Stanley Leo Thien

March 8, 1947December 26, 2014

Stanley Leo Thien, 67, born March 8, 1947 in Illinois, passed away on Friday, December 26, 2014 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Illinois.

Stanley was a retired security guard. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Stanley was preceded in death by his wife Donna, nee Battreal Thien; parents, Ferdinand and Cecelia, nee Bergmann Thien; sister, Darlene Crawford and a uncle, Larry Bergmann.

Surviving are his brother in law, Michael Crawford; aunts and uncles, Mary – Ann Gehrs, Lucille (Robert) Rickhoff, and Sal Bergmann, also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends all who he loved very much.

Memorials in Stanley’s memory may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 2, 2014 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home. A Knights of Columbus Chalice Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday evening.

Service: Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2014 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home with Monsignor Bill McGhee officiating.

Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Shiloh, Illinois

Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois.


  • Visitation Friday, January 2, 2015
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 3, 2015

Stanley Leo Thien

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Sister John Baricevic, SSND

January 5, 2015

Stanley and I were classmates at St. Albert. His big smile was always a welcome site at every gathering we ever had. My prayers are with his family.

Ashley Dunn

January 3, 2015

I was so saddened by this news. Stan was such a loving, sweethearted man. He will be missed dearly and thought of often. My prayers are with him and his loved ones.

Patti Volkman-Biby

January 2, 2015

I was so sorry to hear about Stanley's passing. The last time I saw Stan we sat at the same table at the 40th reunion. He was such a polite and friendly man. My thoughts and prayers go out to Stan's family and friends.

Mick Sprouse

January 1, 2015

I was happy to see Stanley again at the 8th grade 50th reunion. So sad to hear his passing, especially around xmas.

Jackie Moore

January 1, 2015

I went to St. Albert the Great grade school with Stanley. It is hard to see someone our age leave this life. Sad that a lot of his family is gone. May they all be reunited in God's reward for having faith in Him.

Al Evans

January 1, 2015

Stan and I went to St Albert's Grade School and Belleville Jr. College as it was known as then. He has always been a great friend and I had a great deal of fun with him. He will be sadly missed.

Jennifer Armstrong

January 1, 2015

Stan was my friend and neighbor for over 18 years. He had a warm and generous soul. He is so missed and will be forever!

Wayne Jennings

January 1, 2015

I'm so sorry to hear of Stanley's passing. May you find strength in Christ during this difficult time.
Wayne Jennings
Class of '65

Marsha Blumenhorst Ragen

December 31, 2014

I met Stanley when his parents would come to the Blumenhorst Bakery in Okawville Illinois. He was always a happy child but lost touch with the family when the bakery closed in the 1980s. My deepest sympathy to the family of Stanley. He was a great guy. Marsha Blumenhorst Ragen

December 27, 2014

I express my deepest sympathy and heart-felt condolences to the family of Stanley. I haven't known him that long, but I know he was a spiritual man who cared about his family , his country, and his God. He will surely be missed by all the members of the Fourth Degree #199 Bishop Janssen Assembly of Belleville. May god have mercy on his soul and lead him to his eternal reward in heaven .God Bless you Stan. Willie Holdener, Faithful Navigator of 4th Degree Assembly Belleville