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February 2021

Ben Bergmann, 73, of Columbia, died Feb. 1, 2021 at Mercy Hospital South. He was born Oct. 7, 1947, in Belleville, the son of the late Charles and Esther (nee Taake) Bergmann. Benny married Carol (nee Deffenbaugh) Bergmann on Oct. 8, 1966, in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Bergmann is survived by sons, Brian (Wendy) Bergmann of Shorewood and Christopher (Kristy) Bergmann of St. Jacob; grandchildren, Rebecca (James) Panek, Joseph Bergmann, Samuel Bergmann, John Bergmann, Rachel Bergmann and Jennifer Bergmann; great-grandchildren, Bethany Panek and Lawrence Panek; brother, Charles Bergmann of Columbia; and sister, Shirley Bergmann of Columbia. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Bergmann. Mr. Bergmann had retired as an operator from Ameren-Missouri. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 148, where he was a past vice-president and shop steward. In his retirement, Benny and Carol volunteered at Grant's Farm. Mr. Bergmann had served on the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department and Columbia EMS. He was a member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association (past-president). He attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. Ben served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A prayer service was held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Mr. Bergmann was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

January 2021

Gloria Ann Vollmer, nee Hazen, 87, of Waterloo, formerly of Gahanna, Ohio, died peacefully surrounded by her family. Raised on a farm in Kansas, Gloria dreamed to explore. She was a career wife of Albert Vollmer, a retired Air Force fighter pilot and later a corporate pilot. Gloria brought up her children moving numerous times to places around the globe, creating a new family home in each location. Mrs. Vollmer enjoyed being an avid tourist and traveled to almost every continent while making new friends during each adventure. Gloria was a master seamstress and skilled craftsperson. She could always be found with a dachshund on her lap and was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mrs. Vollmer is survived by her daughters Dr. Liz (Dr. Dwight Boehm) Vollmer and Amy (Greg) Fitzgerald; son-in-law Steve (Tracey) Siefert; grandchildren Mitchell and Emma Boehm, Eliza (Jay) Bladen, Alexander and Grant Fitzgerald, and John (Meredith), Stephen (Meredith), Patrick (Courtney) and William Siefert; and great-grandchildren James, Madeleine, Mathias and Jillian Siefert, Jack Fitzgerald, Christopher, and William and Gabriel Siefert; along with many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.) Albert Vollmer; son David Vollmer; daughter Anita Siefert; parents Lewis Orville and Georgia Dale (nee Denton) Hazen; and brother Harlan Hazen. No services were held. Mrs. Vollmer was buried in Denton, Kan. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill, Activity Fund.

John Thomas "Tommy" Shields, 76, of Red Bud, died passed away at 2:51 p.m., on Jan. 16, 2021, at Mercy South in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 12, 1944, in Red Bud. Mr. Shields is survived by his wife, Neda (nee Swonger) Shields; children Roger (Elizabeth) Shields, Kellie (Wayne) Bradshaw and Lori Shields; brother Joe (Marla) Shields; sisters Connie (Steve) Kopec and Bridget Warren; grandchildren Cody (Katie), Zachary (Tiffany), James (Jammie), Katelynn (Jeremy), Micaela (Anthony), Tillie (Brandon), Wyatt, Andrew, Audrey, Natalie, Charis, Aleaha and Annelise; and great-grandchildren Cheyenne, Olivia, Hudson, Thomas, Harmony, John Hunter and Heather; along with  sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Marcella (nee Dougherty) Shields; grandchildren John Thomas, Amanda and Nicholas Bradshaw; and brother-in-law Terry Warren. Tommy attended 12 years of catholic school at SPPS; he was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton. Mr. Shields proudly served in the U.S. Navy (1963-1967) in the Vietnam War. For his service, he received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was active with the Red Bud VFW Post 6632. Mr. Shields worked 34 years with Chrysler through the UAW Local 110. Tommy raised three children and was legal guardian of his brother Joe and sister Connie (after their mom and dad passed). Mr. Shields was the best husband, father, brother and grandpa we could ever want. We cannot imagine life without him and will never quit missing him. Tommy was a very proud Irishman. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. The funeral was at St. Patrick’s with Father Linus Umoren officiating. Mr. Shields was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to masses at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or to the church’s cemetery fund.

Anna J. Moore, 96, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died Jan. 26, 2021 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born Oct. 18, 1924, in East St. Louis. Anna had worked in St. Louis at Century Electric, Carter Carburetor, and McDonnell-Douglas. She attended Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo. Mrs. Moore was a lifetime member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504 Ladies Auxiliary. Her biggest hobby was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Moore is survived by her daughter, JoAnn (Larry) Godare, her son, Jim (Diana) Moore, her grandchildren, Tracy Lynn McNatt and Marc (Nicki) Godare, her great grandchildren, Brittany (Quinton) Ballard, Shelby (Adam) Spears, Brenden Dell, Alexandra Godare and Ashley Godare, her great great grandchildren, Roman and Lawson Ballard, her sister, Billie Jean Lerch, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester Earl and Josephine (nee Weiss) Iglehart; brother, Lester Iglehart; and sisters Josephine Weber and Ruth Washausen. Visitation and funeral were at Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo with Rev. Todd Mushaney officiating. Mrs. Moore was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Earl P. Inman, 85, of Columbia, died Jan. 17, 2021 at Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis, Mo. He was born July 17, 1935, in Trenton, Tenn., the son of the late William and Elsie (nee Harris) Inman. Earl married Josephine (nee DaRonco) Inman in Iron Belt, Wisc., on Nov. 23, 1956. Earl and his wife owned and operated Inman Heating and Cooling since 1963. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Mr. Inman coached for 30 years with the Jefferson Barracks Football Club. He was an avid gardener, thoroughly enjoyed being around kids, loved golfing with his family and a four-time Fantasy Football Champion. Sunday family dinners were the highlight of his week. Mr. Inman served in the U.S. Navy. In addition to his wife, Mr. Inman is survived by his sons, Todd (Marian) Inman of Tulsa, Okla., Mark (Kathy) Inman of St. Louis, Mo., Bart Inman of St. Louis, Mo., Jeff (Jeri) Inman of St. Louis, Mo., Cory (Gail) Inman of Valmeyer and Craig (Tracey) Inman of Arnold, Mo.; daughters, Michelle (David Brinkmeyer) Bottila of Arnold, Mo., Dorise Beck of St. Louis, Mo., Geralyn Kaufmann of St. Louis, Mo., and Dana (Jeff) Yenzer of Sunset Hills, Mo.; 24 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Melvin Inman of Oglesby. He was preceded in death by his son, Brad J. Inman. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Nicholas T. Fleming officiating. He was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception - Zac Epplin Field Fund.

Thomas C. Rushing, 84, of Columbia, died Jan. 6, 2021. He was born Feb. 22, 1936, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Thomas E. and Edith E. (nee Legate) Rushing. Thomas married Patricia (nee Cebuhar) Rushing on Nov. 21, 1959, in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Rushing is survived by his daughter, Suzanne M. (Lee) Funk of Mascoutah; sons, David C. (Lawrence R. Zerman) Rushing of St. Louis, Mo., and Matthew T. (Julie) Rushing of Columbia; three grandchildren; two special great-grandchildren, Adam and Nathaniel Funk and their mother, Caroline Funk; and four additional great-grandchildren. Thomas was a retired Senior Systems Analyst with Monsanto Corp., in Creve Coeur, Mo., and a Deacon at the Canaan Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo. He was an Eagle Scout and a past Cub Master for the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Rushing was a past chairman of the Columbia Planning Commission, had served in Special Forces and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all services were private. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Jefferson Barracks Veteran's Administration Hospital.

Richard G. Carl, 93, of Columbia, died Jan. 13, 2021 at Mother of Good Counsel Home in St. Louis, Mo. He was born May 10, 1927, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Cornelius J., and Eleanor (nee Lishmann) Carl. Richard married Bernice C. (nee Mattli) Carl on Oct. 22, 1949, in St. Louis, Mo. She died Oct. 31, 2015. Mr. Carl served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was retired from the Monsanto Corp. Richard was all about music, music, music of all kinds, and owned quite a record collection. He was known to be able to repair just about anything that could be taken apart and re-assembled. Richard and his wife enjoyed outings with the other Monsanto retirees, camping, and spending time with the rest of the family. Mr. Carl is survived by his son, Richard J. (Lois) Carl of Saint Charles, Mo.; daughter, Susan R. (James) Eckhardt of Affton, Mo.; grandchildren, Lori Eckardt, Lynn Eckhardt, Kelly (Mike) Evans and Jamie (Jared) Krieg; great-grandchildren, Owen and Lily Evans, and Maddox and Bryson Krieg; and his sister, Jacqueline Rast of Fairview Heights. Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Cornelius G. Carl. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all services were private. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

William “Bill” Paul Gallagher, 81, of Prairie du Rocher, died at 12:02 a.m., Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. He was born April 10, 1939, in Adrian, Mich., the son of the late James and Mary (nee Duckworth) Gallagher. Bill married Ruth Zeiger on April 10, 1978 in Belleville. Mr. Gallagher attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault. He had worked for 30 years as a welder for Shipbuilders and Pipe Fitting in St. Louis and Michigan. Bill served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Prairie du Rocher American Legion Post 622. He enjoyed playing the keyboard and riding his motorcycle. A talking parrot was Bill’s pride and joy. In addition to his wife, Mr. Gallagher is survived by his son, William A. Gallagher of Michigan; step-children John (Marikay) Kirkley of St. Louis, Mo.; Deanna Atkins of Prairie du Rocher and Dale Kirkley of Waterloo; grandchildren Thomas Bievenue, Brandy Kirkley, Scott Kirkley, Alicia Gunn, John Kirkley, Jr., Crystal Atkins, Sara Kirkley, Ben Atkins and Kaitlyn Kirkley; and great-grandchildren Anthony, Makayla, Cole, Jacob, Luke and Liam; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Tom Gallagher and George “Joe” Shouse. Visitation and funeral were at Our Lady of Good Counsel with Father Daniel Jurek officiating. Per Bill’s wish, his body will be cremated. He was inurned at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Renault. Memorials may be made to his church.

Anna J. Embrich, nee Leonard, 82, of Waterloo, died Jan. 21, 2021, in Waterloo. She was born March 21, 1938, in Salem, Mo. Mrs. Embrich is survived by her children Charlotte (Hank) Marquardt and Ed (Tammy) Embrich; grandchildren Amanda Marquardt, Lauren (Tyler) Morgan and Jason (Anna) Embrich; great-grandchildren Josiah Morgan, Wyatt Embrich and Cheyanne Embrich; and brother Bill (Carol) Gordes; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Embrich Sr.; and sisters Nina Farrow and Geraldine Hill. Mrs. Embrich attended Hope Christian Church. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Mrs. Embrich was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County 4H.

Harold A. Verseman, 92, of Waterloo, died Jan. 25, 2021, in Waterloo. He was born April 15, 1928, in Jacob. Mr. Verseman is survived by his children Scott (Ellen) Verseman and Douglas (Ann) Verseman; grandchildren Andrew Verseman and Jeffrey Verseman; sister-in-law Virginia Strunk; and brother-in-law Glen Korando; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Madelyn E. (nee Strunk) Verseman; parents Arthur and Mary (nee Stueve) Verseman; sisters Mabel Homan and Ruby Korando; and brothers Les Verseman and Allen Verseman. Mr. Verseman attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Army. Harold was a member of the Chosen Few and International Association of Machinist Local 837. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Verseman was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Kenneth R. Osterhage, 73, of Waterloo, died Jan. 22, 2021, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 25, 1947, in East St. Louis. Mr. Osterhage is survived by his wife, Debra (nee Wittenauer) Osterhage; children Kyle (Amber) Osterhage, Kerry (Mary) Osterhage and Kendra (Kory Schaefer) Osterhage, step-children Chad (Dana) Ruehle and Nathan (Erica) Ruehle; grandchildren Kane, Kaela, Keaton, Koby and Kaleb Osterhage, Kincaid Schaefer, Alicia Ruehle, Keegan Ruehle, Emily Ruehle, Avery Ruehle, Hunter Ruehle and Jaxon Ruehle; brothers Robert (Sharon) Osterhage and Keith (Bonnie) Osterhage; and sisters Judy (Joseph) Mathews and Bonnie (John) Wirth; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; and cousins. He is preceded in death by his sons Kirk R. Osterhage and Mark Osterhage; parents Wilbur and Alice (nee Glessner) Osterhage; and sister Jo Ann Oakley. Mr. Osterhage was a member of Waterloo Odd Fellows. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Osterhage was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Roger Albert Wegener, 69, of Evansville, died Jan. 12, 2021 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born March 1, 1951 in Red Bud, the son of the late Walter W. and Emma (nee Koester) Wegener. Roger was a farmer. He attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Evansville; he was the church organist. Mr. Wegener had served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Wegener is survived by brothers Marvin Wegener of Evansville and Roland (Joyce) Wegener of Waterloo; nephews and nieces Eric (Laine) Wegener, Jared (Heather) Wegener and Jessica (Tiffany) Shields, all of Waterloo; two great-nephews; and two great-nieces. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Frances Wegener. Visitation and funeral were at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Thomas Handrick officiating. Pechacek Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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Kara Nicole Hencke, 30, of Columbia, died Jan. 31, 2021, in Columbia. She was born Oct. 11, 1990, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Carl and Teresa (nee Chapman) Hencke. In addition to her parents, Kara is survived by her son, Graham C. Goforth; boyfriend, Stephen W. Goforth; sisters, Kristen P. Hencke and Patrice A. Hencke; maternal grandmother, Barbara A. Gaetano; paternal grandmother, Patricia A. Hencke; and step-mother, Maribel Hencke, along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, David G. Hencke. Kara was a force of nature, drawn to the wild and beautiful places of the world. She was blessed to have lived in so many beautiful places throughout her life, including the desert of Arizona, the shorelines of Southern California, and the mountains of Colorado. She will live on in our memories as a mother that loved her son, Graham, wholly and unconditionally, always ready to take him on the next adventure. As we look back on her life, we remember her love of the arts, her desire to dip her toes into every imaginable body of water, and her ability to break the silence with an unbelievable story, that always turned out to be true… but mostly, we want her to know that she is loved. A Celebration of Kara's Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the National Alliance For Mental Illness. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Walter Williams, 80, of Waterloo, died Jan. 13, 2021, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 20, 1940, in Paducah, Ky. Mr. Williams is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Margaret “Ellen” Stahlschmidt Williams; children Lisa (Randy) Osterhage of Waterloo, Kelly (Larry) Housman of Paducah, Ky., and James (Lisa) Williams of Kirkwood, Mo.; grandchildren Eric (Michelle) Housman of Paducah, Ky., Alecia (Kevin) Decker of Waterloo, Rebecca (Frank) Strasser of Louisville, Ky., Jessica Williams of Bolivar, Mo., Alexandra (Zachary) Gilles of Lexington, Ky., Jacob Williams of Kirkwood, Mo., and Elizabeth Housman of Paducah, Ky.; a great granddaughter, Stella Housman of Paducah, Ky.; brother Gary Williams of Paducah, Ky.; sisters Jan (Ed) Creagh of Rock Hill, SC., and Sue (Martin) Operle and Sherry (John) Fuqua, both of Paducah, Ky.; brother-in-laws Joe(Jane) Stahlschmidt of Columbia and Bob (Cheryl) Stahlschmidt of Dupo; and sister-in-laws Mary Ann Wolf of Waterloo and Betty (Ken) Bailey of Millstadt; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Mary Belle (nee Hopson) Williams; brother Gerald Williams; in-laws Eugene and Christine Stahlschmidt; sister-in-law Barbara Patterson; and brother-in-law Nelson Wolf. In 1958, Mr. Williams began working in the working Fischer Body Plant at General Motors in St. Louis, Mo. In 1976, he was appointed to the United Auto Workers International Staff and retired in 2001 as the Director of Retirees. Walter loved spending time with all of his family and friends, playing golf, and spending time at the lake. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Research or St. Jude Hospital.

Larry Soma, 65, of Columbia, died Jan. 29, 2021 at Mercy South Hospital. He was born July 12, 1955 in St Louis, Mo. Larry married Carol (nee Taake) Soma, on April 7, 1979, in Columbia. In addition to his wife of 41 years, Mr. Soma is survived by his children, Sara (Jared) Kertz and Scott (Mandy) Soma; grandchildren, Ashlyn and Easton Kertz and Brantley and Kaiden Soma; and sisters, Patti (Tim) Fahey, Kathy (Ron) Shields and Karen Mathis. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ellen “Rita” Soma; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Edna Taake; and brother-in-law, Scott Mathis. Mr. Soma was a career 911 dispatcher and EMT. He began with the City of Columbia Police Department. He then worked 35 years with the City of Kirkwood, Mo. He retired Dec. 6, 2013. He spent his remaining years with this children and grandkids. Larry was an avid train enthusiast, golfer, and traveler. But his life-long passion was emergency services. Mr. Soma was a member of the Sons of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Visitation was Thursday, Feb. 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Hope Christian Church. A service followed with Pastor Darrell Jones, officiating. Memorials may be made to Backstoppers. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Emmett Samuel "Sam" Harter, 89, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, passed away Jan. 24, 2021 at Cedarhurst of Waterloo. He was born Sept. 3, 1931, in St. Francois County, Mo. Sam was a retired truck driver, having driven for REA Freight Lines and Consolidated Freightways. He was a 30-year member of the Teamsters Local 41. Mr. Harter attended First Baptist Church of Dupo, where he served as a Deacon. He was a 65-year member of the St. Francis County Masonic Lodge. Sam loved to travel, working in his church, listening to gospel music and spending time with his family and his friends. Mr. Harter is survived by his wife of 70 years, Imogene (nee Middleton) Harter; son, Samuel D. (Nita) Harter of Ottawa, Kan.; daughter, Sue (Joe) Link of Waterloo; brothers Francis (Margaret) Harter of Farmington, Mo., and Dennis (Nancy) Harter of Ironton, Mo.; and grandchildren Stacy (Ron) Smith of Blue Springs, Mo., Samuel B. Harter of Olathe, Kan., granddaughter Stephanie Harter of Kansas City, Mo., Michelle (Michael) Dillon of Columbia; step-grandchildren Andy (Supi) Link of Thailand, Stacy Link of St. Louis, Mo., Chris (Theresa) Whalen of Lebo, Kan., and Philip (Angie) Whalen of Lawrence, Kan.; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett Simon and Annabelle (nee Howell) Harter. Visitation and funeral were at First Baptist Church in Dupo  with Rev. Roger Reid officiating. Mr. Harter was buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to his church. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Dorothy M. Wessel, 89 of Columbia, passed away Jan. 8, 2021. She was born on Nov. 3, 1931, in Chester, the daughter of the late Emil and Martha (nee Hapke) Eggemeyer. Dorothy married Norman H. Wessel on April 27, 1952, in Walsh. Mrs. Wessel attended Sparta schools. Before her marriage she worked as a waitress and in a shoe factory prior. Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an active member of Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover, where she spent many years teaching Sunday School. Mrs. Wessel was also a Cub Scout and Brownie leader. She also gave back to the community by visiting residents of the area nursing homes and worked on numerous sewing project for the residents. Mrs. Wessel was a member of the Columbia American Legion Auxiliary, Columbia Turners Auxiliary, and the Columbia Woman’s Club. She loved spending time with her large family and enjoyed numerous travels with her husband and friends. In addition to her husband of 68 years, Mrs. Wessel is survived by her sons, Robert A. (Melanie) Wessel of Evansville, Ind., and James L. (Joan) Wessel of Columbia; daughter Kathleen M. (Billy ) Kennedy of Troy; brother, Melvin D. (LuAnn) Eggemeyer of Sparta; grandchildren Dusten Wessel, Chelsea (Jarod) Mills, Laila (Casey) Schu, Michael (Amanda) Boyer, Steven (Lindsey) Boyer, Melissa (Mike) Kohlenberger, Andrew Wessel and Jacob Wessel; and 16 great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and a great-granddaughter, Haryln Boyer. Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover. A funeral will follow with Pastor R. J. Morgan officiating. Mrs. Wessel will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Clemens Richard Ruemker Sr., 86, of Columbia, died Jan. 8, 2021, in New Athens. He was born Sept. 21, 1934, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Ruemker is survived by his children Clemens “Clem” (Cindy) Ruemker and Deborah (Bobby) Williams; grandchildren Lexi Ruemker (County Fair Queen), Lucas (fiancé Paige Hughes) Mund, Chuck (Christine) Whitehead, John (Natalya) Whitehead, David Macaluso, Donna Macaluso, Verlon (Holly) Bradford, Tony Macaluso and Melinda Ruble; numerous great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Jacquelyn Bolte. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty L. Ruemker; parents William F. and Clara (nee Bielfeld) Ruemker, and Bruce Lee Hegger and Sandra Macaluso Bradford; and granddaughter Shawn Nicole Whitehead. Mr. Ruemker was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had been a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier. Clemens had attended St. Wenceslaus Church. Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m., at St. Wenceslaus Church with Father Phil Sosa officiating. Mr. Ruemker was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Cathili Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to St. Wenceslaus Church in St. Louis or the Zoar UCC Sunday School.

Joyce E. Koetting, nee Brand, 81, of Smithton, died Jan. 9, 2021, in Maryville. She was born Oct. 15, 1939, in Waterloo. Mrs. Koetting is survived by her children, Sandra Sperino, Linda (Larry) O'Dell, Sheila Koetting and Daniel (Carrie) Koetting; grandchildren Jeremy Bateman, Dustin Bateman, Emily (Joe) Clark, Richard Koetting, Matthew (Nicole) Koetting, Danielle Koetting and Chasity (Jeremiah) McLean; great-grandchildren Christina, Kylie, Faith, Alyssa, Menina, Kaden, Phoenix, Gabe, Audrey, Logan, Keygen and Tristan Jr.; and brother Willis Brand; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome H. Koetting; grandson Tristen Sperino; great-granddaughter Layla Clark; parents Henry A. and Leona E. (nee Goeddel) Brand; and brothers Robert and Floyd Brand. Joyce attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Smithton. Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Only 10 visitors at a time were allowed to pay their respects. Funeral was Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Smithton with Father Stan Konieczny officiating. Mrs. Koetting was buried at the St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in Hecker. Memorials may be made to her church.

Harold W. Devenport, 92, of Columbia, died Jan. 8, 2021 at Oak Hill Care Center. He was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Patton, Mo., the son of the late Fredrick and Elva (nee Mayfield) Devenport. Harold married Darlene (nee Goss) Devenport on Nov. 11, 1949, in St. Louis, Mo. She died on April 17, 2016. Mr. Devenport was retired from Kisco Valentec in St. Louis, Mo., after previously working 40 years at Carter Carburetor, also in St. Louis. He attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia and was a member of the Columbia Blue Lodge 474 AF & AM. Harold loved working with his hands and could repair just about anything. Mr. Devenport is survived by sons William (Robbie) Devenport, Jeffrey (Ginny) Devenport and Fred Devenport, all of Columbia; daughter, Linda (Larry) Sorenson of Waterloo; and grandchildren Adam (Katie), Dan, Zach, Blake and Andrew. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters Viola Seabaugh and Iola Newton; brothers Floyd Devenport, Hubert Devenport and Darrel Devenport; and step-granddaughter, Sarah Sorenson. A funeral procession left Lawlor Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 10:45 a.m., for a graveside committal service at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Pastor Elizabeth Terrill  officiated. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children in St. Louis, Mo.

Wade R. Marshall, 74, of Waterloo, died Jan. 6, 2021, in Smithton. He was born May 31, 1946, in Red Bud. Mr. Marshall is survived by his wife, Diane Marshall; children Brian (Emily) Marshall and Jennifer (Cory) VanBritson; grandchildren Zachary and Carter Marshall and Logan and Owen VanBritson; and brother-in-law Harold (Lillian) Stark; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mildred (nee Pierman) Marshall; and brothers Wayne Marshall and Otis Marshall. Mr. Marshall attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He had retired from Anheuser-Busch Railroad (St. Louis Refrigerated Car Company). Wade was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Visitation was Jan. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Merritt Demski officiating. Mr. Marshall was buried at the Elis Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Alzheimer's Association.

Kaye Eschmann, nee Hesterberg, 75, of Waterloo, died Jan. 5, 2021, in Waterloo. She was born April 16, 1945, in Bowling Green, Ky. Mrs. Eschmann is survived by her husband, Norbert F. Eschmann; children Chris (Amy R.) Eschmann, Tina (Russell) Schneider, Amy (Robert) Stumpf and Eric (Kim) Eschmann; grandchildren James, Kylie, Mason and Danni Eschmann, Lucas Schneider, Lexi and Adam Stumpf, and Austin Eschmann; step-grandchildren Aiden, Erin and Jonathan; and sister Joyce (Michael) Watson; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer L. and Alma F. (nee Davenport) Hesterberg. Mrs. Eschmann attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Madonnaville. She as a member of the Quilt Club, the vice-president of the Monroe County Genealogy Society, treasure of the Baum-Salem Cemetery Association, Monroe County Fair’s superintendent of photography; Daughters of the American Revolution. Kaye had volunteered with RSVP. Visitation was Saturday, Jan. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Only 10 visitors at a time were allowed to pay their respects. A private funeral followed with Father Linus Umoren officiating. Mrs. Eschmann was buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to the Baum - Salem Cemetery Association or to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery of Madonnaville Fund.


Ronald J. Solich
, 67, of Waterloo, died Jan. 2, 2021, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Nov. 9, 1953, in East St. Louis. Mr. Solich is survived by his wife, Donna (nee Brinkmann) Solich; children Rebecca Godfrey and Renee (Jake) King; grandchild Savannah Godfrey; mother Mary (nee Dochwat) Solich; brother John W. (Helga) Solich; sisters Mary Ann Hankins, Jeanne (Maurice) Kleyer and Cathy S. (Barry) Hoffmann; and sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Debbie Kuergeleis, Dina and Brian Nobbe, and Christine Brinkmann; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, John M. Solich; mother-in-law and father-in-law Leroy and Shirley Brinkmann; brothers-in-law Charles Hankins, Dennis, David and Duane Brinkman, and Jim Kuergeleis. Mr. Solich attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. A lifelong farmer, he was a member of the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District (director), Waterloo FFA Alumni and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Private services will be held. Memorials may be made to Banking On A Cure (for local cancer patients). Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Dale J. Mehrtens, 89, of Columbia, formerly of Valmeyer, died Jan. 2, 2021, in Columbia. He was born Oct. 15, 1931, in Valmeyer. Mr. Mehrtens is survived by his children Denise (Joseph) Leiteritz, Dana (Roger) Sherman, Brian (Robyn) Mehrtens, Suzy (Dennis) Homrighausen and Cindy (Scott) Roever; grandchildren Jacob Zollner, Klaire (Patrick) Schatz, Blaise Arriaga, Kristi, Kyle and Kory Sherman, Annette (Jon Stone) Glotfelty, Elijah (Ivy) Mehrtens, Isaiah (Anna) Mehrtens, Josiah Mehrtens, Ryan Homrighausen, and Samuel, Madeline and Lillian Roever; sister Shirley (Donald) Mehrmann; and sister-in-law Elizabeth Mehrtens; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma R. (nee Stilts) Mehrtens; parents Emil A. and Emma K. (nee Kruse) Mehrtens; sisters Delphine (Gilbert) Pape and Esther (Roland) Schmidt; brother Gene Mehrtens; and sister-in-law Verna Mehrtens. Mr. Mehrtens was a lifelong farmer who attended Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia. Mr. Mehrtens was a member of the Knights of Columbus (over 50 years), a founding member of Valmeyer Knights of Columbus, Monroe County Farm Bureau (lifetime), Maeystown Sportsman's Club (charter) and a Republican Precinct Committeeman. He was a former member of the Valmeyer School Board and a commissioner for the Columbia Levee District. Dale was a lifelong Kloepper player and St. Louis Cardinals fan. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic. Church. A funeral followed with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Mehrtens was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer or the Alzheimer's Association.

David E. "Red" Lehr, 83, of New Athens, died Jan. 5, 2021 at his residence. He was born Sept. 19, 1937 in Tilden. A 1955 graduate of New Athens High School, Red began his music career at age five, which led to a career playing sousaphone in area bands. Early on he played with the St. Louis Symphony Pops Orchestra and the Honolulu Symphony. He and Jean Kittrell took the Jazz Incredibles to Europe, Japan and Canada. Red traveled throughout the U.S. playing jazz festivals and many jazz cruises. Of course, he played in St. Louis and the surrounding area for over 60 years. Red credited Jean Kittrell and Chicago Symphony tubist Gene Pokorny for much of his success, though he gave special kudos to his wife Carolyn. Red and Carolyn have operated Lehr's Market in New Athens since 1972. Their son Jeff joined them in the business in the late 70s and took over from his father upon his retirement. Admired by classical as well as jazz musicians, Red has been featured in regional, national, and international conferences of brass instruments in Illinois, Kentucky and Virginia, where the Sergeant Major awarded him the Medal of Excellence and the General John J. Pershing Founders Medal during the U.S. Army Band's International Conference. Red eventually became the leader of the St. Louis Rivermen, and Red Lehr's Powerhouse Five bands. He made over 25 Dixieland Jazz records, cassettes and CDs. He was a member of St. John UCC in New Athens and the Red Bud American Legion Post 6632. Mr. Lehr was a veteran of the U.S. Army. In addition to his wife, Carolyn (nee Beck) Lehr; Mr. Lehr is survived by his children, Jeff "Red" (Wanda) Lehr of New Athens and Lori (Thomas) Knapp of Smithton; sisters, Vera Robb of Belleville and Fern Frick of Mt. Vernon; and grandchildren, Aaron Lehr, Lindsey (Andrew) Hopper and Olivia Lehr (fiancé, Corbin Estes); along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Olivia (nee Spitz) Lehr; and sister, Helen Lehr. Visitation was at St. John UCC in New Athens. A priviate funeral followed with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch and Rev. Dr. Donald Wagner officiating. Mr. Lehr was buried at the Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens. Memorials may be made to his church or Family Hospice.

Elvera A. Schuchert, 99, of Columbia, died Jan. 1, 2021 at Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley in Fenton, Mo. She was born Sept. 22, 1921, in East Carondelet, the daughter of the late John E. and Margaret A. (nee Pap) Fischer. Elvera married Earl C. Schuchert on Nov. 30, 1946 in Columbia. He died in 1986. Mrs. Schuchert is survived by her daughter, Linda LaFata of Fenton, Mo.; grandsons, Chris LaFata of Eureka, Mo., and Paul (Sarah) LaFata of Wentzville, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Cody and Steven LaFata, and Sophia LaFata; and sister, Helen Mueller of Columbia. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Walter and John Fischer; and son-in-law, Steven J. LaFata. Elvera was a dear wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. A funeral followed with Pastor Stephen Krenz officiating. Mrs. Schuchert was buried at the Valhalla Gardens Of Memory Mausoleum in Belleville. Memorials may be made to her church, Backstoppers or Pathways Hospice. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.