2009 Obituaries

January 

James Ruble Crutchfield, 96, of Waterloo, died Dec. 25, 2008, in Waterloo. He was born March 9, 1912, in Wingo, Ky., the son of the late Henry and Susan May (nee Hamilton) Crutchfield. Mr. Crutchfield is survived by his wife, Dorothy Crutchfield, nee Criswell; a son, David Crutchfield of Waterloo; grandchildren Andrew "A.J." Crutchfield and Alyson Crutchfield; a nephew, Richard (Pat) Potts of Lexington, Ky.; and great-nephews Richard "Chip" Potts and Jonathan Potts. He was preceded in death by a brother, Wallace Crutchfield; and sisters Elizabeth Lyon, Virginia Potts and Rebecca Hooker. After he completed high school he served as a principal of a junior high in Golden Pond, Ky. He then entered the Signal Corps and served for 36 months stationed in the China Burma India Theater of World War II. Following the war, he graduated from Murray State University, attended graduate school at the University of Illinois and received his Master's Degree in agriculture education from the University of Kentucky. He retired from the Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, Ky. Mr. Crutchfield was a member of several education related organizations. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky., before he and his wife of 51 years moved to Waterloo in 2001, where they joined St. Paul UCC. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC of Waterloo, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mr. Crutchfield was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC of Waterloo, Oak Hill or Heartland Hospice of Fairview Heights.

 Jeanette Hilda Raeber, 81, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died Dec. 25, 2008, at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 21, 1927 in the Sugarloaf Township, the daughter of the late Irwin and Sadie (nee Keller) Raeber. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Allen Raeber; and a sister, Ruth Keim. Survivors include sisters Mildred Zavadil, Fern Ruth, JoAnn (Robert) Crowe and Betty (Thomas) Pierson; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends. A private funeral service was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt handled the arrangements. She was buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Church Cemetery, Sugarloaf Township. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Columbia's Building Fund.

 

Cletis Elledge, 81, of Waterloo, died Dec. 23, 2008, in Columbia. He was born Sept. 17, 1927, in Dongola, Mo., the son of the late Jacob Sampson and Rose Adeline (nee Fowler) Elledge. Mr. Elledge is survived by his wife, Laura Elledge; children Ronald (Gail) Elledge of Waterloo, Katheryn (Frank Jr.) Weber of Waterloo and Jeffrey (Linda) Elledge of Columbia; grandchildren Ronald Elledge Jr., Heath Elledge, Frank (Lauren) Weber III, Jennifer (Aaron) Lich and Meghan Elledge; great-grandchildren Lucy Weber and Gavin Lich; and a sister, Sybil Bushart of Glen Carbon. He was preceded in death by five sisters and seven brothers. Mr. Elledge was members of the Disabled U.S. Navy Veterans, Gothic Lodge 852 of Fairview Heights and a 32nd Degree Mason. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim's, Pastor David Eckstadt officiating. Mr. Elledge was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Administration.

 

 Billie Leone, nee Wessler, 82, of Columbia, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at her residence following an extended illness. She was born Nov. 1, 1926 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Clara (nee Nerzinger) Wessler. She was married to Nick Leone, who had passed away in 1986. Mrs. Leone is survived by her children Claire (Mike) Dennison of Mulberry Grove, Nick (Mary) Leone of Granite City, William (Patricia) Leone of Arnold, Mo., Mary (Steve) Harrison of Columbia and Angela (Peter) Grimes of Biloxi, Miss.; 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. She preceded in death by her brothers Warren and Quenton Wessler; and sisters, Marcella Birney and Zoe Nottlebrock. Mrs. Leone enjoyed reading and was a retired switchboard operator with Southwestern Bell in St. Louis, Mo. Private family services were held according to her wishes. She was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Margaret Reitz, nee Mate, 86, of Waterloo, died Dec. 17, 2008. She was born Sept. 3, 1922 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Louis and Sophie (nee Ladi) Mate. Mrs. Reitz is survived by her children Leslie (Glen) Allie of Worthington, Ohio, Lynn (Bradford) Horky of San Antonio, Tex., Louis Reitz of Columbia, Leroy (Donna) Reitz of Red Bud, Lowell (Jeanie) Reitz of Waterloo, Lora (John) Barnhart of Belleville and Leise (Christopher) Amann of Red Bud; along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Roger Reitz OD; and a sister, Irene Waitkus. Mrs. Reitz was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church, American Legion Posts of Columbia and Waterloo and the Waterloo Senior Center. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo, with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. She was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

 

Donna Marie Carter, 45, of Dupo died Jan. 10, 2009, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Aug. 29, 1963, in Centreville, the daughter of the late Wallace Reid and Beddie Lucille Crippen, nee Byrd. She was the wife of Jamie Carter, who survives. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Carter is survived by a daughter, Alexandra Nicole Carter; a son, Derek James Carter; brothers Bernie (Jean) Daugherty, Bill Daugherty and Bruce (Karen) Stone; and sisters Barb Coonce, Beverly (Lee) Asher, Bonnie (Kenney) Hamontree and Connie Crippen; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Mrs. Carter was a secretary for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance and a member of Gateway Baptist Church in Millstadt. Visitation and funeral were at the First Baptist Church in Dupo, the Rev. Mark Howell officiating. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Chester. Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis, Mo.

 

Rudy E. Freivogel, 78, of Waterloo, formerly of Freeburg, died Jan. 2, 2009, at his residence. He was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Belleville, the son of the late Andrew and Myrtle (nee Keck) Freivogel. Mr. Freivogel is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Freivogel nee Gaido; sisters-in-law Dorothy Schobert and Helen (August) Werner; and a brother-in-law, Ernest (Marilyn) Gaido; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Daenzer; a brother, William Freivogel; in-laws Sam and Florence Gaido; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Freivogel; and faithful companions Dandy and Cricket. Mr. Freivogel was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, the former owner of R. and S. Milk and Quality Milk Bar and was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was active in Freeburg community affairs, including the Freeburg VFW, a past president the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce, the Men's Club at St. Joseph Church in Freeburg and the Freeburg Rotary Club. He enjoyed playing softball, traveling, playing cards and watching sports. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. He was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Humane Society.

Harvey Louis Stumpf, 84, of Columbia, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at Barnes Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 24, 1924, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Emil and Lenora (Hartmann) Stumpf. He married Dixie (Hamilton) Stumpf in 1983 in Freeburg. She survives him. Mr. Stumpf is also survived by his children, Mark (Ellen) Dehn of Columbia, Alan (Norine) Stumpf of Waterloo, John (Lauren) Stumpf of Hewitt, Tex., Celia Dehn of Columbia, Frederick (Chris) Stumpf of Columbia, Ida Lee Boyle of McNabb and Lisa Lee (Brian) Cunningham of Columbia; sisters Virginia Pieper of Waterloo and Geneva Pflasterer of Columbia; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florine (Stumpf) Stumpf, who died in 1981; and a son-in-law, Walter Boyle. Mr. Stumpf was a lifelong Columbia area farmer who was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the church orchestra at St. Paul UCC of Columbia, a member of American Legion Post 581, past-president of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, a past-president of the Columbia Rotary, a former member of the Monroe County Regional Planning Commission, the Illinois Realtors Association and Toastmasters International. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC of Columbia, with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Stumpf was cremated. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul UCC Music Fund.

 

Marlyn Henson, nee Kossina, 70, of Columbia, died Dec. 29, 2008, at her residence. She was born Nov. 24, 1938 in East St. Louis, the daughter of Bertha "Bertie" Kossina of Columbia and the late Ernest Kossina. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Henson is survived by her husband of 50 years, Donald Henson Sr.; children Dee Ann Marie (David) Stroop of Fairfax Station, Va., J.D. (Aimee) Henson Jr. of Makakilo, Ha., and Karri Katherine (Karl) Mize of Jeffersonton, Va.; grandchildren Richard, Adam, Sarah, Russell, Jacob, Brandon, Kameron and Kasey; and a brother, Clark (JoAnn) Kossina of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews, cousin, other relatives and friends. After high School, Marlyn worked for Laclede Steel, the Senior Citizen Recreation Center in Carbondale, was a stock grain broker and in the craft department at Lee's Hardware. She was a member of the Christ UCC of Dupo choir and St. Louis Smocking Guild. Visitation was at Dashner - Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral was at Christ UCC of Dupo, with Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. According to her wishes, Mrs. Henson was cremated. Memorials may be made to the Christ UCC of Dupo Elevator Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois Orange South.

 

Justin R. Erickson, 23, of Waterloo, died Jan. 7, 2009, at St. Anthony's Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 9, 1985, in Belleville, the son of Leif and Pamela (nee Barnes) Erickson of Waterloo. In addition to his parents, Mr. Erickson is survived by a sister, Courtney Erickson and her fiancé, Gregory Venker, of Madison, Wis.; paternal grandfather, Gerald Erickson of Columbia; maternal grandparents Eugene and Marie (nee Matchett) Barnes of Freeburg; an uncle, Scott Erickson of Manchester, Mo.; an aunt, Jackie (Lloyd) Marshall of Alton; and cousins Andrea (Steven) Boomer of Alton and Jamie Barnes of Prairie du Rocher. He was preceded in death by an uncle, Robert Barnes; and his paternal grandmother, Shirley (nee Anderson) Erickson. Mr. Erickson, a 2004 graduate of Belleville Township High School West, was currently attending Southwestern Illinois College. He had also attended Southeast Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He was a member of St. Paul UCC in Belleville. Visitation and funeral were at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville, the Rev. Kris Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Erickson was buried at St. Paul's Cemetery in Freeburg. Memorials may be made to Hyland Behavioral Health at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo.

 

Captain William "Bill" Warren II, 43, of Chesapeake, Va., the son of Colonel William and Judith Binder Warren, formerly of Waterloo, died Dec. 30, 2008. In addition to his parents, Mr. Warren is survived by his wife, Robin; sister, Amy (Coburn) Pharr; aunts and uncles David (Sandra) Binder, Richard (Portia) Binder, Morris (Nina) Binder and Carole (Ronald) Brandt. Mr. Warren was a 1988 graduate of Georgia Tech where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and later earned a Master's Degree from Regent University. Bill was a retired communications officer with the United States Marine Corps and was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. Mr. Warren was a member of the Blinded Veterans Association and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. He was buried at Albert G. Horton Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Suffolk, Va.

 

Mildred R. Schilling, nee Loesche, 85, of Waterloo died Jan. 10, 2009 in Waterloo She was born March 18, 1923, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Theodore and Olinda (nee Guebert) Loesche. She was the wife of the late Jerome Schilling, Mike Vogler and Robert Stiening. Besides her husbands, Mrs. Schilling was preceded in death by a son, James R. Stiening; a step-son, Jim Schilling; and a brother, Clifford Loesche. Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn (Allan) Mueller; step-children, Ronald (Geraldine) Schilling, Judy (Terry) Schreder, Linda (David) Rippelmeyer and Geralyn (Bruce) Kaestner; step-daughter-in-law, Betty (William) Schimpf; grandchildren Bryan and Lauren Mueller, Jeff Steining, Kimberly (Ken) Meyer and Travis (Miranda) Stieningl; along with step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Schilling was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in WAterloo, the Ladies Aid and the Waterloo VFW Auxiliary. Visitation is at the Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo on Friday, Jan. 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. The funeral is at 11 a.m. on Jan. 17, at the duneral home with the Rev. Tony Troup officiating. She will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Youth Program or Make-A-Wish Foundation.

 

Paul A. Rippelmeyer, 84, of Waterloo died Jan. 7, 2009 in Belleville. He was born Dec. 17, 1924 in Chalfin Bridge, the son of the late Albert and Katherine (nee Illert) Rippelmeyer. Mr. Rippelmeyer is survived by his wife, Gerry (nee Isgrigg) Rippelmeyer; children, Dennis P. Rippelmeyer, Carol (Wesley) Dueker and Rhonda (Mark) Burk; grandchildren Randy (Siny) Rippelmeyer, Tara Dueker, Tracie (Brad) Jones, Krista (Kawika) Tavares and Kelly (Aaron) Meureer; great-grandchildren, Kaylo, Kalani, Alyssa, Jayden, Clint and Sophia; sisters Mildred Meyer, Ethel Luehring, Esther (Ted) Muertz, Loretta Rodenberg and Florence Jaenke; a brother, Herman (Shirley) Rippelmeyer; and a sister-in-law, Delores Nerone. Mr. Rippelmeyer was preceded in death by brothers Milton and George Rippelmeyer. He was a veteran of both the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Waterloo, a a retired member of Laborer's Local 459 in Belleville and was a 30-year volunteer at Oak Hill Sunday services. A memorial service will be Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Waterloo, with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Waterloo or Oak Hill.

 

Harry A. Stelmach, 91, of Columbia, died Jan. 28, 2009, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 6, 1918, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Anthony and Agatha (Rozaitis) Stelmach. He was the husband of the late Doris (Frank) Stelmach. She died on Nov. 20, 1980. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Joe, Frank and Bill Stelmach; and sisters Sally Stelmach, Josephine Jimas, Ann Kostecki and Elsie Leighton. Mr. Stelmach is survived by a daughter, Mary Beth (Harold) Janson of Columbia; and a dear friend, Vicki Mayfield of St. Louis, Mo.; along with nieces and nephews, great-nieces; great-nephews, great-great nieces; great-great-nephews; other relatives and friends. Mr. Stelmach served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was a retired Carpenters Foreman at St. Louis Ship and was a past member of the Columbia Senior Citizens. There were no public services. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

 

Jennifer Lynn Buss, 37, of Belleville died Jan. 23, 2009 in Belleville. She was the daughter of Carmelita E. (nee Frierdich) Buss; and the late Elmer E. Buss, Jr. of Waterloo and was born June 10, 1971 at St. Louis. Besides her mother, she is survived by a daughter, Ashley Marie Powell of Rockwood, Tenn.; a brother, Jeffery (Crystal) Buss of Fults; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo where a funeral service was conducted Tuesday, Feb. 3. Her remains were cremated. DeFabio Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

 

Mabel P. Foland, nee Gerkin, 86, of Cahokia, died Jan. 21, 2009, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 12, 1922 in Troy, the daughter of the late Emil and Amelia (nee Hoenig) Gerkin. Mr. Foland is survived by her children Donna Foland of Louisville, Ky., Harry Foland if Imperial, Mo., Kathy Whitten of Summerville, SC., and Pamela (Craig) Camp of Waterloo; and grandchildren Grant Whitten, Kristin Campo, Ryan Campo and Audrey Foland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry G. Foland. Visitation was Saturday, Jan. 24, at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral followed at Quernheim’s with Father Don Blaes officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Jerry Paul Hursey, 70,o f Waterloo died Jan. 31, 2009 in St. Louis. He was the husband of Gloria J. Hursey, nee Birlew. He was the son of the late Paul A. and Arlene O. (nee Nevois) Hursey. Mr. Hursey was born Sept. 13, 1938 at Belleville. Besides his wife, Mr. Hursey is survived by a son, Chris Hursey of Arnold and other friends and relatives. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Clarence Hursey. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Quernheim Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

 

Clara A. Rodenberg, nee Schmitz, 87, of Renault, died Jan. 30,2009 at Red Bud. She was born Feb. 25, 1921 at Renault the daughter of the late William and Minnie (nee Meyer) Schmitz. She was the wife of the late Alvin A.Rodenberg whom she married Jan. 25, 1947 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Renault. Survivors include three children, Janet (Leroy0 Brandt, Doris (Robert) Weber and Ronald (Debbie) Rodenberg, all of Fults; grandchildren, Lisa (Michael) Mormann, Gary (Kelly) Brandt, Amy (James) Halleran, Melanie Weber, Carrie Rodenberg and Sarah Roden berg; great-grandchildren, Brian Mormann, Matthew Mormann, Garrett Brandt, Cohen Brandt and Erin Halleran; three sisters, Irene Fausz, Agnes Mormann, Darlene Wetzler; a sister-in-law, Emma Rodenberg; nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Rodenberg was preceded in death by six sisters, Mathilda Rast, Eleanora Donius, Orlena Novak, Katie Schmitz, Nelda Schmitz and Rose Schmitz; and a brother, George Schmitz. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral mass was Monday, Feb. 2 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church with Father Roger Karban officiating. Burial was at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made in the form of masses or family wishes.

 

Eugene C. Dannehold, 78, of Waterloo, died Jan. 19, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 20, 1930 in Waterloo, the son of the late Leo and Rose (nee Kolmer) Dannehold. Mr. Dannehold is survived by a son, Dennis Dannehold; sisters Alberta Hicks and Rosalie (Harold) Baum; and a brother, Harold (Irene) Dannehold. He was preceded in death by sisters Evelyn Janson and Kathleen Straub; a brother, Warren Dannehold; and special friend Hazel Adams. Mr. Dannehold was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo and the Waterloo American Legion. Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 22 at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, Jan. 23 at Quernheim’s, with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. He was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

 

Alice E. Baebler, 92, of Waterloo, died Jan. 24, 2009, in Red Bud. She was born May 9, 1916 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Herman and Frieda (nee Becker) Baebler. Ms. Baebler is survived by sisters-in-law Marion Baebler and Vera Baebler; niece Kristine (Dale) Rippelmeyer; nephew Michael (Marsha) Baebler; great-nephews Aaron Rippelmeyer, Jason Rippelmeyer and Layton Baebler; and great-niece Adria Baebler. She was preceded in death by brothers Harold Baebler and Kenneth Baebler. A funeral was Monday, Jan. 26 at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Ms. Baebler was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

  

Donald W. Thomas, 71, of St. Louis, Mor, died Jan. 26, 2009. He survived by his wife, Anita J. Thomas (nee Bense); children Donella (Larry) Hill and David Thomas; step-children Cate (Frank) Garcia, Tim Gutknecht of Waterloo and Jennifer (Mike) Lynch; brother Glenn (Doris) Thomas; and grandchildren Abby, Thomas, Hailey, Brianna, Camden, Andrew, 'Peter and Eliana; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation was at Kutis South County Chapel in St. Louis, Mo. Funeral was at Peace Lutheran Church. Mr. Thomas was buried at St.

 

Louise E. Shea, 98, of Columbia, died Monday, January 26, 2009, at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Sept. 12, 1910, in Burksville, the daughter of the late Fred and Christina (Senf) Lange. She was the widow of the late Leo Shea. She was retired as the manager from the Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turner Hall). Mrs. Shea is survived by a daughter-in-law, Helen Mae Shea of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Leo W. Shea; sisters Anna Melching, Edna Einwich, Amanda Melching and Norma Nobbe; and brothers Henry, William and August Lange. Visitation at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral followed with Rev. William Groennert officiating. Mrs. Shea was buried at· the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia .

Jerry Paul Hursey, 70, of Waterloo died Jan. 31, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 13, 1938 in Belleville, the son of the late Paul A. and Arlene O. (nee Nevois) Hursey. Mr. Hursey is survived by his wife, Gloria J. Hursey, nee Birlew; a son, Chris Hursey of Arnold, Mo.; and other friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Hursey. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

 

February

Margaret Kelemetc, 68, of Columbia, died Feb. 11, 2009, at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Nov. 19, 1940, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late August and Margaret (Hayes) Hammel. She married James Kelemetc in 1968 in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to her husband, she was survived by her children, Michelle (Nicholes) Allred of O'Fallon, Mo., Stephanie (Steven) Vehige of St. Charles, Mo., Scott (Gina) Kelemetc of Waterloo, Pam (Craig) Unger of Waterloo and Sara Kelemetc of Columbia; grandchildren Reily and Abby, Nora and Samuel, Natalie, Emma and Ellen; brothers Donald Hammel, of Fla., and Jean (Jeanne) Hammel of St. Louis, Mo.; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by sisters Patsy (Lee) Bradley and Dorothy (Harvey) Schroer; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Hammel. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral mass was at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. She was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund or the American Diabetes Association.

 

Reverend Monsignor James Jansen, 79, of Germantown, died Feb. 11, 2009 at Countryside Manor in Aviston. He was born April 15, 1929 in Germantown, the son of the late Joseph and Frances (Gesenhues) Jansen. He was ordained a priest in 1955 by the Most Reverend Albert Zuroweste. Monsignor Jansen was the last of his immediate family to die, having 10 brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by brothers Gerald, Richard, Thomas, Anthony and Paul Jansen; sisters Sr. Dolores Marie Jansen, Marcella Nagel, Helen Henken, Mary Ann Jansen and Dorothy Perry. Monsignor Jansen was survived by a brother-in-law, Toby Nagel of Gary, Ind.; and sisters-in-law Florence Jansen and Lorinda Jansen, both of Germantown; Marjorie Jansen of Bartelso and Mary Ann Jansen of Freeburg; along with numerous nephews and nieces. He served as an associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Centerville, associate pastor at St. Rose Catholic Church in St. Rose, associate pastor in Fairmont City, chaplain at St. Clement Hospital in Red Bud, taught at Gibault High School and was pastor in Tipton, Madonnaville, Hecker and Columbia. Msgr. Jansen served in Columbia approximately 15 years. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown, Fourth Degree Pope John Paul I Assembly, Knights of Columbus Council 6996 in Fairview Heights and was a past board member of Clergymen's Aid Society, Diocesan Finance Council. Visitation was at St. Boniface Church in Germantown. Funeral was at the church with the Reverend Dennis Voss, Bishop Stanley Schlarmann and Rev. James Buerster officiating. Monsignor Jansen was buried at Saint Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Germantown. Memorials may be made to the Clergymen Aid Society or Heartland Hospice.

 

Elizabeth B. Hoffman, nee Bailey, 96, of Waterloo, died Feb. 7, 2009. She was born Feb. 5, 1913 in Altamont, the daughter of the late Harvey and Katie (nee Kuffel) Bailey. Mrs. Hoffman is survived by a daughter, Ann (Ernest) Hood of Arizona; a daughter-in-law, Carol Burton of Waterloo; first husband, Ralph Burton of Montana; a niece, Lorelei Kettler of New York; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert Hoffman; a son, Robert Bailey Burton; and a sister, Katharyn Beverly. Mrs. Hoffman was a Monroe County Home Extension Advisor for many years in Monroe County. After retiring, she began a second career as a watercolor artist. She attended painting seminars throughout the United States and Europe. She was a founding member of the Heartland Women's Writers Guild and contributed to their book, "Orchids in the Cornfield." Mrs. Hoffman was a member of the Society of Independent Artists, the St. Louis Artist's Guild, St. Paul UCC of Waterloo, Women's Fellowship, DAR Whiteside Chapter and the Monroe County Association For Home and Community Education. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC of Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mrs. Hoffman was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorial may be made to the History Museum of Monroe County or St. Paul UCC of Waterloo.

 

Irene Lena Schubert, nee Helfrich, 93, of Millstadt, died Feb. 7, 2009, at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Dec. 9, 1915 in Paderborn, the daughter of the late Frank and Rosa (nee Sauzek) Helfrich. Mrs. Schubert is survived by her husband of 60 years, Walter Schubert; a son, Larry (Marlene) Schubert of Millstadt; daughters Diane (Jim) Jacob of Millstadt and Kay Ann "Kasey" (Gary) Neff of Smithton; grandchildren Angie (Barry) Jones, Bryan Schubert, Christie Schubert, Dustin Winter, Becky Neff and Ben Neff; great-granddaughter, Alexa Jones; sisters Betty Schaefer of Smithton and Priscilla (Albert "Bub") Noerper of Millstadt; and brother-in-law, Harvey Weilbacher of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Marvin Schubert; and sisters Esther Reiniger and Bernice Weilbacher. Mrs. Schubert worked at the Millstadt Dress Factory, was a homemakers and was a member of the St. James Catholic Sodality and the Modern Woodsmen. She was known for baking tasty pies and cookies and she enjoyed quilting, bingo and spending time with her family, including her grandchildren and new great-granddaughter. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Father Marvin Volk officiating. Mrs. Schubert was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Center at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., or St. James Catholic Church.

 

Hilda Washausen, nee Wild, 89, of Waterloo died Feb. 9, 2009 with her children at her side. She was born July 10, 1919 in Burksville, the daughter of the late Daniel and Katherine (nee Keck) Wild Sr. Mrs. Washausen is survived by her children Marie (Dave) Dietz, Leroy (Jane) Washausen, Larry (Kathy) Washausen and John (Annette) Washausen; a daughter-in-law, Mary (Jack) Parr; grandchildren Darren (Stacie), Bryan (Julie), Scott, Keith (Donna), Kevin (Allison) and Tim (Jessica) Washausen, Donna (Larry) Riebeling, Angie Dulle and Clay (Debbie) and Chad (Pam) Dietz; 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bertha (Ray) Washausen. She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Washausen; a son, Marvin Washausen; brother, Dan Wild; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Anton and Laura Roider. Mrs. Washausen was retired from the Lincoln Trail Restaurant, was a member of St. Paul UCC of Waterloo and was devoted to her family. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mrs. Washausen was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made the Burksville Cemetery Fund, St. Paul UCC or Family Hospice.

 

Walter Dixon, 76, died Feb. 9, 2009. He was born Dec. 29, 1932m in Buckeys, Mo., the son of Thelma May Counce of Eminence, Mo., and the late Charlie Dixon. In addition to his mother, Mr. Dixon is survived by his wife, Gail (Williams) Dixon; daughters Sandy (Steve) Foster of Waterloo and Kim (Larry) Hampton of Waterloo; grandchildren Nick and Sara Foster, Ryan, Ross and Rachel Hampton; brothers Eugene (Jackie) Dixon of Eminence, Mo., Darryl (Vicky) Dixon of St. Louis, Mo., Franklin (Sharon) Dixon of Eminence, Mo., Edward (Fern) Dixon of Eminence, Mo., Larry (Joyce) Dixon of Mountain View, Mo., Gary (Joyce) Dixon of Cahokia; and a sister, Carolyn (Phil) Jakemon of Eminence, Mo. Mr. Dixon was veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retired as a truck driver for National Foods in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home and on Friday, Feb. 13 at Duncan Funeral Home in Eminence, Mo. A funeral followed the second visitation. Mr. Dixon was buried at Bethel Chapel Cemetery in Eminence, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Mae Smith, 100, of Prairie du Rocher, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at the Garden Place in Red Bud. She was born May 21, 1908 in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Emil and Emily (nee Melliere) Laurent. She married Ted Smith in 1934 in St. Louis, Mo. He died in 1964. Mrs. Smith is survived by a son, Tom (Joan) Smith of Ruma; grandchildren Brian (Nancy) Smith of Smithton, Patrick (Dorothy) Smith of Arlington Heights; Christy (Michael) Redmer of Carol Stream; Suzanne (Eric) Pierson of Fishers, Ind., and Ted Smith of St. Louis, Mo.; and great-grandchildren Natasha Smith, Ivan Smith and Audrey Pierson. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by siblings Charles Laurent, Oda Bachelier, Delores Haltenhof, Wilbur Laurent, Mary Stratmann, Leona Kennedy, Louise "Kitty" Vogt and Thomas Laurent. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher and was a former member of the Senior Citizens of Prairie du Rocher. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 13 at Welge-Pechachek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was Saturday, Feb. 14, 10 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher with Father Thomas Stout officiating. She was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to Masses or Heartland Hospice.

 

Irene Gummersheimer, 94, of Columbia, died Feb. 27, 2009, at Canterbury Manor Nursing Center in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 20, 1914, in Linn, Mo., the daughter of the late Edward and Anna (Busch) Ahrens. She was married to the late John L. Gummersheimer. Mrs. Gummersheimer is survived by a son, son, James (Diane Daugherty) Gummersheimer of Columbia; granddaughter, Marla (Robert) Walters of Columbia; great-grandchildren Jacob Eric Hill, Hannah Marie Walters and Sophia Irene Walters; a sister, Pearl Stock of St. Charles, Mo.; and sisters-in-law Theresa Collier of Columbia and Anna Joyce of Texas; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a grandson, Eric Gummersheimer, and a brother, Arthur Joyce. Mrs. Gummersheimer was a member of St. Paul UCC in Columbia, a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary. Visi-tation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC of Columbia, with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Gummersheimer was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church.

 

Lee Pour, 73, of Red Bud, died Feb. 27, 2009, at his residence. He was born July 14, 1935, in Hecker, the son of the late Walter and Rose (nee Eichenseer) Pour. He married Darlene Rehmer in 1960 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Pour is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Pour of O'Fallon and Michael (Judy) Pour of Red Bud; grandchildren Matthew, Alicia, Travis and Brittney; brothers Robert (Gloria) Pour of Belleville and Joe (Marcella) Pour of Waterloo; sisters Adele (Eugene) Maurer of New Athens and Ethel (Owen) Masterson of Belleville; a brother-in-law, Clement (Carol) Schaefer of Red Bud; and sisters-in-law Audrey Pour of Belleville and Mary (Ronald) Braun of Red Bud; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers Albert Pour, twin brother Louis Pour and Paul Pour; sisters Rita Schaefer and Albert (Clyde) Heidger. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at the funeral home with Father Donald Eichenseer officiating. Mr. Pour was buried at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Prairie. Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. John the Baptist Catholic School or the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund.

 

Charlotte Sturm, 85, of Columbia, died Feb. 25, 2009, at Atrium Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Cahokia. She was born March 2, 1923, in Fairfield, Neb., the daughter of the late Charles and Pearl (Fosbury) White. Mrs. Sturm is survived by her brothers, Henry and Paul White; a niece, Joyce Benitez; and dear friend, Anna Bunton. She was preceded in death by her son, Stanley Ray Taylor. She was retired from Famous-Barr in St. Louis, Mo. Private family services were held with Lawlor Funeral Home handling the arrangements. Mrs. Sturm was buried at Fairfield Cemetery in Fairfield, Neb.

 

Jack E. Branson, 67, of Waterloo, died Feb. 25, 2009, in Red Bud. He was born Sept. 21, 1941, in Waterloo, the son of the late Blufford and Ione (nee Fischer) Branson. Mr. Branson is survived by his wife, Elsie (nee Dickneite) Branson; children Timothy (Mary) Branson and Julie (Troy) Potts; grandchildren Tara (Billy) Johnson, Amanda Branson, Max Hiller and Amber Branson; a great-grandson, Cody Johnson; sisters Joyce (Floyd) Zipfel, Karen Harbison and Nadine (Joseph) Feldker; a brother-in-law, Donald O'Connor; and a sister-in-law, Linda Branson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by sisters Phyllis Boehne and Joan O'Connor; brothers Donald and Keith Branson; and brothers-in-law Charles Harbison and Robert Boehne. Mr. Branson was a veteran of the U.S. Army, owned Branson Heating and Cooling in Waterloo and was a member of Sheet Metal Union Local 268. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Quernheim's, with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Branson was buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville.

 

Jacqueline Renee Kirchhoefer, nee Nast, 41, of Millstadt, died Feb. 23, 2009, at her residence. She was born Aug. 9, 1967, in Fairbanks, Alaska, the son of Ray and Betty Nast. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Kirchhoefer is survived by her husband, Andrew Kirchhoefer; daughters Krystal (Darrell) Chamberlain and Alexis Carmack; grandsons Riley Chamberlain and Tanner Robert-Jack Chamberlain; sisters Linda (Lyle) Haas and Debbie (Jerry) Carins; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Allen Phegley II. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at the funeral home, with Pastor Jim Harkness officiating. Mrs. Kirchhoefer was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the family.

 

Jeremey Nathan Crossno, 29, of Waterloo, died Feb. 23, 2009, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 31, 1979, in St. Louis, Mo. He was survived by his mother, Patricia (Gene) Largent of Waterloo; maternal grandmother, Irene Moore; paternal grandparents William and Lucille Largents; aunts and uncles Mike and Becky Crook, Kathleen Plummer, Virgil and Karri Moore, Jim and Rita Trantham, Joe and Lisa Moore, Robert and Tina Moore and William and Debbie Largent; and cousins Debra Bailey, Mike and Chad Crook, Virgil (Petie), John, Stefani, Robert and Kimberli Moore, Kathleen, Jennifer, and Andria Trantham, Amanda and Heather Moore, Connor and Lucas Moore and Ethan, Kyle and Collin Largent. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Virgil Moore. Jeremey enjoyed working with computers, playing video games and designing the grand finale at the annual family Fourth of July celebration. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Quernheim's, with Rev. Matt Henson officiating. Mr. Crossno was buried at Valhalla Memorial Gardens in Belleville.

 

Ronald Otten, 72, of Dupo, died Feb. 22, 2009, at Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital in East St. Louis. He was born March 2, 1936 in Dupo, the son of the late Walter and Edna (nee Rusteberg) Otten. Mr. Otten is survived by his wife, Sue Otten; a son, Ricky (Cindy) Otten; grandson, Trent Otten; a brother, Gary Otten; and a nephew, Steve (Rachel) Otten; along with other relatives and friends. Mr. Otten worked as a chauffeur at the Columbia Quarry's Dupo Plant for 18 years. He also was the owner and operator of R & R Auto Detailing. He was a trustee for the Village of Dupo for four years and was a member of the Dupo American Legion Post 485, Teamsters Local 50, IAM Mechanist for Eastern Airlines for 24 years at Lambert Field. Private funeral services were held. Arrangements were handled by Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. According to his wishes, Mr. Otten was cremated. Memorials may be made to the Parents and Friends Fund at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Columbia.

 

Helen Larsson, nee Hill, 72, of Waterloo, died Feb. 21, 2009, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 4, 1936 in Los Angeles, Calif., the daughter of the late Arthur and Vivian (nee Grabman) Hill. Mrs. Larrson is survived by her children, Renee Miller of Waterloo and Dan (Robin) Larsson of Arnold, Mo.; a sister, Sandy Churchill of California; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Larsson. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A memorial service followed with Pastor Dennis Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to Hope Christian Church.

 

Frederick O. Renner, 75, of Cahokia, died Feb. 19, 2009, surrounded by his friends and family. He was born Aug. 26, 1933 in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Renner is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley (nee Kuebler) Renner; his children, Frederick C. (Susan) Renner of Cahokia, David (Elizabeth) Renner of St. Louis, Mo., Joan Renner of Cottage Hills and Judee (Tom) Sliment of Waterloo; a sister, Ruth (Wesley) White of Fremont, Calif.; sisters-in-law Judith (Tom) Zimmermann, Norma (Lloyd) Taaffe and Karen (Doug) Owen; grandchildren April, Steve, Rob, Chelsea, Rachel, Sarah, Andrew, Jon, Dylan, Alex, Nathan, Colleen and Quinn; and great-grandchildren Bailey, Grayson, Ethan, Mabry, Hudson and Nola; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick J., and Edna (nee Brockett) Renner; in-laws Charles and Clara (nee Buschulte); and twin sons, James and Thomas Renner. Mr. Renner served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He retired from Springmeier Shipping Company in 1984. In his retirement, he and Shirley enjoyed spending time at the Sonnenberg YMCA in Belleville. Visitation is Saturday, March 7, at 9 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Memorials may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.

 

Alice Welsch, nee Wuertz, 101, of Waterloo, died Feb. 18, 2009. She was born Oct. 29, 1907 in Madonnaville, the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (nee Collette) Wuertz. Mrs. Welsch is survived by her children, Joseph (Barbara) Welsch of Bettendorf, Iowa, Duane Welsch of Claremont, Calif., Janice Welsch of Macomb, Jackie Welsch of New Baden, Kathleen Tourville of St. Louis, Mo., Ruth Koblenz of St. Louis, Mo., and Michael Welsch of Waterloo; a sister, Anne Wuertz; 8 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugo Welsch; an infant daughter, Mary Catherine Welsch; sisters Margaret Dunn, Rose Wierschem, Helen Nieman, Clara Ricker and Mary Roever; and brothers John, Edward and Joseph Wuertz. Mrs. Welsch was a member of the Mary and Martha Society at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo, was a former volunteer at the Monroe County Nursing Home volunteer and was a founding member of Monroe County Council for the Handicapped. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo, Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Welsch was buried at Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to the Human Support Service of Waterloo or Community Link.

 

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Alexander C. Wallace III, 75, of Columbia, died March 1, 2009. He was born October 9, 1933, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Alexander C. and Janet (Cowan) Wallace Jr. He married Yvonne "Bonnie" (nee McCraw) Wallace on Dec. 28, 1976, in Belleville. Mr. Wallace served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was retired from home improvement sales and was an ordained minister, a part-time missionary and a member of Invigorate Church in Columbia. In addition to his wife; Mr. Wallace is survived by a son, Andrew Wallace of Columbia; a daughter, Bonnie Woodard of Valley Park, Mo.; grandchildren Kayla Waters and Kristen Stucker; and a great-grandchild, Kendra Galle. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dina Stucker; and a brother, William Wallace. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. A funeral service was at Lawlor’s, with with Theresa Garcia officiating. Mr. Wallace was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Seeds of Fire Ministry in Columbia.

 

Esther Giffhorn, 87, of Columbia, died March 9, 2009 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Sept. 5, 1921, in Burksville, the daughter of the late Fred and Mamie (nee Schmidt) Koch. Mrs. Giffhorn is survived by her sons Gary (Kate) Mueller of Columbia, Kenwood (Ellen) Giffhorn of Carlisle, Penn., and Lowell (Coco) Giffhorn of Poway, Calif., a brother, Delbert Koch of Columbia; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Eileen Hoerr of Waterloo; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Mueller; second husband, Edgar Giffhorn; a brother, Raymond Koch; half-brother, George Hoerr; and a half-sister, Freida Rippelmeyer. She was a member of St. Paul UCC of Columbia, where she was a Sunday school teacher and active in the Jr. Women's League. She had worked as a salesperson for Weilbacher's Department Store in downtown Columbia. Visitation was Friday, March 13 at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC of Columbia, with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Giffhorn was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church or the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis, Mo.

 

Warren Hoock, 87, of Columbia, died March 10, 2009, at Mary Queen and Mother Skilled Nursing Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born March 13, 1921, in East Carondelet, the son of the late Adam and Bessie Viola (nee Walker) Hoock. He married Elizabeth (nee Bonn) Hoock in 1948. She died in 2001. Mr. Hoock is survived by a daughter, Sherry (Michael) Duffy of Waterloo; a son, Michael (Maureen) Hoock of Shrewsbury, Mo.; grandchildren Ryan (Melinda) Duffy, Bobby Hoock and Colin Hoock; great-grandchildren Austin Michael Duffy and McKenzie Shea Duffy; and brothers Ralph (Dorothy) Hoock of Columbia and Lee (Evelyn) Hoock of Murphysboro; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kenneth Duffy; and sisters Mildred Scoggins, Dorothy Masterson and Armida Williams. Mr. Hoock served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was retired from Robertson Farm Supply in East St. Louis. He was a member of St. Paul UCC in Columbia, American Legion Post 581 in Columbia, the VFW Post 7980 in Millstadt and a master rosarian in the American Rose Society in Millstadt and the Rose Society of Greater St. Louis. Visitation was Thursday, March 12 at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, March 13, at Lawlor's, with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Hoock was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Rose Society.

 

Lester Taake, 91, of rural Columbia, died March 11, 2009, at his residence. He was born Oct. 14, 1917, in New Hanover, the son of the late Fred and Mary (Bieber) Taake. He was a farmer in the New Hanover area. Mr. Taake is survived by a brother, Roy (Edna) Taake of Columbia; two nephews; and a niece; along with a great-niece and great-nephew. He was preceded in death by brothers Raymond and Delbert Taake; and a sister, Esther Jokisch. Visitation was Saturday, March 14 at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service followed at 2 p.m., with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Taake was buried at Zoar UCC Cemetery in New Hanover. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

 

Caroline Schanz, nee Heimsch, 94, of Waterloo, died March 10, 2009, in Columbia. She was born March 6, 1915, in Miles Prairie, the son of the late William and Caroline (nee Kraft) Heimsch. Mrs. Schanz is survived by her daughters, Caroline Edwards of Fountain, and Christine Schanz of Columbia; a granddaughter, Caroline Edwards Woodcock; and three great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lenard Schanz. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Thursday, March 12, 2 p.m., at Quernheim's, with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

 

Lacy Bell, 78, of Belleville, died March 9, 2009. She was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Lumberton, NC., the son of the late Dan and Isabelle (nee Chavis) Bell. Mr. Bell is survived by his wife, Mary (nee Pringle) Bell; children Lesley (Dan) Angenend, Matthew (Misty) Bel and Melissa (Sabian) Chaney; grandchildren Christian, Bryn and Aidan Mundloch, Ethan Angenend and Eden Bell; sisters Elva Lee Finley, Margaret Chavis, Rebecca Bell and Paulette Dial; and brothers Leo Bell, William Earl Bell, Paul Bell, David Earl Bell and Freddie Bell; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. Mr. Bell was retired from the U.S. Air Force, was retired from the Belleville Post Office and was a member of the First Assembly of God. Memorials may be made to the Book of Hope. Visitation was Friday, March 13 at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at 12 noon, at the funeral home, with Pastor David Raynaud officiating. Mrs. Bell was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

 

Ruth Pieper, nee Ruff, 92, of Waterloo, died March 9, 2009, in Waterloo. She was born July 29, 1916, in Monroe County, the daughter of the late William and Clara (nee Boehne) Ruff. Mrs. Pieper is survived by her daughter, Nina (Morris) Binder of Waterloo; grandchildren, William Binder of Virginia Beach, Va., Jonathan (Catherine) Binder of High Point, NC., and Elizabeth Binder of New York, NY.; a great-grandson, Jacob Binder; and sisters-in-law, Lil Ruff, Marcella Pieper and Leona Ziegler; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lilbert Pieper; brothers Richard and Vernon Ruff; and sisters Luella Thorburg, Esther Wuertz and Glades Sparwasser. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Pieper was buried at St. Trinity Cemetery in Mehlville, Mo. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Zilka Naomi Shoptaw, nee Martin, 80, of Waterloo, died March 9, 2009, in Waterloo. She was born April 13, 1928 in Granite City, the daughter of the late Floyd Arthur and Hattie Lena (nee Blythe) Martin. Mrs. Shoptaw is survived by her husband, Raymond Shoptaw; children Alan Shoptaw (special friend Jeanie Brooks); Becky "DeDe" Snell (special friend Bill Schaefer) and Susan (Thomas) Schmitt; grandchildren Angela Rigdon, Hugh (Gwen) Snell Jr., Brian Schmitt and Jennifer (Tyson) Phillips; great-grandchildren Ezra, Dalton, Kaitlyn, Sophia, Olivia, Blane and Nolan; sisters Verna Shields and Sherry Travis; a brother, Larry (Barbara) Travis; sister-in-law Karen Travis and Barbara Schroeder; and good friend Loretta Bohnenstiehl; along with brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her brothers Paul, Roy and Jimmy Travis. . She was a member of St. Labre Indian School for Children and was an honorary member of American Veterans. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. She was buried at Buckroad Cemetery in Maryville. Memorials may be made to St. Labre School for Children or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Joseph Wilson, 34, of rural Waterloo, died March 12, 2009, at his residence. He was born Jan. 26, 1975, in Red Bud. Mr. Wilson is survived by his mother, Patricia (nee Doyle); and siblings J. Clifford (Geri) Wilson Jr. of Washington, Mo., Ben Wilson of Red Bud, Cherie (Steve) Zerwig of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and Polly (Craig) Muehlberg of Waterloo; along with aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death his father, James Wilson; his grandparents; and aunts and uncles. Visitation was Sunday, March 15 at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Monday, March 16 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton with Father Don Blaes officiating. Mr. Wilson was buried the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

Peter Engbring, 60, of Alto Pass, died March 11, 2009, at his residence. He was born Oct. 3, 1948 in Montgomery, Ala., the son of Jerome and Lucy (nee Martino) Engbring of Valmeyer. He married Gina Barringer on July 28, 1973 in Carbondale. In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Engbring is survived by his daughters, Sara Elizabeth Engbring of Carbondale and Mary Katherine "Katie" Engbring of San Diego, Calif.; siblings John (Teri) Engbring of Davis, Calif., Tim Engbring of Maeystown, Jeff (Rita) Engbring of Cobden, Paul (Grace) Engbring of Telluride, Colo., Miguel (Kathi) Engbring of Cave-In-Rock, Mary (Jim) Estep of Sacramento, Calif., Tom (Katherine) Engbring of Camden, NC., Susan Engbring of San Diego, Calif., Jim Engbring of Phoenix, Ariz., and Charlie Engbring of Arlington, Va.; and in-laws Joe and Mary Barringer of Carbondale; along with other relatives and many friends. Mr. Engbring graduated in 1966 from West Bend High School in West Bend, Wisc. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1970. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1975 with a degree in zoology, where he was a founding member of the Zoology Honor Society. He was also a member of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society. Mr. Engbring was employed as the chief operator at Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant and Southern Engineering in Carbondale, along with the Anna Wastewater Treatment Plant. Mr. Engbring enjoyed fishing, camping and extensively traveling throughout the country. There was no visitation. A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held June 14 in Alto Pass. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Funeral arrangements were handled by Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

 

Patricia Ann Bertrand, 54, of Columbia, died March 28, 2009. She was born Aug. 17, 1954, in St. Louis, Mo. She married Steve A. Smith in 1989 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bertrand is survived by her mother, Myrtle Bertrand of Herculaneum, Mo.; brother, Charles (Jean) Bertrand of Arnold, Mo.; in-laws Russell and Lucinda Smith of Columbia; sister-in-law, Sandy (David) Berg of Maeystown; and brother-in-law, Bob (Sue) Taylor of Valmeyer; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Warren Bertrand. Mrs. Bertrand was a lifelong teacher, she worked in the public schools and was part of the adjunct faculty at Southwestern Illinois College. She founded Personal Best Software and PC Support and the Professional Women's Leads Team. Mrs. Bertrand was also employed by Monsanto, KTVI/Fox2 and Y98/KEZK radio. She was a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals and in 2002 was named to the Coro Women in Leadership. Mrs. Bertrand enjoyed cooking, gardening, rescuing cats and spending time with her family and friends. Visitation is Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Bertrand was cremated according to her wishes. Memorials may be made to the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club in St. Louis, Mo., or the Humane Society of Monroe County.

 

Amanda Goss, 100, of Waterloo, died March 17, 2009 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born June 5, 1908, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Christian and Elizabeth (nee Heusohn) Illert. She married Herbert Goss in 1929. He died in 1973. Mrs. Goss is survived by her children Darlene (Harold) Devenport of Columbia, Marion (Roland) Goeddel of Waterloo, Alvera Rodenberg of Riverview, Fla., and Leroy (Dorothy) Goss of Valmeyer; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edna Branton of Tuscaloosa, Ala. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeannette Fabish; brothers Albert, Leroy and Cornelius Illert; and a sister, Lorena Cookson. She was a member of the St. Paul UCC of Columbia Womens' Club and Quilters' Club, Columbia Senior Citizens and Quad Drill Square Dancers of Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Goss was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC of Columbia.

 

Joseph Range, 83, of Columbia, died March 17, 2009, at Barnes-Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 25, 1925, in Cahokia, the son of the late Joseph and Emma (nee Levin) Range. He married Patricia (nee Crawford) Range in 1946 in Cahokia. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Joseph (Joyce) Range of Jonesboro, Ark., Victoria Vogt of Aurora, Col., Terry (Sharon) Range of Waterloo, James (Penny) Range of Rock Wall, Tex., Jamie (Kevin) Andres of Bonne Terre, Mo., and Joan (Brian) Stemler of Columbia; sisters, Gertude Doerr of Woodriver and Doris Tolbird of Columbia; 14 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, David Range; sister, Ermantine Gruninger; and brothers Kenneth, Theodore, Paul, and Virgil Range. He was a farmer and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, Illinois with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. He was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund.

 

Chester Hemme Jr., 66, of Waterloo, died March 18, 2009. He was born Aug. 30, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Hemme is survived by his mother, Mary (nee Moll) Hemme-Kassel; sisters Helen (Kenneth) Horn and Lois (Albert) Mohlman; and a brother, Dale Hemmer; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Chester W. Hemme Sr.; and two step-fathers. Mr. Hemme was a member of Human Support Services of Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Hemme was buried at Zion UCC Cemetery in St. Joe. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services - Waterloo, or Monroe County Council for the Handicapped

 

Luella Russell, nee Kuergeleis, 87, of Valmeyer, died March 18, 2009, in Red Bud. She was born Nov. 1, 1921, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Fred and Anna (nee Mueller) Kuergeleis. Mrs. Russell is survived by a daughter, Bobbie Russell; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Russell. Mrs. Russell was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Auxiliary and St. John UCC of Valmeyer's Women's Fellowship. She served as a Sunday school teacher at her church for 40 years. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Mrs. Russell was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

 

Delbert Koch, 81, of Columbia, died March 20, 2009, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Feb. 13, 1928, in Fults, the son of the late Fred and Maria (Schmidt) Koch. He married the late Alvira (Mehrtens) Koch in 1953 in New Hanover. Mr. Koch is survived by his son, Rev. Robert (Catherine) Koch of New Athens; a daughter, Diane (Myron) Hanna of Columbia; grandchildren William Koch, Elizabeth Koch, Allison Hanna and Steven Hanna; and sisters-in-law Eleanora Faust of Columbia and Eileen Hoerr of Waterloo; along with other relatives and friends. In addition to his wife, Mr. Koch was preceded in death by his sisters Esther Giffhorn and Frieda Rippel-meyer; and brothers George Hoerr and Raymond Koch. He was a retired electrician having worked at Ameren U.E. in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Koch was a member of St. Paul UCC of Columbia and Columbia Sister Cities Program. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC of Columbia, Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Koch was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to his church, the ALS Association of St. Louis or St. John U.C.C. of New Athens.

 

Ruth Fehrenz, nee Mueller, 77, of Waterloo, died March 14, 2009, in Columbia. She was born June 16, 1931 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late George and Maria (nee Bertram) Mueller. Mrs. Fehrenz is survived by her children, Yvonne (Jeff) Dehner of Waterloo; Mary Ann (Don) Bowling of Bedford, Kent., Una Faye (Cary) Mullin of St. Charles, Mo., and Warren (Tracy) Fehrenz of Sparta; grandchildren Justin Wilson (Fiancé Kathryn Arbuckle), Chase Mullin, Jessica Vance, Taylor, Connor and Nicole Fehrenz; a sister, Marie (Wilbert) Voelker of Waterloo; brother, Milton (Florence) Mueller of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law Ada Mueller of Waterloo and Mayme Busche of Red Bud; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Fehrenz; an infant son, Gerald Fehrenz; sisters Frieda Voelker and Elizabeth "Betty" Scariot; brother, Floyd Mueller; and son-in-law, Edward Matzenbacher. Mrs. Fehrenz was a member of St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. Mrs. Fehrenz was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

 

Lillie Heine, 84, of Columbia, died March 21, 2009 at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Feb. 7, 1925 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Edward and Elsie (Brauch) Byers. She married William Heine in 1947 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Heine is survived by a sister, Mildred (Bill) Ritter of Columbia; a brother, Robert Byers of Cahokia; and a Godchild, Sandra Rey; along with nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, and brothers and sisters-in-law. She was preceded in death by parents brothers, Raymond Horn, John, Arthur, Roy, Ted, and Russel Byers, sister, Mabel Rey, and Ella Byers. Mrs. Heine was retired from Adams Net and Twine in St. Louis, Mo. She was a member of St. Paul UCC of Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mrs. Heine was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church.

 

Raymond "Chick" Jahr, 97, of Columbia, died March 21, 2009, at Columbia Convalescent Center. He was born September 30, 1911 at Moredock Lake, the son of the late Herman and Nora (Frank) Jahr. He married Ina Mae (Crowe) Jahr in 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. She died in 2002. Mr. Jahr is survived by his brother, Ken (Audrey) Jahr of Columbia; nieces and nephews Sharon Jahr of Buena Vista, Calif., Robin Greene of Smithton, Janet Thompson of St. Louis, Mo., Saundra Bryan of Kirkwood, Mo., Kurt Jahr of Columbia and Craig Jahr of Columbia; and a Godchild, Michael Crowe of Freeburg. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by brothers Clarence, Albert, and Leroy Jahr; sisters, Edna Rader, Ophelia Beckman, Dora Jehling and Christina Jehling. Mr. Jahr served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a retired supervisor at Monsanto Chemical Co. Mr. Jahr was a member of the Waterloo Country Club, Columbia American Legion Post 581, Columbia Gymnastic Association, Scottish Rite - Valley of Southern Illinois, Ainad Temple, Columbia Blue Lodge 474 - AF and AM, State of Illinois Department of Aeronautics, Airplane Owners and Pilots' Association and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Airman and Pilot Identification. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Jahr was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC of Columbia.

 

Elmer Schmidt, 79, of Columbia, died March 23, 2009, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 8, 1929, in Kidd, the son of the late William and Augusta (nee Hoffmann) Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt is survived by his wife, Maxine (nee Gee) Schmidt; a brother, William (Lorene) Schmidt; sister, Catherine Menke; nieces and nephews Ervin (Donna) Menke, Shirley Menke Williams, Orville (Beverly) Menke, Robert (Mildred) Menke and Larry (Reba) Menke; and a niece-in-law, Shirley Menke; along with godchildren and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Herman Menke; in-laws Thelma and Lonie Gee; and a nephew, Vernon Menke. Mr. Schmidt was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault and Carpenters Local 795. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Pastor Ralph Laufer officiating. Mr. Schmidt was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the American Kidney Foundation.

 

Virginia Elizabeth Roeber, nee Sager, 85, of Columbia, died March 16, 2009, at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born May 24, 1923 in East Carondelet, the daughter of the late John and Nettie (Arras) Sager. Mrs. Roeber is survived by her children, Bernard James Roeber of Columbia and Sharon Guerrero of McKiney, Tex; grandchildren Joy (Seth) Whorton, Joshua Pollock, Joel (Ashley) Pollock, Bethany Pollock and Jordan Pollock; great-grandchildren Grace Whorton, Judah Whorton and Zack Pollock; and brothers Andrew (Shirley) Sager of East Carondelet, David (Brenda) Sager of Marquand, Mo., James (Kathleen) Sager of Thurmond, Md., and John (Mary) Sager of Versailles, Mo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Charles Raeber; sisters Ruth McGarry and Esther Chapman; and a brother, Lester Sager. Mrs. Roeber was a retired sales clerk at Weilbacher's in Columbia and was a member of Christian Assembly Church in Millstadt. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Christian Assembly Church in Millstadt, with Pastor Royce Coy officiating. Mrs. Roeber was buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to her church.

 

Gregory Allen Myers, 51, of Stafford, Va., formerly of Waterloo, died March 26, 2009. Mr. Myers is survived by his wife, Leisa Myers; sons Allen Myers and Daniel Myers; his parents, Hubert and Patricia Myers of Centerville, Ga.; brothers Michael (Dene) Myers of Mexico, Mo., and Eric Myers of Kansas City, Mo; in-laws, Donald and Elizabeth Milligan; brothers-in-law Robert Milligan and Donald (Dianna) Milligan Jr., and their children Kayla and Brooke; along with the family dog, Ripley. He was a graduate of Waterloo High School in Waterloo and the apprentice school at Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Co. He had worked for C.B. Lucas Heating and Air Conditioning in Dumfries, Va. Mr. Myers was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church. A memorial service was held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Stafford, Va. Arrangements were handled by Covenant Funeral Home in Stafford, Va. Memorials may be made to the church or Capital Hospice in Manassas, Va.

 

Shirley Mary O'Brien, 80, of Columbia; died March 24, 2009, following a 10-year battle with breast cancer. She was born Nov. 5, 1928, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Edward and Dorothy (Miller) Schaffer. She married Daniel O'Brien in 1952. He died in 1995. Mrs. O'Brien is survived by her children Daniel (Jess) O'Brien of Leslie, Mo., Kevin (Cindy) O'Brien of Columbia, Deborah (Zoran) Perisic of Waterloo, Kathleen (Mark) Range of Columbia and Michelle (Ed) Breeding of Columbia; a brother, Edward (Margaret) Schaffer of Cahokia; a sister, Geri (Jim) Vogt of Columbia; grandchildren, Eric and Elaine O'Brien, Neal and Kirsten O'Brien, Josh, Chris and Nick Bayer, Scott and Megan Range and Eddie, Emily, Spencer and Tessa Breeding; and great-grandchild, Darrell Morak; along with other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Joan (Pete) Becker. She was a member of the Altar Society at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, the Columbia Senior Citizens and was a volunteer for the American Red Cross. She was a retired bank teller at Monroe National Bank in Columbia. Visitation was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. A funeral mass followed with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. O'Brien donated her remains to the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, Mo., or the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund.

 

Charles Moll, 79, of Red Bud, died March 22, 2009, at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Feb. 4, 1930 in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Theodore and Matilda (nee Hunter) Moll. He married Betty Crowley in 1953 in Knobnoster, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Moll is survived by his sons, Randy (Cherie) Moll of Waterloo, Terry (Angie) Moll of Burksville and Dennis (Cindy) Moll of Fairfield, Ohio; daughters Debbie Stuhr of St. Charles, Mo., and Cathy (Robert) Majka of Hammond, Ore.; a brother, Delbert Moll of Red Bud; 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Merle Moll; a grandson, Jared Moll; and brothers T.J., Leo, Lester and Gilbert Moll; along with a brother in infancy. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral service was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Father Tom Stout officiating. Mr. Moll was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

 

Vivian Lee Mueller, nee Scherier, 71, of Ewing, died March 25, 2009, in Mt. Vernon. She was born Feb. 18, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Lester and Elsie Scherier. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her children Ann (Steve) Caudle of Ewing and Joseph (Melynda) Mueller of Benton; grandchildren Mariah Mae Hughes, Allisun Mueller, Joseph Alex Mueller and Mike Gosnell; and sisters Mary Tompkins of Yuba City, Calif., and Linda (Roger) Rosenbaugh of Farmington, NM. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald J. Mueller; and a brother, John Scherier. Mrs. Mueller was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She was an excellent seamstress who loved bowling and working in her flower garden. Vivian and Ronald Mueller built the safari campground on Route 37 north of Benton. Visitation was at Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton and also at at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mrs. Mueller was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer.

 

Jason Ritzel, 33, of Waterloo, died March 30, 2009. He was born Jan. 6, 1976 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Richard and Doris (nee Mueller) Ritzel. Mr. Ritzel is survived by his brothers, Allan Ritzel and Jeff (Nancy) Ritzel, both of Waterloo; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Ritzel was a member of St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. The funeral was at St. Paul UCC of Waterloo, Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. Memorials may be made to his church or Human Support Services of Waterloo.

 

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Laverne Diekemper, nee Sommer, 76, of Waterloo, died April 5, 2009. She was born Jan. 29, 1933 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Joseph and Octavia (nee Haberl) Sommer. Mrs. Diekemper is survived by her husband, Paul James Diekemper; children Ralph (Lee) Diekemper of Harrisburg, Penn., Eric (Ami) Diekemper of Edwardsville; Ellen (Howard) Heavner of Valmeyer; Jean Diekemper of St. Louis, Mo., Martha Diekemper of St. Charles, Mo., and Matt Diekemper of Dupo; grandchildren Ryan (Sarah) Heavner, Anna (Sean) Gibney, Andrew, Joseph and Jonathan Heavner, Danielle Diekemper, Kathryn, Emily and Allison Diekemper and Ashtin Diekemper; and siblings Norene Becker of Waterloo, Jeannette Theobald of Nashville, Mary (Ron) Wallace of Elsberry, Mo., Richard (Jane) Sommer of Edwardsville, Robert (Joan) Sommer of Kent, Wash., and Dorothy (Chris) Homeier of Springfield; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Sommer. Mrs. Diekemper attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo where she was a member of the Mary and Martha Society and a former trustee. She was also a member of the Waterloo American Legion's Ladies Auxiliary and Belleville Board of Realtors. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo with Monsignor Thomas Flach officiating. Mrs. Diekemper was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to masses at her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Kevin J. Farmer Sr., 56, of Waterloo, died April 5, 2009, in Belleville. He was born May 19, 1952 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Thomas Farmer and Theresa (nee Turner) Jamison. Mr. Farmer is survived by his wife, Roberta (nee Marquardt) Farmer; children Bob Koch of Waterloo, Gina (Dave) Jennings of Waterloo; Samantha (Clay) Hedrick of Ellington, Mo., Rhonda (John) Hanegan of Columbia; Melissa (Keith) Bass of Ellington, Mo., and Kevin (Kezia) Farmer Jr. of Ellington, Mo.; and a sister, Patricia (Jerry) Brown of Valmeyer; along with 11 grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Farmer was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Post, Maeystown Sportsman's Club and was a Lifetime Member of the NRA. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mr. Farmer was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

 

Kate Culver, 89, formerly of Lincoln, Mass., died April 3, 2009, at Faith Countryside Homes in Highland. She was born Jan. 6, 1920, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Dr. Royal and Helen (Thomas) Schaaf. She married Dr. Perry James Culver. He died in 2006. Mrs. Culver is survived by a daughter, Robin (Wilson) Groves of Brownsville, Vermont; a daughter, Rev. Sheldon Culver of Highland; sons Dr. Perry (Kit) Culver Jr. of Prairie Village, Kan., Devore (Holly) Culver of Providence, Rhode Island; grandchildren Emily, Silas, Gordon and Sam Culver; and a brother, Royal (Mildred) Schaaf of Califon, New Jersey; along with other relatives and friends. Mrs. Culver was a member of the First Parish Church of Lincoln, Mass. She was active in the League of Women Voters, Massachusetts General Hospital Auxiliary, the Alliance for Democracy and other peace and justice organizations. Visitation was at St. Paul UCC of Columbia. A memorial service was held with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Memorials may be made to the Wellesley College Scholarship Fund, the Alliance For Democracy or St. Paul UCC of Columbia.

 

Ralph Roschnafsky, 69, of Wartburg, died April 7, 2009, at his residence. He was born Feb. 22, 1940, in Wartburg, the son of the late Joseph and Lucille (nee Buettner) Roschnafsky. Mr. Roschnafsky is survived by his children Lisa (Troy) Redman of Imperial, Mo., and Randy (Dana) Roschnafsky of Waterloo; grandchildren Lauren and Kyle Redman; a sister, Joyce (Dan) Parsons of Webster Groves, Mo.; a brother, Kurt (Becky) Roschnafsky of Waterloo; nephews Joel and Ryan Roschnafsky; former wife, Linda Roschnafsky of Millstadt; and his constant companion, his dog Sawdust. Mr. Roschnafsky was a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg, the 9 a.m. McDonald's Coffee Club, the Shed Peanut Crew, Millstadt Fire and Ambulance Department and United Mine Workers of America. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. He was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church's Parsonage Expansion Fund.

 

Florence Hansell, nee Guillory, 76, of Sparta, died April 9, 2009. She was born April 20, 1932 in Blanks, La., the daughter of the late Morris and Noelie (nee Marks) Guillory. Mrs. Hansell is survived by her husband, Denver Hansell; children David (Penny) Hansell of Townsend, Mont., and Myra Thibodeaux of Sparta; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a sister, and a brother-in-law; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by two brothers. There were no services. Arrangements were handled by Quernheim’s.

 

Barbara Eschmann, 91, formerly of Columbia, died April 10, 2009 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 18, 1917, in Columbia, the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Thoma) Eschmann. Mrs. Eschmann is survived by a sister, Sophie Eschmann of Waterloo; and nieces and nephews Raymond (Marcel) Wierschem, Robert (Virginia) Wierschem, Darlene (Joseph) Knese, Mary Ellen Wierschem, Louise (Warren) Myers and Robert (Sylvia) Eschmann; along with great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces; and great-great-nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Frank (Helen) Eschmann; and sisters Pauline (Ray) Wierschem and Dorothy (Walter) Lehr; and a nephew, John Eschmann. Mrs. Eschmann was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She had worked at Midwest Card Co., and Mavrakos Candy Company in St. Louis, Mo. A memorial service was held at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Eschmann was buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church's building fund.

 

Margaret Jane Bearden, 80, of Waterloo, died April 14, 2009, at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 30, 1929, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Clarence and Margaret (Fleischmann) Wurtz. Mrs. Bearden is survived by a son, Michael (Kathy) Burke of Columbia; a daughter, Renee Williams of Columbia; son, Bruce (Patricia) Bearden of Ft. Worth, Tex.; six grandchildren; and a brother, Clarence (Frances) Wurtz of Fairview Heights; along with other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Burke; second husband, Charles Bearden; and a sister, Virginia (Elmer) Dix. Mrs. Bearden was a retired legal secretary at Evans and Dixon Law Offices in St. Louis, MO. She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies of Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Bearden was buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

Geraldine Roscow, nee Welsch, 81, of Waterloo, died April 16, 2009. She was born Sept. 16, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Walter and Jane (nee Gorman) Welsch. Mrs. Roscow is survived by daughters Jane (Curtis Black) Smith and Patti Bauer (special friend Bret Reynolds); grandchildren Clinton Smith, Angela Smith, Megan Bauer and Alex Bauer; great-grandchildren Seth Richard and Shyann; and a sister, Margaret (Don) Kemner; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford "Pete" Roscow. Mrs. Roscow was a member of the Sewing Club at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Roscow was buried at the church's cemetery.

 

Melvin Goeddel, 86, of Waterloo, died April 15, 2009. She was born Aug. 27, 1922, in Waterloo, the son of the late Jacob and Clara (nee Schlemmer) Goeddel. Mr. Goeddel is survived by his wife, Lucille (nee Stumpf) Goeddel; children Lonnie (Linda) Goeddel and Brenda (John) Shrewsbury, both of Waterloo; grandchildren Scott (Sally) Goeddel, Denise (Fran) DeLaCruz and Laura (Andrew) Gipson; and great-grandchildren Hannah Egbert, Andrew DeLaCruz and Alex DeLaCruz; along with sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Clarence Goeddel; and a sister Pearl B. Mathews. Mr. Goeddel was a member of St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC of Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mr. Goeddel was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to his church or Canterbury Manor.

 

Myrtle Jung, nee Osterhage, 95, of Millstadt, died April 14, 2009 at her granddaughter's home in Tuscola. She was born June 28, 1913, in New Hanover, the daughter of the Herman and Christiana (nee Klohr) Osterhage. Mrs. Jung is survived by her daughter, Kathryn (Roger) Davis of Columbia; grandchildren John (Teresa) Davis of Tuscola, Jim (Beth) Davis of Vero Beach, Fla., and Joy (Chris) Moore of Tuscola; great-grandchildren Alyssa and Marc Davis, William "Wil" Davis, Hunter and Logan Kobylanki and Keenan Moore; and step-brothers Wilbur Miller and Lester (Dorothy) Miller; along with nieces, nephews, cousin, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Butch" Jung who died in 1971; a brother, Raymond Osterhage; and a sister, Laura Thomas. Mrs. Jung was a homemaker and was an avid card player at the Millstadt Nutrition Center. She was a member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt and the American Legion Post 502 in Millstadt. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Jung was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to her church.

 

Evelyn Niermann, nee Zimmer, 77, of Waterloo, died April 17, 2009, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 9, 1932, in Steeleville, the daughter of the late Edwin and Emma (nee Leubkemann) Zimmer. Mrs. Niermann is survived by her husband, Robert Niermann; children Jane (Dale) Yates of Waterloo and Sally (Joseph) Master and Carl Niermann, both of St. Louis, Mo.; and grandchildren Sarah and Julia Yates and Willa, Nathaniel, Emma and Elinor Master; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by brothers Edwin Jr. and Wilbert Zimmer. Mrs. Niermann volunteered at Nice Twice At The Depot and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo and Monroe County Home Extension. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Kolmer was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to her church or Gibault Catholic High School.

 

William Postlewait, 88, of St. Louis, Mo., died April 17, 2009, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born July 19, 1920 in Tulsa, Okla., the son of the late Buress and Mabel (nee Ballard) Postlewait. Mr. Postlewait is survived by his sons, Buck (Cheryl) Postlewait of Cheraw, SC., and Jerry (Carol) Postlewait of Waterloo; grandchildren Shelly Postlewait and William (Deanna), Samuel and Timothy Postlewait; great-grandchild Tyler; sisters Dorothy Maxwell and Joanne Jacobs; and dear friend Jean Mitchell. He was preceded in death by a sister. Mr. Postlewait was a veteran of World War II and retired from McDonald-Douglas. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Don Blaes officiating. Mr. Postlewait was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

 

Exil Mae Webb, nee McKinney, 89, of Waterloo, died April 18, 2009. She was born Nov. 24, 1919 in Butler County, Kent., the daughter of the late Eben and Oma (nee Graham) McKinney. Mrs. Webb is survived by her children Sonjua (Robert) Clark of Grove, Okla., Pam (John) Neumeyer of Waterloo and Rick Baxter of Belleville; and grandchildren Paul (Tiffany) Clark, Tony (Geri) Clark, Chris (Laura) Clark, Colin (Tassa) Neumeyer, Brent (Jessica) Neumeyer and Stacy (Tony) Mooney; along with great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband Hugh Baxter; second husband Jim Webb; son Rufus Baxter; and brother, J.V. McKinney. Mrs. Webb was a member of First Baptist Church in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral service were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mrs. Webb was buried at Bethel Cemetery in Grover, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

 

Carol Eames, 55, of Columbia, died April 20, 2009, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Mehlville, Mo. She was born Nov. 23, 1953, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Lorenzo and Ardell (Mueller) Vogt. Mrs. Eames is survived by her husband, James Eames Sr.; a daughter, Tina Eames of Waterloo; a son, James (Michelle Smith) Eames Jr. of Columbia; grandchildren Brent DeLunas, Alexander DeLunas and Lilliana Eames; sisters Lorraine (Harvey) Hoffman of Waterloo, Delores (Vernon) Wienhoff of Millstadt, Arlene Vogt of Columbia and Erlene Gasser of Millstadt; and brothers Jay (Judy) Vogt and Melvin Vogt, both of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was employed with Chrysler Corp. in Fenton, Mo. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Eames was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

 

Terry Jones, 57, of Modoc died Sunday, April 26, 2009 at his residence. He was born March 29,1952 at St. Charles, Mo. the son of the late Vernon (Matty) and Melba (Sis) Jones, nee Roth. He married Cindy Ries in 1977 in New Hanover. In addition to his wife, Mr. Jones is survived by sons, Michael (Bridget) Jones, Patrick (Amanda) Jones, George Jones, and Kevin (special friend Julie Chandler) Jones; a grandson, Carson Jones; and an uncle, Bill Jones; along with cousins, other relatives and friends. Mr. Jones was a correctional officer at Menard Correctional Center for 29 years. He was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Modoc and was a levee commissioner for the Prairie du Rocher/Modoc Levee District, a Democratic precinct committeeman for Randolph County, a member of the Pierre Menard Club, the Sparta Eagles, a past president of the Fort de Chartres Sportsman's Club, past union steward for AFSCME Local 1175 and past president of the Young Democrats. He was an avid Cardinals and Cubs fan and enjoyed playing Santa Claus at Christmas. He loved his family, Christmas, fishing and hunting. Visitation was at the Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral mass was at St. Leo's Catholic Church with Fr. Clyde Grogan officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Loe Catholic Church or the Randolph County Democrat Scholarship Fund.

 

Adele Davis, nee Koch, 102, formerly of Monroe County, died April 26,2009 in Alhambra. She was born Aug. 7, 1906 at New Hanover, the daughter of the late Herman and Mary (Schrader) Koch. Survivors include sons Jerry Davis, Roger (Kathy) Davis, the Rev. Larry (Becky) Davis and the Rev. Glenn (Ann) Davis; a daughter, Joyce (Kenneth) Parke; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Davis; a daughter-in-law, Connie Davis and three brothers. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. Funeral was at Zion UCC in St. Joe with Rev. Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mrs. Davis was burial at Zion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hitz Memorial Home.

 

Darla Jean Lucher, 57, of East Carondelet died April 23, 2009 at her home. She was born Aug. 25, 1951 in St. Louis. Ms. Lucher is survived by her father, Henry Wiechert; a sister, Joyce Chandler; a niece, Connie (Todd) Gericke; and great-nieces Brianne Lietensdorfer, Lexi Gericke and Chandler Gericke; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Pinkston. She enjoyed having good times with her friends. Visitation was at the Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo where a funeral was conducted. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice of Belleville.

 

Rosalind Blittersdorf, nee Mehrmann, 93, of Springfield, formerly of Columbia, died April 25, 2009 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born Jan. 28, 1916 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Charles and Ida (Gerber) Mehrmann. She was married for 62 years to the late Kermit O. Blittersdorf, who died in 2000. Mrs. Blittersdorf is survived by a daughter, Judy (Larry) Harman; grandchildren Kelly (Tom) Woods, Sheila (James) Bartlett and Matthew (Michelle) Lorton; great-grandchildren Ann Womack, Lukas Lorton and Lane Lorton; nieces Claudette Gum and Jeanette Gentsch; and a nephew, William Smit. She was preceded in death by a brother, Lester Mehrmann; and a sister, Bernice Smith. Mrs. Blittersdorf was a retired cafeteria cook for the Columbia Unit 4 Schools. She was a graduate of Valmeyer High School and a member of St. Paul UCC where she was active in the Junior Women's League. She was also a member of the Robert Morris Chapter 98 Eastern Star where she served as a past worthy matron, past grand lecturer and past grand representative to Missouri and Massachusetts. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Chapter 29 Al SiHah, White Shrine, Roy Neighbors of America, the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Columbia Woman's Club. She was also a former Senior Girl Scout leader and was a past Sunday school teacher at St. John's UCC in Valmeyer. Visitation was at the Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. Paul UCC with the Rev. Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. She was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John's Hospice, Springfield or St.Paul UCC.

 

David "Blue Papa" Prange, 56, of Hecker, died April 30, 2009. He was born July 15, 1952, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Elmer William and Imogene Flora (nee Braundmeier) Prange. Mr. Prange is survived by his children, Heather (Merl) Fleeman, Joseph Prange, Joni (Justin) Mills and Jason (Elizabeth) Prange; step-daughter, Mary (Kevin) Westmorland; grandchildren, Brandon, Cheyenne, Kansas, Sierra, Eric, Alicen and Kendlynn; and siblings Nancy (Orville) Mathews, Elmer Prange, Elizabeth Prange, Roy (Mary) Prange and Diana (Mark) Wittenbrink; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Imogene Prange; and a brother Ernest Prange. Mr. Prange was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mr. Prange was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

 

Domineck "Blacky" Giovanetti, 81, of Dupo died Saturday, April 25, 2009 at his home. He was born Nov. 8, 1927 at Bush, Ill. the son of the late Domineck and Nettie (nee Lavender) Giovanetti, Sr. Survivors include his wife Ruby Giovanetti, nee Overturf, whom he married Aug. 20, 1955 in Corinth, Miss.; three sons, Sam Giovanetti, Nick Giovanetti and Scott (Jan) Giovanetti; a daughter, Toni (Andy) Denis; a brother, Larry (Linda) Giovanetti; seven grandchildren, Kim (Dave) Parker, Beverly Giovanetti, Beth Giovanetti, J.D. Keating, Jessa Giovanetti, Jordon Giovanetti; a great-grandson, Ethan Robison; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Besides his parents, Mr. Giovanetti was preceded in death by brothers Roy Lavender and Bill Giovanetti and a sister, Ruby (Ray) Duffield. Mr. Giovanetti was a retired railroad engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad with 44 years of service. He was a member of Dupo American Legion Post 485 and served in the navy two years and the air force for four years during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his children and friends and was a loving family man. Visitation was at the Dashner - Leesman Funeral Home where an American Legion service was held. Memorials may be made to the Family Hospice of Belleville or American Legion Post 485.

 

Sylvester Dickneite, 86, of Millstadt, died April 24, 2009 at his home. He was born March 16, 1923 the son of the late Vernard and Elnora (nee Engel) Dickneite. Survivors include his wife, Frances (nee Wild) Dickneite, whom he married in 1963; children Robert (Wilma "Ruby") Walker, Charles (Cindy) Walker, Donna (Bernell) Vollmer, Nancy (John) Kish, Albert and Sue Patrick; sisters Emma (Armin) Diemert, Leona Burkhardt, Bernadine Hieder, Marie Yount, Catherine (Carnel) Gilbert, Eileen (Donald) Goldschmidt, Dorothy (Raymond) Shoemaker and Elsie Branson; and a brother, George (Polly) Dickneite; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Mr. Dickneite was preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary Hergenroider; brothers, Ben Dickneite, Raymond Dickneite and David Dickneite (in infancy); and three grandchildren. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt and was employed with E.M. Wiegmann for 29 years. Visitation was at the Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church with Father Mark Volk officiating. Mr. Dickneite was buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Erdline Lippert, nee Vogt, 97, of Millstadt died April 25, 2009 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Aug. 16, 1911 in Columbia, the daughter of the late Antone and Anna (nee Frierdich) Vogt. Mrs. Lippert is survived by a daughter, Sheila (John) Campe; grandchildren Gina (William) Clossen and Jeff (Misty) Campe; great-grandchildren Nicole, Caitlyn and Will Clossen; and nieces Bonnie Mueller and Doreen Baltz; along with other relatives and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest "Buzz" Lippert; sisters Ruth Pistor, Esther Briesacher, Adele Schuff and Marcella Hatter; and a brother in infancy, Lester Vogt. Mrs. Lippert was a homemaker and a member of St. James Catholic Church, the Perpetual Help Sodality and the Millstadt Senior Center. Visitation was at the Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church with Father Marvin Volk officiating. Mrs. Lippert was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or to masses.

 

Nava "Annie" Goessling-Geppert, nee Hadley, 64, of Millstadt, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. She was born June 8, 1944 in Granite City, the daughter of the late Murphy and Ann Hadley. She is survived by numerous relatives and many friends. including nieces, nephews and cousins. She worked at Four Fountains Convalescent Center for 22 years. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. The body was cremated. Memorials may be made to Unity Hospice.

 

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Ralph Simmonds Jr., 70, of Citrus Springs, Fla., formerly of Millstadt, died May 3, 2009 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. He was born Aug. 17, 1938 in Belleville, the son of the late Ralph Sr. and Floy Simmonds, nee Kennedy. Mr. Simmonds is survived by a son, Thomas Simmonds; a daughter, Ginette (Thomas) Kern; step-children Cheryl Bremer, Cassy Reece, Chad Wagner and Shane Wagner; a brother, Kenneth (Pat) Simmonds; sisters Nancy Simmonds, Barbara (Bill) Heil, Carol (Frank) Albers and Patty Dillon; and special friend, Simone Moreno; along with grandchildren, step-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife , Pauline Simmonds, nee Wagner; a sister, Rosemary Maserang; and a brother in infancy. Mr. Simmonds was a veteran if the United States Army. He owned his own carpentry business and was retired from Carpenters Local 433. In the early 1970s, he was a mechanic for cars racing at the Indianapolis 500. He remained an avid car racing fan. Visitation was at the Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home where a funeral was held. Memorials may be made to Victory Junction Gang Camp or the American Heart Association.

Tommy Hayes, 69, of Kell, died May 2, 2009, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 24, 1940 in Salem, the son of the late Harold and Belva (Dalton) Hayes. He married Beverly Jones in 1996. In addition to his wife, Mr. Hayes is survived by sons Thomas (Colleen) Hayes, David Hayes and Gregory Hayes; a daughter, Carla Rick, all of Waterloo; step-daughters Christine (Greg) Mercer of Centralia and Kelly Richard of Salem; grandchildren Susan Rick, Todd Rick, Jackie Hayes, Rachael Hayes, Alyssa Hayes, Curtis Garrett, Erin Belen, Jordan Garrett, Tyler Mercer and Kristen Mercer; a great-grandchild, Taylor Rose Belen; and a niece, Jessica Krauss. He was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Jane Krauss. Mr. Hayes was born and raised in Kell, but spent his working life as a welder at Ameren/UE in St. Louis. He moved back home to Kell after his retirement. He was a member of Prairie Presbyterian Church, collected antique tractors and was an avid hunter. He enjoyed caring for bird dogs and his cats. Visitation esd Thursday, May 7 with a funeral service at Prairie Presbyterian Church in Kell with Rev. Robert Freytag and Pastor Jerry Field officiating. Mr. Hayes was buried at Zion Grove Cemetery in Kell. Memorials may be made to the Zion Grove Cemetery Fund, the Romine Prairie Presbyterian Church or the National Leukemia Fund.

 

Gavin Christopher Coleman, 9, of Columbia, died May 5, 2009, at his residence. He was born Jan. 25, 2000, in Chester, the son of Christopher Coleman and the late Sheri Coleman. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother, Garret. Besides his father, Gavin is survived by his grandparents, Pastor Ronald and Connie Coleman of Chester, Donald Weiss of Clearwater, Fla., and Angela DeCiceo of La Grange Park; uncles Bradley (Jennifer) Coleman of Chester, Keith (Emily) Coleman of Rogers, Ark., and Mario Weis of La Grange Park; and cousins Drew, Aubrey and Addison Coleman; along with great-grandparents, great-uncles and great-aunts. Gavin was a third grader at Parkview Elementary in Columbia. He was a member of Destiny Church in St. Louis, Mo., the church's youth group, loved sports and played football for the Columbia Bluejays. Visitation was at Grace Church Ministries in Chester. A private family service was held at the church with Pastor Mike Shepard and Pastor Phil Stern officiating. A second service was Monday at Hursen Funeral Home in Hillside-Westcheser. Gavin was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Chester. Memorials may be made to Grace Church Ministries.

 

Garett Dominic Eugene Coleman, 11, of Columbia, died May 5, 2009, at his residence. He was born April 30, 1998 at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., the son of Christopher Coleman and the late Sheri Coleman. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gavin. Besides his father, Garett is survived by his grandparents, Pastor Ronald and Connie Coleman of Chester, Donald Weiss of Clearwater, Fla., and Angela DeCiceo of La Grange Park; uncles Bradley (Jennifer) Coleman of Chester, Keith (Emily) Coleman of Rogers, Ark., and Mario Weis of La Grange Park; and cousins Drew, Aubrey and Addison Coleman; along with great-grandparents, great-uncles and great-aunts. Garett was a fourth grader at Parkview Elementary in Columbia. He was a member of Destiny Church in St. Louis, Mo., the church's youth group, loved sports and played football for the Columbia Bluejays. Visitation was at Grace Church Ministries in Chester. A private family service was Saturday at the church with Pastor Mike Shepard and Pastor Phil Stern officiating. A second funeral was Monday at Hursen Funeral Home in Hillside-Westchester. Garett was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Chester. Memorials may be made to Grace Church Ministries.

 

Sheri A. Coleman, 31, of Columbia, died May 5, 2009, at her residence. She was born July 3, 1977, in Berwyn, the daughter of Donald Weiss and Angela DeCiceo. She married Christopher Coleman in 1997 in Chicago. Mrs. Coleman was preceded in death by her sons, Garret and Gavin Coleman. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her parents, Donald Weiss of Clearwater, Fla., and Angela DeCiceo of La Grange Park; a brother, Mario Weiss of La Grange Park; in-laws, Pastor Ronald and Connie Coleman of Chester; brothers-in-law Bradley (Jennifer) Coleman of Chester and Keith (Emily) Coleman of Rogers, Ark.; nephew, Drew Coleman; and nieces Aubrey and Addison Coleman; along with grandparents, uncles and aunts. Mrs. Coleman was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Visitation was at Grace Church Ministries in Chester. A private family service was held at the church with Pastor Mike Shepard and Pastor Phil Stern officiating. A second funeral was Monday at Hursen Funerla Home in Hillside-Westchester. Mrs. Coleman was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Chester. Memorials may be made to Grace Church Ministries.

 

James Kohlenberger, 63, of Columbia, died May 6, 2009, at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 27, 1945, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Frank and Louise "Lulu" (Hasty) Kohlenberger. He married Patricia (Davis) Kohlenberger in 1968 in Cahokia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Kohlenberger is survived by a daughter, Shannon (John Taylor) Kohlenberger of Columbia; a son, Shaun (Becca) Kohlenberger of Waterloo; grandchildren Raven, Mason and Brynna Kohlenberger; a sister, Dorothy (LeRoy) Goss of Valmeyer; and sisters-in-law Phyllis Kohlenberger of East Carondelet and Ann Kohlenberger of St. Louis, Mo. He was preceded in death by brothers William and George Kohlenberger. Mr. Kohlenberger earned the Purple Heart while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He worked as a pipefitter and at U.S. Steel in Granite City. He enjoyed coaching with the Columbia Khoury League and Bluejays Football. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral service was at First Baptist Church in Columbia. Mr. Kohlenberger was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville.

 

Arthur R. Woodcock, 62, of Niceville, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died April 25, 2009, at his home following a seven-year battle with cancer. He was born July 20, 1946, in Belleville, the son of the late Arthur F. and Violet (Probstmeyer) Woodcock of Columbia. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susan (McConkey) Woodcock; daughters Angela (Timothy) Miller and Patricia (Bradley) Brobeck, both of Niceville; grandchildren Trenton and Hayden Miller and Christian, Grayson and Victoria Brobeck; brothers William (Kathy) Woodcock of Saginaw, Mich., and Terry (Sharon) Woodcock of Columbia; and nephews Christopher, Stephen, Timothy, Jason, Arthur, Glenn, and Samuel Woodcock; along with other relatives and friends. Mr. Woodcock graduated from Columbia High School in 1964. He worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad and then served 20 years in the Air Force. After his retirement, he enjoyed bagging groceries at the Eglin Air Force Base commissary, where he greeted many of his friends. He loved spending time with his family, deer hunting, and traveling in his motor home. A memorial service held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Niceville, Fla. Memorials may be made to his church or a cancer research organization of your choice.

 

Adolph J. Meppiel, 84, of Waterloo, died May 11, 2009, in Red Bud. He was born Nov. 21, 1924 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Adolph and Hilda (nee Wolf) Meppiel. Mr. Meppiel is survived by sons James (Susan) Meppiel and Robert (Marty) Meppiel; grandchildren Jimmie (Sonja) Meppiel, Angela (Jason) Rhoads, Dawn (Nick) Caito and Matthew Meppiel; great-grandchildren Noah, Maggie, Logan and Autumn; and a brother, John Meppiel; along with a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Louise Meppiel (nee Simon); sisters Shirley Wamser and Mary "Mag" Kessler; and a brother, William Meppiel. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo with Pastor Dawson Miller officiating. Mr. Meppiel was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Melliel wasa decorated Army veteran of World War II and was member of the Cahokia VFW Post and the 117th Airborne and Cadets of America. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Norman Hern, 92, of Columbia, died May 14, 2009, in Belleville. He was born Oct. 12, 1916 in Fults, the son of the late Henry and Louisa (nee Rodenberg) Hern. Mr. Hern is survived by his wife, Marian Hern, nee Hite; children Norman Hern, Sandra (John) Bicklein, Mary (Joseph) Limpert, Jean Scheiber, Joyce (Dante) Scaccianoce and Laura (Earl) Dotson; a brother, Vernon (Jane) Hern; sisters Edna Easton and Erna Geisler; first cousin and her daughter Mary Fiedler and Ruth Fiedler; 10 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a grandson Brian Hern; sister, Pauline Ludwig; and brothers Harry, Roy, Elvin and Robert Hern. Mr. Hern was a member of Assembly of God in Belleville and the UAW 325 of Hazelwood. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Raynaud officiating. Mr. Hern was buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults.

 

Timothy Robert McCloud, 53, of Columbia, died May 13, 2009, at his residence. He was born Nov. 5, 1955, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Clyde and Mildred "Ruth" McCloud of Millstadt. In addition to his parents, Mr. McCloud is survived by his wife Linda (nee Kelly) McCloud, whom he married in 1977; sons Justin McCloud of Millstadt and Noah McCloud of Maryville; siblings Gerald (Ginger) McCloud of Perryville, Mo, Larry (Carmen) McCloud of Sevierville, Tenn., Theresa (Bruce) Hoffmann of Columbia and Ginny (Matt-hew) Price of Opdyke; and grandchildren Jordyn, Kori and Kyle McCloud; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Mr. McCloud worked as a software trainer at Kronos Inc. in Creve Coeur, Mo., Visitation and funeral were at Twin Rivers Worship Center in St. Louis, Mo., with Rev. Charles Lance officiating. A private burial was held. Arrangements were handled by Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Memorials may be made to Twin Rivers Worship Center House of Manna.

 

Floyd Godier, 81, of Prairie du Rocher, died May 13, 2009, at his residence. He was born April 9, 1928 in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Lloyd and Christine (nee Weber) Godier. He married Betty Bievenue in 1953 in Prairie du Rocher. In addition to his wife, Mr. Godier is survived by his children, Rick Godier (friend Garlene Morrison) of Chester, Rodney Godier of Prairie du Rocher, Dan (Susie) Godier of Waterloo, Renee (Bill) Heidle of Crossville, Tenn., and Donald (Arlene) Godier, Michelle (James) Weber and Treva McDonough of Prairie du Rocher; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Godier of Prairie du Rocher; sisters Deloris (Glenn) Bievenue of Red Bud, Irene Miller of Columbia and Ethel Bievenue of Chester; grandchildren Dawn (Bryan) Nortin, Sandy (Troy) Walker, Monica Godier, Shannon (Jeremy) Buckshot, Jenny (Jason) Knight, Dustin Godier, Devin Godier, Chrystle (Terry) Donjon, Candace "Petie" Godier, Gregory Godier, Andrea "A.J." Godier, Kerri (friend Eric Keeling) Weber, Tyler Weber, Candace Weber, Jerimy Prater and Jason McDonough; and 13 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Godier, a sister, Shirley Donius; brothers Alvin and Harold Godier; and a granddaughter, Bethany Ann Godier. Mr. Godier served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He owned and operated Floyd’s Standard Service Station in Prairie du Rocher for 35 years. He then worked at Singer Furnace Company in Red Bud until his retirement. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Legion Post 662, Chester Eagles Club Aerie 3252 and a former member of the 40 and 8 in Prairie du Rocher. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher with Father Daniel Jurek officiating. Memorials may be made to the Prairie du Rocher Community Park Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Arnold Steibel, 96, of Red Bud, formerly of Prairie du Rocher, died May 20, 2009, at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born May 1, 1913, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Victor and Josephine (nee Boyer) Steibel. He married Naoma Drury in 1943 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. She died in 1985. Mr. Steibel is survived by his daughters, Fay Stamm of Waterloo and Carla Minn-emann of Athens, Ala.; grandchildren Kimberly (Daniel) Hannon of Columbia, Rebecca Wiggers of Waterloo and Darla (Jim) Baker of rural Red Bud; and great-grandchildren Tara and Kyle Hannon and Brett an Ryan Wiggers; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Steibel was preceded in death by sons-in-law Henry Urspruch and Vernon Minnemann; a brother, Robert Steibel; a sister, Zeda DeRousse; and a granddaughter, Tammy Stamm. Mr. Steibel was a petroleum salesman for Farm Service for more than 40 years and served as the mayor of Prairie du Rocher. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus 3790 in Chester, a former school board member and the La Guainnee Society. There was no visitation. Funeral was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher with Father Daniel Jurek officiating. He was buried at the church's cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to Backstoppers in St. Louis, Mo., or the Alzheimer Care Unit at Oak Hill in Waterloo.

 

Fay Ingram Volkert, 83, of Jefferson City, Mo., died May 22, 2009, at St. Mary's Health Center. She was born on Nov. 2, 1925, in Murphysboro, the daughter of the late Louis Alexis and Audrey Lou Pearl Smith Ingram. She married Joyce Leonard Volkert in 1943, in Clayton, Mo. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Volkert is survived by a daughter, Suzanne (Harry) Richter, Jefferson City, Mo.; sons Timothy Volkert of Hannibal and Brian Volkert of Jefferson City, Mo; and in-laws Lou Ellen and Michael Lewis; along with 16grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Alexis Volkert. A homemaker all her life, Mrs. Volkert worked for Sears in Bridgeton, Mo. in customer service. She retired in 1996. Mrs. Volkert was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church. Private family services were scheduled for a later date. Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

 

Maxine Trost, nee Politsch, 78, of Waterloo, died May 22, 2009, in Glen Carbon. She was born Dec. 18, 1930, in Lenzburg. Mrs. Trost is survived by her children Wilma (Michael) Ruby of O'Fallon and Barbara (Mark) Ehrhardt of North Aurora; grandchildren Sarah (Matthew) Cundiff, Laura (Brian) McCunney, Lisa (Jarad) Yunguirt, Alex Ehrhardt, Lauren Ehrhardt and Drew Ehrhardt; brothers Albert (Ruth) Politsch, Walter (Fran) Politsch and Ralph (Arlene) Politsch; and a sister, Helen (George) Day. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, along with numerous brothers and sisters. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Dale Edwards officiating. She was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Kenneth Hartman Sr., 72, Waterloo, died May 26, 2009, in St. Louis. He was born May 17, 1937, in Waterloo, the son of the late Marcellus and Mildred (nee Meyer) Hartman. Mr. Hartman is survived by his wife, Joann Hartman, nee Feldker; a son, Kenneth (Anita) Hartman Jr. of Waterloo; grandchildren Amanda Chris-tine Hartman, Alexis Rose Hartman and Ashley Kenra Hartman; a sister, Violet (Edmund) Kueker of Waterloo; a brother-in-law, Joseph (Nadine) Feldker of Waterloo; and an aunt, Audrey Hartman of Waterloo; along with a niece, nephews and cousins. Mr. Hartman attended church at St. Paul UCC. He was a life-long farmer in Waterloo who was involved with several agricultural organizations, including the National Holstein Assoc., National Dairy Shrine, Monroe County Farm Bureau, the Corn Growers Assoc., the Dairy Superintendent at the Monroe County Fair and earned a FFA American Farmer Degree. He was also a former a director of the Monroe County Fair Assoc., served on the Monroe County Planning Commissioner and a past board member of the Illinois Holstein Assoc., Monroe Service, Gateway FS, the Illinois State DHIA, a past chairman of District Mid American Dairyman, Monroe County Land Use Committee and 4H Leader. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. Mr. Hartman Sr. was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, the American Cancer Society and the Monroe County Farm Bureau Foundation.

 

Ruth Elaine Frierdich, nee Armbrecht, 62, of Waterloo, died May 21, 2009 at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She was born Jan. 1, 1947 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Oliver and Gladys (nee Foslar) Armbrecht. Mrs. Frierdich is survived by her husband, Wolfgang Frierdich; daughters Christine Frierdich of Waterloo and Angela (Jerome) Mehrtens of Cadet, Mo; sons Scott (Robin) Frierdich of DeSoto, Mo.; Aaron (Melissa) of Blackwell, Mo.; brothers Don (Janet) Armbrecht of Waterloo, David (Diane) Armbrecht of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Dean (Ellen) Armbrecht of Waterloo; sisters Eileen (Fred) Johannsen of Miami, Okla., Carol (Alvin) Gruber of Waterloo, Lois (Norman) Rabbermann of Waterloo and Mary (John) Ford of Waterloo; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Frierdich was preceded in death by a granddaughter. Visitation and funeral were at DeFabio Funeral Home with the Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Frierdich was cremated. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

 

James "Jim" Francis Shrewsbury, 61, of Albuquerque, NM., died May 26, 2009, following a long illness. He was born in Altoona, Penn., the son of the late Dr. George and Jane (nee Mower) Shrewsbury. Mr. Shrewsbury is survived by his wife, Mary Shrewsbury; children James and Jacqueline; siblings Joseph (Karen) Shrewsbury of Columbia, twin brother John (Brenda) Shrewsbury of Waterloo, Danny Shrewsbury; Marianne (Dennis) Smith, Constance and George Shrewsbury. He was preceded in death by a sister, Kathryn. Mr. Shrewsbury grew up in Columbia and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He moved to New Mexico where he was employed as an engineer for General Electric and then for the Workers Compensation Administration of New Mexico. He enjoyed fishing, family time and living in the warm southwest. Visitation and funeral services were held at the Chapel of Direct Funeral Services in Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Shrewsbury was buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery with U.S. Navy Honors. Memorials can be made to the Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque, NM.

 

Tracey Beth Luhr, nee Rubemeyer, 43, of Waterloo, died May 23, 2009, in Red Bud. She was born June 22, 1965 in Red Bud, the daughter of Delores Rubemeyer (nee Dehne) and the late Ronald Rubemeyer. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Luhr is survived by her husband, Brian Luhr; a daughter, LeAnne Luhr; sisters Laura Mehard and Christy Langhorst; a brother, Mitchell (Dawn) Rubemeyer; brother-in-law Steve (Tina) Luhr; sister-in-law Nancy (Jay) Wolfmeier; and mother-in-law, Marilyn Luhr (nee Hoffmann); along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Glen Luhr. After she graduated from college, Tracey taught classes at SS. Peter and Paul Grade School in Waterloo and Immaculate Conception School in Columbia. She then joined her husband Brian in the operation of their business, Green Tree Enterprises Inc., for the next fifteen years. After earning her master's degree, she spent the past three years as a second grade teacher at Parkview Elementary School in Columbia where she loved all her "children." Tracey had a great zest for life and will be missed immensely by her family and friends. Mrs. Luhr was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral service was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup and Pastor Matt Clark officiating. Mrs. Luhr was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Camp Wartburg.

 

James Wienhoff, 67, of Waterloo, died May 23, 2009, in Red Bud. He was born Sept. 5, 1941, in Waterloo, the son of the late Alonzo and Georgiana (nee Durrer) Wienhoff. Mr. Wienhoff is survived by his wife, Judith (nee Janson) Wienhoff; children Janell (Jeffery) Johanning of Red Bud and Jeffery Wienhoff of Green River, Wyo.; a brother, Charles (Nancy) Wienhoff of Albany, Ga.; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Larry (Car-olyn) Janson of Waterloo, Linda Janson of Waterloo, Gerald Janson of Waterloo, Donald Janson of Wichita, Kan., Mark Janson of Indianapolis, Ind., Darrell (Winnie) Janson of Park Hill, Mo., Deborah (Glen) Janson Mollet of Waterloo, Joel Janson of Prairie du Rocher, Steven Janson of Indianapolis, Ind., and Patricia (Gils) Janson Mollet of Clay City, Ind.; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Wienhoff was veteran of the U.S. Navy, was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo, the Knights of Columbus of Waterloo and a long time committee member of Boy Scout Troop 323 in Waterloo. He enjoyed travel, gardening, family, aircraft and camping. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Monsignor Thomas Flach officiating. Mr. Wienhoff was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Church, SPPS Grade School or Gibault Catholic High School.

 

Linda Luhr, nee Markus, 55, of Waterloo, died May 24, 2009, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 26, 1953 in Breese, the daughter of Dolores Markus (nee Kapp) and the late Camillus "Cam" Markus. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Luhr is survived by her children, Jason Luhr and Kacie (Eric Sutton) Luhr; a step-grandson, Mason Sutton; a sister, Darlene (Bob) Niebruegge; and a brother, Michael (Dawn) Markus; along with aunts, uncles, nephews, a niece and cousins. A memorial mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo with Monsignor Thomas Flach officiating. The family received guests. at the church prior to the funeral. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Robert Milton Schmidt, 81, of Waterloo, died May 28, 2009, in Belleville. He was born June 16, 1927, in Waterloo, the son of the late William and Hulda (nee Taake) Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Schmidt, nee Bufka; children Catherine (Alan) Brandt, George (Nancy) Schmidt and Raymond (Pamela) Schmidt; grandchildren Ryan, Matthew and Laura Brandt, Angela, Michael and Eric Schmidt and Alexander, Lucas and Benjiman Schmidt; and a sister, Edna (Roy) Taake. Mr. Schmidt was a veteran of the Korean War, was a former commissioner and clerk for Road District 9 and a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau and the Knights of Columbus. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mr. Schmidt was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary's Hall Building Fund.

 

Corey Buskirk, 20, of Fults, died May 17, 2009 in rural Millstadt as a result of an automobile accident. He was born April 15, 1989 in Farmington, Mo. Mr. Buskirk is survived by his mother, Kimberly Stauffer; father, Scott (Kelly) Buskirk; a sister, Vanessa Buskirk; a brother, Tyler Ballinger; paternal grandparents, Ron and Sharon Buskirk; maternal grandparents, Linda and Arland Barton; maternal great-grandparents, Harold and Gladys Wilkerson' paternal aunt and uncle, Rebecca (Greg) Phillips; maternal aunts and uncles Thomas and Michelle VanBuren and Jason and Tina Clemens; and a niece, Jaime Weaver; along with other cousins and friends. Mr. Buskirk was an employee with Buskirk Landscaping in Fults. Visitation and funeral were at at Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

 

Craig A. Jahr, 49, of Columbia, died June 1, 2009 at Columbia Convalescent Center. He was born Aug. 4, 1959, in Belleville, the son of the late Albert "Appy" and Alice (nee Taake) Jahr. He married Gloria (Ruebke) Jahr in 2005 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Jahr is survived by his children, Brittney Jahr and Casey Jahr, both of Columbia; a sister, Robin (Michael) Greene of Smithton; in-laws, Vernon and Marion (Bert) Ruebke, of Steeleville; nieces and nephews Dustin Loeffler, Lindsay Bourn, Katelyn Mayer, Becky Ruebke, Nathan Ruebke and Natalie Ruebke; brother-in-law, Bruce Ruebke; sister-in-law, Judy Mayer; cousins Gene, Shirley, Charlie and Ben Bergmann, and Scott, Nicole, Brian, Chris, Chuck and Chad Bergmann; uncle, Ken (Audrey) Jahr; and special friends, Ben, Braden, Zane, Kebor, Chloe, Frosty, Mustard, Marshmellow and Zoey; along with many other relatives and friends. Mr. Jahr was a manager with Dickerson Petroleum of Belleville, a 25-year member of Columbia Volunteer Fire Department (named the 2008 Fireman of the Year), Columbia Gymnastic Association and had been an ICS soccer coach. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC of Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Jahr was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Craig "Appy" Jahr Fireman's Memorial Fund (to assist families in medical crisis), or Backstoppers.

 

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Malinda Wienhoff, 93, of Millstadt died June 1, 2009 at Lincoln Home in Belleville. She was born March 12, 1916, the daughter of the late Henry and Laura (Dooley) Weilbacher. She married George Wienhoff in 1938. He died in 1991. Mrs. Wienhoff is survived by her children, Delphine Landgraf of Columbia, Vernon (Delores) Wienhoff of Millstadt, Mary Jane Kish (special friend Stephen Van Buren) of Columbia and Father Paul Wienhoff of Cahokia; grandchildren Janice (Bill) Attberry of Belleville, Richard (Hope) Wienhoff of Millstadt, Lori Ann (Joe) Carbone of Cedar Hill, Mo., Lisa (David) Gummersheimer of Dupo, Brian (Carol) Kish of Prairie du Rocher, Bruce Landgraf of Columbia and Stephen Landgraf of St. Louis, Mo.; great-grandchildren Richard Wienhoff, Andrew Wienhoff, Michael Wienhoff, Jonathan Kish, Joshua Carbone, Joseph Carbone, Thomas Carbone, Ross (Jessica) McDonald, Troy Schmittling and Laura Schmittling; and great-great-granddaughter, Taylor McDonald; along with nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Milton Weilbacher; a granddaughter, Dee Ann Wienhoff; and a son-in-law, Arthur "Whitey" Landgraf. Mrs. Wienhoff was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt's Altar Sodality and the Golden Age Club. Visitation was at Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church with Father Paul Wienhoff and Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating. Mrs. Wienhoff was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. James School.

 

Matthew D.J. Ehret, 9, of Red Bud, died May 23, 2009, at St. John Mercy Hospital in St. Louis following an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 23, 1999 in Red Bud, the son of Bobby (Teresa) Ehret of Red Bud and Lisa (Terry) Warren of Baldwin. In addition to his parents, Matthew is survived by sisters Kendra Louise Ehret of Red Bud and Natasha Louise Warren of Baldwin; a brother due in August, Luke Warren; and grandparents Betty Louise Ehret of Red Bud and David and Hester Lou Qualls of Andalusia, Ala.; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Joseph Ehret. Matthew was active in the Red Bud Khoury League and was an active hunter and fisherman. He recently completed the third grade at Red Bud Elementary School. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. The funeral was at St. Peter's UCC in Red Bud with the Rev. William Graves officiated. Matthew was buried at St. Marcus Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to the Red Bud Elementary School or the Red Bud Athletic Association.

 

Craig A. Jahr, 49, of Columbia, died June 1, 2009 at Columbia Convalescent Center following a long battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 4, 1959, in Belleville, the son of the late Albert "Appy" and Alice (nee Taake) Jahr. He married Gloria (Ruebke) Jahr in 2005 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Jahr is survived by his children, Brittney Jahr and Casey Jahr, both of Columbia; a sister, Robin (Michael) Greene of Smithton; in-laws, Vernon and Marion (Bert) Ruebke, of Steeleville; nieces and nephews Dustin Loeffler, Lindsay Bourn, Katelyn Mayer, Becky Ruebke, Nathan Ruebke and Natalie Ruebke; brother-in-law, Bruce Ruebke; sister-in-law, Judy Mayer; cousins Gene, Shirley, Charlie and Ben Bergmann, and Scott, Nicole, Brian, Chris, Chuck and Chad Bergmann; uncle, Ken (Audrey) Jahr; and special friends, Ben, Braden, Zane, Kebor, Chloe, Frosty, Mustard, Marshmallow and Zoey; along with many other relatives and friends. Mr. Jahr was a manager with Dickerson Petroleum of Belleville, a 25-year member of Columbia Volunteer Fire Department (named the 2008 Fireman of the Year), Columbia Gymnastic Association and had been an ICS soccer coach. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC of Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Jahr was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Craig "Appy" Jahr Fireman's Memorial Fund (to assist families in medical crisis) or Backstoppers.

 

Charles Baer, 73, of Cahokia, died June 5, 2009, at his home. He was born Feb. 22, 19933, in St. Louis, the son of the late Angeline (Kovac) and Charles Baer. Mr. Baer was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia (Black) Baer, who died in 2004. He is survived by his children, Charles (Donellen) Baer of Johnston City and Viki (Ron) Goodnick of Waterloo; grandchildren Emily and Ethan Baer of Mt. Vernon, Sarah Baer of Johnston City and Bailey, Logan and Thomas Goodnick of Waterloo; siblings Dot (John) Imo, Bob (Jo) Baer and Cookie (Rich) Mueth of St. Louis, Mo., and Sandy (Jim) Hurst of Columbia; and special friend, Charlotte Hamm of Cahokia. Mr. Baer was a graduate of Holy Trinity Catholic School and Hadley Technical High School in St. Louis. He served as a storekeeper in the United States Coast Guard for eight years. Mr. Baer was a founding member of the Southern Illinois Athletic Club where he was a noted catcher and pitcher in both baseball and fast pitch softball. He moved to Cahokia in 1959 where he was employed as a sales manager for Oliver J. Parks. He completed studies for the Graduate Real Estate Institute and founded Chuck Baer Realty in 1969. He opened the Cahokia R.V. Parque in 1990. Mr. Baer retired as a realty specialist for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and he continued to work part-time as a real estate broker and H.U.D. representative until his death. Mr. Baer was involved in many civic organizations, including the Bite Me Bass Club, the American Cancer Society and Holy Family School Board, and was a past-president of Arch-View East Board of Realtors. He enjoyed jazz music, fishing for trout and bass, traveling the United States and spending time on any beach or body of water. A memorial mass was at Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia. In his honor, Mr. Baer requested family and friends take a child fishing, plant a flower or tree or donate to the American Cancer Society.

 

Lucas Wray Pikey, 21, formerly of Waterloo, died May 28, 2009, in Danville, Va. He was born July 3, 1987 in Belleville, the son of David Wray Pikey of York Haven Penn., and Michael Theresa Pikey nee Murdock of Danville, Va. Lucas is the grandson of Dr. Edward E. Pikey, the former Pastor of First Baptist Church of Waterloo, and the late Carol Ann (nee Spies) Pikey. While in Waterloo, Luke attended the Waterloo Public Schools before moving to Edwardsville. In addition to his parents and grandfather, Mr. Pikey is survived by his step-mother Rose Pikey; a son, Codie Hangelia; siblings Catrina Michael Pikey and Jack Edward Pikey, both of Danville, Va.; step-sister, Stacey Weber of York Haven, Penn.; a nephew, Jordan Michael Pikey; step-niece, Shaylin Weber; grandfather, Jack Murdock of Detroit, Mich.; uncles Sam Pikey Pasquin of San Pedro, Calif., and James (Tracy) Murdock of Detroit, Mich.; an aunt, Carla Lea Pikey of Etters, Penn.; and cousins Noah and Seth Pasquin of San Pedro, Calif. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Frannie Murdock (nee Barraco) of Detroit, Mich. Mr. Pikey was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the local arrangements.

 

Mary Johnson, nee Davis, 78, of Hooker, Okla., formerly of Waterloo, died June 6, 2009 in Amarillo, Tex. She was born Aug. 25, 1930 in Ridgeway, the daughter of the late Arvel and Marie (nee Heath) Davis. Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband, Dean Johnson Sr.; children William Michael (Christine) Johnson of Peabody, Ma.; and Diane Johnson and Dean (Sonia) Johnson Jr., all of Hooker, Okla.; grandchildren Steven Johnson, Lisa Johnson, Charles "Hank" Harrison Jr., Amy (James) Stafford, James Nicholas Johnson, Dean Johnson III and Mia Leslie Byrd; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, John William Davis. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Johnson was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Carman Greenhill, 73, of Waterloo, died June 8, 2009, in Glen Carbon. She was born April 4, 1936 in Dupo, the son of the late Daniel and Florence (nee Lutker) Greenhill. Mr. Greenhill is survived by his wife, Colleen Greenhill, nee Barfield; and children Daniel "Mitch" Greenhill (friend Annette Riechmann), Michelle (Bob) Macal and Craig (Lisa) Greenhill; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a step-father, Charles Stone; and a sister, Mary Ann (Chuck) Gastelum. Mr. Greenhill was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo and the St. Louis University Alumni Association. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Greenhill was buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc-iation.

 

John Elliott, 84, of Columbia, died June 11, 2009 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Carmi, the son of the late Chandos and Ada (nee Brockett) Elliott. He married Lola (Sailer) Elliott in 1952 in Carmi. In addition to his wife, Mr. Elliot is survived by his children, Jane (Ken) Hill of Maryland Heights, Mo., Janet Drake of The Woodlands, Tex., Michael (Joni) Elliott of Wheeler, eight Grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank (Pat) Elliott of Carmi; sisters Genell Howell of Carmi and Mary Lou (Robert) Veatch-Mars of Cave Creek, Ariz. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Mr. Elliot served in the Navy during World War II. He was a retired Salesman with Electrolux Vacuum Cleaners and was a member of Concord Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation was Monday, June 15 at Concord Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo. A funeral followed with Rev. Gene Moniz officiating. Mr. Elliot was buried at Jefferson Barracks National in St. Louis, Mo. Arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Edwin Stechmesser, 91, of Waterloo, died June 11, 2009. He was born May 14, 1918 in Valmeyer, the son of the Fred and Katherine (nee Hergenroeder) Stechmesser. Mr. Stechmesser is survived by his wife, Pearl (nee Rusteberg) Stechmesser; a son, Arlin (Diane) Stechmesser of Waterloo; grandchildren Shane (Leanna) Stechmesser and Brad (Christine) Stechmesser; a step-grandchild, Amy Elder; and great-grandchildren Nikolas, Christian and Olivia Stechmesser; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by sisters Hilda Fults, Amanda Mehrtens, Elaine Langsdorf and Alma Stechmesser (in infancy); and brothers Alvin, Arnold and Leland Stechmess-er. Mr. Stechmesser was a member of St. John UCC in Valmeyer, Metzger Crook VFW Post 6504 in Waterloo and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor Dana Schindler officiating. Mr. Stechmesser was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC in Valmeyer or the VFW National Home.

 

Dorothy Schmitt, nee Wild, 80, of Waterloo, died June 13, 2009, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 3, 1929 in Fults, the daughter of the late Harry and Meta (nee Boersch) Wild. Mrs. Schmitt is survived by her children, Joel (Cheryl) Schmitt of Waterloo, Thomas (Susan) Schmitt of Waterloo, William (Jane) Schmitt of Waterloo, Christine (Dennis) Lutz of St. Louis, Mo., Judi (Duane) Hergenroeder of Waterloo, Fredric Schmitt of Waterloo and Jeffrey (Beth) Schmitt of St. Louis, Mo.; and grandchildren Cadi Russell, Jeff Ries, Brian Schmitt, Sarah Schmitt, Jessica Harris, John Henry Schmitt, Adam Martin and Glee, Jimmy and Roxy Schmitt; along with three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Hubert "Hugh" Schmitt; a son, John Charles Schmitt; brother, Melvin Wild; and sister, Bernice Pflasterer. Mrs. Schmitt was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. She was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dora Wild Benefit.

 

Kenneth "Mole" Whitford, 51, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died June 20, 2009, at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 15, 1958, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Whitford is survived by his wife, Shireen "Kim" (nee Wiles) Whitford; children Shireen "Shiney" Whitford and Ian Whitford, both of Waterloo; mother, Kattie (Moss) Whitford of Burksville; sisters Barbara Brooks of Columbia and Pat (Tom) Toenjes of Belleville; a brother, Calvin (Jill) Whitford of Burksville; mother-in-law, Beverly Wiles of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and father-in-law, Vernon Wiles of Pinckneyville; along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ivy "Woody" Whitford; and a brother, Ronnie Whitford. He was an avid Cubs fan, loved fishing and was a member of MENSA. Visitation was Tuesday, June 23 at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service followed at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Audrey Horn, nee Williams, 86, of Waterloo, died June 20, 2009 at her residence. She was born Oct. 15, 1922 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Albert and Adele (nee Burkhardt) Williams. Mrs. Horn is survived by her children, Carol (Donald) Matzenbacher and Leslie (Cherry) Horn, both of Waterloo, and Jim (Lori) Horn of Fenton, Mo.; grandchildren Rodney Matzenbacher, Jeffrey (Jodie) Matzenbacher, Heidi Matzenbacher and Matthew Horn, all of Waterloo; and Christina Horn and Nicholas Horn of Fenton, Mo.; and step-great-grandchildren Kyle and Jenna; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Horn; and a sister, Jackie Kleinschmidt. Mrs. Horn was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral service was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Matt Clark officiating. Mrs. Horn was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

 

Helen Lena Marie Smith, nee Armbrecht, 89, of Murphysboro, died June 20, 2009, in Carbondale. She was born Oct. 13, 1919, in Monroe City, the daughter of the late Adolph Jr. and Ida (nee Heintz) Armbrecht. Mrs. Smith is survived by her children Gerald Smith of Murphysboro and Charles (Brenda) Smith of Red Bud; along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Henry Smith; and a daughter, Pearl Smith. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Smith was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

 

Eugene Dann, 75, of Chesterfield, Mo., died June 20, 2009. He was born Sept. 29, 1933 in Wartburg, the son of the late Henry and Edna (nee Thorburg) Dann. Mr. Dann is survived by his wife, Vicki Dann, nee Boesch; a son, Tim Dann; and sisters Mary Ann (Roger) Fischer and Susan (Bernard) Little; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Dann; and a daughter, Sharon Dann. Mr. Dann served in the U.S. Army and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Mo., Camp Wartburg Board of Directors and the Golf Foundation of Missouri. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Pastor Tim Seban officiating. Mr. Dann was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Camp Wartburg Chapel Fund.

 

Ella Josephine Ebersohl, nee Brellinger, 91, of Dupo, died June 18, 2009, at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Aug. 20, 1917 in Columbia, the daughter of the late John and Mary (nee Mosbacher) Brellinger. Mrs. Ebersohl is survived by her son, Eugene (Lucy) Ebersohl of Columbia; a daughter, Janice (Danny) Coffee of Rockvale, Tenn.; sisters Hilda Pfeffer and Florence Martin; grandchildren John Ebersohl, Jeffrey Ebersohl and William Coffee; a great-grandchild, Zane Scott Ebersohl; and good friends Wanda and Larry; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert "Hap" Ebersohl; a daughter, Jean Marie Ebersohl; a grandson, D.J. Coffee; sisters Stella Reichert, Alida Kern and Amelia Brellinger; and a brother, Clarence Brellinger. Mrs. Ebersohl was a homemaker and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo with Father Paul Wienhoff officiating. Mrs. Ebersohl was buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo.

 

Helen Letorney, nee Steffenauer, 103, formerly of Columbia, died June 18, 2009, at Delmar Gardens West in Chesterfield, Mo. She was born Feb. 25, 1906, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Conrad and Anna (Vogt) Steffenauer. She was married to the late Joseph Letorney. Mrs. Letorney was preceded in death by her sisters Clara Lepp, and Margaret Lepp; along with a brother, Michael Steffenauer. She is survived by nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was a retired hair stylist with Dillards in downtown St. Louis, Mo. A memorial mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Letorney was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund.

 

Joyce A. Zeiger, nee Braun, 57, of Waterloo, died June 27, 2009. She was born March 5, 1952 in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Zeiger is survived by her husband, Richard Zeiger; a daughter, Amber (Darrin) Corey of Waterloo; a grandson, Austin Corey; her mother, Delores Braun of Red Bud; brother, Joe (Sandy) Braun of Renault, Randy (Laveta) Braun of Prairie du Rocher and Bob Braun of Anchorage, Alaska; an uncle, Ed (Shirley) Langhorst of Wright City, Mo.; and aunts Angie (Tim) Reynolds of Wright City, Mo., and Edna Guessfeld of St. Peters, Mo; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Braun. Mrs. Zeiger was formerly employed at Kemper's Landing in Fults. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Renault with Father Roger Karban officiating. Mrs. Zeiger was buried at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Renault. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Ruth Eschmann, nee Korte, 83, of Waterloo, died June 17, 2009 in Waterloo. She was born July 24, 1925 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Bernard and Frances (nee Cawi) Korte. Mrs. Eschmann is survived by her daughters Jean (Amando) Lopez of Arnold, Mo., and Carol (Daniel) Berkemann of Waterloo; grandchildren Laura and Stephen Lopez; sisters Bernadette Pieper of Waterloo, Loretta (Clint) Morrissett of Waterloo and Adele (Ellery) Hawkins of Waterloo; and a sister-in-law, Bernadine Korte of Warren, Mich.; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Eschmann; and a brother, Lester Korte. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Don Blaes officiating. Memorials may be made to the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Dorothy Schmitt, nee Wild, 80, of Waterloo, died June 13, 2009, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 3, 1929 in Fults, the daughter of the late Harry and Meta (nee Boersch) Wild. Mrs. Schmitt is survived by her children, Joel (Cheryl) Schmitt of Waterloo, Thomas (Susan) Schmitt of Waterloo, William (Jane) Schmitt of Waterloo, Christine (Dennis) Lutz of St. Louis, Mo., Judi (Duane) Hergenroeder of Waterloo, Fredric Schmitt of Waterloo and Jeffry (Beth) Schmitt of St. Louis, Mo.; and grandchildren Cadi Russell, Jeff Ries, Brian Schmitt, Sarah Schmitt, Jessica Harris, John Henry Schmitt, Adam Martin and Glee, Jimmy and Roxy Schmitt; along with three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Hubert "Hugh" Schmitt; a son, John Charles Schmitt; brother, Melvin Wild; and sister, Bernice Pflasterer. Mrs. Schmitt was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. She was buried at the church's cemetery. Memorials made be made to the Dora Wild Benefit.

 

Vernon C. May, 90, of Waterloo died June 2, 2009 with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 12, 1918 at St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Edward and Gertrude (nee Rosener) May. He was married to Geraldine (nee Feldman) May. She preceded him in death. Mr. May is survived by a son, Robert (Brenda) May; a brother, Oliver May; sisters, Mary Stuart and Rose Gould; and grandchildren Lisa (Paul) Schantz, Ian Schantz, Ryan Schantz, Nathaniel Schantz, Karen May, Jason (Lauren) May, Jennifer May, Rachel May and Leah May. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Dennis May. Mr. May was a retired gas meter repairman. A funeral and burial were held at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. DeFabio Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Southern Illinois Hospice.

 

Rose M. Matzenbacher, nee Mueth, 96, of Red Bud, died June 26, 2009, in Red Bud. She was born Oct. 10, 1912, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Benedick and Mary Ann (nee Dugan) Mueth. She was married to Oscar Matzenbacher. He died in 1991. Mrs. Matzenbacher is survived by her children, Vernon (Dorothy) Matzenbacher of Fults, JoAnn (Eldon) Roider of Columbia, David (Susan) Matzenbacher of Red Bud, Larry (Jane) Matzenbacher of Fults and Gary (Barbara) Matzenbacher of Red Bud; a daughter-in-law, Doris Matzenbacher of Waterloo; a sister; Gertrude Swanter of Bridgeton, Mo.; a brother, Patrick (Katie) Crook of Fairview Heights; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Edwin and Shannon Matzenbacher of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a step-father; a son, Donald Matzenbacher; great-grandson, Bradley Matzenbacher; sister, Mayme Hellmer; and a brother, Joe Crook. Mrs. Matzenbacher was a member of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. Mrs. Matzenbacher was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

 

Louis Jay Dyroff, 67, of Dupo died June 26, 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born May 28, 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. He was preceded in death by his father, Erwin Dyroff. Mr. Dyroff is survived by his mother, Pauline Dyroff of Dupo; and brothers David (Jo) Dyroff and Terry (Pat) Dyroff; along with nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. Dyroff graduated from Dupo Community High School as president of his senior class. After earning a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Illinois University, he went on to teach U.S. history and civics at East Peoria Community High School starting in 1966. He retired in 1993 and later returned to Dupo. He was an accomplished singer and performed at many church, school and civic functions. In retirement, he was an active member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, where he sang in the church choir and at many weddings and funerals. Mr. Dyroff's love of travel took him to every state in the Union and every country in North, Central and South America as well as others in the Caribbean, Europe and the South Pacific. He occasionally worked as a tour guide with is brother Terry during the summers. Mr. Dyroff was an active volunteer with several civic organizations including the Lions Club, Meals On Wheels and the Dupo Educators' Hall of Fame. Visitation was at the Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral is at 11 a.m., on Friday, July 3 at Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo the Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. Burial is at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to his church.

 

Karen Schreder, nee Swonger, 69, of Red Bud, died June 30, 2009. She was born April 21, 1940 in Medicine Lodge, Kan., the daughter of the late Lawrence and Cecilia (nee Simon) Swonger. Mrs. Schreder is survived by her husband, Albert Schreder; children Gary (Kim) Schreder, Sheryl Brinkmann, Diana Frazier, Debra (Bill) Scarlet, Melissa Khale and Glenda (Robert) Kernan; sisters Charlene Weinhold, Kelia (Joe) Van de Riet and Neda (Tom) Shields; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Dean Swonger. Mrs. Schreder was a member of St. Patrick Church in Tipton, the Waterloo VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Pivot Point International and the National Cosmetology Association. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick Church in Tipton with Father Jose Jacob officiating. Mrs. Schreder was buried at the church’s cemetery.

 

Joyce A. Zeiger, nee Braun, 57, of Waterloo, died June 27, 2009. She was born March 5, 1952 in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Zeiger is survived by her husband, Richard Zeiger; a daughter, Amber (Darrin) Corey of Waterloo; a grandson, Austin Corey; her mother, Delores Braun of Red Bud; brother, Joe (Sandy) Braun of Renault, Randy (Laveta) Braun of Prairie du Rocher and Bob Braun of Anchorage, Alaska; an uncle, Ed (Shirley) Langhorst of Wright City, Mo.; and aunts Angie (Tim) Reynolds of Wright City, Mo., and Edna Guessfeld of St. Peters, Mo; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Braun. Mrs. Zeiger was formerly employed at Kemper's Landing in Fults. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Renault with Father Roger Karban officiating. Mrs. Zeiger was buried at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Renault. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Rose Matzenbacher, nee Mueth, 96, of Red Bud, died June 26, 2009, in Red Bud. She was born Oct. 10, 1912, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Benedick and Mary Ann (nee Dugan) Mueth. She was married to Oscar Matzenbach-er. He died in 1991. Mrs. Matzenbacher is survived by her children, Vernon (Dorothy) Matzenbacher of Fults, JoAnn (Eldon) Roider of Columbia, David (Susan) Matzenbacher of Red Bud, Larry (Jane) Matzenbacher of Fults and Gary (Barbara) Matzenbacher of Red Bud; a daughter-in-law, Doris Matzenbacher of Waterloo; a sister; Gertrude Swanter of Bridgeton, Mo.; a brother, Patrick (Katie) Crook of Fairview Heights; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Edwin and Shannon Matzenbacher of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a step-father; a son, Donald Matzenbacher; great-grandson, Bradley Matzen-bacher; sister, Mayme Hellmer; and a brother, Joe Crook. Mrs. Matzenbacher was a member of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. Mrs. Matzenbacher was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

 

Louis Jay Dyroff, 67, of Dupo died June 26, 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born May 28, 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. He was preceded in death by his father, Erwin Dyroff. Mr. Dyroff is survived by his mother, Pauline Dyroff of Dupo; and brothers David (Jo) Dyroff and Terry (Pat) Dyroff; along with nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. Dyroff graduated from Dupo Community High School as president of his senior class. After earning a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Illinois University, he went on to teach U.S. history and civics at East Peoria Community High School starting in 1966. He retired in 1993 and later returned to Dupo. He was an accomplished singer and performed at many church, school and civic functions. In retirement, he was an active member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, where he sang in the church choir and at many weddings and funerals. Mr. Dyroff's love of travel took him to every state in the Union and every country in North, Central and South America as well as others in the Caribbean, Europe and the South Pacific. He occasionally worked as a tour guide with his brother Terry during the summers. Mr. Dyroff was an active volunteer with several civic organizations including the Lions Club, Meals On Wheels and the Dupo Educators' Hall of Fame. Visitation was at the Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral was at Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo the Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to his church.

 

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Harlan Wentzel, 76, of Collinsville, died July 2, 2009, at his residence. He was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Gwinner, ND, the son of the late Karl and Magdalena (nee Quindel) Wentzel. He married Irene (Wolf) Wentzel in 1957. In addition to his wife, Mr. Wentzel is survived by his children, Loren (Debra) Wentzel of Troy, David (Lisa) Wentzel of Maryville, Carol (Brian) Hart of Waterloo and Ellen (Mike) Mikovich of Collinsville; a sisters Erna Greenwald of Wayne, Neb., Donna Bresemann of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho and Doris Burns of Troy, Mo.; brothers Herman Wentzel of Roseville, Minn. and Ernest Wentzel of Glen Carbon; and five grandchildren. Mr. Wentzel was a retired Collinsville school teacher, worked with United Spraying Service and volunteered at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Visitation was at Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville. Funeral was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Rev. Fred Kramer officiating. Mr. Wentzel was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society or Creation Science Evangelism.

 

Marion Ries, nee Gummersheimer, 78, of rural Columbia, died July 2, 2009 at her residence. She was born Jan. 27, 1931 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Theodore and Alfrieda (nee Weltig) Gummersheimer. She married Harvey Ries in 1951. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Ries is survived by her children Diana Hamilton, Duane Ries (friend Ellen), Dean (Sharon) Ries, Donald (Debbie K.) Ries and Debbie (Rich) Koch; grandchildren Sondra (Mark) Hampton, Jeremy (Katie) Ries, Nathaniel Hamilton, Kimberly Ries, Amber (John) Quade, Amanda Koch, Timothy (Erin) Ries, John Ries, Shawn Koch, Mark Ries and Ben Gates; great-grandchildren Steven Hampton, Emrick Hamilton and Benjamin Kent; and sisters Iona Juengling, Evelyn (Kenneth) Stumpf and Jean (Marcellus) Eckert. Mrs. Ries was a member of the local Home and Community Extension for more than 50 years. She served on various offices on the county and state level, including state board president. She was also a member of St. Paul UCC in Columbia where she served as a past-president of the Women's Fellowship, a longtime 4-H leader; the superintendent of photography for the Monroe County Fair, a member of Monroe County Farm Bureau, was active in Modern Woodman’s Floraville Camp, Sister Cities of Portaloo and organized the local chapter of TOPS. At Marion’s request, her body was donated to the Washington University School of Medicine. A memorial service was held at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastors Bob Goddard and Kris Avise-Rouse officiating. Memorials may be made to her church, Monroe County HCE, Monroe County Fair or 4-H Foundation.

 

Cora Clara Esther Muskopf, nee Zahn, 86, of Millstadt, died July 1, 2009, at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 18, 1922 in Columbia, the daughter of the late George and Clara (nee Otten) Zahn. Mrs. Muskopf is survived by her children, David (Sandra) Muskopf of Millstadt, Dianne Mehrmann of Waterloo and Debbie (Gary) Helfrich of Millstadt; special friend, Warren Baltz of Belleville; grandchildren Joshua Musk-opf, Randall (Renee) Mehrmann, Dustin (Sarah) Mehrmann and Brian Helfrich; great-grandchildren David Mehrmann, Randi Mari Mehrmann and Riley Mehrmann; and sisters Emma Schmierbach of Glenda, Ariz., and Violet Carter of Kentucky; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Emil Muskopf; son-in-law, Robert Mehrmann; and a grandson, Aaron Adam Helfrich. Mrs. Muskopf was a bookkeeper for her husband’s petroleum business and also worked at the Millstadt Liquor Store. She was an active member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt, where she quilted and participated in the Women’s Fellowship and Zionette Kitchen Band. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Strauss-Leesman with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Muskopf was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Senior Center, Zion Evangelical Church of Peace Lutheran Church in Belleville.

 

Audrie Christine Cobb, nee Cobb, 86 years of Dupo died July 11, 2009 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. She was born March 4, 1923, in Steele, Mo. Mrs. Cobb is survived by her children, Phyllis Stanberry and Rudy (Alice) Cobb, both of Dupo; grandchildren Tim (Deana) Stanberry of Dupo, Carol Wilkerson of Dupo, IL, Mark (Jenna) Stanberry of Chatham, Chris (Carla) Cobb of Waterloo, Melissa (Geno) Hoge of Cahokia and Hope (Phil) Robinson of Swansea; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Cobb; and her mother, Mary (Thompson) Webster. Mrs. Cobb was a member of Victory Fellowship Church in Waterloo. She was retired from the Caruthersville Drugstore in Caruthersville, Mo. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A graveside service was held at the Maple Cemetery in Caruthersville, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Victory Fellowship Church in Waterloo.

 

Wilfred Stratmann, 87, of Hecker died Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born May 31, 1922 in Glenonville, Mo., the son of the late Edgar and Mary (nee Stenger) Stratmann. Mr. Stratmann is survived by daughters Bonnie (Richard) Casey of Hecker and Gerry (William) Obernuefermann of Swansea; grandchildren Ronald (Patti) Casey, Brian (Sheri) Casey, Amy (John) Mika and Kelly Obernuefermann; great-grandchildren Brianna and Kaitlyn Casey, Allyssa and Megan Koerber, Gracelyn Casey and Kelsey, Abigail and Sophia Mika; sisters Ruth (Lee) Berkel of Belleville and Blanche Rehling of Millstadt; a brother-in-law, Bob (Rosemary) Becherer of Freeburg; and He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Anita (nee Becherer) Stratmann; a son, Edgar Stratmann; a daughter, Mary Stratmann; and brothers-in-law Edward Rehling and Roland Becherer. Mr. Stratmann was a farmer who retired as welder for Missouri Pacific Railroad after 40 years of service. He was a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Parish in Hecker. Visitation was at the George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Smithton. A funeral was at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Robert Gore officiating. Mr. Stratmann was buried at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Smithton. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Cheryl Winkler, nee Hoffman, 65, of Columbia, died July 7, 2009. She was born May 5, 1944, in Lancaster, Wisc., the daughter of the late Elja and Thelma (Burton) Hoffman. She married Stanley Winkler in 1967 in Lancaster, Wisc. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Winkler is survived by daughters Leslie (Jeff) Higgs of St. Louis, Mo., and Nicole (Rodolfo) Cornick of Tulum, Mexico; a sister, Patricia Hanson of Arlington, Wisc.; step-sisters Loyce Jones of Raleigh, NC., and Marilyn Knight of Prosser, Wash.; and a grandchild, Annie Alyse Higgs; along with other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Emily Grace Higgs. Mrs. Winkler retired from the Cahokia School District 187. She had also worked in the Columbia Unit 4 School District and at St. Paul UCC of Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC of Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church or to the American Cancer Society.

 

Pamela Foran, 53, of Millstadt, died July 12, 2009 at her residence. She was born June 1, 1956, in Holcomb, Mo. Mrs. Foran is survived by her husband, James Foran; father, Bobby Stone Jr. of Wappapello, Mo., children James (Lauren) Foran of Columbia, Eric Foran of Columbia and Melissa (Daniel Nygard) Foran of Millstadt; grandchildren Nickalus Foran, Lincoln Foran, Brandon Nygard and Alaya Nygard; sisters Terry (Craig) Frey of Shiloh and Robin (Ray) Landing of Cahokia. She was preceded in death by her mother, Wanda (Smith) Stone. Mrs. Foran was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Centreville. She was employed with Fiserv Bank of St. Louis, Mo. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Shane Bishop officiating. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois or the American Cancer Society.

 

Bernice Osick, nee Probst, 90, of Millstadt, died July 11, at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was born Nov. 2, 1918 in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Richard and Mary (nee Hinkle) Probst. Mrs. Osick is survived by a daughter, Lois Jean (Fred) Sauer; a sister, Ethel Resch; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Osick; and a sister, Adele Quirin. She was a member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt and the American Legion Post 502 Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were held at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Osick was buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

 

Salome Mehrtens, nee Nollmann, 90, of Millstadt died July 13, 2009 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born July 15, 1918 in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Henry and Louisa (nee Bohley) Nollmann. Mrs. Mehrtens was married to Alvin Nollman, who died in 1984. She is survived by sons Les (Kay) Mehrtens and Earl (Sandy) Mehrtens; a sister, Ophelia Germann; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; along with other friends and relatives. Mrs. Mehrtens was preceded in death by her brothers Bert, Oscar and Roland Nollmann; and her sister, Hilda Patrick. Mrs. Mehrtens was a member of Zion Evangelical Church’s Women’s Fellowship, Zionettes Kitchen Band and the St. Clair County Farm Bureau. She enjoyed gardening, canning and preparing meals. She loved teaching her granddaughters the art of cookie making. Visitation was at the Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Friday, July 17, at 11 a.m., at Zion Evangelical Church with the Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Mehrtens will be buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to her church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Gary Hoffmeister, 57, of Waterloo, died July 16, 2009 at his residence. He was born Sept. 28, 1951 in Red Bud, the son of late Paul and Marie (Steinsieck) Hoffmeister. Mr. Hoffmeister is survived by his son, Aaron Hoffmeister; special friend, Michelle Richards (her son Bradley Richards); brother, Dennis (Linda) Hoffmeister; sister, Patty (Randy) Hoffmeister; niece, Brooke Hoffmeister; nephew, Jarred Hoffmeister; and cousins Scott Steinsieck and Susie (David) Restivo. He was preceded in death by his aunt and uncle, Charles and Ailene Steinsieck. Mr. Hoffmeister was the co-owner of P & M Enterprises of Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim’s with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Hoffmeister was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

 

Emma Sharp, 71, of Red Bud, died July 18, 2009 at her residence. She was born Oct. 31, 1937 in Milltown, Ind., the daughter of the late Alfred Temple and Viola (Oxby) Brewster. She married Hershel Sharp in 1955 in Winslow, Ind. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Sharp is survived by her daughter, Tracy Sharp of Waterloo; a grandson, Alex Schmidt; sisters Betty Snow of Indianapolis, Ind. And Jo Ann Radcliff of Petersburg, Ind.; half-sisters Melinda Early of Ogden, Utah and Leah Droshears of Dale, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Jo Ann Brewster of Orange City, Fla.; and special friends Don and Audrey DuFrenne. She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Brewster. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud and at Curtis Funeral Home in Winslow, Ind. Funeral was at Curtis with Rev. James Niece officiating. Mrs. Sharp was buried at the Spurgeon City Cemetery.

 

Wilbert Wheat, 73, of Waterloo, died July 19, 2009, in Waterloo. He was born April 29, 1936 in Valmeyer, the son of the late George and Amelia (nee Rubemeyer) Wheat. Mr. Wheat is survived by his wife, Shirley (nee Plage) Wheat; children Pam (Rick) Mayor and Kevin (Joyce) Wheat; grandchildren Sean Mayo, Allie Snodgrass and Samantha Wheat; brothers Marlin (Janice) Wheat and David (Jean) Wheat; and sister-in-law Louise Gremmels and Kathy (Clarence) Buthman; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers Robert and Leonard Wheat; mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law Ardell and Roy Krebel; father-in-law Edward Plage; and brother-in-law Billy Plage. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mr. Wheat was at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC of Waterloo or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Donald Walker, 71, of Fults, died July 20, 2009 in Belleville. He was born March 4, 1938 in Rutland, the son of the late Virgil and Mary (nee Redfairn) Walker. Mr. Walker is survived by his wife, Dianne (nee Huch) Walker; children Rick (Janet) Walker, Darrin Walker, Amy Glessner and Stacey Glessner; grandchildren Ryan Walker, Luke Walker, Monica Walker, Brittney Crook and Dustin Miller; great-grandchildren LeAnn Walker and Zachary Walker; and brothers Charles (Janet) Walker and Alvin (Myrtle) Walker. He was preceded in death by a son, Joshua Glessner; along with sisters and brothers. Mr. Walker was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from the Columbia Quarry. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim’s, Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Walker was buried at the Studt Cemetery in Renault.

 

Gilbert Phillippe, 85, of Red Bud, died July 21, 2009 at the Red Bud Nursing Home following a battle with colon cancer. He was born June 10, 1924, in Clark County, the son of the late Noble and Nellie (Gilbert) Phillippe. He married Genelle (Laws) Phillippe in 1947 in Robinson. In addition to his wife, Mr. Phillippe is survived by his son, Mark (Marcia) Phillippe of Scottsboro, Ala.; a daughter, Gwen (Michael) Snyder of Columbia; grandchildren Laura (Shawn) Eagan of Evansville, Mark (Rachel) Duncan of Union, Mo., Jason (Haley) Phillippe of Huntsville, Ala., and John Phillippe of Port Clinton, Ohio; great-grandchildren Luke, Levi, Bridgett and Claire; and sister-in-law, Doris (George) Huckett of Tulsa, Okla.; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lela Jean (Harry) West. Gil was raised in the Annapolis area of Crawford County, and served in the European Theatre in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed by Marathon Oil Co. from 1947 to 1979. He was promoted to the personnel and safety manager at their Robinson refinery in 1967 and held that position until his retirement. Mr. Phillippe served as the mayor of Robinson from 1993 to 1997, and was instrumental in the construction of the Crawford County Jail, Veteran's Museum in Robinson and helped build 14 homes for Habitat For Humanity. He was a member of the Crawford County Board, Robinson Elks, lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 4549, charter member of the American Legion Post 69 and honorary member of the Red Bud Rotary. He had been the chairman of the board of directors at Crawford Memorial Hospital, later becoming their executive director of the Crawford Memorial Hospital Foundation. He was the executive director of the Lincoln Trail College Foundation and on the Advisory Committee of the Mary Heath Foundation. Mr. Phillippe was cremated according to his wishes. Memorial services will be Aug. 29, at 11 a.m., at the Pulliam Funeral Home. Interment with military honors will be at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Annapolis. Local arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Robinson World War II Memorial Museum, the Lincoln Trail College Foundation, or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Helen Choma, 88, formerly of Columbia, died July 23, 2009, at Canterbury Manor Nursing Center in Waterloo. She was born June 16, 1921, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Michael Sr. and Barbara (Czarna) Choma. Ms. Choma is survived by her sisters Mary Garrett of O'Fallon and Catherine Mueller of Columbia; and sisters-in-law, Marie Choma of Bremerton, Wash., and Sophia Choma of Collinsville; along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Alexander, Joseph, Michael Jr., Daniel and John Choma; and brothers-in-law Vernon Mueller and Elmer Garrett. Mrs. Choma attended St. Theresa's Academy through the 10th grade where she developed a love of drawing. She also played the lottery, now and then, and was a gifted story-teller. She was retired from the Missouri Athletic Club where she had worked as a beautician. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Ms. Choma was buried at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Masses, Hospice of Southern Illinois or Canterbury Manor Nursing Center.

 

Ralph Riebeling, 62, of Waterloo, died July 24, 2009, in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 31, 1946 in Red Bud, the son of the late Arthur Sr. and Lena (nee Korves) Riebeling. Mr. Riebeling is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann (nee Kohler) Riebeling; children Andrew Riebeling of Cape Girardeau and Catherine (Charles) Huffmann of Fenton, Mo.; grandchildren Andrea, Olivia and Joslin Riebeling, and Samantha, Catherine and Lindsey Huffmann; sisters Clara Sellers of Red Bud. Lenora (Tony) Painter of Pacific, Mo., and Shirley Menke of Waterloo; a brother Arthur (Leona) Riebeling Jr. of Waterloo; sisters-in-law Margaret Davis, Lorraine Novack, Bernadine Hoff, Monica (Marvin) Hitzemann, Emiline Riebeling and Gladys Riebeling, all of Waterloo; and brothers-in-law Paul (Mary Ann) Kohler of Waterloo and George Bieber of Arcadia, Mo.; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, two brothers, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Mr. Riebeling was a member of the Maeystown Sportsman's Club, Operating Engineers Local 520, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Waterloo and was a former supervisor at Tower Rock Stone Co. in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo with Father Stan Konieczny officiating. Mr. Riebeling was buried at the church’s cemetery.

 

Nancy Buss-Bahari, 54, of Malaysia, formerly of Columbia, died July 26, 2009 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born June 10, 1955, the daughter of Alma Buss of Columbia and the late Jerome "Jerry" Buss. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Buss-Bahari is survived by her husband, Shamsul Bahari of Penang, Malaysia; children Karim and Marissa Bahari of Penang; and a brother, Randy Buss of Columbia. Mrs. Buss-Bahari had been a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She earned her Master’s Degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Nancy had been a teacher of English as a second language in Japan, San Francisco and Malaysia. Visitation was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. A funeral followed with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. A private interment of ashes was scheduled for a later date. Arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Oak Hill Nursing Center or Masses.

 

Fay Hamilton, 78, formerly of Cahokia, died July 27, 2009, at Canterbury Manor Nursing Center in Waterloo. She was born May 27, 1931, in Grimsby, the daughter of the late Elmer and Vesta (nee Conder) Wortham. She married Paul Hamilton in 1952 in Columbia. He died in 1994. Mrs. Hamilton is survived by her children Michael (Tammie) Hamilton of Ft. Worth, Tex., Diane (Keith) Burns of Caseyville and Elizabeth "Becky" (John) Burns of Dupo; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a brother, Lee Wortham of Gorham; and a sister, Marie Rogers of Murphysboro. She was preceded in death by a son, Steven Hamilton; and sisters Laura Hoppe, Dorothy Sanders, Alice McRoy and Rosie Hall. Mrs. Hamilton was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dupo. She had volunteered with Hospice of Southern Illinois and regularly visited homebound members of her church community. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Brother Bill Dempsey officiating. Mrs. Hamilton was buried at the Goodbread Cemetery in Gorham. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Zoran Perisic, 54, of Waterloo, died July 27, 2009, following an extended illness. He was born Oct. 31, 1954, in Yugoslavia, the son of Rose (nee Crpesic) D'Amico of St. Louis, Mo., and the late Dragan Perisic. He married Deborah (nee O'Brien) Perisic in 1995 in Waterloo. In addition to his wife and mother, Mr. Perisic is survived by sons Josh Bayer of Columbia, and Christopher Bayer and Nicholas Bayer of Waterloo; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Daniel (Jess) O'Brien, Kevin (Cindy) O'Brien, Kathleen (Mark) Range and Missy (Ed) Breeding; along with other relatives and friends. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Perisic was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

 

Christy Sue Langhorst, nee Rubemeyer, 47, of Waterloo, died July 28, 2009 following an extended illness. She was born Oct. 14, 1961 in Belleville, the daughter of Delores Rubemeyer and the late Ronald Rubemeyer. Mrs. Rubemeyer is survived by a daughter, Carrie Langhorst; grandson, Tallas Wayne Langhorst; a sister, Laura Mehard; brother, Mitchell (Dawn) Rubemeyer; and brother-in-law, Brian Luhr; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Tracey Beth Luhr. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup and Pastor Matt Clark officiating. She was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice.

 

Steven Ray “Red” Foutch, 47, of East Carondelet died Tuesday, July 28 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. He was born January 17, 1962 in East St. Louis, the son of Ivan Foutch and the late Bertha m. Foutch nee Hasty. Besides his father, Mr. Foutch is survived by brothers Bruce (Kim) Foutch, Gary Foutch and Dennis (Kim) Foutch; sisters Lorri Keys and Chris (Todd) Westover; AND brothers and sisters in the DuQuoin area, Linda (Rich) Fitch, Rita (Alan) Voice, Wayne Foutch, Rick (Karen) Foutch, Keith (Cathy) Foutch and Pam (Mike) Bial; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Besides his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Dennis Keys. Mr. Foutch was an active member of Teamsters Local 50 and worked for the Columbia Quarry Co. at the Dupo plant. He was a past trustee of the Village of East Carondelet and the Prairie du Pont Levee District and was a Democratic precinct committeeman. Visitation was at the Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home where a funeral service was conducted. Burial was private.

 

Lara Adele “Nana” Watterson, nee Griffith, 79, of East Carondelet died July 29, 2009. She was born Aug. 27, 1929 in Gorham, the daughter of the late John and Oza (nee Crain) Griffith. Survivors include daughters Johna (Claudio) Della Corte and Dona Holt; a son, Bruce (Becky) Watterson; a brother, Charles Griffith; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and special friends Eddie and Glenda Latta; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Mrs. Watterson was a homemaker and had worked for Dupo Pharmacy. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and an avid bingo player. Visitation and funeral were at the Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo with Rev. Eddie Latta officiating. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville.

 

Clara Mae Biby, 95, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died July 30, 2009, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Nov. 20, 1913 in Nashville, IL., the daughter of the late Samuel Thomas and Sadie (Neill) Carson. She was christened in the Oakdale Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1914 and became a member in 1923. She married John Robert Biby in 1937 at her church. He died in 1986. Mrs. Biby is survived by her son, Robert Biby of Troy; grandchildren Lisa Kae (Adrian) Dunne of Roseville, Calif., Erika Lynn (Rob) Russina of Ballwin, Mo., and Patrick Biby of Belleville; great-grandchildren Ethan Dunne, Cymone Dunne, Gabrielle Russina, Kayla Russina and Gavin Russina; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Dick and Alice Biby of Washington, DC., and Joan Wilbanks of Lakeland, Fla.; and nieces and nephews Sarah Peveler, Jane Harris, Carson (Norma) Hempen, Ann (Jorge) Lopez, Mary (Mark) Goetz, Christine (Mark) Kengott, Elizabeth Biby Bandarcan, Steven (Linda) Biby, Mark (Barbara) Fessler, Michael Coltrin, Dale Ray Wilbanks, Peter Biby and Richard Biby. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon Andreaci; a brother, Neill Carson; sisters Mildred Fessler and Dorothy Hempen; and a grandson, John Robert Biby III. Mrs. Biby taught school for 38 years in Washington, Perry and St. Clair Counties and was inducted in 1999 into the Dupo Educators Hall of Fame. After her retirement, her volunteer work included the Literacy program, Babes, tutoring, church programs and she also volunteered at a convalescent center. She was a member of St. Paul UCC in Columbia where she was active in the Afternoon Fellowship, Prayer Breakfast Club and Evening Guild, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Eastern Star 397 of Columbia, Monroe County Retired Teachers Association, Columbia Senior Citizens, Columbia Woman’s Club and Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Visitation and funeral were at at St. Paul UCC with with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Biby was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Arrangements were handled by the Hempen Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to her church.

 

Emil "Meeshe" Marin, 85, of Columbia, died July 30, 2009, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born April 10, 1924, in Fairmont City, the son of the late Nick and Rose (Rosandich) Marin. He married Mary (Granda) Marin in 1946 in Fulton, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Marin is survived by a son, David Marin of Millstadt; daughter, Vicki (Jan) Swickard of Bristol, RI.; and a sister, Emily Kaminski of Fenton, Mo.; along with nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by brothers Mike, John, Tony and Joe Brombolich; and a sister, Helen Sheroky. Mr. Marin served in the U.S. Army during World War II where he was stationed in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre. He was involved in actions in Tunisia, Rome and Naples, Italy. Mr. Marin was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. He was retired from Armour and Company, and had also worked at Atkins Saw. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Michael Kumm officiating. Mr. Marin was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund.

 

Anne Caroline Collie, 82, of Little Rock, Ark., died July 21, 2009. She was born Feb. 12, 1927, the daughter of Clarence and Lena Hoffman. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Collie was preceded in death by her husband, H.E. Collie Jr.; and daughters Donna Lee and Deborah Arnold. She is survived by a sister, Viola Muskopf of Columbia; daughters Jan Scoggins of Dallas, Tex., and Marcia Geyer of Mena, Ark.; grandchildren Ashley Graham, Lindsey Arnold, Julie George, Jackie George and Bobbie Tidwell; and a great-grandson, Gavin Arnold. Mrs. Collie was an executive secretary at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for 27 years. In her early years, she was a member of the Sweet Adeline’s, was a member of the PTA and a bowling league. She was a member of Central Arkansas Ballroom Dance Association and was in the gold level program at Fred Astaire Dance Studio. She was also an accomplished vocalist who enjoyed writing poems for birthdays and special occasions. Mrs. Collie attended the First Baptist Church of Mena, Ark., for several years and was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church. Funeral Services were at the Griffin-Leggett Healey and Roth Funeral Home in Little Rock, Ark., with Rev. David Moore officiating.

 

August

 

David “Big Bitts” Buettner, 51, of Waterloo, died Aug. 2, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born July 24, 1958 in Red Bud, the son of Victor and Iris (nee Nagel) Buettner of Waterloo. In addition to his parents, Mr. Buettner is survived by a brother, Marc Buettner; a sister, Dawn (Don) Sutter; a nephew, Shane Buettner; nieces Abbey and Amanda Sutter; and a step-grandmother, Audrey Nagel. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, George and Nelda Nagel; and his paternal grandparents, Victor F. and Lena Buettner; along with other relatives and friends. Mr. Buettner was a maintenance machinist at Amsted Steel Industry in Granite City, a member of the Maeystown Sportsman’s Club and an avid Harley rider. At his request, there will be no visitation and his body will be cremated. A memorial service celebrating his life has been planned at Main Street Saloon, 220 N. Main St. in Waterloo, on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place this Sunday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church Hall on Hoener Street in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg or the American Diabetes Association.

 

Alice E. Cunio, 83, of Waterloo died Aug. 3, 2009 in Belleville. She was born Dec. 14, 1925 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Harry and Grace (nee Knowles) Kaufmann. Mrs. Cunio is survived by her husband, Thomas Cunio; daughters Judy (Hugh) Quigley, Catherine Haney, Deborah (Stephen) Karwoski and Lori Goudey; sisters Evelyn Ruff and Nancy Grimshaw; a brother, Harry Kaufmann; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Phoebe Schmitt. Mrs. Cunio was a homemaker and graduated from Waterloo High School in 1943. Visitation is at the DeFabio Funeral Home on Friday, Aug. 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A funeral will immediately follow with the Rev. Sandra La Rouche officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. 

 

Alice Cunio, 83, of Waterloo died Aug. 3, 2009 in Belleville. She was born Dec. 14, 1925 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Harry and Grace (nee Knowles) Kaufmann. Mrs. Cunio is survived by her husband, Thomas Cunio; daughters Judy (Hugh) Quigley, Catherine Haney, Deborah (Stephen) Karwoski and Lori Goudey; sisters Evelyn Ruff and Nancy Grimshaw; a brother, Harry Kaufmann; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Phoebe Schmitt. Mrs. Cunio was a homemaker and graduated from Waterloo High School in 1943. Visitation was at the DeFabio Funeral Home on Friday, Aug. 7. A funeral immediately followed with the Rev. Sandra La Rouche officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Gladys Mroz, nee Morton, 72, of Rockwood, formerly of Waterloo, died Aug. 5, 2009 in Chester. She was born Jan. 28, 1937, in Ellington, Mo., the daughter of the late Herman Morton and the late Alice Willet nee Davis. Mrs. Mroz is survived by her children, Linda Novack of Waterloo, Floyd (Paula) Engel of Chester, Kathy (David “Fritz”) Engel-Edwards of Rockwood; a stepson, Michael Mroz of Alton; grandchildren Scott (Michelle Molinari) Kaestner, Brandi (Rich) Nelson, Blake Novack, Stacy (Tony) Mooney, Zachary (Casey) Engel and Brittany Engel; and nine great-grandchildren; along with sister-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Mroz Jr.; daughter, Debra (nee Engel) Faverty; grandson, Christopher Faverty; sister, Doris Quirin; and half-brother, Herman Davis. She was the former owner of Gem Dry Cleaners. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Thomas Klausing Sr. officiating. Mrs. Mroz was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

 

Terry Otten, 44, of rural Columbia, died Aug. 6, 2009 at his residence. He was born March 12, 1965 in Red Bud, the son of Marvel and Mary Otten. In addition to his parents, Mr. Otten is survived by a sister, Donna (Keith) Washausen; brother, Gene (Kim) Otten; grandmother Billea Otten; and nieces and nephews Jessica Otten, Nicolas Otten, Kasey Washausen and Emma Otten; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Leroy Otten. Mr. Otten was employed at Nestle-Purina in St. Louis, Mo. for 25 years. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Otten was buried at Valhalla in Belleville

 

Kelly Nicole Nobbe, nee Burk, 26, of Waterloo, died Aug. 7, 2009 at her residence. She was born Feb. 24, 1983, in Belleville, the daughter of Randall and Nancy Burk. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Nobbe is survived by her husband, Jared Nobbe; brothers Todd and Tyler Burk; in-laws, Tom and Jane Nobbe; brother-in-law, Brad Nobbe; maternal grandmother, Joan Geolat; aunts and uncles Cindy (Buster) DelaRoche, Peggy Geolat, Patti Geolat, Ben (Carol) Geolat, Larry (Carol) Burk, Mary Burk and Tammy Ripperda; and grandparents-in-law Edward and Joyce Nobbe and Lawrence and Betty Beckerle; along with other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by grandparents Bernard Geolat, Gladys Burk and Edwin Burk; and an aunt, Betty Mohme. Mrs. Nobbe was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She earned her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from SIU Edwardsville. She was employed as a waitress at Annbriar Golf Course. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Stan Konieczny and Deacon Ron Karcher officiating. Mrs. Nobbe was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Grade School in Millstadt or Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo.

 

Sandra Taake, nee Coats, died Aug. 10, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo., following an extended illness. She was born May 8, 1943 in East St. Louis. Mrs. Taake is survived by her best friend and life partner, Jim Gray; mother, Marie Coats, sons Jeffrey (Jody) Taake, Gregory (Kimmy) Taake and Douglas (Jill) Taake; grandchildren Clara Taake, Maxwell Taake, Chase Taake, Logan Taake, Avery Taake and Addison Taake; and siblings Constance (Bud) Elliot, Glenda (Max) Churchill, Rita (Jeff) Engbring, Glenn (Linda) Coats, Candy (Barry) Vogt, Randall (Michelle) Coats and Kimberly (Todd) Ruff; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Glenn F. Coats Sr. Mrs. Taake was the owner of Taake Insurance Agency in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Taake was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer.

 

Jimmy N. Mullins, 27, of Red Bud died at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 2009 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. Mr. Mullins died as a result of injuries sustained when the bicycle he was riding collided with a car in Waterloo. He was born June 11, 1982 at Sikeston, Mo. the son of Vicky Mullinis, nee Thompson and the late Jimmy N. Mullins. Mr. Mullins worked as boat detailer and loved to skateboard and hang out with friends. Besides his mother, he is survived by his stepfather Lloyd Wilson of Edgar Springs, Mo.; a son, Kody Lane Mullins of St. James, Mo. and a sister, Kelly (Kenneth) Cowsert of Red Bud. There was a memorial service at Hope Christian Church. The body was cremated. Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home of Red Bud had charge of arrangements.

 

Agnes M. Wortmann, nee Schmitz, 84, of Fults died Aug. 16, 2009 at Waterloo. She was the wife of the late William M. Wortmann. Mrs. Wortmann was born Nov. 15, 1924 at Renault the daughter of the late William and Minnie Schmitz, nee Meyer. Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie (James) Nobbe; two sisters, Irene Fausz and Darlene Wetzler; grandchildren, Todd (Jamie) Nobbe, Craig Wortmann and Robin (Chris) Schomber; great-grandchildren, Alex, Aaron, Patrick and Lillian Nobbe and Mia and Chase Schomber. Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Wortmann was preceded in death by a son, William M. Wortmann, great-grandson, Phillip Nobbe; sisters, Mathilda Rast, Eleanora Donius, Orlena Novak, Clara Rodenberg, Katie Schmitz, Nelda Schmitz and Rose Schmitz; and one brother, George Schmitz. Mrs. Wortmann was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service was conducted by Father Roger Karban at the funeral home with burial at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Oak Hill or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Warren L. Osterhage, 84, of Waterloo died Aug. 27, 2009. He was born Nov. 7, 1924 in New Hanover, the son of the late Emil and Edna (nee Klohr) Osterhage. Mr. Osterhage is survived by a brother-in-law, Lee (Grace) Hoffmann of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law Nadine Osterhage of Waterloo and Kay (Dennis) Ritzel of Cleveland, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Ada (nee Hoffmann) Osterhage; a sister, Alice Studt; a brother, Earl Osterhage; in-laws Edwin and Rose Hoffmann; brothers-in-law Richard Studt and Kermit Hoffmann; sisters-in-law Ardel (Halbert) Mueller and Dorothy (Vernon) Hoffman. Mr. Osterhage was a lifelong farmer and started Osterhage-Mueller Excavating Co. He retired from farming in 1989 when he sold his farm for development into a golf course. He served in the Merchant Marines in World War II . Mr. Osterhage was a member of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, the Men’s Brotherhood and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Mr. Osterhage was a resident of Oak Hill’s Magnolia Terrace since its opening and made many friends there. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Burial was at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

 

Louise C. Haase, nee Klussman, 84, of Red Bud, formerly of Sedalia, Mo., died Aug. 28, 2009 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was born Sept. 27, 1924 in Corder, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles and Louise (nee Schwanholt) Klussman. She married Leonard Haase in 1946 in Mt. Leonard, Mo. He died in 1986. Mrs. Haase is survived by a daughter, Mary (Glenn) Koester of Evansville; a sister, Ruth Leimkuler of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren Christopher (Lisa) Koester, Aaron (Carrie) Koester, Nathan (Jodi) Koester, Angela (Troy) Birch, Jennifer (Hale) Parisek and Nicole (Terry) Nunn; and nine great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Leonard Haase Jr.; brothers Johann, Edwin and Karl Klussman; and sisters Erna Klussman and Miriam Dierking. Visitation was at the Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud and the Ewing Funeral Home in Sedalia, Mo. A funeral was at Ewing Funeral Home with Rev. Leonard Poppe officiating. Burial was Corder Lutheran Cemetery, in Corder, Mo. Memorials may be made to Lutheran Hour.

 

Dovie E. Wisdom, nee Wilkerson, 60, of Waterloo died Aug. 31, 2009. She was born Dec. 30, 1948 at Poplar Bluff, Mo., the daughter of the late Aca and Marie Wilkerson. Mrs. Wisdom is survived by her husband, Ronny Wisdom; a daughter, Sharron (David) Schultheis of Prairie du Rocher; a son, Ronny Wisdom II of Waterloo; brothers Orville Wilkerson and Lenzie Wilkerson, both of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a sister, Vivian Berdon of Jefferson City, Mo.; grandchildren David Anthony Schultheis, Katelin Rene Wisdom, Anna Marie Schultheis and Carrin Mollat; and three great-grandchildren; She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. Mrs. Wisdom was employed in housekeeping in the hotel industry. Visitation and funeral were at DeFabio Funeral Home with the Rev. Gaulon Butler officiating. Mrs. Wisdom was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

 

Leland E. Rehling, 88, of Waterloo, died Aug. 19, 2009, in Waterloo. He was born April 12, 1921 in Waterloo, the son of the late Edward and Emma (nee Lang) Rehling. Mr. Rehling is survived by his wife, Marian Rehling nee Roddy; sister, Jeanette Gregson; nieces and nephews, Russell (Diane) Gregson, Gordon (Cindy) Gregson, Alice Gregson and Linda, Randy and Scott Roddy; and sister-in-law, Gloria Roddy; along with great nieces, great nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers-in-law Orville Gregson and Joseph Roddy; and a nephew, Thomas Roddy. When he was one, his parents moved to a farm one mile east of Waterloo. After his high school graduation in 1939, he worked at Monroe Service Co. until his enlistment in World War II. He had honorable discharges from the Coast Guard, the US Navy, the War Shipping Administration and the U.S. Maritime Service. He traveled much of the world with 33 months of sea time. Upon his return in 1946, Rehling farmed until his retirement in 1977. Rehling was active with the local Democratic Party was served as a special deputy under Sheriff Joe McCarthy. Rehling was a former member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, Morris Lodge 787, Monroe County board of school trustees and Local 717 of the Musicians Union of East St. Louis. Music was a big part of Leland’s life. In 1927 at the age of six, he played a Dutch pull out on the KMOX radio station. Leland played for dances in the local area for more than 30 years and he could play almost any instrument except the reed class. He played the trombone in the Waterloo Municipal band for 30 years. Rehling is credited with helping to start the Kaskaskia Trail Chorus, where he served as the show chairman for five years. A talented vocalist, he could all four parts in a quartet. At Leland's request, there was no visitation or service. Arrangements were handled by Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Kaskaskia Trail Chorus (Barbershoppers).

 

Gary “Mo” Malott, 58, of Red Bud, died Aug. 20, at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 25, 1951 in Red Bud. He married Brenda Ehlers in 1972 in Red Bud. In addition to his wife, Mr. Malott is survived by his mother, Virginia (nee Greenfield) Malott of Evans-ville; grandmother, Annie Malott of Russellville, Ark.; children Jason (Liz) Malott of St. Louis, Mo., and Angela (Kevin) Cartee of Red Bud; grandchildren Noah and Logan Malott and Konnor Cartee; a brother, Dennis Malott of Red Bud; sister, Laurie (Steve) Mattingly of Prairie du Rocher; brothers-in-law Larry (Pam) Ehlers of Red Bud and Byron (Janine) Ehlers of Carlyle; and a sister-in-law, Sandra Ehlers of Red Bud; along with nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father, Harley Malott; in-laws Homer and Alta Ehlers; and grandfather, Prentice Malott. Mr. Malott worked for IDOT for 33 years. He retired as a foreman in 2006. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud, served on the Red Bud Fire Department for 23 years, and was active with the Muskets Athletic Club for 33 years. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud with Rev. Mark Nebel officiating. Mr. Malott was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Muskets Athletic Club or the Red Bud Fire Department.

 

Elayne Kaye Adele, nee Poston, 50, of Waterloo, died Aug. 21, 2009, in Waterloo. She was born Oc. 29, 1958 in East St. Louis. She married Larry Adele in 1996 in Waterloo. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Adele is survived by her, Larry Adele; father, Ray Poston of Waltonville; son, Jason (Nicole) Wilson of O’Fallon; a sister, Vicky (Jeff) Woodrome of Waterloo; brother, William Ray (Sharon) Poston of Pekin; step-daughters Robin (Brad) Sewell of Collinsville and Teri Arn Adele; step-son, Eric Adele of Peoria; grandchildren Marc, Jason, Octavia and Orion of O’Fallon, Andrew and Mathew of Peoria, Brandon of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Jacob and Johnathon of Collinsville; and nieces and nephews Jeff (Amy) Woodrome of Chester, Amy (Aaron) Liefer of Fults, Andrew and Heather Woodrome of Waterloo, and Diane (Mike) Thornton, Don (Lisa) Poston, Shelly (Jerry) Jones and Billie Joe Ingres, all of Pekin. She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Wilson; her mother, Frances (nee Smallwood) Poston; maternal grandparents, Ernest and Ester (nee Carmack) Smallwood; and paternal grandparents, Murry and Mary (nee Sparling) Poston. Mrs. Adele was a member of the Road Captors Club and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at DeFabio Funeral Home in Waterloo with Sister Ruefenacht and Sister Morrill officiating. She was buried at Valhalla Garden of Memories in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Robert "Bob" Schad, 59, of Burksville, died Aug. 21, 2009 at his residence. He was born June 19, 1950, in East St. Louis, the song of the late Milton and Margaret (nee Schmidt) Schad. Mr. Schad is survived by his wife, Sylvia (nee Wallis) Schad; children Shelia (Seth) Smith, Gary Shelton, Jamie (Chris) Sostman and Bobbie (Chris) Laux; grandchildren John Brackenbush, Jordan Shelton, Austin Laux and Andrew Sostman; siblings Karen (Wayne) Melching and Ronald (Norma) Raeber; and father-in-law, Clayborn Wallis; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joanie Schad. Mr. Schad retired as a maintenance man at Canter-bury Manor Nursing Center and was a member of Hope Christian Church. He loved NASCAR, fishing and camping. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or the Belleville Humane Society.

 

George Cralle, 91, died Aug. 24, 2009. He was born Sept. 20, 1918 in East St. Louis. After growing up in Monroe County, Mr. Cralle graduated in 1950 from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geological Engin-eering. In 1960, he earned a law degree from South Texas College of Law. He was a charter member and treasurer of Delta Theta Phi Fraternity (Townes Chapter). He retired from Exxon and practiced law in Houston, Tex. Mr. Cralle served as an Army officer in the Americal Division of the South Pacific during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster on the Island of Bougainville. He retired from the Army Reserves in 1978. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Phyllis Archer; a daughter, Nan (Larry) Esker of Sealy, Tex.; and granddaughters Lisa (Charles) Matz of Dallas, Michelle McDorman of Abilene, Christy Johnson and Tracey Rucker; along with his best friend Willie of Sealy, Tex. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. A graveside service was at St. Paul Evangelical Burial Park (Kolmer) in Waterloo.

 

Edna Easton, nee Hern, 89 of Belleville, died Aug. 25, 2009, in Goodfield, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Rob Pierce. She was born March 1, 1920, in Monroe County, the daughter of the late Henry and Louisa Hern, nee Rodenberg. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Easton was preceded in death by her husband of almost fifty years, J. Robert Easton; her son, Ivan R. Easton; sister, Pauline Ludwig; and brothers Harry, Roy, Ervin and Norman Hern. She is survived by her children: Mavis (Bill) Caswell of Belleville, Judith (Floyd) Crowder of Columbia, Allan (Jan) Easton of Alto Pass and Kimberly (Robert) Pierce of Goodfield; and grandchildren Bill and Curt Caswell, Cindy Siddle, Shari Kaemmerer, Joy Scoggins, Andrea Khoury, Michelle Gaither, Jeff and Tim Easton, Gina Wiles, Tammy Schluter and Courtney, Caleb, Noah and Easton Pierce; sister, Erna Geisler of Kansas; brother, Vernon (Jane) Hern of Wyoming; cousin, Mary Fiedler; and sisters-in-law, Marian (Norman) Hern and Norma (Roy) Hern; along great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A memorial service and private family burial will be Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the O’Fallon Assembly of God Church, 1400 Green Mount Road, in O’Fallon. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Sheryl Mounce, nee Barnett, 65, of Waterloo, died Aug. 26, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born May 2, 1944 in Palmerston North, Levin, New Zealand, the daughter of the late Arthur Pethrun and Avril Maryl Jean (nee MacLeod) Barnett. Mrs. Mounce is survived by her husband, Bill Mounce; children Sherrie Schmidt, Michael (Amanda) Mounce and Laurie Mounce; grandchildren Andrea Jett, Ashley Schmidt, Katelyn Mounce, Skye Mounce, Kristian Mounce, Isaac Kmucha, Autumn McEntire, Summer McEntire and Trinity Mounce; and sisters Veronica (Len) Mitchell and Leigh Barnett. Memorials may be made to the American Stroke Association.

 

Elzada Seidler, nee Bunch, 83, of Valmeyer, died Aug. 26, 2009 in Waterloo. She was born July 9, 1926 in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Paul and Gertrude (nee Vetter) Bunch. Mr. Seidler is survived by her children Gary Seidler (friend Diana Blackwell) of Valmeyer and Linda (Eric) Offermann of Fults; grandchildren Michelle (Joseph) Domer, Eric (Jennifer) Seidler, Scott (Jamie) Offer-mann and Jeremy (Regina) Offermann; great-grandchildren Jessica, Megan and Jason Helf, Spencer Domer, Griffin, Logan and Sophie Seidler, Lacie and Jaden Offermann and Hayley and MacKenzie Offermann; and sisters Elaine Brangenberg, Darlene Hausman and Bonnie (James) Yaeger; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Seidler. Mrs. Seidler was a member of the Women’s Fellowship at St. John UCC of Valmeyer and the Valmeyer Senior Citizens. Memorials may be made to her church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC of Valmeyer with Pastor Dana Schindler officiating. Mrs. Seidler was buried at the church’s cemetery.

 

Robert Limestall, 92, of Waterloo, died Aug. 28, 2009, in Waterloo. He was born March 3, 1917 in Fults, the son of the late Roy J. Sr. and Eleanor (nee Kemp) Limestall. Mr. Limestall is survived by his daughter, Ellen (Frank) Canova; daughter-in-law, Barbara (Bill) Steele; grandchildren Kathryn Canova, Caroline Canova, Mark (Carol) Limestall and William Lime-stall; great-grandchildren Nick-olas and Nickala Limestall; and brothers Roy J. Limestall Jr. and Wallace (Betty) Limestall; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn (nee Knapp) Limestall; a son, Michael Limestall; and sisters Vivian Faust, and Lois (Herb) Wolf. Mr. Limestall was a retired Senior Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy and was the former owner/operator of Limestall Plumbing. He was a member of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, the Waterloo Lions Club and was with the Waterloo Oddfellows for more than 50 years. Mr. Limestall was a charter member of Waterloo VFW Post 6504. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mr. Limestall was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Senior Center Van Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Lucille P. Goeddel, nee Stumpf, 83, of Waterloo, died Aug. 30, 2009, in Red Bud. She was born May 22, 1926, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Louis E. and Laura Stumpf, nee Giffhorn. She is survived by her children Lonnie (Linda) Goeddel and Brenda (John) Shrewsbury; and grandchildren Scott (Sally) Goeddel and Denise (Fran) DeLaCruz; great-grandchildren Hannah Egbert, Andrew DeLaCruz and Alex DeLaCruz; and sister, Laverne (Kenneth) Schmidt; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mrs. Goeddel was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memories can be made to her church.

 

September

Velma McClellan, nee Cates, 91, of Waterloo, died Sept. 1, 2009. She was born July 25, 1918, in Bloomfield, Mo., the daughter of the late Ira and Ada (nee Koetting) Cates. Mrs. McClellan is survived by her daughter Cherry (Ray) Generous and Deborah (Steve) Crays; a son, Richard (Jeanette) McClellan II of Valmeyer; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard W. McClellan; daughter, Rosalind Saelig; great grandson, Hunter McClellan; brother, Clarence Henry Cates; sister, Nell Lipe; and sister-in-law, Veda Cates. Mrs. McClellan was a member of St. Paul UCC - Waterloo, Meals On Wheels, Western Egyptian and was a Stanley Home Products dealer. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. McClellan was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Illinois Center For Autism.

 

Ardell Schewe, nee Rey, 88, of Waterloo, died Sept. 2, 2009 in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 4, 1920 in Monroe County, the daughter of the late Albert and Adele (nee Schuchardt) Rey. Mrs. Schewe is survived by her daughters Marilyn Ahrens, Sharon (Roy) Stork and Judy (Bob) Edler; grandchildren Michael (Angie) Ahrens, Brian (Joy) Ahrens, Lisa (Scott) Denker, Matthew (Carrie) Ahrens, Ben (Stacy) Stork, Sarah (Kevin) Chudd, Luke Edler and Emily Edler; a brother, Arland (Marian) Rey; sisters Maudie (Marvin) Brandt and Catherine (Marvin) Hoffmann; sisters-in-law Helen Rey, Lucille Schewe, Virginia Crook and Maudie Crook; and brother, Harold (Mary) Crook; along with 10 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Earl Schewe; son-in-law, Warren Ahrens; brothers Alvin Rey, Virgil Crook and Calvin Crook. Mrs. Schewe was a retired farmer and homemaker. She was a member of St. John UCC of Valmeyer’s Women's Fellowship and Kloepper Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Mrs. Schewe was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials made me made to her church or Hoyleton Children's Home.

 

Bonnie Lea Henry, 83, died Sept. 4, 2009, at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 29, 1925, in Ogallala, Neb., the third of eight children to Lucy and John McQueen. She and her husband, Lyle Burneal Henry, shared the same birthday and were married on that date in 1944. Besides her husband of 65 years, Mrs. Henry is survived by her daughters Dianna Henry (Jerry Sipe) of Lawrence, Kan., Rhonda Henry (fiancé David Fleming) of Union, Mo., and Brenda (Charley) Roberts of Waterloo; a sister, Donna Beckwith of Oklahoma; a brother, Dean McQueen of Arizona; grandchildren Michelle Gerant, Flint Rogers, Brie Rogers, Sean Gerant, Travis Roberts, Brandy Dodel, Destiney Conley, Joe P. Duever and John Duever; and great-grandchildren Grant Henry, Elise Dodel, Brandon Roberts, Justin Dodel and Logan Roberts; along with nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Henry was preceded in death by daughter, Connie Gerant, along with her siblings and foster parents. A remembrance gathering for family and friends was at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo.

 

Alice Moisio, 93, of St. Louis County, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Sept. 4, 2009. She was born Aug. 20, 1916, in East Springfield, Pa., the daughter of the late James and Martha (Ford) Hall. She married Victor Moisio in 1937 in Cleveland, Oh. He died in 1986. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Moisio was preceded in death by her brothers James Hall and Charles Hall; and a sister, Mary Weldon. She is survived by her children Jo Ann Lancaster of Lee, Ma., Mary Moisio of Painted Post, NY., Patricia (Stan) Ciapciak of St. Louis County, Mo/., Martha Roberts of St. Louis, Mo., Michael (Lee) Moisio of St. Louis County, Mo., Patrick (Mary) Moisio of Tucson, Ariz., and Peter Moisio of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Martha Petrigala of Madison, Oh.; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; along with other relatives and friends. Mrs. Moisio was retired from Vertex Chemical in St. Louis, Mo. She was a member of St. Paul UCC in Columbia and the Columbia Woman's Club. A memorial service was at St. Paul UCC of Columbia with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Public Library or her church.

 

Stanislaw “Stanley” Balawender, 84, of Waterloo, died Sept. 4, 2009 in Missouri. He was born May 24, 1925 in Poland, the son of the late Anthony and Amelia Balawender. In addition to his parents, Mr. Balawender was preceded in death by his wife Rose, who died in 1998. He is survived by many friends. Mr. Balawender served in the Polish Army during World War II and was held as a POW in Germany. He was employed as a laborer with Local 196 and was a member of the VFW. Stanley was the owner and operator of the St. Joe Tavern for the past 34 years. Visitation was at DeFabio Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick Church in Tipton. He was buried at the church’s cemetery.

 

Bernelle “Nellie” Goeddel, nee Frierdich, 79, of Waterloo, died Sept. 6, 2009. She was born April 16, 1930 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Fredrick and Elizabeth (Langhans) Frierdich. Mrs. Goeddel is survived by her grandchildren Darrel (Dawn) Goeddel, Jason (Liette) Goeddel, Crystal Wettekin, Jeremy Goeddel, Amy (Michael) Street and Joel Goeddel; great-grandchildren Sydney and Elyse Goeddel; a sister, Alvira Miller; and a brother, Herbert (Ada) Frierdich; along with a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbert Goeddel; a son, Warren Goeddel; a sister, Alberta Goeddel; and a brother-in-law. Mrs. Goeddel was a retired real estate broker who was a member of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. She played in Kloepper tournaments and was a member of the Kitchen Band. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mrs. Goeddel was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Robert Dale Maurer, 68, of Waterloo, died Sept. 6, 2009, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 27, 1940 in Red Bud, the son of the late Benedict and Clara (nee Einwich) Maurer. Mr. Maurer is survived by his wife, Judith (nee Niebruegge) Maurer; sons David Maurer and Eric (Krystal) Maurer; grandchildren Ben, Danielle and Carson Maurer and Kyler Trankle; a sister, Doris (Eugene) Stamm; brother, Eugene (Bonnie) Maurer; mother-in-law, Alvera Niebruegge; sister-in-law, Betty Jo Niebruegge; and brother-in-law, Robert (Darlene) Niebruegge; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister Myrtle Ostendorf; niece, Sidney Paisley; father-in-law, Robert Niebruegge; and brother-in-law, David Niebruegge. After graduating from SS. Peter and Paul Grade School, Mr. Maurer earned a diploma from Waterloo High School in 1958. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1962 from SIU Carbondale. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and served three years as an officer. Following the service to his country, Mr. Maurer spent almost 40 years in the brokerage industry, the majority of it as a corporate vice president and branch manager for A.G. Edwards and Sons in Belleville. He retired in 2008. Mr. Maurer was a member of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo and the Waterloo American Legion Post 747. He was very active in his son’s athletic activities as a fan, coach and supporter. He spent a lot of his free time with his beloved grandchildren and rarely missed cheering them on at their sporting events. Bob enjoyed playing golf both on local courses and on those near his retirement home in Florida. He was a member of the Waterloo Country Club and the Mission Inn Golf Club in Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. Mr. Maurer was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or the Waterloo Sports Association.

 

Roman Wood, 85, of Columbia, died Sept. 6, 2009, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Mehlville, Mo. He was born Jan. 3, 1924, in Black, Mo., the son of the late John and Delse (Troutman) Wood. He married Barbra (Campbell) Wood in 2007 in Waterloo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Wood is survived by step-daughters Betty Rodgers of Ava and Sandy Gummersheimer of New Hanover; sisters Jessie Murel of California and Mae Engalhardt of St. Peters, Mo.; and brothers Lowell Wood of Afton, Mo.; Robert Wood of Birch Tree, Mo., Harry Wood of Arnold, Mo., and James Wood of St. Peters, Mo. He was preceded in death by brothers Denver, Raymond, Irvin and John Jr. Wood; and sisters Marie Johnson and Lorine Wood. Mr. Wood served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from the Columbia Quarry. He was a member of Zoar UCC in New Hanover, the Columbia American Legion Post 581 and a lifetime member of the Dupo V.F.W. Post 6368. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mr. Wood was buried at the Zoar UCC Cemetery.

 

Robert Van Conia, 74, of Columbia, died Sept. 7, 2009, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Oct. 29, 1934 in Cannelton, Ind., the son of the late Noble and Bertha (nee Hawhee) Van Conia. Mr. Van Conia is survived by his wife, Gale Van Conia (nee McClenahan - Bachelier); children Brent (Ann) Van Conia, Dianne Van Conia and Jo (Craig) Reuter; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Juanita (John) Cooper, Peggy Studt ad Clyde Polster ; along with 10 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Polster; and a brother-in-law, Robert Studt. Mr. Van Conia was a member of the Shriner's Ainad Temple (Ainad Patrol), Waterloo VFW Post 6504 and Columbia American Legion Post 581. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Groennert officiating. Mr. Van Conia was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital or the Humane Society of Monroe County.

 

Jeanette Carolyn Branson, nee Foster, 70, of Fults, died Sept. 8, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born May 8, 1939 in Valmeyer. Mrs. Branson is survived by her husband, Clyde Branson; children William (Paula) Branson, LaRita (Ronald) Mohl and Juanita (John) Roland; grandchildren Jenna and Travis Branson, Adam Vogt, Katlyn Mohl and Mariah Roland; mother, Evelyn (nee Unterseh) Foster; and sisters Pam Foster, Diane (Sonny) Otten and Barb (Mike) Fair; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father John W. Foster; and a son, Paul Branson. Mrs. Branson was a local realtor for 20 years; was a member of the Illinois Realtor Association and the Waterloo Lions Club. She attended services at St. John UCC of Maeystown. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. She was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown.

 

Norma J. Reinhold, 76, of Prairie du Rocher died Sept. 13, 2009. She was born Feb. 18, 1933 in Auburn Neb., the daughter of the late James and Amber (nee Applegate) Clair. Mrs. Reinhold is survived by her children Linda (Floyd) Roy, David (Patricia) Reinhold, Joyce (Danny) Wetzler, George (Tammy) Reinhold, Michael (Phyllis) Reinhold of Prairie du Rocher, Nancy (James) Pierce of Granite City, Angela (Marvin) Parker of Hecker and Dalbert Pittman of Hastings, Neb.; a brother-in-law; 22 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Reinhold. Ms Reinhold was a retired cook at Prairie du Rocher Grade School and was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. Funeral was at St Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials made be made to masses, the Alzheimer’s Foundation and Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Victor J. Helfrich, 88, died Sept.13, 2009 at his home in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 9, 1921 near Paderborn, the son of the late Charles and Mary ( nee Maurer) Helfrich. He married Emma Jean (nee Haberl) Helfrich in 1949 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Since their marriage, they made their home in south St. Louis and raised their two children Stan (Linn) and Susan. Surviving relatives in Waterloo are sister-in-law, Pauline Helfrich, nieces Carol (Jerry) Postlewait and Linda (Kendall) Newbern; brother-in-law, Wilbert “Whips” (Merdel) Haberl; and nephews Chris (Judy) Haberl and Jeff (Gina) Haberl; great-nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ray Helfrich. Mr. Helfrich served in the U.S. Army in the south Pacific during World War II. He is a charter member of Waterloo VFW Post 6504. Visitation was at Kutis Affton Chapel in St. Louis. Funeral was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in St. Louis. Mr. Helfrich was buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Grace Helen Katherine Carrow, nee Rexroth, 97, of Bonne Terre, Mo., died Sept. 8, 2009 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. She was born May 9, 1912 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Peter and Katherine (nee Borchers) Rexroth. She married Bearl Charles Carrow in 1936 - they would would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary this December. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Carrow is survived by her daughters Lois (James) Heise of Waterloo, Katherine (Glenn) Mueller of Arnold, Mo., and Betty (Andrew) Hoffee; a son, Donald Carrow of Bonne Terre, Mo.; grandchildren Mark (Ellen) Heise, Steven Heise, Derek (Katherine) Heise, Catherine (Kevin) Whelan, Michelle Nunnally, Nancy (Troy) Connell, Jacqueline (Corey) Buckley and Bethany (Bryant) Caruthers; and great-grandchildren Dan and Michael Heise, Lauren, Jimmy and J.T. Heise, Adrianna, Alex, Autumn and Ashlyn Whelan, Justin, Kyle and Brett Nunnally, Zachary and Dylan Connell, Harley and Patience Barton, Haydyn and Tyler Buckley and Zoey Caruthers; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her sisters Melba Altenbernd, Junette Turley and Dorothy Turley; a brother, Charles Borchers Sr.; and great-grandson, Brandon Connell. Mrs. Carrow was an avid bowler and golfer, playing both sports until well into her 80s. She was the former treasurer of St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Bonne Terre for 18 years. Funeral services were at C.Z. Boyer Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Carrow is buried at the Bonne Terre Cemetery. Memorials may be made to HospiceCare Inc.

 

Dorothy “Dottie” Ferrick, nee Hamilton, 91, of O’Fallon, died Sept.13, 2009 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born May 17, 1918 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Henry and Nellie (nee Embry Clouse) Hamilton. She was the wife of the late Earl Kreisler and the late John Ferrick. Mrs. Ferrick is survived by her daughters Earlene (Jamie) Howard of Martinsville, Ind., Susan Price of Caseyville and Sandra Sauget of Waterloo; brothers Lawrence Hamilton of Humble, Tex., and James Clouse of St. Louis; sisters Margie McCauley of Humble, Tex., and Diane Brayfield of St. Louis; a sister-in-law, Edith Hamilton of St. Louis; special friends Helen Varady of Hayward, Calif., and Barbara Parsons of Swansea; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Robert Hamilton and Edwin “Boots” Clouse; sisters Catherine Clouse, Jean Beasley and Charlene Farley; and a sister-in-law, Pat Clouse. Mrs. Ferrick was the retired owner of Dottie’s Diner in East St. Louis. Upon her death, she was promoted to head cook in God’s kitchen. Visitation was at the Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville where a funeral service were conducted. She was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children or Oak Hill.

 

Leonard Schultz, 88, of Waterloo, formerly of Belleville and Freeburg, died Sept. 8, 2009. He was born May 10, 1921 in Tuscola, the son of the late Claus Henry and Anna (nee Ernst) Schultz. Mr. Schultz is survived by his children Anne DeToy, Paul (MarySue) Schultz, Jane (Mike) Quernheim, John Schultz and Mary (John) Wisniewski; a brother, John Schultz; sister, Leona Hughes; former wife, Joan Schultz; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Mark Schultz; great-granddaughter, Kaylin Giddens; brothers Henry and Ernest Schultz; and sisters Pauline Hardy, Lillian Keeney and Juanita Benson. Mr. Schultz served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired as an engineer/cameraman for KMOV-TV in St. Louis. He was a member of IBEW, Loners on Wheels and Escapees Inc. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at the funeral home with Pastor Doug Roberts officiating. Mr. Schultz will be buried at Green Mount Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Alzheimer's Unit, the Alzheimer's Association or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Duane Baum, 77, of Wartburg, died Sept. 11, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Nov. 23, 1931 in Monroe City, the son of the late Harold and Edith (nee Gideon) Baum. Mr. Baum is survived by his wife, Arlene (nee Schmidt) Baum; a son, David (Laurie) Baum; grandchildren Hayden and Jacey Baum; a step-grandchild, Nicole Merten; brother, Harold (Rosalie) Baum; brothers-in-law Howard (Michael Sue) Schmidt and Dennis W. (Jane) Schmidt; and sisters-in-law Bonnie (Bill) Keel and Linda (Bruce) Bauer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Miller; a brother, Noel "Butch" Baum; and nephews David Miller and Shane Miller. Mr. Baum served in U.S. Army in Okinawa from 1952-1954 during the Korean Conflict. For 57 years he was employed with the IBEW Local Union 309. He was a member of the VFW, Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Monroe Physical Therapy. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. Mr. Baum was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

 

Johnnie Capron, 82, of LaGrange, a former Waterloo High School teacher and coach in the 1950s and 1960s, died Sept. 11, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Ida Mae (nee Limestall) Capron; children Debra (Joe) George, Donna (Fred) Kittleman and Diane (Ben) Marasa; grandchildren Jessica (Dan) O'Neall, Jason Diederich, John (Andrea) George, Daniel George, Michael George, Sarah George, Rachel George, Antoinette Dentamaro and Victoria Dentamaro; along with five great-grandchildren. A memorial service was at Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Stickney. Memorials may be made to Marklund, www.marklund.org. (Additional information about Coach Capron’s career in Waterloo will appear in the Oct. 2 edition of the paper.)

 

Florence Koch, nee Schmieg, 95, of Fults, died Sept. 27, 2009 in Waterloo. She was born July 16, 1914 at Kidd, the daughter of the late John and Anna Schmieg, nee Bestmann. She is survived by her children Helen Wetzler, Clarence Koch and Henry (Helen) Koch; and grandchildren Randy (Robin) Wetzler, Ricky Wetzler, Shannon Edley and Sheen Koch; along with numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry L. Koch; a daughter, Carol; granddaughter, Linda Wetzler; and great-granddaughter, Megan Kay Wetzler; along with sisters and brothers. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault, Ladies Aide and Waterloo Senior Center. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Pastor Ralph E. Laufer officiating. She was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

 

Jacob D. Douglas, 28, of Waterloo, died Sept. 26, 2009 in Waterloo. He was born April 12, 1981 in Belleville, the son of Stephen “Tex” Douglas and Debra (nee Davis) Douglas. Besides his parents, Mr. Douglas is survived by a sister, Brandy (Aaron) Dille; brothers Stephen (Rebecca) Douglas and Christopher Douglas; half-brother Michael (Diane) Kelley; and paternal grandparents Duel and Lorraine Douglas. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents. Visitation and memorial service were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Memorials may be made to United Cerebral Palsey of Southern Illinois.

 

Arthur T. Hoffelmeyer, 47, of Columbia died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009. He was born April 8, 1962, in Topeka, Kan., the son of William and Mary Ann (nee Klecan) Hoffelmeyer. He married Kathy (nee McGillis) Hoffelmeyer in 2006 in Columbia. Mr. Hoffelmeyer received his bachelor's degree from University of Kansas in 1985 where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was a sales manager with Senoret Chemical Co., in Kirkwood, Mo. In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Hoffelmeyer is survived by a daughter, Melissa Hasler of Columbia; a son, Andrew Hasler of Columbia; and sisters Nancy (Phil) Percich of Lawrence, Kan., Annette (Phil) Wilson of Racine, Wis., and Linda (Tim) Schuler of Rochester, Mich.; along with nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Bob Conroy officiating. Mr. Hoffelmeyer was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Bob Costas Cancer Society.

 

Terry R. Ryan, 64, of Columbia, died Sept. 26, 2009. He was born Sept. 27, 1944, in Ironton, Mo., the son of the late Lansing Ryan and Pearl (nee McGraw) Ryan of Farmington, Mo. He married Lucia (nee Kastner) Ryan in April 29, 1983, in St. Louis, Mo. Terry had been employed as a telephone technician with Siemens in St. Louis and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He loved fishing, the St. Louis Cardinals and gardening. In addition to his mother and wife, Mr. Ryan is survived by a son, Robert (Susanne) Ryan of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Polly (Bob) McNellis of Olathe, Kan.; grandchildren Ryan and Meghan McNellis, and George, Ana and Luke Ryan; a sister, Gay (Tom Wood) Ryan of Farmington, Mo.; and a brother, Charles Ryan of Farmington; along with other relatives and friends. A memorial mass will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Bernice Rose Klump, 92, of Kennewick, Wash., formerly from Columbia, died Sept. 21, 2009 in Kennewick. She was born in Columbia, the daughter of the late Oliver and Carrie (nee Lepp) Rose. Mrs. Klump moved to Washington in her later years to be with her daughter. Mrs. Klump was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Klump; and a son, Roger William Klump. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl; a sister-in-law, Joyce Rose; and a cousin, Ruth Ann Archer; along with grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews. Mrs. Klump was a member of Columbia American Legion Auxiliary 581. Services were conducted in Kennewick by her son-in-law Richard Perkins, who is a Morman bishop.

 

Leroy Mathews, 78, of Millstadt, died Sept. 4, 2009 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. He was born Jan. 15, 1931 in Columbia, the son of the late Leo and Alida (nee Eckert) Mathews. Mr. Mathews is survived by his wife Rosemary (nee Forbeck) Mathews; children Dan Mathews (special friend Barbara Brown) and Michael Mathews (special friend Doreen Downs), both of Millstadt and Nancy (Jac) Cates of Roodhouse; brothers Ralph (Catherine) Mathews, Harold (Janice) Mathews and Nelson (Joan) Mathews, all from Columbia; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and friends. Mr. Mathews served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was employed as a bookbinder with Graham Paper Company. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, the Millstadt VFW Post 7980 and the American Legion. Visitation and funeral were at Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt with Father Marvin Volk officiating. Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church’s Building Fund or the grade school.

 

Peter J. Ganley Jr., 81, of Waterloo, died Sept. 15, 2009 in Red Bud. He was born March 21, 1928 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Peter and Frances (nee Walsh) Ganley. Mr. Ganley is survived by a godchild, Kathleen (Eric) Bingham, nee Kelley; along with cousins, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Ganley. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick Church in Tipton with Father Jose Jacob officiating. He was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children’s Hospital or St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

 

Jean Marie Metter, 72, of Columbia, died Sept. 18, 2009, at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born Jan. 10, 1937, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Arthur and Louise (Saul) Toenjes. She married Clemence J. Metter in 1956. He died in 1998. Mrs. Metter is survived by her children John (Stephanie) Metter of Monroe, Mich., James (Nancy) Metter of Columbia, Judy (Mark) Sharkey of Columbia, Joe (Teri) Metter of Columbia, Susan (John) Kowlok of LaPorte, Ind., Carl (Kathy) Metter of Westland, Mich., and Ann Thorburg of Waterloo; and brothers James (Carol) Toenjes of Bonne Terre, Mo., and Jay (DeAnna) Toenjes of Flagstaff, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Toenjes. Mrs. Metter had been employed at West Park Bowl in Columbia and was a member of the American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. A memorial mass will be Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home. Mrs. Metter donated her body to the Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Immaculate Conception School’s Education Fund.

 

Father Harry Thomas Stout Jr., 58, of Du Quoin, died Sept. 18, 2009, at his residence of an apparent heart condition. He was born Aug. 9, 1951, in Cairo, the son of the late Harry Thomas and Sarah Ann (nee Baudino) Stout. Father Tom went to St. Joseph's Grade School in Cairo and attended Preparatory Seminary in Belleville. He earned a college degree from Quincy College and received his theology degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology. Father Tom was ordained as a priest on May 28, 1977. He has served parishes in Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin, St. Clare Catholic Church in O'Fallon, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, St. Joseph Catholic Church at Ridgeway, St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, was a Diocesan CYO moderator, a vocation director and a diocesan spiritual director of Teens Encounter Christ. He was also a member of the Priest Senate and was a former dean of the West Deanery. Father Stout is survived by his siblings Mary Helen (Jeff) Wissinger of Cairo, Nan (Tom) Hall of Centralia, John (Carol) Stout of Mounds, Bill (Sheila) Stout of Olmsted and Peggy Berryhill of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; aunts Elizabeth (Don) Turner of Cairo and Mary Eileen (Dick) Karcher Cairo; and an uncle,, Brother John Stout CSC of Notre Dame, Ind.; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends. The first visitation was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in DuQuoin. A memorial mass followed with Father Bob Flannery officiating. A second visitation was at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cairo. A mass followed with Bishop Stanley Schlarmann officiating. Bishop Edward K. Braxton provided Final Commendations. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud also celebrated a memorial mass in honor of the late Father Tom Stout. A reception followed at the parish center. Father Stout was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Villa Ridge. Funeral arrangements were handled by Searby Funeral Home in DuQuoin and Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo. Memorials may be made to one the churches Father Tom served or Teens Encounter Christ.

 

Robert W. “Snowy” Schneeberger, 87, of Columbia, formerly of Dupo, died Sept. 30, 2009 at Columbia Convalescent Center in Columbia. He was born March 3, 1922 in Dupo, the son of William and Anna (nee Hauser), Schneeberger. Mr. Schneeberger is survived by daughters Joanne (Bruce) Counce of Columbia and Judy (Marvin) Doerr of Dupo; grandchildren Julie (Scott) Rodemich of Columbia, Robyn (Kevin) McCarty of Kildeer, Jamie (Christopher) Wyse of Dayton, Ohio and Kevin (Andrea) Doerr of Columbia; great grandchildren Ryan and Allison Rodemich, Madison and Mackenzie McCarty, and Brylee Doerr; and a sister, Jackie (Gene) Poettgen of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann (nee Cook) Schneeberger. Mr. Schneeberger was a World War II veteran, serving in the 64th Chemical Depot in Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He retired from Monsanto in Sauget after 38 ½ years of employment. Mr. Schneeberger was a charter and life member of Sugarloaf Memorial VFW Post 6368 in Dupo. He belonged to Christ UCC in Dupo, Columbia Lodge 474 A.F. and A.M, Scottish Rite of Southern Illinois, Shriner’s Ainad Temple, Legion of Honor, Uniform Unit and Monsanto Local 12 Retiree Club. Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 4, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral was at Christ UCC in Dupo with Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. Mr. Schneeberger was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to his church, Shriner’s Hospital for Children or Hope School Foundation.

 

Esther Catherine Frierdich, nee Wierschem, 91, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Belleville, died Sept. 22, 2009. She was born Dec. 31, 1917, in Madonnaville, the daughter of Anthony Wierschem and Magdalena (nee Vogt) Wiershem. She married Joseph Henry Frierdich in 1940. They had retired to Arizona. Esther most recently resided at the Citadel Assisted Living Community. In addition to her husband of 66 years, Mrs. Frierdich was preceded in death by five sisters and one brother. She is survived by her children, Charlotte(Doug) Volkman of Mesa, Ariz, JoAnn (Lawrence) Lennaman of Wildwood, Mo., Gary Lee Frierdich and Jean Jetter of Waterloo; a sister, Sally Smith of Waterloo; grandchildren Jennifer McCall, Shannon Devine, Sunny Frierdich, Tony Frierdich, Jacob Frierdich, Lara Lennaman, Stephanie Aponte and Hallie Lennaman; and 10 Great Grandchildren; along with nephews and nieces. She was an active member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Church in Belleville, the Daughters of Isabelle, Women of the Moose, Southside Improvement Association and Queen of Mary Sodality. Visitation was at Melcher Funeral Home in Mesa, Ariz. Funeral was at Christ the King Catholic Church in Mesa Ariz. Mrs. Frierdich was buried at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Perigrine Chapel at Christ the King Catholic Church.

 

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Verta B. Nicoletti, 90, of Columbia died Oct. 10, 2009 at the Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Nov. 18, 1918, in Columbia the daughter of the late William and Leona (Dannehold) Schneider. She was married to the late Ernest “Nick” Nicoletti and the late Earl Beasley. Mrs. Nicoletti is survived by her daughters Shirley (Willie) Eckert of Columbia and Jane (Richard) Sommer of Edwardsville; grandchildren Steve (Leslie) Eckert, Michael Eckert, Bob (Michelle Bieber) Eckert, Greg (Deanne) Sommer, Joan (Craig) Hackett and Gary (Jean) Sommer; and great-grandchildren Trenton, Madelynn, Allison, Emily and Lindsey Eckert, Maggie Perkins, Joseph Sommer, Rebecca and Grace Hackett, Alex, and Amber Sommer, along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Schneider; and a sister, Lillian Kumke. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer, officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

 

Vernon Frierdich, 90, of Columbia, died Oct. 11, 2009. He was born Dec. 24, 1918 in Columbia, the son of the late Henry and Katharine (Mueller) Frierdich. He married Ruth (Loehr) Frierdich in 1950 in Columbia. Besides his wife, Mr. Frierdich is survived by his children, Thomas (Cindy) Frierdich of Columbia, Timothy (Gail) Frierdich of Waterloo, James (Gina) Frierdich of Columbia, John (Pam) Frierdich of Waterloo, Geralyn (Bernard) Kutz of Columbia and Mary Anne (Mike) Wachtel of Paderborn; special friend, Thomas Mangan of Columbia; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by siblings Alvin Frierdich, Bertha Mechler, Aloys Frierdich, Betty Frierdich and Marian Palmer; , along with a grandchild, Jennifer Sue Frierdich. Mr. Frierdich served with the U.S. Army Medical Corp. during World War II. He was a retired carman with the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and he had also worked for more than 35 years at Daab's Drug Store in Columbia. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and American Legion Post 581. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Mildred Robison, 93, of Columbia, died Oct. 5, 2009, at Canterbury Manor Nursing Center in Waterloo. She was born June 24, 1916, in Madison, the daughter of the late William and Annie Chosich. She married Albert Robison in 1955 in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Robinson is survived by seven nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Katie Chosich; and a brother, Bernard Chosich. A graveside service was at St. John's UCC Cemetery in Granite City. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

 

Edith Ludwig, nee Weis, 70 years, of Columbia, died Oct. 5, 2009. She was born Dec. 7, 1938, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Clarence and Irene (Poirot) Weis. She married Wilbur “Chuck” Ludwig in 1956 in Millstadt. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Ludwig is survived by a daughter, Lori (Lenny) Colbert of Red Bud; a son, Brent (Michele) Ludwig of Columbia; grandchildren Danielle (Ryan) Peterson, Allison and Miranda Colbert, and Grant and Gregory Ludwig; and sisters Arlene (Vernon) Wickel of Millstadt and Elaine (Jim) Schmidt of Columbia; along with other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by a son, Randy Ludwig; and a sister, Jeanette Kochman. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Sat Faith Lutheran Church in Columbia. Mrs. Ludwig was buried at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church, the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis or Family Hospice of Belleville.

 

Gilbert E. Birkner, 85, of Hecker, died Oct. 9, 2009 in Hecker. He was born Feb. 28, 1924, the son of the late Oscar and Appolonia (nee Kreher) Birkner. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Hedwig (nee Macke) Birkner; children LuAnn (Frank) Gregson, Gilbert L. (Deanna) Birkner and Jonella (Michael) Donius; son in law, Dane Wittenbrink; grandchildren Jeanne, Kyle (Amanda) Wittenbrink, Angela (Ryan) Szymarek, Dayne Wittenbrink, Scott (Lyndall) Gregson, Dr. Kristi (Jason) Moore, Katie Gregson, Danielle (Kyle) Doerr, Alexandra Birkner, Nicolette Birkner, Gilbert "Zach" Birkner and Andrew and Timothy Donius; and brothers Leo Birkner and Allan (Mary Lou) Birkner; along with six great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Evelyn Wittenbrink; and sisters Irma Lehr and Muriel Langenstein. Mr. Birkner was a retired farmer, a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Hecker’s Holy Name Society, a charter member of Waterloo’s Sister Cities of Portaloo, the Hecker Community Center, St. Clair County Farm Bureau, a retired Prairie du Long Township trustee and the Citrus Ridge Neighborhood Association. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Hecker with Father James Blazine officiating. Mr. Birkner was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church, Hospice of Southern Illinois or Gibault Catholic High School.

 

Mildred Laub, nee Hesterberg, 93, of Columbia, died Oct. 6, 2009 in Belleville. She was born Sept. 22, 1916 in Maeystown, the daughter of the late William and Ida (nee Trost) Hesterberg. Mrs. Laub is survived by a son, Ronald (Katherine) Laub; grandchildren Jessica and Zachary Laub; a brother, Wilbert “Whip” (Florence) Hesterberg; and a special cousin, Imogene (Charles) Yarbrough; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Laub; sisters Ardell Andres and Ida Kuergeleis; and brothers Earl, Ralph and Harold Hesterberg. Mrs. Laub was a member of St. John UCC in Valmeyer, the Columbia Senior Citizens and Valmeyer Senior Citizens. She volunteered at the Monroe County Nursing Home. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC of Valmeyer with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Laub was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Marybelle Doxey, 96, of Millstadt, died Oct. 30, 2009 in Waterloo. She was born April 18, 1913 in Cottage Home, the daughter of the late Ephraim Marcus and Lona Edna (Denning) Noel. She married Willie Joe Doxey on May 16, 1931. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Doxey was preceded in death by her step-father, Logan Telus Mann; step-brother, Virgil E. (V. Margaret) Mann; step-brother, H. Wayne (Jane) Mann; step-sister, Roza J. (Mann) Howerton and her husband Louis; nephews Lloyd W. Mann and William Howerton; and a niece, Ludene (Howerton) Klein. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Emma Jean (Mann) Howerton and Willard Krick, Pat Mann and G. Clint Phillips; great-nephews and great-nieces, great-great-nephews and great-great-nieces; and a great-great-great niece and cousins. Mrs. Doxey graduated from high school in Carterville. She came to St. Louis around the age of 16 and worked in a shoe factory. Later, she was a manager of several well-known ladies clothing shops in downtown St. Louis. Marybelle was a caregiver who took care of her parents in their elder years, she took in numerous family members during the Depression until they were able to get back on their feet and all throughout her life she took care of or helped anyone in any way. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Private burial was at Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Memorials may be made to Cottage Home Baptist Church and Tennessee Baptist Church

 

Herbert O. Roider, 85, of Waterloo, died Oct. 31, 2009 in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 15, 1924 in Red Bud, the son of the late Peter and Mathilda (nee Yackle) Roider. Besides his parents, Mr. Roider was preceded in death by sister Luella (William) Polacek; brothers Anton (Laura) Roider, Alvin, Clarence and Harold Roider; sisters-in-law Lena Mae Rahn and Lois Kirkley. He is survived by his wife, Leota (Wirth) Roider nee Kirkley; step-children Leon (Diana) Wirth, Nancy (Gary Gene) Gilbert, James (Donna) Wirth, Betty (Carl Jr.) Brandenburger and Lori (Don) Dillenberger; step-grandchildren Dawn Wirth, Leon (Michelle) Wirth, Jason (Yurika) Wirth and Angela (Brett) Crawford, Beth (Mark) Heusohn, Gary (Carrie) Gilbert, Corey (Amy) Wirth, Kelly (Brian) Hartmann, Chris Howell, Brandy (Tom) Clements, Cheri (Clinton) Mudd, Jennifer (Byron) Falkenhain, Jamie Branden-burger, Brad and Aimee Dillenberger; and brothers-in-law Jess (Kay) Kirkley and Orville Rahn Sr;. along with 19 step-great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, great-great nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Roider retired from the City of Waterloo where he was superintendent of the sewer plant, a former grounds maintenance man at the Waterloo Country Club and was a driver for Bode's Sodes and also the Waterloo Milk Company. Mr. Roider was a member of Waterloo Sportsman's Club and played on the kloepper clubs at Willie’s West End, Wartburg Inn and in Burksville. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mr. Roider was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family medical expenses or to the St. Paul UCC Family Emergency Fund.

 

Goldie E. Fausz, 84, of Red Bud, formerly of Prairie du Rocher, died Oct. 15, 2009 at Red Bud Nursing Home. She was born March 5, 1925, in Prairie du Rocher, to the late Harry and Mary (Deterding) DuFrenne. She married Kenneth Fausz on Oct. 1, 1947 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. He died in 1991. Mrs. Fausz is survived by her children, Terry (Dawn) Fausz, Karen (Cardell) Young and Peggy (Don) Buettner; grandchildren, Aaron Buettner, Jessica Buettner, Kyle (Abby) Buettner, Candy Young and Ken Young; and sister-in-law, Lorraine (Gilmore) Melliere. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Evelyn Moll and Eileen Krebel. Mrs. Fausz was a homemaker. She also cleaned the rectories as St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chester. She was a member of St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud and a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer and Father Daniel Jurek officiating. Mrs. Fausz was buried at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials can be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Human Service Center in Red Bud.

 

Ellen Schult, nee Avara, 84, of East Carondelet, died Oct. 18, 2009 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Sept. 11, 1925 in Jonesburg, Mo., the daughter of the late Odis and Jessie (nee Wood) Avara. Mrs. Schult was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Schult Sr.; and brothers, Melvin and Robert Avara. She is survived by daughters, Sandra (Joe) Landfried of Columbia and Susan (Tim) Chew of Millstadt; sons, Robert (Jean) Schult Jr. of Ava, Donald Schult of Columbia and Danny (Kelly) Schult of Millstadt; grandchildren, Michael Landfried, Tony (Christy) Schult, Mark (Amy) Schult, Jeff Schult, Julie (Rod) Reichert, Jeanne (Mike) Burkhalter, Daniel Schult, Courtney Schult and Rowdy Rossing; and 12 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Schult was a homemaker and member of the Twin Rivers Worship Center in St. Louis. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Mrs. Schult was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Convalescent Center’s Activity Fund.

 

Mary Lee Ray, nee Albertson, 87, of Red Bud, died Oct. 15, 2009 at the Red Bud Nursing Home. She was born April 21, 1922, in Leeper Mo., the daughter of the late Walter and Gertrude (Gilbert) Albertson. She married Virgil Ray in 1938 in Williamsville, Mo. He died in 1977. Mrs. Ray is survived by her children, Barbara (Don) Roth, Bill (Mary) Ray, Rick Ray, Sue (Paul) Ellner, Terry Ray, Connie (Ron) Mulholland, Kim (Dan) Miller and Nancy (Michael) Brown; sisters, Margie Tubb, Nora Brown and Sharon (Jimmy) Moore; and brothers, John(Opal) Albertson and Bob Albertson; along with grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a step-father, Clinton Bumler; sons Jerry and Chuck Ray; daughter, Sherry Bachelier; brothers, James Albertson and Carroll “Bill” Albertson; granddaughter, Tracy Bachelier; and grandson, Rick Ray Jr. Mrs. Ray was a homemaker until 1980 before going to work at Gilster Mary-Lee Corporation in Chester. In addition to being a housewife, she supplemented the family income by taking on many odd jobs, such as ironing, scrapping corn, babysitting and picking pecans. She was always the first one up each morning and the last to bed at night. Later in life, Mrs. Ray enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Mary loved babies, maintaining a clean house even with so many children, cooking and her ever-present gentle smile. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Prairie du Rocher. After moving to Red Bud she attended the First Baptist Church in Red Bud. Visitation was at Welge–Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at the First Baptist Church in Red Bud with Rev. Tim McIntye officiating. Mrs. Ray will be buried at the Ellis Grove City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the building fund at First Baptist Church in Red Bud or to Alzheimer’s disease research.

 

Oscar Mills McGuire, 94, of Columbia, died Oct. 21, 2009, at deGreeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 23, 1914, in Celeste, Tex., the son of the late Fred and Hope (Mills) McGuire. He married Sarah (O'Guinn) Reis McGuire in 1978 in Dupo and was a retired foreman with Mobil Oil Corp. in the East St. Louis refinery of Mobil Oil Corp. In addition to his wife, Mr. McGuire is survived by his daughter-in-law, Judy McGuire of Queen Creek, Ariz.; grandchildren, Terri McGuire and Tammy McGuire; step-children, Mary Ann (David) Rodenberg of Columbia, Monica Kettler of Columbia and Joe Reis of Millstadt; step-grandchildren, Mike and Sarah Rodenberg, Kevin and Adam Reis and Corey Kettler; a brother, Kenny (Gloria) McGuire of Wheeling, WV.; a sister, Barbara (Eddie) Saba of Huntsville, Ala.; along with five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Dorothy McGuire; son, Lance McGuire; sisters Anna Moi Jones, Mildred Mitchell, Laverne Hamilton and Katherine Vawter; and a brother, Fred McGuire. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service followed with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. McGuire was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Sunnyhill Inc., which serves the developmentally disabled.

 

Richard J. “Dick” Valentine, 60, of Waterloo, died Oct. 20, 2009 in Waterloo. He was born July 31, 1949 in Red Bud, the son of Josephine Riechmann and the late Vernon Valentine. In addition to his mother, Mr. Valentine is survived by his wife, Bonnie (nee Jehling) Valentine; children, Lana (Steven) Reichert, John (fiancé Kim Stellhorn) Valentine, Janese Valentine and Denise (Josh) Robinson; grandchildren, Bailey, Abigail and Carlie Reichert, Dakota Valentine and Lorelei Oleson; brother, Dennis (Luann) Valentine; and sisters, Anna (Darrell) Glaenzer and Patti (Rich) Dependahl; along with an uncle, aunts, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mildred and Lester Jehling. Mr. Valentine was a Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA42). He was employed as a body repairman at Broadway Ford in St. Louis and was a member of Mechanic's Union District 9. Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 22 at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, Oct. 23 at the funeral home with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mr. Valentine was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice or the donor’s choice.

 

Richard L. Nunning, 81, of Columbia, died Oct. 22, 2009 in Belleville. He was born Dec. 7, 1927 in Hurst, the son of the late Lemuel and Rosalie (nee Tiola) Nunning. He is survived by his wife, Ann (nee Curcuro) Nunning; a son, Brian Matthew Nunning; and a daughter, Paula Ann Nunning. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lemuel John "L.J." Nunning. Mr. Nunning was veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked for the Wabash Railroad and later retired as a locomotive engineer from the Norfolk Southern Railroad. Richard was a 50-year member of the Columbia Masonic Blue Lodge 474 A.F. & A.M. and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 25 at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral was Monday, Oct. 26, at St. Peter’s Catholic Cathedral in Belleville with Fr. John Myler officiating. Mr. Nunning was buried with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

 

Joseph “Jabby” Jablonski, 89, of Fairmont City, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 at Columbia Convalescent Center where he had been a resident for 32 months. He was born Jan. 26, 1920 in Fairmont City, the son of the late Joseph F. Jablonski Sr. and Mary (nee Skiera) Jablonski. Mr. Jablonski is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pauline F. Jablonski, who resides at The Bridges in Columbia; daughters, Jeanne (Mike) Kish of Columbia and Nancy (Rick) Ballew of Granite City; sons, John Jablonski of Fairmont City and Tim (Sheri) Jablonski of Glen Carbon; grandchildren, Amy (Tim) Meyer, Andrea (Todd) Biske, Kristi (Mike) Stuart, Kara (Steve) Mathes, Ryan (Jayne) Ballew, Eric Jablonski, Chris (Alli) Jablonski, Nick Jablonski, Jeremy Jablonski and Brendan Jablonski; great-grandchildren, Mitch Meyer, Abbie Meyer, Elena Biske, Spencer Biske, Maria Biske and Shawn Stuart; sisters, Florence Ruder of Mehlville, Mo., Mildred (Ted) Dobkowski of Belleville; brothers, Hilary Jablonski of Glen Carbon and Jerome Jablonski of Hot Springs, Ark.; brothers-in-law, Steve (Mariann) Maliszewski, Frank (Gerry) Maliszewski and Bernard Maliszewski; sister-in-law, Dorothy (David) Gravoits; special aunt, Pearl Gruchala; a cousin, Dennis Gruchala; and roommate, John Deleveski; along with nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Henry Jablonski and Leonard Jablonski; sister, Regina Roberts; brothers-in-laws, Bob Roberts and Joe Ruder; and sister-in-law, Frances Maliszewski. Mr. Jablonski was committed to his church, family, community and country. Jabby served 37 months in active duty with the U.S. Air Force during World War II achieving the rank of sergeant. He was stationed in England with the 368th Fighter Squadron. As a radio technician station, he maintained radio communications on P-51s. Mr. Jablonski was employed as the city clerk for the Village of Fairmont City for 27 years, from 1970-1997. He also worked 25 years for American Zinc and 15 years for Pepsi. Jabby was a life member and past commander of the Fairmont City American Legion Post 961. Jabby was very dedicated to the Holy Rosary Parish. He sang in the choir, served on the bingo and picnic committees and was a member of the Holy Name Society. He also was on the Holy Rosary School’s board and the building committee. Visitation was at Kassly Mortuary in Fairview Heights. Funeral mass followed at the church with Father David Wilke officiating. Mr. Jablonski was buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Holy Rosary Parish or the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund. The family would like to thank Columbia Convalescent Center for their constant care, the Eucharistic Ministers of Immaculate Conception Parish, Unity Hospice these last weeks, and Father Dave Wilke, Father Carl Scherrer and Father Steve Gira, C.R. for their pastoral care.

 

Virginia Bell Austin, nee Barker, 84, of Waterloo, died Oct. 25, 2009 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 16, 1925 in Poplar Bluff, the daughter of the late Al and Rosetta (nee Crunk) Barker. Mrs. Austin worked in mapping and planning in Washington D.C. while her husband was in the service. She retired as manager of Sears in East St. Louis. Virginia and her husband, Tom, moved from Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Dupo in 1962 and then bought a house in East Carondelet in 1966 where they resided. Mrs. Austin was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Thomas Austin. She is survived by her children, Larry (Georgia) Austin, Carol (Glenn) Bournstein, Philip (Sandy) Austin, Warren Austin and Paul Austin; grandchildren Teresa Donjon, Michelle Bournstein, Erica Bournstein, Damien Austin, Robert Austin and Natasha Stevenson; and great-grandchildren, Kayla Steingrubey, Sage Bournstein, Mya Bournstein, Emma Abrams, Jason Austin and Chauncey Austin, Milo Stevenson, Lena Bell Stevenson and Lola Bell Stevenson; along with other relatives and friends. Visitation and funeral were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo with Rev. Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Austin was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Clifford B. "Kip" Dyroff, 87, of Bethalto, died Oct. 26, 2009 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 5, 1919 in Dupo, the son of the late Adam and Alma (nee Schack) Dyroff. Besides his parents, Mr. Dyroff was preceded in death by his wife, Frances (nee Klotzer) Dyroff; and a granddaughter, Jamie Linn Rohe. He is survived by daughters Linda (Jim) Rohe, Susan (David) Rohe and Valerie (Dale) Zeisset; dear friend, Mary Pulcher; grandchildren, Teresa (Dave) Wilds, Keri (Ken) Rodenburg, Kimberlie (Ryan) Windle, Amanda (Mike) Wilfong and Krista Rohe; great-grandchildren, Emma, Kaelyn, Madeline, Josh, Jordyn, Noah, Natalie, Evan, Allison and Jacob; and brother-in-law, Frank (Jackie) Klotzer; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Mr. Dyroff served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a life member of the Dupo American Legion Post 485. He retired after 42 years of employment in the installation department of Union Electric and he enjoyed attending the U.E. Breakfast Club. He attended Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Willard Meyer and Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mr. Dyroff was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia.

 

Steven P. Limestall, 51, of Red Bud, died on Oct. 27, 2009, in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 20, 1958 in Red Bud, the son of Wallace and Betty Limestall. In addition to his parents, Mr. Limestall is survived by his wife, Brenda (nee Dougherty) Limestall; daughters, Erin Limestall and Courtney Limestall; sister,s Beverly (Bjorn) Lindgren and Susan Limestall; and a brother, Kevin (Ellen) Limestall; along with aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Bill and Maggie Dougherty. Mr. Limestall was a member St. Paul UCC in Waterloo and owner of Limestall Landscaping. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton with Father Jose Jacob, Pastor Matt Friz and Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mr. Limestall was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul UCC of Waterloo Family Emergency Fund, Family Hospice or the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery Columbar-ium of Waterloo.

 

Eugene “Hoagy” Hohnbaum, 77, of Waterloo, died Oct. 30, 2009, at his residence. He was born Aug. 4, 1932, in Wartburg, the son of the late Arthur and Eleanora (nee Bode) Hohnbaum. Mr. Hohnbaum is survived by his wife, Lillian (nee Hesterberg) Hohnbaum; a daughter, Dr. Laurel (Kevin) Yeager; grandchildren Madison and Olivia Yeager; step-grandchildren Kyle and Kara Yeager; nephew, Larry (Cheryl) Hohnbaum; sisters-in-law Alberta Hohnbaum, Laverne Hesterberg and Doris (Willard) Meister; and a brother-in-law, Ray (Shirley) Hesterberg; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers Laurence and Ray Hohnbaum. Mr. Hohnbaum was a veteran of the United States Navy. He owned Gene’s Barbershop in downtown Waterloo for 47 years before his retirement. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg, Waterloo VFW Post 6504, Waterloo American Legion and Waterloo Sister Cities Portaloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral service was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. Mr. Hohnbaum was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Holy Cross Memorial Fund.

 

Wyman W. Melching, 88, of Waterloo, died Oct. 30, 2009. He was born Jan. 17, 1921 in St. Joe, the son of the late Henry and Anna (nee Lange) Melching. Mr. Melching is survived by his children, Wayne (Karen) Melching, Stanley (Tyana) Melching and Glenn (Sharon) Melching; grandchildren, Raymond (Jennifer) Melching, John Melching, Troy (Kim) Melching, Michelle (Andy) Urke and Taylor Melching; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Raelyn, Chloe, Jordan, Bryce, Hannah, Jonathan and Baylyn; and a sister, Ardell Huebner; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Melching and special friend, Lelia Garner. Mr. Melching was a member of Zion UCC of St. Joe, the Monroe County Farm Bureau and was a former singer with the Kaskaskia Trail Chorus. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral service was at Zion UCC of St. Joe with Pastor Nancy Spier officiating. Mr. Melching was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

 

Ethel Mae Hoeffken, nee Bertschinger, 88, of Belleville, died Oct. 31, 2009, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. She was born Dec. 20, 1920, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of the late Gustav and Maude Ethel (nee Taylor) Bertschinger. Mrs. Hoeffken is survived by her children Gary (Nancy) Hoeffken of Oklahoma City, Okla., Debbie (Robert) Foote of Breese, Wes (Yvette) Hoeffken of Columbia and Cindy (Mark) Murch of Pine Island, Minn.; grandchildren Jaclyn, Jessica, Robert and Richard Foote, Kristina, Alejandra and Stephanie Murch, and Catherine, Nicholas, Amanda and Ariel Hoeffken. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Vernon Garbs; her second husband of 50 years, Francis Hoeffken. He died in 1999. Mrs. Hoeffken was the president of the Queenship of Mary Sodality her church in 1964 and 1980. She was an advisor for the Order of Rainbow for Girls, a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout den mother. Mrs. Hoeffken was a longtime resident of Our Lady of the Snows Retirement Community and recently lived at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was a charter member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church in Belleville. Visitation was Friday, Nov. 6 at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community Chapel in Belleville. A funeral followed with Msgr. Carl Scherrer and Deacon Gerry Bach officiating. Mrs. Hoeffken was buried at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Arrangements were handled by George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Mater Dei Memorial Grant Fund or the Knights of Columbus Vocation Fund.

 

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Halina Mokriakow, nee Myelski, 85, of Millstadt, died Nov. 13, 2009 at her home. She was born April 20, 1924 in Ukrania, the daughter of the late Olimpy and Maria Myelski. Mrs. Mokriakow was preceded in death by her husband, Howrylo Mokriakow; a daughter, Susie Jean Mokriakow; and her great-grandchild, Brittney Nicole Potter. She is survived by her children William (Betty) Mokriakow, Leon (Esther) Mokriakow , Cathy (Raymond) Baldridge, George (Peggy) Mokriakow and Irene (Marc) Hurt of Hannibal, Mo.; grandchildren Tanya (David) Potter, Diane Mokriakow, Scott Mokriakow, Sherry (Darren) Shank, Dennis Mokriakow, Nikolia Mokriakow, Dawn Baldridge, Jeremy (Rachel) Baldridge, Jonathan Baldridge, George D. (Jessica) Mokriakow, Angelia L. (Dan) Berni, Leah (Josh) Clements and Marcus (Michelle) Hurt; 23 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. Mrs. Mokriakow became a Christian in a German War Camp during World War II. She and her family came to America in 1950 when they were sponsored by the First Baptist Church in Ash Grove, Mo. Mrs. Mokriakow retired as a tailor from Coats and Things. She was known as a wonderful cook who loved to feed everyone and never met a stranger. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Pastor David Gray officiating. Mrs. Mokriakow was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering at Maplewood Park Baptist Church.

 

Mary Brueggemann, nee Fults, 81, of Hecker, died Nov. 7, 2009, in Red Bud. She was born Dec. 18, 1927 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Neil and Hilda (nee Stechmesser) Fults. Mrs. Brueggemann is survived by her husband, Milton “Pat” Brueggemann; daughters Elaine (Dennis) Biffar and Debbie (Charlie) Harbaugh; grandchildren Tony (Traci) Biffar, Jeff (Vicki) Biffar, Doug Biffar, Mary Harbaugh, Laura Harbaugh, Sarah Harbaugh and John Harbaugh; great-grandchildren Devin, Lucas, Emily, Brooke, Brady, Graham, Colton and Henry Biffar; sisters Helen Godare, Darlene (Ben) Yancey and Judy (Bob) Krebel; brothers Jerry (Patty) Fults and Ronnie (Betty) Fults; and sister-in-law Cindy Fults; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers Norman and Russell Fults. Mrs. Brueggemann was a member of St. Augustine Church’s Alter Sodality, the Hecker Community Center and the Waterloo VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. Mrs. Brueggemann will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Augustine Catholic Church of Hecker, SS. Peter and Paul Grade School or Gibault High School.

 

Pearl Marie Landgraf, 91, of Columbia, died Nov. 8, 2009 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born May 20, 1918, in Belleville, the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Dannehold) Juengling. She married Carl "Butts" Landgraf in 1939 in Columbia. He died in 1989. Mrs. Landgraf is survived by her son, Carl “Nudie” (Mary) Landgraf of Columbia; a daughter, Janet Edmiston of Manchester, Mo.; a brother, James Juengling of Columbia; daughter-in-law, Kathy (Neil) Kuehner of Columbia; grandchildren, Dawn (Brian) Pansing, Jodi (Chris) Artinger, Abby (Jeff) Ahlers, Cris “Alfie” Landgraf, Brad (Kelly) Landgraf, John Landgraf and Camille (Mark) Borgmann; and great-grandchildren, Tara, Taylor, Drew, Max, Dustin, Hailey, Hayden, Brody and Emma. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Landgraf; sisters Mae Limestall and Vernette Juengling; and a great-grandchild, Adam Artinger. Mrs. Landgraf was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, the Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary volunteered for the American Red Cross. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Landgraf was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department’s Scholarship Fund or tot the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

 

Melvin L. Frierdich, 79, of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Nov. 52, 2009, at Riverview at the Park Rehabilitation Center. He was born July 8, 1930, in Columbia, the son of the late Raymond and Mary (Menner) Frierdich. Mr. Frierdich is survived by his children Melvin David Frierdich of Millstadt, Patricia (Marvin) Taake of Columbia and Susan Shreve of Phoenix, Ariz.; along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Frierdich Jr. Mr. Frierdich served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Private funeral services were held. Arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home.

 

Michael McMullan, 49, Robertsville, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died Nov. 7, 2009, of a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Vicky (Frost) McMullan; a son, David McMullan; parents, Dennis and Marie (Kuehner) McMullan of Waterloo; brothers Brian (Deanne), John (Sue) and Matt (Dena Reed) McMullan; and a sister, Kathy (Collin) Metzger. He was preceded in death by grandparents Clem and Victory Kuehner and Hugh and Mattie McMullan. Mr. McMullan worked as a civilian for the Missouri Air National Guard at Lambert Field and was also a member of the Air National Guard. Visitation was at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton, Mo. Funeral was at the funeral home. Mr. McMullan was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

 

Joseph H. Weldele, 81, of Millstadt, died Nov. 7, 2009 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. He was born Sept. 21, 1928 in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Weldele is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary (nee Mehrmann) Weldele; a son, Michael (Sherri) Weldele; grandchildren, Amber Weldele and Andrea (Mike) Brown; brother, Calvin (Gladys) Weldele; and an aunt, Iona Pfau; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Hilda (nee Hoffmann) Huebner; his father, John Weldele; and grandparents Hugo and Anna Hoffmann. Mr. Weldele served two years in the U.S. Army and was an auto mechanic for 38 years, the last 30 years were at Vollmer’s Garage in Millstadt before retiring in 1990. He was a member of American Legion Post 502 in Millstadt. Joseph enjoyed motorcycles, camping and boating. Visitation was and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mr. Weldele was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

 

Bernice A. Kossina, 88, of Millstadt, died Nov. 4, 2009 in Roach, Mo. She was born April 2, 1921 in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Charles and Louise (nee Veit) Herrling. Mrs. Kossina was preceded in death by her husband; Lawrence C. Kossina; and a sister, Velma Frierdich. She is survived by her son, Jay (Kathy) Kossina; daughters, Judy (Daniel) Simmons and June (Arthur) Baumgartner; grandchildren, Jessica and Ian Kossina and Joshua, Charles, Katherine and Michael Simmons; great-grandchildren, Trevor Simmons and Preston and Brianna Buffington; a brother-in-law, Robert Kossina; and sisters-in-law, Lorraine and Leona Kossina. Mrs. Kossina was a member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Mrs. Kossina was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Union Fire Department.

 

Kenneth Schnepel, 71, of Red Bud, died Nov. 7, 2009, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 7, 1938 in Prairie, the son of the late Theodore and Erna (nee Schwier) Schnepel. Kenny married Jerolyn Bunny Fischer in 1959 in Waterloo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schnepel is survived by his children, Angel (Jerry) Brown of Ruma, Michael Schnepel of Red Bud, Mark (Michelle) Schnepel of Waterloo and Sara (Nelson) Blengeri of Chicago; grandchildren, Ashly, Dany, Taylor, Jack and Wil; a sister-in-law, Carolyn (Pastor Ray) Offermann of Decatur; and a brother-in-law, Don Crook of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Barbara Crook. Mr. Schnepel was president of Audio Visual Service Center for 44 years. He loved his family, traveling, fishing and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud with Rev. Mark Nebel officiating. Mr. Schnepel was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

 

Florence Frances Farmer, nee Weisenborn, 76, of Columbia, died Nov. 3, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville from lung cancer. She was born June 10, 1933, in Dupo, the daughter of the late Omer Conrad and Viola Mildred (Bock) Weisenborn. She married Calvin Eugene Farmer in 1954 at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. He died in 1990. Mrs. Farmer is survived by a son, Allen (Wyona) Farmer of Columbia; a daughter, Sharon Petrowski of Columbia; grandchildren, Dawn (Brandon) Lewis, Eric (Kristin) Wilhelm, Amanda (Capt. John Thomas) Farmer, Bevin (Fiancé William Lewis) Petrowski and Bryna Petrowski; great-granddaughter Reagan Wilhelm; and soon-to-be-born great-grandson, Brandon Lewis; brothers Wayne (JoAnn) Weisenborn of Columbia and Harold Weisenborn of Overland Park, Kan.; sisters, Gloria Morton of Belleville and Barbara (Ed) Schutte of Columbia; and brothers-in-law, Alvin (Gladys) Farmer of Central City, Ky., and Rexall (Carol) Farmer of Tipp City, Ohio; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Erik Allen Wilhelm; a sister, Loretta Frazier; nephews and nieces, Mark Frazier, Susan (Frazier) Stalling, David Morton, Dianne Morton and Herschel Farmer. Mrs. Farmer was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in St. Louis, Mo. Florence was an active member of St. Paul UCC in Columbia. She was in the Hand Bell Choir and the quilters group. She was also a member of Job's Daughters, Order of the Eastern Star, Columbia Senior Citizens, Monday Senior Citizen Bowling League and Monroe County Red Hat Society. She volunteered at the Columbia Convalescent Center and the American Red Cross. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mrs. Farmer was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church’s construction fund or Family Hospice of Belleville.

 

Carl Mason, 68, of Belleville, died Nov. 12, 2009. He was born Nov. 22, 1940. Mr. Mason was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene A. Mason; and his father, Angus Mason. He is survived by his mother, Edith Mason; children Rhonda Kay (Rick) Gray of Dupo, Dawn Mason of St. Louis and Lisa (John) Link of Waterloo; grandchildren Jason and Jeremy Gray and Payton Link; great-grandson Joseph Gray; sister, Patricia (Kent) Gardner; nephew, Scott Gardner, and his niece, Stacey Gardner. Mr. Mason retired as a warehouse supervisor for Super Valu. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Dupo. Private burial were at Lakeview Gardens of Memory in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society.

 

Imogene Bagsby, nee Ramage, 86, of Waterloo, died Nov. 6, 2009 is St. Louis, Mo. She was born July 20, 1923 in Bardwell, Ky., the daughter of the late Henry and Ura (nee Turk) Ramage. Mrs. Bagsby was preceded in death by husband, John Bagsby Sr.; four brothers and a sister. She is survived by her children, Terri Chambers, John Bagsby Jr., Janet Bagsby and Pam Meister; grandchildren, Tim Chambers, Charity Cotton, Andrew Bagsby and Deren Bagsby; great-grandchildren, Aniesa Bagsby and Jaycee Cotton; and a sister, Estelle Neal. Imogene was a member of the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, the American Legion Post 747 Auxiliary and was an Avon representative. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral mass was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Bagsby was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Hospice.

 

Daniel Stumpf, 48, of Valmeyer, died Nov. 3, 2009. He was born Dec. 28, 1960, in Centreville. He married Lynn (Hammer) Stumpf in 1995 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Stumpf is survived by his parents, Donald and Deanna (Diel) Stumpf Sr.; a daughter, Denise (Rick) Whitehouse; siblings, Donald Stumpf Jr., Barbara (Grant) Richter and Timothy (Sheila) Stumpf; aunt, Luann (Ernie) P. Flota; an uncle, David (Bobbette) Stumpf, and two grandchildren; along with uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Mr. Stumpf was a former police officer who was currently a self-employed handyman. He was also an EMT with the Columbia Ambulance Service. Daniel was a soldier of the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel in St. Louis, where he served as president of the Men's Fellowship and was a member of the Corps Council. Visitation was at the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel. A memorial service followed with Major Bob Fey officiating. A private burial of ashes was scheduled to take place at a later date. Memorial may be made to the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel or Mary Culver Nursing Home For Blind Women in Kirkwood, Mo.

 

Leland “Gummie” Gummersheimer, 73, of Columbia, died Nov. 15, 2009. He was born June 23, 1936, in Columbia, the son of the late Emil and Olga (Kuni) Gummersheimer. He married Sandy (Lindhorst) Gummersheimer in 1965 in New Hanover. In addition to his wife, Mr. Gummersheimer is survived by his children, Laura (Stephen) Jackson of Lenzburg, Susan (David) Juelfs of Waterloo, Randy (Michelle) Gummersheimer of Columbia and Ryan (Sabrina) Gummersheimer of Columbia; grandchildren Erica, Andrew, Zander, Gavin, Madelyn and Makayla; great-grandchildren Damien and Jayce; a sister, Leola Eichelmann of Waterloo; and a sister-in-law, Violet Gummersheimer of Columbia; along with other relatives and friends. He was also preceded in death by brothers Emil Gummersheimer Jr., and Harold Gummersheimer; grandchildren Paul Jackson and Carter Gummersheimer; and a brother-in-law, Paul Eichelmann. Gummie was a retired operator at Casper- Stolle Quarry in Dupo. He bartended at local establishments, and loved working in the garage with his sons and their demolition cars. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Gummersheimer was buried at the Zoar UCC Cemetery in New Hanover. Memorials may be made to the Floraville UCC.

 

Bearl Charles Carrow, 97, died Oct. 27, 2009 at his home in Bonne Terre, Mo. He was born May 7, 1912, in French Village, Mo., the son of the late Charles and Caroline (nee Bequette) Carrow. Mr. Carrow married Grace (nee Rexroth) in 1936. She preceded him in death by seven weeks. They would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary this year. Mr. Carrow is survived by his daughters Lois (James) Heise of Waterloo, Katherine (Glenn) Mueller of Arnold, Mo., and Betty (Andrew) Hoffee of Bonne Terre, Mo.; a son, Donald Carrow of Bonne Terre, Mo.; grandchildren Mark (Ellen) Heise, Steven Heise, Derek (Katherine) Heise, Cathy (Kevin) Whelan, Michelle Nunnally, Nancy (Troy) Connell, Jacqueline (Corey) Buckley and Bethany (Bryant) Caruthers; and great-grandchildren Dan and Michael Heise, Lauren, Jimmy and J.T. Heise, Adri-anna, Alex, Autumn and Ashlyn Whelan, Justin, Kyle and Brett Nunnally, Zachary and Dylan Connell, Harley and Patience Barton, Haydyn and Tyler Buckley and Zoe Caruthers; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to his wife, Mr. Carrow was preceded in death great-grandson Brandon Connell; one sister, Estelle McCarty; and a brother, Ernest Carrow. Mr. Carrow was retired from St. Joseph Lead Company, was an avid hunter, hunting well into his 90s on 40 acres of what was part of his family homestead for more than 200 years. He was also a lifelong Democrat, following in the steps of several generations. Mr. and Mrs. Carrow were recently the subjects of a column in the Post-Dispatch. Funeral services were at C.Z. Boyer Funeral Home in Bonne Terre. He is buried at his wife’s side at the Bonne Terre Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to HospiceCare Inc.

 

Eugene E. Biffar, 72, of Waterloo died Nov. 16, 2009. He was born Jan. 21, 1937 in Waterloo, the son of the late George and Martha (nee Reinhardt) Biffar. Mr. Biffar is survived by his wife, JoAnne (nee Carroll) Biffar; children Tom Biffar and Mary Biffar; grandchildren Alex and Adam Biffar; and brothers Lawrence Biffar and Sylvester (Leona) Biffar; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Biffar; and sisters Marie Biffar, Loretta Schaefer and Priscilla Vogt. Mr. Biffar was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Garrison officiating.

 

Mabel Elizabeth Race, nee Durrer, 86, of Webster Groves, Mo. died Nov. 11, 2009. She was born Aug. 8, 1923 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Henry and Laura (Zweig) Durrer. Mrs. Race is survived by sons Robert J. Race Jr., Thomas J. (Lisa) Race, Richard F. (Lois) Race and William P. (Kim) Race; sisters Luella Crain, Pearl (Ernie) Reilly and Ruth Murphey; a brother, Ruben “Bill” (Betty) Durrer; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Race Sr.; and a brother, Harry Durrer. Visitation and funeral were at the Gerber Chapel in Webster Groves, Mo. Mrs. Race was buried was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Paralyzed American Veterans of America.

 

Elizabeth Spihlmann, 74, of Columbia, died Nov. 17, 2009, at Memorial Hospital of Belleville. She was born March 4, 1935, in Trenton, the daughter of the late Otto and Clara (Daniel) Kues. She married Ralph Spihlmann in 1954. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Spihlmann is survived by her children, Barbara (Mark) Andrus of St. Louis, Mo., Larry (Susan) Spihlmann of St. Joseph, Darlene (Marvin Lloyd) Spihlmann of Waterloo and Michael (Stacey) Spihlmann of Columbia; siblings, Urban Kues of Breese, John Kues of O'Fallon, Mary Jane Korte of Trenton and Delores Lampe of Trenton; a sister-in-law, Grace Kues of Ft. Collins, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph Kues, Dan Kues and Edmund Kues; and sisters, Johanna Van Hatten, Martha Baird and Sylvia Ratermann. Mrs. Spihlmann was a member of the Immaculate Conception Altar Sodality and the V.F.W. Auxiliary of Post 7983 in Trenton. Visitation was Friday, Nov. 20 at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. A cremation followed. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

 

Eugene E. Biffar, 72, of Waterloo died Nov. 16, 2009. He was born Jan. 21, 1937 in Waterloo, the son of the late George and Martha (nee Reinhardt) Biffar. Mr. Biffar is survived by his wife, JoAnne (nee Carroll) Biffar; children, Tom Biffar and Mary Biffar; grandchildren, Alex and Adam Biffar; and brothers Lawrence Biffar and Sylvester (Leona) Biffar; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Biffar; and sisters, Marie Biffar, Loretta Schaefer and Priscilla Vogt. Mr. Biffar was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Garrison officiating.

 

Orville Rahn Sr., 89, of Prairie du Rocher, died Nov. 18, 2009, at his residence. He was born Aug. 31, 1920 in Ruma, the son of the late William and Frieda (nee Eggers) Rahn. Orville married Lena Mae Kirkley in 1930 in St. Joe. She died in 2007. Mr. Rahn is survived by his children, Orville (Becky) Rahn Jr. of Staunton, Joyce (Ronnie) Kuergeleis of Fults, Bonnie (Glen) Meyer of Prairie du Rocher and Allen Rahn (fiancé Brenda Warshol) of Prairie du Rocher; brothers, Ken (Jeannie) Rahn and William (Phyllis) Rahn, both of Maeystown; a sister, Leona Kent of Ames; sisters-in-law ,Leota Roider and Waterloo and Dodie Rahn of Millstadt; a brother-in-law, Jess Kirkley (friend Kay Hicks) Millstadt; grandchildren, Joey (Jennifer) Rahn, Becky (Brittin) Hardin, Wesley (Andrea) Kuergeleis, Rachel (Paul) Russell and Jennifer Smith; great-grandchildren Mason, Madison, Morgan, Hadley, Rieley, Noah and Sydney; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by brothers, Harold and Norman Rahn. Mr. Rahn served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a farmer and member of the Randolph County Farm Bureau. Visitation was Friday, Nov. 20 at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was Saturday, Nov. 21, at Welge-Pechacek with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mr. Rahn was buried at Gilbert Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the American Cancer Society.

 

Corina M. Vogt, nee O'Bryan, 73, of Waterloo, died Nov. 21, 2009, at St. Louis, Mo. She was born June 21, 1936 in Booneville, Mo., the daughter of the late parents Milton O'Bryan and Woodrow (nee Travis) Griffith. Mrs. Vogt is survived by her husband of 52 years, Leland Vogt; children Angela Fieldler, Debra Koch, Cathy (Trin) Daws, Mark Vogt. Mary Vogt and Becky (Lynn) Dunlap; a brother, Harry (Shirley) O’Bryan; step-father, Harry Griffith; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Paul L. Vogt; granddaughter, Rachel A. Wittenauer; and a brother, Donald O'Bryan. Corina and her husband, Leland, founded Vogt Builders in 1957. They retired in 1998, giving Mrs. Vogt time for interior and exterior design work. She was also involved in the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Mary and Martha Society throughout her children’s years at the grade school. She was also a member of Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Mrs. Vogt volunteered as a counselor at the Family Care Center in Waterloo and enjoyed breeding and raising thoroughbred horses with her husband in Centralia. Visitation was Monday, Nov. 23, at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo with Pastor Will Hesterberg officiating. Mrs. Vogt was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Concord Presbyterian Church.

 

Eugene Courtney, 89, of Columbia, died on Nov. 22, 2009. He was born June 8, 1920, in Beulah Ky., the son of the late Eden and Mogale (Anderson) Courtney. Besides his parents, Mr. Courtney was preceded in death by his first wife, F. Estelle Courtney; daughter, LaDonna Courtney; son, Terry Courtney Sr.; two sons in infancy, Randall and Ronald Courtney; and a brother, Howard Courtney. He is survived by his second wife, Betty (Tilton) Skipper Courtney, whom he married in 1995 in St. Louis, Mo.; a daughter, Rhonda (Wayne Scott) Courtney; daughter-in-law, Patricia Courtney; son-in-law, Charles Harrison; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; along with other relatives and friends. Mr. Courtney served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbia and had retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at First Baptist Church in Columbia with Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. Mr. Courtney was buried at Beulah Baptist Cemetery following cremation. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society.

 

Curtis J. Heusohn, 31, of Valmeyer, died Nov. 27, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Nov. 30, 1977 in Red Bud, the son of John and Rebecca (nee Lloyd) Heusohn. In addition to his parents, Mr. Heusohn is survived by his children, Kailey and Cody Heusohn; brother, Mark (Beth) Heusohn; sister, Jamie Heusohn (fiance Michael Whelan); and a nephew, Marcus Heusohn; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Alfred and Marie (nee Borcharding) Heusohn; maternal grandparents, George and Gloria (nee Mitweide) Lloyd; an uncle, James Heusohn; and cousin, Nick Heusohn. Mr. Heusohn was employed at Gateway FS, Kemper Landing. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Fritz officiating.

 

Gary Joseph Wessel, 55, of St. Louis, Mo., died Nov. 29, 2009 in Monroe County. He was born Nov. 17, 1954 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Joseph and Ida Mae (nee Walling) Wessel. Mr. Wessel is survived by his sisters, Mary Wessel of St. Louis, Mo., Juanita (David) Signaigo of Waterloo and Beverly (Tony) Rose of Elizabethtown, Ky.; along with nieces and nephews. Private services were held.

 

Thomas Patrick Brennan Jr., 48, of Waterloo, died Nov. 30, 2009, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born May 23, 1961 in East St. Louis, the son of Thomas and Rose Marie Brennan of O’Fallon. He married Catherine (nee Shields) Brennan in 1989. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Brennan is survived by his children, Alicia Brennan of Prairie du Rocher, Thomas P Brennan III of Hardeeville, SC, Tara (Mike) Menard of Jacksonville, Fla., Kayla (Josh) Boyer of Columbia and Jayna Brennan of Waterloo; brothers, Mike (Julia) Brennan of Collinsville and John (Doris) Brennan of Smithton; a sister, Kathleen (Julia) Brennan of Curringhan, Ky.; grandchildren Chelsea and Madison Blissenbach of Prairie du Rocher, Baunee Brennan and Thomas Brennan IV, both of Hardeeville, SC., Brice, Tyler, Devin and Dustin Menard of Jacksonville, Fla.; his mother -in-law, Charlotte Shields of Waterloo; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Jay Brennan; and father-in-law, Cletus Shields. Mr. Brennan graduated from O’Fallon High School, loved his pet Venus, the outdoors, yard work and was a member of the American Pool League Association. Visitation was at DeFabio Funeral Home in Waterloo. Mr. Brennan was buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the University of Wisconsin Clinics and Barnes Jewish Hospital.

 

Otis Earl Ainsworth, 76, of Waterloo died Nov. 15, 2009 at his home surrounded by family. He was born Oct. 5, 1933 in Laurel, Miss. He married his wife Joan (nee Balzer) Ainsoworth in 1954 at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Belleville. In addition to his wife, Mr. Ainsworth is survived by his sons John Ainsworth of Belleville, Jerome (Victoria) Ainsworth of Freeburg and Michael (Kris) Ainsworth of Belleville; a daughter, Mary (David) Baldree of Waterloo; grandchildren Zachary and Benjamin Ainsworth, Emily and Kiel Ainsworth, Amelia, Elizabeth and Alison Baldree; great-grandchildren Andrea Ainsworth and Kennadi Lanter; a half-sister, Imogene (Robert) King; half-brothers Rex Allen, Grady Wayne (Dyne) Ainsworth, Nobuko (Ray) Bassett and Morris (Odie Faye) Westbrook. Mr. Ainsworth served in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carriers Bonhomme Richard and Kearsarge during the Korean War. He was awarded his high school diploma in 2007 from the superintendent of schools in Jones County, Miss. under a special program from the Veterans Administration. He was a retired diesel mechanic who was a member of International Association of Machinists Lodge 777. Mr. Ainsworth was an avid woodworker who was also a member of the Catholic Holy Family Society, American Legion Post 58 and Freedom Farm. Visitation was at the George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. A funeral service was at St. Michael Catholic Church in Paderborn. Mr. Ainsworth was buried at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

December

 

Michael D. Foster, 28, of Miami Beach, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died Dec. 1, 2009. He was born Aug. 3, 1981, in Kirkwood, Mo., the son of Monte and Nancy (Rick) Foster of Columbia. In addition to his parents, Mr. Foster is survived by his sisters, Nicole Foster of Chicago and Natalie (Nicholas) Smith of St. Louis, Mo.; great-grandmother Alma Glenn of Columbia; and grandparents William and Dorothy Rick of Waterloo; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by grandparents, John and Sylvia Foster Jr. He was employed as a carpenter for the Green Company and was a member of Carpenter's Local 72 in Miami, Fla. Visitation is Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, from 4 p.m. to 8 pm., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Foster will be buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous.

 

Ray W. Smith, 64, of Marissa, formerly of Valmeyer, died Dec. 1, 2009 in Belleville. He was born Sept. 19, 1945, the son of the late Harley E. and Mary (nee Phalin) Smith. He is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Baker) Smith; and children, Linda Lopez, Angela Skiles, David Smith, Randy (Angela) Smith Sr., Shelly Smith; along with 12 grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and pet cat “Bud.” He was preceded in death by a grandson, brothers and a sister. He belonged to the Illinois Sheriff’s Association. Visitation and the funeral were at Quernheim. Mr. Smith was buried at the Beaucoup Cemetery in Nashville.

 

Dorothy Vogt, 80, of Valmeyer, died Dec. 3, 2009 in Columbia. She was born May 20, 1929 in Harrisonville, the daughter of late Ignatius and Arlou L. (nee Mueller) Ruby. Mrs. Vogt is survived by a daughter, Trudi (Allyn) Rohlfing; daughter-in-law, Judy (Perry) Vogt; step-son Steven (Lorrie) Koch Jr.; grandchildren, Angie (Dale) Wiegard, Laura (David) Mortimore, Tom (Tammy) Vogt, Michael (friend Keli) Vogt, Jim (Kim) Vogt, Justin (Cody) Rohlfing, Garrett Rohlfing and Scott Rohlfing; step-granddaughter Linley Koch; great-grandchildren Claire Wiegard, Matt Wiegard, Katie Mortimore, Bryan Mortimore, Megan Vogt and Emily Vogt; and sisters, Judy (William) Tipton and Joyce Reuber; along with sister-in-laws, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lloyd “Shorty” Vogt and Steven A. Koch, Sr.; son, Perry “Bud” Vogt; and great-grandson, Brandon Vogt. Mrs. Vogt was an avid card player and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation and the funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mrs. Rohlfing was buried at Immaculate Conception Church in Madonnaville. Memorials can be made to Family Hospice or the St. John Cemetery of Maeystown’s Asphalt Fund.

 

Rowan W. L. Potts, 70, of Columbia, died Dec. 3, 2009. He was born Aug. 3, 1939, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Harry and Eleanor (Dorsey) Potts. Mr. Potts is survived by a son, Stephen Potts of Waterloo; and grandchildren Garrett, Samantha and Bailie Potts. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte (McGuire) Potts; a son, Kenneth Potts; and brothers, Jerry Potts and Harry Potts. Mr. Potts served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and had also been a self-employed truck driver. Private family services were held. Mr. Potts was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.

 

Vera Rodenhofer, nee Mize, 86, of St. Louis, Mo., died Dec. 4, 2009, at Bethesda Southgate Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 1923, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Floyd and Bernice (Henson) Mize. She was married to the late Arthur Rodenhofer, who died in 2001. Mrs. Rodenhofer is survived by her children, Dennis (Sondra) Rodenhofer of Swansea, Carole (Hal) Faerber, Linda (Gary) Juengst, Janine Bearden, Darryl (Dana) Rodenhofer and Sheryl Rodenhofer, all of St. Louis, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Linda Rodenhofer of St. Louis, Mo.; sister-in-law, Virginia Mize, of Columbia; 26 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice Ann Rodenhofer; a son, Don Rodenhofer, brothers. Virgil Mize and Ron Mize; and a sister, Betty Lou Doehler. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Douglas Cripe officiating. Mrs. Rodenhofer was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Bethesda Southgate Nursing Center or St. Anthony's Hospice in St. Louis, Mo.

 

James E. Woodcock, 68, of Red Bud, died Dec. 5, 2009. He was born Sept. 15, 1941 in Belleville, the son of the late Elmer and Lillian (nee Johnson) Woodcock. Mr. Woodcock is survived by his wife, Wanda Woodcock; daughters, Cynthia (Michael) Williams and Jami Hayes; grandchildren, Alexandra Balsarotti, Nicholas Balsarotti, Connor Williams, Cole Williams, Jeremiah Hayes and Autumn Hayes; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bill and Judy Tipton, Kelly (Tim) Richards and Nicole (Scott) Tallent; and special friends, Skip and Denise. Mr. Woodcock was a veteran of the U.S. Marines. According to his wishes, private family services were set for a later date. Funeral arrangements were handled by Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Tip Hospice.

 

Christopher Michael Howk, 32, of Red Bud, died on Dec. 6, 2009 at Memorial Hospital in Chester. He was born Jan. 17, 1977 in St. Louis, the son of Arthur and Sandra (nee Greenwalt) Howk. He married Angela Germain on July 1, 2000. In addition to his wife, Mr. Howk is survived by his father and step-mother, Arthur and Nancy Howk; mother and step-father, Sandra and Ronald Gesiriech; children, Aubrey Murden, Francois Howk, Christopher Michael Howk II and Kristian Miller; brothers, Daniel Irvin II, Patrick Beeler and Ronald Gesiriech Jr.; sisters, Dana Kukorola, Stephanie Gesiriech and Christi Schuler; grandfather, Arthur Hawk; and grandmother, Leilani M. Greenwalt; along with nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Ann Warren; brother, Michael Robert Beeler; grandfather, Steve Greenwalt; and grandmothers Marietta and Eileen Howk. Mr. Howk was a carpenter for Local 169 in East St. Louis and was a member of the Lake View Southern Baptist Church in Swansea. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral was at the funeral home. Mr. Howk was buried at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Red Bud.

 

Ronald Dennis “Ronzo” Barlow, 51, of Dupo, died Dec. 6, 2009 in Dupo. He was born March 31, 1958 in St. Louis, the son of Mildred Barlow and the late Cletus Barlow. In addition to his mother, Mr. Barlow is survived by his mother, Mildred Barlow; children, Justin (Jodie) Barlow, Nichole Barlow, Tasha Barlow, Minda Judy; special friend, Barbara Judy; sisters, Paula Barlow, Debbie (Dan) Malin and Rene’ Barlow; brothers, Kenneth (Betty) Barlow, Bill (Pam) Barlow and Harvey Barlow; and grandchildren, Taiza Jo Barlow, Aaden Judy, Jack Barlow, Jonathan Barlow and Benjamin Barlow; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Cletus Barlow; sister, Brenda Reynolds; and a nephew, Ryan Reynolds. He was a self-employed auto upholsterer. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman in Dupo. Funeral was Thursday, Dec. 10 at the funeral home with Pastor Charles Carr officiating. Mr. Barlow was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Backstoppers.

 

Robert L. Cox, 67, of Red Bud, died on Dec. 6, 2009 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. He was born Feb. 6, 1942 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Raymond and Mildred (nee Carl) Cox. He married Jackie Bishop in 1966. In addition to his wife, Mr. Cox is survived by his children, John Cox and Laura (Kenneth) Bolhofner; a brother, Carl (Janis) Cox; and grandchildren, Nickolas Mezyk and Emily Bolhofner; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Sara Grace Bolhofner. Mr. Cox was an electrician for Shell Oil Refinery in Wood River for 30 years. He was a past member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Centerville, a member of the I.B.E. W. Local 309 and Senior Circle in Red Bud. He loved to travel, read, spending time with his family, fishing and nature. Visitation and funeral were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Father Donald Blaes officiating. Mr. Cox was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fairview Heights.

 

Ellen L. Kipping, nee Lerch, 78, of rural Foster Pond, died Dec. 9, 2009 in Columbia. She was born Oct. 27, 1931 in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late Adam and Frances (nee Niebruegge) Lerch. Mrs. Kipping is survived by her husband, Spencer Kipping; children, David (Nancy) Kipping, Dennis Kipping, Lori (Matt) Doerr, Robert (Jenny) Kipping and Edward (Cathy) Kipping; a sister, Verona (Clarence) Sendelbeck; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her sister, Beulah (Leo) Sendelbeck; brother, Henry Lerch; and a niece, Jane Lerch. Mrs. Kipping was a former Monroe County Circuit Clerk. She was a member of St. John UCC in Valmeyer and the Monroe County Democratic Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC of Valmeyer with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Mrs. Kipping was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Arlou Steele, nee Wischmeier, 79, of Columbia, died Dec. 10, 2009, at Canterbury Manor Nursing Center in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 3, 1930 in Waterloo. She married Donald P. Steele in 1954 in Waterloo. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Steele is survived by her children, Craig Paul (Tonya) Steele of Columbia, Terri Lea Hargis of Valmeyer and Jan Marie (Gary) Toon of Columbia; grandchildren, Kyle P. Steele, Cole A. Hargis, Jill A. Steele, Jenna M. Toon and Jamie M. Toon; and a sister, Merle Wischmeier of Waterloo; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Lydia (nee Schewe) and Clarence Stoner. Mrs. Steele was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. Arlou was a homemaker and was also employed at Weilbacher's Grocery Store in downtown Columbia. She enjoyed bowling and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Steele was buried at Jefferson Barracks National in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to her church.

 

Evelyn F. Benyo, nee Bringaze, 85, died Dec. 9, 2009 in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 15, 1924 in Quincy, the daughter of the late Walter and Rose Helen (nee Spohr) Bringaze. Mrs. Benyo is survived by her children, Andrew (Peggy) Benyo Jr. of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Thomas (Linda) Benyo of Willow Springs, Mo., David (Vicki) Benyo of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Rose Ann (Richard) Kloeppinger of Washington, Mo.; Joseph (Sandy) Benyo of Waterloo, John (Rhonda) Benyo of Valmeyer and Christopher Benyo of Naperville; a brother; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Benyo; a grandson; a brother’ and a sister-in-law. Mrs. Benyo was a former administrative assistant who was a member of the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Waterloo’s Mary and Martha Society, the SPPS Choir and Waterloo Country Club. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m., at SS Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo. Mrs. Benyo will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois or the SPPS Grade School Endowment Fund.

 

Edith E. Trost, nee Saucier, 95, of Valmeyer, died Dec. 8, 2009 in Waterloo. She was born July 5, 1014 in Denver, Colo., the daughter of the late Cameron and Orsina (nee Meyers) Saucier. Mrs. Trost is survived by her children, Robert (Jewell) Trost and Dee Ann Trost; grandchildren Mark W. Trost, Paul D. (Meredith) Trost, Melanie A. (Larry) Ellis, Michael D. (Brooke) Miller and William A. (Lisa) Miller; and great-grandchildren Colter and Lily Ellis, Charlotte, Gage and Reid Miller and Evan and Ivy Miller; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Trost; and three sisters. Mrs. Trost was a member of St. John UCC of Maeystown, a charter member Home and Community Extension and was the first Monroe County Public Health nurse. Visitation was at St. John UCC of Maeystown. A funeral service was conducted with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Trost was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

 

Adolph G. Hirsch, 76, of Waterloo, died Dec. 12, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 1, 1933 in Chalfin Bridge, the son of the late Charles and Hilda (nee Trost) Hirsch. Mr. Hirsch is survived by his wife, Pearl (nee Voelker) Hirsch; children, Allen (Sara) Hirsch, Dean (Mary) Hirsch, Kevin (Linda) Hirsch, Karen (Leroy) Roider, Kathleen (Philip) Horn and Karla (Ryan) Bulman; grandchildren, Sam and Pete Hirsch, Ryan and Nathan Hirsch, Jessie Hirsch and Stephanie (Nathan) Keller, Ashley (Shawn) Hewitt and Kyle Roider, Bradley and Tyler Horn and Charles and Anna Bulman; great-grandchild, Jacquelyn Keller; step-grandchildren Jessica (Jeremy) Dressel; step-great-grandchildren, Evan and Peyton Dressel; brothers-in-law, Wilbert (Marie) Voelker and Vernon (Esther) Brandt; and beloved dog, Charlie; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by sisters, Iona Roever, Elaine Hergenroeder and Marie Brandt. Mr. Hirsch was a lifelong farmer and retired dairy farmer who enjoyed listening to music, especially that of his wife, Pearl. He attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo and was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, Monroe County Pork Producers, Dairy Farmers of America and FFA Alumni. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC of Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mr. Hirsch will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to his church.

 

John M. Vunetich Sr., 72, of Waterloo, died Dec. 11, 2009 in Red Bud. He was born Dec. 18, 1936 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Joseph and Alice (nee Steiner) Vunetich. Mr. Vunetich is survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Milliniks) Vunetich; children Cindy (Kurt) DePoy, John (Montana) Vunetich Jr. and Debbie (Phillip) Argus; grandchildren . Corey and Brittany Argus, Brendan and Travis DePoy and Bailey Vunetich; sisters Josephine Goodman, Rosie Icide and Judy (Jim) Peters; and sister-in-law Pat Vunetich. He was preceded in death by brothers Joseph Vunetich, Charlie Vunetich and Raymond S. Vunetich Sr.; and sisters Francis Johnson and Edna Mae Pocuca. Mr. Vunetich was a veteran f the U.S. Navy who served aboard the USS Warrington DD 843 from 1955 to 1959. He returned home and worked at Union Electric Co. from 1959 through 1995. John was a member of the Operating Engineers 148 Union, Operating Engineers 148 Retiree's Club, Compasses Guild Union Electric, Mason's Gothic Lodge 852, American Legion Post 784 of Cahokia, VFW Post 6628 of Panama, the East St. Louis Low Twelve Club, Flying Legionnaires Club of Cahokia, Centerville Men’s Club and a Charter Member of USS Warrington DD 843 Association. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Vunetich was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

Paul Joseph Frey, 82, died Dec. 11, 2009 at his residence in Georgia. A native of Lawrence, Neb., he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna Lienert Frey. Survivors include his wife, Carol Frey; children Sep (Tina) Frey of Colbert, Missy (Billy) Pittard of Winterville, Tom (Kimberly) Frey of Winterville, Tim (Debbie) Frey of Winterville and Tess (Bryan) Vaughn of Athens; sisters Rose Simpson of Columbia, Pat Glauber of Waterloo and Kaye Rickert of Leheigh Acers, Fla.; and grandchildren Adam, Serah, Eric (wife Karen), Alix, Kyle, J.T., Emily, Dawson, Caleb, Ellie, Abbey, McKinzie, Eli, Gwennie and Kendall. He was preceded in death by his three sisters, Sophia Reiter, Jose Erndle and Ann Battaglia, two brothers, Ed Frey and Phil Frey. Mr. Frey served as a Merchant Marine during Word War II and in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return, he graduated from the University of Illinois and retired in 1986 as a fisheries biologist with the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Frey attended the UGA Catholic Center. A graveside service was held at the Frey Family Cemetery in Winterville, Ga., the home of Paul and Carol Frey. The family received friends Sunday, December 13 at the residence.

 

Ludmila Mary Baldree, nee Kriz, 85, of Waterloo died Dec. 11, 2009 at Canterbury Manor Nursing Center. She was born March 31, 1924 in Brainard, Neb., the daughter of the late Fred and Mary (nee Havlovic) Kriz. Mrs. Baldree graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital / Creighton University School of Nursing in 1945. She then joined the U.S. Army Nursing Corps as a second lieutenant and later became one of the first licensed nurse anesthetist in the state. She met her husband, the late Dr. Charles Edward “Pinky” Baldree Jr. while working at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. They were married Oct. 15, 1949. Survivors include sons David (Mary) Baldree of Waterloo and Mark (Kathleen) Baldree of Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter, Mary (Kenneth Lovelett) Baldree of Albuquerque, NM,; a brother, Richard (Lynn) Kriz; and a sister-in-law, Patricia (Ted) Kriz; granddaughters Amelia, Elizabeth and Alison Baldree of Waterloo, Alexandra and Meredith Baldree of Phoenix, Patricia (Markus) Holzherr-Duncker of Germany and Nicolette (Tom Strong) Baldree of Warwick, RI. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Belleville, the Belleville Elks and the Belle-Scott Committee. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the DeFabio Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be Saturday, DEc. 19, at 10 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Churchin Belleville. Mr. Baldree will be buried at at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Southern Illinois

 

Judy M. Kennedy, 65, of Prairie du Rocher died Dec. 13, 2009 in Red Bud. She was born July 3, 1944 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Robert and Mary (nee LaChance) Hunter. Mrs. Kennedy is survived by her children, Bill Kennedy Jr. and Becky (Charlie) Cowell; brothers Robert (Carolyn) Hunter and Ron (Phyllis) Hunter; a sister , Sue (Darrell) Schmieg; and grandchildren Erin (fiancé Brian) Kennedy, Josh Kennedy, Allison Kennedy, Kayla Cowell and Jacob Cowell; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Kennedy Sr.. Mrs. Kennedy owned and operated Judy’s Beauty Salon in Prairie du Rocher for 45 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, American Legion Auxiliary and the Randolph County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral mass was at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Daniel J. Jurek officiating.

 

Robert L. “Bob” Mollet, 78, of Modoc, died Dec. 11, 2009 in Waterloo. He was born August 1, 1931 in Modoc, the son of the late Emil and Ethel (nee Novall) Mollet. Mr. Mollet is survived by his wife, Anna “Babe” Mollet, whom is married in 1955; children David “Rudy” Mollet (special friend Janet Layne), Mike “Bugs” (Barbie) Mollet, Vernon (Nellie) Mollet, Daniel “Gus” Mollet Sr., Janet (Rick) Walker, Dale (Stacy) Mollet, Christina “Tina” (Chuck) LaChance and Paul (Erica) Mollet; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Mollet; brothers Ivan Mollet and Elvan (Karen) Mollet; 19 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Gerald “Jughead” Mollet; sisters Margaret Mollet and Anna Mollet; and brothers Gilbert, Olan, Vernon and Harold Mollet. Mr. Mollet served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a farmer, a laborer in Local 925 and attended St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Modoc. Bob was a member of American Legion Post 622 and formerly with the Fort Chartres Sportsman Club. Funeral Mass was at St. Leo’s Catholic Church.

 

Armentine Agnes Koch, nee Levin, 105, of Dupo, died Dec. 14, 2009 in Columbia. She was the daughter of the late George Jule and Agnes (nee Flatiron) Levin.Mrs. Koch is survived by her daughter, Virginia Jeffery; sons Kenneth George Koch, Jule Wayne Koch; 13 grandchildren; 31great-grandchildren; 40 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Koch; son, Cletus Koch; brother, Jule George Levin; sisters Lillian Range, Lillie Chattillion, Emma Weber and Leanore Pluff; daughter-in-law, Veneda Koch; grandsons Kenneth Koch Jr. and Thomas Jeffery; and granddaughter, Disiree Koch. Ms. Koch married George in 1942 and they owned Koch’s Tavern in North Dupo for almost 40 years. She enjoyed fishing and watching Cardinal baseball. She claimed her longevity was attributed to having one beer per day. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Friday, Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Edward Melchoir officiating. Mrs. Koch will be buried at Zion Bohnemeier Cemetery in Dupo. Memorials may be made to Unity Hospice or St. Paul’s Lutheran Building Fund.