Melba Pfannebecker

Melba Pfannebecker
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Melba B. Pfannebecker, nee Barthel, 88, of Smithton, IL, born February 10, 1927, in Prairie du Long Township, IL, died Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at St. Paul’s Home, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Pfannebecker worked as a telephone operator at Scott Air Force Base before her retirement.  She was an avid walker with her dogs, loved gardening, and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by one son, Blake Pfannebecker; her parents, Arthur J. and Emma, nee Kempf, Barthel; one granddaughter, Jennifer K. Schmidt; one grandson, Adam Valentine;
two brothers, Willard and Norman Barthel; and a brother-in-law, Nelson Pfannebecker.

Surviving are one son, Bruce (Vaneta) Pfannebecker of Belleville, IL;
three daughters, Bonnie (John) Faletti of Collinsville IL,
Tammy (Brad) Hamilton of Smithton, IL,
and Cindy (Frank) Steinwagner of New Athens, IL;
a daughter-in-law, Debbie Pfannebecker of Freeburg, IL;
eight grandchildren, Jeff (Jennifer) Pfannebecker,
Keith Pfannebecker (Dawn Ralls),
Keri (Jason) Laminack,
Jeremy Pfannebecker,
Casey Valentine (Larry Hofmeister),
Katie (Scott) Mohrmann,
Travis (Jenny) Steinwagner,
and Holly (Daniel) Earhart;
18 great-grandchildren;
one sister, Helen Phillips of Belleville, IL;
nieces and nephews;
and two canine companions, Rascal and Cody.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held pending at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL.

Condolences Left For Melba Pfannebecker

Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. We offer our prayers to you and your family.

Your friends at Innovative Staff Solutions

Nicole Givens, New Athens, IL, 62264

Vaneta, sorry to hear of the passing of the grandmother of your children. Find peace in that she is in a greater place.

John Stein, cape coral, fl,

I am so sorry to read of Melba’s passing. I knew her when she was a waitress for the Smithton American Legion Fish Stand, when my mother Elois Pfeiffer was manager of the “kitchen”. She was always so nice and pleasant.
My condolences to her family and may she rest in peace.

Lynnette A. Pfeiffer, Belleville, Illinoia, 62221

with deepest sympathy.
Virginia Phillips Barthel
(widow of Lawrence Barthel)

Virginia Barthel, Belleville, Illinois, 62220

Tammy, our heart aches for you and your family. We pray God will give you the strength you need during this time of grief.
Michael and Brenda Harris
Matthew 5:4

Brenda Harris, Waterloo, Illinois, 62298

I knew you when. Saddened by your loss, Vannetta. I know how children feel about thier grandma. I only hope peace.

John Stein, cape coral fl, , 33990-1005


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