Kimberly Dreith-Embry

Alton |

Kimberly "Kim" Dreith-Embry, 63, passed away at 12:53 am on Friday, October 20, 2023 at River Crossing in Alton, IL. 

She was born on January 27, 1960 in Alton, IL the daughter of Donald and Marjorie (Neuhaus) Dreith. She graduated from Alton High School in 1978 and went on to earn her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Kim married the love of her life, Thomas "Tag" Embry at The Upper Alton Baptist Church on February 21, 1986.  He preceded her in death on April 28, 2020. 

Kim was a cherished member of The Upper Alton Baptist Church, and was always willing to help others anyway she could. Her kindness and compassion extended far beyond the church and helping those in need. Kim had a special place in her heart for animals, including feeding the neighborhood cats and squirrels.  Kim was also an avid reader, but perhaps one of the greatest joys in her life was spending time with her beloved grandkids.

Kim is survived by her mother, Marjorie Fortado of Alton;  two daughters, Heather Embry (Eric Chelf)  of Rosewood Heights , and Dawn Strickland (Kenneth) of Alton, IL; a brother, David Dreith of Alton, IL; a sister-in-law, Rebecca Doyle of Alton, IL; five grandchildren, Summer Collman, Chloe Rardin, Mikey Collman, Bailey Rardin, and Andrew Chelf; her cats, Izzy and Goslin; as well as numerous grandpets.

Kimberly was preceded in death by her father, Donald; soulmate and husband, Tag; and stepfather, Robert Fortado. 

Per her wishes, cremation rites were accorded.

A Celebration of Life visitation will be held on November 4, 2023 from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am at The Upper Alton Baptist Church. Pastor Bradley Donoho will officiate. 

Memorials are suggested to The Upper Alton Baptist Church and Preschool or Alton Pride Inc. Scholarship Fund. 

Online condolences and guestbook may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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