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January 2020

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 is Friday, Jan. 31, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mrs. Rippelmeyer will be buried at the church cemetery. 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 is Thursday, Jan. 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Mr. Range will be 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 is handling 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 is handling 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 is 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 is Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Knobloch-Ramer will be 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 is Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Mrs. Baiter will be 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 is Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. A memorial service will follow 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 is Thursday, Jan. 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mr. Hartmann will be 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 is Thursday, Jan. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow 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 is 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 is 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 will follow with Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. Mr. Schmidt will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors.