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Trenton, IL 62293

Lawrence "Pep" Venhaus


  Visitation:  Monday, June 25, 2007       4:00-9:00 PM
                    Tuesday, June 26, 2007      8:00-9:45 AM
                    Moss Funeral Home, Trenton

  Services:   Tuesday, June 26, 2007     10:00 AM
                     St. Mary Catholic Church, Trenton  

Lawrence B. “Pep” Venhaus, 90, of Trenton died Friday June 22, 2007 at Greenville Regional Hospital.

He was born May 18, 1917 in Aviston to Ben and Catherine (Dall) Venhaus and they preceded him in death. 

Also preceding him in death was a brother Ludwig Venhaus, 3 sisters Marcella Venhaus, Alma Rohling and Florence Holtgrave; 5 brothers-in-law Edmund Rohling, Joseph Kohlbrecher, Orville Kues and Bernard, Leonard and Jack Luber; 3 sisters-in-law Marie Venhaus, Joan Reim and Lucille Kapp. 

He married Angela Blanche Luber, August 27, 1949 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland and she survives in Trenton.  Also surviving are one son Tom “Rusty” (Christy) Venhaus of Trenton, 3 daughters Carolyn (Douglas) Franey of Trenton, Jeanne (Jim) Stein of Frisco Colorado, and Sandy (Bob) Sullivan of Evanston, IL: 3 brothers Edwin Venhaus of Aviston, Elmer Venhaus of Trenton and Ben (Rosemary) Venhaus of Aviston, 3 sisters Frieda Kohlbrecher of Trenton, Esther Kues of Florissant, Missouri and Elvera (Larry) Tonnies of Trenton.; 2 brothers-in-law Cletus Holtgrave of St. Rose and Walt Luber of Aviston and 1 sister-in-law Marge (Bill) Holshouser of Highland.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren: James (fiancée’ Sarah Murray) Franey, Jeff Franey, Jimmy Stein and Alicia Sullivan. 

Pep retired from Monsanto Chemical Company of Sauget, IL as an iron worker after 35 years.  He was a member of St. Mary Catholic church and Holy name Society, Trenton Knights of Columbus council 2932 and 4th Degree Bishop Althoff Assembly. And the Trenton American Legion post 778.  He was a veteran of WWII serving as a medic in the Army Air force.  He thoroughly enjoyed hunting, baseball, playing cards and helping others. 

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday June 26 2007 at 10 Am at St. Mary Church Trenton with Fr. James Dougherty officiating.  Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Moss funeral home in Trenton Monday from 4 to 9 Pm and Tuesday from 8 to 9:45 Am. 

The Trenton Knights of Columbus services will be held at 8 Pm Monday followed immediately by 4th degree services at the funeral home 

Memorials can be made to the Trenton Senior Center, St. Mary Church or Mater Dei High School and will be received by the funeral home.



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