Mary Voland

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Mary Alice Voland, nee Gonzalez, 95, of Belleville, IL, born July 9, 1925, in Zeising, WV, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at her residence.

Mary graduated from East St. Louis High School in 1944. After graduating she worked in the accounting department of  the Frisco Railroad Co. in St. Louis MO. Mary and her friends loved going to dances where, in the spring of 1946, she met Jack Voland at a USO dance in Belleville, IL. They married on September 1, 1946.

Mary and Jack loved going to movies and dances. Jack was a musician and Mary attended many of his concerts. They had four wonderful children and enjoyed several vacations and many fishing trips in Wisconsin and Canada. Mary and Jack started their own business, Modern TV, where Mary was the secretary for eighteen years.

In her later years, Mary enjoyed watching classic movies and listening to music from the fifties and sixties. Mary was a member of the Greater Grace Missionary Baptist Church on Mascoutah Ave, Belleville, IL. She and Jack attended the United Church of Christ on South Douglas Ave. in Belleville IL.

Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Jack V. Voland, who died on September 17, 2011; her parents, Louis and Violet Bell, nee Myers, Gonzalez; her sister, Betty (Fritz) Moessinger; and a brother, Robert L. Gonzalez.

Surviving are her children, Vicki L. (Steven) Voland of Belleville, IL; Terry J. (Gerry) Voland of Florissant, MO, Steven L. (Vicki) Voland of Knob Noster, MO, and Thomas C. (Jan) Voland of Belleville, IL;
six grandchildren, Chad (Gayla) Voland,  Chris (Emily) Voland, Steven Voland, Kiana Voland, and Christopher and Adam Rice;
eight great-grandchildren, Pierce, Alexis, Dylan, Kailey, Kimberly, Jack, Drystin, and Lailah;
and many cousins;
nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Private Funeral services will be held at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


11 Comments on Mary Voland

Kelsi Bray said : Guest Report Jan 15, 2021 at 4:24 PM

My heart goes out to all of Mary’s wonderful family! I grew up right down the road from Jack, Mary, Tom, and Jan all of which always treated me like family. Mary was my “second grandma” and I spent countless days in the garden, by the ponds, on the back porch, and playing cards with Mary. She was truly one of a kind and will be missed greatly. With all the love, Kelsi

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Lona Bray said : Guest Report Jan 15, 2021 at 11:12 AM

I'm so sorry to hear this! Mary was an extra grandma to my kids!! they loved going down to Jack and Marys house!! they always had fun things and stories for the kids. condolences and much love to the family!

  • belleville
  • il
Missy Keim & Michelle said : Guest Report Jan 03, 2021 at 9:14 PM

Aunt(great) Mimi always had a smile on her face and was such a happy person, loved hearing her stories about her life so well lived and we know that she and uncle jack are listening to music and dancing again. Rest in peace. My deepest sympathy to all of Mimi’s family.

  • San jose
  • California
Christopher & Lisa Rolen said : Guest Report Jan 03, 2021 at 3:51 PM

Deepest Sympathy! We met Jack and Mary when we 1st got married and lived on Wabash! He had his fish and his garden. Even after we move, he brought us vegetables.

  • Red Bud
  • Illinois
Frederick L. Moessinger Jr. said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2021 at 10:37 PM

Great Aunt Mary Alice (Meme-meme) Thank you for all the memories that we made and shared. You will be deeply missed but never forgotten. May you rest easy with Great Uncle Jack, and Grandma Betty. My prayer goes out to the Voland family during this tough and strenuous time.

  • Columbia
  • IL
Sue McCure said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2021 at 3:48 PM

Peace to the Voland family during this time of loss.

  • Webster Groves
  • MO
Maria Grossmann said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2021 at 1:49 PM

Rest in Peace Aunt Mimi you will be missed so much by all of the family.I am so sorry for the Voland kids on the loss of a wonderful lady.

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Joanne Jackson said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 10:10 PM

To everyone who loved Mary Alice, the eldest of the Gonzalez cousins, she will be missed. She was so sweet and gentle. And full of stories we all loved to hear. God Bless and Keep Her !

  • Smithton
  • Illinoid
Amy Kern-Huite said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 9:12 PM

In my heart she'll always be my "grandma across the street," I thought the world of Mary and my life is so blessed for having met her. Tom & Jan - thank you for sharing her with me ...Wabash Ave. will never be the same without her! All my love, Amy

  • Belleville
  • Il
Terry Garcia said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 8:19 PM

A beautiful cousin who reminds me of her father. She’s home with the wild Gonzales clan and many cousins, she is blessed.

  • Katy
  • Texas
Nancee Paule said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 6:08 PM

Such a lovely lady, she will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy to Tom and Jan and all her family.

  • Edwardsville
  • IL

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