Patricia A. Waelti

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Patricia A. (Sangiolo) Waelti, nee Gass, 68, of Belleville, IL, born August 26, 1952, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, April 1, 2021, at her residence.

Patricia retired in 2018, after 31 years of service for General Services Administration (GSA). Patricia was a member of Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church.  She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Patricia had a love/hate relationship with quilting and sewing. She spent countless hours in her flower garden and yard, and would have given racing legend, Mario Andretti, a run for his money on her lawn mower. Patricia enjoyed baking sugar cookies, loved fish fries, was an avid swing dancer, and a detailed list creator and finisher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Waelti, whom she married on February 26, 1994, and who died on March 28, 2005; her parents, Marcel and Dorothy, nee Schmisseur, Gass; and two sisters, Sue (Bob) Swanson and Mary Jane Fields.

Surviving are her children, Gregory (Katherine) Sangiolo, Kevin (Gina) Sangiolo, and Kristin Sangiolo; seven grandchildren, Bethany, Adam, Christopher, Arlo,          Lou, Annie, and Gus Sangiolo; her boyfriend, Devin Santel; five siblings, Marvin Gass, Virgil (Alexis) Gass, Virginia Domescik, Donald (Marita) Gass, and David (Susan) Gass; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness (SLOCA) or to the Arbor Day Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 5, 2021, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

 Funeral: A funeral procession will leave at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2021, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. James Buerster officiating.

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



17 Comments on Patricia A. Waelti

Linds Konkel said : Guest Report Apr 07, 2021 at 7:45 AM

Pat was so fun. Be and my 2 neighbor's walk Townhall Rd. We always looked forward to her being out working in her yard. She always had great stories and an infectious smile. I wish we’d of had the opportunity to walk together. Pat we’re going to miss your smiling face. RIP

  • Belleville
  • I’ll.
Martha Gass and Greg Taylor said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2021 at 6:58 PM

Patty was a true inspiration in how she dealt with her difficulties, kept a positive attitude, always did for others, greeted us with smiles and love, and fought until the end. We were fortunate to count her as a friend and have her as a cousin, and will miss her dearly.

  • St. Charles
  • IL
Larry and Mary Ann Luebbers said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2021 at 6:22 PM

Kristen, we are so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to you and your family. You sound like you are a great deal like your mother and that’s a wonderful thing. Our loved ones live on through us. See you soon. Best always.

  • Edwardsville
  • Illinois
Paul Braner said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2021 at 3:31 PM

If there's a Heaven, and she's found the kitchen, eveybody's eatin' better tonight!

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Diane and Bob Lanter said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2021 at 6:32 PM

We will never forget her contagious smile nor her joyous spirit. May she rest in God’s eternal peace!

  • Swansea
  • IL
Marie Sangiolo said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2021 at 2:16 PM

I am very very sorry. I miss a friend and daughter-in-law and I loved you very much. And I love all of you. Grandma Sangiolo

  • Milton
  • Ma
ALLEN WIGGINS NARFE CHAP 1019 said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2021 at 12:30 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Joe English said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2021 at 9:30 AM

Patty was a dear and I will miss her visits - our granddaughters spent volleyball and swimming together - love and peace to all of Patty's family and friends - my hope is she can spend lost time with her sisters Mary and Susie. God Bless

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Norma Lester said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2021 at 9:00 AM

My sympathy and prayers to Patty’s family. Patty and I went through St. Augustine’s together and then through high school. We both worked downtown St. Louis and rode together. I would drop her off at the bank many years ago. I had kept in contact through emails and the last one I sent I didn’t get a response. I am saddened by her loss, she was the sweetest person. Heaven gained an Angel, she fought a very hard battle, her fight is over and now free of pain.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Rosie Schaefer Kapp said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2021 at 8:08 AM

Our Deepest Sympathy, ?? prayers for the family. She was a great classmate.

  • Beckemeyer
  • Il
Vera Taylor said : Guest Report Apr 03, 2021 at 10:41 PM

I am so sorry to hear about Pat's passing. She was a friendly, loving lady and I will miss her. May you feel God's loving arms you and you will feel peace.

  • Fenton
  • MO
Lynn Gass said : Guest Report Apr 03, 2021 at 10:59 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Patti's passing. It makes my heart hurt. She was ALWAYS friendly whenever we passed one another. God rest her soul and comfort family at this time of loss.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Dianne Birk said : Guest Report Apr 03, 2021 at 10:31 AM

Dear Kristin So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a very nice person and enjoyed talking with her when she came into Ace Hardware

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Andrea Decker said : Guest Report Apr 02, 2021 at 9:14 PM

I am so very sorry to hear about Pat's passing. She was such an amazing person and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Love and peace to you all.

  • Jamestown
  • NY
Judy and Ed Ackermann said : Guest Report Apr 02, 2021 at 1:16 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. We hope you feel surrounded by much love during this time, and knowing that, helps you as you grieve your loss. I am truly going to miss my friend Pat, but I am sure she is in heaven pain free and "swing dancing" to all of her favorite songs. Hugs and prayers. Judy and Ed Ackermann

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Maria Sangiolo said : Guest Report Apr 02, 2021 at 12:43 PM

Hello family, I have been praying for Patty and all of you. I love you and will continue to hold you in my heart. Please accept my deepest condolences. Love, Aunt Maria and family

  • Pomfret ctr
  • Connecticut
carolyn garey prater said : Guest Report Apr 02, 2021 at 11:05 AM

In the face of such a physical struggle, Patty was always so bright and loving. She was a good friend/cousin to me and my sister, Cookie. It's a big loss for the entire family.

  • NC

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