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Ruth Erb

Ruth Erb

Ruth Janet, nee Krieg, Erb, 86, of Marissa, IL; born on March 12, 1932 in Red Bud, IL; passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Coulterville Care Center in Coulterville, IL.

Mrs. Erb was a homemaker.  She was a faithful member of Friedens United Church of Christ where she served on the church board and in the women’s guild, sang in the choir, played piano and taught Sunday school.  She was very active in her community serving on the Marissa Recreational Area Board, helped with Khoury League and was a Cub Scout Den Mother.  Ruth also enjoyed traveling.

She was preceded in death by her parents – William and Hulda, nee Voges, Krieg.  Her husband – Mervin Erb whom she married on September 3, 1959 at Friedens United Church of Christ and who passed away on January 3, 2018.

She is survived by her sons – Jeffrey G. (Susan) Erb of O’Fallon, IL; Todd W. (Linda Bollmeier) of Marissa, IL.  Her granddaughters – Michelle (Ryan Murray) Erb of Caseyville, IL; Emily Erb of O’Fallon, IL; Kaitlin Cowall of Belleville, IL.  One sister – Carol Range of Red Bud, IL.  One brother-in-law – Les Erb of Centralia, IL.  One sister-in-law – Frieda Feig of Marissa, IL.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Friedens United Church of Christ.

Visitation: Friends may call at Friedens United Church of Christ in Marissa, IL on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 9:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at Friedens United Church of Christ in Marissa, IL on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 11:00am with Rev. Brett Palmer officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held in the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.

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


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  1. Elaine Schmidt says:

    Our condolescences to the Erb family. Ruth was such a good lady. She will be greatly missed.

  2. Ron & PATRICIA Klopmeyer says:

    Jeff, Sue & Erb Family we feel your pain with the loss of your loved one at this time. Only those who have lost a parent know the void that they leave in our hearts but her memories will live on with you all. You were blessed to have had her wonderful length of life to share with you & yours. Blessed for sure with a wonderful parent. Prayers to all the family. 🙏

  3. Mary&Dean Laumbattus Family says:

    Jeff and Todd so sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences to you and your family

  4. Carol Koeller-Dobyns & Larry Koeller says:

    We are so sorry for your loss,our deepest sympathy to you and your family, she will be greatly missed.

  5. Lori Mavers Schneider says:

    My condolences to your family on your loss. The world has lost a dynamic woman. Thanks Ruth 💝.
    Lori Mavers Schneider

  6. Karen & David Averbeck says:

    Jeff, Todd & families so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great lady she will be missed..

  7. Gwen Randall says:

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts are prayers are with the family

  8. Carol
    So sorry to read about Ruth’s passing. We send our deepest condolences to you and her family. Sondra and Jim

  9. Edwina "Winnie" Hearell Earl says:

    Jeff, Todd and family. I was very saddened to hear of your loss. Aunt Ruth was a very wonderful person. She always make my mother, Betty Erb, feel included. I know you will miss your mother very much. She had given so much to so many people and the community!

  10. Loren Kolditz says:

    Dear Erb Family,

    Please accept my sympathy in your time of loss. I have fond memories of Ruth when we were growing up because she was a close friend of my sister, Myra. They were always smiling when they were together.

    I didn’t know of Ruth’s passing until the newspaper this morning. A week or so ago Carol told me that Ruth wasn’t doing well but I was very surprised.

    We will all have pleasant memories of her

  11. Terry Crabtree says:

    Jeff, to you and your family my condolences and prayers to you.

  12. Dawn and Bruce Baker says:

    Todd, we are so sorry to hear about your mom. Such a sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  13. David and Pat Edgar says:

    Jeff, Todd and families, you have our condolences and sympathy on the loss of your dear mother
    She was an important part of many lives and will be greatly missed

  14. Cindy and Ray Brinkmann says:

    So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by her family.

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