2013 Obituaries

December 2013

Ralph Ervin Ollenberger, 78, of Columbia, died Dec. 13, 2013 at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Home in Edwardsville. He was born Nov. 7, 1935 in El Dorado, Kan., the son of the late Ervin and Helen (nee Kinney) Ollenberger. Mr. Ollenberger is survived by his wife, Naomi Ollenberger; sons Jack Ollenberger of Waterloo and Nick (Kristin Eagleston) Ollenberger of St. Charles; daughter, Mandi (Josh Lang) Ollenberger of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister-in-law, Cheryl (Jonathan) Wolf of St. Louis; and brother-in-law, Cliff (Trudy) Compton of Sacramento, Calif.; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jimmy, David and Gary Ollenberger. Mr. Ollenberger served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW. Ralph was a retired salesman for Skelly Oil Company in Dallas, Tex. Visitation is Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Dec. 20, at 12 noon at the funeral home with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Ollenberger will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Harvey L. Vanier, 89, of Versailles, Ky., died Dec. 1, 2013. He was born April 2, 1924 in Diller, Neb., the son of the late Lawrence Earl and Marie (nee Weier) Vanier. Mr. Vanier is survived by his wife, Nancy (nee Aitken) Vanier; daughters, Lyda (Brian) Vanier Williamson and Jenny (Frank) Vanier Allen; grandsons, Brian Harvey Williamson, Samuel Lewis Williamson, Will Louis Allen and Luke Harvey Allen. He was preceded in death by a son, Harvey Lawrence Vanier, Jr. Mr. Vanier served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He trained thoroughbreds in for 60 years, having farms in both Kentucky and Waterloo. His horses won The Bluegrass (two times) and the Travers Stakes. Horses Admiral Shield, Play Fellow and Western Playboy ran in to the Kentucky Derby . Mr. Vanier was also an eight-time leading trainer at Arlington Park and once at Keeneland. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Mr. Vanier was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.

Robert O. Mehrtens, 76, of Smithton, formerly of Millstadt, died Dec. 2, 2013. He was born Jan. 6, 1937, the son of the late Otto and Helen (nee Brookshire) Mehrtens. Mr. Mehrtens is survived by his wife, Shelby (nee Sprehe) Mehrtens; a brother, Ray Mehrtens; sisters, Frances Mann and Beverly Steinquest; step-children, Bradley Michael and Tina Michael; and a sister-in-law, Maxine (Jim) Edwards; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lou (nee Jurcick) Mehrtens. Mr. Mehrtens was a truck driver for Brinks Securities, Peabody Coal and for the Millstadt Township. He attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt. Robert volunteered with the Millstadt Union Fire Department (since 1969), where he had achieved the ranks of captain, city chief, assistant chief and fire chief. He was a member of the Millstadt Sportsman’s Club. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt with Rev. Michael Kumm officiating. Mr. Mehrtens was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Union Fire Department or to the Millstadt Sportsman’s Club.

Mary "Jane" Davis, 83, of Columbia, died Dec. 2, 2013 at Columbia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was born Nov. 10, 1930 in Springfield, the daughter of the late Jules and Genevieve (nee Rapinac) Guimard. She married William J. Davis, Jr., in 1949 at Sacred Heart Church in Springfield. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Davis is survived by her children, Deborah (Steve) Jones of Kokomo, Ind., and Gary (Agnes) Davis of Rogers, Ark.; grandchildren, Katherine and Gwendolyn Jones and William Davis; great- grandchild, Griffin Finkler; her aunt, Sally Lopian; brother-in-law, Chuck Davis; and godchildren, Troy Minnaert and Megan Conner; along with cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Henry Malensky; along with aunts and uncles. Mrs. Davis attended St Patrick’s Grade School and Feitshans High School in Springfield. Along with her husband, she lived in the Illinois cities of Springfield, Greenfield, Mazon, Atkinson, Sherman and Columbia (for 40 years). Jane worked at Carson Pirie Scott in Peoria. She enjoyed keeping up on the news of her extended family, collecting family photos, decorating her home, taking care of her yard and bargain shopping. Mrs. Davis was cremated. There were no services. Mrs. Davis was buried next to her husband Bill at Jefferson Barracks Military Cemetery in St. Louis.

George Leo “Dick” Toenjes Jr., 86, of Millstadt, died Dec. 3, 2013 at the Freeburg Care Center. He was born April 5, 1927 in Millstadt, the son of the late George and Alma (nee Eichelmann) Toenjes. Mr. Toenjes is survived by his sons, Michael “Birdseed” (Cathy) Toenjes of Millstadt, Ronald (Debby) Toenjes of Georgetown, Tex., and Norman “Shorty” (Kathy) Toenjes of Millstadt; daughter, Rita (Jeff) Helfrich of Millstadt; grandchildren, Allison Toenjes, Wade (fiancé Jenny McWilliams) Toenjes, Todd Toenjes, Ryan Toenjes, Tiffany (Brian) Markus, Lauren (J.V.) Fiss, Brett (Brittany Stahr) Toenjes, Emily Toenjes, Brad Helfrich, Jacob Toenjes and Max Helfrich; great-grandchildren, Bryce Andrew Markus, Charli May Fiss and Tessa Rene Toenjes; brothers, Floyd “Flip” (Eulene) Toenjes, and Glenn “Giss” (Joyce) Toenjes; brother-in-law, Sylvester “Tuffy” Mueth; sister-in-law, Almira Mueth; and godchildren, Kevin Mueth, Julie Toenjes, Danny Toenjes, Linda (nee Mueth) Cain and Nancy (nee Marlen) Alberter; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Luella Anna (nee Mueth) Toenjes, who died Aug. 25, 2013; in-laws, Joseph and Anna (nee Becker) Mueth; brothers, Robert (Delores) Toenjes, Wilbur “Whip” (Eileen) Toenjes and Donald “Knuckles” (LuAnn) Toenjes; a sister, Marlene Toenjes; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Arthur “Otts” and Alberta Mueth, Cletus “Dip” and Mildred Mueth, Henry “Hank” Mueth, Herbert and Marion Mueth, Emil and Ardella Mueth, Raymond and Mary Mueth and Ervin “Tootie” and Gloria Mueth; sisters, Aurelia “Really” (Richard) Alberter and Carson “Corky” Eversmeyer; a sister-in-law, Helen Mueth; grandson, Shane Andrew Toenjes; nephew and nieces, Dennis “Bing” Alberter, Betty Mueth, Rhonda “Muffy” Mueth-Messick and Betty (nee Mueth) Huddleston. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. Mr. Toenjes was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Little League, St. James Athletic Association, Family Hospice or Belleville Parent Teacher Organization for Exceptional Children.

Judy Ann Amann, nee Decker, 50, of Red Bud, died Dec. 4, 2013 in Red Bud. She was born January 1, 1963 in Jacksonville, Ill, the daughter of the late Rollin Redmond and Esther Louise (nee Reynolds) Decker. Mrs. Amann is survived by her husband, Gregory J. Amann; children, Mike (Becky) Amann, Kari (Kevin) Luthy, Kelly Amann and Kristy Amann; grandchildren, Taylor Luthy, Landon Luthy and Kylee Amann; along with brothers, sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Amann was a coal miner, volunteer firefighter – Carlinville and former Carlinville City Clerk. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Fritz officiating. Memorials may be sent to Siteman Cancer Center.

Glenda Lee Fricke, 74, of Columbia, died Dec. 5, 2013, at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born June 8, 1939, in Vincennes, Ind., the daughter of the late Eber and Mae (nee Bowden) Smith. Glenda married Rayburn Fricke in 1966 in Chicago. He died in 2010. Mrs. Fricke is survived by her daughter, Chris (Will) Trowbridge of Columbia; a son, Robert Fricke of Columbia; granddaughter, Grace Trowbridge; and siblings, William Smith of Arizona, Thelma (Jack) Vassallo of Michigan and Ralph White. Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. A funeral will follow with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services or the DuBois Center.

Irene W. Akers, nee Windsor, 92, of Waterloo, died Dec. 5, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 22, 1921, in Nineola, Mo., the daughter of the late Floyd and Mary (nee Tate) Windsor. Mrs. Akers is survived by her children, Edward (Susan) Gibbs and Ken Gibbs (special friend Connie Esker); and step-children, Linda (Louis) Pape, Janet (Darryl) Asselmeier, Diane (Bob) Lavender, John (Valerie) Akers and Pastor Mark (Joani) Akers; along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, James K. Gibbs and Marvin Akers; a son, Raymond W. Gibbs; daughter, Virginia Gibbs; and daughter-in-law, Mary Anne (Schmitt) Gibbs. Mrs. Akers attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Fred Wehrenberg officiating. Mrs. Akers was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Walking Trail or Oasis International Ministry.

Valerie A. Akers, nee Jordan, 69, of O'Fallon, Mo., died Dec. 6, 2013, in Lake St. Louis. She was born Jan. 6, 1944, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Alvin and Mary Evelyn (nee Baker) Jordan. Mrs. Akers is survived by her husband, John Akers; a daughter, Pamela (Wayne) Spillman; grandchildren, Paige and Mitchell Spillman; and a cousin, Ruth Hanna; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Mrs. Akers attended the Presbyterian Church in Dardenne Prairie, Mo. She loved quilting and was a member of Mothers' of Preschoolers, the Oasis School Tutoring and the Presbyterian Women’s Salmon Circle. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Akers officiating. Memorials may be made to Oasis International, Salvation Army, American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.

Mary Ruth Alberter, nee Poetker, 91, of Millstadt, died Dec. 7, 2013, at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 18, 1922, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Walter and Minnie Schwab. Mrs. Alberter is survived by her son, Bruce (Debbie) Alberter of Swansea; grandchildren, Rachael (Tyler) Phillips and Sarah McCarty; and great-grandchildren, Ryleigh, Jayla and Corbin Phillips and Parker McCarty; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward “Buck” Alberter; and her step-brother, Walter Schwab Jr. Mrs. Alberter was a cashier at Osick’s Grocery Store. She attended St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt were she was involved in the sodality. Mary was a member of the Millstadt American Legion Post 502 Ladies Auxiliary and the Modern Woodsmen. Private services were held. Mrs. Alberter was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Glenn “Blackie” Grosse, 86, of Waterloo, died Dec. 9, 2013, in Waterloo. He was born June 7, 1927, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Louis and Lydia (nee Killy) Grosse Sr. Mr. Gross is survived by his daughter, Julie Grosse; and his partner, Nancy Grosse. He was preceded in death by a brother, Louis A. Grosse Jr. Mr. Grosse was the co-owner of Echoes of the Past Antiques in Waterloo. He graduated from the University of Illinois where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Glenn was very active in the community, serving on the Monroe County Board of Review and was a former bank director at Commercial State Bank of Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Dianna Kuhnert officiating. Mr. Grosse was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Morrison-Talbott Library.

Margaret M. Schaffer, 82, of Collinsville, formerly of Cahokia, died Dec. 9, 20013 at her residence. She was born Dec. 14, 1930, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Hugh Joseph and Mattie Mary (nee Robart) McMullan. Mrs. Schaffer is survived by her husband, Edward D. Schaffer, whom she married in 1957; a son, Timothy (Angela) Schaffer of Cahokia; daughter, Barbara (Peter) Stehman of Collinsville; grandchildren, Jenny (Eric) Hayes, David (Elisha) Schaffer, Nicole and Robert Schaffer, Courtney, Christopher and Nathan Stehman; great-grandchildren, Audrey and Dominic Hayes, Devin Cason and Malia Schaffer; a brother, Dennis (Marie) McMullan of Waterloo; sisters, Patricia McMullan of Columbia and Lucy (Robert) Ahne of Carbondale; and a sister-in-law, Janet McMullan; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Leon McMullan; and a granddaughter, Donna Schaffer. Mrs. Schaffer graduated from St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis and attended Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia. She was a homemaker and a former employee for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. Margaret was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post No. 581 Auxiliary and formerly served as its historian. Funeral was at Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia with Father Paul Wienhoff officiating. Upon Margaret's request, her body was donated to the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Wanda L. Warmath, nee Crain, 86, of Waterloo, died Dec. 11, 2011, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 10, 1927, in Bernie, Mo. Mrs. Warmath is survived by her children, William III "Sam" (Rebecca) Stafford and Allen (Shirley) Stafford; and grandchildren, Cheri (Brent) Langsdorf, Michael (Barb) Stafford, Tracy (Kevin) Scheibe, Stacy Brigance (friend Bryan Smith), Tina (Bryan) Obst, Alisha Stafford (friend Andrew George), William IV "Sammy" Stafford, Keith Stafford, Scott Stafford and Troy Stafford; along with great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousin. She was preceded in death by her mother Dora Crain; first husband, William Dieckmann; and second husband,. James Warmath. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Warmath will be buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer.

Beulah L. Bohnemeier, nee Frank, 96, of Columbia, died Dec. 13, 2013, at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born June 25, 1917, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Ralph and Mathilda (nee Nauman) Frank Sr. Beulah married Harold J. Bohnemeier in 1946 in Valmeyer. He died in 1984. Mrs. Bohnemeier is survived by her sisters-in-law, Leona Frank of Washington, and Viola Frank and Patsy Frank, both of Waterloo; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Earl, Roy, Edward, Morris and Ralph Frank; and sisters Evelyn Riebeling and Edna Arras. Mrs. Bohnemeier attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Bohnemeier was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Oak Hill

Shirley J. Langhorst, nee Naumann, 75, of Fults, died Dec. 15, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Sept. 27, 1938, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Elmer and Willetta (nee Bridges) Naumann. Mrs. Langhorst is survived by her husband, Edward R. Langhorst; children, Duane (Michele) Langhorst, Kim (Lenny) Voelker, Gala (Dewayne) Seaton and Terri (Gary) Hardy; grandchildren Carrie Langhorst (friend Mike Crowe), Skylar (Maurice) Hollingsworth, Bailey Langhorst, Adam (Jenny) Voelker, Austin Voelker, Alex (Anne) Voelker, Brittiany (Nick) Huebner, Bly (Scott) Crane, Kristen, Jeremy Long and Ashley Seaton; great-grandchildren Tallas Langhorst, Grace Zimmerman, Reagan Posey, Kennedy Voelker, Aubrey and Wesley Voelker, Chase Hopf, Brianna Floyd, Masin Huffine, Connor Long, Weston Long, Maddie Long, Maggie Long and Mackenzie Long; and a sister, Delores (Coleman) Ward. She was preceded in death by her daughter Valerie R. Langhorst; sister Dorothy Cowart; and a brother Elmer "Sonny" Naumann. Visitation and funeral home were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Langhorst was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project.

November 2013

Verna E. Goeddel, nee Cording, 86, of Waterloo, died Nov. 13, 2013, in Chester. She was born Sept. 10, 1927, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Edward and Lillian (nee Hitzemann) Cording. Mrs. Goeddel is survived by her daughter, Betty Yankey; grandchildren, Kimberly (Dave) Grass and Laurie Richardet; a great-granddaughter, Cortnie Richardet; and a sister, Florence Stitzel’ along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lafayette Goeddel; a daughter, Melba Goeddel; great-grandchildren, Paige Johnson and Lukas Welton; and a brother, Kenneth Cording. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Goeddel was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Victor T. Buettner, 81, of Waterloo, died Nov. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 9, 1932, in Waterloo, the son of the late Victor F. and Lena T. (nee Straub) Buettner. Mr. Buettner is survived by his son, Iris (nee Nagel) Buettner; children, Marc Buettner and Dawn (Don) Sutter; grandchildren, Shane Buettner and Abbey and Amanda Sutter; and a brother, Ralph (Karen) Buettner; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his son, David "Big Bitts" Buettner; and a brother, Roger Buettner. Mr. Buettner was a well-known electrician in the local area. He was also very mechanically inclined and loved the challenge of fixing anything. In his later years he spent a lot of time researching on the computer and enjoyed good conversation with family and friends. According to his wishes, Mr. Buettner was cremated. There were no services. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Roy H. Riechmann, 84, of Valmeyer, died Nov. 13, 2013, in Red Bud. He was born Sept. 29, 1929 at Merrimac, the son of the late George and Louise (nee Kruse) Riechmann. Mr. Riechmann is survived by his wife, Alberta (nee Jatho) Riechmann; sons, Perry (JoAnn) Riechmann, Eric (Susan) Riechmann and Alex (Teena) Riechmann; grandchildren, Bradley (Megan) and David (Haley) Riechmann, Sam and Karla Riechmann and Clara Riechmann; and great-grandchildren, Eliot and Miles Riechmann; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Oliver, Elmer and Howard Riechmann. Mr. Riechmann attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer and was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Post 901, the Valmeyer Knights of Columbus, the Monroe County Farm Bureau and was a former secretary for the Monroe Service Co. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mr. Riechmann was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Masses or the St. Mary's Building Fund.

Ruby Lee Pennock, nee Roberson, 86, died Nov. 12, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 13, 1927, in Luxora, Ark., the son of the late Charles James and Mary (nee Brown) Roberson. Mrs. Pennock is survived by her children, Debra (Bill) Hasty, Shirley Clark and Dennis Pennock; grandchildren, Jason (Liette) Goeddel, Jeremy Goeddel, Joel (Becca) Goeddel, Crystal Goeddel, Amy Street, Tabitha (Zac) Royer, Brandy Hasty, Rachel (Bill) Maher, Angela Clark and Michelle (Kadhim) Alidani; great-grandchildren, Elyse, Caleb, Ryder, Logan, Carter, Brinnley, Haylee, Camdyn, Rennah and Abby; and a sister, Laura Popp; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Pennock; a son Clarence Garrison; sisters Opal Spencer and Erma Pryor; and her brother, Frank Roberson. Mrs. Pennock attended Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo. She enjoyed dancing, fishing, bingo and traveling. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Pennock was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Southern Illinois.


Don Grover Hamilton Sr.
, 85, of Renault, died Nov. 11, 2013, in Red Bud. He was born Dec. 9, 1927, Fornfelt, Mo., the son of the late George and Minnie (nee Spencer) Hamilton. Mr. Grover is survived by his children, Barbara Johnson, Donna (John) Fensterman, Clarence (Brenda) Hamilton, Don (Sandra) Hamilton, Jr., David Wayne (Pamela) Hamilton, Brenda (David) Wetzler, Mary (David) Moll-Crowell and Jimmy (Shyrl) Hamilton; brothers Raymond Hamilton and Homer Hamilton; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Thressia (nee Jackson) Hamilton; a daughter, Sandra Hamilton; son, George Hamilton; son-in-law, Harold Johnson; and grandchildren, Katie Hope and Ryan Donald Hamilton. Mr. Grover was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had retired from Amtrak. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Roger Karban officiating. Mr. Grover was buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Renault.

  

Cecil T. Hundley, 87, of Valmeyer, formerly of Dupo, died Nov. 15, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 22, 1926, in Kenton, Tenn., the son of the late Dewey and Mae (nee Hopper) Hundley. Mr. Hundley is survived by his wife, Doris (nee Tweedy) Hundley; his children, James (Joyce) Hundley of Waterloo, Tom Hundley of Dupo, Nancy Johnny) Jackson of Lebanon, Mo., and Lori (Robert) Vance of Valmeyer; a sister, Juanita Jankowski of Greenfield, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his brothers, Bobby Hundley and James Hundley; and a sister, Mary Daunis. Cecil was a retired Master Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force. He later retired as a truck driver from Complete Auto Transit. Visitation and funeral were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo with Rev. Matt Friz officiating.

Shirley Ann Cope, nee Dalton, 68, of Waterloo, died Nov. 15, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 9, 1945, in St. Louis, the daughter of Leroy Dalton and the late Lucille (nee Reeves) Dalton. Mrs. Cope is survived by her husband, Wayne Cope; a son, Aaron (Stefanie) Cope; a grandson, Ian Matzenbacher; a sister, Donna (Lance) Burdette; and a brother, Tracey Dalton; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A private family service was held. Memorials may be made to TIP Hospice.

Deborah H. West, 63, of Waterloo, died Nov. 19, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born July 2, 1950, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late James and Wanda (nee Sands) West. Mrs. West is survived by her husband, Thomas E. Pautler; son, Brad (Elise) Finnerty; and granddaughters, Michaela Finnerty, Hannah Finnerty and Katherine Finnerty. Mrs. West was preceded in death by her first husband, Michael Finnerty. Mrs. West was a longtime employee of Human Support Services. She was a member of Retrievers Unlimited (Hunting Retriever Champion) and the Pink Whistle Society (President). Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton with Father John Kizhak officiating. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services, Pink Whistle Society, Monroe County Humane Society or the Robert "Odie" Mathews Local Families In Need Foundation .

Lynne Irene May, 79, of Gerald, Mo., died Nov. 21, 2013, at Mercy Hospital. She was born June 18, 1934, in Turlock, Calif., the daughter of the late Franklin and Genevieve (nee Sorenson) Mayes. Lynne married Lionel A. May in 1952, in Reno, Nev. In addition to her husband, Mrs. May is survived by her children, Judie Lynne Carter of Columbia, Debra (William) Marlene Horvath of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Michael (Sally) Jon May of Columbia; grandchildren, Tracie (Bryan) Girard, Sunnie Carter, Matthew Horvath, Todd Carter, Andrew May and Sarah May; great-grandchildren, Courtney Girard, Kyle Girard and Genevieve Eschmann; and sisters, Judith (Frank) Dutra of Livingston, Calif., and Susan (Wendell) Hammon of Merced, Calif.; along with nieces and nephews. Mrs. May was a volunteer with Meals On Wheels and the Gerald Public Library. She loved to travel and was of the Lutheran faith. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Spencer Z. AuBuchon, 87, of Fults, died Nov. 21, 2013, in Red Bud. He was born April 6, 1926, in St. Louis, the son of the late Spencer E. and Ann M. (nee Griekshot) AuBuchon. Mr. AuBuchon is survived by his sister, Joan (Donald) Shelton; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Virginia Lyman, Evelyn Gremand and Marilyn Loehr; and brothers, Louis E. AuBuchon and Joseph AuBuchon (in infancy). Mr. AuBuchon attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault. He was a member of the VFW. At his request, there were no visitation or funeral.

James K. Hern, 75, of Waterloo, died Nov. 25, 2013. He was born June 8, 1938, in St. Louis, the son of the late Harry and Thema (nee Jackson) Hern. Mr. Hern is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Lupton) Hern; children, Kenneth Hern, Scott Hern and Tiffany (Michael) Chance; sisters, Iris (Dillard) Munsell and Cheryl (James) Jokerst; and his uncle, Vernon (Jane) Hern; along with grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harry Richard Hern; and sister-in-law, Jackie Hern nee Bazzel. Mr. Hern was a member of the Your Friends In Christ Bible Study Group. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Dillard Munsell officiating. Mr. Hern was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Fults.

Charles William Theis, 75, of Millstadt, died Nov. 24, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born July 7, 1938, in Union County, the son of the late William and Molly (nee Angell) Theis. Mr. Theis is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn (nee McIntosh) Theis; daughters, Karen (Bob) Mueller and Angela Theis; his son, Charles Brian Theis; grandchildren Jason (Jamie) Mueller, Alyssa Theis, Carly Choate, Courtney, Austin and Zackary Thies, and Chelsie Lang; a great-granddaughter, Char-lotte Mueller; brothers, Howard Theis, Raymond Theis, Larry Theis and Gilbert Theis; and sisters, Emma Richardson and Marie Cupp; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Leland McIntosh; brothers, Alvin, Carl, Ed, Norman and Otto Theis; and sisters, Elsie Davis, Wilhelmina Menees, Mary Louis and Lena Theis. Mr. Theis was employed for 25 years as a butcher at Hunter Packing. He later worked for the Millstadt Township and the Village of Millstadt. He was a longtime member of the Millstadt Union Fire Department. Charles coached all three of his children in Little League. He also volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels for the Millstadt Senior Center. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He especially liked his family’s summer gatherings around a bonfire at the lake. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. At Charles’ request, he was cremated. Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Senior Center, Shriner’s Hospital For Children or the Millstadt Union Fire Department.

Mary Neva Marin, nee Granda, 91, of Columbia, died Nov. 28, 2013. She was born March 28, 1922, in Taylor Springs, the daughter of the late Joseph and Esperanza (nee Menendez) Granda. Mary married Emil "Meeshe" Marin in 1946 in Fulton, Mo. He died in in 2009. Mrs. Marin is survived by her son, David Marin of Columbia; a daughter, Vicki (Jan) Swickard of Bristol, R.I.; her brother, Julian Granda of Addieville; and nieces and nephews, Tina (Granda) Kopp, Donna (Granda) Schulte, Nephew, Keith, Joe and Jon Granda; along with her mother's family from Spain whom she visited and kept correspondence. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Blano Granda; and a nephew, Rick Granda. Mrs. Marin attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. She was a homemaker and also worked for many years at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Mary was fond of sharing childhood memories of her family in Fairmont City, her parents' native country (Spain) and that she was at Times Square in New York City on V.J. Day in 1945. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Marin was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church - Building Fund.

 Deron W. Patton, 41, of Columbia, died Nov. 29, 2013, at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 2, 1972, in Belleville, the son of the late Melvin and Candace (nee Wilson) Patton. Mr. Patton is survived by his daughter, Kaitlyn Patton of Columbia; a sister, Kim (Tedd) Bacott of Columbia; a brother, J.D. Patton of Mascoutah; grandmother, Grace (Merril) Loyet of Highland; aunts and uncles, Debbie (Louie) Janik of Columbia, Denise (Ritch) Keller of Columbia, Craig (Kim) Wilson of Greenville, Larry (Diane) Patton of Belleville and Lynn Brower of Columbia; nieces and nephews, Ryan, Caitlin, Ashley, J.T., Emma, Brittni, Kadence, Beau and Berlyn; and great-nephew and great-niece, Jayce and Ellie Mae. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Patton officiating. A cremation followed. Memorials may be made to the Deron Patton Memorial Fund.

Catherine Menke, nee Schmidt, 98, of Waterloo, died November 30, 2013 in Waterloo. She was born March 15, 1915 in Kidd, Ill, the daughter of the late William and Augusta nee Schmidt. Mrs. Menke is survived by her children, Ervin (Donna) Menke, Shirley Williams, Orville (Beverly) Menke, Robert (Mildred) Menke and Larry (Reba) Menke; daughter-in-law, Shirley Menke; grandchildren, Teresa Rusteberg, Pat Killingsworth, Michelle Gummersheimer, Dawn Kelley, Mike and Tim Williams, Kathy Bujnak, Shryl Hamilton, Wayne Menke, Shelly and Nicole Menke, Susan Stratman, April Kirkley, Danny, and Millie Menke, Steve Menke and Heather Griffin; 37 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; brother, William C. (Lorene) Schmidt; sisters-in-law, Jean Menke and Maxine Schmidt; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Herman P. Menke; son, Vernon Menke; son-in-law, Elmer Williams; grandchildren, Diane and Donna Menke, Brian and Bradley Menke, Tina Renee Hoggard; two great grandchildren; brother, Elmer Schmidt. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Mrs. Menke was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

  
Maydell D. Huetsch, nee Schilling, 82, of Waterloo, died Nov. 1, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born May 5, 1931, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Martin Schilling, the late Louise (nee Einwich) Burg and the late Charles Burg (stepfather). Mrs. Huetsch is survived by her husband, John O. Huetsch; children Jay M. (Mary Ellen) Huetsch, Steven C. (Kim) Huetsch, Lynne M. (Randy) Duren and Randy L. (Julie) Huetsch; grandchildren John C. Huetsch, Mark A. Huetsch, Michael C. Huetsch, Amy E. Huetsch, Jessica N. Thompson, Meaghan L. Huetsch, Christopher J. Huetsch, Matthew K. Huetsch and Alex R. Ford; a great-grandson, Randy E. Thompson; sisters Irene H. (Vernon) Heine and Myrtle Laurent; a brother, Leroy N. Schilling; and sisters-in-law, Delores F. Guebert, Mary Ann Rensing and Helen E. Hon; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert J. Schilling; sisters-in-law Helen H. Schilling and Dorothy M. Karban; and brothers-in-law Marvin Laurent, Herbert B. Huetsch, Norman L. Huetsch, Herman J. Huetsch and Ardell A. Huetsch. Mrs. Huetsch attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Sunday, Nov. 3, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo C.M. officiating. Mrs. Huetsch will be buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the SPPS Education First Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.
 
William H. Schmidt Jr., 83, of Waterloo, died Nov. 6, 2013, with his family by his side at Oak Hill. He was born June 26, 1930, in Waterloo, the son of the late William Sr. and Amanda (nee Kraft) Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt is survived by his wife, Mary Kay (nee Notter) Schmidt; children, Connie (Charles) Lutz, Rhonda (John) Maurer and Wendy (Perry) Skaer; grandchildren, Christopher (Brittany) Lutz, Cara (Brian) Kettler, Caleb (Sarah) Lutz, Craig (Pam) Unger, Brian (Jessica) Unger, Melissa (Cory) Meyers, A.J. Skaer and Alec Skaer; and a sister, Ruth Matzenbacher; along with 12 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Bernard Unger; and a brother in infancy. Mr. Schmidt attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. He was a member of the Waterloo Rotary Club, Beaver Lake, Coon Lake and the Waterloo American Legion. Bill was a retired car salesman. He was a talented clarinet player, having played in several local bands, including the Waterloo German Band, New Hanover Deutschmeisters, Waterloo Municipal Band and Bud Light Brigade. Bill enjoyed fishing, especially with his lifelong friend Whitey Herzog. Mr. Schmidt was a standout athlete during his days at Waterloo High School. He starred on the baseball and track teams. He was voted into the inaugural class of the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Mr. Schmidt was buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Paul UCC’s General Fund.
 
Marion Louise Thompson, nee Hewitt, 82 of Greenville, Mo., died Nov. 1, 2013, at Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital. She was born April 12, 1931 in Columbia. Mrs. Thompson is survived by her husband of 64 years, Leon Thompson, Sr.; and children, Terry Wells, Bonnie Tinnin, Marilee Thompson, Jeannie Loper, Randall Thompson and Linda Lou Thompson; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son. Leon Thompson, Jr.; a daughter, Debra Lynn Thompson and her parents. Mrs. Thompson was a homemaker. A private family burial was at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia.
 
Martin John Schrader, 81, of Granite City, died Nov. 2, 2013. He was born Feb. 18, 1932, in Monroe County, the son of the late Herman and Alma (nee Gummersheimer) Schrader. Martin and Joyce Ann Schrader were married in 1957 at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schrader is survived by his children, Harwell (Lisa) Schrader of O’Fallon, Mo., Eric (Carol) Schrader of San Francisco, Calif., and Marla Schrader (Leonardo) Hosh of Silver Spring, Md.; and grandchildren, Christopher and Michael Schrader and Jonathan and Anna Hosh. John was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Mr. Schrader earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mathematics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1955.  He also did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and studied theoretical physics at the University of Hannover in Germany as a Fullbright Scholar. John served in the Army from 1957-59 where he began his work with the space program with the calculation of the flight of the Jupiter-C missile which carried Explorer IV in to space.  He began his career at McDonnell- Douglas Aircraft in 1959 and was involved with a variety of space programs in systems engineering, the most notable being Mercury and Gemini. Martin retired in 1998 after 39 years with the company. Martin was an active volunteer in multiple organizations including a Boy Scout  scoutmaster, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of St. Louis, a chairman and host family for International Hospitality at  SIUE for over 40 years. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Rev. Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Schrader was buried at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Greater Missouri and Southern Illinois Chapter, the Autism Society of America, SIUE’s International Hospitality program or to his church.
 
Hobart A. Baugh, 96, of Waterloo, formerly of Kampsville, died Nov. 8, 2013, surrounded by his family at Oak Hill. He was born Aug. 26, 1917, in Mozier, Mo., the son of the late William Henry and Sadie (nee Sidwell) Baugh. Mr. Baugh is survived by his daughter, Joyce Krippel of Columbia; grandchildren, Mark Baldus, Andrea (John) Kawalec and Matthew Krippel; and great-grandchildren, Nathan and Alex Kawalec. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Wanda (nee Hahn) Baugh; a daughter in infancy, Kathleen; son-in-law, Raymond Krippel; brothers, Winfred, William, Jackie, Allie and Moreland; a sister, Odessa; and a brother-in-law, Eugene. Mr. Baugh served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a chauffeur to the admiral. He was a 66-year member of the Kampsville American Legion Post 1083. Hobart was a retired truck driver and member of Teamsters Local 525. He started his career with Best Hybrid Seed Company and retired from Piasa Trucking after 45 years of employment. Hobart enjoyed hunting and boating in his younger years. He was a prankster and workaholic who loved spending time with his grandkids. Visitation and funeral were at Valhalla-Gaerdner - Holten Funeral Home. Mr. Baugh was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children Hospital.
 
Edith M. Dean, 84, of Columbia, died Nov. 10, 2013. She was born July 14, 1929, in Brave, Penn., the daughter of the late Harry and Mary Taylor Burris Sr. Edith married Alfred E. Dean in 1947. He preceded her in death in 1967. Mrs. Dean is survived by a brother, Dr. Edwin (Marjorie) Burris; a sister, Lela Vales; and sister-in- law, Ruth Burris; along with nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Harry Burris, Jr. Edith graduated from Fredericktown, Mo., High School in 1946 and enrolled in Southeast Missouri State College in Cape Girardeau, majoring in Business Education and Language Arts. After receiving her Bachelor’s of Science Degree, she enrolled in Missouri University, completing her Master’s Degree specializing in the teaching of reading under Dr. Steryl A. Artley, renowned Scott Foresman author. Her teaching in the Missouri public schools included Cape Girardeau County and Fulton High School, where she served as chairman of the English Department for many years. She retired in 1991 after 43 years as a teacher. Edith moved to Columbia in 1993 where she had family. She was active in the Columbia Plan Commission, serving as chairman for several years. Edith was active in bridge groups and was an avid reader of current materials. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A graveside service took place at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Edith M. Dean - Fulton High School Scholarship Fund.
 
Don Grover Hamilton Sr., 85, of Renault, died Nov. 11, 2013, in Red Bud. He was born Dec. 9, 1927, the son of the late George  and Minnie (nee Spencer) Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton is survived by his children, Barbara Johnson, Donna (John) Fensterman, Clarence (Brenda) Hamilton, Don (Sandra) Hamilton Jr., David Wayne (Pamela) Hamilton, Brenda (David) Wetzler, Mary (David) Moll-Crowell and Jimmy (Shryl) Hamilton; and brothers, Raymond Hamilton and Homer Hamilton; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Thressia (nee Jackson) Hamilton; a daughter, Sandra Hamilton; son, George Hamilton; son-in-law, Harold Johnson; and grandchildren Katie Hope and Ryan Donald Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was retired from Amtrak. Visitation is Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Father Roger Karban officiating. Mr. Hamilton will be buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Renault.
 
Courtney Lee Roscow, 19, of Red Bud, died Nov. 9, 2013, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born April 13, 1994. Ms. Roscow is survived by her son, Cayson David Murray of Red Bud; special friend, Chris Murray of Baldwin; her parents, Teryl Roscow, Laurie Roscow and Chad Collins, all of Red Bud; sisters, Rachel Anne Roscow and Tara Lee Anne Roscow, all of Red Bud; grandparents, Rebecca  Rhodes of Red Bud, Alvin Roscow of Prairie du Rocher and Keith and Nancy Koester of Red Bud; and her great-grandmother, Thelma Roscow of Prairie du Rocher. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jack Rhodes. Courtney was employed by the Lau-Nae Winery. Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Friday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Rev. Carol Andricks officiating.  Courtney will be buried at St. Marcus Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her family. 

October 2013

Dewey "Mick" Meeks, 89, of Kimberling City, Mo., died Oct. 22, 2013. He was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Holcomb, Miss. Mr. Meeks is survived by his wife, Lucille (Schreder) Meeks of Kimberling City, Mo.; and brothers-in-law, Michael Schreder, Francis Schreder, Al Schreder and Roy (Betty) Schreder; along with nieces and nephews. A memorial service was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Madonnaville. Mr. Meeks was cremated and buried at the church’s cemetery.

Jeff S. Riley, 57, of Columbia, died Oct. 27, 2013 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born March 20, 1956 the son of the late Herbert “Rip” and Gloria (nee Camenzind) Riley. Mr. Riley is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Weiss) Riley; a daughter, Erin C. Riley; his step-father, "Sam" Riley; and godmother, Gladys Werner. Jeff was an avid sportsman who loved hunting, fishing, the outdoors and the St. Louis Blues and Cardinals. An independent, entrepreneurial free spirit and mentor, he lived every day to the fullest. His sense of humor was contagious because "he was always up to something." Mr. Riley traveled the world with his family and friends and was a lover of antique cars. He was a past member and president of the Columbia Kiwanis Club and a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Early V-8 Ford Club. He organized and chaired numerous charitable car shows in the region. The Riley family is grateful to Dr. Amy Loden and the staff at Barnes Jewish Hospital for their extraordinary vigilance and comforting care. Visitation and funeral were at the Kutis Affton Chapel in South County. Mr. Riley was buried at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Crystal City, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County or St. Jude’s Hospital

Martha C. Falk, 73, of Waterloo, died Oct. 27, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family after a long battle of cancer. Mrs. Falk is survived by her children, Thomas "Fish" L. (Julie) Falk of Waterloo and Jerry W. (Denise) Falk of Red Bud; grandchildren, Thomas Falk and Lauren "Sis" Falk of Waterloo; and brothers, Newt "Red" (Judy) Harris of Gallatin, Tenn., and Richard (Pat) Harris of Hecker; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Leatha (nee Ward) Harris; her husband, Fredrick "Freddie" Falk; a son, Terry L. Falk; brothers, Glenn and Ivan Harris; and sisters, Sylvia Maurer and Shirley Bunch. Private funeral services were held.

 Donald L. Gaitsch, 79, of Waterloo, died Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis.He was born May 6, 1934, in Red Bud, the son of the late Theodore and Mayme (nee Mennerich) Gaitsch. Mr. Gaitsch is survived by his wife, June (nee Whelan) Gaitsch; children. Darrell (Jane) Gaitsch, Roger Gaitsch and Donna Rusteberg; a sister, Edna Wetzler; a sister-in-law, Laverne Whelan; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Gaitsch was the owner of Don’s Electric in Waterloo. Private services were held. Mr. Gaitsch was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Alma O. Cain, nee Rasnic; 89, of Columbia, died Oct. 19, 2013 in Waterloo. She was born June 28, 1924, in Wortham, Mo., the daughter of the late James and Delphia (nee Speer) Rasnic. Mrs. Cain is survived by her daughter, Jane (Michael) Wood; grandchildren, Mike Wood II, Daniel (Celia) Wood, Melissa (Adam) Gaitsch and Kimberly Wood; and nine great-grandchildren; along with sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ernest Cain; and a son, Charles Allen Cain; along with her brothers. Mrs. Cain attended Hope Christian Church. Visitation and funeral were at Hope Christian Church with Pastor Dennis Jones officiating. Mrs. Cain was buried at Big River Cemetery in Irondale, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Alzheimer's Unit or the Hope Christian Church Food Pantry.

David Allen Wheat, 73, of Waterloo, died Oct. 22, 2013. He was born April 16, 1940, in Valmeyer, the son of the late George and Amelia (nee Rubemeyer) Wheat. Mr. Wheat is survived by his wife, Jean (nee Sparwasser) Wheat; children, Steve (Mary) Wheat and Susan (Keith) Scheibe; grandchildren, Zachary Wheat, Avery Wheat, Andrew Scheibe and Kaitlyn Scheibe; a brother, Marlin (Janice) Wheat; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Shirley Wheat, Louise Gremmels, Arline Reed, Marlene (Richard) Buettner and Butch (Laurie) Sparwasser; and his lifelong friend, Charles Juelfs. He was preceded in death by brothers, Leonard, Robert and Wilbert Wheat; a sister in infancy; and his devoted dog, Molly. Mr. Wheat attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. He grew up enjoying working on cars, so in 1977 he started the family-owned businesses, Wheat's Auto Body, Inc. and Wheat's Auto World, Inc. David also served on the State Bank of Waterloo’s board of directors. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, with Pastor James Watson officiating. Mr. Wheat was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Salem-Baum Cemetery Association.

Dorothy L. Peterson, nee Bettis, 86, of Millstadt, died Oct. 22, 2013, at the Freeburg Care Center. She was born July 29, 1927 in East Carondelet, the daughter of the late John and Elsie Bettis. Mrs. Peterson is survived by her husband Charles Peterson; a son, son, Ken “Flash” (Paula) Farley; granddaughters Stacey (Duane) Dambacher, Kendra Rieso and Tiffany (Tim) VanMatre; great-grandchildren, Ayven and Grady VanMatre; her brother, Alvin (Gaye) Bettis; a sister, Virginia Steiger; and a sister-in-law, Delores Bettis; along with five step-children. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon K. Rieso; her brother, Glen Bettis; a sister, Marie Steiger; and brothers-in-law, Percy Muskopf and Wayne Steiger. Mrs. Peterson was employed at Hunter Packing in East St. Louis. She was a member of Millstadt VFW Post 7980 Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Rev. David Krueger officiating. Mrs. Peterson was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Senior Center or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Doris Mae Tolbird, nee Range, 83, of Columbia died Oct. 26, 2013 surrounded by her family at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Tolbird was born Oct. 17, 1930 in Cahokia, the daughter of the late Joseph and Emma (Levin) Range. Doris married James D. “J.D.” Tolbird Jr. in 1949. He died in 1989. Mrs. Tolbird is survived by her children, Douglas (Donna) Tolbird of San Antonio, Tex., Geri (Allyn) Konrad of Collierville, Tenn., and Tammy (P. Michael) Read of Columbia; a son-in-law, Don Noski of Cahokia; grandchildren, Jessica (Zach) Busby, Stacy (Blake) Emery, Donnie (Ella) Noski, Chad (fiancée Erica Hampton) Noski, Katie Noski, Lisa (David) Schmidt, Bridget (Mike) Walton, A.J. Konrad, and Mattie and Patrick McDermott; step-grandchildren, Aaron Wilhelm, Brenna (Mike) Burgiel, Michaela (Tony) Campagnolo, and Kerry and Dillon Read; great-grandchildren, Kamdyn Emery, Brittany Stover, Brianna Noski, Jared and Peyton Schmidt, and Trey, Carson and Addison Walton; brother-in-laws, Toliver Tolbird and Larry Tolbird; and a sister-in-law, Clara Range; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Noski; brothers Theodore, Paul, Virgil, Joseph Jr. and Kenneth Range; and sisters Ermantine Gruninger and Gertrude Doerr. Doris was a longtime member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Cahokia and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She attended St. Teresa Academy and Dupo High School. Doris retired in the early 1990s as the bookkeeper for J.D. Tolbird Inc. (Roger’s Cartage Trucking Company) in Sauget. After retirement, Mrs. Tolbird was active in the Columbia Woman’s Club, Immaculate Conception Altar Society, Immaculate Conception Renew Group and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed playing pinochle, bunco, quilt bingo and going to lunch with her many life-long friends. Some of her most treasured moments were spending time with family and friends at her lake home on Lake of Egypt in Southern Illinois. Visitation was at Braun Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Tolbird was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Church or ICS.

Jeanette L. Detrich, nee Lilly, 77, of Columbia, died Oct. 26, 2013. Visitation is Thursday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral will follow. Mrs. Detrich will be buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights.

Emma A. Rodenberg, nee Schmidt, 95, of Waterloo, died Oct. 1, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born March 7, 1918 in Fults, the daughter of late Phillip and Barbara (nee Hoffmann) Schmidt. Mrs. Rodenberg is survived by her children, Orval Rodenberg and Alice (Michael) Eichenseer; grandchildren, Gwen (Paul) Wilson, Gary (Caroline) Rodenberg, Amy (Chris) Eschmann and Kelly (Jeff) Walkenhorst; and great-grandchildren, James and Kylie Eschmann, Mason Boatright, Danni Mitchell and William Walkenhorst; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Rodenberg; daughter-in-law, Lynne R. Rodenberg; a brother, Carl Schmidt; and her sister, Louisa Rodenberg. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Zion UCC in St. Joe with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mrs. Rodenberg was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Zion UCC of St. Joe.

Betty Ann Schlesinger, nee Fries, 80, of North Port, Fla., died Oct. 9, 2013, in North Port. She was born Dec. 19, 1032 in Evansville, the daughter of the late Walter and Bertha (nee Dieckmann) Fries. Mrs. Schlesinger is survived by her children, Susan Cline and Timothy Schlesinger; grandchildren, Courtney and Ryan Williams, and Sebastian and Caroline Schlesinger; a sister, Karen Hill; and a brother, Roger (Marie) Fries; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale E. Schlesinger; and a son, Todd Schlesinger. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Schlesinger was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown.

Ralph "Red" Mueller, 85, of Columbia, died Oct. 9, 2013. He was born Nov. 4, 1927, at Fults, the son of the late Henry and Augusta (nee Hoffmann) Mueller. He married Helen (nee Fischer) Mueller in 1953 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Mueller is survived by a daughter, Deborah (Michael) Schuetz of Barrington; grandchildren, Kate, Elizabeth, Rebecca and Patrick Schuetz; and sisters, Pearl Halleran and Twila Hankammer, both of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ardelle Vogt and Mildred Berneking; and brothers, Robert and Nelson Mueller. Mr. Mueller served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Red was a carman with the Missouri Pacific Railroad in Dupo. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Mueller was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Dennis M. Doyle, 65, of Waterloo died Oct. 13, 2013 at St. Anthony's Medical Center, St. Louis. He was born July 25, 1948, in St. Louis. Survivors include daughters, Kari Doyle of Waterloo and Danielle (Brian) Roth of St. Charles, Mo; a granddaughter, Kayla (William) Juenger of Waterloo; his parents, Ivan and Mickey (Gillispie) Doyle of Columbia, sisters, Carolyn (Jim) Summers of Maryland Heights, Mo. and Tammy (Mark) Kohlenberger of Columbia; and a brother, Bruce (Susan) Doyle of Columbia. along with other relatives and friends.Mr. Doyle had been an insurance broker and was a member of the V.F.W, American Legion, and the Paralyzed Veteran's Association. He served as an Army Ranger and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mr. Doyle was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Paralyzed Veteran's of Amer-ica.

September 2013

Father Jerry Wirth, 72, died Sept. 30, 2013 as he was preparing to get a radiation treatment. He was a former teacher at Gibault and an area church pastor. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer. Father Wirth was born June 11, 1941 in Mt. Carmel, the son of the late Bernard and Pauline Wirth. Father Wirth is survived by his brothers, Paul (Carole) of Olney and their children, Alan and Kristina; Jim (Shirley) of Hollister, Mo., and their children, Jonathan, Kara and David, Lee (Donna) of Darien and their children, Mark and Kelly, Tom (Jane) of Evansville, Ind., and their children, Matt and Joe. He was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Jean. Jerry attended St. Mary's Grade School in Mt. Carmel and graduated in 1960 from St. Henry Preparatory Seminary in Belleville. Father Wirth’s college studies continued through his life, including St. Henry College (1960-62), St. Meinrad College (1962-64), St. Meinrad Theology (1964-68), SIUE (1971-74) and sabbatical in San Antonio (1994). His college degrees included a Bachelor’s Degree in the Classics, and Master’s Degree in Social Services Theology (1970). Churches he served included St. Clare of O'Fallon, the Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia (1969-70), Gibault High School (1969-75), St. Rose of Lima in Metropolis (1975-80), St Paul in Vienna (19775-80), Immaculate Conception in Centreville (1980-84), St. Regis in East St. Louis (1983-84), St. Patrick in East St. Louis (1984-94) and St. Joseph in Stringtown (1994-95). His personal interests were swimming, walking, speed walking, biking, skiing, hunting, sports, flower gardening, reading, movies, travel, good food and nature. Funeral was at the church. His body was donated to St. Louis University. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School.

 
Former Columbia Mayor John W. Coats, 72, died Sept. 28, 2013 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. Mr. Coats had been a patient in the hospital since sustaining injuries in an automobile accident in Columbia Friday, Sept. 13. He was born Dec. 21, 1940, in Belleville, the son of the late Gene J. and Leona C. (nee Bade) Coats. He married Jery (nee Schoening) Coats in 1963 in Waterloo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Coats is survived by his sons, Christopher Coats of Washington, D.C., Kelly (Chris) Coats of Belleville, and Adam (Jeneen) Coats of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Jed and Ellie, Derrick and Gabby; brothers, Robert W. (Jeanne) Coats of Milton, Ga., and David (Nancy) Coats of Belleville; and sisters, Jean Lee (Leon) Landgraf of Columbia and Bonnie S. Ribbing of Columbia. Mr. Coats had served the City of Columbia as an alderman (1981-89) and as mayor (1989-93). During his term as mayor the sister cities relationship with Gedern, Germany was initiated. He was a member of the Columbia Knights of Columbus - Council 6165 and the Columbia American Legion Post 581. John had worked in pharmaceutical sales with A.H. Robins, SmithKline Beecham and Alcon Laboratories Inc. Mr. Coats was a basketball official for both high school and college games. As a long distance runner, John ran two St. Louis Marathons and had qualified for and participated in the Boston Marathon in 1984. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating.

Carol J. Daab, 77, of Columbia, died Sept. 18, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Belleville. She was born Feb. 3, 1936, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Royal and Clara (nee Meier) Hoffmann. Carol married Henry W. Daab Jr., in 1995 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Daab is survived by a daughter, Melissa A. Daab of Columbia; and a sister, Marylin (James) Devan of Belleville; along with aunts, nieces and nephews. There were no public services. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the American Diabetes Association.

Paul Philip Althoff, 86, of Waterloo, died Sept. 17, 2013 in Waterloo. Mr. Althoff was born March 26, 1927 in Valmeyer, the son of the late Philip and Eleanora (nee Sensel) Althoff. He is survived by his daughter, Angela (Gary) Most; and grandchildren, Phillip and Olivia Most; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Althoff was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Caroline (nee Rahn) Althoff; a brother, Robert Althoff; a sister, Ruth Anderson; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Althoff. Mr. Althoff was raised in Valmeyer and was the valedictorian of the Valmeyer High School Class of 1945. Mr. Althoff served in the U.S. Army for two years in Wurzburg, Germany. He went on to graduate summa cum laude from SIU Carbondale. He married his college sweetheart, Ethel Rahn, and had 55 wonderful years together. After teaching several years in the Waterloo School District, he was employed for 34 years at Ralston Purina. Mr. Althoff attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo and was a past-president of the consistory. He also served as a president of the Waterloo School Board and was a Paul Harris Fellow with the Waterloo Rotary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC. Mr. Althoff was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Doris F. Scherrer, nee Gardner, 82, of Waterloo, died  Sept. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. She was born May 22, 1931, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Eddie Gardner and Alpha (nee Keller) Gardner. Mrs. Scherrer is survived by her husband, Francis "Bud" Scherrer; children, Michael (Juanita) Scherrer, Diane Scherrer, Janet (Jerry) Gasper, Susan Hetz, Jerry (Pam) Scherrer and Linda Eggemeyer (William Sharpe); siblings, Mary (Merle) Berglof and Eddie (Lynn) Gardner; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Scherrer attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Ron Weber officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

William C. Reger, 91, of Columbia, died Sept. 20, 2013 at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis. He was born April 5, 1922, in Columbia, the son of the late William and Mary (nee Wilde) Reger. He married Dolores (nee Haessig) Schulte Reger in 1999 in St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Mr. Reger is survived by his step-children, George (Stephanie) Schulte of Davenport, Iowa, Ann (Ed) Crane of Emerald Isle, NC., Karen (Bob) Morgan of Ballwin, Mo., and Mark (Jill) Schulte of St. Louis; 13 step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and close friends Marty Kaempfe and Leroy Davis; along with nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in law. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Elizabeth Stumpf, Helen Newport and Vera Reichert. Mr. Reger served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He was a retired electrician, having worked with Wilde Radio and Electric, and later with Design Electric in Columbia. Bill was a 55-year member of IBEW Local 309 of Collinsville. Mr. Reger was a local farmer who enjoyed gardening and dancing. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. William Groennert officiating. Mr. Reger was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the de Greeff Hospice House.

Pearl Mehrmann Jahr, 96, died Sept. 23, 2013, Salida, Colo. She was born April 1, 1917, in Monroe City. Pearl is survived by daughter, Sharon Jahr of Buena Vista, Co.; brothers, Roy Mehrmann of Red Bud and Donald (Shirley) Mehrmann of Columbia; and sisters, Patricia (Art) Ford of Red Bud and Betty (Glenn) Foster of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; five sisters; and her husband, Clarence. Private services were held.

Henry Edwin Spier, 58, of Belleville, died Sept. 2, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Medical Center. He was born Sept. 21, 1954 in East St Louis, the son of the late Charles and Cleta (nee Miller) Spier. Mr. Spier is survived by dear friend, Sandy of Belleville; brother, Lawrence (Virginia) Spier of Columbia; sister-in-law, Charlene Spier of Dupo; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, William “Bill” Howard, and Robert Spier. Henry was an operator at Cerro Copper in Sauget, and had been a volunteer with the Dupo EMS. There were no public services. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Carol M. Wilhelm, nee Heuckroth, 89, of Waterloo, died Sept. 5, 2013, in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 22, 1923 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Wm. Ernest and Vera (nee Seckler) Heuckroth. Mrs. Wilhelm is survived by her children Deborah (Bruce) Cummins, Susan Wilhelm and Steven (Christine) Wilhelm; grandchildren Catherine (Michael) Bess, James B. Cummins, Alyssa Wilhelm and Matthew Wilhelm; and a great-grandson, Evan Bess; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Wilhelm. Mrs. Wilhelm was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. She was a member of Gateway Waves International, the Red Hats Society, Monroe County Home Extension and the Jennings Lady Lion's Auxiliary. Carol was a Campfire Girl Leader, Cub Scout Leader and resident of Oak Hill. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Wilhelm was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

John J. Kearns Jr.
, 73, of Waterloo, died Sept. 4, 2013 in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 23, 1939, in St. Louis, the son of Florence Kearns and the late John J. Kearns, Sr. Besides his mother, Mr. Kearns is survived by his wife, Mary (nee Kuhlmann) Kearns; children, John (Shannon) Kearns III, Timothy (Anita) Kearns and Kathleen Matthes; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Emily, John IV "Jack" and Daniel Kearns, Katherine, Ross and Abigail Kearns and Nicole, Margaret and Meredith Matthes; great-granddaughter Olivia; his brother, Thomas (Carole) Kearns; and a sister, Florence Volz; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Kearns attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a member of the Waterloo Rotary Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Ron Weber officiating. Mr. Kearns was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the SS. Peter and Paul Grade School Tuition Aid Fund.

Linda Marie Lewis, 56, died Sept. 6, 2013. She was born May 25, 1956 in St. Louis and had lived in Waterloo and Hoover, Ala. Mrs. Lewis is survived by her husband of 34 years, Steven R. Lewis; daughter, Catherine (Zachariah) Kesterson; grandson, Nathan-iel; sons, Patrick (Taylor) Steven and Scott Robert; her parents, Eugene and Carol Scott; a brother, Gene Scott (Alice); sisters, Christine (Doug) Banes and Sharon (Scott) Colona; mother-in-law, Betty Lewis; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Totland; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. While living in Waterloo, Mrs. Lewis was an executive assistant for the police department. She attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo where she taught Sunday school and religion classes. Linda also served as the president of the Morrison-Talbott Library Board and she was also an active supporter of the special needs community. Visitation and funeral were at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Hoover, Ala. Mrs. Lewis was buried at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the University of Alabama Neuro Oncology Program.

 Kenneth P. Zeiger, 61, of Red Bud, formerly of Prairie du Rocher, died Sept. 7, 2013, at Red Bud Regional Hospital following a heart attack. He was born March 22, 1952, in Red Bud, the son of the late Herman and Bernice (nee Hergenroeder) Zeiger. Mr. Zeiger is survived by his sons, Kevin Zeiger, Brian (Emily) Zeiger, Dustin Baron and Cody Baron; grandchildren, Kerrigan and Sophia; and siblings, James (Mary Ellen) Zeiger, Richard (friend, Patty Cissell) Zeiger, Ruth Ann (Bill) Gallagher, Mary (friend, Gerald Whelan) Steibel; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Zeiger, sister-in-law, Joyce Zeiger; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Steibel; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. Mr. Zeiger was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Tower Rock Stone Co. of St. Genevieve, Mo. Visitation was at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault with Father Roger Karban officiating. Mr. Zeiger was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Renault.

Elaine Carr, nee Rehmer, 75, of Waterloo, died Sept. 9, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 7, 1937, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Clarence and Irma (nee Dinga) Rehmer. Mrs. Carr is survived by her husband, Thomas D. Carr; sons, Jay (Pattie) Carr and Derek (Jenny) Carr; grandchildren, Jania and Julia Carr, Bradley Hoffmann, Summer Kolmer and Thomas J. Carr; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Willard Krebel, Pam and Ronnie Bode, Wallace and Lois Carr, Howard and Bert Carr and Dee Carr; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by brother, Roger Rehmer; a sister, Linda L. Krebel; and a sister in infancy, Melvina Mae Rehmer. Mrs. Carr attended Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was active in the Bible class. She was a former accountant for Metzger Equipment. Elaine enjoyed playing bridge and kloepper, being a grandmother and was a holiday enthusiast. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Matt Clark and Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Carr was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Window Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Shirley A. McFadin, nee Knopfel, 64, of Fults, died Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbia. She was born Aug. 16, 1949, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Hazel (nee Hann) Knopfel. Mrs. McFadin is survived by her husband, Larry McFadin; children, James Avetta (fiance Yissel Batista), Lorie Avetta, Kim Reid (fiance Keath Hausher), Kelly (Donald) Rothrock, Cindy (Doyle) Woehlke and Gary (Thresa) McFadin; grandchildren, Parker Reid, Carter Reid, Anthony Amos, Anna Amos, Angela Allen and Gianna Avetta; a brother, Larry (Carol) Knopfel; and a sister-in-law, Bev Knopfel. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Knopfel. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating.

Ronald M. Barrett, 72, of Belleville, died on Sept. 16, 2013. He was born March 10, 1941 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Leonard and Agnes (Campbell) Barrett. Mr. Barrett is survived by his wife, Linda Barrett of Belleville; daughters, Sheryl (Bob) Ragsdale of East Carondelet; and Dana (Charlie Sadler) Barrett of Cahokia; four grandchildren ; two great grandchildren; brothers, Edward (Peggy) Barrett of Glen Carbon and Dennis Barrett of Canon City, CO. He was preceded in death by sons, James and Michael Barrett and grandson, Adam Barrett. Mr. Barrett was a retired switchman for the Alton and Southern Railroad. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mr. Barrett was cremated. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Ill.

Philip J. Mueller, 87, of Waterloo, died Sept. 12, 2013 in Waterloo. He was born July 14, 1926 in St. Louis, the son of the late Philip and Mary (nee Wendling) Mueller. Mr. Mueller is survived by his daughters, Jenna (Roger) Michalsen and Holly (Ray) Kaplan; grandchildren, Ted (Kate) Michalsen, Hannah Michalsen, Elyssa Kaplan and Harrison Kaplan; great grandchildren, Elias and Benjamin Michalsen; sister, Louise Gremmels; brother, Paul (Mary) Mueller; sister-in-law, Bernell Fischer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Mathew Mueller. Mr. Mueller attended St. Paul UCC. He was a member of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge 787 and the Ainad Shriners. Phillip was a former office manager at Monroe Service Co. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor James Watson officiating. Mr. Mueller was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Children's Hospital or Magnolia Terrace.

LaRue Trent, nee Aycock, 95, of Waterloo, died Sept. 2, 2013 in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 16, 1917 in Tennessee, the daughter of the late Wayne and Edna (nee Phillips) Aycock. Mrs. Trent is survived by a son, Richard (Kathleen) Trent; grandchildren, Angela (Joe) Kreienheder, Tracy Trent and Joshua (Christina) Trent; great-grandchildren, Clayton and Paige Ritchie, Audra, Mitchell and Taylor Scheibe, Kaleigh Trent and Ashley Rogerson; great-great-grandchild, Nicoli Penn; and brothers, Printice "Bill" (Gloria) Aycock and Ray Harold (Jackie) Aycock. She was preceded in death by her brother Wilburn Aycock. Mrs. Trent volunteered at the Monroe County Nursing Home and Oak Hill for more than 25 years. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Trent was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Oak Hill’s Magnolia Terrace.

 Carl J. Huch, 97, of Columbia, died Sept. 1, 2013, in Waterloo. He was born May 13, 1916, in Columbia, the son of the late Jacob and Minnie (nee Stumpf) Huch. Mr. Huch is survived by his children Paul (Shirley) Huch and Janet (Dennis) Rippelmeyer; grandchildren Mike Huch and Jenna (Jeremy) Heinlein; great-grandchildren Macy Ann Heinlein and Addison Marie Heinlein; and special friend, Viola Sinn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie (nee Kraft) Huch; a sister, Elberta Korves; and a brother, Ernst Huch. Mr. Huch attended St. Paul UCC of Columbia where he was active with the consistory. He was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau (board member), Monroe County HIA (board member), Columbia Gymnastic Association, played in a polka band and was a 35-year member of the Waterloo Municipal. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Huch was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

  

Henry Edwin Spier, 58, of Belleville, died Sept. 2, 2013 at Barnes Jewish Medical Center. He was born Sept. 21, 1954 in East St Louis, the son of the late Charles and Cleta (nee Miller) Spier. Mr. Spier is survived by a brother, Lawrence (Virginia) Spier of Columbia; sister-in-law, Charlene Spier of Dupo; and dear friend, Sandy of Belleville; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers William “Bill”, Howard and Robert Spier. Mr. Spier was an operator at Cerro Copper in Sauget, and had been a volunteer with the Dupo EMS. There were no public services. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Melvin Walter Veit, 82, of Millstadt, died Sept. 3, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, with his family by his side. He was born May 5, 1931, in Millstadt, the son of the late Alvin and Ella (nee Gruenewald) Veit. Mr. Veit is survived by his children and caregivers, Ricky and Chris Veit, Sharon and Rick Cromwell and Randy and Linda Veit; grandchildren Michelle, Megan and Andrew Veit and Coleman Cromwell; sisters and brothers-in-law, Esther and Herman Koldehoff, Norman and LaVerne Van Buren and Harvey Van Buren; best friends Leslie Stumpf and Shirley Mueller; and his beloved dogs, especially Roxy. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Florence (nee Van Buren) Veit; a brother, Earl Veit; in-laws John and Frieda (nee Wolf) Van Buren; and sisters-in-law Hilda Veit and Helen Van Buren. Mr. Veit lifetime Millstadt resident and farmer. He dearly loved his family and his farm life. Melvin attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt and was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau and Sister Cities Porta Westfalica. Visitation is Friday, Sept. 6, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m., at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mr. Veit will be buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt.

 
August 2013

Vernon W. Jacobs, 87, of Waterloo, died Aug. 31, 2013, in Red Bud. He was born May 4, 1926, in Fults, the son of the late Henry and Wilhelmine (nee Kaestner) Jacobs. Mr. Jacobs is survived by his wife, Alvera (nee Dehne) Jacobs; his sons Allen (Pam) Jacobs and David Jacobs; brothers Henry (Darlene) Jacobs and Melvin (Pat) Jacobs; and a sister-in-law, Delores Rubemeyer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers Otto and Wilmer Jacobs; and sisters Nelda Jacobs and Esther Johanning. Mr. Jacobs attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He was a member of the Waterloo Senior Center, Renault American Legion Post 1215, Beaver Lake Association and a former member of the Waterloo Sportsman Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup and Pastor Matt Clark officiating. Mr. Jacobs was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Window Restoration Fund or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Alvin L. Borcharding, 85, of Columbia, died Aug. 31, 2013, in Red Bud. He was born Jan. 27, 1928 in Maeystown, the son of the late Henry and Wilhelmina (nee Juelfs) Borcharding. Mrs. Borcharding is survived by his wife, Arlou (nee Janson) Borcharding; a son, Tom Borcharding; grandson Jon Borcharding; and a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Borcharding; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Borcharding; sisters Marie (Alfred) Heusohn, Ardel (John) Durrer and Nelda (William) Smith; and brothers Armin (Leta) Borcharding, Henry (Laurine) Borcharding and Alfred (Erma) Borcharding. Mr. Borcharding attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. He was a member of the International Union of Bricklayers and the Allied Craftworkers Local 30. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Borcharding will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia.

Dylan Anthony Range, 17, of Dupo, died Aug. 17, 2013, at his residence. He was born Feb. 3, 1996, in Red Bud, the son of Mark and Deanna Range. Besides his parents, Dylan is survived by his sisters, Denise Range and Danielle Range; his niece, Sophia; and a nephew, Tanner; along with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Dolores Mosbacher; an uncle, Bruce “Moose” Mosbacher; a great-grandfather, Tony Range; and his great-grandmother, Margie Range. Dylan was a senior at Dupo High School and a member of the AFROTC Competition Drill Team and Saber Team. His rank was Cadet Major and his position was Operations Commander in the AFROTC. He lettered twice in the AFROTC and was awarded outstanding cadet for 2011 and 2012. Dylan received the Military Order of the World Wars Award, National Sojourner’s Award and Superior Performance Award. He was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. Visitation was at First Baptist Church in Dupo. A funeral followed with Rev. Roger Reid officiating.

Cynthia S. Kinney, nee Lynch, 64, of Pinckneyville, died Aug. 14, 2013, at her residence. She was born Jan. 18, 1949 in DuQuoin, the daughter of Winona (nee Kellerman) Hampleman and the late Weaver Lynch. Mrs. Kinney married Myron Kinney in 1970. In addition to her mother and her husband, Mrs. Kinney is survived by her children, Noel (Heather) Kinney of Columbus, Ind., Nathan (Bethany) Kinney of Red Bud, Meileigh (James) Brubaker of Belleville and Ron Hughes, Jr. of Red Bud (who was like a third son); step-father, Claude Hampleman of Pinckneyville; grandchildren, Celby Kinney, Colt Kinney, Mason Kinney, Eva Kinney, Alexis Brubaker, Ryker Brubaker and Piper Brubaker; a brother, Dane Lynch of Pinckneyville; sisters, Randy Jo (Jerry) McCoy and Dawn Muller of Council Grove, Kan., and Sharon (James) Corbett of Highland (who was like a third sister); her children, Ron Hughes Jr., and Holly (Todd) Smith; and special friend, Don Collins; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Winnie and Oma Kellerman, Belle McClurken and Dores Lynch; and an uncle and an aunt, Dalph and Lee McClurken. Cynthia had been a baby sitter, a school teacher, was in the concrete yard ornament business and also worked at Sports Page Inn. She was of the Baptist faith. Cynthia attended Union University in Jackson, Ten., and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1986 at SIUE. She enjoyed machine and hand embroidery, gardening, raising flowers and spending time with her family. Visitation and funeral were at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Pinckneyville with Rev. Rob Mathis officiating. Mrs. Kinney was buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Pinckneyville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Florence L. Greenlee, nee Wharton, 99, Columbia, died Aug. 17, 2013, in Columbia. She was born May 26, 1914, in Farnam, Neb., daughter of the late William and Hannah (nee Amstutz) Wharton. She married Frank M. Greenlee in 1935 in Denver, Colo. He died in 1976. Mrs. Greenlee is survived by her daughter, Sue (Don) Barlow of Columbia; a granddaughter, Stacy (Tim) McKenzie of St. Louis; and great-granddaughters, Sara and Kelly Carr of Columbia. In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Naomi Farris, Helen Wharton, Bessie Vig and Martha Black; and a brother, Harold Wharton. Florence attended high school in Farnam, Neb., and then graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She then taught school for several years in the Sandhills of Nebraska and near Farnam, Neb. After marrying Frank M. Greenlee of Moorefield, Neb., she moved to Waterloo, Iowa and to Jesup, Iowa in 1948. She taught piano for many years in Jesup and later was secretary to the superintendent of the Jesup Public School until 1979, at which time she retired. Mrs. Greenlee attended First United Methodist Church in Jesup, Iowa, where she was the organist and active in the Even Dozen Study Club and the Order of the Eastern Star. Florence also loved nature, horseback riding, knitting, sewing and taking care of her kitties. Since September of 2000, she lived near her family in Columbia, where she continued her music ministry at Bethany United Methodist Church. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. A second wake and funeral were held in her hometown in Iowa. Mrs. Greenlee was buried at Cedar Crest Cemetery in Buchanan County, Iowa. Memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia or First United Methodist Church in Jesup, Iowa.

Louis J. Schneider, 89, of Columbia, died Aug. 16, 2013, at Garden Place of Columbia. He was born Sept. 24, 1923, in Columbia, the son of the late Louis and Emilie (nee Stoll) Schneider. Mr. Schneider is survived by nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Irene Thompson. Mr. Schneider served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Louis married Marcella (nee Bergmann) Schneider in 1957 in Columbia. She died in 2005. Mr. Schneider had been employed as a foreman at Columbia Quarry. He was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 and the Columbia Senior Citizens. He was also an avid coin collector and photographer. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Schneider was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion Post 581 or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

James Russell Walster, 75, of Smithton, died Aug. 24, 2013, 2013 at Park Haven Care Center. He was born, Sept. 29, 1937, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Glenn and Lillian (nee Marlen) Walster. Jim married Cora (nee Aubuchon) Walster in 1994 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Litchfield. In addition to his wife, Mr. Walster is survived by his siblings, Ronald (Carol) Walster of Peoria, Glenda Vetter of Maryville, Joan (Tom) Adams of Columbia, Timothy (Shiela) Walster of Dupo and Mary (Roger) Bieber of Chicago; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mr. Walster had worked at Kroger’s Grocery Store in Dupo and Ralph’s Grocery Store in Los Angeles, Calif. He retired as a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral was Wednesday, Aug. 28 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher with Fr. Stanley Konieczy officiating. Mr. Walster was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Smithton.

Robert Haentzler, 80, of Belleville, died on Aug. 25, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 23, 1932, in Belleville, the son of the late Gustave and Carrie (nee Whitworth) Haentzler. Mr. Haentzler is survived by sons, Robert A. (Judy) Haentzler of Waterloo and Christofer Haentzler of Chester; daughters, Janey (Pat) McKillip of Freeburg and Jenny Haentzler of Belleville; grandchildren, Brett and Curtis Haentzler and Andrew McKillip; a sister, Phyllis Biehl, with whom he was very close; step-son, Brandon (Nicole) Wachalz; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Haentzler; nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and special friends Joe Quevereaux, Paul Voss and Angelo Leoni. He was preceded in death by his wife and love of his life, Betty Lou Haentzler; an infant son, William; sisters, Lenos Siegler, Helen Geary and Lois (Janey) Doty; and a brother, James Lawrence (Bo) Haentzler. Mr. Haentzler was employed as a large appliance salesman at Sears, both in Belleville and Fairview Heights. Bob enjoyed gardening very much, growing the best tasting vegetables, and was very generous in sharing his produce. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing and socializing with family and his many friends. In his younger years, Mr. Haentzler pitched on the Belleville Township High School baseball team. His love of all sports, especially baseball, continued throughout his life, and he was an avid Cardinals fan. According to his wishes, Mr. Haentzler was cremated and will be put to rest next to his beloved wife Betty. A private memorial service will be held for the immediate family at a time to be determined. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

JoAnn Marie Oakley, nee Osterhage, 75, died Aug. 25, 2013. She was born Sept. 30, 1937, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Wilbur and Alice Osterhage. Over the years she has lived in Waterloo, Fanwood, N.J.; Toms River, N.J.; and Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. Mrs. Oakley is survived by her children, Susan (Dennis) Daly, Debbie (Paul) McGuire, Bob (Magdala) Oakley, Randy (Barbara) Oakley, Mike (Patty) Oakley and Steve (Maria) Oakley; grandchildren, Julia, Austin, Mark, Mike, Tyler, Patrick, Erin, Kristen, Christian, Joshua, Caraline, Julia and Jacob; siblings, Judy (Joe) Mathews, Bonnie (John) Wirth, Bob (Sharon) Osterhage , Ken (Debbie) Osterhage and Keith (Bonnie) Osterhage, all of Illinois; and aunts Mildred Kerens and Cathleen Glessner; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. JoAnn had worked for Osterhage Construction Company, Zep Manufacturing and Airco Industrial Gases. She acquired her Bachelor’s Degree in 1992 from Kean University. Visitation was at Clayton Funeral Home in Kings Park, N.Y. Funeral was at St. Joseph RC Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice House of East Northport, N.Y., or to the Lustgarten Foundation.

Myra Jean Reuss, nee Juenger, 75, of Waterloo, died Aug. 27, 2013, in Belleville. She was born June 17, 1938, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Leonard and Armeta (nee Weilmuenster) Juenger. Mrs. Reuss is survived by her husband, Dale Reuss; sons, Brent (Teri) Reuss and Keith (Diana) Reuss; grandchildren, Adam (Shawn) Reuss, Ryan Reuss, Rachel Reuss (fiancé Robbie Williams) and Stephanie Reuss (friend Andy Bachmann); great-grandchildren, Brennan Reuss and Avery Reuss; a sister, Darlene (Vernon) Recker; and brothers-in-law, Leonard Mullins and Maurice (Ruth) Reuss. She was preceded in death by her brother, Clyde Juenger; sister, Rosalie Mullins; in-laws Edwin and Emma Reuss; and a brother-in-law, Harold Birkner. Mrs. Reuss was a member of the St. Paul UCC of Waterloo choir, the Red Hat Society and the Monroe County Garden Club. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor James Watson officiating. Mrs. Reuss was buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul UCC Stephen's Ministry.

Luella Anna Toenjes, nee Mueth, 90, of Millstadt, died Aug. 25, 2013 at the Freeburg Care Center. She was born July 30, 1923, in Floraville, the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (nee Becker) Mueth. Mrs. Toenjes is survived by her husband of 66 years, George “Dick” Toenjes, Jr.; sons, Michael “Birdseed” (Cathy) Toenjes of Millstadt, Ronald (Debby) Toenjes of Georgetown, Tex., and Norman “Shorty” (Kathy) Toenjes of Millstadt; a daughter, Rita (Jeff) Helfrich of Millstadt; grandchildren, Allison Toenjes, Wade (fiancé Jenny McWilliams) Toenjes, Todd Toenjes, Ryan Toenjes, Tiffany (Brian) Markus, Lauren (J.V.) Fiss, Brett (Brittany Stahr) Toenjes, Emily Toenjes, Brad Helfrich, Jacob Toenjes and Max Helfrich; great-grandchildren, Bryce Andrew Markus, Charli May Fiss and Tessa Rene Toenjes; a brother, Sylvester “Tuffy” Mueth; sister-in-law, Almira Mueth; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Floyd “Flip” (Eulene) Toenjes and Glenn “Giss” (Joyce) Toenjes; and her god-children, Kevin Mueth, Julie Toenjes, Danny Toenjes, Linda (nee Mueth) Cain and Nancy (nee Marlen) Alberter. She was preceded in death by her in-laws, George and Alma (nee Eichelmann) Toenjes; siblings, Arthur “Otts” (Alberta) Mueth, Cletus “Dip” (Mildred) Mueth, Henry “Hank” Mueth, Herbert (Marion) Mueth; Emil (Ardella) Mueth, Raymond (Mary) Mueth, Ervin “Tootie” (Gloria) Mueth; Aurelia “Really” (Richard) Alberter and Carson “Corky” Eversmeyer; a sister-in-law, Helen Mueth; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert (Delores) Toenjes, Wilbur “Whip” (Eileen) Toenjes, Donald “Knuckles” (LuAnn) Toenjes and Marlene Toenjes; grandson, Shane Andrew Toenjes; nephew and nieces, Dennis “Bing” Alberter, Betty Mueth Huddleston and Rhonda “Muffy” Mueth Messick. Mrs. Toenjes attended St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt where she was involved in the church’s sodality. She was a member of the Millstadt VFW Post 7980 Ladies Auxiliary, the Millstadt American Legion Post 502 Ladies Auxiliary in Millstadt and the Smithton Turner Ladies. She was employed at the Millstadt Rayon Factory and the West End Fish Stand. Luella enjoyed playing bingo and cards, quilting, picking strawberries, making potato salad at West End Fish Stand for 30 years and was a second baseman for the Floraville softball team. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially watching their baseball, softball, basketball, football and volleyball games. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. Mrs. Mueth was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the St. James Sodality, St. James Athletic Association or Family Hospice.

Dale P. Gummersheimer, 55, of Columbia, died Aug. 2, 2013, at his residence as the result of a fatal injury involving a bull in his pasture. He was born July 26, 1958, in Belleville, the son of the late Harold and Violet (nee Rueck) Gummersheimer. Mr. Gummersheimer is survived by his children, Heather (Tony) Neri, Courtney Gummersheimer and Adam Gummersheimer; granddaughter, Olivia Neri; and brothers, Wayne (Laurie) Gummersheimer and Roger (Kathy) Gummersheimer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Gummersheimer. Mr. Gummersheimer was a farmer who was also employed at Kuna Food Service in Dupo. He was a member of the Sister Cities and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating.

Mark Thomas Pautler, 58, of St. Louis, died Aug. 1, 2013. He was born March 12, 1955, in Red Bud, the son of R. Nick Pautler and the late Dorothy (nee Koopmann) Pautler. Mr. Pautler is survived by his wife, Patricia (nee Long) Pautler; children, Erin (Chris) Gluck and Matthew Pautler; sisters, Mary Kelly and Lynn Pautler; and brothers, Stephen Pautler and James Pautler; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Mitchell A. Kelly. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Smith officiating.

Helen L. Brown, nee Bunch, 94, of Waterloo, died Aug. 1, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 29, 1918, in Provo, Ky.; the son of the late David Hugh and Lily Mae (nee Pierce) Bunch. Mrs. Brown is survived by her children, Roger Barry (Patricia) Brown, James Jerry Brown, Dian (Steve) Schwartz and Sheila Brown; a son-in-law, Robert Buzzell; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; along with great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James O. Brown; and a daughter, Kathy Buzzell; along with siblings. Mrs. Brown attended the First Baptist Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Warnock officiating. Mrs. Brown was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Dale F. Mathews, 76, of Waterloo, died Aug. 4, 2013, in Creve Coeur. He was born July 23, 1937, in Columbia, the son of the late Simon and Agnes (nee Schneider) Mathews. Mr. Mathews is survived by his children, Linda (Keith) Lenox, Debbie (Jeff) Battin, Daniel Mathews, Dale Mathews and Michael Mathews; a daughter-in-law, Linda Mathews; son-in-law, Douglas Akin; grandchildren, Tera (Ronnie) Harrelson, Angela (Todd) Eschmann, Alicia Wilson, Clay Lennox, Chet Jones, Robert "Bubba" Mathews, Michael Lennox, Nikki Mund, Andrea Mathews, Travis Mathews, Kyle Breitenstein, Kailah Akin and Tiffany and Perry Battin; great-grandchildren, Paige Barker (fiance Matt Strohmeier), Chandler, Chase and Marley Harrelson, Samantha, Abby and Brenden Eschmann, Sophia Whitmore, Cody, Kimberly and Cameron Lennox, Kylie Riggs, J.J., Michael, Jr. and Benjamin Lennox and Carter Ganns; and siblings, Orval (Nancy) Mathews, Clyde (Shirley) Mathews, Dennis (Lynn) Mathews, David Mathews and Janet (Bill) Posey; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert D. "Odie" Mathews; a daughter, Sandra M. Akin; and a brother, John T. Mathews, Sr. Mr. Mathews attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He had been employed with Laborer's Local 196. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Ron Weber officiating. Mr. Mathews was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Mercy Palliative Care.

Monroe Kalbfleisch, 88, of Millstadt, died Aug. 5, 2013, Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. He was born May 31, 1925, in Millstadt, the son of the late Monroe and Elsie (nee Haas) Kalbfleisch. Mr. Kalbfleisch married Edna (nee Kleinschmidt) Kalbfleisch in 1950 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Millstadt. In addition to his wife, Mr. Kalbfleisch is survived by his children, Doyle (Mary) Kalbfleisch of Columbia, Darrel (Lynn) Kalbfleisch of Waterloo and Peggy (Craig) Davis of Belleville; grandchildren, Christopher (Melissa) Kalbfleisch, Angie (Cole) Siburt, Ben (Katie) Kalbfleisch and Cole (Lisa) Davis; and great-grandchildren, Allison, Carter, Carson, Claire and Emma. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marie Kleinschmidt and Dorothy Keim. Mr. Kalbfleisch was retired from the Missouri Pacific Railroad in Dupo. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Matthew Friz officiating. Mr. Kalbfleisch was buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery (formerly Kleinschmidt Cemetery). Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks or Vitas Hospice.

James J. Ritson Sr., 86, of Columbia, died Aug. 6, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Medical Center. He was born Oct. 24, 1926, in St. Louis, the son of the late Arthur and Nellie (nee Walsh) Ritson. James married Charlsie (nee Buatte) Ritson in 1949 in East St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Mr. Ritson is survived by his children, Mary Ellen (Jack) Dependahl of Waterloo, Deborah (Mark) Riebeling of Columbia and James (Donna) Ritson, Jr. of Columbia; sisters, Marie McCamish of Belleville and Lucille Ritson of Belleville; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ritson of Washington, Mo.; along with 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John Ritson, Arthur Ritson, Jr., and Robert J. Ritson. James attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Mr. Ritson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served on the USS Louisville CH 28 in the Pacific Theater in Okinawa during 1945. He retired from Monsanto Corp. after 37 years of employment. He was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581, Waterloo V.F.W Post 6504 (Life Member), WW II Memorial (Charter Member), USN Sailors Cruiser Association, and the Knights of Columbus Council 6165. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Ritson was buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

A. Thomas Walter, 101, of Waterloo, died Aug. 10, 2013 in Belleville. He was born Sept. 7, 1911 in Lenzburg, the son of the late Henry and Lena (nee Frech) Walter. Mr. Walter is survived by his daughter, Sharon Quernheim; grandchildren, Todd (Tracy) Quernheim and Sheila (Job) Sandoval; great-grandchildren, Alexander, Benjamin and Andrew Quernheim, and Tyler and Shane Sandoval; and a sister, Ruch Becker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene (nee Scher) K. Walter; son-in-law, Paul A. Quernheim; and sisters, Fern Adamson and Violet Newman; along with nieces and nephews. Mr. Walter was a member of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, Morris Lodge AF & AM 787, Scottish Rite and the Shrine. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Walter was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo..

Timothy J. Prader, 52, of Dupo, died Aug. 11, 2013 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 16, 1961, in East St. Louis, the son of Patrick Prader Sr. and Jean (nee Grasshaw) Lindhorst. Besides his parents, Mr. Prader is survived by his daughter, Ashley Prader of Paris, Tenn.; and siblings Pat (Tobie) Prader of Evansville, Lori (Lawrence) Moallankamp of Columbia, Jim (Sue) Prader of Waterloo, Chris (Kelli) Prader of Indianapolis, Steven (Leah) Lindhorst of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Toni (Rich) Elder of Freeburg, Susan Lindhorst of St. Louis, Lori (Brian) Chopin of Mandeville, La., and Sherri Champagne of New Orleans; along with nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Tim was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 513 B, and worked with Spirtus Wrecking Co. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia. Mr. Prader was buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Urological Research Found-ation or the Pujols Family Foundation.


July 2013

Florence Kathryn Raglin, nee York, 86, of Columbia, died July 31, 2013 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born June 25, 1927, in White County, the daughter of the late Gilbert and Lula (nee Robley) York. Mrs. Raglin married Clyde A. Raglin in 1947 in Carmi. He died in 2005. Mrs. Raglin is survived by her children, Mark (Lisa) Raglin of St. Louis, Lynne (Terry) Davidson of Leola, Penn. and Roger (Teresa) Raglin of Columbia; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gerald (Louise) York of Enfield. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Gary Wayne Raglin. Mrs. Raglin attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. She was active with the Columbia American Legion Auxiliary Post 581, Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary and the Columbia Senior Citizens. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Raglin was buried at the Kuykendall Cemetery in Carmi. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Joseph W. Oggero, 71, of Waterloo, died July 26, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Nov. 28, 1941, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Joseph M. and Dorothy (nee Goudey) Oggero. Mr. Oggero is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gloria (nee Wrobel) Oggero; children, Kimberly Lynn (Kris) Huels and Christopher (Nancie) Oggero; grandchildren, Karson Huels, Kayla Huels, Kaden Huels, Vincent Oggero and Elena Oggero; a brother, Jeff (Linda) Oggero; God-child, Nathan Holliday; sisters-in-law, Darlene (Russ) Horsley and Cheryl (Sam) Gretter; and favorite pet, Snowflake; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Oggero attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Oggero and his family frequently vacationed in Destin, Fla. Joe was a member of the Waterloo Country Club and enjoyed playing golf with his family and friends. Some of his favorite memories were getting his father-in-law, Bill Wrobel, brother-in-law, Russ Horsley, and his dad to play golf and replaying the game again and again on the 19th hole. For the last seven winters (January through March), Joe lived in Welaka, Fla., where he enjoyed the warm weather and once again playing the 19th hole with his golf friends and Snowflake at the Tiki Restaurant. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Ron Weber officiating. Mr. Oggero was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the SS. Peter and Paul Grade School Tuition Fund.

Adele H. Valentine, nee Horn, 83, of Waterloo, died July 20, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 2, 1929, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late John G. and Louise M. (nee Nottmeier) Horn. Mrs. Valentine is survived by a son, David Valentine; and grandchildren, John and Alex Valentine; along with a sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Erdmann Valentine. Mrs. Valentine graduated from Waterloo High School and then Brown's Business and Secretarial College in St. Louis. She was employed as a secretary for the Formica Corporation Division of American Cyanamid. Adele was a charter member and past president of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered in the outpatient department of the hospital. She was also a lifelong member of Deaconess Society, Red Bud Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Monroe County Farm Bureau, Monroe County Home Extension and the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Valentine attended St. Paul UCC. She was active with the Women’s Guild, and also taught Sunday School and Vacation Church School for 35 years. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at her church with Pastor Gerry Proctor officiating. Memorials may be made to her church, the Belleville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary or the American Heart Association.

Norene Albert, nee Schlesinger, 90, a lifelong resident of Millstadt, died July 18, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born April 19, 1923, in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Walter and Elenora (nee Baltz) Schlesinger. Norene married Howard Albert in 1976. He died in 1995. Mrs. Albert is survived by her step-children, Judy (Richard) Sutter of Millstadt, David (Connie) Albert of Colorado Springs, Colo., and William (Carol) Albert of Millstadt; grandchildren, Chris (Andrea) Sutter of Johnston City, Tenn., Joan (William) Launius of Millstadt, Katherine (Scott) Schneider of Anchorage, Alaska, Rebecca Albert of Colorado Springs, Colo., Margaret Albert of Denver, Colo., Lori (Patrick) Kieffaber of Franklin, Tenn., Eric (Yvonne) Albert of Woodland Hills, Calif., Sara (Seth) Hoffman of Lone Tree, Colo., and Teri (Brent) Reynolds of Overland Park, Kan.; and nieces and nephews, Tom O. Mueth of Millstadt, Lynn (William) Meyerchak of LaCanada Flintridge, Calif., Richard (Karla) Schlesinger of Prairie du Rocher, Charles (Kari) Schlesinger of Belleville, David Schlesinger of Freeburg and Laura (Steve) Klingeman of Tilden. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marion Mueth; and brother, Walter Schlesinger. Mrs. Albert was employed for 23 years as the secretary/treasurer for the Millstadt Consolidated School. She attended Zion Evangelical Church where she was involved in the Women’s Fellowship. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Pastor Craig Frazier officiating. Mrs. Albert was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to her church.

Raymond Lee Walker, 84, of Columbia, died July 19, 2013, at Delmar Gardens South in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 17, 1928, in East St. Louis the son of the late Lyman and Pearl (nee Johnston) Walker. Raymond married Dorothy (nee Dorn) Walker in Aug. 7, 1950, in Fairmont City. She died in July 12, 2013. Mr. Walker is survived by his daughter, Patresa (Albert, Jr.) Kish of Columbia; granddaughters, Emily (Chet) Waver of New York, Courtney Kish of Philadelphia, Penn., and Rebecca Walker-May of Atlanta, Ga.; a great-granddaughter, Rosie Rae Waver; brother, Robert Walker of Millstadt; sisters, Mary Evelyn Barbee of Belleville and Verna (Jim) Smith of Fairview Heights; and sisters-in-law, Carol Walker and Louise Walker. Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Dianna Lynn May, and brothers, James, Edward, Freeman and Kenneth Walker. Mr. Walker served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a retired supervisor from Ball Glass Company in Lincoln. Raymond had formerly been employed for Obear-Nester Glass in East. St. Louis. Private graveside services were held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to de Greeff Hospice House.

Louis A. Bode, 70, of Waterloo, died July 20, 2013, in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 26, 1942, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Calvin and Floramye (nee Ries) Bode. Mr. Bode is survived by his wife, Ellen (nee Nobbe) Bode; a son, Nathan (Carrie) Bode; grandchildren, Lexus, Gage and Peyton Bode; and brothers, Dale (Jeanene) Bode and Ronald (Pam) Bode; along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his step-mother, June Fritchley Bode. Mr. Bode was an owner of the Waterloo Lumber Co. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Optimist Club’s Louis A. Bode Scholarship Fund.

Delores A. Modglin, nee Sczurek, 79, of Waterloo, died July 20, 2013, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (nee Urban) Sczurek. Mrs. Modglin is survived by her children, Don (Catherine) Modglin and Cynthia Modglin; grandchildren, Fernando Valero, Julie (Bryan) Flatley, Vernon (Allison) Modglin, David Modglin, Benjamin Rongey and Alex Rongey; and a great-grandson, Ayden Flatley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon A. Modglin; and a daughter, Michele Rongey. Mrs. Modglin attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. “Modge” was a longtime employee of Gibault Catholic High School, an always familiar face in the cafeteria. She also was a janior at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo. Mrs. Modglin was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gibault Catholic High School.

Vivian Louise Suchman, 81, of Columbia, died July 20, 2013, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 18, 1931, in Sandridge, the daughter of the late Ross and Millie (nee McBride) Morris. Vivian married Gabriel I. Suchman in 1953 in Ava. In addition to her husband, Mr. Suchman is survived by her children, Randy (Elizabeth) Suchman of Belleville and Brenda (Marvin) Denison of Columbia; grandchildren, Jeremy (Kelley) Suchman, Ryan Hamilton, Travis (Mandy) Denison, Drew (Jenny) Denison, Brandon (Kelly) Suchman, Ross Suchman, Alana Suchman and Lydia Suchman; great-grandchildren, Kathryn, Andrea, Wyatt, Gabrielle, Isabelle, Bryce, Landon, Juliana, Sydney, Ava, Lacey (Michael), Tristen, Logan, and Jason; a brother, LeRoy (Mary) Morris; sisters-in-law, Loretta and Norma Suchman and Mary (Bill) Walker; and a brother-in-law, Simon Suchman. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Clementine Schuessler, Bernadine Francin and Roma Lee Brown. Mrs. Suchman attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She had been employed as a medical assistant for 30 years with Dr. Edilberto Maglasang. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Suchman was buried at the Ava-Evergreen Cemetery in Ava. Memorials may be made to her church’s building fund.

Tomislav “Tom” Borovic, formerly of Columbia, died July 23, 2013. He was the son of Mato and Ivanka (nee Dujmovic) Borovic. Mr. Borovic is survived by his wife, Diane (nee Voss) Borovic; children, Matthew and Jessica Borovic; and a brother, Marko Borovic; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Anto Borovic. Visitation was at Ziegenhein Funeral Home in South County. Funeral was at St. Joseph Croatian Church in St. Louis. Mr. Borovic was buried at Resurrection Cemetery.

Marie Catherine Kaiser, nee Braun, 93, of Hecker, died July 21, 2013 in Columbia. She was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Hecker, the daughter of the late Henry and Bertha (nee Truttman) Braun. Mrs. Kaiser is survived by her children, Richard (Donna) Kaiser, Dorothy (Richard) Kohler, Alice (John) Kuehn, Rita (Ned) Randle, John (Vickie) Kaiser and Dennis (Rhonda) Kaiser; grandchildren, Randy (Angie) Kaiser, Christine Daley, Jeff (Karen) Kaiser, Ken (Tina) Valentine, Anne (Marc) Joergens, Mary Beth (Steve) Mertens, Beverly (Scott) Duensing, David (Jenny) Kuehn, William (Erin) Kuehn, Adam (Joyce) Randle, Allison (Mark) Ross, Kathryn Randle, Jennifer (Matt) Eckart, Michael (Carissa) Kaiser, Matthew (Jenny) Kaiser and Seth Kaiser; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Eleanor Braun; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Kaiser (who died in 1986); son-in-law, Ted Valentine; granddaughter. Kathy Baxmeyer; great-grandson, Kadin Baxmeyer; and brothers and sisters, Henry (Mary) Braun, Clarence (Verna) Braun, Helen (Rex) Rapp, Raymond Braun, Leo (Tillie) Braun and William (Lucille) Braun. Mrs. Kaiser attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker, where she was a member of the Altar Sodality. She enjoyed working on her family farm (milking, planting, cooking, sewing and quilting). Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mrs. Kaiser was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dorothy C. Keim, nee Kalbfleisch, 85, of Millstadt died July 23, 2013. She was born Feb. 25, 1928, the daughter of the late J. Monroe and Elsie (nee Haas) Kalbfleisch. Dorothy married Walter C. Keim in 1948. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Keim is survived by her daughters, Charlene (Otto) Faulbaum of Millstadt and Charlotte (Doug) McDermand of Charleston; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Kevin) Hagarty, Rebecca Watson-Keiser (Troy Keiser), Kelly McDermand and Ryan McDermand; step-grandsons, James (Robyn) Faulbaum and Timothy Faulbaum; great-grandchildren, Alexandra Watson, Garrett Hagarty, Joseph Watson, Bridget Hagarty and Braylen McDermand; a brother, Monroe (Edna) Kalbfleisch; sister-in-law, Rosetta Reeves; and a brother-in-law, Ronald (Geraldine) Keim. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marie Kleinschmidt; and a sister-in-law, Bernice Fichter. Dorothy was a homemaker, talented seamstress, and proud "farm wife." With her husband, Walter, she tended their farm fields, livestock and vegetable garden, but always made time to help family and friends in need. Mrs. Keim attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt and was a charter member of Millstadt Sister Cities. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Pastor David Krueger officiating. Mrs. Keim was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Sandra Marie Breitschaft Foundation for the Millstadt Meals on Wheels Program or Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Michael Ray Johnson, 52, of Waterloo, died July 28, 2013 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. He was born Jan. 21, 1961 in Centreville, the son of Jean (nee Fauerbach) Johnson and the late Donald R. Johnson. Besides his mother, Mr. Johnson is survived by his brother, Jeff Johnson; and a sister, Suzanne Johnson; along with aunts, uncles, nieces and a nephew. Mr. Johnson attended Christ UCC in Dupo and was a lab technician for Geotechnology. Visitation and funeral were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo with Pastor Todd Mushaney officiating. Mr. Johnson was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.

Ed Keeven Sr., 86, of Moscow Mills, Mo., died July 27, 2013. He was the son of the late Henry B. and Mary Keeven. Mr. Keeven is survived by his wife, Vivienne (nee Strunk) Keeven; his children, Vivian (Wayne) Prinster, Barbara (James) Foster, Eddie (Kathy) Keeven, Jr., Judy (Steve) Schneider, Tom (Dana) Keeven, Marty (Pam) Keeven, Jeanne (Ed) Idziak and Jim (Kathy) Keeven; 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; a sister, Florence (the late George) Koester; brothers, Alfred (the late Mary Ann) Keeven and Leo Keeven. He was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor (Charlie) Ewald; and his brother, Paul (Julie) Keeven. Mr. Keeven was self-employed as a turfgrass producer. He was an icon in the turf Industry and a charter member of Turf Producers International. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, a former director at Mark Twain Bank, former chapter president of Ducks Unlimited and a World War II veteran. His favorite pass times were hunting and fishing, but his passions were truly God and his family. Visitation was at the Baue Funeral Home and Memorial Center in St. Charles, Mo. Funeral was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy, Mo. Mr. Keeven was buried at St. Charles Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to his church or to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Kenneth V. Diemert, 73, of Farmington, Mo., died July 12, 2013. He was born Sept. 8, 1939, in Harrisonville, the son of Emma Diemert and the late Armin Diemert. In addition to his mother, Mr. Diemert is survived by his wife, Mary (nee Mosier) Diemert ; children, Rick Diemert, Elise Brasidio and Michelle Black; stepchildren, Darla Stumpf, Darrell Ray (Liz) Penberthy and Dale Lee (Gerry) Penberthy; and grandchildren Conner Black and Mackenzie Stumpf; along with step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his wife Debra (nee Stumpf) Diemert. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Mr. Diemert was buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville.

Lester W. Stueve, 87, of Columbia, died July 10, 2013, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 12, 1925, in Jackson County, the son of the late Henry and Goldia (nee Korando) Stueve. Lester married Edna (nee Garris) Poenitske in 2003. In addition to his wife, Mr. Stueve is survived by his children, William (Sandra) Stueve of Waterloo, Robert (Cindy) Stueve of Waterloo, James Stueve of Waterloo and Ruth Shull of Waterloo; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, John (Portia) Stueve of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rudelle (nee Runge) Stueve; a grandchild, Stacy Ann Stueve; and a sister, Dorothy Kilburn. Mr. Stueve served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Waterloo VFW and Columbia American Legion. Lester was retired from Metzger Equipment Co., in Waterloo, where he had been an owner and parts manager. He attended St. Paul”s Lutheran Church in Columbia, was active with the Columbia Senior Center and enjoyed playing cards with his friends. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mr. Stueve was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Chester. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Building Fund or the Columbia Senior Center.

Karl Roy Reinhold, 47, of Belleville, died July 10, 2013, in Creve Coeur, Mo. He was born July 24, 1965, the son of Margaret Reinhold and Kenneth Reinhold. In addition to his parents, Mr. Reinhold is survived by a son, Nathaniel (Kelly) Reinhold; sisters Kelly (Jeff) Lance, Kim Bark and Karen (Rick) Rodenberg; a step-brother, Gerald (Aimee) Ewing; and a step-sister, Roberta (Ray) Rhea; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Clara Mae Reinhold. A private memorial will be held at a later date. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Dorothy E. Walker, 83, of Columbia died July 12, 2013 at de Greeff Hospice House, St. Louis. She was born January 15, 1930, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Edward and Gertrude (Fingerhut) Dorn. She married Raymond Walker in 1950 in Fairmont City. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Walker is survived by her daughter, Patresa (Albert Jr.) Kish of Columbia; granddaughters, Emily (Chet) Waver of New York, Courtney Kish of Philadelphia, Penn., and Rebecca Walker-May of Atlanta, Ga.; great-granddaughter, Rosie Rae Waver; brother, Henry (Theresa) Dorn of Collinsville; and sister, Viola Schubert of Edwardsville. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Dianna Lynn May; and brothers, Edward and Ernest Dorn. Dorothy retired as a supervisor with General American Insurance Company. Private graveside services were at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to de Greeff Hospice House.

Delores Frierdich, nee Dannehold, 85 of Millstadt, died July 15, 2013, in Belleville. She was born April 15, 1928, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Herman and Viola (nee Strauss) Dannehold. Mrs. Frierdich married Eugene F. Frierdich in 1967. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a brother-in-law, Fred Frierdich; sister-in-law, Audrey Frierdich; and nephews Don (Mary) Frierdich and Bob (Mary) Frierdich; along with great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers-in-law, Clemmons Frierdich and Victor Frierdich; sisters-in-law, Florine Frierdich and Elaine Frierdich. Mrs. Frierdich attended St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. She was employed for 27 years as an operator for Illinois Bell. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. Mrs. Frierdich was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Hospice.

June 2013

John “Jack” Brady, 89, of St. Louis, died June 19, 2013. He was born June 7, 1924, the son of the late Thomas and Alice (nee Murphy) Brady. He was married to Jane (nee Reinschmidt) Brady. She preceded him in death. Mr. Brady is survived by his children Mary C. (Bob) Kuhn, Michael J. (Nancy) Brady, J. Daniel (Anne Conrad) Brady, James G. (Chris) Brady and Anne T. Rooney (Harry) Mathews; grandchildren Emily and Julie Kuhn, John and Danny, Margaret Jane and Brenna Brady; step-grandchildren, Bridgette Kelly, Kevin Dolan, Tiffany Verzino and Tanya Fagaly Hull; and siblings, Richard “Dick” Brady, Kathryn Brady, CSJ, Alice (Charles) Sargent and Virginia (Kenneth) Bauer; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Phillip (Dorothy) Brady. Visitation and funeral were at the Little Flower Catholic Church in St. Louis. Kriegshauser Brothers Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society or the Little Flower Church Endowment Fund.

Erin M. Schneider, 17, died June 27, 2013, in Columbia. She was born Dec. 29, 1995, in St. Louis, the daughter of Kenneth Jr. and Shelly Schneider. In addition to her parents, Miss Schneider is survived by a brother, Nathaniel (Kelly) Reinhold; grandparents, Loretta Rodenberg, and Kenneth, Sr. and Rebecca Schneider; and aunts and uncles, Brenda Mentel, Sandy (Ron) Julian, Rick (Karen) Rodenberg, Tom (Suzanne) Schneider and Matt (Karen) Schneider; along with cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles. She was preceded in death by a brother in infancy, Zachary Schneider; grandfather, Marvin Rodenberg; and her great-grandparents. Erin was a member of the Columbia High School Class of 2014. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Erin was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Violence Prevention.

Dennis W. Fassel, 62, of Columbia, died June 27, 2013, from a heart attack while at work for the City of Columbia. He was born May 17, 1951 in East St. Louis, the son of Mary Fassel and the late Virgil Fassel. In addition to his mother, Mr. Fassel is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Newton) Naumann; a son, Christopher (Patricia Bull) Fassel of Columbia; daughter, Cara (Wayne) Pulcher of Columbia; step-son, John (Lorrie) Naumann of Waterloo; step-daughter, Angela (James) White of O'Fallon; 14 grandchildren; and brothers, Rodney (Cathy) Fassel of Columbia and Kevin Fassel of Herrin. Mr. Fassel served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. He was employed with the City of Columbia’s water department. He was active with the Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turners) and was a retired member of the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Visitation is Sunday, July 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Funeral will follow with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Fassel was cremated according to his wishes. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department’s Scholarship Fund.

Bernice Winkelman, 81, of Steeleville, died June 22, 2013, at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Ambrose and Irene (nee Kelley) Doyle. Mrs. Winkelman is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Winkelman of Steeleville; children, Dan (Joyce) Reitz of Steeleville, Rich (Kelly) Reitz of Steeleville, Diana (Gary) Farley of Steeleville, Gary (Glenda) Reitz of Percy, Darryl (Phyllis) Winkelman of Steeleville and Cheryl (Mike) Haberberger of Chester; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Dardanella Doyle of Waterloo and Marcella Doyle of Granite City. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Winkelman attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Willisville. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star in Steeleville, White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Steeleville Lions Club (she was the first female president), the St. Joseph's Altar Sodality, Randolph County Home Extension, the Card Club, volunteered at the Randolph County Court House and was active in numerous community organizations. Visitation was at Wilson's Funeral Home in Steeleville. Funeral was at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Willisville with Father Leo J. Hayes officiating. She was buried at Paradise Cemetery in Steeleville. Memorials may be made to her church, the American Cancer Society or the Missouri Baptist Family Assist Program.

Evan Richard and Lydia Ruth Kelley passed peacefully in the arms of their loving parents on June 18, 2013. The twins were born June 14, 2013, to Phillip and Angela (nee Powell) Kelley of Waterloo, and baptized with beauty and grace. In addition to their parents, Evan and Lydia are survived by grandparents, Dave and Julie Powell and Rich and Celeste Kelley; great-grandparents, Patsy Powell and Jeannette Kelly; an uncle, James Powell; aunt, Natasha Kelley; and cousins Isabella Meadors and Samuel Ries. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral. Memorials may be made to the Solace Foundation or St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

Virginia M. Presson, nee Gash, 81, of Columbia, formerly of Granite City, died June 20, 2012, at Columbia Rehab. She was born Dec. 14, 1931 in St. Louis,, the daughter of the late George and Mary (nee Stewart) Gash. Mrs. Presson is survived by her sisters, Dorothy Heine of Columbia and Hazel Helton of Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. Mrs. Presson was retired from Rockwell International. There were no public services.

Roland F. Birkner, 82, of Red Bud, died June 18, 2013. He was born Jan. 23,1931, in Prairie du Long Township, the son of the late Frank and Emma Birkner. Mr. Birkner is survived by his wife, Irma (nee Stellhorn) Birkner; children, Sharon (Jeff) Koester, Rhonda Nobbe and Todd (Linda) Birkner; grandchildren, Nathan Marcheski, Chelsea and Candace Koester, and Reagan and Jayden Birkner; sister, Marlene (Donald) Winkel-man; sister-in-laws, Bernice Salger, Irene Stamm, Lorna (Edward) Schneider and Selma Stellhorn; and brother-in-laws, David Nellis, Alfred (Ruby) Stellhorn and Edward (May) Stellhorn. He was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Nellis; sister-in-law, Anita Salger; and brother-in-laws, Gilbert, Arlin, Friedrich, Edwin Salger and Oscar Stamm. Visitation was at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Expansion Fund.

Cora Newbill, nee Donohue, 92, of Columbia, died June 19, 2013, at Delmar Gardens South in St. Louis.She was born July 21, 1920, in Ruma, the daughter of the late Martin and Ann (nee Humphrey) Donohue. She married Robert M. Newbill in 1946 in East St. Louis. He died in 1974. Mrs. Newbill is survived by her sons, Maurice (Brenda) Newbill of Fenton, Mo., and Bob (Stefanie) Newbill of Peoria; a grandchild, Melissa Newbill; and a great-grandchild, Dylan Newbill; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mrs. Newbill operated a beauty shop from her home for more than 60 years. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. There were no public serves. Mrs. Newbill was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to her church.

Emeline Riebeling, nee Sanders, 87, of Waterloo, died June 26, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Oct. 28, 1925 in East Carondelet, the daughter of the late Charles and Frances (nee Euge) Sanders. Mrs. Riebeling is survived by her grandchildren; friends Terri Krebel and William Reagan; and her pet, Max; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Elmer H. Eckert Sr.; second husband, Herbert B. Riebeling; sons Elmer H. Eckert Jr., Charles V. Eckert and Walter Bob Eckert. Mrs. Riebeling was a member of the Waterloo VFW. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mrs. Riebeling was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Vernon L. Wickell, 84, of Millstadt, died June 26, 2013, at his residence. He was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Revere, Mo., the Elmer and Mary (nee James) Wickell. Mr. Wickell is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arlene (nee Weis) Wickell; , children, Jeffrey (Susan) Wickell of Belleville, Verlene Wyatt of Millstadt, Alan Wickell of Millstadt and Bradley (Bette) Wickell of Millstadt; grandchildren Ashleigh Wickell and Elise Wickell; step-grandchildren Brandon Finn and Bradley Dilley; sister-in-law; and four sisters. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Wyatt; and three sisters. Mr. Wickell served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt and was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 1997. Visitation and funeral were at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Michael Kumm and Rev. Todd Wilkin officiating. Mr. Wickell was buried with full military honors at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to his church or the Millstadt Senior Center.

Kenneth E. Edwards, 70, of Columbia, died June 26, 2013, in Columbia. He was born Nov. 15, 1942, in Earth, Tex., the son of the late Kenneth Eugene Edwards and Lillie Mae (Snead) Davis. Kenneth married Linda (nee Fischer) Edwards in 1966 in Dupo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Edwards is survived by a son, Sean Edwards of Columbia; daughters Jocelyn (Timothy) Schmidt of Aledo, Tex., and Maryann Nicole Edwards of Columbia; grandchildren, Garrett, Zaine, and Olivia Schmidt; sisters Linda Sue Covey of China, Janice (Richard) Mead of Cat Spring, Tex., and Jane Edwards of Houston, Tex.; a brother, Glenn (Patty) Edwards of Dallas, Tex.; sisters-in-law Loretta (Pete) Gold of East Carondelet and Mary Fischer of Dupo. He was preceded in death by brothers Eugene (Rose) Edwards and Lanny Edwards; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Lindley. Mr. Edwards was a member of United Auto Workers Union, and the Texas Cherokee Nation. He had retired as a repairman with General Motors Corp. in Wentzville, Mo. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral with the Rev. Joe Haney officiating. Mr. Edwards was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Texas Cherokee Tribe.

James W. Maag, 49, of Waterloo, died June 18, 2013, from injuries sustained while working on his vehicle. He was born Feb. 16, 1964, in Red Bud, the son of Marian (nee Orrell) Maag and the late John Edward Maag. Besides his mother, Mr. Maag is survived by his wife, Wendy (nee Buettner) Maag; children Leah Maag and John Maag; a sister, Linda (Coleman) Morse; brothers Thomas (Lorrie) Maag and David (Cris) Maag; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Lyle (Chris) Buettner and Renee (H. Doug) Minton; and an aunt, Jane Hagedorn; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his father, Mr. Maag was preceded in death by his in-laws, Lloyd and Barbara Buettner. Mr. Maag attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He was employed at Dial Corporation in St. Louis. James was a member of the Teamsters Local 618 and the NRA. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Maag was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mid-America Transplant or the Illinois Conservation Foundation (supports youth hunting and fishing programs).

Katherine A. Ruby, nee Morrison, 84, of St. Louis, died June 16, 2013, in Fenton, Mo. She was born Oct. 25, 1928, in West Frankfurt, the daughter of the late James and Olga (nee Kartis) Morrison. Mrs. Ruby is survived by her children, Donna (Michael) Chapman, Joanne Yakopovic and Richard Ruby; grandchildren Cristopher Chapman, Kelly (Michael) Cherhan, Greg Trimble, Jennifer Yakopovic and Christina Yakopovic; great-granddaughters Harley Chapman and Amelia Cherhan; and a sister, Rose Herrero; alone with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by; husband, Gregory F. Ruby; sisters Josephine Bradley, Marg Lamb and Louise Schneider; and a brother, James T. Morrison. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Ron Weber officiating. Mrs. Ruby will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Bryan C. Taylor, 37, of Waterloo, died June 30, 2013, in Waterloo following an automobile accident. He was born, March 4, 1976, in Highland. Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Stacy (nee Williamson) Taylor; his mother, Donna (Vincent) Gibbs; children, Derek Scott Taylor and Landon Joseph Taylor; sisters Amanda Taylor, Angela Lesiewicz and Diane (Randy) Rayburn; a brother, Bobby Taylor; step-brothers Brian (Buffy) Gibbs and Jeffrey (Jeanette) Gibbs; and pets Bear and Bruno; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Thomas Taylor. Visitation is Friday, July 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, July 6, at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Taylor will be buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown.

Mabel A. Siegel, nee Mueller, 87, of Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Waterloo, died June 29, 2013, in Jenks, Okla. She was born May 29, 1926, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Ferdinand and Emma (nee Heinrich) Mueller. Mrs. Siegel is survived by her children, Christine (Michael) Kroeger and Cynthia (Phillip) Berry; grandchildren John (Vickie) White, Jennifer (Jim) Wright, Brad (Jeannette) Kroeger, Stephen Kroeger, Madeline Berry and Carl Berry; and great-grandchildren Aiden White, Jacob White, Will Wright, Nate Wright and Katherine Kroeger; She was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Siegel; a daughter in infancy, Laura Ann Siegel; daughter, Catherine White; sister, Pearl Cole; and a brother, Norman Mueller. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Will Hesterberg officiating. Mrs. Siegel was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America.

Nancy Jean Simmonds, 73, of Millstadt, died June 4, 2013, at Memorial Convalescent Center in Belleville. She was born Oct. 10, 1939, in Belleville, daughter of her the late Ralph and Floy (nee Kennedy) Simmonds, Sr. Mrs. Simmonds is survived by her brother, Kenneth (Pat) Simmonds; sisters, Barbara (Bill) Heil, Carol (Frank) Albers and Patty Dillon; brother-in-law, William Maserang; nieces and nephews;, Daniel Maserang, Julie Acker, Tom Simmonds, Ginette Kern, Gary Simmonds, Larry Simmonds, Eric Ude, Dana Reno, Darren Ude, Angela Murrell, Pamela Case and Kelly Miller; and friends Karen Peters and Sandy Weber. She was preceded in death by her sister, Rosemary Maserang; and her brother, Ralph Simmonds,Jr. Nancy attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge Chapter 53. Visitation and funeral were at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Mrs. Simmonds was buried at the Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to her church’s Stained Glass Window Fund.

Joseph D. Haven Jr., 81, of Columbia, died June 4, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born May 17, 1932, in Detroit, Mich., the son of the late Joseph and Gladys, nee White, Haven, Sr. Mr. Haven is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty (nee Hubbs) Haven; children, Joseph Haven III, Janis Schneider and Michelle Haven; grandchildren, Joseph Haven IV, Daniel Haven, Andrew Haven, Mekenzie Schneider and Zachary Haven; and great-grandchild, Noah Haven. He was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Haven; brother, Charles Haven; and sisters Pauline Kniga and Shirley Lewis. Mr. Haven was the owner of Haven Glass Company. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in East Carondelet, the Dupo VFW Post 6368 and the Confederate Air Force. Visitation and funeral were at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in East Carondelet with Pastor Ryan Fouts officiating. Mr. Haven was buried with full military honors at the Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery.

Mary Jean Reinhold, nee Cooley, 84, of Columbia, died June 3, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 28, 1928, the daughter of the late Guthrie and Gladys (nee Lowery) Cooley. Mrs. Reinhold is survived by her son, Rick (Lynn) Miller; step-children, Mark (Mary Kay) Reinhold, Ken (Shirley) Reinhold and Jill (Craig) Whelan; grandchildren, Jessica Sherry, Laura Frierdich, Katie (Erick) Hernandez, Bethany Reinhold, Adam Reinhold, Alex Reinhold, Michelle (Chris) Freeman, Dane Reinhold, Joshua Whelan and Briahna Whelan; six great-grandchildren; and special nieces and friends ,Glenda Cline, Debbie Martin, Arlene Notter and Marlene Marquardt; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and numerous other nieces, nephews and friends. Mrs. Reinhold was preceded in death by her husbands James R. Miller and Glennon F. Reinhold; brothers, Tom and John Cooley; and sisters George Frances Rietta and Lela Rae Cox. Mrs. Reinhold attended Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Carl E. Scherrer officiating. Memorials may be made to Heart Transplant Association of St. Louis, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School or the Red Bud FFA.

Clara “Corky” Mehrmann, nee Rapp, 76, of Millstadt, died June 9, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Oct. 8, 1936, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Alfred and Mathilda (nee Vogel) Rapp. Mrs. Mehrmann is survived by her daughter, Karen (Larry) Gardner; grandchildren, Brian and Josh Gardner; a brother, Walter (Diane) Rapp; nephews, Brad (Eileen) Schaller and Kevin Schaller; and nieces, Sandy Buell, Shirley (Mark) Spalding, Sheryl (Bill) Lake and Stephanie (Don) Cook. She was preceded in death by her sister, Doris Schaller; and a granddaughter, Katie Lynn Gardner. Mrs. Mehrmann attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt where she was involved in the Women’s Fellowship. She had worked at Paddock Industries in Millstadt, Shop ‘N Save in Belleville and the Market Place in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Mehrmann was buried at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Belleville. Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home of Millstadt handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Bernard “Bud” Joseph Low, 102, of Columbia, died June 9, 2013, at Sunset Hills Health and Rehab in Sunset Hills, Mo. He was born Dec. 28, 1910, in Portland, Ore., the son of the late Welcome and Theresa (nee Kruyer) Low. Bud married Hilda (nee Humphrey) Low in 1944, in St. Louis. She died in 1986. Mr. Low is survived by his nieces and nephews, Anna Jobson of Columbia, W. James (Olga) Jobson of Columbia and Charles T. (Mareda) Jobson of Fairfax City, Va. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Jobson; brother-in-law, Hurchel (Veda) Humphrey; and a nephew, Robert W. Jobson. Mr. Low served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. He was a retired self-employed printer. Bud enjoyed bowling and was a fixture on the lanes well past the age of 100. There were no public services. Mr. Low was buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in St. Louis. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Gideons International or First Baptist Church of Columbia’s Building Fund.

Bob Miller, 72, of Waterloo, died June 10, 2013, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 15, 1941, in East St. Louis, the son of the late John and Helen (nee Cook) Miller. Mr. Miller is survived by his children, Kim (George) Powell, Mark (Bethany) Miller, Patty (Brian) Lenhardt and Robin Miller; grandchildren, Kelly Miller (Eric Osterhage) and Megan Miller, Jessica Lenhardt (fiance Alan Baum) and Brett Lenhardt and Ashtyn Miller; and siblings Mary Ann Frederick, Mike Franklin and Jane Beauchamp; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, John F. Miller II; and foster parent, Willard “Pop” Hayden. Mr. Miller was a member of the Teamsters from 1959 to 2002. He was the retired officer for Teamster Local 618 in St. Louis (20 years), an officer of Joint Council 13 and the Missouri Kansas Conference of Teamster. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Miller was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Thomas L. Traiteur II, 45, of Waterloo, died June 9, 2013, in St. Louis. He was born May 12, 1968, in East St. Louis, the son of Thomas and Deana Traiteur. In addition to his parents, Mr. Traiteur is survived by a wife, Elizabeth (nee Betsch) Traiteur; children, Amanda Marie (Clinton) Hicks, Seth Thomas, Jeremiah August, Matthew Nicholas and Samuel Xavier; grandchildren Isabella Rose Hicks and Lillian Marie Hicks; a sister, Michelle (Sean) Edwards; and brother, Jeff (Julie) Traiteur; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Mr. Traiteur was a member of the International Brotherhood of Allied Trades. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Traiteur was buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo.

Douglas Lee Barnes, 60, of Waterloo, died June 7, 2013, in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 13, 1953, in Sacramento, Calif., the son of the late Floyd and Clara Barnes. Mr. Barnes is survived by his brothers, Floyd Barnes, Butch Barnes and Kenny Barnes. Mr. Barnes was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He lived in Waterloo the past three years with Stan and Sandra Dickey.

Lena S. Beil, nee Martin, 56, of Waterloo, died June 10, 2013, in Belleville. He was born Oct. 17, 1956, the daughter of the late John Edward and Winnie Lorraine (nee Burnett) Martin. Mrs. Beil is survived by her husband, Michael Beil; son, Andrew John Nelson; and sisters ,Helen (Tony) Gonzalez and Johnnie (Steve) Fuller; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society.

Carol L. Fisher, nee McDonald, 79, of Dupo, died June 10, 2013, at her home. She was born March 11, 1934 on Kaskaskia Island, the daughter of the late Andrew and Florence (nee Cassoutt) McDonald. Mrs. Fisher is survived by her sons, Kirk (Denise) Fisher, Marvin (Angie) Fisher and Timothy (Tina) Fisher; sisters, Floetta Satterfield, Laurella Schwent and Cindy Gimber; brothers, Don and Leland McDonald; special friend, John Belmar; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas T.K. “Jack” Fisher; a son, Melvin Fisher; her brothers, Andrew Wayne McDonald and Glen McDonald; and her sister, Linda McDonald. Mrs. Fisher was a licensed practical nurse at the Monroe County Nursing Home and was also employed for 17 years at Canterbury Manor Nursing Home. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo where she was active in the Women’s Club, Funeral Dinner Committee and the Readings and Reflections Group. Carol was a member of the Quilter’s Club and the Prairie Du Rocher Saddle Club. She was also a volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and served Easter dinners at Cosgrove’s Kitchen in East St. Louis. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo with Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. Mrs. Fisher was buried at the Holy Family-St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Dupo. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Family Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Evelyn Esker, nee Jost, 92, of Waterloo, died June 12, 2013, in Red Bud. She was born June 10, 1921, in Fults, the daughter of the late Lewis and Alma (nee Meister) Jost. Mrs. Esker is survived by her children, Erdman (Carol) Esker, Eugene (Galesa) Esker, Elvis (Cathy) Esker and Edwin (Linda) Esker; and a sister, Joan Dickerson; along with grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Esker; sons, Edward and Ervin Esker; and a daughter, Edna Page. Mrs. Esker is the former owner of the Fults Tavern. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Esker was buried at the St. John Evangelical Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made the to the St. John UCC of Maeystown New Awning Fund.

Pauline E. Dressler, 92 of St. Libory, died June 15, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 15, 1921, in St. Libory, the daughter of the late August and Cecelia (nee Wesselmann) Kalkhoff. Pauline married Allen B. Dressler in 1943 in St. Libory. He died in 2001. Mrs. Dressler is survived by her children, Allen A. (Glenda) Dressler of St. Libory, Alvin (Rosie) Dressler of Freeburg, Dennis (Donna) Dressler of St. Libory, Paul Dressler (Anna Beever) of St. Libory, Charles (Lisa) Dressler of St. Libory, and Gerard “Jerry” (Cindy) Dressler of St. Libory; daughters Elizabeth “Beth” (Arthur) Arenas of Waterloo and Marian (Butch) Williams of Freeburg; daughter-in-law Debbie Buss of St. Libory; grandchildren Cheryl Cahnovsky, Douglas Dressler, Carrie Cox, Tracy Dressler, Julie Murphy, Todd Dressler, Dale Dressler Dawn Reuter, Derek Dressler, Deanne Ross, Jason Dressler, Tina Crockett, Nicholas Dressler, Haley Dressler, Jaime Finck, Scott Dressler, Katie Feder, Amanda Diefenbach, Eric Dressler, Andrea Rable, Alexandra Donley, Abbey Arenas, Evan Arenas, Amy Dressler, Emily Williams and Natalie Williams; 27 great-grandchildren; a sister, Clara (Victor) Albers of St. Libory; and a brother-in-law, Irvin Terveer of St. Libory; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, James C. Dressler; grandchildren Kelsey Jo Dressler and Howard Allen Williams; and sisters Loretta Kalkhoff (in infancy), Genevieve Chott and Cecile Terveer. Mrs. Dressler was a homemaker and a lifelong member of St. Liborius Catholic Church. She was a charter (56-year) member of the Daughter of Isabelle Ava Maria 980 Prayer Circle, the St. Liborius C.C.W., Women of the Mascoutah Moose Chapter 392 and the St. Libory American Legion Auxiliary Visitation and funeral were at St. Liborius Catholic Church in St. Libory with Rev. Dennis Voss officiating. Mrs. Dressler was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Liborius Cemetery Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois

Judith "Judy" A. Fromme, 72, of Columbia, died June 16, 2013, at St. Louis University Hospital. She was born Aug. 5, 1940, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Leo and Ardella (nee Sensel) Fromme. Mrs. Fromme is survived by siblings Mary K. Havel of Belleville, Michael Fromme of Columbia and Christine (Ron) Ettling of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her brothers Leo Fromme, and Francis Fromme; sisters Eileen Toenjes and Rosalie Bise; and a niece, Debbie Wells. Judy was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Columbia Historical Society. She had retired as a mail machine specialist at Ralston Purina. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Judy was buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Memorial may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund or Leukemia and Lymphoma Research.

Russell Eugene Gamblin, 71 of Millstadt, died June 17, 2013, at his residence. He was born June 28, 1941, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Ivan and Laura (nee Stone) Gamblin. Mr. Gamblin is survived by his wife, Carol (nee Case) Gamblin; children Kim Freeman of Millstadt and Terry (Beth) Gamblin of Freeburg; grandchildren Christi Johnson, Danny Freeman, Nathan Freeman, Zach Gamblin and Ryan Gamblin; and great-grandchild Ava Freeman. He was preceded in death by a brother and his daughter, Angela Gamblin-Cissell. Mr. Gamblin served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He retired after the closure of the Carrier Plant in Red Bud. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mr. Gamblin was cremated.

Louis “Jerry” Baltz, 81 of Millstadt, died June 16, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born July 26, 1930, in Belleville, the son of the late Louis and Elsie (nee Seib) Baltz. Mr. Baltz is survived by his daughter, Thea (James) Jestes of Millstadt; a son, Colin (Joy) Baltz of Millstadt; and grandchildren Shelby Jestes, Conor Baltz and Maggie Baltz. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Katherine (nee Otten) Baltz. Mr. Baltz was retired from Clark-Peeper Office in St. Louis. He attended Zion Evangelical Church and was member of the Millstadt Commercial Club, American Legion Post 502 and the Crusader Drum and Bugle Corps Alumni. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber, officiating. Mr. Baltz was buried with military honors at the Mount Evergreen Cemetery.

Walter Otto Schnellbecher, 83, of Waterloo, died June 18, 2013 in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 29, 1929, in Waterloo. Mr. Schnellbecher is survived by his wife, Melba (nee Gruewald) Schnellbecher; a son, Ralph Schnellbecher; and grandchildren Hannah and Aspen. At Mr. Schnellbecher’s request, his body was donated to science and there were no services.

May 2013

Lillian H. Kohlmeier, nee Thorburg, 94, of Waterloo, died May 19, 2013, in Red Bud. She was born June 11, 1918 in Wartburg, the daughter of the late Charles and Agatha (nee Buettner) Thorburg. Mrs. Kohlmeier is survived by her children, Leon (Kathleen) Kohlmeier, Karen Kohlmeier and Sandra Kohlmeier; grandchildren, Candice (Mark) Doyle, Cara Lee Kohlmeier, Clint (Jessica) Kohlmeier, Carin Kohlmeier and Ebony Sherod; a sister-in-law, Audrey (nee Kohlmeier) Hoffmann; and a brother-in-law, Wilbert Kohlmeier; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond M. Kohlmeier; along with sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Mrs. Kohlmeier attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Wartburg where she was active in the Ladies Aid. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. Mrs. Kohlmeier was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery Fund.

Lorine M. “Cookie” Liefer, nee Wolter, 84, of Waterloo, died May 18, 2013, in Des Peres, Mo. She was born Dec. 28, 1928 in Evansville, the daughter of the late Louis Wolter and Selma Stamm. Mrs. Liefer is survived by her husband, Erwin “Erv” Liefer; children, Betty Lou (William) Schimpf and Candace "Candy" (Randy) Bise; grandchildren, Ryan (Kristi) Schilling, Chrystal (Chris) Luck, Nathan (Jennifer) Bise and Tiffany Bise; sisters, Fern (Gilbert) Goedelmann and Darlene Bicklein; and four great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Vernon Bicklein. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup and Pastor Matt Clark officiating. Mrs. Liefer was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo.


Rose Marie Herbeck,
 nee Quirin, 82, of Columbia, died May 20, 2013, at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 16, 1931, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Raymond and Grace (nee Siebert) Quirin. Rose married Robert F. Herbeck in 1949 in Belleville. He died in 1974. Mrs. Herbeck is survived by her children, Kathy (Dean) Whitcomb of Rockford, Terry (Mary) Herbeck of Columbia, Larry (Melissa) Herbeck of Columbia and Bonnie (Rick) Shackelford of Spring, Tex.; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Herbeck of Columbus, Ga.; a sister, Pauline (Howard) Ramsey of Keysport; a brother, Larry (Virginia) Quirin of Belleville; 15 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Herbeck, Jr.; and a sister, Ruth Ann Lambeck. Mrs. Herbeck attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Herbeck was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to her church or to the American Heart Association.

Ruth Proffer McConkey, 93, died May 3, 2013, in Chesterfield, Mo. She was born Sept. 6, 1919, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Oliver George Proffer and Emma Grace Hayden. When Ruth was four, her mother died, leaving six children aged 10 and under. The siblings were separated and did not reunite until they were adults. Ruth spent some time in an orphanage. She became the foster daughter of August J. Ebersohl and Maria (Mary) Dyroff Ebersohl of Merrimac in rural Monroe County. Her elementary education was spent at Walnut Grove, a one-room school which was next door to the Ebersohl home. She excelled at school. On the basis of Ruth’s eighth grade graduation scores she was awarded a teacher’s college tuition scholarship. Ruth attended Valmeyer High School and made the daily trek even though bus transportation was not provided. Sometimes she walked to school or boarded in Valmeyer. After two years at VHS, her school days were over after Ruth decided she no longer wanted to be a teacher, which required finishing high school and attending college. After two years she left high school. Her foster mother, Mary, was the Merrimac 4-H leader. Ruth learned to be an expert at cooking, canning and sewing. Ruth later became a 4-H leader and passed on her knowledge to the next generation. Ruth was a pitcher in the Monroe County Rural Youth Softball Team the year they won the state title. She was confirmed at St Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church in Columbia. Ruth met the love of her life, William George McConkey, at the old round dance hall in Merrimac. They were both 16, born just four days apart. Bill went right over to Ruth, who was sitting with a number of young men, and asked her to dance. That night Ruth knew Bill was the man she was going to marry. She apprenticed as a beautician with Florence and Alice McConkey, who were sisters of her fiancé Bill. After getting her beautician license, Ruth operated her beauty shop in Waterloo. After their marriage in 1941, the couple danced all their lives, beginning at Columbia’s old Turner Hall and all the small country dance halls in rural Monroe County. The couple learned square dancing when they participated in the 1959 Columbia Centennial Pageant. Bill and Ruth joined various dance clubs and became expert square and round dance partners. They retired at age 57 and began spending winters in South Texas, eventually relocating permanently to San Benito. There they danced seven days a week. Ruth and Bill also traveled extensively. Mrs. McConkey is survived by her children, Shirley (Herbert) Macias of Rio Rancho, N.M.; Susan Woodcock of Niceville, Fla., and Kenneth (Nancy) McConkey of St Louis; grandchildren, Jason (Tara) Patterson, Angela (Tim) Miller, Patricia (Bradley) Brobeck, and Christian, Grayson and Victoria Brobeck, and Kimberly Carrasco; great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Alyssa, Ryan and Carolyn Patterson, Michael Hesselbach II, Angela, Kaley and Solina Carrasco, and Trenton and Hayden Miller; a step-granddaughter, Rachel Amratiel of St Louis; and a sister-in-law, E. Lorraine McConkey of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William G. McConkey; son-in-law, Arthur R. Woodcock; and siblings, Juanita, Jeanette, George, Olive and Dora Mae. Visitation is Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC. A funeral will follow.

Maxine P. Mormann, nee Berendzen, 81, of Waterloo, died May 23, 2013, in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 18, 1931, in Mary’s Home, Mo., the daughter of the late Albert and Margaret (nee Bungart) Berendzen. Mrs. Mormann is survived by her children, Sandra (Delbert) Wittenauer, Wayne Mormann, Christine (Mike) Eggemeyer, Michael (Lisa) Mormann and John (Erica) Mormann; six grandsons; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Mormann. Mrs. Mormann was a member SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Mormann was buried at her church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.

Edith Pottoff Campbell, nee Heyl, 94, of Waterloo, died May 27, 2013. She was born Dec. 31, 1918 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late William Christopher and Emma Sophia (nee Homrighausen) Heyl. Mrs. Campbell is survived by her children, William J. Pottoff and Nancy E. Pottoff; step-children,Judy (John) Wirth, Thomas (Karen) Campbell and James (Beth) Campbell; grandchildren, Pete Pottoff Weil, William Emerson Pottoff and John Pottoff Weil; step-grandchildren, John Douglas Wirth, Michael Emerson Campbell and Joseph Daniel Campbell; step-great-grandchildren, Kristopher Runner, Jamie Runner Schilling, Rachael Wirth and Hayden Campbell; and step-great-great-grandchildren, Kaiden Runner, Delaney Schilling and Aubrey Schilling; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces and great-great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Erwin "Pete" Pottoff; second husband, Emerson J. Campbell; sisters, Esther Nance and Ruth Rasche; and a brother, Roland Heyl. Mrs. Campbell attended St. Paul UCC of Waterloo where she was involved with the Women's Evening Guild and Sunday School. She was a retired teacher and a member of the Waterloo Retired Teachers Association, the Illinois Education Association and the Waterloo Country Club. Edith also served as a vice-president of Commercial State Bank, a secretary for the Waterloo Lumber Company. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Geraldine Proctor officiating. Mrs. Campbell was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois, Hoylton Children’s Home or the American Heart Association.

David E. Quernheim, 83, of Waterloo, died May 26, 2013. He was born April 9, 1930, in Waterloo, the son of the late Emil and Hulda (nee Hartman) Quernheim. Mr. Quernheim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Wanda (nee Vogt) Quernheim; children, Michael (Jane) Quernheim, Lisa (Charles) Fuszner and Douglas (Nancy) Quernheim; grandchildren, Patrick and Rebecca Quernheim (fiancé Ethan Belanger); Katherine, John and James Fuszner; and Hannah and Jacob Quernheim; a sister, Margaret "Mitzie" Frederick; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sharon Quernheim, Clarence "Buddy" (Susan) Vogt and Joan (Robert) Hoffmann; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy "Pat" Voris; a brother, Paul Quernheim; and brothers-in-law, Robert Voris and Dr. Raymond Frederick. Mr. Quernheim served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a retired owner/operator of Quernheim Funeral Home. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Quernheim was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Melvin E. “Gene” Webb, 80, of Waterloo, died May 24, 2013. He was born July 21, 1932 in Scott City, Mo., the son of the late Roscoe and Vesta (nee Rendleman) Webb. Mr. Webb is survived by his wife, Beverly (nee Adams) Webb; sons, Mark Webb and Phillip (Tracy) Webb; grandchildren, Zachary Webb, Nicholas Webb, Rachel Webb, Lauren Webb, Brian Webb and Natalie Webb; and siblings Vera (Dick) Riley and Leroy Webb. He was preceded in death by infant twin daughters; brothers Charles, Glenn, John and William Webb; and sisters Mary McCully and Helen Corvick. Mr. Webb was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was a retired senior research technician at Monsanto’s Sauget plant. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Waterloo and the Waterloo American Legion Post 747. Gene enjoyed golfing, fishing, woodworking and volunteering for the Cape Girardeau Meals On Wheels. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at the First Baptist Church of Waterloo with Rev. Steve Neill officiating. Mr. Webb was buried at Lightner Cemetery in Scott City, Mo. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Waterloo’s building fund.

Jane S. Aitken, 73, of Waterloo, died May 24, 2013. She was born Oct. 22, 1939, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Louis and Lyda (Shelton) Aitken. Ms. Aitken is survived by her sister, Nancy (Harvey) Vainer; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Annette McRoberts; and a brother, Richard Aitken. Mrs. Aitken earned a Bachelor's Degree from the Boston Museum School. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Michele J. Busby, nee Sanders, 54, of Waterloo, died May 29, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 29, in East St. Louis, the daughter of Charles "Pete" Sanders and the late Margaret "Dee" Sanders. Besides her father, Mrs. Busby is survived by her husband, Stan E. Busby; sister, Renee Sanders; brother, Keith (Linda) Sanders; nieces and nephews PFC Corey Sanders, Ryan Sanders, Paige Sanders and Jeremy Sanders; and faithful companions Rascal and Max. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her sister, Deborah Sanders; and grandparents, Maurice and Lena Jerome, and Monroe and Delores Sanders. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Elmer “Sonny” Naumann, 77, of Waterloo, died May 29, 2013, in St. Louis,He was born Oct. 31, 1935, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Elmer and Willetta (nee Bridges) Naumann. Mr. Naumann is survived by his children, David (Kathie) Naumann, Chris (Lisa) Naumann, Elaine (Kim) Naumann and Michelle (Lou) Miller; grandchildren, Jeff, Alex, Brent, Mallory and Gabrielle; and sisters, Shirley (Ed) Langhorst and Delores (Coleman) Ward. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Cowart; and grandsons, Zachary and Trevor Naumann. Mr. Naumann was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the Waterloo VFW and the Waterloo American Legion. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Roger Karban officiating. Mr. Naumann was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Popular Maeystown restaurant and bar owner Rick Hoefft, 62, of Waterloo, died May 13, 2013, at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 17, 1950, the son of the late Sebastian and Marie (nee Pape) Hoefft. Mr. Hoefft is survived by his wife, Brenda Hoefft; children Kelly Hoefft, Benjamin Hoefft (Lindsey Keys) and Caine Hoefft (Kayla Kohler); step-daughter, Sydney Tojo; step-grandchildren Jase Tojo and Ignatius James; and a sister, Tammie (Carl) Rickenberg; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Hoefft. Mr. Hoefft was a life member of Monroe County Retail Liquor Association, former member of Maeystown Fire Department, and former owner / operator of Hoefft’s Village Inn in downtown Maeystown. He retired from IDOT was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. In addition, Mr. Hoefft was well-known throughout the county and was a gifted conversationalist and skilled kloepper card player. He possessed the uncanny ability to remember people by name, a skill that made visitors to his bar and restaurant always feel welcome. Rick developed many lasting friendships wherever his life led him. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown, with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Hoefft was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Robert Mathews for Families in Need.

Marie R. Voelker, nee Mueller, 91, of Waterloo, died May 13, 2013. She was born Nov. 10, 1921, in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late George and Maria (nee Bertram) Mueller. Mrs. Voelker is survived by her husband, Wilbert O. C. Voelker; children Gary Voelker (Cena Pogue), Lennis (Kim) Voelker, Don (Jean) Voelker and Gene (Holly) Voelker; grandchildren, Denise Voelker, Andrew (Karen) Voelker, Adam (Jenny) Voelker, Austin Voelker, Alex (Anne) Voelker, Daniel Voelker, Brianna Voelker and Jada Voelker, Matthew (Lauren) Voelker and Mitchell Voelker (Bianca Doherty); great-grandchildren Logan and Dane Voelker, Reagan Posey, Kennedy Voelker and Aubrey and Wesley Voelker; and sisters-in-law Ada Mueller and Pearl Hirsch; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandson Eric Michael Voelker; sisters Frieda Voelker, Elizabeth Scariot and Ruth Fehrenz; and brothers Milton Mueller and Floyd Mueller. Mrs. Voelker attended Zion UCC in St. Joe where she was active in the Zion Women’s Fellowship. She was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, and enjoyed bowling, kloepper, bingo, and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Zion UCC in St. Joe with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mrs. Voelker was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

Steve J. Kipping, 74, of Red Bud, died May 2, 2013, in Red Bud. He was born Feb. 21, 1939, in St. Louis, the son of the late Joseph and Grace (nee Andres) Kipping. Mr. Kipping is survived by his wife, Carol (nee Reed) Kipping; children, Kimberly (Bill) Roland, Stephanie Kipping (“Shorty” Menard) and Scott (Michele) Kipping; grandchildren, Heather (Brad), Nicole, Danielle (Rob), Cody (Brandy), Brandon (Brie), Heath (Allie) and Austianna; great-grandchildren, Kassidy, Jenna, Alexis, Zach, Hadley, Konner, Sophia, Evie, Bradley, Lizzie, Keegan and Greyson; sisters, Gloria (Leo) Thoma and Grace (Ted) Mitan; and brothers, Spencer Kipping and Stanford (Patricia) Kipping, Sr.; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Kipping; and his sister, Gladys Oestriech. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Monday, May 6, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Don Blaes officiating. Mr. Kipping was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Walter Bob Eckert, 58, of Waterloo, died May 3, 2013 in Red Bud. He was born Jan. 16, 1955 in Red Bud, the son of Emeline (nee Sanders) Riebeling and the late Elmer H. Eckert, Sr. In addition to his mother, Mr. Eckert is survived by his friends, William Reagan, Ronnie Brandt and Rodney Matzenbacher. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Elmer H. Eckert ,Jr. and Charles V. Eckert. Mr. Eckert was retired from Yellow Freight. He was a member of the Waterloo Odd Fellows and the Mascoutah Moose Lodge. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Veronica M. Kettler, nee Ehrstein, 90, of Millstadt, died May 4, 2013, at her residence. She was born Oct. 14, 1922 in Stookey Township, the daughter of the late Anthony and Rosa (nee Leingang) Ehrstein. Mr. Kettler is survived by her daughters, Rosemarie (Douglas) Mudd of Prairie du Rocher, Barbara (Elmer) Becherer of Trenton, Bernice (Albert Macy) Puckett of Columbia, Jo (Butch) Krieg of Belleville and Melinda (Larry) Nobe of Venedy; along with 19 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry H. Kettler; sons, Donald H. Kettler and David Kettler; and her brother, Anthony Ehrstein. Mrs. Kettler had worked at Peter Pants Factory in Belleville and later at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. She attended St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, where she was active in the Altar Sodality. Veronica loved to quilt, enjoyed working in her flower garden and playing cards. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was Wednesday, May 8 at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Rev. Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. Mrs. Kettler was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to her church or Vitas Hospice.

Edward J. Mergen, 81, of Waterloo, died May 4, 2013, in St. Louis. She was born March 14, 1932 in Sedalia, Mo., the son o the late Joseph and Pearl (nee Logan) Mergen. Mr. Mergen is survived by his wife, Bette Jo (nee Touchette) Mergen; children, Steve Mergen and Kathy (Richard) Boedy; step-children, Wayne (Tammi) Christ, Bob (Lisa) Christ, Dale Christ, Mary Beth (Jeff) Stinnett, Janice Kayser and Gary Christ; and a sister, Marge Ann (Buel) Watts; along with 14 step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia (nee Thompson) Mergen; and a brother, Charles Mergen. Mr. Mergen was a member of the Elks. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral immediately followed with Pastor Ron Weber officiating. Mr. Mergen was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

Harold E. Ries, 81, of Waterloo, died May 7, 2013. He was born Aug. 13, 1931, in Columbia, the son of the late Edwin George and Frieda Maria (nee Gummersheimer) Ries. Mr. Ries is survived by his wife, Imogene (nee Schmitz) Ries; children, Bret (Tami) Ries, Brenda (Bill) Lanman, Barbara Ries (Bryan Garcia), Beverly (Kevin) Layton and Bonnie Ries (Robert Haudrich); grandchildren Jeffrey Ries, Amanda (Quinn) Huber, Rebecca Ries, Jamie Lanman and Rachel and Elizabeth Layton; brothers Harvey Ries and Marvin (Rosalie) Ries; and sisters Lucille (Lavern) Lang and Loretta (Joe) Vogt; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Marion Ries; and brother-in-law, Homer Stemler. Mr. Ries attended St. Paul UCC and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from Union Electric as a unit operations engineer (Meramec plant) after 29 years of employment. He was a member of the Maeystown Sportsman's Club, the Waterloo Sportsman's Club, Waterloo IOOF 27 and played in kloepper clubs at JV's, Acorns and Willie’s West End. Harold also enjoyed fishing and gardening. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral immediately followed with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Russell Lee Row Sr., 82, of Waterloo, died May 10, 2013. He was born Nov. 9, 1930, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of the late Orvis and Velda Mae (nee Dhone) Row. He married Patricia Ann (nee Dougherty) Row in 1954. She died in 2010. Mr. Row is survived by his children, Theresa Ann (George) Blasé, Thomas Edward (Pam) Row, Russell Lee (Patricia) Row Jr., Daniel James (Debra) Row, Susan Marie Row (Rob Hyatt), Shawnn Rennee (Charles) Green and Kristen Mary Row; grandchildren, Blake Robert Blase, Anna Carlene Row, Sara Jo Withers, Riley (Marilyn) Withers, Kyle Russell (Clare) Row, Brett William Row, Nicholas Patrick Row, Dustin Leighton Row, Samuel Albert Row, Lucas Daniel Row, Shawnn Patrick Row, Jason Lee Rheinecker, Aaron Michael Rheinecker, Philip Lee Rheinecker, Daniel Patrick Green, Russell Leighton Green, Joseph Charles Green, Sean Luke Green, Olivia Kathleen Peifer and Quinlin Jacob Peifer; great-grandchildren, Luke Green, Olivia Kathleen Peifer, Quinlin Jacob Peifer, Emilin Drew Row, Adelaide Barnett Blasé, Charlie Leighton Row, Eva Lyn Row, Jordan Withers and Mya Withers; a brother, William (Gail) Row; sisters-in-law, Delores (Doughtery) Cysewski; and brothers-in-law, Delores (Doughtery) Cysewski, Neil Johnson and Clifton Patrick Dougherty; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Row served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He enlisted in 1949 and served for three years as a radar man on the U.S.S. Boxer CVA-21. During his service, Mr. Row was awarded seven campaign ribbons. After he returned home, Mr. Row was a life member of Waterloo VFW Post 6504. Russ was employed for 43 years as a carpenter, estimator and construction superintendent for Century Construction Co., in Kansas City, Mo., the Architectural Association, Kozeny-Wagner Construction, H.H. Hall Construction and Keeley Bros. Contracting. Mr. Row was a member of Carpenters Local 169 (now Local 662). Mr. Row attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Row was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 April

Inez Counce, nee Williams, 91, of Columbia, formerly of Dupo, died April 27, 2013, at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born Jan. 18, 1922, in Murphysboro, the daughter of the late James Earl and Ethel Lucille (nee Wiseman) Williams. Inez married Oren B. Counce in 1940 in Perryville, Mo. He died in 1996. Mrs. Counce is survived by her sons Ronald Counce of Madison, Ala., Bruce (Joanne) Counce of Columbia and Richard (Kaye) Counce of Pooler, Ga.; grandchildren Julie (Scott) Rodemich, Robyn (Kevin) McCarty, Amy (Charles) Smith and Peter (Jaime) Counce of Columbia; and eight great-grandchildren In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers Lavern, Ross and Eugene Williams; and a daughter-in-law, Marty Counce. Mrs. Counce attended the First Baptist Church of Dupo. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star - Pride of Green Lodge 932 and the Dupo Ladies' Trainmen Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Phillips officiating. Mrs. Counce was buried at the Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Hope Institute or St. Paul UCC in Columbia. 
 
Blanche Marie Schneider, nee Yarbrough, 80, of Columbia, died April 20, 2013, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Feb. 3, 1933, in Richwoods, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles Sr. and Minerva (nee Nickelson) Yarbrough. Blanche married Robert E. Schneider in 1951 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Schneider is survived by her daughters, Susan (Larry) Doiron of Waterloo and Barbara (Robert) Vernier of Waterloo; grandchildren Scott (Kimberly) Doiron, Alisha (Eric Stegall) Doiron and Taylor, Hannah and Haley Vernier; a great-grandchild, Ethan Doiron; sister, Bertha (Leroy) Hoffmann of Columbia; and brothers-in-law, Vernon (Nadine) Schneider and Walter (Mila) Schneider. She was preceded in death by her  daughter, Carol Jean; siblings Joseph Yarbrough, Helen Kerbel, Ruth Tauber, Charles Yarbrough Jr., Robert Yarbrough, Alvin Yarbrough and Rolan Yarbrough (in infancy). Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Schneider was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church’s building fund.
 
Agnes Barrett, nee Campbell, 91, of Columbia, died April 19, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Jan. 31, 1922, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (nee Jokerst) Campbell. Agnes married Leonard M. Barrett in 1938 in Union, Mo. He died in 1980. Mrs. Barrett is survived by her sons Edward (Peggy) Barrett of Glen Carbon, Ronald (Linda) Barrett of Belleville and Dennis Barrett of Canon City, Colo.; grandchildren Sheryl (Bob) Ragsdale, Dana (Charlie Sadler) Barrett and Melanie (Tim) Zoellick; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Janet Campbell and Rosalee Payne; and a brother, Jules Campbell. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by sisters Edna Webster and Mary Silsby; brothers Sam and Eugene Campbell; and grandchildren James and Michael Barrett. Mrs. Barrett was a retired personal shopper at Stix, Baer and Fuller in St. Louis, Mo. Agnes was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary and a former president of the Columbia Senior Citizens. She enjoyed square dancing, volunteering and supporting veteran's organizations. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Private graveside services were at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Gateway Chapter.
 
Velma Budde, nee Lowery, 93, of Columbia, died April 22, 2013, at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born May 28, 1919, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Joseph and Ella (nee Wiesner) Lowery. She married Raymond A. Budde in 1943 in Belleville. He died in 2004. Mrs. Budde is survived by her son, Michael (Vivian) Budde of Columbia; grandsons, Gregory Budde and Jeffrey (Laura) Budde; great-grandchildren, Justin, Cole and Kyle Budde; a brother, Joseph (Betty Jo) Lowery of Shiloh; and a sister, June Wuller of Belleville; along with nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Lowery; and sisters, Jeannie Mann, and Verna “Rink” Wuller. Mrs. Budde attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She was a member of the Columbia Senior Citizens. Velma was a retired bookkeeper at Meyer Oldsmobile in Belleville. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Budde was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund.
 
Robert Falkner, 42, of Valmeyer, died April 22, 2013, at his home. He had been battling heart ailments. He was born May 1, 1970, in Red Bud, the son of John and Gale Falkner. Mr. Falker is survived by his wife, Michelle (nee Muertz) Falker; a son, Chase Falkner; and a sister, Lori (Brian) Weltig; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his in-laws, George and Treva Muertz; and his grandmother, Cathreen Lambert. Mr. Falkner was a member of Teamsters Local 600. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A service followed with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Chase Falkner Education Fund.
 
Catherine R. Braun, nee Rettinghouse, 57, of Hecker, died April 22, 2013, at her home. She was born Dec. 1, 1955, in Red Bud, the daughter of Loretta Hudson and the late Melvin L. Rettinghouse. Besides her mother, Mrs. Braun is survived by her husband, Stephan Braun; children, Julie Braun and Stephen M. (Amanda) Braun; a grandchild, Wyatt Braun; and a sister, Dawn (Kirk) Ritzel; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin E. Rettinghouse. Mrs. Braun attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. She was a former Hecker village clerk and was the manager of William Braun Milk Hauling. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Von Deeke officiating. Memorials may be made to her church or to the American Cancer Society.
 
Marie Larsen, nee Shatlain, 93, of Waterloo, died April 22, 2013, in Belleville. She was born Sept. 30, 1919, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late George Dewey and Thelma Marie (nee Nicodemus) Shatlain. Mrs. Larsen is survived by her children, Barbara (Jerry) Rachell and Terry (Pam) Larsen; grandchildren, Michael (Jill) Larsen, Gary Larsen, Eric (Melissa) Larsen, Reed Larsen, Jena (Drew) Guldner, Steven (Lara) Schmidt, John Schmidt, Ryan Schmidt, Amanda (Patrick) Fromme, Raina (Dan) Lewis and Guinevere Larsen; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George C. Larsen; a son, Kenneth Larsen; and granddaughter, Erin Schmidt. Mrs. Larsen attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, where she was a member of the Mary and Martha Society. She was active in Babe's and the Waterloo Senior Center. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Larsen was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Grade School.
 
Donald H. Schrader, 89, of Evanston, died April 22, 2013. He was born April 12, 1924, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Louis and Bertha (nee Wilde) Schrader. Mr. Schrader is survived by his children, Cheryl Schrader-Chukwu, Donna Schrader, Julia Schrader, MaryLee Reid and Peter Schrader; a sister, Dorthy Rick and Lorraine Obst; a brother, Lester (Bonnie) Schrader; and eight grandchildren; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian (nee Rick) Schrader; and brothers, Howard and Raymond Schrader. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Zoar UCC in New Hanover with Pastor R.J. Morgan. Memorials may be made to the Stroke Association.
 
Clara Mae Reinhold, nee McNeil, 69, of Hornbeak, Tenn., died April 28, 2013, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 7, 1944, in Fairfield, the daughter of the late Millard and Jessie (nee Finley) McNeil. Mrs. Reinhold is survived by her husband, Kenny Reinhold; children Gerald, Roberta, Karen, Karl, Kim and Kelly; a sister, LaDonna (Harold) Beck; brother, Robert (Darlene) McNeil; and sister-in-law, Jackie McNeil; along with grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers Alva and Jerry McNeil. Mrs. Reinhold attended the Wynnburg Baptist Church. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Benjamin Chapman officiating. Memorials may be made to Wynnburg Baptist Church.
 
Joseph C. Vilmer, 84, of Waterloo, died April 29, 2013 in Waterloo. He was born October 20, 1928 in St. Louis, the son of the late Abb F. and Allie (nee Fischer) Vilmer. Mr. Vilmer is survived by his children, Brenda (Will) Allgood, Pat (David) Fortner, Michael Vilmer, Sheila (Jerry) Bone, Kathy (Tom) Cox, Jeffrey Vilmer and Kevin Vilmer; niece, Joy (Irv) Wineger; along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, 
great niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; step brothers; step sisters. Mr. Vilmer was retired from Emerson Electric, Machinist Local #1102 AFL-CIO, enjoyed fishing, pool, bowling, movies, music and reading. A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill. 
 
Joseph C. Vilmer, 84, of Waterloo, died April 29, 2013, in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 20, 1928, in St. Louis, the son of the late Abb and Allie (nee Fischer) Vilmer. Mr. Vilmer is survived by his children, Brenda (Will) Allgood, Pat (David) Fortner, Michael Vilmer, Sheila (Jerry) Bone, Kathy (Tom) Cox, Jeffrey Vilmer and Kevin Vilmer; and a niece, Joy (Irv) Wineger; along with grandchildren,  great-grandchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his step-brothers and step-sisters. Mr. Vilmer was retired from Emerson Electric, Machinist Local 1102 AFL-CIO. He enjoyed fishing, pool, bowling, movies, music and reading. A private memorial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill. 
 
Dorothy E. Stemler, nee Schroeder, 89, of Columbia, died April 27, 2013, in St. Louis. She was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Herman and Bertha (nee Rey) Schroeder. Mrs. Stemler is survived by her children, Patricia (Walter Jr.) Wetzel, Bettylou (Robert) McNiel and Kenneth (Luann) Stemler; grandchildren Julie (Brian) Branson, Ronald (Maria Fernanda) Wetzel, Colleen Stemler, Aaron McNiel, Nicole (Brian) O'Connell, Jason (Paula) McNiel and Kimberly McNiel; great-grandchildren Kendra and Trent McNiel, Alexis and Kallie O'Connell, Valerie and Jessica Branson and Ela Fernanda Wetzel; along with nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter E. Stemler. Mrs. Stemler was a 60-year member of Monroe County HCE, Monroe County Farm Bureau, co-founder and director of Bluffside Educational Foundation For Valmeyer Community School, Monroe County Fair Association, Holstein Association, St. Paul UCC – Waterloo and a past member of the Mid America Dairymen. After the Flood of ‘93 Dorothy and her husband sold 500 acres for the relocation of New Valmeyer. She enjoyed doing things to benefit the community. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, May 3, at 11 a.m., at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Mrs. Stemler will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Valmeyer Bluffside Educational Foundation.
 
Arlene Post, nee Hoelker, of St. Louis, died April 30, 2013. Mrs. Hoelker is survived by her husband of 59 years, George Post Jr.; children Richard (Paula) Post of Waterloo, Cindy (Eugene) Morgenthaler of St. Louis, Diane (Russell) Gregson of Waterloo and James Post of St. Louis; grandchildren Rick Jr., Regan, Riley and Riva Post, Christine, Julie, Eugene III, Adam and Ben Morgenthaler, Helen Gregson and Ellen Post; sister, Joan (Walt) Gemmer; and sister-in-law, Carol Ann (Dan) Venverloh; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Mrs. Post was a 30-year volunteer at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. Visitation is Thursday, May 2, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Kutis Funeral on Lemay Ferry Road. Funeral is Friday, May 3, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home. 

David A. Asselmeier Sr., 73, of Columbia, died April 2, 2013, at St. Anthony Medical Center. He was born Oct. 8, 1939, in Belleville, the son of the late Alfred and Caroline (nee Krone) Asselmeier. He married Shirley (nee Deffenbaugh) Asselmeier in 1962 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Asselmeier is survived by his son, David “Buzz” Asselmeier Jr. of Springfield; sisters-in-law Doris (David) Bound of Conway, Ark., and Carol (Ben) Bergmann of Columbia; and a brother-in-law, Charles (Kim) Deffenbaugh of Columbia. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles E. Asselmeier; and a brother, Carl Louis Asselmeier.After graduating from Columbia High School, he earned a degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Asselmeier was a teacher at Wirth Junior High School in Cahokia. He was also a longtime banker at Roosevelt Savings and Loan in St. Louis, Mo., and Monroe National / First Bank of Columbia. David attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. He was a member of Columbia Sister Cities, the Maeystown Preservation Society, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Rotary Club, Columbia Police Pension Board and the Columbia Revolving Loan Committee. Mr. Asselmeier earned the Columbia Chamber’s Pillar of the Community award in 1999. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Rev. Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Asselmeier was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church’s Elevator Fund or the G.A. Friz Scholarship Fund.

Jody Eileen Laut, nee Walker, R.N., 53, of Belleville, formerly of Florissant, Mo., died April 4, 2013, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. She was born Feb. 12, 1960, in Florissant, the daughter of Joann Myrt Walker and the late Jack Walker. Mrs. Laut is survived by her husband of 32 years, Kenny B. Laut; children, Keith Laut of Belleville and Kevin Laut of Long Beach, Calif.; and siblings, Jo Ann (Mike) Pipitone of St. Peters, Mo., Sue (Steve) Holcomb of Olathe, Kan., Jack (Sandy) Walker of Princeton, Tex., Barb (Gerard) Henke of Florissant and Jill (Doug) Blasdel of Villa Ridge, Mo.; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Besides her father, Mrs. Laut was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Walker of Tulsa, Okla. Mrs. Laut never missed a K-SHE Blood Drive. She enjoyed her trips with the Paderborn Girls and the annual sisters' weekend. Visitation and funeral were at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville with Rev. Doug Stewart officiating. Mrs Laut was buried at the Hecker City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society.

Gerald R. Erickson, 80, of Columbia, formerly of Lake St. Louis, Mo., died April 6, 2013, at Garden Place of Columbia. He was born Dec. 21, 1932, in Detroit, Mich., the son of the late Helmer and Signe (nee Tengman) Erickson. Mr. Erickson is survived by his sons, Lee (Pam) Erickson of Waterloo and Scott Erickson of Manchester, Mo.; and a grandchild, Courtney (Greg) Venker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (nee Anderson) Erickson; and a grandson, a Justin Erickson. Mr. Erickson served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and later was a major in the Air Force Reserves. He was a career military civil servant. Gerald was a long-time volunteer at the James S. McDonnell U.S.O. at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. Private services were held. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Mr. Erickson was buried at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the U.S.O.

Jeffrey A. Englerth, 44, of Waterloo, died April 6, 2013, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 19, 1969, in St. Louis, the son of Allan and Paulette (nee Sondag) Englerth. Besides his parents, Mr. Englerth is survived by his sisters, Jennifer (Brad) Whelan and Jamie (William) Riechmann; grandmother, Clara (bee Bade) Sondag; and nieces and nephews Cole Matzenbacher, Emily Whelan, Evan Riechmann and Lily Riechmann; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Frank and Viola (nee Einwich) Englerth and Paul Sondag. Mr. Englerth attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Ronald Weber officiating. Mr. Englerth was buried at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the church or Oak Hill.

Curtis J. Bachelier, 85, of Columbia, died April 8, 2013 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. He was born March 29, 1928, in Prairie Du Rocher, the son of the late Prosper and Ada Mary (nee Godier) Bachelier. Curtis married Verna (nee Buettner) Bachelier in 1953 in Columbia. She died in 2004. Mr. Bachelier is survived by his daughters, Joydean (Rick) Beatty and Lynn McAuliffe, both of Columbia; and grandchildren, Mallory and Michael Beatty, Molly (Grant) Gvozdich and Artie McAuliffe. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Jacqueline Vogt and Marie Hooten; and brothers, Myron, Ronald and Willard Bachelier. Mr. Bachelier served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired supervisor at Banner Iron Works in St. Louis. Curtis was a certified landscaper and had worked at several local nurseries and golf courses. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working outdoors, rooting on the St. Louis Cardinals and playing the harmonica. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mr. Bachelier was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Melba Riechmann, nee Ritzel, 90, of Waterloo, died April 9, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 19, 1922, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late George and Marie (nee Roever) Ritzel. Mrs. Riechmann is survived by her 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, Evan and Lily Riechmann and Levi Edler; step-great-grandchild, Cole Matzenbacher; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Paul and Sarah Ritzel, and Roy and Alberta Riechmann; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard "Pete" Riechmann; and siblings, Ruth Kohnz, Margaret Olinger and Howard Ritzel. Mrs. Riechmann attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer, where she was a former president of the St. Anne's Altar Society, former president of West Deanery Council of Catholic Women and a member and former regent of Daughters of Isabella. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mrs. Riechmann was buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to masses or the building fund at St. Mary Catholic Church.

Donald L. Heck, 57, of Waterloo, died April 10, 2013, at his residence. He was born Feb. 18, 1956, in Waterloo, the son of Margaret Heck and the late Leo H. Heck. In addition to his mother, Mr. Heck is survived by his children, Jennifer Heck, Jacob Heck and Christopher Heck; a sister, Jeanette Gazda; and a brother, Thomas Heck; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was the owner of Don Heck Heating and attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Ronald Weber officiating. Mr. Heck was buried at the church’s cemetery.

Alma F. Juelfs, nee Hern, 96, of Waterloo, died April 14, 2013 in Waterloo. She was born June 9, 1916, in Fults, the daughter of the late Henry and Louisa (nee Klamp) Hern. Mrs. Juelfs is survived by a daughter, Delores (Gene) Worley; grandchildren, Michael Worley, Douglas Worley, Elaine Byer, Daniel Worley, Darren Worley, Brad Juelfs and Colleen Johanning; great-grandchildren, Scott and Luke Worley, Caitlyn and Charles Byer, Wade Worley, Leah Worley, Henry Worley, Lydia and Nathan Johanning, and Colten and Clayton Juelfs; sisters, Seta Easton, Priscilla Bancroft and Alice Newland; and a brother, Elliot (Linda) Hern; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo H. Juelfs; a son, Glenn Juelfs; great-grandsons, Eric Worley, Cameron and Cale Johanning; brothers, Wilbert, Calvin and Elmer Hern; and two siblings in infancy. Mrs. Juelfs was a charter member of the Renault Assembly of God Church and a former member of the Victory Fellowship Church in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Stephen Livengood officiating. Mrs. Juelfs was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Fults.

Frank Sondag Jr., 86, of Valmeyer, died April 14, 2013, in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 6, 1926, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Frank Sr. and Ida (nee Mitweide) Sondag. Mr. Sondag is survived by his nieces and nephews, Mike (Corrine) Sondag, Dan (Patsy) Sondag, Ken Sondag, Paulette (Allan) Englerth, Carol Jean (Mark) Pinkerton and Diane (Mark) Gorris; and sisters-in-law, Clara Sondag and Mabel Offermann; along with great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers, Paul and Gene Sondag. Visitation was Monday, April 15, from at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Tuesday, April 16 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mr. Sondag was buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Senior Center in Waterloo.

March 2013

JoAnn Barnes, nee Kirleis, 71, of Millstadt, died March 30, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Aug. 27, 1941 in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Eugene and Clara (nee Sutter) Kirleis. JoAnn is survived by her children Jennifer (Scott) Koopmann of Wichita, Kan., and Jeannine (Rick) Kochmann, Joseph Barnes, Joyce (Jerry) Tastad and Jodi (Michael Notter) Barnes, all of Millstadt; grandchildren Michael, Alexandra and Chance Koopmann, and Ryan Kochmann, Jake and Jordan Tastad; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Micnheimer; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and her "Old Ladies." She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, John J. Barnes; and a brother, Allen Kirleis. Mrs. Barnes attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt, where she was active in the Church Quilters. She was a member of AORN, the Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and Memorial Hospital Quilters. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Barnes was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to her church or the St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Association.

Donald L. Schmitt, 81, of Waterloo, died March 30, 2013, in Belleville. He was born Sept. 5, 1931, in Waterloo, the son of the late Peter and Marie (nee Koopman) Schmitt. Mr. Schmitt is survived by his daughter, Deanna (Gilbert L.) Birkner; grandchildren Danielle (Kyle) Doerr, Alexandra Birkner, Nicolette Birkner and Zachary Birkner; a great-granddaughter, Emelia Doerr; and a sister, Marjorie (Casper) Beelman; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers Paul and Robert Schmitt; and a sister, Audrey Koesterer. A lifelong resident, Mr. Schmitt operated Schmitt’s IGA grocery stores in Waterloo and Red Bud for 35 years. Don served in the U.S. Army and earned a Bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University. He was a very dedicated member of the Waterloo Lion’s Club, serving two years as president as one year as zone chairman. Mr. Schmidt was also a member of the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, where he was recognized in 2000 with the organization’s Outstanding Community Service Award. Don was a founding member of the Human Support Services’ board of directors, chaired the Monroe County Public Building Commission for three years, served two years as the president of the SS. Peter and Paul Grade School board, helped found the Porta Westfalica Fest and organized the Waterloo Khoury League Baseball Foundation. There will be no visitation. By Mr. Schmitt’s request, his body was donated to the St. Louis University School of Medicine. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Funeral is Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. By his request his body was donated to St. Louis University School of Medicine. Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Grade School or to the Waterloo Lion's Club.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Hern, nee Bazzel, 75, of Belleville, died March 31, 2013, in Belleville. She was born Feb. 27, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Bessie (nee Cagle) Bazzel. Mrs. Hern is survived by her children, Patricia (Craig) Dye, Jeffrey (Chris) Hern, Angela (Mark) Donaldson and Timothy Hern; grandchildren Derek (Nikki) Reitz, Jayde Reitz, Zach (Becca) Hern, Bryan Hern, Beau Donaldson, Jenna Hern and Thomas Hern; and great-grandchildren Randi Reitz, Levi Reitz, Aryan Reitz and Justin Reitz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry R. Hern; and a grandson, Jerod Reitz. Mrs. Hern was employed as an administrator for the Rosewood Care Center. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mrs. Hern will be buried at the St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

JoAnn Barnes, nee Kirleis, 71, of Millstadt, died March 30, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Aug. 27, 1941 in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Eugene and Clara (nee Sutter) Kirleis. JoAnn is survived by her children Jennifer (Scott) Koopmann of Wichita, Kan., and Jeannine (Rick) Kochmann, Joseph Barnes, Joyce (Jerry) Tastad and Jodi (Michael Notter) Barnes, all of Millstadt; grandchildren Michael, Alexandra and Chance Koopmann, and Ryan Kochmann, Jake and Jordan Tastad; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Micnheimer; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and her "Old Ladies." She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, John J. Barnes; and a brother, Allen Kirleis. Mrs. Barnes attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt, where she was active in the Church Quilters. She was a member of AORN, the Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and Memorial Hospital Quilters. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Barnes was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to her church or the St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Association.

Sandra Vander Heyden, nee Smothers, 44, of Waterloo, died March 14, 2013, after battling cancer. She was born July 25, 1968, in Belleville, the daughter of James Smother and the late Kaye (nee Myers) Smothers. In addition to her father, Mrs. Vander Heyden is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Vander Heyden; daughter, Meranda Vander Heyden; brother, Jim “Smudge” (Lori) Smothers; nephews, Lucas and Derek Smothers; and best friend, Bonnie Ries; along with aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mrs. Vander Heyden was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

Frank D. Gipson, 65, of Waterloo, died March 14, 2013, in St. Louis. He was born May 15, 1947, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Howard and Maudie (nee Willis) Gipson. Mr. Gipson is survived by his wife, Judith (nee Washausen) Gipson; son, Neal (Heather) Gipson; grandchildren, Grace, Hannah and Katie Gipson; a step-grandson, David Otten; siblings, Betty Davis, Nelson Gipson, Patricia (Omar) Ibrahim and Timothy Gipson; and in-laws, Raymond and Bertha Washausen; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Lee Davis. Mr. Gipson served four years in the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command (Vietnam Era). He was retired from the City of Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mr. Gipson was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Waterloo or Life Network (Crisis Pregnancy Center).

William J. Branson, 52, of rural Red Bud, died March 15, 2013, in an truck accident. He was born May 29, 1960, in St.Louis the son of Clyde Branson and the late Jeanette (nee Foster) Branson. Besides his father, Mr. Branson is survived by his wife, Paula (nee Burnett) Branson; children, Jenna (Greg) Heidenreich, Adam Vogt and Travis Branson; and sisters. LaRita (Ronald) Mohl and Juanita (John) Roland; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Branson; and his grandparents. Mr. Branson was employed with Local No. 2 of the Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers. An avid outdoorsman, he was a member of the NRA and the Maeystown Sportsman Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Branson was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer.

Anthony A. Shields, 50, of Burksville, died March 15, 2013, at his residence. He was born April 9, 1962, in Red Bud, the son of Jerome and Joann Shields. Besides his parents, Mr. Shields is survived by his daughter, Sierra Shields; a sister, Lisa Shields (Robert Conaway); and brothers, Craig Shields (Rita Polka) and Bruce (Stephanie) Shields; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Shields; and his grandparents. Mr. Shields was employed at Laborer’s Local 196. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Madonnaville with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Shields was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sierra Shields Trust Fund.

Marian R. Schlemmer, nee Breuer, 87, of Columbia, died March 1, 2013, at Rosewood Care Center in Alton. She was born March 15, 1925, in Dupo, the daughter of the late Henry and Viola (nee Nolte) Breuer. Mrs. Schlemmer is survived by her children, Deanna (Don) Hall, Carole (John) Crum and Patricia (Don) Baker; grandchildren, James (Klare) Marzano, Jana (Brian) Birdwell, Andrew Crum, Aaron Crum, Kyle Baker, Katie Baker and Krista Baker; great-grandchildren, Lorenzo Marzano and Charles and Henry Birdwell; sisters, Esther (Adam) Mernick and Florence (Ralph) Brown; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Range and Laverne Remelius; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Schlemmer. Mrs. Schlemmer was a homemaker. She also had worked along with her husband in the real estate field and as a farmer. She was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo and Columbia Sister Cities. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home. Funeral was at Christ UCC in Dupo with Rev. Jean Carmean officiating. Mrs. Schlemmer was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo or Human Support Services.

Carolyn Patterson, nee Pfeffer, 63, of Millstadt, died March 15, 2013, at her residence. She was born March 18, 1949, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Joe and Hilda (nee Brellinger) Pfeffer. Mrs. Patterson is survived by her husband of 40 years, Lawrence Patterson; daughter, Christy (Jeff) Rhodes; a son, Matthew (Pam) Patterson; grandchildren, Shelby Rhodes, Megan Rhodes, Hayden Patterson and Kaleb Patterson; brothers, Raymond (Pam) Pfeffer, Wayne (Pamela) Pfeffer and Glenn (Melody) Pfeffer; a sister-in-law, Betty Pfeffer; and an aunt, Florence Martin; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Pfeffer. Mrs. Patterson was a homemaker. Graveside service was at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt with Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Eugene “Goosey” Goessling, 70, of Waterloo, died March 19, 2013, in Belleville. He was born Dec. 19, 1942, in Waterloo, the son of the late Herman Adelia (nee Wagner) Goessling. Mr. Goessling is survived by his wife, Marlene Goessling; children, Wendy Goessling (fiance David Deterding), Todd Goessling and Kelly (Mark) Yochum; grandchildren, Jacki, Casey, Joe, Mark Jr., Mackenzie, Corey, Connor and Caleb; a sister, Dorothy (Richard O.) Steingrubey; and a sister-in-law, Ann Goessling; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Corey James Goessling; brother, Harold C. Goessling; a sister, Marlene Fromme; and grandchildren, Adriana Yochum and Benjamin Lampitt. Mr. Goessling attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a member of the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois and sold real estate for more than 40 years. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Ron Weber officiating. Mr. Goessling was buried at the church’s cemetery.

Ruth Alma Gruenewald, nee Mueller, 81, of Millstadt, died March 20, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital. She was born July 26, 1931, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Herbert and Alma (nee Ahrnes) Mueller, Sr. Mrs. Gruenewald is survived by her children, Linda (Robert) Germann of Millstadt, Carol (Al) Schlather of St. Louis, Diane (Michael) Germann of Millstadt, Dale (Krista) Gruenewald of Millstadt and David (Sharon) Gruenewald of Millstadt; grandchildren, Krista Germann, Tom Germann, Emily Berra, Katie Schlather, Matthew Germann, Cassie Wienhoff, Erica, Darren, Caleb Gruenewald, Sarah Gruenewald and Jacob Gruenewald; a great-granddaughter, Josephine Berra; and a sister, Helen Rey; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Lester Gruenewald; and her brother, Herbert L. Mueller. Mrs. Gruenewald attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt where she was active in the Women’s Fellowship. She was a member of the Bluff Grange and a charter member of Millstadt Sister Cities. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Gruenewald was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to her church.

Marian F. “Mernie” Riney, nee Walsh, 84, of Waterloo, died March 21, 2013, in Red Bud. She was born Oct. 15, 1928, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Dora (nee McGuirk) Walsh. Mrs. Riney is survived by her children, Sherry (Kevin) Wilson and Terry Riney; and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Walsh; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her, husband, Francis B. Riney; and a brother, Russell Walsh. Mrs. Riney had volunteered at St. Anthony's Hospice. Visitation was at Oak Hill. A funeral followed with Chaplain Bill Sinak officiating. Mrs. Riney will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill - Whispering Pines (the Alzheimer's Unit).

Walter James Henneberry Jr., 79, of Waterloo, died March 22, 2013, in Chesterfield, Mo. He was born July 15, 1933, the son of the late Walter James Sr. and Charlotte (nee Kearney) Henneberry. Mr. Henneberry is survived by his wife, JoAnn (nee Sifford) Henneberry; children, James (Barbara) Henneberry and Vickie (Robert) Brooks; grandchildren, Jeff, Jennifer, Michael, Julie and Matthew; great-grandchildren Kylie, Isaiah, Keegan, Alexis, Elayna, Avery and Addison; siblings Dorothy Beckwith, Sandra Snuffin and Glenn Snuffin; and her dog, Maggie; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Henneberry had retired from the Northfork and Western Railroad and Hunter Packing. A private family memorial service was held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.

Jack E. Myrick Sr., 81, of Waterloo, died March 25, 2013, in St Louis. He was born July 8, 1931, in West Frankfort, the son of the late Louis and Anna (nee Sponsic) Myrick. Mr. Myrick is survived by his wife, Imogene (nee St. Hillier) Myrick; a daughter, Christina (Dave) Rhodes; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Joe) Yaekel, Emily Rhodes and Eric Myrick; and a sister, Delores Ranta; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by son, Jack E. Myrick, Jr.; and a sister, Phyllis Berg. Mr. Myrick served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He attended Immanuel Lutheran Church and was a member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Clark officiating. Mr. Myrick was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Ian Michael Jerome, 23, of Waterloo, died March 27, 2013, in St. Louis from an extended illness. He was born Jan. 5, 1990, in Belleville, the son of Michael and Angela Jerome. Besides his parents, Mr. Jerome is survived by a sister, Rebecca Jerome; a brother, Jeremy Jerome; grandparents, Barry and Sharon Olson; aunts Michelle Ann Hudson and Lisa Renee (Jack) Hudnall; an uncle Scott (Christine) Olson; cousins, Elizabeth (Josh) Niebruegge, Sean Hudson, John Hudnall, Kirsten Olson and Tony Olson; and close friends, Brian Saul and David Welborn; along with great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Mary Elizabeth (nee Goeddel) Jerome and Joseph E. Jerome Jr. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor James Watson officiating. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Jerome Brothers Trust Fund or the Duchene Parent Project.

Joseph N. "Joey" Miller, 25, of Waterloo, died March 13, 2013, from injuries sustained in a car accident. He was born Nov. 5, 1987, in Belleville. Mr. Miller is survived by his daughter, Adalyn Miller; parents Larry (Angie) Miller and Rose (Rick) Schuermann; a sister, Erika (Jeff) Ramsdell; step-brothers Eric Schuermann and Jesse and Derek Ewing; step-sisters Stephanie Schuermann, Jennie (Mike) Tritch and Brittney Ewing; girlfriend, Jennifer Forshee; a niece, Khloe Ramsdell; and grandparents Mildred Taylor and Frank (Margaret) Miller; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Joseph Taylor and Ruth Miller. Mr. Miller was employed at Dobbs Tire and Auto Center. He was a member of DriftSTL and the Midwest Off Road Jeep Association. Visitation is Friday, March 15, 2013, at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mr. Miller will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Adalyn Miller Trust Fund.

Dorotha Iris Vogt, nee Bloodsworth, 85, of Columbia, died March 10, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. She was born April 29, 1927, in Princess Anne, Md., the daughter of the late Robert and Emma (nee Parker) Bloodsworth. Dorothy married William “Bill” Vogt in 1948. He died in 2007. Mrs. Vogt is survived by a sister, Ramona Brown of Fruitland, Md.; a niece, Donna Mears; nephew, Robert Brown; great-nieces Andrea and Melissa; and good friends Virginia Spier and Marilyn Frasure. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Bloodsworth. Mrs. Vogt attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia where she was an quilter. She was a member of Monroe County Home Extension and Columbia Senior Citizens. Dorothy was a retired clerk at the Bank of St. Louis. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Vogt was buried at her church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund, masses or the American Diabetes Association.

Shirley C. Cummins, nee Maze, 82, of Millstadt, died March 9, 2013, at Four Fountains Convalescent Center in Belleville. She was born Jan. 9, 1931, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Coy and Lena (nee Wilson) Maze. Mrs. Cummins is survived by her children, Rick Hughes (Diane) Cummins of Millstadt and Vickie (Dennis Davidson) Valentine of Millstadt; grandchildren Brian (Dawn) Conklin, Timothy (Amanda) Conklin, Jamie (Brad) Womack, Angela (Brent) Lantis, Amanda (Mike) Loy and Drew Valentine; a brother, Danny Maze of Antonia, Tex; and brothers-in-law, Ed Ellwood and Clark Cummins; along with five great-grandchildren with one on the way. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Huitt Cummins; a daughter, Christine Marie Heise; a sister, Betty Ellwood; sister-in-law, Barbara Cummins; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter in infancy. Mrs. Cummins was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. At Mrs. Cummins request, she was cremated and there were no services.

Laverne S. Schultheis, nee Prange, 82, of Prairie du Rocher, died March 8, 2013 in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 10, 1931, in Fults, the daughter of the late Adolph and Hilda (nee Nagel) Prange. Mrs. Schultheis is survived by her children, Ronald (Suzanne) Schultheis, Kenneth (Sandra) Schultheis, Donald Schultheis (friend Kathy Weber), Doris (Steven) Mosbacher and Robert (Karen) Schultheis; a sister-in-law, Vera Schultheis; and a brother-in-law, Lylburn Nevois; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Schultheis; a grandson, Jesse Schultheis; and a sister, Erlene Nevois. Mrs. Schultheis attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Pastor Ralph E. Laufer. Mrs. Schultheis was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Leukemia Fund.


George R. Doerr,
 73, of Waterloo, died Feb. 6, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born July 11, 1939, in Columbia, the son of the late William and Frieda (nee Vogt) Doerr. Mr. Doerr is survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Frazer) Doerr; children Tina (George) Schwellensattl, Teresa (Michael) Sands, Rodney (Shelly) Doerr and Tracy (Tom) Gartzke; grandchildren Stephanie (Leroy) Sands, Amber (Charles) Hinterthuer, Adam Piat, Emily Schwellensattl and Gabriel Gartzke; great-grandchildren Leroy, Samantha, Katlyn, Andrew, Nathan Sands, Madison Piat and Victoria Flach; siblings Dorothy Arras, Helen Pflueger, Kenneth (Verna) Doerr, Eugene (Sue) Doerr and Gary (Barbara) Doerr; and sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Rita Wilson and Sharyn (Clarence) Klosterman; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Eddie Piat; and a sister, Luella Spinks; along with a step-sister and step-brothers. Mr. Doerr was a retired Teamster with Local 50. He was a member of Roar n’ Rods and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Zoar UCC in New Hanover with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mr. Doerr was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Zoar UCC Parish Health Ministry.

Marian R. Schlemmer, nee Breuer, 87 of Columbia, died March 1, 2013, at Rosewood Care Center in Alton. She was born March 15, 1925, in Dupo, the daughter of the late Henry and Viola (nee Nolte) Breuer. Mrs. Schlemmer is survived by her children, Deanna (Don) Hall, Carole (John) Crum and Patricia (Don) Baker; grandchildren, James (Klare) Marzano, Jana (Brian) Birdwell, Andrew Crum, Aaron Crum, Kyle Baker, Katie Baker and Krista Baker; great-grandchildren, Lorenzo Marzano and Charles and Henry Birdwell; sisters, Esther (Adam) Mernick and Florence (Ralph) Brown; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Range and Laverne Remelius; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Schlemmer. Mrs. Schlemmer was a homemaker. She also had worked along with her husband in the real estate field and as a farmer. She was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo and Columbia Sister Cities. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home. Funeral was Tuesday, March 5 at Christ UCC in Dupo with Rev. Jean Carmean officiating. Mrs. Schlemmer was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo or Human Support Services.

Mary Ann Hoffmann, nee Darden, 94, of Columbia, died March 2, 2013, at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born July 27, 1918, in Piedmont, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Ada (nee Pipkin) Darden. Mrs. Hoffmann is survived by her son, James (Janet) Hoffmann of Columbia; grandchildren, Beth Hoffmann of Columbia and Cathie (Monte) Krueger of Columbia; great-grandchildren, Brock and Thomas; and Godchildren, Rodney Fassel, Brian Darden and Sharon Brockmeier; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Melva E. Martin; brothers, Carl P. Darden and Howard Pipkin; and a Godchild, Gary Hoffmann. Mrs. Hoffmann attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia and volunteered with R.S.V.P. for 30 years. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mrs. Hoffmann was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America or the Columbia Senior Nutrition Site.

Pearl A. Stechmesser, nee Rusteberg, 91, of Waterloo, died March 2, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 3, 1921, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late William and Adelheit (nee Jehling) Rusteberg. Mrs. Stechmesser is survived by her son, Arlin (Diane) Stechmesser; grandchildren, Shane (Leanna) Stechmesser and Brad (Christine) Stechmesser; step-granddaughter, Amy Elder; and great-grandchildren, Nikolas, Christian, Olivia, Garret and Gracie Stechmesser; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin J. Stechmesser. Mrs. Stechmesser attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer. She was a member of the Waterloo VFW Auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Mrs. Stechmesser was buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Charles Lewis Michels, 67 of Millstadt, died March 2, 2013, at Jefferson Barracks Hospice Center in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 14, 1945, in Olney, the son of the late Joseph and Mamie (nee Messer) Michels. Mr. Michels is survived by his wife of 17 years, Deanna (nee Wilson) Michels; children, Rodney (Susan) Michels, Kimberly (Bradley) Alexander, Lynsey (Andrew) Honegger and Ryan Hudak; grandchildren Brandan Michels, Gunnar Michels, Reid Bowen, Peyton Alexander, Parker Alexander and Ainsley Honegger; and brothers, Tom (Leann) Michels and Terry (Joyce) Michels. Mr. Michels was employed as a motor coach driver at Holiday Tours, Inc. in Caseyville and a bus driver for the Millstadt Community School District. He was a member of the Olney AF and AM 140 Masonic Lodge, Shriner’s and Christ Church in Fairview Heights. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Rev. Shane Bishop, officiating. Mr. Michels was buried with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans of America.

Larry R. Diehl, 68, of Waterloo, died March 4, 2013, in Belleville. He was born Feb. 14, 1945, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Mary Diehl and the late Carl Diehl, Jr. In addition to his mother, Mr. Diehl is survived by his children, Denise (Peter) Reed, Dean Diehl and Doug Diehl; grandchildren, Jonah and Emma Reed; brother, Paul (Barb) Diehl; and a sister, Nancy (Tony) Dixon; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Geraldine Proctor officiating.

Deloris R. Mathews, nee Campbell, 77, of Wappapello, Mo., died March 6, 2013, in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 5, 1936, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Frederick Sr. and Bernice (nee Leonard) Campbell. Mrs. Mathew is survived by her fiancé, Charles Akin; children, Linda (Keith) Lennox, Deborah (Jeff) Battin, Daniel Mathews (Connie Melching), Dale Mathews, Jr., and Michael Mathews (Sue Huebner); a daughter-in-law, Linda Mathews; son-in-law, Douglas Akin; grandchildren, Tera (Ronnie) Harrelson, Angela (Todd) Eschmann, Alicia Wilson, Clay Lennox, Chet Jones, Robert "Bubba" Mathews, Michael Lennox, Nikki Mund, Andrea Mathews, Travis Mathews, Kyle Breitenstein, Kailah Akin, Tiffany and Perry Battin; and great-grandchildren, Paige Barker (fiancé Matt Strohmeier), Chandler, Chase and Marley Harrelson, Samantha, Abby and Brenden Eschmann, Sophia Whitmore, Cody, Kimberly and Cameron Lennox, Kylie Riggs, J.J., Michael, Jr., and Benjamin Lennox and Carter Ganns. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert “Odie” Mathews; a daughter, Sandra Akin; infant grandson, John Jennings; a brother, Frederick Campbell Jr.; sister, Patricia Hurd; and her brother-in-law, Melvin Hurd. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, March 8, at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Mathews was buried at the St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in Hecker. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

James P. Juengling, 91, of Columbia, died March 7, 2013, at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. He was born Dec. 22, 1921, in Columbia, the son of the late William and Elizabeth (nee Dannehold) Juengling. Mr. Juengling is survived by his sons, David L. (Nancy) and James W. (Joy) Juengling, both of Columbia; grandchildren, Michael (Michelle) Juengling, Paul (Karen) Juengling, Angie (Shawn) Pemberton, Amy (Travis) French and Alex Juengling; eight great-grandchildren; and special friend, Betty Schmidt of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucille (nee Eschmann) Juengling; second wife, Mary (nee Eskew) Elizabeth Juengling; and sisters, Pearl Landgraf and Mae Limestall. Mr. Juengling served in the U.S. Amy during World War II and was a longtime member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia and retired as a welder from Columbia Quarry Co., after 48 years of employment. James was also a longtime member of the Columbia Sportsman’s Club, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Juengling was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church - Building Fund or the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception Fund.

February 2013

Adella Whelan, nee Vogel, 97, of Waterloo, died Feb. 27, 2013, in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 3, 1915, in Burksville, the daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (nee Bickelhaupt) Vogel. Mrs. Whelan is survived by her daughters Delrose Descher and Delores (Earl) Kopp; grandchildren James (Joanne) Descher, John (Kay) Descher, Linda (Tom) Schnepf, Stacy Banker, Eric Kopp, Tania (Terry) Barbeau, Natalie Kopp and Mark (Rachel) Kopp; great-grandchildren Ryan (Erica) Banker, Michael Banker, Alyssa Banker, Ashley Myers, Victoria Schnepf, Kristin Myers, Grant Descher, Chloe Descher, Eva Descher, Mae Descher, Joseph Barbeau, Tyler Barbeau, Rebecca Barbeau, Steven Kopp and Bailey Kopp; great-great-grandchildren Dana Banker and Harley Barbeau; and a sister-in-law, Viola Whelan; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Whelan; son-in-law, James Descher; a sister, Lucille Vogel; and brothers Elmer Ruby and Harry Vogel. Mrs. Whelan attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo where she was active with the Mary and Martha Society. She was a member of the Waterloo Senior Center. Visitation is Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. A funeral will follow with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Whelan will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Waterloo Senior Center Activity Fund or Masses.

Audrey Lee Dori, nee Minemann 81 of Millstadt, died Feb. 4, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Oct. 18, 1931, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Elmer and Vlasta (nee Soukup) Minemann. Mrs. Dori is survived by her daughter Sandra (Don) Steppig of Millstadt; sons Gary (Cynthia) Dori and Daniel D. Dori, both of Millstadt; grandchildren Scott J. (fiancé Nicole Panzau) Steppig and Laura Steppig and Brandon Dori; a brother, Elmer (Patricia) Minemann; and her dog, Brandi. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albeno “Al” Dori. Mrs. Dori attended St James Catholic Church in Millstadt. She was a homemaker who volunteered for 14 years at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. Audrey enjoyed family vacations, especially to Florida, Michigan, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. Mrs. Dori was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Greater St. Louis American Parkinson Disease Association.

Kenneth C. Edwards, 82, of Columbia, died Feb. 6, 2013, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 5, 1930, in Dent County, Mo., the son of the late Carl and Daphnia (nee Grogan) Edwards. Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife of 63 years, Olieta (nee Russell) Edwards; children, Penni (John) Barrett of Tulsa, Okla., Karen (Noel) Patterson of Homewood, Jeffrey (Karen) Edwards of Bridgeton, Mo., John (Robin Jaeggi) Edwards of Glen Carbon, Celia (David) Gutierrez of San Antonio, Tex., and Darla (Bob) Toenjes of Columbia; grandchildren, Jason Barrett, Audrey Patterson, Kimberly Edwards and Jacob Edwards, Samuel, Rachel and Philip Pecaro and Jessica and Kenneth Prosser. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wilber Edwards; and sister, Naomia Asbridge. Mr. Edwards was retired from Cerro Copper in Sauget and attended Westview Baptist Church in Belleville. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Westview Baptist Church in Belleville with Pastor Greg Sutter officiating. Mr. Edwards was buried at the North Lawn Cemetery in Salem, Mo. Memorials can be made to his church.

Jackie E. Horn, nee Freppon, 68 of Oklahoma City, Okla., died Feb. 1, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. She was born October 14, 1944, the daughter of the late William Freppon and Pearl (nee Bieber) Freppon. Mrs. Horn is survived by her husband, David W. Horn; sisters, Billie (Chuck) Kuni of Belleville, Rose (Soji) Falanna of Valmeyer and Paula (Bill) Melican of Wartburg; brothers, Larry (Alice) Freppon of Belleville, David Freppon of Burksville, Douglas (Vera) Freppon of Rolla, Mo., and Danny Freppon of Dupo; and a grandson, Zachary Melican of Wartburg; along with nieces and nephews. Mrs. Horn was a retired groundskeeper for the Jefferson Barracks Air National Guard Station. Visitation and funeral were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Mrs. Horn was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

Dorothy A. Ransom, nee Stroh, of St. Louis, died Feb. 5, 2013. Mrs. Ransom was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Ransom. She is survived by her children, Ann Jones and Jay (Gloria) Ransom; and grandchildren, Ryan and Kelsey Jones and Jacob Ransom; along with cousins and friends. Visitation was at the Kutis Affton Chapel. Funeral was at St. Lucas U.C.C. in St. Louis. Mrs. Ransom was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Society for the Blind or the American Cancer Society.

John “Jack” Eschenfelder, 75, of Sparta, died Feb. 25, 2013, after a sudden illness. He was born March 18, 1937, in Belleville, the son of the late Joseph and Clara Eschenfelder. Mr. Eschenfelder is survived by his wife, JoAnn (nee Schwankhaus) Eschenfelder; sons Jeff (April) Eschenfelder of Plant City, Fla., and Dan (Christine) Eschenfelder of Gainesville, Fla.; and a daughter, Sue (Dan) Braun of Waterloo; grandchildren, Jason (Cortney), Amber and Amy Eschenfelder, Cameron Eschenfelder and Annalee Perez, Megan and Ryan Wodochek, and Gavin Braun; great-grandchildren, Lily Habbeshaw and Jonah Eschenfelder; and sisters, Pat (Leo, deceased) Beck of Mascoutah, Barbara (Jim) Kuebel of Sparta, Margaret (Frank) Drovetti of Sappington, Mo., Therese (Richard) Prieto of Long Beach, Calif. and Carol (Bill) Filler of Aliquippa, Penn.; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Eschenfelder graduated from Cathedral High School in 1955 and entered the Army the same year. During the three years Jack served in the Army, he trained dogs and played in the Army Baseball League. After leaving the Army, Jack returned to Belleville where he would work as a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier for 34 years. He never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation with anyone. Jack had fond memories of the people on his route and his co-workers, many of whom were lifelong friends. Some of his happiest times were spent on the ball field coaching his own children and grandchildren and young people who he cared for like they were his own. Coach Jack helped start the Belleville Little Knights football team and coached Okawville little league baseball for more than 20 years. Just recently, Jack helped coach little league baseball in Gainesville, Fla., assisting his son, Dan. Jack also umpired baseball and refereed basketball for many years. Those who knew Jack will miss his warm smile, his quick wit, his funny stories, and his kindness. He will always be remembered as a man of faith, loyalty, love, and humor. In accordance with his wishes, Jack’s body was donated to science. A memorial mass will be Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Sparta. Memorials may be made to the Randolph County Humane Society.

Maxine M. Crosson, nee Jaeger, 77, of Waterloo, died Feb. 27, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born May 18, 1935, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Armin and Ethel (nee Zeiger) Jaeger. Mrs. Crosson is survived by her children, Pamela Kickham, Patricia (Russell, Jr.) Row, Jill (Michael) Larsen and Craig Crosson; grandchildren, Kyle (Clare), Bret and Nicholas Row, Lesley and Philip Larsen, and Dane, William and Grace Crosson; and a great-granddaughter, Emily Row. She was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Crosson. Mrs. Crosson was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, where she was active in the choir and Mary and Martha Society. She had been employed at of Diehl Florist. Maxine enjoyed participating in the Waterloo Country Club’s Ladies Golf League. She enjoyed homemaking, being a seamstress and making crafts. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Crosson was buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Gibault Catholic High School or the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Mathilda Emma Betz, nee Nolte, 93 of Millstadt, died Feb. 28, 2013, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. She was born Jan. 21, 1920, in East Carondelet, the daughter of the late Philip and Emma (nee Metter) Nolte. Mrs. Betz was a homemaker who attended Bethel United Church of Christ in Cahokia. She enjoyed quilting at the Millstadt Senior Center. Mrs. Betz is survived by her sons, Larry Betz of Belleville and Wayne (Charlene) Betz of Millstadt; a daughter, Judy Betz of Millstadt; grandchildren, Derek (Kelly) Betz, Jason (Heather) Betz, Robyn (Mike) Eiskant, Catherine (Philip Grout) Betz, Austin (Jess) Betz and Christine (Chuck) Branum, Kimberly (Gerald) Restoff and Krista Betz; great-grandchildren, Melanie Restoff, Dennis Restoff, Brandon Restoff, Ryan Restoff, Logan Betz, Emma Betz, Boston Betz, Brady Betz, Blakely Betz, Olivia Eiskant, Max Eiskant and Conner Branum; and a sister-in-law, Florence Agne; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin A. Betz; two sisters; and three brothers. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. A funeral was Monday, March 4 at the funeral home with Pastor Carol Shanks and Pastor Krista Betz officiating. Mrs. Betz was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Bethel UCC of Cahokia.

Orlou Marie Becker, nee Vogt, 83, of Waterloo, died Feb. 28, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. She was born Jan. 4, 1930, in Monroe County, the daughter of the late John and Clorildis (nee Reuter) Vogt. Orlou married Lester Becker in 1948. He preceded her in death. Mr. Becker is survived by her children, Linda (John) Young of Waterloo, Sandy (Mike) Stirnaman of Belleville, Patty (John) Doty of rural Red Bud and Dennis Becker of Waterloo; grandchildren, Nicole (Andrew) Doeschot of Fenton, Mo., Adam Young of Edwardsville, Lee Doty of Waterloo, Gordon (Rachel) Doty of Red Bud, Paul (Tia) Doty of Waterloo and Katy Doty of Millstadt; and great-grandchildren, Tanisha Doty, Kayleight Doty and Kassi Doty, all of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother. Visitation was at DeFabio Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Rob Weber officiating. Mrs. Becker was buried at the church’s cemetery.

Dorothy F. Foster, nee Schwartz, 92, of Columbia, died Feb. 16, 2013, at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 28, 1921, in North Dupo, the daughter of the late Walter and Frieda (nee Deken) Schwartz. She married Harvey Foster in 1937. He died in 1986. Mrs. Foster is survived by her sons, Harlan (Barbara) Foster of Columbia and Dennis (Judith) Foster of Waterloo; a daughter, Darlene Winter of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Craig (Karen) Foster, Deborah (Lou) Casole, Bridget (Billy) Gray, Amanda Littlejohn, Christie Winter and Julie Winter; a sister, Patsy Jackson of St. Louis, Mo.; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mrs. Foster was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

Edward H. McClung, 82, of Waterloo, died Feb. 18, 2013 in Red Bud. He was born Nov. 1, 1930, in Frederick, Okla., the son of the late Henry and Pearl (nee Leach) McClung. Mr. McClung is survived by his wife, Pat (Francisco) McClung; children, LaWanda (Raymond) Thomas, James (Debra) McClung, Leah (Kenneth) McFadden and Melody (Michael) Ennis; grandchildren, Jacob, Jordan and Jonathan Hood, Chet Crawford, Crissy Wallace, and Erin Spence, Blake, Trevor and Skylar Lampton, Sydney Young, Loren, Haley and Maxwell Ennis; great-grandchildren, Addison Wallace, Hope Elizabeth Spence and Trinity Ann Spenc; sister, Helen Loftin; and a nephew, Joe (Sharon) Joslin. He was preceded in death by his brother, Clarence McClung; and a sister, Ruby Williams. Mr. McClung was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired minister and had worked in insurance sales. Edward was a member of New Life Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at New Life Church with Pastor David Eckstadt officiating. Mr. McClung was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Clarence “Sonny” Koch, 77, of Fults, died Feb. 19, 2013, in Waterloo. He was born April 11, 1935, in Fults, the son of the late Henry and Florence (nee Schmieg) Koch. Mr. Koch is survived by his sister, Helen Wetzler; brother, Henry (Helen) Koch; and nieces and nephews, Randy (Robin) Wetzler, Ricky Wetzler, Shannon Edley (friend John Blandford) and Sheena (Jeremy) Pape; along with great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Koch; niece, Linda Wetzler; and great-niece, Megan Kay Wetzler. Mr. Koch was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Sonny was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault and was a retired welder and lift truck operator. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at his church with Pastor Ralph Laufer officiating. Mr. Koch was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

Lorraine B. Bennett, nee Piatt, 84, of St. Louis, died Feb. 21, 2013, in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 22, 1928, in Salem, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Anna (nee Counts) Piatt. Mrs. Bennett is survived by her daughter, Tammy (Kevin) Guehne of Red Bud; and grandchildren, Alan and Scott Guehne; along with brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Allen Scrivener. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Bennett was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Leah M. Sanford, 28, of Columbia, died Feb. 20, 2013, at her home. She was born April 4, 1984, in Belleville, the daughter of Morril III and Nancy J. Sanford. In addition to her parents, Miss Sanford is survived by her son, Dylan Sanford; and a brother, Morrie Sanford; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Leah was employed as an LPN at Suzie's Health Care. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Clark officiating. Memorials may be made to the Dylan M. Sanford Education Fund.

Donald Ryan Szewczuk, 48, of Millstadt, died Feb. 21, 2013, at his residence. He was born April 11, 1964, in St. Louis the son of Ron and Betty Szewczuk. In addition to his parents, Mr. Szewczuk is survived by sisters, Deanna (Tony) Jaromin and Jennifer (Neal) Knapp; a niece, Mackenzie Jaromin; nephews, Easton Jaromin, Tristin Knapp and Riley Knapp; grandfather, Ralph (Alene) Mergelkamp; an uncle, Ronald Mergelkamp; and aunts, Lois Szewczuk and Nancy Mergelkamp; along with cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hilda (Earl) Veit, Louis (Irma) Szewczuk; and his uncle, Louis M. Szewczuk. Mr. Szewczuk was an accountant who worked at several local banks. Visitation and funeral were at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt with Rev. Michael Kumm officiating. Mr. Szewczuk was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt.

Forrest Dean Keim, 84, of Columbia, died Feb. 22, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Aug. 19, 1928, in Henry County, the son of the late Forrest and Helen (nee LaRue) Keim. Forrest married Marian (nee Menner) Keim in 1955 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Keim is survived by his daughter, Lori (Michael) Doerr of Columbia; grandchildren, Cory (Deidra) Doerr of Waterloo and Kyle (Danielle) Doerr of Freeburg; great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Emelia Doerr; special family, Peggy, Allen, Meghan and Dakota Schutt of Waterloo; and a brother-in-law, Harold Nobbe of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Katherine (Leonard) Steining and Barbara Nobbe. Mr. Keim Dean attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where he had volunteered at ICS. He retired as a truck driver from Yellow Freight Systems, having 50 years’ experience in commercial truck driving. Mr. Keim was a member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree--Fr. Charles Hellrung Assembly 1529 in Waterloo, Knights of Columbus Third Degree--George R. Kutterer Council 6165 in Columbia, the Columbia American Legion Post 581 and Teamsters Local 600 of St. Louis. Dean was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and Gibault High School athletics. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Robert Menner and Fr. Gary Hogan officiating. Mr. Keim was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb Immaculate Concep-tion School Education Fund or Gibault High School.

Lonnie R. Dickerson, 68, of Waterloo, died Feb. 9, 2013, in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 25, 1944, in Waterloo, the son of the late Ted and Dolly (nee Worley) Dickerson. Mr. Dickerson is survived by his wife, Mildred (nee Light) Dickerson; children Donna Bartlett, Teresa Dickerson (fiancé Kevin Kahle), William (Karen) Dickerson, Winona (John) Wilson, Angie Dickerson and Julie Dickerson; grandchildren Angie, Joyce, Crystal, Kevin Jr., John III, Josh, Joseph, Jeremy, Justin, James, Angel and William III; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers Omen (Sue) Dickerson and Artis (Madelle) Dickerson; and a sister, Omea (Jerry) Baker; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers William and Ernie; nephew, Chad Dickerson; son-in-law, Allen Bartlett; sister-in-law, JoAnn Dickerson; and brother-in-law, Donald Light. Mr. Dickerson was a retired logger and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor John Wilson Jr. officiating. Mr. Dickerson was buried at the Monroe City Cemetery.

Marian E. Hern, nee Hite, 89, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died Feb. 2, 2013, in Belleville. She was born June 8, 1923, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary (nee Vanover) Hite. Mrs. Hern is survived by her children, Norman D. Hern, Sandra G. (John) Bicklein, Mary L. (Joseph) Limpert, Jean A. Schoiber, Joyce L. (Dante) Scaccianoce and Laura C. (Earl) Dotson; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Sieli; and sisters-in-law, Edith Hite and Lola Hite; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Norman C. Hern; grandson, James Brian Hern; brothers, Louis M. Hite (infant), Daniel L. Hite and David Hite; sisters, Mary Louise Hite (infant), Ruth Hite Smith, Juanita Hite Reeder, Uldine Hite Webb and Jackie Hite Tyree. Mrs. Hern attended the Assembly of God Church in Belleville, the New Life Club of St. Mathews United Methodist Church in Belleville and the Victory Full Gospel Church. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Raynaud and Pastor Billy Childress officiating. Mrs. Hern was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Fults.

Dennis C. Walster, 96, of Smithton, died Feb. 4, 2013 in Red Bud. He was born Feb. 28, 1916, in Kellogg, the son of the late Frank and Blanche (nee Alberts) Walster. Mr. Walster is survived by his children, Mary Ann (John) McConachie, Rita (Stan) Osterhage and Robert (JoAnn) Walster of Mt. Vernon, Mo.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and two great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and extended family. Mr. Walster was preceded in death by his wife, Clara (nee Menke) Walster; one sister; four brothers; and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Walster attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Monsignor Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mr. Walster was buried at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Renault. Memorials may be made to his church or to Red Bud Regional Care Center’s East Wing.

Anne Barbeau, nee Prohaska, 95, of Waterloo, died Feb. 1, 2013, in Smithton. She was born Jan. 13, 1918, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (nee Mach) Prohaska. Mrs. Barbeau is survived by her sons, Larry (Sharon) Barbeau, Donald (Doris) Barbeau and Tom (Pat) Barbeau; grandchildren, Michelle (Richard) Chausse, Kimberly (Scott) Doiron, Lori (Terry) Sims, Kristy (Andy) Shondy and Traci (Tony) Biffar; and great-grandchildren, Mark (Hannah) Pigman, Jodi (Brian) Moddell, Jacob Shandy, Michael, William, Nicholas and Patrick Chausse, Ethan Doiron, and Devin, Lucas and Emily Biffar; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard D. Barbeau; great-granddaughters Lucy and Mary Chausse; and a brother, Joseph Prohaska. Mrs. Barbeau was retired from Famous-Barr Co. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Barbeau was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

January 2013 

Rosemary T. Sawyer, nee Mickna, 84, of Waterloo, died Jan. 20, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born March 21, 1928, in Chicago, the daughter of the late Leo and Irene (nee Oswald) Mickna. Mrs. Sawyer is survived by her son, David (Diane) Sawyer; and grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jeremy) LeSaulnier, Bethani (Keith) Kipping and Aaron Sawyer; along with great-grandchildren and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Sawyer; and a daughter, Catherine "Katie" Sawyer. Visitation and funeral were at SS. Peter Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Joyce A. Nobbe, nee Horn, 86, of Waterloo, died Jan. 31, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 4, 1926, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Otto Horn and Minnie (nee Crook) Horn-Gerhardt. Mrs. Nobbe is survived by her husband, Edward Nobbe; children, Thomas (Jane) Nobbe, Susan (Steve) Higgins and Pamela (Randy) Veath; grandchildren, Jared (Rebecca) Nobbe, Brad Nobbe, Ashley, Lindsay, Kylie, Taylor Higgins, Courtney (Clayton) Clark and Morgan Veath; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Louise Nobbe; nephew, Brian (Dina) Nobbe; and a niece, Janet (Larry) Goessling; along with cousins. She was preceded in death by a step-brother, Herbert Gerhardt; step-father, Edwin Gerhardt; parents-in-law, Henry and Lydia Nobbe; and a granddaughter-in-law, Kelly Nobbe. Mrs. Nobbe was a member of the Women’s Guild at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor James Watson and Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Mrs. Nobbe was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC of Waterloo, the Oak Hill Activity Fund or the Alzheimer's Association.

Shirley A. Lepp, 82, nee Stevenson, of Columbia, died Jan. 29, 2013, at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born March 19, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Alberta (nee Nichols) Stevenson. Shirley married Robert F. Lepp in 1950 in Kansas, City. He died in 2005. Mrs. Lepp is survived by sons, Robert (Pat) Lepp of St. Louis and Joseph (Barb) Lepp of Columbia; grandchildren, John Lepp, Jennifer (Matt) Brinson, Merritt (Brian) Schlemmer, Natalie Lepp, Christina Lepp, Derrick (Jamie) Lepp and Alex Lepp; a sister, JoAnn (Joe) Wilkerson of Tulsa, Okla.; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Margaret Ann (Mike) Conrad and Charles (Mary) Lepp; along with seven great-grandchildren. Besides her husband; Mrs. Lepp was preceded in death by a son, John M. Lepp; and a brother, Bill Stevenson. Mrs. Lepp attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary and the Columbia Gymnastic Auxiliary. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Lepp was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund or the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship Fund.

  

Marian Q. Rehling, nee Roddy, 88, of Waterloo, died Jan. 31, 2013, in Red Bud. She was born July 7, 1924, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Daniel and Carrie Lee (nee Reed) Roddy. Mrs. Rehling is survived by sisters-in-law, Jeanette Gregson and Gloria Roddy; and nieces and nephews, Russell (Diane) Gregson, Gordon (Cindy) Gregson, Alice Gregson and Linda, Randy and Scott Roddy; along with great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland Rehling; a brother, Joseph Roddy; brother-in-law, Orville Gregson; and a nephew, Thomas Roddy. Mrs. Rehling was a past Worthy Matron Order of the Eastern Star of Waterloo. She enjoyed sewing. At Marian’s request, there was no visitation or service. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Gene O'Farrell, 91, of Columbia, died Jan. 27, 2013, at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. He was born June 14, 1921, in Gillette, Wyo., the son of the late Patrick and Mary E. (nee McFadden) O'Farrell. He married Mary Ellen (nee Stanton) O'Farrell in 1957, in Clayton, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. O’Farrell is survived by his sons Gene Patrick (Angie) O'Farrell of Lake St. Louis, Mo., Sean Michael (Louise) O'Farrell of Chicago and Brian Joseph (Rhonda) O'Farrell of Columbia; and grandchildren Barrett and Cullin O'Farrell, and Kelly O'Farrell. Mr. O’Farrell served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia and was a retired civil service cataloger in St. Louis. Gene and his wife enjoyed ballroom dancing. Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. A funeral will immediately follow with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. O’Farrell will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church - Building Fund or the Columbia Senior Nutrition Site.

Frank B. Canova Sr., 86, of Mt. Lebanon, Pa., died Jan. 19, 2013. He was born Feb. 20, 1926, in Dravosburg, the son of the late John and Annetta (nee Gurgosalici) Canova. Mr. Canova is survived by his children, Diane Canova (John Morrill), of Arlington, Va., Karen L. Canova (Marc Goldstein) of Silver Spring, Md., Frank Jr. (Ellen) Canova of Waterloo, Thomas (Cynthia) Canova of Springfield and Maureen (Randy) Canova-Potts of St. Louis; grandchildren, Kathryn, Caroline, Christopher and Anna Canova; and a sister-in-law, Patricia Swieconek; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Margaret Rose Scanlon Canova; a sister, Mary Canova; and brothers, John and Louis (Gino) Canova. Following Mr. Canova’s graduation in 1943 from St. Peter High School in McKeesport, Pa., he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater as a communications chief with the 321 Infantry Regiment, 81st Division, and was involved in major battles, including the Battle of PeIeliu. After the war, Mr. Canova worked in his family's grocery store, Canova Brothers, in McKeesport. He also worked in Pittsburgh for the Pepperidge Farm Bread Company and, until his retirement, he worked in sales and as a broker at Prudential Insurance Company in the South Hills area. Mr. Canova enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading and spending time with his family. Visitation was at Beinhauer Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Bernard Church. Mr. Canova was buried at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Jubilee Association.

Lillian Ruff, nee Hirsch, 88, of Waterloo, died Jan. 18, 2013 in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 14, 1924, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late George and Emma (nee Wild) Hirsch. Mrs. Ruff is survived by her nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon O. Ruff; a sister, LaVerne Wienhoff; and an adopted brother, Norman Hirsch. Mrs. Ruff attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral followed with Pastor Geraldine Proctor officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Clarence Schaefer, 83, of Ruma, died Jan. 23, 2013, at Red Bud Regional Hospital with his family by his side. He was born Feb. 2, 1929, in Waterloo, the son of the late Jacob and Frances (nee Eschmann) Schaefer. Mr. Schaefer was baptized Feb. 3, 1929, by Rev. Charles Eschmann at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ruma. Mr. Schaefer was an engineer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed at Kunsan Air Base. He was a farmer who also drove a milk truck and a concrete truck. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking. Clarence married Joan Mary (nee Degenhardt) Schaefer in 1956 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schaefer is survived by his children, Michael (Jeannie) Schaefer of Red Bud, John (Kim) Schaefer of Ruma, Edward (Shirleen) Schaefer of Waterloo, Raymond (Kari) Schaefer of Red Bud and Karen (Martin) Eschmann of Waterloo; grandchildren, Jeremy (Sarah) Schaefer, Amy (Russell) Humphreys, Jenny (fiancé Eric Raup) Schaefer, Stacy (Fred) Morin, Eric (Alicia) Schaefer, Ryan Schaefer, Carrie (Aaron) Koester, Jamie Schaefer, Allen Schaefer, Andrew Schaefer, Emily Eschmann and Nathan Eschmann; great-grandchildren, Ethan Humphreys, Peyton Schaefer, Brayden Koester, Grace Koester, Owen Humphreys, Dylan Schaefer and Molly Morin; brothers Henry Schaefer of Red Bud, Albert (Joyce) Schaefer of Evansville, Robert (Martha) Schaefer of Evansville and Martin (Jean) Schaefer of Red Bud; sisters, Regina (Robert) Scherle of Evansville, Frances (Norman) Rahn of Red Bud and Marie Hess of Red Bud; and friends, Julie Schaefer, Kayce Matzenbacher, Bethany Klein and James Ratz; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by sisters, Gertrude (Leo) Pautler, Josephine Smith and Theresa Schaefer (in infancy); and a brother, William Schaefer. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Mr. Schaefer was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Eugene "Benny" Maurer, 84, of Waterloo, died Jan. 23, 2013 in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 26, 1928 in Waterloo, the son of the late Benedict and Clara (nee Einwich) Maurer. Mr. Maurer is survived by his wife, Bonnie (nee Buss) Maurer; children, Sally (David) Stellhorn and Steven (Rhonda) Maurer; son-in-law, Scott Paisley; grandchildren, Benjamin (Krista) Paisley, Jessica (Aaron) Zeller, Amy (Mike) Wolter, Adam (Kim) Stellhorn, Aaron (Anne) Stellhorn, Andrew Maurer and Rachel Maurer; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris (Gene) Stamm; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Judy Maurer and Gene and Darlene Buss. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sidne E. Paisley; grandson, Joshua Paisley; a brother, Robert Maurer; and a sister, Myrtle Ostendorf. Mr. Maurer was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was retired from Monsanto and Afton Chemical. There were no services. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice or the Marfans Association.

Lonnie J. Gotto, 72, of rural Fults, died Jan. 25, 2013, at a St. Louis hospital from severe burns suffered in a welding accident. He was born March 9, 1940, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Leon and Fayola (nee Turley) Gotto. Mr. Gotto is survived by his wife, Mary Leah (nee Gidley) Gotto; children, Marlon (Jane) Gotto, Pierre (Barb) Gotto, Julia (Dan) Stampfl and Erin Gotto; grandchildren Austin Gotto, Andrew Gotto, Jessie Dill, Kailyn Gotto, Candice Stampfl and Samantha Stampfl; brothers Leslie (Pam) Gotto Sr., Lindell (Marcia) Gotto, David Gotto, Leon (Debbie) Gotto, Danny (Angie) Gotto and Wayne (Sharon) Gotto; a brother-in-law, James Gidley; and sisters-in-law, Dolores Gidley and Ruth Gidley; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Thomas Gidley. Mr. Gotto attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault. He was retired and had been employed at Brinkmann Farm Equipment, Heberer Equipment and Wm. Nobbe and Co. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault with Father Roger Karban officiating. Mr. Gotto was buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Renault. Memorials may be made to his church.

Ray E. Hesterberg, 78, of Waterloo, died Jan. 25, 2013, in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 20, 1934, in Maeystown, the son of the late Raymond and Frieda (nee Juelfs) Hesterberg. Mr. Hesterberg is survived by his wife, Shirley (nee Kurtz) Hesterberg; children, Michael (Carolyn) Hesterberg, Brett (Barb) Hesterberg and Nancy (Chris) James; grandchildren, Chelsea Hesterberg and Aidan and Ryan James; sister Doris (Willard) Meister and Lil Hohnbaum; and sister-in-law, Laverne Hesterberg; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Vernon Hesterberg; and brother-in-law, Eugene "Hoagy" Hohnbaum. Mr. Hesterberg attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was retired from Gateway FS. Ray was a member of the Waterloo American Legion and the Waterloo Country Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Keith Karau officiating. Mr. Hesterberg was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

David L. Lovelace, of West Alton, Mo., died Jan. 25, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Annette (nee Wittenauer) Lovelace; children Kimberly, Matthew and Mark. Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m., at Buchholz Spanish Lake Mortuary. A funeral will immediately follow. Memorials may be made to Saint Louis University Hospital.

Laurine Miller, nee Breidecker, 94, of Columbia, died Jan. 5, 2013, at Terrace On The Park Care Center in Mascoutah. She was born Oct. 28, 1918, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Thomas and Laura (nee Ritter) Breidecker. She married Charles Miller in 1943 in St. Louis. He died in 1974. Mrs. Miler is survived by cousins, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister in infancy, Lesley Breidecker, who died in 1914. Mrs. Miller attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Laurine was a retired nurse at Curtis Wright Aircraft in St. Louis and was a 1942 graduate of the Missouri Baptist School of Nursing. She was a member of the St. Louis Order of the Eastern Star - Bailee Chapter 31, the Columbia Senior Citizens and the Columbia American Legion Auxiliary Post 581. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Miller was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church.

Helen M. Pflasterer, nee Lenhardt, 94, of Waterloo, died Jan. 6, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 27, 1918, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Albert and Louise (nee Sommer) Lenhardt. Mrs. Pflasterer is survived by her children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren: Barb (Carl) Braun, Dorothy (Ross) Mueller, Connie (Mike) Lambeck, Cheri (Chris) Sandheinrich, Chris (Whitney) Braun, Dan (Sandy) Mueller, Dawn (Jason) Goff, Conner, Cooper, Bailey, Drew, Abbey and Dustin; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her step-father, Martin Kohlmeier; husband, Henry Pflasterer; brothers, Robert (Grace) and Willis "Dix" (Adeline) Lenhardt; and her sister-in-law, Helen (Frank) Fenaia. Mrs. Pflasterer was an avid card player who attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, where she was active in the quilters and the Women's Guild. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Keith Karau officiating. Mrs. Pflasterer was buried at Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Oak Hill.

Loretta Burlison, nee Casey, 75, of Columbia, died Jan. 7, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 27, 1937, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Leo and Josephine (nee Fagan) Casey. Mrs. Burlison is survived by her husband, Arthur Burlison of Columbia; a son, Michael (Patricia) Burlison of St. Louis; daughters, Joan (James) Wessel of Columbia, Teresa (Jon) Seibel of Columbia and Mary (Lisa Saffell) Burlison of St. Louis; a brother, Leo (Becky) Casey of Cape Girardeau; grandchildren, Matthew and Patty Burlison, Melissa (Mike) Kohlenberger and Andrew and Jacob Wessel; and great-grandchildren, Reeve and Maura Kohlenberger and Noah Jones. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Patricia Simmons and Margaret McClune. Mrs. Burlison attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Burlison was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or to the Susan G. Koman Race For The Cure.

Harold J. Suedkamp, 79, of Columbia, died Jan., 8, 2013, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born March 22, 1933, in St. Louis, the son of the late Harry and Anna (nee Buschhenhenke) Suedkamp. Harold married LaVerne (nee Trampier) Suedkamp in 1958 in St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Mr. Suedkamp, is survived by his son, Mike (Nancy) Suedkamp of Columbia; sisters, Vernice Kanyuck of Belleville and Suzanne (Bob) Rosenberger of Pevely, Mo.; and a grandchild, Owen Suedkamp. Mr. Suedkamp attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia and was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Harold was a former Columbia alderman (Ward 3) and had retired from Chrysler Corp., in Fenton. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Suedkamp was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Dolores Mae Braun, nee Underwood, 83, of Red Bud, died Jan. 9, 2013, in St. Louis. She was born Nov. 19, 1929, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Robert and Evelyn (nee Devine) Underwood. Mrs. Braun is survived by her children, Joseph F. (Sandra) Braun, Jr., Robert L. Braun (friend Debbie) and Randall A. (Laveta) Braun; a son-in-law, Richard Zeiger; grandchildren, John (Lisa) Braun, Katherine Braun, Pamela (Matthew) Mueller, Paula Berg, Albert (Gay) Braun, Ryan (Kaisey) Braun and Lisa Braun; great-grandchildren, Crystal Braun, Amber Zeiger; a brother, Edward (Shirley) Langhorst; sister, Angie (Tim) Reynolds; and a sister-in-law, Edna Guessfeld; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph F. Braun Sr.; daughter, Joyce A. Zeiger; and a sister, Audrey Scott. After retiring from Singer in Red Bud, Delores was a cook at Camp Wartburg. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Russell Koen officiating. Mrs. Braun was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to Camp Wartburg.

Joseph A. Harbaugh, 56, of New Athens, formerly of Hecker, died Jan. 12, 2013, at his home. He was born Dec. 16, 1956, in Red Bud, the son of Esther (nee Theobald) Harbaugh and the late Edward J. Harbaugh. Besides his mother, Mr. Harbaugh is survived by his son, Jake Harbaugh; and siblings Ken (Sandy) Harbaugh, Virginia "Ginger" Alexander, Jim Harbaugh, Cheryl Harbaugh, Dave Harbaugh and Mike (Krista) Harbaugh; along with aunts, niece, nephews and cousins. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Karen M. Harbaugh; and brother-in-law, Gary Alexander. Mr. Harbaugh was formerly employed at Mitsubishi Motors in Bloomington and attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. He was an avid sportsman (It's a good fry") and lived his life by the teachings of Dr. Charles Stanley. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Harbaugh was buried at the St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in Hecker. Memorials may be made to cancer research at Northern University Hospital.

Eugene William Eckert, 95, of Millstadt, died Jan. 13, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. He was born Jan. 5, 1918, the son of the late Otto and Nora (nee Weible) Eckert. Mr. Eckert is survived by a son, Ronald “Fuzzy” Eckert; daughter, Donna Gaulrapp; grandchildren Lori Gaul Rapp and Marcia Twellman; and great-grandchildren Emily Twellman, Carson Allen and Katelyn Allen; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Wilma (nee Schubert) Eckert; and a sister, Florence (John) Hartman. Mr. Eckert was a retired farmer who had also worked for the Millstadt Milling Company and the USDA. He served as a Millstadt election judge for many years. Mr. Eckert attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt and was a member of the Millstadt Horseshoe Club and the St. Clair County Farm Bureau. Visitation and funeral were at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mr. Eckert was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to his church’s Z- Team or to the Millstadt Senior Center.

Ellard Rieso, 84, of Columbia, died Jan. 13, 2013, at Delmar Gardens South in Sappington, Mo. He was born March 17, 1928, in Smithton, the son of the late Theophil Rieso and Irene (nee Biehl) Rieso Rock. Ellard married Lucille (nee Schlemmer) Rieso in 1950. In addition to his wife, Mr. Rieso is survived by his daughters Karen (Richard) Neff of Belleville and Kathy (Clancy) Richey of Columbia; and grandchildren Amanda and Zachary Neff, Cole and Connor Richey. Mr. Rieso served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was retired from Monsanto Chemical Corp., and he attended St. Paul UCC of Columbia. Ellard was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 and the Monsanto Retirees Club Local 12. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Rieso was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion or to his church’s elevator fund.

Robert J. Krebel, 63, of rural Fults, died Jan. 13, 2013, at Red Bud Regional Hospital following a battle with lung cancer. He was born Nov. 30, 1949, in Red Bud, the son of the late William and Mary (nee Krack) Krebel. Mr. Krebel is survived by his wife, Judy (nee Fults) Krebel; children, Michael (Shannon) Krebel and Jenny (Nathan) Braun; a granddaughter, Mikayla Krebel; step-granddaughter, Alexandria Braun; sisters Delores (Jim) Patterson and Ann Marie (Mark) Laurent; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Helen Godare, Darlene (Ben) Yancey, Jerry (Patty) Fults and Cindy (Dave) Lutman; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by an infant sister; and a brother, Lawrence (Dorothy) Krebel. Mr. Krebel was veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a farmer and truck driver. Bob was a member of the Renault American Legion Post 1215 and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Krebel was buried at the St. John Evangelical Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to Fults’ Cedar Bluff Park or to the St. John Cemetery in Fults.

Curtis Kempf, 50, of Belleville, died Jan. 12, 2013, at his home. He was born Jan. 30, 1962, the son of the late Edward and Jessie (nee Taylor) Kempf. Mr. Kempf is survived by his brother, Charles Kempf; nephew, Adam Kempf; a sister-in-law, Gail (Robert) Lambert; close friend and cousin, Keith Kempf; and friend John Benson. Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 26, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow with Pastor Shelton Peeler officiating. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

Eleanor Luella Garcia, nee Arndt, 89, of Waterloo, died Jan. 2, 2013, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 25, 1923 in Black Jack, Mo., the daughter of the late Harold Gustav and Caroline Louise (nee Meier) Arndt. Mrs. Garcia is survived by her husband, Louis Garcia; a son, Bryan (fiancee Barbara Ries) Garcia; sisters-in-law, Anna Hesse, Olga (Hank) Davis and Geraldine Bedwell; and her loving companion, Sugar; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Garcia attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Eleanor was a longtime Waterloo business owner and a former member of the Waterloo School Board. She was a member of the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and the Belleville Board of Realtors (past-president). Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Keith Karau and Dr. Phil Silsby officiating. Mrs. Garcia was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (Research at the Washington University School of Medicine).