John E. Christopher
John E. Christopher, 64, of Belleville, IL, born May 5, 1948, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Cedar Ridge Healthcare Center, Lebanon, IL.
Mr. Christopher was the Human Resources Director at Precoat Metals, St. Louis, MO. He was a skilled craftsman both as a woodcarver and as a silversmith who enjoyed making fine jewelry.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard R. and Mildred M., nee Meinkoth, Christopher.
Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Mary A., nee Sugent, Christopher;
a daughter, Lauren E. Christopher;
two sons, Matthew A. Christopher and Michael A. Christopher;
a sister, Susan (Dean) Hageman;
a brother, Raymond (Carol) Christopher;
and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorials may be made in the form of masses or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. David Darin officiating.
Mary, Michael, Lauren & Matthew,
You know how much we loved and respected John. All of you were the most important thing in the world to him. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Margaret, Jennifer, Christopher & Andrea
Margaret, Jennifer, Christopher & Andrea, Edwardsville , IL, 62025
I have fond memories of your dad when we were teenagers. I am so sorry for your loss.
Taree McGee, millstadt, il, 62260
Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow.
Keith and Laura Malson
Laura and Keith Malson, East Alton, IL, 62924
Dear Mary, sorry for your loss. Just know that John is no longer in pain, have faith that God took him home to enjoy all the riches of His kingdom. May God bless you and your family. Sincerely, Merry (one of John's aides)
Merry Ericksen, Caseyville, Illinois, 62232
We have lost a TRUELY WONDERFUL MAN who will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.May God be with all of you. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of his family.
Theresa Sugent-Dunn, East Alton, Illinois, 62024
My heartfelt condolences to Mary and all of the other members of John's family. He will be fondly remembered as one of my cousins with a quick laugh and generous spirit.
Judy Baxt nee Meinkoth
Judy Meinkoth, Berwyn, PA, 19312
I would like to extend my condolences to the family. As a former Precoat co-worker of John's, he was a great mentor.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
Mellony Milton, Vernon Hills, IL, 60061
I feel honored to have worked for and with John at Precoat Metals. He was truly a wonderful man and he will be missed by so many of us. My prayers are with his family and friends.
Lynn Thompson, Level Green, PA, 15085
I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of John Christopher as a former co-worker. He certainly had a positive impact on my career. I still make decisions today based on advice I received from him in conversation's years ago.
Jim Boyle, Ganhidham, Gujarat India,
I worked with John at Dept of Public Aid in 1972. He was a lot of fun and a great guy. He is even cute without his long hair. We were at your wedding and both of your were at ours. I don't know if you remember.I am really sorry for your loss. Joanne Gough
Joanne Gough, Fairview Heights, IL, 62208
My heartfelt sympathies to the family as you cope with the loss of a loved one. May the fond memories shared bring comfort during this time of grief and pain. (Please read John 5:28,29)
Cassie, , ,
Susan.....I'm in shock. I was cleaning out a drawer and ran across a carved wooden tiki looking image that John made for me in High School. I decided to do a search and found his obituary instead. To think I missed him by just a few months....my mother is also at Cedar Ridge and I plan on coming back there in 2 weeks to visit her. I remember you fondly also but have had no contact once I moved to California in 1970. At 16 John was my first real boyfriend so he'll always hold a tender part in my heart. He was so doggone cute...I used to think he looked like Paul McCartney!! He was such a gentleman and a fun loving guy too. Blessings to his wife and children
Marina (Caito) Smith
, Roseville, California, 95661