2017 Obituaries

James “Gary” Toon, 65, of Columbia, died Jan. 1, 2017 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in, St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 20, 1951, in Mayfield, Ky., the son of Anna Mae Johnson and the late James M. Toon. James married Jan (nee Steele) Toon in 1977. Besides his wife and mother, Mr. Toon is survived by his daughters, Jamie Toon and Jenna (Kenny) Dunn; grandchild, Skylar Dunn, stepfather, Bob Johnson; sister, Connie (Dave) Sauerwein; sister-in-law, Becky Toon; brother-in-law, Craig (Tonya) Steele; and sister-in-law, Terri Hargis; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael D. Toon. Gary was a friend to all, and helped any and everyone throughout his life. His family was his pride and joy, and he included all his friends as his family. His motto was, "To work hard and play harder... and never get too excited". He was the owner and operator of Hillcastle Contracting Co. and a member of Operating Engineers Visitation and funeral were at the Millstadt VFW Post 7980. Memorials may be made to Missouri Baptist Hospital Cancer Center, St. Louis.

Michael Lee “Mike” Nobbe, 58, of East Alton, formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 1, 2017 in Wood River. He was born Aug. 13, 1958 in Waterloo, the son of Harold H. Nobbe and the late Barbara A. (nee Keim) Nobbe. Besides his father, Mr. Nobbe is survived by his brother, Dr. Dennis (Chris) Nobbe; along with aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mike had played baseball with the Valmeyer Lakers. Private family services are planned.

Steven R. Eschmann, 76, of Waterloo, died Jan. 2, 2017, in Waterloo, after battling melanoma for four years. He was born May 20, 1940, in Monroe City, the son of the late John Sr. and Rosa (nee Schaefer) Eschmann. Mr. Eschmann is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ramona A. (nee Schifferdecker) Eschmann; children, Dawn (Dean) Doerr, Martin (Karen) Eschmann, Todd (Angie) Eschmann and Amber (Mike) Carroll; grandchildren, Nicholas (Jamie), Tyler (Chandler) and Quinton Doerr, Emily and Nathan Eschmann, Samantha, Abby and Brenden Eschmann, and Clayton and Claire Bisanz; step-grandchildren, Nikki, Bryan and Brendan Carroll; brothers, Joseph, George (Judy), Norbert (Kaye) and Wilbert (Karen) Eschmann; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Clara Eschmann, Mary (Bob) Huch, Terry (Sandy) Schifferdecker and Marie Schifferdecker; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers, Bernard, Leo, John J., Cletus and Sylvester Eschmann. Steven was retired as road commissioner of District 6 (1991-2013) and retired from Labor Local 196. He was the former co-owner of Monroe Masonry. Mr. Eschmann attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mr. Eschmann was buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Hospice Patient Fund.

Dr. Edilberto F. Maglasang, 89, of Columbia, died Jan. 16, 2017 at Alexian Brothers - Lansdowne Village in St. Louis, Mo. He was born May 27, 1927 in the Philippines. He married June (nee Volkmann) Maglasang in 1960 in East. St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Dr. Maglasang is survived by his sons Edward (Elizabeth) Maglasang, Bob (Camille) Maglasang, David Maglasang and John Maglasang; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sisters Jovita "Hoving" Compos and Lourdes Madjus. He was preceded in death by a son, Joe C. Maglasang; along with six brothers and sisters. Dr. Maglasang was the second of nine brothers and sisters. He earned his medical degree from St. Thomas University in Manila, Philippines. He served the Columbia community 38 years with his medical practice, and was on the staff at St. Elizabeth and Memorial Hospitals in Belleville. Dr. Maglasang was a founding board member of the Columbia National Bank. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Doc. enjoyed playing golf at the Waterloo Country Club and watching Gibault High School basketball games. Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral will follow with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. A reception will then be held at the church. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Roger Gerald Byerley, 81, formerly of Mount Vernon and originally from Dupo, died Jan. 2, 2017 at Zablocki V.A. Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisc., with his daughter and son-in-law by his side. Roger was born March 8, 1935, in Saint Louis, Mo., the son of the late Luther and Bertie (nee Snelson) Byerley. He graduated from Dupo High School in 1953. Mr. Byerley married Mary Joan Laurent in 1954. She died in 1993. Mr. Byerley is survived by his sons, Roger (Phyllis) Byerley, William (Melanie) Steven Byerley and Joseph (Kathy) Byerley, all of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Cynthia (Gregory) Brotzman of Milwaukee; brothers, Robert (Margaret) Byerley and Walter (Joann) Byerley, all of Columbia; sister-in-law, Barbara Byerley of DuPont, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Byerley. Mr. Byerley served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. After his service, a management position at Tractor Supply Company brought him to Mount Vernon. He later opened Byerley Farm and Home on Old Fairfield Road. Roger enjoyed the outdoors, including working in the yard, keeping up his garden and raising animals. Roger loved to travel and was an excellent dancer. Mr. Byerley earned a degree from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. Visitation and funeral were at First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon with Rev. Victor Long officiating. Mr. Byerley was buried at Saint Clair Memorial Gardens in Pell City, Ala.

William Louis Badgerow, 69, of Columbia, died Jan. 2, 2017 in St. Louis, Mo., surrounded by his family. He was born on April 29, 1947, in Peoria, the son of the late Herbert and Mary Louise (nee Gipson) Badgerow. Mr. Badgerow is survived by his children, Rebecca Badgerow-Watson (Shane Watson) of Columbia, William D. (Leah) Badgerow of Baytown, Tex., and Melissa (Curt) Patterson of Trivoli; grandchildren, Joseph (Tonya) Geeseman of Corpus Christi, Tex., Jacob Geeseman of St. Louis, Lucas Watson and Hannah Watson, both of Columbia, Christopher (Amber) Badgerow of Beaumont, Tex., and Emma Patterson, Ella Patterson and Evan Patterson, all of Trivoli; great-grandson, Gavin Geeseman of St. Louis.; and a sister, Patricia (William) DeVos of Victoria, Tex. He was preceded in death by his long-time companion, Colleen Aberle. William is also survived by Colleen’s children, who loved him like a father, Tonya Aberle of Pekin, Tiffany Aberle (Dwight Krisher) of Norwood, Shannon Aberle (David Holley) of Banner and Allen Aberle of Bellevue; and her grandchildren, David Smith, Matthew Smith, Celeste Clark, Jade Clark, Amanda Aberle and Cody Krisher. Mr. Badgerow was a carpenter for 40 years. He mastered every aspect of the trade, from drawing blueprints and designing, to framing a house, to building custom cabinetry. He enjoyed playing guitar, spending time with his dogs, reading, camping, scuba diving, cooking, listening to the Beatles and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. William had a wonderful sense of humor and was cracking jokes and smiling until the end. The family expressed sincere appreciation for the care extended by the staff of Columbia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Braun Family Funeral Home handled the arrangements. A private memorial service was planned.

Imogene V. "Jean" Ries, nee Schmitz, 81, of Waterloo, died Jan. 3, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 9, 1935, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Albert and Edna (nee Wild) Schmitz. Mrs. Ries is survived by her children, Bret (Tami) Ries, Brenda (Bill) Lanman, Barbara (Bryan) Garcia, Beverly (Kevin) Layton and Bonnie Ries (Robert Haudrich); grandchildren, Jeffrey Ries, Amanda (Quinn) Huber, Rebecca Ries, Jamie Lanman, Rachel (fiancé Travis Bricker) Layton and Elizabeth (Terry Bradford) Layton; and great-grandchildren Braelynn Bradford, Wyatt and Eli Bricker, and Alexis Huber. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Ries. They were married in 1956 in Valmeyer. She attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Mrs. Ries was in a card club for more than 50 years. Imogene enjoyed playing Bunco, spending time with her family, genealogy, and being forever "mean and ornery." Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mrs. Ries was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to her church, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Darlene M. McKinney (Jones), nee Yehling, 84, of Waterloo, died Jan. 3, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born May 19, 1932, in Edwardsville, the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (nee Fischer) Yehling. Mrs. McKinney is survived by her children, Sandy (Tom) Bequette, Steve (Sue) Jones, Randy (Sheri) Jones and Rick (Sue) Jones; grandchildren, Doug Sparwasser, Christy (Justin) Osterhage, Nicole Jones (Jeremiah Samples), Jerome (Tessa) Jones, Andrea (Andrew) Glessner, Alycia Jones, Chelsea (Eric) Gould and Tyler Jones; and great-grandchildren, Ryland and Layden Sparwasser, Lily Osterhage, Dylan Jones, Aiden Jones, Colton and Caleb Glessner and Dustin Gould; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Herschel Jones; second husband, Marvin "Mac" McKinney; and infant son, Alan Jones. Mrs. McKinney attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Wartburg. She was a member of the Holy Cross Ladies Aid, the Waterloo Senior Center, and the Oak Hill resident council board. Private services were at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. Memorials may be made to her church.

Ruth Ann Krull, nee Hoefft, 69, of St. Louis, Mo., died Jan. 3, 2017, in St. Louis. She was born March 8, 1947, in E. St. Louis, the daughter of the late Arnold and Gladys (nee Knobloch) Hoefft. Mrs. Krull is survived by her brother, John (Phyllis) Hoefft; sisters-in-laws, Wilma Hoefft and Linda Hoefft; 7 nieces and nephews; and 3 great-nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Krull; brothers, Steven and Michael Hoefft; and a nephew, James Hoefft. Ruthie chose cremation and will be buried next to her husband in Swiss, Mo. She was honored and remembered during Sunday services at St. John’s UCC in Maeystown. Pastor Poole officiated..Memorials may be made to St. John’s UCC of Maeystown.

Kathleen Ruth Collet, nee Forness,67, of Columbia, died Jan. 6, 2017, at Missouri Baptist Hospital. She was born Feb. 11, 1949, in St. Louis, Mo., the late Robert and Selma (nee Roediger) Forness. Kathleen married Joseph Collet in 1968, in St, Louis. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Collet is survived by her children, Amy Collet Williams of Columbia and Matthew (Bridget) Collet of Valmeyer; and grandchildren, Benjamin Taylor Williams, and Emily, Chloe and Sophia Collet; along with neighbors, friends and family. Kate had a passion for serving God and others. She used that gift to help shape the lives of students and families for 34 years as an educational administrator at Hope Lutheran School in St. Louis. Kate was an avid crafter and seamstress. In her retirement, she was the co-owner of Shirtabulous. A Celebration Life is Friday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Kate's Care Educational Fund.

Orville “Caesar” Schmidt, 77, of Anaheim, Calif., formerly of Columbia, died Jan. 5, 2016. He was born Feb. 12, 1939 in Belleville, the son of the late Orville and Josephine (nee Ritter) Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt is survived by his sons, Todd Schmidt and Scott (Leslei) Schmidt; sisters, Linda (Jon) Kessler and Charlotte (David) Hoock; his brother, Kenneth (Jeri) Schmidt; grandchildren, Scott Jr. (Tarra) and Amberlynn Schmidt; and 3 step-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; and son, Michael. Orville and two partners started CBS Fasteners Inc. in 1978 in Anaheim. The company develops and manufactures specialty screws and fasteners for customers worldwide. Known by his friends as Caesar, he was an avid golfer playing many courses across the west. Mr. Schmidt was cremated and buried at Miles Cemetery where he has donated funds in memory of his mother, Josephine Schmidt, who founded the first organization to preserve the historic rural Waterloo cemetery. Memorials may be made to Miles Cemetery, c/o Monroe County Treasurer, Waterloo.

Cynthia Raye Gist, nee Saller, 53, of Waterloo, died Jan. 9, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born July 16, 1963, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Raymond Charles and June Alice (nee Papin) Saller. Mrs. Gist is survived by her husband, Steven Gist; children, Nicole Gist and Brittney Gist; granddaughter, Phoebe Farr; brothers, James (Lynn) Saller and William (Debbie) Saller; and nieces and nephews, Devra, Kayla, Danielle, Michael, Stephen, David and Jennifer; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Michael Steven Ferrell, 61, of Columbia, died Jan. 11, 2017, at Kindred Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 10, 1955, in Peoria, the son of the late Everett and Betty (nee Wisehart) Ferrell. Mr. Ferrell is survived by his wife, Anna (nee Zheng) Ferrell; his son, Jason Michael (Linnemann) Ferrell of Columbia; brothers, Charles (Patricia) Ferrell of Rock Hill, SC, and Thomas (Uma) Ferrell of Charlottesville, Va.; and a nephew, Austin Charles Ferrell of Westchester, Ohio. Mr. Ferrell served in the U.S. Air Force. He had been a senior electrical engineer at Grantek Systems Integration in Ontario, Canada. Michael liked Corvettes, movies, military history, and was an avid reader. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mr. Ferrell was cremated. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Helen G. Frisch, nee May, 94, of Waterloo, died Jan. 11, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Alfred and Helen (nee Cody) May. Mrs. Frisch is survived by her children, Joseph (Betty) Frisch and Joyce (Allan) Braun; grandchildren, Michael (Rachael) Frisch, Melinda Frisch, Kristin (Jack) Asbridge and Ryan (Kim) Braun; 4 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Roy (Norma) May; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward W. Frisch; a sister, Margaret (Arthur) Kaffai; brothers, James, Alfred, Ambrose and Robert (Elizabeth) May; and a niece, Diane May. Mrs. Frisch attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mrs. Frisch will be buried at the church cemetery.

Erma Alvera Clark, nee Jones, 92, of Columbia, died Jan. 11, 2017 at Rosewood Care Center, Edwardsville. She was born March 19, 1924, in Dupo, the daughter of the late William F. Jones and Lu Lu Z. Jones. Erma married Leonard E. Clark in 1951, in Murphysboro. He died in 1992. Mrs. Clark is survived by her step-children, Muriel O'Dell, Pearl M. Schmidt, Alma J. Weger and Leonard Eugene Clark; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; 7 nieces and nephews; 9 great-nieces and great-nephews; and 12 great-great-nieces and great-great-nieces nephews. She was preceded in death by her step-mother, Ellen Jones; step-father, Elmo Hunt; and her sister, Wilma Thomas. Alvera was retired after 42 years from Missouri Terminal Oil Co. Alvera and Leonard enjoyed bowling and were in many leagues throughout their lives. They enjoyed going out to eat and spent many evenings with friends at various bars / restaurants. Alvera's favorite pastimes included traveling, collecting figurines, reading detective and mystery novels, and sewing and making clothes for the family, as she was an accomplished seamstress. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Roger Reid, officiating. Mrs. Clark was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.