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William E. Schreiber, Sr.

William E. Schreiber, Sr.

William E. Schreiber, Sr., 89, of New Athens, IL, born April 7, 1931 in New Athens, IL, passed away on Monday September 14, 2020 at Cedar Trails Senior Care in Freeburg, IL. Bill was the original St. Clair County ESDA coordinator and was the New Athens Township supervisor for 35 years.  Bill was a Knights of Columbus member, an avid golfer and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He honorably served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army and is a Bronze Star recipient.

Mr. Schreiber was preceded in death by his parents; Alfred A. and Mildred (Germain) Schreiber, his beloved wife; Betty A. (Schaller) Schreiber, who he married on August 8, 1953 in New Athens, IL and who preceded him in death on September 10, 1998, 1 son Nick Schreiber and 1 brother, George Schreiber.

Bill, is survived by 7 children; William (Maureen) Schreiber, Jr. of Collinsville, IL, Becky (Earl) Lavine of Paris, TN, Eric (Linda) Schreiber of Bluffton, SC, Laurie (Troy Nappier) Cantu of Glen Carbon, IL, Amy (Tommy) Foust of Paris, TN, Lisa (Bob Wethington) Schreiber of Freeburg, IL and David (Connie) Schreiber of Marissa, IL, 1 brother; Charles (Adele) Schreiber of Rockwall, TX, 2 sisters-in-law; Judy Schreiber of St. Charles, MO and Helen Glaus of New Athens,IL, 15 grandchildren , 21 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The Schreiber Family wishes to extend their most heartfelt thanks to the staff at Cedar Trails for the excellent care he received during his 3 year stay and very warm wishes to the residents and staff for making him feel welcome.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Memorials in Bill’s honor may be made to St. Agatha Parish.

Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Funeral: A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL with Fr. Von Deeke officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in New Athens, IL

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


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  1. Robert Rodden Schaller says:

    Sorry for not being able to attend, but I was on the road when I found out. Your dad was a good man and you guys were lucky to have had him. Missing all you guys and hope to see you one of these days. We’re all getting older and time is growing shorter. Take care and may the “Lord take a liking to you all”

  2. Patty Speer née Utz says:

    Deepest sympathy to the family. He was a gentleman, he was so friendly when I was around him. He will be missed greatly all around, hope he is at peace now. Hope he’s enjoying a nice cold beer with my dad!

  3. Thomas Germann says:

    My deepest sympathy to your family. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time.

  4. Richard Rodden Schaller says:

    due to illness I’m unable to attend the visitation or funeral but my condolences to all of my cousins at this time. your dad was a great man and l had nothing but the utmost respect for him. may he rest in peace

  5. Angie Ballenger says:

    Prayers of comfort at this time. Im thankful for his gift of giving me one of my dearest, closest lifetime friends.

  6. Melanie M Goodwin says:

    I have fond memories of your parents and family from 1976 -82. Lots of love and lots of crazy! You were blessed then with a robust family. And now so many grandchildren and great grandchildren – I am sure they blessed your Father greatly! My sincere condolences during this time when hearts ache.

  7. John Kaiser says:

    My condolences to the Schreiber family. Your dad was a true gentlemen never heard him talk bad of anyone. He was my mentor as we shared a lot of township stories. Enjoyed serving on multi-purpose building in NA with him.Most times after morning meetings we would go for lunch. Last October stopped at Freeburg and visited Bill we mostly talked baseball and township and maybe even a little politics. Had some good times at dugout always a smile on Bill’s face when I would walk in. Have another story about when we were summons to the IRS office in Farview but that is for another time. Again I think in the dictionary under gentlemen’s gentlemen Bill’s name is on top. John Kaiser

  8. Gary and Jean Beggs says:

    WM Schreiber, Sr Family: Sending our sincere condolences, so sad to see so many of our elders leaving us. We are planning to be at the visitation. It will be nice to see you all again.

  9. Dorothy Bollmeier says:

    Praying God to grant eternal rest in heaven to Mr. Schreiber, and solace and comfort to his family.

    • Kent Vollert says:

      I am sorry for your loss. I lost a very dear friend. We spent many good evening on the baseball diamond and even more at social events I’ll never forget that smile or laugh. It was a good run my friend Rest In Peace

  10. Sherry Schmierbach says:

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.🙏🙏🙏🙏

    • Diane Boschert says:

      Sympathy to the family and friends. May you have many good memories in your heart forever❤️🙏🏻Tom and Diane Boschert

  11. Janice Maurer says:

    So sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories bring you peace. It was a pleasure getting to know Bill. Such a sweet man! He will be missed by many.

  12. Matt Myers says:

    Sorry to hear, Bill was a New Athens icon in my books. A great man. Loved to see him and Bill Petri play pool at Sportsman’s…..And they were Good!! I loved talking with him at the Dugout, just can not say enough. He was a special guy. May he rest in peace.

  13. Tom Kolditz says:

    Really great man, fine neighbor, condolences to his family

  14. Bill and Jana Fett says:

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Robert Weaver & Family says:

      Our thoughts and prayers at your loss. I served with Bill on the New Athens Township Board. He was always helpful, had a smile, and above all else was a gentleman. He was invoked in politics but he was not a politician. He was a public servant. This quality is severely lacking today and that is how I will remember him. May he Rest In Peace.

  15. Chiyoko Louise Gussin née Miller says:

    My condolences to the family. Went to school with a few of the Schreiber clan.

  16. Mike Shoemaker says:

    Very sorry for your loss Bill was a great friend !

  17. Paul and Pam Nuernberger says:

    Condolences to the family from the Nuernbergers. May God guide you through these trying times and grant you His peace.

  18. Pat Etling says:

    Went to school with sweet Nick and Bill and Betty were always so kind and caring about the community in which they lived and served. May flights of angels sing him to his rest, where he can again enjoy the company of his wife and son.

  19. Susan Parker says:

    Deepest Sympathy to the family. He was one of the good guys. Lots of fond memories from the times at the Dug Out. Hope you picked the correct door to exit, dear friend.

  20. Jon & Ruth Ann Hanft says:

    Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss, what a great person. We both have so many great memories of fun times at the Dug Out & on the golf course during the New Athens tournaments where I made sure he had his “ Ten High & water”. Rest In Peace dear friend.

  21. Jim &Pam Hammel says:

    To the Schreiber family. Our condolences to the whole family. He was a great guy and he will be missed by many. Sending our sympathy.

    • Sandra Eidman Parks says:

      My condolences to Mr Schreiber’s family. I remember my dad talking to him at family gatherings. My father, Kenneth Eidman, was a cousin to Betty and Helen. God bless you all.

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