Mary Meyer

Mary Meyer
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Mary Elizabeth Meyer, 93, of Belleville, IL, born September 22, 1922, in Herrin , IL, died Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at Sycamore Village Assisted Living, Swansea, IL.

Mrs. Meyer was known as “Betty” to friends and relatives and “Grandma” to many children while employed as Playground Supervisor for Ellis School District #175 for 24 years.

Following her retirement in February 1996, she spent many days looking after her grandchildren, with an occasional visit to relatives in California.  She cooked Sunday dinner every week until 2002, baked the best sugar cookies and peach cobbler, and had a fried chicken recipe no one has been able to replicate!  Family was everything to her: her love, her riches on this earth.  She enjoyed her home which was built by her husband in 1946 after returning from WW II as a POW.  She will be remembered for her love of children.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Russell A. Meyer, whom she married on May 24, 1941; her parents, Moses and Bessie, nee Crite, Lentz; her brothers Howard and Bill Lentz; her sisters,  Irene Luekemeyer and Lucille Luekemeyer; two brothers-in-law, Eugene Luekemeyer and John Luekemeyer; and two sisters-in-law, Arteth Lentz and Barbara Luekemeyer.

Surviving are her three children, Barbara (Joseph) Reichert,
Michael (Sue) Meyer,
and Gail (Greg) Carson;
six grandchildren, John (Beth) Reichert,
Travis (Megan) Meyer
Cameron Meyer,
Anna (Torre) Tribout,
Krista (Patrick) Monahan,
and Gregory Carson;
four great-grandchildren, Carson, Callahan and Cole Tribout
and Jack Reichert;
one brother, Edwin Luekemeyer of California;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Betty would want you to do something special for the children in your life, donate to your favorite children’s charity or to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 27, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Mary Meyer

May God comfort and keep you close. Miss Mary was a very special lady. It was my honor to have known her.

Ava Carr, Swansea, Il, 62226

Reading that name and seeing that face of your mother brought flashbacks of a fun neighborhood. You lived at the other end of Gass Avenue. I was probably the pesty little one who liked to hang out with the big kids. I would watch the guys play football in the empty lot between your house and the Darrs or left field ball in the Bishops field .If I recall right you had a pet bird and a dog. Sorry for your loss but thanks for the memories, reliving the good times brought smiles to my face. Accept our sympathy from the Lugge Family..Judy,Jean,Jackie and Jim

Jackie Lugge Lauf, Belleville, Illinois, 62226


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