Shirley Obst

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Shirley Jean Obst, nee Schmitz, 87, of Belleville, IL, born December 29, 1933, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at St. Paul’s Senior Community, Belleville, IL.

Shirley graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1951 and was a member of the Honor Society. Upon graduation, she took a job at Frances G. Becker Accounting Firm. She then went on to be a secretary for the Air Training Command and Military Air Transport Command. On May 17, 1958, she married James Obst. Their son Michael was born in December 1959.

As a life-long member of Zion Lutheran church in Belleville, IL, she was a member of Mothers Club, PTO, Couples Club, and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She volunteered in the church nursery and with Meals on Wheels. She also served as a deacon for Zion for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, James H. Obst; her parents, Floyd E. and Rosella H., nee Bogner, Schmitz; two sisters, Betty Obst and Mary Knepper; and her brothers-in law, Lester Obst, Alan Obst, and Walter Knepper.

Surviving are her son, Michael (Sandra) Obst of Belleville, IL;
three granddaughters, Stacey (Scott) Paule, Leslie (Dan) Prescott, and Katie (Rudy) Croon;
11 great-grandchildren;
and sister-in-law, Dorothy Obst.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, or to Family Hospice, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Brian Downs officiating.

Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


5 Comments on Shirley Obst

Gary L. Cox said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2021 at 8:13 AM

To Mike and Sandy, so sorry to hear of the passing of Shirley. Jim and Shirley were great neighbors for my parents in the old Lincolnshire days. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  • Belleville
  • Il
George and Maria Hatzadony said : Guest Report Oct 15, 2021 at 7:12 AM

Our deepest sympathy Mike and family - So sorry to hear this and as usual not in town but our thoughts are with you and your family

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Bill Biehl said : Guest Report Oct 15, 2021 at 5:56 AM

I am sorry to here of your mother's passing.Please, accept my deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Sally Spitzmiller said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2021 at 8:55 PM

We are praying for your family. I met Shirley when we moved to Belleville when our daughter Traci was a baby over 30 years ago. Shirley was in the nursery during our Bible study time and she would love on all the kiddos. Even though we moved away, I will always remember how much Shirley loved the little ones like they were her grandkids. God bless your family.

  • Murfreesboro
  • TN
Mandy Kirleis said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2021 at 2:23 PM

I have had the pleasure of spending time with Shirley many times over the course of my 20+ years of friendship with her granddaughters. She was always so kind to me, and treated me like I was part of the family. Mike, Sandra, Stacey, Leslie, and Katie, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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