Miriam Stemler

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Miriam Stemler, nee Boehm, 80, of Freeburg, IL, born November 1, 1940, in St. Louis, MO, died Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Miriam was the only child of William and Catherine Boehm. Growing up, she enjoyed attending St. Louis Browns baseball games at Sportsman’s Park with her dad and spent many an hour playing pinball while he bowled. An excellent student, she attended Beaumont High School in St. Louis where she graduated in 1958. In high school, she was proud to be the editor of the school yearbook. After high school, she worked as a secretary at St. Louis Trust Company before meeting her future husband, Herbert.

Following their marriage on September 9, 1961, they moved to Wisconsin where Herb served as a minister at several churches, and where their daughter Ruth and son Peter were born. Moving to Smithton, IL, in 1970 brought Miriam closer to home, and their youngest child Sarah was born.  They went on to become residents of Edwardsville, IL, before moving back to St. Louis. In her later years, Miriam and Herb moved to Freeburg, IL, where she died, after succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease.

Over the years, Miriam sang in her church choirs, was a member of women’s guilds, was a member of the Homemaker’s Club, and worked as a secretary for St. John’s United Church of Christ in Smithton, Smithton Grade School library, the Madison County Farm Bureau, and Children First Foundation in Edwardsville.

She loved music, was an avid reader, a bird watcher, a terrific cook, and spent countless hours canning the produce from Herb’s gardens.

Miriam and Herb enjoyed traveling the world, both on mission trips such as to Central America, Haiti, and Jamaica, and on vacations such as to the South Pacific, Europe, the Holy Land, and South America. They also enjoyed spending time with their children and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Herbert C. Stemler; an infant son, Paul Stephen Stemler; her parents, William and Catherine, nee Meyer, Boehm; her father-in law and mother-in-law, Herman and Ida Stemler; and two sisters-in-law, Jean Stemler and Gladys (Marvin) Groom.

She is survived by her children, Ruth (Bryan) Vogel of Freeburg, IL, Peter (Lisa) Stemler of Wildwood, MO, and Sarah (James) Harms of Freeburg, IL; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson; two brothers-in-law, Willis (Jan) Stemler of Waterloo, IL, and Vernon (Angela) Stemler of Pacific, MO; a sister-in-law, Carol (Robert) Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Rick Mortimer officiating.

Burial will follow at Waterloo City Cemetery, Waterloo, IL.


10 Comments on Miriam Stemler

Brianna said : Guest Report Jun 26, 2021 at 12:17 PM

I’m so sad to hear of Miriam’s passing. She truly was a sweet soul. I loved listening to her sing and seeing her beautiful smile. My deepest condolences go out to her family.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Tona Rowett said : Guest Report Jun 24, 2021 at 3:37 PM

My favorite memory of Miriam was her singing "Sunrise, Sunset" at Ruth's wedding. I cried like a baby! She so obviously loved her children. Prayers of Thanksgiving for that love they surely felt and the memories they'll have. And prayers of comfort for the holes in their hearts.

  • Springfield
  • Missouri
Gary and Karen Voelker said : Guest Report Jun 19, 2021 at 1:57 PM

We were so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. We are thinking of your family and send our sincere sympathy for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Ron and Barb Hueffmeier said : Guest Report Jun 18, 2021 at 1:35 PM

We are so grateful for the time Herb and Miriam spent working with us at St. Paul E-Free Church in St. Louis. Miriam was a special friend while there. Loved her and have missed her a lot. So very sorry for your loss. She was a special lady.

  • St. Charles
  • Mo
Synthia & Terry Kalinowski said : Guest Report Jun 16, 2021 at 5:52 AM

Ruth and Brian, Sending you are our deepest condolences. Praying for peace and comfort for you all.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Don and Anne Sabbert said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2021 at 9:50 PM

Our friendship with Herb and Miriam began in our days together at Eden Seminary and has continued for 60 years. We are grateful for their lives in ministry and we pray for God's comforting presence for you, their family.

  • Crestwood
  • MO
Ivan & Viv Horn said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2021 at 10:31 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family and the bittersweet of Miriam's death. It is a celebration of her entering eternal life but will be missed as she is no longer physically with us. Have a great celebration of her life and her entering eternal life!!! Ivan and Viv Horn

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Christy Pursell said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2021 at 8:50 AM

The Illinois South Conference UCC would like to offer our condolences to the family of Miriam. Rev Stemler and Miriam were an integral part of the life of the Illinois South Conference where they served our churches through called ministry and membership. Prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time.”

  • Highland
  • IL
Kimberly Kammler said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2021 at 9:36 PM

I wanted to send my sincere condolences to all of Miriams family during this difficult time. She was such a sweet soul that I loved to care for every day. She had such a beautiful soul & a lovely smile that could brighten anyone's day. I'm sending many hugs to you all....((hugs)) ??

  • Mascoutah
  • Il
Jody said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2021 at 4:57 PM

Prayers for Miriam’s family. Sympathy for the loss of their loved one. Time eases the pain of the loss because of the wonderful memories you shared. God bless you.

  • Smithton
  • Il

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