Raymond Berkel

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Raymond Paul Berkel, 84, of Fairview Heights, IL, born August 22, 1933, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at his residence.

Ray retired from St. Vincent DePaul’s Catholic Urban Programs.  He was an active member of the St. Julius Council 21 of the Catholic Holy Family Society, the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and the Catholic Knights and Ladies of Illinois where he worked many a bingo game.  Ray was a “people person”, loved by many.

Mr. Berkel was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Raymond and Daniel Patrick Berkel; his parents, John and Jenny, nee Bequeret, Berkel; three brothers, Melvin, Leroy, and Lester Berkel; and his step-mother, Lorraine Berkel.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Phyllis M. Berkel, nee Mueller, of Fairview Heights, IL;
seven children, Sandra (Ralph) Martin of Richmond Hill, GA, Teresa (Michael) Bass of Fairview Heights, Il, Matthew (Kim) Berkel of Trotwood, OH, John (Ruby) Berkel of Staunton, IL, Lisa Berkel (Johnny Walker) of Richmond Hill, GA, Timothy (Suzanne) Berkel of O’Fallon, IL, and Jennifer Cobb of Murfreesboro, NC;
18 grandchildren;
18 great-grandchildren;
a sister, Jeanette (Jerry) Reeves of Bath, MI;
two sisters-in-law, Ruth E. Berkel of O’Fallon, IL, and Virginia Berkel of Belleville, IL;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 11, 2018, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Private burial will be at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery, Fairview Heights, IL.


5 Comments on Raymond Berkel

Jan McDonald said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2018 at 3:08 PM

Terri and the Berkel Family..I am so sorry for your loss. Many happy childhood memories spent at the Berkel house. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jan

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Fay Heiligenstein-Monroe said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2018 at 8:46 PM

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and dad. It has been years but I still think about the fun we had in Freeburg. Sincerely, Fay

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Darlene Williams said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2018 at 6:26 PM

So sorry for your loss Jen! Thought & prayers to your family!

  • Aulander
  • Nc
Kathy Montanez said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2018 at 5:25 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Cofield
  • NC
Debbie Anderson said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2018 at 3:58 PM

Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Also let me express my joy for Raymond's great experience of meeting our God in person face to face! What an awesome joy it must be to leave the pain of this earth and enter into the Kingdom of our Lord. Love to all.

  • Ahoskie
  • NC

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