Victor Francoeur

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Victor Joseph Francoeur, 83, of Belleville, IL, born October 6, 1934, in Nashua, NH, died in his Belleville home Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Victor, or Vic, was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He grew up in Nashua, NH, attended St. Aloysius Grade School, and went on to graduate from Nashua High School in 1952. Vic enlisted in the United States Air Force on January 6, 1953 and was stationed at Turkey Hill just outside of Belleville. On April 30, 1955, he married the love of his life, Patricia D. Schaefer, a Belleville native. They married at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church in Belleville. The happy couple settled in Belleville and started a family in 1956. After leaving active duty in the U.S. Air Force, he remained in the Air Force Reserves for another 21 years. During that time and after, he worked as a program analyst for the US Dept. of the Army until he retired in 1989.

Vic devoted much of his time to his family. Besides coaching Khoury League baseball and softball for over 20 years, he attended all of his children’s school and athletic events. Vic was also active in Southside Improvement Assn, Knights of Columbus, Cathedral Discussion Group, and 798th Reunion Group. Vic enjoyed slow-pitch softball, bowling (at Bel-Air Bowl), cribbage, euchre, and poker. Vic was a competitor and enjoyed playing sports, cards and board games. Vic was also a St. Louis sports fan, especially dedicated to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Victor was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Patricia Francoeur, nee Schaefer; his parents, Louis “Bill” and Alice, nee Berube, Francoeur; a grandson, Kendall Delk; his in-laws, Fred and Paula, nee Weihrauch, Schaefer; sisters-in-law, Rita Bell and Joyce Francoeur; beloved nephew, Ronald Francoeur; and beloved niece, Janet Palmeri.

Surviving are Vic’s children, two sons, Steve (Terri) Francoeur of Edwardsville, IL,  and Rick (Kathy) Francoeur of Belleville, IL;
four daughters, Denise (Dan) McGlynn of Belleville, IL, Carla (Duane) Arnold of Maryville, IL, Cathy (Bill) Westerheide of Waterloo, IL, and Lisa Francoeur-Delk of Belleville, IL;
15 grandchildren;
8 great-grandchildren;
a brother, Normand (Barbara) Francoeur of Raymond, NH;
and many much loved nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the caring staff and many great friends at The Atrium of Belleville for providing a loving home in his final years. We wish to thank the employees of Hospice of Southern Illinois who tenderly cared for Vic in his final months.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Atrium of Belleville, 201 South Belt West, Belleville, IL 62220, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S. Illinois St., Belleville, IL 62220. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


3 Comments on Victor Francoeur

Tracy Summers said : Guest Report May 23, 2018 at 2:51 AM

I can't express my gratitude to you for allowing me to care for this wonderful man.I just wish I could bring him 1 more candy and prayers, Tracy

  • Belleville
  • Il
Margaret Carter said : Guest Report May 22, 2018 at 7:24 PM

Harold and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Vic Francoeur. We have heard many wonderful stories from Brad and Liz and know that he will be missed by all.

  • Jonesboro
  • AR
Jo said : Guest Report May 21, 2018 at 9:57 PM

Dear Uncle Vic, I know you're not with us anymore, and I know that you're looking down on us every day. There will good days, and there will bad days. I never got the chance to tell you while you were here, but you were the most influential man in my life. I hope that even for a second of every day I embody what you stood for. While you were here and even now that you're gone you have left and are leaving your mark wherever you went, and wherever I go. There are so many adjectives I could use to describe you; hard-working, caring, strong, loyal, funny, stern, gentle and many, many more. I hope that you know how much I will miss you. I hope you know that you've changed my outlook on life. I know you fought as hard as you could. I also know that some things are beyond our control. Keep an eye on me from heaven.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois

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