Virginia Nebgen

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Virginia L. Nebgen, nee Koesterer, 80, of Swansea, IL, born February 8, 1939, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at her residence in Swansea, IL, after a long and courageous battle with COPD.

Virginia worked for 24 years in the Radiology Department at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital before her retirement.  She was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and was formerly a long-time member of Cathedral Catholic Church, also in Belleville.

Ginny (or Ginger to her oldest friends) was the rock of her family, and she loved them all unconditionally – family always came first.  She had a great sense of humor, which she never lost, even at the end.  She had many close long-time friends and made many new friends along the way.  To know her was to love her.

Ginny was a very social person, and loved a good party, especially if it included the occasional margarita which was her favorite drink. Before her illness, she loved to shop and travel. She and Joe took many trips, some to visit family and some just to tour the U.S. and see new sights. But her true passion was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her greatest joy was spending time with them and helping them whenever she could.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Ellen Nebgen; a grandson, Daniel Curran; her parents, George J. and Elizabeth A., nee Breyer, Koesterer; one sister, Betty Speake; and one brother, George Koesterer.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, H. Joseph Nebgen, whom she married on August 30, 1958;
her children, Mary Jo (Dale) Seabolt of O’Fallon, IL, David A. (Karen) Nebgen of New Athens, IL, Jane A. (Scott) Hawthorne of Belleville, IL;
six grandchildren, Sean Curran, Megan (Nick) Alvarez, Chris Nebgen, Emily (Caleb) Worley,  and Alex & Abby Hawthorne;
two step-grandchildren, Daniel and Justin Seabolt;
two great-grandchildren, Eli and Emma Worley;
and her beloved pup, Tootsie.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Jim Thomas officiating.

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


7 Comments on Virginia Nebgen

Doug and Jill Lugge& Alicia said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2019 at 9:34 PM

Emily, so sorry to hear of the loss of you Grandma. You and your family will be in our prayers.

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Keith Schuessler said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2019 at 4:10 PM

Joe, Dave, and family Sorry to hear about your loss. You have our sympathies. God bless you all.

  • Nashville
  • IL
Bill Kluge said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2019 at 2:56 PM

Ginger will be very missed. Your family is in our family’s thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kathryn Zaring said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2019 at 7:39 AM

Nebgen Family and Joe. Please accept my sympathies for the loss of your Ginny. The obituary described her perfectly. To know her was to truly love her. I'm praying for God to give you all strength and peace in days to come. Love, Kathy Z.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Carmen Chadeayne said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2019 at 2:16 AM

RIP dearest Ginny. You will be missed Forever in our hearts ??❤?

  • Fairview Hgts
  • Illinois
Regina M Koesterer said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2019 at 5:02 PM

R.I.P. Aunt Ginny. My condolences and prayers to you Uncle Joe and family. I love you! Lots of hugs. They are always with us. Love your California niece Gina Koesterer??❤

  • Santee
  • Ca
Robert davinroy said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2019 at 1:36 PM

Deepest sympathy to o you Joe and your family. Sorry to hear of the passing of Virginia.

  • Belleville
  • Il.

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