Michael Katricka

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Michael Anthony Katricka, 70, of Belleville, IL, born August 13, 1952, in East St. Louis, IL, died Monday, March 27, 2023, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Michael was a railroad conductor for 6 years and a railroad cop for 20 years. He was a great cook and was known for his homemade tomato juice, salsa, bread and noodles. Michael had many hobbies, he was lead guitarist for the band, “Clouds”, he loved to garden, and enjoyed restoring old cars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Mary, nee Popovich, Katricka; and his uncle, Richard Utz.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Taylor, nee Draper, Katricka;
two children, Kelly Edwards and Ginny Golden;
three grandchildren, Luke and Maris Golden, and Elle Edwards;
and three siblings, Mary (Ken) Jones, Dolores Martin, and Julia A. Carlson.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

FuneralFuneral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.

Burial will be at Mount Evergreen Cemetery, Millstadt, IL.



12 Comments on Michael Katricka

kevin kubitschek said : Guest Report Jul 17, 2023 at 11:22 AM

Just came across the obituary. Knew Mike since highs school, was a client...a good guy. Sorry for your loss.

  • New Athens
  • IL
Steve Taylor said : Guest Report Apr 02, 2023 at 4:05 PM

Enjoyed working with MOUSE at East St Louis. IC Ranger

  • Anna
  • Il
Jude Telebar Gommel said : Guest Report Mar 31, 2023 at 6:55 PM

My heart goes out to the family! My prayers are going up for your comfort and peace! Cousin Jude

  • Fort Mohave
  • Arizona
maryjboley@yahoo.com said : Guest Report Mar 31, 2023 at 2:30 PM

Ginny and Kelly, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. May he Rest In Peace! Mary Boley

  • E Peoria
  • Illinois
Judy schulte said : Guest Report Mar 31, 2023 at 10:41 AM

Girls, I'm so sorry for your loss

  • Linn creek
  • mo
Ginny (Feldpausch) Huckla said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2023 at 2:50 PM

Dolores, I'm sorry for the loss of your brother, Michael. May the peace of God be with you and your family. I will offer the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the repose of Michael's soul. Ginny (Feldpausch) Huckla

  • Columbia
  • MO
Stan Sirtak said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2023 at 2:46 PM

My sincere condolences to the Katricka Family, Nancy and all the kids. Mike and my brother Danny and cousin Mike Smith were all great buddies in bands and bumming around Belleville. Known Mike practically my entire life, always super great person and fun to talk with. Always admired his sincerity towards others. It's sad knowing we'll not see each other again on this earth but Heaven has many great things going on and Mike has a bunch for buddies he'll be hanging with once again. May God bring many blessings to the Katricka Family and ease their pain and sorrow.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Carolyn (Weissert) Wottowa said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2023 at 9:43 PM

Mary and family So sorry to hear of your brother’s death May special memories bring you comfort in the days ahead

  • O’Fallon
  • Ill
Mike Smith said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2023 at 6:27 PM

Mike and I grew together in our teens, met in highschool, he being the rhythm guitarist in his/our first band "The Esquires" and then in another band, me the singer for both. This before he went on to fame with The Clouds. His first car restoration was a Plymouth he painted canary yellow, and we all had great times riding around Belleville in it looking for girls. He was a great billiards player at Central Cigar Store. He tried teaching to me never play straight pool for money with him. Lost a lot of lunch money to that guy cause I never learned my lesson. Our nickname for him was Turkey. Don't know if he liked it or not but we all got nicknames tagged to us back then. We lost track of one another, seeing him for the last time at his and Nancy's bar a few years ago, it was like we picked up right where we left off. Gonna miss you buddy.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Joice Schmitt said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2023 at 6:10 PM

What a genuine man Michael was. Definitely an outstanding cook.I enjoyed his chicken and dumplings. Nancy, I send you my deepest condolences. May God bless you during your time of grief. I will be keeping you in my prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
julie said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2023 at 10:01 AM

My brother. So many memories. He was the one to carry on my mom's traditional recipes. He enjoyed feeding people, and was loved by many. RIP

  • johnstown
  • OH
Theresa Jones said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2023 at 7:35 PM

I have So many memories of thanksgiving day at the VFV hall with the entire family come to mind. Micheal was one of a kind and very generous. My dad, Richard, always appreciated him as we did too. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family. May he rest in peace Theresa, Scott and Audrey Jones

  • St Louis
  • MO

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