Phyllis Orlet

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Phyllis Adell Orlet, nee Bugger, 99, of Belleville, born December 9, 1919, in Belleville, IL, went to heaven on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at St. Paul’s Senior Community, Belleville, IL.

She was a devoted wife and mother, a devout Catholic, and a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Parish in Belleville. She was a former member of St. Mary’s Young Ladies Sodality, St. Mary’s Mothers Club, the Daughters of Isabella, and manager of St. Mary’s School lunch cafeteria for over 20 years, where many of her grandchildren attended and enjoyed seeing her daily. She volunteered for years at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and then was employed there well into her 80s. She enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen A. Orlet; her parents, Marie Gundlach and Otto Bugger Sr.; two children, Kathleen, nee Orlet, Heet and Judith, nee Orlet, Bean; siblings, Clifford and Otto Jr. Bugger, Teresa, nee Bugger, Markus, and Zerita, nee Bugger, Gildig; and two grandsons, Matthew Dietrich and Bobby Heet.

Phyllis Orlet is survived by many family members that love her including her children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren!
her children, Patricia (Dan) Heuermann, James (Marcia) Orlet,
Jean (Dennis) Cerneka, Ann (Rich) Dietrich, and Jerome (Kathy) Orlet;
her grandchildren, Kay (Jeff) Heet, Karen Heet, Teri Heuermann,
Amber (Chris) Heuermann-Granger, James (Jessie) Orlet, Holly Piette,
James (Jen) Cerneka, Sam (Cindy) Cerneka, Jill (Jay) Driscoll,
Kim (Greg) Distler, Katie (Ryan) Forsyth, Penny Alford, Phil (Melissa) Dietrich,
Chris Dietrich, Rebecca Dietrich, Brad (Sara) Dietrich, and Emily (Ryan) Jung;
her great-Grandchildren, Liam and Julian Granger, Casius and Heath Orlet,
Lucas and Charlie Cerneka, Olivia, Lucy, and Sophia Cerneka,
Jack, Sam, and Patrick Driscoll, Molly, Reece, and Drew Distler,
McKenna and Max Forsyth, Caitlin, Ezekiel, and Bennett Dietrich,
Jaxon Craig, and Emma and Charlotte Dietrich.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Parish, to the Belleville Area Right to Life, to the Pregnancy Care Center, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2019, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee, Rev. Christopher Anyanwu, and Deacon Peter Cerneka concelebrating.

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


10 Comments on Phyllis Orlet

JACK OESTERLE,Jr. said : Guest Report Aug 03, 2019 at 5:14 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss! She was always so sweet and always cared for others!

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Jill Lugge said : Guest Report Jul 17, 2019 at 5:11 PM

Karen and Kay Heet, sorry to hear if the loss of your grandmother. She sounds like a wonderful lady. Sorry I never got to meet her. All of us at the Pregnancy Care center appreciate the donations made in her memory. Her charity is continuing.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Cindy Crowl said : Guest Report Jul 04, 2019 at 12:04 AM

So sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed working with Phyllis at Missionary Oblates and loved seeing her zest for life. Some days I use to say I'll have what she's having.. I think of her often eating her celery and carrots and will always remember her sweetness to others... rest in Heaven

  • Belleville
  • IL - Illinois
Mary Wenzel said : Guest Report Jul 02, 2019 at 6:18 PM

How very much Phyllis loved the Latin Mass at the Log Church in Cahokia and Russ and I enjoyed her company on those drives. How happy she must be now to see the resurgence of it throughout the world especially among young people.

  • Belleville
  • IL
John and Carla Bouc family said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2019 at 1:14 PM

Such an overwhelming heritage of love, family, and devout Catholic faith! We are so blessed to have known her and to have known so many of her family. She is a role model for OUR family, and roll model for all of us at Saint Mary’s Parish. May she smile down on us forever from heaven.

  • IL
kevin christophe said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2019 at 3:57 AM

my deepest sympathies sorry i cannot attend i remember her smile and the good times we all had at the family reunions

  • belleville
  • il
Barbara Langston said : Guest Report Jun 30, 2019 at 9:26 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a full life she lived and leaves behind a a family that will surely feel the void. May she rest in peace in God's arms.

  • Wood River
  • IL
Linda Hoffmann said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2019 at 5:49 PM

Ahhhh, just found out. Sending our thoughts and prayers to all the family. I'm sorry we can't make it as we are on vacation but we will be thinking of all of you. I will always think of Phyllis smiling and having a good time wherever she was. God bless her.

  • lenzburg
  • IL
Monsignor John Myler said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2019 at 2:09 PM

A lovely lady -- who was given the blessing of living into her 100th year. May she hear the angels sing, for all eternity!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Bill & Afton Shambro said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2019 at 12:37 PM

Afton and I wish to offer the family our deepest condolences. Phillis had been a long time client of Afton's beauty salon and I know they had a very good relationship. Due to Afton's health issues, we will not be able to attend the funeral. May she rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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