Mary Stehl

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Mary Catherine Stehl, nee Helfrich, 83, of Smithton, IL, born April 29, 1938, in Smithton, IL, died Friday, December 24, 2021, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL, surrounded by family.

Mrs. Stehl was a loving and devoted mother and homemaker.  She was a lifelong member and active volunteer at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.  Mary spent countless hours volunteering for many church activities, including preparing food for the quilting club and funeral luncheons.  Mary helped run Stehl’s Trenching Service alongside her husband, Clarence.  She was a hard worker who never complained.  She always saw the best in everyone and will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Clarence E. Stehl, whom she married January 9, 1958, and who died November 11, 2018; her parents, Adolph and Otilia, nee Becker, Helfrich; four brothers, Norman (Mary), Walter, Harry, and Leon Helfrich; and two sisters, Jo Ann Helfrich and Rose Marie Guetterman.

Surviving are her seven children, Jeffrey (Julie) Stehl, Karen (Barry) Schuhardt, Jane (Thomas) Sebeck, Susie (Danny) Reppell, Mark (Joyce) Stehl, Thomas Stehl, and Michelle (Kevin) Deckard;
14 grandchildren, Andy (Kate) Stehl, Nicki (Mike) Schilling, Timothy (Nikki) Stehl, Lindsey (Danny) Schrader, Corey Schuhardt, Amy (Josh) Pryor, Alyssa (Andy) Mueller, Lauren (William) Donald, Christen (Drew) Bendick, Sara Preston, Lucas Preston, Owen Deckard, and Jillian and Jared Smith;
17 great-grandchildren;
a brother-in-law, James Guetterman;
a sister-in-law, Carolyn Helfrich;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL. Masks are required.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, with Fr. Stan Konieczny officiating.  Masks are required.

Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Smithton, IL.


6 Comments on Mary Stehl

Sandy & Mike Smallwood said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2022 at 6:46 PM

We're so sorry for the loss of Mary. Mary & Clarence had always been great neighbors and it delighted Mike to make Mary so happy at Christmas time. She just loved to look at the lights and was the first one to view them in the road. May she be resting in Peace and reuniting with your dad. Prayers are with all of you.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Mary Anne Downen said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2022 at 12:32 PM

Karen, Jane and Susie Thing about you during this sad time

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Joe and Rose Edwards said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2021 at 6:59 AM

So sorry for the loss of your mother, you have our deepest sympathy. Hugs and prayers.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Dan & Karen Helfrich said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2021 at 2:28 PM

So sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in thoughts and prayers. Remembering Clarence and Mary with good memories.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Ruby Buettner said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2021 at 10:24 AM

to the family sorry to hear. In high scholl Mary was a good friend. She is now at peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Pam Kramer said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2021 at 8:34 PM

Sorry to hear the lose of your Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. I had her as all of those people. She was a wonder.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois

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