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Hedwig C. "Heddy" Birkner

Hedwig C. "Heddy" Birkner, nee Macke, 95, of New Athens, IL, died September 21, 2020, in Belleville, IL. She was born February 5, 1925, in Breese, IL. [Obituary Image]

She is survived by her children LuAnn (Alan) Schertel, Gilbert L. (Deanna) Birkner, Jonella (Michael) Donius, and Dane Wittenbrink; grandchildren Jeanne (Mike) Reis, Kyle (Amanda) Wittenbrink, Angela (Jeff) Harbaugh, and Dayne Wittenbrink, Scott Gregson, Dr. Kristi (Dr. Jason) Moore, Katie (Dr. James) Munden, Dr. Danielle (Kyle) Doerr, Alexandra Birkner, Esq., Nicolette Birkner, Gilbert "Zach" Birkner, Andrew & Timothy Donius; 22 great grandchildren; sister Marcella Orsa and Gertrude Margiotta; brother Charles (Catherine) Macke; brother-in-law Allan (Mary Lou) Birkner; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Hedwig is preceded in death by husband Gilbert E. Birkner: daughter Evelyn Wittenbrink, her parents Frank Macke and Frances (nee Schroer); brother Wilbert Macke; sister Rosemary Bujnak; son-in-law Frank Gregson.

She was a member of St. Augustine Church - Hecker; Blessed Virgin Altar Sodality; quilter; an avid Cardinal Fan; St. Clair County Farm Bureau; Hecker Community Center; and  charter member of Sister Cities of Portaloo.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
St. Augustine Catholic Church 
Gibault Catholic High School

Drive Through Visitation:
4 PM to 8 PM Friday, September 25, 2020 at Quernheim Funeral Home

Funeral Mass:
9 AM Saturday, September 26, 2020 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker, IL
Father Von Deeke and Father Linus Umoren C.M. officiating
Interment at St. Augustine Cemetery in Hecker, IL

** Reservations are required for Funeral Mass - email jmdonius@me.com for reservations**
Please observe all social distancing guidelines.

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Aunt Happy was a wonderful lady who could quilt anyone under the table. There are so many memories I can't list them all but going to the farm was always fun.

Elaine Vilimek Sep 24 2020 12:00 AM