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Betty Meininger

Betty Jean Meininger (Osterman)

Tuesday, March 5th, 1929 - Saturday, February 9th, 2019
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Obituary

Betty Jean Meininger (nee Osterman), 89, of Lebanon, IL, born March 5, 1929 in Gillespie, IL climbed the stairway to heaven on Saturday, February 9, 2019.

Betty graduated from Gillespie High School in 1946. She was a secretary at Macoupin Service Company followed by many years as a legal secretary for the lawyer Melvin G. Whitehouse in Gillespie. Betty met the love of her life, her husband, Eugene Meininger at a dance and they were married at Zion Lutheran Church on April 21, 1951. Betty and Eugene owned several businesses together; a contracting and excavating company, Sinclair service station, and Schrader wood-burning stoves. They were both born and raised on farms and they raised and showed black angus cattle. Betty and Eugene were members and office holders in the Southwestern Illinois Black Angus Association.

Betty’s family would like to thank Pastor Don Wagner for his wonderful care and support and St. Paul United Church of Christ where Betty had been a member since 1956. The family would also like to thank the doctors and staff at Memorial East Hospital and VITAS Hospice for the terrific care given to our mother and the support provided to the entire family.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Meininger; her parents, Dories Fred and Emma Elizabeth (nee Smithausen) Osterman, 3 son in-laws Joseph Rowney, Ross Iacona, William Gorka Sr., and her brother-in-law Dale Rhodes.

Betty is survived by her children, Doris Jean Rowney (Gary Wartmann) of Shiloh, IL, Donna Lynn Meininger of Lebanon, IL, Deann Gorka of Lebanon, IL and foster son Ron Hood of Arizona; sister, Marilyn Rhodes of Gillespie, IL; nieces, Debra Baldwin and Denise (Ken) Matway; grandchildren, Ross Iacona, (Jared Brink), William Joseph (Jessica) Gorka Jr., Gena Gorka, James Gorka, and step-granddaughter Dana Rowney; great-grandchildren, Makayla Duffie and Carli Gorka; and cats Mr. Baby and Missy Honey.

The family has requested donations to St. Paul United Church of Christ www.stpaulucc-lebanon.org or an animal shelter of your choice. Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 15, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 South Lincoln Avenue, O'Fallon, IL 62269.

Funeral service will be held Friday, February 15, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Don Wagner officiating.

Interment will be held Friday, February 15, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon, IL.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 15th, 2019 | 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    When
    Friday, February 15th, 2019 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Location
    Schildknecht Funeral Home
    Address
    301 S. Lincoln Avenue
    O'Fallon, Illinois 62269
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 15th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    When
    Friday, February 15th, 2019 2:30pm
    Location
    Schildknecht Funeral Home
    Address
    301 S. Lincoln Avenue
    O'Fallon, Illinois 62269
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Don Wagner
  • Interment

    Friday, February 15th, 2019 |
    When
    Friday, February 15th, 2019
    Location
    College Hill Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Lebanon, Illinois 62254
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Chuck DeLorme

Posted at 06:38pm
Deann, Doris, Donna and family,
I was sadden to hear about Betty passing. Forgive me for not attending I did not find out until today. She was a good friend for over 30 years and I know y’all will miss her. It was always a pleasant encounter when I made contact with your Mom and Dad. The legacy they leave will be you and the lives you shared all those years. Your Mom at peace now and she won’t have to worry anymore and I know you will pick up where she left off. I’ll keep you and your parents in our prayers during this time of transition and wish for all of you a very happy celebration of her life and good memories you have of her care and concerns for your family in the past. I wish for y’all the very best of God’s Blessings for your future. Chuck. DeLorme.
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Michael

Posted at 01:23pm
Our deepest condolences and sympathy to the entire Meininger family. My family has many happy thoughts and memories from being Mrs. Meininger's neighbor. She was always nice to our family. So sorry for your loss. Michael, Robert, Charles, and Mari Hansen.
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James Midgley

Posted at 03:26pm
Deepest condolences and Prayers for the family
James and Tommie Midgley
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Jim, Stephanie, Meaghan and Karaghan Daiber

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Jimmy, Gena and Deann and Family Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your grandmother and mother
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With deepest sympathy, Roger & Robin Mansholt, Don & Janet Mansholt, Janell Cherry, Jackie Mansholt
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