Shirley Taphorn

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Elizabeth J. “Shirley” Taphorn, nee Baechle, 95, of Belleville, IL, born June 15, 1928, in Edwardsville, IL, died Sunday, December 24, 2023, at her residence.

Mrs. Taphorn enjoyed her years as a homemaker raising her five children. Before she was married she worked as a bookkeeper at the Dress Factory in Belleville. She was involved with the St. Teresa parish and a member of their Young at Heart Club. Shirley enjoyed tending to her flower garden, going to the clubhouse, and watching the birds and squirrels.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Donald C. Taphorn, whom she married on May 6, 1950, and who died on December 10, 1993; her parents, Eugene and Ellanora Baechle; her sister, Dorothy (Brook) Stephens; her brother, Robert (Nona) Baechle; and a grandchild, Benjamin Glaenzer in infancy.

Surviving are two sons and three daughters: Donald C. Taphorn of Belleville, IL, Susan M. (Mark) Gerler of St. Charles, MO, Cynthia L. Glaenzer of Millstadt, IL, Peggy A. Taphorn (life partner, Richard Blackwelder) of Sandford, NC, and Michael S. (Beverly) Taphorn of Collinsville, IL; 11 grandchildren: Shauna (Brad) Henderson, Timothy (Julie) Gerler, Dr. Suzan (Justin) Dion, Zachary (Alexandria) Gerler, Mickaela (John) Doyle, Kathryn (Daniel) Droege, Dr. Bryan Glaenzer, Dr. Katelyn Glaenzer, Andrew Taphorn, Matthew Taphorn and Emily Taphorn. 12 great grandchildren: Riley, Addie, Luke and Blake Henderson, Leah and Joshua Dion, Henry and Elijah Gerler, Charlotte and Joelle Doyle, Ava and Wesley Droege

Memorials may be made to St. Teresa Catholic School, Belleville, IL, or to St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 11 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Jack McEvilly officiating.

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


7 Comments on Shirley Taphorn

Dennis & Rosemary Villemain said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2024 at 12:46 PM

We Villemain's in South Carolina will always have a special place in our hearts for the entire Taphorn family. From your dads silly and fun filled hilarity to your mom's beauty, graciousness and laughter, the memories are too many to count but fill my mind and heart with the happiest of childhood memories. With Milton leaving us on August 18, 2022 and your mom now, that means they are all together again! Our love as a family is being sent to you all as a family… Thanks for the memories. ❤️ Dennis

  • North Augusta
  • South Carolina
Janet Villemain P said : Guest Report Jan 01, 2024 at 10:41 PM

To all the Taphorn family: though far apart in adulthood, our parents were best of friends in their teen years and kept that fondness alive for us to experience during summer visits as we grew up: many wonderful memories of trips to the lake and your home. So glad they will all enjoy each other's company again, as we wait to join them!

  • Recife
  • PE, Brazil
IGOR CAVALCANTI DE ARAÚJO SOUTO SANTOS said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2023 at 5:17 PM

Condolences to the family.

  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Rio de Janeiro
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2023 at 11:34 PM

Peggy and family, please accept my deepest sympathy on tge loss of your mother. I will always remember her smike from tge Freshman/Mother breakfast. Sweet lady

  • Belleville
  • IL
Marilyn M Wikgren said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2023 at 1:19 PM

Deepest sympathy to you. It is difficult to see our parents go on before us,but we have their cherished memories to dwell on. Blessings to you and Love.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Shirley Taphorn said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2023 at 11:28 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your mother. Betty Baechle Brauer

  • Arnold
  • MO
Mary Kay Pritchett said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2023 at 9:32 AM

Mike, I am so sorry about your mom. May she rest in peace!

  • Mascoutah
  • IL

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