July 18, 1918 – December 18, 2016
Eleanora Frieda Behrens, nee Schiefer, age 98, of O’Fallon Ill., passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016 in O’Fallon. She was born in St. Jacob on July 18,1918 to the late Peter and Ella (nee Graff) Schiefer. She married Howard Behrens on June 12,1945 in Waterloo, Ill. He died October 31,1984. The last surviving sibling of a family of nine, she was preceded in death by her brothers Wilbur, Allan, Milton, and Earl and her sisters Viola Schiefer, Alice Meikamp, Irma Rinderer, and Dorothy Fohne.
Eleanora loved farming and gardening. Except for her early years when she worked at the Brooks Catsup Factory in Collinsville, she spent her entire life as a farm woman. She raised chickens and sold eggs from the family farm. She strove to preserve the Behrens family centennial farm from urban development. An animal lover, she loved cats and dogs, and all dogs seemed to love her. She enjoyed playing Bingo. Her happiest times were spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Always very proud of them, she looked forward to their frequent visits. Her family will remember her for her zest for life and her love of playing practical jokes.
Surviving are her children Judith (Robert) Smejkal and Evelyn (Howard) LaPointe all of Troy, Ill.; her grandchildren Sione LaPointe of Vieques, Puerto Rico; Christopher (Dana) Smejkal of Edwardsville, Ill.; and Robert (Renee) Smejkal of St. Louis; her great-grandchildren Carson Smejkal and Alessia Heiser of Edwardsville; her godchild Janet Potts; sister-in-law Donna Depew Schiefer, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations are requested to Boy Scouts Camp Scholarship – payable to Cahokia Mounds District Campership, or to Spencer Pet Rescue and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at www.wfh-ofallon.com.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 21, 2016, and from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, with Rev. Christy Eckert officiating. Interment will follow in Keystone Cemetery, St. Jacob, Ill.
Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Illinois.