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March 2020

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.