Lorene Mildred Pierce, nee Hellwege, 85, of Fairview Heights, IL, formerly of Altenburg, MO, born September 8, 1935 in Altenburg, MO, passed away on Monday February 1, 2021 at the Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL. She retired after many years with the State of Illinois Unemployment office in Belleville, IL. Mrs. Pierce attended Signal Hill Lutheran Church in Belleville, IL and also St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Theodore and Alida (Kaufmann) Hellwege, her husband; Roland F. “Ron” Pierce who she married on June 9, 1956 in St. Louis, MO and who preceded her in death on September 11, 2008, her brother Oscar “Ozzie” Hellwege and great granddaughter; Mackenzie Dintelman.
Lorene is survived by her 3 sons; Larry A. (Kathy) Pierce of Shiloh, IL, Gary D. (Debbie) Pierce and Michael F. (Mary) Pierce, both of Freeburg, IL, 8 grandchildren; Erika (Shane) Dintelman, Stephen (fiancé Kristen Gonzales), Erin (David) Lang, Darren (Kristin) Pierce, Wesley (Amber) Pierce, Theodore (Shannah) Pierce, Joshua (fiancé Kelsey Blackwell), Collin Pierce and 13 great grandchildren.
Memorials: may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens, IL.
Visitation; Friends are invited to join the family from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday February 5, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens, IL
Funeral: Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday February 5, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens, IL with Pastor Lyle Buettner officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg, MO.
Arrangements by Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL.