Melissa Touchette

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Melissa Touchette, nee Gale, wife of Scott and mother of Landon, passed away too soon at the age of 54, on October 31, 2023, after a hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer.

She had a tremendous faith in God and drew comfort from her relationship with Him. Melissa was known for her love of Jehovah and her love of family.

She was born to parents Ted and Jane, nee McDonald, Gale in Belleville, IL., in August of 1969. She lived her entire life in Freeburg and was a 1987 graduate of Freeburg Community High School where she was a member of the volleyball team. Immediately after high school, Melissa attended SWIC and graduated with a Physical Therapist Assistant associate in applied science degree. She possessed a caring nature and worked in rehabilitation facilities in Missouri and Illinois where she was known to provide excellent care to the patients she served.

Mrs. Touchette was preceded in death by both sets of her grandparents, Clarence and Fleta McDonald and Clyde and Myrtle Gale; and her father-in-law, whom she cared for until his passing, Jerold Touchette.

Surviving are her high school sweetheart and husband, Scott Touchette; her son, Landon (Emma File) Touchette; her parents, Ted and Jane, nee McDonald, Gale; four siblings, Sheila (Dennis) Tewell, Mike (Becky) Gale, Chad (Julie) Gale, and Jodi (Keith) Jany; her mother-in-law, Ruth Touchette; two brothers-in-law, Steven (Denise) Touchette, and Keith (Michelle) Touchette. Melissa will be mourned by all of her nieces and nephews, as well as her many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Although Melissa’s passing leaves us all with a tremendous sense of loss and sadness, we will hold tight to the promise and draw comfort from knowing we will be reunited with her again in a perfect paradise.

 In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to American Cancer Society or to the hospice of choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 2, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, November 3, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 3, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

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35 Comments on Melissa Touchette

Andrea Sullivan said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2023 at 8:36 AM

Scott, Landon, Jodi, Sheila, Mike, Chad, Mr. and Mrs. Gale and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you❤️Melissa, a past coworker but so much more, my forever friend was like a sister to me. I know we will all miss her infectious laugh and her large personality which would light up the room as soon as she would enter. She was everyone’s cheerleader, friend, caregiver, pastor and also glue of many relationships. Selfless is the word that comes to mind and Melissa gave of herself freely and always had the time for others whether it meant giving a helping hand, fearlessly diving into deep conversations, counseling, loving and connecting others. She was such an amazing and beautiful person, both inside and out, with so many attributes including an innate ability in physical therapy, making her patients smile, an entertaining storyteller, a witty sense of humor, admirable athleticism and fantastic dance moves. She loved her son, her husband, friends and family with all of her heart and soul and will be greatly missed until we meet her again.

  • Venice
  • FL
stephanie Kahle said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2023 at 9:49 PM

My sincerest condolences to the Touchette and Gale families. It is a difficult task to navigate the premature loss of a loved one. So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all fondly. Stephanie Kahle(Lannert)

  • Santa Rosa
  • CA
Stephanie Kahle(Lannert) said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2023 at 9:31 PM

My deepest condolences to the Touchette and Gale families. It is a very difficult reality to navigate the loss of someone so special at a time that is neither fair or just. So sorry for your loss. Stephanie Kahle(Lannert)

  • Santa Rosa
  • CA
Gary Schneider said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2023 at 12:14 PM

My deepest sympathy to you Scott on your loss. May she rest in peace.

  • Springfield
  • Illinois
Melinda Postin said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2023 at 7:42 PM

My heart goes out to you, Scott and Landon. Melissa was such a kind, friendly soul. She always had a way of making you feel like family. I’ll miss her

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Peggy (Brooks) White said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2023 at 3:38 PM

Jane and Family, I'm deeply saddened to hear the news of Melissa's passing. My condolences to your family.

  • Canton
  • Georgia
Jim & Carol Cange said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2023 at 1:43 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Melissa was such a great, caring therapist for Jim's mother when she was confined. We are so sad to learn of her passing. May she rest in peace.

  • Nashville
  • Il
Di & Curt Rivali said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2023 at 10:13 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. We have you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Caseyville
  • Illinois
Tanja Sherrin-McGruther said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2023 at 9:34 AM

My condolences to Melissa’s family and friends. Even though we weren’t friends and I haven’t seen Melissa since high school, I clearly remember what a classy and kind hearted person she was. I know she will be terribly missed.

  • Durango
  • CO
Melissa Mezo-Beiter said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2023 at 8:28 AM

So sorry to hear of Melissa's passing. My condolences to you all.

  • New Baden
  • IL
Michelle (Howie) Schweiger said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2023 at 4:59 PM

Scott I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers as you navigate the days ahead.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Jody and Brent Borger said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2023 at 4:44 PM

Scott, Landon and family, so very sorry for your loss. Melissa was a gem and will be missed by so many. It comforts me knowing that her faith was so strong. Prayers for you and family.❤️🙏

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Chris Kantosky said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2023 at 4:13 PM

I just wanted to send my prayers to all family and friends of Melissa. She and I had a chance to catch up with each other in April of this year and the time we spent was as if we hadn't been apart since our days in grade school. We told stories of old, shared family histories of today and discussed her fight for life. I will always remember that day as just having a chat with a great friend that I have known since age 6. God bless you, my friend and be at peace.

  • Bowling Green
  • Kentucky
Mary Anne Downen said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2023 at 2:35 PM

I will always think of Melissa from her 4 years in PE class at FCHS and remember the really special person she was. My prayers are with her family. Mrs Downen

  • Freeburg, Illinois
  • IL
Harold Baker said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2023 at 12:42 PM

Our dream come true, paradise earth is right around the corner… see you there. Sympathies to the family for your loss and suffering.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mary Torregrossa Wilson said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2023 at 12:39 PM

She was Beautiful….. inside and out! Oh the joy to see her again and never have to worry about suffering, sickness or death as we run and dance in Jehovah’s paradise earth together! Rest now Melissa… see you again.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Chaplain Brad Lafferty said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2023 at 10:16 AM

May the peace of God be your strength in this difficult time. Steven, please let the Chaplaincy Committee know if there is anything we can do.

  • Wentzville
  • Mo
Cousin Bob said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2023 at 10:16 AM

Melissa took solace in this prayer I shared with her, "O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." May this prayer bring peace to her family and friends as well. And Melissa, Scott and Landon will be fine. Their sadness will turn to joyful memories of you and your love for them. ~Bob

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Franziska Wuest said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2023 at 9:28 AM

Words can not describe my pain 💔 I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Dana said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 9:24 PM

I've known Melissa on and off since I was in my early twenties. Melissa was always a fun loving and caring person. I will never forget the time she found me walking alongside the road, she to car trouble, and stopped to give me a ride all the way home. She had an infectious smile and positive attitude. I am so sorry for everyone's loss of this lovely lady.

  • Dorsey
  • IL
April Fivel said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 9:19 PM

To Sheila and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I have heard how close Melissa was to God. I pray for peace and mercy from the Lord Jesus Christ to carry you through such a difficult time.

  • SAN ANTONIO
  • TX
Diane File said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 8:28 PM

Melissa truly showed care and compassion for all she encountered. She will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

  • new athens
  • Illinois
Candace Krausz said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 8:22 PM

Prayers to all of her family. Melissa was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be missed by many.

  • Freedom
  • Illinois
Candy Krausz said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 8:18 PM

To Melissa’s family: Sorry to hear the passing of a beautiful woman. She was so caring and kind to everyone she knew, and met. Prayers for this difficult time of sorrow.

  • Freedom
  • Illinois
Karen Helfrich said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 6:56 PM

My sincere condolences for this terrible loss. Melissa was such a kind and beautiful person. Sending my love to her family and friends.

  • Beach Park
  • Illinois
Karen Helfrich said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 6:56 PM

My sincere condolences for this terrible loss. Melissa was such a kind and beautiful person. Sending my love to her family and friends.

  • Beach Park
  • Illinois
Diana Borger-Savoia said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 6:18 PM

Scott and Landon, Sending my deepest heartfelt sympathies to you both...I'm praying for your family and many many friends ... Diana Borger-Savoia

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jackie Tewell said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 6:13 PM

Prayers for peace and comfort to Scott and Landon and family!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Amy (Janssen) Watson said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 6:06 PM

Deep condolences to Scott and Melissa’s family and friends on her passing, which was too soon. I will never forget Melissa as a tenacious and skilled athlete, as I competed with her on the Freeburg Swim Team and the Freeburg High School volleyball team. But despite her competitiveness, she was kind, a supportive teammate, and loyal. She will be missed.

  • Duxbury
  • MA
Mike Massey said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 5:25 PM

Scott and Landon so sorry for your loss.

  • Paderborn
  • IL
Hunter Borger said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 4:07 PM

Scott and Landon my condolences to you and the rest of the family. Melissa was one of the best people I have ever met. She was like a mother to me while growing up. You both and the rest of the family will be in my prayers. Love you guys

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Rose Edwards said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 3:27 PM

Scott and Landon, sincere condolences for the loss of your wife and mother, prayers for you and all Melissa’s family and friends.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Denny Fanger said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 3:24 PM

Scott my condolences to you and your family. I had no idea that Melissa was fighting this battle, my prayers are with you, your family and Melissa's family. I'm very sorry I am unable to attend visitation but I have previous commitment on Thursday evening.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Rhonda Price said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 2:35 PM

Melissa had such a beautiful and loving spirit. Much love to her family.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Joyce said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2023 at 2:14 PM

So sorry for your loss .

  • Lebanon
  • Il

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