2018 Obituaries

April 2018

Christian John “C.J” Collins, 22, of Red Bud died Sunday, April 29, 2018 in rural Red Bud as a result of an automobile accident. A just-released coroner’s inquiry determined his identity. He was born May 16, 1995, in Normal, the son of Chad and Rosemary “Rhodie” (nee Uffelmann) Collins. Mr. Collins is also survived by a brother, Jeremy Collins; grandparents Ernest and Brenda Collins and Willard Uffelmann; and uncles Willie Uffelmann and Chris (Trica) Collins. C.J. worked at Casey’s General Store in Red Bud. He enjoyed playing video games and spending time with family and friends. C.J. attended St. John Lutheran Church. Visitation was Friday, June 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. Mark Nebel officiating. Memorials may be made to the C.J. Collins Memorial Scholarship Fund.

May 2018 

Leona H. Hoffmann, nee Neubarth, 91, of Branson West, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died May 3, 2018 at Wedgewood Gardens. She was born Oct. 1, 1926, in New Hanover, the daughter of the late Frank and Louise (nee Bicklein) Neubarth. Leona was married to Ollie C. Hoffmann. He died in 2004. Mrs. Hoffmann is survived by her daughter, Judy (Larry) Sifford of Branson West, Mo.; son, Bob (Pat) Stumpf of Columbia; grandchildren, Bobby, Bill, Barbara Ludwig, Ricky and Ronnie Stumpf and Justin and Ryan Sifford; 16 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dorothy (Robert) Rey of Columbia and Gladys Maus of Waterloo. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Neubarth. Mrs. Hoffmann attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where she had been active with the Women's Fellowship. She was a member of the Monroe County Historical Society and the Columbia American Legion Auxiliary Unit 581. She had been the Columbia Unit 4 School District cafeteria manager for 12 years,and also worked at Famous Barr for 38 years. Leona had also sold real estate in Monroe County for more than 30 years. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Hoffmann was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Deer Hill Cemetery Association.

 John "Dust" Sparn, 22, of Valmeyer, died May 26, 2018, in Belleville. He was born March 16, 1996, in Belleville, the son of Dawn (Ryan) Crouch and Jason Sparn. In addition to his parents, Mr. Sparn is survived by a brother, Austin (Adrienne) Dickerson; sisters Bryanna Crouch and Lyndsay Smith; brother, Justin Blomker; and grandparents Anthony (Clara) Ucci, Katherine (Brian) Cullon, Art (Connie) Sparn, Debbie Sparn, Sherry and Alan Dooley and Fay Ross; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Ivan Horn and Pastor Patrick Poole officiating.

Marvin A. Lloyd, 75, of Waterloo, died May 28, 2018, in Belleville following an extended illness. He was born Dec. 28, 1942, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Barnie and Emza (nee Sweet) Lloyd. Mr. Lloyd is survived by his daughter, Kris Lloyd; a son, Daniel Lloyd (Sherri James); grandchildren Courtney and Taylor Kaufmann; siblings Charles (Phyllis) Lloyd, Joe (Elfrieda) Lloyd and JoAnn Lloyd; and friends Noelle  Francisco and Darlene Spihlmann; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Shirley (nee Naumann) Lloyd; and brothers George, Clarence, Jim, Robert, Arnold and Vincent (in infancy). Mr. Lloyd was a former firefighter with the Valmeyer Volunteer Fire Department and he served on the Monroe County Levee District. He was a member of the Corvette Club of St. Louis and the St. Louis Zoo. Visitation was Friday, June 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral was Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Lloyd will be cremated at a later date.

June 2018

Pauline Elizabeth Stumpf, nee Tuetken, 87, of Columbia, died June 4, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 12, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late William Raymond and Eva Maude (nee Lansche) Tuetken. Mrs. Stumpf is survived by her children, Richard (Paula) Stumpf and Linda Laskowski (Keith Thorn); grandchildren, Joshua (Erin) Stumpf, Hannah (Seth) Poynter, Benjamin Stumpf, Michael Laskowski, Amy (Eric) Tschannen, Mackenzie Thorn and Austin Thorn; great-grandchildren, Caden and Owen Stumpf, Benji Poynter and Riley and Barrett Tschannen; and a sister, Nancy (Ray) Miller; along with a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren H. Stumpf; and her special pet, Mandy. Pauline graduated in Alton High School in 1948, and attended Rubican Business School in St. Louis, Mo. She married Warren H. Stumpf in 1956. Mrs. Stumpf was a founding member of Concord Presbyterian (44-years). She was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, AARP and YMCA Elder Adults. Pauline was a 4-H co-leader in the 1970s and a Monroe County election poll volunteer for 28 years. Mrs. Stumpf enjoyed people, music, singing and animals, particularly the wild animals that visited her back porch. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Concord Presbyterian with Pastor Will Hesterberg and Pastor Tom Jones officiating. Mrs. Stumpf was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Tammy M. Martin, nee VanScoyk, 44, of Lake St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died in her sleep June 6, 2018. She was born July 31, 1973, in St. Louis, the daughter of Patricia, (nee Meale) (Bob) Mees of Columbia and the late Clark VanScoyk of Camdenton, Mo. Besides her parents, Mrs. Martin is survived by her children, Nicholas Martin and Sarah Martin; grandmother, Dorothy Mealer of Columbia; brothers, Jeremy Mees of Columbia, Mitch (Elana) Earleywine of Albany, NY, and Joe (Susan) Earleywine of Tacoma, Wash.; a sister, Katie (Patrick) Koebbe of Belleville; uncle Ray (Louise) Mealer of Cedar Hill, Mo.; significant other, Todd Kopetzky, of House Springs, Mo.; and cats Hannah, Violet, Cody and Cheddar; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by Clark VanScoyt, Susan VanScoyt, Beulah VanScoyt, L.D. Mealer, Violet Mees-Himstedt, JoAnn Williams and LuAnn Beck. Tammy attended Columbia High School before graduating from Alton High School in 1991. She then attended the nursing program at Maryville University, Sanford Brown College - Granite City, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and the American Academy of Professional Coders. She was then looking to finish her nursing degree. She worked as a pre-certification team leader at St. Anthony's Medical Center. Tammy had also worked at St. Francis Health Center in Tulsa, Oka., Doctor's Hospital in Springfield, Mo., Riverbend Physicians and Surgeons in Alton, Metro Heart Group of St. Louis, and National Seating and Mobility. Tammy loved her cats, reading, camping and attending concerts. A concert-going highlight was meeting Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 in Las Vegas, Nev. Tammy often reminded folks to live life to the fullest, one day at a time, love and be kind to one another, dance like no one is watching, and be true to yourself. Visitation was at Hutchens-Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center in St. Charles, Mo. A funeral followed. Memorials may be made to Tammy children's education or an animal shelter. 

Leo F. Bise, 81, of Prairie du Rocher, died June 9, 2018, at his home. He was born Sept. 15, 1936, in Renault, the son of the late Lee and Goldie (nee Godare) Bise. Mr. Bise is survived by his sister, Charlotte Bode; aunt, Margaret Karsten; and special friends, Patricia and Richard Graves; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie A. "Rosie" (nee Fromme) Bise; and his brother, Bernell Bise. Mr. Bise had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. 

Richard O. Steingrubey, 86, of Red Bud, died June 9, 2018, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 29, 1931, in St. Louis, the son of the late Harry F. and Thelma (nee Hall) Steingrubey. Rich married Dorothy (nee Goessling) Steingrubey in 1952. In addition to his wife, Mr. Steingrubey is survived by his children, Rick Steingrubey, Debbie (Jim) Moses and Brenda Spradling; a son-in-law, Jerry Geolat; daughter-in-law, Sandy Smith; sisters Bonnie Berry, Patricia (Gaillard) Krewer, Dorothy Matzenbacher and Peggy (Ralph) Ruhman; and brothers Harry B. (Maxine) Steingrubey and Francis (Adele) Steingrubey; along with 11 grandchildren and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by children Chris Geolat and Michael Steingrubey; a brother, Donald Steingrubey; and a grandson, Adam Steingrubey. Mr. Steingrubey owned and operated Red Bud Auto Supply and Town and Country Auto Supply until his retirement. He was a member of the Red Bud Knights of Columbus Council No. 12152, Waterloo VFW Post 6504 and the Kaskaskia Trail Chorus. He attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and sang in the adult choir. He enjoyed restoring Model T Fords. Mrs. Steingrubey served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John the Baptist Church with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating.  Mr. Steingrubey was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or his church. 

Pearl V. Auld, nee Boyle, 96, of Nashville, formerly of Oakdale, died June 11, 2018 in Nashville. She was born Jan. 1, 1922, in Oakdale, the daughter of the late Rae and Florence (nee Boner) Boyle. Pearl married Charles Auld in Oakdale in , 1945. He died in  2013. Mrs. Auld is survived by her sons Ronald (Cindy) Auld of Nashville and Veron Auld of Oakdale; daughters Rosalee (Larry) Boreup of Nashville, Pamela (Allen) Jacobs of Waterloo and Sara (Patrick) Fahrmann of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Paul (Phyllis) Auld of Hot Springs, Ark.; a son-in-law, Wayne (Cathy) Collmeyer of Waterloo; grandchildren Rebecca (Patrick) Wiese of Scottville, Mich., Heather Boreup (friend Jason) of Hopkins, Mich., Eric (Amanda) Boreup of Anna, Jennifer (Mason) Boyer of Cantrall, Christina Gibson of Belleville, Andrea (Wesley) Kuergeleis of Waterloo, Matthew (Lori) Collmeyer of Waterloo, Andrew (Mindy) Collmeyer of Lawrence, Kan., Olivia Fahrmann of St. Louis, Mo., and Benjamin Fahrmann of St. Louis, Mo.; and great-grandchildren Autumn, Hunter and Regan Wiese, Hayden Carter, Ava and Paxton Boreup, Nolan, Wyatt and Owen Boyer, Addison, Claire and Chase Gibson, Noah Heinemann, Sydney Kuergeleis, Jensyn, Avery, and Reece Collmeyer and Max and Cloe Collmeyer; along with nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Collmeyer; and a sister, Nelda Robb. Mrs. Auld grew-up south of Oakdale and worked at Oakdale State Bank following her graduation from Blackburn College. Pearl was a faithful wife, mother, homemaker and an avid volunteer in the Oakdale community. Pearl was a life-long partner in marriage to Charles.  Because of her love for the outdoors she worked alongside, stride for stride with Charles on the family farm. Pearl also loved gardening and growing flowers.  She continued this love for growing and arranging flowers through her latter years and added to that a joy of bird watching from her sunroom windows. Pearl was a member of the Oakdale Parade Committee and Farm Bureau. She attended Oakdale Reformed Presbyterian Church until it disbanded, and then she and Charles attended the Elkton Union Church. Pearl enjoyed writing letters to everyone she knew, sharing family highlights and keeping up with what was going on in their lives. Visitation was Thursday, June 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Oakdale United Presbyterian Church. Funeral was Friday, June 15, at 10:30 a.m., at the church with Rev. John Campbell, assisted by Ron Mazander and Phil Carson, officiating. Mrs. Auld was buried at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

LaVerne Schutt, nee Mueller, 80, of Waterloo, died June 12, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Nov. 6, 1937, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Erwin W. and Luella C. (nee Henke) Mueller. Mrs. Schutt is survived by her husband, Dale Schutt; children Donna (Mark) Nielsen, Rick (Linda) Schutt and Sandy (Joe) Benyo; grandchildren Mikael, Ryan (Kat) and Grant Nielsen, Brett Benyo, Bethany (Mitch) Wattles, Lauren Schutt, Christina (James) Mason and Steven (Carrie) Tullock; great-grandchildren Dawson Nielsen, Jonah Wattles, Cayleigh and Belle Mason; and a sister, Linda Hard;along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Mueller; and a sister, Doris E. A. Ritzel. Mrs. Schutt attended St. Paul UCC. She was a member of the History Museum of Monroe County and numerous church organizations. LaVerne had a passion for cooking for others. Visitation was Thursday, June 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was  Friday, June 15, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul UCC with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mrs. Schutt was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to her church or the History Museum of Monroe County.

Dorothy B. "Dottie" Dodge, nee Bodenbach, 98, of Waterloo, died June 14, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born June 28, 1919, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late August and Sylvia (nee Quernheim) Bodenbach. Mrs. Dodge is survived by her son, David Dodge; daughter-in-law, Catherine Dodge; grandchildren, Kimberley Bauer (Scott Briggs), Christina (Gavin) Hayes, Andrew (Leah) Dodge and Matthew (Samantha) Dodge; and great-grandchildren, Sylvia, Aubrey, Jordan, Eli, Emma, Caylee and Brody. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gardner A. Dodge; children, James "Jim" Dodge and Kay Bauer; and her sister, Florence B. Thomas. Mrs. Dodge attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. She volunteered for the American Red Cross and supported the Morrison- Talbot Library. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mrs. Dodge was buried at the Malta City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church. 

James W. Fischer, 86, formerly of Waterloo, died June 17, 2018, in Henderson, Nev. He was born Feb. 18, 1932, in East St. Louis, the second son born to Henry R. Fischer Sr. and Eleanora E. (nee Killy) Fischer. Mr. Fischer is survived by his wife, Lillian Fischer; former wife, Joan L. (nee Schrader) Collier; a daughter, Loren K. Fischer; son, Scott J. Fischer; sister, Marilyn L. Fischer; and grandchildren, Lindsey and Kyle. He was preceded in death by brothers, H. Rudy Fischer and Louis H. Fischer. Jim was a very talented musician and an early member of the Waterloo German Band. Residents of this area may recall when Jim played music locally at the Waterloo Country Club. He was a legendary saxophonist and clarinetist, playing with several bands in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere in the country. As a teenager he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. During his service to the country, Mr. Fischer played in the U.S. Army Band. James was a skilled mechanic.

Mary A. Breeding, 80, of Columbia, died June 18, 2018, at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born Oct. 4, 1937, in El Dorado, Ark., the daughter of the late Charles and Lonie (nee Dumas) Larson. Mary married Earl L. Breeding Sr. in 1955 in Columbia. He died in 2011. Mrs. Breeding is survived by sons, Earl Breeding Jr. of Cahokia, Edward (Missy) Breeding Sr. of Columbia and James (Tammy) Breeding of Columbia; daughter, Lisa (Brian Mudd) Breeding of Red Bud; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles Larson of Dupo and Robert Larson of Salem, Mo.; and a sister, Sue Clark of Richmond Hill, Ga. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jimmy Breeding; brothers, Eugene Larson, and Milton Larson; and sisters, Margaret Arras and Helen Cochran. Mary attended Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Allynn Walker and Rev. Ron Chase officiating. Mrs. Breeding was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Rolland “Rollie” Muskopf, 84, of Columbia, died June 20, 2018 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born Jan. 24, 1934, in Belleville, the son of the late Roland and Wilhelmina "Minnie" (nee Schultz) Muskopf. Rolland married Marian "Mary" (nee Steffenauer) Muskopf in 1953 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Muskopf is survived by sons, Michael (Annissa) Muskopf of Comfort, Tex., Terry (Scarlett) Muskopf of Overland Park, Kan., Timothy (Jeana) Muskopf of Columbia, Mark (Beth) Muskopf of Parker, Colo.; grandchildren, Chelsea (Trey) Tieken and Elizabeth and Elaina Muskopf; a sister, Florine Schmidt of Millstadt; and his brother Wayne Muskopf of Millstadt. He was preceded in death by a son, Steve Muskopf. Mr. Muskopf was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 268 and the Columbia Gymnastic Association. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. As a youth, Rollie excelled at baseball (a professional scout stated he could have been in the pros).Mr. Muskopf served 20 years with the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Rolland was cremated according to his wishes. There were no public services. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. 

Lynna M. Dryden, nee DeFabio, 67, of Waterloo, died June 25, 2018, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. She was born in Chicago, the daughter of the late Leonard Jr. and Sarah (nee Yarbrough) DeFabio. Mrs. Dryden is survived by her children, James Dryden and Rachel Dryden of Waterloo, and Victoria Dryden of New York; brother Leonard DeFabio of Waterloo; sisters Pamela J. Marine of Cahokia and Carolyn DeFabio of Woodstock; and grandchildren Tamzin Morgan and Makkayla Morgan; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Lynna was a cashier at a Waterloo retailer, as well as former manager at the Dollar General stores in Waterloo and Mascoutah. Mrs. Dryden had been an EMT. She was a member of the Mascoutah Moose Lodge. Visitation and funeral were at Creason Funeral Home in Waterloo.  

Robert L. Day, 81, of Columbia, died June 30, 2018 at Friendship Village in Sunset Hills, Mo. He was born July 13, 1936 in Evansville, Ind., the son of the late Charles and Lucille (nee Huckeby) Day. Mr. Day is survived by a brother, Gerald (Ellen) Day of Sturgis, Ky.; and sisters Jo Ann Day of Cairo, Ky., Mary Ann Wells of Sturgis, Ky., and Helen Day of Columbia. Robert was a retired cartographer from the Defense Mapping Agency. He was an U.S. Air Force veteran. There were no public services. Mr. Day was cremated according to his wishes. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. 

July 2018

Sharon Earline Stork, nee Schewe, 66, of Waterloo, died July 2, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born July 8, 1951, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Earl and Ardell (nee Rey) Schewe. Mrs. Stork is survived by her husband, Roy Stork; children Ben (Stacy) Stork and Sarah (Kevin) Chudd; grandchildren Griffin and Owen Stork and Kyle and Molly Chudd; and sisters Judy (Bob) Edler and Marilyn Ahrens; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, nieces, nephew, and cousins. After graduating from Valmeyer High School, Sharon attended Deaconess Nursing School. After a short stint of work at Deaconess, she began her career at St. Louis Children's Hospital where she worked as a registered nurse for over 40 years. Mrs. Stork attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer. She and her friends and all others at Children's were angel lifelines to all the kids and families they touched. After retirement, Mrs. Stork enjoyed spending her time with family and friends, especially her four grandchildren. Sharon was devoted to attending all of her kids’ and grandkids’ events, no matter the miles traveled. She was the kindest most loving person to everyone she met. Visitation and funeral were at St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer with Pastor Elizabeth Terrill officiating. Memorials may be made to her church or the St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation.

Earline May Upchurch, nee Girard, 85, of Columbia died July 2, 2018 at Garden Place in Columbia. She was the wife of the late Robert E. Upchurch. Mrs. Upchurch is survived by three daughters, Debbie Greenley, Pamela (Walter) Hohrein and Susan (Richard) Buesking; and a son, David (Jeanny) Upchurch. Funeral was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mrs. Upchurch was entombed at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum.

Mary Catherine Crook, nee Miller, 81, of Waterloo, died July 5, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Nov. 23, 1936, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Raymond and Catherine (nee Crook) Miller. Mrs. Crook is survived by children Janet (Robert) Mitchell, Nancy (George) Schmidt , Paul (Debbie) Crook, Judy (Michael) Klein, Brenda Crook and Gina Arnold, and Wanda (Gary) Juelfs; daughter-in-law, Karen Crook; grandchildren Daniel (Sally) Crook, Jamie (Daniel) Schindler, Tonya (Tim) Schilling, Heather (Bobby) Grindstaff, Angela (Jim) Marquardt, Michael (Krysta) Schmidt, Eric (Miranda) Schmidt, Andrea (Casey) Blanchard, Matthew Crook, Jeremy (Amanda) Klein, Bethany (Austin) Hoggard, Amanda Williams, Alazne Arnold, Angel (Matt) Pruitt, Eugene Arnold, Kayla (Tommy) Schwartz, Justin Juelfs and Laura Juelfs; 19 great-grandchildren; and special friend Stan Rodgers; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold H. Crook; son Tim H. Crook; and granddaughter Jennifer A. Crook. Mrs. Crook attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Auxiliary and Red Bud Senior Circle. Mary loved to dance and volunteered at Jefferson Barracks. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mrs. Crook was buried next to Harold at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. 

Delores Irene Wienhoff, nee Vogt, 74, of Millstadt died July 11, 2018 at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, Mo. Mrs. Wienhoff is survived by her husband, Vernon Wienhoff; a daughter, Janice (William) Atteberry; and a son, Richard L. (Hope) Wienhoff. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Mrs. Wienhoff was buried at the church cemetery.

Sheila F. Breitenstein, nee Kimme, 73, of Waterloo, died July 14, 2018, in Belleville. She was born Nov. 24, 1944, in E. St. Louis, the daughter of the late Edward and Ruth (nee Lewis) Kimme. Mrs. Breitenstein is survived by her husband, Richard Breitenstein; children Matt Breitenstein and Gina (Allen) Brand; brother Edward C. (Lisa) Kimme; sister-in-law Karen Kimme; and mother-in-law Rita Breitenstein; along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Russell E. Kimme and Joel Kimme. Mrs. Breitenstein attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Breitenstein was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

Harry Mardirosian Jr., 77 of Columbia, died July 16, 2018 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born Aug. 22, 1940 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Harry and Amelia (nee Homann) Mardirosian. Mr. Mardirosian is survived by his wife of 59 years, Norma (nee Smith) Mardirosian; children Rob (Pam) Mardirosian of Columbia, Bart (Michelle) Mardirosian of Brook, Ind., and Cress (Kenny) Morr of Columbia; grandchildren Shae (Jason) Dix, Kayla (Robert) Beardsley, Whitney (Robbie) Starr, Nicole (Kipp) Brocaille, Aaron Mardirosian, Casey (Jordan) Lane, Bradley (Whitney) Morr, Brett Morr, Trey Morr and Lauren Mardirosian; and 11 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeremy Mardirosian; sisters Amelia "Doodle" Hughes and MaryAnn Smith; and brothers Charles and Dennis Mardirosian. Mr. Mardirosian served in the U.S. Army and was the owner / operator of Marty's Home builders in Columbia. He attended Hope Christian Church, Harry was a devoted husband, grandfather and great-grandfather. Visitation and funeral were at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. Ron Chase officiating. Mr. Mardirosian was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Harry Louis Wolf, 88, of Waterloo, died July 17, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Nov. 23, 1929, in Waterloo, the son of the late Herman Louis and Emma (nee Stickann) Wolf. Mr. Wolf is survived by his special companion, Barbara Johnson; children Russel (Debra) Wolf and Renard Wolf; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; a sister Irene Wentzel; sister-in-law Christa Wolf; and brother-in-law Wilbert Kohlmeier; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Vera Kohlmeier; and brother, Nelson Wolf. Tuba playing, joke telling Harry Wolf founded the Waterloo German Band in 1945 and led the band of Bavarian-themed musicians for 73 years. The talented Herren und Fräuleins traveled the county, state, U.S. and the world bringing their music, humor and feeling of Gemütlichkeit to everyone had the chance to take in a show. Harry and his longtime friend Barbara Johnson spearheaded Waterloo’s Santa Float that has delighted young and old over many Christmas seasons. Among his long list of awards and honors include the Das Bundersverdienstkreuz Award (Federal Germany Cross of Merit), Governor’s Hometown Award, Illinois Senior Hall of Fame for the Performing Arts, Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. Honored bestowed on Mr. Wolf by his hometown included the Waterloo Community Service Award, Waterloo High School Legacy Society, Waterloo’s Honorary Ambassador of Good Will and a grand marshal of the Porta Westfalica Parade. Harry was a lifelong resident of Waterloo. After graduating from Waterloo High School in 1948 enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. After his service, Mr. Wolf earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Edinboro, Pa. University in 1958. Harry taught grade school geography and German in Eureka, Mo., and Belleville until his retirement in 1989. When not in the band, Mr. Wolf was a world traveler. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merritt Demski officiating. Mr. Wolf was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Thomas Joseph Benton, 68, of Ellis Grove, died July 19, 2018, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, Mo. He was born March 16, 1950 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (nee Reinken) Benton. Thomas married Rita Ann Runge in 1971 in St Joe. In addition to his wife, Mr. Benton is survived by a daughter, Christine (Jeremy) Gottschammer of Ellis Grove; siblings Kenneth (Jan) Benton of Freeburg and Judy Juelfs of Waterloo; brother-in-law Fred Runge of Waterloo; and grandchildren Devin, Addison and Joshua; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Marie Benton; sister-in-law, Betty Runge; and a brother-in-law, Vernon Juelfs. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellis Grove. Thomas was a laborer foreman, working more than 50 years out of Labor Local 196 - serving as secretary / treasurer for more than 25 years. Mr. Benton was a member of the Randolph County Democrats, where he was a longtime precinct committeeman. Thomas was a former owner of the Ellis Grove Café. He enjoyed fishing and traveling with his family. Visitation and funeral were at Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester with Deacon Al DuBois officiating. Memorials may be made to the Ellis Grove Tree of Lights, c/o Christine and Jeremy Gottschammer.

Roy A. Grueninger, 82, of Columbia, died July 28, 2018. He was born March 24, 1936, in Columbia, the son of late Joseph A. and Dorothy M. (nee Hoock) Grueninger. Roy married Ethel (nee Peterson) Grueninger in 1957 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Grueninger is survived by his sons, Mark Grueninger of Valmeyer, David (Tammy) Grueninger of Columbia, Daniel (Jennifer) Grueninger of Smithton, Eric Grueninger of Va., and Christopher (Nanette) of Mooresville, NC; sisters, Joyce Rose of Columbia and Suzanne Smith of Columbia; and a brother, Thomas J. Grueninger of Columbia; along with 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael R. Grueninger; and grandson, Joshua Grueninger. Mr. Grueninger retired from Monsanto in Sauget in 1993 after 32 years of employment. He was also an instructor at Bailey Tech College, and as an EMT on the Columbia Ambulance Service. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Raymond G. Fausz Sr., 80, of Waterloo, died July 27, 2018, in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 22, 1937, in Renault, the son of the late Irene (nee Schmitz) and George S. Fausz. Mr. Fausz is survived by his wife, Helena (nee Belus) Fausz; children Raymond Jr. (Annette) Fausz, Kenneth Fausz, Gary Fausz and Stephanie Goepfert; grandchildren Brandon, Melissa and Justin Fausz, Heather (Eric) Nobe, Amber (Dan) Monterusso, Drew (Heather Ford) Fausz, Amanda (Nick) O'Daniell, Brittany Rieke, Tiffany Rieke and Mariah Rieke; nine great grandchildren; a brother Norbert "Nip" (Barbara) Fausz; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Ann Belus; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Fausz (in infancy); and a niece, Sherry Guebert. Mr. Fausz attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was retired from McDonald-Douglas Aircraft Co. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Fausz was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the American Cancer Society.

Irene Mary Fausz, 100, of Red Bud,  died July 29, 2018 at the Red Bud Regional Care Center.  She was born Dec. 17, 1917, in Renault, the daughter of the late William and Minnie (nee Meyer) Schmitz. Mrs. Fausz is survived by a son, Norbert (Barbara) Fausz; a daughter-in-law, Helena Fausz; grandchildren, Ray (Annette) Fausz, Jr., Kenneth Fausz and Gary (fiancé Stephanie Goepfert) Fausz; great-grandchildren, Clinton (Jennifer) Guebert, Brandon, Melissa and Justin Fausz, Heather (Eric) Nobe, Amber (Dan) Monterusso, Drew (fiancé  Heather Ford) Fausz, Amanda (Nick) O'Daniell, Brittany Rieke, Tiffany Rieke and Mariah Rieke;  12 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Darlene Wetzler;  along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Fausz;  son, Raymond Fausz Sr.; grandson, Kevin Fausz (in infancy); granddaughter, Sherry Guebert; and eight sisters and a brother. Irene was a homemaker, gardener and a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault. She was a quilter at the church and she cooked for all church picnics. Mrs. Fausz also loved cooking for her family and made a great breakfast for the deer hunters. Irene also enjoyed gardening. Visitation was Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was Friday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church with Fr. John Kizhakedan officiating. Mrs. Fausz was buried at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Renault. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice of Belleville or her church. 

Betty Jean Kreher, nee Volkmann, 86, of Millstadt, died July 31, 2018 at the Freeburg Care Center. She was born Jan. 1, 1932, in Millstadt. Mrs. Kreher is survived by her son John (Rose) Kreher; daughter, Christa (Bob) Desiderio; grandchildren, Jack and Emma Desiderio; and nephews,  Dale Huwer and Bob (Angie) Huwer. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hilda (nee Werner) Volkmann; and sisters, Pearl Osick and Doris Huwer. A lifelong Millstadt resident, Mrs. Kreher graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1949. She worked for St. Clair Service Company for 20 years and she also worked various secretarial jobs with the last 19 plus years at Central Bank of St. Louis in Millstadt. Mrs. Kreher attended Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was active in the Ladies Aide, the Millstadt Historical Society and Millstadt Sister Cities. Visitation was at Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pastor Peter Ill officiating. Mrs. Kreher was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the American Heart Association.

August 2018

Dardanella Florence Doyle, nee Scheibler, 97, of Waterloo, died Aug. 1, 2018 at Red Bud Regional Care Center. She was born Oct. 31, 1920 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Charles and Lucinda (nee Swacker) Scheibler. Dardanella married Martin Edward Doyle in 1945 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He died in 2005. Mrs. Doyle is survived by her children, Mary Ann (Roy) Brand of Maeystown and Judith (David) Radwick of Waterloo; grandchildren, Michelle Crawford of Kissimmee, Fla., Klaudia (Gary) Davis of Waterloo, Terry Helmers of St. Louis, Mo., Jacob (Emily) Brand of Waterloo, Jessica Brown of Waterloo, Juliet Brand of Maeystown and Johanna Brand of Taylorville; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Crawford of Waterloo, Taylor Crawford of Maeystown, and Danielle Crawford, Jake Davis, Josephine Davis and Devin Brown, all of Waterloo; and great-great-grandchildren, Zayne and Teagan; along with nieces, nephews and friends. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Charles Scheibler (in childhood) and Eugene Scheibler; and her sister, Sarah. Dardanella was a bank manager at Associated Bank and a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation was at the Creason Funeral Home in Waterloo. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang officiating. Mrs. Doyle was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer or the Humane Society.

Clyde A. Greathouse, 88, of Ballwin, Mo., died Aug. 3, 2018. Mr. Greathouse is survived by his wife, Elaine N. Greathouse; a daughter, Cynthia G. Gain; and a son, Mark A. Greathouse. Funeral was at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ellisville, Mo. Mr. Greathouse was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

J. Morrow, 86, of Columbia, died Aug. 3, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at her home. She was born Aug. 10, 1931, the daughter of the late Carl Cook and Mary Elizabeth Lockhart. Shirley married Joel H. Morrow in 1949 in Columbia. He died in 1999. Mrs. Morrow is survived by her daughter, Denise (Kirk) Fisher; grandchildren, Tanya (Ryan) Hunsaker, Jaime (Chris) Fisher, Jennifer (Dax) Fuentes and Tony (Becky) Morrow; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Megan, Ryan, Luke, Lucy, Boden, Jack, Jordan, Mitchell, Dallas and Aidan; great-great granddaughter, Charlotte; brother, Cameron (Kathleen) Cook; and her puppy, Missy. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by son, Morris "Mo" Morrow. Mrs. Morrow attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. She was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Rev. Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mrs. Morrow was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County or the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary.

Linda Buhr, nee Shock, 60, of Evansville, died Aug. 6, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Sept. 11, 1957, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late William Shock and Carolyn Cummings. Mrs. Buhr is survived by her husband, Russell Buhr; children Anthony (Cherie) Walthes and Victoria Walthes; step-children, Chris (Susan) Buhr and Jerry Buhr; grandchildren,  Aiden and Payton; step-grandchildren,  Jordan, Madison and Braden; sisters, Debbie (Tim) Green and Laura (Gerald) Miller; step-father, Richard Cummings; step-siblings, Jim Cummings, Mike (Donna) Cummings, Lori (Steve) Coleman, Sue (Scott) Karfs and Beth (Dan) Hopkins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William Shock. At Linda's request there were no services. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Edna C. Taake, nee Schmidt, 96, of Columbia, died Aug. 6, 2018 at Garden Place in Columbia. She was born Aug. 6, 1922, in New Hanover, the daughter of the late William and Hulda (nee Taake) Schmidt. Edna married Roy A. Taake in 1953 in Columbia. He died in 2017. Mrs. Taake is survived by her daughter, Carol (Larry) Soma of Columbia; grandchildren, Scott (Mandy) Soma and Sara (Jared) Kertz; great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Easton Kertz and Brantley and Kaiden Soma; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Schmidt; and niece and nephews, Marvin Jokisch, Cathy Brandt, George Schmidt and Raymond Schmidt. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Schmidt. Mrs. Taake attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. Edna had worked as a cook with the Columbia Unit School District. She enjoyed quilting, playing bingo and being a member of card clubs. The family gives special thanks to the staff at Garden Place of Columbia, and the girls (Martha, Mallory and Ashley) at Vitas Hospice. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Fred Wehrenberg officiating. Mrs. Taake was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Memorial Trust Fund.

Ruth C. M. Matzenbacher, nee Schmidt, 92, of Waterloo, died Aug. 8, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born June 12, 1926, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late William Sr. and Amanda (nee Kraft) Schmidt. Mrs. Matzenbacher is survived by her son Donald (Carol) Matzenbacher of Waterloo; grandchildren Rodney Matzenbacher, Jeff (Jodie) Matzenbacher and Heidi (Mike Kubelka) Matzenbacher; and great-grandchildren Aidan and Brooklyn Kubelka; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, William H. Schmidt Jr. Mrs. Matzenbacher attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mrs. Matzenbacher was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

Mary L. Keller, 72, nee Bertrand, 72, of Columbia died Aug. 9, 2018 at Integrity Health Care in Columbia. She was born Jan. 2, 1946 the daughter of the late Francis A. and Geneva E. (nee Kelley) Bertrand. She was married to the late Virgil B. Keller in 1971 who died in 2007. Mrs. Keller is survived by her daughter, Carrie (Eric Reinhard) Keller of Columbia; two sons, James Keller of Waterloo and Bryan (Kelley) Keller of Swansea; a brother, Francis (Carolyn) Bertrand, Jr. of O’Fallon; grandchildren, Eilla Reinhard, Sarah, Rachael, Jessica, Clayton and Jake Keller; a niece, Denise Pedroza-Bertrand; a cousin, Norma Gail Meyer; other relatives and friends. Mary had been a social worker with the State of Illinois for many years. She was quite proud of receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work  and later retired from Washington University in St. Louis. She attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Private family services were held. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Mrs. Keller was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Joan Rose Pupava, 87, of St. Louis, Mo., died at 2 a.m.  Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Town and Country, Mo., She was born July 16, 1931 the daughter of the late John and Anna (nee Konarcik) Pupava. Ms. Pupava never married but was deeply loved by her remaining family who survive: godson and caregiver, Andrew (Melody) Mance, Sr.; their children, Amy (Mike) Mowell, Andy Mance, Jr., Scott (Karissa) Mance, Amanda (Joe) Stimac, Adam (Lynzie) Mance, all of Granite City; Blanche Konarcik of Waterloo, John (Donna) Konarcik of Waterloo, James “Art” (Amy) Konarcik of Perryville, Mo., Jamie (Pat) Thelmig of Albuquerque, N.M., Dorothy Reynolds, Ann Nasalroad, both of Gold Canyon, Ariz. and Nick (Billie) Mance of Cahokia. Besides her parents, Joan was preceded in death by a sister, Mary John Pupava and cousins, James Konarcik and Nick and Ann Mance. Visitation and funeral were at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home in Granite City. Ms. Pupava was buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

Merle "Butch" Mehrtens, 93, of Waterloo, died Aug. 11, 2018, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Maeystown, the son of the late Walter and Blanche (nee Vogt) Mehrtens. Mr. Mehrtens is survived by his wife of 69 years, Arline L. (nee Luhr) Mehrtens; daughters, Brenda and Don Wetters and Barbara and Steve Stapczynski; grandchildren, Kyle (Molly) Wetters, Nathan (Cara) Wetters, Kindra (Bret) Hughes, Noah (Courtney) Wetters, Colin (Jenna) Stapczynski and Jeremy (Hannah) Stapczynski; great-grandchildren, Everett and Marie Wetters, Wynn Wetters, Lucas and Hunter Hughes, Natalie and Payton Wetters and Charlie Stapczynski; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Pieper; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and god-children. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Alvina Faust. Merle served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Waterloo VFW Post 6504 and Renault American Legion Post 1215. Mr. Mehrtens attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Merle was the former owner/operator of Mehrtens Garage in Fults and he started the Fults baseball team. Butch played baseball for many years and was inducted into the Mon-Clair Baseball League Hall of Fame in 2003. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at the Fults Church in Fults with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mr. Mehrtens was buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to the cemetery.