Shirley Deitz

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Shirley Ann Deitz, nee Schmid, 86, of Belleville, IL born February 4, 1934, passed peacefully into everlasting life on Monday, December 28, 2020, surrounded by her siblings, children, and grandchildren.

Shirley was a1952 graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame in Belleville, IL. Soon after her graduation, she married the love of her life, Don Deitz, on June 21, 1952.

Through her life Shirley had many accomplishments. She was very involved in the lives of her children and their families. They enjoyed weekly camping trips to Crab Orchard Lake each summer for many years. While they were members of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Caseyville, she served as volleyball coach and Girl Scout leader for her daughters’ troops. After moving to Belleville and joining the Cathedral parish, she brought volleyball to the school. She was a stay-at-home mother raising her six children until she started work at the Chancery of the Belleville Diocese. Later she worked as a Ward Clerk throughout St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, spending most of her career in the ICU. After retirement she volunteered with the hospital auxiliary. She loved to sing and was a member of Diocesan Chorale, Metro East Community Chorale, and Cathedral Player’s Guild.

At 45, Shirley fulfilled a life-long dream, acquiring her pilot’s license, and bought her own Cessna 172. She enjoyed flying with family, taking her children and grandchildren out in the Cessna well into her 70’s. She was a dedicated member of the 99’s Women Pilot Association.

Shirley was extremely active in the Belleville community. She was one of the founding members of the funeral luncheon committee, the Funeral Luncheon Ladies at Cathedral parish where she worked with her very dear friend, Janie Riess, bringing comfort to others during their trying times. She also volunteered as a pharmacy assistant at Scott Air Force Base. Shirley was a devout prayer warrior, praying weekly during the night at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel since its conception in 2000.

Shirley was dedicated to her church, her community, and an outstanding, loving matriarch to her family. Her grandchildren will remember her as the “wacky cake” and “ginger cookie” expert who also flew planes in her free time. She was an avid traveler throughout the United States and Europe well into her 80’s. Even in her later years she enjoyed visiting Disney World, riding roller coasters, and zip lining for the first time at the age of 82. She could also be seen cruising around town in her Lincoln with Molly, her beloved rescue dog.

She was a woman of faith who truly believed in living an adventurous life led by the Lord. Shirley will be deeply missed, but when God took her, he said, “Halleluiah, you’re Home!”

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Deacon Don Deitz; her parents, Frank and Ann Schmid; sister, Jeanette Wuest; brother-in-law, Lawrence Wuest; grandson, Benjamin Schneider; and daughter-in-law, Sandra Deitz.

Shirley is survived by her six children; Susan Scott of Belleville, Steven Deitz of Belleville, Sheryl Schneider (James Jackson) of New Athens, Stacy (Brian) Deslatte of Longview, TX, Scott (Marcy) Deitz of Smithton, and Shelly (Mike) Popp of Swansea;
18 grandchildren: Melinda, Wayne; Nicole, Corey, Madeline, Dale; Sarah, Jessica, Jamie, Joanna; Zachary, Aaron, Emmett; Zoe, Lexi, Jenefer; Aurelia, Zoe, and Caleb;
28 great grandchildren;
three great-great grandchildren;
two brothers, Dick (Renee) Schmid, Bob Kingston Schmid (Susan);
a sister, Pam (John) Kramer;
many nieces and nephews;
and dearest life long friends.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful care-givers who assisted with her care and support over the course of her illness.

Memorials may be made in Shirley’s name to St. Peter’s Cathedral, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Private funeral services will be held with burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


29 Comments on Shirley Deitz

John and Tina Schmid said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2021 at 4:31 PM

We were all sad to hear about Aunt Shirley. We can’t wait to get together again and give lots of hugs.We will truly miss her. Sending our love and prayers, John ,Tina and family.

  • Plano
  • Il
Carol Kniepkamp said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2021 at 2:55 PM

To Shirley's Family-My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of Shirley. She was one of the happiest volunteers at Cathedral and will be missed by the parish. God bless you and may Shirley rest in peace.

  • North Richland Hills
  • TX - Texas
Robby & Fran Wuest said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2021 at 9:55 AM

Sorry to hear about your loss, she will be missed, she will be with her sister my aunt Jennette.

  • Millstad
  • Il
Laura (Hemmer) Craig said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2021 at 11:47 AM

My mother, Joan Hemmer, was a friend and great admirer of Shirley. Our family has wonderful memories of the family visiting us in Fairfax, VA, and stopping by the farm to see a new foal. Through the eyes of our mother we learned great respect for a dynamic woman.

  • Webster Groves
  • Mo
Diane Almeter said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2021 at 12:32 PM

My deepest sympathy to Shirley's family . . . . affectionally know as "Grandma" at the Dutchman. She will join Framk and Thurm up there and I am certain they are talking airplanes. Shirley was such a sweetheart.

  • Lebanon
  • Illinois
Frank & Mildred Vollmer said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2021 at 9:24 AM

So sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a great neighbor and bingo friend. Worked many funeral luncheon's with her. Cherish all the memories you had with her.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Alan Higgins said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2021 at 7:06 AM

So sorry to hear about Shirley's passing. I was Shirley's letter carrier for 26 years and it was always great any time I got to see her. She always had a smile. She was always very kind and friendly to me. She will be missed.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
John Burnworth said : Guest Report Jan 03, 2021 at 8:34 AM

I'm sorry for the loss of a special lady-I'll never forget her airplane story and T shirt that read "come fly with us - come home on the bus"

  • Belleville
  • Ill,
Patricia Warner said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 5:24 PM

So many people will miss Shirley. She was such a dynamic person! I am blessed to have known her and so enjoyed having her as my train seat companion on a trip to New Orleans! Peace to you, all who loved her.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Pat Bagby said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 1:22 PM

Thoughts and prayer to all of you. Shirley was a very giving person to everyone she met.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Mark. Forcade said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 9:51 AM

I was very sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. She was a very sweet lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please except my sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Colleen McKinney Mory said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 8:00 AM

I am so sorry about Shirley's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • IL
Dan Cushman said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2021 at 4:10 PM

first met Shirley at parks airport when we got our pilots training. Knew that I had a friend to help out! Later when I worked at St,E's we crossed again. Didn't know she was a friend to my sister in law and they loved camping. She was the light and a darned good friend! Miss u Darling. Dan

  • Belleville
  • il
Jackie Lauf said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2021 at 1:41 PM

Sue and entire Deitz Family , So sorry for your loss. Your mom lived life to the fullest with God as her guide. Hope God sends many blessings your way to comfort you at this sad time . Cherish the great memories .

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Sharon & Mel Weck said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2021 at 12:15 PM

Sorry for your loss and yet another great and heavenly soul and voice added to the Lord's Choir.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Frank and Laurie Vollmer said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2021 at 10:32 AM

We are so sorry on the loss of your mom . Shirley was our bingo buddy at St Augustines on Friday nights. She sat at our table along with our mom and dad , Frank and Mildred . She was always in a good mood and we loved spending time with her . We will keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
James Eddings said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2021 at 6:11 AM

Sherrie and family, sincere condolences on your loss.

  • Seattle
  • WA
Sandra Steppig said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2021 at 12:39 AM

To Shirley's family, I worked with Shirley in several areas of St E's. She was a reliable hard working person and never refused to help if she could. My mother knew Don as a kid so the Dietz's were know to my family for a long time/. Shirley will be missed!

  • MO
Mary Ann Swope said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 5:03 PM

I'm sorry for your loss. Shirley will be missed. She would do anything to help someone in need.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jeanne Flure said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 1:58 PM

Shirley was my Girl Scout leader at St Stephen’s, then my coworker at St Elizabeth’s. Always pleasant and friendly. I’m glad to have delivered her birthday flowers this year and spent some time visiting with her. She will definitely be missed.

  • Fairview Hgts
  • IL
Thomas Kirby said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 1:29 PM

To Shirley's entire family: Carol and I send our sincere sympathy to you as you celebrate with sadness the passing of one very special woman. She was especially kind and encouraging to me during my "Cathedral" days. She was so full of devote Christian life and shared that enthusiasm with you and anyone she met. May your memories of her be a source of peace and know that I pray for you as we miss her presence. Tom Kirby

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jeanette and Steve Schranz said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 11:19 AM

Shirley is a giant loss to our Cathedral family. May she rest inn peace

  • Swansea
  • IL
ron karcher said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 10:37 AM

we love you. God bless you for all you did.

  • millstadt
  • Illinois
Deacon Bob and Diane Lanter said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 10:01 AM

May Shirley rest in God’s eternal peace! She truly was a Woman For All Seasons! Indeed, her obituary captures the essence of the Shirley we all knew and loved, “She was a woman of faith who truly believed in living an adventurous life led by the Lord.” We carry on her legacy.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Rosann Horstmann said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 9:17 AM

To Shelley and her siblings, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your fabulous Mother. She will definitely be missed.

  • Damiansville
  • IL
Mickie Moore said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 7:52 AM

Shirley introduced me to the dulcimer and my family to Cathedral Players Guild. Her influence was life changing and I thank God for her life

  • Belleville
  • IL
Janet Loeffler said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2020 at 10:40 PM

Shirley, we will miss you at the Metro East Community Choral.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Patricia Long said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2020 at 5:21 PM

I was sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. What a difference she made in so many peoples lives. Condolences to Stacy and Brian and all her children, grandchildren, and all her family members.

  • Longview
  • Tx
Deacon Charles & Mary Litteken said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2020 at 1:49 PM

Goodbye to a dear classmate. We’ll see you and Don when we get there.

  • Aviston
  • Illinois

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