2006 Obituaries

2006 Obituaries 

December
Agnes C. Schaefer nee Karban, 85, of Waterloo, formerly of Millstadt, died Dec. 1, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Paderborn, the daughter of the late Henry and Josephine Karban nee Kronenberger. She was married to the late Aloysius F. Schaefer. Mrs. Schaefer is survived by her children Robert (Cheryl) Schaefer of Millstadt, Thomas (Diane) Schaefer of Belleville, Lawrence (Connie) Schaefer of Millstadt, Richard (Sally) Schaefer of Millstadt, Gary (Terri) Schaefer of Freeburg, Michael (Ginger) Schaefer of East Alton, Mary Kay (Bob) Frierdich of Millstadt, and Tina (Adren) Walsh of Waterloo; grandchildren Tamra Link, Robby Schaefer, Holly Schaefer, Lisa Brueggeman, Adrienne Riesenberger, Julie Hanvey, Lori Bargamer, Connie Schaefer, Josh Schaefer, Michael Schaefer, Kelly Roberson, Philip Schaefer, Dakota Schaefer, Chad Frierdich, Ryan Frierdich, Katie Frierdich, Amber Walsh and Adren Walsh III; 17 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and grandson Curtis Schaefer. Mrs. Schaefer was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral mass was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill (formerly Monroe County Care and Rehab Center), or St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt.

Aileen Bernice Gravot nee Sutter, 76, of Millstadt, died Dec. 3, 2006, in Millstadt. She was born Dec. 9, 1929, in Bixby, the daughter of the late Henry and Edna Sutter nee Hoock. She was married to Joseph B. Gravot in 1946. Mrs. Gravot is survived by her husband; sons Joel Gravot of St. Louis, Alan (Joanne) Gravot of Gibbstown, N.J., and Michael (Christine) Gravot of Paulsboro, N.J.; grandchildren Morgan Gravot, Aileen Gravot, Leisl Gravot and Evelyn Townsend, all of Paulsboro, N.J., and Christopher Gravot of Swansea; brother Clarence (Georgine) Sutter of Millstadt; sister Gladys (John) Fischer of Columbia; nieces Marilyn (Harold) Hughes of Millstadt, and Karen (Gerald) Rains of Belleville; nephews Norman (Sandra) Sutter, Clay (Tammi) Sutter, Kevin (Tina) Cason, all of Millstadt, Dan Cason of Hecker, and Gerald (Patricia) Fischer of Collinsville; sister-in-law Dortha May Cason of Collinsville; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew Wayne Sutter. Mrs. Gravot was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Pastor Michael Kumm officiating. She is buried at Lakeview Memorials Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt.

Harold Fred Hoepfinger, 91, of Columbia, formerly of Dupo, died Dec. 3, 2006, in Columbia. He was born July 20, 1915, in Millstadt, the son of the late Harry and Lena Hoepfinger nee Rehg. Mr. Hoepfinger is survived by his brother Vernon A. Hoepfinger of Caseyville; sisters Mildred C. Brewster of Belleville and Carolyn P. Harris of Columbia; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Priscilla Hoepfinger, second wife Jeanette Hoepfinger, and sisters Bernice Bieller and Viola Fauerbach. Mr. Hoepfinger was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo. He was a retired foreman from the Missouri Pacific Railroad, where he worked from 1935 to 1975. He was a member of Masonic Blue Lodge 474 A.F. & A.M. in Columbia for 55 years and VFW Post #6368 in Dupo for more than 50 years. He enjoyed bowling and playing kloepper and baseball. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral services was at Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. He is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo or Heartland Hospice.

Scott P. Huebner, 47, of Waterloo, died Dec. 3, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born Jan. 15, 1959, in Red Bud, the son of Marlene Huebner nee Sasenger and the late Paul Huebner. Mr. Huebner is survived by his mother; daughter Shaw Huebner of Waterloo; fiancee Eva Madden of Waterloo; siblings Dennis (Elizabeth Bivins) Huebner of Waterloo, Keith Huebner of Waterloo, Cheryl Huebner of Springfield, Mo., and David (Shaundra) Huebner of Waterloo; fiancée’s children Jeremiah Madden, Tiffany Sneed, Tammy Sneed, Tara Sneed and Travis Sneed; fiancée’s grandchildren Ivy Anderson and Natasha Warren; nieces and nephews Melody Huebner, Denise Huebner, Paul Huebner, Kelli (John) Niebruegge, Julia )Greg) Newell, Kenneth Huebner, Mary Ann Huebner, Patrick Huebner, Tyler Huebner, Jarett Huebner, Madison Huebner and Samuel Huebner; and great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, great-uncle Ed DeBourge, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. Mr. Huebner attended St. Patrick Church in Tipton. He was a member of Cement Masons Local #90 in Troy and Laborers Local #196 in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Patrick Church in Tipton, Fr. Jose Jacob officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to the Shae Huebner Trust Fund.

Donald R. Ganley, 74, of Waterloo, died Dec. 4, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born July 11, 1932, in St. Louis the son of the late Peter and Frances Ganley nee Walsh. Mr. Ganley is survived by his brother Pete Ganley Jr. of Waterloo, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Ganley was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. A graveside service was held at St. Patrick Cemetery in Tipton, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating.

Mary L. Shelton nee Smith, 62, of Marissa, formerly of Valmeyer, died Dec. 4, 2006, in Marissa. She was born May 22, 1944, in Wetauge, the daughter of the late Harley E. and Mary L. Smith nee Phalin. She was married to the late Ralph James Shelton. Mrs. Shelton is survived by her brother Ray W. (Linda) Smith of Marissa, and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and three brothers. A graveside service was held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Herman P. Menke, 97, of Columbia, died Dec. 7, 2006, in Columbia. He was born Jan. 9, 1909, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Henry and Alice Menke nee Sawyer. He was married to Catherine Menke nee Schmidt. Mr. Menke is survived by his wife; sons Ervin (Donna) Menke of Columbia, Shirley Williams of Waterloo, Orville (Beverly) Menke of Columbia, Robert (Mildred) Menke of Waterloo, and Larry (Reba) Menke of Waterloo; daughter-in-law Shirley Menke of Waterloo; grandchildren Teresa Rusteberg, Pat Killingsworth, Michelle Gummersheimer, Dawn Menke, Mike Williams, Tim Williams, Kathy Ervin, Shryl Hamilton, Wayne Menke, Renee Hoggard, Shelly Menke, Nicole Menke, Susan Stratman, April Menke, Danny Menke, Millie Menke, Steve Menke and Heather Menke; 30 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; sister Dorothy Mineman of Prairie du Rocher; sister-in-law Jean Menke of Red Bud; brothers-in-law William (Lorena) Schmidt of Columbia and Elmer (Maxine) Schmidt of Columbia; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Vernon Menke; brothers William Menke and Henry “Hank” Menke; son-in-law Elmer Williams; sister Mary Mineman; father-in-law and mother-in-law William and Augusta Schmidt; grandchildren Diane Menke, Donna Menke, Brian Menke and Bradley Menke; and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Menke was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo and Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

Viola M. Weisenborn nee Bock, 97, of Columbia, died Dec. 5, 2006, in Columbia. She was born April 27, 1909, in Advance, Mo., the daughter of the late Frederick and Clara Bock nee Sparfield. She was married to the late Omer C. Weisenborn. He preceded her in death in 1972. Mr. Weisenborn is survived by her children Gloria Morton of Belleville, Florence Farmer of Columbia, Wayne (JoAnn) Weisenborn of Columbia, Barbara (Ed) Schutte of Columbia, and Harold Weisenborn of Overland Park, Kan.; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and great-great grandchild; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Loretta Frazier and granddaughter Dianne Morton. Mrs. Weisenborn attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where she was a member of the Women’s Guild. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star – Rob Morris Chapter in Fairview Heights and Columbia Senior Citizens, and was a volunteer at the American Red Cross blood banks. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

Dorothy Wilma Rehg nee Harvey, 89, of Millstadt, died Dec. 8, 2006, in Belleville. She was born Sept. 14, 1917, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Erwin Leroy and Sophie Louise Harvey nee Schonhoff. She was married to the late Archibald Oliver Rehg. Mrs. Rehg is survived by her sister Mary Egbert of Millstadt, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings Harold Harvey, Edith Brem, Burton Harvey, Lillian Buatte and Elsie Staley. Mrs. Rehg was a member of Concordia United Church of Christ in Belleville. She had worked at Castle Haven Nursing Home. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. She is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Concordia United Church of Christ in Belleville.

Melvin L. Gasser, 91, formerly of Columbia, died Dec. 10, 2006, in Shawnee, Okla. He was born Nov. 21, 1915, in Floraville, the son of the late Otto and Frieda Gasser nee Bryant. He was married to the late Mildred “Millie” Gasser nee Roberts for more than 50 years. Mr. Gasser is survived by his sister Delores Eddy of Carlinville and companion Lola Pancini of Shawnee, Okla. Mr. Gasser retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post #581 in Columbia. He enjoyed woodworking, particularly furniture-making and caning. He also enjoyed traveling, wine making, reading and fishing. A memorial service was held at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Jared Parker of Christ Community Lutheran Church officiating. Memorials may be made to Hoyleton Children’s Home.

Bradley M. Schumacher, 36, died Dec. 10, 2006, in Union, Tenn. He was born Feb. 23, 1970, in Belleville, the son of Lester and Shirley Schumacher nee Block of Columbia. Mr. Schumacher is survived by his brothers Scott (Lisa) Schumacher of Columbia, and Cris (Gretchen Riebeling) Schumacher of Columbia; niece and nephew Brendan and Madison Schumacher; special friend Marsha Steppig of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Clara Baltz and sister Mary Ann Schumacher. Visitation and a funeral service will be held at Lawlor Funeral Home, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Beulah M. Sendelbeck nee Lerch, 84, of Waterloo, died Dec. 10, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born June 18, 1922, in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late Adam and Francis E. Lerch nee Niebruegge. She was married to the late Leo J. Sendelbeck. Mrs. Sendelbeck is survived by her sisters Verona (Clarence) Sendelbeck of Waterloo, and Ellen (Spencer) Kipping of Waterloo; and a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Henry W. Lerch and niece Jane Lerch. Mrs. Sendelbeck was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ and the Retired Teachers Association. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, the Heart Association, the Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Gladys M. Schmidt nee Werling, 89, of Columbia, died Dec. 11, 2006, in Belleville. She was born Sept. 30, 1917, in Monroe County, the daughter of the late August and Agatha Werling nee Mueller. She married the late Arnold “Skip” Schmidt in 1941; he preceded her in death in 2002. Mrs. Schmidt is survived by her daughter Ruth Ann Dedee of O’Fallon; grandchildren Steve (Lara) Schmidt, John Schmidt, Amanda (Pat) Fromme, Ryan Schmidt and Sarah Eckert; great-grandchildren Megan Schmidt, Nolan Schmidt, Emma Fromme and Gunnar Schmidt; daughter-in-law Barb Schmidt of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Dennis Schmidt, brother Monroe Werling and grandchild Eric Schmidt. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Steven Theiss officiating. She is buried at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Christ Building Fund.

Rita Ann Fletcher nee Glaudell, 80, of Cahokia, died Dec. 12, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 27, 1926, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Lee and Georgia Glaudell. She was married to the late William Fletcher Sr. Mrs. Fletcher is survived by her children Kathleen (Pete) Fourcault, and William (Julia) Fletcher Jr.; grandchildren Stephen (Jenny) Fourcault, Marissa Fourcault and Brenna Fletcher; great-grandchildren Cassie Robertson, Julie Shipman, Seth Fourcault and Blake Fourcault; sister Pauline Kurtz; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter Jennifer Fletcher. Mrs. Fletcher was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia. She was a secretary for Edison Brothers in St. Louis. Visitation was at Dashner funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral mass was at Holy Family Church in Cahokia, Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. She is buried at Holy Family / St. Joseph Cemetery in Dupo. Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia.

Aurelia Marie “Nona” Ludwig nee Ruez, 98, of Prairie du Rocher, died Dec. 12, 2006, in Chester. She was born Sept. 11, 1908, in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Amadee and Jeanette Marie Ruez nee Peyrot. She married the late Albert Ludwig in 1931; he preceded her in death in 1985. Mrs. Ludwig is survived by her children Shelby “Cooney” Ludwig of Prairie du Rocher, Doris Kroupa of Affton, Mo., Donald “Doc” Ludwig of Prairie du Rocher, Mildred Bievenue of Ellis Grove, Audrey (Robert) Bryant of Agawam, Mass., Henry (Sharon) Ludwig of Belleville, Lola (Wayne) Klein of Prairie du Rocher, Logan (Ina) Ludwig of Bolingbrook, and Richard (Marilyn) Ludwig of Rockford; 17 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandson and one great-great-grandson; and sister Francis “Babe” Brewer of Mehlville. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Alva Ruez and Shelby Ruez, sisters Ruth, Lillian, Emma and Julia Mae, and granddaughter Dawn Ludwig. Mrs. Ludwig was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fr. Albert Kreher officiating. She is buried at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery in Modoc.

Goldie A. Rehmer nee Schrieber, 93, of Red Bud, died Dec. 13, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born Oct. 19, 1913, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Oscar and Bertha Schrieber nee Buch. She married Walter Rehmer in 1934. Mrs. Rehmer is survived by her husband; daughters Darlene (Lee) Pour of Red Bud, and Mary (Ronald) Braun of Red Bud; grandsons Jeffrey Pour, Michael (Judy) Pour, Kurt Braun and Keith Braun; and great-grandchildren Matthew, Alicia, Travis and Brittney. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Bernice Rohlfing. Mrs. Rehmer was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Prairie and the Mission Society. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Trinity Lutheran Church, Rev. Steven MacDougall officiating. She is buried at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Prairie. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund or Trinity Lutheran Church Expansion Fund.

Valerie Ruth Masilonus, 90, of Millstadt, died Dec. 14, 2006, in Belleville. She was born Dec. 4, 1916, in Greenville. She was married to Tony Masilonus. Mrs. Masilonus is survived by her husband; daughter Cindy Baltz of Millstadt; grandchildren Jacob (Diane) Baltz, Neal Baltz and Eric Baltz; great-grandchildren Brayden Baltz and Abigail Baltz; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. Mrs. Masilonus was a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home, Pastor Greg Stovell officiating. She is buried at Lakeview Memorials Gardens of Memory in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

David Freund, 59, formerly of Waterloo, died Dec. 15, 2006, in East St. Louis. He was born June 2, 1947, in Belleville, the son of the late Joseph George and Vivian M. Freund Sr. nee Grahlherr. Mr. Freund is survived by his siblings Sister Elaine Freund A.S.C. of Waterloo, Marcia (Clarence) Kloth Jr. of Walsh, Dr. Joseph (Valerie) Freund Jr. of Marietta, Ga., Stephen Freund of St. Louis, and Earl (Pamela nee Lloyd) Freund of Murphysboro; nieces and nephews Eric, Joshua, Justin, Andrew, Nicholas, Colin, Pamela and Beth; one great-niece; one great-nephew; good friend Doris Szarek of Sparta; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Kurtiss Leroy Freund. Mr. Freund spent 42 ½ years in nursing homes, hospitals, shelter care residences, group homes and the home of good friends Doris and the late Charles Szarek of Sparta. He was an avid basketball fan and, until recently, could remember the stats of players from his high school basketball team days. His friendly demeanor was visible when he wanted to introduce a visiting relative or friend to each staff member at his place of residence. He tried to keep his mind alert as long as he could. His family thanks the caring staff of each of the homes where he was given care, especially the Atrium Health Care and Rehabilitation Center of Cahokia, where he last resided. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. He is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund of Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo.

Nancy L. Howard nee Clements, 73, of Columbia, died Dec. 15, 2006, in Columbia. She was born Oct. 23, 1933, in Owensboro, Ky., the daughter of the late Augustine and Theresa Pearl Clements nee Stallings. Ms. Howard is survived by her children Jania (Robert) Frey of Columbia, Norman Howard of Columbia, Andrea (Donald) Eckert of Columbia, and Renee (David) Ivens of Columbia; grandchildren Michael (Melissa) Kohlenberger, Allison Eckert, Adam Eckert, Lauren Zoeller, Jessica Howard and Alexander Howard; great-grandson Michael Reeve Kohlenberger; brother Harold (Marilyn) Clements of Owensboro, Ky.; and sisters Mary Jane Roberts of Owensboro, Ky., Marjorie Early of Owensboro, Ky., and Helen Payne of Owensboro, Ky. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers George Clements, Louis Clements, Crawford Clements and Kenneth Clements. Ms. Howard was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or Washington University MS Research Center.

Floyd H. Meyer, 93, of Waterloo, died Dec. 15, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born May 14, 1913, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Alfred and Adelia Meyer nee Miller. He was married to Violet M. Meyer nee Loewe. Mr. Meyer is survived by his wife; sons Kenneth C. (Elizabeth) Meyer of Columbia, and David K. (Leslie) Meyer of Waterloo; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Mildred Meyer of St. Louis; son-in-law Joe Van de Riet of Waterloo; and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Mary Elizabeth Van de Riet, and brothers Elwood Meyer and Glenn Meyer. Mr. Meyer was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1334 and a former member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer. He was a charter member of Valmeyer Fire Department. He was also a member of Monroe County Farm Bureau and Maeystown’s Sportsman’s Club. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Fr. Jose Jacob officiating. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill nursing staff for equipment.

Verna Joyce Wright, 56, of Des Moines, Ia., formerly of Columbia, died Dec. 15, 2006, in Des Moines, Ia. She was born Sept. 4, 1950, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Sherman and Myrtle Pulcher nee Buettner. She was married to William R. Wright Jr. Mrs. Wright is survived by her husband; children Angela Dickerson of Dupo, and Julie (Daryl Feltmeyer) Dickerson of Dupo; step-children Stephanie (Nathan) Stroup of Des Moines, Ia., Tim (Denise) Weight of St. Louis, and Kimberly (Christopher) Talbott of Newton, Ia.; 11 grandchildren; siblings Jane (Leroy) Washausen of Waterloo, Charlotte (Don) Mehrtens of Millstadt, Sherman D. (Barbara) Pulcher of Danville, Calif., Diane (Jamie) Murdock of Cahokia, Yvonne Henson of Waterloo, and Rhonda Little of Waterloo; mother-in-law Nellie (Ray) Volner of St. Louis; step-mother Ellavee Pulcher of Millstadt; brother-in-law John Carle of Columbia; sister-in-law Venus Wolff of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother in infancy. Mrs. Wright was a member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt and Bluff Grange in Millstadt. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Darrell Weber officiating. She is buried at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia.

Klaus Josef Linke, 68, of East Carondelet, died Dec. 16, 2006, in East Carondelet. He was born July 26, 1938, in Berlin, Germany, the son of the late Karl and Anna Linke nee Langer. He was married to Viola Linke nee Bordewisch for 43 years. Mr. Linke is survived by his wife; daughters Janice Reeves of East Carondelet, Dawn (Milton) Cron of Belleville, and Robyn Linke of St. Louis; granddaughters JoLynn, JuliAnn, Nicole and JenniLee; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Elizabeth and Roger Vail, and brother Gunther Linke. Mr. Linke was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo. He came to the United States in 1951 and became a U.S. citizen Dec. 30, 1958. He retired in 2002 after 35 years of service with Unisource / Georgia-Pacific. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Scott Air Force Base. Visitation and a rosary service were at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fr. Gerald Hechenberger and Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. He is buried at Zion Bohnmeier Cemetery in Dupo. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo, Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

James Rehg, 82, of Brownsville, Texas, died Dec. 16, 2006, in Olmito, Texas. He was born Nov. 22, 1924, in Sugarloaf Township, the son of the late Nicholas and Clara Rehg nee Burg. He was married to Frances L. Rehg for 10 years. Mr. Rehg is survived by his wife; daughter Sharon (Raymond) Farro of California; grandsons Bradley Elkin, Andrew Elkin and James Kent Wagner; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Ann Rehg nee Schulte; daughter Jeanne Wagner; infant son James Kent Rehg; brother Edward Rehg and sister Helen Mueth. Mr. Rehg owned a car dealership in Freeburg for many years. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having joined in 1943 and serving in Italy during World War II. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 7980 in Millstadt and was a member of the American Legion Post 58 Freedom Farm in Freeburg. He was also a lifetime member of the machinist union. He lived most of his life in Illinois and traveled a lot to Germany. He lived in Arizona in the winters and traveled to Brownsville, Texas, before making a final move there in 1998. Visitation and funeral services were at Strauss Funeral Home, Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. He is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice of Brownsville, Texas, or Sunshine Haven in Olmito, Texas.

Emily Pauline Arns nee Adent, 92, of Carbondale, died Dec. 17, 2006, in Carbondale. She was born March 10, 1914, in Chicago, the daughter of the late Paul and Maryanne Adent nee Salatycka. She was married to the late Dr. Jerome L. Arns. Mrs. Arns is survived by her children Richard (Sue) Arns of St. Charles, Mo., Paula (Larry) Franklin of Makanda, Bonita (James) Vourvoulias of Park Ridge, and David (Carol) Arns of St. Charles, Mo.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Margaret Arns of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, seven brothers and one sister. Mrs. Arns was a U.S. Army nurse. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

John E. McClain, 80, of Dupo, died Dec. 17, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 20, 1926, in White Hall. He was married to Marjorie McClain nee Steele. Mr. McClain is survived by his wife; sons Allan (Susan) Wooters, Kenneth (Jackie) Wooters, and Robert (Chris) Wooters; grandchildren Tina Marie (Brian) Harvey, Elizabeth (Tim) Lumpkin, Sabrina (Jeff) Lehan, Brandon Wooters and Eric Wooters; sisters-in-law Colleen Cooper, and Sally (Sherman) Steward; brother-in-law John (Betty) Steele; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers and sisters. Mr. McClain was a member of First Congregational Church in Dupo. He was retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company as an inspector. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. A graveside service was held at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville, Rev. Robert Lee officiating.

Agatha Vogt, 91, of Waterloo, died Dec. 17, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 23, 1915, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Frank H. and Margaret F. Vogt nee Shea. She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Frances Windergerst, Helen Redler, Vincent Vogt, Walter Vogt and Alberta Price. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo.

Ardell W. “Snap” Currat, 89, of Red Bud, died Dec. 18, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 30, 1917, in Modoc, the son of the late Lawrence J. and Gertrude Currat nee Godier. He married the late Jewell Wittenbrink in 1945. He then married the late Theda Porter Weber nee DeRousse. Mr. Currat is survived by his sister Maxine Wright of Red Bud and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; sister Beulah McIntyre and nephew Larry McIntyre. Mr. Currat owned and operated Snap & Jules Tavern in Modoc for 25 years. HE also owned and operated Snap & Jules Ferry Boat from Modoc to Ste. Genevieve. He worked for the Illinois Highway Department, Fairmont Racetrack, Johnson County Asphalt Co., and was sheriff of Randolph County for 16 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the military police in Africa. He was a member of the 40 & 8, a lifetime member of VFW Post 3553 in Chester, a member of American Legion Post 622 in Prairie du Rocher and Masonic Loge 72, was a past member of the Illinois Sheriffs Association, past member of Pierre Menard Democrat Club and Randolph County Police Association. He was an avid basketball fan and received the Musketeer Super Fan award from Red Bud High School for the 2000-2001 season. Visitation and a funeral service were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home, Rev. James Leistico officiating. There was a military graveside service under the direction of American Legion Post 622 at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Verlee A. Hern nee Southard, 95, of Waterloo, died Dec. 18, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 1, 1911, in Avalon, Tex., the daughter of the late Emmett L. and Nora Southard nee Kicklider. She was married to the late Fred C. Hern. Mrs. Hern is survived by relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Hern was a member of First Baptist Church in Waterloo. She was a volunteer at Monroe County Care and Rehab Center and for the American Red Cross. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Steven Neill officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Waterloo.

Mary J. Brotherton-Bommarito nee Carmody, 60, of Dupo, died Dec. 19, 2006, in Dupo. She was born Aug. 22, 1946, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Bart Joseph and Bernice Kathryn Carmody nee Hutter. She was married to the late Frank Bommarito. She then married the late Michael Brotherton. Mrs. Brotherton is survived by her children Dale (Peggi) Bommarito and Jim (Sue) Bommarito; grandchildren Nicole, Amanda, Daniel, Nina and Grace; special great-granddaughter Emi; sisters Wonda (the late Rich) Forister, Kathy (Michael) Apollo and Peggy (Ted) Reigner; cousins Pat (Don) Crawford and Mike (Rose) Finnegan; nieces and nephews Jacqui, Kevin, Erin, Sherry, Teddy and the late Elizabeth; and other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and two husbands. Mrs. Brotherton was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo and the Women’s Club. She worked at Stiern Laser, Sunnen Products Co., Arundale, and Universal Printing Co. There was no visitation. A memorial mass was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo, Fr. Gerald Hechenberger and Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. “Mary lost a very long battle with breast cancer. In her 60 years on earth, she touched many, many people with her incredible personality. She will be sorely missed, but will be met in Heaven with open arms to welcome her to a better place. Mary chose to give her body to science, so that others could benefit. Even her final gesture was unselfish.”

Shirley M. Jokisch nee Ahrens, 71, of Millstadt, died Dec. 19, 2006, in Belleville. She was born July 13, 1935, in Centreville Township, the daughter of the late William M. and Aurelia Scharf nee Ahrens. She was married to the late Roy L. Jokisch. Mrs. Jokisch is survived by her children Keith R. Jokisch of Millstadt, Melissa K. Jokisch of Freeburg, and Michelle S. Sisk of Creal Springs; grandchildren Warren Michael Sisk, Derek Jay Sisk and Ashley Sisk, all of Creal Springs; sisters Marcella Mayer of Belleville, Marie (Jim) Chide of Galveston, Texas, and Ruth (Lester) King of Shiloh; brother Howard (Marjaret) Scharf of Smithton; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Michael Roy Jokisch, daughter Kelly Sue Jokisch, and brother-in-law Robert Mayer. Mrs. Jokisch was a member of Concordia United Church of Christ in Belleville. She worked as a bookkeeper for Catholic Social Service. There was no visitation or funeral service. Per her request, she was cremated. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Freeburg Terrace.

Charles Martin Scurry, 68, of Dupo, died Dec. 20, 2006, in Dupo. He was born Nov. 15, 1938, in St. Louis, the son of the late John Charles Patrick and Audrey Emma Scurry nee Gramann. He was married to Sandy Scurry nee Dell. Mr. Scurry is survived by his wife; daughters Tracy Michelle Scurry and Lisa Ann Williams; sisters Susan (Frank) Tansley of Navarre, Fla., and Eileen (Dave) Alindugan of Redondo Beach, Ca.; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Scurry was U.S. Navy veteran. He retired as a foreman from Kisco Corp. and Argo Products, both in St. Louis. After he retired he worked at Al’s Automotive as a parts driver in Cahokia. He was a member of the International Association of Machinist Lodge 41 in St. Louis, Belleville Jaycees, Fairview Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Tri-County Bass Anglers, Bass Anglers of Southern Illinois and American Darters Association, and he was an avid washer player. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Rick Lay officiating. He is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials mat be made to Family Hospice.

Monroe O. Sickmeier, 87, of Waterloo, died Dec. 20, 2006, in Columbia. He was born Jan. 13, 1919, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Charles and Mary Sickmeier nee Barker. He was married to Irene H. Sickmeier nee Heller. Mr. Sickmeier is survived by his wife; children Norma (Robert) Coffel of Christopher, Gloria (Donald) Sickmeier-Goddard of Johnson City, Jerry Sickmeier of Columbia, Gail Ray (friend Brian Springton) of Prairie du Rocher, Steven (Carolyn) Sickmeier of Duluth, Ga., and Roger (Angie) Sickmeier of Waterloo; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister. Mr. Sickmeier was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a member of VFW Post 6504 in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. He is buried at Waterloo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, the American Cancer Society or Family Hospice.

Alvin W. Lepp, 91, of Eldon, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Dec. 26, 2006, in Lake Ozark, Mo. He was born March 2, 1915, in Columbia, the son of the late Albert W. and Katherine Lepp nee Habermehl. He married the late Bernice Lepp nee Ritter in 1938; she survived him until Jan. 11, 2007. Mr. Lepp is survived by his daughter Carol Belcher of Eldon, Mo.; son Donald (Mary) Lepp of Yankton, S.D.; grandchildren Nathan Lepp, Debbie (Phil) Thomas, Dana (Charles) VanCleave, and Dennis (Michelle) Redmond; great-grandchildren Lexi, Tori, Max, Addison, Mandy and Chas; siblings Wayne (Juanita) Ritter of Columbia, Dale (Laverne) Ritter of Benton, Ky., Marlin (Herbert) Stemler of Millstadt, Ruby (Earl) Asselmeier of Sparta, and Bernell Mueller of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Louis and Joseph Lepp. Mr. Lepp was retired from the maintenance department of Columbia Community Unit School #4. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Gerry Proctor officiating. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

Robert L. Schade, 77, of St. Louis, died Dec. 27, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 14, 1929, in Belleville, the son of the late Herman and Bessie Schade nee Hollman. He was married to the late Bernice Schade. Mr. Schade is survived by his brothers Daniel (Jean) Schade of Buffalo Grove and Thomas Schade of Waterloo; brother-in-law Robert Haentzler of Belleville; three nieces; one nephew; and seven great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, twin sister Betty Haentzler, and nephew Martin Schade. Mr. Schade was retired from the Teamsters of St. Louis. He was a 1948 graduate of Belleville Township High School, and he remained a loyal football and basketball fan for many years. There was no visitation or funeral.

Melanie L. Young nee Prasuhn, 50, of Columbia, died Dec. 27, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born March 8, 1956, in Centralia, the daughter of Nick and Mildred Prasuhn nee McFarland of Greenville. She married Dan Young in 1978. Mrs. Young is survived by her parents; husband; daughter Traci Young of St. Charles, Mo.; father- and mother-in-law Vernice and Janet Young of Salem; and other relatives and many friends. Mrs. Young was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbia, where she was active with the choir. She had worked as a secretary at Union Planters Bank in Belleville. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were at First Baptist Church in Columbia, Mark Warnock officiating. She is interred at Paradise Cemetery in Salem. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Columbia, the American Cancer Society or deGreef Hospice House.

Kenneth L. Duffy, 77, of Waterloo, died Dec. 28, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 14, 1929, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Frank and Hilda Duffy nee Rubemeyer. He was married to Jean Duffy nee Zec. Mr. Duffy is survived by his wife; children Michael (Sherry) Duffy of Waterloo, and Sue (Skip) Greenfield of Waterloo; grandchildren Sherri (Ross) Goessling, Laura (Tim) Bode, Mark Fortman, and Ryan (Melinda) Duffy; great-grandchildren Megan, Lucas, Austin, Haley, Riley and Cameron; and brother Frank Duffy Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, brothers and nephew. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville.

Dennis Troy Keys, 52, of Dupo, died Dec. 28, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 2, 1954, in East St. Louis, the son of Emma Keys and the late Everett Keys. He was married to Lorri Keys nee Foutch. Mr. Keys is survived by his mother; wife; children Dennis Keys II of Dupo and Emily Keys of Dupo; siblings Charles (Paula) Keys, John (Linda) Keys, Bonnie (Charles) Chastain, Ronald “Rick” (Denise) Keys, Beverly (Jim) Lord, Doug (Dawn) Keys, Donna (Stanley) Johnson, Joe (Lisa) Keys, and Rex (Dee) Keys; father-in-law Ivan Foutch of East Carondelet; sister-in-law Debbie Keys; brothers-in-law Bruce (Kim) Foutch, Gary Foutch, Steve Foutch, and Dennis (Kim) Foutch; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his father, brother Kenneth R. Keys, nephew John Michael Keys, and mother-in-law Bertha Foutch nee Hasty. Mr. Keys was a member of the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club and was president of the Turtle Club. He was an employee of Dupo Community School District 196 as a groundskeeper for the last nine years. Previously he worked as a night supervisor at Central Parking in St. Louis, and was a correctional officer at Menard Prison in Chester for more than 10 years. He was a laborer at the early age of seven, when he began working with his later father and older brothers. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral service was at First Baptist Church in Dupo, Rev. Rick Lay and Brian Thompson officiating. He is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.

Marcella Amy Akins nee Warren, 82, of Columbia, died Dec. 31, 2006, in Columbia. She was born Sept. 12, 1924, in East St. Louis the daughter of the late George D. Warren Sr. and Eula Pearl Warren nee Mitner. She was married to the late Cecil “Pee Wee” R. Akins. Mrs. Akins is survived by her sons Mark A. (Linda) Akins, and David L. (Theresa) Akins; grandchildren David, Alisha, and Travis; great-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; half-brother George D. Warren Jr.; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Akins was a retired bus driver for the Dupo School District. She was a member of the School Bus Drivers Teamsters Local #50. She was an avid bowler and belonged to the Woman’s Bowling Association. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Matt Friz officiating. She is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Dorothy D. Mohl nee Mackey, 76, of Waterloo, died Nov. 2, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 28, 1930, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Charles and Vena Mackey nee Schneinstock. She was married to the late David J. Mohl Sr. Mrs. Mohl is survived by her children Pam (Conrad) Majino of St. Louis, Dian Borowy of Waterloo, Sandi (Ron) Stumpf of Waterloo, Mike Mohl of Waterloo, Cookie (Mike) Brightwell of Coulterville, Chuck (Melissa) Mohl of Waterloo, Ronnie (Larita) Mohl of Fults, and Robin (Fred) Otto of Waterloo; grandchildren David Stumpf, Rob (Amy) Stumpf, David (Melissa) Brightwell, Shaun Brightwell, Jason Brightwell, Michelle Mohl, Tyler Mohl, Katlyn Mohl and Robert Otto; and great-grandchildren Alexis Stumpf and Adam Stumpf. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son David Mohl Jr., and sisters and brothers. Mrs. Mohl was a member Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo.

Edwin J. “Bucky” Vogt, 97, of Red Bud, died Nov. 2, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 6, 1909, in Red Bud, the son of the late William and Catherine Vogt nee Eichenseer. He was married to the late Emma Eickhorst; she preceded him in death in 1962. Mr. Vogt is survived by his son Charles Vogt of Red Bud; grandchildren David (Mary) Vogt of Dupo, Richard (Christy) Vogt of Red Bud, Jay (Becky) Vogt of Red Bud, and Lee Ann (Douglas) Gregson of Ames; and great-grandchildren Samantha, Rebecca, Kaleb, Matthew and Andrew. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter Patricia Vogt, and sisters Stella Vogt and Leona Tobin. Mr. Vogt was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus #12152 and Holy Name Society, and he was the first recipient of the St. John Catholic School Distinguished Graduate award. He organized euchre tournaments and worked bingos at St. John. He was a retired farmer. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. He is buried at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Red Bud.

Karen Leigh Barton nee Salzwedel, 47, of Waterloo, died Nov. 4, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 6, 1959, in St. Louis the daughter of Peggy Laux of Waterloo and Donald Salzwedel of St. Charles, Mo. Mrs. Barton is survived by her parents; brother Mark (Kim) Salzwedel of St. Charles, Mo.; sister Kelly Salzwedel of Columbia; nieces and nephews Brad, John, Dan, Megan and Mary; and aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and step-father Oliver Laux Jr. Mrs. Barton was a member of First Baptist Church of Harvester, Mo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at First Baptist Church of Waterloo, Pastor Steve Neill officiating. A graveside service was held at Straightway Baptist Cemetery in Steelville, Mo. Memorials may be made to Mental Health Association, First Baptist Church of Waterloo, or Human Support Services.

Marie Lorraine Fitzgerald nee Fogerty, 84, of Red Bud, formerly of Chicago, died Nov. 7, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 18, 1922, in Chicago, the daughter of the late William B. and Elsie L. Fogerty nee Stults. She married the late Joseph Fitzgerald in 1955; he preceded her in death in 2000. Mrs. Fitzgerald is survived by her son Kevin (Patricia) Fitzgerald of Red Bud; and grandchildren Michael Fitzgerald of Chicago and Colleen Fitzgerald of Red Bud. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Fitzgerald was a member of Divine Savior Parish in Downers Grove. She was also a member of W.A.C. and Catholic War Veterans. She was a retired guidance counselor secretary for Downers Grove South High School. She was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud and Modell Funeral Home in Darien. A funeral mass was at Divine Savior Parish in Downers Grove, Fr. Robert Pietras officiating. She is buried at Holy Sepulcher Catholic Cemetery in Alsip. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Viola M. Rahn nee Frierdich, 87, of Columbia, died Nov. 7, 2006, in Columbia. She was born April 26, 1919, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Philip and Mary Frierdich nee Schuler. She married the late George Rahn in 1946. He preceded her in death in 2004. Mrs. Rahn is survived by her son Ralph Rahn of Columbia, and other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Mildred Frierdich. Mrs. Rahn attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was a member of the American Legion Post #581 Auxiliary and had worked as a seamstress at Wiel Kalter in Millstadt. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Building Fund or in the form of Masses.

Bessie Mae “Bess” Fudge nee Johnson, 82, of Red Bud, died Nov. 8, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born July 4, 1924, in Nashville, Tenn., the daughter of the late James and Verna Johnson nee Jones. She was married to the late George B. Fudge Jr. Mrs. Fudge is survived by her sons George (Marty) Fudge of New Athens, Jim (Lynn) Fudge of Johnson City, and Michael (Patti) Fudge of Cahokia; daughter Kathy (Stephen) May of Red Bud; 15 grandchildren 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers and five sisters. Visitation was at DeFabio Funeral Home. A celebration of life service was held at DeFabio, Pastor David Harbison officiating. She was cremated. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Grace Marie Ferry nee Hotto, 82, of Columbia, died Nov. 11, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born July 31, 1924, in North Dupo, the daughter of the late Harvey and Laura Hotto Riebeling nee Mehrtens. She was married to the late Donald Ferry; he preceded her in death I 1995. Mrs. Ferry is survived by her daughter Candy (Jeffrey) Hejna of Columbia; granddaughter Zoe Hejna of Columbia; and brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Harvey “Buzz” Hotto, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Mrs. Ferry was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo. She worked for Phillips Petroleum in St. Louis for many years. She was a council member of Job’s Daughters Bethel 65, and Monroe Chapter of the Order of the Easter Star. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. She is buried at Zion Bohnmeier Cemetery in East Carondelet. Memorials may be made to St. Louis Shriners Hospital.

Margaret L. Goeddel nee Meyer, 88, of Highland, formerly of Waterloo, died Nov. 11, 2006, in Alhambra. She was born Sept. 21, 1918, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Meyer nee Miller. She married the late Clarence Goeddel in 1940. He preceded her in death in 1982. Mrs. Goeddel s survived by her children Sandy (Pete) Feldmann of Highland and Joan Lloyd of Alhambra; grandchild Cindy (Bob) Corwin; great-grandchild Danielle Carter; sister Celestine Nobbe; and brother- and sister-in-law Melvin and Lucille Goeddel. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Dale Goeddel, five sisters and one brother. Mrs. Goeddel was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. She was also a member of the Waterloo Senior Center, and was a Senior Companion Program volunteer for 15 years. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Lenora C. Niemietz, 92, formerly of Columbia and Hamel, died November 11, 2006 in Alhambra, IL. She was born September 3, 1914 in Omphghent Township, the daughter of the late Theodore and Emma Cassens nee Wolf. She married the late Robert F. Niemietz in September, 1940. She is survived by her children Ruth Ann (Leonard) Sedlacek of Edwardsville, Robert D. (Mary Ellen) Niemietz of Columbia, and William W. (Kim) Niemietz of Glen Carbon; 12 grandchildren - Lynn (Rodney) Jackson, Kim Sedlacek, Jeffery Sedlacek, Kent (Elizabeth) Ernst, Brian (Jasmine) Ernst, Amanda (Trent) Thrun, Michael Niemietz, Timothy Niemietz, Robert A. Niemietz, Mark Niemietz, Todd Niemietz, step-grandson Douglas (Lisa) Morkel; 12 great-grandchildren - Rachael Jackson and Erin Jackson, Tyler and Jacob Sedlacek, Olivia Ernst, Elissa, Heather and Emma Ernst, Maxwell Thrun, and step-grandchildren Matthew, Mallory and Meredith Morkel; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father Frederick Behrhorst, two brothers Walter and Alfred Cassens, her daughter Sharon K. Morkel, son-in-law James Morkel and granddaughter-in-law Melinda Ernst. Mrs. Niemietz was a member of Madison County Home Extension, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League in Hamel and the Alhambra-Hamel Senior Citizens Group. The family moved from their Hamel farm to Columbia in 1962, and she returned to Hamel after the death of her husband in 1976. While in Columbia she was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monroe County Home Extension, and was employed as cook at Immaculate Conception School and Parkview Elementary School. Visitation was at Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel. Funeral services were Nov. 14 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel with the Rev. William Weedon officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. Memorials may be made to Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel or the Immaculate Conception Building Fund in Columbia.

Harry O. Sexauer, 83, of Waterloo, died Nov. 14, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 23, 1923, in St. Louis, the son of the late Albert Sexauer and Ida Sexauer nee Steinmann. He was married to Edith Sexauer nee Mandville. Mr. Sexauer is survived by his wife; children Mary Helene (Herbert) Kranze of Ellisville, Mo., Margaret (Jesse) James of Glendale Heights, Elaine (John) Polizzi of Waterloo, and Steve (Glenda) Sexauer of Columbia; grandchildren Torie, Alex, Wendy, Samantha, Matthew, Ezekiel and August; great-grandchildren Grace and Kurtis; brother Elmer (Marilyn) Sexauer of Tampa, Fla.; sister-in-law Louise Kelsick of Ballwin, Mo.; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Paula Sexauer nee Hohnbaum, brother-in-law Edward Kelsick, and nephew Glenn Sexauer. Mr. Sexauer was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, and was a member of Knights of Columbus #1334. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. He is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Mercy at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, Mo.

Randall L. Cooper, 60, of Belleville, died Nov. 15, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born July 10, 1946, in Melrose Park, the son of William H. Cooper and the late June Cooper nee Lindstrom. He was married to the late Elizabeth Cooper nee Milder. Mr. Cooper is survived by his father; daughter Carmella (Dennis) Parks of Belleville; son Gary W. Jessen Jr. of Belleville; grandchildren Holly King and Heidi King of Belleville, Crystal Jessen of St. Louis, and Serkin Saviors of St. Louis; and sister Janet (Paul) Durham of Wheaton. He was preceded in death by his mother and wife. Visitation and a funeral service were at DeFabio Funeral Home in Waterloo. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Sarah Catherine Hamilton, 99, of Dupo, died Nov. 15, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born July 1, 1907, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the daughter of the late John W. and Elenora Hamilton Sr. nee Kempfer. Ms. Hamilton is survived by her brother Arlington Hamilton of Mobile, Ala.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mrs. Hamilton was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo. She was retired from Mercantile Bank in St. Louis as a telephone operator. She was a member of the Eastern Star. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Kim Kelly officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo.

Elmer H. Wetzel Sr., 90, of Red Bud, died Nov. 16, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 29, 1916, in Baldwin, to the late John and Frieda Wetzel nee Mehring. He married Laura Thelma Savage in 1944; she preceded him in death in 2003. Mr. Wetzel is survived by his children Fay Hartman of Red Bud, and Elmer (Donna) Wetzel Jr. of Red Bud; grandchildren Tracy (Keith) Buhrmeister, Toni (Troy) Guebert, Heidi Hughes and Mieke (Kevin) Hoock; great-grandchildren Kayla, Brittney, Keri, Trenton, Trysta, Cheyenne and Madilyn; and brothers Henry (Marge) Wetzel of Jennings, Mo., Orville (Jean) Wetzel of Bell, Mo., John Wetzel Jr. of Red Bud, and Harry Wetzel of Baldwin. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers Ralph Wetzel and Erich Wetzel, and sister Bernice Rice. Mr. Wetzel was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud. He was retired as a factory worker at the Singer Company in Red Bud after 30 years. He was also a retired farmer. He was a member of the Randolph County Farm Bureau. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral was at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud, Rev. Russell Koen officiating. He is buried at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Reed Bud. Memorials may be made to Christ Our Savior Lutheran High School in Evansville.

Thomas Aaron Jeffery, 52, of Edwardsville, died Nov. 17, 2006, in Edwardsville. He was born July 9, 1954, in at a U.S. Army Hospital in Main, Germany, to Virginia Lee Jeffery of Cahokia and the late Estel J. Jeffery. He was married to Dana Rose Jeffery nee Dzurian. Mr. Jeffery is survived by his wife; children Thomas Aaron (Carolyn) Jeffery II of Troy, Andrew Dale (Karen) Jeffery of Collinsville, and Mark Allen (Jill) Jeffery of Bethalto; grandchildren Ryan Scott Jeffery, Jonathan Aaron Jeffery, Landon Dale Jeffery, and Olivia Aaron Jeffery, who will be arriving soon; grandmother Armentine Koch of Columbia; siblings Sherran Lee (Darrel) Price of Edwardsville, Bruce Allen (Debbie) Jeffery of Cahokia, and Keith Brian Jeffery of St. Louis; honorary father Frank M. Lexa; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Jeffery was a petroleum service specialist for 33 years for United Petroleum Service in St. Louis. He was a member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local #562. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. He is buried at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Siteman Cancer Center in St. Lois or St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund in Columbia.

Eleanor A. Misplais nee Van Pelt, 89, of Columbia, died Nov. 17, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 3, 1917, in Modoc, the daughter of the late Lemuel and Ella Van Pelt nee Jones. She was married to the late Ashton Fraley Misplais. Mrs. Misplais is survived by her sons Ashton L. (Sharon) Misplais, Edward J. Misplais, and Van A. Misplais; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and Gordon Van Pelt; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Delora Dietz, and sisters and brothers. Mrs. Misplais was a member of American Legion Auxiliary #581 in Columbia. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults.

Franklin Lee Dollins Sr., 69, of Dupo, died Nov. 18, 2006, in Belleville. He was born Aug. 9, 1937, in Neelyville, Mo., the son of the late John Dollins and Opal (Bill) Frederick. Mr. Dollins is survived by his former wife Patsy Dollins; children Mary (Bob) Carner, Franklin “Butch” Dollins Jr., and John (Becky) Eldrige; grandchildren Dawn (Mickey) Godare, Amanda (Joe) Bivins, Patricia Godare, Jacob Carner, Meghan (Marvin) Carner, Christopher Carner, Ryan Gloeckner, Joshua Dollins, Brandon Dollins, Tyler Eldrige, and Erin Eldrige; great-grandchildren Sierra Godare and Caitlyn Bivins; sister Mary Conigliaro; and other relatives and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, daughter Kathy Godare, granddaughter Haley Dollins, and brother Tom Dollins. Mr. Dollins was a driver for Auto Air in St. Lois and Renzenberger. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. His favorite pastimes were drinking beer and spending time with his family. He was an avid sports fan. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Darrell Atkins officiating. He was cremated.

Edgar O. Zimmer, 102, of Waterloo, died Nov. 18, 2006, in Columbia. He was born Jan. 18, 1904, in Maeystown, the son of the late Louis H. and Sophie C. Zimmer nee Feldmeier. He was married to the late Bonnie M. Zimmer nee Boyd. Mr. Zimmer is survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers William P. Zimmer, Louis H. Zimmer and Roland W. Zimmer; and sisters Lucille M. Zimmer. Leora S. McDonald and Elizabeth Hollis. Mr. Zimmer was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, the Monroe County Bar Association, was a past Worshipful Master of Morris Lodge 787 AF & AM, and was a member of the International Order of the Oddfellows. He earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois College of Commerce in 1929, and earned his law degree from the University of Illinois is 1931. He began practicing law in Monroe County in 1931, served as the Monroe County State’s Attorney from 1936 to 1960, and was recognized by the Illinois State Bar Association with the Senior Counselor designation award in 1981. He established the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Edgar and Bonnie Zimmer law scholarship in 1984, and established the Zimmer family Foundation in 1997 to provide college scholarships to area students. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ of Waterloo.

Allaysa N. Porter, 13, of Marissa, called Nov. 20, 2006, in Marissa, the daughter of Michael Porter and the late Tina Porter nee Cheek. Ms. Porter is survived by her father; siblings Travis Porter, Christina (Mark) Spurlin and Tyler Porter; and aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, grandparents Clinton and Lillian Porter nee Schmidt; grandfather Daniel Cheek; and uncles Michael and Ricky. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A graveside service was held at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo, Pastor David Eckstadt officiating. A trust fund for Tina and Allaysa Porter has been set up at any Regions Bank.

Tina M. Porter nee Cheek, 43, of Marissa, died Nov. 20, 2006, in Marissa. She was born July 23, 1963, in Red Bud, the daughter of Emma Cheek nee Hefflinger and the late Daniel Cheek. She was married to Michael Porter. Mrs. Porter is survived by her mother Emma Cheek; husband; children Travis Porter, Christine (Mark) Spurlin, and Tyler Porter; grandson Dayshane Spurlin; siblings Ann (John) Holland, George (Pat) Cheek, Danny (Marilyn) Cheek, Sandy Jett, Donna Davis, Donald Davis, Robert (Brenda) cheek, Betty (Tom) Bievenue, Linda (Norman) Robert, Pam Selleck, Laura (Larry) Willcutt, and Arron Cheek; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father Daniel Cheek, brother Michael Cheek and daughter Allaysa Porter. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A graveside service was held at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo, Pastor David Eckstadt officiating. A trust fund for Tina and Allaysa Porter has been set up at any Regions Bank.

Lelia M. Garner nee Schaper, 82, of Fults, died Nov. 22, 2006, in Fults. She was born July 8, 1924, in Warrenton, Mo., the daughter of the late Ernest and Loma Schaper nee Yocum. She was married to the late Claude A. Garner. Mrs. Garner is survived by her children James Michael Garner, Terry Lee (Jacqueline) Garner, Claudia Kay Herndon, Danny Allen Garner, and Mark Ernest (Dawn) Garner; grandchildren Mike (Suzanne) Nadeau, Brandy Garner, Mike Garner, Larissa Garner, Tracy (Darrell) Kueker, Gina Garner, Rebecca Garner, Alicia (Joseph) Martin, Neil Herndon, Christopher Garner, Jamie Heggemeier and Adam Garner; great-grandchildren Hannah Nadeau, Matthew Nadeau, Brandi Kueker, Bethany Kueker, Danielle Kueker, Dylan Kueker, Noah Martin, Ethan Martin, Emma Martin, and Kaden Heggemeier; great-great-grandchildren Lydia Kueker and Payton LaChance; brother Dr. Ernest (Myrt) Schaper; and friend and companion Wyman Melching. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and grandchildren Cara Garner and Nicholas Garner. Mrs. Garner was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in St. Joe. She was the former owner of Garner’s Tavern in Renault. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at Zion United Church of Christ in St. Joe, Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. She is buried at Zion Cemetery in St. Joe. Memorials may be made to Zion United Church of Christ Steeple Fund.

Mary E. Meine nee Beckman, 80, of Waterloo, formerly of East Carondelet, died Nov. 25, 2006, in Belleville. She was born March 7, 1926, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late John H. and Mary M. Beckman nee Harned. She was married to the late Stanley Dodds. Mrs. Meine is survived by her children Leslie (Linda) Dodds of Clarksville, Mo., Mary (Floyd) Weaver of Dupo, and Dorothy Dodds of Columbia; grandchildren Sherry Weaver, Tammy Weaver, Christ Barnett, Jamie (Danielle) Barnett and Elaine (Jimmy) Hausman; great-grandchildren Victoria Weaver, Constance Barnett, Brian Donelson and Chelsea Donelson; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Stanley, grandson Floyd Weaver III, broths John and Gary, and sister Ann Tarman. Mrs. Meine was past president of VFW Post #6368 Ladies Auxiliary in Dupo. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Rick Lay officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Roger A. Riese, 67, of Columbia, died Nov. 26, 2006, in East Carondelet. He was born Sept. 23, 1939, in Roseland, Neb., the son of the late Lester and Helen Riese nee Mitchell. He was married to the late Jackie Riese. Mr. Riese is survived by his children Vickie (Joe) Todd of West Frankfort, Judy Williams of West Frankfort, Barbara (Gary) Yrjanson of Columbia, Michael McIntyre of Dupo, and Tina (Ernest) Higgerson of East Carondelet; grandchildren Dale Gene (Jennifer) Kronk, Amanda Jean Kronk, Roger Michael Riese, Ernest Lee Higgerson III, Kelly Todd, Crystal Ann Williams, Jennifer Marie Higgerson, Jacqueline McIntyre, Joseph Wayne Higgerson, Ozzy Michael McIntyre, crystal Williams and Josh Gass; great-grandchildren Christen Leon Kronk and Bret Schumer; sisters Pat Herman of St. Louis, and Janice (Jerry) Keplinger of Godfrey; and brother Kenneth (Jan) Riese of St. Louis. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and grandson Dale Taylor Kronk. Mr. Riese was a retired mechanic and welder from Mid-Town Garage in St. Louis. He also worked for Sugarloaf Township. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and received the Good Conduct award. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. David Liebnau officiating. He was buried with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Joseph A Dietz, 68, of Waterloo, died Nov. 26, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born May 11, 1938, in Waterloo, the son of the late Conrad and Lucille Dietz nee Fleming. He was married to Diane Dietz nee Erb. Mr. Dietz is survived by his son Allen Dietz of Waterloo; brother Donald (Joann) Dietz of Waterloo; sister Sister Dorothy Dietz ASC of red Bud, Mary (Robert) Toal of Waterloo, and Margaret Reinhold of Waterloo; sister-in-law Marilyn Asinger of St. Louis; brothers-in-law Kenneth (Kathy) Erb of St. Louis, Robert Erb of St. Louis, and Stan (Pat) Erb of St. Louis; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Dietz was a member of the Knights of Columbus #1334, Labor Union #1244, and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association’s Heart Fund.

Carl Wayne Patton, 85, of West Frankfort, died Nov. 30, 2006. He was born March 29, 1921, in Millersburg, Ind., the son of the late Archie and Mable Patton. He married Evelyn Patton nee Fleck in 1948. Mr. Patton is survived by his wife; children Dennis (Sue) Patton of Columbia, Terry (Gary) Warren of West Frankfort, Ind., and David (Theresa) Patton of West Frankfort, Ind.; brother Kenneth and sister Shirley. Mr. Patton was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in West Frankfort. He served his country as a U.S. Marine for four years, serving in the Pacific Theatre and surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He retired from Central Illinois Public Service Company (now Ameren / IP) after 34 years and was a member of the Illinois Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Mr. Patton’s family remembers him as their cornerstone, missed for his wisdom, loving ways, sense of humor, teasing aggravation, blue eyes and loving smile. He had a passion for the outdoors as an avid fisherman and great hunter. He will be remembered for his never-ending thirst to serve and care for his family and to give to those less fortunate. A military service was held at Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort, and he was cremated. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Clothing Room and Food Bank in West Frankfort.

Shirley J. Spurgeon nee Pennington, 59, of Valmeyer, formerly of Columbia, died Nov. 30, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Feb. 19, 1947, in Pittsburg, Ken., the daughter of the late Roscoe and Edith R. Pennington nee Miller. She married Roger Spurgeon in 1962. Mrs. Spurgeon is survived by her husband; son Brian (Robin) Spurgeon of Valmeyer; daughter Patricia (Bruce) Stroh of O’Fallon, Mo.; grandchildren Reed Spurgeon, Wyatt Spurgeon and Andrea Stroh; brother James (Fern) Pennington of Columbia; sisters Juanita (Ivan) Linhardt of Bowling Green, Ken., and Billie (Dale) Grogan of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and so Anthony Spurgeon. Mrs. Spurgeon attended First Baptist Church in Columbia. She was retired from Columbia Unit District #4, where she worked as an aide. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was at First Baptist Church in Columbia, Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. She is buried at College Hill Cemetery in Belle, Mo. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund in Columbia.

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Shirlea K. Brandenburg nee Krug, 78, died Oct. 2, 2006 in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Centralia, the daughter of the late John G. and Eleanor Krug nee Souers. Mrs. Brandenburg is survived by her son H. Kurt Brandenburg of Chicago; brother Douglas (Mildred) Krug of St. Louis; and sisters Wyona (Carroll) Crosley of Columbia and Janell (Ed) Carroll of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother John Kendall Krug. Mrs. Brandenburg was a retired legal secretary and had worked at several area law firms. A private family graveside service was held at Odd Fellows Cemetery in McLeansboro. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia of the Columbia Public Library.

James R. Dossett, 63, of Columbia, died Oct. 2, 2006. He was born Aug. 12, 1943, in Mt. Carmel, the son of Iona Dossett nee Romershausen of Evansville, Ind., and the late James R. Dossett Sr. He was married to Betty L. Aylsworth. Mr. Dossett is survived by his mother; wife; sons Jeffrey (Stephanie) Dossett of Columbia and Steven (Cheryl) Dossett of Columbia; and siblings John (Carla) Dossett of Evansville, Ind., Tom (Terri) Dossett of Waterloo, Chuck (Connie) Dossett of Elberfeld, Ind., and Mary Jo Kinder of Evansville, Ind. He was preceded in death by his father, brother Jack Dossett and sister Kay Dossett. Mr. Dossett was retired from Barnes-Jewish Hospital as an electrician. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A private funeral service was held. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Missionary Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Waterloo or the Midwest Fury Soccer Club.

Phillip Ronald Nobbe, newborn son of Todd and Jamie Nobbe, died Oct. 2, 2006. He is survived by his parents; twin brother Patrick and brothers Alex, Aaron and Patrick; paternal grandparents James and Bonnie Nobbe; maternal grandparents Don and Barb Hesterberg; paternal great-grandmothers Leola Nobbe and Agnes Wortmann; maternal great-grandparents Laverne Hesterberg and Norene Becker; and an aunt and uncles. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents Roland Nobbe, Melvin Wortmann, Vernon Hesterberg and Walter Becker. A private graveside service was held at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

William Christopher “Bill Irish” Boyle Jr., 84, of Belleville, died Oct. 5, 2006, in Belleville. He was born May 16, 1922, the son of the late William Christopher and Almyra Boyle nee Sheer. He was married to the late Mary Louise Boyle nee Cunningham. Mr. Boyle is survived by his daughters Dolores Boyle of Denver, Colo., and Carolyn (Roy) Lantry of Millstadt; grandchildren Brian Lantry and Sarah Lantry; sister-in-law Dolores Cunningham; brother-in-law Joseph (Mary) Cunningham; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother Charles Boyle. Mr. Boyle was a retired steam fitter for Five Star and he belonged to the union local. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home and Apartment Community Chapel at Our Lady of the Snows. A funeral mass was at Apartment Community Chapel at Our Lady of the Snows, Fr. Robert Braun officiating. He is buried at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Belleville.

Augustus Robert Fridrichs, 86, of Millstadt, formerly of Waterloo, died Oct. 6, 2006, in Millstadt. He was born Nov. 12, 1919, in Waterloo, the son of the late Armin L. and Mary K. Fridrichs nee Pohlmann. Mr. Fridrichs is survived by his sister Jean (Seldon) Siegfried of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; nieces Judy (David) Eberhard of Oswego, and Joli Hern of Millstadt; and cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Harold Fridrichs in infancy. Mr. Fridrichs was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Arlene Steele, 72, of Columbia, died Oct. 6, 2006, in Columbia. She was born Sept. 10, 1934, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Herbert J. and Laura Vogt nee Stillman. Ms. Steele is survived by her brother David (Linda) Vogt of Columbia, and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mrs. Steele was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was a retired registered nurse. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Church, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Joseph C. Colley, 58, of Columbia, died Oct. 7, 2006, in Columbia. He was born Nov. 3, 1947, in Mammoth Springs, Ark., the son of the late William and Audrey Phelps nee Colley. He was married to Martha Colley nee Lampe. Mr. Colley is survived by his wife; children Jeremy Colley of Laurel, Miss., Elizabeth Colley of Columbia, and Nicholas Colley of Columbia; grandchild Audra Colley; sister Louise (S.O.) Beren of Wichita, Kan.; and a son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother James Phelps. Mr. Colley attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he was an usher. He was a past Grand Knight and chancellor for the Knights of Columbus #6165, was an active member of the 4th Degree, and organized many of the local blood drives. He was employed by St. Anthony’s Medical Center as a surgical instrument technician. He was also a member of the Columbia Kiwanis. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or Loving Touch Pregnancy Center in Waterloo.

Eileen L. Krebel, 83, of Prairie du Rocher, died Oct. 7, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born April 21, 1923, in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Henry and Mary DuFrenne nee Deterding. She was married to the late Oscar Krebel; he preceded her in death in 1985. Mrs. Krebel is survived by her children Kay (Jim) Vogt of Fults, Barbara (Bill) Ruby of Valmeyer, Dennis (Elaine) Krebel of Red Bud, Gary (Tammy) Krebel of Columbia; grandchildren Michele (Bill) Thien, Lisa (Mark) Shevlin, Brandi (Paul) Henry, Kyle Krebel, Julie Krebel, Amanda Krebel and Rebecca Krebel; great-grandchildren Erick, Abbey, Evan and Auggie Thien, Marlie and Drew Shevlin, and Bailee Henry; sister Goldie Fausz of Red Bud; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Evelyn Moll. Mrs. Krebel was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher and St. Ann’s Altar Sodality. She worked at the Little Cupboard Restaurant in Prairie du Rocher, and she worked as a housekeeper at the Ruma Convent. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, Fr. Albert Kreher officiating. She is buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to Cedar Bluff Park in Fults, Hospice of Southern Illinois or Prairie du Rocher Park Beautification Fund.

Marilyn Joan Hofstetter nee Wilde, 71, of Dupo died Oct. 8, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 19, 1935, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Alvin and Minnie Wilde nee Bauman. She was married to the late Gilbert W. Hofstetter. Mrs. Hofstetter is survived by her children Gilbert (Sue) Hofstetter, Gerald Hofstetter, Geoffrey Hofstetter and Gene Hofstetter; grandchildren Tammy (David) Martin and Adam Hofstetter; sister-in-law Bernice Arras; niece Jean Stroisch; great-nephews Michael and Daniel Stroisch; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son Glen Hofstetter in infancy. Mrs. Hofstetter was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, where she was in the Women’s Guild. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. She is buried at Zion Bohnmeier Cemetery in East Carondelet. Memorials may be made to Zion Bohnmeier Cemetery Fund.

Alvina M. Schneider nee Andres, 82, of Waterloo, died Oct. 8, 2006, in Des Peres, Mo. She was born Aug. 4, 1924, in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late Adam and Elizabeth Andres nee Wuertz. She was married to Jerome J. Schneider. Mrs. Schneider is survived by her husband; children Joan Bade, Janel Holmes, Marietta Schneider, Jerome (Deborah) Schneider, Jenny (Joe) Gibson, Joseph (Debi) Schneider, Angela (Rick) Kirleis, and Allison (John) Herrington; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Callistus “Chick” Andres; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister. Mrs. Schneider was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Church.

Joshua David Garland, 28, of Millstadt, died Oct. 8, 2006, in Belleville. He was born April 11, 1978, in Belleville, the son of Larry and Susan Garland nee Etling. Mr. Garland is survived by his parents; sister Sarah Garland; grandparents Homer and Dorothy Etling; aunts Gwen Metternich, Dorothy Clement, Mary Traeger and Cheryl Gordon; uncles Allen Garland, Cecil Garland, Bruce Garland and Glen Garland; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his uncles Edward Garland, Joseph Garland and aunt Eva Persch. Mr. Garland was a union carpenter with local #433. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. He is buried at St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery in Floraville.

Dorothea A. Brandt nee Offermann, 84, of Waterloo, died Oct. 9, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 21, 1922, in Fults, the daughter of the late John D. and Katerina Offermann nee Wild. She was married to the late Elmer W. Brandt. Mrs. Brandt is survived by her daughter Carol (Larry) Nottmeier of Fults; grandson Lonnie (Heidi) Nottmeier of Fults; great-granddaughters Leslie Nottmeier and Amanda Nottmeier; and siblings Ervin (Vera) Rippelmeyer, Walter (Hilda) Scheibe, Theodore Offermann and John (Mabel) Offermann. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother George Offermann; and sisters Olga Juelfs, Adele Merlenbach, Clara Josten and Frieda Schatte. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Zion United Church of Christ in Waterloo or Senior Haven.

Juanita M. LeTempf nee Bennett, 78, of Dupo, died Oct. 10, 2006, in Belleville. She was born Nov. 30, 1927, in Roxanna, the daughter of the late Buck and Gladys Bennett nee Free. Mrs. LeTempf is survived by her children Charlotte (Bruce) Warswick of Ankeny, Iowa, Michael L. (Deborah) Simmons of Columbia, Roger D. (Jane) Simmons of East Carondelet, and Susan (Derrick) Bartotto of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Marvie D. Simmons, second husband Louis J. LeTempf, siblings Clifford Bennett, Pauline Johnson and Harold Bennett, and two sisters in infancy. Visitation and a funeral service were held at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Maplewood Church of Christ in Cahokia.

Irma V. Rehmer nee Dinga, 90, of Waterloo, died Oct. 11, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born March 18, 1916, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late John and Isabella Dinga nee Bela. She was married to the late Clarence Rehmer. Mrs. Rehmer is survived by her daughters Elaine (Tom) Carr of Waterloo, and Linda (Willard) Krebel of Waterloo; grandchildren John (Janice) Rehmer, Sarah (Mike) O’Reilly, Jay (Pattie) Carr, Derek (Jenny) Carr, Amy (Mark) Wetzler, Ginger (Nick) Amann, and Casey (Dawn) Krebel; 15 great-grandchildren; brother Paul (Becky) Dinga of Belleville; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Roger A. Rehmer, infant daughter Melvina Mae Rehmer, a sister and brothers. Mrs. Rehmer was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, and Ladies Aid. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo.

Irene E. Scherle, 80, of Evansville, died Oct. 15, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 28, 1926, in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Henry and Elsie Schmidt nee Menke. She was married to Percy Scherle. Mrs. Scherle is survived by her husband; children Kenneth (Judy) Scherle of Ruma, Betty (George) Kawalec of Ruma, Larry (Cheryl) Scherle of Ruma, Dale (Sandy) Scherle of Evansville, Frances (Scott) Studt of Waterloo, Kay (Scott) Scheibe of Prairie du Rocher, and Arlene (Edward) Martin of New Athens; 13 grandchildren; and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Ralph Scherle, and brothers Leo Schmidt and Oscar Schmidt. Mrs. Scherle was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma and was an avid quilter. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral mass was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. She is buried at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Evansville.

Pauline A. “Polly” Carter nee Sveticki, 70, of Waterloo, died Oct. 13, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born July 5, 1936, in Barkley, W. Va., the daughter of the late Tony and Lillian Sveticki nee Horvath. She was married to Glendon Carter. Mrs. Carter is survived by her husband; daughter Tracy (Dave) Haverstick of Pacific, Mo.; sisters Lillian Rogalski of Detroit, Mich., Katie (Joe) Cindrich of Detroit, Mich., and Elizabeth Van China of Roseville, Mo.; grandson Jonathan Haverstick of Pacific, Mo.; and special friends Dr. Michael Konstan of Cleveland, Ohio, Barb (Jesus) Quinones, Jimmy, Dario and Ally Quinones, all of Waterloo, and Mike Dougherty of Red Bud. She was preceded in death by her parents, sons John Carter, Glenn Carter and Gregory Carter, and two sisters. Visitation and a funeral service were at De Fabio Funeral Home. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Mary Margaret Raitt nee Moore, 84, of Waterloo, formerly of Dupo, died Oct. 15, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 17, 1922, in Ackerman, Miss., the daughter of the late Lee A. and Eva Moore nee Porter. She was married to the late Hubert S. Raitt Sr. Mrs. Raitt is survived by her children Scott (Kathy) Raitt of Waterloo, and Joyce (Kevin) Kerr of Rockton; grandchildren Jodi (Don) Doerr, Jan (Jim) Turley, Stephanie Kerr and Hillarie Kerr; great-grandchildren Jennifer Warner, Jimmy Turley and Jenny Turley; siblings Sara Frances Jenkins of Memphis, Tenn., Bob (June) Moore of Stockbridge, Ga., and Esther (Joe) Rockwell of Pascagoula, Miss.; sisters-in-law Ruth Raitt of Dupo and Tommie Raitt of Las Vegas, Nev.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Raitt was a member of First Baptist Church of Waterloo. She was also a member of Eastern Star. She was a longtime employee of Monroe County Care and Rehab Center and was a certified instructor at Belleville Area College. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Steve Nell officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill.

Roy F. Nobbe, 91, of Waterloo, died Oct. 16, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born July 10, 1915, in Waterloo, the son of the late Fred and Amalia Nobbe nee Rabbermann. He was married to the late Esther Nobbe nee Schaper. Mr. Nobbe is survived by his daughter Nancy (Joseph) Frank of Waterloo; grandchildren Michael (Julie) Frank, Davie (Katie) Frank, and Kimberly Frank; great-grandchildren Joey Frank and Ryan Frank, sister Hulda Wink; and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brothers Otto Nobbe and Arthur Nobbe. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Theodore G. Offermann, 95, of Waterloo, died Oct. 16, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 16, 1911, in Renault, the son of the late John D. and Katherina Offermann nee Wild. He was married to the late Ruth Offermann. Mr. Offermann is survived by his son Larry (Karen) Offermann of Waterloo; grandchildren Brian Offermann and Amy Offermann; siblings Vera (Ervin) Rippelmeyer of Waterloo, Hilda Scheibe of Waterloo and John (Mabel) Offermann of Columbia; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sisters and a brother. Mr. Offermann was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. He was also a member of the American Legion for more than 60 years and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a retired farmer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Arnilda L. Germann nee Mueller, 101, of Columbia, formerly of Millstadt, died Oct. 18, 2006, in Columbia. She was born May 3, 1905, in Millstadt Township, the daughter of the late Fred and Louise Mueller nee Guckes. She was married to the late Harry G. Germann. Mrs. Germann is survived by her nieces Corine Bratzel and Geraldine (Jake) Hough; other nieces, nephews, relatives and other friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Frederick Mueller, brother-in-law Leroy Poetker, sister-in-law Ether Mae “Dolly” Mueller, sister Meta Poetker and nephew Gerald Kempf. Mrs. Germann was a member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt. She was also a charter member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 7980 in Millstadt. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home, Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. She is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt.

James O. Williamson, 85, of Dupo, died Oct. 18, 2006, in Belleville. He was born Nov. 29, 1920, in Dupo, the son of the late Zomie “Elmer” and Elsie Williamson nee Kneezel. He was married to Georgia Williamson nee Tinney. Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife; sons Garree (Carol) Williamson and Donald (Virginia) Jelinek; daughter Nancy (Gary) Noedel; grandchildren Matthew Williamson, Nathan Williamson, Stacy (Justin) Perry, Dan Noedel, Sally Noedel and Donnie Jelinek; great-grandchildren Rylie Perry and Gavin Perry; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Anita Williamson; brothers Harvey “Zeke” Williamson and Glen Williamson; and sisters Betty Wilson, Juanita Blaylock and Helen Overbey. Mr. Williamson was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked at Monsanto in Sauget, where he was a chemical operator for more than 30 years before he retired. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Matt Friz officiating. He is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Fern Adams nee Stafford, 90, of Columbia, died Oct. 21, 2006. She was born Sept. 19, 1916, in Boss, Mo., the daughter of the late Mont and Minta Stafford nee Stuart. She was married to the late I. Russell Adams; he preceded her in death in 1974. Mrs. Adams is survived by her sons Tom (Joan) Adams of Columbia, and Gary (Janice) Adams of Peoria; grandchildren Mark (Tamara) Kohlenberger, Shawn Adams, Erik Adams and Chris Adams; great-grandchildren Olivia Kohlenberger and Emily Kohlenberger; and brothers Winford Stafford of Fenton, Mo., and Glenn (Margaret) Stafford of Barnhart, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Alma Parker and Geraldine Bay. Mrs. Adams was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbia. She was retired from Ricetix in St. Louis as a machine operator. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Don Branson officiating. She is buried at Boss Cemetery in Boss, Mo. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Columbia.

Alma Florence Adelia Pellmann nee Giffhorn, 93, of Millstadt, died Oct. 22, 2006, in Columbia. She was born April 5, 1913, in Columbia, the daughter of the late William and Amelia Giffhorn nee Kremmel. She was married to Fredrick P. Pellmann. Mrs. Pellmann is survived by her children Neil (Janice) Pellmann of New Lenox, Dale (Kathy) Pellmann of Indianapolis, Ind., and Don (Vicki) Pellmann of Belleville; grandchildren Jill (Dan) Lanigan, Marc Pellmann, Nicole (Bryan) Cantu, Amber (Kent) Hackstadt, Sean Pellmann, Brittany Pellmann, Tom Pellmann, Scott Pellmann and Mariella Pellmann; step-grandchildren Michael Dulle, Laura (Joe) Brandt, Matthew Dulle and Annie Dulle; great-granddaughter Charli Louise Hackstadt; brother-in-law Herman (Darlene) Pellmann of Millstadt; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Pellmann was a member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt, Zion Chancel Choir and Zion Women’s Fellowship. She was a volunteer for American Red Cross and was involved with Kitchen Band and Stag Brewery Retirees’ Group, and was a former member of Golden Age Club. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt, Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. She is buried at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt or Millstadt Senior Center.

Loren “Bud” Marlow, 80, of the Sparta-Pinckneyville area, died Oct. 22, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born March 15, 1926, in Pinckneyville, the son of the late Herbert D. and Ellen Marlow nee McQuary. Mr. Marlow is survived by his daughters Carolyn Morrison (Dale Robertson) of Sparta, Cathy Mueller of Florida, and Rachel Bescher of Red Bud; sons Mike (Stacy) Marlow of California, David Marlow of Red Bud, Jason Marlow of Red Bud and Mark Marlow of Red Bud; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Same (Sam) Wine of Coulterville, Olga Lowe of Sparta, and Dean Thomas of Sparta; great-aunt Ruth Vertdvsck, and special friend Kathy Marlow of Red Bud. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Mel Marlow and son Dwight Marlow. Visitation and a funeral service were at McDaniel Funeral Home in Sparta, Pastors Robinson and Rothweisch officiating. He is buried at Coulterville City Cemetery in Coulterville.

Margaret Ann Range nee Graff, 76, of Dupo, died Oct. 23, 2006, in East St. Louis. She was born June 7, 1930, in Murphysboro, the daughter of the late John Winfield and Mae Rosalie Graff nee Bucholz. She was married to Floyd “Buck” Range of Dupo. Mrs. Range is survived by her children Carole (Rex) Hancock of Columbia, and Debbie (Terry) Aldridge of Dupo; grandchildren Heather (Kip) Queveraux, Christopher Hancock, Courtney Aldridge, Brandon Aldridge and Brett Aldridge; brother Glenn (Hilda) Graff; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Melba Graff and Wilma Graff. Mrs. Range was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Cahokia. She was also a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Cahokia, Rev. Jonathan Winterfeldt officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Cahokia.

Ester Geraldine Brinker nee Peters, 73, of Dupo, died Oct. 23, 2006, in Belleville. She was born Jan. 1, 1933, in Corning, Ark., the daughter of the late Calvin and Ethel Peters nee Keys. She was married to the late Lawrence Brinker. Mrs. Brinker is survived by her children David (Mary) Settlemoir of Cahokia, and Lorene (David) Lord of Dupo; grandchildren Andrea Settlemoir, Christina (Wally) Settlemoir, John Fitzgerald, Nikki (Chris) Raeber and Jeremy Raeber, Stephanie Lord and Sarah Lord; step-grandson Matthew Lord; two great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Debbie Settlemoir; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Calvin “Sonny” Settlemoir and daughter Kathy Settlemoir. Mrs. Birkner was a member of Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Cahokia. She was co-owner of Brinker’s Jewelry Shop in Dupo. Visitation and a funeral service were held at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo, Pastor James Wood officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Gary Bradley, 48, formerly of Waterloo, died Oct. 28, 2006. He is survived by his daughters Lauren and Kristen, both of Belleville; sisters Barbara (Carl) Uhlig; brothers Joe (Mona) Bradley, Jim (Carolyn) Bradley and Rick (Sue) Bradley; and nieces and nephews. Mr. Bradley was a communications manager and magazine editor. Visitation was at Ambruster Donnelly Mortuary. A funeral mass was at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church in Creve Coeur. A private burial was held. Memorials may be made to the Gary S. Bradley Memorial Trust Fund, c/o Bank of America, 10263 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63124.

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Donald W. Johns, 53, of Shiloh, died Sept. 1, 2006, in Creal Springs. He was born Jan. 9, 1953, in St. Louis, the son of Doris E. Johns of Gainsville and Ava Louise (Woods) Johns of Catawissa. Mr. Johns is survived by his daughters Melissa Louise Johns of O’Fallon, Stacy MaKayla Johns of Waterloo; brother Jackie (Joyce) Johns of Creal Springs; sister Sue (Tom) Strayhorn of Catawissa, Mo.; special friend Dianne Malinski; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. Mr. Johns served in the U.S. Air Force during the post-Vietnam era. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Brother Keith McDannel officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Head Injury Association or Spinal Cord Research.

Mattie Tella Pentecost nee Worthington, 89, of Florissant, Mo., formerly of Dupo, died Sept. 2, 2006, Florissant, Mo. She was born Nov. 8, 1916, in Huntington, Ore., the daughter of the late Roy Phillip and Hazel Worthington nee Peters. She was married to the late George Pentecost. Mrs. Pentecost is survived by her son William (Ruth) Pentecost, grandsons Barry W. (Kathy) Pentecost, David M. (Diane) Pentecost and Jeffrey B. (Lisa) Pentecost; great-grandchildren Ryan, Kayla, Amber, Veronica, Chandler and Mallory; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son Robert Pentecost. Mrs. Pentecost was a member of First Congregational Church in Dupo. Visitation and funeral services were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Robert Lee officiating. She is buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

John Trodus, 89, of East Carondelet, died Sept. 4, 2006, in East Carondelet. He was born Sept. 11, 1916, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Peter and Josephine Trodus nee Tomaszewski, Twardowski. He was married to the late Florine Louise Trodus. Mr. Trodus is survived by his sons Alan R. Trodus of Florissant, Mo., and John G. Trodus of Dupo; daughters Karen (Sonny) Pratt of Dupo, Debra (Billy) King of Waterloo, and Pam (Skip) Edwards of Collinsville; grandchildren Kendra Koonce, Michael Koonce, Tracy Diel, Steve Diel, Candace Biggs, Jeff Biggs, Jonathan Schlemmer, Jenny Schlemmer, Toni Lankau, Alan James (Elizabeth) Trodus, Clifford Aldridge, Lisa Aldridge, Tina Edwards, Victoria Edwards and Dennis Ryan Schlemmer; great-grandchildren Taylor Koonce, Mallory Koonce, Micayla Koonce, Brayden Koonce, Bryce Koonce, Joshua Biggs, Corey Biggs, Abigail Biggs, Camden Biggs, Lillian Schlemmer, Samantha Brenden, Matthew Lankau, Nathan Aldridge, Allison Aldridge, Ethan Aldridge and Jordan Aldridge, and was expecting two more great-grandchildren; sister Cecilia Kegel; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter-in-law Marti Trodus, granddaughter Annette Michelle Pratt, sisters Anna and Mary, and brothers Anthony, Steve, Joseph, Frank, Leo, Charles, Joseph, Adam and John in infancy. Mr. Trodus was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was in Company C, 401st Engineer battalion, where he achieved the rank of tech 4. While in the infantry division he marched through Northern Africa, Italy and Sicily. He was a retired maintenance worker for Hussmann Refrigeration in Bridgeton, Mo. He was a member of the American Legion Post 485 in Dupo, was a lifetime member of VFW Post 805 in O’Fallon, and was a member of Anglers and Falling Springs Conservation Club. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo, Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. He is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Anna Myrtle Andres nee Linker, 92, of Valmeyer, died Sept. 5, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 26, 1914, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Herman and Margaret Linker nee Weber. She was married to George Andres Sr. Mrs. Andres is survived by her children Mary Ann (Curtis) Henke of Pittsburgh, Mo., Barbara Meyer of Kirkwood, Mo., George (Pam) Andres of Edwardsville, and Margie (Bob) Kuhlman of Largo, Fla.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; siblings Eugene (Wilma) Linker of Waterloo, Martha (Mac) McNutty of Norwood, N.Y., Peggy Gray of Omaha, Neb., Betty Benz of Valmeyer, and Louise (Floyd) Kohnz of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Dorothy Danley, brother Jerry Linker and son-in-law Richard Meyer. Mrs. Linker was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer, Fr. Ted Baumann officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill (formerly Monroe County Care and Rehab Center) or in the form of masses.

Edna Mae Rodenberg, 56, of Dupo, died Sept. 5, 2006, in Dupo. She was born Sept. 5, 1950, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Eddy and Ruth Ann Schneeberger nee Schlemmer, Ham. She was married to Kenny Rodenberg. Mrs. Rodenberg is survived by her husband; children John David Hern and Richard A. Hern; step-children Kenny Rodenberg and Jami Rodenberg; grandchildren Ryan Hern, Tiffani Hern, Tyler Hern, Tori Hern and Taylor Hern; daughter-in-law Kath Hern; brothers Bob Ham and John Schneeberger; sister Barbara Brown; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Linda Albright, brother Eddy Schneeberger and aunt Mamie Schlemmer. Mrs. Rodenberg worked for Schnucks as a stocker and she previously worked as a nurse’s aid. Visitation and funeral services were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Rick Lay officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.

Cecilia E. Schaefer nee Kreher, 87, of Columbia, died Sept. 8, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Prairie du Long Township, the daughter of the late Edward and Marie Kreher nee Hoernschemeyer, and the step-daughter of the late Mathilda Kreher nee Maurer. She was married to the late Arthur Schaefer; he preceded her in death in 1975. Mrs. Schaefer is survived by her sons Edward (Mary) Schaefer and Norman (Clara Schaefer, both of Columbia; grandchildren Sandra (Doug) Mercille, Jacqueline Costner, Michael (Crystal) Schaefer, Janice Schaefer, Cynthia Schaefer, Matthew Schaefer, Michelle (Joe) Veselsky, Melissa Schaefer and Mark Schaefer; great-grandchildren Jadie Mercille, Katrina Costner, Michael Costner Jr., Thomas Schaefer and Elisabeth Schaefer; siblings Marie (John) Mueth, Ethel Voegele, Clyde (Anna Mae) Kreher, Esther Eckart, Ruth (Robert) Speichinger, Bertram (Ethel Mae) Kreher, Joseph (Evelyn) Kreher and Estella (Victor) Mueth; sister-in-law Clarissa Imming; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Schaefer attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Altar Sodality. She was also a member of the Columbia Senior Citizens. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Church, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Building Fund or in the form of masses.

Paula Denise Madden nee McFarland, 43, of Dupo, died Sept. 10, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born July 3, 1963, in Patuxon River, Md., the daughter of Darrell McFarland and Barbara McFarland nee Tyler. Mrs. McFarland is survived by her parents; children Shannon McFarland, Erin Madden, Erica Madden and Jimmy Madden; niece Fallon McFarland; and aunts, an uncle, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Carlis Lynn McFarland; maternal grandparents John and Helen Tyler and paternal grandparents Archie and Carlis McFarland. Ms. Madden was a member of Church of Christ in Cahokia. Visitation and funeral services were at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo, Rev. Dwayne Ray officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Church of Christ in Cahokia or the American Cancer Society.

Arlou W. Rippelmeyer Frisch nee Hoerr, 89, of Swansea, formerly of Waterloo, died Sept. 10, 2006, in Swansea. She was born Sept. 14, 1916, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Henry and Emma Hoerr nee Rodenberg. She was preceded in death by husbands Arnold Rippelmeyer and Oliver Frisch. Mrs. Rippelmeyer is survived by her children Marlene L. (Leroy) Vogel-Karsten of Marissa, and Darrel R. (Donna) Rippelmeyer of Belleville; grandchildren Susan Mouser of Swansea, Scott (Bridget) Vogel of Blair, Brian S. (Rebecca) Rippelmeyer of Belleville, and Michelle Lyn (Todd) Morris of Des Moines, Iowa; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; sister Laverne Whelan of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, sister Delma Henry, brothers Earl Hoerr and Walter Hoerr, granddaughter Gwen Vogel and son-in-law Norbert Vogel. Mrs. Rippelmeyer was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Roy E. Salzman, 78, of Granite City, died Sept. 10, 2006, in Edwardsville. He was born Oct. 8, 1927, in Carlock, the son of the late John A. and Florence Salzman nee Holderly. He was married to Betty J. Salzman nee Staley. Mr. Salzman is survived by his wife; daughter Margaret R. Salzman of Granite City; son Paul D. Salzman of Granite City; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Violet Salzman of Viroqua, Wisc.; and nephew Kenneth Salzman of Viroqua, Wisc. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Joseph Salzman. Mr. Salzman was a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local #98. He also belonged to the Edwardsville Municipal Band and the American Guild of Organists. He was a former teacher and music director of the Valmeyer school district, and remained a friend and mentor to many students. Visitation was at Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville. Funeral services were at First United Methodist Church, Rev. Dan Harry officiating.

Leo R. “Buddy” Dufrenne, 86, of Prairie du Rocher, died Sept. 12, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born Aug. 8, 1920, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Alonzo “Lonnie” R. and Laura Henrietta Dufrenne nee Longlois. He married Viola Roth in 1940; she survives him. Mr. Dufrenne is survived by his wife; children Lillian (Patrick) Drury of Prairie du Rocher, Leo (Susan) Dufrenne of Red Bud, Wayne (Susan) Dufrenne of Prairie du Rocher, and Douglas (Pamela) Dufrenne of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters Doris (Gilmore) Bachelier of Prairie du Rocher, Bonnie Piel of Red Bud, Marjorie (Kenny) Turnbough of Perryville, Mo., and Fern (Larry) Deterding of Prairie du Rocher; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sons Marvin Dufrenne, Raymond Dufrenne and Melvin Dufrenne; siblings Wilmarth “Sis” Steibel, Kenneth Dufrenne, Gilster Dufrenne, Maydell Wiegard, Patricia Kueker, Ordell Dufrenne, Romona Dufrenne, Loretta Dufrenne and Mary Dufrenne, and great-granddaughter Skyla Hampson. Mr. Dufrenne was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. He worked for Local #520 as an operator engineer for Allied Chemical in Prairie du Rocher for 37 years. Visitation and a funeral mass were at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, Fr. Albert Kreher officiating. He is buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Emily L. Schmidt nee Polacek, 90, of Waterloo, died Sept. 12, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 1, 1916, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Polacek nee Ditte. Mrs. Schmidt is survived by her children Charles Danco (Shirley), Ailene Vallett, John (Vicki) Schmidt, and Lonny (Patricia) Schmidt; grandchildren Jesse Danco, Ricky Danco, Joe (Tori) Danco, Michele Vallett, Kim Schmidt, Matt Schmidt, Lesley (Alex) Fruth, Jason Schmidt, Justin Schmidt and Josh Schmidt; great-grandchildren; brothers Frank Polacek Jr. and Robert Polacek; sisters Marcella Hobbs and Violet Birke; and dear friends Helen Godare and Glover Harris. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandchildren Danny Danco and Audrey Danco, and brothers William Polacek and Edward Polacek. Mrs. Schmidt was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo and was a senior companion. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. She is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Senior Companion.

Robert Lee Ault, 49, of Valmeyer, died Sept. 13, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born April 19, 1957, in Belleville, the son of the Frank A. and Doris Ault Freeman nee Bradzel. He married Jeri Ault nee Hassard in 1991; she survives him. Mr. Ault is survived by his nine children: Jessica (Jim) Wahl of Cottage Hills, Jason (Laurie) Grimes of Natrona Heights, Pa., Jade (Mike Levendoski) Grimes of Waterloo, Jana (Scott) Geller of Waterloo, David (Amber) Grimes of Waterloo, Michael (Dannielle) Alt of Belleville, Jarrod (Katie) Grimes of Belleville, Brett Grimes of Valmeyer and Robbie Ault of Valmeyer. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Ault was employed by ADT Security Systems in St. Louis as an alarm technician. He was a member of IBEW Local #1 in St. Louis, and was an avid outdoorsman who loved to RV, and go camping, four-wheeling and canoeing. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Chaplain Ron Simpson officiating. He was cremated according to his wishes. Memorials may be made to the Robbie Ault Fund.

Estella L. Davis nee Lamer, 98, died Sept. 14, 2006, in Columbia. She was born March 1, 1908, in Alto Pass, the daughter of the late Walter and Ara Lamer nee Rendleman. She was married to the late Lester Davis. Mrs. Davis is survived by her son John (Enzina) Davis of Columbia; grandchildren Christ (Michele) Davis of Glenview, and Lisa (Joe) Selski of Windermere, Fla.; and great-grandchildren Savannah Selski, Caroline Selski, Jack Davis and Corinne Davis. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sisters Eloise Trece, Elizabeth Ballard and Dee Dee Blair. Mrs. Davis was a retired middle school teacher in Alto Pass. She was known for her love of gardening and arranging flowers. Even at 98, she especially enjoyed children and was most happy when they came to visit. Graveside services were held at Anna City Cemetery in Anna. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Research of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Anna.

Robert E. Murphy, 68, of Waterloo, died Sept. 14, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 26, 1938, in Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Murphy was a Waterloo attorney and served as Monroe County state’s attorney from 1972 to 1976. His father taught at the Berlin Conservatory of Music; his mother taught in the Waterloo Public Schools. No services were held.

James Michael Lindley, 51, of Dupo, died Sept. 15, 2006, in East St. Louis. He was born March 10, 1955, in East St. Louis, the son of the late William Richard and Helen Roberta Lindley Jr. nee Schaefer. He was married to Emily Lindley. Mr. Lindley is survived by his wife; children Joyelle Lindley of East Carondelet, Jason Calhoon of North Dupo, Jolene (Kent) Watson of Fairview Heights, and Brandon McCoy of Dupo; step-children Nathan Brooks of East Carondelet and Josh Brooks of Louisiana; grandchildren Damien Watson and Kayla Watson; sisters Roberta (Rich) Eskew of St. Louis and Linda (Leonard) Moody of Waterloo; brother William (Mary) Lindley Jr. of St. Louis; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Virginia Goss. Mr. Lindley and his wife owned Beauty and the Beast productions. He was a member of the Prairie du Pont Fire Department, the First Baptist Church in Dupo, and the Jaycee’s. He enjoyed playing Santa Clause. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. Funeral services were at First Baptist Church in Dupo, Pastor Rick Lay officiating. He is buried at Lakeview Memorial Garden in Fairview Heights.

Joseph Anton LaCroix, 82, of East Carondelet, died Sept. 16, 2006, in East Carondelet. He was born March 3, 1924, in Cahokia, the son of the late Narcise and Gertrude LaCroix nee Range. He was married to the late Dora LaCroix nee Booker. Mr. LaCroix is survived by his children John (Candy) LaCroix of Dupo, David (Karen) LaCroix of East Carondelet, Dan (Debbie) LaCroix of Columbia, Jim (Nora) LaCroix of East Carondelet, and Debra (Louis) Schultz of Dupo; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and twin sister Josephine Noski. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers Narcise LaCroix and Vincent LaCroix, sister Clara LaCroix; grandson Michael Schultz; and great-granddaughter Madison DeJarnette. Mr. LaCroix was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo. He was a retired farmer and was also retired from the Casper Stolle Quarry. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 520 and the St. Clair County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo, Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. He is buried at Holy Family / St. Joseph Cemetery in Dupo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mamie Wierschem nee Kettler, 102, of Columbia, died Sept. 21, 2006, in Columbia. She was born Feb. 7, 1904, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Henry L. and Anna Kettler nee Bauman. She was married to the late Anton Wierschem; he preceded her in death in 1992. Mrs. Wierschem is survived by her close friend Loretta Thien, cousins, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Elizabeth Kettler. Mrs. Wierschem was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, where she had been active in the Women’s Fellowship. She was also a member of Rebecca’s Lodge, Columbia Senior Citizens and Columbia Gymnastic Association Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

Ruth Evelyn Mueller nee Volk, 85, of Waterloo, died Sept. 22, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 8, 1920, in Sedalia, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles and Anna Volk nee Gray. She was married to the late Pastor Alois W. Mueller. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her children Alice (Ronald) Bicklein of Anchorage, Alaska, Anna (Wesley) Weatherford of Waterloo, Paul (Cheryl) Mueller of Phoenix, Ariz., and Brenda (Roger) Crawford of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren Royce Bicklein of San Antonio, Tex., Tavia Bicklein of Anchorage, Alaska, Heather Mueller Jones of Dallas, Tex., Britt Crawford of Tulsa, Okla., and Katrina Crawford Mulquin of Phoenix, Ariz.; great-great-grandson Parker Bicklein; sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law; aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sisters Eunice Chitty and Bernice George. Mrs. Mueller was a member of New Life Church of Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at New Life Church, Pastor David Eckstadt officiating. She is buried at Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to New Life Church in Waterloo.

Donna M. Mulherin nee Keebler, 72, of Waterloo, died Sept. 22, 2006, in Galena. She was born Jan. 18, 1924, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Samuel and Thelma Keebler nee George. She was married to Thomas L. Mulherin. Mrs. Mulherin is survived by her husband; children Jack (Sharon) Bartosik, Sharon (Bob) Chesnut, Steven (Annette) Bartosik, Debbie (Clay) Metzger and tom (Amy) Mulherin; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Harold Keebler; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Victor Joseph Bartosik Jr. and brother David Keebler. Mrs. Mulherin was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Heart Association.

Ruth M. Wachtel nee Kreher, 98, of Millstadt, died Sept. 22, 2006, in Columbia. She was born May 3, 1908, in Prairie du Long Township, the daughter of the late Emmerich and Mary Kreher nee Hopp. She was married to the late Leo Wachtel. Mrs. Wachtel is survived by her son-in-law David E. Boggs of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren Greg (Louise) Boggs of Kansas City, Mo., Mark (Dana) Boggs of Kansas City, Mo., and Dee Dee (Jim) Aubrey of Sumiton, Ala.; caretakers Ruth and Robert Speichinger of Millstadt; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Donald L. Wachtel, daughter Grace Boggs, sisters Betty Maurer and Appolonia Birkner, and brothers Edward Kreher, Emmerich Kreher and William Kreher. Mrs. Wachtel was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral mass was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. She is buried at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Paderborn. Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church Building Fund or Heartland Hospice.

William A. Goodnick, age 67, of Eolia, Mo., formerly of Troy, Mo., and Columbia, died Sept. 23, 2006, in Eolia, Mo. He was born on Feb. 14, 1939, in Belleville, the son of Emil J. and Mary Goodnick nee Malacarne. He married Mary “Bernie” Wilson in 1982. He is survived by his wife; daughters Marsha Goodnick of Dupo, Mary (Don) Illig of Dupo, and Tina Goodnick of Eolia, Mo.; sons Steve Goodnick of Crown Point, Ind., and Ronnie (Callie) Goodnick of Barnhart, Mo.; six grandchildren; sister Virginia (Charlie) Kaemmerer of Belleville; mother-in-law Ceceilia Wilson of St. Peters, Mo.; sisters-in-law Rose Goodnick and Sue Goodnick, both of Belleville, Ceilann Layfield of Orlando, Fla., and Kathy (Mike) Mantia of O’Fallon, Mo.; brothers-in-law Butch (Bobbie) Wilson of Orlando, Fla., and Mike (Karen) Wilson of Florissant, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers John Goodnick and Ronnie Goodnick. Mr. Goodnick was a member of the Columbia Jaycees, Broken Arrow Appaloosa Club and Moark Appaloosa Club. His early years were spent in Illinois, where he graduated from the public schools. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1958 to 1960. He had worked as an industrial painter and member of Painters Dist. Council No. 2. A funeral service was at McCoy-Blossom Chapel in Troy, Mo.

Edna M. Mosbacher nee Rehg, 97, died Sept. 25, 2006, in Belleville. She was born March 25, 1909, in Darmstadt, the daughter of the late Fred and Caroline Rehg Sr. nee Lutz. She was married to the late Henry Mosbacher. Mrs. Mosbacher is survived by her step-grandchild Linda Haake of Nashville; special friend Edna Dell Weinel of Columbia; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands August Heise, John Kannewurf and Julius Weltig; and siblings Fred Rehg, William Rehg, Edward Rehg, Walter Rehg, Elmer Rehg, Alvin Rehg, Anna Heisner, Lena Hoepfinger and Frieda Huch Woodward. Mrs. Mosbacher was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia and American Legion Post #581 Auxiliary. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

Clarence Thomas Hornbeck IV, 27, of Maeystown, died Sept. 26, 2006, in Hecker. He was born Dec. 21, 1978, in Belleville, the son of Tom and Nancy Hornbeck III of Maeystown. He is survived by his parents; daughter Chloe R. (Goodman) Hornbeck of Prairie du Rocher; sister Nicole E. Hornbeck of Maeystown; aunts and uncles Judy and Larry Scowden, Susie and Ronnie Brinkmann and Terrie Harrison; and great-aunts, a great-uncle and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Maeystown.

Scott J. Janson, 46, of Columbia, died Sept. 27, 2006. He was born Nov. 18, 1959, in East St. Louis, the son of James and June Janson nee Schroeder of Columbia. He was married to Annette Janson nee Hargrave. Mr. Janson is survived by his parents; wife; children Kelsey Janson and Andrew Janson of Columbia; sister Angie (Kurt) Jehling of Columbia; Brett (Ami) Janson of East Peoria; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. Janson was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a self-employed carpenter and operated AKJ Construction. A private family service was held. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Marie R. Steiger nee Woodside, 88, formerly of Columbia, died Sept. 27, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nev. She was born July 18, 1918, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Walter W. and Rosie B. Woodside nee Green. She married the late Lester Steiger in 1939. Mrs. Steiger is survived by her daughter Darlene (Lawrence) Hong of Henderson, Nev.; grandchildren Kylene Hong of Madison, Wisc., and Ryan (Kate) Hong of Atlanta, Ga.; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Michael Woodside, and sisters Lillian, Margaret, Deloris and Elenore. Mrs. Steiger had been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rev. Steven Theiss officiating. She is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Intervarsity Christian Fellowship in Madison, Wisc.

Wayne Carl Behnken, 62, of Ames, died Sept. 28, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 17, 1944, the son of Lena Behnken nee Sommer of Modoc and the late Carl Behnken. He was married to Sharon Behnken. Mr. Behnken is survived by his mother; wife; children Shawn (Stephanie) Behnken of Ames, Joel Behnken of Ames, Nick Behnken of Waterloo, and Christopher (Jennifer) Behnken of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; grandchildren Amanda “Mandy” Behnken and Michael Behnken of Ames; sister Wanda Dethrow of Chester; mother-in-law Melba Nicholson of Red Bud; sister-in-law Nadine (Alfred) Keckritz of Red Bud; dear friend Jason Henry of Waterloo; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents Ferdinand and Emilie Sommer and Henry and Dorothea Behnken; godmothers Goldie Bollmeier and Lydia Behnken; and father-in-law Vernon Nicholson. Mr. Behnken was a member of S. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Red Bud. He was also a member of the Randolph County Farm Bureau and the Levee District of Prairie du Rocher. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Peter United Church of Christ in Red Bud, Rev. William Graves officiating. He is buried at St. Marcus Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association, the American Kidney Fund or St. Peter United Church of Christ in Red Bud.

Gerald A. Goudey, 74, of Columbia, died Sept. 28, 2006, in St Louis. He was born May 9, 1932, in Centralia, the son of the late Joseph and Elois Goudey nee Clouse. He married Darlene Goudey nee Thiele in 1952; she survives him. Mr. Goudey is survived by his wife; children Wayne (Janis) Goudey of Columbia, Rodney (Kili) Goudey of Columbia, Vicky Shlemmer of Columbia and Tracy (Rich) Sewell of Columbia; grandchildren Christopher Goudey, Jennifer Goudey, Monica Goudey, Abby Goudy, Ryan Fujiwara, Pvt. Jared Albrecht, Jon Albrecht, Derek Schlemmer, Dana Schlemmer, Darla Sewell and Richard Sewell. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Joseph Goudey and Leonard Goudey, sister Dorothy Oggero, father- and mother-in-law Henry and Frieda Thiele, and brother-in-law Earl Thiele. Mr. Goudey was a member of American Legion Post #581, Ducks Unlimited and VFW Post #6504. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was retired from Amex Zinc in Sauget. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Christ Community Church or the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Audrey O. Phelps nee Colley, 92, of Columbia, died Sept. 28, 2006, in Columbia. She was born March 24, 1914, in Southfork, Ark., the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Lillie Colley nee Richardson. She married the late Jack W. Phelps in 1936. Mrs. Phelps is survived by her children Louise (S.O.) Beren of Wichita, Kan., and Joe (Martha) Colley of Columbia; grandchildren Jeremy Colley, Elizabeth Colley, Nicholas Colley, Michael (Sarah) Radwan and Joseph (Tracey) Radwan; great-grandchildren Madelyn Radwan and Sophia Radwan; sister Lois (Louis) Lucas of Alton; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son James Phelps, along with three brothers and sisters. Mrs. Phelps was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she had been active with Ladies’ Aid and quilting. She loved sewing, arranging flowers and was a wonderful cook. Visitation and funeral services were at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. She is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Garden Place Assisted Care in Millstadt.

William Snow, 76, of Columbia, died Sept. 29, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Percell, Okla., the son of the late William and Ada Snow nee Cates. He married Mary Marie Snow nee Maxwell in 1951; she survives him. Mr. Snow is survived by his wife; children Steaven (Linda) Snow, Ronald (Sherrie) Snow, Sondra (Steve) Fields, Robert Snow, Angela (Jay) Boyd and Scott Snow; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters Vivian Roberson, Mary Chisolm and Lila May Farrenburg; and brothers Robert Glenn Snow and Joe Snow. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings. Mr. Snow was employed by Silkscreen Products as a printer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Steaven Snow officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to New Testament Baptist Church.

Elsie R. Herrmann nee Allred, 78, of Millstadt, died Sept. 20, 2006, in Millstadt. She was born October 24, 1927, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Elsie Allred nee Langford. She was married to the late Lilburn L. Herrmann. Mrs. Herrmann is survived by her children Martin T. Herrmann of Millstadt, Madonna R. Herrmann of Millstadt, Angela Herrmann of Millstadt, Patricia (Robert) Schuetz of Odenton, Md., and Lisa (Greg) Dalzell of Plymouth, N.H.; grandchildren Joshua Voland and Elisa Voland, both of Plymouth, N.H.; cousins Elsie May Uhlemeyer of St. Louis and Mary Ellen McManus of West Point, Calif.; nieces and nephews John Allred of East Carondelet, Janene Allred of Dupo, Mike Allred of Collinsville, Michelle Allred of Belleville, Tom McGeehan of Dupo, Sharon Wier nee McGeehan of Mascoutah, Theresa Murdock nee McGeehan of New Athens, Mary Katherine Pinkerton nee McGeehan of Belleville, Charles Allred of Goreville, and Sharon Wier; sisters-in-law Maryann Allred of Collinsville and Mary Kay Gibson of Goreville; goddaughter Linda Wilson nee Chaudet, the daughter of Marie Chaudet, her best friend of more than 60 years, many great-nieces and great-nephews; and many great devoted family friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers James Edward Allred, Charles Andrew Allred and John Martin Allred; sister Joan Lucille McGeehan; and her childhood friend Jane Jenkins nee Sims. Mrs. Herrmann attended St Teresa’s Academy in East St. Louis, and completed her high school diploma at Belleville Area College. She started working at the Kroger warehouse and store in St. Louis, and later worked as a telephone operator at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in East St. Louis. She retired as a telephone operator for the Illinois Department of Public Aid in East St. Louis. This was her career after working as a housewife and raising her family on farms in both Columbia and Millstadt. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, and a former member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She enjoyed baseball, golf, football, basketball and hockey. She was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Tiger Woods, many of the other professional golfers in the PGA, the St. Louis Rams, the Fighting Illini and the St. Louis Blues. She enjoyed her pets: her goldfish Fishy Foo; her cat Hollergut; and her dog Daisy. She also enjoyed attending concerts, especially James Taylor and the Irish Tenors, movies, and shows at the Muny Opera, as well as traveling and celebrating occasions of all types with her family and friends. Her family and friends will be eternally grateful to Dr. Peter Weiss and all of his staff at both St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., and the Siteman Cancer Center at BJC in St. Louis, for the professional and wonderful care they provided her in the last five years of her life. Visitation was at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. A funeral mass was held at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Msgr. James Buerster officiating. She is buried at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Hospital Life & Hope Fund, BJC Hospice, or in the form of masses.

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Ruth M. Offermann nee Nobbe, 82, of Waterloo, died Aug. 1, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 10, 1924, in Monroe County, the daughter of the late William and Frieda Nobbe nee Stemler. She was married to Theodore G. Offermann. Mrs. Offermann is survived by her husband; son Larry (Karen) Offermann of Waterloo; grandchildren Brian Offermann and Amy Offermann; brother Roy (Alice) Nobbe of Waterloo; sister Edna (Ervin) Rabbermann of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William Nobbe and Louis Nobbe, and Esther Stumpf. Mrs. Offermann was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the American Cancer Society.

Samantha Susan Casey Popham, 17, of Dupo, died Aug. 1, 2006, in Swansea. She was born July 23, 1989, in Belleville, the daughter of John (Juanita) Popham Sr. of Illinois and Steven Utt of Missouri. Ms. Popham is survived by her parents; siblings Shelly Brown, Michael Brown Sr., Sharon Popham and John Popham Jr. of Dupo, and James Utt and Brian Utt of St. Louis; nephews Michael Brown Jr. and Eric Brown; grandmothers Irene Casey of Dupo, and Wand Popham of Cahokia; great-grandparents John and Leona Popham of Herrin; and aunts, uncles, cousins and all those who loved her. Ms. Popham was attending Beck Vocational School and belonged to the Barbizon Modeling School. Visitation and funeral services were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Dan Batchelor officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Edward J. Polacek Jr., 44, of Waterloo, died Aug. 2, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born May 24, 1962, in Red Bud, the son of Ruth Ann Polacek nee Shields of Waterloo and the late Edward J. Polacek Sr. He was married to Teresa Polacek nee Kelley. Mr. Polacek is survived by his mother; wife; children Neal Polacek and Kaitlyn Polacek, siblings Stephen Polacek of Waterloo, Randy (Sandy) Polacek of Waterloo, Catherine (David) Schreder of Waterloo and Glen (Kim) Polacek of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Polacek was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Tipton. He was a carrier for the Belleville News-Democrat. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Patrick’s Church in Tipton, Fr. Jose Jacob officiating. He is buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made to the Neal and Kaitlyn Trust Fund.

Viola B. Schorb nee Walter, 86, of Columbia, died Aug. 3, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born April 24, 1920, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Henry P. and Katherine M. Walter nee Schroeter. She was married to the late Oliver A. Schorb; he preceded her in death in 1999. Mrs. Schorb is survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Hilda Walter. Mrs. Schorb was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where she was active with the Women’s League. She was also a member of Columbia Senior Citizens and the Moredock Home Extension. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

Paul W. Schrader, 85, of Ruma, died Aug. 3, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born Nov. 19, 1920, in Evansville, the son of the late Henry and Emilie Schrader nee Albrecht. Mr. Schrader is survived by brother Charles J. Schrader of Ruma; nieces and nephews Darwin Schrader, Darrell Schrader, Swain Schrader, Diann Schrader and Carol Tobin; and great-nieces and great-nephews Timothy Schrader, Daniel Schrader, Jarrod Tobin and Jill Wetzel. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Henry Schrader. Mr. Schrader was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Ruma and St. John’s Men’s Club. He was a retired farmer. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral services were at St. John Lutheran Church in Ruma, Rev. James Leistico officiating. He is buried at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Ruma. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Cemetery Care Fund, St. John Lutheran Church or Christ Our Savior Lutheran High School.

Mary A. Shaw nee Moon, 69, of Columbia, died Aug. 3, 2006, in Mehlville, Mo. She was born Dec. 14, 1936, in New Harmony, Ind., the daughter of the late John and Jenny Moon nee Endicott. Mrs. Shaw is survived by her sons John R. (Kris) Shaw of Granite City, David (Amy) Shaw of Columbia, and Kenneth (Angela) Shaw of Waterloo; grandchildren Ashtin DeFlurin, Spencer Shaw, Alexa Shaw and Lillian Shaw; and other relatives and friends. Mrs. Moon was retired from nursing at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis. She was a member of Columbia Woman’s Club. Her passions included reading, pets, gardening and playing bridge. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Mark Shelton officiating. She was cremated, per her wishes. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Frances C. Brady nee Adamini, 72, of Waterloo, died Aug. 6, 2006, in Des Peres, Mo. She was born July 7, 1934, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Adamini nee Stankus. She was married to the late Patrick J. Brady. Mrs. Brady is survived by her children Michael Brady of Oakville, Mo., Carol (Mike) Thomas of St. Clair, Mo., Colleen (Tom) Hayes of Waterloo, George (Margaret) Brady of Waterloo, and Kathleen (Bryan) Hays of Waterloo; grandchildren Russel, Rachael, Alyssa, Madison, Blair, Carson and Brayden; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Brady was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. She is buried at Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.

Arthur E. Bald, 86, of Van Buren, Ind., formerly of Waterloo and Columbia, died Aug. 9, 2006, in Van Buren, Ind. He was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Burksville, the son of the late John H. and Alma Bald nee Hesterberg. He was married to Waneta Linton Bald. Mr. Bald is survived by his wife; step-sons Terry (Lori) Linton of Marion, Ind., and Kenneth Linton of Warsaw, Ind.; step-daughter Linda (Garry) Long of Van Buren, Ind.; five step-grandchildren; nieces Patricia DeBourge nee Neurohr, Mary Neurohr, and Betty Roberts nee Neurohr; nephew Bernard F. Neurohr; sister Wilma (Wilbert) Stellhorn of Red Bud; sister-in-law Pauline M. Neurohr; and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Elsie Bald nee Neurohr, whom he married on 1946, and sisters Edna Bald and Norma Meyer. Mr. Bald was part-owner of Waterloo Motors from 1946 to 1976. He owned and operated Bald’s Garage in Columbia from 1976 to 1982, when he retired. He was a member of the board of directors of State Bank of Waterloo for 26 years, retiring in 2006. He was a veteran of World War II, serving from 1942 to 1945 as a TEC-4 with the 79th Division HQ & HQ Co. 315th Infantry in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. He is buried at Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo.

William W. “Bill” Vickers Jr., 52, of Dupo, died Aug. 10, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 13, 1953, in East St. Louis, the son of William W. and Wilma Vickers Sr. nee Lunsford of Dupo. Mr. Vickers is survived by his parents; sister Nancy (Raymond) Posey of Dupo; nieces Heather (Neal) Gipson of Post Falls, Idaho, and Holly (Craig) Mueller of Imperial, Mo.; nephews Joshua Vickers and Benjamin Vickers, both of Kansas City, Mo.; aunt Sarah Hamilton of Waterloo; and aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Vickers. Mr. Vickers was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Prairie du Pont Post 485 in Dupo and the Randolph Rod and Gun Club in Sparta. He was an associate member of the Illinois Police Association, served on the board of directors for Gateway Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America, and was a participant in the PVA National Disabled Sports Clinics for the Jefferson Barracks Sports Team. He was self-employed in the heating and air conditioning business. Visitation and funeral services were at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo, Fr. Bill Remsing officiating. He is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Gateway Paralyzed Veterans of America Sports Program.

Norma J. Wise nee Gerlach, 71, died Aug. 14, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born May 26, 2006, in Sparta, the daughter of the late Everett Gerlach and the late Beulah Wendell nee Johnsey, and step-daughter of the late Edward “Dink” Wendell. She was married to the late Curtis Wise Jr. Mrs. Wise is survived by her son Curtis A. (Carol) Wise of Belleville; daughters Rebecca A. (Gary) Sloan of Festus, Mo., and Faith E. (Brian) Schumacher of Waterloo; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister Della (Marvin) Myers of Percy; half-sisters Lucille Clayton of Sparta, Irene (Bruce) Tabor of Marissa and Joyce Harris of St. Louis; and half-brothers Rex A. (Carolyn) Wendell of Willisville and Leroy Gerlach of Sparta. She was preceded in death by her parents, step-gather, husband, son Ronald Wise, half-brother Jack Wendell and half-sister Berry Jean Gerlach. Mrs. Wise was retired from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Fisher officiating. She is interred at Cadalonia Cemetery in Sparta. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Courtney L. Woodrome, 75, of Columbia, died Aug. 27, 2006. He was born Aug. 7, 2006, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Chester and Sylvia Woodrome nee Turner. He was married to Freda Woodrome nee Thompson for 52 years; she survived him. Mr. Woodrome is survived by his wife; daughter Anita (Chuck) Doermann of Belleville; son Cyril (Julie) Woodrome of Town and Country, Mo.; and grandchildren Matthew Woodrome, Christine Woodrome, Timothy Woodrome, Mason Doermann and Christopher Doermann; and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Woodrome was a member of Westview Baptist Church. He was the owner and operator of Dependable Exterminating Company and formerly worked at Sears and Roebuck in East St. Louis. He served as the secretary-treasurer for retail clerks union #676. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Korean War and the Sons of the Spanish American War Veterans. Visitation and funeral services were at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, the Rev. Dr. Jack Fritz officiating. He is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Westview Baptist Church Building Fund.

Hilda Mueller nee Eitmann, 99, of Waterloo, died Aug. 30, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born May 11, 1907, in New Hanover, the daughter of the late John W. and Wilhelmina Eitmann nee Kettler. She married the late Eugene J. Mueller in 1928. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her daughters Charlotte (David) Weihl of Louisville, Ky., and Margaret Richardson of St. Louis; granddaughters Lynne (Ed) Huckleberry, Karen (Jim) Putlak, Janice (Larry) Graham, Laura (Charlie) Blackorby, L. Peggy (Steven) Hicks, and Stephanie Sanders (Dan Terhaar); step-granddaughters Beverly Richardson and Renee Simpkins; great-grandchildren Andrew Huckleberry, Aaron Putlak, Allison Putlak and Lauren Chappel; step-great-grandchildren Ciara Richardson, Tiera Richardson, Cameron Simpkins, Cornell Simpkins and Tiana Simpkins; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters Charlotte “Lottie” Wessel, Louise Neubarth and Elsie Nobbe, and brother Herman Eitmann. Mrs. Mueller was a member of Zoar United Church of Christ at New Hanover her entire life. She was a volunteer at Monroe County Care and Rehabilitation Center for more than 20 years and was pas president and member emeritus of Monroe County HCE. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Dawson Miller and Pastor Ed Huckleberry officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover of Canterbury Manor Nursing Center.

Frances V. Markham, 84, of Waterloo, died Aug. 31, 2006, in Belleville. She was born Nov. 21, 1921, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Kukla nee Chmura. She was married to the late Volney Markham. Mrs. Markham is survived by her sons Wayne (Lois) Markham of Marathon, Fla., and Dennis (Barbara) Markham of Waterloo; grandchildren Heather (Keither) Stewart, Sean (Jaime) Markham, Jesse Markham and Eli Markham; great-granddaughter Sydney Stewart; siblings Helen (August) Marquardt of Columbia, John Kukla of Collinsville, Jennie Lane of St. Louis and Annie Lee of East St. Louis; and nephews, nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Bernice. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at St. Adalbert’s Cemetery in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo.

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Grace A. Kribs nee Braun, 90, of Red Bud, died July 3, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born March 8, 1916, in Renault, the daughter of the late Bernard and Mae Braun nee Robertson. She married the late William Kribs in 1942; he preceded her in death bin 1987. Mrs. Kribs is survived by her daughters Joan (Richard) Moran of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Pam (Kriete) Hollrah of St. Charles, Mo.; step-children Kenneth (Beulah) Kribs of Chester, Fr. Charles Kribs of Belleville, and Lewis Kribs of Batavia; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Gary Kribs and brother Vernon Braun. Mrs. Kribs was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. She and her husband, William, were owners and operators of Kribs’ Store in Prairie du Rocher. She was an active member of the Ladies Card Club for more than 50 years. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, Fr. Albert Kreher officiating. She is buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer Association or in the form of masses.

Evelyn Marie “Lyn” Colyer nee Camp, 59, of Columbia, died July 3, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 24, 1946, in East St. Louis, the daughter of Emily Camp of North Dupo and the late John Paul Camp Sr. Mrs. Colyer is survived by her mother; children James (Christy) Colyer of McClure, and Josh (Mary) Colyer of Columbia; grandchildren Jordan Lyn Colyer, Bailey Elizabeth Colyer, and a grandson due in October; siblings John Paul (Cheryl) Camp Jr., Barbara (Jackie) Camp, and Douglas Camp; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father. Mrs. Colyer was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia and the IOTA chapter Alpha Delta Kappa. She was a teacher in Columbia and Festus, Mo. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral services were at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, Pastor Steven Thiess officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia.

James “J.R.” Schaefer, 40, of Valmeyer, died July 6, 2006, in Valmeyer. He was born December 4, 1965, in St. Louis, the son of Ray and Kay Schaefer. He married Lisa Laurent in 2002. Mr. Schaefer is survived by his parents; wife; son Fredrick “Fritz” Schaefer of Valmeyer; sister Katherine (Mike) Siler; brothers Bill Schaefer and Sam (Liz) Schaefer; mother- and father-in-law Larry and Lola Laurent; sisters-in-law Lela (Scott Topp) Laurent, Linda Laurent, Loretta Laurent and Lois (Kevin) Gyore; nieces and nephews Anthony Siler, Jacob Gyore, Katy Gyore, John Schaefer and Ben Schaefer; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Eleanor and William Schaefer and Maxine and John Kurtz. Mr. Schaefer attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Naval Reserves. He worked as a civil engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer. He is buried at Madonnaville Cemetery near Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to the Frederick Schaefer Education Fund c/o the American Funds or the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Emily D. Hayden nee Heizer, 90, of Red Bud, died July 6, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born October 10, 1915, in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Heizer nee Shea. She married Wendell “Slim” Fausz in 1934; he preceded her in death in 1972. She married Leo Hayden in 1978; he preceded her in death in 1996. Mrs. Hayden is survived by her daughters Marlene (Roger) Cowell of Red Bud and Nancy (Virgil) Niehaus of Shelbyville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers Louis Heizer of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Arnold (Helen) Heizer of Memphis, Tenn.; sisters Margaret Fadler of Prairie du Rocher, and Patricia (Cletus) Whelan of Columbia; and sisters-in-law Rosalie “Sally” Heizer of Sparta, Dorothy Heizer of Red Bud, and Marie Heizer of Prairie du Rocher. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and brothers Charles Heizer, Leo Heizer, Donald Heizer and Richard Heizer. Mrs. Hayden was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Red Bud and St. Ann’s Altar Sodality. She was a homemaker and an avid quilter who loved to grow roses. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral mass was at St. John Catholic Church in Red Bud, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. She is buried at St. John Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John Endowment Fund or in the form of masses.

Lois A. Allgire nee Ruby, 89, of Waterloo, died July 6, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born August 16, 1916, in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late Oliver James and Esther Ruby nee Heidger. She was married to the late Arthur Allgire. Mrs. Allgire is survived by her daughters Linda (Lonnie) Goeddel of Waterloo, and Cynthia (Louis) Senerchia or Providence, R.I.; grandchildren Christine (Edward Doran, Scott Goeddel, Renee Grimm, John (Ruth) Grimm, Mark (Sue) Grimm, Mary (Robert) Buffone, Michael (Angela) Allgire, Kelly (William) Oxmann, Kristen (Michael) Kelley and Korin Allgire; 12 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Michael J. Allgire Sr., daughters Beverly Grimm and Renee Allgire, granddaughters Jamie Michelle Allgire and Madalyn Kay Allgire; and siblings Gregory Ruby, Kathleen Vogt, Jerome Ruby and Mary Jane Eschmann. Mrs. Allgire was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Mary and Martha Society. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul School.

Leo J. Menke, 93, of Waterloo, died July 7, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born April 17, 1913, in Renault, the son of the late Georg and Elizabeth Menke nee Helenschmidt. He was married to the late Bertha L. Menke nee Frisch. Mr. Menke is survived by his daughter-in-law Ruth Ann Menke of Waterloo; granddaughter Lynn (Jeff) Lutman of Fults; great-grandsons Dustin Lutman and Bryan Lutman; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Norman L. Menke and a daughter in infancy. Mr. Menke was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. He is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Renault.

Fay M. Slovinski nee Beasley, 89, of Columbia, died July 9, 2006, in Swansea. She was born January 23, 1917, in Baldwin, the daughter of the late James Clarence and Louisa Beasley nee Kohlenberger. She was married to the late Frank J. Slovinski. Mrs. Slovinski is survived by her granddaughter Virginia (Christopher) Pickus of Millstadt; daughter-in-law Darlene Slovinski of Millstadt; sister-in-law Verta Nicoletti of Columbia; nieces Shirley (Willie) Eckert of Columbia, and Jane (Richard) Sommer of Edwardsville; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Frank D. Slovinski and brother Earl Beasley. Mrs. Slovinski worked at the A & P Warehouse in Sauget as a packer, and she was a member of Columbia Senior Citizens. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home. She is interred at Baldwin Cemetery in Baldwin. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Senior Nutrition Site.

Burton H. Harres Sr., 79, of Crystal River, Fla., died July 11, 2006, in Crystal River. He was born November 21, 1926, in New Hanover, the son of the late Richard J. and Edna R. Harres nee Fischer. Mr. Harres is survived by his son Burton H. Harres Jr., of Spring Hill, Fla.; brothers Arlen (Shirley) Harres of Columbia, and Allen (Judith) Harres of Columbia; grandchildren Michael Harres of Camp LeJeune, N.C., and David Harres of Spring Hill, Fla.; and seven nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Harres was a retired telegrapher / clerk for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the World War II era and he served in Korea. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia.

Myrna C. Wolf nee Harmon, 94, of Millstadt, formerly of East Carondelet, died July 10, 2006, in Belleville. She was born Nov. 10, 1911, in Ballwin, the daughter of the late Thomas and Dona Harmon nee Linders. She was married to Dr. Edgar G. Wolf, DDS. Mrs. Wolf is survived by her son Ed (Susan) Wolf Jr. of Millstadt; daughter Susan (Gary, DDS) London of Belleville; grandchildren Susan Louise Wolf, Cyrus Wolf, Christopher (Tonja) London, Quincy (Nicolee) London and Nicholas London; great-grandchildren Margaret London, Alexandria London, Victoria London, Nicolas London, Andrea London, Gary London, Katherine London and Kaela Creighton. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and grandson Kyle London. Mrs. Wolf was a member of Christ United Church in Dupo. She was also a member of the Great St. Louis Garden Club and St. Clair County Garden Club. There were private visitation and funeral services. She is buried at Zion Bohnmier Cemetery in East Carondelet. Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo.

Wayne H. Seibert, 65, of Millstadt, died July 13, 2006, in Higginsville, Mo. He was born Jan. 6, 1941, in Waterloo, the son of the late Alfred Seibert and Luella E. Seibert Kurz nee Reichert. Mr. Seibert is survived by his children Lisa (Roger A.) Dietz of Fults, and Sheri (Brian) Casey of Waterloo; grandchildren Lauren Dietz, Jeremy Dietz, Allyssa Koerber, Megan Koerber and Gracelyn Casey; brother Marvin Seibert of California; sister Annette (France) Gruber of Waterloo; and half-brother Leon Kurz of Belleville. Private services were held.

Evelyn J. Wedel nee Stuard, 88, of Waterloo, died July 14, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born Aug. 29, 1917, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Charles and Cecilia Stuard nee Steppig. She was married to the late Henry G. Wedel Jr. Mrs. Wedel is survived by her children Marjorie (David) Eisenhauer of Tucson, Ariz., and Allen (Peggy) Wedel of Fults; grandchildren Julie (Kevin) Park, Scot (Dianna) Eisenhauer and Pam Wedel; step-grandchildren Adda Caldwell and Poit Caldwell; great-grandchildren Katie Park, Lauren Park and Ashley Eisenhauer; step-great-grandchildren Trinity Caldwell; sister Dolores Deffenbaugh of St. Louis; sister-in-law Frieda Kabureck of Belleville; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers and sisters. Mrs. Wedel was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Mary and Martha Society. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Fr. Roger Karban officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Lloyd W. McClain, 78, of Fults, died July 15, 2006, in Fults. He was born April 1, 1928, in East Carondelet, the son of the late Arthur F. and Olga E. McClain nee Asselmeier. He was married to Gloria McClain nee Darnell. Mr. McClain is survived by his children Dwayne McClain of Fults, Lucinda (Stephen) Birkner of Macon, Ga., Pamela LeBrot of Waterloo, and Dennis (Alicia) McClain of St. Peters; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers Charles (Delores) McClain of Belleville, Fern Chlibec of Waterloo, Joyce (Donald) Ernst of Belleville, and Janet (Gordon) Osterhage of Jefferson City, Mo.; and a sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sisters, one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Mr. McClain was a member of Hope Christian Church in Columbia. He was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at Hope Christian Church, Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults.

Florence E. “Speedy” Wienhoff nee Mechler, 87, of Waterloo, died July 15, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 20, 1918, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Mechler nee Miller. She was married to Alonzo Wienhoff. Mrs. Wienhoff is survived by step-sons Jim Wienhoff and Charles Wienhoff, and cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Wienhoff was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Waterloo Senior Center. Visitation was at DeFabio Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Church roof fund.

James A. Coulter, 79, of Freeburg, died July 16, 2006, in Freeburg. He was born Aug. 3, 1926, in Missouri, the son of the late Guy and Lenda Coulter nee Helms. Mr. Coulter is survived by his daughters of Linda (Jim Cudd of Lawrenceville, Ga., Brenda (Denis) DuFronne of Lubbock, Tex., and Pamela (Jackie) Nickles of Smithton; sons Gene Coulter of Chester, Thomas (Donna) Coulter of Marissa, and dean (Melissa) Coulter of Mascoutah; 11 grandchildren; four sisters; four brothers; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Margie Coulter, son James M. Coulter, and brother Richard Coulter. Mr. Coulter was a member of World Wide Church of God in Belleville. He was a machinist union member. Visitation and funeral services were at DeFabio Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Steven A. Koch Sr., of Valmeyer, died July 16, 2006, in Valmeyer. He was born Dec. 26, 1922, in Harrisonville, the son of Joe and Mary V. Koch nee Engel. He was married to Dorothy Vogt Koch nee Ruby. Mr. Koch is survived by his son Steven (Lorrie) Koch Jr. of Winchester; granddaughter Linley Koch; step-children Perry (Judy) Vogt of Valmeyer and Trudi (Allyn) Rohlfing of Valmeyer; granddaughter Linley Koch; step-grandchildren Angie (Dale) Wiegard, Laura (David) Mortimore, Tom (Tammy) Vogt, Michael Vogt, Jim Vogt, Justin (Cody) Rohlfing, Garrett Rohlfing and Scott Rohlfing; step-great-great-grandchildren Claire Wiegard, Matt Wiegard, Katie Wiegard, Bryan Mortimore and Megan Vogt; brother Victor (Catherine) Koch of Valmeyer; sister Clementine “Sis” Floerke of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Raymond Koch. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Fr. Jose Jacob officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Lois I. Rehg nee Bayless, 90, of Columbia, died July 16, 2006, in Plainfield. She was born Aug. 26, 1915, in Grand Chain, the daughter of the late Rollie and Cecilia Bayless nee Weece. She was married to the late Elmer O. Rehg; he preceded her in death in 1981. Mrs. Rehg is survived by her daughter Phyllis (Joe) Banas of Plainfield; step-grandchildren Michael (Natalie) Banas of Lombard and Jennifer (Phil) Resendiz of Oak Ridge, N.J.; five step-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Russell Bayless and a brother in infancy. Mrs. Rehg attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She was a retired elementary school teacher with the Columbia School District. She was an avid card player, and a member of Columbia Senior Citizens and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Gerry Proctor officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

Harold W. “Mick” Pieper, 86, of Waterloo, died July 17, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 25, 1919, in Columbia, the son of the late Christ and Mamie Pieper nee Riechmann. He was married to Dorothy M. Pieper nee Luhr for 62 years. Mr. Pieper is survived by his wife; sons Dennis Pieper of Columbia and Gary Pieper of Waterloo; step-granddaughter Marla (Robbie) Walters; step-great-grandchildren Jacob Hill and Hannah Walters; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Marilyn Luhr, Marion Pieper and Earl Hoffmann; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law Joan Pieper and brother Walter Pieper. Mr. Pieper was a member of Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover, where he was a member of the Brotherhood and the Cemetery Board. He was director of First National and Magna Bank in Columbia for 35 years, owned Luhr Feed Company for 25 years, was a member of Monroe County Farm Bureau, Monroe County Polled Hereford Association, American Legion Post #581 for 61 years and was a former Monroe County Commissioner. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a graduate of officer candidate school. He was also a member of the Mon-Clair Baseball Hall of Fame. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover, Pastor Dawson Miller officiating. He is buried at New Hanover Cemetery of Zoar in New Hanover. Memorials may be made to the New Hanover Cemetery of Zoar or Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover.

David M. Thorne Sr., 63, of Dupo, died July 17, 2006, in Dupo. He was born March 29, 1943, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the son of the late George W. and Alice Jane Thorne nee Bass. He was married to Jane Thorne nee Francis. Mr. Thorne is survived by his wife; daughter Kim (Michael) Pace of Millstadt; sons Gary Edwards of Dupo and David (Jennifer) Thorne Jr. of Dupo; grandchildren Carrie Lindsay and Dorian Thorne; great-grandchildren Dylan Lindsay; and brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tommy Thorne and Charles Thorne, and sisters Mable Brower and Barbara Young. Mr. Thorne was a retired conductor from the Union Pacific Railroad, with 37 years of service. He was a member of the United Transportation Union #1402 and was also a driver for Renzenberger. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1967. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A private family graveside service was held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Memorials may be made to First Congregation Church in Dupo.

Izora Grace “Dolly” Kleinschmidt nee Rujawitz, 84, of Millstadt, died July 21, 2006. She was born May 23, 1921, the daughter of the late John and Mary Rujawitz nee Wild. She was married to the late Milton Walter Kleinschmidt. Mrs. Kleinschmidt is survived by her children Gary (Ann) Kleinschmidt of Millstadt and Sharon K. (Robert) Skaer of Millstadt; grandchildren Doc (Michelle) Kleinschmidt, Tyler Kleinschmidt and Angie K. Skaer; great-granddaughter Ashley K. Skaer; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and siblings Ruth Lewis, Hazen Lanxon, Arnold Rujawitz, Muerille Rujawitz, Donald Rujawitz, Samuel Rujawitz, John Rujawitz, Julius Rujawitz, Gilford Rujawitz and Raymond Rujawitz. Mrs. Kleinschmidt was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo. She retired after 20 years as a store manager for J.C. Penney Co. Inc. Visitation and funeral services were at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. She is buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt.

Yvonne M. Gass nee Dunlap, 46, of Hecker, died July 24, 2006, near Hecker. She was born Sept. 15, 1959, in Evansville, Ind., the daughter of George D. (Vera Parker) Dunlap of Waterloo and Helen Louise (William) Faulkner of St. Peters, Mo. She was married to Steven P. Gass. Mrs. Gass is survived by her parents; husband; daughters Jennifer (Adam) Voelker of Ellis Grove and Rebecka Posey of Hecker; step-children Stephanie Gass, Cody Gass and Mariah Gass; granddaughters Reagan Posey and Kennedy Voelker; sister Linda (Phillip) Cox of Troy, Mo.; brothers George W. (Mary) Dunlap of Waterloo and Steve (Gail) Dunlap of New Baden; mother-in-law Marie Gass of Smithton; sister-in-law Sandy Gass of Waterloo; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother John Dunlap. Mrs. Gass was employed as a registered nurse at the Epilepsy Foundation of Southwestern Illinois. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Floraville, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. She is buried at St. Paul Cemetery in Floraville.

Gene Holt, 50, of East Carondelet, died July 24, 2006, in Norman, Okla. He was born Jan. 13, 1956, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was married to Donna Holt. Mr. Holt is survived by his parents, wife, children and grandchildren in Illinois and Oklahoma, and all his fishing buddies. Mr. Holt was a pipe fitter for the Chrysler Corporation. Visitation and funeral services were at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo. He is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Eugene L. Steppig, 79, of Columbia, died July 26, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born Nov. 7, 1926, in Columbia, the son of the late Henry Steppig and the late Catherine Steppig nee Krack. He was married to Shirley Steppig nee Bencher. Mr. Steppig is survived by his wife; daughters Rebecca Ann (Michael) Koon of Marion, Ky., Eugenia (Darrell) Mayo of Columbia, S.C., Barbara (Albert) Fix of Columbia, Patricia Ann (Edward) Reece of Columbia and Marsha Steppig of Columbia; brother Lavern Steppig of Ft. Myers, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Grace A. Steppig nee Kettler, sister Dorothy Hayes and brother Robert Steppig. Mr. Steppig was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. He was a retired general foreman from Granite City Steel and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Gerry Proctor officiating. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ of Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Harry W. Costello Jr., 86, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Granite City, died June 26, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born Jan. 9, 1920, in Granite City, the son of the late Harry W. and Winifred J. Costello Sr. nee Judge. Mr. Costello is survived by his niece Marie (Gary) Schroeder of Waterloo; nephews Patrick (Letha) Costello of Metamora and Paul Costello of Waterloo; and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Maurice Costello, and Sisters Marie Bollinger and Grace Costello. A graveside service was held at Calvary Cemetery in Glen Carbon.

Edith Ellen Kopp nee Ellis, 69, died July 27, 2006, in Indianapolis, Ind., the daughter of the late Robert Ellis and Lillian Phillips. She was married to Ervin W. “Fez” Kopp. Mrs. Kopp is preceded in death by her husband and brother Tony White of Sumpter, S.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Tom White, Roger White and John White. Mrs. Kopp was a member of the Protestant faith. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and people. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Valentine “Rudy” Rapp Jr., 84, of Waterloo, died July 28, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born May 28, 1922, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Valentine and Agnes Rapp nee Wentzel. He was married to Alice June Rapp nee Wendel. Mr. Rapp is survived by his wife; step-daughter Adele Lewis; step-sons Charles Piotraschke and Lawrence Piotraschke; granddaughters Jennifer (Mark) Omohundro and Kellie Lewis; great-grandchildren Alicia, David and Beau; nephews Peter L. (Joanne) Rapp and Roger (Karen) Bresnahan; and nieces Carol (Frank) Zareki and Pat (Jim) Huelsman. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Ether Rapp, brothers Frank Rapp and Peter N. Rapp, and sister Helen Bresnahan. Mr. Rapp was a member of Waterloo VFW Post #6504 and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Patrick J. Brady, 76, of Waterloo, died July 30, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born May 18, 1930, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Michael and Myrtle Brady nee Rode. He was married to Frances C. Brady nee Adamini. Mr. Brady is survived by his wife; children Michael Brady of Oakville, Carol (Mike) Thomas of St. Clair, Mo., Colleen (Tom) Hayes of Waterloo, George (Margaret) Brady of Valmeyer, and Kathleen (Bryan) Hays of Fults; grandchildren Russel, Rachel, Alyssa, Madison, Blair, Carson and Brayden; sisters Alice Pitonak of Granite City and Catherine (Bud) Voss of Granite City; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers. Mr. Brady was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a member of the American Legion in Valmeyer and Waterloo VFW Post #6504. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home and a VFW service was held. A funeral mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Church. He is buried at Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Diabetes Association.

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Mary K. Wilson nee Weilbacher, 50, of Columbia, died June 4, 2006. She was born Oct. 15, 1955, in Red Bud, the daughter of Harvey Weilbacher and the late Bernice Weilbacher nee Helfrich. She married Henry S. Wilson in 1979. Mrs. Wilson is survived by her husband, daughter Katherine Anne Wilson of Los Angeles, Calif.; brothers Daniel (Cybele) Weilbacher of Columbia and Gerald (Patricia) Weilbacher of Columbia, and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia, Fr. Roger Karban officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Cancer Treatment Centers of America of Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Kathleen T. Waltmann nee Albrecht, 73, of Waterloo, died June 6, 2006, in Columbia. She was born Nov. 6, 1932, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Albert and Clara Albrecht nee Hoef. She was married to Clyde J. Waltmann. Mrs. Waltmann is survived by her husband; children Cheryl L. Waltmann of St. Louis, James (Pam) Waltmann of Maple Grove, Minn., and Michele (Joe) Caldwell of Lawrence, Kan.; grandchildren Caryn (Mark) Potter, Melanie Waltmann, John Waltmann, Jacob Caldwell, Courtney Caldwell, Brayden Caldwell and Grace Caldwell; great-grandchildren Dustin Potter and Colby Potter; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Rita Marian. Mrs. Waltmann was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, where she was in the Mary and Martha Society and was a bell ringer. She was a former member of St. Bernadette in St. Louis and was a retired teacher’s aide from Point School in Oakville for 28 years. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul School Building Fund.

Nancy R. Weilbacher nee Grant, 59, of Columbia, died June 6, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Feb. 11, 1947, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late James N. and Dorothy N. Grant nee Kolb. She married Armin Weilbacher Jr. in 1980. Mrs. Weilbacher is survived by her husband, son Hank Weilbacher of Columbia, brothers Don (Rose) Grant of Riverton and Tim (Becky) Grant of Cahokia, and other relatives and friends. Mrs. Weilbacher was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She was retired from Southwestern Bell in St. Louis as a secretary with 30 years of service. She had also worked for Mid-Coast Aviation at Bi-State Airport in Cahokia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception School Education Fund of DeGreeff Hospice House in St. Louis.

David L. Harper, 51, of Columbia, died June 7, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born July 23, 1954, in St. Louis, the son of Inas Harper nee McConnell of Dupo and the late Jack Harper. He married Valerie Harper nee Husted in 1974. Mr. Harper is survived by his wife; sons Matthew (Courtney) Harper of Waterloo and Daniel Harper of Columbia; sisters Phyllis (Mickey) Enboden of Camdenton, Mo., and Paula (Nat) Turdo of Hazelwood, Mo.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, teammates and friends. Mr. Harper was retired from Southwestern Bell in St. Louis as a manager. He was an avid sportsman, loved to fish, and participated in many baseball, softball, bowling and golf leagues. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society of St. Louis.

Clare E. Wetzler nee Schmidt, 70, of Columbia, died June 9, 2006, in Columbia. She was born Jan. 1, 1936, in Belleville, the daughter of the late George A. and Mathilda Schmidt nee Herrmann. Mrs. Wetzler is survived by her sons Kevin (Teri) Wetzler of Newburgh, Ind., Kent Wetzler of Waterloo, and Brian (Jeanette) Wetzler of Belleville; daughters Stacy (Jim) Matulis of Tampa, Fla., and Lora (Dale) Stoecklein of St. Louis; seven grandchildren; sister Rosalie Reis of Tampa, Fla.; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Wetzler was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She was a member of the Gibault Catholic High School Mother’s Club and Beta Phi Alpha Sorority. There was no visitation. A memorial mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. Memorials may be made to the Komen Foundation of St. Louis.

Helen A. Mueller nee Wilde, 90, of Columbia, died June 10, 2006, in Columbia. She was born Dec. 19, 1915, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Paul and Emma Wilde nee Washausen. She married the late Herbert A. Mueller in 1940. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her sons Lester Mueller of Thailand, Marvin (Elaine) Mueller of Columbia and Carlyle Mueller of Columbia; grandchildren Monica (Patrick) Spittler, Rhonda Mueller, Matthew (Pam) Mueller, Suzanne (James) Michelson and Mark Mueller; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother George Wilde and sister Margaret Mueller. Mrs. Mueller attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She and her husband were Columbia area farmers for their entire lives. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois of St. Paul Untied Church of Christ.

Anton G. Roider, 89, of Waterloo, died June 10, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 19, 1945, in Monroe County, the son of the late Peter and Mathilda Roider nee Yackle. He was married to the late Laura Roider nee Washausen. Mr. Roider is survived by his children Mary Ann (Gary) Bueltemann of Waterloo, Martin (Linda) Roider of Columbia, and Leland (Sheila) Roider of Waterloo; grandchildren David (Denise) Bueltemann, Kevin (Angie) Bueltemann, Angela (Robert) Luetkenhaus, Shelley (Shelby) Culpepper, Chris (Kerri) Roider, Stacey (Larry) Cawvey Jr., and Leland Roider II; 12 great-grandchildren; brother Herbert (Leota) Roider of Waterloo; brothers- and sisters-in-law Raymond and Bertha Washausen of Waterloo and Hilda Washausen of Waterloo; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Virgil Raymond Roider, sister Luella Polacek, and brothers Alvin Roider, Clarence Roider and Harold Roider. Mr. Roider was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo and was married for 62 years. He was retired from Columbia Quarry. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Charles D. Daniels, 67, of Farmington, Mo., died June 12, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 29, 1938, in Biggers, Ark., the son of the late Charley B. and Gertrude Daniels nee Miller. He was married to Shirley E. Daniels nee Heusohn. Mr. Daniels is survived by his wife; children Debbie Reed, Jim Daniels, Keith Daniels, Mark Daniels; grandchildren Dawn, Little Charley, Lauren, Amanda and Eric; three great-grandchildren; sisters Helen Hall, Louise Lambert and Wilma Kallbrier; and sister-in-law, brothers-in-law nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A graveside service was held at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Brad J. Inman, 42, of Columbia, died June 12, 2006, in Valousia County, Fla. He was born Sept. 24, 1963, in St. Louis, the son of Earl and Josephine Inman nee DaRonco of Columbia. Mr. Inman is survived by his parents; siblings Todd (Marian) Inman of Tulsa, Okla., Michele (David Brinkmeyer) Bottila of Arnold, Mo., Mark (Kathy) Inman of St. Louis, Bart (Julie) Inman of St. Louis, Jeff (Jeri) Inman of St. Louis, Dorise Beck of St. Louis, Cory (Gail) Inman of Valmeyer, Geralyn (Don) Kaufmann of Jasper, Ind., Craig (Tracey) Inman of Arnold, Mo., and Dana (Jeff) Yenzer of Affton, Mo.; grandfather Mario DaRonco of Iron Belt, Wisc.; 23 nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. Mr. Inman was an insurance claims adjuster for hurricane relief. He was a devoted Christian and cared for others less fortunate. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Building Fund.

Christopher S. Hebel Jr., 17, of Waterloo, died June 19, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born May 22, 1989, in Belleville, the son of Chris and Cheryl Hebel. Mr. Hebel is survived by his parents; sisters Amber (Aaron) Dillard of Prairie du Rocher, and Tifani Hebel of Dupo; nieces and nephews Seth Dillard, Margeret Dillard and Chloey Hebel-Rosales; grandparents Florentine Hebel of Dupo, and Charles and Veranna Johnson of Waterloo; and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Robert Hebel. Mr. Hebel was a member of Family Faith Christian Church. He was a senior at Waterloo High School. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Byron Woodhams officiating. He is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Family Faith Christian Church of the Christopher Hebel Benefit Fund. Contact Quernheim Funeral Home for information on how to contribute at 939-6121.

Donald J. Lolan, 68, of Red Bud, died June 20, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born October 15, 1937, in Winnfield, La., the son of the late Samuel J. and Katie Elaine Lolan nee Jemison. He married Mona McMath in 1960. Mr. Lolan is survived by his wife; son Jim (Cindy) Lolan of Red Bud; grandsons Brenden Lolan and Joshua Lolan; and sisters Joyce Hickey of St. Louis and Terry Ann (Michael) Mattalino of Houston, Tex. Mr. Lolan was a heave equipment sales representative for Midco Sales and Service in St. Louis for more than 30 years. He was a member of the North County Country Club in Red Bud. He was Catholic. Visitation and funeral services were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Affairs Hospital, hospice or North County Country Club.

Carl William Wallig, 75, of Waterloo, died June 20, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 17, 1931, in Dubuque, Ia., the son of the late Edward and Myrtle Wallig nee Chandler. He was married to Alice Wallig nee Dodge. Mr. Wallig is survived by his wife; sons James (Barbara) Wallig of Cedar Rapids, Ia., and Bill (Cindy) Wallig of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; daughter Beth (Bill) Lynch of Wood River; sister Nancy (Bob) Schuckert of Dubuque, Ia.; brother Lyle (Peggy) Wallig of Delaware; and sons-in-law Chuck Woodard of Cedar Rapids, Ia., and Jim Myhlhousen of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Dennis Wallig, daughters Cindy Myhlhousen and Debbie Woodward, and brother Eddie Wallig. Mr. Wallig was a shoe company supervisor for a shoe company for 54 years. He served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the American Legion in Dubuque, Ia. Visitation and funeral services were at DeFabio Funeral Home, Pastor Ron Simpson officiating. He is buried at Medora Cemetery in Medora. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Cornelia Dietz nee Kaufmann, 93, of Waterloo, died June 24, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born April 13, 1913, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Kauffmann nee Schaedler. She was married to the late Carl C. Dietz. Mrs. Dietz is survived by her children Richard (Connie) LeTempf of Evansville, Roger (Rita) Dietz of Waterloo, and David (Marie) Dietz of Waterloo; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and special niece Carlene May. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter Betty Grahlherr. Mrs. Dietz worked at the Monroe County Care and Rehab Center for 20 years in the Activities Department. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Care and Rehab Center (Oak Hill) Activities Department.

H. Daniel Kues, 82, of Fort Collins, Colo., formerly of Breese, died June 24, 2006. He was born October 17, 1923, in Aviston, the son of the late Clara (Daniel) and Otto Kues. He married Grace Niemeyer in 1947. Mr. Kues is survived by his wife; son Ken Kues; daughter Dawn (Dave) Kubicek; grandchildren Danielle and London; brothers Urban “Red” Kues of Breese and John (Doris) Kues of Lebanon; sisters Sylvia Ratermann of Aviston, Mary Jane Korte of Trenton, Dolores Lampe of Aviston, and Elizabeth (Ralph) Sphilmann of Columbia; and sister-in-law Mary Kues of St. Peters, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Joe Kues and Ed Kues, and sisters Johanna VonHatten and Martha Baird. Mr. Kues was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the American Legion Post #252. He worked as a carpenter for 50 years and was a member of the Carpenters Local #480. He was a member of the fire department for 24 years, and was an avid bowler and horseshoe pitcher. Visitation and a funeral mass were at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese, Fr. Pat Peter officiating. He is buried at St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese.

Edmund H. Eckart, 80, of Hecker, died June 25, 2006, in Belleville. He was born July 21, 1925, in Prairie du Long Township, the son of the late Adam and Emma Eckart nee Birkner. He was married to Esther E. Eckart nee Kreher. Mr. Eckart is survived by his wife; children Ralph (Kathy) Eckart of New Athens, Melba “Jeannie” Happel of Hecker, Mary (Larry) Schaltenbrand of Smithton, Edmund G. “Eddie” Eckart of Chester, Marvin (Sandy) Eckart of Red Bud, Geri Griffin of New Athens, Lori (Andy) Amann of Waterloo, Arnold (Angie) Eckart of Hecker, and Theresa (Jim) Stearns of Columbia; 23 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother Ervin (Irene) Eckart of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Emma Haudrich, brother-in-law Cyril Haudrich, sister-in-law Marie Eckart, mother- and father-in-law Edward and Mathilda Kreher nee Maurer, sons-in-law William Happel and Dale Griffin, and daughter-in-law Georgia Eckart nee Castens. Mr. Eckart was a member of St. Augustine Church in Hecker and served as secretary of the Holy Name Society.

“A beloved family man, he left behind a legacy of friendship, love and truth to his wife of 56 years. He was a great provider and giver to his children. His life was dedicated to his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin. Eddie spent his long life with hard work, dedicated to community services. He was a farmer all his life and a hod carrier for 38 years. He retired from M.L. Vasquez and after retirement he worked as head of maintenance for the Village of Hecker.”

His community involvement included: He was retired from the Hecker Volunteer Fire Department and served as assistant chief for a number of years. He was a charter member of the Hecker Sportsman Club and a lifetime member of Hecker Community Center. He was a member of NuDeal and the Millstadt Horseshoe League. His love of horseshoes involved hosting the Illinois State Horseshoe Tournament in Hecker for three years. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Augustine Church in Hecker, Fr. Ralph Haas officiating. He is buried at St. Augustine Cemetery in Hecker.

Bea C. Schneider nee Kleyer, 83, of Waterloo, died June 28, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born January 1, 1923, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Otto H. and Alma Kleyer nee Hoffmann. She was married to the late Louis C. Schneider. Mrs. Schneider is survived by her daughters Audrey (Robert) Hicks of Waterloo, and Claire Schneider of Murpheysboro; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Dorothy Senseney of St. Louis; brother-in-law Harold Schneider of Fresno, Calif.; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Schneider was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. She worked as a medical transcriptionist. Visitation was at DeFabio Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Pastors Mary Beth Hartenstein and Doug Roberts officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo.

Vernon F. Hesterberg, 81, of Waterloo, died June 29, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born September 20, 1924, in Fults, the son of the late Raymond H. and Frieda W. Hesterberg nee Juelfs. He was married to Laverne H. Hesterberg nee Mueller. Mr. Hesterberg is survived by his wife; children Don (Barb) Hesterberg of Waterloo and Jim (Kim) Hesterberg of Waterloo; grandchildren Jamie (Todd) Nobbe, Zach Hesterberg, Ian Hesterberg, Robyn Hesterberg, Erin (Brandon) Harbison, Justin Hesterberg and Neil Stanglein (son of Eddie and Susan Stanglein); great-grandchildren Alex Nobbe and Aaron Nobbe; sisters and brother Doris (Willard) Meister of Waterloo, Ray (Shirley) Hesterberg of Waterloo, and Lil (Gene) Hohnbaum of Waterloo; and a brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Gale Hesterberg Stanglein. Mr. Hesterberg was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, and was a former trustee and president of the consistory, elder and cemetery board. He was also a member of the Fountain Water District and a lifelong honorary member of the Waterloo FFA. He was a merchant marine in World War II. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Leona E. Berry nee Sensel, 60, of Waterloo, died May 3, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 1, 1945, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Levi P. and Carolyn H. Sensel nee Klamp. She was married to Ellis H. Berry Sr. Mrs. Berry is survived by her husband; children Elizabeth (Jeff) Risley of Walsh, Ellis H. Berry Jr. of Fenton, Mo., Christina Berry of Belleville, and Kevin Berry of Waterloo; grandchildren Tabitha Lloyd, James Lloyd, Jessica Berry and Rebecca Berry; sister Lorena (Richard) Bleiber of Waterloo; nieces Carol (Brad) Matthias; nephew Tom Bleiber; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Berry was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo.

Olinda M. Harres nee Keller, 102, of Columbia, died May 3, 2006, in Columbia. She was born Feb. 6, 1904, in Stookey Township, the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Keller nee Baltz. She was married to the late Theodore Harres; he preceded her in death bin 1965. Mrs. Harres is survived by her children Fredric (Marilyn) Harres of Columbia, Mary Lynn Harres of Columbia, and Carol (Walter) Giffhorn of Columbia; and grandchildren Nancy Wey, Lynn McCullough, Amy Distler, Mary Beth Kirkpatrick, Gretchen Conerly and Gregory Giffhorn. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Henry Keller, and sisters Alida Weber, Frieda Hofstetter, Viola Keller, Elmira Alberter and Pernilla Keller. Mrs. Harres attended St. Paul United Church of Christ, where she was active with the Women’s Guild. She was a member of Columbia Senior Citizens and Columbia Woman’s Club. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ Elevator Fund.

Orville W. Wright, 82, of Columbia, died May 3, 2006. He was born Dec. 6, 1923, in Wellston, Mo., the son of the late Charles W. and Charlotte Wright nee Johanning. He married Dolores Wright nee Ritter in 1941. Mr. Wright is survived by his wife; sons Michael Wright of Belleville and David Wright of Columbia; grandchildren Ashley Wright and Michael Wright; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Lloyd Wright, Wesley Wright and Raymond Wright; and sisters Margaret Crawford and Marcia Wilson. Mr. Wright attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. He was retired salesperson with U.S. Paint, Lacquer and Chemical Co., in St. Louis. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Ronald L. Bachelier, 79, of Waterloo, died May 6, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born March 19, 1927, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Prosper and Ada Bachelier nee Godare. He was married to Bernell Bachelier nee Buettner. Mr. Bachelier is survived by his wife; children Brenda K. Schreder of Waterloo, Berneta J. Bachelier of Waterloo, Ronald R. (Cindie) Bachelier of Greenville, and Richard D. (Keda) Bachelier Sr. of Waterloo; grandchildren Lisa Stewart, Sherri (Chris) Morris, Richard D. (Nicole) Bachelier Jr., Andrea (fiance Fred Manning Jr.) Bachelier, Laura M. Bachelier and Kelly Bachelier; step-grandchildren Erika DeMoulin and Tiffany (Robert) McNeill; nine great-grandchildren; and brothers Myron Bachelier of Red Bud and Curtis Bachelier of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Brian J. Schreder, son-in-law Eugene Schreder, sisters Jacqueline Vogt and Marie Hooten, and brother Willard F. Bachelier. Mr. Bachelier was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He was also a member of UAW #110 and the Meatcutters Union. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Pastor Tony Troup and Pastor Kyle Sandersfeld officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Leonard David Chambliss, 35, of St. Louis, died May 8, 2006, in Columbia, Mo. He was born Aug. 13, 1970, in St. Louis County, the son of Catherine (Richard) Chambliss of Valmeyer and Richard D. Chambliss of St. Louis. Mr. Chambliss is survived by his parents, sister Mechelle Marie Anderson of Valmeyer, brother Ronald D. Chambliss of Arnold, Mo., aunt Kathleen See of Center, Mo., uncle Michael Flake of Waterloo, cousins Joshua Chambliss of Arnold, Mo., Seth Chambliss of Arnold, Mo., and Gabriel Anderson of Valmeyer, and other uncles, aunts and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Sam and Marie Chambliss and Henry and Frances Flake, and great-grandparents Michael and Clara Schulya. Visitation and funeral services were at Fey Funeral Home in St. Louis. He is buried at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Serving Hands Hospice of Columbia, Mo.

Margaret C. Kaffai nee May, 91, of Waterloo, died May 10, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 6, 2006, in Burksville, the daughter of the late Alfred and Helen May nee Cody. She was married to the late Alfred R. Kaffai. Mrs. Kaffai is survived by her sister Helen Frisch, brother Roy J. (Norma) May, sisters-in-law Margorie May nee Sondag and Corinne May nee Frisch, and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers James May, Alfred May, Ambrose May and Robert May, niece Diane May, sister-in-law Betty May nee Wierschem, and brother-in-law Edward Frisch. Mrs. Kaffai was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Building Fund.

Verlyn G. “Red” Smith, 76, of Waterloo, died May 11, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born March 1, 1930, in Boxtown, the son of the late William and Mary Smith nee Schmieg. He was married to Celestine “Sally” Smith nee Wierschem. Mr. Smith is survived by his wife; children Tom (Pat) Smith of Waterloo, Christine (Bill) Cook of O’Fallon, Mo., and Judi Horrell of Red Bud; grandchildren Melissa (Chris) Jonson, Kim (Chad) Everett, Jamie Smith, Lauren Smith, Hilary (Jason) Wagner, Ben (Elizabeth) Cook, Patrick Horrell and Phillip Horrell; great-grandchildren Taylor Johnson and Kyle Everett; sister-in-law Dorothy Smith; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death his parents, sisters Florence Juelfs, Rose Ahrens and Mamie Brown, and brother Gilbert Smith. Mr. Smith was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #1334. He was retired from the Illinois State Police, was a former mayor of Waterloo and Waterloo alderman, and he owned V. Red Smith Pest Control. He was a member of Waterloo VFW Post #6504, Waterloo Sister Cities, Waterloo Optimist Club, Illinois Retired State Police Association, Illinois Police Association and Kaskaskia Post District. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach and Fr. John Day officiating. He is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Gibault Catholic High School or Ss. Peter and Paul School in Waterloo.

John R. Kraft, 51, of Granite City, died May 12, 2006, in Granite City. He was born Feb. 7, 1955, in St. Louis, the son of the late John E. and Margaret Kraft nee Armstrong. Mr. Kraft is survived by his children Angela Kraft of Waterloo and John (Jessica) Kraft of Waterloo; grandchildren Xaviour, Karla, James and Jeremiah; sister Ruth Kueffe; brother Harold Kraft; and nieces Melody and Robyn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Kraft was a member of River Life Community Church in Granite City. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Travis Watkins officiating.

Gerald Klein, 59, of Valmeyer, died May 18, 2006, in Swansea. He was born Sept. 29, 1946, in St. Louis, the son of the late Roland Joseph and Bertha Klein nee Martindale. Mr. Klein is survived by his children Michael Klein of Belleville and Theresa Klein of Valmeyer; grandchildren Michelle Klein, Sierra Klein and Kiana Klein; brothers Joseph (Barbara) Klein of Waterloo and Larry Klein of St. Charles; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Michelle Klein and sister Elaine Hoggard. Visitation and a memorial service were at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Leon J. Bradley, 76, of Millstadt, died May 20, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born Jan. 24, 1930, in St. Louis, the son of the late Leon C. and Delores Bradley nee Burkhart. He married the late Patricia Ann Hammel in 1953. Mr. Bradley is survived by his children Leon M. (Bobbie) Bradley of Waterloo, Lynn (Darrel) Kalbfleisch of Waterloo, Daniel Bradley of Waterloo, Tom Bradley of Millstadt, Joanne (Tim) Newcom of Columbia, Tim Bradley of Millstadt, Mary (Paul) Sollberger of Waterloo, Mickie Stumpf of Waterloo and Steven (Leslie) Bradley of Millstadt; 22 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters Mary (Charles) Ingalls of Freeburg, Patricia (Louis) Gerardi of Waterloo and Jane (Denny) Voegele of Columbia; and brother Jim (Mary) Bradley of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brothers Bill Bradley, Edward Bradley and Dan Bradley. Mr. Bradley retired as the owner/operator of Bradley Plumbing. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Church, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Marie L. Heusohn nee Borcharding, 87, of Waterloo, died May 21, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 1, 1918, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Henry and Wilhelmina Borcharding nee Juelfs. She was married to the late Alfred M. Heusohn. Mrs. Heusohn is survived by her children Janet (Delbert) Scheibe of Waterloo, Jerry (Helen) Heusohn of Waterloo, Judy (Bob) Mentel of Broomfield, Colo., John (Becky) Heusohn of Valmeyer, and Joyce (Roland) Wegener of Waterloo; daughter-in-law Shirley Heusohn of Pensacola, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother Alvin (Arlou) Borcharding of Columbia; sister-in-law Ardell Mueller of Waterloo; dear friend Amanda Goss; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son James Heusohn, daughter Jacklyn Heusohn, sisters Nelda Smith and Ardell Durrer, and brothers Armin Borcharding, Henry Borcharding and Alfred Borcharding. Mrs. Heusohn was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. She was also a member of the Waterloo American Legion Auxiliary and Woodmen of the World. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Nursing Home, St. Paul United Church of Christ or Heartland Hospice.

Anita S. Rhodes nee Schroeder, 91, of Denver, Colo., May 21, 2006, in Denver. She was born April 8, 1915, in Bismark, Mo., the daughter of the late John F. and Kate Schroeder nee Schneider. She was married to the late Willard G. Rhodes. She is survived by her brother Russell Schroeder of Denver, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers Harry Schroeder, Harold Schroeder, Ralph Schroeder and Virgil Schroeder. A graveside service was held at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer, Pastor Matt Friz officiating.

Bernadette Mullendore nee Kroll, 64, of Swisher, Ia., formerly of Columbia, died May 22, 2006, in Iowa. She was born May 22, 1942, in Sugar Creek, Mo., to John J. and Barbara Kroll nee Bernadich. She was married to Lawrence Mullendore for 43 years. Mrs. Mullendore is survived by her husband; sons Randal Mullendore and Scott Mullendore; four grandchildren; sister Barbara Dime; and aunt Mildred “Milka” Bernadich. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother John Kroll, Jr. Mrs. Mullendore was a former member of Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia, where she and her husband raised their children. She owned and operated a family business while raising her sons, and worked as an administrator with the court appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children. Visitation was at Carson-Speaks Chapel in Independence, Mo. A funeral mass was held at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church in Sugar Creek, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Elvera Hoffmann nee Bozzay, 98, of St. Louis, formerly of Tipton, died May 24, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 20, 1907, in Perth Amboy, N.J., the daughter of the late Dennis and Helen Bozzay nee Horvath. She was married to the late Frank E. Hoffmann. Mrs. Hoffmann is survived by her son Donald (Dorothy) Hoffmann of Fenton, Mo.; grandchildren Chris (Neal Johnson) Hibbard, Jeff (Julie) Hibbard, Don (Mary Kay) Hoffmann, David (Terri) Hoffmann and Donna (John) Hermosillo; seven great-grandchildren; brothers Jim (Sugar) Bozzay of St. Louis and William (Helen) Bozzay of St. Louis; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Barbara Hibbard, sister Olga (Jack) Schauer, and brother Dennis (Fran) Bozzay. Mrs. Hoffmann was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Tipton and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Patrick’s Church, Fr. Jose Jacob officiating. She is buried at St. Patrick Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made to Nazareth Living Center.

John H. Mitchell, died May 26, 2006. He was married to Elsie S. Schwartz. Mr. Mitchell is survived by his wife, daughter Ruth (James) Cooper, granddaughter Angela (Tim) Ellison, great-grandsons John Valentine, Alex Valentine and Lauren Ellison. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Myrtle Jehling. Mr. Mitchell was a founder and president of the Waterloo Park Board. He served two terms as an alderman and two terms as mayor of the City of Waterloo. He was a charter member and first commander of the Waterloo V.F.W. Post 6504, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2119 in Webster Groves and a fourth degree member of St. Louis Assembly 565. He was a U.S. veteran of World War II, where he served in the Pacific in the Army Air Corps, and of the Korean War, where he served in the Air Force. Visitation was at Hoffmeister South County Chapel. A funeral mass was at St. Mark Catholic Church in St. Louis. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Veterans Administration Medical Center Activities Fund at Jefferson Barracks.

Dolores E. Pierce nee Foley, 79, of Fults, died May 27, 2006, in Fults. She was born Feb. 24, 1927, in Alva, Ken., the daughter of the late Charles and Rose Foley nee Creekmore. She was married to Grapol L. “Roy” Pierce. Mrs. Pierce is survived by her husband, children Kathryn R. Wehking of Waterloo, Joyce M. (Bob) Nelson of Golden, Colo., Dave (Pam) Pierce of St. Louis, and Carl W. (Cari) Pierce of Waterloo; eight grandchildren; brother Gorman (Arlene) Foley of Colorado; and sister Geralee Elless of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parent and brother Charles Foley. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at First Baptist Church in Waterloo, Dr. Dennis Jones officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Leona H. Jaenke nee Gilbert, 85, of Waterloo, died May 28, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Adam and Bertha Gilbert nee Scheibe. She was married to the late LeRoy Jaenke. Mrs. Jaenke is survived by her son David (Jill) Jaenke; grandchildren Derek Jaenke, Jena Jaenke and Doran Jaenke; sisters and brothers Carnel (Catherine) Gilbert of Valmeyer, Dorothy Johnson of Waterloo, Virginia Keaton of Waterloo, Alberta Wild of Waterloo, Roy (Yvonne) Gilbert of Fults, and Judy (Roger) Wild of Waterloo; and niece, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Jaenke was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was a volunteer at Red Bud Regional Hospital and the Monroe County Care and Rehab Center. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer, Pastor David Riebeling officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer.

Lizette H. Petrasek nee Herrmann, 80, of Columbia, died May 30, 2006, in Columbia. She was born Sept. 26, 1925, in Monroe County, the daughter of the late William and Alvina Herrmann nee Mueller. She was married to the late Leonard J. Petrasek. Mrs. Petrasek is survived by her sisters Anna Szydlowski of Columbia and Wilhelmina Hillal of Bellridge, Mo.; nieces Michelle Merz and Shari Young; and grandnieces, a grandnephew and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Petrasek attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She was a member of the Monroe County Historical Society and Columbia Heritage and Preservation Commission, and was an American Red Cross volunteer. She was employed by Monsanto Chemical Co., in Sauget. Visitation and a funeral mass were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Columbia Public Library, Immaculate Conception Education Fund, or in the form of masses.

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Charles E. Stone, 86, of Red Bud, died April 1, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born October 25, 1919, in Illmo, Mo., the son of the late John Allen and Etta Mae Stone nee House. He was married to the late Florence C. Stone nee Lutker. Mr. Stone is survived by his son Carman (Colleen) Greenhill of Waterloo; grandchildren Daniel “Mitch” (Annette Riechmann) Greenhill of Red Bud, Michelle (Bob) Macal of Downers Grove, and Craig (Lisa) Greenhill, of Waterloo; son-in-law Chuck Gastellum of Albuquerque, N.M, sister Dorothy Kelso of San Jose, Calif.; sister-in-law Rosemary Lutker of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter Maryann Gastellum, sisters Helen Carpenter and Mary Scheeter, and brother Frank Stone. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home. He is buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill (the former Monroe County Care and Rehab Center).

Bertha Louise Strauss nee Bratzel, 92, formerly of Millstadt, died April 1, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born July 25, 1913, in Hebron, N.D., the daughter of the late George V. and Katherine Bratzel nee Schmallenburger. She married the late William Strauss in 1933; he preceded her in death in 1994. Mrs. Strauss is survived by her daughters Suzie (Kermit) Mueller of Millstadt and Barbara (John) Smith of Frost Proof, Fla.; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister Irma Hecke of Millstadt, and good friends Mike and Sandy Lawlor. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Tobias Bratzel and Wendell Bratzel, and sisters Paula Metzger and Roberta Bieber. Mrs. Strauss was a past member of Zion United Church of Christ in Millstadt. She was a charter member of the VFW Auxiliary Post #7980 in Millstadt. She was an avid quilter at Concordia Church of Millstadt and for the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was the former owner and operator of Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Darrell Weber officiating. She is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical Church or Columbia Nutrition Site.

Mildred L. Weiss nee Calhoun, 81, of Waterloo, died April 2, 2006, in Town and Country, Mo. She was born Dec. 17, 1924, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late James A. and Eulah Calhoun nee Seals. She was married to Ralph N. Weiss. Mrs. Weiss is survived by her husband; step-children Loretta (Chuck) Hall of Racine, Wisc., and Carolyn (Harold) Pastore of Montpelier, Vt.; grandchildren Dennis Armsted, Roger Pastore and Gina Pastore; great-grandchildren Stacy Armsted and Kellie Armsted; sister Joy Gray of Columbia; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Leo Stacy, one brother and two sisters. Mrs. Weiss was a member of First Baptist Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at First Baptist Church in Waterloo, Dr. Dennis R. Jones officiating. A graveside service was held at alto Pass Cemetery in Alto Pass. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Waterloo Building Fund.

Ilene M. Juelfs nee Fischer, 72, of Fults, died April 3, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born January 20, 1934, in Maeys Station, the daughter of the late Ervin A. and Hulda M. Fischer nee Valentine. She was married to Earl A. Juelfs. Mrs. Juelfs is survived by her children John (Kathy) Juelfs of Columbia, Rick (Kathy) Juelfs of Winslow, Ark., and Diane (William) Nelson of Evansville; grandchildren Shannon, Bradley, Rachel, David, Donnie, Jamie and Dillon; step-grandchildren Bobby, Andy, Hunter and Cole; great-grandchildren Tayler and Sebastian; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Kathleen M. Stewart, and brother Raleigh Fischer. Mr. Juelfs was a member of Zion United Church of Christ of St. Joe. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. She is buried at Zion Cemetery in St. Joe. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Vincent P. Blust Sr., 86, of Renault, died April 4, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 17, 1920, in Lima, Ohio, the son of the late Edward and Luella Blust nee Phillips. He was married to the late Veda Blust nee Cissell. Mr. Blust is survived by his children Millie (Bill) Scherr of St. Louis, Mary (Robert) Frederick of Renault, Pat Blust of Ellisville, Vincent (Lynne) Blust of Arnold, Mo., Bill Blust of Fenton, Mo., Dave (Christie) Blust of St. Louis, Doug (Sue) Blust of Union, and Lillie Blust of Louisville, Kent.; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers Edward Blust and Robert Blust; and sister Bernice Moore. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers Vincent Edward, Norman, Ralph and Francis Blust; and sisters Mildred Kaufman, Blanche Moore and Naomi Lyshak. Mr. Blust was in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral was at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Renault, Fr. Roger Karban officiating. A graveside service was held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Campbell, Mo. Memorials may be made to a hospice organization.

Selma M. Holcomb nee Kempfer, 94, of Columbia, formerly of Renault, died April 4, 2006, in Town and Country, Mo. She was born Jan. 30, 1912, in Reily Lake, the daughter of the late Henry and Lula Mae Kempfer nee Copple. She was married to the late Harry G. Holcomb Sr. for 56 years. Mrs. Holcomb is survived by her children E. LaVerne Hinrichs of Prairie du Rocher, Rosella M. Hosick of Columbia, Loren (Mary Lou) Holcomb of Ruma, Jeannine (Tommy) Belt of Columbia, Terry (Donna) Holcomb of Renault, Brenda “Pete” (David) Dressel of Marissa, and Diana (Tom) Bievenue of Evansville; daughter-in-law Wilma Holcomb of Renault; 26 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; and 11 step-great-grandchildren; brother Russell Kempfer of Tilden and sister-in-law Lucille Kempfer of Percy; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Harry G. Holcomb Jr., one grandson, five brothers, five sisters, sons-in-law Melvin Hinrichs and Dale Hosick, and one grandson-in-law. Mrs. Holcomb was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbia. She started working at age 16 at the shoe factory in Evansville, then worked at the knitting mill in Chester, American Furnace at Red Bud, and finally for 10 years at St. Clements Hospital. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A celebration of life was held at First Baptist Church, Rev. Don Branson officiating. She is buried at Evansville Cemetery in Evansville. Memorials may be made to Relay for Life.

Robert "Babe" Thomas, 59, of Cahokia, died April 5, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born July 23, 1946, in St. Louis, the son of Phyllis Thomas nee Orlando of Morrilton, Ark., and the late Charles E. Thomas. He was married to Judith Ann Kutz nee Coffey. He is survived by his mother; wife; children Robert (Kerry) Thomas of Milan, Tenn., Tammy (Luis) Valdez of Riverton, Kevin L. Hardesty of Riverton and Randy W. Kutz of Riverton; nine grandchildren; sister Trudy (William) Dulton of Morrilton, Ark.; brothers Donald L. Thomas of Morrilton, Ark., and Phillip E. Thomas of Morrilton, Ark.; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, brother Charles Thomas and sisters Mary S. Thomas and Juanita Thomas. Mr. Thomas was a demolition expert. Visitation and funeral services were at Harris Funeral Home in Morrilton, Ark. He is buried at Wolfe Cemetery in Morrilton, Ark.

Ardell K. Krebel nee Dieckmann, 89, of Waterloo, died April 7, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born July 12, 1916, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late William and Lena Dieckmann nee Ritzel. She was married to the late Roy J. Krebel. Mrs. Krebel is survived by her daughters Shirley (Wilbert) Wheat of Waterloo and Kathleen (Clarence) Buthman of Elgin step-children Orvel (Ursula) Krebel of Waterloo, Kenneth (Linda) Krebel of Waterloo, and Diane Krebel of Waterloo; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; Edward Plage; husband Roy Krebel; son William Plage; step-daughter Doris K. Kohler; step-sons Vernon J. Krebel and Darryl J. Krebel; step-grandsons James Frank Kohler and Keith Kohler; and brothers and sisters. Mrs. Krebel was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo and Waterloo Senior Citizens. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made t St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Monroe County Care and Rehab Center or Southern Illinois Hospice.

Sean C. Schneider, 34, of Waterloo, died April 8, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 8, 1972, in St. Louis, the son of Marvin and Donna Schneider nee Koerber of Waterloo. Mr. Schneider is survived by his parents; sister Andrea (Brian) Dill of Waterloo; niece Savannah Dill; nephew Peyton Dill; step-grandmother Dorothy Koerber of Waterloo; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Raymond and Luelle Koerber; paternal grandparents Fred and Elenora Schneider; and uncles Ronald Schneider and Glen Schneider. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Deacon Doug Boyer officiating. He will be cremated at a later date.

Mary Ann Corine Schmidt nee Juengling, 83, of Chattanooga, Tenn., formerly of Tooele, Utah, Phoenix, Ariz., and Columbia, died April 13, 2006. She was born July 28, 1922, the daughter of the late Gustav and Mary Juengling nee Erke. She was married to the late Frank Schmidt. Mrs. Schmidt is survived by her children Stephen (Karen) Schmidt and Allan (Cynthia) Schmidt; granddaughters Sara Giali and Susan Schmidt; great-granddaughters Kaitlyn Giali and Madilyn Giali; and sister Elizabeth Downs. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings Emil Juengling, Caroline Schmidt, Ardell Kresyman, Arthur Juengling and Bernard Juengling. Mrs. Schmidt was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia for more than 40 years. She graduated from Columbia High School in 1940, was a longtime employee of Weilbacher’s Department Store and worked for the Columbia American Distillery Company. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary #581 and was a active member of TOPS. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the National Arthritis Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Elmer C. Schatte, 81, of Maeystown, died April 14, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 28, 1924, in Maeystown, the son of the late Herman H. and Kathrina Schatte nee Schlemmer. He is survived by cousins. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown. He was a member of the Waterloo American Legion and was a lifetime member of the Maeystown Sportsman Club. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown.

Edna Mae Page nee Esker, 58, of Monroe County, died April 15, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Nov. 29, 1947, in St. Louis, the daughter of Evelyn Esker of Fults and the late Everett Esker. Mrs. Esker is survived by her mother; daughter Brenda Marquardt; grandson David Link; granddaughters Crystal Haynes and Amanda Haynes; great-grandson Brendan Haynes; and brothers Edwin Esker of Fults, Edwin (Linda) esker of Maeystown, Elvis (Cathy) Esker of Renault, Erdmann (Carol) Esker of Granville, and Eugene (Gisela) Esker of Prairie du Rocher. Mrs. Page was preceded in death by her father; and brothers Edward Esker and Paul Esker. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults.

Norma A. Zimmer nee Roever, 89, died on Saturday, April 15, 2006, at Meadowbrook Health Center in Urbana. She was born Nov. 4, 1916, the daughter of the late Charles and Olga Roever nee Kaemper. She married the late Rolly Zimmer in 1940; he preceded her in death in 2002. Mrs. Zimmer is survived by her son Ron Zimmer of Champaign; daughter Carol Scharlau of Urbana; grandsons Rob Scharlau of Fort Myers, Fla., and Edwin Scharlau of Miami Beach, Fla.; great-grandson Ryan Scharlau of Fort Myers, Fla.; and sister Lettie Noelke of Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister and two stepsisters. Mrs. Zimmer taught third grade in the Waterloo School District, taught kindergarten at Leal School in Urbana for 26 years, and later taught in the early childhood program at Parkland College in Champaign. A memorial service was held at Clark-Lindsey Village in Urbana.

Frieda Emma Schultheis nee Dinter, 82, of Valmeyer, died April 18, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 4, 1923, in Germany, the daughter of the late Joseph Herman and Emma Maria Dinter nee Heinelt. She is survived by her daughter Monika (Larry) Shaw of Waterloo; grandchildren John (Rhonda) Esker of Cedar Hill, Mo., Donna (John) Jetton of Waterloo, Debbie Lawrence of Waterloo, and Penny (Sheldon) Burmester of Columbia; great-grandchildren Kyle, Joshua, Erica, Hillary, Sarah, John III and Jessica; great-great-granddaughter Meckenzie; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor John Lukomski. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens of St. John Cemetery in Fults.

Roma M. Wilson nee Hester, 90, of Waterloo, died April 21, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born April 27, 1916, in Forest City, Kan., the daughter of the late John and Dessa Hester nee Drury. She was married to the late John Wilson. Mrs. Wilson is survived by her daughter Dessa (Ray) Plack of Bridgeton, Mo.; son John A. Wilson of Waterloo; grandchildren Andy, Karen, Johnny, Mary Anne and Michael; great-grandchildren Jason, Kevin, Heidi and Michael; and brothers Russell Hester of Australia and J.R. Hester of Springfield, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Riley Hester. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Rainbow DeMolay in St. Louis, and the St. Louis Metro African Violet Society. Visitation and funeral services were at DeFabio Funeral Home in Waterloo, Richard Chandler officiating. Memorials may be made to Grand Oak Hill Community Corporation.

Nancy J. Daugherty nee Lasley, 68, of Lubbock, Tex., died April 22, 2006, in Lubbock, Tex. She was born July 30, 1937, in Marshall, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles Dewey and Bertina Marie Lasley nee Hinton. She married Gayland Daugherty in 1961. Mrs. Daugherty is survived by her children Brian (Cindy) Daugherty of San Antonio, Tex., Craig (Stacey) Daugherty of Lubbock, Tex., and Tara (Louie) Hilliard of Lubbock, Tex.; step-grandchildren Randy Seward and Mallori McGregor; sister Cynthia (George) Ziegler of Waterloo; sisters-in-law Beulah Lasley of Big Rapids, Mich., and Marcy Lasley of California; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Donald Lasley and Billy Lasley. Mrs. Lasley’s parents died when she was young and she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Howard and Lucille Stansell of Waterloo. She graduated from Waterloo High School in 1955. She worked for Boatman’s Bank in St. Louis and in the late 1950s relocated to Albuquerque, N.M. She and her husband were transferred to Japan and Cocoa Beach, Fla., with the Air Force, and eventually settled in Texas. Mrs. Daugherty lived in Austin, Dallas, San Antonia and Lubbock. Memorial services were held at Live Oak Community Church in Lubbock, Tex., Rev. Chuck Williams officiating. Memorials may be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

Mary E. Gant nee Dinan, 85, of Waterloo, died April 24, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born March 6, 1921, in Ames, the daughter of the late Ferd and Leora Dinan nee Sinclair. She was married to the late Arline M. Gant. Mrs. Gant is survived by her children James (Claudia) Gant of Hilton Head, S.C., Robert (Pam) Gant of Charlotte, N.C., Lori (Glenn) Reams of Waterloo, Rita Bachelier (John Fries) of Waterloo, and Lawrence (Noreen) Gant of Creve Coeur, Mo.; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Dorothy (Arthur) Halfar of Teutopolis; and brother Lee (Gladys) Dinan of St. Louis. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers William Dinan and Gilbert Dinan, and granddaughter Sarah Reams. Mrs. Gant was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Build for the Future at Ss. Peter and Paul School.

Berniece C. Wiele nee Eggert, died in April 25, 2006. She was married to Warren Wiele. She is survived by her children Richard Knierim and Celeste Knierim; grandchildren Tara Knierim and Karl Knierim; and sister-in-law Marigold (Robert) Allen. She was a special grandma to Idgie, Sky, Abby and Red. Mrs. Wiele was a secretary with the St. Louis Public School District. She was a member of Victory Temple #96 Auxiliary of Knights of Pythius and past president of AARP Crestwood Chapter #2913. She was an animal lover, past member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ’s Choir, soprano soloist, pianist and wedding cake baker and decorator. Visitation and funeral services were at Kutis Funeral Home in St. Louis. She is interred at Valhalla Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, St. Peters United Church of Christ Building Fund or Open Door Animal Sanctuary.

Douglas Eugene Massie, 64, died April 26, 2006, in Peoria. He was born October 12, 1941, in Bush, the son of the late Eugene and Nellie Massie nee Halleran. He married Katie Massie nee Terrell in 1965. Mr. Massie is survived by his wife; daughters Melissa (Chris) Ludwig of Ooltewah, Tenn., and Dawn (Rick) Pirtle of Decatur; grandchildren Eric Brandon Massie, Melissa Jane Williams, Kristen Ludwig and Tyson Ludwig; sisters Brenda (Edward) Kempen of Valmeyer, Cynthia (John) Love of Columbia, Jeanne (Mark) Wagner of East Carondelet and Kathy (Bill) Brooks of East Carondelet; and brothers Maurice (Nancy) Massie of Jefferson City, Mo., Stephen (Kathy) Massie of East Carondelet, Ricky (Mary) Massie of East Carondelet, Randall Massie of East Carondelet, and Roger (Cathy) Massie of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Michael Todd Williams. Mr. Massie was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorial services were at Fist Baptist Church of Columbia, Lyle Witcher officiating. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Columbia.

John R. Grossmann, 66, of Waterloo, died April 27, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 10, 1939, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Eugene and Adalia Grossmann nee Line. He was married to Dolores Grossmann nee Barker. Mr. Grossmann is survived by his wife; children Allen McElhattan; grandchildren Eric Grossmann, Jason Grossmann, Rebecca Grossmann, Jenna Grossmann, Jordan Grossmann, and Emily Grossmann; step-grandchildren Jesse Rodriguez and Sarah Yarbrough; sisters Janet (John) Hunnicutt and Joan Abaecherli; and brother Gene (Dorothy) Grossmann. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Grossmann was a member of Maeystown Sportsman’s Club and Fort Chartres Sportsman’s Club. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. He is buried at Burksville Cemetery in Burksville, Memorials may be made to the Burksville Cemetery Foundation.

George A. Manson, 88, of Columbia, died April 28, 2006. He was born April 22, 1918, in Murphysboro, the son of the late William H. and Ivo B. Manson nee McCoy. He married Anne Manson nee Rust in 1940. Mr. Manson is survived by his wife; children Donald (Karen) Manson of Bluffton, S.C., and Linda (Martin) Roider of Columbia; grandchildren Jeffrey (Mary) Manson of Raleigh, N.C., Scott (Tammy) Manson of Rock Hill, S.C., Angela (Robert) Luetkenhaus of Belleville, and Christopher (Kerri) Roider of Columbia; great-grandchildren Jordana Manson, Carena Manson, Jathen Manson, Alex Roider, Blake Roider, Anne Luetkenhaus, Joseph Luetkenhaus and Brandon Chamberland; and brother Thomas (Betty) Manson of Wildwood, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Henrietta (Harold) Hunziker and Doris (Paul) Mitchell. Mr. Manson attended St. Paul United Church of Christ. He retired after 35 years of service with Illinois Central Gulf Railroad as an electrician and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a 50-year member of the Gothic Lodge #852 A.F. & A.M. and Ainad Temple. He was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star – Rob Morris Chapter, of which he was a past worthy patron. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ or Family Hospice.

Lura A. Guttmann nee Reiner, 80, of Waterloo, died April 29, 2006, in Columbia. She was born Oct. 7, 1925, in Karbers Ridge, the daughter of the late James Frederick and Margaret R. Reiner nee Blanchard. She was married to George W. Guttmann. Mrs. Guttmann is survived by her husband and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Guttmann was a retired secretary with the Okaw Valley Council and was a member of VFW Auxiliary #85 in O’Fallon. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Augustine Church in Belleville, Fr. Andy Knopik officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, American Cancer Society or in the form of masses.

Norman L. Fults, 61, of Millstadt, died April 30, 2006, in Millstadt. He was born Feb. 1, 1945, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Neil and Hilda Fults nee Stechmesser. He was married to Cindy Fults nee Reeves. Mr. Fults is survived by his wife; daughter Kim (Jim) Pfershy of Millstadt; granddaughter Chelsea Pfershy; sisters Mary (Pat) Brueggemann of Hecker, Helen Godare of Waterloo, Darlene (Ben) Yancy of Waterloo, and Judy (Bob) Krebel of Fults; brothers Ronnie (Betty) Fults of St. Louis and Jerry (Patty) Fults of Millstadt; father- and mother-in-law Neil and Lavern Reeves of Evansville; aunts and uncles Eddie and Pearl Stechmesser of Waterloo and Alma Stechmesser of Columbia; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Russell Fults. Mr. Fults was retired from JC Hauling Co. in Millstadt. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Elmer E. Buss, 77, of Red Bud, died April 30, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born Feb. 6, l929, in Red Bud, the son of the late Calvin and Augusta Buss nee Koenig. He married Loretta Kelkhoff in 1959. Mr. Buss is survived by his children Susan L. (Wilfred) Harbaugh and Nancy Buss; sister Florence (Calvin) Brewer; sister- and brother-in-law Esther and Glen Williams; and cousins Dorothy Aitken and Pearl Luttman. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister- and brother-in-law Jeanette and Oscar Kelkhoff. Mr. Buss was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Bud. He was retired from the City of Red Bud utility department. He was a past treasurer of the rural fire department, a past treasurer and member of Red Bud Senior Citizens and a member of RSVP Council. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Visitation was at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral services were at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Bud, Rev. Rory Seeger and Russell Koen officiating. He is buried at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. John’s Lutheran School or Human Support Services.

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James Travis Cotton, 73, of Swansea, died March 1, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 11, 1932, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Oral Herman and Esther Marie Cotton nee LaSource). Mr. Cotton is survived by his children Lisa Schomber of Portland, Ore., Michael (Rhonda) Cotton of Springfield, Ore., and Tricia (Derek) Frazier of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren Britton, Danielle, Jordan, Jacob, Dallas, Chase and Faith; sisters Pal (Ralph) Frank of Waterloo, and Bobbie (Jim) Mattern of Swansea; brothers Donald (Maureen) Cotton of Dallas, Tex., and Dwight (Virginia) Cotton of Indianapolis, Ind.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Cotton was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens. He was a member of New Athens Lions club and was a past member of White Oaks Golf Club and a board member. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Calvary First Division. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor John Lukomski officiating. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer.

Alice G. Fromme nee Guttmann, 98, of Waterloo, died March 1, 2006, in Chesterfield, Mo. She was born June 25, 1907, in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late Charles H. and Anna S. Guttmann nee Miller. She was married to Albert H. Fromme. Mrs. Fromme is survived by her daughter Alberta Hohnbaum of Waterloo; grandson Larry (Cheryl) Hohnbaum of Waterloo; great-grandsons Jeffrey Hohnbaum and Daniel Hohnbaum; great-great-granddaughters Erin Hohnbaum and Sierra Hohnbaum; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson Joseph Hohnbaum in infancy; son-in-law Laurence Hohnbaum; sisters Anna Guttmann, Mary Boyer and Adeline Rusteberg; and brothers Charles Guttmann, August Guttmann, George Guttmann, Francis P. Guttmann and John Guttmann. Mrs. Fromme was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Valmeyer and St. Ann’s Altar Society. She was retired from Knaust Mushroom in Valmeyer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Mary’s Church, Fr. John Ssebitosi officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church of Valmeyer and in the form of masses.

Lt. Col. USAF (ret) James Patrick May, 89, died March 1, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio. He was born August 19, 1916, in Burkesville, the soon of the late Alfred “Barry” and Helen May nee Cody. He was married to wife Marjorie for 60 years. Lt. Col. May is survived by his wife; children Mary Ann Thurkettle, Michael May, Bill (Marsha) May, Debbie (Bill) Spathelf, Craig May, Chris May, Joan May and Tina (Jim) Ankrom; grandchildren Mike Fluor, Time May, Dan (Lesa) May, Jason Thurkettle, Jennifer May, Cody May, Whitney Spathelf, Alexandra Spathelf and Alexis Ankrom; three great-grandchildren; brother Roy May of Waterloo; sisters Margaret Kaffai and Helen Frisch; and family friend Edward Thurkettle. Lt. Col. May was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 at Scott Air Force, continuing to Jefferson Barracks, where he was accepted for the flying cadet program and officer candidate school. Upon graduation as a 1st Lieutenant, he joined his first lying unit at Lowry Field in Colorado and was later assigned to the 8th Air Force in England, fighting Axis forces in World War II. Piloting at B24, he was shot down over Munich and evaded capture for 13 days. While a POW in Stalag Luft III, which was a camp comprised mainly of downed British and American pilots, was located 100 miles southeast of Berlin in current Poland, he marched in a blizzard and was transported by crowded cattle car through Germany. In the POW camp, he made cups from tin cans to welcome newcomers, and he traded his Red Cross cigarettes for candy. His WWII folder contained many thank you letters from parents he had written to share sightings of their sons. He was emaciated but alive at liberation in 1945. Lt. Col. May was also stationed at the Atomic Energy Commission, Scott Air Force Base, Reese Air Force Base in Texas and his final assignment was Lockbourne / Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Ohio. After retirement, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 17 years. He sold hundreds of Knights of Columbus raffle tickets annually, many to family and friends in Monroe County. He maintained a close relationship with Monroe County through local newspapers he received over the years. He was buried with full military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery near Pataskala, Ohio. In lieu of memorial contributions, Lt. Col. May asked friends to each perform a kind deed for another.

Donald J. Chlibec, 69, of Waterloo, died March 3, 12206, in Belleville. He was born Oct. 3, 1936, in Madison, the son of the late Frank and Anne Chlibec nee Houba. He is survived by his wife, Fern Chlibec nee McClain. Mr. Chlibec was retired from Thayer Aerospace. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Dawson Miller officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Rachel. B. Kocher, 31, formerly of Columbia, died March 5, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born May 20, 1974, the daughter of Roger and Donna Kocher nee Barnes. Ms. Kocher is survived by her parents; brother Don Kocher, and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Earl Kocher and Rose Kocher nee Tarpley; maternal grandparents Don Barnes and Ruth Barnes nee Bremer; older sister Carrie Kocher and paternal uncle Tom Kocher. Rachel was employed at Salon Elle in Chesterfield, Mo. She was a 1992 graduate of Gibault Catholic High School and a graduate of La Plante Beauty School. She lived her life to the fullest and brightened the lives of all who were fortunate enough to know her. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Gibault Education Fund of the Immaculate Conception School education Fund.

Leland G. Knobloch, 68, of Maeystown, died March 8, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 26, 1938, in Maeystown, the son of the late William and Lydia Knobloch nee Berg. He was married to the late Gloria Knobloch nee Hankins. Mr. Knobloch is survived by his son William Knobloch of Maeystown, brother Vernon (charlotte) Knobloch of Fults, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, niece, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Frieda and brother Sylvester. Mr. Knobloch was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to American Kidney Foundation or St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown.

Nellie R. Massie nee Halleran, 82, of East Carondelet, died Marcy 8, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 1, 1923, in De Soto, the daughter of the late Maurice and Dora Halleran nee Adams. She married the late Eugene Massie in 1940; he preceded her in death in 1990. Mrs. Massie is survived by her sons Douglas (Katie) Massie of Decatur, Maurice (Nancy) Massie of Jefferson City, Mo., Stephen (Kathy) Massie of East Carondelet, Ricky (Mary) Massie of East Carondelet, Randall Massie of East Carondelet, and Roger (Cathy) Massie of Waterloo; daughters Brenda (Edward) Kemper of Valmeyer, Cynthia (John) Love of Columbia, Jeanne (Mark) Wagner of East Carondelet, Kathy (Bill) Brooks of East Carondelet; 23 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; brother Jackie (Charlotte) Halleran of De Soto; and sisters Bettie Barumel of Seabring, Fla., and Dorothy Carlson of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and one sister. Mrs. Massie was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbia. She was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star – White Shrine of Jerusalem Harmony Shrine #112. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were at First Baptist Church of Waterloo, Jonathan Peters officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Betty L. Leilich nee Woods, 81, formerly of Dupo, died March 9, 2006, in Weatherford, Tex. She was born Nov. 14, 1924, in Fornfelt, Mo., the daughter of the late David and Margaret Woods nee Lane. She married the late Clyde “Lou” Leilich in 1971; he preceded her in death in 2001. Mrs. Leilich is survived by her son Gregory (Martha) Britton of Weatherford, Tex., and Malcom (Lynn) Britton of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren Sean (Jodi) Britton, Ian Buchanon, Lance Buchanon, Kyle Buchanon, Clayton Buchanon and Zachary Britton; great-granddaughter Grace; and brother Bob Woods of Lincoln, Neb. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Gordon Britton, sisters Vernetta Markham and Florence Jackson, and brothers David Woods and Bill Woods. Mrs. Leilich was a retired administrator with Cahokia School District Unit #187. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home. She is buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in New Athens. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ Elevator Fund.

Milton A. Rippelmeyer, 84, of Waterloo, died March 9, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Fults, the son of the late Albert and Katherine Rippelmeyer nee Illert. He was married to the late Theresa A. M. Rippelmeyer nee Meister. He is survived by his daughters Gloria Rippelmeyer of Belleville, and Janet Hodges of Waterloo; grandson Jason Hodges of Waterloo; sisters Mildred Meyer of Waterloo, Ethel Luehring of Waterloo, Esther (Ted) Muertz of Waterloo, Loretta Rodenberg of Fults, and Florence Jaenke of Waterloo; brothers Paul (Gerry) Rippelmeyer of Waterloo, and Herman (Shirley) Rippelmeyer of New Athens; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother George Rippelmeyer. Mr. Rippelmeyer was retired from Koerber Distributing Co. He was a member of Metzger-Crook Post #6504. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and American Cancer Society.

Wanda Lee Ritzel nee Thompson, 78, of Staunton, died March 10, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Cora, the daughter of the late Joseph and Knettie Thompson nee Qualls. She was married to Howard Ritzel. Mrs. Ritzel is survived by her children Pamela (David) Williams of Staunton, Thomas (Penny) Ritzel of Waterloo, and Timothy (Sylvia) Ritzel of Wentzville; grandchildren Amanda (fiance Jeffrey Miles) Williams, Michael Williams, Bryan Ritzel, Joshua (Kayla) Ritzel, Matthew (Jamie) Ritzel, Ann (Danny) Waln, Heather (Jesse) Heller and Amy Ritzel; great-grandchildren Christian, Jeremy, Zachary, Maybelle, Cailey and Caiden; sister Bonnie (Fred) Schramm of Red Bud; and brother Joseph “Gene” (Carol) Thompson of Vancouver, Wash. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Ritzel was a member of Abundant Love Fellowship in Cahokia and First Baptist Church in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Tim Ritzel officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to 700 Club on the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Dolores Frieberg nee Cheek, 83, of Waterloo, died March 11, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born March 7, 1923, in Fults, the daughter of the late Zay and Cindy Cheek nee Fults. Mrs. Frieberg is survived by her daughters Janet (Joseph) Maul of Waterloo and Nancy (Marvin) Schilling of Waterloo; grandchildren Kenneth (Yolanda) Maul, Steven Maul, Susan (Thomas) Koesterer, and Thomas (Stacey) Schilling; great-grandchildren Tyler Crase and Elia Crase; sister LaVerne (Neil) Reeves of Evansville; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Frieberg, brothers Melvin “Bud” Cheek and Robert Cheek, and sisters Mary Kahle, Wilma Mudd and Grace Cheek in infancy. Mrs. Frieberg was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. She was also a member of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Robert T. Friz, 73, of Columbia (New Hanover), died March 11, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born May 16, 1932, in Quincy, the son of the late Pastor Gerhard and Grace B. Friz nee Dumke. He was married to Patricia Friz nee Baisch. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Friz wrote a newspaper column for several years on local outdoor lore. He was a retired printer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Mr. Friz is survived by his wife; children Matthew (Stephanie) Friz of Valmeyer, and Joel (Angelia) Friz of Belleville; grandchildren Nathan Friz, Victoria Friz, Lydia Friz and Jessica Friz; brother Richard (Madaline) Friz of New Hampshire; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Friz was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Friz was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Floraville and Zoar Brotherhood. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Floraville, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. He is buried at Zoar Cemetery in New Hanover. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Floraville’s Building Fund.

Kathleen Vogt nee Ruby, 79, of Waterloo, died March 11, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born June 14, 1926, in Burksville, the daughter of the late Oliver J. and Esther Ruby nee Heidger. She was married to the late Calvin “Butz” W. Vogt. Mrs. Vogt is survived by her children Barry (Candy) Vogt of Columbia, Barbara (John) Corey of Waterloo, and Rebecca Manthei of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren Tracy, Andrea, Ryan, Natalie, Angela Villanuava, Matt Allen, and Ronnie Manthei; great-grandchildren Aubrey Davis, Evan Davis, Katelyn Davis, Felix Villanuava, Chris Villanuava, Isabelle Allen, and McKenna Allen; sister Lois Allgire; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Mary Jane Eschmann, and brothers Gregory Ruby and Jerome Ruby. Mrs. Vogt was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Catherine L. Branson nee Smith, 88, of Waterloo, died March 14, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 30, 1917, in Dixon, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles and Effie Smith nee McKee. She was married to the late Joseph C. Branson. Mrs. Branson is survived by her children Richard (Vivian) Branson of Fults, Clyde (Jeanette) Branson of Fults, Don (Phyllis) Branson of Waterloo, Sharon (Alvin) Mehrtens of Millstadt, Brenda (John) Bueschel of Waterloo, and Gale Branson of Red Bud; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister Bessie Jessen of Valley Park, Mo.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson Paul Branson and sisters and brothers. Mrs. Branson was a member of First Baptist Church of Waterloo. She was on the residence council of the Monroe County Care and Rehab Center. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Dr. Kevin Kerr officiating. She is buried at Waterloo City Cemetery.

Stephen D. Hoefft Sr., 65, of Berger, Mo., died March 15, 2006, in Creve Coeur, Mo. He was born March 8, 1941, in East St. Louis. He was married to Linda Hoefft nee Mosbacher. Mr. Hoefft is survived by his children Stephen “Bud” (Tari) Hoefft Jr. of New Hanover, Cindy Mueller of Prairie du Rocher, and Daniel (Barb) Hoefft of St. Charles, Mo.; step-children Jennifer (Mark) Stutsman of Maeystown, Kristine (Blane) Kessler of Sparta, and Anthony (Kim) Bergmann of Waterloo; sister Ruth (Raymond) Krull of Hermann, Mo.; brothers Michael (Wilma) Hoefft of Campbell Hill, Mo., and John (Phyllis) Hoefft of Fults; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and so James Hoefft. Mr. Hoefft owned and operated Hoefft Auto Body and Repair Shop in Hermann, Mo., since 1983. Visitation was at Toedtmann and Gorsse Funeral Homes in Hermann, Mo. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Lucille Palmer nee Longloy, 87, of Red Bud, died March 16, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born May 26, 1918, in Modoc, the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Amanda Longloy nee Glasgow. Mrs. Palmer is survived by her daughters Reta (James) Boyle of Rosebud, Mo., May (Robert) Blelefeld of Prairie du Rocher, and Tina (Melvin) Heinemann of Evansville; grandchildren Tanya Schoenbeck, Tom Oakley, Bart Heinemann, Ted Heinemann, Tail Heinemann and Amanda Schwab; great-grandchildren Nathan, Wade, Noah, Kayden, Emma, Luke and David; and great-great grandchildren Evan, Owen and Aiden. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Margaret LaBruyere and Vallie Oudin. Mrs. Palmer was Catholic. Visitation and funeral services were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. She is buried at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery in Modoc. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinios.

Jessaline L. Mehrtens nee Fritz, 83, of Columbia, died March 18, 2006, in Belleville. She was born May 23, 1922, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Fred Jr. and Frieda Fritz nee Heitmann. She was married to the late Fred H. Mehrtens. Mrs. Mehrtens is survived by her children Rose Anne (Ray) Bense of Columbia, Karen Mehrtens of Decatur, Nancy (John Sr.) Prather of Waterloo, Roger (Laura) Mehrtens of Columbia and Davie (Robyn) Mehrtens of Shawnee, Kan.; grandchildren Ericha (Curt) Sondag, John “Benji” (Brooke) Prather, Matthew (Jennifer) Prather, Aaron Bense, Bryan Prather, Ashley Mehrtens, Brooke Mehrtens, Kirsten Mehrtens, and Emma Mehrtens; step-grandchildren Erica Gruber and Joshua Gruber, great-granddaughter Lillian Prather; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Eleanora Faust, Anne Fritz and Delbert Koch; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Fred Mehrtens and brothers Karl Fritz and Fred Fritz. Mrs. Mehrtens was a member of Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover, where she was a member of Women’s Fellowship. She was also a member of American Legion Auxiliary, Monroe County HCE and New Hanover Card Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at Zoar United Church of Christ, Pastor Dawson Miller officiating. She is buried at New Hanover Cemetery of Zoar in New Hanover. Memorials may be made to Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover.

Elsie M. Josten nee Faus, 104, of Waterloo, died March 21, 20006, in Waterloo. She was born December 25, 1901, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Louis and Eleanor Faus Jr. nee Hartman. She was married to the late Armin “Roundy” Josten. Mrs. Josten is survived by her children Helen (Royce) Cheney of Waterloo and Shirley (Charles) Cameron of Hecker; grandchildren David Cheney, Mike (Debbie) Cheney, Mark Cameron, Debbie (Pete) Egan, and Gail (Glen) Wetzler; great-grandchildren Bill (Rana) Cheney, Ryan Cheney, Greta Cheney, Katie (Wil) Hoppe, Ryan (Elisa) Wetzler, Justin Wetzler and Sam Egan; great-great-grandchildren Chelsea Cheney, Tom Cheney and Hannah Cheney; and sister Norma Sopp. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; sisters Emma Thiele, Frieda Pfeifer, Eleanor Reinhold, Bertha Faus, Nelda Breidecker and Hulda Faus; and brothers Albert Faus and Louis Faus. Mrs. Josten was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ and the Women’s Guild. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill (Monroe County Care and Rehab Center), St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo or Friedens United Church of Christ in Hecker.

Elenora F. Hermes nee Hughes, 88, of Waterloo, died March 22, 2006, in Columbia. She was born November 29, 1917, in Marydale, the daughter of the late Peter and Florence Hughes nee Olga. She was married to the late John W. Hermes. Mrs. Hermes is survived by her son John (Karen) Hermes of Waterloo; daughter-in-law Debbie Hermes; grandchildren Ann Hermes, Peter Hermes, Michael Hermes and Mark Hermes; brother-in-law Ervin Hodapp; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Joseph M. Hermes, and brothers. Mrs. Hermes was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Trenton, where she was a member of Altar Sodality. She was also a member of the Trenton VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Mary’s Church in Trenton, Fr. James Dougherty officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or in the form of masses at St. Mary’s Church in Trenton.

Harold J. Meillier, 91, of Waterloo, died March 23, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born May 10, 1914, in Faribault, Minn., the son of the late Joseph and May Frances Meillier nee Ponto. He was married to Helen Klein Meillier nee Ragland. Mr. Meillier is survived by his wife; children Noreen (Bill) Reeves of Fairfield; grandchildren Michael (Denise) Reeves of Minooka, and Trish (Timothy) Riordan of Pickerington, Ohio; great-grandchildren Taylor Reeves, Vanessa Reeves, Matthew Riordan, Daniel Riordan and Jack Riordan; sisters Anna Marie Beueler of El Sobrante, Calif., and Patricia (Robert) Kost of Newport Beach Calif.; brother David (Lois) Meillier of Faribault, Minn.; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Marcella Meillier nee Moeller; sister Evelyn (Philip) Beaupre; and brothers Donald (Julia) Meillier, Bernard (Vera) Meillier, Robert (Bernice) Meillier, Edward (Joan) Meillier, Raphael (Barbara) Meillier, and Gerald (Bonnie) Meillier. Mr. Meillier was ac active member of the Lions for 54 years. A memorial service was at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. A graveside service was held at Calvary Cemetery in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill (Monroe County Care and Rehab Center) Wish List.

Gladys E. Stellhorn nee Heller, 82, of Waterloo, died March 23, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born June 18, 1923, in Renault, the daughter of the late Ben and Anna Heller nee Weihe. She was married to the late Elmer Stellhorn. Mrs. Stellhorn is survived by her children Richard Stellhorn of Waterloo, Robert (Bonnie) Stellhorn of Percy, Gerald (Chris) Stellhorn of Waterloo and Diane (John) Busch of Columbia; grandchildren Lisa Greenfield, Valerie (Wendell) Taylor, Jeremy (Becky) Stellhorn, Aaron Stellhorn, Natasha Stellhorn, Stacey Busch and Travis Busch; great-grandchildren Tyler Greenfield and Christopher Taylor; sister Ardell (Frank) Linnertz of Red Bud; brother Gilbert (Leona) Heller of Red Bud; and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson Jason Stellhorn and brother Harold Heller. Mrs. Stellhorn was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Pastors Tony Troup and Kyle Sandersfeld officiating. She is buried at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Roger Billy Klump, 63, formerly of Columbia, died March 24. He was the son of the late Roger and Bernice Rose Klump. He married twice. He is survived by his mother, daughter Brenna of California, several grandchildren who live in Washington, and sister Cheryl Klump Perkins, of France. Mr. Klump moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles, Calif., where he was vice-president of a tool company. He sold his property, bought a houseboat and lived off the coast of Mexico. He died of pancreatic cancer and was cremated in California.

Carolyn S. Nicholson nee Rednour, 59, of Red Bud, died March 28, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born August 29, 1946, in Coulterville, the daughter of Loretta Rednour nee Edgar and the late Charles Rednour. She married John Nicholson in 1973. Mrs. Nicholson is survived by her mother; husband; children Lori (Bill) Thomas of Lenzberg, Richard Mulholland of Red Bud, Georgette Smith of Red Bud, Nichole Nicholson of Red Bud, Cheryl (Arthur) Martin of Belleville, and Don (Lisa) Nicholson of New Athens; grandchildren Megan Martin, Arthur Martin, Amber Nicholson, Ashley Nicholson, Adam Nicholson, Aaron Nicholson, Levi Smith, John Murray, Carl Wilyard and Layla Wilyard; sister Ruth Ann (Dave) Pingsterhaus of Albers; and brother Richard (Marcia) Rednour of Coulterville. She was preceded in death by her father and sister Dorothy Rednour in infancy. Mrs. Nicholson was a member of First Baptist Church in Red Bud. She was a shift leader at Pizza Hut in Red Bud for 20 years. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral services were at First Baptist Church in Red Bud, Rev. Paul Mathenia officiating. She is buried at Gilbert Cemetery in Ames. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Edward J. Knefelkamp, 89, of Waterloo, died March 29, 2005, in Belleville. He was born June 9, 1916, in Belleville, the son of the late Edward and Lena Knefelkamp nee Engel. He married the late Verona H. Knefelkamp nee Schayth in 1939. Mr. Knefelkamp is survived by his son Jan (Cheryl) Knefelkamp of Hohenwald, Tenn.; son-in-law John Cookson of Annapolis, Md.; grandchildren Chad (Michelle) Knefelkamp of Waterloo, Valerie (Charles) Cookson-Botto of Winchester, Va., Angela (Grant) Orr of Darnestown, Md., Stacey (Tim) Greuttemeyer of Foristell, Mo., Christine (Sean Lawrence) Cookson of North Hollywood, Calif., Kelly Knefelkamp, Kyle Knefelkamp, Olivia Orr, Anthony Orr and Isabelle Botto; dear friend Mary Hoffmann of Waterloo; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter Toni Ann Cookson; brothers Marshall Knefelkamp and Homer Knefelkamp, and sisters Leona Knefelkamp, Ruth Kirkwood, Helen Williamson and Mildred Place. Mr. Knefelkamp was at U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America. Visitation and a memorial service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. He is buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul School.

Lee Toal, 80, of Waterloo, died March 30, 2006, in Chesterfield, Mo. He was born March 13, 1926, in Jerseyville, the son of the late Leo R. and Hildegarde Toal Sr. nee Brown. He was married to Patricia Toal nee Barner. Mr. Toal is survived by his wife; children Russell (Elizabeth) Toal of Atlanta, Ga., and Nancy (Kent) Ritzel of St. Louis; grandchildren Beth (Noel) Goeddel, Sarah Elder, JT Welsch, Lindsay Welsch, Alex Welsch, Adam (Robin) Welsch, Adam Toal, Laura Toal, Zack Toal, and Rebecca Bradley; brothers Jack (Ruth) Toal of Waterloo, and Robert (Mary) Toal of Waterloo; sister Imogene Toal of Columbia; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Barbara Lee Kingston and brother Don L. Toal. Mr. Toal was the former of Leo Toal Inc. in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A private graveside service was held at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Oliver C. Nottmeier, 74, of Waterloo, died Feb. 3, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 26, 1931, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Walter C. and Celestine Nottmeier nee Juelfs. He was married Sherron Nottmeier nee Crum. Mr. Nottmeier is survived by his wife; step-children Sheri Oakes and Ralph (Evangeline) Taylor grandchildren Ben, Paula and Grace; sisters Delma (Ralph) Minton of Waterloo, and Erna (William) Spargo of Sunset Hills, Mo.; niece Jan Wenk, nephews Paul Minton and Darryl Spargo; and cousins. He was preceded in death by her parents and brother Harold Nottmeier. Mr. Nottmeier was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in St. Joe. He was also a member of Renault American Legion. He was formerly the director of State Bank of Prairie du Rocher. A graveside service was held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Dale W. Curten, 72, of Modoc, died Feb. 4, 2006, in Chester. He was born Sept. 16, 1933, in Modoc, the son of the late Joe and Sadie Curten nee Burch. He married Genelle Rako in 1954. Mr. Curten is survived by his wife; children Lane (Rose) Curten of Modoc, Lisa (Ron) Curten-Vinton of Perryville, Mo., Clay (Barb) Curten of Modoc, and Glen (Katina) Curten of Niles, Mich.; grandchildren Thomas Curten, Emily Curten and Gloria Vinton; brother M.D. “Toby” Curten of Evansville; sister Dixie (Richard) Schlettler of Bellvue, Colo.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Virgil Roth. Mr. Curten was a member of the First Baptist Church of Prairie du Rocher, where he served as a deacon for 47 years. He was a member of the Randolph County Farm Bureau and was a levee commissioner fro 28 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral services were at First Baptist Church of Prairie du Rocher, Rev. Ray Brewer officiating. He is buried at City Cemetery in Ellis grove. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Prairie du Rocher.

Noel M. Glenn, 87, of Zalma, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died Feb. 6, 2006, in Arab, Mo. He was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Leora, Mo., the daughter of the late Frank and Bertha Glenn nee Williamson. He was married to Lorene Glenn. Mr. Glenn is survived by his wife; children of his first marriage Donald Ray (Pat) Glenn of Owensville, Mo., Noel Leroy (Katie) Glenn of St. Louis, and Sue (Jim) Burns of Waterloo; grandchildren including Tina (Ron) Stumpf, Susan (Ed) Davis, Jimmy (Dawn) Burns; great-grandchildren including Eddie Davis, Mallory Stumpf, Blake Stumpf and Noelle Davis; and sister Delores Sanders of Sikeston, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Violet Glenn nee Stroup, and son James Glenn. Mr. Glenn was a member of Oak Grove General Baptist Church. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home. He is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo.

Rosaline A. Phillips nee Plage, 84, of Waterloo, died Feb. 7, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 30, 1922, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late William and Katie Plage nee Langsdorf. She married the late Raymond Phillips Sr. in 1939; they were married 64 years. Mrs. Phillips is survived by her children Raymond “Butch” (Connie) Phillips of Waterloo, Patricia Ann (Donald) Todd of Doe Run, Mo., and Wanda Lee Harr of Arcadia, Mo.; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister and brother. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Lafy Burton “Burt” Wilkerson, 73, of Fults, died Feb. 7, 2006, in Belleville. He was born Nov. 25, 1932, in Selmer, Tenn., the daughter of the late John Q. and Ethel Wilkerson nee Wolfe. He was married to the late Amy E. Wilkerson. Mr. Wilkerson is survived by his children Paula (Mark) Bundy of Maeystown, Kay (John) Jarrett of Red Bud, and David (Angela) Wilkerson of Freeburg; and grandchildren Lauren Bundy, Shelby Jarrett, Ian Jarrett Emily Wilkerson and Nicholas Wilkerson. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Mr. Wilkerson was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital.

Sister Mary Virginia Darveaux, ASC, 91, of the Adorers of Christ in Ruma, died Feb. 8, 2006, in Ruma. She was born March 14, 1914, in Rulo, Neb., the daughter of John and Odeal Darveaux nee Prenat. She is survived by brother Jerry Darveaux of Alexandria, Minn., and Henry Darveaux of Pinestone, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Edith Boehrne, Mary Lucille Sellers, Sister Alice Marie Darveaux, ASC, and Dorothy Fisher; and brothers Clarence Darveaux, Edward Darveaux and John Darveaux. Sr. Mary Virginia was a teacher, musician and artist. She taught music and was an organist at Ss. Peter and Paul High School in Waterloo. She also taught and played music at St. Teresa Academy in East. St. Louis, and St. Pius X High School in Festus, Mo. At St. Mary’s Parish in Taylorville she was an artist as well as a musician.

Joseph A. Linnertz, 73, of Waterloo, died Feb. 8, 2006, in Belleville. He was born Feb. 27, 1032, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Frank H. and Cecilia Linnertz nee Shea. He was married to Gloria J. Linnertz nee Winters. Mr. Linnertz is survived by his wife; sisters Margaret Heck of Waterloo, Anna Pelate of Red Bud, Virginia Cooper of Titus, Ala., and Mary Wilson of Red Bud; brother Earl (Pat) Linnertz of Red Bud; sister-in-law Maxine Linnertz of Prairie du Rocher; father- and mother-in-law Herman and Waurine Winters of Madison, Tenn.; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Don and Alice Winters of Gallatin, Tenn., and Steve and Carolyn Winters of Falls Church, Va.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Alvin and John Linnertz. Mr. Linnertz was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Fr. James Long officiating. He is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or in the form of masses.

William Radwick, 83, of St. Louis, died February 8, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born November 11, 1922, in Numa, Iowa, the son of the late Jack and Vera Radosonitch. He was married to the late Laura F. Radwick nee Blattel; she preceded him in death in 1996. Mr. Radwick is survived by his sons David (Judith) Radwick of Waterloo and Mark Radwick of Ballwin, Mo.; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; sister Helen (George) Yakovich of Rock Island; brother Rudy (Louise) Radwick of Davenport, Iowa; and nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and six brothers and sisters. Mr. Radwick was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Visitation was at DeFabio Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Ruth E. Dolde nee Klingelberg, 95, of Waterloo, died February 9, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born September 20, 1019, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Louis and Marie Klingelberg nee Krone. She was married to the late Herbert Dolde. Mr. Dolde is survived by nieces, nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sisters Selma Klingelberg, Elsie Klingelberg, Hulda Kettler, Marie Giles and Lillian Schneider. Mrs. Dolde was a lifelong member of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown; she was the granddaughter of Ludwig Krone, one of the church’s founding members. She attended a one room school at Chaflin Bridge and graduated from Maeystown High school. She was a teacher in rural Monroe County and later worked at Knaust Mushroom Farm in Valmeyer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ.

Raymond C. Koch, 81, of Waterloo, died February 9, 2006, in Columbia. He was born March 14, 1924, in Waterloo, the son of the late Fred H. and Mamie Koch nee Schmidt. He was married to the late Luella Koch nee Rippelmeyer. Mr. Koch is survived by his son David (Kathryn) Koch of Ouray, Colo.; granddaughter Alicia Roberts; brother Delbert Koch of Columbia; sister Esther Giffhorn of Columbia; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Frieda Rippelmeyer, and brother George Hoerr. Mr. Koch was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Bob Koch officiating. He is buried at Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Luella Wortman nee Laudon, 94, of Waterloo, died February 9, 2006, in Chester. She was born May 3, 1911, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late John and Mary Laudon nee Becker. She was married to the late Louis Wortman. Mrs. Wortman is survived by her son Orville J. (Erlene) Bievenue of Red Bud; three grandchildren; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Wilbert J. Wortman and sister Selma Stamm. Mrs. Wortman was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Kyle Sandersfeld officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Otis Lutz, 87, of Waterloo, died February 10, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born December 31, 1918, in Waterloo, the son of the late Moritz and Luella Lutz nee Rexroth. He was married to Aurelia Lutz nee Reinhold. Mr. Lutz is survived by his wife; children Dennis (Christine) Lutz of University City, Mo., Robert (Martha) Lutz of Naples, Fla., and Glen (Sheryl) Lutz of Waterloo; grandchildren Dan Lutz, Jenny Lutz, Lauren-Nicole Lutz and Eric Lutz. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Warren Lutz, and sister-in-law Mildred Lutz nee Niebruegge. Mr. Lutz was Postmaster of the Waterloo Post Office for 28 years. He served on the Waterloo School Board for 19 years and was director of First National Bank of Waterloo for 43 years. He was a parliamentarian for National Postmasters Association, and was a member of the Waterloo American Legion. He was a member of the Waterloo Municipal Band, serving as drum major for many years, and was a charter member of VFW Post #6504. He was an avid golfer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Memorial at Lakeview Park or Oak Hill (Monroe County Care and Rehab Center).

Joseph M. Hermes, 50, of Waterloo, died February 11, 2006, in Carlyle. He was born June 11, 1955, in Breese, the son of Elenora Hermes and the late John W. Hermes. He was married to Debbie Hermes nee Netemeyer. Mr. Hermes is survived by his mother; wife; daughter Ann Hermes of Columbia; brother John (Karen) Hermes of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Hermes was a member of Waterloo Knights of Columbus Council #1334 and the Holy Name Society of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Our Lady of Good counsel in Renault, Fr. Roger Karban officiating. Memorials may be made to Cor Jesu Scholarship Fund or the National Association on Mental Illness.

Michael J. Eichenseer, 84, of Ruma, died February 14, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born July 10, 1921, in Wetaug, the son of the late Michael and Elizabeth Eichenseer nee Danter. Mr. Eichenseer is survived by his brothers Vincent “Bitts” Eichenseer of Ruma, and Anthony (Wilma) Eichenseer of Sparta; brother-in-law Leonard Bartling Sr., of St. Louis; nieces and nephews Leonard Bartling, Karen Bartling, Kathleen Bartling, Vicki Nurnberger, Nancy Watts, David Eichenseer and Jeanne Schroeder; great-nieces and great-nephews Amy Schisler, Rachel Nurnberger, Joe Eichenseer, Michael D. Eichenseer, Becky McLaughlin, Tim Eichenseer, Ryan Schroeder, David Bartling and Andrew Bartling. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Catherine Bartling; brothers Albert Eichenseer, Bernard Eichenseer and Sylvester Eichenseer; step-father Joseph Zipfel; step-brothers Justin Zipfel, Robert Zipfel, Henry Zipfel and Firmin Zipfel; and step-sister Margaret Telford. Mr. Eichenseer was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma, and was a retired farmer. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral mass was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma, Fr. Richard Weidert officiating. He is buried at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church or in the form of masses.

Elmer H. Voges, 84, of Red Bud, died February 15, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born November 6, 1921, in Red Bud, the son of the late Herman and Mary Voges nee Miller. He was married to the late Verneeds M. Voges nee Hoef. Mr. Voges is survived by his son Milton (fiancee Pamela Linky) Voges of Red Bud; son-in-law Farrel Hill of Belleville; seven grandchildren; one step-grandchild; eight great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; sister Olga Huber of Freeburg; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; daughter Alice Hill; brother Theodore Voges, and sisters Irene Callaway and Adeline Voges. Visitation and funeral services were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Steve Watters officiating. He is buried at Red Bud Cemetery in Red Bud.

Viola “Vi” M. Hoffman nee Schoenberger, 92, of Sullivan, Mo., formerly of Evansville, died February 16, 2006, in Sullivan, Mo. She was born May 31, 1913, in Evansville, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna Schoenberger nee Young. She married the late Theodore Hoffman in 1946; he preceded her in death in 1980. Mrs. Hoffman is survived by her children Harold (Carol) Hoffman of St. Clair; and Margie (Karl) Beierschmitt of Mission Viejo, Calif.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers Felix (Shirley) Schoenberger of Tucson, Ariz., and Charles (Laura) Schoenberger of Lake Wales, Fla.; sister Alvera Jamison of Vancouver, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Shirley Null, three sisters and three brothers. Mrs. Hoffman was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Evansville. She managed the American Legion Hall in Evansville for 25 years. She was a member of the Senior Citizens in Red Bud and Evansville. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral mass was at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville, Fr. John J. Joyce officiating. She is buried at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Evansville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or in the form of masses.

Eric J. Kelley, 26, of Waterloo, died February 16, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born June 3, 1979, in Belleville, the son of Cletus and Sharon Kelley nee Miller. Mr. Kelley is survived by his parents; grandparents Walter J. Kelley Jr., and Olin and Doris Kettelkamp; aunts and uncles Dave and Carol Biffar nee Kelley, Brenda Oxmann, Curtis and Christine Miller, Earline Johnson, Roger and Vicki Nurnberger, Gary and Luann Nurnberger, and Bonnie Wedel; and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Eileen M. Kelley, grandfather Earl Nurnberger, and uncle Gene Kelley. Mr. Kelley worked at Human Support Services. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. He is buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Church Special Fund.

Ruby Jane Starr nee Dowell, 74, of Cahokia, died Feb. 17, 2006, in Belleville. She was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the daughter of the late George Washington and Myrtle Dowell nee Dixon. She was married to Edward Starr. Mrs. Starr is survived by her husband; sons Steve (April) Starr of Columbia, Ricky (Sonda) Starr of Belleville, and Mark Starr of Cahokia; daughters Diana Starr of Cahokia, and Brenda (Aaron) Duckworth of Wright City, Mo.; grandchildren Ryan, Robbie, Tia, Blake, Aaron, Angela, Deanna, Eddie and Steve; great-grandchildren Eddie, Lindsay and Isaiah; sisters Eula Mae (Gene) Van Alstine, Lois (Bob) Webb, and Yvonne Dowell; and brothers Oscar (Juanita) Dowell and Archie Dowell. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Eddie Starr, and eight brothers and sisters. Mrs. Starr attended Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Cahokia. Her family remembers her as a dedicated mother who was devoted to her family. Private services were held. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services of Monroe County.

Gregory W. Schmitz Sr., 94, of Prairie du Rocher, died Feb. 19, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born Aug. 17, 1911, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Henry and Annie Schmitz nee Kunkel. He married the late Helen M. Schmitz nee Doerge in 1936; she preceded him in death in 1998. Mr. Schmitz is survived by his son Greg “Butch” (Pauline) Schmitz Jr. of Red Bud, daughters Anna Marie Rudloff of Swansea, Fern (Delbert) Tockstein of Prairie du Rocher, and Viola Mennerich of Chester; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sister Fern Pardee of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and seven siblings. Mr. Schmitz was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault. He was also a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral mass was at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Roger Karban officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Renault of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault.

William L. Euge, 91, of Columbia, died Feb. 20, 2006, in Columbia. He was born May 11, 1914, in Vulcan, the son of the late Harriet and Magdalena Pauline Euge nee Deken. He was married to the late Alvera Euge nee Schellhardt; she preceded him in death in 2001. Mr. Euge is survived by his daughters Vera Jean Titsworth of Moro, and Judith A. Nolte of Columbia; grandchildren Lorie Nelson, Brian Titsworth, Susie Stinson, Larry A. Nolte and Donald Nolte; great-grandchildren Nicholas Nelson, Stephanie Nelson, Jennifer Stinson, Samantha Stinson, Kimberly Stinson and Robert D. Nolte; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son-in-law Joe A. Titsworth and grandson Martin A. Titsworth. Mr. Euge was retired from Dupo Lumber and Hardware, and from Central Hardware in St. Louis. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, reaching the level of sergeant. He was a member of the Dupo American Legion Post #485. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to ride horseback, hunt and fish. He enjoyed outings and spending time with his family. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Mike Garrison officiating. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Melvin J. “Brownie” Deterding, 80, of Ruma, died Feb. 21, 2006, in Red Bud. He was born May 9, 1925, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Louis and Mary Deterding nee Fausz. Mr. Deterding is survived by his brother Raymond (Fern) Deterding of Red Bud; sisters Genevieve (Alvin) Moeller of Red Bud, Fern Deterding of Waterloo, Doris Koch of Red Bud, and Audrey (Don) DuFrenne of Red Bud; sisters-in-law Bernice Hahn of Red Bud, Lucille Deterding of Red Bud, and Betty Slaughter of Red Bud; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Leo “But” Deterding, Harold Deterding and Paul Deterding; sister Hilda Ellner; and brothers-in-law Albert Ellner and Louis “Butch” Koch. Mr. Deterding was a retired farmer. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post #622 in Prairie du Rocher, and the Illinois and Randolph County Farm Bureaus. Visitation and funeral services were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. He is buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to Red Bud Regional Home Care.

Sister Mary Ann Grosco, ASC, formerly known as Sister Jovita, 88, died Feb. 21, 2006, in Ruma. She was born May 13, 1917, in West Frankfort, the daughter of John and Mary Margaret Grosco nee Kerkes. Sr. Mary Ann is survived by her sisters Irene and Dolores, brother George, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Margaret and brother John. Sr. Mary Ann made her first vows in 1935 and her final profession in 1940. She graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree and earned a master’s degree in education from St. John College in Cleveland, Ohio. She taught and / or served as principal in Prairie du Rocher, Bartelso, Waterloo, at Pius X High School in Festus, Mo., Mater Dei High School in Breese and St. Elizabeth’s in East St. Louis.

Daniel Mark DeMay, 21, of Waterloo, died Feb. 21, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 8, 1985, in St. Louis, the son of Dennis (Jennifer nee Kinane) DeMay of Waterloo, and Barbara (Lloyd) Anderson nee Keen of Cedar Hill, Mo. He is survived by his parents; half-siblings Kristy Schumer of Grubville, Mo., Gabrielle DeMay of Florida, Mick Fischer of Cedar Hill, Mo., Andrea Reynolds of St. Louis, Melanie DeMay of Wisconsin, Justin DeMay of Waterloo, and Jessica Kinane of Waterloo; step-grandparents Nell Anderson of Eureka, Mo., and John and Judy Kinane of Columbia; and special friend Kelly Goforth of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Albert and Marjorie DeMay, and Ann and Earl Keen, and step-grandfather Cecil Anderson. Mr. DeMay was a carpet installer. He had also been involved in the Boy Scouts organization, of which he was very proud. Visitation and funeral services were at DeFabio Funeral Home, Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Madonnaville.

Elizabeth “Betty” McAnern nee Lenhardt, 61, of Las Vegas, formerly of Waterloo, died Feb. 25, 2006, in Las Vegas. She was born April 29, 1944, the daughter of Grace Lenhardt nee Muskopf of Waterloo. She was married to Richard H. McAnern. Mrs. McAnern is survived by her mother; husband; daughter Michelle (Marco) Calavita of El Cerrito, Calif.; granddaughter Elizabeth May Calavita; brother David (Bridget) Lenhardt of St. Louis; sisters-in-law Miriam Goodspeed of Florida, Ginger Betts of California, and Carol McAnern of California; brothers-in-law David McAnern of California and George McAnern of California; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father and brother Robert Lenhardt Jr. Mrs. McAnern had been a teacher at Rancho High School and Gibson Middle School. She grew up in Waterloo and moved to Las Vegas 38 years ago after graduating from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is remembered for her warmth, grace and good humor, her generous and caring spirit, her loving devotion to family and friends, and for touching the lives of many students. Visitation and funeral services were at Palm Mortuary-Northwest. Memorials may be made to Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Flora M. Clamors nee Webelhuth, 98, of Waterloo, died Feb. 25, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 27, 1907, in Affton, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Annie Webelhuth nee Pruetzel. She was married to the late John E. Clamors. Mrs. Clamors is survived by her son Arnold (Helen) Clamors of Waterloo; grandchildren John (Amanda) Clamors of Topsham, Maine, Barbara (David) Drescher of Waterloo, Rodney (Lisa) Clamors of Waterloo, Dennis (Dawn) Clamors of Smithton, and Gerald (Jori) Clamors of Leawood, Kan.; great-grandchildren Justin Clamors, Denise Clamors and Dennis Clamors II; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Arlene Clamors, sister Ella A. Schroeder, brother Fred Webelhuth Sr., and nephew Fred Webelhuth Jr. Mrs. Clamors was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo; she was a former member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Mo. She was also a member of Immanuel Ladies Aid, New Design Homemakers, senior Volunteer Program and Senior Citizens Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Pastors Tony Troup and Kyle Sandersfeld officiating. She is buried at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Des Peres, Mo. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo or Canterbury Manor Nursing Center in Waterloo.

Marvin S. “Marv” Harman, 63, of St. Genevieve County, died Feb. 26, 2006, in St. Genevieve County. He was married to Barbara Harman. Mr. Harman is survived by his mother Leona Roderique; wife; daughters Jennifer Surdyke of Festus, Mo., and Amanda A. Suttmueller of Perry, Ga.; sons Fred M. Harman of Colorado Springs, Colo., Martin P. Harman of Festus, Mo., Benjamin D. Harman, Tremayne Harman and D. Zachary Harman, all of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and Tarik I. Harman and Brock M. Roberts, both of St. Clair, Mo.; 21 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Harman was a former high school teacher and basketball coach before entering the newspaper business. He owned and operated the Ste. Genevieve Herald, and after its sale he worked in various capacities with several newspapers, including the Suburban Journals. He was also the first economic director of Ste. Genevieve County, serving from 1999 until he became ill in late 2005. Mr. Harman was a member of the Ste. Genevieve Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and Jaycees, the Lions Club and the Missouri River Heritage Association. He received awards from the Missouri Press Association and distinguished service awards from both the St. Clair and Sullivan chambers of commerce. Visitation and funeral services were at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus, Mo. He is buried at Methodist-Presbyterian Cemetery, Memorials may be made to the Marv Harman Scholarship Fund for Ste. Genevieve High School or Mineral Area Hospice.

Robert H. Brinkmann, 84, of Waterloo, died February 27, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born June 11, 1921, in Waterloo, the son of the late Henry A. and Frieda Brinkmann nee Welzbacher. He was married to Margaret M. Brinkmann nee Vogt. Mr. Brinkmann is survived by his wife; children Anne (Steve) Candler of Maeystown, Janice (Dave) Holdener of Waterloo, Kathy (Darrell) Hitzemann of Leesburg, Va., Dorothy (Paul) Mollet of Murphysboro, Joseph (Liz) Brinkmann of Johannesburg, South Africa, and John Brinkmann of Waterloo; grandchildren Angela Candler Manning, Jennifer Candler Seidler, Sarah Candler Thieret, Jessica Holdener, David Holdener, Kyle Holdener, Lauren Holdener, William Hitzemann, Daniel Hitzemann, Anna Hitzemann, Christopher Mollet, Brian Mollet, Michelle Mollet Calvert, Rory Brinkmann, Trevor Brinkmann, Robert Brinkmann and Nicholas Brinkmann; great-grandchildren Griffin Seidler, Logan Seidler, Sophie Seidler and Logan Calvert; brothers Ermin (Valeda) Brinkmann of Waterloo, and Paul (Carol) Brinkmann of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Brinkmann was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Martha Poetker Zimmermann and Sylvia Zimmermann, and brothers Leroy Brinkmann and Jacob Brinkmann. Mr. Brinkmann was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, Holy Name Society and Waterloo Knights of Columbia Council #1334. He was retired from Cerro Copper Products and was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. HE is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul School’s Education Fund.

Glenn A. Keim, 79, of Waterloo, died Feb. 27, 2006, in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 22, 1926, in Waterloo, the son of the late August Louis and Louise Keim nee Kopp. He was married to Theresa Lerch Keim nee Marquardt. Mr. Keim is survived by his wife; children Mark (Debbie) Keim of Waterloo, Jerry (JoAnn) Keim of Cutler, Marcia (Mike) Kreher of Waterloo, Denis Keim of Waterloo, Lynn (Stan) Hope of Beaverton, Ore., Joel Keim of Waterloo, and Matthew (Tracy) Keim of Red Bud; step-children Joan (Jim) Birke of Red Bud, and Tim (Shelly) Lerch of Waterloo; 22 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Ruth C. Keim nee Reis; brothers Freeman J. Keim and Leroy Keim; and step-daughter Jane Lerch. Mr. Keim was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ. He was a former board member of St. Paul Evangelical Burial Park. He retired from Metzger Equipment Company. He was a member of Metzger-Crook VFW Post 6504. He was a former Scout Master of Troop 369, and was a former member of the Waterloo Planning Commission. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Paul Evangelical Burial Park.
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Myrtle M. Taake nee Meyer, 73, of Waterloo, died January 1, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born February 14, 1932, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Louis and Hilda Meyer nee Vasel. She was married to Burton Taake. Mr. Taake is survived by her husband; sons Marvin (Patricia) Taake of Waterloo, Larry Taake of St. Louis, Ronald (Althea) Taake of Waterloo, and Wayne (Lisa) Taake of Waterloo; grandchildren Chad (fiancee Natalie Baxmeyer) Taake, Krista Taake, Anna (Kevin) Guebert, Andrew Taake, Adam Taake, Adrian Taake, Emily Taake, and Griffin Taake; sisters Evelyn (Erwin) Walter of St. Louis, and Eleanor (Norman) Koch of Arnold, Mo.; sisters-in-law Rosalie Meyer of Arnold, Carol Taake of Belleville, and Arlene (Leslie) Stumpf of Columbia; and aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Louis Meyer and brother-in-law Alvin Taake. Mrs. Taake was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ. She was involved with Columbia Sister Cities and Waterloo Sister Cities. She was also a member of Monroe County HCE and Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Parkinson Disease support groups.

Mary F. Prange nee Jaeger, 83, of Waterloo, died January 1, 2006, in Belleville. She was born August 28, 1922, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Walter and Aleda Jaeger nee Rosemann. She was married to the late Elmer J. Prange. Mrs. Prange is survived by her children John R. (Shayne) Prange of Morrison, William F. (Angela) Prange of Waterloo, Mark J. (Theresa) Prange of St. Louis, and Christine (Curt) Miller of Waterloo; grandchildren Stephen Prange, Brian Prange, Laura Prange, Brandy Prange, Nicholas Prange, Brittany Prange, Jennifer Prange, Jack Prange, Alex Prange, Cory Miller and Casey Miller; sister Dorothy (Joe) Viola of Chicago; brother-in-law Bob Bigalow of Minnesota; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son James Prange, sister Genevieve Bigalow and brother Robert Jaeger. Mrs. Prange was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Mary and Marth Society. She volunteered for the American Red Cross and the Monroe County Care and Rehab Center. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Waterloo.

Margaret B. Schnittger nee Adams, 76, of Columbia, died January 3, 2006, in Belleville. She was born May 9, 1929, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late George and Cleo Adams nee Brown. She married the late Robert H. Schnittger in 1952; he preceded her in death in 1989. Mrs. Schnittger is survived by her daughter Dona Brucker of Columbia; grandsons Chris Brucker of San Francisco, Calif., and Jeremy (Dawn) Brucker of Waterloo; brothers Robert (Barb) Adams of Dallas, Tex., and John (Mary) Adams of Millstadt; dear friend Barbara Stumpf of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Robert Schnittger Jr., sister May Geiger and brother Edward Adams. Mrs. Schnittger was the past owner and operator of Farmer’s Inn in Columbia. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia.

Marjorie Evangeline Ormesher nee Walters, 87, of New Kensington, Penn., died January 1, 2006, in Belleville. She was born February 9, 1918, in Griffithstown, Wales, to the late Alfred and Elsie Walters nee Bevan. She was married to the late Harold Ormesher for 48 years; he preceded her in death in 1987. Mrs. Ormesher is survived by her children Thomas A. (Lynn) Ormesher of Waterloo, Robert H. (Rebecca) Ormesher of Bethlehem, Penn., and William H. (June) Ormesher of Dallas, Tex.; grandchildren James T. (Susan) Ormesher of Red Bud, Shelly G. (Rodney) Doerr of Waterloo, Kurt D. Ormesher of Burlington, Iowa, Mark Ormesher of Bethlehem, Penn., David Ormesher of Los Angeles, Calif., and Jonathan Ormesher of Dallas, Tex.; and great-grandchildren Samantha Ormesher of Red Bud and Sarah Ormesher of Red Bud. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Nancy Ruth Rushing, sister Dorothy Kuhns, and brothers Thomas R. Walters and Arnold J. Walters in infancy. Mrs. Ormesher was a member of First Baptist Church in Upper Burrell Township, Penn., where she was a member of the couples group, Bible study groups, and served on various committees. She was a member of the Missionary Society, Amaranth, Easter Star and the Garden Club. She was devoted to the family, church and church activities. She was a long-time member of the New Kensington High School Class of 1936 reunion committee. She enjoyed gardening and will be remembered as a good neighbor and for her long-time interest and involvement in her neighborhood of Mount Vernon. Visitation was at Churchfield-Peters Funeral Home in New Kensington, Penn. Funeral services were at First Baptist Church, the Rev. David Hefferan officiating. She is buried at Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell, Penn. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in New Kensington, Penn.

Olinda R. Matzenbacher nee Pieper, 87, of Lawton, Okla., formerly of Columbia, died January 2, 2006, in Lawton. She was born February 21, 1918, in Monroe County, the daughter of the late Charles and Bertha Pieper nee Rippelmeyer. She married the late Louis Matzenbacher Jr. in 1949; he preceded her in death in 1994. Mrs. Matzenbacher is survived by her daughters Sharon L. (George) Snyder of Lawton, Okla., and Lea (Dave) Berry of Columbia; daughter-in-law Holly Miller of St. Louis; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister Leona Ziegler of Knoxville, Tenn.; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son Lionel Miller. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Gerry Proctor officiating. She is buried at New St. Trinity Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Clarence J. Schmitz, 80, of Waterloo, died January 3, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born October 24, 1925, in Boxtown, the son of the late John and Helena Schmitz nee Hoef. He was married to Pearl A. Schmitz nee Wienhoff. Mr. Schmitz is survived by his wife; children Sharon (George) Hoerr of Fults, Dennis (Brenda) Schmitz of Waterloo, William (Janet) Schmitz of Waterloo, Robert (Linda) Schmitz of Waterloo, and David (Tamara) Schmitz of Waterloo; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Albert Schmitz, Lawrence W. Schmitz, Oscar Schmitz and Robert Schmitz; sisters Celia Schmeig, Josephine Menke, Vera Gregson and Dolores Schmitz. Mr. Schmitz was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a former member of St. Patrick Church in Tipton. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Patrick’s Church in Tipton, Father Jose Jacob and Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. He is buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made in the form of masses.

Margaret B. Schnittger nee Adams, 76, of Columbia, died January 3, 2006, in Belleville. She was born May 9, 1929, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late George and Cleo Adams nee Brown. She married the late Robert H. Schnittger in 1952; he preceded her in death in 1989. Mrs. Schnittger is survived by her daughter Dona Brucker of Columbia; grandsons Chris Brucker of San Francisco, Calif., and Jeremy (Dawn) Brucker of Waterloo; brothers Robert (Barb) Adams of Dallas, Tex., and John (Mary) Adams of Millstadt; dear friend Barbara Stumpf of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Robert Schnittger Jr., sister May Geiger and brother Edward Adams. Mrs. Schnittger was the past owner and operator of Farmer’s Inn in Columbia. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia.

Helen K. Wild nee Lich, 91, of Waterloo, died January 4, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born June 22, 1914, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late George and Mary Lich nee Steinsieck. She was married to the late Robert G. Wild. Mrs. Wild is survived by her children Roger (Judy) Wild of Waterloo, Ronald (Dora) Wild of Waterloo, and Larry (Marlene) Wild of Waterloo; grandchildren Tammy (Gary) Krebel of Columbia, Tim (Kim) Wild of Alton, Angie (Brian) Hoffmann of Waterloo, Randy (Tiffany) Wild of St. Louis, Heidi (Matt) Ruwald of Waterloo, and Amy (Lyle) Cope of Mt. Olive; five great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sister Talida Nolting of Shakopee, Minn.; brothers Lewis Lich of Waterloo, and Robert Lich of St. Louis; sister-in-law Marie Lich of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Alois Lich. Mrs. Wild was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown and Maeystown Women’s Fellowship. She was an avid quilter and RSVP volunteer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown, the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Dennis R. Heise, 94, of Columbia, died January 6, 2006, in Columbia. He was born April 15, 1911, in Columbia, the son of the late Henry and Emily Juergens Heise Myers nee Schlegel. He married Lucille Seib Heise nee Haudrich in 1990; she survives him. Mr. Heise is survived by his wife; special friends Allen (Perri) Hoock of Waterloo, and John (Dana) Hoock of Fults and their daughter, Lea Hoock; step-children Donna Jean (Roger) Christy of Naples, Fla., Walter Seib of New Mexico, and Mary Beth (Harold) Greer of Smithton; one step-grandson and two step-granddaughters; one step-great-grandson; nephew Larry (Brenda) Heise of Columbia; nieces Nancy Lee of Columbia and Susan (George) Teasley of Troy; and great-nieces and great-nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife Hilda Heise nee Kuni, son Dale Heise, brother Henry Heise, five half-sisters and two half-brothers. Mr. Heise was a retired maintenance supervisor of Monsanto Chemical Company. He was a member of Columbia Blue Lodge #474 AF & AM for 57 years, Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Southern Illinois Masonic Order 32nd Degree, Shriners and Columbia Senior Citizens. There were no public services, per Mr. Heise’s wishes. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis.

Mary R. Kendall nee Hayner, 85, of Columbia died January 6, 2006, in Columbia. She was born April 21, 1920, in Laconia, N.H., the daughter of the late Herbert and Helen Hayner nee Daly. She married the late A. Royal Kendall in 1947; he preceded her in death in 1999. Mr. Kendall is survived by her daughter Kathleen (Sam) Habermehl of Columbia; son John (Kathy) Kendall of St. Louis, grandchild Paige Habermehl of St. Louis, and sister Elizabeth King of South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Kendall was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II. She was a member of Friends of the Library, Monroe County Home Extension, and was a past member of the Columbia Library Board. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Public Library or St. Paul United Church of Christ.

Mildred J. Schultheis nee Novack, 88, of Red Bud, died January 6, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born July 18, 1917, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Francis and Rosella Novak nee Skoda. She was married to the late George O. Schultheis. Mrs. Schultheis is survived by her son Francis Schultheis of Red Bud; grandchildren Richard (Angela) Trask, Scott Koon, Jodie Schultheis and Shawn Schultheis; six great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Diane Jean Koon, sister Sylvia Mueller and brother Frank Novak. Mrs. Schultheis was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in St. Joe. She was also a lifetime member of Easter Star. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at Zion United Church of Christ in St. Joe, Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. She is buried at Zion Cemetery in St. Joe. Memorials may be made to Zion United Church of Christ’s General Fund or Cemetery Fund.

Raymond E. Langsdorf, 63, of Valmeyer, died January 8, 2006, in Belleville. He was born June 21, 1942, in Fountain, the son of the late Raymond A. and Eileen A. Langsdorf Sr. nee Stechmesser. He was married to Eugenia Langsdorf nee Unterseh. Mr. Langsdorf is survived by his wife; children Bret Langsdorf of Valmeyer, Dana (Vince) Siburt of Valmeyer, and Darcy (Mike) Fausz of Maeystown; grandchildren Jacob Siburt, Jamie Siburt, Justin Fausz and John Fausz; sisters Joann (William) Clark of Valmeyer, and Carol Alatorre of Valmeyer; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Langsdorf was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer. He was also a member of the Valmeyer Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years and served as a member of the VVFD Board of Trustees since 1993, and he was a charter member of the Valmeyer Jaycees. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer, F. John Ssebitosi officiating. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer, Family Hospice, or Valmeyer Volunteer Fire Department.

Walter R. Lueking, 70, of Waterloo, died January 10, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born August 12, 1935, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Walter E. Lueking and Leona Lueking Hoffmann nee Diemert. He was married to the late Helen M. Lueking. Mr. Lueking is survived by his children Elaine (Robert) Briggs of Rolla, Mo., and Denise (Brian) Wiese of Waterloo; grandchildren Tom Wiese, Andrew Wiese, Andrea Mathews and Travis Mathews; sister Margaret Lueking; mother-in-law Lucretia Kipping; special friend Shirley Schilling of Belleville; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Mr. Lueking was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. He was also a member of IOOF Waterloo and Lion’s Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo.

Pauline Louise Wienhoff nee Mooney, 58, of Waterloo, died January 10, 2006, in Belleville. She was born August 16, 1947, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Louis A. and Pauline Rebecca Mooney nee Bevens. She was married to Edward F. Wienhoff. Mrs. Wienhoff is survived by her husband; children Edward J. Wienhoff of Waterloo and Benjamin F. (Leanne) Wienhoff of Waterloo; grandchildren Zachary Wienhoff and Gage Wienhoff; step-grandchildren Brett Marsala and Cameron Whitlock; siblings Thomas (Janet) Mooney of Renault, Theresa Johnson of St. Louis, Janet Hannah of Mascoutah, Louis A. Mooney of Quincy, Michael Mooney of Hillsboro and Matthew Mooney of Quincy; special friends Maxine Zucha of Waterloo, Wilma Barlet of Cahokia and Crystal Chwarczinski of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, nephews Johnnie Mooney and several aunts and uncles. Mrs. Wienhoff attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tipton. She was an operator for Southwester Bell and formerly a longtime employee of Park Street Mini Mart. She was a loving grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her friends Wilma, Maxine and sister Janet Hannah on vacations to Branson and Kentucky. She loved her job and her coworkers. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was said at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at St. Patrick Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or St. Vincent’s Children’s Home of St. Louis.

Daniel Joseph Elder, 51, of Imperial, Mo., died January 11, 2006, in Imperial. He was born January 3, 1955, in Columbia, the son of the late George and Zelma E. Elder nee Blechle. He was married to Lois Taylor nee Williams. Mr. Elder is survived by his wife; children Cindy M. (Kevin) Hodur of Chicago, Stacey Elder of Oakville, Mo., and Brandi K. Elder of Bismark, Mo., Matt (Julie) Elder of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Patrick Elder of Chesterfield, Mo., Adam Elder of Bismark, Mo., and Bradley Elder of Bismark, Mo.; step-daughters Angela Crossland of Arnold, Mo., and Nancy Messmer of House Springs, Mo.; grandchild Gracey Stacey; step-grandchildren Nikki Crossland, Brittany Messmer, Jessica Messmer and Keith Crossland; brothers Paul (Kathy) Elder of House Springs, Mo., Jerry (Jan) Elder of Millstadt, Rich (Stephanie) Elder of Omaha, Neb., Steven Elder of Red Bud, Robert (Cindy) Elder of Columbia and James (Karen) Elder of Waterloo; and sisters Barbara (Paul) James of Waterloo and Mary (Sam) Parker of Green Briar, Ark. He was preceded in death by his parents, son David Daniel Elder and brother Dr. Donald G. Elder. Mr. Elder was employed by Luhr Brothers Inc. as a welder. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Esther E. Schrader nee Lich, 90, of Waterloo, died January 12, 2006, in Belleville. She was born September 6, 1915, in Burksville, the daughter of the late Louis P. and Katharine Lich nee Meier. She married the late Victor E. Schrader in 1939. Mrs. Schrader is survived by her children Karen (John II) Harris of Mascoutah, and Donald (Karen) Schrader of Waterloo; grandchildren John (Chris) Harris III, Toni Harris, Josh Harris, Amy Kolweier, and Mike (Sarah) Kolweier; great-grandchild John ‘Jack’ Harris IV; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers Elmer (Ella) Lich nee Giffhorn, and Albert (Hilda) Lich nee Schewe. Mrs. Schrader was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, where she was in the Women’s Fellowship. She was also a past member of Monroe County Home Extension. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo or the Monroe County Care and Rehab Center Activity Fund.

Olive ‘Ollie’ M. Bergmann nee Schicker, 88, of Red Bud, died January 13, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born June 28, 1917, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., the daughter of the late John and Margaret Schicker nee Davitz. She married to the late James Harrod Bergmann in 1935; he preceded her in death in 1981. Mrs. Bergmann is survived by her children Harrod James (Sylvia) Bergmann of Clarksville, Tenn., John Otto (Carol) Bergmann of Perryville, Mo., Katheryn (Bill) Chartrand of Red Bud, and Joyce (Albert) Schaefer of Red Bud; 25 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, three sisters and granddaughter Deborah Ann Chartrand. Mrs. Bergmann was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Prairie du Rocher, and was past president. She was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, and a former member of Altar Sodality at St. Joseph. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral mass was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. She is buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice.

Emma S. DeBourge nee Steibel, 96, of Prairie du Rocher, died January 13, 2006, in Red Bud. She was born July 24, 1909, in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late August and Leontine Steibel nee Boyer. Mrs. DeBourge is survived by her daughter Betty Schneider of Prairie du Rocher; grandsons Robert (Carolyn) Schneider of Prairie du Rocher and Ronald (Heather) Schneider of Shiloh; great-granddaughter Angela Schneider of Freeport; and sister Theresa Eggemeyer of Albuquerque, N.M. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister and son-in-law William Schneider. Mrs. DeBourge was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. She previously worked for International Shoe Company in Evansville. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, Fr. Albert Kreher officiating. She is buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made in the form of masses.

Mary L. Schneider nee Busch, 84, of Columbia, died January 14, 2006, in Belleville. She was born January 18, 1921, in Indianapolis, Ind., the daughter of the late Herbert and Edna Busch nee Koester. She married Kenneth Schneider in 1950; he survives her. Mrs. Schneider is survived by her husband; brother Robert (Betty) Busch of Evansville, Ind., and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and son Dwight Owen Schneider. Mrs. Schneider was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were at Bethany United Methodist Church, Pastor Ron Chase officiating. She is buried at St. John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia.

Michael C. Bivins, 75, of Waterloo, died January 15, 2006, in St. Louis. He was born December 26, 1930, in Dupo, the son of the late Dallas and Vera M. Bivins nee Secrets. He was married to Carol A. Bivins nee Engel. Mr. Bivins is survived by his wife; children Michael P. (Elizabeth) Bivins of Waterloo, Timothy T. Bivins of Waterloo, Penny (Chuck) Hutchcraft of Waterloo, Tina Bivins of St. Louis, Paul Bivins of Arnold, Mo., and Patrick (Carol) Bivins of Whifefish Bay, Wisc.; 15 grandchildren including Abby and Sonny Bivins of Waterloo; and brothers Paul Bivins of Independence, Mo., and Terry (Judy) Bivins of Dupo. He was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Kelly Bivins. Mr. Bivins was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was also a member of Maeystown Sportsman’s Club. Visitation was at DeFabio Funeral home. A funeral mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating.

Dorothy V. Chamberlain nee Rasmussen, 81, of Mascoutah, died January 15, 2006, in Dupo. She was born February 1, 1924, in Ainsworth, Neb., the daughter of the late Alfred and Velma Rasmussen nee Steele. She married the late Darl ‘Jerry’ Chamberlain in 1946; he preceded her in death in 1993. Mrs. Chamberlain is survived by her sons Stephen (Denise) Chamberlain of Dupo, and Douglas (Lyn) Chamberlain of Covington, Ga.; step-daughter Kay Ann (David) Troyer of Elkhart, Ind.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother Alfred ‘Bud’ (Marge) Rasmussen of Sun Lake, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Chamberlain was active with several churches and church choirs in the area. She was a former first vice-president of the Garden clubs of Illinois and a member of the Mascoutah Garden Club. Visitation was at Moll Funeral Home in Mascoutah. She was cremated per her wishes. She is interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice in Alton.

Roy Francis Mudd, 80, of Cuba, Mo., died January 15, 2006, in Cuba. He was born February 20, 1925, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Robert and Mary Mudd nee Collier. Mr. Mudd is survived by his daughters Gail Ann Arnold of Waterloo, Kathy (Richard) Burroughs of Columbia, and Laurie (Richard) VanBuren of Red Bud; grandchildren James (Leanne) Arnold, Matthew (Elisha) Arnold, Kyle (Kasi) Burroughs, and Jonathon VanBuren; great-grandchildren Caroline Arnold and Bryce Burroughs; brother Maurice Mudd, the mother of his daughters Louis Mudd of Waterloo; and a sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Oman Mudd and sister Virginia Kohnz. Mr. Mudd was retired from Schwieder Ford in Steelville, Mo., as a parts and service manager. After retirement he worked at Wagon Wheel Motel with friends Wayne Roberts and Pauline and Harold Armstrong. He lived in Cuba, Mo., for 42 yeas and enjoyed gardening, his black lab and his old cars. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. He is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Relay for Life cancer fund in Tipton.

Rose Annie Wierschem nee Wuertz, 100, of Waterloo, died January 17, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born January 1, 1906, in Madonnaville, the daughter of the late Henry and Mary Wuertz nee Collette. She was married to the late William A. Wierschem. Mrs. Wierschem is survived by her sisters Alice Welsch of Waterloo and Anne Wuertz of Waterloo, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings John Wiertz, Margaret Dunn, Edward Wuertz, Helen Niemann, Clara Ricker, Joseph Wuertz and Mary Roever. Mrs. Wierschem was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to Gibault Catholic High School, Ss. Peter and Paul school, or Ss. Peter and Paul Church.

Dennis A. Jaenke, 62, of Waterloo, died January 17, 2006, in Belleville. He was born December 17, 1943, in Red Bud, the son of Dorothy Jaenke nee Kopp and the late Clarence F. Jaenke. He was married to Florence Jaenke nee Rippelmeyer. Mr. Jaenke is survived by his mother; wife; children Lisa (Craig) Storm of Waterloo, Tricia (Van) Becker of Wilmington, and Sara (Darren) Armbrecht of Valmeyer; grandchildren Lindsay Storm, Kaitlyn Storm and Haley Storm; brothers Ronald (Shirley) Jaenke of Red Bud, and Robert (Nancy) Jaenke of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, an aunt, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Jaenke was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Floraville. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Cancer Treatment Centers of America or St. Paul United Church of Christ of Floraville.

Jane Kistner nee Clover, 81, of Columbia, died January 20, 2006, in Columbia. She was born February 12, 1924, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of the late Fred and Suzanne Clover nee Michael. She was married to the late Kenneth Kistner; he preceded her in death in 1992. Mrs. Kistner is survived by her daughter Alice Kistner of Columbia; grandchildren Derick Flanders and Kenneth Freeman; brother Robert Thompson of Belleville; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister Allene Calloway. Mrs. Kistner served in Women’s Army Corps in World War II. Private services were held. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society.

Edward V. Smugala, 72, of Columbia, died January 20, 3006, in St. Louis. He was born June 11, 1933, in Nashville, the son of the late Vincent and Clara Smugala nee Grzeskiewcz. He married Mary L. Smugala nee Gill in 1956; she survives him. Mr. Smugala is survived by his wife; children Thomas (Shari) Smugala of Columbia, Daren (Bobby) Prinster of St. Louis, and Julie Smugala of Columbia; grandchildren Ashley, Aynsley, Samantha, Nicole, Dallas, Anna, Jordan, Bobby and Brooke; sister Marcella (Charles) Jurkowshi of Arnold, Mo.,; brothers Eugene (Frances) Smugala of St. Louis, and Vincent Smugala of St. Louis; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers Theodore, Lawrence, Anthony and Walter, and sister Stella in infancy. Mr. Smugala was a Eucharistic minister and Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia. He was a member of Knights of Columbia #6165 – 4th Degree; past Grand Knight of Cahokia Council #4596; past Faithful Navigator of Leo Jerome Assembly #1666, Knights of Columbus Former District Deputy, and past Eucharistic Minister at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. He was a member of Columbia Senior Citizens, American Legion Post #581, and a nursing home volunteer. He was a retired cabinet maker with Bank Building and Equipment, and Loughman Cabinet Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Immaculate Conception School Education Fund, or in the form of masses.

Steven R. Chunn, 50, of Belleville, died January 22, 2006, in Belleville. He was born October 1, 1955, in Carmi, the son of Robert and Claudene Chunn nee Simpson of Evansville. He married Jayne Berroth in 1999. Mr. Chunn is survived by his parents; wife; siblings Richard (Special Friend Susan) Chunn of Homestead, Fla., Carol (Richard) Couch of Santa Fe, N.M., Tina (Jay) Erickson of Gig Harbor, Wash., Ronald (Melanie) Chunn of St. Louis, and Kris (John) Budnicki of Fairview Heights; mother- and father-in-law Joe and Elouise Berroth of Maple Hill, Kan.; brothers- and sisters-in-law Jennifer Berroth of Topeka, Kan., Jeannette (Tony) Proctor of Topeka, Kan., Janice Core of Emmett, Kan., Jacque Watt of Topeka, Kan., Jerry (Kristi) Berroth of Topeka, Kan., Jeff Berroth of Topeka, Kan., and Jannelle (Todd) Hepworth of Topeka, Kan.; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his infant son Steeli, nephew Sammy Chunn, brother-in-law Joseph Berroth, and grandparents Claude and Rosa Simpson and Jess and Della Chunn. Mr. Chunn attended St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Fairview Heights. He worked as a restaurant manager. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma, Fr. Ralph Renner officiating. He is buried at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Ruma.

Betty Grace Bassy nee Harres, 75, of Columbia, died January 24, 2006, in Belleville. She was born December 1, 1930, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Albert and Hilda Harres nee Stefen. She was married to the late Emilia Bassy; he preceded her in death in 1997. Mrs. Bassy is survived by her son Joseph Bassy of Columbia; brother Hilbert (Carole) Harres of Columbia; nephew Jack (Gwendolyn) Harres of Columbia; nieces Donna (David) Lang of Waterloo, Betty Jean (Allen) Balicki of Feeding Hills, Mass., and Eva Marie (Steven) Sojkowski of Feeding Hills, Mass.; and sister-in-law Eva Phaneuf of Agawam, Mass. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Bassy was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, where she was active with the Evening Women’s League and volunteered as a Sunday School teacher. She was also a member of Columbia Sister Cities. She retired as a secretary from the City of Columbia and WCBW radio station. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

Mary “Mayme” V. Lorentzen nee Schranz, 92, of Columbia, died January 25, 2006, in Columbia. She was born January 2, 1914, in Centreville, the daughter of the late Peter and Mathilda Schranz nee Jerome. She married the late John Lorentzen in 1935; he preceded her in death. Mrs. Lorentzen is survived by her son John P. (Eleanor) Lorentzen of Sturgeon, Mo.; daughter Margaret Ann (Keith) Pickett of Columbia; grandchildren Catherine Ann Tomlin, John P. Lorentzen III, Sharon Ann Stallings, Robert Eugene Lorentzen, Michael Eugene Lorentzen, Gelene Marie Lorentzen, Adam Kristopher Pickett and Kyle Marc Pickett; great-grandchildren Michelle Leann Tomlin, Zachary Nathaniel Lorentzen, Jacob Gene Lorentzen, Johanna Kay Lorentzen, Joseph Alexander Lorentzen, Tanner Colyn Stallings, Sarah Ann Stallings, Matthew Eugene Lorentzen, Lauren Nicole Lorentzen and Michael Eugene Lorentzen Jr.; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Robert E. (Mary Agnes) Lorentzen; daughter Mary Ann Lorentzen; grandchildren Loren Joseph Lorentzen, Mary Ann Lorentzen, John Mark Lorentzen and Margaret Mary Lorentzen; and siblings Albert, Joseph, Frank, Steve, Mildred, Clarence, Peter, Julius and Ernest Schranz. Mrs. Lorentzen was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where she was active with Altar Sodality. She was a member of Columbia Senior Citizens, St. Clair County Farm Bureau and the Columbia Woman’s Club. She was an avid bowler. A funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Church, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She is buried at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Gibault Catholic High School Library Fund.

Vernon Nicholson, 85, of Ames, died January 26, 2006, in Ames. He was born November 15, 2006, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late John and Blanche Nicholson nee Lackey. He married Melba DuFrenne on 1943; she survives him. Mr. Nicholson is survived by his wife; daughters Sharon (Wayne) Behnken of Ames, and Nadine (Alfred) Keckritz of Red Bud; grandsons Shawn Behnken, Joel Behnken, Nick Behnken and Christopher Behnken; great-grandchildren Amanda Behnken and Michael Behnken; and many nieces, nephews and countless lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Vernon Nicholson Jr., daughter Joyce Annette Nicholson, and brothers David Glenn Nicholson and Lloyd Nicholson. Mr. Nicholson was a member of St. Peter United Church of Christ in Red Bud. He was a Sunday school teacher for 15 years, and he and his wife were youth fellowship advisory for many years. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge and past worthy patron of Eastern Star. He was an avid bowler, a Red Cross lifeguard, an enthusiastic photographer and played bingo at least three times a week with his wife. He loved to travel and toured a great deal of the United States on his motorcycle with his wife on the seat behind him. Visitation was at St. Peter United Church of Christ in Red Bud. Funeral services were at St. Peter United Church of Christ in Red Bud, Rev. William Graves officiating. He is buried at St. Marcus Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

Patricia A. Holman nee Dyke, 71, of Columbia, died January 26, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born October 19, 1934, in Watson, Mo., the daughter of the late Richard and Frances Dyke nee Harmon. She married the late Leonard W. Holman in 1953; he preceded her in death in 1994. Mrs. Holman is survived by her daughters Christine (John) Simmons of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Jackqueline Holman of Columbia; son Leonard W. (Jody) Holman of Columbia; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers Richard Dyke and Donald Dyke. Mrs. Holman attended Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. She had worked at a marine cook with Luhr Brothers Inc. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star in Cape Girardeau and American Legion Auxiliary Post #502 in Millstadt. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were at Bethany United Methodist Church, Pastor Ron Chase. A graveside service was held at Hobbs Chapel at United Methodist Church Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church Building Fund or Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Florence M. Glessner, 82, of Waterloo, died January 27, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born October 29, 1923, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late William and Josephine Glessner nee Brueggemann. Mrs. Glessner is survived by her son Ronnie Glessner of Waterloo; grandchildren Amy Crook, Stacey Marie Glessner, and Joshua R. Glessner; great-granddaughter Brittney D. Crook; and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Millie Pardie. Mrs. Glessner was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo.

Ronald P. Brand, 56, of Millstadt, died January 27, 2006, in Belleville. He was born November 16, 1949, in St. Louis, the son of the late Ralph and Helen Brand nee Schutzius. Mr. Brand is survived by his daughters Tamara (Douglas) Conner of Columbia, and Jessica Brand of Arnold; grandsons Kyle Conner and Dylan Conner; sister Cecelia Davis of St. Peter, Mo.; and brothers Leroy Brand of St. Peter, Mo., and Ralph Brand of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Brand attended First Baptist Church of Waterloo. He worked in the tool and dye department at The Boeing Company in St. Louis. He was a member of the Mason’s Lodge #474 in Columbia, and I.A.M. – A.W. Lodge #837 in Hazelwood, Mo. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Visitation and funeral services were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud, Dr. Dennis Jones officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Mary R. Wiersch nee Heck, 84, of Ballwin, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died January 29, 2006, in Chesterfield, Mo. She was born December 20, 1921, in Madonnaville, the daughter of the late Anton and Anna Heck nee Bussen. She was married to the late Frank C. Wiersch. Mrs. Wiersch is survived by her children Theresa (Dr.Phil) Hendricks of Clayton, Mo., and Jim (Cindy) Wiersch of St. Clair, Mo.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister Vera (Elmer) Schneider of Waterloo; and brother Joe Heck of Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers Adam Heck, Anton Heck, Leo Heck and Roger Heck. Mrs. Wiersch was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, and well as Mary and Martha Society and ASC Associates in Ruma. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Quernheim Funeral Home, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Dream Factory.