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Kay Trotter

Kay Trotter

Kay Frances, nee Groh, Trotter, 75, of Marissa, IL; born on April 7, 1944 at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, IL; passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.

After graduating from Marissa High School, Mrs. Trotter worked as a secretary at Laclede Steel and then spent 31 years as a clerical aide at the Marissa Grade School.  She was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ in Marissa where she taught Sunday school for many years.  She was a former member of the church council, including terms as treasurer and council president.  She was also a member of the board of the New Athens Home for the Aged for six years.  She was the first girls’ volleyball coach at Marissa Grade School when they began the program in the late 1970’s.  She enjoyed sewing and watching professional and school sports, especially when her nieces Taylor and Macey Schreiber were participating.  She also enjoyed traveling, taking cruises to Alaska and Europe and spending many vacations in Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Kenneth and Dorothy, nee Knippel, Groh.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years Warren Trotter whom she married on March 21, 1966 at Freidens United Church of Christ in Marissa, IL.  Her son – Michael Trotter of Marissa, IL.  Her sisters – Linda Groh-Demers of Lacrosse, WI and Carol Reinhardt-Mayfield of Marissa, IL.  Her sister-in-law – Patrica (Norman) Kohlenberger of Belleville, IL.  Her aunt – Jane Knippel of Marissa, IL.  She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Friedens United Church of Christ or the New Athens Home for the Aged.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Services: Due to restrictions that are in place during the coronavirus outbreak a private graveside service will be held.  A celebration of Kay’s life will be held at a later date.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.


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  1. Danny Beck says:

    Trotter Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Kay was a wonderful person to work with at the elementary school. May God grant you peace at this challenging time.
    Sending prayers your way.
    Danny Beck

  2. Brandi Meyer says:

    Mr. Trotter & Mike, We’re so sorry for your loss, we are praying for you & your family at this time.

  3. Adrienne, Doug and girls says:

    Uncle Warren, Mike, Linda, Carol and the entire Marissa family:

    We send you our love and prayers. She will be greatly missed by all in Marissa and the many she knew. Kay is the center of her family and the heartbeat of her cherished hometown. Heaven just received the biggest sports fan of all time…play ball!

  4. Elizabeth Briesacher says:

    My heart goes out to you and your son.

  5. Phyllis ( Heintz) Gale says:

    My sincere condolences to the family. I knew the entire family and I loved them all. My brothers went to school with them and Warren. Will be praying for the family.“

  6. Renee and Kyle Nolte says:

    Mr. Trotter,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking if you.

  7. Jessica Moore says:

    Deepest sympathies to the family. Kay was always a kind and friendly person and will be missed by many. Prayers for comfort and peace for her loved ones in this difficult time.

  8. Beth Stanford (Quick) says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. She was such a nice lady. She was my volleyball coach. Prays to the family at this sad time.

    • Emily Dachsteiner-Kempfer says:

      Mr. Trotter,
      Im so sorry for your loss.
      We are thinking of you during this incredibly difficult time

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