Rita Siddall

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Rita T. Siddall, nee Schwellensattl, 91, of Belleville, IL, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 21, 2021, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald Siddall Sr., whom she married on July 31, 1948, and who passed away on February 19, 1991. She was born in Belleville, IL, on September 19, 1929, and was the daughter of John and Rose Schwellensattl.

Rita was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, where she was active in the Young at Heart club.  She was a volunteer and then a full-time secretary at St. Teresa Catholic School, Belleville, IL. She was also active in Women of the Moose and you could see her every Friday eating fish at the Moose with her friends.  In her spare time, Rita was an avid card player and belonged to two different ladies card groups.  Card parties and bingo were a big part of her life as well. Rita loved hosting family dinners, making everything from appetizers to dessert. Family was so important to her, and she spent many years camping alongside her brother, sisters, and their families and friends at Lake Centralia.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Harvey Clinton; two sisters, Clarice Keller and Joan Gooding; and her grandson, Harrison Siddall.

Surviving are her heartbroken children, Don Jr. (Kay) Siddall, Tom (Karen) Siddall, Debbie Siddall, and Peggy (Rick) Martini; six grandchildren, Jonathan (Katie) Siddall, Michael (Krista) Siddall, Kim (David) Iberg, Sara (Matt) Hallermann, Kelly (Jake) Trtanj, and Tyler Martini; and six great-grandchildren, Ava and Ella Siddall, Riley and William Iberg, and Perry and Louise Hallermann. Rita also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. She touched so many hearts and will be dearly missed.

The family would like to thank Rita’s caregivers at the Dammert Center and the Esquiline. She loved everyone there like they were her own.

Memorials may be made to St. Teresa Catholic School, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. James Thomas officiating.

Private burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.



3 Comments on Rita Siddall

mary munie said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2021 at 11:33 PM

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Rita. She was a wonderful friend to our family (the Phillips girls) and especially to our dear sister, Loretta Phillips Steward. God bless you all.

  • New Baden IL
  • Illinois
Carolyn & Dave Watts said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2021 at 10:41 AM

We are blessed to have known Rita. She'll always be remembered as the lovely person she was. She loved her church, her family, she was from another time and she will be missed.

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Nancy Zahner said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2021 at 4:59 AM

As past president of Young at Heart, I would like to offer my sympathy to Rita's family. She was always a fun member of our group. Rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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