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Vera C. Kinzinger

Vera C. Kinzinger

Vera C. Kinzinger, nee Hofmeister, 87, of Freeburg, IL born July 24, 1933 in Illinois, passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at her home.  She was a devoted mother and homemaker but had also been a bank teller and an assembler at Mallinckrodt Medical Supply in New Athens and a 55 year member of Eastern Star. She was very active at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens being part of the St. John Women’s Guild, choir member, Sunday School and vacation Bible school teacher and organist.

Mrs. Kinzinger was preceded in death by her parents; Clarence A. and Winona (Darmstatter) Hofmeister and her brother Clarence A. “Junior” Hofmeister, Jr.

Vera is survived by her high school sweetheart and devoted husband of 67 years; Ralph H. Kinzinger of Freeburg, IL, Daughter; Rita (Neil) LaVanchy of Cape Girardeau, MO, Rita’s daughter; Megan (Landrew) Woolworth and their children; Emmaline and Adelaine, Rita’s daughter; Monica (Aaron) Smith who are expecting a baby boy on September 24, 2020, and Rita’s son; Micah (Amelia) LaVanchy and their daughter Eliza, Randy (Brenda) Kinzinger of New Athens and their children; Ryan (Jamie) Kinzinger and children; Reed and Rhen, and Randy and Brenda’s other children; Rachel Kinzinger, Renee (Rhett) Stolte and Riley Kinzinger, Daughter; Ruth Schneider of Freeburg and her two daughters; Cassie (Joshua) Bradley and Jessica (Sebastian) Rollen, Daughter Rhonda (John) Morse of Belleville, son Russell (Angie) Kinzinger of Freeburg and their children; Erin (Taylor) Wylie and their son Joel, and their other children; Audrey, Lauren, Caleb, Samuel, Joshua, Jeremy and Jason Kinzinger; Son; Rodney (Cindy) Kinzinger of Smithton, IL and their daughter Jennifer (Brett) Mueth and their children; Allicyn, Evan and Owen son; Michael (Rachel) Frede and their children; Jackson, Ellie and Leo.; Daughter; Daughter; Michelle Kinzinger, daughter Nicole Kinzinger and son Nathan Kinzinger.

Memorials in Vera’s honor may be made to St. John United Church Christ in New Athens or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Public Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at St. John United Church Christ. in New Athens, IL. In an effort to keep everyone safe during this Covid-19 pandemic, all visitors will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing at all times.

Private Family services will be held later.

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

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  1. Lynne and Lori Schneider says:

    Our prayers and condolences to the Kinzinger family.

  2. Melanie M Goodwin says:

    Dear Kinzinger family,
    Our sincere condolences during this time of heart ache. Your mother was such a beautiful woman and dear friend to my parents. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
    Melanie and Steve Goodwin.

  3. Tina Langford says:

    Our sympathies go out to all of the Kinzinger family. May you feel God’s love through the prayers of all who love you. May God comfort you and give you peace in this journey of grief. May His love and grace rain down in abundance. God is the healer. Know that we will be praying without ceasing. Love you much Cindy and Rodney,

  4. Paul Pannier says:

    To Ralph and all the family. Condolences on the passing of Vera. It was so much fun to visit your home and share the family times with everyone. I will always remember the polka dances and the music events we all attended, including your parents 25th anniversary at a wonderful dance celebration. Blessings for a life lived well and shared with so many.

  5. Colleen Sauerwein & Debbie says:

    We were blessed to have such good neighbors when Ralph and Vera lived on the farm. Our condolences to the entire Kinzinger family.

  6. Laurie Watkins says:

    So sorry to hear of precious Vera’s passing. I know her homecoming has been sweet, however, for she is, and always will be, a gracious, pleasant member of God’s family. Thank you for sharing her! May you all feel God’s arms wrap around you and His peace wash over you!

  7. Chiyoko Louise Gussin née Miller says:

    My condolences to the entire Kinzinger family. I went to school with several of the children of Mrs. Kinzinger.

  8. Mindy Ruckman says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Kinzinger family. Praying your loving memories together will bring you comfort during this difficult time.

    The Ruckman Family
    Stan, Mindy and David

  9. Jacque Richmond says:

    Ruth – Your friends send their deepest sympathy to you and your entire family as your mourn the loss of your mother.

  10. Karen Laflen says:

    I remember your family filling a pew at St. John’s. Even as small children, you were all so well behaved. Much of this was probably attributed to your dear mother. So sorry for your loss.

  11. Mark, Kathy, and Allison Stehl says:

    Dr. Russ and the entire Kinzinger family, so very sorry for your loss. Our sincere prayers and condolences to you all at this time of grief and sorrow. May God Bless, guide, and comfort you all in your time of need. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  12. Jim and Pam (Volner) Hammel says:

    Ralph and family. So sorry to read about Vera’s passing. My mom always talked about how kind the family was. She will be missed but know you will be with her again.

  13. June Grab Benedick says:

    Please accept my sympathy on the passing of Vera. As I reads the obit, I feel like I now most of you.

  14. Pat (Wirth) Bartsokas-Huth says:

    Dear Ralph and family,. My deepest sympathy to you at this awful time. As one who knew Vera from childhood, I deeply appreciated her friendship. Her love and devotion to all of was a Hallmark of her personal -ity and a testimony to the very special lady she was I pray that your happy memories comfort and sustain you as you gather to honor her

  15. Ralph & Vicki Wildy says:

    Ralph & all the Kinzinger Family – our most sincere & loving sympathy in the loss of a precious wife – mother & grandmother and many friends of the family ! You are all in our thoughts & prayers at this difficult time ! She will be deeply missed by all ! We always enjoyed her special talents and friendly smile
    Know the family and Ralph & Vera have gone through a hard time these past months – but glad she is released into Gods hands and is at peace in our Fathers Home ! With
    Loving thoughts & prayers to you
    All – Ralph & Vicki Wildy

  16. Dawn S Baker says:

    Dr. Russ and family my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May you have peace and comfort through your beautiful memories.

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