Gilbert Lewis Hebenstreit, 81 of Gillespie, died at St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield on Monday, September 2, 2019, at 2:46 pm. He was born on January 11, 1938, in Staunton to Donald Hebenstreit and Louise (Calcari) Hebenstreit. He married Mary Jean (Goehe) Hebenstreit.
He was owner and operator of Hebenstreit Funeral Home, Hebenstreit Furniture Store, 3M Sanitation, Hebenstreit Apartments and car washes. Gilbert was also an Anheuser Busch Distributor and a veteran of the US Marines. Gilbert enjoyed family, friends and cooking.
He is survived by his spouse, Mary Jean Hebenstreit of Gillespie; children, Mary Louise “Weiser” Hebenstreit of Benld, Gene (Stephanie) Hebenstreit of Litchfield, and Margaret “Margie” (Mike) Brill of Gillespie; grandchildren, Britt Hebenstreit, Chelsey (Brandon) Semplowski, Alec Hebenstreit, and Maris Brill; great-grandchildren, Marlee Hebenstreit, Rowdy Hebenstreit, Viera Hebenstreit, Noah Semplowski, Alyvia Semplowski, and Liam Semplowski; and sister in law, Mary. L. Hebenstreit.
Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Hebenstreit.
Visitation services will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 4:00 until 8:00 pm. Funeral mass will be held on Friday, September 6 at 10:00 am at SS Simon and Jude Church, Gillespie. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Staunton. Memorials are suggested to SS Simon and Jude Church or Gillespie Benld Ambulance Service. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.