Marcellus B. Poettker, 83, of
Aviston, died Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at his son’s home in
Mr. Poettker was born June 9, 1926,
in Breese, IL, and married Rita Kleffner on October 4, 1949, at the
Guardian Angel Church in Brinktown,
MO. She survives in
Also surviving are his children,
Lois (Richard) Brandmeyer of Aviston, Michael (Marjorie) Poettker of
Aviston, and Mary (DeLaine) Herl of Augusta, MO; four grandchildren,
Carl (fiancée Anna Abts) Poettker, Eric (special friend Jen
Gabrielatos) Poettker, Melissa (Ron) Tinsman, and Karen (Curt)
Jansen; two great-grandchildren, Samantha and Alyssa Jansen; a
brother, Linus (Barbara) Poettker of Belleville; sisters, Martha
Kleffner of Waterloo, Lucille Krebs of Carlyle, Lillian (Charles)
Strube of Marissa, and Jane Kampwerth of Breese; sisters-in-law and
brothers-in-law, Mary Ann Poettker of Robinson, Pauline Gerling of
New Baden, Frances Wuebbels of Germantown, Irene Kleffner of Corpus
Christi, TX, Henry (Bonita) Kleffner of Jefferson City, MO, Generose
Kleffner of St. Louis, MO, Sr. Monica Kleffner, Sisters of St.
Joseph of St. Louis, and Bernadine Hughes of Oklahoma City, OK; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a member of St. Francis of
Assisi Church in Aviston where he was an original member of the St.
Francis Men’s Choir, and a former member of the Aviston School
Board, the Clinton County Board of Review, and the Clinton County
He worked as a molder, a farmer, and
a self-employed truck driver. He was also an avid gardener, card
player extraordinaire, life philosopher, and a beloved foster parent
for 15 years.
He was preceded in death by a
daughter, Jean Marie Poettker; his parents, Gerhard and Bertha
(Woltering) Poettker; sisters, Lorena Rolves, Adelphia “Del”
Reilmann, Ann Margaret Stanley, and Clara Mae Thole; brothers, Ralph
Poettker, Jim Poettker, and Robert Poettker; father-in-law and
mother-in-law, Theodore and Theresa (Lischwe) Kleffner; and
brothers-in-law, Erwin Rolves, Romanus “Bud” Reilmann, Vic Gerling,
William Stanley, Theodore “Ted” Thole, Elmer Krebs, Joe Kleffner,
Leroy Kampwerth, Dave Hensley, Norbert Kleffner, Alvin Wuebbels,
Lambert Kleffner, Liborius Kleffner, and Gene Hughes.
Memorials can be made to Hospice of
Southern Illinois or to the Clinton County Relay for Life and will
be received at the funeral home and at the church.
Visitation will be Friday, January
1, 2010, from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese and
again on Saturday, January 2, 2010, from 8:00-9:45 AM at St.
Francis of Assisi
Church in Aviston.
A prayer service will be held at 4:00 PM Friday at the funeral
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial
will be Saturday, January 2, 2010, at 10:00 AM
at St. Francis of Assisi
Church in Aviston with Fr.
Daniel Friedman and Deacon Charles Litteken officiating. Interment
will follow in St. Francis Cemetery.