Valhalla-Gaerdner-Holten Funeral Home and Valhalla Gardens

3412 Frank Scott Pkwy West, Belleville, IL


Lois Jean Larch

July 12, 1955August 13, 2019

Lois Jean (McElligott) Larch

Lois Larch, 64, of Belleville, IL, born July 12, 1955, died August 13, 2019. She was preceded in death by her sons, Charles Scott Greenlee and Nathan James Greenlee; father, James McElligott; sister, Carol L’Hote; a sister in law, Colleen McElligott. Surviving are her daughter, Rebecca Michelle Larch; grandson, Benjamin Scott Greenlee; mother, Mary (nee Self) McElligott; four brothers, Gary (Jo Anne) McElligot, Michael McElligott, Glen (Donna) McElligott, and Neil (Sandi) McElligott; one sister, Beth (David) Zahn; and an aunt, uncle, cousins, nieces, and nephews. A special thanks to her close friends, Kathy and Dianne; her therapy friends and staff of Southbrook Skilled Nursing facility Farmington, MO, along with the staff at Preferred Hospice of Farmington, MO.

Visitation is on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, 3412 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville, IL 62223. Private burial at Mt. Carmel in Belleville.

In lieu of flowers, Lois preferred donations be made to the St. Peters Fraternity where she was an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary and Third Order Franciscan, Poor Clare Monastery, or the donor’s choice. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com.

"Yes" --The written words from Lois

"Only you My God can give me the grace to succeed in ways of Yours not of wishings of my own. I hear, but do I listen to the stirrings within that come from my soul . Your spirit gently nudges me to put into action your will. I reluctantly move slow out of fear that my life will change from the predictable to the possible with God. Creatures of habit--of free will--Please dear Lord take my life into You and guide me. I will be Your servant.

I do love You above all things. Keep me humble of heart to prove You are the one who is leading me, my voice to speak Your Holy will, my hands to comfort, my thoughts conveyed out of Your Holy presence within me, I pray.

I'm the most unlikely Lord, but You speak clearly and finally I listen and answer. I'm ready God. I give my simple "Yes" to You."


  • St. Peters Fraternity
  • Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy


  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Private Interment Friday, August 16, 2019


Lois Jean Larch

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Tim McElligott

August 15, 2019

Dearest Cousin,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand. You are with Him.

Cindy & Gary Wellener

August 15, 2019

Lois, Sweet Cousin of mine, Your laugh was contagious, as was your smile! Gentle & Kind to anyone you met! We grew up, sharing the same fence, that connected our yards! We sang songs, & you asked for more! You wanted all the things in life that we ALL want! You had SOOO much Love for everyone who crossed your path! You Loved & LOST Love, & DESERVED BETTER, out of the Love You chose! Your suffering seemed to never end! We ALL wonder, "WHY YOU!" You got closer to GOD searching for answers! "HE" was the answer, and now your home is with "HIM," and those that you Lost! ........and YES, we will sing songs together again, SOME DAY!!! I Love You, & will Miss You! Save a place at the table for us! Loving You, ALWAYS! Cindy xoxo