Merrilee Valentine Neal

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Merrilee Valentine Neal, 69, of O’Fallon, MO, born August 28, 1952, in Red Bud, IL, died Sunday, March 6, 2022, at BJC HCS Evelyn’s House.

Merrilee was an account executive in the fashion jewelry industry for more than 40 years before her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin P. and Doris E., nee Kessler, Valentine,

She is survived by a sister, Melody Ann Kling of St. Peters, MO;
a nephew, Jason (Bridgette) Kling and their daughter, Avery;
and a niece Holly (Greg) Shipley, and their sons Brendan and Ryan;

Memorials may be made to Evelyn’s House. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Graveside Service: A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Elmwood Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


9 Comments on Merrilee Valentine Neal

David Valentine said : Guest Report Mar 24, 2022 at 10:25 PM

Sorry for your loss. Have been thinking of you guys for along time your in our prayers

  • Belleville
  • Ill
Diane Nordhaus said : Guest Report Mar 12, 2022 at 11:28 PM

I send my deepest sympathy to all of Merrilee's family and friends.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Belinda Williams Johnson said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2022 at 8:29 PM

Such a beautiful person inside & out.

  • Alamogordo
  • NM
Elizabeth Jung said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2022 at 8:28 PM

Dear Melody, So very sorry to hear of sweet Merrilee's passing. Our little sisters were quite a handful! They had so much fun in our neighborhood. She will be missed. Love to you.

  • Madison
  • Alabama
Vicki Reece said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2022 at 5:25 PM

I have been trying to get in touch with her for 2 years. I am sorry to hear of your loss, and of her battle at the end. All of my prayers to you and your family.

  • Phoenix
  • AZ
Barbara Barttelbort Logan said : Guest Report Mar 08, 2022 at 9:56 AM

DearMelody and Children, Accept our Deepest Sympathy. May the Lord be with you all. Barb, Vic and Family

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Barbara Barttelbort Logan said : Guest Report Mar 08, 2022 at 9:38 AM

Melody and Children, Please accept our Deepest Sympathy. So Very Sorry but there are no words to take away your pain at this time. Love, Barb and Family

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Diana Borger-Savoia said : Guest Report Mar 08, 2022 at 12:11 AM

Sending heartfelt condolences to the family of Merrilee..such a sweet person..remember her from FCHS... Respectfully ~~ Diana(Koesterer) Borger-Savoia~~

  • Belleville
  • ILL.
Rosanne Hettenhausen said : Guest Report Mar 07, 2022 at 7:59 PM

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your sister and aunt Merrilee. She was such a nice, fun person. I remember when you guys would visit your mom when she lived in Yeske’s apartments.

  • Freeburg
  • Ill

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