Thomas C. Renner

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Thomas “Tom” C. Renner, 95, of Belleville, IL, born November 4, 1927, in Belleville, IL, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine, surrounded by his loving family.

Tom, “Deputy”, was a graduate of Cathedral High School. He served in the Army during WWII and had a brief stint in Japan. Upon his return he enrolled in mortuary school in St. Louis and then started his 45-year career with his dad and brothers at the funeral home. Back in those days that included running the ambulance service as well as funerals.

Shortly after completing his schooling, he met the love of his life, Joan L. Voss. They were married June 25, 1949, and raised eight children together, but sadly she was taken too early on October 23, 1985, at the age of 56.

Tom was also preceded in death by his parents, George J. and Mary A. “Lena” nee Reichert Renner; six brothers, George (Virginia), David (Anne), John (Rose), Joseph, James (Eileen) and Daniel in infancy; a sister, Margaret “Peg” (Harold) Berkel; and brother-in-law, Charlie Glauber.

Tom is survived by his eight children, Diane (Dr. James) Walsh, Jeff (Dr. Kathie) Renner, Bill Renner, Tom (Kay) Renner, Patricia (William) Biehl, Jill (Steve) Breunig, Mark (Angela) Renner, Jan (Hon. Jeffery) Watson;
20 grandchildren, Bryan (Stephanie Co) Walsh, Lt. Col. Gregory (Jessie) Walsh, Dr. Katherine (partner Maria Garcia) Walsh, Ben, Zach, and Alex Renner, Lara (Eric) Dorner, Paul (Dr. Kate) Renner, Daniel (Kelsey) Renner, Sam Renner (Anna Bommarito), Dr. Adam (Dr. Kristin) Renner, Dr. Hannah Renner, Jack (Claire) Renner, Bill (Sarah) Biehl, George (Nikki) Biehl, Chris (Dr. Katie) Breunig, Nicholas Breunig, Nate (Rachel) Renner, Ellen (Keaton) Gibbs and Tom Watson;
14 great grandchildren and one due in April;
two sisters, Mary Glauber and Theresa “Tottie” (Dr. Joseph) Bassler;
a sister-in-law, Rita Renner;
he is also survived by his dear friend and companion, Kitty Dickerson.

Dad was a friend to everyone. We were always amazed at how he could remember so many names and faces. He looked forward to Friday nights at the Belleville Elks, trips to Arizona and Vegas, a good bridge game, and horseshoe game.

The family would like to thank the staff, past and present, at the Atrium of Belleville, Hospice of Southern Illinois and Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine for their kindness and care to our dad.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Peter’s Cathedral. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 2023, at George Renner & Sons, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2023, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, with the Very Rev. Godfrey Mullen, OSB, and Msgr. John Myler concelebrating.

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


27 Comments on Thomas C. Renner

Mary F. Munie said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2024 at 8:24 PM

Our sincere condolences to Tom's family from our family. He was a warm, kind person, and did so many favors and kiindness' to our family, during the years, May God give you all strength, The Phillips Family and the Munie Phillips

  • New Baden IL
  • Illinois
Anne Bassler said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2023 at 7:48 PM

Dear Diane, Jeff, Bill, Tom, Patty, Jill, Mark and Jan, I’m so sorry to hear of Uncle Tom’s passing. I always enjoyed visiting with him up at the funeral home. I know you will miss him dearly. My sympathies and prayers, Anne Bassler, your cousin in California.

  • San Jose
  • California
Maria Scheibel said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2023 at 9:58 AM

Deepest condolences. You have all been in my prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Susan Renner said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2023 at 1:12 PM

I’m sad that Uncle Tom has passed. I know this is a difficult time for all of you. Please know I hold each of you in my heart and prayers in a special way at this time. One comfort is that he is reunited with your mom, Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt Peg and all of his fun-loving brothers. What a reunion that must be!! I love you all….

  • Jefferson City
  • MO
Julie Berkel said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2023 at 11:40 PM

Uncle Tom was a wonderful man filled with faith in God, love for his family and friends, humor and laughter, and blessed with a very loving family. All of his family have my heartfelt sympathy and prayers. May he rest in heavenly peace and enjoy his reunion with Aunt Joan and all the Renners who went before him. I treasure the times we visited there in Belleville and here in AZ. 😢❤️🙏

  • Scottsdale
  • AZ
Mandy Bernard said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2023 at 3:37 PM

As the granddaughter of Bob Gundlach, our family was lucky to have many a meal with Tom. We were grateful for their friendship and enjoyed keeping up with Tom when we could even after our grandpa passed. Our condolences to the entire Renner family… Mandy and Bob Bernard George and Peggy Gasparich Liz and Dave Alvarez and family

  • Las Vegas
  • NV
Marcella Stauder said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2023 at 11:03 AM

Our condolences to the Renner family from the Stauders. We have many wonderful memories of Tom through the years. Our prayers are with his family.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Jack Oesterle,Jr. said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2023 at 8:28 AM

Our deepest sympathy to the Renner family! He was such a wonderful man & raised a wonderful family! "May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him" Mary, Jack, & Brent Oesterle

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Dolores Hoffmann Bayley said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2023 at 3:10 PM

Our deepest of sympathies to the entire family what a great loss! My Mom would tell us about the ambulance runs from when she worked at St. Elizabeth’s. So many of you children were friends here and there!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mark & Lori Rodriguez said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2023 at 2:21 PM

To: Diane and the entire Renner family, we send our prayers & condolences 🙏🏻❤️

  • Smithton
  • IL
Gary, Ann & Ayanna Karasek said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2023 at 11:02 AM

God goes with your family; who has devotedly honored your beloved father/grandfather ever so well. Grateful for our shared Belleville lives; Art on the Square Awards, The Atrium connection, and Cathedral Players; -especially, 1998’s, “Wizard of Oz”, in which Katie followed Grandpa Tom’s lead & portrayed the Munchkin Coroner.

  • Swansea
  • IL
George Peggy Gasparich said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2023 at 9:21 AM

We were so sad to hear of Toms passing! He was such a wonderful man and a wonderful friend ! He was one of my Dads closest friends. We were so lucky to have so many wonderful breakfasts with Tom, Glenn and Dad! They told so many stories about their lives and the war. He was such a sweet man! God bless him. Im sure Tom, Glenn, and Dad will be having a great reunion together over coffee and telling stories and laughing. We wish we could be there but we aren’t in town for a while. So sorry we can’t be there in person to honor this great man! Know we are thinking of you all and sending prayers of peace and comfort! Love, George and Peggy Gasparich

  • OFallon
  • Il.
Sheila Meyer said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2023 at 6:37 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I've known Tom for many years. I was a waitress at Hyho Restaurant and I work at the Atrium. He's such a nice man. Heaven gained a wonderful Angel. Sending prayers 🙏🙏🙏

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Mike and Anne Naylor said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 10:17 PM

Our deepest sympathy to all of the Renner family. You are in our prayers and may precious memories comfort you at this difficult time.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Kathleen Draper said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 8:11 PM

With Deepest Sympathy may God Bless all the family, n friends. RIP

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Vera Beckwith said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 7:00 PM

To the Renner families, we pray that god continues to give you strength during your hours of bereavement.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Pat Berkel said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 5:53 PM

My thoughts are with the entire Renner Family during this difficult time. I don’t remember a time that Uncle Tom didn’t have a smile on his face! My last visit to Belleville he insisted that I make the rounds to all his breakfast places. I remember as a kid going on ambulance calls with him and helping out on funerals when we would visit during the summer. He loved his card games and casino time. Now we just have to cherish the memories.

  • Phoenix
  • Arizona
Jerry said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 3:05 PM

To the Renner family, our deepest sympathy to you. Out thoughts and prayers are with all of you. The Jerry and Debbie Belleville family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois (IL)
Bobby Rasp said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 1:44 PM

To the entire Renner family my sympathy for your loss

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Tracy Renner Quernheim said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 11:12 AM

I’m Soo sorry to hear about Uncle Tom, He was a gentle man with a smile for all. We all shared so many fun times at Westhaven swimming pool with him. I hope all these sad days will fade to all the Wonderful memories you hold in your hearts.

  • Allen
  • Texas
Harry Archambault said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 10:48 AM

Bill, our golfing partner. My deep condolence on the passing of your dad. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • St. Louis County
  • MO
Mike Cleary said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 10:48 AM

Bill, sorry to hear of your father's passing. His career sounds a lot like my friend, Jim Laughlin, except for the military service, who had Laughlin Funeral Home in Troy for many years.

  • Alton
  • Il
Barbie Duncan said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 9:38 AM

Jeff and Jan and entire Renner clan, We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Renner’s passing. What a wonderful life he led and amazing legacy he left behind. Prayers and hugs on the way. The Bob and Kay Sax Family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Chuck Lugge said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 9:26 AM

If one of the ways you judge success is by the quality of the children you raised, then I would say Tom was one of the great success stories of our city. May God bring you peace.

  • IL
Mary Barbara Kurtz said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 9:17 AM

Bill, Jill, Jan and Family... This makes me so sad. Your dad was an amazing man and a true gentleman. He always had a friendly and warm way about him and he loved those Westhaven summer days. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Fondly, Mary Barbara and Jim

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kathy Steckler said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2023 at 9:01 AM

To all of the Renner family, my deepest sympathy to you. I will remember you and Mr. Renner in my prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rita Renner Wright said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2023 at 7:56 PM

I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Tom's passing. You are never ready to lose someone you love so dearly. I am sorry that Ed and I will not be there at are out of town. But know are thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Ed and Rita

  • IL

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