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November 2020

Wilbert “Whip” Kohlmeier, 96, of Waterloo, died Nov. 4, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 26, 1924, in Wartburg. Mr. Kohlmeier is survived by his children, Ardis (Robert) Henerfauth of Waterloo, Dean (Susan) Kohlmeier of Waterloo and Aron (Myrna) Kohlmeier of Houston, Tex.; granddaughter Lindsey Kohlmeier of Houston, Tex.; cousins Florence Lenhardt of Waterloo and Leona Klein of Porta Westfalica, Germany; and sisters-in-law Irene Wentzel and Christa Wolf; along with nieces nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera L. Kohlmeier: parents Theodore and Sophia (nee Hohnbaum) Kohlmeier; sisters Lorena P. Lich and Audrey Hoffmann; and brothers Raymond Kohlmeier, Fremond Kohlmeier and Sylvester Kohlmeier. In his early years, Whip was raised in a German-speaking farm family in Wartburg. He learned English was attending the one-room school at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Waterloo. After eight years of studying in Wartburg, he moved on to a school in Waterloo – walking to and from class for a year. Mr. Kohlmeier taught his children to work hard, get enjoyment out of one's job, be respectful to others, and follow the golden rule. His family and friends were a treasure to him. He didn't complain much, frowned at gossiping, and always looked at the bright side. Whip loved a good clean story or joke. He was a happy guy full of joy, music and laughter. Mr. Kohlmeier loved farming, singing, and taking family vacations. His travels included 12 visits to Germany, allowing him to meet his Kohlmeier cousins. Wilbert and his wife Vera spearheaded Waterloo’s sister-cities partnership to Porta Westfalica, Germany, a town where many Waterloo citizens can trace ancestors. Mr. Kohlmeier was one of the founding members of the Kaskaskia Trail Chorus (The Barbershoppers). He attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Visitation and service were is Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Troup and Pastor Merritt Demski officiating. Mr. Kohlmeier was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Sister Cities of Portaloo, the Vera Kohlmeier Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Kaskaskia Trail Chorus. 

Eugenia Catherine Kemp, 82 years, of Columbia, died Nov. 15, 2020 at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Oct. 19, 1938, in Modoc, the daughter of the late Hank and Catherine (nee Derousse) Valleroy. Eugenia married Sylvester J. Kemp on June 10, 1961, in Columbia. He died Sept. 21, 2000. Mrs. Kemp is survived by her daughters, Denise Kemp of Columbia and Deborah (Drew) Boeker of Fenton, Mo.; grandchildren, Katie Grawitch, Irina Boeker, Dylan and Sydney Bullock, Alex and Emily Webb; grand-dog, Cinnamon; and sisters-in-law, Sharon Valleroy of Waterloo, Molly Valleroy of Athens, Ala., and Adeline Valleroy of Christopher. She was also preceded in death by her grandchild, Anton Boeker; and brothers, Charles Valleroy, Graden “Tom” Valleroy and Nathan Valleroy. Eugenia attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. She was a homemaker and babysitter, loving every moment with the small children that she provided care. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all services were private. Mrs. Kemp was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Helping Strays of Monroe County. 

Bradley S. Elliott Sr., 69, of Evansville, died Nov. 14, 2020 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 1, 1951, the son of the late Roy V. and Laura (nee Gray) Elliott. Bradley married Marian Salger on July 8, 1995 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Elliott is survived by his children, Bradley (Cheryl) Elliott Jr. of Cadmenton, Mo., Rebecca (Melvin) Ball of Byrnes Mill, Mo., Jeffrey (Jackie) Elliott of St. Louis, Mo., Tracy (John) Koch of Waterloo, Gina (Jon) Kingsley of Prairie du Rocher, Derek (Tiffany) Gregson of Waterloo and Brian Gregson of Waterloo; a sister, Valerie (Lindy) Holley of Columbia, Mo., mother-in-law, Bernice Salger of Red Bud; step-mother, Shirley Elliott of Granbury, Tex.; 14 grandchildren, Johnathan, Gabriella, Rachael, Jakob, Aubrey, Stella, Tyler, Josie, Jordyn, Caleb, Lane, Cash, Taryn and Andrew; and great-grandchild, Everleigh. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Edwin Salger. Mr. Elliott attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Prairie. A private graveside service will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo., with Pastor Matt Clark officiating. Memorials may be made to Songs 4 Soldiers. Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud is handling the arrangements. 

Mecy “Mickey” F. Doyle, nee Gillispie, 92, of Columbia, died Nov. 12, 2020, at Evelyn’s Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. She was born June 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Mo. Mickey married Ivan Doyle on Aug. 19, 1947. The couple were approaching 69 years of marriage at the time of Ivan’s death in 2016. Mrs. Doyle attended Bethany United Methodist Church. She was a seamstress and homemaker, as well as working alongside her husband as they built their State Farm agency. Mickey dedicated her life to taking care of her husband and children. She enjoyed spending time outdoors tending to her beautiful flowers, painting ceramics, visiting with friends, and spending time with her family. Mickey was an extraordinary wife, mother and granny. She was kind, loving, compassionate, selfless, hard-working, and had the patience of a saint, which her kids and husband tested to the limits. Her positive outlook on life was always full of gratitude and was very inspiring. Regardless of what she endured, her response was always, “it could have been worse.” Mrs. Doyle is survived by her children, Carolyn (Jim) Summers of St. Louis, Mo., Bruce (Susan) Doyle of Columbia and Tammy (Mark) Kohlenberger of Columbia; 10 grandchildren, Jeff Summers, Lisa Summers, Michael (Holly) Summers, Kari Doyle, Danielle (Kyle) Dudley, Alicia (Patrick) Oglesby, Bradley Doyle, Steve Doyle, Olivia Kohlenberger and Emily Kohlenberger; 11 great-grandchildren, Cierra Summers, Stephen Summers, Skylar Summers, Kayla (Buddy) Juenger, Drake Dudley, Chase Dudley, Caylie Oglesby, Taylor Oglesby, Peyton Oglesby, Bryce Doyle and Hudson Doyle; three great-great grandchildren, Jaden Juenger, William Juenger and Beckham Juenger; and brothers, Kenneth (Cheryl Francis) Gillispie, Donald (Barb) Gillispie and Bernie (Brenda) Gillispie; along with other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Emmett and Odelia Gillispie; a son, Dennis Doyle; sisters, Marie Bryant, Betty Bush, Bonnie Miller and Frances Laird; and brothers, Ray Gillispie, Charles Gillispie and Jimmy Gillispie. Due to covid, private services will be at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Summers officiating. Mrs. Doyle will be buried at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to Evelyn’s House in St. Louis or the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Evola M. Niermann, 93, of Columbia, died Nov. 11, 2020 at Oak Hill Nursing Home after struggling with various medical impairments, including covid-19. She was born in Roots, the daughter of the late Ralph and Elizabeth (nee Barbeau) Bersche. Evola married Earl F. Niermann on May 30, 1955, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Modoc. Mrs. Niermann is survived by her children, Dennis (Cindy) Niermann, Jean Schneider, Joan (David) May and Tom (Roo) Niermann; grandchildren Michael Schneider, Bradley Schneider, Stacie (Josh) Winsor, Stephanie (Jesse) Wells, Heather (Jeff) Haare, Angela May, Alex Niermann, Ryan Niermann, Nicole Niermann and Gabriella Niermann; great-grandchildren Owen and McKenna Haare and Weston and Cameron Wells; sister Norma (Dan) Brauch; and brothers Robert (Elizabeth) Niermann and Kenneth (Barb) Niermann. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Eula Bersche. Mrs. Niermann attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she was active in the Altar Sodality and the Quilters. Evola was a beloved wife and mother who was known for the care and planning that she put into family meals. Evola was an ancestral history buff who compiled and organized information into about 750 pages of family history books and other documents. She always put the interests of others, and especially her family, before herself. Due to covid, all services will be private. Mrs. Niermann will be buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church - Building Fund. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. 

Jimmy A. McVey, 53, of Bolingbrook, died Nov. 7, 2020, in a motorcycle accident in Covington, Ind. He graduated from Waterloo High School in 1985 and went on to receive a master’s degree in finance and become a CPA. Jimmy is survived by his wife of 24 years, Magaly (nee Dean) McVey; children Carlos, Fallon, James, Magi Rose, Michayla and Sarah; parents James (Rose) McVey and Connie McVey; siblings Kim McVey, Gina Gonzalez, Kelly McVey, Heaven Geist and Anthony McVey; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Magaly and Fidel Dean; and sisters-in-law Teri (Tony) Dorta and Odalis (Aaron) FitzPatrick; along with nieces and nephews. Visitation and ervice were at McCauley-Sullivan Funeral Home in Bolingbrook. Jimmy will be buried with military honors at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (date to be determined). Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. 

Victoria "Vickie" (Kostecki) Stone, 74, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 at Mercy South Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Vickie was born on June 21, 1946. She was the fifth of 10 children of Michael and Anna (Kuper) Kostecki. She graduated from Hancock High School in 1964. Following graduation, she married the love of her life, John Stone, in 1965 and moved to North County. She worked for Schnucks Markets for over 25 years. Her last store was the Oakville location where she lived before moving to Columbia. Vickie and John lived in Columbia for 14 years before moving to Waterloo in 2007. Vickie loved her family and grandchildren, church on Sunday at Christ Community Lutheran Church, lunch with her best friends in faith, working in the yard and shopping. She was a kind, selfless soul loved by everyone who was fortunate to have met her. Mrs. Stone is survived by her husband of 55 years, John Stone; daughters Tracey (Stan) Middleton), Michelle Stone and Dana (Robert) Cronin; brothers Mike (Joan) Kostecki and Steve (Connie) Kostecki; sisters Dorothy (Robert) Golden, Delores Richardson and Donna (Ron) Hannigan; sisters-in-law Barbara Kostecki and Jeri Kostecki; and grandchildren Haleigh Altvater (Brad), grandson Kollin Cronin and granddaughter, London Cronin; along with nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Thomas (Joyce) Kostecki, Robert (Margaret) Kostecki, Raymond Kostecki and David Kostecki. A service of remembrance was Nov. 14, with family in Columbia. The service was streamed over the Christ Community Lutheran Church YouTube site. Memorials may be made to Christ Community Lutheran Church, St. Jude's or the American Heart Association.

Carol M. Altvater, 90, of Waterloo, formerly of St. Louis, Mo., died Nov. 9, 2020 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born Aug. 4, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Roy and Dolly (nee Eckert) Knoll. Carol married William A. Altvater on Dec. 28, 1957, in St. Louis, Mo. He died in 2000. When she was younger, Carol was active in Job's Daughters. She was an avid reader and loved jigsaw puzzles. Being a homemaker, family outings, and mothering to her son and grandchildren were her life’s passions. Mrs. Altvater is survived by her son, David (Peggy) Altvater of Columbia; grandchildren, Zach Altvater of Columbia, Anne (Kevin Dossett) Voelker of Columbia, Brad (Haleigh) Altvater of St. Louis, Mo., Brian (Erica) McDermott of Columbia, IL, Kelly (Mitchell) Bell of Acworth, GA, and Patrick (Megan) McDermott of Columbia; great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Wesley, Lucy, Chloe, Riley, Janie, Wyatt, Sloan, Brooke and Maddox; brother-in-law, Paul Altvater; and sister-in-law, Chris Altvater. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Fay (Earl) McBride, Velda (Sparks) Wren and Arline (Skip) Kuepfert; sister-in-law, Shirley (Rick) Ricklin; and brother-in-law, Harold (Shirley) Altvater. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all services will be private. Mrs. Altvater will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis or Susan G. Koman For The Cure. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

Martha Adele Travis, nee Quernheim, 82, originally from Waterloo, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Elk River, Minn. Martha earned her nursing degree from the Deaconess College of Nursing in St. Louis in 1958 and dedicated herself to supporting the health care and senior living community in her adopted hometown. After moving to Elk River in 1963, Martha dedicated her life to supporting the family, friends and neighbors she loved so dearly. As an avid outdoors woman, Martha was always happiest on the water. Whether leading houseboating adventures in Voyagers National Park, fishing with “Martha’s Marauders,” traveling the world or spending time with her kids and grandkids at the cabin, Martha could always be found with a smile on her face and love in her heart. She was simply unsinkable. Mrs. Travis is survived by her children, Karen Moberg (Peter), Jeff Travis (Karen) and John Travis (Sara); grandchildren Aaron, Jenna, Emily, Amanda and Emma; her great grandchildren Zoe and Walter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Richard Travis; sister Lucile Quernheim; and parents, Albert and Amanda Quernheim. Visitation was Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Dare Funeral Home in Elk River, Minn. A private graveside service followed. Memorials may be made to the Guardian Angels Senior Services. 

Raymond "Butch" Phillips Jr., 80, of Waterloo, died Nov. 5, 2020, at his home with his family at his bedside. He was born March 23, 1940 in Valmeyer. Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife of 59 years, Connie (nee Morefield) Phillips; his son Tim (Mary) Phillips; grandchildren Chris (Tara) Phillips and Eric (Lindsey) Phillips; great-grandchildren Phoenix, Maliyah and Xandric Phillips; a great-great-granddaughter, Katalina Phillips; and sisters Pat Todd and Wanda Harr; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Rosaline (nee Plage) Phillips. During Butch’s life he served in the Army, enjoyed family, camping, fishing and riding his Harley. He is retired from the Waterloo School District. Butch always said what he meant and meant what he said. He lived life with the thought: Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a well-preserved body, but rather thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “WOW...... what a ride.” A private family service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. 

Dorothy C. Brandt, nee Thiele, 94, of Maeystown, died Nov. 15, 2020, in New Athens. She was born April 12, 1926, in Valmeyer. Mrs. Brandt is survived by her children Lloyd R. Brandt and Luann (Dale) Walsh; sons-in-law William (Carol) Roseman and Orval Rodenberg; grandchildren Susan, David, Michael and Pamela (Scott Epping) Roseman, Gwen (Paul) Wilson, Gary (Caroline) Rodenberg, Brad (Ali) Buettner, Randy (Jennifer) Buettner, Kevin (Nikki Mathews) Buettner and John (Connie Jones) Hern; several great -grandchildren; brothers Ray (Gladys) Thiele and Lee (Alicia) Kinney; brother-in-law Vernon Brandt; and sister-in-law Doris Stamm; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Brandt; daughters Louise Roseman and Lynne Rodenberg; parents William H. Thiele and Charles and Maria (nee Schwing) Kinney; sister Marguerite Ann Brandt; and sister-in-law Hilda Thiele. Dorothy life was devoted to giving back to the community. She was a member of the Waterloo VFW Auxiliary (50+ years), American Legion Auxiliary (Waterloo and Columbia, 60+ years), Maeystown Women's Fellowship (50+ years), St. John United Church of Christ - Maeystown, Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, Hoyleton Hike and Bike Walk-A-Thon, New Athens Home Volunteer and Board, Illinois South Conference Delegate (35+ years), Maeystown Civic Association (past Parade Grand Marshal), Maeystown Preservation Society and Afghans For Project Linus. For her dedicated service, she was named the Volunteer of the Year for the Monroe County RSVP and also with Hoyleton Youth and Family Services. Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 19, from 4 p.m., to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Private family services will be held with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Brandt will be buried at the St. John Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to Hoyleton Youth and Family Services or the Maeystown Civic Association. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

October 2020

Ellen Kuergeleis, nee Altes, 95, of Waterloo, died Nov. 8, 2020, in Red Bud. She was born Oct. 19, 1925, in Wartburg. Mrs. Kuergeleis is survived by her children, Thomas H. (Susan) Kuergeleis and Bonnie (Steve Thom) Kuergeleis; grandchildren Amy (Joshua) Mistler, Jennifer Kuergeleis, Amanda (Matthew) Buhr and Caleb (Amber) Thom; great-grandchildren Molly Mistler, Jameson Mistler, Meredith Mistler, Margaret Buhr, Mary Buhr and Charlotte Buhr; and sister Melba Asselmeier; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold L. Kuergeleis; parents Sylvestor and Amanda (nee Nagel) Altes; and brother Vernon Altes. Mrs. Kuergeleis attended St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown. Private family services will be held. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church.

James E. Toenjes, 82, of Bonne Terre, Mo., formerly of Columbia, passed away Oct. 20, 2020 at St. Joe Manor in Bonne Terre. He was born June 25, 1938 in Belleville, the son of the late Arthur and Louise (nee Saul) Toenjes. Jim married Carol (Arras) Toenjes on Sept. 20, 1958 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Toenjes is survived by his children Tammy (John) Davis, Tom (Jan) Toenjes, Tim Toenjes, Terri (Stephen) Dougherty, Tracy Toenjes (Steven Arras) and Toni (Ricky) Becker; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother Jay (Deanna) Toenjes; and sister-in-law Barbara (Schon) Toenjes. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Jack Toenjes; sister Jean Marie Metter; brother-in-law Clem Metter; and grandson Nicholas Davis. Jim was a great ball player and horseshoe thrower. He loved fishing, mushroom hunting and gardening. Mr. Toenjes served with the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years. He was employed through the Teamsters for 38 years. Jim was a member of the Columbia Knights of Columbus. He was loved by all. No formal services will be held per the family’s request. Memorial donations may be made to Serenity Hospice Care in Park Hills, Mo., or the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. C.Z. Boyer and Son Funeral Home in Bonne Terre is handling the arrangements. in Columbia.

Lyle A. Wessel, 80, of rural Waterloo, went to his heavenly reward Oct. 20, 2020, in Waterloo. His family was at his bedside. Lyle was born May 24, 1940, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Helmuth and Alma (nee Wild) Wessel. He was a gentle, kind soul, loved by everyone who was fortunate to have met him. Lyle’s His first love was farming; he loved and cared for the land. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and all who knew him. Mr. Wessel is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann (nee Heine) Wessel; sister LuAnne (Leonard) Roy; sisters-in-law, Verona (Melvin) Schwartz and Rita (Les) Deterding; and brother-in-law Vernon (Irene) Heine; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Delbert and Ginny Heine, Arthur and Dorothy Georgen, and Ardell and Jean Heine. Mr. Wessel graduated from Waterloo High School and Belleville Area College. He then served in U.S. Army Reserves where he was a member of the Army Band. After his military service, Lyle went back to his family farm. In addition to his daily duties, he was dedicated to serving his community. Mr. Wessel was always involved in some organization to better the lives of others. He was a member of Jaycees 1962-1976, the Monroe County Fair Association for 54 years (former presidents and vice-president, along with 15 years as secretary, one year as treasurer, and in charge of renting buildings for storage). Another organization he focused was the Waterloo Fire Protection District, where he served more than 40 years as a trustee (secretary of treasury). He was also a member of the Monroe County Gateway FS since 1987, Monroe County Farm Bureau (past treasurer, secretary, vice-president and president), the Soybean Check-Off Board (treasurer and secretary) Illinois Soybean Association (director for 12 years), Zoar UCC Consistory, and the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District. Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Monday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. at Zoar UCC with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mr. Wessel will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover, the Zoar UCC Cemetery or Heartland Hospice.

Dorothy C. Hoock, nee Mueller, 86, of Columbia, died Oct. 27, 2020 at de Greef Hospice House in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 17, 1934, in Valmeyer. Dorothy married Ralph A. Hoock on Feb. 25, 1978, in New Hanover. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Hoock attended Hope Christian Church in Columbia, where she had been active with the food pantry. Dorothy had retired as a marketing representative with Southwestern Bell in St. Louis, Mo. In her free time, she enjoyed traveling, gardening, playing the piano, and visiting with family and friends. Mrs. Hoock is survived by her sons Roger (Mary) Hoock of Dupo, Allen (Perri) Hoock of Waterloo and Curt (Laurie) Hoock of Tilden; and nephews, David (Joelle) Bowen of Columbia and Jeff (Heather) Bowen of Columbia; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Wilmer P. and Lula I. (nee Maycroft) Mueller; and sister, Diane Bowen. A Memorial Service will be Saturday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m., at Hope Christian Church. A private inurnment will follow at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Hope Christian Church Food Pantry. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Dolores J. Bovinette, nee Mandeville, 92, of Columbia, died Oct. 17, 2020 in Columbia. She was born Aug. 5, 1928 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Herman and Teresa (nee Murphy) Mandeville. Delores was a loving woman and caregiver, as well as an avid seamstress. In her free time, she enjoyed playing bingo, doing puzzles, crossword puzzles, and watching her beloved St. Louis Cardinals. Dolores earned her GED in 1983, graduating the same year as her granddaughter Annette. Mrs. Bovinette was an Avon lady for several years and because of her personal commitment and dedication, she earned her way to the Avon President's Club. She loved selling Avon and made many friends along that journey. Delores also was devoted to her family, attending their events, especially her great-grandson Robert Bland's football games. One of her proudest moments was, at the age of 91, attending Robert’s graduation from Triad High School. In her later years, Mrs. Bovinette’s family appreciated the care provided by her friends, Janet and Janice. Mrs. Bovinette is survived by a daughter, Susan “Suzie” Bovinette. Susan provided the love, care and attention to all her mother’s needs which allowed Dolores to remain in the comfort of her own home. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Annette (Steve) Bland of Troy, Douglas (Kim) Lecato of Michigan, and Richard Bovinette of Michigan; five great-grandchildren, Alexa, Morgan, Ricky, Antonio and Robert; seven great-great grandchildren; and dedicated neighbors, Scott Rachaels and Carol Helmkamp. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bovinette Sr.; a son, Charles Bovinette Jr.; a daughter, Gloria Jean Lecato; son-in-law, Ray Lecato; brother, James Mandeville; and sister, Shirley Mayfield. Per Dolores’ wishes, cremation rites were accorded. A committal service will be held in the spring of 2021 at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County, Vitas Hospice or the Columbia American Legion Post 581.

June Marie Caesar, 91, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died Oct. 24, 2020 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born Oct. 9, 1929, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Roy and Melba (nee Boucher) Feldmeier. June married Charles J. Caesar on June 18, 1949, in Belleville. The couple were approaching 70 years of marriage at the time of Charles' death. A loving and kind wife, mother and grandmother, June was a homemaker who dedicated her life to taking care of her husband and children. She was a voracious reader of novels, an avid walker. Mrs. Caesar took up the sport of golf later in life. Mrs. Caesar is survived by her daughters, Karen Waterman of Waterloo and Nancy (Keith) Connelly of Waterloo; grandchildren, Cara (Wayne) Pulcher, Christopher (Pat) Fassel, Casey (Justin) Maurice and Samantha (Jarrett) Williams; and 10 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Scott Caesar; daughter, Michele “Shelly” Fassel; sisters, Shirley Morris and JoAnn Ray; brother, Wayne Nevois; and son-in-law, Norman Waterman Jr. Visitation is Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Caesar will be buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Care Center Activity / Garden Fund.

Pauline M. Greatting, 93, of Columbia, passed away Oct. 13, 2020 at Integrity Health Care of Columbia. She was born March 8, 1927, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Paul and Hester (nee Plate) Heumann. Pauline married Marvin W. Greatting on Oct. 2, 1949, in Red Bud; he passed July 20, 2010. Mrs. Greatting is survived by her sons Richard (Namiko) Greatting of San Diego, Calif., Allen (Julie) Greatting of Jefferson, Ga., Mark (Starlin) Greatting of Springfield and David (Julie) Greatting of Columbia; grandchildren Chris (Becky) Greatting, Chris Milkert, Kevin Milkert, Heather (Kyle) Greatting, Hillary (Jason) Greatting, Zachary (Julia) Greatting, Joel (Savannah) Greatting and Reed Greatting; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Long. Mrs. Greatting attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia. She was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Ladies Auxiliary, the Columbia High School Eagles Booster Club and the Waterloo Country Club. Many folks will remember Marvin and Pauline owning and operating the Greatting's Market on Main St. in Columbia from 1957 to 1989, when they both transitioned to the Columbia Centre Market Place. Pauline continued to work there for more than 20 years, retiring at the age of 83. For over 30 years, Pauline was a warm and friendly Avon saleswoman. She also was a seamstress for herself, her grandchildren, and the church’s Comforts of Love Sewing Group and the Quilting Ladies. Mrs. Greatting volunteered as a Cub Scout den mother and many other community interests. She loved dancing with Marvin, league bowling, playing golf, and watching sports, especially the games of her children and grandchildren. Pauline enjoyed traveling to Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Japan, Nova Scotia-Canada and San Diego to visit with family. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all services will be private. Mrs. Greatting will be buried at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Bruce A. Soehnlin, 81, of Columbia, died Oct. 16, 2020 at Mercy Hospital South. He was born Oct. 5, 1939, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Bernard A., and Julia Mae (nee Moffitt) Soehnlin. Bruce married Marjorie (nee Deschamp) Soehnlin on Aug. 22, 1964, in East St. Louis. She passed in 1993. Mr. Soehnlin is survived by daughters Sherri (Rodney) Duffy of Waterloo and Dawne (Jim) Hirsbrunner of Castle Rock, Colo.; son, Thomas (Terri) Soehnlin of Columbia; sister, Sharon (Sam) Stimmel of Columbia; grandchildren, Jessica (Jeremy) Veath, Tony Soehnlin, Joe Hirsbrunner and Nick Hirsbrunner; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Ethan, Dominic and Emma. Bruce had retired from the Monsanto Corp. He was always civic-minded and charitable with his time and had been very active with the Columbia Jaycees, Columbia Lions Club, Columbia Sportman's Club, Meals On Wheels, the Lupus Foundation (former board member), the American Cancer Society - Relay For Life, HIS KIDS of Highland (where he oversaw the fishing program) and the Columbia Gymnastic Association. Mr. Soehnlin had served in the U.S. Army, and the Army Reserves. “Mr. Bass” was an avid fisherman who wet his line whenever he had spare time. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all services will be private. Mr. Soehnlin will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of Missouri.

Joan P. Zoeller, 87, of Columbia, died Oct. 13, 2020 at Mercy Hospital South. She was born Sept. 24, 1933, in Columbia, the daughter of the late John and Louise (nee Reichmann) Frank. Joan married James M. Zoeller on Oct. 5, 1952. He had passed away Dec. 24, 2014. Mrs. Zoeller is survived by her son, Michael (Debra) Zoeller; daughter, Kathy (Ken Raede) Zoeller; grandchildren, Kara (Aash) Desai, Ryan (Bridget) Zoeller and Zachary Zoeller; and great-grandchildren, Quinn and Max Zoeller. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by sisters Dorothy E. (Emil) Koch, Doris (Harry) Stelmach and Delores (Fred) Nottmeier. Mrs. Zoeller attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. She had worked at Famous Barr in St. Louis, Mo., and volunteered her time at the Columbia Nursing Home. Joan enjoyed gardening and crafts in her spare time, and was especially fond of her cats, Sammy and Alex. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all services will be private. Mrs. Zoeller will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Ralph Owen Hill Jr., 83, of Waterloo, died Oct. 9, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born July 28, 1937, in Naylor, Mo. Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Dorothy (nee Crouch) Hill; children Dana (Kim) Hill, Randy (Cynthia) Hill and Robin (Chris) Prombo; grandchildren Miranda Hill, Jay (Katie) Prombo and Scott Prombo; and great-grandchildren Austin Hill and Alivia Hill. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Dorothy (nee Carnal) Hill Sr. Mr. Hill served in the U.S. Army – Airborne and had retired from Baldwin Power Plant. He was a former member of the First Baptist Church - Red Bud. Ralph enjoyed teaching country western dancing. Private services will be held with a Celebration of Life at a later date. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Mr. Hill will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Maureen Ruth Mueller, 63, of Columbia, died Oct. 15, 2020, in Columbia. She was born Aug. 25, 1957, in Red Bud. Miss Mueller is survived by her brothers Willis (Peggy) Mueller, Glen (Gale) Mueller, Brian (Karen) Mueller and Allen (Michelle) Mueller; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert L. Jr. and Shirley E. (nee Gruenewald) Mueller; and grandparents Herbert and Alma Mueller and Walter and Mathilda Gruenewald. Maureen was a member of the Monroe County Council For The Handicapped. She enjoyed spending time with family, playing games and puzzles, her animals, coloring books, singing and music. Services will be private. Miss Mueller will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Council For The Handicapped or St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia.

Donald "Don" Julius Barlow, 92, of Columbia, died Friday Oct. 9, 2020 at his home. He was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Columbia, the son of the late Bertram Barlow and Edna (nee Coulter) Daab. Don married Marian Sue (nee Greenlee) Barlow on Aug. 3, 1985. In addition to his wife, Mr. Barlow is survived by his daughter, Stacy (Tim) McKenzie of Fenton, Mo.; grandchildren, Sara Carr and Kelly Carr; step-grandchild, Jordan McKenzie; and nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Johnny Daab: a brother-in-infancy, Ralph Barlow; and sisters, Marjorie O'Brien and Ruth Jackson. Mr. Barlow was a graduate of Columbia High School. He retired in 1998 at age of 70 as an investment advisor for A.G. Edwards & Co. Don began his career in the financial service industry with Investors Diversified Services (IDS) and also owned and operated Bert's Tavern in downtown Columbia. As a teenager, Mr. Barlow worked at his stepfather's drug store and as a "printer's devil" at the Clarion Printing Co. When he was two years old, Don's life was dramatically altered as a result of a broken leg in a fall. He underwent extensive treatment that saved his leg at Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis. This injury began a life-long connection with the hospital and Shriners. He was among the founders 43 years ago of the Rotary District 6510’s Belize Children's Program. Don remained active in the treatment program facilitated by the hospital until his death. Mr. Barlow was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and a long-time member of the Columbia Rotary Club and later the Belle-Clair Rotary. He was a dedicated member of the Waterloo Country Club, where he served on the board of directors as membership chairman and published a book on the club's history. The club's annual golf championship match play is named in his honor. Despite walking with a distinct limp because of his childhood injury, Mr. Barlow refrained from accepting any kind of special accommodation, especially the use of handicapped parking spaces. He was active in sports throughout his life, participating in baseball, basketball, golf, tennis and bowling. In retirement, he enjoyed fly fishing and annual trips to Montana. He was a loyal member and supporter of the St. Louis Browns Fan Club and was featured in a commemorative video about the team. A lover of big band jazz music, Mr. Barlow served as the host of a jazz radio show on KDHX-FM radio. He was especially fond of Stan Kenton's music, and had attended numerous jazz festivals. Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral followed with Tim McKenzie officiating. Mr. Barlow was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children or the Belize Children's Program, c/o Merilyn Hogan, 819 Drury Ave., Carbondale. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

Rebecca A. "Becky" Roschnafsky, nee Hern, 66, of Waterloo, died Oct. 1, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born June 23, 1954, in Red Bud. Mrs. Roschnafsky is survived by her husband Kurt Roschnafsky; son Ryan (Hanna) Roschnafsky; grandson Gerard Roschnafsky; sister Patricia Lenhardt; godchild Logan Rethwiesch; and sister-in-law Joyce (Dan) Parsons; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Estelle (nee McClone) Hern; son Joel Roschnafsky; and brother Staton Hern. Becky was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and beloved aunt. Mrs. Roschnafsky attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. She previously worked for Dr. Winkler, Cardiology Consultants, and Orthopedic Surgeons. Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 4, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Rev. Dan Ostlund officiating. Mrs. Roschnafsky was buried at the Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery in Wartburg. Memorials may be made to Life Network or the Holy Cross Cemetery Fund.

Roland H. Gantt, 96, of Columbia, died Oct. 6, 2020, in Columbia. He was born July 5, 1924, in Spokane, Wash. Roland married Dixie Lee (nee Curtis) Gantt in Columbia on Jan. 19, 2003. In addition to his wife, Mr. Gantt is survived by daughters, Kelly Meaux of Palm Desert, Calif., Kim (David Miles) Wood of San Diego, Calif., Merri (Bob Lugo) Harding of San Diego, Calif., and Lori (Skip) Weber of Columbia; grandchildren, Christopher Meaux, Ryan Wood, Brittany (Casey) Angst, George Weber V, and Jordan Weber; great-grandchildren, Penny and Harvey; sister, Loydell (David) Johansing of Placerville, Calif.; and nieces, Sara (Tony) Soto of Torrence, Calif., and Rayona Geyer of Redding, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Hope (nee Raymond); and brothers, Raymond Lee Gantt and William James Gantt. Roland was born in 1924 in Washington State, and moved to Southern California at an early age. He graduated from Antelope Valley High near Palmdale and Lancaster, just north of Los Angeles in 1942. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Gantt enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to the Pacific Theater. He was the leader of a group of gunners that were assigned to protect an Indonesian merchant vessel from the Japanese through an agreement between the U.S. and Indonesian governments. While performing these duties, the ship was torpedoed and Roland and many of the crew spent 21 days adrift before being rescued. After the war, Mr. Gantt pursued a handful of jobs before forming his own trucking company that specialized in hauling houses across the country. This trucking experience led him to a job with a fledgling company - UPS, first as a driver, then a supervisor, followed by a driving instructor. Soon, Roland was assigned the job of traveling the country and opening new branches of the expanding company. Mr. Gantt retired in the late 90s but remained plugged into UPS for the rest of his life. Roland loved to watch movies, go out to eat, and attend fundraisers and other events. One of his greatest passions was travel, and he journeyed extensively to all inhabited continents, seeing the sites, and diving into the history and cultures. He remained very faithful to his country and the military and was honored with a trip on the Honor Flight where he visited the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, with former Vice President and Senator Bob Dole. Roland loved to say, “Never waste a day.” In over 96 years, he didn’t waste very many of them. Visitation and visitation were Oct. 10 at The Falls Reception and Conference Center in Columbia; Pastor Ron Sweet officiated followed by a luncheon. Entombment will take place Oct. 17, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, Calif. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

Richard P. Cullen, 73, of Columbia, died Oct. 2, 2020, after a battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 11, 1947, in Belleville, the son of the late Leonard G. and Lucille H. (nee Matheis) Cullen. Rich married Darlene (nee Woodcock) Cullen on Sept. 25, 1971, at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia. Richard was widely known in the area for more than 50 years as a talented musician with several bands, including his Dynamic Combo. He was known for his ability on accordion, but he could dazzle on several instruments. Through the years, Cullen taught hundreds of students, leaving a legacy of generations of musicians. He owned and operated Cullen Music Studio in Columbia. Rich attended Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6165. In addition to his wife, Mr. Cullen is survived by his son, Jeffrey (Holly) Cullen; grandchildren, Lena, Kadi, Brody and Christian Cullen; sister, Virginia (Ted) Cruz; brother, Larry (Barbara) Cullen; and nieces, Maria, Joanna and Stephanie. Visitation was Friday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral followed with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Cullen will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Music Fund. 

George Raymond Naumann, 92, of Columbia, died Oct. 6, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. He was born May 6, 1928, in Modoc. George married Irma (nee Long) Naumann in Aug. 20, 1949, at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia. In 1986, George retired as a vice president with Craftsman Industries in St. Louis, Mo. He then established Naumann Woodworking and Supply in Columbia with his son, Bruce. George was a self-taught master woodworker. During his time there, he was most proud of refurbishing the iconic Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale Beer Wagons. Growing up, George played in the Dooley's Tavern softball league. George and Irma were members of the original Strassenfest Singers and Dancers. His most cherished times were spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Naumann attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Men's Choir, Knights of Columbus - George R. Kutterer Council 6165, Columbia Rotary Club (former president) and a former coach with the Columbia Khoury League. In addition to his wife, Mr. Naumann is survived by his children, Dennis (Tina Swanson) Naumann of Tuscon, Ariz., Lynn (Don) Casey of Ballwin, Mo., Kathy (Michael) Robinson of Sparta, Melissa (Tom) Lantsberger of Columbia, Bruce (Susan) Naumann of Columbia, Kelly (Mike) Feichtinger of Columbia and Angela Bueltemann of Columbia; grandchildren, Andre' (Naomi) Naumann of Victoria, BC., Heather Vehige of Spokane, Wash., Camille (Steve) Lynch of Prescott, Ariz., Meredith (Jim Stevenson) Brengle of London, UK., Erin (Joe) Muller of University City, Mo., Jonathon Lantsberger of St. Louis, Mo., Sarah Lantsberger of Edwardsville, Patrick Lantsberger of Springfield, Mo., Katie Lantsberger of Columbia, Tiffani (Sam) Haag, Alyse (Sean Westermeyer) Albrecht, Maia Feichtinger and Jack Feichtinger, all of Columbia, Madison Bueltemann of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Molly Bueltemann and Hayden Bueltemann, both of Columbia; and great-grandchildren, Jared (Becca Abrams), Abby, Caleb, Emily, Curtis, Bradey, Ian, Hailey, Mady, Claire, Colten, Landen, Lucas, Sylas and Lorelei; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, George A. and Hilda B. (nee Vogt) Naumann; grandson, Jacob Naumann; granddaughter, Andrea Erickson; sisters, Mae Naumann (in infancy), Dorothy (Eugene) Schoenhoff, Lucille (Herman) Langsdorf, Melba (Charlie) Koons and Thelma (Julius) Straub; and son-in-law, Tom Erickson. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Naumann was buried at the church cemetery. The funeral was streamed over the Immaculate Conception YouTube site. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund or to the Knights of Columbus - Council 6165. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

Gabriel I. Suchman, 92, of Columbia, died Oct. 3, 2020 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born May 8, 1928, in Ava, the son of the late John and Mary (nee Shields) Suchman. Gabe married Vivian (nee Morris) Suchman on May 8, 1953, in Ava; she died July 20, 2013. Mr. Suchman had been employed through Iron Workers - Local 396, in St. Louis, Mo. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Gabe had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581. Gabe and Vivian enjoyed the outdoors and fishing together over the years at their Potosi Lake house. He loved his time with the kids and grandkids. When it came to sports, Mr. Suchman rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for had formerly rooted for the football Cardinals until their departure in 1987. Mr. Suchman is survived by his son, Randy (Elizabeth) Suchman of Belleville; daughter, Brenda (Marvin) Denison of Columbia; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary H. Walker of Warrenton, Mo. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by brothers John, James, Leslie, Paul, Wayne, Simon and Robert Suchman; and sister, Kathryn Suchman. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, all services were private. Mr. Suchman was buried at Ava-Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church - Building Fund or masses. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Wylma M. Wachtel, nee Huntington, 84, of Hecker, died Oct. 10, 2020, surrounded by her daughters and husband, in Hecker. She was born April 30, 1936, in Kansas City, Kan. Mrs. Wachtel is survived by her husband, Delmar A. Wachtel; children Cathi (Brian) Schmieg and Janet (Bob) Hayes; grandchildren Cody (Justin) Rohlfing, Autumn (fiance Nate Ruebke) Gleich, Jonathon (Jess) Hayes, Tyler (fiance Kayla) Hayes and Matthew Hayes; great-grandchildren Trey Rohlfing, Breck Rohlfing, and Oaklee Ruebke; and brother Robert Huntington of Jefferson, Colo. She was preceded in death by her siblings Leroy Huntington, Virgil H. Huntington, Lindy Huntington, Charles Huntington, Darrel Huntington, Boyd Huntington and Darlene Thomas; and son-in-law Mikel Gleich. Mrs. Wachtel attended St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, where she was active in the Blessed Virgin Alter Sodality (former officer), Quilters, former Extraordinary Minister, Church Choir, and stand and indoor bingo chairman at Kirchenfest. Wilma was also a member of the Hecker Community Center. Her life was dedicated to her family and the community of Hecker. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her world. Visitation is Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m., at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church with Father Linus Umoren officiating. Mrs. Wachtel will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church. 

Robert "Bob" G. Korvas died Oct. 11, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (nee Waddell) Korvas. Mr. Korvas was the loving father of the late Carol Jane (Paul M.) Graham and Craig R. Korvas; grandfather of Paul (Ashley), Mark and Michael (Jocelyn) Graham and Melissa (Tyler) Olson. Stepfather of Monika (Bernard) Coballis and Anna (John Guatelli) Arft. Step-grandfather of Jake Arft Guatelli. Great-grandfather of Carolyne, Bryce, Paxton, Emma and Georgia Jane Graham. Brother of the late Shirley J. Novak (William) Fischer. Dear uncle, great-uncle, cousin, brother-in-law and friend of many. Private visitation was at Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory in Ballwin, Mo. Mr. Korvas was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ in Manchester, Mo., or the American Parkinson Disease Association. 

Adrian Charles Crook, 82, died Oct. 12, 2020 at home following a brave fight with lymphoma. He was born Sept. 3, 1938 in Red Bud, the son of the late Albert E. and Elsie E. (nee Harsey) Crook. Adrian married Marcella C. Wennmacher on June 16, 1962 after meeting at the University of Illinois. In addition to his wife, Mr. Cook is survived by his children Teresa M. Crook (Eric Frahm) of Frankenmuth, Mich., Monica A. (Michael) Venneberg of Colona, Michael E. Crook (Nyree Lensch) of Waterloo, Andrew C. Crook (Bich Ngoc Pham) of Waterloo, Steve D. Crook of Amboy, Aleta L. (William) Lynch of Urbana, Kevin J. Crook of Waterloo, David P. Crook of Loveland, Colo., Loretta R. (Tony) Martins of Jerome, Idaho, and Regina E. Crook of Manchester, Mo.; grandchildren Timothy, Bryce and Lance Frahm, Cynthia (Phil) Durdan, Raymond, William, Nathan and Joseph Venneberg, Oscar, Orion and Olive Earhart, Toby, Ty and Tara Martins; and Ethan Santiago; and brothers and sister Donald E. (Mary) Crook of O'Fallon, Mo., Laverne (Phil) Millevolte of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Eugene J. (Louise) Crook of Austin, Tex.; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mr. Crook honorably served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For more than 40 years, he was an active parishioner of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Tipton, serving as trustee for many years. Mr. Cook helped his parents on the farm while working for 20 years as an IBM salesman. After his retirement, he farmed full-time and served for 25 years with the Monroe County Farm Bureau board, many of those years as treasurer. Mr. Cook also served on the Gateway FS board for 17 years. Adrian always treated everyone fairly. He enjoyed teaching his children about his very large vegetable garden and fruit orchards on their Centennial Farm south of Waterloo. Mr. Crook valued an education. Drive through visitation (remain in car) is Thursday, Oct. 15, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Friday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tipton with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mr. Crook will be buried at the church cemetery. A celebration of life will follow on the church grounds. Attendees are required to wear face masks and follow social-distancing parameters. Memorials may be made to Gibault Catholic High School (scholarship endowment) or the Monroe County Farm Bureau Foundation (scholarship for college students majoring in agriculture). 

September 2020

Delores J. Kinzinger, 72, of Millstadt, died Sept. 30, 2020, in Belleville. She was born July 3, 1948, in Red Bud. Delores is survived by her brother and sisters Richard (Mary) Kinzinger, Mary (Richard) Dambacher and Alice (Richard) Betlach; nieces and nephews Carla (Greg) Schwehr, Rich (Liz Bethel) Kinzinger, Tammi (James Landry) Peters, Jason Peters, Duane (Stacy) Dambacher, Tracy Green,and Amanda (Luke) Probst; 11 great-nieces and great-nephews; and two great-great-nephews; along with cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Helmut C. and Vivian (nee Cashion) Kinzinger; sister Betty Peters; and brother Walter Eugene Kinzinger in infancy. Delores was a retired LPN for the American Red Cross. San avid reader, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Visitation is Friday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m, at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating.

Leola M. Schueler, 98, of Columbia, died Sept. 30, 2020 at Mercy Hospital South. She had contracted covid-19. Leola was born May 31, 1922, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Phillip J. and Anna M. (nee Naumann) Ludwig. Leola was married to Herbert C. Schueler. He had passed Jan. 4, 2016. Leola's greatest concern in her final days was that her family, including Wendy (Schueler) and Bill Norman, Dave and Anne (Lambert) Norman, Gerhardt, Gabriel and Sebastian Norman, the Schueler family, the Ludwig family and her many friends, stay healthy and safe. Her final wishes, as her concerns had been throughout her life, were for the welfare and happiness of others. Her spirit, her love, and her faith, remained strong through the end, emphasizing the values by which she lived 98 years. Leola was born and raised in Columbia, graduating from Columbia High School and moving only lately to the Oak Hill nursing facility in Waterloo. She was the last surviving member of the class of 1940. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, Mrs. Schueler was best known through much of her life as the wife of the late Herb Schueler, mother of their daughter Wendy, and as the woman who made their lives comfortable and, in many ways, possible. She worked briefly as a dental hygienist and served nearly 70 years as a homemaker before reluctantly retiring to charm the nurses and staff at Oak Hill. Leola married Herb on Oct. 2, 1948, at St. Paul UCC in Columbia, where she attended since she was a child and where her legacy remains in lasting gifts and eternal memories from her lifetime of fellowship. Her faith, friends and family sustained her in quiet strength through the years. Mrs. Schueler always made time to talk with friends and relatives, sharing a laugh or a sorrow. She made new friends of everyone she met, creating a legacy of love and inspiration that spans generations and time zones. Leola "adopted" many of her daughter's and grandson's friends as her "kids and grandkids," growing a family of love far larger than even the one she built of blood. She cared deeply for the nurses and CNAs at Oak Hill and enjoyed sharing in their lives--always ready with a joke or grandmotherly story. At 93 years old she flew to Portland, Maine, to visit her grandchildren and great-grandchildren on the coast. Doubt about undertaking the trip hardly crossed her mind. It was with that spirit of confidence and optimism, assured by faith, that she faced nearly a century of life's joys and challenges. Everyone deserves a special friend in their lives who is madly, irrationally, exuberantly in love with them, and forever cheers them on. Leola was this person for her daughter, her son-in-law and grandson, for her great grandsons, and for many others as well. We join her friends in grieving our loss, celebrating her life, and carrying her spirit with us forever. Mrs. Schueler is survived by her daughter, Wendy (Bill) Norman of Columbia; grandson, David (Dr. Annie) Norman of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; great-grandchildren, Gary, Gabriel and Sebastian Norman; and special family, Sara Haney and her children, Emily, Ethan and Ben, and Casey and Vinita (Norman) Strubberg, along with other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Wilbur 'Whips' Ludwig, Hawert 'Ham' Ludwig, and Clifford H. Ludwig. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all services will be private. Leola will be interred in the Evangelic St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church. Lawlor Funeral Home, Columbia, IL, handled arrangements.

Admiral Carlisle Albert Herman Trost, 90, of Annapolis, Md., died Sept. 29, 2020 from complications related to a fall. He was born April 24, 1930, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Elmer H. and Luella (nee Hoffmann) Trost. Admiral Trost is the namesake of Columbia’s Admiral Trost Park as well as one of the two admirals recognized for Admiral Parkway (Rt. 3 through Columbia). His childhood years involved working on his grandparents’ farm and excelling at school. He worked several jobs to pay his high school tuition and attended Washington University in St. Louis on a one-year Army ROTC scholarship. At the end of that year, and uncertain the scholarship would renew, Carl applied for an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and entered the Academy in July 1949 as a member of the USNA Class of 1953, graduating the first in his class. Carl continued his studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany, the Naval Submarine School and the Advanced Naval Nuclear Power Course. His 37 years of commissioned service included being the Commanding Officer of the submarine USS Sam Rayburn, Commander Submarine Group Five, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Commander of the Seventh Fleet, and Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet / Deputy Commander of the U.S. Atlantic Command. In 1986, he was nominated by Pres. Ronald Reagan to serve as the 23rd Chief of Naval Operations, a position he held from 1986 until his retirement from the Navy in 1990. To date, Admiral Trost is the only Chief of Naval Operations who also graduated first in his class from the Naval Academy. Outside of the Navy, Carl was Chairman of the Olmsted Foundation, a member of the National Eagle Scout Association, and on the boards of Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, LL&E and GPU. In the early 1990s, Carl helped his wife, Pauline, bring to life her vision of helping the families of injured and ill service members. The Fisher House Foundation was established after a conversation with their friends Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, and over the past 30 years. the Fisher House has provided more than 400,000 families with a “home away from home” near medical centers while their loved ones heal. Admiral Trost is survived by his children, Carl Michael, Laura Lee Carrico (John), Steve (Gail) and Kathleen; and grandchildren, Scott Carrico, Megan Sugrue (Alexander), William Trost (Michelle), Justin Carrico (Arielle), Haley Trost and Alexa Trost. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline; and sister, Mardelle Lou.

Thomas William Keeven, 65, of Columbia, died Sept. 28, 2020 at Barnes Jewish Hospital after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 30, 1955 in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Keeven attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where he was active with the Knight of Columbus Council 6165 and was an ACTS team member. Tom owned Heartland Turf Farms and served as past-president and board member of Turfgrass Producers International. He was passionate about his faith and family, while being an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Keeven is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dana (nee Heisel) Keeven; children, Tom (Amanda) Keeven Jr; Patrick (Katie) Keeven of St. Louis, Mo., and Casey Phelps of Waterloo; mother, Vivienne Keeven of Moscow Mills, Mo.; brothers, Ed (Kathy) Keeven, Marty (Pam) Keeven and James (Kathy) Keeven; sisters, Vivian Prinster, Barbara (Jim) Foster, Judy (Steve) Schneider and Jeanne (Ed) Idziak; and grandchildren, Jack, Max, Lucy, Trey, Will, Teagan and Finn; along with a brother-in-law, uncles, cousins and friend. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Keeven Sr; father-in-law and mother- in- law, Robert and Barbara Heisel; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Prinster. Visitation was at Braun Family Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Monsignor Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Keeven was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Education Activity Center.

Catherine M. Kutterer, 88, of Waterloo, died Sept. 26, 2020 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She had resided at Oak Hill the past nine year and had recently tested positive for covid-19. Catherine was born Nov. 19, 1931, in St. Louis, Mo. She was married to Leo Kutterer. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Kutterer attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She had been a longtime cafeteria employee at Immaculate Conception Grade School in Columbia. Mrs. Kutterer is survived by her son, Charles (Susan) Kutterer of Waterloo; daughters, Rita Schueler of Jefferson City, Mo., and Genevieve (Robin) Perso of Columbia, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Brenda Kutterer of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Beth (Jose) Kutterer-Sanchez, Anne (Andrew) Wrozek, Timothy Kutterer, Elliott Schueler, Nolan (Shayla) Schueler, Nicholas Perso, Henry Perso, Jordan Perso and Julia Perso; and great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Louis, Rose, Zoey, Mason and Brooklyn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Florence Heil; husband, Leo Kutterer; sons, Stephen Kutterer, John Kutterer and Joseph Kutterer; brothers, Charles Heil, Richard Heil, John Heil, Jerome Heil, Paul Heil, Phillip Heil and Matthew Heil; her sister, Florence Strong; and son-in-law, J.D. Schueler. Due to the current COVID 19 restrictions put into place by the Governor, the family has chosen to have a private visitation and funeral service on Friday, Oct. 2. Father Carl Scherrer will officiate. Mrs. Kutterer will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The family will hold a celebration of her life once the Governor's restrictions have been lifted. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund or the Parkinson's Foundation. 

Paul Louis Toenjes, 72, of Columbia, passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 20, 2020. He was born Sept. 3, 1948, the son of the late Louis and Dora (née Faust) Toenjes. Paul married Barbara “Bobbie” Toenjes on March 27, 1971. In addition to his wife, Mr. Toenjes is survived by his son Brad (Sheri) Toenjes of Columbia; daughter Jennifer (Kevin) Anderson of Webster Groves, Mo.; granddaughters, Kate and Reese Toenjes, and Lucy and Chelsea Anderson; a brother, James Herrmann of Valparaiso, Ind.; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, including Ron and Jeanette Melliere, Joe Hahn (friend Anita Pollard), David and Debbie Hahn and John and Kim Hahn. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Robert (Bob) Toenjes and Llewellyn Toenjes. Paul was a lifelong Columbia resident, graduating from I.C.S. and Ss. Peter and Paul High School (Class of 1966). After high school, Mr. Toenjes proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his duty, he was deployed to Dong Ha, South Vietnam (I Corps), and served with the First Battalion, 12th Marines, Third Marines Division from 1968-1969. He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon. Paul served with the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department from 1972-1993; he had been the second assistant chief and one of the CVFD’s first emergency rescue technicians. Mr. Toenjes retired after 42 years as construction manager for Mississippi River Transmission. Paul is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7980, a member of the Third Marine Division Association and Immaculate Conception Parish. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and cared for him. Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral followed with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Toenjes will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. All social distancing and face covering rules were followed. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department or Songs 4 Soldiers. Lawlor Funeral Home, Columbia is handling the arrangements.

Joan A. Schultz, nee Madden, 92, of Waterloo, died Sept. 17, 2020, with her family at her side. She was born June 1, 1928, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of the late Emmet and Alma T. (nee Burgmeier) Madden. Mrs. Schultz is survived by her children, Anne DeToy (Schultz), Paul (MarySue) Schultz, Jane (Mike) Quernheim, John (Ann) Schultz and Mary (John) Wisniewski; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; son Mark Schultz; great-granddaughter Kaylin Giddens; and former husband Leonard W. Schultz. Joan Madden was born in Dayton, Ohio and moved with her family to the New York area. She was the valedictorian of her class at Moorestown High, N.J. Joan met her future husband, Leonard Schultz, when she was a secretary at a television station in Dayton. They followed Len's new job at KMOX-TV in St Louis and, in 1957, built a home on Green Mount Road in Belleville. When her youngest children were old enough to make their own lunches, she went to nursing school at Belleville Area College and graduated at age 45. She worked her entire career as a psychiatric nurse at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Our Mother's purpose on Earth was to be a mother and friend to her family, especially, and to all who crossed her life's path. She was always as happy as her children were, with heart on sleeve, and endless love and affection. We are all deeply saddened but consoled by her painless, graceful decline and eventual passing. All who knew her are better people because of it. Mrs. Schultz will be buried at Green Mount Cemetery in Belleville. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill. 

James T. Kennedy, 90, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Sept. 20, 2020 at Mercy Hospital South. He was born Nov. 18, 1929, in St. Louis, Mo. James married Shirley (nee Gill) Kennedy in 1951. She died in 2019. Mr. Kennedy is survived by children, Sue (Rick) Taylor of Columbia, Patrick (Tammy) Kennedy of St. Louis, Mo., and Jerry (Janine) Kennedy of St. Charles, Mo.; grandchildren, J.R. (Molly) Taylor, Ann Taylor, Courtney Kennedy, Ramona Kennedy, Brittney Kennedy and Sean Kennedy; great-grandchildren, Lucy Kennedy Taylor and Brooks Michael Taylor; brother, Bobby Kennedy of Fenton, Mo.; and sister, Patsy Dooley of St. Louis, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clair and Sophie (nee Record) Kennedy; step-father, Bill Pearson; sisters, Alice Johnson, Dorothy Kennedy, Kate Chiodini, Margaret Campbell and Edith Pearson; brother Butch Pearson; and childhood friend, Bob Dalton. Mr. Kennedy had served in the U.S. Army and was retired from TSI Inc., in St. Louis, Mo. After his retirement, he and Shirley relocated to Lake of the Ozarks, where he passed his time fishing and golfing. His most treasured times were spent with his family, especially his grandkids and his many dear friends. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. James was a member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association. Jim will be remembered for his quick wit and his joke telling. Private Services will be held. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Immaculate Conception Church, the American Diabetes Association or COPE in St. Louis. 

Hedwig C. "Heddy" Birkner, nee Macke, 95, of New Athens, died Sept. 21, 2020, in Belleville. She was born Feb. 5, 1925, in Breese. Mrs. Birkner is survived by her children, LuAnn (Alan) Schertel, Gilbert L. (Deanna) Birkner, Jonella (Michael) Donius and Dane Wittenbrink; grandchildren Jeanne (Mike) Reis, Kyle (Amanda) Wittenbrink, Angela (Jeff) Harbaugh and Dayne Wittenbrink, Scott Gregson, Dr. Kristi (Dr. Jason) Moore, Katie (Dr. James) Munden, Dr. Danielle (Kyle) Doerr, Alexandra Birkner Esq., Nicolette Birkner, Gilbert "Zach" Birkner, and Andrew and Timothy Donius; 22 great-grandchildren; sisters Marcella Orsa and Gertrude Margiotta; brother Charles (Catherine) Macke; and brother-in-law Allan (Mary Lou) Birkner; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by husband, Gilbert E. Birkner: daughter Evelyn Wittenbrink; parents Frank and Frances (nee Schroer) Macke; brother Wilbert Macke; sister Rosemary Bujnak; and son-in-law Frank Gregson. Mrs. Birkner attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker, where she was active with the Blessed Virgin Altar Sodality and the quilters. She rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals. Heddy was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau, Hecker Community Center and Waterloo’s Sister Cities of Portaloo (charter). Drive-thru visitation was Friday, Sept. 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker with Father Von Deeke and Father Linus Umoren C.M. officiating. Mrs. Birkner will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to Gibault Catholic High School. 

Welda W. DeRousse Jr., 74, of Red Bud, died at 2:03 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Red Bud, while flying his helicopter. He was born Nov. 7, 1945, in Kellogg, the son of the late Welda W. and Ethel (nee Lux) DeRousse Sr. Welda married Carol Romay on Oct. 16, 1971 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. In addition to his wife, Mr. DeRousse is survived by his children, Taryn (Chad) Grohmannof Waterloo and Damon (Brandi) DeRousse of Red Bud; sisters Dorothy Campbell of Sparta, Marjorie J. Gregory of Evansville and Mary (Bruce) Ferguson of Highland Ranch, Colo.; brother-in-law Terry Romay of Prairie du Rocher; sister-in-law Denise (Jerry) Falk of Red Bud; grandchildren Bayle DeRousse, Lucas, Zachary and Brooke Grohmann and Lane and Weston Brockmeyer; nephews Brandon (Lindsay) Eggemeyer, Del Hentis, Ronnie Hentis and Jacob Romay; and a great-Niece, Braylin Eggemeyer. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Buelah (Shorty) Hentis; brother, Ardell DeRousse; brothers-in-law Johnny Campbell and Robert Gregory; in-laws Leo and Thelma Romay; and grandparents-in-law Daniel and Pearl Brown. Welda had owned and operated DeRousse Heating and Air from 1976 to 2010. He currently owned EZ Self-Storage in Red Bud, a business he opened in 1993. Mr. DeRousse attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Welda was a member of the River Road Cruisers, Knights of Columbus 12152, Red Bud VFW Post 6632 and American Legion Post 622 in Prairie du Rocher. Mr. DeRousse was an advocate for Pro-Life. He volunteered at church functions and also at the local hospital and nursing home. Mr. DeRousse enjoyed flying and had his helicopter and pilot license. He also enjoyed restoring vehicles and was an enthusiastic inventor. Visitation was Friday, Sept. 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. There is covid limit of 25 people at a time inside the funeral home. Masks and social distancing were required. A private funeral followed at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mr. DeRousse was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Life Network of Waterloo, his church or St John the Baptist Catholic School in Red Bud.

Ronald Rohlfing, 69, of Waterloo, died Sept. 16, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 18, 1950, in Red Bud. Mr. Rohlfing is survived by his wife Cathy (nee Jagels) Rohlfing; children Chris (Elise) Rohlfing and Alex Rohlfing; and brothers Allyn (Trudi) Rohlfing, Wayne Rohlfing and Gene (Amy) Rohlfing; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alois A. and Lavern E. (nee Brandt) Rohlfing. Ronnie had an outstanding career playing baseball and later supporting the Valmeyer Lakers and SIUE Cougars. A Celebration of Life took place place Friday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m., at Borsch Memorial Park in Valmeyer with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown. 

Ardelle C. Grosse, nee Ritzel, 98, of Waterloo, died Sept. 21, 2020, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 5, 1921, in Waterloo. Mrs. Grosse is survived by her children Nyla (James) Hensley and Kurt R. Grosse; grandchildren William Charles (Sarah) Grosse, Michelle (Kenneth) Stark, Kyle Grosse, James (Mary) Hensley and Kathryn Michaelis; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Grosse Jr.; son Dr. William III (Mary Beth) Grosse; grandson William Michael Grosse; parents Levi Carl and Theresa Henrietta (nee Stumpf) Ritzel; and step-sisters Edna Arnin and Emma Krause. Ardelle was a member of the Eastern Star Queen City 697 and Al Sihah 29 Daughter of the Nile. Private services will be held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital. 

Charlsie Jean Ritson, 90, of Columbia, died Sept. 25, 2020 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born Dec. 29, 1929, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late John and Florene (nee Powell) Buatte. Charlsie married James J. Ritson Sr. in 1949 in East St. Louis. He passed away in 2013. Mrs. Ritson attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Charlsie had retired from the accounting department at Ralston Purina in St. Louis, Mo. She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, fishing and attending dances with her husband. Mrs. Ritson is survived by daughters Mary Ellen (Jack) Dependahl of Waterloo and Deborah K. (Mark) Riebeling of Waterloo; a son, James J. (Donna) Ritson Jr. of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, John D. Buatte; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Visitation was Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral followed with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Ritson was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements. 

Bernice W. Arras, 95, of Columbia, died Sept. 17, 2020. She was born April 11, 1925, in Sugarloaf Township, the daughter of the late Albert A. and Rosena E. (nee Metter) Hofstetter. Bernice married Delbert G. Arras in 1948 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. He died in 1979. Mrs. Arras is survived by her daughter, Jean Stroisch of Columbia; grandsons Daniel (Emily) Stroisch and Michael Stroisch of Columbia; great-grandchildren Henry and Clark Stroisch; nephews Gilbert (Sue), Gerry, Geoff and Gene Hofstetter, and Dennis Arras; and niece, Norma Vredenburgh. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Gilbert Hofstetter. Bernice had worked at the rayon factory in Millstadt. After getting married, she was employed at Weilbacher's Inc., first in the hardware department and later in the grocery store. Since 1945, Mrs. Arras was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary; she worked the Legion’s Wednesday night bingo for many years. She attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Bernice was a great home decorator and gardener and dressed up her home to fit all holidays and seasons over the years. All services will be private.  Memorials may be made to her church. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

James M. Gidley, 82, of Waterloo, died Sept. 27, 2020, in Columbia. He was born May 19, 1938, in Renault, the son of the late August and Mary (nee Fausz) Gidley. Mr. Gidley is survived by his children Tammy (Tom) Vogt and Marty (Connie) Gidley; son-in-law Mike Kern; grandchildren Megan Vogt, Emily Vogt, Jamie (Patrick) Sonderman, Eric, Kenneth and Heather Gidley; great-grandchildren Shane, Jase, Logan and Juliette; sisters Mary Leah Gotto and Ruth Gidley; sisters-in-law Dolores Gidley, Janet Bagsby and Dorothy Bagsby; and brothers-in-law John Bagsby Jr., Leo Bagsby and Lionel "Rudy" Bagsby; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (bee Bagsby) Gidley; son Marvin Gidley; daughter Kathy Kern; grandson Brandon Vogt; and brother Tom Gidley; along with sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Mr. Gidley had worked as a grain miller at Pillsbury for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, recycling metal and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. James was a former member of Our Lady of Good Council Church in Renault. A private memorial will be held. Memorials may be made to his church. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. 

Doris S. Schmersahl, 87, of Columbia, died Sept. 5, 2020. She was born Jan. 25, 1933, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Elten and Ottilda (nee Beckerle) Schorb. Doris married Richard B. Schmersahl in 1954 in Columbia. He died in 1991. Doris was defined by her energy, her work ethic and her effervescent personality. She was a fixture at the Monroe County Courthouse, serving as court reporter and court administrator. Over a 50-year span she worked closely with Judge Maeys, Judge Jacobson and Judge Dennis Doyle. Doris served as president of the Columbia Public Library Board and was a leader of the Friends of the Library, raising the funds to construct the current Columbia Public Library. Mrs. Schmersahl was a founder and chairperson of the Versteigerungfest (Library Auction Festival) which, along with a bookstore and book fairs paid off the library construction debt. Doris started Tela Tunes (singing telegrams) with Eileen Traughber. A consummate Kloepper player, she was the last remaining member of the Amazons Kloepper Club and a current member of the Columbia Woman’s Kloepper Club. Doris enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading and treasured her time with the St. Paul Book Club. Doris loved music and was outstanding on the accordion. She played at parties, dances and in living rooms and never met a polka she didn’t like. Her house was filled with art and she took great pride in her friendships with artists Norma Malerich and Amour Krupnik. Mrs. Schmersahl was a lifelong attendee of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a proud graduate of St. Theresa’s Academy. Mrs. Schmersahl is survived by her sons James Schmersahl and Mark (Linda) Schmersahl; grandchildren Nathan, Emilie, Rick and Ethan Schmersahl; sister-in-law, Elaine Schorb; and nieces Lisa (Terry) Meyer, Laura (Mark) Byrne-Harris and Christine (Kevin Schmoll) Schorb; along with great-nieces and great-nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Eugene J. Schorb. Due to public health issues regarding Covid-19, all services will be private. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund or the Columbia Public Library. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Joan M. Lloyd, nee Goeddel, 72, of Edwardsville, died Sept. 7, 2020, in Maryville. She was born Aug. 14, 1948, in Red Bud. Joan married Robert E. Lloyd in 1973 in Wartburg. He died in 1977. Mrs. Lloyd is survived by her niece, Cindy (Bob) Corwin of Collinsville; brother-in-law Francis "Pete" Feldmann of Highland; great niece Danielle (Greg Owens) Carter of Springfield; and great-great-nephew Lennox Owens of Springfield. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Margaret L. (nee Meyer) Goeddel; sister Sandy "Sandra" Feldmann; and brother Dale G. Goeddel. Joan enjoyed spending time with family and friends; she loved cats, dogs and birds. Private services will be held. Mrs. Lloyd will be buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Partners For Pets in Troy, the Highland Animal Shelter or the Highland Food Pantry.

David I. Chickering, 83, of Columbia, formerly of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo., died Sept. 8, 2020 at The Arbors at Parkway Gardens in Fairview Heights. He was born June 22, 1937, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of the late Frank K. and Doris V. (nee Johnston) Chickering. David married Judith A. (nee Ellenberger) Chickering in 1959 in Ottumwa. She died in 2002. Mr. Chickering is survived by his daughters Cara L. Dake of Columbia and Jennifer L. (Thane) van Breusegen of Columbia; grandchildren Evan Dake and Brennen, Keeler, Duncan, Elle and Hayes van Breusegen; brothers Jack (Drue) Chickering of Ottumwa, Iowa, and Chris (Debbie) Chickering of Austin, Minn.; and brothers-in-law J. Phillip (Sarah) Ellenberger of Houston, Tex., and Martin (Lynne) Ellenberger of Pleasant Hill, Iowa; along with nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by brothers Max (Jewell) Chickering and Jay (Nancy) Chickering; and a sister, Janet (Jim) Walter. Mr. Chickering attended Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia, where he was active with the audio-visual team. Fondly known as ‘Pop’, he was an active fan of all Columbia Unit School District sports and all of his grandchildren’s sporting events. ‘Mr. Chick’ served nearly 35 years as a teacher, coach, principal and assistant superintendent in the Riverview Gardens School District in St. Louis, Mo. After his school district retirement, he and his wife served as campground hosts at Lake Norfork. His warm, inviting smile never knew a stranger. Visitation is Friday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Life Community Church in Columbia. A funeral will follow with Pastor Allyn Walker officiating. Mr. Chickering will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. For those unable to attend, please access the service via Life Community Church’s Youtube or Facebook page. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis. Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Roger Lee Schanz, 73, of Waterloo, died Sept. 2, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born July 7, 1947, in Belleville. Mr. Schanz is survived by his brother Kenneth Robert (Nancy) Schanz; nieces Rhonda Marie (Eric) Major and Angela Dawn (Jeff) Filipiak; great-nieces and great-nephews Charli and Tyler Major, and Carson and Kennedy Filipiak; and aunt Marcella Boehne; along with cousins, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. and Marguerite C. (nee Boehne) Schanz. Mr. Schanz attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors, ballroom dancing, and playing cards with family and friends. Roger was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He had earned his degree at SIUC and received his private pilot’s license at Carbondale. Roger sang with the Kaskaskia Trail Chorus. Visitation is Saturday, Sept. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Sunday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Troup and Pastor Merritt Demski officiating. Mr. Schanz was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church, Hospice of Southern Illinois, the Frances Meyer Care Enhancement Fund at Oak Hill or Food For The Hungry.

Eugene B. Fauerbach, 82, of Columbia, died Sept. 5, 2020. He was born Dec. 16, 1937, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late John W. and Christine L. (nee Kunkel) Fauerbach. Eugene married Rosalie (nee Ramsey) Fauerbach in 1965 in Dupo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Fauerbach is survived by his four-legged friend, Skip; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters Irene Holliday and Margaret Schneider. Mr. Fauerbach served in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany. Eugene had retired from Boeing, St. Louis, Mo., after more than 35 years of employment. In his retirement he volunteered at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Mr. Fauerbach attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 and the Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis. Eugene enjoyed rooting for the St. Louis Blues. Due to the Covid-19 situation, all services for Mr. Fauerbach will be private. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund . Lawlor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Mary E. White, nee Unterseh, 75, of Waterloo, died Sept. 13, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Sept. 17, 1944, in Belleville. Mrs. White is survived by her children Christine (David) Reynolds and Nathan (Rebecca) White; grandchildren Jarrett and Caleb Lung and Eli and Lucas White; and sisters and brother Jean Langsdorf, William Unterseh, Margaret (Allen) McKenzie and Susie (Gary) Schreder; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, John K. White; and parents Eugene W. and Louise Helen (nee Schneider) Unterseh. Mary volunteered for numerous organizations in the community. Visitation is Thursday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Michelle Gausch officiating. Mrs. White will be buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer.

Lester H. Frierdich was born on his family’s farm in rural Columbia on Sept. 7, 1925. Lester grew up and farmed that ground his entire life. His days in the fields ended Aug. 24, 2020, following a brief illness as he passed at the Bria Nursing Home in Belleville. For more than 50 years, Mr. Frierdich sold eggs, butter and vegetables to residents in south St. Louis City. He enjoyed the country life, liking nothing more than fishing and hunting. Lester was very social, and everyone knew his name at his favorite restaurants and as well as the bingo hall. He rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals and even more to tell stories, with a twinkle in his eye he would tell his nieces and nephews, in their early years, how he had played for the Cardinals. (He really loved it when they believed his tales.) From his baptism, Mr. Frierdich was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. He also was a member of the Waterloo Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Mr. Frierdich is survived by nephews Earl Schroeder, Paul Schroeder and Mark (Lisa) Schroeder; nieces Mary Schroeder, Gail (Roger) Smith, Jane (Scott) Hippisley and Sara (Todd) Burgener. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry J. and Bertha W. (nee Einwich) Frierdich; sister Laurine (Joseph) Schroeder; and nephew Gary Schroeder. The family would like to acknowledge and thank Sue Kreher, Clarence (Boyce) Linhorst, Father Carl Sherrer and the Immaculate Conception parish for their many acts of kindness to Lester over the past few years. Visitation was Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral followed with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Frierdich was buried at the church cemetery. Attendees were asked to wear a protective mask and practice social distancing. Memorials may be made to the church.

August 2020

James “Jim” C. Hardy, 84, of Dickson, Tenn., died Aug. 20, 2020 after a long illness. He was born Jan. 15, 1936 in Chester, the son of the late Frank Hardy and the late Lucille (nee Bean) Hardy. Mr. Hardy is survived by his wife, Judith (nee Hardt) Hardy; sister Delores Deleveski of Columbia; first wife Carol (nee McConkey) Hardy of Libertyville; daughters Carla (Terry) Prisk and Gayelynn (Peter) Galgano; step-children Rebecca Hays and Brian (Wendy) Cox; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law John Deleveski of Columbia. Leesman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

James Joseph “Jimmy Joe” Dashner, 73, of Ballwin, Mo., died Aug. 8, 2020 at his home in Grambrell Gardens. He was born Nov. 19, 1946, in Renault, the son of the late James E. and Mary B. Dashner. Mr. Dashner graduated from Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic High School in Waterloo. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served from 1965 to 1967. Jimmy Joe worked as a foreman for Anheuser Busch for 37 years before retiring in 2002. He was a Friend of Bill W. since 1981 and helped many others overcome their addictions. Hobbies included restoring and showing antique automobiles, attending car shows throughout the Midwest and riding his Harley Davidson. Mr. Dashner is survived by his wife, Susan M. Dashner; and children Angela Weber, Jamie Reiter, Michelle Colley, Karen McLaughlin and James “J.D.” Dashner; along with 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael T. Dashner. Mr. Dashner will be buried Friday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m., at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. A memorial will follow at Crusoe’s South. Memorials may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous or the American Liver Foundation.

Scott A. Henke, 62, of Waterloo, died Aug. 31, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 19, 1958, in East St. Louis. Mr. Henke is survived by his mother, Anola (nee Rehmer) Henke; sisters Lori Morton and Marla Byrd; brother Troy Henke; stepson Cody Hammers; niece Erin (Amanda Wells) Polacek; nephews Ted Polacek and Zachary (Amanda) Byrd; and great-nieces Jillian Burch and Allie Byrd; along with aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Roy F. Henke; and special uncle Willis Henke. Scott was a Christian. He was a guitarist in many local bands, an avid Civil War Historian, and friend to many. Mr. Henke was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

George P. Ziebold, 94, of Waterloo, died Aug. 25, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born July 3, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late George C. and Viola (nee Pinkel) Ziebold. Mr. Ziebold is survived by his wife, Noreen (nee Burris) Ziebold; nephews and niece Chris Ziebold, Steven (Pat) Ziebold, William (Delores) Conner and Marqui Jones; along with other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Ziebold; sisters Margaret Esther Fuller, Rosemarie Ziebold and Mary Conner; and niece Sandra Ziebold. Mr. Ziebold attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. After graduating from Waterloo High School in 1944, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II. George was a longtime downtown Waterloo business owner, including the proprietor of Ziebold Home Utilities. Mr. Ziebold coached the Waterloo Hi-Fi’s baseball team during the 50s and 60s. He was a loyal member of the Waterloo Rotary Club, serving as past district governor. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Rotary Tree of Lights or the Ss. Peter and Paul Education Endowment Fund. Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 30, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Monday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. Mr. Ziebold was buried at the church cemetery. 

Roberto Igsolo “Butch” Castillo, 62, died Aug. 12, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was born April 10, 1958 in Sampaloc, Philippines to Ernesto G. Castillo and Asuncion Igsolo Castillo. Butch graduated from Valmeyer High School in June 1977 and entered the U.S. Air Force on July 7, 1977. After 24 years of serving our country, Mr. Castillo retired as a Master Sergeant on June 30, 2001. He was a federal civil service employee at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., at the time of his death. Mr. Castillo is survived by his daughter Angela Dawn Castillo-Neale and her husband, Jason Neale; granddaughters Kalei Ferrin and Payton Neale; grandson Jordan Neale; and siblings Ernesto G. (Terri) Castillo Jr., Estrella (Larry) Chambers, Remedios (Tony) Tirres, Aurora (Gary) Watkins, Benjamin Castillo, Alicia (Rodney) Johannsen Sr., Susan Castillo, Irene (Charlie) Paine, Stephen Castillo and William (Judy) Castillo; along with many nieces and nephews, including Goddaughter Isabelle McCarthy and Godsons Dylan Chambers and Andrew Castillo. He was predeceased by his mother in September 1982, his father in July 1997, his son Jeffrey David Castillo-Murdock in July 2018, and his older brother Fernando Castillo in April 2019. Butch loved to play golf, shoot guns, ride his Harley and spend time with family and friends, especially his granddaughters. He had the most infectious giggle and was dearly loved by all who knew him. Because he touched so many lives, he will be dearly missed. A Celebration of Life with full Military Honors is being planned for Butch at Borsch Park in Valmeyer. The date will be announced once everything is finalized. 

Floyd W. "Wayne" Cope, 71, of Waterloo, died Aug. 23, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 17, 1948, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Cope is survived by his wife Annabelle (nee Walker) Bollinger; son Aaron (Stefanie) Cope; grandson Ian Matzenbacher; brother David (Rattana) Cope; sister Carolyn Cope; and sister-in-law Donna Burdette; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Ann Cope; parents Floyd and Wilma (nee Rice) Cope; and brothers Bob and Kenny Cope. Mr. Cope attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a member of the Eagles in Arnold, Mo. Wayne had retired from Carpenters Local 2214 in Festus. His hobbies included bass fishing, horse racing and gambling. At Wayne's request there were no services. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Judy Lancaster, nee Riebeling, 62, of Waterloo, died Aug. 22, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Jan. 30, 1958, in Red Bud. Mrs. Lancaster is survived by her mother, Ina Mae Riebeling; sister and brothers Sandy (Chuck) Seacord, Larry (Donna) Riebeling, Brian (Debbie) Riebeling and Kent (Lisa) Riebeling; and former brother-in-law Dwight (Missy) Ruhmann; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Riebeling; and sister, Shirley Ruhmann. Private services will be held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Ora E. Roider, nee Kalbfleisch, 85, of , Red Bud, went to heaven Aug. 12, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born July 4, 1935, in Belleville. Ora’s lifelong education began at a one room White School in rural Millstadt. In two years she moved up to the Millstadt Grade School and before too long, Ora earned her diploma from Belleville Township High School (Class of 1953). During her days at BTHS, she was a member of the hiking club, nursing club, dance club, and played string bass in the band. Ora finished her formal schooling at the University of Missouri in Columbia (1957), earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The then Miss Kalbfleisch married her dancing partner for life, Erwin George Roider, on Feb. 1, 1958. He passed away in 2011. To this union was born Barbara, Rose, Ruth and Mark. For 43 years, Mrs. Roider was a nurse at St. Clement Hospital in Red Bud, much of it as a night supervisor in the emergency room. In addition to family and work, she attended St. Peter United Church of Christ in Red Bud, where she was active in the Women's Guild. Ora was also a member of the Monroe County Home Extension (board member), and she was also a 4-H leader for the Poettes. She and Erwin enjoyed gardening, baking, going for walks with the dogs, fishing, and most of all spending time with family. She truly treasured all of the grandchildren. Mrs. Roider is survived by her daughters Barbara (Waltham) Smith of Arcola, Rose (Edmond) Bonjour of Stillwater, Okla., and Ruth (Gary) Sacket of Aline, Okla.; son Mark (Amy) Roider of Prairie du Rocher; grandchildren Elliot Smith, Erica (Jacob) Griffith, Sophia (Mike Overby) Bonjour, Ean (Bailey) Bonjour, Nathan Sacket, Natalie (Jordan) Evans, Ethan Sacket, Sgt. Tyler Roider, Katie Roider and Renee Roider; brother John Kalbfleisch of Millstadt; and in-laws Eldon (JoAnn) Roider of Columbia, Erna Roider of Red Bud, Ardell Roider of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews, and walking friend Rascal. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Erwin G. Roider; parents Oliver and Sophia (nee Arnold ) Kalbfleisch; in-laws Edwin (Henrietta) Roider, Elmer Roider, Earl (Ruby) Roider, Edna (Willie) Mueller and Elsie (Edwin) Stadter; and granddaughter Annie Roider. Visitation and funeral were at St. Peter United Church of Christ in Red Bud with Pastor Corey Hartz officiating. Mrs. Roider was buried at St. Marcus Cemetery in Red Bud. Memorials may be made to St. Peter UCC of Red Bud.

Janet Krupnik, nee Richert, 90, of Ballwin, Mo., died Aug. 3, 2020. She was born Feb. 15, 1930 in Columbia, the daughter of the Carl and Esther (nee Tunze) Richert. Mrs. Krupnik is survived by her children Jolie, Darius, Antony and Paris; her sister, Mary Ellen (Jack) Norman; grandchildren Alexander, Amanda, Mark and David; nieces Marcy (Jeff) Cagan and Jennifer (Tom) Schmidt; nephew Peter Norman (Deborah Newmark); and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Amour Krupnik. Mrs. Krupnik graduated from Bradley University with a degree in music education. After her children were grown, Janet continued her music studies at Washington University, receiving a master's in music with a major in choral conducting and passing her written and orals for a doctorate in Choral Conducting (ABD). While at Wash. U., she also directed the University Mixed Choir, Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. At Fontbonne College, she was director of choral activities and an instructor of music. Mrs. Krupnik was the choral director at several churches, including St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Janet had a passion for vocal and instrumental music ranging from 15th century early music to 20th century contemporary and avant-garde composers. Mrs. Krupnik was very close to her family and will be greatly missed. Mrs. Krupnik was buried at the St. Paul UCC Cemetery in Columbia.

Joseph Louis Hideg Jr., 65, of Columbia, died Aug. 7, 2020. He was born April 6, 1955, in Springfield, the son of the late Joseph L. Sr., and Eleanore (nee Duerche) Hideg. Mr. Hideg is survived by his wife, Rose (nee Neff) Hideg; sister Mary Jo Hideg; brother-in-law Father Gene Neff of Mascoutah; and sisters-in-laws Barb Voss of Germantown and Mary Lou (Ron) Conner of Littleton, Colo.; along with nieces and nephews. Mr. Hideg was a retired engineer with Fox 2 and Fox Sports in St. Louis, Mo. He had been a member of the Fairview Heights Knights of Columbus Council 592. Joseph loved music of all sorts, sports, games of strategy, building computers, and caring for animals. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Father Gene Neff officiating. Mr. Hideg was buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Caring Christians Home Care - Health First of Ballwin, Mo., or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Maxine  Dill, nee Mena, 90, of Waterloo, died Aug. 17, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born May 29, 1930, in Langeloth, Pa. Mrs. Dill is survived by her children Sandra (Jeff) Buhr, Teri (Robert) Hoff and Michael Sr. (Sherry) Dill; grandchildren Nicole Dill (Gary Nipper), Michael Jr. (Angie) Dill and Brent (Tiffany) Dill, Trisha (Nate) Bode and Kristi (Arron) Martel, Brittany Buhr and Erin, Lenny (Rachael) and Beth Rodowick; 20 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Ron (Carol) Dill, Delrose Schmittling, Barbara Mena, Yobo Mena, and Lindell Dane; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert F. Dill; parents Tereso and Francesca (nee Casteneda) Mena; and brothers and sisters Daniel Mena, Adolph Mena, Victor Mena, Nicholas Mena, Guadelupe Platz, Delores Mena, Joseph Mena, Richard Mena and Elena Dane. Mrs. Dill attended Zion UCC in St. Joe. She was a member of Letter Carriers Auxiliary 739. Visitation is Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m., at Zion UCC in St. Joe with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Dill will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Monica S. Paul, nee Frederick, 56, of Waterloo, died Aug. 1, 2020 in St. Louis, Mo., after a long, hard battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 8, 1963, in Belleville. Mrs. Paul is survived by her husband Charles Paul; children Jessica (Tyler Wetzler) and Olivia Paul (Michael Krygiel); and many friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved son Maxwell "Max" F. Paul; parents George and Verna (nee Spaeth) Frederick; and brother Kevin “Muggs” Frederick. Monica worked at Mercantile Bank before transitioning to her employment at Waterloo High School. She worked as a paraprofessional, assisting children with disabilities. It was there that she was able to truly use her attributes. Monica enjoyed spending time with her family on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo. She was a devoted and loving mother, staying at home between careers to care for her children. Mrs. Paul also loved her pets and people; she was a stranger to no one and had an affinity for children. Mrs. Paul spread kindness to everyone she knew and instilled the same compassion in everyone she associated. Visitation is Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was Thursday, Aug. 6., at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Paul was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

July 2020

Robert R. Rey, 86, of Columbia, died July 30, 2020, in Chesterfield, Mo. He was born Oct. 26, 1933, in Red Bud, the son of the late Erwin and Alice (nee Heiken) Rey.Mr. Rey is survived by his wife, Dorothy (nee Neubarth) Rey; children Debbie (Gary) Notter and Scott (Jenny) Rey; grandchildren Brad and Alicia Notter, Matt (Brooke) Rey, Mallory (Mark) Linnemann, Cody (Lily) Rey and Samantha (Drew) Coy; great grandchildren Benjamin, Hope, Chloe and Nathan; and brother Wayne (Ellen) Rey; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by sister Shirley Shelton; brothers-in-law; and sisters-in-law. Mr. Rey attended St. Paul UCC in Floraville. He was a member of the Model A Club. Robert had retired from Columbia Public Schools. He had previously worked at Weilbacher’s, Mill, and did land surveying and farming. Graveside service was Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m., at the Zoar UCC Cemetery in New Hanover with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to his church.

Hilary D. “Bingo” Jablonski, 90, of Glen Carbon, formerly of Fairmont City, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at his residence. He was born on April 13, 1930 in Fairmont City, the son of the late Joseph F. Jablonski Sr. and Mary (nee Skiera). Jablonski. He was preceded in death by special friend Billie Jean Sturgis; brothers Henry Jablonski, Leonard “Lenny” Jablonski, Joseph “Jabby” Jablonski Jr., and Jerry “Jitter” Jablonski; sisters Regina Roberts, Mildred Dobkowski and Florence Ruder; brothers-in-law Bob Roberts, Joe Ruder and Ted Dobkowski; and sister-in-law Pauline Jablonski. Mr. Jablonski is survived by nieces Dianne (Miles) Patterson of St. Louis, Mo., Jeanne (Mike) Kish of Columbia and Nancy (Rick) Ballew of Granite City; and nephews Jim (Lynn) Ruder of St. Louis, Mo., Rick (Kathy) Ruder of Louisville, Ky., John Jablonski of St. Louis, Mo., Tim (Sheri) Jablonski of Maryville and David (Mary) Dobkowski of St. Louis, Mo.; along with great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, great-great nephews, neighbors and friends. Bingo was a proud graduate of Holy Rosary Catholic School in Fairmont City (Class of ’34) and Central Catholic High School in East St. Louis (Class of 1948). He was very proud of his Polish ancestry and St. Louis Cardinals’ Opening is a fitting day to celebrate his life as an avid Cardinals baseball fan. Mr. Jablonski spent 24 months (1951-1953) on active duty during the Korean War, achieving the rank of corporal. He served nine months on the front lines and four months “on the block” as a member of the 25th Division of the U.S. Army. Bingo retired after 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service. He began his career in the East St. Louis Post Office and retired as Postmaster of Glen Carbon, having also served as Postmaster of Pinckneyville, Illinois. Mr. Jablonski was a life member and former post commander of the Fairmont City American Legion Post 961, serving as a past commander of the 40 And 8, District 22 past commander, and Sgt. At Arms for the Illinois American Legion. Bingo was faithfully committed to his church and his country. The family would like to thank the First Responders of Glen Carbon, the Madison County coroner, Kassly Mortuary, Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Ben Maliszewski, Father Harold Fischer of Holy Rosary Parish, and his current home parish of St. Cecilia in Glen Carbon. Visitation was Friday July 24, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Holy Rosary Church in Fairmont City. A funeral will follow with Father Harold Fischer officiating. Mr. Jablonski will be buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Holy Rosary Parish in Fairmont City, St. Cecilia Parish in Glen Carbon and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Education and Activity Center in Columbia. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

Richard P. "Rick" Schulz II, 65, of Waterloo, died July 15, 2020, at his home. He was born March 11, 1955, in Red Bud. Mr. Schulz is survived by his children Jamie (Dennis) Links and Richard (Jenny) Schulz III; grandchildren Molly Nordhaus, Lydia and Blaize Links and Riley, Ava and Logan Schulz; sisters and brothers Jennifer Carr; Jane (Phil Pippins) Schulz and Robert Schulz; aunt Joanne Goeddel; and friends Bob and Debbie Barnes; along with nieces, cousins and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Shirley (nee Harvey) Schulz. Mr. Schulz was a member of the BMW Motorcycle Club of North America, Antique Motorcycle Club of America. He had retired from Union Pacific Railroad after 42 years of employment. Visitation was Friday, July 24, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral  followed with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Guests were asked to wear casual attire.

Nicholas S. Walton, 42, of St. Louis, Mo., died July 16, 2020, at Barnes Jewish Hospital following a motorcycle accident. He was born on Nov. 21, 1977, in Red Bud. Mr. Walton is survived by his partner Haley Light; daughter Addison Walton; mother Elizabeth (nee Walton) Steiner; aunt Keda (Rich) Bachelier; uncle Gyman Walton; brother Charles (Charlene) Mees; and sister Elizabeth Mees; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by adoptive parents Robert and Jeanne (nee Menard) Walton; and uncle Michael Walton.

 

 

 

Mathilda L. "Tillie" Smith, nee Kettler, 91, of Waterloo, died July 16, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born May 13, 1929, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Henry and Katie (nee Taake) Kettler. Mrs. Smith is survived by her children Janice (Gary) Wong, Jim (Ruth) Smith and Jill (James) Stephan; grandchildren Katrina (Patrick) Thrower, Rebecca (Robert) Koehn, Constance (Gerardo) Ornelas, Patrick (Michelle) Wong, Jennifer (Dustin) Fulks, William (Kristen) Smith, Michael Smith and Matthew (Lauren) Smith; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Smith; and brothers William and Ernst Kettler. Mrs. Smith attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer. She was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Auxiliary, Monroe County Council For The Handicapped (co-founder), Monroe County Nursing Home board, Waterloo Country Club. For many years, Tillie worked in the Valmeyer School cafeteria. In addition to spending time with her friends, she enjoyed golf, bridge, kloepper and Candy Crush. A private graveside service will be held. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services in Waterloo. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 

Margaret Q. "Mitzie" Frederick, nee Quernheim, 88, of Clayton, Mo., died July 25, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Feb. 29, 1932, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Emil W. and Hulda (nee Hartmann) Quernheim. Mrs. Frederick is survived by her children Sandra (Rob) Dannenberg, John (Gail) Frederick and Mark Frederick; grandchildren Kathryn, Christyn (David) Murphy, Tory, and Madelyn Dannenberg, Stephen Frederick, Sarah (Peter) Shelton, and Melissa, and Mark Frederick; and sister-in-law Wanda Quernheim; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Raymond O. Frederick; brothers David and Paul (Sharon) Quernheim; and sister Dorothy "Pat" (Robert) Voris. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the local arrangements.

Carlyle Wilde, 72, of Columbia, died July 24, 2020, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Nov. 14, 1947, in Red Bud. Mr. Wilde is survived by his wife, Sarah (nee Stoddard) Wilde; children Heather Helfer and David (Abigail) Wilde; grandchildren Jolson and Austin Helfer and Isaac and Ada Wilde; sister Mary Ann Koch; and brother-in-law John (Cathy Patrick) Stoddard; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward J. and Violet (nee Luhr) Wilde; and brother-in-law Arthur Koch. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the local arrangements.

Shirley M. Pilgrim, 85, of Columbia, died July 29, 2020 at Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 18, 1935, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late William and Josephine “Sis” (nee Helbrueck) Vahle. Shirley married Homer Pilgrim in 1955 in East St. Louis. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Pilgrim is survived by daughters Barbara (Charles) Harris of Thompson Station, Tenn., and Julie (Bradford) Hornbostel of Columbia; grandchildren Andrew (Charline) Harris, Tony (Jennifer) Harris, Derek Hornbostel, Corey Hornbostel and Ryan Hornbostel; and a great-grandchild, Kinsley Harris. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Denise Pilgrim; and sister, Delores Stanley. Mrs. Pilgrim attended First Baptist Church, where she active in the quilter's group, card club and Friends Forever. She loved life, her motto being, "This too shall pass". After Homer retired, the couple wintered in Florida. Shirley was blessed with a full happy life, filled with many friends who will miss her dearly. Her grandchildren where the light of her life. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at First Baptist Church of Columbia with Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. Mrs. Pilgrim was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to her church’s building fund.

Jacqueline Churchill, nee Sennott, 62, died peacefully at home in Amherst, Mass., on July 26, 2020, after nearly three years of treatment for lung cancer. She is the daughter of Anita (nee Kruse) Sennott (formerly of Waterloo) and the late Harry Z. Sennott. Jackie grew up in Chicago and before moving to Boston in 1982. There she met the love of her life, Andy. The two married in 1991. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Andy; sons Graham and Cal; sisters Jenny, Bonnie and Betsey; and brother Tom Sennott. Jackie enjoyed reading, freelance writing, family trips, knitting, gardening, photography, supporting Andy's forays into local politics, and visiting the Brookfield Farm. Mrs. Churchill worked in enjoyed a career in educational publishing, which continued until her illness forced her to quit in 2018.

 

Edward R. Langhorst, 81, of Fults, died July 8, 2020, in Creve Coeur, Mo. He was born Sept. 23, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Ollie William and Evelyn Langhorst. Mr. Langhorst is survived by his children, Duane (Michele) Langhorst, Kim (Lenny) Voelker and Terri Hardy; grandchildren, Carrie Langhorst (friend Mike Crowe), Skylar (Maurice) Hollingsworth, Bailey Langhorst, Adam (Jenny) Voelker, Austin (Taryn) Voelker, Alex Voelker, Brittany (Nick) Huebner and Bly (Scott) Crane; and great-grandchildren Tallas Langhorst, Emma Crowe, Grace Zimmerman, Reagan Posey, Kennedy Voelker, Aubrey and Wesley Voelker, Elijah Hollingsworth, and Drake, Owen, Gavin and Dawsyn Huebner; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (nee Naumann) Langhorst; daughters Valerie R. Langhorst and Angela S. "Gala" Seaton; and sisters Angie Reynolds and Delores Braun. Mr. Langhorst had served in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Prairie du Rocher American Legion Post 622 and the Waterloo VFW Post 6504. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Langhorst was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Shriners, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Patricia Ann Whelan, nee Heizer, 87, of Columbia, found peace in the arms of Angels on July 10, 2020 at her residence. Mrs. Whelan is survived by her husband of 69 years, Cletus Whelan; children Michael (Janice) Whelan, James (Vicki) Whelan, Jan (Bill) Walsh and Gene (Pam) Whelan; grandchildren Shannon (Ted) Haney, Julie (Phil) Klazynski, Carrie (Tony) Egizi, Andy (Cheryl) Whelan, Matt (Jessica) Whelan, Lori Soukup, Liz (Ben) Ramey, Byron (Katie) Walsh, Jared (Sarah) Walsh, Dylan (Sarah) Walsh, and Madison, Savanna, and Sam Whelan; 18 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Arnold Heizer of Memphis, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Elizabeth (nee Shea) Heizer; siblings Emily (Leo) Hayden, Lewis (Lorraine), Margaret (Charles Fadler), Charles, Leo (Sally), Richard (Dorothy) and Donald (Marie); granddaughter, Erin K. Whelan; and grandson, Jack Whelan. Pat loved to travel, bowl, and dance. She often cooked chicken and dumplings for her family and friends. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her great-grandchildren. Mrs. Whelan was always ready for a game of cards with family and friends. Pat attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Braun Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. A private graveside service followed. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception CEAC Building Fund.

Rev. Roger R. Karban, 80, of Belleville, died July 10, 2020, at Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. He was born on Jan. 30, 1940, in Belleville, the son of the late Victor and Edna (nee Vermalen) Karban. Ordained in 1964, Roger was a priest in the Diocese of Belleville, with scholarly expertise in Sacred Scripture. He received his Licentiate in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and did his doctoral studies in Scripture at St. Louis University. Roger was the chair of the religion departments at Mater Dei and Gibault Catholic High Schools, director of the diocesan diaconate program, and administrator of Our Lady of Good Council Parish in Renault. He also served as chaplain for the Ursuline Sisters of Belleville. Father Karban wrote weekly commentary on the Sunday Scripture readings for publication in Catholic newspapers across the country. He was a founding member of the Carbondale Interfaith Dialogue, and a part-time faculty member at St. Louis University and Southwestern Illinois College where he taught the Bible as literature. For over 50 years, he taught weekly Scripture classes in East St. Louis, Belleville, Breese, Scott Air Force Base, Carbondale and Lebanon, Illinois. With the vision of Vatican II, Roger presented workshops on Scripture, not only in the Belleville diocese, but throughout the country. Father Karban is survived by his siblings, Rosemaryann Karban and Michael (Jackie) Karban; and his sisters-in-law, Jackie (his late brother Victor’s wife) and Barbara Karban (his late brother Jim’s wife); along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Larry Patrick (in infancy), Victor Karban, Jr., and James Karban; great-niece, Emily Nowels; and great-nephew, Evan Nowels. The family wishes to thank Belleville Memorial Hospital’s ICU and to Virginia Dowling for their care in his final days. Visitation was Sunday, July 19, from 1 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Kassly Mortuary in Fairview Heights. Father Karban will be buried at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to FOSIL (Faithful Of Southern Illinois) or Catholic Urban Programs. A celebration of Roger’s life will be July 10, 2021 at a time and location to be announced.

Donna Dinkelaker, nee Gleiber, 64, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died July 3, 2020, in Cincinnati. She was born Dec. 23, 1955, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Donald and Dorothy E. (nee Moffitt) Gleiber. Mrs. Dinkelaker is survived by her children, Jared (Kristin) Dinkelaker, Jacob Dinkelaker and Tyler (Casey Fults) Dinkelaker; step-daughters Sarah (Chad) Thompson and Susan (Brian) Gilmore; and grandchildren Henry, Charlie, Alyssa, Logan, Lucas, Avery, Josh, Aidan and Noah. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Dinkelaker. Donna was a loving mother, grandmother, wife and friend. She was a pharmacist in the Wyoming, Ohio, community for over 30 years and a past board member of the Wyoming Historical Society. Donna, an avid family genealogist, traveled extensively to historic sites around the county with her friends as a member (and past president) of the Ladies Living History Society of Cincinnati. She kept close ties to her hometown of Waterloo, Illinois, and various organizations in the city. Memorials may be made to Friends of Perryville Battlefield (P.O. Box 302, Perryville, KY, 40468) or the Wyoming Historical Society (800 Oak Avenue, Wyoming, Ohio, 45215). Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mrs. Dinkelaker was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Darrell E. Schrader, 70, of Waterloo, died July 6, 2020, in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 28, 1949, in St. Petersburg, Fla., the son of the late Charles J. and Aldina (nee Dettmer) Schrader. Mr. Schrader is survived by his brother Darwin (Karen) Schrader; sister Diann (Mark) Scherle; sister-in-law Martha (Kenneth) Church; and niece and nephews Jessica Church, Robert Church, Timothy (Samantha) Schrader and Daniel (Anna) Schrader; along with great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Margarette (nee Krueger) Schrader; and brother Dwain Schrader. Mr. Schrader attended St. John Lutheran Church in Evansville and was retired from the Chrysler Corporation. Darrell was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Darwin Schrader officiating. Mr. Schrader was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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