Ruth Erlinger

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Ruth Ann Erlinger, nee Poole, 82, of Belleville, IL, born July 10, 1938, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Ruth lived a fulfilling life as a loving mother to her two children, a doting grandmother to her five grandchildren, a caring sister to her two siblings, a devoted wife of 47 years, and a friend to many. Despite her hectic schedule, family and friends were Ruth’s passion and delight. Ruth was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories. Even as her health declined, she will always be remembered for her lovely smile. She loved to cook and bake, kept an immaculate house, and enjoyed her weekly outings. Ruth was an animal lover. A farm girl at heart, horses and gardening were also a passion.

Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with. She will be greatly missed for her immense care and love for others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Althea, nee Wolff, Poole; a sister, Marian, nee Poole, Littlefield; and a brother, Jack Poole.

Ruth is survived by her two children, John (Beth) Erlinger of O’Fallon, IL,
and Renae (Mark) Eichholz, of Freeburg, IL;
four grandsons, Alex and Cole Erlinger, and Hunter and Holden Hillesheim;
one granddaughter, Natalie Erlinger;
her beloved dog, Sugar;
loving nieces and nephews, Toni (Mike) Newcomb, Jackie Poole, Jeannie (Joe) Sucher, David (Mary Lee) Poole,
Tom (Tracy) Poole, Michael (Becky) Poole, Ronda Blocker, Kim (Ann) Littlefield, and Lynn (Brian) Parker;
and many friends.

The family would like to thank the staff at Morningside of Shiloh, her compassionate caregivers, Hospice of Southern Illinois, and Stephen L. Raben, MD for all the wonderful care they provided Ruth, as well as a special heartfelt thank you to her dear friend, Joan Zeitz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society, 1301 S. 11th St., Belleville, IL 62226 and Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S. Illinois St., Belleville, IL 62220. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 8, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and a limited number of visitors at any one time will be observed.

Funeral: Private funeral services will be held Friday, October 9, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL with Pastor Michael Poole officiating. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and a limited number of visitors at any one time will be observed.

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



13 Comments on Ruth Erlinger

CMSgt Ivan Lee Woods USAF (RET_ said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2020 at 10:10 PM

I send my prayers and love to the family of our dear Ruth. She was a star among the Morningside community and will missed by all. God must have needed a lovely lady to help him with all the other angels.

  • IL
Brenda Johnston said : Guest Report Oct 13, 2020 at 8:28 AM

Dear John & Family. I met your Mom at Morningside. She always had a smile on her face & it was always a joy to see her. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Monica said : Guest Report Oct 10, 2020 at 6:48 PM

John and Renae so sorry for your loss. Prayers Out to you and your families for strength during this difficult time and Hsppy memories to be with you always.

  • Bellevile
  • Il
David and Pat Fischer said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2020 at 5:39 PM

Renae, we were saddened to hear of your mother's passing. We remember her so well riding her horse at various homecomings! W are very sorry for your loss. Be well and stay safe! David and Pat

  • Windsor
  • Colorado
Ronda Littlefield Blocker said : Guest Report Oct 08, 2020 at 3:59 PM

We loved our Aunt Ruthie so much! She had a very special place in our hearts? We loved to come see her & all our Moms family every summer. This was Our Moms sister. Our hearts are empty but we know the glorious reunion she is having with all her family?Thank you Aunt Ruthie for so many wonderful special memories we have in our hearts. Love you so much! Fly high & hug all our family for us..??? My heartful sorrow at this time. Praying for peace & strength for the family...Love Ronda

  • Jesup
  • GA
mel and sharon weck said : Guest Report Oct 08, 2020 at 11:54 AM

Dear Family, We enjoyed knowing Del and working with her at ST.Elizabeth's Hospital. I enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels until the hospital discontinued the program. Please accept our sympathy.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
mel and sharon weck said : Guest Report Oct 08, 2020 at 11:47 AM

Dear Renae and John, We enjoyed knowing Ruth. May you find comfort in each cherished memory.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Gloria J Ewert said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2020 at 4:01 PM

John and Renae, I knew your mom from volunteering at Morningside. She was such an awesome lady and we all absolutely loved her. And her sweet Sugar was like the mascot for Morningside. She will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Alan Ewert said : Guest Report Oct 06, 2020 at 6:05 PM

John & Renae, I had the pleasure of meeting your mother while working at Morningside. She was a sweet lady that will be missed by many. She always had a smile on her face and was happy to talk to anyone. My deepest condolences to your family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Becky Kern-Taylor said : Guest Report Oct 06, 2020 at 10:52 AM

Dear John and Renae, So so sorry about your loss. I thought Ruthie was going to live forever, she took such great care of herself. Another from the card club that started in 1957, we had so many wonderful years of friendship. See you Thursday. Love Becky

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Nancy Bunn said : Guest Report Oct 06, 2020 at 8:17 AM

Renae and John Your mom was a special person and a dear friend. We had many laughs and good times together while boating and bowling. She will be missed.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
June Hamilton said : Guest Report Oct 06, 2020 at 6:12 AM

John & Beth you and all of you family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your Mom was a lovely lady and adored her family. Please know I’m here if you all need anything BIG (((HUGS))) my friends

  • Aviston
  • IL
Karyn Moser said : Guest Report Oct 05, 2020 at 4:29 PM

I’m so very sorry for your loss. It’s so sad losing family member and especially now! You were a wonderful daughter and amazing person and I’m very sure that she was very proud of you and all her family! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  • Ofallon
  • Illinois

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