2016 Obituaries

December 2016

Lynda D. Franceschini, nee Sullian, 65, of Wisconsin, formerly of Valmeyer, died Dec. 6, 2016 . She was born Nov. 9, 1951, in Texas, the daughter of Marjorie Sullivan and the late Lester Sullivan. Besides her mother, Mrs. Franceschini is survived by her husband, Albert M. Franceschini; son, Patrick J. Kelly, Jr.; sisters, Denise (Mike) Sandlass and Theresa Rivers; brother, Paul Sullivan; and grandson, Patrick J. Kelly, III. Besides her father, Mrs. Franceschini was preceded in death by a son, Heath L. Kelly and brother, Allan Sullivan. Lynda was a licensed practical nurse and a former emergency medical technician for the Monroe County Ambulance Service. A memorial service was planned for a later date.

Robert “Bob” L. Jung, 89, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died Dec. 12, 2016 in St. Louis. He was born on July 15, 1927 in Waterloo, the son of the late Charles and Minnie (nee Rosemann) Jung. Mr. Jung is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jane (nee Moorman) Jung; children, Ann Marie (Alexander) Gilbert, David Jung and Laura (Robin) Robison; grandchildren, Stephen and Lauren Jung, and Maya and Marie Claire Robison; a brother in- law, Tom Moorman; and sisters in-law, Sister Geraldine Moorman, Stephanie Moorman and Miriam Jung. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Rosemary Dearing and Doris Jung; and brothers Cletus and Lawrence; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Mr. Jung was raised in Waterloo and was a 1945 graduate of Waterloo High School. During World War II, Bob was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He went on to graduate in 1950 with a marketing degree from St. Louis University. Mr. Jung retired in 1991 as an insurance broker with the Daniel and Henry Company. Bob was a devout Catholic, actively involved at St. Mathias Church, the Legion of Mary and had been a server at the Old Cathedral during his youth. After retirement Bob was a volunteer at St. Alexius Hospital Auxiliary, St. Agatha food pantry and took communion to the homebound. Mr. Jung wrote poetry, and will be remembered for his patience, kindness and dry sense of humor. Visitation and funeral were at St. Mathias Catholic Church. Mr. Jung was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to his church.

Arthur H. "Art" Horschman, 69, of Waterloo, died Dec. 1, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born March 2, 1947, in Red Bud, the son of the late Anthony and May (nee Vivrett) Horschman. Mr. Horschman is survived by his wife, Cherie (nee Yount) Horschman; children, Paul Howard Horschman and Sarah Marie Horschman; siblings, Marilyn (Kent) Finch, Henry Horschman, Evelyn (Joseph) Harsey, Dolores Ruiz and Dorothy (Gary) Hergenroeder; and mother-in-law, Marie (nee Dickneite)Dickneite) Yount; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Horschman attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tipton. He was a member of the Waterloo Knights of Columbus. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tipton with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mr. Horschman was buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Don J. “D.J.” Hosfeld, 25, of Waterloo, died Dec. 8, 2016 in Red Bud. He was born Feb. 9, 1991 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the Lisa Voiles and Donald W. (Valerie) Hosfeld. Mr. Hosfeld is survived by his children, Bradley Lanfersieck, Liam Hosfeld and Riley Hosfeld; siblings, Michael (Emma) Hosfeld, Mary McArthur, Kyle Fredrick, Chris Gurule, Jesse Sullivan, Caitlyn Hosfeld and Joshua Hosfeld; maternal grandparents, Carol Voiles and Mary and Bob Fredrick; paternal grandparents, Dennis and Linda Kalz and Richard Ezell; and former wife, Bailey McGinnis; along with nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Frank Voiles; and paternal grandfather, Donald D. Hosfeld. Mr. Hosfeld attended Hope Christian Church. Memorial service is Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at Hope Christian Church with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to Liam and Riley Hosfeld or Donald “D.J.” Hosfeld Memorial Fund.

Mike Andra, 90, of Columbia, died Dec. 11, 2016 at Oak Hill Care Center. He was born Sept. 21, 1926 in Washington Park, the son of the late Aron and Catarina (nee Vidolman) Andra. Mr. Andra is survived by his wife, Lacy (nee Lancaster) Andra; a son, Michael A. Andra of Spring, Tex.; nieces, Carol (Dennis) Harris of O’Fallon, Tina (Mike) Henry of Fults, and Alisabeth (Bruce Ullstrom) Lancaster of Navarre, Fla.; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Doyle (Barbara) Lancaster, Jane Deeds and Jay (Maria) Lancaster; along with great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Pete and Nick Andra. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Andra was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activities Fund.

Lynda D. Franceschini, 65, of Osh Kosh, Wis., formerly of Valmeyer, died Dec. 6, 2016 in Osh Kosh. She was born Nov. 9, 1951, in Texas, the daughter of Marjorie Sullivan and the late Lester Sullivan. Besides her mother, Mrs. Franceschini is survived by her husband, Matt Franceschini; son, Patrick Sullivan, Jr.; sisters, Denise (Mike) Sandless and Theresa Rivers; brother, Paul Sullivan; and grandson, Patrick J. Kelly, III. Besides her father, Mrs. Franceschini was preceded in death by a son, Heath L. Kelly and brother, Allan Sullivan. Lynda was a licensed practical nurse and a former emergency medical technician for the Monroe County Ambulance Service. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Philip R. Craig, 81, of Waterloo, died Dec. 4, 2016, in Caseyville. He was born June 16, 1935, in McLeansboro. Mr. Craig is survived by his children, Randy (Sherrie) Craig and Glenn Craig; grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Clayton and Violet Craig; and great-grandchildren, Abel and Emilia Craig. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Ann (nee Dismukes) Craig; second wife, Mary (nee Adkins) Craig; a son, Joseph Scott Craig; and grandsons, Andrew and Ryan Craig. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mr. Craig was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

 
November 2016
 

Cathy Leigh Goforth, nee Brown, 52, of Waterloo, died Nov. 21, 2016, at Barnes Jewish Medical Center. She was born Dec, 3, 1963, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Donald Brown and Phyllis (nee Behrman) Brown of Valmeyer. Cathy married Stephen W. Goforth in 1984 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Goforth is survived by a daughter, Kelly (Nate) Reinhold of Columbia; sister, Pamela (David) Roberts of Denver, N.C.; brothers, Donald “Skip” (Barb) Brown Jr. of Waterloo and Keith Brown of Paducah, Ky.; mother-in-law, Dorothy (Dale) Graff of Columbia; and special friend, Dianne Holle; along with nieces and nephews. Mrs. Goforth attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She enjoyed creating crafts and had a fondness for all animals. Visitation and funeral were at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Rev. Dr. Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Goforth was buried at the Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the church.

Arland G. Rey, 92, of Columbia, died Nov. 22, 2016. He was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Albert L. and Adele (nee Schuchardt) Rey. Arland married Marian (nee Dotzauer) Rey in 1991 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Rey is survived by his children, Dennis (Judy) Rey of St. Louis, Mo., Sandra Rey of Columbia, Connie (Art) Sparn of Dupo, Richard (Pam) Mundinger of Hamburg, Iowa, and Laurel (Kevin) Kelly of Germany; sisters, Alberta Brandt of New Hanover and Catherine Hoffmann of Waterloo; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mabel (nee Byers) Rey; a sister, Ardell Schewe; and brothers, Alvin Rey, and Virgil, Calvin and Harold Crook. Mr. Rey served in the U.S. Army, and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Arland had retired from National Lead Co., working 18 years without missing a day of work. Mr. Rey was a 65-year member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581, where he had been active with the color guard and had served in every capacity of the organization. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Groennert officiating. Mr. Rey was buried with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion Post 581.

Gerold L. "Jerry" Byrd, 80, of Columbia, died Nov. 22, 2016, at Green Park Nursing Home in St. Louis, Mo. He was born April 26, 1936, in Cahokia, the son of the late Warren and Mildred (nee Sims) Byrd. Jerry married Charlene (nee McEntire) Byrd in 1955 in Cahokia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Byrd is survived by his children, Garry (Marsha) Byrd of Columbia, Michael (Denise) Byrd of Columbia, Robert (Jan) Byrd of Columbia and Darryl (Dana) Byrd of Columbia; grandchildren, Crystal (Jeff) Wyrick, Candace Byrd, Jason Byrd, Jaime (Matt) Ritzel, and Taylor, Torey, Colton and Blake Byrd; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack (Jean) Byrd of Smithton; and sisters, Gail (Tom) McCain of Hubbard, Ore., and Carole Wolz of Imperial, Mo. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Douglas Byrd. Mr. Byrd attended Church of Christ in Cahokia. He had retired from Darling Delaware at National Stock Yards. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Brother Tim Ruiz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

Frederick August Wagner, 60, of Hecker, died Nov. 25, 2016 in Shiloh. He was born Oct. 10, 1956 in Red Bud, the son of Melvin Wagner and the late Eileen (nee Strautz) Wagner. Besides his father, Mr. Wagner is survived by his children, Terra (Gary) Gabelman, Nicole (Jeff) Nolen, Catherine Ruhmann and Lisa (Jason) Webb; sister, Pat (Dennis) Karban; brothers, Chuck (Rita) Wagner and Alan (Barb) Wagner; and seven grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Frederick was formerly employed at Braun Trucking of Hecker. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Wagner was buried at the Hecker City Cemetery.

Anita M.  Wild, nee Hoffmann, 85, of Hecker died Nov. 26, 2016 in Waterloo. She was born May 1, 1931 in Burksville, the daughter of the late Walter and Sophia (nee Offermann) Hoffmann. Mrs. Wild is survived by her children, Deneen (Kris) Wild, Annette (Ray Jr.) Fausz and Diane (Robert) Schoenbeck; sister, Ardell (Lee) Prange; grandchildren, Brian (Sarah) Wild, Bradley Wild, Blake Wild (friend Heather Lyman), Brandon, Melissa and Justin Fausz, Kaitlan (Keith Braun), Kailey (fiancé Kyle Hemmer) and Kolan Schoenbeck (Kristen Woods); great-grandson, Griffin Wild; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Stanley (Betty) Wild and Kenneth (Betty) Wild; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton H. Wild; and sisters, Virginia (George) Rodenberg and Mabel D. (Arthur) Kaestner. Anita attended Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo, where she was a member of the Holy Cross Ladies Aid. She formerly worked for  Attorney Edgar Weihl and was a bookkeeper for Gateway FS. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Troup and Pastor Merritt Demski officiating. Mrs. Wild was buried at the Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Wartburg. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Colleen Pearl Myers, nee Sumey, 89, of Columbia died Nov. 26, 2016, at Red Bud Regional Care. She was born Aug. 12, 1927, in Mt. Braddock, Penn., the daughter of the late Harry and Ida Mae  (nee Bryner) Sumey. Colleen married Elmer C. Myers in 1948, in St. Louis, Mo. He died in 2008. Mrs. Myers is survived by her  children, Charles S. (Dottie) Myers of Waterloo, Robert P. (Debbie) Myers of Odessa, Fla., Richard A. Myers of St. Louis, Mo., and Edward G. (Ann) Myers of Waterloo; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandchild, Mackenzie Myers; and a sister, Velma (Arthur) Marzano. Colleen was the quintessential homemaker, making a warm and loving home for her family. She enjoyed her trips, cruises and camping. Visits included Alaska and the Panama Canal. Later, she enjoyed singing and music with her friends from Garden Place in Columbia. Visitation is Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Mrs. Myers will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Lorraine E. Douglas, nee Clark, 86, of Waterloo, died Nov. 26, 2016 in Waterloo. She was born March 18, 1930 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Raymond and Alma (nee Bertram) Clark. Mrs. Douglas is survived by her husband, Duel  R. Douglas; children, Stephen Douglas, Michelle Bergauer, Rebecca Timken, Michael (Laura) Douglas and Philip (Rebecca) Douglas; brothers, Donald (Dina) Clark and William (Joann) Clark; sisters, Helen Havey and Jean (Michael) Ahne; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Mary Clark and Faye (nee Douglas) Peeler; and brother-in-law, Herman Dammermann; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, Mrs. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jacob Douglas; brother, Paul Clark; and a sister, Ann Dammermann. Lorraine attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Douglas was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or  United Cerebral Palsy.

Frank D.  Miller, 81, of Waterloo, died Nov. 27, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born June 2, 1935, in Dowell, the son of the late Arthur and Florence (nee Creech) Miller. Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Margaret (nee Ferrill) Miller; children, Larry Miller, Ron (Lisa) Miller and Debbie (Dwight) Schaefer; stepson, Mark Roush; brothers, Glenn (Frances) Miller and Mitch (Jackie) Miller; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth  (nee Botterbusch) Miller; grandson, Joseph Miller; step-son, Scott Roush; four sisters; and one brother. Frank was a retired Waterloo school teacher. He attended First Baptist Church of Waterloo. He was a member of the Waterloo Sister Cities and the Retired Teacher's Association. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at First Baptist Church of Waterloo with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mr. Miller was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Virginia L. Evans, nee Voges, 84, of Red Bud died Nov. 29, 2016. She was born Sept. 6, 1932, in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Edgar and Elva (nee Jatho) Voges. Mrs. Evans is survived by her husband, Leo J. Evans; children, Dennis (Angie) Evans, Rene Evans and Niel (Debbie) Evans; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and  cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Virgil Voges and Vernon Voges; and a sister, Verna Horrell. Mrs. Evans was a full-time homemaker and farmer. She attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. Visitation is Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral is Friday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mrs. Evans will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the American Cancer Society.

Lyn Hunter Moore, nee Bird, 70, of Waterloo, died Nov. 3, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo., following a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 12, 1945, in Sparta, the daughter of the late Loyd Charles and Jessie A. (nee VanOver) Bird. Mrs. Moore is survived by her children, Thad (Julianne) Hunter, Courtney (Craig) Hunter- Brauer, Elliot Moore, Cheryl Moore and Lisa Lawrence; grandchildren, Liam Brauer, Thaddeus Brauer, Kampe Hunter, Joanscott Hunter, Simon Moore, Cooper Moore, Conner Lawrence, Ella Lawrence and Isabel Lawrence; a sister, Jane (Gary) McDermott; nephews, Kelly (Kim) McDermott and Ryan (Tiffany) McDermott; and her cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Irwin "Doc" Moore. Mrs. Moore was a talented interior designer and longtime columnist for The Independent. She attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault. Visitation is Saturday, Nov. 19, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow with Father Roger Karban officiating. Memorials may be made to her church or to Human Support Services.

Robert J. Pastrovich, 70, of Waterloo, died Nov. 8, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born May 25, 1946, in Clayton, Mo., the son of the late Joseph and Geraldine (nee Wallach) Pastrovich. Mr. Pastrovich is survived by his son, Joseph Paul (Rebecca) Pastrovich; grandchildren, Joey and Sophia Pastrovich; and sisters, Mary Lynn Hanchett, Maria Crump and Mark (Joyce) Pastrovich. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (nee Wheeler) Pastrovich. Mr. Pastrovich was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, He attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Private services were held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to his church.

Steven L. Elder, 60, of Freeburg, formerly of Columbia, died Nov. 8, 2016, at Jefferson Barracks V.A. Hospice. He was born April 21, 1956, in Belleville, the son of the late George V. and Zelma E. (nee Blechle) Elder. Mr. Elder is survived by his siblings, Paul (Kathy) Elder of House Springs, Mo., Jerry (Jan) Elder of Divide, Colo., Rich (Toni) Elder of Freeburg, Barbara (Paul) James of Red Bud, Robert (Cindy) Elder of Columbia, Mary (Sam) Parker of Conway, Ark. and James (Karen) Elder of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dr. Donald Elder and Daniel Elder. Mr. Elder served in the U.S. Army and Navy. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Elder was buried at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Raymond Joseph "Joe" Ripplinger, 63, of Red Bud, died Nov. 4, 2016, in Belleville. He was born Dec. 26, 1952, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Raymond Jacob and Mary (nee Staub) Ripplinger. Mr. Ripplinger is survived by his wife, Deborah L. Ripplinger; children, Charles Ripplinger, Jacob (Lindsay) Ripplinger and Ethan (Anna) Ripplinger; grandchildren, Alexis Hicks and Trinity Ripplinger; a sister, Barbara (Anton) Vodvarka; and longtime friend, Billy Roscow; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Ripplinger had retired from M-K-T "Katy" Railroad. He was a deacon at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing and rooting for the University of Alabama football team. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo with Pastor Will Hesterberg officiating. Mr. Ripplinger was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to his church.

Kenneth Albert VanMeter, 78 of Red Bud, formerly of Cahokia, died Nov. 5, 2016, surrounded by his family at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was born Jan. 1, 1938 in Rockwood, the son of the late Charles "Oley" and Myrtle (nee Tindall) VanMeter. Mr. VanMeter is survived by his wife, Esther (nee Burwick) VanMeter; children, Rendy (Kevin) Hahn of Waterloo and Kenneth D. (Frankie) VanMeter of Dupo; sisters, Linda Sharon (Dale) Bond of Pocahontas and Pamela (Don) Huschle of Sunrise Beach, Mo.; grandsons, Benjamin Hahn of Waterloo and Jason (Darcy) Hahn of Lincoln, Neb.; and great-grandchildren, Lyla and Chandler Hahn. He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Bonnie VanMeter. Mr. VanMeter graduated in 1957 from Cahokia High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. VanMeter was a retired fabrication mechanic at Monsanto Chemical Co. in Sauget. Kenneth was the Illinois president of the Winnebago Itaska Travelers Club. He was an avid hunter and NASCAR fan. Mr. VanMeter was cremated. A celebration of life is Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m., at the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club.

LaVon M. "Bonnie" Walker, nee Poston, 78, of Waterloo, died Nov. 13, 2016, in Waterloo. She was born April 26, 1938 in Centerville, the daughter of the late Virgil Kenneth and Adele (nee Schaub) Poston. Mrs. Walker is survived by her husband, Richard A. Walker; children, Kandie (Randy) Halleran, Terri (Matt) Holtman, Connie Gremmels (Harry Bode), Marvin (Kathy) Brown, Melissa Studt and Wayne (Denise) Brown; step-sons, Richard (Linda) Walker, Ronald (Cher) Walker, Randy (Marian) Walker and Robert (Theresa) Walker; and brothers, George "Sonny" (Gloria) Poston, William (Maryann) Poston, Jim (Rita) Poston and Kenneth (Mimi) Poston; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Shirley Brown; sisters, Shirley Sims and Elva McCoy; and sons-in-law, Kenny Gremmels and Bill Studt. Bonnie lived life to the fullest. She left an undeniable impression on everyone she met and everywhere she went. She was one of a kind. A memorial service will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  

Harold Harres, 93, of Columbia, passed away on November 15, 2016 at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 18, 1923, in Columbia, the son of the late Herman and Mathilda (nee Mitweide) Harres. Harold married Dorothy (nee Schneider) Harres in 1947 in Columbia. Harold lived a full, charmed life in his eyes. He spent his entire life on the same farm he grew up along Bluff Road in rural Columbia. Harold always said he had the happiest childhood; very simple, a good dog and everything he wanted. After a short stint at SIU Carbondale, he joined the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Harold was sent to southern Italy as a navigator, flying B24 Liberators on bombing missions over northern Italy, Poland and Germany. After his service, he came home and earned a degree at St. Louis University. After working at several jobs, Harold found his career at Weilbacher’s Department Store in downtown Columbia. He went on to become the store president. After 30 years of employment, Harres retired in 1986. Harold was known for his kind nature, fair business sense and community support. Harold’s passions were things closer to home. Nothing was more important to him than his family, especially his wife. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren put an extra gleam in his eye. Harold took great interest in every activity they were involved, which was wide-ranging, from track meets, baseball, hockey and basketball games, cheer leading, dance, music and much more. He kept a meticulous yard and home; he was especially proud of his raspberries. Harold was an avid golfer, and he could still putt with laser precision until the end. Harres was a 50-year member of the Columbia American Legion (He was in great spirits as he attended the Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day program at Post 581). He attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. He was a Columbia School Board president during the 1960s and 70s. Besides his wife of 69 years, Mr. Harres is survived by his children, Mike (Debbie) Harres of Millstadt, Joel (Linda) Harres of Columbia and Lisa (Glenn) Stumpf of Columbia; grandchildren, Matthew (Aggie) Harres, Kristin (Owen) Bass, Sarah (Ken) Lehrmann, Nathan (Laura) Harres, Jordan (Amanda) Harres, Hannah (Tucker Jensen) Harres, Melissa (Ryan) Maupin, Scott (Kelly) Harres, Stephanie Harres, Jake (Kasey) Stumpf, and Jessie (Morgan Alberts) Stumpf; and 14 great-grandchildren, along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Steven J. Harres; a daughter-in-infancy, Karen Harres; and a brother, Elwood Harres. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Harres was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or Songs For Soldiers.

Heather Renee MacDonald, nee Capps, 30, of Waterloo, died Nov. 10, 2016, at her residence. She was born Sept. 12, 1986 in Clayton, Mo., the daughter of Charles and Colleen (nee Illies) Capps of Waterloo. Besides her parents, Mrs. MacDonald is survived by her daughter, Lexus Capps of Waterloo; a sister, Cheyenne Capps of St. Louis, Mo.; aunts, Kathleen Illies of Granite City, Nancy (Scott) Gomerac of Festus, Mo., and Jennifer Claudio of St. Ann, Mo.; and an uncle, Michael Capps of Belleville. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Leander and Marie (nee Illies) Norton; her paternal grandmother, Judith (nee Capps) Mitchell; and her uncle, Steve Capps. Heather was employed at Ice-Cream Specialty in Clayton, Mo. Visitation was at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tipton with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mrs. MacDonald was buried at church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

October 2016
 
Donald Ray Muskopf, 80, of Dupo, died Oct. 21, 2016, peacefully at his home. He was born April 10, 1936, in Centerville. Mr. Muskopf is survived by his children, Kathy (Jerry) Armstrong of Missoula, Mont., Donna Tenbusch of Keego Harbor, Mich.; granddaughters, Samantha and Amanda Tenbush; his pride and joy, grandson, Keanu “P.B.” Armstrong; siblings, Russell (Minnie) Muskopf of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sharon (David) Wienhoff of Tucson, Ariz., and Bernice Algire of Maryville; a nephew, Gary (Merella) Schandl of Columbia; and good friends, John King of Dupo and Donna Armistead of Missouri; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Debra June Muskopf; mother, Nora Muskopf; a brother, Earl Muskopf; and his sister, Lou Ann Schandl. Don grew up on the family farm in Centerville. He graduated from Centerville High School in 1950. Don was a loving, caring father, always just a phone call away and full of kind, loving words. Don cherished talking about muscle cars and old trucks with his son-in-law, Jerry. Mr. Muskopf was cremated. Private family services were held.
 

Jody K. Graff, nee Davenport, 48 of Columbia, formerly of Cahokia, died Oct.18, 2016, in an automobile accident on Rt. 158 in rural Millstadt. She was born Nov. 7, 1967 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Kathy (nee Fink) Davenport of Columbia and the late John M. Davenport. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Graff is survived by her daughters, Gabrielle Graff and Alexandra Graff, both of Columbia; a brother, Kevin Davenport of Columbia; grandfather, John Fink of St. Louis; former husband, Richard Graff of Columbia; and her dog Jack; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Helen Fink. Mrs. Graff was a nurse for the Millstadt Consolidated School District. She attended Crosspoint Church in South County, Mo. Graff was a 1986 graduate of Gibault Catholic High School. Visitation and funeral were at Braun Funeral Home in Columbia with Pastor Shaun Craig officiating.

Larry D. Coleman, 79, of Columbia, formerly of Centralia, died Oct. 19, 2016. He was born Aug. 13, 1937 in Hurst the son of the late Thomas C. and Artie (nee Harrison) Coleman. He married Constance “Connie” (nee Daab) Nov. 13, 1965. She died Jan. 11, 2000. Mr. Coleman is survived by a daughter, Laura D. Jennings of Columbia; grandchildren, William Eli Jennings and Zachary Ryan Mueller, both of Columbia; a brother-in-law, Danny (Joan) Daab of Dupo; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Besides his wife and parents, Mr. Coleman was preceded in death by brothers, Homer, Virgil and David Coleman; sisters, Florine Burkhardt, Willadean Childers, Phyllis Coleman, Betty Crain and JoAnn Powers. Larry retired from the Union Pacific Railroad where he was a brakeman and conductor. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a loyal member of Cardinal Nation and a college basketball enthusiast. Memorial services were at Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo with Pastor Todd Mushaney officiating. Lawlor Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo.

David Michael Benyo, 63, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died Oct. 19, 2016, surrounded by his family at his home. He was born March 24, 1953, in St. Charles, Mo., the son of the late Andrew “Andy” and Evelyn Benyo. Mr. Benyo is survived by his wife of 40 years, Vicki (nee Allen) Benyo; daughter, Lisa (Sean) Noyes; sons, Scott Benyo and Drew (Mercedes) Benyo; grandchildren, Izabel, Benjamin and Delaney Noyes; siblings, Andy Jr. (Peggy) Benyo, Tom - deceased (Linda) Benyo, Rose (Rich) Kloeppinger, Joe (Sandy) Benyo, John (Rhonda) Benyo and Chris Benyo; along with nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Mr. Benyo was preceded in death by his brother, Tom Benyo and sister-in-law, Denise (Chris) Benyo. Mr. Benyo married Victoria “Vicki” Benyo in 1976. From courting her playing mini-golf, to impressing her with his fantastic sideburns, it was the perfect match. In 1979 their daughter Lisa joined the family, followed by sons Scott (1982) and Drew (1986). One of seven children, Dave spent much of his time as a youth participating in athletics. He excelled in a number of sports at Gibault Catholic High School, graduating in 1971. He went on to receive his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Rockhurst College in 1975, and then his master’s degree at University of Missouri - Kansas City. Outside of his family, Dave will forever be known as Mr. Benyo, a wonderful educator. He spent his 32-year career mostly at the same school, Dobbs Elementary in Hickman Mills, Mo. Beginning as a sixth grade teacher, then moving on to becoming the school principal, he always loved what he did. The students were important to him, and he had a real and positive impact in their lives. He will be remembered for going the extra mile for the students, families and staff throughout his career: from planting flowers around the school on weekends to kissing a pig. Life wasn’t always easy for Dave, and he too often drew the short end of the stick, but he was strong and always made the most of it. He survived cancer in 1986 and he held out as long as he could after his Frontotemporal Dementia diagnosis in 2012, and then subsequent decline. With dementia nobody wins; thankfully his last years were spent in Lee’s Summit, Mo., with the family he loved and his grandkids that he found so very entertaining. A Celebration of Life was at the Raintree Lake Clubhouse in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Association For Frontotemporal Degeneration, Operation Breakthrough or Medical Aid for Palestine.

Sylvester G. “Tuffy” Mueth, 88 of Millstadt, died Oct. 26, 2016, at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh. He was born Feb. 12, 1928, the son of the late Joseph and Anna (nee Becker) Mueth. Mr. Mueth is survived by his daughter, Kim (Bill) Klopmeyer; sons, Joel (Lynne) Mueth and Steve Mueth; grandchildren, Jamie (Jared) Keck, Natalie Klopmeyer (fiance Justin Stephens), Jenny (Adam) Miear, Tara (Ryan) Radake and Jared Mueth; and great-grandchildren, Sam Miear, Cooper Miear, C.J. Stephens, Lucy Keck and Max Radake; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (nee Rehg) Mueth; brothers, Arthur, Herbert, Cletus, Emil, Raymond, Henry and Erwin; sisters, Luella and Aurelia, as well as a sister in infancy. Mr. Mueth was a retired carpenter, who attended St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. He was a member of Carpenter’s Local 433, the Millstadt Quail Club, the Millstadt Sportsman’s Club, Millstadt Knights of Columbus (charter) and the Millstadt Commercial Club (charter). For more than 50 years, Tuffy managed the Millstadt VFW Green Machine baseball team of the Mon-Clair Baseball League. He was an inaugural member of the Mon-Clair League Hall of Fame, as well as earning the organization’s lifetime achievement. The family wishes to send a special thank you to his fishing buddies and those who let Tuffy fish at his "honey holes." Visitation was at Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating. Mr. Mueth was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. James Catholic Church Education Fund or to the Millstadt Green Machine Baseball team.

Peggy D. Laux, nee Midyett, 78, of Waterloo died Oct. 26, 2016. She was born July 30, 1938 at Potosi, Mo., the daughter of the late Leonard and Isabelle (nee Key) Midyett. Mrs. Laux is survived by her daughter, Kelly Salzwedel; grandchildren, Brad, John, Dan, Megan and Mary; great-grandchildren, Ben and Charlie; brother, Gale (Marie) Midyett; sister, Shelby Copeland; daughter-in-law, Kim Salzwedel; nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, Mrs. Laux was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Laux, Jr.; daughter, Karen Liegh Barton; and a son,  Mark Salzwedel. Peggy was a member of First Baptist Church in Waterloo and a member of the Eastern Star. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at the First Baptist Church of Waterloo with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Burial was at Straightway Baptist Cemetery in Steeleville, Mo. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Waterloo.

Julia Mueller, nee Kawula, 91, of Columbia, died Oct. 6, 2016 at Oak Hill. She was born Aug. 4, 1925, in Madison, the daughter of the late Michael and Tatiana (nee Charney) Kawula. She was married to the late Norman E. Mueller. He died in 1992. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her children, Norman (Peggy) Mueller of Edwardsville, Linda (James) Archer of Columbia, Kathleen M. Riester of Belleville, Donna (Michael) Roth of Columbia and David B. Mueller of Columbia; grandchildren, Strongheart Loney, Michael, Grace and Danny Mueller, Benjamin, Aaron (Jaclyn) and Megan Archer, Emily Riester and Andrew and Stacey Roth; a great-grandchild, Denali Loney; and a sister-in-law, Mary “Candy” Kawula of Granite City. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John and Michael Kawula; and sisters, Mary Kawula, Rose Kawula and Ann LaCroix. Mrs. Mueller was a retired licensed practical nurse from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary and the Monroe County Home and Community Education. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Mueller was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary.
Daniel J. Mount, 55, of St. Louis, Mo., died Oct. 7, 2016. He was born Sept. 22, 1961, in Red Bud, the son of Arnold Duane Mount and Arlene R. Mathews. Mr. Mount is survived by siblings, Christopher Mount, Christine (Bob) Koch and Joseph Mount (Larry Jones); niece and nephews, Nicole Mount, Joshua Murphy and Jonathan Mount; great-niece, Evelyn Murphy; great-nephew, Declan Murphy; and lifelong friends, Julian Williams and Mike Zang. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lawrence and Pearl Mathews; and a nephew, Micky David Mount. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Brian Sieve officiating. Memorials may be made to the Aids Foundation, Alzheimer's Association or Helping Strays of Monroe County.
Gordon R. Speck, 81, of Waterloo, formerly of Cairo, died Oct. 10, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 22, 1935, in Cairo, the son of the late Martin and Grace (nee Bogle) Speck. Mr. Speck is survived by his wife, Gelea (nee Karraker) Speck; children, Blaze (Rhonda) Morris, Kelly (Rick) Shilliday, Robin (Clay) Siedle, Tracey Morris, Lance (Mary) Morris, Candace (Karl) Buckman and Shaleen (Kevin) Grabill; grandchildren, Aubrey (Sean) O'Riley, Kayla (David) Keeney, Jacob Morris, Coley (Jeff) Hoffmann, Austin Morris, Sophie Morris and Zach and Isaac Buckman; a nephew, Van (Darrean) Trimble; and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Trimble. Gordon grew up in Cairo, a life-long friend of his future wife, Gelea. They graduated from Cairo High together in 1953. Gordon served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was stationed in Poland doing intelligence work. When he returned, Mr. Speck attended the University of Missouri on the GI Bill and earned a degree in English. Gordon enjoyed vacationing with Gelea, including travels throughout the United States, as well as trips to Europe, Asia and South America. He was an avid reader and collector of books, especially the stories of Sherlock Holmes. Gordon was a 30-year member of The Baker Street Irregulars, an international society promoting Sir Arthur Conan Doyles’ famed detective. Mr. Speck was also a past-associate editor of the Baker Street Journal. He belonged to the Occupants Of The Empty House, Parallel Case, the Handsomes of John Clayton, and The Noble Bachelors - all area Sherlock Holmes’ societies. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating.
Donald C. Dietz, 81, of Waterloo, died Oct. 12, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born April 19, 1935, in Waterloo, the son of Conrad and Lucille (nee Fleming) Dietz. Mr. Dietz is survived by his children, Kevin (Sharon) Dietz and Jim Dietz; grandchildren, Scott and Mallory Dietz; sisters, Mary Toal and Margaret Reinhold; sisters-in-law, Diane Dietz, Pat Stock, Doris Chaput and Margie Holle; and brother-in-law, Dennis (Llana) Korte; along with and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Joann (nee Korte) Dietz; a brother, Joseph Dietz; a sister, Sister Dorothy Marie Dietz, ASC; and a nephew, Karl Rienhold; along with sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Mr. Dietz served as a Monroe County Commissioner from 1990 to 2014. He attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Don was a 50-year member of the Waterloo Lion’s Club and served as a Lions Club district governor. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mr. Dietz was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Lion’s Club or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Charles E. "Charlie" Vogt, 81, of Valmeyer, died Oct. 12, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Oct. 6, 1935, in Mount Olive, the son of the late Romanus and Augusta (nee Minikin) Vogt. Mr. Vogt is survived by his children, Tim (Donna) Vogt, Karen Vogt and Kathleen (Jim) Graves; grandchildren, Rebeccah, Jamie, Charles (Jessica), Katrina and Anna Grace; step-grandchildren, Lori Contes and Steve Keith; great-granddaughter, Emily; and siblings, Pat (Wayne) Pruiett, John (Cheryl) Vogt and Mike Vogt; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Patricia (nee Matejka) Vogt; daughters, Cynthia L. Vogt and Theresa A. Vogt (in infancy); and a sister, Dolores Longstreet. Charlie was retired from Monsanto, having been employed for more than 30 years. He was the recipient of the Monsanto Corporate Research Reach Award for Outstanding Development of Novel Crosslinkers. Mr. Vogt was a member of the National Audubon Society, St. Louis Camera Club and had a photo published in Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources’ magazine. Mr. Vogt attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer. He enjoyed spending time with his family and playing pinochle, chess and Scrabble. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Felix Chukwuma officiating. Mr. Vogt was buried at the church cemetery.
Ruth A. Buettner, nee Rust, 70, of Waterloo, died Oct. 14, 2016. She was born Dec. 8, 1945, in rural Monroe County, the daughter of the late Christopher Adolph and Ida C. (nee Fuhs) Rust. Mrs. Buettner is survived by her children, Dale (Michelle) Rodenberg, Darryl (Christine) Rodenberg, David (Sandy) Rodenberg and Catherine (John) Cooper; grandchildren, Allen (Heather) Wild, Nicole Rodenberg, Brandi Rodenberg, Ellie Rodenberg, Samuel Rodenberg, Rachel Rodenberg, Nathan Rodenberg, Justin Rodenberg, Cassie Rodenberg, Andrew Cotter, Lydia Cotter and Gavin Copper; great-grandchildren, Karmen Cover, Zaden Wild and Zoe Wild; brothers, Chris (Sandi) Rust, August (Pam) Melching; a sister, Mary; and sister-in-law, Thelma Rust; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd A. Buettner. Mrs. Buettner attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. Visitation and funeral were at Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Wartburg with Rev. Dan Ostlund officiating. Mrs. Buettner was be buried at the church cemetery. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church or Oak Hill.
William Esker, 86, of Waterloo died Oct. 14, 2016, in Belleville. He was born July 24, 1930 in Monroe County, the son of the late George B. and Myrtle (nee Scherer) Esker. Mr. Esker is survived by his children, Mike (Missy) Esker, Dean (Carmen Englis) Esker and Lonnie (Wendi) Esker; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce (nee Vogt) Esker; sisters, Oral (Sis) Lutman, Viola Arcuri, Helen Sherman, Dorothy Deterding and Mary Yalloway; and brothers, Glen Esker, Leo Esker, Everett Esker, George Esker Jr. and Virle Esker. Mr. Esker was retired from A & R Freight Lines. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener, woodworker and Cardinals fan. Mr. Esker was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Renault American Legion Post. Visitation is Friday, Oct. 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Jones officiating. Mr. Esker will be buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to Hope Church Benevolence Food Pantry.
Wilbur G. “Chuck” Ludwig, 79, of Columbia died Oct. 16, 2016, at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was born July 31, 1937 in Columbia, the  son of the late Wilbur “Wips” and Louise (nee Sitton) Ludwig. Chuck married Edith (nee Weis) Ludwig in  1956 in Millstadt. She died in 2009. Mr. Ludwig is survived by his daughter, Lori (Lenny) Colbert of Red Bud; a son, Brent (Michele) Ludwig of Columbia; grandchildren, Danielle (Ryan) Peterson of Lakewood, Colo., Allison (Josh) Tribo of Memphis, Tenn., Miranda (Jordan) Sutton of Columbia, and Grant Ludwig and Gregory Ludwig of Columbia; great-grandchildren, Brinley, Brooke and Lucas Peterson and Harlow Sutton; and a sister, Holly Miller of St. Louis. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Randy Ludwig; and a brother, Sonny Ludwig. Chuck was a lifelong resident of Columbia and attended Columbia schools. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and then went on to work as a draftsman and superintendent for Schueler Bros. Construction Co. and H. J. Frierdich and  Sons. Chuck sang lead, and played tenor saxophone and clarinet for the Rhythmnaires. He also sang and played saxophone at Faith Lutheran Church where he was a member of the congregation. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Faith Lutheran Church with Pastor Jon Palmer officiating. Mr. Ludwig was buried at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church of Columbia or Family Hospice of Belleville. 
 
July 2016
 

Eberhard W. Gress, 89, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died July 15, 2016 in Sarasota. He was born July 31, 1927 in Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Gress is survived by his sons, Dirk Gress and Michael Gress; three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Eva. Eberhard was the owner of the popular Eberhard’s German Restaurant in Columbia prior to his retirement to Florida. He performed in Germany as an opera singer before immigrating to the U.S. in 1957. A memorial service was July 23 at Faith Lutheran Church in Sarasota.

 
June 2016
 
Betty A. Kish, nee Schmidt, 92, of Columbia, died June 1, 2016, at her home. She was born Feb. 4, 1924 in Columbia, the daughter of the late Urban and Anna (nee Einwich) Schmidt. Betty married Albert George Kish Sr. in 1944 in Columbia He died in 2003. Mrs. Kish is survived by her sons, Gerald Kish, Dennis (Nancy) Kish, Michael (Jeanne) Kish, Thomas Kish, Steven (Debbie) Kish, Patrick Kish and Albert (Patresa) Kish Jr.; daughters, Mary (John) Olsson, Susan Settle, Margaret (James) Burns and Joanne Stahlmann; grandchildren, Jeff, Jared, Andrew, Ben, Beth, Tim, Dan, Alex, Casey and Courtney Kish, Janna, Jackson, Amy Meyer, Andrea Biske, Kristi Kish-Stuart, Emily Waver, Samuel, Anna, Naomi, Eve and David Olsson, Nicole, Rebecca and Lucy Settle and Stephanie, Joshua, Jessica and Emma Burns; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Nathan Urlock, Lilianna and Lathe Kish, Mitch and Abbie Meyer, Elena, Spencer and Maria Biske, Shawn and Joey Stuart, Brendan and Ethan Gamble, Thomas, Chloe, Parker, A.J. and Logan Kish, Rosie and Ellie Waver and Lilith Settle; a sister, Pearl Mueller; brother, Richard (Sue) Schmidt; and sisters-in-law, Julie Schmidt Gregory and Betty Schmidt. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by, a daughter-in-law, Ruby Marie (nee Vogt) Kish; sons-in-law, Steven E. Stahlmann and Kenneth Settel; and brothers, Robert and Urban Schmidt Jr. Betty graduated from St. Theresa Academy of East St. Louis in 1941 and was an honorary graduate of Gibault Catholic High School. A busy mother of 11 children, she was the quintessential homemaker, sewing clothes for her children, cooking and canning and preserving fruits and vegetables. Mrs. Kish was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church and the Altar Society. She was also a member of the Columbia Historical Society and the American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Betty loved to sing and dance and was one of the original members of the Strassenfest Singers and Dancers. Betty loved to travel with her husband and visited many countries. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Kish was buried at the church cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Eugene J. Schorb - Immaculate Conception Parish Fund for Education, the Gibault Educational Endowment Fund or the Immaculate Conception Catholic Education and Activities Center Fund.
 
Louis D. Shrader, 66, of Waterloo, died June 12, 2016 in Waterloo. He was born July 2, 1949, in Richmond Heights, Mo., the son of the late Kenneth and Lucy (nee DeMint) Shrader. Mr. Shrader is survived by a son, John (April) Shrader; a sister, Mary Kay Miller; a brother, Fred Shrader; and grandchildren, Violet Shrader and Samuel Shrader. Visitation is Friday, June 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. 
 
Tanya Kaye Cotton, 62, of Imperial, Mo., died June 1, 2016. She was born Nov. 10, 1953, in Indianola, Miss., the daughter of the late William and Dorothy (nee Gober) Cotton. Tanya is survived by her sisters, Sandra (Lester) Downing, Melodie Cotton (Roberto Refeca) and Willa Dawn Cotton (Riyad Hamzah); along with nieces; nephews and cousins. Tanya served in the U.S. Army. Funeral was at the St. John Cemetery in Fults with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
John E. White III, 69, of Granite City, died June 4, 2016, in Maryville. He was born Oct. 27, 1946, in Peoria, the son of the late John and Mary (nee Palus) White. Mr. White is survived by his sister ,Leliah (John) Baxter of Fults; half-sister, Linda Sue (nee White) of California; half-brother, Michael Dale White of California; and special friends, Jim and Maxine Tourville; along with an uncle, nephews, a grand-niece and cousins. He was preceded in death a sister, Lela White. Mr. White graduated from East St. Louis Senior High School in 1965, and earned a degree from Northwestern University. He had retired from Southwestern Correction Center. John was a mason. A private family service was held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.
 
Mary "Michelle" Mueller, 61, of Waterloo, died June 6, 2016, in Red Bud. She was born June 19, 1954, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Virginia Mueller and the late Harold W. Mueller. Besides her mother, Mrs. Mueller is survived by her siblings, Ron (Ruth Ann) Mueller, Kay (Bill) Theobald, Jeff (Angela) Mueller and Margaret (Stephen) McFarland; and nieces and nephews Sarah (Michael) Karban, Andra (Pete) Dehn, Jonathon (Shelley) McFarland, Nicole (Jordan) Anderson and Jacob McFarland; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard H. Mueller. Michelle attended St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. She was a member of Home and Community Extension (New Design Unit) and the National Federation of the Blind (Four Rivers Chapter). Michelle was an avid Cardinals baseball fan. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC of Waterloo with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Michelle was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the HCE Scholarship Fund or the National Federation of the Blind (Four Rivers Chapter).
 
Walter L. Reuter, 86, of Hecker, died June 9, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 12, 1929, in Plum Hill Township, the son of the late Walter Herman and Tillie Marie (nee Klingenburg) Reuter. Mr. Reuter is survived by his children, Dennis (Sherry) Reuter, Kathy (Ronald) Wilson and Paul Reuter; grandchildren, Bethany (Jason) Wallace, Joshua (Chrissy) Wilson, Caleb Wilson and Mackenzie Reuter; great-grandchildren, Taylor Wilson, Chase Wilson, Grace Wallace, Griffin Wallace and Keaton Wallace; and a sister, Ida Belle Kroener; along with sisters-in- law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth (nee McCune) Reuter; two half-brothers; and two half-sisters. Mr. Reuter attended the First Baptist Church of Columbia. Walter was a member of the Hecker Sportsman’s Club. He loved the outdoors, traveling music, gardening and playing the accordion, guitar and harmonica. Mr. Reuter was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and was a retired autoworker. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Mr. Reuter was buried at the Concord Cemetery in Rice. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or St. Jude's Hospital.
 
Bill W. Bradshaw, 82, of Waterloo, died June 12, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born April 15, 1934 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Charles and Grace (nee Norbury) Bradshaw. Mr. Bradshaw is survived by his wife, Sue (nee Payne) Bradshaw; children, Theresa Brogan (Gregory Aubuchon); Tod Bradshaw (Ann Smith) and Gina (Dominic) Wallen; step-sons, Jim (Debra) Crowe, Gary Crowe, Randy (Mistie) Crowe and Kenny (Jane) Crowe; grandchildren, Benjamin, Andrea, Saraya, Christian, Madeline, Cory, Cassandra, Mandy, Michael, John, Paul, Texas, Kenny Jr., Justin, Jordan, Dustin and Drew; brothers, Charles (Mabel) Bradshaw, Howard (Anna) Bradshaw and Daryl (Joyce) Bradshaw; a sister, Audrey Feigl; and 10 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by sisters, Geraldine White, Virginia Bradshaw, Sandra Lee Bradshaw, Emma Bradshaw and Loretta Bradshaw; and a brother, Daniel Bradshaw. Mr. Bradshaw attended Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was, an operating engineer for Phillips Pipeline. Bill was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He was an avid gardener, bird watcher, fisherman and outdoorsman. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Bradshaw was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.
 
Roland L. Muench, 87, of Waterloo, died June 11, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born April 10,1929, in Baldwin, the son of the late George and Hilda (nee Winter) Muench. Mr. Muench is survived by his wife, Ruby (nee Steinsieck) Muench; children, Susanne (Rob) Stenger and Steven (Caroline) Muench; grandchildren, Bryan (Elizabeth) Metz and Tiffany (Craig) Schultheis; great-grandchildren, Tessa, Kehrington and Kegan Schultheis and Claire Metz; a brother, Vernon (Evelyn) Muench; and sisters-in-law, JoAnn Yarbrough and Darlene Steinsieck; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth and Ervin Muench. Mr. Muench was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was a retired electric lineman. Roland attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He was a member of the American Legion and the Last Man’s Club. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merritt Demski officiating. Mr. Muench was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lydia Boyer Benefit Fund.
 
Dr. Meechai Puntumabumrung, 72, of Red Bud, died June 13, 2016, in Red Bud following a brief illness. He was born Oct. 17, 1943, in Bangkok, Thailand, the son of the late Sukon and Siri Puntumabumrung. Dr. Meechai is survived by his wife, Romjit (nee Siriaksorn) Puntumabumrung; children, Ann (Cris) Fabie of Red Bud; Tony (Sornsawan) Meechai of Bangkok; Rosie Meechai of Bangkok; and Diane (Jim) Kusumpa of Naperville; and five grandchildren, Trey, Jack, Aimee, Annika and Emma. He was preceded in death by a brother, Puchong; and a sister, Wanida. Dr. Meechai was raised in Bangkok. He graduated from Bangkok Christian College and Triam Udom Suksa School (Class 22).  Dr. Meechai then earned a degree from the prestigious Chiang Mai University Faculty of Medicine (Class 4) in 1967. Dr. Meechai met his wife, Romjit while the two were attending Chiang Mai University. After completing their studies and marrying, the couple moved to the United States in order for Dr. Meechai to complete his residency in internal medicine at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1973.  In addition, he studied at Wayne State University in Michigan and attained a specialty in oncology. After receiving an invitation from Dr. Pichet Santilukka, Dr. Meechai moved his family to Red Bud in 1977 to begin what would be a lifetime partnership. He had a lifetime love for the people in Red Bud, Waterloo and surrounding communities. Dr. Meechai served as chairman of the Thai Physicians Association of America – Midwest Chapter from 1989-1990. Dr. Meechai was a member and supporter of North County Country Club.  He enjoying golfing with friends and family of all ages, especially on Thursdays. Dr. Meechai was known to his colleagues, residents, nurses and patients as a compassionate, caring physician and was always willing to help. He was known as someone who tried to bring the best out of others. His knowledge and experience helped many to health and happiness. Most importantly, he was regarded as a great family man. Visitation is Saturday, June 18, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Cremation and blessing is Sunday, June 19, at 10 a.m., at Schrader Funeral Home in Ballwin, Mo. Memorials may be made to an education fund for his grandchildren.
 
May 2016
 

Eric Graham "Bubba" Baker, 48, of Waterloo, died May 30, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born Jan. 26, 1968, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the son of the late Jack L. and Betty (nee Graham) Baker. Mr. Baker is survived by his children, Madison and Graham Baker; the mother of his children, Kerry Baker; a sister, Jama Wolf; nephews, Jake Wolf, Conway Wolf, Ben Wolf and Nick Wolf; a niece, Whitney Wolf; grandmother, Jean Graham; Madison and Graham's grandparents, Terry and Judy Schreder; uncle, Rolla (Jo) Baker; and special cousin, Judy Stegle; along with cousins, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Doyle Graham; grandparents, Effie and Rolla Baker; and special aunt, Wilma Morris. Eric was the former owner of the Dairy Queen on the south end of Waterloo. Mr. Baker served a term on the Waterloo City Council. While in high School, he played on the 1984 state champion Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats football team.  in1984. Mr. Baker coached youth football in Waterloo for 12 years. Bubba was a member of the Knights of Columbus #1334, Monroe County Historical Society, Waterloo Planning Commission, McDonald's Coffee Club, AOPA Flight Club and the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. He attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation is Thursday, June 2, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, June 3, at 9 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Additional visitation is Friday, June 3,  from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Mr. Baker will be buried at the Jonesboro City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Madison and Graham’s Education Fund.

Marlene E. Marquardt, nee Stumpf, 69, of Waterloo, died May 29, 2016, in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 24, 1947, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Charles and Esther (nee Nobbe) Stumpf. Mrs. Marquardt is survived by her sons, Steve (Kathy) Marquardt, John (Gina) Marquardt, Jeremy (Angie) Marquardt and James (Sarah) Marquardt; grandchildren, Dustin Wedel and Kayla (Kaleb) Matzenbacher, Boean and Danya Marquardt, Bryce, Lyndsey and Gillian Marquardt, and Alex and Madison Marquardt; a sister, Laverne (Keith) Mentel; and brothers, Ronald (Sandi) Stumpf, Roger (Susan) Stumpf and Richard (Ruanna) Stumpf; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin J. Marquardt; son, Jason Marquardt; and a granddaughter, Madeline Marquardt. Mrs. Marquardt attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. Marlene volunteered at Nice Twice. Visitation is Thursday, June 2, from 4 p.m. To 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, June 3, at 10 a.m., at her church with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mrs. Marquardt will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Sandra L. Metzger, nee Colvis, 72, of Waterloo, died May 29, 2016, in Freeburg. She was born Nov. 6, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Jesse and Margaret (nee Dempster) Colvis. Mrs. Metzger is survived by her children, Steve (Lisa) Metzger, Dwayne Metzger and Bryan (Laura) Metzger; grandchildren, Mallory (John), Alex (Bert), Samantha, Evan (Bekka), Trevor, Blake, Ellie, Reid, Melissa and Jayson; great- grandchildren, Hailey, Luci, Hunter, Charlotte, Diego, Emiliana, Ziggie and Emilio; brothers, Joe (Joyce) Colvis and Jesse (Jeannie) Colvis; sisters, Carol (James) Milligan and Debra (James) Hankammer; brother-in-law, Charles (Rosalie) Metzger; and her sister-in-law, Sandra Metzger; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis “Louie” Metzger; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Oliver and Elvira Metzger; and a brother-in-law, Edward Metzger. Sandy and Louie were the longtime owners of Metzger's Deli and Catering in Waterloo. Mrs. Metzger attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, June 2, at 10 a.m., at her church. Mrs. Metzger will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Edward W. Horn, 71, of Waterloo, died May 29, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 20, 1944, in Waterloo, the son of the late Albert Sr. and Hilda Louisa (nee Keim) Horn. Mr. Horn is survived by his wife, Marcine (nee Gerlach) Horn; children, Vicki Moore, Valerie (Calvin) Anderson, Pamela Horn, Sean (Mary Beth) Horn and Brian Horn; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Leroy (Wanda) Horn; a sister, Karen (James) Bouquet; his aunt, Esther (Vernon) Brandt; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lou and Lou Ann Gerlach; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Albert Horn Jr., Dorothy Horn and Kathleen Sellers. Mr. Horn served in the U.S. Army, and was retired from the Chrysler Corp. He attended Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo. Eddie was a lifetime member of the Kaskaskia Bowhunters Club and the Maeystown Sportsman’s Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, June 2, at 10 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Horn will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Joan Donjon, nee Stone, 82, of Waterloo, died May 27, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Dec. 25, 1933, in Grand Tower, the daughter of the late Paul and Cora (nee Gulley) Stone. Mrs. Donjon is survived by her husband, Kenneth S. Donjon; children, Richard (Cathy) Donjon, Daryl (Sandy) Donjon, Michael (Cheryl) Donjon, Susan (Wayne) Schweigert, Cheryl (Alan) Linnemann, Daniel (Carma) Donjon and Karen (Michael) Naumann; and grandchildren, Chris (Angie) Donjon, Scott Donjon, Keith (Mary) Donjon, Kevin (Megan) Donjon, Heather (fiancè Eric) Donjon, Brett (Stephanie) Donjon, Allison Donjon, Kerry (Steve) Berger, Katie (Cory) Schilly, Stephanie (Tylor) Orme, Andrew Donjon, Michelle Donjon, Bryan Linnemann, Laura (Steve) Kaesser, Matt Linnemann, Jessica (Cliff) Bell, Tia Donjon, Samantha (fiancè Josh) Naumann, Abby Naumann and Ellie Naumann; along with great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Donjon operated Shelter Insurance Agency in Waterloo for many years. She had also been employed as a beautician and H and R Block tax preparer. Joan attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at her church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Donjon was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

P.E. “Cindy” Glandt, 82, of Ballwin, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died May 27, 2016. She was born June 5, 1934, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Mrs. Glandt is survived by her husband, Charles Arlin Glandt; children, Brenda (Jeff) Pohl, Carla (George) Chial, Robert (Lisa) Goessling, Cary (Kristin) Glandt and Diana Goessling; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Visitation is Friday, June 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,  at Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory in Ballwin. A funeral will follow. Mrs. Glandt will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Donna L. Kocher, 69, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died May 27, 2016, at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo., surrounded by her family. Donna had fought a valiant battle with cancer. Mrs. Kocher was born Feb. 8, 1947, in Wheeling, West Va., the daughter of the late Don and Ruth (nee Bremer) Barnes. Donna married Roger Kocher in 1968 in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Kocher is survived by a son, Donald Kocher of Woodstock, Ga.; and her brother, William (Joni) Barnes of Wheeling, W.Va. She was preceded in death by daughter, Rachel B. Kocher; a daughter in infancy, Carrie Kocher; and a sister, Beth Tranko. Mrs. Kocher was a retired nurse, working at numerous local hospitals, including Cardinal Glennon, Deaconess, St. Mary's (in East St. Louis and Centreville) and Children’s' Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Donna attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and had previously been a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, June 2, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mrs. Kocher will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Jane Welma Dothage, nee Reinhardt, 76, of Koeltztown, Mo., formerly of Valmeyer, died May 26, 2016, after a brief illness. She was born Oct. 24, 1939, in Granite City, the daughter of Walter and Ruby (nee Waller) Reinhardt. Jane married Glenn Dothage in 1960 in Warrenton, Mo. Besides her husband, Mrs. Dothage is survived by her sons, Rob (friend Carrie) Dothage, of Jefferson City, Mo., and Courtney (Karen) Dothage of Ashland, Mo.; grandchildren, Kohl Dothage, Shai Dothage and Morrow Dothage; a sister, Shirley Sida of Warrenton, Mo; a niece, Carmen Sida; a nephew, Stuart (Pam) Sida; and a great-nephew, Zachary. She was preceded in death by Glenn's parents, Howard and Marie Dothage. Jane spent her adult life in service to her children and husband in their home. Later on she worked as a nursing home activity director, nursing home administrator and for the Division of Family Services. After her retirement, Jane served her church, United Methodist Church in Vienna, Mo., and her community by singing on the choir and volunteering at church gatherings, blood drives and elections. Jane had been an avid supporter of her husband Glenn in his many years of coaching. Glenn had been a popular baseball and basketball coach for Valmeyer High School in the late 1960s and early 70s. Mrs. Dothage loved entertaining friends, reading and cooking. Visitation and funeral were at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Westphalia, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association.

John C. "Jackie" Welsch, 75, of New Baden, died May 24, 2016, in New Baden. He was born May 2, 1941, in Waterloo, the son of the late Hugo and Alice (nee Wuertz) Welsch. Mr. Welsch is survived by his siblings, Joe (Barbara) Welsch of Bettendorf, Iowa, Duanne Welsch of Claremont, Calif., Janice Welsch of Macomb, Kathleen Tourville and Ruth Koblenz of St. Louis, Mo., and Michael Welsch of Hecker; along with his nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Catherine, in infancy. As the result of contracting encephalitis before he was three-years-old, Jackie became developmentally disabled and had epilepsy. He went to Dixon State Hospital at the age of eight. Jackie has resided in several other care facilities, the last years at Clinton Manor in New Baden. He was proud of his jobs at sheltered workshops until his retirement; he then participated in the senior day program at Community Link in Breese. Jackie enjoyed competing in various Special Olympic events. He loved to work jigsaw puzzles and was a puzzle master. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, May 26, at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mr. Welsch will be buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to Clinton Manor Living Center or Human Support Services.

Robert G. Rubemeyer, 68, of Waterloo, died May 21, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 27, 1948, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Ervin and Leonora (nee Schmidt) Rubemeyer. Mr. Rubemeyer is survived by his wife, Kathleen (nee Curtiss) Rubemeyer; a daughter, Karen (Robert) Schultheis; grandchildren, Kasey Schultheis and Deanna Schultheis; and his sisters,Violet (Dale) Wetzler, and Betty (Stanley) Wild; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and pets Max and Bubba. He is preceded in death by his grandson, Jesse Schultheis. Robert was a member of Waterloo VFW Post 6504. He was a retired electrician at Dial Corp. Visitation and funeral were at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Mr. Rubemeyer was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Stephen K. Sauget, 69, of Waterloo, died May 17, 2016, surrounded by family at his residence. He was born Jan. 25, 1947, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Arnold and June (nee Morgan) Sauget. Mr. Sauget is survived by his wife, Terrie (nee Williams) Sauget; children, Courtney (Geoff) Sauget-McNail of St. Louis, Mo., Stephanie (Ryan) Gerber of Osage Beach, Mo., Brian (Kristina) Hebel of Belleville, Kristen Biggins (Todd) of East St. Louis and Robert J. “B.J.” Biggins (Melodi) of Fairmont City; grandchildren, Brianna, Makenzie, Kyleigh, Kennadi, Brooklynn, Chloe and Gavin; a sister, Marcia Spaeth of Fair Play, S.C.; and his sister-in-law, Linda (Charles) Freer of Pevely, Mo. Mr. Sauget was an engineer for the BNSF for 29 years. He also worked as a laborer through Local 100 in East St. Louis. Stephen was the owner/operator of Full Moon Saloon in Caseyville for more than 20 years. Visitation and funeral were at Kassly Mortuary in Fairview Heights with Rev. Doug Stewart officiating. Mr. Sauget was buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children or to the Minds Eye at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

Marylou Snider, nee Elmore, 89, of Sun City, Calif., formerly of Columbia, died May 16, 2016 in Riverside, Calif. She was born March 21, 1927 in Collinsville, the daughter of the late William and Elvera (nee Weiler) Elmore. She lived in Collinsville in her childhood. Marylou married Francis Leroy Snider Jr. in 1950 and they moved to Columbia. Francis died in 2012. Mrs. Snider is survived by her children, Kay Lynn (Norman) Jones, Kathy Lou (William) Woodcock and Francis "Butch" Leroy (Coleen) Snider III; daughter-in-law, Barbara Snider; grandchildren, Christopher Craig (Nikki) Woodcock, Francis Leroy (Kristin) Snider IV, Stephen Lee (Vicki) Woodcock, Dustin William (partner Eric Shafer) Snider, Timothy Brad (Rae Ann) Woodcock and Anna Lisa Marie (Frank) Mally; great-grandchildren, Lon, Zoe, Liam, Andrew and Adam Woodcock, Addison, Brooklyn and Francis "Frankie" Leroy Snider V and Sophia Marie Mally. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her great-granddaughter, Sadie Rae Woodcock. Marylou retired from Trans World Airlines in 1982 after 18 years of employment. She was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at the Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mrs. Snider was buried at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.   

 

March 2016

Wilma W. Linker, nee Luhr, 95, of Waterloo, died March 15, 2016, in St. Louis. She was born April 30, 1920, in rural Valmeyer, the daughter of the late William and Frieda (nee Schmidt) Luhr. Mr. Luhr is survived by her children, Rodney (Kathy) Linker, Floy (Charles) Pease, and Kristine (Thomas) Stork; grandchildren, Amanda (Michael) Esposito, Melissa (Eric) Lonn, Matthew (Sarah) Linker, Ben (Tia) Pease, Emily (Dan) McKenzie, Ethan Stork and Eliana Stork; and great-grandsons, Isaac Linker and Isaiah Lonn; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene W. Linker; and brothers, Eugene and Alois Luhr. Wilma attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, where she was a member of the Women's Guild and was a charter member of Bell Choir. Wilma was also a member of the Waterloo Quadrille Square Dance Club and the Monroe County Home Extension. She was longtime Girl Scout Leader, and enjoyed bicycling and playing cards. Visitation is Thursday, March 31, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, April 1, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mrs. Linker will be buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia.

Lawrence W. "Larry" Moore, 61, of Waterloo, died March 16, 2016, in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 1, 1954, in Middleton, Ohio. Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Karyn (nee Franks) Moore; a son, Stephen (Elaina) Moore; step-daughter, Brittany (Chris) Reilly; and granddaughters, Madeline and Anna Moore; along with the Lutz Family and many friends. He is preceded in death by his son, Larry Moore, Jr. Mr. Moore was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Prairie du Rocher American Legion. A celebration of life was at Hope Christian Church with Pastor Darrel Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

James L. Nagel, 70, of Chester, died March 21, 2016, in St. Louis. He was born July 27, 1945, in Red Bud, the son of the late Earl W. Nagel and the late Violet (nee Kunkel) Nagel nee Kunkel. Besides his father, Mr. Nagel is survived by his wife, Judy Kay (nee Bughman) Nagel; children, Rachelle Johnson, Dana Byasse, Tad (Nicole) Murphy and Neal (Trisha) Murphy; 10 grandchildren; siblings, Larry (Giovanna) Nagel, Connie (Bob) Esker, Cathy (Gary) Griffin and Vickie Nagel; and sisters-in-law, Paulette (Charlie) Larson and Janet (Steve) Matz; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother; and a son, Eric Allen Nagel. Mr. Nagel was a member of the Mississippi Valley Gun Club, NRA and the Eagles. He was confirmed at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Pastor Terry Grebing officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Hospital.

Charles T. Wiegreffe, 82, of Waterloo, died March 16, 2016, at Columbia Convalescent Center. He was born April 11, 1933, in East Saint Louis, the son of the late Charles and Velma (nee VanVliet) Wiegreffe, Sr. Mr. Wiegreffe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan M. (nee Meyer) Wiegreffe; a daughter, Barbara A. (Darryl) Gerstenecker of Columbia; grandchildren, Kara (fiancé Joe Schmid) Gerstenecker and Alyssa Gerstenecker; sister, Mildred "Tootie" (Bob) Mehring of Waterloo; and sister-in-law, Nancy Baldus of Belleville; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Milton and Dorothy (nee Germain) Meyer; and brother-in-law, Donald Baldus. Mr. Wiegreffe served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked in the automotive field until his retirement in 1998. Charles was a member of the St. Clair County Angler's Club. He enjoyed riding his scooter, canoeing, camping, baseball and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. Visitation and funeral were at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville with Rev. Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Dorothy L. Oexner, nee Loehr, 91, of Columbia, died March 20, 2016. She was born Feb. 9, 1925, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Emil and Imelda (nee Hoelscher) Loehr. Mrs. Oexner is survived by her husband, Kenneth Oexner; sons, Leon Oexner, Larry (Kim) Oexner and Marty (Deb) Oexner; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Myrtle Voss; and sister-in-law, Ethel Loehr; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Delores Mae Loehr and Ruth Frierdich; and brothers, Donald James Loehr and Leroy Loehr. Dorothy was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary and the Columbia Senior Citizens. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she was active in the Altar Society. Dorothy was a hospice volunteer as well as a hospice patient. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Oexner was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Jude's Hospital.

Robert Dean Squire, 91, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died March 18, 2016 at Brookdale Assisted Living. He was born Jan. 2, 1925, in Shoals, Ind., the son of the late Wesley and Kathryn (nee Austin) Squire. Mr. Squire is survived by his nieces, Kathy (Alan) Unger of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and Sharon Ferro of Indian Wells, Calif.; and great-nephews, Mason and Davis McDaniel and Bradley and Andrew Elkan. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ann Rehg and Glenda (Joseph) Parres; step-father, Clarence Jerome; nephew, Michael Parres; and a niece, Jeanine Rehg. Mr. Squire served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Robert was retired from the East St. Louis Post Office. He was a member of the Day Lilly Club at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Squire was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois or the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

Michael R. Grueninger, 58, of Belleville, formerly of Columbia, died March 23, 2016, at Barnes Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 23, 1957, in Red Bud, the son of Roy and Ethel (nee Peterson) Grueninger of Columbia. In addition to his parents, Mr. Grueninger is survived by his siblings, Mark Grueninger of Valmeyer, David (Tammy) Grueninger of Columbia, Daniel (Jennifer) Grueninger of Smithton, Eric Grueninger of Virginia and Chris (Nanette) Grueninger of Mooresville, N.C.; and aunts and uncles, Erwin (Nancy) Dugan of East Carondelet, Joyce Rose of Columbia, Thomas Grueninger of Columbia and Suzanne (Marvin) Smith of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mr. Grueninger had served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He was employed as a Learjet interior restoration upholsterer. He previously was a formal ballroom dance instructor, disc jockey, mail carrier, constructed sets for Broadway plays and college art teacher. Visitation is Saturday, April 2, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Foundation For Sarcoidosis Research.

Dorothy E. Sendelbeck, nee Jehling, 93, of Waterloo, died March 22, 2016, in Waterloo. She was born April 20, 1922, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Henry, Sr. and Cornelia (nee Stumpf) Jehling. Mrs. Sendelbeck is survived by her sisters-in-law, Verona Sendelbeck and Dorothy Jehling; and nieces, Donna Howard, Thomas (Diane) Sendelbeck, Wanda (Glenn) Schewe, Karen (Kent) Meister and Pam Jehling; along with great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul S. Sendelbeck; brother, Henry Jehling Jr.; sister-in-law, Dorothy Reh; and brothers-in-law, Leo J., Clarence and Jack Sendelbeck. Mrs. Sendelbeck attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. She was a retired bookkeeper for Sendelbeck Electric. Dorothy was a member of the Home and Community Extension and the Waterloo American Legion Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mrs. Sendelbeck was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Edwin A. Matzenbacher, 92, of Waterloo, died March 24, 2016, in St. Louis.He was born March 14, 1924, in Waterloo, the son of the late Adam and Ida (nee Goeddel) Matzenbacher. Mr. Matzenbacher is survived by his wife, Shannon (nee Martin) Matzenbacher; children, Arnold (Judy) Matzenbacher, Gail (Albert) Polk and Susan (Kurt) Mathews; grandchildren, Jeri Bergmann, Angela (Doug) Briggs, Erin Matzenbacher, Matt (Mindy) Blake, Teresa (Bruce) Terveer, Christopher Polk (friend Tami Setzer), Melissa (Kyle) Sensel, Sarah (Brian) Wild and Karla (Mike) Buettner; great-grandchildren, Brent and Alex Bergmann, Jessica Hunter, Jack, Josie and Julia Briggs, Scarlet Matzenbacher, Sarah and Emily Allen, Allie and Thomas Treveer, Kristen Polk, Cameron and Chase Polk, Cole and Dane Sensel, Griffin Wild and baby Buettner; and a sister-in-law, Mary (Henry) Ahne; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jill O. Matzenbacher; brothers, William (Viola) Matzenbacher, Oscar (Rose) Matzenbacher, Elmer (Luella) Matzenbacher and Walter (Ruth) Matzenbacher; a sister, Frieda (William) Grohmann; and a sister-in- law, Juanita Bagsby. Mr. Matzenbacher attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mr. Matzenbacher was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Leona V. Ziegler, nee Pieper, 95, of Foley, Ala., died March 21, 2016, in Robertsdale, Ala. She was born Feb. 17, 1921, in Valmeyer. Mrs. Ziegler is survived by her son, Wayne (Catherine) Wagner; grandchildren, Danny Wagner and Jennifer (Erik) Rose; great-grandchildren, Nicole, Summer, Tyler and Chevy Wagner, and Makala and Kali Rose. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Ziegler; sisters, Marcella "Sally" Heusohn and Linda Matzenbacher; and brothers, Roland and Libert Pieper. Graveside service was at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Myrna Elaine Schiemer, nee Van Pelt, 81 of Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly of Columbia died March 24, 2016 . She was born Nov 3, 1934, in East Carondelet, the daughter of the late Lester and Louise Van Pelt. Mrs. Schiemer is survived by her husband, Robert Schiemer; a daughter, Lynn (Andy) Reeves; a son Joseph (Margaret) Bina; grandchildren, Molly Bina, Katie Aukerman, Lisa (Eric) Beard and Matt (Jessica ) Aukerman; and sisters, Wilda “Midge” Vanover of East Carondelet and Velma Crabtree of Belleville. Myrna graduated from Dupo High School, earned her Associate Degree in Registered Nursing from Belleville Area College and later earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Nursing from St. Francis College in Joliet. She worked as an operating room nurse and served as the head nurse for the open heart surgery program at Southwest Regional Medical Center, retiring in the late 1990s. Mrs. Schiemer enjoyed shopping, cruising, cooking, sewing and spending time with family. No service was planned. Memorials may be made to Tidewell Hospice. Arrangements were handled by by Larry Taylor Funeral.

Florine Mathilda Doerr, nee Germann, 93, of East Carondelet, died March 25, 2016 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 28, 1922 in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Otto and Ida (nee Miller) Germann. Mrs. Doerr is survived by her sons, Earl (Eileen) Doerr, Marvin (Judy) Doerr and Darrell (Debbie) Doerr; grandchildren, Daniel (Tina) Doerr, Jodi (Kevin) Stumpf, Jamie (Chris) Wyse, Kevin (Andrea) Doerr, Darren (Jessica) Doerr and Kimberly (Justin) Doerr; great-grandchildren, Cody Funk, Elizabeth Doerr, Ava and Emma Stumpf, Alex Wyse, Brylee Doerr, Payne Doerr, Jacob Doerr, Caleb Doerr, Micah Doerr, Brendan Gibson and Harper Gibson; and sister-in-law: Dorothy Germann. She was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin Doerr; brothers, Howard, Elmer and Lester Germann; and a sister, Fern Germann. Florine was a homemaker. She attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt, where she was active in the Zion Women’s Fellowship, Quilters and Wednesday Kloepper Club. Visitation and funeral were at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with the Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Doerr was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical Church Roof Fund. Leesman Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Virginia C. Kunkel, 93, of Waterloo, died March 14, 2016, in Red Bud. She was born June 15, 1922, in Tipton, the daughter of the late Joseph and Johanna (nee Dugan) Brauch. Mrs. Kunkel is survived by her children, Patricia Dunn, Betty Rick, Robert "Butch" Kunkel and Donna Erbs; grandchildren, Renee (Jim) Knoke, Lori (Jim) Kettenbrink, Holly (Gene Peterson) Rick, Steve (Debbie) Dunn, Mike (Tammy Powell) Dunn, Kerry (Lon) Broske, Natalie Erbs M.D., and Jack Erbs; and great-grandchildren, Patrick, Emma, Alec, Spencer, Samuel, Abby, Elsa, Sophie, Addie, Thomas and Allyse; along with sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. Kunkel; sons-in-law, Herb Rick and Paul Dunn; brother, Leo Brauch; and sister, Mary Gillam. Virginia was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation is at the Quernheim Funeral home on Friday, March 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral is Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Osang idagbo officiating. Mrs. Kunkel will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the SPPS Campus Project, Gibault Catholic High School or Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Rosetta Muriel Thomas, nee Timmons, 77, of Waterloo died March 13, 2016 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born June 22, 1938, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Lester and Virginia (nee Jones) Timmons. Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband, Clarence L. Thomas, to whom she was married March 4, 1983, in Belleville; a son, Floyd Gamblin, Jr.; daughter, Tammy Gamblin; grandchildren, Ted (Karen) Timmons, Gilbert, Cindy and Rose Marie Castro; and a brother, Robert (Debbie) Timmons. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Castro; brothers, Ralph (in infancy), Lester Glen and William Timmons; and sister, Glenda Timmons Pretto. Mrs. Thomas was a member of the Salvation Army Church in Belleville. Rosetta received an Associate of Applied Science Degree in word processing and computer information systems from Belleville Area College. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. Burial was at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Family of Rosetta Thomas.

Edward J. Kane, 82, of Waterloo, died March 1, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born May 20, 1933, in Pittsburg, Pa., the son of the late Edward Joseph and Eleanore Gertrude (nee Hoskins) McGrael. Mr. Kane is survived by his wife, Darlene (nee Gierman) Kane; children, Lisa Renee (Ted) Trafelet and Edward J. (Rebecca) Kane, Jr.; a granddaughter, Samantha; step-children, Diane (Daniel) Majka, Cindy (Jim) Lichtenauer and Ed (Lynn) Williamson; and step-grandchildren, Emily and Ryan Williamson, Jake and John Majka, and Aimee and Joe Lichtenauer. He was preceded in death by his brother, Greg Kane; and a sister. Mr. Kane served in the U.S. Air Force as an interceptor pilot and base adjutant. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from St. Louis University, he was employed for 30 years at McDonnell-Douglas. Edward’s duties included working on the Gemini project, as well as many aircraft still in use today. Family and flying were his greatest joys. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Kane was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Roy Mehrmann, 93, of Valmeyer, died March 2, 2016, in St. Louis. He was born June 21, 1922, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Daniel and Marie (nee Garber) Mehrmann. Mr. Mehrmann is survived by his brother, Donald (Shirley) Mehrmann; and sisters, Pat (Art) Ford and Betty (Glenn) Foster; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey (nee Maas) Mehrmann; sisters, Margaret Mohr, Goldie Dascher, Pearl Jahr, Lucille Heusohn, Esther Fisher and Audrey Pape; and a brother, Jack Mehrmann. Mr. Mehrmann was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion and the Valmeyer Senior Citizens. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Mehrmann will be buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Lois Mae Mudd, nee Rosenbach, 86, of Waterloo, died March 3, 2016, in Waterloo. She was born March 21, 1929, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Karl and Martha (nee Huetteman) Rosenbach. Mrs. Mudd is survived by her daughters, Gail Anne Arnold, Kathleen Sue (Richard) Burroughs and Laurie Lea (Richard) vanBuren; grandsons James (Leanne) Arnold, Matthew (Elisha) Arnold, Kyle (Kasi) Burroughs and Jonathon van Buren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ken (Joyce) Rosenbach. She was preceded in death by her two husbands; and a brother, Karl Rosenbach, Jr. Lois was a very independent woman. She could do everything from carpentry to crochet. She was an excellent seamstress, cook and gardener. When Lois worked in downtown St. Louis, she watched the last piece of the Gateway Arch installed. Lois volunteered at Morrison Talbott Library for more than 30 years. Memorial visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Clarence Louis Sendelbeck, 91, of Waterloo, died March 5, 2016, at his residence with his family by his side. He was born Feb. 6, 1925, in Waterloo, the son of the late Leo and Anna (nee Amend) Sendelbeck. Mr. Sendelbeck is survived by his wife, Verona (nee Lerch) Sendelbeck; a son, Thomas C. (Diane) Sendelbeck; a daughter, Karen S. (Kent) Meister; grandchildren, Kelly and Lauren Sendelbeck, Kate (Tanner) Springer and Eric Meister; and great-grandchildren, Deacon, Ryker and Caylum Springer; along with sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Reh; and brothers, Leo J., Paul and Jack Sendelbeck; along with sister-in- law and brothers-in-law. Mr. Sendelbeck served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a retired electrician. Clarence was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, the Columbia RC Flying Club and Academy of Model Aeronautics. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home . Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Don Blaes officiating. Mr. Sendelbeck was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to his church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Glen Bud Ottoson, 89, of Waterloo, died March 5, 2016, in Belleville. He was born Sept. 25, 1926, in Lancaster, Calif., the son of the late Andrew and Harriet (nee Fredeen) Ottoson. Mr. Ottoson is survived by his wife, Winnetta (nee Koedyker) Ottoson; children, Mark (Sandra) Ottoson and Marilyn (Stephen) Snezek; grandchildren, Gwyn Snezek, Remy Snezek, Andrew Ottoson, Ashley Ottoson, Jerry Snezek and Rex Snezek; and a sister, Abbie Thompson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters. Mr. Ottoson attended First Baptist Church of Waterloo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at the First Baptist Church of Waterloo with Pastor Steve Neill officiating . Mr. Ottoson was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Terry G. Holcomb, Sr., 64, of Renault, died March 6, 2016, in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 14, 1951, in Red Bud, the son of the late Harry, Sr. and Selma (nee Kempfer) Holcomb. Mr. Holcomb is survived by his wife, Donna (nee Miller) Holcomb (married in 1983); children, Terry (Laurie) Holcomb, Jr., Angela (Jim) Cissell, Nicole (Craig) Pelate, Shane (Leanna) Stechmesser and Brad (Chris) Stechmesser; grandchildren, Jarrett and Caleb Stryker, Courtney, Cori and Cody Cissell, Karli, Marquardt and Breanna Pelate, Olivia, Garrett and Gracie Stechmesser, and Nik and Christian Stechmesser; siblings, Laverne Hinrichs, Rosella Hosick, Jeannine (Tom) Belt and Brenda "Pete" (Dave) Dressel; mother-in- law, Marie Miller; brother-in-law, Ronnie (Brenda) Miller; preceded in death by father-in-law, Harold Miller; brothers, Harry Holcomb, Jr. and Loren Holcomb, Sr.; and brothers-in-law, Dale Hosick and Melvin "Mep" Hinrichs. Terry was a retired postal worker. He was a member of the Monroe County Democratic Club, where he had served as a precinct committeeman. Terry enjoyed playing cards, hunting, camping and boating. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Rev. Dan Ostlund officiating. Mr. Holcomb was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Magnolia Terrace (Oak Hill).

Alice M. Nobbe, nee Rabbermann, 87, of Waterloo, died March 8, 2016, in Waterloo. She was born May 7, 1928, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late William H. and Elizabeth (nee Bicklein) Rabbermann. Mrs. Nobbe is survived by her children, Bonnie (Stanley) Marquardt and Dennis (Nancy) Nobbe; grandchildren, Scott (Nicole) Marquardt, Angela (Tim) Williams, Bill Nobbe and Matt Nobbe; and great-grandchildren, Jacob, Ryan and Evan Williams, and Josh, Rylee and Alli Marquardt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy P. Nobbe; sister, Adele Vogt; and brothers, Adolph, Clarence and Ervin Rabbermann. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mrs. Nobbe was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Lorine C. Horn, nee Nobbe, 92, of Waterloo died March 11, 2016 in Waterloo. She was born June 16, 1923 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Edward and Louise (nee Gentsch) Nobbe. Mrs. Horn is survived by her children, Sharon (Robert) Osterhage and Don (Sandi) Horn; son-in-law, Don Smith; grandchildren, Kay (Gary) Brown, Terry (Sheila) Smith, Todd (Lucy) Osterhage, Angie (Billy) Onder, Joe (Cindy) Ivy and James Ivy; great-grandchildren, Jesse (Karien) Conyers, Christina Smith, Kelsey and Ashley Osterhage, and Will, Alexis and Tyler Onder; great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Esther (Vernon) Brandt; and a cousin, Bernell Konradi; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter C. Horn (1999); a daughter, Janet Smith (2014); brothers, Wilbert and Vernon Nobbe; and a sister, Dorothy Hume. Mrs. Horn was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid and a volunteer for many church activities. She was the owner of L & W Children’s Shop. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Horn was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

February 2016

Eileen M. Wagner, nee Strautz, 78, of Hecker, died Feb. 24, 2016, in Red Bud. She was born Oct. 22, 1937, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Charles Peter and Ida K. (nee Thomure) Strautz. Mrs. Wagner is survived by her husband, Melvin A. Wagner; children, Fred Wagner, Charles (Rita) Wagner, Alan (Barb) Wagner and Patricia (Dennis) Karban; grandchildren, Terra (Gary) Gabelman, Nicole (Jeff) Nolen, Cathy Ruhmann, Lisa Smith, Donald (Amanda) Wagner, Charles Peter Wagner, Victoria Karban, Michael (Sarah) Karban, Kaylin Karban, Allison Wagner and Andrew Wagner; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Dylan Gabelman, Jacob and Kora Nolen, Davin Ruhmann, William and Albert Smith, Alexis and Nataleigh Wagner, and Anne and Oliver Karban; a sister, Rose Mary Kehrer; and sister-in-law, Bernice Thompson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her sister, Theresa Margaret Hentzel; a brother; and two sisters in infancy. Mrs. Wagner attended St. Augustine Catholic Church of Hecker, where she was involved in the Altar Sodality. She was a member of the Hecker Community Center. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mrs. Wagner was buried at the Hecker City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Ivan M. Doyle, 89, of Columbia died Feb. 14, 2016 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. He was born April 3, 1926 in Vienna, Mo., the son of the late Edward and Martha (nee Breden) Doyle. Ivan married Mickey (nee Gillispie) Doyle in 1947 in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Doyle is survived by his children, Carolyn (Jim) Summers of Maryland Heights, Mo., Bruce (Susan) Doyle of Columbia, Tammy (Mark) Kohlenberger of Columbia; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis M. Doyle; sisters, Sylvia Haynes, Ann Spangler and Ellen Doyle; and brothers, Willard, Ernie, Paul and Joseph Wayne Doyle. After working on the railroad, Mr. Doyle established and operated the State Farm Insurance Agency in Cahokia. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. Mr. Doyle served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 12 of Vienna and Columbia American Legion Post 581. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A memorial service was at Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia with Pastor Allyn Walker and Pastor Michael Summers officiating. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Bethany United Methodist Church or Songs 4 Soldiers.

Patricia G. Henson, nee Schenk, 77, of Maeystown, died Feb. 9, 2016, in St. Louis. She was born Nov. 25, 1938, in Flora, the daughter of the late Frank and Eileen (nee Snyder) Schenk. Mrs. Henson is survived by her husband of 60 years, Larry Henson; children Vicki (Steve) Frank, DeAnn Pate, Terri Henson (Tina Cherpes) and Jill Crouch; grandchildren Garrett (Lindsey) Frank, Katie (Andrew) Norris and Jacob Frank, Andrea Fry (fiancé John Osborn) and Londyn Lockhart, Ayla, Paige and Jayda Henson and Ashlyn Crouch; great-grandchildren, Ava, Will and Lucas Frank and Tre' and Sophie Fry; and nephews, Michael and Mitchell Ray. She was preceded in death by her son, Jay W. Henson; a sister, Peggy Ray; and nephew, Matthew Ray. Pat was dedicated to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved telling stories, singing songs and nursery rhymes. Pat enjoyed reading, playing tennis, cooking and baking for her family and friends. She enjoyed participating in the USTA and the Illinois Senior Olympics, loved animals and was a charitable person. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Henson was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to de Greeff Hospice House.

Norma J. Schneider, nee Weatherford, 85, of Columbia, died Feb. 19, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Jan. 8, 1931, in Murphysboro, the daughter of the late John S. and Minnie (nee White) Weatherford. Mrs. Schneider is survived by her son, Jack “Jay” (Debby) Riddle, Jr. of Columbia; a daughter, Karen (Greg) Grueninger of Columbia; step-daughter, Carlene Cortner of Red Bud; grandchildren, Joshua Riddle and Alison Riddle; and a sister, Patsy (Gerald) Wittenbrink of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack A. Riddle, Sr. (1998); second husband, Carlyle A. Schneider (2010); sisters, Marjorie Sherwood and Eleanor Rainey; and brothers, Billy and John Weatherford. Mrs. Schneider worked at Columbia Dairy Queen and Westpark Bowl, where she had been the manager for many years. She had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star - Rob Morris Chapter 98 in Fairview Heights. Private graveside services were at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Millstadt VFW Post 7980.

Craig M. Range, 42, of Waterloo, died Feb. 19, 2016, in rural Red Bud. He was born Dec. 3, 1973, in Red Bud, the son of Linda Range and the late Bruce A. Range. In addition to his mother, Mr. Range is survived by his wife, Aimee (nee Mueth) Range; children, Sam, Jack, Ella and Lucy Range; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dale and Judy Mueth; siblings, Rick (Chrisy) Range and Jennifer (Marc) Hoffman; grandfather, Gilbert (Judy) Litteken; godparents, Mark (Karen) Range and Beth (Dan) McConnell; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sarah (Eric) Beck, Nic (Sarah) Mueth and Josh (Nicole) Mueth; along with aunts and uncles. Besides his father, he is preceded in death his paternal grandparents, Virgil and Norma Range; and maternal grandmother, Betty Litteken. Mr. Range attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was a member of the Holy Name Society. Craig was employed by IDOT. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Range was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be married to the Range Memorial Family Trust, c/o First National Bank of Waterloo.

Rose Bernadette Huber, (nee Reichart) 71, of Westphalia, Mo., formerly of Hecker, died, Feb. 6, 2016, at the University Hospital in Columbia, Mo., with her family at her side. She was born April 20, 1944, in Jefferson City, Mo., the daughter of the late Joseph B. and Hedwig C. (nee Lueckenhoff) Reichart. Rose was a 1962 graduate of St. Francis Academy in Nevada, Mo. She married James Huber in 1968 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Huber is survived by her children, Julie Huber of Westphalia, Ron Huber of Westphalia and John (Lori) Huber of St. Elizabeth; grandchildren, Attila, Chayla and Brienna Huber; and siblings, Connie Reichart, Jim Reichart, Babs Reichart and Frank (Pat) Reichart. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Karen Reichart (1960) and Susan Reichart (2015); and a brother, Joseph Reichart Jr. (2012). Mrs. Huber was employed for more than 34 years as a claims technician at the Missouri Employment Security. She retired in 2001. Rose was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia and the Western Catholic Union. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, and her four legged friend, Jersey. Mrs. Huber believed in her Guardian Angel, especially while her children were growing up. She loved to travel, crochet and listen to Southern Gospel Music, especially the Booth Brothers. Visitation was at Hilke-Millard Funeral Home in Westphalia. Funeral was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia, Mo.,with Fr. Mark Smith officiating. Mrs. Huber was buried at the church cemetery.

Curtis H. Mosbacher, 87, of rural Prairie du Rocher, died Feb. 5, 2016, in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Fults, the son of the late George and Lavina (nee Hess) Mosbacher. Mr. Mosbacher is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (Bergmann) Mosbacher; children, Steven (Doris) Mosbacher, Rita Biffar, Lucille (Scott) Neudeck and Dennis (Debbie) Mosbacher; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Adam M. Mosbacher; son-in-law, Michael Biffar; and brothers. Eugene (Virginia) Mosbacher and Preston (Helen) Mosbacher. Mr. Mosbacher was a lifetime Monroe County farmer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Curtis was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, Renault American Legion and a former attended of the now dissolved St. John UCC in Fults. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at the Fults Church with Pastor Glenn Davis officiating. Mr. Mosbacher was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to the St. John Cemetery in Fults, the Monroe County 4H Foundation Scholarship Fund or the Farm Bureau Scholarship.

Robert D. “Rob” Heberer II, 58, of Cuba, Mo., formerly of Mascoutah and Waterloo, died Feb. 2, 2016, at his residence. He was born Apr. 4, 1957, in St. Charles, Mo., the son of Robert and Janet (nee Bayles) Heberer of Freeburg. In addition to his parents, Mr. Heberer is survived by his siblings, Kathi (Ed) Weilbacher of Waterloo, Jim (Mary) Heberer of Millstadt and Julie Heberer of Okawville; nephew, John Weilbacher; niece, Rosie (Robert) Betz; aunt and uncle, Mary (Norman) Richter of Trenton; and his dog, Kramer; along with many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Lillian (nee Wittlich) Heberer and Clarence and Marion (nee Harrison) Bayles; a brother-in-law, Dennis Graul; an aunt, Joni (Heberer) Riley; and an uncle, James Bayles. Mr. Heberer graduated from Mascoutah High School (Class of 1975), and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University. He was a devout Christian and had studied at Eden Seminary. Rob and his brother Jim ran the family business, Heberer Farm Equipment, managing locations in Mascoutah, Waterloo, Jerseyville and Shipman. He later joined Erb Equipment in Cuba, Mo., as a sales representative, a position he held for 15 years. Mr. Heberer was a Sitting Elder for First Presbyterian Church in Rolla, Mo., formerly served on St. Paul UCC Consistory in Waterloo and the board of directors for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias in Mascoutah. Rob had the gift of gab who loved to joke around. Those traits helped him be a good salesman and minister. He enjoyed playing euchre card game and evoked the tripod with his teammates when playing six-handed and the 360 slam-dunk when setting his opponents. Visitation was at Moll Funeral Home in Mascoutah. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Mascoutah with the Rev. Hugh Fitz officiating. Mr. Heberer was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Rolla, St. Paul UCC of Waterloo, St. John UCC of Mascoutah or the National Foundation For Ectodermal Dysplasias.

Paul A. Wallhaus, 91, of Columbia, died Feb. 2, 2016, in Columbia. He was born July 13, 1924, in St. Louis, the son of the late Arthur and Esther (nee Jobb) Wallhaus. Mr. Wallhaus is survived by his wife, Jeanne (nee Masters) Wallhaus; children, Ann (Brad) Marino, Jay (Toni) Wallhaus and Gina (Brent) Harting; grandchildren, Dominick (Yvone Stewart), Alex Marino and Angelina Marino; and a great-grandson, John Caillouet. Paul was a member of St. Paul UCC in Columbia, Millstadt VFW, former member of the Masonic Lodge, the Waterloo Country Club, an avid Cardinals fan and a U.S. Army veteran. He graduated from the University of Illinois and retired from Storz Instrument Company. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Wallhaus will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

January 2016

Melanie Diane Guerra, nee Hunsaker, 34, of Waterloo, formerly of Elkville, died Jan. 31, 2016, at Red Bud Regional Hospital following an automobile accident. She was born Feb. 26, 1981, in Portsmouth, Va., the daughter of Gary and Glenda (nee Martie) Hunsaker of Elkville. Melanie married Robert W. Guerra in 2003 in Bremerton, Wash. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Guerra is survived by her children, Alexis Nicole Guerra, Auberon Lee Guerra, Asher Robert William Guerra and Aystin Jude Guerra; a brother, Christopher (Emily) Hunsacker of Carterville; maternal grandparents, Charles and Judy Martie of Dowell; mother-in-law, Norma Guerra of San Antonio, Tex.; and a brother-in-law, Brian Guerra. She was preceded in death by a sister, Kathy Hunsacker; her paternal grandparents; and father-in-law, Robert Guerra. Mrs. Guerra joined the U.S. Navy in 2001. She attended Elkville First Baptist Church and was employed as a barista at Starbucks. Visitation was at Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin. Funeral was at the Elkville Christian Church with Brother Jerry Aken and Rev. Scott Slone officiating. Mrs. Guerra was buried with military rites at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

Clifford J. Gremp, 89, of Richmond, Ky., formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 31, 2016, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Richmond following a brief illness. Mr. Gremp was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Red Bud, the son of the late Oscar W. and Sarah M. (nee Rapp) Gremp. Mr. Gremp is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy (nee Meyer) Gremp; his son, Brian (Michelle) Gremp of Richmond; grandchildren, Alexander, Adam and Aaron Gremp of St. Louis, and Austin Gremp of Marina del Rey, Calif.; and a sister, Eva Mae Ratz of Red Bud; along with nieces and nephews. Mr. Gremp attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo and St. Mark Catholic Church in Richmond. Funeral isSaturday, March 12, at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Maintenance Projects Campaign.

Joseph Baillargeon, 82, of Fairview Heights, died Jan. 29, 2016 at his home. He was born March 28, 1933 in Boston, Mass., the son of the late Louis and Yvonne (nee Leduc) Baillargeon. Mr. Baillargeon is survived by his companion, Pam Vollmer; children, Joseph (Marilyn) Baillargeon Jr., John (Leslie) Baillargeon, Paul (the late Judith) Baillargeon of Millstadt, Marie Baillargeon of Napa Valley, Calif., and Rose Ann Ferry of Farmersville; a sister, Teresa; a brother, Armand; and special friend, Danny Zimmerman, who thought of Joe as a grandfather; along with nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Peter Baillargeon; his former wife, Sukcha “Kim” Baillargeon; and a brother, Roland Baillargeon. Mr. Baillargeon served three years as an Army paratrooper during the Korean War. After transferring to the Air Force, he served in the Vietnam War for three tours - totaling 17 months. Joseph was in the communications career field as a cryptographer. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked at Peerless Enamel in Belleville. He was also employed at Kettler Castings and CORE Files, both in Belleville. Joseph was a life member of the VFW, holding multiple positions, including commander and POW/MIA chairman in the Fairview Heights Post 8677, before transferring membership to VFW Post 805 in O’Fallon. Mr. Baillargeon was also a founding member of Korean War Veterans Imjin Chapter. Additionally, he served his community in American Legion Post 2007, Moose Lodge 1221, Order of the Elks Lodge 664 and participated in 798 AC & W Radar Squadron Reunion Group of Belleville. He belonged to Local 182-B G.M.P. and Allied Workers. Joe was a proud and true patriot who showed strong support to our military and veterans. He was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan and names his four favorite baseball players as Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Warren Spahn and Roberto Clemente. Joe was formerly the head coach of Belleville Boxing Club. Visitation and memorial service were at the Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O’Fallon with the Rev. Christy Eckert officiating. Burial with military honors was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to S.A.V.E.

Sue W. Nicholson, 89, of Waterloo died Jan. 30, 2016 in Waterloo. She was born March 12, 1926 in Fulton County, Ky. Mrs. Nicholson is survived by her children, David L. Nicholson and Daniel Steven Nicholson; grandchildren, Dr. Sarah (Dr. Jesse) Lam and Matthew Ryan (Naomi) Nicholson; and great-grandchildren, Makaya and Pavati Lam and Olivia and George Nicholson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Edwin Nicholson. Mrs. Nicholson attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo and was a former employee of Harrisonville Telephone Co. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Burial was a Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Patricia Ann Swanner, 64, of Waterloo died Jan. 31, 2016 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born March 12, 1951 in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of the late Elmer and Helen (nee Hunt) Moore. Mrs. Swanner is survived by a daughter, Kim (Daniel) Fromme of Waterloo; a son, Bryan (Ann) Woehl of St. Louis; grandchildren, Taisha Furlow, Elissa Fromme, Clayton Woehl and Anthony Woehl; great-grandchild, Kenlei Cobb; nephew, Timothy Moore; and a niece, Norma Anglen. She was preceded in death by a brother, Nicholas Moore; and sisters, Carol Parrish and Connie Williams. Patricia worked for Jobs Corps of Texas. She lived a Christian life and enjoyed travel and adventure. Her grandchildren were her joy. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Roger Reid officiating. Burial was at Green Lawn Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis.

Margaret Maude “Peggy” Schmidt, nee Chambers, 86, of Saddlebrooke, Ariz., formerly of Belleville, died Jan. 27, 2016 after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma cancer. She was born Nov. 20, 1929 in Iola, Kan., the daughter of the late Alice Louise and Adelbert Royal Chambers. Peggy married John F. Schmidt in 1950. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Schmidt is survived by a daughter, Susie (Stan) Hilkemeyer of Tucson, Ariz.; a son, Tom (Jenny) Schmidt of Columbia; grandchildren, Scott and Tim Hilkemeyer of Tucson; Emily (Andrew) Reuschel of Carbondale, and Daniel Schmidt of Perth, Australia; great-granddaughter, Stephanie Hilkemeyer; step-grand family, Kelly, Scott, Summer and Jackson Taylor of Newport Beach, Calif. She was preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Wrightsman; and a son in infancy, John F. Schmidt Jr. Peggy received her Associate of Arts Degree from Monticello College in 1949 and attended Kansas University where she pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma in 1949. She received her Masters of Fine Arts Degree from McKendree College in 1975. Mrs. Schmidt and her husband lived in Evanston and then Belleville moving to Arizona in 1998. She was active in the Evanston Art Center and garden club. She was a volunteer at the Shelter Shop in Belleville and the Golden Goose in Catalina, Ariz. Mrs. Schmidt enjoyed her retirement in the Sonoran Desert and watching the mountains turn pink. She enjoyed daily swims, reading and immersing herself in the field of art. She was known for her artwork (including her Watch Dogs) as well as the eclectic collection of art she and her husband enjoyed. A private memorial service was planned for a later date.

Pauline F. Jablonski, nee Maliszewski, 90, of Columbia, formerly of Fairmont City, died Jan. 20, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 20, 1925 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Bernard Sr. and Mary (nee Marks) Maliszewski. Mrs. Jablonski is survived by her children, Jeanne (Michael) Kish of Columbia, John Jablonski of St. Louis, Nancy (Richard) Ballew of Granite City and Timothy (Sheri) Jablonski of Glen Carbon; grandchildren, Amy (Tim) Meyer, Andrea (Todd) Biske, Kristi (Mike) Stuart, Eric (Beth) Jablonski, Christopher (Ally) Jablonski, Nicholas Jablonski, Kara (Steve) Mathes, Ryan (Jayne) Ballew, Jeremy Jablonski and Brendan Jablonski; great-grandchildren, Mitch and Abbie Meyer, Elena, Spencer and Maria Biske, Shawn and Joey Stuart, Henry and Lily Mathes, Phoebe and Rory Ballew and Jakob Jablonski; brothers, Bernard Maliszewski of Fairmont City and Steve (Marianne) Maliszewski of Fairmont City; a sister, Dorothy Gravoits of Belleville; and brother-in-law, Hilary Jablonski of Glen Carbon; along with nieces, nephews and friends from Fairmont City and The Garden Place in Columbia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph F. Jablonski, Jr.; a brother, Frank Maliszewski; brothers-in-law, Henry Jablonski, Leonard Jablonski, Jerome Jablonski, Bob Roberts, Joe Ruder and Ted Dobkowski; sisters-in-law, Frances Maliszewski, Regina Roberts, Florence Ruder and Mildred Dobkowski; and daughter-in-law, Judy Jablonski. Pauline was a homemaker. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Fairmont City. She was a former Holy Rosary Catholic Youth Organization moderator and member of the Altar Society. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Clyde Grogan officiating. Mrs. Jablonski was buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Kassly Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Holy Rosary Church in Fairmont City or the Immaculate Conception School Building Fund.

Brandy Nicole Contratto, 24, of New Athens, died Jan. 22, 2016 following a car accident in rural New Athens. She was born Oct. 26, 1991, in Red Bud, the daughter of Andy and Theresa (nee Nadler) Contratto of New Athens. Besides her parents, Miss Contratto is survived by her fiancé, Curtis Harms of Red Bud; a brother, Brandon Contratto of New Athens; aunts and uncles, Lanno Nerini, Griff Gresham, Mary (Brett) Harris, Patty (Steven) Davis, Barb Nadler and Mary (Dan) Neff, Beverly (Dave) Nadler, Cathy (Randy) Kunkelmann, Carol Nadler, Mike Nadler and Greg Nadler; special cousins, Alicia Hepp and Nicole Duquette; her fiancé's family, Clifford and Carol Harms, Cameron Harms, Christin Harms and Armin and Marlene Robert; and her dogs, Sadie Bell and Zuppke; along with cousins, friends and her Bull Pen family. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Tazo and Dorothy Contratto and Fred and Verna Nadler, Sr.; uncles, Fred Nadler Jr. and Joe Nadler; and her fiancé's grandparents, Herbert and Leona Harms. Brandy was a waitress and bartender at the Bull Pen Bar and Grill in New Athens. She recently earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Brandy was enrolled at Lewis and Clark Community College where she was studying to be a dental hygienist. Miss Contratto enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and eating sushi. Visitation and funeral were at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Miss Contratto was buried at the church’s cemetery. Heil- Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens handled the arrangements.

Patsy A. Nelson, nee Christman, 78, of Ferguson, Mo., died Jan. 21, 2016, in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 7, 1937, in St. Louis. Mrs. Nelson is survived by her children, Bonnie (Jeff) McClanahan, Laura Koch and Rev. Patrick Poole; grandchildren, Josie, Lucian and Saffron McClanahan, Nicholas (Jenni), Joshua (Shannon) and Samuel House; Elliot Allen, Paige Allen, Gracie Allen and LilyAnne Poole; great-grandchildren, Zachary House and Finnegan House; and her brother, Robert Christman. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lela P. Cenatiempo; grandson, Zachary House; and a brother, Richard Christman. Visitation and funeral were at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Mrs. Nelson was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC of Maeystown Stained Glass Window Fund.

Cindy Neff, nee Voges, 59, of Waterloo, died Jan. 22, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born June 26, 1956, in San Bernardino, Calif., the daughter of the late Ruth Jealene Vickers and Virgil August Voges. Mrs. Neff is survived by her husband, Myron Neff; children, Raylene (David) Lindley, Jeff (Kristy) Neff, Ben (Mary) Neff and Matthew (Laura) Sebastian; grandchildren, Avry Sebastian, Colin Sebastian, Savannah Cowsert, Landon Cowsert, Milla Neff, Jackson Neff, Troy Neff and Drew Neff; and her siblings, Toni (Pete) Rozich, Cathy Meitner, Lisa Talley, Mike (Marsha) Voges, Karen Salger and Stanley (Carol) Wilcox. She was preceded in death by her special step-mother, Shirleen Voges. Cindy was member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation and funeral were at Hope Christian Church with Pastor Darrel Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Hope Church Food Pantry.

Pauline E. Julien, nee Everding, 91, of Columbia, died Jan. 25, 2016, at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born March 22, 1924, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Herman and Wilhelmina (nee Liefer) Everding. Mrs. Julien is survived by her step-daughter, Donna (Philip) Bohn of Columbia; step-grandson, Joseph (Lisa) Bohn of Teutopolis; a brother, Marvin (Pearl) Everding of Red Bud; and sisters-in-law, Melba Everding and Marie Everding, both of Red Bud; along with nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Hugh McKindley; second husband, Melvin "Sonny" Julien; brothers, Richard, Paul (twin) and Ray Everding; and sisters, Leona Hecke, Anita Hartman, Dorothy Rehmer and Erna Everding. Mrs. Julien attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, where she was active with the Ladies League. She was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Julien was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Columbia Rehab and Care Center Activities Fund.

Judith A. Nottmeier, 73, of Staunton, formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 26, 2016, at Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton. She was born May 26, 1942, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Henry “Chick” and Viola (nee Gentsch) Mentel. Miss Nottmeier is survived by a brother, Keith L. (LaVerne) Mentel of Osage Beach, Mo.; a niece, Lisa A. Mentel-Carpenter of Linn Creek, Mo.; a nephew, Michael K. (Melissa) Mentel of Eldon, Mo.; and a great-niece, Emma Grace Mentel of Eldon, Mo. Judith grew up in Waterloo, graduated from Waterloo High School and earned an undergraduate degree in education from SIU Carbondale. She taught at the Columbia Grade School until her retirement. She moved to Staunton after retirement where she was a babysitter and also worked for a short time at Steinmann Trucking. Judith enjoyed going to the movies and the companionship of her dog, Cookie. Judith attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel, and was a former member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Rev. Tony C. Troup, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Miss Nottmeier will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Daudeman Mortuary of Hamel is handling the arrangements.

Courtney N. Kish, 22, of Columbia, died Jan. 29, 2016 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born May 12, 1993, in St. Louis, the daughter of Kim (Jerry Karcher) Evans. Besides her mother, Courtney is survived by a daughter, Aria Pretto; a brother, Scott (Adrienne Hill) Kish; grandparents, Russel and Barbara Evans and Mary Neuman; and great-grandparents, Ernest and Ruby Evans. Courtney was a 2011 graduate of Columbia High School. Visitation and memorial service were at the Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia with the Rev. Roger Reid officiating.

George W. Dunlap, 65, of Waterloo, died Jan. 17, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born July 11, 1950, in Evansville, Ind. Mr. Dunlap is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary (nee Buchanan) Dunlap; children, Sarah (Joshua) Deutch and Emily Dunlap; grandchildren, Evelyn and Annalise Deutch; his father, George D. Dunlap; brother, Steven Dunlap; sister, Linda Cox; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dan and Carol Buchanan; along with brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Louise Faulkner; brother, John Dunlap; and his sister, Yvonne Gass. Mr. Dunlap was loving husband and father and a doting grandfather. He was retired from Painters Local Union 85. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mr. Dunlap was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

Thomas A. Pretto, 58, of Columbia, died Jan. 17, 2016 at Clinton Manor Living Center in New Baden. He was born Aug. 5, 1957, in Centreville, the son of the late Giosue and Anna (nee Aimerito) Pretto. Mr. Clinton is survived by his siblings, Martha (Glenn) Hoffmeister, Rose Anne Hasek, Richard Pretto, Gloria Sollee, Alice (Charles) Klein, Giosue (Jean) Pretto, Susan (James) Heller, William (Kaye) Pretto and Laurence Pretto; sister-in-law, Lisa Pretto; and brother-in- law, Lawrence Moallankamp; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sylvia Moallankamp; and brothers, John and Dennis Pretto. Mr. Pretto was a member of the Human Support Services of Monroe County, as well as Community Link in Breese. He will be missed by his dear friends at Clinton Manor Living Center. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Chris Reuter officiating. Mr. Pretto was buried at the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Clinton Manor Living Center or the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis.

Sylvester C. Biffar, 84, of Waterloo, died Jan. 18, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 25, 1931, in Waterloo, the son of the late George and Martha (nee Reinhardt) Biffar. Mr. Biffar is survived by his wife, Leona (nee Weber) Biffar; children, Jane (Dennis) Asselmeier, Judy (Richard) Heck, Alan (Rita) Biffar, John (Anne) Biffar and Rita Polka; daughter-in-law, Lisa Biffar; grandchildren, Christopher (Michele) Heck, Matthew (Jessica) Asselmeier, Joshua (Melanie) Biffar, Nicole Deaton, Kelly (David) Chomhirun, Andrew (Allison) Biffar, Dana Biffar, Anthony Polka, Amy Polka, Shane Biffar, Magdalen Biffar and Aaron Shields; and sister-in-law, JoAnn Biffar; along with great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and his loyal dogs, Rosie and Ace. He was preceded in death by his sons, Joseph and Leon Biffar; sisters, Loretta (Joseph) Schaefer, Priscilla (Armin) Vogt and one in infancy; and brothers, Lawrence (Arline) Biffar and Eugene Biffar. Mr. Biffar attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Biffar was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Robert Henry Mueller, 78, of Arnold, Mo., died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Mr. Mueller is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann (nee Arazan) Mueller; children, Raymond (Kimberly) Gummersheimer, Dale (Beth) Gummersheimer, Karen (David) Gotsch and Richard (Laurie) Mueller; a brother, Donald E. Mueller; and eight grandchildren. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Stray Rescue of St. Louis, the USO or the Independence Center.

John M. Shea, 66, of Waterloo, died Jan. 18, 2016, in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 26, 1949, in Red Bud, the son of the late Harry J. and Lillian F. (nee Drury) Shea. Mr. Shea is survived by his siblings, Pat (Bill) Reinbold, Jane Shea and Mark (Karen) Shea; along with nieces and nephews. Private services were held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Paul J. Koblitz, 91, of Columbia, died Jan. 2, 2016 at Parkway Manor in Marion. He was born May 10, 1924, in Collinsville, the son of the late Paul I. and Alma (nee Leight) Koblitz. Paul married Dolores (nee Marlen) Koblitz in 1949 in Dupo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Koblitz is survived by daughter, Cheryl (Earl) Heberer of Marion; granddaughter, Brynn Meaghan Heberer; and a brother, Udell Koblitz of Dupo. He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Koblitz. Mr. Koblitz served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired educator from O'Fallon Township High School. Paul attended First Baptist Church in Dupo. Visitation and funeral were at First Baptist Church in Dupo with Pastor Roger Reid officiating. Mr. Koblitz was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Robert W. Rippelmeyer, 89, of Waterloo, died Jan. 9, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born June 23, 1926, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Raymond F. and Selma (nee Pape) Rippelmeyer. Mr. Rippelmeyer is survived by his wife, Doris Mary (nee Niebruegge) Rippelmeyer; children, Lynn Rippelmeyer, Kay (David) Rippelmeyer-Tippy, Marla (Wayne) Blackstone and Ken (Deborah) Rippelmeyer; a sister, Margaret (Herman) Louer; brother, Ray Rippelmeyer; grandchildren, Eve Tucker, Whitney Tucker, Lucas Richardson, Scott Richardson, Elsa Tippy and Mason Tippy; nieces and nephews, Craig Louer, Connie Albert, Terre Schulmeister, Tammi Pieper, Lori Rippelmeyer and Brad Rippelmeyer; and many great-nieces and great-nephews, including Michelle (Michael) Harvey and Michael (Jody) Rippelmeyer. He was preceded in death by his brother, Russell (Helen) Rippelmeyer; sister-in-law, Glenda Rippelmeyer; and nephew, Marvin Rippelmeyer. Mr. Rippelmeyer was a lifelong farmer in rural Valmeyer. Throughout his life, Bob was dedicated to serving the county, including leadership roles in numerous organizations. Bob is notably remembered for being the chairman of the county board for 10 years, including spearheading the countywide effort to battle the Flood of ’93 and its aftermath. As a commissioner, he was also involved in the building of the new Oak Hill Nursing Home, the courthouse renovations and dealing with the rural Maeystown tornado. Mr. Rippelmeyer was also involved with the St. John UCC consistory, Monroe Service board, Monroe County Electric Co-op (REA), Illinois Rural Co-Ops, National REA board, Kaskaskia Port Authority, Waterloo Masonic Lodge, Monroe County Fair Association, Waterloo Rotary Club, Farmer’s State Bank, Monroe County Farm Bureau, Lincoln Farm Bureau Management Teams and the Monroe County Pork Producers. Bob was also a tax consultant and estimated he completed more than 10,000 returns for his clients and those of area farmers. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A celebration of life will follow. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation or Oak Hill Nursing Home.

Albert E. "Gene" Mroz, 81, of Waterloo, died Jan. 4, 2016, in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 21, 1934, in E. St. Louis, the son of the late John Mroz Sr. and Evelyn (nee Hunt) Mroz. Mr. Mroz is survived by his children, Lisa Stewart and Lori Mroz; grandson Bradley (Kim) Stewart; and great-grand children, Harper Stewart and Presley Stewart; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth (nee Cherry) Mroz; a son, Lon P. Mroz; and brothers, Dr. Joseph H. Mroz and John Mroz Jr. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Charles D. Johnson, 80, of Waterloo, died Jan. 5, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 17, 1935, in McCoupin County, the son of the late Zeph and Anita (nee Coffee) Johnson. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Veranna "Toots" (nee Bequette) Johnson; children Cheryl Hebel, Barbara (Robert) O'Donnell, Terry (John) Ratcliff, James (Sue) Johnson and Chuck Johnson; grandchildren Amber (Aaron) Dillard, Tifani (Shawn) Beshears, Samantha and Erin Johnson, Alex, Lauren and Doug Ratcliff, Thomas, Kristen and Jennifer O'Donnell and Charles Massie; great-grandchildren Seth, Maggie, Frankie and Amanda “A.J.” Dillard, Chloey Hebel and Ella and Nathan Beshears; and siblings Dean (Irene) Johnson, Pat Morton and Judy (Bob) Chilcutt. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Johnson; and grandsons Christopher S. Hebel Jr. and Johnny Ratcliff. Mr. Johnson worked for 35 years at Anheuser Busch, raced stock cars for more than 30 years and Chargin’ Charlie was a lifetime member of Allied Auto Racing Association. Charlie loved traveling, motorcycle riding and attending NASCAR races. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mr. Johnson was buried at St. Patrick Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Ida Mae Goldsmith, 85, of Waterloo died Jan. 6, 2016 at St. Anthony’s de Greef Hospice House in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 24, 1930 in Walnut, N.C., the daughter of the late Earnest and Juanita (nee Rector) Payne. Ida married James Goldsmith in 1946 in Walnut. He died in 2010. Mrs. Goldsmith is survived by her children, Robert (Betty) Goldsmith of Waterloo, Janet Mooney of Renault, James Goldsmith of Waterloo, Randy (Debbie) Goldsmith of Waterloo, Joyce (Arlen) Koch of Ruma and Sabrina (Mark) Archambault of Eureka, Mo.; along with 10 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by HER daughters, Mary Beth and Joann. Mrs. Goldsmith was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic Church. A private graveside service was held. Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud had the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s de Greef Hospice.

Daisy Virginia Middleton, 76, of Valmeyer, died Jan. 7, 2016. She was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Parma, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles W. and Minnie R. Zetta Ann (nee Martin) Truell. Daisy married Ralph C. Middleton in 1958 in St. James, Mo. He died in 1981. Mrs. Middleton is survived by her children, Sherry (Marty) Kohlenberger of Arnold, Mo., and Roger (Sheila) Middleton of Valmeyer; grandchildren, Derrick Kohlenberger, Marty C. Kohlenberger and Clayton Middleton; and sisters, Jewel Lawrence of Potosi, Mo., and Betty (Darel) Roberts of Cape Girardeau, Mo. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Mildred (John) Kozlowski, James (Mac) Truell and Imogene Finney. Mrs. Middleton attended Victory Tabernacle in St. Louis. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Cromeens officiating. Mrs. Middleton was cremated. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mary "Aileen" Sarga, nee Muffo, 87, formerly of Washington Park and Cahokia, died Jan. 8, 2016 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 11, 1928, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Antonio and Elizabeth (nee McLain) Muffo. Mrs. Sarga is survived by her daughters, Virginia (Robert) Downing of Belleville and Betty (Michael) Dietz of Waterloo; grandchildren, Kenneth (Carol) Downing of Belleville, Rebecca (Richard) Brewer of Belleville, Samantha King of Columbia and Amanda (Trevor) Gahn of Waterloo; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Ella and Elise King; a sister, Josephine (Chester) Bays of Terre Haute, Ind.; and sisters-in-law, Bonnie Muffo of Sebring, Fla., and Mary Muffo of New Athens; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, George A. Sarga, who died in 1986; brothers, John, Paul, Carmen "Jim", Thomas and William; and a sister, Ann Ashbury. Aileen was an active member of the Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. She enjoyed cooking, being outdoors and traveling. Her greatest moments were those she spent with her family, especially during the holidays. Visitation and funeral were at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights. Burial was at Lake View Memorial Gardens.

Robert Michael Lenhardt, 55, of Waterloo, died Jan. 7, 2016, in Columbia. He was born May 6, 1960 in St. Louis, the son of Janice L. (nee Finch) and the late Franke W. Lenhardt. Besides his mother, Mr. Lenhardt is survived by a son, Nathaniel J. Lenhardt of Waterloo; a sister, Cindy (Jeff) Krumm of High Ridge, Mo.; nieces, Candice, Juliette and Jennifer Krumm; a nephew, Jeffrey Krumm; his former wife, Angie (Aaron) Williams of Waterloo and her family; and his loving cat, Cuddles Mittens; along with other relatives and friends. Robert was employed by Acosta Inc. of Chesterfield, Mo. He attended Momentum Church of Columbia and was a very religious man who made several trips to Israel. Robert spoke several languages, was an avid reader and sports fan and was particularly fond of the Cardinals, Blues and Rams. Visitation and funeral were at the Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia with pastor Jeff Duncan officiating. Burial was at Sunset Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Annie’s Hope.

Pauline "Penny" Singleton, nee Pinkley, 82, of Waterloo, died Jan. 2, 2016, in Waterloo. She was born April 23, 1933, in Detroit, Mich. Mrs. Singleton is survived by her children, Clifford Louis Singleton and Patricia Lee Burns; grandchildren, Keith Christopher (Jill) Singleton, Amy Lynn Singleton, Natasha Marie Burns, Clinton Louis Singleton and Natalie Louise Singleton; great-grandchildren; a twin sister, Lorine (Shelby) Lashley; and her brother, Howard (Mary) Pinkley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jewell Lee Singleton; a son, Christopher Ward Singleton; and a great-grandson Cameron Curran. Penny was a second and third grade teacher in McAllen, Tex. She was also employed as a nurse and a Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician. She received medical training through Medical Self-Help Training Course, CPR Graduate School (1967), a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course (1983) and Lifedata Medical Service (Paramedical Examiner). Through her skills she served as a camp nurse at Woodmen Camp of West Frankfort and volunteered at blood banks. Penny was a Monroe County election judge and a vice-president of the Waterloo Sportsman's Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Singleton attended St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. She was a member of the Noble Grand of Tripp Rebekah Lodge 642, the Senior Citizen Club of Waterloo, Woodmen of the World (Judicial Officer) and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence and Pastor Patrick Singleton officiating. Mrs. Singleton was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Herbert C. Schueler, 93, of Columbia, Jan. 4, 2016, at Columbia Care and Rehab surrounding by his family. He was born Dec. 5, 1922, in Columbia, the youngest of three children born to William and Ida (nee Oerter) Schueler. Herb married Leola Ludwig in 1948. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schueler is survived by his daughter, Wendy (Bill) Norman; grandson, David (Dr. Annie) Norman; great-grandsons, Gary and Gabriel; special family member Sarah (Jordan) Haney and her children; and his life-long best friend, Maurice Schneider; along with nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lucille (Joe) Middleton; and his brother, Clarence (Hildegard) Schueler. Mr. Schueler was a lifelong citizen of Columbia. He was the president of the Columbia High School Class of 1940. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Herb served in the 94th Engineering Division and saw action in the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his return to civilian life, Herb and his brother Clarence founded Schueler Brothers Inc., a major construction firm in Columbia for many decades. Several years later, Clarence split off to found Monroe Building Supply, but the name of the company went unchanged. It is still in existence as an investment company. Herb purchased Juanita Browne Realty upon the death of Mrs. Browne in 1974. The name was changed to H.C. Schueler Realty some years later. Recognition of Herb’s community and county involvement include awards and certificates from many organization: Paul Harris Fellow from the Columbia Rotary Club (where he also served as president), Pillar of the Community Award from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, charter member of both the Monroe County Builders Association (former president), the Monroe County Planning Commission, the Missouri-Illinois Jefferson-Monroe Bridge Commission, financial backer for the start-up of the Dupo / Columbia Air Force Junior ROTC, the Monroe County Regional Planning Commission, supporter of the Columbia Boy Scouts, Monroe Council For The Handicapped, Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Columbia Jaycees. Mr. Schueler was a lifelong member of St. Paul UCC in Columbia, where he served on many committees, including congregation president (twice), Sunday School treasurer, a Youth Fellowship sponsor and Youth Music. Herb was recently awarded his 70-year membership pin from American Legion Post 581, where he was a member of the Drill Team as well as flag-bearer. Herb and his wife Leola donated the over sized flag that the Boy Scouts present at Columbia parades. Mr. Schueler was also a member of the (now disbanded) Columbia Toastmasters, a founding member of the Columbia Strassenfest and a member of the Strassenfest Singers and Dancers. For a short time, Herb was a volunteer fireman with the Columbia Fire Department, and was named an honorary fireman in 1997. He always supported the mission of the CVFD. Herb and Walter “Gig” Giffhorn have the distinction as having served on both the Columbia Centennial Celebration Committee of 1959 and the Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee of 2009. His interests also went to the larger fraternal organizations of Columbia: Masonic Lodge 474, the Scottish Rite Bodies of Southern Illinois and the Ainad Temple of the East St. Louis Shrine. Herb happily sponsored many Khoury League teams, bowling teams and various other youth and enjoyment centered groups in the community. Flying was Herb’s only hobby. He was a private pilot and owned a quarter share of an airplane based at Sackman Field. Chester Schmidt, Royal Kendall and Ray Schmidt were his partners. Herb served on the board of Monroe National Bank (now First Bank). He also was a major donor to the fountain in Metter Park, honoring his father and father-in-law for their service to the City of Columbia. Travel was always a priority for Herb. He returned to Europe on four occasions after the war. He is also credited with being one of the first tourists to visit Russia after Glasnost. Other adventures included visiting Cuba prior to its closing, panning for gold out west and white water rafting along the Colorado River. His greatest joy was helping people have a good time. He served as master of ceremonies at many parties, honorariums and Christmas parties. His last five years were spent as a resident of Columbia Rehab and Nursing. He was known as the song leader at birthday parties. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Pastor Goddard captured Mr. Schueler’s spirit and personality in a thoughtful eulogy. Mr. Schueler was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church’s building fund, the Columbia Volunteer Fire Dept. Scholarship Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Nadine Kohlenberger-Schneider, nee Bean, 93, of Columbia, died Jan. 8, 2016, at Bethesda Southgate Nursing Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Dec. 27, 1922, in East Carondelet, the daughter of late Reuel and Bernice (nee Kirk) Bean. Nadine married Vernon O. Schneider in 1958 in Columbia. He died April 21, 2015. Mrs. Schneider is survived by her daughter, Grace B. Gunn of Columbia; 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, and Olivia and Emily Kohlenberger; sisters, Esther Meyer, Othella Williams and Nedra (Ted) Boswell; sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, Shiela Kohlenberger and Joan (Tom) Adams; grandson-in-law, Robert Leistler; niece and godchild, Vicki (Kerry) Foster; niece, Delores Deleveski, and nephew, Jim Hardy; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Mark A. Kohlenberger; a son, Darrel Kohlenberger; grandchildren, Robin Gunn Leistler and Drew Kohlenberger; sisters, Arrilla Hanger and Lucille Hardy; brothers, R.O. "Bud" Bean, Earl W. Bean and Robert Doyle Bean; and son-in-law, Gary Gunn. Mrs. Schneider had worked at White Rodgers in St. Louis. She attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Schneider was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to her church’s building fund.

Alice R. Liechty, nee Baumer, 63, of Newark, Del., formerly of Columbia, died Jan. 10, 2016 after a trying illness. Mr. Liechty is survived by her husband, Mel Liechty; children, Alison Gilefski (David) and Dr. Benjamin Liechty (Katherine Jong); and siblings, Ralph Baumer, Patricia Kalert and Don Baumer. Alice excelled in school and was active in many academic and social organizations. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She taught mathematics for three years and then dedicated her efforts to raising her children. Alice was active for 20 years in Newark’s elections and served many years on the Board of Elections. Alice had a love for life and accumulated friends with whom she was always eager to share a story or two. Mrs. Liechty was a great homemaker, wife, mother, sister and friend and will be sorely missed. Visitation was at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home,. Memorials may be made to the Krysti Bingham Cerebral Palsy Foundation.