2008 Obituaries

September

Serrelda Kaye Smothers nee Myers, 64, of Waterloo, died Sept. 1, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born Feb. 23, 1944, in Clinton, Ky., the daughter of the late Clifton and Mary Myers nee Rabey. She was married to James R. Smothers. Mrs. Smothers is survived by her husband; children James C. "Smudge" (Lori) Smothers of Waterloo and Sandra (Jeffrey) Vander Heyden of St. Louis; grandchildren Lucas Smothers, Derek Smothers and Meranda Vander Heyden; sister Pat (Lee) Eberhart of Caseyville; and brothers Robert (Lois) Myers of Gravois Mills, Mo., and Wray (Carol) Moore of Corinth, Miss.; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Margaret Gregory. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Steve Neil officiating. She is buried at Waterloo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Blaine Cosbey, 82, of Columbia, formerly of Belleville, died Sept. 2, 2008, in Columbia. He was born May 19, 1926, in Belleville, the son of the late Frank and Helen (nee Lyons) Cosbey. He was preceded in death by fathers-in-law, Charles Graf and Arthur Sauer. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan Marie (nee Graf) Cosbey; mother-in-law, Margaret Sauer of Columbia; special friends, Maurice and Gloria Vale and Tom Vale, all of Freeburg; and his faithful pet, Gretchen. Mr. Cosbey graduated in 1944 from Belleville Township High School and attended the University of Missouri - Columbia. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was the retired vice-president and general manager of Modern Foundry and Manufacturing Company in Mascoutah. He was a Master Councilor of the Order of DeMolay and received their Chevalier's Award. He was also a member of Belleville Masonic Lodge 24; the Scottish Rite Bodies of Southern Illinois and the Ainad Shriners. He served as a board member and treasurer of both Belle-Clair Fairgrounds and the St. Clair County Fair Association. He was a past member of the First Presbyterian Church of Belleville, where he served as both a deacon and a trustee. Private services were held at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. He was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum in Belleville.

Gustavia Eckert nee Hauptfleisch, 81, of Waterloo, died Sept. 2, 2008, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born July 23, 1927, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Gustav and Olga Hauptfleisch nee Wilde and stepfather the late Ervin Eichelmann. She was married to Earl Eckert. Mrs. Eckert is survived by her husband, children Marlou Eckert (Mark Raeber) of Millstadt, Glen (Nancy) Eckert of Waterloo and Diane (Kenny) Kern of Waterloo; grandchildren Angie (Bill) Wirth, Casey (Jean) Eckert, and Kendra Kern; and great-granddaughter Nora Wirth; along with a sister-in-law, brother-in-law, a niece, nephew and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and stepfather. Mrs. Eckert was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ of Waterloo and the Monroe County Home Extension. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul UCC of Waterloo, Pastor Doug Robert officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church's elevator fund.

Angel Millikan nee Kohlen-berger, 47, of Eureka, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Sept. 3, 2008. She was born Oct. 10, 1960, in Belleville, the daughter of Ernest (Lore) Kohlenberger of Festus, Mo., and the late Mary Ann Smith nee Mardirosian. Ms. Millikan is survived by her daughters Natalie Evans and Christine Evans of Eureka, Mo., and siblings Mike (Angie) Kohlenberger of Crossville, Tenn., Marty (Sherry) Kohlenberger of Valmeyer, Kelly (Joe) Dobronski of Columbia, Linda Smith of St. Louis, David (Debbie) Kohlenberger of Festus, Mo., and Ernie Kohlenberger of Austin, Tex.; along with other relatives and friends. Ms. Millikan was a dispatcher with Roadway Trucking Co. in Fenton, Mo. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Ron Beaver officiating. She was cremated following the services.

Wilma Vickers nee Lunsford, 84, of Dupo, died Sept. 3, 2008, in Dupo. She was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Washington County, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Louis Lunsford. She was married to William Vickers Sr. for 59 years. Mrs. Vickers is survived by her husband; daughter Nancy (Raymond) Posey of Dupo; grandchildren Heather (Neal) Gipson of Post Falls, Idaho, Holly (Craig) Mueller of Imperial, Mo., Joshua Vickers of Kansas City, Mo., Benjamin Vickers of Kansas City, Mo., and Kendra Vickers; great-grandchildren David Otten of Waterloo, Grace, Hannah and Katie Gipson of Post Falls, Idaho, Emily and Jacob Mueller of Imperial, Mo., and Brianna Vickers of Kansas City, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents, sons Robert Vickers and William "Bill" Vickers Jr.; and great-granddaughter Lindsey Otten. She was a homemaker. Visitation and funeral were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo, Rev. Matt Friz officiating. She was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.

Teresa G. Moeser nee Garrish, 47, of Valmeyer, died Sept. 7, 2008, in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 28, 1960, in Long Beach, Calif., the daughter of Rosa Lee Garrish and the late David Garrish. She was married to Donald K. Moeser Jr. Mrs. Moser is survived by her mother; husband; children Krista (fiance Billy Skinner) Hall, David (Fiancee Terri Barrett) Hall, Katie Hall, Brittany Moser and Jillian Moser; grandchildren Michael Gage Gribbler, Riley Dakota Hall, Daryan Barret and Erin Barret, as well as twins on the way; sisters Shirley (Robert) Lund and Patty (Blaine) Brown; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father. Mrs. Moser was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. She is remembered for her love of all God's children who spent her many years of recovery reaching out to help others along their journeys. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Dale Weber officiating.

Alexander Paul Starbuck, 22, of Waterloo, died Sept. 7, 2008, in Collinsville. He was born Feb. 23, 1986, in St. Louis, the son of Alan and Susan Starbuck of Waterloo. Mr. Starbuck is survived by his brother Ryan Starbuck; grandparents Mary Starbuck of St. Louis, and Lawrence and Georgia Wynn of Cahokia; and special friend Jennifer Miller of Waterloo; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Fred Starbuck. Mr. Starbuck was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, ACE Car Club and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis.

Sylvester Kohlmeier, 91, of Waterloo, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008. He was born July 19, 1917, in Waterloo, the son of the late Theodore and Sophia Kohlmeier, nee Hohnbaum. Mr. Kohlmeier is survived by his wife, Clara Kohlmeier, nee Hoffmann; a son, Dr. Wayne Kohlmeier; grandchildren Amy Kohlmeier, Sarah (Tom) Roehm, Andrew Kohlmeier and Elizabeth Kohlmeier; a great-grandson, Alex Roehm; a brother, Wilbert Kohlmeier; a sister, Audrey Hoffmann; sister-in-law, Lillian Kohlmeier and a brother-in-law, Lewis Lich. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lorena Lich; and brothers Fremond and Raymond Kohlmeier. He was the retired former part-owner of Homeko Ready-Mix. Mr. Kohlmeier was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg and Waterloo VFW Metzger-Crook Post 6504. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg, the Rev. Stuart Rethwisch officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

August

Earleen Cobb, 60, of Topeka, Kan., died Aug. 10, 2008, at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka. Local relatives include Lee Cobb of Belleville. Mrs. Cobb was cremated and there were no services. Newcomer Family Funeral Home in Topeka handled the arrangements.

Loretta Mary Schmidt, 88, of Red Bud, died Aug. 12, 2008, at the Red Bud Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 11, 1919 in Hecker, the daughter of the late William and Eleanora (nee Schilling) Braun. She married Orville John Schmidt in 1939 in Hecker. He died in 1984. Mrs. Schmidt worked as the cafeteria manager at St. Clement Hospital in Red Bud for 28 years. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Red Bud, the Altar Sodality and the Ladies Home Extension of Randolph County. Survivors include children Joyce (Robert) Dannenbrink of Red Bud, Orville (Bernice) Schmidt Jr. of Prairie du Rocher, Jane (Henry) Haas of Red Bud and Judy (Edward) Kohlberg of Florrisant, Mo.; a sister, Mary (Milton) Lauer of New Baden; brothers Edwin (Irma) Braun of Red Bud and Joseph (Leona) Braun of Freeburg; a sister-in-law, Ruth Braun of St. Charles, Mo.; seven grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 6 step-great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Schmidt was preceded in death by a grandchild, Lynn Dannenbrink; sisters Hildegard (Kenneth) Cook and Eleanora Braun; and brothers Herman, Albert, Peter and Alexander Braun. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Father Tom Stout officiating. She was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Church or the school.

Raoul Fischer, 72, of Waterloo, died Aug. 13, 2008, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 11, 1936, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Raymond G. and Dorothy L. Fischer nee Gummersheimer. He was married to the late Jacqueline E. Fischer nee Schaefer. Mr. Fischer is survived by his son R. Kent Fischer of Waterloo; grandchildren Stephanie Fischer and Samuel K. Dunn; along with aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and daughter Denise Dunn. Mr. Fischer was a member of Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover. He was retired from Gateway FS. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. The funeral was at Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover with C. Dwayne Dollgener officiating. He was buried at New Hanover Cemetery of Zoar. Memorials may be made to Zoar UCC of New Hanover.

William Wortmann, 59, of Fults, died Aug. 17, 2008, in Fults. He was born July 10, 1949, in Red Bud, the son of the late Agnes Wortmann nee Schmitz Fults and the late Melvin G. Wortmann. Mr. Wortmann is survived by his mother, son Craig Wortmann, and sister Bonnie (James) Nobbe of Waterloo; along with aunts, a niece and nephew, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Wortmann was a member of Maeystown Sportsman's Club and FFA Alumni. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home, with Fr. Roger Karban officiating. He was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Unity Hospice.

Michael Biffar, 48, of Waterloo, died Aug. 18, 2008, in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 9, 1959 in Red Bud, the son of Eugene and JoAnne (nee Carroll) Biffar of Waterloo. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Rita Biffar nee Mosbacher; loyal dogs Dolly, Pepper and Spitfire; a brother, Tom Biffar of Burksville; and a sister, Mary Biffar of Waterloo; in-laws Curtis and Mary Lou Mosbacher of Prairie du Rocher; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; and cousins. Mr. Biffar was preceded in death by his grandparents; a nephew, Adam Mosbacher; and faithful dogs P.J., Poochie and Mary Catherene. Mr. Biffar owned Precision Automotive in Waterloo, was active in the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and was an associate director of the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation. His loved his dogs and hunting. He was also active in the Waterloo City Council and the ASP of Missouri. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault, Father Roger Karban Pastor Tom Jones officiating. He was buried at St. John Cemetery overlooking Fults.

Mildred Boehne nee Heller, 89, died Aug. 20, 2008, in Des Peres, Mo. She was born Oct. 12, 1918, in Dupo, the daughter of the late Fred and Louise (nee Winsell) Heller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Boehne Sr.; son, Robert Boehne Jr.; daughter, Bonnie Wiese; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Boehne; and great-grandchildren Cara and Nick Garner; along with brothers and sisters. She is survived by grandchildren Dawn (Mark) Garner, Brian (Denise) Wiese and Brad (Gail) Wiese; great-grandchildren Tom, Adam, Andrew, Bryanna, Jayden and Addyson; son-in-law, David (Jean) Wiese; and step-brother, Frank Armstutz; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo and the Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Boehne was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Russell Lungwitz, 80, of Columbia, died Aug. 25, 2008, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born March 20, 1928, in Columbia, the son of the late Paul and Elsie (Schlegel) Lungwitz. He married Esther (Bennett) Lungwitz in 1950 in Fairview Heights. She died in 2005. Mr. Lungwitz is survived by a daughter, Gelene Lungwitz of Barnhart, Mo.; a son, Dean (Barbara) Lungwitz of Dupo; sister, Lillian Faucett of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; grandchildren Deanna (Andrew) Dennes of Columbia and Emily Lungwitz of Dupo; sister-in-law, Nora Bennett of Columbia; and very special friends Mary Mickey of Barnhart, Mo., Farrol McPheeters of Dupo and Louis and Joan Voelker of Mountain Home, Ark.; along with other relatives and friends. Mr. Lungwitz and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and later worked at Alpine Printing. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia and the Columbia Model Railroaders. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. He was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Shirley Schlemmer nee Carr, 82, of Waterloo, died Aug. 26, 2008 in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 14, 1926 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Thomas and Dorothy (nee LaSource) Carr. Mrs. Schlemmer is survived by her children, Linda (David) Phillips of Coppell, Tex., and Perry (Lynn) Schlemmer of Waterloo; grandchildren Brett Phillips of Atlanta, Ga., Neil Schlemmer of Millstadt and Ned Schlemmer of Waterloo; a sister, Pam (Ron) Bode of Waterloo; and brothers Wallace (Lois) Carr of Waterloo; Thomas (Elaine) Carr of Plainfield, Ind., Hal Lee (Delores) Carr of Fenton, Mo. and Howard (Alberta) Carr of Champaign; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Schlemmer; and sisters Jacqueline (William) Sawchik and Geraldine Carr. Mrs. Schlemmer was a charter member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504 Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home with the Waterloo Fire Department and VFW Post 6504 Ladies Auxiliary conducting walk-throughs. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo, Father Urban Osuj officiating. She was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the SS. Peter and Paul New School Building Fund.

Gina "Nikki” Embrich nee Herman, 45, of Waterloo, died Aug. 28, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 6, 1962 in Belleville. She is survived by her husband, Keith Embrich; children Corey and Austen Embrich; step-daughter, Rachel (Kyle Jacob) Embrich; mother, Carol Wold; father-in-law, Leo Embrich; sister-in-law, Loretta (Bruce) Embrich-Migneron; brother-in-law, Terry Embrich; and uncle, Gene Heusohn; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandparents Fred and Marcella (nee Pieper) Heusohn; and mother-in-law, Colleen (nee Kabureck) Embrich. Mrs. Embrich was employed at Enterprise Bank and Trust in St. Louis, Mo., and volunteered for the American Cancer Society. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home, with Pastor Matt Henson officiating. Mrs. Embrich was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

August "Gus" Koch, 81, of Columbia, died, Aug. 28, 2008. He was born April 11, 1927 in Burksville, the son of the late Charles and Minnie (Sickmeyer) Koch. He married Arlou (Weilbacher) Koch in 1949 in Columbia. She died on May 21, 2008. He is survived by sons Larry (Caty) Koch of Wilton, Conn., Marty (Janet) Koch of Arnold, Mo., and Kevin (Cindy) Koch of Columbia; and five grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by brothers Charles and Alvin Koch; and sisters Irene Lang and Bernice Beattie. Gus had been a Distributor of Shaklee Products, and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. A memorial mass will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. Mr. Koch gifted his body for scientific study. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Steven Stahlmann, 48, of Columbia, died Aug. 29, 2008 at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born Sept, 19, 1959, in Red Bud, the, son of the late LeRoy and Helen (Eckert) Stahlmann. He married Joanne (Kish) Stahlmann in 1985 in Columbia. She survives him. He was a service manager with Water-Tech Irrigation Co., in St. Louis, Mo., was an avid fisherman and musician, and had a passion for cooking. Also, surviving are a sister, Sandra (Michael) Scruggs of Belleville; mother-in-law, Betty Kish of Columbia; uncles Robert Stahlmann of Lansing, Mich., Marc (Jean) Eckert of Columbia and Rich (Sue) Schmidt of Columbia; aunts Doris (Bobbie) Reece of Millstadt, Pearl Mueller and Betty Schmidt, both of Columbia; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gerald Kish, Dennis (Nancy) Kish, Michael (Jeanne) Kish, Thomas Kish, Steven (Debbie) Kish, Patrick Kish, Albert, Jr. "Chip" (Patti) Kish, Mary (John) Olsson, Susan (Kenny) Settle, and Margie (James) Burns; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by father-in-law, Albert Kish, Sr.; sister-in-law, Rumay Kish; and aunt, Mary Ann Stahlmann. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. A cremation followed the services. Memorials may be made to Stray Rescue of St. Louis, Mo.

Matilda Crook, 89, of Bartonville, died Aug. 29, 2008, at her home with her family by her side. She was born April 10, 1919 in Waterloo to Edward T. and Matilda Mary (Brueggemann) Moffitt. She married Walter L. Crook in Waterloo on Nov. 20, 1940. He preceded her in death on March 15, 1989. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Henry Moffitt. Surviving are a daughter, Linda (Richard) Phillips; and grandchildren, Desiree (Todd) Colvin and Rick Phillips. Matilda was the owner and operator of the OK Motel in Pacific, Mo., before retiring in 1975. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Bartonville and its Women's Group. Visitation was at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel in Bartonville. Funeral was at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Visitation and funeral services were also held at Quernheim Funeral Home. She was buried at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the building fund at her church.

Ronald Gulley, 57, of Columbia, died Aug.30, 2008. He was born Nov. 11, 1950, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Henry and Nina (Cleveland) Gulley. He was employed as an optician with Hoya Vision in Columbia, was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581. Surviving are daughter, Roxanne (Brian) Wheeler; sons Ryan Gulley and Ross (Kayla) Gulley; former wife, Renee (Riebeling) Gulley; grandchildren Jaydin Gulley and Keegan Gulley; brother, Dennis Gulley, all of Columbia; sisters Betty (Earl) Gummersheimer of East Carondelet and Patsy (Bob) Phoenix of Ava; brother, Terry (Wanda) Gulley, Moultrie, Ga.; and aunt, Bonita (Curtis) Wiechert of Dupo; along with nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home, with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. He was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Family of Ron Gulley.

Pearl Schmitz nee Wienhoff, 78, of Waterloo, died Aug. 30, 2008, in Red Bud. She was born Nov. 3, 1929, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Henry and Emma Wienhoff nee Rick. She was married to the late Clarence Schmitz. Mrs. Schmitz is survived by her children Sharon (George) Hoerr of Fults, Dennis (Brenda) Schmitz of Waterloo, William (Janet) Schmitz of Waterloo, Robert (Linda) Schmitz of Waterloo, and David (Tamera) Schmitz of Waterloo; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters Ida Niebruegge and Lucy Fitzgerald; sister-in-law, Mildred Schmitz; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Josephine Toenjes, Alice Belter and Alma Bernard; and brother Walter Wienhoff. Mrs. Schmitz was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, Fr. Daniel Jurek officiating. She is buried at St. Patrick Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society, Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Patrick Cemetery.

July

Margaret Gummersheimer nee Hempe,74, died July 2, 2008 in St. Louis. She was the wife of the late Otto (Bill) Gummersheimer and was born in July 1934. Survivors include a daughter, Tina (Michael) Heusohn; a son, Tim (Lisa) Gummersheimer; and a sister, Rita Floarke; grandchildren, Shane, William, Ashley, Molly and Cecilia; other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Kate Bollinger and a brother, Jack Hempe. A memorial mass will be celebrated July 19 at St. Justin’s Catholic Church, Crestwood, Mo. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Mercy Hospice.

Elsie Helfrich nee Janson, 96, of Columbia, formerly of Millstadt, died July 4, 2008, at Canterbury Manor Nursing Home in Waterloo. She was born April 15, 1912, the daughter of the late John and Bernadine (Weilbacher) Janson. She married Arthur Helfrich in 1946. He died in 2004. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Joseph Matlock; brothers Clarence Janson, John Janson, Andrian Janson, Lawrence Janson and Oliver Janson in infancy; and a sister, Hilda Heck. She is survived by her children, Elaine Matlock of Columbia, Eilene Helfrich of Phoenix, Ariz., Arlou (Doug) Bartlett of Anchorage, Alaska, and Bernita (Gary) Maurer of Waterloo; a brother, Br. Herbert Janson S.M. of San Antonio, Tex.; sister-in-law, Clara Janson; grandchildren Mark (Leslie) Matlock, Chris and Sarah Matlock, Jim Danielle and John Bartlett, Jamie (Joe) Kulessa, and Jason and Joshua Maurer; and great-grandson, Joseph James Matlock; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Paderborn, St. Ann Sodality and the Floraville Homemakers Visitation and funeral service was at Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Paderborn with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. She was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memor-ials may be made to St. Michael’s Building Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Charles Robert Shackel-ford, 75, of Waterloo, died July 4, 2008, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Oct. 2, 1932 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Clyde Marcus Shackelford and Eloise Smith. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Crandall; sons Robert Shackelford of Camdenton, Mo., Eugene (Carol) Shackelford of Stanton, Mo., James Shackelford of St. Louis, Mo., Gary (Michel) Shackelford of Ohio and Michael Shackelford of Granite City; stepchildren David White, Richard (Theresa) White and Robert White, all of Kimberling, Mo.; sister, Norma Mercer of Detroit, Mich.; and 11 grandchildren. Mr. Shackelford was preceded in death by his parents; a step-father; sister, Carol Davidson; and brother-in-law, Clyde Mercer. He was a member of AARP and St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at DeFabio Funeral Home in Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. He was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the family.

Brent Michael Roever, 32, of Waterloo, died July 4, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis following injuries sustained in a fall at his residence. He was born May 10, 1976 at St. Clement Hospital in Red Bud, the son of Ronald and Kathy (nee Schreder) Roever. In addition to his parents, Mr. Roever is survived by sisters Michelle and Anne Roever; brother, Jared Roever; and grandfather, Michael Schreder of Waterloo; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Delores Schreder (nee Bertram); paternal grandparents Wesley and Mary Roever (nee Wuertz); and aunt, Barbara Roever. He was a member of Laborer's Local 196, Monroe County Democratic Club and Immaculate Conception Church of Madonnaville. He was an avid hunter and fan of Nascar and the St. Louis Cardinals. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Church in Madonnaville, Father Thomas Stout officiating. Mr. Roever was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Masses.

Raymond Lawrence Mueller, 45, of Belleville, died July 6, 2008, in Belleville. He was born May 16, 1963, in Bitburg, Germany. He is survived by his parents, James and Carol Mueller of Baldwin; daughter, Corie Rae Mueller of Newport News, Va.; and brothers Steven (Christina) Mueller of Columbia, Terry Mueller of Red Bud and Brian (Carlene) Mueller; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. Mr. Mueller will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. He was a member of the Belleville American Legion Hall, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a truck driver for William F. Braun Trucking of Hecker. Memorials may be made to his daughter, Corie Rae Mueller.

Robert “Rabbit” Assel-meier, 87, of Glen Carbon, died July 8, 2008, at his home. He was born Jan. 10, 1921 in Maeystown, the son of the late William and Margaret (nee Thuerwatch-er) Asselmeier. He married Dewell “Dudie” Hayden in 1951. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by nine brothers and four sisters. Mr. Asselmeier was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He retired as an equipment specialist with the Federal Government in 1978 after 27 years of service. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 99, American Legion Post 199, Moose Lodge 1561, VFW Post 2859, Scottish Rite, St. Paul UCC and The Well Church. Visitation is Friday, July 11, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Irwin Chapel in Glen Carbon. Funeral was Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m., at the funeral home, with Rev. Dr. Manuel R. Tamayo officiating. Mr. Asselmeier was buried at Woodland Hills in East Alton. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital.

Robin Christine Grant of Waterloo died in infancy on July 9, 2008 in Bridgeton, Mo. She was born July 9, 2008, the daughter of Jerry and Gwen (nee Stine) Grant. She was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. She is survived by a sister, Nina Grant; brothers Nathan, Jonathan, Joseph and Jay Grant; maternal grandparents Robert Jr and Donna Stine; and paternal grandparent Eunice Grant. She was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Carl Grant Jr.; and sister, Hope Kathleen Grant. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo.

Anetha M. Birkner, nee Bequette, 72, of New Athens, died July10 in St. Louis. She was the wife of Leo O. Birkner. Mrs. Birkner was born Nov. 10, 1935, the daughter of the late Nelson and Viola (nee Gummersheimer) Bequette in Columbia. Besides her husband, Mrs. Birkner is survived by 17 children: Dona (Larry Toenjes), Lee (Linda) Birkner, Linda (Gerald) Grahlherr, Gary (Patty) Birkner, Patty (Kevin Martin) Brinkmann, Dale Birkner, Fay (Gary) Skaer, Marilyn Brinkmann, Keith (DeDe) Brinkmann, Kathleen (Curt) Middendorf, Nora (Roger) Hartmann, Tom (Tammy) Brinkmann, Gail (Benny) Cockrell, Louis (Tammy) Birkner, Gary (Debra) Brinkmann, Carl (Michelle) Birkner and Theresa (Jay) Gonstal; three brothers, Donald (Dorothy) Bequette, Glen (Dima) Bequette and Ronald (Tina) Bequette; three sisters, Lillian (Carl) Vogt, Verana “Toots” (Charlie) Johnson and Velma Valleroy; 42 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at St. Michael Catholic Church in Paderborn, the Rev. Father Jim Voelker officiating. Burial was at St. Augustine Cemetery, Hecker. Besides her parents, Mrs. Birkner was preceded in death by a brother, Jerald Bequette. She was a member of St. Michael’s Parish and loved her family, cooking and celebrations of life. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Center for Autism.

Guyla Reichert, 61, of Columbia, died July 10, 2008 at Barnes Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born June 8, 1947 in DuQuoin, the daughter of the late Carlie and Virginia (O’Keefe) Hutchings. She married Dean Reichert in 1965. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Steven (Lana) Reichert of Columbia; a daughter, Deanna (James) Hoffman of Columbia; grandchildren Stephanie Hoffman, Nathan Hoffman, Bailey Reichert, Abigail Reichert and Carlie Ann Reichert; brothers Donald (Sherry) Hutchings of Columbia and Retired Col. Robert (Brenda) Hutchings of Algonquin; sister, Carla (John) Munton of Columbia; aunt, Faye Kellerman of Columbia; and father and mother-in-law, Harry (Winona) Reichert Jr. of Columbia. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church of Columbia, IL, the Prairie du Rocher Saddle Club and was a volunteer at Fort de Chartres. She was a retired EMT-ER tech at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. A cremation and private internment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Foundation or American Heart Association.

Emma O. Roth, 97, of Red Bud died July 14, 2008, at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was the daughter of the late George and Louise (nee Schroeder) Heise and was born April 30, 1911 in Columbia. She was married to Edwin Roth Oct. 16, 1937 at St. Joe. He died in 1965. Mrs. Roth was a homemaker. She was the former co-owner of House of Roth Ceramics in Red Bud. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Bud and the Monroe County Home Extension. She was a Monroe County 4-H leader for 15 years. Mrs. Roth was an avid gardener and she loved to travel and read. She was also an avid solitaire player and loved completing crossword puzzles. Survivors include three children, Jeannette (Walter) Moore, Robert Roth and Doris (Bob) Liefer; a brother, George (Charlotte) Heise; a son-in-law, Norman Bievenue; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Loretta Bievenue; three brothers, Roy, Harry and Elmer Heise; and two grandchildren, Christine and Raymond Liefer. Visitation was at the Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Rev. Mark Nebel and the Rev. Russell Koen officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, R & R Country Care or St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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Floyd E. Gould, 83, of Port Orange, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died June 1, 2008. He was born April 27, 1925, in Cleveland, Ark., the son of the late Archie F. and Roxie Gould nee Nelson. He married the late Esther Gould nee Bequette in 1945; she preceded him in death in 2004. Mr. Gould is survived by his daughters Jeannie (Jimmie) S. Vanover of Port Orange, Fla., and Joni (Ernie) J. Chapman of Cartersville, Ga.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother Delmar (Edith) Gould; and sister Faye (Ross) Hancock; along with other relatives and friends. HE was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son James Gould, and daughter-in-law Mary Gould. Mr. Gould loved bluegrass music, sitting in his favorite chair and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball games, and, most of all, his grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday, June 6, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 7, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. He will be buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Williams Syndrome Association.

Judith K. Stehlick nee Long, 61, of Mascoutah, died June 3, 2008. She was born Nov. 29, 1948, the daughter of the late John W. Long Sr. and Dorothy Long nee Peck. She was married to Arthur Stehlick. Mrs. Stehlick is survived by her husband; children William (Kimberly) Lannom, Angelo, Faith Lannom, and Toni (Paul) Volkert; grandchildren Brandon Lannom, Matthew Lannon, Logan Lannom, Brock Volkert, and Drake Volkert; a brother and a sister. She was preceded in death by her parents, and son John Middendorf. Mrs. Stehlick retired as a custodian from the Mamie O. Stookey P.R.I.M.E. / Care School in Belleville. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights, Pastor Wayne Boostrom officiating. She is buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Mamie O. Stookey P.R.I.M.E. / Care School in Belleville.

Frieda M. Cottom, 91, of Columbia, died June 6, 2008, in Columbia. She was born May 15, 1917, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Charles and Lillian Gough nee Smith. She was married to the late Theodore R. Cottom; he preceded her in death in 1981. Mrs. Cottom is survived by her sons Pete (Anna) Cottom and Larry Cottom, both of Columbia; grandchildren Diane (Albie) Shields of Columbia, Rick Cottom of Tallahassee, Fla., Sandra Cottom of Columbia, Kimberly Cottom of Cahokia and Michael (Angie) Cottom of Belleville; and great-grandchildren Danielle Shields, Ana Shields, Kelsey Cottom, and Michael Cottom; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Thelmer Gough, and sisters Inez Robinson, Catherine Walker, Beneada Gough and Leona Gough. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. She will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund.

Loretta Mae Rapp Thien, 80, of Columbia, died June 9, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born April 24, 1928, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Julius Rapp and the late Margaret Mary Rapp nee Ampleman. She married the late Willis Thien in 1969; he preceded her in death in 2003. Mrs. Thien is survived by her siblings Dolores Ann Rapp ASC of Ruma, Virginia (Howard) Bjornson of Highland, Joseph Vincent (Jo Ann) Rapp of Hillsboro, and Robert Leonard (Donna) Rapp of Pocahontas; along with 18 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister Margaret Mary Rapp. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She is buried at the Old St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia.

Winona Timmons, 82, died June 6, 2008. She was born Aug. 31, 1925, in Marceline, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles Riley and the late Rowena Davis. She married the late John Timmons Jr. in 1979; he preceded her in death in 1997. Mrs. Timmons is survived by her children James (Brenda) Knox of Dupo, George Knox of Columbia, Sharon (Larry) Hosick of Columbia, and Marsha Hansen of Mundelein; step-daughter Bonnie (Doug) Gerken of Holgat, Ohio; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; dear friend Rosella Hosick of Columbia; brothers Roy (Stephanie) Riley of Wesley Chapel, Fla., Bob (Dottie) Riley of Booneville, Ark., and Richard Wilcox of Booneville, Ark; and her friends at the Valmeyer Senior Complex. Mrs. Timmons was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant daughter Betty Jo Knox, and eight brothers and sisters. Visitation and a memorial were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mary Arras, 63, of Dupo, died June 9, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born April 8, 1945, in East Carondelet, the daughter of the late John Arras and Lillian Arras nee Schnell. She has been married to Lawrence Thurman for 18 years. Mrs. Arras is survived by her husband; son Dennis (Jessica) Dixon of Grand Rapids, Mich.; grandchildren Noah R. Dixon, Rylan C. Dixon, and Makenna L. Dixon; brother Jude (Dixie) Arras of East Carondelet; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joel Arras, Ezra Arras and John Arras; and sister Ruth Collins. Visitation and a funeral service were at DeFabio Funeral Home.

Charles V. Piotraschke, 60, of St. Louis, died June 12, 2008, in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 30, 1947, in St. Louis, the son of Alice Rapp nee Wendel of Waterloo and the late Virgil Piotraschke. Mr. Piotraschke is survived by his mother; sister Adele Lewis of Waterloo; brother Lawrence Piotraschke of Nashville; and nieces Jennifer (Mark) Omohundro and Kellie Lewis. She was preceded in death by his step-father Valentine “Rudy” Rapp. There will be no services.

Louise A. Kohnz nee Koening, 87, of Waterloo, died June 13, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 18, 1921, in Schnaittach, Germany, the daughter of the late Johann and Anna Koenig nee Loos. Mrs. Kohnz is survived by her children Gerald (Deborah) Linker of Bethalto, Deborah (Phillip) Lamm of Granite City, Jackie Paul) Hoffmann of Fults, and Jenny (Kevin) Candler of Waterloo; grandchildren Larry Brown, Jason Linker, Scott (Melissa) Linker, Amy Lamm, Matt (Laura) Hoffmann, Robin Hoffmann, Leslie Hoffmann, Kyle Hoffmann and Kendall Candler; great-grandchildren Kathryn Brown and Rylie Linker; sister-in-law Reta Koenig of Altdorf, Germany; and niece Anna Marie Fischer of Altdorf. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Jerome B. “Jerry Linker, who preceded her in death in 1972; second husband Floyd. A. Kohnz, who preceded her in death in 2007; and twin brother Walter Koenig. Mr. Koenig was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She was also a member of St. Clement’s Hospital Auxiliary. She came to Valmeyer from Germany in 1948 after World War II. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. She is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Deborah A. Langston nee Toenjes, 44, of Waterloo, died June 15, 2008, in Red Bud. She was born Aug. 12, 1963, in Ted Bud, the daughter of John (Diann) Toenjes. She was married to James Langston. Mrs. Langston is survived by her parents; husband; children Jennifer Langston and Jared Langston; brother Michael (Karen) Toenjes; and sister Lisa Becker; along with a step-brother, step-sister, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Fr. Don Blaes officiating. She is buried at SS. Pete rand Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the family.

Lorena Philomena Steele, nee Brucker,93, of Dupo died June 18 at Dupo. She was born Sept. 23, 1914 on a farm near Perkins, Mo. Lorena worked as a seamstress in St. Louis. Until attending public school, she spoke only German. She attended Oran High School where she played girls' basketball. She was active in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo and was a former president of the mother's club at Sacred Heart School. She loved sports and organized softball games during the summer when her children were young. Lorena was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Wilson Steele, whom she married in 1938; her parents, Martin and Anna (nee Bettea) Brucker; sisters Bert and Alma; and brothers Albert and Raymond. Survivors include her children, Ron, Sandy and Gary; grandchildren Chris, Cindy, Paula, Josh, Warren, Timmy, Scott, Shaun, Beck and Michael; and great-grandchildren Scott, Lauren, Jamie, Jerrod, Katherine, Bruce, Wendy, Kaylee, Brianna, Shaun, Christopher, Cody, Emily, Calib, Gabriel, Leanna and Landan; along with other relatives and friends. Visitation was at the Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral mass was celebrated Saturday, June 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Father Paul Wienhoff officiating. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hurlers Disease.

Frank M. Englerth, 91, of Waterloo, died June 19, 2008, in Waterloo. He was born June 28, 1916, in Smithton, the son of the late Albert and Barbara Englerth nee Karban. He was married to the late Viola L. Englerth nee Einwich. Mr. Englerth is survived by his children Dorothy (Ronald) Hofstetter of Columbia, and Allan (Paulette) Englerth of Valmeyer; grandchildren Jeff Englerth, Jennifer (Brad) Whelan, Jamie (William) Riechmann, and Scott (Lynda) Hofstetter; great-grandchildren Cole, Emily, Laurie, Courtney and Evan; sister Josephine Rieso; sister-in-law Leona Englerth; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Mary Becherer, and brothers Clarence Englert and William Englerth. Mr. Englerth was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at Quernheim, Pastor Kenneth Knobloch officiating. He was buried at Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Monroe County Farm Bureau or Oak Hill.

Victoria (Guebert) Schrader, 84, of Columbia, died June 21, 2008. She was born May 16, 1924, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Victor and Ruth (Schuette) Guebert. She was married to Clifford Schrader in 1947. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Susan (Rick) Stemler of Columbia; brother, Richard (Twila) Guebert of Red Bud; and sister, Suzanne Fred of Salem; along with other relatives and friends. She was retired teacher from the Millstadt Consolidated School District. She was a member of the Monroe County Retired Teachers Association, Columbia Women's Club, Friends of the Library and St. Paul Lutheran Church of Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral service was Wednesday, June 25, 11 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Schrader was buried at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church's Lutheran Building Fund or Hand Bell Fund, or the Columbia Public Library.

Oliver Ratz Jr., 84, of Red Bud, died June 23, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 7, 1923 in Red Bud to the late Oliver and Olga (nee Schrieber) Ratz. He owned and operated Ratz Motors in Red Bud for 34 years. He married Lois Jane Ackermann in 1948 at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud. In addition to his wife, Mr. Ratz is survived by children William (Julie) Ratz and Carolyn (Richard) Cooper, both of Red Bud; and grandchildren James Ratz, Angela Cooper, Jonathan Ratz and Rebecca Cooper; along with cousins and friends. Mr. Ratz was a Air Force veteran of World War II, was the mayor of Red Bud from 1953 to 1957, a past chairman at St. John Lutheran Church of Red Bud, a member of the church's Men's Club and the Red Bud American Legion, a former member of the National Auto Dealers Association, former Red Bud Park Board and Chamber of Commerce member and served on the board of First National Bank and First State Bank of Red Bud. He received the Red Bud Chamber of Commerce Citizen of Achievement Award in 1988. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. John Lutheran Church, with Rev. Russell Koen officiating. He was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

Glennon C. Reitz, 80, of Waterloo, died June 23, 2008 in Waterloo. He was born Jan. 19, 1928 in Waterloo, the son of the late Frederic and Leora (nee Reinhold) Reitz. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Reitz nee Schriedel; children Frederick Reitz of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Lisa (Clint) Williams of St. Louis, Mo., Glennon (fiancé Kimberly Collier) Reitz of St. Louis, Mo., Paul (David Rosen) of Calif., Joseph Reitz of St. Louis, Mo. and Steven Reitz of Fenton, Mo.; grandchildren Kimberly Lori, Michelle, Monica, Andy, Zachary, Cory, Theresa and Alex; great-grandchild, Kaitlyn; siblings Orlou (Bob) Burkemper of Waterloo, Germain (Frank) Leingang of Calif., Carol Reitz of Calif., Aaron Reitz of Waterloo and Neal (Mary) Reitz of Chicago; sister-in-law, mary Reitz; and brothers-in-law Margie Reitz, Bill (Lorraine) Spreck, Raymond (Alicia) Schriedel and Tim Schriedel; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers Roger, Leroy, Floyd and Frederic Reitz. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Don Blaes officiating. He was buried at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the SS. Peter and Paul Church Build For The Future Fund.

Stella Marie (nee Cragan) Wittenbrink, 99, of Evansville passed away Monday, June 23, 2008 at the Red Bud Nursing Home. Marie was born March 29, 1909 in Randolph Co. to Clara (nee Beare) and James A Cragan. Marie graduated in 1928 from St. Theresa’s Academy in East St. Louis. She taught from 1927 to 1933 in a one-room schoolhouse in Ruma. Marie married Hilarius “Larry” Wittenbrink on May 9, 1933 at Saint Boniface Catholic Church. They moved to Chicago and lived there until 1956 when they returned to Evansville. She received her B.A. in 1972 and her M.A. in 1976 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, at the age of 67. She taught at St. Boniface School, Evansville and St. James School, Millstadt. After retirement, Marie substitute taught at various area schools, receiving her last paycheck in 1997 at the age of 88. Marie was active in the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and headed the auxiliary at St. Clement Hospital, which is now the Red Bud Hospital. Marie was also active in the Daughters of Isabella. Marie and Larry had five children, Hilarie “Larry” J. (Shirley) of South Bend, Ind., Robert J. (Gail) of Broomfield, Colo., Marie C. of Wilmington, NC, Margaret M. of Westminster, Colo., and John J. (Barbara) of Clayton, Calif.; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren Lynn Bette (Rick), Lauren and Emily Hefferon, Jennifer (Roy) Nicholas and Anna Ortega; Mark (Pam), Ryan, Sean and Madelyn Wittenbrink; Kathryn W. (Zach), Jacob and Guinevere Clark; Christopher (Tracy Johnston) Wittenbrink; Craig (Debra), Jayna and Trisha Wittenbrink; Michelle Wittenbrink and daughter Nicole Sortino; Kari (James) Clare Ann and James Maddox; Keely (Ron) Barrett and Caroline Holmes; Mercedes W. (Michael) and Briannah Blazinic; and Aaron (Elizabeth) Wittenbrink. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Norbert, James, sister-in-law Virginia; daughter-in-law Katheryn M. Wittenbrink and grandson Matthew Lemke. Funeral Mass was at Saint Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville, Fr. John J. Joyce officiating. Interment was at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Evansville. Memorials may be made to Saint Boniface Education Fund, 1007 Olive Street, Evansville, IL 62242.

Dorothy Cotton nee Gober, 85, of Belleville, died June 24, 2008 in Columbia. She was born May 13, 1923 in Natchez, Miss., to the late William and Maude (nee Brown) Gober. Mrs. Cotton is survived by children Sandra (Les) Downing of Fults, Tanya Cotton of Belleville, Melodie Cotton of St. Louis, Mo., and Dawn (Riyad Hamzah) Cotton of Bahrain; grandchildren Dawn (Gary) Parker, Brian (Jennifer) Downing, Heath (Sandra) Gonzalez, Aaron (Cheryle) Gonzalez, Sahar Hamzah and Raith Hamzah; and 11 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Cotton, three sisters and two brothers. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. There was a graveside service Thursday, June 26, 10 a.m., at St. John Cemetery in Fults, with Pastor Matt Clark officiating.

Delores M. Meyer nee Fehr, 78, of Waterloo, died June 24, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born June 24, 1929 in St. Louis, Mo., to the late George and Mary (nee Gombas) Fehrt. Mrs. Meyer is survived by children Carolyn Sue Lively of Affton, Mo., Kathryn (Russell) Griffith of Columbia, James (Carolyn) Meyer of Waterloo, Jonathan Meyer of Columbia, Mary (Earl) Kloos of Florissant and Dorothy (Dave) Marshall of St. Louis, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Emil Meyer; and son, Christopher Meyer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service followed with Father Don Blaes officiating. She was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Eric Sandy, 41, of Carrollton, TX, died June 27 at Grapevine, Tex. He was born June 12, 1967 at Cherry Point, NC. Mr. Sandy was a freight broker for ROC Transport. Survivors include his mother and step-father, Joanna (nee Billen) and Ted Hobart of California; father and step-mother, Jess and Carol Sandy of Indiana; a son, Tyler Sandy of Waterloo; a sister, Teresa Martin of Nevada; and former wife, Rosetta Dinan of Waterloo. Visitation was at the Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia where a funeral was held. Burial was at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to donor's choice.

Robert L. Reed, Jr., 52, of Waterloo died June 27, 2008 at Red Bud. He was born Dec. 3, 1955 at Benton. Mr. Reed was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife Donna L. Reed; his parents, Robert L. and Evadene (nee Summers) Reed, Sr. of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, a brother; several nephews; and faithful companion, Precious. There were no services or visitation.

Omer W. Engel, 78, of Chester died June 30, 2008. He was born May 5, 1932 at Cape Girardeau, Mo., the son of the late Sylvester J. and Mathilda E. (nee Scheibe) Engel. Survivors include his wife, Janet Engel (nee Louks); a son, Floyd (Paula) Engel of Chester; daughters Linda Novack of Waterloo and Kathy (David “Fritz” Edwards) Engel-Edwards of Rockwood; a step-daughter, Chris (David) Dunmyer; grandchildren Scott (Michelle Molinari) Kaestner, Brandi (Rich) Nelson, Blake Novack, Stacy (Tony) Mooney, Zachary (Casey) Engel, and Brittany Engel; step-grandchildren Dylan Dunmyer and Conner Dunmyer; nine great-grandchildren; an aunt, Eleanor Althoff; and numerous other relatives. Besides his parents, Mr. Engel was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra S. Faverty; grandson, Christopher Faverty; and brother, Clyde Engel. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 520 for more than 50 years. He was a Western River Boat Captain and a member of the Chester Moose Lodge, the Chester Eagles, the Hardees Coffee Club and an avid commercial fisherman. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home where a funeral was conducted Wednesday, July 2, the Rev. Ron Coleman officiating. Burial was at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

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Nelson J. Vogt Sr., 73, of Waterloo, died May 1, 2008, in Nashville. He was born Dec. 9, 1934, in Maeystown, the son of the late Leonard and Laverna Vogt nee Churchill. He was married to Dollie M. Vogt nee Bowles. Mr. Vogt is survived by his wife; children Sandra Hubler of Millstadt, Susan Vogt of Waterloo, and Nelson J. (Amy) Vogt. Jr. of Albers; grandchildren William Hubler, Thaddeus Hubler, Shane Buettner, Carly Vogt and Fletcher Vogt; along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Cindy Ann Vogt, sister Gladys Dixon, and brothers Milton Bert Vogt, Rolla Vogt, Raymond Vogt and Clemence Vogt. Mr. Vogt was a lifetime member of Waterloo VFW Post 6504 and the Teamsters. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Quernheim, Pastor William Groennert officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association or Diabetes Association.

Timothy Joseph Racine, 51, of Lake St. Louis, Mo., died May 1, 2008. He was born June 5, 1956 in Florida, the son of Joe and Mary Racine of Waterloo. In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers Glen Racine of St. Charles, Mo., John Kyle (Janis) Racine of Aurora and Sean Racine of St. Charles, Mo.; and niece Lauren Racine. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and uncles. He was a member of the BMW Car Club. Visitation was Thursday, May 8, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, May 9, 11 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chester with Father Eugene H. Wojcik officiating. Mr. Racine is buried at the church's cemetery.

Linda Leistler Evans, 47, of Columbia, formerly of Dupo, died May 3, 2008. She was born August 7, 1960 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Walter and Joan (Percival) Leistler of Columbia. She was a retired assistant manager with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and an active supporter for the Relay for Life. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Robert (Robin) Leistler of Waterloo; nephew, Rance Leistler; niece, Shelby Leistler; and dear friend, Mark Evans of Dupo. Visitation was Tuesday, May 6, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Wednesday, May 7, 11 a.m., at Lawlor's. The body was cremated. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society or the American Cancer Society.

Herbert Probst, 90, of Hecker, died May 5, 2008 in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 9, 1917 in Hecker to the late William and Bertha (nee Koerber) Probst. Survivors include stepchildren James (Theresa) Higgins, Steve (Alice) Higgins, John (Lisa) Russo, Anthony (Mary) Russo and Constance (James) Treiber; and brother William (Myrtle) Probst of Waterloo; along with numerous step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Celestine (nee Neff) Probst; second wife, Mildred (nee Milster) Probst; daughter, Gail Ruhmann; and brothers Robert and Hugo Probst. He was the former owner of Probst Egg Co., and a member of Swansea Moose Lodge, Waterloo Senior Center and Red Bud Senior Center. Visitation was Tuesday, May 6, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Wednesday, May 7, 10 a.m., at the funeral home, with Father Robert Gore officiating. Mr. Probst was buried at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in Hecker. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Marjorie Massie, 87, of Dupo, died May 2, 2008, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Jan. 12, 1921 in Scott City, Mo., the daughter of the late Gordon and Iva Estella, nee Jones, Tapp. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lee Massie; and brothers and sisters. Survivors include sons Charles (Karen) Massie and Gary (Sandy) Massie; daughter, Beverly (Mike) Pulcher; and grandchildren Robert Lee Massie, Paul Scott Massie, Matthew Massie, Keith Massie and Michele Hicks; along with 11 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Visitation was Wednesday, May 7, 9 a.m. to noon, at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral service followed at the funeral home with Rev. Paul Rose and Rev. Wayne Walborn officiating. Mrs. Massie is buried at Palmier Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Evangel Assembly of God Church in Columbia.

Brent Stayton, 48, of Red Bud died May 5, 2008, at Red Bud Regional Hospital after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 18, 1959, on the family farm in Carlinville, the son of Dean and Helen Stayton. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree. In addition to his parents, he is survived by wife, Lois Stayton of Red Bud; daughters Ashley, Brooke (fiance Alex Bunte) and Morgan Stayton, all of Red Bud; grandmother, Mildred Mayes of Palmyra; brothers Brad (Cindy) Stayton and Baron (Suzanne) Stayton, both of Carlinville; nieces and nephews Derek, Dane, Damon, Megan, Drew and Jillian Stayton; and in-laws Peter and Joyce Olroyd of Carlinville; along with brothers-in-laws, uncles and aunts. He was preceded in death by grandfather Al Mayes; and uncles Henry Mayes and Jack Stayton. Visitation was Wednesday, May 7, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was Thursday, May 8, 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Red Bud with Rev. Dennis Morgan officiating. Graveside service was May 8, 4 p.m., at Charity Baptist Church Cemetery in Carlinville. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Red Bud Building Fund.

Ronald Hinton, 57, of Columbia, died May 9, 2008 at his residence. He was born Nov. 13, 1950 in Sparta, the son of the late Ralph Hinton and Dorothy, nee Poston, Hinton. In 1969 he married Margaret (Smolley) Hinton in Nashville, Ill. He was employed by Columbia Unit #4 School District. In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by daughters Marla (Danny) Weihl and Tammi (Jim) Paxton, both of Columbia; and grandchildren Adam Weihl, Samantha Paxton and Karli Paxton; along with other relatives and friends. Visitation was Monday, May 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A memorial service followed at Lawlor's with Fr. Carl Scherrer and Pastor Jon Peters officiating. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice in Alton.

Gary J. Kleinschmidt, 56, of Millstadt died May 12, 2008 at his residence after a battle with cancer. He was born March 7, 1952 in Belleville, the son of the late Milton and Izora “Dude” (Rujawitz) Kleinschmidt. He married Ann (Limestall) Kleinschmidt in 1976. She survives him. Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons, Doc (Michelle) Kleinschmidt, and Tyler Kleinschmidt; sister, Sharon (Robert) Skaer of Millstadt; in-laws, Roy and Mae Limestall of Columbia; and brothers-in-law, Dennis (Nancy) Limestall of Schaumburg and Gary Limestall of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. Kleinschmidt was active with the Mon-Clair Baseball League and was the general manager of the Columbia Saints Baseball team. He was a retired grade school teacher for the Dupo Public School District. After his retirement, he returned to his great passion, growing vegetables on the family farm, cooking daily meals and eating together as a family. A funeral service was held at Kleinschmidt Ball Field, with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Saints Baseball Team.

Howard Scott Lively, 99, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., died May 15, 2008, at The Lutheran Home. He was born Sept. 6, 1908, in Murphysboro, the son of the late Connie and Alma Lively nee Bolby. He married the late Loretta Siebert in 1938; she preceded him in death in 1990. Mr. Lively is survived by his sons Gary Lively of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Donald Lively of Bloomingdale; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; and sister Wanda Waters of Percy. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two brothers. Mr. Lively was a bank teller, a salesman for So-Good Potato Chip Co. in St. Louis, owned a chicken farm and a restaurant in St. Louis County, ran a dairy farm in Waterloo and was the former owner and operator of Cape Egg and Feed Co., in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Visitation was at Ford & Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. Vincent DePaul Church, Rev. David Hulshof officiating. He is buried at St. Mary Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Olivia E. Deffenbaugh, 92, of Columbia, died May 16, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 17, 1915, in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Edward and Emma Mueller nee Remelius. She married the late Lester Deffenbaugh in 1940; he preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 2007. Mrs. Deffenbaugh is survived by her children Doris (David) Bound of Conway, Ark., Shirley (David) Asselmeier of Columbia, Carol (Ben) Bergmann of Columbia, and Charles (Kimberly) Deffenbaugh of Columbia; grandchildren Tod (Melissa) Bound, Cindy Pitts, David “Buzz” Asselmeier, Brian (Wendy) Bergmann, Christopher (Kristy) Bergmann, Leslie (Corey) Dickerson and Adam Deffenbaugh; 11 great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandchild Charles Asselmeier, and brothers Arthur Mueller and Edward Mueller. Visitation was at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, followed by a funeral, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul UCC Elevator Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Doris Jean Phelps, 81, of Columbia, died May 16, 2008, at Canterbury Manor Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 3, 1926, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Elmer and Ernestine Reichert nee Kellerman. She married William Phelps in 1946 in Columbia. Mrs. Phelps is survived by her husband; daughter Cindy Heldt of Columbia; granddaughter Sarah Heldt of Yellow Springs, Ohio; and brother William (Mary) Reichert of Altus, Ohio. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

Ruth Mae Gibson, 79, of Red Bud, died May 17, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 10, 1928, in Modoc, the daughter of the late George and Caroline Rudloff nee Roth. She married the late Charles Gibson in 1960; he preceded her in death in 1966. Mrs. Gibson is survived by her daughters Donna (Dale) Kirkley of Waterloo and Kathy Birke of Red Bud; and grandchildren Shannon (Ian) Birke, Scott (April) Kirkley, Alicia Kirkley and Nicole Chastain. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Corrine, Etta, Philomeana, Olivia, Lena, Elise, Bernice, Rosella, Taletha and Lorrine; brothers Gervase and Carol; and grandson Eric. Mrs. Gibson was a housekeeper who also worked as a janitor at Snyder General in Red Bud and a cook at the Clementine Residence in Red Bud. Visitation and funeral were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud, Rev. Mark Nebel officiating. She was buried at St. Leo Catholic Cemetery in Modoc.

Sandra M. Akin nee Mathews, 46, of Waterloo, died May 18, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 19, 1961, the daughter of Dale Mathews of Waterloo and Delores Mathews nee Campbell of Poplar Bluff, Mo. She was married to Douglas Akin. Mrs. Akin is survived by her parents; husband; daughter Kailah Akin; brothers and sisters Linda (Keith) Lenox of St. Louis, Debbie (Jeff) Battin of Waterloo, Daniel Mathews of St. Louis, Dale Mathews of Waterloo and Mike Mathews of Waterloo; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother Robert D. “Odie” Mathews. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Augustine Church in Hecker, Fr. Robert Gore officiating. She is buried at St. Augustine Cemetery in Hecker.

Russell William Peck, 79, of Dupo, died May 18, 2008, in Belleville. He was born Jan. 15, 1929, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Harry and Clare Peck nee Durnberg. He was married to Dorothy Peck nee Ross. Mr. Peck is survived by his wife; children Brian (Debbie) Peck of Collinsville, Kathy Pierce of Texas, Theresa Peck of Maryville, and Kathy (David) Simeral of Dupo; step-children Michael (Laurie) Stein of Hartland, Wisc., and Chris (Dianne) Stein of Columbia; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers Richard Peck and Norman Peck; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife June Peck; and brother Randy Peck. Mr. Peck was a member of First Baptist Church in Dupo. He retired from Granite City Steel and later worked for 10 years and retired from the local labor union. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home. A funeral service was at First Baptist Church in Dupo, Rev. Rick Lay officiating. He is buried at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Dupo Building Fund.

Arlou Koch, 75, of Columbia, died May 21, 2008, in Columbia. She was born Aug. 25, 1932, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Frank and Hilda Weilbacher Huch. She married August Koch in 1949. Mrs. Koch is survived by her husband; sons Larry (Caty) Koch of Wilton, Conn., Marty (Janet) Koch of Arnold, Mo., and Kevin (Cindy) Koch of Columbia; five grandchildren; sister Frances Foster of High Ridge, Mo.; and brother, Joseph (Arleen) Weilbacher of Columbia; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Willard Weilbacher and Norman Weilbacher; and sister Mary Ann Stahlmann. A memorial Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, Fr. Carl Scherrer and Fr. Steve Gira officiating. According to her wishes, Mrs. Koch donated her body for scientific study. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Grace Lenhardt nee Muskopf, 88, of Waterloo, died May 23, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 19, 1919 in Columbia, the daughter of the late Irwin and Mathilda Muskopf nee Werner. She was married to the late Robert Lenhardt. Mrs. Lenhardt is survived by her son David (Bridget) Lenhardt of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren Michelle (Marco) Calavita and Meghan Lenhardt; great-grandchildren Elizabeth Calavita and Lucas Calavita; and son-in-law Dick McAnern of Las Vegas, Nev. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Robert “JR” Lenhardt Jr., and daughter Betty McAnern. Mrs. Lenhardt was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo and the Eastern Star of Columbia. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to her church of the Salvation Army.

Mae M. Limestall, 82, of Columbia, died May 23, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born May 3, 1926, in Columbia, the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Juengling nee Dannehold. She married Roy “Joe” Limestall in 1946. Mrs. Limestall is survived by her husband; children Ann Kleinschmidt of Millstadt, Dennis (Nancy) Limestall of Schaumburg, and Gary Limestall of Columbia; grandchildren Don Kleinschmidt, Tyler Kleinschmidt, Courtney (Matt) Craig, Blake Limestall, Ryan Limestall and Chad Limestall; siblings James P. Juengling of Columbia, and Pearl Landgraf of Columbia; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Vernet Juengling, son-in-law Gary Kleinschmidt, and daughter-in-law Claudia Limestall. Mrs. Limestall was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, and had been active with the Altar Sodality and the quilting group. She was a member of Columbia Senior Citizens, Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary, and had volunteered with the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Dorothy Ebersohl nee Jehling, 84, of Waterloo, died May 24, 2008. She was born Dec. 30, 1923, in Waterloo, the daughter of the later Charles and Frieda Jehling nee Wetzel. She was married to the late Oscar Ebersohl. Mrs. Ebersohl is survived by her children Sharon Ebersohl and Dennis Ebersohl, both of Waterloo; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother Carl Jehling, along with sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Mrs. Ebersohl was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. She was a charter member of the Waterloo VFW Auxiliary, a past president of the Waterloo American Legion Auxiliary, Bud Light Brigade and a board member of Deer Hill Cemetery. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. Paul UCC, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Hoyleton Children's Home or the Deer Hill Cemetery.

Michael Thies, 42, of Ruma, died May 25, 2008, in Indianapolis, Ind. He was born Oct. 19, 1965, in Red Bud, the son of Arthur and Glydys Thies nee Schmidt. He was married to Kathy Thies. Mr. This is survived by his children Sarah, Kelley and Nathan Thies and Cody Melliere; father-in-law Charles (Debbie Buss) of St. Libory; mother-in-law Marlene Buss of Red Bud; brothers- and sisters-in-law Karla (Spanky) Williams of Freeburg, Kurt (Amanda) Buss of St. Libory, Jaime (Mike) Finck of St. Louis, Scott (Jaime) Dressler of Highland, Katie (John) Feder of New Athens, Amanda Dressler of Freeburg and Eric Dressler of St. Libory; and step-grandfather Clarence Wisckamp of Freeburg; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Sigmund and Clara Thies and Carl and Olga Schmidt. Mr. Thies was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma. He was on the Ruma zoning board and park board, was a former Ruma alderman and a member of the Red Bud Chamber of Commerce. He was a tee-ball coach for his son's team, volunteered with the Boy Scouts and was a member of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral Mass was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud, Father Clyde Grogan officiating. He is buried at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Ruma. Memorials may be made to his children's educational fund.

James “John” Otten, 69, of Modoc, died May 27, 2008, at his residence. He was born Aug. 27, 1938, in Evansville, the son of the late John and Mary Otten nee Siebold. Mr. Otten is survived by his sisters Margaret Vaughn of Prairie du Rocher, Mary Lou Loehr of Belleville, Mary (Rogers) Donjon of Prairie du Rocher, and Ruth (Jerry) Baker of Red Bud; along with nieces and nephews. He worked as a deck hand on the ferry boat in Modoc and then was employed for 24 years at Gilster Mary-Lee in Chester. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral Mass was at St. Leo Catholic Church in Modoc, Father Clyde Grogan officiating. He is buried at the church’s cemetery.

Ethel Caroline Althoff nee Rahn, 79, of Waterloo, died May 28, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 24, 1929, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Oscar and Ardelle Rahn nee Gregson. She married Paul Althoff 55 years ago. Mrs. Althoff is survived by her husband; daughter Angela (Gary) Most of Waterloo; grandchildren Phillip Most and Olivia Most; brothers Albert (Faye) Rahn and Gerald (Joan) Rahn, both of Red Bud; and brother-in-law Robert Althoff of St. Louis; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Althoff was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, the Women's Guild, Consistory, Monroe County Homemakers Extension and Monroe County Zoning Board. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to her church.
Sadie Henson, 97, of Dupo, died May 28, 2008, at her residence. She was born Dec. 16, 1910, in Fountain, the daughter of the late Theodor and Louisa Schellhardt nee Ludwig. She was married to the late John Henson Mrs. Henson is survived by her children Donald (Marilyn) Henson of Columbia, David (Carol) Henson of Mt. Vernon and Robert (Joyce Ann) Henson of Columbia; grandchildren Dr. DeeAnn Stroop, Ltc. AF J.D. Henson, Karri Mize, Rev. Mike Henson, Suzanne Teske, Wendy Hedin, Janelle Moore, Julie Nelson and Ryan Henson; and 20 great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings Jack Schellhardt, Oscar Schellhardt, Emil Schellhardt, Otto Schellhardt, Elenore Leister, Freida Muehlhauser and Annie Rusteberg. Mrs. Henson was a member of Christ United Church of Christ of Dupo, the quilter’s group, women's guild, bible study and home extension. She retired as a licensed practical nurse in 1975. She was the grand marshal of the Dupo Centennial Parade in 2007. Visitation and a funeral service were at Christ UCC of Dupo, Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. She is buried at Oak Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Pine Log, Ga. Memorials may be made to Christ UCC of Dupo.

Dorothy Adams nee Srock, 91, of Waterloo, died May 29, 2008, in Columbia. She was born Oct. 19, 1916 in Tibbe, Miss., the daughter of the late Arthur and Louise Srock nee Meisenholder. She was married to the late Thomas Adams. Mrs. Adams is survived by her children Carol Warren of Matewan, W.V., Edward (Melba) Adams of Buffalo, Mo., James (Helen) Adams of Springfield, Mo., Barbara Adams Mallory of Columbia, Candy (John) LaCroix of Dupo, Wendy (Dan) Descher of Highland, Matt (Denise) Adams of San Clemente, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and sister Esther Bryan of Laurie, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Roger Adams; daughter-in-law JoAnn Adams; son-in-law William Mallory; a sister and brothers. Mrs. Adams was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia and the Bible Study Group. She was a Sunday school teacher and was a 26-year breast cancer survivor. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to her church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Rosemary Virginia Burns nee Steinheimer, 73, of Dupo, died April 1, 2008. She was born Feb. 4, 1935, the daughter of the late Ervin and Virginia Steinheimer nee Klein. She was married to the late Frank E. Burns. Ms. Burns is survived by her special friend and companion William Brueter; children Judith (Clifford) Meddows of Fairview Heights, Richard Taylor of Breese, Donna J. (Ted) Bickl of Cahokia, Johnny (Clara) Taylor Sr. of Marissa, Charles Adams of Belleville, and Brian (Kim) Burns of Dupo; step-son Tim Burns of Rockford; grandchildren Roberto Vinluan, Raquel Smith, James Asher, Joshua Bickl, Melissa Smith, Johnny Taylor Jr., Amanda Hornbostel, Ashley Wittenbrink, Dennis Jones Jr., Chad Stein, Danielle Stein, Tiffany Stein, Derek Burns and Dane Jordan; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Erwin (Alice) Steinheimer, Edith (Roger) Dericks, Bernard (Karen) Steinheimer, Jannette (Dennis) Bayer and Arthur (Lola) Steinheimer; aunt Lillian Favor; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son Mark Francis Burns. Mrs. Burns was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral Mass was at Holy Family Catholic Church, Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. She is buried at St. Peter's United Church of Christ Cemetery in Lenzburg. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association of Stroke Prevention. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo, Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. He will be buried at Jefferson Barracks Memorial Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Whispering Pines at Oak Hill Care Center.

Paul Edward Julius, 81, of Dupo, died April 2, 2008, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 8, 1927, in Dupo, the son of the late Herman and Mary Julius nee Maupin. Mr. Julius is survived by his brother Vernon Julius of Olympia, Wash.; sister Ruth Kohlenberger of Dupo; special friend Rita McLain of Dupo; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Margaret Brown. Mr. Julius was retired from Monsanto in Sauget. He was a charter member of VFW Post 6368 in Dupo. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II in the 511th Parachute Infantry Division.

Marguerite M. Heap, 94, of Red Bud, died April 4, 2008, in Red Bud. She was born June 24, 1913, in Smithton, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Benedick nee Schanz. She married the late Edwin Heap in 1933; he preceded her in death in 2001. Mrs. Heap is survived by her nieces and nephews Curt (Betty) Benedick of Smithton, Gordon Benedick of Smithton, Jim (Joan) Woods of Smithton, Sharon Kaiser of Smithton, Dave (Jackie) Benedick of Ballwin, Mo., Charles Christian of St. Louis, Mary Scheurle of Overland, Mo., and Gary (Rosemarie) Fitzgerald of Millstadt. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Kate, Olivia, Olga, Irma, Anna and Lillian; and brothers Leroy, Walter and Wilbert. Mrs. Heap was a member of The United Church of Christ in Smithton and she was a homemaker. Visitation and a funeral service were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud, Rev. Greg Doussard officiating. She is buried at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Red Bud Senior Citizen Club.

Vincent J. Bommarito Jr., 50, of Waterloo, died April 7, 2008, in Columbia. He was born June 21, 1957, in St. Louis, the son of Elsie Bommarito of Joliet and the late Vincent J. Bommarito Sr. He was married to Linda Bommarito nee Benne. Mr. Bommarito is survived by his wife; children Melissa (David) Allen of Waterloo, Stephanie Bommarito of Waterloo, Aaron Bommarito of Waterloo, and Ryan Bommarito of Waterloo; brother Salvatore (Arlene) Bommarito of Texas; sister Patricia (Paul) Norris of Naperville; father- and -mother-in-law Harold and Florence Benne of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. Mr. Bommarito was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and United Auto Workers Local 136. Visitation and a funeral service were at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Katherine Mae "Kate" Koerber nee Wild, 74, of Waterloo, died April 7, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born May 6, 1933, in Belleville, the daughter of the late George and Margaret Wild nee Egger. She married Hubert G. Koerber Sr. in 1952; he preceded her in death in 1999. Mrs. Koerber is survived by her children Hubert (Christy) Koerber Jr. of Waterloo, Debbie (Tim) Sanson of Swansea, Kathy (Gary) Dahm of Swansea, and Linda (Don) Traiteur of Millstadt; grandchildren Jennifer (Shawn) Monnich of Canton, Douglas Sanson of Swansea, Pamela (Matthew) Patterson of Smithton, Thomas Dahm of Swansea, Donald Traiteur Jr. of Millstadt, Lauren Traiteur of Granite City, John Traiteur of Mt. Vernon, Katie Traiteur of Millstadt, Alyssa Koerber of Waterloo, Megan Koerber of Waterloo, Madison Koerber of Waterloo and Kiley Koerber of Waterloo; great-grandchildren Austin Monnich and Hayden Patterson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother George Wild. Mrs. Koerber was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Floraville. She was retired from Paddock Industries and was a member of Modern Woodmen of America. Visitation and a funeral service were at Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Rev. Matt Friz officiating. She is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association or Heartland Hospice.

Alma Caroline Stechmesser nee Doerr, 93, of Columbia, died April 7, 2008, in Columbia. She was born April 27, 1914, in Columbia, the daughter of the late William and Lydia Doerr nee Brauch. She was married to the late Arnold Stechmesser; he preceded her in death in 1981. Mrs. Stechmesser is survived by her sons Glenn E. Stechmesser of Columbia, and Arnold E. (Donna) Stechmesser of St. Louis; grandchildren Scott (Kim) Stechmesser, Michael (Becky) Stechmesser, Nicole (Alan) Nolte, and Beth Seago; great-grandchildren Nate, Eli, Robert and Theo; siblings Dorothy Arras, Helen Pflueger, Kenneth E. Doerr, Eugene L. Doerr, George R. Doerr and Gary L. Doerr; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Evelyn R. Stechmesser; brothers Edward Doerr, Raymond Doerr, Arthur Doerr and William Doerr; and sisters Bertha Schuchardt, Lydia Keim and Luella Spinks. Mrs. Stechmesser was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She worked in the kitchen at the Columbia Gymnastic Association for many years. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

John W. Gossett, 75, of Columbia, died April 9, 2008, in Columbia. He was born Oct. 5, 1932, in Shawneetown, the son of the late John M. Gossett and the late Mildred Gossett Rampenthal nee Frields. He was married to Freda Gossett nee Sims. Mr. Gossett is survived by his wife; children Michael (Kim) Gossett of Fenton, Mo., Steven (Sharon) Gossett of Millstadt, Laurie (Wayne) Gummersheimer of Columbia, and Linda (Keith) Sanders of Waterloo; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers-in-law Thomas Hubbard of Belleville, and Ben (Doris) Sims of New Douglas; sister-in-law Wilma Vartanian of Belleville; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Carole Hubbard. Mr. Gossett was a member of American Legion Post 581. He was retired from Ethyl Petroleum in Sauget. Visitation is Sunday, April 13, at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service will be Monday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m., at Lawlor. He will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice of Belleville or the Columbia American Legion Park Endowment Fund.

Darrell Edwin Grohmann, 63, of Waterloo, died April 9, 2008, in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 21, 1945, in Belleville, the son of the late William Arthur and Frieda Magdalena Grohmann nee Matzenbacher. He was married to Nancy Grohmann nee Haudrich. Mr. Grohmann is survived by his wife; children Ryan (Dawn) Grohmann of Waterloo and Renee Grohmann of Belleville; grandchildren Ashley, Aaron (his hunting buddy), Ande and Abby Grohmann; sisters Lucille Georg of Waterloo, and June (Earl) Espenschied of Freeburg; brothers- and sisters-in-law Dale (Kay) Haudrich of Waterloo, Janice Toenjes of Waterloo, Marilyn Haudrich of Hecker, and Norma Hahne of New Athens; uncle and aunt Edwin and Shannon Matzenbacher of Waterloo and Rose Matzenbacher of Red Bud; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Arlene Hahne, and brothers-in-law Willard Georg and Fred Hahne. Mr. Grohmann was a member of Hecker Sportsman Club, Hecker Community Center, and Monroe County Longbeards. He was employed at Columbia Quarry. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Augustine Church in Hecker, Fr. Robert Gore officiating. He was buried at St. Augustine Cemetery in Hecker. Memorials may be made to SS Peter and Paul School or the Violence Prevention Center.

Darrell Edwin Grohmann, 63, of Waterloo, died April 9, 2008, in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 21, 1945, in Belleville, the son of the late William Arthur and Frieda Magdalena Grohmann nee Matzenbacher. He was married to Nancy Grohmann nee Haudrich. Mr. Grohmann is survived by his wife; children Ryan (Dawn) Grohmann of Waterloo and Renee Grohmann of Belleville; grandchildren Ashley, Aaron (his hunting buddy), Ande and Abby Grohmann; sisters Lucille Georg of Waterloo, and June (Earl) Espenschied of Freeburg; brothers- and sisters-in-law Dale (Kay) Haudrich of Waterloo, Janice Toenjes of Waterloo, Marilyn Haudrich of Hecker, and Norma Hahne of New Athens; uncle and aunt Edwin and Shannon Matzenbacher of Waterloo and Rose Matzenbacher of Red Bud; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Arlene Hahne, and brothers-in-law Willard Georg and Fred Hahne. Mr. Grohmann was a member of Hecker Sportsman Club, Hecker Community Center , and Monroe County Longbeards. He was employed at Columbia Quarry. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Augustine Church in Hecker, Fr. Robert Gore officiating. He was buried at St. Augustine Cemetery in Hecker. Memorials may be made to SS Peter and Paul School or the Violence Prevention Center.

Wanda Faye Buckman nee Bledsoe, 72, of Waterloo, died April 10, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 25, 1935, in Thebes, the daughter of the late Amos Franklin and Lucy Bledsoe nee Shaver. She was married to the late Charles Buckman. Mrs. Buckman is survived by her children Charles Buckman Jr., Teresa (Brian) Tucker, Pam (Glenn) Crook, Karl (Candace) Buckman, and Jason (Erica) Buckman; grandchildren Charles III and Katie Buckman, Nicholas and Lauren Tucker, Jesse and Curtis Crook, Zachary and Isaac Buckman, and Jenna and Andrew Buckman; sister Blanche (Winston) Wehmeyer; sisters-and -brothers-in-law J.C. and Geneva Buckman, and Virginia and Norman Elliot; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers Frank, Roy and Lloyd Earl Bledsoe. Mrs. Buckman was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Mary and Martha Society in Waterloo, and St. Mary's in Palmdale, Calif. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Ladies Aide, and the Historical Society in Thebes. Visitation is Friday, April 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Quernheim. Memorials may be made to Duke Hospice in Durham, N.C.

Frieda K. Steinmann nee Koch, 89, of Monroe City, died April 10, 2008, in Columbia. She was born March 3, 1919, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Gustav and Anna Koch nee Wernicker. She was married to the late Alvin "Guy" Steinmann. Mrs. Steinmann is survived by her children Patricia (LeRoy) Garleb of Valmeyer, Sandra J. (Ken) Hill of St. Louis, and Kenneth (Sandy) Steinmann of Waterloo; grandchildren Kim (Steve0 Chappuis, Kurt (Catie) Steinmann, Kerry (Robin) Steinmann, Karla Bivins (George Obernagel), Keith (Angela) Garleb, Kevin (Carol) Garleb, Brian (Susanne) Garleb, Christine Hill, and Katie (Christopher) McCracken; and sister Dorothy Woodcock of Waterloo. Mrs. Steinmann was a member of the Waterloo Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and was past secretary of Monroe City Cemetery. Visitation is Saturday, April 12, from 3 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Quernheim, Aaron Luecking officiating. She will be buried at Monroe City Cemetery in Monroe City. Memorials may be made to Waterloo Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Ruth F. Vogt nee Berry, 84, of Waterloo, died April 11, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born May 15, 1923, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Charles and Freida Berry nee Cissell. She was married to the late Erwin R. Vogt. Mrs. Vogt is survived by her daughter Susan Ward and granddaughters Katie DeBonis and Beth DeBonis; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Vogt was a former member of Monroe County Home Extension. Visitation is Tuesday, April 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service will be Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. at Quernheim, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. She will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Gibault Catholic High School.

Adele Bauchens, 82, of Columbia, formerly of Dupo, died April 13, 2008, in Columbia. She was born April 21, 1925, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late George and Theodora (Janice) Morgan. She was married to the late Mervin Bauchens. Mrs. Bauchens is survived by her friend Maryann Chilovich of Columbia; and her beloved pets, Casey and Andy. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers. Mrs. Bauchens was the owner and operator of Bauchens and Morgan Women's Clothing Shop in Dupo. Private graveside services were held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Travis Wren, 38, of Red Bud, died April 15, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 17, 1970, at St. Clement's Hospital in Red Bud, the son of Gerry Wren nee Dougherty of Red Bud and the late Walter Wren. Mr. Wren is survived by his daughter Emma Jones; sister Susan (Mike) Kosydor of Waterloo; niece Kelly Kosydor; and nephew Mike Kosydor. He was preceded in death by grandparents James and Mary Wren, and James and Effie Dougherty. He was employed as a forklift operator. Memorials may be made to the family.

Bruce Dalman, 38, died April 17, 2008, at his parent's home in rural Waterloo. He was born Feb. 21, 1970, the son of Ernest and Mary Dalman nee Brand. In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers Keith (Nora Sunman) Dalman of Waterloo and Bryan Dalman of Waterloo; and niece Mara Dalman of Waterloo; along with aunts, uncles and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Visitation and a funeral service were at DeFabio Funeral Home.

Donald C. Borcharding, 56, of Waterloo, died April 19, 2008, in St. Louis. He was born April 29, 1951, in Red Bud, the son of Alvin and Arlou Borcharding nee Janson of Columbia. He married Marilyn Borcharding nee Metter in 1971. Mr. Borcharding is survived by his parents; wife; brother Tom Borcharding of Columbia; and nieces and nephews Jon Borcharding, Brandon, Kevin, and Andrew Costello, Stephanie Metter, Abbey and Kelly Metter; along with other relatives and friends. Mr. Borcharding was a member of U.S. Army 892nd Transportation Company and was an Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He was a member of the St. Louis Model Railroaders and employed as a supervisor at HTC Communications in Waterloo for 34 years. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County or the de Greeff Hospice House.

Vivian McDonald nee Turley, 94, of Waterloo, died April 21, 2008, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 25, 1914, in Central City, Ky., the daughter of the late Jadie and Ada Turley, nee Grosse. She was married to the late Joseph McDonald. Mrs. McDonald is survived by her sisters Rebecca Peterson and Anna Francis; and brother Marion Turley; along with nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and five sisters. Mrs. McDonald was a member St. Paul United Church of Christ of Waterloo and Eastern Star. 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 church.

Olga Marie Nabers of Hillsboro, formerly of Valmeyer, died April 21, 2008, in Springfield. She was born Nov. 23, 1917, in Tilset, Mo., the youngest daughter of the late Gustav Adolph and Bertha Kamp Zeller. She married the late Auval "Slim" Nabers in 1948. Mrs. Nabers is survived by her daughter Maribeth (David) Rahe of Hillsboro; step-children Fanny Sue (the late Albert Jr.) Schellhardt and Lowell (Dorothy) Nabers; grandsons Nathan and Zachary Rahe, Michael, Steven and Joel Schellhardt and Keith and Todd Nabers; and nine great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded death by her parents, husband, brothers Paul Zeller of Chicago and Edward Zeller of Jackson, Mo. and sister Hilda Maevers of Cape Girardeau, Mo. Mrs. Nabers was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilset, Mo., and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo since 1948. She was a graduate of College High School in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Southeast Missouri State Teachers College in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She taught school for 35 years in Matthews, Mo. (three years), Waterloo (six years) and Valmeyer (26 years). Along with Paul Randolph, she founded an educational and social group for couples made up of veterans and their families in Valmeyer. She was also an adult leader of Valley Maids 4-H Club and was active in Monroe County Extension at the local and county level and was a life member of Illinois Retired Teacher's Association. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She is buried at St. John United Church of Christ Church Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

Walter C. Winkler, 74, of Waterloo, died April 22, 2008, in Town & Country, Mo. He was born Sept. 24, 1933, in Waterloo, the son of the late Herman C. and Louise Winkler nee Eckert. Mr. Winkler is survived by his daughters Deborah (John) Graeler, Teresa (Roger) Raglin, Pamela (Tracy) Rolstad, and Marcia (John) Schotz; 10 grandchildren; brother Herman R. Winkler; sister Shirley Gill; along with brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Margie Cline. Mr. Winkler was a member of Teamster Local #688 and Waterloo Senior Citizens. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. A private burial was held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Ronald C. Schrauth, 74, of Millstadt, died April 22, 2008. He was born Sept. 9, 1933, the son of the late Cletus and Lauretta Schrauth. He was married to the late Rochelle K. Schrauth. Mr. Schrauth is survived by his children Renee Friederich of Mascoutah, Rhonda (Randy) Beare of Millstadt, Ramona Schrauth of Belleville, and Rebecca Schrauth of Millstadt; grandchildren Laura (J.T.) Heideman, Stacy, Matthew and Julie Friederich, Robyn Beare, Randi (Rob) Brown, Carli and Taylor Fulgham; great-grandchildren Bryce Friederich and Ava Heideman; sister Jean (Charlie) Fowler of Texas; and sister-in-law Linda (Ken) Lynch of St. Louis; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Mr. Schrauth was retired from Peabody Coal Co. Pit Six in Marissa. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner-Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt, Pastor Johnathan Hubbard officiating. He is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Millstadt Senior Nutrition Center.

Harold F. Lickenbrock, 88, of Waterloo, died April 23, 2008, in Red Bud. He was born Feb. 6, 1920, in St. Libory, the son of the late Leo C. and Carrie Lickenbrock nee Middendorf. Mr. Lickenbrock is survived by his stepchildren Terry Finnerty, and Nancy (David) Graper; grandchildren Kevin Graper, Kristi Graper, Kathryn (Harold) Tillman, Karri (Daniel) Haggin, and Brad (Elise) Finnerty; 10 great-grandchildren; the Barbara Daley Family; brother Leo (Irene) Lickenbrock; sisters-in-law Rosemary Licken-brock and Joan Rehmer; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; wives Marie A. Lickenbrock nee Mueller and Ruth H. Lickenbrock nee Rehmer; stepson Michael Finnerty; brother George Lickenbrock; and sisters Dorothy Friederich and Ruth C. Lickenbroch. Mr. Lickenbroch was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo and Knights of Columbus Council # 1334 4th Degree. He was a member of American Legion Post # 683 in St. Libory, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and Monroe Council for the Handicapped. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Pancratius Catholic Church in Fayetteville. He is buried at St. Pancratius Cemetery in Mascoutah.

Mary Alice Biggs nee Rowe, 88, of Dupo, died April 23, 2008. She was born Feb. 4, 1920, in Scott City, Mo., the daughter of the late Lawrence and Elizabeth Rowe nee Mason. She married Kelvia Lee Biggs in 1934; he preceded her in death in 1996. Mrs. Biggs is survived by her children Sally (Guy Gause) Plew of Dupo, Marilyn (Bill) Conrad of Danville, Jill (Paul) Naylor of Albertsville, Ala., and Jack Biggs, Danny (Bev) Biggs and Larry (Debbie) Biggs, all of Dupo; grandchildren Keith Meagher, Mary (Brian) Bethea, Debbie (Brad) Dell, Dawn (Jeff) Snider, Danielle (Clif) Ticer, Justin (Leslie) Biggs, Jeff (Candice) Biggs and Shane Biggs of Dupo, Diana (Carl) Willyard and Dennis (Rhonda) Plew of Cahokia, Kim (Anthony) Vick of Rossville, Ind., Pam (Tommy) Baugh, Tammy (Phillip) Tipton, Robbie Sparks, Donna (Mark) Hampton and Jill Ann Gargus of Albertsville, Ala., Donnie (Adrianna) Sparks of Fort Lewis, Wash., Jaime (Randy) Vaugh of St. Charles, Mo.; 45 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren; brother Larry (Betty) Rowe of Columbia; son-in-law Dennis Meagher of Dupo; along with, nieces, nephews and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Diane Meagher, sisters Maxine Hurt and Edna VanPelt, son-in-law Charlie Plew, great-grandson Jeremy Baugh, and niece Peggy McElroy. Mrs. Boggs was a 50-year member of the Wilson Lodge 886 Ladies Auxiliary of the United Transportation Union, Ladies Auxiliary of the Dupo American Legion and a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Dupo Volunteer Fire Department. Mary and Kelvia Biggs dispatched out of their home for the Dupo Volunteer Fire Department for more than 30 years. Visitation and funeral services were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo, Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Dupo Volunteer Fire Department or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Frieda Voelker nee Mueller, 88, of Maeystown, died April 24, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born June 23, 1919, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late George and Maria Mueller nee Bertram. She was married to the late Harold Voelker. Mrs. Voelker is survived by her son Glenn (Nancy) Voelker of Maeystown; grandchildren Chris (Kristine) Voelker of Maeystown, Aaron (Sherri) Voelker of Waterloo, and Renee Voelker of Columbia; great-granddaughter Markee Voelker; sisters Marie (Wilbert) Voelker of Waterloo, and Ruth Fehrenz of Columbia; brother Milton (Florence) Mueller of Waterloo; and sister-in-law Ada Mueller of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Floyd Mueller, sister Elizabeth (Geno) Scariot, and brother-in-law Oliver Fehrenz. Mrs. Voelker was a member of St. John United Church of Christ of Maeystown. She was an avid kloepper player and was known as "Grandma" to many. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. John UCC of Maeystown, Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. She is buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC of Maeystown Cemetery Asphalt Fund.

Erma Louise Leveling, 82, died April 26, 2008. She was born Aug. 8, 1925. She was married to the late Al Leveling. Mrs. Leveling is survived by her sons David "Porter" Leveling of Millstadt and Tom "Allen" (Pat) Leveling of Trenton; grandchildren Katie Leveling, Thomas (Ruth) Leveling Jr. and Traci (Scott) Cocker; great-grandchildren Katrina Leveling, Aaron Leveling and Christopher Cocker; sister Shirley Baltz of Millstadt; and special friends Cheri, Miramonti, Savanah and Jake Roesch, and Brenden and Donovan Bulger; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father Edith Beard and Marshall Beard, and husband. Visitation and a funeral were at Dashner-Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. She is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the hospice of choice.

Erika St. Arbor, 22, of Millstadt, died April 26, 2008 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville following an automobile accident. She was born April 17, 1986, in Belleville. She is survived by her fiance, Kristofer Hall of Collinsville; his daughter, Jaylnn Hall; parents, Brian and Tammie, nee St. Arbor, Heet of Millstadt; brother, Zachary Heet of Millstadt; maternal grandmother, Martha (Carl) Gallion of Cahokia; maternal grandfather, Kenneth (Juanita) St. Arbor of Burksville; paternal grandparents Gregory and Barbara Heet of Shiloh, Ill; and special aunt, Michelle (Richard) Rist of Millstadt; along with other aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. She was a 2004 graduate of Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo was an early childhood development student at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, scheduled to graduate May 10, 2008. She was employed at Lighthouse Day Care Center in Columbia. Miss St. Arbor was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. Visitation was at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. Funeral service was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating. She is buried at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the SIUE Foundation.

Joyce Ann Foster nee Ring, 77, of Waterloo, died April 26, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 31, 1930, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Herbert and Virginia Ring. She was married to the late William Foster. Mrs. Foster is survived by her children Vickie (Chuck) Cobillas of Millstadt, Jeannie (John) Moravec of Dupo, and Lisa (Dan) McCann of Waterloo; grandchildren William (Heather) Cobillas, Angela (James) Austin, Daniel Cobillas, Meghan (Chad Frierdich) Moravec, Jamie Moravec, Tyler Moravec, Luke Moravec, Justin McCann, Jordan McCann and Jessica McCann; great-grandchildren Cassidy, Samantha and Aiden; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Jean Hunt and brother Jack Ring. Mrs. Foster was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation and a funeral service were at Braun Colonial Funeral Home in Cahokia, Fr. David Darin officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

John P. Todd, 69, of Geff, died April 28, 2008, in Flora. He was born Sept. 12, 1938, in Vineland, Mo., the son of the late Paul Charles and Helen Todd nee Yarbrough. He was married to Shirley Todd nee Newton. Mr. Todd is survived his wife; children Cindy (Tim) Hickerson of Knoxville, Tenn., Paula (Ben) Akin of Algonquin, and Carla Johnson of Glen Carbon; grandchildren Ellen Akin, Larenzo Johnson, Jonathan Hickerson, LaKesha Johnson, Jessica Hickerson, Zeana Johnson, Zelman Johnson and Hannah Hickerson; great-grandchild Deamontai Allen; brothers and sisters Donald (Pat) Todd of Doe Run, Mo., Joyce (Marvin) Gruber of Waterloo, Tom (Janet) Todd of Waterloo, Sharon (Al) Forrester of Marble Hill, Mo., Ronald (Teresa) Todd of Crocker, Mo., and Pam (Rob) Smith of Devil's Elbow, Mo.; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Wanda Todd nee Bieber, sisters Lois Todd and Carol Todd, and brother Khrist "Butch" Krebel. 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 the American Cancer Society.

Wanda Braun nee Westbecher, 82, of Red Bud, died April 28, 2008, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Nov. 18, 1925 in Walsh, the daughter of the late Donald Holbrook and Elsie Bauman Westbecher. She married Elroy Braun in 1954 at St. Pius Catholic Church in Walsh. He died in 2000. Mrs. Braun was a homemaker, a sales person for W.T. Rawleigh Business and a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Red Bud. She is survived by a son, Dennis (Leanna) Braun of Red Bud; and sisters Patricia (Charles) Stork of Pinckneyville and Mary (Clarence) Tackett of Shiloh; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Braun was preceded in death by an infant son, Timothy Gerald Braun; and a brother, Robert Westbecher Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral service was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. Mrs. Braun is buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Macular Degeneration Foundation or Family Hospice of Belleville.

Henry George Helfrich, 83, of Millstadt, died April 29, 2008, in Waterloo. He was born March 26, 1925, in Paderborn, the son of the late Joseph and Christina Helfrich nee Kettler. He married the late Marcella A. Helfrich nee Hoffman in 1951. Mr. Helfrich is survived by his children Dennis S. Helfrich of Freeburg, Kevin Helfrich of Waterloo, and Dale L. (Lee) Helfrich of Shawnee, Kan.; grandchildren Shawn M. Ditzler, Robert J. Helfrich, Kate Helfrich, Luke Helfrich and Lara Helfrich; great-grandchild Sydney Ditzler; brother Cletus Helfrich of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter Kathleen Helfrich; sisters Cecilia Gasser, Emily Eckert, Agnes Straub, Agatha Muckensturm and Rita Helfrich; and brothers Edward Helfrich, Clarence Helfrich, Anthony Helfrich, Alphonse Helfrich, Gregory Helfrich and Clement Helfrich. Mr. Helfrich was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. He was retired from Cerro Copper as a products laborer for 37 years. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral Mass was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. He is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Arthur E. Wirth, 83, of Waterloo, died April 29, 2008, in Des Peres, Mo. He was born June 7, 1924, in Waterloo, the son of the late Albert L. and Clara M. Wirth nee Loehr. He was married to Wanda Wirth nee Rednour. Mr. Wirth is survived by his wife; daughter Lavonne (Leo) Broderhausen of Fults; grandsons Troy Ray of Waterloo and Timothy Peppers of Waterloo; five great-grandchildren; brother Royal (Shirley) Wirth of St. Louis; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Herbert Wirth and sister Jeanette Wirth. Mr. Wirth was a member of Maeystown Sportsman's Club. Visitation was Friday, May 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. A funeral service was at Quernheim, Rev. Leo Broderhausen and Ryan Rednour officiating.

James E. Jenkins, 73, of Cahokia, died April 30, 2008, in Cahokia. He was born June 8, 1934, in Olney, the son of the late Everett and Eunice Jenkins nee May. He was married to Carol Jenkins nee Shryock. Mr. Jenkins is survived by his wife; children James L. (Karen) Jenkins of St. Charles, Mo., Sharon (Tim) McMillan of Columbia, and Mary Mueller of Highland; grandchildren Kevin Wheeler, Brian Wheeler, Adam Jenkins, Elizabeth "Libby" Jenkins, Bryce Mueller, Evan Jenkins, Bret Mueller and Grant Jenkins; sisters Jane (Jack) Berry and Marie (Chuck) Kesler; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Brenda Wheeler. Mr. Jenkins was retired from ALCO Controls in Maryland Heights, Mo., and was a member of the Machinist Union District 9 Local 41. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a member of Cahokia VFW Post 1699. Visitation was Friday, May 2 at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral Mass was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo, Fr. Mark Reyling officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Florence Helen Viola Joshu nee Schmidt, 83, of Millstadt, died April 30, 2008, in Millstadt. She was born July 21, 1924, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Edmund and Alma Schmidt nee Schmallenberger. She was married to the late Edward A. Joshu. Mrs. Joshu is survived by her children Ronald (Shirley) Joshu of Millstadt, Eugene (Rhonda) Joshu of Millstadt, Anthony (Sherri) Joshu of Millstadt, Andrea (Rich) Godlin of Parker, Colo., Christine (Darrell) Ball of Millstadt, and JoAnn (Larry) Agne of Millstadt; daughter-in-law Debra Haire-Joshu of Millstadt; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant children Barbara Joshu, Jean Joshu and Charles Joshu; son Eric Joshu; and sisters Marie (Louis) Smith and Doris (Tom) O'Donnell. Mrs. Joshu was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, the BDCCW, the Sodality, and was a volunteer at the church. Visitation was Friday, May 2, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 to 9:45 a.m., at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral Mass was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Fr. Marvin Volk and Deacon Ron Karcher officiating. She is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Doris Jean Vogel nee Speichinger, 83, of Millstadt, died April 30, 2008, in Belleville. She was born Feb. 10, 1935, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Sylvester Speichinger and Freida Speichinger nee Greible. She married L. "Pinky" Vogel in 1952. Mrs. Vogel is survived by her husband; children Alan Lee (Cheryl) Vogel of Wilmington, Ohio, and Karen Domyan of Millstadt; grandchild Lisa Maxfield; great-grandchild Kayla; sister Mary Ann Karban of Belleville; brother Paul (Fonda) Speichinger of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister-in-law Viola "Tootie" Vogel of Belleville; step-mother Mary Speichinger of Belleville; along with nieces, nephews, other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; nieces Joni Faulstich and Sandra Hoock; sister-in-law JoLee Speichinger nee Nelson; and brothers-in-law Eugene Karban and Clarence C. Vogel. Mrs. Vogel was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1952 and worked for Gassert Garment Factory in Millstadt. Visitation is Sunday, May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral Mass was Monday, May 5, at 10 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. She is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

March

Caroline I. Asselmeier, 100, of Columbia, died March 1, 2008, in Columbia. She was born Nov. 7, 1907, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Charles and Maria “Mamie” Krone nee Schaaf. She married the late Alfred Asselmeier in 1930; he preceded her in death in 1962. Mrs. Asselmeier is survived by her son David (Shirley) Asselmeier of Columbia, grandson David “Buzz” Asselmeier, and other relatives, past students and many friends. Mrs. Asselmeier was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ and the Women’s Fellowship. She taught in one-room schoolhouses in Monroe County for many years, including Hayden School in Renault, Bluff School, New Hanover School, Goeddeltown School and Gall School. She then taught with the Valmeyer School district and the Dupo School District. She retired after teaching for 37 years. She was also a member of Monroe County and Dupo Retired Teachers Association, Columbia Woman’s Club, Order of the Eastern Star – Rob Morris Chapter, and the Order of the White Shrine. 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 interred at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ Elevator Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Alice G. Wallace nee Thompson, 76, of Waterloo, died March 3, 2008, in Red Bud. She was born May 12, 1931, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Herman and Anna Thompson nee Pieron. Ms. Wallace is survived by her sons Chris E. (Renee) Price and Daniel S. (Nancy) Wallace; grandchildren Edward Scott Hodges, Dawn Marie Hodges, Douglas Scott Hodges, Nahoma Wallace, Jamie R. Ledbetter, Ashley M. Ledbetter, Bailey C. Price and Libby G. Price; sister Hilda Barcum; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Kimberly K. Kennebeck. Ms. Wallace was a member of First Baptist Church of Waterloo and the Women’s Bible Study Group. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Dr. Dennis R. Jones officiating. She is interred at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Waterloo.

Emilie W. Bernau, 97, of Waterloo, died March 3, 2008, in Columbia. She was born Feb. 28, 1911, in Van Meter, Iowa, the daughter of the late August C. and Marie Bernau nee Van Buren. Ms. Bernau is survived by her brothers Roland Bernau of Burt, Iowa, and Ernest (Luana) Bernau of Fountain, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Vera (Henry) Harms and Ida Faulstick, and brothers Otto Bernau and August Bernau. Ms. Bernau was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday School for many years and was active in Bible Study. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. She is buried at Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo.

Timothy W. Rambo II, 21, of Waterloo, formerly of Cahokia and Dupo, died March 1, 2008 at his residence. He was born Oct. 16, 1986 in Belleville. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty Rambo. Surviving are a daughter, Brook Kenner of Cahokia; his fiancé, Jessica Stahl of Waterloo; mother and step-father Dana and Keith Radford of Waterloo; father, Timothy (Patricia) Basse Rambo of Pontoon Beach; brothers Dustin Davis, Jeremy Rambo and Keith Radford; sisters Shannon McFarland, Krystal Germard and Miranda Basse; grandparents Bob Rambo of Cahokia, Rita Howard of Dupo, Thomas Ventimiglia of Ironton., Mo., and Golden and Bernetta Radford of Cahokia.; along with seven uncles and seven aunts. He was a dear nephew, cousin and friend. Visitation and funeral were at Braun Colonial Funeral Home in Cahokia.

Jason M. Spytek, 32, of Columbia, died March 3, 2008 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born July 3, 1975 in Belleville. He is survived parents John and Marcia Spytek; a brother, John C. (Amy) Spytek of Waterloo; a sister, Christena (Jamie) Frank of St. Louis, Mo.; paternal grandmother, Josephine "Sue" Spytek; and maternal grandmother, Doris Hamilton; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Debra Sue Spytek; and grandfathers Leo Spytek and David "Skeeter" Hamilton. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a member of Ironworkers Local 396 and Dupo VFW Post 6368. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home, Dr. Dennis R. Jones officiating. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Christopher Terry Kannewurf, 20, of Columbia died March 3, 2008 at his home. He was born Sept. 23, 1987. Survivors include his parents Ron (Elana) Kannewurf of Dupo and Mary (friend Allen Kemp) Kannewurf nee Ladyman of Dupo; brothers Kevin Kannewurf and Anthony Williams; a sister, Kelly (John) Hayes; grandmother, Catherine Ladyman; and grandfather, Harvard Range; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roy Ladyman; grandmother, Mildred Range; and grandfather, Elmer Kannewurf. He was a union carpenter with Guaranteed Interiors and a member of Carpenters Local 47. Visitation and funeral were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo, the Rev. Matt Friz officiating. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

James Schulein, 68, of Belleville, died March 2, 2008, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born March 7, 1939, in Evansville, the son of the late Cletus and Mary Schulein nee Petry. Mr. Schulein is survived by his siblings Robert Schulein of Ellis Grove, Paul (Marie) Schulein of Evansville, Tom Schulein of Evansville, Frances Chapman of Ruma and Ronald “Pete” (Cathy) Schulein of Evansville; sister-in-law Charlotte Schulein of Baldwin; and special friends Lisa (Jim) Leonard of Prairie du Rocher, Fran (Tim) Durbin of Prairie du Rocher, Nancy (Bryan) Bergmann of Columbia, and Tim (Michelle) Burns of Fults; along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Elroy (Ellamae) Schulein, Lloyd Schulein and Edward (Pearl) Schulein; and sister Ernestine Schulein. Mr. Schulein was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed as an operating engineer for Local 520 in Granite City for 38 years. He was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church in Walsh, American Legion Post 622 in Prairie du Rocher and VFW 2698 in Sparta. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. Pius Catholic Church in Walsh, Fr. John Joyce officiating. A military graveside service under the direction of American Legion Post 622 was held at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Hospice Development.

Doris Rodenberg, 76, of Prairie du Rocher, died March 4, 2008, in Red Bud. She was born Jan. 24, 1932, in Belgique, Mo., the daughter of the late Frank and Estell Mattingly nee Evans. She married Delbert Rodenberg in 1953. Mrs. Rodenberg is survived by her husband; children Darrell Rodenberg of Prairie du Rocher, Debbie (Bob) Schilling of Valmeyer, Donna (Steven) Yeater of Waukegan, and Denise Rodenberg of Prairie du Rocher; grandchildren Eric Rodenberg, Joshua Rodenberg, Wendy Schilling, Tiffany Signaio and Steven Yeager; four great-grandchildren; and brother Dale (Charlotte) Mattingly. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers. Mrs. Rodenberg was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. She worked at AFCO / Singer and then the laundry department at the Ruma Convent for more than 10 years. She was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

James Wenkel, 49, of Columbia, died March 5, 2005, at his residence following a long battle with cancer. He was born January 23, 1959, in Belleville, the son of Kenneth and Delores Wenkel nee Tebbenhoff of Columbia, who survive him. He married Peggyann Wenkel nee Grueninger in 1998. Mr. Wenkel is survived by his parents; wife; daughter Kristen Rodriquez of Columbia; son Jason Rodriquez of Columbia; sister Janice (Gene) Blandford of Waterloo; and mother-in-law Evie Grueninger of Columbia; along with other relatives and friends. Mr. Wenkel was employed as a shipping supervisor with Ehrhardt Tool and Machine Co. of Granite City. He was an avid bowler and loved camping and the outdoors, not to mention a good game of Kloepper. A memorial Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Magdalene Curtiss nee Granaman, 91, of Waterloo, died March 9, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born May 9, 1916, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late William and Dessie Granaman nee Brown. She was married to the late Arthur Curtiss. Mrs. Curtiss is survived by her daughter Kathy (Bob) Rubemeyer of Waterloo; granddaughter Karen (Bobby) Schultheis of Renault; great-granddaughters Kasey Schultheis and Deanna Schultheis; and sisters Hazel Huff and Esther Shelton, both of St. Louis. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and seven sisters. Mrs. Curtiss was a member of Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. She was a homemaker. Visitation and funeral service were at DeFabio Funeral Home, Pastor Will Hesterberg officiating. She was buried at Waterloo City Cemetery.

Tom “Tom Cat” Eickelman, 48, of Benton, died March 10, 2008, in Millstadt, of injuries sustained in a construction accident. He was born Jan. 31, 1960, in Christopher, the son of Francis “Eick” and JoAnn Eickelman nee Burtoft of Valier. He married Kathy Eickelman nee Kelley in 1983. Mr. Eickelman is survived by his parents; wife; daughter Mandy (Ryan) McKee of Mt. Vernon; grandson Landon McKee of Mt. Vernon; brother Tim (Kindra) Eickelman of Benton; nephew Josh Eickelman of Benton; niece Jordan Eickelman of Benton; and father-in-law Dean Kelley of Benton. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Pete and Fay Burtoft; paternal grandparents Grover and Beulah Eickelman; and mother-in-law Shirley Kelley. Mr. Eickelman was a heave equipment operator for 20 years, and was employed by Midwest Excavating in Benton for the past 12 years. HE was a member of the International Operating Engineers Local 318, the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Illinois, Sesser-Goode Lodge No. 744, and was of the Methodist faith. He loved the outdoors and loved hunting with his “hunting family.” He was the Franklin County Ducks Unlimited president for five years, and he organized wildlife events and supported local wildlife organizations for many years. He also very much enjoyed his new Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He died trying to help a co-worker and friend. Visitation and a funeral service were at Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton, Pastor Mark Minor officiating. He is buried at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Memorials may be made to the Tom Eickelman Memorial Fund, in the care of First Southern Bank, 301 E. Main St., Carbondale, IL 62812.

Edith M. Gerber nee Buettner, 86, of Fults, died March 10, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 21, 1921, in Columbia, the daughter of the late George C. and Adele W. Buettner nee Schutt. She was married to the late Arnold Gerber. Mrs. Gerber is survived by her children Ronald R. Gerber of Waterloo, Patricia K. (Ronald H.) Unterseh of Fults, and Judy Ann (Michael W.) Huebner of Waterloo; grandchildren Melissa (finacee Jeffrey Schreder) Unterseh, Justin Unterseh, Angela (Steve) Ballhuasen, William A. Huebner and Nicholas Huebner; great-grandchildren Sidney Ballhausen, Joey Ballhausen, Carey Huebner, Baylee Huebner and step-great-grandchildren MacKenzie and Kolten Schreder; sisters Eileen Monday of Auxvasse, Mo., and Georgia Frierdich of Wartburg; brothers Franklin (Ruth) Buettner of Collinsville, and Richard (Marlene) Buettner of Wartburg; and sister-in-law Ada Mueller of Wartburg; in addition to nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Clemens Buettner and Russell Buettner, and great-granddaughter Taylor Huebner. Mrs. Gerber was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg, as well as Ladies Aid and LWML. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. She is buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Wartburg. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, LWML, Altar Guild or Camp Wartburg.

Windel M. Kult, 77, of Columbia, died March 10, 2008, in Belleville. He was born Dec. 10, 1930, in Ashley, the son of the late Ed Kult and Mary Lawhorn. He married Rose Kult nee Haun in 1955. Mr. Kult is survived by his wife; daughter Denise Dorner of St. Charles, Mo.; son Keith (Kim) Kult of Waterloo; grandchildren Paul Jordan, James Copenhagen, Tonsie Springer, John Ney, Katie Warren, Stefan Kult and Rebecca Kult; great-grandchildren Kaylee Fisk, Kennedy Jordan, Maddie Jordan and Angel Springer; and brother, Roger (Josephine) Kult of Mission, Tex. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Steven Kult, daughter Beverly Sue Ney, and sister Nadine Piotrowskie. Mr. Kult was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. He was also a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581 and he was a retired pipe fitter for Ameren / UE. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. He is buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

Clemens “Horn” Schlottmann Jr., 68, of Red Bud, died March 10, 2008, in Evansville. He was born Sept. 4, 1939, in Red Bud, the son of the late Clemens Sr. and Helen Schlotmann nee Kern. Mr. Schlottmann is survived by his daughter Kimberly (Jeff) Mueth of Hecker; grandchildren Jacob Mueth and Emma Mueth; brothers Joseph (Pamela) Schlotmann of Red Bud, Henry (Barbara Jean) Schlotmann of Maeystown, and Alfred Schlotmann of Waterloo; sister Helen Marie (Jerome) Heusohn of Waterloo; and former wife Bonnie Schlotmann of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother John Schlotmann. Mr. Schlottmann was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. He was a farmer and avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Randolph County Farm Bureau and a former member of the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. He was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to ASC Memorial Fund for the Retirement of Sisters.

Ronny G. Yankey, 38, of Ellis Grove, died March 10, 2008, in Millstadt, of injuries sustained in a construction accident. He was born May 21, 1969, in Chester, the son of the late Shirley Ray “Peck” and June Yankey nee Mehrtens. He married Mendy Yankey nee Van Ausdoll in 1993. Mr. Yankey is survived by his wife; daughter Taylor Yankey of Ellis Grove; brothers and sisters Robert (Cheryl) Yankey of Chapel Hill, Tenn., Joyce (Larry) Surman of Chester, Kathy (Jeff) Baker of Prairie du Rocher, Mike (Shari) Yankey of Ellis Grove, Bonny (Bill) Branson of Fenton, Mo., Tammy (Steve) Renner of Chester, Teri (Jerry) Davitz of Ellis Grove, and Chrissy (Roger) Melliere of Prairie du Rocher; father-in-law David Van Ausdoll of Willisville; brothers- and sisters-in-law Roscoe and Julie Van Ausdoll of Warrensburg, Mo., Christina and Eric Weber of Baldwin City, Kan., Cheryl and Marc Kuhlman of Campbell Hill, Timothy and Crystal Van Ausdoll of Easley, S.C., and Julie and Greg Rathert of Ava. He was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law Marcia Van Ausdoll. Mr. Yankey was employed by Midwest Excavating in Benton. He was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 160 in Murphysboro. He was of the Lutheran faith. His greatest love was his family, whom he always put first. Visitation and a funeral service were at Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester, Rev. Edwin Reuter officiating. He is buried at Ellis Grove City Cemetery in Ellis Grove. Memorials may be made to a college fund for his daughter, Taylor, in the care of The Taylor Yankey Benefit Fund, The Bank of Carbondale, 900 Walnut St., Murphysboro, IL 62966.

Verda Barnett, 82, of Columbia, died March 11, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 3, 1925, in Ville Platte, La., the daughter of the late O’Neal and Celeste Fontenot nee Audroin. She was married to the late Nathan “Barney” Barnett. Mrs. Barnett is survived by her son Gary (Pattie) Heath of Millstadt; daughter-in-law Sherry Heath of Columbia; grandson James Heath of Columbia; brothers Ement (Aleda) Fontenot of Ville Platte, La., and Allen (Jennie) Fontenot of Houston, Tex.; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son James Heath, brothers Boco Fontenot and Calvin Fontenot, and sister Wovley Andrus. Mrs. Barnett was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Paderborn. She was also a member of Women of the Moose of Cahokia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A cremation followed. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Ruth Virginia Weinel nee Love, 88, of Columbia, died March 11, 2008, at her residence. She was born Sept. 18, 1919, in Dupo, the daughter of the late James Olin Love and the late Rose Ann Love nee Wise. She married Art Weinel in 1941. Mrs. Weinel is survived by her husband; son Jim (Solveig) Weinel of Greensboro, N.C.; daughter Joan Love Gibbs of Columbia; sister-in-law Edna Dell Weinel of Columbia; along with other relatives and friends. Mrs. Weinel was a member of Columbia Women’s Club and The Gray Ladies. She was a most outstanding wife and mother, and was “one in a million” to those who knew her, maintaining her sense of humor to the end. Visitation and a memorial service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. William Groennert officiating. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Esther Katherine Illert nee Lepinsky, 93, of Columbia, formerly of Dupo, died March 12, 2008, in Columbia. She was born Jan. 2, 1915, in Columbia, the daughter of John and Bertha Lepinsky nee Toenjes. She was married to the late Phillip J. “Bobby” Illert. Mrs. Illert is survived by her foster sister Helen Mae Shea; foster brother Jim (Joan) Zoeller; foster sister-in-law Rita Zoeller; nieces and nephew Viola Frank, Helen Reichert, Vera Randle, Betty Smith and Roy E. Illert; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, foster brother Sylvester “Pete” Zoeller, and nephew F.W. Vogel. Mrs. Illert was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo. She worked at Dupo High School in the cafeteria and as a secretary for Illert Brothers Distributing, and she operated Esther’s Gift Shop in Dupo. She was a member of VFW Post 6368 Ladies Auxiliary in Dupo. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral Mass was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo.

Harry B. Whelan Jr., 84, of Millstadt, died March 12, 2008, in Belleville. He was born Sept. 9, 1923, in Sparta, the son of Harry B. Sr. and Pauline Whelan nee Brenke. He married Linda Whelan nee Crain in 1976. Mr. Whelan is survived by his wife; mother-in-law Margie Crain; brother- and sister-in-law Homer and Betty Duncan; along with many nieces and nephews and their husbands and wives, grand-nieces and –nephews, great-grand-nieces and –nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother William Whelan; sisters Frieda Klein and Louise Westhoff; father-in-law James E. Crain; and beloved dog Skoal. Mr. Whelan worked for his uncle’s accounting firm in Connersville, Ind., owned and operated a market on Bond Ave. in Centreville, and operated the Maytag Launderette at 40th and Waverly in East St. Louis. He was a trust officer for St. Louis Union Trust Co. – Boatman’s Bank in St. Louis. For many years he served as the accountant for Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Centreville and was the accountant and trustee for St. Catherine Laboure in Cahokia. He earned degrees from Yale University, Washington University and St. Louis University. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II as a second lieutenant. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral Mass was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made in the form of Masses.

Ethel M. Offermann nee Braun, 83, of Columbia, died March 13, 2006, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 16, 1924, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late John and Amanda Braun nee Fischer. She was married to the late Gilbert Offermann. Mrs. Offermann is survived by her children Gwen (Tom) Borsch of O’Fallon, Eric (Linda) Offermann of Fults, Gale (Steve) Dias of Columbia, and Roger (Jennifer) Offermann of Topeka, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister Edna (Ed) Guessfeld of St. Charles, Mo.; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Gary Offermann, sisters Norma Roediger and Helen Kremmel, and brother Joseph Braun. Mrs. Offermann was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Opal J. Winchester nee Miller, 66, of Waterloo, died March 13, 2008, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 8, 1942, in Pinckneyville, the daughter of the late Sylvester and Harline Miller nee Wynn. She was married to Jeffrey Winchester. Mrs. Winchester is survived by her husband; children Gwendolyn (Louis Bollman) Marlow of St. Louis, Kristina Marlow of Waterloo, and Regina (Larry) Wetzler of Waterloo; grandchildren Andrew Wetzler and Brad Wetzler; sister Ginger Marlow of Pinckneyville; brother Doug Marlow of Tamaroa; along with niece, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents Leona and Layman Wynn. Mrs. Winchester was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. She was a friend of animals and plants and was a member of the Missouri Botanical Society. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home. She is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Shirley Mae Capps-Session nee Vincent, 79, of East Carondelet, died March 14, 2008, at her residence. She was born June 28, 1928, in Carbondale, the daughter of the late Shirley Vincent and the late Mae Fellner nee Sanders. She was married to the late Robert Capps. Ms. Capps-Session is survived by her children David Capps of Belgrade, Mo., Jerry (Gloria) Capps of Arcata, Calif., George (Ann) Capps of Paris, France, Patrick (Patty) Capps of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Mariellen (Richard) Wagner of Burke, Va.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Howard Sutton; along with relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband, and sisters Jane Sutton and June Cundiff. Ms. Capps-Session worked at Stofers Hotel in St. Louis as a banquet schedule manager for more than 20 years. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home, Rev. Matt Friz officiating. She is buried at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Cedar Hill, Mo. Memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America or Shriners of North America.

William C. Doerr, 89, of Columbia, died March 14, 2008, in Belleville. He was born Oct. 29, 1918, in Monroe County, the son of the late William C. Doerr and Lydia Doerr nee Brauch. He married Genevieve Doerr nee Grahlherr in 1943. Mr. Doerr is survived by his wife; daughters Geraldine (Ronald J.) Schilling of Waterloo, Cheryl (Glenn) Grayson of East Carondelet, Sandra Doerr of Columbia, and Susan (tom) Fohne of Columbia; grandchildren Donna (Mike) Olson, Diane Schilling, Daniel (Kelly) Schilling, Darryl (Laura) Schilling, Kevin Grayson, Matthew Grayson, Troy (Larine) Fohne, and Blake Fohne; eight great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Alma Stechmesser, Dorothy Arras, Helen Pflueger, Kenneth Doerr, George Doerr and Gary Doerr; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Edward Doerr, Raymond Doerr and Arthur Doerr; and sisters Bertha Schuchardt, Lydia Keim and Luella Spinks. Mr. Doerr is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He was a former millwright with Cargill Inc. in Cahokia and retired from the Monroe County Nursing Home. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Church, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund or in the form of Masses.

Winnefred D. Fiege, 90, of Columbia, died March 14, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born March 30, 1917, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Ferdinand Fiege and Elizabeth Fiege nee Miller. Ms. Fiege is survived by many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Delores Fiege. Ms. Fiege was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where she was active with the Women’s Guild, played the organ and sang with the choir. 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 St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia or the Columbia Public Library.

Hortense M. “Sis” Roy nee Niermann, 82, of Prairie du Rocher, died March 16, 2008, in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late William and Clara Niermann nee Wiegard. She married the late Ernest “Kok” Roy in 1946; he preceded her in death in 1999. Mrs. Roy is survived by her children Maxine (Robert) Weis of St. Louis, Mariann (Stanley) Wallach of Red Bud, Marvin (Gail) Roy of Prairie du Rocher, Doris (Bob) Heller of Prairie du Rocher, and James (Lisa) Roy of Mason, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Earl (Evola) Niermann of Columbia, John (Connie) Niermann of Red Bud, Robert (Evelyn) Niermann of Waterloo, Kenneth (Barb) Niermann of Red Bud, and Dorothy (Merlin) Boyd of Urbana; sisters-in-law Dorothy Niermann, Marcella Droste, Lucille Roy and Melba (John) Horning; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Wilfred Niermann. Mrs. Roy was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. She was a homemaker, and avid quilter and a gardener. She loved to play cards and go to the casino. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral Mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fr. Albert Kreher and Fr. Rafi officiating. She is buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

James Wilson Schardan, 85, of Waterloo, died March 16, 2008, in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 6, 1922, in St. Louis, the son of the late John H. and Rose Schardan nee Schumacher. He was married to the late Stella Schardan nee Hekel. Mr. Schardan is survived by his daughter Pattie (Gary) Heath of Millstadt; step-son Ronald (Ruth) Henkel of Monroe, N.C.; step-daughter Betty (George) Banjak of Ashville, N.C.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; special friend Mary Aulbach of Arnold, Mo.; brothers Ronald (Danielle) Schardan of Hillsboro, Mo., and Henry “Babe” Schardan of Waterloo; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Mr. Schardan was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. He was a retired machinist for Laclede Gas in St. Louis and was a member of Gas Workers Local 11 in St. Louis. He was an avid golfer, with two holes in one to his credit. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Joe LoRusso officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Canterbury Manor Nursing Center in Waterloo.

Nelda C. Allscheid nee Nottmeier, 95, of Waterloo, died March 16, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born May 24, 1912, in Fults, the daughter of the late Fred and Catherine Nottmeier nee Nagel. She was married to the late Albert J. Allscheid. Mrs. Allscheid is survived by her children Jeanette Lentz of Wentzville, Virlyn (Janie) Allscheid of Waterloo, Melvin Allscheid of Waterloo, and Yvonne (Richard) Lammert of Waterloo; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Darlene James; grandchildren Ted A. Lammert, Randy Lentz and Robin Krebel; great-grandchild Levi Voss; and 11 brothers and sisters. Mrs. Allscheid was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in St. Joe. She was also a member of Waterloo Senior Citizens and was a former member of the Ladies Guild at Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Zion United Church of Christ, Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. She is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Zion United Church of Christ in St. Joe.

Jesse G. “Jack” Williams, 83, of Waterloo, died March 16, 2008, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. He was born May 3, 1924, in Trezevant, Tenn., the son of the late Daniel C. and Lessie Mae Williams nee Arnold. He was married to the late Mattie Sue Williams nee Moore. Mr. Williams is survived by his children Eulah Mae Williams of Dupo, Barty (Bonnie) Williams of St. Mary, Mo., Jesse Glenn (Sherry) Williams of Millstadt, and Penny Sue (Thomas) Dietz of Red Bud; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother Gayle (Kathy) Williams of Bertrand, Mo.; sister Faye Crum of East Prairie, Mo.; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, grandson Barty Williams Jr., two brothers and two sisters. Mr. Williams was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a former member of the Monroe County Farmers Market Association. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. He is buried at Waterloo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Dorothy M. Schreder nee Fults, of Valmeyer, died March 17, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born March 15, 1925, in Fults, the daughter of the late Henry J. and Marie D. Fults nee Schoen. She was married to the late Edgar J. Schreder. Mrs. Schreder is survived by her children Terry (Judy) Schreder of Waterloo, Edgar J. (Myrna) Schreder of Waterloo, Dorothy (David) Marquardt of Olney, Dennis (Jody) Schreder of Valmeyer, Gary (Susie) Schreder of Valmeyer, Christopher (Michelle) Schreder of Waterloo, and Hope (Richard) Wienhoff of Millstadt; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Brenda Schreder of Waterloo; sister Berry Ramer of Waterloo; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Eugene J. Schreder, grandson Brian J. Schreder and sister Ruth Jarvis. Mrs. Schreder was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer and St. Mary’s Mary & Martha Society. She was also a member of the Waterloo VFW Auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Msgr. Thomas Flach and Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made in the form of Masses.

Marlene A. Mason nee Haas, 72, of Cahokia, died March 28, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born July 25, 1935, in St. Louis County, the daughter of the late Martin and Leona Haas nee Culp. She was married to Carol Mason of Cahokia. Mrs. Mason is survived by her husband; daughters Rhonda Kay (Rick) Gray of Dupo, Dawn Mason of St. Louis, and Lisa (John) Link of Waterloo; grandchildren Jason Gray, Jeremy Gray and Payton Link; sister-in-law Judy Haas-Broers of Wellsville, Kan.; nephews Brett Haas, Shane Haas and Ty Haas; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Merle Haas. Mrs. Mason was a member of First Congregational Church in Dupo. She worked as an administrative assistant at St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo, Rev. Robert Lee officiating. He is buried at Lakeview Gardens of Memory in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society.

Leo G. Henke, 94, of Columbia, died March 19, 2008, in Belleville. He was born Nov. 29, 1913, in Waterloo, the son of the late Fred D. and Caroline Henke nee Stemler. He was married to the late Vera W. Henke nee Osterhage. Mr. Henke is survived by his children Curtis J. (Mary Ann) Henke of Valmeyer, and Audrey (Gary L.) Loos of Columbia grandchildren Kevin J. (Dawn) Henke, Gary Alan (Pam) Loos, and Mark K. (Wendy) Henke; great-grandchildren Quinn Henke, Adam Henke, Evan Loos, Cory Loos, Michaela Loos and Aryn Henke; along with nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, granddaughter, brothers Ted Henke and Emil Henke, and sister Alice Coats. Mr. Henke was past president and member of Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover, and was past president and present member of Zoar Church Fellowship. He was a member of Baum’s Cemetery Restoration and past board member and current member of Monroe County Farm Bureau. He was past member of the board of directors and past treasurer of Monroe Service Co., past member and past president of Waterloo Optimist Club, past member of IOOF Lodge in Waterloo, past member of the historical society and Footnotes Quartet, past member of Zoar Church Octet and Turners Society of Columbia, past member of Columbia Sportsman’s Club, past member of Monroe County Fair Association, and was a graduate of Baum’s Academy and School of “Hard Knocks.” Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover, Rev. Dwayne Dollgener officiating. He is buried at New Hanover Cemetery of Zoar in Columbia. Memorials may be made to New Hanover Cemetery of Zoar.

Beulah G. Valentine nee Valleroy, 88, of Valmeyer, died March 20, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 17, 1820, in Modoc, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Louise Valleroy nee Wills. She was married to the late Welton L. Valentine. Mrs. Valentine is survived by her children Michael (Pamela) Valentine of Creve Coeur, Mo., Jeanne Mueller, and Anthony (Luzviminda) Valentine of Valmeyer; grandchildren Jeffrey (Dana) Mueller, Nicole Mueller and Heidi Valentine; nieces Viola Peters, Judy Hitzmann, Karen Buettner and Margaret Pierce. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and granddaughter Amy Valentine Buckner. Mrs. Valentine was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Valmeyer and the Altar Sodality. She was also a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 901 in Valmeyer. Visitation is Monday, March 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service will be Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. at the funeral home, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. She will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

William “Sonny” Stafford Jr., 80, of Valmeyer, died March 21, 2008 in Valmeyer. He was born March 27, 1927, in St. Louis, the son of the late William Sr. and Ethel Stafford nee Dearman. He was married to Vinia Stafford nee Losh. Mr. Stafford is survived by his wife; children William (Becky) Stafford III of Waterloo, Allen (Shirley) Stafford of Valmeyer, Marie (Ed) Schultheis of Valmeyer, David (Janet) Stafford of Fults, and James (Amy) Stafford of Hooker, Okla.; sister Willene Hennemann; and brothers Dale Stafford and Donald (Louisa) Stafford. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Stafford was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the VFW in Arnold, Mo; American Legion in Prairie du Rocher, and a former member of Waterloo Masonic Lodge. A graveside service was held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Dolores “Dolly” Buehler, 77, of Red Bud, died March 23, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born Feb. 17, 1931, in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Aaron and Isabelle Bievenue nee Vogt. She was married to the late Ivo “Red” Buehler; he preceded her in death in 1999. Mrs. Buehler is survived by her children Van (Marianne) Buehler, Antioch Buehler, Glen “Bugs” Buehler, Gail (Rich) Stefani, Iva (Jay) Krebel, and Lynn (Tom) Hubert, all of Red Bud; grandchildren Tammi Heizer, Terri Imming, Toby Stefani, Lenny Stefani, Wendy Klein, Erik Krebel, Sara Howell and Kale Hubert, Tara Hubert and Tyler Hubert; and great-grandchildren Seth Heizer, Ian Heizer, Pierce Heizer, Lacy Imming, Ronica Imming, Brendan Stefani, Mackenzie Stefani, Caleb Stefani, Kiersten Klein and Braeden Klein; and sister Ruth Menard of Ruma. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son Leon Buehler. Mrs. Buehler was a homemaker. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. She is buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Alyda Eckert nee Wolfmeier, 92, of Columbia, died March 23, 2008. She was born Jan. 7, 1916, in Monroe County, the daughter of the late William and Wilhelmina Wolfmeier nee Otten. She was married to the late John J. Eckert; he preceded her in death in 2002. Mrs. Eckert is survived by her daughter Mareda Eckert of Kirkwood, Mo.; grandchild, Ulya Eckert of Kirkwood, Mo.; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother Elmer Wolfmeier. Mrs. Eckert was a member of Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor William Groennert officiating. She is buried at St. Paul Evangelical Church Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to United Charity Network.

Robert Toal Sr., 69, of Waterloo, died March 23, 2008, in Creve Coeur, Mo. He was born July 15, 1938, in Alton, the son of the late Leo R. Sr. and Hildegarde Toal nee Brown. He was married to Toal nee Dietz. Mr. Toal is survived by his wife; children Robert "Larry" (Connie) Toal, Michael (Teresa) Toal, Stephen Toal and Cheryl (Steve) Oelklaus; grandchildren Courtney Yearian, Macy Griffin and Camille Toal, Jack Toal and Bryce Oelklaus; great-grandchildren Eli Dinges and Dalen Dinges; brother Jack (Ruth) Toal; and sisters-in-law Pat Toal and Imogene Toal; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Lee Toal and Don Toal. Mr. Toal was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo and the Holy Name Society. There was no visitation. A memorial Mass will be April 5, 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church. Memorials may be made to the SS. Peter and Paul Grade School Building Fund or Gibault Catholic High School.

Michael J. Tolan, 65, of Waterloo, died March 23, 2008, in St. Louis. He was born May 25, 1942, in Belleville, the son of the late Joseph and Edna Tolan nee Quirin. Mr. Tolan was married to Karen Tolan nee Dowland. Mr. Tolan is survived by his son Scott (Cheryl) Tolan of Columbia; grandchildren Megan Tolan and Laruen Tolan; and brother John (Lori) Tolan of St. Louis; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Tolan was a member of the Millstadt Sportsman's Club and Millstadt Optimist Club. He was a former employee of Peerless Premier Stove Co. in Belleville. He enjoyed boating, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. He is buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Richard Meier, 58, of rural Waterloo, died March 24, 2008, in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 17, 1950, in Red Bud, the son of the late Joseph Zoedell Meier nee Drees. He married JoAnn Meier nee Floerke in 1977. Mr. Meier is survived by his wife; children Nick (Beck) Meier of Waterloo and Mike Meier of Waterloo; granddaughter Gabriella Anne Meier; brother John (Marie) Meier of rural Waterloo; sister Don (Alice) Haslag of Bonnots Mill, Mo.; mother-in-law Sis Floerke; sister-in-law Susan Floerke; niece Cindie (Eric) Allscheid; nephew Chuck (Kim) Meier; grand-nieces and -nephews Miranda Meier, Matthew Meier, Cassie Allscheid and Krista Allscheid; and godchildren Jennifer Kohnz and Chad Everett. He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Marcellus "Mac" Floerke, and nephew Tim Floerke. Mr. Meier was retired from Menard State Penitentiary in Chester and was a broker and owner of Meier Real Estate (The Meier Team), formerly RE/Max Prestige, in Waterloo and Columbia. He was a lifetime member and past commander of the Waterloo VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Realtor Association of Southern Illinois and Illinois Association of Realtors. He was involved with the Battle of Ripcord, the last major battle of the Vietnam War. He was in A Battery 2/11th Artillery 4th section 155 Howitzer. He received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Cluster and other service awards. He was a member of the Ripcord Association, a group of Vietnam veterans who were on and around Fire Base Ripcord in 1970, which sustained one of the greatest losses of troops in the Vietnam War. The Ripcord Vets meet annually for a convention and other excursions to enjoy each other’s company and reminisce about their experiences. Pallbearers at the funeral were members of this organization. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home, where a VFW service was held. A funeral was held at the funeral home, Mike Andrews officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans or in the form of Masses.

Rosella Kelley nee Fahey, 82, of Waterloo, died March 25, in St. Louis. She was born July 5, 1925, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Martin and Ellen Mary Fahey nee Gorman. She was married to James Kelley. Mrs. Kelley is survived by her husband; children Daniel Kelley of rural Red Bud, Eva (Roger) Schaefer of Columbia, Paul (Carol) Kelley of St. Louis, Richard (Celeste) Kelley of Waterloo, Gerald (Marie) Kelley of Waterloo, Janet (William) Schmitz of Waterloo, Kathleen (Eric) Bingham of Columbia, Teresa Polacek of Waterloo, Rose Kettler of Waterloo, Ellen (David, Sr.) Otten of rural Waterloo and Laura Kelley of Columbia; 24 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; son Robert "Whop" Kelley; brothers Charles Fahey, Thomas Fahey and William Fahey; sister Catherine Fahey; and son-in-law Edward Polacek, Jr. Mrs. Kelley was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Tipton. She was an avid quilter. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton, Fr. Jose Jacob officiating. She is buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

Jacqueline C. Jozayt nee Eckert, 73, of Cahokia, formerly of Swansea, died March 27, 2008, in Belleville. She was born April 27, 1934, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Elmer J. Eckert and Sally Eckert nee Jung, who survives her. She was married to the late Stanley Jozayt. Mrs. Jozayt is survived by her mother; daughter Paula Marie (James) Maloney of Cahokia; step-children Donald R. (Susan) Jozayt and Pat A. Jozayt, all of Florida; step-grandchildren Debra A. Jozayt and Daniel W. Jozayt, both of Florida; brothers Kenneth E. (Peggy) Eckert of Seattle, Wash., and Joyce G. (Shirley) Eckert of Columbia; nephews Steve (Leslie) Eckert, Michael Eckert and Robert Eckert; good friend Sheri Ohlendorf; along with great-nieces and -nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, husband, brother Walter C. Eckert, and sister Geraldine K. Marinko. Mrs. Jozayt was retired as a dining room hostess at Fairmont Park Race Track. She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose Chapter 53 of Swansea. Visitation and a funeral service were at were at Kassly Mortuary in Fairview Heights, with a Women of the Moose Ritual held. She is interred at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society.

Ray Hornbostel, 71, of Forney, Texas, died March 29, 2008, at his residence. He was born Aug. 18, 1936, in Percy, the son of the late Albert Hornbostel and Virginia Hornbostel nee Willis of Columbia. He was married to Linda Hornbostel nee Filbey. Mr. Hornbostel is survived by his children Linda (George) Hand of Columbia, Cynthia (David) Hartin of Manassas, Va., Phillip (Belva) Hornbostel of Columbia, Richard (Lynette) Hornbostel of Branson, Mo., DuWaine (Dana) Hornbostel of Pleasant Hill, Mo., and Joseph Hornbostel of Las Vegas, Nev.; step-children Jeff (Carol) Hellige of Roanoke, Va., Scott (Lindsey) Hellige of Evans, Colo., and Sherri Hellige of Forney, Texas; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers George (Dixie) Hornbostel of Columbia and Paul Dean (Gail) Hornbostel of Caseyville; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and first wife, Delores Hornbostel nee Bievenue. Visitation is Wednesday, April 2, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service will be Thursday, April 3, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. He will be buried at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society

Arlo F. Kohnz, 85, of Valmeyer, died March 30, 2008, in Des Peres, Mo. She was born July 9, 1922, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Martin Cecelia Kohnz nee Weber. He was married to Rose Ann Kohnz nee Muertz. Mr. Kohnz is survived by his wife; children Debra (Kevin) Lubbes of Valmeyer, and Sharon (Allen) May of Valmeyer; grandsons Ethan May, Avery Lubbes and Conner Lubbes; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Vernon Kohnz and Cletus Kohnz, sister Roseanne Wessel, brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law. Mr. Kohnz was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Mary Catholic Church, Fr. Urban Osuji officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund of American Heart Association.

February

Lucille Gray nee Bennett, 93, of Waterloo, died Feb. 3, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born July 14, 1914, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of the late James and Mary Bennett nee Franke. She was married to the late William Gray; he preceded her in death in 1994. Mrs. Gray is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Qusley of Longview, Texas; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and niece Mary Edith Sessler of St. Louis. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Gray was a member of New Life Church in Waterloo. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor David Eskstadt officiating. She was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice in Fairview Heights.

Elsie Oelzen nee Nottmeier, of St. Louis, Mo., 104, died Feb. 8, 2008. She was born July 27, 1903 in Fults, the daughter of the late Fred and Catherine (nee Nagel) Nottmeier. Survivors include children Laverne Schardan, Jean (Allen) Weber and Wayne Oelzen; daughter-in-law Janet Oelzen; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Nelda Allscheid; she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Oelzen; son, Henry Oelzen; daughter-in-law, Deanna Oelzen; and grandson, Randy Weber. She was a former member of the Carondelet E & R Church. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home, with Pastor Robert Stevens officiating. She was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc.

Jeanette J. Johnson, 73, o Imperial, Mo., died Feb. 9, 2008, at Des Peres Hospital. She was born March 9, 1934, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late James and Rose (Mesplay) LaMear. Survivors include daughters Cathie (Roger) Massie of Waterloo, Janet (Larry) Harris of East Carondelet, Teresa (Joe) Hurt of DeSoto, Mo., and Shelley Decker of Waterloo; brothers Jim (Mary Jane) LaMear of St. Louis, Mo., Tom (Shirley) LaMear of St. Louis, Mo., Jerry (Marilyn) LaMear of Licking, Mo., and Bob (Jane) LaMear of Dupo; sister, Mary (Paul) Knoll of St. Louis, Mo.; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and daughters-in-law, Renae Johnson and Linda Stein. She was preceded in death by sons Mark, Robert and Dennis Johnson; and a daughter, Bobbie Lou Johnson. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Cedar Hill, Mo. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. She was buried at St. Paul Evangelical Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association - Jerry's Kids.

John J. Carle Sr., 78, of Columbia, died Feb. 9, 2008, at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Louis, MO. He was born June 10, 1929 in Columbia, the son of the late John Carle and the late Dorothy Lemen. He was married to the late Linda Fay Wright in 1964 in New Hanover. She died in 2005. Survivors include sons John J. Carle, Jr. of Columbia and Michael R. (Julie) Carle of Prairie Du Rocher; daughter, Carole Ann (Del) Paris of Columbia; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Arthur (Jan) G. Carle of St. Louis, Mo.; sister, Margaret (Ron) A. Wallace of Belleville; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Louis Carle. He was retired from Union Bank, East St. Louis. He was an honorary lifetime member of the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club and a member of American Legion Post 581 in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home, with Rev. William Groennert officiating. He was buried at St. Paul Evangelical Church Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia.

Robert "Odie" Mathews, 53, of Hecker, died Feb. 10, 2008, at his residence. He was born Jan. 19, 1955, in East St. Louis, the son of Delores Mathews nee Campbell of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Dale Mathews of Waterloo, who survive. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Linda Mathews nee Wittenauer; children Angela (Todd) Eschmann of Waterloo and Robert Mathews (friend Lisa Braun) of Hecker; grandchildren Brenden "Peanut" Eschmann, Abby Eschmann and Samantha Eschmann; a father-in-law Delbert (Shirley) Wittenauer of Waterloo; sisters Linda (Keith) Lenox of St. Louis, Debbie (Jeff) Battin of Waterloo and Sandy (Doug) Akin of Waterloo; brothers Daniel Mathews of St. Louis, Dale Mathews of Waterloo and Mike Mathews of Waterloo; sisters-in-law Diane (Jerry) Mollet of Hecker, Pearl (Ronnie) Braun of Waterloo, Donna (Matt) Mensing of Beckemeyer, Debbie (Kenny) Osterhage of Waterloo and Lisa (Lonnie) Rehmer of Hecker; brothers-in-law Delbert (Sandy) Wittenauer and Gerard (Connie) Wittenauer, both of Waterloo; 31 nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. He was preceded in death by mother-in-law, Gladys Wittenauer; maternal grandparents Fred and Bernice (nee McGraw) Campbell; paternal grandparents Simon and Agnes (nee Schneider) Mathews; niece, Rachael Wittenauer; and nephews John Jennings and Kirk Osterhage. He was a vice-president of Laborer Local 196 of Waterloo, a past member of Hecker Volunteer Fire Department, Hecker Community Center, Hecker Sportsman Club and past president of the Monroe County Democrat Club. He was also a longtime fan of race car driver of Dale Ernhardt, Sr. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. He was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Robert Mathews Foundation for Families in Need.

Ardel Mueller nee Hoffmann, 87, of Fults, died Feb. 11, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born March 13, 1920, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Edwin and Rose Hoffmann nee Lehman. She was married to the late Halbert “Ham” Mueller. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her children Ross (Dorothy) Mueller of Fults and Waleah (Lennis) Lich of Waterloo; grandchildren Dan Mueller (fiancé Saundra Weber), Dawn (Jason) Goff, Aaron (Jennifer) Lich, Allison (Timothy) Tronnes and Amanda Lich (fiancé Jason Kunash); great-grandchildren Abbey Goff, Drew Goff and Gavin Lich; siblings Lee (Grace) Hoffmann and Kay (Dennis) Ritzel; sisters-in-law Telka Schatte and Dorothy Hoffmann; and brother-in-law Warren Osterhage. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Kermit Hoffmann, sisters Dorothy Hoffman and Ada Osterhage, and brother-in-law Vernon Hoffman. Mrs. Mueller was a member of St. John United Church of Christ of Maeystown and the St. John's Women's Fellowship. A visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. John United Church of Christ of Maeystown, Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. She was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

Ralph Frank Jr., 82, of Waterloo, died Feb. 13, 2008, in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 18, 1925, in Merrimac, the son of the late Ralph Sr. and Louise Frank nee Naumann. He was married to Pat Frank nee Cotton. Mr. Frank is survived by his wife; children Chris (JoAnn) Frank of Waterloo and Connie (Nino) Cammarata; grandchildren Sarah Frank, Alaina Wilson, Emily Wilson, Josh Frank, Nick Cammarata and Tony Cammarata; and sisters Beulah Bohnemeier and Edna "Sis" Arras. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Earl, Roy, Edward "Buddy" and Morris Frank, and sister Evelyn Riebeling. Visitation and a funeral service were held at Quernheim Funeral Home. A private graveside service was held at a later date.

Ila Mae Gaither, 69, of Cahokia, died Feb. 13, 2008, at her residence. She was the daughter of Della Edwards nee Lindsey and the late Kelly Edwards. She was married to Marvin Gaither. Mrs. Gaither is survived by her mother; husband; children Terri (Michael) Harashe of Dupo, Tammie Gaither of Cahokia, and Anthony Gaither of Cahokia; grandchildren Matthew (Amanda) Davidson of Dupo, Christopher (Jessica Fry) Narez of Cahokia, Devin Narez of Cahokia and Jessica Latimer of Cahokia; great-grandchildren Lonnie Darter, Penny Darter and soon-to-be born Lane Davidson; and sisters Linda Earnhardt, Wanda Ross and Myrna Fields. She was preceded in death by her father. Mrs. Gaither was a member of Assembly of God Church. Visitation and a funeral service were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo, Rev. Ernest Puckett officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Melvin Arb, 93, of Columbia died Feb. 14, 2008. He was born June 1, 1917, in St. Louis, the son of the late Nicholas and Mathilda Arb nee Schwendman. He was married to the late Loretta Arb nee Roediger. Mr. Arb is survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Mr. Arb was retired from Emerson Electric in St. Louis. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He was buried at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund.

Aurelia Thoma, 81, of Columbia, died Feb. 14, 2008, in Columbia. She was born March 8, 1926, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Ludwig Herrmann and the late Louisa Menner. She married the late Lorenz Thoma in 1946. Mrs. Thoma is survived by her daughters Sharon (John) Durrer of Waterloo, Jean (Mike) Tiff of Columbia, Cathy (James) Evans of Glen Carbon and Linda Robitsch of Columbia; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and sisters Dorothy Jehling of Waterloo and Bernice (Tom) Wightman of Waterloo. She also preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Vernon Herrmann, and sister Marcella Spitz. Mrs. Thoma was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fr. Steve Gira officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund or the American Diabetes Association.

Stanley Gregory, 76, of Waterloo, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, in Belleville. He was born Aug. 26, 1931, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Stanley Gregory Sr. and Zelma Rhymer. He is married to Beverly Gregory nee Thompson. Mr. Gregory is survived by his wife; daughters Donna (Paul) Whitelock of Austin, Texas, Susan (David) Nobbe of Columbia, and Elizabeth Gregory of St. Louis; 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; sister Pauline Alex of Maryville; and brother Gerald (Barbara) Gregory of Centennial, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Anita Gregory nee Gonzalez; son Thomas Gregory; brothers Seth Deichmann and George Gregory; and sister Betty DuPont. He was employed as a Sheet Metal Worker for Local 268 and is a member of the American Legion. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Matthew Friz officiating. He is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Adam Mosbacher, 21, of Fults, died Feb. 16, 2008, at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 2, 1987, in Red Bud, the son of Dennis and Debbie Mosbacher of Fults. Mr. Mosbacher is survived by his parents, sisters Megan Mosbacher and Emilee Mosbacher, brother Jacob Mosbacher, grandparents Gerri (Ray) Wienhoff of rural Waterloo and Curtis (MaryLou) Mosbacher of Prairie du Rocher, great-grandmother Clara Chambers of Red Bud, godparents John and Rita Wienhoff of Red Bud, and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by grandfather James Chambers and uncle Kenny Chambers. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Renault, Fr. Roger Karban officiating. He was buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults.

Russell Eugene Weston Sr., 75, of rural Valmeyer, died Feb. 16, 2008, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born June 7, 1932, in Gorham, the son of the late Luther Weston and Lillie Weston nee Needham. He married Arbah Jo Weston nee Lyerla in 1953. Mr. Weston is survived by his daughter April (Ronald) Callahan of Valmeyer, and son Russell Weston Jr. Mr. Weston was a member of New Harmony Church. He was also a member of Columbia Blue Lodge 474 AF and AM. He was retired from General Groceries of St. Louis. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Dawson Miller officiating. He was buried at Zoar UCC Cemetery in New Hanover. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice of Belleville or New Harmony Church.

Dorthia Wild nee Benton, 83, of Waterloo, died Feb. 16, 2008, in Red Bud. She was born Oct. 31, 1924 in Owensville, Mo., the daughter of the late Joseph and Alice Benton nee Naugle. She was married to the late Erwin Wild. Mrs. Wild is survived by her daughters Bonnie (James) Hoffman of Waterloo and Ruth Wild of St. Charles, Mo.; grandchildren Kevin (Rhonda) Hoffman and Brian (Angie) Hoffman; great-grandchildren Cassie, Kayla, Ryan, Morgan, Mason and Marisa Hoffman; and sister-in-law Eileen Naugle of Rockbridge. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters and brothers. Mrs. Wild was a member of Zion UCC of St. Joe’s Women's Guild. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Zion UCC Church in St. Joe, Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Memorials may be made to the church.

Meeky Rusteberg, 83, of Fults, died Feb. 17, 2008, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 5, 1925, in Eminence, Mo., the daughter of the late Arthur and Ellen Nichols nee Williams. She was married to Marcellus Rusteberg. Mrs. Rusteberg is survived by her son Curtis Rusteberg of Waterloo; grandchildren David Lee Rusteberg, Rebecca Patricia (William) Huddleston, both of Waterloo; great-grandchild Arthur Lee (Jennifer) Rusteberg of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; sisters Caden Huddleston of Maryville, Helen Garrett and Mary Witker; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and one brother. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. She was buried at Monroe City Cemetery.

Leslie Brinkman, 99, of Columbia , died Feb. 18, 2008, in Columbia. He was born Oct. 31, 1908, in Okawville, the son of the late John Brinkman and the late Jane Brinkman nee Friend. He married the late Vera Brinkman nee Krewinghaus in 1940 in St. Louis; she preceded him in death in 2007. Mr. Brinkman is survived by his nieces and nephews Gene Brinkman, Shirley Kocher, Doris Duvall, Nancy (Gene) Tepe, JoAnne (Clyde) Schubert, Terry (Chris) Krewinghaus, Carol (Bob) Wetstein, Frank Majnerich and Terry Majnerich; brother-in-law Earl (Ruth) Krewinghaus; sister-in-law Pearl Majnerich; and other relatives and friends. He was a retired civil servant at Scott Air Force Base. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. William Groennert officiating. He is buried at the Oddfellows Cemetery in Oakawville. Memorials may be made to Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia.

Willis Henke, 76, of Waterloo, died Feb. 18, 2008, in Belleville. He was born Nov. 5, 1931, in Waterloo, the son of the late Theodore and Olga Henke nee Mueller. Mr. Henke is survived by his brother Roy (Anola) Henke of Waterloo; nieces Lori Morton of Waterloo, Marla (Robert) Byrd of Waterloo, Karen (Rick) Hoff of Wentzville, Mo., and Kirsten (Nat) Bongiovanni of Fairfax, Va.; nephews Scott Henke and Troy Henke, both of Waterloo; great-niece, Erin Polacek; and great-nephews Ted Polacek and Zachary Byrd. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Marvin Henke. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Dawson Miller officiating. He is buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to New Harmony Church of Waterloo.

Vernon Hoepfinger, 88, of Columbia, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, in Columbia. He was born May 8, 1919, in Dupo, the son of the late Harry Hoepfinger and Lena Hoepfinger nee Rehg. Mr. Hoepfinger is survived by his daughter Darlene Hoepfinger of Caseyville; sisters Carolyn (Omar) Harris Jr. of Columbia and Mildred Brewster of Belleville; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Helen Hoepfinger nee Pearson, second wife Doris Hoepfinger nee Beeler, brother Harold Hoepfinger, and sisters Bernice Bieller and Viola Fauerbach. Mr. Hoepfinger was a member of Sterling Baptist Church in Fairview Heights. He was also a member of Columbia Blue Lodge 474 AF and AM and the Shriners. He was a retired switchman with the Terminal Railroad in East St. Louis. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Randy Loeschen officiating. He is buried at St. Paul Evangelical Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Sterling Baptist Church or the Animal Protective Association of St. Louis.

Mary Ellen Kern nee Vogt, 79, of Tipton, died Feb. 18, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 22, 1928, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Leo and Selma Vogt nee Rehmer. She was married to the late Simon Kern. Mrs. Kern is survived by her daughter Karen Mavers of Waterloo; grandchildren John (Charlene) Ahne of Waterloo, Christopher Ahne of Jacksonville, Fla., and William Robert Ahne of Waterloo; great-grandchildren Nicole Ahne, Tess Ahne, Brittani Ahne, John S. Ahne and Bethanie Ahne; brothers Orval “Bud” (Geraldine) Vogt of Waterloo and Leland (Corina) Vogt of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Mrs. Kern was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Tipton. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick's Church in Tipton, Fr. Jose Jacob officiating. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Relay for Life or St. Patrick's Education Fund.

Norma Lindemann nee Sopp, 97, of Waterloo, formerly of Dupo, died Feb. 19, 2008, in Red Bud. She was born Oct. 18, 1911. She was married to the late Lloyd Lindemann. Ms. Lindemann is survived by her son William (Clara) Lindemann of Las Cruces, N.M.; daughter Joan (Arland) Nottmeier of St. Louis; grandchildren Kate Nottmeier, Carl Nottmeier, Eric (Tracy) Nottmeier and Alex (Jennifer) Nottmeier; great-grandchildren Reese Nottmeier, Sloan Nottmeier, Turner Nottmeier and Hudson Nottmeier; sisters-in-law Norma Sopp and Elva Sopp; and god-daughter, Linda Frisch; along with nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers Otto Buehler, Oliver Sopp and Russell Sopp. Mrs. Lindemann was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo and the Christ UCC Women’s Guild, Dupo Volunteer Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary and the Monroe County Home Extension. She was a secretary at Dupo High School and East Carondelet Grade School. A funeral service was held at Christ UCC of Dupo, Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. She is buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Christ UCC of Dupo Elevator Fund, Oakhill Memorial Fund or A.C. Daugherty Library Fund.

Donald Reis, 77, of Columbia, died Feb. 20, 2008, in Columbia. He was born August 9, 1930, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Carl and Hilda Reis nee Habermehl. Mr. Reis is survived by his special friend Marcella “Sally” Schmittling of Waterloo; daughters Jerri (James) Standing of Creve Coeur, Mo., Donna Reis of Minneapolis, Minn., and Susan Mueller of Edwardsville; sons Steven (Teresa) Reis of Columbia and John (Renee) Reis of Valparaiso, Ind.; eight grandchildren; brother David (Margaret) Reis of Fla.; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Reis, and sister Rose Marie Nottmeier. He was a retired mechanic at Ryder Trucking in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. He is buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Laura Thomas, 94, of Breese, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese. She was born June 28, 1913, in Columbia, the daughter of late Herman and Christina Osterhage nee Klohr. She married Alvin Thomas on August 17, 1940; he preceded her in death in 1995. Mrs. Thomas is survived by her son David (Jan) Thomas of Aviston; daughter-in-law Rosalie Thomas of Centralia; grandchildren Diane (Art) Mucciante of Presque Isle, Mich., Lynn (Mark) Featherling of Centralia, Rodney (Corina) Thomas of Bartlett, and Scott (Kathy) Thomas of Aviston; great-grandchildren Rosalie, Brianna and Bruno Mucciante, Megan and Jacob Featherling, and Jessica, Gavin, Caleb, Collin and Griffin Thomas; and twin sister Myrtle Jung of Millstadt. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Alan Thomas, brother Raymond Osterhage, and great-grandson Arthur Alan Mucciante. Mrs. Thomas was a member of St. John United Church of Christ of Breese and the Women’s Fellowship. She was a homemaker and co-owner of Western Auto Supply in Breese. Visitation was at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. A funeral service was held at St. John UCC in Breese, Rev. Lisa Hart officiating. She is buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

Robert Reed, 63, of Waterloo, died Feb. 23, 2008, in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 27, 1944, in St. Louis, the son of the late George and Esther Reed nee Noonan. He was married to Sandra Reed. Mr. Reed is survived by his wife; children Kelly (Brett) Schipkowski of Edwardsville, John Reed of Waterloo, and Katherine “Katt” Reed of Waterloo; grandchildren Olivia Reed and Kendra and Zachary Schipkowski; sister Sharon (Steve) Dodson of Mehlville, Mo., Tom Reed of Orlando, Fla., and Dan (Cheryl) Reed of Ballwin, Mo.; sisters-in-law Sharon Gustafson, Bobbie (Doug) Isham and Gloria (Steve) Klopf; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. 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.

Laverne Wolfmeier nee Schlemmer, 67, of St. Genevieve, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died Feb. 20, 2008, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Des Peres, Mo. She was born March 25, 1940, in Maeystown. She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father; Mathilda (nee Schlemmer) and Louie Kettler. She was married to Charles Wolfmeier. Mrs. Wolfmeier is survived by her husband; children Cheryl (Brian Henry) Wolfmeier of East Carondelet, Linda Darnell of Waterloo, Robert (Bonnie Copeland) Darnell of Dupo and Jeffery (April Meng) Darnell of Iberia, Mo.; grandchildren Christy Wolfmeier, Scott Wolfmeier, Christina Henry, Stacey Henry, Nicole (Shaun) Grant and April, Amy, Ashley, Anthony, Devin and Kimberlee Darnell; great grandchildren Sean Grant and Kyra Wildman; along with other relatives and friends. Visitation and a funeral service were at Valhalla Holten Funeral Home in Belleville, Rev. Allie McKnight officiating. She is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.

Carl Emil Kuester, 76, of Millstadt, died Feb. 22, 2008, at his residence. He was born Aug. 23, 1931, in Sugar City, Colo., the son of the late Simon and Minnie Kuester nee Bauer. He was married to Ruth Kuester nee Eickhoff. Mr. Kuester is survived by his wife; children David (Jane) Kuester of Millstadt, Debra (Mark) Vendermyde of Forsyth, Karen Glenn of O’Fallon and Kevin (Karen) Kuester of Freeburg; grandchildren Will, Adam, Noah and Emma Kuester, Rachel Vendermyde, Ryan and Alex Glenn, Christopher, Daniel and Sarah Kuester; and sisters Selma Wiles of Oklahoma and Bernice Kuester of Tyler, Tex; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Charlotte Peterson, and brothers Elvin Kuester and Richard Kuester in infancy. A funeral was held at Zion Evangelical Church of Millstadt, Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. He is buried at Freivogel Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical Church or Parkinson Support Group of Belleville.

Lester Deffenbaugh, 93, of Columbia, died Feb. 24, 2008, in Columbia. He was born Oct. 27, 1914, in St. Louis, the son of the late Charles and Katherine Deffenbaugh nee Vollmer. He married Olivia (Mueller) Deffenbaugh in 1940. Mr. Deffenbaugh is survived by his wife; daughters Doris (David) Bound of Conway, Ark., Shirley (David) Asselmeier of Columbia, and Carol (Ben) Bergmann of Columbia; son Charles (Kimberly) Deffenbaugh of Columbia; sister Vera Maurer of Freeburg; grandchildren Todd (Melissa) Bound, Cindy Pitts, David “Buzz” Asselmeier, Brian (Wendy) Bergmann, Christopher (Kristy) Bergmann, Leslie (Corey) Dickerson and Adam Deffenbaugh; 11 great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandchild Charles Asselmeier, brothers Byron, Vernon, Dale and Homer Deffenbaugh; and sister Helen Wilson. He retired as the president of Monroe National Bank in Columbia after more than 37 years of service. He was a life member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association, a 50-year member of the Columbia Blue Lodge 474 AF and AM, American Red Cross, a past president of the Columbia PTA, Monroe County Farm Bureau, a charter member of the Toastmasters and Columbia Lion's Club, Scottish Rite, American Bankers Association and St. Paul UCC of Columbia. Visitation and a funeral service were at St. Paul United Church of Christ of Columbia, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. He is buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the church’s elevator fund.

William "Bill" Kennedy Sr., 77, of Prairie du Rocher, died Feb. 24, 2008, in Red Bud. He was born August 3, 1930, in Ames, the son of the late William and Leona Kennedy nee Laurent. He married Judy Hunter in 1966. Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife; children Bill (Candy) Kennedy Jr. of Hecker, and Becky (Charlie) Cowell of Sparta; grandchildren Erin (fiancé Brian) Kennedy, Josh Kennedy, Allison Kennedy, Kayla Cowell and Jacob Cowell; step-grandchildren Jayne Kirkpatrick and Jim Heinz; step-great-grandchildren Jaxon and Trinity Heinz; siblings Darlene (Arthur) Frisch of Columbia, Paul (Rose) Kennedy of Waterloo, Marlene (Everett) DeRousse of Lee's Summit, Mo., Marin Kennedy of Prairie du Rocher, and Richard (Phyllis) Kennedy of Ruma; sister-in-law Jeanette Kennedy of Prairie du Rocher; along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert and Harold Kennedy, and sister Auvergne Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher . He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a farmer and he worked at Gateway FS in Prairie du Rocher for 48 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 622 and the Randolph County Farm Bureau. He also served on the Prairie du Rocher Fire Department Board. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, Fr. Tom Stout officiating. He will be buried with a military graveside service by American Legion Post 622 at the church's cemetery.

Randall "Mouse" Levin, 47, of Columbia, died Feb. 25, 2008, in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 20, 1961, in East St. Louis, the son of John Levin and the late Norma Mae Levin nee Brown. Mr. Levin is survived by his brothers Scott (Lisa) Levin of Waterloo and Todd (Betty Graves) Levin of Waterloo; niece Zailey Levin; and nephews Clayton Levin and Zack Martychenko; along with other relatives and friends. He was a carpenter for John Levin Builders in Waterloo, member of Carpenter's Union Local 1997 of St. Louis, and was an avid outdoorsman. A funeral was held at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Mike Kumm officiating. He is buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made the Ocean Conservancy of Washington, D.C.

Mary Hippe nee Rickert, 86, of St. Louis, Mo., died Feb. 26, 2008, in St. Louis County, Mo. She was born Oct. 27, 1921, in Tipton, the daughter of the late George and Gertrude Rickert nee Crook. Ms. Hippe is survived by her nieces, nephews, cousins and special friend David Sahraman. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Lamar Wild and Richard Hippe, and brothers George Jr. and Edward (Yvonne) Rickert. She was a longtime member of Ste. Genevieve Dubois Church in Warson Woods, Mo., and a former co-owner of Gus T. Handge Painting Co. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Fr. Jose Jacob officiating. She is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo.

Albert Hornbostel, 95, of Columbia, died Feb. 28, 2008, in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 10, 1912, in Shiloh, the son of the late William and Minnie Hornbostel nee Nordmeyer. He married Virginia (Willis) Hornbostel in 1935. Mr. Hornbostel is survived by his wife; sons Ray (Linda) Hornbostel of Forney, Tex., Paul (Gail) Hornbostel of Caseyville and George (Dixie) Hornbostel of Columbia; foster son Peter (Sandi) Woolley of Columbia; sister Helen Grennels of Chester; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and 11 brothers and sisters. He was a retired maintenance man with the Columbia School District, a WWII Navy veteran, a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, American Legion Post 581 of Columbia and the Millstadt V.F.W. Post. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. He is buried at the Percy Village Cemetery in Percy. Memorials may be made to the church’s building fund.

Deborah Simmons, 56, died Feb. 28, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. She was born Dec. 25, 1951, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Jacob Edgar Steppig and Patricia Steppig nee Mason, of Eldon , Mo., who survives her. She married Michael Lee Simmons in 1972. Mrs. Simmons is survived by her mother; husband; daughters Michelle (Tori) Bartlett of Hiram, Ga., Christine (Thor) Lohrberg of rural Waterloo and Jessica (Bradley) Sager of Dupo; sisters Mary (Robert) Golaszenski of Bonne Terre, Mo., and Rita (Charles) Kempf of Eldon, Mo., and grandchildren Tory, Thomas, Trece, Grant and Jacob. She was preceded in death by her father and granddaughter Taylor Thomas Bartlett. She was a longtime postal employee at the Columbia Post Office, with more than 30 years of service to the USPS. Visitation and a funeral service were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, Rev. Charles Kempf officiating. She is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Cathren Marie Hall-Friend, 78, of Ellsinore, Mo., died Jan. 4, 2008, at Canterbury Manor Nursing Home in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 22, 1929, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Leo Jesse and Mary Anna (Norman) Raymer. She married Norman Hall in Piggott, Ark., on Sept. 7, 1947. He died in 1981. She then married Harold "Happy" Friend on Dec. 7, 1985, in Ellsinore, Mo. He died in 2000. Survivors include daughter Deborah (Gary) Lavender of Waterloo; sons Howard (Joe Ann) Hall of Qulin, Mo., and Donne (Debbie) Hall of Gatewood, Mo.; brothers Ivan Lee Raymer and Melvin Raymer of Ellsinore; sisters Norma Roark and Jean Powell of Ellsinore, Jeardene Grant of Caruthersville, Mo., and Betty Magnall of High Ridge, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter, Evelyn Nance; and brothers Charles Lellan Raymer and Richard Andrew Raymer. She was a homemaker and member of the Ellsinore Community Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, embroidery, gardening and her church. Visitation was at McSpadden Funeral Home in Ellsinore, Mo. A funeral was at Ellsinore Community Pentecostal Church, with Rev. James Huffman officiating. She was buried at White Mill Cemetery in Ellsinore, Mo.

Charles Fisher, 80, of Columbia, died Jan. 5, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital. He was born June 12, 1927, in St. Louis, the son of the late Henry Fisher and Larean (Drumb) Kraenkel. Survivors include his wife, Joyce (Gruen) Fisher; sons Kenneth (Cynthia) Fisher of Columbia and Kurt (Melanie) Fisher of Columbia; grandchild Craig Fisher; and sister, Louise (Sam) Losh of Piedmont, Mo. He was preceded in death by brothers Henry Fisher and Jennings Fowlkes; and sister, Alberta Fisher. He was a member of Destroyer Escort Sailors Assoc., Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, Crestwood Elks Lodge 2503 and McKinley Goldbugs Reunion Committee. He was retired from Sigma - Aldrich in St. Louis. He was a boxer at South Broadway Athletic Club in St. Louis, where he was Golden Gloves Champion from 1943 - 1944. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Rams fan who was also devoted to his family and friends. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Rev. Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. He was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the USS Slater Endowments Fund or the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum in Albany, NY.

Adele Dunkman, 102, of Red Bud, died Jan. 8, at Red Bud Nursing Home. She was born May 17, 1905, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Henry and Clara (Schrieber) Schuette. She married Chester Dunkman of St. Louis in 1932. After Chester returned from two years of Army service they moved to Columbia. He died in 1982, two months before their 50th wedding anniversary. She then moved to Red Bud. She was survived by special friend Pauline Niehaus, and other friends and relatives. In addition to her husband; she was preceded in death by sisters Ruth Guebert and Lou Raffl; and brother, Wally Schuette. Adele was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud, a member of the church's Mission Society and Lutheran Women's Missionary League. She was also a member of Camp Wartburg Auxiliary, St. Clement's Auxiliary, Lutheran Laymen's League and Red Bud Senior Citizens. She volunteered in the Red Bud Nursing Home Sing-A-Long group. Visitation and funeral were at St. John Lutheran Church. She was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to Lutheran Women's Missionary League - Southern Illinois District, St. John Lutheran Church or radio station KFUO.

Esther Gummersheimer nee Reichert, 96, of Columbia, died Jan. 9, 2008, at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Dec. 25, 1911, in Sugar Loaf Township, the daughter of the late John and Henrietta (Diehl) Reichert. She was married to the late Elmer Gummersheimer, who died in 1990. She is survived by sons Virgil (Darleen) Gummersheimer of Columbia and Earl (Betty) Gummersheimer of East Carondelet; grandchildren Raymond (Kim) Gummersheimer, Dale (Beth) Gummersheimer, Karen (David) Gotsch, Petty (Donald) Kleinschmidt, Susan (Don) Grieshaber and David (Connie) Gummersheimer; 14 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law Irene Gummersheimer and Theresa Collier of Columbia. She was preceded in death by brothers Arthur Reichert, Christ Reichert and Walter Reichert; and sister Elsie Stemler. She was a member of St. Paul Church in Columbia, Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary, Baltz Cemetery Association, Columbia Senior Citizens and Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was at St. Paul UCC of Columbia, with Rev. Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. She was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church, Baltz Cemetery Association or the Monroe County Farm Bureau Foundation.

Melvin C. “Sonny” Julien, 69, of Columbia died Friday, Jan. 11 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Tuesday, June 18, 1918 at East St. Louis, the son of the late Charles and Dena (Lohmann) Julien. He was married to Pauline (Everding) Julien, who survives. They were married Jan. 12, 1973 in Cahokia. Survivors include a daughter, Donna (Philip) Bohn of Columbia; a grandson, Joseph Bohn and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marcella (Schaffhauser) Julien. Visitation was at the Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Monday, Jan. 14 the Rev. Steven Thiess officiating. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville. Mr. Julien was a retired farmer and a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Joshua R. Glessner, 22, of Renault died Saturday, Jan. 12, as a result of injuries sustained when his truck crashed on Kaskaskia Road. He was the son of Dianne (Don) Walker and Ronnie Glessner and was born June 18, 1985 at Red Bud. Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Amy Jean Crook and Stacey Marie Glessner; two step-brothers, Darrin Walker and Rick (Janet) Walker; an aunt, Jean Richard Baker; an uncle, Bob (Mary) Huch; nieces and nephews, Brittney Crook, Dustin Miller, Ryan Walker, Monica Walker and Luke Walker; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Florence Glessner, grandfather Archie Huch and grandmother Willevra Huch. Mr. Glessner was union welder for Tower Rock Stone Co. in Ste. Genevieve. He was active in the Freeda’s dart and pool leagues and was an avid outdoorsman. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home where a funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Rev. Matt Friz officiating. Burial was at Studt Cemetery in Renault.

Josephine A. Raney, 84, of Effingham, died Jan 12, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Vazzana Scialabba. She married the late Donald Raney in 1953; he preceded her in death in 2001. Mrs. Raney is survived by her D. Raymond (Mary) Raney of Edwardsville, Dr. Stephen (Joan) Raney of Columbia, and Frank (Janet) Raney of Plainfield, and Maria (Pat) Dust of Mattoon; and grandchildren Valerie Raney, John Dust, Mary Jo Raney, Stephanie Raney, Michelle Raney, Mark Raney and Marianne Dust. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Marie, brothers-in-law James Raney and Eugene Raney, and sister-in-law Marilyn Raney. Mrs. Raney was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with degrees in mathematics and chemistry. She worked at the Mellon Institute before moving to Effingham. She later obtained her teaching degree from Eastern Illinois University and taught mathematics at Central School in Effingham for many years before retiring in 1986. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, a fabulous cook, an excellent teacher, and a dear friend to many. Her visitation was at Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham. A funeral Mass was at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham. She is buried at St. Anthony Cemetery in Effingham. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Anthony schools.

Harry R. Shreve, 83, of Waterloo died Jan. 13. He was the husband of Novella Shreve, nee Edwards. Mr. Shreve was born Dec. 31, 1924 in St. Louis, the son of the late Harry of and Mary Shreve, nee Zielinski. Besides his wife, he is survived by children Kenny Shreve, Debby (Terry) Hutton and Becky (Bill) Avett; nine grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Besides his parents, Mr. Shreve was preceded in death by a sister, Jewel Lamprich; and a brother-in-law, Roy Himmer. He was a retired paper cutter for Reynolds Metals in St. Louis, a 25-year member of the Graphic Communications International Local 505 and a 50-year member of Immaculate Conception Church in Centreville. He served in WWII as a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment of the 25th Division. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Fr. Elmer Mauer officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.

Clifford Dale Yearian, 63, of Waterloo died Jan. 13. He was the husband of Louise A. Yearian nee Tucker. Mr. Yearian was born Jan. 31, 1944 in East St. Louis, the son of Burnell I. Yearian and the late Clifford F. Yearian. Other survivors include children Todd (Kym) Yearian, Laurie (David) Baum, Brad (Amy) Yearian and Libby (Kirk) Anderson; brothers Doug (Stephanie) Yearian and David (Dena Rudloff) Yearian; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Mr. Yearian was the owner of Yearian Construction, and a member of Carpenter's Local 1997 and the National Rifle Association. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home where a funeral service was conducted by Rev. Matt Friz. Burial was at St. John Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or the NRA.

Donald C. Woods, 78, of Columbia died Sunday, Jan. 13 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He born June 6, 1929 in Stillwater, Okla., the son of the late Carl and Alice Woods nee McDonald. He married the late Antoinette M. Woods nee Castelli, who died Mary 18, 2007. Survivors include sons Donald C. (Beth Campbell) Woods, Dennis (Beverly Bolhafner) Woods, David (Denise) Woods and Douglas (Leslie) Woods; daughter, Diana (Ed) Sugden; brother Delbert "Dale" (Doris) Woods; half-sister, Marci Altschuh; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was a retired ironworker and a member of Iron Workers Local 396. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Church with Fr. Steve Gira officiating. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Research Center at Washington University.

Charles Schrader, 86, of Ruma, died Jan. 14, 2008 at Red Bud Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 15, 1921 in Evansville, the son of Henry and Emilie nee Albrecht Schrader. He married Aldina Dettmer in 1946. She died in 2000. After serving in the Air Force during World War II, he was a farmer and a mechanic at Salger Bros. Equipment in Red Bud. Mr. Schrader was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church of Ruma's Men's Club. Survivors include children Rev. Darwin (Karen) Schrader, Darrell (Margarette) Schrader, Dwain (Laurie) Schrader and Diane Schrader; grandchildren Timothy Schrader and Daniel Schrader. He was preceded in death by brothers Henry and Paul Schrader. Welge - Pechacek Funeral Home handled the arrangements. A funeral was held at St. John Lutheran Church in Ruma with Rev. James Leistico officiating. He was buried at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to COSLHS or to the church.

Janet Bielefeld Caruso, 64, of St. Louis, died Jan. 16, 2008 in Fenton, Mo. She was born Aug. 22, 1943, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Wilfred and Lucille (nee Auer) Bielefeld. She had worked for United Health Care. Survivors include daughter, Michele (Tom) Alder; grandsons Brett and Joshua Alder; brother, Robert (Mary Lou) Bielefeld; and sisters Marlene Rall and Carol (Roger) Hess. She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Caruso. A visitation and funeral were held at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. She was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Beatrice Gunter "Bea" Hooks, 87, of Dupo died Jan. 17, 2008 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was preceded in death by a son, Wendell Barry Hooks; and sisters Georgia Hirsch and Ruth Gunter. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Wendell Hooks; and brother, Earl Gunter. The 1938 graduate of DuQuoin High School was a secretary at First Baptist Church of Dupo where she served as a secretary. She was also a member of the United Transportation Union Women's Auxiliary. A funeral was at First Baptist Church in Dupo with Rev. Gerald Phillips and Rev. Eugene Daily officiating. The arrangements were handled by Dashner - Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. She was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made the Bea Hooks Memorial Fund at Regions Bank in Dupo.

Mariann Tojo, 74, of Columbia, died Jan. 18, 2008 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born March 18, 1933, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Jerome and Leona nee Dumbeck Zittel. She was a retired secretary for Buxton and Skinner Printing Co. Survivors include a son, Tom (Julene) Tojo of Ellisville, Mo., and a daughter, Tina Swain of Columbia; grandchildren Jordan and Jenna Tojo and B.J. Swain of Highland. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Luella Aycock nee Wetzler, 79, of Waterloo, died Jan. 19, 2008. She was born Feb. 22, 1928 in Fults, the daughter of the late George and Lena nee Fauss Wetzler. Survivors include son, Michael (Susie) Aycock; grandsons Aaron and Ryan Aycock; sister, Ardell (Leroy) Hartmann; brother, William (Lucille) Wetzler; and sisters-in-law Helen Wetzler and Darlene Wetzler. She was preceded in death by a son, Terrence Aycock; brothers Raymond, Willis, Roland, Robert, Wilbert and Emil Wetzler; sisters-in-law Kath-erine and Elfrieda Wetzler. Visitation was Monday, Jan. 21. A funeral service followed at St. Paul UCC of Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. She was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Betty Lou Nier nee Riley, 78, of Valmeyer, died Jan. 19, 2008 in Red Bud. She was born Nov. 18, 1929, in Kirkwood, Mo., the daughter of the late Thomas and Ethel (nee Brown) Riley. Survivors include children Sharon (Steve) Newell, Linda Ford, Jerry Alexander, Donna (Jim) Aldridge, Tamara (Dave) Holmes, Keith (Tina) Nier and David Cole; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Clarence Nier; two sisters and two brothers. She was a member of the Valmeyer Senior Citizens and Valmeyer American Legion Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. She was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Olinda Louis Huebner nee Petersen, 84, of Red Bud, died Jan. 19, 2008 in Red Bud. She was born Jan. 24, 1923, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Henry and Louise nee Bangert Petersen. Survivors include daughter, Karen (Kenneth) Schau of New Athens; and sister-in-law Dorothy Petersen of St. Louis, Mo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Huebner; and brother, Henry Petersen. She was a member of the St. Peter UCC of Red Bud Women's Fellowship and a past member of GRG at Immanuel UCC of Ferguson, Mo. A visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Peter UCC of Red Bud, with Pastor Kenneth Knobloch officiating. She was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

Arlene "Eileen" Edwards nee Pencak, 68, of Waterloo, died Jan. 19, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 21, 1939, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary nee Ziemba Pencak. Survivors include husband, Raymond Edwards; children David "Fritz" (Kathy Engel) Edwards and Diane (Daniel) Amann; grandchildren Sheila Amann, Stephanie Amann and Daniel Amann; devoted dog Punky; sister, Rosemarie (Edward) Zakszewski; and half-sister, Loretta Buettner. A funeral was at Quernheim Funeral Home. with Father Robert Gore officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mary Icle Woodcock nee McDannald, 87, of Columbia, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born October 21, 1920 in Pollock, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Lydia A. (nee Pearson) McDannald. She married Raymond Woodcock in 1946, who survives her. Other survivors include her daughter, Wilma Ann (Gene) Zarybnicky of Blue Springs, NE; grandson, Michael Matthew (Kris) Zarybnicky of Beatrice, NE; great-grandchildren Michaela S. Zarybnicky, and Ashlynn Marye Zarybnicky; a brother, Charles Otis McDannald of Ellsinore, Mo.; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine McDannald; and brothers J. Henry McDannald and William LeeOral McDannald. Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to noon at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral will follow at Lawlors at 12 noon, Pastor Dan Batchelor officiating. She will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Worship Center in Dupo.

Ermin J. Vogt, 89, of Waterloo died Jan. 21, 2008, in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 14, 1919 in Waterloo, the son of the late Louis B. and Anna M. (nee Zeis) Vogt. Survivors include sister Margaret Mary Brinkmann; nieces and nephews Janice (Dave) Holdener, Kathy (Darrell) Hitzemann, Dorothy (Paul) Mollet, Joseph (Liz) Brinkmann, John Brinkmann, Chester (JoAnn) Vogt, JoAnn Daniels, Mary (Michael) Harrod, Tom (Bobbie) Vogt and Anne (Steve) Candler. He was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor Vogt nee May; and brothers Raymond L., Alphonse and Anthony Vogt; and sister Hildegarde Einwich. He was a member of the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Holy Name Society, Waterloo Knights of Columbus Council # 1334 and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Grade School. Visitation is Friday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Jose Jacob officiating. He will be buried at the church's cemetery.

Katherine Grob, 92, of Columbia, died Jan. 22, 2008, at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born October 4, 1915 in New Underwood, SD, the daughter of the late George and Catherina (nee Baurele) Schuler. She was married to the late Wilbert A. Grob. He died in 1995. Survivors include a daughter, Diana (David) Monroe of Jacksonville; son-in-law, Robert Thoma of Columbia; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and 2 step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Denise Thoma; 5 brothers; and 4 sisters. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Columbia. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. She will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the church.

James D Houseknecht, 72, of Maryville, died Jan. 23, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital North in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 6, 1936 in Detroit, Mich, the son of late Theodore and Donna nee Bumpus Houseknecht. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Houseknecht nee Spelver; children Linda Houseknecht of St. Charles, Mo., Ellen (Jeffrey) Grueninger of Columbia and James Houseknecht of Columbia; sister Patricia Nevels of Columbia, Mo.; and grandchildren Connor Doherty of St. Charles, Mo., Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Bentrup of Ballwin, Mo. and Andrew Phillip Grueninger of Columbia. He was preceded in death by a son, Lou Phillip Houseknecht. Mr. Houseknecht was an electronic technician at C.C. Bell Electronic in Collinsville and St. Louis, Mo. He was a member of St. John Evangelical UCC in Collinsville and a past Mason of Lodge 712. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Herbert A Kassly Funeral Home in Collinsville. Funeral is Monday, Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m., at the funeral home, with Rev. David Stabenfeldt officiating. Burial will be at St. John UCC cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

Helen Schlotmann, 91, of Red Bud, died Jan. 23, at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 11, 1916, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Christ and Ellen (nee Kelley) Kern. She married Clemens Schlotmann Sr. in 1936 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. He died in 1971. She is also preceded in death by a son, John Schlotmann; granddaughter Lisa Schlotmann; and brothers James, Leo, Joseph and Simon Kern. Survivors include children Joseph (Pamela) Schlotmann of Red Bud, Clemens Schlotmann Jr. of Red Bud, Henry (Barbara Jean) Schlotmann, Alfred Schlot-mann of Waterloo and Helen Marie (Jerome) Schlotmann of Waterloo; and sisters Sr. Wilfreda Kern ASC of Ruma; Sr. Teresita Kern ASC and Sr. Lucille Kern ASC of Belleville. She had been a housekeeper at St. Clement's Hospital in Red Bud and at the Ruma Convent. Mrs. Schlotmann was an avid quilter, collected salt and pepper shakers, loved working in her garden and canned vegetables. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Monday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Father Tom Stout officiating. She will be buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or ASC Memorial Fund for the Retirement of Sisters.

James "Jim" Garris Sr., 82, of Chester died Jan. 24, 2008, at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 12, 1926, in Chester, the son of E.A. and Nellie (nee Cuberly) Garris. He married Dorothy Holliday in 1978. She died in 1985. Survivors include a son, James Garris Jr. of Pasadena, Tex.; a daughter, Kathy Valentine of Tamaroa; a sister, Edna (Poenitske) Stueve; sister-in-law Dorothy Garris of Chester; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A visitation and funeral were at Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester, Rev. Mark Willig officiating. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Chester with a military graveside service under the direction of the VFW Post 3553. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Chester.

Hulda Rafferty nee Thiele, 93, formerly of Waterloo , died Jan. 24, 2008, in Ask Flat, Ark. She was born Jan. 12, 1915, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Herman and Emma Thiele nee Faus. She was married to the late Phillip Rafferty. Mrs. Rafferty is survived by her son Philip (Cathleen) Rafferty of Arcata, Calif.; step-daughter Sally Henseley; two step-grand-daughters; sister Eileen Hoffman of Waterloo; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Dorothy Hergenroeder. A memorial service will be held in March in Arkansas.

Lona Frances Niewe-glowski, 81, of Baldwin died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 at her residence. She was born Oct. 12, 1926, the daughter of the late Martin and Lona May (nee Henderson) Miller of Lake County, Ten. She was the wife of the late John Nieweglowski. They were married Sept. 8, 1945 at East St. Louis. Survivors include children Michael (Janice) Nieweglowski, Theresa (Michael) Gabel, Virginia "Ginny" (Bruce) Williamson, Mary "Lucy" (Dean) Higgins, John (Rhonda) Nieweglowski, Jr. and Connie (Scott) Lewis; a sister, Cora Jane (Arville) Hall; 20 grandchildren: 28 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She preceded in death by eight brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Nieweglowski was a homemaker who especially enjoyed gardening in her flower garden. Visitation was at the Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral was conducted at the funeral home the Rev. Father Tom Stout officiating. Burial was at the St. John Church Cemetery.

Marjorie M. Berry, nee Brown, 88, of Valmeyer died Jan. 25, 2008 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born July 7, 1919 in Modoc, the daughter of the late Harry and Lena Brown, nee Roth. She was the wife of the late Dean Berry. Survivors include sons, Jerry (Janice) Berry, Joe (Tracey) Berry and Jeff (Tracey) Berry; grandchildren Angie (Scott) Corey, Douglas (Cindy) Berry, Dean Berry, Darla Berry, April Berry, Stacy Barry, Kelly Berry and Laura Berry; great-grandchildren Olivia Berry and Maggie Berry; sisters Albertha Doiron and Lula Cowell; a brother, Robert (Jean) Brown; and special niece Leta Bauer. She was preceded in death by a son, James Berry; a sister, Bernette Robert; and brothers, Myron "Judge" Brown and Marvin Brown. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer, the Rev. Father Urban Osuji officiating. Burial was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Edward Embrich Sr., 73, of Waterloo, died Jan. 25, 2008, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 8, 1934, in East St. Louis, the son of Martin and Frances (nee Andel) Embrich. Survivors include wife, Anna Embrich nee Leonard; daughter, Charlotte (Henry) Marquardt of Valmeyer; son, Edward (Tammy) Embrich Jr. of Columbia; grandchildren Amanda and Lauren Mar-quardt and Jason Embrich; and brother, Leo Embrich of Belleville. He was preceded in death by brothers Joe Adam, Martin (Mutz) Jr.; John And Steve Embrich; and sisters Annie and Frances. He was a roofer with Local 2 Roofers Union in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at DeFabio Funeral Home. Funeral is 10:30 a.m., at DeFabios. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc. and the American Diabetes Assoc.

Paul Sondag, 87, of Waterloo, died Jan. 28, 2008, in Red Bud. He was born Jan. 26, 1921, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Frank and Ida Sondag Sr. nee Mitweide. He was married to Clara Sondag nee Bade for 66 years. Mr. Sondag is survived by his wife; children Paulette (Allan) Englerth, Carol Jean (Mark) Pinkerton and Diane (Mark) Gorris; grandchildren Jeffrey Englerth, Jennifer (Brad) Whelan, Jamie (William) Riechmann, Chad Kaestner, Christine (Paul) Hrdlicka, Ryan Kaestner, Austin Gorris, Andrea Gorris and Alissa Gorris; great-grandchildren Emily Whelan, Cole Matzenbacher and Alivia Hrdlicka; and brother, Frank Sondag Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Gene Sondag. Mr. Sondag was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was also a member and past president of the Monroe County Farm Bureau and an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus #1334. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo or the Monroe County Farm Bureau Foundation.

Helen Stahlmann nee Eckert, 81, of Waterloo, died Jan. 28, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born May 16, 1926, in Sugar Loaf Township, the daughter of the late Edward and Irene Eckert nee Masserang. She was married to the late Leroy Stahlmann. Mrs. Stahlmann is survived by her children Sandra (Michael) Scruggs and Steven (Joanne) Stahlmann; grandchildren Jeffrey (Gretchen) Scruggs and Jonathan Scruggs (friend Emma Wilmot); sister Doris (Bobby) Reece; brother Marc (Jean) Eckert; and brother-in-law Robert Stahlmann. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and close friend Alois Brandt. Mrs. Stahlmann was an avid bowler, former professional seamstress and a retired Waterloo School District bus driver. Visitation and a funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. She is buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Dorothy Amanda Christ-opher, 99, of Columbia, died Jan. 28, 2008. She was born Oct. 23, 1908, the daughter of the late Fred and Louisa Durrer nee Loehr. She was married to the late Joseph Christopher; he preceded her in death in 1958. Mrs. Christopher is survived by her daughters Joan (Bill) Young of Chesterfield, Mo., and Mary (Carl) Landgraf of Columbia; grandchildren Jack Young, Paul Young, Ann Young, Jay Young, Dawn Pansing, Jodi Artinger, Abby Ahlers and Cris Landgraf; six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Oliver Durrer and Erdman Durrer, and sister Alfrieda Horn. Mrs. Christopher was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she was a member of the Altar Society. She was also a member of Columbia Senior Citizens. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia, Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She is buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church cemetery.

Ruth Lickenbrock nee Rehmer, 84, of Waterloo, died Jan. 29, 2008, in St. Louis. She was born July, 20, 1923, in Baldwin, the daughter of the late Herman and Ida Rehmer nee Fehr. She was married to Harold Licken-brock. Mrs. Lickenbrock is survived by her husband; children Terry Finnerty of Waterloo and Nancy (David) Graper of Red Bud; grandchildren Kevin Graper, Kristi Graper, Kathryn (Harold) Tillman, Karri (Daniel) Haggin and Brad (Elise) Finnerty; great-grandchildren Chelsea Tillman, Miles Tillman, Olivia Haggin, Caitlin Haggin, Michaela Finnerty, Hannah Finnerty and Kathryn Finnerty; and sister-in-law Joan Rehmer. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Edward Finnerty; son Michael Finnerty; one sister and nine brothers. Mrs. Lickenbrock was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She was also a member of the Monroe Council for the Handicapped and was a retired cook at Waterloo High School. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pastors Tony Troup and Matt Clark officiating. Memorials may be made the Monroe Council for the Handicapped.

Helen Guttmann nee Unterseh, 86, of Valmeyer, died Jan. 30, 2008, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 24, 1921, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Emil and Ida Unterseh nee Mosbacher. She was married to the late John Guttmann Sr. Mrs. Guttmann is survived by her son Allan (Catharina) Guttmann of Waterloo; grandchildren Darren (Rachael) Guttmann, Brent (Renee) Guttmann and Collena (Timothy) Ahrens; great-grandchildren Felicity Helen Guttmann, Gavin Dean Guttmann, Connor John Guttmann and Aden Bright Guttmann; and sisters Lucretia Kipping, Evelyn Foster and Ellen Fritz. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son John Guttmann Jr., brothers Francis Unterseh, Eugene Unterseh and Ted Lerch Sr. Mrs. Guttmann was a member of St. Mary Church in Valmeyer. She was also a member of Valmeyer American Legion Auxiliary Post 901. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer, Father Urban Osuji officiating. She is buried at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer Building Fund.