Shirley Lisch Gebhardt

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Shirley Rose Lisch Gebhardt, nee Conrath, 92, of Belleville, IL, born January 30, 1929, in Belleville, IL, passed away Sunday, January 2, 2022, surrounded by her loving family, at Cedar Ridge Health and Rehab Center, Lebanon, IL.

Shirley was a devout Catholic and was totally dedicated to her family. After raising her own nine children, she cared for many other children in the community. She worked as a housekeeper at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, for nearly 20 years. Shirley loved to sing and traveled far and wide with her loving husband, Hans. For many years, Saturdays were reserved for “Conrath Sibling Saturday.” They attended mass then shared a meal and a fun activity during these gatherings.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John G. and Helen A., nee Rudolph, Conrath; two grandsons, Kyle Biegler and Benjamin Biegler; two sisters, Connie (Leo) Wagner and Ruth A. Conrath; two brothers, Willard J. (Ann) Conrath and John H. Conrath; and the father of her nine children, Russell A. Lisch.

Surviving are her husband of 16 years, Hans T. Gebhardt Jr., whom she married on October 13, 2005;
nine children, Gary A. Lisch, Nancy A. (John) Biegler-Theismann, Russell J. (Catherine) Lisch, Janet C. Switzer, Connie L. (Jim) Barenkamp, Patricia K. (William) Weier, Jody E. (Tony) Rask, Kathy M. Hunter, and Robert M. (Tracey) Lisch;
18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren;
two step-children, Heidi Gebhardt and Ted (Erin) Gebhardt;
four step-grandchildren;
a sister-in-law, Mary Beth Conrath;
many nieces and nephews;
her lifelong friend, Judy (Vince) Bemowski;
and a special friend, Tanya Richter and family.

The family would like to thank the loving caregivers of Family Hospice, the staff at Cedar Ridge Health and Rehab Center, especially the Activities Department, and Msgr. William McGhee.

Memorials may be made to the Poor Clare Monastery, St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, or Family Hospice. Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 8, 2022, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Masks are required

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 8, 2022, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating. Masks are required.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


12 Comments on Shirley Lisch Gebhardt

Rita Renner Wright said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2022 at 4:12 PM

To All the Lisch's, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. So many neighborhood memories growing up on 10th Street. Those were the days. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Susie Dahm Gray said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2022 at 1:40 PM

Just saw this. I am so very sorry abou the loss of your mom. She was so kind to our grandma (Jennie Koch). My thoughts and prayers are with you all. (Jody and I were high school classmates & roommates later in St. Louis) Sincerely, Susie Dahm Gray

  • Swansea
  • IL
Kathy Harris said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2022 at 12:05 AM

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom and Hans, your wife. You have my deepest sympathies and my prayers 🙏🙏🙏🙏 go out to all of you. I remember when Nathan met your mom and he took her out in the woods and when came back, she made him a little Shirley Temple 😍😍😍. Healing Prayers are sent out to you all. Your mom was such a sweet lady and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting her.😩😩😢😢🙏🙏😍😍 my deepest sympathies. Kathy Harris

  • Freeport
  • FL
Paul & Grace Goedde said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2022 at 9:08 AM

We wish to express our sympathy to Hans and all of Shirley’s family. We promise our prayers for the repose of her soul. Sincerely, Paul & Grace Goedde

  • Breese
  • IL
Jim Raab said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2022 at 5:40 AM

It was fun times working with Shirley at St. E's. She had a fondness for ice cream in the late afternoon, and a motorcycle ride after (maybe). She was so funny and kind. My deepest condolences to the family.

  • Washington
  • Missouri
Steve Knefelkamp said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2022 at 11:52 PM

Please accept my deepest sympathy Gary, Nancy, Rusty and the rest of the Lisch family for the loss of your mother. May God bless and give you all the strength to get through this most difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joseph English said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2022 at 8:07 AM

To all the Lisch's my deepest sympathies for the recent passing of your mother.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary Ann Hovis said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2022 at 8:38 AM

I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Please accept our condolences and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • St. Petersburg
  • FL
JoAnn and John Halliburton said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2022 at 6:30 AM

May your memories of Shirley be a source of comfort and may our prayers ease the pain of your loss. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers❤️

  • Lake Kiowa
  • Texas
Vickie Huffman said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2022 at 3:55 AM

So very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother Connie and your grandmother Austin and Christine. My heart goes out to your entire family.

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Susan Dill said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2022 at 10:14 PM

Shirley was a memorable person from my childhood I remember her kindness and generosity. I offer my sincere condolences on her loss.

  • San Antonio
  • Texas
Jim &Rosie Yaekel said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2022 at 4:33 PM

We will miss your mom. She was a very caring and giving person

  • Columbia
  • Illinois

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