Shirley Rutledge

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Shirley Rutledge of Belleville, IL, born February 21, in Richwoods, MO, died Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at Barnes Jewish, St. Louis, MO.

Shirley worked at Ben’s Antiques for over 20 years before her retirement. She was friendly, outgoing, and loved meeting new people at Ben’s Antiques and the entire downtown Belleville area.  She enjoyed going to senior dances, antique shopping, and loved long car rides with her friend, Larry.  Shirley was a cat lover and was especially fond of her two cats, Chloe and Maggie Mae.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Jett; her father, Sidney Rutledge; her mother Helen, nee Panjarakis, Jackson; and three sisters, Lillian McCurry, Helen Ruh, and Maggie Evitts.

Surviving are two daughters, Jennifer (Ed) Simunich of Waterloo, IL, and Kelly (Michael) Marcinkiewicz of Ballwin, MO;
a daughter-in-law, Tina Jett;
a sister, Patti Smith;
eight grandchildren, Garrett, Sydney and Victoria Simunich, Heather and Brandi Baubien, and Brandon, Logan, and Jason Jett;
and great-grandchildren;
a dear friend, Larry Liniger;
and Glenn (Terri) Beaubien, who was always like a son to her.

She will be greatly missed.  We love you Mom.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Due to Covid restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.



4 Comments on Shirley Rutledge

Terri Haider said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2020 at 8:20 PM

My deepest sympathies to your families. Shirley was a special friend I’ve known for years at Bens Antiques. Many good memories of the many downtown festivals, birthday dinners with the gang, and crazy times at the store. She brought joy to many and will be missed. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Anita Baker said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2020 at 5:26 AM

Prayers to the family of Shirley. I had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with Shirley at Ben’s years ago before moving to Georgia. She was such a kind lady.

  • Warner Robins
  • Georgia
Stacy Gauch & Brigitte Berkbuegler said : Guest Report Oct 31, 2020 at 9:41 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mom and my mom met in the 80"s working at The Pie Pantry. Those two were quite the pair and shared so many good times. Your mom continued to stay in touch with us through all these years, she would call me to check up on my mom and always tell me about her dancing fun. She was a delight and she and her red lipstick will be sadly missed. Prayers to all those that loved her. ♥

  • Smithton
  • IL
Scott Liniger said : Guest Report Oct 29, 2020 at 8:45 PM

Our deepest condolences to Shirley's family and friends. We had the pleasure of spending some time with her. She even braved an evening listening to my band. And she brought a lot of joy, happiness, and wonderful memories to my Dad, Larry. She will be missed. Love, Addie, Erin, Scott, Jeff, and Courtney

  • Collinsville
  • IL

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