Mildred Kettler

Mildred Kettler
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Mildred Helen Kettler, nee Miller, 82, of Belleville, IL, born March 9, 1932, in Belleville, IL, passed away suddenly Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mildred was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was also an avid bingo player.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Darlene Mitchell; her parents, Hugh J. and Mary, nee Cange, Miller; and a brother, Clifford Miller Sr.

Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Harry W. Kettler Jr., whom she married on January 21, 1951;
five children, Jack (Jackie) Kettler,
Sandra (Jerry) Smith,
Stephen Kettler,
Jeffrey (Mary Suzanne) Kettler,
and Marlene Kettler (Greg Gruberman);
15 grandchildren, Jack II (Joely) Kettler, Jana (Jason) Rapp,
Stacey (Brian) Geluck, Scott (Katie) Smith, Shelley (Chris) Schaefer,
Stephen II (Holly) Kettler, Carrie Kettler (Adam Swedo), Corey Kettler,
Jordan Kettler, Katie Kettler, Kara Kettler,
Yvonne (Josh) Robinson, Bobbi (Roger) Sanders,
Malissa Wagner, and Dallas (Virginia) Lugge;
19 great-grandchildren, Briannon Kettler and Jack Kettler Jr., Carter and Evan Rapp,
Taylor, Ashley, and Addison Geluck, Lily and Zoey Smith,
Kellen and Conner Schaefer, Stephen Kettler III,
Ash and Jaxson Robinson, Virginia and Aiden Sanders,
Tyler and Logen Wagner, and Ransom Lugge;
her brother, Hugh A. (Rosanne) Miller of Greensburg, IN;
many nieces and nephews;
and her loving dog, Suzie.

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

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, February 9, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Private family funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at the funeral home with Rev. Cari Frus officiating.

Condolences Left For Mildred Kettler

Dear Kettler Family,
I met your mother at “Bingo” and have talked to her for many years. Myself and I’m sure many others there will miss her smiling face. She always talked about her family and how wonderful her kids are. I told her she must have raised them right! She just laughed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. From her bingo buddy and my husband Butch who grew up “in the neighborhood” we send you our deepest sympathy.

Linda Hoffmann, Lenzburg, IL, 62255

My heart goes out to you and your family with the loss of your grandmother. I will say a special prayer for your family.

Kim Tate, St. Louis, MO , 63146

I often tell people that I was blessed to grow up in the Bunsen neighborhood. The most obvious reason was the type of parents that we had – Mrs. Kettler was much more than just a parent to her children; she mothered us all. I owe her a lot of soda over my childhood years. Her kindness was not lost on me; I try to return the favor with the friends of my own children. God bless your family.

Chuck Lugge, Belleville, Illinois, 62220

I extend my deepest condolences to Corey Kettler & his father, Steve. Corey lost both of his grandmothers so close together in time.
So sorry Monica! I know you always said Milly was so good to you & this is a deeply sad time after losing your own momma last week.
Steve, I am deeply sorry that you lost your mom.
Blessing to all of you. Peace be with you knowing God is embracing this dear lady & she is looking down on you from heaven.


Connie Avara, Panama City Beach, FL, 32414

Carrie, I extend my deepest sympathy to you. It’s never easy losing anyone you love & grandmother’s are always so special. So sorry I hit enter before I added my sympathy to you. God Bless you!


Connie Avara, Panama City Beach, FL, 32413

So sorry about you mom and now your dad,they were the best,I loved having your family coming in on Saturday mornings u are all such a good family,will always treasure the packers knick knack he made me,luv it.

nancy Freeland, columbia, IL, 62236


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