James L. “Jim’ Wellen, 72, of
Trenton died Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at St. Joseph Hospital in
He was born September 19, 1935 in
Albers to Albert and Anna (Thuenemann) Wellen; they preceded him in
Also preceded in death by a son Jeff
Wellen; brothers, Alphonse Wellen, C. “Bud” Wellen, Alfred “Otto”
Wellen, and Albert Wellen, Jr.; sisters, Eleanor Bertke, Bernadine
Schaefer, Leona Singler, and Delores Wellen; brothers-in-law, Urban
Bertke, Bob Singler, Msgr. Melvin Vandeloo, Sylvester “Beps”
Kauling, Norman Vandeloo, and Marcellus “Teedle” Niemeyer;
sisters-in-law Josephine Wellen and JoAnn Kauling.
He married Paulette Vandeloo on
September 30, 1961 at St. Mary Church in Carlyle; she survives in
Also surviving is his daughter,
Jackie (Bryan) Peters of New Baden and grandchildren Zach and
A brothers-in-law, Jack Schaefer of
Albers, Don (Lu) Vandeloo of Carlyle, and Bill (Virginia) Vandeloo
of Carlyle and sisters-in-law, Ann Wellen of Canon City, Colorado,
Anita Wellen of Albers, and Betty Niemeyer of Breese.
Jim retired as a painter from the
Painters District Council 58 in Collinsville, and he was a Former
Trenton Volunteer Fireman, Former part-time Trenton Police Officer
and part-time Clinton County Sheriff Deputy.
He was a member of St. Mary Church,
Painters District Council 58-Collinsville, Illinois Wildlife
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial
will be Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 9:30 AM at St. Mary Catholic
Church in Trenton with Fr. James Dougherty officiating. Interment
will follow in St. Mary
Visitation will be Friday, June 27,
2008 from 4:00-8:00 PM and again on Saturday, June 28, 2008 from
8:00-9:15 AM at the Moss
Funeral Home in Trenton.
Memorials can be made to the
National Parkinson Foundation or to St. Mary Church in Trenton and
will be received at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent