2015 Obituaries

December 2015

Allen V. Hirsch, 62, of LaFayette, Calif., died unexpectedly Dec. 20, 2015. He died with a long lens in hand, happily engaged in photographing birds for the annual Christmas Bird Count for the Golden Gate Audubon Society, of which he became a recent board member. Allen was born in 1953, in Red Bud and raised on the family farm in rural Burksville. Mr. Hirsch is survived by his wife, Sara, whom he met in 1982; sons, Sam, 28, and Pete, 26; his mother, Pearl (nee Voelker) Hirsch; and siblings, Dean Hirsch, Kevin Hirsch, Karen Hirsch Roider, Kathy Hirsch Horn and Karla Hirsch Bulman; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mr. Hirsch graduated as a scholar-athlete and valedictorian of his 1971 Waterloo High School class. He then headed to the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Allen went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of Maryland, and then his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980. Allen spent a year in a faculty role in agribusiness at Harvard before moving to San Francisco for a job with PLM Transportation Equipment Leasing Co., where he later became president. Mr. Hirsch remained in financial services throughout the remainder of his career. At the time of his death he was vice-president at Beacon Capital Management. Allen generously shared his strategic planning gifts through his non-profit work with Harvard Community Partners. Allen had a life-long passion for baseball, beginning in his youth when he would listen to the Cardinals’ games on a small transistor radio and create his own scorecards. An expert in the refined art of sabermetrics (baseball stats), he later became a devoted fan and season ticket-holder of the San Francisco Giants, and was proud to be present for all three of the Giants’ World Series victories. A church trip to Malawi in 2007 opened Allen’s eyes to the beauties of Carmine Bee-Eaters and other rare birds, and led to his extraordinary love of photography. He was an enthusiastic member and judge for the Alameda Photographic Society. In recent years Allen spent increasing time in nature, whether in Death Valley, Mono Lake or in the camouflage tent he built in his Piedmont backyard so he could photograph birds undisturbed. An online gallery of some of Allen’s work may be seen at:allenh.zenfolio.com. Allen and family were 25-year residents of Piedmont, moving recently to Oakland, Calif. Mr. Hirsch attended Piedmont Community Church, where he active with the Men’s Bible Study and church choir. Allen had a dry sense of humor, superb singing voice and would always keep the choir updated on updated baseball scores. Services were held at the Piedmont Community Church. A local celebration of life service is Saturday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Golden Gate Audubon Society or his church’s music program.

Violet Delores Casteel, nee Grittman, 89, of Waterloo, Iowa, died Dec. 26, 2015. She was born Sept. 15, 1926, in Maeystown. Violet married Glen Casteel in 1945 in St. Louis. Besides her husband of 70 years, Mrs. Casteel is survived by her daughters, Dr. Nancy Casteel of Chicago and Kathleen (Richard) Boudreau of Lake Tahoe, Nev.; a son, Douglas (Virginia) Casteel of Waterloo; grandchildren, LTJG Bradley (Jodi) Casteel of Virginia Beach, Va., Brandon (Regan) Casteel of Urbandale, Iowa, Cassandra Edwards of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Christopher (Aubrey) Boudreau of Carson City, Nev.; great-grandchildren Zailey and Zoie Casteel and Brady and Beckett Edwards; and sisters, Ruth (Sam) Huntoon of St. Louis and Ethel (Floyd) Foster of Baton Rouge, La. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Alice (Paul) Pyatt; and brothers, Adam Grittman, William Grittman, Robert (Betty) Grittman and Leroy (Jean) Grittman. Mrs. Casteel worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Schoitz Hospital and as a private duty nurse until she retired in 1983. She and Glen were active members of Central Christian Church for over 50 years. They also spent many years as snowbirds in Arizona, traveling there with church friends and other John Deere retirees. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Castell was buried at the Monroe City Cemetery.

Franklin James Padgett, infant son of Christopher and Emily Huskey Padgett, died Dec. 22, 2015 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. Besides his parents, Franklin is survived by a sister, Maggie Padgett; paternal grandparents, Kenny and Roxanne Padgett of Hephzibah, Ga.; maternal grandparents, Michael and Terise Price Huskey of Waterloo; and maternal greatgrandmother, Margaret E. Price of St. Louis, Mo. Gravesite service was at Hillcrest Memorial Park with Reverend Tracy Pressley officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Jeanette A. Distler, 86, of Columbia, died Dec. 31, 2015, at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born July 4, 1929, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Alfred and Magdalen (nee Evers) Vogt. Jeanette married Raymond G. Distler in 1960 in Waterloo. He died in 1997. Mrs. Distler is survived by her son, Dave (Amy) Distler of Columbia; step-son, Douglas (Nancy) Distler of O'Fallon; grandchildren, Maggie Distler and Alex Distler; step-grandchildren, Scott Distler and Steven (Linda) Distler; and step-great-grandchildren, Jack and Lauren Distler. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son in infancy, Timothy Distler; and her sister, Doris (William) Hannon. Mrs. Distler attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Distler was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Eugene Schorb – Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Gary Stein, 63, of Belleville, died Dec. 31, 2015, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville following an aneurysm. He was born June 28, 1952, in Belleville, the son of the late Frederick and Normalee (nee Rigdon) Stein. Gary married Lois (nee Clendenin) Stein in 1978. In addition to his wife, Mr. Stein is survived by his children, Kevin (Katie) Stein, Kyle (Amy) Stein and Kelly Stein (James Bowman); grandchildren, Brady, Weston and McKinley Stein, Kennedy and Audrey Stein and Maiya Bowman; brothers, Randy Stein and William (Bobbie) Stein; sisters-in-law, Tina Stein and Pat (Terry) Westhoff; brother-in-law, Paul Clendenin; and his in-laws, Robert and Pauline Clendenin; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Frederick D. Stein; and sisters-in-law, Joan Randolph-Green and Karen Stein. Mr. Stein was retired. He had taught math at Waterloo Junior High School for more than 30 years. Visitation was at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. Funeral was at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Belleville with Father Matthew Elie and Msgr. Jack McEvilly officiating. Mr. Stein was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish.

Roger Frederick Jung, 84, of O’Fallon, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died Dec. 17, 2015. He was born May 10, 1931 and was baptized May 17, 1931, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Mr. Jung is survived by his wife, Ruth (nee Pacini) Jung; children, Tom (Joanne) Jung, Barb (John) Schene, Carol (Mike) Ratkowski, Mary Jung, Jackie Jung and Jill (Dan) Doyle; grandchildren Jessica (Nick Rapisardo) Jung, Lauren (Nate) Davis, Elizabeth Schene, Danielle Jung, Matt Jung, Molly Schene, Alisen Ratkowski, Madison Doyle, Katherine Doyle, Sarah Ratkowski, Alex Doyle; great-grandchildren Ava Ratkowski and Jude Rapisardo; and a brother, Ray (Jenny) Jung. He was preceded in death by brothers, Gene (Leone) Jung and Freddy Jung; and a sister, Audrey (Laverne) Doiron. Mr. Jung served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Visitation and funeral were at Assumption Catholic Church in O’Fallon, Mo. Memorials may be made to the SSM St. Joseph’s Hospital Charity Fund.

Harriet M. Reime, nee Gass, 90, of Waterloo, died Dec. 21, 2015, at Oak Hill. She was born Oct. 22, 1925, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Alphonse and Mary (nee Mueller) Gass. Mrs. Reime is survived by her children, Scot (Kathy) Reime and Julie (Steve) Holtgrewe; grandchildren, Sean (Katie) Dailey, Ben Dailey, Christopher (Jennifer) Young, Robert (Michele) Asselmeier, Aimee (Jason) Grace, Zachary Holtgrewe, and Ana Holtgrewe; and great-grandchildren David and Charlie Young, Finn Dailey and Emily Grace; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert F. Reime; sisters, Cleo Burns, Connie Kinsella and Estelle Wade; and brothers, Clete Gass and Cyril Gass. Mrs. Reime attended of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was the former owner of Reime Jewelers in downtown Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Reime was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Nora Jane Feuquay, nee Bentley, 47 of Waterloo, formerly of Carlinville, died Dec. 21, 2015, at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born July 26, 1968, in Carlinville, the daughter of James "Red" and Lavina (nee Crum) Bentley. Besides her parents, Nora is survived by her daughter, Madeleine "M.J." Feuquay of Waterloo; siblings Janice Harding of Carlinville, James P. (Shirley) Bentley of Dorsey and Jennifer Upton of Carlinville; and close friend Marty Raeber of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Benjamin Bentley, who died in 2006. After graduating from Carlinville High School, Nora received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale and a MBA from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. Nora had worked for several years in Macoupin County as the Economic Development Coordinator. In 2009, she moved to Waterloo to take the job through the University of Illinois Extension as the Monroe County Community and Economic Development Educator. Nora loved cats, antiques, photography, hiking and spending time with her family, including her daughter and special friend Marty Raeber. Visitation was at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville. Funeral was at the Carlinville United Methodist Church with Rev Rex Hendrix officiating. Mrs. Feuquay was buried at the Mayfield Memorial Park Cemetery in Carlinville. Memorials may be made to the Madeleine “M.J.” Feuquay Trust Fund.

Janice C. Wohlwend, nee Tate, 90, Columbia, died Dec. 24, 2015, at Garden View Care Center in Valley Park, Mo. She was born Nov. 7, 1925, in Marston, Mo., the daughter of the late Lloyd Spenser and Elsie Louise (nee Simmons) Tate. Janice married Billie D. Wohlwend in 1953. He died in 2005. Mrs. Wohlwend is survived by her daughters, Janice “Liz” (Brian Mischel) Hopefl of Ballwin, Mo., and Melissa Wohlwend of Columbia. Mrs. Wohlwend had retired from teaching in Waterloo and Dupo. She was a member of St. Paul UCC of Columbia and the Ladies' Home Extension. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was  at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Wohlwend will be buried at  Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul UCC God's Little Meal Makers.

Dorothy A. Bruton, nee Turner, 90, of Waterloo died Dec. 28, 2015. She was born Nov. 9, 1925, in Plymouth, England, the daughter of the late Alfred and Dorothy (nee Lewis) Turner. Mrs. Bruton is survived by a sister, Joan Frost; nieces and nephews from England and Belgium; along with good friends in Monroe County and  St. Louis. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Bruton; and a daughter, Louise Bruton. Mrs. Bruton was a former member of Bellefontaine House. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund. There were no services. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Dorothy L. Nabers, nee Mueller, 77, of Valmeyer, died Dec. 15, 2015, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Dec. 26, 1937, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Erwin and Lydia (nee Stoeckel) Mueller. Mrs. Nabers is survived by her husband, Lowell Nabers; sons Keith (Chrissy) Nabers and Todd (Cindy) Nabers; grandchildren, Chelsea, Erica, Ryan, Aaron and Jared; sisters Pat Roever and Carol (Richard) Woodcock; step-sisters Carol (Roger) Hoffmann and Mary (Charles) Asselmeier; sisters-in-law Fanny Schellhardt and Maribeth (David) Rahe; and a step sister-in-law, Donna Mueller; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her step-mother, Alice Mueller Hoffmann; brothers-in-law, Homer Roever and Albert "Mannie" Schellhardt; a step-brother, Robert Mueller; in-laws A.J. "Slim" (Seleschia) Nabers; step-mother-in-law, Olga Nabers; and a nephew, Joey Schellhardt. Mrs. Nabers attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer. She was a member of the Women's Fellowship, Monroe County Home Extension, Sisters Club, Cabinet of Ministry and the St. John UCC Building Committee. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Mrs. Nabers was buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC - Carpet Fund or the White Cross Fund

Clara Jane Naumann, nee Kreher, Naumann, 85, of Columbia, died Dec. 16, 2015 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born Aug. 2, 1930, in Millstadt, the daughter of the late William and Theresa (nee Wachtel) Kreher. Clara married Robert W. Naumann in 1955 in Paderborn. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Naumann is survived by her children, Sheri (John) Ruffin of New Melle, Mo., Mary (Roger) Hoock of Dupo, Terry (Wanda) Naumann of Clearwater, Fla., and Gary Naumann of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; grandchildren, Justin and Timothy Skidmore; six great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter; siblings, Celestine Forbeck of Okawville, Mary Albers of Waterloo and Raymond (Janet) Kreher of Hecker; and a sister-in-law, Betty Kreher of Belleville. She was preceded in death by siblings, Mechtelda Kreher, Beda Dammermann, Wilfred Kreher, Angeline Obernuefemann and Norvin Kreher. Mrs. Naumann attended Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia. She was a former member of the St. Louis Metro Polka Club. Clara enjoyed reading, sewing, yard work and dancing. She had previously worked at Bridal Originals. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Naumann was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church. 

Margaret L. Richardson, nee Mueller, 73, of St. John, Mo., died Dec. 6, 1915. She was born Nov. 26, 1942 in New Hanover, the daughter of the late Eugene J. and Hilda (nee Eitmann) Mueller. Mrs. Richardson is survived by her children, LeeWena Peggy (Steven) Hicks and Stephanie Sanders (Dan Terhaar); step-daughters, Renee Simpkin and Beverly Richardson; and grandchildren, Lauren Elise Chapple and Avery Elise Terhaar; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Sanders, Raymond Esker and Willie Richardson; a sister, Charolotte Weihl; and a brother-in-law, David Weihl. Mrs. Richardson was a member of Zoar UCC and its choir. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at Zoar United Church of Christ at New Hanover with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Memorials may be made to her church or the American Cancer Society.

Sara L. Johnson, nee Hunt, 68, of Waterloo, died Dec. 3, 2015 in Villages, Fla. She was born Aug. 1, 1947, in Decatur, the daughter of the late Leland and Jane (nee Kunkel) Hunt. Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband, Ernie L. Johnson; sons, Eric L. (Danica) Johnson and Timothy L. Johnson; grandson, Frank Johnson; brother, Steven (Patricia) Hunt; and a sister-in-law, Loretta Hunt, along with other sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her daughter Erin L. Johnson; and a brother, George Hunt. Sara was a retired teacher and a member of the DRA and the Waterloo Country Club. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Lay Pastor Loretta Hunt officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Gary Ellis Gunn, 77, of Harlingen, Tex., died Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, at his home. He was born May 7, 1938, in Herrin, the son of the late Henry and Hazel (nee Lavendar) Gunn. Gary married Grace Kohlenberger in 1960 (divorced) with whom he had two daughters, Robin Renee Leistler and Randee Gunn Liles. His long-time companion is Jeanine "Nene" Price of Harlingen, Tex. Gary had an infectious smile. He was known for his great sense of humor, stylish wardrobe and finesse on the dance floor. He was a beloved father and companion. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marines in 1963 and was a member of the Elks Lodge in San Benito, Tex. Mr. Gunn was preceded in death by his daughter, Robin (Robert) Leistler; sister, Elizabeth (in infancy); father-in-law, Vernon Schneider; brother-in-law, Darrel Kohlenberger; and nephew, Drew Kohlenberger. He is survived by his daughter, Randee (Richard) Liles; grandchildren, Rance (Ashley Walker) Leistler, Shelby (Bill) Griebel, Evan Gunn Liles and Ava Renee Liles; his companion, Jeanine "Nene" Price; aunt, Teenie Kinsman; nephews, Mark (Tammy) Kohlenberger and Jon (Robin Lekosky) Kohlenberger; mother-in-law, Nadine Schneider; Grace Gunn; son-in-law, Robert Leistler; and sisters-in-law, Shiela Kohlenberger and Joan (Tom) Adams; along with his adoptive family, the Prices of Texas; and numerous other relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Harlingen Humane Society. According to his wishes, Mr. Gunn was cremated. A celebration of life service is planned for a later date.

Wayne Allen Mormann, 61, of Lexington, Okla., died Dec. 7, 2015 in Norman, Okla. He was born Sept. 30, 1954 in East St. Louis, the son of the late William and Maxine Mormann. Mr. Mormann is survived by his sons Christopher (Jennifer) Mormann and Conrad J. Mormann; sisters Sandra (Delbert) Wittenauer and Christine Eggemeyer; brothers Michael (Lisa) Mormann and John (Erica) Mormann; and grandchildren Nolan, Skylar and Lexi Mormann; along with nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Michael Eggemeyer.

Louis H. "Hutch" Schlafly, 71, of Columbia, died Dec. 10, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born June 11, 1944 in St. Louis, the son of the late Paul A. and Alberta Jane (nee Hutchin) Schlafly. Mr. Schlafly is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gracia L. (nee Doswald) Schlafly; a son, Aaron (Vivien) Schlafly of Tokyo, Japan; a daughter, Jane (Justin) Kernen of Austin, Tex.; and grandchildren, Brian Louis Schlafly and Zelda Grace Kernen, along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul A. Schlafly Jr.; and a sister, Elizabeth Jane McReynolds. Mr. Schlafly was chairman of the board of directors of Columbia National Bank, which he and a group of investors established in 1976. He served as president of the bank until his retirement in 1997. Hutch began his banking career in 1966 at Union National Bank in East St. Louis and was the long-time president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He was awarded the organization’s Pillar of the Community Award in 2012. Mr. Schlafly was also co-chairman of the Columbia July 4th Committee and a past-president of the Columbia Rotary Club. Mr. Schlafly first joined Rotary in East St. Louis in 1966. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was a former member of the Immaculate Conception School Board. Hutch was a 1962 graduate of St. Louis University High School and Rockhurst College Class of 1966. Visitation is Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A mass will follow with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Schlafly has gifted his remains to the Washington University Medical School. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund. Lawlor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William G. Cartlidge, 83,of Columbia died Dec.11, 2015. He was born Jan. 27, 1932 in Carthage, Miss., the son of the late Edward and Bonnie (nee Brewer) Cartlidge. Mr. Cartlidge is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Lou (nee Lawson) Cartlidge; a daughter, Lori (Fred) Grabe; grandchildren, Alexa and Nicklaus Grabe; and brothers-in-law, AdaMac (Dan) Shimkus and Teddy Lawson; along with other relatives and friends. Mr. Cartlidge served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the Mason Contractors Association and Bricklayers Local #1. Visitation and funeral were at Kutis South County Chapel in St. Louis. Mr. Cartlidge was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Ruth C. Goldschmidt, nee Schoening, 89, of Columbia, formerly of Valmeyer, died Dec. 9, 2015 in Belleville. She was born Friday, April 2, 1926, in Columbia, the daughter of the late George and Mathilda (nee Kuehner) Schoening. Ruth married August O. “Gussie” Goldschmidt of Merrimac in 1947. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Goldschmidt is survived by her children, Ted Goldschmidt, Anita Graber and Thomas Goldschmidt; grandchildren, Jace Goldschmidt, Tory (Natalie) Watson, Jacob (Sara) Watson, Victoria (Matt) Rippelmeyer and Abigail Graber; and great-grandchildren, Julia Grace Watson, Samantha Rippelmeyer and Alexandra Rippelmeyer; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Annette R. Goldschmidt; brother, George B. Schoening; half-brother, Edgar Schoening; and sons-in-law, Greg Graber and Rick Holmes; along with nieces, nephews cousins and friends. Mrs. Goldschmidt was a member of Columbia American Legion Auxiliary Unit 581 and the Columbia Historical Society. She was retired from Weilbacher’s Grocery Store in Columbia. Visitation is Saturday, Dec. 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. A funeral will follow. Memorials may be made to Holyton Children’s Home.

Harold D. Weisenborn, 74, of Columbia, formerly of Overland Park, Kan., died Dec. 13, 2015 at Columbia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born July 20, 1941 in Columbia, the son of the late Omer C. and Viola M. (nee Bock) Weisenborn. Mr. Weisenborn is survived by his children, Gregory H. (Charlene Nichols) Weisenborn of Hays, Kan., and Linda (John) Tackes of Frontenac, Mo.; grandchildren, Katherine and John Weisenborn, Joseph, Julia, and Jacob Tackes; a sister, Barbara (Ed) Schutte of Columbia; and a brother, Wayne (JoAnn) Weisenborn of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by sisters, Loretta Frazier, Gloria Morton and Florence Farmer. Harold was a retired engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois, where one of his proudest moments was being the winning pitcher in the Big 10 championship baseball game. Harold was a member of the Columbia High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. He was a past Worshipful Master (2002) at Masonic Lodge 436 in Overland Park, Kan. Mr. Weisenborn was a Shriner from 1999 to the present day. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 18, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday. Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m., at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Weisenborn will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to: Shriner's Hospital for Children, the Columbia Eagles Athletic Boosters or the University of Illinois - Fighting Illini Athletic Association.

November 2015

Teruko “Teddy” Ward, nee Furuyama, 88, of Henderson, Nev., formerly of Renault, died Nov. 28, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev. She was born Jan. 2, 1927 in Yokohama-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan the daughter of the late Masao and Sai (nee Koyama) Furuyama. Mrs. Ward is survived by her children, Irvin R. Ward, Jr. and Grace Ward; grandchildren, Jon Ward, Marie Ward, Amanda Ward and Matthew Ward; three great-grandchildren; a niece, Masako Fukuzawa; numerous other nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Irwin Ward, Jr. and a son, Michael Ward. Mrs. Ward worked at St. Clement Hospital in Red Bud from 1966 to 2003 and prior to that the Monroe County Nursing Home. Her healthcare career spanned over 47 years. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Renault with Msgr. Daniel J. Jurek officiating. Mrs. Ward was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Marcia S. Hahn, nee Chase, 69, of Columbia, died Nov. 29, 2015, in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 21, 1946, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late George and Josephine (nee Bailey) Chase. Mrs. Hahn is survived by her husband of 51 years, Kenneth L. Hahn; children, Jennifer (Derek) Carr of Waterloo, Joelle Hahn of St. Louis and Paul Hahn of Waterloo; grandchildren, Bradley G. Hoffmann, Summer L. Kolmer, Thomas J. Carr, Joseph C. Schaefer, Emma C. Schaefer, Samuel M. Hahn, Nicholas R. Hahn and Grace R. Hahn; a brother, Ronald (Renda) Chase of Columbia; and a sister, Barbara (James) Pace of Waterloo; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter in infancy, Jessica Elizabeth Hahn. Mrs. Hahn started her business career in her family's business, Chase Moving and Storage in East St. Louis. Marcia and her husband, Kenneth, then opened Rooster's Health Food Store in Columbia in 1995. They have successfully operated the store for more than 20 years with the philosophy of being health advisers, not health suppliers. Mrs. Hahn was a member of C.R.O.W.N. (Columbia’s Resourceful Organization of Women Networking) and the board of directors of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. A private visitation took place at Lake View Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home in Fairview Heights. A celebration of life will be Saturday, Dec. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Falls Reception and Conference Center in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center.

Norman H. Stumpf, 86, of Columbia, died Nov. 22, 2015 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born Jan. 11, 1929, in Columbia, the son of the late Arnold and Elizabeth (nee Reger) Stumpf. Norman married Eileen (nee Hentis) Stumpf in 1950 in Red Bud. In addition to his wife, Mr. Stumpf is survived by his children, Kathy Fitzgerald of Columbia, Norman T. Stumpf of Columbia and Tina (Steve) Luhr of Waterloo; a sister, Marian (Charles) Crowder of Columbia; his brother, Herman (Barb) Stumpf of Columbia; and grandchildren, Joseph, Patrick and Annie Fitzgerald. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Larry and Paul Stumpf. Mr. Stumpf was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Norman was retired from Ameren U.E. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Stumpf was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC in Columbia.

Paul E. Dilley, 86, of Waterloo, died Nov. 25, 2015. He was born July 17, 1929, in Valmeyer, the son of the late George and Dora Mae (nee Cheek) Dilley. Mr. Dilley is survived by a sister, Mary Ethel “Ep” Cook of Arvada, Colo.; sister-in-law, Dolores Dilley of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; and his dog, Tuffy; along with nieces, nephews, great-great-great nieces and great-great-great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene; brothers, Gordon, Howard, John “Bob” and Roy; and sisters, Blanche Hanewalt and Dorothy “Tutty” Munger; along with nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Mr. Dilley entered the U.S. Army in 1950 and retired from service in 1971. His assignment was an honor guard to President Harry Truman. He was assigned to Berlin during the Cold War. Paul later served to tours with the 9th Infantry Division in the Vietnam War in the Mekong Delta (‘66-’67) and with the 25th Infantry Division at Chu Chi (’69-’70). Mr. Dilley’s last assignment was a machine gun instructor at Ft. Polk, La. His decorations include Bronze Star with Oak Leaf, Army Commendation, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal 6th Army of Occupation Medal with Berlin Airlift Device, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Rifle and Pistol Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign with 1960 Device, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm 4th Award, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action 1st Class Unit Citation 2nd Award. Mr. Dilley then moved to Southern California and worked as a buyer for a parts manufacturer. He met and married Marlene Gillott in Las Vegas in 1989. Mr. Dilley was an avid bowler until 2010, bowling three perfect games. Paul was the 2009 California Seniors Bowling Champion. A memorial was held at Westminster Memorial Park in California.

Glenn Rodenberg, 83, of Waterloo, died Nov. 26, 2015. He was born Nov. 18, 1932, in Fults, the son of the late Walter and Bertha (nee Wortmann) Rodenberg. Mr. Rodenberg is survived by his wife, Audrey (nee Wehmeier) Rodenberg; children, Karen (Lynden) Prange, Diane (Dan) Weber and Brian Rodenberg; grandchildren, Aaron (Jenny) Prange, Lauren (Matt) Schellhardt, Adam Prange (Allie Haller) and Dustin Weber (Haley Fallon); nieces and nephews Lyn May, Donna (Dennis) Underwood, Joann (Chuck) Steppig and Danny May (fiancée Ginny); and niece-in-law Karla May; along with great-nieces and great-nephews, a great-great-niece and cousins. He was preceded in death by a daughter ,Nancy E. Rodenberg; sister, Shirley May; brother-in-law Vernon May; niece, Sandra May; and nephew,David May. Mr. Rodenberg attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. He was a rural mail carrier in Waterloo from 1959 to 1988. Glenn enjoyed hunting and taught Sunday school and Bible study 50 years. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor James Watson officiating. Mr. Rodenberg was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center.

Betty J. Beckerle, nee Klein, 85, of Columbia, died Nov. 27, 2015 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born May 11, 1930, in Floraville, the daughter of the late Frank and Helen (nee Schoenborn) Klein. Betty married Lawrence P. Beckerle in 1950 in Paderborn. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Beckerle is survived by her children, Lawrence T. Beckerle of Craigsville, W.V., Michael Beckerle of Waterloo, Vincent Beckerle of Columbia, Marie (Jerry) Kelley of Waterloo, Jane (Tom) Nobbe of Waterloo, Herbert (Traci) Beckerle of Columbia and Lucy (Todd) Osterhage of Waterloo; grandchildren, Brian Beckerle, Tara Phillips, Brandon (Kathy) Kelley, Lauren Kelley, Jared (Rebecca) Nobbe, Brad (Jennifer) Nobbe, Tyler Beckerle, Chelci (fiance Nathan Kremmel) Beckerle, Kelsey Osterhage and Ashley Osterhage; great-grandchildren, Augustus Kelley, Maliyah Phillips, Xandric Phillips and Aiden Nobbe; sisters, Anna Marie (Jack) Crowe of Freeburg and Cecilia (Eugene) Toenjes of Columbia; and sisters-in-law, Valeda Brinkmann, Margaret Schaefer, Christy (Al) Lehr, Dottie (Ken) Kunkelmann, Ruth Herrmann and Carol (Calvin) Fries. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Theodore, Robert, Richard, Victor and Alvin Klein; a sister, Eileen Grau; daughter-in-law, Joan Hensler Beckerle; and a granddaughter-in-law, Kelly Burk Nobbe. Mrs. Beckerle attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia and was a charter member of the Floraville Community Grange. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 4, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Beckerle will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Rebecca Sue Buss, 26, of St. Louis, formerly of Columbia, died Nov. 30, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. She was born May 28, 1989 in St. Louis, the daughter of Kenneth W. Buss of Columbia and Suzanne D. (nee Lybarger) (Orson) Valenzuela of St. Louis. Besides her parents, she is survived by a son, Kohen J. Myrick; a daughter, Lillian Noel Myrick and their father, Eric Myrick; a brother, Nathan Buss of Columbia; a sister, Alyssa Buss of Columbia; brothers, Andres Avelar, Seth and Landon Valenzuela; maternal grandparents, Charles and Mary Lybarger of Columbia; and a niece, Bria Auth. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Henry J. and Betty J. Buss. Rebecca was an artist and loved to draw. She also enjoyed music and her warm and charismatic smile were her trademark. Visitation is Thursday, Dec. 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A memorial will follow. Memorials may be made to her family.

Marcia C. Hahn, nee Chase, 69, of Columbia, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. A memorial will be scheduled for a later date. Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights is handling the arrangements. 

Denis J. Keim, 60, of Waterloo died Nov. 1, 2015 in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 3, 1955 in Red Bud, the son of the late Glenn A. and Ruth C. (nee Reis) Keim. Mr. Keim is survived by his wife, Mickey Keim; daughters, Melissa (Kevin) Kaufman, Mackenzie Schreder; other children, Christopher (Jennifer) Schreder, Heather (Andy) Kirkpatrick, Timothy Schreder and Dustin Schreder; brothers, Mark (Debbie) Keim, Jerry (JoAnn) Keim, Joel Keim and Matthew (Stacey) Keim; sisters, Marcia (Mike) Kreher and Lynn (Stan) Hope; step-mother, Theresa Keim; and seven grandchildren. Mr. Keim was a U.S. Army veteran who enjoyed camping and fishing. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo. Funeral was at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Chapel with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center.

Virginia J. Hornbostel, nee Willis, 97, of Columbia, died Nov. 1, 2015 at Garden Place in Columbia. She was born Aug. 14, 1918 in Percy, the daughter of the late Joe and Lena (nee Sieberg) Willis. Virginia married Albert H. Hornbostel in 1935 in Chester. He died in 2008. Mrs. Hornbostel is survived by a son, George Hornbostel of Columbia; foster-son, Peter (Sandi) Woolley of Lake Egypt; daughter-in-law, Gail Hornbostel of Caseyville; and a sister-in-law, Helen Gremmels of Chester; along with 19 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren, three great-great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sons Ray and Paul Hornbostel; daughters-in-law, Delores and Linda Hornbostel; brothers William, Walter, Robert, Bernell, Harry and Fred Willis; and sisters Flora Youngman and Myrtle Moore. Mrs. Hornbostel had worked at Concordia Publishing Co. in St. Louis and was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She was active in the quilter’s group at her church and taught Sunday School. Virginia was also a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary and Millstadt VFW Post 7980 Auxiliary. Visitation  and funeral were at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Hornbostel was buried at the Percy Village Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Building Fund or Vitas Hospice Care.

John Thomas “Train” Ostendorf, 67, of Waterloo, died Nov. 4, 2015, in Waterloo. He was born March 6, 1948, in Nashville, the son of the late Elroy and Myrtle (nee Maurer) Ostendorf . Mr. Ostendorf is survived by his sisters, Fronda (Allen) Nobbe and Karla Albert; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Luana Steffenauer. Mr. Ostendorf served n the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. A memorial service will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Carl W. Goodman, 66, of Sparta, died Nov. 5, 2015, in Prairie du Rocher. He was born Sept. 16, 1949, in Swifton, Ark., the son of the late Vester and Verona (nee Hofmann) Goodman. Mr. Goodman is survived by his children, Brian Goodman, Scott Laramore and Charles (Ashley) Goodman; grandchildren, Timothy, Nadia, Brooke, Alexis and Charlie Goodman; siblings, Lester Goodman, Wilma (Ronnie) Rednour, Teresa (George) Rednour, Karen (Bill) Dickerson and Sharon (Bret) Berghoefer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; a son, Carl Goodman; brothers, Dale Goodman, Otis Goodman and Pete Goodman; and a sister, Esther Goodman. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Don Harmon officiating. Mr. Goodman was buried at Monroe City Cemetery.

Mary Sloan Gibson, 103, of Millstadt, died Nov. 6, 2015, in Waterloo. She was born June 12, 1912, in Portland Point, NY, the daughter of the late Michael and Helene (nee Wolfe) Solomon. Mrs. Gibson is survived by her son, Robert (Marti) Gibson; grandchildren, Maria (Paul) Bailey and Andra (Chris) Meinelt; great-grandchildren, Ian, Aedan, Bailey and Massimo Meinelt; and brothers, Edward Gebera and William (Marian) Gebera. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gibson Sr.; and brothers, Richard Solomon, Michael Sloan and Nick Gebera. Mary attended First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, and was a member of Millstadt Senior Center. There were no services. Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Senior Center.

Darlyn M. Kohnz, nee Bertram, 91, of Waterloo, died Nov. 10, 2015, in Belleville. She was born Feb. 11, 1924, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Joseph Bertram and Anna (nee Fromme) Bertram-Louer. Mrs. Kohnz is survived by her children, Barbara A. Althoff, Bruce C. (Susan) Kohnz and Glen J. (Marlene) Kohnz; grandchildren, Mario (Connie) Hernandez, Michele (Tom) Carter, Andre (Emily) Hernandez, Adrien Hernandez, Rebecca Kohnz, Abby Kohnz, Davin Kohnz, and Mitchell Kohnz; great-grandchildren, Kristina (Tom) Reynolds, Michael Hernandez, Austin Hernandez, Samantha Carter, Cameron Carter, Joseph Hernandez, William Zieger, Emma Hernandez and Nick (Grace) Hernandez; great-great-grandchildren Aidan Hernandez, Landon Hernandez, Trentin Hernandez, Dominic Hernandez and Eli Reynolds (due Jan. 2); nephews, Mark (Teri) Bertram and Gregory (Penelope) Bertram; great-niece, Faith; and great-nephews, Mark Jr. and John. She was preceded in death by her step-father, Fred Louer Jr.; husbands, Rayburn Althoff and Cletus J. Kohnz; a brother, Earle Bertram; and a sister, Virginia Bertram. Mrs. Kohnz graduated in 1942 from Valmeyer High School. Darlyn enjoyed ballroom dancing, crafts, needlework, baking pies and playing pool and pinochle. She liked all types of music, from Elvis Presley to country. Mrs. Kohnz 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 Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mrs. Kohnz was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Alexander Sokalsky, 66, of Waterloo, died Nov. 14, 2015, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 27, 1948, in St. Albans, NY, the son of the late Alexander and Rita (nee Regh) Sokalsky. Mr. Sokalsky is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Watkins) Sokalsky; children, Amanda (Matt) Lorin and Leigh Anne Sokalsky; brothers, Mark Cronovich, Peter John (Teri) Cronovich and Mathew Cronovich (Patrick Cody); sister, Regina (Frank) Abel; and special great-great-niece, Kory; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Rosanna Cronovich. Alexander was an active member of St. Patrick Church in Tipton and the Knights of Columbus No. 1334. He volunteered at soup kitchen and was  a U.S. Army veteran. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mr. Sokalsky was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Siteman Cancer Center or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Lawrence V. Schneider, 93, of Waterloo, died Nov. 15, 2015 in Belleville. He was born Aug. 5, 1922 in Waterloo, the son of the late Joseph and Lena (nee Marquardt) Schneider. Mr. Schneider is survived by his wife, Bernice (nee Weber) Schneider; children, Larry Schneider (Donna Burle), Nancy (Dennis) Nobbe and  Paul (Debbie) Schneider; grandchildren, Michael and Bradley Schneider, Bill and Matt Nobbe, and Ashley and Madison Schneider; brothers, Jerome Schneider and Elmer (Vera) Schneider; and brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Syl and Leona Biffar and Marsha Weber; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by sisters, Agnes, Rosella and Dorothy. Mr. Schneider attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and retired from Columbia Quarry Co. in Valmeyer. He was a farmer and especially fond of dogs and horses. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Schneider was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

October 2015

Roy C. Werner, 93, of Waterloo died Oct. 13, 2015 in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 17, 1922 in St. Louis the son of the late Charles and Edna (nee Wielt) Werner. Mr. Werner is survived by his wife, Judy (nee Capestro) Werner; children, Tom (Susan) Werner and Wendy Werner; step-son, Michael Wilcox; grandchildren, David (Chloe) Werner, Elizabeth (John) Scafano, Hilary Wilcox and Marshall Wilcox; and great-grandchildren, Ezekiel Werner, Luca Scafano and Elana Scafano. Roy was the owner of Redwing Saddlebreed Farm, a member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association, American Saddlebred Museum, National Coil Coating Association and a World War II Army veteran. A celebration of life will be Saturday, Dec. 5 at The Falls in Columbia. Those attending are asked to RSVP to redwingfarm.werner@gmail.com or call 939-6761. Memorials may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, American Saddlebred Horse Museum or American Saddlebred Horse Association.

Jennie Lucille Holecek, nee Qualls, 86, of Waterloo, died Oct. 22, 2015, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 10, 1929, in Ava, the daughter of the late Clarence Eugene and Margaret (nee Ward) Qualls. Mrs. Holecek is survived by her children, Roger W. (Deborah) King, Gary D. (Jocelyn H.) King and Robert M. (Molly) Holecek; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Marge Mosbacher, Clarence Edward (Jean) Qualls, Ann (Leonard) Riggs, Fay (Homer) Froemling and James D. (Margaret) Qualls. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert J. King; second husband, Robert Holecek; and a sister, Barbara J. Qualls. Jennie was a volunteer at Oak Hill. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Will Hesterberg officiating. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

Marcella M. “Sally” Schmittling, nee Schmidt, 83, of Waterloo, died peacefully in her home Oct. 20, 2015. She was born July 6, 1932, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Alois and Ardell (nee Kissen) Schmidt. Mrs. Schmittling is survived by her children, Donna (Rick) Paradis of Pooler, Ga., Donald Schmittling of Waterloo, Dennis (Kim) Schmittling of Freeburg, David Schmittling (Donna St. Germain) of Freeburg, Diana (Tom) Hemmer of Belleville and Debbie (Jim) LeRoy of Smithton; 18 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her partner of 32 years, Donald Reis; great-granddaughter, Lainey Schmittling; and sisters, Gloria Tilley and Joan Kohler. Mrs. Schmittling enjoyed baking, preserving vegetables from her garden, reading, crocheting and playing bingo at the VFW. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. A memorial followed at the ICS cafeteria. Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice.

Roy C. Werner, 93, of Waterloo, died Oct. 18, 2015, in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 17, 1922, in St. Louis, the son of the late Charles and Edna (nee Wielt) Werner. Mr. Werner is survived by his wife, Judy (nee Capestro) Werner; children, Tom (Susan) Werner and Wendy Werner; a step-son, Michael Wilcox; grandchildren David (Chole) Werner, Elizabeth (John) Scofano, Hilary Wilcox and Marshall Wilcox; and great-grandchildren, Ezekiel Werner, Luca Scafano and Elana Scafano. Mr. Werner served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Roy had owned Redwing Saddlebred Farm. He was a member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association, American Saddlebred Museum and National Coil Coating Association. Memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, American Saddlebred Horse Museum or the American Saddlebred Horse Association. A funeral was to be scheduled for a later date. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Mary E. DeMond, nee Richardson, 86, of Prairie du Rocher, died Oct. 22, 2015, at Red Bud Regional Care. She was born Nov. 24, 1928, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late John McKinley and Rachael (nee Todd) Richardson. Mary married Clinton O. DeMond in 1848 in St. Louis. He died in 2002. Mrs. DeMond is survived by her children, Marsha (Tom) Evans of Steeleville, John Ed (Tina) DeMond of Prairie du Rocher, Deborah Holloway of St. Louis, Daniel (Darla) DeMond of Leasburg, Mo., Brad (Diane) DeMond of Red Bud, Terry DeMond of Christopher, Lori Ann (John) Obernuefemann of Smithton, Chris DeMond of New Athens and Tina (Brian) Kohnz of Waterloo; a sister, Helen (Earl) Collins of Troy, Mo.; sister-in-law, Joyce Richardson of Florissant, Mo.; brother-in-law, Robert (Billie) DeMond of Smithton; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death sisters, Martha Wagner; brothers, John, Joe, Gene, Saul, Theodore and Timothy (in infancy) Richardson; and grandsons, Nicholas DeMond and Curtis Michael Carman. Mrs. DeMond was a homemaker who loved to crochet. She was of the Baptist faith. Mary was very athletic, enjoying bowling, swimming, volleyball, basketball and softball. Visitation and funeral were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Rev. Greg Doussard officiating. Mrs. DeMond was buried at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Jake "J. L." Jatho Jr., 90, of Columbia, died Oct. 23, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He was born Aug. 23, 1925, in Murphysboro, the son of the late Jacob and Thelma (nee Griffin) Jatho. J.L. married Selma (nee Barringer) Jatho in 1954 in Murphysboro. Besides his wife, Mr. Jatho is survived by his children, Deborah (Daniel) Winkle of Granite City, Nancy (Gary) Haglund of St. Charles, Mo., and Jake (Becky) Jatho III of Millstadt; grandchildren Daniel (Laura) Winkle, Bradley Haglund, Kimberly (Drew) Stahlheber, Derick Winkle, Justin Jatho and Jordan Jatho; great-grandchild, Lydia Winkle; sister, Shirley Spears of Murphysboro; and a brother, Thomas (Barbara) Jatho of Millington, Tenn. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jo Ann Throop; and brother, Bob Jatho. Mr. Jatho served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had retired from Lewin Book Binding in St. Louis, and was member of the Graphics Art Union. J.L. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery and spending time with his family. Private graveside services were at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church of Columbia.

Bryan Jeffrey Hern, 24, of Millstadt, died Oct. 22, 2015 following a motorcycle accident along Rt. 158. He was born Sept. 15, 1991, in St. Louis, the son of Jeffrey and Christine (nee Brumit) Hern of Millstadt. Besides his parents, Mr. Hern is survived by a brother, Zachary (Rebecca) Hern of St. Louis; and his grandfather, Carl (Carol) Brumit of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harry and Jacqueline Hern, and Jenny Brumit. Mr. Hern was employed as a maintenance mechanic for Gateway Cold Storage in Valmeyer. He enjoyed playing hockey and football, and was a member of N.E.M.E.S.I.S. (a motorcycle club). Visitation and funeral were at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville.

Jenny Lee Koch, nee Gold, 35, of Columbia, died Oct. 26, 2015, following a battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 3, 1980, in Belleville, the daughter of Carl D. and Loretta B. (nee Fischer) Gold of Columbia. Mrs. Koch is survived by her husband, Douglas Koch; children, John William Stoffel IV, LeAnne Elizabeth Koch, Ethan Douglas Koch and Marissa Jean Koch; sisters, Deana (Bob) Nealon of Belleville, Dawn Turnipseed of Arlington, Tenn., and Pam Gold of Columbia; brother, Mike Gold of Columbia; and her grandmother, Jesse Gold of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her sister, Brandy Riggs. Jenny had been the office manager and member of Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Jared Parker officiating. Mrs. Koch was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to church, the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Diana M. Sugden, nee Woods, 64, of Columbia, died suddenly, surrounded by her family on Oct. 25, 2015, at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born Aug. 14, 1951, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Donald and Antoinette (nee Castelli) Woods. She married Edward J. Sugden, Jr. in 1971 in St. Louis. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Sugden is survived by her daughter, Christina (Robert Klunk) Sugden of Columbia; son, Edward J. (Chelsea Beanblossom) Sugden III of St. Louis; grandchild, Katelyn Marie Klunk; brothers, Donald (Beth Campbell) Woods, Jr. of St. Louis, Dennis (Beverly Bolhafner) Woods of St. Louis and Douglas (Leslie) Woods of Hillsboro, Mo.; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Denise Economon of St. Louis,  Barbara Kiefer of Lake Park, Fla., Jean (Rick) Barton of Manchester, Mo., and James (Robynn) Sugden of Miami, Fla. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Bernice Sugden; a brother, David Woods; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Power. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Sugden was buried at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

Honorable Alvin H. Maeys Jr., 87, of Columbia, died Oct. 27, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville following a brief illness. He had been living in an assisted living facility in Swansea in recent years, but his family home remained on North Main St. in Columbia. Judge Maeys was born April 14, 1928 in Maeystown, the son of the late Dr. Alvin H. Maeys Sr. and Anna (nee Hirsch) Maeys. Judge Mayes is survived by his children, Karin P. (Michael) Maeys-Oppeau of Moscow Mills, Mo., and Alvin H. (Shelley) Maeys III; and grandchildren, Nathan and Miranda. He was preceded in death by a brother, William Maeys, who died of rheumatic fever at a young age; and a sister, Jean Marie Maeys. The Maeys family moved to Columbia when Alvin was a young boy where his father was a prominent local physician. Judge Maeys only spoke German until the age of five when he started grade school. In high school he attended Western Military Academy in Alton where he was a proficient baseball player. He continued his education at Dennison University in Ohio where he was a highly regarded baseball player, drawing the attention of professional scouts. Upon graduation from college, Alvin served in the Army during the Korean War. After his tour of duty, Alvin attended St. Louis University School of Law and then began private practice in Columbia. He was soon appointed as the Monroe County Circuit Judge, succeeding Judge Henry W. Jost. Judge Maeys was the youngest judge to have held such a position (35-years-old). He served as the county’s chief judge from December 1962 until his retirement in May 1983. An avid sportsman, Judge Maeys was a scratch golfer who won many tournaments including being the Waterloo Country Club Championship. He prided himself on keeping the court docket up to date by trying cases in the morning and then heading to the golf course on most afternoons. Judge Maeys was also an avid trout fisherman and enjoyed making his own flies. He was a 65-year member of Columbia American Legion Post 581 and a 60-year member of the Illinois Bar Association. At the judge’s request there were no traditional funeral or memorial services. A celebration of life was at Tiny’s Bar and Grill in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Agriscience Association in Moscow Mills, Mo. 63362.

Viola E. Brown, nee Donius, 95, of Waterloo, formerly of Fults, died Oct. 28, 2015. She was born May 26, 1920, in Renault, the daughter of the late George and Elisabeth (nee Melching) Donius. Mrs. Brown is survived by her son, Gary (Joyce) Brown; grandsons Rick (Amy) Brown and Jason (Jamie) Brown; great-grandchildren, Seth, Kiara and Hailie; and her sister-in-law, Bernice Donius; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond H. Brown; brothers George C. Donius, Harry Donius and Edwin H. Donius; and a sister, Frieda Steibel. Viola attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault, where she was active in the Ladies Aid. She volunteered at Nice Twice, and enjoyed quilting, flowers, cooking and playing cards. Visitation and funeral were at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Pastor Terry Grebing officiating. Mrs. Brown was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Betty Ann Limestall, nee Knowles, 86, of Highland, formerly of Waterloo, died Oct. 28, 2015. She was born Jan. 24, 1929, in Belleville, the daughter of the late William and Anne (nee Zink) Knowles. Mrs. Limestall is survived by her children, Beverly (Bjorn) Lindgren, Susan Limestall and Kevin (Ellen) Limestall; daughter-in- law, Brenda Limestall; grandchildren, Matthew Limestall, Joy (Chris) Krouper, Erin Limestall, Courtney (Kyle) Kaufman and Sami Lindgren; and her great-grandson, Konnor Kaufman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace H. Limestall; son, Steven P. Limestall; granddaughter, Sarah A. Limestall; and four siblings. Mrs. Limestall attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, where she was a vacation Bible school teacher, liaison for the Boy Scouts, stewardship committee, consistory and church treasurer. She was active in the PTA when her children were young, including serving as room mother and on a committee for the building of the Zahnow School. Betty was a co-Girl Scout leader for Troop 368 for many years and neighborhood chair of the River Bluffs Council. Mrs. Limestall served for 10 years on the Waterloo Zoning Board of Appeals (the first woman appointed the group). She was employed with the Dennis Doyle holding that position to this day. She worked for the Federal Government during World War II, Randolph County Clerk's office and the Monroe County Assessor's office. Betty enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, mushroom hunting, gardening, bowling, playing cards and reading. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence and Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Limestall was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, Highland Home Association or to the Waterloo Girl Scouts.

Jean Ann Mary Qualls, nee Stahl, 77, of Dupo, died Oct. 29, 2015 at St. Louis University Hospital. She was born May 3, 1938 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Henry and Hazel (nee Palmer) Stahl. Jean Ann retired after 22 years of employment as a secretary at Dupo Grade School. She attended Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo. Jean Ann was a member of the Dupo Chamber of Commerce and had worked part-time for the Prairie du Pont Water District. Mrs. Qualls is survived by her husband of 58 years, Clarence Ed Qualls; daughters, Deborah Keys, Melissa (Dennis) Reichert and Christine (Keith) McDannold; her son, Tim (Heather) Qualls; grandchildren, Jodi (Brian) Stephens, Kenny (Jennifer) Keys, Andrew Keys, Dereck (Nichole) Reichert, Emily (Andy) Camden, Adam (Fiance Chelsea) McDannold, Lucas McDannold, Samantha Qualls, Colten Qualls and Lily Qualls; great-grandchildren, Waylen and Hailey Keys, Hunter Stephens, Eli and Nolan Reichert and Henry Camden; and aunts, Sylvia “Babe” Mentel and Jean Kukis; along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Sandra Durbin; a granddaughter, Deena Reichert; and her son-in-law, Kenny Keys. Visitation was at Leesman Funeral Home. Funeral was at Christ UCC in Dupo with Rev. Todd Mushaney officiating. Mrs. Qualls was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to her church’s elevator fund.

Paul G. Herrmann, 51, of Centralia, formerly of Columbia, died Oct. 23, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia. He was born May 26, 1964, in East St. Louis the son of the late Vernon F. Herrmann and Mary Jo (nee Beckerle) Woolley. Mr. Herrmann is survived by his brothers, David Herrmann of Belleville and Louis Herrmann of Port Orange, Fla.; and sisters, JoAnn Johnson of Belleville and Marlene Prescott of Memphis, Tenn. He was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Herrmann. A memorial will be Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. at Fir Cottage in Centralia. Mr. Herrmann will be buried at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Murray Parents Association.

Mary Jane Aldridge, nee Thompson, 73, of Waterloo, died Oct. 30, 2015 at her home. She was born Oct. 22, 1942 in Oraville, the daughter of the late Arch J. and Bonnie J. (nee Hoover) Thompson. Mrs. Aldridge is survived by her husband, Wayne Aldridge; sons, Timothy (Mary) Aldridge and Thomas (Louise) Aldridge; a daughter, Julie (David) Camden; grandchildren, Sarah (Brian Lechner) Aldridge, Jennifer (Robert) Soncasie, Brandon Hansen, Andrew (Emily) Camden, Erin (Adriana) Osario and Courtney Camden; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Amanda, Adam and Austin Lechner, Brody Camden and Henry Camden; and brothers, Jim Thompson and Joe (Valerie) Thompson; along with nieces and nephews. Mrs. Aldridge was retired from U.S. Bank. Visitation was at Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral was at Christ United Church of Chris in Dupo with the Rev. Todd Mushany officiating. Mrs. Aldridge was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Delores V. Rubemeyer, nee Dehne, 77, of Waterloo, died Oct. 31, 2015. She was born March 23, 1938 in Fults, the daughter of the late Arthur and Wilhelmina E. (nee Koch) Dehne. Mrs. Rubemeyer is survived by her children, Laura Mehard (Scott Jatho special friend) and Mitchell (Dawn) Rubemeyer; son-in-law, Brian Luhr; grandchildren, Carrie, Lauren, Carli, LeAnne, Cameron, Alexander, Kyle and Chase; great-grandchild, Tallas Wayne Langhorst; a sister, Alvera Jacobs; sister-in-law, Mary Giglotto; brother-in-law, Roger Rubemeyer; and special friend, Frederick Meister; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her step-father, Charles Henke; husband, Ronald W. Rubemeyer; and daughters Christy Langhorst and Tracey Luhr. Mrs. Rubemeyer attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, was a volunteer at Nice Twice and had retired from the Monroe County Nursing Home. Visitation and funeral were at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Vicar Merritt Demski officiating. Mrs. Rubemeyer was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Family Emergency Fund.

Bernice C. Carl, nee Mattli, 88, of Columbia, died Oct. 31, 2015 at home with her family at her side. She was born Feb. 12, 1927 in South St. Louis, the daughter of the late Paul J. and Bernadine (nee Wekenborg) Mattli. Bernice married Richard G. Carl in , 1949 in St. Louis. Besides her husband, Mrs. Carl is survived by a son, Rick (Lois) Carl of St. Charles, Mo.; a daughter, Susan (James) Eckhardt of Affton, Mo.; a brother, Paul (Betty) Mattli of St. Louis; sisters, Alice McKenna of St. Louis and Audrey (Nick) Pfister of St. Louis; grandchildren, Lori and Lynn Eckhardt, Kelly (Mike) Evans and Jamie (Jared) Krieg; and great-grandchildren, Owen Evans and Maddox Krieg. She was preceded in death by her brothers Arthur, Joseph and Lawrence Mattli; and sisters, Marie Hindert, Loretta French and Patricia Ryan. Mrs. Carl attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.She was a member of the Columbia Senior Citizens and the Monsanto Club. Visitation was at the Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Carl was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Eugene J. Schorb Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Helen Marie Senf, nee Christeson, 83, of Waterloo died Oct. 12, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 18, 1931 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Walter and Juanita (nee Swiney) Christeson. Mr. Senf is survived by her husband of 67 years Floyd Senf; children, Alan (Dellann) Senf, Joanna Hoffman and David (Pat) Senf; grandchildren, Erik (Trisha) Senf, Missy (Rich) Arko, Clair Hoffman (Dara Showrai), Paul (Michelle) Senf, Alison Hoffman-Han (Charles Han) , John (Trista) Ohlendorf, Nicole (Adam) Perjak, Jessica (Josh) Gregory and Keith Senf (Kellcie Livingston); great-grandchildren, Nicholas Senf, Clara Senf, Samuel Senf, Ella Arko, Sidney Showrai, Conner Perjak, August Showrai, Zoey Ohlendorf, Ethan Perjak, Jakson Gregory, Sadie Ohlendorf and Jase Gregroy; a brother, Frank (Beverly) Christeson; and a sister-in-law, Barbara (Paul) Christeson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers, James and Paul Christeson. Mrs. Senf was a retired hotel executive housekeeper, a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Waterloo VFW Post 6504 Auxiliary. Visitation was at  Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Senf was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Robert H. Sparwasser, 85, of St. Louis, died Oct. 8, 2015 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. He was born April 2, 1930 in Columbia, the son of the late Arthur and Eleanor (nee Langsdorf) Sparwasser. Mr. Sparwasser is survived by his wife Louise (nee Chrismer) Sparwasser; stepsons, Edward A. Kasten and Bryan (Diane) Kasten; grandchildren, Kenneth W. (Angela) Kasten, Jennifer Kasten, Elizabeth (Art) Conaway and Tonya Kasten; and six great-grandchildren; along with cousins. Mr. Sparwasser was an Army veteran and a member of South County Mall Walkers. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Sparwasser was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Elizabeth Groome, 93, of Columbia died Oct. 9, 2015 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born Aug. 18, 1922 in Scotland, the daughter of the late Peter and Elizabeth (nee McCormick) Groome. Ms. Groome is survived by a sister, Rose Kelly of Columbia; nieces Marie Elizabeth (Brian) Mueller of Olathe, Kan., Geri (Joe) Dildine of Fenton, Mo., and Rose (Jim) McGonigle of Columbia; great-nieces and great-nephews John Christopher Kelly, Conner Mueller, and Liam and Regan McGonigle. She was preceded in death by brothers Peter, John, Bernard and Joseph Groome; and a nephew, John Kelly. Visitation is Saturday, Oct. 17 from  9 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia. A funeral will follow with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Ervin W. Menke, 83, of Columbia, died Oct. 6, 2015, in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 16, 1932, in Fults, the son of the late Herman and Catherine (nee Schmidt) Menke. Mr. Menke is survived by his wife, Donna (nee Pflueger) Menke; children, Teresa Rusteberg, Patricia (Wayne) Killingsworth, Michelle (Randy) Gummersheimer and Dawn (Kraig) Kelley; grandchildren, David (Amanda) Rusteberg, Rebecca (Bill) Huddleston, Arthur (Julie) Rusteberg, Anthony (Bridget) Killingsworth, Joshua (Kristin) Killingsworth, Crystal Killingsworth, Dianna Killingsworth, Jordan Killingsworth, Madelyn Gummersheimer, Makayla Gummersheimer, Ian Kelley and Abigail Kelley; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings Shirley Williams, Orville (Beverly) Menke, Robert (Mildred) Menke and Larry (Reba) Menke; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Menke; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Diane and Donna Menke; a grandson, Carter William Gummersheimer; his brother, Vernon Menke; and an uncle, Elmer Schmidt. Mr. Menke was a veteran of the U.S. Army and attended St. Paul UCC in Floraville. He was the owner of Menke Builders. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Floraville with Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Menke was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Colleen M. Greenhill, nee Barfield, 75, of Lombard, died Oct. 3, 2015 in Downers Grove. She was born Aug. 31, 1940 in Dupo, the daughter of the late James and Marie (nee Deaken) Bufford. Mrs. Greenhill is survived by her children, Daniel Greenhill (Annette Riechmann), Michelle (Robert) Macal and Craig Greenhill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carman F. Greenhill; and a brother, Clark (Pug) Waltz. She was a member of the Humane Society. Visitation and funeral here were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Fr. Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Greenhill was buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville.

Scott W. Porter, 53, of Red Bud died Oct. 3, 2015 at St. Louis University Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born May 12, 1962 in Red Bud, the son of the late James and Iva Gail (nee Blow) Porter. Mr. Porter is survived by two daughters, Brennan and Graci Porter, both of Red Bud; a sister, Kerry (Kevin) Lucht of Red Bud; a brother, Vance (Darla) Porter of Baldwin; and a special friend, Leanne Cowell of Red Bud; along with uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Hannah Porter. Mr. Porter owned an auto upholstery business in Red Bud. Visitation and funeral  were at the Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Mr. Porter was buried at the St. Peter UCC Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to the Porter children.

Charles W. Coleman Jr., 77, of Columbia, died Oct. 1, 2015 at his home with his family by his side. He was born Jan. 28, 1938, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Charles Sr., and Pearl Marie (nee Jones) Coleman. Charles married Rosemary (nee Hall) Coleman in 1959 in Waterloo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Coleman is survived by his children, Kevin (Sue Sexton) Coleman of Arnold, Mo., Terri (Wade) Harris of Orlando, Fla., and Michael Coleman of Columbia; grandchildren, Jennifer Drago, Kristen Colon, Nic Bradley, Christina Coleman, Ryan Coleman, Elena Coleman, Stephanie, Coleman and Emily Coleman; great-grandchildren, Colin Drago, Katelyn Drago and Londyn Colon; and a brother-in-law, Jack Hall of Fenton, Mo. Mr. Coleman had served in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He was a retired commercial pressman and member of Teamsters Local 6-505 of St. Louis. Charles loved to travel, play board games and was a great handyman. His hobbies included making stained glass windows and oil painting. Visitation and funeral were at the Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor William Groennert officiating. Mr. Coleman was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Betty A. Krass, nee Parsons, 45, of Columbia, died Oct. 1, 2015, at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born April 28, 1970, in Centreville, the daughter of Frank and Cheryl (nee Haggerty) Parsons of Columbia. Mrs. Krass is survived by her husband, Gregory A. Krass of Columbia; grandfather, Frank L. Parsons of Columbia; special cousin, Theresa Martin; and her dog, Bear. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Anna Parsons and, William (Elizabeth) Haggerty; and her dog, Barney. Mrs. Krass was a maintenance administrator with AT and T in East St. Louis. She was a member of Helping Strays of Monroe County and CWA Local 4217. Visitation and funeral were at the Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Ridenour, officiating. Mrs. Krass was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Robert Lee Dix, 88, of Waterloo, died Oct. 1, 2015, in Belleville. He was born Dec. 16, 1926, in Esther, Mo., the son of the late Claude and Golda Mae (nee Stone) Dix. Mr. Dix is survived by his children. Steven (Cheryl) Dix and Tina Lautz; grandchildren, Jamye (Michael) LaFollette, Jason (Shae) Dix, Christopher (Michelle) Martin, Ryan (Angela) Martin and William Martin; and his sister, Mary; along with great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby June (nee Montgomery) Dix; brother Bill Dix; and sisters Carrie, Dorothy, Adabelle, Vaughn and Eva. Mr. Dix served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended First Baptist Church in Waterloo and was a retired Terminal Railroad employee. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at the First Baptist Church of Waterloo with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mr. Dix was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the American Heart Association.

Theresa Klein, 44, of Baldwin, formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, Oct 4, 2015 in a car accident in downtown St. Louis. She was born Jan. 18, 1971 in Belleville, the daughter of Shirley Kay (nee Renner) Klein-Garnto and the late Gerald Klein. Besides her mother, Ms. Klein is survived by her daughters, Sierra Klein-DuFrenne and Kiana Klein-DuFrenne, both of Baldwin; a brother, Michael (Margaret) Klein of Belleville; a niece, Michelle Klein of Belleville; the father of her daughters, Jeff DuFrenne of Red Bud; her step-father, Phillip Garnto; and her dog, Stella; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Michelle Robertson. Ms. Klein was a sixth grade teacher at Oliver Park Middle School in Cahokia, and was also a waitress at Reifschneider’s Grill and Grape in Columbia. She also taught at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Steeleville. Theresa attended St. John Lutheran Church in Baldwin. Theresa enjoyed the outdoors, riding her motorcycle and listening to the Grateful Dead. Visitation and funeral were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Rev. Royal Boeder officiating. Ms. Klein was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

Mary I. Buckley, nee Henderson, 83, of Waterloo, died Oct. 3, 2015, in Columbia. She was born Feb. 10, 1932, in Hopkinsville, Ky., the daughter of the late James and Geneva Henderson. She is survived by her children, Dorothy (Leon) Holbrook, Nancy (Dave) Schaeffer, Henry Buckley Jr., Thomas E. (Pat) Buckley, Dorris (Connie) Buckley and Margie Buckley; and a sister, Melinda Cole; along with 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Buckley Sr.; brothers, Chester Henderson, Dayton Henderson, Jewel Henderson and Dorris Henderson. Mary attended First Baptist Church in Waterloo and was a member of the Waterloo Senior Citizens. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at First Baptist Church in Waterloo with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mrs. Buckley was buried at Ebenezer Cemetery in Hopkinsville, Ky. Memorials may be made to Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center.

Frank L. Parsons, 95, of Columbia, died Oct. 5, 2015 at Altenheim of St. Louis. He was born Sept. 14, 1920, in Hoxie, Ark., the son of the late John and Carrie (nee Watson) Parsons. He married Anna (nee Palmisano) Parsons in 1943 in Arkansas. She died in 2007. Mr. Parsons is survived by his children, Diane Kenuam of Park Hill, Mo., Mary Taylor of Bradley, Ark., Frank (Cheryl) Parsons of Columbia and Jeannie Magyer of Bossier City, La.; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Besides his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by a brother, James Parsons; and grandchildren, Bobby Kenuam and Betty Krass. Mr. Parsons served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of  Columbia American Legion Post 581 and the NRA. Frank was a retired scheduling clerk at the Alton Southern Railroad. Visitation and funeral were at the Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Ridenour officiating. Mr. Parsons was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Paul L. “Skeet” Burnett, 73, of Waterloo, died Oct. 4, 2015, in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 20, 1941, in St. Louis, the son of the late James and Lillian (nee Agnew) Burnett. Mr. Burnett is survived by his children, Christina (Robert) Gurka, Paula Branson and Cherie (Mike) Pegg; grandchildren, Kelli (Josh) Dodd, Courtney Isaac (Adam), Jenna (Greg) Heidenreich, Adam (Dana) Vogt, Travis Branson and Britney, Brandon, Nathan and Ashley Pegg; great-grandchildren, Austin, Caden, Aubrey, Aspen, Haiden, Drew and Nathan; great-great grandchildren, Bentley and Lily; and siblings Helen (John) Glore, James (Josie) Burnett, Charles (Teresa) Burnett, John (Kathy) Burnett and Marie (Ken) Mann; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his step-father, Robert Watson; a sister, Margaret (Raymond) Wilcox; and son-in-law, Bill Branson. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Burnett was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer.

Joseph Carl Parres, 96, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died Oct. 7, 2015, at Taylor Care Center. He was born Dec. 28, 1918, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Bernard and Edna (nee Manning) Parres. Joseph married Glenda (nee Squire) Parres in 1944, in Norfolk, Va. She died in 2004. Mr. Parres is survived by his daughter, Kathy (Alan) Unger of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; grandchildren Mason and Davis McDaniel; and sisters, Virginia Lee and Betty Carroll. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael Parres; brothers, Adrian Parres and Tom Parres; and a sister, Stella Parres. Mr. Parres served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Joseph was a retired yard clerk at Terminal Railroad. He 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. Mr. Parres was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to his church.

Cal Neeman Sr., 86, of Lake St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Valmeyer, died Oct. 1, 2015. He was born Feb. 18, 1929, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Amandus and Elenore (nee Johanning) Neeman. Mr. Neeman is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ann (nee Minchich) Neeman; his children, Calvin (Carol) Neeman of Waterloo, Jim (Sue) Neeman of Freeburg, Lori (Louis) Wray of Lake St. Louis, Susanne (Kevin) Graham of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., and Paul Neeman of Creve Coeur, Mo.; grandchildren, Collin (Jill) Neeman, Jake Neeman, Leslie (Adam) Robertson, Louis C. Wray, Charles Wray, Kevin Graham and Katelynn Graham; a brother, Earl (Carolynn) Neeman of Macinaw; and a sister, Adeline (Al) Ferry of East Carondelet. He was preceded in his death by an older brother, who died shortly after birth. Mr. Neeman was a Major League Baseball catcher with the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators. Mr. Neeman signed with the New York Yankees in Joplin, Mo., as an uninvited tryout. Interestingly, the only other player who signed at that camp was Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle. Mr. Neeman hit a homerun during the try-out gaining the attention of the scouts. While in the Yankees’ organization, Mr. Neeman met and married Mary Ann (nee Minchich) Neeman from Binghamton, N.Y. Cal graduated from Dupo High School and attended Illinois Wesleyan University where he was an acclaimed baseball and basketball player. Cal later attended Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. Mr. Neeman was a Korean War veteran, was active in his church and served on numerous local boards. He coached and taught at Dupo High School, coached baseball at Concordia Seminary and later sold educational materials for Nystrom and Co. Always the competitor, Mr. Neeman developed a contagious passion for golf, which he shared with everyone. Mr. Neeman’s passing was noted by St. Louis Post-Dispatch Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel. Hummel reported that Mr. Neeman’s best season was his rookie year in 1957 with the Cubs. As their starting catcher, he hit .258 with 10 homers and 39 runs batted in as their regular catcher. He hit 12 homers, drove in 29 runs and batted .259 for the Cubs in 1958. Visitation was at Pitman Funeral Home in Wentzville, Mo. Funeral was at Living Lord Lutheran Church in Lake St. Louis with Pastor Roy Christell officiating. Mr. Neeman was buried at Our Lady Cemetery in Lake St. Louis.

September 2015

Carl J. Hays, 80, of Waterloo, died Sept. 27, 2015, at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 17, 1935 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Opal (nee Kemp) Miller. He was married to the late Betty J. (nee Chartrand) Hays. Mr. Hays is survived by his children, Carla (Ken) Hanvey of Belleville and Matthew (Brenda Jackson) of Dupo; a brother, Jim (Diane) Hays of Pittsburg, Penn.; sisters, Dorothy (Gus) Kassaros and Earline (Rick) Oliver, both of O’Fallon; a sister-in-law, Clara Watts of Sun City West, Ariz.; grandchildren, Eric (Angela) Hanvey and Lindsay (Brandon) White, both of Belleville, and Luke, Noah and Jake Hays, all of Waterloo; and great-grandchildren, Harper and Norah Hanvey and Mason White; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his mother and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald D. Hays; and a niece, Stephanie Hays Jung. Mr. Hays was retired from Union Electric in St. Louis. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 148 of St. Louis and Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia. Mr. Hays was admired for his penchant for learning, his love of God, his talent as a musician and his love of music. Carl could play almost any instrument he picked up. Graveside services were at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Belleville.  Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois - Orange Team South. 

Denver G. Hansell, 84, of Sparta, formerly of Valmeyer, died Sept. 27, 2015, in Sparta. He was born Nov. 13, 1930, in Sullivan, Mo., the son of the late Henry and Argie (nee Nelson) Hansell. Mr. Hansell is survived by his children David (Penny) Hansell and Myra Thibodeaux; along with six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren (one on their way), sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Florence (nee Guillory) Hansell; two sisters and brothers. A graveside service was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Denver was a member of Masonic Lodge 787 and Sparta VFW Post 2698.

Theresa B. Speer, nee Harvilla, 71, of Grove, Okla., died Sept. 22, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. She was born March 23, 1944 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Frank and Ann (nee Pavlik) Harvilla. Theresa married Archie Speer in 1944 in St. Louis. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Speer is survived by her son, Chris (Rhonda) Shaw of Columbia; sisters, Dolores Gearon and Patricia Walsh; brothers, Francis Havrilla and Robert (Bonnie) Harvilla; and grandchildren, Addyson and Connor Shaw. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Mitchell. Graveside services will be Saturday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m., at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Marion Cochran, 75, of Jackson, Tenn., formerly of Waterloo, died Sept. 16, 2015 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. He was  born Feb. 4, 1940 in Obion County, Tenn., the son of the late Felix and Mary Ellen (nee Bumpious) Cochran. Marion married Carole (nee Woody) Cochran in 1962. Besides his wife, Mr. Cochran is survived by his daughters, Donna (Mark) Marchwinski and Judy (Perry) Tiemann, both of Waterloo, and Mary Ellen Mills of Jackson, Tenn.; brothers Wayne Cochran of Union City, Tenn. and David (Pat) Cochran of Southaven, Miss.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Margaret and Bill Smith of De Soto, Mo.; and nine grandchildren and their spouses, Dennis Marchwinski, Sharon Marchwinski, Nathan and Erika Marchwinski, Adam and Monika Tiemann, Brooke Tiemann, Kelsey Tiemann, Alyson Varga, Aaron Varga and Noah Comstock; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Greer Owens, Geniece Ragsdale, Grace Arnn, Rebecca Pinion and Jeanette Thurmond; brothers, Graden Cochran, Guinn Cochran, Ellis Cochran, Claude Cochran and Larry Cochran; and a son-in-law, Brent Mills.  Mr. Cochran was a retired bus driver for Gulf Transport Co. and Greyhound Bus Lines. He served in the U.S. Air Force  and was a Mason. Funeral was at White-Ranson Funeral Home in Union City with Phillip Pinion officiating. Mr. Cochran was buried at East View Cemetery in Union City.

Martha A. Haglund, nee Schmith, 99, of Columbia, died Sept. 4, 2015 at Oak Hill. She was born Jan. 24, 1916, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of the late Philip and Tellie (nee Kirkwood) Schmith. Martha married Roy Nels Haglund in 1966. He died in 1995. Mrs. Haglund is survived by a daughter, Barbara Mostaghim of Allen, Mich.; and granddaughters, Lynne Mostaghim of San Francisco, Calif., and Audrey Mostaghim of Provincetown, Mass. Mrs. Haglund was a secretary / bookkeeper at Eastman Kodak in St. Louis. She attended Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia. She was a member of the Columbia Nutrition Center and the Floraville Grange. Martha had been the organist at Concordia United Church of Christ in Millstadt for over 25 years. Visitation and memorial were at Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Jared Parker officiating. Mrs. Haglund was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorial may be made to her church or Songs For Soldiers.

Conrad Joseph Pete, 46, of Waterloo, died Sept. 14, 2015 in a logging accident in rural Valmeyer. Mr. Pete was born Feb. 19, 1969 in Wakefield, Mich., the son of Joseph and Virginia (nee Taylor) Pete. Besides his parents, Mr. Pete is survived by his wife, Tammy (nee Gerovac) Pete; children Austin Gerovac, Blake Pete and Christopher Pete, all of Waterloo; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dan and Gail Gerovac of Waterloo; sisters, Joyce Pete of Hurley, Wisc., and Amanda Pete of Phelps, Wisc.; sisters-in-law, Kellie (Eric) Ebert of Tucson, Ariz., and Nicole (David) Castle of Waterloo; and a granddaughter, Brooklynn Nicole Gerovac of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews and friends. Mr. Pete was a logger, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a member of the Little River Band of the Ottawa tribe of Native American Indians. A memorial service was at the Wakefield VFW. Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt handled the arrangements.

Aleda Keim, nee Brandt, 96, formerly of Columbia, died Sept. 20, 2015 at the Cuba Manor Care Center. She was born April 12, 1919, in Columbia, the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (nee Eckert) Brandt. Aleda married LeRoy “Pete” Keim in 1944. He died in 1995. Mrs. Keim is survived by her daughter, Donna Wagner of Rolla, Mo.; grandchildren, Angela (Scott) Nichols of Ballwin, Mo., and Kevin (Trudy) Wagner of Hillard, Ohio; and great-grandchildren, Katlyn, Abigail and Justin Wagner, and Sydney and Taryn Nichols; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Priscilla Huch. Mrs. Keim attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She was a member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at the funeral home with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mrs. Keim was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Theodore “Ted” W. Lerch Jr. , 86, of Red Bud, formerly of Valmeyer, died Sept. 20, 2015 in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 16, 1929 in Valmeyer, the son of the late Theodore Sr. and Anna (nee Hess) Lerch. Mr. Lerch is survived by his wife Betty (nee Hauptfleisch) Lerch; children Terrie Thies, Tammy (Dennis) Duffy and Tina Lerch (Mike McCaslin); grandchildren Brandon (Lacy) Duffy, Kyle Duffy, Anna Rabe and Maxim McCaslin; great-grandchildren Joshua Cranford, Jacob Cranford, Boden Duffy and Jack Rabe; brother-in-law Roland Hauptfleisch; and sisters-in-law Billie Jean Lerch, Margie Lerch and Edith Lerch; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister Ethel L. Rohlfing; and brothers Carlyle Lerch Sr., Harold "Fuzzy" Lerch, Arlyn "Stumpy" Lerch and Robert Lerch. Mr. Lerch attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer. He was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Post 901, Morris Lodge AF and AM 787, Scottish Rite of Belleville, Ainad Temple Shriners of East St. Louis, the Randolph County Shrine Club and the Legion of Honor. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Mr. Lerch was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Shirley M. Schroeder, nee Protte, 89, of Waterloo, died Sept. 16, 2015 in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 4, 1926 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Robert and Hilda (nee Buescher) Protte. She was also preceded in death by her husband Herman E. Schroeder. Mrs. Schroeder is survived by her children, Larry (Judy) Schroeder and Sandra (Michael) Hamby; grandchildren, Bob Schroeder, Dina (Dennis) Crider, Andy (Kristi) Schroeder, Scott Siedle, Brooke Hamby, Jeff Hamby and Matthew Hamby; great-grandchildren Jocilyn Crider, Tessa Crider, Jackson Schroeder, Ella Schroeder, Morgan Hamby and Conner Hamby; a sister, Helen Krieg; niece, Kathy Carey; great-niece, Marissa Carey; and special friend, Susan Naumann. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo with Pastor James Watson officiating. Mrs. Schroeder was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Mehlville, Mo. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul UCC Music Department or the Oak Hill Alzheimer's Unit.

Sister Mary Bernard Braun, 97, of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, died Sept. 10, 2015 at the Ruma Convent. She was born June 25, 1918, in Renault, the daughter of the late Aloysius and Mabel (nee Carron) Braun. She made her first vows as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ on July 1, 1937 and perpetual profession on July 1, 1942. Sister Bernard professed for 78 years. Sr. M. Bernard gained her bachelor’s degree in 1948 and her master’s in 1958, both in history from St. Louis University. Sr. Mary Bernard served in education for 49 years. Elementary schools included Ss. Peter and Paul in Waterloo, Gibault High School, St. Mary in Chester, St. Mary’s in Taylorville, St. George in New Baden, St. Cecilia in Bartelso, St. Ann in Nashville, St. Rose in St. Rose, St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis and Precious Blood Institute in Ruma. While at Gibault, Sister Bernard taught Advanced College Credit courses in conjunction with Saint Louis University; students received college credit for their history classes. Sister Bernard also served in the Senior Companion Program with Southwestern Illinois University. This helps seniors stay in their homes rather than need nursing home care. Her ministry to seniors continued at Guardian Angel Parish in Oran, Mo., where she visited the homebound and did errands. She was an avid writer, contributing to local and diocesan papers, reporting on International meetings of her religious community, writing brief histories, one on St. Patrick Parish in Ruma, and another on Father Pierre Gibault, the namesake for the high school where she taught for 20 years. She was also known for writing humorous toasts and brief dramatic pieces for special events. Sister Bernard is survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and fellow sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, along with colleagues, students and friends. She was preceded in death by a brother, Arnold (Dottie) Braun; a sister, Janette (Jim) Turner; and a nephew, James Bernard Turner. Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Ruma Center. Mass is Monday, Sept. 14, at 10:30 p.m., at the Ruma Center Chapel. Sister Bernard will be buried at the Convent Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the ASC Retirement Fund, 4233 Sulphur Avenue, St. Louis, Mo., 63109 or online at www.adorers.org.

Clinton C. Coleman Jr., 86, of Valmeyer, died Sept. 12, 2015 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born Sept. 13, 1928 in Pikeville, Ind., the son of the late Clinton Clay Sr., and Edith E. (nee Bennett) Coleman. Clinton married Barbara Sue (nee Arnold) Coleman in 1953, in Oakland City, Ind. She died in 2008. Mr. Coleman is survived by his sons, Michael L. Boyer of Columbia and Larry C. Coleman of Valmeyer; daughter Melanee Coleman of Valmeyer; brothers, Ivan L. (Donna) Coleman of St. Clair, Mo., and Warren Coleman of Calif.; and a sister, Doris (Larry) Shoemaker of Pevely, Mo. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Tracey R. Coleman; and a brother, Paul Gene Coleman. Mr. Coleman served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired as a transportation supervisor with Ameren in St. Louis. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Brother L.A. Stauffer officiating. Mr. Coleman was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Alfred C. Dehn, 88, of Columbia died Sept. 13, 2015, at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born March 16, 1927, in Waterloo, the son of the late Peter and Louisa (nee Eisenbart) Dehn. Alfred married to Anna (nee Bagsby) Dehn in 1950 in Tipton. She preceded him in death. Mr. Dehn is survived by his sons, Gary Dehn of Columbia and Ronald (Shirley) Dehn of Waterloo; and daughters, Carol Dehn of Tampa, Fla., and Judith (Norman) Mitchell of Caseyville; along with seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Besides his wife, he was  preceded in death by a sister, Marcella “Sally” Langenstein.  Mr. Dehn served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He had worked at Kruse Chevrolet and Columbia Motors. He retired from Lancet Medical in St. Louis. Alfred was a Cardinals baseball fan. Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 20, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Sept.21, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer  officiating. Mr. Dehn will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Senior Center or the Immaculate Conception Church - Building Fund.

Marlene Clara Wittenauer, nee Koch, 89, of Waterloo, died Sept. 12, 2015 at Oak Hill Nursing Home. She was born March 13, 1926 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Jacob and Emily (nee Janson) Koch. She married Eugene E. Wittenauer in 1947, in East St. Louis. He died in 2010. Mrs. Wittenauer is survived by her children, Jacki (Mike) Fisher  of Houston, Tex., Judy (Chris) Haberl of Waterloo, Jeanne Steinbrenner of Rochester, N.Y., Jerry (Kris) Wittenauer  of Waterloo; Janet (Terry) Mullarkey of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jeff (Stacy) Wittenauer of St. Charles, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother,  Donald Koch. Mrs. Wittenauer attended St. Augustine of Canterbury in Hecker and Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Friday, Sept. 18, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Sept. 19, at 10:30 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Wittenauer will be buried at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in Hecker. Memorials may be made to SPPS, Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Gibault High School or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Arthur Roy Burkhardt, 79, of Waterloo, died Sept. 14, 2015 in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 4, 1935 in St. Louis, the son of the late Sylvester E. and Emma W. (nee Baum) Burkhardt. Mr. Burkhardt is survived by his wife Elizabeth Marie Burkhardt;  children, Julia Siegfried and Scott (Angela) Burkhardt; grandchildren, Benjamin Deterding and Nick (Jennifer) Deterding; and great-grandchildren, Nathan, Kaylee and Conner Deterding. He was preceded in death by a brother, Philip Burkhardt. Mr. Burkhardt attended St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. He was a member of the Maeystown Sportsman’s Club. There were no services or visitation. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Thomas F. Beatty, 82, of Waterloo, died Sept. 4, 2015 in Waterloo. He was born March 28, 1933 in Fairmount City, the son of the late John and Jebron (nee Spain) Beatty. Mr. Beatty is survived by his wife Norma Beatty; children Steve (Jan) Beatty and Julie Ann Kellermann; step-children Debbie (Mike) Anderson, Danny Altschuh and Ken (Linda) Altschuh; and a sister Darlene Hunt; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Justin McDaniels; three infant siblings, brothers Jack Beatty and Bill Beatty; and a sister Ruth Ann Talbert. Mr. Beatty served 10 years with the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force. He then served 20 years with Navy Reserve as an instructor and administrator. He retired from the Navy after 30 years of service. Tom served 25 years as an Illinois State Police officer. Mr. Beatty was a former commander of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504. He served five years as the chairman of the Illinois State Police Association. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Beatty was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

John O. Huetsch, 87, of Waterloo, died Sept. 7, 2015. He was born May 25, 1928 in St. Louis, the son of the late John and Adeline (nee Feldhaus) Huetsch. Mr. Huetsch is survived by his sons, Jay (Mary Ellen) Huetsch, Steve (Kim) Huetsch and Randy (Julie) Huetsch; and daughter Lynne (Randy) Duren; grandchildren John C. Huetsch, Mark A. Huetsch, Michael C. Huetsch, Amy E. Huetsch, Jessica N. Thompson, Meaghan L. Huetsch, Christopher J. Huetsch, Matthew K. Huetsch and Alex R. Ford; great-grandson Randy E. Thompson; and his sisters, Mary Ann (Erwin) Rensing and Helen (Gene) Hon; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maydell (nee Schilling) Huetsch; and siblings Herbert Huetsch, Norman Huetsch, Herman Huetsch, Delores Guebert, Dorothy Karban and Ardell Huetsch. Mr. Huetsch was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He served 1945-1947 in the South Pacific / Indian Oceans aboard troop transports/supply ships. He then served 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps (23 years active and 7 years in the Fleet Reserve). John attained the enlisted rank of First Sergeant and was then appointed as a Warrant Officer. He attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer at his time of retirement. After leaving active service, John was employed with the Army Aviation Systems Command and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He retired from civil service after 20 years at which time he was awarded the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. Mr. Huetsch was very dedicated to community service in Waterloo. He served two terms each as alderman and mayor. John is a former member of the Federal Executive Board of St. Louis. He served over 20 years as president / chairman of the Board of Directors at State Bank of Waterloo. He is a lifetime member at large of the VFW. He was general manager of the Kaskaskia Regional Port District from 1988 to 1995. Before working for the port district he worked as the executive officer at the US Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis. He completed his formal education while in service receiving his BS degree from the University of Oklahoma. He attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. He was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Ss. Peter and Paul’s Education First.

Glen James Eckert, 61, of Waterloo, died Sept. 4, 2015, with his wife of 40 years, Nancy (nee Schmitt) Eckert at his side. He was born April 1, 1954 in Red Bud, the son of Earl Eckert and the late Gustavia (nee Hauptfleisch) Eckert. In addition to his wife and father, Mr. Eckert is survived by his children, Angela (Bill) Wirth and Casey (Jean) Eckert; grandchildren, Nora and William Wirth, and Sophie, Ellie and Maggie Eckert; sisters Marlou (Mark) Raeber and Diane (Kenny) Kern; treasured uncle James (Mary) Eckert; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ken Gibbs, Greg Lane, Ruth (Dub) Bankes and Susie (Mike) Kaestner; extended family and close friends, Randy (Donna) Eckert, Royann (Jim) Touchette, Shirley (Ron) Dehn, Marcia (Don) Stroh, John Watson, Ronnie Brinkmann, Brad Karn, Monte Foster, Ricky Kurtz, Bob Moll, Tommy Ryan and Mike Wagner; along with other family and friends. Besides his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents Richard and Anita (nee Mueller) Eckert, Gustav Hauptfleisch, Olga (nee Wilde) Hauptfleisch Eichelmann and Ervin Eichelmann; uncle Roy (Ardell) Eckert; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wendell and Rita (nee Vogt) Schmitt; and sister-in-laws Mary Anne Gibbs and Jeanne Lane. Throughout his nearly three-year journey with glioblastoma brain cancer, Glen’s positive attitude and faith comforted his family and friends. He never complained and was truly cherished by all who touched his life. Glen was a dear friend to many, along with Sparky, his ever-present dog. Glen will be remembered for his sense of humor, quick wit and love of nature and wildlife. His enduring spirit is an example of a life well lived. Mr. Eckert retired from Union Pacific Railroad after 35 years as a locomotive engineer. His friends and railroad buddies filled his life with joy and laughter. A memorial was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo and Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Following the service, fa a Celebration of Life was at Knotty Pines in Paderborn.

Doris Woods, nee Weber, 80, of East Carondelet, died Sept. 6, 2015, with her family by her side. She was born Aug. 13, 1935 in East Carondelet, the daughter of the late Fred and Clara (nee Mantel) Weber. Doris married Dale Woods in 1954. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Woods is survived by her children, Larry Woods, Jim (Lori) Woods and Traci (Herb) Beckerle; grandchildren Tyler Beckerle, Chelci (fiance Nathan Kremmel) Beckerle, Haley (Brandon) Floyd and Brittany (fiance Tyler Stretz) Woods; great-grandchildren Vayda Stretz and Tucker Floyd; a sister, Clara Bacon; brother, Donald (Barb) Weber; and sister-in-law, Marcine (Ron) Altschuh; along with nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Marjorie Sinclair and Lois Sellinger; and brothers, Maurice Weber, Wilber Weber and Gilbert Weber. Mrs. Woods retired from White Rogers. She enjoyed watching family sporting events, cooking with her grandkids and rooting on the Cardinals. Visitation and funeral were at the Leesman Funeral Home with Rev. Todd Mushaney officiating. Mrs. Woods was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or the Dupo High School Athletics.

Terry R. Finnerty, 60, of Hecker, formerly of Waterloo, died Sept. 5, 2015 in Belleville. He was born Dec. 20, 1954 in Red Bud, the son of the late parents Edward Finnerty and Ruth (nee Rehmer) Lickenbrock. Mr. Finnerty survived by his sisters Nancy (David) Graper and Barbara (Dean) Daley; along with an aunt, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his step-father Harold F. Lickenbrock; and a brother, Michael Finnerty. Terry attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He was a 41-year member of the HSS Day Training Program, the Sunshine Singers and Special Olympics. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Finnerty was buried at the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made to the Monroe Council For The Handicapped.

Kevin E. Beech, 55, of Columbia, died Sept. 9, 2015 at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 23, 1960, in East St. Louis, the son of Betty (nee Mercer) Beech of Columbia and the late Morris Beech. Kevin married Donna (nee Mehler) Beech in 1994 in Hillsboro, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Beech is survived by his daughters, Grace N. Beech of Columbia and Jennifer (Taylor) Palomo of Desoto, Mo.; grandchildren, Jared and Meaghan Micke; and a great-grandchild, Blake Goforth, He was preceded in death by his sister, Marceann Hunsaker. Private services were held. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to de Greeff Hospice House or the American Cancer Society.

Michael Arnold Hoefft, 72, of Campbell Hill, formerly of Maeystown, died Sept. 9, 2015, following a battle with cancer. He was born July 29, 1943 in Red Bud, the son of the late Arnold and Gladys (nee Knobloch) Hoefft. Mr. Hoefft is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wilma (nee Milligan) Hoefft; sons Timothy (Linda) Hoefft of Morton and Tom (Cherri) Hoefft of Dunlap; grandchildren Kyle, Hannah and Emma Hoefft, and Ryan and Ashley Hoefft; a sister, Ruth Krull of Herman, Mo.; his brother, John (and Phyllis) Hoefft of Maeystown; sisters-in-law, Etta Mae Sheridan and Linda Hoefft; nieces, Julie Hanak, Tina Hoefft and Cindy Kempfer; and nephews Stephen Hoefft Jr., Daniel Hoefft and Brian Sheridan. He was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Hoefft; brother-inlaw, Ray Krull; nephew, James Hoefft; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Anna and Oscar Milligan; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Herman and Clementine Reuscher. After graduating from Valmeyer High School in 1961, Mike attended Bailey Technical School in St. Louis, Mo., obtaining a Federal Communications Certificate – First Class with Ship Radar endorsement. Mr. Hoefft then spent 18 months in Rapid City, SD as an engineer and installer on a microwave TV run between Denver and Rapid City. He then moved back to the warmer climate of Southern Illinois. Mike worked for more than 40 years as an engineer and broadcaster on WHCO AM 1230 in Sparta, where he was known as radio personality Mike Arnold. Mike organized the WHCO Queen Contest, was the voice of the 10 a.m. local news and broadcasted high school sporting events. He also wrote his weekly “The Fisherman’s Cove” and “Sportsman’s Corner” articles for the Sparta News-Plaindealer. Mr. Hoefft also was as engineer at the Sparta airport. Mike attended Trinity Presbyterian Church in Sparta, where he was a former deacon and elder. Mr. Hoefft was a member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers and loved to hunt and fish. He was one of the original members of the Randolph County Rod and Gun Club. After retiring, Mr. Hoefft served as a city councilman in Campbell Hill. In his retirement, Mike was a fixture in the town, where you could see him mowing grass on his over-sized lawn mower at his home or at Calvary Cemetery. He could also be found sitting on his porch watching the annual Campbell Hill Parade. Visitation was at McDaniel and Lee Family Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown, where he was christened, confirmed and married. Mr. Hoefft will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Sparta or St. John UCC in Maeystown.

Verona W. Goodman, nee Hofmann, 87, of Waterloo, died Sept. 9, 2015 in Valmeyer. She was born July 25, 1928 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Karl and Emilie (nee Schmidt) Hofmann. Mrs. Goodman is survived by her children, Lester Goodman, Wilma (Ronald) Rednour, Carl Goodman, Teresa (George) Rednour, Karen (Bill) Dickerson and Sharon (Bret) Berghoefer; daughter-in-law Lela Goodman; and siblings Olivia Goodman and Leroy Hofmann; along with 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Vester S. Goodman; sons Otis Goodman, Dale E. Goodman and Pete M. Goodman Sr.; her daughter, Ester; and three grandchildren. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Don Harmon officiating. Mrs. Goodman was buried at the Monroe City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Sister Mary Bernard Braun, 97, of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, died Sept. 10, 2015 at the Ruma Convent. She was born June 25, 1918, in Renault, the daughter of the late Aloysius and Mabel (nee Carron) Braun. She made her first vows as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ on July 1, 1937 and perpetual profession on July 1, 1942. Sister Bernard professed for 78 years. Sr. M. Bernard gained her bachelor’s degree in 1948 and her master’s in 1958, both in history from St. Louis University. Sr. Mary Bernard served in education for 49 years. Elementary schools included Ss. Peter and Paul in Waterloo, Gibault High School, St. Mary in Chester, St. Mary’s in Taylorville, St. George in New Baden, St. Cecilia in Bartelso, St. Ann in Nashville, St. Rose in St. Rose, St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis and Precious Blood Institute in Ruma. While at Gibault, Sister Bernard taught Advanced College Credit courses in conjunction with Saint Louis University; students received college credit for their history classes. Sister Bernard also served in the Senior Companion Program with Southwestern Illinois University. Her ministry to seniors continued at Guardian Angel Parish in Oran, Mo., where she visited the homebound and did errands. She was an avid writer, contributing to local and diocesan papers, reporting on International meetings of her religious community, writing brief histories, one on St. Patrick Parish in Ruma, and another on Father Pierre Gibault, the namesake for the high school where she taught for 20 years. She was also known for writing humorous toasts and brief dramatic pieces for special events. Sister Bernard is survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and fellow sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, along with colleagues, students and friends. She was preceded in death by a brother, Arnold (Dottie) Braun; a sister, Janette (Jim) Turner; and a nephew, James Bernard Turner. Visitation and funeral were at the Ruma Center. Sister Bernard was buried at the Convent Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the ASC Retirement Fund, 4233 Sulphur Avenue, St. Louis, Mo., 63109 or online atwww.adorers.org.

August 2015

Janice Lavon Allscheid, nee McDowell, of Waterloo and New Cuyama, Calif., died Aug. 6, 2015, at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City, Mo., after battling cancer. She was born June 28, 1938 in Walker Village, Minn., the daughter of the late William Kenneth and Alma Loretta McDowell. Mrs. Allscheid is survived by her husband Virlyn “Buddy” Allscheid; her brother Joseph McDowell; twin sister JoAnn Jones (Ted); children Craig Duncan, Chris Duncan and Danielle Breck (Johnny); stepchildren Tammy Krebel (John), Vince Allscheid (Diane), Vickie Allscheid, Jeanette Wade (Ryan) and Bryan Allscheid (Jennifer); grandchildren Justin Duncan (Shawn), Tyler Duncan (Haley), Jennifer Poletti (Nick), Benny Breck (Jenna), Holly Breck, Cody Voss, Olivia Voss, Dylan Allscheid and Jake Wade; and great-grandchildren Jaycee, Quincy and Beau; along with foster children, family and friends. Her family moved to California to start a new life out west in 1941 with $35 and no car. Janice graduated from St. Pius X high school in Downey, Calif. She worked in the accounting office at the Pacific Telephone Company. Ultimately, she left the Los Angeles area seeking a better life for her children. They moved first to Santa Barbara and then to Santa Ynez Valley. Mrs. Allscheid was a waitress at the Ballard Store Restaurant where she told stories of serving many movie stars and President Ronald Reagan. Janice and her eldest son, Craig, bought the Grey Ranch in New Cuyama, Calif., where she raised farm animals, a herd of goats and four of her grandchildren. A memorial was at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Renault. Mrs. Allscheid was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard, Calif.

Timothy James Grueninger, 53, of Arizona, formerly of Columbia, died Aug. 8, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz. He was the son of Thomas Grueninger and the late Betty Grueninger (she died in 2001). Besides his father, Mr. Grueninger is survived by his son Matthew Grueninger of Philadelphia, Pa.; brothers Jeffrey and Gregory Grueninger, both of Columbia; a sister Melissa Chonos of Jerseyville; niece, Elizabeth Bentrup of Chesterfield, Mo.; and nephew Andrew Grueninger of Oregon. Mr. Grueninger served in the U.S Air Force for five years. He was previously employed at United Technology of Arizona. A memorial service was scheduled for a later date.

Gladys Marie Riebeling, nee Thompson, 89, of Columbia, died Aug. 9, 2015, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Dec. 28, 1925, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the daughter of the late DeWitt and Rachel (nee McManus) Thompson. Gladys married Ervin C. Riebeling Sr. in 1948 at Zoar UCC. He died in 1990. Mrs. Riebeling is survived by her children Ervin C. Riebeling Jr. of Columbia, Carol Riebeling of Columbia, Vernon (Dora) Riebeling of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Kathy (Mark) Butler of Columbia, Glenn Riebeling of Columbia, Lisa (Curt) Newton of Columbia, Theresa (Kenneth) Cordevant of Dupo and Pat (David) Kennedy of Waterloo; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Leon Thompson of southern Missouri. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings Ruby Berkhardt, Orville Thompson, Lloyd Thompson, Troy Thompson, Louie Thompson and Helen Sellers. Gladys attended Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover. She was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau and took care of Shaw's Lake in rural Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mrs. Riebeling was buried at the Zoar UCC Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund or the Gibault High School Education Fund.

Sandra Kay Ziebold, nee Haberl, 67, of Waterloo, died Aug. 17, 2015 in Belleville. She was born Sept. 22, 1947 in St. Louis, the daughter of Dorothy Marie Haberl and the late Vernon John Haberl. Mrs. Ziebold is survived by her husband W. Christopher Ziebold; children Jason Andrew (Bobbi Jo) Ziebold and Nathan Christopher Ziebold; grandchildren Joseph Daniel Bisson and Jamie Louise Bisson; and a sister Nancy Drevicki; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by a daughter Kristen Ann Ziebold. Mrs. Ziebold attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She was a former member of the SPPS School Board and she served on the church’s Cemetery Committee. Sandy was also a former member of the City of Waterloo Planning Commission, the Whiteside Station Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, a James West member of the Boy Scouts of America, Paul Harris recipient and a volunteer cancer driver. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Ziebold was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery Endowment Fund.

Stanley R. Hoffmann, 67, of Waterloo, died Aug. 17, 2015 in Waterloo. He was born March 7, 1948 in Waterloo, the son of the late Otto and Irma (nee Mueller) Hoffmann. Mr. Hoffmann is survived by cousins and friends. Stanley was a retired farmer and member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, St. John UCC in Maeystown and Metzger-Crook VFW Post 6504. He was an Army veteran. Visitation is Friday, Aug. 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Hoffmann will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John UCC of Maeystown or the Waterloo VFW Post 6504.

Timothy M. Stroup, 66, of Waterloo, died Aug. 1, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 6, 1949 in Greenville, Mo., the son of the late Sydney and Evelyn (nee McKelvey) Stroup. Mr. Stroup is survived by his wife Vicki Ann (nee Bien) Stroup; sister-in-law, JoLynn Bien of Belleville; and Chaz, his four-legged companion. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters of Greenville Mo.; father-in-law and mother-in-law Edward and Myra Bien; brother-in-law David Bien; and a sister-in-law Jacki Bien, all of Belleville. Mr. Stroup resided in Waterloo for the past 17 years. He was formerly employed by Grief Brothers Manufacturing in Fenton, Mo., and retired from Roma’s Pizza in Waterloo. His remains were cremated and buried in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Belleville. No services were held. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County

Printice D. "Bill" Aycock, 95, of Waterloo, died Aug. 3, 2015. He was born Dec. 14, 1919 in Paris, Tenn., the son of the late Wayne and Edna (nee Phillips) Aycock. Mr. Aycock is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gloria (nee Neubarth) Aycock; children Linda (Mike) Gipson and Dale Aycock; grandchildren Amy (Nathan) Starr, Kelly Gipson, Lindsey Gipson, Brittney (Justin) Morrow and Robert Aycock; great-granddaughter Avery Morrow; and his brother Ray (Jackie) Aycock; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother Wilburn W. Aycock; sister LaRue Trent; and daughter-in-law Suzie Aycock. Printice served in the Army in World War II. He was a member of the Waterloo VFW and Monroe County Farm Bureau. Bill was retired from Monsanto. He enjoyed checking on the farms and the outdoors, and was avid Cardinals fan. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

July 2015

Raymond L. Wienhoff, 73, of Waterloo, died July 14, 2015 at his home. He was born March 5, 1942 in Waterloo, the son of the late Raymond H. Wienhoff and Marie E. (nee Duester) Suemnicht. Mr. Wienhoff is survived by his wife, Gerri (nee Douglas) Wienhoff; stepchildren Connie (Butch) Phillips, Debbie (Dennis) Mosbacher, Gary (Diane) Chambers, Scott Chambers and Sherri Chambers; step-grandchildren Tim (Mary) Phillips, Megan, Emilee and Jacob Mosbacher, Alexis, Nicholas and Hope Chambers, Holden and Lydia Chambers, Alicia and Matthew Nunn, and Christa Chambers; step-great-grandchildren Chris and Eric Phillips; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother John (Rita) Wienhoff; along with a nephew, great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vera (nee Bode) Wienhoff; step-son Kenny Chambers; step-grandson Adam Mosbacher; stepdaughter-in-law Kelly Chambers; and stepsister and brother-in-law Bev (Jerry) Schumacher. Mr. Wienhoff was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections, the retired co-owner of Ray and Vera's Tavern in downtown Waterloo, the Illinois State Police Association and was a Monroe County Road District 3 Clerk. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mr. Wienhoff was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Virginia M. Garrett, nee Fox, of Waterloo, died July 16, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born March 6, 1926 in Washington County, the daughter of the late Oliver and Edna (nee Huff) Fox. Mr. Garrett is survived by her children James (Nancy) Garrett, Harold (Karen) Garrett and Carol (Scott) Goodwin; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters Elizabeth Brown, Melba (Robert) Russ, Joan (Robert) Kershaw and Geraldine (Roy) Jencyk; and brothers Carl (Jan) Fox and Howard Fox; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert W. Garrett; and a daughter Sharon Danziger. Mrs. Garrett attended First Baptist Church in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating.  

Loretta Barbara Kreher, nee Moore, 99, of Waterloo, died July 19, 2015 in Red Bud. She was born May 1, 1916 in Perry County., Mo., the daughter of the late Alphonse and Edna (nee Sutterer) Moore. Mrs. Kreher is survived by her children Alvin (Jane) Kreher, Kathleen Kreher (Kevin Cochran, friend), Linda (Gene) Sharp, Glenn (Susan) Kreher, Randy (Nazaria) Kreher and Vicki Kreher (friend Stephen Williams); 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister Donna DeLano; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin W. Kreher; son G. Barry Kreher; and three siblings. Mrs. Kreher attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She served on the Monroe County American Revolution Bicentennial Committee and the 1991 White House Conference On Aging. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mrs. Kreher was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Autism Society.

Leonard W. Holman Jr., 59, of Columbia, died July 25, 2015 at Memorial Hospital. He was born June 27, 1956, in Fairfax, Mo., the son of the late Leonard Wayne and Patricia Ann (nee Dyke) Holman Sr. Mr. Holman is survived by his wife, Judy (nee Brock) Holman; children Lenslee Holman of St. Louis, Mo., and Lisa Holman of Columbia; and sisters Christine (John) Simmons of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Jackqueline Holman of Columbia. Mr. Holman was a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Nester Realty in Columbia. He was formerly employed at Luhr Bros. Inc. in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Chase officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Roland C. Schilling, 74, of Columbia, died July 25, 2015 at home with his family at his side. He was born Dec. 14, 1940, in Belleville, the son of the late Edward and Mary (nee Forness) Schilling. Roland married Joanne (nee Gomric) Schilling in 1963 in East St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schilling is survived by his children, Lynda M. (Michael) Halde of Collinsville, Laura K. Schilling of Cooper City, Fla., Lisa D. Schilling of Marietta, Ga., and Lois E. (David) Gregson of Columbia; and grandchildren, Jake and Karla Halde, and Austin and J.D. Gregson; along with cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Mr. Schilling was a retired administrator for the Cahokia School District and Southwestern Illinois College. Roland attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a member of the S.I.U. Alumni, Illinois Principal's Assoc., St. Clair County Anglers and the Association For Supervision and Curriculum Development. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Schilling was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

Kimberly G. Norton, nee Vaughn, 56, of Waterloo, died July 25, 2015 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born Jan. 1, 1959, in St. Louis, the daughter of Donald and Sandie (nee Sanders) Vaughn of Columbia. Kimberly married Hugh K. Norton in 1993 in Columbia. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Norton is survived by her children, Donald (Kelly Birmes) Gibbs of St. Charles, Mo., James (Victoria) Norton of Collinsville, Samantha Norton of St. Louis and Benjamin Norton of Waterloo; grandchildren, Tristen Gibbs, Avery Gibbs and Lila Norton; and a sister, Bonnie Horn of Evansville. Kim volunteered for the Juvenile Diabetes Association and Hats For A Cure in the Waterloo School District. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Maybelle Amelia DeBourge, nee Oexner, 83, of Waterloo, died July 27, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 17, 1932 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Frank G. and Elizabeth E. (nee Brueggemann) Oexner. Mrs. DeBourge is survived by her husband Vernon C. DeBourge; children David (Annette) DeBourge and Sandy (Dennis) Griffin; grandchildren Jennifer (Josh) Lynn, Tim (Sarah) Griffin and Kevin (Kaylyn) Griffin; and great-grandchildren Halle and Morgan Lynn, Ty and Lila Griffin, and Leyton Griffin; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Margaret and Cletus DeBourge; and brothers-in-law Gary DeBourge, Charles Busch and Charles Schilling. Maybelle attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, where she was a member of the choir and played organ for 65 years. She taught at SPPS for 36 years. Maybelle and her husband enjoyed bowling and traveling. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mrs. DeBourge was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

David T. O'Riley, 68, of Waterloo, died July 28, 2015 in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 21, 1946 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Jerry and Florence (nee Jehling) O'Riley. Mr. O’Riley is survived by his wife Patricia (nee Ruehle) O'Riley; children Shannon Toal, Sean (Aubrey) O'Riley, Alison (Kaelan Mudd) O'Riley and Bill Cheney; grandchildren Samuel Toal, Talia Toal, Reign O'Riley, Aeydn O'Riley, Chelsea Cheney, Thomas Cheney and Hannah Cheney; a brother Kevin Patrick O'Riley; and a sister-in-law Nancy (Shelby) Mathes; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. O’Riley was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the Waterloo VFW. David was a batch manager at Roger's Redi Mix. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Memorials may be made to Southern Illinois Hospice or Wounded Warriors.

Rene A. Menard, 66, of St. Peters, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He is survived by his wife Carol A. (nee Intravia) Menard; a son Chad (Jennifer) Menard; a daughter Nicole (Chris) Herter; his mother Emily Menard; brothers Roger (Judy) Menard and Bobby (Sue) Menard; and a sister Sherry Harrison. He was a grandfather, uncle and great-uncle. He was preceded in death by his father Rene Menard. Mr. Menard was a retired executive director of marketing at Harrisonville Telephone Company in Waterloo. He was a member of the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations. Rene was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Visitation and funeral were at Stygar Mid Rivers Funeral Home and Crematory in St. Charles, Mo. Mr. Menard was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to pancan.org.

Clara F. Heller, nee Fauss, 97, of Renault, died July 29, 2015 in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 25, 1917 in Renault, the daughter of the late William and Christina (nee Melching) Fauss. Clara married George J. Heller in 1946 in Renault. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Heller is survived by her children Donald (Geralyn) Heller of Red Bud, Eugene (Patricia) Heller of Waterloo and Mary Ann Schrader (John Steibel) of Waterloo; son-in-law Robert Schrader; grandchildren Jared Heller, Kristy (Dave) Baldwin, Stephanie Friz, Jennifer (Will) Toenjes, Ashly (Cory) Miller and Bradley Schrader; great-grandchildren Sophie and Emmett Heller, Gage and Gavin Baldwin, Nathan and Victoria Friz, Chase, Bryce, Abbie, Ellie and Payton Toenjes, Mickenzie and Trey Jacobs and Ryla Miller; step-grandchildren Jessica, Avery and Nathan; an her sister Hilda Baker; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers William Fauss, Theodore Fauss, Lee (Alice) Fauss and Raymond Fauss; sisters Lena (Oliver) Keim, Freida (Walter) Knepper, Emma (Emil) Melching and Hulda (Herman) Kohlmann; and a brother-in-law Elmer Baker; along with nephews. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Rev. Terry Grebing officiating. Mrs. Heller was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Shriner’s Hospital.

Lucille Delores Largent, nee Gray, 83, of Waterloo, died July 30, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 13, 1931 in Overland, Mo., the daughter of the late Claude Francis and Goldie Beatrice (nee Jones) Gray. Mrs. Largent is survived by her children William (Debbie) Largent Jr., and Gene (Patty) Largent; grandchildren Ethan (Becky) Largent, Kyle (Angie) Largent and Collin (Jen) Largent; great-grandchildren Maris, Za'nyah, Kara, Sienna and Kalana Largent; brother Kenneth Gray; and sister-in-law Vivian Gray. She was preceded in death by her husband William A. Largent Sr.; grandson Jeremey Crossno; and brothers Michael Gray and Charles (Audrey) Gray. Mrs. Largent attended the First Baptist Church in Waterloo. She was a member of Monroe County Home Extension. She was an avid gardener and animal lover. Lucille’s favorite TV show was "The Young and Restless." Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mrs. Largent was buried at Valhalla Memorial Gardens in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Donna Ruth Schroeder, nee Sitton, 80, of Columbia died July 7, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 11, 1934 in Ironton, Mo., the daughter of the late Millard and Madge (nee Gaunt) Sitton. Donna married Claude “Jim” Schroeder in 1952. Besides her husband, Mrs. Schroeder is survived by her children Doug (Kathy) Schroeder of St. Louis, Robin (Tom) King of Anacortes, Wash., Darren Schroeder of Carbondale and Radonna Landgraf of Columbia; grandchildren Ashley (Matt Arrigo) and Lauren Schroeder, Bradley King, Loryn Chapman and Adam (Krista) and Alex (Jodi) Landgraf; great-grandchildren Adeline Pannier and Eermi Landgraf; and a sister Marian Wilson of Park Hill, Mo. She was preceded in death by her sisters Louise Ludwig and Geraldine Hahn. Mrs. Schroeder worked for the City of Columbia and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was a member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association. Donna served 18 years as a Columbia emergency medical technician. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Schroeder was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. louis. Memorials may be made to the Eugene J. Schorb Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Calvin C. Donjon, 76, of Waterloo, died July 4, 2015 in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 7, 1938 in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Alfred and Laura (nee Schilling) Donjon. Mr. Donjon is survived by his wife Mary (nee Jaeger) Donjon; children Jeff (Angie) Donjon, Debbie (Wes) Warden, Donna (Keith) Myers, Mark Donjon, Jim Donjon, Becky (Greg) Lowe, Jason (Maren) Donjon, Derek (Crystal) Donjon and Matt Donjon; 22 grandchildren; and siblings Vera (Bud) Brundick, Jean Kovarik, Gloria Donjon and Leroy (Vivian) Donjon; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister Lucille Lucas; and brothers Donald and Kenny Donjon. Mr. Donjon attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was retired from the Army Reserves. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mr. Donjon was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Parkinson's Association.

Lillian F. Shea, nee Drury, 92, of Waterloo, died July 5, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 15, 1922 in Modoc, the daughter of the late Herman J. and Genevieve A. (nee Gidley) Drury. Mrs. Shea survived by her children Pat (Bill) Reinbold, John Shea, Jane Shea, and Mark (Karen) Shea; grandchildren Eric Reinbold, Brandon (Anne) Shea and Lindsay Shea; great-grandchildren Christopher, Erica, Alyssa, and Paige; a sister Virginia Stevenson,; and sisters-in- law Charlotte Mullen and Eileen Ribaudo; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry J. Shea; and sisters Glenna Newman and Naomi Steibel. Mrs. Shea attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW. Lillian was retired from Harrisonville Telephone Co. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Sebastian officiating. Mr. Shea was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

William C. Holmes Jr., 23, of Waterloo, died July 8, 2015. He was born Oct. 9, 1991 in St. Louis, the son of Janel Holmes and the late William C. Holmes Sr. Besides his mother, Mr. Holmes is survived by a sister Danielle (Ernie) AuBuchon; nieces Lena and Chloe AuBuchon; nephew Andrew AuBuchon; and grandfather Jerome Schneider; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents Alvina Schneider and Lemuel and Marilynn Holmes. Mr. Holmes attended of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Sebastian Okoh officiating. Mr. Holmes was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Alice J. Schrader, nee Smith, 87, of Columbia, died July 7, 2015 at Columbia Rehab. and Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 18, 1927, in Dexter, Mo., the daughter of the late Odie and Isaac (nee Pruett) Smith. Alice married Raymond A. Schrader in 1961 at Zoar UCC in New Hanover. He died in 2002. Mrs. Schrader is survived by her son, Stephen (Paula) Davenport of Imperial, Mo.; grandchildren, Kevin (Debbie) Davenport, Mark Davenport, Stephanie Davenport, Lisa (Ken) Klein, Diane Anthonopoulas, Tony Davenport and Tom Davenport; 14 great-grandchildren; and siblings Gladys Dennington of St. Louis, Mo., J.T. Smith of Atlanta, Ga., R.C. (Judy) Smith of Herculaneum, Mo., Bonnie Smith of St. Louis County, Mo., and, E.G. (Ruth) Smith of Sunset Hills, Mo. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Smith, Joy Smith and Helen Caplan; and her brother, L.A. Smith. Mrs. Schrader attended Zoar UCC in New Hanover. She was a member of the Monroe County Co-op. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mrs. Schrader was buried at the Zoar UCC Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo.

Alois A. Rohlfing, 89, of rural Fults, died July 11, 2015 in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 10, 1925 in Harrisonville, the son of the late Albert and Emma K. (nee Rippelmeyer) Rohlfing. Mr. Rohlfing is survived by his children Ronald (Cathy) Rohlfing, Allyn (Trudi) Rohlfing, Wayne Rohlfing and Gene (Amy) Rohlfing; grandchildren Justin (Cody) Rohlfing, Garrett (Elise) Rohlfing, Brooke Zingrich, Chris Rohlfing, Scott Rohlfing, Dan Rohlfing, Alex Rohlfing, Derek Hoffmann and Claire Hoffmann; great-grandchildren Trey Rohlfing, Sydnee Zingrich, Breck Rohlfing and Callie Rohlfing; and a nephew Robert Rohlfing Jr.; along with his cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Lavern E. (nee Brandt) Rohlfing; and his brother, Robert L. Rohlfing Sr. Mr. Rohlfing was a retired farmer who attended St. John UCC in Maeystown. Alois was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, Monroe County ASC (past president), Mon-Clair Grain Board, Polled Hereford Association and the Maeystown Baseball Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Rohlfing was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John Cemetery Asphalt Fund.

Thelma Mae Shields, nee Schmieg, 83, of Waterloo died July 13, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 11, 1932 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Charles and Lena (nee Guttmann) Schmieg. Mrs. Shields is survived by her children, Dennis Shields, Diane Eckrich, Denise (Robert) Eichelmann, David Shields, Debbie (Charlie) Siedle, Dana (Rick) Grossmann and Dawn (Greg) Gregory; grandchildren Jeremy Ries (fiancée Katie Schwarze), Kellie (Joe) Killian, Stephanie (Gary) Francis, Travis (Jenny) Eichelmann, Stacy (Jeff) Davis, Lindsay (Tom Gallagher) Shields, Summer Shields, Angie (Kevin) Augustine, Jason Siedle, Bradley (fiancée Melissa Schaller) Siedle, Allen (fiancée Ashley Rayfield) Siedle, Jacob (fiancée Alyssa Francis) Siedle, Justin Siedle, Eric Grossmann, Sarah Yarbrough (John Rayfield), Emily Grossmann, Joshua (Jessi) Gregory, Jessica (fiancé Kyle Kueker) Gregory; numerous great-grandchildren; and sisters Fern (Fred) Kinzinger and Charlene Waligorski; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Shields; and brothers Clinton (LaVerne) and Norman Schmieg. Mrs. Shields attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She was a retired CAN at the Monroe County Nursing Home. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Sebastian Okoh officiating. Mrs. Shields was buried at church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund or Heartland Hospice.

Gertrude A. Becherer, nee Kasmarzik, 88, of Columbia, died July 9, 2015 at her home. She was born Jan. 31, 1927 in Fairview Height,s the daughter of the late John and Anna (nee Blanke) Kazmarzik. Gertrude married Melvin Becherer Sr. in 1947 in O’Fallon. Besides her husband, Mrs. Becherer is survived by her children Melvin (Darlene) Becherer Jr. of Columbia, Nancy DeFabio of Columbia and Daryl (Ann) Becherer of Dupo; grandchildren Lori (Perry) Buss, Leonard (Julie) DeFabio IV, Jean Becherer, Scott (Peggy) Becherer, Mike (Diane) Becherer, Mark (Jennifer) Becherer and Crystal Becherer; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sisters Ottie Becherer and Johanna Werener; and brothers Paul and Richard Kasmarzik. Mrs. Becherer attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, and taking care of her home and family. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Becherer was buried at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Mederi Home Health Care.

Zachary D. Epplin, 19 years of Waterloo, died July 1, 2015, at home with his family at his side. He was born Feb. 25, 1996, in Belleville, the son of Doug and Beverly (nee Meyer) Epplin. In addition to his parents, Zachary is survived by his brothers, Lucas, Matthew and Andrew Epplin; special friend, Kassy Clark of Smithton; maternal grandparents, Kenny and Betty (nee Andres) Meyer of Columbia; and paternal grandparents, Robert and Janet (nee Langa) Epplin of Pinckneyville; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Zac loved being the big brother of the family and always had a bit of advice or a good practical joke ready. He loved his pets and had hoped to one day become a veterinarian. He was very proud to have been teammates with his state champion Gibault High School soccer team. Zac liked to fish, hunt and grill up a good meal to share. He put his family and friends above himself and everyone felt blessed to have known him, even if it was only for a short time. Visitation is Friday, July 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia (the new church). Funeral is Saturday, July 4, at 10 a.m., at the church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Zac will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School - New Playground Fund, or the Gibault High School Soccer Team.

June 2015

James Emery Bay, 88, of Maeystown died June 15, 2015 in Belleville. He was born Aug. 14, 1926 at Bunker, Mo., the son of the late John and Rebecca Bay. Mr. Bay is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol (nee Williams) Bay; son Darmen Bay; and a sister June Wolfe; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers Roy, Jim, Charles, Virgil, Robert and Rossiwell; and sisters Edna, Lola, Ethel, Margurite, Irene and Emily. He was a 45-year member of Iron Workers Local 396. Graveside services are Monday, July 6, at 10 a.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Memorials may be made to St. John UCC, Maeystown.

Ruthanna Mary Bryant, nee Pannett, 75, of Columbia, formerly of Cahokia, died June 24, 2015 at Columbia Rehab and Health Center. She was born Dec. 7, 1939 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late William and Sarah (nee Pannett) Wottowa. Mrs. Bryant is survived by her daughter Angela Bryant Mali of Columbia; nieces, Michele Manoli and Tammy Pannet, both of St. Louis; and nephews Robert Pannett of Florida and David Pannett of New York. She was preceded in death by brothers Robert F. and Charles A. Pannett; and a son Richard Scott Bryant. Mrs. Bryant was a graduate of East St. Louis High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Illinois State University. She taught Special Education for more than 30 years to deaf and trainable mentally handicapped students in the Cahokia School District. Upon retirement, she ran Jerome Place Bed and Breakfast in her home. Buthanna was a member of Radiance For Spiritual Living in Belleville as well as the Collinsville Christian Women's Club. Visitation and funeral were at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. Annie P. Clark officiating. Mrs. Bryant was buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Monroe County Humane Society,or the Gerson Institute.

Muriel E. Segafredo, nee Wottowa, 89, of St. Louis, formerly of Cahokia and Columbia, died June 24, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. She was born Aug, 4, 1925 in Coulterville, the daughter of the late William and Sarah (nee Gregory) Wottowa. Mrs. Segafredo is survived by her children Dennis (Brenda) Segafredo of Zelienople, Penn., Brenda (Frank) Weber of Oakville, Mo., and Chris (Cindy) Segafredo of Columbia, Mo; a brother Kennard (Jeanine) Wottowa of Savannah, Tenn.; grandchildren Denise (Heath) Cleek, DeWayne (Naomi) Segafredo, Amanda (Steve) Gasich, Blake (Sheena Martin) Segafredo, Mike (Erika) Weber and Melinda (Adam) Sirois; and great-grandchildren Jonuathan, Tate, Heather, Destiny, Hailey Kaitlyn and Maya. She was preceded in death by her husband Leon Segafredo; a brother Wesley Wottowa; and sisters Mildred Brown and Eileen Wottowa. Mrs. Segafredo was retired from Sverdrup Corp. in St. Louis. Prior to that she was employed by Bussmann Fuse in St. Louis. She attended Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. James Schuetz officiating. Mrs. Segafredo was buried at the Coulterville Cemetery,

Pamela "Vickie" Brombolich, nee Antoff, 66, of Waterloo, died June 28, 2015 at her residence. She was born May 17, 1949 in East St. Louis the daughter of Robert (Poncho) and Betty (nee Robinson) Antoff. Mrs. Brombolich is survived by her husband of nearly 47 years, Joseph F. Brombolich; a brother Robert (Sharon) Antoff of Brownsville, Tex.; brother-in-law Larry (Sandy) Brombolich of Mesa, Ariz.; sister-in-law Charlotte Scranton of Edwardsville; beloved aunt, Melba Pathenos of Belleville; cousins, Karen (Mike) Wells of Waterloo, Maureen Lipe of Belleville; friends Cheryl (Frank) Parsons of Columbia, Kim (Bob) Parker of Columbia, Don (Barb) Landgraf of Waterloo, Sandra Shrout of Bethalto and Jeanie Davis of Hot Springs, Ark. She was preceded in death by her three canine kids, Frosty, Peaches and Libby. Vickie was in banking for 20 years before retiring in 2010 as owner/operator of Vickie's Hallmark in Waterloo. Vickie and Joseph traveled extensively. Her favorite places were Destin, Fla. and Kauai, Hi. She was an avid St. Louis Blues fan. The "Six Pack" will never be the same without its founding member. Visitation and funeral were at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia. Fr. Kenneth York officiated at the funeral. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Esther W. Boehne, nee Studt, 96, of Waterloo, died June 27, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 5, 1918 in DeWitt Co., the daughter of the late Martin and Wilhelmine (nee Boehne) Studt. Mrs. Boehne is survived by her children Bernell Buettner and Gerald (Cynthia) Boehne; grandchildren Lyla Clark, Dale (Leslie) Buettner, Carla (Matt) Carter, Melissa (Billy) Pind and Ashley (Walter) Jackson; great-grandchildren Darren Clark, William and Ryan Carter, Cadence and Karsen Pind, an Mackenzie, Kaylin, Callie Mae and Colette Jackson; great-great-grandchild Sierra Clark; a brother Elijah Summers; and sister-in-law Marcella Boehne; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond G. Boehne; son-in-law Donald L. Buettner; and grandchild Lynn Buettner (in infancy); along with brothers and sisters. Esther attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Pastor Daniel Ostlund officiating. Mrs. Boehne was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Holy Cross Memorial Fund.

William Norman “Bill” Baltz, 82, of Greeley, Colo., died June 18, 2015 at Hospice of Northern Colorado. Bill was born Nov. 9, 1932 in Millstadt, the son of the Russell and Ida Mae (nee Mueller) Baltz. Bill grew up in Millstadt. After graduating from Belleville West High School, he went on to earn a degree in 1969 from Washington University in St. Louis. Bill married LaVerne Taake in Columbia in 1952. They were married for 63 years. Besides his wife, Mr. Baltz is survived by a daughter, Susan Baltz of Amarillo, Tex.; his son William “Nik” Baltz (Donna) of Magnolia, Tex.; sister Virginia Hoehn of Malden, Mo.; brother Russell Baltz (Shirley) of Millstadt; grandchildren Jennifer Bishop (Dustin) of Marshall and Claudia Baltz of Amarillo, Tex.; and great-grandchildren Briar William Bishop and Breck Ann Bishop, both of Marshall. He was preceded in death by his daughter Christine Baltz. In his early years, Bill attended Zoar UCC in New Hanover. After moving to Greeley, they attended St. John’s United Church of Christ, where Bill served as the president as of Jan. 1, 2014. Mr. Baltz was a civil engineer, licensed in five states. He was employed at Monsanto, McDowell and F. Ray Martin, all in St. Louis. Bill went to work for IBP in 1971 in Dakota City, Neb., then at Superior Industries in Omaha, Neb. They moved to Greeley, Colo., in 1988, where he worked at Monfort / ConAgra until his retirement. For the last 10 years he worked as a consultant for Farmland Foods. Bill and LaVerne also have a farming operation on his acreage in Illinois. Bill and LaVerne were members of the Greeley Country Club, where Bill, an avid golfer, was a member of the Men’s Golf Association. He was also a member of Tascosa Country Club in Amarillo, Tex., the Sioux City Boat Club in Sioux City, Iowa and the Colorado Seniors Golfer Association. Bill also loved baseball. He enjoyed attending Colorado Rockies games. He also enjoyed skiing with his family in Keystone, Colo. Visitation was at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Zoar UCC in New Hanover. Mr. Baltz was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to St. John’s UCC of Greeley or the ALS Society.

John R. Fox, 56, of Columbia, died June 20, 2015, at Barnes Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born May 22, 1959, in Evergreen Park, the son of the late John and Grace (nee Wojtanowicz) Fox. John Married Janet (nee Whaley) Fox in 1990, in Manchester, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Fox is survived by his daughters Allison Fox of Boston, Mass., and Sarah Fox of Columbia; and a brother Robert Fox of Beecher City; along with nieces and nephews. Mr. Fox was a product developer with Brown Shoe Co., in Clayton, Mo. He enjoyed boating, riding his motorcycle and collecting red wine. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Cremation followed. Memorials may be made to Catholic Urban Programs or the Siteman Cancer Center.

Vera F. Stumpf, nee Lang, 82, of Waterloo, died June 21, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 15, 1932 in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Henry and Edna (nee Luetzelschwab) Lang. Mrs. Stumpf is survived by her husband Louis E. Stumpf; children Marlene (Richard) Guillermo and Kathy (Rodney) Linker; grandchildren Dawn (Michael) Kress, Robin (Brandon) Stewart, Amanda (Michael) Esposito, Melissa (Eric) Lonn and Matthew (Sarah) Linker; great-grandchildren William and Madeline Kress and Isaac Linker; siblings Lavern (Lucille) Lang and Myrt (Clarence) Metter; and sisters-in-law Lucille Schewe and Delores Lang; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother Harold Lang; and brother-in-law Raymond Schewe. Mrs. Stumpf attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. She was a member and past board member of the Monroe County Fair Association. She was a former Girl Scout Leader, election judge (over 50 years) and a charter member of the Deer Hill Cemetery Association. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor James Watson officiating. Mrs. Stumpf was buried at Deer Hill Cemetery in rural Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, the Deer Hill Cemetery Association or St. Paul UCC’s Martha's Kitchen.

Judy C. Brellinger, nee Schultz, 70, of Orange City, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died June 5, 2015, at her home. She was born Feb. 22, 1945, in St. Louis the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Ellen Schultz. She was married to Roy Brellinger. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Brellinger is survived by her children Kim (Michael) Blankenship of Waterloo, Dana Grimes of Orange City, Fla., and Jan (Robert) Domingus of DeLand, Fla.; grandchildren Chris, Amanda and Madison Blankenship, Scott Shaw, Dayton and Tessa Domingus; and sisters Anne Berard of DeLand, Fla., and Gloria “Dody" (Sharon) Pratt of Edneyville, NC.; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her in-laws Clarence and Florence Brellinger. Judy and Roy Brellinger were the former owners of the Gateway Truck Body Shop in St. Louis. Judy loved to fish and was a member of the Columbia Sportsman Club. There were no services. Mrs. Brellinger was cremated.

Robert "Rob" G. Hyatt, 58, of Waterloo, died June 22, 2015, at St. Louis University Hospital following a motorcycle accident. He was born March 27, 1957, in East St. Louis, the son of Gene and JoAnn (nee Weissert) Hyatt. In addition to his parents, Mr. Hyatt is survived by his children, Andrew, Zachary and Sadie Hyatt; fiancé, Sue Row; Sue's children, Aaron and Phil Rheinecker; and siblings, Steven (Davina) Hyatt, Christine (Robert) Meehan, Gene Jr. "Pete" (Lori) Hyatt, Cynthia Hyatt, Kathleen (Daniel) Kurowski, Douglas (Monica) Hyatt, Clara "Cissy" (Bill) Harrison, Keri Hyatt and Edwin Hyatt. Rob was a retired mud, taper and painter. He belonged to the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. He had a warm personality and a great sense of humor. He worked hard and played golf harder. Mr. Hyatt was a loving father and a dear friend to many. He always had a joke to tell and that grin on his face that will be missed by anyone who knew him. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Fr. Marvin Volk, officiating. His body was cremated. Memorials may be made to the Bump Classic Golf Fund, the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis or the American Diabetes Association.

LuAnn M. Beck, nee Mees, 61, of Columbia, died June 29, 2015. She was born Jan. 24, 1954, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Sylvester and Violet (nee Schlemmer) Mees. LuAnn married Frank Thomas "Tom" Beck in 1990 in Columbia. Besides her husband, Mrs. Beck is survived by her children, Rhonda (Chris) Shaw of Columbia, Amy (Nathan) Strong of Waterloo, Stephanie (Steve) Pulse-Reichert of Columbia, Eric (Sarah) Beck of Boston, Mass., and Jason (Lindsay) Pulse of Columbia; siblings, Donald L. (Mary Lou) Mees of St. Louis, Sylvia (Robert A., Sr.) Eschmann of Columbia, Kenneth P. (Mary) Mees of Columbia, Mary (Terry) Herbeck of Columbia, Robert (Patricia) Mees of Columbia and Sue (Phillip) Pickering of Dupo; and eight grandchildren; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. LuAnn was a devoted officer at Columbia National Bank for 32 years, where she was dedication to her customers. Her passion for helping others through sound financial advice touched hundreds of Monroe County residents. Outside of her professional career, LuAnn loved spending time with family and friends, dancing and laughing. Visitation is Friday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral will follow with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School - Building Fund, the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund or Songs For Soldiers.

James J. Burns Jr., 71, of Waterloo died June 23, 2015 at Sanibel Island, Fla. He was born June 19, 1944 in St. Louis, the son of the late James J., Sr. and Marcella Marie (nee Kempter) Burns. Mr. Burns is survived by his wif,e Sue (nee Glenn) Burns; children Tina (Ron) Stumpf, Susan (Edward) Davis and James (Dawn) Burns III; grandchildren Mallory and Blake Stumpf, Eddie (Katie) Davis, Noelle Davis, Olivia, Avery and Evan Burns; great-grandchild Finley Davis; sisters, Marcella, Mary and Joan; brothers Michael (Pat) Burns and David (Donna) Burns; sister-in-law Connie Burns; and brother-in-law Noel Leroy Glenn; along with an aunt, uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers Larry and Christopher Burns. Mr. Burns retired from Harrisonville Telephone Company after 40 years of service. He was also a retired staff sergeant in the Air National Guard. James enjoyed sitting in his chair and reading the newspaper and watching the Cardinals. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, especially watching his granddaughters play ball. Visitation is Friday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mr. Burns will be buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo.

Dora Fay Wild, nee Hankins, 66, of Waterloo, died June 4, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born June 6, 1948 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Eugene and Elsie (nee Cooper) Hankins. Mrs. Wild is survived by her husband, Ronald Wild; children, Angie (Brian) Hoffman and Randy (Tiffany) Wild; grandchildren, Mason Hoffman and Marisa Hoffman; sisters, Carolyn (John) Davis and Wilma Eckert; half-brother, Bill (Helen) Jackson; brother, Kenneth Hankins; and godchildren, Tim Wild, Bill Knobloch, Amy Cope and Rebecca Krebel. She was preceded in death by her sister, Gloria (Lee Knobloch). Mrs. Wild attended Zion UCC in St. Joe, where she was a member of the Women's Fellowship. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. A memorial luncheon and gathering followed at the Acorns Golf Links in Wartburg. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. At Dora’s request, a cremation was held.

Alberta Snell, 95, of Red Bud, died Friday, June 12, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Oct. 8, 1919 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Walter E. and Elizabeth (nee Kaiser) Gregson. Alberta married Hubert “Bert” Snell in 1950 in St. Louis. He died Aug. 7, 1951. She lived most of her earlier years in Chicago and had worked at the Erie Café. Alberta moved back to St. Louis in 1975 and worked at the Black Forest Restaurant. After retiring in 1982, she returned to her hometown of Red Bud. Mrs. Snell attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, where she was active in the St. Ann’s Altar Sodality. Alberta was also a former member of the Red Bud V.F.W. Auxiliary. She loved quilting, sewing, baking, bingo and playing cards during family gatherings. Mrs. Snell is survived by her sister-in-law, Marian Gregson; and goddaughter, Debbie Donjon; along with nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great- nephews and many friends. Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by, her brothers, Cletus (Agnes), John and Walter H. (Louise) Gregson; and sisters, Mary (Eddie) Waldron, Helen (Frank) Landman, Marcella (Les) Heyl and a sister in infancy. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Memorials may be made to her church or to the St. John Quilters.

Adel Stumpf, 92, of Columbia, died June 8, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born July 26, 1922 in New Hanover, the daughter of the late Fred and Mena (nee Mehrtens) Stumpf. Ms. Stumpf is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Erwin Stumpf and Edmund E. Stumpf; and a sister, Thelma Sparwasser. Adel attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Graveside service and burial were at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Memorials may be made to her church’s Elevator Fund.

Betty Jo Niebruegge, nee Autry, 68, of Deland, Fla., died June 5, 2015 in Windermere, Fla. She was born June 25, 1946 in Gary, Ind., the daughter of the late Joe B. and Margaret (nee Jackson) Autry. Mrs. Niebruegge is survived by her children, Joanna (Jason) Sauer and John David (Melissa) Niebruegge; granddaughter, Molly Elizabeth Niebruegge; brother, John B. (Martha) Autry; sister-in-law, Judy Maurer; and brother-in-law, Robert (Darlene) Niebruegge; along with, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, David G. Niebruegge; brother, Jeffrey Autry; and brother-in-law, Robert D. Maurer. Mrs. Niebruegge attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. She was employed for 16 years at First National Bank of Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Niebruegge was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Debra L. Douglas, nee Davis, 58, of Waterloo, died June 8, 2015 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born May 2, 1957 in Sigourney, Iowa, the daughter of the late Leland and Sarah Maxine (nee Porter) Davis. Mrs. Douglas is survived by her children Mike (Dione) Kelley, Brandy Douglas-Dille, Stephen (Rebecca) Douglas and Christopher Douglas; grandchildren Shannon and Cullen Kelley, Steven Phillips, Emily Werp, and Grayson and Griffin Douglas; and a sister Jackie (Michael) Nobels; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son, Jacob D. Douglas. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to United Cerebral Palsy or the American Cancer Society

Jean E. Stogner, nee Wallhaus, 77, of Waterloo, died June 14, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 9, 1937 in East St. Louis the daughter of the late Herman and Alyda (nee Koenigsmark) Wallhaus. Mrs. Stogner is survived by her children, Linda (Benny Reeves) Etherton, Patricia (Ron) Hurst, Douglas (Kelly) Stogner and Christina (Scott) Hemmer; grandchildren, Katherine (Brian) Garey, Kelly (Ryan) Greenlee, Ryan (fiancée Erica Brewer) Etherton, Kristen (Jerry Miller) Etherton, Jessica Hurst, Joshua (fiancée Samantha Naumann) Hurst, Taylor Stogner, Sloane Stogner, Kyle (Kailey Schoenbeck) Hemmer, Devin (Grace Goetting) Hemmer and Dylan Hemmer; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Braden and Addilyn Garey, Brogan and Beckett Greenlee; friend, John Etherton; and a nephew, Richard Cox. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert O. Stogner; and sisters, Ruth Cox and Marjorie Schnipper. Mrs. Stogner attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo and was a huge St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. Visitation Friday, June 19, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mrs. Stogner will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

John Lee Poetker, 69, of Waterloo, died June 2, 2015 in St. Louis following a heart attack. He was born Oct. 22, 1945 in Belleville, the son of John and Martha (nee Brinkmann) Poetker. Mr. Poetker is survived by his siblings Mary Poetker, David Poetker, Carol (Tom) Noelke, Dale (Alecia) Poetker, Karen (Jim) Vogt, Curt Poetker and Kevin Poetker; nieces and nephews, Jonathan (Pam) Poetker, Andrew (Laura) Noelke and Victoria and Clint Vogt; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Akenna, Brexton and Chylee Poetker, Mason Noelke and Madison Hankammer; along with aunts, uncles and friends. John was a lifelong dairy farmer. He attended St. Michael's Catholic Church in Paderborn. He was a clerk for Road District 2 for 40 years. He was a member of the Dairy Farmers of America and the NFO. Visitation is Thursday, June 4, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, June 5, at 11 a.m., at St. Michael’s in Paderborn with Father Stan Konieczny officiating. Mr. Poetker will be buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to his church.

May 2015

Marie Ann Lich, nee Schulte, 80, of Waterloo, died May 28, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 22, 1935 in Monroe City, the daughter of the late August and Rose Bertha (nee Rudder) Schulte. Mrs. Lich is survived by her children, Donna (Ronald) Edison, Debbie (Rodney) Eckart, Pam (Tim) Weber, Lisa (Dennis) Juelfs, Sandy (Erik) Bohlen and John (Connie) Lich; grandchildren, Brian (Shannon) Eckart, Candy and Adam Eckart, Gunnery Sgt. Steven (Beth) Weber, Michelle (Jesse) Pherson, Jason (Stephanie) Juelfs, Megan (Eric) Brock, David Stuart, Resee Bohlen and Brandi (Kyle) Hitzemann; great-grandchildren, Corwin Pherson, Alexis and Bristol Juelfs, Kylee Brock, Braydon and Raegan Eckart, and Bryce and Blake Weber; and a sister, Joyce Guttmann; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alois L. Lich; brother, John and Gussie Schulte; and brother-in-law, Robert Guttmann. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Lich was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Blanche Dudley, 84, of Waterloo, died May 5, 2015. She was born Aug. 11, 1930 in Newport, Ark., the daughter of the John C. Miller and Martha Ann (nee Osborne) Miller-Britton. Blanche married Garland Leon Dudley in 1954. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Dudley is survived by her daughters, Martha Stauder of Valmeyer, Mary Hawkins of New Athens and Sandra Tochtrop of Waterloo; her sister, Dixie Cole of DesArc, Mo.; grandchildren, Wendy, Ashley, Courtney and Toni; and great-grandchildren, Kaylynn, Ethan, Madison and Trenton; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jacob Stauder; brothers, Elvis Ellis, Johnny Ellis, Leonard Ellis, David Ellis, Amos J.C. Miller and her twin, Broce Miller; and sisters, Esther Hampton, Clara Mann and Ida Mae Clark. Mrs. Dudley was a certified medical technician and nurse’s aid. She most recently worked at Gibault Catholic High School collecting money at lunch. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. Memorial service was at her church with Pastor David Eckstadt officiating.

William E. “Gene” Wentworth, 35, of Sparta, died May 14, 2015. He was born April 19,1980 in Seymour, Ind., the son of Julie Oliver and Daniel Wentworth. Besides his parents, Mr. Wentworth is survived by his son, Jonathon Wentworth; sister, Sarah Wentworth; maternal grandmother, Mary Lou Thorpe; and paternal grandmother, Phylis Handley; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Hope Christian Church with Pastor Joshua Boyer officiating. Gene was lovingly eulogized by family and friends at his funeral. Mr. Wentworth was buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo.

Erdman Esker, 72, of Granville, formerly of Fults, died May 16, 2015, surrounded by his wife and family. Mr. Esker was born Nov. 18, 1942 in Red Bud, the son of the late Everett and Evelyn Esker. Erdie married Carol Offermann on Oct. 30, 1961. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961 and was honorably discharged in 1964 with the rank of E4. Erdie spent most of his life working for grain elevators and retired in 2000 from Cargill in Spring Valley. Mr. Esker enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and craftsmanship. Besides his wife of 54 years, Mr. Esker is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Jim) Keen of Granville; seven grandchildren, Dan and Jesse Siegmann, James, Chelsea and Clay Keen (all of Granville), and Ashley Pfershy and Chase Esker of Millstadt; great-grandsons, Evean Siegmann and Cayman Pfershy; and brothers, Eugene (Gisela) Esker, Elvis Esker and Edwin Esker; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his children, Kevin Esker and Sherry Siegmann; brothers, Edward and Ervin Esker; and a sister, Edna Page. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Thomas Francis Benyo, 66, of Willow Springs, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died May 19, 2015 from a heart attack while ocean fishing in Destin, Fla. He was born April 29, 1949 in St. Louis, the son of the late Andrew and Evelyn (nee Bringaze) Benyo. Mr. Benyo is survived by his wife of five years, Linda (nee Duddridge) Benyo; children, Angie (Josh) McGrew of Bentonville, Ark., and Lori (Johnny) Reyes of Webb City, Mo.; stepsons, Richard (Jackie) Feldman of Cabool, Mo., and Robert Feldman of Ozark, Mo; grandchildren, Kortney Feldman, Maddy Feldman, Carter Farris, Johnny Reyes II, Brooks McGrew and Lincoln Reyes; and siblings, Andy (Peggy) Benyo of Lee's Summit, Mo., Dave (Vicki) Benyo of Lee's Summit, Mo., Rose (Rich) Kloeppinger of Washington, Mo., Joe (Sandy) Benyo of Waterloo, John (Rhonda) Benyo of Valmeyer, and Chris (Denise) Benyo of North Aurora; along with nieces and nephews. After graduating from Gibault High School in 1967, Tom went on to earn a degree from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo., in 1971. Mr. Benyo taught high school biology, coached for 25 years and was a golf course superintendent for 19 years in Thayer and Willow Springs, Mo. Tom enjoyed spending time with his family, playing golf, fishing, camping, beach vacations and was a sports enthusiast. Visitation and funeral were at First General Baptist Church of Willow Springs, Mo.

Gary E. Donnell, 76, of Waterloo, died May 24, 2015 in Waterloo. He was born July 17, 1938 in Greencastle, Ind., the son of the late Lowell Donnell and Lola (nee Elder) Owen. Mr. Donnell is survived by his wife, Sharon Donnell; children, Ed (Laurie) Donnell and Jennifer (Ken) Helfrich; grandchildren, Isaac Donnell, Eric Helfrich, Regan Donnell, and Alex Helfrich; and his brother, David Owen. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Donnell; and a sister, Bonnie Wilson. Mr. Donnell was the co-founder and co-owner of Foodservice Center, Inc. from 1973 until his retirement. He was lifetime member of the Kankakee Masonic Lodge. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at First Baptist Church in Waterloo with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mr. Donnell was buried at Deer Hill Cemetery in rural Waterloo. Memorials may be made to his church.

Hazel Pauline Niehaus, 88, of Columbia, died May 25, 2015 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing. She was born Jan. 7, 1927, in Mountain View, Mo., the daughter of the late Ralph and Willie Alice (nee Buff) Craig. Hazel married Ardell W. Niehaus in 1943 in Perryville, Mo. He died in 1987. Mrs. Niehaus is survived by a son, David (Gwen) Niehaus of Baldwin; daughter, Arlene (Whitey) Leonard of O'Fallon, Mo.; grandchildren, Marla Ahne, Zelina West, Brad Glotfelty, Derek Niehaus and Shelly Hemker; great-grandchildren, Brayden Glotfelty, Kyra Hemker, Paloma Niehaus and Shay Hemker; brothers, Don Taber, Bob (Crystal) Taber and Dale Taber, all of Mountain View, Mo.; a sister, Grace Koonce of Birch Tree, Mo.; and a son-in-law, Terry Glotfelty of Waterloo. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughters, Sandra Niehaus, Mary Glotfelty and Barbara Jean Niehaus; a son, Paul Niehaus; and siblings, Eugene Baker, Dain Craig, Mae Harkin, Alby Taber, Edna Vaught and Leeta Moreland. Mrs. Niehaus attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Columbia, where she was active in the Ladies League. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at her church with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Niehaus was buried at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Arlene L. Pflueger, nee Klotz, 87, of Hecker, died May 27, 2015 in Red Bud. She was born Dec. 11, 1927 in Hecker, the daughter of the late August and Kathryn (nee Rennecker) Klotz. Mrs. Pflueger is survived by her husband, Eugene Pflueger; children, Ronnie (Darlene) Pflueger and Nancy (Craig) Yarbrough; grandchildren, Stacy (Mike) Hemmer, Ryan (Meagan) Pflueger and Christine Pflueger; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Ava Hemmer and Keegan and Carson Pflueger; and a sister, Dorothy Klotz; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Arlene attended Freiden's UCC of Hecker, where she was active in the Women’s Guild. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Freiden’s UCC in Hecker with Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Mrs. Pflueger was buried at the Hecker City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Nelson "Bill" Rex, 75, of rural Waterloo, died May 27, 2015 in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 6, 1939 in St. Louis, the son of the late Nelson Edward and Florence (nee Rupp) Rex. Mr. Rex is survived by his wife, Doris (nee Gummersheimer) Rex; brother-in-law, Victor (Dee) Gummersheimer; cousins, Richard (Virginia) Rex, Barbara (Robert) Roux and Warren (Lettie) Goehringer; a nephew, Michael (Stephanie) Gummersheimer; nieces, Melissa (Paul) DeHart and Melinda (Steve) Wegmann; cousin-in-law, Jackie Maurer; great-nieces and great-nephew, Zachary and Kristin Gummersheimer and Tessa and Rianna DeHart. Bill grew up in Webster Groves, Mo., where he helped at his parent’s grocery. He was a Cub Scout with a keen knowledge of horticulture. This led to him being a florist and opening Rex Florist in the mid-1970s. The store moved to downtown Waterloo in 1979, where it operated through his retirement in 2001. Mr. Rex also loved history and a storyteller, which led him to author five books. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Rex was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Missouri, Helping Strays of Monroe County, St. Joseph's Indian School, St. Paul UCC of Columbia or St. Labre Indian School.

Jack "Cocky" Houston, 88, of Collinsville, died May 21, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. He was born March 18, 1927, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Jack and Alice Mae (nee Underwood) Houston. Mr. Houston is survived by his children, Suzanne (Larry) Brown of Waterloo, Shelley Goodman of Waterloo, Jack (Janet) Houston of Waterloo, Sam (Gina) Houston of Red Bud and Lisa (Jon Schmalenberger) May of Waterloo; a sister, Louise McDaniel of Belleville; grandchildren, George (Erica) Huebner, Ross (Jen) Huebner, Carrie (Bryan) Heisinger, Kacie (Trent) Romero, Courtney (Brad) Bell, Jeana (Brian) Gibbs, Sam Houston Jr., Jack N. Houston, Jacob Houston, Joseph May, Melissa May, Santina Stemmley, Shawn Buckley, Mallory Krump, Dan Range, Mike Range, John Range and Tiffany Range; 18 great-grandchildren; and a cousin, Mary Elliott of Henderson, Nev.; along with nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores (nee Fortner) Houston; son-in-law, Al Goodman; and the mother of his children, Betty Ann (nee Borovetz) Houston. Cocky was retired. He had worked for 70 years as a structural ironworker out of Local 392. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Fairmont City. Jack served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the USGA and worked in his retirement as marshal at Gateway National Golf Course. In his youth, Mr. Houston played minor league baseball with the St. Louis Browns and was the batboy during both the 1942-1945 regular seasons and the World Series. One thing folks who knew Cocky remembered was that he loved animals. Visitation and funeral were at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville with Father David Wilke officiating. Mr. Houston was buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Belleville Humane Society or Wounded Warrior Project.

Doris M. Fults, nee Phegley, 86, of Waterloo, died May 2, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 25, 1929 in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Robert and Rosa (nee Stoeckel) Phegley. Mr. Fults is survived by her husband, Melvin "Larry" Fults; daughter, Patricia Abernathy; grandchildren, Chris Abernathy and Karen (John) Malik; great-grandson, Drew Pearce; and brothers, Robert (Naomi) Phegley, Wayne (Elaine) Phegley and Kenneth (Nathalie) Phegley; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Fults; and son-in-law, Ronald Abernathy. Mrs. Fults attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She was a member of the Waterloo VFW Auxiliary. A private family service was held. Memorials may be made to her church, the Oak Hill Activity Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Janice McGuire, nee Hale, 62, of Columbia died May 8, 2015 with her husband Jackie McGuire at her side. They were married May 27, 1972. She was born July 21, 1952 in Blackwell, Okla., the daughter of Betty (Stratton) Hale and the late Alford Hale. Besides her husband and mother, Mrs. McGuire is survived by her children, Amy (John) Dungan, Sean (Marion Adams) McGuire; Lana (Chris) Feix, and Audey (Tiera) McGuire; sisters, Shirley Wano and Carolyn (Elvis) Christie; and her brother, Terry (LaDonna) Hale; along with 15 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Joe Wano; and a niece, Michelle Wano. Janice graduated from Tonkawa High School. She worked many years with her mother in the restaurant business. Janice then had a 13-year career as a communications officer in Blackwell, Okla., and Columbia. She also worked in customer service for several years. Mrs. McGuire enjoyed choir, glee club, dancing, animals, traveling, rodeo, photography, writing, art, languages and music. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to DAV or hospice.

Delvira “Del” Hanegan, nee Gummersheimer, 66, of Columbia, died May 3, 2015, at Barnes Jewish Medical Center after an extended battle with cancer. She was born May 27, 1948, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Arthur and Elvira (nee Klamp) Gummersheimer. Del married Lawrence A. Hanegan in 1969 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hanegan is survived by her children, John (Rhonda) Hanegan of Columbia, Melissa (Steve) Downs of Overland, Mo., and Eric Hanegan of St. Charles, Mo.; grandchildren, Kelsey and Michael Hanegan; and her brother, Archie (Dian) Gummersheimer of Waterloo. Mrs. Hanegan was an inspirational school teacher for 43 years. She loved the movie Star Wars. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Hanegan was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the school libraries at Parkview or Eagleview.

Shirley R. May, nee Rodenberg, 85, of Waterloo, died May 4, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 28, 1929 in Renault, the daughter of the late Walter and Bertha (nee Wortmann) Rodenberg. Mrs. May is survived by her children, Lyn May, Donna J. (Dennis) Underwood, Joann M. (Chuck) Steppig and Daniel S. May; daughter-in-law, Karla May; grandchildren, Stephanie (Rob) Davies, Tera Steppig, Nicholas and Christopher Steppig, and John and Jubal Underwood; great-grandchild, Sophia Spencer; a brother, Glen (Audrey) Rodenberg; and sisters-in-law, Pearl May, Audrey Fiddler and Margaret (Robert) Melliere; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon C. May; son, David C. May; daughter, Sandra L. May. Mrs. May attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, where she was a member of the Women of St. Paul. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Mrs. May was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Pearl K. Brinley, nee Otten, 93, of Waterloo, died May 3, 2015. She was born March 1, 1922 in Sugar Loaf Township, the daughter of the late George and Emma (nee Peterson) Otten. Mrs. Brinley is survived by her daughters, Nancy Ferguson, Charlene (Tony) Jacobs, and Cheryl (James) Hicks; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and God-children Sandra Henling, Dorena Colombo and Geraldine Schaefer; along with step-grandchildren, step-great- grandchildren, step-great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles P. Brinley; son, Garry Brinley; daughter, Doris Millhouse; sisters, Otilda Kossina, Adelia Mees, Elenora Newton, Alma Otten and Mabel Otten; and brothers, Harold, Harvey and Edgar Otten; along with two grandsons and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Brinley attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, where she was active in the Afternoon Women's Guild. She was a 50-year member of Eastern Star - Queen City 697, a three-time worthy matron, Al Sihah Temple 29, Daughter of the Nile, Women of the Moose 1563, Moose Academy of Friendship, Ladies Auxiliary VFW 6504, Lift Program, Classic 55 Club, Senior Activity Club, Senior Circle and the International Society of Poetry. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Mrs. Brinley was buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

Chester H. Kopec, 91, of Columbia died May 9, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. He was born April 3, 1924, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Charles and Mary (nee Tarczon) Kopec. Chester married Lillian (nee Sander) Kopec in 1950 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. John Schroeder officiating. Besides his wife, Mr. Kopec is survived by a daughter, Patricia Pettet of Hanahan, S.C.; a son, Steven (Connie) Kopec of Columbia; grandchildren, Erin (Matt) Ellis, Graham and Jordan Pettet; and great-grandchildren, Landon and Emma Ellis. He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances (Anthony) Bargiel. Mr. Kopec served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Chester was also a local musician, having played with the Tune Twisters and the Polka Spots. He had retired from the Ethyl Corporation in Sauget. Chester attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he had been the men's choir director for more than 35 years. He was active with the Knights of Columbus Council 1334 - 4th Degree, where he had been a past Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator; and the Knights of Columbus Council 6165 - 4th Degree, where he had been a past Grand Knight. Chester was a member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association, St. Louis Metro Polka Club, American Legion Post 581 )past commander), the Polish-American War Veterans. Visitation is Thursday, May 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Kopec will be buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

April 2015

Vernon O. Schneider, 88, of Columbia, died April 21, 2015. He was born April 7, 1927, in Columbia, the son of the late Gus and Adele (nee Gummersheimer) Schneider. Vernon married B. Nadine “Bean” Schneider in 1958. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schneider is survived by his brothers, Walter (Mila) Schneider of San Diego, Calif., and Robert (Barbara) Schneider of Columbia; daughter, Grace B. Gunn of Waterloo; grandchildren, Randee (Rich) Liles, Mark (Tammy) Kohlenberger and Jon (Robin Lekosky) Kohlenberger; great-grandchildren, Rance (Ashley Walker) Leistler, Shelby (Bill) Griebel, Evan and Ava Liles, Olivia Kohlenberger, and Emily Kohlenberger; son-in-law, Gary Gunn of Harlingen, Tex.; daughters-in-law, Sheila Kohlenberger and Joan (Tom) Adams; and grandson-in-law, Robert Leistler; along with nieces, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Darrel Kohlenberger; a brother-in-infancy, William Schneider; grandchildren, Robin Leistler and Drew Kohlenberger; and a niece, Carol (Schneider) Wilson. Mr. Schneider served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581 and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. He was employed through and Laborer's Union Local 42 in St. Louis. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Burial was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville. Memorials may be made to his church.

Deborah K. Johnson, nee Prosise, 56, of Columbia, died April 28, 2015 at St. Louis University Hospital. She was born March 3, 1959, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Edmond Lee and Mable Frances (nee Hurst) Prosise. She married Eric R. Johnson in 1980 at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Johnson is survived by her son, Leif Johnson of Columbia; a brother, Paul Prosise of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; sister, Linda (Jim) Purdle of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; mother-in-law, Marilee K. Johnson of Columbia; and her brother-in-law, Jody L. (Denise) Johnson of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Prosise; and her father-in-law, James E. Johnson. Deborah was a licensed practical nurse. She enjoyed collecting coins and family photos, solving crossword puzzles and reading romance novels. Mrs. Johnson was cremated. There were no services. Memorials may be made to the History Museum of Monroe County,

Bonnie Vera Ellis, 80, of Waterloo, died April 28, 2015 in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 9, 1934 in Glenridge, the daughter of the late John and Vera (nee Pettijohn) Kretzer. Mrs. Ellis is survived by her children, Peggy Ellis of Belleville, Glenda (Ron) Beasley of Dade City, Fla., Clayton Ellis of Dickson, Tenn., Brian (Linda) Ellis of Chesterfield, Mo., and Lori Ellis of Waterloo; grandchildren, Martha Maria (Matt) Kinney of Mesa, Ariz. and Bonnie Elizabeth Cochran (fiancé Danny Canter) of Dickson, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen L. Ellis; brothers, Harold, Martin, George and William Kretzer; and sisters-in-law, Pauline Kretzer, Reba White, Katie Kretzer, Pauline Vander Pluym and Eileen Kretzer. She was a nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for 21 years. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at First Baptist Church in Waterloo with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mrs. Ellis was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to her church or the American Cancer Society.

James A. Ruff, 73, of Waterloo, died April 28, 2015 in Red Bud. He was born July 28, 1941, in Belleville, the son of the late Theodore and Dorina (nee Straub) Ruff. Mr. Ruff is survived by his wife, Lois Ruff; children. Christine (Jeff) Felts and Kevin (Tara) Ruff; a granddaughter, Alexis Ruff; brother, Kenneth (Shirley) Ruff; and her sister-in-law, Gladys Ruff; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Ruff. Mr. Ruff attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He worked for 42 years at Concordia Publishing House of St. Louis. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Ruff was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Youth Group.

Elizabeth A. Bivins, nee Pickering, 50, of Waterloo, died April 30, 2015 in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 19, 1964 in Centerville, the daughter of the late Joseph and Barbara (nee Williams) Pickering. Mrs. Bivins is survived by her fiancé, Dennis Huebner; daughters, Chelsea Bivins (Corey Minemann) and Rachael Bivins; a granddaughter, Ayda Mae Brown; her brother Joe (Chrisy) Pickering; nephews Tanner Fry and Jacob Pickering; and a niece, Andrea (Justin) Bauer; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Pickering. Elizabeth was a CNA at Oak Hill and St. Anthony's Medical Center. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Fred Pringle officiating. Mrs. Bivins was buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to the Tanner Fry Trust Fund.

Jose R. Colindres, 73, of Chesterfield, Mo., formerly of Dupo, died April 29, 2015 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 2, 1941 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to Alberto and Florencia (nee Romero) Colindres. Mr. Colindres is survived by his daughter, Adriana E. Colindres of Galesburg; a brother, Jorge Colindres; and sisters, Sonia Smith, Betty Rodriguez, Aida Colindres and Florencia Colindres. He was preceded in death by his son, Jose A. Colindres; and his brothers, Mario Colindres and Oscar Colindres. Mr. Colindres was a manager supervisor for Metro Transit, formerly Bi-State. He was a member of the Emeth Lodge 1030 A.F. and A.M. in Cahokia and the Scottish Rite. He believed in the importance of driving safely, so he taught both his children to drive on city streets and interstates long before they legally could get behind the wheel. Jose enjoyed exercising, politics, Latin music, hot sauce and the ginger crinkle cookies from a bakery in Galesburg. An avid bicyclist, Mr. Colindres could still ride a "century" (100 miles) when he was in his 60s. Visitation was at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dupo with Msgr. Carl E. Scherrer officiating. Mr. Colindres was buried at Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gibault Catholic High School.

Stephen R. Braun, 60, of Hecker, died April 25, 2015 in Belleville. He was born Sept. 22, 1954 in St. Louis, the son of the late William and Lucille (nee Lake) Braun. Mr. Braun is survived by his children, Julie Braun and Stephen M. (Amanda) Braun; grandson, Wyatt Braun; and brothers, Bill (Janet) Braun, Paul (Sharon) Braun and Allan (Joyce) Braun; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine (nee Rettinghouse) Braun; a sister Janet Bauer; and his brother, Edward C. Braun. Mr. Braun attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. He owned William F. Braun Milk Hauling. He was very involved in his community, being a former Hecker Village Trustee, member of the Monroe County Ambulance Service and a Hecker Volunteer Fireman. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. The funeral was at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mr. Braun was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Hecker Fire Dept.

Helen A. Ahrens, 97, of Columbia, died April 17, 2015, at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born Dec. 8, 1917, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Alfred and Rosa (nee Mueller) Schaefer. Helen married LeRoy Ahrens in 1940. He died in1979. Mrs. Ahrens attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia, where she was a past president of the Women's League. She was a member of the Columbia Senior Citizens and the Hungry 8 Card Club. Helen had been a secretary with the United Way - St. Louis’ Bureau For Men, as well as the secretary for the Valmeyer School Superintendent. Mrs. Ahrens is survived by a daughter, Susan (Tom) Kuergeleis of Columbia; grandchildren, Amy (Joshua) Mistler of Columbia, Jennifer Kuergeleis of St. Louis, Amanda (Matthew) Buhr of Columbia, Michael (Angela) Ahrens of Dewitt, Iowa, Brian (Joy) Ahrens of Los Angeles, Calif., Lisa (Scott) Denker of Des Moines, Iowa and Matthew (Carrie) Ahrens of Dewitt, Iowa; 12 great- grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Ahrens of Dewitt, Iowa; along with nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Warren Ahrens; and a sister, Hilda Buettner. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Ahrens was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memories may be made to her church’s Special Music Fund.

Hugo P. Cinciripini, 89, of Waterloo, died April 16, 2015 in Belleville. He was born Feb. 3, 1926 in Omaha, Neb., the son of the late Alfred Cinciripini and Seconda (nee Spirandelli) Cinciripini. Mr. Cinciripini is survived by his wife of 59 years, Louise (nee Farkas) Cinciripini; daughters, Christine Cinciripini of Waterloo and Michele Cinciripini of St. Louis; and a brother, Henry (Pat) Cinciripini; along with nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. Hugo grew up in St. Louis’ Italian community of The Hill, with four siblings, Corrado, Josephine, Henry and Alfred. He was a combat soldier during World War II, Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, having served 1944-1946 with the U.S. Army 385th Infantry Regiment, 76th Division. Hugo received the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, EAMET Ribbon, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star for his service in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Cinciripini owned Apex Printing, and eventually retired and moved to the country. He was a master woodcarver and enjoyed watercolor painting. A memorial service will be at Jefferson Barracks at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Lawrence Joseph Pope, 64 of Columbia, died April 18, 2015 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born Oct. 5, 1950, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Joseph Aubrey Pope and Emily (nee Cygan) Pope of Columbia. Lawrence married Sharon (nee Riebeling) Pope in 1999. In addition to his wife, Mr. Pope is survived by his children, Lara (Jason Griffin) Pope, Joseph (Amanda) Pope, Veronica Pope, Chrissy (Keith) Immken, Michael French and Adrienne French; a brother, Thomas Pope; sisters, Margaret Pope, Virginia (Jeff) Devenport, Frances (Steve) Stoltz and Catherine (Gary) Mueller; grandchildren, Lindsay, Steven, Damion, Eric, Eiley, Andrew, Mackenzie, Aubrey, Jackson and Phoenix; and nieces and nephews, Elizabeth and Jennifer Pope, Emily (Doug) Spitz, Christine Mueller, Adam (Katie) Devenport, Dan Devenport, Trevor Stoltz and Greg Mueller. He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Joyce Pope; and grandparents, Marion Fred and Anna Mae Pope, and Jan and Mary Cygan; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. Mr. Pope served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. Larry retired as an electrician with US Steel in Granite City, after 40 years of employment. Mr. Pope attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 and the NRA. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Pope was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Virginia G. Freimuth, nee Reichert, 96, of Columbia, died April 18, 2015, at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born April 23, 1918, on the family farm in rural Columbia. She was the first child of the late Myrtle and Harry Reichert, Sr. Virginia married Leland H. Freimuth in 1937 in St. Louis. He died in 1992. Mrs. Freimuth is survived by her children, Glen (Ethel) Freimuth of Rochester and Ellen (Wayne) Rey of Waterloo; brothers, Harry Reichert, Jr. of Columbia and Dale (Lela) Reichert of Columbia; six grandchildren; 11 great-grand-children; and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Arleen and Joe Weilbacher; and her sister, Frances Smith. Virginia attended the Mueller School with her sister Frances and brother Harry. She attended Zoar UCC in New Hanover, where she was active with the Women's Guild. Virginia was a 4-H leader and was involved with other civic groups. Funeral is Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m., at Zoar UCC with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. An interment of ashes will follow at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church. 

Rosella M. Steinmann, nee Schneider, 96, formerly of Deer Hill, died April 19, 2015 in Rio Rancho, NM. Rosella was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore P. Steinmann. She is survived by her children, Ron (Debra) and Linda (Paul); grandchildren Jeff and Chris (Rebecca); and three brothers. Funeral is Friday, May 1, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia.

Billea Otten, 95, of Columbia, died April 23, 2015 in St. Louis. She was born July 16, 1919 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Charles Ota Lea (nee Ward) Hack. Mrs. Otten is survived by her children, Roy (Diane) Otten, Marvel (Teresa Rusteberg) Otten, David (Ellen) Otten and Rosalie (Allen) Kern; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy H. Otten; son, Jerry Otten; granddaughter, Michelle Otten; grandson, Terry Otten; and great-granddaughter, Lindsey Otten. Private family services were held. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Bernard Joseph Vogt, 71, of rural Columbia died April 11, 2015 following an extended illness. “Red” Vogt climbed onto his 1958 International Harvester pulling tractor, Wild Cherry, and made his final full pull through the pearly gates of Heaven on this date. Bernie born June 4, 1943 in East St. Louis, the son of Gertrude (nee Wulff) Vogt and the late Norbert J. Vogt. He graduated from Ss. Peter and Paul High School in 1961. Mr. Vogt married Sharon (Knott) Vogt on Aug. 23, 1969. They had two children, Lisa (Matt) Baczynski, and the late Eric Vogt. Bernard was an Army Reservist and lifelong farmer. He worked many years as a backhoe operator for Ehret, Inc. and was a member of Local 520 Operating Engineers until going out on his own and founding Vogt Excavating. Mr. Vogt presently was the owner of Dirt Cheap of Columbia, which sold top soil and fill dirt. Bernie was a proud member of the Waterloo Optimist Club and served more than 20 years on the Monroe County Planning Commission. Bernard was an avid tractor puller and won numerous pulls, including the 2007 Southern Nationals Antique Tractor Pull. He took first place in the 5,500-pound, 8 mph class, beating out 30-plus other tractors. He also made the cover of The Hook, a tractor-pulling magazine. Along with his mother, wife and daughter, Mr. Vogt leaves behind his mother-in-law, Verna Knott; aunt and uncle, Willis and Norma Jean Long; cousin Susan Ward; and brother-in-law, Gary Knott; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves a godson, Wyatt Embrich. He was preceded in death by his son, Eric Vogt; father, Norbert J Vogt; father-in-law, Vernon Knott; and brother-in-law, Dale Knott. Bernard requested a memorial mass Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. A celebration of life meal will follow at Karban’s Knotty Pines in Paderborn. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Jerome C. Engbring, 91, of Valmeyer, died April 9, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 1, 1923, in Milwaukee, Wisc., the son of the late Henry and Hattie (nee Krueger) Engbring. Mr. Engbring is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lucy (nee Martino) Engbring; daughter-in-law, Gina (Barringer) Engbring; children, John (Teri) Engbring, Tim Engbring, Jeff (Rita) Engbring, Paul (Grace) Engbring, Miguel Engbring, Mary (Jim) Estep, Tom (Katherine) Engbring, Susan Engbring, Jim (Mike Camp) Engbring and Charlie (Laurie) Engbring; grandchildren, Katie (Brian) Carlson, Laurel Engbring, Gretchen Engbring, Erica (Neil) Parrin, Jered (Liz) Engbring, Matt Engbring, Sam Engbring, Renny Engbring, Scout Engbring, Bear Engbring, Carmen (Eli) Klinkhardt, Luke Engbring, Hunter Engbring and Macie Engbring; and great-grandchildren, Zia Edwards, Nora Carlson, Jake Pigg, Cruz Engbring, Wyatt Engbring, Willow Klinkhardt and Ryder Klinkhardt; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Pat Engbring; son, Peter Engbring; daughter-in-law Kathi (nee Hesterberg) Engbring; son-in-law Lawrence Kappel; granddaughter, Sara Engbring Edwards; and all seven of his siblings. Mr. Engbring was a 23-year military veteran who served as a Navy fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II and as an Air Force air traffic controller. After retiring from the military, he moved his family to Valmeyer in 1967 and worked as a cartographer for Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis. Jerry was a member of Valmeyer American Legion Post 901 and the Maeystown Sportsman Club. A celebration of his life was held at the Valmeyer American Legion Hall. Memorials may be made to the Valmeyer American Legion.

Betty P. “Suzie” Robertson, nee Pollock, 90, of Waterloo died April 3, 2015. She was born Jan. 12, 1925 in Island, Ky., the daughter of the late William and Lelia (nee Eaton) Pollock. Mrs. Robertson is survived by a daughter, Kathryn (John) Campbell; grandchildren, James (Jerri) Campbell, Margaret (Steve) Allen and Elizabeth (Mike) Zanter; and great-grandchildren, Miranda and Lillian Campbell; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. Robertson; sons, Richard and Beckham Robertson; and a grandson, John Daniel Campbell. Mrs. Robertson was a member of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Memorials may be made to Miss Suzie’s Memorial Garden at Oak Hill in Waterloo.

James Stanley Schwartz, 81,of Millstadt, died April 10, 2015 in Belleville. He was born Jan. 24, 1934 in Dupo, the son of the late Oliver and Lilly (nee Kurtz) Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz is survived by his wife, Doris Marie (nee Tunley) Schwartz; children, Chris (Angela) Schwartz and Brian Schwartz; grandchildren, Ryan Schwartz and Alec Schwartz; and siblings, Helen Preshaw, Janice (Charles) Clark, Melvin (Ethel) Schwartz, Edith Lerch, Karen Schwartz and Cynthia Schwartz; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn (Mary Lou) Schwartz; brothers-in-law, James Preshaw, Arlyn Lerch and Del Hester; his father-in-law, Lester Tunley; and his mother-in-law, Jan Thorp. Mr. Schwartz was a volunteer with the Monroe County Ambulance Service, a Cub Scout leader, a member of the Zahnow PTA, president of Rubber Workers Local No. 42, treasurer of the Grain Millers Union and had retired from Golden Dipt in Millstadt. A memorial service was planned for a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Paul UCC in Waterloo.

Arline Eleanor Reed, 82, of Red Bud, died April 1, 2015 at Red Bud Regional Care. She was born Dec. 7, 1932 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Elmer and Thelma (nee Stumpf) Sparwasser. Arline married Robert B. Reed in 1955. He died in 1991. Mrs. Reed is survived by her children, William “Bill” (Tracy) Reed of Willisville, Pam (David) Hamilton of Ellis Grove, Anne Lehmen of Henderson, Ky., and Nancy (Chris) Jordan of Red Bud; sisters, Marlene (Rich) Buettner of Waterloo and Jean Wheat of Wartburg; and a brother, Elmer “Butch” (Laurie) Sparwasser of Wartburg; along with 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Ryan Hamilton; and a brother-in-law, David Wheat. Mrs. Reed worked at Gordon’s Restaurant in Hecker. “The Unique Antique” wrote a column for the Monroe County Independent. Arline attended St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Red Bud. She enjoyed listening to her brother’s band, Butch’s Polka Kings, as well as Elvis impersonators. She was also a NASCAR fan. Visitation and funeral were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Rev. William Graves officiating. Mrs. Reed was buried at the St. Peter UCC Cemetery in Red Bud.

Alois E. "Jim" Apenbrinck, 79, of Waterloo, died April 2, 2015, in Panama City, Fla. He was born Oct. 28, 1935 in St. Louis, the son of the late Alois and Florence (nee Mense) Apenbrinck. Mr. Apenbrinck is survived by his wife, Mary (nee McMahon) Apenbrinck; children, Mike (Cheri) Apenbrinck, Jeanne (Gregg) Scott, Janice (Mark) Risinger and Linda (Steve) Simon; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren; along with brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister in infancy. Mr. Apenbrinck had retired from Sears and Roebuck after 23 years of employment. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Apenbrinck was buried at the St. John Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Association.

Kenneth G. Grasle, 57, of Waterloo, died April 3, 2015. He was born Nov. 2, 1957, in St. Louis, the son of the late George and Shirley (nee Schoenig) Grasle. Mr. Grasle is survived by his friend, Judy (nee Wilson) Davis; children, Renee Grasle, Kenneth (Marie) Grasle, Annie Grasle and Brian Grasle; step-children, Jennifer (Dave) Midkiff and Jared Davis; a sister, Deborah Baldwin; and 13 grandchildren; along with an aunt, niece, nephew and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, George K. Grasle; and a brother-in-law, Terry Baldwin. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Hope Christian Church with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Mr. Grasle was buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mae V. Doerr, nee Melliere, 86, of Waterloo, died April 6, 2015 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born May 10, 1928 in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Warren Joseph and Clara Isabelle (nee Heine) Melliere. Mrs. Doerr is survived by her children, Lynn (Perry) Schlemmer, Mark (Jill) Doerr, Matthew (Lori) Doerr, Mary (Gary) Bassett, Patricia (Robert) Rottler, Michael (Lori) Doerr, Merlin (Cheryl) Doerr and Martin (Michele) Doerr; grandchildren, Neil (Angela) Schlemmer, Ned (Jenn) Schlemmer, Amanda (Adam) Derus, Kevin Doerr, Tara (Jason) Bast, Laura (Ryan) Marler, Rachel Bassett, Eric Bassett, Lucas Rottler, Alex Rottler, Lana Rottler, Cory (Deidra) Doerr, Kyle (Danielle) Doerr and Alexis Doerr; great-grandchildren, Leah Schlemmer, Grant and Luke Schlemmer, Jayna, Josie, Jessalyn Bast, Nicholas and Fredrick Doerr and Emilia and Sylvia Doerr; step-grandchildren, Collin (Lindsay) Moore, Cole (fiancé Carrie) Moore and Cale (Tracy) Moore; step-great-grandchildren, Kaidyn, Rogan, Cohen and Finnegan Moore; a brother, Floyd (Marian) Melliere; and her brother-in-law, Clarence V. Laurent. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry L. "Soxy" Doerr; an infant daughter; her sister, Anna Laurent; and brothers, Sylvester, William, Gervase, Gilmore and Howard Melliere. Mrs. Doerr attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, where she was a member of the choir and the Mary and Martha Society. She was a member of the Gibault Mother’s Club. Mae was the longtime “milk lady” at the SPPS cafeteria. She was devoted to her family, and loved gardening and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Doerr was buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the athletic funds at Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School and Gibault High School.

Pearl E. Mueth, nee Thompson, 81, of Hecker, died April 7, 2015 in Red Bud. She was born Oct. 19, 1933 in Hecker, the daughter of the late Albert and Emma (nee Weber) Thompson. Mrs. Mueth is survived by her children, James Mueth and Jeffrey (Kimberly) Mueth; and grandchildren, Jacob and Emma Mueth; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis J. Mueth; three children in infancy; a sister; and brothers. Mrs. Mueth attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. She was a member of the Red Bud Hospital Auxiliary and the Monroe County Home and Education. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Msgr. Kenneth Schaefer officiating. Mrs. Mueth was buried at the St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in Hecker. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Tina Tomlin, 50, of Renault, died April 6, 2015 in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 6, 1965 in Red Bud, the daughter of Nadine (nee Prange) Wright and the late Kenneth N. Wright. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Tomlin is survived by her children, Jennifer Zeiger, Billy Zeiger and Jay Tomlin, Jr.; grandchildren, Jenna Welty and William Zeiger; a sister, Anita (Dan) Miller; and close friend, Ken Fausz; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Tina was a member of Waterloo Sportsman's Club and was employed at a local retail store. A memorial will be held at a later day. Arrangements were handled by Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Jerome J. Shields, 81, of Waterloo, died April 8, 2015 in Maryville. He was born Sept. 4, 1933 in Bushy Prairie, the son of the late Albert and Rose (nee Goodman) Shields. Mr. Shields is survived by his wife, Joann (nee Ahne) Shields; children, Lisa Shields (Robert Conaway), Craig Shields and Bruce Shields; grandchildren, Alicia, Adam and Aaron Shields, Sierra Shields, Garrison, Ethan and Collin Shields, and Devin and Keegan Conaway; a great-grandchild, Brayden Conaway; siblings, Joyce (Vernon) Koester, Albert Shields and Leon (Donna) Shields; and sisters-in-law, Charlotte Shields and Thelma Shields. He was preceded in death by his sons, Mark J. Shields and Anthony A. Shields; and brother, Raymond Cletus and Emmett Shields. Mr. Shields was a laborer with Local 196. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Madonnaville.

March 2015

Lee A. Hoffmann, 81, of Waterloo died Monday, March 30, 2015 in St. Louis. He was born July 4, 1933 in Maeystown, the son of the late Edwin and Rose (nee Lehman) Hoffmann. Mr. Hoffmann is survived by his wife, Grace; sons, John Warner (Candice) Hoffmann and David Lee (Heather) Hoffmann; grandchildren, Sarah Maey Hoffmann, William Lee Hoffmann, Thomas David Hoffmann, Laura Jane Hoffmann, Elizabeth “Libby” Ridgeway Hoffmann and John “Jack” Marshall Hoffmann; and a sister, Kay (Dennis) Ritzel; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kermit Hoffmann; and sisters, Dorothy (Vernon) Hoffman, Ada (Warren) Osterhage and Ardel (Herbert) Mueller. Mr. Hoffmann was a veteran of the U.S. Army and attended Concord Presbyterian Church. He was member of the Columbia Masonic Lodge (55-years), the Waterloo Rotary, the Swansea Moose Lodge, the Waterloo Lions and a board member and treasurer for the Waterloo Country Club. Lee also served on the board of directors for the Monroe County Electric Co-op and was on the Monroe County Regional Planning Commission. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Concord Presbyterian Church with Rev. Andrew Cheatham officiating. Mr. Hoffmann was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Paul V. Dunn, 86, of Waterloo, died March 31, 2015, in Waterloo. He was born June 1, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Dunn is survived by his wife, Patricia (nee Kunkel) Dunn; children, Lori (Jim) Kettenbrink, Steve (Debbie) Dunn, Mike (Tammy Powell) Dunn and Kerry (Lon) Broske; grandchildren, Addie and Sophie Kettenbrink, Patrick and Thomas Dunn, Spencer Powell, and Alec, Abby and Allyse Broske; and his mother-in-law, Virginia Kunkel; along with sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Dunn. Mr. Dunn attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society. Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Dunn was buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Building Fund, Ss. Peter and Paul School or the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Cemetery in Madonnaville.

Janice Mathews, nee Overall, 76, of Columbia, died March 31, 2015, at home with her family at her side. She was born June 17, 1938, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Estel and Marie Mary (nee Dryer) Overall. Mrs. Mathews is survived by her children, Douglas C. (Shannon) Overall, Sr. of Red Bud, Steven Lee Hoffmann of Columbia, Keith O. (Monica) Hoffmann Sr. of St. Louis and Tonya Sue (nee Bergmann) Woodland of St. Louis; step-children, John Mathews Jr., Jane Mathews and Jerry Mathews; grandchildren, Douglas C. Overall Jr., Amanda M. (Neal) Overall, Christopher A. Overall, Anthony E. (Bre) Overall, Jaxson C. Overall, Keith Hoffmann Jr. and Jamie Hoffmann, Kenny Isom, Eric Isom, John K. Woodland Jr. and Adam Malm; twin-sister, Joyce Love; beloved dog, Sugar Baby; and nieces and nephews, John (Cindy) Love, Randy (Dottie) Love, Connie (Ron) Johnson, Chris (Dawna) Strauss, Mark W. (Rebecca) Weston, Peggy (Eddie) Alvarado and H. Paul (Robin) Einwich; along with eight great-grandchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her previous husband, John T. Mathews, Sr.; grandchild, Janice B. Overall; great-grandchild, Baby May; and sisters, Peggy Harbin and Jackie Overall. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Mathews was cremated. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Jeanette Fay Manion, nee Claridge, 81, of Valmeyer died March 21, 2015 in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 26, 1934 in St Louis, the daughter of the late Sylvester and Loretta nee (nee Maxwell) Claridge. Mrs. Manion is survived by her husband James A Manion; children, Cathy (Patrick) Malone of Rochester, Thomas (Bonnie) Manion of Gretna, Neb., Linda (Dan) Alexander of Waterloo and Nancy (Jesse) Forrester of Valmeyer; a sister, Loretta Eva Wetteroth of St. Louis; a brother, James Claridge of Garland, Tex.; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; along with nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother Roy Claridge; and son a Daniel Minzes Private services will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the de Greeff Hospice House.

Jeanette M. Kennedy, nee Moll, 72, of Waterloo, formerly of Prairie du Rocher, died March 14, 2015 at Oak Hill. She was born June 5, 1942 in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Gilbert “Gibby” and Evelyn (nee DeFreene) Moll. Mrs. Kennedy is survived by a daughter, Cristal (David DeSpain) Schmitz of Waterloo; siblings, Betty (Robert) Hooten of Prairie du Rocher, Joyce (John) Hogan of Springfield, Jerry (Lois) Moll of Red Bud, Tom (Jeri) Moll of Ellis Grove and Carla (Albert) Deterding of Prairie du Rocher; and a granddaughter, Keira Kennedy Schmitz; along with a sister-in-law, aunt, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Kennedy, whom she married in 1972. Mrs. Kennedy was a self-employed restaurant and bed and breakfast owner and a popular server at The Falls in Columbia. She was a barber by trade. Jeanette was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church; active in Southern Illinois Tourism; the Love of Dolls Club of Steeleville; past member of the Daughters of Isabella Circle of New Athens; the Randolph County Historical Society; and the Shiloh College Foundation. A celebration of life was at The Falls Reception and Conference Center in Columbia. A service was conducted by Pastor Chris Hogan. Mrs. Kennedy was buried at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Ruma.

Dustin S. Miskell, 19, of Waterloo died March 28, 2015 in Granite City. He was born Dec. 11, 1995 in Dallas, Tex., the son of David S. and Michelle (nee Fornie) Miskell. Besides his parents, Mr. Miskell is survived by his siblings, Aubrie Miskell, Branden Miskell, Colton Miskell, Emma Miskell and Faith Miskell; grandparents, David and Lavonne Fournie and Lorraine Miskell; and a niece, Naysa; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles Miskell. Mr. Miskell attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and had attended Waterloo schools. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Miskell was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Jase Charles Tojo, 2, of Renault, died March 17, 2015 at his home. He was born Dec. 8, 2012 in St. Louis. Jase is survived by his mother, Sydney Tojo; a sister, Dixie Ann Tojo; grandmother, Brenda Hoefft; and friend, Ryan Miller; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Rick Hoefft and Frank Tojo; and great-grandparents, Charles and Lorraine D. Clark. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Nancy Steele officiating. Jase was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown.

Bessie M. Purcell, 95, of Monroe County, died March 18, 2015, at Oak Hill. She was born Nov. 15, 1919, in Beeville, Tex., the daughter of the late Eugene and Rosalie (nee Baca) Nutt. Mrs. Purcell is survived by her children, Judy (Steve) Davis of Warrenton, Va., Lori (Rev. Will) Hesterberg of Waterloo, Mark (Gail) Purcell of Lynnwood, Wash., Arleen (Joe) Hof of Warrenton, Va., and Karla (Mark) Cornick of Burlington, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Pickett; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Purcell; along with nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank; two brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Purcell grew up on the family farm and attended Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Mo. She later worked as a secretary at Kelly Air Base in San Antonio, Tex., where she met her husband, Frank M. Purcell, of Coulee City, Wash. Bess and Frank were married for 61 years and had five children. Bessie was involved with her church and supported pro-life activities. She often visited nursing homes to encourage residents. Despite dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease, she enjoyed conversation and daily prayed and read aloud from the Bible. During her last few weeks, she was cared for by her daughter, Lori and son-in-law, the Rev. Will Hesterberg, who took her into their home almost five years ago. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo with Pastor Andrew Cheatham officiating. Mrs. Purcell was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, Oak Hill or Life Network of Southern Illinois.

Merle E. Haberl, 84, of Columbia, died March 19, 2015, at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Robert F. and Gertrude (nee Toenjes) Herrmann. Merle married Howard "Tiny" Haberl in 1950 in Columbia. He died in 1999. Mrs. Haberl is survived by her children, Gary (Cate) Haberl of Coldwater, Mich., Cindy (John) Toal of Columbia, Pam Hendrix of Osage Beach, Mo., Tim (Pam) Haberl of Quincy, Mich., and Scott (Marilyn) Haberl of St. Louis; daughter-in-law, Liz Haberl of Columbia; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Shirley Hoock of Keller, Tex., Rosalie (Harold) Stemler of Columbia, Betty (Tom) Wolfmeier of Waterloo, Ralph Herrmann of Texas, Dorothy Haberl of Columbia and Thomas (Joan) Herrmann of Columbia; and sisters-in-law, Florence Haberl of Columbia and Julie Herrmann of Belleville. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Haberl; and a brother, Robert Herrmann. Merle and Howard were the longtime owners of Tiny's Tavern in Columbia, which is now owned by Don Voelker. The couple also helped manage Bellacino's Restaurant in St. Louis. Merle attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she was active with the Altar Society and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Mrs. Haberl was also a member of the Saturday Bunko Club and the 80's Ladies, as well as a former member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Haberl was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gibault High School, Immaculate Conception School or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Russell Bernard Peterson, 47, of Belleville, died March 20, 2015, at Missouri Baptist Hospital. He was born Sept. 7, 1967, in Neenah, Wisc., the son of the late Wayne and Emmy (nee Bernard) Peterson. At a young age, he moved to Sarasota, Fla. Russell married Lara (nee Hannes) in 1995 in St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Mr. Peterson is survived by his children, Kateri, Soren and Demetri Peterson; sister, Kirsten Peterson of Belleville; father-in-law and mother-in- law, Rod (Jean) Hannes of Fairview Heights; siblings, Jason (Amanda) Hannes of Granite City and Jeremy (April) Hannes of Avon, Oh., John (Tom) McDonough) Hannes of Evanston and Rebecca (Matt) Caplan of Fairview Heights; step-mother, Barbara Peterson of Sarasota, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Kaya, Isabella, Asher and Sequoyah Peterson, and Tyler, Kaitlyn, and Payton Hannes. Mr. Peterson was an Eagle Scout who graduated from St. John Vianney College Seminary and also Aquinas Institute of Theology. He was a former instructor at Althoff Catholic High School and St. Louis University, a board president of Our Brother's Keepers, vice-president of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership, the Knights of Columbus Council 6165 and a former Dominican. Russell was also the director of Faith Formation at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Russ' great passions in life were his family, learning and teaching, telling stories and social ministry. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Russ was an organ donor. His body was then cremated according to his wishes. Memorials may be made to the Catholic Urban Program in East St. Louis or Our Brothers Keepers at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Trumon R. Posey, 81, of St. Louis, died Sunday, March 22, 2015. He was born May 6, 1933 in Colbert County, Ala., the son of the late John and Susie (nee Pounders) Posey. Mr. Posey is survived by his children, Laura Nelson and Danny Posey; brothers, Numon “Pete” Posey and Raymond Posey; and sisters, Dessie Prince, Ilene Vandiver, Sue Wayland and Joyce Guebert. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Lynn Posey; brothers, John F., Leamon, William Wesley Posey; and sisters, Glinda F. Byrd Ernestine Myhan. Mr. Posey was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mr. Posey was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Gladys Louise Gummersheimer, 82, of Columbia, died March 26, 2015, at Columbia Rehab and Nursing. She was born July 20, 1932, in Renault, the daughter of the late Otto and Elsie (nee Hagemeier) Schultheis. Gladys married Wilbur Gummersheimer in 1951 in Waterloo. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Gummersheimer is survived by her children. Alan (Rita) Gummersheimer of Waterloo, Gail (Tim) Frierdich of Waterloo, Glen Gummersheimer of Columbia, Jana (Jeffrey) Deutch of Ellisville, Mo. and Merl Gummersheimer of Columbia; grandchildren, Jeremy, Angie, Rachele, Andrew, Jesse, Christina, Kaitlyn and Carly; and great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Owen, Maddie, Gabe, Paige and Andrew. Mrs. Gummersheimer attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. She was a 4-H Leader, and a member of the Monroe County Pork Producers, Monroe County Farm Bureau and the Monroe County Genealogical Society. She enjoyed baking, especially wedding cakes. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mrs. Gummersheimer was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

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 will be Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m., at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund or the Eugene Schorb – Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Leon William Landgraf, 81, of Columbia, died at home surrounded by family March 29, 2015. He was born on Feb. 13, 1934, the son of the late William and Lillian (nee Greatting) Landgraf of Columbia. Mr. Landgraf is survived by his wife, Jean Lee (nee Coats) Landgraf; a son, Tim Landgraf (Karla, née Mattingly) of Red Bud; daughters, Laurie Landgraf (Dan Korte) of St. Louis, and Lisa (Vic) Turvey of Chesterfield, Mo.; and a sister, Ellen (Dean) Schorr of Millstadt. Leon was also beloved Pawpaw Donuts to grandsons, Sean (Jill) Landgraf of Red Bud and Dustin (Melissa) Landgraf of Bloomingdale; granddaughters, Erin Landgraf (Brandon Wilson) of Evansville and Taylor Korte of St. Louis; step-granddaughter, Aubrey Turvey of O'Fallon, Mo.; and great-granddaughters, Lyla Wilson of Evansville, Ellen Landgraf of Red Bud, Leah Landgraf of Red Bud and Lily Ann Landgraf of Bloomingdale. In the early 1950s, in order to go to college, Leon hitchhiked during the week back and forth between Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his job at the Dairy Bar in Columbia on the weekends. He served his in the Army from 1954 to 1956. Leon earned his bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He was a production manager at Nooter Corporation in St. Louis until his retirement. Leon was one of a kind. He expertly whistled jazzy show tunes and he made the best deep fried crappie and the best gooey butter cake in Monroe County. Mr. Landgraf never learned how to swim, but dove without hesitation into the swift waters of a river in Colorado in the 1960s and saved a young boy who had fallen in. He was never happier than when spending time with his family, fixing things in the garage and listening to the Cardinals games. Leon wished his body be donated to science, so the doctors at Washington University can learn more about the cancer that eventually took him. The family is holding a brief memorial service at Lawlor Funeral Home at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 4. A celebration of life will follow at Reifschneider's in Columbia from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Lee A. Hoffmann, 81, of Waterloo died Monday, March 30, 2015 in St. Louis. He was born July 4, 1933 in Maeystown, the son of the late Edwin and Rose (nee Lehman) Hoffmann. Mr. Hoffmann is survived by his wife, Grace; sons, John Warner (Candice) Hoffmann and David Lee (Heather) Hoffmann; grandchildren, Sarah Maey Hoffmann, William Lee Hoffmann, Thomas David Hoffmann, Laura Jane Hoffmann, Elizabeth “Libby” Ridgeway Hoffmann and John “Jack” Marshall Hoffmann; and a sister, Kay (Dennis) Ritzel; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kermit Hoffmann; and sisters, Dorothy (Vernon) Hoffman, Ada (Warren) Osterhage and Ardel (Herbert) Mueller. Mr. Hoffmann was a veteran of the U.S. Army and attended Concord Presbyterian Church. He was member of the Columbia Masonic Lodge (55-years), the Waterloo Rotary, the Swansea Moose Lodge, the Waterloo Lions and a board member and treasurer for the Waterloo Country Club. Lee also served on the board of directors for the Monroe County Electric Co-op and was on the Monroe County Regional Planning Commission. Visitation is Friday, April 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, April 4, at 11 a.m., at Concord Presbyterian Church with Rev. Andrew Cheatham officiating. Mr. Hoffmann will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Gary L. Pirtle, 75, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., died March 12, 2015. He was the son of the late Glenn and Wilma (Vance) Pirtle. Mr. Pirtle is survived by his wife, Victoria; sons, Alan (Cathy) Pirtle of Columbia and Roger (Layla) Pirtle of DuQuoin; a brother, Herb Pirtle; and grandchildren, John, William, Fatima, Michael and Timothy Pirtle; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Rita (Whitehouse); and a daughter, Sharon. Mr. Pirtle served in the military for 45 years - the first 20 years with the U.S. Air Force. He served across the globe including on Tactical Air Command’s Inspector General Team and as non-commissioned officer in command of all security forces at Langley Air Force Base, Va. After retiring as a highly decorated Senior Master Sergeant, Mr. Pirtle was employed for 25 years as a security expert with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. After 9/11, he helped ensure that nuclear plants in the Midwest were safe from possible terrorist attacks. As a young man, Mr. Pirtle was an amateur boxing champion. He was the first person in his direct family history to attend college, earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees with the highest honors. Visitation and a memorial service is Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Shipman Funeral Home in Bismarck, Mo. Mr. Pirtle will be buried at the Masonic Cemetery in Bismarck, where he will be buried next to his first wife, daughter and parents. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Bernice T. Riess, nee Huttrop, 90, died March 5, 2015, at De Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 30, 1924, in Kirkwood, Mo., the daughter of the late Leo and Mamie (nee Hunkler) Huttrop. Mrs. Riess is survived by her children, Ronald Riess, Dennis (Patricia) Riess and Nancy (Paul Adams) Kelly; grandchildren, Nikki (Craig) Knoth, Lindsay (Sean Kennedy) Riess and Matthew Kelly; great-grandchildren, Zoie Knoth and Claire Knoth; and sisters, Shirley (Dale) Ferrington and Lorretta Keelor; along with nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer R. Riess. Private services were held. Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home in Belleville handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County or De Greeff Hospice House.

James Allen Middleton, 47, of Fairview Heights, formerly of Columbia, died March 4, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, surrounded by his mother, sisters and brothers sharing stories of his childhood. He was born May 25, 1967, the son of Joseph and Patt (nee Ray) Middleton, Sr., of Lewistown, Mo. Besides his parents, Mr. Middleton is survived by siblings, Dianne P. Miller of Waterloo, Donna L. Middleton of Hamel, Joseph C. Middleton, Jr. of Maricopa, Ariz., Mary A. Middleton of Grants Pass, Ore., and Ted D. Middleton of Lewistown, Mo.; a nephew, Donny (Kaylee) Miller; and nieces, Heather Middleton and Jennifer Miller; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Otto and Elsie Middleton, Chester L. Ray, Sr. and Ramona (nee Patterson) Dixon. James grew up in Columbia, and later lived for 15 years in Centerville, Mo. He was a born-again Christian who enjoyed attending auctions, buying and selling goods, giving presents and visiting with family. Visitation and funeral were at First Baptist Church of Columbia with Pastors Lonnie Trembly and Ted D. Middleton officiating. Mr. Middleton was buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Centerville, Mo. Memorials may be made to the James Allen Middleton Memorial Fund or the National Alliance for Mentally Ill.

Lorraine Clark, nee Davidson, 81, of Waterloo, died March 8, 2015, following a car accident. She was born Sept. 14, 1933 in Fisk, Mo., the daughter of the late George and Willie D. (nee Akers) Davidson. Mrs. Clark is survived by her children, Charles (Martha) Clark, Gary (Debbie) Clark, Peggy Greathouse and Brenda Hoefft; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Lester (Peggy) Davidson, Merrill "Dave" (Donna) Davidson, Robert (Judy) Davidson, Forrest (Sharon) Davidson and George Davidson; and friend, Carol Redpath; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Clark. Mrs. Clark was a longtime employee of Baxmeyer Construction. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Nancy Steele Zorrozua officiating. Mrs. Clark was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Robert C. Nobbe, 87, of Waterloo died March 16, 2015 in St. Louis. He was born Dec. 2, 1927 in Waterloo, the son of the late Henry E. and Lydia C. Nobbe (nee Kohlmeier) Nobbe. Mr. Nobbe is survived by his wife, Louise (nee Ostringer) Nobbe; children, Brian (Dina) Nobbe and Janet (Larry) Goessling; grandchildren, Kelly (Chris) Black, Doug Nobbe and Amanda Bergheger; great-grandchildren, Carson, Owen and Cooper Black; a brother, Edward Nobbe; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Russell and Joy Oestringer; nephews, Tom (Jane) Nobbe and Scott (Anna) Oestringer; and nieces, Susan (Steve) Higgins, Pam (Randy) Veath and Lori (Matt) Hubbs; along with great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edmund and Mildred Oestringer; and a sister-in-law, Joyce A. Nobbe. Mr. Nobbe was a former co-owner of Wm. Nobbe and Co. John Deere, a former member of the Waterloo Fire Department and attended Immanuel Lutheran Church. Robert served in the U.S. Army. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Nobbe was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Ermin J. Brinkmann, 89, of Waterloo, died March 4, 2015. He was born July 19,1925 in Paderborn, the son of the late Henry and Frieda (nee Welzbacher) Brinkmann. Mr. Brinkmann is survived by his wife, Valeda (nee Birkner) Brinkmann; children, Sharon (Larry) Barbeau, Ronald (Susan) Brinkmann, Raymond (Cindy) Brinkmann, Sandy (Allan) Lenhardt and Richard Brinkmann; Michelle (Richard) Chausse, Kimberly (Scott) Doiron, Dawn (Mark) Grohmann, Andrea Brinkmann (fiancé Shane Kennedy), Kyle (Caitlin) Brinkmann, Tim (Liz Rupprecht) Brinkmann, Chris (Stephen) Kilgore, Julie (Jeremy) Marquardt, Todd Lenhardt, Eric (Rebekka) Brinkmann and Bryanna Brinkmann (fiancé Andrew Storey); 11 great-grandchildren; step-children Bonnie (Terry) Uebinger, Ray (Maren) Klein, Marilyn Barttelbart and Jayne (Rick) Arensmann; eight step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Paul (Carol) Brinkmann; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bernice (nee Kaestner) Brinkmann; two great-grandchildren, Lucy and Mary Chausse; a step-son-in law, Bill Barttelbart; sisters, Martha Poetker and Sylvira Zimmermann; and brothers, Leroy, Jacob and Robert Brinkmann. Mr. Brinkmann attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a former co-owner of Brinkmann Brothers Farm Equipment and was retired from the Monroe County Electric Co-Op. Ermin was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1334, IBEW Local 309 and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Brinkmann was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Building Fund.

Catherine Gilbert, nee Dickneite, 88, of Valmeyer, died March 8, 2015, in Valmeyer. She was born Oct. 14, 1926 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Ben and Elnora (nee Engel) Dickneite. Mrs. Gilbert is survived by her husband, Carnel Gilbert; children, Larry Gilbert, Gary (Nancy) Gilbert and Diane Huffmann; grandchildren, Christine (Duane) Brinkmann, Adam (Lisa) Gilbert, Allen (Kelli) Gilbert, Angela (Brett) Crawford, Beth (Mark) Heusohn, Gary (Carrie) Gilbert, Sharon (Terry) Marquardt, Bryan Huffman (Patty Donley), Stephanie Huffman and Shannon (Brian) Eckart; a step-granddaughter, Jodi (Steven) Gardner; 22 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and siblings, Emma Diemert, Marie Yount, Eileen (Donald) Goldschmidt, Elsie Branson and George (Polly) Dickneite; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law Ray Huffman; along with sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Mrs. Gilbert attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer, where she was a member of the Altar Sodality. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mrs. Gilbert was buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to her church, the Oak Hill Activity Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Nicholas J. Wolkiewicz, 37, of Waterloo, died March 9, 2015. He was born June 27, 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of Jerome and Gretchen Wolkiewicz. Besides his parents, Mr. Wolkiewicz is survived by his siblings, Andrew (Jennifer) Wolkiewicz and Laura Register; and a niece, Lily Register; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert and Anna Schuler and Stanley and Florence Wolkiewicz. Mr. Wolkiewicz was a member of the Penn State Alumnus and the Columbia University Alumnus. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Wolkiewicz was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Siteman Cancer Center.

February 2015

Theresa A. Weber, nee Hankammer, 77, of Waterloo, died Feb. 22, 2015. She was born Dec. 17, 1937 in Columbia, the daughter of the late Anton and Barbara (nee Leingang) Hankammer. Mrs. Weber is survived by her husband, Donald Weber; children, Debbie (Bob) Smith, Dan (Diane) Weber, Patricia (John) Riechmann, Kathy Weber (Donald Schultheis), Steve (Marilyn) Weber, Laura (Rick) Schaefer, Janet Weber (Kevin Rehmer) and Jeff (Charlene) Weber; grandchildren Brian (Jamie) Smith, Becky Smith (Derik Heidemann), Mike Smith, Eric Smith, Dustin Weber (Haley Sallon), William (Jamie) Riechmann, Kate (Brad) Edler, Heather Weber, Hailey Weber, Hannah Weber, Helen Weber, Henry Weber, Tom Schaefer, Chris Schaefer, Angie (Dan) Beisiegel, Kevin Schaefer (fiancé Danielle Cooper), Mark Schaefer, Brad Schaefer, Jacob Weber and Lacey Weber; great-grandchildren, Kristin and Luke Smith, Evan, Lily and Owen Riechmann and Levi Edler; and step-great grandchild, Cole Matzenbacher; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Teddy, Andy and Raymond E. Hankammer; and sisters, Marie Kilia and Bernice Newton. Mrs. Weber attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, sewing, playing cards, raising/spending time with family and cooking. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mrs. Weber was buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Robin Renee Leistler, nee Gunn, 52, of Waterloo, died Feb. 25, 2015, surrounded by family at her home. Robin had battled cancer. She was born June 30, 1962, in Centreville, the daughter of Gary Gunn of Harlingen, Tex., and Grace (nee Kohlenberger) Gunn of Waterloo. Robin married Robert A. Leistler in 1987 in Waterloo. In addition to her parents and husband. Mrs. Leistler is survived by her son, Rance (Ashley Walker) Leistler of Waterloo; a daughter, Shelby (Bill) Griebel of Waterloo; a sister, Randee (Rich) Liles of Anchorage, Alaska; grandparents, Vernon and Nadine Schneider of Columbia; mother-in-law, Joan P. Leistler of Columbia; nephew and niece, Evan and Ava Liles of Anchorage, Alaska; an aunt, Shiela Kohlenberger of Columbia; and cousins, Mark (Tammy) and Jon Kohlenberger. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Henry and Hazel Gunn; an uncle, Darrel Kohlenberger; father-in-law, Walter Leistler; sister-in-law, Linda Evans; and a cousin, Drew Kohlenberger. Mrs. Leistler was a registered nurse at the Monroe County Nursing Home prior to her disability. She had been active with the Monroe County - Relay for Life Team. Robin had a sharp wit, dry sense of humor, unending compassion for others, and was an inspiration to all she met. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mrs. Leistler was cremated. Memorials may be made to Monroe County - Neighbors In Need (c/o First National Bank of Waterloo).

LaJoy B. Downs, nee Beck, 89, of Waterloo, died Feb. 26, 2015. She was born Nov. 28, 1925 in Pinckneyville, the daughter of the late Edward and Bertha M. (nee Mayer) Beck. Mrs. Brown is survived by her husband, Earl D. Downs; children, Michael (Carol) Downs, Stephanie Brandt, Julie Downs and Lisa (Richard) Thibeault; grandchildren, Joshua (Lindsi) Downs, Erik (Ellen) Brandt, Adam (Jess) Brandt, Megan Brandt and Paul Thibeault; and a great-granddaughter, Emelia Brandt; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law Othel "Fritz" Downs; sisters, Virginia Lyons, Ruby Lee Graskewicz and Marie Crain; and her niece, Cindy Szarek. Mrs. Downs attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, where she played the organ. She also was a piano teacher and a member of the Bach Society of St. Louis. LaJoy was an avid gardener and reader. A memorial service was to be held at a later date at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church - Music Fund, Hospice of Southern Illinois or Doctors Without Borders.

Alma "Gerry" Rippelmeyer, nee Isgrigg, 86, of Waterloo, died Feb. 25, in Columbia. She was born Nov. 5, 1928 in Marissa, the daughter of the late Everett and Isa Ola (nee Bilderback) Isgrigg. Mrs. Rippelmeyer is survived by her children, Dennis P. Rippelmeyer, Carol (Wesley) Dueker and Rhonda (Mark) Burk; grandchildren Randy (Siny) Rippelmeyer, Tara Dueker, Tracie (Brad) Jones, Krista (Kawika) Tavares and Kelly (Aaron) Meurer; and great-grandchildren. Kaylo, Kalani, Alyssa, Jayden, Clint, Sofia, Kalea, Kevin, Cash, Sutton and Isa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul A. Rippelmeyer; and her sisters and brothers. Mrs. Rippelmeyer attended First Baptist Church of Waterloo. She was a member of the Good Samaritan Foundation in Washington Park. Gerry also assisted with Sunday morning services at Oak Hill. Funeral was at First Baptist Church in Waterloo with Pastor Steve Neill and Pastor Matt Friz officiating.

Pauline Ramsey, nee Quirin, 78, formerly of Columbia, died Feb. 14, 2015 at the Vandalia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. She was born March 13, 1936, the second child of the late Raymond and Grace (nee Siebert) Quirin. Mrs. Ramsey is survived by her husband Howard Ramsey of Vandalia; a brother, Larry (Virginia) Quirin of Belleville; sisters-in-law, Nancy Nail of Wilmington, N.C., and Paula (Richard) Stumpf of Waterloo; and brothers-in-law, Craig (Rebecca) Ramsey of Columbia and Paul Lambeck of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by infant children, Tina and Dan; sisters, Rose Herbeck and Ruth Lambeck; sister-in-law, Betty (Ramsey-Hubbard) Muehlfarth; and brothers-in-law, Robert Herbeck, Ned Hubbard, Wayne Nail and Earl Muehlfarth. Mrs. Ramsey grew up in Smithton and attended Freeburg High School. She married Howard Ramsey in 1953 in Monroe County. They lived in the American Bottoms near the levee south of I- 255, operated a farm in the New Hanover area and then moved to Harrisonville. Following the Flood of ’93, the Ramseys moved to Keyesport on Carlyle Lake. Pauline was a retired custodian at the Columbia School District. Private burial was at Palmier Cemetery.

Walter E. Thackrey, 92, of Columbia, died Feb. 28, 2015. He was born March 28, 1922, in Mill Shoals, the son of the late John and LouGilla (nee Musgrave) Thackrey. Walter married Rachel (nee Mumper) Thackrey in 1949 in Pocahontas, Ark. Besides his wife, Mr. Thackrey is survived by his children, Mary (William) Nolan of Sunset Hills, Mo., Teresa (Kenneth) Hartman of Columbia, Stephen (Gale) Thackrey of Columbia, Dennis Michael Thackrey of Miami Beach, Fla., and David (Donna) Thackrey of Clayton, Mo.; four grandchildren; a brother, Lowell Thackrey of Carmi; and a sister, Fairy Taylor of Fairfield. He was preceded in death by a brother, David Thackrey; and sisters, Ruth King, Eva Jackson and Freda Reed. Mr. Thackrey served as an electrician’s mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Walter was a retired mechanical engineer with Illinois American Water Co. In the 1980s, he had earned his Realtor's license and worked with Guy Haltenhof Real Estate in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Roger Karban officiating. Mr. Thackrey was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Raymond R. Schmidt, 84, of Waterloo died Feb. 27, 2015. He was born July 17, 1930 in Waterloo the son of the late Raymond A. and Helen M. (nee Butler) Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt is survived by his wife, Catherine (nee Descher) Schmidt; sons, Tom (Stephanie) Schmidt and Jim (Susan) Schmidt; a daughter, Nancy Bergmann; grandchildren, Brad Schmidt, Nathan Schmidt, Michael Schmidt, Katie Schmidt, Kelli Schmidt, Alex Schmidt, Cassandra Albert and Melissa Bergmann; and a sister, Carol Ann (Dan) Kelly; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Schmidt; a grandson, Drew Schmidt; and a son-in-law, Darryl Albert. Mr. Schmidt was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He owned Schmidt’s Gas as well as the and Towne Car Wash and Laundry. Ray served on the Waterloo Zoning Board and the Monroe County Nursing Home Board. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Mr. Schmidt was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association or Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School.

Lester W. Schneider, 79, a life-long Columbia resident died Feb. 3, 21015, at Garden Place following a series of lingering illnesses. Mr. Schneider was born July 27, 1935, in Columbia, the son of the late Clarence and Lucretia (nee Rudolph) Schneider. Lester married Carol (nee Dohanich) Schneider in 1963, in Columbia. She died Dec. 11, 2014. Besides his son, Eric (Kelly) Schneider of Kirkwood, Mo.; Mr. Schneider is survived by a daughter, Lori Evans of Columbia; grandchildren, Amanda Evans, Gabriel Evans, Sage Schneider, Kellan Schneider, Lindsey (Fabian) Duboeuf, Abby Eisenhart and Jack Eisenhart; great-grandchildren, Anais, Caroline, Ettienne and Mirabelle Duboeuf; and siblings Charlotte (Donald) Freeland of Columbia, Roger (Carrie) Schneider of San Clemente, Calif., Ralph Schneider of Columbia and Joan (Nelson) Mathews of Columbia. A graduate of Columbia High School and SIUC, Schneider retired from the Monsanto Co., working 25 years as an accountant. After retirement he delved into community activities with the same zeal that he demonstrated in other aspects of his life. Schneider served as mayor of Columbia from 1993 through 2005. One of his last contributions was attending the dedication last fall of the Sesquicentennial Pavilion at the A.C. Metter Park. The pavilion was built as the result of fund-raising during the Celebration 2009 festivities. Schneider served as co-chairman of the organizing committee. Besides his 12 years as mayor, Schneider also served as interim city treasurer and seven years on the Columbia School Board. He was an active member of the Columbia Sister Cities and served on its board of directors. He was an enthusiastic participant in the sister cities relationship with Gedern, Germany and made several trips to Germany and made numerous friends. Lester was active in the Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turners) for most of his life. He was awarded the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Pillar of the Community Award in 2000. Schneider participated in virtually every community event during his lifetime from community clean-up days to the Strassenfest, Columbia Daze, Maifest, July 4th Celebration and the Music At Metter. As a veteran of the U.S. Army, Lester was a frequent face at the community’s Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day programs. While in the military, Lester served with an intelligence unit based in Germany during the Cold War. As mayor, he took a prominent role in the launching and commissioning of the city’s namesake submarine, the USS Columbia (SSN 771), leading delegations to both the launching and commissioning ceremonies in Groton, Conn. Schneider also led the city’s response to the Flood of 1993, both during the flood fighting and the recovery. Active in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, he spearheaded efforts to refurbish its historic school and church leading regular work parties. A loyal Columbia Eagle fan, Schneider served on the committee formed to fund and build the high school’s first track and football field. Les had a knack for mixing work with play and always made sure there was time for a meal or a snack and a cold Stag beer. An avid gardener, he shared his harvest both when it was fresh and when it was pickled. (His pickling recipe has been transcribed and preserved for future use, according to his son Eric Schneider.) Lester also enjoyed fishing, golf and was a seasoned traveler and jazz music enthusiast. Schneider’s visitation and funeral at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church were attended by over 100 relatives and friends. Pastor Seven Theiss officiated and described Schneider as a man that was “firm” in his convictions and beliefs. Those attending the funeral most certainly agreed with that assessment as many smiled with approval. Mr. Schneider was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Old St. Paul’s Church Restoration Fund.

Eileen Helen Harfmann, nee Arras, 60, of Jarrell, Tex., died Feb. 3, 2015 from complications after surgery. She was born Sept. 4, 1954 in Belleville, the daughter of Dorothy (nee Doerr) Arras and the late Erwin Arras. Besides her mother, Mrs. Harfmann is survived by her husband, Walt Harfmann; daughters, Lisa (Scott) Segura and Christina (Javier) Matus; a son, Kurt (Cristy) Harfmann; grandchildren, Cameron, Avery and Eric Segura, Alexa and Dylan Matus and Bailey Harfmann; and a sister, Mary Ellen (Jay) Huetsch of Waterloo. Mrs. Harfmann enjoyed cooking, gardening, dancing and traveling. She will be remembered for the way she put others before herself, her love of animals and her caring heart. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her in-laws, Frank and Alice Harfmann. Mrs. Harfmann was buried at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Walburg, Tex. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County (1329 N. Route 3, Suite 1, Waterloo, IL 62298) or the Waterloo Education Foundation for Excellence (227 C South Main, Waterloo, IL 62298).

Maurice L. Mudd, 93, of Waterloo, died Feb. 4, 2015. He was born April 11,1921 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Robert and Mary (nee Collier) Mudd. Mr. Mudd is survived by his children, Patrick (Sharon) Mudd, Norbert (Janet) Mudd, Paul (Pauline) Mudd and Gerry (Susan) Mudd; grandchildren, Nicole (Jeff) Tyson, Melissa Mudd, Brian Mudd (Lisa Breeding), Michael (Becky) Mudd, Julie Mudd, Kaelan Mudd and Cody Mudd; and great-grandchildren Blake Mudd, Madison Tyson, Nic Mudd, Izabella Ford, Madeline Tyson and Jacob Mudd; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred (nee Linnertz) Mudd; a sister, Virginia Kohnz; and brothers, Omar and Roy Mudd. Mr. Mudd served in the U.S. Army and attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Maurice was employed through Carpenters Union Local 662. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Mudd was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Sylvia M., Moallankamp, nee Pretto, 77, of Columbia, died Feb. 6, 2015 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born Dec. 4, 1937, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Giosue and Anna (nee Aimerito) Pretto. Sylvia married Lawrence D. Moallankamp Sr., in 1952 in Columbia. Mrs. Moallankamp is survived by her children, Charlotte (John) Barker of Columbia, Debra (Steve) Puckett of Columbia, Lawrence (Lori) Moallankamp, Jr. of Columbia, Rose (Joe) Everett of Dupo and Barbara Moallankamp of Columbia; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; her bird, Spunky; siblings, Martha (Glenn) Hoffmeister of Chesterfield, Mo., Rose Anne Hasek of Lake St. Louis, Mo., Richard Pretto of Columbia, Gloria Sollee of Hecker, Alice (Charles) Klein of Columbia, Giosue (Jean) Pretto of St. Louis, Susan (James) Heller of Lakeside, Calif., William (Kaye) Pretto of Columbia, Laurence Pretto of Columbia and Thomas Pretto of New Baden; and a sister-in-law, Lisa Pretto of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Trudy Everett; and brothers, Dennis "Jerry" and John Pretto. Mrs. Moallankamp attended Living Water Church in Cahokia. She loved animals, nature, gardening and being outside with her husband. Sylvia was a hard-working farmer and housewife, physically tough as nails, but the most gentle of souls. Her family loved it when she baked cookies and pies. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Cory Respondek, officiating. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County or the American Cancer Society.

Lindsay A. Springer, nee Walsh, 37, of Waterloo, died Feb. 7, 2015, in Waterloo after battling cancer. She was born Sept. 2, 1977 in Kankakee, the daughter of Julia (Jim) Waskosky and the late Paul L. Walsh. Besides her mother, Mrs. Springer is survived by her husband, Mark Springer; children Austin Springer (19), Mason Springer (13), Ryan Springer (11), Carson Springer (8) and Morgan Springer (7); her sister, Jennifer (Shane) Boland; brother, Luke Walsh; sister-in-law, Christine Springer; brother-in-law, Matthew Mundy; mother-in-law, Debra Burton; father-in-law, Michael (Sandy) Springer; and stepmother, Maggie (Johnson) Walsh. Lindsay attended Bishop McNamara High School and graduated from the registered nursing program at Kankakee Community College. She attended Momentum Church in Columbia. Lindsay loved spending time with family and friends, camping, boating and girl’s night out. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Duncan officiating. Memorials may be made to the family to be used for the education of her children.

William A. “Bill” Smith, 86, of Waterloo, died Feb. 8, 2014. He was born Oct. 29, 1928, in Harrisonville, the son of the late Albert and Vera (nee Rippelmeyer) Smith. Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Mathilda “Tillie” (nee Kettler) Smith; children, Janice (Gary) Wong, James W. Smith and Jill (James) Stephan; grandchildren, Katrina (Patrick) Thrower, Rebecca (Robert) Koehn, Constance (Gerado) Ornelas, Patrick (Michelle) Wong, Jennifer Smith, William (Kristen) Smith, Michael Smith and Matthew (Lauren) Smith; five great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Lucille Smith. He was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon Smith; and his sister, Darlene Smith. Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion and St. John UCC of Valmeyer. Bill was a former member of the Waterloo Country Club. Mr. Smith had retired from Ameren and was an avid sportsman, golfer and baseball fan. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the activity or therapy departments of Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center.

Judith A. "Judy" Hayes, nee Neusel, died Feb. 11, 2015. She was born Nov. 29, 1939 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Edward and Melba (nee Schmidt) Neusel. Mrs. Hayes is survived by her husband, Jack Hayes; children, Gary (Robin) Hayes, Karen Sweet, Lisa Rhodes and Tricia (Darrel) Headrick; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, James Neusel; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son, Keith Hayes; and a brother, Larry Alan Neusel. Mrs. Hayes attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She was a retired EMT with the Monroe County Ambulance Service. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Hayes was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Luella A. Mueller, nee Schwarze, 97, of Columbia, died Feb. 14, 2015 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born April 23, 1917, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Fred and Louise (nee Taake) Schwarze. Luella married Richard L. Mueller in 1941 in Valmeyer. Besides her husband, Mrs. Mueller was preceded in death by her sister, Ardell Stumpf. She is survived by niece and nephews. Luella was fondly known as the “egg lady,” as she and her husband delivered eggs locally for many years. She attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Mrs. Mueller was a member of Columbia Senior Citizens, Flood of ’93 Relief Board, Columbia Sister Cities and the Monroe County Home Extension (charter member). Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Mueller was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church or to St. John UCC in Valmeyer.

Pauline Ramsey, nee Quirin, 78, formerly of Columbia, died Feb. 14, 2015 at the Vandalia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Pauline was the second child of the late Raymond and Grace Quirin. She grew up in Smithton and attended Freeburg High School. She was married to Howard Ramsey of Columbia, who is now a resident of the Vandalia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Private funeral arrangements are pending.

Alan Joel “Joe” Schellhardt, 58, of Valmeyer, died Feb. 16, 2015 in Fults. He was born April 7, 1956 in Red Bud. Mr. Schellhardt is survived by his mother, Fanny Sue Schellhardt; a son, Marshall (Danielle nee Gregson) Schellhardt; grandson, Caiden Schellhardt; and brothers Michael (Debra Schindler) Schellhardt and Steve Schellhardt; along with aunts, uncles, niece, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert C. "Mannie" Schellhardt Jr. and Lester and Mildred Jehling. Mr. Schellhardt was a retired teamster from Upchurch Concrete. He enjoyed fishing. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Mr. Schellhardt was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Albert J. Voelker, 79, of Columbia, died Feb. 16, 2015, in Columbia. He was born April 9, 1935, in Waterloo, the son of the late Phillip and Elsie (nee Stemler) Voelker. Albert married Mildred (nee Theobald) Voelker in 1964 in Columbia. She died in 2004. Mr. Voelker is survived by his children, Patricia Houston of Elgin, Robert (Peggy) Voelker of rural Waterloo, Kevin (Debbie) Voelker of Omaha and Donald Voelker of Columbia; 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Kathleen) Voelker of Waterloo; and a sister, DelRose (Wilbert) Juelfs of Waterloo. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a step-son, Joseph Schulte. Mr. Voelker served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. He was a retired driver and salesman from Robert "Chick" Fritz Distributing. Private family services were held at Lawlor Funeral Home. A reception for Al's family and friends will be Thursday, Feb. 19, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Tiny's Tavern and Restaurant. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

Valirea Shriver, nee Love, 46, died Feb. 26, 2015, along with her husband and father-in-law in Elk Creek, Mo. She was born Dec. 13, 1968, in Louisiana, Mo., the daughter of Ray and Sharon (nee Muff) Love of Elk Creek, Mo. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Shriver is survived by her daughter, Kayla of Springfield, Mo.; son, John Shriver of Elk Creek; sisters, Debra (Bob) Clark of Mahomet and Vicki (Ray) Everding of Columbia; and brothers, Bryce (Doris Jo) Love and Curtis Love, both of Louisiana; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephew and cousins. Valirea grew up in the Louisiana area and graduated from Louisiana High School in 1989 where she was an accomplished musician, playing the flute and winning numerous band honors. Valirea was a member of the National Honor society, drum major and cheerleader. She was a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and remained active as a Scout leader for her daughter’s troop. She was a member of Sorosis. Mrs. Shriver graduated cum laude in 1993 from Southwest Missouri State University with a degree in communications and a minor in journalism and production composition. After graduation, she married Carey Shriver on June 11, 1994. They owned and operated Shriver Companies together with Carey’s parents. She enjoyed going to the lake with family and friends and attending John and Kayla’s numerous events. Visitation was at Faith Fellowship Church in Houston, Mo. A private funeral and burial followed. A trust fund has been established for the future care and support of her two children at Landmark Bank. Donations may be made to Landmark Bank, Kayla and John Shriver; P.O. Box 440; Houston, Mo., 65483.

LaJoy B. Downs, nee Beck, 90, of Waterloo died Feb. 26, 2015. She was born Nov. 28,. 1925 in Pinckneyville, the daughter of the late Edward F. and Bertha (nee Meyer) Beck. LaJoy married Earl Down in 1925. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Downs is survived by her children, Michael (Carol) Downs, Stephanie Brandt, Julie Downs and Lisa (Richard) Thibeault; grandchildren, Joshua (Lindsi) Downs, Erik (Ellen) Brandt, Adam (Jess) Brandt, Megan Brandt and Paul Thibeault; and a great-granddaughter, Emelia Brandt; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by faither-in-law, Othel “Fritz” Downs; sisters Virginia (Lee) Lyons, RubyLee (B.F.) Reynolds (Marion) Graskewicz and Marie (Earl “Red”) Crain; and a niece and God-daughter, Cindy (nee Crain) Szarek. LaJoy and Earl moved to Waterloo in 1959. She was a piano teacher, church organist and sometime (reluctant) choir director. She was an avid reader, a fanatical gardener and singer, all interests she passed on to her children. She worked on the acquisition of a pipe organ for Immanuel Lutheran Church in 1985. A memorial service will be Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Antonin Troup and Rev. Robert Preece officiating. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois, Immanuel Lutheran Music Program, Doctors Without Borders or the Heifer Project.

January 2015

Sarah “Sissy” Ann (Reis) McGuire, nee O’Guinn, 79, of Columbia, formerly of Dupo, died Jan. 23, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. She born April 8, 1935 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Rueben and Sarah (nee Bagsby) O’Guinn. Mrs. McGuire is survived by her children, Mary Ann (David) Rodenberg and Monica Kettler, both of Columbia, and Joseph Reis of Millstadt; and grandchildren, Michael and Sarah Rodenberg, Kevin and Adam Reis and Corey Kettler. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Francis (Buddy) Reis; her second husband, Oscar (Mac) McGuire; a sister, Zens Marie Walls; and brothers, John, Joe, Lawrence, Louis, Allie, Jimmy and Herman O’Guinn. Mrs. McGuire attended Holy Family Grade School in Cahokia and graduated in 1953 from St. Teresa’s Academy in East St. Louis. She retired from the Mobil Oil Corp. in Sauget after 40 years of service as a plant supervisor. Mrs. McGuire was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia and a former member and secretary of the Columbia Senior Citizens. Her love of art was expressed in her beautiful oil paintings. She also loved her many collections, especially her dolls. Visitation was at the Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. McGuire was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Sunnyhill in St. Louis.

Robert L. Grimes, 88, of Waterloo, died Jan. 31, 2015, in St. Peters, Mo. He was born July 30, 1926, in Dyersburg, Tenn., the son of the late Albert Wesley and Ora Lee (nee Danley) Grimes. Mr. Grimes is survived by his daughters, Virginia (Roland) Heimann and Debra (Bobby) Gossett; and a brother, Dick Grimes; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sylvia (nee Dopuch) Grimes; second wife, Meta (nee Devalis) Grimes; and brothers, Bill and Hale Grimes. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home and at Garner Funeral Home in Ripley, Tenn. Funeral was at Garner’s. Mr. Grimes was buried at the Whitefield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Doyle R. Kalbfleisch, 62, of Columbia, died Jan. 17, 2015, at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born Aug. 8, 1952, in East St. Louis, the son of Edna Kalbfleisch of Millstadt and the late Monroe P. Kalbfleisch. Doyle married Mary (nee Taake) Kalbfleisch in 1975 in Belleville. In addition to his wife and mother, Mr. Kalbfleisch is survived by his son, Christopher (Melissa) Kalbfleisch of Columbia; grandchildren, Allison, Carter and Carson Kalbfleisch; a sister, Peggy (Craig) Davis of Belleville; brother, Darrel (Lynn) Kalbfleisch of Waterloo; sister-in-law, Marcia (Tom) Newcom of Columbia; and a brother-in-law, Mike Taake of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews. Doyle was a retired driver for Roger's Ready Mix in Ruma. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamster's Local 50 in Swansea and enjoyed classic cars. Visitation and funeral were at the Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Matthew Friz officiating. Mr. Kalbfleisch was at the Zoar UCC in New Hanover. Memorials may be made to TouchPoint Autism Services or the American Cancer Society.

Adele A. Vogt, nee Rabbermann, 91, of Waterloo, died Jan. 25, 2015 in Red Bud. She was born July 12, 1923, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late William H. and Elizabeth (nee Bicklein) Rabbermann. Mrs. Vogt is survived by her children, Marlene (Larry) Wild, Roger Vogt and Larry Vogt; grandchildren, Heidi (Matthew) Ruwald, Amy (Lyle) Cope, John Vogt, Melinda (Ryan) Duffy and Julie (Kwentin) James; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Wyatt Ruwald, Avery Cope and McKenzie and Austin Duffy; a sister, Alice Nobbe; and brother-in-law, Vernon Vogt; along with a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer C. Vogt; and her brothers. Mrs. Vogt attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Ivan Horn officiating.

Bobby L. “Bud” West, 79, of Waterloo, died Jan. 30, 2015, in St. Louis.He was born July 31, 1935 in Oklahoma City, Okla., the son of the late Estes and Maudie (nee Ahlheim) West. Mr. West is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alice (nee Wiegand) West; children, Lance (Ellen) West, Shawn (Dan) Kennedy and Jennifer (Dennis) Bullock; grandchildren, Dustin West, Lindsey West (J.P. Fitzgibbons), Tara Kennedy, Brendan Kennedy, Katelyn Wilson, Gabriel Bullock, Ethan Bullock and Jessica Wilson; brothers, Cleon “Sonny” (Alice) West and William “Bill” (Sandi) West; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Marvin and Mary Wiegand, and Robert Wiegand; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. West attended Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, where he served as a deacon. He had served in the U.S. Army and was retired from the Boeing Aircraft Co. Buddy was a member of the Waterloo High School Athletic Hall of Game. He loved hunting, sports and woodworking. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Concord Presbyterian Church of Waterloo with Pastor Andrew Cheatham officiating. Mr. West was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Concord Presbyterian Church - Building Extension Fund.

Maybelle D. Carron, nee Kleinschmidt, 91, of Millstadt, died Jan. 30, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Millstadt, the daughter of the late William and Charlotte (nee Oerter) Kleinschmidt. Maybelle married Christopher Carron in 1944 in Millstadt. In addition to her husband, Mrs.Carron is survived by her daughter, Linda (Kevin) Kronk of St. Louis; son, Terry (Cathy) Carron; grandchildren, Christopher Carron of Edwardsville, Heather (Matthew) Greenley of St. Charles, Mo., Kristy (Jacob) Sharp of St. Louis and Travis (Kayla) Kronk of Dupo; great-grandsons, Owen and Max Sharp; a brother, Sylvester (Hilma) Kleinschmidt of Millstadt; her sister, Edna Kalbfleisch of Millstadt; and a special friend, Margaret Karraker. She was preceded in death by her son, Randall W. Carron; brothers, Harold and William Kleinschmidt; and a sister, Alberta Dahm. Mrs. Carron attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt. She was a seamstress at the Rayon Factory in Millstadt from1944 – 1946. After that she became a full-time homemaker on the family farm. She loved cooking farm-sized meals, embroidery, quilting and the St. Clair Senior Bowling League. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt with Pastor Peter Ill officiating. Mrs. Carron was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

Martha H. Stumpf, 89, of Columbia, died Jan. 30, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. She was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Hecker, the daughter of the late August and Ida (nee Schoeppel) Grahlherr. Mrs. Stumpf attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where she had been active with the Altar Society. She was a retired audit clerk from Edison Brothers Stores in St. Louis. Martha was a member of the Columbia Senior Citizens and the Monroe County YMCA. Mrs. Stumpf is survived by her children, Leland (Gale) Hesterberg of Olympia, Wash., Randy (Jennelynn) Hesterberg of Taipei, Taiwan and Patricia (Robert) Fritz of Belleville; step-children Judy (Larry) Sifford of Branson West, Mo., and Robert (Patricia) Stumpf of Columbia; grandchildren, Andrew (Raina Melbrod) Fritz, Katie (John) Smith, Stephanie Hesterberg, Ryan (Tiffany) Sifford, Justin (Lori) Sifford, Robert Stumpf, Jr., William (Shannon) Stumpf, Barbara (Matt) Ludwig, Richard Stumpf and Ronnie (Jennifer) Stumpf; and 23 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert R. Stumpf, and Raymond Hesterberg; grandchildren, Raymond Fritz, Sara Fritz and Christopher Hesterberg; sisters, Vivian Freund, Genevieve Doerr and Hildegard Wachtel; brothers, Alphonse, Harold and Sylvester Grahlherr; and half-sisters, Katherine Hammell and Bernice Grahlherr. Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Stumpf will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Eugene R. Mathews, 84, years of Columbia, died Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Dec. 9, 1930, in Columbia, the son of the late Raymond and Catherine (nee Lieb) Mathews. Eugene married Doris (nee Gardiner, Mathews) in 1956 in Walsh. Besides his wife, Mr. Mathews is survived by his children, Randall G. (Marian, nee Koeger) Mathews, Sandra L. (Mark) Toepfer of Columbia, Pamela S. (Kevin) Terpenny of Parker, Colo., and Amy M. (Adam) Narot of Lisle; and nine grandchildren. Mr. Mathews served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a retired mechanic for the Pennsylvania Truck Line. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Eugene coached Columbia Khoury League teams for more than 20 years. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mr. Mathews was buried at his church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church’s building fund.

Betty Gummersheimer, nee Gulley, 72, of East Carondelet, died Jan. 25, 2015 at home, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 26, 1942, in Gorham, the daughter of the late William Henry and Nina (nee Cleveland) Gulley. Betty married Earl J. Gummersheimer in 1962 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Gummersheimer is survived by children, Peggy (Don) Kleinschmidt of Millstadt, Susan (Don) Grieshaber of Columbia and David (Connie) Gummersheimer of East Carondelet; grandchildren, Kyle Kleinschmidt, Kasey (Matt) Wolf, Kevin (Emily Reichling) Kleinschmidt, Tyler Chandler, Stephanie (Joseph Surman) Chandler, Taylor, Brett and Eli Gummersheimer; step-grandchildren, Tim Grieshaber, Katie Grieshaber and Jennifer Drummond; step-great grandchildren, Catherine and David Drummond; siblings, Dennis Gulley of Columbia, Patsy (Bob) Phoenix of Ava and Terry (Wanda) Gulley of East Carondelet; brother-in-law, Virgil (Darlene) Gummersheimer of Columbia; her aunt, Bonita Weichert of Dupo; and special cousin, Toni Gulley of Tucson, Ariz. She was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald L. Gulley. Mrs. Gummersheimer attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia, where she was active with the kitchen committee. She retired as a title clerk with Reiss Ford in Marissa and Pay Later Auto Sales in Cahokia. She had also served for more than 20 years as an election judge. She was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary, Golden Girls 4-H (leader), Monroe County Farm Bureau Women's Committee, Monroe County Pork Producers (past president) and the Columbia Women's Club. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Mrs. Gummersheimer was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Columbia High School FFA.

Deborah Castrovillari, 51, of Belleville, died Jan. 21, 2015 in Belleville. She was born Sept. 20, 1963. Ms. Castrovillari is survived by her sister, Peggy Robinson; and her friend, Donna Smith. Deborah was a former resident at New Hope Living and Learning Center. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics.  

Alice V. Blair, 76, of Columbia, died Jan. 17, 2015 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born Dec. 27, 1938, in Philadelphia, Penn., the daughter of the late Herbert Hope and Margaret (nee Wilson) Fellows. Mrs. Blair is survived by her daughters, Hope (Barry) White of Festus, Mo., and Angel (Jeff) Rawlings of Columbia; grandchildren, Nicole and Nicholas White and Zachary and Drew Rawlings; nieces and nephew, Peggy Peterson, Elaine Rossy, Ruby Berkel, Joanie Wilson, Mike Davis and Margaret Howard; and friends, Shirley Schuchert and Pam Wall. She was preceded in death by sisters, Suzanne Rossy and JoAnne Davis. Mrs. Blair was a retired sales clerk. She was a member of the Columbia Red Hat Society. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Barry Ivie officiating. Mrs. Blair was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Society For The Blind and Visually Impaired or the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association.

Glenda F. Rippelmeyer, nee Jones, 80, of Waterloo, died Jan. 16, 2015, at Oak Hill. Glenda was born on Aug. 21, 1934, the only child of the late William Jones and Lona (Walker) Childs (nee Patton). In addition to her husband, Mrs. Rippelmeyer is survived by her children, Tara (Robert) Schulmeister, Tamara (Alan) Pieper, Lorri Rippelmeyer (Allen Mitchell) and Brad (Sandra) Rippelmeyer; granddaughters, Erin (Steve) Hoffmann, Lauren (Colby) Jensen, Claire Pieper, Regan, and Jordan and Ashton Rippelmeyer; great-grandchildren, Adler and Ryan Hoffmann; and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert and Doris Rippelmeyer and Margaret and Herman Louer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Glenda was a cheerleader at Southeast Missouri State University, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., when she met her future husband, Ray “Bud” Rippelmeyer who was playing basketball for the Indians. They were married Sept. 25, 1954. Glenda was Bud’s biggest “cheerleader,” following him from coast to coast and supporting him while he pursued a professional baseball career. Glenda taught at Cedar Bluff School in Fults and also at the Valmeyer Community School District. She was a great cook and had a flair for decorating and entertaining. Mrs. Rippelmeyer was active in her church, St. John UCC in Valmeyer, and in the Valmeyer community where she lived with her husband on their family farm until the Flood of ’93. As Alzheimer’s disease diminished her memory, her husband, Bud, switched roles and became her biggest “cheerleader” and supporter. He remained by her side daily at Oak Hill until her death. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Valmeyer. Mrs. Rippelmeyer was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC of Valmeyer Carpet Fund or Oak Hill.

George H. Heise, 88, of Waterloo, died Jan. 16, 2015, in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 19, 1926, in Waterloo, the son of the late George A. and Louise J. (nee Schroeder) Heise. Mr. Heise is survived by his children, Cheryl (Tim) Williams, Sharon Lautz and Fred Heise; a daughter-in-law, Fay Ross; grandchildren, Julie (Jay) Ross-Whitlock, Kristin Williams, Jason (Jill) Crouch and Ryan (Dawn) Crouch; and great-grandchildren, Logan and Rigby George Whitlock, and Bryanna and Ashlyn Crouch. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Heise; son, Bernie Ross; sister ,Emma Roth; and brothers, Roy, Harry and Elmer Heise. Mr. Heise was the retired owner of Heise's Main Street Tavern in downtown Waterloo. He was a life member of Monroe County Retail Liquor Association and the Illinois Retail Liquor Association. George was a past president of the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club and the Maeystown Sportsman’s Club; and a former member of the Hecker Sportsman’s Club. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Elwood L. "Jim" Harres, 84, of Columbia, died Jan. 15, 2015 at Columbia Rehab and Nursing. He was born Oct. 1, 1930, in Columbia, the son of the late Herman and Mathilda (nee Mitweide) Harres. Mr. Harres is survived by his children, James (Jill) Harres of Columbia, Susan (Peter) Wessel of Millstadt and Jeffrey Harres of New Berlin; grandchildren, Jackie (Bart Jones) Harres, Emily (Justin) Palmier and Abby and Ellie Wessel; great-grandson, Teddy Jones; and his brother, Harold (Dorothy) Harres of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews. Mr. Harres served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Columbia American Legion. He was retired from the Stag Brewery in Belleville and worked on his family farm. Jim was a member of IBEW Local 309 of Collinsville and the Columbia Gymnastic Association. Visitation and funeral were at the funeral home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Harres was buried at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion or the Columbia Gymnastic Association.

James L. Dillenberger, 61, of rural Valmeyer, died Jan. 18, 2015 from cancer. He was born Oct. 7, 1953 in Red Bud, the son of Mary Ann (nee Harres) Dillenberger of Waterloo and the late Lester O. Dillenberger. Besides his mother, Mr. Dillenberger is survived by Susan (nee Sondag) Dillenberger; children Chad J. (Katharine) Dillenberger and Tracy L. (Calen) Moore; grandchildren Henry C. Dillenberger, Liam J. Dillenberger and Finnegan G. Moore; sisters Deborah S. (Greg) Martin and Kimberly A. (Phil) Cagle; and nephews Jason A. (Courtney) Siburt, Ryan A. Miller and Trevor J. Miller; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, aunt, uncle, cousins and friends. Dilly was a lifelong farmer and an avid kloepper player. At Jim's request, there were no services. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Robert L. Franke, 81, of Millstadt, died Jan. 2, 2015, at Columbia Rehab. and Nursing Center. He was born Feb. 11, 1933, in St. Louis, the son of the late Herman and Henrietta (nee Winheim) Franke. Robert married to Vera (nee Konert) Franke in 1953 in Arnold, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Franke is survived by his son, John (Cindy) Franke of Columbia; a daughter, Judy (John) Kremmel of Dupo; grandchildren, Ross (Katie) Franke of Webster Groves, Mo., Laura (Patrick) Peterson of St. Louis, Aaron (Amy) Kremmel of Belleville and Clayton (Jill) Kremmel of Shrewsbury, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Oliver, Miles, Barret, and Anna; and a sister, Janet (Melvin) Kassel of Imperial, Mo. Mr. Franke was a retired local area farmer. He had also worked at General Motors for 30 years. Visitation and funeral were at the Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Franke was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

Linda Ann Todd, nee Stemming, 64, of Columbia, died Jan. 3, 2015 at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis. She was born Aug. 21, 1950, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Eileen (nee Tiemann) Stremming of Shelbyville and the late Ralph Stremming. Linda married William S. Todd in 1977 in Shelbyville. In addition to her husband and mother, Mrs. Todd is survived by a son, Adam (Deanna) Todd of Chicago; daughter, Erica (David) Kane of Webster Groves, Mo.; grandchildren, Benjamin and Magdalyn Kane, and Miles Todd; and a brother, Darrell (Tera) Stremming of Pana. Mrs. Todd taught K-12 for more than 33 years in Mt. Olive and Columbia, where she also coached track and volleyball. She attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbia. Linda’s pastimes included tennis, taking long walks, watching Cardinals baseball and spending time with her grandchildren. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Todd was buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Neal Spaeth, 76, died Jan. 6, 2015 in Fair Play, S.C. He was born Oct. 28, 1938, in St. Louis, the son of the late Albert Henry Spaeth of Waterloo and Ruth Josephine Byrne of St. Louis. Mr. Spaeth was the husband of Marcia Sauget Quick of East St. Louis and the late Beverly Shea; the father of Michael, Marc and the late Matthew Spaeth; grandfather of Britney Alexis Spaeth; and brother of Jill Lauman and Sandy Brunsmann Hughes. Mr. Spaeth served in the U.S. Navy and was retired from the Missouri Pacific / Union Pacific Railroads. His great-grandfather emigrated from Germany to Waterloo in 1854.

Marcella M. Meyer, nee Bruggink, 83, of Waterloo died Jan. 10, 2015. She was born Sept. 17, 1931 in Cedar Grove, Wis., the daughter of the late James and Ada (nee Brasser) Bruggink. Mrs. Meyer is survived by a daughter, Christine (Patrick) Anzia,; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. Meyer; a son, Steven Meyer; a sister, Phyllis Grasse; and a brother, James Bruggink. Mr. Meyer attended Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, where she was involved with the Bible Study Group. A memorial service was at Concord Presbyterian Church with Pastor Will Hesterberg and Pastor Andrew Cheatham officiating.

Marcella F. Breitenstein, nee Marquardt, 94, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Jan. 4, 2015 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born Dec. 21, 1920, in Valmeyer the daughter of the late George and Amanda (nee Vogt) Marquardt. Marcella married Lawrence J. Breitenstein in 1940 in Valmeyer. He died in 1996. Mrs. Breitenstein is survived by her children, Dennis (Anita) Breitenstein of Fenton, Mo., Mary Ann (Gene) Nottmeier of Columbia, Francis (Valerie) Breitenstein of St. Louis, Mo., and Paul (Kathy) Breitenstein of Patton, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Catherine Linneman of Columbia and Doris Weber of Waterloo; and sisters-in-law, Helen Marquardt and Rita Breitenstein, both of Columbia. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Seth Breitenstein; a sister, Leona (Floyd) Weber; brothers, Leo (Evelyn) Marquardt; George (Gerry) Marquardt and August Marquardt; and brothers-in-law, Pete Weber and Elmer Linneman. Mr. Breitenstein attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she had been active with the Altar Society. She was a lifetime member of Waterloo V.F.W. Post 6504 Auxiliary. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Breitenstein was buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Violet E. Mees-Himstedt, nee Schlemmer, 86, of Columbia, died Jan. 5, 2015 at Columbia Rehab. and Nursing Center. She was born March 9, 1928, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Armin and Mildred (nee Kuni) Schlemmer. Mrs. Mees-Himstedt is survived by her children, Donald (Mary Lou) Mees of St. Louis, Sylvia (Robert Sr) Eschmann of Columbia, Kenneth (Mary) Mees of Columbia, LuAnn (Tom) Beck of Columbia, Mary (Terry) Herbeck of Columbia, Robert (Patricia) Mees of Columbia, Sue (Phillip) Pickering of Dupo; 18 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and a sister, Lucille Rieso of Columbia; along with numerous step-children and step-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her to first husband, Sylvester "Jumbo" Mees; second husband, Hilbert Himstedt; granddaughter, Jennifer Eschmann; a brother, Paul Schlemmer; and a brother-in-infancy, Armin Schlemmer Jr. Mrs. Mees-Himstedt attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she had been active with the Altar Society. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Mees-Himstedt was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

John T. "Skip" Reyling, 67, of Belleville, died Jan. 6, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. He was born Oct. 1, 1947, in Belleville, the son of Mary (nee Reis) Reyling of Belleville and the late Paul E. Reyling. Besides his mother, Mr. Reyling is survived by his sons, Tim (Evonne) Reyling of St. Charles, Mo., and Todd (Christie) Reyling of Smithton; and grandchildren, Ella and Aiden Reyling, and Austin and Abigail Reyling. Mr. Reyling served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Skip was a retired salesman at Auffenberg Ford in Belleville. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Kenneth York officiating. Mr. Reyling was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Eric S. Mueller, 43, of Millstadt, died Jan. 4, 2015 in Belleville. He was born March 7, 1971 in Belleville, the son of Orville and Janet (nee Baltz) Mueller. Besides his parents, Mr. Mueller is survived by his wife, Marcia (nee Brune) Mueller; daughters, Maggie and Norah; brother, Mike (Kim) Mueller; aunt and godmother, Gloria Baltz; grandmother-in-law, Hilda Schaefer; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard (Norma) Brune; brother and sisters-in-law, Monica (Paul) Winkeler, Maribeth (Chris) Keeven and Brad (Abigail) Rolland; nieces and nephews, Abbie Roland, Baby Carson, Lindsay Mueller, Madison and Andrew Winkeler, and Clare, Gwendolyn and Jillian Keeven. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Willard and Ophelia Mueller; maternal grandparents Raymond and Vera Baltz; and his uncle, William Baltz. Mr. Mueller was an electrician through Local IBEW 309 in Collinsville. He was a 25-year firefighter with the Millstadt Volunteer Fire Department. Eric was also a member of the Millstadt Jaycees and Zion Evangelical Church. “Norm” loved traveling, the outdoors, home brewing, tailgating with his Rams family and watching NASCAR with his brother and close friends. Visitation was and funeral were at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Rev. Darrell Weber, Fr. Marvin Volk and Msgr. Ken Schaefer officiating. Mr. Mueller was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to his daughters, Maggie and Norah Mueller.

Abigail Adelia Liefer, 19, of Ruma, died Jan. 10, 2015 as a result of an automobile accident between Hecker and Red Bud. She was born Jan. 16, 1995, the daughter of Daniel Liefer of Ruma and Shari Thomas of Titusville, Fla. Besides her parents, Abby is survived by her step-mother, Terri Liefer; siblings, Alison (Derak) Schubert, Derek (Paige) Liefer, Brandy (Cody) Muertz and Arizona Phoenix; and grandparents, Mildred Liefer, Arnold and Gwen Thomas and Terry and Georgia Davis; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Lowell Liefer; and great-grandmother, Ruth Clark. Abigail was a student at SWIC and worked at the YMCA of Red Bud. Visitation and funeral were at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud with Rev. Russell Koen officiating. The body was cremated. Memorials may be made to the YMCA or the Lupus Foundation.

Hannah Marie Porter, 20, of Red Bud, died at 11:40 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She had suffered injuries in an automobile accident earlier that night. She was born Nov. 16, 1994, in Red Bud, the daughter of Scott and Dawn (nee Hartmann) Porter. In addition to her parents, Hannah is survived by her siblings, Brennan Porter and Graci Porter, both of Red Bud; her grandparents Terry and Carol Hartmann of Red Bud; her great-great aunt, Arlou Hartmann of Red Bud; and her dog, Buddy; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents James and Iva Gail Porter. Hannah was a 2013 graduate of Red Bud High School. While at RBHS she was a member of the volleyball team, FBLA and the National Honors Society. She was employed at the Randolph County YMCA, where she taught fitness classes. She also worked at SWIC’s Red Bud Campus. Hannah enjoyed playing sand volleyball, running 5ks, playing in softball tournaments and going on Jeep rallies with her friends. She also loved to read, and her favorite novel was Gone With The Wind. Visitation and funeral were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Rev. Russell Koen officiating. Memorials may be made to the Randolph County YMCA or the Randolph County Humane Society.

Austin J. Floarke, 20, of Columbia, died Jan. 12, 2015. He was born Jan. 28, 1994 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Judy (nee Metter) Sharkey and Roger Floarke. Austin is survived by his mother, Judy (Mark) Sharkey of Columbia; his father, Roger (Melinda) Floarke of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovin; siblings Kelly (Elizabeth) Schaffer, Kristen Schaffer, Kendra (Derek) Gregory and Samantha Floarke; step-sisters, Trisha Toenjes and Samantha Potts; a step-brother, Garrett Potts; paternal grandmother, Rita (nee Hempe) Floarke; and aunts and uncles, John (Stephanie) Metter, Jim (Nancy) Metter, Susan (John) Kowlok, Joe (Teri) Metter, Carl (Kathy) Metter, Ann (Randy) Thorburg, Floyd (Carol) Floarke, Gary (Renee) Floarke, Randy (Kay) Floarke, Chuck (Debbie) Floarke and Margaret (George) Brady. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clem and Jean (nee Toenjes) Metter; and Floyd Floarke. Austin was an avid hunter and sportsman, spending as much time outdoors as he could with his family and friends. A memorial service and celebration of life was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Palmer Road on the north end of Columbia. Memorials can be made to the family, c/o Judy Sharkey or Roger Floarke.


Janet R. Ashbaker, nee Diemert, 68, of Prairie du Rocher, died Jan. 11, 2015, in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 25, 1946 in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Albert and Frieda (nee Sickmeier) Diemert. Mrs. Ashbaker is survived by her children, Michelle Ashbaker and Tanya Huskey; grandchildren, Dackota "D.J." Huskey, Judith Ashbaker and Keith Hern; brother, Albert (Mary) Diemert; and sisters, Geraldine (Kenneth) Koester and Fern Diemert; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerold Ashbaker; granddaughter Sara Ashbaker-Hern; sister Verona Krack; and her brother Roland Diemert. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to Waterloo Boom Select Softball.

Albert J. Schreder, 83, of Red Bud, died Jan. 8, 2015 in Waterloo. He was born March 9, 1931 in Monroe City, the son of the late Michael and Techla (nee Wuertz) Schreder. Mr. Schreder is survived by his children, Gary L. (Kim) Schreder, Sheryl S. (Daron) Gotto, Diana M. Frazier, Debra K. (Bill) Scarlet, Melissa A. Kahle, Richard E. Haycraft II and Glenda R. (Robert) Kernan; and siblings Michael Schreder, Roy (Betty) Schreder, Francis Schreder and Lucille Meeks; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Karen (nee Swonger) Schreder; and brothers and sisters. Mr. Schreder attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mr. Schreder was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Alzheimer’s Association.

John G. “Jack” Fields, 78, of Columbia, died Jan. 13, 2015, at home with his family at his side, following an extended illness. He was born Feb. 21, 1936, in Washington, Ind., the son of the late Francis and Mary (nee Grider) Fields. Jack married Joan (nee Holtgrave) in 1962 in Breese. In addition to his wife, Mr. Fields is survived by his children, Joseph G. Fields, Janette M. Fields, Jenifer M. Fields and Jeffry R. (Rebecca) Fields, all of Columbia, Jill M. (Joe Young) Fields of Baltimore, Md., and Jason B. (Ron Maggiore) Fields of Portland, Ore.; grandsons, Kenny Fields and Joe Young Jr.; and a sister, Mary (Ted) Haar of Breese. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Chloe Lorraine Fields; and brothers, Thomas, James and Robert “Benny” Fields. Mr. Fields had been a local Realtor in Columbia, operating Century 21 A.G. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where he had been active with the Knights of Columbus Council 6165. Many local folks will remember him from the Weilbacher's Dry Goods Store’s shoe department. Visitation was Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mr. Fields will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church - Building or the American Diabetes Association.

Robert P. Dougherty, 76, of Red Bud, died Jan. 7, 2015. He was born Sept. 18, 1938 in Monroe County, the son of the late John and Mary M. (nee Fahey) Dougherty. Mr. Dougherty is survived by his wife, Carol (nee Brellinger) Dougherty; along with a special aunt and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Jane Dougherty. Mr. Dougherty was retired from Monroe County Highway Department. He is a former member of the Monroe County Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Dougherty’s body was cremated. No services were held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.