Lake View Funeral Home & Lake View Memorial Gardens

5000 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL



March 17, 1934November 13, 2017

Vana J Allgire, Swansea, IL born on March 17, 1934 in St. Louis, MO, passed away on November 13, 2017 at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center in Lebanon, IL.

Vana spent most of her life being a stay-at-home mother to her four children. She was an active member of the Franklin School PTO during her children’s elementary school years. She attended all her children’s school and sports activities and thoroughly loved (and disliked) wrestling season with the boys. She attended every match or tournament but dreaded when they dieted to make weight. She was known by her grandchildren as “Granny Fanny” and “Grandma Stinkpot.”

Later in life, she returned to the workforce as an EEG technician at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, IL. After leaving the hospital, she spent many years serving as church secretary at Westview Baptist Church in Belleville, IL, where she was an active member until the onset of her Alzheimer’s in 2008.

Vana was preceded in death by her father, Walter Griebel, and her mother, Alma (nee Hulbert) Griebel. She is survived by her husband, Charles M. Allgire of Shiloh, IL; her four children, Cindy (Joe) Miller of Caseyville, IL; Susie (Terry) Taggart of O’Fallon, IL; Butch (Lynn) Allgire of Belleville, IL; Tim Allgire of Belleville, IL; and her sister Vicki (Dan) Cushman of Belleville, IL.

She also leaves behind her seven grandchildren: Laura (Brian) Barr, Jody (Nick) Yarber, Lauren (Brett) Higgins, Abby (Ben) Sgro, Collin Allgire, Mallory Allgire, and Shannon Allgire and four great grandchildren, Ally Barr, Kaiden Allgire, Bentley and Abel Yarber. She is also survived by several nieces & nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center for the special care they gave Vana during her final years. Memorials in her memory can be made to: Cops N Kids Program (Checks can be made out to OFallon FOP Lodge #198) and the Alzheimer’s Association. Additional condolences may be made online at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com

Visitation: Family and friends may visit from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 N Illinois Street Fairview Heights Illinois 62208.

Funeral Service: Funeral Services will be held immediately following visitation starting at 12:00 pm. Interment will take place in Lake View Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Fairview Heights, Illinois.


  • Visitation Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Burial Saturday, November 18, 2017



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Lonnie Martin

November 17, 2017

Charlie - You and Vana will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Dennis and Kay Tribout

November 17, 2017

From our family to yours we are deeply saddened by your loss. Sorry we are unable to attend the service because we are out of town.Please know that you are not alone in remembering a truly wonderful person.


November 16, 2017

So sorry to hear of Vannas passing. Prayers to you all.. Fond memories of camping with ya all at Gillispie Lake.

Marcia Baltz

November 16, 2017

Cindy and Family. So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my prayers.

November 16, 2017

Butch and Lynn,

I was sorry to see that Butch's mother passed away. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Julie and Andy Katz

Jim and Rosie Robinson

November 16, 2017

Chuck and family, We were deeply saddened to hear of Vana's death. She was a wonderful Christian woman and we have many fond memories of her in our time at Westview Baptist Church. We will be praying for you all in the days ahead.

Donna Schmittling

November 15, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Vana will be sadly missed. Thank you for allowing me to be part of her life.

George Ditter

November 15, 2017

Dear Charlie and Family,

Please accept my sincerest condolences. May God's love provide you with peace comfort and understanding during this time of such great sorrow.

George R. Ditter

November 14, 2017

My condolences to your family. May you find comfort in God's word the Bible. (Rom 15:4)

November 14, 2017

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11