Florence Trantham Obituary (2022) – Jerseyville, IL
Jerseyville – Florence “Sis” Trantham, 98, passed away peacefully at 3:35 p.m., Wednesday, February 2, 2022 in Jerseyville.
She was born in Fieldon, Illinois on December 7, 1923, the daughter of the late Henry and Barbara (Blaeser) Schmidt. She grew up in Fieldon, with her brother Frank Schmidt, and graduated from Jersey Township High School in Jerseyville.
She met the love of her life, William “Tommy” Trantham as a teenager when he moved her from South Carolina. The two were married on October 25, 1942, in Fieldon, and soon after Tommy was quickly drafted into the United States Army. Sis traveled with him to Spokane, Wa., Tuscon, Az., San Bernardino, Ca. and New York. During this time, she worked in various shoe stores, as Tommy trained as an engineer before being sent overseas to serve in World War II, building temporary airstrips throughout the Pacific. South. After his honorable discharge, they returned to Fieldon, where the two built their home and raised their two daughters.
Sis was a member of the Fieldon Home Extension, the Altar Society, the church choir and the Moose Lodge in Jerseyville in the 1970s and 1980s. She and Tommy were a big part of the famous catfish dinners and Friday night fried chicken, plus dancing and bingo games.
They were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fieldon and then Holy Ghost Catholic Church when they moved to Jerseyville in 1987. Sis had a deep love for music, having grown up in a musical family. You could often find her with Tommy dancing to live music most weekends, and those who sat near Sis in church could always be treated to a sweet alto voice finding the harmonies in just about every song or hymn.
Sis lost Tommy too soon to ALS on October 4, 1988, and remained in Jerseyville as the proud mother of two, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of eight. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, loved his crossword puzzles, his crime dramas, and was a proud and passionate Democrat, working as an election judge for many years.
Sis instilled in her family the importance of faith, love, kindness and equality for all.
She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Hugh Allen and LuAnne and Gary Taul, all of Jerseyville; his grandchildren and their spouses, Matt Allen and his wife, Paula Wise of South Orange, NJ., Kate and Denny McFarland of Maryland Heights, Mo., Darric and Amy Taul of Alton, Emily and Drew Short of Glen Carbon, and Erin and Matt Bittles of Jerseyville; his great-grandchildren, Thomas and Max McFarland, Ethan and Aiden Taul, Evelyn and Alice Short, and Walter and Clara Bittles.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Frank Schmidt.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville. Father Hyland Smith will officiate.
She will be interred alongside her husband at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Fieldon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to Catholic charities in Alton or the
I AM ALS, in care of Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, who is making arrangements.
Memories can be shared on www.crawfordfunerals.com.
Published by The Telegraph on February 5, 2022.