Lake View Funeral Home & Lake View Memorial Gardens
5000 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL
January 2, 1928 – November 5, 2019
Isabel H. Hangsleben, 91, of O’Fallon, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, November 5th 2019 at her home at The Colonnade Senior Living. She was born January 2nd, 1928 in Tucson, Arizona to Nicanor and Martha (Alvillar) Martinez.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold W. Hangsleben, granddaughter Renee Adams of Arizona, all of her eleven siblings and many of her Hangsleben family members.
Isabel is survived by her children, Marie E. (Victor) Dancel of Phoenix, Arizona, David H. (Kimmarie) Hangsleben of Gurley, Alabama, John W. (Jeanne) Hangsleben of Glen Carbon, Illinois, and Paul R. (Denise) Hangsleben of Orlando, Florida, her brother in law Manuel Ceja of California, and sister in laws Bertha Martinez of California, Marlene Kabureck and Blanche Scheibel of Illinois. She is further survived by seven grandchildren – Vincent Dancel of Avondale AZ, Sarah ( Bryan) Connell, Ben (Jayna) Hangsleben and Thomas (Charity) Hangsleben all of Alabama, Samantha Hangsleben of Glen Carbon IL, and Eric (Laura) Simon and Daniel (Courtney) Simon of Missouri. She also has 12 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
Belle retired from a position with the General Services Administration in 1994, where she made many lifelong friends – including Jane Knowles. Belle was always involved in her children’s activities while they were in school…. Including running the “Mom Taxi". The children’s friends always knew there would be a safe place and a listening ear in her home. Belle enjoyed Cardinal baseball, reading, crafting – especially knitting and crocheting. She made Christmas stockings for everyone in the family… including the pets. She also liked to travel and was able to enjoy several cruises and make a trip to Germany during her life.
Belle came to live at The Colonnade in early 2016 where she found many new friends, and an old and dear friend, Margaret Heinke. She loved living there and took part in all the activities available. The staff adopted her, as they do all their residents, and showered her with love and friendship. She was part of their family too.
Belle suffered a health crisis two years ago and lost most of her sight. The staff and her friends at the Colonnade watched over her and did their best to help her continue to lead a full life. Near the end of her life, Heartland Hospice took excellent care of her. The family will be ever grateful for the love and care given go their mother by both The Colonnade staff and Heartland Hospice nurses and aides.
Visitation will be Thursday, November 14th, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Funeral will be Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 11:00 am at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois. An additional Visitation will be one hour prior to funeral.
Burial will follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens.
In Lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Mind’s Eye Radio or to Heartland Hospice.
- Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2019
- Funeral Friday, November 15, 2019
November 17, 2019
To the family,
Anyone who knew your Mother Loved her. She was always kind to everyone.
I loved it when she came to lunch with the girls one day. She was like one of the girls. Laughing and having a good time. Little did I think that was the last day I ever saw Belle
Much Love and Prayers to you all♥️
Your neighbor across the yard
Bonnie French Rohr
November 11, 2019
I work at the heritage part of The Colonnade, but worked on the colonnade side once in a while( on night shift). Belle was my absolute favorite resident on that side. She was so friendly and quite cute. She always was so happy and really would cheer me up when I helped her get ready in the morning. She always had something interesting to talk about. I'm absolutely heartbroken to hear she passed away, we really lost someone special here.
November 10, 2019
What a pleasure to have known Bell! She was an active Blitz player who enjoyed getting together once a week for that. She was so intelligent, and won all of the contests where the mind was the deciding factor! I always knew she would be present for saying the Rosary every time, also. And Bingo just would not have been Bingo without her there! She will be missed!
Kim Zook Hayhurst
November 7, 2019
Belle was mother to my best friend ever. I remember her as loving, gentle, kind, and always had a listening ear and she raised awesome children. Fly high, Ms Belle.
November 7, 2019
Just remembering all her children....and that I know each one of them! You are a lovely family and I am sure she was proud of each of you. My deepest condolences and sympathies. Keeping you in my prayers.