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Jennie Lynne Poenitske

Jennie Lynne Poenitske


Jennie Lynne Poenitske, 55, of Steeleville, IL; born on December 27, 1964 in East St. Louis, IL; passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at home.

Jennie worked in the deli at Dave’s Food Center in Steeleville and at Walmart in Chester.  She was an avid Patriots fan.  Everyone will remember Jennie by her infectious laugh and smile.  You could be in a room full of people and she would stand out in the crowd when she thought something was funny.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Edward Alger and Mary Martha (Hobbs) Taylor.  Stepfather – Lloyd W. Taylor.  Daughter – Destiny Lee Odle.

She is survived by her loving husband – Gary Poenitske of Steeleville, IL.  Two children – Shawna Lynne (Jason) Strosnider of Bourbon, MO and Gary Daniel Poenitske of Steeleville, IL.  Son-in-law – Randy Odle of Potosi, MO.  Eleven grandchildren – Kyra, Taylor, Alexia, Bailey, Brenyn, Kierstyn, Coltyn, Shandi, Christopher, Garrett and Brandon.  Several great grandchildren.  Brothers and sisters – Edward Alger of Stoughton, MA; Rhonda (John) Rhodes of Marissa, IL; Villa Henson of Marissa, IL; Robert “Bob” (Linda) Alger of Chester, IL.  Many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, other relatives and many friends.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

A celebration of life will be held at the Marissa Township Building on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.  Floral arrangements may be delivered to the Marissa Township Building on Sunday, September 20, 2020 after 9:00 a.m.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements

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  1. Rhonda Marcolini says:

    My deepest sympathies to the entire family. Jennie was such a down to earth, fun loving woman. I am glad I got to know her. Celebrate her life and her love of you all. <3 R

  2. Jackie hughes says:

    Such a wonderful person.hugs and prayers for her family

  3. Narda Young says:

    Jennie will be greatly missed and she will leave a hole in a lot of hearts. She was a pretty special lady who allowed me to be part of her life. I considered her a special friend and I will always be grateful for that! The ones she has left behind have my deepest sympathies and prayers. May God grant you all nothing but beautiful memories of a beautiful lady and all the great times you shared. Rest in the arms of Jesus Jennie!

  4. Annie Korando says:

    Jennie you were a great lady and going to be missed by all. Fly high sweet lady. So sorry Gary and Shawna and the rest of the family.

    • Shawna says:

      Love you to the moon and back, forever and ever, to infinity and beyond 💜 See you later, Momma 💜

  5. Loretta mines says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family Jennie was such a wonderful person she always had a smile on her face and we always had great talks and always have a wonderful time with her she will be missed very much lot’s of prayers for the family 🙏🙏

  6. Lonnie and Julie Hurst says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Jennie was such a fun and loving person. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

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  8. Bob Alger says:

    My loving sister Jennie. We have been together for 54 years and you brightened up my world all of that time. Words cannot describe the sorrow and emptiness I feel today. A big part of me is gone. But you will remain in my heart.

    • Brenda Graham-Behrends says:

      Jen, my best friend for 54 years & maid of honor. No words can express how losing you is & will be. U taught me how to view life, live life and love life. I hope I blessed your life even half as much as u did mine🌹. Sharing in sorrow w your family❤️ Your singing partner & sista, Bren💟

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