Mary Jo Hladick

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Mary Jo “Josie” Hladick, nee Hoelscher, 68, of O’Fallon, IL, born February 2, 1949, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, October 23, 2017, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Josie was a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame. She retired from the Cahokia school district as a special needs preschool educator. She was the published author of three children’s books and also volunteered for Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilfred and Emma, nee Kirchhoefer, Hoelscher; and her first husband, David Groh.

She is survived by a sister, Ann (Ron) Auer of St. Louis, MO;
two nephews, Michael (Angie) Salaman of Mt. Vernon, IN, and Neal (Dianne) Collins of St. Louis, MO;
three nieces, Tracy (Michael) Unger of St. Louis, MO, Amanda Auer of St. Louis, MO, and Lindsey (Michael) Munnelly of St. Louis, MO;
a longtime companion, Denny Weiss of Collinsville, IL;
11 great-nieces and great-nephews;
her family of furry four-legged, feathered, and fairy friends;
and many other cherished friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo, 9906 Illinois Highway 15, Nashville, IL 62263. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Memorial Service:  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Gene Neff officiating.


10 Comments on Mary Jo Hladick

Mary Ellen King said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2017 at 3:31 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Mary Jo's (Joey's) passing. I was fortunate to visit with her at our 50th class reunion. She was a shining star at AND and continued to light up many lives. I only wish I had had more contact with her during our adult years. Sincere sympathy to all of her family.

  • Eugene
  • OR
Wendy Hladick said : Guest Report Oct 29, 2017 at 8:29 PM

To sweet Josie and all who knew and loved her... my heart breaks with you. I know without a doubt there is another angel watching over us. Talk to her often! I know she is listening! Enjoy heaven my dear one.

  • Juneau
  • Alaska
Dr. James Jessen said : Guest Report Oct 28, 2017 at 3:03 PM

To Denny and all Josie family members, I want to extend my deepest sympathy over the loss of one of the sweetest,most- caring people I have ever came across. I will forever miss her and the special bond we had with all her loving canines. She made a point to bring me those wonderful eggs each time she had an appointment even though she didn't have to. I'm hurting with her loss but know how lucky heaven is to have her! Will always carry her joy for animals in my heart, Dr. Jessen

  • ofallon
  • illinois
Julia Stewart said : Guest Report Oct 28, 2017 at 11:31 AM

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Denny and Mary Jo's family. She was a compassionate and caring person whom I had the pleasure of meeting and working with in Cahokia schools. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Pastor Barry and Sherrie Simmons said : Guest Report Oct 27, 2017 at 6:48 PM

We would like to express our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the Family and friends of Mary Jo.We met at Jerome School (Cahokia, IL) 19 years ago. Her warm smile and sweet spirit will live in our hearts and mind forever. Our prayers are with you.

  • Cahokia
  • Illinois
Jo & Pete Rapp said : Guest Report Oct 27, 2017 at 4:23 PM

To Denny /Josie's Family and those who loved her... Josie was a true treasure. Her beautiful spirit and the love that she gave to all God's creatures will always be with us. Her love for Denny was so real - seeing them together made you smile. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
bob stone said : Guest Report Oct 27, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Mary Jo (Josie) was a wonderful person and friend that Ive known for a long time. Im so sorry for her loss and my condolences go out to Denny, all her family, and her friends.

  • waterloo
  • il
Marilyn "Ernie" Buehlhorn said : Guest Report Oct 26, 2017 at 4:18 AM

Dear Ann & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am brokenhearted. Please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers. Ernie

  • Belleville
  • IL
Judith Goleaner said : Guest Report Oct 25, 2017 at 9:00 PM

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Denny and to Mary Jo's entire family. Mary Jo was one of the most special people to ever cross my path, and she has been a beloved friend to me since 1991. Caring, compassionate, warm, loyal, generous, creative, and loving. What a gift from God she was to each and every one of us!

  • Cahokia
  • IL
Debbie Patterson said : Guest Report Oct 25, 2017 at 4:33 PM

We are so very sorry of the loss of such a wonderful lady. She was a longtime customer at our automotive shop & also a friend. Her family, Denny & friends are in our hearts. Prayers for everyone who know Mary Jo!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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