Mildred Gerling

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Mildred A. Gerling, nee Miller, 91, of Belleville, IL, born August 26, 1928, in Mascoutah, IL, died Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Four Fountains Convalescent Center, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Gerling was a devout member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, belonged to the St. Luke Perpetual Help Sodality, the ladies quilting group, and volunteered with the St. Luke’s Kitchen Committee. She was also a volunteer at the Community Interfaith Food Pantry.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Joseph H. Gerling, whom she married on February 11, 1956, and who died on November 4, 2018; and her parents, Chauncey and Dorothy, nee Vogt, Miller.

Surviving are four children, Teresa Hosey, Robert Gerling, Patricia (Rob) Eterno, and Rita Davis;
four grandchildren, Craig (Jenni) Hosey, Michelle Hosey, Alex Eterno, and John Eterno;
five great-grandchildren;
and three great-great grandchildren.

Memorials are appreciated by the family and may be made directly to the Community Interfaith Food Pantry, 1218 West Main Street, Belleville, IL 62220, or to St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 301 North Church Street, Belleville, IL 62220. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

 Funeral: A private graveside service will be held.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


15 Comments on Mildred Gerling

Anita (Kimutis) Bevill said : Guest Report May 18, 2020 at 11:13 AM

I just learned of Millie's passing. I have such fond memories of Millie from when I was growing up. She was kind, caring and so positive. I loved her laugh. She was such a good friend to my mom, Bernadette. I am thinking of the Gerling family and will pay respects in person if something is held later.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Maria Carroll said : Guest Report May 13, 2020 at 8:01 PM

Mom (who is staying with me for now and without a newspaper) and I just learned of Millie’s passing. She was my beloved godmother and Bernadette’s dearest friend and long ago roommate in St Louis in their single years. She was a beautiful person and the best hugger in all the world. We are so sad for us, her family and other friends that she’s gone. We hope to pay our respects in person if a Mass/ gathering can be held later.

  • Maryville
  • IL
Julie Cole said : Guest Report Apr 19, 2020 at 11:45 AM

Our St. Luke family will not be the same without Millie. When I think of the community, Millie & Joe are front and center. They were always so loving. Millie had a soft spot for our son Aidan; they were baseball buddies. It is a comfort to know without doubt that Millie & Joe are reunited now in Gods love. Our deepest sympathy to your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Connie Barre said : Guest Report Apr 18, 2020 at 12:09 PM

We are forever grateful to Millie and Joe for their many years of service to the Ministry to Sick and Aged. They would arrive early to arrange the altar for Fr. Gene and gather the residents for Mass at Sycamore Village and Swansea Care Center. May they both continue to enjoy eternal peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
John Scheibel said : Guest Report Apr 18, 2020 at 8:52 AM

My condolences. Millie, along with Joe, were very good friends of my Mom and Dad. She was a wonderful lady.

  • Florissant
  • Missouri
Jean Duffy said : Guest Report Apr 14, 2020 at 8:15 AM

My sympathy to the Feeling family. Kevin and I were friends of Joe and Millie at St. Luke 's as well as neighbors on Beth Ann Dr.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Gerling Kids said : Guest Report Apr 14, 2020 at 5:06 AM

thanks to all of you. if this virus settles down we want to have a mass and get together in the fall for mom. she passed happy and peaceful in her faith.

  • belleville
  • il
Jean and Steven Weier said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2020 at 2:26 PM

So sorry to hear if Millie’s passing. Steve and I spent many a family function catching up with Millie and Joe. She was always very concerned and caring and we will miss her.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Hank & Marie Wesselmann said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2020 at 11:36 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Millie's death. Joe was our only cousin from our mom's side and he was more like a brother. It is awesome that she could celebrate Easter in heaven.

  • Germantown
  • IL
Paula Vogler said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2020 at 9:58 AM

My deepest condolences to Millie’s family. She and Joe were pillars in our St. Luke’s community. She was always so friendly. My mom also loved Millie and Joe. She said she loved how they loved each other and always did things together. She will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace Millie .

  • Belleville
  • Il
Joyce Ohl Baker said : Guest Report Apr 11, 2020 at 8:54 PM

So sorry to hear about Mrs. Gerling's passing. I miss her. She was always so happy and full of humor. I think of her often.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Pat Bruss said : Guest Report Apr 11, 2020 at 7:28 PM

Deepest sympathies to family from Jim and Pat. Millie and Joe were both so welcoming to Jim when we married and he joined St Luke's. We will never forget Millie's sweet smile.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Skip & Jan Stoll said : Guest Report Apr 11, 2020 at 6:56 PM

I'm sorry to her about Millies passing. She and Skip were friends from school years. I know she will be missed by many in the Belleville are. My prayers go out to the family.

  • Ocala
  • Florida
Gail Eisenhart said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2020 at 6:21 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Millie‘s death. I miss her smile and her chatter. She was one of the first people I met when I moved to the area and her friendship is treasured. Please except my deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary Maue said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2020 at 2:29 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Millie's death. Please accept my sympathy.She was a good friend and was such a help when we quilted - setting the table and making coffee for us and of course, cleaning up after us. You girls were so kind to her and you will be blest.

  • Belleville
  • Il

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