Rennie Hughes

Nov 1st, 1938 - Apr 30th, 2017


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, May. 5th, 2017 5:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM


San Carlo Cemetery (Private)


San Carlo Cemetery (Private)

Rennie Hughes

Herrin- Rennie Hughes, 78, of Herrin, passed away at 8:30 PM, Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

Rennie was born on November 1, 1938 in Herrin to Ren and Teresa (Merlo) Berra.  She married Terry Hughes on June 18, 1960 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin.  He preceded her in death on October 18, 2008.

Rennie Hughes meant many things to many people.  She was the most loving, dedicated, and caring: Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and Wife.  She was an outstanding and well respected Registered Nurse, committed to the highest level of medical care and personal compassion for every patient she touched.  She began her nursing career at Herrin Hospital and then later as a nurse for Dr. Robert D. Kane and then Dr. William F. Hays, both of Herrin.

Rennie was an avid traveler.  She enjoyed exploring the world both early and throughout her entire life.  She had many friends and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority.  She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church and was a graduate of OLMC School. She had an unwavering faith and was committed to her Catholic teachings and foundation.

She frequently told her loved ones that she led, “a charmed life”.  In fact, she was a shining example of an individual that enhanced the quality of her own life by loving and contributing to the well-being of family, friends, and even strangers.

Survivors include-

Son- Dr. Christopher Hughes of Herrin


Miss Marlo Hanna Hughes of Edwardsville, IL

Miss Sofia Fox Hughes of Herrin

Sister- Mrs. Catherine (Berra) Bleem of Havana, IL

Niece: Mrs. Jeanice (Bleem) Kaiser and husband Jerry of O’Fallon, MO


Mr. John Ren Bleem and wife Anita of Ft. Collins, CO

Dr. Bernard Bleem and wife Sherry of Mahomet, IL

Mr. James Bleem and wife Sue of Walsh, IL

Dr. Renold Bleem and wife Melanie of Havana, IL

Several great nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and grandson- Michael Anthony Hughes.

A memorial visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Friday, May 5, 2017 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.  A private graveside memorial service will be held at San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin.  Monsignor Ken Schaefer will officiate.  Private inurnment will follow at San Carlo Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to the OLMC/New School Foundation and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home/ 201 S. 13th /Herrin, IL   62948.  For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit


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8 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Tim Worstell

    From: San Diego, California

    Date: May 2, 2017

    Once at WashU Mr & Mrs Hughes arrived one evening parking their car in front of our dorm. Chris and I met them with big smiles and Mrs Hughes just looked at both our stomachs and said “Oh you boys haven’t been eating enough!” overly concerned about our well being! Mr Hughes just laughed. He knew we were simply young and lean and hadn’t missed any meals. Fun, better times I will never forget. So sorry to learn of her passing, our prayers are with your family Chris.

  • Guest: Lou Ann & Ken Lane

    From: JEFFERSONVILLE, Indiana

    Date: May 2, 2017

    Dear Chris and Family, we were s very sorry to see of Rennie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and also with Catherine and her Family. We all shared many fun times together even though Rennie was a few years younger and sometimes a little bit of a pest to “two 15 year old’s who were so grown up.” Miss all of and again our prayers are with you. Love, Lou Ann & Ken

  • Guest: Jackie O’Connor Pollard

    From: Durham, North Carolina

    Date: May 3, 2017

    Everyone loved Rennie. She had some great stories and could entertain everyone for hours.
    She will be missed by many.

    Jackie O’Connor Pollard

  • Guest: Susan & Paul Murphy

    From: Herrin, Il., Illinois

    Date: May 3, 2017

    Chris and family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. We enjoyed knowing your mom. She was a special person who was always caring, kind and considerate. She was an important part of our faith community. May memories of good times comfort you.
    Paul & Susan Murphy

  • Guest: Vanessa Campbell

    From: Belleville, Illinois

    Date: May 4, 2017

    Rennie was one of the kindest souls I have ever met. My son was prone to febrile seizures and when I would call Dr. Hays she would immediately take the call and with her calm quiet voice get us through his seizure and get the anibiotic called in for his ear infection. She was a Godsend and my sympathy and prayers are with your family at this time. My son is 32 and a Army Captain and we owe a large part of that to Rennie’s love and dedication to her profession. I always considered her his second mother. God Bless.

  • Guest: Catherine Berra Bleem

    From: Havana, Illinois

    Date: May 4, 2017

    she loved well!

  • Guest: Kim Cochran Sarver Marlow Kalaher

    From: Murphysboro, Illinois

    Date: May 4, 2017

    This picture is exactly how I always picture her in my memory. I have so many good memories. She always had a smile and a great sense of humor.

  • Guest: Cecil W. Daily

    From: DU QUOIN, Illinois

    Date: May 5, 2017

    Rennie was a big part of Kay’s and my lives at the pool, traveling and just being freinds. She was always on me because I didn”t call her Wrennie.