Gent Funeral Home
Call UsGent Funeral Home, Inc.
2409 State Street
Alton, IL 62002
About UsSince 1935 our family has served the greater Alton area. Now, three generations later, we are still dedicated to continually offer exceptional service that only a family owned and operated funeral home can give.
our family and staff members will personally serve your family with dignity and respect.
Our commitment to service and professionalism...
has been recognized by the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Association. We are the only funeral home in Alton to receive such an honor.
November 7, 1927 - September 29, 2014
She was born November 7, 1927 in Brighton, the daughter of George & Lula Pilcher.
She married William Bill Bott on June 16, 1950, he survives. Their marriage of 64 years was an example for our family of how to live life in a loving and Godly way. Best friends from the beginning, they danced their way through life together enjoying time at Elm Street Presbyterian Church and with their friends and family. Over the years, they have shown steadfast commitment to each other and things in their care illustrating to us all the things that are truly important in life, faith, family, fun, and good food.
Esther was a constant source of stability and love for her family and the roles she played as wife, mother, and grandparent, great-grandparent, sister and aunt. As an avid baker and excellent cook, she often showed her love and comforted others through food. She was always the first to call loved ones, church members, and family to help in the event of illness or hard times and was highly likely to show up with something freshly baked on their doorstep. Her example, has made all of us better servants to those hurting or in need. In addition to her husband and daughter, her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her great loves. She created lasting and loving memories for her grandchildren that will keep their bonds tight with her even through death. Through her teaching and nurturing, her legacy will live on through her recipes and the memories that were created around every celebration, every pan of fresh baked cinnamon rolls, and every time we find ourselves in the kitchen baking and cooking. She weaved us all together much like the fibers of the many beautiful items she crocheted taking care in that when she was gone, we would still have one another.
In addition to her husband of 64 years, she is survived by her daughter Marcia Sivia of Alton and her son-in-law Wayne Sivia; grandchildren Christy & Tyler Schaper, Todd & Becky Sivia, Edwardsville, Molly & Justin Peters, Alton, great grandchildren; Jacob, Blake, Austin, Matthew, Andrew, and Bailey; a sister, Betty Werts, Brighton, nieces, nephews, and many lifelong friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter Sally Jo Bott, her parents George & Lula Pilcher, sister Mary Edna Schlief, mother and father -in- law Harold & Wilma Bott, sister & brother- in-law Eugene and Patricia Walter.
"If you grieve you've felt joy. If you're mourning someone's death, it's because you loved someone. If you're mourning the loss of health, it means you've had health. Whenever you grieve, it's because for a time you had something precious, and that is something worth celebrating." Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Celebration of life services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Elm Street Presbyterian Church in Alton. Burial will be at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey. Memorials may be made to Elm Street Presbyterian Church in Alton.
September 19, 1927 - September 28, 2014
July 16, 1918 - September 25, 2014
Verna A. Hoffman, 96, died at 10:35 a.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Jerseyville Nursing and Rehab. Born July 16, 1918 in Godfrey, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Clara (Vollmer) Hoffman. She was office manager for various Cadillac dealerships in downtown Alton beginning with John Brown in 1938 then working for Lee Klein and later retiring from Mercer Cadillac. She then sold Mary Kay for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Evangelical United Church of Christ for over 60 years, a member of Zonta International, and an avid quilter. Surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Jim, Jack, Lawrence Pip, Leo Butch, Frank, Herb, and Ed Hoffman, and two sisters, Viola Huebener and Clara Strasser. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 29, 2014 at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Godfrey. Reverend Jerry MeCaskey will officiate. Burial will be at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey. Memorials may be made to the Evangelical United Church of Christ.
September 25, 1938 - September 24, 2014
November 10, 1922 - September 22, 2014
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Gent Funeral Home
2409 State Street
Alton, IL 62002