March 22, 2023

Merry L. Callovini, 66, of Staunton, Ill., died on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton. She was born Aug. 7, 1956, in Alton, the daughter of the late Shirley (Geisler) Hansel Buehler and the late Kenneth Buehler. She married Phil Callovini, Sr., on Sept. 3, 1988, and he survives.

Merry worked as a paralegal with law offices in Edwardsville for many years and was also a Mary Kay consultant. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church of Staunton, Staunton Lions Club, and she volunteered at St. Michael's Church and at His Service Station in Staunton.

She is survived by her husband, Phil Callovini Sr. of Staunton; five children, Phil (Angie) Callovini Jr. of Holiday Shores, Marthee (Pete) Sansone of Staunton, Michael (Amy) Callovini of Staunton, Krystal (Matt) Marra of Staunton, and Cory (Jackie) Rodreguiz of Staunton; nine grandchildren, Julian Lopez, Austin Callovini, Tristan Sansone, Anthony Sansone, Madalyn Callovini, Gunnyr Marra, Alex (Michael) Ashpole, Samantha (Dustin) Scheller, Michael Senaldi; three great-grandchildren, Mila, C.J., Finn; siblings, Eunice Morse, Carl Hansel, Max Hansel, Audrey Owens, Beth Buehler, Jackie Boda, Sheila Friend, Robbie Buehler, Edith Schehl; brother-in-law, Alan (Debbie) Callovini; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Annette and Bino Callovini.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 18, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton with Rev. Thomas Hagstrom officiating. Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton.

Memorials are suggested to either Darts for Kids, National Diabetes Foundation, or to the charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be left online at

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