Nelson Lang

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Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Nelson M. (Nick) Lang of Belleville, IL, born April 15, 1935, in Hopewell Township, Beaver County, PA, and was born into the faith by the grace of God on Feb. 6, 1960, died Jan. 7, 2018, at Memorial Hospital.

Nick, to all his Illinois friends and family, was retired from the Air Force on Sept. 1, 1974, after 22 years of service to our nation in many units around the globe. His 22 years included four years, from 1952 to 1956, in the U.S. Navy aboard a World War II destroyer, the U.S.S. Harold J. Ellison. Nick entered the military before completing high school but took full advantage of the military’s educational opportunities, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree. After military retirement, Nick worked for the Electronic and Space Division of Emerson Electric Co.  He was very successful in his career at Emerson, rising rapidly through the ranks from Technical Instructor to Integrated Logistics Support Manager. He retired from Emerson on Sept. 1, 1997.

Nick was an elder member of St. Peter’s Cathedral, where he served in many different ministries under numerous rectors of the Cathedral. He was twice the Lay Director of Cursillo in Christianity for the Diocese of Belleville. He served in many other positions within the Cursillo renewal movement. He was also instrumental in conducting the Catholics Come Home programs, the Sacred Heart Prayer Chain and Rosary Leaders at the Cathedral.

Nick thrived on helping and serving others. He was always available to assist with errands, projects or provide a delicious home-cooked meal for family, friends and neighbors. He regularly volunteered at Cathedral’s Food Pantry and served as President of the Prairie Village Homeowners Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie P. and Ethel L. (Coleman) Lang; a sister, Linda Wiggins; brother, Gary; brothers-in-law, Donald Guardino, Edward Hoak, Guy Givan, John Schmidt, Richard Hall, Charles Prindable and James Prindable; and sister-in-law, Rose (Prindable) Hall.

Nick was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother to his surviving family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Phyllis A. (Prindable) Lang, whom he married at the Cathedral on Dec. 26, 1960;
five children, Dr. Margaret M. (Steve) Lang-Railsback of Arcata, CA, Kathryn L. (Brad) Weisenstein of Belleville, Dr. Timothy G. Lang of Chesterfield, MO, Karen M. (Douglas) Demro of New Lenox, IL, and Dr. Nicholas J. Lang of Chicago, IL;
seven grandchildren, Kara and Rose Weisenstein, Kyle and Derek Lang, and Dayna, Delaney and Dylan Demro;
two sisters, Georgina Leslie Guardino and Ruth Ann Hoak, and one brother, David P. (Gwen) Lang, all of Pittsburgh, PA;
brothers-in-law, Thomas K. (Judy) Prindable of Chicago, Patrick J. (Mary Pat) Prindable of O’Fallon and John D. (Louise) Prindable of St. Louis;
and sisters-in-law, Mary Schmidt of Waterloo, Kathleen Lange of Chicago, Doris Givan of Wheelersburg, OH, Claire Prindable of Belleville, and Dorothy Prindable of Belleville. He is also survived by cousins Henry and Donna Siekmann, numerous nieces and nephews, and many valued friends.

Our family also extends a special “thank you” to the staff of Memorial Hospital Belleville, especially everyone in the Telemetry and ICU units, for their kindness, compassion and excellent care.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Cathedral, Catholic Relief Services or the Belleville Diocesan Cursillo. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A funeral procession will leave at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018, for a 12 noon Mass of Christian Burial will be held, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

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


8 Comments on Nelson Lang

Carol Kniepkamp said : Guest Report Jan 14, 2018 at 10:02 PM

God created a special man in Nick Lang and now He has taken him home. My condolences and God's blessings to Phyllis and the family.

  • N. Richland Hills
  • TX
Carolyn Kraft said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2018 at 3:59 PM

I see the long list of Nick’s accomplishments and think what a life he lived. One cannot mourn too much without being overcome with a sense of joy and celebration of a life so well lived. I will always remember Nick’s along with Phyllis’ kindness, generosity and love to our family during difficult times. You have both been such a blessing and will always hold a place dear to our hearts.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Joe & Kathleen Davis said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2018 at 6:27 PM

Phyllis & Family, May God be with all of you and bring you comfort and peace. We are glad to have been able to call Nick our friend.

  • Linwood
  • Kansas
Becky Kern-Taylor said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2018 at 5:26 PM

Phyllis and family, So sorry about Nick. He was a wonderful human being, and he is now waiting for you all in heaven. Becky

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Ed and Teresa Smith said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2018 at 4:28 PM

We were so very sorry to learn of Nick's passing. He was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed. Our sympathy and prayers to Phyllis and family.

  • Stoughton
  • Wisconsin
David & Janice Bassler said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2018 at 4:47 PM

It is a blessing to know Nick and Phylis.. They have helped to bring us close to God through Cursillo and friendship. Love, Joy and Peace

  • Swansea
  • Il
Kathy Carter Phipps said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2018 at 4:26 PM

He had a way with people, making them feel a part of the family. Nick will be missed. All of the Carter family wishes to express their condolences.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Shelby Hamilton said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2018 at 4:25 PM

My next door neighbor for several years. Spent many Sat. mornings in our back yards discussing world events, coffee cup in hand. Our kids grew up together and what a blessing that was. Nick was one of the finest men I ever knew.

  • Bellevie
  • Illinois

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