William “Bill” Hoelscher

William “Bill” Hoelscher
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William J. “Bill” Hoelscher, 90, of Belleville, IL, born July 6, 1930, in Smithton, IL, died Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at St. Paul’s Senior Community, Belleville, IL.

Bill worked for Bi-State Transit Company for 33 years before retirement.  He was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. He loved to help anyone at any time. Bill enjoyed working and fixing anything. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, enjoyed ice cream and BBQing, cars and model trains.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents George F. and Margaret, nee Wenzel, Hoelscher; brother Virgil Hoelscher; and sister Cleopha Stein.

Surviving are Bill’s wife of 65 years, Patricia “Pat”, nee Joellenbeck, Hoelscher, whom he married on April 30, 1955;
four daughters, Susan H. (David) Wilson of Carbondale, IL, Catherine A. (Kenneth Sr.) Kiefer of Swansea, IL,
Jean M. (Eric) Bauder of O’Fallon, IL, Sandra L. (Alford “Bud” III) Gore of Belleville, IL, and honorary daughter Carol Lawrence of Belleville, IL;
eight grandchildren, Sarah (Rodney) Kroenlein, Christopher Wilson,
Kenneth (Kelly) Kiefer, Jr., Michael (Nina) Kiefer,
Jameson “Andy” (Lindsey Phelps) O’Guinn, Nicholas (Gabrielle) Bauder,
Kelsey Gore and fiancé Jesse Hill, and Alford “Buddy” Gore IV;
seven great-grandchildren, Tristan and Juliette Lingle,
Kaylee and Karlie Kiefer, Riley and Zoey Kiefer, and Jack O’Guinn;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 16, 2020, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating. Standard CDC guidelines will be in place upon entrance.

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


7 Comments on William “Bill” Hoelscher

Theresa E. Bayer said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2020 at 12:55 PM

I just found out to day my favorite uncle. I will always remember you and uncle Bill at mass. God bless you and the family.

  • Decatur
  • IL
Mary Wenzel said : Guest Report Jul 26, 2020 at 11:24 PM

Sorry to hear that Bill passed away. We haven't been in touch for a long time but I think of you often when I look at the family history that you put together and gave me a copy

  • Belleville
  • IL
Virginia Barthel said : Guest Report Jul 25, 2020 at 1:31 PM

Extend my sympathy to Pat and family on the passing of “George” Virginia Barthel

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jackie and John Lauf said : Guest Report Jul 24, 2020 at 4:52 PM

May God send this family comfort and peace during this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace Amen. Sorry for your loss

  • Belleville
  • IL
Michele and Dennis Johnson said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2020 at 11:10 PM

We are so very sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. May you find peace and comfort from the hands of Jesus and May you recall funny and fond memories of Bill

  • Ofallon
  • Illinois
Jami Hoelscher Stringer said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2020 at 6:54 PM

So sorry. Virgil was my grandfather and I know we all miss him dearly.

  • Murphysboro
  • Il
Mike Coggeshall said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2020 at 4:35 PM

My deepest condolences to Pat and her daughters (and their families) at the loss of their husband/father/grandfather. I remember Bill as the long-suffering male in a household of females, trying to navigate as best he could through that often puzzling world. He worked hard and loved his family. I am truly sorry for this loss, and my thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. I hope you remember Bill as the loving and patient man he was, and that this will ease your sorrow.

  • Clemson
  • South Carolina

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