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John Blanquart Sr.

John J. Blanquart Sr., 72, of Smithton, IL, born May 3, 1938, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at his residence.  

Mr. Blanquart retired from Nooter Corporation, St. Louis, MO.  He was a member of the the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union Local 363, Belleville, IL.  Mr. Blanquart was a member of the Fairview Heights Church of Christ.  He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

John was preceded in death by his father, John Bert Blanquart.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Virginia R., nee Scholz, Blanquart, whom he married on June 9, 1962; his five children, John J. (Elisa) Blanquart Jr. of Anchorage, AK, Joy L. (Mike) Mueller of Millstadt, IL, Jerry T. (Kim) Blanquart of Millstadt, IL, Joseph L. (Vickie) Blanquart of East Carondelet, IL, and June T. (Franz) Fischer of Kearney, MO; ten grandchildren, Kylie and Sean Blanquart, Jennifer and Kristin Mueller, Mary Kate, Benjamin and Jonah Blanquart, and Katelyn, Brandan and Alex Fischer; one great-grandchild, Mackenzie Mueller; his mother, Lucille, nee Bauer, Blanquart of Swansea, IL; one brother, Gary (Kathy) Blanquart of Swansea, IL; and four sisters, Helen (Dave) Seitz of Georgia, Pat (Jim) Ross of Belleville, IL, Joyce (Les) Neutzling of Red Bud, IL, and Alice (Ken) Mueller of Swansea, IL.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Fairview Heights Church of Christ.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Fairview Heights Church of Christ with Joe Taylor officiating.

Burial will be held at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

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Condolences Left For John Blanquart Sr.

    Both Tom and I want to extend our deepest sympathy on your Dad's passing.

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Tom & Linda Hammel, Millstadt, IL, 62260

    John called the pharmacy and when I answered, he would start by saying "Hi honey, how are you." I'll miss him. He was such a charming and kind man.


    Dear Jenny and Family I was very sorry to hear about John, we will all miss him at the saloon, I will miss him joking about what color perm rods to use in your hair, he was a very nice man

    Gillian Hunt, Mascoutah, Ill, 62258

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