Vivian Raisler

Vivian Raisler
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Vivian M. Raisler, nee Sommerlot, 90, of Belleville, IL, born November 14, 1928, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Vivian worked as a homemaker and was a devoted wife and mother.  She worked for many years and was very active with the American Field Service Exchange Program.  She spent many years sailing with her husband in the Valley Sailing Association on Alton Lake, MO.  She enjoyed many years traveling with her family and many good times were spent at the “clubhouse” in Morse Mill, MO, with family and friends. Everyone will miss her great humor and her many stories.

Mrs. Raisler was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Raisler whom she married in 1947 and who died on July 20, 2013; her parents, Raymond and Irene, nee McEwen, Sommerlot; a sister in infancy, Caroline; her grandparents; and a special aunt, Effie Sommerlot.

Surviving are her daughter, Clarice L. (George) Kuch of Lebanon, IL;
and her extended family, Angelica, Peter, and Viktoria Sabathiel, and Stefan Hietel, all of Krems, Austria;
and many dear friends at the Esquiline Senior Apartment Community at The Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

According to Vivian’s wishes, no formal services will be held.


7 Comments on Vivian Raisler

Betty Van Winkle said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2019 at 12:35 PM

Clarice, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember those days across the road from you in Belleville with great fondness. She had such a kind heart and had such a love for life. I know you will miss her as so many others will. Sincere condolences to you.

  • McLeansboro
  • Illinois
Cynthia said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2019 at 12:46 AM

Dear Clarise, I remember your mom as a vivacious lady..with a cigarette! She always had a story and I was in awe of her as a wide eyed kid. I will always remember her laugh and the twinkle in her eye. My sincerest condolences to you. Holidays are difficult Hugs. Cynthia (Van Winkle Thomas).

  • Mt. Vernon
  • IL
Kathy Bauer said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2019 at 5:04 AM

Dear Clarice, I have such fond memories of you and your parents. Growing up with you was a joy especially when we played monopoly and pick up sticks! You are in my prayers and thoughts. Keep in touch dear friend. Kathy

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Melissa Vuksanovic said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Clarice, I am so sorry to hear of Viv's passing. She was a great friend to our Mom and so much fun to be around. I will always have fond memories of her. I know you will miss her. My deepest condolences. Love, Missy Graf Vuksanovic

Steve and Cathy Graf said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2019 at 10:57 PM

Clarice, We are all sorry to hear about Viv. She was so much a part of our lives growing up and always brought laughter and joy. We will never forget her. Our deepest sympathy.. Love Steve and Cathy

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Merry & Dave Graf said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2019 at 9:03 PM

So sorry to hear of Viv's passing. She was a wonderful woman and a bundle of fun! I'm sure she is reunited with your Dad and I'd like to think Don and Yvonne are with them having a great time again! Please accept our sympathy!

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Sandra Steffel said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2019 at 3:53 PM

Clarice, With great sorrow I offer my deepest sympathy. Your Mother was an awesome lady. I was remembering back when we were kids. There were so many fond memories of her and your dad. Your sweet mother shared her chili sauce recipe with me. I still have it in my recipe box. All the parties you had and how much fun your parents were. I can't remember her ever being angry ( I'm sure you do), she was always laughing or smiling when I was around. Your mom will always hold a special place in my heart. Praying blessings and comfort to you at this time of great sadness. Love you dear friend.

  • Foley
  • Alabama

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