2010 Obituaries

December

John B. Niermann, 81, of Red Bud, died Dec. 2, 2010 at his residence. He was born Nov. 22, 1929 in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late William and Clara (nee Wiegard) Niermann. John married Connie Bachelier on in 1955 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. He owned and operated Niermann Construction in Prairie du Rocher and Red Bud for 35 years. In addition to his wife, Mr. Niermann is survived by his children Gerald (Terry) Niermann, of Waterloo and Debbie (the late Tim) Godier of Prairie du Rocher; brothers Earl (Evola) Niermann of Columbia, Robert (the late Evelyn) Niermann of Waterloo and Kenneth (Barb) Niermann of Red Bud; a sister, Dorothy (Merlin) Boyd of Urbana; grandchildren Jessica (James) Workman, Travis Niermann, Chrystle Godier, Candace “Pete” (Nick) Mudd, Gregory Godier and Andrea “A.J.”Godier; a step-granddaughter, Alex Feldker; and great-grandsons Bryce, Hayden and Timothy Donjon, Dalton Mudd and Jonathan Workman; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Tim Godier; granddaughters Bethany Ann Godier and Kaitlyn J. Niermann; a brother, Wilfred Niermann; and a sister, Hortense Roy. Mr. Niermann served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud and was a member of the Knight of Columbus 1952 of Evansville, the Prairie du Rocher American Legion Post 622 and Carpenters Local 1361 in Chester. Visitation is Monday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. A funeral mass will immediately follow with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mr. Niermann will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Church and Grade School.

Mildred Steibel, 92, nee Deterding, of Prairie du Rocher, died Dec. 3, 2010 at the Red Bud Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 3, 1918 in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Stephen and Pearl (nee Allgire) Deterding. She married Clarence Steibel in 1940 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. He died in 1975. Mrs. Steibel is survived by her children Rose Ann (Harry) Glenn of Prairie du Rocher, Wayne (Charlotte) Steibel of Ruma, Steve (Cheryl) Steibel of Red Bud and Sharon (Denis) Bagsby of Waterloo; a daughter-in-law, Bernice Steibel of Ruma; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Dale Steibel; sisters Grace Ellner, Helen Hemmer and Goldie Shields; and brothers Norvel Deterding and Clifford Deterding. Mrs. Steibel was a cook at the Little Cupboard Restaurant in Prairie du Rocher. She was a member of the Altar Sodality and a former PSR teacher at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, was a past-president of the Prairie du Rocher Senior Citizens and was an avid quilter. Visitation is Sunday, Dec. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud; Funeral is Monday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher with Father Daniel J. Jurek officiating. Mrs. Steibel will be buried at her church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to masses.

Mary A. Bennor, 100, of Columbia, died Dec. 3, 2010 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born April 2, 1910 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late George and Mary (McEnaney) McNamee. She married James Bennor in 1944. He died Feb. 1, 2003. Mrs. Bennor is survived by her daughters, Mary (Charles) Eppinger of Columbia and Fran Giovanini of Edwardsville; grandchildren, Angela (John) Leitschuh, Stephanie (Sean) Harmon, Dawn (Andrew) Kremer and Troy (Mary) Eppinger; great-grandchildren, Drew and Annie Kremer, Claire Eppinger, Steven and Ava Leitschuh and Liam Harmon; and sisters Rose McNamee and Dorothy Braquet. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Steven Giovanini. Mrs. Bennor attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She retired as a cook from Jefferson Barracks Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Bennor will be buried at Calvary Cemetery in Saint Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to her church’s building fund or Family Hospice of Belleville.

Betty J. Miller, 84, of Millstadt, died Dec. 4, 2010 at the Lincoln Home in Belleville. She was born, Jan. 1, 1926 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Vince and Bonnie Carter. Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her husband: She is survived by her son sons Terry (Sherrie) Miller of Millstadt and Randy Miller of Lebanon; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Miller of Lebanon; grandchildren Matthew and Ryan Miller of Millstadt and Allison Miller of Lebanon. Betty was a home maker and a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. A private visitation will be held at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral will be held at the funeral home with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating. Mrs. Miller will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to masses at St. James Catholic Church.

Clementina “Sis” Floerke, nee Koch, 84, of Waterloo, died Dec. 4, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Aug. 15, 1926 in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late Joe and Mamie (Engel) Koch. Mrs. Floerke is survived by her daughters Susan Floerke and JoAnn (Floerke) Meier, both of Waterloo; grandchildren Michael and Nicholas Meier of Waterloo; great-granddaughter Gabriella Anne Meier of Waterloo; and a brother, Victor Koch of Valmeyer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marcellus “Mac” Floerke; a grandson, Timothy Floerke; brothers Raymond Koch and Steven Koch; and a son-in-law, Rich Meier. Sis was a member of St. Mary’s Altar Society at Immaculate Conception Church in Madonnaville. Visitation is Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at DeFabio Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Dec. 9, at 10:30 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Madonnaville with Father Jose Jacob officiating. Mrs. Floerke will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church’s Altar Society, the cemetery fund or to Masses.

Rev. Stephen M. Gira, 59, of St. Louis, died Dec. 6, 2010. He was born July 19, 1951, in Chicago, the son of Erwin and the late Theresa (Grzechowiak) Gira. Father Gira was a member of the Congregation of the Resurrection and was the Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. In addition to his father, Fr. Gira is survived by his aunts, Sr. Mary Edward C.R., and Sr. Rosemary C.R.; uncles, Frank Gira, Fr. Edward Gira C.R., and Fr. Francis Grzechowiak C.R.; cousins, Bishop Robert J. Kurtz, Bishop of Hamilton in Bermuda; and the priests and brothers of the Congregation of the Resurrection; along with other relatives and friends. Besides his mother, he was preceded in death by uncles, Frank Gira, Fr. Edward Gira C.R., and Fr. Francis Grzechowiak C.R. The Rite of Reception will be Friday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation will follow until the Mass of the Resurrection at 7 p.m. with Bishop Robert J. Kurtz officiating. Father Gira will be buried at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Resurrection Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.

Melvin H. Stamm, 90, of Columbia, formerly of East Carondelet, died Dec. 7, 2010 at The Bridges Assisted Living Center in Columbia. He was born Dec. 11, 1919 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Gustav and Bessie (Foster) Stamm. He married Emma (Tabers) Stamm in 1940 in St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Mr. Stamm is survived by a daughter, Carole Gummersheimer of Dupo; son, Gary (Ruth) Stamm of Pleasant Prairie, Wisc.; grandchildren, Tammy, Terry, Sherri, April and Liesl; great-grandchildren, Ronnie, BreighAnna, Nathanael, Austin, Mattilee, Orion and Sierra; and great-great-grandson, Rylee. Mr. Stamm served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and then owned and operated Banty Excavating in Dupo. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 513, the Columbia American Legion Post 581 and a Life Member of the Dupo V.F.W. Post 6368. Visitation and funeral were Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Stamm was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Central Illinois Honor Flights.

Terry D. Westerheide, nee Burkhart, 50, of Waterloo, died Dec. 10, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born July 25, 1960 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Beatrice (Hensick) Burkhart. Mrs. Westerheide is survived by her husband, William V. Westerheide Jr.; a son, Chris Musk; a daughter, Brittany Musk; grandson, Christopher Musk; sisters Tisha Burkhart and Kim Burkhart; a brother, Kenneth Burkhart; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary Jean and Bill Westerheide; brothers-in-law, Mike (Karen) Westerheide and Kevin (Colleen) Westerheide; sisters-in-law, Mary Beth (Mark) Cyliax, JoAnn (Ned) Lane, Sharon Cooper; nieces Leann (Travis) Henry, Krisi (Chris) O'Neill, Amanda Meirink, Lauren Ardis, Michelle Westerheide, Lizzy Cyliax, Danielle Cooper and Paige Lane; and nephews, Scott and Michael Cyliax, Kyle and Cody Lane, Brian Westerheide, Jacob Cooper, Kenneth Burkhart III, Cody Meirink, Benjamin Westerheide. She was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Bond. Mrs. Westerheide attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She went to the YMCA and worked at the Casino Queen. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Dale Maxfield officiating. Mrs. Westerheide was buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.

Betty Ann Spillman, nee Calbreath, 80 of Dupo, died Dec. 11, 2010 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born April 5, 1930 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late William and Lola (nee Rutledge) Calbreath. Mrs. Spillman is survived by her daughter, Rebecca (Richard) Cherry of Dupo; grandchildren Tyann Cherry, Shane Spillman and Justin Spillman; great-grandchildren Bailey McAndrews and Lilly McAndrews; a brother, Edward Calbreath; sister-in-law, Theresa Calbreath; an d nieces Sereena Calbreath and Betty Jean Calbreath. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Spillman; her; cousins Jean Eplin and Jerry Eplin; and her aunt, Ruth Alyward. Betty was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia where she sung in the choir. She also was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo. Betty retired from the State of Illinois Department of Corrections. Visitation is Monday, Dec. 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherer officiating. Mrs. Spillman will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society.

Lynne M. Sherman, nee Ewing, 61, of Red Bud, died Dec. 11, 2010 in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 13, 1949 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Jack and Norma (nee Moore) Ewing. Mrs. Sherman is survived by her sons Paul (Tina) Sherman and Peter (Corey) Sherman; grandchildren Paige, Logan and Daniel Sherman; sisters Annie Ewing and Mary Grunhard; and brothers Glen (Margo) Ewing, Bill (Vicki) Ewing and David Ewing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Sherman; a sister, Beth Bertram; and brother, Jack Ewing. A memorial mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Madonnaville at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Quernheim Funeral Home.

Lynne M. Sherman, nee Ewing, 61, of Red Bud, died Dec. 11, 2010 in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 13, 1949 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Jack and Norma (nee Moore) Ewing. Mrs. Sherman is survived by sons, Paul (Tina) Sherman, Peter (Corey) Sherman; grandchildren, Paige, Logan, and Daniel Sherman; sisters, Annie Ewing, Mary Grunhard; and brothers, Glen (Margo) Ewing, Bill (Vicki) Ewing and David Ewing; along with a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Sherman; sister, Beth Bertram; and brother, Jack Ewing. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Madonnaville. A memorial Mass will be held at her church at a later date.

Virginia C. Crook, 83, of Columbia, died Dec. 13, 2010 at the Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Dec. 27, 1926, in Fountain, the daughter of the late Richard and Louise (Kannewurf) Keim. She married Virgil Crook in 1946 in Columbia. He died in 1993. Mrs. Crook is survived by her children, Jean (Dennis) Allscheid of Waterloo, Joan (Darrell) Range of Columbia, Michael (Kelley) Crook of St. Louis and Susan (Keith) Freiburghaus of Columbia; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marian (Roger) Hoffmann of Waterloo; brother, and a Roland Keim of Carbondale. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Madelynn Brooke Kilian; brother, Roger (Vivian) Keim; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Keim. Mrs. Crook volunteered at Jefferson Barracks Hospital. She was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581, St. Paul UCC of Columbia and the local chapter of the Red Hat Society. Visitation was Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Rev. Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mrs. Crook was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church’s building fund, Hospice or The American Heart Association.

Herman Louis Pellmann, 91, of Millstadt, died Dec. 14, 2010 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born July 28, 1919 in Belleville, the son of the late Gus and Lydia (Peters) Pellmann. Mr. Pellmann is survived by his wife of 61 years, Darlene “Dolly” Pellmann; daughters Sherry (Art) Wynn of Tilden and Kathy Pellmann of Millstadt; a son, Fire Chief Kurt (Mary Beth) Pellmann of Millstadt; and grandchildren, Alex and Alyssa Pellmann. He was preceded in death by a brother, Fred (Alma) Pellmann; and a sister, Christina (Skeets) Sullivan. Mr. Pellmann served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt. Herman was very active in his service to the Village of Millstadt, including serving for a time as an alderman and was a firefighter for the Millstadt Union Fire Department for 56 years – 15 of which as a captain. He was a concrete truck driver for Bean and Peterson in Belleville and then went to work for Charles Beil and. Co. in Millstadt where he retired. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mr. Pellmann will be buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to his church, the Millstadt Union Fire Department or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Edna Staedtler, nee Golterman, 81, of Sunset Hills, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Dec. 15, 2010 at Sunset Hills Health and Rehab Center. She was born May 23, 1929, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Edward and Ruby Golterman. She was married to the late James W. Staedtler. Mrs. Staedtler is survived by her daughters, Linda Phillips of Columbia and Sandra Leeder of Alton; grandchildren, Erica (Jeff) Range and Christopher Phillips; and great-grandchildren, Ezra and Enzo Range. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandchild, Tamara Phillips; and a sister, Ruth Azerolo. Visitation is Monday, Dec. from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Staedtler will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis or the Arthritis Foundation Eastern Missouri Chapter.

Lillie Agnes Kelling Hohmeier, nee Range, 92 of Waterloo, died Dec. 16, 2010 at Oak Hill. She was born Feb. 10, 1918 in Centreville, the daughter of the late Anthony and Lillian (Levin) Range. Mrs. Hohmeier is survived by her sons, Richard (Carol) Kelling of East Carondelet and Russell (Donna) Kelling of Waterloo; and brothers Anton Range and Alvin Range; along with 6 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Oscar Kelling; second husband, Albert Hohmeier; sisters Lorretta Pierce and Lavern Schlichter; brother, Arthur Range; and her aunt, Armentine Koch. Lillie was a member of the Woman’s Club at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo. She was a quilter and belonged to the Red Hat Society. Visitation is Sunday, Dec. 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Monday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. at her church with Father Paul Wienhoff officiating. Mrs. Hohmeier will be buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia.

James J. Konarcik, 73, of Walsh, formerly of Waterloo, died Dec. 16, 2010 in Walsh. He was born Nov. 14, 1937, in Granite City, the son of the late Frank Paul and Muriel (nee Stanley) Konarcik. Mr. Konarcik is survived by his wife, Blanche (Singleton) Konarcik; children, Jamie (Pat) Themig, John Konarcik (fiancé Donna Floarke)and James “Art” (Amy) Konarcik; grandchildren, Joe Themig, Natalie Themig, Ashley (Mike) Beeler, James Themig, Amanda Konarcik, Austyn Konarcik and Anthony Konarcik; sisters, Elaine Mathias and Judy (Charles) Witthurm; and a cousin, Joan Papava; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Konarcik veteran of the United States Air Force. He owned Wartburg Inn in the 1970s through mid 1980s before moving to Walsh where he attended St. Pius V Catholic in Walsh. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the NRA. Visitation is Sunday, Dec. 19, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. at St. Pius V with Father Joseph Weber officiating. Mr. Konarcik will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Wilbert A. Thien, 77, of Fults, died Dec. 17, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 4, 1933 in Fults, the son of the late William and Bertha (Hempe) Thien. Mr. Thien is survived by his wife, Jane (Marquardt) Thien; children Sharon (Ricky) Muertz, Karen (David) Sensel, Maribeth (Alan) Eschmann, Cindy (Todd) Nabers, Bill (Michele) Thien and Amy (Gene) Hoffmann-Rohlfing; and grandchildren Michael Whelan, Melissa (Chad) Schmitz, Justin (Erin) Whelan, Laura Whelan (Jason Rheinecker), Julie (Ray) Henerfauth, Bethany (Blake) Wolff, Darin, Dawn and Emily Sensel, Stephanie (fiancé Christian Wright), Ashley and Alicia (fiancé Eric Schaefer) Eschmann, Erica, Aaron and Jared Nabers, Erick, Abbey, Evan and August Thien, and Derek and Claire Hoffmann; along with great -grandchildren, a brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers William and Willis Thien; a sister, Bernice Kruse; son-in-law, Keith Hoffmann; and nephew, Dennis Kruse; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Mr. Thien was a veteran of the United States Army. Visitation is Sunday, Dec. 19, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Daniel Jurek officiating. Mr. Thien will be buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC of Maeystown Cemetery.

Donald Dean Goedecke, 77, of Red Bud, died Dec. 16, 2010 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 24, 1933 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Charles William and Helen Marie (Schoenberg) Goedecke. Mr. Goedecke is survived by his children, Donald (Carla) Goedecke of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Steve (Kathleen) Goedecke of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Douglas (Diana) Goedecke of Raymore, Mo., Helen Goedecke of Red Bud and Barbara (Aaron) Patton of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren Donald Goedecke, Katie Brayton, Sarah Goedecke, Zachary Goedecke, Joseph Goedecke and Austin Patton; and a great-grandson, Isiah Brayton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis (Nowalk) Goedecke; brothers Raymond and Robert Goedecke; and sisters Marie Williams and Darlene Patterson. Mr. Goedecke was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Visitation and funeral were at DeFabio Funeral Home. Mr. Goedecke was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Pearl Gruchala, nee Skiera, 95, of Columbia, died Dec. 22, 2010 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born July 19, 1915, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Sobkowiak) Skiera. She was married to Edward Gruchala. He died in 1991. Mrs. Gruchala is survived by a son, Dennis Gruchala of Columbia; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Gruchala; sisters Martha (Oscar) Mecum, Mary (Joseph) Jablonski, Clara (August) Malawy, Helen (John) Gregorich, Sophie (Frank) Krystoff, and Charlotte D. Skiera; and brothers Walter, Henry and John Skiera. Mrs. Gruchala attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia and was a retired merchandiser at Famous Barr in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation is Tuesday, Dec. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. A funeral will immediately follow with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Gruchala will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Masses.

Barbara Nell Davis, nee Cotton ,70, of Millstadt, died Dec. 22, 2010. She was born Aug. 4, 1940 in Hanson, Ky., the daughter of the late Ivan and Beatrice (Nance) Cotton. Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband, Billie D. Davis; brothers Earl (Dorothy) Cotton and Harold (Mary Ann) Starr; half-sister, Virginia Landrum; nieces and nephews Earline, Sharon, Ivan, Debrah, Sharon, Frank, Joy, Dana, Eddie and Gina; and sister-in-law, Ethel Davis. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ivan Eugene Cotton; and half-sister, Sherrie Lynn Panel. Mrs. Davis was a homemaker. Visitation is Monday, Dec. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. David Krueger officiating. Mrs. Davis will be buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

Robert F. Kunkel, 89, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., died Dec. 26, 2010. He was born May 23, 1921 in Burksville, the son of the late Joseph and Rose (nee Kelley) Kunkel. Mr. Kunkel is survived by his wife, Alberta (Lang) Kunkel; children Daniel J. (Patricia) Kunkel, Gerald R. Kunkel and Jane Frances Kraus’ grandchildren Amy and Curtis Kraus; and sisters Miriam Jung, Madonna Degener and Adele (Syl) Goessling. He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Kunkel; and sisters Bernadette Kunkel and Mary Siegfried. Mr. Kunkel was a member of the New Athens Knights of Columbus 3789 and the Cape Girardeau, Mo. VFW Post 3838. Visitation is Wednesday, Dec. 29, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Dale Maxfield officiating. Mr. Kunkel will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to masses at his church.

Melvin E. Sensel, 91, of Waterloo, died Dec. 26, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 17, 1919 in Harrisonville, the son of the late Monroe and Mathilda (nee Bange) Sensel. Mr. Sensel is survived by cousins and friend. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a half-brother, Elwood Brauch. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Sensel will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

Curt Louis Kopp, 74, of Columbia, died Dec. 26, 2010 at his residence. He was born Jan. 12, 1936, in Belleville, the son of the late Arthur Kopp and Elsie (nee Koch) Eckert. Mr. Kopp is survived by his children, Mark Kopp of Manchester, Moo., Donna (Stephen) Bequette of Columbia, Edward Kopp of Columbia, Daniel Kopp of St. Louis, Mo., Matthew Kopp of Chicago, David Kopp of Columbia, Ernie Kopp of Columbia and Diann (Jon) Kunze of Thomson, Ga.; grandchildren Ryan, Tyler and Michael Bequette; a sister, Edith (John) Reynolds of Columbia, SC.; and former wife, Mary Ann Schiemer. Mr. Kopp served in the United States Army. He was a member of the International Typographical Union and retired as a job foreman from the St. Louis Post Dispatch. He was also a member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turners), St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia and the Millstadt Sportsman Club. Visitation is Wednesday, Dec.29, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Dec. 30 at the funeral home with Rev. Matthew Friz officiating. Mr. Kopp will be buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services of Waterloo or the Floraville United Church of Christ.

Ernst William Huch 97 of Columbia, died Dec. 27, 2010 at the Columbia Convalescent Center in Columbia. He was born April 1, 1913 in New Hanover, the son Jacob and Minnie (nee Stumpf) Huch. Mr. Huch is survived by his sons, Ronald (June) Huch of Columbia and Larry (Rita) Huch of Columbia; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Huch, James Huch and Lori Huch, all of Columbia; his great-grandchildren Alyssa and Ryan (Sophia) Huch; and his brother, Carl Huch. He was preceded in death by his wife, Priscilla (nee Brandt) Huch; and his sister, Elberta Korves. Ernst retired after 38 years as a mechanic for Monroe Grain Supply in Columbia. He attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. Visitation is Thursday, Dec. 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Friday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Kristopher Avis-Rouse officiating. Mr. Huch will be buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC Gateway Fund.

November

JoAnn Myrick, 81, of Columbia, died Nov. 4, 2010 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born March 23, 1929, in Belle, Mo., the daughter of the late Clarence and Lydia (nee Czeschin) Tackett. She married Robert C. Myrick in 1949 in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Myrick is survived by her children, Robert (Nancy) Myrick of Waterloo, Patricia (Dale) Shore of Waterloo and Keith (Cindy) Myrick of Waterloo; grandchildren Megan (Dan) Menke and Monica, Ivy and Cade Myrick; and a sister, Evelyn Shipley of Afton, Mo. She was preceded in death by her brothers Clarence and William Tackett. JoAnn attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where she was active with the Lay Life and Work Committee. She was also a lifelong supporter of diabetes awareness. JoAnn and her husband had owned Myrick Feed in Valmeyer and Waterloo. Visitation is Monday, Nov. 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Myrick will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Shriners Hospital For Children.

Twyla Luhr, nee Miller, 88, of Waterloo, died Nov. 5, 2010 at Belleville Memorial Hospital. She was born April 25, 1922 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Louis and Mary Louise (nee Roth) Miller. Mrs. Luhr is survived by her children; Sheryl (Bob) Metzger, Vickie (Bill) Gardner, Michael (Michelle) Luhr, Jay (Betty) Luhr and Bethany (Mark) Miller; grandchildren Clay (Debbie) Metzger, Aaron (Karla) Metzger, Collin (Kathy) Metzger, Matthew (Stephanie) Gardner, Steven (Candace) Gardner, Nicole (Hank) Harrison, Tara (Scottie Bryant) Luhr, Kacie (Eric) Sutton, Jason, Carson and Wyatt Luhr and Kelly and Megan Miller; great-grandchildren Sidney, Sam and Jack Metzger, Josie and Callie Metzger, Luke and Jackie Hayes, Natalie and Blaine Metzger, Eli and Ethan Gardner, Austin Clark, Olivia Gardner, Luke, Noah and Jacob Hays, Charley Harrison, Zoe, Hudson, Crawford Bryant and Mason and Rouxlin Sutton; sister-in-law, Wilma (Eugene) Linker; and an aunt, Viola DuFrenne; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and many loyal employees. She was preceded in death by her husband Alois Luhr (who died in 2005); and a brother, Guy Miller. Mrs. Luhr was a co-owner of Luhr Bros. Inc., and was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, where she was a charter member of the bell choir. She was a 60-year member of the Valmeyer Legion Auxiliary, the American Cancer Society, the Chamber of Commerce Women of the Year and an inductee of the Mon-Clair Baseball League Hall of Fame. Twyla was an active supporter of many local community organizations, an avid golfer and card player. She also enjoyed playing various games and spending time with her family. Visitation is Sunday, Nov. 7, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul UCC f Waterloo with Pastor Fred Wehrenberg, Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein and Pastor Dick Sparrow officiating. Mrs. Luhr will be buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in old town Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to the Alois and Twyla Luhr Foundation.

Levert Alvin Skirvin Jr., 86, of Millstadt, died Nov. 10, 2010 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. He was born Feb. 13, 1924 in Elsberry, Mo., the son of the late Levert Alvin and Sarah Ellen (nee Brant) Skirvin Sr. Mr. Skirvin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alberta (nee Emery) Skirvin; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. Skirvin served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had retired from Brod-Dugan Paint Co. Funeral Services will be private. Arrangements were handled by Strauss Funeral Home in Millstadt. Mr. Skirvin will be buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Senior Center.

Kenneth Stumpf, 74, of Columbia, died Nov. 11, 2010 at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. He was born March 16, 1936, in Belleville, the son of the late Roy and Florence (Mueller) Stumpf. He married Evelyn (Gummersheimer) Stumpf in 1954 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Stumpf is survived by his children, Gary (Leona) Stumpf, Cheri (Butch) Riebeling, Jay (Kim A.) Stumpf, Jane (Joe) Menner of Columbia and Kurt (Kim D.) Stumpf, all of Columbia; grandchildren, Michelle (Dan) Menner, Jason (Meghan) Stumpf, Nicole (Brad) Thompson, Bryan (Jennifer) Riebeling, Megan (Jeremy) Batson, Kendra and Kelly Stumpf, Dustin and Ryan Menner and Kyle and Cassie Stumpf; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Sydney, Brayden, Gage, Jersie and Addisen; a sister, Erlene Bretzlaff of Columbia; sisters-in-law Jean (Marc) Eckert of Columbia and Iona Juengling of Columbia; and a brother-in-law, Harvey Ries of rural Columbia. He was preceded in death by great-grandsons Evan Riebeling and Zander Batson; a sister, Ellen Stumpf; mother-in-law, Alfrieda (Weltig) Joseph; sister-in-law, Marion Ries; and brother-in-law, James Juengling. Mr. Stumpf was a lifelong farmer in rural Columbia who attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. He was one of the founders of Columbia National Bank and was a current member of the board of directors. He is a former board member with the Monroe County Electric Co-Op, the Mon-Clair Grain board, a past-director of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, a founder of C & W Co-Op, the Illinois Corn Growers board, the Illinois Soy Bean Association, a former Road District 5 commissioner and 4-H leader. Visitation is Friday, Nov. 12, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home and Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Paul UCC of Columbia. A service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Stumpf will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to his church’s elevator fund.

Jerod W. Staub, 22, of Waterloo, died Nov. 16, 2010 in an automobile accident. He was born July 24, 1988 in Red Bud, the son of Charles “Bill” and Sandra (nee Bochantin) Staub of rural Waterloo. In addition to his parents, Mr. Staub is survived by his brothers, Beau (Angie) Staub, Joshua (Jackie) Staub and Daniel Staub; nieces and nephews, Codi, Zoe, Autumn and Amelia; and maternal grandmother, Georgian Bochantin; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Kenneth Bochantin; and paternal grandparents Lindy and Wonda Campbell. Mr. Staub was employed by Charter Communications. Visitation is Sunday, Nov. 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Staub will be buried at the church’s cemetery.

Gilmore J. Melliere, 93, of Prairie du Rocher, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo. He was born July 5, 1916 In Prairie du Rocher to the late Warren and Clara (nee Heine) Melliere. Mr. Melliere is survived by his wife, Lorraine M. Melliere; children, Judy (Dale) Mueth of Waterloo, Bob (Kathy) Melliere of Sherrard and Denny (Sandy) Melliere of Red Bud; brothers Floyd (Marion) Melliere and Floyd (Marion) Melliere, both of St. Louis; a sister, Mae (the late Henry) Doerr of Waterloo; grandchildren, Aimee (Craig) Range, Sarah (Eric) Beck, Nic Mueth, Josh (Nicole) Mueth, Scott Melliere, Kelly (Scott) Ryckeghem, Brandon Melliere and Stefanie Melliere; great grandchildren, Sam, Jack, Ella and Lucy Range, Anna and Max Beck and Owen and Drew Ryckeghem. He was preceded in death by brothers Sylvester, Gervase, William and Howard Melliere; and a sister, Anna Laurent. Mr. Melliere was an operating engineer for Stotz Quarry for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, American Legion Post 622, Knights of Columbus Council 1952 and Operating Engineers Local 520. Visitation was is Thursday, Nov. 18 at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Friday Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. Mr. Melliere was buried at his church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Prairie du Rocher Fire Department or to the Village Park.

Irene Buss, nee Cotton, 91, of Waterloo, died Nov. 21, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born July 26, 1919 in Leslie, Ark., the daughter of the late Henry and Ruth (nee Griffin) Cotton. Mrs. Buss is survived by her children, Betty Mueller, Bonnie Buss and Darryl Buss; grandchildren Denise Mueller, Jeff (Natalie) Mueller, Matthew Buss and Patrick Buss; great-grandchildren Christopher and Jillian Mueller; brothers Alvin (Edith) Cotton and Jack (Madiline) Cotton; and a sister, Billie Whitelock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer V. Buss; a sisters Jewel Gillian and Pearl Thompson; and a brother, Donald Cotton. Mrs. Buss was a member of St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. Visitation is Monday, Nov. 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mrs. Buss will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Raymond G. Notter, 85, of Waterloo, died Nov. 22, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 29, 1925 in Waterloo, the son of the late Wayne and Caroline (nee Dietz) Notter. Mr. Notter is survived by his wife, Carmaleta Notter; step-daughter, Tyana (Stan) Melching; step-sons Kevin Meyer and Curt (Kellie) Meyer; a daughter, Tanya Faults; grandchildren Troy Melching, David and Caitlyn Meyer, Brittany and Patrick Meyer, and Rayette and Wade Faults; great-grandchildren Jordan and Bryce Melching and Mikayla Meyer; a sister, Mary Kay (Bill) Schmidt; brother, Cletus (Margie) Notter; sister-in-law, Arlene Notter; nephews and nieces, Jim (Cindy) Notter, Steve (Phyllis) Notter, Gary (Debbie) Notter, Deb (Ken) Toppins and Angie (Roger) Sickmeier; along with great-nephews and great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene “Gene” Notter. Mr. Notter served as a Machinist Mate Third Class aboard the U.S.S. Rescue during World War II. Visitation will be at Quernheim Funeral Home on Monday, Nov. 29, from 4 p.m. until the funeral service at 7:30 p.m. A funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, for a 10 a.m. cemetery service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mary A. Schweigert, nee VanDerAa, 64 of Waterloo, died Nov. 23, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 14, 1946 in South Holland, the daughter of the late Leonard and Annie (nee DeYoung) VanDerAa. Mrs. Schweigert is survived by her husband, Merv Schweigert; children, Mark (Marla) Schweigert and Heidi (David) Grajek; grandchildren Christopher and Samantha Schweigert and Benjamin Grajek; a sister, Ruth Jacobs; and brothers Don (Shirley) VanDerAa and Glenn (Karen) VanDerAa; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Schweigert was a strong believer in Jesus Christ. Visitation is Sunday, Nov. 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Waterloo. Funeral is Sunday, Nov. 28, at 3 p.m., at the church with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. A funeral procession with meet at Quernheim Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 29 for an 11 a.m., cemetery Service at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Abba's Children, benefiting a Chinese foster home in Lang Fang, China.

Emily M. Sievers Kueker, nee Rheinecker, 87, of Red Bud, died Nov. 24, 2010 surrounded by her family at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was born April 28, 1923 in Ames, the daughter of the late Edward and Frances (nee Waldron) Rheinecker. Emily married Elmer Sievers in 1943 in Ruma. He died in 1972. She then married Wilbert F. Kueker in 1980 in Red Bud. Wilbert died in 1998. Mrs. Sievers Kueker is survived by her children, Judy Weber of St. Louis, Mo., Joyce (Dave) DuFrenne of Red Bud, Diane (Jim) Buch of Baldwin, Maxine “Mickey” Umbdenstock of Red Bud and Linda (Gary) Schoenbeck of Baldwin; a brother, Leroy Rheinecker of Red Bud; brother-in-law, Ardell Sievers of Alton; grandchildren Jeff DuFrenne, Kim (Scott) Brothers, Mike (fiancée Amber Fischer) Weber, Michelle (Joe) Minnemann, Brian Schoenbeck, Nicolas Umbdenstock and Bruce Schoenbeck; and great-grandchildren Adam and Austin, Skylar, Sierra, Kiana DuFrenne and awaiting the March arrival of Dawson Weber; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her sisters Marguerite Eichelmann and Dolores Spreitler; and a brother, Raymond Rheinecker. For most of Emily’s life, she had been a cook at Emily’s Four Flags, St. Clement Hospital and Dave and Joyce’s Country Kitchen. Emily graduated from St. Patrick’s Grade School in Ruma and was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. Visitation is Sunday, Nov. 28, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Monday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. She will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to masses at her church, St. John’s Catholic Grade School or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Charmaine M. Schneider, nee Jenkins, 69, of Columbia, died Nov. 24, 2010 at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. She was born Oct. 13, 1941, in St. Louis, Mo., the late Everett and Gloria (nee Shaw) Jenkins. Mrs. Schneider is survived by her daughters Rana Lindhorst of Edwardsville, Lara (Steve) Schmidt of Columbia and Jena (Lance) Williams of Fairview Heights; grandchildren Sara Lindhorst, Kaci Lindhorst, Elissa Lindhorst, Xavier Williams, Megan Schmidt, Nolan Schmidt and Elijah Williams; great-grandchildren Gavin and Annabelle; siblings Dianne (Russell) Schodroski of Imperial, Mo., Kathleen (Angelo) Oldani of Barnhardt, Mo., Roxanne (Ross) Miller of Imperial, Mo., Everett “Skip” (Linda) Jenkins III of Columbia, Alouise (Mark) Braun of Columbia and Jean Jenkins of Edwardsville; and step-mother, Dorothy Jenkins of Waterloo. She was preceded in death by a grandchild, Gabriel Williams; and a sister, Renee Jenkins. Charmaine worked at George Weber Chevrolet in Columbia and attended Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. Visitation is Monday, Nov. 29, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Allynn Walker officiating. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Gateway Chapter Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of St. Louis.

Ervin J. Rabbermann, 89, of Red Bud, died Nov. 29, 2010 in Red Bud. He was born Feb. 21, 1921 in Waterloo, the son of the late William H. and Elizabeth (nee Bicklein) Rabbermann. Mr. Rabbermann is survived by his wife, Edna Rabbermann, nee Nobbe; a son, David Rabbermann; grandchildren Ashley and Chelsea Rabbermann; and sisters Adele Vogt and Alice (Roy) Nobbe; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Adolph Rabbermann and Clarence Rabbermann. Mr. Rabbermann was a member St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo and the Metzger-Crook VFW Post 6504, and was a former member of the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club and the Maeystown Sportsman’s Club. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. A service will immediately follow at the funeral home. Mr. Rabbermann will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

David Lee York, 70, of Dupo, died Nov. 29, 2010 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 16, 1940 in Neelyville, Mo., son of the late Lester Yor and Viola (Henthorne) York-Nolan. Mr. York is survived by his wife, Linda York; his children, Tim (Lynette) York of San Carlos, Calif., Heather (Jon) Shepherd of Caseyville and Tony Viner; a daughter-in-law, Becky Dickinson of Dupo; grandchildren Riley and Jack Shepherd, Nicolas, Michael, Conor and Jake York, Alex Dickinson, Jason Adams and Jamie Mills; sisters Doris Miller of Columbia, Peggy (Ron) Patterson of Cherokee Village, Ark., and Toni (Scott) Marlen of Wichita, Kan.; a brother, Gary (Sue) York of Columbia; and his Maltese dog , Duchess. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Moskaudaz. David was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked for 43 years for the Union Pacific Railroad. He loved playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren. Visitation is Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral will immediately follow with Rev. Roger Reid officiating. Mr. York will be buried with full military honors at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Angelson Network Foundation.

Burton O. Taake, 79, of Waterloo, died Nov. 30, 2010 at a hospital in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 20, 1931 in New Hanover, the son of the late Adolph and Hilda (nee Wilde) Taake. Mr. Taake is survived by his children, Marvin (Patricia) Taake, Larry Taake, Ronald (Althea) Taake and Wayne (Lisa) Taake; grandchildren, Chad (Natalie) Taake, Krista Taake, Anna (Kevin) Guebert, Andrew, Adam and Adrian Taake and Emily and Griffin Taake; great grandchildren, Lucas and Amelia Guebert; and a sister, Arlene (Leslie) Stumpf; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle (nee Meyer) Taake; infant twin sisters; a brother, Alvin Taake; and a brother-in-law, Louis Meyer. Mr. Taake was a member of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, the Waterloo and Columbia Sister Cities programs, Monroe County Farm Bureau and the Woodmen of the World fraternity. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 3, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mr. Taake will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be make to Belleville Parkinson's Support Group or Zoar UCC Cemetery of New Hanover.

Merrill L. Killingsworth,74, of Columbia died Nov. 30, 2010 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. He was born March 14, 1936 in Pinckneyville, the son of the late Clyde and Gertrude (Eicholz) Killingsworth. He married Ellen (Korves) Killingsworth in 1957 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Killingsworth is survived by his children, Carol Craig of Festus, Mo.; Wayne (Pat) Killingsworth of Maeystown and Brian (Robin) Killingsworth of Dupo; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Dolores (Ralph) Peters of New Baden; and brothers Donald and Jim Killingsworth. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Gary Gress; a sister, Barbara Ude; and niece, Janice Killingsworth. Merrill was retired from Peabody Coal Co.. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and watching baseball. Visitation is Thursday, Dec. 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Killingsworth will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Senior Center.

Ardell M. Kinzinger, nee Pflueger, 88, of Millstadt, died Nov. 30, 2010 in Belleville. She was born Jan. 4, 1922 in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Harvey and Minnie (Fauss) Pflueger. Mrs. Kinzinger is survived by her grandchildren, Robert (Jane) Heiken, Karen (David) Crehan and William (Brooke) Heiken; great grandchildren, Samantha Heiken, Travis Hart, Pamela, Paige and William Jr. Heiken; and brothers Eugene (Arlene) Pflueger and Alvin Pflueger; along with nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Leopold H. Kinzinger, a son, George Heiken; sister, Doris Watters; and brothers Arnold and Levi Pflueger. Ardell was a member of Zion Evangelical Church and the Millstadt VFW Auxiliary. Visitation is Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Kinzinger will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Ruth A. Huebner, nee Bachelier, 71, of Waterloo, died Nov. 30, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 7, 1938 in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Wilbur and Ida (nee Laurent) Bachelier. Mrs. Huebner is survived by her children, Derrick (Stacie) Huebner, Chris Hansell and Suzanne (Dale) Aycock; grandchildren Lane, Bailey and Trevor Huebner, Kasey Hansell and Brittany and Robert Aycock; sisters Pauline Barbeau, Dina Godfrey, Jenine (John) Casey and Marquita (Don) Rench; and brothers Tom Bachelier and Martin (Shari) Bachelier; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Huebner; a sister, Audrey Thompson; and a brother, Franklin Bachelier. Ardell was an owner of Huebner Concrete Contracting and also a homemaker. Visitation is Thursday, Dec. 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A service will immediately follow with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Huebner will be buried at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

October

Bob G. Small, 77, of Columbia, died Oct. 3, 2010 at Scenic Nursing and Rehab Center in Herculaneum, Mo., following an extended battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born Nov. 10, 1932 in East St. Louis, the son of the late William and Pearl (nee Burris) Small. Mr. Small is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia (nee Farrar) Small; sons Scott (Kay) Small and Brett Small; daughters Lisa Sue Mohr and Stephanie Steinhardt; grandchildren Aaron Paul (Nikki) Steinhardt, Jennifer Small, Taylor Small, Robbie Small and Harrison Mohr; great-grandchildren Ashley and Ryan Steinhardt; a brother, Claude (Marie) Small; and a sister, Betty (Scotty) Marlen. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Small; his sisters Bernice Hotto and Dorothy Maxwell; and his grandson, Joshua Small. Bob served in the U.S. Navy and later established Nu Way Lighting in Dupo. He and his wife were co-owners of Small’s Real Estate. Bob was active in the community, serving on the Cahokia School Board and the Kaskaskia River Board. He was a member of the Masons, the Shriners and Jaycee’s. In his spare time, Bob loved to fish, camp and tinker on his land. Visitation is Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Thursday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Jonathan Peters officiating. Mr. Small will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments located in Richmond Heights, Mo.

Richard Lee Allen, 42, of Waterloo, died Oct. 6, 2010 in Red Bud following a vehicle accident. He was born March 22, 1968 in Englewood, Colo., the son of Ray and Margaret Allen of Montgomery, Mo. In addition to his parents, Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Cynthia Allen of Waterloo; sons Zachery and Jeremy Allen; a sister, Amanda Dace of Monroe City, Mo., and a niece. Mr. Allen was a member of Local 42. A memorial gathering will take place Saturday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DeFabio Funeral Home.

Danny Allen Garner, 55, of Prairie du Rocher, died Oct. 7, 2010 at his residence. He was born Oct. 1954 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Claude and Lelia (nee Schaper) Garner. Mr. Garner is survived by his children, Christopher (Michelle) Garner and Jamie (Jerry) Pelate; grandchildren Triston Garner and Kaden, Alena, and Drake Pelate; and siblings James Michael Garner, Terry Lee (Jacqueline) Garner, Claudia Kay Herndon and Mark Ernest (Dawn) Garner; along with an aunt, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a niece, Cara Garner, and nephew Nick Garner. Mr. Garner was a veteran U.S. Army. Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Sunday, at 2 p.m., Oct. 10, at the funeral home with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mr. Garner will be buried at Zion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Charles H. Marshall, 87, of Columbia, died Oct. 8, 2010, at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 28, 1923 in Chicago, the son of the late Charles and Alice (Herrman) Marshall. He married Evelyn (Keiner) Marshall in DuQuoin in 1952. She died in 2004. Mr. Marshall is survived by his sons Eric Marshall and Gary Marshall, both of Columbia; along with other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Marshall. Mr. Marshall served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a retired cartographer with the Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis, Mo. Charles attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, and was intrigued by the Swedish culture. Visitation is Monday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Marshall will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to his church.

Roger Lee Stearns Sr., 63, of Farmington, Mo., died Oct. 7, 2010 in Farmington. He was born Jan. 29, 1947 in Orange, Calif., the son of the Edward and Helen (nee Davie) Stearns. In addition to his parents, Mr. Stearns is survived by his wife, Regina (nee Baker) Stearns; children Roger (Melody) Stearns Jr., Victoria Stearns (Steven) Kehrer and Valarie Stearns Nesbit; grandchildren Chelsie Burnette, Dylan Nesbit, Phoebie Nesbit, Janie Kehrer, Kyle Kehrer, Jakob Carlson, Connor Stearns and Parker Stearns; brothers Wesley (Teri) Stearns and Kevin (Janette) Stearns; a niece, Cara Garner; and nephew, Nicholas Garner. Mr. Stearns was a member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504, Vietnam Veterans of America and Disabled American Veterans. Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 10, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Doug Clinton officiating. Mr. Stearns will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Ardell M. Fauss, nee Mentel, 99, of Effingham, formerly of Waterloo, died Oct. 13, 2010, the daughter of the late George and Frances (nee Lang) Mentel. She was born Dec. 14, 1910 in Waterloo. Mrs. Fauss is survived by her son, Vic (Jeanne) Fauss; grandchildren Matthew (Joyce) Fauss, Heather (Jake) Hoene and Stephen Fauss; great-grandchildren Taylor Fauss, Ethan Fauss, Eli Fauss, Abigail Hoene and Ella Hoene. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles J Fauss; and a sister, Cari Zimmer. Visitation is Monday, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Fauss will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Precious Blood Sisters House.

Robert A. Strong, 77, of Prairie du Rocher, died Oct. 14, 2010 at his home. He was born March 16, 1933 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Charles and Hattie (nee Black) Strong. Mr. Strong is survived by his wife, Virginia Strong nee Percy, children Deborah (Michael) Glossip, Sharon (Jack) Bartosik, Roger (Kimberly) Strong, Sandra (Ken) Kolmer and Audrey (Ken-Boy) Kelly; grandchildren Shelby (John) Satko, John Michael Glossip, Robyn Glossip, Jason (Kristine) Bartosik, Aaron Bartosik, Jamie (Josh) Matthews, Nathan (Amy) Strong, Nicki Strong, Kelli Strong, Casey Kolmer, Connor Kolmer, Cole Kolmer, Carter Kolmer, Jessica Kelly, Tait Kelly, Tia Kelly and Rockie Kelly; along with nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael R. Strong; a granddaughter, Wendy Glossip; brother, Charles Strong; and sisters Dorothy Madl and Helen Strong. Mr. Strong served in the United States Navy and attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Renault. He was a member of the Prairie du Rocher Saddle Club, East St. Louis Jaycees, an Outstanding Young Farmer Monroe County, Monroe County Taxpayers Association, the Regional Board of School Trustees, Soil and Water Conservation Board, Monroe County Planning Committee, Waterloo Community School Board, Advisory Board For the Development of New Waterloo Schools, Randolph Farmers Board, Midwest Co-op Board, Okaw Valley Co-op Board, Monroe and Randolph County Cattleman’s Association, the Monroe County Pork Producers, Monroe Electric Co-Op’s Advisory Board and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 17, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Pastor Ralph Laufer officiating. Memorials may be made to Cardinal Glennon, the American Cancer Society, Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Renault or the Waterloo High School Athletic Department.

Adrienne Monet Glauber, 19, of Freeburg, died Oct. 15, 2010 as the result of an automobile accident in Columbia. She was born Jan. 4, 1991, in Belleville, the daughter of David Charles Glauber and Gloria Kay (nee Middendorf) Glauber of Freeburg. In addition to her parents, Ms. Glauber is survived by her younger sister, Erika Simone Glauber of Freeburg; special friend John Dennis of Belleville; paternal grandmother, Mary (nee Renner) Glauber of Mascoutah; maternal grandmother, Jeanette (nee Wienstroer) Middendorf of St. Libory; aunts and uncles Paul (Karen) Middendorf, Beverly (Steve) Maher, Jeffrey (Lisa) Middendorf; Gerad (Jan) Middendorf and Mary Lyles; cousins Beth Middendorf, Adam and Alex Hill, Mallory and Renee Middendorf, Andre and Sarah Middendorf and Melissa, Michael and Gregory Lyles; and her beloved dog, Scooter. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Charles Glauber; and her maternal grandfather, Paul Middendorf. Adrienne graduated from Freeburg High School and was currently working towards an associate degree in fine arts at Southwestern Illinois College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was making plans to transfer to Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Adrienne was passionate about music, art, her friends, and having fun. She, her sister Erika, and her cousins, Mallory and Renee had a Beatles tribute band called the Fab Four. Adrienne sang and played guitar and trombone. She was also an adjunct member of the band, Still Montgomeries. Visitation is Monday, Oct. 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Freeburg. Funeral is Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. at the church with Father Mark Reyling officiating. Ms. Glauber will be buried at St. Liborius Cemetery in St. Libory. Arrangements were handled by George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Freeburg. Memorials may be made to a trust fund for her sister Erika's education, in care of Gloria Glauber.

Audrey A. Nagel, nee Mueller, 87, of Waterloo, died Oct. 20, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born June 9, 1923 in Belleville, the daughter of the late Tony and Anna Mueller. Mrs. Nagel is survived by a son, William (Sue) Nottmeier; daughter, Martha (David) Browne; a step-daughter, Iris (Vic) Buettner; grandchildren Christopher, Theresa and Anna Nottmeier; Marc Buettner; and Dawn (Don) Sutter; great-grandchildren Shane Buettner, Abbey Sutter and Amanda Sutter; and special friends Marlene, Margie and Missy. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Vernon Nottmeier; second husband, George Nagel; and grandson, David “Bitts” Buettner. Mrs. Nagel attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. A memorial mass will be Saturday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Memorials may be made to her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Louis Andrew Davis 85 of Smithton, died Oct. 20, 2010 at the Freeburg Care Center. He was born Jan. 10, 1925 in Gorham, the son of the late Hiram Osborn and Minnie (nee McClure) Davis. Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary (nee Skidmore) Davis; children Edith “Kathy” (Danny) Eggemeyer of Sparta, Raymond Louis (Gail) Davis of Belleville, William Thomas (Shirley) Davis of Waterloo and Michael Andrew (JoAnne) Davis of Waterloo; grandchildren William Thomas (Jennifer) Davis Jr., Robert Davis, Angela (Robert) Flake, Andrew James Eggemeyer, Joshua Eggemeyer, Brittany Davis, Aaron Williams and Stephanie Davis; great-grandchildren Carlie, Sydnee and Alexandra Davis and Taylor Davis; a brother, Donald (Zella) Davis of Mountain View, Mo.; special niece, Betty (Melvin) Mueller; and caregiver, Connie Zorn; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandchild, Kevin Andrew Davis; four sisters; and two brothers. Louis served in the United States Army during World War II. He retired as a material handler for the Union Pacific Railroad. Louis was a member of the Millstadt VFW Post 7980. Visitation is Saturday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral will immediately follow at the funeral home with Pastor David Harbison and Andrew Eggemeyer officiating. Mr. Davis will be buried at the Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Victory Family Church in Belleville, the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Marjorie (Fox) Smith, 78, of Columbia, died Oct. 24, 2010, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 1, 1932, in Oakdale, the daughter of the late Loren and Florence (Magill) Fox. She married Leonard Smith in 1951 in Pinckneyville. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Smith is survived by a daughter, Marsha Stamm of Columbia; a son, Dennis Smith of Waterloo; daughter, Denise Oettle of Columbia; grandchildren James and Seann Stamm, Clinton and Angie Smith, and Christopher Oettle; four great-grandchildren; and brothers William (Katherine) Fox of North Henderson and Don (MaryAnn) Fox of Coulterville. She was preceded in death by brothers Robert and Paul Fox. Marjorie was a retired local beautician who also volunteered at charities. Visitation is Friday, Oct. 29, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Saturday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Jones officiating. Mrs. Smith with be buried at the Tilden Village Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her great-grandchildren's college education.

Eline van Hemert, 82 of Columbia, died Oct. 26, 2010 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Aug. 14, 1928, in Indonesia, the daughter of late Constant Allerd Rudolph and Bertha Victorine (nee Meulemans) Cormane. She was married to the late Hendrick van Hemert. He passed away in 1987. Mrs. van Hemert is survived by a son, Peter Michael van Hemert; daughter, Stella (Morris) Linnemann of Columbia; grandchildren Jessica (Chris) Packard of Columbia and Adam (Sahra) Linnemann of Columbia; great-grandchildren Sydney Packard and Nash Linnemann; along with two brothers and two sisters. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters. Eline was a homemaker and she loved to read and enjoyed riding her bicycle. There will be no visitation or funeral services, per Eline's request. A cremation will be held. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Esther McCarthy, nee Nagel, 89, of Waterloo, died Oct. 27, 2010 in Belleville. She was born March 15, 1921 in Renault, the daughter of the late Frederick and Rose (nee Wells) Nagel. Mrs. McCarthy is survived by a daughter, Kimberly McCarthy; sister, Irene Keim; and sister-in-law, Rosemary Nagel; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kevin McCarthy; brothers Delbert, Oliver “Bud” and Oscar Nagel. Mrs. McCarthy was a member of the Rebecca Lodge of Waterloo. Visitation is Friday, Oct. 29, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. Funeral is Saturday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Cari Frus officiating. Mrs. McCarthy will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

Douglas C. Busch, 45 of Waterloo, died Oct. 28, 2010 at his residence after a battle with prostate cancer. He was born Feb. 24, 1965 in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Dorothy (nee DeBourge) Busch and the late Charles Busch. In addition to his mother, Mr. Busch is survived by his wife; Renee’ (nee Havey) Busch; children Meagan Renee' Busch and John Douglas Busch; dog, Jack; siblings John (Diane) Busch, Debbie Johnson, Carol (Rick) Schilling, Christy (Gerald) Stellhorn, Mike (Marti) Busch, Rick (Andrea) Busch, Cathy (Bob) Bush, Greg Busch, Jim (Susie) Busch, Dottie (Nick) Heimos, Chuck (Melissa) Busch, Tony (Tara) Busch and Charlene (John) Ahne; mother-in-law, Helen Havey; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Colleen and Jim Kreher and Shawn and Carl Kreher; along with nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, John "Jack" Havey; brother-in-law, Roger Johnson; grandparents Cletus and Margaret DeBourge, Charles and Willamena Busch and uncle, Gary DeBourge. Mr. Busch attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a Cub Scout leader and owned Busch Delivery Inc. Visitation is Friday, Oct. 29, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. Funeral is Saturday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Don Blaes officiating. Mr. Busch will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Missouri Baptist Cancer Center.

Joseph H. Weilbacher, 72 of Columbia, died Oct. 29, 2010. He was born Oct. 15, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Frank and Hilda (Huch) Weilbacher. He married Arleen (Freimuth) Weilbacher in 1959 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Weilbacher is survived by his daughters Christy Davis and Angela Brislin; grandchildren Joseph Brislin Jr., Renee Brislin and Shelby Davis; a sister, Frances Foster; brother-in-law, Robert Stahlmann; and sister-in-law, Ethel Weilbacher. He was preceded in death by his sisters Arlou Koch and MaryAnn Stahlmann; and brothers Willard and Norman Weilbacher. Mr. Weilbacher and his wife owned Columbia Decorating Center. He was a retired carpenter who also worked with the Columbia Unit School District’s transportation department. He was a member of Carpenters Local #1997 since 1960 and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. A memorial mass will be Monday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Weilbacher gifted his remains to the Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Lucille M. Brown-Fults, nee Doiron. 87, of Prairie du Rocher, died Oct. 29, 2010 in Red Bud. She was born Oct. 20, 1923, the daughter of the late Harry and Mary (nee Nevois) Doiron. Mrs. Brown-Fults is survived by her children Daniel (Diane) Brown, Donna (Roger) Bahl, Lloyd (Margie) Brown Jr., Diann (Richard) DeRousse, Karla (Rich) Schlesinger, Pam (August) Melching and Laura Gream; along with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. Mrs. Brown-Fults attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher and was a 53-year member of the Prairie du Rocher American Legion Auxiliary. Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher with Father Daniel Jurek officiating. Mrs. Brown-Fults will be buried at her church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the Alzheimer's Association.

September

Barbara D. Vunetich, nee Mulliniks, 69, of Waterloo, died Sept., 2010 in Columbia. She was born Dec. 3, 1940, in Walnut Ridge Ark., the daughter of the late Roy Mulliniks and Dorothy (Mike) Feigl. Mrs. Vunetich is survived by her children, Cindy (Kurt) DePoy, John (Montana) Vunetich Jr., and Debbie (Phillip) Argus; grandchildren Corey and Brittany Argus, Brendan and Travis DePoy and Bailey Vunetich; a sister, Doris (David) Lemp; and brothers Roy (Annabelle) Mulliniks and Michael Feigl; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Vunetich Sr., and her sister, Louise "Tootie" Greer. Mrs. Vunetich was retired from the Cahokia School District. She was a former member of the Cahokia American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Sept. 6, at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Vunetich will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association

Tonya Lynn Ekes, nee Derossett, 42, of Renault, died Sept. 2, 2010 in Red Bud following a car accident. She was born March 12, 1968 in Belleville, the daughter of Steve Ekes and Joyce Derossett. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ekes is survived by her children, Jessica Stoner and James “Jamie” Mudd; sisters Michelle (David) Jokish and Justine Derossett; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Mrs. Ekes was a member of Local 196. Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 5, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Ekes will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Frieda Irene Levin, nee Gordon, 91, of East Carondelet died Sept. 2, 2010 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was born Aug. 19, 1919 in Lake Wood, the daughter of the late Alvin and Lois (Campfield) Gordon. Mrs. Levin is survived by her husband of 69 years, Elmer Levin; sons David Levin and Dennis Levin; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sisters Dora Johnson and Evelyn Gisher; along with nieces and nephews. Frieda was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia where she was a member of the Ladies Aid and Altar Committee. Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Monday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia with the Rev. Steven Thiess officiating. Mrs. Levin will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the building fund at her church.

Frank Robert Goodwin Jr., 42, of Dupo died Sept. 3, 2010 at his residence. He was born Oct. 28, 1947 in East St. Louis. Mr. Goodwin is survived by his daughters, Mandy Goodwin and Faith Duggan; sisters Sheila (Donald) Ellis and Theresa Hunt; and a nephew, Sean Hunt. Mr. Goodwin was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was employed as a captain for various barge lines and was a member of the Dupo VFW Post 6368. Visitation is Monday, Sept. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Robert Lee officiating. Mr. Goodwin will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

James P. Meinhardt, 77, of Columbia, died Sept. 4, 2010. He was born March 30, 1933 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Edgar and Estelle (Yetter) Meinhardt. Mr. Meinhardt is survived by his friends Tom, Marcia, Anthony and Adam Newcom of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers Edgar, Robert Sr. and Kenneth C. Meinhardt. Mr. Meinhardt served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was the retired owner/operator of St. Louis Carnival Supply. He was a former fire chief for the Columbia Rural Fire Protection District. He spent most of his life raising race horses, was a member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association and the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Visitation is Friday, Sept. 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Gary Hogan officiating. Mr. Meinhardt will be buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Family Hospice of Belleville.

Angela Dawn Gamblin-Cissell, 39, of Millstadt, died Sept. 5, 2010 at her residence. She was born March 6, 1971 in Red Bud, the daughter of Russ and Carol (nee Case) Gamblin. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gamblin is survived by her husband, Steve Cissell; step-children Stephanie (Tim) Montgomery and Greg (Rebecca) Cissell; grandchildren Hannah, Ellie, Henry and August; siblings Kim Freeman and Terry (Beth) Gamblin; and nieces and nephews, Christi (John), Danny Jr., Nathan, Zach, Jakob and Ryan. She was preceded in death by grandparents, William and Elsie Case, Milton “Whitey” and Laura Bieber; and parents-in-law, Doris and James Cissell. Angela was a microbiologist at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, Mo., a member of Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt, the Millstadt Civic Club, the American Society for Quality and the American Society for Brewing Chemists. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Johnnie Earl Smith, 63, of Waterloo, died Sept. 8, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born March 19, 1947 in East St. Louis. He was the son of the late Vernon Otto Smith and step-son of Mary Smith. He is survived by his daughters, Aimee (Greg) Keithly, Jenny (Tommy) Shields and Emilee (Vic) Williams; sisters Gloria Fridy, Rose (Shelby) Marlow and Patti (Bruce) Boyer; and granddaughters Sophie, Ava, Alaina and Nola. Mr. Smith served three tours of duty with the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War. He was a retired carpenter and engineer with the GM&O Railroad. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping. A memorial visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 for a 10 a.m. graveside service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Unity Hospice, the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

Johnnie Earl Smith, 63, of Waterloo, died Sept. 8, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born March 19, 1947 in East St. Louis. He was the son of the late Vernon Otto Smith and step-son of Mary Smith. He is survived by his daughters, Aimee (Greg) Keithly, Jenny (Tommy) Shields and Emilee (Vic) Williams; sisters Gloria Fridy, Rose (Shelby) Marlow and Patti (Bruce) Boyer; and granddaughters Sophie, Ava, Alaina and Nola. Mr. Smith served three tours of duty with the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War. He was a retired carpenter and engineer with the GM&O Railroad. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping. A memorial visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 for a 10 a.m. graveside service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Unity Hospice, the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

Dorothy Adele Huffman, nee Warren, 78, of Dupo, died Sept. 9, 2010 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born June 8, 1932 in Ware, the daughter of the late Charles and Marie (nee Talley) Warren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Huffman; son, Charles Brimm; and brothers Jasper “Jack” Warren and Gene Warren. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Deborah Brimm of Dupo; grandchildren Chad Brimm of Dupo and Douglas (Alicia) Brimm of Collinsville; a sister, Georgia Stevens of Bunker, Mo.; aunt, Nellie Johnson of Murphysboro; and sister-in-law, Carol Warren. Dorothy was a homemaker. She was a member of the Dupo VFW Post 6368 Ladies Auxiliary, Dupo American Legion Post 485 Ladies Auxiliary and the Order of Eastern Star. Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Monday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Huffman will be buried at the Walker Hill Cemetery in Grand Tower. Memorials may be made to the Dupo VFW Post 6368 Ladies Auxiliary.

Mark A. Weltig, 48, of Maryland Heights, Mo., died Sept. 17, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 8, 1962 in Red Bud, the son of William and Ardell Weltig of Waterloo. In addition to his parents, Mr. Weltig is survived by his wife, Ruwanganie "Ru" (nee Gunatilleke) Weltig; children Angela Weltig and Benjamin Weltig; and brothers Brian (Lori) Weltig and Craig (Lisa) Weltig. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Herbert and Alma Weltig, and Stephen and Agnes Straub. Mr. Weltig was employed in computer security at the Federal Reserve System in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation is Monday, Sept. 20, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Maury Ellebrecht officiating. Mr. Weltig will be buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Fults. At his request, his organs and tissue were donated. Memorials may be made to the Mark A. Weltig Children's Education Fund, c/o Stifel Nicolaus, 300 N. Market St., in Waterloo.

Karen A. Shondy, 67, of Columbia, died Sept. 19, 2010. She was born June 29, 1943, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Hawert “Ham” and Beulah (Osterhage) Ludwig. She married Gary Shondy in 1962 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Shondy is survived by her children, Sherri (Dale) Vogt of Paderborn, Amy (Mike) Webster of John's Creek, Ga., and Chris (Sherry) Shondy of Lake Zurich; grandchildren Megan and Derek Vogt, Mitchell, Matthew and Jack Webster and Kate and Gavin Shondy; in-laws Earl and Edna Shondy of Millstadt; and life-time friend Janet Mueller. Mrs. Shondy was a member of Columbia Women's Club (past secretary) and was a retired project administrator at Jacob's Engineering in St. Louis, Mo. She was a member of Zion Evangelical Church of Millstadt, where she was active with the Women's Fellowship, Bell Choir and the Z-Team. Visitation is Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Thursday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Pastor Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Shondy will be buried at the St. Paul Evangelical Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church or the Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Luana Steffenauer, nee Ostendorf, 68, of Waterloo and Columbia, died Sept. 19, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 11, 1942 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Elroy and Myrtle (nee Maurer) Ostendorf. Mrs. Steffenauer is survived by her children, Bret (Toni) Steffenauer, Traci (Maurice) Brown and Cristi (Carl) Bierman; grandchildren Joli and Kami, Arianna and Annie and Nicholas and Taylor; and siblings Fronda (Allen) Nobbe, Tom Ostendorf and Karla Albert. Luana worked for many years as a legal secretary for the Glennon Rau Law Office and was also a Columbia School Board secretary, She enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Visitation is Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Metro Dance Company.

Alice J. “Tubby” Crame, nee Halterman, 82, died Sept. 19, 2010 surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 16, 1928 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Thomas and Ellen (Hopkins) Halterman. Mrs. Crame married Ferdinand “Bud” Crame 64 years ago, on Sept. 28, 1946. She lived in Belleville for more than 50 years before moving to Waterloo to be closer to her family. She had obtained an accounting education, worked as an accounts payable supervisor and retired from Emerson Electric in St. Louis, Mo. after 33 years of Employment. During her retirement, Tubby enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and traveling to Tunica with retirees from Monsanto, where Bud worked. She also made costumes, dresses, and outfits for her grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Crame is survived by her daughter, Susan (Bruce) Doyle of Columbia; son, Leonard (MaDonna) Crame of Naples, Fla.; grandchildren Alicia (Patrick) Oglesby of Columbia, Bradley Doyle of Waterloo, Steven (Renee) Doyle of Columbia and Kirsten and Kristel Crame of Naples, Fla.; and great-granddaughters Caylie, Taylor and Peyton Oglesby of Columbia. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary M. Mutchek; brother, Thomas D. Halterman; sister-in-law, Helen Crame; and a nephew, Joseph Crame Jr. Visitation is Friday, Sept. 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Crame will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern.

Janice T. Jones, nee Mori, 69, of Joliet, died Sept. 22, 2010 in Joliet. She was born Jan. 14, 1941 in Kapaa, Hawaii, the daughter of the late Clarence and Jane Mori. Mrs. Jones is survived by Steven (Meg) Dougherty, Pamela (Robert) Chimmy, Ryan Dougherty (Elizabeth Carrington), Lexis Dougherty, Tyros (Mary) Mori and Suzanna (Joseph) Robinson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Dougherty. Visitation is Monday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at DeFabio Funeral Home. A funeral service will immediately follow. Mrs. Jones will be buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo.

Mark Richard Graves, 48, of Waterloo, died Sept. 22, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Jan. 10, 1962 in Red Bud, the son of John Graves and Carol (Steve) Kipping. In addition to his parents, Mr. Graves is survived by his daughter, Gretchen Marie (Ian) Graves; step-mother, Pearl Graves; and siblings John Graves, Rhonda Carter, David Graves, Cindy O’Brien, Julie Brigance, Rejona Knobloch, Dawn Stapleton, William Graves, Elizabeth Graves, Kim Roland, Stephanie Muertz, Scott Kipping and Darla Stumpf; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Mr. Graves was veteran of the United States Army. Visitation is Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. A memorial service will follow at 10 a.m., with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Funeral arrangements were handled by Quernheim Funeral Home. Mr. Graves will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Johnathon Freeman, 26, of Fairview Heights, died Sept. 23, 2010 at his residence. He was born June 9, 1984 in Dyersburg, Tenn. Mr. Freeman his survived by his father, David Cravins of Red Bud; his mother, Angela (Billy) Lettimer of Dyersburg, Tenn.; a brother, Christopher Freeman of Red Bud; and grandparents, Ron and Patsy Roberts of Fairview Heights. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wayne Petty. Mr. Freeman was veteran of the U.S. Army, serving two tours in the Iraq War. He was a student who enjoyed computer networking. Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Monday, Sept. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Freeman will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

Arline Bertha Emma Boehm, nee Vollmer, 88 of Smithton, died Sept. 23, 2010 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 12, 1922 in Marissa, the daughter of the late Henry and Emma (nee Sinn) Vollmer. Mrs. Boehm is survived by her son, Ed (Bev) Boehm of Avon Park, Fla.; her daughter, Nancy Witthoeft of Dallas, Tex.; grandchildren Kevin (Amy)Boehm, Keith (Lori) Boehm, Andrew Boehm and Alan Witthoeft; great-grandchildren Logan, Garrett, Jessica and Justin Boehm; a brother, Albert Vollmer of Millstadt; sister, Judith Jacobs of St. Louis, Mo.; and aunts Viola Sinn of Columbia and Irene Hoff of St. Louis, Mo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin F. Boehm; and her sister, Shirley I. Eckert. Arline was a homemaker who lived in Mill for most of her life. She was a member of the Ladies Aid at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, IL., the Millstadt American Legion Post 502 and the Millstadt VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation is Monday, Sept. 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. A graveside services will be Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. at the Marissa City Cemetery with Rev. Michael Kumm officiating. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt.

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Clifford W. Haberl, 86, of Columbia, died Aug. 1, 2010 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 21, 1923, in Columbia, the son of the late Frank and Irene (Dollar) Haberl. He married Florence (Metter) Haberl in 1946 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Haberl is survived by his son, Eugene (Jackie) Haberl of Columbia; a grandson, Jeffrey (Emily) Haberl of O'Fallon; great-grandchildren William and Grace Haberl; and sisters-in-law Merle Haberl and Dorothy Haberl of Columbia, both of Columbia. He was preceded in death by a brothers Vernon "Buzz" Haberl and Howard "Tiny" Haberl; and a sister, Marcella "Soupie" Crowder. Cliff served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Germany. He was a prisoner of war for seven months and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Mr. Haberl was a 65-year member of Columbia American Legion Post 581. Upon his return from military service, he operated Clifford W. Haberl Plumbing and Heating Co. for 32 years. Cliff attended St. Paul UCC of Columbia, was the last active charter member of the Columbia Lions Club, was a Life Member of the Great South Western Illinois Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors, served on the Board of Directors at Magna Bank in Columbia and was a member of the Columbia Senior Citizens. Visitation is Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard, officiating. Mr. Haberl will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion Trust Fund or his church’s elevator fund.

Frances Irene Dowland, nee Wardle, 96, of Waterloo, died Aug. 3, 2010 in Belleville. She was born Sept. 7, 1913, in Pierre, SD., the daughter of the late Oswald Arthur and Ruth Adelia (nee Megenson) Wardle. Mrs. Dowland is survived by her daughter, Karen Tolan; grandson, Scott (Cheryl) Tolan; and great-grandchildren Megan and Lauren Tolan; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Michael J. Tolan; a brother, Cyril Donald Wardle; and a sister, Velma McClintock. Mrs. Dowland graduated from Jacksonville High School and retired from Thrifty Drug. She was a member of First Christian Church in Alton, the VFW Auxiliary and Eastern Star Rebekah Lodge. Mrs. Dowland resided five years at the Garden Place in Millstadt. According to her wishes, there were no services and a private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Ruth A. Dailey, nee Walker, 67, of Red Bud, died August 4, 2010 in Red Bud. She was born February 3, 1943, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Herbert Waldo and Dorothy Margaret (nee Davis) Walker. Mrs. Dailey is survived by her children, Rita Kennedy, Robyn (Jim) Hurley, Daniel Dailey (Debra Schell) and Melissa Dailey; grandchildren Johnny (Jennifer) Kennedy Jr., Steven Kennedy, Becky Kennedy, Craig and Corey Hurley and Danielle and Racquel Dailey; three great-grandchildren and one on the way; siblings Jimmy (Cheryl ) Walker, Tom (Karen) Walker, Johnny (Tammy) Walker, Rita (Dan) Walker, Diane Siebert and Barb Hoock; and special friend, William Schaller; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband; Bobby Leroy Dailey. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements were handled by Quernheim Funeral Home.

Joseph Barry Courtney, 75, of Red Bud, died Aug. 5, 2010 at the Red Bud Nursing Home. Mr. Courtney was born Oct. 16, 1934, the son of the late Foster and Mary (Schutzenhofer) Courtney. He is survived by his wife, Kay (Kocher) Courtney; children Jill Cason (George Hick), Mary Kay (Steven) Harrison and Kristen (Joel) Schutt; grandchildren Craig and Alex Hick, Jeff and Spencer Harrison and Ty and Courtney Schutt; a sister, Mary Ann (William) Ross; and a brother, James G. (Julie) Courtney; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by an infant son, John Courtney. Joseph was an ironworker in Local 392 for 40 years and a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. He was very close to his fellow ironworkers and was his happiest while horseback riding, including participating in rodeos and horse shows. Visitation is Sunday, Aug. 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Monday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church in Red Bud with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mr. Courtney will be buried at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund or Gibault Catholic High School.

Jeannine Bierman, nee Carmon, 81, of Columbia, died Aug. 6, 2010 at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Home in Edwardsville. She was born April 24, 1929, in Nuckols, Kent., the daughter of the late Walter and Virginia Lee (Nuckols) Carmon. She married Lee Bierman in 1960 in St. Louis, Mo. He died in 2001. Mrs. Bierman is survived by a daughter, Gena (Mike) McDonald of Effingham; sons Eric Bierman of Springfield, Carl (Cristi) Bierman of Columbia and Mark Bierman of Millstadt; grandchildren Andrew, Jennifer, Megan and Nathan McDonald, Nicholas and Taylor Bierman, and Paige Bierman; and a step-brother, Mike Bolton of Owensboro, Kent. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Walter J. Carmon; and a step-mother, Sara Carmon. Mrs. Bierman was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia where she had been active with the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. She had retired from Aetna Finance Co. in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation is Monday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. A service will immediately follow with Pastor Edward Melchior officiating. Mrs. Bierman will be buried next to her husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church - Building Fund, Hospice of Southern Illinois.

William “Bill” Carl Spier, 66, of Dupo, died Aug. 7, at his residence. He was born May 15, 1944 in Morrilton, Ark., the son of the late Charles and Cleta Mae (Miller) Spier. Mr. Spier is survived by his brothers Lawrence (Virginia) Spier of Columbia and Henry Spier of Belleville; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by brothers Howard and Robert Spier. Bill was retired from the Columbia Quarry in Dupo. He was a member of the Dupo Volunteer Fire Department and the Local Labor Union. At Mr. Spier’s request, his body was cremated. Arrangements were handled by Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo.

Viola A. Haltenhof, 93, of Springfield, formerly of Columbia, died Aug. 8, 2010 at the Regency Care Center in Springfield. She was born July 24, 1917 in rural Hecker, the daughter of the late Peter and Ida (Schein) Schneider. She married Guy Haltenhof in 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. He died in 2000. Mrs. Haltenhof is survived by a son, Jeffrey (Jody) Haltenhof of Oswego; grandchildren Kenneth Haltenhof of Le Ceiba, Honduras, Kalvin Haltenhof of Chicago and Kimberly Smoot of Springfield; a great-granddaughter, Emily Smoot of Springfield; and step-grandchildren Kristen (John) Alcorta of Arlington, Va., and Jon Alcorta of Arlington, Va. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynn (Haltenhof) Stone; brothers Otto, Emil, Nelson, Valentine and Willis Schneider; and sisters Ida Harres, Louise Witt and Amanda Klohr. Mrs. Haltenhof attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, IL, where she had been active with the Women's Fellowship and served as Sunday School Superintendent, was the original Junior Women's League president and served on the Consistory Board. She retired after 29 years as an elementary teacher with the Columbia Unit 4 School District, served as a past-president of the PTA and was a member of the Monroe County Retired Teachers Association. Viola also was a member of the Columbia American Legion Auxiliary. Visitation is Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Haltenhof will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church.

Carl A. Wenkel, 77, of Columbia, died Aug. 9, 2010 at St. Anthony's de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 1, 1932 in Columbia, the son of the late Elmer and Dora (Reichert) Wenkel. He married Rosetta (Tebbenhof) Wenkel in 1954 in St. Louis, Mo. in addition to his wife, Mr. Wenkel is survived by a son, Gary (Susan) Wenkel of Branson, Mo.; daughter, Kimberly (Floyd) Sellers of Waterloo; grandchildren Shannon and Adam Wenkel; great-grandson, Bobby Dyson; a brother, Kenneth (Delores) Wenkel of Columbia; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Oldani of St. Louis, Mo.; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Frank and Ruth Tebbenhof; a brother-in-law, Mickey Oldani; and a nephew, James Wenkel. Mr. Wenkel served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a retired supervisor from Turner Electric Company who had been a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581, Columbia Gymnastic Association - Turners and B.P.O.E. 2503 in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation is Friday, Aug. 13, from 9:30 a.m. too 10:30 a.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. A service will follow with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Wenkel will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the family.

Eugene J. Schorb, 79, of Columbia, died Aug. 10, 2010 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born Jan. 2, 1931, in Columbia, the son of the late Elten and Ottilda (Beckerle) Schorb. He married Elaine (Frye) Schorb in 1963 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schorb is survived by his daughters, Lisa (Terry) Meyer of Columbia, Laura (Mark Harris) Byrne-Harris of Leawood Kan., and Christine (Kevin Schmoll) Schorb of Columbia; grandchildren, Eric and Kaitlyn Meyer, Hailey Byrne and Andrew and William Schmoll; and his sister, Doris Schmersahl of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Kevin Byrne; and brother-in-law, Richard Schmersahl. Mr. Schorb served in the U.S. Army in 1952 and 1953 during the Korean War, reaching the rank of corporal within the headquarters of the Eighth Army. Mr. Schorb directly interacted with General Douglas MacArthur many times during his tour of duty. Upon his return from Korea, Mr. Schorb obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from St. Louis University. He joined the firms of Arthur Anderson in Chicago and Touche Ross in St. Louis prior to founding his own accounting firm in 1965, Eugene J. Schorb Certified Public Accountant in Columbia, which still bears his name today. During his long tenure at the firm, Mr. Schorb could usually be found at his desk most hours of the day and into the evening. In addition to serving his clients, he served as the auditor for the cities of Columbia and Waterloo, Monroe and Randolph Counties and countless school and service districts. He also played a key role in the development of municipal bond and tax increment financing projects throughout the region. Mr. Schorb was a life-long parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He established its Lay Financial Board and served as the chairman ex-officio in a volunteer capacity since its inception. He was also instrumental in the development of the Immaculate Conception School Endowment Fund, recently renamed the Eugene J. Schorb - Immaculate Conception Church Fund For Catholic Education in his honor. He was a member of the Catholic Community Foundation Board of the Diocese of Belleville, providing guidance on investment vehicles for Catholic schools and parishes within the Diocese of Belleville. In recognition of these efforts to further the mission of Catholic education, in 1995 Gene was named a National Catholic Education Association Distinguished Graduate. He continued his support of Catholic education as a supporter the past 30 years of Gibault High School basketball. Mr. Schorb was honored in 1998 with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Pillar of the Community Award for his contributions to growth within the community. He was also actively involved in the founding and early management of the Columbia Strassenfest. He was a 58-year member of Columbia American Legion Post 581 and a long-time member of Rotary International, serving as District Governor for Southern Illinois in 1967 - 1968. Visitation is Friday, Aug. 13, from3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Schorb will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene J. Schorb - Immaculate Conception Church Fund For Catholic Education or the White Coat Society at St. Louis University’s School of Medicine.

Sharon Ann Mueller, nee Votaw, 62, of Waterloo, died Aug. 12, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born June 23, 1948 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Mary Ann (Gartland) Shelvy and the late Walter Votaw. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Mueller is survived by her husband, Ollney Mueller Jr.; step-grandchildren Charles E. Pyatt III, Christina Ann Pyatt, Julie Anna (Robert) Stofiel, Jane Elizabeth (Gene) Brussman and Dawn (Tom) Helfrich; a step-mother, Carol Votaw; sister, Mari Lester; niece, Rachel Lester; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles E. Pyatt Jr. Mrs. Mueller was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Backstoppers.

Clifford W. Kern, 78, of Waterloo, died August 15, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 4, 1932 in O’Fallon, the son of the late Albert and Ardella (Scharf) Kern. Mr. Kern is survived by his wife, Arline (Gummersheimer) Kern; children, Ellen (Dean) Armbrecht, Allen (Rosalie) Kern, Michael (Kathy) Kern, Ruthann Kern (Ken Myers) and Elizabeth (Scott) McAllister; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren; along with dear friend Luella Mueller. Mr. Kern was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Morris Kern, Shirley Wiese, Doris Kern and Delores Kern. Mr. Kern served in the Korean War. He was employed by Midwest Rubber Plant and American Zinc in Sauget. Clifford was a member of Modern Woodsmen, the Columbia Gymnastic Association and the Waterloo Sportsman's Club. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Kern was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC in Floraville.

William P. McDonnell, 64, of Columbia, died Aug. 16, 2010, surrounded by his family following an extended illness. He was born Oct. 16, 1945, in East St. Louis, the son of Charles McDonnell of Columbia and the late Alice Bernice (Aaron) McDonnell. He married Judith (Smith) McDonnell in 1973 in Clayton, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. McDonnell is also survived by daughters, Angel (Ted) Stevener of West Monroe, NY., Carrie (Gary) Mercer of Potosi, Mo., and Kristin (David) Phillips of Desoto, Mo.; a son, William McDonnell, Jr. of Syracuse, NY.; grandchildren, Tommy, Jacob, Kylie, Madalyn, Aaron and Chase; brothers, Michael (Maureen) McDonnell of Osage Beach, Mo., Terry (Linda) McDonnell of Cedar Hill and Rick (Diane) McDonnell of Murphysboro; and a sister, Vicky (Gary) Campbell of Osage Beach, Mo. William serve two tours of duty with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He had retired from the MO-PAC (now Union Pacific) Railroad and was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mr. McDonnell was buried at the Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Irene O. Doettling, nee Reichert, 90, died Aug. 16, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 20, 1919 in Columbia, the daughter of the late John and Etta (nee Jergens) Reichert. Mrs. Doettling is survived by a son, Narvel (Norma Jean) Slone; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Slone; grandchildren Cathleen Slone, Harlan (Kathy) Slone Jr., and Penny Slone; a sister, Esther Clevenger; and niece, Annette (Butch) Gruber; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl E. Doettling; an infant son, Harlan Slone; sisters Luella Kurz and Bernice Doerr; and a brother, Russell Reichert. Visitation is Thursday, Aug. 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Aug. 20 at 11 a. m. at the funeral home with Pastor Sue Artt officiating. Mrs. Doettling will be buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Monroe County Humane Society.

Alice B. Mehrtens, 93, of Waterloo, died Aug. 17, 2010 in Maryville. She was born March 5, 1917 in Shannon County, Mo., the daughter of the late George and Sarah (Heiney) Karr. Mrs. Mehrtens is survived by her children, Phyllis Dion and Gary (Darlene) Garleb; 10 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Elsie Kreischer; and a brother, Louis (Marion) Karr; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Mehrtens was preceded in death by her husbands, Raymond Mehrtens and Walter Garleb; son, Walter “Pete” Garleb; sister, Jessie Reece; and brothers Frank and Alonzo Karr. She was a member of St. John UCC in Valmeyer and the Valmeyer American Legion Auxiliary. Visitation is Friday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow that day at 2 p.m. at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor David Riebeling. Mrs. Mehrtens will be buried at her church’s cemetery.

Carl Herman Bode, 84, of Waterloo, died Aug. 17, 2010. He was born Sept. 30, 1925, the son of the late Carl W. and Elsie (Roever) Bode. Mr. Bode is survived by his daughters, Bonnie. Lauer of St. Louis, Patricia Bode of Waterloo and Debra Beck of St. Louis; sons Kenneth and Harry Bode of Waterloo; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (Campbell) Bode; and a son, William Bode. Mr. Bode served in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Service during World War II. He was the owner of Bode Beverages (Bode’s Sode’s) in Waterloo; a Monroe County jailer; a zoning officer, a Waterloo alderman and volunteered with the Waterloo Fire Department. Carl was a members of the Waterloo American Legion Hall and a charter member of Waterloo VFW Post 6504. Visitation is Thursday, Aug. 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at DeFabio Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Aug; 20 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Bode will be buried at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the Carl Bode Memory Walk.

Ray J. Leber, 73, of Waterloo, died Aug. 18, 2010 in Waterloo. Mr. Leber was born March 26, 1937, in East. St. Louis, the son of the late Joseph Albert and Olivia Rose (Feldmeier) Leber. Mr. Leber is survived by his wife, Betty (Waley) Leber; a son, Jay (Dawn) Leber; daughter, Lisa (Jim) Barker; grandchildren Michael and Crickett Leber and Jacob and Grant Barker; great-grandchild, Landen Johnson; step-children Terry, Daniel and Stephen Rausch, and Linda Mcgowan; and a brother, Gary (Karen) Leber. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Orlene (Rippelmeyer) Leber. Mr. Leber was a retired farmer and employee with the Illinois Department of Transportation. He attended St. John UCC in Maeystown. Ray also had served as a 4-H Leader and was a former member of the Waterloo Jaycee’s. He was active in the Future Farmers of American and the Monroe County Fair Association. In addition, he was a past secretary and honorary member of the Ancient Order of Good Fellows. Visitation is Sunday, Aug. 22, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Leber will be buried at his church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John’s UCC Cemetery Fund or St. Vincent DePaul.

Ralph H. Spihlmann, 78, of Columbia, died Aug. 21, 2010. He was born June 2, 1932 in Breese, the son of the late William and Rose (Reilmann) Spihlmann. Ralph married Elizabeth (Kues) Spihlmann in 1954 in Trenton. She died Nov. 17, 2009. Mr. Spihlmann served in the U.S. Marine Corps who was a decorated Veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Churchill Trucking in St. Louis, Mo. and Teamsters Local 50. Ralph was a member of Men's Sodality at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Columbia American Legion Post 581, Trenton V.F.W. Post 7983 and the Disabled American Veterans. Mr. Spihlmann is survived by his children, Barbara (Mark) Andrus of Green Park, Mo., Larry (Susan) Spihlmann of St. Joseph, Darlene (Marvin Lloyd) Spihlmann of Waterloo and Michael (Stacy) Spihlmann of Columbia; a sister, Juliana Timmermann of Trenton; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Rose Spihlmann of Trenton. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Netemeyer; and a brother, Robert Spihlmann. Visitation is Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Spihlmann will be buried at his church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception Catholic Education Fund.

Helen F. Frierdich, nee McKinney, 78, of Columbia, died Aug. 23, 2010 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 12, 1931, in Linn, Mo., the daughter of the late Jesse and Josie (Walker) McKinney. She married William E. Frierdich in 1994. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Frierdich is survived by her sisters, Doris (Dean) Moore of New Bloomfield, Mo., and Jean Loesch of Ava, Mo., brothers, Clarence McKinney of Warrenton, Mo., Glen (Florence) McKinney of Holts Summit, Mo., and Bill (Yvonne) McKinney of Holts Summit, Mo.; step-grandson, Brad (Kim) Gilmore of Chesterfield, Mo.; sisters-in-law Mary McKinney of Wentzville, Mo., and Hilda Schaefer of Millstadt; and a brother-in-law, Walter (Agnes) Frierdich of Millstadt. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Howard and Kenneth McKinney. Mrs. Frierdich was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia and worked as a manager at Mavrakos Candy. Visitation is Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Thursday Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Carl Scherrer and Father Ken Schaefer officiating. Mrs. Frierdich will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Hubert Thomas "Tom" Jotte, 85, of Caseyville, died Aug. 23, 2010 at the Collinsville Rehab and Health Care Center. He was born Feb. 6, 1925, in Highland. Mr. Jotte is survived by his wife, Faith Jotte of Caseyville; a son, Theodore "Ted" Jotte of Marine, daughters Jeanine (Paul) Guccione of Collinsville, Angelene (Jeff) Smith of Highland and Toni (Victor) Meyer of Robertsville; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Martina Jotte. Mr. Jotte served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was n accomplished trombone player, composer and publisher who taught music at several local schools, including SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School of Waterloo in the 1960s and 70s. He received his bachelor degree in music from Washington University. Upon his graduation, Mr. Jotte was a teacher and band director at several parochial schools in Illinois and Missouri. His All Star Band performed several concerts through the area and played for President John F. Kennedy in 1960. Tom was associated with many performers in the St. Louis area, including Stan Cann, Jimmie Williams and Charlotte Peters. He performed in many of the area parades on Bourbon Street in New Orleans and Gaslight Square in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation and funeral were held at the Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville. According to his wishes, Mr. Jotte’s body was cremated. Memorials may be made to the Billhartz Animal Shelter.

Walter David Cross, 68, of Waterloo, died Aug. 24, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Jan. 16, 1942, in Sugar Loaf Township, the son of the late David and Mary Elizabeth (nee Scott) Cross. Mr. Cross is survived by his children, David (Sharon) Cross, Dawn Cross and Lisa (Bill) Hulett; grandchildren Lindsey Cross, David (Amanda) Cross Jr., Jenna, Brittany and Brennen Brinkmann and Stephanie, Cody and Mariah Gass; great-grandchildren Gwenyth Turner and Liam Garner; sisters Wanda Nadeau, Peggy Hopewell and Mary Scott; and brothers Donald Cross and Ronald Cross; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Cross was a retired union auto worker. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor David Gerth officiating. Mr. Cross was buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Ronald McDonald House.

Ralph A. Hoock, 87 of Columbia, died Aug. 25, 2010. He was born Oct. 1, 1922, in East Carondelet, the son of the late Adam and Bessie (Walker) Hoock. He married Dorothy (Mueller) Hoock in 1978 at Zoar UCC in New Hanover. In addition to his wife, Mr. Hoock is survived by his sons Roger (Mary) Hoock of Dupo, Allen (Perri) Hoock of Waterloo and Curtis (Laurie) Hoock of Tilden; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Lee (Evelyn) Hoock; and step-nephews David (Joelle) Bowen and Jeff (Heather) Bowen; along with nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a grandchild, Christi Hoock; brother, Warren Hoock; and three half-sisters. Mr. Hoock retired from the Columbia Quarry and attended Hope Christian Church in Columbia. A memorial services will be Saturday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. at his church with Pastor Dennis Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to the church.

LaVon J. Beck, 77, of Dupo, died Aug. 26, 2010 in Warrensburg Mo. He was born Dec., 3, 1932 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Olen and Iva Mae (Rogers) Beck. Mr. Beck is survived by his sons, Kenneth (Levada) Beck of Columbia, Tenn., and Jon (Paula) Beck of Warrensburg, Mo.; grandchildren Layla Hawkins, and Jon and Kenny Beck; great-grandchildren Joseph, Nathan and Taylor Hawkins; and sisters Wilma Brewer and Katherine Pyle of Dupo. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Childers) Beck; an infant son, Richard; five sisters; and one brother. Mr. Beck retired in 1988 from the Union Pacific Railroad after 42 years of service. Visitation is Sunday, Aug. 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Monday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Beck will be buried at Palmier Hill Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Burnell “B.J.” Menard, 81, 81, of Ruma died July 1, 2010 at his residence. He was born Sept. 8, 1928 in Fort Gage, the son of the late Gregory and Jewel (nee Leavitt) Menard. Mr. Menard is survived by a special friend, Frances Chapman of Ruma; a brother, Rolin “Shorty” Menard of Red Bud; sister, Georgia Renner of Evansville; nieces and nephews; and special grandchildren Erin and Jessica Chapman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Rodger Menard. Mr. Menard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was of the Catholic faith and owned B.J. Auto Company in Ruma for more than 35 years. B.J. was a member of American Legion Post 1172 in Evansville and a lifetime member of the Chester V.F.W. Post 3553. According to Mr. Menard’s wishes, his body was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials are being accepted at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud and may be made to masses or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Daniel Edward Harris, 67, of Maeystown, died July 2, 2010, at his residence. He was born July 7, 1942 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Calvin and Josephine (nee Manning) Harris. Mr. Harris is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patricia (nee Yandell) Harris; daughters Dana (Steven) Hicks and Julie (Bryan) Washausen, both of Waterloo; granddaughters Amy Lynn Hicks, Kristin Patricia Hicks, Emily Jane Washausen and Anna June Washausen; brothers Ervin (Carolyn) Stiles of Dallas, Tex., Martin (Terri) Harris of Cedar Hill, Mo., Leo (Denise) Harris of Maryland, Heights, Mo., and Patrick (Chris) Harris of Florissant, Mo.; sisters Connie (Joseph) Pritchard of Lemoore, Calif., Irene (Ed) Wooten of Maryland Heights, Mo., and Diana (Bo) Lambert of Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.; a step-mothers, Ruth Harris of Maryland Heights, Mo.; and special sisters-in-law Carolyn Stiles of Dallas, Tex., Mary Roderick of Festus, Mo., and Katy Yandell of Steele, Mo.; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by Mother Josephine Cella, father Calvin Harris, step-father Charles (Spud) Cella, all of St. Louis; mother-in-law and father-in-law Ervin and Virginia Yandell of Vanduser, MO; brothers-in-law Tom Yandell of Steele, MO and Clarence Roderick of Potosi, MO; a nephew Lee Yandell of Steele, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents Dominic and Josephine Manning, and Julia and Leander Harris. Mr. Harris was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Dan was the Master Hunter Safety Instructor for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Hunting Education program in Monroe County for many years, teaching thousands of youth proper hunting and gun-use safety. He was an avid hunter and bass fisherman who loved spending time with his family and friends. Mr. Harris was a 32-year member of the Masons, belonging to the Masonic Emeth Lodge 1030 in Cahokia and Masonic Morris Lodge 787 in Waterloo. He was a past-president of the Cahokia Jaycees and a Legion of Honor Unit with the Ainad Shriners. Dan was also a members of the Monroe County Lunker Hunters Bass Club, the Maeystown Sportsman's Club, the Mississippi Valley Gun Club, the Valmeyer American Legion and a patron member of National Rifle Association. Visitation is Monday, July 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, July 6, at 11 a.m., at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. He will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association (Time Is Precious Hospice), Shiners' Hospital in St. Louis or the St. John UCC of Maeystown Cemetery Fund.

Clifford H. Schrader, 93, of Columbia, died July 3, 2010, at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 27, 1917, in Chesterfield, Mo., the son of the late Waldemar and Pauline (Yokel) Schrader. Mr. Schrader married Victoria (Guebert) Schrader in 1947 in Red Bud. She died in 2008. Mr. Schrader is survived by his daughter, Susan (Rick) Stemler of Columbia; a brother, William Schrader; sister, Beatrice Kuzmich; and a sister, Lillian Zierenberg, all of Chesterfield. Mr. Schrader served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Cliff graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and served as an alderman and longtime city clerk with the City of Columbia. He had retired from sales at K-Mart in St. Louis. Mr. Schrader was a member of American Legion Post 581, the Columbia Rotary Club and St. Paul Lutheran Church of Columbia. Visitation is Monday, July 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, July 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Schrader will be buried at his church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church’s Building Fund or the Whispering Pines Activity Fund at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo.

Robert J. Liddy, 62, died July 3, 2010, the son of the late Bertram Liddy of Red Bud and Cecilia (nee Harsey) Liddy of Waterloo. Mr. Liddy is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rita M. (nee Stuesse) Liddy; his children, USAF Lt Col Robert (Jeanette) Liddy (Ret) of Albuquerque, NM., Kathryn (Steve) Grzesik, Therese “Jane” Liddy; USAF Col. Steven Liddy and Suzanne (Dr. Timothy) Gutierrez of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren Gina (Mike) Prokopeak, Robert Joseph (Emily) Liddy, Kathleen and James Grzesik, Corinne and Michael Liddy; and Michelle and Timothy Gutierrez Jr.; a brother, Daniel (Celeste)Liddy; and a brother in-law, Zachary (Therese, nee Stuesse) Davisson IV; along with cousins in Monroe and Randolph Counties. Mr. Liddy served with the U.S. Army’s 71st Infantry Division during the European campaign of World War II. He graduated from of Saint Louis University High School and Saint Louis University. He was employed as an accountant. Visitation is Wednesday, July 7, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kutis Funeral Home on Gravois Ave. in St. Louis. Funeral is Thursday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church in St. Louis. Mr. Liddy will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Saint Louis University High School’s Scholarship Fund.

Twila Feldmeier, nee Asselmeier, 82, of Fults, died July 4, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 11, 1928 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Albert and Lydia (nee Heusohn) Asselmeier. Mrs. Feldmeier is survived by her husband, Clarence Feldmeier; a daughter, Carla Feldmeier; sister, Wilma Johnson; and sisters-in-law Melba Asselmeier and Florence Feldmeier; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Asselmeier. Mrs. Feldmeier was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown. Visitation is Tuesday, July 6, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, July 7, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Feldmeier will be buried at St. John Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John’s UCC Cemetery Fund.

Charlotte M. Heise, nee Koopmann, 84, of Waterloo, died July 4, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 15, 1925 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Frank and Eunice (nee McNabb) Koopmann. Mrs. Heise is survived by her husband, George Heise; children Bernie (Fay) Ross and Cheryl (Tim) Williams; grandchildren Julie (Jay) Whitlock and Kristin Williams; step-grandchildren Jason (Jill) Crouch and Ryan (Dawn) Crouch; great-grandson, Logan Whitlock; and a brother-in-law, Nick Pautler; along with step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by a first cousin, Alvin Ross; and a sister, Dorothy E. Pautler. Mrs. Heise was the owner of Heise’s Main Street Tavern in downtown Waterloo, a member of the Belleville Women’s Bowling Association and former member of Monroe County Liquor Association and the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club. Visitation is Tuesday, July 6, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, July 7, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Heise will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Margaret Mary Schuermann, nee McFarland, 55, of Waterloo, died July 9, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 23, 1955, the daughter, of the late Edwin Philip and Sally (nee Noll) McFarland. Mrs. Schuermann is survived by her husband, Eugene Schuermann; daughter, Hanna Schuermann; and brothers, Mike (Barb) McFarland and Edwin (Tammy) McFarland; along with extended family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her a brother, James Sheridan McFarland. Mrs. Schuermann was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Waterloo, was a grade school soccer coach and was a employed as a clerk at Scott Trade. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at her church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Francis H. Heller, 86, of Fults, died July 10, 2010 in Des Peres, Mo. He was born May 4, 1924, the son of the late Frank and Anna (Krupp) Heller. Mr. Heller is survived by his wife, Joyce (Koch) Heller; children Donna (Don) Gariglietti and Terry Heller; grandchildren Greg (Dana) Hahn and Carrie Hahn; step-grandchildren Chad (Nike) Gariglietti and Nicole (Justin) Tolliver; and step-great-grandchildren Christopher Gariglietti, Morgan Orverbey and Sadie Tolliver; along with a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Velma Meyer. Mr. Heller was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Pastors Tony Troup and Matt Clark officiating. Mr. Heller was buried at her church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Paul F. Schlemmer, 81, of Columbia, died July 12, 2010 in Columbia. He was born June 22, 1929, the son of the late Armin and Mildred (Kuni) Schlemmer. Mr. Schlemmer married Annette (Grasshaw) Schlemmer in 1952 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schlemmer is survived by sons, Gary Schlemmer of New York, Michael (Mary Broome) Schlemmer of Valmeyer, Paul (Laurie Cousin) Schlemmer of Columbia, Steven (Donna) Schlemmer of Columbia, Mark (Kathy) Schlemmer of Waterloo, Dan (B.J.) Schlemmer of Columbia and Scott Schlemmer of Valmeyer; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters Violet E. Hemstedt of Columbia and Lucille (Ellard) Rieso of Columbia; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Armin Schlemmer; and a grandchild, Austin Schlemmer. Mr. Schlemmer served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired as a flight line mechanic from Boeing. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Columbia and American Legion Post 581. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Private family services were held with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Schlemmer was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion Park Endowment Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dennis L. “Denny” Hamann, 66, of Millstadt, died July 12, 2010 at his residence. He was born Sept. 8, 1943, in Belleville, the son of the late Howard and Irene (Speichinger) Hamann. Mr. Hamann is survived by his wife, Rosemarie (nee Strecker) Hamann; daughter, Julie Ann (Bradley) Gaffney; sons Jeffrey Scott (Hannah) Hamann, Michael Lacy (Laura) Hamann; and step-son, Kevin Allen (Jaime) Dill; and grandchildren Reis Alexander Gaffney, Logan Thomas Gaffney, Hannah Rebecca Hamann, Blake Thomas Hamann, Seth Thomas Hamann, Paige Elise Dill and Macie Lynn Dill; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Hamann. Mr. Hamann started right out of high school opening up Denny Hamann Signs in 1973. He was a member and disc jockey of the M.U.S.I.C. dance club. Visitation is Friday, July 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Saturday, July 17 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Belleville Human Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Harold L. Brady, 100 of Columbia, died July 12, 2010. He was the born Jan. 18, 1910, in Beloit, Kan., the son of the late John Patrick and Nina Ellen (Vanstrom) Brady. He married Ruby Faye (Jones) Brady in 1933 in Topeka, Kan. In addition to his wife, Mr. Brady is survived by his son, Gerald L. Brady of Columbia; a granddaughter, Michelle Brady of Columbia; grandson, Benjamin Brady of Bourbon, Mo.; sister, JoAnn Garrett of Tulsa, Okla. He was preceded in death by a son, Jonathan Brady. Mr. Brady was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and was a self-employed antique dealer. A memorial mass will be Saturday, July 31, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Building Fund.

Kenneth Rahn, 75, of Maeystown, died July 13, 2010 in Maeystown. He was born Oct. 20, 1934, the son of the late William and Frieda (Eggers) Rahn. Mr. Rahn is survived by his wife, Jean (nee Vogt) Rahn; a daughter, Debbie (Terryl) Walster; grandson, Josh (Traci) Crimm; sister, Leona Kent; and brother, Bill Rahn; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers Orville, Harold and Norman Rahn; and brother-in-law, Lee Kent. Mr. Rahn was a member of St. John UCC, Maeystown Sportsman’s Club and he loved to hunt and fish. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Rahn will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC Cemetery Fund or BJC Hospice.

Gertrude C. Maher, nee Althoff, 97, of St. Louis, died July 14, 2010 in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 23, 1912, the daughter of the late Jacob and Caroline (nee Garleb) Althoff. Mrs. Maher is survived by her children, Sue (Ivan) Parada and Carol Conglis; grandchildren Dr. Michelle Kettler, Kitty (Neal) Christenbury, Javier (Beth) Parada, Sean Parada and Blaine (Jen) Parada; and great-grandchildren Alixandria and Trevor Radcliffe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester W. Maher; brother in infancy Arthur Althoff; half- brother William Rehling. Mrs. Maher was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer. Visitation is Sunday, July 18 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is Monday, July 19, at 10 a.m. at her church with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mrs. Maher will be buried at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Masses or doing something kind for someone.

Shirley M. Todd, nee Newton, 72, of Effingham, died July 19, 2010 in Effingham. She was born Feb. 20, 1938, the daughter of the late William Glenn and Elenora (nee Otten) Newton. Mrs. Todd is survived by her children, Cindy (Tim) Hickerson, Paula (Ben) Akin and Carla Johnson; grandchildren Ellen (John) Odle, Larenzo Johnson, Jonathan Hickerson, Lakesha Johnson, Jessica Hickerson, Zeana Johnson and Zelman Johnson; and great-grandchildren Deamontai Allen and Brandon Houston. She was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Todd; and a brother, Dean Newton. Visitation is Wednesday, July 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is July 22, at 9:30 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Todd will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Marvin W. Greatting, 83, of Columbia, died July 20, 2010 at Columbia Convalescent Center. He was born July 29, 1926, in Columbia, the son of the late Roland and Mamie (Kuehne) Greatting. He married Pauline (Heumann) Greatting in 1949 in Red Bud. In addition to his wife, Mr. Greatting is survived by his sons Richard (Namiko) Greatting of San Diego, Calif., Allen (Julie) Greatting of Fults, Mark (Starlin) Greatting of Springfield and David (Julie) Greatting of Columbia; grandchildren Chris (Becky) Greatting, Chris and Kevin Milkert, Heather, Hillary and Zachary Greatting and Joel and Reed Greatting; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Roland (Janice) Greatting of Ellis Grove; sisters Ruby Litzinger of St. Louis, Mo., Annabelle (Si) Vallett of Steeleville and Linda Peck of Belleville. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Hal Litzinger. Mr. Greatting served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, being part of one of the first units to return to Shangai, China. He owned Greatting's Market in Columbia for more than 30 years. After closing the mark, he was employed at The Market Place in Columbia and Roma's in Waterloo. Mr. Greatting was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia and was on the drill team of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, golf and gardening. Visitation is Friday, July 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral service is Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Steven Theiss and former Pastor Ed Melchoir officiating. Mr. Greatting will be buried at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion Trust Fund or St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Iona Bertha Pfau, 91, of Columbia, died July 21, 2010 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Feb. 5, 1919, in Fults, the daughter of the late Hugo and Anna (Sprankle) Hoffmann. Mrs. Pfau is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Jordan; a son, John Pfau; dear friend, Carol Reichert; grandchildren Kathy, Tracy, Steven, Jenny, Aaron and Darren; great-grandchildren R.J., Sally and Felicia; and her cat Lily; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph Tunze; second husband, John Pfau Jr.; sisters Dorothea Huebner, Erna Heyl, Elsie Altes and Hilda Huebner. Mrs. Pfau was a retired supervisor for Bemis Bag Co. She was a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Iona loved to bowl. Visitation is Saturday, July 24, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. A service will immediately follow at the funeral home with Rev. Matthew Friz officiating. Mrs. Pfau will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Floraville United Church of Christ.

Ardell W.C. Huebner, nee Melching, of Waterloo, died July 22, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born June 20, 1919, the daughter of the late Henry and Anna (nee Lange) Melching. Mrs. Huebner is survived by her daughter, Sharon Huebner Goff; adopted grandchildren Amy and Zachary Eager; and neighbors, Steve and Carolyn Eagen; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Harry H. Huebner; and a brother, Wyman Melching. Mrs. Huebner and her husband farmed land near St. Joe. Ardell was a lifetime member of Zion UCC of St. Joe. She was honored on this Mother’s Day as the oldest living member. Ardell loved the color red, rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals, hummingbirds, African violets, cooking, gardening, volunteering at church, telling jokes and quilting. Visitation is Saturday, July 24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. The service is Sunday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Zion UCC St. Joe Anniversary Fund.

Ronda Ann LaMear, 47, of Dupo, died July 23, 2010 at Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital in East St. Louis following an automobile accident. She was born Dec. 22, 1962 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Don Gould and the late Patty Gould. In addition to her father, Mrs. LaMear is survived by her husband, David LaMear; sons T.J. Mills, Tony Mills and Gary Mills; a step-daughter, Tiffany LaMear; step-son, Brandon LaMear; brothers Ronnie, Donnie and Tommy Gould; and a sister, Donna DeJarnette. Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by a step-son, Zachary LaMear. Visitation is Tuesday, July 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A reception will follow at Mac’s Levee Inn in East Carondelet. According to her wishes, Mrs. LaMear’s body was cremated.

Mabel D. Kaestner, nee Hoffmann, 88, of Waterloo, died July 24, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Oct. 16, 1921 in Renault, the daughter of the late Walter and Sophia (nee Offermann) Hoffmann. Mrs. Kaestner is survived by her daughter, Marianne May; grandchildren Allen (Sharon) May, Laura (Charles) Ford, Angie (Robert) Henshaw and Jeff (Jen) Carroll; great-grandchildren Amanda and Nicholas Henshaw, Allison and Andrew Ford, Ethan May and Jillian and Jared Carroll; sisters Anita (Milton) Wild and Ardell (Lee) Prange; and sisters-in-law Marlene Kaestner and Alice Kaestner; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur H. Kaestner; a daughter, Janet Carroll; sister, Virginia Rodenberg; and sons-in-law Dennis May and Joe Carroll. Mrs. Kaestner was a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Renault’s Ladies Aid. Visitation is Monday, July 26, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, July 27 at 11 a.m., at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Pastor Ralph E. Laufer officiating. Mrs. Kaestner will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Roger D. Happy, 71, of Columbia, died July 24, 2010. He was born Dec. 26, 1938, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Curtis and Olive (Schroeder) Happy. He married Doris Mae (Nixon) Happy in 1962. In addition to his wife, Mr. Happy is survived by his daughters Denise (Michael) Byrd, Sharyl (David) Hakenewerth and Stacy (Greg) Mehrmann; grandchildren Jason Byrd, Jaime (Matthew) Ritzel, Emily (Eric) DuBois, Morgan Hakenewerth, Madison Mehrmann and Emma Mehrmann; great-grandchildren Maybelle, Everett and Henry Ritzel; a brother, Donald J. Happy; and an uncle, Claude James (Donna) Schroeder. Mr. Happy served in the U.S. Army – stationed in Germany in 1958 – 1960. He was employed as an accountant for 50 years, retiring from U.S. Bank in downtown St. Louis. Roger enjoyed his family, bowling, fishing and playing cards. Visitation is Monday, July 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Tuesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony's Charitable Foundation in St. Louis.

Priscilla E. Cole, nee Weaver, 84, of Waterloo, died July 26, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born March 1, 1926, in Beaver Falls, Penn., the daughter of the late Millard and Priscilla (nee Boughey) Weaver. Mrs. Cole is survived by her husband, Robert J Cole; sons Lynn (Kristina) Cole of Grantham, NH., Robert J. (Susan) Cole of Waterloo and Richard Mark (Linda) Cole of Baldwinsville, NY.; and a daughter, Carol H. (Christopher) Carlson of Stafford, Va.; along with numerous grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Victoria; and brothers Donald, James, Richard and Eric. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Beaver Falls, Penn. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC of Waterloo and the Oak Hill Senior Center Activity Fund.

Lillian Frieda Heberer, nee Wittlich, of Mascoutah, 101, died Monday, July 26, 2010 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville following a brief illness. She was born July 17, 1909 in Belleville to the late Louis and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Wittlich. She married Henry C. Heberer in 1928 in Effingham. They lived on a farm near Freeburg until Henry’s retirement in 1959 at which point they moved to Mascoutah. Henry died in 1968. Mrs. Heberer is survived by a son, Robert D. “Bob” (Janet) Heberer; daughter, Mary K. (Norman) Richter; grandchildren Kathleen (Ed) Weilbacher, James (Mary) Heberer, Robert “Rob” Heberer II, Julie (Dennis) Heberer Graul, Michael (Jennifer) Richter, Sharon (Dr. James) Grimes and Charles Richter; great-grandchildren John Weilbacher, Rose Weilbacher, Katherine and Rachel Richter and Maxwell, Madeline and Miles Grimes; step-great-grandsons Andrew and Timothy Matecki; step-great-great-grandsons Chase and Jack Matecki; and sisters-in-law Dorothy Heberer, June Wittlich and Milla Wittlich Engel; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Joan Elizabeth who in 1993; brothers Henry, Louis, Irvin, Lester and Roland Wittlich; and a sister, Rosella Wittlich Blanc. The family is appreciative for those who enabled Lillian to live in her home until her recent illness, particularly Muriel Brockmeier who provided assistance the past five years. Lil was an accomplished artist, gardener and quilter who was active in community life. She was a past master of the Turkey Hill Grange where she was a member for 85 years, a past-president of District V Garden Clubs of Illinois, a master flower show judge, past-president of the Mascoutah Garden Club and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Mrs. Heberer attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Freeburg and later St. John United Church of Christ in Mascoutah where she remained a quilter and Ladies Guild member for many years. The 2009 St. John Quilt show featured many of the quilts she made during her lifetime. Funeral is Thursday, July 29, at 10 a.m., at St. John UCC of Mascoutah with Rev. Hugh Fitz and Rev. Dr. Donald Wagner officiating. Moll Funeral Home of Mascoutah handled the arrangements. Mrs. Heberer will be buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the National Foundation For Ectodermal Dysplasia or to St. John UCC in Mascoutah.

Adele “Bubbles” Norman Fox, nee Daab, 84, died July 26, 2010 in Scarborough, Maine. She was born Oct. 24, 1925 in Columbia, the daughter of the late John Daab of Columbia and Adele Schein Daab of Waterloo. John Daab owned Daab’s Drug Store in downtown Columbia, the current location of Conrad Press / The Independent. He also raised chickens on a farm in rural Columbia. After their marriage, Adele Daab moved to Columbia and was employed as a schoolteacher and principal in the town. Mrs. Fox is survived by her children, Jonathan (Julia) Elbaum of Ottumwa Iowa and Burnsville, Minn., Danial Elbaum of Portland, Ore., Martha (Bill) Williamson of Falmouth, Maine; granddaughters Emma and Lily Elbaum and Charlotte Adele Williamson; a niece, Debbie Barber; and nephews David, Dirk and Dean Goldgar. She was preceded in death by a sisters, Vida Goldgar. Memorials may be made to the Southern Poverty law Center or Doctors Without Borders. Adele’s professional career included broadcasting, marketing and administration. Her career path began in the 1940s in St. Louis, where she was a producer, writer and on-air personality for KMOX radio. She later moved to New York City to accept a marketing position – traveling the country giving presentations on homemaking and entertaining. In the mid-1950s, she moved to Kokomo, Ind., to accept a position as a radio host. While there, she acted in the local theater guild where she met Ken Elbaum. They were married, had three children and moved to Dayton, Ohio. After the couple divorced in 1966, Adele took over ownership of the Gem City Employment Agency where she developed successful advertising campaigns for Stop And Go Stores. She then became the director of public relations for the community of Newfields, an experimental planned community intended to combat urban sprawl. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she directed a public housing office funded by a CETA grant to promote fair housing practices in Trotwood, Ohio. She went on to become the assistant director of the Ohio Masonic Home, a retirement home in Springfield. During that time, she met Dr. Dale Fox. They were married and moved to Dayton, Ohio. After Dale’s death in 1995, Adele attended classes at Xavier University and volunteered as a docent at the Contemporary Arts Center. She moved to Portland, Maine in 2005. At the time of her death, she was living at Piper Shores, a retirement community outside of Portland. Adele was a lifelong reader and aficionado of the arts. She loved modern painting, jazz and classical music.

Anita Sue Siefert, nee Vollmer, 48, of Gahanna, Ohio, died July 31, 2010. She was born Dec. 2, 1961, the youngest sister of Dr. Liz (Vollmer) Boehm of the Waterloo Animal Hospital. Mrs. Siefert is survived by her husband Steve Siefert; sons John (Meredith), Stephen, Patrick and William; a grandson, James; her mother, Gloria Vollmer; sisters Liz (Dwight) Boehm of Waterloo and Amy (Greg) Fitzgerald; nephews Mitch Boehm, Alex and Grant Fitzgerald; and nieces Emma Boehm and Eliza Fitzgerald. Memorials may be made to Holy Spirit School Endowment Fund, 305 Spruce Hill Drive, Gahanna, Ohio, 43230.

Candace “Candy” Irene Patton, nee Wilson, 61, of Columbia, died July 30, 2010 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville following an extended illness. She was born Dec. 29, 1948. She married Melvin “Mel” Patton in 1970. He died in 2009 in a car accident. Mrs. Patton is survived by her mother, Grace (Merril), nee Stephens, Loyet of Highland; children Kim (Tedd) Bacott, Deron Patton and J.D. (Tara) Patton, all of Columbia; grandchildren Ryan, Caitlin, Ashley, J.T., Emma, Brittni, Kaitlyn, Kadence, Beau and Berlyn; sisters Debbie (Louie) Janik and Denise (Ritch) Keller, both of Columbia; a brother, Craig (Kim) Wilson of Greenville; brother-in-law, Larry (Diane) Patton of Belleville; and sister-in-law, Lynn Brower of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her father, Ross Wilson. She was a member of the Villa Hills Baptist Church, enjoyed the outdoors, caring for her horses, watching the sunset over her pond, sitting on the beach and spending time with her family and friends. Visitation is Sunday, Aug. 1, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Monday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Larry Patton officiating. Mrs. Patton will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Candy Patton Memorial Fund or the American Cancer Society.

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Wilmarth Henrietta Holtman, nee Barbeau, 90, of Waterloo, died June 1, 2010 in St. Louis. She was born March 31, 1920, the daughter of the late George and Myrtle (nee Palmier) Barbeau. Mrs. Holtman is survived by her children, Constance (Joseph) Majka of Maeystown, Judith (Marvin) Oliver of Lenoir, NC., and Michelle (Kenneth) Wilson of Valrico, Fla; a sister, June Weatherly of Troy; and brothers Larry Barbeau of Pinckneyville and Dale Barbeau of Plano, Tex; along with seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Holtman was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Holtman; five brothers; and one sister. Visitation was at DeFabio Funeral. Mrs. Holtman was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Lori A. Brumfield, nee Barker, 53, of Waterloo, died June 1, 2010 in St. Louis. She was born June 1, 1957, the daughter of the late Alan and Peggy (nee Allen) Barker. Mrs. Brumfield is survived by her husband, Kevin E. Brumfield; children, Philip, Jacob and Taylor Brumfield; a sister, Lisa Barker; and a brother, David (Jennifer) Barker. She was preceded in death by a brother. Mrs. Brumfield was a retired registered nurse at veterans’ hospitals. A service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society. Arrangements were handled by Quernheim Funeral Home.

Carlyle A. Schneider, 83, of Waterloo, died June 2, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born April 29, 1927 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Aloysius Schneider and Leona (nee Susewind) Schneider Reichert. In keeping with Carlyle’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Schneider will be buried at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Schneider is survived by his wife, Norma (nee Weatherford) Riddle Schneider; daughters Donna Kay (Terry) Lucas of Litchfield, Carlene Cortner of Red Bud and Renee (Robert) Voelker of Citrus Heights, Calif.; step-daughters Karen (Norman) Benedict of Folsom, Calif., Sandra (Ed) Grinder of Lake Station, Ind., and Karen (Greg) Grueninger of Columbia; a son, Lyle (Kandyce) Schneider of Roseville, Calif.; step-sons Raymond (Reta) Goessling of Folsom, Calif., and Jack Jr. (Debbie) Riddle of Columbia; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his step-father, Adam Reichert. Carlyle was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a life member of the VFW Post 7080 in Millstadt, a 15-year member of Columbia American Legion Post 581 and a 20-year member of Moose Lodge 1221 in Swansea. He attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. In keeping with Carlyle’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Schneider will be buried at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to an organization which benefits United States veterans.

Dorothy K. Woodcock, nee Koch, 93, of Waterloo, died June 4, 2010 in St. Louis. She was born March 29, 1917, the daughter of the late Gustav and Anna (nee Wernicker) Koch. Mrs. Woodcock is survived by her children, Richard (Carol) Woodcock and Jean Woodcock; grandchildren Tina (Errol) Johanning and Tricia (Chris) Lutman; great-grandchildren Evan and Eli Johanning and Lydia Lutman; and a sister-in-law, Lena Woodcock; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Woodcock; an infant daughter; sisters Anna Rippelmeyer, Elizabeth Stahl and Frieda Steinmann; and brothers Gustav, Fred, Henry, Charles and Alvin Koch; along with sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Mrs. Woodcock was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. She enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, quilting, crocheting and gardening. Visitation is Sunday, June 6, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. Mrs. Woodcock will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church’s Memorial Fund.

Francis M. Purcell, 87, of Waterloo, died June 4, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 8, 1922 in Coulee City, Wash., the son of the late Wade and Florence (nee McCann) Purcell. Mr. Purcell is survived by his wife, Bessie (nee Nutt) Purcell; children Judy (Steve) Davis, Lori (Will) Hesterberg, Mark (Gail) Purcell, Arleen (George) Hof and Karla (Mark) Cornick; a brother, Jim (Barbara) Purcell; half-brother, Wade Purcell Jr.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Anne Purcell. Mr. Purcell was a member of the American Legion and the St. Louis Theater Organ Society. He attended Evangel Assembly of God in Columbia. Visitation is Monday, June 7, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, June 8, at 9:30 a.m., at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo with Pastor Wayne Welborn officiating. Mr. Purcell will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to Life Network or Focus On The Family.

Alice Mary Priscilla Sunderman, 92, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died June 6, 2010, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Aug. 11, 1917, in Columbia, the daughter of the late William and Louisa (Schlegel) McConkey. Alice married Bernard W. Sunderman in 1939 in Columbia. He died in 1998. Mrs. Sunderman graduated from Columbia High School and the Cosmetology School of East St. Louis. She had owned a beauty shop. Later, she and her husband operated Sunderman's Garage on Bottom Ave. in Columbia for many years. Alice was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, a friend of Christ Community Church in Columbia and the Columbia Senior Citizens. Mrs. Sunderman is survived by a daughter, Margie (Jesse) Ellis of Largo, Fla.; daughter, Mary Lou (Norm) Jatho of Waterloo; son, James B. Sunderman of Columbia; grandchildren Donna (Ken) Sanger of Madison, Ala., Steve (Gina) Jatho of Vancouver, Wash., London (Peter) Vroom of Pinellas Park, Fla., Kristen (Tim) Troup of Red Bud and Nathan Sunderman of Columbia; great-grandchildren Sarah and Emileigh Sanger, Moriah, Anika and Emma Jatho; sisters-in-law Lorraine McConkey of Columbia, Ruth McConkey of Chesterfield, Mo., and Pauline Sunderman of Mascoutah; and a brother-in-law, Vernon Sunderman of Bellingham, Wash.; along with nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by brothers August and William McConkey; a sister, Florence Huch; daughter, Bonnie Sue Sunderman; and a grandchild, Scott Ellis. Visitation is Tuesday, June 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Wednesday, June 9, at 11 a.m., at Lawlor’s with Rev. Matthew Friz, officiating. Mrs. Sunderman will follow in the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Senior Nutrition Site or the Columbia American Legion Park Endowment Fund.

Lafreda “Country” Jackson, 75, of Dupo, died June 8, 2010 at her residence. She was born May 19, 1935, the daughter of the late Covie and Onamay (nee Spence) Riggs. Mrs. Jackson is survived by her children, Sharon Alexander, Jeffrey Jackson, Nicole Warren and Paula Gerou; a sister, Louise Travis; brother, John Wayne Riggs; grandchildren Jennifer Carrieri, Heather Esmon, Christopher Alexander, Joshua Jackson, Chase Gerou and Kaitlyn Gerou; and great-grandchildren Christa, Briana, Taylor, Madison, Alyssa, Hailey and Zachary; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Jackson. Visitation is Monday, June 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Memorials may be made to the Dupo VFW Post 6368

James A. Trantham Sr., 84, of Cahokia, died at his home, on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. He was born Sept. 21, 1925 in Springfield, Mo., to the late Charles and Louise (nee Rhodes) Trantham. He graduated from Soldan High School in East St. Louis in 1943. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served on the Destroyer USS Murphy DD603 and garnered several medals for his active duty and bravery. After his naval service, James worked and later retired from Switzer Licorice as a journeyman machinist. He also attended and worked at New Testament Baptist Church. James was an avid gardener, fisher and devoted family man who loved spending time with his loved ones. He developed a strong Christian faith and was baptized in 1966. He became a member of New Testament Baptist Church in Cahokia and later Waterloo where he taught Sunday school, served as deacon and led a bus and prison ministry for many years. Mr. Trantham is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen (nee Moore) Trantham of Cahokia; Charles Trantham of St Louis, Helen (Den) Boyer of Columbia and Jim (Rita) Trantham of Waterloo; grandchildren Jeff (Stacy) Boyer, Brian (Dawn) Boyer, Ron (Mary Ellen) Boyer, Christine Hinkle, Kathy (Zack) Hopkins, Jennifer (Charlie) Kujawski and Andi Trantham; great-grandchildren Ronnie, Dakota, Layne, Samantha and Hanna Boyer; and siblings Elizabeth Oppermann, Dot Shownes, Pat Miller and John Trantham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Fred Trantham and Betsy Rawie. Visitation is Monday, June 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at the First Baptist Church of Waterloo. A funeral will immediately follow the visitation on Tuesday at the church. Mr. Trantham will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Unity Hospice or New Testament Baptist Church of Waterloo.

Hildagard S. Schneider, nee Faust, 86, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died June 10, 2010 in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 14, 1923, the daughter of the late George and Sophia (nee Thoma) Faust. She married Sylvester Schneider in 1955. He died in 1973. Mrs. Schneider is survived by her daughters, Kathleen (Cliff) Stebe of St. Louis and Kay (Ron) Reilly of Columbia; a son, Kenneth (Jan) Schneider of O’Fallon, Mo.; and grandchildren Kristi (Mike) Weiss, Renee (Steve) Doyle D.M. D., Douglas Reilly and Brad and Cory Schneider; along with brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Schneider was preceded in death by her brothers Herman, Walter, Edwin and Raymond Faust. Visitation is Sunday, June 13, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral mass is Monday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Schneider will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Hospice.

Mildred L. Schmitz, nee Prince, 92, of Ruma, died June 10, 2010 in Red Bud. She was born June 22, 1917, the daughter of the late George and Margaret Caroline (nee Wells) Prince. Mrs. Schmitz is survived by her daughter, Frances (James) Novak; granddaughter, Stephanie (Jerry) Koester; great-grandchildren Jonathan Koester and Samantha Koester; and a friend, Ramona Kezely; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar “Pat” Schmitz. Mrs. Schmitz was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church of Renault and American Legion Auxiliary Unit Post 1215. Visitation is Friday, June 11, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m. at her church with Father Roger Karban officiating. Mrs. Schmitz will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to masses at her church or to the American Diabetes Association.

Roland C. Schmidt, 91, of Columbia, died June 12, 2010 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Columbia, the son of the late Richard and Clara (Wenkel) Schmidt. He married Esther (Mehrtens) Schmidt in 1949 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schmidt is survived by a daughter, Angela (Michael) Buchana of Columbia; son, Aaron Schmidt of Columbia; grandchildren LeAnn (Matthew) Wilke, Chelsea Sackman, Molly Buchana, Haley Buchana, Angela Schmidt and Cierra Smith; and a great-grandchild, Jackson Lawal. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Wilke. Mr. Schmidt was a decorated Army veteran of World War II. He retired as an electrician with Midwest Rubber in Sauget. Visitation is Tuesday, June 15, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Schmidt will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

Robert J. Schilling, 83, of Millstadt, formerly of Valmeyer, died June 17, 2010 in Belleville. He was born January 3, 1927, the son of the late Martin and Louise (nee Einwich) Schilling. Mr. Schilling is survived by his wife, Elsie J. Schilling, nee Tylka; children Robert Paul (Debbie) Schilling, Barbara Ann Gaubert and Dennis (Dorothy) Schilling; 10 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Irene (Vernon) Heine, Myrtle Laurent and Maydell (John) Huetsch; and a brother, Leroy Schilling; along with step-children, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen (nee Mechler) Schilling; and son-in-law, Richard Gaubert. Mr. Schilling was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Friday, June 18, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Schilling will be buried at SS Peter and Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Irene H. Sickmeier, nee Heller, 88, of Waterloo, died June 17, 2010 in Red Bud. She was born July 29, 1921, the daughter of the late Joseph and Ernestine (nee Schleifer) Heller. Mrs. Sickmeier is survived by her children, Norma (Robert) Coffel, Gloria Sickmeier Goddard, Jerry Sickmeier, Gail Ray (friend Brian Springton), Steven (Carolyn) Sickmeier, Lynn (Craig) Yearous and Roger (Angie) Sickmeier; 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Verna Heller; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe O. Sickmeier; brothers William and Albert Heller; sisters Lydia Mueller, Emma Harms, Frieda Mennerich and Anna Heller; and son-in-law Donald Goddard. Mrs. Sickmeier was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Visitation is Sunday, June 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Matt Clark officiating. Mrs. Sickmeier will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Family Hospice.

Adelia E. Stunkel, nee Lindhorst, 96, formerly of Wood River, died June 17, 2010 in New Athens. She was born Feb. 25, 1914, the daughter of the late John L. and Elizabeth C. (nee Mirgain) Lindhorst. Mrs. Stunkel was married to the late Edwin Stunkel. Mrs. Stunkel is survived by a daughter, Janice (Charles) Schmidt of Marissa; grandson, Gary (Mindy) Schmidt of Waterloo; great-grandchildren Isabella Marie Schmidt and Brayden Mathew Schmidt; and a sister, Viola Spicer of Granite City; along with other relative and friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by sisters Dina Lindhorst, Bertha Schneider and Rose Eberhart; brothers Emil, Edwin, Heinrich, John, Arthur and Charlie Lindhorst. Adelia was a member of Eden United Church of Christ. Visitation is Friday, June 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Gail Geisel officiating. Mrs. Stunkel will be buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Eden Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or Passages Hospice.

Charles L. Yarbrough, 80, of Waterloo, died June 18, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 17, 1930, the son of the late Charles and Minerva (nee Nickelson) Yarbrough. Mr. Yarbrough is survived by his wife, Imogene (nee Fries) Yarbrough; son, Craig (Nancy) Yarbrough; granddaughter, Sarah A. Yarbrough; great-grandson, Easton Rayfield; and sisters Bertha (Leroy) Hoffman and Blanche (Robert) Schneider; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Bruce Yarbrough; brothers Joseph, Robert, Alvin and Rolland Yarbrough; and sisters Helen Todd and Ruth Tauber. Mr. Yarbrough serves in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, Metzger-Crook VFW Post 6504 and Morris Lodge 787. Visitation is Sunday, June 20, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is June 21, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor David Gerth officiating. Mr. Yarbrough will be buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer at a later date. Memorials may be made to his church.

Joan Y. Schneider, 72, of St. Louis, Mo. died June 19, 2010 in St. Louis. She was born July 23, 1937, the daughter of the late Fred and Elenora (nee Mehrtens) Schneider. Mrs. Schneider is survived by her siblings, Marion (Ray) Westholt, Vernell Rippelmeyer, Bob (Gloria) Schneider, Willard (Ann) Schneider, Marlene Cripps, Marvin Schneider and Sharon Schneider; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, a great-great-niece, a great-great nephew and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers Glen and Ronald Schneider; a brother-in-law, Melvin Rippelmeyer; sisters-in-law Nadine and Donna Schneider; and a nephew, Sean Schneider. There was no visitation. A private graveside service will be held at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

June L. Degener, nee Werling, 81, of Waterloo, died June 20, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born June 8, 1929, the daughter of the late George P. and Freida K. (nee Hoffmann) Werling Sr. Mrs. Degener is survived by her children, Steve (Carol) Degener and Sandy (Mike) Pinson; grandchildren Andrea, Mark and Brett Degener, and Michael Pinson; sister, Marjorie Bottiaux; brother, Jules Werling; and sister-in-law, Helen Werling. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert “Wib” L. Degener; brothers George Werling Jr. and Nelson Werling; and a sister, Geraldine Werling Krause. Mrs. Degener was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ of Waterloo and was an avid golfer. Visitation is Tuesday, June 22, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, June 23, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul UCC with Pastor David Gerth officiating. Mrs. Degener will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Frank J. Kupinkski Jr., 69, of Red Bud, formerly of Belleville, died Thursday, June 24, 2010 at his residence. He was born Feb. 26, 1941, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Frank and Julia (nee Thomas) Kupinski Sr. He married Sharon Coder on July 21, 1962 in East St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Mr. Kupinski is survived by his wife, Sharon Coder; children Ed (Lisa Wittenauer) Kupinski of Hecker; Cindy VanHoose of Arnold, Mo., and Rick (Amie) Kupinski of Waterloo; three grandchildren, Brittany VanHoose, Dakota Kupinski and Conor McHenry; a brother, Ken (Lexie) Kupinski of Glen Carbon; and a sister, Judy (Ed) Venorsky of Swansea; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Kupinski had been a captain on the Belleville Fire Department Local 53 during his 31 years with the department. He also served nine years with the East St. Louis Fire Department. Visitation is Monday, June 28, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Tuesday, June 29, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Brad Gruenwald officiating. Mr. Kupinski will be buried at the Red Bud City Cemetery.

James W. Novak, 69, of Waterloo, died June 25, 2010 in St. Louis. He was born May 23, 1941, the son of the late Frank J. and Orlena (Schmitz) Novak. Mr. Novak is survived by his wife, Frances Novak, nee Schmitz; daughter, Stephanie (Jerry) Koester; grandchildren, Jonathan and Samantha Koester; sisters and brothers, Lucille (William) Wetzler, Jerry (Susan) Novak, Helen (Henry) Koch and Pat (Lonny) Schmidt; aunts, Darlene Wetzler and Irene Fausz; alone with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Glenn Juelfs; nephew, Billy Wetzler; and in-laws. Mr. Novak was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Church and was interested in softball, basketball, baseball, NASCAR, and football. Visitation was Tuesday, June 29 at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Wednesday, June 30 at SS Peter & Paul Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Novak was buried at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery. Memorials to the American Heart Association, Diabetes Association or Masses at SS Peter & Paul Church.

Betty Anne (Hubbs) Houseknecht, 78, of Belleville and formerly of Columbia, died June 26, 2010, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. She was born May 9, 1932, in East St. Louis, daughter of the late Harry and Della Mae (Green) Hubbs. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, where she had participated in the Women's League and was a past Sunday School teacher. She was a retired secretary, having worked at Golden Dipt, Millstadt, IL, and Columbia City Hall. Survivors include a son, Jim Houseknecht of Waterloo; daughter, Ellen (Jeff) Grueninger of Columbia; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Bentrup of Ballwin, Mo., and Andrew Grueninger of Edwardsville; a great-grandchild, Abigail Bentrup, along with other relatives and friends. Visitation was Tuesday, June 29 at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Wednesday, June 30, at Lawlor Funeral Home, with Pastor Bob Goddard, officiating. Burial was at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery, Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church.

Ollen W. Ramey, 84, of Valmeyer, died June 26, 2010 in Belleville. He was born November 25, 1925 in Carlinville, the son of the late John William and Sara Janette (Stokes) Ramey. Mr. Ramey is survived by his wife, Annabelle (nee Krack) Ramey; sons, James (Janell) Ramey, Harold (Chris) Ramey, Keith (Diane) Ramey; daughters, Elizabeth (Mark) Ambrose, Sharon (Ervin) Sanders, Linda Ramey, JoAnn Bean, and Debbie Russell; brother, Dale (Betty) Ramey; sister Martha Jean Wolf; eight grandsons; nine granddaughters; nine great-grandsons; 10 great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marianna (nee Huff) Ramey; sons, Robert Ramey and Stephen Gold; granddaughter, Megan Ramey. Mr. Ramey graduated from Litchfield High School, served in the Army from 1944-1946, graduated from the University of Illinois in 1950, was plant superintendent at Prairie Farms Dairy, moved to Mountain Home, Ark. in 1992 then moved to Valmeyer in 2006 and was a member of Emmanuel Church. Visitation was Monday, June 28 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. Funeral was Tuesday, June 29 at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Martin officiating. Mr. Ramey was buried at Mayfield Memorial Park in Carlinville.

Betty Anne (Hubbs) Houseknecht, 78 years, of Belleville, and formerly of Columbia, died June 26, 2010 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born May 9, 1932, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Harry and Della Mae (Green) Hubbs. Mrs. Houseknecht is survived by her son, Jim Houseknecht of Waterloo; a daughter, Ellen (Jeff) Grueninger of Columbia; grandchildren Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Bentrup of Ballwin, Mo., and Andrew Grueninger of Edwardsville; and a great-grandchild, Abigail Bentrup, along with other relatives and friends. Mrs. Houseknecht was a retired secretary, having worked at Golden Dipt in Millstadt and Columbia City Hall. She was a member of St. Paul UCC, where she had participated in the Women's League and was a past Sunday school teacher. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard, officiating. Mrs. Houseknecht was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery n Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC.

Douglas J. Feldker, 47, of Chester, formerly of Waterloo, died June 28, 2010 in Chester. He was born Aug. 27, 1962, in St. Louis. Mr. Feldker is survived by his parents, Joseph and Nadine (nee Branson) Feldker; a daughter, Taylor Marie Feldker; brother, Daniel Feldker; sister, Heather (David) Bush; niece, Alexandra Feldker; and special friend, Barb Christeson; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; aunts and uncles. Mr. Feldker was a member of Eagles Lounge in Chester and was a bricklayer. Visitation is Wednesday, June 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. Funeral is Thursday, July 1, at the funeral home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Hilda Louise Pfeffer, nee Brellinger, 89, of Millstadt, died June 29, 2010 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born March 9, 1921 in Columbia, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Mosbacher) Brellinger. Mrs. Pfeffer is survived by her children, Carolyn (Lawrence) Patterson of Millstadt, Raymond (Pam) Pfeffer of Millstadt, Wayne (Pamela) Pfeffer of Smithton and Glenn (Melody) Pfeffer of Columbia; daughter-in-law, Betty Pfeffer of Millstadt; and a sister, Florence Martin of Dupo; along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Joe Pfeffer; a son, Donald Pfeffer; sisters Stella Reichert, Alida Kern, Amelia Brellinger and Ella Ebersohl; and a brother, Clarence Brellinger. Hilda was a homemaker and a lifetime member of the Bluff Grange. Visitation is Saturday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral will immediately follow with Father Marvin Volk officiating. Mrs. Pfeffer will be buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Senior Center.

May

Ann M. Laird, nee Swacker, 82, of Red Bud, died May 3, 2010 in Red Bud. She was born March 10, 1928, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Louis and Margaret (nee Lauterwasser) Swacker. Mrs. Laird is survived by her children, Linn (Genelle) Laird of Fenton, Mo., Sue Strauss of Pennsylvania, Tom (Joyce) Laird of Red Bud, Bill (Jeannie) Laird of Pennsylvania and Joe Laird of Florissant, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur W. Laird. Mrs. Laird willed her body to science and there was no funeral.

Rayburn A. Fricke, 70, of Red Bud, died Friday, May 7, 2010 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. He was born July 24, 1939 in Murphysboro to the late Arthur and Leta (nee Rayburn) Fricke. Rayburn married Glenda Smith on April 2, 1966 in Chicago. In addition to his wife, Mr. Fricke is survived by his children, Robert Fricke Jr. of Red Bud and Chris (Will) Trowbridge of Columbia; a sister, Dottie Hoffman of Columbia; brother, Robert D. Fricke of Belleville; and a granddaughter, Grace Trowbridge of Columbia. Mr. Fricke received a football scholarship to the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., where he earned a degree. He also graduated in 1977 from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Mr. Fricke was an attorney who served as a public defender for eight years. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud, the Illinois Bar Association, Randolph County Bar Association and Red Bud Lion’s Club. Rayburn had been an active member of the Muskets Athletic Club and coached Pee Wee Football for several years. Visitation is Monday, May 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Tuesday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Russell Koen officiating. Mr. Fricke will be buried at Paradise Cemetery in Steeleville. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church of Red Bud or the Muskets Athletic Club.

Jeffery L. Pirtle, 51, of New Athens, formerly of Monroe City, died May 10, 2010 in New Athens. He was born Jan. 7, 1959 in Tampa Bay, Fla., the son of Cletus and Linda (nee Woodard) Pirtle. Besides his parents, Mr. Pirtle is survived by a sister, Clarice Korte; and brothers Brian Pirtle and Mitchell Pirtle; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Mary A. Bahr, Harry F. Pirtle, Lucille Riggs and Clarence V. Woodard Sr. Mr. Pirtle was employed at Hubbell Wiegmann in Freeburg and was a member of the NRA and the Town and Country Gun Club of Maryville. . Visitation is Wednesday, May 12, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, May 13, at Quernheim’s with Pastor Royal Boeder officiating. Mr. Pirtle will be buried at the Monroe City Cemetery.

Jessica Koen, 28, of Waterloo, died May 12, 2010 in Columbia in an automobile accident. She was born March 30, 1982 in Oxnard, Calif., the daughter of Gary Koen and Debra Koen. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Koen is survived by her siblings Garrett (fiancée Megan Veit) Koen, Rebecca (fiancée Mike Amann) Stone and Christopher Stone; grandmother Lamaar Rodriguez; and pet Mr. Chico; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her step-mother, Joan Marie Koen; grandparents Dan Rodriguez and Glendon Ray and Wanda Koen; and an uncle, Mark Rodriguez. Jessica attended Sanford - Brown College and loved animals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, art and her family and friends. Visitation is Friday, May 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society.

Christopher Scott Pickus, 40, of Millstadt, died May 13, 2010 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. He was born March 24, 1970, in Belleville, the son of Maryann Pickus of Swansea, and his late father, Ronald J. Pickus. In addition to his mother, Mr. Pickus is survived by his wife, Ginny Pickus; brothers James (Debbie) Pickus of Millstadt and Paul Pickus of Swansea; mother-in-law, Darlene Slovinski of Millstadt; and nephews Josh, Alex, Brandon and Conner; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his loving pets. Mr. Pickus worked at Brinks Armored Car in St. Louis, was a deputy marshal for the Millstadt Police Department for 10 years, attended St. James Catholic Church and was a member of the Party Tyme Kruzer Car Club. Visitation at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church with Father Marvin Volk officiating. Mr. Pickus was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

Donald A. "Bud" Stumpf Jr., 53 years of Waterloo, died May 14, 2010. He was born July 23, 1956, in Red Bud, the son of Donald A. and Deanna (Diel) Stumpf Sr. of Columbia. In addition to his parents, Mr. Stumpf is survived by a sister, Barbara (Grant) Richter of Columbia; brother, Timothy (Sheila) Stumpf of Forestell, Mo.; sister-in-law, Lynn Stumpf of Columbia; aunt, Luann Flota of Alton; and an uncle, David (Bobbette) Stumpf of Godfrey; along with cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Stumpf; and an uncle, Ernie Flota. Bud was a soldier with the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel in St. Louis, Mo. A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel in St. Louis, Mo. A memorial service will immediately follow with Major Bob Fay officiating. A private burial of ashes will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel or Human Support Services of Monroe County.

Elsie Mosbacher, 78, of Valmeyer, formerly of Aurora, Colo., died May 15, 2010 in Valmeyer. She was born Aug. 28, 1931 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Ernst and Emma (nee Linker) Mosbacher. Ms. Mosbacher is survived by a sister, Edna Brown of Valmeyer; a sister-in-law. Margie Mosbacher of Waterloo; and nephews Mike Brown and Terry Mosbacher; along with great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Mosbacher; sister, Erma Senti; nephew, Bruce Mosbacher; and a niece, Linda Senti. Ms. Mosbacher was a civil service worker in Denver for 55 years. Memorial service is Saturday, May 22, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Esther Katherine Schoenborn (nee Kolmer), 87, of Waterloo, died May 16, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born July 13, 1922 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Frank and Cecilia (nee Vogt) Kolmer. Mrs. Schoenborn is survived by her children, Mary (John) Mosir of Waterloo, Joann (Tim) Harlin of Waterloo, Virginia (fiancé Gene Cox) Busch of Imperial, Robert (Sara) Schoenborn of Waterloo, Gene Schoenborn of Belleville, Glenn (Mariola Mollet) Schoenborn of Fairview Heights, Pat (Mike Barcus) Seibel of Columbia, Sue (Ed Davis) Strobel of Waterloo and Tom (Judy Glynn) Schoenborn of Columbia; grandchildren Chris Mosir (fiancé Rachel Burchard), Stephanie Mosir (fiancé Drew Cordia), Jennifer (Daniel) Wilhelm, Jackie Harlin, Jeana Harlin, Kim Anderson, Michael (Shelley) Busch, Krissy (Bryan) Buettner, Joel Schoenborn, Aaron and Angela Hemme, Jeff (Karrie) Strobel, Jay Strobel, Trenton Schoenborn and Haley Schoenborn; great-grandchildren Mason and Miller Wilhelm, Corey and Sydney Busch, Jesse and Allison Buettner, Alyssa Robinson, Claire and Kate Strobel; sister, LaVerne Proctor; and sister-in-law, Irene Schoenborn. Mrs. Schoenborn was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Schoenborn; and a brother, Robert Kolmer. Mrs. Schoenborn was a homemaker and sales rep for Mary Kay Cosmetics. She was a lifetime member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, the Mary and Martha Society and Waterloo VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 6504. Visitation is Wednesday, May 19, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is Thursday, May 20, 10 a.m. at SS Peter and Paul Church. Memorials to masses, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Oak Hill.

Danny J. Dell, 63, of Waterloo, died May 16, 2010 in Belleville. He was born Dec. 1, 1946 in Moark, Ark, the son of the late John H. and Irene (nee Peters) Dell. Mr. Dell is survived by his wife, Nancy (nee Selander) Dell; sons Wayne (Mary) Dell and Brian (Rebecca) Dell; grandchildren John, Bethany and Sophia Dell; and sisters Frances (Charles) Smith, Patricia Range; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and an aunt. He was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, aunts and uncles. Mr. Dell was a member of Zion UCC, Laborer Local 196, Kaskaskia Bowhunters and the Prairie du Rocher Saddle Club. Visitation is Wednesday, May 19, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, May 20 at 10 a.m. at Zion United Church of Christ in St. Joe with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mr. Dell will be buried at the Burksville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, American Cancer Society or his church.

Joseph R. Klein Jr., 71, of Waterloo, died May 17, 2010 in Waterloo after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was born Aug. 8, 1938 in St. Louis, the son of the late Roland J. and Bertha (nee Martindale) Klein. Mr. Klein is survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Havel) Klein; children Roserita (James) Cadwell, CDR Joseph (Carla) Klein II (USN), Roland (Joette) Klein, CDR Erich (Bethany) Klein (USCG), Natasha (Major Erik) Bartelt (USMC); grandchildren David, Nathaniel, Emma, Anna, Savka and Olivia Klein and Jacob and Noah Cadwell; a brother, Lawrence (Brenda) Klein; sisters-in-law, Kathleen (Pat) Brady and Mary (Joseph) Schutzenhofer; along with aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Elaine Hoggard; and a brother, Gerald Klein. Mr. Klein was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was a member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in St. Louis, the Knights of Columbus, Waterloo Metzger-Crook VFW Post 6504, Coast Guard Auxiliary and the YMCA. Visitation is Thursday, May 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk with Father Paul Spielman officiating. Mr. Klein will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Bertha Marie Riebeling, nee Schlemmer, 93, of Dupo, died May 18, 2010 at her son’s home in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 30, 1916 in Sugarloaf Township, the daughter of the late Frederick and Wilhelmina (nee Wernicke) Schlemmer. Mrs. Riebeling is survived by her son, Orval (Mary Lou) Riebeling; daughters Evelyn (Larry) Lindhorst and Beverly Bivins; ex-son-in-law Norman Bivins; grandchildren Randy (Tonda) Lindhorst, Debra (Kenny) Nash, Travis (Christina) Bivins and Darius (Michelle) Bivins; and great-grandchildren Tiffany, Anthony, Andrew and Cody Bivins and Logan Herring; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mrs. Riebeling was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Riebeling, who died in 1980; friend, Valentine Tattitch; brothers William, Armin, Frederick, Sylvester and Adolph Schlemmer; and sisters Anna Hoffmann, Alma Hasty-Roseman and Edna Kuni-Wagner. Mrs. Riebeling was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, a former member of the Dupo Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the American Legion Post 485 Ladies Auxiliary. For many years, she and her husband owned Riebeling Service Station, Riebeling Variety Store and Dupo Dairyland. Visitation is Friday, May 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Kim Kelly officiating. Mrs. Riebeling will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Walter J. Kelley Jr., 88, of Waterloo, died May 20, 2010 in Red Bud. He was born Nov. 27, 1921 in Tipton, the son of the late Walter J. Sr. and Mary Eva (nee Walsh) Kelley. Mr. Kelley is survived by his children, Carol (David) Biffar and Cletus (Sharon) Kelley; grandchildren, Kevin (Becky) Biffar, Kelly (Mike) Murphy; great-grandchildren Jakop and Josef Biffar and Ashley and Patrick Murphy; step-great-granddaughter Allison Murphy; sisters Josephine (Jim) Devine and Helen Meisenbach; and brothers James W. Kelley and Edward “Bob” (Rita) Kelley; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen (nee Whelan); a son, Gene Kelley; grandson, Eric Kelley; and brothers David M. and William R. Kelley. Mr. Kelley was a member of St. Patrick’s Church and the Red Bud VFW. Visitation is Saturday, May 22, from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Tipton with Father Don Blaes officiating. Mr. Kelley will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church’s cemetery fund.

Alsace C. Muskopf, nee Wachtel, 77, of Hecker, died May 21, 2010 in Des Peres, Mo. She was born May 15, 1933 in Hecker, the daughter of the late Peter and Rosamond (nee Ganley) Wachtel. Mrs. Muskopf is survived by her children, Gloria (Richard) Harms, Sheila (Kelly) Litton and Pam (Scott) Voll; grandchildren Keith Harms, Jeremy Harms, Lisa Champ, Chad Litton and Jeff Litton; great-granddaughter, Alyssa Harms; and a brother, Leroy Wachtel; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband George D. Muskopf; daughter, Marsha Muskopf; and sisters Edna Haudrich, Mildred Eagles and Irma Newton. Mrs. Muskopf was a member of St. Augustine Church’s Altar Sodality and the Hecker Community Center. Visitation is Sunday, May 23, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, May 24, at 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Don Eichenseer officiating. Mrs. Muskopf will be buried at her church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the American Lung Association.

Wilma Pearl Pirtle, nee Vance, 89, died May 24, 2010 in Columbia. She was born July 11, 1920 in Flat River, Mo., the daughter of Roy Herbert and Allie (nee McNail) Vance. Mrs. Pirtle is survived by her sons Gary (Victoria) Pirtle of Glen Ellyn and Herb Pirtle of Maplewood, Mo.; siblings Florence Schrum of Ocklawaha, Fla., Ruth (Boxie) Schrum of Iron Mountain Lake, Mo. and Leroy (Janie) Vance of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; and grandchildren Cheryl (Tom) O’Connor of Richmond Heights, Mo., Steven Pirtle of St. Louis, Mo. Alan (Cathy) Pirtle of Columbia, Christina (Clark) Plumb of Fenton, Mo., Roger (Layla) Pirtle of DuQuoin and Brian (Jana) Pirtle of Oklahoma City, Okla.; along with great-grandchildren; a great-great granddaughter; cousins; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Pirtle; brothers Lloyd “Joe” Vance and Lowell “Jack” Vance; and daughters-in-law Sandra Pirtle, Rita Pirtle and Anna Pirtle. Wilma was elected the first mayor in the history of Iron Mountain Lake, Mo. She also owned various businesses with her husband. Visitation is at Shipman Funeral Home in Bismarck, Mo. on Thursday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. A graveside service will immediately follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Bismarck, Mo.

Violet Gummersheimer, nee Rueck, 76, of Columbia, died May 24, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Jan. 13, 1934, the daughter of the late Henry and Ida (nee Roth) Rueck. Mrs. Gummersheimer is survived by her children, Wayne (Laurie) Gummersheimer, Dale Gummersheimer and Roger (Kathy) Gummersheimer; grandchildren Cassie Zimmer, Beth (Jamie) Geoppo, Leslie (fiancé Peter Heutel) Gummersheimer, Benjamin Gummersheimer, Chelsea (fiancé Jon Mindrup) Gummersheimer, Heather Gummersheimer, Courtney Gummersheimer, Adam Gummersheimer, Deanne (Carlos) DelRosario and Bryan Gummersheimer; great-grandchildren Grace, Kayla, Isabella and Noah; sister, Laverne (Lyle) Hoffman; and sisters-in-law Leola Eichelmann and Sandy Gummersheimer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold W. Gummersheimer; a son, Leon Gummersheimer; and special friend, Norman Mehrtens. Mrs. Gummersheimer was a member of Monroe County Home Extension, St. Paul UCC of Columbia, and she enjoyed making wedding cakes and cookies. Visitation is Wednesday, May 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, May 27, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Fritz officiating. Mrs. Gummersheimer will be buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Home Extension.

Leta Rae Bauer, 76, of Ruma, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was born March 7, 1934 in Modoc, the daughter of the Leo and Burnet (nee Brown) Robert. She married Gilbert Bauer in 1953 in Red Bud. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bauer is survived by her sons, Keith (Cindy) Bauer, Bruce (Mary) Bauer, James (Kathy) Bauer and David (Joy) Bauer of Red Bud and Tony (Amy) Bauer of Ruma; a brother, Leo Roy (Irene) Robert of Red Bud; and special aunt, Lu Cowell of Red Bud; along with 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Steven Bauer. Leta Rae worked for a short time at First State Bank in Red Bud and then was employed for 27 years as the head cook at Red Bud Elementary School. She was a very active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma, was an avid quilter at church and catered many meals at the parish center over the past 10 years. In addition, Leta Rae enjoyed taking her grandkids shopping and spending time with her family and friends. Visitation is Thursday, May 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Friday, 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer, Father Clyde Grogan and Father John J. Joyce officiating. Mrs. Bauer will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Leta Rae Bauer, 76, of Ruma, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was born March 7, 1934 in Modoc, the daughter of the Leo and Burnet (nee Brown) Robert. She married Gilbert Bauer in 1953 in Red Bud. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bauer is survived by her sons, Keith (Cindy) Bauer, Bruce (Mary) Bauer, James (Kathy) Bauer and David (Joy) Bauer of Red Bud and Tony (Amy) Bauer of Ruma; a brother, Leo Roy (Irene) Robert of Red Bud; special aunt, Lu Cowell of Red Bud; and grandchildren Joe, Jason, Justin, Megan, Alex, Michelle, Sarah, Chase, Hunter, Stefan and Erica; along with four great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Steven Bauer. Leta Rae worked for a short time at First State Bank in Red Bud and then was employed for 27 years as the head cook at Red Bud Elementary School. She was a very active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma, was an avid quilter at church and catered many meals at the parish center over the past 10 years. In addition, Leta Rae enjoyed taking her grandkids shopping and spending time with her family and friends. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer, Father Clyde Grogan and Father John J. Joyce officiating. Mrs. Bauer will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

April

Patricia Ann Row, nee Dougherty, 78, of Waterloo, died April 1, 2010. She was born June 22, 1931 in Wilmar, Minn., the daughter of the late Clifton and Helen (nee Farley) Dougherty. Mrs. Row is survived by her husband, Russell Row Sr., whom she married in 1954; children Theresa Ann (George) Blasé, Thomas Edward (Pam) Row, Russell Lee (Patricia) Row Jr., Daniel James (Debra) Row, Susan Marie (Harry) Bode, Shawnn Rennee (Charles) Green and Kristen Mary (Davilla) Peifer; grandchildren Blake Robert Blase, Anna Carlene Row, Sara Jo Withers, Riley Gene Withers, Kyle Russell Row, Brett William Row, Nicholas Patrick Row, Dustin Leighton Row, Samuel Albert Row, Lucas Daniel Row, Shawnn Patrick Row, Lauren Duncan, Jason Lee Rheinecker, Aaron Michael Rheinecker, Philip Lee Rheinecker, Daniel Patrick Green, Russell Leighton Green, Joseph Charles Green, Sean Luke Green, Olivia Kathleen Peifer and Quinlin. Jacob Peifer; sisters Delores Cysewsky and Geraldine Johnson; and a brother, Clifton Thomas Dougherty. She was preceded in death by sisters Eileen Cusack and Marylin Turner. Visitation is Monday, April 5, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, April 6, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Row will be buried at the church’s cemetery. . Memorials may be made to her church, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Dolly Joyce James, nee Creely, 74, of Prairie du Rocher, died April 2, 2010. She was born Oct. 14, 1935 on a rowboat in the middle of the Mississippi to the late Charles and Romancie Marie (nee Sayge) Creely. Mrs. James is survived by her husband, Carl Clyde James; children Clifford James of Topeka, Kan., Debbie James of Topeka, Kan., Julie James of Connecticut, Charles James of Cahokia, Clyde James of Waterloo and Caro James of Prairie du Rocher; and a sister, Peggy Marshall of Lemay, Mo.; along with 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Eric James; and 11 brothers and sisters. Mrs. James was a homemaker. A memorial will take place Wednesday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at the Prairie du Rocher Village Park with Broth Harmon officiating.

Dorothy E. Whelan, nee Reitz, 89, of Waterloo, died April 3, 2010. She was born March 14, 1921 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late George and Louisa (nee Hauptfleisch) Reitz. Mrs. Whelan is survived by her children, James "Red" (Judy) Whelan and Kenneth (Janet) Whelan; grandchildren Keith (Yanitza) Whelan, Tammy Whelan, Daniel Whelan, Brian (Kate) Whelan and Bradley (Jennifer) Whelan; great-grandchildren Ashley and Keith Jr., Matthew and Christopher Whelan, and Emily, Patrick and Rowan Whelan; sisters Bernice Church and Melba Ryan; brothers Earl Reitz and Don Reitz; and sister-in-law, Delma Reitz. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Whelan; sisters Jean Frank, Bernell Rehmer and Edith Castleberry; and a brother, Clarence Reitz. Mrs. Whelan was the former co-owner of Whelan’s Tavern and a former sales clerk at Famous-Barr. Visitation is Wednesday, April 7, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, April 8, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Stan Konieczny officiating. Mrs. Whelan will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School or the Canterbury Manor nursing staff.

Lyle Burneal Henry, 84, of Waterloo, died April 7, 2010 at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 29, 1925 in Esbon Kan., the third of four children to his late parents, Florence and Bert Henry. Mr. Henry is survived by his daughters Dianna Henry (Jerry Sipe) of Lawrence, Kan., Rhonda Henry (fiancé David Fleming) of Union, Mo., and Brenda (Charley) Roberts of Waterloo; grandchildren Michelle Gerent, Flint Rogers, Brie Rogers, Sean Gerant, Travis Roberts, Brandy Dodel, Destiny Conley, Joe P. Duever and John Duever; and great-grandchildren Grant Henry, Elise Dodel, Brandon Roberts, Justin Dodel and Logan Roberts; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Lea Henry; daughter, Connie Gerant; siblings Alice Gregory, Leland Blain and Pearl Schroder. Mr. Henry and his wife Bonnie Henry shared the same birthday and were married on that date in 1944. He retired in 1995 from Central Mine Equipment on St. Louis as a field representation and a corporate pilot in with 26 years of service. A remembrance gathering for family, friends and care givers will be at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo on Friday, April 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Evelyn Grant (nee Beck), 85, of Fairfield, formerly of Dupo, died April 7, 2010 in Fairfield. She was born Nov. 3, 1924, the daughter of the late Frank and Clara (nee Watts) Beck. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah (Johnnie) Hoffee of Fairfield; a son, David (Hetty) Grant of Columbia; and grandchildren Julie Nobles, Elizabeth (Jeff) Booker, James (Jami) Hayes, Amy Hayes and Angela Grant; along with seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin D. Grant; daughter, Nancee Keys; brothers Charles and Bob Beck; and a sister, Dolores Mosbacher. Mrs. Grant was a retired bus driver for Dupo School District 196, a member of First Congregational Church, former President of the Dupo Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Rebecca Lodge and drove the senior bus and meals on wheels. Visitation is Wednesday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral will immediately follow with Rev. Robert Lee officiating. Mrs. Grant will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Congregational Church in Dupo.

Laura M. Chaklos , nee Painter, 42, of Red Bud, formerly of Belleville, died April 8, 2010 in rural Waterloo as a result of an automobile accident. She was born May 24, 1967 in Richmond, Va., the daughter of Keith and Therese (nee Obernuefemann) Painter. Mrs. Chaklos is survived by her son, Corey Chaklos of Red Bud; a granddaughter, Kydalyn Faith Demmin; special friend, Terry Morrissey of Columbia; her brother, Matthew (Wendy) Painter of Belleville; grandmother, Lillian (nee Hubert) Obernuefemann of Belleville; nephews Joshua and Jacob Painter of Belleville; and her dog, Opal; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son, Bradley M. Chaklos; grandfather, Jerome Obernueffemann; and grandparents S.E. and Mary Painter. Mrs. Chaklos was a nurse at St. Ann’s Nursing Home in Chester and Sparta Community Hospital in Sparta. Laura was a member of M.A.D.D. Visitation is Sunday, April 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Kassly Mortuary in Fairview Heights. The funeral procession to leave at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 12, from the funeral home for an 11 a.m. Mass at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Belleville with Father Ken York officiating. Mrs. Chaklos will be buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to M.A.D.D. or Mid America Transplant.

Eugene E. Wittenauer, 89, of Waterloo, formerly of Hecker, died April 12, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 20, 1920, the son of the late Edward and Barbara (nee Grau) Wittenauer. Mr. Wittenauer is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marlene (nee Koch) Wittenauer; children, Jacki (Mike) Fisher of Webster, Tex., Judy (Chris) Haberl of Waterloo, Jeanne Steinbrenner of Fairport, NY., Jerry (Kris) Wittenauer of Waterloo, Janet (Terry) Mullarkey of Anthem, Ariz., and Jeff (Stacy) Wittenauer of St. Charles, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; four- great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law; and a brother-in-law. He was preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters. Mr. Wittenauer was a veteran of World War II, spending 30 months in Newfoundland. He was a retired farmer and egg producer, a parish trustee at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church in Hecker, a lifetime member of the Hecker Community Center, lifetime member of the VFW and a long-time coach for Little League baseball and women’s softball. In 2000, he and his wife moved to Waterloo and became members of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation is Friday, April 16 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is Saturday, April 17 at 12 noon at SPPS Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Wittenauer will be buried at St. Augustine Cemetery. Memorials may be made to SPPS grade school and church or Gibault Catholic High School.

Robert E. Upchurch, 81, of Columbia died April 12, 2010 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis County from complications of heart and kidney disease. Mr. Upchurch is survived by his wife of 62 years, Earline M. (nee Girard) Upchurch; daughters Debbie Greenley of Waterloo, Pam Hohrein of Millstadt and Susan Buesking of Dupo; a son, David Upchurch of St. Louis; a brother, James Upchurch of Dupo; sisters Catherine Harberding of O’Fallon, Mo. and Johanne Reynolds of Columbia; grandsons Jason, Richie, Jerrod and Joel; and great-grandsons Jack, Kyle, Gavin and Colin. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Eunice (Lane) Upchurch; a sister, Jeanette Gericke; and his best friend and brother, Carl Upchurch of Columbia. Mr. Upchurch grew up in Cahokia and was a longtime businessman. He lived in the Gilmore Lakes subdivision in rural Columbia since 1977. Mr. Upchurch graduated from Dupo High School and served as a military police officer in the early 1950s during the Korean War. He retired after 43 years of employment as a machinist for Union Electric (Ameren). He also owned and operated Upchurch Insurance Agency with the help of his wife. While residing in Cahokia, Mr. Upchurch was active in public service and he served on various boards and committees, including 45-years on the Cahokia Police Board and was also the commissioner of the Police Pension Board. He served as a director on the executive board of the Cahokia Bank for 20-years. In addition, he was instrumental in the planning and development of both the Bi-State Parks Airport and the Cahokia public pool and ice rink. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Mr. Upchurch was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Major Case Squad in Cahokia.

Elmer F. Liefer, 90, of Red Bud, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010 in Red Bud. He was born May 29, 1919, in Evansville, the son of the late Helen and Diedrich (nee Wolter) Liefer. Mr. Liefer is survived by his children, Dr. Allan (Louise) Liefer of Chester, Rick (LouAnn) Liefer of Red Bud and Terry (Justine) Liefer of rural Red Bud; grandchildren Heidi Liefer, Jon (Mary) Liefer, Chris (Shawn) Liefer, Gretchen Liefer, Garrick (Nichole) Liefer, Darren (Andrea) Liefer, Tim (Jessica) Liefer, Brandon (Tammy) Liefer, Dustin (Crystal) Liefer and Quinn Liefer; a brother, Homer (Alice) Liefer of Evansville; sister, Anita (Walter) Langrehr of Evansville; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elsie (nee Yud) Liefer, whom he married in 1944 in Chicago and died in 1995; his second wife, Viola (Hannebutt) Budde, whom he married in 1996 and died in 2006; children Judy and Randy Liefer; a brother, Ralph Liefer; and a sister, Viola Althoff. Mr. Liefer served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He was a farmer, a life member of the Red Bud Lions Club, a charter member of the North County Country Club, served on the Red Bud District 132 School Board and was active at his church, St. John Lutheran Church of Red, including holding many offices and its’ Men’s Club. Visitation was at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St John's Lutheran Church with Mark Nebel and the Rev. Russell Koen officiating. Mr. Liefer was buried at his church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Elmer F. Liefer, 90, of Red Bud, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010 in Red Bud. He was born May 29, 1919, in Evansville, the son of the late Helen and Diedrich (nee Wolter) Liefer. Mr. Liefer is survived by his children, Dr. Allan (Louise) Liefer of Chester, Rick (LouAnn) Liefer of Red Bud and Terry (Justine) Liefer of rural Red Bud; grandchildren Heidi Liefer, Jon (Mary) Liefer, Chris (Shawn) Liefer, Gretchen Liefer, Garrick (Nichole) Liefer, Darren (Andrea) Liefer, Tim (Jessica) Liefer, Brandon (Tammy) Liefer, Dustin (Crystal) Liefer and Quinn Liefer; a brother, Homer (Alice) Liefer of Evansville; sister, Anita (Walter) Langrehr of Evansville; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elsie (nee Yud) Liefer, whom he married in 1944 in Chicago and died in 1995; his second wife, Viola (Hannebutt) Budde, whom he married in 1996 and died in 2006; children Judy and Randy Liefer; a brother, Ralph Liefer; and a sister, Viola Althoff. Mr. Liefer served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He was a farmer, a life member of the Red Bud Lions Club, a charter member of the North County Country Club, served on the Red Bud District 132 School Board and was active at his church, St. John Lutheran Church of Red, including holding many offices and its’ Men’s Club. Visitation was at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St John's Lutheran Church with Mark Nebel and the Rev. Russell Koen officiating. Mr. Liefer was buried at his church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Frank L. Jones, 61, of Waterloo, died April 14, 2010 in Town and County, Mo. He was born Aug. 23, 1948 in Herrin, the son of the late William and Margaret Louise (nee Covert) Jones. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Mary Jones; children Rodney (Michelle) Jones, Timothy (Julie) Jones and Catherine (Russell) Kohnen; grandchildren Alison, Bryan and Sarah Jones, Cory and Julia Jones and Benjamin Kohnen. Mr. Jones was employed with Ameren/UE since 1974 as a certified welder. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 148, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Waterloo. And the Knifemakers Guild. Frank was an avid outdoorsman and craftsman. Visitation is Monday, April 19, from 10:15 a. m. to 11:15 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church followed by a funeral mass with Father Stan Konieczny officiating. Mr. Jones will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to his church or Disabled American Veterans.

Lloyd A. Buettner, 67, of Waterloo, died April 14, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 20, 1942, the son of the late Edwin and Stella (nee Goodell) Buettner. Mr. Buettner is survived by his wife, Ruth (nee Rust) Buettner; children Wendy (James) Maag, Lyle (Christine)Buettner, Renee (Doug) Minton; step-children Dale (Michelle) Rodenberg, Darryl (Chrissy) Rodenberg, David (Sandra) Rodenberg and Catherine Cotter; grandchildren Leah and John Maag, Luke, Cynthia and Logan Buettner and Gabriel and Anna Minton; step-grandchildren Allen Wild, Nicole Rodenberg, Brandy Rodenberg, Ellie Rodenberg, Sam Rodenberg, Rachel Rodenberg, Nathan Rodenberg, Nathan Rodenberg, Justin Rodenberg, Cassandra Rodenberg, Andrew Cotter and Lydia Cotter; a great-granddaughter, Carmin Rodenberg; sisters Bernice Fuller, Dianne Buettner and Barbara Goldschmidt; sister-in-law, Bernell Buettner; and a brother-in-law, Maurice Muench; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara (nee Wilson) Buettner; a sister, Dorothy Muench; and a brother, Don Buettner. He was am officer with Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg and a former draftsman at Professional Metals. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, April 17, at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. Mr. Buettner will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church’s Special Memorial Fund.

Raymond T. Shields, 81, of Waterloo, died April 16, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 19, 1928 in Waterloo, the son of the late Albert and Rose (nee Goodman) Shields. Mr. Shields is survived by his wife, Thelma (nee Schmieg) Shields; children Dennis Shields, Diane (Kary) Eckrich, Denise (Robert) Eichelmann, David Shields, Debbie (Charlie) Siedle, Dana (Rick) Grossman and Dawn (Greg) Gregory; sister, Joyce (Vernon) Koester; and brothers Jerome (JoAnn) Shields, Albert Shields and Leon (Donna) Shields; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers Emmett and Cletus Shields. Mr. Shields was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Waterloo VFW. Visitation is Sunday, April 18, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Shields will be buried at his church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or Oak Hill’s Whispering Pines Activity Fund.

James E. Thompson, 59, of Millstadt, died April 16, 2010 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. He was born Dec. 15, 1950 in Springfield, the son of the late Estale Wayne and Edna (nee Hammonds) Holland. Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife of 36 years, Connie (nee Carron) Thompson; sons James and David Thompson; grandchildren Zachary and Tabbitha Thompson; a brother, Kevin Holland; sisters Mary Joe Guss, Sandra Floyd and Leona Evans; brothers-in-law Ron and Archie Carron; and sisters-in-law Sandra Clossen, Shirley Avellone, Wanda Sins, Geraldine Beelman and Carol Skaer; along with other relatives and friends. He was a United States Marine veteran who enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting. A memorial service barbeque will be Sunday, April 25 at 11 a.m. at the Moose Lodge in Swansea. At Mr. Thompson’s request, a cremation was held.

Ray A. Huffman, 54, of Valmeyer, died April 17, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 3, 1955 in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the son of Bonita Huffman and the late Ray Huffman Sr. In addition to his mother, Mr. Huffman is survived by his wife, Diane Huffman; children Sharon (Terry) Marquardt, Bryan Huffman, Stephanie Huffman and Shannon (Brian) Eckart; grandchildren Hannah, Jonathan, Blake and Gabrielle; sisters Vonita (Rick) Bazzel, Nathan (Charnetta) Huffman and Jane (Wayne) Reed; and in-laws Carnel and Catherine Gilbert; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Douglas Huffman. Mr. Huffman was a member of H. Cattle Company and Rodeo Genetics, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer, the Randolph County Saddle Club and Chester Eagles. Memorials may be made to the family. Visitation is Tuesday, April 20, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, April 21, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Jose Jacob officiating. Mr. Huffman will be buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville.

Ervin “Ervie” Koester, 75, of Red Bud, died April 17, 2010 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born June 7, 1934 in Evansville, the son of the late Arnold and Malinda (nee Goedelmann) Koester. Ervie married Alpha G. Heifner on May 12, 1962 at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud. In addition to his wife, Mr. Koester is survived by his sons Jeff “Bubba” (Sharon) Koester and Rodney “Rocky” Koester, both of Red Bud; granddaughters Chelsea and Candace Koester of Red Bud; brothers Kenneth (Geraldine) Koester of Red Bud and Marvin (Ruth Ann) Koester of Ruma; a sister-in-law, Barbara Koester of Red Bud; and a brother-in-law, Ernest (Leona) Heifner of Stilesville; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, brother, Roger Koester; and a sister in infancy. Ervie was a farmer who also worked as a fork lift driver for Snyder General in Red Bud. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud and the Randolph County Farm Bureau. Visitation is Thursday, April 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A memorial service will be Friday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at St. John Luther Church in Red Bud with Rev. Russell Koen officiating. According to his wishes, Mr. Koester’s body was donated to science. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran School in Red Bud.

Helen Marie Munton, nee Reinhold, 85, of Roanoke County, Va., died April 17, 2010. She was born April 27, 1924, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Clem and Anne Reinhold. Mrs. Munton is survived by her children, Rick (Peggy) Munton of Charlotte, NC., Joanne Thompson (husband Greg Sharp) of Salem, John (Meg) Munton of Roanoke and Betty Thompson (special friend Charlie Allen) of Roanoke; grandchildren Pam (Greg) Beall, Michelle (Andy) Schmidt, Shane (Angie) Thompson, Allen (Deliah) Munton and Michael Munton; great-grandchildren Tyler, Brittany and Hope Beall, Madeline and Mollie Thompson, Virginia and Noah Schmidt and Haley and Michael Munton; and a brother, Robert (Bernice) Reinhold of Waterloo; along with nieces and nephews. Mrs. Munton loved to read, travel, listen to music and find a good bargain. She enjoyed discussing current events, was fascinated by other cultures, and was always interested in the field of medicine. Per Mrs. Munton’s request, her body will be donated for medical research. A private memorial service was held. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Michael I. Halleran, 85, of Columbia, died April 19, 2010 at Columbia Convalescent Center. He was born March 6, 1925, in Bush, the son of the late Vernon and Lyburtie (Claunch) Halleran. He married Pearl (Mueller) Halleran in 1969 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Halleran is survived by his granddaughters, Genea Kay (Michael) Kearns and Stephanie (David) Miller; great-granddaughters Emily and Allison Miller; sister-in-law, Leona Halleran; nephews Randy (Kandie) Halleran and Terry (Rhonda) Halleran; son-in-law, Gene Tilley; a brother-in-law, Ralph (Helen) Mueller; sister-in-law, Twila Hankammer, great-nephew, Jim; and great-nieces Julie, Jenny and Dottie. He was preceded in death by daughters Cynthia Ann Tilley and Mary Lynn Lewis; brothers Vernie and Richard Halleran; and a sister, Margie Halleran. Mr. Halleran served with the US Navy during World War II. He retired from McDonnell – Douglas of St. Louis in 1978 after more than 30 years of service. Michael was a member of St. Paul UCC of Columbia and Columbia American Legion Post 581. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Halleran was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul UCC Building Fund.

Ralph C. W. Straub, 70, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died April 19, 2010 in St. Louis from complications following a stroke a few weeks ago. He was born June 18, 1939 in Belleville, the son of the late Julius and Wilma (nee Riebeling) Straub. Mr. Straub is survived by his wife, Sharon (nee Kuntzman) Straub; children Michelle (Tom) Pfershy and Robert Straub; grandchildren Kirsten Pfershy and Caleb Straub; step-mother Thelma Straub; brothers Delbert (Sandy) Straub and Paul (Rachel) Straub; a brother-in-law, Paul (Ruth) Kuntzman; friends Ray and Jackie Aycock; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Renee Straub; and a step-brother, Roland Huch. Mr. Straub was a former Waterloo police officer and retired after 32 years of service with the City of Waterloo. He was a member of St. Paul UCC of Waterloo, the Fraternal Order of Police, a life member of the Optimist Club and a former Jaycee’s member. Ralph enjoyed his retirement by spending time with his grandchildren and at the Lake of the Ozarks with his wife and two best friends, Jackie and Ray Aycock. Visitation is Wednesday, April 21, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, April 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mr. Straub will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to his church’s Emergency Fund, the Optimist Club or the American Diabetes Association.

Michael I. Halleran, 85, of Columbia, died April 19, 2010 at Columbia Convalescent Center. He was born March 6, 1925, in Bush, the son of the late Vernon and Lyburtie (Claunch) Halleran. He married Pearl (Mueller) Halleran in 1969 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Straub is survived by his granddaughters, Genea Kay (Michael) Kearns and Stephanie (David) Miller; great-granddaughters Emily and Allison Miller; sister-in-law, Leona Halleran; nephews Randy (Kandie) Halleran and Terry (Rhonda) Halleran; son-in-law, Gene Tilley; a brother-in-law, Ralph (Helen) Mueller; sister-in-law, Twila Hankammer, great-nephew, Jim; and great-nieces Julie, Jenny and Dottie. He was preceded in death by daughters Cynthia Ann Tilley and Mary Lynn Lewis; brothers Vernie and Richard Halleran; and a sister, Margie Halleran. Mr. Halleran served with the US Navy during World War II. He retired from McDonnell – Douglas of St. Louis in 1978 after more than 30 years of service. Michael was a member of St. Paul UCC of Columbia and Columbia American Legion Post 581. Visitation is Wednesday, April 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, April 22, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Halleran will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul UCC Building Fund.

Edna “Sis” Arras, nee Frank, 87, of Waterloo, died April 20, 2010 in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 5, 1922, in Merrimac, the daughter of the late Ralph Sr. and Louise (nee Naumann) Frank. Mrs. Arras is survived by her sister, Beulah Bohnemeier; sister-in-laws Leona Frank, Viola Frank, Pat Frank, Dorothy Arras and Helen Steinmann; and a brother-in –law, Warren (Lela) Arras; along with nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Arras; brothers Earl Frank, Roy Frank, Edward “Buddy” Frank, Ralph Frank Jr. and Morris Frank; and a sister, Evelyn Riebeling. Mrs. Arras was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, a 50-year member of the Eastern Star, Waterloo American Legion Auxiliary and the Waterloo Sportsman Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, April 23, 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mrs. Arras will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to her church or Hoyleton Children’s Home.

Patricia Ruth Knollman, nee Miller, 79 of Valmeyer, died April 22, 2010 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 4, 1930 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Edward and Jessie (nee Franklin) Miller. Mrs. Knollman is survived by her husband of 57 years, Charles “Chuck” Knollman Jr.; children Charles Knollman III of Belle Villa and Monica (Mark) Bauer of Saginaw, Mich., and grandchildren Heidi (Rex) Long, Courtney (Willie) Barlow, Chuck E. Knollman IV and Derek Bauer; along with great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, great-great-nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her in-laws, Charles and Albetina Knollman Sr.; and sisters Kathryn (Roy) Koch and Liz (Fred) Gill. After attending Sacred Heart Catholic Grade School, Pat graduated from Dupo High School in 1948. She then earned a degree from Missouri Business School in 1950. Mrs. Knollman worked in the Dupo Pharmacy with her husband Chuck. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo and the American Legion Post 485 Ladies Auxiliary in Dupo. Visitation is Sunday, April 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Monday, April 26, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo with Father Paul Wienhoff officiating. Mrs. Knollman will be buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia.

Eddie W. Phelps, 77, of Waterloo, died April 22, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Dec, 17, 1932, in Posey County, Ind., the son of the late Chalon C. and Opal (nee Mayberry) Phelps. Mr. Phelps is survived by his wife, Shirley J. Phelps; children Steven (Tonia) Phelps and Vickie (John) Kaiser; grandchildren Erin (Kyle) Griffith, Jennifer (Matt) Eckart and Michael (Carissa) Kaiser; great-grandchildren Maci Kaiser and Lauren Eckart; a sister, Mary Ellen Otten; and brothers Ralph Lee Phelps and Tommy Ray (JoAnn) Phelps. He was preceded in death by a sister, Julia Marie Johnson; and brothers Kenneth and Perry Phelps. Mr. Phelps was retired from Chrysler, an avid hunter and fisherman and a guide for Illinois Trophy Bow Hunters. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Phelps was buried at the Hecker Village Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill’s Whispering Pines Activity Fund, the Alzheimer’s Association or Southern Illinois Hospice.

Claudia Gum, nee Smith, 72, of Waterloo, died April 22, 2010. She was born Nov. 19, 1937 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late the late William and Bernice (nee Mehrmann) Smith. Mrs. Gum is survived by her children Donald (Sharon) Gum, Cheryl (Randy) Moll, Gail (Lester) Goodman and Dennis (Lisa) Gum; grandchildren Doug (Jayne) Gum, Stephanie (Jeff) Harp, Stacie Gum, Katie Moll, Brendan Moll, Brittany Goodman and Lauren Gum; great-grandchildren Natalie, Norah, Ella and Logan; a brother, William (Louann) Smith; and sisters Jeanette (Bart) Gentsch and Donna Smith; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Gum; and a grandson, Jared Moll. Visitation is Wednesday, April 28, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mrs. Gum will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Senior Center or the American Lung Association.

Marilyn L. Luhr, nee Hoffmann, 76, of Waterloo died April 23, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born March 17, 1934 in Fults, the daughter of the late Leland and Pauline (nee Rippelmeyer) Hoffmann. Mrs. Luhr is survived by her children Steven (Tina) Luhr, Brian Luhr and Nancy (Jay) Wolfmeier; grandchildren LeAnne Luhr, Conrad Wolfmeier and Kira Wolfmeier; brothers Cletus (Twyla) Hoffmann and Alvis (Patsy) Hoffmann; and a sister, Janice (Carl) Nagel; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Luhr; and a daughter-in-law, Tracey Luhr. Mrs. Luhr was a member of St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. Visitation is Monday, April 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul UCC of Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein. Mrs. Luhr will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to her church or Oak Hill’s Whispering Pines.

Robert E. Maus, 75, of Waterloo, died April 23, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Oct. 1, 1934 in Renault, the son of the late Armin and Leona (nee Nottmeier) Maus. Mr. Maus is survived by his wife, Gladys E. Maus, nee Neubarth; children Roger (Lauren) Maus and Allen (Laura) Maus; a daughter-in-law, Teressa Maus; grandchildren Jonathan, Zane, Brandon, Kyle, Dakota, Andrew and Adam, Brooke; and a sister, Linda Maus; along with aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Rick R. Maus; and a sister, Marcilee Maus. Mr. Maus was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a member of Zoar UCC and the United Electrical Workers. Visitation is Monday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Carol Tag officiating. Mr. Maus will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to his church.

Mary S. Horrell, 79, nee Diewald, of Red Bud, died April 23, 2010 at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Feb. 1, 1931 in Ruma, the daughter of the late John and Marie (nee Tecklenberg) Diewald. She married Lloyd Horrell on July 7, 1951 in Red Bud. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Horrell is survived by her children, Donald (Judy) Horrell of Waterloo, John (Patty) Horrell of Red Bud, Judy Horrell of Valley Park, Mo. and Connie Horrell of Columbia; grandchildren Nick (Shannon) Horrell, Luke Horrell, Henry Horrell and Jack Horrell; and a sister, Josephine Riechmann of Valmeyer; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Diewald. Mrs. Horrell was a bookkeeper at Roger’s Redi-Mix for 30 years. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud and St. Ann’s Altar Sodality. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mrs. Horrell was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Employees Holiday Fund or masses.

Bonita A. Stewart, nee Kennedy, 66, of Waterloo, died April 24, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born June 1, 1943 in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Raymond and Evelyn (nee Palmier) Kennedy. Mrs. Stewart is survived by a daughter, Shannon Steward; granddaughters Ashley Forrest and Brianna Stewart; and a sister, Susan Dugan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Steward. Memorials may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A memorial visitation is Tuesday, April 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Shirley B. Kunkel, nee Berneking, 65, of Dupo, died April 25, 2010 at her residence. She was born July 2, 1944 in Belleville, the daughter of the late Arthur Fred and Mildred Katherine (nee Mueller) Berneking. Mrs. Kunkel is survived by her husband of 43 years, Henry J. Kunkel of Dupo; and a sister, Sharron (Kenneth) Burgdorf of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins and friends. Mrs. Kunkel retired after 35 years at Union Electric / Ameren. She was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo where she was part of the Women’s Guild and taught Sunday school for more than 20 years. Visitation is Monday, April 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Tuesday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at Christ United Church of Christ with Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. Mrs. Kunkel will be buried at the Palmier Cemetery in rural Columbia.

Carl H. Schmeltz, 80, of Waterloo, died April 27, 2010, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 1930, the son of the late Charles and Elsie (nee Jaenke) Schmeltz-Gummersheimer. Mr. Schmeltz is survived by his wife, Imogene (Dodson) Schmeltz; children Steven (Katherine) Schmeltz, Kathy Oberto, Elaine (Mike) Williams and Glenn (Denise) Schmeltz; grandchildren Amanda and Justin Schmeltz, Ashley and Brooke Oberto, Tiffany and Kyle Williams and Dean and Dinah Schmeltz; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Schmeltz. Mr. Schmeltz was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired farmer. Carl was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ of Waterloo and the Masonic Lodge. Visitation is Friday, April 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, May 1 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Kris Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Schmeltz will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials made to made to his church, Hospice of Southern Illinois or the American Cancer Society.

Frederick John Wood II, 85, of California, died April 27, 2010. He was born June 21, 1924 in Bellingham, Wash., the son of the late Frederick and Pearl (Pinkel) Wood. Mr. Wood is survived by his daughters, Kathryn Church Wood, Margaret Ann Kirk and Elizabeth Wood Antes; five grandsons; one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter; and a cousin, George (Noreen) Ziebold of Waterloo. A prayer service will be held Wednesday, May 12 at 4 p.m., at Brown Colonial Mortuary in Santa Ana, Calif. A military graveside service will be held Friday, May 14, at 11 a.m., at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo.

Robert E. Pease, 91, of Ottawa, formerly of Columbia, died April 28, 2010 at the Illinois Veteran's Home in LaSalle. He was born Dec. 12, 1918, in Tolu, Ky., the son of the late Charles and Ollie (Thurman) Pease. He was married Dollie (Shackelford) Pease in 1966 in Dwight. She died in 2006. Mr. Pease is survived by his daughters Betty Blair of Pontiac, Linda Sears of Normal and Paulette Schneider of Ottawa; a step-son, Thomas Shackelford of Aurora, Colo.; siblings Charles (Linda) Pease of Indianapolis, Ind.; Pauline Walker of Henderson, Ky., Marcia Davis of Elizabethtown and Richard (Pam) Pease of Elizabethtown; honorary daughter/cousin, Patty Yancy of Fredonia, Ky.; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Douglas; and a grandson, Chad Schneider. Robert served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He served as a Chief Boatswain's Mate on the USS Belle Grove LSD-2, and was a member of the ship’s alumni association. Graveside services is Monday, May 3, at 1:30 p.m., at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Local arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home Memorials may be made to Midwest Talking Books.

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Charlotte J. Wolf (nee Bearce), 80, of Waterloo, died March 2, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born March 3, 1929, the daughter of the Walter Carl and Maude (nee Smith) Bearce. Mrs. Wolf is survived by her sons Russel (Debbie) Wolf and Renard Wolf; and grandchildren Emily (Birton) Cowden, Jonathan Wolf and Amanda Wolf; step-grandchildren Amy (Nathan) Strong, Eric (Sarah) Beck, Denny Hall and Jenna Hall. She was preceded in death by a brother and sisters. Mrs. Wolf was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a 40-year member of the Retired Teachers Association. Funeral procession with leave Quernheim Funeral Home on Monday, March 8 at 10:30 a. m. for an 11 a.m. graveside service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis – Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to the Whispering Pines Alzheimer’s Unit of Oak Hill in Waterloo.

Michael Lee Cotton, 47, of Dupo, died March 2, 2010 at Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital in East St. Louis. He was born April 4, 1962 in Normandy, Mo., the son of Mary Cotton and the late Lee Ray Cotton. In addition to his mother, Mr. Cotton is survived by his wife, Chassidi (nee Martin) Cotton; children Courtney Smith, Jason Smith, Austin Smith, Kayleigh Smith and Kelly Smith; brothers Edward Cotton and Dale (Billie) Cotton; a sister, Michele (Bill) Watts; uncles William (Sue) Cotton and Ronnie (Judy)Cotton; nephew, Nicholas Cotton; and niece, Lilly Watts; along with cousins, other relatives and friends. Besides his father, he was a store manager for Ace Hardware in Granite City. He was a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge. Visitation is Friday, March 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dashner – Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral service is Saturday, March 6, at 10 a. m., at the funeral home with Rev. Paul Martin officiating. Memorials may be made to family. According to his wishes, Mr. Cotton will be cremated.

Donald William Kunz, 83, of Millstadt, died March 4, 2010 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born April 6, 1926 in St. Louis, the son of the late Oliver and Martha (nee Jones) Kunz. Mr. Kunz is survived by his daughters Donna Maybery, Cheryl Gregowicz and Connie Durham; son, Jeffrey Kunz; grandchildren Danny, Rickey, Paul, Stephanie, Nicholas and Ciara; and a brother, Raymond Kunz; along with six great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria (nee Gutridge) Kunz. Mr. Kunz was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, was a member of the Dupo VFW Post and retired from Peabody Coal. Visitation is Monday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a. m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral will immediately with Rev. Matt Fritz officiating. Mr. Kunz will be buried with full military honors at the St. Paul Church Yard Cemetery in St. Louis with full military honors.

Eugene E. Goeddel, 92, of Waterloo, died March 4, 2010 in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 14, 1917 in Waterloo, the son of the late Edward and Mary (nee Kraft) Goeddel. Mr. Goeddel is survived by his children Jean Ann (Michael) Davison, David (Lynn) Goeddel and Lee (Sharon) Goeddel; grandchildren Elise (Steven) Horvath, Toni (Joshua) Hogan, Noel (Beth) Goeddel and Gerilyn Goeddel; great-grandchildren Greyson and Chase Horvath, Ethan and Cannon Hogan and Lucy and Violet Goeddel; and a sister, Edna M. Mueller; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucina (nee Hellmer) Goeddel; and a sister, Lavina Mathews. Mr. Goeddel attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo and was employed with the Teamsters Union. He was formerly employed at the Waterloo Milk Co. Visitation is Sunday, March 7, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, March 8, at 11 a. m., at St. Paul UCC with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mr. Goeddel will be buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC of Waterloo.

Wayne Arthur Ritter, 87, of Columbia, died March 7, 2010, at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Warrensburg, Mo. He was born June 16, 1922, in Columbia, the son of the late Louis and Cora (Kremmel) Ritter. He married Juanita (Moore) Ritter in 1948 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Ritter is survived by his daughters, Diana Ritter of Kansas City, Mo., Gale (Stephen) Toolen of Columbia and Susan (Chris) Wetzel of Columbia; grandchildren PFC Stephen Toolen, Heather (Scott) Heck, Mady Wetzel and Zach Wetzel; great-grandson, Xander Heck; a brother, Dale (Laverne) Ritter of Benton, Ky.; sisters Marilyn (Herbert) Stemler of Millstadt, Ruby Asselmeier of Sparta and Bernell Mueller of Columbia. He was preceded in death by a sister, Bernice Lepp; along with brothers Harold and Clemens Ritter. Mr. Ritter served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a lifelong telephone man and retired from civil service where he had worked as a communications specialist. Mr. Ritter was a lifetime members of Millstadt VFW Post 7980 Millstadt and Columbia American Legion Post 581 Columbia. He was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Columbia, where he was a past-trustee. Visitation is Thursday, March 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, March 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss and Rev. Edward Melchior officiating. Mr. Ritter will be buried at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to his church or the Missouri Veteran's Home.

Colin S. Straub, 59, of Columbia, died March 7, 2010. He was born Nov. 25, 1950 in Salinas Calif., the son of the late Arthur and Kathleen (nee Dannehold) Straub. Mr. Straub is survived by his sister, Lynette “Lynn” Toenjes; and brothers Michael (Sherry) Straub and David Straub; along with aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins. Mr. Straub served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was retired from the United States Post Service. Visitation is Thursday, March 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, March 12, at 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Straub will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church of Columbia’s New Church Building Fund.

Betty J. Kolmer (nee Wilkerson), 77, of Waterloo, died March 7, 2010. She was born Oct. 23, 1932, in New Athens, the daughter of the late George and Minnie Alice (nee Fordyce) Wilkerson. Mrs. Kolmer is survived by a son, Ken (Sandra) Kolmer; grandchildren Casey, Conner, Cole and Carter; and sisters Alice Jung and Helen Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth F. Kolmer; along with sisters and brothers. Mrs. Kolmer was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Memorial Mass is Saturday, March 13 at 10 a.m. at her church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Earl A. Muskopf, 87, of Columbia, died March 8, 2010 at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born April 5, 1922, in North Dupo. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Viola (Hoffmann) Muskopf. They were married July 31, 1948 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Muskopf is survived by his siblings Russell (Minnie) Muskopf of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Bernice (Lester) Allgire of Maryville, Donald Muskopf of Dupo and Sharon (David) Wienhoff of Tucson, Ariz.; and a god son; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister, LouAnn (Herman) Schandl; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and Lena (Osick) Hoffmann; and a sister-in-law, Annabelle (Jerry) Collie. Earl was a retired farmer and a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, the Columbia Gymnastic Association and the Columbia Kiwanis Club. He was a former member of the Monroe County Levee Board and the Waterloo Sportsman Club. Visitation is Saturday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Paul UCC of Columbia. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Kris Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Muskopf will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home. The family extends a special thank you to the St. Louis University medical staff, 9 ICU and 7 South nursing staff, chaplains Carl Germain and Rob Hartman at St. Louis University Hospital; along with Pastor Kris Avise-Rouse for his comfort and support. Memorials may be made to his church.

Rodney Christian Bolle, 59, of Dupo, died March 16, 2010 at his residence. He was born Sept. 11, 1950 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Earl and Mary Elizabeth (nee Goley) Bolle. Mr. Bolle is survived by his daughter, Christina (Jeff) Amos of Columbia; a son, Rodney Shane Bolle of Columbia; grandchildren Jordyn and Jacob Amos, Ashlyn Hoock and Shane Bolle; a sister, Cindy (Richard) Parnell of Dupo; brother, Randy (Melissa) Bolle of Dupo; and niece, Alison (Bob) Lockett of Dupo; He was preceded in death by a brother, Sidney E. Bolle. Mr. Bolle worked as a conductor for MOPAC/Union Pacific Railroad and was a member of the Dupo Volunteer Fire Department. Visitation and funeral were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Columbia. Mr. Bolle was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia.

Doris L. Koesterer, 73, of Ruma, died March 16, 2010 in Red Bud. She was born Oct. 19, 1936 in Chester, the daughter of the late Lee A. and Lorraine A. (nee Sievers) Demick. She married Frank Koesterer in 1962 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ruma. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Koesterer is survived by her children, Melissa (Gerald) Crafton of Evansville, Michelle (Jeff) Mehring of Red Bud, Michael (Kim) Koesterer of Smithton and Matthew (Tammy) Koesterer of Red Bud; a brother, Lee (Cathy) Demick Jr. of Red Bud; an aunt, Mary Sievers of Fort Thomas, Ken.; grandchildren Kelly Vines, Adam and Sarah Mehring, Nathan, Nicholas, Sophia and Lydia Koesterer and Kevin Crafton; and great-grandson, Camden Vines. She was preceded in death by aunts and uncles. Mrs. Koesterer was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Visitation is Friday, March 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Saturday, March 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ruma with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Mrs. Koesterer will be buried at her church’s cemetery.

Frank Clarence Phelps, 83, of East Carondelet died March 17, 2010 at his residence. He was born Dec. 20, 1926 in Dupo, the son of the late Frank G. and Elvera Phelps. Mr. Phelps is survived by his children, Nancy (Robert) Prather of Stestson, Me., Deborah Taff of St. George, Utah, Denise (Dale) Orr of Columbia, Neil (Terri) Phelps of House Springs, Mo., and Jeff (Robin) Phelps of Columbia; grandchildren Josh and Barb Prather, Derrick and Mandy Lindsey, Matthew Middleton, Sam and Nikki Orr, Matt and Jamie Regensburger, Brian Phelps, Cody Phelps and Chad Phelps; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Marc Middleton. Mr. Phelps served in the U.S. Merchant Marines and the Army. He was employed as an operator for Monsanto for more than 30 years, and was a member of Christ UCC of Dupo and the Dupo VFW. Visitation is Saturday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christ UCC of Dupo. A funeral service will immediately follow with Rev. Kim Kelly. Mr. Phelps will be buried at Palmier Hill Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to his church.

Melba Jean “Jeanie” Happel (nee Eckart), 56, of Hecker, died March 17, 2010 in Belleville. She was born June 21, 1953, in Red Bud, the daughter of Esther (nee Kreher) Eckart and the late Edmund Eckart. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Happel is survived by her children, Donald (Stacy) Happel, Vicki (Jeff) Biffar, Nancy (Chad) Cowell and Richard (Sarah) Happel; a stepson, Bryan Happel; grandchildren Rachael, Seth, Brooke, Brady, Mason and Chase; and siblings Ralph (Kathy) Eckart, Mary (Larry) Schaltenbrand, Edmund “Eddie” (Melanie) Eckart, Marvin (Sandy) Eckart, Geri Griffin, Lori (Andy) Amann, Arnold (Angie) Eckart and Theresa (Jim) Stearns; along with aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her husband William Happel; a brother-in-law, Dale Griffin; sisters-in-law Georgia Eckart and Carol Grennan; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Sidney and Dorothy Happel. Mrs. Happel was the Postmaster at the Baldwin Post Office, a board member at the Hecker Public Library and a board trustee for the village of Hecker. She was a member of the Blessed Virgin Altar Sodality at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker and Napus. Visitation is Sunday, March 21, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, March 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Happel will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, the Hecker Fire Department or the Leukemia Foundation.

Patsy Hall, 81, of Columbia, died March 18, 2010, at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born June 19, 1928, in Lilbourn, Mo., the daughter of the late Joseph and Katie (nee Clendenin) Christopher. She married James A. Hall in 1945 in New Madrid, Mo. He died in 1995. Mrs. Hall is survived by sons, Dennis (Cheryl) W. Hall of Valmeyer, Jimmie (Linda) E. Hall of Valmeyer; none grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Emma Duck of Sherwood, Ark. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by a daughter, Mona Hadley; brothers Jody Christopher and Louis Christopher; and sisters Gladys Adams and Edith Cook. Mrs. Hall was a retired intensive care nurse at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She attended Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. Visitation is Sunday, March 21, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, March 22, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Allynn Walker officiating. Mrs. Hall will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to her church.

Ronald Rehmer, 78, of Waterloo, died March 19, 2010 in new Hanover. He was born Dec. 30, 1931 in Columbia, the son of the late Albert and Ardel (nee Beckmann) Rehmer. Mr. Rehmer is survived by his wife, Maretta (nee Davis) Rehmer; children Randy (LeAnn Alexander) Rehmer, Kevin (Janet Weber) Rehmer and Rhonda Rehmer Barnes; grandchildren Jesse Rehmer, Jenna Rehmer, Zachary Barnes, Ray and Jennie Frame, Nicole Range, Stacey Dalton and Tracey (Pat) Ahrens; great-grandchildren Blake Frame and Alissa Wisely; sister, Anola (Roy) Henke; brother, Norman (Pat) Rehmer; brother-in-law, Leroy Davis; and sister-in-law, Lee Sullivan; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Rehmer was a veteran of the U.S. Army, served on the consistory at Zoar UCC, was a member of octet, the Kaskaskia Trail Chorus and the Columbia American Legion. Ronald was a carpenter, who had previously worked at Town and Country Auto Supply in Waterloo and was the former owner of Rehmer Hatchery in New Hanover. He was a life-long musician and woodworker. Visitation is Monday, March 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, March 23, at 10 a.m. at Zoar UCC in New Hanover with Pastor Carol Tag officiating. Memorials may be made to his church.

Carol L. Reinheimer, 67, of Columbia, died March 21, 2010, of ovarian cancer. She was born Aug. 11, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Joseph and Cornelia (Wander) Rard. She married Donald C. Reinheimer in 1982 in Columbia In addition to her husband, Mrs. Reinheimer is survived by her children, Larry (Vielka) Ahrens of Edwardsville, Melanie (Don) Harris of O'Fallon, Joseph Ahrens of Killeen, Tex, Anne (Joseph) Michalski of O'Fallon, Charles Minton of Belleville, Margaret Martino of Trenton and Eileen (Terry) Terschluse of Washington, Mo.; a brother, Joseph (Deborah) Rard of Livermore, Calif.; sister, Kathleen Lastarria (Breandon Isom) of Ballwin, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, two nieces; and two nephews. She was preceded in death by two daughters in infancy, Susan and Beth; and a brother, Paul Rard. Carol was a nurse for 40 years, had a lifelong commitment to social justice and a foster parent for more than 20 years. She also was a pen pal to women in the penal system through the Soaring Spirits Ministry. Carol enjoyed traveling, including trip to visit family and friends in California, Memphis, New Orleans, Branson, Kansas City, Chicago, England, Poland, Switzerland, Scotland, Greece and Australia. She loved gardening, quilting, crossword puzzles, bingo, bargain shopping, family history, telling stories, planning family reunions, her cat and ice cream. Visitation is Wednesday, March 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, March 25, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Reinheimer will be buried at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Society, Hospice of Southern Illinois, the ICS Education Fund or any ministry in pursuit of social justice.

Orval F. “Bud” Vogt, 79, of Waterloo, died March 21, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 26, 1930 in Waterloo, the son of the late Leo and Selma (ne Rehmer) Vogt. Mr. Vogt is survived by his wife, Geraldine (nee Hess) Vogt; children, Diane (Tom) Sendelbeck, Carol Vogt, Bonnie Vogt, Allen (Karen) Vogt, Brian (Cindy) Vogt and Linette (James) Hermanns; grandchildren Emily Green, Kelly Sendelbeck, Ashley Webb, Lauren Sendelbeck, Megan Vogt and Elayna Hermanns; great-grandson, Cameron Gillen; and a brother, Leland Vogt; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Herman Hess; mother-in-law, Florence Hess; grandson, J. P. LaCasse; a sister, Mary Ellen Kern; brothers-in-law Simon Kern and Robert Gregson; a sister-in-law, Corina Vogt; nephew, Paul Vogt; and niece, Vickie Gregson. Mr. Vogt was a veteran of the Korean War and a lifetime member of Waterloo’s Metzger Crook VFW Post 6504. He attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo and was a member of Carpenters Local 33. Visitation is Thursday, March 25, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, March 26, at 10 a.m. at the SPPS Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Vogt will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church, its school or masses.

Anthony J. Kruse, 91, of Waterloo, died March 21, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Oct. 3, 1918, in St. Charles, Mo., the son of the late Bernard and Emma (Redinger) Kruse. Mr. Kruse is survived by his son, Dennis (Denise) Kruse; grandchildren Dawn (Ryan) Grohman and Dana (Gerred) Carothers; great-grandchildren Ashley, Aaron, Ande and Abby Grohman, and Whitley, Payton and Kelsey Carothers; and a sister, Margaret Friedhoff; along with sister-in-laws, brothers-in-law, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maurine (nee Brewer) Kruse (nee Brewer); a daughter, Patricia Kruse; brothers Barney, Al, Charlie, Eugene and Joe Kruse; and sisters Mary, Francis, Gertrude, Dorothy and Louise. Mr. Kruse was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards. Graveside service was Tuesday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo with Father Stan Konieczny presiding. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Senior Center.

Bertha M. Waite (nee Martin), 99, of Waterloo, died March 23, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born May 26, 1910 in Bladen, Ohio, the daughter of the late Emery and Minnie (nee Lewis) Martin. Mrs. Waite is survived by her children Elva E. Cull, Norma J. “Gene” Boyd, Joanne Kuhn, Jane (Tony) Meglio, John (Alison) Waite and Charles A. (Cheri) Waite; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil A. Waite; two brothers; and two sisters. Mrs. Waite was a homemaker and worked at Valley Department Store in Vicksburg, Miss., where she lived for many years. She was an active member of the Eastern Star Chapter and Hawkins Methodist Church. Visitation is Thursday, March 25, at 1 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow at 7 p.m., with Pastor Steve Neill presiding. Mr. Waite will be buried Friday, March 26, at 11:30 a.m. at Liberty Cemetery in Pulaski. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill in Waterloo.

Viola Muskopf, 86, of Columbia, died March 23, 2010 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Aug. 5, 1923, in Dupo, the daughter of the late Clarence and Lena (Osick) Hoffmann. She married Earl Muskopf in 1948 in Columbia. He died March 8, 2010. Mrs. Muskopf is survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in -law Russell (Minnie) Muskopf of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Bernice (Lester) Allgire of Maryville, Donald Muskopf of Dupo and Sharon (David) Wienhoff of Tucson, Ariz.; along with nieces, nephews and a godson. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Annabelle (Jerry) Collie. Viola was a bookkeeper with Mare and Company in St. Louis, Mo. from 1941 to the present. She attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. Visitation is Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Paul UCC of Columbia. Funeral will follow at 12 noon with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mrs. Muskopf will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. The family extends a thank you to Dr. Sodhi and Dr. Dhanak, resident doctors and the many physicians and nurses at St. Louis University Hospital, along with Memorial Hospital's emergency department physicians, nursing staff, 2North and IMCU nursing staff and MCC staff. Memorials may be made to her church.

Leonard S. Gnojewski, 92, of Columbia, formerly of Madison, died March 24, 2010 at St. John's Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Mo. He was born Nov. 23, 1917 in Granite City, the son of the late Stanislaus and Anastasia (Rozycke) Gnojewski. He married Mary (Motil) Gnojewski in 1941. In addition to his wife, Mr. Gnokewski is survived by his children Leonard (Carol) Gnojewski of Edwardsville, Joan (Ony) Pashea of Greensville, Ind., Margaret (Steven) Drummond of Syracuse, N.Y. and Mary Ellen (Steven) Trottier of Columbia; 12 grandchildren, Paul Podraza, Jeff Podraza, Carol Lynn Gnojewski, Michael Gnojewski, Steven Gnojewski, Jean Gnojewski Lesicka, Darren Pashea, Stephanie Pashea, Matt Trottier, Nick Trottier, Steven Trottier and Samantha Trottier; and six great-grandchildren, Willow, Skyler, Madelyne, Lily, Samuel and Conrad. He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Gnojewski; and a sister, Frances Ratkewicz. Mr. Gnojewski served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired after 40 years as a carpenter with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was a member of the Venice-Madison American Legion Post 307 and the St. Stanislaus Lodge 1004 in Madison. Visitation is Friday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. A funeral will follow with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Gnojewski will be buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to St. Stanislaus Lodge 1004 - Polish Hall.

Floyd Carl “Buck” Range, 84, of Dupo, died March 25, 2010. He was born May 13, 1925, in Cahokia, the son of the late Henry Joseph and Mae Goldie (nee Adkins) Range. Mr. Range is survived by his children, Carole (Rex) Hancock of Columbia and Debbie (Terry) Aldridge of Dupo; grandchildren Heather (Kip) Quevreaux, Courtney Aldridge, Brandon Aldridge and Brett Aldridge; great-grandson, Dane Quevreaux; and a sister, Marcella Rita Reeg. He was preceded in death by wife, Margaret Ann Range. Mr. Range was a retired farmer. He was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau, former board member for the Dupo School District and a former trustee for the Village of East Carondelet. Visitation is Sunday, March 28, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Monday, March 29, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Dupo with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mr. Range will be buried at Valhalla Gardens in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Dupo or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia.

James Thomas Goldsmith, 86, of Waterloo, died March 31, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Feb 4, 1924 in Walnut, NC., the son of the late Stephen and Betty (nee Thomas) Goldsmith. He is survived by his wife, Ida Mae (nee Payne) Goldsmith, whom he married Sept. 28, 1946. He is also survived by sons, Robert (Betty) Goldsmith of Waterloo, James M. Goldsmith Jr. of Waterloo and Randy (Debbie) Goldsmith of Waterloo; daughters Janet (Tom) Mooney of Renault, Joyce (Arlan) Koch of Evansville and Sabrina (Mark) Archambault of Eureka, Mo. He was preceded in death by five brothers, two sisters; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was a truck driver and a member of Teamster Local 618. Private graveside service is Friday, April 2 at Red Bud City Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud.

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Mildred A. Middleton, 78, of Orion, died Feb. 1, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born June 23, 1931, the daughter of the late Edward F. and Lula (Johnson) Middleton. Mrs. Middleton is survived by her grandchildren Donna Esker, Michael Haas, Vince Stern, Andrew Stern and Raymond Stern; sisters, Masie Mehrtens and Myrtle Walker; a sister-in-law, Marlene Middleton; and son-in-law, Vince Stern Sr.; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cora Esker; grandson, Donnie Esker Jr.; three sisters; and four brothers. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Robert C. Poole, 79, of Columbia, died Feb. 3, 2010. He was born Oct. 28, 1930, in Huntington Park, Calif., the son of the late Carter and Martha (Driver) Poole. Mr. Poole is survived by his wife, Marie (Chaudet) Poole; children Becky Hays of Columbia, Cherie (Michael) Harris of Columbia, Traci Butz of Millstadt, Brian (Amy) Poole of Columbia and Scott Poole of Greenville; 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and puppies Toby and Tyson. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Poole Jr.; a sister, Virginia Burk; and a brother, Richard Poole. Mr. Poole served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired as a parts manager at Elder Cadillac in Belleville after 24 years of service. Bob was a past member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6165. He enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s activities. Visitation is Monday, Feb. 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Columbia or Hospice of Southern.

Marjorie F. Trost, 93, of Columbia, died Feb. 3, 2010. She was born Nov. 11, 1916, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Harry and Bertha Arnin (Kunz). She married Monroe H. Trost in 1949 in Columbia. He died in 1991. Mrs. Trost is survived by a brother, Walter (Marie) Arnin of St. Louis; and friends Gail (Galen) Riebeling, Chad and Lucas Riebeling, Matt (Shelley) Riebeling, Noah, Ethan and Kane Riebeling, Lauren (Jimmy) Foran, Lincoln Foran, and Kent (Joan) Weisenstein; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Trost was retired from the finance and accounting department at Scott Air Force Base. She attended St. Paul UCC of Columbia for more than 70 years, where she was a part-time book keeper and was also in the Evening Women's League. Majorie was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Rob Morris Chapter 98, Columbia Senior Citizens, Columbia Women's Club and the American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. There was no visitation. Graveside services will be Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery, in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Memorials may be made to her church or to Shriner's Hospital For Children.

George W. Guttmann, 95, of Waterloo, died Feb. 4, 2010 in Columbia. He was born May 24, 1914 in Fults, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Christina (nee Kunkel) Guttmann. Mr. Guttmann is survived by nieces and nephews Fern (Fred) Kinzinger, Marie (Eddie) Melliere, Robert (Joyce) Guttmann, Thelma (Ray) Shields and Charlene Waligorski; along with cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lura A. (nee Reiner) Guttmann; a nephew, Clinton (LaVerne) Schmieg; brothers Oscar, Walter and John Guttmann; and sisters Lena Schmieg and Marie Guttmann. Mr. Guttmann was a tech sergeant in the U.S. Army. Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Monday, Feb. 8, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A service will immediately follow at the funeral home with Father Roger Karban. Mr. Guttmann will be buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Heartland Hospice.

George W. Guttmann, 95, of Waterloo, died Feb. 4, 2010 in Columbia. He was born May 24, 1914 in Fults, the son of the late Nicholas and Christina (nee Kunkel) Guttmann. Mr. Guttmann is survived by nieces and nephews Fern (Fred) Kinzinger, Marie (Eddie) Melliere, Robert (Joyce) Guttmann, Thelma (Ray) Shields and Charlene Waligorski; along with cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lura A. (nee Reiner) Guttmann; a nephew, Clinton (LaVerne) Schmieg; brothers Oscar, Walter and John Guttmann; and sisters Lena Schmieg and Marie Guttmann. Mr. Guttmann was a tech sergeant in the U.S. Army. Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Monday, Feb. 8, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A service will immediately follow at the funeral home with Father Roger Karban. Mr. Guttmann will be buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Heartland Hospice.

Richard Branson, 73, of Fults, died Feb. 5, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 3, 1936 in Clayton, Mo., the son of the late Joseph and Catherine (nee Smith) Branson. Mr. Branson is survived by his wife, Vivian (nee Glenn) Branson; children Shelley (Phillip) Boland, Stacy (Rodney) Mueller and Rebecca (Bob) Frierdich; grandchildren Ronald (Rebecca) and Seth Mueller, Shasta Weihl, Zachary Koonce, Tanner and Parker Frierdich and Hannah Boland; great-granddaughter, Emma Mueller; siblings Clyde Branson, Donald (Phyllis) Branson, Sharon Mehrtens, Brenda (John) Bueschel and Gale Branson; and brother-in-law, Doyle Glenn; along with nieces, nephew, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Jeanette Branson; a brother-in-law, Alvin Mehrtens Jr.; and brothers-in-law. Mr. Branson was a rancher, retired truck driver, auctioneer and real estate broker. Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 7, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 8. A funeral service will follow at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mr. Branson will be buried at the Monroe City Cemetery.

Irene M. Dannehold, nee Heiken, 81, of Waterloo, died Feb. 6, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 8, 1928 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Emil and Catherine (nee Stockel) Heiken. Mrs. Dannehold is survived by her husband, Harold Dannehold; and children Terry Dannehold of Middletown, N.J., and Sandra Dannehold of St. Louis, Mo.; along with sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Armin (Marcella) Heiken. Mrs. Dannehold was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation is Monday, Feb. 8, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Dannehold will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to masses at her church.

Walter E. Parker, 78, of Swansea, formerly of New Athens, died Feb. 7, 2010 in Swansea. He was born Oct. 13, 1931, the son of the late Alphons J. and Clara (nee Kreher) Parker. Mr. Parker is survived by his brother, Virgil (Virginia) Parker of New Athens; nieces and nephews, Jeff (Teresa) Parker of Belleville, Janet (Robert) Bittle of New Athens, Carol Parker (fiancé Michael Herich) of Caseyville and Gary (Dawn) Parker of New Athens; great-nieces and great-nephews Eric (Erin), Ryan (fiancé Laura Benedick), Alicia, Valaurie, and Jacob Parker, Heather (Tim) Hill, Lyndsey, Brenden and Travis Bittle, Vivianne Herich and Ashley, Craig, Lauren and Drew Parker. He was preceded in death by his brothers Cyril Parker and John (Helen) Parker. Mr. Parker was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. Visitation is Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 10 a. m. at St. Augustine Church in Hecker with Father James Nall officiating. Mr. Parker will be buried at the church’s cemetery.

Eleanor R. “Jack” Moll, 92, of Red Bud (formerly of Evansville), died Feb. 8, 2010 in Red Bud. She was born April 1, 1917 in Modoc, the daughter of the late Robert and Emma (nee Bruns) Dorn. Mrs. Moll married Ralph J. Moll on Nov. 9, 1939. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Moll is survived by her daughters, Roberta (David ) Schilling of Red Bud and Leola (Christopher) Glatz of Houston, Tex.; sisters Geraldine Johnson of Chester, Doyne Dorn of San Francisco, Calif., and Adele Suit of Leonardtown, Md.; and a grandson, Adam Theobald of St. Peters, Mo. She was preceded in death by grandchildren Michael and Laura Schilling; and brothers John and Udell Dorn. Mrs. Moll worked at International Shoe Factory in Evansville. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church’s Altar Sodality, Evansville Senior Citizens and the American Legion Auxiliary. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Evansville. Funeral Mass is Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville, with Father Rafi Kutturkaran officiating. Mrs. Moll will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made her church.

Aurelia R. Alberter-Eversmeyer (nee Mueth), 84, of Millstadt, died Feb. 10, 2010 in Belleville. She was born June 25, 1925, the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (nee Becker) Mueth. Mrs. Alberter-Eversmeyer is survived by her daughter, Nancy Marlen; sons Allen (Jane ) Alberter and Gary Alberter; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Alberter; grandchildren Michael Marlen, Lori (Matt) Haag, Mandy (Mike) Capell, Blake Alberter, Brett Alberter, Jen Wyatt and Eric, Ryan, A.J. and Alex Alberter; great grandchildren Andrew and Molly Haag, Claire and Cole Marlen, Lilly Grace, Lainey Mae Capell and Colton Alberter; sister, Luella (George) Toenjes Jr.; brothers Sylvestor “Tuffy” Mueth and Erwin “Tooti” Mueth; sister-in-law, Almira Mueth; step-children Glenda Lowell, Cindy (Butch) Bertlesman, Brianne (Chad) Ricks and Aaron (Lindsey) Eversmeyer; and step-great-grandchildren Yale Eversmeyer, Seith Wagner, Peyton Bertlesman and Gryfin Eversmeyer; along with nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Alberter, whom she married May 21, 1946. He died in 1972. Five years later she married Carson “Corky” Eversmeyer, who passed away seven months later. She is also preceded in death by a son, Dennis “Bing” Alberter; son-in-law, Dennis “Doc” Marlen; granddaughter, Jodi Ann Alberter; great-granddaughter, Sadie Ann Haag; brothers Arthur, Henery, Herbert, Cletus, Emil and Raymond; a sister in infancy, Marcella. Aurelia and her husband, Richard, started Millstadt’s West End Tavern in 1954. After Richard’s death, she ran the tavern and the famous West End fish stand with help from her family. She retired in 1990, leaving her son Bing and his wife Marilyn to take over. Aurelia was a vice-president of the Illinois Retail Liquor Association and active in the Tavern Owners Association. She was a lifelong member of St. James Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Sodality, and volunteered for church and school functions. She was also an active member American Legion Post 502 Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 7980, where she received the 25-year appreciation award from the post in 1994. She also received the Outstanding Community Award from the VFW at the State Convention in Chicago in 1998. Aurelia was a charter member of Urusline Sisters of Belleville and Smithton Turner Auxiliary, was in the 50 and Over Club and was the first lady inducted into the Mon-Clair Hall of Fame. In addition, she received the Volunteer Service Award from the American Red Cross after serving for 38 years as blood bank chairman. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 12, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral Mass is Sat. Feb 13, at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Father Volk officiating. Burial will be in St. James Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family to be used according to Aurelia’s wishes.

Michael D. "Car" Toon Sr., 63 of Columbia, died Feb. 11, 2010 at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was born Oct. 12, 1946, in Mayfield, Ky. He married Rebecca (Keller) Toon in 1976 in East St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Mr. Toon is survived by his sons Mike (Megan) Toon Jr., and James (Tammy) Toon of Columbia; mother and step-father, Ann and Bob Johnson of Columbia; grandchildren Kaylin and Adrianna Toon; four step-grandchildren; a sister, Connie (David) Sauerwein of Columbia; a brother James “Gary” (Jan) Toon of Columbia; brother-in-law, Mitch (Diane) Keller of Belleville; and sister-in-law, Carol (Greg) Catrambone of Harrah, Okla.; along with nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, James M. Toon. Mr. Toon served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 520 and was a retired automobile salesman. He was a past-president of Ducks Unlimited. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, hunting and fishing. His family would like to thank Dr. Sri Kolli for her dedicated and compassionate care. Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral service is Monday, Feb. 15, at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Toon will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois

Lucille C. Glessner, nee Metzger, 90, of Waterloo, died Feb. 12, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 5, 1919 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Louis and Alice (nee Mentel) Metzger. Mrs. Glessner is survived by her children, Mary Waterman, Michael (Wanda) Glessner and James (Ursula) Glessner; grandchildren Steve Waterman, Laura (Chris) Hillbrand, Jeanna (Kent) Ruehter, Sarah (Matt) Ulrich, Christine (Brian) Bise, Robert (Kim) Glessner, Susan (Mark) Bonk, and Thomas and Joseph Glessner; great-grandsons Chance Hillbrand, Coy Ruether, Leo Hillbrand, Owen Ulrich, Brayden and Noah Bise, Alex Glessner and Lucas Bonk; and a sister-in-law, Cathleen Glessner; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Glessner; and great-grandson, Michael Bise. Mrs. Glessner was a homemaker who was an active member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where she participated in the Mary and Martha Society and other church projects. She volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Bank for 50 years. Lucille also enjoyed quilting, playing the piano and organ, dancing, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Glessner will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, SPPS Grade School or Western Egyptian.

Albert C. Heinrich, 96, of Corvallis, Ore., died February 14, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis following surgery for a broken hip. He was born on Feb. 2, 1914, in Columbia to the late Herman and Mary Heinrich. He married Mary Alice Morlan on May 26, 1958. In addition to his wife, Mr. Heinrich is survived by his children Hilda, Gordon and Steven. He was preceded in death by his sister, Emma. Albert retired as a professor of anthropology from the University of Calgary in 1984 and moved to Corvallis. A memorial service was held at Fisher Funeral Home in Albany, Ore. Memorials may be made to the Corvallis/Benton County Public Library.

Linda Darlene Byram (nee Strayhorn), 59, of Dupo, died Feb. 14, 2010 at her residence. She was born Aug. 17, 1950, the daughter of the late Elmo and Lahoma (nee Luter) Strayhorn. Mrs. Byram is survived by her husband, John “Jack” Byram Sr. of Dupo; son, John Byram Jr. of Alton; daughter, Darlene Dawn Schlemmer of Dupo; grandchildren John Byram III, Lani Schlemmer, Katrina Buram and Makayla Schlemmer; brothers Walter Daniel Strayhorn of Byrnesmill Mo., and James Rodney Strayhorn of Park Hills Mo.; and sister, Rhonda Elfrink of Dupo; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was a member of Park United Methodist Church in Cahokia, Eastern Star and a past worthy adviser of Rainbow Girls. Visitation and funeral were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo with Pastor Myra Gummersheimer officiating. She was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Ill or the American Cancer Society.

Albert C. Heinrich, 96, of Corvallis, Ore., died February 14, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis following surgery for a broken hip. He was born on Feb. 2, 1914, in Columbia to the late Herman and Mary Heinrich. He married Mary Alice Morlan on May 26, 1958. In addition to his wife, Mr. Heinrich is survived by his children Hilda, Gordon and Steven. He was preceded in death by his sister, Emma. Albert retired as a professor of anthropology from the University of Calgary in 1984 and moved to Corvallis. A memorial service was held at Fisher Funeral Home in Albany, Ore. Memorials may be made to the Corvallis/Benton County Public Library.

Gary J. Suttner, 60, of Waterloo, died Feb. 14, 2010 in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 19, 1949 in E. St. Louis, the late Joseph and Emily (nee Kingdom) Suttner. Mr. Suttner is survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Britton) Suttner; children Sherri (Aaron) Voelker, Susie (Bill) Nagel; a granddaughter, Rylee Jane Nagel; and half-sister, Sandra (Dean) Dusenberry; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Suttner was retired from Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis. Visitation is Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Suttner will be buried at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo.

Donald J. Crahan, 68, of Columbia, died February 15, 2010. He was born August 19, 1941, in Fargo, ND, the son of his late parents, Donald and Betty (Ingstad) Crahan. He was married to Patricia (Olstad) Crahan, who survives him. Mr. Crahan is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Crahan of St. Louis; step-son, Brock Remillong of Centralia; sister, Barb (Mike) Jones of Rosemount MN; along with other relatives and friends. He was employed as a regional manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and served in the U.S. Army. Private family services were held.

Aaron Richard Bangle, 33, of Waterloo, died Feb 15, 2010, while surrounded by his family. He was born July 20, 1976, in Belleville, the son of Rick and Susan Bangle of Waterloo. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bangle is survived by his wife, Sheila (nee Eichner) Bangle, whom he married in 2005; a daughter, Paige Bangle of Valmeyer; son, Quentin Bangle of Valmeyer; step-son, Nick Wetzler of Normal; step-daughters Autumn and Gabby Wetzler of Waterloo; mother-in-law, Cathy Kaestner of Dupo; grandparents Clarence and Mabel Stockel of Waterloo and Richard Bangle of Belleville; sister, Michelle (Chris) Mace of Columbia; niece, Mila Mace of Columbia; and brother-in-law, Eric Eichner of Waterloo; along with aunts, uncles other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Thelma Bangle; sister-in-law Brenda Eichner; and infant daughter, Alexandria E. Bangle. Aaron was a draftsman designer prior to his illness. He loved football and baseball, playing chess, writing poetry, drawing, and was known for his cooking skills. As Mr. Bangle wished, his body was cremated. A memorial service will be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo on Saturday, Feb 20, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Matt Clark officiating. Friends and family may begin to gather at 10:30 a.m. to visit with the family. Following the service, there will be a luncheon at Bobeck’s in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the family for the children’s education.

John George Stockel, 72, of Waterloo, died Feb. 15, 2010 in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 4, 1937, the son of the late John Henry and Theresa (Winkel) Stockel. Mr. Stockel is survived by his brother, Clarence (Mabel) Stockel of Waterloo. Mr. Stockel was a farmer. According to his wishes, the body was cremated. Services were held at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. DeFabio Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Cheryl Ann Marie Medlock, nee Muskopf, 55, of Belleville, died Feb. 16, 2010, surrounded by family and friends following a short battle against cancer. She was born July 26, 1954 in Belleville, the daughter of the late Edward and Virginia (nee Helfrich) Muskopf. Mrs. Medlock is survived by her husband, Eugene “Bill” Medlock, whom she married Jan. 8, 2000; sister, Susie (Scott) Fritz of Smithton; brothers Larry Muskopf of Smithton and Roger (Joyce) Muskopf of Freeburg; nephews Scott (Stacey) Muskopf, C.J. (Jennifer) Klein, Nathan Fritz, Jordan Fritz and Paden Muskopf; niece, Amber Klein; and great-nieces Anna and Lindsey Muskopf, and Lauren Klein; along with other relatives and friends. She was a longtime bartender at Karban’s Knotty Pines in Paderborn. She was devoted to her cats, flowers, teaching aerobics, Cardinal baseball and Elvis. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Memorial may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Larry L. Larrance Sr., 63, of Waterloo, died Feb. 17, 2010 in St. Louis. He was born March 23, 1946 in Paris, IL., the son of the late Virgil and Anna (nee Evitt) Larrance. Mr. Larrance is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Hank) Larrance; children Rhonda Larrance, Larry L. (Richele) Larrance Jr.; grandchildren Arik Drake Larrance and Jacquelyn Larrance; step- grandson, Christopher Darnell; brother, James Larrance; and sisters Roszilla Beasley and Wilma York; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by sisters and brothers. Mr. Larrance is the retired owner of the Derby Liquor Store in Canon City, Colo. Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A memorial service will immediately follow with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.

Gary Wayne Holt, 63, Waterloo, died Feb. 19, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born April 26, 1946 in Tenn., the son if the late Jimmy and Susie (nee Dale) Brown. Mr. Hold is survived by his wife, Patricia (nee Reiff) Holt; children James Holt, Dawn (Jason) Jones, Kent Holt, Kristin Manley and Shellie (Kent) Neal; siblings Mary Juanita Thomason, Nellie Sue Fagan, Doris Ann Grimes, Martha Jean Love, J.C. Holt Sr., Harold Holt, Betty Cockrell and Jimmy Holt; mother-in-law, Helen Reiff; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter; along with sisters-in-laws, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by sister, Ruby Lee Andrews. Mr. Holt was veteran of the U.S. Army and a life-member of the Millstadt VFW. He was avid Cardinal fan. Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 21 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Feb. 22 at 9:45 a. m. at the funeral home with Pastor J. C. Holt Jr. officiating. Burial is at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

Justin Thomas McDaniel, 27, of East Carondelet, died Feb. 19, 2010 at Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital, East St. Louis, from injuries sustained in a house fire. He was born July 15, 1982, in Belleville. Mr. McDaniel is survived by his father, James McDaniel of Columbia; mother, Julie (Beatty) Kellermann of St. Louis, Mo.; a son, Nolan Taylor McDaniel; fiancé Stephanie Louise Russell of East Carondelet; brothers James McDaniel of Dupo and Trey Breeding of St. Louis, Mo.; grandparents Tom (Norma) Beatty of Waterloo and Joe Taylor of Dupo; and aunts and uncles, Cris (Gene) Stumpf of Columbia, Evy (John) Beard of Falcon, Mo., Cory McDaniel of Falcon, Mo., and Steve Beatty of East St. Louis. He was preceded in death by grandparents James and AnnaMae McDaniel, and Phyllis Taylor; along with a best friend and cousin, Brandon Stumpf. Mr. McDaniel served in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. He loved spending time with his family, friends and the Thursday Night Washer League and rooting on the St. Louis Cardinals. Visitation is Monday, Feb. 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Private family committal services will be held with Pastor Jeffrey Barrett officiating. Mr. McDaniel will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the family.

Bonnie (Keeven) Herrmann, 67, of Columbia, died Feb. 20, 2010. She was born Dec. 3, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Irwin Keeven and Katherine (Chabrian) Keeven, of St. Louis, Mo. She married Donald Herrmann in 1964 in St. Louis, Mo. He died in 2000. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Herrmann is survived by a son, David (Cynthia) Herrmann of Oswego; daughter, Diane (Michael) Myers of Imperial, Mo.; grandchildren Ashlyn Kay and Lucas Michael Myers; a brother, James (Diana) Keeven; and niece, Lisa Keeven of Collierville, Tenn. Mrs. Herrmann was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, the Red Hat Ladies and a Bunco club. She enjoyed spending time with her high high-school classmates and her grandchildren. Visitation is Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday Feb. 25, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Herrmann will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, the Gibault Scholarship Fund or Masses.

Kathy Ann Baxmeyer, nee Kohler, 40, of Waterloo, died Feb. 20, 2010 in rural Waterloo. She was born March 26, 1969 in Elk Grove. Mrs. Baxmeyer is survived by her husband, John Baxmeyer; son, Keegan Baxmeyer; father, Richard (Dorothy) Kohler; in-laws K. Richard "Boxy" and Carol Baxmeyer; sister, (Karen) Jeff Kaiser; sister-in-law, Kim (Roger) Strong; brothers-in-law Jim Baxmeyer, David (Valerie) Baxmeyer, Jim (Pam) Pagliai and Dennis (Heather) Baxmeyer; step-brother, Ken (Tina) Valentine; and step-sister, Ann (Marc) Joergens; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Phyllis Ann (nee Kunz) Kohler; and son, Kadin John Baxmeyer. Mrs. Baxmeyer was a member of Hope Christian Church’s Praise Team, owned Saddle Creek Stables and was an avid equestrian. Visitation is Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Hope Christian Church, and on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service will immediately follow with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Mrs. Baxmeyer will be buried at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Hope Christian Church Children's Ministry or its food pantry.

Kadin John Baxmeyer, 7, of Waterloo, died Feb. 20, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 19, 2003 in Creve Coeur, Mo. Mr. Baxmeyer is survived by his father, John Baxmeyer; a brother, Keegan Baxmeyer; grandparents Richard and Dorothy Kohler and K. Richard “Boxy” and Carol Baxmeyer; and aunts and uncles Karen (Jeff) Kaiser, Kim (Roger) Strong, Jim Baxmeyer, David (Valerie) Baxmeyer, Jim (Pam) Pagliai, Ken (Tina) Valentine and Anne (Marc) Joergens; along with cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathy Ann (Kohler) Baxmeyer; and grandmother, Phyllis (Kunz) Kohler. Kadin attended Hope Christian Church, was a student at Smithton Elementary School and played for the Red Muskets football and Waterloo Sports Association baseball. Visitation is Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Hope Christian Church, and on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service will immediately follow with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Mrs. Baxmeyer will be buried at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Red Muskets Football or Hope Christian Church’s Children's Ministry.

Steven “Austin” Nicholas Baum, 6, of Waterloo, died Feb. 20 in rural Waterloo. Austin is survived by his parents, Steve and Deena Baum of Waterloo; a sibling, Rowan; great-grandparents Gearard and Georgia Baum of Pompano Beach, Fla.; grandparents Rose Maciocia of St. Louis, and Frank and Betty Poore of Sylacauga, Ala.; aunts and uncles Jerry (Nancy) Baum of Bonita Springs, Fla., Scott (Tracy) Baum of Chesterfield, Mo., Chad (Pam) Baum of Chesterfield, Mo., Jeff (Kellie) Poore of Sylacauga, Ala., and Sheree Poore Rogers of Chelsea, Ala.; and cousins Jacob Rogers, Baylee Poore, Kassidy Poore and Madison Baum. Austin raced Moto X and played baseball and soccer. A memorial service is planned for Thursday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., at St. Louis Family Church in Chesterfield, Mo., with Pastor John Moore officiating. Memorials may be made to the Austin Baum Memorial Fund established at State Bank of Waterloo, PO Box 148, Waterloo, IL, 62298. Donations will be dispersed in Austin’s memory. Arrangements were handled by Schrader Funeral Home in St. Louis.

Norman Kenneth Jaeger, 68, of East Carondelet, died Feb. 23, 2010. He was born Feb. 24, 1941, the son of the late Kenneth and Ellen (nee Rockey) Jaeger. Mr. Jaeger is survived by his wife, Deborah (nee Yentes) Jaeger; children Todd (Christine) Jaeger, Matt (Gail) Jaeger, Jill (J.P.) Blin and Meredith (Tony) Lambert; eight grandchildren; sisters Joyce (Don) Krumseig and Sonja (AJ) Rassi; brother, Phil (Donna) Jaeger; and an aunt, Eleanor Ball. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer, in infancy and a grandchild. Mr. Jaeger was a member of the Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 26 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo with Pastor Will Hesterberg officiating. Mr. Jaeger will be buried at Bethlehem Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Redeemer’s Special Church or Concord Presbyterian Church.

Sytha Ellen Hatfield, 70, of Prairie du Rocher, died Feb. 24, 2010 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. She was born Jan. 20, 1940 in Jasonville, Ind., to the late William and Opal (nee Stout) Turley. She married William “Bill” Hatfield Jr. in 1962 in Coalmont, Ind. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hatfield is survived by her children Pamela Hatfield of Ruma, William Hatfield III of Evansville, Ind., and Mark Hatfield of Prairie du Rocher; five grandchildren, Corey, Cameron, Meagan, Cassidy and Caleb; one brother; and three sisters; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by two brothers; and a granddaughter, Darian Lee Hatfield. Mrs. Hatfield was a homemaker and small business owner. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 26, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Welge-Pechachek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A memorial service will immediately follow. Mrs. Hatfield will be buried at a later date.

Charlotte (Hirsch) Fobar, 55, of Dupo, formerly of Columbia, died Feb. 24, 2010 at The Lincoln Home in Belleville. She was born April 11, 1954, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Emil and Rose Marie (Wylie) Hirsch. She was married John H. Fobar. He died in 1990. Mrs. Fobar is survived by a son, John Fobar Jr. of Chula Vista, Calif., brother, Charles Hirsch of Dupo; and a sister, Darlene Hirsch of Belleville. A cremation was held and an internment of ashes will take place at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Craig Earl Oder, 49, of Columbia Mo., died February 24, 2010 in Rolla, Mo. He was born Nov. 15, 1960 in East Saint Louis, the son of the late Donald and Marilyn (nee Herbert) Oder. Mr. Oder is survived by a brother, William (Elda) Oder of Easly SC; sister, Renae (Tony) Mayer of Waterloo; special friend, Alana Johnson; daughters Kandice and Katrina Gatewood; grandchildren Jonathan Ehler and Kayelyn Gatewood Kimbrough; and friends Linda, Mike, David and Steven Wallerstein. Mr. Oder was a chauffeur. Visitation is Sunday, March 7, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at DeFabio Funeral Home. A memorial service will immediately follow with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating.

Edith M. Castleberry, nee Reitz, 85, of Waterloo, died Feb. 25, 2010 in Red Bud. She was born Dec. 21, 1924 in Waterloo the daughter of the late George and Louisa J. (nee Hauptfleisch) Reitz. Mrs. Castleberry is survived by sisters Bernice Church, Dorothy Whelan and Melba Ryan; brothers Earl and Don Reitz; and a sister-in-law, Delma Reitz; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Castleberry; son, Michael Castleberry; sisters Jean Frank and Bernell Rehmer; and a brother, Clarence Reitz. Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 28, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, March 1, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Stan Konieszny officiating. She will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice of Southern Illinois or SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Fred J. “Joe” Thomas Jr., 65, of Columbia died Feb. 25, 2010. He was born Sept. 22, 1944 in Wood River, the son of the late Fred J. Thomas Sr. and Blance (nee Little) Thomas. Mr. Thomas is survived by sons, Joseph and Nicholas Thomas; grandson, Christopher Thomas; a sister, Pat Tritley; and former wife, Phyllis Thomas; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia with Pastor Allynn Walker and Pastor Gary Mossiman officiating. Mrs. Thomas will be buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

January

Bernard C. Wuertz, 69, of Red Bud, formerly of Valmeyer, died Jan. 2, 2010 in Red Bud. He was born Aug. 31, 1940 in Harrisonville, the son of the late Frank and Lillian (nee Keepes) Wuertz. Mr. Wuertz is survived by his wife, Eileen (nee Fusch) Wuertz; sons Carol (Denise) Wuertz and David (Sarah) Wuertz; grandchildren Will, Emma, Matthew and Audrey Wuertz; sisters Marilyn Schuttenhelm and Carol Roy; brothers Donald (Judith) Wuertz and Tom (Linda) Wuertz; sisters-in-law Jeannie Wuertz and Mary Ann Naimey; brother-in-law, David Ahrens; and uncle, Jacob Keepes; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers James and William Wuertz; a sister, Rose Ahrens; brothers-in-law Don Schuttenhelm and Earl "Buck" Roy; and nephews John and Scott Wuertz. Mr. Wuertz was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ruma and the Illinois - Mississippi Valley Gun Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ruma with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Mr. Wuertz was buried at Immaculate Conception Church in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to his church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Michelle "Shelley" Decker, 39, of Waterloo, died Jan. 3, 2010 at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, County. She was born Dec. 22, 1970 in Belleville. Mrs. Decker is survived by her sons Gregory and Brandon Wallace of Waterloo; her father, Robert (Edna) Johnson of Barnhart, Mo.; sisters Cathie (Roger) Massie of Waterloo, Janet (Larry) Harris of East Carondelet and Teresa (Joe) Hurt of DeSoto, Mo.; half-brother, Tim Johnson, of Barnhart, Mo.; step-brother, James Donahue of Barnhart, Mo.; and companion, John Bagsby of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jeanette Johnson; brothers, Mark, Robert and Dennis Johnson; and a sister, Bobbie Lou Johnson. She was employed at St. Louis University as a grants development specialist for the chemistry department. Visitation is Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow. A private interment of ashes will take place. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

Gayle DesCombes Jeffries, 87, of Waterloo, formerly Columbia, Carbondale and Gillette, Wyo., died Jan. 3, 2010 at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 7, 1922 in the Owsley Community in Johnson County, Mo., the late Everett and Ella (nee Champ) Craig. Mrs. Jeffries is survived by a son, Larry (Carol) DesCombes of Leeton, Mo.; daughters Jody (Ray) and Jack Miller of Smithton, Dee Linda (Gene) Rohrer of Mayview, Mo., and Janet (David) Finnerty of Columbia; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; along with nieces, nephews and other relatives. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters. Gayle attended grade school in Johnson County, Mo. and worked as a secretary for the Laborer’s Union Local 588 in Sedalia, Mo. Mr. Jeffries also was a Singer Company sewing instructor for 15 years and managed a consignment shop and shoe store for several years. She enjoyed sewing, reading, cooking, jewelry (especially Turquoise), NASCAR (Dale Earnhardt), yard sales, country music, fall colors, leather shoes and purses, the police blotter and her scanner, bragging on her children (“I’ve got four good kids!”) and great big, fat, juicy greasy cheeseburgers. Private services were held. Arrangements were handled by Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home in rural Carbondale. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Nursing Home.

Donald J. Jones, 56, of Columbia, died Jan. 3, 2010 at his residence. He was born May 14, 1953, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Donald and Jeannette (nee Brennan) Jones. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Debra (nee Darnell) Jones; a son, Mark Jones of Columbia; a daughter, Elizabeth (Peter) Wszalek of Shiloh; brother, Lawrence (Tammy) Jones of Brighton; a sister, Stephanie (Tom) Werner of Swansea; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Clyde and Georgiana Darnell, Sandy (Orville Heyworth) Darnell and Charles Tina Gregory; along with 14 nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. Jones was retired from the U.S. Postal Service, working several years at the Columbia Post Office. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and earned a masters degree from SIU Edwardsville. Mr. Jones was a past-governor of Caseyville Moose Lodge 4 and a past-treasurer of the Columbia Rotary Club and the Columbia Music Boosters. Donald was an avid Cardinals baseball and NASCAR fan. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights. A funeral will immediately follow with the Rev. Darrell Jones officiating. Mr. Jones will be buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to are Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Elmer “Ham” Riechmann, 90, of Waterloo, died Jan. 4, 2010 in Waterloo. He was born March 2, 1919 in Valmeyer, the son of the late George and Louisa (nee Kruse) Riechmann. Mr. Riechmann is survived by his wife, Bernice (nee Lark) Riechmann; children Lynn (David) Goeddel, Patsy (Dale) Burns and Celeste (G. Michael) Tichy; grandchildren Elise (Steven) Horvath, Toni (Joshua) Hogan, Noel (Beth) Goeddel, Jarrett Burns, Morgan Tichy and Gavin Tichy; great-grandchildren Greyson and Chase Horvath, Ethan and Cannon Hogan and Lucy and Violet Goeddel; brothers Howard (Melba) Riechmann and Roy (Alberta) Riechmann; sister-in-law Gloria Riechmann and Mary Lark; and brother-in-law, Melvin (Phyllis) Lark; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son in infancy; and a brother. Oliver Riechmann. Mr. Riechmann served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504. He was retired from Luhr Brothers Inc., and was a member of Operating Engineers Local 520. Mr. Riechmann attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 7, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral mass is Friday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul in Waterloo. Mr. Riechmann will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo VFW, Oak Hill of Waterloo High School baseball.

Alexander Edward Tegtmeier, 77, of Millstadt, died Jan. 5, 2010 at his residence. He was born June 11, 1932 in Millstadt, the son of the late Lorraine and Elvira (nee Nold) Tegtmeier. Mr. Tegtmeier is survived by his wife, Patricia Tegtmeier; sons Shaun McGuire and Scott McGuire; a daughter, Sue Ann Tegtmeier; grandchildren Patrick, Chloe and Lille McGuire; brothers Kurt (Ann( Tegtmeier and Carl (Liz) Tegtmeier; nieces and nephews Kurt Tegtmeier Jr., Phillip Tegtmeier, Lynn Danis, Katie Curdiff, Chris Tegtmeier and Jenny Tegtmeier. Mr. Tegtmeier retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Air National Guard and later from Hartford Insurance Company as a claims adjuster. He attended Faith Family Church in Shiloh. Alex was a life member of the Sister Cities organizations in Millstadt and Columbia, the Masonic Lodge in Belleville and the Millstadt American Legion Post 502. Visitation is Friday, Jan. 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m., at Faith Family Church in Shiloh with Pastor Rick Hufton officiating. Mr. Tegtmeier will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memorial in Belleville. Memorials may be made to his church.

Naomi M. (Saffel) Aubuchon, 86, of Waterloo, died Jan. 9, 2010, at Des Peres Hospital. She was born Oct. 13, 1923, in Bonne Terre, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Susie (Richardson) Saffel. She married John Aubuchon. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Aubuchon is survived by her sons Martin (Deborah) Aubuchon of St. Louis, Mo., and Robert (Janice) Aubuchon of Waterloo; grandchildren Emily (Robert) Gould, Katie Aubuchon, Laura (Nick) Van Eck and Allen Aubuchon; great-grandchild, Makayla Van Eck; a brother, Bill Saffel of Bonne Terre, Mo.; and a sister, Sue (Orville) Vogel of St. Louis, Mo. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon Saffel. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 10:30 a.m., at the funeral home with Rev. Matt Clark officiating. Mrs. Aubuchon was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

Mary M. Snow, nee Maxwell, 76, of Matthews, Mo., died Jan. 9, 2010, in Matthews. She was born Dec. 22, 1933, in Conway Ark., the daughter of the late Galoway and Bertha (nee Westerman) Maxwell. Mrs. Snow married William Snow in 1951, in Kewanee, Mo. He died in 2006. She is survived by her children, Steaven (Linda) Snow, Ronald (Sherrie) Snow, Sondra (Steve) Fields, Robert Snow, Angela (Jay) Boyd and Scott Snow; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Herman Maxwell; along with other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Snow was preceded in death by two brothers. She was a member of New Testament Baptist Church in Waterloo. Visitation will be Thursday, January 14, from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Thursday, January 14, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Larry Croy officiating. She will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the New Testament Baptist Church in Waterloo.

Evelyn G. Elliott, nee Hill, 94, of Millstadt, died Jan. 12, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born May 24, 1915 in Chaffee Mo., the daughter of the late Louis and Alberta (nee Taylor) Hill. Mrs. Elliott is survived by her daughter; Susan (Nick) Matthews of Millstadt; a granddaughter and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milbur K. Elliott; two sisters; and one brother. Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Shiloh United Methodist Church, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m., with Reverend Beverly Wilkes Null officiating. Mrs. Elliott will be buried at the Valhalla Garden of Mercy in Belleville. DeFabio Funeral Home handled the local arrangements.

Wanda Lee Baugh (nee Hahn), 87, of Waterloo, died Jan. 12, 2010 in St. Louis. She was born April 30, 1922 in Hillview, the daughter of the Benjamin and Gladys (nee Bridgewater) Brunjes. Mrs. Baugh is survived by her husband, Hobart Baugh; daughter, Joyce J. Krippel; grandchildren Mark Baldus, Andrea (John) Kawalec and Matthew Krippel; and great-grandchildren Nathan and Alex Kawalec. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen Baugh; son-in-law, Raymond Krippel; and a brother, Eugene Hahn. Mrs. Baugh was employed as a civil service worker at Scott Air Force Base for 20 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Wanda was a loving wife for 70 years and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 14 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home in Belleville. Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Baugh will be buried at Valhalla. Memorials may be made to de Greeff Hospice or Shriner’s Hospital.

Helen Marlene Lane, nee Heupel, 48, of Waterloo, died Jan. 15, 2010. She was born march 5, 1961 in Auburn. Ind. Mr. Lane is survived by her husband, James Lane; mother, Shirley Heupel; brothers Hank (Delores) Heupel and Chris (Michelle) Heupel; and nieces and nephews Kaet, Sarah, Ben and Nick Heupel, Jessica and Samantha Heupel, Jeremiah and Mallory Hanks, Sarah Lane Bell, Summer Saputo and Daphne, Madee and Abby Lane; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Kevin Heupel. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home and Monday, Jan. 18, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home in Cave In Rock. A memorial service will immediately follow. Mrs. Lane will be buried at Lane Cemetery in Elizabethtown.

Neil Kuehner, 69, of Columbia, died Jan. 15, 2010 at his residence following a battle with cancer. He was born March 15, 1940, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Clem and Victory (Ploesser) Kuehner. He was married to Kathleen (Neumeyer) Landgraf-Kuehner, who survives him. In addition to his wife, Mr. Kuehner is survived by his son, Tim (Angela) Kuehner of Plano, Tex.; daughter, Carrie (David LaFond) Kuehner of Corinth, Tex.; grandchildren Josh, Jacob, Joseph and Johnathan Kuehner; step-sons Brad (Kelly) Landgraf and John Landgraf, both of Columbia; step-grandchildren, Hayden and Brody Landgraf; and sisters Marie (Dennis) McMullan of Waterloo and Barbara (Charles) White of Katy, Tex.; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by first wife, Karen (Hutchings) Kuehner, who died on Feb. 20, 2005; and a granddaughter, Abigail Kuehner. Mr. Kuehner retired as a regional sales manager for the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads, in St. Louis, Mo., and Dallas, Tex. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Waterloo Country Club, the Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turners) and a former firefighter with the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 24, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorial mass will be Monday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. A private interment of ashes will take place in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund or the Columbia Booster Club.

Hildegarde Schueler, 89, of Columbia, died Jan. 16, 2010 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Nov. 27, 1920, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Edward Sr. and Ida (Mueller) Riebeling. She married Clarence Schueler in 1940. He died in 2001. Mrs. Schueler is survived by her children Robert (Marilee) Schueler, Carolynn (Harold) Steffenauer, David (Patti) Schueler and Cathy (Rodney) Fassel, all of Columbia; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by brothers Walter Riebeling and Edward Riebeling Jr.; and a sister, Jane Fritz. Mrs. Schueler worked at Weilbacher's Dry Goods Store in the 1930s through the 1940s. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she was active in the Altar Sodality. Visitation is Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday Jan. 20, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Steve Gira officiating. Mrs. Schueler will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund or the Immaculate Conception Altar Sodality.

Ida Heinemann, 90, of Red Bud, died Jan. 17, 2010 in Red Bud. She was born Jan. 28, 1919 to the late Sigmund and Clara (nee Rubach) Thies. She married Herbert Heinemann on April 8, 1945. He died in 1973. Mrs. Heinemann is survived by her children, Marie (Andre) Voges, Melvin (Tina) Heinemann and Delores (Glenn) Steibel; grandchildren Thomas Voges (friend Liz Bailey), Lisa (Steve) Jacobsen, Leila (Mark) Keiser, Bart (Suzy) Heinemann, Ted (Mandy) Heinemann, Tait Heinemann, Amanda (Robert) Schwab, Shannon (Lori) Steibel and Vicky (Steve) Cashwell; great-grandchildren Derek, Alexander, Megan, Joshua, Luke, David, Noah, Kayden, Emma, Kirsten, Cole, Hannah and Alexandra; and brother and sisters Selma Kueker, Mabel Schoenbeck, Ruth Koester, Harold (Lillian) Thies, Art (Gladys) Thies; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma (George) Neely; and brothers-in-law Edwin Koester and Orville Schoenbeck. Mrs. Heinemann was a homemaker, quilter and helped on the family farm. She also had worked at International Shoe in Chester. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid at Church, Senior Circle at Red Bud Regional Hospital and the Red Bud Senior Citizen Center in Red Bud. Visitation is Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Thursday, Jan 21. 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Evansville with Rev. James Leistico officiating. Mrs. Heinemann will be buried at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Julie Christine Seibold (nee Oxmann), 39, of Red Bud, died Jan. 18, 2010 in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 26, 1970, the daughter of Glenda (Dave) Baker and Dennis Oxmann. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Seibold is survived by her husband, Christopher Seibold; their children; Stephanie and Jonathan Seibold; half-sister, Lori (Charles) Elgart; half-brothers Clint Baker and Bill (Kelly) Oxmann; and her grandmother, Hilda Baker; along with sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Leona Roth, Conrad and Margaret Oxmann and Elmer Baker. Mrs. Seibold was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault. Visitation is Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. at her church with Pastor Ralph E. Laufer officiating. Mrs. Seibold will be buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Renault. Memorials may be made to her church.

Margaret (nee Welsch) Kemner, 78, of Grover, Mo., died Jan. 18, 2010. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Donald Kemner; her children Becky (Joe) Bielicke, Jennifer (Kevin) Webber, Paul (Sonya) Kemner and Timothy Kemner; grandchildren Maggie Bielicke, Matthew Monroe, Ethan Webber, William and Kyliee Kemner and Lauren Kemner; and two nieces, Patti (Roscow) Bauer of Waterloo and Jane (Roscow) Smith of St. Louis. She was preceded in death locally by a sister, Geraldine (nee Welsch) Roscow. Visitation is Friday, Jan. 22, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Schrader Funeral Home on Manchester Road in Ballwin, Mo. Funeral is Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Ellisville. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Friends may sign the family’s online guestbook at www.Schrader.com.

Dr. Lee Kolmer, 82, died Jan. 18, 2010 at Kavanagh Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa, from congestive heart failure. Dr. Kolmer was born Jan. 4, 1928 in Waterloo the son of the late Carmelita and Arthur Kolmer. Dr. Kolmer was preceded in death by sisters Shirley Ann and Mary; and two infant brothers, James and John. He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Jean Kolmer, formerly of East St. Louis; siblings Dorothy Dussold of Union, Mo., Joe Kolmer of Columbus, Ohio and Elizabeth Kolmer of St. Louis, Mo.; children Diane (Bill Blum) Kolmer of West Des Moines, Iowa, Jim Kolmer of St. Paul, Minn., and John (Clarissa Baach) Kolmer of Peoria; and grandchildren Jefferson, Neil and Zhi Yu of Peoria. He grew up farming with his father in rural Waterloo before serving in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed in Italy and Yugoslavia. After the War, Mr. Kolmer enrolled at Southern Illinois University, where he completed a bachelor’s degree. He earned a master’s degree from Iowa State University in 1952. He then obtained his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1954 from Iowa State University. Mr. Kolmer taught at SIU from 1954-56 before joining the Iowa State Faculty in 1956 and became an administrator of the Cooperative Extension program in 1965. He was named Associate Dean of Agriculture and Director of Extension in 1971 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. Two years later he was named Dean of Agriculture at Iowa State University. Lee was recognized with many honors in his professional career, but the one he treasured the most was the Faculty Citation given to him by the Iowa State Alumni Association in 1997. He was acknowledged for expanding the horizons of all students and professionals in the College of Agriculture during his 14 year tenure as dean. He was instrumental in forming the nationally-known Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. His travels on behalf of the university included Peru, China, Belgium, France, England, Spain, Morocco, Ghana, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Russia and Kenya. He left the Dean’s job in 1987 when he and his wife, Jean, moved to Washington, D.C. for two years with the U.S.D.A. He then returned to ISU as professor of economics until his retirement in 1992. Visitation was at Hamilton’s Funeral Home in West Des Plains, Iowa. Funeral was at St. Francis of Assisi in West Des Plains. Mr. Kolmer was buried at Glendale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Haitian relief efforts through the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross or any suitable aid organization, or to Iowa State University to the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research or the Lee R. Kolmer Scholarship Fund for AgBusiness.

Kaitlyn J. Niermann, 18, of Red Bud, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 in an automobile accident near Coulterville. She was born Dec. 11, 1991 in Red Bud, the daughter of Gerald “Bear” Niermann of Waterloo and Toni (nee Blackmore) Niermann of Red Bud. In addition to her parents, Miss Niemann is survived by a sister, Jessica Niermann (fiancé James) of Tucson, Ariz.; a brother, Travis Niermann of Red Bud; step-sister, Alex Feldker of Waterloo; nephew, Jonathan Workman; paternal grandparents, John and Connie Niermann of Red Bud; maternal grandparents Art Blackmore of Red Bud and Sandy (Bob) Madl of Red Bud; and aunts and uncles Debbie Godier of Prairie du Rocher, Debbie Keil of Arnold, Mo., Wendy Guebert of St. Louis, Mo., Art Blackmore of Georgetown, Tex., and Tammy Blackmore of Red Bud; along with cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Vera Rahn; and her uncle, Tim Godier. Miss Niermann was a senior at Red Bud High School and was taking nursing classes at Beck Vocational Center in rural Hecker. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 21, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral mass is Friday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Monsignor Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mrs. Niermann will be buried at the church’s cemetery.

Rhonda E. Zipfel, 57, of Red Bud, died Jan. 19, 2010 at her residence in Red Bud, surrounded by family and friends. She was born Aug. 30, 1952 in Paducah, Ky., the daughter of the late Wesley and Margaret (nee Burkalow) Reynolds. Mrs. Zippel is survived by her husband, Thomas Zipfel; children Nikki Nickens and Zachary (Jana) Zipfel; grandchildren Max Sallman (fiancé Elyse), Alex Nickens, Nicolas Nickens, Allie Zipfel and Kylie Zipfel; and a sister, Diane Meierkort. Rhonda was a member of Hope Christian Church in Columbia, was very artistic and loved to work on crafts and grow flowers. Visitation is Friday, Jan. 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and from Sat. from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A memorial service will take place Saturday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Karen L. Reagan, nee Roider, 59, of Waterloo, died Jan. 20, 2010 in Waterloo. She was born May 19, 1950 in Red Bud, the daughter of Marcella Hobbs and the late Harold Roider. Mrs. Reagan is survived by her husband, William Reagan; children Michelle (Chris) Willenbrock and Scott Reagan (Dena Laird); a grandchild, Justin Willenbrock; and a brother, James Roider; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Brian Roider. Mrs. Reagan attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton and was a member of the St. Louis University Billiken Club.

Shirley Ann Satterfield, nee Tucker, 74, of Dupo, died Jan. 22, 2010 at her residence. She was born Nov. 25, 1935 to the late Andrew and Edith Mae (nee Parker) Jacob. Mrs. Satterfield is survived by her husband, Clyde F. Satterfield; children Tammy (Norman) Taylor, Terry (Kenny) Kollack, Tina (Wes) Eardley, Clyde (Jenni) Satterfield Jr., and Tracy (Tony) Bradshaw; grandchildren Rachel (Jason McMannis) Taylor, Megan (Jon Klevorn) Taylor, Brian (Tanya) Kollack, David Kollack, Alex Kollack, Aaron Kollack, Dan (Christina) Eardley, Derek Eardley, Rebecca Eardley, Bailey Bradshaw and Shea Bradshaw; and great-grandchildren Riley Taylor, Carter McMannis, Lilianna McMannis, Bryce Kollack and Brody Kollack; along with brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sisters Virginia Tucker and Helen Shields. Mrs. Satterfield was the owner of Dupo Dairyland and attended the First Baptist Church in Dupo. She was a former members of the Prairie du Pont Ladies Auxiliary, Alley Oops Bowling League, Hilltoppers Swim Club and Red Hat Ladies Society in Texas. She enjoyed camping and traveling and spent 14 winters as a snow bird in southern Texas. Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Dupo. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the church with Reverend Roger Reid officiating. Mrs. Satterfield will be buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Niles Lowell Cooper, infant son of Kimberle and Jason Cooper, died shortly after birth on Jan. 22, 2010, at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, Mo. He will be greatly missed by his loving parents; brother, Michael Roesch; and sister Lexi Cooper; along with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and church friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m., at South Telegraph Christian Church in St. Louis, Mo. Funeral arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home.

Glennon H. Sondag, 79, of Valmeyer, died Jan. 25, 2010, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 19, 1931 in Valmeyer, the son of the late Armin C. and Zoe A. (nee Mentel) Sondag. Mr. Sondag is survived by his children, Doug (Rhonda) Sondag, Zoe Ann (Lyle) Schwarze, Patrick Sondag, Glenda (Steven) Sexauer and Barb (Kathryn Porterfield) Sondag; grandchildren Amber (Craig) Manville, Jennifer (fiancé Jeremy Eckenfels) Sondag, Ashley Sondag, Jonathan Schwarze, Allison Schwarze, Parker Sondag and Patrick Sondag Jr., Zeke Sexauer and August Sexauer; sisters Helen Sondag and Margie May; and brothers Ted (Pauline) Sondag and Joe (Evelyn) Sondag; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 five years, Caryl Fay (nee Meyer) Sondag, who died earlier this year. Mr. Sondag was third generation lifetime farmer. He was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau and Valmeyer American Legion Post 901. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer, where he served as a trustee for 20 years and the Knights of Columbus for 59 years. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 28 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is Friday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer, with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mr. Sondag will be buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to masses or the St. Mary’s Building Fund.

Irene O. Buss, nee Greatting, 94, formerly of Columbia, died Jan. 25, 2010, at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 2, 1915, Waterloo, the daughter of the late William and Minnie (nee Fischer) Greatting. She was married to Clarence Buss. He died in 1990. Mrs. Buss was also preceded in death by her sisters Lillian Landgraf, Mildred Juengling and Helen Fox; and a brother, Roland Greatting. Surviving are a daughter, Erlene (Orville) Bievenue of Red Bud; grandchildren Sharon (Carl) Wilson of Sparta, John (Cindy) Bievenue of Millstadt and Gary Lee (Vanessa) Bievenue of Red Bud; and eight great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. Irene had played music for 57 years, beginning with at the age of 17, with the Buss Polka Band. She had worked at Society Brand Hat Company in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. A private family graveside services will be held at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia.

Orville E. Osick, 94, of Columbia, died Jan. 30, 2010 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 16, 1915, the son of the late Louis and Emma (nee Kirschner) Osick. He was married to the late Ida Osick (Foster), and together they celebrated 72 years of wedding anniversaries. Ida passed away on July 19, 2007. Mr. Osick is survived by his daughter, LaVerne (Dale) Ritter of Benton Ky.; a son, Lawrence (Carol) Osick of Millstadt; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; along with other relatives and friends. He was retired from Monsanto Chemical Corporation and had been a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ of Columbia and the Columbia Senior Citizens. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Osick will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Cecil Link, 75, of Marissa, died Jan. 31, 2010 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Dec. 5, 1934, the son of the late Robert R. Link and Myrtle O’Bryant. Mr. Link is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cecilia (nee Caito) Link (nee Caito); sons Dale (Chris Hudgens) Link and John (Lisa) Link, both of Waterloo; grandchildren Kim (Dave)Bosler and Payton Link; great-grandchild Bailey Bosler; brothers Charles Link of Macneville, Tenn., and James Link of Theodosia, Mo.; and sisters Jewell Knight of Branson, Mo., and Martha Mitchell of Mountain Home, Ark.; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by twin sons in infancy, Ronald and Donald Link; and a brother, Leo Link. Cecil was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He retired as a truck driver from Hartiage Trucking and was a member of Teamsters Local 600 and the American Legion. Visitation and funeral were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Mr. Link was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Virginia M. Miles, 78, of Prairie Du Rocher, died Jan. 31, 2010 at Canterbury Manor Nursing Home in Waterloo. She was born June 21, 1931 in Wattertown, Tenn., the daughter of the late Andrew and Maurice (nee Tramel) Davenport. Virginia married Robert H. Miles in 1946 in Waukegand. He died in 2003. Mrs. Miles is survived by her children Diana (Joseph) Catterson of Crawfordville, Ind., Ernst (Barbra) Miles of Milton, Fla., Robert (Carolyn) Miles Rockville, Tenn., Shirley (Art) Schirmer of Prairie du Rocher and Linda (Fred) Basher and Summerville, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters Mary Heinemann, Mamie Green and Marie Gillogly; and a half-brother, Lester Hayes. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. Visitation and funeral were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Reverend Don Lyon officiating. Mrs. Miles will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Canterbury Manor Nursing Home’s Activity Fund.