2014 Obituaries

December 2014

Melvin C. Morgan, 76, of Millstadt, died Dec. 30, 2014 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. He was born Nov. 5, 1938, in Oklahoma City, Okla., the son of the late Melvin O. and Alta (Turner) Morgan. Melvin married Patricia Olinda Rose (nee Fidler) Morgan. She died in 2011. Mr. Morgan is survived by his children, Wade (Cindy) Morgan of Columbia, Kelly Morgan of Dupo, Derek (Karla) Morgan of Millstadt and Kimberly (Scott) Seidle of Millstadt; grandchildren, Jacqueline (Jay) Spanley, Lisa (David) Klahs, Amy (Chris) Debourge, Derek (Melinda) Morgan, Jr., Nicholas Morgan, Dustin (Lacey) Bevill, Andy Martin, Brian Blevins and T.C. Blevins; 17 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jerry (Francis) Morgan of Mead, Okla. Besides his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Moallankamp; a sister, Judy Altizer; and a son-in-law, Stephen Moallankamp. Mr. Morgan served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired civil servant. Melvin was a member of the St. Clair Lodge 24 of the A.F. and A.M. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor William Edward Schmidt officiating. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children.

Flora Margaret Valentine, nee Stiening, 95, died Dec. 6, 2014 at Manor Grove Skilled Care in Kirkwood, Mo. She died from an essential tremor illness. Flora was born Nov. 5, 1919 in Waterloo, the third child of the late August and Bertha (nee Fischer) Stiening. She married William “Bill” Valentine in 1943. He died in 1998. Mrs. Valentine is survived by her son, Robert (Barbara) Valentine of Spokane, Wash., daughters, Suzanne Grammer of Springfield, Mo., and Nancy (Dennis) Schlueter of Wildwood, Mo.; and grandchildren Adam Gannon and Angie Martin of Springfield, Mo., Justin Valentine of Spokane, Wash., and Ryan Valentine of Bellingham, Wash., along with nine great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert, Morris and Leonard Stiening, all of Waterloo. Having reached the age of 95, Flora had enjoyed a wonderful life including 55 years of marriage. In 1964, Flora and Bill moved from Waterloo to Springfield, Mo., as part of the BNSF (Frisco Railway) relocation of the St. Louis offices. Flora was a wonderful mother and homemaker and for several years was an active member of St. Paul’s UCC of Waterloo choir and Sunday school. She and Bill joined St. John’s UCC in Springfield where she continued her love of music with her participation in their choir. She was pretty much self-taught and had an “ear” for playing just about any song she had heard. While Flora lived in Waterloo, she was a member of and served as the pianist for the Rebekah Lodge. A memorial service will be May 2, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Paul’s UCC in Waterloo. Mrs. Valentine will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the St. John’s UCC Chapel Choir in Springfield, Mo.

Betty Jean Lambert, 79, of Columbia, died Dec. 28, 2014 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was born March 19, 1935 in Sikeston, Mo., the daughter of the late Sylvester and Rachel Isaacs. Betty married Jesse Lambert in 1956. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Lambert is survived by her children, Kevin Mack Lambert of Dupo, Barbara Jean (Jay) Hughes Columbia and Jeffery Lynn (Maryanne) Lambert Columbia; grandchildren, Loren Nemetz, Matthew Lambert, Justin Hughes, Nicole Hughes, Ben Lambert and Jessica Lambert; and her great-granddaughter Alexis Sue. She was preceded in death by her step-father, John F. Woods; and a brother, Charles Isaacs. Betty and Jesse Lambert owned and operated Bud and Betty Bakery in Cahokia for 10 years. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. It was Betty’s wishes to be cremated. There were no services. Arrangements were handled by Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud.

Shirley L. DeVore, nee Braddy, 78, of Waterloo, died Dec. 27, 2014 in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 31, 1935 in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of the late Albert and Cecil (nee Shores) Braddy. Mrs. DeVore is survived by her son, Steven DeVore; son-in-law, Norlen Meton; and sisters, Betty (Charles) Owens and June Newton; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold DeVore; daughter Kimberly Meton; sister Patsy Tolley; and brother-in-law Delbert Tolley; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A private graveside service was at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill - Whispering Pines.

Charles Lester Schmeding, 61, of Waterloo, died Dec. 25, 2014 in Belleville. He was born Feb. 4, 1953, in Red Bud, the son of the late Lester William and Esther Louise (nee Buettner) Schmeding. Mr. Schmeding is survived by his sister, Carol Schmeding; niece, Angie Kraft; nephew, John (Jessica) Kraf; great-nieces and great-nephews, Xaviour, Karla, James, Jeremiah, Elizabeth and Joseph; and a great-great niece, Anna-Maria; along with cousins. Mr. Schmeding attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Ostlund officiating.

Doris H. Quinn, nee Ryan, 84, of Red Bud, died Dec. 26, 2014 in Maryville. She was born Sept. 13, 1930, in Renault, the daughter of the late Matthew and Pearl (nee Donjon) Ryan. Mrs. Quinn is survived by her husband, Orrin A. Quinn; children, Orrin A. Quinn, Brian (Dana) Quinn, Bruce (Lisa) Quinn and Matthew Quinn; 12 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Melba Ryan; and his brother-in-law, L. E. Williams; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings Matthew W. Ryan, Lorraine M. Brueggemann and Mary E. Williams; and a step-grandson Jamie A. Quinn. Mrs. Quinn attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. She was a member of the Red Bud VFW Auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Msgr. Dennis R. Schaefer officiating. Mrs. Quinn was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Judy Heck, 64, of Millstadt, died Dec. 16, 2014. She was born May 23, 1950 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Roland and Elsie (nee Schultheis) Henerfauth. Heck is survived by her sisters, Linda (Frank) Ratay, Jean (Timothy) Sullivan, Norma (Christopher) Farrell and Ida Bassett; brothers, Louis (Charlotte) Henerfauth and Robert (Ardis) Henerfauth; brother-in-law, Charles Stewart; seven nephews; and seven nieces, along with great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Thelma Stewart; a brother, Earl R. Henerfauth, Sr.; an infant brother; and her nephew, Kenneth Henerfauth. Heck was formerly employed at Monroe County Court House. She was a member of the SIU Alumni Association and the Violence Prevention Center of Belleville. Judy enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening and studying her family’s history. A private memorial service was held. Memorials may be made to the Violence Prevention Center of Belleville.

Eugene "Gene" Berg, 78, Benton, formerly of Waterloo, died Dec. 17, 2014, in Mt. Vernon. He was born Nov. 16, 1936 in Monroe County, the son of the late Edward and Anna (nee Goessling) Berg. Mr. Berg is survived by his wife, Victoria (nee Jatho) Berg; children, Terry (Carol) Berg, Robert (Julie) Berg, Ken (Marilyn) Berg and Linda K. Smith; grandchildren, Thera (Zach) Bond, Stephanie (Jeff) Hughes, Rachel (Joe) Weaver, Chris Berg, Jeff Berg, Edward “E.J.” Berg, Thomas Berg, Brooke Smith and Courtney Smith; and great-grandchildren, Casey Bond, and Shaun and Emma Berg; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Ahnefeld; and brothers, Lawrence Berg and William E. Berg. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Berg was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Heart Association or SS. Peter and Paul Grade School.

Steven James Harres, 64, of Columbia, died Dec. 17, 2014 in an automobile accident. He was born July 31, 1950, in Belleville, the son of Harold and Dorothy (nee Schneider) Harres of Columbia. In addition to his parents, Mr. Harres is survived by his children, Matthew (Aggie) Harres of Lombard, Kristin (Owen) Bass of Columba and Sarah (Ken) Lehrmann of Columbia; eight grandchildren, brothers, Mike (Debbie) Harres of Millstadt and Joel (Linda) Harres of Columbia; and a sister, Lisa (Glenn) Stumpf of Columbia. Private services were held. Funeral arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Edna Wetzler, nee Gaitsch, 78, of Red Bud, formerly of Waterloo, died Dec. 20, 2014. She was born Sept. 17, 1936 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Theodore and Mayme (nee Mennerich) Gaitsch. Mrs. Wetzler is survived by her children, Barbara (Gary) Doerr, Glenn (Gale) Wetzler and Larry (Gina) Wetzler; grandchildren Dr. Ryan (Dr. Elisa) Wetzler, Justin (Sarah) Wetzler, Dr. Nathan (Dr. Debbie) Doerr, Garrett (Holly) Doerr, Andrew (Amanda) Wetzler and Bradley Wetzler (Tiera Losee); great-grandchildren, Mason Wetzler, Logan Wetzler, Ava Wetzler, Cameron Wetzler, Emily Wetzler, Aiden Doerr, Gavin Doerr, Ava Doerr and Mackenzie Doerr; and a sister-in-law, sister-in-law, June Gaitsch; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd A. Wetzler; and a brother, Donald L. Gaitsch. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Wetzler was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Joyce L. Geringer, 81 years of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Columbia, died Dec. 21, 2014. She was born Feb. 13, 1933, the daughter of the late Charles and Ruby (nee Story) Phillips. Joyce was married to Gilbert L. Geringer. He died in 2004. Mrs. Geringer is survived by her children, James (Joyce) Miller of Florida, Larry (Carol) Dornin of Missouri, Gary (Donna) Dornin of Missouri, Scott (Shannon) Geringer of Waterloo and Debbie (Joe) Shaffman of North Carolina; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyn Cochran. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her son, Stephen Miller. Joyce was a longtime Columbia resident. She moved to Panama City Beach, Fla., in 1998, and then to Charlotte, NC in 2007. She was a charter member of Christ Community Church in Columbia, and had been employed for many years at Taake Insurance Co. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with the Rev. William Groennert officiating. Mrs. Geringer was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia.

Irene J. “Dolly” Centunzi, 80, of Columbia, formerly of Woodson Terrace, Mo., died Dec. 22, 2014, in Collinsville. She was born Sept. 11, 1934, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Augustus and Irene (nee Winterbauer) Centunzi. Ms. Centunzi is survived by her nieces, Rita (Riley) Goodwin, Theresa (Mark) Donovan, John (Vivian) Centunzi, Jr., Martin (Sandra) Centunzi, Wade (Wanda) Creason, Nancy (Jim) Donovan, Michael (Mary) Benz, Debbie (Barry) O'Gorman and Tracy Creason; sister-in-law, Paula Centunzi; half-sisters, Anna Addis and Marie Cave; great-nieces; great-nephews; great-great nieces; and great-great-nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Benz; a brother, John Centunzi; and a nephew, Doug Creason. Dolly 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. Ms. Centunzi was buried at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church - Building Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

William R. Hale, 42, of Waterloo, died Dec. 22, 2014. He was born May 15, 1972 in Belleville, the son of the late Eugene Hale and Mary Darlene Hale. “Philo” is survived by his brother, Robert (Kim Bark) Hale; nieces, Alyssa Hale, Lindsay Bark and Kendra Bark; half-brothers; and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandmother Mary A. Brewer. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Don Harmon officiating.

James M. Zoeller, 82, of Columbia, died Dec. 24, 2014, at St. Clare Health Care Center in Fenton, Mo. He was born Sept. 29, 1932, in Columbia, the son of the late Peter and Helen (nee Frierdich) Zoeller. James married Joan (nee Frank) Zoeller in 1952. In addition to his wife, Mr. Zoeller is survived by his son, Michael (Debra) Zoeller of Belleville; a daughter, Kathy (Ken Raede) Zoeller of Columbia; grandchildren, Kara (Aash Desai) Zoeller, Ryan (Bridget) Zoeller and Zachary Zoeller; a great-grandchild, Quinn Zoeller; his sister, Helen Mae Shea of Columbia; and sister-in-law, Rita Zoeller of Columbia. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Sylvester Zoeller; and brother-in-law, Leo Shea. Mr. Zoeller attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus - Council 6165. He was a retired construction superintendent from Ethyl Corp. in Sauget. Jim enjoyed Wednesday golf outings at the Columbia Golf Course. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Zoeller was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church - Building Fund or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

 

Dennis “Ole” Holle, 72, of Hecker, died Dec. 24, 2014, in St. Louis. He was born May 25, 1942 in Belleville, the son of the late Otto and Dorothy (nee Meyer) Holle. Mr. Holle is survived by his wife, Mary "Margie" (nee Korte) Holle; daughters, Denise (Ned) Guetterman, Dawn (Tom) Hootselle and Michelle (Britain) Ogilvie; grandsons, Neil, Nicholas, Nolan and Nevin Guetterman; T.J. and Alex Hootselle; and Bentley Ogilvie (to be born April 2015); sisters, Carolyn Keim, Dorothy Holle (Al Donn) and Roger (JoAnn) Holle; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Elmer (Carol) Dintelman, Robert Wagner, Doris Chaput, Patricia Stock and Dennis (Llana) Korte; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers. Otto Holle, Jr. and Ralph Holle; and sisters, Margaret Dintelman, Janet Wagner, Audrey Wagner, Coleen Simpson and Charlotte Holle. Mr. Holle was the co-owner of Dennis Auto Sales in New Athens from 1969-2014, and was co-owner of Waterloo Motors from 1982-1997. Dennis enjoyed gardening, taking care of his yard and spending time with his family. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mr. Holle was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, St. Joseph Catholic School in Freeburg or to Mother of Perpetual Help in Maryville.  

Eleanora E. M. Anderson, nee Garleb, 91, of Valmeyer, died Dec. 13, 2014 in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 23, 1923 in Valmeyer, daughter of the late Hardy and Christine (nee Althoff) Garleb. Mrs. Anderson is survived by step-children, June Newton, Joyce Wilson and Wayne (Kathie) Anderson; and grandchildren, Diana (David) Barmann, Dennis (Sharon) Wilson, Brenda (Bret) Heckenberger, Tim Wilson, Chris Anderson and Katie Anderson; along with great-grandchildren and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry J. Anderson. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Mrs. Anderson was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John’s Building Fund or Sunday School.

Lloyd Irwin "Doc" Moore, 69, of Waterloo, died Dec. 10, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 23, 1944, in Las Vegas, N.M., the son of the late Silas Monroe and Ramona (nee Nieto) Moore. Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Lyn Moore; children, Lisa Lawrence, Elliot Moore, Cheryl Moore, Thad (Julianne) Hunter and Courtney Hunter-Brauer (Craig Brauer); grandchildren. Conner, Ella, Isabel, Simon, Cooper, Kampe, Joanscott, Liam and Thaddeus; a sister, Patricia (David) Foster; and a brother, Harold (Glenda) Moore; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother (in infancy), Lloyd Moore. Mr. Moore was retired after 38 years of employment at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center. He worked with spinal cord injured veterans. Mr. Moore was one of the founding fathers of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals. Doc was a member of the Waterloo Rotary, Human Support Services (board of directors), Monroe County Care Center (past advisory board member), PVA (past member) and the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation (past member). Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Roger Karban officiating. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services or Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault.

Carol I. Schneider, 76, of Columbia, died Dec. 11, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. She was born June 1, 1938, in Carbondale, the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (nee Popovich) Dohanich. She married Lester W. Schneider in 1963 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Schneider is survived by her son, Eric (Kelly) Schneider of Kirkwood, Mo.; daughter, Lori Evans of Columbia; grandchildren, Amanda Evans, Gabriel Evans, Sage Schneider, Kellan Schneider, Lindsey (Fabian) Duboeuf, Abby Eisenhart and Jack Eisenhart; and great-grandchildren, Anais Duboeuf, Caroline Duboeuf, Etienne Duboeuf and Mirabelle Duboeuf. Mrs. Schneider was a retired teacher from the Columbia and Cahokia School Districts. She was a member of Columbia Sister Cities, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (where she was a former director of the St. Paul’s pre-school), Red Hat Society and the Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary (past president), as well as several bridge clubs .Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Schneider was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church food pantry.

James G. Hensiek III, 34, of Waterloo, died Dec. 14, 2014 in Red Bud. Mr. Hensiek was born Feb. 15, 1980, the son of Rebecca Cramer and the late James Hensiek Jr. Besides his mother, Mr. Hensiek is survived by his wife Amber (nee Huelsman) Hensiek; children, Jadyn and Cannon Hensiek; step-father, Gerard Cramer; sisters, Laurie Hensiek and Ruth (Jay) Flieg; niece, Jessica Flieg; nephew, Tyler Flieg; grandmother, Julie Conway; in-laws Carol and Robert Huelsman; sister-in-law, Brittany (Justin) Imm; and brothers-in-law, Jon Huelsman and Nate Huelsman; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father; uncle, Kevin Stonington; grandparents Ruth (nee Reed) Stonington, Harry Stonington and grandfather James Glennon Hensiek Sr. Mr. Hensiek was employed at Suntrup Automotive Group and Royal Gate Automotive Group. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo C.M officiating. Mr. Hensiek was buried at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice.      

Kevin Wayne Robinson, 47, of Columbia, died Dec. 10, 2014, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 29, 1967, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife, Kelli (nee Blissenbach) Robinson; a daughter, Rachel Robinson; his parents, Don and Jeanie (nee Moallankamp) Robinson of Valmeyer; a brother, Danny (Deborah) Robinson of South St. Louis County; a grandmother, Shirley A. Moallankamp of Columbia; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Luanna Blissenbach of Columbia; and a brother-in-law, Jonathan (Elizabeth) Blissenbach of Millstadt; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Mr. Robinson was a communications dispatcher for the Columbia since 2004. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 145. Kevin attended Twin Rivers Worship Center in St. Louis, Mo. He loved fishing and music. Kevin operated the sound system at his church. Visitation was at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral was at Twin Rivers Worship Center in St. Louis with Pastor Joe Dobbins officiating. Mr. Robinson was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.

Lowell R. “Bobby” Liefer, 81, of Ruma, died Dec. 12, 2014. He was born June 24, 1933, the son of the late Herman and Lilly (nee Huber) Liefer. Mr. Liefer married Mildred “Milli” Luttman in 1955. Besides his wife, Mr. Liefer is survived by his sons, twins Wayne (Pamela) Liefer and Duane Liefer, John (Soraya) Liefer and Daniel (Tara) Liefer; grandchildren, Jonathan (Jesse) Liefer, Jennifer (Joseph) Koester, Alison (Darek) Schubert, Derek (Paige) Liefer, Abigail Liefer, Brandy (Cody) Muertz, Katie (Kenneth) Smith and Alex Buck; great-grandchildren, Lydia Smith, Jackson and Mabrie Schubert, Aiden Koester, Wyatt Liefer, Miles Liefer and two more expected in February and March. Lowell was the brother of Margaret Hanebutt, Dorothy (Earl) Ruez and Paul L. (Helen) Liefer. He was preceded in death by his brothers in infancy and a brother-in-law, Roland Hanebutt. Mr. Liefer was a retired farmer and also worked part time at feed and grain stores in the area. Lowell was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Evansville American Legion and the Red Bud Men’s Club. He attended St. John’s Lutheran Church. Visitation and funeral were at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home Red Bud with Rev. Russell Koen officiating. Mr. Liefer was cremated. He will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors.

William J. Sutter, 70, of Fults, died Dec. 2, 2014 in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 14, 1944, in Morris, Minn., the son of the late Otto and Rosemary (nee Conroy) Sutter. Mr. Sutter is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Kuergeleis) Sutter; a daughter, Jennifer (Matt) Albatl and a sister, Mary (Ben) Perry; along with a brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Sutter worked more than 50 years with Operating Engineers Local 520. He had served with the Fults Village Board. Bill was a member of the Renault American Legion and the Waterloo VFW. He attended St. John UCC of Maeystown. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Sutter was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Ellen Rita Soma, 85, of Columbia, died Dec. 3, 2014, at Bethesda Southgate Nursing Center in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 9, 1929, in Ridgeway, the daughter of the late Edward and Sallie (nee Mecum) Maloney. Ellen married John Soma in 1954 in St. Louis. He died in 1999. Mrs. Soma is survived by her son, Lawrence (Carol) Soma of Columbia; daughters, Patricia (Timothy) Fahey of Red Bud, Kathleen (Ronald) Shields of Red Bud and Karen Mathis of Ellis Grove; grandchildren, Erin (Dave) Legendre, Sara (Jared) Kertz, Jessica (Tim) Liefer, Philip (Angela) Shields, Breann Fahey, Kristen (Dennis) Murray, Scott (Mandy Brandt) Soma, Matthew Shields, Hillary (Randy Renfroe) Mathis and Nicholas Mathis; great-grandchildren, John Murray, Devyn Liefer, Corbyn Legendre, Ashlyn Kertz, Mikayla Shields, Dax Liefer and Declan Legendre; siblings, Virginia Heller of Newburgh, Ind., Timothy Maloney of Mt. Vernon, Ind., Martha Lawler of Lebanon, Carolyn Bailey of Springfield and Lawrence W. Maloney of Buffalo; and a nephew, Robert Cusimano of St. Louis. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, William Maloney and Paul Maloney; a sister, Patricia Maloney; and a son-in-law, Scott Mathis. Mrs. Soma attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she was active with the quilters. She had worked at the Immaculate Conception School cafeteria for many years. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Soma was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Mary Jean Hartrum, nee Prather, 63, of Waterloo, died Dec. 4, 2014, in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 5, 1951 in Indianapolis, Ind., the daughter of the late Harry Sr. and Dorothy (nee Balling) Prather. Mrs. Hartrum is survived by her children, Deanna Wolff, Sarah Decareaux, Elizabeth Hartrum, Richard (Roxanne) Hartrum and David Hartrum; grandchildren Jacob Harrold, Megan Wolff, Hailey Harrold, Kate Decareaux, Nicholas Wolff, Riddick Whelan, Finn Decareaux, Michael Hartrum, Elise Decareaux, Magdalene Hartrum and Eleanor Hartrum; brothers Harry Prather, Jr. and John (Nancy) Prather; and a sister, Lee (Charles) Jerls; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith G Hartrum; grandsons, Dominic and Grant Decareaux; a son-in-law, David P. Decareaux Jr.; and brothers, Edward Giglotto and Charles Anthony Giglotto. Mrs. Hartrum attended First Baptist Church in Waterloo, where she was a Sunday school teacher. She was a teacher for the Cahokia and Centreville School Districts. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mrs. Hartrum was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Mary Evelyn Perry, 71, died Dec. 5, 2014. She was born Jan. 31, 1943, the daughter of the late Elvin and Alma Herrmann of Appleton City, Mo. Mrs. Perry is survived by her husband, George E. Perry; her children, Leigh Ann (Patrick) Geen of Glen Rock, NJ, Karen (Michael) Weiler of Columbia; grandchildren, Justin (Anna) Weiler of Wiesbaden, Germany, Adam (Tina) Weiler, Jacob Weiler, Hannah Weiler and Caleb Weiler all of Columbia and Brendan Geen and Mary Geen of Glen Rock, N.J.; great-grandchildren, Jackson Weiler of Wiesbaden, Germany, and Peyton Weiler and Michael Weiler of Columbia; a sister, Grace (Leonard) Bartz of Appleton City; and siblings, John and Joan Perry of Brookfield, Mo.; Robert and Kathleen Perry of Bethel, Mo., and John and Carol Hammond of Shelbina, Mo.; along with cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Mrs. Perry graduated from Appleton City (Mo.) High School and the University of Missouri - Columbia with a degree in elementary education. Mary was an elementary school teacher in New Bloomfield, Mo., Hallsville, Mo., Hurricane Deck, Mo., and East Elementary School in the Jefferson City, Mo. After retirement the Perrys operated GM Feedlot Inc. in Appleton City. Mrs. Perry was a member of the Harmony Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Appleton City Landmarks. Funeral was at Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City. Mrs. Perry was buried at the Appleton City Cemetery. Arrangements were handled through Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Harmony Mission Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution or BJC Hospice.

LeRoy L. Loehr Sr., 81, of Waterloo, died Dec. 15, 2014 in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 22, 1933 in St. Louis, the son of the late Emil and Melba (nee Haelcher) Loehr. Mr. Loehr is survived by his wife, Ethel (nee Gummersheimer) Loehr; daughters, Joann (Rick) Holmes and Deborah (Steve) Heise; a son, LeRoy L. (Lynn) Loehr, Jr.; grandchildren, Colan Holmes, Toby (Susan) Holmes, Julie Stevenson, Johnathan Heise and Chris Loehr; great-grandchildren, Axel Holmes and Delysia Loehr; and sisters, Dorothy (Kenny) Oexner and Myrtle Voss; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by sons, Johnathan Loehr and Christopher Loehr (at birth); sisters, Ruth Friedrich and Delores Loehr; and a brother, Donnie Loehr. Mr. Loehr was a member of the Railroad Club. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Loehr was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC of Floraville.

November 2014

Scott James Mueller, 50, of Waterloo, died Nov. 29, 2014 in St. Louis. He was born June 3, 1964 in Belleville, the son of Jack and Judie Mueller. Besides his parents, Mr. Mueller is survived by his brother, Craig (Holly) Mueller; niece, Emily Mueller; nephew, Jacob Mueller; fiancée, Kimberly Vance; and step-daughter, Jacalyn (Adam) Riegel (son Levi); along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Mr. Mueller was a paratrooper with the U.S. Army. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Ed Callahan officiating. Mr. Mueller was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks or Eagle Point Church of Imperial, Mo.

Roy F. Henke, 79, of Waterloo, died Nov. 20, 2014 in Waterloo. He was born Jan. 3, 1935 in Waterloo, the son of the late Theodore and Olga (nee Mueller) Henke. Mr. Henke is survived by his wife, Anola (nee Rehmer) Henke; children, Scott Henke, Lori Morton, Marla (Bob) Byrd and Troy Henke; grandchildren, Erin Polacek, Ted Polacek and Zach (Amanda) Byrd; and foster-grandchild, Cody Hammers; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Marvin and Willis Henke. Mr. Henke attended Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. He was retired from the Alton and Southern Railroad. Mr. Henke was an inaugural inductee into the Waterloo High School Sports Hall of Fame. Roy was a member of the 1952 WHS basketball team. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Concord Presbyterian with Pastor Andrew Cheatham officiating. Memorials may be made to his church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mary E. Diehl, nee Heath, 93, of Waterloo, died Nov. 30, 2014 in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 15, 1921, the daughter of the late William and Linnie (nee Ritch) Heath. Mrs. Diehl is survived by her children, Paul (Barb) Diehl and Nancy (Tony) Dixon; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister Bettye Mitchell; and her sister-in-law Ruthie Frick; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl E. Diehl Jr.; son Larry R. Diehl; and her grandson Johnny Huntley; along with a sister and a brother. Mrs. Diehl attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Mrs. Diehl was buried at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Joseph Maul, 72, of Waterloo, died Nov. 21, 2014, in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 19, 1942 in St. Louis, the son of the late Oliver Joseph Maul and Fern Boin. Mr. Maul is survived by his wife, Janet (nee Frieberg) Maul; children, Kenneth Maul (Sonia) and Steve (Tiffany) Maul; a daughter-in-law, Beth Maul; Grandchildren, Jason Maul, Cassandra (Chris) Crase, Andrew Maul (Breanna Schoening), Nichole (Michael) Murphy, Ashley (Marc) Steibel, Robert Maul (Katie Beuton) and Stephanie (Paul) Wynn; and great-grandchildren, Tyler Crase, Elia Crase and Aiden Steibel; along with a sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Maul was a retired chief for the Waterloo Police Department. He was a member of the Waterloo Optimist Club and the Waterloo Police Pension Board. Private family services were held. Arrangements were handled by Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

Herman J. Bellm, 88, of Columbia, died Nov. 19, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born June 18, 1926, in Murphysboro, the son of the late Herman and Etta (nee Phoenix) Bellm. Herm married Kathryn (nee Soper) Bellm in 1952 in Murphysboro. In addition to his wife, Mr. Bellm is survived by his children, Jayne Bellm of Columbia, John (Beverly) J. Bellm of Ava, Mo., Mary Yearian of Waterloo and Carolyn (Kevin) Maxfield of Waterloo; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Aaron Bellm; and sisters, Ruby Borgsmiller and Dorothy Cowell. Mr. Bellm served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was retired from Monsanto Chemical in Sauget. Herm was a member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turners), Columbia American Legion Post 581 and Columbia Knights of Columbus Council 6165. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral and burial of ashes were planned for a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund or the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Victor J. Krueger, 94, of Columbia, died Nov. 18, 2014. He was born Nov. 7, 1920, in St. Louis, the son of the late Otto and Clara (nee Heimburger) Krueger. Victor married Bernice (nee Haenel) Krueger in 1943 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She died in 1966. Mr. Krueger is survived by his special friend, Donna Wilde; her children, Michael (Shawn) Wilde; their daughters, Kendra and Laurie Wilde; his son, Kerry Krueger (Jeanne Cocos) of Columbia; a daughter, Karen (Mark) Woodson of Edina, Minn.; grandchildren, Derek Jones and Nicole (Zach) Wilson; and great-granddaughter, Emma Wilson. Besides his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Oliver C. Krueger; and sisters, Flora Langhorst, and Margaret Zielinski. Mr. Krueger was a Columbia area farmer since 1951. Private graveside services were held. Mr. Krueger was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation.

Juanita M. Bagsby, nee Martin, 83, of Waterloo, died Nov. 20, 2014 in Columbia. She was born Nov. 23, 1930, in Eminence, Mo., the daughter of the late Emery and Edna (nee Honeycutt) Martin. Mrs. Bagsby is survived by her children, Ann (Gerald) Stoeckel and Janet (Larry) Dauphin; grandchildren, Scott Stoeckel, Laura (Shane) LaBeau and Danielle (Brian) Sellers; great-grandchildren, Hunter Sellers and Jaxson LaBeau; and sisters, Hunter Sellers and Jaxson LaBeau; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Raymond Matzenbacher (father of her children), Abraham Theobald, Norman Hall and Harold Bagsby. Juanita was a member of Waterloo VFW Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Mrs. Bagsby was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Angelika "Gala" Seaton, nee Langhorst, 50, of rural Maeystown, died Nov. 21, 2014. She was born Oct. 24, 1964 in Amarillo, Tex., the daughter of Edward Langhorst and the late Shirley Langhorst. Besides her father, Mrs. Seaton is survived by her husband, Dewayne Seaton; children, Kristen (Jeremy) Long, Ashley Seaton and Brittany (Nick) Huebner; grandchildren Madeline, MacKenzie, Maggie, Masin, Connor, Weston, Brianna, Chase and Drake; a brother, Duane (Michele) Langhorst; sisters, Kim (Lennis) Voelker and Terri (Gary) Hardy; and in-laws Benny and Monika Seaton; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a sister, Valerie Langhorst. Mrs. Seaton was a retired executive secretary for the Carpenter District Council of Greater St. Louis. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Seaton was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Leone Jung, nee Vogt, 88, of Waterloo, died Nov. 22, 2014, in St. Louis. She was born March 20, 1926, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Louis and Emma (nee Hauptfleisch) Vogt. Mrs. Jung is survived by her children, Sandra Henderson, Victoria (Douglas) Clements, Cynthia (Lee) Peterson, Pamela (Dennis) Hobbs and Lisa Bischof; grandchildren, Dena (Marc) Protenic, Michael Henderson, Andrea Henderson, Heather (Bob) Prokopf, Christian (Melinda) Rusteberg, John Clements, Sarah (Jason) Hamrick, Rebecca and Samantha Peterson, Kirsten (Brian) Westrich, Taylor Cole and Andrew and Libby Bischof; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn (Joe) Sondag; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ray and Jenny Jung and Roger and Ruth Jung; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene L. Jung; a brother, Paul Vogt; sister-in-law, Evelyn Vogt; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lavern and Audrey (nee Jung) Doiron. Mrs. Jung attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She was a former member of the Waterloo Country Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Jung was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association.

Myrtle Schneider, nee Dotzauer, 91, of Columbia, died Nov. 21, 2014, at Columbia Rehab. and Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 25, 1923, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Arthur and Minnie (nee Busch) Dotzauer. Myrtle married Maurice Schneider in 1945 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Schneider is survived by her brother, Earl Dotzauer of Granite City; nieces and nephews, Donald Dotzauer, Dale Dotzauer, Richard Roessler, Roger Roessler, Karen (Terry) Quiren and Pat (Johnny) Jones; sister-in-law, Dorothy (Jim) Bangert; and friends, Herb (Leola) Schueler and Wendy (Bill) Norman. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Susan M. Schneider; a brother, Howard Dotzauer; and her sisters, Hazel Roessler. Mrs. Schneider attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia, where she was the past choir director and organist--performing many weddings and funerals. She was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Myrtle had retired as an office manager with Brass and Copper Sales Co., in St. Louis. She also worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Vogel, as well as being employed at Monroe National Bank and Luhr Bros., Inc.. 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 the St. Paul Lutheran Church - Building Fund.

Donald James Ernst, 70, of Belleville, died Nov. 26, in Belleville. He was born Aug. 26, 1944, in Waterloo, the son of the late Emil Frederick and Dora Elizabeth (nee Seibert) Ernst. Mr. Ernst is survived by his wife, Joyce Ernst nee McClain; half-sisters, Doris Taylor and Gloria McClain; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Janet and Gordon Osterhage, Fern Chlibec and Charles and Delores McClain; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandpa, Henry Seibert; half-brothers, Norman Darnell and Robert Darnell; and his half-sister, Geraldine Darnell. Mr. Ernst served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the Swansea American Legion. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Drew Kramer. Mr. Ernst was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown.

Tony Lee Allen Hamilton, 48, of Waterloo, died Nov. 29, 2014, following an extended illness. He was born Feb. 10, 1966 in Red Bud, the son of Janet and Thomas Todd. In addition to his parents, Mr. Hamilton is survived by his children, Erin Hamilton and Peyton Hamilton; a grandson, Jax Reid; and a sister, Tonya Hensel; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Scott Hamilton; and grandparents, Robert and Bernice Cobb. Mr. Hamilton coached for 20 years with the Red Bud Muskets Youth Football Association. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Myra Gummersheimer officiating. Memorials may be made to the ALS Association or to the Muskets Football Association.

Merrill Baumgartner, Jr., 78, of Waterloo, formerly of St. Louis, died Nov. 30, 2014 in Freeburg. He was born Feb. 9, 1936 in St. Louis, the son of the late Merrill Sr. and Dorothy (nee Kupke) Baumgartner. Mr. Baumgartner. is survived by his wife, Doris; a son, Mark Baumgartner; a brother, Thomas Gardner; and a nephew, Philip Gardner; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was retired from Sears in St. Louis. There was no services. Mr. Baumgartner donated his body to the Washington University School of Medicine.

Brenda A. Gavach, 76, of Columbia died Nov. 30, 2014 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born Feb. 28, 1938, in Muskegon, Mich., the daughter of the late Everett and Eva (nee Stitt) Brandon. Brenda married Carl W. Gavach in 1955 in Muskegon. Besides her husband, Mrs. Gavach is survived by her daughters, Debra (Robert) Hillyer of Cedaredge, Colo., Kellie Graves of Columbia and Toni (Bret) Steffenauer of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sons-in-law, Donald Whitehouse and Wayne Graves, both of Waterloo; sisters, Evelyn Wheeler of Cadillac, Mich., and Claudia (Jack) Sturtevant of Twin Lakes, Mich.; and a brother, Robert (Margie) Smith of Muskegon, Mich. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Laurie Whitehouse; and sister, Patricia Hern. Mrs. Gavach was the office manager for 20 years at Steffenauer and Associates CPA's Columbia. Brenda was a past church secretary, Sunday school teacher and youth leader. She was a member of Hope Christian Church, Columbia. Brenda was a member of the Avon President's Club for many years. Her favorite past-times were reading, crocheting, playing Scrabble and crossword puzzles. She and her husband, Carl, were avid Wheel of Fortune watchers. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m., at Hope Christian Church with Rev. Robert Hillyer and Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Mrs. Gravach will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or Life Network of Southern Illinois.

Margaret H. Farley, nee Hager, 88, of Waterloo, died Nov. 16, 2014 in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 6, 1926 in Williamson WV, the daughter of the late Mark and Mary (nee Radford) Hager. Mrs. Farley is survived by her son, Glenn (Barbara) Farley; and grandchildren, Mark Farley and Dr. Norah (Chris) Baker; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers Frank and Mark Hager. Mrs. Farley attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton. Funeral is Thursday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m., at her church with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Burial will follow at the church’s cemetery Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund. 

Thomas A. Schwartz, 73, of Columbia, died Nov. 8, 2014 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He had suffered a heart attack at home earlier that evening. He was born Nov. 19, 1940 in Eau Claire, Wisc., the son of David and Marion (nee Anderson) Schwartz. Tom married Colleen (nee McMahon) Schwartz in 1963 in Eau Claire, Wisc. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schwartz is survived by his children, Ashlyn (Jim) Trischett of Columbus, Oh. and Steve (Tiffany) Schwartz of Memphis, Tenn.; grandchildren, Logan and Colin Trischett; and a sister, Mary Jo (Paul) Behrens of Columbia Falls, Mont.; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz was employed from 1966 – 2004 as a cartographer for the Defense Mapping Agency. After his retirement he continued to work there as a consultant. Tom was a past president of the Columbia Bath and Tennis Club. Mr. Schwartz was also a longtime member of the Columbia Public Library Board. Tom was an avid car enthusiast and a loyal Green Bay Packers fan. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Public Library Fund.

Kenneth W.R. Schmidt, 85, of Columbia, died Nov. 9, 2014, at Columbia Rehab. and Nursing Center. He was born Dec. 29, 1928, in Sugarloaf Township, the son of the late Clarence and Katherine (nee Langhans) Schmidt. Kenneth married Laverne (nee Stumpf) Schmidt in 1952 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schmidt is survived by his son, David (Laura) L. Schmidt of Columbia; a daughter, Susan (Daniel) K. Wilson of Wildwood, Mo.; grandchildren, Benjamin and Zoe Schmidt, and Johanna and Sarah Wilson; and sisters, Darlene (Robert) Sanders of Waterloo and Sharon (William) Fey of New Port Richey, Fla. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Chester VFW and Columbia American Legion Post 581.Mr. Schmidt attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Ken enjoyed spending time in the outdoors. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Schmidt was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Columbia American Legion Post 581.

Carol Ann Bivins, nee Engel, 78, of Waterloo, died Nov. 10, 2014 in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 8, 1936 in Memphis, Tenn., the daughter of the late Frederick and Dorothy (nee Walters) Engel. Mrs. Bivins is survived by her children, Michael (Kimberly) Bivins, Timothy Bivins, Penny (Charles) Hutchcraft, Tina Bivins, Paul (Angie) Bivins, Patrick (Carol) Bivins, Abby (Audie) Prange and Sonny Bivins; a sister, Debbie Cooper; brothers, Gene (Pat) Engel and Darryl Engel; Ayda Mae and 18 other grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael C. Bivins; a daughter, Kelly Bivins; and brothers, Ronnie and Frederick Engel. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Bivins was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Wilbert O. C. Voelker, 95, of Waterloo, died Nov. 10, 2014. He was born July 12, 1919 in Waterloo, the son of the late Daniel and Edna (nee Hoffmann) Voelker. Mr. Voelker is survived by his 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 (Taryn Willis), Alex Voelker, Daniel Voelker (Courtnie Niederbrach), Brianna Voelker, Jada Voelker, Matthew (Lauren) Voelker and Mitchell Voelker (Bianca Doherty); a sister, Pearl Hirsch; and sister-in-law, Ada Mueller; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by his wife, Marie (nee Mueller) Voelker; and a grandson, Eric Michael Voelker. Mr. Voelker attended Zion UCC of St. Joe. He was a member of the, Monroe County Farm Bureau, Monroe County Pork Producers and on the board of directors at Monroe Service Co. (former director). Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Zion UCC of St. Joe with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mr. Voelker was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to Oak Hill.

Dale Charles Gerstenecker, 87, of Columbia, died Nov. 11, 2014 at the Columbia Rehab. and Nursing Center. He was born Jan. 14, 1927 in Jarvis Township in Madison County, the son of the late Edward Dewey and Edna LeOpal (nee Stark) Gerst-enecker. Dale married Lyla Marie (nee Thurnau) Gerstenecker in 1950 in Troy. She died in 2005. Mr. Gerstenecker is survived by his sons, Edward (Marilyn) Gerstenecker of Vernon, Leroy (Michelle) Gerstenecker of Farmington, Mo., Dale M. (Susan) Gerstenecker of Marine and Darryl (Barbara) Gerstenecker of Columbia; grandchildren, Robert (Tamra) Gerstenecker, David (fiancée Chelsey Byers) Gerstenecker, Gregory (Pey-ton) Gerstenecker, Gail (Brendon) Weidner, Garret (Michaela) Gerstenecker, Gina Gerstenecker, Elyse (Adam) Justice, Kristen Gerstenecker, Nathaniel Gerstenecker, Kara Gerstenecker and Alyssa Gerstenecker; great-grandchildren, Courtney Gerstenecker, Ryan Gerstenecker, Phoebe Gerstenecker, Adina Gerstenecker, Shelby Gerstenecker, Elijah Weidner and Alex-andra Weidner; brothers and sisters, Milton (Ethel) Gerstenecker of Edwards-ville, Frank (Janet) Gerstenecker of Troy, Mich., Evelyn (Duane) DeCota of Sikeston, Mo., Grace Gerstenecker of Troy, Jane (Robert) Converse of Troy and Marjorie Hall of Quincy; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Olive Nungesser of Alhambra, Eleanor Pirok of Highland, Clifford (Betty) Thurnau of Edwardsville, Joan (George) Willaredt of Edwardsville, Robert (Dorothy) Thurnau of St. Jacob and Warren Thurnau of St. Jacob; and birthday buddy, Sara. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Edgar (Nell) Gerstenecker; sisters and brothers-in-law, Berniece (Edwin) Heck and Catherine (Clark Lewis) (William) McNivens; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Glenn Hall, Harold (Laurine) Thurnau, Jeanette (Louis) Taylor, Delmar Nungesser, Hank Pirok and Betty Thurnau. Mr. Gerstenecker was a grain elevator manager and retired after 25 years with FS. He raised his four sons on his five-acre farm. Dale was a member of the Woodcarvers, St. John UCC of Collinsville, a Freeburg School Board member, Freeburg Rotary Club, a Life Long 4-H Club leader, Turkey Hill Grange and St. Paul UCC of Freeburg. Visitation was at Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville and at St. John UCC in Collinsville, where a funeral was conducted with the Rev. Tony Minear officiating. Mr. Gerstenecker was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Dubois Church Camp or the University of Illinois 4-H Foundation.

Wilbert W. Wetzler, 79, of Belleville, died Nov. 12, 2014, at Caseyville Nursing and Rehab. He was born Aug. 8, 1935, in Maeystown, the son of the late Wilbert H. and Kathryn (nee Pape) Wetzler. Mr. Wetzler is survived by his children, Kevin (Teri) Wetzler of Newburgh, Ind., Kent Wetzler of Waterloo, Stacy (Jim) Matulis of Tampa, Fla., Lora (Dale) Stoecklein of St. Louis and Brian (Dawn) Wetzler of Belleville; grandchildren, Jennifer and Jeffrey Wetzler, Sammy, Maddy and Max Stoecklein, Sara and Maggie Matulis, and Rebecca Wetzler; and his a sister, Jackie (Mel) Allscheid of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clare (nee Schmidt) Wetzler (died in 2006). Mr. Wetzler was the director of Junior Achievement in Colorado Springs, Colo., from 1960-1966. He then moved back to the area where his was employed by May Company in St. Louis from 1966-1984, and then owned One Hour Sign Service in Belleville. Wilbert was a past treasurer of the Loyal Order of Moose. There were no public services. Mr. Wetzler donated his remains to the Washington University School of Medicine. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services of Monroe County.

Eileen Blankenship, nee Crocker, 87, of Hecker, died Nov. 13, 2014, in Red Bud. She was born Aug. 5, 1927, in Enough, Mo., the daughter of the late Jesse Arnold and Pearl Josephine (nee Kitchlell) Crocker. Mrs. Blankenship is survived by his children, Roger (Betty) Blankenship, David Blankenship, Marilyn (Dennis) Wagner, Aaron (Samantha) Blankenship and Darrell (Heidi) Blankenship; and six grandchildren; along with great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elden Blankenship; a son, Kenneth Blankenship; grandson, Ryan Blankenship; and siblings, Helen Gault and Clinton Crocker. Mrs. Blankenship attended First Baptist Church of Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at First Baptist Church in Waterloo with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mr. Blankenship was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Laverne B. Suedkamp, 84, of Columbia, died Nov. 13, 2014, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. She was born Dec. 30, 1929, in St. Louis the daughter of the late Charles and Elvera (nee Young) Trampier. Laverne married Harold J. Suedkamp in 1958 in St. Louis. He died in 2013. Mrs. Suedkamp is survived by her son, Mike (Nancy) Suedkamp of Columbia; a grandson, Owen M. Suedkamp; sisters, Jeannette (James) Holland of St. Peters, Mo., Gloria Becker of San Antonio, Tex. and Susan (Ronnie) Breakfield of St. Louis; and a brother, Bobby Trampier of St. Louis. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Sonny Trampier and Elvera Trampier. Mrs. Suedkamp attended of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Laverne was a retired telephone operator from AT&T (formerly Southwestern Bell). Private family services were held. Mrs. Suedkamp was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice or the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

October 2014

Gerold L. Ashbaker, 66, of Prairie du Rocher, died Oct. 4, 2014, in St. Louis. He was born March 20, 1948 in Pittsfield, the son of the late Emil and Mildred (nee Colbert) Ashbaker. Mr. Ashbaker is survived by his wife, Janet (nee Diemert) Ashbaker; daughters Michelle Ashbaker and Tanya Huskey; grandchildren. Dackota "D.J." Huskey, Judith Ashbaker and Keith Hern; and friends, Richard and Kathleen Barkley; along with a sister, brother, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sara Ashbaker-Hern; sisters and brothers. Mr. Ashbaker served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was retired from Menard Correctional Center. Funeral arrangements were handled by Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Prairie du Rocher Boy Scouts.

Dorothy A. Smith, nee Noelken, 97, of Waterloo, died Oct. 2, 2014, in Red Bud. She was born May 18, 1917 in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Henry and Emma (nee Roekenschuh) Noelken. Mrs. Smith is survived by her sister-in-law, Sally Smith of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Smith; brothers, Charlie, Ronald and Ben Noelken; and sisters, Tina Mosbacher and Orlou H. Noelken. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Mrs. Smith was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

David Paul Ahrens, 72, of Ridgway, formerly of Valmeyer, died Oct. 12, 2014. He was born Feb. 3, 1942 in Valmeyer, the son of Lucretia (nee Unterseh) Ahrens Kipping of Columbia and the late Eugene H. Ahrens. David married Rose Anna Wuertz in 1966. She died in 2009. Besides his mother, Mr. Ahrens is survived by his children, Sara (Bill) Arbaugh of Evansville, Ind., Michael (Kathy) Ahrens of Ridgway, Paul (Jordan) Ahrens of Ridgway and Scott Ahrens of Bloomington; a sister, Marlene Middleton of Waterloo; a brother, Ronald D. Ahrens of O’Fallon; grandchildren, Austin, Sidney, Valerie, Jaco and Ava.   Besides his wife and father, he was preceded in death by sisters, Patricia A. Haberl and Helen Mae Lueking; and a brother, Eugene H. Ahrens Jr. Mr. Ahrens served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War (1960 to 1964). He retired from the Illinois State Police after 32 years of service. At the ISP, he was assigned to District 5 Joliet, District 11 Collinsville, District 11-A Litchfield, and District 19 Carmi. Mr. Ahrens retired with rank of lieutenant and was the District 19 Commander. Mr. Ahrens was a member of the St. Kateri Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus - L.A. Lambert Council 1581 and the Ridgway American Legion Post 596. Visitation and funeral were at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shawneetown with Father Steven Beatty officiating. Mr. Ahrens was buried at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery near Ridgway. Vickery Funeral Chapel of Ridgway handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to VNA Hospice or to the St. Kateri Building Fund.  

Deborah Ann Cox, nee Reimert, of New Hanover, died Oct. 15, 2014 at SSM St. Clare Hospital, Fenton, Mo., after a battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 1, 1955 in Allentown, Pa. Mrs. Cox is survived by her husband, Jeremy Cox; and her dog, Iris. Mrs. Cox owned Magnolia gift shop in downtown Columbia. According to her wishes, her body was cremated. Funeral was at Zoar UCC in New Hanover. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Ronald E. Parres, 72, of Columbia, died Oct. 16, 2014 in an automobile accident. He was born Feb. 7, 1942. In St. Louis, the son of the late Lenny and Mildred (nee Morris) Parres. Mr. Parres is survived by his wife, Kathy (nee Winter) Parres; his children, Cindy Downing, Tracy Parres, Ronald E. Parres, Jr. and Tammy Simons; mother-in-law, Jane Winter; grandchildren,. Payton and A.J. Downing, Gavin Parres, Kristy and Joey Parres, and Rachel Simons; and brothers, Michael Parres and Leslie Parres; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Karen Schuster; sister-in-law, Cheryl Poehler; and his father-in-law, Allan Winter. Mr. Parres was a pipefitter for Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 101 in Belleville. Visitation was at Strauss - Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Mark O. Reinhold, 61, of Waterloo, died Oct. 17, 2014, in St. Louis from a heart condition. He was born March 10, 1953 in Red Bud, the son of the late Glennon and Audrey (nee Schmidt) Reinhold. Mr. Pape is survived by his wife, Mary Kay (nee Pape) Reinhold; children, Laura Frierdich (Brad Kretzer), Katie (Erick) Hernandez, Bethany Reinhold, Adam Reinhold (Caitlin Hines) and Alex Reinhold; grandchildren, Ty and Grady Frierdich; siblings, Jill (Craig) Whelan and Ken (Shirley) Reinhold; and special friends and cousin, Robert and Sheryl Metzger; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Mr. Reinhold attended the Basilica of St. Louis - King of France Catholic Church (Old St. Louis Cathedral). Mark was the retired owner of McAuley Printing in St. Louis. He was a member of the Heart Transplant Association of St. Louis. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at the Basilica of St. Louis - King of France (Old Cathedral) in downtown St. Louis with Monsignor Jerome D. Billing officiating. Mr. Reinhold was buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to his church, the Heart Transplant Association, Gibault Catholic High School or Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School.

Dorothy C.E. Rick, nee Schrader, 92, of Waterloo, died Oct. 18, 2014, in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 13, 1922 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Louis and Bertha Katherine (nee Wilde) Schrader. Mrs. Rick is survived by her daughters Virginia (Kurt) Faber and Susan Rick; grandsons Michael Faber and Jonathan (Katie) Faber; and siblings, Loraine Obst and Lester (Bonnie) Schrader; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Rick; and brothers, Donald, Raymond and Howard Schrader. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Zoar UCC of New Hanover with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mrs. Rick was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Zoar UCC of New Hanover.

Arleen Frances Weilbacher, nee Freimuth, 74, of Columbia, died Oct. 20, 2014 at Barnes Jewish Medical Center. She was born Oct. 7, 1940, in Belleville, the daughter of Virginia (Reichert) Freimuth of Waterloo and the late Leland Freimuth. She married Joseph “Joey” Weilbacher in 1959. He died in 2010. Besides her mother, Mrs. Weilbacher is survived by her daughters, Christy Davis and Angela Brislin; sister, Ellen (Wayne) Rey; a brother, Glenn Freimuth; grandchildren, Joseph Brislin, Jr., Renee (Alex) Haase and Shelby Davis; and a great-grandchild, Alex Haase, Jr.; along with nieces and nephews. Arleen and Joey Weilbacher had owned Columbia Decorating Center. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mrs. Weilbacher donated her remains to the Washington University School of Medicine. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Marjean A. Davison, 69, of Halstead, Kan.. died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. She was born on July 25, 1945 in Newton, Kan. the daughter of the late Johnnie and Margaret (Humiston) Bisoni. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Gary M. Davison. They were married Sept. 4, 1965 in Halstead. Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Michael (Tiffany) Davison of Halstead; a daughter, Sandra (Brad) Rippelmeyer of Columbia; two brothers, Ray Alan (Pam) Bisoni of Roy, Utah and Danny (Faye) Bisoni of Newton, Kan.; and six grandchildren. Marjean was in the banking business for 38 years. She retired in 2005. She was a member of the Halstead United Methodist where she served as president and treasurer for many years. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and Helianthos II of Halstead. Marjean was a 1963 graduate of Halstead High School and received her Associates Degree from Salt City Business College in Hutchinson, Kan. She was a resident of Peabody, Kansas for three years before returning to Halstead. She loved and enjoyed her children, grandchildren and watching all of their sporting events. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and serving as a volunteer for various causes. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Ruth Bisoni and a brother, David J. Bisoni. Visitation was at the Petersen Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral was at the Halstead United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Helianthos II and Halstead United Methodist Church.

Charles “Tony” Giglotto, 71, of Waterloo, died Oct. 30, 2014. He was born April 7, 1943 in East St. Louis. Mr. Giglotto is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (nee Rubemeyer) Giglotto; children, Clay A. Giglotto and Mark Giglotto; grandchildren. Drew Giglotto, Taylor Giglotto, Taryn Giglotto, Samantha Giglotto and Ashley Giglotto; brothers. Beasley Prather, John (Nancy) Prather and Lee (Charles) Jerls; a sister, Mary Jean Hartrum; his sister-in-law, Delores Rubemeyer; and a brother-in-law, Roger Rubemeyer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Dorothy L. Rasure; a grandson, Brady Clay Giglotto; brother ,Edward Joseph Giglotto; and brothers-in-law, Ronnie Rubemeyer and Keith Hartrum. Mr. Giglotto served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Waterloo VFW. He was retired from the City of Waterloo and had also been a real estate broker. Mr. Giglotto was also a member of the Waterloo Lions Club, Monroe County Genealogical Society, St. Clair County Genealogical Society, St. Louis Genealogical Society and the Illinois Genealogical Society. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mr. Giglotto was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

 

September 2014

Mary E. Hicks, nee Miles, 92 of Waterloo, died Sept. 16, 2014 in St. Louis. She was born July 2, 1922, in Mitchie, the daughter of the late Elmer and Lena (nee Theis) Miles. Mrs. Hicks is survived by her children, Carol (William) Snodgrass, Arthur "Buddy" (Angel) Hicks, Rose (Terry) Michael and Debbie (Ron) Johnson; family friend, Roger Mueller; grandchildren, Scott (Stacy) Snodgrass, Chrissy Sperduto, Amy (Chris) Schlemmer, Melissa Rednour, Suzanne (Todd) Sturman, Denise Hicks, Ryan (Lucretia) Hicks and Travis Pennington (fiancée Jennifer Forshee); granddaughter-in-law, Joyce (Kevin) Wheat; and great-grandchildren, Eli and Emma Snodgrass, Alison Snodgrass, Samantha Wheat, Dylan Michael, Brenden Schlemmer, Haley Rednour, Courtney and Rylee Sperduto, Wade, Blythe, Gage Sturman and Adam Hicks; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur "Bud" G. Hicks (who died in 1999), grandson, Brian Snodgrass; brother, Elmer Miles Jr.; and sisters, Alma (Lyman) Monroe, Geneva (Al) Futrell and Annabelle (Art) Seidel. Mrs. Hicks was attended First Baptist Church in Waterloo. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at her church with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mrs. Hicks was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Shriner's Burn Center.

Marilyn Frances Schuttenhelm, nee Wuertz, 78, of Columbia, died Sept 18, 2014. She was born Oct. 11, 1935 in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late John George Francis and Lillian Odelia (nee Keepes) Wuertz. Mrs. Schuttenhelm is survived by her daughter, Mary (Gardner) Wuertz von Holt; step-sons, William (Kathy) Schuttenhelm and John Schuttenhelm; step-grandsons, Justin (Amanda) Schuttenhelm, David Schuttenhelm and Jacob Schuttenhelm; siblings, Donald (Judy) Wuertz, Carol Roy and Thomas (Linda) Wuertz; and sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeanne Wuertz, Eileen Wuertz and David Ahrens; along with nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Schuttenhelm; brothers James Wuertz, William Wuertz and Bernard Wuertz; a sister, Rose Ahrens; a brother-in-law, Earl Roy; and nephews, John Wuertz and Scott Wuertz. Mrs. Schuttenhelm graduated from Valmeyer High School in 1953 and had worked at Knaust Mushroom Farm, MAR Graphics and General Motors. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Schuttenhelm was buried at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to the Robert Mathews Local Families In Need Foundation.

Brian J. Bequette, 53, of Columbia, Md., formerly of Waterloo, died Sept. 16, 2014 in Takoma Park, Md. He was born Dec. 16, 1960, in Red Bud, the son of LaVerne (Lyle) Hoffmann and the late Gerald Bequette. Besides his mother, Mr. Bequette is survived by his sisters, Glenda Bequette and Lori (Matthew) Murphy; and a nephew, Benjamin Murphy; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Ida (nee Roth) Rueck, and Nelson Viola (nee Gummersheimer) Bequette. Mr. Bequette was a professor at the University of Maryland. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Roger Karban officiating. Mr. Bequette was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County 4-H Foundation or Gibault High School.

Helen K. Meillier, nee Ragland, 91, of Waterloo, died Sept. 18, 2014. She was born Jan. 13, 1923, in West Frankfort, the daughter of the late Elza Berton and Ada (nee Badgley) Ragland. There were no services. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Marie J. Poole, nee Chaudet, 80, of Columbia, died Sept. 23, 2014. She was born July 29, 1934, in Cahokia, the daughter of the late Cornelius and Anna (nee Vogt) Chaudet. Marie married Robert Poole in 1951 in Cahokia. He died in 2010. Mrs. Poole is survived by her children, Becky (Charlie House) Hays of Columbia, Cheryl (Dee) Needham of Collinsville, Traci (Tim Mertens) Butz of Millstadt, Brian (Kim) Poole of Columbia and Scott (Lisa Conner) Poole of Granite City; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy (Dave) Touchette of Columbia; and her dogs, Toby and Tyson. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-infancy, Robert Poole Jr.; a sister, Shirley Gregory; and a brother, Donald Chaudet. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. Mrs. Poole was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or Heartland Hospice.

Burton H. Stumpf, 96, of Waterloo, died Sept. 21, 2014 in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 10, 1918 in Columbia, the son of the late Edwin and Ida (nee Pieper) Stumpf. Mr. Stumpf is survived by his wife, Ruth (nee Faus) Stumpf; children David (Jean) Stumpf and Diane Stumpf (Arthur Sutton); grandchildren Peter Sutton, Sara Sutton and Katie (Ben) Hart; and great-grandchildren Lauren and Alex Hart; along with sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother Warren Stumpf; and sister Irma Stumpf. Mr. Stumpf served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an agency manager for Country Financial’s Waterloo office for 30 years. After retiring in 1976, he operated a tool sharpening business at his home. Burton enjoyed reading, hunting, playing cards and gardening. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mr. Stumpf was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Farm Bureau Foundation or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Scott R. Rodemich, 47, of Columbia, died Sept. 29, 2014 at Barnes Jewish Medical Center as he battled cancer. He was born March 28, 1967, in Belleville, the son of Marvin and Ruth Ann (nee Stumpf) Rodemich of rural Columbia. Scott married Julie (nee Counce) Rodemich in 1992 in Columbia. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Rodemich is survived by his children, Ryan Rodemich and Allison Rodemich; sister, Chris (Bill) Browne of Columbia; his in-laws, Bruce and Joanne (nee Schneeberger) Counce of Columbia; and sister-in-law, Robyn (Kevin) McCarty of Kildeer; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Scott was the owner and president of Marketicity in downtown Columbia. He was a member of the Monroe County Fair Board, TAB Peer Advisory Board of Business Owners, Monroe County Economic Development Council, the St. Louis Ag Club and the Oak Hill Board of Directors. Scott was a former FFA State Official and past FFA public speaking champion. Mr. Rodemich attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf and kloepper. Visitation is Thursday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Rodemich will be buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Rodemich Children's Fund, c/o the First National Bank of Waterloo.

Michael L. Eggemeyer, 63, of Waterloo, died Sept. 29, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 16, 1951 in Sparta, the son of the late Raymond and Erna (nee Wittenborn) Eggemeyer. Mr. Eggemeyer is survived by his wife, Christine (nee Mormann) Eggemeyer; his brother, Dennis (Phyllis) Eggemeyer; and sisters Darlene Lawson, Evonne (Eddie) Duke and Judith Whittlinger; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Eggemeyer served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Private services were held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Norman Walter Sheble, 57, of Dupo died Sept. 29, 2014. He was born July 28, 1957, in St. Louis, the son of the late Norman and Barbara Joan (nee Wilson) Sheble. Mr. Sheble is survived by his fiance, Arlene Hoffmann-Bommarito of Dupo; nephews Brian Sheble of Columbia, Christopher Sheble of Bismark, ND, and Steven Sheble of Columbia; a niece, Emily Sheble of Columbia; step-mother, Jeri Funk of Millstadt; step-brother, Ron Brown; and great-niece and great-nephew, Kennadie and Noah Sheble; along with cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Brian Sheble. Norm attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Columbia where he was a member of the parish council, an usher, parish photographer and did volunteer work. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 6165 - Third Degree, where he was the chancellor/webmaster. Norman was an IT employee with Yale Enforcement Services in Belleville. Visitation is Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Church. A funeral will follow with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Sheble was cremated according to his wishes. Memorials may be made to the family for funeral expenses, or the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Immaculate Conception Church.

Sharon L. Quernheim, nee Walter, 78, of Waterloo, died Sept. 3, 2014 in St. Louis. She was born June 30, 1936, the daughter of the late A. Thomas and Irene (nee Scher) Walter. Mrs. Quernheim is survived by her children, Todd (Tracy) Quernheim and Sheila (Job) Sandoval; grandchildren, Alexander, Benjamin and Andrew Quernheim, and Tyler and Shane Sandoval; an aunt, Ruthie Becker. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Paul A. Quernheim. Mrs. Quernheim was a member St. Paul UCC – Waterloo and Eastern Star. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, with Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Burial was at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Violet Nagel, nee Kunkel, 89, of Fults, died Sept. 3, 2014 in Red Bud. She was born Jan. 16, 1925 in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the William and Mary (nee Carron) Kunkel. Mrs. Nagel is survived by her husband, Earl Nagel; children, James Nagel, Larry (Geovonna) Nagel, Connie (Bob) Esker, Cathy (Gary) Griffin and Vickie Nagel; his brother, Bill (JoAnn) Kunkel; her sister-in-law, Lorraine Junge; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Eric Allen. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Ralph Laufer officiating. Mrs. Nagel was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Jerome “Jerry” Hacker, 80, of Edina, Minn., formerly of Columbia, died Sept. 3, 2014. A memorial was held at Chapel Hills UCC in Edina. Arrangements were handled by Washburn-McReavy Services in Edina.

Arthur Ziebold, 96, of Red Bud, died Sept. 12, 2014, at Red Bud Regional Care. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. Peter UCC in Red Bud with Rev. William Graves officiating. Mr. Ziebold was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church, Shriner’s Hospital or to the Alzheimer Association.

Richard W. McClellan, 67, of Valmeyer, died Sept. 5, 2014 at his home. He was born Nov. 13, 1946 in Sikeston, Mo., the son of the late Richard and Velma (nee Cates) McClellan. Mr. McClellan is survived by his wife, Jeanette McClellan; children, Marc McClellan and Wendy (Paul) Hill; grandchildren, Trevor and Ava McClellan, and Jeremy, Leah and Evan Hill; sisters, Cherry (Ray) Generous and Debbie (Steve) Crays; an aunt, Doris McClellan; and his cat, Valley; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Hunter McClellan; and a sister, Rosalind Saelig. Mr. McClellan served in the U.S. Army (9th Infantry 44th Medical Brigade) during the Vietnam War. He had retired from MAR Business Forms and was the longtime owner of Fountain Inn. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. McClellan was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund or to St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Shirley J. Phelps, nee Bell, 77, of Waterloo, died Sept. 5, 2014 in Belleville. He was born March 3, 1937 in White Co., the daughter of the late Lawrence Bell and Florence Flota. Mrs. Phelps is survived by her children, Steven (Tonia) Phelps, Vickie (John) Kaiser and Tommy (Johanne) Phelps; grandchildren, Erin (Kyle) Griffith, Jennifer (Matt) Eckart and Michael Kaiser; great-grandchildren, Maci Kaiser, Lauren Eckart and Emma Eckart; sisters, Shelby Dunn, Donna Merlenbach and Janet (Alan) Easton; a sister-in-law, Mary Otten; and a brother-in-law, Ralph Phelps; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie W. Phelps; and brothers, Edward and Kenneth Bell. Mrs. Phelps enjoyed traveling, hiking, nature, reading, yard work and taking road trips in her Dodge Charger. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Phelps was buried at the Hecker City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Anetha C. Schiemer, nee Fischer, 99, of Columbia, died Sept. 10, 2014, at Columbia Rehab. and Nursing Center. She was born May 26, 1915, in New Hanover, the daughter of the late Henry and Katherine (nee Stumpf) Fischer. Anetha married Carl L. Schiemer in 1937 in New Hanover. He died in 1999. Mrs. Schiemer is survived by her daughter, June (Chris) Campos of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; grandchildren, Christine (Richard) Semsel and Carlene (Steve) Kuske; and great-grandchildren, Anastasia and Michael Kuske, and Ryan and Samantha Semsel; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Edna Harres, Hilda Eitmann, Victor Fischer and Raymond Fischer. Anetha and her husband Carl and brother-in-law Robert operated Schiemer Insurance Agency in Columbia. She attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia, where she was a quilter and member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also active in the Columbia Senior Center. Anetha enjoyed playing kloepper. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Schiemer was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul UCC - Stained Glass Fund or Shriner's Hospital For Children.

Evelyn Virginia Seacord, nee Barber, 90, of Columbia, died Sept. 12, 2014. She was born May 21, 1924, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late William Warren and Juanita Thelma (nee Tourville) Barber. Evelyn married William E. Seacord Jr. in 1944 in East St. Louis. He died in 2002. Mrs. Seacord is survived by her children, William W. (Carolyn) Seacord, Patricia Juanita Axe of Columbia and Charles E. (Sandra) Seacord of Columbia; grandchildren, Shanda (Jason) Hays of Hecker, Adam (Stephanie) Axe of St. Louis and Amy M. (Tom Jr.) Brown of Columbia; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Rain and Brecka Hays, Hugo and Ivy Axe, and Cole, Jacob and Emmett Brown; siblings, Louis (Donna) Barber of Pinckneyville, Robert Clark Barber of Columbia, Beverly Jean Garbuio-Gardner of Eureka, Mo., Ida M. (Donald) Nauman of Columbia and Judith A. (Clyde Ray) Butler of Collinsville; and sisters-in-law, Lorilee Barber of Collinsville and Pamela Barber of Smithboro; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, William John Barber, Sr., Harold Lee Barber Sr., Edward Lewis Barber, Byron James Barber and Ralph Harold Barber; a sister, Janet Marie Stram; brothers-in-law, Thomas (Mansueto) Garbuio-Gardner and George Stram; and sisters-in-law, Sophie Barber and Shirley Barber. Visitation and funeral were at the Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Travis Peterson officiating. Mrs. Seacord was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Norman E. Waterman Sr., 85, of Waterloo, died Sept. 13, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 18, 1929 in McClure, the son of the late Kenneth and Hazel (nee Reavis) Waterman. Mr. Waterman is survived by his wife, Patricia Jane (nee Marchildon) Waterman; children Norman (Karen) Waterman Jr., Kay Wiegand, Jan Reitz and Pamela (Donald) Muertz; grandchildren Pamela (Donald) Muertz, Chris (Kim) Walster, Tara (Kenny) Reitz and Tyler (Ashley) Reitz; 10 great-grandchildren; special niece Laura (Wayne) Coleson; and brother-in-law, Clement Marchildon; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Delores Bensa; and his brother, Marvin Waterman. Mr. Waterman was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was retired from the UA Steamfitters 439. Norman was a former member of Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, Shriners and DAV. He attended the First Baptist Church of Waterloo and St. John UCC of Maeystown. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastors Raymond Oxford, Steve Neill and Patrick Poole officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Pastor Steven Benke, 50, of St. Louis, died Sept. 11, 2014. Benke is survived by his fiancé, Kathleen Worthmore; children Kate and Rick Benke and Emily Worthmore; his parents, Richard and Carlee Benke; siblings Dawn (Joel) Conrad and Mark (Nicole) Benke; his grandmother, Viola Mutschink; and nephews Joshua Conrad and Andrew Benke. Benke was a pastor at Faith Lutheran Church of Columbia, Faith Lutheran Church of Oakville and the Jefferson Hills. Visitation was at Kutis South County Chapel. Funeral was at Faith Lutheran Church in Oakville. Memorials may be made to his children.

Evelyn B. Blank, nee Harres, 89, of Columbia died Sept. 1, 2014, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Jan. 2, 1925, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Fred and Marie (nee Stemler) Harres. Evelyn married Elmer E. Blank in 1951. He died in 1991. Mrs. Blank is survived by her children, Robert L. (Mary Sue) Blank and Diane (Dave) Silva, both of Columbia; grandchildren, Jessica (Brent) Neumeyer, Trent Blank, Brenna (Jon) Woodrome and Joe Silva; a great-grandchild, Leo Neumeyer; her brother, Kenneth Harres of Millstadt; and a sister, Mary Ann Dillenberger of Waterloo. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Tony Silva; and brothers Fredrick and Carol Harres. Mrs. Blank was a retired nurse from Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She attended St. Paul United Church of Christ, where she had been a long-time member of the orchestra and choir. Evelyn was also a member of the Columbia Woman's Club, Retired Nurses of Monroe County, Columbia Sister Cities, Columbia Senior Citizens, Red Hat Society, Order of the Eastern Star and Columbia American Legion Post 581’s Auxiliary. Visitation is Thursday, Sept. 4, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mrs. Blank will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul UCC Music Fund or Building Fund.

August 2014

Joan Mueller, nee Krebel, 65, of Columbia, died Aug. 13, 2014. She was born May 17, 1949, in Red Bud, the daughter of Mary Krebel of Columbia and the late Herbert Krebel. Joan married James Mueller in 1969 in Columbia. In addition to her husband and mother, Mrs. Krebel is survived by her children, Christopher (Jacque) Mueller of Belleville, Michael (Tanya) Mueller of Aurora, Colo., and Jennifer (Edward) Naddeo of Barrington; grandchildren, Blake, Justin and Samantha, Luke, Alex, and Alexandria and Mariana (twins); siblings, Stephen (JoAnn) Krebel, James (Brenda) Krebel and Ellen (Mark) Dehn, all of Columbia; and her father-in-law, Lester M. Mueller of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Jean F. Mueller. Joan was a financial counselor at First Financial Bank and Mercantile Bank as well as an assistant pre-school teacher at the Columbia Public Library. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia and was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Mueller was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education Fund or to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Stella "Joyce" J. Wolfe, nee Rody, died Aug. 14, 2014 in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 29, 1933 in Tilden, the daughter of the late Charles and Laura (nee Terry) Rody. Mrs. Wolfe is survived by her children, Debbie (Rick) Rice, Becky Wolfe, Monty (Nancy) Wolfe and Eric (Yvette) Wolfe; grandchildren, Michael (Chris) Parker, Amy (Matt) Young, Alex Wolfe, Andrea Wolfe, Jeremy Wolfe, Carter Wolfe, Grant Wolfe and Cole Wolfe; great-grandchildren, Kendra, Madison, Ellie Grace, Olivia and Mason; sisters, Charolette Arnold and Kay (Bob) Teahan; and pets, Jose and Sassy. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Toni Ann Wolfe; and her sister, Myra Cooper. Mrs. Wolfe was of the Baptist faith. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Ralph Brandon officiating. Memorials may be made to Diabetes Association or Gunner’s Run Rescue.

Gertrud P. Turner, nee Traber, 91, of Waterloo, died Aug. 16, 2014 in Florissant, Mo. She was born July 25, 1923 in Aldengen, Germany, the daughter of the late Karl and Paulina Traber. Mrs. Turner is survived by her daughter, Renate Taylor; a grandson, Timothy (Pamela) Taylor; and a great-grandson, Brian White. She was preceded in death by her husband Franklin Turner; and her brother Otto Walter. Mrs. Turner attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies and was an avid golfer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Turner was buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Belleville. Memorials may be made to her church.

Vincent J. Mannino, Sr., 89, of Waterloo, died Aug. 15, 2014. He was born March 4, 1925 in DuQuoin, the son of the late Salvatore and Francesca (nee Mangiapane) Mannino. Mr. Mannino is survived by his children, Kathryn (Keith) Schopp, Vincent (Patti) Mannino II, Frances Mannino and Thomas (Lori) Mannino; grandchildren, Michelle (Paul) Skaggs, Anna (Mason) Williams, Nolan Mannino, Ian Mannino, Chris Marshall and Julia Belz; a great-granddaughter, Riley Skaggs; a brother-in-law, Gene Brock; and a sister-in-law, Lucille Mulligan; along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise (nee Eiskant) Mannino; siblings, Vito Mannino, Ida Groh, Natale Mannino, Santina Wilbern, Margaret Brock and Frances Wilbern; and friend, Father Francis Seyer; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Mr. Mannino attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He graduated from St. Henry’s Preparatory Seminary and St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Mannino was buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to his church, the Oak Hill Activity Fund or to St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Ind.

Tony R. Tutor, 40, of Columbia, died Aug. 15, 2014 in a car accident in Randolph County. He was born Aug. 1, 1974, in Belleville, the son of William and Vicki (nee Davis) Tutor of Creal Springs. Besides his parents, Mr. Tutor is survived by his wife, Wendy (nee Muskopf) Tutor; his children, Kayla, Cale, Lexis and Logan Tutor of Waterloo; brothers, Travis (Kerry) Tutor and Troy (Allison) Tutor, both of Columbia; his grandfather, Vernon Davis of Dupo; in-laws, Wayne and Denise Muskopf of Millstadt; a sister-in-law, Kristy Muskopf of Colorado; and nieces and nephews, Jenna, Matthew, Ethan and McKenna. Mr. Tutor was employed as through Ironworker's Local 396 (20-year member). He enjoyed fishing, spending time at the lake and playing ball with his dog, Chase. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Tutor was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Eleanor E. Braun, nee Kreher, 96, of Hecker, died Aug. 23, 2014. She was born Jan. 13, 1918 in Paderborn, the daughter of the late John and Frances (nee Neff) Kreher. Mrs. Braun is survived by her children, Don (Kathy) Braun, Barb (Gene) Fetter, Dale (Debbie) Braun and Jo (Steve) Sturgeon; grandchildren, Kevin Braun, Dan (Sue) Braun, Lisa (Robert) McCarthy, Carolyn (Robin) Fetter, Russell (Becky) Fetter, Annie Fetter, Kyle Braun, Ashley (Lance) Fix, Mike (Kathleen) Sturgeon and Matt (Beth) Sturgeon; great-grandchildren, Josh, Justin, Kaitlyn, Cody, Megan, Ryan, Gavin, Dylan, Tyler, Raymond, Hannah, Charlie, Lincoln, Levi, Adalynn, Lucille, Ella and Theodore; a great-great-grandchild, Audrey; and a sister, Isabelle Wittenauer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond J. Braun; a son, David Braun; brothers, Sylvester and Clarence Kreher; and her sisters, Agnes Gregson and Mary Braun. Funeral was at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Eugene Neff. Mrs. Braun was buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Augustine Catholic Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Gary D. Clark, 67, of Columbia, died Aug. 20, 2014 at his residence. He was born July 5, 1947, in Glenallen, Mo., son of the late Henry Clark and Demple (nee Dubois) Floyed of Ortonville, Mich. Mr. Clark is survived by his wife, Donna (nee Larson) Clark; a son, Robert (Frances “Frankie”) Sweeney of Richmond Hill, Ga.; grandchildren, Luke Sweeney and Tiffany Scarlock; and siblings, JoAnn (Daniel) Nagy, Randal Floyed, Dennis (Maryann) Floyed, Maxine (John) Cole, Elaine Garrison and Leona (John) Merrill. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Melvin Floyed Sr.; and a brother, Melvin Floyed, Jr. Mr. Clark served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Gary had been an electrician with the Union Pacific Railroad in Dupo. He attended First Baptist Church of Columbia, where he taught Sunday School for some 23 years. Mr. Clark loved to play pick-up basketball games. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at First Baptist Church of Columbia with Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. Mr. Clark was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to his church.

Russell Raymond Boehne, 81, of Collinsville, died Aug. 13, 2014, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. He was born Oct. 13, 1932, in Columbia, the son of the late Oswald and Edna (nee Schneider) Boehne. Russell married Marilyn (nee Zipfel) Boehne in 1965. In addition to his wife, Mr. Boehne is survived by his daughters, Lynette (Herb) Phillips and Jeannine (Mike Kraft) Boehne, both of Belleville; a son, Doug Boehne of Collinsville; grandchildren, Victoria Phillips, Jordan Phillips and Joshua Phillips; sisters, Ardelle Hodgson of Centerville, Ohio and Jenny (Raymond) Jung of Waterloo; and brothers-in-law, Marion "Bud" (Jackie) Zipfel of Belleville, Agnellus (June) Zipfel of Belleville, Marvin Zipfel of Cabot, Ark., and Carl Nobbe of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Laverne Kohlmeier and Carol Nobbe; brothers-in-law, Frank Hodgson, Fremond Kohlmeier and Melvin (Joanie) Zipfel; and a sister-in-law, Marie Zipfel. Mr. Boehne served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a retired union carpenter. Russell attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Collinsville. He was a loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan, and enjoyed spending time with his family. Visitation was at Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Collinsville with Rev. Fred Kraemer officiating. Mr. Boehne was buried full military honors on at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis County.

Gregory August Kipping, 85, of Waterloo, died Aug. 21, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 10, 1929, in Valmeyer, the son of the late August and Margaret (nee Mathews) Kipping. Mr. Kipping is survived by his children, Terry (Doris) Kipping, Jenelle Palmer, Kim (Gerald) Straub and Jeff (Laura) Kipping, all of Waterloo; a sister, Marcella Boehne of Waterloo; grandchildren, Greg (Heather) Kipping of Waterloo, Christine (Dave) Otten of Columbia, Melissa (Milton) Kipping-Sherfy of South Roxana, Cassy (Chad) Goldschmidt of Columbia, Carl Diehl of Clayton, Mo., Liette (Jason) Goeddel and Stuart Straub, both of Waterloo, Bethany Kipping of Olathe, Kan., and Ethan Kipping of Waterloo; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Kipping; and a great-grandchild. Mr. Kipping was a construction worker, real estate broker, a business owner, a partner in Kipping and Mathews International Service Center and served four years as a chief deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department. He was a third degree knight with the Knights of Columbus Council No.1334. Greg attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a former member of the Waterloo Sportsman's Club, a founding member of the Waterloo Optimist Club, a blood drive chairman and served 14 years as a Democratic County chairman and committeeman. Visitation and funeral were at DeFabio Funeral Home in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School.

Keith G. Hartrum, 65, of Waterloo, died Aug. 22, 2014. He was born Jan. 18, 1949 in St. Louis, the son of the late Richard and Mary (nee Raftery) Hartrum. Mr. Hartrum is survived by his wife, Mary Jean (nee Prather) Hartrum; his children, Deanna Wolff, Sarah Decareaux, Elizabeth Hartrum, Richard (Roxanne) Hartrum and David Hartrum; grandchildren, Jacob Harrold, Megan Wolff, Hailey Harrold, Kate Decareaux, Nicholas Wolff, Riddick Whelan, Finn Decareaux, Michael Hartrum, Elise Decareaux, Magdalene Hartrum and Eleanor Hartrum; and siblings, Greg (Leslie) Hartrum, Mary Colleen Hartrum (Tim Heck), Judy Schribner, Janet Hartrum and Darrin Thebeau; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandsons, Dominic and Grant Decareaux; a son-in-law, David P. Decareaux, Jr.; and his siblings, Richard Hartrum and Kathy Hartrum. Mr. Hartrum owned Hartrum Painting and Wall Covering. He was a former member of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades (District Council 2). He loved the outdoors and was an avid cyclist, photographer and artist. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating.. Mr. Hartrum was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Venita M. Greenfield, 85, of Columbia died Aug, 10, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Sept. 1, 1928 in Kirkwood, Mo., the daughter of the late Phillip and Johanna (nee Heutel) Wahlig. Mrs. Greenfield is survived by her children Larry (Barbara) Greenfield of Columbia, Harry (Sue) Greenfield Jr. of Waterloo and Donna (Roy) Kimbrell of Bellevue, Neb.; a brother, Richard Wahlig of Belleville; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry W. Greenfield; sisters, Mary Schierhoff, Louise Ratz, Lavern Eichenseer, Shirley Schulte and Phyllis Doerr; and brothers, George Wahlig and Ervin “Bob” Wahlig. Venita “Hookie” Greenfield worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone in Belleville for 35 years. After retiring in the mid-1970s she started her second career working side-by-side for 12 years with her husband Harry at Greenfield's Lounge and Restaurant in downtown Columbia. They retired to the Lake of the Ozarks. She returned to the Columbia area on the passing of her husband of 46 years. Venita will be cremated and her ashes, combined with those of her husband Harry, will be spread by the immediate family. A celebration of life is Saturday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Acorns Golf Club in Wartburg. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois .

Gene T. Snyder, 89 of Columbia, died Aug. 9, 2014. He was born April 5, 1925, in Commerce Okla., the son of the late Hiram and Billie (nee Trout) Snyder. Gene married Bernice (nee Burke) Snyder in 1951 in Dover, NJ. In addition to his wife, Mr. Snyder is survived by his sons, Michael (Gwen) Snyder of Columbia and Eric Snyder of Waterloo; daughter, Linmarie (Tony) Mantia of Waterloo; grandchildren, Joshua Snyder and Kelly (Chad) Benzinger; and great-grandchildren, Ian Stanley and Belle Benzinger. He was preceded in death by a twin brother, Jack Snyder. Mr. Snyder served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and the Korean War - a member of the Third Infantry Batallion. Gene was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He had retired from Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mr. Snyder was buried at with military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Chosin Few.

Bernell Violet Mueller, nee Ritter, 88, of Columbia, died Aug. 5, 2014, at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 29, 1925, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Louis and Cora (nee Kremmel) Ritter. Bernell was baptized Nov. 22, 1925, by the Rev. J. Loose at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. She was confirmed at her church in 1939 by Rev. N. Hilderbrandt. Bernell married Marvin Mueller in 1945 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in St. Louis County with Rev. August K. Stenzel officiating. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her son, Rev. Ronald (Kathy) Mueller of Barron, Wisc.; daughters, Cheryl (Rev. Donald) Andrix of Norwood, Minn.; and Barbara (Rev. Royal) Boeder of Maeystown; grandchildren, Todd (Kristen) Andrix of Owatonna, Minn., Jenni (Michael) West of St. Paul, Minn., Ryan (Melanie) Mueller of Jenison, Minn., Joel Andrix of Norwood, Minn., Hanni (Tom) Cowley of Thorpe, Wisc., Aaron (Kaja) Mueller of Iowa City, Iowa, Ruth Boeder of Ypsilanti, Mich., Daniel Boeder of Maeystown, Benjamin Boeder of Red Bud and Luke Boeder of Maeystown; great-grandchildren Annika, Addison and Brynn Andrix, Abraham, Phoebe, Joseph and Mira West, Raelyn, Avery and Macy Cowley, Chase Mueller and Evelyn and Kean Mueller; and siblings, Marlyn (Herbert) Stemler, Ruby Asselmeier and Dale (LaVerne) Ritter, Sr.; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years; brothers, Clement, Harold and Wayne; and a sister, Berniece Lepp. Bernell worked as a telephone operator and office employee in St. Louis, but is most remembered as a beautician, working from her home. Mrs. Mueller attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, where she was active with the Sunday School, choir, Ladies Aid, Bible Studies, Couples Club and cleaning the church. She enjoyed hosting seminary students and clergy families, as well as cooking, baking, gardening and tending household plants, crocheting and family gatherings. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Mueller was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Lutheran Hour Ministries.

George Pius Haas, 86, of Millstadt, died Aug. 8, 2014. He was born Dec. 20, 1927, in Piopolis, the son of the late Conrad and Teresa (nee Wuebbles) Haas. George married Lois (nee O’Dell) Haas in 1950. In addition to his wife, Mr. Haas is survived by his children, Everett Lee Haas of Belleville, David (Suzanne) Haas (Suzanne) and James (Marty) Haas of Millstadt, Richard (Sue) Haas of Arnold Mo. and Barbara (Markus) Teng of Kirkwood, Mo.; grandchildren Ryan (Emily) Haas, Beth (Jeff) Wilson, and Claire, Caroline and Catherine Teng; great-grandchildren Amelia Haas and Caden Wilson; and siblings John Haas and Frances Downs; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Tony and Joe Haas; and sisters, Ann Ott, and Louise, Betty and Helen Miller. Mr. Haas retired from Spectrulite Aluminum in 1992 after 37 years of employment. He was an accomplished carpenter and enjoyed helping family and friends with projects. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia with Fr. Marvin Volk officiating. Mr. Haas was buried at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Dorothy Bernice Touchette, nee Smith, 87, of Millstadt, died Aug. 7, 2014, at Freeburg Care Center. She was born  Sept. 22, 1926 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Winton and Adeline (nee Johnson) Smith. Mrs. Touchette is survived by her children Milton  (Audrey) Touchette Jr. and Terry  (Laura) Touchette; grandchildren, Steve (Michelle) Touchette, Milton Touchette III, John Touchette, Ashley (Tim) Hastey, Indiana Touchette, Erica Touchette and Melanie Touchette; and great-grandchildren Ashlynne Touchette, Camden Hastey, Grayson Hastey and Scarlett Hastey. She was preceded in death by her step-father, John C. Rudroff; her husband, Milton L.  Touchette Sr.; sisters, Garnet Burns and Winifred Kenny; and grandsons, Rutger and Remo Touchette. Mrs. Touchette grew up in a time when milk was 14 cents, and lived through the Great Depression. She married her husband after his service in WWII and later saw a son off to Vietnam.  She enjoyed playing gin rummy, bowling and making ice cream. Mrs. Touchette was a member of the American Legion and a devoted Democrat. She was proud to shake President John F. Kennedy’s hand in front of Fischer’s Restaurant. Funeral arrangements were handled by Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Memorials may be made in to Wounded Warriors.

Hetty Grant, nee Wolda, 55, of Columbia, died Aug. 9, 2014 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born, Jan. 10, 1959 in Zuidlaren, The Netherlands. Mrs. Gant is survived by her husband of 33 years, David Grant; daughter, Angela (Scott) Davis of Waterloo; father, Hindrik Wolda; brothers, William “Wim” (Sharon) Wolda and Jacob “Jaap” (Mary Ann) Wolda; sister, Marianne (Scott) Snyder; niece, Javelyn Dempsey; and a nephew, Henk Wolda.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Trientje (nee Smit) Wolda. Mrs. Grant was a paralegal at Sandberg, Phoenix and Von Gontard. She was a member of the St. Louis Legal Association and the Bar Association of St. Louis. She was an avid scrapbooker. Visitation and funeral were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo with Rev. Steve Neill officiating. Mrs. Grant was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary.

Telkah L. DeBourge, nee Liefer, 96, of Waterloo, died Aug. 7, 2014, in Waterloo. She was born March 23, 1918 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Fred and Lydia Liefer. Mrs. DeBourge is survived by her children, Paul DeBourge and Ruth (Glen) Hearold; and grandchildren, Lauren and Keith Hearold; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. DeBourge; and a brother, Albert Liefer. Mrs. DeBourge was retired from Human Support Services. She attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup. Mrs. DeBourge was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Monroe County Nursing Home Memorial Endowment Fund.

Milton H. Wild, 85, of Hecker, died Aug. 3, 2014, in St. Louis. He was born July 14, 1929 in Madonnaville, the son of the late Emil and Leona (nee Mueller) Wild. Mr. Wild is survived by his wife, Anita (nee Hoffmann) Wild; children, Deneen (Kris) Wild, Annette (Ray Jr.) Fausz and Diane (Robert) Schoenbeck; grandchildren, Brian (Sarah) Wild, Bradley Wild, Blake Wild (friend Heather Lyman), Brandon, Melissa and Justin Fausz, and Kaitlan, Kailey (friend Kyle Hemmer) and Kolan Schoenbeck; and brothers, Kenneth (Betty) Wild and Stanley (Betty) Wild. He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Rosalie Wild; and brothers, Charles Wild and Donald Wild. Mr. Wild served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed through Teamsters Local 600. Milton attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Wild was buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Wartburg. Memorials may be made to his church, the American Heart Association or to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

July 2014

Royce J. Cheney, 91, of Waterloo, died July 31, 2014 in Red Bud. He was born Feb. 6, 1923 in Harrisonville, the son of the late Thomas and Ida (nee Schmitt) Cheney. Mr. Cheney is survived by his wife, Helen (nee Josten) Cheney; children, David Cheney and Michael (Deborah) Cheney; a brother, Dale Cheney; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; along with a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, nieces, nephew and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Bernice Cheney. Mr. Cheney attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to his church.

Glenda L. Parres, 91, of Columbia, died July 31, 2014 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born July 3, 1923, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of the late Wesley Squire and Kathryn (nee Austin) Jerome. Glenda married Joseph C. Parres in 1944 in Norfolk, Va. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Parres is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Alan) Unger of Columbia; grandchildren, Mason and Davis McDaniel; and a brother, Robert Squire of Columbia. She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Parres; her step-father, Clarence Jerome; and a sister, Ann Rehg. Glenda had worked as a bookkeeper for the Village of Sauget, Hunter Packing Co. and Jerome Chevrolet. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she was an active quilter. Glenda was a regular at the Training Room in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at her church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Parres was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund.

Jeffrey E. Mitchell, 93, of Waterloo, formerly of Mulkeytown, died July 20, 2014 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. Mr. Mitchell was born July 4, 1921 in Mulkeytown, the son of the late John Douglas and Gladys (nee Burkitt) Mitchell. Jeffrey married Rosalyn Wente in Christopher in 1946. She died in 1998. Mr. Mitchell is survived by his children, Karen (John) Moon of Champaign, Kathi (Robert) Emery of Waterloo and Clay (Rita) Mitchell of Cobden; grandchildren, Angie (Steve) Law of Denver, Colo., Rebecca Mitchell and Heidi Mitchell; and a great-grandchild, Jeffrey Honeycutt. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Mark Mitchell; and brothers Chester and Lester Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was stationed in the South Pacific. Jeffrey was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Mitchell retired from the Federal Land Bank’s St. Louis office in 1978 and returned to the family farm in rural Christopher. He was an avid hunter and devoted much time developing a wildlife habitat on his farm through food plots, wildlife cover and duck levees. Mr. Mitchell attended First Christian Church in Zeigler and was a former member of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. A memorial service was Aug. 8, at Zeigler Christian Church in Ziegler.

Margaret Helen Corey, nee Colston, 87, of St. Louis, died July 22, 2014, in Fenton, Mo. She was born May 20, 1927, in East Prairie, Mo., the daughter of the late William Bethel and Minnie Lavenia (nee McMikle) Colston. Mrs. Corey is survived by her children, William (Nancy) Corey, Richard Wayne (Shirley) Corey, Kathleen Corey, Susan Davis and John (Barbara) Corey; grandchildren, Amy Offutt, Carrie Lium, Laurie Bain, Corey Wirth, Dana Stanley, Jill Morey, Brian Corey, Darrin Corey, Wesley Corey, Amanda Doty, Dennis Davis and Darren Davis; and sisters, Luella Baker and Marietta (Bob) Sprague; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth W. Corey; son-in-law, Floyd Davis; sister, Marie Likens; and brothers, N.J. "Sonny" Colston, Tilman Colston and Wesley Colston. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Daniel Carr officiating. Mrs. Corey was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Adella D. Hahn, 89, of Red Bud died July 25, 2014 in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 5, 1924 in Inez, Tex., the daughter of the late Phillip and Sophia Buzek, nee Kourtney.  Mrs. Hahn is survived by daughters Evelyn (Sam) Brown, Alice (Roy) Proctor and Shirley (Don) Kleyer; a son, David (Carol) Hahn; sisters, Elsie Vanek and Mary Jedlicka; a brother, Victor (Frances) Buzek; and a daughter–in-law, Pat Hahn; along with grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, George J. Hahn; a son, Robert Hahn; great-grandson, Logan Proctor; a sister, Martha Rozeypal; and brothers, Rudolph, William and Louis Buzek. Adella attended St. John the Baptist Church in Red Bud. She was a former member of the American Legion, RSVP Senior Circle, a Babe Volunteer at school, the hospital auxiliary, a VA volunteer and the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club. She enjoyed her grandchildren, fishing, bingo, embroidery, quilting and flower gardening. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Fr. Clyde Grogan officiating. Mrs. Hahn was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Beverly Ann Tedder, nee Gilmore, 72, of Waterloo, died July 15, 2014, in St. Louis. She was the daughter of the late Marvin and Beatrice (nee Lunsford) Jernigan. Mrs. Tedder is survived by her children, Keith (Lawana Hagston) Tedder, Teresa (Jeff) Parker and Ron (fiancée Kim Esker) Parker; grandchildren, Sandy Henley, Bryan (Katrina) Tedder, Eric (Erin) Parker, Ryan (Laura) Parker, Alicia Parker, Valaurie Parker, Jacob Parker, Zachary (Mercedes) Tedder, Nicole (fiancé Jared Smith) Tedder and Brandon Tedder; great-grandchildren, Madalyn Craft, Brielle Tedder, Gabriel Henley, Blake Parker, Reed Parker, Owen Tedder and Sylas Tedder; siblings, Betty Sue (Alfred) Brown, Voncille Elles, Linda (Ron) Barnett, Shirley (Derrell) Olyier and Fred (Dottie) Jernigan; her aunt, Willie Mae McLaney; and friend, Mary Gibbs; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry H. Tedder (married 29 years); and a brother, Johnny Jernigan. Mrs. Tedder was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mrs. Tedder was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Assn. or to the American Diabetes Assn.

Eric Matthew Boyer, 27, of Waterloo, died July 17 2014, in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 6, 1986, in Red Bud, the son of Rejona (Chad) Knobloch and Bruce (Patti) Boyer. Besides his parents, Mr. Boyer is survived by his daughters, Morgan Ann Boyer and Kolbie Lynn Boyer; siblings, Michael (Jessica) Boyer, Alexis Graves, Aaron Knobloch and Amanda Bequette; and grandparents, Roger Boyer, John Graves and Pearl Graves; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary (nee Holt) Boyer; and uncles, Mark Graves and Paul Hoffmann. Mr. Boyer was employed through United Roofers Local No. 2 in St. Louis. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Morgan Ann and Kolbie Lynn Boyer Fund. 

Brian G. Baker, 62, of Columbia, died July 26, 2014, at St. Louis University Hospital from injuries sustained in a car accident earlier in the month. He was born July 18, 1952, in Geneva, the son of the late Robert M. and Irene E. (nee Kjell) Baker. Brian married JoAnn (nee Gregson) Baker in 1990 in Hecker. In addition to his wife, Mr. Baker is survived by a daughter, Wendi L. (Jerrod) Brownson of Alma, Mich.; a son, Warren L. Baker of Houston, Tex.; grandchildren, Thaddeus and Naomi Brownson; and siblings Craig (Kristine) Baker of Baton Rouge, La., Carol (Karl) Merbach of Rapid City, SD, and Gary (Rhonda) Baker of North Aurora; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law Virgil Gregson; and his brother, Ronald Baker.
Mr. Baker was a physical therapist at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was an active member of Hope Christian Church in Columbia, where he was an elder and a Bible study leader. Brian volunteered with Good Samaritan Ministries in Washington Park, joining his wife as she ministered to local youth. As a young man, Brian enjoyed swimming, marathon running, playing the guitar, and walking on his hands. As of late, he enjoyed walking with his wife, golf, movies, athletics, music, science, jokes and Bible study. A memorial service was Aug. 17, at Hope Christian Church with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating.
 Arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to his church’s Missions Fund.

Janette E. Turner, nee Braun, 90, of Waterloo, died July 28, 2014 in St. Louis. She was born Feb. 14, 1924 in Dupo, the daughter of the late Aloysious Braun and Ruth Stoots. Mrs. Turner is survived by her children, Carron Bean, Cecilia (Roger) DeMond, Michael (Shirley) Turner, Jeannie (Gregory) Proffer and Pattie (Jay) Carr; a sister, Sister Mary Bernard Braun; a daughter-in-law, Pat Turner; a sister-in-law, Anne Turner; grandchildren, Gregory Bean, Angela (Robert) Conley, Christopher (Bernadette) Bean, Mathew (Erin) Bean, Jennifer Turner, James R. (Angel) Turner, Rebecca (Robb) Homolka, Elizabeth (James) Tutor, Daniel (Brittany) DeMond, Andrew DeMond, Caroline (Kyle) Donjon, Clayton (fiancée Danielle Laurent) Turner, Cole (Rachel) Proffer, Lauren (Frank) Weber, Jania Car (fiancée Dave Meyer) and Julia Carr; and great-grandchildren, Cory, Emma, Ethan, Lydia, Faith, Lillian, Caroline, Owen, Lila, Caitlyn, Cody, Jakob, Sara, Trent, Mason, Lucy, Avery, Sophie and Saylor; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Turner; a son, James B. Turner; a great-granddaughter, Abby Weber; and a brother, Arnold Braun. Mrs. Turner attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies and the Waterloo Senior Citizens. She was an avid gardener and artist. Visitation was July 31 at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at her church with Fr. Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Turner was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the American Cancer Society.

Larry F. Mehrtens, 77, of Waterloo, died July 8, 2014 in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 28, 1936 in Valmeyer, the son of the late Alvin Sr. and Elsa (nee Loewe) Mehrtens. Mr. Mehrtens is survived by his wife, Mary (nee roy) Mehrtens; and a daughter, Missy (Wayne) Henry; along with a sister, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters. Mr. Mehrtens was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and was a member of the American Legion. He was retired from the Illinois Secretary of State Police, and was a former member of Valmeyer Jaycees. Private graveside services will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Gloria M. Kelley, nee Burbank, 87, of Fults died July 14, 2014 at Red Bud. She was born March 30, 1927 at Staten Island, N.Y. the daughter of the late Frank and Lucilia (nee Guertler) Burbank. Mrs. Kelley is survived by a son, Kenneth (Kathryn) Kelley; daughters, Lucy (Dwight) Clevenger, Kathleen Bjoran and Barbara Stratton; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Kelley; and a son-in-law, Larry Stratton. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Kelley was buried at Valhalla Cemetery.

Randy Warren Beitel, 62, of Ruma, died Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Red Bud Regional Hospital following a heart attack. He was born March 15, 1952 in Scottsbluff, Neb., the son of Warren Lyle and Evelyn Mae (nee McCart) Beitel. Besides his parents, Mr. Beitel is survived by his wife, Peggy Beitel; children Paul (Rania),  Aaron (Jessica), Meghan (Travis), Stuart Beitel and  Aaron (Cheri) Lange; siblings Ronald (Mary) Beitel, Gary Beitel, Terry Beitel and Daniel (Cindy) Beitel; and grandchildren Catherine, Erin, Christopher, Arlo, Lydia, Dade, Hartley, Corbin, Carter and Adalyn; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by grandparents Francis and Pearl (nee Holmes) Beitel, Cliff and Mae (nee Scott) McCart, in-laws Fritz and Adeline Eggemeyer; a son Eric Lange; and an brother in infancy. Mr. Beitel was a retired electrician for the IBEW Local 322. He owned the Ruma Mill. Randy was a member of Masonic Lodge 12 in Rock Springs, Wyo., the Monroe County Liquor Association and was the District Vice President of the ILBA Chapter 41. Visitation is Thursday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral will follow.

Daniel Ray "Hebe" Huebner, 67, of Waterloo, died Friday, July 4, 2014 at his home. He was born Sept. 28, 1946 in Waterloo, the son of the late William and Matilda (nee Weber) Huebner. Mr. Huebner is survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Clark) Huebner; sons, Douglas (Jenese) Huebner and  Dirk (Erin) Huebner of Waterloo, and Dane (Amber) Huebner of Arnold, Mo.; grandchildren, Ian, Megan, Jack and Brynn and Carsten Huebner; a sister, Carol Frey of Athens, Ga; and sisters-in-law, Marlene Huebner of Burksville and Carol Huebner of Columbia; along with aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, William (Geraldine) Huebner, Gene (Yvonne) Huebner, Robert (Ruth Ann) Huebner, Paul Huebner and Glenn Huebner; and a sister, Betty (Dave) Miller. Mr. Huebner was a concrete finisher in the construction industry. He was a member of the Waterloo VFW and the Waterloo Sportsman's Club. Visitation and funeral were at the DeFabio Funeral Home with Leonard DeFabio officiating. Mr. Huebner was buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville.

Phillip S. Finch, 50, of Waterloo, died July 5, 2014. He was born Nov. 17, 1963, in Red Bud, the son of Kent and Marilyn (nee Horschman) Finch. Besides his parents, Mr. Finch is survived by his brothers, Jeff (Angela) Finch and Tom (Connie) Finch; and nieces and nephews, Nolan and Sydney Finch and Madelyn Finch; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Brian Finch. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

William J. “Bill” Schifferdecker, 45, of East Carondelet, formerly of Valmeyer, died July 6, 2014 in Carbondale after battling cancer. He was born Feb. 21, 1969 in Belleville, the son of Debra (Marvin) Hargis and the late George J. Schifferdecker. Besides his mother, Mr. Schifferdecker is survived by his children, Tina Marie (Brian) Sickinger, Troy Schifferdecker, Tara Schifferdecker and Trent Schifferdecker; siblings,Tresa (David) Meadors, Scot (Lisa) Schifferdecker and Clay (Michelle) Schifferdecker; his step-mother, Marie Schifferdecker; and step-brothers, Donald Jackson, Thomas Jackson and Alonzo (Marcia) Jackson; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and adopted children. In addition to his father, Mr. Schifferdecker was preceded in death by his grandparents, Floyd Schlemmer, Wanda Stock, and Herbert and Caroline Schifferdecker. Mr. Schifferdecker attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo, and was a Third Degree Knights of Columbus. Bill attended school in Valmeyer and at Gibault. He was member of the SIUC Alumni Association. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo with Father Paul Wienhoff officiating. Mr. Schifferdecker was buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to the William J. Schifferdecker Children’s’ Fund.

Mary L. Boyer, nee Peck, 90, of Lincoln, Neb., formerly of Waterloo, died July 13, 2014. She was born Oct. 14, 1923 in Makanda, the daughter of the late Harley and Lila (nee Stephenson) Peck. Mrs. Boyer is survived by her sons, Edward R. Boyer and Christopher A. (Mary E.) Boyer; and a daughter, Ellen (Jack) Albaugh; and 12 grandchildren; along with great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond N. Boyer; a son, Robert L. Boyer; and a brother, Robert Peck. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Allynn Walker officiating. Mrs. Boyer was buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

Larry R. Mueller, 69, of Waterloo died July 12, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn. He was born July 10, 1945 in Red Bud, the son of the late Roland and Lavina (nee Schneider) Mueller. Mr. Mueller is survived by his wife Linda (nee Toolen) Mueller; daughters Cherie (James) Lambert and Jennie Meadors (friend Darin Juenger); grandchildren, Emma and Hanna Meadors and John and Emily Lambert; and special friends, Darin and Tristan Juenger. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Mueller. A memorial gathering and supper for family and friends will be Friday, July 18, at 6 p.m., at Borsch Memorial Park in Valmeyer.  Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

June 2014

Diane J. Williamson, nee Miller, 61, of Waterloo (formerly of Cahokia), died June 28, 2014 in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 6, 1952, the daughter of the late Russell and June (nee Bruno) Miller. Mrs. Williamson is survived by her daughters, Kimberly (Todd) Jones and Stacy Taylor; grandchildren, Austin Jones and Derek and Landon Taylor; mother-in-law, Phyllis Williamson; and sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Barbara Bugsch and Richard (Rita) Williamson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis K. Williamson; and father-in-law, Lawrence Williamson. Mrs. Williamson was retired from the Centreville Township Office. Visitation  was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick Church in Tipton, with Father Augustine Ibezimako officiating. Mrs. Williamson was buried at Valhalla Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

Cletus Edward Kreher, 85, of Waterloo, formerly of rural New Athens, died June 27, 2014, in Belleville. He was born Feb. 11, 1929 in Paderborn, the son of the late Emerich and Caroline (nee Klein) Kreher. Mr. Kreher is survived by his wife, Verena (nee Mueth) Kreher; children, Clete (Monna) Kreher, Jim (Jan) Kreher, Alice (Richard) Stoops, Ivan (Kerry) Kreher, Carl (Shawn) Kreher and Ruben (Dawn) Kreher; and grandchildren, Dan (Becky), Ryan (Elizabeth) Adrian, Rachel, Megan (Cody), Malia (Steven), Justin, Michael, Adam, Jonathan, Nicole and Nathan; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by daughters, Diane Kreher and MaryAnn Kreher; and siblings, Dominic, Gertie, Alfrieda and Anthony. Mr. Kreher was retired from Operating Engineers #520. He also was a longtime farmer. Cletus attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. Visitation and funeral were  at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker, with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mr. Kreher was buried at the church’s cemetery.

Harvey A. Prange, 73, of Waterloo, died June 26, 2014, in Columbia. He was born Dec. 29, 1940 in St. Louis the son of the late Victor and Alma (nee Kaestner) Prange. Mr. Prange is survived by his wife, Darlene (nee Marquardt) Prange; children, JoAnn (Chris) Barnes, Allen (Sharon) Marquardt, Sandy (James) Honeycutt, Jamie (Kim) Marquardt and Lynn (J.D.) Helms; siblings, Robert (Willa Mae) Prange, Nadine Wright and Nelda (Dan) Rahn; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Dale Prange; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Wright. Mr. Prange was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed through Sheet Metal Workers 268. He was a member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504, the Maeystown Sportsman’s Club, the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club and the NRA. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mr. Prange was buried at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Pam Kay Unterseh, nee Miller, 56, of Phoenix , Ariz, died June 25, 2013. She was born in Tucson, Ariz., the daughter of Kay Kopp and the late Howard Miller. Mrs. Unterseh is survived by her husband, William H. Unterseh; daughter, Tovah Kubert; sons, Charles Kubert and Joshua Unterseh; grandchildren, Able Rai, Gabriel Rai, Rani Rai, Serafyna Smith and Mackenzie Kubert; a sister, Frances Ann Fellhauer; brothers, Stan Lee Miller. Curtis (Rebecca) Miller and Stephen (Jenny) Unterseh; and step-grandchildren, Melissa and Belina Unterseh; along with nieces and nephews. Mrs. Unterseh was active in the Afghan House Club of Great Phoenix. Funeral is Monday, July 7, at 7 p.m., at First Southern Baptist Church in Avondale, Ariz.

George B. Post Jr., of St. Louis, died June 22, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Arlene (nee Hoelker) Post. Mr. Post is survived by his children, Richard (Paula) Post, Cindy (Eugene) Morgenthaler, Diane (Russell) Gregson and James Post; grandchildren Rick Jr., Regan, Riley and Riva Post, Christine, Julie (fiancé Jay Devine), Eugene III, Adam and Ben Morgenthaler, Helen Gregson, and Ellen Post; sister, Carol Ann (Dan) Venderloh; and sister-inlaw, Joan (Walt) Gemmer; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Polk served in the U.S. Army’s 510th Tank Battalion during the Korean War. He was a 60-year member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and a 60-year member of the American Legion. Visitation was at Kutis Funeral Home. Funeral was  at St. Mark's Catholic Church. Mr. Polk was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Frances de Sales Benevolent Society.

Florence B. Buettner, nee LoPiccolo, 79, of Waterloo, died June 21, 2014, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Nov. 14, 1934, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Salvatore and Jean (nee Klein) LoPiccolo. Mrs. Buettner is survived by her daughter, Christine (Richard) Johnson; grandchildren Ryan (Chrissy) Johnson, Amy (Paul) Stern and Brad Johnson (fiancée Kasey Gallagher); greatgrandchildren Estelle Johnson, Hunter Johnson, Brayden Johnson, Pierson Johnson, Wesley Johnson, Penelope Johnson, Gibson Stern, Cannon Stern, Trysten Johnson and Roxi Embrich; and sisters Fran Cunetto, Janet Fitzsimmons and Cissy Murphy; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward F. "Flip" Buettner; her son Edward J. Buettner; daughter Cynthia E. Buettner; sisters Clara LoPiccolo and JoAnn Leahy; and her brother Joe LoPiccolo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo with Pastor Andrew Cheatham officiating. Mrs. Buettner was buried at the Zoar UCC Cemetery in New Hanover. Memorials may be made to Legacy Place.

Saundra Kay Voll, nee Watkins, 69, of Fults, died June 19, 2014 in Waterloo. She was born July 18, 1944 in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the daughter of the late William Henry and Ola Dell (nee Helderman) Watkins. Mrs. Voll is survived by her son, Stephen Scott (Pam) Voll; a brother, Dr. Eugene (Gisela) Watkins; and a sister, Lois (Dr. Donald) McCrosky; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Stephen Voll. Mrs. Voll was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Will Hesterberg and Pastor Andrew Cheatham officiating. Mrs. Voll will be buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Helping Strays or the American Cancer Society.

Leroy A. Mees Jr., 66, of Waterloo, died June 21, 2014 in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 9, 1947, in Belleville, the son of the late Leroy and Mildred (nee Lindhorst) Mees. Mr. Mees is survived by his children, Mandy (Aaron) Shinn, Charles (Charlene) Mees and Elizabeth Mees; grandchildren, Zachary, Charles Jr., and Charlotte Mees, Kingsly Shinn, and Gabbie and Abigail Mees; and a sister Mildred Lee (Robert) Menke; along with nieces, a  nephew, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mr. Mees was a supervisor for Ace Grease in Millstadt. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Sam Hand officiating. Mr. Mees was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kingsly's Education Fund.

Dennis L. “Dix” Lenhardt, 70, of Waterloo, died June 12, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 3, 1944 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Willis and Adeline Pauline (nee Koerber) Lenhardt. Mr. Lenhardt is survived by his wife, Patricia Shayne (nee Hern) Lenhardt; children, Brian (Patty) Lenhardt, Lisa (Scott) Schumacher and Stephen (Laura) Lenhardt; step-children, Michelle (Jeff) Braun, Tammy (Mark) Roessler, Jeff Reynolds, Tracy Reynolds and Wendy (Kevin) McClory; grandchildren, Jessica (Alan), Brett, Brendan, Madison, Logan, Griffin and Kiara; step-grandchildren Brittany, Zachary, Grant, Laura, Kendall, Samantha, Amy, Noah, Brendan and Alyssa; a brother, John "Sonny" (Mary) Lenhardt; and his beloved pet, Bubba the cat; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Lenhardt had retired from the City of Waterloo and formerly owned Dix’s Mixes. He was very devoted to his community, being a former alderman, auxiliary police officer, Waterloo Police Commissioner and a firefighter. Dix was a member of the Waterloo Odd Fellows, Waterloo Knights of Columbus and the Coon Lake Fishing Club. He attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Lenhardt was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church, the Waterloo Fire Protection District or BJC Hospice. 

Paul Keith Scoggins Sr., 87, of Belleville died June 14, 2014, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. He was born Dec. 22, 1926 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Raymond Kenton Scoggins and Winnie Catherine (nee Talkington) Scoggins. Mr. Scoggins is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carol (nee Miller) Scoggins; children, Keith Scoggins of Estero, Fla., Mark C. (Joy) Scoggins of Columbia, Mary Scoggins of Destin, Fla., Robert T. (Sarah) Scoggins of O'Fallon, Mo., and Laurie (Glen) Gorowsky of Daphne, Ala.; grandchildren, Erin (Robert) Scoggins-Cernuda, Kelsey Scoggins-Scudder, Blaine Scoggins, Haley Scoggins, Clayton Scoggins, Holly (Joel) Kern, Ariel (Mike) Matsko, Miller Scoggins, Maggie Scoggins, Andie Gorowsky and Kai Gorowsky; great-grandchildren, Audrey and Noah; and sister-in-law, Doris Scoggins; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Glayda Scoggins; and a brother, Bill Scoggins. Mr. Scoggins was a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He retired as a bank officer for Illini Federal Savings and Loan (now Associated Bank). Paul was active in Boy Scouts, Kiwanis and was an accomplished pianist. Visitation was  at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights. Funeral was at Our Lady of the Snows’ apartment community chapel with Msgr. Carl Scherrer and Father Joe Ferrioli officiating. Mr. Scoggins was buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in  Columbia.

Leon L. Biffar, 53, of Waterloo, died June 4, 2014, in Belleville. He was born Feb. 3, 1961, in Red Bud, the son of Sylvester and Leona (nee Weber) Biffar. In addition to his parents, Mr. Biffar is survived by his wife, Lisa (nee Biffar) Biffar; children, Nicole (Paul) Deaton, Kelly (David) Chomhirun and Magdalen Biffar; a grandson, Jakob Deaton; and siblings, Jane (Dennis) Asselmeier, Judy (Richard) Heck, Alan (Rita) Biffar, John (Anne) Biffar and Rita Polka; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Biffar. Mr. Biffar 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. Biffar was buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Madonna-ville.

Roger Leroy Weber, 49, of Ballwin, Mo., died June 15, 2014 in Benton. He was born Sept. 21, 1964 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Virginia (nee DeClue) Weber, and the late Leroy Weber. Besides his mother, Mr. Weber is survived by his children, Christopher Weber, Christina Weber, Heather Weber, Nicky Briones and Kayla Harkey; sisters, Diana (John) Stephens and Linda Sutton; and four grandchildren. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Mark Boyster officiating. Mr. Weber is buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in  Madonn-aville.

Lawrence D. Yarber Jr., 60, of Columbia, died June 10, 2014 in Aspen, Colo. He was born Dec. 26, 1953 in E. St. Louis, the son of Nancy Ann (nee Raeber) Yarber and the late Lawrence D. Yarber Sr. and  In addition to his mother, Mr. Yarber is survived by his wife Phyllis (nee Hammell) Yarber; children David (Shannon) Yarber, Laura Yarber, Katie Yarber and Michael Yarber; granddaughter, Stacey Yarber; and siblings, Matt (Kathy) Yarber, Mike (Ann) Yarber, Teresa Blomenkamp, Kathy (Ron) Lynn, Chris (Ron) Hausmann, Bobbie (Marty) Baldwin, Mary Zaiter, John Yarber and Greg Yarber; along with aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and  cousins. Mr. Yarber attended St. Michael Catholic Church in  Paderborn, where he sang in the choir. He worked in health care.  Larry was a veteran of the U.S. Army (captain). He was a former Boy Scout and coached youth baseball. Larry enjoyed softball, billiards, martial arts and cooking. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Michael Catholic Church in Paderborn with Father James A. Voelker officiating. Memorials may be made to his church, National Public Radio or to the American Heart Association.

Roy J. Limestall, 91, of Columbia, died June 4, 2014, at Kindred Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 20, 1922, in Fults, the son of the late Roy J., Sr. and Eleanore (nee Kemp) Limestall. Roy married Mae (nee Juengling) Limestall in 1946 in Columbia. She died in 2008. Mr. Limestall is survived by his daughter, Ann (Mike Cook) Kleinschmidt of Millstadt; sons, Dennis (Nancy) Limestall of Schaumburg and Gary Limestall of Columbia; grandchildren, Doc (Michelle) Kleinschmidt, Tyler Kleinschmidt, Courtney (Matt) Craig, Blake (Altera) Limestall and Chad (Erica Starling) Limestall; great-grandchildren, William and Brock Kleinschmidt, and Aria Limestall; and a sister-in-law, Betty Limestall of Highland. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Wallace Limestall; sisters, Lois Wolf and Vivian Faus; a son-in-law, Gary Kleinschmidt; a daughter-in-law, Claudia Limestall; and a grandson, Ryan Limestall. Mr. Limestall served in the U.S. Naval Air Reserves from 1947-1959. He was a retired superintendent with Parks Air College. Roy was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a member of the Columbia Sportsman’s Club, Columbia Gymnastic Association, Columbia Senior Citizens and was a former president of the Columbia Lions. Roy was an avid Kloepper player and enjoyed Wednesday card playing with the men and Friday with the ladies at the YMCA. Mr. Limestall was known for his bountiful garden, especially the lettuce he shared. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was  at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Limestall was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund or the ICS Education Fund.

Alberta M. Wild, nee Gilbert, 79, of Waterloo, died June 6, 2013 in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 9, 1934 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Adam Gilbert, Jr. and Bertha Gilbert – Rippelmeyer (nee Scheibe). Mrs. Wild is survived by her siblings, Carnel (Catherine) Gilbert, Virginia Keaton, Roy (Yvonne) Gilbert and Judy (Roger) Wild; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Kenneth (Betty) Wild and Stanley (Betty) Wild; and her aunt, Catherine Napier; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wild; sisters, Leona Jaenke and Dorothy Johnson; and brothers-in-law, Harold Keaton, Joe Meyer, Carl Johnson and Leroy Jaenke. Mrs. Wild attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo where she was active in the Ladies Fellowship, mission committee and consistory. She was a longtime member of the Valmeyer American Legion Post 901 Auxiliary. Alberta was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Waterloo Rotary. She enjoyed playing kloepper and pinochle with her family and friends. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor James Watson and Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Mrs. Wild was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the St. Paul UCC of Waterloo Mission Fund.

Luann Kaye Stemler, nee Wikoff, 60, of Apex, NC, formerly of Maroa, died June 5, 2014 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, after a 22-month battle with ovarian cancer. She was born Aug. 12, 1953, the daughter of the late William and Mary Kelly Wikoff. Mrs. Stemler is survived by her husband of 39 years, Kenneth H. Stemler; daughters, Colleen Stemler and Nikki (Brian) O'Connell, both of Cary, NC; and grandchildren, Alexis (7) and Kallie (5) O’Connell. Mrs. Stemler graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Economics Education and a master’s in applied computer science. She taught the computer program at Maroa-Forsyth High School before teaching at Illinois State University. Luann finished her teaching career at Millikin University. Mrs. Stemler served 10 years as a Maroa-Forsyth School Board member, the majority of which was as president. She was a Sunday school teacher at Maroa United Methodist Church in Maroa and Merritts Chapel United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, NC. Luann belonged to the Decatur Quilt Guild, Frayed Edges Bee and the Carolina Longarm Association. Visitation and funeral were at Merritt's Chapel United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. Memorials may be made to her church.

Robert M. Baker, 90, of Waterloo, died June 6, 2014, at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born April 25, 1924, in Marinette County, Wisc., the son of the late Glenn and Ruth (nee Borden) Baker. He married Irene (nee Kjell) Baker in 1947 in Green Bay Wisc. She died in 2011. Mr. Baker is survived by his children, Craig (Kristine) Baker of Baton Rouge, La., Brian (JoAnn) Baker of Columbia, Carol (Karl) Merbach of Rapid City, SD., and Gary (Rhonda) Baker of Geneva; and sisters, Dorothy Nesbitt and Gwenn (Wallace) Menghenni; along with five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Baker. Mr. Baker served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was employed 50-years through the Sheet Metal Worker Union - Local 265. He was also a 50-year the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. Robert attended Hope Christian Church. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Lakewood Memorial Park in Elgin. Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Center in Washington Park.

Loren F. Holcomb Sr., 75, of Ruma, formerly of Freeburg, died June 7, 2014 in Ruma. He was born Nov. 21, 1938 in Walsh, the son of the late Harry and Selma (nee Kempfer) Holcomb Sr. Mr. Holcomb is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Lou (nee Van de Riet) Holcomb; children, Glenda Johnson, Lori (Michael) Baker, Loren "Fritz" (Anne) Holcomb Jr. and Jamie Williams; grandchildren, Jessie (Rich) Ward, Joel (Alli) Esker, Julie (Eric) Rohr, Josh Lawrence, Kyle Johnson, Luke Johnson, Chad, Whitney, Dalton and  Delaney Baker, and Abby, Lauren and Brett Holcomb; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, LaVerne Hinrichs, Rosella Hosick, Jeannine (Tom) Belt, Terry (Donna) Holcomb and Brenda "Pete" (Dave) Dressel; and sisters-in-law, Wilma Holcomb, Loretta Van de Riet and Shirley (Harold) Mitchell; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harry G. Holcomb, Jr.; his in-laws, Fred and Theresa Mary Van de Riet; and brothers-in-law, Melvin Hinrichs, Dale Hosick and LeRoy Van de Riet. Mr. Holcomb attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ruma. He had retired from Conrail and the Ruma Zoning Board. Loren had coached at St. Joseph Catholic School in Freeburg and in the Freeburg Khoury League. He had played and coached fast pitch softball. After his retirement, Mr. Holcomb enjoyed camping and boating with his family and friends at Rend Lake. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ruma with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Mr. Holcomb was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

William R. "Bill” Allen, 79, of Waterloo, died June 8, 2014 in St. Louis. He was born July 26, 1934 in Maldon, Mo., the son of the late John and Zora (nee Patterson) Allen. Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Dorothy Allen; children, John Allen, Rose (Skip) Fisher and Nancy (Keith) Hubbs; grandchildren, Amanda, Jordan (Anna), Dustin and Drew Allen, Shaun and Angie Fisher and Kyle (Sarah), Joshua and Elizabeth Hubbs; a great-grandchild, Cash Allen; his brother, Don Allen; and a sister, Roma Layton; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne Allen; his brother,  Jack Allen; granddaughter, Sarah Hubbs; and his dog Gypsy. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation, the American Heart Association or to Stray Rescue.

Josephine G. Reis, 85, of Waterloo, died June 9, 2014 at Life Care in Florissant, Mo.  She was born Jan. 18, 1929, in Canada, the daughter of the late Frederick and Hazel (nee Hargrove) Powell. Josephine married Clifford C. Reis in 1966 in St. Louis. He died in 2008. Mrs. Reis is survived by her daughter, Pamela Stone of Florissant; step-daughters, Christine (David) Brading of Arnold, Mo., and Suzanne (Greg) Winter of Imperial, Mo.; grandchildren, Joseph, David, Carrie, Eric, Rick and Gregory, Jr.; and great-grandchildren, Bradley, Brieann and Liam. Mrs. Reis was a member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504 Metzger-Crook Auxiliary, where she was a past-president. She attended St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Hazelwood, Mo.  Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Reis was buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

Mathilda "Tillie" Kettler, 95, of Columbia, died June 9, 2014 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 8, 1918, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Peter and Magdalena (nee Peterson) Hoffmann. Mathilda married Sylvester W. Kettler in 1949 in Paderborn. He died in 2007. Mrs. Kettler is survived by her friend, Don (Marilyn) Harris of Jackson, Mo.; and her niece, Mary Tune. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. Mrs. Kettler was a homemaker who attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Graveside service and burial were at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Memorials may be made to her church.

Betty A. Dudley, 80, of Columbia, died June 9, 2014 at Garden Place in Columbia. She was born Oct. 11, 1933, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Van Lester and Rosann (nee Braken) Avett. Betty married Edward L. Dudley in 1953 in East St. Louis. He died in 2007. Mrs. Dudley is survived by her daughter, Kay (Terry) Bryant of Wadesville, Ind.; a son, David (Jan) Dudley of Columbia; grandchildren, Greg (Stephanie) Bryant, Lisa (Bryan) Glaser and Kyle (Lori) Dudley; great-grandchildren, Isabel and Kathleen Glaser, Mackenzie Bryant, and Drake and Cache Dudley; and her sister, Norma Jean (Narvel) Slone of Hoyleton. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine Bodine. Mrs. Dudley was a retired nurse for Dr. McCann and Dr. Cox in Belleville. She attended Tower View Baptist Church in Belleville. Betty was a member of the Salem, Mo., American Legion Auxiliary Post (past president and past state poppy chairman). Betty was active with Meals On Wheels and served as the senior council president at Garden Place of Columbia. Funeral was at the Beacon (formerly Canterbury Manor) in Waterloo with Rev. Steve Neill officiating. Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House or the First Baptist Church of Waterloo - Building Fund.

Elfrieda W. Fauss, nee Doerr, 96, of Maeystown, died June 10, 2014. She was born Dec. 16, 1917, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (nee Sutter) Doerr. Mrs. Fauss is survived by her nieces and nephews, Ruth (James) Neusel, Pastor L. William (Lori) Hesterberg and Donald (Jodi) Doerr; and her cousins, Sarah Ann “Susie” Misplay. She was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe Fauss; a son, Warren Fauss; brothers, Richard and William Doerr; and her sister, Laurine Borcharding. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC of Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Fauss was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John UCC of Maeystown.

Dennis K. Williamson, 63, of Waterloo, died June 1, 2014 in Waterloo. He was born April 15, 1951 in E. St. Louis, the son of Phyllis Williamson and the late Lawrence Williamson. In addition to his mother, Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife, Diane Williamson; daughters, Kimberly (Todd) Jones and Stacy Taylor; grandchildren, Austin Jones, Derek and Landon Taylor; brother, Richard (Rita) Williamson; and a sister, Barbara Bugsch; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his brother Larry Williamson; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Russell and June Miller. Mr. Williamson was employed for 34 years at Yellow Freight. He belonged to the Cahokia Masonic Lodge Emeth 1030. Visitation is Thursday, June 5, from 4-8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, June 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mr. Williamson will be at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville.  Memorials  made be made to the church.

Carla Jean Berghoefer, 54, of Waterloo, died June 2, 2014 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 2, 1959, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Elmer and Barbara (nee Faries) Berghoefer. Ms. Berghoefer is survived by her aunt and uncle, Carolyn and Bill Faries of Swansea; cousins, Jerry Berghoefer of Columbia, Tom (Barb) Marcheski of Red Bud, Teddy Howe of Iuka, Greg Faries of Belleville and Jeff Adams of Pensacola, Fla. She was preceded in death by her aunts, Genia Adams and Alice Yvonne Faries; cousins, Mitchell and Laura Faries and Gary Branson. Carla attended St. Paul UCC. She was a member of the Monroe County Human Support Services Social Skills Group, Choir Group and  Special Olympics. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Ms. Berghoefer was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services.

Marcella Edna Prater, 71, of Waterloo died June 21, 2014 in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 16, 1943 in Belleville, the daughter of Zuehla (nee Junge) Rowold and the late Fred H. Rowold. Marcella married Carl J. Prater Sin 1961. He preceded her in death. Besides her mother, Mrs. Prater is survived by a brother, Larry A. (Trudy) Rowold; daughters, Marlene E. Harrison and Carla (Michael) Konersman; grandchildren, Kenneth D. Smith II, Sarah A. Harrison, Nathaniel S. Harrison and Brittany A. Konersman; great-grandchildren, Kailey Smith and Emma Smith; an uncle, Walter (Marcella) Rowold; mother-in-law, Bertha (nee Turner) Prater; sisters-in-law, Ada Mae Hill, Janet Beecher, Linda (David) Offerman, Nancy (Andrew) Cleiman and  Vanessa (Dean) Byer; and brothers-in-law, Richard (Jane) Prater, Kenneth (Rose) Prater and Harold Prater; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her father and husband, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Howard Prater; and sisters-in-law, Geraldine Pollard, Betty Warren and Patricia Prater; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. Mrs. Prater graduated from Belleville Barber College and was employed as a barber at Scott Air Force Base. She also worked at Schnucks in Waterloo and a large local retailer. Mrs. Prater donated her body to the Biological Research Center of Illinois. A memorial service was Aug. 20 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. A potluck dinner followed. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

May 2014

Janet L. Smith, nee Horn, 71, of Williamsburg, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died at Columbia University Hospital, 12 days after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was born Sept. 21,1942 in Waterloo, the daughter of Lorine C. (nee Nobbe) and the late Walter C. Horn. Besides her mother, Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband of 52 years, Don Smith; children, Kay (Gary) Smith of Medera, Calif., and Terry (Shelia) Smith of Bowling Green, Mo.; grandchildren, Jesse (Karien) Conyors of Medera, Calif., and Christine (Richard) Smith of House Springs, Mo.; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Sharon (Bob) Osterhage of Waterloo; a brother, Don (Sandi) Horn of Lafayette, La.; her mother-in-law, Loraine Smith of Warrenton, Mo.; an aunt, Esther (Vernon) Brandt of Waterloo; her uncle, Wilbert (Virginia) Horn of Largo, Fla.; nephew, Todd (Lucy) Osterhage of Waterloo; and a niece, Angie (Billy) Onder of St. Louis;  along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She will also be missed by her two dogs, Jake and Taz.  Mrs. Smith graduated in 1960 from Waterloo High School and lived in the surrounding St. Louis area most of her life. Mrs. Smith was cremated and laid to rest in Troy, Mo.

Albert Robison, 95, of Oak Ridge, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died May 29, 2014, at Monticello House in Jackson, Mo. One of six children, Albert was born Jan. 19, 1919, in Herrin, the son of the late Thomas and Gertie (nee Boyd) Robison. Albert married Mildred Chosich in 1955, in St. Louis, Mo. Mildred died in 2009. Mr. Robinson is survived by his nieces and nephews, Betty Cowan of Oak Ridge, Mo., Fran Robison and Linda Spence of Sikeston, Mo., Bob Robison of Nashville, Tenn., and Tom Robison of Springfield, Mo.; along with great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his wife, he was  preceded in death by his sisters, Flossie (nee Robison) Burchett and Katie (nee Robison) Curry; brothers, Rev. J. W. “John” Harley and Jack Robison; a niece, Alice Curry; and nephews, Carl Eugene Curry and Jim Robison. Albert’s first job away from home was working for the Corps of Engineers on the Mississippi River. As World War II ensued, he continued to work with the Corps to construct new runways at Scott Air Field. In 1942, Albert was inducted into the U.S. Army at Jefferson Barracks. He served with the 1850th Service Command Unit of Camp Chaffee, Ark., with basic training taking him to Fort Sill, Okla. Mr. Robinson was stationed for a year in the State of Washington and worked with the military police. He finished his military service at Camp Chaffee, Ark., where he worked as a duty guard at the post stockade. Albert was honorably discharged in 1946. Mr. Robinson was then employed with the Veterans Administration for 37 years. He began his career as a cook and food service supervisor at Downey V.A. Hospital in Chicago. When John Cochran V.A. Hospital in St. Louis opened in 1954, Albert was there to greet the first patient to be admitted and began a 25-year career as food production supervisor, retiring in 1977. It was during his employment in St. Louis that Albert met and married Mildred. The couple first resided in St. Louis and then Dupo. The early 1990s brought health complications for Mildred, and they moved to Columbia. After Mildred’s death, Albert moved back to Jackson, Mo., to be near his family in Southeast Missouri. Mr. Robinson attended the Baptist Church. He was a member of American Legion Post 2910 in Bloomington. Visitation and funeral were at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, Mo., with the Rev. Josh Tillman officiating. Mr. Robinson was buried with full military honors at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo.  Memorials may be made to the Bloomington American Legion Post 2910, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Oak Ridge Baptist Church.

Clifford “Cliff” Asselmeier, 90, of Waterloo, died May 31, 2014, in Creve Coeur, Mo. He was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Fults, the son of the late Carl and Anna (nee Fischer) Asselmeier. Mr. Asselmeier is survived by his children, Charles “Chuck” (Mary) Asselmeier, John  (Jane) Asselmeier, Joseph (Judith) Asselmeier and Kimberly (Dale) Sylvan; grandchildren Melissa M. (Rob) Roessler, Christina C. (Scott) Purtell, Andrew J. (Samantha) Asselmeier, Aaron J. Asselmeier, Rachel L. Sylvan and Hannah K. Sylvan; great-grandchildren Trey and Tanner Roessler, and Jack and James Purtell; brothers Clinton and Darryl (Janet) Asselmeier; and sisters-in-law, Alice Asselmeier and Helen Meillier; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (nee Klein) Asselmeier; and his brother, Carl "Bob" Asselmeier. Mr. Asselmeier served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He was a life member of the Valmeyer American Legion Post 901 and Waterloo VFW Post 6504. Cliff was a member of the Disables American Veterans. Cliff was a former mayor of the village of Valmeyer and had retired from Navy Brand Manufacturing. Mr. Asselmeier attended Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo and was a Deacon Emeritus. Cliff was a member of the Shriners, Scottish Rite. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo with Pastor Andrew Cheatham officiating. Mr. Asselmeier was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to his church.                       

Thomas Eugene Biffar, 53, of Waterloo, died May 15, 2014, in Red Bud. He was born May 1, 1961, in Red Bud, the don of JoAnn D. Biffar and the late Eugene E. Biffar. Besides his mother, Mr. Biffar is survived by his life companion, Linda Boyer-Antwine; sons, Alex (Sarah) Biffar and Adam Biffar; grandchildren, Lily and Jade Biffar; step-children, Amanda (Robert) Stiltz and Kenneth Norris; step-grandchildren, Jarad Algiere, Christopher Algiere, Tahlia Masters, Gage Norris, Wittnie Stiltz and Robert Stiltz Jr.; a sister, Mary Biffar; and his uncle and aunt, Sylvester and Leona Biffar. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Biffar. Mr. Biffar was a graduate of Logan Chiropractic College. He was a member of the American Pool Assoc. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Sara Elizabeth Engbring Edwards, 36, died May 15, 2014, at her home in Carbondale following a lengthy battle with bone cancer. She was born Sept. 21, 1977, in Carbondale, the daughter of Peter and Gina Barringer Engbring. She married Herb Edwards on May 13, 2014 in Carbondale. Besides her husband, Mrs. Edwards is survived by her four-year-old daughter, Zia Angelina; sister, Katie (Brian) Carlson and niece, Nora of Chicago; her mother, Gina Engbring of Alto Pass; grandparents, Jerome and Lucy Engbring of Valmeyer; and aunts and uncles, John (Teri) Engbring of Corvalis, Ore., Tim Engbring of Valmeyer, Jeff (Rita) Engbring of Cobden, Paul (Grace) Engbring of Telluride, Colo., Miguel  Engbring of Maeystown, Mary (Jim) Estep of Sacramento, Calif., Tom (Katherine) Engbring of Camden, N.C., Susan Engbring of Alto Pass, Jim Engbring of Phoenix and Charlie (Laurie) Engbring of Savannah, Ga.; along with many cousins; and her best friend, Sivoney Alaniz of Carbondale. She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Engbring; her grandparents, Mary Angelina and Bobby Joe Barringer of Carbondale; and her aunt Kathi (Hesterberg) Engbring of Maeystown. Sara attended Cobden Grade School and High School. She was a free spirit who loved traveling and camping all over the country. Sara lived and worked in Arkansas and Arizona before settling back in Southern Illinois to help care for her dad and her grandparents. Her greatest joy in her life was her daughter Zia. Sara worked as a seamstress and had an artistic talent that was evident in her intricate beaded jewelry. All the women in her family possess a token of her handiwork. There were no services or visitation. A memorial gathering for family and friends was in Alto Pass.

Wilma M. Colyer, 95, nee Rogers, of McClure, died May 18, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She was born May 18, 1919 in Alexander County to A. R. and Ola Cleaver Rogers. Wilma married Emanuel Colyer in 1937 in Jackson, Mo. He died in 1997. Mrs. Colyer was survived by her son, James “Ron” (Lynn) Colyer of Columbia who died May 27, 2014. Other survivors include a daughter, Peggy J. Evans of Phoenix, Ariz.; sisters, Leoda Watkins of Ware, Jean Moss of Anna and Doris Jobe (Ken) of Virginia Beach, Va.; along with nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Marilyn; brothers, Lawrence Rogers and Leroy Rogers (who died in 1945 in the Battle of the Bulge and is buried in Luxembourg); sisters, Marie Held and Annie Blaylock; and one great-grandchild. Wilma graduated from McClure High School. She was a 4-H Leader, and a member of East Cape Baptist Church, Homemakers Extension of Alexander County, Women Missions United and Woodmen's Women of the World. She worked at Hirsch's Thriftway in Cape Girardeau. Visitation and funeral were at Ford and Sons Chapel in Cape Girardeau with Rev. Raymond Oxford officiating. Mrs. Colyer was buried at the Lindsey Cemetery in McClure. Memorials may be made to the Lindsey Cemetery Fund.

James R. “Ron” Colyer, 69, of Columbia, died May 27, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 16, 1945, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the son of the late Emanuel and Wilma (nee Rodgers) Colyer. He was married Lynn (nee Thompson) Colyer in 2003 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Colyer is survived by his children, James (Christy) Colyer of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Josh (Mary) Colyer of Columbia, Calli (Shaun) Hannah of Columbia and Brian Schlemmer of Columbia; grandchildren, Jordan, Bailey, Andrew, Reese, Aiden and Brilynn; a sister, Peggy Evans of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a sister-in-law, Betsy (James Fox) Olsson of Waterloo. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Bill (Mitzi) Colyer; and a grandson, James William Colyer. Ron was raised on a farm near McClure, in the "poorest county in the state of Illinois.” He was a graduate of Shawnee High School and received both his Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Southeast Missouri State University. Mr. Colyer was a proud brother in the PKA Fraternity. As a young man he worked for the Postmaster General in Washington D.C., and wrote a speech given by President Lyndon Johnson. Ron was currently serving in his second term as the Columbia city clerk. Mr. Colyer had a long career in education, serving as an administrator, teacher and coach in the Columbia, Dupo and Marissa School Districts. He was a former member of the Columbia School Board, a lifelong Democrat and a member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turners). Among his accomplishments, Ron was a high school baseball umpire, umpiring in three IHSA state championship games. He was a former high school football referee and Khoury League coach. Mr. Colyer played, coached umpired and announced in the Mon-Clair Baseball League. Coach Colyer was also a former local newspaper columnist. He played softball for many years for Jim and Ray's, and in many various leagues around the area. Ron was proud of his attendance at 54 straight Illinois basketball championships. Ron will be missed by countless friends, former students, players, and teammates, "Lynn's Girls", golf buddies and the Friday Night Club. He was deeply devoted to his family. Anyone who knew Ron was constantly reminded of his unwavering devotion to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Fighting Illini. Ron attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. William Groennert and Rev. Steven Theiss officiating. Memorials may be made to the Ron Colyer Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Sara Maxine Hudson, 87, of Columbia, formerly of Greenville, SC, died May 19, 2014 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 17, 1926, in Greenville, SC, the daughter of the late Carl and Ollie (nee Boswell) Guest. Sara married U.S. Navy Lt. Commander James E. Hudson in 1950. He died in 1995. Mrs. Hudson is survived by her daughter, Debra (Michael) Harres of Millstadt; grandchildren, Nathan (Laura) Harres, Jordan (Amanda) Harres and Hannah Harres; and her sister, Norma Jean Turner of Greenville, SC. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary "Dade" Burns, Frances "Pat" Finley and Dorothy "Dot" Shepherd; and her brother, William Guest. Services and burial   were at Woodlawn Cemetery in Greenville, SC. Memorials may be made to the Greenville American Legion Post 3. Local arrangements were handled by Lawlor Funeral Home.

Mary Ann J. Kern, nee Heimos, 74, of Waterloo, died May 19, 2014, in St. Louis. She was born May 14, 1940, in Sugarloaf Township, the daughter of the late George and Mary (nee Houseshield) Heimos. Mrs. Kern is survived by her children, William (Bonnie) Kern, Steven Kern and Jeffery (Rob Dawes) Kern; grandchildren, Marlana Freimueth and Daityn Kern; and brothers, Gus (Percy) Heimos and Nick (Dottie) Heimos; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Kern; and her sisters. Mrs. Kern attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mrs. Kern was buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Madonnaville.

Marilyn L. Gaido, nee Janson, 77, of Freeburg, died May 25, 2014, at her residence. She was born Sept. 14, 1936, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Elmer and Regina (nee Besse) Janson. Marilyn married Ernie Gaido in 1957. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Gaido is survived by her children, Terry (Tami) Gaido of Leonardtown, Md., Tom Gaido of Huntsville, Ala., Denise (Dean) Gauch of Freeburg and Cindy (Jerry) Dressler of St. Libory; brothers, James (June) Janson, Edward (Pam) Janson and Robert (Connie) Janson; sisters, Carolyn (Gene) Naumann, Joan (Tom) Herrmann and Jean Wienhoff; grandchildren, Josie (Jeff) Bailey, Sam Gaido, Luke Gaido, Dean (Chelsey) Gauch, Emily Gauch and Amy Dressler; a great-grandson, Owen Gauch; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Schobert and Helen Werner; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jake Gaido; brothers, Paul and Joseph Janson; a sister, Rosie (Rudy) Freivogel); and a brother-in-law, Augie Werner. Marilyn was a loving homemaker, who enjoyed cooking, reading, sports, traveling, fishing, playing cards and her family. She graduated from St. Teresa's Academy in East St. Louis in 1954. Mrs. Gaido attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Freeburg, where she quilted, prepared funeral lunches and initiated the casserole and grocery program, as well as the coat and blanket program for the poor. Visitation and funeral were at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Freeburg with Father Mark Reyling officiating. Mrs. Gaido was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Freeburg or to Family Hospice.

Velma J. Marzano, nee Sumey, 89, of O'Fallon, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died May 25, 2014 at Delmar Gardens. She was born April 9, 1925, in Dunbar, Pa., the daughter of the late Harry Sumey and Ida (nee Bryner) Mallon. Velma married Arthur J. Marzano in 1940 in Dunpar. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Marzano is survived by her sons, James (Jacquie) Marzano of Dalworthington Gardens, Tex., Arthur  (Betty) Marzano of Advance, NC, Gene (Sharon) Marzano of Marietta, Ga., and Michael (Lisa) Marzano of St. Charles, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Colleen Myers of Columbia. Velma attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Marzano was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund or the Alzheimer's Association.

Roy P. Nobbe, 90, of Waterloo, died May 4, 2014, in Waterloo. He was born Jan. 10, 1924, in Valmeyer, the son of the late William and Frieda (nee Stemler) Nobbe. Mr. Nobbe is survived by his wife, Alice (nee Rabbermann) Nobbe; children Bonnie (Stanley) Marquardt and Dennis (Nancy) Nobbe; grandchildren Scott (Nicole) Marquardt, Angela (Tim) Williams, Bill Nobbe and Matt Nobbe; great-grandchildren Jacob, Joshua, Ryan, Evan, Rylee and Alyssa; a sister, Edna Rabbermann; and a sister-in-law Adele Vogt; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers William and Louis Nobbe; a sister Esther Stumpf; and his twin sister Ruth Offermann. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Mr. Nobbe was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Eula Jean Bersche, 77, of Columbia, died May 8, 2014, at Garden Place of Columbia. She was born Nov. 5, 1936, in Modoc, the daughter of the late Ralph and Elizabeth (nee Barbeau) Bersche. Mrs. Bersche is survived by her sisters, twin Norma (Dan) Brauch of St. Peters, Mo., and Evola (Earl) Niermann of Columbia; and nieces and nephews, Dan II (Debbie) Brauch of St. Peters, Mo., Donald (Virginia) Brauch of Flower Mound, Tex., Dennis (Cindy) Niermann of Richardson, Tex., Jean Schneider of Waterloo, Joan (David) May of Waterloo and Tom (Roo) Niermann of Creve Coeur, Mo.; along with great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her fiancé, Rich Turnbough. Mrs. Bersche graduated from Oak Glade School in Modoc, then earned her diploma from Red Bud Community High School. She had worked in the office for different truck lines in St. Louis before moving to Columbia in 1989. Mrs. Bersche attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she was active with the quilters and the Altar Society. She also quilted with the St. Paul UCC in Columbia. She enjoyed bowling, bingo and pinochle. Visitation was Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Bersche was buried at St. Leo's Catholic Cemetery in Modoc. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund.

Agnes Hartman, nee Hagger, 83, of Smithton, died May 7, 2014, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 3, 1931 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Anna (nee Whelan) Hagger. Mrs. Hartman is survived by her children, Suzanne (Kevin) Sweet, Gregory (Diane) Narez, David (Phyllis) Narez and Russell Narez; grandchildren, Aimee (Greg) Keithly, Jennifer (Tom) Shields, Emilee (Victor) Williams, Christy Narez, Sean Narez, Chris Narez, Devon Narez, Elton Narez, Krista Narez and Summer Narez; and great-grandchildren, Sophie Williams, Ava Pearl Keithly, Alaina Williams and Nola Jane Keithly. She was preceded in death by  husband, Theodore R. Hartman; and a son, Randall Narez. Mrs. Hartman was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Forty & Eight. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Hartman was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Walking Trail.

Fred A. Krewer Jr., 92, of Valmeyer, died May 8, 2014 in Red Bud. He was born July 29, 1921 in Willisville, the son of the late Fred Sr. and Mary (nee Danley) Krewer. Mr. Krewer is survived by his wife of 70 years, Rosalia (nee Wuertz) Krewer; children, Marlene Bair and Penny (Dennis) Heusohn; grandchildren, Mitchell (Janice) Bair, Elizabeth (Dustin) Walker, Denise Evans, Dawn Heusohn and Jeffrey Heusohn; great-grandchildren, Anna Bair, Lauren Bair and Brady Heusohn; and a brother, Gaillard (Patricia) Krewer; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Krewer; son-in-law, Edwin Bair; and special friend, Father Jack Flanery. Mr. Krewer was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Post 901. He added St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mr. Krewer was buried at  SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary Building Fund, Oak Hill or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Erwin Anthony Auer, 88, of St. Louis, Mo., died May 10, 2014. Mr. Auer is survived by his wife of 66 years, Virginia M. (nee Biehl) Auer; sons Erwin F. (Patricia) Auer, Daniel E. (Marlene) Auer, Robert W. (Patricia) Auer and Stephen G. (Pamela) Auer; daughters, Mary E. (John) Steinmetz, Nancy J. (Daniel) Epple and Virginia B. "Ginny" Malaschak; and a brother, Ernest F. (Ruth) Auer; along with 15 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Anton and Elizabeth Josephine (nee Marquardt) Auer; five brothers and four sisters. Mr. Auer was a U.S. Army  veteran. He was a member of the St. Francis DeSales Benevolent Society and a life member of Brewers and Maltsters Local. No. 6. Visitation was at the Kutis Affton Chapel. Funeral was at St. Dominic Savio Catholic Church. Mr. Auer was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society or the Alzheimer's Association.

Janet L. Smith, nee Horn, 71, of Williamsburg, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died at Columbia University Hospital, 12 days after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was born Sept. 21,1942 in Waterloo, the daughter of Lorine C. (nee Nobbe) and the late Walter C. Horn. Besides her mother, Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband of 52 years, Don Smith; children, Kay (Gary) Smith of Medera, Calif., and Terry (Shelia) Smith of Bowling Green, Mo.; grandchildren, Jesse (Karien) Conyors of Medera, Calif., and Christine (Richard) Smith of House Springs, Mo.; three great-granchildren; a sister, Sharon (Bob) Osterhage of Waterloo; a brother, Don (Sandi) Horn of Lafayette, La.; her mother-in-law, Loraine Smith of Warrenton, Mo.; an aunt, Esther (Vernon) Brandt of Waterloo; her uncle, Wilbert (Virginia) Horn of Largo, Fla.; nephew, Todd (Lucy) Osterhage of Waterloo; and a niece, Angie (Billy) Onder of St. Louis;  along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She will also be missed by her two dogs, Jake and Taz. Mrs. Smith graduated in 1960 from Waterloo High School and lived in the surrounding St. Louis area most of her life. Mrs. Smith was cremated and laid to rest in Troy, Mo.

Edward C. Braun, 69, of New Athens, died May 12, 2014, in Belleville. He was born May 30, 1944 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late William F. and Lucille (nee Lake) Braun. Mr. Braun is survived by his wife, Linda Braun; children Janet (Joe) Gregson and Tim (Elizabeth) Braun; grandchildren Toby, Brianne and Sebastian; brothers, Bill (Janet) Braun, Paul (Sharon) Braun, Steve Braun and Allan (Joyce) Braun; and sisters-in-law, Barbara (Melvin) Parker and Rita (James) Tyberendt. He was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Bauer; and a sister-in-law, Catherine Braun. Edward was a member of Midwest Truckers. Visitation is Thursday, May 15, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, May 16, at 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Fr. Jim Nall officiating. Mr. Braun will be born at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

April 2014

Jeanne M. Lane, nee  Schmitt, 64, of Waterloo, died April 20, 2014, in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 13, 1949, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Wendell and Rita  (nee Vogt) Schmitt. Mrs. Lane is survived by her husband, Greg Lane; sons, Christopher Lane, John Lane, Dan (Breeyn) Lane and Patrick (Kate) Lane; grandchildren. Dawsyn, Karsyn and Presly Lane and Camden Lane; sisters, Ruth (Paul) Bankes, Susan (Mike) Kaestner and Nancy (Glen) Eckert; and a brother-in-law, Ken Gibbs; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded by her sister, Mary Anne Gibbs. Mrs. Lane attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She was a former member of the Gibault Mother's Club. In her giving nature, Jeanne was an eye and tissue donor. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Lane was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Carmelite Convent of Sioux City, Iowa, or the Family Center in Webster Groves, Mo.

Walter G. Leistler Jr., 82, of Columbia, died April 21, 2014 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born May 2, 1931, in St. Louis the son of the late Walter Sr. and Myrtle (nee Satterfield) Leistler. Walter married Joan (nee Percival) Leistler in 1955 in St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Mr. Leistler is survived by a son, Robert (Robin) Leistler of Waterloo; and grandchildren, Rance and Shelby Leistler. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Leistler Evans. Mr. Leistler served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a retired purchasing agent at Hussmann Corp. in St. Louis. Walter enjoyed traveling and the outdoors, especially the many camping trips with his family. Visitation and funeral were  at Lawlor Funeral Home with Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Following cremation, Mr. Leistler was interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Neighbors In Need.

Dorothy Gerst, nee Lepp, 91, of Columbia, formerly of St. Louis, died April 21, 2014. She was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Columbia. Mrs. Gerst is survived by her children, Dr. James (Mary Helen) Gerst, Dr. William (Nina) Gerst, Thomas (Judy) Gerst, Dorothy Ann Gerst and Michael (Betsy) Gerst; a son-in-law, Stephen Beggs; and sisters-in-law, Mary Lou (George) Russell and Barbara Benum; along with 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Aloysius Gerst; and her daughter, Mary Catherine Gerst Beggs. Visitation and funeral were at Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherer officiating. Mrs. Gerst was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia.

Joel Roschnafsky, 34, of Kirkwood, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died April 25, 2014, after an extended battle with stomach cancer. Joel is survived by his wife, Sasha (nee Spencer) Roschnafsky; his parents, Kurt and Becky Roschnafsky; a brother, Ryan Roschnafsky; and in-laws, Alan and Donna Spencer; along with other relatives and friends. Joel was a life-long soccer player and an assistant women’s soccer coach for Maryville University. Mr. Roschnafsky was employed as a physical therapist for Pro Rehab. Visitation was at Bopp Chapel in Kirkwood. Funeral was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Mo. Mr. Roschnafsky was buried at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church Cemetery in Wartburg.

Ralph Warren Kolmer, 78, of Raleigh, died April 29, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Kolmer was born May 21, 1935 in Waterloo, the son of the late Conrad Anthony and Helen Elizabeth (nee Rick) Kolmer. Ralph married Joyce Ann (nee Whitlock) Kolmer  in 1973. In addition to his wife, Mr. Kolmer is survived by his son, Keith (Jane) Kolmer of Waterloo; daughters Connie (James) Matzenbacher of Waterloo, Kimberly (Rodney) Nevois  of Red Bud and Jackie Ann (Keith) Ita; grandchildren, Keith Ital Jr., Shane (Lori) Matzenbacher, Jeff (Christina) Kaiser-Kolmer, Jesse (Katie) Ital, Jeremy Carle, DeAnn (Tom) Hughes, Cameron Nevois, Summer Kolmer, , John J. (Jamie) Carle and Sedona Kolmer;  great-grandchildren, Aaron (Lindsay) DeNoon, Douglas DeNoon, Rachelle DeNoon, Cole Matzenbacher, Ian Matzenbacher, Cohen Kolmer, Hallie DeAnn Hughes, Liam Ital, Sophia Grace Carle and Dawsyn Riya Matzenbacher; and  great-great-grandchildren, Aden DeNoon and Asher DeNoon. He was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Kolmer; and a grandson, Bradley James Matzenbacher. Visitation is Friday, May 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado. Funeral is Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m., at the Baptist Church of Raleigh with Dr. David Pinkerton officiating. Mr. Kolmer will be buried with full military honors at the Raleigh Masonic Cemetery.

Elayne “Bucky” Schaeffer, 76, of Columbia, died April 19, 2014, at Cedar Ridge Health and Rehab in Lebanon. She was born July 4, 1937 in Columbia, the daughter of the late George “Buck” and Alida (nee Roessler) Schaeffer. Ms. Schaeffer is survived by her nephews Robert (Lisa) Schlemmer Jr. of Metamora, Richard (Brenda) Schlemmer of Columbia and C.J. (Joy) Schlemmer of Columbia; along with eight great-nieces and great-nephews and seven great-great nieces and great-great nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Schaeffer; and sisters Marie Schaeffer and Kathleen Schlemmer. Elayne had been employed for Haas Bakery in St. Louis, Mo. In her youth, she was an accomplished softball player and bowler. Ms. Schaeffer was cremated according to her wishes. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at Immaculate Conception Catholic in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church - Building Fund.

Stephen Gene Schneider, 59, of Columbia, died April 22, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. He was born Aug. 7, 1954, in Red Bud, the son of the late Gene and Mary (Asselmeier) Schneider. Stephen married Valerie (nee Clapper) Schneider in 1987 in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schneider is survived by a daughter, Jenna Schneider of Columbia; and a sister, Linda (Scott) Yancey of Waterloo along with nieces and nephews. Mr. Schneider was a farmer, a sign painter and had recently retired from Weekends Only in St. Louis. He had earned an architectural degree from the University of New Mexico. His favorite hobby was his toy farm tractor collection, and he always attended the National Farmer Toy Showcase in St. Louis, M. Stephen also enjoyed watching his daughter barrel race at local fairs. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Florence E. Metzger-Lenauer, nee Schmidt, 92, of Swansea, formerly of Waterloo, died March 31, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Jan 4, 1922 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Otto and Bertha (nee Haberl) Schmidt. Mrs. Lenauer is survived by her daughter, Susan (Bill) Pelch of Belleville; a son, Robert (Sheryl) Metzger of Waterloo; and grandchildren, Clay (Debbie) Metzger, Aaron (Karla) Metzger, Collin (Kathy) Metzger, Jeff Pelch (Will Abbott) and Garrett Pelch (Rachel Herbert); and nine great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Armin “Buddy” Metzger, who died in August 1957 at age 35; her second husband, Albert W. Lenauer, whom she married in 1969 and died Jan. 26, 2011; sisters, Helen Becker and Audrey Reinhold; and a brother, Frank Schmidt. After graduating from Waterloo High School, Mrs. Lenauer worked as a secretary at Emerson Electric and Travelers Insurance in St. Louis. She retired from Pet, Inc. in 1978. She attended  Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Belleville. She bowled in senior bowling leagues in Belleville and was a member of the Belleville Senior Citizens. Mrs. Lenauer donated her body to Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  A Memorial Mass is Saturday, May 17, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, in Belleville. A reception will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by the mass. Renner Funeral Home in Belleville handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice.

William “Bill” Posey, 68, of North Fort Meyers, Fla., formerly of Waterloo, died April 19, 2014. He was born Oct. 30, 1945, in Earl, Ark., the son of the late John and Susie (nee Pouders) Posey. Mr. Posey is survived by his wife Janet (nee Mathews) Posey; a daughter, Connie (Tony) May; brothers, Truman Posey, Numan "Pete" (Alma) Posey and Ray (Barb) Posey; sisters, Dessie (Sheldon) Prince, Ilene (Eddie) Vandiver, Linda Wayland and Joyce Guebert; grandchildren, Courtney (Jason) Siburt, Macy Toal, Griffin Toal, Camille Toal, Joe May and Melissa May; and great-grandchildren, Elli Dinges, Dalen Dinges and Abbey Siburt. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John Posey, Lee Posey and Butch Posey; a twin sister, Glenda Byrd; and a sister, Ernestine Myhan. A celebration of life in his honor was held at the home of his daughter. Pastor Matt Friz officiated. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Donald Howard Steingrubey, 80, died March 17, 2014. Roberta June Steingrubey, nee Oettle, 80, died Jan. 6, 2013. They were from originally Waterloo, but had moved to Fayetteville, Ark. They are survived by their children, Keith Steingrubey and Sandy (Alan) Burch; along with seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The couple were preceded in death by their son, Donald Steingrubey, Jr. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Les Elam officiating.
 
 
 
Lillian Viola Goley, nee Raeber, 93, of Dupo, died April 5, 2014 at Oak Hill. She was born Jan. 23, 1921 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Eugene and Myrtle (nee Dammann) Raeber. Lilian married Lawrence “Gene” Eugene Goley, Sr. in 1942. He died in 1995. Mrs. Goley is survived by her daughter, Cora Ann (David) Dowling of Rochester; sons, Lawrence E. (Jerre) Goley, Jr. of Waterloo and Dewayne (Jennifer) Goley of Waterloo; grandchildren, Anna Dowling, Cara Christine McVey, Scooter Goley, Jessica Goley, William Goley and Joseph Goley; and a great - granddaughter, Lauren Nicole McVey; along with nieces, and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Harold and Glenn Raeber; and her sister, Adelia Bryant. Lillian worked as a secretary, starting with GMAC and later with her husband at Goley Insulation. She attended Christ UCC in Dupo. Private family visitation and funeral services were held with Rev. Todd Mushaney officiating. Mrs. Goley was buried at the Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill’s Whispering Pines.
 
 
 
Doreen Hoffmann, nee Weber, 90, of Waterloo, died April 2, 2014. She was born Oct. 19, 1923, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late William and Catherine (nee Schlemmer) Weber. Mrs. Hoffmann is survived by her children, Gene (Diane) Hoffmann, Bob (Marilyn) Hoffmann and Ron "Curly" (Joy) Hoffmann; grandchildren, Gina (Max) Eybel, Laura (Michael) Richter, Kelly Hoffmann, Sarah (Karl) Krebel and Brian (Tara) Hoffmann; step-grandchildren, Charity Cotton and Andrew Bagsby; great-grandchildren, Madison Eybel and Brianna Thompson, Hannah Thompson, Jada Cover, Klair and Samuel Krebel, and Brennen and Avery Hoffmann; step-great-granddaughters Aniesa Bagsby and Jaycee Cotton; a sister, Gladys Bequette; and her brother, Donald (Theresa) Weber; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman F. Hoffmann; sister. Rosie Kleyer; brother, Kenneth Weber; and brothers-in-law, Willard Kleyer and Carl Bequette. Mrs. Hoffmann attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Madonnaville. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and spending time with her family. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Hoffmann was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.
 
 
 
Theodore R. Hartman, 91, of Smithton, died April 2, 2014, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 21, 1923 in Germany, the son of the late Theodore, Sr. and Frieda Hartman. Mr. Hartman is survived by his wife, Agnes (nee Hegger) Hartman; children,Ron (Pat) Hartman and Linda Rae (Elmer) Bowman; and step-children, Suzanne (Kevin) Sweet, Gregory (Diane) Narez, David (Phyllis) Narez and Russell Narez (Sissy); along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Richard Hartman; and a stepson Randall Narez. Mr. Hartman served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion and “Forty and Eight.” A memorial service was at Oak Hill with Clergy Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mr. Hartman was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Administration.
 
 
Pamela S. Colvis, nee Hume, 50, of Columbia, formerly of Waterloo, died April 4, 2014, in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 23, 1963, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Richard and Dorothy (nee Nobbe) Hume. Mrs. Colvis is survived by her daughter, Jessica (John) Kraft; grandchildren, Elizabeth Kraft and Joseph Kraft; sisters, Cathy (Samuel) Guth, Shari  Jarrett and Patsy (Brad) Hicks; and nieces and nephews, Mindy, Toni, Terri, Tonya, Lacey, Jamie and Casey; along with brothers-in-law, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Terry Jarrett. Mrs. Colvis attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Colvis was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.
 
 
 
Gerald R. “Jerry” Otten, 65, of Columbia, died April 5, 2014, in Columbia, following a battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 24, 1948, in East St. Louis, the son of Billea (nee Hack) Otten and the late Leroy H. Otten. Besides his mother, Mr. Otten is survived by his siblings, Roy (Diane) Otten, Marvel (Teresa Rusteberg) Otten, David (Ellen) Otten and Rosalie (Allen) Kern; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Terry Otten; and a great-niece, Lindsey Otten. Mr. Otten earned a Bronze Star while serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504. Jerry was retired from Illinois Central Railroad. He enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his good friends at Main Street Bar. As per Jerry’s request, there were no services. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
 
 
 
Clara H. Sondag, nee Bade, 97, of Waterloo, died April 7, 2014 in Waterloo. She was born April 6, 1917 in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Fred and Caroline (nee Fromme) Bade. Mrs. Sondag is survived by her children, Paulette (Allan) Englerth, Carol Jean (Mark) Pinkerton and Diane (Mark) Gorris; grandchildren, Jennifer (Brad) Whelan, Jamie (William) Riechmann, Chad Kaestner, Christine (Paul) Hrdlicka, Ryan Kaestner, Austin, Andrea and Alissa Gorri; and great-grandchildren, Cole Matzen-bacher Evan Riechmann, Lily Riechmann, Emily Whelan, Alvia Hrdlicka and Jake Hrdlicka; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul W. Sondag; grandson, Jeffrey Englerth; and siblings, Viola Carton, Oliver Bade, Leona Coats and Marie Coats. Mrs. Sondag attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Don Blasé officiating. Mrs. Sondag was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, the American Cancer Society or to Oak Hill.
 
 
 
Dennis “Jerry” Pretto, 61 of Columbia, died April 7, 2014. He was born April 11, 1952, in Belleville, the son of the late Giosue and Anna (nee Aimerito) Pretto. Jerry married Lisa (nee Gobber) Pretto in 1992 in St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Mr. Pretto is survived by his children, Angela (John) Schlimme of Aviston, Mandy (Travis) Denison of Columbia, Samantha Pretto of St. Louis, Dennis Pretto of Springfield, Mo., Kimberlyn Pretto of Columbia and Hailey Pretto of Columbia. He was preceded in death by a brother, John Pretto; sister-in-law, Glenda Pretto; and his father-in-law, Mervin Gobber. Mr. Pretto served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Jerry was a member of Operating Engineers Local 513. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home, Columbia. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Pretto was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund or to the Pretto Children's Trust Fund.
 
 
 
Mary L. Lark, 90, of Columbia, died April 7, 2014 at de Greeff Hospice House, St. Louis. She was born Nov. 21, 1923, in Millstadt, the daughter of the late William and Irene (nee Weible) Dohrman. Mary married Vernon Lark in 1943 in Millstadt. He died in 1988. Mrs. Lark is survived by her daughter, Ruth Ann Mitchell of Columbia; a son, Larry (Phyllis) Lark of Williamsfield; grandchildren, Tammy (Darren) Hines, Holly Dreher and Jamy (Mark) Lindsey; great-grandchildren, Brayden and Kelton Hines, Max Dreher, and Meri, Brock and Bryce Lindsey; brother, Raymond Dohrman of Millstadt; sister, Irene (Marvin) Skaer of Millstadt; and a brother-in-law, Mel (Phyllis) Lark of Belleville. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Clarence, William and Norman Dohrman; and a son-in-law, James O'Neal Mitchell. Mrs. Lark attended Zoar UCC in New Hanover where she had been active with the Women's Guild, and had belonged to many area card clubs. She was a retired sales clerk at Vogt's IGA in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mrs. Lark was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Zoar UCC of New Hanover or de Greeff Hospice House.
 
 
 
Roberta J. Hern, nee Orrell, 85, of Waterloo, died April 10, 2014, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 25, 1928, in Casey, the daughter of late George and Faye (nee Swim) Orrell. Mrs. Hern is survived by her children, George (Linda) Hern, Susan (Sam) Kohler and Craig (Kim) Hern; grandchildren, Lesa (John) Barchet, Sandy (David) Rodenberg, Chad (Carol) Hern, Tony (Becky) Morrow, Jennifer (Dax) Fuente, Katie Zipfel, Tyler (Candice) Zipfel, Eric Hern and Kyle Hern; sisters, Marian Maag and Georgia "Sugar" (Ervin) Borcharding; and 10 great grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by husband Orvel F. Hern; and a sister, Lois Rexinger. Mrs. Hern attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. She was a member of the Waterloo VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Mrs. Hern was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Carolyn Fay Agne, 71, of Columbia, died April 1, 2014 at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis. She was born June 9, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Jesse Otto and Stella (nee Nickles) Pilcher. Mrs. Agne is survived by her husband, Alderman James Harold Agne; sons, James Aaron (Jacqueline) Agne of Riverside and John Barron (Jennifer) Agne of Peekskill, N.Y.; granddaughters, Stella Bickman Agne, and twins Alexandra and Daniela Agne; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Curt Allen Agne, Terry Marvin Agne, Joan Louise English Agne and Janet Sue Agne-Dick; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Agne graduated from the University of Missouri, earning degrees in English and Art. During her early years she worked as a clothing and shoe designer. Carolyn also worked for Darcy Advertising, where she received the St. Louis Darcy Award. She taught art at Central Junior . High School in Belleville where she was known as "Miss Pilcher." Carolyn was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority at the University of Missouri and St. Paul UCC in Columbia Visitation is Friday, April 4, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Agne will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

March 2014

 
Ruth Laura DeBay, nee Mueller, 78, died March 15, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. She was born Nov. 30, 1935, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Arnold and Leona (nee Meyer) Mueller. Her cousin, Myron Roever (founder of MAR Graphics), introduced her to Ray W. DeBay, whom she married in 1953. He preceded her in death, as did her older brother Ronald. Ruth grew up and attended Valmeyer High School in her mother’s hometown. Ruth left Valmeyer and lived in Tacoma, Wash., for 60 years. She worked at Lilyblad Petroleum Company, Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department, Madigan Army Hospital and volunteered with the Red Cross.  Ruth was well liked by the staff and they created a part-time position for her so she could travel. Ruth traveled the world and also served as president of Loners on Wheels (Nor’West Lo W’s) for two years. She also enjoyed snow birding in Arizona with her friends. Mrs. DeBay is survived by her children, Christy (Darrell) Larsen, Kimberly (Mark) Aloisio, Ray (Michelle) DeBay, Kathy Irey and Amy (Mark) Cornish; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her lifelong best friend Imogene Yarbrough. A memorial service is planned for June.
 
 
 
Donald H Steingrubey, 80, of Fayetteville, Ark., formerly of Waterloo, died March 17, 2014. He was born Aug. 5, 1933 in St. Louis, the son of the late Harry and Thelma (nee Hall) Steingrubey. Mr. Steingrubey He is survived by  his children, Sandy (Alan) Burch and Keith Steingrubey; brothers, Harry (Maxine) Steingrubey, Richard (Dorothy) Steingrubey and Francis (Adele) Steingrubey; and sisters, Bonnie (the late Harold) Berry, Patricia (Gaillard) Krewer, Dorothy (the late Vernon) Matzenbacher and Thelma (Ralph) Ruhmann; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Steingrubey; and his son, Donald Steingrubey, Jr. Mr. Steingrubey served in the Korean War and was a veteran of the Air Force Reserve. He attended the Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ark.  A memorial has been planned for a later date.
 
 
 
Floyd H. Brand, 85, of Waterloo, died March 19, 2014 in Red Bud. He was born March 13, 1929, in Waterloo, the son of the late Henry and Leona (nee Goeddel) Brand. Mr. Brand is survived by his children, Ross Brand, Pamela (Terry) Larsen, Kurt A. (Mary) Brand and Carole Nobbe (Jim Sumner); sister, Joyce Koetting; brother, Willis Brand; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Brand; son-in-law, Dane Nobbe; sister-in-law, Irma Brand; brother-in-law, Jerome Koetting; and a niece, Marilyn Underwood. Mr. Brand was the former owner of Brand Shoe Land, Floyd's Bar and was a pipefitter. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mr. Brand was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.
 
 
 
Vivian L. Thoma Daab, 85, of Columbia, died March 20, 2014 at Oak Hill. She was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Robert Elmer and Lillian (Lewis) Chaffin. Mrs. Daab is survived by her children, Judy (Dan) Lecocq of Murphysboro, Robert (Gail) Thoma of Columbia, Virginia Stumpf of Columbia and Harold (Mary Jo) Thoma of Columbia; and step-children Marlene (Carol) Daab of Columbia and Fred Daab of Spartanburg, SC; along with nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her, first husband, Frank A. Thoma; second husband, Vernon "Stein" Daab; a daughter, Theresa Thoma; and sisters, Dorothy Haynes, Shirley Birkner and Veda Mae Shawver. Mrs. Daab attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She had been a medical assistant at Dr. Frederick Gebhardt's office and a clerk at Weilbacher's Department Store. Vivian was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Daab was buried in the church’s cemetery.
 
 
 
Frank W. Boo, 95, of Columbia, died March 20, 2014 in Columbia. He was born Aug. 9, 1918, in Waterloo, the son of the late Fredrich and Celesta (nee Jehling) Boo. Mr. Boo is survived by  sons, Dennis (Alicia) Boo of Cullowhee, N.C., and Gary W. Boo of Columbia; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Boo served in the U.S. Navy from 1937 to 1957, retiring as a chief warrant officer. His tours of duty included serving in World War II as senior yeoman to Admiral Frank Fletcher aboard the USS Yorktown, CV5 and the USS Saratoga, CV3, during the Naval battles of Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal. He was also a veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Boo was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. A memorial service was  planned for a later date. Mr. Boo was cremated according to his wishes. His remains were interred in the family plot in Waterloo.
 
 
 
Phyllis Lee Chilovich, 59, of Mt. Olive, died March 21, 2014, at Carlinville Area Hospital. She was born Dec. 28, 1954, in Litchfield, the daughter of the late Tony Joseph and Elda Anna (nee Thomsen) Chilovich. Ms. Chilovich is survived by a sister, Carolyn (Frank) Heigert of Carlinville; a brother, Dave (Margie) Chilovich of Sorento; a niece, Jennifer Heigert of Windsor, Calif.; nephews, Jeffery (Nan) Heigert of Mackinaw, and Jac and Tim Chilovich of Sorento; and two great-nieces, Jaclyn and Julia Heigert. After Phyllis graduated from Mt. Olive High School in 1973, she earned a bachelor's degree in education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1978. “P.C.” taught at Valmeyer High School for 33 years, retiring in 2011. While at V.H.S., P.C. was the yearbook advisor and prom coordinator. She was named an Honorary Valmeyer Alumni during the 2013 VHS Alumni Banquet. Ms. Chilovich was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was baptized and confirmed. She was also a member of the Valmeyer Pinochle Club. P.C. loved animals and was an avid sports fan, especially of the University of Illinois and Cardinals baseball. She also played the drums in the Mt. Olive, Staunton and Gillespie city bands. Visitation and funeral were at Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive with Rev. Daniel Barbey officiating. Mrs. Chilovich was buried at the Mt. Olive City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Adopt-A-Pet, Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Mt. Olive City Cemetery.
 
 
 
Delma E. Schulmeister, nee Prange, 95, of Waterloo, died March 22, 2014. She was born Jan. 24, 1919 in Fults, the daughter of the late John Paul and Bertha Elizabeth (nee Sprankel) Prange. “Grandma Shoe” is survived by her children, Carol (Larry) Schmalenberger and Robert (Tara) Schulmeister; grandchildren, Jon Schmalen-berger (friend Lisa May); Amy (Ryan) Hopfinger, Erin (Steve) Hoffmann and Lauren Schul-meister (fiance Colby Jensen); great-grandchildren, Logan Hopfinger, Austin Hopfinger, Adler Hoffmann, Adler Hoffmann and Ryan Hoffmann; a niece, Sonja Freeman; and nephews H.R. (Sally) Gentsch and Paul Prange; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Schulmeister grew up on a farm in Fults. After moving to Waterloo she waitressed at the Bee Hive Restaurant and a telephone operator for the Harrisonville Telephone Comp-any. Delma was known to many locals when she worked for many years at Schulmeister Bakery in downtown Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her husband nearly 50 Years, F. Robert “Bix” Schulmeister; and a daughter, Brenda C. Schulmeister. A private service was at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Mrs. Schulmeister was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, St. Paul UCC in Waterloo.
 
 
 
Victor J. Koch, 95, of Valmeyer, died March 25, 2014, in Red Bud. He was born Jan. 1, 1919, in Harrisonville, the son of the late Joe and Mary  (nee Engel) Koch. Mr. Koch is survived by his children, Jane (Herb) Muertz, John (Gail) Koch and Bob Koch; grandchildren, Russell (Lori) Walster, Rhett Walster, Andrea Tutor, Marla Ahne, Brandon Koch, Nicole Koch and R.J. Koch; and great-grandchildren, Russell Ray Walster, Abbie Walster, Kayla Tutor, Cale Tutor, Lexis Tutor, Logan Tutor, London Schefft and Harryson Walster; along with niece, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine (nee Kirchner) Koch; a sister ,Clementine "Sis" Floarke; and brothers, Raymond and Steven Koch. Mr. Koch attended of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer. He was a former member of Southern Illinois Wildlife Federation. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Church in Madonnaville with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mr. Koch was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Red Bud Nursing Home.
 
 
 
Marvin J. Jehling, 92, of Columbia, died March 26, 2014 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. He was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Fountain, the son of the late Phillip and Wilhelmina (nee Frank) Jehling. Marvin married Leah (nee Kolmer) Jehling in 1946 in Waterloo. She died in 2003. Mr. Jehling is survived by his son, Thomas (Barbara) Jehling of Pauma Valley, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara (Don Schult) Jehling of Columbia; grandchildren, John Thomas and Lindy Rae Jehling; niece, Nancy Cash; and a nephew, Don Jehling. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Bardeleben; and brothers, Arthur, Joseph and Earl Jehling. Mr. Jehling served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a retired office manager at National Auto Supply. Marvin attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Jehling was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Columbia Public Library.
 
 
 
Raymond F. Washausen, 91, of Waterloo, died March 27, 2014. He was born Sept. 7, 1922 in Waterloo, the son of the late Charles and Mary (nee Bicklein) Washausen. Mr. Washausen is survived by his wife, Bertha (nee Wild) Washausen; daughters, Judith Gipson, Janet Steibel and Joyce (Dennis) Pfeffer; and a son, James (Sharon) Washausen; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Laura Roider; a brother, John Washausen; and a brother-in-law, Frank Gipson. Mr. Washausen attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. He was retired from the City of Waterloo and was a foreman at Crowder Farms. Ray was a member of the Waterloo Odd Fellows and the Smithton Sportsman’s Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Mr. Washausen was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Alzheimer’s Unit.
 
 
 
 
Willard A. Scheibe, 79, of Waterloo, died March 27, 2014, in Columbia . He was born Aug. 21, 1934 in Maeystown, the son of the late Max and Sylvia (nee Fromme) Scheibe. He married Opal (Eichelmann) Scheibe in 1958. She died in 2007. Mr. Scheibe is survived by his brother-in-law, Wesley (Dixie) Eichelmann; and nieces and nephews, Brenda (Jim) Krebel, Sandy Baldwin, Carol (Ray) Turnquist, Kevin Eichelmann, Bob (Denise) Eichelmann, Lisa Meegan, Randy (Rose) Marquardt, Gary (Ramona) Marquardt, Tracy (Char) Marquardt and Scott (Darlene) Marquardt; along with members of the Scheibe, Eichelmann and Toenjes families. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Otto and Millie Eichelmann, Bill Eichelmann, Art and Arlou (Eichelmann) Marquardt and Paul and Leola Eichelmann. Mr. Scheibe served in the U.S. Marines from 1953 to 1975. He served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Willard was a loyal member of the Monroe County Democratic Club. For his dedication to the party, he received the first Leroy Reitz Award. He was also member of the Waterloo VFW, American Legion, Fleet Reserve Association and Maeystown Sportsman's Club and the Democratic Club. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Scheibe was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo VFW or the Disabled American Veterans.
 
 
 
 
George Weber III, 76, of Town and Country, Mo., died March 21, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Mr. Weber was the owner of the Weber Chevrolet family of dealerships in Columbia, Granite City and Creve Coeur, Mo. He married Mary Hunt Evans in 1962. She died in 2008. Mr. Weber is survived by a son, George “Skip” (Lori) Weber IV of Columbia; daughters, Laura Malzahn and Mary Oglesby, both of Town and Country, and Susan McMillan of Creve Coeur; sisters, Marilyn Griesedick and Emily Schwartz, both of Town and Country; and 14 grandchildren. Mr. Weber was a prominent automobile dealer in the St. Louis area and appeared in his dealership’s television and radio advertisements. He grew up in St. Louis, graduating from John Burroughs School in 1955. Mr. Weber then went to Duke University, earning a degree in mechanical engineering. After working for Standard Oil in Ohio, George returned to St. Louis and began working at the family business Weber Chevrolet on Lindell and Sarah in St. Louis. He worked his way up to managing the Creve Coeur dealership in 1978. In the 1980s he began expanding the business to four stores, including Columbia, Granite City and Waterloo. Having experienced many changes in the automobile industry, he took great pride in remaining loyal to the Chevrolet brand. He was known to encourage all buyers to buy American no matter where they purchased their vehicle. Mr. Weber was an avid sailor and boats man who loved traveling the world. He particularly loved the islands in the Caribbean and spending time in Door County, Wisc., and Delray Beach, Fla. He was supportive of many charities including the American Cancer Society, the USO, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Gideons International, Far East Broadcasting and numerous military-support charities. Visita-tion is Thursday, April 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at First Evangelical Free Church of West County. The funeral is Friday, April 4, at 10 a.m., at the church. Mr. Weber will be buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery.
 
 
 
 
Loretta C. Spellmeyer, 73, of Columbia died March 3, 2014. She was born Oct. 16, 1940 at Vinton, La., the daughter of the late Leroy and Mary Ann (Mehling) Hebert. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Donald G. Spellmeyer; two daughters, Mary (Herbert) Wiseman and Cindy Dennison; a son, Jeffrey Spellmeyer; two step-daughters, Debra (Robert) Stifiermann and Pamela (Brian) Padgett; a brother, J.E. (Norma) Hebert; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Spellmeyer was a retired cafeteria worker at Bayless High School in St. Louis County. Visitation and funeral were at Kutis Affton Chapel in St. Louis County. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
 
 
 
 
Thomas Mooney, 72, of Renault died  March 8, 2014. Mr. Mooney is survived by his wife, Janet (nee Goldschmidt) Mooney; a daughter, Melissa (Gary) Tisdale; sons, Brad (Dawn), Tony and David (Kim) Mooney; grandchildren Alex, Christopher, Ashley, Alex, Brandon and Tiffany; and siblings Janet Hannah, Louis Mooney and Matthew Mooney. Visitation and funeral were at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to the family.
 
 
 
JoElla Turner-Huwer, 60, of Millstadt, died March 14, 2014 at her residence. She was born Oct. 21, 1953 in Leadington, Mo., the daughter of the Jerry and Helen Margaret “Skippy” Turner of Belleville. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Turner-Huwer is survived by her husband of 38 years, Dale Huwer; a daughter, Rachel (Dan) Weir of Millstadt; and a sister, Jan (Doug) Bolar. She was preceded in death by her brother, Byron Turner. Mrs. Turner-Huwer was a special education instructional aide at the Millstadt Consolidated School. Visitation and funeral were at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael Kumm and the Rev. Todd Wilken officiating. Mrs. Turner-Huwer was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Pedal The Cause cancer research fund of St. Louis or BJC Hospice.
 
 
 
Betty J. Zygmund, nee Olms, 88, of Waterloo, died March 12, 2014 in Waterloo. She was born March 31, 1925, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Walter and Mary (nee Standing) Olms. Mrs. Zygmund is survived by her children, Marty (Marcia) Zygmund and Mike (Tina) Zygmund; grandchildren, Zachary Zygmund (fiancé Alexis Madeline Hoorman), Kyle Zygmund, Karleigh Zygmund and Taylor Nadler; and brothers, Jack (Venita) Olms and Walter Olms; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley J. Zygmund; daughter, Sandy Zygmund; and sisters, Barbara Shartsis, Pat Conway and Margaret Wong. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Memorials may be made to the SS Peter and Paul Church Improvement Fund.
 
 
 
Frank J. Geolat, 81, of Waterloo, died March 2, 2014, in Waterloo. He was born March 13, 1932 in Belleville, the son of the late John and Hedwig (nee Sandmeyer) Geolat. Mr. Geolat is survived by his wife, Janice (nee Junker) Geolat; children, Christine (Dave) Gould, Diane (Gene) Luthy, Julia (Dennis) Marron, Jerry Geolat, Karen (Bill) Sensel and Mary (Rob Leeling) Geolat; brothers, Norm (Delores) Geolat and Joe (Borgie) Geolat; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Chris Geolat; and brother, Bernard Geolat. Mr. Geolat was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker, where he was involved in the Holy Name Society. Frank was a member of the Hecker Community Center. Visita-tion was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Von Deeke and Father Nicholas Junker officiating. Memorials may be made to his church, SPPS Grade School or to VITAS Hospice.

 

February 2014

Betty Wilcox, 86, of Fults, died Feb. 28, 2014. She was born Nov. 15, 1927, in Kidd, the daughter of the late Orville and Della (nee McClenahan) Wilcox. Mrs. Wilcox is survived by her son, Ronald Loerch; brother, Floyd Wilcox; half-brothers, Elmer Schultheis and Glenn (Susan) Schultheis; four grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and great – great-grandchildren, along with an aunt, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a member of Zion UCC - St. Joe. Visitation and funeral were at  Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mrs. Wilcox was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to the St. Joe Zion UCC.

Edward D. Schaffer, 83, of Collinsville, formerly of Cahokia, died Feb. 17, 2014, at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Home in Edwardsville. He was born Jan. 5, 1931, in St. John's Station, Mo., the son of the late Edward and Dorothy (nee Miller) Schaffer. Mr. Schaffer is survived by his son, Timothy (Angela) Schaffer of Cahokia; a daughter, Barbara (Peter) Stehman of Collinsville; grandchildren, Jenny (Eric) Hayes, David (Elisha) Schaffer, Nicole and Robert Schaffer, and Courtney, Christopher and Nathan Stehman; great-grandchildren, Audrey and Dominic Hayes, Devin Cason and Malia Schaffer; a sister, Geri (Jim) Vogt of Columbia; a brother-in-law, Dennis (Marie) McMullan of rural Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, Patricia McMullan of Columbia, Lucy (Robert) Ahne of Carbondale and Janet McMullan; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (nee McMullan) Schaffer; sisters Joan Becker and Shirley O'Brien; and his granddaughter, Donna Schaffer. Mr. Schaffer was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a longtime member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581, where he served on the honor guard. Edward was a retired millwright for National Lead and Amax Big River Zinc. He attended Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia. Funeral is Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia with Father Paul Wienhoff officiating. Mr. Schaffer’s body was donated to the Washington University School of Medicine. Arrangements were handled by the Barry Wilson Funeral Home in Maryville. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association.

Raymond G. Wilson, 81, of Red Bud, died Feb. 27, 2014 in Red Bud. He was born Sept. 19, 1932 in St. Louis, the son of the late John R. and Rosetta Lee (nee Leonard) Wilson. Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Evelyn G. Wilson (nee Langston); children, Raymond K. Wilson, Sharon (Ray) Zaiontz, Jerry E. Wilson, Tina (Charlie) Rednour, John R. (Winona) Wilson and Rosetta (Chris) Robinson; 21 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Joe) Newbern and Joan Huff; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Pebble Marie Reeds; brothers, James, Kerwin and Edward Wilson. He was a member of Promise of Living Water Church - Red Bud, US Army and Navy Korean and Vietnam Veteran and the Valmeyer American Legion Post #901. Visitation and funeral were at Promise of Living Water Church in Red Bud with Pastor Mark Frisbie officiating. Mr. Wilson was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorial to Promise of Living Water Church.

Edna Brown, nee Mosbacher, 85, of Valmeyer, died Feb. 24, 2014, in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 14, 1928, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Ernst and Emma (nee Linker) Mosbacher. Mrs. Brown is survived by her son, Michael (Laurie) Brown; a grandson, Timothy Brown (Dawn Heusohn); granddaughters, Dawn (Jim) Burns and Jennifer Brown (Noah Klinkhardt); great-grandchildren. Olivia, Jackson, Evan, Avery and Theodore; and sisters-in-law, Marge Mosbacher and Grace (Charles) Aycock; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Brown; a brother, Earl Mosbacher; and sisters, Elsie Mosbacher and Erma Senti. Mrs. Brown was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Post 901 Women's Auxiliary and the Valmeyer Senior Citizens. She was a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Valmeyer. A celebration of her life was at the First Baptist Church in Valmeyer with Pastor Darris Kaufmann officiating. Memorials may be made to the Baptist Children's Home or to de Greeff Hospice House (St. Anthony's).

Mildred Range, nee Touchette, 97, of Millstadt, died Feb. 24, 2014 at  Columbia Rehab and Nursing. She was born July 10, 1916 in Centreville, the daughter of the late Dan and Octavia (nee Byron) Touchette. Mrs. Range is survived by her children, Faye (Dale) LaBrier of Troy, Pauline Range of Millstadt (friend Kai Andersen), Judy (Everett) Hamilton of Columbia, Robert (Pat) Range of Collinsville, Paul Range of Millstadt, Jim (Sharon) Range of Millstadt and Gary (Toni) Range of Freeburg; grandchildren, Carolyn Enboden, Diane (Rande) Gibbs, Dale A. LaBrier, Debbie (Jeff) Crossley, Kim (Gary) Konkel, Greg (Kathy) Hamilton, Doug (Kara Le Chien) Hamilton, Lyndsey (Ryan) Mehrtens, Brooke Range, Bradley (Teri) Range, Eric Range and Rachael (Michael) Collins; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Range; 28 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Range (who died in 2006); and sisters, Rosemary Reinhardt and Marie Schaefer; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and a great-grandson. Mrs. Range and her husband Arthur were lifelong farmers. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, needlework, canning and caring for animals. Mildred also attended her sons’ baseball and softball games and was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Mildred and Arthur traveled in their motorhome spending many winter months in Florida. Mildred was a life-long member of Immaculate Conception Church in Centreville, where she was an active quilter. After the church closed she attended St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Father Marvin Volk officiating. Mrs. Range was buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt.

Rev. Joseph L. Newbern III, 81, of Waterloo, died Feb. 28, 2014, in St. Louis, the son of the late Joseph Louis and Lula (nee Collins) Newbern II. Mr. Newbern is survived by his wife, Betty (nee Wilson) Newbern; children Valerie (Craig) Nelson of Valmeyer, Charles "Chad" Newbern and Damon Newbern; a grandson, James “Jace” Nelson; and sisters, Mary Lou (Forrest) Caswell, Louella (Col. John) Oliver and Betty (Nick) Cusanelli; as well as step-children, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles (Margaret “Luke”) Newbern. Rev. Newbern attended New Life Church in Waterloo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and the National Guard. Visitation and funeral were at New Life Church in Waterloo with Pastor David Eckstadt officiating. Rev. Newbern will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

Betty Wilcox, 86, of Fults, died Feb. 28, 2014, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 15, 1927, in Kidd, the daughter of the late Orville and Della (nee McClenahan) Wilcox. Betty is survived by his son, Ronald Loerch; a brother, Floyd Wilcox; and half-brothers, Elmer Schultheis and Glenn (Susan) Schultheis; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, an aunt, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded by her son Donald Loerch; two brothers; and a sister. Mrs. Wilcox attended Zion UCC in St. Joe. A memorial service will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to her church.

Julia M. Curran, nee Ruby, 101, of Waterloo, died Feb. 17, 2014. She was born May 21, 1912 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (nee Bene) Ruby. Mrs. Curran is survived by children, Caroline (Stan) Spehn, Robert (Mildred) Curran, Frank (Jean) Curran, Suzanne Stahl, Mary Fieldson, Charles (Eileen) Curran and Patricia (Ray) Dugan; 30 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; along with a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Curran; sons, William M. Curran, John Curran and James Curran; a daughter, Roseann Curran; granddaughter, Donna Marie Stahl; and son-in-law Don Stahl. Mrs. Curran attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in  Tipton. Funeral was at St. Patrick Church with Father John Kizhak officiating. Mrs. Curran was buried at the church’s cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Diabetes Association.

Stephen Thomas Kutterer, 55, of Kansas City, Mo. died Feb. 7, 2014. He was born May 23, 1958, the son of Catherine Kutterer and the late Leo Kutterer. Mr. Kutterer is survived by his wife, Brenda Kutterer; brother, Charles (Sue) Kutterer of Waterloo; sisters, Rita Schueler and Genevieve (Robin) Perso; and nieces and nephews, Elizabeth, Anne, Timothy, Elliott, Nolan and Nicholas. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by brothers, John and Joseph Kutterer; grandparents, Charles and Florence Heil and George and Genevieve Kutterer. Mr. Kutterer served in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Forces. Visitation was at the White Chapel Funeral Home . Funeral was at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in  Gladstone, Mo. Memorials may be made to St Benedict Food Pantry in Pleasant Valley, Mo.

Wilbert "Wips" Bense, 82, of Columbia, died Feb. 5, 2014 at Swansea Rehabilitation. He was born April 25, 1931, in Red Bud, the son of the late Walter Fischer and Lydia (nee Bense) Ritter. Wips married Janet (Phillips) Bense in 1997. In addition to his wife, Mrs. Bense is survived by his children, Eugene Bense, Dennis (Vickie) Bense, Raymond (Barbara) Bense, Terri Vogt, Tamra (Kevin) Maly and Todd Bark; grandchildren, Christopher (Mary) Bense, Elizabeth (Geoff) Olish, Kelly McGraw, Jason Bense, Christina Poole, Dennis Bense, Eric Bense, Nicole (Jason) Richter, Danielle (Kevin) Hines, Neal Vogt, Kendra Bark and Lindsay Bark; great-grandchildren, Miranda, Ali, Abi, Austin, Logan, Claire and John; and a brother, Vernon Ritter of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joy (nee Sullivan) Bense; and an uncle, Edgar Bense. Wilbert attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. He was a member of the Columbia Senior Citizens. Wips was a retired parts manager for Waterloo Motors. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mr. Bense was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church - Building Fund.

Mary Joyce Young, 89, of St. Louis, formerly of Dupo, died Feb. 6, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Mo. She was born July 17, 1924 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Earl and Mildred (Fallon) Fritsch. Mrs. Young is survived by a son, Michael (Mary) Young of Columbia; daughter, Judy (Richard) Spieldoch of St. Louis; grandchildren, Melissa (Kurt) Costello, Eric (Lizanne) Young, Robert (Christine) Schmitt and Angela Schmitt; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew, Kate and Grace Costello, Mark and Thomas Young, Keaton Schmitt, Gilbert Nathan Schmitt, Tyler Bivins, Justin and Sarah Anne Pettigrew; and sister-in-law, Judy Fritsch Brown of Belleville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert “Bud” Young; brothers, Gerald, Noel and Earl Fritsch; and sisters, JoAnn Braun and Eileen Cooper. Mrs. Young attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo, and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Mrs. Young was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory. Memorials may be made to Mercy Home Health.

Kathryn F. Dilport, nee Nesbit, 89, of Columbia, died Feb. 7, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. She was born Jan. 25, 1925, in Webster Groves, Mo., the daughter of the late Thomas and Ellen (nee Berry) Nesbit. Mrs. Dilport is survived by her children, Margaret E. Hogsed of Murphy, N.C., Richard P. (Jacque) Dilport, Jr. of Franklin, Tenn., Brenda J. (Daniel) Chaudet of Columbia, Barbara A. (Bill) Dachsteiner of New Athens and Rebecca A. (Rusty) Wise of Columbia; and a brother, Robert Nesbit of St. Louis; along with grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Dilport, who died in 1986; a daughter, Mary K. Dodson; grandchildren, David E. Dodson and Richard P. Dilport III;  sisters, Mary Nesbit, Nellie Hickman, Josephine Whalen and Ellamae Dilport; and brothers, Tom and George Nesbit. Mrs. Dilport 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. Dilport was buried at  Jefferson Barracks. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church - Building Fund or to Family Hospice of Belleville.

James V. Kuergeleis, 57, of Waterloo, died Feb. 15, 2014. He was born March 13, 1956 in Red Bud, the son of the late Vernon and Ida (nee Hesterberg) Kuergeleis. Mr. Kuergeleis is survived by wife, Debbie  (nee Brinkmann) Kuergeleis; sons, Daniel (Michelle) Kuergeleis and Mark Kuergeleis (Kristy Yearian); grandchildren, Savannah, Mason and Lilly; mother-in-law, Shirley Wittenauer; sisters-in-law, Donna (Ronald) Solich and Dina (Brian) Nobbe; and brother-in-law, Duane (Christy) Brinkmann; along with an uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Leroy Brinkmann; and brothers-in-law Dennis and David Brinkmann. Mr. Kuergeleis was the owner of Waterloo Home Improvement. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

James Joseph Johnston Sr., 64, of Millstadt, died Feb. 17, 2014 at Belleville Care and Rehab. He was born, June 29, 1949 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Robert Everette and Mildred Rose  (nee Slezak) Johnston. Mr. Johnston is survived by his wife, Patsy (nee Joseph) Johnston; sons, Jim (Beth) Johnston and Shawn Johnston; a daughter, Robin (David) Easton; grandchildren, Katie and Joey Johnston; and brothers, Robert (LuAnn) Johnston, Ricky (Kim) Johnston and Mike (Chong) Johnston; along with nieces, nephews and  cousins. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Cynthia Johnston and Shirley Davis; and a nephew, Dwayne “Bubba” Johnston. Mr. Johnston was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retired autoworker with 30 years of service at General Motors. He enjoyed fishing, model railroading and camping. A celebration of life was at the Floraville Grange.  Memorials may be made to the family to assist with medical expenses.

Elmer  L. Neubarth, 84, of Waterloo, died Feb. 15, 2014 in Waterloo. He was born March 29, 1929 in New Hanover, the son of the late Frank and Louise (nee Bicklein) Neubarth. Mr. Neubarth is survived by sisters, Leona H. Hoffmann, Dorothy (Robert) Rey and Gladys A. Maus; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his nephew Rick Maus. A graveside service was at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Leona Burkhardt, nee Dickneite, 91, of Waterloo, died Feb. 16, 2014 in Belleville. She was born March 6, 1922, in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late Ben and Elenora (nee Engel) Dickneite. Mrs. Burkhardt is survived by her sons, Joe (Kelia) Van de Riet and Jim (Charlene) Van de Riet; 9 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; siblings Emma Diemert, Marie Yount, Catherine (Carnel) Gilbert, Eileen (Don) Goldschmidt, Elsie Branson and George (Polly) Dickneite; brother-in-law, Raymond (Shirley) Shoemaker; and sisters-in-law, Gerry Dickneite and Francis Dickneite; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Van de Riet; second husband Robert Burkhardt; brothers Sylvester, Ben, Raymond and David Dickneite; sisters Bernadine Heider, Rose Mary Hergenroeder and Dorothy Shoemaker; daughters-in-law Mary and Barbara Van de Riet; and grandson-in-law Mike Steingrubey; along with sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick Church in Tipton with Father John Kizhak officiating. Mrs. Burkhardt was buried at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Activity Fund, Hospice of Southern Illinois or Masses at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Meta Grimes, nee Dervalis, 89, of Waterloo, died Feb. 2, 2013 in Columbia. She was born Aug. 20, 1924 in Collinsville, the daughter of the late John and Mada Dervalis. Mrs. Grimes is survived by her husband, Robert Grimes; step-children, Virginia (Roland) Heimann and Debra (Bobby) Gossett; and nieces, Donna Zamaroni and Janet (Harris) Tiek; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her nephew Danny Zamaroni. Visitation is Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Steven Livengood officiating. Mrs. Grimes will be buried at the St. John Cemetery in Collinsville. Memorials may be made to the Hope Christian Church  Food Pantry.

Shirley Mae Naumann, 79, of Millstadt died Feb. 2, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Aug. 3, 1934 in Cherryville, Mo., the daughter of the late Paul and Gladys (NEE Gee) Williams. Mrs. Naumann is survived by a daughter, Lynn (Gary) Schwoebel of Belleville; a son, Kent (JoAnn) Naumann of Belleville; grandchildren, Cole Naumann of Rockford and Emily Naumann of Belleville; brothers, James (Barbara) Williams of New Athens, Larry Williams of Swansea, David (Donna) Williams of Belleville and Alan Williams of Ruskin, Fla.; and brothers-in-law, Robert (Clara) Naumann of Columbia, Gene “Bebs” (Carolyn) Naumann of Tulsa, Okla., Donald Naumann of Waterloo and Al Muskopf of Baldwin; along with nieces and  nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Durrel E. “Buster” Naumann; sons, Douglas R. Naumann and Keith P. Naumann; a sister, Barbara Vogt; sisters-in-law, Marlene Muskopf and Shirley Lloyd; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Cora Naumann. Shirley’s first employment outside of the home was with Mertz Motor Company in Millstadt.   Her medical receptionist career began with Dr. Tegtmeier and continued for many years, including with Drs. Ringhofer, McDermott, Wuller, Vest, Fricke and Kugler. Shirley attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt where she was involved with the Sunday school and the Women’s Fellowship. She was a member of the Millstadt Civic Club and the sewing club. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m., at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber and Rev. Craig Frazier officiating. Mrs. Naumann will be buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

January 2014

 

Larry Alan “Al” Nolte, 48, of Columbia, died Jan. 14, 2014, at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born Oct. 14, 1965, in Centreville, the son of Gene Nolte of East Carondelet and Judith (nee Euge) Nolte of Columbia. Larry married Nicolle (“Niki) (nee Stechmesser) Nolte in 1989. In addition to his wife, Mr. Nolte is survived by his son, Robert Nolte of Columbia; a brother, Don (Tammy Johnston) Nolte of Dixon, Mo.; father-in-law, Glenn Stechmesser of Columbia; and brothers-in-law, Mike (Becky) Stechmesser and Scott (Kim) Stechmesser; along with nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Judith (nee Langhans) Stechmesser; and his grandparents, Robert (Bernice) Nolte and William (Alvera) Euge. Mr. Nolte was a mechanic at Lange-Stegmann Fertilizer in St. Louis. He was a member of the Columbia Jaycees and the Columbia Gymnastic Association. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Nolte was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Robert Nolte Fund, c/o Columbia National Bank.

Denise E. Maxeiner, 48, of Columbia, died Jan. 15, 2014 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born Feb. 2, 1965, in Spokane, Wash. Denise married Craig Maxeiner in 1993 in Kennewick, Wash. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Maxeiner is survived by her sons, Bryan Nelson Maxeiner and Brandon Alexander Maxeiner of Columbia; her father, Albert Dosch of Cut Bank, Mont.; a brother, David (Kerry) Dosch of Cut Bank, Mont.; sister-in-law, Carol (Jerry) Edwards of Castle Rock, Colo.; nieces and nephews; and her pets, Gomez, Sassy, Weazer and Box. She was preceded in death by her mother Joyce (Hall) Dosch; and in-laws, Martha and Armond Maxeiner. Mrs. Maxeiner attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Kristofer Avise Rouse officiating. Interment of cremated remains will take place later this spring in Mueller’s Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Kennewick, Wash. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Ruth Catherine Gastaldi, nee Ferkel, 90, of Saint Louis died Jan. 15, 2014. She was born April 18, 1923, in Columbia, the daughter of the late John and Katie (nee Wilde) Ferkel. Ruth was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Mrs. Gastaldi was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Reno J. Gastaldi. She was the sister of the late Vi (Norvin) Kampschroeder and the late Elmer P. (Mary) Ann) Ferkel; godmother of Mary Alice (Ferkel) Riley; aunt of the late Kenneth (Doris) Ferkel, David Kampschroed-er, the late Karl Kampschroeder, Karen (Kampschroeder) Oyer, Celia Reynolds and Susan Beatty; great-aunt of Debra (Ferkel) Braniecki, Linda (Ferkel) Mackey and Kenneth Ferkel, Jr.; and cousin of Alma Girard. Ruth was the valedictorian for the Columbia High School Class of 1941. She then graduated from Brown's Business College and was employed as an executive secretary for Boatman's Bank and Thomas A. Edison. Ruth married Reno Joseph Gastaldi, an accomplished sculptor, in 1953. Together they ran Reno Studios - Sculptured Originals for 30 years before retiring in 1985. Ruth and Reno celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2003. During her life, Ruth was active in many school, church and civic affairs. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastors Bill Groennert and Jared Parker officiating. Mrs. Gastaldi was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Christ Community Lutheran Church or the American Heart Association.

Marie L. Baldridge, nee Hofstetter, 93, of Dupo, died Jan. 18, 2014 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing. She was born Dec. 23, 1920, in Dupo, the daughter of the late Herman and Freida (nee LePere) Hofstetter. Mrs. Baldridge is survived by her children, Kenneth Baldridge, David (Paula) Baldridge, Dennis (Marianna) Baldridge, Gary (Linda) Baldridge, Richard (Doris) Baldridge, Susan Link, Bob (Dana) Baldridge and Debbie Baldridge; and daughter-in-law, Catherine Baldridge; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Baldridge; her son, Raymond Baldridge; and grandson, Michael Baldridge. Marie was a homemaker and attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo with Rev. Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Baldridge was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Edward S. Reiss, 78, of Waterloo, died Jan. 19, 2014, in Red Bud. He was born April 16, 1935 in Chicago, the son of the late Martin Harold and Sylvia (nee Shure) Reiss. Mr. Reiss is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vivian (nee Volkmann) Reiss; a son, Phillip (Antonia) Reiss; and a sister, Natalie Rosner; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Solomon Rosner. Mr. Reiss was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He played on the St. Louis Cardinals AAA baseball team in the late 1950s, and later worked as the business manager for the Pensacola, Fla., Senators. Mr. Reiss was employed as a postman in Chicago and Beverly Hills, Calif. He enjoyed telling stories of meeting actors Charlton Heston and Cyd Charisse. Edward was later employed as an electrical components draftsman and purchaser, designing printed circuit boards for early computer hard disk drives. He retired to Waterloo and worked at Rural King. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Jeffrey H. Guebert, 44, of Red Bud, died Jan. 20, 2014, in a farming accident in rural Prairie. He was born April 10, 1969, in Red Bud, the son of Harlin and Shirley (nee Melchers) Guebert. In addition to his parents, Mr. Guebert is survived by his wife, Teresa (Hooten); children, Hope and Jacob Guebert; a brother, Troy (Toni) Guebert; sister, Lara (Tony) Vause; and mother-in-law and father in law, Robert and Betty Hooten; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Guebert was a farmer and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation and funeral were at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Steven McDougall officiating. Mr. Guebert was buried at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

Patricia L. Vogt, nee Matejka, 77, of Valmeyer, died Jan. 21, 2014, in St. Louis. She was born June 30, 1936, in Springfield, the daughter of the late Vincent and Agnes (nee Senalik) Matejka. Mrs. Vogt is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles Vogt; children, Tim Vogt, Karen Vogt and Kathleen (Jim) Graves; grandchildren, Rebeccah, Jamie, Charles, Katrina and Anna Grace; a great-grandchild, Emily; brothers, Vincent (Jeanne) Matejka and James (Carol) Matejka; and an uncle, Leon Matejka; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her daughters Cynthia Vogt and Theresa Vogt (in infancy). Mrs. Vogt graduated from Lanphier High School in Springfield. She attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer. Patricia was a member of TOPS and the Red Bud Senior Circle. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating.

Esther Allgire, nee Mar-quardt, 86, of Valmeyer, died Jan. 26, 2014 in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 22, 1927 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Kilian and Rose (nee Welzbacher) Marquardt. Mrs. Allgire is survived by her children, Barbara (Mike) Belosi, Elaine (Dennis) Knobloch and Rodney Allgire; grandchildren, Matt (Stacy) Belosi, Melissa (Brad) Beenders, Brian (Sara) Knobloch, Greg (Jaclyn) Knobloch and Andrea (Corey) Blackwell; great-grandchildren, Will, Anna, Molly, Sawyer, Tess, Christian, Joshua, Caleb, Graham, Lucas and Matthew; and sisters, Roseann Duffy, Theresa Keim and Shirley Langsdorf; along with sisters-in-law, niece, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by husband Earl F. Allgire; and a brother Clarence Marquardt. Mrs. Allgire attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer and was a member of the Valmeyer Senior Citizens. She loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, quilting and fishing. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mrs. Allgire was buried at  SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Marguerite Ann Martha Brandt, nee Thiele, 85, of Waterloo, died Jan. 30, 2014, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 22, 1928 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late William H. Thiele and Maria (nee Schwing) Kinney. Mrs. Brandt is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert Brandt; a daughter, Sonja (Jerry) Giffhorn; a grandson, Neil (Rachel) Giffhorn; a great-granddaughter, Josephine Marguerite "Josie" Giffhorn; and siblings Dorothy Brandt, Ray (Gladys) Thiele and Lee Kinney; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Brandt was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC of Maeystown or the St. Louis Society For The Blind.

Ruth E. Rippelmeyer, 93, of Waterloo, died Jan. 31, 2014. She was born Sept. 20, 1920 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Charles and Dorthea (nee Nobbe) Rippelmeyer. Ruth is survived by her sister-in-law Kathleen Rippelmeyer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by sisters, Helen (Arthur) Richter, Clara Rippelmeyer and Dorthy (Glenn) Prange; and her brother Carl Rippelmeyer. Ms. Rippelmeyer attended Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo and was a member of the Peterstown House. Visitation and funeral were at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Ms. Rippelmeyer was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Leland Nottmeier, 74, formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 29, 2014. He was born Sept. 28, 1939 in Monroe County, the son of the late Armin and Bertha (nee Haltenhof) Nottmeier. Mr. Nottmeier was preceded n death by his wife, Patsy. He is survived by his siblings, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Tonya Kirchner, 41, nee Kruse, of St. Louis died Jan. 1, 2014. She was born June 15, 1972, in Belleville. Mrs. Kirchner is survived by her daughter, Haley Lauren Kirchner of Columbia; father and step-mother, Richard and Rita Kruse of Columbia; her mother, Carol Sager of Ava; step-father, Herman (Debbie) Mason of Dupo; and siblings, Michael Kruse of Columbia, Kim Kruse of Columbia, Brian Mason of Ava and Matthew Mason of Cahokia. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Walter and Dolores Kruse and Lester and Jessie Sager. Mrs. Kirchner was a flight nurse for ARCH Air Medical Service in St. Louis. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home.   Memorials may be made to the Haley Kirchner Trust Fund.

George L. Powers, 64, of Columbia, died Jan. 1, 2014. He was born June 24, 1949, in Baton Rouge, La., the son of the late George and Ruby Louise (nee Crook) Powers. Mr. Powers is survived by his partner, Jean Stroisch; step-sons, Michael R. Stroisch and Daniel (Emily) Stroisch; and a grandson, Henry Stroisch; his daughter, Laura Beth Powers of Raleigh, N.C.; son, SSG Brian Laurin Powers of Ft. Benning, Ga.; brother, Michael L. Powers of Baton Rouge, La.; niece, Laurie Faye Powers of Baton Rouge, La.; and his former spouse, Mary Powers of Columbia, S.C. Mr. Powers served in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1976. George earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from North Carolina State University in 1977. He retired as a commander from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1993. Mr. Powers later retired from the Internal Revenue Service. He was a member of  Columbia American Legion Post 581. Private graveside services were at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Columbia food pantry or the church’s building fund.

Bonnie Schlotmann, nee Yankey, 68, of Waterloo, died Jan. 2, 2014 in Waterloo. She was born May 12, 1945 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Howard and Gertrude (nee Deul) Yankey. Mrs. Schlotmann is survived by her daughter, Kimberly (Jeff) Mueth; and grandchildren, Jacob Mueth and Emma Mueth; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lee and Dale Yankey. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Schlotmann was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Glenn F. Bequette, 72, of Columbia, died Jan. 3, 2014, at Oak Hill’s Magnolia Terrace. He was born May 13, 1941, in Belleville, the son of the late James and Viola (nee Gummersheimer) Vogt. Glenn married Dima (nee Bowles) Duffy Bequette in 1972 in Carrollton. She died in 2011. Mr. Bequette is survived by his sons, James (Tricia) Bequette of Kansas City, Mo.; step-sons, Richard Duffy of Shasta Lake, Calif., and Rodney (Sherri) Duffy of Waterloo; granddaughter, Jessica Duffy of Waterloo; great-grandsons, Tyler and Ethan Toms; and siblings, Lillian (Carl) Vogt of Waterloo, Verana "Toots" (Charlie) Johnson of Waterloo, Velma Valleroy of California and Ronald Bequette of Columbia. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter in infancy, Shawn Elizabeth; a step-son, Randal Duffy; sister, Anetha Birkner; and brothers, Gerald and Donald Bequette. Mr. Bequette was retired from Luhr Bros.  Inc. in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Paul Wienhoff officiating. Mr. Bequette was buried at Palmier Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis or Masses.

Jerome “Jerry” Fults, 74, of Millstadt, died Jan. 4, 2014, in Belleville. He was born Nov. 16, 1939, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Neil and Hilda (nee Stechmesser) Fults. Mr. Fults is survived by his wife, Patricia (nee Shields) Fults; children, Diane (Rudy) Diefenbach, Dean (Diana) Fults, Darryl (JoAnn) Fults, Donna (Kenny) Harbaugh and Darren (Amy) Fults; grandchildren, Rudy (Keri) Diefenbach, Chris (Tracey) Diefenbach, Andy (Amanda) Diefenbach, Ashley Fults (Ricky Schmidt), Dean Fults, Jr., Holly Fults, Justin Fults, Adam Fults, Olivia Fults, Taylor Harbaugh and MaKenzie Harbaugh; great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Breanna, Kamryn and Ava Diefenbach; and sisters, Helen Godare, Darlene (Ben) Yancy and Judy Krebel; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Brueggemann; and brothers, Russell, Ronald and Norman Fults. Mr. Fults was a member of Teamsters Local 50 who retired from J.C. Hauling. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Mr. Fults was buried at  St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice Care or St. John the Baptist Catholic School.

Coy A. Williamson Jr., a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, died Jan. 5, 2014 at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo.He was 88. Mr. Williamson was born Sept. 25, 1925 in Percy  to the late Coy Williamson, Sr. and Surelda Danley Williamson. The family moved to Grafton and later settled in Valmeyer. Mr. Williamson worked at Meisenbach’s Grocery Store in Valmeyer as a teenager. He graduated from Valmeyer High School in 1943, and joined the Navy shortly thereafter. Mr. Williamson attended Naval radio school in Oxford, Oh. During World War II, he served almost three years as a radioman third class aboard the troop transport ship USS Garrard in the South Pacific and the Bay of Yokama Harbor. While in the Navy, Mr. Williamson was a boxer. Later in his life he liked to say that he was undefeated-- at least until he had his first fight. When the Japanese surrendered, he was reassigned to the USS Missouri. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the World War II Victory Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal and one star. Mr. Williamson returned to Valmeyer and began attending telegraphy school in St. Louis. He met Dorothy Redolfi in the late 1940s. Mr. Williamson married Dorothy on April 30, 1949 at Sts. Simon and Jude’s Rectory in her hometown of Gillespie. The Williamsons welcomed their first child, a daughter named Mary Jo, in 1950. Mr. Williamson was called back into the Navy in 1951. He served as a radioman third class aboard the aircraft carrier USSTarrawa in the Atlantic Ocean during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in April 1952 with the National Defense Medal. Mr. Williamson worked as a telegrapher for Gulf Pipeline in Valmeyer until it closed in the early 1950s. In 1954, he took a job selling meat for Mayrose, which later became Swift Independent Packing in St. Louis. He retired from Swift in 1988. The Williamsons welcomed a second daughter, Barbara June, in 1953. They later had three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Williamson was a member of Valmeyer American Legion Post 901 for 69 years, serving terms as commander and chaplain. He also performed in parades with the American Legion drill team. He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ of Valmeyer for most of his life, and served on the consistory board from 1984 to 1994. He also taught Sunday school for several years. Mr. Williamson was a volunteer firefighter with the Valmeyer Fire Protection District for 36 years. He retired in 1994. Mr. Williamson was a member of Masonic Lodge 747 in Waterloo, and a longtime league bowler at the Bee Hive Bowl in Waterloo.  Mr. Williamson was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mary Jane (Williamson) Reichert; his brothers-in-law, Carlyle Louer, William Byots, Joseph Redolfi, and Russell Reichert; his sister-in-law, Joanne (Redolfi) Byots; and his niece, Gwen Reichert. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. John's United Church of Christ in Valmeyer. Mr. Williamson was buried at the Valmeyer Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy (nee Redolfi) Williamson of Waterloo; his daughters, Mary Jo (Williamson) Robinson of Springfield and Barbara (Williamson) Roberts of Riverview, Fla.; his son-in-law, Stacy Roberts of Riverview, Fla.; his sister, Phoebe Mae Louer of Swansea; his grandchildren, Bethany (nee Prange) Booher and Kevin Booher of Waterloo; Audie and Abby (nee Bivins) Prange of Chatham, Ill.; and April (nee Roberts) and Ryan Jarvis of Riverview, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Remy Liam Penn Booher of Waterloo; Louden Ty Booher of Greenville, Pa.; and Luke Hardy, Tressel Jarvis and Scarlet Jarvis, all of Riverview, Fla.; nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ in Valmeyer.

Orlou V. Reichert, 86, of Columbia, died Jan. 6, 2014 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born Nov. 4, 1927 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late James and Mary (nee Frisch) Crowe. Orlou married Victor J. Reichert in 1947 in Columbia. He died in 2011. Mrs. Reichert is survived by her sons, Terry (Sharon) Reichert of Columbia, Rodney (JoAnn Diehl) Reichert of Kingston, Okla., and Kim (Lisa) Reichert of Belleville; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her brother, James H. Crowe; and sisters, Ina Mae Jahr and Margie Menges. Mrs. Reichert was a retired secretary for Luhr Bros., Inc. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mrs. Reichert will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Wayne F. Ritzel, 83, of Waterloo, died Jan. 8, 2014 in Waterloo He was born Sept. 22, 1930 in Valmeyer, the son of the late Henry and Viola (nee Agnew) Ritzel. Mr. Ritzel is survived by his wife, Gerry Ritzel; a son, Kirk (Dawn) Ritzel of Waterloo; and a grandson, Timothy Bievenue; along with a sister-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Darlene Hauptfleisch; and a brother, Richard Ritzel. Mr. Ritzel attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. He was a member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Mr. Ritzel was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Jefferson Barracks VA Hospital.

Sharon Lynn Butler, nee Roesch, 55, of Columbia, died Jan. 8, 2014, with her family at her side. She was born June 30, 1958, in Festus, Mo., the daughter of James and Mary Ann (nee Smith) Roesch. Sharon married Paul Butler in 1989 in Waterloo. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Butler is survived by her children, Carrie (Brian) McCormick of Florissant, Mo., and Sarah, James, Logan and Mariah Butler of Columbia; grandchildren, Cody and Mason McCormick; and siblings, Becky Noce of St. Louis, Diane (Mike) Cooper of Bloomsdale, Mo., Brenda (Patrick) Linderer of Festus and Steven (Lauren) Roesch of Festus. Mrs. Butler was a legal secretary at Cates-Mahoney Law in Swansea. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Gary Hogan officiating. Mrs. Butler was buried at the St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made to the Father Steve Gira Memorial Library Fund.

John H. Centunzi, 85, of Columbia, died Jan. 9, 2014, at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born May 21, 1928, in St. Louis, the son of the late Augustino and Irene (nee Winterbauer) Centunzi. John married Paula (nee Sanders) Centunzi in 1965 in St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Mr. Centunzi is survived by his children, Rita (Riley) Goodwin of Caseyville, Theresa (Mark) Donovan of Ballwin, Mo., John, Jr. (Vivian) Centunzi of Stanton, Mo., Martin (Sandra) Centunzi of Lampasas, Tex., and Wade (Wanda) Creason of Overland, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Tracy Creason of Des Moines, Iowa; and sisters, Anna Addis of Grand Island, Fla., Marie Cave of St. Louis and Irene "Dolly" Centunzi of Columbia; along with 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Benz; a step-son, Douglas Creason; and a great-great-grandchild, Cayden Mathew Fortner. Mr. Centunzi was a retired manager for Aramark Uniform in St. Louis. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia and was a member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turners). Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Gary Hogan officiating. Mr. Centunzi was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services of Monroe County.

Helen Massie, nee Moallankamp, 77, of Dupo, died Jan. 11, 2014. She was born Aug. 28, 1936, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Carl and Ruby (Lee) Moallankamp. Mrs. Massie is survived by her daughters, Linda Massie of Dupo and Kandi (Al) Vincent of Columbia; a son, Charles "Kinkie" Massie Jr. of Carlyle; grandchildren, C.J. Massie, Charlie Massie and Allen (Katie) Vincent; a great-grandchild, Lola Vincent; brother, Lawrence (Sylvia) Moallankamp of Columbia; and sisters, Vera Stone of Cahokia and Bonnie Ferguson of Dupo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Massie Sr.; a son, Gary Lindhorst; daughter, Ruby Chloe Massie; and a brother, Wayne Moallankamp Sr. Mrs. Massie had worked as a supervisor with Food Service Management of St. Louis, Mo. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star and the Dupo American Legion Auxiliary Post 485. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Rev. Paul Sadler officiating.

Alvin Ahlers, 80, of Columbia, died Jan. 12, 2014, at Columbia Rehab. He was born June 4, 1933, in Freeburg, the son of the late William and Eunice (nee Wilderman) Ahlers. Mr. Ahlers is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rose (nee Demick) Ahlers; his children, Glenda (Mark) Bugnitz of Lakeland, Tenn., Brent Ahlers of Smithton and Jeffrey (Abby) Ahlers of Bloomington, Ind.; a sister, Leona Jung of Freeburg; and a brother, Kenneth Ahlers of Belleville; along with 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sisters Dorothy Griebel and Wilma Lentz. Mr. Ahlers served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was retired from Ameren – UE in St. Louis, Mo. Alvin attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Gary Hogan officiating. Mr. Ahlers will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund.

James O'Neal Mitchell, 71, of Columbia, died Jan. 12, 2014, at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 9, 1942, in Fulton County, Ky., the son of the late Chester and Nezie (nee King) Mitchell. James married Ruth Ann (Lark) Mitchell in 1967 at Zoar UCC in New Hanover. In addition to his wife, Mr. Mitchell is survived by his daughters, Tammy (Darren) Hines and Holly Dreher, both of Columbia; grandchildren, Brayden and Kelton Hines and Max Dreher; and his mother-in-law, Mary Lark of Columbia. He was preceded in death by a brother, Chester Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell had owned and operated the Century 21 - O'Neal Mitchell Real Estate Office in Columbia. He previously worked at the Missouri Pacific Railroad in Dupo. James was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581, Columbia Sportsman Club and the Millstadt Sportsman Club. He had served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Visitation is Friday, Jan. 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mr. Mitchell will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion Post 581, Columbia Volunteer Fire Department, Columbia E.M.S., Zoar UCC or de Greeff Hospice House.

Earl Sylvester Shondy, 95, of Millstadt, died Jan. 10, 2014 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing. He was born Feb. 12, 1918 in Dupo, the son of the late Andrew and Mamie (nee McBride) Shondy. Mr. Shondy is survived by his son, Gary Shondy of Columbia; grandchildren, Sherri (Dale) Vogt of Paderborn, Amy (Mike) Webster of John’s Creek, Ga., and Chris (Sherry) Shondy of Lake Zurich; great-grandchildren, Megan and Derek Vogt, Mitchell, Matthew and Jack Webster, and Kate and Gavin Shondy; and a sister-in-law, Amanda Ruhrmann; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Edna (nee Ebersohl) Shondy; a daughter-in-law, Karen Shondy; a brother, Floyd Shondy; and sisters Gladys Shondy and Alice Rehg; along with sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Mr. Shondy served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Earl retired as a project planner at Monsanto’s Queeny Plant. He attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt, where he served on the church council and was a past president of the Zion Men’s Fellowship. Mr. Shondy was a member of the Millstadt Gross Bieberau Sister Cities, the Waterloo Porta Westfalica Sister Cities, St. Clair County Historical Society and the Genealogical Society of Belleville. Earl was also active in the Millstadt American Legion Post 502 and also served as adjutant for area branches of the Legion. Visitation and funeral were at Zion Evangelical Church with Rev. Darrell Weber and Rev. Craig Frazier officiating. Mr. Shondy was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Arthur A. Koch, 70, of Waterloo, died Jan. 8, 2014. He was born Dec. 16, 1943 in Maeystown, the son of the late Alvin and Irene (nee Woodcock) Koch. Mr. Koch is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (nee Wilde) Koch; children Daniel (Rachel) Koch, Thomas (Nicole) Koch, Jonathan (Bethany) Koch and Rebecca (Michael) Mudd; grandchildren Elizabeth Koch, Nathan Koch and Jacob Mudd; sisters Alice (Herman) Petsch, Dorothy (Ron) Tomlinson and Doris (Wayne) Matthews; and a brother-in-law, Carlyle (Sarah) Wilde; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Koch served in the U.S. Army and attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. He was a bus driver for the Valmeyer School District. Arthur was a member of the Renault American Legion, the Monroe County Farm Bureau, FFA Alumni, Maeystown Sportsman Club and the Monroe County Fair Association. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Pastor Stuart Rethwisch officiating. Mr. Koch was buried at the Monroe City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg or the Monroe City Cemetery.

Loralee Marion Presler, 86, of Millstadt, died Jan. 3, 2014. She was born Oct. 19, 1927, the daughter of the late Carl and Audrey (nee Muether) Bruckmann. Mrs. Presler is survived by daughter Sharon (James) Bertrand; grandsons Christopher and Matthew Bertrand; granddaughters Angela (Darren) Beste, Jennifer (Tony) Esker and Jody (Jamie) Schanz; great-grandchildren Graden Presler, Jacob Schanz and Jenna Schanz; cousins John (Susan) Muether, Kathy (Rick) Weygandt, Marianne (Glenn) Schaefer and Marge Walthers; and her dear friend Patricia Hogrebe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Paul Presler; and her son Mark Curtis Presler. Mrs. Presler graduated from Belleville Township High School and attended McKendree College. When her children were older, she worked many years as executive secretary for the United Way of Belleville. Loralee is a former member of the Millstadt Civic Club and the Belleville Garden Club. She volunteered with the Literacy Volunteers. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society.