2007 Obituaries

2007

December

Marie C. Miles, 98, of Waterloo, formerly of St. Louis and Carbondale, died Dec. 6 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen (Howard) Hood; a son, John (Donna) Miles; a brother, Bernard Mikus; six grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends. A memorial mass was celebrated at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Carbondale Monday, Dec. 17. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, next to her late husband Leroy, their two infant sons, her parents, brothers and sisters. Memorials may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

Paul H. Brinkmann Sr., 73, of Dupo, died Dec. 7, 2007, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Oct. 17, 1934, in Waterloo, the son of the late John and Catherine (Korte) Brinkmann. He married to LaVerne Bordewisch on Oct. 29, 1955, in Dupo. He was a life member of Columbia Blue Lodge #474 A.F. & A.M., Mended Hearts Chapter 120 of St. Louis, Gasoline and Engine Club of Missouri and Illinois, Compasses Guild - Masons of Union Electric in St. Louis. He worked with the Cub Scouts in Dupo for many years and served as a Cub Master. He was a Past Watchman of Shepards of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem - Mission Shrine #102 and served 21 months in the U. S. Army in Germany following the Korean Conflict. He retired as a motor transportation supervisor from Ameren U.E. in June 1993, after 32 years of service. Paul enjoyed his family, especially the granddaughters, antique tractors and woodworking. In addition to his wife, survivors include sons Paul Brinkmann Jr. and Jeff (Janet) Brinkmann, all of Dupo; granddaughters Christie and Courtney Brinkmann; brother Wilbur (Irma) Brinkmann of Waterloo; sisters-in-law Jean (Dave) Wiese and Karon (Roy) Bicklein of Waterloo, Viola Linke of Dupo, and Sharon (Gary) Donnell of Duluth, Ga.; an aunt, Ruth Raitt; godchildren, nieces and nephews, along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Cletus "Cookie" Brinkmann; sister, Esther Mehrtens, a brother and sister in infancy; in-laws Clifford, Sr. and Alma (Weissenborn) Bordewisch; brother-in-law, Klaus Linke; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Clifford Jr. and Marie Bordewisch. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia, where Masonic services were conducted. The funeral service was at Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, with Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. He was buried at Zion Bohnemeier Cemetery in East Carondelet. Contributions may be made to the church's elevator fund or Shriner's Hospital for Children.

Eleanora M. Arras, nee Hofstetter, 90, Belleville, formerly of East Carondelet, died Saturday, Dec. 8, at Four Fountains Care Center. She was born June 28, 1917 in Centreville, the daughter of the late Walter Hofstetter and Wilhelmina (Metter) Hofstetter. She was married to the late Erwin L. Arras, who died March 4, 2007. She was a member of the Women's Guild at Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo. Survivors include a son, Dennis (Phyllis) Arras of Belleville; grandchildren Kimberly (Glenn) Holtmann of Germantown and Cindy (Tom) Wolf of Belleville; great-grandchildren Kelly Holtmann, Scott (Fran) Holtmann, and Hannah Wolf; great-great-grandchildren Landon and Jason Holtmann; and sister-in-law, Bernice Arras of Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home, where a funeral service was held, Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. She was buried at Zion Bohnemeier Cemetery in East Carondelet. Contributions may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois in Belleville.

Katherine Garner, 90, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Lebanon and Springfield, Mo., died Dec. 8. She was the first child of the late Hugo and Martha Dashner Bremser of Waterloo. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Garner, who died in 1999; a sister and brother-in-law; and two step-daughters. Survivors include a son, John Garner. She was cremated and there were no services. Arrangements by Charter Funerals. Local arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia.

Marcellus N. Flach, 89, of Belleville, died Dec. 10, 2007, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. He was born Jan. 27, 1918, in Belleville. Mr. Flach served in the Army during World War II and was a retired mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He previously ran a tobacco route into Maeystown and other Monroe County areas. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Cathedral Parish in Belleville, where he counted the Sunday collection for 30 years. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society at Cathedral. Marcellus was a 65-year and honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus - Belleville Council 1028. He was an avid bowler for over 70 years with a high game of 277. He also loved to play cards and dance. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 30 years, Imogene, nee Stock, Flach, who died March 8, 1977; his second wife of 23 years, Otha, nee Taake, Linnemann-Flach, who died March 6, 2002; parents, Joseph J. and Mary nee Benedick Flach; his only brother, Leo C. Flach; and Leo's wife, Josephine, nee Luksza, Flach. Survivors include nephews Robert L. (Bonnie nee Howard) Flach of Millstadt and David L. (Diane nee Brueggemann) Flach of Mascoutah; great-nieces; two great-nephews; two great-great-nieces; step-children James (Ruth) Linnemann of Haslett, Mich., Joyce (Robert) Kitchell of Collinsville, Michael (Carolyn) Linnemann of Carlock, Alan (Cheryl) Linnemann of Waterloo and Carol (Floyd) Floarke of Valmeyer; step-grandchildren Rachel Linnemann, Katie Kitchell, Sarah, Kyle and Michael Steven (Terri) Linnemann; Brian, Nicholas, Charles and Rebecca Beall; Bryan, Laura and Matt Linnemann; and Jennifer, David and Michael (Kari Bouse) Berg; and step-great-grandchildren Emma Berg and Levi Berg. Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Cathedral or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.-rennerfh.com. Visitation was at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. Funeral service was at St. Peter's Cathedral Catholic Church in Belleville, with Father John Myler officiating. He was buried at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Belleville.

Harold G. K. Agne, 86, of Belleville died Dec. 11, 2007, at the V.A. Medical Center in Marion. He was born July 29, 1921, in Belleville, the son of the late August and Otillia, nee Huwer, Agne. He was preceded in death by his wife, June nee Borders Agne; brothers Marvin Jerome August Agne and Tillo Robert Phillip Agne; and a sister, Melusine Lydia Otillia Henninger. Survivors include children Alderman James Harold (Carolyn) Agne of Columbia, Curt Allen (Jeanette) Agne of Belleville, Terry Marvin Agne of Villa Ricca, Ga., and Joan Louise (Joseph) English and Janet Sue (Donald) Dick of Belleville; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Harold worked with his family business, Belleville Dairy Distributing then served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II in the Pacific campaign, obtaining the rank of T/Sgt. He operated Terry TV Service for 40 forty years before retiring in 1985. He served as Master Counselor for Tancred Chapter Order of DeMolay and received the DeMolay Legion of Honor. He was also a Master Mason and a member of the Belleville Shrine. He served as commander of American Legion Belleville Post 58 from 1962 to 1963. Funeral arrangements were handled by George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. He was buried with military honors at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.

Ethel L. Rohlfing, 85, of Red Bud died Monday, Dec. 17. She was the wife of the late Robert L. Rohlfing, Sr. She was born May 11, 1922 at Valmeyer the daughter of the late Theodore and Anna K. (nee Hess) Lerch, Sr. Survivors include a son, Robert L. Rohlfing, Jr.; two brothers, Harold H. (Margie) Lerch and Theodore W. (Betty) Lerch, Jr.; a brother-in-law, Alois (Lavern) Rohlfing; sisters-in-law, Edith Lerch and Billie Lerch; nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts. Besides her husband and parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Carlyle J. Lerch, Sr., Arlyn H. (Stumpy) Lerch and Robert E. Lerch; his in-laws, Albert and Emma (nee Rippelmeyer) Rohlfing; and a sister-in-law, Delores (Robert) Lerch. She was a member of St. John UCC, the Valmeyer American Legion Auxiliary, the Retired Teachers Association, Red Bud Women’s Club, the Red Bud Regional Hospital Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was conducted Friday, Dec. 17 at St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer the Rev. David Riebeling officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children.

Shelley Ann Warden, 32, of Dupo, died Dec. 20, 2007, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 9, 1975, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Keith Warden and Carol Warden. She was preceded in death by her niece, Jamie Cornelius. Survivors include her father, Keith (Mary) Warden Sr., her moth Carol Warden; sisters Sherry (Jim) Cornelius and Tammy Warden; brother Keith (Erica) Warden Jr.; step-sister Robin (Greg) Billmeyer; and nephews James, Jonathan and Ashley Cornelius. She was a supervisor for HBE Corp., and was a member of Roof Top Community Church in Afton. A visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo, where a funeral service was officiated by Rev. Matt Herndon. She was buried at Green Mount Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness or the Lymphoma Society.

Dennis W. Kempf, 55, of Columbia died Dec. 24, at his home. He was born Sunday, May 4, 1952 in East St. Louis, the son of Hazel C. Kempf, nee Hoepfinger and the late Omer W. Kempf. Besides his mother, Mr. Kempf is survived by sons Jamie (Jennifer) Kempf and Jared A. Kempf; sisters Carolyn (Richard ) Hill and Kathleen D. Muskopf; grandchildren Cody and Emily Kempf; and nephews Jason (Mary) Moore, Eric, Evan and Adam Muskopf. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister in infancy, June Ann Kempf. He was retired from Ameren Union Electric in St. Louis. Visitation Saturday, Jan. 5, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Tim Wesemann at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis or Holy Cross Lutheran Church, East Carondelet.

Robert Bailey Burton, 73, of Waterloo, died Dec. 25, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 7, 1934, in Vandalia, Mo., the son of Ralph (Margaret) Burton and Elizabeth Hoffman nee Bailey. Survivors include his parents; wife, Carol Burton nee Magnan; sons Matthew, Andrew (Patricia) and John Burton, sister, Ann (Ernest) Hoodl and step-brother, William (Beth) Hammond. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force, received a forestry degree from the University of Illinois in 1962 and worked for the U.S. Forest Service until his retirement in 1990 and was a avid photographer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at the funeral home, with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Memorials may be made to the Nature Conservancy or the University of Illinois Scholarship Fund.

Henry Seboldt, 81, of Fults, died Dec. 25, in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 2, 1926, in Renault, the son of the late Phillip and Katherine nee Heller Seboldt. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dora Brown; and brothers Ralph and Gilbert Seboldt. Survivors include sister, Vera Heitert; sister-in-law, Estelle (Glenn) Sauerwein; and nieces and nephews Ronnie (Paschal) Heitert, Kenneth (Vicki) Heitert, Sharon (Jim) Ryan, George Brown, Thomas Brown, Carol Brown, Pam (Mike) Reilly, Linda (Bob) Keller, Jim (Connie) Seboldt, Barb (Jim) Duzan and Mark (Brenda) Seboldt. He was a Korean War Veteran who was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault, the Renault American Legion and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault, with Pastor Ralph Laufer officiating. He was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church, Concordia Seminary and the Monroe County Farm Bureau Foundation.

Albert "Al" Tounsand, 73, of Dupo, died Dec. 26, 2007, at his residence. He was born June 4, 1934, in Walnut Ridge, Ark., the son of the late Ira and Lela nee Hale Tounsand. He was a retired auto body man in St. Louis, Mo. He is preceded in death siblings Lee, Hazel, Phyllis, Earl, Herbert and Paul Michael. Survivors include wife, Freida Tounsand nee Bruce; children Alan (Holly) Tounsand of Cibolo, Tex., David (Carla) Tounsand of Bon Terre, Mo., and Marsha (Chuck) Kramer of Dupo; grandchildren Melody, Frank, Donnie and Monica Tounsand; and brothers Jeff (Jackie) Tounsand, Gene (Mary) Tounsand, Art (Rose) Tounsand and Rabon (Tony) Tounsand, all of Arkansas. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral followed at Dashners with Rev. Robert Lee officiating. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital.

Joseph Frank Jr., 68, of Waterloo died Dec. 2 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. He was the husband of Nancy Frank (nee Nobbe). Mr. Frank was born April 14, 1939 in Yugoslavia, the son of the late Joseph Sr. and Maria Frank. He immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of 12 and later served in the U.S. Army. He became a United States citizen on Dec. 7, 1973. Besides his wife, he is survived by three children, Michael (Julie) Frank, David (Katie) Frank and Kimberly Frank; four grandchildren, Joey and Ryan Frank and Alex and Maddie Frank; four brothers, Paul Frank, Franz (Hilda) Frank, Steven (Mary) Frank and Matthew (Linda) Frank; and sisters Cathy Placht and Mary (John) Brazelton; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home with burial at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Marie C. Miles, 98, of Waterloo, formerly of St. Louis and Carbondale, died Dec. 6 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen (Howard) Hood; a son, John (Donna) Miles; a brother, Bernard Mikus; six grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends. A memorial mass was celebrated at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Carbondale Monday, Dec. 17. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, next to her late husband Leroy, their two infant sons, her parents, brothers and sisters. Memorials may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

Paul H. Brinkmann Sr., 73, of Dupo, died Dec. 7, 2007, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Oct. 17, 1934, in Waterloo, the son of the late John and Catherine (Korte) Brinkmann. He married to LaVerne Bordewisch on Oct. 29, 1955, in Dupo. He was a life member of Columbia Blue Lodge #474 A.F. & A.M., Mended Hearts Chapter 120 of St. Louis, Gasoline and Engine Club of Missouri and Illinois, Compasses Guild - Masons of Union Electric in St. Louis. He worked with the Cub Scouts in Dupo for many years and served as a Cub Master. He was a Past Watchman of Shepards of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem - Mission Shrine #102 and served 21 months in the U. S. Army in Germany following the Korean Conflict. He retired as a motor transportation supervisor from Ameren U.E. in June 1993, after 32 years of service. Paul enjoyed his family, especially the granddaughters, antique tractors and woodworking. In addition to his wife, survivors include sons Paul Brinkmann Jr. and Jeff (Janet) Brinkmann, all of Dupo; granddaughters Christie and Courtney Brinkmann; brother Wilbur (Irma) Brinkmann of Waterloo; sisters-in-law Jean (Dave) Wiese and Karon (Roy) Bicklein of Waterloo, Viola Linke of Dupo, and Sharon (Gary) Donnell of Duluth, Ga.; an aunt, Ruth Raitt; godchildren, nieces and nephews, along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Cletus "Cookie" Brinkmann; sister, Esther Mehrtens, a brother and sister in infancy; in-laws Clifford, Sr. and Alma (Weissenborn) Bordewisch; brother-in-law, Klaus Linke; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Clifford Jr. and Marie Bordewisch. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia, where Masonic services were conducted. The funeral service was at Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, with Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. He was buried at Zion Bohnemeier Cemetery in East Carondelet. Contri-butions may be made to the church's elevator fund or Shriner's Hospital for Children.

Eleanora M. Arras, nee Hofstetter, 90, Belleville, formerly of East Carondelet, died Saturday, Dec. 8, at Four Fountains Care Center. She was born June 28, 1917 in Centreville, the daughter of the late Walter Hofstetter and Wilhelmina (Metter) Hofstetter. She was married to the late Erwin L. Arras, who died March 4, 2007. She was a member of the Women's Guild at Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo. Survivors include a son, Dennis (Phyllis) Arras of Belleville; grandchildren Kimberly (Glenn) Holtmann of Germantown and Cindy (Tom) Wolf of Belleville; great-grandchildren Kelly Holtmann, Scott (Fran) Holtmann, and Hannah Wolf; great-great-grandchildren Landon and Jason Holtmann; and sister-in-law, Bernice Arras of Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home, where a funeral service was held, Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. She was buried at Zion Bohnemeier Cemetery in East Carondelet. Contributions may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois in Belleville.

Katherine Garner, 90, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Lebanon and Springfield, Mo., died Dec. 8. She was the first child of the late Hugo and Martha Dashner Bremser of Waterloo. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Garner, who died in 1999; a sister and brother-in-law; and two step-daughters. Survivors include a son, John Garner. She was cremated and there were no services. Arrangements by Charter Funerals. Local arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia.

Marcellus N. Flach, 89, of Belleville, died Dec. 10, 2007, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. He was born Jan. 27, 1918, in Belleville. Mr. Flach served in the Army during World War II and was a retired mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He previously ran a tobacco route into Maeystown and other Monroe County areas. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Cathedral Parish in Belleville, where he counted the Sunday collection for 30 years. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society at Cathedral. Marcellus was a 65-year and honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus - Belleville Council 1028. He was an avid bowler for over 70 years with a high game of 277. He also loved to play cards and dance. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 30 years, Imogene, nee Stock, Flach, who died March 8, 1977; his second wife of 23 years, Otha, nee Taake, Linnemann-Flach, who died March 6, 2002; parents, Joseph J. and Mary nee Benedick Flach; his only brother, Leo C. Flach; and Leo's wife, Josephine, nee Luksza, Flach. Survivors include nephews Robert L. (Bonnie nee Howard) Flach of Millstadt and David L. (Diane nee Brueggemann) Flach of Mascoutah; great-nieces; two great-nephews; two great-great-nieces; step-children James (Ruth) Linnemann of Haslett, Mich., Joyce (Robert) Kitchell of Collinsville, Michael (Carolyn) Linnemann of Carlock, Alan (Cheryl) Linnemann of Waterloo and Carol (Floyd) Floarke of Valmeyer; step-grandchildren Rachel Linnemann, Katie Kitchell, Sarah, Kyle and Michael Steven (Terri) Linnemann; Brian, Nicholas, Charles and Rebecca Beall; Bryan, Laura and Matt Linnemann; and Jennifer, David and Michael (Kari Bouse) Berg; and step-great-grandchildren Emma Berg and Levi Berg. Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Cathedral or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com. Visitation was at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. Funeral service was at St. Peter's Cathedral Catholic Church in Belleville, with Father John Myler officiating. He was buried at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Belleville.

Harold G. K. Agne, 86, of Belleville died Dec. 11, 2007, at the V.A. Medical Center in Marion. He was born July 29, 1921, in Belleville, the son of the late August and Otillia, nee Huwer, Agne. He was preceded in death by his wife, June nee Borders Agne; brothers Marvin Jerome August Agne and Tillo Robert Phillip Agne; and a sister, Melusine Lydia Otillia Henninger. Survivors include children Alderman James Harold (Carolyn) Agne of Columbia, Curt Allen (Jeanette) Agne of Belleville, Terry Marvin Agne of Villa Ricca, Ga., and Joan Louise (Joseph) English and Janet Sue (Donald) Dick of Belleville; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Harold worked with his family business, Belleville Dairy Distributing then served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II in the Pacific campaign, obtaining the rank of T/Sgt. He operated Terry TV Service for 40 forty years before retiring in 1985. He served as Master Counselor for Tancred Chapter Order of DeMolay and received the DeMolay Legion of Honor. He was also a Master Mason and a member of the Belleville Shrine. He served as commander of American Legion Belleville Post 58 from 1962 to 1963. Funeral arrangements were handled by George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. He was buried with military honors at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.

Ethel L. Rohlfing, 85, of Red Bud died Monday, Dec. 17. She was the wife of the late Robert L. Rohlfing, Sr. She was born May 11, 1922 at Valmeyer the daughter of the late Theodore and Anna K. (nee Hess) Lerch, Sr. Survivors include a son, Robert L. Rohlfing, Jr.; two brothers, Harold H. (Margie) Lerch and Theodore W. (Betty) Lerch, Jr.; a brother-in-law, Alois (Lavern) Rohlfing; sisters-in-law, Edith Lerch and Billie Lerch; nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts. Besides her husband and parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Carlyle J. Lerch, Sr., Arlyn H. (Stumpy) Lerch and Robert E. Lerch; his in-laws, Albert and Emma (nee Rippelmeyer) Rohlfing; and a sister-in-law, Delores (Robert) Lerch. She was a member of St. John UCC, the Valmeyer American Legion Auxiliary, the Retired Teachers Association, Red Bud Women’s Club, the Red Bud Regional Hospital Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was conducted Friday, Dec. 17 at St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer the Rev. David Riebeling officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children.

Shelley Ann Warden, 32, of Dupo, died Dec. 20, 2007, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 9, 1975, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Keith Warden and Carol Warden. She was preceded in death by her niece, Jamie Cornelius. Survivors include her father, Keith (Mary) Warden Sr., her moth Carol Warden; sisters Sherry (Jim) Cornelius and Tammy Warden; brother Keith (Erica) Warden Jr.; step-sister Robin (Greg) Billmeyer; and nephews James, Jonathan and Ashley Cornelius. She was a supervisor for HBE Corp., and was a member of Roof Top Community Church in Afton. A visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo, where a funeral service was officiated by Rev. Matt Herndon. She was buried at Green Mount Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness or the Lymphoma Society.

Dennis W. Kempf, 55, of Columbia died Dec. 24, at his home. He was born Sunday, May 4, 1952 in East St. Louis, the son of Hazel C. Kempf, nee Hoepfinger and the late Omer W. Kempf. Besides his mother, Mr. Kempf is survived by sons Jamie (Jennifer) Kempf and Jared A. Kempf; sisters Carolyn (Richard ) Hill and Kathleen D. Muskopf; grandchildren Cody and Emily Kempf; and nephews Jason (Mary) Moore, Eric, Evan and Adam Muskopf. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister in infancy, June Ann Kempf. He was retired from Ameren Union Electric in St. Louis. Visitation Saturday, Jan. 5, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Tim Wesemann at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis or Holy Cross Lutheran Church, East Carondelet.

Robert Bailey Burton, 73, of Waterloo, died Dec. 25, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 7, 1934, in Vandalia, Mo., the son of Ralph (Margaret) Burton and Elizabeth Hoffman nee Bailey. Survivors include his parents; wife, Carol Burton nee Magnan; sons Matthew, Andrew (Patricia) and John Burton, sister, Ann (Ernest) Hoodl and step-brother, William (Beth) Hammond. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force, received a forestry degree from the University of Illinois in 1962 and worked for the U.S. Forest Service until his retirement in 1990 and was a avid photographer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at the funeral home, with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Memorials may be made to the Nature Conservancy or the University of Illinois Scholarship Fund.

Henry Seboldt, 81, of Fults, died Dec. 25, in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 2, 1926, in Renault, the son of the late Phillip and Katherine nee Heller Seboldt. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dora Brown; and brothers Ralph and Gilbert Deboldt. Survivors include sister, Vera Heitert; sister-in-law, Estelle (Glenn) Sauerwein; and nieces and nephews Ronnie (Paschal) Heitert, Kenneth (Vicki) Heitert, Sharon (Jim) Ryan, George Brown, Thomas Brown, Carol Brown, Pam (Mike) Reilly, Linda (Bob) Keller, Jim (Connie) Seboldt, Barb (Jim) Duzan and Mark (Brenda) Seboldt. He was a Korean War Veteran who was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault, the Renault American Legion and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault, with Pastor Ralph Laufer officiating. He was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church, Concordia Seminary and the Monroe County Farm Bureau Foundation.

Albert "Al" Tounsand, 73, of Dupo, died Dec. 26, 2007, at his residence. He was born June 4, 1934, in Walnut Ridge, Ark., the son of the late Ira and Lela nee Hale Tounsand. He was a retired auto body man in St. Louis, Mo. He is preceded in death siblings Lee, Hazel, Phyllis, Earl, Herbert and Paul Michael. Survivors include wife, Freida Tounsand nee Bruce; children Alan (Holly) Tousand of Cibolo, Tex., David (Carla) Tousand of Bon Terre, Mo., and Marsha (Chuck) Kramer of Dupo; grandchildren Melody, Frank, Donnie and Monica Tousand; and brothers Jeff (Jackie) Tousand, Gene (Mary) Tousand, Art (Rose) Tousand and Rabon (Tony) Tousand, all of Arkansas. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral followed at Dashners with Rev. Robert Lee officiating. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital.

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Abrin Boykin, 68, of East Carondelet, died Nov. 1, 2007, in Belleville. He was born July 8, 1939, in Enigma, Ga., the son of the late Ben and Elizabeth Boykin nee Luke. He was married to the late Joyce Boykin. Mr. Boykin is survived by his children Jimmie Boykin, Dorothy Boykin, Teddy Boykin, Geniene (John) Fremont, and Edward Boykin; grandchildren Nicholas, Rachael, Matthew, Randy, Heather, Bobby, Brian and Maria; great-grandchildren Alexis and Brianna; sisters Carolyn Bruce and Stella Boykin; brother Cecil Boykin; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brothers and sisters. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. He is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.

Frances Heil nee Bendl, 97, of North Dupo, died Nov. 1, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Jan. 29, 1910, in Austria, the daughter of the late Frances and Agnes Bendl nee Rossel. She was married to the late Joseph Heil. Mrs. Heil is survived by her grandchildren James Crouch, Nancy Rhyne, Becky (Bruce) Watterson, and Michael (Jane) Heil; great-grandchildren Jim Rhyne, Lake Lawson, Jessy Lawson and Kathryn Heil; and a son-in-law, daughter-in-law, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Joe Heil; daughter Dorothy Crouch; sisters Theresa Phodrasky and Gisella Carilo; and brothers and sisters in Austria. Mrs. Heil was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo, where she was a member of the Women’s Club and the Quilting Club. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. She is buried at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Dupo Women’s Club.

Frances T. Smith, 88, of Raton, N.M., formerly of St. Louis, died Nov. 1, 2007, in Raton, N.M. She was born Oct. 3, 1919, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Harry Reichert Sr. and the late Myrtle Reichert nee Ramsey. She was married to O. Beryl Smith; he preceded her in death in 1988. Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughter Karen (Hal) Carter of Raton, N.M.; brothers Harry (Winona) Reichert Jr. of Columbia, and Dale (Lela) Reichert of Columbia; sister Virginia Freimuth of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Smith attended Mueller School on Steppig Road outside Columbia and St. Louis Hairdressing Academy. She worked at Speaber’s Beauty Salon in St. Louis. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Bill Groennert officiating. She is interred at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Larry Bee A. Ferry, 53, of Millstadt, died Nov. 3, 2007, in Belleville. He was born June 18, 1954, in Belleville, the son of the late Olyseen H. “Bee” and Wilma Ferry nee Hettenhausen. Mr. Ferry is survived by his brothers Roger (Lynn) Ferry of Freeburg, and Clark (Patty) Ferry of Millstadt; sister Janis (Carl) Cox of Troy; nieces and nephews Mike Cox, Jodi Cox, Kelly (Craig) Tyler, Alyssa Ferry and Addison Ferry; great-niece Mallory Nevins; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Ferry was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt. He was also a member of the Boilermakers Local #363. He enjoyed woodworking, music, playing the piano and watching movies. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Mike Kumm officiating. He is interred at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt.

Helen E. Fritz nee Obermeier, 88, of Waterloo, died Nov. 3, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 20, 1919, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Henry and Alice Obermeier nee Rea. She was married to the late Bernard J. Fritz. Mrs. Fritz is survived by her children James (Barbara) Fritz of Columbia, and Nancy Colvis of Waterloo; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister Ruth Sullivan of Florida; brother Robert Obermeier of Florida; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son Thomas R. Fritz. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home. She is interred at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Leona C. Mertens nee Hennrich, 94, of Evansville, died Nov. 4, 2007, in Red Bud. She was born March 7, 1913, in Walsh, the daughter of the late Christian and Mary Hennrich nee Stork. She married Stephen C. Mertens in 1931; he preceded her in death in 1982. Mrs. Mertens is survived by her children Charles (Rose) Mertens of Smithton, Robert (Kathleen) Mertens of Smithton, Sr. Stephanie Mertens ASC of Ruma, Carol (John) Turbek of Lexington, Ky., and Bonnie (Tom) Jung of Sparta; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers John Hennrich, Anton Hennrich, Victor Hennrich and Vince Hennrich; and sisters Martha Hennrich, Sr. Eileen Hennrich ASC and Viola Hennrich. Mrs. Mertens was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville and Altar Sodality, and was an avid church quilter. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. 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 Hospice of Southern Illinois or in the form of Masses.

Monica Violeta Buxton nee Smith, 63, of Dupo, died Nov. 5, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 10, 1943, in the Colon Republic of Panama, the daughter of the late Leslie and Edna Smith nee Cover. She was married to Roger Buxton for 44 years. Mrs. Buxton is survived by her husband; children Toni (John) Fuller, Candice (Anthony) Tate, and Teresa (Glen) Villani; grandchildren Justin Jones, Nick Hagberg, Katelyn Fuller, Jonathan Fuller, Stephanie (Matthew) Madison, Chad Tate, Matthew Villani, Joshua Villani, David Villani and Chrystal Villani; great-grandchildren Maranda Madison and Jeremiah Madison; sisters Maria (Don) Kenneady of San Antonio, Texas, Carmen Diaz of Colon Republic of Panama, and Rafael Smith of Colon Republic of Panama; and cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mrs. Buxton was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo. She worked for Schnuck’s as a bakery assistant for 19 years. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. A private burial was held. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Association.

Wanda L. Koen nee Sedovic, 70, of Waterloo, died Nov. 5, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born July 24, 1937, in Gillespie, the daughter of the late John C. and Lillian Sedovic nee Smith. She was married to the late Glendon Ray Koen. Mrs. Koen is survived by her children Gary Koen, Sandy Snyder, and Pam (Bob) Hoock; grandchildren Jessica Koen, Garrett Koen, Becky Stone, Chris Stone, Brian (Tanya) Kollack, David Kollack, Ashley Snyder, Elizabeth (Scott) Feltmeyer, and Roberta Hoock; great-grandson Bryce Kollack; step-mother Thelma Sedovic; brothers Ronald (RuthAnn) Sedovic and John (Roberta) Sedovic; sister-in-law Pat (Bob) Berra; brother-in-law Ronald Koen; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Koen was a member of the Lake Ronnie Association and was a former member of the Cahokia Moose Lodge #423 (W.O.T.M.). She was an avid crossword puzzle player in ink. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Ed Stoval officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Catherine M. Fahey, 92, of Waterloo, died Nov. 7, 2007, in Red Bud. She was born March 22, 1915, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Martin and Ellen Mary Fahey nee Gorman. Ms. Fahey is survived by her sister Rosella (James) Kelley of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Charles Fahey, Thomas Fahey and William Fahey. Ms. Fahey was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. A memorial Mass was held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. Memorials may be made to the Red Bud Nursing Home Activity Fund or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud.

Doris Marie Muskopf nee Bagley, 81, of Dupo, died Nov. 7, 2007, in Dupo. She was born Nov. 30, 1925, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Hobart Bagley and Alice Mavle nee Schirmer. She was married to the late Dallas Muskopf for 47 years. Mrs. Muskopf is survived by her children Don (Chris) Muskopf of St. Louis, and Donna (Jim) Munden of Dupo; grandchildren Allison (Troy) Tutor of Columbia, Meleah (Jason) Williams of Quantico, Va., Jim Munden of Dupo, Eric Muskopf of Seattle, Wash., Evan Muskopf of St. Louis, Adam Muskopf of Des Moines, Ia., Brian (Jaime) Krekel of Valmeyer, and Kristie (Bobby) Staggs of Dupo; great-grandchildren McKenna and Ethan Tutor of Columbia, Jake, Jayna and Violet Krekel of Valmeyer, Emalee Muskopf of Seattle, Wash., and Samantha and Courtney Staggs of Dupo; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Diane Krekel, infant son Dallas Muskopf, and sister Mildred “Mim” Daab. Mrs. Muskopf was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in East Carondelet. She was the former owner and operator of Dairy Queen in Cahokia for 20 years. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in East Carondelet, Pastor Ryan Fouts officiating. She is buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or Heartland Hospice.

Helen Grace Plant nee Scharf, 76, of Florissant, Mo., died Nov. 7, 2007, in Bridgeton, Mo. She was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Stookey Township, the daughter of the late William Conrad Scharf and Ida Louise Scharf nee Schuff. She was married to the late Les Plant. Mrs. Plant is survived by her siblings Lillian (Alvin) Otten of Smithton, Grover (Marion) Scharf of Belleville, and Virginia Scharf of Millstadt; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Melvin Scharf and William E. Scharf, and sisters Myrtle Wirth, Marion Pfeffer and Mildred Wells. Mrs. Plant was a member of the Eastern Star. Her last name Plant and residents in Florissant, which means Valley of the Flowers in French were appropriate because of her love of flowers. She and her husband, Les, received many awards from the city of Florissant for the flower gardens. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home, Pastor David Krueger officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Florissant Police Auxiliary or Backstoppers.

Thomas Edward Austin, 83, of Columbia, formerly of East Carondelet, died Nov. 9, 2007, in Columbia. He was born Feb. 28, 1924, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the son of the late George and Ida Elizabeth Austin nee Dean, who died in 1929; he was raised by his uncle, the late Tom Hampton. He was married to Virginia Austin nee Barker for 62 years. Mr. Austin is survived by his wife; children Larry E. (Georgia) Austin of Imperial, Mo., Carol A (Glenn) Bourndstein of Waterloo, Philip “Pete” (Sandy) Austin of St. Louis, Robert “Warren” (Linda) Austin of East Carondelet, and Paul W. Austin of Granite City; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, aunt Sarah Jane Hampton nee Dean, and uncle Tom Hampton. Mr. Austin retired from Missouri Pacific Railroad after 30 years as a car man and was a member of the Brotherhood of the Railroad. He was a well-known painter, bee keeper, butcher and an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of the American Legion. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home. He is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Tip Hospice.

Charles Thomas Fluck Sr., 92, of Waterloo, died Nov. 10, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 15, 1914, in St. Louis, the son of the late Richard J. Fluck and Irma Fluck nee Fiegel. He was married to the late Virginia Marie Fluck nee Hitchcock, then Alvina Fluck nee Wienstroer. Mr. Fluck is survived by his children Betty (Donna Segrest) Fluck of Edwardsville, Charles (Cathy) Fluck Jr. of Florissant, Mo., Rita Hoguet of Waterloo, and Mary “Ginger” Welag Frein of High Ridge, Mo.; grandchildren Thomas Fluck, Stephen Fluck, Michael Houget, Dennis Houget, Susie Degener, Jennifer Frein and Matthew Frein; nine great-grandchildren; sister Anna Mae Schneider of Affton, Mo.; and special friend Beulah “Maude” Bohnemeier of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his parents, first and second wives, brother Richard C. Fluck Jr. and son-in-law Joe Hoguet. Mr. Fluck was a member of Knights of Columbus #6165 in Columbia. He was retired as a watch maker from Famous-Barr in St. Louis. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. He is interred at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund.

Clement L. Shields, 73, of Red Bud, died Nov. 10, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Sept. 23, 1934, in Waterloo, the son of the late Melvin Shields and Nora Shields nee Fults. He married Gloria L. Hecke in 1954; she preceded him in death in 1992. Mr. Shields is survived by his children Ron (Kathy) Shields of Red Bud, Janice (Robert) Maurer of Belleville, and Pam (Wayne) Koopman of Red Bud; grandchildren Shawn Clark, Lisa (Andrew) Hacker, Nicole Maurer, Robert Maurer, Ashley Maurer, Jessica (Tim) Liefer, Kristen Shields, Matt Shields, Ben Koopman, Becky Koopman, Philip Shields and Melissa Shields; nine great-grandchildren; and sister Ruth Ann Polacek of Red Bud. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son Gary Shields. Mr. Shields was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society. He was also a member of Hecker Sportsman’s Club and the Sheet Metal Workers local. Visitation was at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. John’s Catholic Church in Red Bud, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. He is buried at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic School in Red Bud.

Clarence Scharf, 89, of Belleville, died Nov. 10, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Oct. 11, 1918, in Stookey Township, the son of the late Adam and Lena Scharf nee Haas. Mr. Scharf is survived by his sisters Irma Scharf of Belleville and Frieda Vogt of Belleville; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers and sisters Edna Scharf, Alma Scharf, Harold Scharf and Edgar Scharf. Mr. Scharf was a retired farmer. He was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau and Moose Lodge in Belleville. Attending auctions was his greatest hobby and where he met many friends. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt, Pastor David Krueger officiating. He is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Ervin “Mirl” Rippelmeyer, 92, of Waterloo, died Nov. 12, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born May 26, 1915, in Mitchie Precinct, the son of the late Louis S. and Magdalena Rippelmeyer nee Hammer. He was married to Vera C. Rippelmeyer nee Offermann, who survived him. Mr. Rippelmeyer is survived by his wife; sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, a nephew and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Priscilla Hoepfinger and Sylvia Hoffmann; and brothers Floyd Rippelmeyer and John Rippelmeyer. Mr. Rippelmeyer was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer and Monroe County Farm Bureau. He was a former volunteer at the Monroe County Nursing Home. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer, Pastor David Riebeling officiating. He was buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer.

Leola A. Nobbe nee Althoff, 88, of Waterloo, died Nov. 14, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 13, 1919, in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late George and Charlotte Althoff nee Schmitt. She was married to the late Roland G. Nobbe. Mrs. Nobbe is survived by her children Kathy (James) Davis of Tucker, Ga., and Dr. James (Bonnie) Nobbe of Waterloo; grandchildren Alicia (Jeff) Piascik, Joel Davis, Dr. Todd (Jamie) Nobbe, and Robin (Christopher) Schomber; great-grandchildren Wyatt Piascik, Sawyer Piascik, Alex Nobbe, Aaron Nobbe, Patrick Nobbe, Mia Schomber and chase Schomber; sisters-in-law Eleanor Althoff and Darlyn Kohnz; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Nobbe was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, where she was in the Women’s Guild. She was also a member of the Waterloo American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Retired Teachers Association. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo.

Leona E. Wetzler, nee Schneider, 95, of Rockville, Conn., formerly of Waterloo, died Nov. 15. She was the wife of the late George R. Wetzler. Mrs. Wetzler was born Sept. 10, 1912 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary (Oexner) Schneider. Survivors include a son, Donald (Priscilla) Wetzler; grandchildren Dale and Sandra Wetzler, Carol and Bob Beebe; great-grandchildren Jeoff Wetzler, Kristy Beebe and Stacy Beebe. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with burial at the church cemetery.

James P. Roberts, 64, of Waterloo died Nov. 15 in St. Louis. He was the husband of Donna J. Roberts (nee Jenkins). Mr. Roberts was born Nov. 7, 1943 in Porterdale, Ga., the son of the late James and Maude (nee Meiers) Roberts. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jamie Roberts and a son, Jonathan Roberts; in-laws Don and Eva Jenkins; and a brother-in-law, Jeffrey (Sherri) Jenkins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia M. Roberts. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home with a funeral service Nov. 19 at the funeral home, the Rev. Darren Smith officiating. Burial was at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Jewell L. Rains nee Chamness, 101, of Columbia, formerly of Dupo, died Nov. 15 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born March 20, 1906 at Williamson County, the daughter of the late George C. and Leatha (nee Mitchell) Chamness. She was also preceded in death by her husband, the late Milo Everett Rains; and sons James Rains and Robert Rains. She is survived by a son, Kenneth (Merlean) Rains; a daughter, Rose Marie Sutter; a brother, Vernia Lee Chamness; a sister, Olivia “Sis” Rains; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Mrs. Rains was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Dupo. Visitation was at the First Baptist Church where a funeral was conducted Sunday, Nov. 18, the Rev. Rick Lay officiating. Burial was at the Valhalla Gardens of Memory where a graveside service was conducted Monday, Nov. 19.

Otto A. Kinkel, 79, of New Athens, died Nov. 16 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 4, 1928 in Millstadt Township, the son of the late Alvin and Frieda Kinkel. He is survived by his wife Flora (nee Runge); children, Sharon Heller, Shirley (Richard) Corey and Harold Kinkel; a daughter-in-law, Jo Kinkel; grandchildren, Michael Heller, Angela Gladson, Brian Corey, Darrin Corey and Alex Kinkel; great-grandson, Austin Corey; a brother, Clyde L. Kinkel; other relatives and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Kinkel, and a grandson, Jeff Kinkel. Mr. Kinkel retired from Singer in Red Bud and was a member of the Hecker Sportsman’s Club. Visitation was at the Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt where a funeral was conducted. The body was cremated. Memorials may be made to the Hecker’s Sportsman’s Club.

Johnny F. DeRossett, 61, of Columbia, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. He was born August 15, 1946 in Red Bud, son of the late Johnny DeRossett and Helen Faye nee Jones Cox of Fairview Heights. He was the husband of Bernadine nee Storll, DeRossett. They were married on October 13, 1984, in Belleville. He was employed as a machinist for Marsh Stencil Co. in Belleville. Surviving are his children, Lore Harmon of Clarksville, Tenn., Bobbie (Doug) Lintzenich of Mascoutah, Jonnie (John) Stover of Freeburg, Melanie (John) Garland of Belleville; 9 grandchildren; brothers Gene (Kathy) Walker of Dupo and Stan Cox of Belleville; sister, Kris Cox of Swansea; and half-sister, Maureen Davis of Alabama. A funeral was at Lawlor Funeral Home, with Pastor Greg Doussard officiating. He was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1867 Lackland Hill Parkway, St. Louis, Mo., 63146.

Warren H. Dannehold, 87, of Waterloo died Nov. 17 in St. Louis. He was the husband of the late Edna F. Dannehold and was born Oct. 10, 1920 in Millstadt, the son of the late Leo H. And Rosa J. (nee Kolmer) Dannehold. Survivors include daughters Diane (Gene) Hoffmann and Janell (Mike) Waters; sisters Alberta (Emmett) Hicks, Kathleen Straub and Rosalie (Harold) Baum; brothers Harold (Irene) Dannehold and Eugene Dannehold; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Monroe County Farm Bureau, the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District and Monroe County Taxpayers Association. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home where a funeral service was conducted by Deacon Doug Boyer. Burial was at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Dr. George E. Siemers, 81, a longtime St. Louis doctor who delivered more than 3,000 babies, died Sunday, Nov. 18 of cancer at The Bridges of Columbia Independent and Assisted Living Home. He was formerly a longtime resident of Webster Groves. Dr. Siemers was an obstetrician and gynecologist for more than 30 years in the St. Louis area. He owned a private practice with three locations in south St. Louis County. He delivered the first set of triplets born at St. Anthony’s, retired in 1988 and sold his practice. Dr. Siemers was a graduate of St. Louis University High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington. He received a medical degree from Loyola Medical School in Chicago. Dr. Siemers was an Air Force veteran who attained the rank of captain. Dr. Siemers married Janet Miller Siemers of University City in 1950. She died in 2001. Survivors include three sons, Skip Siemers of Denver, Steven Siemers of Des Peres and Ed Siemers of Waterloo; three daughters, Louise Kenny of Deerfield, Judy Guasco of New Orleans and Ginny Larson of Sappington; and 14 grandchildren. A funeral Mass was celebrated at the Old Cathedral in St. Louis. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis University High School Scholarship Fund, 4970 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, Mo., 63110.

Eva Marie Sullivan nee Price, 81, of Dupo died Nov. 19 at her home. She was born July 1, 1926 at Thayer, Mo., the daughter of the late Harvey Price and Beurah Hogan nee Childres. Survivors include a brother, Nathan (Mary) Price; grandchildren, Josh Sullivan, Nathan Sullivan and Eva Sullivan; a niece, Susan (Mike) Sager; other relatives and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Steven R. Sullivan; a sister, Doris Price and a brother, Olen Price. Mrs. Sullivan was a retired home economics teacher at Dupo Community School District. Visitation was at the Dashner Funeral Home where a memorial service was held Nov. 21 the Rev. Matt Friz officiating. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Robert Allen Phegley II, 21, of Millstadt died Monday, Nov. 19, at his home. He was the son of Jacqueline (Andrew) Kirchhoefer and Robert A. Phegley, Sr. He was born March 1, 1986 in Belleville. Besides his parents, he is survived by sisters Krystal (Darrell) Chamberlain and Alexis Carmack; a nephew, Riley Chamberlain; grandparents, Ray and Betty Nast and Kathy Phegley; other relatives and friends. He worked for Liberty Marketing Solutions in Millstadt. Visitation was at the Strauss Funeral Home where a funeral was conducted Saturday, Nov. 24. Burial was at Mount Evergreen Cemetery.

Lloyd J. “Bud” Dauderman, 85, of Millstadt died Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Aug. 2, 1922 in Alhambra the son of the late Walter and Irma (nee Bliesch) Dauderman. He is survived by his wife Peggy (nee Keppell) Dauderman; a daughter, Shelley Dauderman and other relatives and friends. Mr. Dauderman was retired from the Corvette Division of General Motors Corp. with 30 years of service. He was a member of Red Bud Masonic Lodge #427 A.F. & A.M. and the VFW Post in Baldwin. He was a navy veteran of WWII. Visitation was at the Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt where a Masonic service was held.

Patricia Toenjes, 62, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away Nov. 23, 2007 at St. Anthony’s de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. A celebration of her life is being planned for a future date. Patricia O’Toole was born Jan. 31, 1945 in Chicago. Her parents, Peter and Mary (Durkin) O’Toole immigrated to this country from County Galway, Ireland and County Mayo, Ireland, respectively. She was baptized, had her first communion and was confirmed at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church in Chicago. Pat attended the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. She married Jerome L. Toenjes Oct. 27, 1973 in Chicago. They moved to Columbia with their son, Colin, in 1978. Pat worked as a library technician in the Waterloo School District for 28 years. She loved to read, visit with family and friends, watch football and baseball, and was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Her love, laughter and wit carry on with her husband, Jerome of Columbia; her son, Colin and his wife Crystal, and grandson, Maxwell, of Norman, Okla.; stepson, Joseph and his wife Anissa, of Kirkwood, Mo.; mother-in-law, Loretta K. Toenjes of Columbia; her brothers Thomas (Linda) O’Toole of Kingwood, Texas; Peter (Lori) O’Toole of Villa Park; sisters Margaret (Patrick) Heneghan of Chicago, Kathryn (Bill) Foley of Mt. Prospect; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Pat’s husband and family would like thank the administration, staff and her coworkers at the Waterloo Community School District No. 5, for all the love and friendship they have given to her. In lieu of flowers, Pat requested donations be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S. Illinois Street, Belleville, Ill., 62220-2159.

Edward Young, 55, of Ruma, died Nov. 25, at his residence. He was born Jan. 24, 1952, in Red Bud to Edward and LaVerne (Wunderlich) Young. He married Suzy Hauty on Jan. 26, 1974, in Evansville, who survives. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Young; and father-in-law, Frank Hauty. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by children, Clay (Heather) Young and Emily Young (special friend Jesse Walter); sister, Loretta (Bob) Kiefer; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Hauty; sister-in-law, Sally (Dave) Scott; brother-in-law, Michael Hauty; a niece; nephews; and a host of friends. He was a retired correctional officer at Menard Correctional Center in Chester for 22 years. He also worked for 12 years for Laborers Local #925. He was a member of St. John the Baptist. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral Service was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. He was buried St. Boniface Catholic Church Cemetery in Evansville.

Wilbur Schwartz, 78, of Modoc, died Nov. 26, at his residence. He was born Feb. 7, 1929, in Prairie du Rocher, to the late Russell and Fern (nee Nicholson) Schwartz. He married Margaret “Pat” Melliere on Sept. 5, 1956, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. He was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Schwartz; and a brother, Delmar Schwartz. Survivors include brother, Melvin (Verona) Schwartz. He was a retired purchasing agent for Snyder General / AFCO in Red Bud for 44 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church n Prairie du Rocher, American Legion Post #622 in Prairie du Rocher and Randolph County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. He was buried at the church cemetery.

Rose M. Sellers nee Eggemeyer, 71, of East Carondelet, died Nov. 26, 2007, in Belleville. She was born April 5, 1936, in Chester, the daughter of the late Isaac and Mary Eggemeyer nee Roche. She married the late Arley Sellers in 1955; he preceded her in death in 2003. Mrs. Sellers is survived by her children Ike L. Sellers of East Carondelet, Tina (Tim) M. Fisher of Millstadt, Jeana (Tim) Muskopf of Columbia, Mary Jane Jackson of Perryville, Mo., Glenda (Glen) Deterding of Red Bud, Arley L. Sellers of East Carondelet, and Jesse (Tina) E. Sellers of New Athens; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers Rodney (Fern) Eggemeyer of Ellis Grove, Herbert (Joyce) Eggemeyer of Walsh, and Sammy (Millie) Eggemeyer of Walsh; sisters Doris (Oralee) Rahn of Ellis Grove, and Cara Nell Wright of Steeleville. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Tony Sellers and brother Roger Eggemeyer. Mrs. Sellers was a member of Hope Christian Church in Columbia. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. She is interred in the Madonnaville Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Patricia H. Colyott, 81, of Webster Groves, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Nov. 26, 2007. She was born Oct. 17, 1926, in Olney, the daughter of the late Oscar and Winifred Hahn nee Eyer. Ms. Colyott is survived by her children Clarence Colyott of Arnold, Mo., Joseph (Dianna) Colyott of Florida, Theresa (Dave) Bick of Florida, and Victoria (Thomas) Stevens of Columbia; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sisters Mary LaChance of Albuquerque, N.M., Della Brooks of Sierra City, Calif., and Maude Beaver of Virginia; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers James Hahn in infancy and George Hahn, and grandson Johnny Mooney. Ms. Colyott was formerly a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral 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 St. Anthony’s Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Verneil Mueller, 80, of Red Bud died Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was the wife of Ray H. Mueller, whom she married Sept. 1, 1945 in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 29, 1926 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Henry and Erna (Wegener) Buch. Besides her husband, she is survived by a brother, Gilbert (Leona) Buch; two sisters-in-law, Helen Bricker and Bernice Meyer; other relatives and friends. She was a secretary to Dr. Wirth and Drs. Meechia, Tang and Pichet in Waterloo, until her retirement. She had also worked for Singer and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Prairie. Visitation was at the Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral was Friday, Nov. 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church the Rev. Steven MacDougall officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Carl “Butch” Johnston, 72, of Millstadt died Nov. 27 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. He was the husband of Sharon (nee Hustler) Johnston and they were married 50 years. Mr. Johnston was born Dec. 31, 1934 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Earnest and Hazel (nee Hughes) Johnston. Survivors include a son, Randall (Catherine) Johnston; a daughter, Elizabeth Johnston; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Mr. Johnston was retired from Illinois Power Co. with 43 years of service. He was a member of Local 100 and a lifelong member of the Rodeo Cowboy Association. He was a 1960 Missouri State Champion Steer Wrestler. He was also a member of Masons Lodge #852. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Edward, Bob, Donald and John; and sisters Dorothy and Reba; and a daughter, Lee Ann Johnston. Visitation was at the Strauss Funeral Home where a funeral was conducted Nov. 30, the Rev. Wes Hart officiating. The body was cremated. Memorials may be made to Villa Hills Assembly of God Church or the family.

Norman John Arras, 55, of Smithton, died Nov. 28, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was the husband of Debra (nee Lingle) Arras. They were married 35 years. Mr. Arras was born Sept. 28, 1952, in Belleville the son of Harry and Betty Arras. Other survivors include children Julie (Curt) Crossley, Jonathan (Erica) Arras and Amanda Arras; a sister, Myra (Ray) Hartgrove; father-in-law, Roy Lingle; nieces, Kim (Adam) Shaw and Valerie Henson; grandchildren, Emily, Curtis, Thomas and Grace Crossley; and other relatives and friends. Visitation was at the Christian Assembly Church in Millstadt where a funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 1, with Pastors Royce Coy, Steve Coy and Gary Suits officiating. Mr. Arras was the owner of Arras Excavating, Inc. for 40 years. He was actively involved in Christian Assembly Church and was band director and youth pastor. Burial was at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt.

Edmund E. Stumpf, 94, of Columbia, died Nov. 29, 2007, in Columbia. He was born Nov. 28, 1913, in Columbia, the son of the late Fred and Mena Stumpf nee Mehrtens. He was married to Ardell Stumpf nee Taake. Mr. Stumpf is survived by his wife; children Ruth Ann (Marvin) Rodemich of Columbia, Kathleen (John) Harris of Houston, Tex., and Glenn (Lisa) Stumpf of Columbia; grandchildren Scott (Julie) Rodemich, Chris (Bill) Browne, Chad (Katie) Harris, Shannon (Jarrett) Lambo, Jake Stumpf and Jesse Stumpf; five great-grandchildren; sister Adel Stumpf; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Erwin “Butch” Stumpf, and sister Thelma Sparwasser. Mr. Stumpf was an active member of Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover. He was a former director of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the C & W Co-op Board and Waterloo Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed farming, family and traveling. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Zoar United Church of Christ, Pastor Mauri Peaco officiating. He is buried at New Hanover Cemetery in New Hanover. Memorials may be made to Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover.

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Robert L. Studt Sr., 77, of Columbia died Oct. 3 at Columbia Convalescent Center. He was born Saturday, July 5, 1930 in Renault, the son of the late George and Mary (nee Reed) Studt. Survivors include his wife, Peggy (nee McClenahan) Studt, whom he married June 27, 1953 in Renault. Also surviving are daughter, Wendy; son, Robert (Frances) Studt; brother, George Studt and sister, Margaret Wagner. There were no public services. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill or Columbia Convalescent Center.

Mary Alice Voss, nee Edwards, 67, of East Carondelet died Wednesday, Oct. 3 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. She was born June 10, 1940 in Clinton County. Mrs. Voss is survived by daughter, Lisa Shevlin; son, Troy Richard (Kathy) Voss; mother, Alice Edwards; brother, Rodney Edwards; sister, Rhonda (Terry) House; grandchildren Tyler Richard Voss, Ryan Joseph Voss and Kacie Stevers; other relatives and friends. Mrs. Voss was a member of the Friends of the Daugherty Library and was a Cub Scout den mother over 30 years. She was preceded in death by husband, Harry E. Voss; father, Willie Robert Edwards; and son-in-law, Mike Shevlin. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home where a memorial service was conducted by Patricia Neuf. Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or the Daugherty Public Library.

David M. Morton, 51, of Waterloo died Oct. 6 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center from complications of a stroke. He was born Dec. 13, 1955 in Belleville, the son of Gloria (nee Weisenborn) Morton and the late Robert M. Morton. Besides his mother, he is survived by friend, Jan Bocskowics; son, Zachery Morton; daughters Ashley Morton, Jennifer Morton and Alayna Morton; grandchildren, Kyle and Ryan Morton; brother, Robert Morton; sisters, Joyce (Philip) Carpenter and Rachel (Donald) Reveal; aunts, uncles, a newphew, nieces and other relatives and friends. Visitation was at the Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. A funeral was at the funeral home the Rev. Bob Goddard officiating. Burial was at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. R. Morton was a truck driver and former member of the Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.

Susan Louise Layman, nee Decker, 49, of Waterloo died Oct. 6 in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 25, 1958 in Chester. Survivors include children Travis Layman and Lauryn Layman; mother and step-father, Marie and Dewey Wilfong; brother, Larry (Debbie) Decker; sisters, Janet (Jim) Straight and Karen (Lee) Eggemeyer; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Erwin A. Decker. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Rev. Tony Trop officiating. Burial was at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Chester. Memorials may be made to the Layman Children’s Trust.

Donna J. Bagsby, 75, of Millstadt, died Oct. 6 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. She was born July 18, 1932 at Akron, Oh., the daughter of the late Albert and Lola (Casto) Kunkle. She is survived by husband, Tom Bagsby, whom she married July 11, 1953; daughters, Karen Witte and Janet Bagsby; sons, Larry Bagsby, Gary Bagsby and Tim Bagsby; brothers, Raymond Kunkle and Joseph Kunkle; grandchildren; numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Bagsby was as retired ward clerk for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and a member of the Fairview Heights Home Extension. She was an avid flower gardener, crafter and a proud Cardinals fan. She also liked spending time fishing with her children and grandchildren and watching their many activities. Visitation was at the Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral was at St. James Catholic Church, Father Marvin Volk officiating with burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Pearl L. “Patsy” Mueller, 76, of St. Louis died Oct. 7 in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 16, 1930 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Henry and Marie L. (Nagel) Mueller. Survivors include sisters Helen Bricker and Bernice M. (Harold) Meyer; brother, Ray H. (Verneil) Mueller; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Nelson and Clyde Mueller. She was a member of Centenary Untied Methodist Church in St. Louis and the church choir. She enjoyed a lifelong appreciation for music. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A graveside service was at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo, the Rev. Kathleen Wilder officiating. A memorial service will be scheduled at Centenary Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the church or the choir.

Norman E. Chamberlain, 75, of Millstadt died Sunday, Oct 7, at Jefferson Barracks Hospice after a battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family at the time of his death. Mr. Chamberlain was born Nov. 26, 1931 in East St. Louis. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Eileen Chamberlain (nee Kozuszek); children Doris (Terry) Kipping; Kevin (Donna) Kujawa; Kenneth (Tammy) Kujawa; Kelly (Will) Odum; grandchildren, Greg (Heather) Kipping, Chris (Dave Jr.) Otten, Melissa (Bill) Huebner; Chad (Jenny) Kujawa; Brandi Kujawa, Heather Kujawa, Casey Odum, Connor Odum and Jacob Kujawa; eight great–grandchildren and many other friends and relatives. Mr. Chamberlain was a retired truck driver. After retirement and before moving to Millstadt, Mr. Chamberlain and his wife owned Nashville Motel in Nashville, IL. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Chamberlain loved camping, traveling, fishing, country and polka music and his wife and family. Visitation was at the Strauss Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated at St. James Catholic Church with Father Marvin Volk and Deacon Ron Karcher officiating. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory. Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church or Jefferson Barracks Hospice.

Allen Lee Bartlett, 43, of Belleville died Oct. 7 at Orangeburg, S.C. He was the husband of Donna M. Bartlett (nee Dickerson). Mr. Bartlett was born April 1, 1964 in St. Louis, the son of Robert and Dorothy (nee Arnold) Bartlett. Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by brothers Dennis (Cheryl) Bartlett and Andrew (Cindy) Bartlett; in-laws, Lonnie and Millie Dickerson; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a member of the Owner Operator Independent Driver Association. Visitation was at De Fabio Funeral Home where a funeral was conducted by the Rev. Mark Frizbee. Burial was at St. John UCC of Valmeyer.

Earl H. Asselmeier, 80, of Sparta died Oct. 7 at Sparta Community Hospital. He was the husband of Ruby (Ritter) Asselmeier. Mr. Asselmeier was born Aug. 15, 1927 in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Henry and Olinda (nee Mueller) Asselmeier. Besides his wife, Mr. Asselmeier is survived by daughter, Leisa Asselmeier; and sons, Eric (Shelby) Asselmeier and Craig (Kim) Asselmeier; brother, Paul Asselmeier; sister, Ferrell (Cookie) Tunze; and four grandchildren. Mr. Asselmeier was the retired owner of Sparta Feed Service, an instrument rated pilot and a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. A funeral was at St. John Lutheran Church in Sparta. Burial was at Caledonia Cemetery, Sparta. McDaniel Funeral Homes of Sparta had charge of arrangements.

Lawrence W. (Larry) Doiron, 63, of Millstadt died Sunday, Oct. 7 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born Sept. 14, 1944 in Red Bud, the son of the late Earl and Josephine (DuClose) Doiron. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen (nee Lemmermann) Doiron, whom he married Sept. 25, 1965 in Evansville; daughter, Laura (Edward) Clark; son, Mark (Krista) Doiron; grandsons, Jared and Adam Clark; brothers, Gene (Susan) Doiron and Raymond (Claradel) Doiron; sisters, Doris Kloepper and Carol (Larry) Durbin. Besides his parents, Mr. Doiron was preceded in death by brother, Jerry; and son, Michael Doiron, who died June 30, 2007. Mr. Doiron was a retired master sergeant with the Illinois State Police. He was a uniformed trooper 1968 - 1973 when he joined the detective section. In l986 he headed up an undercover operation that was responsible for the recovery of 91 cars valued at $500,000. Thirty people were arrested, most members of the Disciples gang. He was instrumental in drawing up the rules and regulations for operation of the first riverboat gambling operation at the Alton Belle Casino. He supervised six agents on the boat. Mr. Doiron served three years with the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne Unit out of Fort Bragg. He was in Japan two years during that time. Mr. Doiron also enjoyed hunting with his sons and fishing with his brother, Jerry. He was a member of American Legion Post 622 in Prairie du Rocher and was a past commander. Visitation was at the Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, where a funeral was officiated by Deacon Ron Karcher. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Backstoppers.

Mary Anne Gibbs, nee Schmitt, 60, of Waterloo died Oct. 8 at her home after a brief illness. She was the wife of Ken Gibbs. Mrs. Gibbs was born July 18, 1947 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Wendell G. and Rita E. (nee Vogt) Schmitt. Besides her husband, she is survived by children Tara (Tony) Busch and Jacob Gibbs; two grandchildren, Joseph and Grace Busch; sisters, Jeanne (Greg) Lane, Ruth (Paul) Bankes, Susan (Mike) Kaestner and Nancy (Glen) Eckert; mother-in-law, Irene Akers; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Mrs. Gibbs was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and various ministries through the church. She was a past member of the SPPS School Board, the Gibault Mothers Club and the American Cancer Society. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A Funeral mass was celebrated at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to SPPS or Gibault Catholic High School.

Edna M. Klein, nee Wuertz, 89, of Waterloo died Oct. 11 in St. Louis. She was the wife of the late Henry E. Klein Sr. She was born Jan. 24, 1918 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Edward and Carrie (nee Perryman) Wuertz. Survivors include children Henry E. Klein, Jr. and Linda (George) Foster; sisters Theresa Bumstead, Jean Holtz and Marie Pratt; brothers Richard Wuertz and Daniel Wuertz; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband and parents, Mrs. Klein was preceded in death by son, James P. Klein. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Waterloo and the Elks Lodge of St. Louis. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Violeen Louisa Werling, 87, died at Fountainview Nursing Home, Eldorado on Oct. 12. She was the daughter of the late Walter John and Emma Louisa (Pape) Werling. Survivors include sisters Hilma (Charles) McSparin, Martha Voiles and Colleen (Bill) Smith; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Mrs.Werling was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by brothers James and David Werling. Visitation was at Colonial Terrace Funeral Home in Eldorado. A funeral was at Gospel Assembly Church with the Rev. Dewayne Jolly and Rev. Glenn Goodwin officiating. Burial was at Lindale Cemetery.

Shane William Kloth, 20, of Ellis Grove, died as a result of injuries sustained when he was accidentally run over by a train in Prairie du Rocher on Oct. 13. He was the son of James A. and Carmin L. (Stellhorn) Kloth and was born Aug. 4, 1987 in Sparta. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Walsh, an avid hunter and fisherman and a 2005 graduate of Sparta High School. He was a night saw man at Red Bud Industries. Besides his parents, he is survived by sister, Sahra (Adam) Linnemann; brother, Jared Kloth; nephew, Kaiden Kloth; maternal grandmother, Wilma Stellhorn; paternal grandmother, LaVerne Kloth; aunts, Carol Jackson, Vicki Keller, Barbara Kloth and Sheri (David) Blecha; uncles, Terry (Betsy) Kloth, Gary (Gail) Kloth, Kenneth Kloth, Clarence (Marcia) Kloth, Roy (Georgia) Kloth; and special friend, Ashley Walter. He was preceded in death by grandfathers Victor Stellhorn and Clarence Kloth, Sr. Visitation was at the Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral was Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Zion Lutheran Church in Walsh, the Rev. Harold Weber officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.

Florence Price nee Schreder, 79, of Millstadt, formerly of Monroe County, died Oct. 13 in Belleville. She was born March 13, 1928 at Madonnaville, the daughter of the late Michael and Theckla (nee Wuertz) Schreder. She was married to the late Wilber “Bud” Price. Survivors include children, Michael J. Price, Marilyn Price, Marsha McCurry and Maxine Sweet; sister, Lucille (Dewey) Meeks; brothers, Albert (Karen) Schreder, Michael Schreder, Roy (Betty) Schreder and Francis Schreder; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by sisters, Agatha Riechmann and Anna M. Marquardt and brother, Edgar Schreder. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in Madonnaville, the Rev. Father Jose Jacob officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.

Eugene Chaplain, 81, of Dupo died Sunday, Oct. 14 at his home. Mrs. Chaplain was born Sept. 19, 1926 in Dupo, the son of the late Frank and Ada ( nee Kunce) Chaplain. He was a funeral director for John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home in St. Lois since 1965. He was a member of Columbia Masonic Lodge 474 A.F. & A.M., IOOF Lodge 1009 of Dupo for over 55 years, a member of the Dupo Volunteer Fire Department for over 63 years and First Congregational Church for over 60 years. Survivors include cousins, Dan and Carolyn (nee Nentrup) Young, Dan and Mary (nee Kunce) Nessler and Harriet Kunce; dear friends Robert and Mary Lou Hatley, Charles and Pam Jones, Bruce Leeesman, Greg Leesman, Officer Kevin Smith, Wayne Storey, Adam and Esther Mernick, Mike and Kim Blankenship, Francine Hricko and Charley Campbell and many friends at the John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes. Visitation was at the Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Home in St. Louis County. A funeral was at First Congregational Church in Dupo the Rev. Robert Lee and Rev. Rick Lay officiating. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory. There was a bell service by the Dupo Volunteer Fire Department followed by a masonic service by the Columbia lodge at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church or the Dupo Volunteer Fire Department.

Floyd A. Kohnz, 89, of Waterloo died Oct. 14 in Red Bud. He was the husband of Louise A. Kohnz (nee Koenig). Mrs. Kohnz was born June 20, 1918 in Valmeyer, the son of the late Peter and Mary (nee Weber) Kohnz. Besides his wife, Mr. Kohnz is survived by children Gerald (Deborah) Linker, Deborah (Phillip) Lamm, Jackie (Paul) Hoffmann; Jenny (Kevin) Candler; sister Sylvia Krebel; grandchildren, Larry Brown, Jason Linker, Scott (Melissa) Linker, Amy Lamm, Matt (Laura) Hoffmann, Robin Hoffmann, Leslie Hoffmann, Kyle Hoffmann, Kendall Candler; great-grandchildren, Kathryn Brown and Rylie Linker; nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, Mr. Kohnz was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Kohnz (nee Mudd); and sisters Veronica Krebel and Alvera Anna Eshom. Mr. Kohnz was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, a long-time trustee of the Valmeyer Fire District and Carpenter’s District Council of Greater St. Louis. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the church, masses or donor’s choice.

Harold E. DeMond, 89, of Evansville, died Oct. 15, in St. Louis. He was the husband of the late Frieda A. (nee Largent) DeMond. Mr. DeMond was born April 23, 1918, in St. Elmo, the son of the late Emmett and Nellie (nee Mathis) DeMond. Survivors include children Darold (Sharon) DeMond, Marion (Lois Ann) DeMond, Emma Sue (Ed. Sr.) Crook-Wienhoff, Roger (Cecilia) DeMond, Nellie (Robert C.) Schlemmer and Martin (Renee) DeMond; sister, Dorothy Wiedlocker, and a brother, Charles (Ann) DeMond; 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Mr. DeMond is preceded in death by sons Paul and Robert, four sisters and a brother. He was a member of United Steel Workers Local 4294 and VFW Post #3480. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home where a funeral was Friday, Oct. 19, with Pastor Jerry DeMond officiating. Burial was at Waterloo Cemetery.

Sharolyn Kay Willhite, nee Christensen, 64, of Columbia died Oct. 18, in St. Louis County. She was the wife of David Willhite. Mrs. Willhite was born Nov. 27, 1942 in Central City, Neb., the daughter of the late Carroll and LaVern (nee McHargue) Christensen. Mrs. Willhite is survived by a daughter, Tiana Tymn; a brother, Dean Christensen; a sister, Barbara (Randy) Teel; and grandchildren, Brittany, Brodie and Brooklyn Nelson. She is preceded in death by a son, Lyle L. Nelson. Mrs. Willhite owned a nutrition business. Visitation was at Hope Christian Church where Pastor Darrell Jones conducted a funeral. Burial was at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Thompsonville. Memorials may be made to Hope Christian Church Benevolence Fund. DeFabio Home had charge of the arrangements.

Ardell Lydia Vogt, nee Mueller, 89, of Columbia died Oct. 19 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born June 6, 1918 in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Henry Mueller and Augusta Hoffmann. She was married to the late Lorenzo W. Vogt on Oct. 1, 1940 in St. Louis. He died Dec. 31, 2004. Survivors include children Lorraine (Harvey) Hoffmann, Delores (Vernon) Wienhoff, Arlene Vogt, Erlene Gasser, Jay R. (Judy) Vogt, Melvin H. Vogt, Carol (James) Eames; 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; sisters Pearl (Michael) Halloran and Twila Hankammer; a brother, Ralph (Helen) Mueller; and a sister-in-law, Viola Mueller Roos. Mrs. Vogt is preceded in death by her son-in-law, Henry Gasser; granddaughter, DeeAnn Wienhoff; sister, Mildred Berneking; brothers Robert and Nelson Mueller; and a grandson-in-law, Chad Shearer. Mrs. Vogt was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, the Women’s Guild and the kitchen committee. She was a former Cub Scout den mother. She retired from Durrer’s Dairy Freeze in Columbia after 20 years. Visitation was at the Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. Paul United Church of Christ on Oct. 22, the Rev. Bob Goddard officiating. Burial was at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Care Center or St. Paul UCC.

Gladys L. “Bounce" Oestreich, nee Kipping, 79, of Waterloo died Oct. 23, in Red Bud. She was the wife of the late Raymond K. “Ace” Oestreich. Mrs. Oestreich was born Sept. 30, 1928, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Grace (nee Andres) Kipping. Survivors include daughter, Teresa (Danny) Sellers; sisters Gloria (Leo) Thoma and Grace (Ted) Mitan; brothers Spencer (Ellen) Kipping, Stanford (Patricia) Kipping Sr. and Steve (Carol) Kipping; grandchildren Stacey Ann, Danny D., Ashley Marie, Rusty Levi Sellers and Bud Rhodes; and great grandson Brock Anthony Arpin. Mrs. Oestreich was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Kipping, and a sister-in-law, Anna Mae (nee Buttons) Kipping. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and a charter member and past president of the Waterloo VFW #6504 Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with burial at the church cemetery.

Merril A. Huch, 79, of Millstadt, formerly of Columbia, died Oct. 24, at Garden Place. He was born Jan. 20, 1928 in Columbia, the son of the late Walter E. and Mildred (nee Stumpf) Huch. He is survived by his wife, Betty L. (nee Melliere) Huch. They were married June 7, 1947 in St. Louis. Mr. Huch is survived by sons Mike Huch and Pat (Susan) Huch; daughters, Jeanne (Denny) Diehl, Kay (Fred) Hefflinger and Cindy (Wade) Morgan; grandchildren, Shane Huch, Mark and Mathew Schaefer, John Perea, Teresa (Stephen) Getter, Erica Huch, Scott Lepp, Jackie (Jay) Spanley and Lisa Hester; a daughter-in-law, Teresa (Erich) Huch; a sister, Marion (Louis) Karr; and sister-in-law, Frannie Menard. Mr. Huch was preceded in death by sons Gregory J. and Eric L. Huch. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 520, Granite City. A memorial service was at Hope Christian Church Oct. 26, with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to Hope Christian Church.

Geneva Christina “Geb” Harvell, nee Wilson, 82, of Tamms, died Oct. 25, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 25, 1924 in Thebes, the daughter of the late James B. and Opal Mae (nee Grant) Wilson. She was married to the late Gerald Harvell who died May 30, 2002. Survivors include daughter, Diann Kuni; son, Jay (Gail) Harvell; sisters Virginia Goddard, Patsy Brown, Laverne Thompson and Audrey Hillard; grandson, Guy Robert Kuni; granddaughters, Angela Kuni, Kassey Harvell and Karrey Harvell; and aunt, Winifred “Winnie” Hughes. She is preceded in death by sisters Brenda Wilson and Dimple Honey. Mrs. Harvell was a homemaker, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post #6368 in Dupo and the First Baptist Church in East Carondelet. Visitation was at the Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo and the Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. A funeral was Oct 29 at the Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Mark Kirk and Brian Thompson officiating. Burial was at McCrite Cemetery, Alexander County.

Mathilda M. Schmidt, nee Schroeder, 93, of Columbia died Thursday, Oct. 25 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born July 9, 1914, in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late George and Mary (nee Goodman) Schroeder. She was the wife of the late Raymond Schmidt. They were married Aug. 29, 1935 in Columbia. Survivors include a son, Kenneth (Joyce) Schmidt; grandchildren Jan (Robert) Glaenzer, Kevin (Kathy) Schmidt, David (Lisa) Schmidt, Jill (Calvin) Whitford and Julie (Doug) Stinemetz; great-grandchildren, Kristen, Erin, Jared, Reid, Peyton, Danielle, Casey, Brandy, Ashley, Emma and Ava; great- great-grandchild, Dontray; and a sister, Bernell Andres. Mrs. Schmidt is preceded in death by brothers George, Roy and Harold Schroeder, and sisters, Catherine Korves, Lavina Mueller and Lorraine Schroeder. Mrs. Schmidt was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. Visitation was at the Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was conducted Oct. 27 at the church with Father Steve Gira officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund.

Dorothy Burton, 85, of Waterloo, died Oct. 30, 2007, in St. Louis. She is buried at Waterloo Cemetery.

September
Stephen Dennis Young, 37, of Waterloo, died Sept. 1, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born May 6, 1970, in Jeffersonville, Ind., the son of Lea Ann Young (Duke) Garbrough nee Brooks of Jeffersonville, Ind., and the late Stephen Young. Mr. Young is survived by his mother and step-father; daughters Kayla Jewel Young of Prairie du Rocher, and Emmalea Elizabeth Young of Prairie du Rocher; siblings Kelly (Leon) Gallahar of Charlestown, Ind., Warren (Karen) Young of Fordsville, Ky., Shawnee (Brandon) Coppage of Fordsville, Ky., and Tracy Bratcher of Fordsville, Ky.; grandparents Joe and Maxine Young of Fordsville, Ky., step-mother Hilda Young of Fordsville, Ky., significant other Wendy Buch of Waterloo, and her children Kelsey, Nathan and Jordan; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Young was part owner of Ameritank Inc. in Red Bud. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Visitation and a funeral service were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. He is buried at City Cemetery in Red Bud.

Leo O. Schultheis, 72, of Prairie du Rocher, died Sept. 2, 2007, in Cahokia. He was born Dec. 7, 1934, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of Vera C. Schultheis of Red Bud and the late Leo C. Schultheis. Mr. Schultheis is survived by his mother; children Sally (Michael) Griffin of Imperial, Mo., and Laurie Schultheis-Phillips of Lakeland, Fla.; grandchildren Terra (Gary) Gabelman of New Athens, Nicole (Jeff) Nolen of Freeburg, Cathy (Dan) Ruhmann of New Athens, and Lisa Smith of Baldwin; seven great-grandchildren; and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. He is buried at Zion Cemetery in St. Joe. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.

Christina Marie Yochum nee Schwartz, 43, of Columbia, died Sept. 1, 2007. She was born June 1, 1964, in Granite City, the daughter of Ella Jane Schwartz nee Allen of St. Louis, and the late Robert Paul Schwartz. She married Stephen Yochum in 1993. Ms. Yochum is survived by her mother; husband; children Ashley, Amanda, Alyssa, Alex and Austin Yochum; siblings Robert (Joan) Schwartz, Bryan (Katie) Schwartz, and Cheryl (Larry) Thomas; half-sister Cindy (Terry) Dittenbur; mother- and father-in-law Harold and Rose Yochum of Waterloo; brothers- and sisters-in-law Mark (Kelly) Yochum, Lisa (Craig) Bower, and Gregory (Rachel) Yochum; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father and brother Bruce Schwartz. Mrs. Yochum was a graduate of Webster University and worked as a optician for Erker’s Optical in St. Louis until 1995, when she became a mother. She will be remembered for her great faith in God. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at First Baptist Church, Pastor Dan Freet officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Yochum Children’s Fund at Columbia National Bank.

Timothy L. Godier, 44, of Prairie du Rocher, died Sept. 3, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born July 13, 1963, in Red Bud, the son of Floyd and Betty Godier nee Bievenue of Prairie du Rocher. He married Deborah Niermann in 1993. Mr. Godier is survived by his parents; wife; children Chrystle (Terry) Donjon of Ruma, Candace “Petie” Godier and special friend Nick Mudd of Modoc, Gregory Godier of Prairie du Rocher, and Andrea “AJ” Godier of Prairie du Rocher; grandchildren Bryce Donjon, Hayden Donjon and Dalton Mudd; siblings Rick Godier of Chester, Rod Godier of Prairie du Rocher, Dan (Susie) Godier of Waterloo, Renee (Bill) Heidle of Crossville, Tenn., Donald (Arlene) Godier of Prairie du Rocher, Michelle (James) Weber of Prairie du Rocher, and Treva (Scott) McDonough of Ellis Grove; mother- and father-in-law John and Connie Niermann of Red Bud; and brother-in-law Gerry Niermann of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his daughter Bethany Ann Godier. Mr. Godier was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. He was a union laborer for Local #196 in Waterloo. He was a member of the Modoc Sportsman’s Club and was a member of the Prairie du Rocher School Board. He was an avid motorcyclist and loved to work on old cars. He could often be seen working outside mowing grass and clearing brush with his tractor. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral Mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. He is buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher.

Patsy E. Dollins nee Holt, 71, of Dupo, died Sept. 4, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born June 3, 1936, in Rockville, Mo., the daughter of the late Dock and Mayme Eldridge. She was married to the late Melvin L. Godare, then the late Frank Dollins Sr. Mrs. Dollins is survived by her children Mary (Rob) Carner of Dupo, John (Becky) Eldridge of Dupo, and Butch Dollins of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; grandchildren Mickey Godare, Amanda (Joe) Bivins, Patti Godare, Jacob Carner, Meghan (Marv) Carner, Christopher Carner, Tyler Eldridge, Erin Eldridge, Ryan Gloeckner, Joshua Dollins and Brandon Dollins; great-grandchildren Caitlynn Bivins, Sierra Godare and Kyra Godare; brother Charles (Joyce) Eldridge; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, daughter Kathy Godare, granddaughter Haley Dollins, brother Bill Holt, and best friend Marjorie Howell. Mrs. Dollins was a member of First Baptist Church in Dupo. She was a member of American Legion Post 485 in Dupo. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Rick Lay officiating. She was buried in a private service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Helen R. Richter nee Rippelmeyer, 94, of Waterloo, died Sept. 7, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 2, 1913, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Charles and Dorothea Rippelmeyer nee Nobbe. She was married to the late Arthur H. Richter. Mrs. Richter is survived by her sister Ruth Rippelmeyer of Waterloo; sister-in-law Kathy Rippelmeyer of Waterloo; nieces and nephews John (Diana) Prange, Mary (Rick) Jacobs, Peggy (Rick) Spink, Kerry (Keith) Brinkmann; great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Clara S. Rippelmeyer and Dorothy Prange; and brother Carl L. Rippelmeyer. Mrs. Richter was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She was a former Waterloo teacher and was a member of the Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of Ladies Aid and the Peterstown Heritage Society. 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 the Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund.

June Maxine Scheske nee Austin died Sept. 8, 2007. She was married to Kenneth Scheske. Mrs. Scheske is survived by her husband; children Peggy J. (Lloyd) Charboneau and Robert Broshears; step-children Jerry Scheske, Dennis (Margaret) Scheske and Shirley Ford; 13 grandchildren; and great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her son Claude Broshears Jr. and step-son George Broshears. Mrs. Scheske was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in St. Louis, and the Crestwood Elks Lodge Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation was at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton, Mo. A funeral service was at St. John United Church of Christ in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

June Adair Henderson, 79, of Dupo, died Sept. 9, 2007, in Walnut Grove, Mo. She was born May 7, 1928, in Hopkinsville, Ky., the daughter of the late Basil Duke Moss and the late Inez Mae Moss nee Rives. She married Chester W. Henderson in 1955. Mrs. Henderson is survived by her husband; children Chester D. Henderson of Dupo, Tony Henderson of Dupo, Robert Henderson of Dupo, Dennis Pedrick of Valmeyer, Charlotte (Carl) Nickles of Walnut Grove, Mo., Sharon (Bill) Zenthoefer of Londell, Mo., Sheila Sellers of Winter Park, Fla., Sandra (Randy) Buzick of Mt. Olive, Beverly Henderson of Walnut Grove, Mo., and Connie (Mario) Hernandez of St. Louis; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Jim D. Moss; and sister Annie Mae Moss. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Henderson worked as a sales clerk for F.W. Woolworth’s Department store, and as a devoted wife and mother. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Nancy Ribes officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Mt. Olive, Mo.

Wilhelmina Menees nee Thies, 78, died Sept. 10, 2007, in Millstadt. She was born March 19, 1929, in Anna, the daughter of Willie and Mollie Thies nee Angel. She was married to the late Lloyd Menees. Mrs. Menees is survived by her children Shirley (Jerry) McClintock of Belleville, Ivan (Mary) Menees of Millstadt, Barbara (Chester) Barker of Columbia, Lloyd “Buddy” Menees Jr. of Belleville, Mary (Richard) Proctor of Blackshear, Ga., Jerry (Pamela) Menees of Millstadt, and Margie (Randy) Teutrine of Belleville; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings Otto Theis of Millstadt, Charlie (Carolyn) Theis of Millstadt, Howard Theis of Dongola, Gilbert (Mary) Theis of Metropolis, Raymond (Georgine) Theis of Anna, Norman (Judy) Theis of Anna, Larry (Gayle) Theis of Anna, Emma (Lowell) Richardson of Millstadt, and Marie Cupp of Belleville; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; parents-in-law Gladys and Floyd Menees; daughter Sally May Etling; grandchildren Timothy Menees, Lloyd Woods Jr., and Lance Reno McCullough; and siblings and in-laws Mary Louise Olson, Elsie Davis and Lena Rocena Theis, Jean Theis, Joann Theis, Opal Theis, James “Bud” Davis, Raymond Olson and Harold Menees. Mrs. Menees donated her body to Genesis Gift of Life for medical education and research. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Rita C. Howell nee LePere, 85, of Columbia, died Sept. 11, 2007, in Belleville. She was born Oct. 13, 1921, in Cahokia. Ms. Howell is survived by her son Gregory J. (Yvonne E.) Howell of Waterloo; grandchildren Joseph and Lori Howell of Ferguson, Mo., Christopher and Carol Howell of Waterloo, Yvette and Wes Hoeffken of Columbia, Jeanine and Daniel Muskopf of Millstadt, Rita and Ron Belaska of Brownsboro, Ala., Madelon Howell of Waterloo, Theresa and Michael Gooding of O’Fallon, and Debra and Jim Germann of Mt. Vernon; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Ms. Howell was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She worked for 35 years as a buyer of women’s gloves, handkerchiefs, scarves, umbrellas and handbags at Stix Baer and Fuller. She enjoyed her family and instilled in her son and grandchildren her great love of the Lake of the Ozarks, travel and picnics. Visitation was at St. Francis Apartment Community Chapel at Our Lady of Snows in Belleville followed by a Mass of Christina Burial. She is buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund.

Patricia Darlene “Fat Pat” Bunn nee Webb, 62, of St. Louis, died Sept. 11, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Feb. 18, 1945, in Doniphan, Mo., the daughter of the late Arline Lockhart nee Webb, and Robert Lockhart, whom she thought of as her father. She was married to Russell Ivan “Rocky” Bunn for 20 years. Mrs. Bunn is survived by her husband; daughters Carol (Larry) Beger nee Reeves, and Paul Ball nee Reeves (John Theriault), both of Belleville; granddaughters Crystal Darlene Mitchell of Belleville, Mary May Foster of Belleville, Nicole Marie (Jason) Logsdon nee Ball of Grand Forks, N.D., and Catherine Elizabeth (Shawn) Tesh nee Ball of Tucson, Ariz.; great-grandchildren Elliana Marie Tesh and Noah Thoma Paul Tech, both of Tucson, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father. Mrs. Bunn worked at the Garden Gate Tea Room in Granite City until developing lung cancer. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Matt Friz officiating. She is buried at New Douglas Cemetery in New Douglas. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or BJC Hospice.

Estella Stirnaman nee Barker, 57, of Bonne Terre, Mo., formerly of Ruma, died Sept. 12, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 12, 1950, in St. Louis, the daughter of Bernadine Barker nee DeRousse and the late Bert Barker. She married Courtland “Buck” Stirnaman in 1985; he preceded her in death in 2003. Mrs. Stirnaman is survived by her mother; children David Madden of Prairie du Rocher, Zelina (Matthew) West of Sedalia, Mo.; step-children Wayne (Janel) Stirnaman of Arizona, and Doris (Joseph) Neff of Smithton; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters Marie (Jim) Pyatt of Murphysboro, and LouAnn (John) Wolz of Millstadt; brothers John (Charlotte) Barker of Columbia, Bart Barker of Waterloo, and Jim (Lisa) Barker of Waterloo; and special friend and loving companion Darrell “Bob” Weible. She was preceded in death by her father; husband; and siblings Jerry Rose, Mary Jane Schrieber and Leonard Kramer. Mrs. Stirnaman was a member of First Baptist Church of Prairie du Rocher. She was also a member of Greyhound Companions of Missouri and was a past member of the Randolph County Police Association. Visitation and a funeral service were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home, Pastor Darrell Jones Officiating. She is buried at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery in Modoc. Memorials may be made to Greyhound Companions of Missouri.

Loretta H. Marion nee Vogt, 89, formerly of Chicago, died Sept. 13, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 21, 1918, in Waterloo, the daughter of John Vogt and Clordis Vogt nee Roider. She was married to the late Joseph Marion. Mrs. Marion is survived by her sons Donald (Joann) Marion of Mt. Prospect, and John (Renee) Marion of Westchester; grandson Christopher Marion of Tucson, Ariz.; great-grandson Alexander Marion of Tucson, Ariz.; sister Arlou Becker of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Donald Vogt and sisters Helen Anderson and Theresa Vogt. 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.

Shirley Arlene Ware nee Anderson, 76, of Millstadt, died Sept. 13, 2007, in Belleville. She was born Sept. 20, 1930, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of the late Oscar and Eva Anderson nee Smith. She was married to the late Dr. Thomas Ware. Mrs. Ware is survived by her children Susan (Tim) Brater of Arcata, Calif., Tom Ware of Topeka, Kan., Nancy Ware of San Rafael, Calif., Dr. Janet (Dr. Wallace) Abel of Millstadt, and John Ware of Columbia; grandchildren Allie Brater, Gwynn Brater, Lauren Shepard, Lindsay Shepard, Nicholas Abel, Rhea Abel and Hal Abel; siblings Joy Trullinger of Des Moines, Iowa, and Dr. Rod Anderson of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Ware was a member of P.E.O. and First Presbyterian Church in Sioux City, Iowa, where she sang in the choir for more than 50 years. Mrs. Ware was cremated, per her request. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice.

Hayley V. Garner, 3 months, died Sept. 14, 2007, Red Bud. She was born June 21, 2007, in Belleville, the daughter of Nikki DeRousse and Tim Garner. She is survived by her parents; siblings Kelsey DeRousse, Tyler Garner, Timothy Garner Jr., Elise Garner and Emma Garner; and aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her brother Dalton DeRousse and grandmothers Marsha Garner and Vickie Day. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A graveside service was held at Naylor Masonic Cemetery in Naylor, Mo., Pastor Donnie Fowler officiating.

William P. Butler, 91, of Red Bud, died Sept. 14, 2007, in Red Bud. He was born May 25, 1916, in Jackson County, the son of the late Frank and Julia Butler nee Boucher. He married the late Regina Qualls in 1944; she preceded him in death in 2003. Mr. Butler is survived by his children Merle (Pat) Butler of Red Bud, and Linda (Dan) Crafton of Red Bud; grandchildren Michael (Molly) Butler, Michelle (Stephen) Ott and Brent Crafton; great-grandchildren Joshua William Butler and Skylar Ann Butler; brothers Walter Butler of Mascoutah, and Urban (Margaret) Butler of Gorham; and sister Frances Hubbard of Niles, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brothers Boyd Butler, Dan Butler and David Butler. Mr. Butler was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Red Bud. He worked for Luhr Bros. for 45 years and he was an operating engineer for Local #520 in Granite City. He was a member of VFW Post #6632 in Red Bud. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral service was at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Red Bud, Rev. William Graves officiating. A military graveside service was held by VFW Post #6632 in Red Bud at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Red Bud.

Larry Wayne Robins, 57, of Waterloo, died Sept. 15, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born March 6, 1950, in Haleyville, Ala., the son of Movelene (Jim) Wakefield and the late Clifton Lonzo Robins. He was married to Rachel Robins nee Williams. Mr. Robins is survived by his mother and step-father; wife; children Misty (Chris) Cole, Haley Wayne (Lori) Robins, Nikki Robins, Britney Springfield and Stephanie Posey; grandchildren Colton Cole, Kaitlyn Cole, Somer Robins and Autum Robins; brother Keith Robins; sister Phyllis Watts; father- and mother-in-law Doris and Earcle Williams; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Robins was a U.S. veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Twin Rivers Worship Center in St. Louis. He was an engineer for Union Pacific Railroad and was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo. He is interred at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Double Springs, Ala. Memorials may be made to Twin Rivers Worship Center in St. Louis.

Kathryn E. Laurent Clerc, 91, of Prairie du Rocher, died Sept. 17, 2007 in Red Bud. She was born Aug. 18, 1916, in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Lee and Barbara Aubuchon nee Okenfuss. She married Theodore Laurent in 1937; he preceded her in death in 1949. She married William Clerc in 1966; he preceded her in death in 1998. Mrs. Clerc is survived by her children John “Jackie” (Ava) Laurent of Prairie du Rocher, David (Cheri) Laurent of Belleville, Barbara Zeiger of Red Bud, Marcella (Leo) Deterding of Red Bud, Charlotte (Louis) Henerfauth of Fults, and Janet Fults of Topeka, Kan.; step-son Gene (Arlene) Clerc of Prairie du Rocher; son-in-law Donald “Fuzzy” Nevois of Red Bud; 20 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; siblings Lee (Irene) Aubuchon of Reno, Nev., Max Aubuchon of Granite City, Jacqueline Prange of Prairie du Rocher, and Audrey Kieffer of Red Bud; and sisters-in-law Florence Laurent of Red Bud, and Geraldine Aubuchon of Red Bud. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; daughter Margaret Nevois; grandson Kenneth Henerfauth; granddaughter Makenna Laurent; brother Urban Aubuchon and Oliver Aubuchon; sister Evelyn Aubuchon; and son-in-law William Zeiger. Mrs. Clerc was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher and Altar Sodality. She was also a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Prairie du Rocher and La Guiannee Society. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral Mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. She is buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to the Cerebral Palsy of Southwestern Illinios.

Margaret H. Stoeckel, 75, of Waterloo, formerly of Millstadt, died Sept. 17, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 14, 1931, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Alonzo and Theresa Becherle nee Selzer. She was married to the late Joseph A. Stoeckel. Mrs. Stoeckel is survived by her children Joseph (Sue) Stockel of Russellville, Ark., Steven (Ange) Stoeckel of O’Fallon, James (Cheryl) Stoeckel of Villa Ridge, Mo., Lois (Ray) Martinez of Sacramento, Calif., and Marie (Darrell) Scharf of Millstadt; grandchildren Raymond Martinez, Jason Martinez, Ryan Martinez, Sarah Stoeckel, Alex Stoeckel, Jennifer (Donald) James, Patrick (Theresa) Johnson, Betse Stoeckel, Maggie Stoeckel Steven Stoeckel III, Dustin Scharf, Nicole Stoeckel and James “JJ” Stoeckel Jr.; great-grandchildren Samantha Feldman, Sasha Martinez, Dillon Johnson, and Alyson Johnson (Brandon Rogers); siblings Ruth (the late Erwin) Herrmann of Millstadt, Carol (Calvin) Fries of Columbia, and Lawrence (Betty) Becherle of Columbia; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Linda C. Lehr, and brother Andy Becherle. Mrs. Stoeckel was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt and the St. James Perpetual Help Sodality and the Newman Auxiliary. She was a retired bookkeeper with 25 years of service with Roy Wolfmeier Trucking 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. James Catholic Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt or Hospice of Bethesda Southgate in St. Louis.

Ellen C. Stumpf, 60, of Columbia, died Sept. 17, 2007, in Belleville. She was born May 17, 1947, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Roy R. and Florence C. Stumpf nee Mueller. Ms. Stumpf is survived by her brother Kenneth (Evelyn) Stumpf of Columbia; sister Erlene Bretzlaff of Columbia; nephews Matthew Bretzlaff, John (Kim) Bretzlaff, Gary (Leona) Stumpf, Jay (Kim) Stumpf and Kurt (Kim) Stumpf; nieces Cheri (Butch) Riebeling and Jane (Joe) Menner; 14 great-nieces and nephews; and four great-great-nieces and nephews. Ms. Stumpf was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where she was a member of the choir and was treasurer of Women’s Evening Fellowship. She often volunteered with Sunday School, at Columbia Convalescent Center and Monroe County Relay for Life. She was employed as a filing clerk at the Danna McKitrick Law Offices in Clayton, Mo. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. A funeral service was 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 or the American Cancer Society.

Ruth Schnoeker nee Schrader, 69, of Evansville, died Sept. 18, 2007, in Belleville. She was born July 8, 1938, in Steeleville, the daughter Selma Schrader nee Dirks of Chester and the late Elmer H. Schrader. She married to Norlyn Schnoeker in 1958. Ms. Schnoeker is survived by her mother; husband; children Stacey (Art) Roscow of Fenton, Mo., Steven (Donna) Schnoeker of Evansville, Karla (Scott) Rogers of Evansville, and Natalie (Dion) Chandler of Red Bud; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother Ken (Rita) Schrader of Steeleville; sister Donna (Ken) Kober of Collinsville; and sister-in-law Alice Welge of Chester. She was preceded in death by her father, great-granddaughter Aubrey Schnoeker, two nephews; one great-niece; her mother- and father-in-law; and one brother-in-law. Mrs. Schnoeker was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Evansville. She was a certified habilitation technician at Ellner Terrace in Evansville. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Evansville. A funeral service was at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Evansville, Rev. James Leistico officiating. She is buried at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery in Evansville. Memorials may be made to Christ Savior Lutheran High School.

Juanita B. Bieber nee Bowles, 77, of Valmeyer, died Sept. 19, 2007. She was born June 23, 1930, in Belgrade, Mo., the daughter of the late Alonzo Bowles and Eunice Bowles nee Owens. She married the late Carl Bieber in 1948. Mrs. Bieber is survived by her children Debra (Gary) Clark of Valmeyer, Terry Bieber of Columbia, Brenda (Bruce) Wrinkle of Quincy, Larry (Janet) Bieber of Columbia, Rhonda Craft of Marion, Glenda (Jeff) McKinney of Dongola, and Perry Bieber of Valmeyer; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers Everett Bowles, and Ronnie (Alice) Bowles; and sisters Dollie (Nelson) Vogt, and Dima (Glenn) Becket. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Barry Bieber and brother Paul Bowles. Mrs. Bieber worked at Obernester Glass in East St. Louis and as a secretary for the Columbia Senior Citizens. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. A private funeral service and internment were held. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association.

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Lester A. Opel, 91, of Red Bud, formerly of South Roxana, died Aug. 1, 2007, in Red Bud. He was born Aug. 8, 1915, in Edwardsville, the son of the late William and Alpha Opel nee Martin. He married the late Nola P. Harrison in 1942; she preceded him in death in 1992. Mr. Opel is survived by his sons William (Debbie) Opel of Red Bud, and Michael (Elli Schaefer) Opel of Columbia; granddaughters Jennifer (Rick) Myerscough of Red Bud, and Traci (Jonathan) Liefer of Red Bud; and great-granddaughters Kelsey, Lauren, Isabella and Emilee. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one sister and five brothers. Mr. Opel was a member of United Methodist Church in Wanda. He worked as a lab technician for Shell Oil in Roxanna for 45 years. Visitation and a funeral service were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. He is buried at Wanda Cemetery in South Roxana. Memorials may be made to Red Bud Regional Hospital.

Keith “Kedo” Hayes, 42, of Lenzburg, died Aug. 2, 2007, in Lenzburg. He was born April 6, 1965, in Red Bud, the son of Jack and Judy Hayes. He was married to Jami Hayes. Mr. Hayes is survived by his parents; wife; children Jeremiah Hayes and Autumn Hayes; siblings Gary (Robin) Hayes, Karen (Don Snow) Sweet, Lisa (Guy) Rhodes, and Tricia (Buddy) Headrick; mother- and father-in-law Jim and Wanda Woodcock; in-laws Cindy (Michael) Williams; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by Raymond and Marge Hayes and Edward and Melba Neusel. Visitation and a memorial service were at DeFabio Funeral Home.

John T. Mathews Sr., 61, of Prairie du Rocher, died Aug. 3, 2007, in Prairie du Rocher. He was born Nov. 27, 1945, in Red Bud, the son of the late Simon and Agnes Mathews nee Schneider. Mr. Mathews is survived by his special loved one Shirley Tierce; children John (Jeannie) Mathews Jr., Jane (Paul) Jackson, and Jermey (Jaime) Mathews; grandchildren Sarah Mathews, Jenifer Mathews, Christina Jackson, Jessica Mathews, Jada Beth Mathews, Jason Mathews, Jonah Mathews, Becky Dinning, Jeremy Dinning, Joey Dinning, Jessica Tierce and Michaela Tierce; step-children Scott (Sheryl) Dinning, Chris (Barbie) Tierce, Missy (Ted) Niemann, Doug Overall, Steven Hoffman, Keith Hoffman, and Tonya Bergmann; brothers and sisters Orval (Nancy) Mathews, Dale Mathews, Clyde (Shirley) Mathews, Dennis (Lynn) Mathews, David Mathews, and Jane (Bill) Posey; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, special friends and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Mathews was a member of the Maeystown Sportsman’s Club and Fort Charters Sportsman’s Club. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. He is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Prairie du Rocher Sportsman’s Club or Family Hospice.

Ruth E. Hahn, 87, of Modoc, died Aug. 4, 2007, in Modoc. She was born Aug. 29, 1919, in St. Mary’s, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Martha Yallaly nee Harter. She married the late Roy Hahn in 1947; he preceded her in death in 1971. Mrs. Hahn is survived by her children Barbara “Bobbie” (Paul) Toenjes of Columbia, Jeanette (Ron) Melliere or Modoc, Joe Hahn of Modoc, David (Debbie) Hahn of Modoc, and John (Kim) Hahn of Arnold, Mo.; grandchildren Brad (Sheri) Toenjes, Jenny Toenjes, Matt (Stacey) Melliere, Michelle (Kevin) McGill, Ryan (Amy) Melliere, Greg (Dana) Hahn, Carrie Hahn, Sherry (Chris) Crain, Jared (Jenny) Hahn, Daniel (Becky) Hahn, Elizabeth (Jon) Lawrence and Sam Lawson; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Thomas Yallaly of St. Louis; and many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers Adolph Boyd, Amos “Pete” Yallaly, John “Spruce” Yallaly, William “Bill” Yallaly and Fr. Jules Yallaly. Mrs. Hahn was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Modoc. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Leo Catholic Church, Fr. Clyde Grogan officiating. She is buried at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery in Modoc. Memorials may be made to Christina Foundation for Children and Aging, Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Leo Catholic Church.

Jerome H. Koetting, 67, of Waterloo, died Aug. 7, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 21, 1939, in St. Louis, the son of the late Raymond F. and Cecilia M. Koetting nee Heck. He was married to Joyce Koetting nee Brand. Mr. Koetting is survived by his wife; children Sandra (Doug) Sperino of O’Fallon, Linda (Larry) O’Dell of O’Fallon, Sheila Koetting of Smithton, and Daniel (Carrie) Koetting of Smithton; grandchildren Jeremy Bateman, Dustin Bateman, Emily Lewis, Richard Koetting, Matthew Koetting, Tristan Sperino, Danielle Koetting, and Chastity (Brock) Michaud; great-grandchildren Christina, Kylie, Faith, Alyssa, Menina, Kaden, Phoenix and Gabe; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Koetting was at member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. He was also a member of Hecker Community Center and Teamsters Local 50. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. Augustine Church in Hecker, Msgr. Jerome Billing officiating. He is buried at St. Augustine Cemetery in Hecker.

Mildred E. Baumer, 92, of Columbia, died Aug. 7, 2007, in Columbia. She was born July 25, 1915, in Columbia, the daughter of the late William J. Baumer and Henrietta E. Ahrens. Ms. Baumer is survived by her nieces and nephews Norma (Tom) Matejka of Brookfield, Wisc., Sharon (Paul) Braun of Smithton, Kevin (Elizabeth) Diehl of Columbia, Ralph Baumer of Wood River, Pat (Chuck) Kalert of Freeburg, Alice (Mel) Liechty of Newark, Del., and Don (Gina) Baumer of Troy; 13 great-nieces and great-nephews; six great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; sister-in-law Anna Baumer of St. Louis; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Caroline Diehl, and brothers Alfred Baumer and Carl Baumer. Ms. Baumer was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, where she was active in the afternoon and evening fellowship groups. She was also a member of Columbia Senior Citizens and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. She worked as a secretary for the Monroe County Health Department. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was 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.

Fremond W. Kohlmeier, 84, of Waterloo, died Aug. 7, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Waterloo, the son of the late Theodore and Sophia Kohlmeier nee Hohnbaum. He was married to Laverne L. Kohlmeier. Mr. Kohlmeier is survived by his children Connie (Steve) Kostecki of Waterloo, Kevin Kohlmeier of Waterloo, Vicki (John) Koerber of Waterloo, and Lori (Robb) Hermanson of St. Louis; grandchildren Michael Kostecki, Tyler Kostecki, Cassie Kostecki, Anna (Seth) Aycock, Gavin Kohlmeier, Natalie Kohlmeier, Kyle (Brooke) Koerber, Kate Koerber and Kelly Koerber; great-grandchildren Grant Koerber and Garet Koerber; brothers and sisters Sylvester (Clara) Kohlmeier of Waterloo, Audrey Hoffmann of Waterloo, and Wilbert Kohlmeier of Waterloo; brother-in-law Lewis Lich of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Lorena P. Lich and twin brother Raymond M. Kohlmeier. Mr. Kohlmeier was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. He was also a member of Waterloo VFW Post 6504 and a past member of the Waterloo American Legion. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. He is buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Wartburg. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

Herman H. Gremmels Jr., 80, of Waterloo, died Aug. 8, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born May 18, 1927, in St. Louis, the son of the later Herman H. Sr. and Ella Gremmels nee Heihn. He was married to Louise C. Gremmels nee Mueller. Mr. Gremmels is survived by his wife; children Terry Lee, Pam (Jimmie) Niemeyer, Ricky Dale (Delana) Gremmels, and Tim (Susan) Gremmels; step-children Janet (Michael) Kolmer, Gary (Heidi) Wheat, and Nancy (Mark) Gerdes; six grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; brother Chaplin Delbert (Lela) Gremmels; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sons Carlos Gremmels and Keith Gremmels. Mr. Gremmels was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. He was a lifetime member of Chester VFW, past commander of Chester American Legion, Morris Lodge AF & AM in Waterloo. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Pastor Doug Roberts and Pastor Kenneth Knobloch. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo or Mid-America Transplant Association.

Mildred Louise Goodwin, 80, of Dupo, died Aug. 13, 2007, in Dupo. She was born Oct. 17, 1926, in Columbus, Ky., the daughter of the late Ronald and Nellie Jane Childers nee Chaney. She was married to the late Frank Robert “Bob” Goodwin Sr. Mrs. Goodwin is survived by her children Sheila (Donald) Ellis of Dupo, Frank R. Goodwin of Dupo, and Theresa Hunt of Dupo; grandchildren Mandy Lynn Goodwin, Faith Michelle Dugan and Sean Hunt; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson Christopher Michael Goodwin, and sisters Ruby Bishop and Mary Beck. Mrs. Goodwin was a member of First Congregational Church in Dupo. She had worked for Toby Color Card Co. as a machine operator in St. Louis. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Robert Lee officiating. She is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the American Cancer Society.

Amy Melissa Watkins, 34, of Dupo, died Aug. 12, 2007, in Dupo. She was born Jan. 18, 1973, in Centreville, the daughter of Fallis and Kay Watkins III nee McKinney. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Ashley Watkins; brother Scot Watkins; grandparents Kelly and Ruby Heyen; and aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Fallis and Alice Watkins and her uncle Mike McKinney. Visitation and a memorial service were at Dashner Funeral Home.

Sgt. Major John A. Rouse (U.S. Army ret.), 84, died Aug. 11, 2007, in Columbia. Mr. Rouse was the owner and operator of Rouse’s Discount Stores, Inc. in Columbia for 43 years. He remained active in the business until his death. Retired from the Army after 20 years, Sgt. Major Rouse served in both World War II and the Korean War. He did two tours in Korea and was the youngest sergeant major in the army infantry at the time of his promotion. He was assigned to army intelligence. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was Mason and a Shriner. Survivors include two children, Bruce Rouse of St. Louis and Mary (Gus) Vornas of Arizona; one grandson, John Varnos; and longtime friend Nancy Kurtz of Columbia. Mr. Rouse was born June 6, 1923 at Charlotte, NC. At his request, Mr. Rouse was cremated and there was no visitation or funeral. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children or Southern Illinois Hospice, Belleville. Rouse’s Discount Store will continue operating as usual under the ownership and management of Bruce Rouse. Hours have been changed to Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Daniel Norman Carron, 18, of Cabot, Ark., died Aug. 11, 2007. He was born Jan. 19, 1989, in Belleville, the son of William Carron and Lisa Menz. He is survived by his father William Carron of Belleville; mother and step-father Lisa and Michael Wayne Hawkins of Cabot, Ark.; grandparents Ruth and Joe Scigliano of Petaluma, Calif., Bill and Gwen Menz of O’Fallon, Henry and Sandra Hawkins of Cabot, Ark., and Norman and Dorothy Carron of Belleville; special friend Samantha Head of Jacksonville; aunts and uncles Norman (Maria) Carron of Belleville, Patty (Bob) Smith of Belleville, Denise (Kelvin) Argo of Belleville, Kathy (Ron) Grasle of Red Bud, Ron Carron of Belleville, Bill (Sandy) Menz of Cabot, Ark., and Rick (Ruth) Menz of Wood River; and cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Annabelle Carron, sister Allison Carron and aunt Debra Mills. Mr. Carron was a 2007 graduate of Cabot High School, where he was involved with the Drama Club, band and was president of the Spanish Club. He was involved with community theater and taught drama camp. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home. He is buried at Green Mount Cemetery in Belleville.

Lila Mae Mentel nee Wild, 73, of Valmeyer, died Aug. 14, 2007, in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 12, 1933, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late William and Edna Wild Jr. nee Meyer. She was married to George Mentel. Mrs. Mentel is survived by her husband; children Stephen W. Mentel, Marshon M. (David) Donley, and Sue E. (John) Wasner; grandchildren Trevor Wolfe and Tiara Wasner; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers LaMar Wild and LaRue Wild, and sister Wanda Stock. Mrs. Mentel was a member of St. Mary Church in Valmeyer and the Altar Sodality. She was also a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 901 and was a former Avon sales representative. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer, Msgr. Ted Baumann officiating. She is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made in the form of Masses.

Marian C. Pieper nee Sumnler, 86, of Waterloo, died Aug. 15, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 26, 1920, in Rector, Ark., the daughter of the late Charlie and Myrtle Sumnler nee Miller. She is survived by her children Carol Parker, formerly of Smithton, William (Marilyn) Boyd of Columbia, Donna (Stewart) Frisch of Las Vegas, Nev., and Kathryn Harres of Columbia; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother James Sumnler of Florida; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Betty Sedlack and sisters Maxine Raker and Anna Stein. Ms. Pieper was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She was retired as a seamstress for Carle Inc. in St. Louis. She was a member of Columbia Senior Citizens and was an avid bridge player. A memorial service was at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Memorials may be made to Columbia Public Library.

Norman Schroeder, 89, of Columbia, died Aug. 15, 2007. He was born April 7, 1918, in Columbia, the son of the late Gustav and Agatha Schroeder nee Hardnacke. He married Margaret Schroeder nee Clements in 1941. Mr. Schroeder is survived by his wife; brother Claude “Jim” (Donna) Schroeder of Columbia; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Gerard Schroeder, daughter Darlene Schroeder and sister Olive Happy. Mr. Schroeder was retired fro the Illinois Gulf Central Railroad as an inspector. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 6165, and was past grand knight and faithful navigator. He was a member of Columbia Senior Citizens and the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. 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 Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Rita Mary Lake nee McLain, 91, of Waterloo, formerly of Dupo, died Aug. 21, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 30, 1916, in St. Marys, Mo., the daughter of the late Bradford and Josephine McLain nee Rubel. She was married to the late Laverne Lake. Mrs. Lake is survived by her sister-in-law Rita McLain of Dupo; nieces Kathy Daminski of Scottsdale, Ariz., Peggy Heinrich of Houston, Texas, Lori Grove of Dupo, and Tammy McLain of Centralia; nephew Kevin McLain of Troy, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers Francis McLain, Lloyd McLain and Roscoe McLain. Mrs. Lake retired from International Shoe Company after 22 years as a bookkeeper. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home. She is interred at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque, N.M. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Maudie B. Childers, 95, of Dupo, died Aug. 23, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Feb. 27, 1912, in Hickman County, Ky., the daughter of the late John and Nettie West nee Jones. She married the late Thomas Childers in 1931. Mrs. Childers is survived by her daughter Margie (Norman) Honey and Jerold Childers; grandchildren Carol and Dan Kupferer, Tom and Luann Beck, Martha Ross, Laura and Kevin Hettenhausen, and Doug and Betsy Childers; great-grandchildren Jodi and Steve Wagner, Jill and Joe Pilling, Amy Beck, Eric and Sarah Beck, Ronda and Chris Shaw, Stephanie and Steve Reichert, Jason Pulse, Chelsea Hennenhausen, Joel Hettenhausen, William Childers, Chad Childers, and Brandon Childers; great-great-grandchildren Austin Broom, Dallas Broom, Aleieha Wagner, Kaitlyn Patton, Addyson Shaw, Connor Shaw and Anna L. Beck; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son and daughter-in-law Ray and Patty Childers. Mrs. Childers was an active member of First Baptist Church in Dupo. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral service was at First Baptist Church in Dupo. She is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Heartland Home and Health Care.

Jean Marie Schuchman nee Stevens, 77, of Smithton, died Aug. 24, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 28, 1929, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Carl and Ivalene Stevens nee York. She married Earl Schuchman in 1948. Mrs. Schuchman is survived by her husband; children Cheryl (Wayne) Hause, Shelley (John) Stier, Kent (Pattie) Schuchman, and Mark (Susan) Schuchman; grandchildren Julie (Graham) Cridland, Laura Hause, Kimberly Hause, John (Anne Lucas) Stier, Michael Stier, Christopher Stier, Ashley Stier, Angela Schuchman, Brittany Schuchman, Sean Schuchman, Rachel Schuchman, Kellie Schuchman and Spencer Schuchman; sisters Carole Conner and Audrey Cornell; and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Kenny Stevens. Mrs. Schuchman was a member of St. Michael Church in Paderborn. She worked as an insurance clerk at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Michael Catholic Church in Paderborn, Fr. Jim Voelker officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or St. Michael Church in Paderborn Building Fund.

Stephen Fredrick Massie, 62, of East Carondelet, died Aug. 25, 2007, in East Carondelet. He was born Oct. 20, 1944, in Herrin, the son of the late Eugene and Nellie Massie nee Halleran. He was married to Kathryn Massie nee Sloan. Mr. Massie is survived by his wife; children Stephen E. (Susan) Massie, Neil B. (Annetta) Massie, Jerald “JD” Massie and Stephanie Massie; grandchildren Colton, Holden, Meghan and Taylor; brothers and sisters Don (Nancy) Massie, Rick (Mary) Massie, Roger (Cathy) Massie, Randy Massie, Cynthia (John) Love, Roxanne (Mark) Wagner, Kathy Brooks, Brenda (Ed) Kempen; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Douglas Massie. Mr. Massie was a member of First Baptist Church in East Carondelet. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 30 years as a trackman. He was a member of the NRA. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo, Rev. Rick Lay officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in East Carondelet.

Betty E. Sukup nee Scarborough, 86, of Columbia, formerly of Dupo, died Aug. 25, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Jan. 28, 1921, in Paducah, Ky., the daughter of the late Oscar and Katie Scarborough nee Quinn. Mrs. Sukup is survived by her son Larry (Nancy) Sukup of Columbia; grandchildren Michelle (Kevin) Volner of Waterloo, and Jeff Sukup of Columbia; great-grandchildren Clayton Volner, Zachary Volner, Spencer Sukup and Dawson Sukup; sister Leah Cain; brother Oscar Scarborough; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers. Ms. Sukup was retired from the Missouri Athletic Club and was the former owner of Betty’s Bouquet in Dupo. She enjoyed gardening, reading and crafts. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Rick Lay officiating. Per her request, she was cremated and interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the hospice of choice.

Clemens Henry Feldker II, 72, of Muskogee, Okla., formerly of Waterloo, died August 27, 2007, in Muskogee, Okla. He was born December 30, 1934 in St. Louis, the son of Clemens and Elizabeth Feldker nee Eschmann. He married Ruth Ann Ahne in 1958. Mr. Feldker is survived by his wife; children, Jean Hensen of St. Louis, Helen Feldker of Columbia, Mo., Elizabeth (Ron) Berger of Wheaton, Md., Pamela Garr of Broken Arrow, Okla., Pauline (Michael) Marks of Wagoner, Okla., Clemens (Kristen) Feldker of Bloomington, Corina (Trevor) Dison of Silver Spring, Md., Joseph (Michelle) Feldker of Broken Arrow, Okla.; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Ann Krausz, and brothers, Paul Feldker and August Feldker, all of Illinois; and nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Feldker was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He worked as a brick mason for many years, a trade he learned from his father. A Rosary was recited in Fosters’ Ivory Chapel. A funeral Mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fr. Bryan Brooks officiating. His is interred at Greenhill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Residence Activities Memorial Fund at Grace Living Center in Muskogee, Okla.

Ruth E. Kuergeleis, 80, of Columbia died Aug. 28, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Oct. 30, 1926, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late William F. and Meta C. Kuergeleis nee Hoffmann. Ms. Kuergeleis is survived by her cousins Charles W. Kuergeleis of Chesterfield, Mo., Marie Stinchcomb of St. Louis, and Luella Russell of Valmeyer; godchildren Kay Schwartz, Marcia Collie, Jeff Grass, Joel Harres, Carl Metter and Alex Lattin; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Ms. Kuergeleis was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #98 – Rob Morris Chapter in Fairview Heights, formerly Monroe Chapter #597. She was a retired vice president of First Bank of Columbia, formerly Monroe National Bank, with 45 years of service. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. She was interred at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia Elevator or Orchestra Fund, or Friends of the Columbia Public Library.

Anna T. Parsons, 87, of Columbia, died Aug. 29, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Aug. 18, 1920, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Augustine and Angelina Palmisano nee Mantia. She married Frank L. Parsons in 1943. Mrs. Parsons is survived by her husband; children Diane Kenuam of Park Hill, Mo., Mary Taylor of Bradley, Ark., Frank (Cheryl) Parsons of Columbia, and Jeannie Magyar of Bossier City, La.; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers Tony Palmisano of Queen Palm, Fla., and Sam Palmisano of St. Louis; sister-in-law Josie Palmisano of St. Louis; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Parsons was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Church, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. She is interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Lydia B. Keller nee Otten, 90, of Millstadt, died Aug. 30, 2007 in Belleville. She was born Aug. 30, 1917, the daughter of the late Henry and Katie Otten nee Bury. She married Harold H. Keller in 1947; he preceded her in death bin 1980. Mrs. Keller is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Betty Ann Keller Timmer and Robert J. Timmer; brother Alvin (Lillian) Otten of Smithton; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Keller was a member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt. She was a 55-year member of VFW Post 7980 Ladies Auxiliary in Millstadt and a member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She quilted for seven years at the Millstadt Senior Center. 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 Millstadt Senior Center.

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Jeanette Deloris Letner, 83, of Cahokia, died July 2, 2007, in Belleville. She was born June 28, 1924, in Herculaneum, Mo., the daughter of the late Lena Peters nee Sapan. She was married to Eugene Letner Sr. Mrs. Letner is survived by her husband; sons Eugene Letner Jr., Mark (Tammy) Letner, Mike Letner, and Gary (Tina) Letner; grandchildren Danielle, Eugene III, Justin, Amanda, Mark Jr., Nicholas, Kelly, Chris, Joshua, Kaylen and Chad; great-grandson Isaac; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and three brothers. Mrs. Letner was a member of the Apostolic Worship Center in Dupo and the Moose Lodge in Cahokia. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo, Pastor Dan Bachelor officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Worship Center in Dupo.

James R. “Rick” Holmes, 58, of Valmeyer, died July 4, 2007, in Valmeyer. He was born March 21, 1949, in Atlanta, Ga., the son of the late Jack Richard and Dorothy Mae Holmes nee Perdue. Mr. Holmes is survived by his longtime partner Annette R. Goldschmidt; children Jack Holmes Sr., Krista Groh, James Holmes, Kassie Holmes and Anthony Holmes; grandchildren Amber Buhlinger, Eric Buhlinger Jr., Timberlyn Buhlinger, Jack “Ricky” Holmes Jr., Brittany Holmes, Brayden Holmes and Alexander Holmes; sister Judy Peoples; extended family Ruth Goldschmidt, Ted Goldschmidt, Anita Graber, Tom Goldschmidt, Tory Watson, Jacob Watson, Victoria Graber, Abby Graber and Jace Goldschmidt; beloved dog Dusty; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Holmes was a member of the Maeystown Sportsman’s Club, the National Rifle Association and was a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club. Visitation and a memorial service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Dennis Jones officiating.

Nelson E. Hoepfinger, 83, of Millstadt, died July 5, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Feb. 14, 1924, in St. Clair County, the son of the late Oliver and Caroline Hoepfinger nee Kleinschmidt. He was married to Bettie “Bert” Hoepfinger. Mr. Hoepfinger is survived by his wife; sons David (Bonnie) Hoepfinger of Millstadt, and Michael “Mick” (Jane) Hoepfinger of Columbia; grandchildren Kristen Hoepfinger, Cal Hoepfinger, Kim Lunte, Kara (Adam) Rosenkranz, Brad Lunte and Gus Hoepfinger; great-grandchildren Jillian Rosenkranz, Sam Rosenkranz and Alex Rosenkranz; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Herschel Hoepfinger. Mr. Hoepfinger was a member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt. He worked for the Millstadt Consolidated School District in the maintenance department and as a school bus driver. He also worked as a carrier for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. He was a member of the Millstadt Sportsman’s Club and the Angler’s Club in Belleville. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. He is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Robyn Hoepfinger Scholarship Fund at the Belleville West High School math departments, Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt, or Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

Emerson “Jake” Hough, 80, of Columbia, formerly of Belleville, died July 5, 2007, in Columbia. He was born Oct. 3, 1926, in Belleville, the son of the late Dr. Charles and Emily Hough nee Mathews. He was married to Geraldine Hough Herrmann nee Kempf. Mr. Hough is survived by his wife; children Darrel (Sylvia) Hough of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Molla (Joe) Cook of Belleville; step-children Laura Robinson, Dan (Rhonda) Herrmann, Mike (Andrea) Herrmann and Jim Herrmann; grandchildren Kati Cook, Jennalee Cook and Bryce Hough; step-grandchildren Kimberly Robinson, Garret Robinson, Kelly Herrmann, Katie Herrmann Joel Herrmann, Dan Lambert and Brett Herrmann; step-great-granddaughter Kaelyn O’Brien; brother Art (Elma) Hough; and his yellow Labrador Sandra Sue Hough. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Judith Hough nee Mueller; and brothers William Hough and Raymond Hough. Mr. Hough was a member of the United Church of Christ and attended church in Belleville, at Zion in Millstadt and St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where he sang in the choir. He was a Boy Scout in his youth and a scout leader as an adult, receiving the Order of the Arrow. He was a past master counselor of Tancred Chapter, Order of Demolay, where he received the Order of Chevalier. He graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1944, where he played in the band and orchestra and was a member of the tennis team. He was a veteran of World War II as a merchant seaman, serving in the Pacific Theatre on the SS Benjamin Bonneville and in the Atlantic on the SS Jacob Lukenby. He was also in the Korean War, serving on the USS Stribling. He was also assigned to the Destroyer Atlantic Tennis Squad in Norfolk, Va. He was a member of the SS Samual Parker chapter of American Merchant Marine and Armed Guard Veterans. He retired from Marsh Co. after 39 years. He was a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 29, playing string bass and singing with a number of local bands. He began as a bass player with the Tom Harrison Band in high school and most recently was a member of the Don James Band as a vocalist. He was also the emcee for local concerts. He was a member of R.S.V.P. and volunteered for 14 years in the information booth at SWIC and BAC, the last year as an assistant in the Schmidt Art Center. He was an art student at the college and as an artist received a number of awards at local art shows. HE also enjoyed working in the yard and garden, traveling and cooking. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. He is interred at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia Elevator Fund of the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation GED program.

Alvera Anna Eshom nee Kohnz, 95, of St. Louis, formerly of Valmeyer, died July 7, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 28, 1911, in Chaflin Bridge, the daughter of the late Peter and Mary Kohnz nee Weber. She was married to the late Cleo Dale Eshom for more than 50 years. Mrs. Eshom is survived by her children Rita Mae Eshom, Muriel J. (James) Benz, Robert J. (Gertrude) Eshom and Judith E Josten; grandchildren Margot L. (John) Schultz, Julianna Benz, Joseph Benz and Kristen B. (Larry) Fitze; step-grandchildren Eric (Jennifer) Seidler and Shelly Helf; great-grandchildren Lucy Schultz, Peter Schultz, Aaron Fitze and Shelby FItze; step-great-grandchildren Griffin Seidler, Logan Seidler, Sophie Seidler, Jessica Helf, Megan Helf and Jason Helf; sister Sylvia (Earl) Krebel; brother Floyd (Louise) Kohnz; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Veronica Krebel. Mrs. Eshom was a graduate of Valmeyer Community High School and obtained her registered nurse certificate from St. Mary’s Hospital Training School in East St. Louis. After raising her family she worked as a geriatric nurse at the nursing home in Monroe County. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and other domestic activities. She lost her Valmeyer home in the Flood of 1993 and spent her last 14 years at Tesson Heights Retirement Center in St. Louis, where she participated in many activities including writing the monthly newsletter, taking art classes, playing in the chime choir and making many friends. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer, Msgr. Ted Baumann officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Building Fund.

Josephine Hutchings nee Poenitske, 79, of Waterloo, died July 7, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Sept. 27, 1927, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Andrew and Sophie Poenitske nee Hornbostel. She was married to the late Richard C. Hutchings. Mrs. Hutchings is survived by her daughers Phyllis (Charles) Lloyd of Waterloo, and Kathryn Schrader of Waterloo; grandson Michael (Pam) Lloyd; great-grandchildren Erika Lloyd and Aaron Lloyd; sister Gladys Schmidt; and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson Jason Lloyd, seven brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Hutchings was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo and Waterloo American Legion Post 747. Visitation and a funeral service 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 in Waterloo or Heartland Hospice.

Richard Fred “Biscuit” Mayo, 87, died July 7, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 2, 1919, in Farmington, Mo. He was married to the late Martha Mayo. Mr. Mayo is survived by his daughter Laverne (Bill) Reeder of Colorado; son-in-law Paul Baillargeon of Millstadt; grandchildren Patti Reeder of Colorado, Jason Baillargeon of Swansea and Shannon Baillargeon of Millstadt; special cousin Russell Perry of St. Louis; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and daughter Judith Carol Baillargeon. Mr. Mayo was a laborer for Columbia Quarry. He lived in Monroe County until the flood of 1993, then eventually settled in Millstadt before moving to Canterbury Manor in Waterloo. There were no services.

Michelle R. Traube, 42, of Belleville, died July 7, 2007. She was born May 5, 1965, at Fort Hood, Texas, the daughter of Richard and Phyllis Kennedy nee Fadler. She was married to Todd Traube. Mrs. Traube is survived by her grandmother Ethel Fadler of Red Bud; parents; husband; children Sarah Traube of Belleville and Tyler Traube of Belleville; brothers Michael (Kris) Kennedy of Prairie du Rocher, and Roger Kennedy of Tampa, Fla.; sister Robin (Kerry) Steinmann of Red Bud; parents-in-law Don and Barb Traube of Belleville; sister-in-law Jane (John) Mansfield of St. Louis; and nieces and nephews Kaitlyn, Cody, Jordan, Jessica, Taylor, Casey, Ryan and Griffin. He was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Theodore Fadler and her paternal grandparents William and Leona Kennedy. Mrs. Traube was a homemaker. 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. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Ruma. Memorials may be made to Figg Tree Foundation for Colon Cancer Research.

Raymond E. Rick, 83, of Waterloo, died July 10, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born June 13, 1924, in Waterloo, the son of the late Peter and Katherine Rick nee Toenjes. He was married to Dorothy C. Rick nee Schrader. Mr. Rick is survived by his wife; children Virginia (Kurt) Faber of Shorewood, and Susan Rick of Waterloo; grandsons Capt. Michael Faber and Jonathan Faber; sister Clara Johnson of Columbia; and brother William (Dotty) Rick of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Edna Koch, Margaret Schnellbecher and Marion Schrader, and brother Herbert Rick. Mr. Rick was a former member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau and the Soil Conservation Service. He was at 4-H leader and former volunteer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Rend Lake. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Barbra E. Stemmley nee Boze, 67, of Waterloo, died July 10, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born July 27, 1939, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Frank and Virginia Boze nee Bechenball. Ms. Stemmley is survived by her former husband Larry Stemmley of Waterloo; children Lawrence “Jay” (Patricia) Stemmley of Bethalto, Toni (James) Casson of Waterloo, and Duane (Santina) Stemmley of Valmeyer; grandchildren Matthew, Zachary, Steven, Haley and Hannah; and sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents a sister and a brother. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville.

Mabel Marie McPheeters nee Kent, 83, of Dupo, died July 11, 2007. She was born Sept. 7, 1923, in Dupo, the daughter of the late Earl Marlon and Mamie Kent nee Schwartz. She was married for 63 years to Farrol McPheeters. Mrs. McPheeters is survived by her husband; daughters Gail (Ray) Cardwell of Edmonds, Wash., and Barbara (Dean) Lungwitz of Dupo; grandchildren Brian (Itaxte) Cardwell, Sarah Cardwell, Deanna (Andy) Dennes and Emily Lungwitz; brother Bob (Marilyn) Kent of Albuquerque, N.M., sister Earline Pankey of Dupo; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Carl Kent. Mrs. McPheeters was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo. She was a member of the Women’s Guild, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 485 in Dupo, was a 50-year member of the 8 & 40 Club, was active in DuKare and was an active bowler. 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 Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo of Oak Hill care center in Waterloo.

Monroe W. LaTurno, 90,of Dupo, died July 12, 2007, in Belleville. He was born June 19, 1917, in Dupo, the son of the late James Henry Sr. and Amelia Caroline Laturno nee Shad. Mr. LaTurno is survived by his sister Billie Phelps of Florissant, Mo.; nieces Carol Garrison of Spring Hill, Fla., and Kathleen Skrivan of Naperville; nephews Michael Duman of N. Little Rock, Ark., and Donovan Dumas of Florissant, Mo.; and relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother James Henry LaTurno Jr., and sisters Grace Amelia Kuehner and Jeanette Amanda Hoepfinger. Mr. LaTurno worked in the mapping agency of the federal government. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and he was awarded the Silver Star. He also belonged to the U.S. government employees’ union. A graveside service was held at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the St. Clair County Humane Society.

Mary C. Schilling nee Mathews, 90, of Waterloo, died July 14, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born May 19, 1917, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Peter and Agnes Mathews nee Shields. She was married to the late Clharles A. Schilling. Mrs. Schilling is survived by her children Irene (Allen) McCarthy of Waterloo, Rose Roscow of Waterloo, Charles E. Schilling of Waterloo, and Lawrence (Robin Ray) Schilling of Carbondale; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, great-grandson Bradley Matzenbacher, sister and two brothers. Mrs. Schilling 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 Catholic Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. She is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo.

Gwendolyn S. Reichert, 44, of Valmeyer, died July 15, 2007, in Grafton. She was born Oct. 5, 1962, in St. Louis, the daughter of Mary Jane Reichert nee Williamson of Valmeyer and the late Russell J. Reichert. She was married to Richard Ochs of Wood River. Mrs. Reichert is survived by her mother; husband; sisters Brenda (Brian) Johnson of Waterloo, and Jenny (Robert) Kipping of Valmeyer; nieces Abby Kipping and Stefanie Johnson; nephew Scott Johnson; and aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father. Visitation and a memorial service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Patrick Poole officiating.

William R. Wilson, 74, of Hartshorn, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died July 15, 2007, in Springfield, Mo. He was born Aug. 18, 1932, in Belleville, the son of the late Joseph and Lillian Wilson nee Taylor. He was married to Audrey Wilson. Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife; children Dennis (Denise) Wilson of Worden, Terry (Brenda) Wilson of Waterloo, Shawn Wilson of Waterloo, and Tim (Rebecca) Wilson of Waterloo; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother David (Margaret) Wilson; sister Joan Sims; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Wilson was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Houston, Mo., where he was a past president. He was a former member of the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was retired from the Norfolk Southern railroad and owned Wilson’s Western Wear. He was a past president of a senior bowling league, past member of the Prairie du Rocher Saddle Club, and a charter member of the Waterloo Quadrilles Square Dancing club. After retirement he worked with model trains and was rebuilding a Model A. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor David Kettner officiating. He is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Houston, Mo., building fund.

Rosemary Hergenroeder nee Dieckneite, 77, of Waterloo, died July 17, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born November 3, 1929, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Ben and Elnora L. Dickneite nee Engel. She was married to the late Leroy J. Hergenroeder. Mr. Hergenroeder is survived by her children Gary (Dorothy) Hergenroeder of Waterloo, Wayne (Regina) Hergenroeder of Hillsboro, Mo., and Michael (Janet) Hergenroeder of Waterloo; grandchildren Nicholas (fiancee LaDonna), Tabitha and Darren (Nicole); step-grandchildren William, Gwen and Teddy; great-grandchildren Andrew, Megan, Rebecca, Hannah, Will and Teddy Jr.; and sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son Ronald Roy Hergenroeder. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Fults Church in Fults, Pastor Rick Avila officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults.

Alida K. Mathews nee Eckert, 97, of Columbia, died July 18, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 4, 1909, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Valentine and Lena Eckert nee Lang. She married the late Leo P. Matthews in 1938; he preceded her in death in 1954. Mrs. Mathews is survived by her sons LeRoy (Rosemary) Mathews of Millstadt, Ralph (Catherine) Mathews of Columbia, Harold (Janice) Mathews of Columbia, and Nelson (Joan) Mathews of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Elsie Vogel and Mathilda Tattich; and brothers Edward, Louis, Elmer and William “Monnie” Eckert. Mrs. Mathews was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. She is interred at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

Joe Pfeffer, 93, of Millstadt, died July 18, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Oct. 30, 1913, in Centerville, the son of the late Anthony and Irene Pfeffer nee Dashney. He was married to Hilda Pfeffer for 67 years. Mr. Pfeffer is survived by his wife; children Carolyn (Lawrence) Patterson of Millstadt, Raymond (Pam) Pfeffer of Millstadt, Wayne (Pamela) Pfeffer of Smithton, and Glenn (Melody) Pfeffer of Columbia; daughter-in-law Betty Pfeffer of Millstadt; grandchildren; step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; sisters Irene Mauck of Arizona, and Virginia Schaefer of Millstadt; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Donald Pfeffer, and brothers and sisters. Mr. Pfeffer was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau and the Bluff Grange for 50 years. He was a farmer and worked as a boiler maker. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. He is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Ida Osick nee Foster, 89, of Columbia, died July 19, 2007, in New Athens. She was born June 1, 1918, in St. Louis the daughter of the late Harvey and Annie Foster nee Beiglein. She married Orville Osick in 1935. Mrs. Osick is survived by her husband; children Lawrence (Carol) Osick of Millstadt, and LaVerne (Dale) Ritter of Benton, Ky.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Harry Foster and Harvey Foster, and sisters Bessie Stamm, Sara Sheehan and Eleanor Salomo. Mrs. Osick was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was 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, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Cecil Lee Oliver, 77, of Columbia, died July 20, 2007. He was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Detroit, Mich., the son of the late Cecil Franklin and Lena Oliver nee Merrick. Mr. Oliver is survived by his daughters Terry Genette Hornbacher and Susan Smith; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Geraldine Kelley; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Kirk Steven Oliver. Mr. Oliver was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. He was a retired graphics illustrator with Chrysler Corp. in Detroit, Mich. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. A memorial service was held at Bethany United Methodist Church, Pastor Ray Long officiating. He is interred at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia, Mich. Memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia.

Helen Agnes Kuehner, 92, of Waterloo, died July 21, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 11, 1914, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Peter Kuehner and Agnes Kuehner nee Beckerle. Ms. Kuehner is survived by her niece Mary G. Kuehner of Red Bud; and nephews Ervin Kuehner of Red Bud, Francis Kuehner of Red Bud, and James Kuehner of Red Bud. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Herman Kuehner and Edward Kuehner. Ms. Kuehner is a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Monroe County Historical Society. Visitation was at DeFabio Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating.

Louise A. Lewis nee Peth, 87, died July 22, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Jan. 10, 1920, in Bland, Mo., the daughter of the late George Fred and Flora Anne Peth nee Michel. She married the late Gilbert Lewis in 1973. Mrs. Lewis is survived by her brothers Clarence A. Peth of St. Louis, and Herbert (Margaret) Peth of Owensville, Mo.; sister-in-law Marcella Peth of Owensville, Mo.; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Kenneth Peth, and sisters Emma Hart, Elverna Bumpas, Adella E. Scheel and Mildred Peth. Mrs. Lewis was a retired officer worker at Scott Air Force Base with 29 years of service. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. She is interred at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or Unity Hospice.

Francis “Butch” Demick, 63, of Millstadt, died July 24, 2007, in Millstadt. He was born April 27, 1944, in East St. Louis, the son of Marie Wagner nee Frierdich of Freeburg and the late Bernard Demick. He was married to Joyce Demick nee Buergelt. Mr. Demick is survived by his mother; wife; children Christopher (Belinda) Demick of Millstadt, Scott Francis (Jane) Demick of Millstadt, and Richard Francis (Lori) Demick of Springfield; grandchildren Lauren, Taylor, Brianna, Julien, Haley and Lane; siblings Rose (Alvin) Ahlers, Helen (Donald) Hildebrand, Charles (Janelle) Demick, Martha (Al) Mitchell, Dorothy (Scott) Huwer, Rita (David) Boyd, and Alice (Ron) Hoff; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. Demick was retired as a self-employed fixed operations consultant. He was a member of the National Hot Rod Association and the machinist union. He enjoyed his family, friends, drag racing and fishing. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. James Catholic Church.

Reno J. Gastaldi, 89, of St. Louis, died July 24, 2007, in Chesterfield, Mo. He was born March 18, 1918, in Milan, Italy, the son of the late Siro and Mary Gastaldi nee Vercesi. He married Ruth C. Gastaldi nee Ferkel in 1953. Mr. Gastaldi is survived by his wife; nieces Celia (Ed) Reynolds of Vero Beach, Fla., and Susan Beatty of Vero Beach, Fla.; cousin Alma Girard of Ponce Inlet, Fla.; godchild Mary Alice Riley of Imperial, Mo.; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Franca Littlefield. Mr. Gastaldi came to the U.S. at the age of 3, and became a U.S. citizen. He was a graduate of Yale University with a degree in fine arts and was self-employed as the owner and operator of Reno Studios – Sculpted Originals with his wife for more than 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A memorial service was at Christ Community Church in Columbia, Pastor William Groennert officiating. Memorials may be made to Christ Community Church in Columbia or St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

Opal A. Scheibe nee Eichelmann, 69, of Waterloo, died July 24, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born May 25, 1938, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Roland P. and Mabel M. Eichelmann. She was married to Willard Scheibe. Mrs. Scheibe is survived by her husband; sister Arlou Marquardt of Cedar Hill, Mo.; brothers Paul (Leola) Eichelmann of Waterloo, and Wesley (Dixie) Eichelmann of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Otto F. Eichelmann. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. She is buried at Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo.

Francis C. “Carl” Bequette, 85, of Waterloo, died July 26, 2007, in Red Bud. He was born Nov. 23, 1921, in Old Mines, Mo., the son of the late Lennis and Margaret Bequette nee DeClue. He was married to Gladys Bequette nee Weber. Mr. Bequette is survived by his wife; children Karlene (Paul) Feldker of Waterloo, Terry (Mary Tegel) Bequette of Eugene, Ore., William (Cheryl) Bequette of Mt. Zion, and Thomas (Sandy) Bequette of Waterloo; grandchildren Julie (Rodney) Fickas, David (Kim) Feldker, William (Leigh-Ann) Feldker, Todd Bequette, Jodie (Brian) Hitchman, Lindy Bequette, Andrew (Julie) Bequette and Amanda Bequette; step-grandchildren Doug (Sarah) Sparwasser, Christie (Justin) Osterhage, Enna (Matt) Grazier, and Elise Randalls; great-grandchildren Bryce Fickas, Tyler Fickas, Nate Fickas, Kyle Feldker, Alaina Feldker, Jacob Feldker, Andrew Feldker, Avery Bequette and Caroline Bequette; step-great-grandchildren Cameron Hitchman, Ollie Grazier, and Will Grazier; sister Mary (Lynn) Gideon of DeSoto, Mo.; brothers Matt (Rebecca) Bequette of Herculaneum, Mo., and Lennis (Bernice) Bequette of Mountain Home, Ark.; sisters-in-law Rosann Bequette of Mountain Home, Ark., and Norma Bequette of Crystal City, Mo.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marjorie Emily, brother Sylvester Paschal Bequette, and brother and sister Adrian and Janice Bequette. Mr. Bequette was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus #1334 and the American Legion. 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 Church, the Alzheimer’s Association, or in the form of Masses.

Olivia R. Leber nee Feldmeier, 96, of Valmeyer, died July 26, 2007, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 23, 1911, in Chaflin Bridge, the daughter of the late Henry and Mary Feldmeier nee Hoffmann. She was married to the late Joseph A. Leber. Mrs. Leber is survived by her children Ray (Betty) Leber of Waterloo, and Gary (Karen) Leber of Valmeyer; grandchildren Jay (Dawn) Leber, Lisa (Jim) Baker, Kelly Leber, Sherry (Wayne) Stitzel, and Kevin Leber; great-grandchildren Michael Leber, Crickett Leber, Jacob Baker, Grant Baker, Whitney Stitzel, Vanessa Stitzel and Garrett Stitzel; great-great-grandchildren Landen Carter Johnson; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers Robert Feldmeier and Oliver Feldmeier. Mrs. Leber was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown. She was also a member of the Women’s Guild, Maeystown Home extension and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. John United Church of Christ, Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. She is buried at St. Patrick Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown.

Charles H. Kruse, 87, of Waterloo, died July 26, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born June 17, 1920, in Burksville, the son of the late John and Anna Kruse nee Koestner. He was married to Eleanora Kruse nee Krueger. Mr. Kruse is survived by his wife; children Kenneth (Janice) Kruse of Evansville, Ind., Joan (John) McFatridge of St. Charles, Mo., Marvin (Patricia) Kruse of Waterloo, and Steven (Diane) Kruse of Waterloo; grandchildren Lisa (Jason) Kennedy, Elizabeth Lawrence, Christopher (Margaret) McFatridge, Kimberly McFatridge, Erin Touchette, Jeremy Touchette, Cara Kruse, Brandon Kruse, Joshua Kruse and Samantha Kruse; great-grandchildren Jonah, Walden, Logan, Conner, Trenton, Alanna, TJ and Braden ; brother Hubert Kruse of Smithton; sister Anita Sennott of Kissimmee, Fla.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Julie Kruse, and brother Arthur Kruse, Walter Kruse and Ervin Kruse. Mr. Kruse was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and had been in the 95th Infantry Division. He was a member of Waterloo Senior Haven. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Bernell E. Hoffman nee Kaufman, 90, of Waterloo, died July 28, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 28, 1917, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Grover and Ella and Grover Kaufman nee Pflueger. She was married to the late Robert A. Hoffman. Mrs. Hoffman is survived by her daughter Pepa Annell of Waterloo, and grandson Chance Graff. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Carolyn S. Nesbit nee Burton, 62, of Waterloo, died July 28, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born April 20, 1945, in Granite City, the daughter of Leroy W. Burton of Granite City and the late Alberta M. Burton nee Thomas. She was married to Al “AJ” Nesbit. Mrs. Nesbit is survived by her father; husband; children Jerry D. Morris of Portland, Ore., Tammy (Rick) Tribble of Prattsville, Ala., David L. (Medy) Morris of Brandon, Fla., Nancy E. Brown of O’Fallon, Mo., and Karla A. Nesbit of Villa Ridge, Mo.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; siblings Al (Mary Ann) Burton of Granite City, James Burton of Texas, Brenda Tempe of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jerry (fiancee Martha Champion) Burton of Granite City, Rita (Leonard) White of Fairview Heights, Mary Nesbit (George Warren) of Granite City, Ruth (David) Rettig of Gibsonton, Fla., and Bill (Mellissa) Burton of Dover, Tenn.; brother-in-law Don Nesbit Sr. of Belleville; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Thomas; and paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. JS Bush. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice.

L. Joe Russell, 84, of Columbia, died July 28, 2007, in Belleville. He was born May 29, 1923, in Troy, Iowa, the son of the late Ulris and Bernice Russell nee Leeps. Mr. Russell is survived by his daughters Catherine (Thomas) Wheeler of Palatka, Fla., and Julie Furr of Columbia; grandchildren Stacey Hennessey, Michael Wheeler and Erin Furr; great-grandchild Devon Hennessey; brother Rex Russell of Arnold, Mo., and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Verna Russell and brother Mancel Russell. Mr. Russell was retired from General Metals in St. Louis as a machinist. He was a member of VFW Post 2661 in Washington, Mo., the WWII Sailors Association and Disabled American Veterans. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A graveside service was held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Pastor Clint Spivey officiating. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans.

Glenn Riebeling, 79, of Columbia, died July 29, 2007. He was born March 5, 1928, in Columbia, the son of the late William A. and Barbara P. Riebeling nee Bergmann. He married the late Evelyn Riebeling nee Frank in 1949. Mr. Frank is survived by his son Galen H. (Gail) Riebeling of Waterloo, daughter Lori (Dan) Cocos of Columbia; grandchildren Chad Riebeling, Matt Riebeling, Lauren Foran, Zach Altvater, Anne Altvater and Brad Altvater; great-grandchildren Noah, Ethan, Kane, Lucas and Lincoln; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother Carl W. Riebeling Sr.; and sister Wilma Straub. Mr. Riebeling was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. He was retired from Luhr Brothers Construction Co. as a carpenter. He was a member of Columbia Blue Lodge 474 A.F. and A.M. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was 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 the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia Memorial Fund.

Adele M. Schuff nee Vogt, 92, of Millstadt, died July 30, 2007, in Columbia. She was born July 8, 1915, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Anton and Anna Vogt nee Frierdich. She was married to the late Louis O. Schuff. Mrs. Schuff is survived by her sister Erdline Lippert; nieces Bonnie Mueller, Sheila (John) Campe, and Doreen (Tom) Baltz; great-nieces Lori (Gene) Stumpf, Lisa (Bryan) Braun, and Gina (Bill) Clossen; great-nephews Scott Baltz, Todd Baltz, Jeff Campe, Dan Pistor and Nicholas Pistor; and great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant daughter Janice Lee; sisters Ruth Pistor, Esther Briesacher and Marcella Hatter; brother in infancy Lester Vogt; nephew Anthony Pistor; and great-nieces Toni Lyn Mueller. Mrs. Schuff was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt and the St. James CYC. She was a homemaker and worked as a tailor. She was a member of VFW Post 7980 in Millstadt Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home. A memorial Mass was at St. James Catholic Church, Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or in the form of Masses at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt.

William M. Curran, 75, of Waterloo, was born July 31, 2007, in Arnold, Mo. He was born April 28, 1932, in Waterloo, the son of Julia M. Curran nee Ruby and the late William J. Curran. Mr. Curran is survived by his children Becky (Rick) Avara of Waterloo, Rita Eckler of Shawnee, Okla., Theresa (Jeff) Cornley of Marion, Ohio, Kathleen (Paul) Knickerbocker of Louistown, Pa., Cheryl (Rob) Manning of Marion, Ohio, Shelly (Alan) Forshee of St. Louis, William (Gwen) Curran of Virginia Beach, Va., John (Teri) Curran of Imperial, Mo., and Jennifer Curran of Louisville, Ky.; grandchildren; sisters Caroline (Stan) Spehn of Waterloo, Mary Fieldson of Springfield, Mo., Suzanne Stahl of Waterloo, and Patricia (Ray) Dugan of Waterloo; brothers Robert (Millie) Curran of Waterloo, Frank (Jean) Curran of Seattle, Wash., and Charles (Eileen) Curran of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, three grandchildren, sister Roseanne Curran, and brothers James Curran and John Curran. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor David Krueger officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

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Viola Schreder nee Williams, 68, of Ruma, died June 1, 2007, in Belleville. She was born march 27, 1939, in Charleston, W.V., the daughter of the late Stanley and Myrtle Williams nee Meadows. She was married to Francis Schreder. Mrs. Schreder is survived by her husband; children Vickie Le, Wayne Schreder, Pamela (David) Turner, Laurie (Andy) Mosbacher, Mark A. (Tina) Schreder, and Bridget Hooten; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Edna (Denzel) Mace and Agnes (John) Buettner; brother Leon Williams; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunt, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Josephine Williams and brother James Williams. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Patrick Church in Tipton, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. She is buried at St. Patrick Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Edward J. Holzhauer, 79, of Waterloo, formerly of Cahokia, died June 2, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 3, 1927, in St. Louis, the son of the late Edward A. and Winifred J. Holzhauer nee Hornsey. He was married to Eula Jo Holzhauer nee Ray for 57 years. Mr. Holzhauer is survived by his wife; daughter Sharon L. (Steven) Couch of Birch Tree, Mo.; grandchildren Corey Couch, Kelly Couch, Kimberly (Jason) Sickmeier; sister Mary (Tom) Allen of San Antonio, Texas; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Edward Steven Holzhauer. Mr. Holzhauer was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired from Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. in St. Louis after 35 years. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Unity Hospice.

Margaret M. Carr, 96, of Red Bud, died June 3, 2007, in Red Bud. She was born March 20, 1911, in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Carr nee Doerr. Ms. Carr is survived by her sisters Gladys Carr of Red Bud and Mildred (Robert) Curran of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Martha Carr, Viola Sensel and Esther Radau, and several brothers and sisters in infancy. Ms. Carr was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud and was a member of the Altar Sodality. She worked at International Shoe Company in Evansville, the in the nursery of St. Clement’s Hospital in Red Bud for 23 years and in the surgery department for two years. She was also a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral Mass was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. She is buried at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made in the form of Masses.

Paul Breeding Sr., 89, of Columbia, died June 4, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born March 1, 1918, in Timber, Mo., the son of the late Alfred D. and Martha Jane Breeding nee Tune. He was married to Irene Breeding nee Schroeter. Mr. Breeding is survived by his wife; children Robert (Mary) Stephens of Columbia, Roy (Teresa) Stephens of Columbia, Sheryl (Brian) Pautler of Columbia, Paul (Penny) Breeding Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., Johnny Breeding of St. Charles, Mo.; Danny Breeding of Warrenton, Mo., Sharon Koenig of Warrenton, Mo., Theresa Eddy of Salem, Mo., and Ronnie Breeding of Salem, Mo.; 24 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters Cinderella Schaeffer of Salem, Mo., Clara Lindhorst of Sparta, and Doris Hurt of St. Louis; brother Earl Breeding of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters. Mr. Breeding was a retired tool maker with Cupples Products in St. Louis. He was a member of American Legion Post #581 in Columbia and VFW Post #6504 in Waterloo. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the St. Louis chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

James Edwin Lewis, 63, of Ruma, died June 5, 2007, in Red Bud. He was born Sept. 20, 1943, the son of the late Raxford and Helen Clare Lewis. He was married to Gerri Lynn Lewis nee Campbell. Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife; children Jennifer Omahaduro, Kellet Lewis, Paul Campbell and Aaron Campbell; sister Carol Lewis; and brothers Bob and Frank Lewis Sr. He was preceded in death by parents; sister Gerry Lewis; and brothers Bill Lewis and Al Lewis. Mr. Lewis was a trainman conductor for the Alton & Southern Railway. He was a Vietnam War veteran, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and United Trans Union Local 1929. Visitation and a funeral service were at De Fabio Funeral Home. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Marion Lois Schneider nee Easton, 81, of New Athens, died June 3, 2007, in New Athens. She was born October 22, 1925, in Sparta, the daughter of the late James Alonzo and Fannie Mae Easton nee Gowen. She was married to the late William L. Schneider. She Mrs. Schneider is survived by her Wayne (Kathy) Schneider of Beaver Dam, Wisc., James Schneider of Belleville, Linda Ford of New Athens, Brenda (Dave) Nuernberger of Marissa, Paul Schneider (fiancé Peggy Perez) of Waterloo, John (Donna) Schneider of Hogeland, Mont., and Donna (Robert) Kearns of New Athens; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Carol (Mike) Raeber of O’Fallon; sisters-in-law Seta Easton, Edna Easton and Millicent Schneider; lifetime friend Anita Sparks. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son David Schneider, and granddaughter Jennifer Schneider. Mrs. Schneider was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Floraville. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and spent many years working on the family farm. She also loved bingo and dominos. She was a member of the Grange RSVP Chorale Group, her church’s women’s guild, the church choir, Home Extension, Farm Bureau and New Athens Senior Center. A visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. She is buried at St. Paul Cemetery in Floraville. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Floraville, Heartland Hospice or the New Athens Senior Center.

William Carl Wettig, 70, of East Carondelet, died June 2, 2007, in East Carondelet. He was born April 27, 1937, the son of the late Howard and Charlotte Wettig nee Ebert. Mr. Wettig is survived by his sister JoAnn Zaricor; brother Dennis Wettig; aunt Dorothy Taylor and uncle Carl Wettig. Mr. Wettig was a member of First Baptist Church in Dupo. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired store room clerk for Hunter Packing Company in East St. Louis. He was active with Family Hospice and Hospice of Illinois. Visitation and a memorial service were at First Baptist Church in Dupo, Reverend Rick Lay officiating. He was cremated, per his request, and interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorial may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Family Hospice or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

June Turner nee Mitchell, 70, of Millstadt, died June 6, 2007, in Millstadt. She was born March 19, 1937, the daughter of the late John and Mildred Mitchell nee Parnell. She was married to Darrell L. Turner for 50 years. Mrs. Turner is survived by her husband; children Teresa (Ron) Andres, Darrell (Mamie) Turner, Pat (Kent) Lischer, Nancy (Brian) Holdener and Lynda (Jeff) Weber; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, son John Gardner Turner, sister Edna Blackman, brother Glenn Mitchell, and father- and mother-in-law James and Ethel Turner. Mrs. Turner was a retired social worker who was employed at Birchwood Nursing Home and Mill Haven Care Center. Visitation and a funeral were at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt, Rev. Ken Mitchell officiating. She is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorial may be made to Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis.

Patricia V. Hoggard nee Slade, 67, of Columbia, died June 7, 2007, in Columbia. She was born June 1, 1940, in Bristol, England, the daughter of the late Fred and Violet Slade nee Patch. She was married to the late Windel W. Hoggard; he preceded her in death in 1994. Mrs. Hoggard is survived by her children Carolyn Hoggard of Columbia, Gary Hoggard of St. Louis, David Hoggard of Columbia, and Kristine Hoggard of Columbia; grandchildren Erica (Scott) Jackson, Adam Hoggard, Kaitlyn Hoggard, Geoffrey Hoggard, Kelsey Hoggard, Megan Hoggard, Samantha Hoggard and Karly Hoggard; great-grandchildren Madelyn Whaley and Brandon Jackson; and brothers, sisters-in-law, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and granddaughter Paige Hoggard. Mrs. Hoggard worked at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Columbia Market Place and Neighborhood Market. She was an avid painter. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor William Groennert officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or the Columbia Convalescent Center Activities Fund.

Diane M. Krebel, 58, of Waterloo, died June 7, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 10, 1958, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Roy and Loretta Krebel nee Faust. Ms. Krebel is survived by her brothers Orvel (Ursula) Krebel of Waterloo and Kenneth (Linda) Krebel of Waterloo; and aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Doris K. Kohler, and brothers Vernon J. Krebel and Darryl Krebel. Ms. Krebel was a hairdresser at Hair Designers LTD in Belleville and Canterbury Manor in Waterloo. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Fr. Roger Karban officiating. She is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Renault.

Ronald Lee Watters, 62, of Columbia, died June 10, 2007, in Columbia. He was born Oct. 13, 1944, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Claud L. and Katie J. Watters Sr. nee Boyles. He was married to Sue Watters nee Schwarz. Mr. Watters is survived by his children Matthew (Julie) Watters of Oxford, Mich., Elizabeth (David) Kanyuck of Waterloo, Susannah (Robert) Harper of Torrance, Calif., Jeana (Eric) Quigley of Herriman, Utah, and Micah (Karma) Watters of Arnold, Mo.; grandchildren Michaella Waters, Hailey Watters, Grant Watters, Collin Kanyuck, Elissa Kanyuck, Angelynn Kanyuck, Robert Ethan Harper, Aidan Harper, Susannah “Anna” Harper, Bianca Quigley and Portia Quigley; brothers and sisters Claud J. (Ann) Watters of Red Bud, Mary Hudson of Ellis Grove, Albert (Theresa) Watters of Fults, and Allen (Bonnie) Watters of Freeburg; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, an aunt, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Miranda Quigley. Mr. Watters was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was a volunteer at the St. Louis LDS Temple. He was the owner of Watters Insurance Agency in Waterloo, H&R Block in Waterloo and Columbia, and the Painted Lady Bed & Breakfast in Waterloo. He was a former member of the Columbia Jaycees, Millstadt VFW and Waterloo Lions Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Waterloo, Presiding James McCann officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Missionary Fund of LDS Church.

Mary F. Sullivan nee Rost, 79, of Millstadt, died June 11, 2007, in Millstadt. She was born July 19, 1927, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Frank and Margaret Rost. Mrs. Sullivan is survived by her children Cathy Schaefer, Loretta (Steve) Vicalvi, Bernie (Dr. Larry) Dobbs, Patricia (Stephen) Shoemaker, Dorothy (Marty) Wasser and John (Regina) Sullivan; grandchildren Stephen Vicalvi, Andy Vicalvi, Nick Woolery, Erin Woolery, Michael (Sara) Rennecker, Nichole Rennecker, Jeanette Rennecker, Anthony Wasser, Brooke Sullivan, Shannon Dobbs, Jason (Rhaisha) Dobbs and Jonathon Dobbs; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son Thomas Leonard Sullivan; son-in-law Mark Schaefer; granddaughter Jennifer Ortega; and the father of her children, John L. Sullivan. Ms. Sullivan was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt and a former member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church. She was retired from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. She is buried at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice of Belleville, Golden Years Adult Day Care or St. James Catholic Church.

Agnes Florence Bruehl-Bratsch nee Roos, 75, of Millstadt, died June 11, 2007, in Millstadt. She was born Oct. 25, 1931, in Paderborn, the daughter of the late Alvin and Florence Roos Sr. nee Mueth. Ms. Bruehl-Bratsch is survived by her daughters Karen (Curtis Paul) Gage of Millstadt, and Kathy (Steve) Dunn of Millstadt; grandchildren Paul Gage of Belleville, Kirsten Gage of Belleville, Jeremy Gage of Belleville, Marcus (Jana) Dunn Jr. of Millstadt, Kenny Dunn (Jenna Toon) of Millstadt and Nichole Dunn of Millstadt; great-grandchildren J.J. Dunn, Haley Dunn, Marcus Dunn and Grant Gage; and sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Floyd "Chuck" Bruehl, and brother Alvin Roos Jr. Mrs. Bruehl-Bratsch was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt. She worked at Castle Haven Nursing Home for more than 20 years in the housekeeping and beauty departments, and later worked for almost 20 years at The Lincoln Home in the laundry and housekeeping departments and as a receptionist. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 7980 in Millstadt and enjoyed bowling. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt, Rev. Michael Kumm officiating. She is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt.

Carol E. Schmeding nee Grove, 56, of Prairie du Rocher, died June 11, 2007, in Red Bud. She was born April 26, 1951, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Frank and Belinda Agnes Grove nee Holder. She was married to Larry Schmeding. Mrs. Schmeding is survived b her husband; children Vicki Moore, Valerie Ruffin, Pamela Horn and Anthony Schmeding; step-children Amy (Eric) Eichner and Else Schmeding; grandchildren; sisters JoAnn (David) Kettner and Patty (Bob) Bennett; and a brother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, a nephew and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father Omar Loness, and brother Bruce Grove. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Tony Troup officiating.

John J. Drury, 69, of Waterloo, died June 14, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 7, 1937, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Frank and Margaret Drury nee Dillard. He was married to Jeannine Drury nee Nottmeier. Mr. Drury is survived by his wife; daughters Perri Kay Hoock of Waterloo, and Jean Marjory Daab of Waterloo; grandsons John Hoock of Waterloo, and James Daab Drury of Waterloo; great-granddaughters Lea Hoock and Ava Hoock; sisters Francis Brown of Eddyville, Ky., and Margaret Mary Hulin of Scott, La.; and many nieces, nephews and good friends. He was preceded in death by her parents, half-sister Leona Guithus, and granddaughter Christi Marie Hoock. Mr. Drury was a member of the National Rifle Association. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Robert Charles Mehring, 55, of Fairview Heights, died June 17, 2007, in Urbana. He was born June 17, 1952, in Belleville, the son of Robert L. and Mildred L. Mehring nee Wiegreffe. Mr. Mehring is survived by his parents; two children; two grandchildren; sisters Pamela Jenkins of Belleville, Elizabeth Jouglard of Columbia, Judith Weis of Waterloo, and Krista Wideman of Belleville; and nieces, nephews and a cousin. Mr. Mehring was a self-employed tree trimmer. There were no visitation or funeral services. He was cremated.

Ardelle J.H. Hoffman nee Wilde, 87, formerly of Columbia, died June 18, 2007, in Kansas City, Mo. She was born Aug. 23, 1919, in Columbia, the daughter of the late August and Cora Wilde nee Rudolf. She married the late Clarence O. Hoffman in 1945. Mrs. Hoffman is survived by her children Jean (Fred) McCain of Kansas City, Mo., and Allen Hoffman of Columbia; grandchildren Sarah (Chad) Spencer of Kansas City, Mo., Jennifer (Steve) Sutanto of Denver, Colo., and Matthew McCain of Chicago; great-grandchildren Josiah Spencer, Emma Spencer, Hope Spencer and Joshua Sutanto; brother-in-law Lester Klohr of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Edward Wilde and brother Robert Wilde, who died in infancy. Mrs. Hoffman has been active at Christ Community Church, and was a past Sunday school teacher at St. Paul United Church of Christ. She was a Cub Scout leader in Columbia and worked at Weilbacher's Department Store. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Christ Community Church, Pastor William Groennert officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Christ Community Church or the Kansas City Hospice House.

Ermantine C. Gruninger nee Range, 94, of Columbia, died June 19, 2007, in Columbia. She was born May 16, 1913, in Cahokia, the daughter of the late Joseph and Emma Range nee Levin. She married the late Charles Gruninger in 1933. Mrs. Gruninger is survived by her son Clark W. (Judy) Gruninger of Grafton; grandchildren Cherrell (Randy) Scism of Lake St. Louis, Mo., and Brenda (Greg) McCauley of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; great-grandchildren Chelsea Scism, Taylor Scism, Brett McCauley, Caitlyn McCauley and Cory McCauley; brothers and sisters Joseph (Pat) Range Sr. of Columbia, Kenneth (Clara) Range of Nixa, Mo. Gertrude Doerr of Wood River, and Dora Mae Tolbird of Columbia; and sisters-in-law Norma and Ada. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers Theodora Range, Paul Range and Virgil Range. Mrs. Gruninger attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, and had been active in many church affairs: president of Belleville Diocessant Council of Catholic Women, Illinois state treasurer of the Council of Traffic Safety, president of Newman Auxiliary of the Belleville Diocese for 35 years, past president of the Altar Sodality at Immaculate Conception Church, member of the Ladies' Retreat League at King's House in Belleville, won the Pope Paul VI Pro-Ecclesia Award in 1976, and was a charter member and former regent of Daughters of Isabella, Bishop Zurowest Circle. She retired as a cashier at Famous-Barr in St. Louis. Visitation and a funeral Mass were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Newman Auxiliary Student Center in Carbondale or the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund.

Edward J. Sugden Sr., 88, of Columbia, died June 19, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 6, 1918, in St. Louis, the son of the late Benjamin and Bertha Sugden nee Brady. He married the late Bernice Sugden nee Cass in 1939; she preceded him in death in 1999. Mr. Sugden is survived by his children Barbara (John) Kiefer of Columbia, Edward (Diana) Sugden Jr. of Columbia, James (Roberta) Sugden of Miami, Fla., and Jean (Rick) Barton of St. Louis; grandchildren Debra (Tim) Busch, Janice Ferrier, Christina Sugden, Edward J. Sugden III, Michael (Lora) Wacker, Jill (Clinton) Tanner, Brian (Ann Marie) Sugden, Scott (Jennifer) Sugden, Michael Power, Mark Power, Therese (Donnie) Power, Danielle Power and Eileen Power; six great-grandchildren; sister Clara Meier of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo., dearest friend Helen Hefflinger; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter Margaret Power, brother Benjamin Sugden, and sister Catherine Graupner. Mr. Sugden was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He was a retired bottler with Anheuser Busch Inc. in St. Louis. He was a member of American Legion Post 299 in St. Louis and the Columbia Gymnastic Association. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Marvin Fred Hesterberg, of Florissant, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died June 20, 2007. He was married to Loretta Hesterberg nee McDonald. Mr. Hesterberg is survived by his wife; children Lynn (Richard) Werner, Sandy (Neal) Goldford, and Jana (Dan) Swanger; grandchildren Nathan Goldford, Andrea Goldford, Bethany Swanger, Julie Swanger and John Clayton Swanger; step-grandchildren Josh Werner and Jeremy Werner; sister Marcella Moffitt; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his brothers Ernst Hesterberg and Robert Hesterberg, and sister Alberta Hoffmann. Mr. Hesterberg was a member of Salem Evangelical Free Church. He retired after 32 as an aeronautical engineer with McDonnell Douglas. Visitation and a funeral service were at O'Sullivan Muckle Mortuary in Chesterfield, Mo. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Association.

Albert William Waggoner Jr., 50, of Millstadt, died June 22, 2007, at his residence. He was born November 2, 1956, in St. Louis, the son of Albert William and Leona nee Nickelson Waggoner Sr. He was preceded in death by his brother, Randy Waggoner. In addition to his parents, he is survived by daughters Jennifer Waggoner and Sara Waggoner; son-in-law William Guardado; granddaughter Alexis Guardado; and sister, Lorraine (Steven) Cruse. He was a retired staff sergeant in the United States Air Force and later worked as a warehouse stock clerk. Visitation and funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt, Rev. Matt Friz officiating. He was cremated. Memorials may be made to the family.

Harold C. Goessling, 72, of Waterloo, died June 24, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 9, 1935, in Waterloo, the son of the late Herman H. and Adella R. Goessling nee Wagner. He was married to Ann Goessling nee Patterson. Mr. Goessling is survived by his wife; children David (Cynthia) Goessling of Waterloo, Catherine (Dennis) Hitzemann of Waterloo, Tracey (Craig) Inman of Arnold, Mo., and Tori Goessling (friend TJ Colombatto) of Waterloo; grandchildren Kyle, Colin, Alissa, Eric, Jared, Colton, Brock and Torin; brother Eugene (Marlene) Goessling of Waterloo; sister Dorothy (Richard O.) Steingrubey of Red Bud; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Patrick Hitzemann, and sister Marlene Fromme. Mr. Goessling 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. He is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School or Gibault Catholic High School.

Ronald James Hug, 65, of Dupo, died June 24, 2007, in Dupo. He was born Sept. 17, 1941, in Highland, the son of Ruth Hug nee Plocher and the late James Hug. He was married to Deanna Hug nee DeGeare. Mr. Hug is survived by his mother; wife; children James Hug of Dupo, and Lorie Nichols of East Carondelet; grandchildren Sara Hug, David Hug, Matthew Nichols and Amber Nichols; sisters Sue Schempp and Deborah Cash; and aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, son Michael Hug and sister Janet Hug. Mr. Hug was a retired letter carried after 36 years in Dupo. He was a member of the Prairie du Pont Fire Department, where he was fire chief for 15 years, and the Prairie du Pont Water District, where he was president for 15 years. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home. Mr. Hug was cremated, per his request. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois Orange South.

Norine Pomeroy nee Schmidt, 91, of Columbia, died June 24, 2007, at Columbia Convalescent Center in Columbia. She was born August 9, 1915, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Fred and Minnie Schmidt nee Myers. She was married to the late Eugene "Gene" Pomeroy, who passed away in 1987. They were married in 1940 in Columbia. She is survived by daughter, Patricia Lattin of Saginaw, Tex.; grandchildren Cynthia (John) Musick of Keller, Tex., and Alex Lattin of Chicago; great-grandchildren Alexis and Kendra Musick; and friends Ruth Kuergeleis and Shirley Bergmann of Columbia. She was a retired after 30 years of service as an assistant cashier at Monroe National Bank in Columbia. She was a member of St. Paul UCC of Columbia, where she was active in the choir. She loved music and singing. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral service was at St. Paul UCC of Columbia, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. She was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC of Columbia or the Friends of the Columbia Library.

Alvin Thomas "Tom" Reeves Jr., 82, of Dupo, died June 25, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 3, 1924, in Caruthersville, Mo., the son of the late Alvin Thomas and Mildred Reeves Sr. nee Morton. Mr. Reeves is survived by his children Gary (Jane) Reeves of Edwardsville, Thomas (Dorothy) Reeves of Wildwood, Mo., and Jan (Mark) Ott of St. Charles, Mo.; grandchildren Garret Reeves, Allison Reeves, Thomas (Lauren) Reeves, Angela Reeves, Patrick Reeves, Jeffrey (Andrea) Ott, Jaime Ott and Amanda Ott; sisters Dorothy Clark, Jean Strobel, Patsy McCormick and Ruth Larmon; brother David Reeves; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Gladys L. Reeves, and second wife Mary Ann Reeves. Mr. Reeves was the owner of Ryder Truck Lines Range Division in Granite City. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Dupo, and the Masonic Lodge in Chaffee, Mo., for more than 50 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II. Visitation and a Masonic service were at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral service was at First Baptist Church in Dupo, Rev. Rick Lay officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Dupo or a local humane society.

Katherine Lucille Melton Raker-Kahler, 86, of Dupo, died June 27, at Memorial Hospital. She was born August 5, 1920 in Dupo, the daughter of W.K. and Grace Melton. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dave Raker; second husband, F.E. Kahler; and sister, Evelyn Melton. Survivors include son, Rodney Raker; daughters Davie Sue Raker and Phyllis (Ron) Kahler-Clayton; grandchildren David Melton Raker, Ravella Raker, Corbett Raker and Jodi Clayton-Wright; and great-grandson, Gage Fisher. She was a graduate of Dupo High School and played trombone in the band. She was a professional seamstress and later worked as a clerk at John Hancock Insurance in Springfield. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral service was at First Congregational Church in Dupo, Rev. Robert Lee officiating. She was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church in Dupo or the Alzheimer's Association.

Barbara Van de Riet nee Orschell, 62, of Waterloo, died June 27, 2007 in Belleville. She was born March 11, 1945, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Peter and Florence (nee Keck) Orschell. Survivors include husband, James Van de Riet; daughters Rhonda (Curtis Wiley) DeSpain, Vickie Minden, Sandra (Michael) Steingrubey, Judith (David) Rabbermann and Cindy (Jeffrey) Winkeler; sisters, Vivian Tollefson and Rita Wagner; grandchildren Joshua, Brandon, Nathan, Laura, Andrew, Elizabeth, Kelly, Chad, Ashley, Chelsea, Benjamin and Julia; great-grandchildren Taylor, Joseph and McKayla; mother-in-law, Leona Burkhardt; and dear friend, Janet Carrico. She was preceded in death by sister, Mary Greenwood; and sister-in-law, Mary Van de Riet. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Tipton. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. A funeral service was at St. Patrick Church in Tipton, Father Jose Jacobs officiating. She was buried at Immaculate Conception Church in Madonnaville. Memorial may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Siteman Cancer Center, St. Patrick Church in Tipton and the American Lung Association.

Richard Ritzel, 69, of Waterloo, died June 28, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born April 8, 1938, in Fults, the son of the late Henry and Viola (Agnew) Ritzel. Survivors include children Allan Ritzel, Jeff (Nancy) Ritzel and Jason Ritzel; brother, Wayne (Gerry) Ritzel; and grandchildren Amber, Megan, Cody and Tanner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Ritzel; and sister, Darlene Hauptfleisch. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. A funeral service was at St. Paul UCC of Waterloo, Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. He was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Oak Hill and St. Paul UCC of Waterloo.

George Voll, 65, of Fults, died June 28, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born June 25, 1942, in Pekin, the son of the late George Louis and Iva Ilene (nee Bushez) Voll. Survivors include wife, Sandra Voll nee Watkins; son, Stephen Scott (Pam) Voll; sisters Carol Voll and Ginny Howard; and brother, John Voll. He was an instructor at ITT Tech for 35 years, and a member of the National Rifle Association North American Hunting Club and Goldwing Riders. The visitation and funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, Pastor Will Hesterberg officiating. He was buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to hunting clubs and the National Riffle Association.

Hazel Emma Rose Miller nee Daab, 96, of Columbia, died June 30, 2007, in Galion, Ohio. She was born Oct. 31, 1910, in Columbia, the daughter the late Dan and Pauline Daab nee Frierdich. She married the late James Y. Miller in 1934; he preceded her in death in 1973. Mrs. Miller is survived by her children Patricia Miller of Galion, Ohio, Mary Lou (Vernon) Phillippe of Galion, Ohio, and Jim (Jane) Miller of St. Louis; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nephew Dan (Joan) Daab of Dupo; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters Alice Volkert and Jeannine Daab, brother Russell Daab, grandson David Rudolph, and niece Connie Coleman nee Daab. Mrs. Miller was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where she served as a president of the Women’s Guild. She was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star – Rob Morris Chapter in Fairview Heights, where she was a past worthy patron; Order of the White Shrine, where she was a past worthy high priestess; and Columbia Senior Citizens. She owned and operated Miller’s Gift Shop in Columbia, and cooked for her sister at Jeannine’s Tavern in Dupo, worked at a local hardware store and had worked at a nurse’s aide at Christian Welfare Hospital in East St. Louis. She played piano at church services, Turner Hall, local nursing homes, civic programs and in an orchestra. 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 the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia Elevator Fund.

Helmut J. Unger, 92, of Columbia, died June 30, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born May 1, 1915, in Breslau, Germany, the son of the late Robert and Anna Unger nee Hoffmann. He was married to the late Elsie Unger nee Quante; she preceded him in death in 1997. Mr. Unger is survived by his daughter-in-law Rhonda Unger of Waterloo; and grandchildren Craig Unger, Brian Unger and Melissa Unger. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son Bernard Unger. Mr. Unger was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ. He was retired from Dow Chemical in Madison as a tool and die maker with 27 years of service and was a member of United Steelworkers Local 4804. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Bob Goddard officiating. He is interred at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association.

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Robert E. Zollinger, 55, of Waterloo, died May 1, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born April 22, 1952, in Lancaster, the son of Ralph and Patty Zollinger nee Clark of Millersport, Ohio. He was married to Mary Zollinger nee Timpe. Mr. Zollinger is survived by his parents; wife; children Tawnia Zollinger DVM (David Jurkowski) of Chicago, and Nicole Zollinger (Tim Gilbert) of Kansas City, Mo.; grandson Braden Gilbert; step-sons Kyle Timpe and Austin Timpe; and cousins. Mr. Zollinger was a 1970 graduate of Millersport High School in Millersport, Ohio, and a 1974 graduate of North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. He was an employee of Purina Mills Inc. for 33 years, and a part-time bartender at Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill. He was also a founding member of the St. Louis (Rams) Bloomers Tailgate Club. Visitation and a memorial service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor John Gerike officiating. Memorials may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Calvin George Hogue Sr., 59, of Dupo, died May 2, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Feb. 21, 1948, in East St. Louis, the son of Genevieve Hogue of Dupo and the late Francis Alvin Hogue. Mr. Hogue is survived by his mother; children Angelic Hudson of Summerville, S.C., Jesse Hogue of LaGrange, Ky., and Calvin Hogue Jr. of Cahokia; grandchildren John Calvin Myers of Dupo and Tyler Matthew Hudson of Summerville, N.C.; brother Martin Hogue of Dupo; sisters Barbara Few of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and Donna Pate of Owensboro, Ky.; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Hogue retires from Walter’s Collision in Cahokia. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was cremated, per his request.

Brittanie Lynn Holmes, 16, of Waterloo, formerly of Cahokia and O’Fallon, died May 2, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 17, 1991, in Belleville, the daughter of Robert Holmes of Cahokia and Carolina “Carrie” (Brian) Jones nee Nikolic. She is survived by her father; mother and step-father; brother Brandon Holmes of Cahokia; step-brother Brandon Jones of Red Bud; step-sister Breann Jones of Red Bud; grandfather Angelko Nikolic of Anchorage, Alaska; grandmother Bonnie (Mike) Bycluk of Mesa, Ariz.; great-grandfather Arthur Schef of DeSoto, Mo.; boyfriend Trevor Tyler of O’Fallon; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandmother Radmila Nikolic and grandfather Robert Dale Holmes. Brittanie was a member of First Baptist Church in O’Fallon. She was a tenth grade student at Waterloo High School. She enjoyed camping, being outdoors, painting, taking pictures and spending time with her friends. Visitation and funeral services were at Braun Funeral Home in Cahokia, Pastor Doug Muntun officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to a trust fund at Regions Bank in her name.

Ronald L. Abernathy, 60, of St. Louis, died May 3, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born July 30, 1946, in St. Louis, the son of the late Lane and Wayve Abernathy nee Chrisman. He was married to Patricia Abernathy nee Fults. Mr. Abernathy is survived by his wife; children Christopher Abernathy of Arlington Heights; and Karen (Kelly) Pearce of St. Louis; grandson Andrew Pearce; brother Larry (Kathy) Abernathy of Jacksonville, Mo.; sister Debra (John) Rosenfeld of Ketchikan, Alaska; father- and mother-in-law Larry and Doris Fults of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Abernathy was a pharmacist at Waterloo Wal-Mart for many years. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Della Mae Schmidt nee Killion, 86, of Cahokia, died May 3, 2007. She was born July 1, 1920, in Campbell, Mo., the daughter of the late James Harry and Grace Lee Killion nee Emery. She was married to the late Harold Leo Schmidt. Mrs. Schmidt is survived by her children Lois Marie Hanner and Mike (Judy) Hedgecock; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; brothers John Killion and James Killion; sister Glenda Jean Self; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sons Larry Goodrich, Charles Edward Hedgecock and Donald Gene Hedgecock. Mrs. Schmidt retired at a bookkeeper from Harold Waggner Trucking Co. in Cahokia. A graveside service was held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

David Charles May, 54, of Great Bend, Kan., died May 4, 2007, in Great Bend, Kan. He was born June 3, 1952, in Red Bud, the son of Shirley May nee Rodenberg of Waterloo and the late Vernon May. He married Karla S. May nee Sprehe in 1975. Mr. May is survived by his mother; wife; daughter Stephanie Davey of Delray Beach, Fla.; brother Daniel May of Colorado; and sisters Lyn May of Waterloo, Donna Underwood of Monticello, and Joann Steppig of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his father and sister Sandra May. Mr. May was the assistant manager of Pratt Feeders in Pratt, Kan. He was a resident of Great Bend, Kan., since moving there from Salina, Kan., in 1993. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, the American Quarter Horse Association, the Kansas Quarter Horse Association, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association. Visitation and a funeral service were at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend, Kan., the Rev. Hal Staats officiating. Memorials may be made to Barton County Humane Society.

Sharon J. Huebner nee Schroeder, 45, of Dupo, died May 4, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 16, 1962, in St. Louis, the daughter of Gloria Schroeder of Chesterfield, Mo., and the late Joseph Schroeder. She was married to Steven Huebner. Mrs. Huebner is survived by her mother; husband; children Erica Huebner of Waterloo and Stephanie Huebner of Waterloo; sister Carol (James) Laury of St. Louis; nephews Danny, Chris and Justin; special friends Glenda, Michael and Stephanie Boyle of St. Peters, Mo.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father; brother Charles Schroeder; and mother- and father-in-law William and Gerri Huebner. Mrs. Huebner was a member of The River Family. She was employed at Sara Lee Bakery Group in Earth City, Mo. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Paul Newland officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Richard C. “Rip” Vallowe, 83, of Dupo, died May 4, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Sept. 18, 1923, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Francis Anthony and Sola Vallowe nee Satterlee. He was married to Alice Vallowe nee Otten. Mr. Vallowe is survived by his wife; sons Roger Vallowe of Dupo, and Craig (Mary) Vallowe of Savoy; grandchildren Jason Vallowe, Christopher Vallowe and Adam (Kelly) Vallowe; brother Virgil (Marie) Vallowe of Shiloh; sister-in-law Helen Vallowe of Forest Park, Ga.; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dr. Edgar Vallowe. Mr. Vallowe was a member of Maplewood Park Baptist Church in Cahokia. He was retired from Amex, formerly American Zinc, in Sauget as a supervisor. He was a member of the Dupo Volunteer Dire Department for more than 50 years, and he retired as assistant fire chief and department trustee. He was a past Village of Dupo trustee and a member of the American Legion for more than 50 years. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Pastor Jim Robinson officiating. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Dupo Fire Department.

Frederick W. “Fritz” Vogel, 69, of Waterloo, died May 4, 2007. He was born Oct. 11, 1937, in Columbia, the son of the late Dr. Erdman G. Vogel and Margaret Vogel nee Illert. He married Patricia A. Vogel nee Bequette in 1966. Mr. Vogel is survived by his wife; sons Mark (Amber) Vogel of Waterloo, and Jason Vogel of St. Elmo; grandchildren Taylor Vogel and Corey Vogel; sisters Viola Frank of Waterloo, and Helen (Kenneth) Reichert of Columbia; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. Vogel was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Paderborn. He was the manager of the Waterloo McDonald’s. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Paderborn, Fr. Jim Voelker officiating. He is burier at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Waterloo High School athletics or in the form of Masses at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Brandon J. Vogt of Fults died May 5, 2007. He was born May 5, 2007, the son of Tom and Tammy Vogt. He is survived by his parents; sister Megan Vogt; grandparents Barb and Dave Kendell of Valmeyer, Perry and Judy Vogt of Valmeyer, and James Gidley of Waterloo; great-grandparents Ida Niebruegge of Valmeyer, and Dorothy Koch of Valmeyer; and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Barbara Gidley nee Bagsby and his great-grandparents. There were no services.

Willard Gustav Stahl, 75, of Dupo, died May 7, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 16, 1932, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Nelson P. and Elizabeth Stahl nee Koch. He was married to the late Peggy Stahl. Mr. Stahl is survived by his brothers Nelson (Deloris) Stahl of Dupo, and Wade (Carolyn) Teeter of Columbia; two step-children; eight step-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sister Jacquelin Teeter. Mr. Stahl was retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. After his retirement he worked for Cassen Car Hauler and later for a police department in Vegas on a firing range. He was a member of the VFW Post #6368 in Dupo, American Legion Post #485 in Dupo and the retired Marine Corps club, and Maeystown Sportsman’s Club. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Relay for Life.

James W. Walla, 69, of Waterloo, died May 7, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born March 15, 1938, in St. Louis, the son of the late Frank J. Walla and Millie E. Walla nee Kiefer. He married Edith G. Walla nee Beckham in 1961. Mr. Walla is survived by his wife; children Tom (Susan) Walla of Columbia, Mike (Laine) Walla of O’Fallon, Mo., John (Tonya) Walla of Waterloo, Jeff Walla of Waterloo, Carol Walla of Waterloo, Lisa (Rusty) Ezzell of Prairie du Rocher, and Ron Walla of Festus, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Gene Walla, Tom Walla and Mike Walla; and sister Marie Stengel. Mr. Walla was a retired truck driver and member of Teamsters Local #600 in St. Louis. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Alton. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Kim Kelly officiating. He is buried at Woodland Hills Cemetery in East Alton. Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, or the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Vernon D.C. Schaefer Sr., 89, of Valmeyer, died May 8, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 7, 1917, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Daniel C. and Hilda Schaefer nee Nagel. He was married to the late Luella N. Schaefer nee Seyler. Mr. Schaefer is survived by his sister Betty (Everette) Marsten of Arlington, Va. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son Vernon D. Schaefer Jr. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Emilie J. Williams nee Davit, 100, of Columbia, died May 8, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Feb. 11, 1907, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late David and Leah Davit nee Vouga. She was married to the late Franklin Williams. Mrs. Williams is survived by her daughter Dorothy (Gale) King of Columbia; grandchildren Jim King of Columbia, Dan King of Columbia, Nancy Cunningham of Randleman, N.C., Cynthia Williams of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Joe Williams of Atlanta, Ga., and Patty Williams of New Mexico; great-grandchildren David (Christine) King and Matt King; great-great-granddaughter Taylor Emilie King; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Dave Williams; sisters Helen Davit and Estelle Herman; and brothers Henry Davit, Edward Davit, Al Davit and Francis Davit. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Lance Hudgens officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

Marian M. Sliment nee Lopinot, 73, of Millstadt, died May 12, 2007, in Belleville. She was born Feb. 9, 1934, in East St. Louis, the daughter of Ella Mae Lopinot nee Touchette of Swansea and the late Arthur Lopinot. She was married to Donald Sliment. Mrs. Lopinot is survived by her mother; husband; children David (Kathy) Sliment of Newburg, Ind., Donna (Frank) Uhlenbrock of Labadie, Mo., Doris (Jeff) Glauber of Belleville, Daniel (Jane) Sliment of Freeburg, and Tom (Judee) Sliment of Waterloo; grandchildren Jay Glauber, Laura Glauber, David Sliment Jr., Bradley Sliment, Ashley Sliment, Alyssa Sliment, Colleen Sliment and Quinn Sliment; sister Helen (Robert) Simpson of Millstadt; brother Aurthur “Bud” (Yvonne) Lopinot of Hillsboro, Mo.; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father. Mrs. Sliment was a domestic engineer. She was a past member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Quilters Club in Centreville and was a member of the Concordia United Church of Christ Quilters Club. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Freeburg, Fr. Mark Reyling and Pastor David Krueger officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Cardinal Glennon Cleft Palate Team or the National Kidney Foundation.

Priscilla L. Vogt nee Biffar, 84, of Waterloo, died May 12, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 4, 1922, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late George and Martha Biffar nee Reinhardt. She married the late Armin W. Vogt in 1944. Mrs. Vogt is survived by her children Karen (Wilbert) Eschmann of Columbia, and Perry Vogt (finacee Barbara Dickerson) of Waterloo; grandchildren Keith Eschmann, Susan (Randall) Brand, Samantha Vogt, and Daniel Freeman; great-grandson Connor M. Freeman; brothers Lawrence Biffar, Sylvester (Leona) Biffar, and Eugene (JoAnn) Biffar; brothers-in-law Ivo Vogt and Carl (Lillian) Vogt; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Marie Isabella Vogt; granddaughter Cynthia M. Freeman; sisters Loretta Schaefer and Adeline Marie Biffar; brothers-in-law Joseph Schaefer and Carl W. Wink; and sisters-in-law Dorothy Wink and Rose M. Vogt. Mrs. Vogt was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church, and a member of the Martha and Mary Society. She was a volunteer at the Monroe County nursing home. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach and Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo.

Lena Mae Rahn, 79, of Prairie du Rocher, died May 13, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 3, 1928, in Neelyville, Mo., the daughter of the late Isaac and Bessie Kirkley nee Counts. She married Orville Rahn in 1946. Mrs. Rahn is survived by her husband; children Orville (Becky) Rahn Jr. of Staunton, Joyce (Ronnie) Kuergeleis of Fults, Bonnie (Glen) Meyer of Prairie du Rocher, and Allen Rahn (friend Brenda Warshol) of Prairie du Rocher; grandchildren Joey (Jennifer) Rahn, Becky (Brittin) Hardin, Wesley (Andrea) Kuergeleis, Rachel (Paul) Russell and Jennifer Smith; great-grandchildren Mason, Madison, Morgan, Hadley, Rieley and Noah; sister Leota (Herb) Roider of Waterloo; brother Jess Kirkley (friend Kay Hicks) of Millstadt; sisters-in-law Leona Kent of Red Bud, and Dodie Rahn of Millstadt; brothers-in-law Kenneth (Jeannie) Rahn of Maeystown, and Bill (Phyllis) Rahn of Maeystown; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Rahn was a homemaker. She retired from Snyder-General in Red Bud after 13 years. Visitation and a funeral service were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Gilbert Cemetery in Ames. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Jay W. Henson, 40, of Waterloo, died May 14, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 2, 1966, in Joliet, the son of Larry and Pat Henson of Maeystown. He was married to Tabitha Henson nee Tedford. Mr. Henson is survived by his parents; wife; children Ayla Henson, Paige Henson and Jayda Henson; sisters Vicki (Steve) Frank of Waterloo, DeAnn (Steve) Pate of Montgomery, Ala., Terri Henson (Tina Cherpes) of St. Louis, and Jill (Jason) Crouch of Maeystown; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Henson was a member of Laborers Local #400. He played football at Murray State University with a full scholarship. He enjoyed hiking and camping, and he loved spending time with his girls. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to a trust fund set up for Ayla, Paige and Jayda Henson.

Robert G. Huntley, 65, of Red Bud, died May 15, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 10, 1941, in DuQuoin, the son of the late Robert C. and Mary Huntley nee Snider. He married Susan E. Bates in 1985. Mr. Huntley is survived by his wife; daughter Frances Huntley of Red Bud; sister Marilyn Canady of Swansea; and brothers Bruce Huntley of Delta, Colo., and Benjamin Huntley. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Huntley was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Ellis Grove. He taught rose science, agriculture and horticulture for 25 years, and was known as The Rose Man. He owned and operated Roses: Bob Huntley for 12 years. Visitation and a funeral service were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home, Rev. Jack Davison officiating. He is buried at Ellis Grove City Cemetery in Ellis Grove.

Col. David A. Lewis, Ph.D., 57, of Modoc, died May 17, 2007, in Chester. He was born July 25, 1949, in Anchorage, Alaska, the son of Cecile Lewis nee Petterson of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and the late Arley Clark. He was married to Deborah Lewis. Mr. Lewis is survived by his mother; wife; daughter Stephanie Kieffer of Modoc; sister Charlotte (Greg) Edwards of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; parents-in-law Delbert and Fay Kueker of Prairie du Rocher; sister-in-law Cathy (Steve) Uffelmann of Red Bud, Sharon (Ken) Johnson of Waterloo, and Lisa (Duane) Willeford of Modoc; nephews Jeffrey Edwards and Andrew Edwards; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Lewis was employed by Buchheit’s Inc. for more than 25 years. Most recently he was their purchasing agent and previously was store manger in Sparta and Bichle, Mo. He grew up near Eminence, Mo., where he spent his youth enjoying the Current River and where he later ran a canoe rental service while teaching in Houston, Mo. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri, where he received his doctorate degree in animal science and also was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He authored two published books, “The Current River Tributaries” and “The Jack’s Fork of the Current River.” He enjoyed his family, friends, serving his country, traveling and card playing. He loved the beauty of nature, especially his birds and his “Valley View” botanical garden. He was a friend to many and will be sadly missed. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the 101st Airborne near the demilitarized zone. He is currently a colonel in the Missouri Army National Guard. He was a member of American Legion Post 622 in Prairie du Rocher, VFW Post #2698 in Sparta, the Mizzou Alumni Association and the Missouri Historical Society. 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 was buried in a military graveside service under the director of American Legion Post #622 at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery in Modoc, Rev. Kenneth Knobloch officiating.

Milton Arden Probasco, 82, of Waterloo, died May 18, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Unionville, Mo., the son of the late Milton Albert and Louie Evelyn Probasco nee Parsons. He was married to Berry Probasco nee Carey. Mr. Probasco is survived by his wife; children Linda (Ronald) Probasco of Hunstville, Ala., and Doreen Rey of Kirkwood, Mo.; grandchildren Andrew Rhoades, Michael Rey and Heather Rey; and great-grandson Nathaniel Rhoades. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Max Probasco. Mr. Probasco was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. He was a music teacher at Waterloo School District for 34 years, was the director and a member of the Waterloo Municipal Band for many years, and was a member of the Bud Lighters Dance Band, Waterloo Retired Teachers Association and Waterloo American Legion. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was 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 St. Paul United Church of Christ Music Fund or the American Heart Association.

June Wilson nee White, 94, of Waterloo, died May 19, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born May 8, 1912, in Kentucky, the daughter of the late Ben and Julia White nee Hill. She was married to the late Clarence O. Wilson. Mrs. Wilson is survived by her children Patricia (Garland) Kestler of St. Louis, and Ronald Wilson (Kathryn) of Dupo; grandchildren Christina Parker, Ronald Wilson Jr., and Allen Kestler; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, twin sister Julia Hill and brother Claude White. Mrs. Wilson was a member of the Waterloo Senior Nutrition Site. A private service was held. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Elmer H. Meyer, 91, of Renault, died May 20, 2007, in Red Bud. He was born Nov. 18, 1915, in Renault, the son of the late Henry and Emma Meyer nee Schleifer. He married Velma Meyer nee Heller in 1946. Mr. Meyer is survived by his wife; children Emaleen (Lauren) Beckman, Marilee (Robert) Schuler, and Glen (Bonnie) Meyer; granddaughter Sarah Beckman; step-grandsons Jared Beckman, Greg Schueler and Michael Schueler; great-grandson Caleb; step-great-grandchildren Austin Schueler and Katie Schueler; brother Henry (Norma) Meyer of Allen, Texas; and sister Hilda Partain of St. Louis. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Otto Meyer, William Meyer, Theodore Meyer, Albert Meyer and Emil Meyer; and sister Esther Heller. Mr. Meyer was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault. HE was a past president, elder and trustee of the church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Renault American Legion. He was also a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Pastor Ralph E. Laufer officiating. HE is buried at Holy cross Lutheran Cemetery in Renault. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or Lutheran Hour.

Virginia Waugh nee Scarborough, 82, of Granite City, died May 20, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Granite City, the daughter of the late Samuel Walter and Maxie Scarborough nee Coy. She was married to the late Calvin Waugh. Mrs. Waugh is survived by her daughter Donna D. Mueller of Valmeyer; step-sons Daniel (Debbie) Waugh of Hartford, and David Waugh of St. Louis; grandchildren Toni (Bruce) Whipple, Julie (Josh) White, Susie Mueller, Danielle Waugh, Christopher (Beth) Waugh, Amy Waugh and Lydia Waugh; six great-grandchildren; former husband Donald Cox of St. Charles, Mo.; sister Robbie (Gerry) Duff of Caseyville; brothers Jack (Jeannine) Scarborough of Granite City, Harold Dean Scarborough of Granite City, and Ronald (Kay) Scarborough of Granite City; special friend Claude Cook; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister Dorothy Michniewicz, and son-in-law Robert R. Mueller. Mrs. Waugh was a Democratic Committeewoman in Madison County, and the Moose Lodge. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the St. John United Church of Christ Recovery Fund or the Valmeyer School Music Fund.

Ann L. Schneeberger nee Cook, 80, of Columbia, formerly of Dupo, died May 21, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Sept. 3, 1926, in Desoto, Mo., the daughter of the late Thomas and Bessie Cook nee Sandusky. She was married to Robert “Snowy” Schneeberger for 60 years. Mrs. Schneeberger is survived by her husband; daughters Joanne (Bruce) Counce of Columbia, and Judy (Marvin) Doerr of Dupo; grandchildren Julie (Scott) Rodemich of Columbia, Robyn (Kevin) McCarty of Kildeer, Jamie (Christopher) Wyse of Dayton, Ohio, and Kevin (Andrea) Doerr of Columbia; great-grandchildren Ryan Rodemich, Allison Rodemich, Madison McCarty and Mackenzie McCarty; sister-in-law Jackie (Eugene) Poettgen of Waterloo; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Lucille Kelley and Bernice Jordan. Mrs. Schneeberger was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, where she sang in the choir for 40 years. She was a charter member and past president of Sugarloaf VFW Auxiliary #6368. She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Al Sihah Temple #29, Rob Morris Chapter #98 Order of the Eastern Star, and she participated in the Monsanto Local #12 Retiree Club. 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 Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis, or Hope School Foundation in Springfield.

Robert T. Schlemmer Sr., 74, of Columbia, died May 23, 2007. He was born Feb. 3, 1933, in Columbia, the son of the late Elmer and Minnie Schlemmer nee Glaenzer. He married Kathleen H. Schlemmer nee Schaeffer in 1954. Mr. Schlemmer is survived by his wife; sons Robert T. (Lisa) Schlemmer Jr. of Metamora, Richard D. (Brenda) Schlemmer of Columbia, and C.J. (Joy) Schlemmer of Columbia; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Clyde Schlemmer and Ralph Schlemmer. Mr. Schlemmer was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Gerry Proctor officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barrack National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ Building Fund or the Columbia Athletic Boosters.

Robert E. Marlo, 80, of Columbia, died May 24, 2007. He was born March 23, 1927, in Clinton, Iowa, the son of the late Louis Joseph Marlo and Lillian Marie Marlo McCabe. He married Catherine “Kay” Marlo nee Anthonies in 1946. Mr. Marlo is survived by his wife; children Donna M. Marlo Wirz of Highland, Michael (Chere) Marlo of Indianapolis, Ind., Phyllis (Jack) Marlo Finnerty of Carefree, Ariz., Thomas (Kathy) Marlo of Alpharetta, Ga., and Stephen Marlo of St. Peters; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Phil Marlo. Mr. Marlo was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He was a retired supervisor for Anheuser-Busch Cos. in St. Louis. He enjoyed spending time with his family and coaching their athletic activities. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. There was no visitation. A funeral Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Building Fund of Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Henry “Hank” August Mueth, 93, of Millstadt, died May 23, 2007, in Columbia. He was born Nov. 5, 1913, in Smithton, the son of the late Joseph and Anna Mueth nee Becker. He was married to Almira Mueth nee Muskopf. Mr. Mueth is survived by his wife; children Gary (Maureen) Mueth of Millstadt, Charles (Cheryl) Mueth of Millstadt, Kathleen (Pete) Yeary of Albuquerque, N.M., and Kevin (Debby) Mueth of Millstadt; grandchildren Georgia Ann “Gigi” (Bernie) Sauzek, Tim (Christi) Mueth, Craig (Melissa) Mueth, Patrick (Michelle) Yeary, Robert Yeary, Jennifer Yeary, Molly Mueth and Laurel Mueth; great-grandchildren Ashley Sauzek, Emily Sauzek, Hannah Mueth, Colin Mueth, Zander Mueth and Amber Yeary; sisters Luella (George) Toenjes and Aurelia Eversmeyer; brothers Sylvester “Tuffy” Mueth and Erwin “Tootie” Mueth; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Arthur Mueth, Herbert Mueth, Cletus Mueth, Emil Mueth and Raymond Mueth; and a sister in infancy. Mr. Mueth was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. He was retired from Peabody Coal as a driller with 34 years of service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge 1221 in Swansea and Progressive Mine Workers. He was one of the organizers of the Millstadt Khoury League. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home, Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. He is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis or St. James Catholic Church Education Fund.

Elizabeth Ida McDonald nee Steppig, 94, of Columbia, died May 24, 2007, in Columbia. She was born June 26, 1912, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Michael and Elizabeth Steppig nee Grueninger. She was married to the late Richard M. McDonald. Mrs. McDonald is survived by her son-in-law Jon Kessler of Columbia, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Shirley Kessler, and brothers and sisters. Mrs. McDonald was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she was a member of the Alter Sodality. She was also a member of the Columbia Senior Nutrition Center. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Church. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of the Columbia Senior Nutrition Site.

Melba L. Hetherington, 81, of Olympian Village, Mo., died May 27, 2007. She was born Aug. 19, 1925, the daughter of the late Hilra Popejoy and Flora Popejoy-Grah-Youngman nee Willis. She married Donald Hetherington in 1944. Mrs. Hetherington is survived by her husband; children Donald (Monica) Hetherington of Festus, Mo., and Darla (Bill) Hatley of Chase City, Va., eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and siblings Dorothy (Edmond) Willis of Percy, Phyllis (Harold) Damron of Mt. Vernon, Bob Grah of East Carondelet, and Jack (Sylvia) Grah of Tacoma, Wash. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Donna June Price, grandson Danny Hatley, and sister Wanda Bense. Mrs. Hetherington was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in De Soto, Mo. She worked as a sales clerk for Montgomery Ward Catalog Stores in East St. Louis and Festus, Mo. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home in De Soto, Mo. She is buried at Percy Village Cemetery in Percy. Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church in De Soto, Mo.

Dorothy Emma Schoenhoff nee Naumann, 85, of Columbia, died May 27, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Nov. 28, 1921, in Dupo, the daughter of the late George A. and Hilda B. Naumann nee Vogt. She married the late Eugene J. Schoenhoff in 1948; he preceded her in death in 1970. Mrs. Schoenhoff is survived by her children Diane (Arlin) Stechmesser of Waterloo, Steve Schoenhoff of British Columbia, Canada, Joan (Mark) Akers of St. Louis, Mark (Tanya) Schoenhoff of Peachtree City, Ga., and Chris Schoenhoff of Columbia; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Thelma Straub and Melba (Charles) Koons; and brother George (Irma) Naumann. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Lucille Langsdorf. Mrs. Schoenhoff was a member of the Life Christina Center in St. Louis. She volunteered at Columbia Convalescent Center and Tesson Heights Care Center. She was formerly employed with Libson Dress Shops, K-Mart and Reabans. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home., Mark Akers officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to The Life Christian Center or the Oasis International Ministry.

Howard Yankey, 89, of Waterloo, died May 27, 2007, in Chester. He was born June 12, 1917, in Rockwood, the son of the late William Henry and Lena Maria Yankey nee Waltimate. He was married to the late Gertrude Yankey nee Deul. Mr. Yankey is survived by his children Bonnie Schlotmann of Waterloo and Dale Yankey of Waterloo; grandchildren Kimberly (Jeff) Mueth and Regina Yankey; great-grandchildren Jacob Mueth and Emma Mueth; brother Glen Yankey of Belleville; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Lee W. Yankey, and brothers Alvey Yankey, Gilmer Yankey and Ray Yankey. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill.

Loretta M. Dohrman nee Joseph, 78, of Millstadt, died May 28, 2007, in Millstadt. She was born Jan. 10, 1929, in rural Columbia, the daughter of the late Edwin Sr. and Lulu Joseph nee Kissel. She is survived by her children Donald (Diana) Dohrman of Millstadt, Diane (Randy) Heil of Marissa, and Dale (Donna) Dohrman of Millstadt; grandchildren Andrew (Danielle) Heil, Daniel Heil, Vance Heil, Valerie Heil, Nikki (Dustin) Trankle, Kyle Dohrman and Morgan Dohrman; great-grandchildren Jonathan Dohrman, Jennifer Dohrman and Noah Dohrman; sister Eleanora Helfrich; brother Raymond Joseph; sister-in-law Verna Joseph; and 27 nieces and nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Edwin Joseph Jr. and Irwin Joseph, brother-in-law Walter Helfrich, and sisters-in-law June Joseph and Lynne Joseph. Mrs. Dohrman was a member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt and the Women’s Fellowship. She is remembered as a dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and the cornerstone of her family. She was a licensed hairdresser for more than 30 years, and loved to play cards, bowl, quilt, garden and cook. Her passion was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation was at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa. A funeral service was at Zion Evangelical Chuch in Millstadt, Pastors Darrell Weber and Matthew Friz officiating. She is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical Church or BJC Hospice.

Doris Watters nee Pflueger, 71, of Belleville, died May 28, 2007, in Belleville. She was born July 7, 1935, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Harvey and Minnie Pflueger nee Fauss. Ms. Watters is survived by her children Russell Watters of Columbia, Dave Watters of Sacramento, Calif., Bryan Watters of Belleville, and Aaron Watters of Dyersburg, Tenn.; grandchildren Jacob Watters, Crystal LeBlue, Jamie Watters, Brent Watters, Bekah Watters and Seth Watters; great-granddaughter Paris LeBlue; siblings Ardell Kinzinger of Millstadt, Alvin Pflueger of Caseyville, and Gene (Arlene) Pflueger of Hecker; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death b her parents and brothers Arnold Pflueger and Levi Pflueger. Mrs. Watters worked for Ben Franklin in Belleville for more than 25 years. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints in Waterloo, Dan Bearden officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure or Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.

Helena M. Kleinat nee Michmel, 101, of Belleville, died May 29, 2007, in Belleville. She was born May 7, 1906, in Antanava, Lithuania. She was married to the late John Kleinat. Mrs. Kleinat is survived by her granddaughters Virginia (Lynn J.) Bersche of Waterloo, Ilona “Sam” (Bob) Hattan of Belleville, Regina “Reggie” Kaisor of Smithton, and Patricia (Ron) Klopmeyer of Freeburg; great-grandchildren John A. Burris, Tim V. Mancinas, Deanna Richardson and Christina L. Scott; and five great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter Ona Afanaseivas, who died in 1959; one sister and three brothers in Lithuania. Mrs. Kleinat was a former member of the Lithuanian Parish of Immaculate Conception of East St. Louis. She worked for Busch Stadium for 21 years. Visitation was at Kassly Mortuary in Fairview Heights. A funeral Mass was at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church in Belleville, Fr. Stanley Konieczny officiating. She is buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Pink Sisters of Mt. Grace Covenant in St. Louis, the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, or any agency for the blind.

Francis W. Fromme, 74, of Columbia, died May 30, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 30, 1932, in Columbia, the son of the late Leo J. and Ardella K. Fromme nee Sensel. He married the late Marlene M. Fromme nee Goessling in 1956; she preceded him in death in 2004. Mr. Fromme is survived by his sons Timothy (Lisa) Fromme of Columbia, Patrick (Amanda) Fromme of Columbia, and Daniel (Kim) Fromme of Waterloo; grandchildren Brittany, Christopher, Elliott, Marie, Emma, Taisha and Elissa; sisters Mary K. Havel of Belleville, Judy Fromme of Columbia, and Christine (Ron) Etling of Columbia; brother Michael Fromme of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother Leo G. Fromme and sisters Eileen Toenjes and Rosalie Bise. Mr. Fromme was an active member of the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department, of which he had served as chief. He was a former Columbia alderman. He was retired from United Parcel Service, where we worked as a mechanic. He was a member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association. 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 Columbia Volunteer Fire Department or the American Cancer Society.

Ronald J. Mueller, 75, of Ewing, died May 30, 2007, in Ewing. He was born Jan. 6, 1932, in St. Louis, the son of the late Arnold Alfred and Leona C. Mueller nee Meyer. He was married to Vivian Mueller. Mr. Mueller is survived by his wife; children Ann Whittington of Ewing, and Joseph (Melynda) Mueller of Benton; grandchildren Maria Hughes, Mike Gosnell, Allisun Mueller and Joseph Alex Mueller; and sister Ruth DeBay of Tacoma, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Mueller was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Waterloo, Valmeyer American Legion and Blue Lodge. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children or the American Cancer Society.

Eugene W. Braun, 84, of Hecker, died May 31, 2007, in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 31, 1922, in St. Louis the son of the late William F. and Catherine Braun nee Hoffmann. He was married to the late Irma F. Braun nee Wittenauer. Mr. Braun is survived by his children Barbara (Garry) Matzenbacher, Janice (Ken) Buettner, Thomas (Nancy) Braun, Daniel (Stephanie) Braun, and Mary (Tom) Lloyd; grandchildren Stephanie (Brad) Meyer, Adam Matzenbacher, Jonathan (fiancee Becky Thompson) Matzenbacher, Rhonda (fiancee Kevin Niemeier) Buettner, Michael Buettner, Matt Buettner, David Buettner, Mark Braun, Blake Braun, Andrew Braun, Timothy Braun, Robert Wagner and Jason Wagner; great-grandchildren Wesley Meyer and Henrey Meyer; sisters Elaine (Roland) Head and Mary Ann Landolt; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Mr. Braun was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker, Fr. Robert Gore officiating. He is buried at St. Augustine Cemetery in Hecker. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, the American Heart Association or Shriner’s Hospital.

Esther A. Guebert nee Werner, 89, of Red Bud, died May 31, 2007, in Red Bud. She was born April 6, 1918, in St. Louis the daughter of the late Alfred Werner and Katherine Werner nee Garlich. She married the late Carl E. Guebert in 1940; he preceded her in death in 1990. Mrs. Guebert is survived by her children Judy (Charles) Meyr of St. Louis, John (Judy) Guebert of Arnold, Mo., Lois (Joel) McQueen of Knoxville, Tenn., Steve (Carol) Guebert of Marshall, Va., David (Alice) Guebert of Red Bud, Tom (Barbara) Guebert of Carlyle, Roger Guebert of Millstadt, and Kathy (Tom) Murray of St. Ann, Mo.; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother Walter Werner of Millstadt; and sister-in-law Esther Guebert of Red Bud. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandsons Timothy Guebert, Alex Guebert and Logan Proctor; sisters Florence Mueller and Martha Schlicting; and step-brothers Ray Gaebe and Hugo Gaebe. Mrs. Guebert was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud and the St. John Evening Guild. She was a 4-H leader and was a member of the Red Bud Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Monroe County Home Extension, and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud, Rev. Russell Koen officiating. She is buried at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud or Red Bud Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

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Bertha M. Pautler, 97, of St. Louis, formerly of Evansville, died April 2, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 4, 1909, in Evansville, the daughter of the late Frank and Mathilda Pautler nee Hesse. Mrs. Pautler is survived by her sister Effie Patrick of Manor, Tex., nieces and nephews Dolores Feilmeier, Mary Hill, Norman Pautler, Connie Holley, Thomas Patrick, Charles Patrick, David Patrick, Yvonne O’Hara, Anna Hasemeyer, Carol Bridegroom, Theresa Morse and Rose Wesbecher; great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Otto Pautler, victor Pautler, Lawrence Pautler, William Pautler, Albin Pautler, Ben Pautler and Louis Pautler; sister Rose Ordwein; nephews Anthony “Tony” Pautler, Paul Pautler and Herbert Pautler; and nieces Doris Pautler, Thelma Stork and Betty Vaughn. Mrs. Pautler worked at International Shoe Factory in Evansville before moving to St. Louis in her late teens. She also worked at Monsanto and American Loose Leaf, both in St. Louis, and she resided in Manor, Tex., for a period of her life. She was of the Catholic faith. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Evansville. 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 in the form of Masses.

Jeanette E. Kimmel nee Meyer, 82, of Prairie du Rocher, died April 3, 2007, in Red Bud. She was born June 29, 1924, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Robert and Zella Meyer nee Agnew. She was married to the late James Kimmel. Mrs. Kimmel is survived by her children Patricia S. (Jack) Vaseska of Columbia, Joyce Ann (Russ) Amann of Prairie du Rocher, Phyllis (Robert) Veath of Evansville, and Paula (Jim) Crow of Tulsa, Okla.; and grandchildren Tari Lynn (Bud) Hoefft, John P. (Julie) Vaseska, James Robert Amann, Rusty (Missy) Amann, John Veath, Alex Veath, Bryan J. Crow, Maggie B. Crow and Matthew K. Crow; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Elma Meyer, Evelyn Meyer and Hannah Meyer; and granddaughter Mari Kay Vaseska. Mrs. Kimmel was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Dupo. Visitation and a funeral service were at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud, Rev. Nancy Spier-Lee. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.

Laura Wibbenmeyer nee Rahe, 88, of St. Louis, died April 6, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born June 6, 1918, near Fountain, the daughter of the late Herman and Caroline Rahe nee Durrer. She was married to the late Leonard T. Wibbenmeyer. Mrs. Wibbenmeyer is survived by a son Kenneth (Jane) Wibbenmeyer; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Esther Winschel of St. Louis; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother William Rahe. She was buried at Sunset Cemetery in St. Louis.

Goldia Mae Hurte nee Copeland, 87, of Columbia, died April 7, 2007. She was born June 19, 1919, in Bixby, Mo., the daughter of the late Henry Roy and Myrtle Copeland nee Hughes. She married the late Willis S. Hurte in 1938; he preceded her in death Feb. 23, 2007. Mrs. Hurte is survived by her daughters Schela (Gene) Hodge of Dupo, and Jackie (Wendell) Oller of Dupo; grandchildren Denise (Steve) Chamberlain of Dupo, Steve (Bonnie) Lewis of Dupo, Robin (Robert) Whipple of Dupo, Sherry Lewis of Hecker, William (Lori) Lewis of Dupo, Michelle Lewis of Dupo, and Matthew Oller of Thompson, Mo.; 17 great-grandchildren ; sisters Mildred Kloepper of Bixby, Mo., and Ora Hendrickson of Bonne Terry, Mo.; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and three sisters. Mrs. Hurte was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbia. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Br. George Civey officiating. She is buried at Boss Cemetery in Boss, Mo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Bernice C. Nolte nee Metter, 88, of Columbia, died April 7, 2007, in Columbia. She was born June 15, 1918, in Sugarloaf Township, the daughter of the late Edward and Brunhilde Metter nee Hausser. She was married to the late Robert C. Nolte. Mrs. Nolte is survived by her son Gene Nolte (Pamela Gipson; grandsons Larry Alan (Niki) Nolte of Columbia, and Donald Nolte (Tammy Johnston) of Dixon, Mo.; grandson Robert Dennis Nolte of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Nolte was a member of Christ United Church of Dupo, where she worked in the kitchen and was a member of the quilting guild. She lived and farmed with her husband until this death, then with her son Gene Nolte and grandson Larry Alan Nolte. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo, Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. She is buried at Zion Bohnmeier Cemetery in Dupo. Memorials may be made to Unite Hospice of St. Lois or Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo.

Joy Elizabeth Smith nee Doom, 79, of Millstadt, died April 7, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 29, 1927, in Lyon County, Ky., the daughter of the late Martin and Leona Doom nee Hamilton. She was married to the late Hubert L. “Smitty” Smith. Mrs. Smith is survived by her children Burnetta Blanchard, and Larry (Shelly) Smith; grandchildren Sandy (Glenn) Birkner, Jerry (Melanie) Blanchard, Jordan Smith, Jarrett Smith, and James (Amy) Snodgrass; great-grandchildren Brandy, Brittany, Jessica, Nicholas and Lillie; brother Billy (Mary Lou) Doom; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Martin Doom Jr. and sister Jean Merrick. Mrs. Smith worked for H.W. Gossard Manufacturing Company in Millstadt. She was a member of American Legion Post #502 Ladies Auxiliary in Millstadt. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home. A graveside service was held at Macedonia Cemetery in Kuttawa, Ky.

Stanley J. Kohnz, 82, of Waterloo, died April 9, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Oct. 10, 1924, in Monroe County, the son of the late Jacob A. and Techla E. Kohnz nee Weber. He was married to Doris Kohnz nee Mueller. Mr. Kohnz is survived by his wife; son Danny (Betty) Kohnz of Waterloo; daughter-in-law Patsy (Daniel) Sondag of Valmeyer; grandchildren Stephanie (Bruce) Shields, Garrett (Tammy) Kohnz, Brian (Patty) Lenhardt, Lisa (Scott) Schumacher, and Stephen (Laura) Lenhardt; great-grandchildren Garrison Shields, Ethan Shields, Collin Shields, Garren Kohnz, Hannah Kohnz, Jessica Lenhardt, Brett Lenhardt, Brendan Schumacher, and Madison Schumacher; brother Jacob Kohnz of Valmeyer; and a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Gary S. Kohnz, and brother Weldon G. Kohnz. Mr. Kohnz was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church. He was also a member of International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers Lodge #7777, VFW Post #6504, and Waterloo Sportsman’s Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Church or SS. Peter and Paul School.

Frederick “Fritz” Krick, 82, of Millstadt, died April 12, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 4, 1924, in Millstadt, the son of the late Frederick and Emma Krick nee Hettenhausen. He was married to the late Audrey Rose “Bobee” Krick nee Ullrich. Mr. Krick is survived by his sons Ron Krick of Millstadt, and John Krick of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; sisters Doris Mae (Cliff) Johnson of Millstadt, and Ardella Siebert of Millstadt; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brothers Earl and Willard. Mr. Krick was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt. He and his wife owned Bobee’s Confectionary in Millstadt. He was a member of American Legion Post #137 in O’Fallon, VFW Post #7980 in Millstadt, the Last Man’s Club, the 40 & 8 Club, and the Millstadt Commercial Club. He was a member of the Millstadt Union Fire Department for 53 years and he most recently served as the department chaplain. He was the American Legion baseball commissioner in the state of Illinois for more that 20 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral service was at Trinity Lutheran Church, Rev. Michael Kumm officiating. He is interred at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church of the Millstadt Union Fire Company.

Matthew John Mueller Jr., 75, of East Carondelet, died April 12, 2007, in Cahokia. He was born April 15, 1931, in St. Louis, the son of the late Matthew John and Mary Mueller Sr. nee Fague. He was married to the late Florence Mueller nee Peroutka. Mr. Mueller is survived by his children Mike Mueller, Steve (Lavonda) Mueller, Anthony Mueller, Kim (Michael) Hood, and Nicholas Mueller; grandchildren Sherry Shackelford, Michael Mueller, Christopher Mueller, Michael Hood, Angie Hood, Jenny Hood and Amber Mueller; numerous great-grandchildren; brother-in-law William Peroutka; sister-in-law Darlene Williams; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Mr. Mueller was retired from the Bi-State Development Agency. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia.

Morris J. “Mo” Morrow, 55, of Avon Lake, Ohio, formerly of Columbia, died April 14, 2007, in Westlake, Ohio. He was born Nov. 16, 1951, in East St. Louis, the son of Shirley J. Morrow of Columbia and the late Joel H. Morrow. He was married to Deborah Morrow nee Kimball. Mr. Morrow is survived by his mother; wife; children Jennifer (Jamie Menard) Morrow of Waterloo and Tony (Becky) Morrow of Waterloo; grandchildren Jordan, Mitchell, Dallas and Aidan; sister Denise (Kirk) Fisher of Valmeyer; nieces Tanya (Ryan) Hunsaker and Jaime (Chris) Fisher; uncle Cameron (Kathy) Cook; beloved dog Jake; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents Horace and Mary Morrow, Elizabeth Middleton and Carl Cook. Mr. Morrow was a 1969 graduate of Columbia High School and began working for the railroad at the age of 17. For the past 13 years he worked as the director of communications for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #581, Columbia Blue Lodge #474 A.F. & A.M., and the Dupo Quarterback Club. He was the youngest member ever elected to the Dupo School Board and served Dupo as the police commissioner. He was active with the Illinois and Ohio Democratic parties. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, gardening, the outdoors and barbequing. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A private committal service was held at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, Rev. Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria, Ohio.

Jack E. Myrick Jr., 47, of Waterloo, died April 16, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born May 26, 1959, in East St. Louis, the son of Jack E. and Imogene Myrick Sr. nee St. Hillier. Mr. Myrick is survived by his parents; son Eric L. Myrick of Waterloo; ex-wife Tracy Myrick of St. Louis; sister Christina (Dave) Rhodes of Waterloo; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a salesman at Wm. Nobbe and Co. in Waterloo. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Anna M. Bradshaw nee Blackwell, of East Carondelet, died April 17, 2007, in East Carondelet. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Leona Blackwell. She was married to Samuel “Bub” Bradshaw. Mrs. Bradshaw is survived by her husband; daughter Marla Eikmann; son-in-law Jim Meier; step-daughters Sharon (Mike) Lovell, Terri (Dennis) Harvell and Carolyn (Jim) Torry; step-son Don (Patty) Bradshaw; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nephew Don Blackwell; and brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Dub Blackwell. Mrs. Bradshaw was retired from White Rogers in St. Louis. She was a member of the Easter Star. She loved her cat, Sammy, and he loved her, and she loved instrumental music. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Pastor Jeff Duncan officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Erma A. Lillico nee Trent, 86, of O’Fallon, died April 19, 2007, in Belleville. She was born March 30, 1921, in St. Francis, Kan., the daughter of the late Andrew and Ada Trent nee Hammon. She was married to the late George A. Lillico. Mrs. Lillico is survived by her children Marvin (Joan) Holcer of Chillicothe, Mo., Phyllis (Al) Pruitt of Troy, Mo., Bobby (Judy) Holcer of Meadville, Mo., Alease Vercher of St. Gabriel, La., Angelina (Helmut) Hoefler of Caseyville, and Angelo (Linda) Lillico of Waterloo; step-daughter Laura Jane (Ron) Wilen of New Jersey; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and brother Billy (Jeanne) Trent of O’Fallon. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Eugene A. Lillico, sister Olive Trent, and brother Andrew Trent. Mrs. Trent was a member of the Illinois Association of the Deaf, Belleville Deaf Senior Citizens, Gateway Senior Citizens of St. Louis, FRAT of Springfield, and Metro Chapter of the Deaf. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Steve Neill officiating with Sherri Nelson interpreting. She is buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville.

Herbert L. Mueller Jr., 77, of Columbia, died April 20, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Sept. 28, 1929, in Columbia, the son of the late Herbert L. and Alma M. Mueller nee Ahrens. He was married to Shirley E. Mueller nee Gruenewald. Mr. Mueller is survived by his wife; children William (Peggy) Mueller of Anna, Maureen Mueller of Columbia, Glen Mueller of Columbia, Brian (Karen) Mueller of Columbia, and Allen (Michelle) Mueller of Columbia; grandchildren Jennifer (Jamie) Pickens, Tara (Gary) Rea, Valerie Mueller, Brad Mueller (fiancee Mary Jo Schappe), Chad (Dawn) Mueller, Jacob Mueller and Garrett Mueller; sisters Ruth Gruenewald of Millstadt, Helen Rey of Waterloo, and Melba (Walter) Schnellbecher of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Mueller was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where he was a past consistory president and served on numerous committees. He was a retired grain and livestock farmer, and was a member and past president of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. He was also a member of the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation Board, Monroe County Fair Association Board, Monroe County Taxpayers Association, Monroe County Historical Society and the Illinois Draft Horse and Mule Association. He was a past president and member of the Waterloo School Board, and a past president and member of the Monroe Council for the Handicapped. He was a Waterloo FFA alumnus, a 4-H leader, and a recipient of the American Farmer degree from the FFA. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of American Legion Post #581 in Columbia. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Robert Goddard officiating. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ Columbia Gateway Fund.

Nora S. Mueller nee Wittenborn, 95, of Waterloo, died April 21, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born May 3, 1911, in Percy, the daughter of the late Arthur and Lena Wittenborn nee Brueggemann. She was married to the late Delbert Mueller. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her son Allan (Kathy) Mueller of Waterloo; grandchildren Bryan Mueller and Lauren Mueller; and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Bernice Wittenborn. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo and the ladies auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

Charles W. Binnion, 87, of Waterloo, formerly of Dupo, died April 22, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born June 16, 1919, in Vernon, the son of the late Robert and Amanda Binnion nee Parks. He was married to the late Dorothy L. Binnion nee Courtright for 61 years. Mr. Binnion is survived by his children Nancy (Larry) Sukup of Columbia, Barb (Doug) Phares of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Charles Binnion of Belleville; grandchildren Michelle (Kevin) Volner of Waterloo, Jeff Sukup of Columbia; Candace (Curt) Cherry of Ballwin, Mo., Josh Binnion of Belleville and Ellen Binnion of Belleville; great-grandchildren Clayton Volner of Waterloo, Zach Volner of Waterloo, Spencer Sukup of Columbia, Dawson Sukup of Columbia, Sam Cherry of Ballwin, Mo., and Madison Cherry of Ballwin, Mo.; sisters Betty Yarborough of Vandalia, and Jean Hall of Mesquite, Texas; and nieces, nephews, many friends and all who loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, five brothers and one sister. Mr. Binnion was a member of First Baptist Church in Dupo. He was retired from Wabash Railroad as a switchman. After retirement he worked in real estate. He was a past member of the Dupo Village Board, and he was a member of VFW Post #6368 in Dupo and Masonic Blue Lodge A.F. & A.M. #474 in Columbia. He was an avid mushroom hunter. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and he served in the Pacific Theatre. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Rick Lay officiating. He was cremated, according to his wishes. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice.

Danielle Marie Craft, 18, of Waterloo, died April 25, 2007, in East St. Louis. She was born Aug. 10, 1088, in Red Bud, the daughter of Diane and Joe Lewis. Ms. Craft is survived by her parents; sisters Haley Lewis, Gabby Lewis and Erin Lewis; grandparents Barbara Michels of Waterloo, and Jim and Sue Lewis of Columbia; and aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son Mark Daniel Michels; grandfather Joseph Michels; cousin Portia Farrier; and great-grandparents. 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 the Violence Prevention Center in Waterloo.

Willis F. Goeddel, 83, of Oroville, Calif., died April 27, 2007. He was born Jan. 18, 1924, in Hecker, the son of the late William and Alma Goeddel nee Kammler. He was married to the late Elva Goeddel. Mr. Goeddel is survived by his brother Roland (Marion) Goeddel of Waterloo, and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters- and brothers-in-law Rosella (Alvin) Veilweber and Wilma (Melvin) Hoffmann. There were no services. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Mark L. “Gator” Wolz, 48, of Dupo, died April 28, 2007, in Jefferson County, Mo. He was born Aug. 31, 1958, in Belleville, the son of Robert (Betty) Wolz of Columbia and the late Joanne Wolz nee Shafer. Mr. Wolz is survived by his sons Derek Wolz of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Dane Wolz of Kalamazoo, Mich.; siblings Tammy (Gary) Phillips of Denver, Colo., Suzanne (Joe) Frey of Columbia; and John (LouAnn) Wolz of Millstadt; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents John and Beulah Wolz and Donald and Ina Shafer; and step-grandparents Hobert (Iva) Barman. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Darrell Jones officiating.

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Francis Daniel Kern, 58, of Red Bud, died March 1, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 31, 1948, in Red Bud, the son of the late Joseph E. Kern and Mary Cora Kern nee Boyd of Red Bud. Mr. Kern is survived by his mother; brothers Denis (Barbara) Kern of Longview, Wash., and Kevin (Rhonda) Kern of Collinsville; sisters Peggy (Don) Dew of Frisco, Colo., Pamela (Phil) Darula of Westminster, Colo., and Deirdre Novack of Waterloo; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, infant brothers Brian Kern and Terrence Kern, and sister Patricia Kern. Mr. Kern was a member of the Catholic faith. He was a member of Carpenter’s Local #1361 in St. Louis. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Visitation and a memorial service were held at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home, Sr. Lucille Kern officiating. He was cremated according to his wishes.

Paul A. Becker Sr., 69, of Columbia, died March 5, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Feb. 28, 1938, in Smithton, the son of the late William and Rose Becker nee Helfrich. He married the late Joan Becker in 1960. She preceded him in death in 2003. Mr. Becker is survived by his children Paul (Bonnie) Becker Jr. of Macon, Mo., Christopher (Sandy) Becker of Columbia, Sherry (Brett) Holten of Collinsville, and Ricky (Toni) Becker of Columbia; grandchildren Stephanie, Joel, Suzy, Alex, Adam, Emily, Paige, Jake and Jade; brother Marvin (Jeri) Becker of Belleville; sisters Roselyn (Al) Heiligenstein of Wentzville, Mo., and Mary Ann (Paul) Wild of Freeburg; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Wilbert Becker, Lester Becker, Walter Becker and Elmer Becker; sister Clara Mae Krump; and grandson Kyle Becker. Mr. Becker attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Notre Dame University. He was retired from the White-Rogers division of Emerson Electric Co., where he worked as a patent agent. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves as a captain. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Building Fund.

John T. Shields, 60, of Red Bud, died March 7, 2007, in Belleville. He was born July 10, 1946, in Red Bud, the son of the late Harold V. and Lillian Shields nee Meyer. Mr. Shields is survived by his sin J. Scott (Kellie) Shields of Red Bud; grandchildren Isaac Shields and Madison Shields; and sisters Patty (Jerry) Fults of Millstadt, and Nancy (Toy) Candler of Red Bud.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Charles Wayne Shields. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor David Griggs officiating. He is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Dr. Russell W. Jost, 89, of Waterloo, died March 8, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 7, 1917, in Fults, the son of the late Henry W. and Nora A. Jost nee Limestall. He was married to Jean C. Jost nee Voris. Dr. Jost is survived by his children Bryan R. (Cynthia) Jost of Waterloo, Marguerite (Marvin) Donius of Watsonville, Calif., and Alice (Joe) Brauer; grandchildren Lisa (Chris) Burton, Emily Jost and Eric Jost; step-grandchildren Ashley (Russel) Forrest and Drew Clement; great-grandchildren Ella Burton; and sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Adele “Sis” McWard and Florence Gentsch, and brother Kenneth Jost. Dr. Jost was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. He was a member of Waterloo Rotary Club, Beaver Lake Fishing Club, Illinois Medical Association, Monroe County Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He was a director emeritus of First National Bank and was a Monroe County physician for more than 40 years. He delivered more than 1,xxx babies and assisted with more than 600 deliveries. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Pastor Doug Roberts and Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. There was a private burial. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, or Oak Hill.

Curtis W. Bower, 86, of Waterloo, died March 9, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born Jan. 31, 1921, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Curtis G. and Bertha Bower nee Hennel. Mr. Bower is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Eugene Bower, Paul Bower and Glen Bower; and sisters Dorothy O’Conner and Bonnie Lancey. Mr. Bower was a member of laborers’ locals in East St. Louis and Belleville. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Dorothy A. Bone nee Bequette, 77, of East Carondelet, died March 10, 2007, in East Carondelet. She was born Sept. 24, 1929, in Dupo, the daughter of the late Edward J. and Cora Bequette nee Johnson. She was married to the late Robert J. “Bosco” Bone Jr. Mrs. Bone is survived by her daughters Rebecca (Ray) Dunning of East Carondelet and Geneva (Tom) Taylor, formerly of Michigan; grandchildren Eric (Jason) Hicks, Cheri (Dave) Reaney, Lisa (Tim) Olsen, and Kelly; 14 great-grandchildren; special friends Joyce Schaeffer and Suzie Johns; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Michael J. Bone Sr.; grandson Michael J. Bone Jr.; brothers Edward Bequette, Leroy Bequette and Raymond Bequette; and sisters Marion Dehn and Esther Gould. Mrs. Bone retired from Commercial Union Insurance after 31 years of service. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. She was cremated and interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with her husband. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Michael William Kern, 54, of Evansville, died March 10, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 12, 1953, in Red Bud, the son of the late William Henry and Marie Rose Kern nee Harmann. Mr. Kern is survived by his siblings Mary (John) Kramer of Bonne Terre, Mo., Jeanette (Brian) Grimm of Edmonds, Wash., Richard (Laurie) Kern of Petersburg, Denise Holmes of Red Bud, Kevin Kern of Evansville, Chris (Tina) Kern of Sparta and Mark (Brenda) Kern of Ellis Grove; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Nancy Kern; brothers Stephen Kern, Gerard Kern and Thomas Kern; and brother-in-law Terry J. Holmes. Mr. Kern was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville. He was a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus #1952 in Evansville as well as a past grand knight, and was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Fort Kaskaskia Assembly. He was a former member of Evansville Jaycees and served for 10 years on the Gibault High School Board, representing Evansville. Over the years he participated in many medical studies and experimental medicines. He was also on the first national dialysis study at Barnes Hospital. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville, Fr. John J. Joyce officiating. He is buried at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Ruma. Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus in Evansville.

Brian David Stegmann, 50, of Waterloo, died March 11, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 25, 1956, in St. Louis, the son of the late Roy Frank and Virginia Mary Stegmann nee Lavin. He was married to Nancy J. Stegmann. Mr. Stegmann is survived by his wife; children James Ehrenstrom, Michael Ehrenstrom, Renee Ehrenstrom, Jay Stegmann and Emily Ehrenstrom; brother David (Deanne) Stegmann; son-in-law John (Barb) Lingelbach; siblings Mary (Chuck) Green, Karen (Ross) Monterusso, Tamy (Gary) Barbee, Denise Maisel and Steve Lingelbach; and dear friend Dave Young. He was preceded in death by is parents. Visitation and a funeral service were at DeFabio Funeral Home, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. He was cremated at his family’s request. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Fern Nagel Hennrich nee Link, 83, of Walsh, died March 13, 2007, in Carbondale. She was born Dec. 28, 1923, in Walsh, the daughter of the late Boniface A. and Grace M. Link nee Ragsdale. She married the late Robert L. Nagel in 1946; he preceded her in death in 1962. She married the late Albert Hennrich in 1987; he preceded her in death in 1997. Mrs. Hennrich is survived by her daughter Sandra L. (Richard) Griffin of Red Bud; grandchildren Ryan Griffin of St. Louis, Rhea (Damian) Moses of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Robyn fiance Ben Baker) Griffin of Red Bud; step-daughter Kristin (James) Meyers of Macon, Mo., step-grandchildren of Beth (T.C.) Koch, Heath (Vonessa) Curless, Brian P. Hennrich and Joshua Meyers; step-great-grandchildren Chase, Shane and Tristin; sisters Grace (Leland) Schuetz of Effingham, and Laura (Edward) Coop of Walsh; sisters-in-law Doris (Barney) Mines of Sparta, and Gloria Link of St. Louis; brother-in-law Earl (Violet) Nagel of Fults; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; step-son Brian Hennrich; sisters Bonnie Link, Virginia Wesbecher and Delorus Rupple; brothers Orville Link, Robert S. Link and Roget Link; brothers-in-law Cyril Wesbecher and John Rupple; and sister-in-law Lorraine (Paul) Junge. Mrs. Hennrich was a member of St. Pius V Catholic Church in Walsh and the Ladies Altar Sodality. She worked at Hinderer Store, the Randolph County Farm Bureau, Chester Shoe Factory, Randolph Farmers Inc., and retired from Snyder General in Red Bud in 1987. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Pius V Catholic Church in Walsh, Fr. John J. Joyce officiating. She is buried at St. Pius Catholic Cemetery in Walsh. Memorials may be made to St. Pius Catholic Church in Walsh.

Gertrude T. Beiermann nee Goetten, 84, of Columbia, died March 14, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born May 24, 1922, in Jerseyville, the daughter of the late Edward C. and Katherine M. Goetten nee Schobernd. She married Eugene L. Beiermann in 1944. Mrs. Beiermann is survived by her husband; children Stanley E. (Karen) Beiermann of St. Louis, Mary K. Beiermann of St. Louis, Judy (John) Jacobsen of Columbia, Dennis J. (Denise) Beiermann of Elgin, and Roger L. Beiermann of St. Louis; grandchildren Christopher (Nicole) Beiermann, Jeffrey (Amy) Beiermann, Jesse Beiermann, Brett Beiermann and Eugene Beiermann; great-grandchildren Bryce, Noah and Gracie; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Edmund A. Goetten, and sisters Marie E. Zipprich and Marcella B. Beiermann. Mrs. Beiermann was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was retired from Immaculate Conception School, where she worked as a cafeteria manager for more than 25 years. She donated her body to the St. Louis University School of Medicine. A memorial Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception School or the church building fund.

Edna K. Wirth nee Fidler, 94, of East Carondelet, died March 14, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Aug. 10, 1012, in Sugarloaf Township, the daughter of the late Charles and Sophia Fidler nee Reichert. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester O. Wirth. Mrs. Wirth is survived by her niece Patsy (Melvin) Morgan; nephews Roger (Jeanette) Kassing, and Ronald (Sandy) Kassing; great-nephew Wade (Cindy) Morgan; and great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Fred Fidler, sister Hilda Fidler, and a brother in infancy. Mrs. Wirth was a member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt, Zion Women’s Fellowship and Zion Happy Hour Club. She was also a member of St. Clair County Senior Citizens and Millstadt Senior Center. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt, Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. She is buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt.

Ida Osterhage nee Hoffmann, 80, of Waterloo, died March 15, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born May 15, 1926, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Edwin J. and Rose Hoffmann nee Lehman. She was married to Warren Osterhage. Mrs. Osterhage is survived by her husband; siblings Ardel Mueller of Waterloo, Lee (Grace) Hoffmann of Waterloo, and Kay (Dennis) Ritzel of Highland Heights, Ohio; sisters-in-law Dorothy Hoffmann of Columbia, and Nadine Osterhage of Waterloo; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Kermit Hoffmann; sister Dorothy Hoffmann; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Richard Studt, Alice Studt, Earl Osterhage, Halbert Mueller and Vernon Hoffmann. Mrs. Osterhage was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. She was also a member of the Afternoon’s Women’s Guild, was a former captain of the American Heart Association, and was a former employee at the Chic Shoppe in Waterloo.

Roy G. Fassel, 76, of Millstadt, died March 16, 2007. He was born March 23, 1930, in DeSoto, the son of the late Fred H. and Myrtle M. Fassel nee Rush. He married Judy Fassel nee Lybarger in 1955. Mr. Fassel is survived by his children Vickie (Norm) Schneider of Columbia, Tammie (Kurt) Fries of Moultrie, Ga., and Jeff Fassel of Brunswick, Ga.; grandchildren Amber, Kiley, Eric, Lanie, Taylor, Sydney, Bailey, L. Norm, Josh and Andrew; great-grandchildren Alex, Dominic, Aidan, Mason, Shelby, Blake and Payton; brother Kenneth (Janet) Fassel of Columbia; and sister-in-law Mary Fassel of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Virgil Fassel. Mr. Fassel was retired from Midwest Rubber in Sauget. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. Visitation and a memorial service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the American Heart Association.

Gilmore Francis “Skip” Bachelier Jr., 76, of Prairie du Rocher, died March 18, 2007, in Tavares, Fla. He was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Gilmore and Leona Bachelier nee Fausz. He married Doris Bachelier nee Dufrenne in 1951. Mr. Bachelier is survived by his wife; daughters Beverly Bachelier of Tavares, Fla., and Raquel (Chris) Soutiea of Pevely, Mo.; grandchildren Curtis Sievers, Leslie Sievers and Sabrina Soutiea; sisters Connie (John) Niemann of Red Bud, and Dolly Phegley of Modoc; and brother Norman “Butch” Bachelier of Prairie du Rocher. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Shirley Juelfs. Mr. Bachelier was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. He worked as a truck driver for Roger’s Redi-Mix for more than 20 years and was a member of Teamsters Local #50. He was also a member of American Legion Post #622 in Prairie du Rocher. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fr. Albert Kreher officiating. He was buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher with a military graveside service under the direction of American Legion Post #622. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher or the American Diabetes Association.

Antoinette M. “Babe” Woods nee Castelli, 77, of Columbia, formerly of St. Louis, died March 18, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 23, 1929, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Vito and Gaetana Castelli nee Zucchero. She was married to Donald C. Woods Sr. Mrs. Woods is survived by her children Donald C. (Beth Campbell) Woods Jr. of St. Louis; Diana (Ed Jr.) Sugden of Columbia, Dennis (Beverly Bolhafner) Woods of St. Louis, David (Denise) Woods of Eureka, Mo., and Douglas (Leslie) Woods of Hillsboro, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Peter J. (Julie) Castelli of St. Louis; brother-in-law Delbert “Dale” (Doris) Woods of East Carondelet; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Zina “Dollie” Morgan, and brothers Tony Castelli, Sam Castelli, Joseph Castelli, Vince Castelli and Vito Castelli. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Church, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Robert J. Palmer, 81, of Columbia, died March 20, 2007. He was born Oct. 30, 1025, in Martin, Tenn., the son of the late Cletus and Pauline Palmer nee Bailey. He married the late Mary F. Palmer nee Frierdich in 1950; she preceded him in death in 1998. Mr. Palmer is survived by his children Stephen (Mary Jane) Palmer of Kirkwood, Mo., Michael Palmer of Imperial, Mo., and Paula (Don) Palmer Haltenhof of St. Louis; grandchildren Dan (Klodiana) Pellarin, Ben Haltenhof and Sam Haltenhof; brother John Palmer of Casa Grande, Ariz.; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, grandson Jonathan Palmer, sister Dorothy Wilson, and brothers Bill Palmer and Howard Palmer. Mr. Palmer was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He was a retired supervisor with Cerro Copper Products in Sauget. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Gertrude E. Kloepper nee Meyerhoff, 82, of Red Bud, died March 20, 2007, in Chester. She was born Sept. 4, 1024, in Percy, the daughter of the late Theodore and Margaretha Meyerhoff nee Brandt. She married the late Melvin Robert Kloepper in 1955. Mrs. Kloepper is survived by her children Gary Lee Kloepper of Red Bud, Cindy Lou Kloepper of Red Bud, and Robert M. (Tammy) Kloepper of Red Bud; grandchildren Rachel (Jesse) Krebs of Red Bud, Daniel Kloepper of Red Bud, Jessica Kloepper of Red Bud, Evan Kloepper of Red Bud, and Emilie Kloepper of Red Bud; great-grandson Austin Krebs of Red Bud; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Lorena Lohmann and Evelyn Kloepper; brothers Edmund Meyerhoff, Henry Meyerhoff, Omar Meyerhoff and Elmer Meyerhoff; and brother-in-law Marvin Kloepper. Mrs. Kloepper was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Prairie. 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.

Melvin O. Valerius, 81, of Belleville, died March 20, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Sept. 22, 1925, in Belleville, the son of the late Chester and Olga Valerius nee Bruehl. He was married to Hildegunde Valerius nee Keitel. Mr. Valerius is survived by his wife; children Laurie (Butch) Sparwasser of Waterloo, James (Sherry) Valerius of Belleville, Linda Hubbard of Swansea, Jill (Tony) Schaefer of Belleville, Jeanne (Greg) Varel of Bartelso, and Major Bruce Valerius of Crestview, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Virgil Valerius and a son in infancy. Mr. Valerius was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt. He was a retired farmer and a member of VFW Post #6504 in Waterloo. He was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau and Millstadt Sportsman’s Club. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Pastor Michael Kumm officiating. He is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt.

Joseph G. Goeddel, 74, of Waterloo, died March 21, 2007, in Corte Madera, Calif. He was born Feb. 24, 1933, in Waterloo, the son of the late Joseph and Marie Goeddel nee Fritz. Mr. Goeddel is survived by his son Ira Goeddel of Corte Madera, Calif.; step-daughter Heidi (Benjamin) Sever of St. Louis; and cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Goeddel retired from Harrisonville Telephone Company after more than 50 years. He was active with the rendezvous, and he was a member of the Monroe County Historical Society. 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. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Hoyleton Children’s Home.

Patricia Alma Carmody nee Studt, 80, of St. Louis, died March 23, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born March 13, 2007, in Renault, the daughter of the late George J. and Mary Ann Studt nee Creed. She was married to the late Clement Carmody. Mrs. Carmody is survived by her brothers Robert Studt of Columbia, and George Studt of St. Louis; half-sister Margaret Wagner of Millstadt; niece Annette (David) DeBourge of Waterloo; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two sisters. Mrs. Carmody had worked as a secretary for the FBI as a secretary. She was an avid churchgoer and volunteered at St. Patrick’s and St. Vincent de Paul. Visitation was at DeFabio Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at St. Agatha Catholic Church in St. Louis. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Armella M. Touchette nee Jacobi, 96, of Columbia, died March 25, 2007, in Belleville. She was born Aug. 25, 1910, in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Urban A. and Anna Jacobi nee Biver. She married the late George E. Touchette Sr. in 1933; he preceded her in death in 1997. Mrs. Touchette is survived by her children Bette Jo (Ed) Mergen of Waterloo, George U. (Joan) Touchette of Columbia, Carol Conrad of St. Louis, and Dr. Dennis P. (Nancy) Touchette of St. Louis; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; sisters Sr. Joel Jacobi, Third Order of St. Francis of Springfield, and Dolores Galway of Port Clinton, Ohio; and other relatives and friends. Mrs. Touchette was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she was active with the Altar Sodality. She was also a member of Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary and 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.

Peggy Ann McElroy nee Siner, 73, of Dupo, died March 26, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born May 5, 1933, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Harold and Beatrice Siner nee Biggs. Mrs. McElroy is survived by her children Debbie (Michael) Boyd of Huntsville, Ala., Faith Ann (Bruce) Feltmeyer of Dupo, and Tom (Paula Zeller) McElroy of Olive Branch, Miss.; grandchildren Erin Feltmeyer and Michelle Freeman; great-grandchildren Ellisa and Devin; brother Jim (Linda) Siner; nephews Tim (Melissa) Siner, and Jim (Tonya) Siner; great-nephews Patrick Siner, Parker Siner and Preston Siner; dear friends Rose and Jeannette; special cousin Sally Plew; Mary Biggs and family; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Ms. McElroy was retired as a claims manager from Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and from Columbia Quarry Company as a bookkeeper. She was a member of the St. Louis Charter Chapter of American Business Women’s Association, of which she was Woman of the Year in 1985. Visitation and a funeral service were private. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the humane society of animal shelter of choice.

Lucille O. Bielefeld nee Rauch, 97, of Prairie du Rocher, died March 27, 2007, Red Bud. She was born Sept. 28, 1909, in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late John and Olive Auer nee Rauch. She married the late Wilfred C. Bielefeld in 1934; he preceded her in death in 1983. Mrs. Bielefeld is survived by her children Robert (Mary Lou) Bielefeld of Prairie du Rocher, Marlene Rall of Pilot Knob, Mo., Carol (Roger) Hess of Ruma, and Janet Caruso of St. Louis; grandchildren Gail Oakley, Graig (Catherine) Evans, Robin (Jim) Hentis, Christy (Mike) Kueker, Lisa Hess, Roger Hess, Anita (Jeff) Toth, Pam (Todd) Ozier, Julie (Nathan) Stern, Jamie Hess, Jason Hell and Michele (Tom) Adler; great-grandchildren Michael Evans, Gina Evans, Melanie (Mike) Baxter, Crystal Evans, Zach Evans, Lexie Evans, Derek (fiancee Melinda) Kueker, Jared Kueker, Amber Kueker, Nick Hentis, Nathan Hentis, Natalie Hentis, Tyler Hess, Ryan Hess, Michael Toth, Amanda Toth, Jessica Toth, Sarah Toth, Alex Stern, Aaron Stern, Brett Adler, and two great-grandchildren on the way; great-great-grandchildren Ashley Stafford and Austin Stafford; and brothers Robert (Margaret) Auer of St. Louis, and Vernon Auer of Cape Girardeau, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law Larry Gezella; grandsons Glenn Evans, Gary Evans and Mark Caruso; brother Alvin Auer; sister Wilma Casey; sisters-in-law Delores Auer and Charlotte Auer; and brother-in-law Frank Casey. Mrs. Bielefeld was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, and St. Ann’s Altar Sodality. She was a homemaker and worked as a bookkeeper and secretary at the lumber company in Prairie du Rocher. She and her husband were co-owners of Bielefeld Garage. She was also a past member of Senior Citizens in Prairie du Rocher and the ladies card club. 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. Patrick Cemetery in Ruma. Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Foundation, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the American Heart Association.

Mary P. Heidenreich nee Patrey, 95, of Columbia, died March 30, 2007, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 10, 1012, in Roodhouse, the daughter of the late Charles and Stella Petrey nee Robinette. She was married to the late William Heidenreich for 62years. Mrs. Heidenreich is survived by her children John (Brenda) Heidenreich of Columbia, Mary Ellen Heidenreich of Monroe, La., and Hoa Heidenreich of St. Louis; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sins William C. Heidenreich Jr. and Robert Heidenreich, and sisters Myrna Payne and Rose Shigley. Mrs. Heidenreich was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She was also a member of Order of the Easter Star Chapter #6 – Mt. Moriah, Scottish Rite Women’s Club, and was a past member of Salem United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating She is interred at Frieden’s Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis.

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Joseph T. Labruyere, 49, of Wildwood, Fla., formerly of Modoc, died Feb. 2, 2007, in Wildwood, Fla. He was born March 3, 1957, in Red Bud, the son of Thomas G. Labruyere and Ruth Ann White nee Schmeig. Mr. Labruyere is survived by his father and step-mother T.G. and Carol Labruyere of Fruitland Park, Fla.; mother Ruth Ann White of Belleville; daughters Shannon K. Labruyere of Chester and Brandy L. Labruyere of Maryville; grandsons Daulton Stahlheber, Joe Stahlheber and Jaysin Zaccheus; siblings Jeff Labruyere of Modoc, Justin Labruyere of Charleston, S.C., Jonathan Labruyere of Fruitland Park, Fla., Joann Chandler of Modoc, Lori Palmer of Fruitland Park, Fla., and Carol Ann Rhom of Fruitland Park, Fla. Mr. Labruyere was a supervisor for Delta Milling Co. in Leesburg, Fla. He was a member of the Catholic faith. He was an avid Harley-Davidson rider and enjoyed playing golf. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral Mass was at St. Leo Catholic Church in Modoc, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. He is buried at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery in Modoc.

Agnes T. Straub nee Helfrich, 88, of Columbia, died Feb. 2, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Feb. 7, 1918, in Paderborn, the daughter of the late Joseph and Christina Helfrich nee Kettler. She married the late Stephen H. Straub in 1939; he preceded her in death in 2003. Mrs. Straub is survived by her children Ardell (William) Weltig of Waterloo, Alan (Rhonda) Straub of Columbia, Linda Hergenroeder of Smithton, Larry Straub of Columbia, Gerald (Carlene) Straub of Waterloo, Gina (Michael) Ward of St. Louis, and Brenda (Michael) Menner of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers Henry Helfrich of Millstadt, and Cletus Helfrich of Columbia; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Emily Eckert, Cecilia Gasser, Rita Helfrich and Agatha Muckensturm; and brothers Anthony Helfrich, Clarence Helfrich, Alphonse Helfrich, Edward Helfrich, Clement Helfrich and Gregory Helfrich. Mrs. Straub was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. She is buried at Palmier Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Research or the Immaculate Conception Education Fund.

William Herman Wappel, 84, of Columbia, died Feb. 2, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Nov. 3, 1922, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Joseph and Theresa Wappel nee Harth. He was married to the late Geraldine Wappel nee Holmes. Mr. Wappel is survived by his sisters Dorothy Hamilton of Memphis, Tenn., Theresa (Arthur) Pier of Webster Groves, Mo., and Mary Kleine of Maryville; brother Louis (Evangelynn) Wappel of East St. Louis; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother Frank Wappel. Mr. Wappel was retired from Great Lakes Carbon Corp., where he worked as a supervisor. He was a member of American Legion Post #581 in Columbia, and VFW Post #805 in O’Fallon. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served in the European Theatre and was a staff sergeant with Battery B of the 591st Field Artillery Battalion. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Building Fund.

Granville Eugene Guilford, 85, of Dupo, died Feb. 4, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Rockford, Mo., the son of the late Eunice T. and Lou Edna Guilford Sr. nee Edwards. He was married to the late Versa Guilford nee Cleveland. Mr. Guilford is survived by his children Rich (Sharon) Guilford of St. Louis, and Randy (Ricki) Guilford of New Orleans, La.; grandchildren Stephan, Christopher, Ryan, Courtney, Vickie and Donna Marie; six great-grandchildren; brothers Floyd (Bonnie) Guilford of Salisbury, Mo., and James (Linda) Guilford of Salisbury, Mo.; sister Kathryn (Ed) Ponder of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sisters-in-law Dorothy Guilford of Salisbury, Mo., Leota Guilford of Salisbury, Mo., and Inanell Guilford of Salisbury, Mo., and Mae Guilford of Columbia, Mo.; and other relatives and friends. Mr. Guilford was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter Doris Hasty, grandson Billy Hasty, sisters Anita F. Watkins and Gwyndolin Linnemann, and brothers Eunice T. Guilford Jr., Kenneth Guilford, Francis Guilford, Charles Guilford and Phillip Guilford. Mr. Guilford was retired from Teamsters Local #600. He worked on loading docks and was a truck driver and farmer. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo, Rev. Kenneth Sievers officiating. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Teresa Mae Vahey nee Turntine, 77, of Dupo, formerly of Cahokia, died Feb. 4, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 3, 1929, in Potosi, Mo., the daughter of the late Joseph Leslie and Mae Catherine Turntine nee Pratt. She was married to the late Joseph Theodore Vahey. Mrs. Vahey is survived by her children Linda Vahey, Joseph “Butch” (Sherry) Vahey, Keith (Debbie) Vahey, Kelvin “Kelly” (Robin) Vahey and Melissa “Missy” (Jeff) Hooker; grandchildren Heather Crook, Amber Stevens, Chrystal Hicks, Tammy Vahey, Tina Vahey, Jill Vahey, Shara Stevens, Keith Vahey Jr., Elizabeth Vahey, Jason Vahey, Brittney Vahey, Jimmy Kennedy, Jeffrey Hooker Jr., Christina Hooker and Joseph Hooker; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son Kevin Eugene Vahey. Mrs. Vahey worked as a housekeeper at Briar Cliff Nursing Home in Cahokia. She previously worked at Sunline Candy Factory in St. Louis. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo, Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Fred O. “Freddie” Boehne, 79, of Waterloo, died Feb. 5, 2007, in Red Bud. He was born Dec. 8, 1927, in Monroe County, the son of the late Fred W. and Margaret Boehne nee Hoffmann. He was married to Marcella Dependahl-Boehne nee Kipping. Mr. Boehne is survived by his wife; daughter Barb (Bill) Steele; step-children Melinda (Chuck) Faus, Bill (Linda) Dependahl, Jack Dependahl, and Richard (Patti) Dependahl; grandchildren Mark (Carol) Limestall and William Limestall; step-grandchildren Jenese (Doug) Huebner, Courtney (Brad) Schweickhardt, Emily Dependahl, Sarah Dependahl, and Kaylee Dependahl; great-grandchildren Nicholas Limestall, Nickala Limestall and Ian Michael Huebner; sisters-in-law Mildred Boehne of Waterloo, and Esther Boehne of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Ruth M. Boehne nee Pape, sister Margurite Schanz, and brothers Raymond G. Boehne, Robert W. Boehne and Norman Boehne. Mr. Boehne was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. He was a farmer, bus driver, assistant manger of FS and was retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and horseshoe pitcher. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. He is buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Wartburg. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg of the American Heart Association.

Viola “Vi” Baltz nee Hoock, 92, of Columbia, died Feb. 5, 2007, in Belleville. She was born Feb. 9, 1914, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Benhardt and Louise Hoock nee Metzger. She married the late Roland “Sooner” Baltz in 1936. Mrs. Baltz is survived by her children Robert (Judy) Baltz of Columbia, and Jacqueline (Robert) Huschle of Freeburg; grandchildren Scott A. (Amy) Huschle, Michelle M. (Scott) Held, Robbie Baltz, and Melissa A. (Derick) Smalling; four great-grandchildren; and brother Oliver Hoock of Millstadt. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters Vera Hildebrand and Lucille Sager, and brothers Leonard Hoock, Clemence Hoock, Erwin Hoock, Herbert Hoock and James Hoock. Mrs. Baltz was the retired owner and operator of Baltz’s Tavern. She had been a member of Columbia Senior Citizens. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. She is interred at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services or Heartland Hospice.

Cora B. Esker nee Middleton, 49, of Marissa, died Feb. 5, 2007, in Belleville. She was born Aug. 13, 1957, in Red Bud. Mrs. Esker is survived by her mother Mildred Middleton; significant other Vincent Stern Sr.; children Donna Esker, Michael Haas, Vincent Stern Jr., Andrew Stern and Raymond Stern; and aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son Donald Esker Jr. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Dennis Jones officiating. She is buried at Monroe City Cemetery in Monroe City.

Shirley A. Schulz nee Harvey, 74, of Waterloo, died Feb. 6, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 11, 1932, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Charles and Jettie Harvey nee Vancil. She was married to the late Richard P. Schulz. Mrs. Schulz is survived by her children Jennifer Carr of Arnold, Mo., Jane (Phil Pippins) Schulz of Arnold, Mo., Richard P. Schulz of Waterloo and Robert Schulz of Waterloo; grandchildren Pamela (Alan) Nicholson, Andrea (Steven) Decker, Ashley (David) Brutcher, Jamie (Dennis) Links and Richard Paul (Jenny) Schulz III; five great-grandchildren; brother Elvin Harvey of Paso Robles, Calif., sister-in-law Joanne Goeddel of Waterloo; and aunts, a niece, a nephew and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Schulz was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Audrey M. Mueller nee Steffens, 81, of Cassville, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Feb. 7, 2007, in Cassville, Mo. She was born April 28, 1925, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Leo and Mae Steffens nee Francis. She married the late Clarence J. Mueller in 1978; he preceded her in death in 2005. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her sons Jim (Kimberly) Turner of Cassville, Mo., and Pat (Sharon) Turner of Dover, Del.; step-son Gerald (Debra) Mueller of Chesapeake, Va.; grandchildren Scott, Lisa, Lauren, Lindsey, Leslie, Michelle, Emily, Elizabeth and David; step-grandsons Mike Simmons and Tony Mueller; great-grandchildren Toni Turner and Hallie Mueller; and other relatives and friends. Mrs. Mueller was a retired nurse’s aide. She had been an active member of the American Legion Post #581 Auxiliary in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Private graveside services were held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Legion Park Trust in Columbia.

Rolland Edwin “Ed” Bierach died Feb. 8, 2007. He was the son of the late Olinda Cook nee Krone, formerly of Maeystown. He was married to Mary L. Bierach nee Cook. Mr. Bierach is survived by his wife; daughter Julie (Dale) Guariglia; grandchildren Mary Lara Guariglia, Anna Guariglia, Martha Guariglia and Isabel Guariglia; sister Jeanne Hacker; and nephew Douglas (Rachel) Hacker. Mr. Bierach was the Midwest sales representative for William P. Mahne Wholesale Co. for 30 years. A memorial service was held at Schrader Funeral Home.

Theresa H. Dietz nee Eschmann, 87, of Waterloo, died Feb. 8, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born March 1, 1919, in Pinckneyville, the daughter of the late Adam and Cecilia Eschmann nee Welsch. She was married to the late Wilfred F. Dietz. Mrs. Dietz is survived by her children Russell (Ruby) Dietz of Waterloo, Orville (Ellen) Dietz of Waterloo, Margaret Nobbe of Waterloo, and Phyllis (Mike) Haupfleisch; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; siblings Rose Ruff of Wood River, Francis Heimbach of California, and Robert (Betty) Eschmann of Peoria; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sons Gene Dietz and Harold Dietz, son-in-law Roger Nobbe, and sisters Ardell Kary, Vera Voytas and Louise Eschmann. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or BJC Hospice.

Marie E. Kleinschmidt nee Kalbfleisch, 80, of Millstadt, died Feb. 9, 2007, in Belleville. She was born Oct. 3, 1926, in St. Clair County, the daughter of the late Monroe and Elsie Kalbfleisch nee Haas. She married the late Harold W. Kleinschmidt in 1950; he preceded her in death in 1984. Mrs. Kleinschmidt is survived by her sons Donald (Peggy) Kleinschmidt of Millstadt, and Harold (Colleen) Kleinschmidt of Millstadt; grandchildren Kyle Kleinschmidt, Kasey (Matt Wolf) Kleinschmidt, Kevin Kleinschmidt, Rebecca (Mark Niemietz) Kleinschmidt and Adam Kleinschmidt; sister Dorothy Keim of Millstadt; brother Monroe (Edna) Kalbfleisch of Millstadt; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Kleinschmidt was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. She is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt.

Roland E. “Rollie” Schorr, 60, of Millstadt, died Feb. 11, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Feb. 28, 1946, in Belleville, the son of Imogene Schorr and the late Arthur Schorr Jr. Mr. Schorr is survived by his mother; son Robert “Robbie” Schorr; brother Edward “Eddy” Schorr; aunt Carol Kenner; and cousins, other relatives and many friends. Mr. Schorr attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt. He was a roof bolter for Peabody Coal in Freeburg. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Swansea and the United Mine Workers. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt, Pastor Michael Kumm officiating. A private burial was held.

Patricia Ann Stern nee Newbold, 74, of Godfrey, died Feb. 11, 2007. She was born Aug. 27, 1932, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late William and Theodosia Newbold nee Stivers. She married Dr. Michael Stern in 1976. Mrs. Stern is survived by her children Karen Mitchell of Columbia, Scott Sabo of Columbia, Richard (Catherine) Stern of Petaluma, Calif., Michelle (Paul) Devine of St. Louis, and Allison Stern of Amhurst, Mass.; grandchildren Shanna (Ernie) Doiron, Lindsay Mitchell, Jennifer Stern, Ben Stern, Chris Lattimore, Griffin Devine, Dylan Devine, Shane Devine and Jennifer Devine; siblings Beulah Cange of Swansea, Virginia (Don) Goodman of Watervilet, N.Y., and Don (Henrietta) Newbold of O’Fallon, Mo.; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and nine brothers and sisters. Mrs. Stern was a member of Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia. She worked for the American Cancer Society and the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association for many years. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Christ Community Lutheran Church, Pastor William Groennert officiating. She is interred at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Swansea. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Bernell E. Rehmer nee Reitz, 90, of Waterloo, died Feb. 11, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 13, 1916, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late George H. and Louisa J. Reitz nee Hauptfleisch. She was married to the late Harold W. Rehmer. Mrs. Rehmer is survived by her children Donne (Richard) Kaiser of New Athens, Carol (Hank) Knaust of Ventura, Calif., and Debra (John) Bergman of Waterloo; grandchildren Randall Kaiser, Todd Rossmeier, Christine Daley, Jeff Kaiser, Nathan Bergman, Brooke Knaust, Ashley Knaust and Kelsy Bergman; six great-grandchildren; and siblings Bernice Church, Dorothy Whelan, Edith Castleberry, Melba Ryan, Earl Reitz and Donald Reitz. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughters Janice Rossmeier, Karen Rehmer and Sharon Rehmer; brother Clarence Reitz and sister Jean Frank. Mrs. Rehmer was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. 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 in Waterloo or Oak Hill.

Margaret E. Kremmel nee Eschmann, 49, of Columbia, died Feb. 11, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 13, 1957, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Vernon and Mary Eschmann nee Hannon. She was married to Terry L. Kremmel. Mrs. Kremmel is survived by her husband; children Andrew Kremmel, Melanie Kremmel, Scott Kremmel and Duncan Kremmel; and other relatives and friends. Mrs. Kremmel was a tax accountant with Washington University in St. Louis, and she worked seasonally as a tax preparer. She was also an enrolled agent with the Internal Revenue Service. She was a member of the Columbia Music Boosters. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Barbara A. Moore nee Weiberg, 65, of Columbia, died Feb. 11, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Aug. 22, 1941, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Clem and Margaret Weiberg nee Hellweg. Mrs. Moore is survived by her daughter Theresa (Rich) Miller of Columbia; sons Joseph (Brenda) Moore of Waterloo, and Roger Moore of Barnhardt, Mo.; grandchildren Stacey Sloan, Paige Moore, Brandon Miller and Melissa Moore; sister Rose (George) Deloff of St. Louis; and brother Bill (Janice) Weiberg of Antonia, Mo. A memorial service was held at Lawlor Funeral Home.

Elmer W. Altes, 91, of Waterloo, died Feb. 12, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born May 25, 1915, in Waterloo, the son of the late George and Louisa Altes nee Henke. Mr. Altes is survived by his sister Mildred Hoffman of Waterloo; nieces Luann (Dennis) Valentine of Valmeyer, Carolyn Shields of Valmeyer, and Nancy (Glenn) Voelker of Fults; nephews James (Bonnie) Hoffman of Waterloo, and John Hoffman of Waterloo; and great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Alma Altes and brother Oliver Altes. Mr. Altes was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #787 in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. John United Church of Christ, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown or Baum-Salem Cemetery.

Gordon Dale Sitzes, 77, of Cahokia, died Feb. 12, 2007, in Belleville. He was born July 6, 1929, in Wyona, Mo., the son of the late Gale Daniel and Carrie Lou Sitzes nee McConnel. He was married to Frances Sitzes nee Craft. Mr. Sitzes is survived by his wife; son Gary E. (Debbie) Sitzes of Waterloo; grandson Joseph E. Sitzes; great-grandson Nicholas E. Sitzes; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Diana Sitzes and brothers and sisters. Mr. Sitzes was retired as a supervisor from Gould Electric in St. Louis. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo, Rev. Matt Friz officiating. He is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association of the American Heart Association.

William N. Vogt, 81, of Columbia, died Feb. 13, 2007, in Columbia. He was born March 13, 1925, in East St. Louis, the son of the late William H. and Ottilia Vogt nee Dannehold. He married Dorotha Iris Vogt nee Bloodsworth in 1948. Mr. Vogt is survived by his wife. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Vernon Vogt and Woodrow Vogt; and sisters Annabel Sherril, Iona McLaughlin, Florence Sly and Thelma Ganey. Mr. Vogt attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was retired from the U.S. Treasury Department as a customs agent. He was a member of Fleet Reserve Association in St. Louis. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Church, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Golda C. Woodcock nee Heitzenroeder, 86, of Valmeyer, died Feb. 13, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 12, 1920, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Adam and Hulda Heitzenroeder nee Wiedner. She was married to the late Clarence W. Woodcock. Mrs. Woodcock is survived by her son Glenn (Twyla) Woodcock of Valmeyer; grandchildren John (Jill) Woodcock, and Tanya (Mike) Mitchell; great-grandson Carson Elway Mitchell; sisters-in-law Lena Woodcock and Dorothy Woodcock; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter Kay Lynn Woodcock, and sister Mildred Heitzenroeder. Mrs. Woodcock was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown and the Women’s Fellowship. She was a former cook at White House Café, Bee Hive Bowl and Rex’s Corner. She was a member of Valmeyer Senior Citizens. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was 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.

Diana U. Lewis nee Umlauf, 72, of Maeystown, died Feb. 15, 2007, in Maeystown. She was born Aug. 23, 1934, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Elmer and Elinor Umlauf nee Raymond. She was married to the late Robert E. Lewis. Mrs. Lewis is survived by her children Claire (Mike) Beck, John (Terri) Ferguson and Cathy Ferguson; and cousin Margo (Kent) Kampe. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. A memorial service was held at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hoyleton Children’s Home.

Sonja Genutis nee Goetz, 71, of Belleville, died Feb. 17, 2007, in Freeburg. She was born July 8, 1935, in Oftersheim, Germany. She was married to George Genutis for 53 years. Mrs. Genutis is survived by her husband; daughters Ursula (Jim) Glessner of Waterloo, Monica (Victor) Hall and Nancy (Barry) Caponi; grandsons Thomas Glessner and Joseph Glessner; and brother Dieter Goetz. She was preceded in death by her parents and son Edmund Genutis. Mrs. Genutis was a certified nurse assistant. Private services were held. She is buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Freeburg Care Center or Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Freeburg.

John Sam Kelley Jr., 87, of East Carondelet, died Feb. 18, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Aug. 14, 1919, in Batesville, Ark., the son of the late John Sam and Sarah Ann Kelley nee Coulter. He was married to the late Eula F. Kellen nee Hancock. Mr. Kelley is survived by his children Ruth Bell, Elizabeth Harbert and Everett R. Wilson; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and son John M. Wilson. Mr. Kelley was a member of First Baptist Church of East Carondelet. He worked for Curtis Manufacturing in Wellston, Mo., as a heat treat operator. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. 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 Cancer Society.

Emilie H.M. Steinsieck nee Buettner, 97, of Waterloo, died Feb. 18, 2007, in Red Bud. She was born Aug. 4, 1090, in Mitchie Precinct, the daughter of the late Louis H. and Marie Buettner nee Kohlmeier. She was married to the late Theodore H. Steinsieck. Mrs. Steinsieck is survived by her children Eunice (Arthur) Stroh of New Athens, and Carol (David) Sondag of Waterloo; grandchildren Sheryl (Jay) Lewis, Stacy (Joe Federhofer) Sondag, Michelle (Dave) Zaiz, and Curtis (Ericha) Sondag; great-grandchildren Andrea Lewis, Jason Lewis, Megan Zaiz and Allison Zaiz; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Victor Buettner Sr., and sisters Anna Johanning, Ilo Thorburg and Martha Schmeding. Mrs. Steinsieck was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. She was a member of Holy Cross Ladies Aid for 73 years and was a member of the Lutheran Hour. She was also a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg, Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. She is buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Wartburg. Memorials may be made to th4e Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg Memorial Fund or the American Heart Association.

Martha Louise Bush nee Young, 77, of Dupo, died Feb. 19, 2007, in Belleville. She was born Sept. 2, 1929, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Herbert Young and Mary Ruth Pool nee Jackson. She was married to Melvin E. Bush. Mrs. Bush is survived by her husband; daughters Sandra (Howard) Kolman of Belleville, Marsha (Bill) Peck of Swansea, and Denise Mathis of Dupo; grandchildren Aaron (Angie) Peck of Belleville, Adam (Michele) Peck of Belleville, John (Jenny) Hensler Jr. of Belleville, Jason (Michelle) Kolman of O’Fallon, Justin Mathis of Dupo, and Christina (Jason) Beggs of Dupo; great-grandchildren Brandi, Scott, Dylan, Brady, Noble, Brennan, Quinn, Leslie and Jocelyn; brother Kenneth Burl (Ruth) Young of Grove, Okla.; sisters-in-law Betty Chandler of Dupo and Janet (Ron) Nixon of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; dear friend of 50 years Daphene Hoffman; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Melinda Hensler nee Bush, step-brother Bobby Pentacost, and step-sister Eva May Ivy nee Pentacost. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home in Dupo. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Gerald F. Horrell, 88, of Belleville, died Feb. 19, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Aug. 6, 1918, in Modoc, the son of the late Henry and Josephine Horrell nee Levery. He was married to Barbara Horrell. Mr. Horrell is survived by his wife; daughters Kristie (Dan) Fahey of Evansville, Kim (Brooks) Brestel of Fairview Heights, and Shelley (Barry) Freidman of Minneapolis, Minn.; granddaughters Erin, Paige, Olivia and Madeline; brother Lloyd (Mary) Horrell of Red Bud; sister Geneva Braun of Red Bud; brother-in-law Floyd “Mike” Bowen of Belleville; and sister-in-law Lucille Horrell of Red Bud. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Vess Horrell and Glenn Horrell; sister-in-law Verna Horrell; and brother-in-law Tony Braun. Mr. Horrell was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Belleville, where he was an usher and a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a past member of the school board at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School. He worked as a tin smith for Pillsbury in St. Louis for 42 years and was a member of Local #108. He also worked as a truant officer in Belleville for 15 years. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Fr. Raymond Schultz officiating. He is buried at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Cor Jesu Academy Scholarship Fund in St. Louis or St. John Catholic School in Red Bud.

Brendia Robin Chaney nee Eckerd, 53, of Cadet, Mo., died Feb. 20, 2007, in Cadet, Mo. She was born Aug. 9, 1953, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Raymond Howard and Mary E. Eckerd. She was married to the late Curtis L. Chaney. Mrs. Chaney is survived by her sons Curtis (fiancee Katheryn) Chaney Jr. of Anna, and Mike (Mickey) Chaney of Anna; grandchildren Jonathan Chaney, McKenzie Chaney and Caleb Glick; brothers Bill (Cleta) Eckerd of Cadet, Mo., and Ron (Janet) Eckerd of Dupo; sister Barbie (David) Pryor of Litchfield; father-in-law and mother-in-law John and Dorothy Chaney; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Visitation and a funeral service were at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. She is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt.

Lois Melliere nee Huch, 75, of Red Bud, died Feb. 20, 2007, in Belleville. She was born May 21, 1931, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Henry and Rosa Huch nee Luechinger. She married to Ralph J. Melliere in 1950. Mrs. Melliere is survived by her husband; children Keith Melliere of Red Bud, Diane (Daniel) Brown of Prairie du Rocher, and Linda Wessel of Red Bud; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. Mrs. Melliere was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud. She worked in the dietary department at St. Clement’s Hospital in Red Bud, where she was a member of the Senior Circle. She also worked as a bookkeeper for Schrieber Store in Red Bud. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral was at St. John Lutheran in Red Bud, Rev. Russell Koen officiating. She is buried at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to Bethesda in Watertown, Wis., or St. John Lutheran School in Red Bud.

Dorothy R. Rhodes nee Woefley, 75 of Waterloo, died Feb. 20, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born January 28, 1932, in Centerville. Mrs. Rhodes is survived by sisters Anna Marie Bettis and Martha Frances Bettis, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and son David Edward Mahoney. Visitation and a funeral were held at Oak Hill Chapel in Waterloo, Pastor Darren Smith officiating. She is buried at Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services.

Margaret Schulden nee Pflasterer, 92, of Waterloo, died Feb. 22, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born July 24, 1914, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Karl and Wilhelmina Pflasterer nee Hoffmann. She was married to the late Ray G. Schulden. Mrs. Schulden is survived by her daughter Joann (Michael) Fricke of Waterloo; grandson Matt (Michelle) Fricke; sisters-in-law Vera Pflasterer and Geneva Pflasterer; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers Fred Pflasterer, Orval Pflasterer, Earl Pflasterer and Willis Pflasterer. Mrs. Schulden was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer. She was also a member of Valmeyer American Legion Post #901 Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Oak Hill Whispering Pines Activity Fund.

Mathew J. DeJarnette, 42, of East Carondelet, died Feb. 22, 2007, in East Carondelet. He was born Feb. 9, 1965, in East St. Louis, the son of the late F.W. and Evelyn DeJarnette. He was married to Brenda DeJarnette. Mr. DeJarnette is survived by his wife; son Matthew F. DeJarnette; step-children Angela McKnight and Jacob McKnight; grandchildren McKenzie McKnight and Aaron Polacek; father-in-law Leland Waln; sisters-in-law Pamela Shearer and Deborah Dwyer; nephews Michael (Karen) DeJarnette and their son Bradley, and Josh (Cathy) DeJarnette and their children Kaden and DJ; niece Dannielle DeJarnette; step-niece Heather (Ian) Martin; and aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. Mr. DeJarnette was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law Winona Waln, and great-niece Madison DeJarnette. Mr. DeJarnette was a 1983 graduate of Dupo Community High School. He worked for the St. Clair County Roads and Bridges Highway Department. He was an aircraft weapons specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A private funeral service was held. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with full military honors.

Lynn Lewis nee Halleran, 57, of Columbia, died Feb. 22, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Nov. 19, 1949, in Murphysboro, the daughter of Michael (Pearl) Halleran of Columbia and Wilma Stair of Fredericktown, Mo. Ms. Lewis is survived by her parents; daughter Stephanie (David) Miller of Highland; grandchildren Emily and Allison; sisters Michelle Deering of St. Louis and Jaime Rodawald of Collinsville; aunt Sandy (John) Hammond of Fredericktown, Mo.; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Cindy Tilley. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Children’s Hospital.

Donald Mark Biscan, 53, of Columbia, died Feb. 23, 2007, in Kirkwood, Mo. He was born May 29, 1953, in New London, Ct., the son of Marko and Hazel Biscan nee Harness of Cedarhill, Mo. He was married to Diane E. Biscan nee Kedl. Mr. Biscan is survived by his wife; children William Biscan, Matthew Biscan and Megan Biscan; sister Joyce (Bob) Lamping of Glen Carbon; and other relatives and friends. Mr. Biscan was a graduate of Missouri State University at Springfield with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He was employed as a robotics technician at the Chrysler minivan plant in Fenton, Mo. Visitation and a funeral service were held at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Carol DeVaughan officiating. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Bernard K. “Barney” Uhrhan, 79, of East Carondelet, died Feb. 23, 2007, in Belleville. He was born March 12, 1927, in Forn Felt, Mo., the son of the late Philip and Katie Uhrhan nee Felter. He was married to Dorine Uhrhan nee Enderle. Mr. Uhrhan is survived by his wife; children Joanna (Ron) Mentel of Belleville, Rich (Cheryl) Uhrhan of Columbia, and Dave (Becky) Uhrhan of Dupo; grandchildren Matthew (Michelle) Mentel, Sarah (Jon Biermann) Mentel, Greg Uhrhan, Mark Uhrhan, Dan Uhrhan, Mandy (Andrew Evers) Uhrhan and Tim Uhrhan; great-grandchildren Hannah Mentel, Bria Mentel and Keira Mentel; brother Vincent Uhrhan; sister Clara Mae (Curtis) Moore; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Catherine Uhrhan. Mr. Uhrhan was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo. He retired after 41 years as a switchman with Cotton Belt Railroad. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with full military honors. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo.

Willis S. Hurte, 89 of Columbia, died on Feb. 23, 2007. He was born June 15, 1917, in Gladden, Mo., the son of the late Samuel and Etta Hurte nee Lee. He married Goldia Hurte nee Copeland in 1938. Mr. Hurts is survived by his wife; daughters Schela (Gene) Hoge of Dupo, and Jackie (Wendell) Oller of Dupo; grandchildren Denise (Steve) Chamberlain of Dupo, Steve (Bonnie) Lewis of Dupo, Robin (Robert) Whipple of Dupo, Sherry Lewis of Hecker, William (Lori) Lewis of Dupo, Michelle Lewis of Dupo, and Matthew Oller of Thompson, Mo.; 17 great-grandchildren; and sister Frances (Robert) Owens of Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters. Mr. Hurte was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbia. He met his wife during the Great Depression, when he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was retired from Yellow Freight in St. Louis. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. She was buried at Boss Cemetery in Boss, Mo., Brother George Covey officiating graveside. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Orville W. Bievenue, 81, of Chester, formerly of Prairie du Rocher, died Feb. 24, 2007, in Chester. He was born Aug. 23, 1925, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Gregory and Augusta Bievenue nee DuFrenne. He married Ethel Bievenue nee Godare in 1949. Mr. Bievenue is survived by his wife; children Michael Pl. (Anita) Bievenue of Chester, Thomas G. (Betty) Bievenue of Prairie du Rocher, and Carol F. (Paul) Herzog of Prairie du Rocher; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters Betty (Floyd) Godier of Prairie du Rocher, and Doris (Glen) Limestall of Meza, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Bievenue was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chester. He was a retired operating engineer and member of Local #520 in Granite City, and a farmer. He was a former member of the Holy Name Society and trustee at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a former school board member of Prairie du Rocher Community School District #134 and former board director of the Prairie du Rocher Volunteer Fire Department. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, Fr. Albert Kreher and Fr. Gene Wojcik officiating. He is buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic School, the American Cancer Society or in the form of Masses.

Louis G. Gauen, 73, died Feb. 24, 2007. He was born Nov. 30, 1933, in Waterloo, the son of the late George and Edna Gauen nee Krone. He was married to Marge Gauen for 51 years. Mr. Gauen is survived by his wife; children Mark (Kathy) Gauen, Bob (Karen) Gauen, Kristen (Bob) Luchtfull and Tracy (Marc) Tormey; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and twin brother, Charles Gauen. Mr. Gauen raised his family in the Chicago area and recently resided in New Berlin, Wisc. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois, was an officer in the Air Force, and worked for 25 years for Sears Roebuck Co. as a buyer and sales manager. Visitation and a memorial service were at Brookfield Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to Brookfield Presbyterian Church or Aurora Visiting Nurses Association Hospice.

Mary B. Henss nee Niemann, 47, of Breese, died Feb. 24, 2007, in Breese. She was born Jan. 1, 1960, in Breese, the daughter of Bernard and Rose Marie “Dolly” Niemann nee Kuper of Breese. She married John Henss in 1980. Mrs. Henss is survived by her parents; husband; sons Nathan (Sara) Henss of Beckemeyer, and Kyle Henss of Trenton; grandson Brayden Henss; brothers Ken Niemann of Waterloo, Jim (Mary) Niemann of Breese; Dave (Yolanda) Niemann of Tucson, Ariz., and Joe Niemann of Springfield; sisters Donna (Dennis) Beckmann of Aviston, and Lori (Curt) Hemann of Breese; mother-in-law Wilma Henss of New Baden; brothers-in-law Chuck (Cindy) Henss of Leawood, Kan., Arnie (Linda) Henss of Trenton, Paul (Ben) Henss of Albers, and Mark Henss of Albers; and sisters-in-law Sr. Margaret Ann Henss PHJC of Donnellson, Ind., Jackie (Gary) Weik of Bedford, Texas, Janice (Dan) Wiegmann of New Baden, Mary (Bernie) Becker of Beckemeyer, Maggie Peters of Germantown, Melissa (Bob) Netemeyer of Albers, Donna (Bob) Litteken of Trenton, and Diane “Fritz” (Steve) Maue of Aviston. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law Arnold Henss and niece Aimee Henss. Mrs. Henss was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton. She worked as the administrative director of the laboratory of St. Joseph Hospital in Breese. She was a member of the Breese Wednesday Nigh Ladies Golf League. Visitation was at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. A funeral Mass was at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, Fr. James Dougherty officiating. Memorials may be made to Mater Dei High School, Community Links or Lights for Scholarship program at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ronald O. Neff, 58, of Springfield, died Feb. 24, 2007, in Springfield. He was born Feb. 7, 1949, in Red Bud, the son of the late Roy and Della Mae Neff nee Dreps. He married Cathy Jo Brown in 1990. Mr. Neff is survived by his wife; children Joshua R. Neff of Springfield, and Angela (Brian) Gray of Pawnee; granddaughters Abby, Gabby, Hannah and Maddie; brothers Myron (Cindy) Neff of Hecker, and Terry (Sue) Neff of Red Bud; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Neff graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked in budgeting for the Illinois Department of Public Aid for 14 years and then as vice-president of governmental affairs at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He was a member of the Anchor Society at Rush University, United States Bowling Congress, and Hecker Sportsman Club. He served on the Chicago Metropolitan Health Care Council, Illinois Hospital Association, Government Relations Representative Committee for the Association of American Medical Colleges, Government Relations Office Committee of the American Hospital Association Governmental Affairs Networking Group. He was a member of the Christian faith. Visitation and a funeral service were at Ellinger-Kunz Funeral Home, Rev. Andy Glass officiating. He is buried at Mechanicsburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C.

Bernard J. L’Hote, 63, of Columbia, formerly of Belleville, died Feb. 24, 2007, in Columbia. He was born Nov. 22, 1943, in Pittsfield, Mass., the son of the late Bernard and Jennie L’Hote nee Vitaglino. Mr. L’Hote is survived by his children Alice (Kurt) Morgenweck of Edina, Minn., Anthony (Margaret) L’Hote of Columbia, and Michael (Laura) L’Hote of New Athens; grandchildren Stephen, Zachary, Nicholas, Jacob, Brianna, Alexis and Ethan; brother Edward (Carol) L’Hote of Mascoutah,; sister Margaret (Walter) Dixon of Norwell, Mass.; former wife Donna L’Hote nee Rose; special friend Marlys Lehr of Belleville; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. L’Hote was employed as a laborer by Local #459 in Belleville. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of BPOE #664 in Fairview Heights and the Caseyville Lions Club. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to BPOE #664 in Fairview Heights of the Caseyville Lions Club.

Ruby R. Odehnal nee Wieners, 88, of Dupo, died Feb. 26, 2007, in Belleville. She was born Feb. 4, 1919, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late John Barney and Emma Rose Wieners nee Hargis. She was married to the late Alois J. Odehnal. Mrs. Odehnal is survived by her children Jerry (Eileen) Odehnal, David (Brenda) Odehnal, Jim (Phyllis) Odehnal, Joan (Will) Wieser, Patricia (Alex) Tegtmeier, and Darlene (Kevin) Smith; 21 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and brothers, sisters, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sons Allen Odehnal and Ronald Odehnal, and brothers and sisters. Mrs. Odehnal worked as a sales clerk for K-Mart. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home. A private burial was held at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice of Faith Family Church in Shiloh.

Clinton Boyd Jett, 35, of Waterloo, died Feb. 27, 2007, in Waterloo. He was born June 7, 1971, in Belleville, the son of David M. and Lynn K. Jett nee Nevenner. Mr. Jett is survived by his parents, sister Angela R. Jett, brother Zachary D. Jett, niece Reilly L. Brown, and family and friends. He was preceded in death by his partner Michael Povolich. Mr. Jett was respected and loved by his countless friends and his extended family. There was no visitation. Mr. Jett was cremated.

Lorraine B. Denison nee Eggleston, 77, of Columbia, died Feb. 27, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Dec. 16, 1929, in Virgil, S.D., the daughter of the late Cecil and Pearl V. Eggleston nee Luckey. She was married to the late Virgil Denison. Mrs. Denison is survived by her sons Jerry Lee (Bonnie) Denison of Columbia, and Marvin Allan (Brenda) Denison of Columbia; grandchildren Travis (Mandy), Drew, Amy, Lauren and Ryan; nine great-grandchildren; sister Myrna (Dan) Vanuk of San Antonio, Texas; brothers Darrell Eggleston of Huron, S.D., Clinton (Joyce) Eggleston of Rapid City, S.D., and Glen (Janice) Eggleston of South Lyon, Mich.; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Denison was a member of Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover. She and her husband, Virgil, moved to Columbia in 1985, following her retirement from Farmer’s Merchant Bank in Huron, S.D. She was a cook at American Legion Post #581 and was a Red Cross Blood Drive volunteer for more than 20 years. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A committal service was held at Rest Lawn Cemetery in Huron, S.D. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover.

John E. Weber, 62, of Prairie du Rocher, died Feb. 28, 2007, in Prairie du Rocher. He was born Nov. 5, 1944, in St. Louis, the son of the late John A. and Geneva M. Weber nee Robinson. Mr. Weber is survived by his sister Janice Joern of St. Louis, nephew Mark Anthony Weber of St. Louis, great-niece Megan Amanda Weber of St. Louis, great-nephew Justin Anthony Weber of St. Louis, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Weber was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. He was also a member of American Legion Post #622 in Prairie du Rocher. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fr. Albert Kreher officiating. A military graveside service under the direction of American Legion Post #622 was held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

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Vera P. Brinkman nee Krewinghaus, 90, of Columbia, died Jan. 1, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Nov. 5, 1916, in Johannisburg, the daughter of the late Otto and Dora Krewinghaus nee Recker. She married Leslie J. Brinkman in 1940. Mrs. Brinkman is survived by her husband; sister Pearl Majnerich of St. Louis; brother Earl (Ruth) Krewinghaus of Venedy; nieces and nephews Shirley Kocher, Gene Brinkman, Doris Duvall, Nancy (Gene) Tepe, JoAnne (Clyde) Schubert, Terry (Chris) Krewinghaus, Carol (Bob) Wetstein, Terry Majnerich and Frank Majnerich; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Nora (Henry) Bates and Edna (Elmer) Doelling; and brothers-in-law Grover (Leona) Brinkman and Frank Majnerich. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor William Groennert officiating. She is buried at Oddfellows Cemetery in Okawville. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Research or Christ Community Church in Columbia.

David Wayne Thielemann, 50, of Bowie, Ariz., formerly of Dupo, died Jan. 2, 2007, in Bowie, Ariz. He was born Dec. 3, 1956, in Red Bud, the son of Newell and Eva Thielemann nee Grady. Mr. Thielemann is survived by his parents; children Christopher Thielemann and Tracy Thielemann; his children’s mother Beth Theiss; siblings Stephen Long, Peggy Nieman, Shirley (Dean) McKinney, Brenda (Gene) Harris and Timothy Thielemann; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and nephew Timothy Newell Thielemann. Mr. Thielemann was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. He is buried with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Mary C. “Kay” Voracek nee Miederhoff, 70, of Waterloo, died Jan. 4, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born May 16, 1936, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late John T. and Anna Miederhoff nee Murray. She was married to the late Karel Voracek. Mrs. Voracek is survived by her children Steven (Linda) Voracek of Waterloo, JoAnne “Josie” Voracek of Columbus, Ohio, Susan (Art) We chance of Red Bud, and John “Jack” (Deb) Voracek of St. Louis; grandchildren Jessica Voracek, Justin Voracek, Ally Peterfish, Mikki Peterfish, Jonathan Liefer, Jennifer Liefer, Samantha Vogt and Tamara Vogt; and brothers John (Judy) Miederhoff of Eolia, Mo., and William (Lucinda) Miederhoff of Bridgeton, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Gerry Miederhoff. Mrs. Voracek was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation and a rosary were at DeFabio 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 of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ruth Eva Crittendon nee Roediger, 83, of Columbia, died Jan. 5, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 14, 1923, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Otto Roediger and Selma Roedeger nee Buettner. She married the late Douglas R. Crittendon in 1969; he preceded her in death in 1991. Mrs. Crittendon is survived by her step-daughters Carol June (Benjamin) Schroeder of Newark, and Laura Ilene (George) Rukeyser of Barrington; brother and sisters-in-law Ruth Ann Roediger of Columbia, Esther Roediger of Bloomington, and Melvin Arb of Columbia; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Ella Keck, Erma Eisiminger, Selma Forness and Loretta Arb; and brothers Ottoman Arthur and Eugene Roediger. A private graveside service was held at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Gladys M. Fischer nee Sutter, 84, of Columbia, died Jan. 5, 2007, in Columbia. She was born May 30, 1922, in Bixby, the daughter of the late Henry and Edna Sutter nee Hoock. She was married to John Fischer for 64 years. Mrs. Fisher is survived by her husband; children Karen (Jerry) Rains of Belleville, and Gerald (Patricia) Fischer of Collinsville; grandchildren Leigh Ann (Troy) Stuckmeyer, Eric (Lea) Rains, Kelly (Kevin) Stirnaman, and Cara Fischer; five great-grandchildren; brother Clarence (Georgine) Sutter of Millstadt; brother-in-law Joe Gravot; aunt Alma Glenn; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and Sister Aileen Gravot. Mrs. Fischer was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, where she enjoyed quilting over the years. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia.

Edna Margaret Arnin nee Schneider, 84, of Columbia, died Jan. 6, 2007, in Columbia. She was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Edward and Gertrude Schneider nee Kroll. She married the late Gilbert P. Arnin in 1947; he preceded her in death in 2005. Mrs. Arnin is survived by her daughter Gail (Galen) Riebeling of Columbia; grandchildren Chad (Lisa) Riebeling of St. Charles, Mo., Matt (Shelley) Riebeling of Columbia, and Lauren (James) Foran of Columbia; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Arnin was retired from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, where she worked as a nurse’s aide. A private graveside service was held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Lucille C. Ghent nee Chrisman, 92, of Columbia, died Jan. 8, 2007, in Columbia. She was born July 12, 1914, in Pinckneyville, the daughter of the late Nathan and Margaret Chrisman nee Zavaglia. She married to the late Edd Ghent in 1934; he preceded her in death in 2000. Mrs. Ghent is survived by her son Edd L. (Sheila) Ghent Jr.; grandchildren Edd (Lisa) Ghent III and Dana (David) Wassermann; great-grandchildren Beck Westermann, Max Westermann, Ethan Ghent and Jacob Ghent; step-grandchildren Cody Bell and Michelle Bell; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister Bert Roe. Mrs. Ghent was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She was also a member of American Legion Post #581 Ladies Auxiliary, Columbia Woman’s Club, and Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary. She volunteered with the Red Cross and Veterans Administration hospital and received the President’s Service Award in 2006. She had a remarkable life, living through the Depression and two world wars. In her youth, she was active in high school softball, basketball and tennis, and finished near the top of her class, which allowed her to attend college at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. There the joined Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, obtained her teaching certificate, and met her husband. In 1947, they moved to Columbia, where she and Edd both taught school. She called this the best move of her life and took great comfort and pride in Columbia. In 1956, she took a position at the local Ben Franklin store and stayed there until her retirement in 1976 as the store manager, at which time the store closed. She worked with the Cub Scouts and volunteered with many civic groups over the years to keep the local parks clean and beautiful. Fiercely independent, Lucille cares for her husband of 66 years until he died on Jan. 2, 2000. She then maintained her home and continued driving until this past year, when colon cancer forced her into full-time medical care. She will be missed by her friends, both young and old, and by her family, who loved her dearly. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral services were 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 the Columbia Senior Center.

Minnie Rieckenberg nee Rathert, 97, died Jan. 9, 2007, in Sparta. She was born July 9, 1909, in Campbell Hill, the daughter of the late Albert and Anne Rathert nee Giesesking. She married the late Albert H. Rieckenberg in 1934; he preceded her in death in 1994. Mrs. Rieckenberg is survived by her children Carol Eggers of Steeleville, John Rieckenberg of Steeleville, Jerry (Nancy) Rieckenberg of Campbell Hill, Carl (Tammie) Rieckenberg of Waterloo, and Vickie (Kurt) Gross of Sparta; 12 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; eight step-great-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; and brother Homer Rathert of Ava. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister; son-in-law Leroy Eggers, and one grand-daughter-in-law Carlena Eggers. Mrs. Rieckenberg was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Steeleville. She was also a member of Peace Lutheran LCW and Wine Hill Home Extension. Funeral services were at Peace Lutheran Church in Steeleville, Rev. Frank Langholf officiating. She is buried at Paradise Cemetery in Steelville.

Cynthia Diane Ziegler nee Lasley, 72, of Waterloo, died Jan. 10, 2007, in Columbia. She was born June 9, 1934, in Napton, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles Dewey and Bertina Marie Lasley nee Hinton. She was married to George W. Ziegler for 56 years. Mrs. Ziegler is survived by her husband; children Pat (Jim) Hall of Waterloo, Laura (Mark) Blevins of Waterloo, Linda (Dave) Zinselmeier of St. Charles, Mo., and Tim (Leah) Ziegler of Valmeyer; grandchildren Kristin Cyvas (fiance Steve Chapman), Amy (Kris) Gebke, Denise (Chris) Garrett, Kaitlyn Creamer, Joseph Hernandez, Matt Blevins and Dustin Schaffer; great-grandchildren Caleb Gebke and Mya Gebke; sister-in-law Beulah Lasley of Big Rapids, Mich.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Nancy Daugherty, and brothers Donals Lasley and Bill Lasley. Mrs. Ziegler was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ Consistory and was a Sunday school teacher. She worked for Dr. C.H. Kahn for more than 20 years. She was a long-time member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, was former chairman of the City of Waterloo Zoning Board of Appeals, and was a former member of the Waterloo School Board, City of Waterloo Special Planning Committee and the Monroe County Democratic Club. Mrs. Ziegler has a wonder sense of humor and was a much-loved member of the community. 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 St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo.

Bernice V. Lepp nee Ritter, 88, of Eldon, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Jan. 11, 2007, in Lake Ozark, Mo. She was born July 11, 1918, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Louis and Cora Ritter nee Kremmel. She married the late Alvin W. Lepp in 1938; he preceded her in death Dec. 26, 2006. Mrs. Lepp is survived by her 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. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Harold Ritter. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. 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.

Elmer H. Rau, 68, of Waterloo, died Jan. 12, 2007, in Red Bud. He was born Aug. 22, 1938, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Henry J. and Lydia Rau nee Stockel. Mr. Rau is survived by his brother Walter (Coletta) Rau of Columbia, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. 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 SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul School or in the form of masses.

Janet Pastrovich nee Wheeler, 49, of Waterloo, died January 13, 2007, in Litchfield. She was born July 13, 1959, in Lawrenceville, the daughter of Donna Little of Bullhead City, Ariz., and the late Jack Wheller. She was married to Robert Pastrovich. Mrs. Pastrovich is survived by her husband; son Joseph Paul Pastrovich of Iraq; sister Christy (Kent) McGinnis of Scottsdale, Ariz.; aunt Claudette (Tom) Hiller of Springfield; and nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father. Mrs. Pastrovich provided in-home care. She was a loving and caring wife and mother. Visitation and a funeral service were held at Quernheim Funeral Home, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating.

Wilma E. Austin nee Humes, 91, of Waterloo, died Jan. 13, 2007, in Belleville. She was born Feb. 3, 1915, in Centralia, the daughter of the late William H. and Edna Humes nee Smith. She was married to the late William W. White and Fred. W. Austin. Mrs. Austin is survived by her sons William H. (Ann) White of Concord, Calif., James L. White of Dupo, and Matt (Lana) White of Alexandria, La.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and brothers Grover Humes and Morris D. Humes. Mrs. Austin was a member of the Waterloo Country Club. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Deacon Doug Boyer officiating. She is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Centralia. Memorials may be made in the form of Masses at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo.

Leslie Joe Hemmer, 68, of Red Bud, died Jan. 14, 2007, in Red Bud. He was born Dec. 17, 1938, in Sullivan, Mo., the son of the late Milton and Dorothy Hemmer nee Riffenbury. He married the late Alice Ann Hemmer nee Deterding in 1959; she preceded him in death in 1998. Mr. Hemmer is survived by his sons Joe Hemmer of Red Bud, and James Hemmer of Red Bud; daughter Angela Kaye (Michael) Liefer of Red Bud; grandchildren Clinton Liefer, Bradley Liefer, Nicholas Liefer and Taylor Liefer; brother John (Ella) Hemmer of Red Bud; sisters Barbara (Norbert) Fausz of Red Bud, and Lenora (Robert) Kirchhoefer of Baldwin; brothers-in-law Leslie Deterding of Modoc, and Walter Deterding of Red Bud; and sister-in-law Mae Senf Cook of St. Louis. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son David John Hemmer. Mr. Hemmer was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was a custodian for the Red Bud School District #132 for more than 30 years. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. John the Baptist Church, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. He is buried at St. John Cemetery in Red Bud.

Roger O. Buettner, 70, of Waterloo, died Jan. 15, 2007, in Belleville. He was born April 1, 1936, in Waterloo, the son of the late Victor F. and Lena T. Buettner nee Straub. He was married to Shirley E. Buettner nee Shannon. Mr. Buettner is survived by his wife; children Roger Dale (Pamela) Buettner of Maeystown, Jacqueline Buettner of Belleville, Ronnie Buettner of Waterloo, and Pamela (Joe) Pickering of Monroe County; grandchildren Brad, Randy, Kevin, Michelle, Andrea, Jacob, Mathew and Austin; three great-grandchildren; brothers Victor T. (Iris) Buettner of Waterloo, and Ralph (Karen) Buettner of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Buettner was a member of Masonic Lodge #787 in Waterloo, Teamsters Local #50 and the Monroe County Historical Society. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Gale Lambert officiating. He is buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital’s hospice.

Linda L. Schaefer, of Red Bud, died Jan. 15, 2007, in Red Bud. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Ernestine Roehrkasse nee Kloepper. She married the late Raimen Lowry in 1944; he preceded her in death in 1961. She married the late Frank Schaefer in 1972; he preceded her in death in 1996. Mrs. Schaefer is survived by her children Sheryll (Donald) Doiron of Atlanta, Ga., and Timothy (Sheryl) Lowry of Red Bud; grandchildren Chad (Willa) Doiron, Zachary (Tina) Doiron, Nicole (Michael) Lares, Megan Lowry, and Morgan Lowry; and great-grandchildren Taylor Doiron, Trent Doiron, Lara Lares, and Dylan Lares. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, daughter Colleen Lowry, brother Henry Roehrkasse, and sisters Delia Niermann, Selma Shirley, and Wahneta Preston. Mrs. Schaefer was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud and the Evening Guild. She was a member of the Red Bud Senior Citizens and the Hospital Auxiliary. She worked as a postal clerk for many years. She enjoyed quilting and quilted with various organizations. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud, Rev. Russell Koen officiating. She is buried at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Red Bud.

Lloyd A. Wetzler, 71, of Red Bud, died Jan. 15, 2007, in Red Bud. He was born March 1, 1935, in Fults, the son of the late Elmer W. and Luella Wetzler nee Dieckmann. He was married to Edna Wetzler nee Gaitsch. Mr. Wetzler is survived by his wife; children Barbara (Gary) Doerr of Waterloo, Glenn (Gale) Wetzler of Hecker, and Larry (Gina) Wetzler of Waterloo; grandchildren Dr. Ryan (Dr. Elisa) Wetzler of Louisville, Ky., Justin Wetzler of St. Louis, Nathan (Debbie) Doerr of Louisville, Ky., Garrett Doerr of Waterloo, Andrew Wetzler of Waterloo, and Bradley Wetzler of Waterloo; great-grandchild Mason Ryan Wetzler of Louisville, Ky.; brothers Dale (Violet) Wetzler of Louisville, Ky., and Dennis (Barbara) Wetzler of Mascoutah; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Wetzler worked at A&P Warehouse for 24 years; when they closed their doors he went to work as a propane delivery man for many years until he retired several years ago. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice of Illinois or the American Cancer Society.

Alma Leona Bacon nee Nance, 92, of Dupo, died Jan. 16, 2007, in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 13, 1914, in Cape Girardeau, the daughter of the late Andy and Effie Nance nee Young. Mrs. Bacon was married to the late William T. Stephens and Charles L. Bacon. Mrs. Bacon is survived by her daughters Peggy (James) Steel of Shirley, Mass., Leona (Bill) Buatte of Dupo, and Nelda (Chuck Ramsey) Pfost of Longwood, Fla.; grandchildren Rick (Cathy) Steele, Kathy (Kenny) Blanchette, Sherri (Bruce) Hanson, and Darlene Steele, all of Massachusetts; Darrell (Susan) Childers and Doug (Betsy) Childers, both of Texas; Stacey Farrell and Paige (Todd) Morelle both of Florida; and Billy Buatte and Lisa (Mark) Nadler both of Dupo; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; daughter and son-in-law Patsy (Ray) Childers; son in infancy Billy Stephens; grandson Mike Steele; great-grandson Nicholas Steele; four sisters; six brothers; and nieces, nephews and friends. Mrs. Bacon was a member of First Baptist Church of Dupo. She was retired from S.S. Kresege Co. Visitation was at Dashner Funeral Home and a funeral service were at First Baptist Church, Rev. Rick Lay officiating. Per Mrs. Bacon’s request, she was cremated. She is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Dupo Building Fund.

Virgil Bryan Keller, 68, of Columbia, died Jan. 16, 2007. He was born June 15, 1938, in Marion, the son of Frances L. Queen nee Cavitt and the late Edward Queen. He married Mary L. Keller nee Bertrand in 1971. Mr. Keller is survived by his mother; wife; children Bryan (Kelley) Keller of Swansea, Jimmy (Melissa) Keller of Waterloo, and Carrie (Chakib Mouslim) Keller of St. Louis; five grandchildren; brother Dean (Susan) Keller of Chino Valley, Ariz.; sister Beverly (Harold) Knepper of Kemah, Texas; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Keller was retired from Monsanto, where he had worked as an electronics specialist, and he was the owner of Industrial Maintenance Consultants. He was a member of East Lodge #504 AF & AM in Fairview Heights. Visitation and a funeral service were held at Lawlor Funeral Home, Jeff Hannah officiating. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice in Alton, or Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis.

George K. “Red” Price, 70, of East Carondelet, died Jan. 16, 2007, in Belleville. He was born Feb. 9, 1936, in East Carondelet, the son of the late Lou and Cora Price nee Wheatley. He was married to Ruth Price nee Enteman. Mr. Price is survived by his wife; children Kenneth Price and Karen Dudley; grandson Dylan Buckley; brother Buren Price of St. Louis; sisters Mary Wolf of Dupo, Quintella (Elbert) Ross of Tennessee, and Katie (Ray) Marchwinski of Waterloo; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sons George Price Jr. and Kevin Price, sister Elsie Stafford, and brother Bob Price. Mr. Price was retired from Granite City Steel as a millwright. He was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge 474 AF & AM in Columbia, the Scottish Rite, SOAR and AARP. He was a trustee for Sugarloaf Township and he belonged to the Dupo Lions Club. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Terry Crownover officiating. He is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to SAVE or First Baptist Church in East Carondelet.

Henry E. Zweig Sr., 73, of Glen Carbon, died Jan. 17, 2007, in Maryville. He was born July 18, 1933, in East Carondelet, the son of the late Henry William and Julia Zweig nee Stephens. Mr. Zweig is survived by his children Gene Zweig Jr. of Highland, Terry (Cindy) Zweig of Glen Carbon, and Sherry (Michael) Keim of Waterloo; grandchildren Eric Done, Derek Done, Shelly Done, Natalee Zweig, Terry “TJ” Zweig Jr., James Zweig, Cassandra Zweig and Jimmy Zweig; great-grandchildren Grant Connoyer, Trenton Connoyer, Jimmy Zweig and Zaria Zweig; sisters Virginia White, Dorothy (Jack) Branhof and Leah Bush; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Shirley Ann Zweig. Visitation and a funeral service were held at Dashner Funeral Home, Rev. Ray Hudson officiating. Memorials may be made to spinal cord research.

Alice H. Sickmeier nee Meyer, 80, of Waterloo, died Jan. 18, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 24, 1926, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Henry and Minnie Meyer nee Schmieg. She was married to the late Edward G. Sickmeier. Mrs. Sickmeier is survived by her daughter Judy (David) Laux of Cahokia; grandchildren Michele (Thomas) Gatzert and Richard (Kari) Laux; great-granddaughter Brittney Schmid and Amanda Schmidt; step-great-grandchildren Thomas Gatzert Jr., Jennifer Gatzert, Frank Gatzert and Krista Kearny; siblings Irene Diercks, Rose Banks, and Willis “Butch” (Frances) Meyer; sisters-in-law Irene Sickmeier, Esther Meyer and Florence Meyer; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Jeffrey Sickmeier; and siblings Esther Sickmeier, Edgar Meyer, Roy Meyer, Elmer Meyer, Vera Meyer and Arthur Meyer. Mrs. Sickmeier was a member of Belleville Area College Senior Companions and Prairie du Rocher Improvement Association. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. She is buried at Burksville Cemetery in Burksville. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill nursing home.

Margery Ellen Johnson nee Weber, 69, of Fults, died Jan. 19, 2007, in Fults. She was born Nov. 16, 1937, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Frank L. and Marie Weber nee Moeller. She was married to Roger L. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband; children Mark (Jane) Johnson of Waterloo, and Judy (Arthur) Heuer of Wildwood; grandchildren Jacob Johnson, Timothy Johnson, Ashley Heuer and Holly Heuer; siblings Frank Weber of Pacific, Mo., Robert Weber of Bonne Terre, Mo., and Marianne Vanderheyeden of Affton, Mo.; sister-in-law Clara Weber of Arnold, Mo.; and dear cousin Donald (Jeanette) Moeller of Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Johnson worked for several years at the state hospital, Flemming Pharmaceuticals and Stanley Works, all in St. Louis. She was a loving and caring wife of 48 years, mother and grandmother. She most enjoyed cooking and canning in her own kitchen. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault, Pastor Ralph E. Laufer officiating. She is buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Renault. Memorials may be made to Southern Illinois Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Roger E. Larsson, 71, of Waterloo, died Jan. 20, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born July 5, 1935, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of the late Harold and Elizabeth Larsson nee Diamond. He was married to Helen Larsson nee Hill. Mr. Larsson is survived by his wife; children Renee Miller of Waterloo, and Dan (Robin) Larsson of Arnold, Mo.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Larsson was a member of Hope Christian Church in Columbia. Visitation and a memorial service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Dennis Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to Hope Christian Church in Columbia.

Richard Jon Poole, 66, of Belleville, died Jan. 21, 2007, in Belleville. He was born April 29, 1940, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Carter and Martha Poole nee Driver. He was married to Erma Poole nee Sauerbrunn. Mr. Poole is survived by his wife; children Melissa (Jay) Russell of Belleville, and Lori Poole of St. Louis; brother Robert (Marie) Poole of Columbia; sisters-in-law Marge (Herb) Woehlke of Millstadt, Marianne (Cliff) Hunt of Millstadt, and Allene (Glen) Craft of San Antonio, Texas; brother-in-law Harold Burke of Panama City, Fla.; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; father- and mother-in-law Alvin and Helen Sauerbrunn, and sister Virginia Burke. Mr. Poole was a member of Signal Hill Lutheran Church in Belleville. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked at Centreville Township Hospital for 27 years and at Memorial Hospital for 11 years in the maintenance departments. He loved the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. Visitation was at Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral service was at Signal Hill Lutheran Church, Pastor Mark Wiesner officiating. He is interred at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Signal Hill Lutheran Church in Belleville, the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Rosemond M. Heitner nee Behrens, 89, of Waterloo, died Jan. 21, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born March 10, 1917, in Okawville, the daughter of the late Theodore and Emma Behrens nee Kochamohr. She was married to the late Ernie Heitner. Mrs. Heitner is survived by her sister Violet Stock of Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

Alice M. Ferguson nee Moll, 70, of Waterloo, died Jan. 25, 2007, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 12, 1937, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Charles Moll and Dorothy Moll nee Eiskant. She was married to the late Johnnie Ferguson. Mrs. Ferguson is survived by her children Renee (Scott) Asselmeier and Allen (Karen) Ferguson; grandchildren Allen Ferguson Jr., Tamara Ferguson, Lauren Asselmeier, Adam Asselmeier and Brian Dotson; and great-grandchildren Jacob Ferguson, Jody Ferguson, Bailey Seymore and Kylie Dotson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Charles Moll. Mrs. Ferguson was the former owner and operator of Rex’s Corner. Visitation and a funeral service were at DeFabio Funeral Home. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Eva Louise Thielemann nee Graddy, 77, of Dupo, died Jan. 25, 2007. She was born Sept. 26, 1929, in Leasburg, Mo., the daughter of the late Carl Edgar Graddy and Mary Elizabeth Harris nee Farrar. She was married to Newell Thielemann. Mrs. Thielemann is survived by her husband; children Stephen Long, Peggy Nieman, Shirley (Dean) McKinney, Brenda (Gene) Harris and Timothy Thielemann; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Edgar (June) Graddy; sisters Eileen Dixon and Helen (Harmon) Wright; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, son David Wayne Thielemann, grandson Timothy Newell Thielemann, brother Billy Graddy, and sister Mickey Butts. Mrs. Thielemann was a member of Bluffview Christian Center in Dupo. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Funeral Home. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Unity Hospice.

Erma E. Fiorito nee Sensel, 91, of Columbia, died Feb. 26, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 6, 1915, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Edmund and Margaret Sensel nee Andres. She was married to the late Nick Fiorito. Mrs. Fiorito is survived by her sister-in-law Julie Fiorito; nieces and nephews Francis Fromme, Mary Havel, Judy Fromme, Michael Fromme, Chris (Ron) Ettling, Greg Bertram, Mark Bertram and Linda Watts; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Arthur Sensel and sisters Ardella Fromme and Fern Bertram. There was no visitation or funeral service, per Mrs. Fiorito’s request. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill.

Norma June Loless nee O’Rear, 77, of Dupo, died Jan. 29, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born March 30, 1929, in Chester, the daughter of the late Lecil and Laverne O’Rear nee Bean. She married the late Robert L. Loless Jr. in 1945. Mrs. Loless is survived by her children Linda (David) Hamann of Dupo, Drew (Maureen) Loless of Waterloo, and David (Kathy) Loless of Waterloo; grandchildren Marc Hamann, Matthew Hamann, Adam Hamann, April Wells, Natalie Loless, Andrew Loless, and soon-to-be Sadie Loless; great-grandchildren Kyle Wells, Zachary Hamann and Mackenzie Hamann; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sisters Patricia Yost and Sharon Cataldo. Mrs. Loless was a member of First Baptist Church in Dupo. She was a homemaker, although early on she worked at the International Shoe Company in Chester and the Switzer Licorice Company in East St. Louis. She was an avid reader, and for many years she bowled at the Cahokia Bowl. She loved to travel to Las Vegas, and to play cards and bingo with her friends and family. 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 BackStoppers of Greater St. Louis.

Raymond W. Harbaugh, 69, of Belleville, died Jan. 30, 2007, in Belleville. He was born May 25, 1937, in St. Louis, the son of the late Ambrose and Arneta Harbaugh nee Korves. Mr. Harbaugh is survived by his siblings Donald Harbaugh of St. Louis, Roger (Linda) Harbaugh of Orange, Calif., Charles (Carol) Harbaugh of Freeburg, LaVerne (Michael) Krebel of Evansville, Shirley (Michael) Turner of Waterloo, Wilfred (Susan) Harbaugh of Red Bud, and Michael Harbaugh of Jackson, Miss.; and aunts, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation was at Quernheim 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 the Baptist Cemetery in Red Bud.

Donna Kay Schneider nee Koerber, 59, of Waterloo, died Jan. 30, 2007, in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 23, 1947, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Raymond and Luella Koerber nee Schlemmer. She was married to Marvin Schneider. Mrs. Schneider is survived by her husband; daughter Andrea (Brian) Dill of Waterloo; grandchildren William Dill, Savannah Dill and Payton Dill; brother John (Vicki) Koerber of Waterloo; step-mother Dorothy Koerber of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and son Sean C. Schneider. Mrs. Schneider was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She was co-owner of Koerber Distributing Co. in Waterloo. There was no visitation and Mrs. Schneider was cremated, per her request. A private interment was held at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. A memorial Mass was held at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Jerry D. Weatherford, 66, of Columbia, died Jan. 30, 2007, in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 11, 1940, in Culleoka, Tenn., the son of the late Jerald and Mildred Weatherford nee Valentine. He was married to Elaine Weatherford. Mr. Weatherford is survived by his wife; children Gregory (Andrea) Weatherford of Columbia, and Laura (Michael) Seitz of Moweaqua; grandchildren Breck, Paige, Kelsey and Ryan; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Weatherford was a member of Kirkwood United Methodist Church and drove the church bus. He retired after 32 years of teaching biology, as well as driver’s education, at Fox High School in Arnold, Mo. He was also an adjunct professor at Jefferson College. He was currently an usher for the St. Louis Cardinals, working Homer’s Landing then the Coca-Cola Scoreboard Patio for 12 years. He was also a school bus driver for the Columbia Community Unit #4 School District. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A service of celebration was held at United Methodist Church in Kirkwood. A private graveside service was held at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Moweaqua. Memorials may be made to Kirkwood’s United Methodist Church, Fox High School biology department or the St. Louis Cardinals’ charitable foundation Cardinals Care.