Shirley Holtgrewe

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Shirley E. Holtgrewe, nee Sommers, 85, of Belleville, IL, born July 26, 1933, in Okawville, IL, died Sunday, November 4, 2018, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Shirley was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Belleville, IL, and also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  She loved sewing, making quilts, and playing cards.  Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 50 years, Kermit F. Holtgrewe, whom she married on October 2, 1954, and who died on July 1, 2004; a son, James Holtgrewe; her parents, Alvis and Alma, nee Lintker, Sommers; a sister, Lucy Ann Bailey; a brother, Raymond (Irma) Sommers; and a brother-in-law, Gary Shaw.

Surviving are two sons, Steven (Julia) Holtgrewe of Waterloo, IL, and Gregory (Veronica) Holtgrewe of Paducah, KY;
two daughters, Mary (Michael) Pierce of Freeburg, IL,  and Catherine Seaman (friend, Heath Wentz) of Belleville, IL;
13 grandchildren, Rob Asselmeier, Aimee (Jason) Grace, Zachary (Jaclyn) Holtgrewe, Ana (Kennish) Grady, Adam, Jacob and John Holtgrewe, Joshua and Collin Pierce, and Ethan, Aaron, and Natalie Seaman, and Michaela Wentz;
a great-granddaughter, Emily Grace;
two sisters, Patricia Shaw of Okawville, IL, and Delores (George) Pfautsch of California;
nieces and nephews;
and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be made to St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, November 9, 2018, at St. Henry Catholic Church.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 9, 2018, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Reverend Kenneth York officiating.

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


1 Comment on Shirley Holtgrewe

Maureen Humbert said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2018 at 12:26 AM

Shirley was an amazing woman. She will be missed.

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