Verna Lickenbrock

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Verna C. Lickenbrock, nee Middendorf, 91, of Belleville, IL, born March 9, 1930, in Venedy, IL, died Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Cedar Ridge Health & Rehab Center, Lebanon, IL.

Mrs. Lickenbrock was a founding member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. She was an active member of the Ladies Sodality, Meals on Wheels, and volunteered for card party luncheons. After losing her husband at an early age, she became both mother and father to her four children. She loved gardening, working in her yard, and especially tending to her flowerbeds. Verna loved to cook and found joy in sharing her food with her family, especially her soups, pies, and holiday cookies. A loving mother and grandmother, Verna’s grandchildren were her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Melvin G. Lickenbrock, whom she married on March 31, 1951, and who died on January 1, 1979; her parents, Fred and Wilhemina, nee Luebbers, Middendorf; a great-grandson, Justin Altemeier; her twin brother, Vernon (Delores) Middendorf; and siblings, Leo (Susie) Middendorf, Clarence (Esther) Middendorf, Adolph (Verena) Middendorf, Ethel (Alvin) Friederich, and Albinus Middendorf; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Theodore and Rose Lickenbrock; and a brother-in-law Marvin (Claire) Lickenbrock.

Surviving are her four children, Donna J. (Mark) Altemeier, Kenneth F. (Elaine) Lickenbrock, Debra L. (Dennis) Wilburn, and Kristine M. (Tim) Albrecht; eight grandchildren, Brian Altemeier (fiancée, Lynn Crawley), Scott (Tasha) Altemeier, Lindsey (Steve) Brede, Katie (Michael) Karr, Lauren (Aaron) Branch Mitchell (Samantha) Ettling, Kyle Wilburn (fiancée, Cassey Dayton), Taylor (Collin) Mingo, and Karlee Albrecht (Taylor Schmitt); 11 great-grandchildren, Anna Altemeier, Peyton Altemeier, Mylie Altemeier, Jolie Branch, Carter Dill, Laynee Dill, Ashton Brede, Bennett Brede, Kamryn Karr, Evelyn Wilburn, and Kinley Wilburn; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Breast Cancer Alliance. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Cedar Ridge in Lebanon, IL, especially to mom’s nurse, Donna, and her CNA, Linda.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, November 15, 2021, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, November 15, 2021, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

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


9 Comments on Verna Lickenbrock

Jean Steven Weier said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2021 at 12:55 PM

So sorry for your loss, Verna always had a special smile on her face and exuded a joyful presence. St. Augustines parish has lost another special lady and we will miss her

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jay Johnston said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2021 at 10:27 AM

Donna, Laurie and I just heard about your Mom. So sorry for your loss but it sounds like she lived a good life. Remember the good times and she will always be with you. Laurie/Jay

  • Long Beach
  • IN
Mary Koeller said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 10:24 PM

So sorry for your loss & also condolences to your family from my family.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Kelly Bingheim said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 8:59 PM

Kris and family, you're in our thoughts and prayers. Just know that your mother is in a better place now, I know how much she'll be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Susie Dahm Gray said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 9:56 AM

Dear Kris & family: So sorry about the loss of your mom. Thoughts & prayers are with you

  • Swanse
  • Illinois
Donna Schmittling said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2021 at 8:03 PM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. It was an honor to take care of Verna. I will miss her dearly. Love & prayers to you all…Donna Schmittling & Margaret Mosley

  • Swansea
  • IL said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2021 at 8:22 AM

Donna Ken and family so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a great lady

  • O’Fallon
  • Illinois
Cyndi Hoffmann said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2021 at 10:33 PM

My condolences to the Lickenbrach family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2021 at 9:26 PM

Donna and family. So very sorry for your loss. Our condolences to all who love and will miss your sweet mom. Nancy and Mike Robinson

  • Shiloh
  • Il.

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