Vincent Harter

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Vincent Ralph Harter, global citizen, was born on Long Island, New York on July 20, 1936, to Regina Falvella Harter and Ralph V. Harter and brother to Miriam C. Harter Martin.  He passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at St. Paul’s Senior Community, surrounded by his loving family.

Vince met “I’m going to marry that girl” Frances Anne Smith and they married February 23, 1963.

Soon after came Mary Theresa Harter Brisk who is married to Ralph Gerard Brisk and gave birth to Jessica Rae Brisk Phillips who is married to Jason Phillips and Justin Gerard Brisk and partner Stephanie Funk who gave birth to Jacob and Huntleigh; Kenneth Vincent Harter who married Sheri Fears Harter and gave birth to Madison Marie Harter;  Edward Lawrence Harter who is married to Doreen Kay Stoddard Harter and gave birth to Joshua Edward and Abigail Nichole Harter; Robert Francis Harter who is married to Jacqueline Christian Harter and gave birth to Courtney Lynn Harter McMorris who is married to Douglas James McMorris and gave birth to Madden James and Mabry Lane McMorris, Christian Robert Harter and Corey Vincent Harter; Daniel Thomas Harter who is married to Angie Schumacher Harter; Regina Catherine Harter Sieben who is married to Anthony Bryan Sieben and gave birth to Robert Matthew Sieben; Joseph Matthew Harter who is married to Mary Agnes Peterson and gave birth to Cecilia Peterson Harter and Frances Peterson Harter.

I often think that people we have loved and who have loved us not only make us more human, but they become part of us and we carry them around all the time whether we see them or not.  And, in some way we are the sum total of those who have loved us and those we have given ourselves to.  Vince’s essence remains with us.

Vince was a graduate of Fordham University, served in and retired from the United States Air Force, worked in the private sector, was involved in the wellbeing and maintenance of St. John’s Catholic School in Belleville, coached sports, volunteered his time at St. Luke’s in Belleville and never knew a stranger.

Vince loved life, his family and our country. Vince cooperated generously with the evolutionary process and the world is richer for his part in this vast universe.

Vince always exercised his right to vote and wants every person to have equal and easy access and opportunity to vote.

Thank you for the kind, compassionate and professional care Vince received at the Emergency Room and Room 423 in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) at St. Elizabeth Hospital in O’Fallon IL; HSHS Hospice; Room 1067 St. Paul’s Nursing Home, Belleville IL; and Renner Funeral Home.

There will be no public viewing or services.  Our family celebrates Vince, Dad, Papa.

If you would like to make a donation in Vince’s honor, you might consider, East Side Heart & Home Family Center, 705 Summit, East St. Louis, IL 62201, or the Community Interfaith Food Pantry, 1218 W. Main St., Belleville, IL 62220.


19 Comments on Vincent Harter

pete cerneka said : Guest Report Nov 22, 2021 at 3:31 PM

Anne, May you be strengthen and renewed by his presence with you now. I share my thanks with you for a life well lived to the fullest and for all the good his life will continue to give to this world and his family.

  • Lebanon
  • IL
Jeannine said : Guest Report Nov 19, 2021 at 12:49 PM

My sympathy to you Anne and all your family. He was always so friendly and enjoyable to be around.

  • IL
Teresa and Ed Barbier said : Guest Report Nov 19, 2021 at 9:21 AM

May the angels come to greet him. It's not the navigator's job to fly the plane, but to show the way. I think Vince and Annie have been showing us the way for a long time. May he rest in peace.

  • fairview heights
  • IL
Mary (Leary) Brown said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 10:13 PM

Deepest condolences to Anne and the entire Harter family. Vince was a loving father, grandfather and dear friend to so many, and such an inspiration throughout my life. He will be missed. I am flooded with so many memories tonight of times shared between our 2 families. . I hope there is an officer's club in heaven and that Vince and my dad are having a beer together and laughing over old times. Your family remains in our prayers.

  • O Fallon
  • IL
Tom and Jo Ann Stack said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 9:32 PM

Anne and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Vince was a great man and a great friend, we will miss him.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lucille Barbara Moehrs said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 7:52 PM

Anne and family- So so many good memories. I first came to know Anne and Vince at Fr. Karban's scripture classes in Lebanon. It was a blessing to become friends with them. After the classes disbanded would continue to be with them by helping with the scripture mailings at their home. We had such a good time. Vince enjoyed my bringing the bakery products from Ahne's Bakery in Waterloo. His favorites were the cream puffs with the chocolate icing. So many great memories. Miss all of that so much. Love and prayers to you Anne and your family. Lucy and Vern Moehrs

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Jean Hannes said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 4:04 PM

"We're all just walking each other home." ....Ram Das You did a beautiful job of doing that, Anne, and your amazing family accompanied you. Your life together with Vince was a testimony to the best of a marriage of friends.

  • Shiloh
  • Il
catherine.kaufman said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 2:28 PM

Anne and family, may you find comfort that Vince is free from his suffering. Know that his spirit is still with you, love and prayers Catherine Kaufman

  • maple mount
  • Ky
Loyce Williams said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 2:22 PM

Anne and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I can imagine he is working on a giant jigjaw puzzle in heaven. May he forever rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Megan said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 1:08 PM

Sending my condolences to the Harter family. I am thinking of you all during this time. Vince was such a wonderful person and I enjoyed getting to know him and the family more. He will be missed.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Fr. Gene Neff said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 12:08 PM

Thanks, Vince, for making a difference in our world, in our community, and in our Church. Rest in Peace, Vince. And to Anne and family, may Vince's life and spirit sustain you as you continue your life's journey.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Connie Barre said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 12:01 PM

Sympathy and love to the Harter Family-we will miss our Master Bingo Coordinator during our days at St. John's. We thank God for the memories. May you rest in peace Vince! Roger and Connie Barre

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sister Carol Lehmkuhl said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Anne and Family--We were so sorry to hear of Vince's passing--We have some wonderful memories of him--Please know that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers--Love All of us from East Side Heart & Home Family Center

  • East St. Louis
  • Illinois
Norm and Betty Meder said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 10:34 AM

Dear Anne…Our prayers are with you and your family. We were so sorry to hear of Vince’s passing. We remember him as a good friend and card club member. He was blessed with a loving family and wonderful wife and caretaker. Cherish the happy memories of the past. With Sympathy, Betty & Norm

  • Belleville
  • Il
Sharon Sauthoff said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 9:35 AM

Stephen and I so enjoyed the time we spent when we would sit with you and Ani and the others and put the readings of father carbons in Envelopes to be mailed we still miss those times with you guys but now I think of you spending that time with father carbon but you’re not really gone from us you’re in our thoughts we do pray for Annie and your family love to all of you Stephen and Sharon Sauthoff

  • OFallon
  • IL
Mary Ann Himstedt said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2021 at 8:22 AM

Thinking of your family. Always remember Vince as a kind and gentle man. I know he will be missed by his loved ones.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Il
Ron and June Kahrhoff said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2021 at 8:58 PM

VinceYou’ve been a great friend and a really good person at St Lukes and great father and we love you and will miss you very much

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Anna Gabriel said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2021 at 8:10 PM

Condolences to you Anne & your entire large Family. Vince will be missed by many.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Diane and Bob Lanter said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2021 at 6:33 PM

Prayers, prayers, prayers for Vince, Anne and family. May Vince rest in God’s eternal light and peace. Words cannot express what a unique mentor and friend he was.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois

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