Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years


Marietta M. Welborn, 87, of Staunton, Ill., died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at her residence. She was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Staunton, the daughter of the late Joseph and Lena (Colpi) Cheragotti. She married Daniel Welborn in 1975, and he preceded her in death in January 2003.

Marietta was employed as a registered nurse at Community Hospital of Staunton for over 30 years. She was also a member of St. Michael Catholic Church of Staunton, a volunteer at His Service Station and at Community Hospital of Staunton. She believed in giving back to the community where she was born.

She is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Bennett of Staunton; one brother, Daniel (Linda) Cheragotti of St. Louis, Mo .; one stepson, Wayne Welborn of Roxana; and numerous nieces and nephews including Shannon Bilbrey of Granger, Texas, and Mary Cheragotti, Joseph Cheragotti and Anthony Cheragotti, all of St. Louis, Mo. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ann Bennett.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church in Staunton with Rev. Thomas Hagstrom officiating. Private interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton.

Memorials are suggested to either Adopt-A-Pet of Benld, St. Michael Catholic Church of Staunton or to Illinois Valley. Condolences may be left online Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton is in charge of arrangements.


Written by Rev. Avis Richardson:

On a personal note, Marietta was, in her retirement hours, a woman of deep faith. The long commitment and devotion by which she had faithfully coveted to care for others in her nursing career never ceased to be present while she assumed the sense of deep responsibility for her loved ones and friends.

With a sweet fierce determination she made a difference in our lives as her abiding trust in God. She prayed for us with her generous spirit of love and grace before the throne. A good and faithful servant of the Lord.

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