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04/24/19 09:50 AM #1825    

Ronald Frost

Leonard Ventimiglia 73 died 4-22-19 He was the brother to Michael Ventimiglia our 65 class mate .


Leonard Ventimiglia (1945 - 2019)

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GODFREY — Leonard A. Ventimiglia, 73, passed away at 7:50 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2019 at Evelyn's House in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

He was born on May 12, 1945 in Alton, Illinois, the son of Tony and Edith (Ford) Ventimiglia of Alton.

Leonard was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. He worked as a licensed barber in the 1960's and owned a hair restoration business for many years. He continued working in the hair industry as well as serving as the president of Tony's Restaurant in downtown Alton and Restorative Health, St. Louis, Missouri until the time of his passing.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Paul (Erin) Ventimiglia of Godfrey, Illinois, Elizabeth "Betsy" Bechel of Godfrey, and Lenny Ventimiglia of St. Louis; 10 grandchildren, Adriana, Katie, Anthony, Johnpaul, Joseph, Lucas Ventimiglia, Michael and Chris Bechel, "Pinky" and Alexis Ventimiglia; a brother Michael Ventimiglia of Alton and his longtime partner, Annette Albani.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey where a prayer service will be held at 3:45 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 26 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton with Fr. Paul Nguyen OMV celebrant.

Burial will follow at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey

Memorials may be directed to St. Mary's Church in Alton.

Online condolences and guest book may be found at

04/24/19 11:29 AM #1826    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Roy Broyles and Bruce Sherfy.

04/25/19 09:04 AM #1827    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Marlene Cox.

04/25/19 09:49 AM #1828    

Ronald Frost

Rhianna Young 25 died 4-20-19  She was  the grand daughter to Richard Narup ,by his son Shawn Young .

04/29/19 09:37 AM #1829    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Edward Grady.

05/01/19 09:45 AM #1830    

Ronald Frost

Earl Stifel 102 died 4-28-19 He was the father to our 65 class mate Paul Stifel ( Ed Hart ) of Florida .


GODFREY — Earl Edward Stifel, 102, passed away peacefully at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Morningside of Godfrey. He was born on Dec. 2, 1916 to Ed and Hazel (Lee) Stifel in Collinsville, Illinois, but spent his youth in Granite City, Illinois. His family moved to a farm in Brighton, Illinois during the Depression. Farm life was hard, but he excelled and graduated as valedictorian of his senior class.

Earl enlisted in the Navy in 1942, and trained sailors on diesel engines at Little Creek, Virginia. He was mustered out of the US Navy in the Pacific as a Chief. He married the love of his life, Phreda McDonald, in 1943 in Granite City.

After the war, they made their home in Alton, Illinois. Earl worked his way up at Owens-IL, from the lunch cart, to shift foreman and finally mold design. He earned an Associates Degree at SIUE and won awards at OI for his suggestions for efficiency and safety.

He was active in his community as a precinct committeeman; and volunteered in countless ways at St. Ambrose and SS. Peter and Paul. He was a life-long learner, gardener, and handyman. He built a beautiful home for his family in North Alton.

After retiring, Earl and Phreda learned to dance, camp, and vacationed in Europe and all over North America.

Earl is survived by his brother, Gene Stifel, of Florida; his son, Paul (Ed Hart) of Florida, and three daughters, Ann (Bob) Romadka of Wonder Lake, Illinois, Mary (Ron) Tanner of Godfrey, Nancy (Jon) Sigerman of California; seven grandchildren, Beth (Eric) Nelson, Rob (Amanda) Romadka, Ellen Tanner, Alex (Melanie Miller) Tanner, Riley (Ashley Baugh) Tanner, Thea Sigerman, and Max Sigerman; two great grandchildren, Keira and Nate Nelson; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Phreda, his sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Norman Reinhardt, and his sister-in-law, Revella Stifel.

Many thanks to the patient and caring staff at Morningside.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Godfrey with Fr. Steven Janoski as celebrant. Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey is in charge of arrangements. An online condolence and guest book may be found at

Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities, St. Ambrose, or SS Peter & Paul.

05/02/19 08:40 AM #1831    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Jacqueline Vander.

05/03/19 07:26 AM #1832    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

Sympathy to Barbara Drake on the loss of her special guy.................

Charles Joseph "Joe" Newell
Funeral Time: Friday, May 3rd at 12:30PM
Charles Joseph “Joe” Newell, 81, a Man of God, received his wings on April 28, 2019. He served in the United States Navy, was a member of the prestigious 101 Club, a passionate fan of the UK Wildcats, and is remembered as a beautiful and generous man. He is survived by his siblings, Jack Newell and Joan Kirk. Children, Jeri Denise Sears of Smithfield, NC and Joseph Logan Newell of Orlando, FL. Grandchildren, Andria MaryElizabeth Sears and Brenner Sanders Newell, affectionately referred to him as “Papaw”. Roger Alan Newell of Lexington, nephew, was like another son to him, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends all over the country. To his bonus kids, he gave his love to the following: Brittanie Jane Bryant, of New Orleans, LA. Meredith Lynn Turk and Sylvie Turk Bruner, both of Lexington. Bonus Grandchildren include Powers Kirin Gautier, Killian Matthew Sullivan, Juliette Hope Bruner, Roman Xavier Bruner, and Cosette Desmarais Bruner. To them, he was “Papa Joe”. For the last 20+ years, the light in this man`s eyes was sparked by Miss Barbara Jane Drake, a beautiful and talented woman, with an unbelievably giving heart. ALL will miss him so! Enjoy your flight through Heaven’s Gates, you wonderful and giving man! Your life, love, and generosity will never be forgotten. We all love you, Charles Joseph Newell. Michael, Selbert, Alice, Katie, your Mom (Ruth), and Dad (Arthur a.k.a Cuto) have called you home. Rest In Peace, until we are ALL together once again. Graveside services will be 12:30 pm Friday, May 3, 2019 at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:30 am – 11:30 am on Friday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home – Harrodsburg Road.

05/04/19 03:04 PM #1833    


Rick Vail

Is the flooding in downtown Alton as bad as it was in 93? Then it was backing up through the man hole on Piasa and closed the water works.

05/04/19 06:51 PM #1834    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Our classmate Diane Malone Hand has passed away.  She was married to our classmate Tracy Lenny Hand.  My condolences to Lenny and her family.

ALTON — Jennifer Diane (Malone) Hand passed away Thursday May 2, 2019 at 4:18 p.m. at St. Anthony Hospital in Alton after succumbing to a lengthy illness.

She was born May 26, 1947 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois the eldest daughter of the late Charles Bernard and Mary Genevieve Malone of Glendale, Arizona.

"Diane" as she was affectionately known to family and friends was a student at Illinois State University when she married Tracy Leonard "Lenny" Hand on December 3, 1966 during a brief Christmas Military leave. This union lasted for fifty-three years.

Diane was employed in the Real Estate field as a saleswoman and broker for most of the 70's until the early 80's. She was later employed with Voss Properties, then Commerce Bank.

In 1985 she was instrumental in the startup of Commerce Mortgage Corporation as a consumer loan originator and underwriter, until retiring in 2009.

In addition to her husband Tracy and mother "Geney" she is survived by two sons, Patrick Hand and Kevin (Susan) Hand both of Alton; two granddaughters Jenna and Piper, her sister Cathy (Eric) Frey, her brother Randy (Cindy) Malone, nieces, nephews cousins and friends.

Visitation is Monday, May 6, 2019 from 10 a.m. until time of Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. at Cathy M. Williams & Sons Funeral Home in Alton. Minister Brad Hand, eulogist.

05/05/19 09:28 AM #1835    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

Sad to lose another classmate, Diane Malone, who married another classmate, Lenny Hand. I remember her red hair and outgoing personality. She was in several hs plays. This pic was in her obit in Alton paper.

"Wonderful Town" --Diane with Shirley Simmons.


05/05/19 11:40 PM #1836    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Condolences to our classmate Mary Hamilton Bayer whose father passed away.  

Robert “Whitey” Hamilton passed away on May 4, 2019, at 10:03 pm at his home surrounded by his loving family under the care of BJC Hospice. Whitey was born on February 23, 1925, to Frank A. and Ruby M. (Swift) Hamilton. 
Whitey attended Alton High School. He was a WWII Veteran and entered the US Navy in 1942 where he served aboard the USS Saranac, a Navy tanker that delivered fuel oil and high octane gas to fighting ships in the South Pacific.
On August 31, 1946, he and Norma M. Ceppenati were united in Holy Matrimony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton by Father James Suddes and to that union eight beautiful children were born.
After his discharge from the Navy in 1946, he was employed for 41 years at Laclede Steel. He also farmed for over 50 years in Fosterburg and was referred to as the “Unofficial Mayor of Fosterburg.” The bridge on Wolf Road was dedicated and named after him in2008.
On November 13, 2007, he lost his soul mate, Norma to lung cancer after 63 years of marriage. He leaves all eight children, who were the shining stars in his life; Mary K. (Joe) Bayer, Gloria R. (Bob) Boston, Gaye F. (Barry) Julian, Grace M. (David) Curry, John F. (Krissy) Hamilton, Robert J. (Connie Dykeman) Hamilton, Michael E. (Julie) Hamilton, and Elizabeth A. Hill He leaves twenty five grandchildren, Jeff (Jessica Hall) Bayer, Amy (Tom) Wylie, Jayme (Jose’) Silva, Betsy Sitze, Joe (Brenda) Boston, Toni Smith, Laura (Mark) Harman, Ben (Megan) Julian, Matt Julian, Nick Julian (Ethan Peterson) , Jennifer (Aaron) Suessen, Brian (Jennifer) Curry, Patrick (Chasity) Curry, Kristen (Sam) Moseley, Lindsey (Steven) Naylor, John (Kirsten Fisher) Hamilton, Jared (Jessica) Hamilton, Heather (Brian) Maher, Megan (Chris) Tite, Mollie Hamilton, Tyler (Casie) Hamilton, Kyle Hamilton, Anna Hill, Allison Hill and Adam Hill, thirty-nine great grandchildren. Also, Elizabeth J. Stutz who was an adored friend and Mike Dykeman whom he considered a son. He leaves his sister, Phyllis Mielke and a special sister-in-law, June Ceppenati and several nieces and nephews.
Whitey enjoyed golfing and was inducted into Alton Golf Hall of fame in August 2018 and was very proud of the fact that he had two holes in one. He was very honored to take the Freedom Flight accompanied by his son, John Hamilton in 2010. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma , his parents; three brothers, Frank, Clifford and Ray Hamilton; and one sister, Edith Bushnell.
Whitey was a member of the Greater Alton Association of Retired Caddies, Alton Moose Lodge 951, and a lifetime member of Alton VFW Post 1308, the Alton-Wood River Sportsman’s Club, the Alton Eagle Lodge 254, the Retied Steelworkers and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Wednesday May 8, 2019 at Staten-Fine Funeral Home in Alton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Thursday May 9, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Jeremy Paulin OMV celebrant. 
Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Alton with Full Military Rites by Alton VFW Post 1308.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Capital Fund, St. Mary’s School or BJC Hospice.

05/06/19 09:37 AM #1837    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Beverly Roe.

05/07/19 11:42 AM #1838    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Mary Thies.

05/07/19 09:34 PM #1839    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

Reminder--1 week until  '65 & Friends Class Lunch

Tuesday, May 14, at 11 a.m.

Castelli's Restaurant at 255 (Moonlight), 2400 Fosterburg Rd., Alton

Hosted by Bob Redman

He reserved 2 rooms this time, so there will be plenty of room for classmates & friends.

Hope to see you there!

RSVP not required

05/08/19 09:26 AM #1840    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to  Lenny Schildroth and Sharon Schildroth.

05/08/19 02:57 PM #1841    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

Who is coming to Alton High '65 & Friends class lunch on May 14?

If you are, please click on Lunch Count May 2019 for AHS 65 at left

and click on YES on the survey question.

It's next Tuesday, May 14, 11 a.m., at Moonlight. RSVP not required, so it's fine to just show up. But Bob needs a rough count to give Moonlight a heads-up. So let us know if you are thinking of attending.


05/08/19 03:45 PM #1842    

Ronald Frost

Class mate sighting of Carolyn Hopkins Irvin and Ernest "Sonny" Irvin at Steak and Shake 5-8-19 @11:30.

05/10/19 04:05 PM #1843    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

Survey for next Tuesday's 'May 14, 11 a.m. 65 & Friends Lunch is not working for some, I'm told.

Not to worry. Formal RSVP not required--just looking for heads up approx. number. 

To reach us, you could click on CONTACT US and send an email via this website if you want. Or get on our class Facebook page ALTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1965 and leave a post.

Hope lots of classmates AND non-classmate friends can attend.

I can't make it, so hope to see many pictures. Hope many will take pics with phones and share on Facebook, or email to and I'll post. 

Have fun--Marion


05/15/19 09:51 AM #1844    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Carol Fullagar.

05/16/19 10:57 AM #1845    

Ronald Frost

Carole McGee 79 died 5-15-19  She was the mother to Amy , who is married to Patrick Bohn , who is the son of the late class mate Charles Bohn .

05/16/19 01:53 PM #1846    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Cheryl Gentry and Linda Sigite.

05/18/19 11:58 AM #1847    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Larry Mills and John Thomas Tucker.

05/20/19 10:25 AM #1848    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Delores Knighton and Carla Price.

05/20/19 08:53 PM #1849    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

From Maurice Pittman: Emmanuel Brewster, our classmate, lost his wife (of 52 years)Joyce Faye on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Keep him in your prayers. 

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