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June 2020

Adeline Eleanora Ferry, nee Neeman, 88, of East Carondelet, died June 19, 2020 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born March 2, 1932, in Fults, the daughter of the late Amandus John and Eleanora (nee Johanning) Neeman. After graduating from Dupo High School in 1950, Mrs. Ferry attended classes at Belleville Area College and SIUE. She had attended Trinity Lutheran Church in East St. Louis. She was a current member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in East Carondelet, where she was a Sunday School teacher for more than 50 years and was also active in the Ladies Aid. Adeline continued to give back to the community of Dupo. She was a founder of the Daugherty Public Library, where she served as the head librarian. In addition, she was an active member of the library board and the Friends of the Library. At Dupo Elementary School, Mrs. Ferry was a room mother, past PTA president, a tutor, and a Big Sister. Mrs. Ferry is survived by her children, Michael (Victoria) Ferry, Linda (Tod) Ragsdale, Karen Tiemann and John (Kathy) Ferry; grandchildren, Maureen Fieleke, Joseph Ferry, David Ferry, Erica Donnell-Ragsdale, Nicole Morgan, Abel Ferry and Clarissa Ferry; great-grandchildren, Isaac, Caleb, Benjamin, Anna, Ruth, Zoe, Gideon, Tabitha, Abbey, Griffin, Logan and Sloan; and sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Neeman, Carolyn Neeman and Rosemary Ferry. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Al Smith Roy Ferry; brothers, Calvin Neeman, Earl Neeman and Amandus John Neeman Jr. (in infancy); and a son-in-law, James Tiemann. Private funeral services were held; a service celebrating Adeline's life will be scheduled at a later date. Mrs. Ferry was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Daugherty Public Library or to Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Leesman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

Norman  Eggemeyer, 94, of Waterloo, died June 18, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 1, 1925, in Chester, the son of the late Liewald and Lydia (nee Eggemeyer) Eggemeyer. Mr. Eggemeyer is survived by his wife, Lillian (nee Nobbe) Eggemeyer; children Lee (Karen) Eggemeyer and Norine (Alan) Stumpf; daughter-in-law Linda (Bill) Eggemeyer Sharpe; grandchildren Adam (Jill) Eggemeyer, Emilie (Doug) Land, Samuel (Stephanie) Stumpf, Ross (Kailyn) Stumpf, Anne Stumpf, Eric Eggemeyer and Elise Eggemeyer; great-grandchildren Ayda, Myla and Henry Eggemeyer, Declan Land, and Alaina, Wyatt and Jacob Stumpf; and sisters Verdell Thies and Wanda (Ray) Cook; along with nieces, nephews, step-children and cousins. Besides his parent, he was preceded in death by his first  wife, Mildred (nee Lehmberg) Eggemeyer; son Lindy Eggemeyer; and brothers Melbert and Merle Eggemeyer. Mr. Eggemeyer served in the U.S. Army during World War II; he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and came home to be a lifelong member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504. Norman attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo and was a retired conductor for the Union-Pacific Railroad. Mr. Eggemeyer was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation and funeral were at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup and Pastor Merritt Demski officiating. Mr. Eggemeyer was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Debt Reduction Fund or the American Cancer Society. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. 

Raymond R. Joseph, 85, of Columbia, died June 22, 2020 at Integrity Health Care in Columbia. He was born June 7, 1935, in Columbia, the son of the late Edwin H., Sr., and Lulu (nee Kissel) Joseph. Raymond married Lynne (nee Thompson) Joseph in 1983 in Columbia. She died in 1996. Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Loretta Dohrman and Eleanora Helfrich; and brothers, Edwin Joseph Irwin E. Joseph. Mr. Joseph is survived by nieces and nephews; special friend, Diane Rice; and close friends, Earl and Carol Reichert. He attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. Raymond was a member of the Columbia Blue Lodge 474 A.F. & A.M. He was a retired operator at Weyerhaeuser and was a long-time farmer. Mr. Joseph was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to Shriner's Hospital For Children in St. Louis. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements. 

Sharon "Sherry" Susan Dreps, nee Sinn, 66, of Waterloo, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 21, 2020, at Barnes Jewish Hospital. Her husband and daughter were at her side. Sherry was born Aug. 29, 1953, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Merlyn C. and Betty Lou (nee Reifschneider) Sinn. Mrs. Dreps is survived by her husband of 45 years, Michael Dreps; her only daughter Aerica (Greg) Pilkey; grandchildren Tristan and Gabriel Barber and Lukas Pilkey; brother Scott (Jennifer) Sinn; brothers-in-law Joseph (Cindy) Dreps and David Dreps; uncle Don (Delores) Reifschneider; aunts Betty (Lee) Rogers and Gretchen (Jim) Jubinski; nieces Kelsey (Brandon) Leetch, Alanna Rice, Aimee (Jeff) Krueger and Karen (E.J.) Engelhaupt; and nephews Adam (Madison) Rice and Robert Dreps; along with and many cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Stephanie A. (nee Sinn) Rice. For 40 years, Sherry was a cosmetologist in Millstadt and Waterloo. She attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Mrs. Dreps loved helping those in need in the community. Sherry was part of the marriage encounter community, a pre-Cana coordinator, and a minister to the sick and homebound. She also volunteered at the Feed My People Food Bank in St. Louis, Mo. She was a devoted wife and mother who loved to cook and take care of her family. Sherry cherished each of her friendships, embraced life to the fullest and truly loved making others happy. Visitation is Friday, June 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Attendees are asked to follow social distancing guideline; only 10 people at a time will be allowed in the funeral home. Funeral was Saturday, June 27, at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Dreps will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the Feed My People Food Bank. 

Rev. E. John Schaller, 88, of Waterloo, died June 12, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born May 17, 1932, in Jacksonville, Ill., the son of the late Dr. Edward and Grace (nee Wilson) Schaller. Mr. Schaller is survived by his ex-wife Linda H. Schaller; children Mary (Kurt) Schaller Blaufuss, Stephen (Maureen) Schaller, Paul Schaller and Rachel (Steven) Otten; grandchildren Elizabeth (Brannon) Mencke, Rebecca Blaufuss, Lucas Blaufuss, Stephanie Schaller, Emily (Dakota) Riddle, Eli Otten, Katherine Otten and Jacob Otten; sister Nancy Zeiler; and sister-in-law Wanda Schaller; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. James E. Schaller; brother-in-law William Zeiler; and nephew Peter Schaller. Mr. Schaller was a member and also a former associate pastor at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. He was also a former pastor at St. John UCC in Metropolis, Carondelet UCC of St. Louis and Friedens UCC in Hecker. John had also been a social worker. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mr. Schaller was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Friedens UCC in Hecker or to the Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. 

Duane Arnold Mueller, 64, of Waterloo, died June 27, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born June 12, 1956, in Red Bud, the son of the late Floyd and Ada F. (nee Gerber) Mueller. Mr. Mueller is survived by his brothers David (Jeannine) Mueller and Jay (Lesa) Mueller; sister Diane Mueller; and sister-in-law Donna Mueller; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Mueller. Mr. Mueller attended St. John UCC in Maeystown. He had retired from Gateway FS. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Mueller was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church. 

James G. Upchurch, 96, of Dupo, died June 23, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. He was born Nov. 6, 1923, in East St. Louis, the son of the late James and Eunice (nee Lane) Upchurch. After graduating from Dupo High School in 1942, Mr. Upchurch joined the U.S. Army where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon returning home, James founded and operated Upchurch Oil and Ready Mix Concrete. Mr. Upchurch is survived by his wife of 73 years, Doris (nee Wrightsman) Upchurch; daughters Cynthia Upchurch, Rebecca Parrin and Janet (Knute) Metz; a son, Gregory (Elizabeth) Upchurch; grandchildren, Knute Metz, Christopher Metz, Catherine and James Krack, Bret Strobo, Christine Linn, Brian and Dylan Upchurch, Jessica Huch and Christopher Parrin; brother-in-law, Bill Reynolds; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Carl Upchurch and Robert Upchurch; and sisters Jeanette Gericke, Johann Reynolds and Catherine Harberding. Private services were held. Mr. Upchurch was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital For Children or St. Jude's Hospital.  

Jacob B. Naumann, 29, of Columbia, died June 28, 2020, at his home. He was born Aug. 6, 1990, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Bruce and Susan, nee Stahl, Naumann, of Columbia, who survive him. Mr. Naumann was a cabinet designer with his father, Bruce, at the longstanding Columbia business, Naumann Woodworks. Jacob had a degree in music production and engineering. Jacob was a very passionate person, especially about his children, music and art. Mr. Naumann enjoyed the outdoors, whether camping or hunting. Besides his parents, Mr. Naumann is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (nee Clements) Naumann; son, Sylas Naumann; daughter, Lorelei Naumann; sisters, Tiffani (Sam) Haag and her children Mady, Claire, Colten and Hailey; and Alyse Albrecht and her children, Landen and Lucas; grandparents, George (Irma) Naumann of Columbia and Nelson (Deloris) Stahl of East Carondelet; and mother-in-law, Sylvia Eggemeyer of Festus, Mo.; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A Celebration of Jacob's life will be Friday, July 3, at 11 a.m., at Bolm-Schuhkraft Memorial City Park. Memorials may be made to: Trust Fund For Jacob's Children, c/o Bruce Naumann. Leesmann Funeral Home handled the arrangements. 

Tommie Gene Church, 71, of Portland, Ore., died May 8, 2020, at Russelville Park Living Facility after a long battle with lung disease. He was born July 31, 1948, in Excelsior Springs, Mo., the son of the late Caryl Gene Church and Arlene Bernice (nee Black) Church. Tommie married Mary Sue (nee Alexander) Church on Aug. 23, 1969, in Columbia; they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. Mary died May 17, 2020. Mr. Church is survived by his son Daniel (Kaiulani) Church; daughter Kathryn (Dan) Smith; sister Cathie (Gary) Trider; and grandchildren Isabella, Abigail, Ethan, Alex, Emma and Thomas. Mr. Church graduated from Columbia High School and William Jewel College before earning his medical degree from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1974. After practicing medicine for several years in Cameron, Mo., Tom joined the Air Force and enjoyed a 30-year decorated career as a flight surgeon specializing in aerospace medicine. He rose to the rank of colonel and held the position of the Commander of the School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, Tex., from 1996-98. Before retiring, he deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq in 2004. In retirement, Mr. Church pursued his passion for golf, but was first and foremost a loving husband, father and grandfather. Hillside Chapel in Oregon City, Ore., handled arrangements. Funeral will be held at Willamette National Cemetery at a later date.

Mary Sue Church, nee Alexander, 71, of Portland, Ore., died of natural causes May 17, 2020, at Adventist Medical Center. She was born Sept. 9, 1948, in Belleville, the daughter of Leroy Wild Alexander and Lucille (nee Tunze) Alexander. Mary Sue married Tommie Gene Church on August 23, 1969, in Columbia; the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. They were known to all as “Mary Sue and Tom.” He died May 8, 2020. Mrs. Church is survived by her son Daniel (Kaiulani) Church; daughter Kathryn (Dan) Smith; and grandchildren Isabella, Abigail, Ethan, Alex, Emma and Thomas. Mary Sue grew up in Columbia and graduated from Columbia High School in 1966. She loved life, her friends and family, and dancing. Mrs. Church was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will also be remembered as one of the greatest St. Louis Cardinals fans. Hillside Chapel in Oregon City, Ore., handled arrangements. Funeral will be held at Willamette National Cemetery at a later date.

Rev. E. John Schaller, 88, of Waterloo, died June 12, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born May 17, 1932, in Jacksonville, Ill., the son of the late Dr. Edward and Grace (nee Wilson) Schaller. Mr. Schaller is survived by his ex-wife Linda H. Schaller; children Mary (Kurt) Schaller Blaufuss, Stephen (Maureen) Schaller, Paul Schaller and Rachel (Steven) Otten; grandchildren Elizabeth (Brannon) Mencke, Rebecca Blaufuss, Lucas Blaufuss, Stephanie Schaller, Emily (Dakota) Riddle, Eli Otten, Katherine Otten and Jacob Otten; sister Nancy Zeiler; and sister-in-law Wanda Schaller; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. James E. Schaller; brother-in-law William Zeiler; and nephew Peter Schaller. Mr. Schaller was a member and also a former associate pastor at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. He was also a former pastor at St. John UCC in Metropolis, Carondelet UCC of St. Louis and Friedens UCC in Hecker. John had also been a social worker. Visitation was Monday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. A funeral followed with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mr. Schaller will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Friedens UCC in Hecker or to the Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

John P. Murphy, 50, of Columbia, died June 13, 2020. He was born Oct. 6, 1969, in Bloomington. John married Karri (nee Sanders) Murphy in 1993 in Vandalia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Murphy is survived by his mother, Carol Jane (nee Jacobs) Hamilton; father, John Phillip Murphy; sister, Kim Murphy; mother-in-law, Linda Sanders; nieces Allison Trosper, Lauren Trosper, Megan Lupton and Madison Lupton; and a nephew, Jake Trosper; along with aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, aunts and uncles. Mr. Murphy was a securities dealer at T and T Brokerage in Columbia. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. John was a member of the, Knights of Columbus - Council 6165 and the Columbia Lion's Club. He played for the 1987 Central Catholic High School state championship football team. John’s hobbies included yard work, gardening, racing, and riding horses. Private family services will be held. Mr. Murphy will be buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Ramsey. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Leesman Funeral Home handled the local arrangements.

A Legacy of Teaching,a Celebration of a Life Lucius Hernandez, of Oakville, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, 93, died May 22, 2020. He was a son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, teacher and friend. Lucius was born Dec. 13, 1926 in Arandas, in the Mexican state of Jalisco. As a child, Mr. Hernandez came with his family to the U.S. His thirst for knowledge led him to be fluent in five languages. Lucius was a generous person with his time and enjoyed sharing his love of languages with others. He was active in his church and in St. Vincent DePaul Society, helping those in need. Lucius spent his lifetime teaching others. Lucius' love of languages was shared with his many students over the years. As a young man Lucius taught in Spain and Peru. Early in his career, he taught at Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School in Waterloo. He then went on to Christian Brothers College High School for more than 30 years and also Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury, Mo. Lucius raised his four children, Mario (Connie) Hernandez, Michele (Tom) Carter, Andre (Emily) Hernandez, Adrien Hernandez, in Waterloo. He and Sandy, his wife of 33 years, eventually settled in Oakville, Mo. Mr. Hernandez was a stepfather to Patrick McCarthy and Brian (Sarah) McCarthy. Lucius is also survived by 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, one brother, and a brother-in-law. Lucius will be deeply missed by all who knew him and loved him, especially those who were blessed to have learned from him whether student, family or friend. A memorial service will be Aug. 1, at 11 a.m., at Queen of All Saints on Christopher Road in Oakville, Mo.

Gregory Louis Hamilton, 52, of Columbia, died June 1, 2020 peacefully at his home with his loving family at his side. He was born Feb. 14, 1968 in Belleville, the son of Everett and Judy (nee Range) Hamilton of Columbia. In addition to his parents, Mr. Louis-Hamilton is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Kathleen (nee, Mulconnery) Hamilton; children Cory Hamilton (Mallory Warnecke), Nicholas Hamilton and Colene Hamilton (Niklas Brodacki), all of Columbia; siblings Kim (Gary) Konkel of Millstadt, Douglas (Kara LeChien) Hamilton of Belleville, Karen (Jeffrey) Lautz, Glen Carbon, Susan (Stefan) Christian of Columbia and Christina Hamilton of Columbia; father-in-law Lawrence Mulconnery of Belleville; mother-in-law Mary (nee Sakalauskas) Mulconnery of St Petersburg, Fla.; sister-in-law Diane (Dean) Lawrence of Waterloo; nieces and nephews Jacob (Alyssa) Konkel, Joshua Konkel, Kathryn Konkel, Nathan Konkel, Maria Hamilton, Joseph Hamilton, Noah Hamilton, Emily Lautz, Madeline Lautz, Eliot Christian, Avner Christian, Maylin Hamilton, Cole (Lauren) Lawrence and Jack Lawrence; and great-nephew Dartagnan Konkel; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. We were blessed to have Greg in our lives, and he will be deeply missed. He was proceeded in death by paternal grandparents Robert and Dorothy Hamilton; maternal grandparents Arthur and Mildred Range; paternal grandparents Lawrence T. and Ada Mae Mulconnery; maternal grandparents Jonas and Anele Sakalauskas; and nephew Marlon O. Christian. Greg was a self-employed master carpenter and exceptional designer of homes. He excelled in high end remodeling and his attention to details was exquisite. Mr. Hamilton’s career started as a young boy building homes with his dad, Everett Hamilton. Greg will be remembered by his love for life which was full of interests that included racecars, camping, boating, fishing, Jeeping and the care he took of his beautiful home and yard. He above all loved watching his children’s involvement in sports and spending time with them and Kathy. His sense of humor and need for fun was who he was. Greg’s family was his constant light and strength. They shared a lot of laughter and fun because of his wonderful personality. They have a love of God and belief in him that never faltered. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Retah McPherson Ministry (made out to Kathleen Hamilton) and mailed to Braun Family Funeral Home, 265 Quarry Rd., Columbia, IL, 62236.

Anthony G. Steiner, 92, of Waterloo, died May 31, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 20, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., this son of a first-generation immigrant from Austria, Anton Steiner and his wife Walburga (nee Rustige). Mr. Steiner served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had moved in rural Waterloo in the early 1970s. Mr. Steiner is survived by his wife of 50 years, Buena Crozier Steiner; sisters Elizabeth and Christine; children Leslie Steiner (Diederik DeGraaf) and Scott Steiner (Krista Phillips); grandchildren Alec, Cassie, Braden and Trevor; and nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Theresa, Margaret and Catherine. Mr. Steiner will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Judith Ann Ritter, 76, of Cherokee Village, Ark., formerly of Waterloo and Columbia, died at her home June 7, 2020. She was born Aug. 9, 1943 in Olney, the daughter of the late Wayne and Mary Challacombe. Mrs. Ritter is survived by her husband of 57 years, Arthur Otto “Art” Ritter of the home; daughters Jill (Mark) Belk and Beth (Kenny) Burden, both of all of Jonesboro, Ark.; grandchildren Kaitlyn (Sam) Middleton of Bryant, Ark., Haley Burden of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Kristyn Belk, Noah Burden and Nathan Belk, all of Jonesboro; great-grandchild, Joshua Pete “J.P.” Middleton; and her sister, Alice Frierdich of Columbia. Judy was incredibly talented and compassionate. She loved spending time with family and friends and playing games. Other hobbies that brought her joy were quilting, cross-stitching, horseback riding, and raising and showing fainting goats. At Judy’s request, her body was donated to science, and no visitation or service is planned at this time.

May 2020

Betty Jean Pierson, nee Raeber, 83, of Columbia, died May 29, 2020. She was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Irwin and Lizetta (nee Keller) Raeber. Betty married Thomas E. Pierson in 1960 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Pierson is survived by her children, Julie (David) Greatting and Lawrence (Kathy) Pierson, both of Columbia; grandchildren, Joel (Savannah) Greatting, Reed Greatting, and Emily and Eric Jessen; and her sister JoAnn (Robert) Crowe of Wildwood, Mo.; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Allen (Janice) Raeber, and Lloyd Raeber in infancy; and sisters Ruth (Roland) Keim, Jeanette Raeber, Mildred (Arnold) Zavadil and Fern (Don) Ruth. Mrs. Pierson attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. She had retired from H.J. Frierdich Construction Co. Betty was an avid sports fan who loved rooting on her grandchildren's teams, the baseball Cardinals and Mizzou teams. Mrs. Pierson was devoted to her family and friends. A private service will be held at Leesman Funeral Home. Mrs. Pierson will be buried at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Janet L. McMullan, 84, of Columbia, died May 29, 2020. She was born May 16, 1936, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Norman and Adele (nee Zeiser) Siebothem. Janet married Leon G. McMullan in 1958; he died in 2003. Mrs. McMullan is survived by her sons, Pat (Cindy) McMullan of Columbia and Dan (Angie) McMullan of Waterloo; daughter, Maureen (Marty McConnell) McMullan of Creve Coeur, Mo.; grandchildren, Megan McMullan, Brendan McMullan, Sean McMullan, Sara (Derek) Smithee, Crystal Craft, Alicia (Scott) Demetrulias and Molly McConnell; and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. McMullan attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She was generous, outgoing and fun-loving lady who never met a stranger. Janet enjoyed spending time with her family, and she loved them fiercely and well. Private services were held. Mrs. McMullan was buried at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. John Bosco Children's Center in Belleville.

Gary G. Pieper, 71, of Columbia, died May 30, 2020, at Evergreen Point Transitional Care in Waterloo. He was born April 12, 1949, in Red Bud. Mr. Pieper is survived by his mother Dorothy “Doty” (nee Luhr) Pieper; brother Dennis “Boog” Pieper; and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Harold W. "Mick" Pieper; and sister-in-law Joan (nee Kremmel) Pieper. Gary grew up in New Hanover and remained a Monroe Countian through and through his entire life. His passion for baseball led him to be a Valmeyer Lakers player and longtime assistant coach. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he was a guitar player with the local rock band The Tories. Gary also recorded traveled to Nashville to record the country song "Illinois Cowboy." While at the University of Illinois, he was active with the Pi Kappa Alpha “Pike” fraternity. Mr. Pieper graduated with a degree in landscape architecture. He was employed as the landscape architect with Sverdrep & Parcell Engineering of St. Louis. Gary helped designed Queeny Park in St. Louis County. Mr. Pieper was the president of Monroe Development. He attended Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover. A private funeral was held June 3, at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor R. J. Morgan officiating. Mr. Pieper was buried at St. John Cemetery in the shadow of the ballpark in original town Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to the Zoar UCC Building Fund or the Valmeyer Lakers Baseball Club.

Patrick Louis Kish, 65, of Columbia, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on May 13, 2020 after a prolonged illness. He was born Oct. 17, 1954, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville the son of the late Albert George and Betty Ann (nee Schmidt) Kish. Mr. Kish is survived by brothers Dennis(Elaine), Michael (Jeanne), Thomas, Steven (Debbie) and Albert Jr. (Patresa) Kish; sisters Mary (John) Olsson, Susan (Lou Kissing) Settle, Margaret (James) Burns and Joanne (John Briggs) Stahlmann; nephews Jeff (Devon), Jared, Andrew, Ben, Tim (Sunni), Dan, Alex, and Casey Kish, Samuel and David Olsson and Joshua Burns; nieces Janna (Chris) Jackson, Amy (Tim) Meyer, Andrea (Todd) Biske, Kristi (Mike) Stuart, Beth Kish, Courtney (Frank) Ortner, Emily (Chet) Waver, Anna, Naomi and Eve Olsson, Nicole, Rebecca and Lucy Settle, Stephanie, Jessica (Raul) Perez and Emma Burns; great-nephews and great-nieces Cameron and Nathan Uhrlock, Liliana and Lathe Kish, Parker Castagnera, Mitch (Jessica) and Abbie Meyer, Elena, Spencer and Maria Biske, Shawn Michael and Joey Stuart, Brendan and Ethan Gamble, Thomas, Chloe, Parker, A.J., Logan and Delilah Kish, Rosie and Ellie Waver, Lillith Settle, and Amelia and Cynthia Buettner; and aunts and uncles Florence (late Uncle Louis) Kish, Richard (Sue) Schmidt and Julie Schmidt Gregory. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Gerald Kish; sisters-in-law Rubymaria Kish and Nancy Kish; brothers-in law Steve Stahlmann and Kenneth Settle; and special Aunt Pearl Schmidt Mueller. Mr. Kish graduated from Immaculate Conception School and Gibault Catholic High School (Class of 1972) and attended SIU Edwardsville. He was a former manager of Al’s Cleaner’s in Columbia and later spent nearly 38 years as a press operator fabricating conveyor belting at Beltservice Corporation in Earth City, Mo. Mr. Kish attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia where he was a member of the George R. Kutterer Council 6165 Knights of Columbus. Pat was an avid reader who loved the Columbia Public Library. Patrick’s family would like to thank his family at Beltservice Corporation, Fr. Carl Scherrer, Dr. Greco and Siteman Cancer Center, Heartland Hospice, Leesman-Lawlor Funeral Home, all his friends at The Garden Place, Jim Whelan, Tracy Halstead, and his loving sister Maggie Burns who ministered to his every need. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, a Thanksgiving Mass celebrating Patrick’s life will be held on his birthday, Saturday, Oct. 17 at his church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Kish will be buried at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene J. Schorb – Immaculate Conception Parish Fund for Catholic Education, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Education and Activities Center Fund, Gibault Catholic High School or the Columbia Public Library.

Meldora Layton, nee Beers, 90, of Mineral Point, Wisc., died May 20, 2020 at Sienna Crest Assisted Living. She was born Dec. 7, 1929, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Harry and Ora Ethel (nee Grenawalt) Beers. Mrs. Layton is survived by her daughter-in-law, Lila L. McCracken; grandchildren, Corey (Natasha) McCracken, Jeremy (Tammy) McCracken and Kelly (Caleb) Gieseke; great-grandchildren, Ethan McCracken, Brandon McCracken, Hannah McCracken and Sarah McCracken, Dylan Leffler, Skyler Gieseke and Breanna Gieseke, Cameron McCracken, Charles McCracken, Clara McCracken and baby on the way; her sibling, Loren Beers; niece, Ruth Thelma Rust; and great-nieces and nephews, Robert Rust Jr., Marsha Wilke, Cheryl Schmid and Jimmy Rust. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Stanton McCracken; her second husband, Clarence Layton; and sons, Lance Cameron McCracken and Michael Bruce McCracken. Mrs. Layton attended First Baptist Church in Waterloo and faithfully served Life Network of Southern Illinois, the Waterloo-based pregnancy center, for more than 20 years. Her heart for the unborn and the mission of the ministry was evident. She participated in their annual Life Walk every year and was one of their top fundraisers. Meldora would often tell them that God kept her on this earth for one purpose - “to save babies.” Mrs. Layton remained faithful to that calling until the end. When Life Network asked Meldora if there is anything that they could do for her, she simply stated, “Just remember me.” Mrs. Layton will always hold a special place in the hearts and lives of everyone associated with Life Network. Her grandchildren called her "Sug", (short for Sugar). She was very proud of that and was loved by them. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, all services will be private. Mrs. Layton will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Life Network in Waterloo.

Antoinette “Toni” Blandford, nee Cira, 78, of Waterloo, died May 14, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Jan. 29, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Blandford is survived by her husband, Fritz Blandford; children John (Shannon) Blandford and Kelle (Kevin) Oeste; grandchildren John and Brittany Blandford; great-grandchild Lorynn; sister Rosemary (Terry) Hogan; and brothers Salvatore (Debby) Cira and Tony (Jana) Cira; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Mary (nee Mrozowicz) Cira; and brother John Cira. Mrs. Blandford was a member of Monroe County Home Extension. She attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. A private service will be held at a later date. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 

Floyd A. Buettner, 89, died May 6, 2020, at Spectrum Health Hospital. He was born Jan. 13, 1931., the son of the late John and Myrtle Buettner. Mr. Buettner is survived by his wife, Shirley (nee Limestall) Buettner; sons, Kerry and Laurie Buettner, Bart and Sara Buettner, and Brad and Donna Buettner; grandchildren, Colton and Kelsey Buettner, Matt Weston, Jess Daniels, Jennifer Wood, Heather Butcher, and Michele Yupell; and brothers-in-law, Clyde and Ann Limestall. Besides his parents, was preceded in death by five brothers, one sister, and a great-granddaughter, Allyse Buettner.

 

Elizabeth M. "Liz" Mathes, nee Sweet, 91, of Waterloo, died May 14, 2020, in Alton. She was born Nov. 29, 1928, in East St. Louis. Mrs. Mathes is survived by her daughter, Sandy Reinhold of Waterloo; and sons, Shelby R ( Nancy) Mathes Sr., and Rodney (Melanie) Mathes of Alton; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, a niece, a nephew, an aunt, and lots of cousins. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Shelby D. Mathes Jr.; grandson Kirk Osterhage; daughter-in-law Margaret “Shelly” Mathes; parents George Edward and Barbara Elizabeth (nee Havel) Sweet; sister Jeanette Sweet; and brother George A. Sweet. Elizabeth and her husband started the family business, Shelby's Service in East St. Louis in the 1950s. It continues to serve the community now in the third generation of family ownership. Liz was the bookkeeper, parts runner and tow truck driver for many years until she stayed home to raise her family. Many claimed she had a lead foot. Mrs. Mathes was an avid gardener, accordion player, home crafter, and Sunday School teacher. Private services will be held at Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Association.

Miriam K. Jung, nee Kunkel, 95, of Waterloo, died May 31, 2020, in Red Bud. She was born Nov. 5, 1924, in Burksville, the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (nee Kelley) Kunkel. Mr. Jung is survived by her children Mary Kay Jung, Charles Jung, Steve Jung, Mark (Jan) Jung and Jean (Jim Gunter) Jung; grandson Jeremy Vorce; four great-grandchildren; and her sister Adele (Syl) Goessling; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus Jung; son Joseph Jung; grandson Greg Vorce; sisters Bernadette Kunkel, Mary (George) Siegfried and Madonna (Vernon) Degener; brothers Robert (Alberta) and Walter (Virginia) Kunkel; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Rosemary (Reed) Dearing, Doris Jung and Robert (Jane) Jung. Mrs. Jung attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was active in the community, serving as 4-H leader, a member of the Illinois Homemaker's Extension, and most recently was on the Garden Place Senior Living resident's board. A drive-thru visitation took place Friday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A private mass was held with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Jung was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Endowment Fund, SPPS Grade School, the Gibault Catholic High School Endowment Fund or random acts of kindness in Miriam's memory.

Donald E. Mueller, 78, of Columbia, died May 26, 2020 at Barnes Jewish Medical Center. He was born Nov. 11, 1941, in Belleville, the son of the late Oliver G. and Esther A. (nee Rehg) Mueller. Mr. Mueller is survived by his daughters, Lori (Gene) Stumpf and Lisa (Bryan) Braun, both of Columbia; grandchildren, Lucas, Logan and Cory Stumpf, and Tyler and Melinda Braun; former wife, Bonnie (nee Hatter) Mueller; sister-in-law, Barbara Mueller; nephew, Richard Mueller; and faithful pup, Mollie; along with godchildren, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Toni Lynn Mueller; and a brother, Robert Mueller. For more than 35 years, Mr. Mueller owned R & M Oil and Supply in Columbia. He was also a lifelong farmer. Donald attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. He was a member of the Monroe County Planning Commission, Monroe County Farm Bureau, former Columbia Levee District Commissioner, and supported the area youth at the Monroe County Fair livestock auctions. Mr. Mueller attended seed, chemical and crop insurance meetings, which always had good company and great food. Politics and politicians were a favorite topic of conversation. A drive-thru visitation took place Thursday, May, 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Lawlor Funeral Home carport in Columbia.  Mr. Mueller was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church, Columbia Future Farmers of America or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Jean E. Habermehl, 98, of Columbia, died May 18, 2020 at de Greeff Hospice House in Concord, Mo. She was born Sept. 25, 1921, in Sparta, the daughter of the late Harry and Martha (nee Smith) Mathews. Jean married Norman H. Habermehl in 1941; he died in 1995. Mrs. Habermehl is survived by her daughter, Lynda Lee Sauer of Columbia; son, James (Cathy) Habermehl of Twisp, Wash.; grandchildren, Mindy Ann (Monte) Kendrick of Madison, Wisc., Angela Lee (Nathan) Leonard of Hillsboro, Mo., Nichole Bernhard of Park City, Utah, and Tara (Mark) Huson of Seattle, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Colton, Carson, Carolyn, Cade and Oliver; and son-in-law, Rolf Bernhard of Seattle, Wash. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Bernhard; grandchild, Aaron Habermehl; and son-in-law, Ronald S. Sauer. Jean had retired from the First Bank in Columbia (formerly Monroe National Bank). Mrs. Habermehl attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where for many years she taught Sunday School. She donated blood to the American Red Cross. Jean was a voracious reader and supported and frequented the Columbia Public Library. She was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed the outdoors. Private services were held. She was current at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia or the Columbia Public Library Fund.

Kathleen R. Overbey, 79, of Columbia, died May 21, 2020 at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. She was born July 19, 1940, in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of the late Waldo and Evelyn Ann (nee Powers) Ward. Kathleen married Nelson Bruce Overbey in 1963 in Omaha. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Overbey is survived by daughters Laura (Phillip) Haggard of Bear, Del.; Linda (Steve) Merz of Millstadt and Susan (Theodore) Haenni of Ballwin, Mo.; grandchildren Danielle and Jason Merz and Michael and Megan Haenni; and sisters Peggy (Dennis) McGinn of Glenwood, Iowa, and Sally Lund of Springdale, Ark. She was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Fink; and brother, Michael Fink. Mrs. Overbey attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia and was a member of the Tole Painters Society. She enjoyed many types of crafts, including ceramics, crocheting, Tole painting, watercolor painting and card making. Private funeral services were held. Mrs. Overbey was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Lorene C. Moehrs, 91, of Columbia, died May 27, 2020 at Mercy Hospital South. She was born April 21, 1929, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late August and Clara (nee Harms) Kloepper. Lorene married LeRoy C. Moehrs in 1949 in Prairie. Folks will remember back in the day when LeRoy worked at Salger's Shoe Store. He died in 1999. Mrs. Moehrs is survived by her daughters, Helen (Joel) Raeber of Marietta, Ga., Ruth (Jim) Mason Smith of Collinsville and Joan (Stephen) Raney of Columbia; grandchildren, Matthew (Kelly) Raeber, Christopher (Sarah) Mason, Andrew (Megan) Mason, Valerie (Bobby) Prashad and Stephanie Raney; and great-grandchildren, Scout and Malcolm, Tarynn and Everett, and J. D. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Marvin Kloepper; and sister, Florence Clessa. Lorene attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. She enjoyed raising West Highland White Terriers, gardening, crocheting, needlepoint and sewing of any kind. Lorene was a community quilter assisting with many local causes through the years. Mrs. Moehrs retired as a payroll clerk from Luhr Bros. in Columbia. Services were private. Mrs. Moehrs was buried at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church.

Louis Garcia, 96, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died May 14, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Nov. 9, 1923, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Jose and Flora (nee Gonzalez) Garcia. Mr. Garcia is survived by his sons Bryan (Barbara) Garcia and Garrett (Janet) Garcia; daughter-in-law Jo Garcia, grandchildren Mattea, Megan and Erin; great-grandchildren Mathew, Emilie and Rachal; sisters Olga (Henry) Davis, Anna Hesse and Geraldine Bedwell; and sister-in-law Barbara Garcia; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor L. (nee Arndt) Garcia; son David Garcia; brothers Ted (Doris) Garcia, Joe Garcia, and Manuel (Betty) Garcia; and brothers-in-law Robert Hesse and Harold Bedwell. Mr. Garcia was a veteran of World War II. He had worked for Exxon Mobil and owned Fairlawn Cleaners. Louis was a member of Turkey Hill Grange and volunteered at United Church of Christ’s Illinois South Conference Beacon and the Belleville Food Pantry. Visitation was Thursday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. (Please follow all social distancing recommendations and only 10 people will be allowed in the funeral home at a time. We ask that you please remain outside or in your vehicles until notified.) A private funeral service will follow. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Crossing Church in Fenton, Mo.

April 2020

Howard A Rudder, 70 , of Columbia, died April 28, 2020 at Integrity Health Care of Columbia. He was born June 3, 1949, in St. Louis, Mo. Howard married Debbie (nee Haselhorst) Rudder in 1984 in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Rudder is survived by a daughter, Barbara J (James) Faupel of St. Louis, Mo.; son, Charlie L (Elea) Rudder of Troy; granddaughters, Anne Faupel and Evie Rudder; brother, Philip Rudder of St. Louis, Mo.; and sisters, Clara (Sam) Chandler of Sequim, Wash., and Eadie Rudder of Phoenix, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Una (nee Radford) Rudder; and sister-in-law, Robin Rudder. Mr. Rudder was a retired project estimator from Ameren in St. Louis, Mo. He was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 1455. Howard attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. Private graveside service was at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children or the St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation.

Constance M. "Connie" Thomas, nee Olsson, 92, of Waterloo, died April 30, 2020 at Integrity Health Care in Columbia. She was born April 14, 1928, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Walter and Helen (nee Jugalard) Olsson. Connie married Q. Thomas in 1949. He died in 1996. Mrs. Thomas is survived by her children, Dennis (Janet) Thomas and Nancy (John) Presley; grandchildren John F. Thomas, Heather Presley, Jennifer Spencer and John B. Presley; sister Barb Schindler; and sister-in-law Elaine Olsson. She was preceded in death by her brothers Donald (Ann) Olsson and Alvin (Elaine) Olsson. Mrs. Thomas was buried at the St. Patrick Catholic Church Cemetery in Tipton with Father John Kizhakedan officiating.

Gene L. Rice, 83, of Waterloo, died Monday, April 6, 2020, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville due to complications of the COVID-19 virus. He was born Feb. 11, 1937, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Floyd Rice and Grace Rice Heslop. Mr. Rice is survived by his wife, Nancy; sister Margaret (Rice) Alling; children David (Angela) Rice and Shari (Larry) Kruep; grandchildren Autumn (Bryan) Maag, Emily Rice, Colton Kruep, Jonathan (fiancé Sahara Richison) Rice and Austin Rice; and great-grandson Jackson Maag. Mr. Rice graduated from Cahokia Commonfields High School in 1955 and attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He retired as a logistics supervisor in 1997 after 30 years at Monsanto Krummrich Plant in Sauget. Gene attended Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Private family services were held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Patricia Jean Wenk, nee Niewoehner… Born in Lemay, Mo., on July 11 1932, a St. Andrews Catholic Grade School grad and Bayless High School drama club and cheerleader alum. Married to Kenneth F. Wenk 68 years as his favorite jitterbug partner and the “Love of his Life”. Beautiful mother of Kenneth A. Wenk (Sherry) and Jeanne M. Cocos (Kerry Krueger). She passed on Good Friday and is in the loving arms of her Lord; her Momma Eugenia A. Niewoehner (nee Holtkamp), her Daddy Albert J. Niewoehner, sisters Lorraine A. Praechter and Marion E. Holtkamp. Terribly proud grandma of Joseph Cocos (Kimberly), Benjamin Cocos (Sharon), Andrew Wenk (Lisa), Sarah Cocos-Stumpf (Matthew), Theodore Wenk (Jill), Samantha Domagalski (Ryan) and step-grandma to Amy Andrews (Bill) and Austin Thurmond. Truly amazed by her Great-Grandchildren Rylee Jo, Charlie, Gage, Ava, Gabi Rae, Evie, Silas, Cara, Andrew, Jack, Zachary and Gunnar and step-great-grandchildren Hunter, Aubrey and Kennedy Rose. Wonderful aunt, neighbor and friend to all who met her. Spunky and witty. Faithful and sweet. Mehlville School District bus driver for 31 years and “loved every minute of it.” Lover of life, Fords, Mercury outboards and the St. Louis Cardinals. Passionate U.S.A. patriot and #1 fan of lake fun – boating and bonfires, friendship and laughter. Join us Saturday July 11, 2020 to honor Patricia in a Celebration of Life (location TBD). The family requests memorial contributions to the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Foundation, 3800 Park Avenue, St. Louis, Mo., 63110. We ask that you always remember to make time to share life and laughter with your children, family and friends.

Betty Mae Probasco, nee Carey, 94, of , Waterloo, died April 17, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 13, 1926, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Hillery Connell and Lillian Marie Carey. Betty was raised by her grandparents, John and Sarah (nee Dove) Owens. In 1946 she married Milton Arden Probasco, the longtime band director for Waterloo High School and the Waterloo Muni Band. He died in 2007. Mrs. Probasco is survived by two daughters, three grandchildren and a great-grandson. She St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Betty will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Michael E. Terry, 69, of Dupo, died April 7, 2020 at his residence in Dupo following a battle with cancer. He was born March 2, 1951, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Terry was the current Sugarloaf Township Supervisor. He was a member of the Dupo / East Carondelet Lions Club (past officer), Columbia Masons Blue Lodge 474 A.F. and A.M., Mississippi Valley Lodge 1009 Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Dupo VFW Post 6368 (past board). Mr. Terry served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Terry is survived by his children, Justin (Erin) Terry of St. Louis, Mo., Rebecca Terry of St. Louis, Mo., and Leann (Brett) Reed of Dupo; grandchildren Elias Terry and Audrey Reed; his loving partner, Betty Kirk of Dupo; sisters Sharon Terry of DuQuoin and Charlotte Terry of Dupo; and brother Wayne (Donna) Terry of Tumas, Mo; along with nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank E. and Genevieve (nee White) Terry; and brothers David Terry and Bruce Terry. Private services will be held. Mr. Terry will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Dupo / East Carondelet Lions Club. Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo handled arrangements.

Edna M. Mueller, nee Roider, 79, of Waterloo, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2020 after a long battle with kidney disease. She was born March 23, 1941, in Red Bud. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her children Kathy (John) Whaley and Jeannette Kelly; granddaughter Elizabeth Whaley; sister Erna Roider; brother Eldon (JoAnn) Roider; and sisters-in-law Laverne Hesterberg, Virginia Mueller, Ora Roider and Ardell Roider; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband William H. Mueller Jr.; parents Anton and Marie (nee Gaitsch) Roider; sister Elsie Stadter; and brothers Edwin, Earl, Erwin and Elmer Roider. Mrs. Mueller attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Private services were held. She was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the National Kidney Foundation.

Lela I. Arras, nee Pieper, 91 years, of Columbia, died April 6, 2020 at Integrity Health Care of Columbia. She was born March 8, 1929, in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late Walter F. and Amanda (nee Mueller) Pieper. Lela married Warren A. Arras in 1949 in Valmeyer. He died in 2012. Mrs. Arras is survived by her children Gordon (Alice) Arras, Aaron (Yvonne) Arras and Lori (Kevin) Vogt, all of Columbia; grandchildren Crystal (Troy) Peppers, Heather (Josh) Ballou, Tina (Bob) Young, Patricia (Chris) Fassel, Colin (Jennifer) Vogt and Kyle Vogt; great-grandchildren Mickey, Christine, Kaitlyn, and Mason Wallace, Ava Peppers, Olivia Ballou, Katherine Pierson, Ireland Fassel, and Hanks and Calvin Vogt; and sister-in-law Bernadette Pieper. Mrs. Arras attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She had worked for 40 years as a cafeteria cook and manager with the Columbia School District. She loved her work in the CUSD - being around the children and teachers; Lela retired at 74. Mrs. Arras touched many lives with her kind heart and friendly smile. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Chris Arras; daughter Linda Arras; sisters Alice (Bill) Lueking, Dorothy (Kermit) Hoffman and Selma Pieper; and brothers Fred (Lillian) Pieper and Walter Pieper. Private family services will be held. Mrs. Arras will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Joseph Baillargeon Jr., 66, of Colorado, formerly of Millstadt, died April 1, 2020, in Pueblo, Colo. He was born Feb. 5, 1954, in Inchon, South Korea, the son of the late Joseph Baillargeon Sr. and Sukcha “Kim” Baillargeon. Mr. Baillargeon is survived by his wife, Marilyn (nee Caporicci) Baillargeon; sons Jay Baillargeon and Chris (Shannon) Baillargeon; siblings John Baillargeon, Paul Baillargeon, Rose Ferry and Marie Baillargeon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother Peter Baillargeon; father-in-law and mother-in-law Pasquale and Ann Caporicci; and brother-in-law Dennis Caporicci. “Junior” graduated from Millstadt Grade School, Belleville West High School (Class of ’73) and Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. He moved to Colorado to begin a career in law enforcement. Junior went on to work 32 years with the Pueblo Police Department, retiring after earning many promotions, awards and commendations. Mr. Baillargeon was a lifetime member of the NRA. He was an avid fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball and St. Louis Blues hockey. He also cheered on the Colorado Avalanche hockey team during his time in Colorado. Junior also enjoyed fishing, visiting the range with his friends, and collecting sports memorabilia. Most of all, he loved his time spent with his wife and family. Private family graveside service will be held.

Robert L. "Rob" Jennings, 57, of Waterloo, died April 1, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 27, 1962, in Canton. Mr. Jennings is survived by his wife Julia (nee Lyons) Jennings; children Jackson Jennings and Maxwell Jennings; parents Robert and Carolyn (nee Bordwine) Jennings; sisters Sue Jennings and Kathy Jennings; brother Brady (Alysia) Jennings; nieces; nephews; and cousins. Rob coached Red Bud Muskets football and the Waterloo Youth Wrestling Club and was a volunteer assistant for Waterloo High School football and wrestling. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo High School athletics. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Lucille A. (Seib) Heise, nee Haudrich, 101, of Columbia, died April 4, 2020 at Integrity Health Care of Columbia. She was born Feb. 22, 1919, in Smithton, the daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (nee Helfrich) Haudrich. Lucille was the eldest member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt. Mrs. Heise is survived by her daughters Donna Jean (Roger) Christy of Naples, Fla., and Mary Beth Geer of Smithton; son Walter A. Seib of Waco, Tex.; grandchildren Arthur (Trish) Seib of Waco, Tex., Daniel Seib of San Diego, Calif., Rebecca Hill of Belleville and Katherine (DeWayne) Loader of San Diego, Calf.; great-grandchildren Christopher Gavin Hill, Kylie and Aubrie Seib, and Jonah, Salem and Gavin Loader; and special friend Allen (Perri) Hoock of Waterloo; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 42 years, Walter H. Seib; second husband of 16 years, Dennis Heise; brothers William Haudrich and Emil Haudrich; and three sisters, Ann Haudrich, Ellenor Becker, and Adele Berkel. Lucille was cremated according to her wishes. A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church of Millstadt.

David Bustamante Rahe, 64, of Hillsboro, Ill., formerly of Valmeyer, died suddenly on April 2, 2020, at his family’s home farm in rural Valmeyer. He was struck down while he and his brother Daniel were spring burning a dead cover crop off a field. Mr. Rahe is survived by his wife Maribeth (nee Nabers) Rahe; sons and daughters-in-law, Nathan and Courtney and Zachary and Rebecca Rahe; granddaughters Eleanor and Rhiannon Rahe; parents Henry and Elizabeth “Belle” (nee Bustamante) Rahe; brothers and sisters-in-law Daniel (Brenda) and Edward (Leanne) Rahe; brother-in-law Lowell Nabers; nephews Erik Rahe, Keith (Chrissy) Nabers; Todd (Cindy) Nabers, Mike (Debra) Schellhardt and Steve Schellhardt and their families; nieces Deandra (Robert) Mac Dermott and Allison (Matthew) Rude; and great-nephews Charlie Rude and Daniel, Henry and Otto MacDermott; aunt Stella Espinoza and uncle Victor Bustamante. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law A.J. ”Slim” and Olga Nabers; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Manny and Fanny Schellhart and Dorothy Nabers; and a nephew Joe Schellhardt. He was born Aug. 19, 1955, in Red Bud. He was raised on the family farm on Valmeyer Rural Route 1 (Warnock). He attended Valmeyer Public School, graduating from VHS in 1973. Mr. Rahe graduated from the University of Illinois in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy. After college Dave went to work as a soil scientist for the Soil Conservation Service / Natural Resources Conservation Service. He also worked on loan to the St. Louis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and after retirement, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, served as a contract worker for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He also worked for Soil-Right Consulting Services, Inc.; and then founded his own soil testing company, RPM LLC. This job took Dave all over the states of Illinois and Missouri. During the course of his travels Dave photographed every county courthouse in Illinois, completed in 2018. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Zoar United Church of Christ (9103 D Road, Columbia, IL 62236). Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Paul A. Wortmann, 75, of Columbia, died April 2, 2020 at Freeburg Care Center. He was born July 5, 1944, in Red Bud, the son of the late Alvin and Arline (nee Meyer) Wortmann. Paul married Martha (nee Bruns) Wortmann in 1967 in St. Charles, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Wortman is survived by sons Joseph P. Wortmann and Timothy B. (Cara) Wortmann, both of Birmingham, Ala.; daughter, Rebecca L. (Michael) Mills of Columbia; grandchildren Sydney, Kathryn, Gabriel, Brian and Ethan Wortmann, and Brandon and Mason Mills; and his sister, Ellen (Charles) Juelfs of Columbia. Mr. Wortman served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He served several terms (including as board president) with the Columbia Unit 4 School Board. He was a 50-year member of the Waterloo Masonic Lodge 787 AF & AM (50 yr. member), the Columbia American Legion Post 581, Columbia Gymnastic Association, Columbia Sportsman's Club and the Columbia Jaycees. Paul was raised as a member of the Zion UCC of St. Joe and later attended St. Paul UCC of Columbia. Paul enjoyed golf, fishing and playing cards. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC of Columbia or Zion UCC of St. Joe.

March 2020

Gerald Wayne “Jerry” Elder died Sunday March 22, 2020. He was the son of the late George and Zelma Elder. Mr. Elder is survived by his wife Janice (nee Flaiz) Elder; daughter Amy Elder; brothers Paul (the late Kathy), Rich (Toni), Bob (Cindy) and Jim (Karen) Elder; and sisters Barb (Paul) James and Mary (Sam) Parker; along with nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by brothers Don, Dan and Steve Elder. Mr. Elder was a 50-plus year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Locals 113 and 309. He was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Ronald Schultheis, 68, died March 30, 2020, at Barnes Hospital following an extended illness. He was born March 21, 1952 in Red Bud. Mr. Schultheis is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Suzanne (nee Sauer) Schultheis; daughters Leanne (James) Arnold and Andrea (J.P.) Childers; grandchildren Caroline and Claire Arnold and Will and Adelyn Childers; siblings Kenneth (Sandra) Schultheis, Donald Schultheis, Doris (Steve) Mosbacher and Robert (Karen) Schultheis; brothers-in-law Thomas (Joan) Sauer and Daniel Sauer; mother-in-law LaVerne Sauer; and sister-in-law Lynne Clark; along with cousins, family and friends. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Charles and Laverne (nee Prange) Schultheis; and father-in-law Charles Sauer. Ronnie retired in 2014 from Monroe County Electric where he was a lineman for 41 years and member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 309. He served the Monroe County community as a member of the Monroe County Zoning Board of Appeals for five years, the Monroe County Regional Planning Commission for eight years and in 2017 made the decision to pursue a dream of running for a county office. In November 2018, he was elected as a Republican member of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners and served until his death. Mr. Schultheis was proud of his Monroe County roots and believed that he needed to help protect the community of Monroe County to the best of his ability so that future generations would know and love the community he loved so much. He truly cared for his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a skilled kloepper player. Public, Drive Through Visitation: In the current environment of social distancing, which goes against everything he loved, the family would like to honor him in a unique way. Family and friends are invited to a drive-thru visitation at the Monroe County Fairgrounds on Friday, April 3, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please enter at the east entrance (Waterloo side). The family appreciates your support as they formulate a way to honor his memory and share their grief with the community, family, and friends. A private funeral service and burial will be held on a later date.

Bertha L. Washausen, nee Wild, 98, of Waterloo, went home to be with the Lord on March 31, 2020, in Waterloo. Her daughters were by her side. She was born April 14, 1921, in Burksville. Mrs. Washausen is survived by her children Judith Gipson, Janet Steibel, Joyce (Dennis) Pfeffer and James (Sharon) Washausen; grandchildren Jeff Steibel, Karen (Lenny) Schwarze, Neal (Heather) Gipson, Gina (Jerry) Hiller, Michael Washausen, John (Christine) Pfeffer, Todd Steibel and Jason Washausen; along with 12 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild, step grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond F. Washausen; parents Daniel and Catherine (nee Keck) Wild Sr.; brother Dan Wild Jr., sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Hilda and John Washausen and Anton and Laura Roider; and son-in-law Frank Gipson. Mrs. Washausen loved her children unconditionally, guiding them, raising them in a Christian home, and always being there for them. Bertha was a devout Christian. She was not only our mother, she was our best friend. Her greatest joy was her family. Bertha enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening and babysitting for her family. Mrs. Washausen had worked for Garcia Real Estate and attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. She was a member of Smithton Sportsman's Club Auxiliary. Private family services will be held. Mrs. Washausen will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Burksville Cemetery.

Arbah Jo Weston, 83, of Valmeyer, died March 31, 2020 at Mercy Hospital South. She was born April 13, 1936, in Murphysboro. Arbah was married Russell Weston in 1953. He died in 2008. Mrs. Weston is survived by her daughter, April (Ronald) Callahan of Valmeyer; son, Russell Weston Jr.; niece, Jean Ann Clough; nephew, Kevin Lyerla; and pets, Jasper and Rowdy. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Aubrey and Opal (nee Lucas) Lyerla; and brothers Gene Lyerla and Aubrey “Jack” Lyerla. Arbah had been employed as a cashier in Waterloo. She attended Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo and Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover. Private services will be held. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Vernell L. Rippelmeyer, nee Schneider, 91, of Waterloo, died March 28, 2020, in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 22, 1928, in Valmeyer. Mrs. Rippelmeyer is survived by her children Dennis (Janet) Rippelmeyer, David Rippelmeyer, Dale (Kristine) Rippelmeyer and Tracey (Dan) Schmieg; grandchildren Laurie (Mike) Conrad, Brett (Lindsay) Rippelmeyer, Aaron (Michelle) Rippelmeyer, Jason (Chelsea) Rippelmeyer and Kendra (Justin) Jatho; 7 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters Robert (Gloria) Schneider, Marlene Schneider, Marvin Schneider and Sharon Schneider; and sister-in-law Ann Schneider; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin W. Rippelmeyer; parents Fred H. and Elenora (nee Mehrtens) Schneider; sisters and brothers Marian Westholt, Glen Schneider, Ronald Schneider, Willard Schneider and Joan Schneider; daughter-in-law Linda Rippelmeyer; and brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Ray Westholt, Donna Schneider and Nadine Schneider. Mrs. Rippelmeyer attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. Private family services with a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Thomas G. Knight, 72, of Waterloo, died March 27, 2020, in Belleville. He was born Oct. 5, 1947, in Queens, NY, the son of the late George Walter and Frances (nee Bodwick) Knight. Mr. Knight is survived by his children Tracy Knight, Susan (Patrick) Etheridge and Melissa (James) Gregson; grandchildren Hannah Frances, Joshua Thomas and Isabel Rylee; and sisters Christine (James) Drost, Mary (Mark) Costello and Maureen (William) Sapienza; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother Paul Knight. Mr. Knight served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, earning an Airman's Medal. Private services will be held. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Thomas will be cremated and then buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Darrell E. Hoffmann, 74, of Waterloo, died March 28, 2020, in Columbia. He was born March 6, 1946, in Belleville. Mr. Hoffmann is survived by his longtime partner, Jan Hoffmann; extended family Rusty, Jennifer and Nolan Holly; cousins; and special friends Bob, Brian, Mike, Russell, Bryan and Curly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Erich and Clara V. (nee May) Hoffmann. Mr. Hoffmann was a retired deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department. Private graveside services will be held. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Harry R. Reichert Jr., 98, of Columbia, died March 14, 2020 at his residence. He was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Columbia, the son of the late Harry and Myrtle (nee Ramsey) Reichert Sr. Harry married Alma (nee Reed) Reichert in 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. She died in 1987. Mr. Reichert served eight years as a Monroe County Commissioner. Mr. Reichert had three passions in life: family, farming and supporting his community. He was born on his family’s farm home in rural Columbia, and he didn’t live more than a quarter of a mile from his birthplace throughout his lifetime. Mr. Reichert was a dedicated, loving, loyal and supportive son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, uncle and friend. He was born into and stayed in farming for 50 years through retirement and for many years thereafter. Nothing gave him more pleasure than to be on his tractor working the soil, throwing hay bales, checking his crops or walking among his herd of cattle. Harry was very active in his community, serving as board member on Monroe Soil and Water Conservation District (25 year-member, eight years on board - three as chairman), Monroe County Sheriff Office Merit Commission (secretary, eight years), Columbia School Board (three years), Fountain Water District (five years), Monroe County Board of Commissioners (eight years, four as chairman), Small Business Finance Alliance (eight years, secretary), Bi-County Board of Health (two years), Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council (four years), East West Gateway Coordinating Council (one year), Southern Illinois Planning Commission (two years), Tri-County Development Board (six years), Southwestern Illinois Freeway Transportation (four years, chairman), Tri-County Heritage Tourism (seven years), Monroe County Farm Bureau (three years, one as president), Monroe County Taxpayers Association (48 years) and Eagle Cliff-Miles Cemetery (26 years, 10 as president). Mr. Reichert also served 25 years as the secretary Road District 6. Mr. Reichert is survived by his children Gary Reichert of Ocoee, Fla., Dean (Rejona) Reichert of Waterloo, Janet Eplin of Columbia, Pam (Mark) Kaempfe of Waterloo, Keith (Sheila) Alberter of Waterloo and Joan (Scott) Kohler of Waterloo; grandchildren Scott (Audra) Reichert of Belleville, Deanna (Rick Volkman) Hoffman of Belleville, Steven (Lana) Reichert of Columbia, Shane (Michelle) Miller of Valmeyer, Ryan (Sarah) Miller of St. Louis, Mo., Catherine Kaempfe of St. Louis, Mo., Lance Kohler of St. Louis, Mo., Justin Kohler of St. Louis, Mo., and Corie (Danny) Songer of Waterloo; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and his brother Dale (Lela) Reichert of Columbia. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters Frances T. Smith and Virginia G. Freimuth; and daughters-in-laws Sharon Reichert, and Guyla Reichert. Visitation and funeral arrangements have been altered to keep folks from congregating in larger groups. Due to the COVID-19 issues that surround us, they will be kept private. The Reichert family asks the public to extend their sympathies and respect at another time and place, to be announced later. Please keep prudence and safety foremost during this time. Mr. Reichert was buried at Zoar UCC in New Hanover with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Memorials may be made to Eagle Cliff - Miles Cemetery (c/o Monroe County Treasurer’s office at the county courthouse) or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Stuart, nee Browning, of Columbia, left this world to join her husband and parents March 12, 2020. She was born Dec. 12, 1934 in Savannah, Ill., the daughter of Robert and Edna (nee Rogers) Browning. Betsy grew up in Iowa and was fond of recalling happy memories of her youth with her older brother and her younger sister. Betsy studied education at Missouri Valley College and was a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. While on campus, she fell in love with James "Jim" Stuart; the couple married soon after graduation. Mrs. Stuart was an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time mother. Betsy and Jim were blessed with two children, Steve and Kelly. She devoted her life to be the best mom for her family with awesome chocolate chip cookies and carnivals in the yard. Mrs. Stuart volunteered with the Baptist Vacation Bible School and Citizens For Better Education. She often said she was “just a housewife” but she was more. Betsy was a practical and witty woman who was her family’s foundation. After her children were grown, Mrs. Stuart sold real estate with Century 21 as well as her role as a collectible and antiques entrepreneur at the Belleville Fairgrounds. Betsy enjoyed the simple things in life such as a vanilla ice cream cone or finding a yard sale bargain; she did not like fuss or pretentiousness. Mrs. Stuart was a strong woman and did hesitate to voice her opinion to stand up for the underdog or when something was not just. She was a proud grandma and will be dearly missed. Mrs. Stuart is survived by her children, Steve (Tricia) Stuart and Kelly (Greg Moss) Stuart; grandson, Wilson Stuart; and sister, Barbara (Chuck Folkert) Browning, along with other relatives and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Stuart; and brother, Robert Browning. A private memorial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Hope Christian Church Food Pantry or the American Heart Association.

Jared R. Reddick, 36, of Columbia, died March 8, 2020 at Evelyn's House in Creve Coeur, Mo., following an extended illness. He was born Feb. 10, 1984, in Alton, the son of Randy and Kristine (nee Shive) Reddick. Jared married Megan (nee Annerino) Reddick on June 18, 2011. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Reddick is survived by daughters Raegan and Leah Reddick; a sister, Jessica (Michael) Eddy; mother-in-law, Margaret Brannigan; brother-in-law, Charlie Annerino; and sister-in-law, Amy (Keith) O'Donnell; along with grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Rolland Shive. Mr. Reddick was an officer with the Columbia Police Department. He was a man of integrity, truly one of a kind; he always did the right thing even when nobody was watching. When he wasn't protecting our community, Jared was busy being a hero to his wife and two daughters. Mr. Reddick enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and going on adventures with his girls. His fun-loving ways, unmistakable voice, big smile and bright blue eyes will be terribly missed by everyone that was blessed and fortunate enough to know him. He is with his Lord and Savior. Visitation and funeral were at First Baptist Church of Columbia with Pastor Steven Greer officiating. Mr. Reddick was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Backstoppers. Lawlor (Leesmann) Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Justine Kay Gould, nee Ebert, 88, of Benson, Minn., formerly of Columbia and Valmeyer, died Dec. 13, 2019 in Benson, Minn. She was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Justin M. and Irene Rose (nee Schmid) Ebert. Justine married W.E. “Bill” Gould in 1952. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Gould is survived by her children, Ed (Theresa) Gould of Zimmerman, Minn., Vicki (Richard) Syverson of Benson, Minn., and Jeff (Libby) Gould of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and a sister, Irene Ebert of Columbia; along with 15 grandchildren and many more great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marlyn Ebert Brown. Justine attended the Shallom one-room school in Monroe County. She was active in the 4-H and later in life served as a 4-H leader and fair board member in her home county in Minnesota. Growing up, she worked side-by-side with her father on the family farm. Justine spun wool, loomed rugs, sewed clothing, canned and preserved literally tons of food, birthed lambs, slaughtered chickens, made cheese and loved life. She was a voracious reader and a lover of words. Justine was the valedictorian of the Valmeyer High School Class of 1948. Mrs. Gould graduated from the University of Illinois with an invitation to join MENSA. While studying in the School of Home Economics in Champaign, Mrs. Gould maintained a 4.95 GPA and received a number of awards. Sadly, in a twist of cruel irony, Justine’s wonderful mind was claimed by Alzheimer’s Disease about 15 years ago. This led to a gradual and truly sad end to such a wonderfully bright, inquisitive, curious and passionate life full of books to read, new things to do and learn and make and enjoy. The ending years of her life, however, can’t extinguish the stories and memories of the life she led. Visitation and funeral were at George Boom Funeral Home in Benson, Minn., with Jeff Gould officiating. Mrs. Gould was buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn. Memorials may be made to CROSS in Maple Grove, Minn., the Humane Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Daniel Joseph Borisuk Sr., 63, of Waterloo, died March 8, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born February 16, 1957, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Borisuk is survived by his wife, Barbara Borisuk; children Denelle J. (Daniel) Cordia, Angela M. Lloyd and Daniel J. Borisuk Jr.; granddaughter Darcy Josephine Cordia; step-grandchildren Brandon and Nathan Lloyd; and sisters Diana (Harlan) Pasley, Debbie Johnston and Donna Coleman; along nieces, nephew and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Betty (née McHugh)Borisuk. Mr. Borisuk attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo where he was active in the Knights of Columbus Council 1334. Visitation is Tuesday, March 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Wednesday, March 11, at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Borisuk was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Gary L. McCoy, 68, of Waterloo, died March 5, 2020, in Fenton, Mo. He was born April 3, 1951, in East St. Louis. Mr. McCoy is survived by his children Krista (Jimmy) Foster, Stephanie (David) Auler and Angela (Clinton) Cheek; grandchildren Timothy, Charles, Makayla, Leann, Ayden and Aria; sisters and brothers Barbara Smith, Ralph (Sue) McCoy, Linda (David) Suarez, Delores (Gary) Blair, Wayne (Jane) McCoy, Elaine Neckermann and Vicky McCoy; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Hubert and Evelyn (nee Edwards) McCoy; and sisters Carol Burgess and Katherine McCoy. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Robert J. Jones, 89, of Waterloo, died March 7, 2020, in Belleville. He was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Ava, the son of the late Vernon and Edna (nee Geist) Jones. Mr. Jones is survived by his sister Delores Ratliff; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Floyd (Loty) Jones. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Arlene B. Huwer, nee Osick 97, of Millstadt, died March 5, 2020 at Garden Place in Millstadt. She was born Oct. 18, 1922, in Sugarloaf Township, the daughter of the late Fred and Ella (nee Hoepfinger) Osick. Mrs. Huwer is survived by her son, Gary L. Huwer; grandchildren Ted (Sara) Huwer and Amber (Ernest Jr.) Hayes; great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Huwer; and  brother, Lloyd (Pearl) Osick. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Ervin C. Eckart, 91, of Waterloo, died March 5, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Prairie du Long Township. Mr. Eckart is survived by his wife, Irene (nee Wachtel); children Renee Riebeling, Rodney (Debbie) Eckart, Rose (Randy) Marquardt, Robin (Randy) Wetzler and Rebecca (Joe) Clark; grandchildren Tim (Erin) Buckley, Tom Buckley, Andy (Amy) Buckley, Angie (Beau) Staub, Brian (Shannon) Eckart, Candace (Enrique Rodriguez) Eckart, Adam Eckart, Brandy (Brian) Kyle, Kristen Marquardt, Brett Marquardt (Ashley), Michelle Wetzler Wild (Kyle Wild), Jessy (Henry) Horrell, Alex Clark and Augie Clark; numerous great-grandchildren; step-children Zeno Birkner, Stephen (Cindy) Birkner, Mark (Sherri) Birkner, John (Michelle) Birkner, Sue (Frank) Bennett, Joe Birkner, June Williams, Ben Birkner, Cecelia Metalski, Christine (Phil) Snodgrass, Henry "Hank" Birkner, Lisa (Andy) DeWitt and Eric Birkner; step-grandchildren; step-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Esther Eckart; and brother-in-law Emil (Mary) Reheis; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Emma (nee Birkner) Eckart; first wife Mary Ann "Marie" (nee Reheis) Eckart; granddaughter Megan Wetzler; grandson Bradley Marquardt; brother Edmund Eckart; and sister Emma (Cyril) Haudrich. Mr. Eckart attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. He had served in the U.S. Army. Ervin had worked at H.J. Frierdich and Sons in Columbia for 32 years and had belonged to Labor Local 196 for 60 years. In his younger years he loved to hunt and trap and was a gardener who have away most of his produce. For 15 years, Mr. Eckart coached Khoury League. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was March 9 at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mr. Eckart was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery Fund.

Jacquelyn R. "Jackie" Billings, 82, of Paderborn, died peacefully in her home March 1, 2020. She was born April 15, 1937, in East St. Louis. Mrs. Billings was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rose (nee Hallermann) Billings; brother John Billings Jr.; and beloved family friend Stephen R. Quirin. She is survived by her parish family and many friends. Jackie attended St. Michael's Catholic Church in Paderborn where she was very active with many years of service as office administrator, PSR teacher and the choir. Mrs. Billings graduated from East St. Louis Senior High. She was a member of St. Ann's Altar Sodality, had served on the Smithton Public Library Board and the Belleville Diocesan of Catholic Women board. Jackie loved shopping, shoes, music and her parish. Visitation is Friday, March 6, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m., at St. Michael's with Father James Voelker officiating. Mrs. Billings was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Catholic Church or the Ronald McDonald House.

Arleen M. Bicklein, nee Ploesser, 83, of Waterloo, died March 3, 2020, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 21, 1936, in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Bicklein is survived by her children Elizabeth (Gustav) Adamecz, Jeff (Sherry) Bicklein and Jim (Beth) Bicklein; grandchildren Sarah (Jared) Walker, Natalie, Luke, Andrew (Samantha Dean), Madeline and Daniel Bicklein; brother Vernon Ploesser; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Rosella Nolte, Darlene Bicklein and Roy (Karon) Bicklein; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Armin F. Bicklein; brother Russell (Bernice) Ploesser; sister Bernice (Robert) Stoker; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws Vernon Bicklein, Vernon Nolte, Frank (LaVerne) Pelate and Beverly Ploesser. Arleen attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo where she was active in the Women’s Fellowship. She was a member of Monroe County Home and Community Education. Mrs. Bicklein volunteered at Memorial Hospital and the Monroe County Nursing Home. Visitation is Friday, March 6, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m., at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Michael Southcombe and Pastor Fred Wehrenberg officiating. Mrs. Bicklein was buried at the Deer Hill Cemetery in rural Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Deer Hill Cemetery Association.

February 2020

Steven W. Seidel, of Waterloo, died peacefully Feb. 21, 2020, at home after battling lung disease. He was born Oct. 13, 1958, in Red Bud. Mr. Seidel is survived by his significant other, Beth Clark; his son Dennis "The Legend" Seidel; daughter Tiffany Seidel (Joe Dubray); step-daughter Ashley Clark (Danny Smith III); brothers Loren (Debbie) Seidel and David (Kim) Seidel; and sister Dovie Larsen; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Dorris J. (nee Himmaugh) Seidel. Steve was a local music legend, hero to his kids and patient loving husband. He played guitar in many bands through the years, most recently in Sofa Kings. Steve would want you to save your money but if you feel obliged to make a memorial contribution, they may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Christopher Carron, 97 , of Millstadt, died Feb. 21, 2020. He was born March 11, 1922 in Bloomsdale, Mo., the son of the late Joseph Clark and Margaret (nee Jacobs) Carron. Chris married Maybelle (nee Kleinschmidt) Carron in 1944. She died in 2015. Mr. Carron was a lifelong farmer who also retired from the Alton and Southern Railroad. He attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt. Although his wife proceeded him in death by five years, he still missed her every day. They were married 72 years, never spending more than a couple days apart. During his last week, while alert, he would talk about seeing a big dragonfly flying around him. Some people believe dragonflies are the souls of departed loved ones, reassuring them that they are okay in the afterlife. Chris’ family chooses to believe this, and also chooses to believe that Chris and Mabel are once again together fishing at the pond. Mr. Carron is survived by his children, Linda (Kevin) Kronk and Terry (Cathy) Carron, both of Millstadt; grandchildren Christopher (Melissa) Carron of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., Heather (Matthew) Greenley of O'Fallon, Mo., Kristy (Jacob) Sharp of Columbia and Travis (Kayla) Kronk of Millstadt; and great-grandchildren Owen and Max Sharp, Pearl, Addison and Henry Kronk, Olivia and Haley Greenley, and Seth and Shelby Carron. He was also preceded in death by his son, Randall W. Carron; along with four brothers and three sisters. Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 23, from 3 p.m. to 7 p. m., at Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt, and Monday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church. A funeral followed with Pastor Peter Ill officiating. Mr. Carron was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials made be made to his church.

Alberta T. Riechmann, nee Jatho, 85, of Valmeyer, died Feb. 19, 2020, in Waterloo. She was born July 9, 1934, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Oscar and Frieda (nee Keim) Jatho. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy H. Riechmann. Mrs. Riechmann is survived by sons Perry (JoAnn) Riechmann, Eric (Susan) Riechmann and Alex (Teena) Riechmann; grandchildren Bradley (Megan) and David (Haley) Riechmann, Sam and Karla Riechmann, and Clara Riechmann; great-grandchildren Eliot and Miles Riechmann and Noah, Leo and Lily Riechmann; sisters Gloria Matthews and Victoria Berg; and brother Norman (Mary Lou) Jatho; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Alberta attended St. Mary's Catholic Church where she was active in St. Mary's Alter Sodality. She was also a member of the Valmeyer Museum Committee and the American Legion 901 Auxiliary. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Urban Osuji and Father Felix Chukwuma officiating. Mrs. Riechmann was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to her church.

Ada F. Mueller, nee Gerber, 90, of Waterloo, died Feb. 16, 2020, in Aviston. She was born Nov. 20, 1929, in Fults. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her sons David (Jeannine) Mueller, Duane Mueller and Jay (Lesa) Mueller; daughter Diane Mueller; daughter-in-law Donna Mueller; grandson Jeff (Lisa) Mueller; granddaughters Katrina (Jason) Browne, Melanie (Cory) Korte, Tracy (David) Session and Elizabeth Mueller; and seven great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd Mueller; and son James Mueller; along with a sister and brothers. Mrs. Mueller attended St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown where she was active in the Women's Guild. Visitation was Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m., at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Mueller was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC Memorial Fund.

Denise J. Crump, nee Touchette, 46, of Waterloo, died Feb. 14, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born June 2, 1973, in Belleville, the daughter of George U. Touchette of Columbia and the late Joan Touchette. Denise married Glen Crump in 1999 in Columbia. In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by her children Sarah E. Crump and Dylan G. Crump; and siblings Darren Touchette (Jayden) of Millstadt, Dana Zimmermann (Tom, Luke, Reid and Shae) of St. Louis, Mo., and Deann Touchette of Columbia; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Jay and Earline Pankey; and paternal grandparents George and Armella Touchette. Denise attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She had attended ICS grade school where she scored 37 points in a single game and received the Monsignor Holtgrave Award for girls’ basketball. She went on to score 1,000 varsity points at Columbia High School and garnering the Gustav Pentzler Award her junior and senior years. Denise then played Division III basketball at Fontbonne College. Mrs. Crump worked in healthcare communications and marketing for 23 years. She enjoyed watching and playing sporting events and loved being on the water, especially boating, tubing, fishing, and swimming. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Crump was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sarah and Dylan Crump Educational Fund For Higher Education.

Matthew “Matt” James Wilson, 43, of Red Bud, formerly of Waterloo, died Feb. 14, 2020 in Sparta. Matt arrived in this world Sept. 7, 1976, as the only son to proud parents Larry and Brenda (nee Miller) Wilson. He grew up in Waterloo, riding his Huffy bike around Sunset Acres and spending summers with his cousins at the Sparta Country Club. Matt’s school days were at SPPS and Gibault High School, where he joined the golf team. He was proud of his trip to the state championship and golf scholarship to McKendree College. Matt’s best friend was his father. They shared a mutual love of golf, were tournament teammates and together celebrated three holes-in-one. He met the love of his life, Kalie Frees, at the Ridge Golf Course. Matt and Kalie were united in marriage in 2003 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. The couple were blessed with two children. They made their home in Red Bud, where they loved to gather as a family (along with cats Tippy and Lucy) to cheer on their teams - the Cardinals, the Blues and the Mizzou Tigers. Matt lived selflessly, always thinking of others. He had a generous heart like his mother's and dedicated his life to caring for those he loved. His greatest accomplishments and source of pride were his son Dylan and daughter Brenn. Despite the challenges that life gave him, Matt taught his children through his example to help and lift others up. He loved to make people laugh and lit up a room with his handsome smile. In addition to his wife and parents, Matthew is survived by his children, Dylan and Brenn Wilson of Red Bud; family friend Haley Johnson of Red Bud; sisters Tricia (Steve) Stuart of Addison, Tex., Kristy (Joe) Kessler of Los Angeles, Calif., Lyndsay Wilson of Denver, Colo., and Allyse Wilson of Los Angeles, Calif.; in-laws Randal Frees of Red Bud and Jamie (Gilbert) Wilson of Sparta; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Sadie (Jeremy) Donjon, Codie (Chris) Hartmann and Torey (Tenika) Frees; and nieces and nephews Finn, Georgia and Declan Kessler of Los Angeles, Calif., Wilson Stuart of Addison, Tex.; Calyn, Canon, Colby, Cabri, and Cartr Hartmann; Gentry and Porter Donjon; and Ty, Talon and Trista Frees of Red Bud; along with being blessed to have a big family of loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Edward and Lucille Miller; paternal grandparents, Julia and Stanley Wilson; uncle Bruce Miller; and cousin Derek Bockhorn. Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following the visitation at Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Father Clyde Grogan officiating.

William D. Harbaugh, 80, of Columbia, died Feb. 2, 2020 at Jefferson Barracks Hospital. He was born July 16, 1939, in Belleville. William married Dana (nee Burks) Harbaugh in 1993 in Florida. In addition to his wife, Mr. Harbaugh is survived by his son, Robert (Sharon) Harbaugh of Waterloo; daughter, Susan (David) Davila of Houston, Tex.; sister, Rosalie Cates of Belleville; and son-in-law, Jeff Juengling of Columbia; along with 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn (nee Langhauser) Harbaugh; parents, William J. and Dorothy (nee Busby) Harbaugh; and a daughter, Patty Juengling. Mr. Harbaugh attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He had served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. William was a member of Teamsters Local 50 and had retired from Luhr Bros. Construction Company. Mr. Harbaugh enjoyed fishing, doing yard work, and trying his luck at the casinos. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral followed with Father Gary Hogan officiating. Mr. Harbaugh was buried at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund or for masses.

Richard L. Schlesinger, 69, of Prairie du Rocher, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Red Bud Regional Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Ames Road. He was born Oct. 8, 1950, in Belleville. Richard married Karla Brown in Freeburg in 1979. In addition to his, Mr. Schlesinger is survived by his mother, Helen (James) Cissell Tilden; sons Waylon (Carrie) Schlesinger Red Bud and Ryan Schlesinger Prairie du Rocher; grandson Brayden Schlesinger; siblings Charles (Carrie) Schlesinger of Smithton, David (Tammy) Schlesinger of Fairfield, Laura (Steve) Klingemann of Tilden, Julie (Mike) Bonebrake of Arnold, Mo., and Jim (Angie) Cissell Jr. of Evansville; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Donna (Roger) Bahl of St. Peters, Mo., Daniel Brown of Prairie du Rocher, Lloyd Brown Jr. (DeAnn Coulson) of Ellis Grove, Diann DeRousse of Prairie du Rocher, Pamela (August) Melching of Renault and Laura (Jack) Hoevel of St. Charles, Mo.; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter E. Schlesinger. Mr. Schlesinger was a coal miner for Peabody Energy and a truck driver for Falling Springs Quarry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sprint car racing, and watching his grandson Brayden play sports, especially Muskets football. Richard was a member of the Sportsmans’ Clubs in Modoc and Freeburg. Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Terry Grebing. Mr. Schlesinger was buried at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to the Red Bud Muskets youth football organization.

Melba Esther Todd, nee Rainey, 96, of Columbia, died Feb. 8, 2020 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 13, 1923 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Darrell R. and Bertha I. (nee Kirkham) Rainey. Melba married Raymond F. Todd in 1943; he died in 1987. Mrs. Todd is survived by her children Carol (Raymond) Coulter, Bill (Deanna) Todd, Jeanette (Charles) Evans, Linda (Alan) Hoock and John (Susan) Todd; grandchildren Ken (Kim) Coulter, Darrell (Terri) Coulter, Terry Coulter, Kathy Daughtery, Bryan (Caroline) Coulter, Daniel Coulter, Adam (Deanna) Todd, Erica (Dave) Kane, Chuck Evans, Bobbie (David) Dobill, Todd (Kristina), Leslie (Sarah) Evans, Karen (Steve) Hill, Sherry (Eric) Birkner, Kevin (Shannon) Crook, Adam Hoock, Alex Hoock, Ryan (Bailey) Todd and Austin Todd; 34 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers Melvin and Leslie Rainey; sisters-in-law Nellie and Betty Todd, Kathryn Reamer and Marie Rainey; and a brother-law, Roland Reamer. Melba graduated from Dupo High School and Brown Business College. She worked at the Columbia Terminal in East St. Louis prior to her marriage to Raymond. An accomplished pianist by the age of 11, Mrs. Todd played at area churches, including Sterling Baptist Church, Centerville Station Baptist Church and Columbia Baptist Church, where she and her family are charter members. Mrs. Todd was a member of the Woman’s Missionary Union and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Melba was a Girl Scout leader and served on committees for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Job’s Daughters and the Centerville Fireman’s Auxiliary. She also volunteered for many years at the Columbia Senior Site. Above all, Mrs. Todd valued her family, especially her grandchildren, along with sharing her home with friends and family. Visitation was Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral followed with Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. Mrs. Todd was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Columbia.

Rose Marie Raeber, 94, of Columbia, died Feb. 5, 2020. She was born June 1, 1925, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Edward and Marie (nee Brengard) Hankamer. Rose married Harold A. Raeber in 1947, in Dupo; he died in 1973. Rose had retired as a payroll clerk with the St. Louis Symphony. Mrs. Raeber is survived by daughters Janel (Charles) Demick of Columbia and Teresa Pearson of Dupo; grandchildren Brian (Chelle) Demick of Maryville and Sarah (Robert) Niemietz of St. Louis, Mo.; and great-grandchildren Bailey Demick, Sadie Demick, Lila Niemietz and Nadia Niemietz. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. There will be no public services. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Louis HELP.

Norman Frank Eichelmann, 86, of San Antonio, Tex., formerly of Millbrae, Calif., and originally Waterloo, died Feb. 2, 2020. He was born on Nov. 1, 1933 in Waterloo, the son of the late Henry and Dora Eichelmann. Norman had two sisters, Darlene (Gene) Buss and Joan (Deceased). Mr. Eichelmann served overseas in the U.S. Army. After returning home, Norman married Eleanore Amara and settled in Millbrae, Calif., where they raised three children: Josephine Andersen, Patti (Glenn) Odani and Dean (Cindy) Eichelmann. Norman and Eleanore were married for 49-years until her passing in 2005. Norman was first and foremost a family man. The family enjoyed frequent vacations to Hawaii and, in the 1960s, discovered the charms of Lake County. Mr. Eichelmann was s successful businessman with many talents. Later in life he attended law school, passed the California Bar Exam and became a practicing estate planning attorney. However, with all of his success in business, he still enjoyed working with his hands, completing numerous home improvement projects. Norman married Peggy Bland in 2013 and the couple moved to San Antonio, Tex., where he enjoyed many new adventures until his passing. Mr. Eichelmann will be remembered as an extremely generous man with a passion for life. He leaves behind three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He will be missed by many. There will be no services.

January 2020

Robert John Rogger, 56, of Waterloo, died Jan. 30, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 5, 1963, in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Rogger is survived by his fiancée, Julia Olszewski; sisters and brother Rebecca (Martin) Buncher, Gregory Rogger, Catherine (Jeffrey) Kettmann and Kristin (William) Newsom; Julia's children Patrick (Angela) Sheahan, Michael (Sarah) Sheahan and Kevin (Kelsey) Sheahan; special family friends Monica Sharp and Matthew Olszewski; special pets Bailey and Cody; and beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert and Catherine (nee Griffin) Rogger. Mr. Rogger attended St. Stanislaus Polish Catholic Church in St. Louis, Mo. He was a member of the Ancient Modulators Amateur Radio Club. Robert enjoyed rooting for the St. Louis Blues, watching European football (soccer) and traveling with Julia, especially trips to Europe. Visitation is Monday, Feb. 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Those attending are encouraged to wear Blues hockey or any soccer jersey to the visitation. Funeral was Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m., at St. Stanislaus Polish Catholic Church with Father Marek Bozek officiating. Mr. Rogger was buried at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

Jaqueline Joyce Loosmore Kaempfe, 76, died Jan. 23, 2020, while traveling in Texas. She was born April 21, 1943 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Art and Jean (Wrombel) Loosmore. At the age of 25, Jackie married Marty Kaempfe and together they raised three children. She was active in her home parish of St. Bernadette in St. Louis and brought her enthusiasm for service to Immaculate Conception in Columbia. Mrs. Kaempfe shared her creative talents through quilting for the Labor Day Picnic and crocheting prayer shawls. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Kaempfe is survived by her children Linda (Bill) Seibel, Donna (John) McLaughlin and Bob (Amy) Kaempfe; her brother Bob Loosmore; and grandchildren Emily and Elyse Seibel, Megan (Matt) Berry and Eric Sanner, and Alex and Ellen Kaempfe. She will be especially missed by her fellow quilters, and fondly remembered by her many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother Jerry Loosmore. Her final gift of service was the donation of her body to science. A memorial Mass was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. A luncheon followed at the church’s Garden Level. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Shriners Hospitals For Children.

David W. Parker, 76, of Waterloo, died Jan. 28, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 27, 1943, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of the late Thurman and Sadie (nee Landis) Parker. Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, Faye (nee Jany) Parker; children Todd (Sandy) Parker and Tamara (Douglas) Gale; grandchildren Heather (Allen) Wild, Ryan Parker, Brittney (Cory) Sargent and Stephanie Gale; and great-grandchildren Zaden and Zoe Wild, James John and Lucy Sargent. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sherrie Parker. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Roy S. Gilbert, 82, of rural Fults, died Jan. 29, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Feb. 13, 1937, in Valmeyer. Mr. Gilbert is survived his wife Yvonne (nee Schilling) Gilbert; son Dan (Jackie) Gilbert; sisters Virginia Keaton and Judy (Roger) Wild; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; cousins; and favorite pet Boarder. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Bertha (nee Scheibe) Gilbert; brother Carnel Gilbert; and sisters Alberta Wild, Leona Jaenke and Dorothy Johnson. Mr. Gilbert served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was active with the Valmeyer American Legion. Roy attended St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown. He was a member of the Maeystown Sportsman Club, Maeystown Kloepper Club and the Maeystown Civic Association. Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m., at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Roy was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John Cemetery in Maeystown.

Bertha Henrietta Jehling, nee Eckert, 93, of Columbia, died Jan. 29, 2020 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born April 9, 1926, in Columbia, the daughter of the late George F. and Adele P. (nee Klessen) Eckert. Bertha was married to Eugene J. Jehling; he passed away in 1999. Mrs. Jehling is survived by her grandchild, Jesse (Sarah) Jehling of Columbia; brothers George (Betty) Eckert of Columbia and Philip (Sarah) Eckert of O'Fallon; and daughter-in-law Angela Jehling of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Kurt L. Jehling; sisters Edna (Bob) Nolte and Ann (Raymond) Bickel; brother John J. (Aleda) Eckert and brother-in-law Lester (Mildred) Jehling. Bertha was retired from the Jefferson Barracks V.A. Medical Center and attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Private graveside services were be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home is handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross.

Sheila Marie Middleton, 53, died Jan. 25, 2020. She was born on July 31, 1966 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Robert and Billie (nee Barham) Jaeger. Mrs. Middleton is survived by her husband, Roger Middleton; son Clayton (Rachel) Middleton; siblings Connie (Doug) Lemmon, Jim (Shirley) Jaeger and Barbara Brown, and sister-in-law, Sherry (Tim) McDermott; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, a newly born great-niece and countless precious friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Daisy Virginia Middleton; brothers Bruce (Beverly) Jaeger and Tom Jeager; and her great-niece Sakura Wirth. Sheila was a 1984 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School in St. Louis, Mo. From there, she embarked on a 30-year cosmetology career. After honing her stylist skills, Sheila opened her own salon at her home in Valmeyer. What her community fast learned was that anyone who came through her salon door became the recipient of Sheila's love for all people, an open heart of empathy and sympathy, an attentive ear, and timely words of encouragement. After retiring from cosmetology, Sheila again put her love for people to service at Garden Place Senior Living in Waterloo. There, she would again touch the hearts of many, both residents and co-workers alike. When not with friends, gardening, cooking, baking recipes (many from her mother's extensive collection), Sheila volunteered her free time to another passion, taking care of all the four-legged fur babies at Helping Strays of Monroe County. Sheila loved her community very much and they loved her. And so, she whole heartedly took part in many community events. Above all, her faith in Jesus Christ meant EVERYTHING to her. Mrs. Middleton always knew that no matter what the day would bring, God was designing His plan for her life. This gave her hope and peace that passed all understanding trusting in His faithful care for that day and those that would follow. "He Will Cover You With His Feathers, And Under His Wings, You Will Find Refuge; His Faithfulness Will Be Your Shield and Rampart" Psalms 91:4. A Celebration of Sheila's life was be Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m., at Community Bible Church, 4940 Benchmark Centre Dr., Swansea. A luncheon followed at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Shriner's Hospital for Children.

Geraldine B. "Gerry" Schilling, nee Doerr, 75, of Waterloo, died Jan. 21, 2020, in Creve Coeur, Mo. She was born May 16, 1944, in Belleville, the daughter of the late William C. and Genevieve (nee Grahlherr) Doerr. Mrs. Schilling is survived by her husband Ronald J. Schilling; children Donna (Mike) Olson, Diane (Dan Dragues) Schilling, Daniel (Kelly) Schilling and Darryl (Laura) Schilling; sisters Cheryl Grayson, Susan (Tom) Fohne and Sandy Doer; grandchildren Courtney, Carley, and Connor Olson, Ethan, Tate and Kole Schilling and Kyle and Karleigh Sonderman; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Judy (Terry) Schreder, Betty (Bill) Schimpf, David Rippelmeyer and Geralyn (Bruce) Kaestner. She was preceded in death by father- and mother-in-law, Jerome and Elizabeth Schilling; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Glenn Grayson, Linda Rippelmeyer and James and Donald Schilling. Mrs. Schilling was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in  Waterloo where she sang in the choir. Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2-8 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 27, from 8-10 a.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Monday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Gerry was buried at the church cemetery.

Amy Lynn Chaudet, 44, of New Athens, formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 19, 2020. She was born April 24, 1975, in Belleville. Amy is survived by her children, Brendan McGuire, Caitlyn Anne Marie, Cody Daniel, Sara Rose and Jakob Joseph; parents Daniel and Brenda (nee Dilport) Chaudet Sr.; brother Daniel J. (Cari) Chaudet Jr.; nephew Elijah; and niece Addison; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Donald and Marie (nee Callahan) Chaudet; and maternal grandparents, Richard and Kathryn (nee Nesbit) Dilport. Amy was a front office administrator at Miracle Ear in Waterloo. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 24, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Miss Chaudet was buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her children for their future care.

Deanna “Dee” L. Stumpf, 81 of Columbia, died Jan. 23, 2020 at Bethesda Southgate Nursing Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Feb. 17, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Elmer and Adelaide (nee Schmidt) Diel. Deanna married Donald A. Stumpf Sr. in 1955 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Stumpf is survived by her daughter Barbara (Grant) Richter of Columbia; son Timothy (Sheila) Stumpf of Foristell, Mo.; grandchildren Jennifer Daming, Kristine Grote, Denise Tucker, Ryan Penrose, Emily Richter, Jordan Richter, Hannah Stumpf, Bradley Stumpf and Aiden Richter; great-grandchildren Dylan, Abby, Luke, Annabelle, Isabella and Hope; and sister-in-law Bobbette Stumpf of Godfrey. She was preceded in death by sons Donald A. Stumpf Jr. and Daniel Stumpf; sister Margaret A. Parkel; sister-in-law LuAnn Flota; and brothers-in-law Charles O. Parkel, Ernie Flota and David Stumpf. Mrs. Stumpf was all about serving her community, as she had been a telecommunicator for Columbia Police, Fire and E.M.S., a founding member of the Columbia Ambulance Service, a, American Red Cross first aid water safety instructor; EMT instructor at S.W.I.C., founder and director of the Monroe County Ambulance Service, American Association of Trauma Specialists board member, certified Enucleator for the Illinois Lions eye donor program, certified graphoanalyst, International Graphoanalyst Society life member, St. Louis Graphoanalyst Society librarian, Monroe County coroner and sub-registrar, Salvation Army solider, active in the Monroe County Republican Club, Monroe County Historical Society (lifetime member), Maeystown Preservation Society (lifetime member), GFWC/IFWC Celebrate Women project honoree at the Federation of Women’s Clubs Convention. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 31, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m., at the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel in St. Louis, Mo. A cremation will follow. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel.

Joyce Catherine Rippelmeyer, nee Schmitt, 87, of Waterloo, died Jan. 19, 2020, in Peoria. She was born July 11, 1932, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Fred and Hattie (nee Griffin)Schmitt. Mrs. Rippelmeyer is survived by daughters Cynthia (David) Birk and Caryl (David) Noelken; grandchildren Melissa (Adam) Dye, Eric (Kristen) Birk, Aaron (Megan) Birk and Michael Noelken; and great-grandchildren Emily, Sophie, Lucia, Harrison, Dax, Jonah, Mia, Ellie and Ben; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was proceeded in death by her husband Russell E. Rippelmeyer; son Mark Rippelmeyer; grandson Gregory Noelken; and brothers Wendell and Hubert Schmitt. Mrs. Rippelmeyer attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer where she active in the St. Ann Altar Sodality. Through the years, she devoted her time and energy to her beloved church volunteering in many capacities. She retired after 25 years from the Harrisonville Telephone Company; she enjoyed keeping in contact with her coworkers. Joyce will be remembered for her love of music, singing and especially dancing with Russell. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers of Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria for their love and support of their mom during her time under their special care. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 31, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mrs. Rippelmeyer was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to her church.

Dennis Anthony Range, 73, of Columbia, died Jan. 20, 2020 at home with his family at his side. He was born Dec. 2, 1946, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Anton and Margaret (nee Houston) Range. Dennis married to Karen (nee Faus) Range in 1964 in East Carondelet. Mr. Range is survived by his son, Mark A. (Deanna) Range of Dupo; daughters Dawn (Jeremy) Brucker and Jennifer (Brian) Wright of Waterloo; grandchildren Denise and Danielle Range, Margaret K., Amelia K., Morgan R. A., and Audrye P. Wright; great-grandchildren Sophia B., Tanner J.A., and Carter J. Range; constant four legged companion Katie; sister, Carol (Vince) Dabbs of Columbia; brothers, Darrell (Joan) Range of Columbia and Mark R. (Kathy) Range of Columbia; sister-in-law Susan (John) Mathes of St. Louis, Mo.; and special friends Cameron and Kathy Cook. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Dylan Anthony Range. Mr. Range was raised catholic and was an altar server in his youth while attending Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and had retired as the fire chief of the Monsanto Corp. Mr. Range became one of the first paramedics certified through Memorial Hospital. He was also an EMT instructor at Belleville Area College. Dennis was a member of the Columbia R/C Flying Club and was a founding member of Gateway East Street Machine. Mr. Range was a kind, generous, strong man. He was a hard worker, who would help anyone in need. Dennis enjoyed restoring old cars, hunting, building radio-controlled airplanes, cracking pecans, time in the woods, chocolate chip cookies, Pepsi, pecans, and chewing winter mint gum. Spending time with family and friends was most important. Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Mr. Range was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Margaret J. Hankins, nee Ryterski, 83, of Waterloo, died Jan. 14, 2020, in Waterloo. She was born July 1, 1936, in Madison, the daughter of the late John and Sophie (nee Bartniski) Ryterski. Mrs. Hankins is survived by daughters Christine (Jim) Block and Barbara (Bill) Mueller; grandchildren Amie Kohlbush, Ryan (Candice) Mueller, Eric (Jamie) Block, and Candace (Matt) Edgar; great-grandchildren Dakotah, Aubrey, Auggie, Tanner, Olivia, Della, Harry and Cecilia; sister Pauline Stanczak; and sister-in-law Betty Ryterski; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry L. Hankins. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Hope Alexis Campos, 14, of Columbia, died Jan. 9, 2020 at Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 28, 2005 in Creve Coeur, Mo., the daughter of Holly J. Catanzaro of Columbia and Juan Luis Campos-Angeles of Mexico. In addition to her parents, Hope is survived by siblings Michael (Ashley) Craig of Mascoutah and Amira Jazmin Campos of Columbia; maternal grandparents Roger (Theresa) Catanzaro of Columbia; paternal grandmother Feliciana; and great-grandmother Margaret Catanzaro of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather. Hope was a freshman at Columbia High School where she was involved in the band, color guard and choir. She loved drawing and singing. Visitation and funeral were at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia with Pastor Duane Willeford officiating.

Kevin M. Kelly, 68, passed away Jan. 16, 2020, at his home in Grainau, Germany. A native son of Waterloo, Kevin was born Feb. 20, 1951 at St. Clement Hospital in Red Bud, the son of the late Kenneth Kelly Sr. and Jeannette (née Knoke) Kelly. Mr. Kelly is survived by his wife of 47 years, Laurel, née Mundinger, Kelly; sons Sean Kelly of Waterloo and Maxwell (Bridgette) of Collinsville; siblings Kathleen (George) Rummel of Chicago, Patricia Kelly of Melbourne, Australia, William Kelly of Palm Springs, Calif., Laura Kelly of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, Celeste (Rich) Kelley of Waterloo, Christine Checksfield of Palm Springs, Calif., Elizabeth Kelly of Melbourne, Australia, Kenneth “Ken-Boy” (Audrey) Kelly Jr. of Waterloo, Brian (Bonnie) Kelly of Fruita, Colo., Jason Kelly of Eugene, Ore., and Justin Kelly of San Diego, Calif.; aunts and uncles Eugene “Bud" (Gloria) Knoke and Eugene (Charlene) Anderson; 25 nieces and nephews; 12 great-nieces and great nephews; and many cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, a great-niece and a great nephew. Kevin attended Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School and graduated from Gibault High School in 1969. He furthered his education at the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, Calif., and Monterey Institute Of Foreign Studies. Mr. Kelly was employed the past 18 years at the George Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany. A U.S. Army veteran, Kevin served as a Russian linguist for the Army Security Agency for three years. He taught Russian at the Defense Language Institute and then worked as a translator and simultaneous interpreter for many government agencies including the State Department, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and NASA. An avid musician, Kevin made many friends by playing in bands wherever he lived. Kevin inspired people everywhere he went. He will be remembered as a kind and generous man, always giving unconditional love to his family and friends. Musicians and work colleagues the world over are amazed at his devotion, dedication, professionalism, and teamwork. He was always willing to mentor for anyone who wanted his help. He touched many people with his keen intelligence and his commitment to critical analysis and participation in Democracy. Family and friends will convene for a musical celebration of life Friday, Jan. 24, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Lodge am Hausberg in Garmisch, Germany. A memorial celebration will be held in Waterloo at a later date.

John Bernard Bagsby, Jr., 68, of Waterloo, died Jan. 15, 2020, at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born Dec. 23, 1951, in East St. Louis, the son of the late John B. and Imogene (nee Ramage) Bagsby. Mr. Bagsby is survived by his daughter, Charity Bagsby Cotton (Dominique Cavalier); son Andrew Bagsby; granddaughters Aniesa Bagsby (Jammal) Ricketts and Jaycee Cotton; sister Terry Chambers (Rob Prince); nephews, Tim Chambers (Buffie Jackson) and Dr. Deren (Dr. Liz) Bagsby; aunts, uncles, cousins on the Bagsby and Ramage sides; and life-long friends David Lutman Sr., Russell Lieb and Kenny Goodman. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Janet Lee Bagsby and Pamela Jean Bagsby Meister. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Mary Ann Dillenberger, nee Harres, 90, of Waterloo, died Jan. 17, 2020, in Red Bud. She was born July 22, 1929, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Fred and Marie (nee Stemler) Harres. Mrs. Dillenberger is survived by daughters Deborah (Greg) Martin and Kimberly (Phil) Cagle; daughter-in-law Susan Dillenberger; grandchildren Chad J. (Katharine) Dillenberger, Tracy L. (Calen) Moore, Jason A. (Courtney) Siburt, Ryan A. Miller and Trevor J. (Brittny) Miller; great-grandchildren Henry C. Dillenberger, Liam J. Dillenberger, Finnegan G. Moore, Abbey Siburt, Elli Dinges, Dalen Dinges, Owen Thorpe, Nyla Carr, Layne Carr, Grace Miller and Tucker Miller; and brother Kenneth Harres; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lester O. Dillenberger; son James L. Dillenberger; sister Evelyn Blank; and sister-in-law Virginia Harres. Mrs. Dillenberger attended St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer. Funeral was Monday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor Elizabeth Terrill officiating. Memorials may be made to her church.

Roger D. Vogt, 67, of Valmeyer, died Jan. 14, 2020. He was born March 21, 1952, in Red Bud, the son of the late Elmer and Adele (nee Rabbermann) Vogt. Mr. Vogt is survived by his children, John Vogt, Melinda Vogt and Julie (Kwentin) James; sister Marlene (Larry) Wild; grandchildren Austin and McKenzie Duffy and Winter James; brother Larry Vogt; and uncle Vernon Vogt. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Norma Jean Nungesser, nee Russell, 73, of Waterloo, died Jan. 14, 2020, in Waterloo. She was born June 12, 1946, in Caryville, Tenn. Mrs. Nungesser is survived by her husband Gerald E. Nungesser Sr.; children Christine (Frank) Schneider, Sarah Wuertz and Gerald (Marie) Nungesser Jr.; grandchildren Amber Blissenbach, Matthew Wuertz, Audrey Wuertz and Colton Cheney; and sisters Cora Mae Russell and Lauretta Wheat; along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert A. and K.T. (nee Chamblee) Russell; brother Douglas Russell; and sister Frances Van Hooser. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Olivia B. Goodman, nee Hoffmann, 98, of Ash Flat, Ark., died Jan. 12, 2020, in Waterloo. She was born April 22, 1921, in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late Charles and Amelia (nee Schmitt) Hoffmann. Mrs. Goodman is survived by her children Gladys Taylor and Olivia Ann Schneider; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and daughters-in-law Cherylene and Magdalena Goodman; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Goodman; sons Edward and Jesse Goodman; sons-in-law Willard Schneider and Oliver Taylor; and siblings Edna Clamp, Charles Hoffmann, Louisa Hartmann, Vera Goodman, Verona Goodman and Leroy Hoffmann. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the local arrangements.

Carl E. Nagel, 81, of Red Bud, died Jan. 12, 2020. He was born Oct. 25, 1938, in Red Bud, the son of the late Lawrence and Edna (nee Liefer) Nagel. Mr. Nagel is survived by his wife Janice (nee Hoffmann) Nagel; children John (Alice) Nagel and Susan Nagel (Dennis Albert); grandsons Paul and Mark Nagel; brother Kenneth (Ruth) Nagel; sister Myra (George) Lesinger; and sisters-in-law Twila and Patsy Hoffmann; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Marvin (Mary) Nagel; father-in-law and mother-in-law Leland and Pauline Hoffmann; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Marilyn and Glen Luhr; and brothers-in-law Cletus Hoffmann and Alvis Hoffmann. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Betty J. Knobloch-Ramer, nee Fults, 87, of Waterloo, died Jan. 15, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 20, 1932, in Maeystown. Mrs. Knobloch-Ramer is survived by her children Carlyle Knobloch Jr., Carla (Michael) Grosvenor and Carleen Mueller; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Carlyle Knobloch Sr.; second husband, Donald Ramer; parents Henry and Marie (nee Schoen) Fults; and sisters Ruth Jarvis and Dorothy Schreder. Mrs. Knobloch-Ramer attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer where she was active in the St. Mary's Altar Sodality and Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Knobloch-Ramer was buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville.

Doris W. Baiter, 83, of Columbia, died Jan. 14, 2020. She was born Oct. 18, 1936, in McNairy County, Tenn. Doris married James Baiter in 1954 in East St. Louis. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Baiter is survived by children Anne (Michael) Beck of Concord, Jamey Baiter of Jerseyville and Steven Baiter of Columbia; grandchildren Mekelle (Dustin) Neathery and James (Ashley) Beck; great-grandchildren Aiden and Avery Neathery, and Brooklyn, Kendrick, Jace and Hadlee Beck; her brother, James Wilson of Columbia; and a sister, Shirley Mathews of Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Lenis (nee Broadway) Wilson; and children James Baiter Jr. and Cathy Baiter. Doris was a homemaker. Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Mrs. Baiter was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

William S. Mygatt, 86, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died Jan. 10, 2020 at Red Bud Regional Care. He was born March 30, 1933, in Pine Bluff, Ark. Bill married Flora Mae (nee Ballard) Mygatt in 1952. In addition to his wife, Mr. Mygatt is survived by children Cheryl (Larry) Champa of East Alton, Stan (Jackie) Mygatt of Sikeston, Mo., and Deborah (Donald) Ries of Fults; grandchildren Amanda (Keith) Armon, Jennifer (Vinay) Kumar, Scott (Stacy) Mygatt, Sean (Timberly) Mygatt, Rachel Mygatt, Kimberly (David) Grimes and Timothy (Raphielle Franklin) Ries; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Daisy (nee Jacks) Mygatt; and half-brother, Marion “Mike” Mygatt. Mr. Mygatt served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He went on to earn his bachelor's degree from SIU Carbondale and his master's from SIU Edwardsville. Bill then began his career in education at Roxana, where he also coached football. He later went on to be a principal and superintendent for the Columbia Unit 4 School District. Bill was a Mason for 65 years with the Columbia Blue Lodge, 474, A.F. and A.M., where he had served as past master and grand lecturer. Mr. Mygatt attended Bethany United Methodist Church and was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Visitation was Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. A memorial service followed with Pastor Allen Miller officiating. Memorials may be made to his church or the Columbia Masonic Blue Lodge 474.

Donna M. Goehner, nee Barra, 78, of Waterloo, formerly of O’Fallon, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at Mercy South in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 9, 1941 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth (nee Cseke) Barra. Mrs. Goehner is survived by her husband of 58 years, George Goehner; daughter, Michelle (Anthony Kris) Gundlach; and granddaughter, Hannah Gundlach. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert J. Barra. Donna received her Ph.D. in higher education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She was past president of the Illinois Library Association and was Dean of Libraries at Western Illinois University in Macomb. She loved to read, making her job that much more of a joy. Donna  was a member of the Dean’s Council of Western Illinois University and the Rotary Club of Macomb. She enjoyed traveling and had a soft spot for animals. Mrs. Goehner was a loving, caring, outgoing woman who formed many wonderful friendships throughout her life, but above all she enjoyed spending time with her family. Visitation and funeral were at Schildknecht Funeral Home in O’Fallon with Rev. Don Long officiating. Mrs. Goehner was buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or any animal related charity.

Leroy H. Hartmann, 85, of Waterloo, died Jan. 13, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 6, 1935, in Baldwin, the son of the late Paul and Elizabeth (nee Guebert) Hartmann. Mr. Hartmann is survived by his wife, Ardell Hartmann (nee Wetzler) Hartmann; daughter Julie (Scott) Upchurch; grandson Michael Upchurch; brothers Freeman (Nancy) Hartmann and Don (Shirley) Hartmann; sisters Elizabeth (Karl) Phegley and Vera Lee (Kenneth) Kern; and uncle Albert (Viola) Guebert; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a son Jeffrey C. Hartmann; and brothers Oliver, Gilbert, Paul Jr. and Richard Hartmann. Mr. Hartmann had retired from Dierberg’s. He attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mr. Hartmann was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church, the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society.

Harold H. Nobbe, 91, of Waterloo, died Jan. 2, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 17, 1928, in Waterloo. Mr. Nobbe is survived by son Dr. Dennis Nobbe; sister Ellen Bode; brother Carl H. Nobbe; and sister-in-law Lillian (Norman) Eggemeyer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (nee Keim) Nobbe; son Michael Lee Nobbe; brothers Orville Nobbe, Paul Nobbe and Glenn "Pete" Nobbe; sister Audrey Fauth; sisters-in-law Carol, Mary Lou and Annette Nobbe; and brothers-in-law Dick Fauth and Louie Bode. Mr. Nobbe was an honorary retired firefighter with the Waterloo Fire Department and was a member of Fox Lake; and Coon Lake. Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral followed with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo.

Nancy Ann Boren, 73, of Red Bud, died Jan. 5, 2020. She was born Aug. 15, 1946, in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Boren is survived by her children, Terry Lafon Boren of St. Louis, Mo., Robin (Jamie) Siler of Columbia and Lea Ann (Ben) Wienhoff of Waterloo; brothers, Ron Belt of Granite City and Tommy Belt of Columbia; grandchildren, Lauren (Brandon) Nolte, Hayden Siler, Brett (Emily) Marsala, Danielle Tockstein, Zack Wienhoff and Gage Wienhoff; and a great-grandchild, Jack Marsala. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Edward and Jean (nee Sitzes) Belt; and sisters-in-law, Jo Belt and Jeannine Belt. Nancy loved to travel as well as playing cards and bingo. She was a people person, having never met a stranger. Mrs. Boren also volunteered for Meals On Wheels through the Waterloo Senior Center. Visitation was Saturday, Jan. 11, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Senior Center.

Kenneth John Joseph Schmidt, 70, of Maeystown, died Jan. 5, 2020. He was born Oct. 19, 1949, in Belleville. Mr. Schmidt is survived by his wife, Jerri (nee Flatt) Schmidt; daughter Jamye (Adam) Hemken; granddaughter Kendall Hemken; sisters Linda (Jon) Kessler and Charlotte (Dave) Hoock; niece Natascha (Jeff) Wolman; great-nieces Ari and Ella Wolman; and nephews Todd Schmidt and Scott (Lesliey) Schmidt. He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth John Joseph "Kenny" Schmidt II; parents, Orville and Josephine (nee Ritter) Schmidt; brother, Orville Joseph "Caesar" Schmidt; and nephew, Mike Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt was a member of the Waterloo VFW, D&B Club and Maeystown Sportsman Club. He was also an avid hunter and a gifted taxidermist. Kenneth loved his family, especially his granddaughter. Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 9, from 8:30 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral followed with Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. Mr. Schmidt was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors.