2012 Obituaries

January

Grover George Scharf, 84,of Millstadt, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 at Belleville Healthcare and Rehab Center. He was born March 31, 1927 in Centreville the son of the late William Conrad and Ida Louise (nee Schuff) Scharf. Mr. Scharf is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marion (nee Wehmeier) Scharf; a daughter, Cheryl (Charlie) Mueth of Millstadt; and a sister, Virginia Scharf; along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers Melvin Scharf and William E. Scharf; and sisters Myrtle Wirth, Marion Pfeffer, Mildred Wells, Lillian Otten and Helen Plant. Mr. Scharf was the owner/operator of Westview Auto Body for 25 years, retiring in 1993. He attended Concordia United Church of Christ in Belleville. Grover was a member of the Ainad Shrine, Columbia Blue Lodge Masonic Lodge 474 A.F. and A.M., Bluff Grange, LePere School Board and a charter member of the Millstadt Lions Club. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Rev. David Krueger officiating. Mr. Scharf will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to his church.

Ronny Wisdom, 63, of Waterloo, died Jan. 5, 2012 in Town and County, Mo. He was born April 14, 1948, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the son of the late Memphis Roman and Ruth Imogene (nee McCallister) Wisdom. Mr. Wisdom is survived by his children, Ronny (Kristine) Wisdom II and Shannon (David) Schultheis; grandchildren, Elise (Danny) Mollet, David A. (Amanda) Schultheis, Katelin Wisdom and Anna Schultheis; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Jazmyn, Damien, Emma and Khloe; and special friend, Bernice Meadors; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dovie (nee Wilkerson) Wisdom; and brothers Ray Wisdom and Tommy Wisdom. Mr. Wisdom was a retired firefighter at Scott Air Force Base. He was a member of Metzger-Crook VFW Post 6504 in Waterloo and a former volunteer with the Waterloo Fire Department. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 8, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Jan. 9, at 9:15 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Wisdom will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

Eleanora Faust, 92, of Columbia, died Jan. 7, 2012 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. She was born June 2, 1919 in New Hanover, the daughter of the late Fred and Rose (nee Dotzauer) Mehrtens. Eleanora married Herman Faust in 1947. He died in 1999. Mrs. Faust is survived by her daughter, Carol Jean Faust of Columbia; sisters-in-law Ruby Faust of Columbia and Dorothy Huelsman of Citrus Springs, Fla.; and nieces and nephews Rose Anne Bense, Karen Mehrtens, Nancy Prather, Roger Mehrtens, David Mehrtens, Rev. Dr. Robert Koch, Diane Hanna and Michael Faust; along with other nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews and cousins. Mrs. Faust attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. She was a local farmer and homemaker. Visitation is Monday, Jan. 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Faust will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Elevating St. Paul UCC Fund.

Walter Gerald “Bill” McCrosky, 100, of Rochester, Ind., died Jan. 10, 2012 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 29, 1911, the son of the late Harley and Birdella Mogle McCrosky. Mr. McCrosky is survived by a son, Dr. Don (Lois) McCrosky of Waterloo; daughter, Julia (Jan) Baas of Berthoud, Colo.; grandchildren Chad Baas, David McCrosky, Rob Baas and Melinda Oatman, all of Colorado, and Laura Berkerey of Waterloo; and seven great-grandchildren. Bill graduated from Fulton High School in 1929 and attended a Purdue Agriculture Short Course. He married Charlotte Jewell in 1942. She died in 2011. Mr. McCrosky attended Grace United Methodist Church and Lend-A-Hand Sunday school class. He was a retired farmer who lived 100 years in Liberty Township, Ind. Bill was a 79-year member of the Fulton Masonic Lodge for 79 years. The lodge honored him in 1983 for 50 years of membership and in 2008 for his 75th anniversary. Mr. McCrosky was a member of the South Bend Scottish Rite Lodge and the Fort Wayne Mizpah Shrine. He was a former board member of the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District. After the passing of his wife, Mr. McCrosky moved to a nursing home in Waterloo. A celebration of the life ceremony will be Monday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m., at Good Family Funeral Home in Rochester, Ind., with Rev. Maurice Grindle officiating. Mr. McCrosky will be buried at the IOOF Cemetery in Rochester, Ind.

Vernon W. Smith, 86, of Columbia, died Jan. 17, 2012, at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville. He was born Aug. 11, 1925, in Harrisonville, the son of the late Albert and Vera (Rippelmeyer) Smith. He married Lucille (Kremmel) Smith in 1950 in Columbia. Besides his wife, Mr. Smith is survived by his children, Mark (Dinah) Smith of Houston, Donna (Mike) Donovan of Ballwin, Brian (April) Smith of Columbia and Lance (Mary) Smith of Ballwin; grandchildren, Josh, Matthew, Kelly, Andrew, Erin, Holly, Julie, Natalie, Samantha, Sarah and Zachary; great-grandchildren, Casey, Lauren, Mia, Adilyn, Eli and Alexa; and a brother, William (Tillie) Smith of Waterloo. Mr. Smith attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. Vernon was the athletic director with the Columbia School District. He taught and coached high school baseball, softball and basketball, but baseball was his passion. Vernon also coached numerous Columbia Khoury League baseball teams. After retirement, Mr. Smith worked at the Columbia Golf Course and enjoyed golf trips with friends. He was preceded in death by a sister in infancy, Darlene Smith; and a brother, Glenn Smith. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at his church with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mr. Smith was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Columbia - Building Fund.

Loretha Kenny, nee Fogilphol, 82, of Prairie du Rocher, died Jan. 21, 2012 at her residence. She was born June 15, 1929 in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Frank and Carrie (nee DuClos) Fogilphol. Mrs. Kenny is survived by a daughter, Susan (Richard) Dugan of Ruma; grandchildren Greg (Shannon) Reinhold of Prairie du Rocher, Diane Reinhold (Chester Kurkey) of Austin, Tex., Amy (Dan) Jackson of Red Bud, Michelle Mohl (Chris Garner) of Red Bud and Caitlin Dugan of Ruma; step-grandchildren Jennifer (L.J.) Rosenkranz of Waterloo, Christina (Chris) Nottmeier of Waterloo, April Dugan (Matt Signaigo) of Waterloo and Brian (Kelly) Dugan of Marion, Iowa; great-grandchildren Madison Reinhold, Triston Garner and Daniel Cole Jackson; step-great-grandchildren Rylee and Tanner Rosenkranz and Gage and Larkin Nottmeier; and sisters Wanda Honer of Prairie du Rocher and Pauline (Greg) Schmitz of Red Bud. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret and Mary; a brother, Patrick; and a brother-in-law, Frederick “Beck” Honer. Mrs. Kenny served for 20 years (1977-1997) as the Rocher village clerk. Prior to her service as clerk, she was employed as a secretary at Roger’s Redi-Mix in Ruma, King’s House of Retreats in Belleville and Allied Chemical in Prairie du Rocher. In addition, during the Flood of ’93, she worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, Rep. Dan Reitz and the others who worked to save the village. Prairie du Rocher during the Flood of ’93. Mr. Kenny attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher and was an associate with the Adorers of Christ Convent in Ruma. Visitation is Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. A funeral will immediately follow. Mr. Kenny will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home of Red Bud handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church.

Thekla M. Zimmermann, 94, of Belleville, died Jan. 23, 2012 at St. Paul's Home in Belleville. She was born July 11, 1917, in Tamaroa, the daughter of the late Edmund F. and Eva B. (nee Nikrant) Matychowiak. She married Edward J. Zimmermann in 1941 in Belleville. He died in 2002. Mrs. Zimmermann is survived her children, Charles E. (Mary) Zimmermann of DeSoto, Mo., Barbara E. (Larry) Hubble, Steven F. (Christie) Zimmermann and Thomas M. (Dianne) Zimmermann, all of Belleville; brothers Edmund Matychowiak Jr., and James (MaryAnn) Matychowiak; a sister, Ida Eschman of Belleville; and a daughter-in-law, Carol Zimmermann of Belleville; along with 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert J. Zimmermann; and brothers Stanley and Leonard Matychowiak and George Maty. Mrs. Zimmermann attended St. Peter's Cathedral Catholic Church in Belleville, where she was a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Perpetual Help Sodality. Thekla was an accomplished seamstress who also enjoyed playing cards and bingo. Her son, Steven, is employed at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at St. Peter's Cathedral Catholic Church in Belleville. A funeral will immediately follow with Rev. John Myler officiating. Mrs. Zimmermann will be buried at the Green Mount Catholic Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church.

Kristine L. Wisdom, nee Wedel, 45, of Waterloo, died Jan. 24, 2012 in St. Louis, Mo., follow a battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 1, 1966, in Red Bud, the daughter of the Carolyn (nee Schmeding) Wedel and the late James Wedel. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Wisdom is survived by her husband, Ronny Wisdom II; daughters Elise (Danny) Mollet and Katelin Wisdom; grandchildren Daniel Mollet III, Jazmyn, Damien and Khloe Mollet; sisters, Karen (Michael) Toenjes, Kathy (Steve) Marquardt and Nicole Toal; brother, John (Brenda) Wedel; and best friends Pat Brogan and Karl Buckman; along with aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her nephew, Jason Tedford; father-in-law and mother-in-law Ron and Dovie Wisdom; and her grandparents. Kristine was employed at Subliminal (Obee's) in Waterloo. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 26, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Wisdom will be buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Wartburg. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Touched By An Angel in her memory.

Mildred E. Nobbe, nee Liebheit, 87, of Waterloo, died Jan. 24, 2012 in Town and Country, Mo. She was born Sept. 10, 1924, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Bernhardt and Tillie (nee Burkhardt) Liebheit. Mrs. Nobbe is survived by her children, David (Nancy) Nobbe and Daryl Nobbe; daughter-in-law, Carole Nobbe; and grandchildren, Nathan Nobbe, Nicholas Nobbe, Jesse Nobbe and Austin Nobbe; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert L. Nobbe; a son, Dane R. Nobbe; grandson, Dane Nobbe Jr.; sibling Bernadine Luick, Bernhardt Liebheit and Mary Jane Moon. Mrs. Nobbe attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She was a member of the Waterloo VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Jan. 27, at 9:15 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Nobbe will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the American Heart Association

Randy Gene “Mush Head” Rippelmeyer, 52, of Fults, died Jan. 28, 2012 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis following a two-year battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 25, 1959 in Red Bud, the son of Fayegene and Rayma Rippelmeyer of Valmeyer. Mr. Rippelmeyer is survived by his wife, Pam “Puddin” (nee Obptander) Rippelmeyer; a daughter, Dawn (Jimmy) Burns; a granddaughter, Olivia Burns; sisters Sandy (Gary) Baum and Pam (Rick) Roever; and a brother, Terry (Pam) Rippelmeyer; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Mush Head was employed by Gateway FS, working mainly at the Chalfin Bridge elevator. He enjoyed playing kloepper, riding his motorcycle and hanging out with his family and friends. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 29, from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A memorial service will immediately follow with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. His body will be cremated. Memorials may be made to Wings Of Hope or to the American Cancer Society.

February

Helen E.O. Glaenzer, nee Stumpf, 93, of Waterloo, formerly of Valmeyer, died Feb. 1, 2012 in Red Bud. She was born June 11, 1918 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late, Adolph and Wilhelmina (nee Henke) Stumpf. Mrs. Glaenzer is survived by her children, Dianne (Jim) Mertz of Waterloo, Kenneth (Linda) Glaenzer of Waterloo, Kathy (Danny) Alspach of St. Louis and Darrell (Anna) Glaenzer of Valmeyer; grandchildren, Denise, Dawn, Cari, Daniel, Sharon and Josh; sister, Alice Schlemmer; sister-in-law, Leona Hoffmann; 10 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Glaenzer; sister, Dorothy Schuchardt; and brothers, Robert and Charles Stumpf. Mrs. Glaenzer attended St. John UCC of Valmeyer where she was active in the Women's Fellowship. She was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Auxiliary and the Waterloo VFW Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Mrs. Glaenzer was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials can be made to Hoyleton Children's Home or the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Lt. Colonel Donald Thomas Reilly Jr. (retired), 80, of Waterloo, died Feb. 1, 2012 in Waterloo. He was born, Dec. 1, 1931, in Port Monmouth, N.J., the son of the late Donald Thomas Sr. and Edna (nee Lennon) Reilly. Mr. Reilly is survived by his children, Timothy Reilly and Jane (Tom) Huebner; grandson, Quinn Thomas Huebner; and niece, Kathy Bond. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan (nee Morgan) Reilly; and two sisters. Lt. Colonel Reilly Jr. was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Emerson Electric in St. Louis, Mo. Private services were held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

Florence Amanda Veit, nee Van Buren, 84, of Millstadt, formerly of Waterloo, died Feb. 2, 2012 at her residence. She was born Dec. 18, 1927 in Carrollton, the daughter of the late John and Frieda (nee Wolf) Van Buren. Florence married Melvin Veit in 1951 in Millstadt. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Veit is survived by her children Ricky (Chris) Veit, Sharon (Rick) Cromwell and Randy (Linda) Veit; grandchildren Michelle, Megan and Andrew Veit and Coleman Cromwell; and siblings Esther (Herman) Koldehoff, Norman (LaVerne) Van Buren and Harvey Van Buren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and her hairdresser Penny. She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Earl Veit; and sisters-in-law Hilda Veit and Helen Van Buren. Florence was a homemaker who was active in the Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt’s Women’s Fellowship. She was also a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau and the Waterloo Sister Cities. She served for many years as the chairman of the Millstadt March of Dimes. Florence enjoyed flowers, birds, embroidering, baking cookies with her grandchildren, working on crossword and jigsaw puzzles and attending tea parties. Visitation is Monday, Feb. 6,from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. at Zion UCC in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Veit will be buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to her church or to the March of Dimes.

Harvey T. Buettner, 90, of Columbia, died Feb. 6, 2012 at Columbia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Columbia, the son of the late Edward and Hilda (Johanning) Buettner. He married Helen (Rodemich) Buettner in 1950 in Millstadt. They were married in 1950 in Millstadt. She died in 2003. Mr. Buettner is survived by his daughter, Marcia (Roy) Williams of Millstadt; a son, Randy (Sharon) Buettner of Columbia; siblings Bernell Bachelier of Waterloo, Floyd (Florence) Buettner of Waterloo and Lou Ann Sheridan of Westford, Mass.; and grandchildren, Katie and Alex Williams, and, Lindsay and Brad Buettner. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Buettner; and sisters Myrtle Pulcher, Gladys Baumer and Verna Bachelier.
Mr. Buettner served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Harvey Buettner had owned and operated Buettner Construction Company and also Engineered Steel Buildings. Mr. Buettner attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia and was a past consistory member. He was a past president of the Columbia Rotary, former commander and drill team member of the of the Columbia American Legion, past president of Carpenters Local 1997, was a former board member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, a past board member with the Waterloo Country Club and a past president of the 321st Engineer Battalion Reunion Group. Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC of Columbia with Rev. Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Buettner will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church, the Columbia American Legion Memorial Trust Fund or Heartland Hospice.

Janet M. Bauer, nee Braun, 68, died Feb. 6, 2012 in Belleville. She was born May 16, 1943, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late William Francis and Lucille Theresa (nee Lake) Braun. Mrs. Bauer is survived by herchildren, Marie (Vernon) Homrighausen, Barb Hill, Jane Besher and Angela (Dennis) Evans Sr.; grandchildren, Jessica Homrighausen, Matthew Homrighausen, Miranda Hill, Amy (Justin) Carver, Brad Besher, Nathan Besher and Dennis Evans Jr.; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Donjon, Heather Sauerhage, Robin Sauerhage, Austin Rhodes, Alivia Hill, Tyler Cadell, Jaxson Carver and Shane Evans; and brothers, Edward (Linda) Braun, Bill (Janet) Braun, Paul (Sharon) Braun, Steve (Cathy) Braun and Allen (Joyce) Braun; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandchildren Amanda N. and Justin M. Homrighausen. Mrs. Bauer graduated in 1993 from SIU Edwardsville with a Masters Degree in Business Management. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, including taking them to movies, having pizza parties and trips to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Janet also is fondly remembered by her daughters for their vacations to Sanibel Island. Janet was an avid bowler who served for several years with the National Bowling Association. Memorial service is Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow with Father Kenneth York officiating. Memorials may be made to the Garry Lake Fund.

James Harold Hundley, 80, of Dupo, died Feb. 6, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born June 30, 1931 in Reves, Tenn., the son of the late Dewey and Mae (nee Hopper) Hundley. Mr. Hundley is survived by his brother, Cecil (Doris) Hundley of Valmeyer; a sister, Juanita Jankowski of Greenfield, Tenn.; nephews Tom Hundley of Dupo and James (Joyce) Hundley of Valmeyer; and nieces Nancy (Johnny) Jackson of Lebanon, Mo., and Lori (Robert) Vance of Valmeyer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie M. Hundley; a brother Bobby Hundley; and a sister, Mary Daunis. Mr. Hundley was a veteran of the United States Marines. He was a retired electrician. Visitation is Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Thursday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m., at the funeral home with Rev. Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Hundley will be buried with full military honored at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

Marion F. Wiggers, nee Lord, 80, of Waterloo, died Feb. 7, 2012 in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Evansville, Ind., the daughter of the late Christian J. and Artie M. (nee Wall) Lord. Mrs. Wiggers is survived by her husband, Willard Wiggers; children, Victoria Jewell, Michael (Marilyn) Simpson, Dixie Robinson (Jerri Jones) and Henry Wiggers; daughter-in-law, Becky Stamm Wiggers; grandchildren, Marcie Walker, Valerie(Jimmy) Haley, Andrea (Keith) Glatzer, Meredith (Thomas) Rueger, Brett Wiggers, Ryan Wiggers and Ashley Wiggers; great-grandchildren, Chase and Carson Glatzer, Grant, Mariah and Shellie Haley and Destiny McClement; sister-in-law, Marilyn Dismore; and nieces, Jenny (Mike) Holliday, Beverly Hoffman and Sister Michelle Mohr; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son, Charles Wiggers; grandson, William McClement; sisters, Marie Mohr and Christine Hurst; and brothers, Jimmy, Raymond, Richard and Robert Lord. Mrs. Wiggers was a member of St. Paul UCC Waterloo, past matron of the Waterloo Eastern Star and was a retired real estate broker. Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Mary Beth Hartenstein officiating. Memorials may be made to her church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Wallace H. Limestall, 86, of Waterloo, died Feb. 10, 2012 in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 14, 1925 in Fults, the son of the late Roy Sr. and Eleanor (nee Kemp) Limestall. Mr. Limestall is survived by his wife, Betty (nee Knowles) Limestall; children Beverly (Bjorn) Lindgren, Susan Limestall and Kevin (Ellen) Limestall; daughter-in-law, Brenda Limestall; a brother, Roy J. Limestall Jr.; and grandchildren Matthew Limestall, Joy (Chris) Krouper, Sarah Limestall, Erin Limestall, Courtney Limestall and Sami Lindgren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, son Steven P. Limestall; sisters Vivian Faust and Lois Wolf; and a brother, Robert K. Limestall. Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 12, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Limestall will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul UCC Endowment Fund or to the Oak Hill Whispering Pines Activity Fund.

Dennis W. Aulenbacher, 73, of Columbia, died Feb. 10, 2012. He was born Aug. 8, 1938 in Washington, Mo., the son of the late Emerson and Corona (nee Mittler) Aulenbacher. Mr. Aulenbacher is survived by Carolyn Wright and her children Scott Wright, Dr. Grant Wright and Dr. Karen Wright. He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Aulenbacher; and a son, Derek Aulenbacher. Mr. Aulenbacher graduated from Illinois State University with a Master’s Degree in Instrumental music and physics. Early in his career he worked as a recording engineer at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago and at Techisonic Studios and Maritz Inc. in St. Louis. During his years as a mixing engineer, he recorded many performing groups including the Beatles, Stan Kenton, Count Basie and the Chad Mitchell Trio. Later on as a freelance engineer, Dennis worked as an audio engineer in the remote truck at Busch Memorial Stadium. He was also employed as a television engineer at KPLR, KDNL and KETC, all in St. Louis. Since 1990, Mr. Aulenbacher was an independent contractor in computer hardware and software, providing consultant services and computer support. In his last years, he taught a class in recording technology at Southwestern Illinois College. Dennis was an accomplished woodwind musician who performed with several local groups, including the Ambassadors of Swing, Second Generation Swing, Looking Glass Playhouse, Lindenwood University and Southwestern Illinois College. Mr. Aulenbacher enjoyed stock car racing, boating on the Missouri River, bicycling and photography. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 24, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will immediately follow with Pastor R. J. Morgan. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Missouri, the Humane Society of Monroe County or National Wildlife Federation.

Michael D. Hayes, 34, died Feb. 13, 2012 from head injuries sustained in a one-car accident. Mr. Hayes is survived by his father, Robert A. Hayes, an attorney in Columbia; mother, Kathy Hayes of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers, Jeffrey Hayes of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., and Craig Hayes and Mark Hayes of Phoenix, Ariz.; and children, Preston, Cheyenne, Chloe and Lilly Hayes of Phoenix, Ariz.; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, aunt, uncles and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jacqueline Hayes; brothers, Daniel Hayes and Kenneth Hayes; and his grandparents. He will be cremated and laid to rest in Phoenix, Ariz.

John T. Macklin, 28, of Red Bud, died Feb. 14, 2012 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Rt. 159, just north of Red Bud. He was born Feb. 3, 1984, in Centreville, the son of Melissa (nee Kaltenbach) Macklin of Red Bud and the late Toney Macklin. In addition to his mother, Mr. Macklin is survived by his siblings, Tony Macklin, Sarah Macklin, Hannah Kaltenbach, all of Red Bud, and Charlene Watson of Collinsville; step-grandfather, Robert Causey of Cahokia; paternal grandfather, Roy and Betty Macklin of French Village, Mo.; and his dogs CJ and Candi; along with nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Jo Causey; grandfather, John Kaltenbach; great-grandmother, Sarah Louise Macklin; and grandmother, Opal Gibson. Mr. Macklin was employed as a forklift operator at Gilster Mary-Lee Corp. He was of the Lutheran faith and enjoyed fishing and hunting. John enjoyed motorcycle riding and being a MMA Fighter with Team Pain. Visitation and funeral were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Rev. Koen officiating.

Curtis “Levi” Owen, 24, of Chester, died Feb. 14, 2012 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Rt. 159, just north of Red Bud. He was born June 15, 1987 in Evansville, Ind., the son of Pamela Rose. In addition to his mother, Mr. Owen is survived by a daughter, Laily Turley of Dupo; girlfriend Holley Turley of Dupo; brothers Rodney and Michael Owen; grandmother, Brenda Rose; uncle, Carey Rose; aunt, Rhonda Rose; and nephews, Hayden Bryson and Gayven Owen; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Curtis Rose; great-grandmother, Ruby Rose; great-grandfather, Jessie Rose; and an uncle, Curtis Rose. Levi was a timber worker who was of the Baptist faith. Visitation and funeral were at at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud.

Edward "Flip" Buettner, 77, of Waterloo, died Feb. 15, 2012 in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 25, 1934 in Columbia, the son of the late Edward and Hilda (nee Johanning) Buettner. Mr. Buettner is survived by his wife, Florence (nee LoPiccolo) Buettner; a daughter, Christine (Richard) Johnson; grandchildren Ryan (Chrissy) Johnson, Amy (Paul) Stern, Brad (Kristin) Johnson and Melissa Johnson; great-grandchildren Estelle Johnson, Hunter Johnson, Brayden Johnson, Pierson Johnson, Wesley Johnson, Gibson Stern and Trysten Johnson; sisters Bernell Bachelier and Lou Ann Sheridan; and brother-in-law Curtis Bachelier; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Edward J. Buettner; daughter, Cynthia E. Buettner; brothers Harry and Harvey Buettner; and sisters Myrtle Pulcher, Gladys Baumer and Verna Bachelier. Mr. Buettner attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. He was a 50-year member of Carpenter's Local 1997. Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mr. Buettner will be buried at the Zoar UCC Cemetery in New Hanover.

Melvin E. Minnemann, 71, of Red Bud, died Feb. 17, 2012 at his residence. He was born Aug. 20, 1940 in Red Bud, the son of the late Erwin and Mary (nee Menke) Minnemann. Mr. Minnemann had been a steel worker for Valley Steel in Sparta. He enjoyed working on chain saws and small engines. Mr. Minnemann is survived by his children, Joseph (Michelle) Minnemann of Hecker, Stacy (William) Schott of Red Bud and Jeffrey Minnemann of Red Bud; grandchildren Tyler Minnemann and Jenna Offermann; sisters Delores Radau of Prairie du Rocher; and nieces and nephews Michelle Miller, Frank Zimmerly Jr., Patricia Young and Darla Baker. He was preceded in death by his brothers Ervin Jr. and Vernon Minnemann. Visitation is Monday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral will immediately follow with Rev. Mark Frisbee officiating. Mr. Minnemann will be buried at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher.

Hilbert H. Harres, 78, of Columbia and formerly of Belleville, died Feb. 17, 2012. He was born Aug. 4, 1933, in Belleville, the son of the late Albert and Hilda (nee Steffen) Harres. He married Carole (nee Sheets) Harres in 1954 in Belleville. In addition to his wife, Mr. Harres is survived by his son, Jack (Gwendolyn) Harres of Columbia; a daughter, Donna (David) Lang of Columbia; grandchildren, Dustin Harres, Alex Harres and Joshua Lang; and a nephew, Joe Bassy of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty G. Bassy. Mr. Harres served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a retired negative engraver for Defense Mapping Agency Aerospace Center in St. Louis, Mo. Hr. Harres was a past master of St. Clair Lodge 24 AF and AM in Belleville and attended Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Monday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m., at his church with Pastor William Hesterberg officiating. Mr. Harres will be buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to his church or to Family Hospice of Belleville.

Jason A. Luhr, 30, of Waterloo, died Feb. 19, 2012 in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 20, 1981, the son of Jay (Betty) Luhr and the late Linda (nee Markus) Luhr. In addition to his father, Mr. Luhr is survived by his sister, Kacie Luhr; brothers Carson Luhr and Wyatt Luhr; grandmother, Dolores Markus; girlfriend, Breanna Altes; and niece, Rouxlin Sutton; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his mother; he was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Alois and Twyla Luhr; and maternal grandfather, Camillus Markus. Mr. Luhr was an engineer / superintendent for Luhr Brothers. Visitation is Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Dick Sparrow officiating. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Willard T. Kleyer, 85, of Waterloo, died Feb. 19, 2012 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 14, 1926 in Waterloo, the son of the late Nelson and Josephine (nee Brauch) Kleyer. Mr. Kleyer is survived by his sons Maurice (Jeanne) Kleyer and Don (Shirley) Kleyer; grandchildren Kimberly (Eric) Saur, Kristin Kleyer (Andrew Mangum), Michelle Dutkiewicz and Jonathan Kleyer; great-grandchildren Rosalynn and Deena Dutkiewicz and Reagan Saur; and a brother, Nelson (Delores) Kleyer; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Roselyn (nee Weber) Kleyer. Mr. Kleyer attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a longtime member and former director of the Monroe County Fair Association. Visitation is Monday, Feb. 20, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Dale Maxfield. Mr. Kleyer will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Fair Assoc.

Joann C. Dietz, nee Korte, 77, of Waterloo, died Feb. 19, 2012 following an extended battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 1, 1934 in Belleville, the son of the late William and Josephine (nee Thien) Korte. Mrs. Dietz is survived by her husband, Donald Dietz; children Kevin (Sharon) Dietz and Jim Dietz; grandchildren Scott and Mallory Dietz; sisters Doris Chaput, Pat Stock and Margie (Dennis) Holle; a brother, Dennis (Llana) Korte; and sisters-in-law Mary Toal, Sister Dorothy Dietz and Margie Reinhold; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Ohl; and brothers Norman and Bill Korte. Mrs. Dietz attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo where she was active in the Mary and Martha Society. Joanne graduated from DePaul School of Nursing. She was formerly employed in the surgery unit of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, for 20 years as a registered nurse and nurse’s aide instructor at the Monroe County Nursing Home and then 13 years at Hospice of Southern Illinois. For the past 14 years she was employed at Diehl Florist. Visitation is Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Dale Maxfield officiating. Mrs. Dietz will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the SS. Peter and Paul Church building fund or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Roberta Jean Hull, nee Long, 66 of Dupo, died Feb. 23, 2012 in Columbia. She was born Dec. 8, 1945 in Pittsfield, the daughter of the late William “Homer” and Rue Ann (nee Mitchell) Long. Mrs. Hull is survived by her husband, Ronald Hull, whom she married on May 13, 1967; a son, Wade Hull of Waterloo; a daughter, Yvonne Hull (fiancé: Randy Hoselton II) of Columbia; grandchildren Cameron Hull, Sarah Hull, Morgan Hull and Bryce Hull; and sisters Georgia (Bob) Reeves and Dorothy (Don) Gibson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Long. Roberta was a homemaker and had worked as an artist/colorist for CPI in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation is Monday, Feb. 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. At her request, Roberta will be cremated following the visitation.

Mildred M. Oestringer, nee Fricker, 99, of Waterloo, died Feb. 24, 2012 in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 14, 1912 in Bond County, the daughter of the late Victor and Mary (nee Spengel) Fricker. Mrs. Oestringer is survived by her children, Louise (Robert) Nobbe and Russell (Joy) Oestringer; grandchildren Brian (Dina) Nobbe, Janet (Larry) Goessling, Scott (Anna) Oestringer and Lori (Matt) Hubbs; great-grandchildren Doug Nobbe, Kelly (Chris) Black, Amanda Bergkeger, Johnathan Oestringer, Jacob Hubbs and Luke Hubbs; great-great-grandchildren Carson Black, Owen Black and Cooper Black; and a sister Margaret Springs; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund J. Oestringer; and sisters Erna Stecklin, Verna Oswald and Genevieve Plog. Mrs. Oestringer attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Dale Maxfield officiating. Mrs. Oestringer will be buried at St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery in Highland. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Judith Kay Drury, nee Huddleston, 69 of Columbia, died Feb. 28, 2012 at (St. John’s) Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, Mo. She was born Nov. 3, 1942 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Vernon Huddleston and Daisy Huddleston-Horsley. Mrs. Drury is survived by her husband of 50 years, Walter Drury; a daughter, Kathleen (Bryan) Jacob of Columbia; a son, John (Amie) Drury of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren Mikayla Jacob and Morgan Jacob; and a brother, Stephen (Debra) Huddleston of Columbia. Judith worked more than 50 years as a registered nurse who also volunteered for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Ladies Auxiliary. A memorial service will be Monday, March 5, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. A luncheon will follow at the ICS cafeteria. At Judith’s request, she was cremated. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Willie Thomas Phillips, 91, of Osseo, Wis., formerly of Columbia, died Feb. 29, 2012 at the home of his daughter in Osseo. Mr. Phillips was born Aug. 14, 1920 in Zalma, Mo., the son of the late Thomas and Ancie (Gaines) Phillips. Mr. Phillips is survived by his daughters, Patsy (Dan) Sondag of Valmeyer and Sherry (LaVerne) Boullion of Osseo; and grandchildren Greg Wheat, LaShell Lentz, Lance Boullion, LaBrena Boullion, Garrett Kohnz, Stephanie Shields, Travis Phillips-Ervin, Thomas Phillips-Ervin and Alex Whitehead. He is further survived by ten great grandchildren, Logan and Ariana Wheat, Alyssa Boullion, Garrison, Ethen and Collin Shields, and Garren and Hannah Kohnz, Tessa and Avery Ervin. He was preceded in death by his son, Terry; a brother, Willard; and sisters Avis Varvell and Edna Clark. Mr. Phillips was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps from April 1940 until March 1941. He entered the U.S. Army on Nov. 15, 1942 and served in the Philippines until his honorable discharge on Jan. 9, 1946. Mr. Phillips married Maxie Fowler, but they later divorced. He then married Stella Benthall and they resided in St. Louis, Mo., and Columbia. Willie was employed at Laclede Gas Co. in St. Louis, Mo., until he retired in 1986. He moved to Osseo in September 2008. Willie enjoyed fishing, hunting and was an active member of his church in Columbia. Visitation is Saturday, March 3, from 12 noon to 3 p.m., at Schiefelbein Funeral Home in Osseo. A funeral will immediately follow. Mr. Phillips will be buried at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.

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Ronald E. Nowak, 69, of Columbia, died March 1, 2012 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Feb. 17, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Joseph and Alice (Hogard) Nowak. He married Helen (Detjen) Nowak in 1969 in Crosstown, Mo. In addition to his wide, Mr. Nowak is survived by his children, Karl (Donna) Nowak of Columbia, USN Cmdr. Kendra Nowak of Gurnee and Krista (Chuck) Walsh of Ft. Myers, Fla.; sisters Donna Weaver of Fallbrook, Calif., Muriel Saldana of Dallas, Tex., and Janise Rasberry of Wynne, Ark.; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Quintin Nowak. Mr. Nowak served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He had owned and operated a local heating and cooling business and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia and the Dupo Coin Club. According to his wishes, Mr. Nowak gifted his remains for scientific study. A memorial service will be Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m., at his church with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Daniel Cieslinski, 68, of Columbia, died March 2, 2012 at his residence. He was born June 20, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Chester and Gertrude (Jasinski) Cieslinski. Mr. Cieslinski married Ruth (Ehlert) Cieslinski in 1964 in St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Daniel is survived by his children, Cheryl Cieslinski of St. Louis, Mo., Becky Cieslinski of Columbia, Daniel (Heather) Cieslinski Jr. of Denver, N.C., and Susan (Thomas) Haggerty of Waterloo; grandchildren Travis and Brianna Self; and brothers Dave (Ginnie) Cieslinski of St. Louis, Mo., and Gary Cieslinski of Mt. Vernon; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Cieslinski.
Mr. Cieslinski retired after 34 years from Continental Can Co., in St. Louis, Mo. He was a member of United Steelworkers, Missouri Operation Clean Stream and the NRA. Visitation is Monday, March 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, March 6, at 11 a.m., at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Radom. Mr. Cieslinski will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Leoneda Walker, 78, of Waterloo, formerly of Ruma, died March 3, 2012, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 31, 1933 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (nee Kueker) Hanebutt. Mrs. Walker is survived by her sons, Ricky (Janet) Walker of Evansville and Darrin Walker (friend Terri Schaffner) of Prairie du Rocher; siblings Roland (Margaret) Hanebut of Red Bud, Verna (Tony) Hennrich of Chester, Geneva (Kenny) Stellhorn of Red Bud and Marlene Deterding of Prairie du Rocher; grandchildren Monica Walker, Luke Walker and Ryan (Dawn) Walker; and great-grandchildren LeAnn, Zachary and Adam Walker; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers Elroy, Melvin, Firmin and Floyd (in infancy) Hanebutt. Mrs. Walker was employed for 18 years at Spartan Printing in Sparta. She attended St. John Lutheran Church in Ruma. Visitation is Monday, March 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Tuesday, March 6, at 11 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church in Ruma with Rev. James Leistico officiating. Mrs. Walker will be buried in the church’s cemetery.

Gloria Morton (nee Weisenborn), 80, of Belleville, formerly of Millstadt, died March 3, 2012 at her home. She was born May 28, 1931. Mrs. Morton is survived by her children, Rachel (Donald) Reveal and Joyce (Philip) Carpenter; along with seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Morton attended St. Paul UCC of Columbia. She was a retired registered nurse, who had been employed at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. Gloria was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star 98 - Rob Morris Chapter in Fairview Heights. A memorial service will be Friday, March 9, at 1 p.m., at the banquet room at Bully’s Smokehouse in Columbia. Arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home.

Alvin Joseph Menke, 70, of Waterloo, died March 4, 2012 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Nov. 25, 1941 in Madonnaville, the son of the late William and Edith (nee Roberts) Menke. Mr. Menke is survived by his wife, Brenda (nee Hoffman Menke; children Nancy (Maurice) Koesterer, Bonnie (Dave) Dillenberger and Pam (Mike) Lloyd; grandchildren Lyndsay and Kati Koesterer; Chelsy and Derek Joseph “D.J.” Dillenberger, and Erika and Aaron Lloyd; siblings Jim (Anita) Menke, Joyce Kettler and Marvin (Cara) Menke; a sister-in-law, Betty Baker; and his dog, Dasher; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Menke attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He was the former co-owner (with Eddie Stanglein) of Waterloo Auto Parts. Al loved the outdoors and was known as a handyman. In his recent retirement, he enjoyed spending time between his home in Waterloo and a place in Osage Beach, Mo. Visitation is Tuesday, March 6, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, March 7, at 10 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup. Mr. Menke will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County or to the American Heart Association.

William J. Sander, 93, of Columbia, died March 4, 2012, at Columbia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born May 28, 1918, in Columbia, the son of the late William and Josephine (nee Weilbacher) Sander. Mr. Sander is survived by his wife, Marge (nee Forthaus) Sander; children JoAnn Sander of Columbia, Joe (Debbie) Sander ofColumbia, Mary (Michael) Horn of Oakville, Mo., and Mike (Betsy) Sander of Columbia; grandchildren Jessica and Jon (Amanda) Sander and Kate and Leah Horn; great-grandchild, Emmalyn; brother, Leo (Evelyn) Sander of Columbia; and a sister, Lillian (Chester) Kopec of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Viola (nee Hankammer) Sander; and sisters, Marcella (Armin) Heiken, and Frieda Sander. Mr. Sander served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He was retired as the deputy regional manager for the Illinois Department of Labor. Bill was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Columbia’s Holy Name Society, a fourth degree Knights of Columbus of Council 6165, the Illinois Department of the Aging Area chair for St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Bond and Randolph Counties, a past-president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a parts buyer for Sander Auto Electric, president of the St. Louis Glennon Guild and was on the City of Columbia’s Sign Ordinance Committee, and also the Planning Commission.
Mr. Sander was also very active with the Columbia American Legion Post 581. He was a past commander for the post and also District 22. Visitation is Wednesday, March 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, March 8, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Sander will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church’s Building Fund, the St. Vincent de Paul Society or Gibault Catholic High School.

Orville Fred Koerber, 87, of Freeburg, formerly of Millstadt, died March 5, 2012 at Freeburg Care Center. He was born Nov. 27,1924 in Floraville, the son of the late Oscar and Eliza (nee Kempf) Koerber. Mr. Koerber is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marie (nee Franke) Koerber; sons Larry (Betty) Koerber of Henderson, Ky., and Stan (Kay) Koerber of Freeburg; grandchildren Denise McGraw, Deena Beck, Diana Trapper, Tanya Smith and Todd Koerber; great-grandchildren Skylar, Trey, Payton, Paxton, Molly, Cayden, Owen, Wyatt, Nora, Audra, Ryne and Wendy; step-grandchildren Kim Roberts and Bart Roberts; step-great-grandchildren Katie, Rebecca, Hannah and Luke; step-step-great grandchild, Landon; sister-in-law, Verida Franke; and brother-in-law, Wilber (Leona) Franke; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Leroy Franke. Orville farmed for 35 years before his retirement. He was employed for 29 years at First National Bank of Millstadt where served as a vice-president and board member. Orville also served the Millstadt community as the township auditor and clerk. Mr. Koerber attended St. Paul UCC in Floraville. He was a member of the Floraville Community Grange and Modern Woodsmen of America. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Rev. Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Koerber was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to his church.

Daniel F. Krack, 77, of Waterloo, died March 6, 2012 in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 2, 1934, in Dupo, the son of the late Herman and Nora Belle (nee Smith) Krack. Mr. Krack is survived by his children, Jeffrey (Joseline) Krack, Daniel S. (Jane) Krack and Lisa Krack; grandchildren, Matthew and Timothy Krack, Bennett and Tucker Krack and Brody Schnaare; sisters, Annabelle Ramey and Naomi Hancock. Mr. Krack was preceded in death by sisters, Cecelia Bean and Viola Turner; and brothers Herman and Norman Krack. Mr. Krack was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation is Monday, March 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, March 13, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Martin officiating. Mr. Krack will be buried at Palmier Cemetery in Columbia.

Nicole A. Huebner, nee Baillard, 70, of Waterloo, died March 6, 2012 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 10, 1941 in Epernay, France, the daughter of the late Andre Baillard and Madeleine (nee Boye) Lamblot. Mrs. Huebner is survived by her son, Pat (Lisa) Huebner; sister, Michelle Baillard; daughter, Lynn (LeRoy) Loehr; grandchildren Chris and Frances Loehr and Sheldon Hoefft; and a great-granddaughter, Delysia Loehr; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval W. Huebner; son, Dominique Huebner; and a granddaughter, Mikayla Hoefft. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Zion UCC in St. Joe. Mrs. Huebner was buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Ronald McDonald House.

Alma V. Glenn, nee Hoock, 99, of Columbia, died March 6, 2012 in Columbia. She was born Sept. 23, 1912, in Cahokia, the daughter of the late Martin Joseph and Mary Caroline (nee Kempfe) Hoock. Mrs. Glenn is survived by her grandchildren, Monte(Nancy) Foster and Pierre Foster (David Stepney); great-grandchildren Nicole Foster (fiancé Michael Morden) and Natalie (Nick) Smith; a great-great grandson, Hunter Smith; and step-daughter, Vivian Branson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband Clifford Montine, second husband Paul Glenn; a daughter, Sylvia "Fe Fe" (nee Montine) Foster; and a great-grandson, Michael Foster; along with two sisters and two brothers. Mrs. Glenn attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. Mrs. Glenn was buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services in Waterloo.

Betty L. Crook, nee Wilson, 86, died March 12, 2012 in Red Bud. She was born June 14, 1925 in College Corner, Ohio, the daughter of the late Elmore and Goldie (nee Weber) Wilson. Mrs. Crook is survived by her daughter, Stephanie (Daniel) Braun; grandchildren Timothy and Andrew Braun; a sister, Dorothea Crook; and a brother, Stanley (Fran) Wilson; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Lyle J. Crook; a son, Stephen James Crook; sisters Margaret Epp and Jean Candler; and brothers Jack and James Wilson. Mrs. Crook attended St. Patrick Church in Tipton. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tipton with Father John Kizhak officiating. Mrs. Crook was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, Gibault Catholic High School or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

James John Thomas, 78, of Millstadt, died March 13, at Memorial Care Center in Belleville. He was born Oct. 3, 1933 in Quincy, the son of the late George and Katherine (nee Seifert) Thomas. Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife of 58 years, Charlotte (nee Burrows) Thomas; a daughter, Jana Thornton of Millstadt; sons Jeffrey Thomas of Swansea, James M. “Jay” Thomas of Belleville, Stephen Thomas of Millstadt and Allen Thomas of Belleville; grandchildren Christine Chouinard, Ian Thomas, Lucas Thomas, Ryan Thomas and Matthew Thomas; great-grandchildren Jake, Jessica, Brendon and Hailey Chouinard; and a brother, Frederick Thomas of Quincy; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He graduated from Quincy College in 1959. Mr. Thomas served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 and the Army Reserves until 1963. He graduated from Quincy College in 1959. Jim retired from the U.S. Treasury Department where was a pension and trust specialist for the IRS. He enjoyed playing poker with his friends and was involved with the Boy Scouts in Millstadt and Cahokia. Mr. Thomas was a charter member of the Cahokia Lions Club, serving as their bingo chairman and treasurer for many years. Visitation is Sunday, March 18, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Monday, March 19, at 10 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. Mr. Thomas will be buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Illinois Right To Life or Lions Club International.

Raymond P. Griesbach, 83, of Columbia, and formerly of St. Louis, Mo., died March 17, 2012. He was born Sept. 9, 1928, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Raymond and Ruth (Brante) Griesbach. He married Louise (Beckmann) Griesbach in 1955 in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Griesbach is survived by his sons Brent Griesbach of Columbia and Jeffrey (Beckie) Griesbach of O'Fallon, Mo.; a grandson, Geoffrey Griesbach; and a cousin, Jack (Harriet) Morrison of St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Griesbach served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. He attended Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia. Ray served the Columbia community on various boards and had been the city clerk in the early 1980s. In addition, Mr. Griesbach was an assistant director with the Monroe County Human Support Services and had owned and operated Columbia Motors Ford Dealership in Columbia for many years. Visitation is Tuesday, March 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, March 21, at 11 a.m., at Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Jared Parker officiating. Mr. Griesbach will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Melba Nicholson, nee DuFrenne, 86, of Red Bud, died March 18, 2012. She was surrounded by her family at her home. She was born Nov. 16, 1925 in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Charles and Pearl (nee Longlois) DuFrenne. Melba married Vernon J. Nicholson in 1947 in St. Louis, Mo. He died in 2006. Mrs. Nicholson is survived by her daughters Nadine (Alfred) Keckritz of Red Bud and Sharon Behnken of Ames and her family, Shawn (Stephanie) Behnken of Ames and their children Michael and Amanda, Joel Behnken of Ames, Nick Behnken of Waterloo, Jayson Behnken of Waterloo and Christopher (Jennifer) Behnken of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and sisters Wanda Gash and Judy Cunningham; along with nieces, nephews and friends. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter Joyce Annette; a son Vernon Jr.; son-in-law Wayne Behnken; sisters Emma Schmidt, Evelyn Nicholson, Alma Swarts and Iva Gash; and a brother, Charles DuFrenne. Mrs. Nicholson attended St. Peter’s UCC of Red Bud where she served for many years as a youth advisor. She was a former Worthy Matron of the Easter Star. Melba enjoyed bingo, playing cards and touring the U.S. on the back of her husband’s motorcycle. Melba and Vernon owned and operated Nicholson TV in Ames for more than 40 years. Visitation is Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at St. Peter’s UCC in Red Bud. A funeral will follow with Rev. William Graves officiating. Mrs. Nicholson will be buried at the St. Marcus Cemetery in Red Bud. Arrangements were handled by Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Kidney Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Durrel E. “Buster” Naumann, 80, of Belleville, formerly of Millstadt, died March 19, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born June 28, 1931 in Columbia, the son of the late Walter and Cora (nee Reichert) Naumann. Mr. Naumann is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley (nee Williams) Naumann; a daughter, Lynn (Gary) Schwoebel of Belleville; a son, Kent (JoAnn) Naumann of Swansea; grandchildren Cole Naumann of Rockford and Emily Naumann of Swansea; brothers Robert (Clara) Naumann of Columbia, Gene “Bebs” (Carolyn) Naumann of Tulsa, Okla., and Donald Naumann of Swansea; and brothers-in-law James (Barbara) Williams of New Athens, Larry Williams of Swansea, David (Donna) Williams of Belleville and Alan Williams of Florida; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sons Douglas and Keith Naumann; sisters Marlene Muskopf and Shirley Lloyd; his father and mother-in-law, Paul and Gladys Williams; and sister-in-law, Barbara Vogt. Mr. Naumann was a veteran of the U.S. Army and attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt. Buster was a retired printer, having worked for the Monroe County Clarion, the Globe Democrat and retired from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was a member of Typographical Union #8, a former MCS School Board member, the Millstadt American Legion Post 502, Millstadt VFW Post 7980, Millstadt Commercial Club, Last Man’s Club and the Millstadt Union Fire Department. Mr. Naumann coached for many years with the Millstadt Khoury League. Visitation is Friday, March 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mr. Naumann will be buried at with full military honors at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the American Lung Association.

Mary Ellen Baker, nee Davis, 73, of Waterloo, died March 20, 2012, in Waterloo. She was born July 8, 1938, in Fayetteville, Ark., the daughter of the late John Henry and Mary Lois (nee Garrott) Davis. Mrs. Baker is survived by her husband, Virgil Baker; a son, Larry (Raelene) Baker; grandchildren Leena (Richard) Brown, Laine (Eric) Wegener and Lukus Baker; and a brother, Preston Davis. She was preceded in death by a sister, Juanetta Cottrell. Mrs. Baker was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Visitation is Friday, March 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Darren Smith officiating. Mrs. Baker will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Marlene Buss, 72, nee Jones, of Red Bud, Illinois, died March 21, 2012 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Dec. 20, 1939 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles and Charlotte (nee Schwers) Jones. Mrs. Buss is survived by her children Kathy (David) Goetting of Ruma, Karla Williams of Freeburg and Kurtiss (Amanda) Buss of St. Libory; a brother, William (Inez) Jones Sr., of Imperial, Mo.; grandchildren Matt (Sarah) Blind, Jeffrey Blind, Sarah Thies, Tommy Goetting, Kelley Thies, Mary Goetting, Grace Goetting, Cody Melliere, Noah Williams, Nathan Thies, Ethan Williams and Ashlynn Buss; and a great-grandson, Brody Blind; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Jones; a sister, Clarice Jones; son-in-law, Mike Thies; and a nephew, Don Jones. Mrs. Buss was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed baking cakes. She was employed for 10 years at Harrisonville Telephone Co. Visitation is Friday, March 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Saturday, March 24, at 9 a.m., at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Mrs. Buss will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Evelyn L. Griffin, nee Becker, 86, of Waterloo, died March 23, 2012 in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 10, 1926 in New Athens, the daughter of the late Charles and Anna (nee Wiskamp) Becker. Mrs. Griffin is survived by her son, Dennis (Sandra) Griffin; grandchildren Jennifer (Josh) Lynn, Tim (Sarah) Griffin and Kevin Griffin (Kaylyn Huebner); great-grandchildren Halle Lynn, Morgan Lynn, Ty Griffin and Lila Griffin; sisters Alice Vogt and Esther Jordan; and brother-in-law Robert (Jeannie) Griffin; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry T. Griffin; a son, Michael T. Griffin; sister, Florence Schmulbach; and brother, Richard Becker. Mrs. Griffin attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Sunday, March 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, March 26, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Griffin will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Gloria Jean Hursey, nee Birlew, 67, of Waterloo, died March 23, 2012 in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 13, 1944 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of late Jessie “Bud” Birlew and Irene Elizabeth (nee Abbey) Birlew. Mrs. Hursey is survived by a son, Chris Hursey; along brothers, sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends Katie, Lucie, Sheila, Sadie, Andrew and Dustin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Paul Hursey; a brother, Kenneth Wayne Birlew; and a nephew, Terrance Christopher Hammer. A memorial service will be held at a later date

Vernon Alexander Modglin, 88, of Waterloo, died March 24, 2012 in Belleville. He was born Oct. 6, 1923 in Kidd, the son of the late Lemuel and Lillie (nee McNabb) Modglin. Mr. Modglin is survived by his wife, Delores “Modge” (nee Sczurek) Modglin; children Don (Catherine) Modglin and Cynthia Modglin; grandchildren Fernando Valero, Julie (Bryan) Flatley, Vernon (Allison) Modglin, David Modglin, Benjamin Rongey and Alex Rongey; and great-grandson, Ayden Flatley; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Michele Rongey; sisters Eunice Asselmeier and Susanna Urban; and brothers Myron, Sylvester and Harold Modglin. Mr. Modglin was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Monday, March 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Tuesday, March 27, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Modglin will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church, the Monroe County Veteran Association or the Dupo VFW Post 6368.

Dorothy E. Kremmel, nee Bardeleben 90, of Dupo, died March 26, 2012 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 17, 1922 in Dupo, the daughter of the late Henry and Alma (nee Dahmer) Bardeleben. Mrs. Kremmel is survived by her children, Carol Hurt of Dupo, Don Kremmel of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Terry Kremmel of Columbia; grandchildren Neal, Kasmah, Andy, Melanie, Scott and Duncan; and great-grandchildren Lucien, Guinness and Conall. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter H. Kremmel; a brother, Roland Bardeleben; daughters-in-law Peggy Kremmel and Marcia Kremmel; and her son-in-law, Edward Hurt. Mrs. Kremmel attended Christ UCC in Dupo. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral was at Christ UCC in Dupo with Rev. Dr. C. Dwayne Dollgener officiating. Mrs. Kremmel will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to herchurch.

Elsie Wrobel, 92, of Waterloo, formerly of Collinsville, died March 30, 2012, at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Aug. 21, 1919, in Maryville, the daughter of the late Louis and Frances (Reschak) Casper. Elsie married William Wrobel in 1945 in East St. Louis. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Wrobel is survived by daughters, Gloria (Joseph) Oggero of Waterloo, Darlene (Russell) Horsley of Columbia and Cheryl (Samuel) Patrick-Gretter of Harper, Iowa; grandchildren Kimberly Lynn, Christopher, Bryon, Alison, Alan, Timothy and Todd; and great-grandchildren Owen, Emma, Karson, Kayla, Kaden, Andrew, Evan, William, Addison, Averie, Vincent and Elena. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford Casper; and sisters Mildred Cramer and Louise Vallero.
Mrs. Wrobel attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Monday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. A funeral will immediately follow with Rev. Dale Maxfield officiating. Mrs. Wrobel will be buried at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Cemetery in Collinsville. Arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the SPPS of Waterloo School Building Fund or St. Anthony's Hospice of St. Louis, Mo.