09 PM

Many condolences to the Strube family. Loving and sweet memories from the Black children (Doug, Jeff and Cheryl) growing up and having Mary as our Neighbor “Mom”.

  • Lake Ozark
  • Mo
Susan Appel Kimball said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2022 at 3:10 PM

Deepest sympathy to the family. Your mother was a wonderful woman and friend of the family. She will be missed dearly. Prayers for peace during this sorrowful time.

  • Naples
  • FL

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