Rosie Moreiko

Rosie Moreiko
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Rosie M. Moreiko, nee Shahadey, 91, of Shiloh, IL, formerly of Belleville, IL, born November 17, 1923, in Herrin, IL, died Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Cedarhurst of Shiloh, Shiloh, IL, with her loving daughter by her side.

Mrs. Moreiko taught at Danville High School, Danville, IL, and spent the next 44 years as a teacher at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Grade School, Belleville, IL.   She truly enjoyed teaching and loved being with “her children.”  Rosie attended Illinois State University, Normal, IL, and graduated from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

Rosie was active with the Belleville Ladies Elks at the local, state, and national levels, in support of her husband’s activity in the organization.  She belonged to the St. Clair Women’s Club, and served as president in 2005-2006.  She enjoyed traveling, shopping, dancing, and spending time with her beloved family and friends.  She loved all animals, especially dogs. Rosie was a beautiful person inside and out and will be missed by the many lives she touched.

Rosie was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, John J. Moreiko, whom she married on June 7, 1947, in Danville, IL, and who died on September 30, 1992; and her parents, Mose and Mary Shahadey; one brother, Charles Shahadey; two sisters, Katie LaHood and Katherine Schultz; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Mary Moreiko; two brothers-in-law, Wayne Thornsbrough and Anthony LaHood; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Shahadey; and one niece, Delores Mullen.

Surviving are one daughter, Janet (Thomas) Moreiko-Gagen of Swansea, IL;
one sister, Bess (Wayne) Thornsbrough of Westville, IL;
nephews, Charles (Janice) Shahadey of Herrin, IL,
Michael Thornsbrough and Gregory Thornsbrough, both of Westville, IL,
Anthony LaHood of Santa Rosa, CA;
one niece, Mary (Peter) Leo of Santa Rosa, CA;
one step-grandson, Brian (Beth) Gagen of Belleville, IL;
great-grand-nieces and great-grand-nephews;
and dear friends.

Many thanks to the staffs at Cedarhurst of Shiloh and at Heartland Hospice for their compassion, excellent care, and kindness to Rosie and her family.

God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you,
And whispered, “Come with Me.” With tearful eyes and heavy hearts we watched you fade away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, working hands were put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.

Memorials may be made to the Rosie Moreiko Memorial Tuition Assistance Fund, Notre Dame Academy, St. Augustine Campus, to the Alzheimer’s Association, or to Heartland Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2015, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2015, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, 1910 West Belle St., Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2015, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

Condolences Left For Rosie Moreiko

Sending deepest condolences on the loss of your dear mother. Rosie and John, together again.

Lynn May, Belleville, IL, 62223

Janet, I just wanted to express to you what a great person and influence your mom was to me. She was a very loving lady and it just exuded from her. You could feel it for sure but it always showed in her eyes. She made such a difference for me and I still share this with kids that are just getting started as kindergarten teachers about Rosie. I tell them who she was and also the differnce that they can make to get their students off on the right foot and how important that there role is. She did that for me. I can still remember so much about my whole kindergarten exoerience after 53 years. She will be missed. My deepest regrets to you and your family. With Sympathy. TJ

Dr. T. J Bolt, Omaha, NE, 68118

Mrs. Moreiko will always have a special place in our hearts as an amazing teacher and person. Our prayers and sympathy are with her family as they accept the loss of such a special lady.

Susan “Blaies” Etherton, LeRoy, IL, 61752

My sincerest condolences to the
family, for one of the best
‘Moms’ of mine away from home.

May she be at rest with God.


Bill Inderrieden, , New Jersey, 08724

DJ … I’m so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a sweet, sweet lady and I know you’re going to miss her tremendously! Loving you and sending up prayers for you and yours. Melly

Melanie Vick, Swansea, Illinois, 62226

My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your Mom. She will remain forever in your heart and be seen in your gracious smile. You and your family are in our prayers during this difficult time.
Cindy & Mike Meirink

Cindy & Mike Meirink, Apple Valley, MN, 55124

Janet and Family,
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beautiful mother. May God surround you with peace at this difficult time. Sincerely,
Joanna Viviano

Joanna Viviano, O’Fallon, Illinois, 62269

Mrs. Morieko was the most caring kindergarten teacher a child could ever have.
Thinking of the family in prayer.

Lisa Kehder Smith, Belleville, IL, 62226

God Bless you Mrs. Moreiko. Worlds Best Kindergarten teacher! Class of 1974.

Mary Voellinger Logue, Goodyear, AZ, 85338

she was my kindergarten teacher in early 1960, she was the best teacher and I miss her my parent also went to st. augutine of Canterbury church when father kuhl was priest there. I learned a lot from her she was fun teacher. my prayers for her family lynne kauffmann

lynne ann kauffmann, wood rive , ill, 62095

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Janet and the rest of the family. Rosie taught both of my girls in kindergarten. She carpooled with us to high school at AND. She was genuinely a beautiful and kind woman.

Charlotte Frierdich Volkman, Mesa, AZ, 85206


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