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Mary Voellinger

Mary Belle “Rusty” Voellinger, nee Dowdy, 83, of Belleville, IL, born April 12, 1929, in Parma, MO, died Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at Saint Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO.                       

Mrs. Voellinger had worked as a waitress and a nurse’s aide.  Mary was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella, Freedom Farm Women’s Auxiliary 58, and the Red Hat Society.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, Wayne A. Voellinger, whom she married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on March 10, 1973, and who died December 17, 1999; her parents, George E. and Catherine, nee Treece, Dowdy; two sisters, Shirley Dowdy and Clara Thompson; and two brothers, George R. Dowdy and Thural Dowdy.

Surviving are five children, Beverly A. Mitchell of Belleville, IL,
 Barbara J. (Tom) Carr-Reuter of Mascoutah, IL,
 Vernon Ray Jr. (Paula) Carr of Belleville,
 Retired Senior Master Sergeant Leo A. (Ulrike) Carr of Panama City, FL,
 and Patricia K. Carr of West Palm Beach, FL;
13 grandchildren;
21 great-grandchildren;
two great-great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Emma “Carol” (Ed) Edwards of Oxford, GA,
 and Florence L. Smith of Centralia, IL;
a cousin, Jackie Overturff of St. Louis, MO;
a dear, wonderful friend and companion, Edward Geffre;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2012, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11:45 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2012, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

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Condolences Left For Mary Voellinger

    Thank you for the Good times and the Unvaluable memories you gave us You will always be in our hearts, In our Thoughts and Prayers. There are no words to tell you how much you will be missed. Love Chris and Nikki Geffre and Family.

    Nikki Geffre, Inver Grove Heights, MN, 55076

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