Evelyn Mary Schweppe Brake, 78, of Collinsville, passed away at 1 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
She was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Highland, a daughter of the late Otto and Laura (Jakel) Bircher. She married Lester W. Schweppe Sr. on April 26, 1958, and he passed away on Nov. 19, 2008. She later married Walter “Bucky” Brake on Nov. 20, 2006, and he passed away on June 18, 2009. She retired from McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis after 20 years of dedicated services in the office. Evelyn was a member of the United Transportation Union Auxiliary. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville and formerly of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville. She very devoted and faithful to her faith and her children and grandchildren, always praying for others and reciting the rosary. She enjoyed her days of sewing, reading and working puzzles and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends. She is survived by six children and their spouses, Mark and Stephanie Schweppe of Collinsville, Barbara and Chuck Heinzl of Swansea, Lester Schweppe Jr. of Belleville, Roger and Deborah Schweppe of Shubuta, Miss., Ron Schweppe of Caseyville and Sandy and Tim O’Keefe of Collinsville; three stepchildren and their spouses, Mike and Debbie Brake of Collinsville, Rhonda and Tim Stennett of Collinsville and Karen and Dan Frey of Troy; 15 grandchildren, Alissa, Jamie, Eric, Kyle, Adam, Jonathan, Bryan, Angel, Jo-Lynn, Laura, Victoria, Harold, Darius, Shyla and Ericka; many great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren; step-great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Willis “Red” Jennings of Colorado Springs, Colo.; other extended family and friends. In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by her twin sister, Elva Jennings; a brother, Duane Bircher; and two daughters-in-law, Patricia Schweppe and Carla Schweppe.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. Visitation will continue from 11 a.m. until time of funeral Mass at noon at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 207 Vandalia in Collinsville, with Father Steve Arisman as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Highland. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School or Masses and may be accepted at the funeral home, www.irwinchapel.com.