Moreland “Molly” Unterbrink

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Moreland (Molly) Unterbrink, nee Voss, born June 29, 1924, in Alton, Illinois, died on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at St. Paul’s Senior Community in Belleville, Illinois.

Before her marriage, Molly was secretary to the treasurer and assistant treasurer of the Equitable Powder Manufacturing Company in East Alton, Illinois.

Molly and Vic met in seventh grade and were a couple through high school and WW II. They married on October 24, 1947 at Twelfth Street Presbyterian Church, Alton, Illinois. Victor, along with his father and brothers-in-law, built their home on Brentwood Blvd. in Alton. Vic’s job moved them to Clearwater, Florida. Vic retired and they returned to Illinois and settled in Belleville.

Molly enjoyed playing her piano and did so for nearly 80 years. She was a seamstress and taught her daughter to sew. Molly created many counted cross stitch, embroidery and needlepoint items. She belonged to the First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville and was always interested in women’s groups and missions. Molly was a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry and knitted and crocheted numerous items over the years. She was Moderator of Presbyterian Women of Twelfth Street Presbyterian Church in Alton, Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clearwater, Florida and First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville. She was also past president of the Belleville Women’s Club and was a member of the St. Clair County Garden Club.

Molly was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Lynn in 1995; their son, Richard Lynn in 1992; her parents, Julius and Nora, nee Brueggeman, Voss; two brothers, Louis (Dorothy) Voss and Joseph (Mildred) Voss; two sisters, Winona (Bill) Roller and Dolores (Alvin) Laux; and her mother and father-in-law Victor H. and Julia, nee Timmons, Unterbrink.

Molly is survived by her daughter, Agnes (Gary) Lawrence of Belleville, Illinois; granddaughter, Amy (Brendan) Elli of Champaign, Illinois; and grandson, David (Anna) Lawrence of Columbia, Missouri. She is also survived by her great-grandson, Victor Lawrence Elli; and great-granddaughters, Sophia Lynn Lawrence and Molly Josephine Elli.

The family sincerely thanks the caring and dedicated nurses, aides and staff on Mom’s floor at St. Paul’s. “Miss Molly” made many friends among the residents and staff. Thanks also to Hospice of Southern Illinois for emotional and medical care and support.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children St. Louis, 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Robert Dyer officiating.

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


6 Comments on Moreland “Molly” Unterbrink

Patty Bearth said : Guest Report Mar 07, 2018 at 9:47 PM

So sorry for your loss. Molly will be missed at prayer shawl gatherings. I was glad to have met her. She gave me a short tour of her keepsakes in her home when i gave her a ride home.

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Kerry Miller said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2018 at 2:39 PM

Aggie, Deepest condolences on your Mom's passing. Great memories of you, Dickie, and your folks growing up across the street on Brentwood. I think Molly is the last one from the originals on the street. Nancy and I will remember you and your family in our prayers.

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Brenda said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2018 at 11:36 AM

Please accept my condolences as you mourn the loss of your dear Molly. Be assured that not only is almighty God keenly aware of your pain, he will soon forever end all suffering on earth including death, as this video link clearly shows:

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Kerry Miller said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Dear Aggie, so sorry to read about your Mom, I will include you all in my prayers. Great memories of growing up across the street in Brentwood with you and Dickie. Another load of that greatest generation. Kerry Miller

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Erma Jean/Dale Vandiver said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2018 at 2:58 AM

Our deepest sympathy to the family . We first met your parents through Presbyterian Mariners when they lived in Alton. We got to know Molly better at First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville. She was a great lady and loved by many she will be missed.

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Marilyn Linton said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2018 at 7:22 PM

Aggie and family, I am so sad to hear of the death of Molly. We were in many groups at church together and could always depend on Molly to volunteer to bring a cake when needed. I realize she will be in a much better place now and all her pain will be gone. She will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace Dear Molly.

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  • IL

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