Silvia Rissier

Silvia Rissier
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Silvia Rissier, nee Musfeld, 92, of Swansea, IL, formerly of St. Louis, MO, born November 29, 1927, in Besazio, Switzerland, died Sunday, December 29, 2019, at Mercy Rehab and Care Center, Swansea, IL.

Mrs. Rissier worked at the University of Basel Botanical Gardens in Basel Switzerland when she met the love of her life, Herbert L. Rissier Jr. while he was attending medical school in Switzerland. After moving to the United States, Silvia concentrated on raising her family. She was a member of the Officers’ Wives Club, various opera guilds and garden clubs wherever the Air Force took the family.  She loved the arts, music and painting and was an avid supporter of various art museums, operas and symphonies.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Col. Herbert L. Rissier Jr., MD; her parents, Ernst Max and Maria, nee Menn, Musfeld; and two sisters, Hanni (Spartaco) Vela and Catja (Marius) Hammer.

Surviving are a daughter, Karen (Charles) Meirink of Fairview Heights, IL;
a son, David (Amy) Rissier of Peachtree City, GA;
and three grandchildren, Tyler and Bennett Rissier, and Julia Meirink.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at both the Heritage at The Colonnade, O’Fallon, IL, and to Mercy Rehab and Care Center, Swansea, IL, for the tender care Silvia received.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Louis Symphony or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 19, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Private graveside services will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

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15 Comments on Silvia Rissier

Virginia White said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2020 at 6:55 AM

Karen, We are Never Prepared for the Loss of a Loved One, but God is Always Prepared to Help Us Through that Loss. Memories of Your Mother will Live Forever in Your Heart. These Words of Deepest Sympathy are Sent to You and Family.

  • Creve Coeur
  • MO 63141
The Runnals said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2020 at 1:37 AM

Hey Rissier Fam ~ Just know you are loved by the Runnals Fam. We are lifting you up, especially this weekend, and asking God to comfort you through shared memories and hugs from family and friends. God bless and keep you ?

  • Peachtree City
  • GA
Barb Cardwell said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2020 at 4:26 AM

I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Mom, my deepest sympathies and prayers to you and all of your family. It does not matter how old they may be or how you are, your heart aches. Thinking of you.

  • Carlyle
  • Illinois
Iris Hughes said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2020 at 8:39 PM

Karen I am sending my condolences to you and your family. May the good Lord continue to bless you.

  • SAINT LOUIS
  • MO
Imogene Griffin said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2020 at 8:36 PM

Karen, I am sorry to hear of your mom's passing. You are in my prayers during this time of mourning. Please know that God is in control and works all things for good.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Khalilah Cooper said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2020 at 10:27 PM

David, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I pray for peace and comfort during this time as you honor her life and legacy.

  • Fayetteville
  • GA
Myrtle Love said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2020 at 4:48 PM

Karen, Extending sympathy, prayers and love to you in the loss of your mother. It sounds like she was an active spirited person. The memories of her will see you through this time. Myrtle

  • Black Jack
  • MO
Jan Herron said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2020 at 2:15 AM

Dear Karen: So sorry for the loss of your mother! May she be at peace with our heavenly father.

  • Florissant
  • MO
Clara Shoals said : Guest Report Jan 03, 2020 at 3:58 AM

Karen, I’m so sorry to hear, of the loss, of your dear mother. I extend sympathy and prayers, to you and your family.

  • Dellwood
  • MO
Linda Meirink said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2020 at 12:36 PM

May your memories of your beautiful and Spirited mother give you comfort. She sure was a joy to be with as are you. ❤️

  • Swansea
  • Il
Marilyn Bennett said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2019 at 5:55 PM

Karen, I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing at this time. She must have been a wonderful inspiration to you and your family. May you have peace in all the positive memories that you shared. Sincerely, Marilyn Bennett

  • STL
  • MO
Shirley Wexler said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2019 at 10:25 PM

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My deepest condolences.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Shirley Wexler said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2019 at 10:23 PM

Karen--I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. My deepest condolences to you and your family. I know you must have many memories that will keep you going. Sincerely, Shirley Wexler

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Bernard White said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2019 at 10:04 PM

You have my condolences on the loss of your mother.

  • SAINT LOUIS
  • MO
Harold Melser said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2019 at 7:53 PM

We extend our sympathy to the loss of your Mother. Clearly, she had a long life of service and blessing to you and her community!

  • Columbia
  • Illinois

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