Valeria Schoendienst

Valeria Schoendienst
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Valeria H. Schoendienst, nee Wegmann, 95 of Belleville, IL, born March 10, 1920, in Damiansville, IL, died Sunday, October 25, 2015, at Aviston Countryside Manor in Aviston, IL.

Valeria was a devoted homemaker who was very involved in the lives of all of her family.  She and her husband were founding members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church in Belleville, IL, where she was active in the Queenship of Mary Sodality and volunteered at both the church and the school.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. “Ducks” Schoendienst, whom she married on November 9, 1943, in Damiansville, IL, and who died on June 16, 2007; her parents, Fred and Sophie, nee Rensing, Wegmann; a brother, Herman Wegmann; and two sisters, Margaret Imming and Sophie Kreitner.

Surviving are a son, Andrew (Lorelei) Schoendienst of Juno Beach, FL;
two daughters, Janet (David) Billhartz of Fairview Heights IL,
and Susan (Michael) Schomber of Maryville, IL;
six grandchildren, Jill Billhartz, Jeanne (Gordon) Mitchell,
Christy (Eric) Fortin, Christopher (Robin) Schomber,
Anne (Lucas) Runge, and Andrew Schoendienst Jr.;
nine great-grandchildren, Cameron Mitchell, Abigail Mitchell,
Sophia Billhartz, Gabriella Billhartz,
Mia Schomber, Chase Schomber, Melanie Runge,
Teddy Fortin, and Lilly Fortin;
a sister in law, Lavita Schoendienst of St. Louis, MO;
two brothers-in-law, Albert “Red” Schoendienst
and Joseph (Irene) Schoendienst, both of St. Louis, MO;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, to Hospice of Southern Illinois, or to Aviston Countryside Manor Activity Fund.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Valeria’s family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at both at Aviston Countryside Manor and Hospice of Southern Illinois, especially Diane Voss.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  A prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL with Msgr. William McGee officiating.  Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

Condolences Left For Valeria Schoendienst

We are sorry to hear of Aunt Valeria’s passing. She was such a lovely Lady. Your family is in our prayers. LARRY, WENDY and FAMILY.

wendy & larry Sobczak, breese, illinois, 62230

Sue, Mike and Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences to you-Sue, Mike and your entire family. Our hearts and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow. Your Mom was a wonderful lady and her life will be celebrated.

Jerry & Carol Maxim, Swansea, Illinois, 62226

Andy, Lorelei, and Family,
Sending Our warmest and heartfelt condolences for the loss of Mom. While we never had the chance to meet Mom, she was obviously a woman of great faith and witness.
We hope you find peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Warmest Regards,
Dominic and Kim Palmieri

Dominic Palmieri, Phoenix, AZ, 85044

Andy, Lorilei & family
So sorry to hear of the loss of your
Mom. Prayers for you to comfort your pain & grief.

Betty Burlingame , Galena, Ks, 66739

Andy, Lorelei, and Family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your mother.
Please accept our deepest sympathy .
God bless
Carol and Dick

Carol and Dick Chance, Wichita, Kansas, 67235

Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends.
Mike & Lisa Schantz and Schantz Mfg

Mike and Lisa Schantz, Highland, Illinois, 62249

So sorry to hear about the lost of your mother. I know we had talks about our parents numerous times on our golf cart trips.Im sure she is at peace now
God Bless your family

P.J & Gail Rodgers, charleston, IL, 61920


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