Patti Bien

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Patti Bien of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, born June 25, 1953, in Belleville, Illinois, died Saturday, April 23, 2022, at her home.

In 1958 she began her education at a very early age at Mamie O. Stookey School for Retarded Children. She continued her education at S.A.V.E. (St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises) with ongoing training and developmental programs.

She briefly resided at Trinity Services Group home in Mascoutah, Illinois. Patti’s final years were spent under the loving care of her sister and brother-in-law, JoAnn and Galen Ford, in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Patti lived a full and active life. For many years she participated in Illinois Special Olympics. She treasured her medals and trophies won for bowling. Bowling as well as soft ball throw were her trademark events.

Patti enjoyed her leisure time with her own form of “Patti Solitaire.” She loved watching classic television, while snacking on her KitKats and peanut butter cups. She savored going out to eat, whether it was at the Chinese buffet or just picking up a cheeseburger.

She especially enjoyed the Christmas season and her birthday. She relished a good laugh and enjoyed teasing others. She will be missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Rita, nee Schmidt, Bien; her sister, Toni Kay Hannon; and her brother, Robert John Bien.

She is survived by her siblings, Suzanne Bien, Karen (John) Temporiti, and JoAnn (Galen) Ford. She was loved by her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Patti’s honor to Southeast Hospice, 10 Doctors’ Park, Cape Girardeau, MO, 63703. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home at 120 N. Illinois St. Belleville, IL.

Private burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL, at a later date.

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3 Comments on Patti Bien

Mary Graham Stiehl said : Guest Report May 03, 2022 at 5:44 PM

I was Patti’s teacher at Mamie O.Stookey. She was always so athletic. She was one of my first competitors in the Special Olympics in Chicago, Il. In 1975-76. She and Jay D. Mason, & Ronnie Middendorf. I remember her fondly.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jeanne Scher Hartmann said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2022 at 8:32 PM

You have my sympathy in the loss of Patti. At one time I was her hairdresser and enjoyed her bubbly personality. She was a joy to be around.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Carol Lindhorst said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2022 at 9:03 AM

I remember Patti and her cards. Don and I were friends of her parents and they were also our neighbors in Cresthaven in Belleville. Don and Gordon were both carpenters. God Bless you for taking care of her

  • Bradenton
  • Florida

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