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Rev. Mary Ellen Kitson

Rev. Mary Ellen Kitson, nee Trisler, 86, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, died November 13, 2017, in Red Bud, IL. She was born August 25, 1931, in South Sioux City, NE.

She is survived by her husband Rev. Allen J.”Al” Kitson ; children David Kitson, Sondra (Tim) Wittmann, Deen (Tim) Hartley, Krismis "Kris" (John) Lanman, and Tamatha "Tami" (Bret) Ries; grandchildren Heather (Dan), Jeff, Melissa (Don), T.J. (Beth), Mandi (Quinn), Krista, Brandon, Micah (Kayla), Alexandra, Rebecca, and Victoria; great grandchildren Maranda, Alicia, Klaudia, Emma, Kaylee, Josiah, Madelyn, Isaac, Erin, Analynn, Alexis, & Addison; nieces; and nephews.

She was  preceded in death by her parents Marshal and Florence (nee Westfall) Trisler; brothers Fred, Roy, Perry, and Dean; and sister Ethel.

She was ordained through Independent Assemblies of God, secretary of Fairview Heights Christ United Methodist Church, secretary of Fairview Heights clergy ministry, very active in Boy Scouts, ministered to local nursing homes and retirement centers, retired grade school and high school teacher in Illinois; reporter for South Sioux City Star; Children’s Director of American Sunday School union; and Missionettes leader.
When you saw Al you always saw Mary.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
American Diabetes Association

10 AM until time of service Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Quernheim Funeral Home
12 Noon Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL
Pastor Hal Santos & Pastor Tim Hartley officiating

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Please accept our condolences on your loss and we offer our prayers through these days. Remember the memories as they will never fade. Tami - wish we could be there in your need but Dean will be having knee surgery soon so limited on when he can miss work. Will be out for over a month so the budget is tight. We will always be here for you and your family in ways we can help.

Dean & Sharon Ries Nov 18 2017 12:00 AM

Rebecca, praying for your family and travels.... Praise the LORD for lots of good memories..... All your friends at Pilgrims, Chaplain Jack

Mayfield, KY Nov 16 2017 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Nov 15 2017 12:00 AM

Im sending my condolences to Al and Family for the passing of Mary. She is at peace now and smiling down on her loved ones. Bless you all and hold all your memories close to your heart.

Barbara Knolhoff Nov 15 2017 12:00 AM

Thinking of you and your family as you celebrate your Mother's remarkable life!!! Love you! Peg

Peggy Buckler Nov 14 2017 12:00 AM