Stephen Pemberton Sr.

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Stephen Frederick Pemberton Sr., 61, of Belleville, IL, born April 15, 1959, in Mount Vernon, IL, died Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at his residence.

Mr. Pemberton was a cook at several restaurants in the area, most notably the former Fischer’s Restaurant in Belleville. He had also been a baker at the Pie Pantry in downtown Belleville. He was an artist who loved to paint, he was a published poet, and a gifted musician.  Stephen was a religious person and was a member of Faith Family Church.  He loved to spend time in nature, drink Coca-Cola, and sport his Converse shoes.  He was a loving friend to all and was a cherished family member. Stephen was a U.S. Army veteran of the 5th Cavalry Division.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick Arthur and Constance, nee Edelman, Pemberton; and a brother, Brian Pemberton.

Surviving are a daughter, Samantha (Michael) McFarlane of Belleville, IL;
two sons, Stephen Frederick Jr. (Monica) Pemberton of Mascoutah, IL, and Jonathan Pemberton of Belleville, IL;
two step-sons, Kelly (Crystal) Knaup of Belleville, IL, and Ian Knaup of St. Louis, MO;
a grandson, Roman Pemberton;
the mother of his children, Deborah, nee Compton, Pemberton;
brothers and a sister, Greg (Mary Jo) Pemberton, Bruce Pemberton, Missy (Cat Provines) Pemberton, and Chris Pemberton;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to any veterans organization or to any cancer research organization. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


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