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Thomas J. Wingerter of Sparta, formerly of Chester

  • Thomas "Slats" Wingerter

    Thomas "Slats" Wingerter

updated: 7/12/2022 8:31 AM

Thomas J. "Slats" Wingerter, 76, of Sparta, Illinois, born on May 29, 1946 in Chester, Illinois as the son of Lenus and Eleanor (Braun) Wingerter, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, Illinois.

Thomas was a great fisherman who enjoyed fishing tournaments and being on a boat with his friends. He was the treasurer of the Chester Boat Club for many years and was involved in many fundraisers, hosting dinners, and tournaments through the club.

Thomas was always there to help when he was asked upon. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Sparta, and served as a Knight of Columbus through the church. Thomas enjoyed collecting coins & stamps, camping and helping his wife bake at home. His family meant the world to him and spending time with them was his most favorite hobby of all.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Peggy (Higgins) Wingerter, to whom he was married on June 9, 1978 in Chester; four daughters and sons-in-law, Denise (Jack) Moore of Perryville, Missouri, Dianna (Steven) Hess of Evansville, Illinois, Teresa (Bruce) Jeffers of Sparta, Illinois and Kathleen (Jon) Wolter of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Gene (Heather) Doiron of Warrenton, Missouri; 13 grandchildren, Mandy (Dwight) Lochhead, Jeni Lee (Kerie) Moore, Jack J. (Dawn) Moore, Derrick (Carla) Hess, Darren (Elizabeth) Hess, Ashley (Jeremy) Pickering, Elizabeth (Clinton) Bert, Shanna Jeffers, Dustin (special friend, Taylor Hepp) Jeffers, Teri Lynn (Jimmie) Rice, Ian M. Wolter, Seth Doiron, and Corinna Doiron; 23 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, William (Patricia) Wingerter of Perryville, Missouri and Donald (Jeri) Wingerter of Chester; plus other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lenus and Eleanor (Braun) Wingerter; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary (Leo) Cummings and Margaret (John) Morgan; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Lois) Wingerter and James (Agnus) Wingerter.

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Memorial contributions may be made to Siteman Cancer Center.

The visitation for Mr. Wingerter will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Sparta, Illinois, and again from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2022. Recitation of the Rosary will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at the church.

The Memorial Mass will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at the church, with Father Iuvenis officiating.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of arrangements.

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