Stella Schnipper

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Stella K. Schnipper, nee Ettling, 101, of Belleville, IL, born September 30, 1917, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, October 29, 2018, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Stella was a life member of the Belleville / Swansea Moose Club 1221, a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and Ladies of the South Side Club.  She served as a leader of the girl scouts at the Humboldt and Union Schools.  She was a retired beautician.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Norman J. Schnipper, whom she married on January 20, 1957, and who died on September 4, 2008; her parents John and Flora, nee Smart, Ettling; two sisters, Delores Payor and Thelma Weidler, and a grandson, Joshua Small.

Surviving are two daughters, Kay (Scott) Small and Vicki (Corky) Helms;
five grandchildren, Taylor (Todd) Kramer, Robbie Small, Sheri (Brent) Babb, Steve (Carol) Helms, and Rick (Laura) Helms;
and four great-grandchildren, Tristan and Trinity Kramer, and Wilson and Adam Babb.

Memorials may be made 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 to 11 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Jon Tinge officiating.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.



6 Comments on Stella Schnipper

Judith P Calhoun said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2018 at 12:49 AM

We are saddened to hear of the loss of your mother, Stella and want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time. Sincerely, John & Judy Calhoun

  • Milford
  • OH
Kim Stephens Carson said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2018 at 2:54 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of sorrow. Kim Stephens Carson The GRAND COURT

  • Naples
  • FL
Janetta Hammond said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2018 at 7:44 PM

Sorry for your loss! Sending you hugs and prayers! She is an Angel now! Kay and Scott if there is anything we can do, please let me know!

  • Cahokia
  • IL
Tom Calhoun said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2018 at 2:18 PM

Vicki, Corky and family: When I saw that Stell had passed, I thought back to the many times Norm, Stell, and my mom and dad were together at the Moose, or as friends at each other's homes. Those were such great times. I even remembered being at their house on Meadow Drive the night the Beatles first played the Ed Sullivan show. Luckily my mom is still with us at 98. She will be so sad to hear of Stell's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. And know that Stella Schnipper brought much joy and light into our lives, just as I know she did yours. --Tom

  • Millstadt
  • St. Clair
Dora Becker said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2018 at 3:59 AM

Vicki: so sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful lady, although I have never meet her I feel I really did know her from all the wonderful conversations you and I have had about her. She lived a long and precious life and you and all your family will miss her. She loved the world around her and now will be happy joining your father. My sympathies to all your family.

  • Illinois
Carol Reuter said : Guest Report Oct 31, 2018 at 6:10 PM

Vicki - So sorry for the loss of your mother. She was truly a great lady. So sorry I will be out of town on Saturday. A mother is such a blessing and always keep the good memories in your heart.

  • Swansea
  • IL

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