Nan Sternau

Nan Sternau
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Nan E. “Nancy” Sternau, nee Gholson, 89, of Swansea, IL, born November 2, 1925, in Eldorado, IL, died Monday, February 23, 2015, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Sternau was a retired registered nurse.  She was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Parish where she worked with the Ministry of Care.  She also served as a volunteer for the Pregnancy Care Center.  Nan’s family was very important to her.  She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Nan was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Edward M. Sternau, whom she married on February 3, 1948, and who died on March 30, 2004; her parents, G.A. and Gertrude, nee Miller, Gholson; a brother; three sisters; and a brother-in-law, Roland Sternau.

Surviving are her son, Michael (Nora) Sternau of Millstadt, IL;
her daughter, Terri (Dan) Polites of O’Fallon, IL;
five grandchildren, Michael (Amber) Sternau, Andrew Sternau (Tori),
Danny Polites, Taylor Polites (Alex), and Justin Polites;
a great-granddaughter, Harper Sternau;
a sister, Virginia Maga of Los Osos, CA;
a brother, Sam (Sharon) Gholson of Decatur, IL;
a sister-in-law, Alice Sternau;
a special friend, Barb Monken;
many nieces and nephews; dear friends;
and her beloved puppy, Lexie.

The family would like to thank Nan’s many caregivers, especially Trish and Betty Jo.

Memorials may be made to the Pregnancy Care Center or to St. Peter’s Cathedral.  Condolences may be expressed online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. Friday, February 27, 2015, from the funeral home for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.  Burial will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Nan Sternau

I always looked forward to taking The Body of Christ to Nan every Sunday. We would always visit and update each other on the weekly activities of our families and then we would pray together.
I will miss my Sunday visits with Nan and her special smile and her beautiful blue eyes.
Please know that we will keep you all in our prayers.

Barb Monken, Swansea, Il, 62226

Very sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was such a sweet, friendly woman. I remember her at the Schoenborn family reunions. Lots of fun there.

Virginia (Schoenborn) Busch, Imperial, Missouri, 63052

Terri, Dan, Danny, Tay & Justin:
We are very sorry for the loss of your mom and grandma. She was a truly remarkable person. Very sweet and caring. Great memories of her and Eddie…Love,
Chris, Nicole & Jenna

Beykirch Family, Aurora, IL, 60504

Nancy was a remarkable person. She will be missed by all who knew her. My sincere sympathy to the family. Nancy is with our Heavenly Father and is in awesome peace. Love & God Bless

Mary Schoenborn Mosir, Waterloo, IL, 62298

Terri, Mike and Family,
I am sorry for your loss. I have great memories of your mom. I always think of her as being so kind.
I remember Fourth of July celebrations at your house.
I will pray for your family .
With Care,

Sara Sarmiento Davis, Belleville, Il, 62220

It has been many years since I have seen the 2 of you and your Mom. I moved to VA about 25 years ago. When I first moved to Bville in 1979 your Mom embraced me as a relative although we had never met. She often had me for dinners and always sent me a holiday card. She was always so loving and kind. She adored the two of you and always spoke so proudly. I have always tried to pass on your Mom’s kindness to others as she did me, it left a big impression. Her life made a difference. You should be proud. Blessings to all of you, would love to hear from you. Sheila (Gholson) Stabile

Sheila (Gholson) Stabile, Oakton, VA, 22124


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