Lila L. Erb (nee Heiligenstein), age 89, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2017 after a short illness. Lila is survived by her husband of 70 years, Clyde Erb, three sons, Michael Erb and daughter-in-law Susan Erb, Thomas Erb and daughter-in-law Tracy Tretiak, James Erb and daughter-in-law Jessica Erb, eight grandchildren, Kristen Erb, Eric Erb (Michelle Erb), Kelly Erb Bryant (Justin Bryant), Zachary Erb, Mike Erb (Samantha Erb), Maximilian Erb, Evan Erb and Lauren Erb, and three great grandchildren, Benjamin Erb, Henry Erb and Jax Bryant. She is preceded in death by her parents Xavier & Anna (nee Hall) Heiligenstein, sisters, & brothers. In recent years, Lila was fond of saying “I have three children, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, five grand-dogs, and three grand-horses”.
Born and reared in Freeburg, Illinois, Lila met the love of her life, Clyde, shortly after he returned to the area from WWII. She and Clyde raised their three sons in Belleville and then enjoyed a long and happy retirement in Bradenton, Florida and later in Waterloo, Illinois. Lila was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and had been a Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She devoted countless hours of volunteer work for both the St. Clair County Call-For-Help Crisis Center and the Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. During her retirement years, Lila loved her days on the beach on Anna Maria Island and she enjoyed painting landscapes and portraits, once taking third place in a National contest. Lila was a big Cardinal baseball fan – but she would only watch their games on television if they were winning – off it went if they fell behind. Lila worshiped our Lord and Savior with fellow congregants at the Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Lila will be missed and mourned by her family and her many friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Belleville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary or Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis, or Concord Presbyterian Church PCA - Waterloo, IL.
5:30 PM until time of service Friday, August 25, 2017 at Quernheim Funeral Home
7 PM Friday, August 25, 2017 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL
Pastor Andrew Cheatham officiating.
A private burial will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.