Shirley Kattenbraker

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Shirley Jane Kattenbraker, nee Austin, 90, of Belleville, IL, born July 15, 1928, in Madison, IL, died Sunday, May 26, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Kattenbraker was a registered nurse, graduating from Alton Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Alton, IL, in 1952. She worked for Christian Welfare Hospital of East St. Louis, IL. She was the first head nurse starting at Four Fountains Care Center in Belleville and finally retired from the care center at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine. She was an original member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Belleville, IL, where she participated with the ladies auxiliary and the church choir. She was an avid quilter and Cardinal baseball fan. Family was most important to Shirley and she particularly loved the extended family reunions.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Victor Kattenbraker, whom she married on August 23, 1951 and who died on October 11, 1976; a grandson, Ryan; her parents, Charles and Edna, nee Sauerwein, Austin; a sister, LaVerne (Dick) Lamphere; and two brothers-in-law, Wesley Jones and Paul Romine.

Surviving are two sons, Allen Kattenbraker (Rosie Hollenkamp) of Corydon, IN,
and Austin (Deborah) Kattenbraker of Belleville, IL;
eight grandchildren, Erick Kattenbraker, Brandy Kattenbraker, Kristin Kattenbraker,
Courtney Kattenbraker, Ali Hormberg, Taylor Rae Hormberg, Dawn (Larry) Smith
and Keith (Courtney) Hollenkamp;
16 great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Doris Romine of Columbus, IN,
and Kathryn Jones, of Granite City, IL;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019, at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019, at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Larry Patton, and Rev. Robert Souders officiating.

Burial will be held at Sunset Hills Cemetery, Glen Carbon, IL.


5 Comments on Shirley Kattenbraker

Bob Waeltz said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2019 at 7:35 PM

JoAnne and Bob send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Shirley. She was a fighter to the end. She had a beautiful smile and was so kind to everyone

  • Indianapolis
  • Indiana
Ashley Accardi Craig Family said : Guest Report Jun 03, 2019 at 9:45 PM

Aunt Shirley was one of a kind! She had a heart of gold & always put others ahead of herself! She will be missed! I hope they don’t make you eat toenail soup with frog guts & eyeballs for breakfast in heaven Aunt Shirley! Sending love & prayers to Allen & Austin & extended family. Ashley, Todd, Cooper, Taylor, Maddie Craig.

  • Smyrna
  • GA
Jeanene Sisk said : Guest Report May 31, 2019 at 2:03 PM

I worked with Shirley at Four Fountains many years ago. She was the nicest lady and a great nurse. I will always remember her.

  • Belen
  • NM
Cathy Crutcher said : Guest Report May 29, 2019 at 10:37 PM

I worked with Shirley for years until she retired from the apartment community. She was a wonderful nurse and took great care of our residents. She will be missed.

  • Swansea
  • Ill
Corinne Johnson said : Guest Report May 28, 2019 at 11:10 PM

So very sorry for the loss of a SUPER SWEET LADY.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL

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