Fern E. Stookey

Fern E. Stookey, nee Mertz, 91, formerly of Belleville, IL, born Monday, November 25, 1918, in East St. Louis, IL, died Saturday, May 22, 2010 at Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL.

Mrs. Stookey worked as a Restaurant Manager for English's Bar and Restaurant for over forty five years.

She will be sadly missed by her beloved family and friends. Family would like to thank Freeburg Care Center for their loving care.

She was preceded in death by her:

  • Parents: George and Elizabeth nee Travis Mertz
  • Sister: Jean Rodenmeyer
  • Brother-in-law: Norman Havel

Surviving are her:

  • 5 Children:
    • Suzanne (Stuart) Hauser of Belleville, IL
    • Barbara (Dennis) Mercer of Belleville, IL
    • Jim (Janie Moore) Stookey of Belleville, IL
    • Elizabeth Hettenhausen of Shiloh , IL
    • Deborah (Glenn) Miller of Greenville, IL
  • 2 Sisters:
    • Charlotte Havel of Festus, MO
    • Mary Alice May of Belleville, IL
  • 12 Grandchildren:
    • Lynn Gorges
    • Vicki Lammert
    • Stephen Hauser
    • Michael Hauser
    • Dennis Mercer
    • Cory Mercer
    • Jody Mercer
    • Brandon Stookey
    • Christian Hettenhausen
    • Heather Cooper
    • Nathan Norsigian
    • Emma Norsigian
  • 16 Great Grandchildren
  • 2 Great Great Granchildren.

Memorials:  Memorials may be made to the Unity Hospice.

 Visitation:  Friends may call from 4-7 P.M., Tuesday, May 25 at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois

Memoral: Memorial services will be held at 7:00pm Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at Kurrus Funeral Home

By her request cremation was held

Condolences left for Fern E. Stookey:

    To the Stookey family: My deepest sympathy on your loss of your mother. I know how hard it is to lose your mother. I lost mine in 1992. I met Fern when Debbie and I were friends in high school. I also had the privilege of meeting Grandma and Grandpa Mertz. Back then, I knew how much Fern loved her children. She was the glue that kept her family together. With sympathy,
    Debbie (Jenkins) Ham

    Debbie (Jenkins) Ham Red Bud IL 62278