Vana Joyce ALLGIRE
Vana Joyce ALLGIRE
  • March 17, 1934 - November 13, 2017
  • Swansea, Illinois

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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

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.