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October 2019

Bonita Sue "Bonnie" Casey, nee Stratmann, 72, of Hecker, died Oct. 2, 2019, in Red Bud. She was born April 1, 1947, in Belleville. Mrs. Casey is survived by her husband, Richard Casey; children Ron (Patti) Casey and Brian (Sheri) Casey; grandchildren Brianna Casey, Kaitlyn Casey, Gracelyn Casey, Megan Koerber and Allyssa Koerber; and sister Gerry (Bill) Obernuefemann; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilford and Anita (nee Becker) Stratmann. Bonnie attended St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church in Hecker. Visitation is Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:45 a.m., at her church. A funeral will follow at 10 a.m. with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mrs. Casey will be buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Red Bud Care Center

Margarette M. Schrader, nee Krueger, 73, of Waterloo, died Oct. 11, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born April 3, 1946, in E. St. Louis. Mrs. Schrader is survived by her husband, Darrell E. Schrader; sister Martha (Kenneth) Church; niece and nephews Jessica Church, Robert Church, Timothy (Samantha) Schrader and Daniel (Anna) Schrader; great-nieces; great-nephews; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Diann (Mark) Scherle and Rev. Darwin (Karen) Schrader; along with cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Dwain Schrader. Mrs. Schrader had retired from Harrisonville Telephone Co. She attended Concord Presbyterian Church. Margarette was a member of the Millstadt Community Choir and the Rockin' Red Hat Ladies. Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 13, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Concord Presbyterian Church. Funeral is Monday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m., at the church with Pastor Andrew Cheatam and Pastor Tom Jones officiating. Mrs. Schrader will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Christian School (for scholarships) or to the Monroe County History Museum

Roy Eugene Lingle, 94, of Columbia, died Oct. 10, 2019 at Mercy Hospital South. He was born July 4, 1925, in Desoto, Ill. Mr. Lingle is survived by his daughter, Debra Arras; grandchildren Julie (Curt) Crossley, Jonathan (Erica) Arras and Amanda (Alex) Kupka; and great-grandchildren Emily, Curtis III, Thomas Roy, Grace, Anna and Emma Sue. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn (nee Davis) Lingle; his father, Roy Lee Lingle; mother, Lavina (nee Brown) Lingle; and son-in-law, Norman Arras. After graduating from Carbondale High School, Mr. Lingle served in the U.S. Army. He had been employed as a research laboratory technician at Monsanto. Roy attended Christian Assembly Church in Millstadt. Visitation is Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Christian Assembly Church in Millstadt. Funeral is Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m., at the church with Rev. Steve Coy officiating. Mr. Lingle will be buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Leesman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

David A. Shields, 60, of Waterloo, died Oct. 1, 2019, in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 2, 1958, in Red Bud. Mr. Shields is survived by his children Lindsay (Tom Gallagher) Shields and Summer Shields; brother Dennis Shields; and sisters Diane Eckrich, Denise (Robert) Eichelmann, Debbie (Charlie) Siedle, Dana (Rick) Grossmann and Dawn (Greg) Gregory; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Thelma Mae (nee Schmieg) Shields. Mr. Shields was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was retired from Cerro Copper Products. David was a volunteer at Oak Hill. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill. 

George Everett Tuttle, 79, died Oct. 7, 2019 at Oak Hill. He was born April 28, 1940 in Danville, the son of the late Veronica Billings Tuttle and George A. Tuttle. Mr. Tuttle is survived by his wife, Judith Dickson Tuttle; sons John (Amy) Tuttle of Woodstock and Douglas (Susie) Tuttle of Waterloo; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren’ two sisters; and a sister-in-law. Mr. Tuttle was an Army veteran who had taught in Streator, Waterloo and Hecker. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

Alvis A. Hoffmann, 83, of Waterloo, died Oct. 15, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 1, 1935, in Fults, the son of the late Leland and Marie Pauline (nee Rippelmeyer) Hoffmann. Mr. Hoffmann is survived by his wife, Patricia "Patsy" (nee Lueking ) Hoffmann; sister Janice (Carl) Nagel; and sister-in-law Twyla Hoffmann; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Marilyn (Glenn) Luhr; brother Cletus L. Hoffmann; and mother-in-law and father-in-law William and Alice Lueking. Mr. Hoffmann had retired from ABF Trucking. He previously worked at Hoeffken Construction and Luhr Bros. Alvis attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer. Visitation is Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. John UCC in Valmeyer. A funeral will follow with Pastor Elizabeth Terrill officiating. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC - Carolonic Bells and Sound System. 

September 2019

Robert C. Kettler, 85, of Waterloo, died Sept. 23, 2019, in Waterloo. He was born May 26, 1934, in New Hanover, the son of the late Albert and Clara I. (nee Schmidt) Kettler. Mr. Kettler is survived by his children, Bonnie (Keith) Osterhage, Bobbi (Tom) Vogt, Randy (Darlene) Kettler and Kenny (Angie) Kettler; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Virginia Schwarze and Marlene Rusteberg; and sister-in-law, Marcia Dalkert; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne (nee Dalkert) Kettler; a brother, Wilbert Kettler; sisters, Esther Kettler and Darlene Dumstorff; and great-grandson, Ryder Vogt-Buechler. Bob was the former owner of the Waterloo Times newspaper as well as Waterloo Printers. He served several terms as a Waterloo alderman, the Kaskaskia River Port District and a longtime member of the Waterloo Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Kettler was a member of the Masons and the Shriners. He attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mr. Kettler was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Shriners.

Wanda C. Mechler, nee Atkinson, 84, of Waterloo, died Sept. 22, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 20, 1935, in Granite City. Mrs. Mechler is survived by her children, Linda (William) Dependahl, Susie (Mike) Aycock and David Mechler; and grandchildren, Emily Dependahl, Aaron Aycock (fiancée Natalie Salata), Ryan Aycock and Hannah Mechler; nieces; nephews; and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene A. Mechler. Mrs. Mechler attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Mechler was buried at her church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.   

Richard L. Mundinger, 68, of Hamburg, Iowa, formerly of Columbia, died Sept. 22, 2019 at his home. He was born June 11, 1951 in East St. Louis, the son of Millard H. and Marian M. (nee Dotzauer) Mundinger. Richard is survived by his wife, Pam Mundinger of Hamburg, Iowa; his mother, Marian Rey of Columbia; children, Tania Prince of Ireland, Jennifer Cook of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, Noelle Marchant-Hughes of Pleasantville, Iowa, Brian (Andrea) Halder of Nebraska City, NE, and Mia (Josh) Schrader of Knoxville, Iowa; nine grandchildren; and sister, Laurel (Kevin) Kelly of Germany. He was preceded in death by his father, Millard Mundinger; and his step-father, Arland Rey. Richard graduated from Columbia High School in 1969 and later attended Southern Illinois University  Edwardsville. He entered the U.S. Air Force on Aug. 28, 1973 and was an imagery interpreter craftsman serving with the 548th Exploitation and Training Divisions (1986-1992). Following 24 years of service to his country, Mr. Mundinger was honorably discharged at Offutt Air Force Base on Aug. 31, 1997. Richard married Pamela Helen Lotz on April 8, 2012 in Fremont County, Iowa. Graveside funeral was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Air Force Funeral Honors Detail. Rash-Gude Funeral Home of Hamburg, Iowa handled arrangements.

John William Ford, 75, of Waterloo, died Sept. 23, 2019 at Mercy Hospital South. He was born Oct. 25, 1943, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Henry and Beulah (nee Baltrip) Ford. John married his Valmeyer High School sweetheart Mary (nee Armbrecht) Ford in 1963 in Valmeyer. Besides his wife, Mr. Ford is survived by sons, Glenn (Peggy) Ford of Prairie du Rocher and John Ford of Waterloo; daughters, Teri (Joe) Metter of Columbia and Julie (Sterling) Pfeifer of St. Genevieve, Mo.; grandchildren, Heather (Drew Fausz) Ford, Laurie (John) Knop, John (Mandy) Ford, Madison Pfeifer and Caleb Pfeifer; and great-grandchildren, Logan, Landon, Lane, and Luke Fausz, Ian Hankammer, Austin and Gavin Knop, and Tripp Ford. He was preceded in death by his brother, Art Ford; and sister, Dona Tucker. John graduated from Valmeyer High School in 1961. He was civic-minded and proud member of the Waterloo Lion's Club, where he had been active with their eye programs. Mr. Ford had retired from Southwestern Bell (later AT&T) in St. Louis, Mo., after more than 30 years of employment. In his younger days, he was a car buff who enjoyed restoring cars. John promoted many of the area’s car shows. Mr. Ford enjoyed playing cards, including penny-a- point Rummy and Solitaire. He was a member (and past president) and the Maeystown Sportsman's Club. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Stephen Krenz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Lions Club or the American Kidney Fund.

Robert L. Wolz, 84, of Columbia, died Sept. 26, 2019 at Delmar Gardens South in Sappington, Mo. He was born Nov. 24, 1934, in East St. Louis, the son of the late John and Beulah (nee Jones) Wolz. Robert married Betty (nee Barman) Wolz in 1999 in Columbia. Mr. Wolz is survived by his daughters, Tamela (Gary) Phillips of Denver, Colo., and Suzanne (Joe) Frey of Columbia; a son, John (LouAnn) Wolz of Columbia; grandchildren, Derek (Jen) Wolz, Dane (Jyll) Wolz, J.D. (Courtney) Frey, Jordan Frey, Caleb Wolz and Amielia Wolz; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Wolz, Zoey Wolz and Alydia Wolz; and brothers, Ronald Wolz of Fenton and Raymond Wolz of Maryville, Tenn. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Joanne (nee Shafer) Wolz; son, Mark "Gator" Wolz; and half-brother, George Fagan. Mr. Wolz was employed through Carpenters Local 169 and was a veteran of the U.S Army. He had volunteered as lead carpenter during the construction of several local churches. Bob enjoyed woodworking, carving, quilting, square-dancing, golfing, traveling, rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals and making dolls with his first wife, Joanne. Mr. Wolz attended Hope Christian Church. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Mr. Wolz was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

Dorothy Anna Arras, nee Doerr, 90, of Waterloo, died Sept. 19, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born April 14, 1929, in Dupo, the daughter of the late William and Frieda (nee Vogt) Doerr. Mrs. Arras is survived by her daughter, Mary Ellen (Jay) Huetsch; grandchildren, Lisa (Scott) Segura, Christina (Javier) Matus, Kurt (Cristy) Harfmann, John (Christina) Huetsch and Mark (Liang) Huetsch; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Avery and Eric Segura, Alexa and Dylan Matus and Bailey Harfmann; brothers, Eugene (Sue) Doerr and Gary (Barb) Doerr; a sister, Helen Pflueger; and sisters-in-law, Lela Arras, Barbara Doerr and Verna Doerr; along with nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin T. Arras; her daughter, Eileen Harfmann; brothers, John, Edward, Raymond, Arthur, William, Kenneth, George, Donald, Ronald and Robert Doerr; and sisters, Catherine Doerr, Lydia Keim, Alma Stechmesser, Bertha Schuchardt and Luella Chandler Spinks. Dorothy loved her family with a love that was deeper than you can imagine. She was the kindest, most loving person to everyone she met. She left us with kinder hearts which we will treasure always. Mrs. Arras enjoyed farm life and had happy memories of working with her siblings on the Schilling farm and sharing farm chores with Erwin on the Arras farm. Dorothy loved to garden, embroidery, crochet and quilt. Her flowers continue to bloom all over the farm. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mrs. Arras was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Henry W. Daab Jr., 89, of Columbia, died Sept. 30, 2019 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born May 16, 1930, in Millstadt, the son of the late Henry W. Sr. and Luella (nee Rehling) Daab. Henry married Carol (nee Hoffmann) Daab in 1955 in Columbia. She died in 2013. Mr. Daab is survived by his daughter, Melissa A. Daab of Columbia. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin E. Daab. Mr. Daab was a lifelong Columbia resident. After graduating from CHS, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Henry had retired from the U.S. Postal Service. There will be no public services. Leesman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of St. Louis. 

Georgia Ann Fries, nee Dugan, 81, of Waterloo, died Sept. 16, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 27, 1937, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Edward Robert and Ida Mary (nee Hornung) Dugan. Mrs. Fries is survived by her children, Barbara (Dennis) Markham, William (fiance Linda) Fries Sr., and John (Rita) Fries; grandchildren, Jesse (Jesse) Markham, Elias (Rebekah) Markham, William Fries Jr., Wade Fries, Laura (Scott) Gross and Kelly (David) Zellerman; great-grandchildren Wyatt, Nola, Amelia, Stella, Nora, Carter and Layla; sister Mary Lou Draude; and brother Joseph Dugan; along with nieces a nephew and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Henry Fries; and brothers, Raymond and Edward Dugan. Mrs. Fries attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She was the former owner of Dugan's Circle Service Station and Dugan's Woodworking and Painting. Georgia was a member of the Waterloo VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Funeral is Saturday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. A celebration of life is Sunday, Oct. 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Waterloo VFW. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo VFW.

Joyce Diane Hiser, nee Klaus, 79, of Columbia, died Sept. 18, 2019. She was born March 4, 1940, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Charles L. and Veronica M., (nee Aubuchon) Klaus. Joyce married Eugene "Bud" Hiser Jr. in 1962 in Belleville. Mrs. Hiser is survived by her son, Craig (Michelle) Hiser of Columbia; grandchildren Jordan (Kate) Hiser of Vermillion, SD, and Peyton Hiser of Murray, Ky.; sisters Judy (Robert) Buser of Waterloo and Debra (Ronald) McCain of Belleville; brother, Joseph (Diane) Klaus of Albuquerque, NM; sister-in-law, Hazel Baker of Fairview Heights; and brother-in-law, Edward (Marvin) Hiser of Palm Springs, Calif. She was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Betty Hilkey. Joyce was the consummate homemaker, wife and mother. Her passions in life were cooking for her family, crafts, gardening and landscaping about her home, and spending time with her grandchildren. She particularly enjoyed sharing family stories about the antics of Jordan and Peyton. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Hiser was buried at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice of Belleville or the American Cancer Society. 

Neal Gustav Baltz, 42, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Millstadt, died Sept. 2, 2019, off of Santa Cruz Island in California aboard the vessel Conception. He was beside his longtime girlfriend, Patricia Beitzinger. They died when the boat they were on burned and sank. Together, they were enjoying one of their many passions, scuba diving. Neal was born July 30, 1977 in Belleville. Mr. Baltz is survived by his grandmother, Betty Baltz; parents Candy Baltz and John Baltz; brothers Jacob Baltz and Eric Baltz; sister-in-law Diane Baltz; and his dog, Luna; along with a niece and two nephews. Mr. Baltz graduated from Millstadt Consolidated School and Belleville West High School. He obtained an engineering degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Neal moved to Austin, Tex., in 1999 where he became a certified scuba divemaster. He moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 2009. Neal and his girlfriend Patricia Beitzinger traveled to all 50 states and numerous countries. His hobbies included photography, astronomy, physics, chemistry and studying nature. Neal ran marathons and spoke Spanish. Private services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Neal Baltz Memorial Scholarship-Yavapai College Foundation, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the Maricopa Audubon Society or Central Arizona Animal Rescue. 

Alan McMillion Bates, 47, of Columbia, died Sept. 12, 2019 at Mercy Hospital South. He was born July 13, 1972, at Scott Air Force Base. Mr. Bates is survived by his fiance, Twanna Lee Mason; mother, Willa (nee McMillion) Bates; son, Tyler McMillion (Jessica) Bates; daughter, Mackenzie Elizabeth Bates; and granddaughter, Maelyn Elizabeth Bates; along with a niece, step-children and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, William A. Bates; grandparents William and Juanita McMillion; and sister, Elizabeth Yvonne Bates Evans. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Thomas G. Bade, 79, of Valmeyer, died Sept. 8, 2019, in Columbia, IL. He was born Jan. 15, 1940, in Belleville, the son of the late Oliver F. and Martha T. (nee Andres) Bade. Mr. Bade is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Richard and James Bade. Thomas attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer. He had been employed through the Elevator Operators Mechanical Union. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Felix Chukwuma officiating. Mr. Bade was buried at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to his church. 

Albertha H. "Maude" Brandt, nee Rey, 90, of Waterloo, died Sept. 8, 2019. She was born Feb. 8, 1929, in Monroe County, the daughter of the late Albert and Adele (nee Schuchardt) Rey. Mrs. Brandt is survived by her children Alan M. (Catherine) Brandt, Gary A. (Karren) Brandt and Glen D. (Damaris) Brandt; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her sister Catherine (Marvin) Hoffman; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin H. Brandt; along with brothers, a sister and step-brothers. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. 

Clara M. Althoff, nee Segar, 99, of Fults, died Sept. 12, 2019, in Red Bud. She was born Jan. 26, 1920, in Chester, the daughter of the late Louis and Anna Katherine (nee Hartje) Segar. Mrs. Althoff is survived by her nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Edward Althoff Jr.; along with her brothers and a sister. Visitation and funeral were at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault. She was buried at the church. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Renault.

August 2019

Ronald S. "Captain Ron" Koch, 76, of Waterloo, died Aug. 31, 2019, in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 14, 1942, in East St. Louis. Mr. Koch is survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Atkinson) Koch; children Robert Koch, Regina (Mike Winschel) Jennings, Rhonda (John) Hanegan, Debra (Jim) Koch, John (Juanita) Roland III, William (Kim) Roland, Robert Roland, Dawn (Jay) Leber, Connie (Steve) Few, Chris (Heather) Roland Barb (Eric) Berning; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother James (Debra) Koch; and sisters Nancy (Richard) Muertz and Donna (Al) Michels; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Dorothy (nee Goodmann) Koch; a granddaughter Melissa Mitchell; grandson Adam Roland; and step-father Robert Kolmer. Ronald was retired from Labor Local 196 – Waterloo. He served on the USS Kittyhawk while serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Post 901. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Koch was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Nicholas J. "Nick" Hopkins, 33, of Waterloo, died Aug. 23, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo., from a wound sustained while on duty with the Illinois State Police. Mr. Hopkins is survived by his wife, Whitney (nee Harris) Hopkins; children, Evelyn and Owen (twins), and Emma; parents, James Hopkins and Verna Hopkins; siblings, Valerie Dortch, Zack Hopkins, Emily Auffenberg, Gabe Hopkins and Abby Hopkins; grandmother, Evelyn Hopkins; sister-in-law, Erin Harris; and father-in-law and mother- in-law, James and Laural Harris; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Officer number 6141 was a 10-year veteran of the Illinois State Police. He began his career in 2009, as a cadet at the Illinois State Police Academy. Upon graduation from Cadet Class 117, he was assigned to District 12 (Effingham). He took assignment in August 2013 with the Zone 7 Investigations General Criminal Unit, and in November 2013 he was assigned to District 11 patrol in Collinsville. In 2016, Nick transferred to Zone 6’s Metro East Police Assistance Team. In September 2017 he was assigned to ISP SWAT and in 2018, he became a senior agent. Throughout his career with the ISP, Trooper Hopkins was recognized for his strong work ethic, his willingness to help others, and his wonderful sense of humor. The Hopkins family and the ISP would like to thank the public for their support and condolences during this difficult time. He attended Life Community Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Waterloo High School. Mr. Hopkins was buried at Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Backstoppers or to the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation.

Judith A. Gundlach, nee Strobl, 74, of Columbia, died Aug. 14, 2019, at her residence surrounded by family following a battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 3, 1944, in Jacksonville, Fla. Judy married Joe Gundlach in 1965. In addition to her husband of 53 years, she is survived by her daughters Laura Pratl (Tim Gorman) and Christy Gundlach; grandchildren John Pratl and Katie Pratl; brother John Strobl; brothers-in-law Tom Gundlach and Dick (Kathy) Gundlach; and her sister-in-law, Janet (Bill) Stumpf; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, John Strobl; her mother, Alma (nee Mileur) Strobl Schindler; stepfather, Raymond Schindler; and sisters-in-law Sandy Strobl and Bonnie Gundlach. Mrs. Gundlach was a graduate of Barnes School of Nursing. She enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals and spending time at the clubhouse with family. Judy attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation is Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral will follow with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Grade School, Althoff Catholic High School or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. 

E. Jeannine Belt, nee Holcomb, 69, of Columbia, died Aug. 29, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born Aug. 23, 1950 in Red Bud. Mrs. Belt is survived by her husband, Tommy Belt; children, Bethany (Bess) Bollmeier, Stacey (Nathan) Filipiak, Erin (John) Kernan, Jody (Jennifer) Stapleton, Ryan Belt and Jason Stapleton; sisters, LaVerne Hinrichs, Rosella Hosick and Brenda "Pete" (Dave) Dressel; and grandchildren, Trevor Hudson, Kaylenn Hudson, Ryleigh (Dylan) Macias, Cybil Kernan, Daniel Stapleton, Braeden Filipiak, Grant Stapleton and Beau Voss; along with sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Selma (nee Kempfer) Holcomb Sr.; brothers, Terry Holcomb, Loren Holcomb and Harry Holcomb Jr.; and brothers-in-law, Dale Hosick and Melvin Hinrichs. Jeannine was a member and past president of the Monroe County Democratic Club. Last year she was a recipient of the Leroy Reitz Service Award by the local Democrats. Visitation and funeral were at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia with Pastor Bill Groennert officiating. Mrs. Belt was buried at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.              

Georgia Lee Niederecker, nee Cavallo, 90, of Waterloo, died Aug. 30, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 22, 1928, in Collinsville. Mrs. Niederecker is survived by her children Nancy Niederecker, Jan Heizer and Paula Niederecker (Linda Heuer); grandchildren Adam (Kacie) Maxwell and Megan (Brian) Bocek; great-grandchildren Rouxlin, Shelby, Briella and  Nola; brother Allan (Mary) Weil; and sisters Carol (Mike) Snodgrass and Shirley Meinkoth; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Louise Weil. Georgia attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. She had retired as a physical therapist from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville and was had volunteered at Oak Hill and St. Paul UCC. No services will be held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Backstoppers. 

Robert L. Rohlfing Jr., 71, of Red Bud, died Aug. 15, 2019, in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 2, 1947, in Red Bud, the son of the late Robert L. and Ethel (nee Lerch) Rohlfing Sr. Mr. Rohlfing is survived by cousins and friends. He attended St. Peter UCC in Red Bud. He was a member of the Masons and the Valmeyer American Legion. Visitation is Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Pastor Cory Hartz officiating. Mr. Rohlfing will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Rita M. Helfrich, nee Toenjes, 57, of Belleville, formerly of Millstadt, died Aug. 10, 2019 at home resting peacefully with her family and loved ones by her side, after a tough battle with breast cancer that began in 2012. She was born Sept 15, 1961 in Belleville. Rita married Jeff Helfrich in 1985. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Helfrich is survived by sons Brad and Max Helfrich; brothers Mike (Cathy) Toenjes, Ron (Debbie) Toenjes and Norm “Shorty” (Kathy) Toenjes; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rosie and Al Helfrich; and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Randy (Karen) Helfrich, Jim (Melissa) Helfrich, Sandy (Glyn) Ramage and Stacey Colbert; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, George (Dick) and Luella (nee Mueth) Toenjes; nephews Shane Toenjes and Michael Hauser; and her cousins Julie Toenjes, Dennis “Bing” Alberter and Allen “Mubba” Alberter. Visitation and funeral were at St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Marvin Volk and Deacon Ron Karcher officiating. A private burial will be held for the immediate family at a future date. Memorials may be made to the Parent Teacher Organization For Exceptional Children - the Special Olympics of Belleville or to the Brad Helfrich Special Needs Fund. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.  

Marlene A. Middleton, nee Ahrens, 82, of Waterloo, died Aug. 21, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 18, 1937, in Valmeyer. Mrs. Middleton is survived by her children Debbie (Loren) Seidel, Don (Vicki) Middleton, Carol Shelton and James Middleton; grandchildren Diana (Max) Lackritz, Heather (James Casey) Seidel, Adam (Sarah) Middleton, Aron (Joni) Middleton, Mike Middleton and Lacey Shelton; great-grandchildren Trent, Brendon, Reece, Reagan, Drake, Elliott, Graham, Mike Jr. and Jace; and her brother Ron Ahrens; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Middleton; children in infancy, Larry and Donna; parents Eugene Ahrens Sr. and Lucretia Ida (nee Unterseh) Ahrens-Kipping; step-father Stanley Kipping; sisters Pat Haberl and Helen Lueking; and brothers Eugene H. Ahrens Jr. and David Ahrens. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

Nicholas James Eynon, 16,  of Columbia, died Aug. 21, 2019. He was born May 24, 2003, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Patrick Eynon and Jennifer (nee Madrid) Eynon. Besides his parents, Nicholas is survived by a sister, Alyssa Eynon of Columbia; maternal grandparents George Madrid and Marilyn Stamme, both of Collinsville; and paternal grandmother Audrey Eynon of Ellisville, Mo.; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Harold Eynon. Visitation and funeral are at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to United Cerebral Palsy. 

Deborah Vincent Dehn, nee Notery, 67, of Waterloo, died Aug. 7, 2019. She was born June 2, 1952, in Buffalo, NY. Deborah married Charlie Dehn in 2002 in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Dehn is survived by her son, Alex Glen of St. Louis, Mo.; granddaughter, Natalie Glen; brother, Mark (Barbara) Vincent of Richmond, Va.; and sister, June (Norman) White of Lake Martin, Ala. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gasper and Lillian (nee Notery) Vincent. Deborah was a member of American Mensa. She was a self-employed massage therapist and a trainer at the Monroe County YMCA. Deborah's wishes were to be cremated. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County YMCA. Leesman Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Marian J. Maag, nee Orrell, 89, of Waterloo, died Aug. 8, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born July 23, 1930, in Casey. Mrs. Maag is survived by her children, Linda (Coleman) Morse, Thomas  (Lorrie) Maag and David (Cris) Maag; daughter-in-law, Wendy Maag; grandchildren, Bethany (Jonathan) Koch, Kristy (Branson) Whitman, Lindsey (Andy) Maag, Jacob Maag, Samuel Maag, Leah Maag and John Maag; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Jeremiah and Lucy; sister Georgia "Sugar" (Ervin) Borcharding; and sister-in-law, Jane Hagedorn; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Edward Maag; son, James W. "Jay" Maag; parents, George and Faye (nee Swim) Orrell; and sisters, Lois Rexinger and Roberta J. Hern. Mrs. Maag attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo where she sang in the choir. She started her teaching career at the one-room Shoemaker School in rural Columbia. For more than 30 years Mrs. Maag taught third grade in the Waterloo School District. Marian was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mrs. Maag was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Wayne Lee "Sonny" Luttrull Sr., 72, of Valmeyer, died Aug. 10, 2019, in Valmeyer. He was born Feb. 22, 1947, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Luttrull is survived by his children Wayne (Chery) Luttrull Jr., Jerry Luttrull, Wade (Shelley) Luttrull, and Lonny (Nikki) Luttrull; grandchildren Angela (Sammy) Owusu-Gyan, Amber Luttrull, Kyle (Taylor) Luttrull, Cody (Emily) Luttrull, Seth Luttrull and Aaron Luttrull; great-grandchildren Xander, Xaden and Abram; and siblings Marlene (Leland) Shiverdeck, Gary (Kathy) Luttrull, Ricky (Dawn) Luttrull and Vicki (John) Tipton; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shalon (nee Pelgus) Luttrull; and parents Earnest and Catherine (nee Wierschem) Luttrull. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Pamela J. Meister, nee Bagsby, 62, of St. Louis, Mo., died Aug. 6, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Sept. 2, 1956, in East St. Louis. Mrs. Meister is survived by her sister Terry (Rob Prince) Chambers; brother John Bagsby; niece Charity (Dominique Cavalier) Cotton; nephews Tim (Buffie Jackson) Chambers, Andrew Bagsby, Drs. Deren (Liz) Bagsby; great-and nieces Aneisa (Jammal Ricketts) Bagsby and Jaycee Cotton; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, John B. and Imogene (nee Ramage) Bagsby; and sister Janet Bagsby. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.  

July 2019

Tom W. Jenkins, 64, of Red Bud, died July 25, 2019 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Feb. 1, 1955, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Thomas W. and Jean K. (nee Mertz) Jenkins Sr. Tom married Andrea Horrell in 1982 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. In addition to his wife, Mr. Jenkins is survived by his siblings Sharon Jenkins-Klingel of Cape Coral, Fla., and Denny Jenkins of Red Bud; brother-in-law Kevin (Joan) Horrell of Red Bud; nieces and nephews Patrick Horrell, Phillip (Ali) Horrell, Adrian (Tracey) Klingel, Kari Klingel-Jesse, Amanda (Jay) Gajewski and Angela (Shawn) Fosdick; and great nieces and nephews Brant and Landon Jesse, Andrew and Leah Klingel, Jacob and Audrina Fosdick and Finley, Owen, Grant and Cambrie Gajewski; along with cousins and friends. Mr. Jenkins was a salesman for Horrell Distributing in Red Bud until his retirement in 2006. Tom was a kind and friendly man. He was a loving partner in life to his wife, Andrea, who ‘volunteered’ his expertise and common sense for community projects. Mr. Jenkins enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, boating and traveling with dear friends. Although he was retired, he kept a daily schedule of projects on the farm and rental property. Friends knew they could count on him if they needed a helping hand. He will be missed by all who knew him. Mr. Jenkins was a member of the North County Country Club, where he looked forward to golf league every week, and was one of the ‘men behind the women’ of Santa’s Village, doing whatever was asked of him. Visitation and funeral were at Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mr. Jenkins was buried at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic School or Santa’s Village.  

 

Barbara A. Foster, nee Roessler, 79, of Columbia, died July 29, 2019 at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Nov. 11, 1939, in Belleville. Barbara married Harlan H. Foster in 1960 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Foster is survived by her children, Deborah (Lou) Casole of Columbia, Craig (Karen) Foster of Columbia and Bridget (Billy) Gray of Sullivan, Mo.; sister, Mary (Ron) Habermehl of Columbia; brother, Mark (Tammy) Roessler of Columbia; and grandchildren, Chad Begley, Cole and Claire Foster. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Laura (nee Bergmann) Roessler; and brothers Robert and George “Butch” Roessler. Barbara attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was the consummate homemaker, wife, and mother for her family. Visitation is Wednesday, July 31, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Thursday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Foster was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund or Masses.

 

Loretta O. Thomas, 96, of Maryville, formerly of Columbia, died July 26, 2019 at Liberty Village, Maryville. She was born Nov. 6, 1922, in St. Louis, Mo, the daughter of the late Albert and Loretta  (nee Fath) Schinsky. She was married to the late Lawrence A. Thomas. They were married May 30, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo. He died Jan. 4, 1992. Mrs. Thomas is survived by three daughters, Dorothy (David) Hahs of Troy, Debra (Kenneth) Smith of Collinsville and Barbara Eileen Thomas of Columbia; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Thomas of Columbia; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Walt) Sykes, David (Winnie) Hahs, Selena (Ron) Kleppin, Brad (Hilary) Smith, Clinton Smith, Andrew (Sarah) Thomas, and Matthew Thomas; great-grandchildren, Jena, Brendan, Leila, Jack, Hannah, Harper and Lacy; other relatives and friends. Besides her husband and parents, Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by a son, Thomas L. Thomas; daughter, Barbara Ann Thomas; and sister, Anna Gentry. Loretta was a retired salesperson for Famous and Barr Department Stores. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was active with the Altar Society, Gibault High School Mothers Club, Columbia Woman's Club, Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary, American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. She also was a volunteer at St. Anthony's Medical Center. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home and at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church followed by a funeral with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Thomas was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Education and Activities Center Building Fund or Heartland Hospice.

 

Sharon I. Rippelmeyer, 56, of Fults, died July 25, 2019 in Red Bud. She was born May 21, 1963, in Red Bud. Miss Rippelmeyer is survived by her mother, Irma (nee Roseman) Rippelmeyer; sister Karen J. Rippelmeyer; and her pets Bailey and Rascal. She was preceded in death by her father, George W. Rippelmeyer. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.  

 

Nancy "Tiger" Mathews, nee Prange, 68, and her husband Orvel J. “Big O” Mathews, 85, of Waterloo, both died July 20, 2019. Their visitations and funerals were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Maeystown Sportsman’s Club or to the American Cancer Society.

 

Orvel J. "Big O" Mathews, 85, of Waterloo, died July 20, 2019, in Waterloo, following an extended illness. He was born June 1, 1934, in Foster Pond, the son of the late Simon and Agnes (nee Schneider) Mathews. Mr. Mathews is survived by his children, Sally (John) DeBourge and Melanie (David) Seders; grandchildren, Brittany (Michael) Rednour, C.J. Seders, Claire (Corey) Gaynor, Dylan Seders (Faith Bailey) and Lorna Seders; great-grandchildren Addilynn Rednour and Charlotte Seders; brothers Dennis (Lynn) Mathews and David Mathews; and sister Janet Posey; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Mathews died on the same day as his wife, Nancy (nee Prange) Mathews. Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers John, Dale and Clyde Mathews; and brother-in-law, Bill Posey. Mr. Mathews retired from Columbia Quarry Plant 9 in Dupo. He was a member of the Maeystown Sportsman’s Club.  

 

Nancy "Tiger" Mathews, nee Prange, 68, of Waterloo, died July 20, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born July 8, 1951, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Elmer Will and Imogene Flora (nee Braundmeier) Prange. Mrs. Mathews is survived by her children, Sally (John) DeBourge and Melanie (David) Seders; grandchildren Brittany (Michael) Rednour, C.J. Seders, Claire (Corey) Gaynor, Dylan Seders (Faith Bailey) and Lorna Seders; great-grandchildren Addilynn Rednour and Charlotte Seders; and brothers and sisters Elizabeth Prange, Roy (Mary) Prange and Diana (Mark) Wittenbrink; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Nancy died on the same day as her husband, Orvel J. Mathews. Besides her husband parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Imogene Prange; and brothers Ernest Prange, David Prange and Elmer Prange. Mrs. Mathews was a member of Maeystown Sportsman’s Club.

 

Josh Crimm, 38, of Waterloo, died July 4, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 29, 1980, in Belleville. Mr. Crimm is survived by his wife, Traci (nee Grosvenor) Crimm; children Michael Crimm and Emily Crimm; parents William Crimm and Debra (Terryl) Walster; and grandmothers Jean Rahn and Mary Crimm; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers. Kenny Rahn and Willard Crimm. Mr. Crimm was a member of the NRA, avid gun and knife collector, enjoyed being with his family, camping, and being in the outdoors. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Crimm was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to the Michael and Emily Crimm Education Fund.

 

Alvin "A.J." Nesbit, 79, of Belleville, formerly of Valmeyer and Waterloo, died July 3, 2019, in Belleville. He was born Dec. 16, 1939. Mr. Nesbit is survived by his daughters, Nancy Eagan and Karla (Kim) Nesbit; grandchildren, Shauna (Tyson) Lamm and Brandon (Brittany) Brown; great-grandchildren, Haley, Ty and Mila; and his brother, Donald Nesbit; along with nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn (nee Burton) Nesbit; and his parents, Alvin and Antoinette (nee Galius) Nesbit. Alvin had retired from MAR graphics. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

 

Wanda L. Flowers, nee Dace, 86, of Millstadt, died July 1, 2019 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Feb. 24, 1933, in Ellington, Mo., the daughter of the late Allen E. and Stella (nee Rodermann) Dace. Wanda married Marion Leroy Flowers in 1952 in Piggot, Ark. He died in 2017. Mrs. Flowers is survived by her sons, Don (Diane) Flowers, David (Sue) Flowers, Steve (Yvonne) Flowers and Michael Flowers of Dupo; grandchildren, Dan (Megan), Jarred (Shannon), Josh (Carmen), Jacob (Julie) and Justin (Abby) Flowers, Jenna (Kevin) Christopher, Linda (Paul) Haisty, B.J. (Allison) Hutchinson, Nathan (Mike) Flowers, Dawn Menke and David (Shanelle) Huffmann; 19 great-grandchildren; and brothers, George “Pete” (Dorothy) Dace and Honace (Arbie) Dace. She was preceded in death by her son, Larry Flowers; daughters-in-law, Teresa Flowers and Joni Flowers; grandchild, Dean Hutchinson Flowers; and brothers, Amos and Robert Dace. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Janice Lee Mathews, nee Pieper, 79, of Columbia, died July 7, 2019. She was born Jan. 18, 1940, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Walter and Vernette (nee Schad) Pieper. Janice married Harold Mathews in 1961 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Mathews is survived by her daughter, Kelly Mathews of Columbia; son, Todd Mathews of Oro Valley, Ariz.; sister, Nancy (George) Deckert of Wentzville, Mo.; friends, Judy Harvell of Sullivan, Mo., and Marianna Baldridge of Columbia; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Larry Pieper; and dear friend, Barbara Jean (nee Kaempf) Walsh. Mrs. Mathews attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She loved animals (especially cats), and watching movies from her green chair. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Mathews was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Leesman Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Fay G. Laurent, nee Berry, 95, of Prairie du Rocher, died Friday, July 5, 2019 at Red Bud Regional Care. She was born July 30, 1923 in Roots, the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (nee Ross) Berry. Fay married Wilbur Laurent in 1946. He died in 1985. Mrs. Laurent was a homemaker who enjoyed quilting, cooking, canning and spending time with her grandchildren. Fay attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. Mrs. Laurent is survived by her children, Mark (Ann Marie) Laurent of Prairie du Rocher and Denise (Tony) Piel of Waxahachie, Tx.; grandchildren, Lisa (Scott) Wagganer, Corey (Jenny) Laurent, Ryan (Megan) Laurent, Keary (Alison) Laurent, Dillan Piel and Bria Piel; and great-grandchildren, Andrew, Daniel and Lauren Wagganer; Brandon and Sean Laurent; Mackenzie and Madison Laurent; and Owen and Lydia Laurent; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Laurent; brothers, Frederick Berry, Edward Berry, Walter Berry and Dean Berry; and sisters, Helen Colbert, Veronica Wallach and Audrey Yard. Visitation and funeral were at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mrs. Laurent gifted her body to the St. Louis University School of Medicine. Memorials may be made to her church’s Air Conditioner Fund or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

Audrey C. Hoffmann, nee Kohlmeier, 100, of Waterloo, died July 13, 2019, in Red Bud. She was born March 30, 1919, in Waterloo. Mrs. Hoffmann is survived by her children, Judy (Les) Niemann, Donna (Dan) DeWilde and David Hoffmann; grandchildren Jeff (Shannon) Stiening, Kim (Ken) Meyer, Travis Stiening, Douglas (Jessica) DeWilde, Derrick (Jennifer) DeWilde and Devon (Barry) Albert; great-grandchildren, Mallory, Morgan, Sophia, Emma, Anna, Haley, Hannah, Luke, Addison, Louis, Cooper, Jordyn, Colton and Haydn; and her brother Wilbert “Whip” Kohlmeier; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis P. Hoffmann; parents, Theodore and Sophia (nee Hohnbaum) Kohlmeier; brothers, Sylvester, Raymond and Fremond Kohlmeier; and a sister, Lorena Lich. Mrs. Hoffmann attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. Visitation and funeral were at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Rev. Dan Ostlund officiating. Mrs. Hoffmann was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Believe In Derrick (c/o State Bank of Waterloo) or the Holy Cross Lutheran Church Steeple Fund. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 

Kenneth John Joseph "Kenny" Schmidt II, 40, of Waterloo, died July 2, 2019, in Maeystown. He was born Dec. 15, 1978, in Belleville. Mr. Schmidt is survived by his parents, Kenneth Sr. and Geraldine (nee Flatt) Schmidt; sister, Jamye (Adam) Hemken; niece, Kendall Hemken; aunts, uncles, cousins; and his loyal cat Buddy who was with him for 15 years. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Mr. Schmidt served 14 years in the US Navy. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County or Wounded Warriors. Private service were held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

David Wayne Long, 66, of Paris, Ill., died Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at his residence. He was born Jan. 3, l953 in Bethesda, Md. the son of the late John D. and Mary Ellen (nee Grubb) Long. Mr. Long is survived by his sister, Rose (Steve “Rail”) Conrad of Columbia; nephews Jordan Conrad of Tokyo, Japan and Jacob (Danielle) Conrad; and great-nephew Dylan of Columbia. He was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Anne Long. Mr. Long was a machinist for W.W. Barnhart Co. and also had worked at Pretium Packaging. David served for six years in the U.S. Navy. A cremation is scheduled and no services are planned. Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home in Paris handled arrangements.

 

June 2019

 

Clinton O. Shaw, 79, of Columbia, died June 1, 2019 at Mercy Hospital South, St. Louis, Mo.. He was born April 4, 1940, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Shaw is survived by a son, Chris (Rhonda) Shaw of Columbia; grandchildren, Addyson and Connor Shaw, along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Marie (nee Rosenquist) Shaw. They were married May 22, 1976 in St. Louis, Mo., Clinton was a retired cable splicer with Southwestern Bell. Going fishing was his hobby and pass-time over the years. At Clinton's request, no public services were held. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Jonah Kellim Matthews, 23, of Waterloo, died June 14, 2019, in Fults, when a train collided with the tractor he was operating in downtown Fults. He was born Jan. 29, 1996, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Matthews is survived by his parents, David and Debra (nee Kellim) Matthews; brothers, Joshua (Jamie) Matthews, Jacob (Kristen) Matthews, Jordan (Brook) Matthews, Jeremiah Matthews and Jesse Matthews; nieces and nephews, Ashton, Amos, Abe and Quinn Matthews; grandparents, Ray and Gloria Matthews; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bob and Sue Kellim. Mr. Matthews attended First Baptist Church. He was a dedicated employee of H. Glendell Farms in Waterloo (Ken Jr. and Anita Hartman). While attending Waterloo High School, Jonah was active in the FFA and earned a State Degree and was named a Star Farmer. He was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau’s Young Leaders. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at First Baptist Church in Waterloo with Pastor Daryl Skaer officiating. Mr. Matthews was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

 

Todd Allen Brand, 36, formerly of Waterloo, died June 13, 2019, in Valdosta, Ga. He was born July 9, 1982, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Brand is survived by his parents, Linda (Keith) Lowery and Allen (Gina) Brand; sister, Heather (Jerry) Sherman; grandparents, Dale and Nona Joann Franke, Willis Brand and Willis "Butch" Meyer; nieces, Ava and Nora Sherman; nephews, Barrett Dusha and Nash Sherman; aunts, uncles, cousins and "adopted grandma," Ethel Stumpf. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Frances M. Meyer; and "adopted grandpa,"Lippy” Stumpf. Visitation was Thursday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Floraville. A funeral followed with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Frances Meyer Care Enhancement Fund at Oak Hill or to the National Alliance On Mental Health.

 

Earl L. Kopp, 79, of Waterloo, died June 5, 2019, in Waterloo. He was born July 6, 1939, in Belleville, the son of the late Emil and Edna (nee Matzenbacher) Kopp. Mr. Kopp is survived by his wife, Delores (nee Whelan) Kopp; children, Eric Kopp, Tania (Terry) Barbeau, Natalie Kopp and Mark (Rachel) Kopp; grandchildren, Joseph, Tyler, Steven, Rebecca and Bailey; great-grandchildren, Harley and Jaxson; brother, Erwin Kopp; and sister-in-law, Del Rose Descher; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Adella Whelan; sister-in-law, Edith Kopp; and brother-in-law, James Descher. Mr. Kopp served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60). He was a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581 and Waterloo VFW Post 6504 (life member). Earl had been employed through Carpenters Local 662. A graveside service was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion.

 

Elliot Irwin Moore, 42, of Waterloo, died Thursday, June 6. His larger-than-life persona and trademark stubbornness will not be forgotten. His love of music was surpassed only to his love of Blues hockey, Cardinals baseball and being a proud member of the Waterloo community. Elliot is survived by his mother, Diane Smith of St. Louis, Mo.; sisters Lisa Lawrence of Brighton and Cheryl Moore of St. Louis, Mo.; step-brother, Thad Hunter of Minneapolis, Minn.; and step-sister Courtney Hunter (Craig Brauer) of Waterloo; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; Dr. Lloyd Irwin Moore; and step-mother Lyn Hunter Moore. Although a less than average life span, Moore did not live a less than average life. Family would like to express a special and sincere thank you to Human Support Services for their never-ending compassionate care and support given with both dignity and humor. Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Elliot’s life in his / her own way - just as Elliot lived his life. A celebration of life was held June 29, from 1 p.m. 3 p.m., at See More Inn Bed and Breakfast. Memorials may be made to the Human Support Services - Activity Fund, PO Box 146, Waterloo, IL 62298.

 

Donald Theodore Bieber, 79, of Roswell, Ga., formerly of Columbia, died June 11, 2019 after a brave 12-year battle with cancer. He was born June 7,1940 the son of the late Elmer J. and Adel (nee Reichert) Bieber. Mr. Bieber is survived by his wife, Norma; sons, Damon and Derrick Bieber: four brothers, Michael Paul Bieber of Columbia,  John Dennis Bieber of Bakersfield, Calif.; James Jacob Bieber of Waterloo, Gregory George Bieber of Hillsboro, Mo.; and a sister, Peggy Ann Peters of St. Louis, Mo. Don grew up in Columbia and graduated from CHS in 1959. He owned a sign design and manufacturing company in Roswell, Ga. and had a successful career in sales. Don’s first love was music and he performed in various local bands continuing to play in a “garage band” into his late 60s. Don sang in the symphony choir as well as his church choir. A memorial service will be held at a date to be determined.

 

Dale Alfred Kenneth Heusohn, 64, of Columbia, died June 13, 2019, in Columbia. He was born March 12, 1955, in Red Bud. Mr. Heusohn is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cindy (nee Glotfelty) Heusohn; children, Heather Marie (Derek) Hawkins and Nathan Leon Heusohn; granddaughter, Paige Margaret Hawkins; mother, Ardell (nee Brandt) Mueller; sister and brothers, Shirley Daniels, Larry (Debbie) Heusohn, Dennis (Penny) Heusohn and Michael (Tina)  Heusohn; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Vicki (Robert) Miller, Terry Glotfelty, Sheri (Michael) Mize and Gregory Glotfelty; and godchildren, Angela Neale, Denise Evans and Annette Glotfelty; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Leon "Cotton" Heusohn; grandparents, Philip and Eleanora Heusohn and Herman and Annie Brandt; step-father, Anthony Mueller; father-in-law, Harry (Helen) Glotfelty; mother-in-law, Ruby (Gregg) Kipping; sisters-in-law, Pauletta Heusohn and Mary Glotfelty; and brothers-in-law, Timothy George Glotfelty and Charles Daniels. Mr. Heusohn was a lifelong truck driver, currently employed by J.B. Hunt. He was well-known in his profession and had a stellar safety record while driving millions of miles during his career. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Heusohn was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer.

 

Christopher D. Whittington Sr., 49, of Valmeyer, died June 8, 2019 at Mercy Hospital South. He was born Aug. 29, 1969, in East St Louis. Mr. Whittington is survived by his wife, Katina (nee Nichols) Whittington; his mother, Gwen Rapert; sons, Christopher (Taisha) D. Whittington Jr., Mason Whittington, Adam Browning Jr., and Brian Elms; his daughter, Brooke Browning; grandsons, Christopher Whittington III and Karter Whittington; granddaughters, Korie Stricklin, Kenlei Cobb and Charles Whittington; brother, Paul (Missy) Whittington; his sister, Angie (Glen) Mank; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Rhonda Nichols Sr. He was preceded in death by his father, Doug Crank; father-in-law Ron Rapert; grandmother, Grace Whittington; grandfather, Walter Whittington; and uncles, Gene Whittington and Scott Whittington. Mr. Whittington was employed through the 777 Mechanic's Union. He was a great storyteller and an avid  outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. A diehard Blues fan, Christopher played baseball and hockey into adulthood. He was a devoted husband and family man. Visitation is Saturday, June 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A funeral followed with Father Mark Reyling officiating. Per Christopher's wishes, he was cremated. Memorials may be made to his grandchildren's educational 

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Ronald S. Sauer, 74, of Columbia, died June 1, 2019 at Bethesda Southgate Nursing Center, St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 2, 1944, in Amarillo, Tex., the son of the late Stephen A. and Anna (nee Paulus) Sauer. Mr. Sauer is survived by his wife, Lynda ( nee Habermehl) Sauer. They were married August 6, 1966 in Columbia. He is also survived by two daughters, Mindy Ann (Monte) Kendrick of Madison, Wis. and Angela Lee (Nathan) Leonard of Hillsboro, Mo; grandchildren, Colton, Carson, Carolyn and Cade, along with other relatives and friends. Ron served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was retired from the Fox School District, Arnold, Mo., where he was a principal. Ron attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Visitation was at the Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Sauer was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis, 9370 Olive Street Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63132.

 

Shirley A. Kennedy, nee Gill, 87, of Columbia, died June 2, 2019 at Garden Place of Columbia. She was born Feb. 3, 1932, in St. Louis, Mo., daughter of the late Hayes and Mathilda (nee Lunnemann) Gill. Mrs. Kennedy is survived by her husband, James T. Kennedy. They were married Feb. 3, 1951 in St. Louis, Mo. Besides her husband, Mrs. Kennedy is survived by her daughter, Sue (Rick) Taylor of Columbia; two sons, Patrick (Tammy) Kennedy of St. Louis, Mo. and Jerry (Janine) Kennedy of St. Charles, Mo.; grandchildren, J.R. Taylor, Ann Taylor, Courtney Kennedy, Ramona Kennedy, Brittney Kennedy and Sean Kennedy; a great-grandchild, Lucy Kennedy Taylor; sister, Elaine Voight of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; other relatives and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ken and Richard Gill. Shirley was retired from Anheuser-Busch. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and was a past member of the Waterloo Country Club, where she enjoyed many rounds of golf. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to: St. Vincent de Paul Society of Immaculate Conception Church, American Diabetes Association or Vitas Hospice Care.

 

Carroll Lee Crosley, 90, of Columbia, died June 18, 2019 at Mercy Hospital South in South St. Louis County. He was born Oct. 17, 1928, in Farina. Carroll married Wyona (nee Hanna) Crosley in 1950 in Kinmundy. In addition to his wife, Mr. Crosley is survived by his children, Marlyn (Larry) Mohme of Hot Springs, Ark., Mark (Sheila Cohen) Crosley of Glencoe, Adam (Sandy Long) Crosley of Ballwin, Mo., John (Lara Wuertz) Crosley of Waterloo and Joel (Marjorie Forbes) Crosley of Trumbull, Conn.; grandchildren, Janell (Casey) Pycior, Elyse (Trent) Hunter, Rachel Crosley, Jackson Crosley, Jett Crosley, Mackenzie Crosley, Grant Crosley, Melissa (Gene) Boeckmann, Caroline Crosley, Rebecca Crosley, Ameila Crosley and Harrison Crosley; and great-grandchildren, Carver Pycior, Hannah and Hollee Hunter, Trenton and Lillian Inman and Jonathan Boeckmann. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Frieda (nee Bauman) Crosley; son, J. Grant Crosley; sisters, Patricia Marshall and Gwendolyn Caldwell; and daughter- in-law, Roxanne Crosley. Carroll was an entrepreneur early in his life. He developed his own business as a craftsman in plastering. That career was interrupted by service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Upon completion of his tour of duty, he became a precision inspector for the Norge Company in Effingham. He found employment at a later date with Shell Oil and moved to Lima, Ohio. When the opportunity arose to join his uncle in business in St. Louis, he invested in developing Gateway Food Products at the Laclede Landing site. When that area began to be developed as a tourist attraction, he moved the company to Dupo, where it remains today. The motto for his company was "Small enough to care and large enough to serve". Caring for the company's customer base and serving their needs was his philosophy. In a quiet way he served his community with a special interest in the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department where he was recognized as an honorary fireman. He served as a former consistory member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, a former member of the Columbia Rotary Club, and a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581. Carroll loved nature, hunting and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was an avid fan of his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Crosley was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department, Columbia Police Department, St. Paul UCC or the American Kidney Fund.

 

Beverly A. Hirstein, nee Amrine, 90, of Waterloo, died June 18, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 24, 1929, in Urbana, the daughter of the late Edgar S. and Clara (nee Ford) Amrine. Mrs. Hirstein is survived by her children, Gary (Mary) Hirstein, Katha (Mark) Cranage, John (Cheri) Hirstein and Sharon (Ken Weiler) Hirstein; grandchildren, Eric Hirstein, Nicholas (Tracy) Hirstein, Nicholas McClane, Carrie (Mike) Love, Amy (Raub) Olsen, Holly (Adam) Radford, Scott (Jami) Hirstein and Matt (Michelle) Jaenke; eight great-grandchildren; the father of their children, Harold Hirstein; brother, Melvin (Doris) Amrine; and sister, Patricia Theros; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Hirstein attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. She was a lifelong Cardinals fan, an avid bridge player, and an expert cross-stitcher. Visitation is Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Attendees are encouraged to wear red or St. Louis Cardinals attire. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

 

Wilma E. Crook, nee Hemmer, 86, of Sun City, Ariz., formerly of Waterloo, died June 19, 2019, in Peoria, Ariz. She was born Dec. 27, 1932, in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Crook is survived by her children, Debra (Ray) Mirly, Steven (Patty) Crook and Ellen (Dave) Muskopf; grandchildren, Jason (Jamie) Williams, Jeremy Williams, Colton Crook (Samantha Agron), Brad (Jamie) Muskopf, Kyle Muskopf and Lindsey Muskopf; step-grandchildren Doug (Theresa) Williams and Jenifer Williams; great-grandchildren Isaac and Spencer Williams, Amelia Lawrence, Mark and Allison Williams, Miles and Victoria Muskopf, and Bryan Hatch; step-great-grandchildren Anna, Charlie and Claire Williams and Victoria Bement and McLane Ready; sister Verna (Lee) Deul, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Barbara and Alan Freitag; along with nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Charles G. Crook; parents William F. and Wilhelmine M.(nee Goeddel) Hemmer; son-in-law Douglas S. Williams; and nephew Kevin Deul. As a young woman, Wilma worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. and later in life at American Home Savings and Loan. She is most remembered for being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Crook attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, St. Lucas UCC in St. Louis and Desert Garden UCC in Arizona. She participated in vocal and hand-bell choirs and volunteered to serve on boards and committees wherever there was a need. Wilma enjoyed bowling, playing cards and Scrabble, solving puzzles, and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. She and Charlie took up golf and bocce in their retirement; they loved the year-round warm weather in Arizona where they lived for the past 21 years. Visitation is Sunday, June 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

 

Gary Hart Haberl, 66, of Coldwater, Mich., formerly of Columbia, died June 13, 2019 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence in Battle Creek, Mich. He was born Sept. 28, 1952, the son of the late Howard and Merle (nee Herrmann) Haberl. Gary married Catherine “Cate” Chapin in 1974. In addition to his wife, Mr. Haberl is survived by his children, Erica (Mark) Nuyen of Chesterfield, Mo., Caroline (Chris) Van Arsdale of Phoenix, Ariz., and Joseph Haberl of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren Xavier and Isaiah Nuyen of Chesterfield, Mo., and Oscar and Minna Van Arsdale of Phoenix, Ariz.; sisters, Cindy (John) Toal of Columbia and Pam (Beth) Hendrix of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.; and brothers, Tim (Pam) Haberl of Quincy, Mich. and Scott (Marilyn) Haberl of St. Louis, Mo. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dan Haberl. Gary was a 1970 graduate of Gibault Catholic High School where he earned eight varsity letters, including basketball, baseball and golf. He won the Vernie Moffitt Free Throw Award in 1969 – 1970. Mr. Haberl scored 1,418 career points in basketball. Gary was a Chartres Conference basketball selection for three years as well as being named All-Metropolitan St. Louis Area. He was Gibault’s Most Valuable Athlete during his senior year. Gary was later named to the Gibault Athletic Hall Of Fame. Gary played on the basketball team while he attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville. During his senior year, Coach Bill Wall named Gary the assistant coach. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science. Mr. Haberl joined WTVB / WNWN in 1977 where he was a radio broadcaster, manager and part owner of Tri State Broadcasting. He was inducted into the Coldwater High School Hall of Fame for bringing local sports into the community on WTVB. Gary joined Infinisource in Coldwater in 1991, retiring as president and CEO in 2016. He was also an owner of Lamplighter Bar and Grill of Coldwater, Mich. and Olivet, Mich., and also of Bellacino’s Restaurants in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Haberl was a former member of Coldwater Rotary Club and was active in the Coldwater City League, and Omar’s softball team, basketball team and downhill ski team. He also played on the Rotary softball team. Mr. Haberl enjoyed golf, basketball, boating and Sunday noon at the Lamplighter. He also treasured spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Gary volunteered with ProMedica Hospice and the Hospital Legacy Circle Board. He served many years on the board of Southern Michigan Bank and Trust. Mr. Haberl was a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters, the Employers Council for Flexible Compensation, the National Association of Professional Benefit Administrators and the World Health Care Congress. Funeral was at Dutcher Funeral Home and a Celebration of Life was at The Ponds of Coldwater, Mich. Memorials may be made to the Branch County Community Foundation, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospice.

 

Joyce Carol Secrease, 85, of Columbia, died June 15, 2019 at Mercy Hospital South. She was born Sept. 12, 1933, in St. Louis, Mo. Joyce was married to the late George Secrease. He died in 1997. Mrs. Secrease is survived by nephews, Michael Secrease, Randy (Michelle) Clippard and Charles Scott Clippard; nieces, Mary Secrease, Janet Gilda and Nancy Rallo; brother-In-law, Earl Buescher, Jr.; longtime family friend, Chris Neumann; and cousin, Tom Hanratty. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by parents, William and Lorraine (nee White) Haverkost; sisters, Audrey Buescher and Fern Helge; and a nephew, Mark Secrease. Joyce had been the office manager for Airtherm in St. Louis. She and her husband had also operated an alarm / security company. Joyce and George were one of the first Columbia residents to build a contemporary ranch home on Mule Road. Joyce was also instrumental in securing county water service into her residential area. Mrs. Secrease will be remembered for: her feistiness, which allowed her to live by herself for the last 21 years; her love of decorating for each season of the year, especially Christmas (beautiful out and inside displays); working outside and taking care of her flower beds, shrubs and trees; being an avid longtime donor to many charities and a significant contributor to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville; her pride of being a member of the local sheriff's department; and her love of her Belgian Shepard named Gretchen. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Secrease was buried at Bellerive Gardens Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to St. Elizabeth Hospital in O’Fallon.

 

Karen M. Buettner, nee Prange, 76, of Waterloo, died June 21, 2019, in Red Bud. She was born June 26, 1942, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Albert and Henrietta (nee Valentine) Prange. Karen married Ralph T. Buettner in 1959, In addition to her husband, Mrs. Buettner is survived by her children, Debra (Daniel) Row, Vickie Buettner, Keith Buettner and Lisa (Gerald) Koerkenmeier; grandsons, Dustin Row, Samuel (Omar) Row, Lucas (Kristina) Row, Shawn Row and Zachary (Hillary Hausmann) Buettner; great-grandchildren, Charlie, Eva, Brock, DeniRaye and Chase; extended family, Jaime (Jason) Becker and their sons, Connor, Griffen and Jackson, Scott and Danielle Koerkenmeier and their children, Brileigh, Bryce, Bennett and Ayden Wittenbrink; sister, Betty (Robert) Holste; and sister-in-law, Iris Buettner; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn (Dorothy) Prange; infant sister, Imogene Prange; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Victor and Magdalena (nee Straub) Buettner Sr.; and brothers-in-law, Victor Buettner Jr. and Roger (Shirley) Buettner. Mrs. Buettner was a homemaker who helped her husband in their former business, Design Electric in Columbia. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Karen was an active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Rev. Dan Ostlund officiating. Mrs. Buettner was buried at the church cemetery. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Songs 4 Soldiers, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg (the Steeple Repair Fund) or Shriner's Hospital.

 

Bobby D. Reece, 84 of Millstadt, died June 20, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Dec. 9, 1934, the son of the late William and Jesse (nee Karr) Reece. Bobby married Doris Reece in 1955 in Waterloo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Reece is survived by a sister-in-law, Lucille Reece of Millstadt; children, Bobby Reece Jr. of St. Louis, Mo., Donna (Kim) Eckrich of Waterloo, Deborah (Ray) Thorsten of Columbia and Edward (Patty) Reece of Columbia; grandchildren, Amy (T.R.) Brown of Valmeyer, Ray (Julie) Thorsten of Waterloo, Scott Eckrich of Waterloo, Kristen (Mark) Schaefer of Columbia, Edward (Emily) Reece Jr. of Waterloo and Lauren (Matt) Newsome of Maryland; and great-grandchildren, Cole, Jacob and Emmett Brown, Taylor, Kayla, Hailey and Henry Thorsten, Walton Reece, Jackson Dowler and Jameson Miller; along with nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, George Oliver (Lucille) Reece. Bobby lived in Columbia for many years before moving to Millstadt. He was a construction supervisor at Luhr Brothers, Inc. for 42 years before retiring. Mr. Reece was a member of the Millstadt Sportsman’s Club, the Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turners) and the Operating Engineers Local 520. In their retirement, Bobby and Doris enjoyed fishing and traveling. Private services were held. Arrangements were handled by Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt.

 

Katie Jean Joellenbeck-Busby, 28, of Belleville, died June 24, 2019, in a motorcycle accident in St. Clair County. She was born March 23, 1991, in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Joellenbeck-Busby is survived by her father, Christopher (Laura) Joellenbeck of Trenton; mother, Lisa (nee Blissenbach) Joellenbeck (fiancé, Phil Gilmer) of Fults; sister, Savannah (Trent) Packer; step-siblings, Justin (Katheryn) Tabet and Cassandra Twardoski; maternal grandmother, Mary Jean Blissenbach; paternal grandfather, Ronald (Marsha) Joellenbeck; paternal grandmother, Judith Joellenbeck; aunts and uncles, Rhonda (Chuck) Oliver, Timothy (Tonia) Joellenbeck, Becky (Jim) Forquer and Michael (Rita) Blissenbach; special cousin, Amber Blissenbach; dogs Ella and Remy; and her cat, Bayla; along with cousins; nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Norman Ray Blissenbach; maternal great- grandparents Millie and John Blissenbach and Ethel and Sidney Davis; and paternal great-grandparents Cecilia and George Fink and Irene and Oliver Joellenbeck. After graduating from Valmeyer High School in 2009, Katie earned an associate degree in administrative justice from Southwestern Illinois College and was a 2015 graduate of the Illinois Police Academy. Mrs. Joellenbeck-Busby was proud to have followed in her father’s footsteps in the law enforcement field. She served on the police departments in Belleville, Brooklyn and Washington Park. She previously was an EMT with the Monroe County Ambulance Service and Abbot Ambulance. Mrs. Joellenbeck-Busby had also been a 911 dispatcher for the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency. She had recently began working in the law enforcement unit of the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown St. Louis. Besides her dedication to the law-enforcement community, Katie was an animal lover and a friend to all. Visitation and funeral were at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville with Rev. Brian Mixon officiating. Mrs. Joellenbeck-Busby will be placed to rest at Valhalla Gardens of Memory. Memorials may be made to Backstoppers or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

 

Mary P. Meier, nee Grueninger, 77, of Waterloo, died June 21, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born June 20, 1942, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Charles and Pearl (nee Frierdich) Grueninger. Mrs. Meier is survived by her children, Chuck (Kim) Meier and Cindie (Eric) Allscheid; grandchildren, Miranda and Matthew Meier and Cassie and Krista Allscheid; brother, Marvin (Kathy) Grueninger; father of the children, John Meier; and sister-in-law, Evie Grueninger; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Carl James Grueninger. Mrs. Meier attended Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Mary gave back to the community in numerous ways, including being a dedicated Monroe County election judge and driving patients for the American Cancer Society. She was a member of Metro East Social Singles; the Red Hat Society and Helping Hands (board member). Mrs. Grueninger enjoyed traveling with senior groups, and spending time with family and friends, especially at her grandchildren’s sporting events, cattle shows and dance recitals. Mary was proud of earning her Associates Degree at age 54. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Wilma Linda Lee Maus, 71, of Columbia, died June 26, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born June 23, 1948, in East St. Louis. Miss Maus is survived by her nephews Roger Maus, Allen (Laura) Maus and Teresa Maus, all of Waterloo; great-nephews, Jonathan (Jessie) Maus of Valmeyer, Zane (Caitlin) Maus of O'Fallon, Mo., Brandon (Taylor) Maus of Springfield, and Kyle Maus, Dakota Maus, Andrew Maus, Adam Maus and Brooke Maus, all of Waterloo; great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, Jaiden, Carter, Jocelyn and Trenton; and her beloved pet, Sammy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Armin and Leona (nee Nottmeier) Maus; brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Gladys, nee Neubarth) Maus; sister, Marcilee Maus; and nephew, Ricky Maus. Linda attended and was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She taught elementary school for 25 years in Monroe and St. Clair Counties. For 14 years she was a librarian for the Columbia Public Library, serving as director for eight of those years. Miss Maus was a life-long member of the Columbia Historical Society and served as president for 16 years. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Miss Maus was buried at Waterloo City Cemetery.

 

Corinne R. May, nee Frisch, 92, of Waterloo, died June 26, 2019, in Belleville. She was born Aug. 17, 1926, in Kirkwood, Mo. Mrs. May is survived by her children, Lawrence (Janet) May, Bonnie May, David (Joan) May and Pamela Sternau; grandchildren, Jennifer May, Lindsay (Doug) Bucklew, Sarah (Brandon) Bosarge, James Childers, Heather (Jeff) Haare and Angela May; grandchildren, Alexander Sternau and Amanda Sternau; great-grandchildren, Owen Haare, McKenna Haare, Wyatt Bucklew and Ryker Cardwell; and sisters, Norma (Roy) May and Rosemary Nagel; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ambrose L. May; daughter, Sharon May; parents, Edward Matthew and Rosina (nee Fleck) Frisch; and brother, Edward (Helen) Frisch. Mrs. May attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mrs. May was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School.

 

Ann I. Goessling, nee Patterson, 72, of Waterloo, died June 24, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Jan. 9, 1947, in Manhattan, Kan. Mrs. Goessling is survived by her children, David (Cynthia) Goessling, Catherine (Dennis) Hitzemann, Tracey (Craig) Inman and Tori (T.J.) Colombatto; grandchildren, Kyle, Colin, Alissa, Erin, Jared, Colton, Brock, Torin, Tess, Clara, Hattie and Stella; great-grandchildren, Alaina and Kai; brother and sisters Debbie (Steve) Zischke, David (Kim) Patterson and Beth (Randy) Finney; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Steingrubey and Marlene Goessling; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold C. Goessling; grandson, Patrick Hitzemann; parents, David and Mavis May (nee Outhier) Patterson; and mother, Christine (nee Pate) Patterson. Mrs. Goessling attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, serving as a SPPS Carnival Ladies. Ann had retired from RGA (Reinsurance Group of America). She was a reader and lifelong learner. “Grand Kahuna” treasured spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mrs. Goessling was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

 

Glenn Howard Dothage, 80, of Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Valmeyer, died on his birthday, June 26, 2019, at Oak Tree Villas. He was born June 26, 1939, in Hopewell, Mo., the son of the late Howard August and Marie (nee Knapeheide) Dothage. Glenn married Jane Welma Reinhardt in 1960 in Warrenton, Mo. She died in 2016. Mr. Dothage is survived by his sons, Rod Dothage and Courtney (Karen) Dothage; and grandchildren, Kohl Dothage, Shai Dothage and Morrow Dothage. A 1957 graduate of Warren County R3 High School, Glenn received his physical education degree in 1961 from Culver-Stockton College. Glenn was a high school teacher who coached basketball, baseball, softball and track from 1961 until his retirement in 1996. He continued on as a part-time coach until the early 2000s. Mr. Dothage taught and coached (baseball and basketball) at Valmeyer High School from 1968 through the mid-1970s. His other schools included Mark Twain High School, Silex High School, Warrenton High School, Fatima High School, Southern Boone County High School, Vienna High School and St. Elizabeth High School. Coaching highlights included district titles for Silex High School (baseball), Valmeyer High School (six baseball, one basketball), Fatima High School (three baseball, two softball) and Southern Boone County (one basketball, one softball). Other sports titles include: Fatima High School (fourth in state in softball) and Vienna High School (baseball conference champions).Mr. Dothage was inducted twice into the Valmeyer High School Athletic Hall of Fame, for the 1968 and the 1971 baseball teams. Mr. Dothage attended United Methodist Church in Vienna, Mo., and was a member of the Lion’s Club. Besides coaching, Glenn enjoyed fishing, hunting, cutting wood, driving country roads, rock art and crafts, and hiking with E.Z., his dog. During his time in Valmeyer, Mr. Dothage played slow-pitch softball for the Bucks and the Sailors. Visitation and memorial service were at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Westphalia, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson’s Foundation in Chesterfield, Mo.

 

Edith B. Otten, nee Menzel, 92 years, of St. Libory, formerly of Cahokia, died June 21, 2019 at Woodland Manor Care Center in Arnold, Mo. She was born Feb. 1, 1927, in St. Charles, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Helen (nee Richardt) Menzel. Mrs. Otten is survived by her children, Kathy (Michael) Burke of Columbia, Mary Price of St. Louis, Mo., Pat (Don) Greer of Florissant, Mo., Norman (Tammy) Taylor of Dupo and Michael Taylor of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, George Menzel. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Norman Taylor; and second husband, Harvey G. Otten; along with brothers and sisters. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Merlyn C. Sinn, 88, of Waterloo, died June 26, 2019, in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 12, 1930, in Marissa. Mr. Sinn is survived by his daughter Sherry (Michael) Dreps; son Scott (Jennifer) Sinn; grandchildren Aerica (Gregory) Pilkey, Kelsey (Brandon) Leetch, Adam (Madison) Rice and Alanna Rice; great-grandchildren Tristan, Gabriel, Lukas and Brody; sisters Betty (Lee) Rogers and Gretchen (Jim) Jubinski; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Don "Hoofy" and Delores Reifschneider; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou (nee Reifschneider) Sinn; daughter Stephanie Rice; parents Clarence and Susan (nee Knecht) Sinn; step-mother Hazel (nee Brown) Sinn; and brothers Greg Sinn and Mickey Garrett. Merlyn attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo and Indian River City United Methodist Church in Titusville, Fla. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Merlyn enjoyed golfing and fishing. Visitation is Friday, July 12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Memorials may be made to Indian River City United Methodist Church or the American Lung Association.

 

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Dennis J. Jacobsen, 76, of Waterloo, died peacefully at home with family on May 4, 2019. He was born March 18, 1943, in St. Louis, the son of the late Fred and Antoinette (nee Borgerding) Jacobsen. Dennis married Patricia “Tish” Turner in 1975 in Urbana. He was a retired Monroe County Circuit Judge, devoted husband and father, and friend to many. In addition to his wife, Judge Jacobsen is survived by his son, Erik (Katherine) Jacobsen of San Francisco, Calif.; and brother John (Judy) Jacobsen of Columbia. Upon graduating from Ss. Peter and Paul High School and a brief time at Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Jacobsen served four years in the Air Force. After receiving an early release, he graduated from the University of Illinois majoring in journalism. While working his way through school, he was employed by the Illini News-Gazette. After graduating, he worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where his love of black and white photography began and his brief experience at newspapers would end. Jacobsen then enrolled in the University of Illinois Law School where he met Tish Turner, his future wife. He graduated from law school in 1972 at 29 years of age. His career began with a one-year internship with the Illinois Senate for a year. Then he was appointed Senate parliamentarian while working part-time at a Springfield law firm. Disillusioned with politics and wanting to be with Tish, he took employment at a law firm in Champaign. The Monroe County Democrats asked Dennis to run for State's Attorney in 1976. Campaigning door to door for four months projected him to an election victory. He was next appointed to be an associate judge in the 20th Circuit Court for five years. In 1984 he was elected the resident circuit judge, the same year his son Erik was born. "Fair but firm" was his campaign slogan which he kept admirably. Judge Jacobsen retired from the bench in 2001. Dennis was a skilled open whitewater boater who taught at the Missouri Whitewater Association (MWA) clinics for many years. He was a voracious reader especially to develop his skills in all his hobbies. His other passions were tying his own flies for fly fishing, flat water canoeing in Missouri streams, road and mountain bicycling, and hiking especially in Colorado and National Parks. Being an avid learner, Dennis joined three camera clubs to develop his skills as an accomplished photographer. Judge Jacobsen was a board member for Clifftop Alliance and member of the MWA. Jacobsen’s family extends many thanks to Family Hospice and his compassionate caregivers for making his last few months as rich as possible. Celebration of Life arrangements are pending. Visit www.djjmemorial.com for updates. Memorials may be made to the Clifftop Alliance or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

 

Clarence W. Metter, 91, of Columbia, died May 4, 2019. He was born Nov. 4, 1927, in Columbia, the son of the late Walter and Alma (nee Wirth) Metter. Clarence married Myrtle "Myrt" (nee Lang) Metter in 1956 in Millstadt. In addition to his wife, Mr. Metter is survived by daughters, Cheryl (Cyndi Kelly) Metter of Columbia, Nancy (Jim) Wilson of Columbia and Patti (Mark) Kern of Prairie du Rocher; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Lane, Eric Wilson, Abby Kern and Jeff Kern; and a great-grandchild, Madison Lane. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth S. Schneider. Mr. Metter was a retired local area farmer, devoted husband and father and friend to many. He attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt. Mr. Metter served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was in the Honor Guard at the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Clarence was a member of Bluff Grange and the Monroe County Electric Co-op (former board of director). Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Weber officiating. Mr. Metter was buried at the Baltz Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Baltz Cemetery (c/o Zion Evangelical Church of Millstadt) or Fischer House at Jefferson Barracks.

 

Gladys Bequette, nee Weber, 94, of Waterloo, died May 6, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Jan. 30, 1925, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late William and Catherine (nee Schlemmer) Weber. Mrs. Bequette is survived by her children, Karlene (Paul) Feldker, Terry (Mary Tegel) Bequette, William (Cheryl) Bequette and Thomas (Sandy) Bequette; grandchildren, Julie (Rodney) Fickas, David (Kim) Feldker, William (Leigh-Ann) Feldker, Todd Bequette, Jodie (Brian) Hitchman, Lindy (Jason) Miller, Andrew (Julie) Bequette and Amanda (Robbie) Soutee; step-grandchildren, Doug Sparwasser, Christy (Justin) Osterhage, Enna (Matt) Grazier and Elise (Aaron) Levi; great-grandchildren, Bryce (Lindsay), Tyler and Nate (Abby) Fickas, Kyle (Courtney) Feldker and Alaina Feldker, Jacob and Andrew Feldker, Avery and Caroline Bequette, and A.J. and Lucy Miller; step-great-grandchildren, Cameron Hitchman and Ollie and Will Grazier, Beatrix Levi, Samuel Osterhage, Lily Osterhage, Ryland Sparwasser and Layden Sparwasser; great-great-grandchildren, Jackson and Calvin Fickas, and Emma Fickas; brother, Donald Weber; brother-in-law, Mathew Bequette; and sister-in-law, Mary Gideon; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis C. "Carl" Bequette; sisters, Rosie Kleyer and Doreen Hoffmann; brother, Kenneth Weber; brothers-in-law, Willard Kleyer and Norman Hoffmann; and sister-in-law, Theresa Weber. Mrs. Bequette attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Bequette was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or Magnolia Terrace.

 

Vernetta Josephine Lindhorst, nee Leingang, 94, died May 3, 2019 in St. Louis, Mo., surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 11, 1924, the daughter of the late Theodore and Rosa Leingang. Mrs. Lindhorst is survived by her sister, Delores Wild; children, Joyce (Paul) Schmoll; Charles Lindhorst, Sharon McDermott, Michael (Judy) Lindhorst and Dennis (Karla) Lindhorst; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great- step-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Lindhorst; sisters, Florence Glaenzer, Marcella Helfrich, Frances Helfrich, Dorothy Leingang and Esther Niemeier; brothers, Vincent Leingang, Lorraine (Pete) Leingang, Benny Leingang and Lester Leingang; and dear son-in-law, James McDermott. Vernetta dedicated her life to taking care of her family and the family farm. She was a lifelong homemaker for her family, a long-standing member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau and was the epitome of a hard worker. Vernetta and her husband, Harold, enjoyed many youthful years dancing during their 61 years of marriage. Mrs. Lindhorst was a great cook, making nearly everything from scratch, including her delicious chicken and dumplings. A bought pie crust was never found in her kitchen. Mrs. Lindhorst enjoyed sharing her culinary talent with her family and friends. She worked many hours in the garden preparing the produce, and then would enjoy canning the fruits of her labor to provide for her family all year long. Vernetta enjoyed reading the newspaper, doing word search puzzles and playing bingo at the Columbia American Legion. Vernetta enjoyed playing cards and regularly found herself on the winning side of the game. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and cherished the time she was able to spend with them reading books, playing games and telling stories. Vernetta always put others before herself and was a very kind, thoughtful and loving person. She provided her family an outstanding example of how to be a great spouse, mother, grandmother and friend. Vernetta had a great memory and could recall details with greater accuracy than her children. She remembered everyone's birthdays, family history, and important details about her family members and family business. Vernetta's spirit will always be with us and now we will hold her memories close to our hearts. "An angel lived among us, a gift from God above. She showered us with kindness and shared with us her love." Vernetta was our Angel on Earth. Her spirit will always be with us as we lift her soul to Heaven. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Lindhorst was buried at the Valhalla Gardens Of Memory. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund, National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Gateway Chapter or the American Heart Association.

 

Lucille Brandt, nee Dintelmann, 98, of Waterloo, died May 8, 2019, in Red Bud. She was born July 18, 1920, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late William and Leona (nee Weber) Dintelmann. Mrs. Brandt is survived by her children, Leroy (Janet) Brandt and Linda (Robert) Schmidt; grandchildren, Lisa (Michael) Mormann, Gary (Kelly) Brandt and Amy (James) Halleran; great-grandchildren Brian (Caity) Mormann, Matthew Mormann, Garrett Brandt, Erin Halleran, Cohen Brandt and Kaleigh Halleran; sisters and brother Gladys Kinzinger, Eugene Dintelmann and Lavern Bischoff; brother-in-law Vernon Brandt; and sisters-in-law, Carol Dintelmann, Dorothy Brandt and Doris Stamm; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor G. J. Brandt; and brother, Elmer Dintelmann; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Lucille attended St. John UCC in Maeystown. She was a lifetime quilter. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Brandt was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, the 4 H Foundation or the Maeystown Fire Department.

 

Marilyn M. Mroz, nee Sims, 82, of Columbia, died May 7, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born June 28, 1936, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Harrel and Sylvania (nee Rollhaus) Sims. Mrs. Mroz is survived by her children, Michael A. Mroz and Sheryl "Sam" High; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Mark Steven Mroz; and sister, Eileen (nee Sims) Esker. No services will be held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Leukemia Foundation.

 

Ralph Niederhoffer, 94, of Waterloo, died May 8, 2019. He was born Aug. 26, 1924, in St. Louis, Mo.. Mr. Niederhoffer is survived by his children, Carole Brumit, Brenda Kappler, Gwen Cummins and Denis (Sara) Niederhoffer; along with 17 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Cletus Nicholas Helfrich, 92, of Columbia, died May 16, 2019 at Mercy South, St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 15, 1926, in Paderborn, the son of the late Joseph C. and Christina M. (nee Kettler) Helfrich. Mr. Helfrich is survived by his sons Andrew D. (Maureen) Helfrich of Fenton, Mo., Gerald J. (Anna) Helfrich of Cary, NC, Kenneth J. (Jennifer) Helfrich of Atlanta, Ga., and James C. Helfrich of Carbondale; and grandchildren Eric, Alex, William, Owen, Colin, Lily, Lucy and Lukas Helfrich. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Cecilia A. Gasser, Emilia K. Eckert, Agnes T. Straub, Agatha A. Muckensturm and Rita C. Helfrich; and brothers, Edward H., Clarence A., Anthony P., Alphonse A., Gregory J., Clement G. and Henry G. Helfrich. Mr. Helfrich attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. While stationed in the Pacific Theater, Mr. Helfrich was part of the invasion force sent to occupy Japan following their surrender. Cletus had retired from the Monsanto Corp. in Sauget after 40 years of service. He was a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581. Mr. Helfrich was an avid gardener and handyman. He enjoyed being part of the Knights of Columbus as well as the sister cities programs in Columbia (Gedern) and Millstadt (Gross-Bieberau). Through the sister cities he traveled to Germany to find the home of his grandfather, Georg Helfrich, who emigrated in 1861 to in Paderborn. Cletus loved researching his family tree and history. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Helfrich was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Education and Activities Center Building Fund. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Rosalie Pauline Giffhorn, 88, of Columbia, died May 16, 2019 at Integrity Health Care of Columbia. She was born March 2, 1931, in East St. Louis. Mrs. Giffhorn is survived by her sister, Clarice Giffhorn of Columbia; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Rose (nee Kull) Giffhorn. Rosalie graduated from Columbia High School in 1949. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and her master's degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Rosalie was a professor at the University of Nebraska and Northern Illinois University. After retirement she taught at the Riverwoods (Ill.) Montessori School. She and her sister, Clarice, had owned and operated Camp O-Tahn-Agon, (a girls’ summer camp), in Three Lakes, Wisc. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Miss Giffhorn was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery.

 

Yvonne K. Henson, need Pulcher, 64, of Festus, Mo., died May 16, 2019. She was born April 7, 1955 in Red Bud, the daughter of Ellavee (nee Rice) Pulcher and the late Sherman Pulcher. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Henson is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (Kevin) Crist; grandchildren, Ellis Scott and Katelyn Pulcher; sisters, Jane (Leroy) Washausen, Charlotte (Don) Mehrtens, Diane Pulcher and Rhonda Little; and brother, Sherman Dean (Suzanna) Pulcher; along with nieces and nephews along with other relatives and friends. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Henson; son, Christopher Scott Pulcher; and sister, Joyce Wright. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Mrs. Henson was buried at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia.

 

Henry O.C. Knaust, 68, formerly of Waterloo, died May 11, 2019, at his home in Ventura, Calif. Mr. Knaust is survived by his parents, Henry E. (Donna) Knaust of Naples, Fla., and Reidun (Rev. Thomas) Jones of Columbia; his wife, Carol Knaust, whom he married more than 40 years ago; children, Brooke (Brian) Milton and Ashely (Paul) Ramsey; grandchildren, Brinley, Lauren and Blakely; brother, Eric Knaust; and sisters, Laurel “Lolly”, Wendy, Martha and Anne-Marie. His family had operated the Knaust Mushroom Farm in the Valmeyer caves until the 1980s. Henry then moved to Southern California where he managed the Dole Mushroom Farm. He later owned his own canning company. Mr. Knaust was an elder at Grace Lutheran Church. He touched many lives in the community and will be deeply missed. Memorial service was at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church in Ventura, Calif., or Buena Vista Hospice Care in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

 

Kelley Marie Metcalf, nee Constance, 55, of Waterloo, died May 19, 2019 at home surrounded by her family after an extended battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 3, 1964, in Detroit, Mich. Kelley was born on Jan. 3, 1964 to Gordon and Patricia, nee Holland, Constance in Detroit, Michigan. Mrs. Metcalf is survived by her husband, Terry Metcalf; children, Sarah (Blake) Kearney, Stephanie (Nathan) Bergman, Andrew (Danielle) Metcalf and Ian Metcalf; and mother, Patricia Mendler; along with grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Gordon. Funeral was at Hope Christian Church.

 

Gladys A. Maus, nee Neubarth, 84, of Waterloo, died May 17, 2019 at Red Bud Regional Care. She was born Sept. 28, 1934. Mrs. Maus is survived by sons, Roger Maus and Allen (Laura) Maus; sister. Dorothy (Robert) Rey; daughter-in-law, Teresa Maus; grandchildren, Jon (Jessie) Maus, Zane (Caitlin) Maus, Brandon (Taylor) Maus, Kyle Maus, Dakota Maus, Andrew Maus, Adam Maus and Brooke Maus; and great-grandchildren, Jaiden, Carter, Jocelyn and Trenton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Maus; son, Ricky R. Maus; parents, Frank and Louise (nee Bricklein) Neubarth; sister, Leona Hoffman; and brother, Elmer Neubarth. Funeral was at Zoar UCC in New Hanover. Braun Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

 

Cynthia L. Lyons, nee Juelfs, 58, of French Village, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died May 29, 2019, in French Village, Mo. She was born May 28, 1961, in Red Bud. Mrs. Lyons is survived by her children, Angela (Bill) Myers, Andrew (Anita) Hutchins and Dany Lyons; grandchildren, Paighton Herbert, Macie Allgire, Aiden Allgire, Aubrey Melching, Kadence Hutchins and Ameliah Hutchins; mother, Joyce (Redman) Hamner; sisters and brothers, Buddy (Cindy) Juelfs, Sherry (Robert) Clark, James Juelfs and Lindsey J. Gibson; step-brothers and step-sisters, Mel (Mary) Hamner, Jerry Hamner, Ava Wooldridge and Darren (Nancy) Ratliff; fiancé, Daniel Prade; and special family, Katie Ballard, Jake Woods, Teddi Woodson, Abigail and Rayli and Jace; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Willis Juelfs; and grandchildren, Madalyn K. Allgire and Hazel E. Myers. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Mrs. Lyons was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Mark A. Keim, 68, of Waterloo, died May 14, 2019, at his home after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born July 10, 1950, in Red Bud, the son of the late Glenn and Ruth (nee Reis) Keim. Mr. Keim is survived by his wife of 38 years, Debra (nee Schaack) Keim; children Wayne (Gretchen) Menke, Shawn (Christy) Keim, Terri (Dan) Krebel, Shawn (Angie) Menke, Rachel (Shelby) Mathes, Bethany (Rodney) Cissell and Brandon (Jessica Stonich) Keim; grandchildren Cole (Holland Wallace) Keim, Trent and Hannah Menke, Daniel, Alexandria, and Lucas Krebel, Jake and Haley Thrasher, Abby and Owen Menke, Kaitlyn and Shelby Ryan Mathes, Sierra and Savanna Cissell, Dylan, Landon, and Nicholas Keim; great-grandchildren Ryker and Baker Keim; brothers and sisters Jerry (JoAnn) Keim, Marcia (Mike) Kreher, Lynn (Stan) Hope, Joel Keim and Matt (Tracy) Keim; father in-law Darwin Schaack; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Patty (Gerald) Weilbacher; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Denis J. Keim; mother-in-law Geneva Schaack; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Rick and Linda Schaack; and niece Brittany Schaack. Mr. Keim attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was a lifetime member of the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club. Mark volunteered at the Waterloo VFW Post 6504, the Monroe County History Museum and the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club. He was a former Monroe County deputy coroner and EMT with the Monroe County Ambulance Service. For more than 30 years he was a produce manager at the Waterloo IGA. Mr. Keim also worked at Amerigas until he retired in 2015. Mark loved camping, nature, history, and was an avid reader. He was a selfless, strong man who was always willing to help anyone in need. Mark was most proud of his family, children and grandchildren. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mr. Keim was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo VFW or the Monroe County History Museum.

 

Rosalie A. Johnson, 75, Columbia, died May 19, 2019 at Memorial Hospital. She was born June 1, 1943, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Rosier and Opal (nee Fry) Cates. Rosalie married John A. Johnson Sr. in 1960 in Nashville. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Johnson is survived by her daughter, Kimberly A. (Scott) Gross of Columbia; grandchildren Jacky Gross, Noah Gross, Jill Gross, Evelyn Gross, Grace Otten and Shelby (Connor) Duckworth; and her great-grandson, Kolton Duckworth. She was preceded in death by sons John A. Johnson Jr., Terry A. Johnson and Erik A. Johnson; and her sister, Joyce Crunelle. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Private family services will be held. Mrs. Johnson will be buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Dave Pope, 65, of Columbia, died May 23, 2019 as a result of a traffic accident. He was born Nov. 27, 1953. Mr. Pope is survived by his wife, Judy (nee Neumeister) Pope; children, David (Becca) Pope, Steven (Kayla) Pope and Tim Pope; grandchildren, Natalee and Kinslee; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Nick Pope. Dave enjoyed playing pool, riding motorcycles, and loved entertaining family and friends. Visitation was at Kutis South County Chapel, St. Louis, Mo. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Church. Mr. Pope was buried at Mount Olive Cemetery. Memorials may be made to masses or to the American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen Greater St. Louis or Immaculate Conception Church Activities and Education Center.

 

Kelly Di Maggio, nee Ahne, 41, of O'Fallon, died May 10, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Feb. 22, 1978, in Red Bud. She is survived by her husband, Danny Di Maggio; daughter, Abbigail Lynn Haines (friend Gage Knoll); step-daughter, Zoe Di Maggio; step-mother, Mary Ahne; brothers, Bryan (Dixie) Ahne and Kim (Lyn) Ahne; step-sister, Sandy Varner; brother-in-law, Joseph Michael (Anna Garrison) Di Maggio; mother-in-law, Violet Blassingame; and grandmother-in-law, Annie Jane Helton; along with nieces; aunts; uncles; and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Myrtle (nee Matzenbacher) Ahne; and step-brother, Roger Cording. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

 

Charles J. Caesar, 91, of Waterloo, and formerly of Columbia, died May 22, 2019 at Oak Hill Care Center. He was born Nov. 30, 1927, in Belleville, the son of the late Alvin and Estella (nee Germain) Caesar. Mr. Caesar is survived by his wife, June (nee Feldmeier) Caesar; daughters, Karen Waterman and Nancy (Keith) Connelly; grandchildren, Cara (Wayne) Pulcher, Christopher (Pat) Fassel, Samantha (Jarrett) Williams and Casey Swank; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Scott Caesar; daughter, Michele “Shelly” Fassel; and brothers, Richard Caesar and Robert Caesar. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia.

 

Brian Stelzer, 45, of Columbia, died May 29, 2019 at Mercy South Hospital. He was born March 25, 1974, in Florissant, Mo. Mr. Stelzer is survived by his wife, Kim (nee Steingrubey) Stelzer; daughters, Haley Stelzer, Paige Stelzer, Kaitlyn Jachino and Audrey Hawkins; son, Tyler Jachino; sister, Angie Diveley; aunt Vicki Shaw; father-in-law, Rick Steingrubey; and mother-in-law, Elaine Steingrubey. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Stelzer; mother, Peggy (nee Roush) Gravot; and his uncle, Don Roush. Mr. Stelzer owned Crockett's Mobile Power Washing. Visitation and funeral were at Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo with Jim Jarvis officiating. Memorials may be made to Haley and Paige Stelzer's College Fund.

 

April 2019

 

Charles A. "Art" Ford, 90, of Valmeyer, died April 8, 2019, in Columbia. He was born Jan. 15, 1929, in E. St. Louis. Mr. Ford is survived by his wife Patricia Ford; children, Candie (Rob) Warren, Angie (Bill) Prange, Chuck (Laura) Ford and Henry "Butch" (Leigh) Ford; grandchildren, Chris Andres, Nicole (Andy) Sambor, Josh (Becky) Warren, Ryan Warren, Emily Warren, Brandy (Randy) Hicks, Nick (Lynn) Prange, Brittany Prange, Allison Ford, Andrew Ford, Collin Ford and Kylie Ford; great-grandchildren, Michael, Anthony and Vincent Sambor, River Kurschinske and Nora Warren, Sydney, Mason and Olivia Hicks and Harrison Prange; and brother, John (Mary Ellen) Ford; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by parents, Henry W. and Beulah (nee Balltrip) Ford; sister, Dona Tucker; and daughters, Vicki Andres and Pamela Ford. Mr. Ford attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer. He had retired from Teamsters Local 682. Art was a member of the Valmeyer Senior Citizens, the Maeystown Sportsmen’s Club and the Valmeyer Lions. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor Elizabeth Terrill officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Parkinson Association or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Kenneth Roger McConkey, 64, of St Louis, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died April 4, 2019 at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital after struggling with pancreatic cancer. He was born Jan. 8, 1955, in East St. Louis, the son of William and Ruth (nee Proffer) McConkey. Ken married Nancy (nee Loida) of St Louis in 1983 at Maplewood Baptist Church. Besides his wife, Mr. McConkey is survived by daughters Rachel Amratiel (Andrew) Hill of St Clair County, Mo., and Kimberly (Ed) Miller of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren Angela, Kaley and Solina Carrasco; great-grandson Alexander James “A.J.”; sisters Shirley (Herbert) Macias of Rio Rancho, NM, and Susan Woodcock of Niceville, Fla.; in-laws Robert and Joyce VanSickle of Hillsboro, Mo.; and his aunt E. Lorraine McConkey of Columbia; along with cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson Michael Hesselbach III; and brother-in-law Arthur R. Woodcock. Mr. McConkey grew up in Monroe County and graduated from Columbia High School. His first job was on Stuckmeyer’s farm, where his developed a distain for picking tomatoes. Ken then worked at a motorcycle repair shop where he honed his mechanical skills and reinforced his childhood love for motorcycles. This led to a 17-year part-time job as a motorcycle safety rider coach, teaching people the skills to obtain a motorcycle license. This became his lifesaving mission. Mr. McConkey’s career, totaling 43 years, was an expert machinist, making surgical instruments, including those used in eye surgery. His test was to take a one-inch square block of steel and, using only files, to work that into a sphere with very close tolerances. Mr. McConkey was a member of the Gateway Electric Vehicle Club. His out-of-the-box thinking and common sense approach helped countless people. Ken was dedicated to Jesus and His churches, St Paul UCC in Columbia and Gateway Christian Church, where he was active in Bible studies, choir and holiday musicals. His beautiful, rich baritone voice could fill the room. Memorial service is Saturday, June 15, at 3 p.m., at Gateway Christian Church (1951 Des Peres Road in St. Louis). Memorials may be made to a Christ-centered charity.

 

Donald W. Freeland, 93, of Columbia, died April 10, 2019, at home with his family at his side. He was born Aug. 31, 1925, in Paris, Tenn., the son of the late Brown Sr. and Alice (nee Ash) Freeland. Donald married Charlotte (nee Schneider) Freeland in 1953 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Freeland is survived by his daughter, Becky (Clyde) Trexler of Columbia; sons, Bruce (Cindy Huseman) Freeland and Brent (Carol) Freeland, both of Columbia; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Kutterer of Waterloo and Selma Lieb of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and sister-in-law, Lila Freeland of North Augusta, SC. He was preceded in death by his son, Brian D. Freeland; brothers, Brown B. Freeland Jr. and Gordon Freeland; and brothers-in-law, Tom Kutterer and William Lieb. Mr. Freeland served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps during World War II. He had retired from Monsanto’s W.G. Krummrich Plant in Sauget after 38 years of employment. Donald attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. He was a member of Monsanto Retirees Club Local 12 and the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Hoyleton Youth and Family Services or the St. Paul U.C.C. Renovation Fund.

 

Father Stephen James Humphrey, 77, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died April 7, 2019 at the Active Recovery Center of Helia in Energy. He was born Aug. 21, 1941, in Quincy, the son of the late Edward and Edith (Bickhaus) Humphrey. He was a former pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia. Father Humphrey is survived by brothers Mark E. (Donna) Humphrey of Lake of Egypt and Mike (Sue) Humphrey of Marion; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Father Humphrey attended minor seminary at St. Henry's in Belleville and major seminary at St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. He was ordained a priest in 1967 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville. Father Humphrey began his 51-year vocation as an associate pastor at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Murphysboro. His first assignment as pastor was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden, during which time he also served as a chaplain at Anna State Hospital. He later served as co-pastor of St. Patrick and Holy Angels Catholic Churches in East St. Louis. Father Humphrey also served at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Okawville, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin (where he celebrated his 25th anniversary as a priest), Immaculate Conception Church and Grade School in Columbia and St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown. He celebrated his 50-year anniversary of priesthood at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lebanon, where he served as a sacramental priest. He was an active member of the Southern Illinois Association of Priests, where he was past president and current treasurer. Father Steve was a passionate man who fought for social justice and for those less fortunate. He had a keen wit and big appreciative laugh for a good joke or story. With a real thirst for knowledge, he pursued every educational opportunity throughout his life, including advanced college courses and traveling the world to experience other cultures. Visitation and funeral were at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lebanon with Monsignor James Margason and Father James Dougherty officiating. Father Humphrey was buried at the church cemetery. Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Cosgrove's Kitchen in East St. Louis, Immaculate Conception Grade School in Columbia or the Southern Illinois Association of Priests.

 

Mary Ellen Long, 92, of Columbia, died April 11, 2019 at Integrity Health Care of Columbia. She was born April 4, 1927, in Noble, the daughter of the late Arthur and Ida (nee Handwerk) Grubb. Mrs. Long is survived by her daughter, Rose Marie (Stephen) Conrad of Columbia; son, David Long of Paris, Ill.; grandchildren, Jordan and Jacob (Danielle) Conrad; great-grandson, Dylan; sister, Anna Mae (David) Vaeth of Crystola, Colo.; and sisters-in-law, Doris Grubb and Joyce Grubb. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Martha Anne Long; sister, Helen Fink, brothers, Robert, Oscar, Lloyd, Francis, Dean and Melvin Grubb; brother-in-law, James Fink; and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Weiler. Mary was a civil servant with DECCO at Scott Air Force Base. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mary has gifted her remains to the Washington University School of Medicine. There were no public services. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice in Fairview Heights.

 

James L. Brandon, 94, of Waterloo, died April 9, 2019, in Red Bud. He was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Santarem, Brazil. Mr. Brandon survived by his wife, Thelma (nee Smith) Brandon; and children, Rachel (Paul Straub) Brandon, James (Debbie) Brandon Jr., Joseph (Kathy) Brandon and George (Kim) Brandon; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and a sister. Mr. Brandon was a longtime Spanish teacher at Waterloo High School. He was very active with the Waterloo Boy Scouts. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

James "Jamie" J. Mercer, 60, of Waterloo, died April 26, 2019 at Barnes -Jewish Hospital. He was born on Sept. 7, 1958 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late George and Marie (Gentili) Mercer. Mr. Mercer is survived by his wife, Mary (nee Hoock) Mercer; children, Ryan (Rachel Krost) Mercer, Samuel (Alissa Hitzemann) Mercer and Joseph (Sammie Ratz) Mercer; brothers, Joseph (Debbie) Mercer and Jerry Mercer; and granddaughter, Alaina Lynn Mercer. He was preceded in death by a brother, John P. Mercer. Mr. Mercer was buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

 

Emery D. Fulford, 83, of Waterloo, died April 19, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born May 29, 1935, in Russellville, Ark., the son of the late Chester and Mabel (nee Parker) Fulford. Mr. Fulford is survived by nieces and nephews, Linda Bilzing, Victoria (Jim) Eugea, Michael Bilzing and Charles (Jean) Fulford; and sister-in-law, Barbara Fulford; along with great-nieces, great-nephews; great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Fulford; sister, Pauline Bilzing; nephew, Ricky Bilzing; great-nephew, Robbie Stewart; and great-niece, Stephanie Fulford. Mr. Fulford attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. Emery had retired from the financial department at General Motors. He had served in the U.S. Army. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Stephen Krenz officiating. Mr. Fulford was buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Clara M. Janson, nee Rick, 99 years, of Columbia, died April 20, 2019 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Burksville, the daughter of the late Peter and Catherine (nee Toenjes) Rick. Clara married Clarence J. Janson in 1939 in Waterloo. He died in 1991. Mrs. Janson is survived by daughters, Mary Catherine Winkler of Columbia, Joan Johnson of Columbia and Dorothy Janson of Sebastopol, Calif.; grandchildren, Deborah (John) Graeler, Teresa (Roger) Raglin, Pamela Winkler, Staci (Marvin) Wittenauer, Shelly (Eric) Eichner and Marcia (John) Shotz; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Bill (Dottie) Rick of Waterloo; and sister-in-law, Betty Rick of Waterloo. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Edna Koch, Helen Rick, Dorothy Rick, Marion Schrader, Margaret Schnellbecker and Dolores Rick; and brothers, Raymond, Herbert and Fredrich Rick. Mrs. Janson attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She was a member of the Columbia Senior Citizens. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Janson was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

 

Janet M. Bense, nee Phillips, 80, of Columbia, died April 23, 2019 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. She was born Aug. 28, 1938, in Bismarck, ND. Janet married Wilbert A. Bense in 1997 in Columbia. He died in 2014. Mrs. Bense is survived by her children, Terrie (Ron) Hamlin, Tamra (Kevin) Maly, Todd Bark, Eugene Bense, Dennis (Vickie) Bense and Raymond (Barbara) Bense; grandchildren, Christopher (Mary) Bense, Elizabeth (Geoff) Olish, Kelly McGraw, Jason Bense, Christina Poole, Dennis Bense, Eric Bense, Nicole (Jason) Richter, Danielle (Kevin) Hines, Neal Vogt, Kendra Bark and Lindsay Bark; great-grandchildren, Miranda, Ali, Abi, Austin, Logan, Claire, John, Maria and Lucia; and brothers Robert Phillips and Laurence Phillips. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Hazel (nee Clark) Phillips. Mrs. Bense attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Stephen Krenz officiating. Mrs. Bense was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund.

 

Kenneth Roger McConkey, 64, of St Louis, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died April 4, 2019 at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital after struggling with pancreatic cancer. He was born Jan. 8, 1955, in East St. Louis, the son of William and Ruth (nee Proffer) McConkey. Ken married Nancy (nee Loida) of St Louis in 1983 at Maplewood Baptist Church. Besides his wife, Mr. McConkey is survived by daughters, Rachel Amratiel (Andrew) Hill of St Clair County, Mo., and Kimberly (Ed) Miller of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Angela, Kaley and Solina Carrasco; great-grandson, Alexander James “A.J.”; sisters, Shirley (Herbert) Macias of Rio Rancho, NM, and Susan Woodcock of Niceville, Fla.; in-laws, Robert and Joyce VanSickle of Hillsboro, Mo.; and his aunt, E. Lorraine McConkey of Columbia; along with cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Michael Hesselbach III; and brother-in-law, Arthur R. Woodcock. Mr. McConkey grew up in Monroe County and graduated from Columbia High School. His first job was on Stuckmeyer’s Farm, where his developed a distain for picking tomatoes. Ken then worked at a motorcycle repair shop where he honed his mechanical skills and reinforced his childhood love for motorcycles. This led to a 17-year part-time job as a motorcycle safety rider coach, teaching people the skills to obtain a motorcycle license. This became his lifesaving mission. Mr. McConkey’s career, totaling 43 years, was an expert machinist, making surgical instruments, including those used in eye surgery. His test was to take a one-inch square block of steel and, using only files, to work that into a sphere with very close tolerances. Mr. McConkey was a member of the Gateway Electric Vehicle Club. His out-of-the-box thinking and common sense approach helped countless people. Ken was dedicated to Jesus and His churches, St. Paul UCC in Columbia and Gateway Christian Church, where he was active in Bible studies, choir and holiday musicals. His beautiful, rich baritone voice could fill the room. Memorial service was at Gateway Christian Church in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to a Christ-centered charity.

 

Helen A. Wetzler, nee Koch, 86, of Waterloo, died April 22, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Oct. 8, 1932, in Fults, the daughter of the late Henry and Florence (nee Schmieg) Koch. Mrs. Wetzler is survived by her sons, Randy (Robin) Wetzler and Ricky Wetzler; grandchildren, Michelle (Kyle) Wild, Jessica (Henry) Horrell, Nicholas Wetzler (Heather Mehrtens), Autumn Wetzler and Gabrielle Wetzler (fiance Michael Evetts); great-grandchildren, Leo Wetzler Wild and Edie Horrel; and brother, Henry (Helen) Koch; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emil Wetzler; daughter, Linda Wetzler; granddaughter, Megan Kay Wetzler; sister, Carol Koch; and brother, Clarence W. "Sonny" Koch. Mrs. Wetzler attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault. She had been employed at Oak Hill Nursing Home for 35 years. Visitation and funeral were at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Rev. Terry Grebing officiating. Mrs. Wetzler was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to deGreeff Hospice House.

 

Jeanette E. Roth, nee Knippenberg, 80, of Waterloo, formerly of Millstadt, died April 16, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Feb. 8, 1939, in St. Louis. Mrs. Roth is survived by her children, Debbie (Tom) Bullard, Michael (Lisa) Goodsell and Marillyn Goodsell Fausz; grandchildren, Bria Bullard, Nathan (fiance Leah) Goodsell, Lucas Goodsell and Katerin Goodsell; and her sister, Joyce (Norville) Kraus; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Cornelia (nee Benack) Knippenberg. Jeanette attended Hope Christian Church. She loved to sing and dance; fondly remembering singing on the SS. Admiral docked in downtown St. Louis. Jeanette also enjoyed gardening (especially flowers), animals, making homemade ketchup, and fishing. Mrs. Roth was very generous to Hope Food Pantry and the Humane Society. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Mrs. Roth was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Herman W. "Bill" Wolf, 86, of Columbia, died April 28, 2019 at home and with his family at his side. He was born Sept. 1, 1932, in Tipton, Mo., the son of the late Lawrence and Aetna (nee Raiffeisen) Wolf. Bill married Luann (nee Steffenauer) Wolf in 1957 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Wolf is survived by daughters Julie (Ray) Wright of Waterloo, Jill (Randall) Bastian of Belleville and Janet (Jeffrey) Gruber of Valmeyer; John (Patricia) Wolf of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; grandchildren Heather (Chris) Liverar, Jason (Ahlam) Wolf, Matthew Wolf, Jacob Gruber and Lindsey Bastian; sisters Betty (Sonny) Eardley of St. Peters, Mo., and Mickey (Virgil) Casey of Dupo; and brothers Lawrence Wolf of Mesa, Ariz., and Carl R. (Colleen) Wolf of Cape Coral, Fla. He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Smitt; and a brother, James J. Wolf. Mr. Wolf served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Bill had retired from Boeing Co. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was a former ICS board member. Mr. Wolf was a member and former commander of the Columbia American Legion Post 581, the Knights of Columbus 6165 (charter member). He had served on the Columbia Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and City Council. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer. Mr. Wolf was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Education and Activities Center Building Fund.

 

Clarence I. Feldmeier, 88, of Fults, died April 29, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Chalfin Bridge, the son of the late Henry C. and Amanda (nee Boersch) Feldmeier Jr. Mr. Feldmeier is survived by his daughter Carla Feldmeier; sister Florence Feldmeier; and sisters-in-law Wilma Johnson and Melba Asselmeier; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Twila (nee Asselmeier) Feldmeier; brothers Arthur A. and Virgil C. Feldmeier; and sister Audrey O. Schroeder. Mr. Feldmeier attended St. John UCC in Maeystown, where he had previously served as president of church council and cemetery board. Clarence was also a past president of the Maeystown Fire Department. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Feldmeier was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC of Maeystown Cemetery Fund.

 

Roberto Y. Valenzuela, 56, of Columbia, died April 18, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born March 15, 1963 in Honduras, the son of Lidia Valenzuela and Roberto Valenzuela. Mr. Valenzuela is survived by his sons, Daniel Valenzuela, Robert Valenzuela and Justin Lenhard; brothers, Allan Valenzuela, Glenn Valenzuela and Roy Valenzuela; and grandchildren, Jason, Liam, Mia and Ethan. Mr. Valenzuela served in the U.S. Army from 1988 to 1991 during Desert Storm, He was a district commander for the Department of Homeland Security until his retirement in 2009. Graveside service was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Mark William Hoggard, 50, of Columbia, died April 22, 2019 in Columbia. He was born July 9, 1968, in Belleville the son of the late Windel and Patricia (nee Slade) Hoggard. Mr. Hoggard is survived by his sister, Carolyn (Bob Gross) Hoggard of Waterloo and Kristine Hoggard of Columbia; brothers, Gary Hoggard of St. Louis, Mo., and David Hoggard of Columbia; special nieces and nephews, Erica, Adam, Kaitlyn, Geoffrey, Megan, Kelsey, Samantha and Karly; great-nieces and nephews; and best friends, Greg and Dylan Upchurch. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a niece, Paige Hoggard. Mr. Hoggard attended First Baptist Church of Waterloo. He was a commercial painter. Mark’s passions were cooking, painting and tinkering with items that needed repair. Mark's was cremated. Memorial service was at The Beacon in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Lawlor Funeral Home.

 

Alice A. Schlemmer, nee Stumpf, 90, of Columbia died April 27, 2019. She was born Nov. 13, 1928 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Adolph and Minnie (nee Henke) Stumpf. Mrs. Schlemmer is survived by her children Robert (Nellie) Schlemmer of Columbia, William (Marie) Schlemmer of Columbia, Theodore (Deb) Schlemmer of Millstadt, Raymond Schlemmer of Alorton and Jeanette Ann Schlemmer of Columbia; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; She was preceded in death by a son, Clyde Carl Schlemmer; brothers Charles and Robert Stumpf; and sisters Helen Glaenzer and Dorothy Schuchardt. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Schlemmer was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC in Columbia.

 

Lisa A. Keys, nee Sides, 49, of Dupo, died April 26, 2019 at St. Louis University Hospital from injuries sustained in an April 21 motorcycle accident on Rt. 3 in rural Waterloo. She was born Feb. 12, 1970, in Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. Keys is survived by her husband, Joe Keys; father, James Sides; daughter, Danielle (Brett) Stephens; sons Logan Augustine, James Augustine and Kyle (Taylor) Luttrull; stepsons Mark (Trista) Keys and Michael (Allie) Keys; grandchildren Lucas, Konnor, Lola, Abram, Lydia, Sawyer, Nick, Chris, Dylan and Mason; grandmother Lenora Dacus; sisters Kim Renfrow, Shana Smith, Jessica Kasch and Danielle Owen; and her brother Tim Barbee. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Lisa was a legal secretary at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Law Office. She also enjoyed reading, playing horseshoes, Bunco and watching Game Of Thrones. A Celebration of Life will be held at the family home on Saturday, May 4. Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center for brain cancer at Washington University. Leesman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 

Carol Alice Saylor, 86, Columbia, formerly of Farmington, Mo., died April 18, 2019, in a house fire. She was born May 12, 1932 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Ernie and Genevieve (nee Stevenson) Jones. Mrs. Saylor is survived by children Kathryn E. Custer of Gulfport, Miss., Patricia (Joseph) Koppeis of Columbia, Mary

 

Norman Dale Newton, 84, of Columbia, died April 10, 2019 at Mercy South (St. Anthony’s). He was born Jan. 6, 1935, in Columbia, the son of the late William and Eleanora (nee Otten) Newton. Dale was married to Bernice (nee Hankammer) Newton. She passed away in 2011. Mr. Newton is survived by his daughters, Linda Naumann, Connie (Kevin) Fingerhut, Julie (Greg) Brouk and Peggy Newton; sons, Ron (Mona) Newton, Roger (Cindy) Newton, Curt (Lisa) Newton, Marty (Tracy) Newton and Michael (Amy) Newton; grandchildren, John Naumann, Angie White, Ashley Newton, Rachel Brouk, Triston Newton, Lindsay and David Newton, Ryan (Carly) and Reed Newton and Kyle and Kelly Newton; and great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Kolten, Aspyn, Isabella, Croix, Haley, Peyton, Laycee and Brantley. Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Shirley Todd, Sharon Burnes and Gwenda Capper; and his brother, Arthur Dean Newton. Mr. Newton owned and operated Neighborhood Shell Service on North Main for many years. Later in his career he drove for Churchhill Trucking in St. Louis through Teamsters Local 600. Dale had served in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was a longtime firefighter with the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Newton attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was active with the Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turner Hall). Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Newton was buried at the church cemetery. The funeral procession from the church to the cemetery was led down Main St. past the Columbia Public Safety Complex and Neighborhood Service by the CVFD vintage Studebaker fire truck and a wrecker truck in Mr. Newton’s honor. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Volunteer Fire Dept. Scholarship Fund or the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

 

Gloria L. Aycock, nee Neubarth, 93, of Waterloo, died April 2, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 11, 1925, in New Hanover, the daughter of the late Louis H. and Louise A. (nee Eitmann) Neubarth. Mrs. Aycock is survived by her children, Linda (Mike) Gipson and Dale (Debbie Kuergeleis) Aycock; grandchildren, Amy (Nathan) Starr, Kelly Gipson, Lindsey Gipson, Brittney (Justin) Morrow and Robert Aycock; great-grandchildren, Avery Morrow and Colton Morrow; and brother-in-law, Ray Harold (Jackie) Aycock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Printice D. Aycock; and daughter-in-law, Suzie Aycock. Mrs. Aycock attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. She was a member of the Waterloo VFW Auxiliary and the Monroe County Home and Community Extension. Gloria enjoyed being part of ladies card clubs. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mrs. Aycock was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Zoar UCC of New Hanover.

March 2019

 

Edward Walter Kempen, 78, of Waterloo, died March 13, 2019. He was born Jan. 7, 1941, in St. Louis, Mo. Edward married Brenda (nee Massie) Kempen in 1988, in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Kempen is survived by his children, Stephen (Tammy) Kempen, Sally Phelps, Edward Kempen Jr., Joseph Eugene (Misty) Wallace, Todd Alan (Stephanie) Wallace and Alan (Lisa) Tinker; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, William (Barbara) Kempen, Charles (Rachael) Kempen, Rick (Charlotte) Kempen, Albert Kempen, Ronald (Katie) Kempen, Leon (Debbie) Kempen and Robert (Sandy) Kempen; sisters, Sharon Risenhoover, Bernice Meadors, Dorothy Sippel, Karen Krump, Linda Demarco, Ida Mae (Dennis) Mindrup, Janet Kempen and Rose Mary Cavanagh; along with nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Bernice (nee Krah) Kempen; and a brother in infancy. Mr. Kempen served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He had retired as a painter with the Chrysler Assembly Plant in Fenton, Mo. Edward was a member of the UAW and the Valmeyer American Legion Post 901. He was a kind-hearted man of the Baptist faith who enjoyed oil painting and wood carving. A graveside service was held Monday, April 22, at 2 p.m., at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with Rev. William Kempen officiating. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice of Belleville or the American Stroke Association.

 

Roger E. Kocher, 72 of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died March 31, 2019 at Mercy South Hospital. He was born July 19, 1946, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Earl and Rosa Lee (nee Tarpley) Kocher. Mr. Kocher is survived by his son, Donald Kocher; brothers Donald (Sharon) Kocher and Alan (Pam) Kocher ; sister Sue Ellen Rosmis of Decatur; and sister-in-law Shirley Kocher; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna (nee Barnes) Kocher; daughter, Rachel B. Kocher; daughter in infancy, Carrie Kocher; and his brother Thomas C. Kocher. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

 

Robert E. Koberlein, 83 years, of Columbia, died March 22, 2019 at Delmar Gardens South. He was born Sept. 14, 1935, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Leo F. and Elsie E. (nee Kuehner) Koberlein. Mr. Koberlein is survived by his sisters Marylin Koberlein of Arnold, Mo., and LuAnn Phillips of Torrance, Calif.; brother, Donald (Mary Jane) Koberlein of Saint Louis, Mo.; nephews Jeffrey (Juliana) Phillips, Torrance, Calif., Michael (Kathryn) Koberlein, Fenton, Mo., and Kevin (Shannon) Koberlein, St. Louis, Mo.; great-nephews and great-niece Benjamin Koberlein, Jonathan Koberlein, Henry Koberlein, Alissa Phillips, James Phillips and Elliot Hardin; and family friend, Elaine Purdue. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald Koberlein; sister, Lela May Koberlein; and brother-in-law, Terry Phillips. Our Bob, was a beloved brother, uncle, great-uncle, colleague, neighbor and friend. He was a respected colleague at Harres Furniture Store (formerly Weilbacher's) in Columbia, including being a valued Maytag repairman. Mr. Koberlein was a loyal season ticket holder the St. Louis Blues. Being a dedicated weekly usher and volunteer at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church gave life and service to his deep faith. This gentle, loving, generous family member and neighbor will forever be missed and held lovingly in our hearts. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Koberlein was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund St. Vincent de Paul Society of Immaculate Conception Church.

 

Jeanne M. Wilde, 88, originally from Columbia, died peacefully at her daughter’s home in Olathe, Kan., on March 24, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Otto and Carmelita Buehler. Jeanne had married Earl Wilde of Columbia. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Wilde is survived by her children, Michael (Carol) Wilde of Columbia, Debra Wilde of Portland, Ore., Christine (Terry) Jackson of Olathe, Kan., David (Georgia) Wilde of Collinsville and Sue Wilde of Olathe, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Bob Buehler; sister Dorothy Daab; brothers-in-law George Wilde and Bob Wilde; and sisters-in- laws Virginia Buehler, Eleanor DeLuca and Katherine Kaempfe. Jeanne worked many year in sales for the Famous-Barr Company. She had retired as a bank teller in Columbia. Mrs. Wilde was a loving, gentle and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She touched many lives, always giving of her time and talents to the church and the community. The family thanks to nurses at Olathe Hospice Home Health who so lovingly took care of her every need. Thanks also to Chris and Terry Jackson for being her caregivers as her health declined during her final days. Heartfelt thanks to all of our many friends and family who have prayed for us and have been there for us through this difficult journey. Jeanne touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all. Father Carl Scherrer who will celebrate a future mass for her in the next few weeks at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Tari Lynn Hoefft, nee Vaseska, 53, of Waterloo, died March 21, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 30, 1965, in Red Bud, the daughter of John and Pat (nee Kimmel) Vaseska. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hoefft is survived by her husband, Stephen "Buddy" Hoefft; children Erica Hoggard-Jackson, Adam (Carrie) Hoggard and Elliot Newcom; step-son Sheldon (Whitney) Hoefft; grandchildren Madelynn Whaley, Brandon Jackson, Kate Jackson, Amelia Hoggard, John Hoggard and Aniken Hoefft; and brother John (Julie) Vaseska. She was preceded in death by her stepdaughter Mikayla Hoefft; and sister Mari Kay Vaseska. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Hoefft was buried at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Merdell L. Haberl, nee Mueller, 91, of Waterloo, died March 19, 2019, in Red Bud. Merdell was born July 25, 1927, in Renault. Mrs. Haberl is survived by her children Kurt (Ann) Haberl, Chris (Judy) Haberl, Ken (Melanie) Haberl, Brian (Marilyn) Haberl, Jeff (Gina) Haberl and Karen (Kent) Jones; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters and brother Aleda Doelitzsch, Lynn (Homer) Kerr, Evie Heldt, Ermett (Lena Maude) Mueller and Karen (Neal) Rabe; sisters-in-law Emma Jean Helfrich and Joyce (Stanley) Lehr; and brother-in-law Jerry Haberl; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert C. “Whip” Haberl; parents Herman and Dora (nee Offermann) Mueller; granddaughter Erika Christine Haberl; great-grandson William Daniel Foster; brother Marvin Mueller; and sister Verna Theobald. Mrs. Mueller attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She was a familiar face at the SPPS Grade school cafeteria where she worked for 17 years. Merdell’s greatest joy was raising her six children and being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation and funeral were at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Mrs. Haberl was buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the or Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School Tuition Assistance Fund. Arrangements are pending.

 

Verna "Sue" Wappel, nee Smith, 76, of Caseyville, formerly of Waterloo, died March 18, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Aug. 9, 1942, in Wynnburg, Tenn. Mrs. Wappel is survived by her children Debbie (Dwane) Bise and Frank Wappel; grandchildren Dylan and Alexis Wappel; and brother Glenn Smith; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her dog Marley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. Wappel; parents Shafer and Verna B. (nee Little) Smith; three brothers; and one sister. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Simpson officiating. Mrs. Wappel was buried at Mount Carmel in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the ALS Association or the Brain Injury Foundation of St. Louis.

 

Ronald Joseph Schmiskie, 67, of Dupo, died March 12, 2019, at his home. He was born Sept. 20, 1951 in Highland, the son of the late John and Arleen (nee Faitz) Schmiskie. Mr. Schmiskie is survived by his sisters Nyla (Roger) Rednour of Prairie du Rocher, Judith Zellers of Oviedo, Fla., and Paula Honey of Carbondale; a niece, Angela (Derek) Langley of Prairie du Rocher; nephews Kevin (Aleshia) Rednour of Prairie du Rocher, Ben Golshahr of Las Vegas, Nev., and Cyrus Golshahr of Carbondale; and many friends. Ronald was a golf course groundskeeper at a golf course. Visitation was at the Dupo American Legion. Creason Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

 

Brandon M. Wooters, 34, of Columbia, died March 27, 2019 in Columbia. He was born Nov. 18, 1984, in Belleville, the son of Robert and Christine (nee Schutzenhofer) Wooters of Columbia. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wooters is survived by his brother Eric (Emily) Wooters of Columbia; and sister, Sabrina Nichole (Jeffrey) Lehan of Belleville; along with aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Frank and Esther (nee Basinski) Schutzenhofer; and paternal grandparents, Alfred and Gloria Wooters, and Marjorie and John McClain. Funeral was Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. A reception followed. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services of Monroe County or the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund.

 

Edith Francis Lerch, nee Schwartz, 82, of Waterloo, died March 29, 2019, in Red Bud. She was born May 26, 1936, in Dupo, the daughter of the late Oliver Louis and Lilly Edna (nee Kurtz) Schwartz. Mrs. Lerch is survived by her dear friend and companion, Junior Grant; son Kim (Kelly) Lerch; daughter Gwen-Marie (Kathy Morris) Lerch, grandchildren David (Stephanie) Lerch and Kady (Marco) Kilongkilong; special great-granddaughters Nora Lane Lerch and Lillian Edith Kilongkilong; sisters Karen Schwartz and Cynthia Schwartz; brother-in-law Charles Clark; and sisters-in-law Ethel Schwartz, Doris Schwartz, Margie Lerch and Billie Lerch; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlyn “Stumpy” Lerch; brothers Glenn, James and Melvin Schwartz; sisters Helen Preshaw and Mary Janice Clark; sisters-in-law; and brothers-in-law. Edith was a special mom, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family and was proud of them. She enjoyed baking, gardening and caring for her family, neighbors, and friends, and is fondly remembered for her pie baking and her love of cooking for others. Visitation was Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral followed with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mrs. Lerch was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Red Bud Regional Care Rehabilitation and Senior Living.

 

Dolores M. Markus, nee Kapp, 89, of Waterloo, died March 26, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born July 2, 1929, in Carlyle, the daughter of the late Henry and Johanna (nee Meyer) Kapp. Mrs. Markus is survived by her children, Darlene (Bob) Niebruegge and Michael (Dawn) Markus; grandchildren, Dan (Lauren) Niebruegge, Bill (Stacey) Niebruegge, Kacie (Adam) Maxwell, Matt (Lindsay) Markus and Lance (Christine) Markus; 14 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Mildred Kapp; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Camillus J. "Cam" Markus; daughter, Linda K. Luhr; grandson, Jason A. Luhr; brothers, Howard (Catherine) Kapp and Wilford Kapp; sister, Helen (George) Wuebbles; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Catherine (nee Wehlage) Markus; and in-laws, Gregory (Mary) Markus, Rosina Markus, Hubert (Rose) Markus, Marcella (Paul) Richter, Alfred (Rita) Markus and Cyril (Edna) Markus. Mrs. Markus attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where she was active in the Mary and Martha Society. Visitation and funeral were at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements. Mrs. Markus was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Improvement Fund or to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

 

Norman L. Rehmer, 82, of Waterloo, died March 29, 2019, in Waterloo. He was born Jan. 3, 1937, in Dupo, the son of the late Albert and Ardel (nee Beckmann) Rehmer. Mr. Rehmer is survived by his wife, Patsy (nee Ruby) Rehmer; children Cindy (Clem) Ruemker, Julie Rehmer and Lonnie Rehmer; grandchildren Lucas Mund, Alexis Ruemker, Memphis Rehmer and Reva Rehmer; and sister Anola Henke; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers Arlin Rehmer (in infancy) and Ronald Rehmer. Mr. Rehmer attended Zoar UCC in New Hanover, where he was on the cemetery board for 40 years. He was the lifelong owner of Rehmer Hatchery and also Rehmer Eggs and Poultry. Norman served eight years in the Army Reserves. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying fishing, bowling and playing cards. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Zoar UCC in New Hanover with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mr. Rehmer was buried in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Zoar Cemetery.

 

Leslie W. Ray, 86, of Waterloo and formerly of Middlebrook, Mo., died March 10, 2019 at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. He was born March 26, 1932, in Crossville, Tenn., the son of the late James and Alice (nee Dixon) Ray. Leslie had married Maude (nee Gaston) Ray; she died in 1999. Mr. Ray is survived by his son, Steven (Cathy) Ray of Columbia; daughters Debra (Jeff) Ware of New Baden and Melissa (Victor) Nordike of Waterloo; grandchildren Candy, Christy (Kevin), Jason (Kate), Wesley (Beth), Steven (Jamie), Lynsey (Gene), Chelsea, Eddie, Ryan (Nicole), Nora (Curtis) and Meg; great-grandchildren Carlye (Dakota), Maddie, Jake, Reese, Abbi, Trent, Addison, Jolie, Colten, Miles, Morgan, Kenzie, Landon, Emme, Natalie and Nicole; brother, David (Linda) Ray of Bonne Terre, Mo.; and sisters Berta (Dan) Drye of Doe Run, Mo., Janet Odle of Farmington, Mo., Nancy Hall of Farmington, Mo., and Joy (Tom) Hall of Farmington, Mo. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother; Eugene Ray; sisters Frances Hardy and Iris Queen; brothers-in-law Garry Odle, Finis Hardy and Auggie Queen; and sister-in-law Wanda Ray. Leslie was retired from the Norfolk Southern Railroad. He had served in the U.S. Air Force at the end of the Korean War. Visitation was Thursday, March 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor John Canterberry officiating. Mr. Ray was buried with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to de Greeff Hospice House.

 

Michael Lee Simmons, 72, of Waterloo, died March 8, 2019. He was born Dec. 30, 1946, in Cairo, the son of the late Marvin Simmons and Juanita (nee Bennett) LeTempt. Michael married Deborah (nee Steppig) Simmons in 1972. She died in 2008. Mr. Simmons is survived by his daughters Michelle (Tory D.) Bartlett of Powder Springs, Ga., Christine (Thor) Lohrberg of rural Waterloo and Jessica (Bradley) Sager of Ava; grandchildren Tory, Thomas, Trece, Grant, Jacob, Amelia and Remi; a brother, Roger Simmons of Dupo; and sister, Susan (Derrick) Bartatto of St. Genevieve, Mo. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Taylor Thomas Bartlett. Michael was the former owner/operator of Good Tymes Bar and Grill in Dupo. Mr. Simmons served three tours of duty with the U.S. Navy’s Seabees (CB Team 0604 #8) during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Dupo VFW Post 6368, the NRA and the Southern Illinois Crappie Association. Mike was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Kempf officiating. Mr. Simmons was buried with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Janice Elaine Brander Kinnison, nee Steinhauser, 67, of Waterloo, died March 6, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 25, 1951, in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Kinnison is survived by her husband, Don Kinnison; children Holly (Mike) Guehne, Paul (Kristin) Brander, Christine Brander and Rebecca Brander; grandchildren Luke Guehne, Rylee, Aubree and Reese Brander; father Wilbert "Lou" Steinhauser; and sisters and brothers Lynn (Ed) Snyder, Lou (Judy) Steinhauser, John (Julie) Steinhauser and Laurie (Steve) Ohlendorf; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, LaVerne (nee Pobis) Steinhauser. Mrs. Kinnison attended Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Mo., where she was active in the Bible Study Fellowship. She was a ; & American Ceramics Society. Visitation was Friday, March 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home and Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 10:40 a.m., at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. A funeral followed at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bruce Clark Ph.D officiating. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Ovarian Cancer Society.

 

 

Landon William Lawson, infant son of Anthony and Kendra (nee Stumpf) Lawson, died March 6, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in O Fallon. In addition to his parents, Landon is survived by his brother, Noah Morgan Lawson; maternal grandparents Kim (Greg) Latinette and Jay (Jeannie) Stumpf; paternal grandparents Russell and Betty Lawson; and aunts and uncles, Megan (Jeremy) Batson, Kelly Stumpf, Nikki (Lonny) Luttrull, Amanda Lawson and Adrienne Lawson; along with other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be held at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 

Lillian M. Kopec, nee Sander, 88, of Columbia, died March 3, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born March 16, 1930, in Columbia. Lillian married Chester H. Kopec in 1950 in Columbia; he died in 2015. Mrs. Kopec is survived by children Patricia Pettet of Hanahan, SC, and Steven (Connie) Kopec of Columbia; grandchildren Erin (Matt) Ellis, Graham and Jordan Pettet; and great-grandchildren Landon and Emma. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, William and Josephine (nee Weilbacher) Sander; sisters Frieda Sander and Marcella Heiken; and brothers, William J. and Leo F. Sander. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Kopec was buried at the church cemetery.

 

Larry R. Dudley, 70, of Maeystown, died March 2, 2019, at his residence. He was born March 15, 1948, in East St. Louis. Larry married Sandra (nee Bequette) Dudley in 1976. In addition to his wife, Mr. Dudley is survived by his children Justin "Mikey" (Kelly) Dudley of Dupo and Tracy L. Dudley of St. Louis, Mo.; his mother, Lois F. Dudley of Waterloo; and sister Janice (Robert) Barton of Red Bud; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Dudley. Mr. Dudley served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was in the First Cavalry Division when he received a Purple Heart on Nov. 2, 1968. Larry was proud of his service and even more proud of those who served at his side. Mr. Dudley was also an avid duck hunter. Visitation and funeral were at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia with Brother Jim Skaggs officiating. Mr. Dudley was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

 

Glenn J. Rabbermann Jr., 42, of Waterloo, died March 1, 2019, in Dupo. He was born July 7, 1976, in Belleville. Mr. Rabbermann is the son of Glenn Sr. and Kathy Rabbermann; brother Derrick (Debra) Rabbermann; niece and nephew Grace and Peyton Rabbermann; grandmother Dorothy (nee Edwards) Metz; and his dog Chance; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Arthur Metz; and paternal grandparents Clarence and Florence Rabbermann. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society.

 

Jennifer Albert Gavlin, 35, of Seattle, Wash., formerly of Columbia, died March 16, 2019, from cancer. She was born Aug. 19, 1983, in Belleville, the daughter of Geraldine (nee Groennert) and Steve Albert. Jennifer married Patrick Duncan Gavlin in 2010. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Gavlin is survived by her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Christine and Tim Gavlin of Western Springs; and godparents, Shirley Bergmann, Gordon Albert and William Groennert. She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Lois and Elmer Groennert; and paternal grandparents, Mary Jo and Clarence Albert. Jennifer graduated from Columbia High School, Augustana College in Rock Island and the University of Portland, Oregon. She had also attended St. Louis Art School, sang in the St. Louis Children’s Choir, St. Louis Symphony Children’s Choir, local church choirs and a professional choir in Seattle. Mrs. Gavlin enjoyed traveling and spending time in nature with friends. She had participated in youth ministries at St. Paul UCC, First Baptist Church and Christ Community Church. Mrs. Gavlin volunteered with World Changers, Habitat For Humanity, and Youth Encounter. She taught art classes at the University of Washington and Kirkland Art Center. Jennifer was active in clubs supporting young people with cancer, including Northwest Sarcoma Society and First Descents. Jennifer recently gave a testimony on podcast about her cancer walk and her decision to enter hospice care. Jennifer was proficient in writing and shared her cancer journey through Caring Bridge. Memorial service was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to First Descents, which provides outdoor activities for cancer patients between ages 18-39.

February 2019

 

Sandra Jean Henderson, nee Jung, 70, originally from Waterloo, died Feb. 23, 2019 in Danville, Calif. She was born Nov. 11, 1948 in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Gene Jung and Leone (nee Vogt) Jung. Mrs. Henderson is survived by her children, Dena (Marc) Protenic of Danville, Calif. and Michael (Amy Larkin) Henderson of Pleasanton, Calif.; grandchildren, Michaela and Joseph Protenic, Michael Depiano III and Owen Henderson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Vickie and Douglas Clements, Cindy and Lee Peterson, Pam and Dennis Hobbs, and Lisa Bischof and Mark Shoemaker; aunts, Ruth Jung and Jeannette Jung; and her uncle, Joe Sondag; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James J. Henderson, and her daughter, Andrea Jean Henderson. After graduating from Ss. Peter and Paul High School, Sandy completed a course of study in the health field and was presented her nursing cap and certificate from Career Academy in Chicago in 1967. She worked in the offices of Drs. Franklin and Charnes in St. Louis. Later, after moving to California, she became a purchaser for a division of Hitachi in San Jose, Calif. Sandra was a member of Gateway City Church in San Jose and later the Community Church of God. She was always an active member, participating in church activities and Bible studies. Mrs. Henderson was a loving mother and grandmother who delighted in celebrating holidays, especially Christmas, with her family. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mrs. Henderson was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to World Vision.

 

Clyde J. Erb, 94, of Waterloo, formerly of Belleville, died peacefully Feb. 26, 2019 after a short illness. Mr. Erb is survived by sons Michael (Susan) Erb, Thomas (Tracy Tretiak) Erb and James (Jessica) Erb; grandchildren Kristen Erb, Eric (Michalle) Erb. Kelly (Justin) Bryant, Zachary Erb, Mike (Samantha) Erb, Maximilian Erb, Evan Erb and Lauren Erb; and great-grandchildren Benjamin Erb, Henry Erb, Jax Bryant and Ladd Bryant. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lila L. (nee Heiligenstein) Erb; parents Michael and Laura (nee Hoehn) Erb; and a brother, Ralph Erb. Born and reared in New Athens, Clyde’s freshman year of college during 1942 was interrupted by his induction notice into the U.S. Army. After attending the Army’s Specialized Training Program at Harvard University, he was sent overseas, landing directly from New York Harbor onto Utah Beach in August of 1944. There he began seeing extensive combat action as a squad leader in the 26th Infantry Division of General George S. Patton’s Third Army. During the infamous Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944, Clyde was wounded and evacuated to London, England, where he convalesced until being returned to the U.S. in March of 1945. After receiving additional medical treatment at Fort Sam Houston, Clyde was discharged from the Army on his 21st birthday, Aug. 1, 1945. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and a Bronze Star, among other medals. Mr. Erb then enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis; graduating in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. After meeting the love of his life, Lila, they married and together raised their three sons in Belleville. Mr. Erb had a successful career as a civil engineer, retiring in 1986 as the superintendent of highways for St. Clair County. Clyde and Lila enjoyed a long and happy retirement in Bradenton, Fla., and later in Waterloo. Mr. Erb was an active member of the St. Louis Gateway Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, where he served as its secretary, and in earlier years was an active member of both the Elks and Freemasons. His hobbies included playing the accordion and bowling. In his retirement he focused on golf, where he achieved a hole-in-one and “scoring his age” when he was 78. Clyde and Lila worshiped our Lord and Savior with fellow congregants at the Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Always positive, ever cheerful and with a kind word for all he met, Clyde will be greatly missed and mourned by his family and his many friends. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Andrew Cheatham officiating. Mr. Erb was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gateway Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis, or Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo.

 

Vera H. Reichert, 90, of Columbia, died Feb. 28, 2019 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 10, 1928, in Sugarloaf Township. Vera married Gilbert Reichert in 1950 in Columbia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Reichert is survived by a daughter, Judy (Frank) Cordie of Mexico, Mo.; sons Dennis (Melissa) Reichert of Dupo, David (Debbie) Reichert of Dupo and Don Reichert of Fulton, Mo.; grandchildren Kellie, Kristy, Kari, Derek, Emily, Jeremy, Anna, Arik, Kayte and Kayce, 14 great-grandchildren; and her sister Dorothy Ehlers of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Olinda (nee Arras) Hofstetter; granddaughters Deena and Kristen; and her brother, Roy Hofstetter. Mrs. Reichert attended Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, where she had been active with the Women's Guild. She lived for her family and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Christ UCC in Dupo with Rev. Todd Mushaney officiating. Mrs. Reichert was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to her church.

 

Fern C. Chlibec, nee McClain, 89, of Waterloo, died Feb. 16, 2019, in Belleville. She was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Maeys Station. Mrs. Chlibec is survived by her sisters Joyce Ernst and Janet Osterhage; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald J. Chlibec; parents Arthur Fred & Olga (nee Asselmeier) McClain; sisters; brothers; sisters-in-law; and brothers-in-law. Visitation is Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover.

 

Mrs. Shelby Jean Pittman, 82, of Waterloo, formerly of Dothan, Ala., died Feb. 23, 2019 in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 15, 1937 in Andalusia, Ala., the daughter of the late Horace and Ruby Linton Bullard. Mrs. Pittman is survived by her husband, Charles Pittman of Dothan, Ala.; daughter Kathy (Jay) Kania of Asheville, NC; son Chuck (Lynn) Pittman of Waterloo; brother Douglas (Kathy) Armstrong of Lakeville, Minn.; sister Mickie (Andy) Riley of Andalusia, Ala.; grandchildren Amanda Knobloch, Daniel Pittman, Sarah Tuttle, Rachel Kania, Mary Kania and Katie Kania; and great-grandchildren Max Tuttle, Katarina Tuttle and Brooke Knobloch. In addition to her parents, Shelby was preceded in death by her brother, Bobbie Armstrong. Mrs. Pittman was a supportive wife of her Army officer and pastor husband, Rev. Charles Pittman. His profession took the family (at the time were a four and six year old) to Ethiopia and later to Thailand. Through the years, she ran Sunday School programs and was involved in their church choir. Shelby worked at Fort Bragg, NC., as a civil servant before medically retiring. Visitation and funeral were at Ward Wilson Funeral Home Chapel of Dotham, Ala. Mrs. Pittman was buried at Memory Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Eugene L. Williams, 88, of Fults, died Feb. 24, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 4, 1931, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Lylburn and Elsie (nee Rippelmeyer) Williams. Mr. Williams is survived by his children Connie (Randy) Esker, Bonnie Schwarze and Jeffery Williams; grandchildren Sara (Tony) Schreder, Julie (Justin) Schmitz, Aaron (Katie) Esker and Amy (Jared) Roever; and great-grandchildren Morgan and Cole Schmitz, Ayla and Logan Esker, Jensen Roever and Wyatt Schreder; along with sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona (nee Huebner) Williams; and a brother. Mr. Williams attended St. John UCC of Maeystown. He was member of the Renault American Legion. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Williams was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to the St. John Cemetery in Fults or Cedar Bluff Park in Fults.

 

Kenneth Email Doerr, 86, of Waterloo, died Feb. 22, 2019, in Red Bud. He was born Feb. 15, 1933, in Waterloo, the son of the late William and Frieda (nee Vogt) Doerr. Mr. Doerr is survived by his wife, Verna Mae (nee Prange) Doerr; children Elaine Beckman, Dylane (Julie) Doerr, Wayne (Linda) Doerr and Dean (Dawn) Doerr; grandchildren Elisha (Matt) Arnold, Dustin (Cora) Doerr, Ashley (Mac) Dickey, Alexis (Steven) Maddox, Crystal Beckman, William Beckman, Nicholas (Jaime) Doerr, Tyler (Chandler) Doerr and Quinton (Kristen Goersch) Doerr; great-grandchildren Lily and Jack Arnold, Rowan and Emilia Doerr, Brooke, Tenley and Ela Dickey, Katherine, Colton and Allyson Maddox, and Beckett Doerr; brothers Eugene (Sue) Doerr and Gary (Barb) Doerr; sisters Helen Pflueger and Dorothy Arras; and sister-in-law Barbara Doerr; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers John, Edward, Raymond, Arthur, William, George, Donald, Ronald and Robert; sisters Catherine, Lydia Keim, Alma Stechmesser, Bertha Schuchardt and Luella Chandler Spinks; and a granddaughter, Courtney Georg; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Mr. Doerr was a hard-working, caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. He collected antique vehicles and tractors. Kenneth worked for 43 years at Weyerhauser Co. in Belleville. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mr. Doerr was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

 

Robert G. "Bob" Isaacs, 82, died Feb. 15, 2019 at Mercy South Hospital. He was born Aug. 21, 1936, in West Frankfort, the son of the late John and Willie Maude Isaacs. Mr. Isaacs retired as the superintendent of the Waterloo School District. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Roy A. Juelfs, 81, of Columbia, died Feb. 16, 2019 at his residence. He was born April 11, 1937, in Cahokia. His survivors include his wife Rose Juelfs; and children Roy W. (Diana) Juelfs, Rick (Sarah) Juelfs, Roseann (Jim) Miller and Rob (Laura) Juelfs. Leesman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 

Charles W. "Pete" Sanders, 85, of Waterloo, died Feb. 16, 2019, in Waterloo. He was born July 11, 1933, in Van Buren, Mo. Survivors include his son, Keith (Linda) Sanders; and daughter, Renee Sanders. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Dee (nee Jerome) Sanders; daughter, Michelle Busby; baby at birth, Debora Sanders; and brothers, Dean Sanders and John Sanders. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Mary Jean Westerheide, nee Arnold, 84. of Waterloo, died Feb. 12, 2019. She was born Jan. 1, 1935, in E. St. Louis. Mrs. Westerheide is survived by her husband, William “Bill” Westerheide; daughters, Mary Beth (Mark) Cyliax, JoAnn (Ned) Lane and Sharon Cooper; and sons, Bill (Cathy) Westerheide, Michael (Karen) Westerheide and Kevin (Colleen) Westerheide. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Florence Arnold; and brothers, Joe and Jack Arnold. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Ura L. Henke, nee Floarke, 94, of Waterloo, died Feb. 14, 2019, in Red Bud. She was born June 16, 1924, at Maeys Station, the daughter of the late Fred and Margaret Rosina (nee Hess) Floarke. Mrs. Henke is survived by her sister, Geraldine L. Owens; and sister-in-law, Rita Floarke; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Everett Schlemmer and Erdman J. Henke; sister, Ardell Wedler; and brothers, Wilbert and Floyd Floarke Sr. At Ura's request there were no services.

 

Ron E. Scherer, 74, of Columbia, passed away peacefully after an eight-year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in his home, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was born June 13, 1944, in Olney, the t son of Elza and Freda (nee Burgener) Scherer. Mr. Scherer is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharon (nee Tonsor) Scherer; daughters, Jennifer (Matt) Gimpert of Peachtree City, Ga., and Debbie (Tim) Keefe of Charleston; grandchildren, Elise and Luke Gimpert and Caroline and Owen Keefe; sister-in-law, Audrey Scherer; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Maxine Tonsor; and brother-in-law, Paul (Jan) Tonsor; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond (Bud) Scherer; and sister, Anita (Scherer) Clodfelter. Ron's childhood was spent helping on the family farm, where he learned the value of hard work and a tender appreciation for caring for his livestock. He proudly served as the state treasurer / secretary of Illinois FFA and was the first state officer from Olney. Mr. Scherer received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois, where he made lifelong friendships through his fraternity, Alpha Gamma Sigma-IlliDell, and the College of Agriculture. While serving as a graduate assistant, Ron met his future wife, Sharon Tonsor. He maintained a lifelong loyalty to his alma mater, serving on the board of directors for both the University Alumni Association and the Agriculture Alumni Association. He was proud to receive the University of Illinois College of ACES Family Spirit Award and to be selected for the University's King Dad Court. He attended many U of I events and games. Ron spent nearly 40 years working in the marketing communications field, a career that included serving as Director of Corporate Communications for DEKALB Corporation and owning his own agency, Ron Scherer & Company. His marketing campaigns and projects received numerous regional and national awards. Ron proudly promoted the agriculture industry and was named the St. Louis AgriBusiness Leader of the Year. He served as president of both the St. Louis AgriBusiness Club and the Gateway Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). He also served as national president of the Agricultural Relations Council. In retirement, Ron found new interests and hobbies. Wanting to get back to his roots, Ron and Sharon completed much of the labor building their weekend "farm house" and fishing pond on Claremont land that has been in his family for more than 100 years. Here, Ron began growing and selling Richland Acres popcorn, hosted fish fries and gatherings, and served on the Richland Heritage Museum Foundation Board of Directors. He also researched, wrote and published two books, The Soldier from Illinois and Before the Big Yellow Bus: Remembering the One-Room Schools of Richland County. Ron was the quintessential family man. He was patient, loving and valued travel, experiences and family time above all things. He reveled in the role of grandfather and always shared unconditional love and encouragement -- as well as a few corny jokes -- with his beloved grandchildren. He enjoyed connecting with people and never knew a stranger. He was fiercely loyal to the people and things he loved and courageously battled his declining health with great faith. He participated in several clinical trials in hopes of making a difference for people battling IPF. Visitation was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney. A memorial service followed. Mr. Scherer was buried at Crest Haven Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital: Ron Scherer Memorial Fund or the Richland Heritage Museum Foundation.

 

Catherine Rachel Bundy, 44, of Columbia, died Feb. 15, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born May 31, 1974, in Red Bud. Miss Bundy is survived by her son Austin Bundy; father James Bundy; sister Kristine Bundy; and brothers James Eric Bundy and Kyle Willis Bundy. She was preceded in death by her mother, Elaine (nee Troy) Bundy. Visitation is Saturday, March 2, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC of Maeystown music department.

 

Arthur A. "Art" Baltz, 82, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Feb. 18, 2019 at Mercy South Hospital. He was born April 13, 1936, in Columbia. Art married Arlou (nee McDonald) Baltz in 1958 in Waterloo; she died in 2010. Mr. Baltz is survived by his son, Richard (Denise) Baltz of St. Louis, Mo. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Edna (nee Dahmer) Baltz. Mr. Baltz was retired from Luhr Brothers Inc. He attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. Art was a member of the Columbia Rotary Club and on the board of directors at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. For many years he played clarinet with the Bud Light Brigade. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Baltz was buried at the St. Paul Evangelical Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

 

Marla K. Vogt, nee Miller, 44 of Columbia, died Feb. 2, 2019 at Evelyn's House in St. Louis, Mo., following an extended battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 21, 1974, in Belleville. Mrs. Vogt is survived by her children, Bryce Vogt and Breyn Vogt; parents Michael and Sharon (nee Jenkins) Miller of Waterloo; brother Stephen (Colleen Stratton) Miller of Waterloo; maternal grandfather Charles Jenkins; nieces Alyssa and Alayna Miller; and fiance Jeremy Thompson. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jeff Miller; paternal grandparents Ed and Laura-Dell (nee Bachelier) Miller; and maternal grandmother Juanita Jenkins. Marla owned Above and Beyond Designs by Marla in downtown Columbia. She attended LifechurchX in Waterloo. Marla had a deep love for God, family and especially her children. She had fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. Throughout this most difficult fight, she continued to be supportive of others who were stricken with similar diseases. She will truly be missed by all whose lives she has touched. Visitation and funereal were at Hope Christian Church with Pastor Matt Heck officiating. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Marla K. Vogt Trust, c/o Bryce and Breyn Vogt, 218 So. Metter Avenue, Columbia, IL 62236.

 

Lillian H. Schofield, 89, of West Frankfort, formerly of Columbia, died Feb. 9, 2019 at Franklin County Hospital in Benton. She was born Nov. 2, 1929, in Maplewood, the daughter of the late August and Marie (nee Junior) Juelfs. Lillian married Charles E. Schofield Jr. in 1958. He died in 2012. Mrs. Schofield is survived by her sons Gary L. (Ruth) Chitwood, Charles E. Schofield III and William A. (Martha) Schofield; daughters Sheila M. (Bill) Hester, Tammy L. (Carl) Littrell and Edna M. (Tom) Foushee; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Roy (Rose) Juelfs; and her sister Marion Dietch. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Raymond Toth; daughter, Gretchen Marie Schofield; and brother Elmer Juelfs. Lillian loved being outdoors, doing yard work, gardening and enjoying the quiet country. Her favorite past times were antiquing and traveling. She read the Bible every chance she could. Lillian loved her dog, Betty; along with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Visitation was Thursday, Feb. 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, Feb. 15, at 9:30 a.m., at the funeral home with Rev. Zenobia Lane officiating. Mrs. Schofield was be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the VFW.

David S. Nobbe, 61, of Columbia, died Jan. 30, 2019, following an extended illness. His family was at his side. David was born July 27, 1957, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late Orville and Annette (nee Descher) Nobbe. David married Susan (nee Gregory) Nobbe in 1981 in Columbia. She died in 2011. Mr. Nobbe is survived by his daughter, Lauren Nobbe of Columbia; son, Drew Nobbe of St. Louis, Mo.; and his brother Alan (Denise) Nobbe of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, relatives and friends. David owned Nobbe Plumbing. He cared deeply for his dogs and enjoyed watching and coaching soccer, baseball and basketball. Our father was talented in many areas of both his professional and personal life. He was intelligent, magnetic, charming, funny, caring and dynamic. Perhaps more than anything he was devoted to his late wife, children, family and friends. We’ll always remember that special smile, that caring heart and the love we will always have for him. David’s children would like to thank the town and local businesses of Columbia. “The love and support we have received has been beautiful and deeply appreciated.” They would specifically like to thank Triada Advisors and Tax Services, First National Bank of Waterloo, Accent Title, Lawlor Funeral Home and the law offices of Crowder and Scoggins. Private graveside services were held. A Celebration of Dave's Life was Saturday, Feb. 23, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Annbriar Golf Club in Waterloo. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County or the David Nobbe Family, c/o Lauren Nobbe, 218 S. Metter Ave., Columbia, IL 62236.

 

Joseph P. Muertz, 69, of Waterloo, died Feb. 8, 2019, in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 18, 1949, in Red Bud. Mr. Muertz is survived by his wife, Lois Anne (nee Roever) Muertz; children Melinda (Darren) Kiefer, Jennifer (Jody) Stapleton, Stephanie Muertz and Amanda (Travis) Gilliam; grandchildren Adam, Evan and Emma Kiefer, Daniel Stapleton, and Cole and Olivia Gilliam; and sisters and brothers Dolores Johanning, Herbert (Janie) Muertz, Rosann Kohnz, Mary Jean Wuertz and Richard (Nancy) Muertz; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Agatha (nee Wuertz) Muertz; sister Geraldine Davis; brothers Theodore, George and Edward Muertz; and his nephew / Godson Brent Roever. Mr. Muertz attended the former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Madonnaville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Joseph was retired from Local 196. He was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at the former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Madonnaville with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mr. Muertz was buried in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Cemetery Fund or the Valmeyer American Legion.

 

Jayne A. Bellm, 65 of Columbia, died Feb. 6, 2019 at St. Louis University Hospital. She was born Sept. 27, 1953, in East St. Louis. Miss Bellm is survived by her mother, Kathryn (nee Soper) Bellm of Columbia; brother, John J. (Beverly) Bellm of Ava, Mo.; sisters Mary J. (Mark Rensing) Yearian of Smithton and Carolyn S. (Kevin) Maxfield of Waterloo; nieces and nephews Jessica Rodgers Barlett, Katie (Cory) Bunner, Megan (Dustin) Maguire, Kristy (Mark) Kuergeleis, Andrew (Denise) Maxfield, and Amanda Maxfield; and great-nieces and great-nephews Jasmine and Noah Spinello, Ryne and Rhett Bunner, Drew and Luke Maguire, and Ellen and Owen Maxfield. She was preceded in death by her father, Herman J. Bellm. Jayne was a senior reporting coordinator with Enterprise Leasing in St. Louis, Mo. She was very active in the community, including being a past president and board member of Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turner Hall), a secretary for the Monroe County Liquor Association and a board member of the Illinois State Bowling Association. Miss Bellm was a talented softball player and bowler. Jayne attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Her ashes were buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund. Leesman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 

Shirley Wheat, nee Plage, 79, of Waterloo, died Feb. 7, 2019. She was born Sept. 27, 1939, in Waterloo. Mrs. Wheat is survived by her children Pam (Rick) Mayo and Kevin (Joyce) Wheat; grandchildren Sean Mayo, Allie Snodgrass and Samantha Wheat; and sister Kathleen Buthman; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert Wheat; parents Edward Plage and Ardell (nee Dieckman) Krebel; and brother Billy Plage. Mrs. Wheat attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mrs. Wheat was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, Garden Place or Southern Illinois Hospice.

 

Norman “Butch” Leo Bachelier, 77, of Prairie du Rocher, died Jan. 29, 2019 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born July 6, 1941, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Gilmore Sr. and Leona (nee Fausz) Bachelier. Butch married Sherry Ray in 1963 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher She died in 1975. Mr. Bachelier is survived by his children, Cindy (Kenneth) Barnes of Maroa and Spencer Bachelier of Evansville; sister Connie Niermann of Red Bud, grandchildren Cassandra (Brad) Dempsey of Dixon and Justin Barnes (Carissa McDuffie) of Zeeland, Mich.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Barb (Don) Roth of Red Bud, Bill (Mary) Ray of Breese, Rick Ray of Prairie du Rocher, Susie Ray Ellner of Red Bud, Connie (Ron) Mulholland of Red Bud, Kim (Dan) Miller of Red Bud and Nancy (Michael) Brown of Swansea; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tracy Lynn Bachelier; brother Gilmore “Skip” Bachelier Jr.; sisters Shirley Juelfs and Dolly Phegley; in-laws Virgil and Mary Ray; and brothers-in-law Chuck and Terry Ray. Mr. Bachelier attended St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a member of the Fort de Chartres Sportsman Club. He enjoyed hunting, raising cattle, crocheting, reading, playing horseshoes and smoking cigars. He made the dressing for the church picnic for 30 years. Butch had served in the Army Reserves during the Vietnam War. Visitation and funeral were at Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Msgr. Daniel J. Jurek officiating. Mr. Bachelier was buried at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prairie du Rocher.

 

Douglas Lynn Hard, 65, of Panora, Iowa, formerly of Waterloo, died Feb. 2, 2019, at his home. He was born Feb. 24, 1953 in Walnut, the son of the late LeRoy and Joanne Hard. Mr. Hard is survived by his children Ethan Hard, Kristin Robertson and Aaron Hard; brothers David Hard and Jeffrey Hard; and grandchildren Julia and Cameron Hard and Walker Robertson. Doug rooted for Iowa State sports team with his heart remaining in Ames, Iowa. He had graduated with three degrees from Iowa State, including a PhD in animal reproductive physiology. Doug was a proud scientist and advocate of agriculture. With a colorful career in animal agriculture, he traveled the world and resided in Brussels, Belgium twice with his first wife, Linda, and their two children, Aaron and Kristin. Mr. Hard hosted tailgates during his daughter’s time at Iowa State and watch his eldest son, Aaron, play football at MacMurray College. He rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals and made custom baseball bats at Busch Stadium. A funeral took place at St. Cecila’s Catholic Church in Panora, Iowa. Celebration of Life is Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m., at the Gateway Hotel’s Harvest Room in Ames, Iowa. Memorials may be sent to Aaron Hard, 3727 Coy St., Ames, IA 50014, to purchase a memorial plaque to be displayed in the ISU animal science building, and also to help fund college expenses for his youngest son, Ethan Hard.

 

Mary Janice Clark, nee Schwartz, 89, of Waterloo, died Feb. 6, 2019, in Waterloo. She is survived by her husband, Charles M. Clark; and daughter Bethany Clark; along with other relatives and friends. Mary was the daughter of the late Oliver Louis and Lilly Edna (nee Kurtz) Schwartz. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

 

Ann J. Jacobsmeyer, 85, of Columbia, died Feb. 2, 2019. She was born Nov. 1, 1933, in Lawrence, Neb. Mrs. Jacobsmeyer is survived by her husband, Bernard Jacobsmeyer; children Gary Jacobsmeyer, Gail Sotak, Tim (Nancy) Jacobsmeyer, Tom Jacobsmeyer and Kevin (Mary) Jacobsmeyer; and sister-in-law, Carol Reiter. She was preceded in death by her son, Kenny Jacobsmeyer; parents Hans and Sophie (nee Frey) Reiter; brother, John Reiter; son-in-law, Peter Sotak; and daughter-in-law, Chris Jacobsmeyer. Private family services were held Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

January 2019

 

Charles G Crook, 86, of Sun City, Ariz., formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 31, 2019. He was born Jan. 13, 1933 in Waterloo, the son of the late George A and Alice M (nee Kuhn) Crook. Mr. Crook is survived by his wife of 66 years, Wilma E (nee Hemmer) Crook; children Debbie (Ray) Mirly, Steve (Patty) Crook and Ellen (Dave) Muskopf; grandchildren Jason (Jamie) Williams, Jeremy Williams, Colton Crook, Brad (Jamie) Muskopf, Kyle Muskopf and Lindsey Muskopf; step-grandchildren Doug (Theresa) Williams and Jenifer Williams; great-grandchildren Isaac Williams, Amelia Lawrence, Spencer Williams and Mark and Allison Williams, Miles and Victoria Muskopf and Bryan Hatch; step-great grandchildren Anna, Charlie, Claire Williams and Victoria Bement, and McLean Ready; sister Barbara (Alan) Frietag; and sister–in-law and brother-in-law Verna and Lee Deul; along with nieces and cousins. Mr. Crook was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from Hogan Trucking after 39 years of employment. Charles attended St Paul UCC in Waterloo and then Desert Garden UCC in Sun City West, Ariz., during his retirement years. Charlie was a former member of the Waterloo Municipal Band and the Kaskaskia Trail Chorus. Mr. Crook was active in the music at church, including being an assistant organist, playing hand-bells and sang in the choir. He passed on that love of music to his children and grandchildren. Charlie had a great sense of humor and could always be counted on to lighten the mood. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC in Waterloo.

 

Mary Ann Hellmer, nee Descher, 88, of Waterloo, died Jan. 10, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born June 12, 1930, in Lawrence, Neb. Mrs. Hellmer is survived by her children Janice Augustine, Michael Hellmer (friend Candace) and Sharon (Dean) Ries; grandchildren Karen (Matt) Altes, Jenny (Adam Burghardt) Augustine, Emily (Dan) Stroisch, Michelle (Adam) Barbosa, John (Tiffany) Ries and Mark Ries; great-grandchildren Andy, Maggie and Catie Altes, Stella and Penelope Burghardt, Henry and Clark Stroisch, Jacob and James Ries, and Charlotte Ries; sister Rosemary (Jim) Law; brother Joe (Annette) Descher; sisters-in-law Mickey Descher and Delrose Descher; and unofficially adopted son John Koerber; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anselm “Andy” Hellmer; parents Alfred and Agnes (nee Ross) Descher; siblings Annette (Orville) Nobbe, Catherine (Ray) Schmidt, Bob Descher and Jim Descher. Funeral was Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School.

 

Louise F. Cinciripini, nee Farkas, 86, of Waterloo, died Jan. 4, 2019, at Hospice House, in St. Louis, Mo., with her daughters Christine of Waterloo and Michele of St. Louis, Mo., at her side. She was born, at home, in South St. Louis City, to the late Anna and Michael Farkas. Louise married Hugo P. Cinciripini in 1956; he died in 2015. In addition to her daughters, Mrs. Cinciripini is survived by sisters-in-law Pat (Hank) and Pat (Al); nieces and nephews; family in Vienna, Austria, and Unterwart, Hungary; her friends from schooldays and those at Cedarhurst Assisted Living of Waterloo. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her dear sister Helen (Joe Crowe) and brother Joe Donnie Pulay. Mrs. Cinciripini graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1950. She then studied foreign languages at St. Louis University, followed by traveling throughout Europe in 1954. Louise was an avid reader her whole life, lately including Kindle books, and shared her love of literature with her daughters. She took classes to learn how to use a laptop, the internet and email, and was always amazed that ‘googling’ was better than hardback encyclopedias. Mrs. Cinciripini also studied history and flowers. She tended to beautiful gardens, and looked forward each year for the springtime return of hummingbirds, her “biddy buddies.” Louise loved fishing at ‘the farm,’ and adored her feline and canine companions, especially Schatzi “my dear heart,” her mini wire hair dachshund. Louise made every holiday special with every birthday celebrated. She was the eternal optimist, and in her words “the perennial sophomore.” Our momma was always loving and will always be loved. Her wisdom was an inspiration, her love a blessing. Rest now, mom, in God’s Garden. If roses grow in Heaven, Lord, Please pick a bunch for us. Place them in our mother’s arms, And tell her they’re from us. Tell her that we love and miss her, And when she turns to smile, Place a kiss upon her cheek, And hold her for a while. Mrs. Cinciripini was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Daughters of Charity / Province of St. Louise, Friends of Morrison Talbott Library or Champ Assistance Dogs.

 

Steven Paul Becker, 35, of Fults, died Jan. 11, 2019, in Waterloo. He was born July 7, 1983, in Belleville. Mr. Becker is survived by his daughter, Makayla Sauer; Makayla's mother Sabrina Sauer; parents James and Claudine (nee Buss) Becker; grandmother Margaret Bruss; and secondary family Sharon, Jason, David and Ashley Keney; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Paul and Blanche Becker and Leroy Bruss; and his aunt Nancy Falbe. Mr. Becker was a salesman and maintenance man at Becker Farm and Industrial Supplies in East St. Louis. He was a loving father who enjoyed bike riding, four wheeling, fishing and spending time with his friends. Steven was a loving and caring person for people in need. He loved Jesus and God with all his heart. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 18, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Steven P. Becker Family Fund being handled by the State Bank of Waterloo.

 

Frances K. Axley, nee Knewitz, 78, of Naples, Fla., formerly of New Athens and Waterloo, died Jan. 1, 2019, in Naples, Fla., in a homicide. She was born Jan. 5, 1940 in New Athens. Mrs. Axley attended St. John UCC in New Athens. A memorial service will take place at a later date with Pastor Bob Koch and Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens is handling the arrangements.

 

Beverly Jo Lenhardt, nee Bicek, 70, of Waterloo, died Jan. 1, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Aug. 3, 1948, in Omaha, Neb. Mrs. Lenhardt is survived by her children Wendi (Lonnie) Esker, Mari (Brian "Butter") Werner, Jennifer (Matt) Crimm and Joe (Erica) Lenhardt; and her treasured grandson Hayden Werner. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Norma (nee Tichey) Bicek. Mrs. Lenhardt attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She supported the Z.C.B.J. Opera House in her hometown of Verdigre, Neb. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Lenhardt was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School.

 

Robert “Bob” W. Naumann, 88, of Columbia, died Jan. 10, 2019 at BJC Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Columbia, the son of the late Walter C. and Cora M.(nee Reichert) Naumann. Bob married to the late Clara J. (nee Kreher) Naumann in 1955, in Paderborn. She died Dec. 16, 2015. Mr. Naumann is survived by his daughters Sheri A. (John) Ruffin of New Melle, Mo., and Mary K. (Roger) Hoock of Dupo; sons Terry D. Naumann of Clearwater, Fla., and Gary R. Naumann of North Lauderdale, Fla.; grandchildren Justin Skidmore and Timothy Skidmore; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers Gene A. “Bebs” (Carolyn) Naumann of Tulsa, Okla., and Donald “Shorty” R. Naumann of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by a brother, Durrell (Buster) E. Naumann; and sisters Marlene “Sis” Muskopf and Shirley Lloyd. Bob recently retired as treasurer for the City of Columbia, a position he held for 27 years. Mr. Naumann served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581 and the St. Louis Metro Polka Club. Bob had retired as terminal manager for Transamerica Freightlines in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Naumann was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Education and Activities Center or the Columbia American Legion Post 581.

 

 

Beverly J. Nelson, nee Lydick, of Columbia, died Jan. 2, 2019. She was born Jan. 1, 1937 in Du Bois, Pa. Mrs. Nelson is survived by her childhood sweetheart and spouse of 62 years, Kenneth L. Nelson; sons Douglas Nelson and wife Michele along with their children - Brittany (Brett) Toenjes and their children, Tessa and Rylee, Katie Stahr and Samantha Nelson; Craig Nelson and his wife Julie along with their children - Gabriel, Sophia and Jacob Nelson; granddaughter from daughter Susan - Amber (Garret) Kasper and their children, Oliver and Suzie; and great-grandson, Daltyn Smith from her granddaughter, Crystal. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Jean Jeffrey (January 2018); and a granddaughter, Crystal Lee Becherer (December 2016). Bev grew up in Du Bois, Pa., the youngest of the five Lydick children. She graduated from Du Bois High School in 1954. Bev met Ken Nelson in 1945 when they attended Sandy Township School. As high school classmates, they had eyes for each other until Ken enlisted in the Navy. They were sweethearts throughout his Navy service. During a weekend leave, they wed on Jan. 1, 1957. Following his military service, the couple moved to Cahokia, where they opened Nelson Tool Rental and Lawnmower Repair Shop. They welcomed their first child, Douglas, in 1958 and their second child, Susan, in 1961. After 10 years they moved to Columbia where their youngest son, Craig, arrived in 1972. Bev was one of a kind wife, mom, grandmother and friend to many that would tell you their stories about her special talents, from cooking a five-course meal in a single pot she called the “Queeny One Pot.” She could catch a fastball, work on anything that had wheels and spoke her mind. Bev would never miss providing the personal touch with her loved ones from holiday missives to what she likes to call “leaving a calling card” when she would stop by a family members house on her shopping days. All of those little things from her smile, to her opinions on life will be missed by everyone who knew Bev. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral followed. Mrs. Nelson was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

 

Jeannette H. "Mickey" Gerber, nee Fischer, 84, of Waterloo, died Jan. 2, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Aug. 25, 1934, in Waterloo. Her survivors include her brother Willis (Brenda) Fischer. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

 

Harvey F. Schaefer, 85, of Waterloo, died Jan. 18, 2019, in Waterloo. He was born April 29, 1933, in Waterloo, the son of the late Emil and Adelia (nee Anderson) Schaefer. Mr. Schaefer is survived by his wife, Marilynn (nee Wolff) Schaefer; children, Debbie Melliere, Tim (Sara) Schaefer, Dwight (Debbie) Schaefer, Karl (Paula) Schaefer and Angela (Tim) Foley; grandchildren, Shannon (Mike) Melliere-Krebel, Stephanie (Keith) Breitenstein, Jamie (Michael) Dugger, Josh (Lindsay) Schaefer, Rachel Howland, Kathleen Howland, Teryn (Mitchell) Gregson, Cole Schaefer, Alicia Pflueger, A.J. Pflueger, Joe Schaefer, Emma Schaefer, Kory Schaefer and Collin Schaefer; great-grandchildren, Mikayla Krebel, Caroline Krebel, Blair Breitenstein, Addison Dugger, Ashton Dugger, Lexi Dugger, Asher Dugger, Jayden, Kash and Damian; sister, Ruth Ann Meister; and sister-in-law, Gerry Schaefer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Clyde Schaefer; and brother-in-law, Vernon Meister. Mr. Schaefer is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo and was involved in various church organizations. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mr. Schaefer was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the American Cancer Society.

 

Frances K. Axley, nee Knewitz, 78, of Naples, Fla., formerly of New Athens and Waterloo, died Jan. 1., 2019 in Naples, Fla. She was born Jan. 5, 1940 in New Athens, the daughter of the late Daniel and Marguerite (nee Boeker) Knewitz. Mrs. Axley is survived by her children, Ryan (Jennifer) Axley of Staunton and Rachel (Mark) Kopp of Waterloo; grandchildren, Steven and Bailey Kopp, Preston Axley, Mike Mieure and Hope Henrion; a sister, Janet Knewitz of New Athens; brothers, Dan Knewitz of Florissant, Mo., and Charlie Knewitz of New Athens. Mrs. Axley was employed at Waterloo High School and then worked for 25 years as a guidance counselor in the New Athens School District. She spent many of her retirement years in Florida. Fran attended Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Naples, Fla. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 1, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at St. John UCC in New Athens. A funeral followed with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch and Rev. Ivan Horn officiating. Memorials may be made to the family.

 

Wilbert W. "Whip" Hesterberg, 100, of Maeystown, died Jan. 17, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born June 24, 1918 in rural Maeystown. The son of the late William and Ida (nee Trost) Hesterberg. Whip was raised on a rural Maeystown farm. Mr. Hesterberg is survived by his children, Shirley (Allen) Stafford, David (Lauren) Hesterberg, Dean (Charlotte) Hesterberg and Lynne (Randy) Hicks; son-in-law, Miguel Engbring; cousin, Imogene Yarbrough; 17 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Florence (nee Hoffmann) Hesterberg; a daughter, Kathleen Engbring; granddaughter, Jamie Lynne Hesterberg; sisters, Mildred Laub, Ardell Andres and Ida Kuergeleis; and brothers, Harold, Ralph and Earl Hesterberg; along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and cousins. Wilbert was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was active in the Valmeyer American Legion Post 901. He retired after more than 30 years with A&P Tea Co. of East St. Louis followed by 15 years at the Monroe County Nursing Home. Whip attended St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown. He was active throughout his life in Maeystown civic and club activities, including the Maeystown Civic Association, Maeystown Volunteer Firefighters and Maeystown Sportsman's Club. He would never miss a Maeystown Homecoming and had been a grand marshal of the event’s parade. Mr. Hesterberg enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, camping and having people guess his age. Nearly 700 family and friends attended his 100th birthday June 24, 2018 at Acorns Golf Links. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Hesterberg was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church, the Maeystown Civic Association (for playground equipment) or the Maeystown Preservation Society (Save The Bridge).

 

Doris L. Meister, nee Hesterberg, 90, of Waterloo, died Jan. 18, 2019, in Red Bud. She was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Fults, the daughter of the late Raymond and Frieda (nee Juelfs) Hesterberg. Mrs. Meister is survived by her children, Deborah L. (Bob) Barnes, Kent V. (Karen) Meister and Pamela R. (Terry) Rippelmeyer; grandchildren, Jesse Barnes, Amanda (Sean) Frenick, Joshua Rippelmeyer, Kate (Tanner) Springer, Eric Meister, Tristan (Karen) Rippelmeyer and Margret “Maggi” Rippelmeyer; great-grandchildren, Tyler Barnes, Grayson Frenick, Dane Barnes, Kamryn Barnes, Coen Frenick, Deacon Springer, Harper Rippelmeyer, Ryker Springer, Zara Rippelmeyer and Caylum Springer; sister, Lil Hohnbaum; sisters-in-law, Laverne Hesterberg and Shirley Hesterberg; and brother-in-law, Frederick Meister; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard A. Meister; and brothers, Vernon and Ray E. Hesterberg; along with sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Mrs. Meister attended St. John UCC in Maeystown, where she was active in the Women's Fellowship and the Consistory (president 1987-1988). Doris had retired from the Monroe County Nursing Home after 29 years of service. She went on to serve on the Monroe County Nursing Home Endowment Board. For many years Doris read to kindergarten children at Valmeyer Grade School, and she also helped with bingo at the nursing home. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC of Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Meister was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

 

Dorothea Eleanor Crook, nee Wilson, 98, of Waterloo, died Jan. 14, 2019, in Waterloo. She was born July 11, 1920, in College Corner, Ohio. Mrs. Crook is survived by her brother, Stanley (Fran) Wilson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Crook; parents, Elmer and Goldie (nee Weber) Wilson; brothers and sisters, Margaret (Floyd) Epp, Betty (Lyle) Crook, Jean (Earl) Candler, Jack (Judy) Wilson and Jim (Pat) Wilson. Mrs. Crook attended St. Patrick Catholic Church of Tipton. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tipton with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mrs. Crook was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

Charles J. Hopkins, 92, of Columbia, died Jan. 24, 2019. He was born Nov. 18, 1926, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Clyde and Teresa (nee Gribbin) Hopkins. Charlie married Evelyn (nee Theis) in 1948 in Granite City. In addition to his wife, Mr. Hopkins is survived by his sons, John (Margaret) Hopkins of Alton and James “Hoppy” Hopkins of Waterloo; daughter, Marie Hopkins of Columbia; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren, along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Boyce, Rose Ann Derfler, Mary Teresa Hopkins, Eileen Butler and Marilyn Mitchell; and brothers, Edward, Francis, Thomas and Raymond Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He had retired as an iron worker through Iron Workers' Local 392, where he had served for 21 years as financial secretary and treasurer. Charlie served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his service, his baseball skills allowed him to play in the St. Louis Browns organization for nine years. He retired from professional baseball in 1955 and returned to East St. Louis where he continued to play ball for many years. His fond memories and stories of his baseball career made for great listening. He was well-known for his many acts of kindness and he touched many lives. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Sherrer officiating. Mr. Hopkins was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

 

Lucille S. Rieso, 86, of Columbia, died Jan. 25, 2019 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born Aug. 27, 1932, in Manchester, Mo., the daughter of the late Armin and Mildred (nee Kuni) Schlemmer. Lucille married Ellard F. Rieso in 1950 in Columbia. He died in 2013. Mrs. Rieso is survived by her daughters, Karen (Richard) Neff and Kathy (Clancy) Richey; grandchildren, Amanda (Tony) Hummert, Zachary Neff, Cole Richey and Connor Richey. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Armin Schlemmer Jr. and Paul F. Schlemmer; and sister Violet E. Mees-Himsted. Lucille had retired from International Shoe Co., in St. Louis, Mo., where she managed the payroll department. Mrs. Rieso attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. She was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau, Monsanto Retirees Club Local 12 and the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Rieso was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

 

Robert M. Brandt, 95, of Waterloo, died Jan. 26, 2019. He was born Feb. 22, 1923, in Maeystown, the son of the late George and Rosa (nee Doerr) Brandt. Mr. Brandt is survived by his daughter, Sonja (Jerry) Giffhorn; grandson Neil (Rachel) Giffhorn; great-grandchildren Josephine Marguerite "Josie" Giffhorn and Robert William Giffhorn; brother Vernon Brandt; sisters-in-law Lucille Brandt and Dorothy Brandt; and brothers-in-law Ray Thiele and Lee Kinney; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite Ann (nee Thiele) Brandt; and brothers Elmer, Victor, George, Ralph and Virgil Brandt. Mr. Brandt attended St. John UCC of Maeystown and was retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Brandt was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

 

Beate Crowder, nee Steinhauer, 62, of Waterloo, died Jan. 12, 2019. She was born Dec. 16, 1956, in Germany. Her survivors include her sister, Brigitte Bullock; and brother, Kevin Steinhauer. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

 

Helen Mae H. Steahle, 91, of Columbia, formerly Cahokia, died Jan. 15, 2019. She was married to the late Robert G. Steahle Sr.; he died in 2005. Funeral arrangements were handled by Leesman Funeral Home.

 

Charles G Crook, 86, of Sun City, Ariz., formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 31, 2019. Mr. Crook is survived by his wife, Wilma (nee Hemmer) Crook; and children Debbie (Ray) Mirly, Steve (Patty) Crook and Ellen (Dave) Muskopf; along with other relatives and friends. He was the son of the late George and Alice (nee Kuhn) Crook. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

 

Carlos Wayne Propst, 69, of Columbia, died Jan. 28, 2019, peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was born May 22, 1949, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Howard and Rosalie (nee Bazzel) Propst. Mr. Propst is survived by his wife, LaVonna “Bonnie” (nee Bergadine) Propst; daughter, Rebecca “Becky” (Bill) Knobloch of Columbia; grandchildren Keagan (Sean Miller) Kristoff of Columbia, Kasey Kristoff of St. Louis, Mo., Kassidy Kristoff of Columbia and Kenzie (Hunter) Kirk of Fort Polk, La.; great-grandchildren Aurora Kristoff and Harper Kirk; and siblings Stan (Norma) Propst, of St. Louis, Mo., Brian (Glyn) Propst, of Arnold, Mo., Kurt (Carla) Propst of Queen Creek, Ariz., and Darla (Bud Lindsay) Crossin of Edwardsville; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Ruth Ann and Claude Robinson. Carlos proudly served as a police officer in Millstadt and Waterloo. He began his service as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Millstadt. Carlos also served as a defense tactic instructor and firearms instructor, achieving the level of expert marksmen. He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed target practice. Mr. Propst enjoyed outdoors, camping, hiking and singing. He attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Floraville. Carlos was a loving family man who will truly be missed by all who knew him. Visitation and funeral were at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home in Belleville with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Propst was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis or BJC Hospice.