Richard Sintzel

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Richard A. Sintzel, 74, of Swansea, IL, born October 20, 1949, in Belleville, IL, died peacefully, Sunday, November 5, 2023, in Scottsdale, Arizona with Lance and Natalie at his bedside.

Richard worked in the automotive industry for 40 plus years of his life. There was not a car part that he didn’t know or how to fix.  Many came to Richard over the years with numerous car questions where he gladly had a solution along with a joke and a smile and most likely a beer.  Richard’s love for woodworking was beyond most people’s imagination.  He always had a “project” going on in the basement for either Linda or any of their friends.  As Linda would say, “Oh, Richard can make that for you.”  He and Linda enjoyed their monthly visits with Tim and always loved going for rides out to the family clubhouse.

During his retirement years, he enjoyed many rounds of golf with friends and especially enjoyed the 19th hole.  He and Linda also enjoyed traveling, especially to see their daughter and son-in-law in Arizona.  Lance and Natalie always had a “to do” list waiting for his arrival.

In January of 2023, after being diagnosed with a rare form of Lymphoma, Richard moved out to Arizona to live with Lance and Natalie to undergo extensive cancer treatment. A very special thank you to his team of doctors, including Dr Rishi Agarwal, oncologist at Virginia G Piper Cancer Center in Scottsdale.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda M. Sintzel, whom he married on August 11, 1972, and who died on January 2, 2021; his parents, Dr. Alois R. and Dorothy Sintzel; Linda’s parents, Walter and Rose Luberda, a brother, John Sintzel; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Luberda.

Surviving are a daughter, Natalie (Lance) Stafko of Scottsdale, AZ; a son, Timothy R. Sintzel of Centralia, IL; a granddaughter, Allyson (Thomas) Hundley of Granite City, IL; a great grandson, Harvey Hundley; three sisters, Mary Margaret Sintzel, Theresa (Oscar) Ubilluz and Kate (Jeff) Elder; two brothers, Thomas (Barb) Sintzel and Joseph (Sheri) Sintzel; two sisters-in-law, Linda Luberda and Rosemarie Sintzel; brother-in-law, Joe Luberda; numerous nieces and nephews; and beloved grand puppies, Brinley and Briley.

Memorials may be made to Natalie Stafko, c/o Renner Funeral Home, 120 North Illinois Street, Belleville, IL, 62220, for Tim’s continued care at his amazing group home in Centralia, IL.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Joseph Oganda officiating.

Burial will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.



12 Comments on Richard Sintzel

Steve Knefelkamp said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2023 at 2:59 PM

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Rich, who was a good friend. So sorry that I could not get to the funeral home but my prayers and thoughts are with all of Rich's family and friends.

  • Belleville
  • Ill.
Jody and Ray Page said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2023 at 7:28 AM

Sincere condolences to Richard’s family. He was always a pleasure to be with. Glad he is at peace and with the love of his life, Linda, once again. Cheers Richard.

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Dave Patrico said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2023 at 4:12 PM

Sandy and I would like to extend our deepest condolences on his passing to all family members and so many friends. His woodworking craftsmanship and warm friendship touched many lives. He no doubt left an indelible mark on many of us that had the privilege of knowing him. We wish comfort and peace to the family.

  • Belleville, IL
  • IL
Tom Rooney said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2023 at 3:50 PM

Have a couple drinks with Richard and it felt like you found a long lost friend. His dedication to his family and friends was always something to admire and aspire to. He will be missed but I know he and Linda are having their own happy hour again!

  • Scottsdsale
  • AZ
Rob said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2023 at 9:19 PM

Richard somehow made my day better just by shaking his hand. He was a true man in this world. They don't make 'em like that anymore. I'm thankful for having known him.

  • Scottsdale
  • AZ
Frank X. Heiligenstein said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2023 at 3:58 PM

Sorry about your loss!

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Steve Bertelsman said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2023 at 7:50 AM

I am currently retired from the automotive business; however all the times I that I talked to Rich meant more to me about being a mechanic than ANY trade school could EVER teach. Thank you Rich and God speed!!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Joe John said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2023 at 3:39 AM

To the Sintzel family please accept deepest condolences . Richard was one of the best He will be missed by all

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Tim Gable said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2023 at 9:38 PM

Richard was such a special guy. I always enjoyed his smile, witty sense of humor, and his genuineness. I felt like a brother after the first time I met him. I’m selfishly sad he is gone. Richard left this world way too soon, by most standards, but couldn’t go soon enough to be with Linda again. I take comfort knowing Richard knew the Lord and he and Linda will be in paradise forever and ever. Love ya Richard!!!! Tim

  • Scottsdale
  • Arizona
Pete Hill said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2023 at 9:26 PM

The memories of Richard from our teens through our twenties will always bring a smile to my face. My condolences to the Sintzel family for their loss.

  • OFallon
  • Illinois
John Heiligenstein said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2023 at 5:54 PM

Dear Sintzel Family, Please accept my sincere condolences. John

  • Indianapolis
  • Indiana
George Sharos said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2023 at 3:17 PM

Miss you my friend me and our car will be there to send you off

  • Swansea
  • Il

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