Shirley Sedlak

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Shirley J. Sedlak, nee Wilke, 87, of Swansea, IL, born October 20, 1930, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, December 9, 2017, at her residence in Swansea, IL.

Mrs. Sedlak retired from School District 118, where she had worked as a secretary for 21 years.  She was a member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority for over 20 years, and a past member of the Illinois Trekkers.  Shirley loved dogs, gardening, puzzles, and coloring books.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, William A. Sedlak, whom she married on February 23, 1952, and who died on July 16, 2008; her parents, Elmer F. and Alice, nee Craig, Wilke; and a brother, Donald (Ethel) Wilke.

Surviving are her two sons, Dennis L. (Georgine) Sedlak of St. Louis, MO, and Richard A. (Lisa) Sedlak of Millstadt, IL;
four grandchildren, Nicholas (Megan) Sedlak of Chicago, IL, Stephen (Kacy) Sedlak of Webster Groves, MO, Bradley Sedlak of Millstadt, IL, and Kellie (Brad) Stockton of St. Louis, MO;
six great-grandchildren, Haven Nichols, Drew and Evan Stockton, and Oliver, Nora, and Sloan Sedlak;
a sister-in-law, Carole (David) Hiatt-Neptune of Hillsboro, MO;
and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at Grand Manor in Swansea, IL, and to all the friends she made there over the past five years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Douglas Stewart officiating.

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



5 Comments on Shirley Sedlak

Dawn Mezo said : Guest Report Dec 21, 2017 at 6:21 AM

Rick and Dennis - You have my deepest condolences. I am sorry for your loss. I wish I had been able to see your mom on my last trip to Belleville. Shirley was beautiful, had a great smile, and laughed easily. She made the people around her feel better with her easy, joyful spirit. You are in my thoughts and on my heart at this time.

  • Emeryville
  • California
Jim Pauley said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2017 at 9:39 PM

Rick & Family, Very, very sorry about the passing of your Mother. Although I never met her, knowing you, I am sure she was an incredible woman. Unfortunately, I am out of town all day Tuesday. I will catch up with you later in the week. My family's deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Jim Pauley

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jim and Melissa Francis said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2017 at 4:39 AM

Please accept our condolences on the passing of a neat mom, grandmother, and great grandmother. Cherish the memories!

  • Oro Valley
  • AZ
Melanie Liebert said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2017 at 4:10 AM

Walt and I send our deepest sympathies to you and all your family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with on Tuesday as your mother is placed to rest. Love Walter and Melanie Liebert.

  • Huntersville
  • North Carolina
Karen Peter Sparks said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2017 at 7:56 PM

Rick and family, Sorry for your loss. We were just talking about her the other day at the High Mount reunion. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Collinsville
  • IL

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