Myra Jane Wilke

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Myra Jane Wilke, nee Augustine, 70, of Freeburg, IL, joined her heavenly family peacefully at her home on Monday, May 31, 2021.

Myra was born January 16, 1951, to Tony and Audrey Augustine. She was married to Larry Wilke on August 11,1973. She graduated from Belleville West High School in 1969, earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic College, McKendree College and received a master’s degree from SIUE.

Myra’s name will be synonymous with Augustine’s and Tony’s Restaurant, Tony’s Cheese garlic bread, Bling, the T-shirt lady and her overall kindness. Myra first job was at Augustine’s Restaurant, and she and her husband Larry carried on the tradition of Augustine’s Garlic Bread for several years.

Myra taught for East St. Louis School District 189 from 2004 to 2010. After retiring from teaching, Myra started her own custom design business. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, and an STL Ram’s fan. She enjoyed going to games and making sure her friends and family were always taken care of.

Long winded but good hearted, most important to Myra was family, she put everyone else ahead of herself.

She was proceeded in death by her parents Tony and Audrey Jean, nee Fischer, Augustine.

Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Larry;
her two sons, Patrick (Melissa) and Matthew (Shelly);
her grandson, Patrick Jr.;
two brothers, Mark and Michael Augustine;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Doug Stewart officiating.

Cremation services will follow.


22 Comments on Myra Jane Wilke

Phillip Pete Sawyer said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2021 at 10:26 AM

Larry and family so very sorry on your loss. She was a great lady. She was always kind to me and my family. Sorry we miss the funeral / wake. May God Bless you all and your dear wife / mother. Amen

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jane Alberter said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2021 at 7:31 PM

I worked with Myra at the ROE from 2002 until she went to teach at 189. Myra was very creative & took very good care of all our students & their children. I am so sorry to hear she has passed away. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. May she rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Elizabeth Koval said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2021 at 7:11 PM

Dear Larry, Patrick, Matthew, and entire Wilke family, I have many fond memories of Myra growing up. One of my favorite memories is when we were invited to your house for Christmas Eve dinner for Italian and Seafood. If I remember it is called the Feast of Seven Fishes. I also remember after George and I were married you hosted our friends and family for brunch to open presents. Myra was a sweet and kind woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Ballwin
  • Mo
Geoppo Family said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2021 at 1:55 PM

Our sympathy is with the family, we are going to miss the story’s about our dad’s Tony and Frank , and for getting to send the payroll in at Riccos I’ve never lived that one down, always enjoyed talking cardinals baseball she definitely knew the players, and thank you and Larry for making Covid masks for our stores when they were so hard to get ! Myra was special and we will miss her !

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
KENDRA L GROUT said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2021 at 10:37 AM

My condolences to the Wilke family. Myra became my friend through our children, Patrick and Lesley. I loved talking with her and she always made me laugh. A wonderful person. Myra and I became the spokesmen for the bowling teams our children were on in High School. Patrick and Lesley both were on the golf team together which Myra and I also had in common to converse about. She loved her family and was always ready to volunteer and lend a helping hand. She will be missed by soooo many.

  • IL
Dennis Sedlak said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2021 at 10:30 PM

My sympathies to Larry, Patrick, Matthew, Mark, Michael and all the Wilke and Augustine families. So Long, my Friend. To someone that I have known since childhood when your grandparents lived next to my grandparents. I remember when we put our hand prints into the freshly poured concrete of your grandparent’s driveway. Such an innocent time it was when our days were carefree and filled with play and fun. Although we lost track of each other until you married my cousin, Larry, my reaquaintance with you has only fortified what I always knew you to be- generous, caring and kind. This world will seem a little less kind without you in it. Journey well, Myra. The pleasure of your company was all ours.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Deborah Ames said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2021 at 8:15 PM

Thoughts and Prayers for Larry and Family. Myra will definitely be missed by all whose life she touched.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lisa or Rick Sedlak said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2021 at 7:55 PM

Larry, The world loss a wonderful, Loving woman!!! We will miss her sooo much!!! Many heartfelt HUGS!!!! Lisa and Rick

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Lisa H Sedlak said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2021 at 7:50 PM

Larry, Rick and I/ are soo sorry for your loss. I ALWAYS loved talking to her! She was a wonderful,loving person!!We Will miss her terribly!!!

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Georgine ODonnell said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2021 at 7:38 PM

Larry and all of your family, I am so sorry for your loss of Myra, the heart of your family. There were not very many times that we spent with you, but the ones we did were fun and memorable. Myra, I think I knew you before I met you years later. My family used to go to Augustines for Sunday dinners when I was just a little girl. You were probably at the restaurant, a girl my age. I loved the treasure chest and those rubber dolls I took home and played with in my doll house. Funny how life always comes full circle with so many people we meet along the way. I am so glad you were one of them. Enjoy eternal happiness

  • St Louis
  • MO
Rita Uhl said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2021 at 11:00 AM

My condolences to the Wilke and Augustine family at this very difficult time of your loss. I am a dear friend of Chris. In Paradisum....May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your arrival and lead you to the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive you and with Lazarus, once poor, may you have eternal rest.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Joe Capra said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 10:49 PM

Our prayers are with you and your family. She will be missed. May she rest in peace, God bless her. Joe, Nick and Diane Capra

  • Mesquite
  • Nevada
Doris Barnes said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 9:17 PM

Myra was one of my sister’s best friends. She made me several blinged shirts and a Cardinals’ mask. She was a very kind and caring person. I hope she continues her work in Heaven! Prayers go out to the family at this time.

  • Mesa
  • AZ
Gail Andres said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 6:08 PM

Myra was my friend. I loved her stories, her energy, her compassion. Myra, I will miss you terribly. Larry, my deepest sympathy to you and yours.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Kim and Dave Seiber said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Myra has always been a Dear Family Friend. We have shared memories that go back for decades. Always kind, thoughtful, hard-working and gracious, Myra will be missed. Please accept our deepest sympathy Larry and Family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary Pettus said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 4:57 PM

So sorry for your loss!!! Very nice lady!! She will be missed!!

  • Evansville
  • Missouri
Jan Lacey said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 4:37 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this time.

  • Livingston
  • Louisiana
Rick and Debbie Temple said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 4:28 PM

So, sorry for your loss. Have peace knowing she is no longer in pain.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Brenda Hutchings said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 4:00 PM

So sorry for your loss. Myra was a wonderful and kind person. She will be missed.

  • Chandler
  • AZ
The White Family said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 3:30 PM

Our most sincere condolences to you Matt, Shelly and your family. May she forever be at peace. She was a thoughtful and caring person

  • Dover
  • DE
Mike and Candy Mulholland said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 3:20 PM

All our prayers and condolence to Myra’s entire family, we will all miss her caring. ?

  • Dover
  • DE
Joyce/Mike Behrns said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2021 at 2:49 PM

So sorry for your loss. Myra was a very special person and dear friend. She will be missed terribly. Rest well sweet Myra. Prayers for the family.

  • Fayetteville
  • Illinois

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