Mary Wessel

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Mary E. Wessel, nee Doonan, 100, of Belleville, IL, died Friday, February 11, 2022, at her home in Belleville, IL.

Mary was born April 17, 1921, the 4th of 15 children born to Ed and Grace Doonan in Elmvale Ontario.  At an early age, the family moved west and settled in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, part of the Peace River Country.  In her memoirs, Mary tells of the pioneer spirit of the people then and how hard they worked and how much FUN the kids had. A lot of the fun involved horses, and riding horseback to the one room school they attended. At 18, Mary and brother Jim, traveled back east to visit relatives.  Mary stayed and worked, and when WWII broke out, she joined the Royal Canadian Navy.  She wound up stationed in Washington DC where she met and married Cpl. Hugo Wessel, who was stationed there with the U.S. Army.  It was an adjustment leaving home and country and so every two years (for many years) a family car trip was made to Dawson Creek, British Columbia. The trip was five days each way.

Mary had a full, busy life in Belleville, supporting Hugo as the Wessel business was expanded, keeping the home fires burning and raising four children. Mary enjoyed bowling, fishing, playing cards, quilting with the ladies at St. Peter’s Cathedral, and feeding family whenever they would stop by. Aunt Clara commented once it was like Grand Central Station there at times! Her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids were her joy, and they all knew she loved them unconditionally.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Hugo Wessel; her daughter, Patricia Osborn; her son, Robert Wessel; a grandson, Wade Blouin; a step-great grandson, Mason Taylor; her brothers, Bert, James, Jack, and Glen Doonan; and her sisters, Jessie Harrod, Ada Blew, Myrtle Hamilton, Audrey Therrien, Jean Babcock, and Kate Espe.

She is survived by a daughter, Jean (Claude) Blouin of Dawson Creek, British Columbia; a son, Warren (Kimberly) Wessel of Belleville, IL; a son-in-law, Bill Osborn of Belleville, IL; sisters, Ina McQueen, Rose Howard, Doris Norden, and Rhoda Beauchamp; her grandchildren and their families, Amy (John) Stachel and Hunter, Jenny Cebulske and Blake and Alex, Danette (Kent) Maddigan, and Macie and Caleb, Jason (Marlana) Blouin and Isaac, Matthew (Karen) Osborn and Jimmy and Jordan, Michael (Lexie) Osborn and Aidan, Evan, and Owen, Zack Osborn, Ginette Wessel (Nick Gagne) and Sydney, Jackie Wessel, Casey Wessel, Shayne (Theresa) Brown and Pierce and Teagan, Jessi (Shayne) Taylor and Ollie, and Bailey Sova; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends who will always cherish their memories of Mary.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

 Funeral: A funeral procession will leave at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, February 15, 2022, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10:30 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.



9 Comments on Mary Wessel

Dennis Behrmann said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2022 at 2:42 PM

Sending condolences to The Wessel family. Mary was a beautiful person. Hugs and prayers, Dennis & Elaine Behrmann

  • Albers
  • IL
Matt said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2022 at 11:42 AM

She was full of life and I have many laughs to remember. She was a gem for sure. Warren and family my love and prayers

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Gary Blome said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2022 at 9:59 AM

Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences regarding the loss of Mrs. Mary Wessel. She was always pleasant and she will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Bob Dintelmann said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2022 at 4:03 PM

My sympathy to Warren and all the family. Mrs. Wessel was a very nice lady, and I became acquainted with the Wessel family by going in the meat market with my dad or after leaving the Roosevelt School as early as the late 1940's. They were a great family for South Belleville.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Shannon McGinn-Corona said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2022 at 1:20 PM

Our hearts are with Mary's family and friends. It was an honor to care for her. -Unity Hospice

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Barbara Duncan said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2022 at 3:17 PM

Our deepest sympathy to Warren and the Wessel family! Mary willl be sorely missed, she was a wonderful neighbor and most of all a special friend. God has received a special Angel.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Charlotte Wessel said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2022 at 2:42 PM

Mary loved people, guided, and helped all. She always had a funny story and a quick smile. She is deeply missed by me. God bless Mary!

  • Benton
  • Il said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2022 at 12:48 PM

My heart and prayers goes out to the entire family. Nan was a very special lady. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone. I feel very blessed to have met her!

  • Glendale
  • Arizona
Jackie Lucas said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2022 at 12:11 PM

My sincere condolences to Mary’s family she was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Jackie Lucas

  • Glendale
  • AZ

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