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Lauretta Mae Compton

Lauretta Mae Compton, nee Schneider, 77, of Belleville, IL, born November 11, 1927, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, April 21, 2005, at home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Compton was in the restaurant business in the Belleville area for over 57 years.  Well known for her home cooking and her family business, she regarded her customers as part of her family.  Lauretta owned several restaurants over the years, including Compton's CafÚ, now the Hy-Ho CafÚ on Route 13 in Belleville; Club 114 on Main Street in Belleville; Compton's CafÚ in Freeburg, well-known for the making of the movie In the Heat of the Night in 1966; and Lauretta's Restaurant in the Carlyle Plaza, now torn down.  

Lauretta started cooking at Tony Bonnelli's Restaurant.  Through the years, she either worked as a cook or a manager or owned her own restaurant.  Regardless of her title, she did all the cooking and did it with great pride.  She also worked at other places in the Belleville area:  the Town House Motel on Route 159, the Brass Lantern on Main Street, and Schnuck's Restaurant on Carlyle Avenue.  She ended her cooking career when she retired from the C.K. & L. of I. on Route 159, Swansea.

She was preceded in death by a son, Lee Compton; a daughter, Patricia A. Mueller; her parents, Adolph and Olivia, nee Schrauth, Schneider; and three sisters, Mary Catalono, Dorothy Yearian, and Helen Schneider.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Thomas Y. Compton;

two sons, Thomas Y. Compton and John J. (Lisa) Compton;

four daughters, Gloria J. (Fred) Bernhardt, Barbara J. (Don) Engle, Dorothy M. (Robert) Powers, and Libie J. Clements;

11 grandchildren, John Blassingame, Sara Huwer, Robert Powers III, Laura, Joseph, and Amanda Bernhardt, Mary Beth Watts, Jared Clements,

Corey Engle, and Katrina and Jeffrey Compton;

and eight great-grandchildren, Darla Kitterman, Jacob and Emma Huwer, Dillan, Cody, Brenden, and Samantha Powers, and Brook Blassingame.

Also surviving are Lauretta's three brothers, Robert Schneider, Harold Schneider,

and Adolph "Junior" Schneider; and two sisters, Florance Duffy and Rita Kissner.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 9:00 PM  Sunday, April 24, 2005, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM  Monday, April 25, 2005, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Pastor David Raynaud officiating.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.

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