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Current News: 03/04/15 (Click HERE for Archived News):
  • Snow Bros
  • NB trustees approve budget-based finance system
  • Park clean-up date change
  • Wehrle gets nod as head of Trenton's public works
  • Time Marches On
  • Graesser - Obit
  • Louden - Obit
  • Hilmes - Obit
  • Marty - Obit
  • Kaufman - Obit
  • Heimbecker - Obit
  • Ripperda - Obit

  • Snow Bros

    JUSTIN AND CHRISTINE LITTEKEN OF Trenton built a snowman version of their one-year old Weimaraner Gunner following Saturday night's snowfall. Here, Gunner poses on Monday with his "snow bro" in front of the Littekens' Trenton home.

    NB trustees approve budget-based finance system

    New Baden's village board on Monday ratified a number of measures that had been previously discussed by trustees at work sessions over the past couple of months.

    The village board has its regular voting meeting on the first Monday of each month, and convenes a ‘committee as a whole' working meeting the third Monday of each month.

    Typically, the working meetings are the forums for debate on topics that come before the board, and trustees are able to move through the official votes at regular meetings with little further discussion. This was the case on Monday, when the board executed its agenda in about 20 minutes.

    Trustees approved by 5-0 vote with Mike Mavrogeorge absent the shift from appropriation-based financial organization to a budget system that allows greater flexibility for trustees through a given fiscal year. Under an appropriation system, municipalities approve a maximum amount of spending for various funds at or near the beginning of each fiscal year (May 1), and cannot exceed those amounts, nor shift surpluses from one fund to cover shortages in another, unless a supplemental appropriation is approved. Because of that encumbrance, many municipalities overestimate expenditures in order to account for unforeseen costs.

    Under the budget system, the municipality can more realistically forecast its revenues and expenses while streamling the adjustment process.

    New Baden will establish a preferred list of engineers, following the board's issuance Monday of a Request For Proposals (RFP) for engineering services.

    Specifications are available now for qualified engineering firms. A notice requestiing proposals appears on page 6 of this week's Sun. The village will enter contracts with a short list of candidates and utilize them for projects based on subject-matter experience.

    Trustees appointed Rick Gerstner as the village's plumbing inspector, breaking from the previous policy of utilizing state inspectors, which occasionally causes timeliness problems in the process. Correspondingly, the board increased the inspection fee to $120 to account for higher costs.

    The rodeo is coming to New Baden this summer. Trustees approved a contract with Eric Hull to stage the rodeo in the southeast quadrant of the park June 26 and 27.

    There was considerable interest in each of the four vehicles trustees had previously declared surplus. Winning bidders were: Jacob Stangle, $2,701 for a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer; Eric Hayes, $2,200 for a 2005 Chrysler 300, and $1,300 for a 2002 Ford Crown Victoria police vehicle; and Terry Calvert, $3,150 for a 2001 Dodge Ram quad cab pick-up.

    The village and New Baden's Chamber of Commerce will enter a contract exchanging the granting of utility easements to the village for grass-cutting services on property owned by the chamber just north of the four-way intersection of Routes 160 and 161.

    Trustees approved bid-letting for 11 grass-cutting contracts for the coming warm weather season. A bid notice appears on page 6 of this week's Sun.

    YMCA of Southwestern Illinois will operate the village pool again this summer following trustees' approval of a contract for those services. The contract requires the village to make whole any losses the YMCA incurs during the season.

    All five trustees present approved mayor Christy Picard's appointment of Chris Lashbrook to the New Baden park board.

    Park clean-up date change

    Due to wet conditions at the park, Trenton's Park Boosters have postponed their planned clean-up day from this Saturday, March 7, to next Saturday, March 14, starting at 8 a.m. Anyone who is interested in supporting the city's recreational program is encouraged to come help out, especially in the playground, walking trail, and pool areas. Bring whatever equipment will be helpful for raking, collecting trash, and picking up gumballs. A larger group of volunteers will result in a shorter day.

    Wehrle gets nod as head of Trenton's public works

    Trenton's city council was expected to name Kurt Wehrle as its new public works superintendent Tuesday night at its regular monthly voting meeting. Wehrle was one of two finalists who were interviewed for the position, a management post that includes supervisory over the city's public works department, who collectively bargain as members of the Teamsters Union.

    The city had been operating without a public works supervisor for the past couple of years, and had instead inserted language providing for a 'lead man' within the bargaining unit, a position that was filled by Brett Therion. With the hiring of Wehrle, the city will eliminate that language, which was contained in a 'side letter' to the contract.

    Wehrle is a former excavating contractor and a native of Trenton, now residing in rural Lebanon.

    Trenton's meeting Tuesday night took place past the Sun's deadline, but the appointment of Wehrle was published as part of the council's posted agenda for the meeting. Look in next week's Sun for more on the hire and other action from Tuesday's meeting.

    Time Marches On


    William Niemeyer was again selected as sexton at a meeting of the Trenton Cemetery Association.

    A number of friends of Lena Winkler tendered for a farewell party at Eisenmayer Hall. She intends to leave for Canada in the near future.

    A baby boy arrived at the home of Herman Korte southeast of Aviston.

    The high school literary society elected the following: Frances Peter, president; Daniel Beutler, vice-president; Albert Eicher, secretary.


    The city Council last week purchased a new fire truck for the fire department.

    Miss Mame Tragesser was operated for appendicitis at St. Mary Hospital in St. Louis.

    Trenton lost to Central High School of St. Louis 43 to 24 in the second round of the high school basketball tournament being held in St. Louis. Their opponents from Washington, Mo. forfeited in the first round.


    Mrs. Herman Brueggemann was operated on at the Breese Hospital last Thursday and Miss Bernadine Schleper was operated on for appendicitis at Aviston last week.

    Henry Holtkamp died at his home in Aviston Tuesday morning, March 12, at the age of 78.

    Mr. and Mrs. Albert Anstedt have purchased the Valenti property just west of town.

    Merle Monken, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Monken of Summerfield, passed away at the Highland Hospital on March 9.


    Dr. Oscar Reinhardt, 59, of Mascoutah died at St. Elizabeth Hospital Sunday morning. He was a native of New Baden.

    Vernon O. Montgomery, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Montgomery, died March 2 in Belgium as a result of wounds received in action in Germany.

    Mrs. Michael Peters, 77, of Summerfield died last Thursday following and illness of two years.

    A telegram was received announcing the death of Elmer Alberternst, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Alberternst, of injuries received somewhere in Italy while in the service of his country.

    Joseph Friederich, 65, of near New Memphis died Tuesday morning.

    Mrs. Ann Loepker, died Friday morning at her home east of Bartelso.


    A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Lampe on Feb. 24 and a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Draper on February 6.

    Mrs. Josephine Toennies, 65, of New Baden died Wednesday afternoon.

    The Sanitary Milk Producers celebrated its silver anniversary at the annual meeting at Waterloo.


    Wayne Trame, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Trame, was given the Most Valuable Player award at the Mater Dei Lettermen's Banquet.

    Chester Missey, a timber worker of Summerfield, died Friday at the age of 63.

    Francis "Sleepy" Brooks died suddenly at his home March 13, aged 55.

    Mrs. Herman Stockmann, nee Ann Weinheimer of New Baden, died Sunday at the age of 78.

    Mrs. William Boggy, nee Minnie Seger, of Summerfield died March 12, aged 94.

    Mr. and Mrs. Walter Neumann of O'Fallon, formerly of Trenton, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Sunday.


    The annual blood bank at New Baden on Feb. 25 collected 94 pints with 107 persons presenting themselves.

    Three youth are among 125 high school seniors in competition for the $4,000 Foundation-Alumni Distinguished Scholarships at Illinois State University: Deborah Berger of Trenton, Teresa Arentsen of New Baden and Clinton Wesolik of New Athens.

    Mrs. Lydia Miller, 88, of South Bend and formerly of Trenton, died March 1.

    Mrs. Irene Schmidt of Breese died March 10 at the age of 57.

    The wedding of Miss Jane Jakel and David Lee Deiters took place in St. Gertrudes Church.

    Dr. Charles S. Kurz of Carlyle and formerly of Trenton has been chosen by the Dental Alumni Association of Washington University School of Dental Medicine as its 1975 "Distinguished Alumnus."


    Ben Schoene celebrated his 90th birthday with an Open House at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday.

    A son was born to John and Mary Henss , nee Niemann, on Feb. 26.

    Miss Viola Pitt, 81, died at the Carlyle Healthcare Center Sunday, March 10. She was born in Trenton , the daughter of Joseph and Harriet Johnson Pitt.

    The Wesclin High School Music Dept. returned from the IHSA sponsored Solo and Ensemble Contest at Flora on Mach 2 with eight 1st place ratings, 18 2nd place ratings, and three 3rd place ratings.


    Jenny Huelsmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Huelsmann of Trenton, and Brenda Roth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roth of Trenton, were among the young ladies competing for the Southern Illinois Dairy Princess title.

    It was a long ride back from Carbondale Tuesday night for disappointed Mater Dei Knights fans, after watching their team go down to Harrisburg in sweet 16 supersectional play, 51-43.


    Eric and Jacqueline Hegger of Highland announce the arrival of Aiden Michael Hegger, born Feb. 2.

    In keeping with the traditions of the past, Trenton's Sesquicentennial committee will have a beard growing contest as part of this summer's celebration.

    Wesclin's Mathletes won eight of ten events at the ICTM Regional Math Contest. The Warriors scored a school record 502 points in winning the event at SIU-E.

    New Baden Cub Scout Pack 34 celebrated 75 years of scouting Feb. 17.

    Graesser - Obit

    Wilma Graesser

    Wilma H. Graesser, 85, of Trenton, died Friday, February 27, 2015 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. She was born in Trenton on July 5, 1929, daughter of Emil and Mary Graesser, nee Huelsmann, and they preceded her. Other precedents included a sister, Marie Graesser; brothers Elmer Graesser and Carl Graesser; a sister-in-law, Cora Graesser; and cousins. Ms. Graesser graduated from Trenton High School and earned her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Illinois. She completed her 5th year Apprenticeship and became a Registered and Licensed Dietician through Purdue University. Her career included working at the University of Illinois Residence Halls, Trenton Milling Company as Director of the Test Kitchen for eight and one-half years, thus becoming known as "the Betty Crocker of Trenton." Finally, she served 27 years as the Director of Food Services for the Roxana School District. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Trenton where she was the chairman of the Wurst Markt and Funeral Luncheons. She was active in the church's J.O.Y. Society and Woman's Fellowship, and had been a Sunday School Teacher. Her professional memberships include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as American Dietetic Association), Life member of Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly known as American Home Economics Association), School Nutrition Association, Life member of the University of Illinois Alumnus Association, Life member of Clinton County Historical Society, and Clinton County Farm Bureau. Wilma loved to travel, read, and watch St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and Wesclin Basketball. She is survived by cousins. The funeral was Tuesday from St. John United Church of Christ in Trenton, the Reverend Mark Stryjak officiating. Interment Trenton Cemetery. Memorials to St. John United Church of Christ or Clinton County Historical Society will be received through Moss Funeral Home in Trenton,

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    Louden - Obit

    Leland Louden

    Leland E. "Lee" "Skip" Louden, 95, of Trenton, died Thursday, February 26, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese. He was born January 25, 1920 in St. Louis, son of Mary Agnes Louden, and she preceded him. Other precedents included his father- and mother-in-law, Newman K. and Elizabeth Meddows, nee Ellison; brothers- and sisters-in-law Lavern and Flora Meddows, Clifford and Lois Meddows, Kenward "Sparky" and Sally Meddows, Donald "Buck" Meddows, Jane and Harry "Bud" Saville, Gilbert Meddows, Harry and Lucy Meddows; and his father figure, Bill Bingaman. He married Sarah "Sally" Meddows on May 11, 1947 at First United Methodist Church, Trenton, and she survives in Trenton. Also surviving are his daughters, Terry (Dennis) Griesbaum, and Rhonda (Jim) Dupras, all of Trenton; four grandchildren, Kristy Lytle and special friend Brandon Buescher, Michelle Griesbaum and fiancé Rich Rohe, Sara (Aaron) Jennings, and Nick (Caitlin) Dupras; nine great grandchildren, Teagan Rohe, Liam and Athena Joyce, and Phoenix, Leland, Brayden, Alex, Ezekiel, and Vincent Jennings; sisters-in-law Lettie Meddows of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Wilma Quitmeyer-Gerse of Belleville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Louden was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He was a self employed mink rancher until 1966, and later retired as the Insect/Rodent Control Foreman at Scott Air Force Base. He sold real estate for Century 21 in Trenton and Fortune Realty in O'Fallon. He developed the East Gate Manor subdivision and helped develop Northland Acres subdivision, both in Trenton. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Trenton, charter member of Trenton VFW Post 7983, and past member of the Trenton Sportsmen Club. He loved to hunt, fish, hunt mushrooms, spend time with his family, and vacation. The funeral was Monday, March 2, 2015 from Moss Funeral Home in Trenton, the Reverend Mike Rucker of First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment with full military honors, Trenton Cemetery. Memorials to First United Methodist Church, Trenton, Trenton VFW Post 7983, or Celtic Hospice will be received through Moss Funeral Home.

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    Hilmes - Obit

    Christine Hilmes

    Christine L. Hilmes, 92, of Trenton, died Friday, February 27, 2015 at Carlyle Health Care Center. She was born October 13, 1922 in Aviston, daughter of Henry and Catherine Schleper, nee Rakers, and they preceded her. She married Arnold B. Hilmes Sr. on November 6, 1945 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, and he died November 5, 1986. Other precedents included her daughters, Irene Hilmes and Mary Ann Brown; son-in-law Dennis Brown; sisters Josephine Rehkemper and Bernadine Emig; and brothers Herman Schleper, Tony Schleper, George Schleper, and Alphonse Schleper. She is survived by her children, Ray (Joyce) Hilmes of Collinsville, Ralph Hilmes of Highland, Al Hilmes of Highland, and Arnold B. "Jay" Hilmes, Jr. of Trenton; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren; a brother, Albert Schleper of Trenton; and two sisters, Sr. Theresa Schleper, PHJC and Sr. Georgine Schleper, PHJC, both of Donaldson, Indiana. Mrs. Hilmes was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, and its Altar Sodality. The funeral was Tuesday from St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials to the charity of the donor's choice will be received through Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.

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    Marty - Obit

    Edward Marty

    Edward John Marty, 90 of Trenton, died Friday, February 26, 2015 at his home. He was born January 10, 1925 in St. Louis, son of Louis and Anna Marty, nee Whitaker, and they preceded him. He married Anna Mae Goodwin on December 23, 1944 in St. Louis; she died November 17, 1999. A son, Christopher Marty, also preceded him. Surviving are his daughters, Bernice (Tom) Huber of St. Louis; and Carol (Mike) Barbaglia of Lake Ozark, Missouri; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Joann Marty of St. Louis and Burla Mae Marty of Ventura, California; and his special friend, Joan Abernathy of Trenton. Mr. Marty was a retired furnace repairman from Exxon-Mobile. There will be a memorial mass on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's of Victories Catholic Church, 744 S. 3rd St., St. Louis, MO 63102.

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    Kaufman - Obit

    Timothy Kaufman

    Timothy G. "Timmy" Kaufman, 47, of Belleville, formerly of Trenton, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at his home. He was born in Belleville on August 4, 1967, son of Oliver "Scoop" and Leona Kaufman, nee Papproth, and they survive in Trenton. Also surviving are a daughter, Bambi Harrawood of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; a brother, Scott (Geri) Kaufman of Highland; a sister, Shari (Karry) Major of Trenton; a sister-in-law, Sharon Kaufman of Trenton; and nieces and nephews A brother, Steve Kaufman, preceded him. As a boy, Tim raised chickens on the farm. He loved animals, flowers and music. He played the drums in the marching band at Wesclin and later played drums in his own band. His love for flowers led him to landscaping, which he really enjoyed. There will be a memorial visitation tomorrow (Thursday), March 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Memorials to Clinton County Humane Society will be received at the funeral home.

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    Heimbecker - Obit

    Sandra Heimbecker

    Sandra Kay Heimbecker, 62, of Beckemeyer, formerly of Germantown, died Saturday, February 28, 2015 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese. She was born March 23, 1952 in Ottumwa, Iowa, daughter of Clarence Vernon and Mescal "Mickey" Barker, nee Williams, and they preceded her. She married Bill Heimbecker on May 8, 1971 and he survives at home. Children, grandchildren, and siblings survive. Mrs. Heimbecker worked in accounting for White Star Silos in Germantown. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown. The funeral is tomorrow (Thursday) at 10 a.m. from St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown. Interment St. Boniface Cemetery. Friends may call this evening (Wednesday) from 4 to 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Germantown. Memorials to Faith for Fallon Schlautmann will be received at the funeral home.

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    Ripperda - Obit

    Margaret Ripperda

    Margaret Ann "Margie" Ripperda, 73, of Highland, died Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Faith Care Center in Highland. She was born March 25, 1941 in Breese, daughter of Vincent and Verena Deien, nee Huene, and they preceded her. She married John Ripperda on April 25, 1960 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese, and he died July 22, 2007. A son, grandchildren, and brothers also preceded her. Children, grandchildren, siblings, and in-laws including Fran Deien of Trenton and Jeannie Deien of New Baden survive. Mrs. Ripperda had worked at Koch Cleaners in Highland and attended a non-denominational chapel in Pocahontas. The funeral is tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. from Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Friends may call from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese.

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