Antoinette “Toni” Gayer

Aug 12th, 1944 - Jun 25th, 2019


Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Catholic Church

Fri, Jun. 28th, 2019 5:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM


Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church

Sat, Jun. 29th, 2019 10:00 AM


San Carlo Cemetery

Antoinette “Toni” Gayer

Herrin- Antoinette Marie “Toni” Gayer, 74, of O’Fallon, formerly of Herrin, passed away at 3:32 AM, Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon.

Antoinette was born on August 12, 1944 in DuQuoin to Vincent and Ann (Restivo) Riggio. She married Paul William “Bill” Gayer on November 15, 1969 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in DuQuoin. They shared 49 years 7 months and 10 days together.

Toni was retired from Herrin Unit #4 Schools where she taught first grade and second grade for 34 four years at South Side School and then later at the Herrin Community Elementary School.

She was currently a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in O’Fallon and for many years prior a member of Our Lady of Mount Catholic Church in Herrin. Her strong faith set a wonderful example for her family. Toni was a loving and creative woman who enjoyed painting, crocheting, sewing, organizing projects for her husband to build, and planning fun activities for her grandchildren. She most appreciated time spent with her family and friends. Toni was a devoted mother, wife, and Nana who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include-

Husband- Paul William “Bill” Gayer of O’Fallon

Son- Andrew Gayer and wife Laura of St. Louis

Daughter- Jennifer Finck and husband Brian of O’Fallon

Six grandchildren:

 Sophie, Jack, and Ryan Gayer of St. Louis

 Jessica, Valerie, and Nathan Finck of O’Fallon, Illinois

Sister- Joann Gordon and husband Bert of Herrin

Brother- Sam Riggio and wife Nancy of DuQuoin

Sister in law- Mary Riggio of DuQuoin

Aunt and Uncle- Catherine and Harry Smith of St. Louis

Many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother- Steve Riggio.

The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church/ 316 West Monroe/ Herrin, IL. Fr. Ken Schaefer and Monsignor William Hitpas will concelebrate. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Friday, June 28, 2019 in the Gathering Room of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. Inurnment will be held at a later date at San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin. Funeral arrangements were made at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.

Memorial donations are suggested to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church- New School Fund and will be accepted at the church or Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home/ 201 S. 13th St/ Herrin, IL 62948. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit Hughes Funeral Homes

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23 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Nit

    From: St. Louis, Missouri

    Date: June 25, 2019

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts.

  • Guest: Susan & Paul Murphy

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: June 25, 2019

    Sincere condolences from the Paul Murphy family. We wish they could be conveyed in person, but we are in Virginia near our daughter’s, and Steve is on a trip out west. Please know how sorry we are for your loss and how much we all enjoyed Toni’s company and admired the wonderful mom and teacher she was.
    Susan Murphy

  • Guest: Marge and Joe Lima

    From: Aurora, Colorado

    Date: June 25, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.

  • Guest: Francie Keller Shafer

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: June 25, 2019

    Sending sympathy…my family has known the Reggio family for many years. Many pleasant memories of Toni’s mom and dad, her sister and her brothers. So sorry.

  • Guest: Shawn Banks

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: June 25, 2019

    Toni was my 2nd grade teacher. She was an amazing educator and a wonderful person. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

  • Guest: Debbie Sollami Losada & family

    From: Albuquerque , New Mexico

    Date: June 26, 2019

    Thinking of you all during this difficult time and sending my deepest condolences. I’ll always remember Toni as a sweet and kind woman who never seemed bothered by all of us neighborhood kids hanging out at her house. She will be dearly missed!

  • Guest: Renee

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: June 26, 2019

    So sorry for ur loss Andrew!!

  • Guest: Doris Rottschalk

    From: Du quoin, Illinois

    Date: June 26, 2019

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Guest: Kori Vagner

    From: Murfreesboro , Tennessee

    Date: June 26, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Gayer was my second grade teacher and one of my favorite teachers. She left an impact on me and many other students that went to Herrin. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed.

  • Guest: Jim and Heather Oldani

    From: Bartlett, Illinois

    Date: June 26, 2019

    Deepest condolences to Bill, Andrew, Jennifer, and the rest of the family.

  • Guest: Laura Sollami Suits & family

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: June 26, 2019

    With deepest sympathy… I was so sorry to hear of Toni’s passing.. please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers! I always remembered her to be very sweet and great with all the neighborhood kids! And Phil sends his condolences as well.

  • Guest: Martha and Roger Norman

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: June 27, 2019

    Sending our sympathy to you and your family, Jennifer.

  • Guest: Daisey price

    From: Jesup, Georgia

    Date: June 27, 2019

    Ms gayer …it’s daisey laster its been years and years I remember I won the painting contest in your second grade class at Southside I drew a dinosaur eating a apple tree I remember you love it you made me feel so special lol you were the best teacher so loving and caring rip and you will never be forgotten say hi my brother and mother for me love always …..daisey

  • Guest: Lynn Steh

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: June 27, 2019

    I am so sorry to hear this. Toni and Bill sat by me at mass many times and she was a very kind and passionate person. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time.

  • Guest: Susan & Richard Hampton

    From: Ofallon , Illinois

    Date: June 27, 2019

    So so sorry for your loss during this hard time. Enjoy all the memories. They will help carry you thru this time. You are in our thoughts.

    Susan & Richard Hampton. — Ofallon, Il

  • Guest: Karla Lee

    From: Fairview Heights, Illinois

    Date: June 27, 2019

    My sympathy to Toni’s family. I certainly enjoyed working with Toni at South Side School in Herrin. She was so pleasant and had a wonderful personality. She was an excellent teacher.

  • Guest: Cindy Fowler

    From: Bloomington, Indiana

    Date: June 27, 2019

    Sending heart felt sympathy to the Gayer family. I shall always treasure the years I taught with Toni at South Side Elementary and her friendship. Such a lovely lady!

  • Guest: Erin (Randall) Jones

    From: SPARTA, Illinois

    Date: June 27, 2019

    I am so very sad to hear this. Ms. Gayer was such a wonderful and special person. She will forever be in so many of our hearts. Hugs and prayers to Bill, Andrew, Jennifer and the rest of the family.

  • Guest: William D May

    From: Marana, Arizona

    Date: June 27, 2019

    Bill, so sorry to hear of Toni’s Passing. my Condolence to you and your Family!

    Take care I know how your feeling.

  • Guest: Blue Steel 15 EDGE Family

    From: Belleville, Illinois

    Date: June 28, 2019

    Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are extended to Jennifer and the rest of the family.

  • Guest: Marva and Dan White

    From: Yukon, Oklahoma

    Date: June 28, 2019

    Bill and family. You are in our prayers. God bless.

  • Guest: Danny & Kathy Wheeler

    From: Mount Juliet, Tennessee

    Date: July 29, 2019

    Dear Bill & Family,
    We were so sorry to learn of Toni’s passing…hard to believe that vibrant, happy, whirlwind is gone. What wonderful memories we keep of those Cherry Apartment days with you two…and Andrew’s birth. We will always treasure those times, and we send you our deepest condolences.

  • Guest: Ashley Cundiff-Rose

    From: Herrin , Illinois

    Date: December 28, 2019

    I will always remember you Mrs. Gayer. You were a wonderful teacher, and a wonderful person. I am very thankful that I had you has a teacher. Thank you for everything.