Doris Ann Calhoun

April 20, 1920December 1, 2018

Doris Ann Calhoun, nee Roth, 98, of Belleville, IL, born on April 20, 1920 in Belleville, passed away on Saturday, December 1st, at St. Paul’s Senior Community in Belleville. Doris lived life as the ultimate mother and supporter of family and friends. She will be remembered for her gentle demeanor, loving personality, and sweetness toward anyone she encountered.

Doris attended Belleville public schools and was a retired homemaker who early in life worked to support family as a waitress at Belleville’s former Bismarck and Bob White cafés. She was a member of the Women of the Moose and Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed cheering for her St. Louis Blues and Cardinals on TV. She was also known as an outstanding cook who hosted many holiday feasts, impromptu fish fries, barbecues, and beer-and-turtle-soup gatherings at the family home or clubhouse. She was particularly passionate about spending countless hours baking many dozens of cookies that made holidays extra special for the family.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 32 years William Calhoun (1981); parents John and Laura, nee Chatelain, Roth; and a brother, Hans (Christine) Roth and one great-grandchild.

Surviving to cherish her memory and sustain her loving approach to life are son Tom (Barbara) Calhoun of Millstadt IL; daughter Bonnie (Mark) Heffernan of Freeburg IL; two stepsons, Robert (Marjorie) Calhoun of Belleville IL and William (Kathleen) Calhoun of Fort Myers FL; eleven grandchildren, Ian Calhoun and Stewart (Trenton) Calhoun, Mark (Kate) Heffernan, Lauren Heffernan and Lindsay (Ed) Heffernan, Jeffory (Melissa) Calhoun, Bob (Sheryl) Calhoun, and Douglas (Julie) Calhoun, Kelly Terschluse Calhoun, Vickie (Joe) Hemmer and Jennifer (Greg) Oplt; twelve great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at St.Paul’s Senior Community and Hospice of Southern Illinois for their excellent and loving care.

Doris loved all creatures, especially the family dogs. Memorial donations may be made to CHAMP assistance dogs at Memories and expressions of condolence may be made at

There will be no visitation. A private service and internment will be held at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights IL.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Doris’s life will be held at a place and time to be announced.


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Ruth Peters

December 9, 2018

To all the Calhoun Clan, Jerry and I spoke often about the fun times we were able to visit Belleville and be with Grampaw Calhoun, Aunt Doris, and Aunt Catherine. The bar-b-ques were loud and funny and plenty of beer to celebrate the gathering. I know Belle considered Doris and Catherine good friends as well as sisters-in-law. The last time they were together in Memphis for a visit was such a wonderful occasion, especially to Belle. I recall very long ago on a visit to Belleville, sitting with Grampaw Calhoun and watching little Tommy and Bonnie playing on the grass in front of the porch. Doris always made us feel welcome and I am glad Jerry Peters got to spend some time with his Grampaw and Aunt Doris . Now that we have lost Jerry, I am sure he and Doris and Catherine and Grampaw Calhoun are together in Heaven catching up on all the family news. Doris, thank you for being the outstanding person that you are to your family and friends. Our Memphis Jerry Peters family has sent a memorial for Aunt Doris to the CHAMPS group to honor her legacy. With love, Ruth Peters in Memphis.