Obituaries

Joseph Valtos
B: 1949-03-06
D: 2017-04-18
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Valtos, Joseph
Parker Kious
B: 1932-07-24
D: 2017-03-31
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Kious, Parker
Randel Lewis
B: 1949-07-20
D: 2017-03-31
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Lewis, Randel
Ruth Delva
B: 1929-08-28
D: 2017-03-28
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Delva, Ruth
Donna Bender
B: 1927-12-13
D: 2017-03-27
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Bender, Donna
Matthew Malone
B: 1976-09-07
D: 2017-03-25
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Malone, Matthew
Michelle Thebeau
B: 1952-10-03
D: 2017-03-24
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Thebeau, Michelle
David Severn
B: 1939-09-11
D: 2017-03-22
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Severn, David
Gerald Fix
B: 1954-12-17
D: 2017-03-20
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Fix, Gerald
Mark Trokey
B: 1952-09-09
D: 2017-03-11
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Trokey, Mark
Freida Decker
B: 1939-07-06
D: 2017-03-11
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Decker, Freida
Charles Schutte
B: 1932-02-11
D: 2017-03-08
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Schutte, Charles
Judy Kish
B: 1937-03-26
D: 2017-03-08
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Kish, Judy
Willie Pruitt
B: 1940-10-08
D: 2017-03-05
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Pruitt, Willie
Myong Brecks
B: 1946-05-27
D: 2017-02-28
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Brecks, Myong
Juanita Basford
B: 1946-11-02
D: 2017-02-27
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Basford, Juanita
Ellen Bruns
B: 1957-01-13
D: 2017-02-24
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Bruns, Ellen
Janet Dinstbier
B: 1949-11-08
D: 2017-02-19
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Dinstbier, Janet
Olive Hines
B: 1932-06-22
D: 2017-02-12
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Hines, Olive
Viola Carson
B: 1929-12-02
D: 2017-02-06
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Carson, Viola
Agnes Spinnie
B: 1922-01-13
D: 2017-02-03
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Spinnie, Agnes

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Curtis L. Schildknecht
Email: curt@schildknechtfh.com
Office Phone: 618-632-3713

Curt is proud to be the third generation of his family to operate the Schildknecht Funeral Home. He graduated from O'Fallon Township High School. Following graduation, he attended Belleville Area College (currently South Western Illinois College) and graduated from St. Louis Community College Forest Park with Associates in Applied Sciences in Funeral Service Education.

•  Born and raised in O’Fallon
•  Illinois and Missouri Licensed Funeral Director Embalmer
•  Illinois Licensed Insurance Agent
•  Member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church
•  Past President of St. Clair County Funeral Directors Association
•  Past president of O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce

Curt is a member of the O'Fallon Rotary International Noon Club, the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, a former Treasurer of the City of O'Fallon, a former O'Fallon District 90 Consolidated School Board Member, and is retired from the O'Fallon Fire Department.
Curt and his daughter Emily live at the funeral home and she attends St. Clare Catholic School.

“Service to family and community is what this calling is about. Let me know how I can serve you”.

Christine Brennan, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Email: cabrennan@schildknechtfh.com
Office Phone: 618-632-3713
Fax: 618-632-3732

Christine is a licensed funeral director/embalmer through the state of Illinois.

Christine received her AAS degree from St. Louis Community College in mortuary science, was on the Dean’s list, and was elected a class officer by fellow classmates.  Christine completed her internship and apprenticeship through Schildknecht Funeral Home. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science through Southern Illinois University of Carbondale.

Christine is a certified cremator through Cremation Association of North America, a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, and the St.Clair County Funeral Directors Association, for which she is currently serving as secretary/treasurer.

Prior to entering funeral service, Christine was a legal assistant for 20 years for highly respected prominent law firms, working for named partners of such firms. Some of her accomplishments during her career in law include being elected an officer of the St. Clair County Legal Professionals Association, and being nominated for Outstanding Young Woman of America.

Christine is involved in Autism Awareness and is a team captain for St. Louis fundraising walks for this cause.

Christine is a lifelong resident of Collinsville, Illinois and lifelong member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Gary L. Cooper Sr.
Email: Gary@schildknechtfh.com
Office Phone: 618-632-3713

Gary has been a staff member since 2003, and is a certified cremator trained in Florida at Matthews Cremations and has managed our crematory since 2008. Gary is also a funeral assistant, working visitations and funerals and various other jobs as needed. Gary's hard work and dedication can be seen by the upkeep of the yard and landscaping at the funeral home.

He has lived in O'Fallon from 1993-1995 and 2003 to present. He was born in 1956 in San Antonio, Texas. He has two children and four grandchildren.

Gary attended high school in Bellevue, Nebraska and graduated from Sanford Brown College with a degree in accounting. Gary keeps active by being an avid bowler.

Matthew Nance, Certified Cremator/Funeral Assistant
Email: matthew.n@schildknechtfh.com
Office Phone: 618-632-3713
Fax: 618-632-3732

Matthew Nance has been a staff member since 2012, and is a certified cremator trained through the International Cemetery, Cremation And Funeral Association.  He is also a Funeral Assistant, working visitations and funerals and other jobs as needed.  As well as working at the Funeral Home, he is a student attending St. Louis Community College in the Funeral Service Program.

Matthew has lived in Belleville all of his life, has attended St Mary’s Grade School, and graduated Althoff Catholic High School in 1999.  

In his free time Matthew is an avid sports fan.  If there is a sport happening you could find him watching it or participating.  Most of the time you can find him watching his nieces playing softball or at his nephew’s football games.  

Matthew Gilreath, Pre-Need Counselor
Email: matthew.g@schildknechtfh.com
Office Phone: 618-632-3713
Fax: 618-632-3732

Matthew is an O’Fallon Township alumni. He spent 4 years in the Insurance industry before joining our team. This experience adds much assistance to  the families we serve. He is highly involved at First Baptist Church in O’Fallon, including coaching the boy’s high school basketball at First Baptist Academy and singing in the choir.

When asked why he is passionate about his career Matthew said, “I love helping people, especially through difficult situations. Not many in our society are willing to get their hands dirty when it comes to truly helping people. I love the ministry opportunities Schildknecht allows me.”

Matthew also officiates NCAA & High School Baseball, Football, & Basketball. He recently umpired the Small College World Series in baseball. In his free time he is usually on the golf course or fulfilling his favorite and most important responsibility being, “Uncle Matt”, to his 2 nephews and 1 niece.

“I take great pleasure in educating about our mission. I love when people understand how planning ahead is just as much a responsible decision as it is a financial one.”

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