Vernita Pruehsner

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Vernita M. Pruehsner, nee Tepe, 93, of Belleville, IL, born October 16, 1930, in Okawville Township, IL, was called to her heavenly home on Sunday, January 7, 2024, at Mercy Rehab and Care Center, Swansea, IL.

Vernita was a homemaker and worked as a seamstress at Bridal Originals, Belleville, IL for several years. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was involved with both church and school activities over the past 50 years, including Seniors in Ministry, Ladies Aid Society, Mother’s Club, and PTL.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Elmer Fred Pruehsner, whom she married January 18, 1953, at Olive Branch Lutheran Church, Okawville, IL, and who died on November 7, 2007; her parents, Harry W. and Emma, nee Bening, Tepe; a sister, Lavera Tepe; her brother, Marvin (Delores) Tepe; and a brother-in-law, Alvin McKerracher.

She is survived by a son and two daughters, Darrell (Penny Overby) Pruehsner, Juanita (Rick) Griebel and Yvonne (Mark) Goerger; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Greg) Boyer, Philip (Natalya) Pruehsner, Benjamin (Sally) Griebel, Kristin (JR) Frisella, and Justin Goerger (fiancée, Rachel Ashley); two great-grandchildren, Maleah and Thorton Boyer; her sister, LuIna McKerracher; her dear friend, Arvey Rueter; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church towards the Foundation for the Future Fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, January 15, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 15, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Chris Spelbring officiating.

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


4 Comments on Vernita Pruehsner

Deanna Grass said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2024 at 3:02 PM

We are so saddened that she has passed on.. I remember childhood days spending time with her and Yvonne.. not a whole lot of time.. but enough for her to leave a lasting memory!! God truly has another blessed Angle!! 🙌 Much love and prayers to the Family… Chuck, Deanna, and CeJay Grass

  • Belleville
  • Il
VERONICA JONES said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2024 at 11:59 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed. Sending love and prayers to your family. Love, Veronica Jones

  • Red Bud
  • IL
Janet Herr said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2024 at 4:13 PM

Vernita has been the best neighbor and good friend to me. I will miss her and our conversations about growing up on the farm. We were also a great team when it came to cutting grass, when we were still able. I can still see her on the riding mower with her straw hat on. I will keep the family in my prayers and cherish all the memories of Vernita.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Richard Williams said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2024 at 11:39 AM

The Pruehsner family has been our neighbors for the past 70 years. Vernita and my mother worked at the same dress factory for some 30 years. We were also members of the same church. Our neighborhood will not be the same without Vernita. Our thoughts and prayers are with Vernita's family and friends.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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