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Mary Rose Voellinger

Mary Rose Voellinger, nee Drone, 86, of Swansea, IL, born September 19, 1920, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, April 22, 2007, at her daughter's residence.  

Mrs. Voellinger was a member of St. Mary's Parish, Belleville, IL, and the Ladies Sodality at St. Mary's.  She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella and the Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary.

Mary Rose was preceded in death by her first husband, Elmer Schaefer, who died in 1944; her parents, Edward and Rose, nee Bahl, Drone; four brothers, Edgar Joseph Drone, Father Paul Drone, Sylvester Drone, and John Drone; and two sisters, Sister Mary Urban (Clara Drone), and Celia Stuart.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Clarence "Bud" Voellinger, whom she married May 29, 1948;

three daughters and two sons, Patricia Schaefer of Salt Lake City, UT,

     Barbara Titter of Vail, CO,

     Richard (Milla) Voellinger of Fort Myers, FL,

     Jan (John) Rule of Belleville, IL,

     and William (Tammy) Voellinger of Licking, MO;

thirteen grandchildren, Matthew Becherer, Jill Heaps,

     George, Dan, and Milla Rose Voellinger,

     Jason, Nicole, Jared, Joshua, and Tiffany Williams,

     and Jennifer, Kimberly, and Ashleigh Voellinger;

two step-grandchildren, Dan and Tim Rule;

two great-grandchildren, Madison Rose and Jayci;

a sister, Jeanette Schiermeier of Twin Falls, ID;

and many nieces and nephews.

We have been exhorted to let our light shine so that people will know God through us.  "Mosie" was such a light and God's gift to Bud.  She was his constant companion, nurturer, supporter, and faithful fishing buddy.  She was the endearing mother of five children and "Mom" to anyone else in need of love, gentleness, or a full belly.  Grandma is remembered tenderly for her popcorn, her Sunday hamburgers, and "sits" on her lap.  She was a fabulous cook and seamstress and well known for her contagious giggle.  Mary Rose will forever shine through the laughter of her children, the scent of roses, and the warmth of our sun. Shine on, Mom!

Memorials may be made to the Stella Wagner Endowment Fund at St. Mary's.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  A prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a Daughters of Isabella ritual at 4:15 p.m. and a Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary ritual at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral procession will leave at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2007, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with the Rev. John Myler officiating.

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

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Condolences Left For Mary Rose Voellinger

    You have our deepest sympathy!  Aunt Mosie was such a wonderful person, and so much fun to be around!  She will really be missed by all!

    Donna Buehler, New Athens, Illinois, 62264

    Clarence, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  I remember my dad and mom (Leo and Nellie) who told me stories during the time you were in service and badly injuried.  I also can relate to the loss of your life time companion, as I also loss my late wife Christine.  Because my wife Elaine had surgery last week on both feet I feel the need to be here for her.  Please except my sincere condolences and take each day a day at a time.  You and your family are in my prayers.


    Charles and Elaine

    Charles & Elaine Reiniger, Staunton, Illinois, 62088

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