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Catherine M. Gundlach

Catherine M. "Kaki" Gundlach, nee Fellner, 79, of Belleville, IL, born January 31, 1928, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, February 12, 2007, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, IL.         

Mrs. Gundlach was a vice-president of Beno J. Gundlach Company, Belleville, IL, and served on the Board of Directors as well.  Catherine was a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame, Belleville, IL and Maryville College, St. Louis, MO.  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. "Jack" Gundlach, whom she married December 14, 1950, and who died March 14, 2000; her parents, Alphonse "Al" Sr. and Martha, nee Yoch, Fellner; and a step-mother, Maxine Fellner, nee Thixton.

She is survived by four sons, Gregory (Linda) Gundlach and Jeffrey Gundlach, both of Belleville, IL, Karl Gundlach of Fairview Heights, IL, and Stephen Gundlach of Swansea, IL;

two daughters, Jane (Chris) Lovekamp of Owensboro, KY, and Joan (Tim) Reddy of Hazelwood, MO;

12 grandchildren, Emily (Craig) Vosse, Suzanne (fiancé, Justin Kraudel) Gundlach, Laura Gundlach, Clare, Peter, Philip, and Anna Lovekamp, Jimmy, Katie, Marie, and Paul Reddy, and Grace Gundlach;

three brothers, Alphonse "Al" Jr. (Dorcas) Fellner of Lake City, FL, Peter "Pete" (Susie) Fellner of Sarasota, FL, and Thomas "Tom" (Tracey) Fellner of Lakeland, FL;

a brother-in-law, Dr. Richard (Patricia) Gundlach of Belleville, IL;

and many nieces and nephews.

     When I come to the end of the road

             And the sun has set for me

     I want no nights in a gloom-filled room,

          Why cry for a soul set free?

     Miss me a little but not too long,

          And not with your head bowed low,

     Remember the love that we once shared,

          Miss me...but let me go.

     For this is a journey that we all must take

          And each must go alone.

     It's all a part of the Master's plan

          A step on the road to home.

     When you are lonely and sick of heart,

          Go to the friends we know,

     And bury your sorrow in doing good deeds,

          Miss me...but let me go.

Special thanks to the staff at Dammert Geriatric Center at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, to St. Elizabeth's ER and CCU staff, and to Dr. Brad Ringhofer and Dr. Larry Dobbs.               

Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Belleville, IL or to the Dammert  Geriatric Center at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2007, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, February 16, 2007, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  A prayer service will be held at 4:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, February 16, 2007, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with the Rev. John Myler officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.   

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Condolences Left For Catherine M. Gundlach

    It was an honor to know and love Kaki. She was a very good, generous, faith filled person. She raised a beautiful family which is a tribute to her life.  We know her children and grandchildren  have many beautiful memories to sustain them. We will continue to pray for Kaki and her loved ones.

    Sincerely  Jim & Rose

    Jim & Rose Reddy, , Missouri, 63042

    Our prayers and thoughts go out to your family at this difficult time.

    May God bless you all and may your memories offer you comfort.  


    Bill Gundlach, Ofallon, Illinois, 62269

    Greg, Jeff and all:

    Please accept my family's sincere sympathy.

    Thomas A. Reis, Edwardsville, Illinois, 62025

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time.

    Chris Neu and Family, Troy, Illinois, 62294

    Dear Greg, Jeff, Steve, Karl, Jane, and Joan,

    Betty and I send our sincere sympathies upon your Mother's "passing".

    Your Mother is reunited with your Dad and she will be forever happy in God's presence. - A reward well earned.

    May the good Lord give each of you the mental and physical strength to overcome the loss of your Mother.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Betty, Bill Braun & Larry Foster

    Betty & Bill Braun, Larry Foster, Decatur, Illinois, 62523

    On behalf of Tom and I and our families, our deepest condolences.

    Gerry Reis, Concord,, Ohio, 44077

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