Mary Lee Thompson

Print Obituary
Mary Lee E. Thompson, nee Mueller, 83, of Belleville, IL, born September 21, 1934, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, April 28, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Thompson worked as a telegraph operator for Western Union. She also worked in sales at Dollus Brothers and Famous Barr.  Mrs. Thompson served as president of the Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  She spent 33 years volunteering for the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon.  She also served 3 years as the chairwoman of Belleville Elks Ladies Committee.

She was preceded in death by a son, Louis “Benji” Thompson; her parents, Ernest O. and Barbara J., nee Ehrhold, Mueller; six brothers, Stan A. Mueller, Bill L. Mueller, Mike Mueller,  Ernie T. Mueller, Wayne A. (Jen) Mueller, and Paul C. (JoAnn) Mueller; and a sister, Barbara A. Alberti.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Paul S. Thompson, whom she married on January 17, 1959;
her children, Barbara C. (Sam) Chatman,  Mimi E. (Calvin) Hyde, Cecilia L. (Chuck) Barbaglia, and Paul J. (Linda White) Thompson;
and five grandchildren, Nicholas and Andrew Barbaglia, Trey and Abigail Chatman, and Joseph White.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018, and from 8 to 9:40 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018 from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial  at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



14 Comments on Mary Lee Thompson

lisa hoelscher gaal said : Guest Report May 18, 2018 at 4:59 PM

to all the family I remember your mom years back when I did things with Mimi. just found out that she passed away. prayer's are with you in your time of need.

  • maryville
  • illinois
Andy, Kathy, and Andrew Alberti said : Guest Report May 04, 2018 at 7:28 AM

We will all miss the love and kindness that Aunt Mary Lee gave to everyone. It is something we can all strive for.

  • Mebane
  • NC
Dave said : Guest Report May 03, 2018 at 10:08 PM

My "bonus" mother. She taught be so much. As always, Mary Lee, we will keep the party going down here. You, Benji and the other goofballs keep it going up there until we can all be together again!

  • Saint Peters
  • MO
Tim Street said : Guest Report May 03, 2018 at 1:22 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Northalke
  • IL
Chris and Nan Alberti said : Guest Report May 01, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Dear Uncle Paul and Family, We are very sorry to hear of my aunt Mary Lee's passing. I have wonderful memories of time spent with her growing up as a child in Belleville. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to see her and family several weeks ago. You, Barbie, Meme, Cece and P.J. are in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand.

  • Apex
  • NC
Lisa Dinges Roberts said : Guest Report May 01, 2018 at 4:36 PM

Dear family: I am so sorry for your loss, I know she was so very special and feel your pain, as we experienced the same after the loss of our Mom 1.5 years ago. May God bless her and all of you through the intercession of our Blessed Mother. I will pray for all of you!

  • Florissant
  • Missouri
Carol and Paul Hippenmeyer said : Guest Report Apr 30, 2018 at 10:59 PM

We send our sympathy and prayers. Marylee was a very sweet, strong and caring person. We are glad to have known her.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Elizabeth Chatman said : Guest Report Apr 30, 2018 at 2:36 PM

Marilee has always warmed our hearts with her beautiful demeanor and loving heart. She will be missed. We will always love her.

  • Berkeley
  • Mo
Rita M Voorheis said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2018 at 5:06 PM

I was saddened to hear your mother passed away. Our thought and prayers are with you Barb and your family during your time of grief with sadness at the passing g of your beautiful mom.

  • St Charles
  • MO
Paul Hegele said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2018 at 4:57 PM

So sorry to hear of the passing of my cousin, Mary Lee. Mary Lee was always so nice to visit with. I have fond memories of her during my younger years when we would visit the Mueller family during our annual trip to Belleville. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Ave Maria
  • Florida
Mary Williams said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2018 at 2:21 PM

So sorry for your loss. May your family remember all the good times together .

  • Ofallon
  • Mo
Jo Ann Mueller said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2018 at 8:11 AM

Dear Paul, Barb, Mimi, Cici and P.J. - My heart goes out to all of you. She will be missed deeply, as she was very special in so many ways. I will never forget how special she made Thanksgiving for the entire Mueller family. God bless you and be with you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Michelle Patke said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2018 at 8:40 PM

I am so deeply saddened by Mary Lee's passing. I enjoyed her company. She was so caring and fun and an incrediable mom to all her children. May God comfort Paul and all of her family and friends.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Aaron and Anna Paul said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2018 at 8:34 PM

You will never know how much Marylee touched our hearts Her love and kindness will always live on in my heart. She was a true servant of God a virtuous women. Love you all keep us posted. May God comfort and carry you

  • St Louis
  • Mo

Add Public Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked.