June 8, 2022
Roxanne Lynn Gregory, 59, of Staunton, Ill., passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1962, in Staunton, to Walter L. "Bud" and Darlene A. (Dworzynski) Renko. She married Robert H. Gregory on Dec. 29, 1998, in New Orleans, La. He survives.
Roxanne was a legal assistant/paralegal for over 35 years, and worked as the office manager for the Law Office of Robert H. Gregory located in East Alton. She was passionate about many issues of importance to her, including environmental protection, protection for victims of domestic violence, alleviation of hunger and poverty in her community, prevention of child physical and sexual abuse, and the preservation of women's reproductive rights in Illinois. Over the years, she advocated for those causes, providing time, effort and monetary contributions to improve the lives of others. Roxanne was also a past member of the Staunton Lions Club, and contributed time to the Staunton Food Pantry and Staunton Helping Hands. Roxanne was most passionate, however, about the love for her family and her friends, and the desire to help others. She enjoyed yoga, flower gardening, fishing and hiking. She was a certified yoga instructor and was a Nia White Belt. She also loved to read and enjoyed music and the arts. She helped found and was an active participant of a local book club that meets monthly at the Staunton VFW.
Roxanne is survived by her husband, Robert Gregory of Staunton; her sons, Cory (Natalie) Tally of Worden, Stephen (Katie) Gregory of O'Fallon, and Bobby (Ashley) Gregory of Morrisville, N.C .; grandchildren, Christian Tally, Richter, Emery, and Palmer Gregory; her mother, Darlene Renko of Moro; brothers, Mark Renko of St. Charles, Mo., Duane (Angela) Renko of Edwardsville, Ryan Renko of Holiday Shores; father-in-law and mother-in-law: William and Evelyn Gregory of Lebanon; sister-in-law, Marsha Weston-Fiss of Belleville; and her niece, Michelle (Bryan) Roy. Roxanne was preceded in death by her father, Walter "Bud" Renko; and brother-in-law, Jan Fiss.
It was Roxanne's wish and that of her family, that her body be cremated.
A private family celebration will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Staunton Helping Hands, Friends of Madison County Child Advocacy Center, the Oasis Women's Center of Alton, Illinois, the Sierra Club of Illinois, the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, Mo., or to Planned Parenthood-Springfield Health Center in Springfield. Condolences may be left online at http://www.lesickofuneral home.com. Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston is in charge of arrangements.