2011 Obituaries

January

John H. Brinkmann, 48, of Waterloo, died Jan. 5, 2011 in Belleville. He was born March 16, 1962, in Red Bud, the son of the Margaret (nee Vogt) Brinkmann and the late Robert H. Brinkmann. In addition to his mother, Mr. Brinkmann is survived by sisters Anne (Steve) Candler, Janice (Dave Sr.) Holdener, Kathy (Darrell) Hitzemann and Dorothy (Paul) Mollet; a brother, Joseph (Liz) Brinkmann; and his dog, Louie; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by uncles Tony and Erm Vogt. Mr. Brinkmann was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo and IBEW Union Local 1. Visitation is Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Brinkmann will be buried at his church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the SPPS Grade School Building Fund.

Bernice Elizabeth Huebner, 76, of St. Louis died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 at the St. Louis Altenheim. She was born Nov. 26, 1934, in Monroe County, the daughter of the late George Henry and Anna Louise (Krebel) Huebner. Her survivors include a niece, Deborah (James) Baumann; great-nieces and great-nephews; and cousins; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Klasek; and a niece, Barbara Klasek. Visitation is Friday, Jan. 14, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Kutis City Chapel, 2906 Gravois, in St. Louis. Funeral is Saturday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m., at St. Wenceslaus Church in St. Louis. Mrs. Huebner will be buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to The Backstoppers.

Ida C. Niebruegge, nee Wienhoff, 86, of Valmeyer, died Jan. 7, 2011 in Des Peres, Mo. She was born May 22, 1924 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Henry and Emma (nee Rick) Wienhoff. Mrs. Niebruegge is survived by her children, Barbara (David) Kendall, Janis (Gary) Rau and Ronald (Mary) Niebruegge; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd H. Niebruegge; son Richard J. Niebruegge; sisters Josephine Toenjes, Alice Belter, Lucy Fitzgerald, Alma Barnard, Pearl Schmitz; brother, Walter Wienhoff. Mrs. Niebruegge was a member of the St. Ann Altar Sodality at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 9, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. Funeral is Monday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mrs. Niebruegge will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo or Garden Place in Red Bud.

Stella Maxine White, nee Brooks, 81, of Waterloo, died Jan. 7, 2011, at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 9, 1929, in Redford, Mo., the daughter of the late Harry and Ida (nee Hendon) Brooks. She married Donald E. White on Jan. 1, 1947 in Bismark, Mo. He died in 2006. Mrs. White is survived by her daughters Peggy (Dan) Gallon of St. Louis and Donna (James) Langsdorf of Waterloo; a son, Bruce (Jeanette) White, Saint Clair, Mo.; grandchildren Jeffrey (Jessica) White, Linda Suzanne (Mike) Korte, Stephanie White, Dana (Harold) Hawn, Herb (Kim) Mosby Jr. and Heather (John) Wilson; great-grandchildren Zakary Mosby, Sam Mosby, Madelyn Mosby, Jacob Wilson, Colleen Wilson, Ashley Korte, Michael Korte, Megan Mettler, Chelsea White, Andrew Mettler, Anthony White, Minas Kassious and Adam Baglin; and a great-grandchild, Xavier Korte. She was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Mark White; brothers Guy Brooks and Robert Brooks; and sisters Stacy Counts, Dolly Young and Helen Brooks. Mrs. White graduated from Ellington High School in 1944 and Southwest Baptist College in 1946. Mrs. She taught a business course at Irondale High School and also worked at various positions to help her husband through college. Stella also was employed for 26 years as an accountant at the Salvation Army Headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. White attended First Baptist Church and was a member of the Highland VFW Auxiliary Post 5694. She enjoyed sewing, golf, working on computers and caring for her grandchildren. Visitation is Monday, Jan. 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Funeral is Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Dr. Adrian Lamkin officiating. Memorials may be made to Whispering Pines wing at Oak Hill Nursing Home or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Tim H. Crook, 52, of Red Bud, died Jan. 9, 2011 in Red Bud. He was born April 27, 1958 in Red Bud, the son of Harold and Mary Catherine (nee Miller) Crook. In addition to his parents, Mr. Crook is survived by his wife, Karen (nee Homrighausen) Crook; children Jamie (Dan) Schindler and Daniel (Sally) Crook; granddaughter Kaitlynn Schindler; sisters Nancy (George) Schmidt, Judy (Michael) Klein, Brenda Crook and Gina Arnold, and Wanda (Gary) Juelfs; a brother, Paul (Debbie) Crook; father-in-law, Henry (Brenda) Homrighausen; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Vernon (Marie) Homrighausen, David Homrighausen, Dennis (Suzy) Homrighausen, Leon (Shari) Homrighausen and Ronald (Donna) Homrighausen; and half-brothers-in-law, John Homrighausen and Cody Homrighausen; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Anne Crook; grandmother, Catherine Miller; mother-in-law, Linda Homrighausen; and grandmothers-in-law Minnie Homrighausen and Anne Wachtel. Mr. Crook attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. He was a member of the Red Bud Knights of Columbus and Sheet Metal Workers Local 268. Visitation is Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Monsignor Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mr. Crook will be buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo.

Rev. Pete M. Goodman Sr., 57, of Waterloo, died Jan. 10, 2011 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 11, 1953 in Hardy, Ark., the son of Verona Goodman and the late Vester Goodman. In addition to his mother, Mr. Goodman is survived by his wife, Lela Goodman; children Pete Jr. (Dawn) Goodman and Debra (Derrick) Rabbermann; grandchildren Kyle, Luke, Grace and Peyton; sisters Wilma (Ronnie) Rednour, Teresa (George) Rednour, Karen (Bill) Dickerson and Sharon (Bret) Berghoefer; and brothers Lester Goodman and Carl Goodman. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by brothers, Dale E. Goodman and Otis Goodman. Pete was a member of Bethel Fellowship Church in Dupo. Visitation is Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service will immediately follow with Pastor James Harget officiating.

Virgil Kirchoff of rural Waterloo died this morning, Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 at an assisted living center in St. Louis, Mo. Funeral arrangements are pending at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Edna Salome Shondy, nee Ebersohl, 89 of Millstadt, died Jan. 10, 2011 at the Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Dec. 13, 1921 in St. Clair Township, the daughter of the late Louis and Katherine (nee Scharf) Ebersohl. Mrs. Shondy is survived by her husband of 71 years, Earl Shondy; a son, Gary Shondy of Columbia; grandchildren Sherri (Dale) Vogt of Paderborn, Amy (Mike) Webster of John’s Creek, Ga., and Chris (Sherry) Shondy of Lake Zurich; great-grandchildren Megan and Derek Vogt, Mitchell, Matthew and Jack Webster, and Kate and Gavin Shondy; and sisters Amanda Ruhrmann and Clara Fuerer; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Karen Shondy; brothers Albert, Oscar, Bill and Louis Ebersohl; and sisters Olinda Mueller, Florence Stoll, Hilda Mueller and Ardella Mueth. A homemaker, Ednda attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt. She was a members of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Millstadt American Legion Post 502 Ladies Auxiliary (past-president); and the Millstadt Sister Cities. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Friday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Shondy will be buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Merrill R. Weller, 66, of Columbia, died Jan. 10, 2011. He was born Feb. 15, 1944, in Galesburg, the son of the late Ralph and Marcella (Tesson) Weller. Mr. Weller is survived by his wife, Sharon (Byers) Weller; daughters Jill (Bob) Dickerson and Liz (David Hornal) Goodrich, both of Columbia; grandchildren Katie, Maggie, Cole, Will and Nick; a brother, Bob (Tina) Weller of East Carondelet; sister, Marlene Weller Hartman of Columbia; mother-in-law, Helen Byers of Columbia; and special niece, Lisa Weller; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a grandchild, Jackson Weller Goodrich; brother, Kenny C. Weller; and his father-in-law, Russel Byers. Merrill served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Waterloo Country Club, Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turners), Bricklayers Local 1 in St. Louis, Mo., where he worked as a Masonry Estimator; a past-president of the Columbia Moose Lodge and a former member of the Columbia Jaycees. Visitation is Friday, Jan. 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Weller will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ of Columbia’s Capital Development Fund or the David C. Pratt Cancer Center at St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

Virgil L. Kirchoff, 75, of Waterloo, died Jan. 10, 2011 at McKnight Place in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 28, 1935 at the family farm in Cleghorn, Iowa, the son of Grace Kirchoff (nee Gilbert), 99, of Cherokee, Iowa, and the late Lester Kirchoff. Mr. Kirchoff is survived by his sons, David Kirchoff (Vicki) of St. Louis, Mo., John Kirchoff of Chicago and Ben Kirchoff of O’Fallon; a sister, Arlene; and grandchildren Harry, Nick, Katherine, Drew and Sydney Kirchoff; the mother of his children and special friend, Fairlyn Mooradian; and lifelong friend, Janet Walkup. He was preceded in death by a sister , Alice Cedar; and a granddaughter in infancy, Gabrielle Kirchoff. Virgil’s early life was centered on farming and the outdoors. He attended a one-room, rural elementary schoolhouse in Cleghorn, Iowa (population 222). In high school, Mr. Kirchoff was involved in athletics and choir. He was an accomplished a cappella singer and his baritone voice helped him win a state competition. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Iowa State University, alternating one semester as a student and the next at home working the farm. While at ISU, he played on the Cyclone football team and was president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. After college graduation he began working for Lennox Heating. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Kirchoff was employed by Moto Inc. (FKG Oil). He worked his way up the company ladder and served for many years as CEO as well as chairman of the board. Under his guidance, the company grew from a handful of stations with $40,000 of annual revenue into one of the largest independent gas companies in the Midwest. Mr. Kirchoff was a board member of the First National Bank of Belleville, Magna Bank, Semi-Bulk Systems, PBS Channel 9 and the St. Louis Petroleum Organization. He enjoyed art, symphony and classical music and nature. His legacy was in his personal botanical garden and Waterloo home he called Creekhaus, where the guestbook has been signed by individuals from several continents. Mr. Kirchoff was cremated. A celebration of life service will be Saturday, Jan. 15, at 10:30 a.m., at the St. Clair Country Club in Belleville. There will be an 11 a.m. tribute followed by lunch. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Rotary Club, the Sheridan Stars 4-H Club of Cleghorn, Iowa or the SWIC Foundation Fund.

Norma Christine Hern, nee Gibbs, 91, of Waterloo, died Jan. 10, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 6, 1919 in Pocahontas, the daughter of the late Aldrew and Edith (nee Collier) Gibbs. Mrs. Hern is survived by her children, Gloria (Charles) Goldschmit, Gary Wayne Hern, Larry Dean Hern, Roger David Hern, Glenda (Dennis) Brock, Sharon (Larry) Caswell and Shawn (Mike) Christmann; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Roy E. Hern, who she married in 1936; a son, Royce Hern; sisters Nell Glover and Marie Hunsicker; brothers Dale Gibbs and Raymond Gibbs; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Hern was a member of the Greater St. Louis Dalhia Society and attended Assembly of God Church in Renault. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 16, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Hern will be buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill.

Ruth S. (Metter) Schneider, 78, died Jan. 11, 2011 at the Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born April 23, 1932, in Columbia, IL, the daughter of the late Walter and Alma (Wirth) Metter. She married Lloyd Schneider in 1964 in Millstadt. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Schneider is survived by her children, Lillian (Kevin) Koenigstein and Russell (Tina) Schneider, both of Columbia; grandchildren Loren and Kaitlyn Koenigstein, and Lucas Schneider; and a brother, Clarence (Myrt) Metter of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Ruth attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt. She was member of the Bluff Grange, Order of the Eastern Star, St. Clair County Farm Bureau (a past Farm Woman of the Year award recipient) and was named an Honorary FFA, where she was a past-treasurer for the FFA Alumni. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral service will be Friday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Schneider will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church or the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

June A. (Mullen) Mitchell, 83, of Columbia, died Jan. 14, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Sept. 3, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Dorothy (Day) Mullen. She was married to the late Edward B. Mitchell. He died in 1993. Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her sons, Terry Mitchell of Columbia, Thomas (Maggie) Mitchell of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Robert Mitchell of Smithton; grandchildren, Shanna (Ernie) Doiron, Lindsay Mitchell, Tommy Mitchell, Brandon Mitchell and Billy Mitchell; a great-grandchild, Miles Doiron; and a sister, Dorothy Best of Bonne Terre, Mo. Private graveside services were held at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Howard "Pete" Riechmann, 88, of Columbia, died Jan. 15, 2011 at a hospital in St. Louis, Mo. following a stroke. He was born July 21, 1922 in Valmeyer, the son of the late George and Louisa (nee Kruse) Riechmann. Mr. Riechmann is survived by his wife, Melba (nee Ritzel) Riechmann; children Jane (Patrick) McCarthy and John (Patricia) Riechmann; grandchildren Daniel (Gayle) McCarthy, Michael (Kristin) McCarthy, Mary (Ben) Neff, William (Jamie) Riechmann and Kate (Brad) Edler; great-grandchildren Alyssa, Mallory and Isabelle McCarthy, Morgan and Riley McCarthy; Troy and Drew Neff; and Evan and Lily Riechmann; step-great-grandchild, Cole Matzenbacher; a brother, Roy (Alberta) Riechmann; and brother-in-law, Paul (Sarah) Ritzel; along with sisters-in-law, niece, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Oliver and Elmer Riechmann. Mr. Riechmann was very involved with his church, St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer, where he was a former church trustee and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. In addition, Pete was a president of the Illinois Polled Hereford Association, president of Monroe Service Co., chairman of the Monroe County Republican Committee, vice-president of the Monroe County Fair Association and a director of Magna Bank in Columbia and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 16, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mr. Riechmann will be buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary Building Fund or masses at his church.

Doris Mae Goepfert, nee Voelkel, 84, of Belleville, died Jan. 17, 2011 surrounded by her family. She was born July 2, 1926, the daughter of the late Peter and Clara (Kloess) Voelkel. Mrs. Goepfert is survived by her sons, Alan (Jane) Goepfert of Millstadt and Kent Goepfert of San Diego, Calif.; and a daughter, Jane (Todd) Kramer of Waterloo; grandsons Todd and Brad Goepfert and Adam Kramer; granddaughters Jenna and Anne Goepfert and Larissa Armbruster; and a brother, Robert (Nell) Voelkel. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Voelkel; and a sister, Lucille Butz. Doris was a homemaker and retired clerk at Bollmeier's Hobby Shop. She attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Belleville where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the Child Study Guild for more than 50 years. Visitation and funeral were at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home in Belleville with Rev. Drew Kramer officiating. Mrs. Goepfert was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Belleville.

Audrey S. Hartman, nee Sherman, 91, of Waterloo, died Jan. 19, 2011 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Oct. 11, 1919 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Harry and Hazel (nee Tufford) Sherman. Mrs. Hartman is survived by a daughter, Mary Louis (William) Schmidt; cousins, nieces and nephews, along with their children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death her husband, Carlisle G. Hartman. A remembrance gathering will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Missouri Botanical Garden or First Church of Christ, Scientist in Kirkwood, Mo.

Charles G. Braun, 89, of Millstadt, died Jan. 20, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Nov. 29, 1921 in Belleville, the son of the late Charles and Katherine (Hoernis) Braun. Mr. Braun is survived his children, Merry (Daniel) Muckensturm of Sanger, Tex., Charles (Lizabeth) Braun of Bradenton, Fla., and Barbara (Gary) Feazel of Millstadt; a brother, James (Suzanne) Braun of Long Beach, Calif.; grandchildren, Daniel (Laurie) Muckensturm, Scott (Amberly) Muckensturm, Ryan (Lori) Muckensturm, Bryan (Cindy) Muckensturm and Ty (Christy) Muckensturm, all of Sanger, Tex., Charles (Christine) Braun of Colorado, James Braun of Bradenton, Fla., and Chad (Sarah) Feazel and Jason (Emily) Feazel, both of Millstadt; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; along with nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian (Sauer) Braun; and a sister, Lillian Perez. Mr. Braun served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He attended St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt and was a retired firefighter for the City of Belleville. He was a member of the Illinois Association of Retired Firefighters and the St. Clair Masonic Lodge 24 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Monday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating. There will be a private burial. Memorials may be made to his church or Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children.

Mary Elizabeth Wolf, nee Price, 81 of Dupo, died Jan. 21, 2011 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. She was born Feb. 19, 1929 in East Carondelet, the daughter of the late George and Cora Elizabeth (nee Wheatley) Price. Wolf is survived by her sons Steven (Debbie) Wolf of Waterloo, Michael Wolf of Austin, Tex., and Wayne (Vickie) Wolf of East Carondelet; a daughter, Judy (Dean) Riefle of Dupo; grandchildren Jeffrey Wolf, Mark Wolf, Kelly Williams, Andrew Wolf, Audrey Wolf, Keith and Adam Wolf, and Derek, Daniel and Jason Riefle; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, James Price, and sisters Quintella Ross and Kathleen Marchwinski; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Wolf; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Wolf; brothers Robert and George Price; and a sister, Elsie Stafford. Mary was a home maker and a member of First Baptist Church in East Carondelet. She had taught Sunday school at the church for 52 years. Mrs. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 23, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Monday, Jan. 24, at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Steve Manley officiating. Mrs. Wolf will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to her church.

Celestine M. Nobbe, nee Meyer, 95, of Waterloo, died Jan. 21, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born March 5, 1915 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (nee Miller) Meyer. Mrs. Nobbe is survived by her children, Esther (Wayne) Straub and Allen (Fronda) Nobbe; grandchildren Joni (Bryan) West, Rick (Lisa) Straub, Jim Straub, Susan (Dan) Henry, Dawn (Jeff) Woodall, Teena (Greg) Stanek and Mindi Nobbe; and 20 great-grandchildren; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis J. Nobbe; along with brothers and sisters. Mrs. Nobbe volunteered at the Monroe County Nursing Home, was a member of the Waterloo Senior Citizens and attended St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral service will immediately follow. Mrs. Nobbe will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Western Egyptian’s Meals On Wheels or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Olivia G. “Cissy” (Mosbacher) Rains, 91, of Dupo, died Jan. 23. 2011, at Columbia Convalescent Center in Columbia. She was born May 6, 1919, in East St. Louis, daughter of the late William and Delia (Colvin) Mosbacher. She was married to James E. Rains. He died in 2002. Mrs. Rains is survived by her son, Larry V. Krack of Dupo; grandchildren, James Krack, Catherine Krack and Bret (Debbie) Strobo; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Mearlene) Rains of Russellville, Ark.; and sisters-in-law, Rose Marie Sutter of Columbia and Dorothy Krack of Columbia. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Krack; sisters, Bertha Sauget and Mary Avett; brothers Charles, Billy and Elroy Mosbacher; and brother-in-law, Robert (Jacquie) Rains. Mrs. Rains was a former member of the Order of The Eastern Star 597 in Columbia. Visitation is Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Thursday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Kim Kelly officiating. Mrs. Rains will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children.

Elfrieda M. "Ellie" Meyer, nee Ohlau, 72, of Waterloo, died Jan. 23, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 12, 1939, in Steeleville, the daughter of the late Arnold and Alwine (nee Meierhoff) Ohlau. Mrs. Meyer is survived by husband, Arthur "Art" Meyer; children, Jane Schaefer and Gene (Angela) Meyer; grandchildren, Jamie (Michael) Dugger, Josh Schaefer, Kendra Meyer, Kirstin Meyer and Wesley Meyer; great-grandchildren Addison and Ashton Dugger; a brother, Melvin Ohlau; and sister, Bernice Stromeyer; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Ohlau; and a sister, Evelyn Knop. Mrs. Meyer was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m., at her church with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Meyer will buried at St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery (Wine Hill) in Steeleville. Graveside service is at 12 noon at the cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Ruth Aileen Moore, nee Frazer, 74, of Wood River, formerly of Fairview Heights died Jan. 22, 2011 at her residence. She was born Sept. 4, 1936 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Wayne and Ruth (nee Lipscomb) Frazer. Mrs. Moore is survived by her husband of 57 ½ years, Milton G. Moore; her children, Debbie A. (Mike) Byrd of Collinsville, Pam S. Moore of Wood River, Kathy F. (Bill) Coffman of Wood River and Angie L. Miller of Lisle; grandchildren Wendi (Carlos) Munguia, Jacob Casper, Shane (Kara) Gentry, Brandon (Shannon) Gentry, Billy Coffman, Zac (Heather) Coffman, Daniel Coffman, Tim (Christy) Moore and Heather Miller; great-grandchildren, Miranda, Alex and Noah Munguia, Madison and Grace Gentry and Harlie Coffman; sisters, Barbara (George) Doerr of Waterloo, Rita Wilson of O’Fallon and Sharyn (Clarence) Klostermann of New Baden; and sister-in-law, Loretta Gibson of Fairview Heights; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. She was preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Frazer; a sister, Jeanne (Joe) Westfall; and her brother-in-law, Tom Wilson. Ruth was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of the Edwardsville Senior Citizens. Visitation and funeral were at Kassly Mortuary in Fairview Heights with Pastor Phil Kershner officiating. She was buried at St. Clair Memorial Park in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Daniel Boone Kostelac, 83, of Millstadt, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 in Swansea. He was born Feb. 26, 1927 in Kansas City, Mo., the son of the late John and Manda (nee Tomic) Kostelac. Mr. Kostelac is survived by his brothers, Nick and Stanley Kostelac; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by siblings, Michael Sr., John Sr., Steve, Frank, Rosemary, Mary and Joe. Mr. Kostelac was a farmer and co-owner of Ace Grease Service. Visitation was at Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt. A graveside service was at Valhalla Garden of Memory in Belleville.

Orlou H. Noelken, 101, of Waterloo, died Jan. 26, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born June 17, 1909 in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Henry and Emma (nee Roekenschuh) Noelken. Ms. Noelken is survived by her sister, Dorothy Smith; sisters-in-law Sally Smith and Ivy Noelken. She was preceded in death by her brothers Charlie, Ronald and Ben Noelken; and a sister, Tina Mosbacher. Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 29, at 9 a.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Kenneth Knobloch officiating. Ms. Noelken will be buried in Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

February

Suzie H. Aycock, nee Huebner, 48, of Waterloo, died Feb. 3, 2011 in Waterloo after battling cancer. She was born Dec. 16, 1962 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Robert and Ruth (nee Bachelier) Huebner. Mrs. Aycock is survived by her husband, Dale Aycock; children, Brittney Aycock and Robert Aycock; brother, Derrick (Stacie) Huebner; sister, Chris Hansell; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bill and Gloria Aycock; along with aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Suzie was a member of Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, volunteered Monroe County Museum, the Bunco Group and Zoar UCC of New Hanover. She loved painting, flower gardens and the outdoors. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral followed with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Virginia E. Offermann, 89 of Highland, died Feb. 3, 2011 at Highland Health Care Center. She was born on Saturday, Dec. 31, 1921, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Julius and Marguerite (nee Jehling) Weltig. She married Edwin Offermann in 1962. He died in 1981. Mrs. Offermann is survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great- nieces, great-great-nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Weltig, who died at the age of 42. Virginia was born in Waterloo and attended grade school in the town. The family then moved to Columbia where she graduated from Columbia High School in 1940. She was employed at Weilbacher Department Store in Columbia for 25 years before moving to Florida in 1965. Mrs. Offermann lived in Mt. Dora, Tavares and Leesburg, Fla. She worked at Ivey’s in Orlando, Fla., before moving to Highland in 2002. Virginia was a former member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, St. Paul UCC of Columbia and the United Church of Christ in Tavares, Fla. Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. A graveside service will held at a later date. Mrs. Offermann will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia.

Daniel J. Barnes, 70, of Waterloo, died Feb. 4, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 18, 1940 in Sidney, Iowa, the son of the late Louis and Frances (nee Means) Barnes. Mr. Barnes is survived by his wife, Kathleen (nee Sieli) Barnes; children Penny (Terry) Hill, Richard (Kathy) Barnes, Charles (Lorretta) Barnes and William (Monica) Bandy; sisters Pat (Jerry) Hume and Elaine (Gene) Smith; and sisters-in-law Margaret (Bill) Simmons, Frances (Mike) Hanners and Mary (Bill) Dowers; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by sisters and brothers. Mr. Barnes was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired union machinist at Southside Machine Works in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation is Monday, Feb. 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. at Hope Christian Church in Columbia with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Mr. Barnes will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Florence I. Hesterberg, nee Hoffmann, 82, of Maeystown, died Feb. 23, 2011 at her residence following a brief illness. She was born Sept. 3, 1928, in rural Maeystown, the daughter of the late Henry and Alma (nee Krone) Hoffmann. Mrs. Hesterberg is survived by her husband of 61 years, Wilbert "Whip" Hesterberg; children, Shirley (Allen) Stafford, David (Lauren) Hesterberg, Kathleen (Miguel) Engbring, Dean (Charlotte) Hesterberg and Lynne (Randy) Hicks; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Jamie Lynne Hesterberg; and a brother, Louis H. Hoffmann; along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins and many friends. Mrs. Hesterberg retired after 35 years of employment from the Monroe County Nursing Home. In recent years she was a volunteer at Oak Hill and Canterbury Manor Nursing Homes in Waterloo and the Valmeyer Elementary School. She was also busy every May during the Maeystown Homecoming. Florence was a lifelong member of St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown where she was involved in the Women’s Fellowship and choir for 67 years. She was also a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Valmeyer Senior Citizens and Maeystown Preservation Society. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 25, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m., at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Hesterberg will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John UCC Choir.

Vernon Scott Marlen, 83, of East Carondelet, died Feb. 23, 2011 at South County Nursing Home in Arnold, Mo. He was born Jan. 16, 1928, in Dupo, the son of the late Edward and Nellie “Babe” (nee Fanger) Marlen. He married Betty (Small) Marlen in 1948. In addition to his wife, Mr. Marlen is survived by his children, Vernon Scotty (Toni) Marlen of Wichita, Kan., Donald Louis (Nancy) Marlen of Columbia, Deborah Lynn (Mark) Schmidt of Columbia and Kristin Kay (Scott) Wittenbrink of Columbia; grandchildren, Michael and Darren Marlen, David and Eric Marlen, Ashley, Tara, Brittney and Toree Schmidt and Savannah, Blair and Drake Wittenbrink; a sisters, Dolores Marie (Paul) Koblitz of Columbia, Della Imogene (Al) Groce of Dupo and Joyce Ann Holmes of Columbia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rusty Marlen of La Verne, Calif., Pat Small of Columbia and Claude (Marie) Small of Cahokia; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Marlen; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bob Small, Katherine Small, George "Buck" (Dorothy) Maxwell, William "Bill" (Pauline) Small Jr., and Oliver "King" (Bernice) Hotto. Mr. Marlen was a retired purchasing director with McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis, Mo. where he managed the F-18 materials program. Vernon had played Minor League baseball for the New York Yankees. He was a charter member of Hilltoppers Swim Club in rural Dupo, the Dupo Khoury League, Dupo Quarterback Club, a former Dupo School Board president, a member of the Shriner's Ainad Temple of East St. Louis, Emeth Lodge 1030, AF and AM of Cahokia and the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Southern Illinois. Vernon attended the First Baptist Church in Dupo and was recently inducted into the Dupo Walk of Honor in the village park. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Dupo. Funeral is Saturday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m., at the church with Pastor Roger Reid officiating. Mr. Marlen will be buried at the Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to his church’s building fund.

Lucille M. Lenhardt, 95, of Waterloo, died Feb. 23, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 28, 1915 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Charles and Luella (nee Goeddel) Lenhardt. Ms. Lenhardt is survived by cousins and friends. Ms. Lenhardt was a teacher for 37 years. After completing a two-year teacher’s training course at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, she taught at Holcomb School in Coxeyville for eight years. Lucille continued her education with summer and evening courses, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from McKendree College. She then taught third grade in the Waterloo Elementary School for 29 years, with the last year being in the then newly-built W.J. Zahnow Elementary School. In her later years of teaching, Ms. Lenhardt taught the second generation of students with many of the children stating she had taught one or both of their parents. Lucille also taught Sunday School for 54 years at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. She was also active the church in the Quilters Circle and Women’s Guild. Lucille was also member of the Morrison-Talbott Library’s Friends Of The Library. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein and Pastor Dick Sparrow officiating. Ms. Lenhardt was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Raymond M. Enke , 81, of Columbia, formerly of St. Louis, Mo., died Feb. 25, 2011 at Columbia Convalescent Center. He was born Oct. 19, 1929 in Bem, Mo., the son of the late William and Lydia (Pietraschke) Enke. He was married Katherine (nee Bell) Enke. She died in 1996. Mr. Enke is survived by his children, Susan (Steven) Oswill and Steve Enke, both of Columbia; grandchildren, Collin, Carter and Ava Enke; and siblings Arthur (Irma) Enke of Owensville, Mo., Arnie Enke of Owensville, Mo., Donald (Chirley) Enke of Owensville, Mo., Mildred (Donald) Treece of Cuba, Mo., and Marion Paul (Sharon) Enke of St. Charles, Mo. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beulah Rutz. Mr. Enke served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a retired administrator with the U.S. Postal Service. Raymond attended Bethesda United Church of Christ in St. Louis, Mo. and was a member of the VFW Post 6133 in Owensville, Mo. Visitation is Monday, Feb. 28, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John UCC in Bern, Mo., with Pastor Rick Oberle officiating. Mr. Enke will be buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Bern, Mo. Memorials may be made to Owensville, Mo. VFW Hall.

George C. Larsen, 94, of Waterloo, died Feb. 25, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 9, 1917 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Clarence and Anna (nee Becht) Larsen. Mr. Larsen is survived by his wife, Marie (nee Shatlain) Larsen; children Barbara (Jerry) Rachell and Terry (Pam) Larsen; grandchildren Mike (Jill) Larsen, Gary Larsen and Eric (Melissa) Larsen; grandchildren Reed Larsen, Jena Larsen, Steven (Lara) Schmidt, John Schmidt, Ryan Schmidt, Amanda (Patrick) Fromme, Raina (Dan) Lewis and Guinevere (Mike) Winschel; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death recently by his son, Kenny Larsen. Mr. Larsen attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Memorials may be made to the SS. Peter and Paul School Expansion Fund or Heartland Hospice.

Charles E. "Buddy" Miller Sr., 73, of Waterloo, died Feb. 27, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born July 13, 1937 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Ernest and Ida Belle (nee Follis) Miller. Mr. Miller is survived by his wife of 52 years, Billie (nee Isbill) Miller; children Darlene (Dennis) Farney, Christine (Mike) Brinkmann and Charles "Chuck" Jr. (Laura) Miller; grandchildren Blake Miller, Courtney Miller, Brendan Miller, Benjamin Farney, Will Farney, Lauren Miller, Nicole Brinkmann, Tyler and Dylan Brinkmann; and Abby, Davin and Mitchell Kohnz; great-grandchildren Jackson Miller, Myla Miller and Charley Funk; a brother, Billy Miller; sisters Helen (Tracy) Wilson, Donna Bodendieck and Diane (Paul) Stoneking; sister-in-law, Barbara (Norris) Lutz; and brothers-in-law Richard (Nedra) Isbill, Terry (Patty) Isbill and Douglas (Diane) Isbill; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters Shirley (Jim) Lowe and Marilyn (George) Latimer, infant brothers Ernest and Sonny Miller; and brothers-in-law Paul Stoneking and Tracy Wilson. Mr. Miller attended Lafayette Grade School and then graduated from Dupo High School. He was a retired switchman after 28 and a half years with the Alton and Southern Railroads, later the Union Pacific Railroad. Buddy then worked for the Corps of Engineers Park System. His favorite past time was camping with family and friends and he was always ready for a game of pinochle. Visitation is Tuesday, March 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Miller will be buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to a local food pantry.

March

Pauline R. Fortner, nee Loyd, of Waterloo, died March 1 2011 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Dec. 20, 1927 in Fisk, Mo., the daughter of the late Ted and Ida Bell (nee Sanders) Loyd. Mrs. Fortner is survived by her children, Barbara Boyer (Glen Roberts) of Waterloo, David (Pat) Fortner of Waterloo and Brenda (Dan) Vande Riet of Shiloh; grandchildren, Jason Lewis, Daniel (Carolyn) Vande Riet Jr., Matt (Meagan) Vande Riet, Sarah Vande Riet (fiancé Drew Gerhart), Carrie (Jeff) DeRousse, Jennifer (Andrew) Tsung, Josh (Kayla) Boyer, Tim (Donna) Roberts and Kevin Bevins; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Campbell, Christopher Vande Riet, Daniel Vande Riet III, Dominic Vande Riet, Rebecca Vande Riet, Steffen DeRousse, Austin DeRousse, Isaac Tsung, Lydia Boyer, Ashleigh Roberts, Devin Jones and Adriana Roberts; sisters, Christine (Don) Aydelotte and Mary (Jim) Beyer; and brothers, Cletis (Gloria) Loyd, Kenny Loyd and Ray (Joan) Loyd; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Dave A. Fortner; and brothers Walter (Eileen) Loyd and Ralph (Dee) Loyd. Mrs. Fortner attended New Life Church in Waterloo, and was a homemaker who loved animals and flowers. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor David Echstadt officiating. Mrs. Fortner was buried at Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Canterbury Manor Nursing Home.

Lester O. Boehm, 86, of Millstadt, died March 5, 2011 at Canterbury Manor in Waterloo. He was Oct. 28, 1924 in Stookey Township, the son of the late Arthur and Emma (nee Haas) Boehm. Mr. Boehm is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley (nee Blick) Boehm; a daughter, Denise Boehm of Millstadt; his son, Dr. Dwight (Dr. Liz Vollmer DVM) Boehm DVM of Waterloo; grandchildren Mitch and Emma Boehm; and sisters-in-law Gloria Boehm, Irma Hecke and Goldie Boland, all of Millstadt; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Becky Lynn Boehm; bothers Alfred, Wilbert, Raymond, Elmer, Arthur, Edwin, Harvey and Lorraine Boehm; and a sister, Florence Mitchell. Mr. Boehm served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired after 30 years as a repair man for Peabody Coal. Lester was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, the Millstadt VFW Post 7980 and Millstadt American Legion Post 502. He loved to play Kloepper and belonged to the Wartburg Kloepper league, where he taught his son, Dwight many of his secrets to mastering the card game. His son was once crowned the King Of Kloepper. Lester also enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting and gardening. Visitation is Monday, March 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Tuesday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt with Rev. Michael Kumm officiating. Mr. Boehm will be buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg or Heartland Hospice.

Patrick C. Sondag Sr., 51, of Valmeyer, died March 5, 2011 in Valmeyer. He was born Jan. 16, 1960 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Glennon and Caryl Fay (nee Meyer) Sondag. Mr. Sondag is survived by his children Parker and Patrick Sondag Jr.; siblings Doug (Rhonda) Sondag, Zoe Ann (Lyle) Schwarze, Glenda (Steven) Sexauer and Barb (Kathryn Porterfield) Sondag; aunts and uncles Helen Sondag, Margie May, Ted and Pauline Sondag and Joe and Evelyn Sondag; nieces and nephews Amber (Craig) Manville, Jennifer (Jeremy) Eckenfels, Ashley Sondag, Jonathan Schwarze, Allison Schwarze, Zeke Sexauer, Auggie Sexauer, Andreas Zodhiates, Ariel Zodhiates and Alexandra Zodhiates; and great-nephew, Camden Manville; along with cousins and friends. Mr. Sondag was a lifelong farmer with his brother Doug, who operated a fourth-generation farm in rural Valmeyer. He was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau and St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer. His passion included family and cooking. Visitation is Monday, March 7, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mr. Sondag will be buried at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Parker and Patrick Jr. Education Fund or masses at his church.

Patricia J. (Crawford) Range, 82, of Columbia, died March 6, 2011. She was born June 30, 1928, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Joseph and Thelma (Toler) Crawford. She married Joseph F. Range in 1946 in Cahokia. He died in 2009. Mrs. Range is survived by her children, Joseph (Joyce) Range of Jonesboro, Ark., Victoria Vogt of Vandalia, Terry (Sharon) Range of Waterloo, James (Penny) Range of Rock Wall, Tex., Jamie (Kevin) Andres of Bonne Terre, Mo., and Joan (Brian) Stemler of Columbia; and a brother, Kenneth Crawford of Columbia; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She preceded in death by a son, David Range. Mrs. Range attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation is Wednesday, March 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, March 10, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Range will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund.

Helen M. Glaenzer, 89, of Columbia, died March 6, 2011. She was born Jan. 7, 1922, the daughter of the late Henry and Emma (Dotzauer) Glaenzer. Mrs. Glaenzer is survived by nieces and nephews, Larry (Cindy) Glaenzer of Belleville, Richard (Traci) Glaenzer of Columbia, Robert (Jan) Glaenzer of Columbia and Hank (Marsha) Glaenzer of Millstadt; great-nieces and great-nephews, Katelyn, Bryan, Toni, Jason, Danny, Ian, Conor, Morgan, Erin and Reid Glaenzer; and great-great-nephew, Waylon Glaenzer. She was preceded in death by brothers Freddy, Clarence and Arthur Glaenzer, and sisters-in-law Norma Glaenzer and Vivian Stubbs. Helen had retired from Weilbacher's Inc. in downtown Columbia and attended St. Paul UCC of Columbia. Visitation is Tuesday, March 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, March 9, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Glaenzer will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church.

Raymond C. Shoptaw, 82, of Waterloo, died March 7, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born July 24, 1924 in Bengal, Okla., the daughter of the late the late Clyde and Rosa (nee Kuykendall) Shoptaw. Mr. Shoptaw is survived by his children Alan Shoptaw (special friend Jeanie Brooks), Becky "DeDe" Snell (special friend Bill Schaefer) and Susan (Thomas) Schmitt; grandchildren Angela M. Rigdon, Hugh B. Snell Jr., Brian T. Schmitt (special friend Janese Valentine) and Jennifer (Tyson) Phillips; great-grandchildren Ezra, Dalton, Kaitlyn, Sophia, Olivia, Blane and Nolan; special friend, Dakota Valentine; sister, Barbara Schroeder; sisters-in-law Verna Shields and Karen Travis; and brothers-in-law Larry and Barb Travis, Donald "Red" Humphreys and Marshall "Sonny" Hoots; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, wife Zilka (nee Martin) Shoptaw; and sisters Mildred Humphreys and Charlotte Hoots. Mr. Shoptaw was an Air Force veteran who served as a corporal in the 3310th Assembly Squadron. He retired from Granite City Steel and was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 633. Raymond loved his family, fishing, water and spending time in the Florida Keys. Visitation is Wednesday, March 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, March 10, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mr. Shoptaw will be buried at the Buck Road Cemetery in Maryville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Doris P. Ludwig, nee Schellhardt, 85, of Waterloo, died March 8, 2011. She was born July 5, 1025 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the Albert Sr. and Theodora (nee Laub) Schellhardt. Mrs. Ludwig is survived by her husband, Howard Ludwig; a son, Mark (Vicky) Ludwig; grandchildren Jason (Amy) Ludwig and Tiffany (Luke) Wessler; and grand-dog, Emma; along with sisters-in-law, brother-in-law and nephews. She was preceded in death by sister, Ida Mae Weiss; brother, Albert "Manny" Schellhardt; and Maurice Schellhardt. Helen attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo and was an active member of the Waterloo Country Club. Visitation is Friday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to the 12 noon service at Quernheim Funeral Home, Pastor Dick Sparrow officiating. Memorials may be made to Southwest Indian Foundation or the Arthritis Foundation.

Frances Kay Guy, nee Creekpaum, 77, of Waterloo, died March 8, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born July 3, 1933 in Verennes, the son of the late Theodore and Genevieve (nee Miller) Creekpaum. Mrs. Guy is survived by her children, Connie L. (Ronald) Sickels, Daniel L. (Ruth) Guy and Carol Guy; sisters, Betty Powers and Doris McBride; and a brother, Charles (Tessie) Creekpaum; along with six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunt and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer L. Guy; a son at birth, Rodney Guy; brothers Bob, Richard and Don Creekpaum; and a sister, Judy Bushong. Mrs. Guy was a lifelong resident of Cahokia who retired from Cooper Industries (Bussman Fuses) in St. Louis. She volunteered at the gift stores at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Memorial Hospital. A graveside service was held at the Ava City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the National Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society. Quernheim Funeral home handled the arrangements.

Roland A. Goeddel, 80, of Waterloo, died March 9, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 31, 1930 in Hecker, the son of the late William and Alma (nee Kammler) Goeddel. Mr. Goeddel is survived by his wife, Marion (nee Goss) Goeddel (nee Goss); daughter, Cynthia Matzen; and grandson, William Matzen; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother- and sister-in-law, Willis (Elva) Goeddel; and sisters- and brothers-in-law, Rosella (Alvin) Veilweber and Wilma (Melvin) Hoffmann. Mr. Goeddel served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from Laborers Union Local 196 and loved the outdoors, especially hunting. Visitation is Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow at the funeral home with Pastor Dick Sparrow officiating. Mr. Goeddel will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Yvonne Lee Huebner, nee Chilton, 70, of Waterloo, died March 9, 2011 in St. Louis. She was born July 3, 1940, the daughter of the late Woodward Earl and Virginia Bell (nee Lee) Chilton. She is survived by her husband, Gene Huebner; children Julie (Dylane) Doerr, Becky (Ed) Buckley, Jenny (Drew) Denison, Eugene P. Huebner and Jessica (Travis) Ezzell; grandchildren Elisha, Dustin, Gwen, Megan, Melissa, Lacey, Triston, Logan, Emily, Ben and Jacob; great-grandchildren, Lilly, Jack and Nolan; and a sister, Mary Kay (Steve) Gabel. She was preceded in death by her sons Jesse, Charles and Ben Huebner; and a brother, Dick Chilton. She was raised in Eminence, Mo., before moving to rural Waterloo. She was known for her welcoming arms and homemade apple pies. Visitation is Friday, March 11, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, March 12 at the funeral home with Maury Ellebrecht officiating. Mrs. Huebner will be buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Madonnaville.

Eileen Hoerr, nee Kohlmeier, 89, of Waterloo, died at her home this morning, Friday, March 11, 2011. Funeral arrangements are pending at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo.

John G. Offermann, 84, of Columbia, died March 16, 2011. He was born, March 23, 1926, the son of the late John D. and Katherina (nee Wild) Offermann. Mr. Offermann is survived by his wife, Mabel Offermann; children, Betty (David) Gummersheimer, Annette (Stephen) Hammett and Sandy (Mike) Brennan; step-sons, Michael (Corrine) Sondag, Daniel (Patsy) Sondag and Kenneth Sondag; grandchildren, Corey and Sara Gummersheimer, Jerad and Kelly Hammett, Erin, Lauren and Anne Brennen, Tyler and Noah Sondag, Katie, Nick and Grant Sondag, Stephanie (Bruce) Shields and Garrett Kohnz; five great-grandchildren; and sisters, Vera Rippelmeyer and Hilda Scheibe; along with nieces nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Offermann; along with sisters and brothers. Mr. Offermann attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer. Visitation is Friday, March 18, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, March 19, at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Memorials may be made to his church’s cemetery fund or the American Cancer Society.

William “Bill” Joseph Gipson, 37, of Waterloo, died March 24, 2011 at his residence. He was born March 17, 1974 in Princeton. Bill married Larissa Ohms in 2009. In addition to his wife, Mr. Gipson is survived by his mother, Brenda (Henry) Homrighausen of Red Bud; a daughter, Lauren Gipson of Waterloo; siblings Shawn (Amanda) Gipso of Jefferson City, Mo., Angela Jean (Don) Lepre of Bozrah, Conn., Jonathan Homrighausen of Red Bud, Cody Homrighausen of Red Bud and Owlen Reeves of Phoenix, Ariz.; a step-sister, Nichole Gipson of Ironton, Mo.; and in-laws, Charles and Alice Ohms; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Owlen Gipson. Bill was a farmer who enjoyed hunting, especially coon hunting with the Randolph County Coon Club. Visitation is Sunday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A memorial service will immediately follow with Father Ben Stern officiating. According to his wishes, Mr. Gipson’s body was cremated.

Gregory A. Young, 43, of Baldwin, died March 18, 2011 in a boating accident at Baldwin Lake. He was born Oct. 15, 1967 in Belleville, the son of Gerald and Patricia Young. In addition to his parents, Mr. Young is survived by his wife, Nancy (nee Walker) Young; children Amanda, Cody and Kyle Young; a brother, Michael (Wendi) Young; and nieces and nephews Megan Jones, Lauren Jones, Hannah Jones, Tyler Young and Emma Young; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Joseph and Pauline Young and grandparents Albert and Thelma Asbury. Mr. Young was a deacon at First Baptist Church in Waterloo and was a member of the He-Man Club. Visitation is Monday, March 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Waterloo. Funeral is Tuesday, March 22, at 10 a.m., at the church with Pastor Steve Niell officiating. Mr. Young will be buried at the Red Bud City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church. Quernheim funeral home handled the arrangements.

Fern C. Boien, 87, of Waterloo, died March 20, 2011 in Red Bud. She was born April 29, 1923 in Moredock, the daughter of the late Herman & Ida (nee Frank) Boien. Mrs. Boien is survived by her son, Joseph (Janet) Maul of Waterloo; grandsons Ken and Steve Maul; great-grandchildren Jason Maul, Cassandra Crase, Andrew Maul, Nichole Murphy, Ashley Maul, Robert Maul and Stephanie Maul; and great-great-grandchildren Tyler and Elia Crase. She was preceded in death by her siblings Leo, Earl, Raymond and Mabel. Mrs. Boien was a lifelong member of Zoar UCC in New Hanover, but recently was attending St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. She was a longtime volunteer at the Monroe County Nursing Home. Visitation is Tuesday, March 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, March 23, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Mrs. Boien will be buried at Zoar UCC Cemetery in New Hanover. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Lewis W. Lich, 87, of Waterloo, died March 20, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born July 24, 1923 in Burksville, the son of the late George and Mary (Steinsieck) Lich. Mr. Lich is survived by sons, Lennis (Waleah) Lich of Waterloo and Lance Lich of Clayton, Mo.; and a daughter, Lyla Lich of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorena (nee Kohlmeier) Lich; sister, Helen Wild; and a brother, Alois Lich; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Mr. Lich was a member of St. John UCC Church of Maeystown, a former secretary of Burksville Cemetery Board, former Monroe County Zoning board member and volunteered at the Waterloo Senior Center Meals On Wheels. Visitation was at DeFabio Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John’s Church of Maeystown. Memorials may be made to his church, the Burksville Cemetery Board or the Parkinson Disease Foundation.

Orville H. "Butch" Bockhorn, 84, of Waterloo, formerly of Steeleville, died March 21, 2011, at his home in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 20, 1927 in Blair, the son of Ernest Bockhorn and Martha (Hogrefe) Bockhorn. Mr. Bockhorn is survived by his wife, Barbara Bockhorn; children, Steve and Julie Bockhorn of Cadiz, Ky., Sandy and Michael Kocelko of Naperville, Cathy and Gene Rose of Oswego, Gary and Rhonda Bockhorn of Waterloo and Lori and Jim Cundiff of Western Springs; grandchildren, Chris and Amie Bockhorn, Eric and Tricia Bockhorn, Becky Kocelko, Laura Kocelko, Jennifer Kocelko, Sydney Bockhorn, Abby Cundiff, Bea Cundiff, Charley Cundiff and David Cundiff; great grandchildren, Ella Bockhorn, Emery Bockhorn, Kadence Bockhorn, Aubrianna Bockhorn, Peyton Bockhorn and Joey Kocelko; brothers, Kenneth (Dot) Bockhorn and Willie(Laverne) Bockhorn; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis (Bernie) Bockhorn. He was preceded in death by brothers, Marvin, Wayne and Earl. Mr. Bockhorn served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired after 32 years as a pressman at World Color Press. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, B.B.K. American Legion Post 480, the Randolph County Farm Bureau and the Graphic Communication Local 383. Visitation was at Wilson’s Funeral Home in Steeleville. Funeral was at Peace Lutheran Church in Steeleville with Rev. S. Blake Duncan officiating. Mr. Bockhorn was buried at Peace Lutheran Church’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Floyd O. Evans Jr., 75, of Millstadt, died March 22, 2011 at Memorial Convalescent Center in Belleville. He was born Nov. 25, 1935 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Floyd O. Evans Sr. and Faye Mallory. Mr. Evans is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane Evans; a daughter, Debra Ann (Jack) Petty of Collinsville; sons Frank O. (Billie) Evans of Glen Carbon, Tim (Joni) Evans of Millstadt and Robert (Dede) Evans of Heber Springs, Ark.; step-mother, Mary J. Evans of Millstadt; grandchildren David (Andrea) Petty, Shanna (Craig) Hofmeister, Nick (Rita) Ivey, Ashley (Clayton Cardella) Evans, Brittany Evans and Austin Evans; and brothers Michael Evans of Millstadt, Jim Mallory of East Carondelet and Bill Mallory of Dupo; along with nine great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Floyd retired after working 29 years at Phillips Petroleum in Sauget. He was an avid baseball player and fan. Visitation is Thursday, March 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Friday, March 25, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Michael Kumm officiating. Mr. Evans will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt.

Gary D. Deterding, 56, of Prairie du Rocher, died March 23, 2011 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born June 19, 1953 in Red Bud, the son of the late Norvel “Bud” and Dorothy (nee Esker) Deterding. Mr. Deterding is survived by sons, Nick (Jennifer) Deterding of Prairie du Rocher and Ben Deterding of Red Bud; sisters, Kathy (Dale) Schilling of Evansville and Pat (Dave) Reinhold of Prairie du Rocher; brother, Ronnie (Paulette) Deterding of Prairie du Rocher; and grandchildren, Nathan, Kalee and Conner Deterding. Mr. Deterding was a front-end loader and truck driver at Beelman Truck Co. He was of the Catholic Faith. Mr. Deterding was cremated and a memorial mass will be Saturday, March 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher with Father Daniel Jurek officiating.

Ruby Marie Kipping, nee Bennett, 78, of Lenzburg, died March 24, 2011 in O’Fallon. She was born March 2, 1933 in Banner, Mo. Mrs. Kipping is survived by her husband, Gregory Kipping; children Vicki (Robert) Miller, Terry Glotfelty, Cindy (Dale) Heusohn, Sheri (Michael) Mize, Timothy Glotfelty and Greg Glotfelty; grandchildren Angela Ferrin, Jay Miller, Brad (Jennifer) Glotfelty, Shelly (Kevin) Hemker, Heather (Derek) Hawkins and Nathan Heusohn; great-grandchildren Brayden Glotfelty, Kalei Ferrin and Paige Hawkins; sisters, Lucille Wagner, Peggy Althoff, Freeda (Allen) Whelan. Shirley (Ronald) Jaenke and Nelda (Tommy) Crocker; step-mother, Delphia Bennett; and a sister-in-law, Sheila Bennett; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Oman Bennett, and Ezra Bennett; a daughter-in-law, Mary Glotfelty; brothers Roy Bennett and Ralph Bennett; and a sister, Sandra Bennett. Visitation is Tuesday, March 29, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A memorial service will immediately follow with Pastor Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Ellis Grove Tree of Lights Maintenance Fund or Family Hospice of Belleville.

Harvey E. Weilbacher, 85, of Columbia, died March 25, 2011, at Barnes Jewish Medical Center. He was born June 8, 1925 in Columbia, the son of the late Richard H. and Frances M. (Herrmann) Weilbacher. He married Bernice (Helfrich) Weilbacher in 1949. She had passed away April 23, 1997. Mr. Weilbacher is survived by sons, Daniel (Cybele) Weilbacher and Gerald (Patricia) Weilbacher of Columbia; grandchildren, Katherine Anne Wilson, Erica Cybele and Charli Elise Weilbacher, and Brianna Christine and Courtney Ann Weilbacher; and a niece, Michelle (Brian Handyside) Toenjes of Columbia; along with great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary K. Wilson; and sister and brother-in-law, Lorene and Urban Merlenbach. Mr. Weilbacher attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he was a Third Degree Knights of Columbus of Council 6165 for more than 60 years. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 513 for over 40 years. He retired as a plant engineer at Bussen Quarry. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Mr. Weilbacher was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Volunteer Fire Dept. Scholarship Fund or the American Diabetes Association.

Frances Postel-Braswell, 93, of Belleville, died March 25, 2011 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Aug. 18, 1917, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Philip and Besse (nee Holnback) Postel. She grew up in Mascoutah and married David M. Braswell Jr. in 1942 in Reading, Penn. They lived on the East Coast before moving to Belleville in 1948. Mrs. Braswell is survived by her children Joan Braswell of Belleville, David M. (Marcia) Braswell of Maeystown, Philip (Marina) Braswell of Washington, D.C., and Carol Robbins of New York, N.Y.; a brother, Charles (Gloria) Postel of Rockbridge; and grandchildren Adam and Casey Robbins and Rebekah and Grant Braswell. She was preceded in death by her husband. Frances Postel Braswell earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1939 from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and a Master’s Degree in 1979 from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. She was employed by IBM in New York City from 1939-1940 and was a USO program director at Fort Dix, N.J. from 1940-42. In the 1950s Mrs. Braswell helped create and produce The Sample Fair for Memorial Hospital. She became the first woman on the Belleville Township High School Board of Education, where she served from 1959-62. In 1966 she produced the weekly “Journey Through Darkness” television interview show for the Metropolitan Church Federation on KPLR-TV Channel 11 and KSD radio. For her efforts, Mrs. Braswell was awarded the Citation of Honor in 1967 by the Church Women United of Illinois, the St. Louis Wellesley Club Woman of the Year for 1969 and the St. Clair County Health and Welfare Council’s Community Service Award in 1970. Mrs. Braswell served on the Belleville Area College’s Board of Trustees from 1985-87. She was also a member of the League of Women Voters, Memorial Hospital Women's Auxiliary member for more than 50 years, St. Louis Wellesley Club, St. Clair County Historical Society, Belleville Philharmonic Society, KETC Channel 9’s Advisory Board; Delta Kappa Gamma (Honorary), Union United Methodist Church, Deborah Circle and P.E.O. Chapter HR. Besides her many community responsibilities, she was an avid bridge and tennis player and enjoyed swimming until she turned 89. In college she was on the crew team and was captain of the baseball team. Frances and her late husband David traveled extensively and actively pursued the broadening of their knowledge. Funeral is Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at Union United Methodist Church in Belleville with Rev. Ed Weston officiating. A reception will follow at McKinley Hall. By her request, her body was donated to the Washington University School of Medicine. Memorials may be made to the Union United Methodist Church Building Fund, the Philip Postel Scholarship Fund at McKendree University, the Mascoutah Historical Society or the American Heart Association.

Catherine “Kate” Mueller, 90, of Columbia, died March 28, 2011. She was born April 25, 1920 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Michael and Barbara Choma. She married Oscar Vernon Mueller in 1943 in East St. Louis. He died in 1989. Mrs. Mueller is survived by a son, Thomas (Pamela) Mueller of Wildwood, Mo.; daughters, Barbara (Ron) Reindl of Belleville and Carol (Howard) Sweet of Columbia; grandchildren, Debra (Dave) Kirn, Diane (Taylor White) Mueller, David Mueller, Nicole (Aaron) Steinhardt, Stacy (James) Campbell, Jeffrey (Kristen Wadiak) Sweet and Kathryn (Ryan Henson) Sweet; great-grandchildren, Ashley and Ryan Steinhardt and Tyler and Riley Kirn; a sister, Mary Garrett; and sisters-in-law, Maria Choma and Sophia Choma. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Alexander, Joseph, Michael Jr., Daniel and John Choma; a sister, Helen Choma; and brother-in-law, Elmer Garrett. Catherine, known to most as Kate or Katie, was an avid cook and John Wayne fan, who also enjoyed watching her soap operas and game shows. Mrs. Mueller attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Mueller was buried at Mr. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville.

Verna M. Theobald, nee Mueller, 88, of Waterloo, died March 30, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born June 15, 1922 in Renault, the daughter of the late Herman and Dora (nee Offermann) Mueller. Mrs. Theobald is survived by her children, Patricia Jones and Bonnie (Rich) Gill; grandchildren, Noelle (Ed) London, Michael Gill, Pamela Hammond and Jeanine (friend Shawn Lackie) Gill; sisters, Aleda Doelitzsch, Merdel (Wilbert) Haberl, Lynn (Homer) Kerr, Evie (Albert) Heldt and Karen (Neal) Rabe; brother, Ermett (Lena Maude) Mueller; sisters-in-law, Bernell Mueller and Esther Harbaugh; aunt, Elsie Offermann; and 11 great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Theobald; great-grandchildren Joseph and Rebekah London; a brother, Marvin Mueller; son-in-law, Verne Jones; and brother-in-law, Elmer Doelitzsch. Mrs. Theobald enjoyed quilting and attended Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo where she was a member of their Ladies Aid. Visitation is Friday, April 1, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastors Tony Troup and Matt Clark officiating. Mrs. Theobald will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Christ Our Savior Lutheran High School’s Scholarship Fund, the L.C.M.S Mission Sowers and Lamps Mission Work with American Indians and Eskimos.

Bernadine C. Barker-DeRousse, 84, of Millstadt, died March 30, 2011 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born July 14, 1926, in Festus, Mo., the daughter of the late Bernie and Stella (nee Bowman) DeRousse. Mrs. Barker-DeRousse is survived by her children, John (Charlotte) Barker of Columbia, Barton Barker of Waterloo, Marie (Jim) Pyatt of Murphysboro, Jim (Lisa) Barker of Waterloo and Lou Ann (John) Wolz of Millstadt; grandchildren John Barker, Christy Barker, Hannah, Ashley and Jamie Barker, Justin and Brandi Pyatt, Jacob and Grant Barker, Caleb and Amiela Wolz, Zelina Neihaus and David Madden; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings Opal White of Madison, James (Lena Mae) DeRousse of Festus, Mo., Harriet Gamblin of Bonne Terre, Mo., Bernard “Tub” DeRousse of DeSoto, Mo., and John “Bill” (Betty) DeRousse of Festus, Mo. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bert Barker; her second husband, Bob DeRousse; daughters Mary Jane Schrieber and Estell Stirnaman; sons Jerry Rose and Leonard Kramer; and brothers Robert DeRousse and Albert “Jack” DeRousse. Bernadine had worked at the Monroe County Nursing Home in Waterloo. She was a member of Hope Christian Church and attended the Millstadt Senior Center. Visitation is Friday, April 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Darrell Jones officiating. Mrs. Barker-DeRousse will be buried at the Sheppard of the Hills Cemetery in Barnhart, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Senior Center.

Rosemary C. DuClos, 92, of Red Bud, died March 31, 2011 at the Red Bud Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 11, 1918 in Ruma, the daughter of the late Clarence and Katherine (nee Buehler) Simpson. She married Alonzo Duclos in 1944 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ruma. He died in 1960. Mrs. Duclos is survived by children, Joyce (Tom) Ellner of Prairie du Rocher and Robert (Nolene) Duclos of Waterloo; grandchildren, Scott (Shirleen) Ellner of Edwardsville, Kris (Mike) Kennedy of Prairie du Rocher and Jenny Jones of Waterloo; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Cody Kennedy and Cassie Ellner. Mrs. DuClos had worked at Snyder General in Red Bud for 12 years and was also a waitress at the Little Cupboard in Prairie du Rocher and Dave and Joyce’s Country Kitchen in Red Bud. She attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud and was a member of the Prairie du Rocher American Legion Post 622’s Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation is Sunday, April 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Monday, April 4, 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mrs. DuClos will be buried at her church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Betty J. Blakeslee, nee Wyman, 69, of Waterloo, died April 1, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born June 18, 1941, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Fred and Cindy (nee Sipes) Wyman. Mrs. Blakeslee is survived by her husband, Raymond L. Blakeslee; children, Fred (Janet) Blakeslee, Darline (Dale) Heck, Rick (Cheryl) Blakeslee, Ben Blakeslee and Randy (Mellisa) Blakeslee; grandchildren, Andrew Heck, Dale Heck Jr., Daniel Blakeslee, Kelsee Blakeslee, Makayla Blakeslee, Hanna Blakeslee, Steven Saunders, Chris Saunders, Alex Saunders and Phillip Saunders; step-grandchild Derek Heck; sister Iona Wyman; and brother Hershel Sipes; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter Kaylee Blakeslee; brothers Fred, Guy and Clyde Wyman. Mrs. Blakeslee was a member of Grace Church in Chester. Visitation is Monday, April 4, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Grace Church in Chester. Funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Ron Coleman officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice or Grace Church.

Violet M. Meyer, nee Loewe, 95, of Waterloo, died April 1, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born June 17, 1915, the daughter of the late William and Elsie (nee Shook) Loewe. Mrs. Meyer is survived by her children, Kenneth C. (Elizabeth) Meyer of Columbia and David K. (Leslie) Meyer of Waterloo; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mildred Meyer of St. Louis; and son-in-law, Joe Van de Riet of Waterloo; along with nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd H. Meyer; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Van de Riet and brother, Bob L. Phelps. Mrs. Meyer attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer and was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, Hungry Eight Card Club and the Dupo Card Club. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Mrs. Meyer was buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill.

Bernice E. (Stemler) Riebeling, 84, of Columbia, died April 2, 2011, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Oct. 8, 1926, in Fountain, the daughter of the late George J. and Lena C. (Voelker) Stemler. She married Carl A. Riebeling in 1945. He died in 2007. Mrs. Riebeling is survived sons, Terry (Aleta) Riebeling of Ames, Mark (Debbie) Riebeling of Columbia, Michael (Lynn) Riebeling of Ellis Grove and Steven (Sandy) Riebeling of Athens, Ala.; daughter, Janice (William) Schepers of Maeystown; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers Clarence and Homer Stemler. Mrs. Riebeling was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia and was retired from Weilbacher's Department Store in downtown Columbia. Visitation is Monday, April 4, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Tuesday, April 5, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Riebeling will be buried at her church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to masses or the Eugene Schorb Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Larry A. Esker, 68, of Sealy, Tex., formerly of Waterloo, died April 2, 2011 in Katy, Tex. He was born Nov. 17, 1942 in Waterloo, the son of the late Leo and Eleanor Esker. Mr. Esker is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nan Esker; daughters, Lisa (Charles) Matz, Tracy Rucker, Christy Brown, Michelle McDorman and Kim Esker; brothers, Clem, Donny, Bobby and Roger Esker; and grandchildren, Clayton, Quinton, Coy, Cody, Christopher, Myles, Maddy, John, Jenna and McClain. He was preceded in death by brothers, Ray, Denny and Joey Esker. Larry was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was employed as a truck driver. Visitation and funeral were in the Chapel at Davis Greenlawn Funeral in Rosenberg, Tex. Mr. Esker was buried at the Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg, Tex.

Patricia Toal, nee Barner, 80, of Waterloo, died April 2, 2011 in Richmond Heights, Mo. She was born Sept. 23, 1930, in Joplin, Mo., the daughter of the late Erwin A. and Ida (nee Panhorst) Barner. Mrs. Toal is survived by her children, Russell (Elizabeth) Toal and Nancy (Kent) Ritzel; grandchildren, Beth (Noel) Goeddel, Sarah Elder, JT Welsch, Lindsay Welsch, Alex Welsch, Adam Ritzel, Adam (Jessica) Toal, Laura Toal, Zack Toal and Rebecca (Nate) Wallace; great grandchildren, Lucy and Violet Goeddel and Archer Wallace; sisters, Carol McGloshen and Rosemary Harris; sisters-in-law, Alice Barner, Mary Toal and Imogene Toal; and brothers-in-law, Earl Wilson and Jack (Ruth) Toal; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She preceded in death by her husband, Lee Toal; a daughter, Barbara Lee Kingston; step-mother, Lucille Barner; sister, Imogene Wilson; and a brother, Robert Barner. She was a member of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo where she was an organist for 30 years. Visitation is Tuesday, April 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, April 6 at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Dick Sparrow officiating. Mrs. Toal will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association.

Elaine Michelle Gloodt, 60, of Sparta, died April 5, 2011 in Sparta. She was born Aug. 19, 1950, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Melvin Joseph and Emma (nee Hoffman) Berkel. Ms. Gloodt is survived by her children, Brian Cullon Jr. of Waterloo, Heather (David) Donahue and Jacqueline (Charles) Gipson; grandchildren, Joshua Cullon, Kevin Donahue, Emalie Donahue, Daniel Klingeman, Abigayle Gipson and Andrea Gipson; brothers, Niel (Julie) Berkel and Kevin (Carla) Berkel; and sisters, Lucille (Charles) Woodcock and Deanna (Roger) Davinroy. Ms. Gloodt was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation is Friday, April 8, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.

Adrian “Junior” Beard Jr., 78, of Pocahontas, died April 7, 2011, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 23, 1932, in Cairo, the son of the late Adrian Sr. and Eulah (Ramage) Beard. Mr. Beard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Deanna (Sauerhage) Beard; sons Dr. Darryll (Ruth Ann) Beard and David (Mary) Beard, both of Waterloo; daughters, Ellen (Brad) Bode of California and Cheryl (Michael) Pruss of Glendale, Mo.; grandchildren, Graham, Dallas, Brittany, Molly, David Jr. ”D.J.”, Thomas, Makenzie, Max and Ellen; and sisters, Edith Waterman of Fairview Heights and Joyce (Kenneth) Royer of Pocahontas. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas, Charles, Eugene, Billy and Edward Beard; and sisters, Mary Richie, Betty Bieri and Barbara Childerson. Adrian served in the U.S. Army, being stationed in Germany from 1953-1955. He was a member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504 and a 43-year member of Ironworkers Local 392 in East St. Louis. Adrian loved to work in his yard and garden, bowl and tell stories. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and how he loved and cared for his family. Visitation is Sunday, April 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Kassly Mortuary in Fairview Heights and Monday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover. A funeral will immediately follow at Zoar UCC with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mr. Beard will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Sherron L. Nottmeier, nee Crum, 74, of Waterloo, died April 11, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 17, 1936 in Muncie, Ind., the daughter of the late Ralph and Mary (nee Snyder) Crum. Mrs. Nottmeier is survived by her children, Sheri Oakes, Ralph (Virginia) Taylor and Eric (Evangeline) Taylor; and grandchildren, Ben and Paula Oakes and Grace Taylor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver C. Nottmeier; and grandson, Brian Oakes. Mrs. Nottmeier was a member of Red Bud Church of Christ. Visitation is Friday, April 15, from 12 noon until 1 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Dan Madrigal officiating. Mrs. Nottmeier will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Scott Charles Beyer, 49, of Millstadt, died April 18, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born July 26, 1961 in Belleville. Mr. Beyer is survived by his mother, Patricia Beyer of Millstadt; his wife, Audrey (nee Jenkins) Beyer; a son, Ryan Beyer; mother-in-law, June Jenkins; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tom (Rhonda) Jenkins, Jerry (Sandy) Jenkins, Jim (Dotty) Jenkins and Liz (Jeff) Biermann, all of Millstadt; aunt, Margaret (Curt) Sutton; and cousin, Steve (Pat) Reichling. He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Beyer; father-in-law, Thomas Jenkins; nephew, James “Jimbo” Jenkins; and aunts Ann Schmittling and Jeanne Schuhardt. Scott worked for MasterCard International in O’Fallon, Mo. He enjoyed traveling with his family. Visitation is Wednesday, April 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Thursday, April 21, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Chris Williams officiating. Mr. Beyer will be buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, Okla., or radio station JOY 99.1 FM of St. Louis, Mo.

James "Jim" Lewis, 59, of Columbia, died April 19, 2011. He was born Oct. 11, 1951, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late William and Virginia (nee Lewis) Lewis. He married Sue (Waller) Lewis in 1971 in Cahokia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Lewis is survived by his children, Joseph Aaron (Diane) Lewis of Waterloo, Michael Henry (Tracy) Lewis of Glen Carbon, Miranda Ann (Daniel) Stewart of Dupo, William Nathaniel (Tender) Lewis of Waterloo, 11 grandchildren, and siblings, Katherine (Clark) Vogt of Greencastle, Ind., Martha Schaub of Belleville, William (Kathy) Lewis of Pensacola, Fla., and Fran (Jim) Roedl of East Carondelet. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Danielle Craft. Jim attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He was a retired bus operator for Bi-State Transit Co. and later employed as a custodian at Immaculate Conception Grade School. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family. Visitation is Thursday, April 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Lewis will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Arnold Lloyd, 60, of Walker, Mo., formerly of Valmeyer, died April 19, 2011 in Kansas City. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (nee Wainwright) Lloyd; sons, Lee, Lloyd, Don and Patrick Lloyd; a grandchild, Eli Lloyd; brothers, Clarence, Marvin, Charles and Joe; sister, Jo Ann Lloyd. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Emzee Lloyd, nee Sweet; brothers, George, James and Robert Lloyd. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Steven P. Brown, 52, of Columbia, died April 20, 2011. He was born Sept. 18, 1958, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Brown is survived by his mother, Doris (Aulbach) Brown of Columbia; sisters, Linda (Gary) Wiederhold of Hallsville, Mo., and Kathleen Safriet of High Ridge, Mo.; a brother, David Brown of St. Louis, Mo.; and special friends Brock, John, Guy and Dave, and the Overman and Workman families; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was also preceded in death by his father, Martin Brown; and brother-in-law, Roger Safriet. Steve was a machinist for Essex Industries in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation is Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. A memorial service will immediately follow. His body will be cremated. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Victor J. Reichert, 83, of Columbia, died April 22, 2011, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville from complications stemming from cancer. He was born June 3, 1927, in Columbia, the son of the late Adam and Anna (Koskubar) Reichert. He married Orlou (Crowe) Reichert in 1947 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Reichert is survived by his sons, Terry (Sharon) Reichert of Columbia, Rodney (JoAnn Diehl) Reichert of Kingston, Okla., and Dr. Kim (Lisa) Reichert of Belleville; a sister, Pearl Long of Springfield; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers, Thomas, Edward, Adam, Elmer, Wilbert, Jacob and Isadore Reichert, and sisters, Adele Bieber, Jeanette Gerlach, and Lorraine Reichert. The family gives special thanks to Dr. Eldon Trame, M.D., Dr. Guillermo Rodriguez Jr., M.D., Dr. Carla Samson, M.D., Dr. David Wallace, M.D., and Dr. Bill Daily, M.D. for the excellent care they provided during Vic’s illness. Vic served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired as a printer with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Mr. Reichert served the City of Columbia as an alderman in the late 1980s. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus Council 6165. Vic was also a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581, the Columbia Sportsman Club, Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turners) and Typographical Union Local 8. Visitation is Wednesday, April 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Reichert will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Joyce P. Gruber, nee Todd, 68, of Waterloo, died April 22, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born July 9, 1942, in Bonne Terre, Mo., the daughter of the late Paul and Helen (nee Yarbrough) Todd. Mrs. Gruber is survived by her husband, Marvin Gruber; children Dawn Shields, Darren Gruber, Denise (Ron) Kinzinger and Devin (Elaine) Gruber; grandchildren Lindsay Shields, Summer Shields, Rory Kinzinger, Nate Kinzinger, Erica Gruber and Josh Gruber; great-granddaughter Zaylee Lloyd; and siblings Donald (Pat) Todd, Tom (Janet) Todd, Sharon (Al) Forrester, Ron (Teresa) Todd and Pam (Rob) Smith; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by brothers John Todd and Kris Kerbel; sisters, Lois Todd and Carol Todd; and sister-in-law, Shirley Todd. Mrs. Gruber attended Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation is Monday, April 25 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, April 26, 10 a.m. at Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Jared M. Parker officiating. Mrs. Gruber will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

Frank Alvin Linnertz, 85, of Red Bud died Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the Red Bud Nursing Home. He was born Dec. 7, 1925 in Renault, the son of Julius and Theresa (Auer) Linnertz. He married Ardell (Heller) Linnertz in 1951 in Renault. In addition to his wife, Mr. Linnertz is survived by his daughters, Marlene (Larry) Berg and Linda (William) Guebert, both of Red Bud; a son, Glenn (Ann) Linnertz of Red Bud; grandchildren Jennifer (John) Tepe, Kimberly (Chris) Walster, Tim (Beth) Berg, Corinne (James) Deterding, Dr. Carrie (Scott) Daigle and Scott and Karin Whelan; brother-in-law, Maurice Mudd of Waterloo; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Gilbert and Leoma Heller of Red Bud. He was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Linnertz; and sisters, Margaret Linnertz and Mildred Mudd. Frank worked as a supervisor for DHIA for the University of Illinois. He attended St. John’s Catholic Church in Red Bud. Visitation is Tuesday, April 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home. The funeral is Wednesday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at his church. Mr. Linnertz was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to masses or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Frederick “Freddie” LeRoy Falk, 75, of Waterloo, died April 24, 2011. He was born Aug. 17, 1935, in El Dorado, the son of the late James Thomas and Virginia Rose (nee Howard) Falk. Mr. Falk is survived by his wife, Martha Carol (nee Harris) Falk; children, Thomas (Julie) Falk and Jerry (Denise) Falk, both of Waterloo; a sister, Donna Downey of El Dorado; and grandchildren Thomas and Lauren. He was preceded in death by a brother in childhood, Tommy Falk; and a son, Terry Falk. Mr. Falk was an auto worker at Chrysler. Services will be private.

James Dale Phelps, 54, of Millstadt, died April 28, 2011 at his residence. He was born Dec. 30, 1956 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Edward and Henrietta (nee Ballard) Phelps of Dupo. Mr. Phelps is survived by his wife, Margaret (Jones) Phelps; sons Christopher (Elizabeth) Phelps of Farmington, NM., and Corey Phelps of St. Peters, Mo.; brother, Eddie Phelps of San Diego, Calif.; sisters Vickie Donnelly of Millstadt and Kim Jones of Maryville; and nephews Michael (Tracy) Donnelly of Millstadt and David (Rebecca) Donnelly of Rapid City, SD. Mr. Phelps worked for 37 years in the service department of White Castle. He enjoyed classic cars. Funeral is Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Deacon Joe Weatherford officiating. A visitation will follow until 4 p.m. At James’ request, his body was cremated. Memorials may be made to the National Brain Tumor Foundation.

Earl Breeding Sr., 78, of Columbia, died April 30, 2011 at Canterbury Manor Nursing Center in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 10, 1932, in Fults, the son of the late Alfred and Julia (Lee) Breeding. He married Mary Alice (Larson) Breeding in 1955 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Breeding is survived by his sons, Earl Breeding Jr., Edward (Missy) Breeding Sr. and James (Tammy) Breeding, all of Columbia; a daughter, Lisa (Brian Mudd) Breeding of Red Bud; sisters Clara Lindhorst of New Athens and Doris Hurt of St. Louis, Mo.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sisters Pauline Moore, Ruth Dooley and Cinderella Schafer; brothers Paul, Silas, Raymond, Howard and Alfred Breeding; and a grandchild, Jimmy Breeding. Earl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as a Monroe County road commissioner and was a member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504. Visitation is Monday, May 2, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Allynn Walker officiating. Mr. Breeding will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

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Nichole Nicholson, 30, of Prairie du Rocher, died May 1, 2011 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Jan. 14, 1981 in Belleville, the daughter of John Nicholson of Ellis Grove and the late Carolyn (nee Rednour) Nicholson. In addition to her father, Nichole is survived by her children, John Murray of Red Bud, Carl Walsh of O’Fallon and Layla Walsh of O’Fallon; siblings Lori (Bill) Thomas of Lenzburg, Richard Mulholland of Red Bud, Georgette Smith of Prairie du Rocher, Cheryl (Arthur) Martin of Belleville and Don (Lisa) Nicholson of Jerome, Ind. She was preceded in death by her mother. Nichole was a waitress who attended First Baptist Church in Red Bud. Visitation is Monday, May 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those attending the visitation to bring a non-perishable food item or bathroom toiletry to be donated in Nicki’s memory to the New Life Evangelistic Center of St. Louis.

Charles W. Donius, 77, of Prairie du Rocher, died May 7,2011, at his residence. He was born July 30, 1933, the son of the late George and Elenora, nee Schmitz, Donius. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce Donius; children, Debbie (Charlie) White, Mike (Jonella) Donius and Pam (Dan) Gregson; grandchildren, Cassie (Ryan) Cantrell, Danielle (fiancé Marshall) Gregson, and Andrew and Timothy Donius; and great-grandchildren, Caiden and Weston. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Ludwig; brothers, Robert and Harold (Buddy) Donius; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Marie Roth; and a niece, Dawn Ludwig. Charles was a barber for 48 years in Prairie du Rocher. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church, was a member of the Rocher American Legion and served the community as a volunteer firefighter for 47 years. Visitation is Monday, May 9, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Tuesday, May 10, at 11 a.m., at his church. He will be buried at the church’s cemetery.

Robert J. Cole Sr., 86, of Waterloo, died May 8, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 17, 1924, in Beaver Falls, Pa., the son of the late Malcolm and Pearl (McGonagall) Cole. Mr. Cole is survived by his sons Lynn Cole of Grantham, N.H., Robert J. Cole Jr. of Waterloo and Richard Mark Cole of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; a daughter, Carol Carlson of Stafford Va.; and a sister, June; along with numerous grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Priscilla Cole; brothers, David and Bud; and a sister, Lenore. Mr. Cole was a member of St. Paul UCC and the Lions Club. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Pennsylvania. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Evelyn Yvonne (Triplett) Haller, 83, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died May 9, 2011 at Canterbury Manor Nursing Center. She was born Aug. 8, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Leeta (Blackwell) Triplett. She married Kenneth Gene Haller in 1955 in Clayton, Mo. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Haller is survived by a daughter, Susan (John Syring) Schwarz of O Fallon; son, Mitchell (Kim) Haller of Waterloo; grandchildren, Kristin (Jeff) Egbert, Bradley Haller, Allison Haller, Barrett Schwarz and Janelle Schwarz; great-grandchild, Addelyn Egbert; a sister, Jeannine Morgan of Lake Jackson, Tex.; niece, Kristi Sue Davis of Lake Jackson, Tex.; and grand-nephew, Kyle Davis of Lake Jackson, Tex. Evelyn worked at Ameren U.E., attended St. Paul UCC of Columbia and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star 98 - Rob Morris Chapter in Fairview Heights. Visitation is Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at her church. A memorial service will immediately follow with Rev. Bob Goddard officiating. Her remains were cremated. A private interment of the remains will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the American Cancer Society.

Leola Evelyn Hulda Eichelmann, nee Gummersheimer, died May 9, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 11, 1932, the daughter of the late Emil and Olga Gummersheimer. Mrs. Eichelmann is survived by her children, Brenda (James) Krebel of Columbia, Dr. Sandra Baldwin of Merriam, Kan., Carol (Raymond) Turnquist of Columbia, Kevin Eichelmann of Waterloo and Robert (Denise) Eichelmann of Columbia; grandchildren, Melissa (Andrew) Yontz, Stephanie (Gary) Francis, Brian (Michelle) Zipfel, Travis Eichelmann, Keri (Ivan) Peterson, Stacy (Jeffrey) Davis and Matthew Turnquist; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Cole, Owen and Jax Francis, Andrew Zipfel, Kaitlyn Eichelmann and Coy Davis; step-grandchildren, Christy (Craig) Reed and Jaylon Baldwin; step-great-grandchildren, Hunter and Gage Reed, and Haydn and Asher Baldwin; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws, Sandra Gummersheimer, Willard Scheibe and Wesley (Dixie) Eichelmann. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Eichelmann; daughter, Linda Eichelmann; son-in-law, Dr. David Baldwin; grandchildren, Joseph and Patrick Krebel, Zechariah, Isiah and Daniel Turnquist; brothers, Leland, Emil Jr. and Harold Gummersheimer; brothers-in-law, Otto Eichelmann and Arthur Marquardt; sister-in-laws, Mildred Eichelmann, Arlou Marquardt, Opal Scheibe and Violet Gummersheimer; father-in-law, Roland Eichelmann; mother-in-law, Mabel Eichelmann; nephew, William Eichelmann; and step-grandchild, Angie Baldwin. Mrs. Eichelmann attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo and was a member of the Waterloo VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening, collecting salt and pepper shakers, genealogy and cooking. Visitation is Wednesday, May 11, from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at DeFabio Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul UCC with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Memorials may be made to her church, the American Cancer Society, Hospice of Southern Illinois or the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Bernadette Loretta McFall, 94, of Columbia, formerly of Crestwood, Mo., died May 10, 2011 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born Jan. 25, 1917, in Chicago, the daughter of the late Matthew and Mary Frances (Porter) McFall. Mrs. McFall is survived by a niece, Mary Anne (David) Spruell of Columbia; and great-niece, Megan Spruell of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Matthew McFall, Francis McFall, Mary McFall Hederman and Joseph McFall. Bernadette graduated from Visitation Academy of St. Louis in 1935. She was employed for 34 years as an office manager at Michigan Mutual Insurance Co. of St. Louis. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation is Thursday, May 12, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. McFall will be buried at Calvary Cemetery in Saint Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Visitation Monastery in St. Louis, the Immaculate Conception Church of Columbia Building Fund or Heartland Hospice of Fairview Heights.

Ida M. Dugan, nee Hornung, 101, of Waterloo, died May 10, 2011 in Red Bud. She was born Aug. 8, 1909 in Kidder County, N.D., the daughter of the late Ernest and Rosa (Swinger) Hornung. Mrs. Dugan is survived by her children, Mary Lou Draude, Edward Dugan, Georgia Fries and Joe Dugan; a sister, Laura Bovig; brother, Edgar Hornung; 22 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward R. Dugan; and a son, Raymond L. Dugan Sr. Mrs. Dugan attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo where she was active with the Mary and Martha Society. She was a life-member of the Waterloo VFW Post Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation is Sunday, May 15, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, May 16, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Dugan will be buried at the St. Patrick Catholic Church Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made to masses at her church.

Dale Wayne Rose, 73, of Fairfield Bay, Ark., died May 11, 2011 at his home. He was born Sept. 20, 1937 in Rock Falls, the son of Helen Audrey (Crossley) Rose and the late Joseph “Bud” Henry. Besides his mother, Mr. Rose is survived by siblings Robert (Jack) Rose, May Zemke, Randy Rose, Carole Rose and Linda Tempel. He was preceded in death by his father and Olive Crossley. Mr. Rose served in the U.S. Army and attended Christian Church in Tampico. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Education, he was a teacher and coach for more than 30 years in the Valmeyer School District. While at Valmeyer, he taught physical education and math before his retirement in 1994. Coach Rose was instrumental in starting the girls’ volleyball program at Valmeyer High School and was also involved in the other school sport teams and the Valmeyer community. In addition, he volunteered at the Ozarks Folk Center and was the assistant coach at Clinton High School. His mother always said, “He was one great son!” A memorial service will be held Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m., at Fairfield Bay Baptist Church. Arrangements were handled by Roller-McNutt Funeral Homes.

David Moore Sueme, died May 13, 2011 in Libertyville. Originally from Waterloo, he lived in the Chicago area for many years. He was born April 26, 1952 in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Sueme is survived by his father, Joseph G. Sueme of St. Louis, Mo.; siblings Christopher R. Sueme (Denise) of Columbia, Jane Sueme of St. Louis, Mo., Joseph G. (Zana) Sueme III of Ashland, Ky., and Michelle (Jason) Randecker of Marble Hill, Mo.; nephew, Alex; and nieces Alaine and Leah. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ida E. Moore Sueme of Canonsburg, Penn., who died in 1973; and his brother, Michael J. Sueme of St. Louis, Mo., who passed away in 1992. David was a U.S. Marine and who earned a Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University College of Law. His interests included motorcycles, photography and tournament billiards. His remains were donated to science.

Angela Lucille Leifeld, nee Ohms, 41, of Waterloo, died May 14, 2011 following an extended illness. She was born Nov. 18, 1969, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Bill and Lucille Ohms of Waterloo. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Leifeld is survived by her husband, Robert Leifeld Jr.; children, twins Mitchell and Spencer, Evan and Madeline; siblings Collin (Cherry) Ohms, Justin (Stephanie) Ohms, Katie Huch, Margaret Ohms, Sherman Ohms and Jonathan Ohms; father-in-law, Robert (Linda) Leifeld; mother-in-law, Karen Leifeld; and sister-in-law, Cherie Luter; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Wesley Ohms; and her grandparents. Mrs. Leifeld was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault. She was a teacher for 16 years in the Waterloo School District and was a Cub Scout den leader for five years. Visitation is Friday, May 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Mrs. Leifeld will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Angela Leifeld Memorial Fund, c/o First National Bank in Waterloo.

Carl B. Monroe, 59, of Waterloo, died May 14, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born July 22, 1951, in Belleville, the son of the late Carl and Rita (nee Jarvis) Monroe. Mr. Monroe is survived by his wife, Sandra (Wooley) Monroe; children, Mary (Rick) Eaton and Susan (Scott) Monroe; granddaughter, Alyssa Eaton; a brother, Don (Pam) Monroe; nephew, Chris Monroe; and niece, Kelli Monroe; along with other nieces, nephews and his cat Pooh. Mr. Monroe worked as a machinist at Mike's Inc. in South Roxana. Carl enjoyed playing cards, camping, fishing, bowling, stock car racing and spending time with his family and friends. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Maxfield officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Frank W. Krueger, 87, of Edina, Mo., died May 18, 2011, at Knox County Nursing Home in Edina. He was born July 16, 1923, in Edina, the son of the late Harry and Cecilia Dolan Krueger. He married Phyllis Delaney in 1948 in Chicago. In addition to his wife, Mr. Krueger is survived by his children, Mark (Joetta) Krueger of Kirksville, Mo., Denise (Rod) Yuskis of Warsaw, Kirk (Nancy) Krueger of Dallas, Tex., Kyle (Jim) Clark of Edina, Brad (Becky) Krueger of Waterloo and Kem (Janelle) Krueger of Laramie, Wyo.; 19 nineteen grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dorothy Krueger of Arnold, Mo.; and several cousins, including Kay Daniels of Kirksville, Mo.; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his aunt and uncle who raised him, Elizabeth and John Fisher; and brothers, Harold, Raymond and Lawrence Krueger. Mr. Krueger graduated in 1942 from St. Joseph Catholic High School in Edina. He was employed 13 years with the Edina Post Office. He then entered a business partnership with Dr. T.D. O’Brien at Edina Feed and Livestock Company and Knox County Soil Service Fertilizer Company until his retirement. Frank went back to work as a furniture repairman at Kelly Furniture in Kirksville, Mo., until his second retirement in 2007. Mr. Krueger attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edina and a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He had volunteered at the Edina Volunteer Fire Department and was active in several civic organizations, including the town’s Chamber of Commerce. Visitation is Friday, May 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina. Funeral mass is Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Joseph Hoi and Deacon Ken Berry officiating. His grandson will be the casket bearers. Honorary bearers will be the staff of Knox County Nursing Home. After the services, his body will be cremated and buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church, the Knox County Nursing Home or Hospice of Northeast Missouri.

Nellie (Waterman) Volner, 86, of Saint Louis, Mo., died May 19, 2011 at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 26, 1925, in Miller City, the daughter of the late Miles and Ada Venus (Morningstar) Waterman. Mrs. Volner is survived by her husband, Carol Ray Volner; a daughter, Venus Ann Wolff of Columbia; sister, Rhea Lee Sanford of Canyon, Tex.; brother, Harley Joe Waterman of Fairview Heights; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William R. Wright Sr.; daughter, Linda Fay Carle; son, William R. Wright Jr.; sisters Estella Davenport, Martha Claira Callis and Anna Mae Wright; brothers, Thomas Earl Waterman, Miles Arley Waterman, Ernest Reed Waterman and Louis Roe Waterman. Nellie attended Evangelical Full Gospel Assembly Church in St. Louis. She loved to play Bridge with her friends. Visitation is Monday, May 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, May 24, at 10 a.m. at the Evangelical Full Gospel Assembly Church with Brother Ron Garascia officiating. Mrs. Volner will be buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church.

Kenyon Roger “Ken” Hacker, 79, of Columbia, died May 19, 2011. Mr. Hacker is survived by his wife, Jo (nee LaBerta) Hacker; children Debbie (Buck) Dayton of Fenton, Mo.; and Kim (Tom) Soltysiak of Columbia; grandchildren Thomas Kilcullen, Laura (Greg) Knowlton and Jennifer (Chad) Rosenthal; great-grandchildren Logan Kilcullen, Alex and Laurel Rosenthal, and Jacob and Jarret Knowlton. Visitation was at the Columbia home of his daughter Kim Soltysiak. A private burial was held. Arrangements were handled by the Schrader Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Columbia EMS Association.

Agnoles E. Blow, nee Moll, 86, of Smithton, died May 20, 2011 in Red Bud. She was born Jan. 1, 1925 in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Matt and Irene (nee Robert) Moll. Mrs. Blow is survived by her children, Dave (Amy) Brewer, Shirley (Dale) Deterding and Denis (Brenda) Dufrenne; and grandchildren Dwayne (Brenda) Brewer, Debbie (Richard) Biethman, Erik (Dawn) Brewer, Angela (Patrick) Meisner, Alecia Brewer, Zachary Brewer, Jason Dufrenne, Stacy (John) Buss and Dean (Renee Deterding; along with great-great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Blow. Private services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mark R. Bundy, 51, of Maeystown, died May 21, 2011 of a heart attack outside his residence. He was born July 8, 1959 in Red Bud, the son of the late Guy and Gloria (nee Maeys) Bundy. Mr. Bundy is survived by his wife, Paula (nee Wilkerson) Bundy; a daughter, Lauren Bundy; and a brother, Jim (Pam) Bundy; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Willis Bundy. Mark attended St. John UCC of Maeystown where he was a member of the choir and Vesper band. He was a 1977 graduate of Valmeyer High School, was employed at MAR Graphics in Valmeyer and an officer with the Maeystown Civic Association where he helped organized the annual Maeystown Homecoming. Mark played guitar in numerous bands through the years, including Miles Prairie, Kentucky Strait, Hilltoppers and most recently, Fountain Creek. Visitation is Tuesday, May 24, from 4 p.m., to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, May 245, at 10 a.m. at St. John UCC of Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Bundy will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

Clyde G. Roos, 67 of Millstadt, died May 22, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Sept. 12, 1943 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Clarence and Mary (nee Touchette) Roos. Mr. Roos is survived by his wife, Roxanne (nee Siebert) Roos; children, Marlo Roos-Smith of Ballwin, Mo., and Jason Scott Roos of Millstadt; grandchildren Jordan Smith, Brianna Smith, Bailey Smith Kelsie Roos and Emma Roos; a sister, Clara Mae (Donald) Hoguet; brother-in-law, Kenneth Siebert; and nieces and nephews, Michael Skaer, Dennis Skaer, Laura Sims, Melissa Nungesser, Daniel Siebert and Michael Siebert. He was Clyde was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Ardella Siebert. Mr. Roos served in the U.S. Army and worked at Kerry Ingredients in Millstadt. Visitation is Wednesday, May 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral will be Thursday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Michael Kumm officiating. Mr. Roos will be buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt or Millstadt Senior Center.

Joseph James Schulte, 48, of East Carondelet, died May 22, 2011 at his residence. He was born Sept. 24, 1962 in Centreville. Mr. Schulte is survived by his daughters, Lindsay (Craig) Tatum of Dupo and Laura (fiancé Mike) Schulte; a grandchild, Conner Tatum; step-father, Albert Voelker of Columbia; step-brothers and step-daughters Patty Huston, Robert Voelker, Kevin Voelker and Don Voelker; and girlfriend, Rachel Belcher; along with nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred (nee Theobald) Voelker. Joseph was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed as a parts manager for PRI in Dupo. Visitation is Tuesday, May 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Wednesday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Roger Reid officiating. Mr. Schulte will be buried with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Kristie Fahey, nee Horrell, 55, of Evansville, died May 22, 2011 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. after battling cancer. She was born April 4, 1956 in Belleville. She married Dan Fahey in 1993 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Fahey is survived by her mother, Barbara (nee Bowen) Horrell of Belleville; sisters Kim (Brooks) Brestal of Fairview Heights and Shelley (Barry) Friedman of Minneapolis, Minn.; in-laws, Clarence and Mary Ann Fahey of Red Bud; sister-in-law, Maureen Murphy of Sesser; and brothers-in-law Joe (Barb) Fahey of Prairie du Rocher, John Fahey of Red Bud, Paul (Shelly) Fahey of Waterloo and Nicholas (Sara) Fahey of Collinsville; along with nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Horrell. Mrs. Fahey attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud and was a member of the Illinois Reading Conference. She was a teacher at her church’s grade school for 32 years where she taught English and language classes to the fourth through eighth grades. Kristie had received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and social studies from SIU-E. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud and the Illinois Reading Conference. Visitation is Wednesday, May 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Red Bud. Funeral is Thursday, May 26 at 1 p.m. at the church with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mrs. Fahey will be buried in the church’s cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to the St. John the Baptist Catholic School Tuition Assistance Fund.

Rev. Al Daniel Mimbs, 76, died Sunday, May 22, 2011 at his home. He was the son of the late Green Daniel and Latha Inez Wright Mimbs. Mr. Mimbs is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lois Werth Mimbs, a former resident of Waterloo; brother, James Mimbs of Macon; sisters, Lois (Roy) Bryan of San Jose, Calif., and Evelyn Rubino of Miami, Fla. He was preceded in death by brothers Joe, Royce and Ivey Mimbs; and a sister Dorothy Jane Rose. A graduate of Life Bible College, Rev. Mimbs graduated from the University of Alabama. While pastoring at his first church, he taught English and math at both the middle school and high school levels as well as teaching math at the School for the Deaf in Talladega, Ala. Al also worked for the Department of Parks and Recreation in Sylacauga. Rev. Mimbs received the 50-year service award in 2007 from the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. He pastored churches in Sylacauga, Ala., Columbus, Ga., and Raleigh and Concord, NC. He retired from the Foursquare Gospel Church in Spring City in 2001. Visitation and funeral were at Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City, Tenn. with Dr. Ron Ingram officiating. Mr. Mimbs will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

Marvin Alvin Mehrtens, 70, of Belleville, died May 24, 2011. He was born Oct. 12, 1940 in Belleville, the son of the late Harold and Florence Mehrtens. Mr. Mehrtens is survived by his son, Jeff Mehrtens; a daughter, Stacy (Ray) Minor; grandchildren Kaitlyn Mehrtens, Madison Mehrtens and Jacie Minor; and brothers Delbert (Colleen) Mehrtens and Gene (Patti) Mehrtens; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Mehrtens graduated from Waterloo High School in 1958 and served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Mehrtens’ body was cremated. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo.

Elsie J. Breidegam, nee Strubinger, 94, died May 25, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 7, 1917 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Charles and Rosalea (Wilson) Strubinger. Mrs. Breidegam is survived by her children, Kenneth Watts of St. Charles, Mo., Janet Breidegam of St. Louis, Mo., David (Roxann) Breidegam and Mark (Alice) Breidegam of Waterloo; sister, Rose Marie Valentine of St. Louis; and a brother, David (Martha) Strubinger of Imperial, Mo.; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Joanie; and her husband, Ralph Breidegam; along with seven brothers and sisters. Visitation is Saturday, May 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at DeFabio Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow with Matt Henson officiating. Mrs. Breidegam will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Samuel Elmer Axe, 71, Columbia, died May 25, 2011. He was born Aug. 30, 1939, in Dupo, the son of Ralph and Dorothy (Haskenhoff) Axe. He married Shirley (Mehrtens) Axe in 1969 in Millstadt. In addition to his wife, Mr. Axe is survived by his son, Mike Axe of Waterloo; sister, Janet McBaine of Mesa, Ariz.; brothers Ralph Axe of Waterloo and Richard Axe of St. Louis, Mo.; sister-in-law, Doris (Willis) Steiger of Millstadt; brother-in-law, Don (Charlotte) Mehrtens of Millstadt; and aunts, Dorothy Haskenhoff, Naoma Smith, Betty Wiechert, Betty Haskenhoff and Bonnie Wiechert; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, David Axe; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Ida Mehrtens. Samuel was the owner of S and S Electronics in Millstadt. He attended Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo. Visitation is Friday, May 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. Mr. Axe will be buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Millstadt. Memorials may be made to his church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Clarence Henry Sutter, 91, of Millstadt, died May 25, 2011. He was born Nov. 18, 1919 in Bixby, the son of the late Henry William and Edna Caroline (nee Hoock) Sutter. Clarence married Georgine Leona (nee Theobald) Sutter in 1941 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Sutter is survived by children, Marilyn (Harold) Hughes, Norman (Sandy) Sutter and Clay (Tammi) Sutter, all of Millstadt; a daughter-in-law, Anita Sutter of Baldwin, Mo.; grandchildren Wes Hughes, Ross (Amy) Hughes, Dwayne, Deano, Wade, Cameron, Chet and Cal Sutter, Heather (Clint) Kasten, Darlene (George) Morton, Wendy (Walter) Staas, Crystal (Erich) Savanick and Ceely Sutter; great-grandchildren, Austin Morton, Cole and Crayton Kasten, Dylan and Devin Sutter, Emma Hughes, Carli Kasten, Ashlee Morton and baby Girl Savanick due in July; brothers-in-law, John Fischer and Joe Gravot; and an aunt, Alma Glenn; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Sutter; a granddaughter, Charlotte Sutter; and sisters Gladys Fischer and Aileen Gravot. Mr. Sutter earned the Purple Heart while serving in the South Pacific during World War II. His service to the country continued after the war in the Army Air Corp as he was station with the Occupational Forces of Japan until January 1946 when he rejoined his wife and then two young children. Clarence was employed for 39 years at Midwest Rubber Reclaiming Company in Sauget, retiring in 1975. Mr. Sutter attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, was a member of the United Rubber Workers Local 42 and was a lifetime member of the Millstadt VFW Post 7980. He enjoyed working on his farm, spending time with his grandchildren and traveling with his wife. Visitation is Tuesday, May 31, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Wednesday, June 1, at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Michael Kumm and Rev. Todd Wilken officiating. Mr. Sutter will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to his church.

Margaret H. Nester, nee Roach, 86, of Waterloo, died May 27, 2011 in Belleville. She was born July 24, 1924 in Wayne County, Mo., the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (nee Payne) Roach. Mrs. Nester is survived by her children, Louise Yearian, Gregory (Beverly) Tucker, Edward A. (Angie) Nester and Tamra (Mark) Baugh; grandchildren Todd (Kym) Yearian, Brad (Amy) Yearian, Laurie (Dave) Baum, Elizabeth Anderson, Ryan (Sarah) Tucker, Shawn Tucker, Aaron Huggins, Travis Baugh, Jacob Baugh, Candice (Steve) Gardner, Angela (Ryan) Martin and Clay Carrico; a brother, Jack (Hazel) Roach; 12 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren; along with a brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward A. Nester; a son-in-law, Dale Yearian; sisters; and brothers. Mrs. Nester was a member of the Cahokia VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation is Tuesday, May 31, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, June 1, at 11:45 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jack Kurrelmeyer officiating. Mrs. Nester will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.

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Gregory L. Liefer, 54, of Waterloo, died June 3, 2011 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 9, 1956 in Red Bud, the son of Homer and Alice (nee Salger) Liefer. In addition to his parents, Mr. Liefer is survived by his wife, Gail (Shields) Liefer; sons Matthew (Heather) Liefer and Aaron (Amy) Liefer; grandchildren Autumn, Jordyn, Anthony, Ian, Camden and Jack; and siblings Sharon (Jim) Kessler, Gary (Bonnie) Liefer, Denise Liefer, Deanna (Dave) Mueller and Wayne Liefer; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Liefer was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo and was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Post 901. Visitation is Sunday, June 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, June 6, at 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Liefer will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

Susan Marie Sager, nee Price, 55, of Dupo, died June 3, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born June 9, 1955 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Nathan and Mary Margaret (Kelly) Price. Mrs. Sager is survived by her husband of 36 years, Mike Sage; a son, Bradley (Jessica) Sager of Paducah, Ky.; a daughter, Natalie Sager of Dupo; and an aunt, Novella Clohesy of St. Ann, Mo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Natus Lee Price; an uncle, Olen Price; and aunts, Doris Price and Eva Sullivan. Susan was the office manager for Midwest Vision Care in Columbia. Visitation was Monday, June 6 at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Tuesday, June 7, from 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Matt Friz, officiating. Mrs. Sager will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

John D. Kiefer Jr., 81, died June 5, 2011 in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was born Sept. 8, 1929 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late John D., Sr., and Cleta Kiefer. He was previously married to Barbara Kiefer and the late Ruth Kiefer, who died in 1988. Mr. Liefer is survived by his children, John D. (Jackie Camp) Kiefer III, Kenneth (Cathy) Kiefer, Cathryn (William) Ingram, Michael (Nicole) Kiefer and Gerald Kiefer; and in-laws, Edward (Diane) Sugden Jr., James (Robin) Sugden, Jean (Rick) Barton, Donald (Norma) Pecaut, Buddy Winkler and Stella Fassold; along with 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Mrozek; sisters, Trula Kiefer-Ponder-Ward and Delores Fish; in-laws, Edward Sugden Sr., Bernice Sugden, Margie (William) Power, Olinda (Jess) Bishop, Harry Fassold, Clarence (Valeria) Pecaut, Howard Pecaut, Velda Winkler and Rhonda Steinbecker, and a great-grandson, Hunter McClellan. Mr. Kiefer was a military veteran, having eight years in the U.S. Navy. He was employed at Luhr Bros. Inc of Columbia for 38 years and was a 60-year member of the Perryville, Mo., American Legion Post. Mr. Kiefer was cremated according to his wishes. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Loren G. Mentel, 83, of Waterloo died June 5, 2011 in Valley Park, Mo. He was born Jan. 20, 1928 in Waterloo, the son of the late Marc and Cornelia (nee Petri) Mentel. Mr. Mentel is survived by his daughter, Charlotte (Peter) Mills; and grandchildren Julie (Steve) Kirsch, Erin (Gary) Faircloth and Perry (Angela) Mills. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Faye (nee Stallman) Mentel. Mr. Mentel attended St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. Visitation is Friday, June 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, June 11, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul UCC of Waterloo with Pastor Dick Sparrow officiating. Mr. Mentel will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Morrison-Talbott Library, the Humane Society of Monroe County or the Monroe County Historical Society.

Grace Rednour, nee Morgan, 92, of Prairie du Rocher, died June 6, 2011 in Prairie du Rocher. She was born Aug. 12, 1918 in Carterville, the daughter of the late Richard and Laura (nee Procter) Morgan. Mrs. Rednour is survived by her children, James (Laura) Rednour, Ronald (Wilma) Rednour, Wayne (Carol) Rednour, Ralph (Carol) Rednour, George (Teresa) Rednour, Charlie Rednour, Amos (Donna) Rednour, Roger (Nyla) Rednour, Moe (Lana) Rednour and Lucy (Bill) Charlton; and sisters, Helen Stutsmann and Ethel Gunter; along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Rednour; sons, Richard, Larry and Buck; and a daughter, Wanda Wirth. Visitation is Tuesday, June 7, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Frisbie officiating. Mrs. Rednour will be buried at Bethel Cemetery in Swanwick.

Xavier Frances Melliere, 104, of Prairie du Rocher, died June 6, 2011 at the Red Bud Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 12, 1906 in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Abel and Adele (nee Nevois) Melliere. Xavier married Christine Hoffman in 1932 in Madonnaville. She died in 1992. Mr. Melliere is survived by his children, Joy (Bob) Stafford of Florissant, Mo., Fay (Delbert) Kueker of Prairie du Rocher, Gerald Melliere of Prairie du Rocher and Ronald (Jeanette) Melliere of Modoc; grandchildren Debi Lewis, Cathy Uffelmann, Sharon Johnson, Lisa Willeford, Steve Biernbaum, Scott Biernbaum, Brian Biernbaum, Mark Biernbaum, Matt Melliere, Michelle McGill, Ryan Melliere, Suzanne Wilson, Sandra Ottoson and Roger Melliere; great-grandchildren Stephanie Kennedy, Derek, Nick, Kirk and Blake Uffelmann, Kyle, Brett, Troy, Eric, Sarah, Jonathan, Kathryn, Lauren, Megan, Michelle, Craig, Brooke and Luke Biernbaum, Brandon Sachtleben, Alex and Kayla Willeford, Eve, Emma and Avery Melliere, Marisa, Riley and Anna McGill, Dade Melliere, Cynthia and Kenny Wilson, Tiffany Stellhorn, Andrew and Ashley Ottoson, Cassidy and Austin Melliere and Brett and Brock Johnson; great-great-grandchildren Jack and Luke Kennedy and Jack Sachtleben; and friends Daisy Mathews and Lou Biernbaum. He was preceded in death by his brothers, August, Francis, Ralph and Wendell Melliere; sisters, Josephine Melliere, Mabel Niebruegge, Mildred Leiweke and Mary Barbeau; and a daughter-in-law, Judy Melliere. Mr. Melliere was a lifelong farmer of grain, cattle and hay. He was also the manager of the Prairie du Rocher airport/emergency landing service. Xavier attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher and was a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau. He enjoyed his work, hunting, and spending time with his family. Visitation is Thursday, June 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Friday, June 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. He will be buried at his church’s cemetery.

Victor Leon Bean, 59, of Columbia, died June 7, 2011. He was born Sept. 18, 1951 in Murphysboro, the son of the late Lovelace and Dorothy (Melton) Bean. Mr. Bean is survived by sons, Brandon (Gabrielle) Bean of Virginia Beach, Va., and Brent (Stella) Bean of Columbia; daughters, Brandi Bean of Columbia, Brittani (David) Shreve of Cahokia and Bridget (Andrew) Newcom of Columbia; grandchildren, Keirstyn, Brianna, Dayton, Brody, Zachary, Kailey and David; sisters, Sue Poston of Bloomington, Annette Ford of Peoria and Diane Bean of Peoria; and a brother, Dale Kessler of Peoria. Mr. Bean served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He had worked at Columbia Unit School District. Visitation is Friday, June 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. A graveside service will take place at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to TIP Hospice.

Elmer E. Frees Jr., 87, of Red Bud, died June 7, 2011 at the Red Bud Nursing Home. He was born June 16, 1923 in Belleville, the son of the late Elmer and Hilda (nee May) Frees Sr. Mr. Frees is survived by his wife, Allene Frees; sons, Larry (Diane) Frees of Red Bud, Charles Frees of Osage Beach, Mo., and Randy Frees of Red Bud; sister, Elsie Jean Roscow of Red Bud; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Rodney Frees. Mr. Frees was of the Protestant faith and was a grain and livestock farmer. Visitation is Friday, June 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Saturday, June 11, at 9 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. William Graves officiating. Mr. Frees will be buried at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials made be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Michael T. Griffin, 59, of Waterloo, died June 8, 2011 in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 13, 1952, the son of Evelyn (Becker) Griffin and the late Jerry Griffin and. Mr. Griffin is survived by his wife, Betty (Michels) Griffin; a brother, Dennis (Sandra) Griffin; mother-in-law, Barbara (Lautenbach) Michels; nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Josh) Lynn, Tim (Sarah) Griffin and Kevin Griffin (Kaylyn Huebner); sister-in-laws, Elfrieda (Joe) Lloyd, Barb Hoselton, Marie (Bill) Schlemmer, Kathy (Kenny) Goodman, Sue (Lou) Stuart, Debbie (Jeff) Blandford and Diane (Joe) Lewis; and brothers-in-law, Alfred (Donna) Michels, Joe (Debbie) Michels, Rick (Patty) Michels and John (Jackie) Michels; along with nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Joseph Michels. Mr. Griffin attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was the part-owner G&R Industrial Supply Inc., and an avid bird hunter. Visitation is Friday, June 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, June 11, at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Griffin with be buried at his church’s cemetery.

Deborah "Debbie" Rolerkite, nee Chesley, 54, of Red Bud, died June 9, 2011 in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 9, 1956 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Edward and Margarie (nee Frank) Chesley. Mrs. Rolerkite is survived by her husband, Brian Rolerkite; a son, Colin Rolerkite; sister, Sherry (Larry) Hollis; niece, Margie (Mark) Spearicino; and nephew, Edward (Debra) Hollis. Mrs. Rolerkite attended St. Michael's Catholic Church in Paderborn. Visitation is Monday, June 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Paderborn with Father James Voelker officiating.

Marjorie E. Schrieber, 84, of Red Bud died Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born April 23, 1927 in Crossville, the daughter of the late Loren and Cicely Ann (nee Davenport) Boultinghouse. She married C. Richard “Dick” Schrieber in 1953 at Phillipstow. He died in 2009. Mrs. Schrieber is survived by Thomas (Barbara Ann) Schrieber and Curtis (Barbara Ann) Schrieber; a sister, Doris(Urban) Wolf; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister,Helen Miller; and a brother, Bernard “Cap” Boultinghouse. Marjorie was a homemaker, who was also an executive secretary in St. Louis and also worked at the Red Bud High School. Mrs. Schrieber attended St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud and the Red Bud Senior Center. She was a past-president and former district president of the Red Bud Women’s Club and the St. John Lutheran School PTA. She enjoyed bowling. Visitation was at the Wegle-Pechacek Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud. She was buried at the church’s cemetery.

Elisabeth "Betty Anne" (Hewitt) Bantz, 72 years of Columbia, died June 16, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born June 26, 1938, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of the late Merton and Lona (Locke) Hewitt. She married Harold Bantz, in 1961 in Aurora. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bantz is survived by her children,Deanna (Steve) Jent of Webster Groves, Mo., Darren (Kim) Bantz of Waterboro, Maine, Dean (Leah) Bantz of Waterloo, Dorianne (Jim) Vogt of Columbia and Don (Elizabeth) Bantz of Waterloo; sisters, Marjorie Brill, Harlene (Bob) Fabian, Merlyn (Jim) Rutherford and Patricia VanAlstyne; brother, Ladd (Maxine) Hewitt; and 15 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robbie Hewitt; and a sister, Myrtha Freethy. Betty Anne was an artist in many areas – as a singer, composer and guitar player. Betty Ann also worked as an editor, published four novels and enjoyed graphic design, creating house plans, painting and drawing. Visitation is Tuesday, June 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home and on Wednesday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. A funeral service will follow at the church. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Mustard Seed Theatre.

Frankie Alice Duncan, 57, of Waterloo, died June 17, 2011 in Belleville. She was born Jan. 13,1954 in Caleda, Ore., the daughter of the late Elmer Myron and Donna Rae (nee Bichael) Duncan. Visitation is Wednesday, June 22, at 9 a.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow at 10 a.m. Mrs. Duncan will be buried at Waterloo City Cemetery.

John David Mohl, 61, of Glen Carbon, died June 19, 2011 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was born Dec. 9, 1949 in Terre Haute, Ind., the son of the late Marvin Henry and Gladys Irene (Gjevre) Mohl. He married Andrea Ruth (Geist) Mohl in 1973 in Atlanta, Ga. In addition to his wife, Mr. Mohl is survived by his children, Jeffrey a(Tricia) Mohl of Chicago, Kevin (Amy) Mohl of Indianapolis, Ind., and Amanda Mohl of Glen Carbon; and brothers Larry (Mary) Mohl of Kirkwood, Mo., and Bruce (Josephine) Mohl of Milton, Mass.; along with nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister, Vicki Lynn Mohl. John was the executive director of Camp Wartburg in rural Waterloo for the past 12 years. He attended Our Lord's Lutheran Church in Maryville where he was active with the Praise Band, had served as a confirmation teacher and was past-president of the congregation. Visitation is Wednesday, June 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Irwin Chapel in Glen Carbon. Funeral is Thursday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at Our Lord's Lutheran Church in Maryville with Rev. Dr. John Lottes officiating. Mr. Mohl will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to Camp Wartburg.

Bertha Mathews, nee Karban, 91, of Waterloo, died June 20, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born May 26, 1920, in Paderborn, the daughter of the late William and Ida (nee Neff) Karban. Mrs. Mathews is survived by her children, William (Carol) Mathews and Kurt (Susan) Mathews; grandchildren, Sheri (Robert) Hall, Brett (Julie) Mathews, Jeffery (Christine) Mathews, Sarah (Brian) Wild and Karla Mathews (fiancé Mike Buettner); great-grandchildren, Blake, Brandon, and Brice Hall, Joshua and Aidan Mathews, and Ian, Logan, and Emily Mathews; a sister, Elsie Eitzenhefer; and a brother, Clement Karban; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer J. Mathews; sister, Adele Kaiser; and brother, Albert Karban. Mrs. Mathews attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Thursday, June 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. at her church with Father Dale Maxfield and Father Roger Karban officiating. Mrs. Mathews will be buried at Valhalla Mausoleum in Belleville. Memorials may be made to masses or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Katherine C. Koch, nee Kirchner, 90, of Valmeyer, died June 22, 2011in Red Bud. She was born Aug. 7, 1920 in Little Rock, Ark., the daughter of the late Joseph and Clara Wilhelmina (nee Diekneite) Kirchner. Mrs. Koch is survived by her husband, Victor Koch; children, Jane (Herb) Muertz, John (Gail Sheehan) Koch and Bob Koch; sisters, Regina Koch, Mary (Al) Saucier and Rosie Schadler; and brothers, Joe (Pat) Kirchner and Nick Kirchner; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Theresa Deverling; and a brother, James Kirchner. Mrs. Koch attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer who used to volunteer with the USO. Visitation is Sunday, June 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, June 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mrs. Koch will be buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to Red Bud Nursing Home.

Richard W. Sippel, 60, of Waterloo, died June 22, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born Jan. 27, 1951 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late William Henry and Margaret (nee Martin) Sippel. Mr. Sippel is survived by his wife, Dorothy R. Sippel; children, Paula (Scott) Noll, Rebecca Sippel, Timothy (Jessica) Sippel and Adina Sippel; and a sister, Susan (Dan) Ray; along with eight grandchildren; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Scott Wayne Sippel. Mr. Sippel was a veteran of the United States Marines. Visitation is Thursday, June 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, June 24, for a cemetery service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

William E. Wetzler, 78, of Waterloo, died June 25, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 12, 1932 in Maeystown, the son of the late George and Lena (nee Fauss) Wetzler. Mr. Wetzler is survived by his wife, Lucille (nee Novak) Wetzler; children, Tom (Teri) Wetzler, Barry Wetzler and Mark (Amy) Wetzler; grandchildren, Ashley (Jeff) Duecker, Brittany Wetzler, Courtney Wetzler, Chelsey Wetzler and Cody Wetzler; great-grandchildren, Kailee, Kameron and Kenadee; and a sister, Ardell (Leroy) Hartmann; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, William "Bill" Wetzler; brothers, Willis, Roland, Wilbert, Robert, Raymond and Emil Wetzler; and a sister, Luella Aycock. Mr. Wetzler was a veteran of the United States Army who attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a member of the Waterloo Odd Fellows and Fox Lake. Visitation is Monday, June 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, June 28 at his church with Father Dale Maxfield officiating. Mr. Wetzler will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association or Heartland Hospice.

Dale A. Yankey, 63, of Waterloo, died June 26, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 11, 1947, in Red Bud, the son of the late Howard and Gertrude (nee Deul) Yankey. Mr. Yankey is survived by a sister, Bonnie Schlotmann; nieces, Kim (Jeff) Mueth and Regina Yankey; great-niece, Emma Mueth; and great-nephew, Jacob Mueth. He was preceded in death by a brother, Lee Yankey. Visitation is Thursday, June 30, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Yankey will be buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Edwin J. Baudendistel, 80, of Fults, died June 28, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Perryville Mo., the son of the late Edgar and Elsie (nee Riney) Baudendistel. Mr. Baudendistel is survived by his wife, Betty J. (nee Welker) Baudendistel; children, Jean (Steven) Yoshikane, William Baudendistel, Mary (Brian) Shaw, Judith (Daniel) Busk and Joyce (Charles) Patterson; grandchildren, Aki Hicks, Sarah, Elizabeth, Alan and Rebecca Yoshikane, Matthew, Daniel and Jennifer Baudendistel, Mikayla and Rachel Shaw, Abigail Busk, Jessica and Kaytlin Patterson and Jason Baudendistel; great-grandchildren, Samantha Adair, Nadia Perales, Sherri Bucheger, Jeremiah and Josephine Hicks Andy Corsino; sisters, Helena Schweiss and Viola Lankford; and sister-in-law, Darlene Baudendistel; along with nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, David Lee Baudendistel; brother, Cletus Baudendistel; and a daughter-in-law, Kathleen (nee McDaniel) Baudendistel. Mr. Baudendistel served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed for 33 years at Potts Industrial of St. Louis where he helped build and deliver towboats. He was also employed by Universal Air Filter in Sauget until he retired in January 1996. Edwin was a devout Catholic who was a member of the Holy Name Societies at St. Catherine Laboure in Cahokia and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Renault. He was a member of the American Legion and had been an active Boy Scout for many years. Visitation is Friday, July 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, July 2, at 10 am., at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Renault with Father Roger Karban officiating. Mr. Baudendistel will be buried at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Renault. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Activity Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

James Bruce Rowton Sr., 93, of Columbia, died June 29, 2011, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Oct. 23, 1917, in Rector, Ark., the son of the lateJames and Maude (Chilcutt) Rowton. He married Frances (Goddard) Rowton in 1942 in Miami Beach, Fla. Mr. Rowton is survived by children, James B. (Mary) Rowton Jr. of East Carondelet, Sharon Gotto of Waterloo, Pamela (William) Allen ofColumbia, Jeanne (Arthur) Crandell of Cahokia, Kim (Susan) Rowton of Waterloo, Constance (Jeffrey) Squires of Edwardsville and Carrie (David) Grove of Festus, Mo.; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by brothers, Jack, John, Pete and BobRowton; and sisters, Lena Presson, Lala Lane and Irene McElyea. Mr. Rowton served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a farmer and charter member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. Visitation is Friday, July 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday,July 2, at 11 a.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church with Pastor Allynn Walker officiating. Mr. Rowton will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

July

Virgil L. Gregson, 79, of Hecker died July 2, 2011 in Red Bud. He was born Sept. 6, 1931 in Hecker, the son of the late Lester and Olivia (nee Wittenauer) Gregson. Mr. Gregson is survived by his wife, Bernadette (nee Scherle) Gregson; children Donna (Richard) Schilling, Joe (Janet) Gregson, JoAnn (Brian) Baker, Patty (Ray) Brewer, David (Lois) Gregson, Nancy (Rich) Dunivan and Maria (Eric) Wuebbels; grandchildren Renee (Nick) Krebel, Melissa Shields, Austin Gregson, Jonathan "J.D." Gregson, Avery Wuebbels, Max Dunivan, Wendi (Jerrod) Brownson and Warren Baker; and great-grandchildren Sophia Krebel and Thaddeus Brownson; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Gregson. Mr. Gregson served three years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He owned and operated Nu Deal Oil Co. in Hecker for many years, honorable retiree of the Hecker Volunteer Fire Department and served for six terms as the mayor of the village he proudly called home his entire life. Mr. Gregson attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker and was a chairman of the Gibault Catholic High School Boosters. He was a member of the FSH Water Commission, Knights of Columbus, Hecker Commercial Club, served on the St. Clement Hospital of Red Bud Building Committee, Human Support Service Board, Kaskaskia Port Authority, St. Augustine Holy Name Society, Monroe County Building Commission and the Hecker Sportsman Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mr. Gregson will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to masses or to Gibault Catholic High School

Carla Marie Liedtky, nee Miriani, 49, of Red Bud, died July 4, 2011 in Red Bud. She was born May 3, 1962 in Kirkwood, Mo., the daughter of Richard and Pat Miriani. In addition to his parents, Mrs. Liedtky is survived by her husband, Frank Liedtky; a son, Steven Liedtky; brothers Kevin (Linda) Miriani and Tim (Molly) Miriani; nieces and nephews Michael (Lauren) Miriani, Tony Miriani, Angela Miriani, Dominic Miriani, Abby Miriani and Matthew Miriani; and a great-nephew, Joseph Miriani. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis University Hospital Cancer Center.

Jacquelene G. Thrower, nee Boyer, 83, of Waterloo, died July 5, 2011 in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 9, 1927 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Jule Sr. and Opal (nee Keller) Boyer. Mrs. Thrower is survived by her children, Barbara Livingstone and Richard (Debbie) Diggs; sisters, Maxine (Frank) Zucha and Murliene (James) Causey; brothers, Roger (Mary) Boyer and Jule (Karolyn) Boyer Jr.; 5 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Thrower; along with a sister and a brother. Mrs. Thrower was a member Victory Fellowship Church. Visitation is Thursday July 7, at 9 a.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, July 8 at 11:30 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Don Harmon officiating. Mrs. Thrower will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Bernice Otten, 81, of Red Bud, died July 6, 2011 at Red Bud Nursing Home. She was born July 30, 1929 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Joseph and Annetta (nee Parrott) Maurer. She married Roy Otten in 1949 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Otten is survived by her sister, Sister Eleanora Marie Maurer of Springfield; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Joe, Paul, Arthur and Norbert; and a sister, Lucille. Mrs. Otten had worked at International Shoe Factory in Evansville and the Singer Factory in Red Bud. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Red Bud and St. Ann’s Altar Sodality. Visitation is Thursday, July 7, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home, Red Bud. Funeral mass is Friday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Red Bud, with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Burial is at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials to St. John the Baptist Catholic School or the American Heart Association.

Willard W. Probst, 91, of Waterloo, died July 7, 2011 in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 28, 1919 in New Athens, the son of the late William and Bertha (nee Koerber) Probst. Mr. Probst is survived by his daughter, Diane (James) Cowden; grandchildren, William (Jennifer) Cowden and Birton (Emily) Cowden; and great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Oliver; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Probst was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle (nee Thompson) Probst; grandson Benjamin Cowden; brothers Hugo, Robert and Herbert Probst. Mr. Probst earned the Bronze Star while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended Frieden's United Church of Christ in Hecker and was a member of the Red Bud VFW and Monroe County Farm Bureau. Willard was a past director of the Hecker Volunteer Fire Department and a former member of the Hecker Community Center. Visitation is Tuesday, July 12, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, July 13, at 10 a.m., at Frieden's UCCC with Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Mr. Probst will be buried at the Hecker City Cemetery. Memorials made be made to his church.

August

Ola Dell Watkins, nee Helderman, 92, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., died Aug. 3, 2011 in Columbia. She was born Dec. 15, 1918 in Cape Girardeau, the daughter of the late Era and S. Elizabeth (Doggett) Helderman. Mrs. Watkins is survived by her children, Dr. Eugene (Gisela) Watkins, Saundra Voll and Lois (Dr. Donald) McCrosky; grandchildren, Aaron Watkins and Regina Woithe, Scott (Pam) Voll, David (Angela) McCrosky and Laura (Martin) Berkerey; great grandchildren, Luke Berkerey, Josie Berkerey, Madelyn McCrosky, Audrey McCrosky and Sylvia McCrosky; nephew, Wayne (Georgia) Helderman; great-nephew and great-niece, Clay and Julie; cousins, Clyde (Carolyn) Hawes, Myron and Theresa; and brother-in-law, Joseph Eugene (Isabelle) Watkins, Michael and Gloria. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Henry Watkins; and brothers, Buford and Loy Helderman. Ola was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where she attended the First Baptist Church and Lynwood Baptist Church. She had been employed as a shoe salesperson at Seabaughs Shoes and Ossicks Shoes. Ola was known for her home remedies made from wild greens, especially one used in spring to clean the body of poisons collected during the winter. This concoction began being mass-produced in 1988 by Pure Herbs Ltd. And distrusted throughout the U.S. and Canada. Her formulation was so successful, the company provided her a new car every two years. A graveside service was held at the Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating. Memorials may be made to Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo.

Russell L. Qualls, 68, of Waterloo, died Aug. 3, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 17, 1943 in Grand Tower, the son of the late Rufus Jr. and Margaret (Burke) Qualls. Mr. Qualls is survived by his wife, Sharon (Vincent) Qualls; children, Karen (Jim) Nagel, Berry (Jennifer) Qualls and Jessica (Brandon) Hougas; grandchildren, Dustin Qualls, Danielle Qualls and Jared Nagel; great-grandson, Brayden Qualls; sister, JoAnn (Virgil) Knupp; and brother, Jimmy (Donna) Qualls; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eddie Qualls. Mr. Qualls attended First Baptist Church in Waterloo. He was a retired ironworker. Visitation is Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at his church. A funeral will immediately follow at the church with Rev. Ed Pikey officiating. Mr. Qualls will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

William "Mac" McMillion, 87, of Columbia, died Aug. 5, 2011, at his residence. He was born March 29, 1924 in Townley, Mo., the son of Peter and Myrtle (Garner) McMillion. He was married Juanita (Sumpter) McMillion in 1944 in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to his wife of 67 years, Mr. McMillion is survived by his children, Willa Bates of Columbia and Gregory (Jeanne) McMillion of Landrum, SC.; grandchildren Alan (Twana L. Mason) Bates, Lindsey (Daniel Steemann) McMillion and Allison Bates; great-grandchildren Tyler M. Bates and Mackenzie Bates; step-grandchildren Michelle Samoryk and Cheryl Hale; sister-in-law, Alma Harris; and brother-in-law, Bill Borders. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Elizabeth Yvonne Bates Evans; brothers, Norman, Woodrow “Woody”, Henry and Dallas McMillion; a sister, Betty Borders; and step-mother, Bessie McMillion. Mac served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 and the Columbia Mason’s Blue Lodge 474 A.F. and A.M. Mac retired from Monsanto’s Queenie Plant in 1985 after 40 years of employment. After his retirement, Mac enjoyed sharing sports and other pastimes with his granddaughter, Allison. Visitation is Sunday, Aug. 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. A private funeral service will be held and Mr. McMillion will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation.

Dolores “Dodie” Edna Rahn, 80 of Millstadt, died Aug. 5, 2011, at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born April 7, 1931 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Carl and Frieda (Niemann) Bieber. Mrs. Rahn is survived by her daughter, Pam (John) Rehling of Millstadt; grandchildren April Rahn of Millstadt, Joel Rahn of Millstadt, Max (Amanda) Rehling of St. Louis, Mo., and Gwen Rehling of Charleston, SC.; great-grandson, Jacob Rahn; and brother, George Bieber; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Rahn; along with eight brothers and two sisters. Dodie was an accountant for 25 years for Commerce Publishing Co. in St. Louis, Moo., and she also had worked at different places in downtown St. Louis. She attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt. She volunteered at 10 years each at Memorial Hospital and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Dodie bowled at Panorama Lanes in Belleville for 10 years and was also in a ladies golf league. Dodie was an accomplished painter, horticulturist, devoted grandmother and member of the Herb Society. One of the many highlights of her life were the two visits to Millstadt’s sister city of Groß-Bieberau, Germany. Visitation is Monday, Aug. 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Rahn will be buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Harold W. Miller, 89, of Waterloo, died Aug. 11, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born June 8, 1922 in Hecker, the son of the late Charles and Bertha (nee Barker) Miller. Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Marie (Sensel) Miller; children, Ronald (Brenda) Miller and Donna (Terry) Holcomb; and grandchildren, Scott Miller, Christy Green, Darrel (Dawn) Goeddel, Shane (Leanne) Stechmesser; Brad (Christine) Stechmesser, Terry (Laurie) Holcomb, Angie (Jim) Cissell and Nikki (Craig) Pelate; along with great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers, Oscar, Leland and Raymond Miller; and a sister, Irene Pfeifer. Mr. Miller was retired from Monsanto. Visitation is Sunday, Aug. 14, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mr. Miller will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill’s Alzheimer's Unit or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mikayla Lynn Hoefft, 16, of Waterloo, died Aug. 12, 2011 in St. Louis, Mo., following a vehicle accident on the Valmeyer highway. She was born May 31, 1995 in Red Bud. Mikayla is survived by her mother, Lisa (Pat) Huebner; father, Stephen “Buddy” (Tari) Hoefft; siblings Sheldon Hoefft, Adam (Carrie) Hoggard, Erica (Scott) Jackson and Elliot Newcom; grandparents PamFoster; and Marvin and Carolyn Henry; and great-grandmother Evelyn Foster; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandfather, Stephen D. Hoefft Sr.; and an uncle, James Hoefft. Mikayla attended Zion UCC of St. Joe. She was a junior at Waterloo High School where she was involved with the FFA, Drama Club, Yearbook Staff, Speech Team and SHOW. Mikayla was a member of the Rough Riders 4-H Club, volunteered at the Humane Society of Monroe County and was an organ donor. Visitation is Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday,Aug. 17, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mikayla will be buried at the Zion UCC Cemetery in St. Joe. Memorials may be made to the youth program at Zion UCC of St. Joe, the Humane Society of Monroe County of the Waterloo FFA.

Lindell J. Crump, 63, of Waterloo, died Aug. 13, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 13, 1947 in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Crump is survived by his wife, Maria (Pastrovich) Crump; sons Glen (Denise) Crump and Matt (Cheryl) Crump; grandchildren Dylan, Sarah, Cameron and Mackenzie; father, Lindell T. (Lisa) Crump; and siblings Wayne (Tiffany) Crump, Mary Lynn Schneider, Jerry (Linda) Crump; Ward (Diann) Crump and Joe Crump; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ellen (Mayfield) Crump; and infant half-brothers Craig and Greg. Mr. Crump was a commodity broker who owned Crump Commission Company at the National Stockyards. Mr. Crump was a member of the Boy Scouts, 4H, FFA, Knights of Columbus, Rotary International, American Angus Association, Pork Producers, Missouri Life and Health Insurance Producer. Lindell was passionate about livestock production, marketing and all aspects of agriculture. His hobbies included training young horses, horseback riding, politics, current events, wine making and being a proponent of the FFA. Visitation is Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Father Dale Maxfield officiating. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice.

Robert E. Guttmann, 80, of St. Charles, Mo., died Aug. 17, 2011. He was born in Fults, the son of the late Walter and Etta Guttmann. Mr. Guttmann is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce (Schulte) Guttmann; daughters, Vicki (Glenn) Serfling, Patti (Pete) Barrett, Kathi D’Arcangelis and Trudy (Mike) Barrett; grandchildren, Robbie, Julie, Ashlee, Callee, Danielle, Kelsey, Mikayla and Travis; and a great-grandchild, Dex. Robert was a graduate of Valmeyer High School and was a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he received a National Defense Service medal.

Rose Mary Yochum, 72, of Waterloo, died Aug. 18, 2011. She was born Sept. 2, 1938, in Montana Mines, WV., the daughter of Benjamin and Rose (Patrick) Vanata. She married Harold W. Yochum in 1962 in Newport News, Va. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Yochum is survived by her mother, Rose Marie Vanata of Mapleton, Penn.; sons, Stephen (Nancy) Yochum, Mark (Kelly)Yochum and Gregory (Andrea) Yochum, all of Columbia; a daughter, Lisa (Graig) D. Bower of Reno, Nev.; grandchildren, Ashley, Amanda, Alyssa, Alex, Austin, Emma, Mark, Mackenzie, Conner, Caleb, Corey, Daniel, Christian and Hunter; sisters Blanche (Gene) Rowan and Jody Onoffrey; and a brother, Buddy (Barbara) Vanata. She was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Franklin Vanata; granddaughter, Addriana Yochum; and daughter-in-law, Christina Yochum. There will be a private visitation. Funeral is Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 11:15 p.m., at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. The funeral will leave Lawlor Funeral Home at 10:50 p.m.

Violet May Stiening, nee Fritchley, 90, of Waterloo, died Aug. 23, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 8, 1920, in Mt. Carmel, the daughter of the late Chester and Bernice (nee Rosignol) Fritchley. Mrs. Stiening is survived by her son, Michael (Shirley) Stiening; grandchildren, Lorrie (John) Naumann, Chad (Amelia) Stiening and Christa Stiening; great-grandchildren, Haley Kaestner, Peyton Kaestner, Laycee Naumann, Cecily Stiening, Vivian Stiening and Ansley Stiening; and sister-in-law, Flora Valentine and Imogene Fritchley; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Stiening; and an infant grandson, Christopher Stiening; along with her sisters and brothers. Mrs. Stiening was very active at her church, St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. She was the former church school superintendent, a Sunday school teacher a member of the Women's Guild. Violet was a housewife who was known as a gifted seamstress, exceptional cook and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Visitation and funeral were at her church with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Arrangements were handled by Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to her church, Oak Hill or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

John R. Davis, 57, of Fults, died Aug. 24, 2011 in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 25, 1953 in Red Bud. Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Carolyn (nee Hankins) Davis; children, Stacy (Michael) Spihlmann, Denise (Charles) Brandenburger and Joey Davis; mother, Margaret Davis; sisters, Margaret Schlotmann, Mary Ann Whelan and Patty (Ronald) Lippert; brother, Eddie (Susan) Davis; and six grandchildren; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Lee Davis; and brother, Larry Davis. Mr. Davis was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Dale Maxfield officiating. Memorials may be made to the family.

Mark A. Lawson, 48, of Columbia, died Aug. 24, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Sept. 2, 1962 in St. Louis, Mo. Mark married Deborah (nee Reynolds) Lawson in 2009. In addition to his wife, Mr. Lawson is survived by his children, Alan Lawson Jr. and Krista Lawson, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; mother, Nancy Borgstede of Florissant, Mo.; in-laws William and Dorothy Reynolds of Jefferson City, Mo.; brothers, Michael(Roberta) Lawson of Florissant, Mo., Thomas Lawson of St. Louis, Mo., and Leo McCandless of St. Louis, Mo; and his dog, Guinness; along with brothers-in-law, nephews, cousin and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Alan Lawson. Mr. Lawson was employed by Sigman Heating and Cooling in Belleville. He attended Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia where he was active in the Lutheran Men's Group. He was a member of the Looking Glass Corvette Club in O’Fallon and the Business Network International of Belleville. Visitation is Sunday, Aug. 28, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Monday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m., at Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Jared Parker officiating. Mr. Lawson will be buried at the St. Paul Evangelical Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the West County M.S. Center.

Rowan Ford Tanner, 78, of Millstadt, died Aug. 25, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born July 25, 1933 in Owensboro, Ky., the son of the late Alney and Jeanette, (nee Johnson) Tanner. Rowan married Irene (nee Luebbert) Tanner is 1971. In addition to his wife, Mr. Tanner is survived by his children, Richard (Carla) Lock of Millstadt, Jerome Lock of Millstadt, Charles (Georgia) Lock of Waterloo and Ann Smith of Maeystown; grandchildren, Shayne Elie, Jessica Lock, Justin Lock, August Lock, Matt Lock, Jason Smith, Michelle Smith, Will Zucha and Kevin Smith; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Olivia and Blake Elie, Ava, Stone, Ryleigh, Royan and Cayden Smith, and Lillie and Violet Eames; and siblings Delbert Tanner, Allan Tanner, Winona Parker and Edna Bivins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Martin; and nieces and nephews, Jan Parker, Donald Parker, Mike Parker, Andrew Tanner and Caroline Tanner. Rowan was a veteran of the United States Army. He had worked in claims for various truck lines. He most previously was employed at Preston Trucking in St. Louis, Mo. He was a member of Local 688. After retirement, Rowan worked at H & R Block. Visitation is Sunday, Aug. 28, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Monday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating. Mr. Tanner will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, the National Kidney Association or to St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt.

Marian Lehenbauer, 87, of Livingston, Mont., and formerly of Columbia, died Aug. 27, 2011 at Livingston Health and Rehab Center. She was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Crookston, Minn., the daughter of the late Edward and Frieda (Harre) Widenhoefer. The family moved from Minnesota to Illinois in 1925 where Marian grew up and attended schools in Brussels and Mt. Olive, graduating from Mt. Olive High School in 1941. After high school, she lived and worked in the St. Louis area. Marian married Rev. Herman C. Lehenbauer of Nokomis, in 1944. While serving various Lutheran congregations, they lived in New Haven, Mo., Thomasboro, Clayton and Peoria before settling in Columbia in 1957. Marian moved back to Montana in 1996 and settled in Gardiner, where she volunteered at the Gardiner Community Library and participated in the After 5 Christian Women’s Society. Declining health eventually moved her to the Livingston Health and Rehab Center. There she continued to read and could still play a good game of Scrabble. Mrs. Lehenbauer is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Peter) Schmidt of Gardiner, Mont.; former daughter-in-law Kay Provine of White Bear Lake, Minn.; Minnesota grandchildren Kyle (Kym) Lehenbauer and Michael (Stephanie) Lehenbauer; and granddaughter-in-law Carrie Lehenbauer; Idaho grandchildren T.J. (Michele) Schmidt and Hilary (Jaremy) Erickson; and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman, in 1973; her son, Carl, in 1995; and grandson, James, in 2007. In her early years in Columbia, Marian combined being a full-time homemaker while also an active member of her church, St. Paul Lutheran Church of Columbia. Along with caring for her family, she taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir, and was a member of the LWML. She enjoyed growing and arranging flowers, embroidering and quilting, and baking chocolate chip cookies for family and friends. In her later years in Columbia, she remained an active member in her church, was the secretary for the local branch of the AAL/Thrivent membership group, and later became a member of the Columbia Senior Citizens Group. Visitation is Saturday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia. A funeral will immediately follow with Rev. Steven Theiss officiating. She will be buried at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Arthur W. Trost, 87, of Red Bud, formerly of Waterloo, died Aug. 30, 2011 in Red Bud. He was born April 29, 1934 in Wartburg, the son of the late Fred and Elsie (nee Roth) Trost. Mr. Trost is survived by his wife, Verna (nee Hoffmann) Trost; children Dennis (Janet) Trost and Ellen (Don) Edler; grandchildren Theresa (Patrick) Holly, Brian (Robin) Edler and Brad (Kate) Edler; great-grandchildren Trey and Lucas Holly, and Dallen Edler; and a sister, Doris Hoerr; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Alfred Trost. Mr. Trost attended St. John UCC in Maeystown. He was the founder of Trost Plastics and Trost Feed and Supply. His children still own and operate Trost Plastics. Visitation is Friday, Sept. 2, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m., at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Trost will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Arthur Weinel, 92, of Columbia died Aug.30, 2011. He was born March 21, 1919, in Columbia, the son of the late Louis Philip and Edna Dorothea (Schoening) Weinel. He married Ruth (Love) Weinel in 1941. She died in 2008. Mr. Weinel is survived by his son, Jim (Solveig) Weinel of Greensboro, NC.; a daughter, Joan Love Gibbs of Columbia; a sister, Edna Dell Weinel of Columbia; and a brother, Jim E. Weinel of San Diego, Calif. Mr. Weinel served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. in St. Louis after 42 years of service, where he was an award-winning regional sales manager. Visitation is Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow with Rev. William Groennert and Rev. Sheldon Culver officiating.

September

Roy R. Brellinger, 70, of Orange City, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died Sept. 1, 2011. He was born June 14, 1941, in Belleville, the son of the late Clarence and Florence (Hoock) Brellinger. Mr. Brellinger is survived by his wife, Judy (Schultz) Brellinger; children Kim (Michael) Blankenship of Waterloo, Dana Grimes of Orange City, Fla., and Jan (Robert) Domingus of Deland, Fla.; grandchildren, Chris, Amanda and Madison Blankenship, Scotty Shaw and Dayton Domingus; sisters, Carol (Bob) Dougherty of Red Bud and Jean Showe of Sparta, Tenn., June (Tim) Ribbing of Gold Canyon, Ariz; and Amy (Joe) Berry of Columbia; and a brother, Alan (Mary) Brellinger of Valmeyer. Mr. Brellinger versed in the United States Army. He was the former owner and operator of the Gateway Truck Body Shop in St. Louis, Mo. Roy was an avid bass fisherman and was a member of the Monroe County Lunker Hunters Bass Fishing Club. Visitation is Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Brellinger will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

Charles A. Goldschmidt, 75, of Columbia, died Sept. 1, 2011 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born April 13, 1936 in Merrimac, the son of the late Henry and Lillian (nee Kuehne) Goldschmidt. Mr. Goldschmidt is survived by his wife, Gloria (nee Hern) Goldschmidt; children, Dawn (Kevin) Henke, Charlet Faye (Robert) Sadeghian, Wade (Kathy) Goldschmidt, Page (Andy) Williams and Chad Goldschmidt; grandchildren, Erica, Jered, Quinn, Justin, Brandon, Alexandra, Cole, Cierra, Dawson, Chase, Alec and Kendra; great-grandchildren, Jake, Cruz and Gabriel; and a sister-in-law, Barb Goldschmidt; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kade Goldschmidt; and a brother, Howard Goldschmidt. Mr. Goldschmidt attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer. He was a member of the Waterloo Masonic Lodge 787, Scottish Rite, Ainad Temple Shriners, Musician Union and the Waterloo McDonald's Coffee Club. Visitation is Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer. A memorial service will immediately follow with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Memorials may be made to the church or to the American Heart Association.

Kenneth A. Lich, 72, of Waterloo, died Sept. 5, 2011 in Centreville. He was born July 23, 1939 in Waterloo, the son of the late Elmer and Ella (nee Giffhorn) Lich. Mr. Lich is survived by a sister, Arlene Myers; and cousins. Visitation is Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Dick Sparrow officiating. Mr. Lich will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Donald Edwin Hurley Sr. 69, of Dupo, died Sept. 6, 2011 at his home. He was born Jan. 7, 1942 in Charleston, Mo., the son of the late Freddie Joe and Lillian Geneva (nee Eldridge) Hurley. Mr. Hurley is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janis (nee Hight) Hurley; sons, Donald Edwin (Lisha) Hurley II of Waterloo and David Lee Hurley of Dupo; grandchildren, Jessica and Brittani; brother, Fred (Barbara “Bobbie”) Hurley of Cahokia; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ronnie Jean Hurley of Iowa, Carolyn (Gary) Schremp of Waterloo, Jerry (Karen) Hight of Freeburg and James (Beverly) Hight of Okawville; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Lee Hurley. Mr. Hurley served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a retired receiver at Crown Foods in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation is Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral will immediately follow with Rev. Roger Reid officiating. Mr. Hurley will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Irene (Kjell) Baker, nee Kjell, 87, of Waterloo, died Sept. 6, 2011 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born July 2, 1924, in Florence County, Wisc., the daughter of the late Harry and Julia (Sjoberg) Kjell. Mrs. Baker is survived by her husband, Robert Baker; sons, Gary (Rhonda) Baker of Geneva, Craig (Kristine) Baker of Baton Rouge, La., and Brian (JoAnn) Baker of Columbia; daughter, Carol (Karl) Merbach of Rapid City, S.D.; a sister, Harriett (Nate) Anderson; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Baker; sisters, Gloria Patzke and Violet Harpel; and a brother, Kenneth Kjell. Mrs. Baker worked as a registered nurse in a variety of capacities, including at the hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home and home health care setting. Irene was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Lions Club and the Loyal Order of the Moose. She was also active in her church, along with school and community functions. A memorial service will be Friday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m., at Hope Christian Church in Columbia with Pastor Jones officiating. Arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Center in Washington Park.

William A. Largent Sr., 84, of Waterloo, died Sept. 6, 2011 in St. Louis. He was born March 25, 1927 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Fred and Louisa (nee Recklein) Largent. Mr. Largent is survived by his wife, Lucille (nee Gray) Largent; children, William (Debbie) Largent Jr. and Gene (Patty) Largent; grandchildren, Ethan (Becky) Largent, Kyle (Angie) Largent and Collin (Jen) Largent; great-grandchildren, Maris, Za'nyah, Kara and Sienna Largent; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Vivian Gray; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Largent was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeremey Crossno; along with two brothers and two sisters. Mr. Largent was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was retired from Monsanto. Visitation is Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Sept. 9, at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mr. Largent will be buried at Valhalla Memorial Gardens in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Irene (Kjell) Baker, nee Kjell, 87, of Waterloo, died Sept. 6, 2011 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born July 2, 1924, in Florence County, Wisc., the daughter of the late Harry and Julia (Sjoberg) Kjell. Mrs. Baker is survived by her husband, Robert Baker; sons, Gary (Rhonda) Baker of North Aurora, Craig (Kristine) Baker of Baton Rouge, La., and Brian (JoAnn) Baker of Columbia; daughter, Carol (Karl) Merbach of Rapid City, S.D.; a sister, Harriett (Nate) Anderson; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Baker; sisters, Gloria Patzke and Violet Harpel; and a brother, Kenneth Kjell. Mrs. Baker worked as a registered nurse in a variety of capacities, including at the hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home and home health care setting. Irene was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Lions Club and the Loyal Order of the Moose. She was also active in her church, along with school and community functions. A memorial service will be Friday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m., at Hope Christian Church in Columbia with Pastor Jones officiating. Arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Center in Washington Park.

Carol Frances Baxmeyer, nee Weber, 69, of Waterloo, died Sept. 8, 2011 in Waterloo after an extended battle with cancer. She was born March 13, 1942 in Belleville, the daughter of the late John and Kathryn (nee Koerber) Weber. Mrs. Baxmeyer is survived by her husband, K. Richard “Boxy” Baxmeyer; children James (Pam) Pagliai, John Baxmeyer and Dennis (Heather) Baxmeyer; step-children James Baxmeyer, David (Valerie) Baxmeyer and Kim (Roger) Strong; grandchildren Natalie (Chad) Taake, Deirdre (Derrick) Gregson, Nathan (Amy) Strong, Nicole and Kelli Strong, and Keegan, Erynn, Kirsten, Paige, Skylar, Nola, Kendall and Koen Baxmeyer; great-grandchildren Ayla and Alyvia Strong and Holly and Henry Gregson; siblings Gene (Joyce) Weber, Kenny (Ruth) Weber and Violet (Hank) Schneider; and a sister-in-law, Diane Weber; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Kadin Baxmeyer; daughter-in-law Kathy Baxmeyer; and brother David Weber. Mrs. Baxmeyer attended Hope Christian Church. She loved her family and friends and was always concerned with their needs. Visitation is Saturday, Sept. 10, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Hope Christian Church. Funeral is Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m., at the church with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Mrs. Baxmeyer will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church’s food pantry or the Austin Baum Memorial Fund for J.U.M.P. Camp.

Lester O. Schumacher, 67, of Columbia, died Sept. 8, 2011 at Des Peres Hospital in Des Peres, Mo. He was born Oct. 23, 1943, in Belleville, the son of the late Lester and Clara (Birch) Schumacher Baltz. He married Shirley (nee Block) Schumacher in 1965 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schumacher is survived by his sons, Scott (Lisa) Schumacher and Cris (Gretchen) Schumacher, both of Columbia; grandchildren, Brendan and Madison Schumacher, and step-sisters, Janet (Orville) Mueller and Gloria Baltz. He was preceded in death by a son, Bradley Schumacher; daughter, Mary Ann Schumacher; and a step-brother, William Baltz. Mr. Schumacher served for more than 40 years with the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department, where he was a former second assistant and chief. He had retired as a pipefitter from Monsanto Corp. in St. Louis, Mo. Les was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6165 and was a Kloepper Grand Champion. Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Gary Hogan officiating. Mr. Schumacher will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department or the American Lung Association.

Gary Lee Mollet, 34, of Freeburg, died Sept. 15, 2011 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 19, 1979 in Junction City, Kan., the son of Geraldine Beelman of Belleville and the late Gary Gerald Mollet. Besides his mother, Mr. Mollet is survived by his father, Darrel Vogt of Millstadt; step-father, James Beelman; son, Jacob Gerard Mollet of Millstadt; a daughter, Nevaeh Mollet; sister, Tiffany Vogt of Millstadt; brother, Adam Vogt of Millstadt; and a niece, Shawn Kingery; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his father, Mr. Mollet was preceded in death by his grandparents, Archie and Shelva Carron, Pauline Mollet and Gerard Mollet. Mr. Mollet served four years in the U.S. Navy and four years in the U.S. Marine Corps during which time he was deployed to two tours in Iraq. Gary was employed as a custodian at Jefferson Barracks. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Rev. Dave Harbison officiating. Mr. Mollet was buried with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

James F. Langston, 50, of Waterloo, died Sept. 18, 2011 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Oct. 15,1960 in Chicago. Mr. Langston is survived by children, Jennifer Langston and Jared Langston; grandson, Henry Wright; and sibling Barb Chadwick, Rick (Jeanean) Schmidt, Roger (Lori) Schmidt and Jerry (Karolyn) Schmidt; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah A. Langston; mother, Margie (nee Seagraves) Schmidt; and step-father Glenard Schmidt. Visitation and funeral was at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Langston was buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Cemetery in Waterloo.

Pauline R. Helfrich, nee Schneider, 85, of Waterloo, died Sept. 20, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born March 6, 1926, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Henry and Louise (nee Schmetz) Schneider. Mrs. Helfrich is survived by daughters, Barbara A. Helfrich, Carol (Jerry) Postlewait and Linda (Kendall) Newbern; grandchildren, Jennifer Iverson, Michael and Matthew Dobias–Helfrich, Eric (Christy) Birkner, Christopher (Mindy) Birkner and Alexandra Newbern; step-grandchildren, Bill, Sam and Tim Postlewait and Lori (Kyle) Dudley; and great-grandchildren, Haley, Aidan, Avery, Owen, Lucas, Drake, Tyler and Caleb; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond E. Helfrich; sisters, Theresa, Mary, Rita, Gert Schneider and Louise Unterseh. Mrs. Helfrich attended S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Helfrich was buried at her church’s cemetery.

Frank M. Koesterer, 72, of Ruma, died Sept. 22, 2011 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born June 17, 1939 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Harry and Catherine (nee Mathias) Koesterer. Frank married Doris Demick in 1962 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ruma. She died in 2010. Mr. Koesterer is survived by his 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, Donald (Betty) Koesterer of Freeburg; grandchildren Kelly Vines, Adam (Kim) Mehring, Sarah (Chris) Moll, Nathan Koesterer, Nicholas Koesterer, Kevin Crafton, Sophia Koesterer and Lydia Koesterer; and one great-grandson, Camden Vines. Mr. Koesterer was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as an Airborne Ranger. Frank had been a mechanic for 32 years at Bi-State (Metro Transit) in St. Louis, Mo. He attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ruma and was a member of Union 788 (Amalgamated Transit Union) and the Prairie du Rocher American Legion Post 622. Visitation is Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ruma. A mass will immediately follow with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Mr. Koesterer will be buried in the church’s cemetery.

Kenneth A. Lich, 72, of Waterloo, died Sept. 25, 2011 in Centreville. He was born July 23, 1939 in Waterloo, the son of the late Elmer and Ella (nee Giffhorn) Lich. Mr. Lich is survived by a sister, Arlene Myers; and cousins. Visitation is Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Dick Sparrow officiating. Mr. Lich will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Leo Roy “Gunner” Robert, 80, of Red Bud, died Sept. 26, 2011 at Red Bud Nursing Home. He was born Aug. 23, 1931 in Modoc, the son of the late Leo P. and Burnet (nee Brown) Robert. Leo married Irene Benline in 1958 in Renault. In addition to his wife, Mr. Robert is survived by his children, Norman (Linda) Robert of Evansville, Julie Weihl of Red Bud, John (Donna) Robert of Waterloo, Neal (Donna) Robert of Marissa, Dennis (Julie) Robert of Waterloo and Dale (Kim) Robert of Prairie du Rocher; brother-in-law, Gilbert Bauer of Red Bud; grandchildren, Jeremy, Sarah, May, Mellisa, Andrea, Jerry, Dustin, Andrew, Jessica, Dallas, Tammy and Brady; and 12 great-grandchildren; along with nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Leta Rae Bauer. Mr. Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. Gunner had been a factory worker at the Singer Company in Red Bud. He was a member of the Prairie du Rocher American Legion and Local 459. Visitation is Thursday, Sept. 29, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Friday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mr. Robert will be buried at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Earl W. Wilde, 85, of Columbia, died Sept. 30, 2011, at Columbia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born Aug. 11, 1926, in Columbia, the son of the late William and Gertrude (Hutsch) Wilde. He married Jeanne (Buehler) Wilde in 1953 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Wilde is survived by his children, Michael (Carol) Wilde of Columbia, Debra Wade of Portland, Ore.; Christine (Terry) Jackson of Olathe, Kan., David (Georgia) Wilde of Collinsville and Susan Wilde of Olathe, Kan.; a brother, Robert Wilde of Berkeley, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, George Wilde; sisters, Katherine Kaempfe and Eleanor DeLuca; brother-in-law, Robert Buehler; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Daab. Mr. Wilde served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a retired HVAC metal worker at Progressive Recovery Industries in Dupo. Earl attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6165 – Third Degree. Mr. Wilde was also member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turner Hall), the Columbia American Legion Post 581 and Sheet Metal Workers Local 268 of Caseyville. A memorial mass will be Saturday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Wilde has gifted his remains to St. Louis University. Memorials may be made the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund or the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association.

October

Ruth Gielow, 93, of Red Bud, died Oct. 1, at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was born July 11, 1918 in Culter, the daughter of the late George and Alvina (nee Zimmer) Lakeman. She married Harold Gielow in 1941 in Baldwin. He died in 1990. Mrs. Gielow is survived by her sons Ronald Gielow of Dallas, Tex., and Larry (Diane) Gielow of Red Bud; a sister, Georgia Kellerman of DuQuoin; and grandchildren Amanda Gielow, Marcus Gielow, Erin (Derek) Pechacek and Amy Gielow; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Paula Piel and Delia Bergman. Ruth was a homemaker who attended St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud where she was active with the Evening Guild. She was also a member of the St. Clement Hospital Auxiliary. Ruth was a seamstress who enjoyed quilting, as well as playing cards, dancing and camping. Visitation is Monday, Oct. 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud with Rev. Russell Koen officiating. Mrs. Gielow will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Alice Ann M. Haslag, 65, of Bonnots Mill, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died Oct. 5, 2011, at University Hospital in Columbia, Mo. Mrs. Haslag was born Jan. 15, 1948, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Joseph and Zoedell (Drees) Meier. Mrs. Haslag he married Donald Haslag Sr. in 1995 in Loose Creek, Mo. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Haslag is survived by a step-son, Donnie (Debbie) Haslag Jr. of Bonnots Mill, Mo.; step-daughters and Dianna (David) Silvester and Darla Luebbert, both of Jefferson City, Mo., and Debbie (Keith) Jaegers of Linn, Mo.; a brother, John (Marie) Meier of Waterloo; a sister-in-law, JoAnn Meier of Waterloo; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Meier; stepson, Dennis Lee Haslag; and son-in-law, Phil Luebbert. Alice Ann graduated from SS. Peter and Paul Catholic High School in Waterloo. She worked for 32 years at Von Hoffmann and five years at Missouri State Printing, both located in Jefferson City, Mo. Alice Ann attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Loose Creek and was a member of the St. Ann Sodality. She enjoyed watching NASCAR races and rooting for Richard Petty. She and Don Sr. attended the Richard Petty Driving School. Alice Ann was also an avid collector of mice items and her favorite saying was, “You can always tell how the inside of a house looked by the way the outside looked.” Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Morton Chapel in Linn, Mo. Mass is Monday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Loose Creek, Mo., with Fr. I.C. Medina officiating. Mrs. Haslag will be buried at her church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

Rosemary M. (Gelling) Absheer, 90, of Waterloo, died Oct. 8, 2011 at Canterbury Manor Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 23, 1921, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Rose (Briedenbach) Gelling. She was married to Bert Franklin Absheer. He died in 1996. Mrs. Absheer is survived by her siblings June Craig of Waterloo, Patsy Field of St. Louis, Mo., Gail Dixon of Waterloo, Albert (Marty) Williams of Prairie du Rocher, Wayne (Peggy) Williams of Farmington, Mo., Kenneth (Sharon) Williams of Festus, Mo., Vicky (Darrell) Dixon of St. Louis, Mo., and Lana (Myron) Sutton of Waterloo; along with nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Jean Lewis, Jackie Bish and Violet Ford; and brothers, William Gelling and Edward Nathaniel Williams. Visitation is Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Absheer will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

David A. Buehler Sr., 61, of Valmeyer, died Oct. 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 4, 1950, in St. Louis, the son of the late Louis Henry and Alama Clara (nee Metz) Buehler. Mr. Buehler is survived by his wife, Joan (Nee Norman) Buehler; children, Shannon (Scott) Snodgrass, David A. Buehler Jr. and Lance Lewis Buehler; step-son, Stanley Charles Clement; sisters Diane Ramey and Barbara Buehler; a brother, Paul (Delores) Buehler; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; along with aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two brothers; and step-daughter Cynthia "Cindy" Clement. Mr. Buehler was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He retired from Gateway Western Railroad in East St. Louis and was a member of the Cahokia Masonic Lodge. Mr. Buehler enjoyed horseback riding and fishing. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children.

Donna L. Wetzel, 65, of Columbia, died Oct. 13, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Aug. 29, 1946, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Arnold and Leola (Saul) Moergen. She married Larry C. Wetzel in 1964 in Belleville. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wetzel is survived by her sons, Todd (Christina) Wetzel and Scott Wetzel, both of East Carondelet; a daughter, Courtney (Ben) Frizzelle of Columbia; grandchildren, Zachary and Dylan Wetzel and Kendal Frizzelle; mother-in-law, Viola Wetzel of Columbia; and brother, Dan (Sharon) Moergen of Columbia. She was preceded in death by son, Joel Michael Wetzel. Donna was the former owner of Memory Lane Floral and Gifts in Columbia. She attended St. Paul UCC and was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 16, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Wetzel will be buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mark W. Heidenreich, 20, of Columbia, died Oct. 14, 2011 as a result of an automobile accident on Route 3 in Cahokia. He was born May 11, 1991, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of John and Brenda (Coker) Heidenreich of Columbia. In addition to his parents, Mr. Heidenreich is survived by a sister, Laura (Adam Stumpf) Heidenreich of Columbia; and a brother, Matthew Heidenreich of Columbia; along with aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. Private family services will be held. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Mr. Heidenreich will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital For Children.

Herbert F. Bense, 90, of Columbia, died Oct. 15, 2011. He was born March 24, 1921, in Ruma, the son of the late Hermann and Theresia (Miller) Bense. He was married to the late Ida M. (Waller) Bense. Mr. Bense is survived by a niece, Sue Lewis of Columbia; brother, Edward J. Bense of Waterloo; and cousins, Roy (Bernice) Hensler, Sadro Wooley, W.A., Ray, Anita, Cliff, and Roy Bense; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mr. Bense served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was a member of the Dupo VFW Post 6368. Herbert was a retired heavy equipment operator with Union Electric. He attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mr. Bense was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church’s Building Fund.

Helen L. Gault, nee Crocker, 90, of Waterloo; died Oct. 16, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 16, 1921 in Caledonia, Mo., the daughter of the late Arnold Jesse and Pearl Josephine (nee Kitchell) Crocker. Mrs. Gault is survived by her daughter, Elaine (Charles) Hesse; grandchildren Sarah (Jamie) Gregson and Lisa (Jason) Niebruegge; great-grandchildren Charley Renee Gregson, Damon Gregson, Jesse Niebruegge and Lola Niebruegge; and a sister, Eileen Blankenship; along with a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother Clinton Crocker, and a grandson, Charles Hesse III. Mrs. Gault attended First Baptist Church in Waterloo. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Monroe County Home Extension. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at First Baptist Church in Waterloo with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mrs. Gault was buried at the Burksville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Edward J. Harbaugh, 82, of New Athens, died Oct. 18, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born March 29, 1929 in Red Bud, the son of the late William and Elsa (nee Maurer) Harbaugh. Mr. Harbaugh is survived by his wife, Esther (nee Theobald) Harbaugh; children, Ken (Sandy) Harbaugh, Joe Harbaugh, Virginia "Ginger" (Gary) Alexander, Jim Harbaugh, Cheryl Harbaugh, Dave Harbaugh and Mike (Krista) Harbaugh; grandchildren Kurt, Jake, Hannah and Noah Harbaugh; and sisters Mary Krakowiecki and Alvera Raby; along with sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a daughter Karen Harbaugh (1975); and a brother, Raymond Harbaugh. Mr. Harbaugh served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne during the Korean War. He attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker where he participated in the Holy Name Society. Mr. Harbaugh was a lifelong farmer who served as a trustee for Prairie du Long Township and worked for Harbaugh Brothers Custom Butchering. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Von Deeker officiating. Mr. Harbaugh was buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to masses at his church or to the Alzheimer's Association.

Shirley M. Eckert, nee Beasley, 71, of Columbia, died Oct. 22, 2011 at de Greeff Hospice House in Concord, Mo. She was born Jan. 2, 1940, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Earl and Verta (Schneider) Beasley-Nicoletti. She married Joyce "Willie" Eckert in 1960 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Eckert is survived by her sons, Steven (Leslie) Eckert of Columbia, Michael Eckert of Pawnee and Robert (Michelle) Eckert of Columbia; a sister, Jane Sommer of Edwardsville; and five grandchildren. Mrs. Eckert had been employed at the Columbia Unit 4 School District. She enjoyed sports of all kinds, professional as well as her grandchildren's games, and loved spending time with her Bunco and card club friends. Visitation is Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Eckert will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church of Columbia Building Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Peggy Rippelmeyer, nee Nottmeier, 46, of Valmeyer, died Oct. 22, 2011 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born July 9, 1965 in Thief River Falls, Minn., the daughter of Paul and Diane Nottmeier. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Rippelmeyer is survived by her husband, Scott Rippelmeyer; children Jamie (Bryan) Schmitz and Nolan Rippelmeyer; sisters Debbie (Chuck) Floarke and Denise (Carl) Wuertz; her mother-in-law, Joyce Rippelmeyer; and sister-in-law, Karla Schultheis; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Nolan Rippelmeyer. Mrs. Rippelmeyer attended St. John UCC of Valmeyer. She was employed at Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. and Cabinet Ministry. Visitation is Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m., at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Mrs. Rippelmeyer will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Leslie Lynn Meyer, nee Conway, 59, of Waterloo, died Oct. 23, 2011 in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 7, 1952 in St. Louis. Mrs. Meyer is survived by her husband, David Meyer; children Tamara Cecena and Jason Price; grandchildren Madison, Abby and Kady Cecena; father, Dearl (Wilma) Conway; and brother, Dennis (Shirley) Conway; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, Milblene Conway; and a sister in infancy. Mrs. Meyer attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton. She was a retired nurse at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Visitation is Monday, Oct. 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 9:30 a.m., at the funeral home with Father John Kizhak officiating. Mrs. Meyer will be buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to Red Bud Regional Hospital or the Red Bud Nursing Home.

Tucker Search, 46, of Chester, died Oct. 26, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Chester. He had been coma since suffering an accident this past summer. Visitation is Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester. A funeral will immediately follow with Rev. Peter Ill officiating. He is the brother of Toby Search of Columbia.

Roy G. Wolfmeier, 86 of Millstadt, died Oct. 27, 2011 in South St. Louis County, Mo. He was born Oct. 18, 1925 in Columbia, the son of the late George and Elizabeth (nee Washausen) Wolfmeier. Mr. Wolfmeier is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy (nee Mehrtens) Wolfmeier, whom he married in 1948; sons, Robert (Marge) Wolfmeier and Ronald (Regina) Wolfmeier, both of Millstadt; a daughter, Marlene (David) Dow of Columbus, Ind.; grandchildren Reshell (Bobby) Schmidt, Rebecca (Matt) Schmidt, Eric (Beth) Wolfmeier, Robbie Wolfmeier, Patrick Dow, Jill Wolfmeier, Andy Dow and Matthew Dow; and great-grandchildren Jackson Schmidt, Jacob Schmidt, Andrea Vilchez and Claudia Vilchez. He was preceded in death by his sisters Viola Wolfmeier and Esther Mergelkamp. Mr. Wolfmeier was a veteran of the United States Army who had owned Roy Wolfmeier Truck Service for 60 years. Mr. Wolfmeier attended Zion Evangelical Church and was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Columbia Masonic Lodge 474 A.F. and A.M., Belleville High Twelve, Ainad Temple, Millstadt Commercial Club, Midwest Truckers, Millstadt Sister Cities and the St. Louis Metro Polka Club. Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Zion Evangelical Church. Funeral is Monday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m., at his church with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mr. Wolfmeier will be buried with full military honors at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Unity Hospice, Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt or the Shriner’s Hospital For Crippled Children.

November

Dima G. (Bowles) Bequette, 75, of Waterloo, died Nov. 3, 2011 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born March 2, 1936, in Potosi, Mo., the daughter of the late Alonzo and Eunice (Owens) Bowles. She married Glenn Bequette in 1972 in Carrollton. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bequette is survived by her sons Rodney (Sherri) Duffy of Waterloo, Richard Duffy of Redding, Calif., and James (Tricia) Bequette of Kansas City, Mo.; granddaughter, Jessica Duffy of Waterloo; great-grandsons, Tyler and Ethan Toms; siblings Everett Bowles of Leona Valley, Calif.; Dollie Vogt of Waterloo and Ronnie (Alice) Bowles of Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lloyd F. Duffy; son, Randall Duffy; brother, Paul Bowles; and a sister, Juanita Bieber. Dima loved cooking, gardening, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren and dogs. Visitation is Sunday, Nov. 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m., at Lawlors with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Bequette will be buried at the Palmier Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis or Oak Hill’s Whispering Pines.

Joseph W. Davis, 52, of rural Fults, died Nov. 3, 2011 in Burksville following an automobile accident. He was born Dec. 15, 1958 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of John and Betty Davis. In addition to his parents, Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Terri (nee Lawson) Davis; children Kristin (Marty) Waynick and Jessica Guzman; a grandson, Chance Guzman; brother, John R. (Terree) Davis; and sisters Barbara (Buddy) Hawkins, Robin (Mike) Gambino and Lucy (Steve) Andrews; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Davis was self-employed in the concrete construction trade. Visitation is Sunday, Nov. 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral. A memorial service will take place Monday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mr. Davis will be buried at the Zion UCC Cemetery in St. Joe.

Rose Mary Theresa Lutker, nee Miller, 84, of Waterloo, died Nov. 4, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 20, 1927 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Peter and Anna Marie (nee Kramer) Miller. Mrs. Lutker is survived by her son, Denny (Becky) Lutker of Red Bud; and grandchildren Cari Lutker, Scott Miller and Christy Green; along with six great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Lutker; and a brother, Paul Miller. Mrs. Lutker attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo where she was involved in the Mary and Martha Society. Visitation is Monday, Nov. 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Dale Maxfield officiating. Mrs. Lutker will be buried in the church’s cemetery.

Raymond Leroy Baldridge, 63, of Millstadt, died Nov. 5, 2011 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. He was born Aug. 7, 1948 in East St. Louis, the son of Marie Baldridge of Columbia and the late Robert Baldridge. Besides his mother, Mr. Baldridge is survived by his wife of 38 years, Catherine (nee Mokriakow) Baldridge; children, Dawn Baldridge of St. Louis, Mo., Jeremy (Rachel) Baldridge of Millstadt and Jon Baldridge of China; grandchildren, Carmen and Evan Baldridge of Millstadt; siblings Kenneth Baldridge of Florida, David (Paula) Baldridge of St. Louis, Mo., Dennis (Marianna) Baldridge of Columbia, Gary (Linda) Baldridge of Kansas City, Mo., Richard (Doris) Baldridge of Waterloo, Susan Link of Columbia, Bob (Dana) Baldridge of Missouri and Debbie Baldridge of St. Louis, Mo.; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bill (Betty) Mokriakow of Waterloo, Leon (Esther) Mokriakow of Collinsville, George (Peggy) Mokriakow of Millstadt and Irene (Marc) Hurt of Hannibal, Mo.; along with 11 nephews, 13 nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. In addition to his father, Mr. Baldridge was preceded in death by his nephew, Michael Baldridge. Mr. Baldridge attended Faith Family Church in Shiloh. He was a retired electrician at Boeing. Visitation is Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Mr. Baldridge will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Larry Rice Ministries in St. Louis, Mo.

Mary Darlene Hale, 61, of Waterloo, died Nov. 6, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born April 4, 1950 in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Hale is survived by her children, William Hale and Robert Hale (Kim Bark); a granddaughter, Alyssa Hale; half-sister, Ramona (John) Cotter; half-brother, Billy (Susan) Smith; step-sons David Hale and Mike Hale; step-grandson Jeremy Hale; and adopted mother, Mary Brewer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her adopted father, William Brewer; and mother, Minnie Jean Payne. Visitation is Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor Don Harmon officiating. Mr. Hale will be buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Louis J. Mueth, 78, of Hecker, died Nov. 6, 2011 in Belleville. He was born May 2, 1933 in Paderborn, the son of the late John A. & Matilda (nee Schaefer) Mueth. Mr. Mueth is survived by his wife of 56years, Pearl (nee Thompson) Mueth; children James Mueth and Jeffrey (Kimberly) Mueth; grandchildren Jacob Mueth and Emma Mueth; and a sister, Leona (Hubert) Ahring; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by three children in infancy; and sisters, Clara Steppig and Cleola Miller; along with brothers-in-law and sister-in-law. Mr. Mueth was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. Funeral is Thursday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mr. Mueth will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Dona J. Tucker, nee Ford, 80, of Waterloo, died Nov. 6, 2011 in Waterloo. She was born April 14, 1931 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Henry and Beluah (nee Balltrip) Ford. Mrs. Tucker is survived by her children, Virginia (Don) Hefflinger, Lynn (Mark) Noe and Ann (Bruce) Kohnz; grandchildren Tommy Hefflinger, Andrew and Max Kohnz, and Emma Noe; and brothers Art (Pat) Ford and John (Maryellen) Ford; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Tom" Tucker. Mrs. Tucker attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer. There was no service. Funeral arrangements were handled by Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.