Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois | PO Box 345 | St. Libory, IL 62282

(618) 768-4519


Promoting masonry design and construction in Southern Illinois!




The By-Laws establishing what is now the Masonry Institute of Southern lllinois on October 18, 1978 state the purposes for which the Association is formed are to promote the general and economic welfare of its members and to improve the business of masonry contracting by:

  • Fostering and encouraging a spirit of friendship and cooperation among its members, and with their respective employees and others engaged in similar and allied trades.
  • Providing for the mutual exchange of practical and educational data between its members, and creating and encouraging programs to protect the health and safety of their employees.
  • Establishing and maintaining a high standard of business ethics and conduct in dealings among its members, and with others engaged in similar or allied trades.
  • Preventing dishonest and fraudulent practices in the business of masonry contracting.
  • Aiding, assisting and cooperating with persons engaged in similar or allied trades to  establish industrial efficiency; to contribute to a better public understanding and acceptance of the purposes and functions of persons engaged in the business of masonry contracting.
  • Recommending, by all legal means, any and all legislation which will benefit and improve the business of masonry contracting.

Officers for term Nov 2018 - Nov 2020

     President - Daniel Toenjes

     Vice President - Kyle  Demsar

     Secretary - Rodney Vasquez

     Treasurer - Paul Mueth

Meeting Calendar for 2020

Location To Be Determined

January 14, 2020

March 10, 2020

May 12, 2020

July - no summer meeting

September 8, 2020

November 10, 2020

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  • Walter G. Terry                 A&K Rentals, LLC                           618-295-7030                Marissa, IL    
  • Dean R. Korte                    B K Masonry Systems, Inc.       618-476-3709                Millstadt, IL
  • Kenneth Skaggs               B&K Tuckpointing Co., Inc.      314-721-0033                 St.   Louis, MO
  • Luther Bangs                     Bangs Masonry LLC                       618-967-3165                Marion, IL 
  • Doug Barter                       Barter Masonry, Inc.                     618-252-7297                 Harrisburg, IL 
  • Clay Beaver                        Beaver Brickwork                          618-532-0086                 Centralia, IL 
  • John B. Becker                 Joseph F. Becker, Inc.                    618-526-7868                  Breese, IL
  • Debra Charles                  Charles Masonry, Inc.                   618-833-8697                 Jonesboro, IL  
  • Kyle Demsar                      Diecker-Terry Masonry, Inc.     618-295-3348                 Marissa,  IL
  • Scott Dickey                      Double D Masonry, LLC               618-444-2485                 Marissa, IL
  • Erma McMannis             E&E Tuckpointing                            618-684-2160                  Murphysboro, IL
  • Lester Mason                    Evans-Mason Inc.                            217-522-3396                  Springfield, IL
  • Christoher  French        Germann Brick Contracting     618-476-7835                  Millstadt, IL
  • Edgar M. Humm              Harrisburg Masonry, Inc.            618-252-0500                  Harrisburg, IL
  • Richard W. Gregory     J&R Restoration                                618-687-4950                  Murphysboro,  IL 
  • Larry R. Jones                  Jones Hydroblast                              618-984-2423                  Royalton, IL
  • Donald J. Leonard         Leonard Masonry                             314-731-5500                   St.   Louis, MO
  • Mark A. Vasquez           MAV Masonry, Inc.                           618-768-4519                   Marissa, IL
  • Marvin Peebles              Marvin Peebles Masonry             314-423-7176                   St. Louis, MO
  • Russell Moore                 Masonry  Specialists, Inc.             618-993-9771                  Marion,  IL
  • Ryan Malter                      RM Masonry                                         618-667-8690                Troy, IL
  • Mike Rathert                    Rathert’s Masonry                            618-426-3205                Campbell Hill, IL
  • Marcellus Roberts        Roberts Masonry                               618-274-4796                 East St. Louis, IL
  • Tracy Robinson               Robinson Masonry                            618-684-4680                Murphysboro, IL
  • Greg Sangiolo                  Sangiolo & Baker, LLC                      618-779-8811                Millstadt, IL
  • Lester Mason                   Schmoldt & Daniels                          217-522-3396                 Springfield, IL
  • John J. Smith                   John J. Smith Masonry                     314-894-9500                  St. Louis, MO
  • Darron L. Lawrence    Sondad Tuckpointing                        314-423-2030                  St. Louis, MO
  • Richard Swanson         Swanson Masonry, Inc.                     636-946-1970                St. Charles, MO 
  • Daniel J. Toenjes           Toenjes Brick Contracting             618-281-9292                Columbia, IL
  • Rodney Vasquez           M. L. Vasquez, Inc.                              618-475-3171                 Lenzburg, IL
  • Randy Warnecke          Warnecke Build/Restoration     618-476-3670                  Belleville, IL


These individuals/companies are an integral part to our organization:



CALIBER CAST STONE  |  Les Staggemeier




EARTHWORKS  |  Jeff Green

GOEDECKE INC.  |  Jon Osden

IRWIN PRODUCTS, INC.  |  Vincent P. Irwin

LAGER MONUMENT  |  Jerry Lager

MIDWEST BLOCK & BRICK  |  Tom Schmidt & Dianna Johnson

MIDWEST CAST STONE  |  Tom Waldschmidt

RICHARDS BRICK  |  Mike Semanisin, Dave Jones, Jeff Fiudo

SPEC MIX  |  Craig Kasten



Masonry Structural Coalition 

Kyle Demsar

Lynn Vasquez

Southern & Central Illinois Laborers' District Council Certification Board

Jeff Becker

Edgar Humm

Bruce Stein

Southwestern Illinois Laborers' District Council Certification Board

Jeff Becker

Bruce Stein

Rodney Vasquez

JATC  (Bricklayers Local No. 8 Apprentice) Board

Kyle Demsar

Alternate:  Greg Sangiolo

Bricklayers Local No. 8 Pension, Health & Welfare Board

Jeff Becker

Greg Schniers

Mark Vasquez

Rodney Vasquez

Advertising/Marketing Committee

Jeff Becker

Paul Mueth

Bill Pautler

Mike Semanisin

Central Illinois Construction Trades Substance Abuse Board

Lynn Vasquez


International Masonry Institute and Structural Coalition

Masonry Institute of St. Louis

St. Louis Mason Contractors Association

National Concrete Masonry Association

Masonry Contractors Association of America

Illinois Structural Coalition

Southern Illinois Builders Association

Masonry Advisory Council

American Institute of Architects - Southern IL

Masonry Structural Coalition - St. Louis


 Marcus L. Vasquez (April 9, 1934 - October 9, 2009) began his lifelong career in 1954 when he worked as an apprentice bricklayer under the watchful eye of his uncle, Francis Sills, at Fruin Colnon in St. Louis.

In 1956, he left to serve his country as a helicopter mechanic when he was drafted into the army. Even with time spent away, upon his return in 1958, he did not hesitate to continue working in the masonry trade, being employed by two area contractors until 1967. After 13 years as an apprentice/journeyman bricklayer and with six kids under the age of 10, Marcus L. Vasquez ventured into the masonry business known as M.L. Vasquez, Inc. in the spring of 1967. Until his retirement in 2003, Marc not only created and managed a successful business, but formed a legacy of dedication and purpose to his trade.

As time evolved, he mastered the bidding and financial aspect of his company, while simultaneously having an extreme desire to promote the Southern Illinois masonry industry. In 1978 Marcus Vasquez was in the forefront of forming the Southwestern Illinois Mason Contractors Association, known now as the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois. Throughout the next quarter century, Marc attended nearly every regularly scheduled meeting, coordinated and joined in countless bricklayer and laborer negotiations, and served as an officer for SWIMCA and MISI organizations. In addition, he acted as Executive Director for MISI, attended numerous MCAA annual conventions from the west to east coasts, and was a trustee for the Bricklayers’ Local No. 8 Pension, Health & Welfare Boards. Furthermore, he served as a board member with the International Masonry Institute and was a long-time member of MCAA. His influence established mason tender certification boards in two laborers’ district councils in Southern Illinois. For job efficiency, he demanded that the Southern Illinois mason tenders act as equipment operators, exclusively for the masonry trade, which is now part of the Southern Illinois Laborer Agreements. Also, because of his strong belief for continuing education, he orchestrated numerous trainings for those in the masonry industry. These leadership contributions most certainly benefited all Southern Illinois masonry contractors.

Marc was pleased to see the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois regular meetings grow from an average of three attendees in the early years to twenty plus contractors and associate member/suppliers consistently attending. He enjoyed and valued the camaraderie among the masonry contractors at meetings and social events, momentarily setting aside the business competitiveness, not only at the local level, but nationally as well.

He proudly conveyed his passion of masonry contracting and the promotion of the industry to three of his seven children. His oldest son, Mark, began his residential masonry company in 1987. Meanwhile, his daughter, Lori, and son, Rodney, purchased his business, M.L. Vasquez, Inc., in 2003. Presently, both sons, Mark and Rodney, remain active members of the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois. Mark is currently holding the office of vice president of the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois. Both are also members of the Mason Contractors Association of America. Additionally, they both are trustees on the Bricklayers’ Local No. 8 Pension, and Health & Welfare Boards. Furthermore, Rodney is a member of the Bricklayers’ Local No. 8 Apprentice Board. Moreover, his daughter, Lori, had performed administrative duties for the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois for approximately ten years, and his daughter-in-law, Lynn, is presently the Executive Director of the Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois, having been the administrative assistant since 1989. It is evident through the continuation of his children’s contributions to the masonry industry, that the old adage stands strong, ”Children learn what they lived.”

Even after his retirement, Marc’s fervor and talent in the masonry field continued. In November of 2004, he joined a Christian mission group who traveled to Lesotho, South Africa, to build a church “block by block.” This two-week trip AT AGE 70 gave Marc great satisfaction to create a building with such purpose to the local village people.

Marc was often heard repeating a quote by Confucius, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Consequently, Marc never really did “work!”

It is impossible to truly convey Marc’s altruism with his time, energy and finances. It is obvious that he was a tireless leader in the masonry trade throughout Southern Illinois for decades.


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Masonry Institute of Southern Illinois 10873 Bee Hollow Road Marissa, IL 62257 US

(618) 768-4519


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