January 2018

Bonnie Lynn Grohmann, nee Atkinson, 76, of Waterloo, died Jan.1, 2018, in Belleville. She was born Sept. 23, 1941, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Franke and Murl (nee Little) Atkinson. Mrs. Grohmann is survived by her children, Connie (Paul) Vogt, Kathleen (Darren) Reifschneider and Debra (Albert) Zara; grandchildren, Sarah Vogt, Kaitlyn (fiance Brandon Hinson) Vogt, Melissa (Alex) Wolfe, Megan Vogt, Peter Vogt, Kristen (Troy) Brennan, Jessica (Ethan) Gillespie, Andrew Reifschneider, Mark Zara and Jake Zara; step-children; step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; and sister, Pat (Ethan) Allen; along with step-brothers, step-sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward E. Matzenbacher; second husband, Frederick Grohmann; and step-father, Arius Atkinson. Mrs. Grohmann attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. She was a member of Monroe County Homemakers Extension, Red Hat Society and Holy Cross Ladies Aid. Visitation and funeral were at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Rev. Dan Ostlund officiating. Mrs. Grohmann was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Margaret  M.  Brinkmann, nee Vogt, 96, of Waterloo, died Jan. 16, 2018. She was born June 19, 1921, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Louis B. and Anna M. (nee Zeis) Vogt. Mrs. Brinkmann is survived by her children, Anne (Steve) Candler, Janice (Dave) Holdener, Kathy (Darrell) Hitzemann, Dorothy (Paul) Mollet and Joseph (Liz) Brinkmann; grandchildren, Angela (Dan) Bruno, Jennifer (Eric) Seidler, Sarah (Dan) Thieret, Jessica (Bob) Wachtel, David (Kate) Holdener, Kyle (Jill) Holdener, Lauren (Coty) Stief, William (Julia) Hitzemann, Daniel (Nazlee) Hitzemann, Anna Hitzemann, Christopher (Lisa) Mollet, Michelle (Dusty) Calvert, Brian (Julie) Mollet, Rory (Kathleen) Brinkmann, Trevor (Kathleen) Brinkmann, Robert Brinkmann and Nicholas Brinkmann; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul (Carol) Brinkmann; 25 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Brinkmann; son, John H. Brinkmann; brothers, Raymond, Alphonse, Anthony and Ermin Vogt; and a sister, Hildegarde Einwich. Mrs. Brinkmann attended SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo and was a member of the Mary & Martha Society. Visitation is 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18 and 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Fr.  Sebastian Ukoh, C.M. officiating. Mrs. Brinkmann will be buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul School or the ICS Building Fund.

Betty J. Zimmermann, nee Straub, 88, of Waterloo, died Jan. 1, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 16, 1929, in Monroe City, Mo., the daughter of the late Louis and Bessie Dale (nee Davis) Straub. Mrs. Zimmermann is survived by her son, Norbert A. (Elke) Zimmermann; grandchildren, Anthony Edward Zimmermann and Elizabeth Sylvira Ontiveros; grandsons, Donald Myers III, Aaron (Aldijana) Myers and Jason (Laura) Myers; step-grandson, Kevin (Dana) Hahner; great-grandchildren, Ava Mary Jane Zimmermann and Nola Salice Hahner; Elijah and Isaac Myers, Ayla and Amelia Myers and Katie Zumwalt; sister-in-law, LaVerne McMaster; and daughters-in-law Karen Myers and Sue Myers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert E. Zimmermann; and a sister, Mary Cavenah. Mrs. Zimmermann attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Rev. Sebastian officiating. Mrs. Zimmermann was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Arlene M. Greene, nee Barczewski, 72, of Waterloo, died Jan. 3, 2018, in Nashville. She was born June 13, 1945, in Posen, the daughter of the late Edward and Martha (nee Piasecki) Barczewski. Mrs. Greene is survived by her sons. Jason Greene, Chris Greene and Damian Greene; and a granddaughter, Savannah Lee Greene. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold G. Greene; and brothers, Louie, Tom and Bob Barczewski. Mrs. Greene attended Twin Rivers Worship Center in St. Louis. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Green was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Elizabeth L. “Betty” Lehr, 87, of Columbia, died Jan. 4, 2018. She was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Freeburg, the daughter of the late Raymond and Elizabeth (nee Bachinger) Stauder. Betty had married Herbert P. Lehr. He died in 1990. Mrs. Lehr is survived by her daughters, Vivian (Michael) Budde of Columbia and Yvonne (Steve) Sendejas of Belleville; a son, Alan (Carol) Lehr of Belleville; sisters, Eleanor Blackburn of St. Louis, Mo., and Mary Ann Evans of Essex Junction, Vt.; grandchildren, Greg Budde, Jeff (Laura) Budde, David Sendejas, Elizabeth (Chris) Dahm, Philip (Cathy) Lehr, Alana Lehr and Blake Lehr; and great-grandchildren, Justin, Cole, Kyle, Jaylan, Aiden, Eliza, Madison and Carson. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Rev. Paul Stauder; and a sister, Virginia Stauder. Mrs. Lehr attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where she was active with the Altar Society and the Quilters. She was a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary and the Columbia Gymnastic Association. Betty enjoyed bowling and card playing. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Chris Reuter officiating. Mrs. Lehr was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund or Celtic Hospice.

Robert "Bob" Schiemer, 89, of Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died Jan. 4, 2018. He was born Jan. 15, 1928 in Columbia, the son of the late Charles and Ella Schiemer. Bob graduated from Dupo High School where he excelled in basketball and baseball. Mr. Schiemer served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bob was co-owner of Schiemer Insurance Agency in Columbia and retired in 1982. He was a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581, Rotary and the Twin Isles Country Club in Punta Gorda, Fla. He was formerly a member of the Waterloo Country Club.  Mr. Schiemer enjoyed golfing, traveling and his daily martini. Mr. Schiemer is survived by his step-son, Joseph (Margaret) Bina of Charleston, SC; step-daughter, Lynn (Andy) Reeves of Okahumpka, Fla.; grandchildren, Molly Bina, Katie Aukerman, Lisa (Eric) Beard and Matt (Jessica) Aukerman; two great-grandchildren; nieces, June Campos, Donna Bequette and Diann Kunze; and nephews, Mark, Edward, Daniel, Matthew, David and Ernie Kopp. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrna Schiemer; brothers, Carl and Louis; and a sister, Mary Ann. Mr. Schiemer was buried at St. Paul Evangelical Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion Post 581. The Larry Taylor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Teddie Jeanette Wilhelm, nee Trammell, 80, of East Carondelet, died Jan. 8, 2018 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born July 27, 1937 in Grand Tower, the daughter of the late Teddy and Lillian Pauline (nee Cripps) Trammell. Mrs. Wilhelm is survived by her husband, James Wilhelm; sons, Monte (Mary) Wilhelm and Bryon (Sonia) Wilhelm; a daughter, Kimberly (Brad) Karn; grandchildren, Eric (Kristin) Wilhelm, Brant Wilhelm, Aaron (Liz) Wilhelm, Alaina (Josh) Scherle and Marla (Michael) Kettler; great-grandchildren, Reagan Wilhelm, Mason Wilhelm, Ava Scherle, Ian Scherle, Maizy Scherle, Parker Kettler and Ethan Kettler; brothers, Duke Trammell and Ricky Trammell; and sisters, Sherry Steele and Vickie Woolford. She was preceded in death by a brother, Gaylen Trammell. Visitation and funeral were at Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Mrs. Wilhelm was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital For Children or Family Hospice.

Stephen R. Cooper Jr., 30, of Millstadt, died Jan. 8, 2018 in Millstadt following an ATV accident. He was born Jan. 16, 1987 in Belleville, the son of Stephen and Marilyn (nee Sutherlin) Cooper. Besides his parents, Mr. Cooper is survived by a sister, Natalie (Nicholas) Fank; nieces, Payton and Hazel Fank; a nephew, Oliver Fank; fiance, Lanie Weber; uncles, Dennis Wayne (Cindy) Cooper and Keith (Teresa) Cooper; and aunts, Lillian Sutherlin and Denise Browning. Stephen was an auto technician with the U.S. Postal Service. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Mr. Cooper was a member of the NRA and the Arnold Gun Club. He enjoyed motorcycles, horseback riding, shooting sports, hunting and the outdoors. Visitation and funeral were at Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt with Pastor Darrell Weber officiating. Mr. Cooper was buried at the Rock Point Cemetery in Advance, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

John P. Reynolds, 65, of Waterloo, died Jan. 10, 2018, in Waterloo. He was born March 17, 1952, in Detroit, Mich., the son of the late John T. and Barbara (nee Nelson) Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds is survived by his wife, Paula J. (nee Taylor) Reynolds; children, Heather (Brandon) Reynolds, Jonelle (Dustin) Reynolds and Jeremiah Reynolds; grandchildren, Jersey Trepka and Nolan Bender; sisters, Dorothy (Dan) Thompson, Susan (Tim) Schmidt and Fawn (Brett) Galbraith; brother, Harry (Laura) Reynolds; and uncle Brian (Kathy) Cullon. Besides his parents, Mr. Reynolds was preceded in death by brothers, Michael and Craig (in infancy) Reynolds; and step-mother, Shirley Reynolds. John was a self employed structural steel detailer. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Thompson Center for Autism, Columbia, Mo.

LeRoy K. Hoffmann, 87, of Columbia, died Jan. 10, 2018 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Nov.16, 1930, in Maeystown, the son of the late Charles and Amelia (nee Schmidt) Hoffmann. He was married to the late Bertha (nee Yarbrough) Hoffmann. She died in 2015. Mr. Hoffmann is survived by a son, Leroy C. (Glenda) Hoffmann of Swansea; daughters, Patricia (Don) Gruber of Columbia, Marjorie Wilde of Capitola, Calif., Mary LaMantia of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Cynthia Tilly of Sunset, La.; grandchildren, Stephanie (Joe) Briskey, Nicole LaMantia, Angelo LaMantia, Tommy LaMantia, Jr., Jeff (Janet) Gruber and Dan Gruber; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Olivia B. Goodman of Waterloo; along with nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters, Verona Goodman, Edna Kemp, Louisa Hartman and Elvera Goodman; and a brother, Charles Hoffmann. LeRoy had worked as a sheet metal worker at McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing and was a 60-year member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union. Mr. Hoffmann served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Funeral is Thursday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mr. Hoffmann will be buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia.

Elmer William Prange, 63, of New Market, Ind., died Jan. 13, 2018, at St. Elizabeth East Hospital, in Lafayette, Ind. He was born March 13, 1954, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Elmer and Imogene (nee Braudmeier) Prange. Elmer married Margie Newton, and they later divorced. Mr. Prange is survived by his sons, William L. "Willie" (Tamara) Prange of New Market, Ind., and Charles C. "Chris" (Ashley) Prange of Crawfordsville, Ind.; sisters, Diane (Mark) Wittenbrink of Red Bud, Nancy (Orvel) Mathews of Waterloo and Elizabeth Prange (companion Mike Smith) of Evansville, Ind.; a brother, Roy (Mary) Prange of Mountain View, Mo.; and grandchildren, Olivia and Trevor Prange, Johnna Mings, Jada America, and Rebecca and Lois Crouch; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, David and Ernest; and a sister, Imogene Prange. Elmer worked in retail maintenance and also was a grain operator at the Kirkpatrick Elevator. Mr. Prange had graduated from Mountain View, Mo. High School. He attended Sonlight Wesleyan Church. Elmer enjoyed gardening and fishing. Funeral was at Powers-Priebe Funeral Home. Mr. Prange was cremated. Memorials may be sent to the funeral home to be applied to the balance of the funeral expenses.

Kenneth “Kenny” Carl Bode, 66, of Waterloo, died Jan. 15, 2018 at the Red Bud Nursing Home following an extended battle with cancer. Mr. Bode was born March 29, 1951, the son of the late Carl Herman and Dorothy (nee Campbell) Bode. Mr. Bode is survived by his sons, Timothy Keith (Laura) Bode of Waterloo and William Kenneth Bode of California; sisters, Bonnie (Brian) Lauer of St. Louis, Mo., Patricia Bode of Waterloo and Deborah (Joe) Beck of St. Louis;  a brother, Harry Bode of Waterloo; and grandchildren, Haley Mae Elizabeth Bode and Cameron James Bode, both of Waterloo; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, William Bode. Mr. Bode was a funeral director and embalmer, the former owner of the Wagner- Bode Funeral Home in Waterloo. Kenny was a former Monroe County Coroner and a manager for Service Corporation International. He attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a member of the Fourth and Third Degree Knights of Columbus, the Waterloo Odd Fellows, Illinois Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, the Waterloo Jaycees, St. Clement Hospital and the Monroe County Democratic Party. Visitation was at Creason Funeral Home in Waterloo. A memorial followed. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Steven A. McMurry, 62, of Columbia, died Jan. 16, 2018. He was born June 22, 1955, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Kenneth Allen and Joyce Arlene (nee Stapleton) McMurry. Mr. McMurry is survived by his sisters, Vicki (Kyle) Ponder of Waterloo and Jill (Gail Ruland) McMurry of Saint Petersburg, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Jerry Luter Jr., Ryan (Stacie) Luter and Kami (Dave Fragale) Luter; great-nieces and great-nephews, Kayla, Jocelyn, Kayleigh and Jackson; and a cousin, Kathy Bliss-Withers. He was preceded in death by his aunt, Dawn King. Steven had been employed as a machinist for 30 years at John J. Steuby Company in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A cremation was held. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the National Kidney Foundation.

Keith Wolter, 38, of Evansville, died Jan. 18, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Rt. 3 near Chester. He was born May 14, 1979 in Chester, the son of Floyd and Vernitta (nee Voss) Wolter of Red Bud. Keith married Leslie Kloth in 2007 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Bud. In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Wolter is survived by his daughters, Brooke and Brinley Wolter of Evansville; a brother, Bradley (Kimberly) Wolter of Aviston; niece, Lauren Wolter; nephew, Blake Wolter; in-laws, Dean (Laura) Kloth of Red Bud and Joyce Kloth (fiancé Joe Stefani) of Ellis Grove; sister-in-law, Ashley Kloth (special friend Chris Cirone) of Delphi, Ind.; and grandmothers-in-law, Marlene Salger of Evansville and Joan Kloth of Walsh; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; a brother-in-law, Corey Kloth; and a niece, Morgan Wolter. Mr. Wolter had worked for 20 years as a corporate parts manager for Wm. Nobbe and Co. He attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Bud. He served 17 years with the Evansville Volunteer Fire Department. Keith was an avid outdoorsman. Mr. Wolter was a member of the Randolph County Farm Bureau and the St. Louis Agri-Business Club. Visitation and funeral were at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Bud with Rev. Mark Nebel and Rev. Russell Koen officiating. Mr. Wolter was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran School or the Evansville Volunteer Fire Department.

Karlene Ann Gullberg, 83, of Stronghurst, died Jan. 18, 2018, at Roseville Rehab and Health Care Center. She was born Jan. 22, 1934 in Ponemah, the daughter of the late Karl and Susie (nee Brown) Gullberg. Miss Gullberg is survived by a sister, Susan Pfuehler of Cheney, Wash.; nephews, Jon (Diane) Gullberg of Media, William (Chris) Gullberg Jr. of Kirkwood, Kim (Sherry) Gullberg of Stronghurst and Erich (Sara) Pfuehler of Pleasanton, Calif.; along with great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, William Gullberg Sr. Miss Gullberg attended Liberty Chapel Elementary School and Kirkwood High School. She received a degree in science and home economics in 1956 from Western Illinois University in Macomb. She later received her Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She taught for three years in Fairview and 27 years in Cahokia, where she developed a chef training program for high school students. After retiring, she opened Susie Brown Antiques (named in honor of her mother) in St. Louis. Karlene closed the store in 2012 and moved to Stronghurst. Private graveside services were held in the Warren County Memorial Park in Monmouth. Memorials may be made to the Family Outreach Community Center in Stronghurst or the Ronald McDonald House. Banks and Beals Funeral Home of Stronghurst handled the arrangements.

Wade Allen Reinhardt, 51, of Belleville, died Jan. 19, 2018 at his home. He was born Aug. 30, 1966 in East St. Louis, the son of Walter Danny and Rosalie Viola (nee Laminack) Reinhardt of Millstadt. In addition to his parents, Mr. Reinhardt is survived by his brother, Wesley H. Reinhardt of Millstadt; a step-daughter, Stacy (Bill) Gauch of Freeburg; and step-grandchildren, Abby Gauch and Katie Gauch, both of Belleville. Mr. Reinhardt attended Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Belleville. Visitation and funeral were at Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt with Rev. Krista Stokke officiating.

Thomas D. Carr, 86, of Waterloo died Jan. 24, 2018 in Waterloo. He was born May 1, 1931 in Valmeyer the son of the late Thomas J. and Dorothy (nee LaScource) Carr. Mr. Carr is survived by his children, Jay (Pattie) Carr and Derek (Jenny) Carr; grandchildren, Jania (Dave) Meyer, Julia (Pete Harlan) Carr, Bradley (Brittany) Hoffmann, Summer Kolmer and Thomas J. Carr; great-grandson, Jackson Meyer; sister,  Pam (Ronnie) Bode; brothers, Wallace Carr and Howard (Bert) Carr; sister-in-law, Delores “Dee” Carr; brother-in-law, Willard Krebel; nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, Mr. Carr was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine R. (nee Rehmer) Carr; brother, Hal Lee Carr; sisters, Jackie Sawchik, Shirley Schlemmer and a sister in infancy. Mr. Carr retired from Reliance Automotive and was a US Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Waterloo VFW and a 50-year member of the Waterloo Lions Club. Mr. Carr attended Immanuel Lutheran Church. Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 1, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home and Friday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. funeral at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Carr will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Lions Club, the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice of Southern Illinois or his church.

Josephine A. Riechmann, nee Diewald, 91, of Waterloo, formerly of Valmeyer, died Jan. 25, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born March 8, 1926, in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late John and Marie (nee Tecklenberg) Diewald. Mrs. Riechmann is survived by her children, Dennis (Luann) Valentine, Anna (Darrell) Glaenzer and Patricia (Rich) Dependahl; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Valentine; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; along with step-children, step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Vernon Valentine and Herbert Riechmann Sr.; a son, Richard Valentine; sister, Mary Horrell; brother, Carl Diewald; and step-daughter, June Lacey. Josephine attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer where she had been active in the Altar Society. She is a former owner of the Corner Pub in the original town of Valmeyer. She enjoyed playing kloepper. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Felix Chukwuma officiating. Mrs. Riechmann was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Noah Patrick Hays, 19, of Waterloo, died Jan. 25, 2018 in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 16, 1998 in St. Louis, Mo. Noah is survived by his parents, Nicole (nee Luhr) Harrison and Hank Harrison and Matthew Hays and Brenda Jackson; brothers, Luke Hays and Jake Hays; sister, Charley Harrison; grandparents, Mike and Carol Birk, Mike and Michelle Luhr, Charles Harrison and Diane Johnson (Harrison); uncles and aunts, Scottie Bryant and Tara Luhr, Kenny and Carla Hanvey, Doug and Jenese Huebner, Brad and Courtney Schweickardt and James and Amy Stafford; cousins, Zoe, Hudson, Crawford and Harper Bryant, Lindsay White and Eric Hanvey, Ian and Megan Huebner, Caden and Caleb Schweickardt, Matthew Harrison and Jessie Stafford; and girlfriend, Delaney Scace. Noah was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Betty Hays. Visitation and funeral were at Christ Community Church in Columbia with Pastor Jared Parker officiating. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo High School Track and Field program or Christ Community Lutheran Church.

Donald W. Frierdich, 78, of Prairie du Rocher, died Jan. 28, 2018, in Red Bud. He was born Feb. 14, 1939, in Belleville, the son of the late Erwin and Flora (nee Jasper) Frierdich. Mr. Frierdich is survived by his wife, Suzette (nee Tatgenhorst) Frierdich; brother, Kenneth Frierdich; sister, Carol Frierdich; nephew, Bob (Rebecca) Frierdich; and niece, Christine (Scott) Madlock. He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Shigeko Frierdich. Donald attended the University of Missouri School of Mines and Minerals in Rolla, Mo. He worked at McDonnell-Douglas and was a substitute teacher at Mascoutah High School, a dairy farmer and a carpenter. Animals were always a part of his life. He loved his 35-year-old quarter horse Goldfoot. Donald was a gentle and hard-working man who will be deeply missed by his family and his cat Squeaky. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Jon Tinge officiating. Mr. Frierdich was buried at the Smithton Cemetery.

Tony Lee Rausch, 51, of Belleville, formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 23, 2018 at his home. He was born Jan. 26. 1966, the son of the late Gene Lester and Irene Alice (nee Arnold) Rausch. Mr. Rausch is survived by his brother, Larry (Marilyn) Rausch of Salem; and nieces and nephews, Kelly Rausch and Casey Rausch of Columbia, Jacalyn (Adam) Marquart of Ballwin, Mo., Steven (Kristen) Bernhard of Pontiac and Shawn (Misty) Bernhard of Pinckneyville; along with 15 great-nieces and great-nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Gene (Nancy) Rausch and Charles Walter Rausch (in infancy); and a sister, Donna Gibson. Tony was a computer engineering at Washington University. He was a graduate of Waterloo High School and had played on the Bulldogs football team. Visitation and funeral were at Creason Funeral Home in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Celestine "Sally" Smith, nee Wierschem, 88, of Waterloo, died Jan. 31, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Nov. 10, 1929, in Madonnaville, the daughter of the late parents, Anton and Eleanor (nee Steffenauer) Wierschem. Mrs. Smith is survived by her children, Tom (Pat) Smith, Christine (Bill) Cook and Judi Horrell; grandchildren, Melissa (Corey) Thourviner, Kim Everett, Jamie (Jason) Crawford, Lauren Smith, Hilary (Jason) Wagner, Ben (Elizabeth) Cook, Patrick Horrell and Phillip (Ali) Horrell; and great-grandchildren Taylor Johnson, Kyle Everett, Keegan Wagner, Tyler Thourviner, Wren Cook, Quinn Wagner, Ava Crawford, Wesley Cook and Allie Crawford; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Sally was preceded in death by her husband, Verlyn "Red" Smith; sisters, Ardelle McCarthy, Esther Frierdich, Rita Schmitt, Mildred Poole, Mathilda Rich and Elizabeth May; and a brother, Herman Wierschem. Mrs. Smith attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where she was active in the Mary and Martha Society. Sally was a member of the Waterloo Porta-Loo Sister Cities and the Red Hat Society. She was a former cafeteria cook at Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School and the former owner of Sally's Hallmark in downtown Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Smith was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, SPPS, Gibault Catholic High School or the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Willard A. Schneider, 78, of Waterloo, died Jan. 30, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Oct. 17, 1939, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Fred and Elenora (nee Mehrtens) Schneider. Mr. Schneider is survived by his wife, Ann (nee Goodman) Schneider; a daughter, Kimberly (Rich) Groves; grandsons, Patrick and Derek Groves; siblings, Vernell Rippelmeyer, Robert (Gloria) Schneider, Marlene Schneider, Marvin Schneider and Sharon Schneider; sister-in-law, Gladys Taylor; and mother-in-law, Olivia B. Goodman; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Marian Westholt, Glen Schneider, Ronald Schneider and Joan Schneider; father-in-law, Jessie Goodman; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ray Westholt, Melvin Rippelmeyer, Donna Schneider, Nadine Schneider, Edward Goodman and Jesse Goodman; and a nephew, Sean Schneider. Mr. Schneider was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was employed through International Chemical Workers Union 12. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating.

John Harvey Stumpf, 65, of Hewitt, Tex., formerly of Valmeyer, died Jan. 31, 2018, at Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Medical Center. He was born Feb. 13, 1953, to Harveylouis and Florine Stumpf. Mr. Stumpf is survived by his wife, Lauren; daughter, Kristin; brothers, Alan (Norine) Stumpf and Fred (Chris) Stumpf of Columbia; a sister, Ida (Henry) Boyle-Bruch; mother-in-law, Jean Leggett; brother-in-law, Ray (Lynn) Leggett III; uncle-in-law, Jerry (Beth) Anderson; nephews and nieces, Ray Leggett IV, Terri (Aaron) Spencer, Kay (Nathaniel) Foote, Sam (Stephanie) Stumpf, Ross (Kailyn) Stumpf, Anne Stumpf, Nathan Stumpf, Taylor Stumpf and Spencer Stumpf; and a larger extended family. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Ray Leggett. After graduating from Valmeyer High School in 1971, John attended the University of Illinois. In 1978 he earned a degree in agriculture. His job at Monsanto transferred him to Texas. While in the Lone Star State, Mr. Stumpf earned a Master’s Degree in microbiology from Baylor University. He met Lauren Sue Leggett in the singles department at the First Baptist Church of Waco. They were married in 1986 at the church. Their daughter, Kristin Michelle Stumpf, is currently a senior at Baylor University and is following in her father’s footsteps by studying biology. John worked for several food companies before starting his own business, Biological Research Services. He has been operating his company for the past 20 years. He was also an avid beekeeper, starting with his first hive in his grade school days. Mr. Stumpf contributed articles to the Texas Beekeepers Newsletter and held several offices in the Heart of Texas Beekeepers Association. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, attending Baylor sports, and playing the guitar, saxophone, harmonica and piano. He volunteered at his church and helped his wife’s television ministry for over 30 years. Visitation was at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Funeral was at the First Baptist Church of Waco with Dr. Matt Snowden officiating. Mr. Stumpf was buried at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers for Mr. Stumpf were Fred Stumpf, Nathan Stumpf, Alan Stumpf, Henry Bruch, Larry Weil and Don Ramsey. Memorials may be made to his church.

February 2018

Emily M. Webb, 41, of Columbia, died Feb. 27, 2018, in an automobile accident. She was born April 11, 1976, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Kenneth and Deanna (nee Hardgrave) Kanta. Emily married Bryan P. Webb in 1999 in Columbia. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Webb is survived by her children, Samuel, Isaac, Olivia, Audrey, Levi and Josiah Webb; sisters, Raechel (Geoff) Ingrum and Abby (Mark) Click; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lindell and Pat Webb; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Emily was a Christian woman who was dedicated to her family. She taught her children through the Classical Conversations Homeschool. Mrs. Webb attended Heritage of Grace Church of Columbia. She enjoyed music and dancing, and was a member of the Thunder and Lightning Cloggers. Visitation and funeral were at Hope Christian Church. Mrs. Webb was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family, c/o House of Neighborly Service.

Sophie Eschmann, 100, of Columbia, died Feb. 25, 2018 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 18, 1917, in Columbia, the daughter of the late John and Catherine (nee Thoma) Eschmann. She is survived by nephews, Raymond (Marcel) Wierschem, Robert (Virginia) Wierschem and Robert (Sylvia) Eschmann; nieces, Darlene (Joseph) Knese, Mary Ellen Wierschem and Louise (Warren) Myers; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a brother, Frank (Helen) Eschmann; three sisters, Pauline (Ray) Wierschem, Dorothy (Walter) Lehr and twin, Barbara C. Eschmann. Mrs. Eschmann attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral was at her church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Eschmann was buried at the church cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund.

Jean Ann Viola Eckert, 85, of Columbia, died Feb. 3, 2018 at Missouri Baptist Hospital. She was born Oct. 18, 1932, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Theodore  and Alfrieda (nee Weltig) Gummersheimer. Jean married Marcellus "Marc" A. Eckert in 1954  in Columbia. He had died in 2011. Mrs. Eckert is survived by her daughters, Gina Lee (Terry) Payne of Cape Girardeau, Mo. and Marcia Lynn (Kirt) Sheer of Imperial, Mo.; and a son, Mark Edward (Penny) Eckert of Lawrence, Kan.; grandchildren, Rebecca (Jon Rose) Payne, Tia Newcom, Tyler Payne and Allison, and Katie Eckert; great-grandchildren, Taleya Christisen and Henry Rose; sisters, Iona Juengling of Columbia and Evelyn Stumpf of Columbia; brother-in-law, Harvey Ries of Columbia; and sister-in-law, Doris  (Bob) Reece of Millstadt. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marion Ries; and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Stumpf and James Juengling. Jean was a retired pre-school and kindergarten teacher for Cahokia Unit District 187. She had also taught GED classes at Southwestern Illinois College. Many may also remember her as a local real estate agent. Mrs. Eckert attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia, where she served on the kitchen committee, was a quilter, a confirmation sponsor, member of the Evening Women's League, and had delivered communion to those shut in or at a nursing home. Jean was a dedicated supporter of the Columbia Public Library, having been the founder of the Library Story Hour, She was also active with the Monroe County Education Extension. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Jean gifted her remains to the Washington University Medical School. Memorials may be made to her church or the American Cancer Society.

Norman E. Waterman Jr., 66, of Waterloo, died Feb. 9, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 10, 1951, in Cairo, the son of Patricia Jane (nee Marchildon) Waterman and the late Norman E. Waterman Sr. Besides his mother, Mr. Waterman is survived by wife, Karen (nee Caesar) Waterman; daughter, Casey (Justin) Swank; grandchildren, Tucker, Ryleigh, Max, Kolton and Karson; and sisters, Kay Wiegand, Jan Reitz and Pamela (Donald) Muertz; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mr. Waterman had retired from Harrisonville Telephone Co. after 41 years of employment. He had served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Waterloo VFW. Norm liked to travel and was an avid Cardinals baseball fan. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC of Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Waterloo VFW.

Maxwell "Max" Frederick Paul, 17, of Waterloo, died unexpectedly Feb. 6, 2018, at St. Louis Children's Hospital while fighting an extended illness. He was born May 8, 2000 in St. Louis, the son of Charles and Monica (nee Frederick) Paul. A senior at Waterloo High School, Max was an honors student and member of many clubs and organizations, including National Honor Society, WYSE, Scholar Bowl, Math Team, Saturday Scholars, a WHS Student of the Month recipient, Top Dog Award recipient, FFA, Renaissance, and Ping Pong Club. Max had an outstanding group of friends that he enjoyed doing many activities with including swimming, playing poker, fishing, hunting, and going to the movies. Max lived life to the fullest, never letting his disability get in the way. Maxwell earned a 4.5 GPA and scored a 34 on the ACT. He was looking forward to graduating this spring with the Class of 2018. He was recently accepted into the College of Engineering (mechanical engineering) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,where he intended to use his degree to help other people. Besides his parents, Max is survived by his sisters, Jessica and Olivia Paul; grandmother, Verna Frederick; aunt, Kathy (Dave) Hardin; uncle, Mark (Donna) Frederick; and pets, Molly and Addie; along with cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents George and Peggy Paul, and George Frederick; and his Uncle Kevin “Muggs” Frederick. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Paul was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or St. Louis Children’s Hospital Heart Center.

Ronald L. Steinmann, 70, of Columbia died Feb. 8, 2018 at Integrity Health Care in Columbia. He was born Jan. 1, 1948 in East St. Louis the son of the late Theodore and Rosella (nee Schneider) Steinmann. Mr. Steinmann is survived by his wife, Debra (nee Brown) Steinmann; sons, Jeff Steinmann of St. Louis, Mo., and Christopher (Rebecca) Steinmann of Katy, Tex.; grandchildren, Savannah and Sierra Steinmann; and a sister, Linda (Paul) Caffo of Boise, Idaho. Mr. Steinmann was an aircraft mechanic who had worked at Scott Air Force Base. He served in the U.S. Marines and attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. No public services were held. Memorials may be made to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Leesman Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Shirley A. Badger, nee Fain, 80, of Waterloo, died Feb. 11, 2018. She was born Feb. 17, 1937 in Wheelwright, Ky., the daughter of the late William and Eva (nee Evans) Fain. Mrs. Badger is survived by a daughter, Dawn (Adam) Sweatt; and grandchildren, Kylie, Griffin and Reid Sweatt; along with a sister-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver B. Badger; and her siblings. Shirley’s love for children led her to foster children and serve as a host mother for the Belize Children’s Program during her retirement. Although she had no formal musical training, she loved to sing and could play almost any instrument. Shirley also enjoyed cooking with her special recipes. Mrs. Badger attended Concord Presbyterian Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Concord Presbyterian Church with Pastor Andrew Cheatham officiating. Mrs. Badger was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the Belize Children’s Program.

John Carter Traube, 48, of Columbia, died Feb. 4, 2018. John died peacefully with his wife by his side after heroically battling brain cancer for the last 14 months. He was born Dec. 11, 1969 in Belleville the son of David L. and Carolyn C. Traube. Besides his parents, Mr. Traube is survived by his wife and soul mate, Jennifer Traube; two daughters, Meredith and Emily; mother-in-law, Katha Dionne; sister and brother, Susan and Steve Traube; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jessica Liss and Mark Su; nieces and nephews, Oliver, Eleanor and Vivian Su and Ben Traube. John attended Belleville East High School and Clarion University, where he was an 11-time All American swimmer, before starting his career running the family business, Traube Tents and Structures. Under John’s guidance the company has been honored as one of St. Louis’ and the nation’s fastest growing companies multiple times. John was also an active   advocate for the entire swimming community and volunteered countless hours to the sport. During his battle he was able to raise thousands of dollars for Swim Across America as their top fundraiser in St. Louis. Two days before his second brain surgery John completed the 2.4 mile swim successfully along with his daughters, brother and many high school and college teammates. He was a former board member of the Columbia P.L.A.Y. Commission and the Columbia P.L.A.Y. Foundation. John’s greatest joy and success was his family. He will live forever in their hearts and minds. A memorial service was at Sunset Overlook in Columbia. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s de Greeff Hospice House or to Ozark Swimming for the John Traube Memorial Scholarship.

Timothy Roy "Biker Dude" Price, 61, of Waterloo, died Feb. 15, 2018, in St.  Louis, Mo. He was born Nov. 12, 1956, in St. Louis, the son of the late  Luther and Margaret Ann (nee Hankins) Price. Mr. Price is survived by his wife,  Debbie (nee Esker) Price; daughter, Airyanna Price; step-son, Joshua Lawrence;  step-grandsons, Bobby and Julian Lawrence; siblings, Louis (Terri) Price, Cindy L.  Price, Luke (Mary) Price and Laura (Leroy) Schmidtke; mother-in-law, Monika  Shaw; brother-in-law, John (Rhonda) Esker; sisters-in-law, Donna Esker and  Penny (Sheldon) Burmester; step-nieces and step-nephews, Kyle (Amanda)  Helgraf, Ben Helgraf, Erica, Hillary, Chloe, Adley, Teagan and Sarah; his dog,  Biker; and along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bruce Price and Jeff Price. Timothy was  employed by Alton Southern Railroad, member of Maeystown Sportsman's Club  and had served in the U.S. Navy. He loved bike riding. A celebration of life will be  at a later day.

Mary Anne Walton, nee Gribat, 76, of Belleville, died Feb. 18, 2018, at Memorial  Hospital East in Shiloh. She was born July 17, 1941, in East St. Louis, the daughter of  the late Joseph and Helen (nee Ackermann) Gribat. She married Laurence R. Walton in  1991. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Walton is survived by her children, Donald J.  (Dawn) Sutter of Columbia and Christina (Keith) Nabers of Valmeyer; a step-son,  Laurence (Patricia) Walton of Shiloh; grandchildren, Abbey and Amanda Sutter,  Chelsea and Ryan Nabers, Rachel (Hunter) Smith, and Nathaniel and Sarah Walton; a  great-granddaughter, Olivia Woodcock; sisters, Deborah (John) Becker of Columbia,  Mo., and Janet Kobylinski of O’Fallon; brothers, Joseph E. (Sun Hee) Gribat of St.  Louis, Mo., and Stephen (Beth) Gribat of Kirkwood, Mo.; and a brother-in-law, Dennis  Lucido of O'Fallon; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a  sister, Andrea Lucido. Mrs. Walton was a corporate librarian for Maritz before her  retirement. In her teens Mary Anne worked on the Admiral along the St. Louis riverfront.  She went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville,  and then received a Master’s Degree in library science from the University of Missouri.  In 2003, she received the Elizabeth Owen Award for library leadership. She was a  member of the Special Library Association from 1980 to 2014. Mrs. Walton attended St.  Paul UCC in Belleville, where she served on the stewardship and nominating board at  the church. Visitation was at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Belleville with Rev. Robert Koepcke officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC in Belleville.

Larry Francis Laurent, 79, of Waterloo, died Feb. 20, 2018, at his residence. He was  born Dec. 24, 1938, in Prairie du Rocher, the son of the late Elmer and Pearl (nee  Weigard) Laurent. Mr. Laurent is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lola (nee Almand)  Laurent; daughters, Lela Laurent (Scott Topp), Linda Laurent, Loretta Laurent, Lois  Gyore (Kevin) and Lisa Schaefer; grandchildren, Jacob Gyore, Katy Gyore and Fritz  Schaefer; his brother, Stan (Dorothy) Laurent; sisters, Leola Robert and Pauline Laurent; and sister-in-law, Myrtle Laurent. He was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin Laurent; and son-in-law, J.R. Schaefer. Mr. Laurent attended Ss. Peter and Paul  Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus - Columbia, St. Louis  Silent Club, St. Louis Silent Club Deaf Hall of Fame (basketball) and St. Louis Catholic  Deaf Society. Mr. Laurent enjoyed gardening, traveling, camping at the Moonshine  Campers Club and spending time with family and friends, including his beloved pets,  Bo, Lucy and Buster. Visitation and funeral were at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Laurent was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Delbert Kenneth Tockstein, 78, of Prairie Du Rocher, died Feb. 21, 2018 at  Barnes Jewish Medical Center. He was born Jan. 18, 1940, in Detroit, Mich. Mr.  Tockstein is survived by his wife of 56 years, Fern (nee Schmitz) Tockstein;  children, Doris (Mike) Hatridge, Greg (Rhonda) Tockstein, Kelly (Wayne)  Heggemeier, Tracy Tockstein, Timmy (Amy) Tockstein, Robert (Julie) Tockstein,  Marilyn (Dennis) Ellner, Stacy (Kim) Tockstein and Teresa Kohlenberger; 20  grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings,  Doris Eggemeyer and Donald  (Betty) Tockstein; along with nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in  death by his father, Wilfred Tockstein; and his mother and step-father, Catherine  and Ezra Bievenue. Mr. Tockstein was a retired operator, having worked 52  years at Captain Coal Mine. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie  du Rocher. Delbert was a member of the Red Bud VFW Post 6632. Visitation was at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher with Monsignor Dan Jurek and Monsignor Dennis Schaefer officiating.  Mr. Tockstein was buried with military honors in the church cemetery.

Dale R. Stumpf, 75, of Raleigh, NC, died Feb. 21, 2018, at his home. He was born  Sept. 25, 1942 in Belleville, the son of the late Alvin John Stumpf and Esther  Margaret (nee Huch) Stumpf. Mr. Stumpf is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary  Patricia (nee Sifford) Stumpf; a son, Brice Tyler (Christina) Stumpf of Raleigh;  grandson, Tyler Wells Stumpf; sister-in-law, Ethel (nee Altes) Stumpf of Waterloo;  and brothers-in-law, Larry Edward (Judy) Sifford of Branson West, Mo., and Stephen  Michael (Barbara) Sifford of Nashville, Tenn.; along with nieces, nephews, a great-niece,  great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Norma  Jean Crake; a brother, Lylburn Walter Stumpf; and a niece, Diana Lynn Becherer.  After graduation from Columbia High School, Columbia, Mr. Stumpf enlisted in the  U.S. Army, serving six months active duty and six years in the reserves. He  attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Northwestern University in  Chicago, studying accounting and economics. Mr. Stumpf was employed by  Sealtest-Kraft in St. Louis, Mo., and later was transferred to Chicago and Cleveland,  Oh. As a financial controller with ITT Continental Baking Company, Mr. Stumpf and  his family lived in Richmond, Va., Tampa, Fla., and Raleigh, NC. Raleigh became his  permanent home in 1982. Mr. Stumpf attended First Baptist Church of Raleigh. A  graveside committal for Mr. Stumpf was at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. Brown-Wynne Funeral Home handled the funeral arrangements. Memorials may be made to Transitions LifeCare or his church.

Brenda Joyce Dame, nee Down, 70,of Columbia, died Feb. 16, 2018. She was  born Oct. 12, 1947 in Peoria, the daughter of the late Samuel Roy Down and  Evelyn (nee Sears) Down. Brenda grew up in Wyoming, Ill., a small town 35  miles north of Peoria. Mrs. Dame is survived by her husband of 44 years, William  Dame; daughters Karrie Daniel and Kimberly (Steve) Roedl, both of Columbia;  grandchildren, Samuel Steven Roedl (11), Benjamin Dame Roedl (8), Brook  Karoline Daniel (7) and Blake William Daniel (3); and a sister, Rhonda (Mike)  Trent of Cleveland, Tenn.; along with nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. She  earned degrees from Bradley University (education) and SIUE (early childhood  education). She taught for a few years in the Columbia School District. Brenda founded Creative Kids in Columbia 30 years ago, a business she operated until  her passing. Mrs. Dame was an advocate for the well-being of young children.  She made a difference in many children's lives by providing a safe, happy  learning environment with Creative Kids. Brenda rooted for the St. Louis  Cardinals and believed in the power of prayer. She enjoyed playing Euker and  gardening. She attended Troy United Methodist Church. Brenda was a member  of NAEYC and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. The family gives special  thanks to her best friend of 48 years, Joyce Henson, who prayed for and with  Brenda every step of the way over the past 12 years. Visitation and funeral were at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia with Pastor Jamey Bridges  officiating. Mrs. Dame was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Research at  Washington University or St. Jude Cancer Research.

Margaret “Marge” Sander, nee Forthaus, 91, of Columbia, died Feb. 24, 2018 at Integrity Health Care of Columbia. She was born March 15, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Harry and Elizabeth (nee Kunkler) Forthaus. Mrs. Sander is survived by her brother, Ray (Ann) Forthaus of St. Louis; sister-in-law, Marilyn Forthaus of St. Louis; step-sons, Joe (Debbie) Sander and Mike (Betsy) Sander, all of Columbia; step-daughters, JoAnn Sander of Columbia and Mary (Michael) Horn of Oakville, Mo.; step-grandchildren, Jessica (Dan) Strabley, Jon (Amanda) Sander, Kate (Jon) Collum and Leah Horn; and step-great-grandchildren, Emmalyn, Addelyn, Jack, Avery and Olivia; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Stanley M. Jamruk; second husband, William J. Sander; and brothers, George and Hank Forthaus. Mrs. Sander had worked as a clerk at Alumax in St. Louis. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia and was a member of American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Visitation is Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Sander will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to ICS Education and Activities Center Building Fund. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Henry Edward Althoff Jr., 101, of Fults, died Feb. 25, 2018, in Fults. He was born Nov. 1, 1916, in Griggs, the son of the late Henry Sr. and Alvina (nee Bunte) Althoff. Mr. Althoff is survived by his wife Clara (nee Segar) Althoff; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Victor, Arthur and Edwin Althoff; and a sister, Leona Dannenbrink. Henry attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault. He was retired from Gateway FS. Visitation is Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Rev. Terry Grebing officiating. Mr. Althoff will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Thomas R. Shevlin, 88, of Waterloo, died Feb. 26, 2018. He was born on June 5, 1929 the son of the late Catherine (nee Fitzgerald) Miller. Mr. Shevlin is survived by sons, Kevin (Susan) Shevlin, Mark (Lisa) Shevlin and Keith (Zandra) Shevlin; daughters, Donna (Jesse) Tow and Jennifer (Daniel Kerperien) Qualls; grandchildren, Patricia (Nathan), Michael (Melissa Angarita), Neal (Vanessa), Karla (Dennis), Erin (Jared), David (Jessica), Marlie, Drew, Sahvanna (Adam), Danea, Candice, Keylee, Kirstynne, Kayden, Dustin, and Danielle; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Pat Shevlin; sister, Gertrude Caldwell; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Thomas was preceded in death by the love of his life, Bonnie J.(nee Ferrell) Shevlin, whom he married March 11,1960; son, Thomas P. Shevlin; brothers, Bill Shevlin, Eddie Shevlin, John Shevlin and Victor Shevlin; and sisters, Genevive Orrell, Evelyn "Shorty" Metcalf and Virginia Pruett. Tom retired from Laborers International Union of North America Local 100.  He enjoyed playing cards and chess, fishing, mowing grass, and most of all, spending time with his family. Visitation will be Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. until a 12 p.m. funeral at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights . Mr. Shevlin will be buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

March 2018

Dillard A. Munsell, 79, of Waterloo, died March 29, 2018, in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 11, 1938, in Bardwell, Ky., the son of the late Ilous and Modell (nee Gunn) Munsell. Mr. Munsell is survived by his wife, Iris. (nee Hern) Munsell; children Matthew (Shawna) Munsell and Mark (Carrie) Munsell; grandchildren, Madelyn, Jonah, Ashley and Emily Munsell; and sisters Jane Berry and Linda (John) Selman; along with nieces, nephews and cousins.    He was preceded in death by a brother, Daryl Dewayne Munsell. Mr. Munsell retired from UniLever in St. Louis after 30 years of service. He was dedicated follower of Christ, pastoring churches in Kentucky and Illinois. He was also talented musician who played in local churches. Dillard was a well-known folk-artist who made native-American artifact reproductions. He made arrowheads and spear points that were more magnificent than the originals by chipping away from a large nodule of flint down to a perfect arrowhead. He taught classes, held demonstrations at universities, had graduate students study his technique and even featured on television once for his flint-knapping skills. Mr. Munsell had customers from all over the world leading to him being asked by the Boy Scouts of America to run the Indian Lore part of the Boy Scout camp at Kentucky Lake. Dillard and Iris led boys through spear and ax-throwing, singing songs and other summer camp activities and touched the lives of many. Visitation is Saturday, April 7, from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow. A catered dinner will then be hosted by Iris and the family at the Waterloo Beacon (718 North Market Street). Memorials may be made to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund.

Betty A. Lerch, nee Hauptfleisch, 86, of Red Bud, formerly of Valmeyer, died March 24, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born March 28, 1931, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late William and Lydia (nee Mueller) Hauptfleisch. Mrs. Lerch is survived by her children, Terrie Thies, Tammy (Dennis) Duffy and Tina Lerch (Mike McCaslin); grandchildren, Brandon (Lacy) Duffy, Kyle Duffy, Anna Thies and Maxim McCaslin; and great-grandchildren, Joshua Cranford, Jacob Cranford, Boden Duffy and Jack Rabe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore W. Lerch Jr.; and siblings, Roland Hauptfleisch, Alois Hauptfleisch and Pearl Jaenke. Betty attended St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer. She was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Auxiliary, Red Bud Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Red Bud Women's Club and the Red Bud Senior Circle. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor Elizabeth Terrill officiating. Mrs. Lerch was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Reflections of Garden Place in Columbia.

Dorothy M. Haberl, nee Sudbeck 93, of Columbia, died March 29, 2018. She was born Dec. 10, 1924, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Peter and Adelaide (nee Cissell) Sudbeck. Dorothy married Vernon “Buzz” Haberl in 1945 in St. Louis. He died in 2005. Mrs. Haberl is survived by her daughter, Nancy Drevicki of Belleville; son-in-law, Chris Ziebold of Waterloo; grandchildren, Lisa (Chris) Treadwell, Tracey (Daniel) Van Leuven, Sophia (Joe) Chappell, Andrea (Chris) Davis, Jason (Bobbi) Ziebold, Ryan (Michelle) Drevicki and Nathan Ziebold; and great-grandchildren, Joe and Jamie Bisson, Danielle and Charles Van Leuven, Ellen Treadwell, Logan and Landon Davis, Sophia, Luke and Sean Chappell, and Brayden Drevicki; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Kay Ziebold; brother, Jim Sudbeck; grandchild, Kristen Ziebold; and son-in-law, John Drevicki. Mrs. Haberl was a Rosie the Riveter during World War II. She was also the former jewelry manager at Susman’s and also Famous Barr, where she launched the new fine jewelry locations at Downtown St. Louis, South Country and Crestwood.  She retired from Famous Barr’s Crestwood store in 1987. Dot was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Battle of the Bulge Wives. Mrs. Haberl attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia since 1957. Dot loved to draw, travel, garden and talk politics. Visitation was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. A funeral  followed with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Haberl was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund.

Russell E. Rippelmeyer, 85, of Waterloo, died March 30, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born July 14, 1932, in Waterloo, the son of the late Albert and Catherine (nee Baxmeyer) Rippelmeyer. Mr. Rippelmeyer is survived by his wife Joyce (nee Schmitt) Rippelmeyer; daughters, Cynthia (David) Birk and Caryl (David) Noelken; grandchildren, Melissa (Adam) Dye, Eric (Kristen) Birk, Aaron (Megan) Birk and Mike Noelken; great-grandchildren, Emily, Sophie, Lucia, Harrison, Dax, Jonah, Mia and Ellie; and sister-in-law, Mildred Rippelmeyer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his son Mark R. Rippelmeyer; grandson, Gregory S. Noelken; and his brother, Elmer Rippelmeyer. Mr. Rippelmeyer was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He had retired from IDOT and farming. Mr. Rippelmeyer attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor Elizabeth Terrill officiating. Mr. Rippelmeyer was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Harold C. Metter, 89, of Columbia, died March 15, 2018, at Oak Hill Care Center. He was born August 6, 1928, in Chester, the son of the late August and Eva (nee  Spichalski) Metter. Harold married Dorothy (nee Herrmann) Metter in 1950 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Metter is survived by his children, Steven (Mary Sue) Metter of Columbia and Connie (Larry) Costello of Kirkwood, Mo.; and grandchildren, Stephanie Metter, Abbey and Kelly Metter, and Brandon, Kevin (Alexandra) and Andrew Costello. He was also preceded in death by his son, Alan Metter; daughter, Marilyn (Don) Borcharding; and a brother, Clem Metter. Mr. Metter was a veteran of the Korean War where he was introduced to the construction trade. He went on to join the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Mr. Metter was employed for more than 60 years through the Carpenter's Union Local 662. He built many Monroe County homes. Harold and Dorothy, married for 67 years, were both part of the original Strassenfest and took part in many festivals. During the event Harold was often entertaining on the German stomp fiddle. Known for his art of storytelling and jokes, he was a wonderful father, grandfather, uncle and friend to many. Harold was an enthusiastic gardener, well known for his prized tomatoes. An avid hunter and outdoorsman, he ran a taxidermy business at his home. Mr. Metter was a member of the St. Louis Jazz Club. He played the clarinet for many years at local hangouts, including alongside Ken Oexner as the Two Grumpy Old Men. Visitation was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral followed with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Metter will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund.

Donald L. Gleiber, 87, of Waterloo, died peacefully March 14, 2018, in Waterloo. He was born March 26, 1930, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Walter and Goldie (nee Fults) Gleiber. Mr. Gleiber is survived by his daughter, Donna (John) Dinkelaker; grandsons, Jared (Kristin) Dinkelaker, Jacob Dinkelaker and Tyler Dinkelaker; great-grandson, Henry Dinkelaker; special friend, Joanne Goeddel; and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (nee Moffitt) Gleiber. Mr. Gleiber was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He, along with his father-in-law, Henry Moffitt, owned and operated Moffitt Oil Company. Donald attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo where he served on the consistory. He was a member of the Waterloo Rotary Club. His service to the community included the board of directors at First National Bank of Waterloo, Monroe County Electric Co-op, Kaskaskia Regional Port District, Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, Waterloo Rural Fire Protection trustee and the Columbia Sister Cities. Don played with the Waterloo Municipal Band for more than 25 years. Visitation is was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Mr. Gleiber was buried at St. Paul Evangelical Burial Park. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Rotary Club.

James Henry Huber, 74, of Westphalia, Mo., formerly of Hecker, died March 17, 2018, at the Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Hospital in Columbia, Mo. He had been battling an illness for some time. He was born on Oct. 24, 1943, in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of the late Carl and Goldean (nee West) Huber.  James married Rose Bernadette Reichart in 1967 in Westphalia, Mo. She died in 2016. Mr. Huber is survived by a daughter, Julie Huber of Westphalia; sons, Ron Huber of Westphalia and John Huber (Lori) of St. Elizabeth; grandchildren Attila, Chayla and Brienna Huber; sisters Mary Wilde and Susie Huber; and brothers Kenny (Lori) Huber and Paul (Shelly) Huber; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by brothers Gilbert (1970) and Gerald “Butch” (1991) Huber; and a brother-in-law, David Wilde (2016). Jim graduated from Fatima High School in 1961, where he played basketball and was president of the FFA. Jim enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. After his service to the country, Jim worked for Settle Radio and Repair in Jefferson City, Mo., was a front-end diesel mechanic for Knollmeyer’s Chevrolet in Linn, diesel mechanic for International Harvester in St. Louis, Mo., a machinist for Stag Brewery in Belleville, a truck driver for Hepp Trucking in New Athens, and then a truck driver for Jefferson Hauling and Distributing in Jefferson City, Mo., until his retirement. Jim and Rose along with other friends and couples played St. Nicholas for the Westphalia children after they were married. They would go to homes with small children and bring them candy and have them say prayers. The friends were grouped together as St. Nicholas, an Angel and a Devil (for the bad boys and girls) along with a driver—none of them were ever paired with their spouses or siblings so that townspeople would not know who they were. While living in Hecker (1979 - 1993) Jim was active with St. Augustine Catholic Church. He was a member of the Hecker Community Center, where he volunteered for dances and the state horseshoe tournaments. Mr. Huber also served on the Hecker Volunteer Fire Department. Jim was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia. He enjoyed playing pinochle with family and friends, frog gigging with his brother-in-law Jim Reichart, and spending time with his family (especially his grandchildren). Visitation was at Hilke-Millard Funeral Home in Westphalia, Mo. Funeral was at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Anthony Viviano officiating. Mr. Huber was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Erlene P. Bievenue, nee Buss, 84, of Red Bud, died March 16, 2018, in O'Fallon. She was born July 5, 1933, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Clarence and Irene (nee Greatting) Buss. Mrs. Bievenue is survived by her husband, Orville Bievenue; children Sharon Irene (Carl) Wilson, Orville John Bievenue Jr., and Gary Lee Clarence (Courtney) Bievenue; grandchildren Edward Drew Wilson, John Michael (Patty) Bievenue, Cody Bievenue, Reesha Marie Bievenue, Rachel Marie Bievenue and Michael Bievenue; and great-grandchildren Ty Bievenue and Tessa Ray Bievenue. Mrs. Bievenue attended St. Peter UCC in Red Bud. She was a member of the Waterloo VFW Women's Auxiliary and CMA St. Mary's. Visitation and funeral were at St. Peter UCC in Red Bud with Pastor Lisa Hart officiating. Mrs. Bievenue was buried at the church cemetery.

Jacqueline L. "Jackie" Blandford, nee Ruby, 74, of Waterloo, died March 13, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Dec. 8, 1943, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Elmer and Gladys (nee Mosbacher) Ruby. Mrs. Blandford is survived by her husband, George Blandford; children, Dawn (Riley) Thomas and Scott Blandford; grandchildren, Cameron, Cole and Brody; and a sister, Pat (Norman) Rehmer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. There are no services. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Delbert A. Straub, 74, of Columbia, died March 6, 2018. He was born May 7, 1943, in Belleville, the son of the late Julius and Wilma (nee Riebeling) Straub. He married Sandra (nee Hettenhausen) Straub in 1965 at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Straub is survived by his daughters, Deborah (Jim) Combs and Cynthia (Tom Korte) Straub of Columbia, both of Columbia; step- grandchildren, Aubrey, Jennifer and Jimmy Combs; step-great-grandchild, Willow; a brother, Paul (Rachel) Straub of Columbia; and a sister-in-law, Sharon Straub of Waterloo; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Straub; step-mother, Thelma Straub; and a niece and Godchild, Lisa R. Straub. Mr. Straub was a retired machinist from Ameren UE’s Meramec power plant. He attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia and was a former member of St. John UCC in Valmeyer. Delbert enjoyed traveling and walking whenever he could, especially throughout downtown Columbia. Mr. Straub had served in the U.S. Army. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard, officiating. Mr. Straub was buried at the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to St. John UCC of Valmeyer.

Delano Theodor Buettner, 84, of Waterloo, died peacefully at his home March 4, 2018. He was born Sept. 25, 1933 in Wartburg, the son of the late John W. and Capitola (nee Hoffsteder) Buettner. Mr. Buettner is survived by his wife, Phyllis (nee Van Damme) Buettner, children, Deborah (Francisco) Rosales, Mark (Procesa) Buettner and John (Teresa) Buettner; grandchildren, Dee, Jerry, Alyssa, Josh and Sherry (Doug) Haines; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Zona (Bob) Hogrebe. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters. Del served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean War. He took part in the atom bomb test at Yucca Flats in 1952 before being dispatched to Korea. He earned the Purple Heart after sustaining an injury. After his discharge, Del graduated from Missouri Chiropractic College in 1960. He was then employed on the management team at AT&T (Lucent Technologies); retiring in 1992. In his free time, Mr. Buettner loved traveling, planting trees and working at the farm. Del was a long-time member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Wartburg where he served on many committees, including being a trustee and usher for many years. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Rev. Dan Ostlund officiating. Mr. Buettner was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to tree planting at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Darlene Marie Caroline Goudey, nee Thiele, 82, of Columbia, died March 8, 2018, at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born Oct. 27, 1935, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Henry and Frieda Thiele. She was married to Gerald A. Goudey for more than 54 years. He died in 2006. Mrs. Goudy worked for Bausch and Lomb (formerly Storz Instrument) for 37 years, and was recipient of their Employee of the Year Award in 1989. Upon retirement, she worked at Columbia Market. Mrs. Goudy was also an operating room technician at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. Darlene served with the Columbia Ambulance Service for 16 years and was an auxiliary police officer under Chief Walter Riebeling. Darlene’s further involvement in the community included serving on the Columbia Zoning Board of Appeals, Columbia Civic Progress Committee, being a Monroe County Election Judge, American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary, Columbia Historical Society, Columbia Optimist Club and a charter member of the International Order of Job's Daughters - Bethel 65. Mrs. Goudy attended Christ Community Lutheran Church. Mrs. Goudy is survived by her children, Wayne (Janis) Goudey, Rodney Goudey, Vicky Schlemmer and Tracy (Richard) Sewell, all of Columbia; grandchildren, Chris Goudey, Jennifer (Joe) Bolstad, Monica Goudey, Abby (Danielle) Palicios Goudey, Derek Schlemmer, Dana (Jon) Kovarik, Darla (Brandon Castillo) Sewell, Richie (Kelsey) Sewell, Jared and Jon Albrecht and Ryan Fujiwara; and great-grandchildren, Natalia, Galilea, Jax Palicios Goudey, Morgan Bolstad, Joselyn Sewell, Brandon Castillo Sewell and Hadley Sewell. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Earl Thiele. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Jared Parker officiating. Mrs. Goudy was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Freeda M. Whelan, nee Bennett, 77, of rural Prairie du Rocher, died March 7, 2018, at Saint Louis University Hospital following an extended illness. She was born Sept. 19, 1940, in Roots, the daughter of the late Herbert and Oman (nee Wilson) Bennett. Freeda married Allen J. “A.J.” Whelan in 1959 at St. Peter UCC in Red Bud. Mrs. Whelan owned and operated Freeda’s Bar in downtown Renault since 2004. She was also a homemaker. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Whelan is survived by her children, Keith Whelan (fiancée Tammie Zahner) of St. Mary, Mo., Deborah (Richard) Davitz of Red Bud and Chris (Karen) Whelan of Branson, Mo.; sisters, Lucille Wagner and Shirley (Ronald) Jaenke; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Cletus (Pat) Whelan, Gerald Whelan and Nancy Kruse, Sheila Bennett and Mabel Whelan; grandchildren, Michael, Melissa, Justin, Laura, Kourtney, Matthew, Ricky, Tyler, Nathan, Whitney and Lydia; and 11 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Bennett; sisters, Ruby Glotfilty and Peggy Althoff; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Lloyd Romay, Harvey Althoff, Glen Wagner, Walter (Eileen) Kelley, Oliver (Mildred) Dehne, Leroy Whelan, Rosalie Whelan and Roger Kruse; two nephews; and one niece. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. A funeral followed with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation.

Barbara A. Suttner, nee Britton, 66, of Waterloo, died March 10, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Sept. 11, 1951, in Clayton, Mo., the daughter of the late Russel and Margaret (nee Doyle) Britton. Mrs. Suttner is survived by her daughters Sherri (Aaron) Voelker and Susie (Bill) Nagel; granddaughter Rylee Jane Nagel; grandsons Keith Voelker and Blake Nagel; sisters Mary (Lenny) Powell and Karen (Martin) Mendoza; nieces and nephews Jon Mendoza, Gabriel Mendoza and Christina Pelka; and her cousins; along with her companion (her man) Jeff Haltenhof and his family, Kimberly Smoot, Kenneth (Ashley) Haltenhof, Kalvin Haltenhof, Emily Smoot and Cade Allen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary J. Suttner. Barbara attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She was an insurance broker. Visitation is Thursday, March 15, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, March 16 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, March 16 at 10: 30 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Osang Idagbo, C.M. officiating. Mrs. Suttner will be buried at her church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School.

Dorothy Harres, nee Schneider, 91, of Columbia, died March 11, 2018 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born Dec. 30, 1926, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Otto J. and Naomi V. (nee McFarland) Schneider. Dorothy married Harold Harres in 1947 in Columbia. He died in 2016. Mrs. Harres is survived by her sons, Mike (Debbie) Harres of Millstadt and Joel (Linda) Harres of Columbia; a daughter, Lisa (Glenn) Stumpf of Columbia; grandchildren, Matthew (Aggie) Harres, Kristin (Owen) Bass, Sarah (Ken) Lehrmann, Nathan (Laura) Harres, Jordan (Amanda) Harres, Hannah (Tucker Jensen) Harres, Melissa (Ryan) Maupin, Scott (Kelly) Harres, Stephanie Harres, Jake (Kasey) Stumpf and Jessie (Morgan) Stumpf; and 19 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Steven James Harres; a daughter-in-infancy, Karen Harres; and brother, Robert Schneider. Dorothy shared the nickname “Dinx” with her father. As a child, Dorothy lived on Main Street above what is now Joe Boccardi’s. After she married Harold, the couple moved to the country next to his parents. Dorothy adapted well to country life; she was an excellent seamstress and homemaker. Dinx was a retired secretary for Luhr Bros. Mrs. Harres was also an avid golfer and was in the Waterloo Country Club’s Ladies Golf League. She enjoyed traveling, especially golf trips with friends. Dorothy was a member of the Home Extension and attended St. Paul UCC. Mrs. Harres enjoyed spending time with her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, especially their basketball and baseball games, dance and singing recitals. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Harres was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church or the Monroe County Association For Home and Community Education.

Justin Joseph Koppeis, 34, of Columbia, died March 3, 2018, at his residence. He was born Aug. 13, 1983, in Jefferson City, Mo. Mr. Koppeis is survived by his parents, Joe and Patty (nee Saylor) Koppeis of rural Columbia; daughters, Addison, Reagan and Harper; grandmother, Carol Saylor of Columbia; and dogs, Maggie and Elsa; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Kopie and Lucille Koppeis; and maternal grandfather, Earl Saylor. Mr. Koppeis was the property manager at Admiral Parkway of Columbia. He was also a journeyman carpenter with Local 660. Justin was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He had attended both Columbia and Gibault High Schools. Visitation and funeral  were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Monsignor Carl Scherrer and Deacon Mike Burch officiating. Mr. Koppeis was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Education and Activities Center Building Fund. Braun Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Veronica A. Gregson, nee Gale, 87, of Hecker, died March 2, 2018, in Red Bud. She was born Nov. 3, 1930, in Fountain Bluff Township in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Henry and Matilda (nee Shields) Gale. Mrs. Gregson is survived by her children, Gerard Q. (Clara) Gregson, Michael G. (Nancy) Gregson and Marvin C. (Elaine) Gregson; daughter-in-law, LuAnn Gregson; grandchildren, Chad and Bradley Gregson, Jeremey (Stacy) Gregson, Jamie (Sarah) Gregson, Stefanie (Aaron) Cope, Scott (Lyndall) Gregson, Dr. Kristi (Dr. Jason) Moore, Katie (Dr. James) Munden, Aaron Gregson (fiancé Megan Schilling) and Lucas Gregson; great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Megan Gregson, Charley and Damon Gregson, Ian Matzenbacher, Tommy and Cassidy Gregson, Brady, Brynn, Finley and Maddox Moore, Doris, Cynthia, James and Trey Munden; brother,Chris (Kathy) Gale; sisters, Kathleen Scheer, Edith (Doug) Sahlin and Rosalie Dollar; sisters-in-law, Betty Gale, Linda Gale, Rita Orlet and Maxine Linnertz; and brothers-in-law ,Norbert Dreisewerd and George (Billie) Gregson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Quentin J. Gregson; son, Francis B. Gregson; granddaughter, Amie Gregson; brothers, Wilburn and Bernard Gale; sisters, Loretta Dreisewerd and Bridget VanFleet; brothers-in-law, Jim Scheer, Jim VanFleet, Herb Dollar, Alvin Linnertz and Clem Orlet. Mrs. Gregson attended St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church in Hecker. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mrs. Gregson was buried at her church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, Southern Illinois Hospice or Red Bud Regional Hospital.

Chad Bergman, 43, of Waterloo, died March 3, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born May 5, 1974, in Belleville, the son of Beverly Faye Harrison and Donald (Sue Pierson) Bergman. Besides his parents, Mr. Bergman is survived by brothers Casey Steven (Santina) Bergman and Cody (Heather Miller) Bergman; sisters Haley Harrison and Angela Ford; and nieces and nephews Kristian Miller, Curtis Bergman, Haley and Hannah Stemmley; along with cousins, aunts and uncles. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home.

William Francis Heine, 100, of Columbia, died March 5, 2018, at Jefferson Barracks Hospital. He was born in 1917 in Spring Grove, Mr. Heine is survived by a niece, Sandra Rey and close friends, Mark and Jenni Mehrmann of Columbia and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife Lillie M. (nee Byers) Heine. Mr. Heine retired from Cerro Copper and attended St. Paul UCC. He was a World Ward II Air Force veteran and a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. William Groennert officiating. Mr.Heine was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 581.

Lacy L. Andra, nee Lancaster, 90,of Columbia, died March 8, 2018 at Oak Hill. She was born Nov. 3, 1927 in Marked Tree, Ark., the daughter of the late John W. and Velma (nee Cowsert) Lancaster. She was married to the late Mike Andra Nov. 21, 1963. Mrs. Andra is survived by her son, Michael A. Andra of Spring, Tex., brothers, Doyle (Barbara) Lancaster of Ark. and J.C. (Maria) Lancaster of Columbia; a sister, Jane Deeds of Bensonville; and other relatives.  Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Andra was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Activities Fund.

Rita A. Pajares, nee Luechtefeld, 95, of Smithton, died March 9, 2018 at her home. She was born Sept. 26, 1922, in St. Libory, the daughter of the late Libory and Anna (nee Terveer) Luechtefeld. She married James J. Pajares in 1945. He died in 2004. Mrs. Pajares is survived by her children, Ken (Barb) Pajares of Belleville, Mary Ann (Al) Toenjes of Waterloo, Kathy Pajares of Belleville, Dottie (Gerald) Miller of Lively Grove, Pat (Mike) Groves of Cadiz, Ky., Jane (Dave) Briesacher of Waterloo, Sandy (Jerry) Jenkins of Millstadt, Tom (Connie) Pajares of Freeburg and Bill (Melinda) Pajares of Millstadt; a sister, Sr. Leona Luechtefeld, ASC of Belleville; a brother, Ralph Luechtefeld of Belleville; and a son-in-law, Lee J. Cox. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Geralyn Cox; great-grandson, Brody Miller; and a granddaughter-in-law, Jen Briesacher; along with four sisters and a brother. Visitation is Saturday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at until 1 p.m. funeral at St. John the Baptist Church in Smithton with Fr. Ken York officiating. Mrs. Pajares will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Brody Miller Trust Fund, St. John the Baptist Church or School, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ or the American Diabetes Association. Leesman Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

April 2018

Melvin Elmer Rehg, 76, of Foristell, Mo., died April 26, 2018 in Lake Saint Louis, Mo. He was born April 21, 1942 in Columbia, the son of the late Walter and Pauline (nee Heismer) Rehg. Mr. Rehg is survived by his wife of 29 years, Ruth Ann (nee Keubler) Rehg; step-daughter, Alexandra S. (Jerry) Meurer; grandchildren, Emilee N. Meurer, Zachary E. Meurer and Olivia G. Meurer; and siblings, Roger (Laura) Rehg, Norma (David) Herron and Joyce (Kenny) Schmidt. Melvin was a janitor for 10 years at the Wentzville School District. Visitation and funeral were at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals and Reception in St. Peters, Mo., with Noel Stephens officiating. Mr. Rehg was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Harold T. Reichert, 85, of Columbia, died April 18, 2018 at St. Clare Health Care Center in Fenton, Mo. He was born Sept. 16, 1932, in Columbia, the son of the late Wilbert and Pauline (nee Weilbacher) Reichert. Mr. Reichert is survived by his wife, Betty (nee Boedeker) Reichert; daughter, Rhonda (Howard) Ketzner; grandchild, John Harold Ketzner; and brothers, Kenneth (Helen) Reichert and Earl (Carol) Reichert; along with cousins, other relatives and friends. Mr. Reichert served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant first class during the Korean War. Harold had worked as a finish carpenter with Schueler Construction and later with St. Louis Ship doing finish work in the pilot house. He was an accomplished ball player who had been drafted by the St. Louis Browns. Mr. Reichert loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting, and wanted nothing to do with the concrete jungle of the city. He attended Hope Christian Church. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Jones, officiating. Mr. Reichert was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass.

Harry George "Skinny" Glotfelty, 88, of Waterloo, died April 18, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Harry J. and Leona Helen (nee Storck) Glotfelty. Mr. Glotfelty is survived by his wife, Helen (nee Long) Glotfelty; children, Vicki Kay (Robert) Miller, Terry Alan Glotfelty, Cindy Elaine (Dale) Heusohn, Sheri Annette (Michael) Mize and Gregory Aaron Glotfelty; grandchildren Angela Dawn (Jason) Neale, Jay Robert Miller, Brad Alan Glotfelty, Shelly Lynn (Kevin) Hemker, Heather Marie (Derek) Hawkins, Nathan Leon Heusohn, Annette Rose (Jonathan Stone) Glotfelty and Lia Chanele (Rick) Lanham; great-grandchildren, Kalei Autumn Ferrin, Peyton Neale, Brayden August Glotfelty, Kyra Lynn Hemker, Shay Lynn  Hemker and Paige Margaret Hawkins; step-children, Daniel Leo (Eugenia) Tucker, David Leonard (Brenda) Tucker and Donald Louis (Cindy) Tucker; step-grandchildren, Ashley (Phil) Nelson, Hannah (Charlie) Kaemmerer, Brandy Scott, Ryan Louis (Katie) Tucker and Eric William (Kaitlyn) Tucker; and step-great-granddaughter, Haisley Faith Kaemmerer. He was preceded in death by his son, Timothy George Glotfelty; sister,Gayle Holland; and daughter-in-law, Mary Glotfelty. Mr. Glotfelty attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer, where he served on the consistory for three terms. Skinny worked for the Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad for 36 years. Visitation and funeral were at  Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Mr. Glotfelty was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to his church or to the American Heart Association.

Margaret M. Davis, nee Kohler, 87, of Waterloo, died April 19, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Aug. 27, 1930, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Hugo and Catherine (nee Wuertz) Kohler. Mrs. Davis is survived by her children, Margaret Schlotmann, William Davis, Mary Ann Whelan, Patty (Ron) Lippert and Ed Davis; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Davis; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; brother, Paul Kohler; and sisters, Lorraine Novak, Bernardine Hoff and Ruth Riebeling; along with a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Lee Davis; sons, Larry Davis and John Davis; grandson, Joseph Whelan; and granddaughter, Linda Schlotmann. Mrs. Davis attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Davis was buried at the church cemetery.

Steven C. Gibbs, 44, of Columbia, died April 18, 2018, at his home. He was born Feb. 10, 1974, in Belleville, the son of Edward and Susan (nee Volkert) Gibbs. Besides his parents, Mr. Gibbs is survived by his brothers, Tyler Gibbs (Ashley Brown) and Griffin (Ashley) Gibbs; uncles and aunt, Steven (Bonnie) Volkert and Ken Gibbs; and niece and nephew Emery and Cohen Gibbs. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, August and Esther Volkert, and Irene Akers; and an aunt, Mary Ann Gibbs.

John J. Schmiskie, 93, of Columbia, died April 21, 2018 at Cedarhurst - Memory Care in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Mulberry, Kan., the son of the late John and Dollie (nee Hewkin) Schmiskie. Mr. Schmiskie is survived by his wife, Arleen (nee Faitz) Schmiskie; three daughters, Judith Zellers, Paula Honey and Nyla (Roger) Rednour; a son, Ronald Schmiskie; a sister, Pauline Willingham; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Mrs. Schmiskie was retired from Ameren and was a merchant marine veteran of WW II. He attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. Paul UCC with Pastor Kris Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Schmiskie was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC or Wounded Warrior Project.

Patricia Ann Earhart, nee Gruber, 74, of Dupo, died April 19, 2018, at her home. She was born in Kimmswick, Mo., the daughter of the late Franz and Pauline (nee Berger) Gruber. Mrs. Earhart is survived by her children, Brian W. (Carol) Hart of Waterloo, Kimberly (Greg) Latinette of Columbia and Nichole (Lonny) Luttrull of Columbia; siblings, Donald (Pat) Gruber of Columbia, Marvin Gruber of Waterloo, Franz (Annette) Gruber of Waterloo, Eugene (Shari) Gruber of Evansville and Karen (Kenneth) Sitzes of Waterloo; grandchildren, Megan (Jeremy) Batson, Kendra Stumpf, Kelly Stumpf, Seth Luttrull and Aaron Luttrull, all of Columbia, and Benjamin Hart and Madalyn Hart, both of Waterloo; great-grandchildren, Addisen Batson, Aubree Batson and Noah Stumpf, all of Columbia; and special friend, Larry McFadin of Dupo; along with nieces, nephews and friends. When not being a full-time wife and mother, Patricia was a custodial worker for various commercial enterprises. She was preceded in death by her first husband and the father of her children, William Hart; her second husband, Larry Earhart; sisters, Violet (Kurt) Kurtz and Delores Gruber; brothers, Alvin Gruber and Kenneth Gruber; a great-grandchild, Zander Batson; a sister-in-law, Joyce Gruber; and a brother-in-law, Kurt Kurtz. Visitation and funeral were at Creason Funeral Home in Waterloo with Rev. Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Earhart was buried at Jefferson Barrack National Cemetery.

Helen C. Wilde, nee Stemler, 95, of Columbia, died April 26, 2018, at Oak Hill. She was born March 31, 1923, in rural Millstadt, the daughter of the late George and Elsie (nee Reichert) Stemler. Mrs. Wilde is survived by her sisters, Hilma (Sylvester) Kleinschmidt and Helma Kleinschmidt; sisters-in-law, Rosalie Stemler and Loretta (Joe) Vogt; children, Sharon (Doug) Dahm of Swansea, Karon (Charles) Frenk of Omaha, Neb., Kathy (Bill) Mayor of St. Louis, Mo., and Ken (Nancy) Wilde of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Matt (Rachel) Dahm, Andrew Dahm, Jennifer (Clark) Peterson, Deanna (Jim) Sheets, Adam (Lexie) Frenk, John (Julie) Mayor, Chris (Jacqui) Farrell, Megan  (Billy) Balcom and Sarah Wilde; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Wilde (died in 1999); brothers, Hurlan, Albert, Homer, Herbert and Harold; her sister-in-law. Marlyn Stemler; brother-in-law, Bill Kleinschmidt; and grandson, Scott Frenk. Everyone will miss her warm smile, good humor and positive attitude. Helen was a homemaker. She attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia, where she volunteered many years in the kitchen committee. Mrs. Wilde had been a Girl Scout leader. She was a member of Columbia Gymnastic Association (Turner Hall) and the Columbia American Legion Post Auxiliary. Helen and her husband, George, volunteered at the Jefferson Barracks Hospital. She also tended to the residents at  Columbia Nursing and Rehab. Helen and George had enjoyed vacationing in Arizona and Florida. During her last years, Mrs. Wilde resided at Garden Place and Oak Hill in Waterloo. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Wilde was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the Columbia American Legion Memorial Trust Fund.

George E. Bieber, 83, of Potosi, Mo., died April 24, 2018. He was born Nov. 15, 1933, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Charles and Frieda (nee Nieman) Bieber. Mr. Bieber is survived by his children, George J. Bieber, Belinda M. Prete, Glenn A. (Malinda) Bieber, Gerry Bieber, Venus (Patrick) Kowalczyk and Melissa King; 15 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (nee Kohler) Bieber; sisters, Marie S. Schuff, Violet H. Young and Delores E. Rahn; and brothers, Clarence W. Bieber, Armin C. Bieber, Wilbert J. Bieber, Carl C. Bieber, Milton A. Bieber and John P. Bieber. Mr. Bieber was the retired owner of Safeway Painting and Drywall. He had been a member of the Waterloo Oddfellows, Moose Lodge and Painter’s Union AFLCIO 58 and the Waterloo Country Club. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Bieber was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

Shirley Ann Langhans, nee Stumpf, 80, of Columbia, died April 28, 2018, in Indianapolis, Ind. Shirley was born April 10, 1938 in Columbia, the daughter of the late Edwin and Helen (nee Heise) Stumpf. After graduating from Columbia High School as valedictorian, Shirley became an airline stewardess for Delta Airlines. She married her high school sweetheart, Ron Langhans, in 1960. Shirley also worked for Pacific Life Insurance Company and was a longtime agent, owner and broker of Century 21 Advantage in downtown Columbia. Through the years Shirley was a co-owner, cashier and bookkeeper for Ron’s Pharmacy. Mrs. Langhans loved her community, church, and school - volunteering often and serving in many roles. Mrs. Langhans is survived by her husband, Ron A. Langhans; daughter, Kendra (David Weidmayer) Langhans of Indianapolis, Ind.; and a sister, Sharon (Gene) Marzano of Marietta, Ga.; along with family and friends. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Langhans was buried at  Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Columbia Unit 4 School District Foundation.

Erwin G. Withum Jr., 90, formerly of Columbia, died April 29, 2018 in Tampa, Fla., surrounded by his family. He was born Oct. 12, 1927 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Erwin G. and Dorthea (nee Lichtenburg) Withum Sr. Mr. Withum is survived by his sons, Daniel (Sheila) Withum and David (Jessica) Withum; grandchildren, Christina (Jamie) Frank, Mathew Withum, Carson Withum, Sarah (Darrell) Seelochan, Kyle Withum, Kelly Withum and Kimberly Withum;  great-grandchildren, Nora, Madison, Makenzie and Easton; and friends Paul Asselmeier and Farrell (Cookie) Tunze; along with nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanette (nee Asselmeier) Withum; second wife, Margaret Meyer; a daughter, Marcia (John) Spytek; and a sister, Norma Tarr. Mr. Withum’s parents moved to Columbia soon after he was born. He lived here until March 2016 when he fulfilled his dream of moving to sunny Florida away from the “sleet and snow.” A World Ward II veteran, Erv was the owner operator of Columbia Equipment Co. He later was a real estate agent and senior real estate appraiser associated with H.C. Schueler Realty. Mr. Withum loved to dance, play golf and root for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a longtime member and a club champion at the Waterloo Country Club: “Well done good and faithful servant; enter thou into the joy of your Lord. You made the last putt!” Visitation is Friday, May 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Rev. Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Withum will be buried at the  St. John UCC Cemetery in  Maeystown. Memorials may be made to Hoyleton Children’s Home Foundation or St. Paul UCC in Columbia.

Debra A. Horne, nee Obptande, 61, of Prairie du Rocher, died April 17, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 27, 1956, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Robert and Marcelline (nee Walker) Obptande. Debbie grew up in Prairie du Rocher and graduated from Red Bud High School. She married David Horne in 1975 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie Du Rocher. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Horne is survived by her children Mason (Staci) Horne and Megan Horne; grandchildren Ryan Horne and Tyler Horne; and sisters Lynn (Jim) Jackson, Angie (Scott) Burkhardt, Judy McCormick and Pam Rippelmeyer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother in infancy. Debbie and Dave lived in Katy, Tex., along with the Illinois towns of Decatur, Bement, Hammond and Red Bud. After the Flood of ’93, they moved from Valmeyer to Debbie’s hometown of Prairie Du Rocher. Debbie was a loving mother to her two children. Many of their childhood friends considered her a second mom. She loved watching her son play baseball and her daughter play softball. In recent years, Mrs. Horne attended her grandsons’ baseball and karate events. Mrs. Horne had worked as the office manager for various construction companies. She was also an entrepreneur, having owned and operated three small businesses, including Long Chat de Queue (the concession stand at Fort de Chartres). Mrs. Horne attended St. Joseph Catholic Church. Debbie was a member of the Prairie du Rocher American Legion Auxiliary and the Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres. Mrs. Horne enjoyed gardening, sewing, antiquing, swimming, historical reenacting, spending time with her family, and playing with her boxer, Bela. Visitation and funeral were at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mrs. Horne was buried at the church cemetery.

Esther E. Brandt, nee Horn, 88, of Waterloo, died April 30, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born Dec. 10, 1929, in Kidd, the daughter of the late Otto and Elisa Horn (nee Seboldt) Horn. Mrs. Brandt is survived by her husband, Vernon Brandt; children Bonnie (Roy) Unterseh, Dennis (Yvonne) Brandt; and Debbie (Edward) Arras; step-children Morris (Pat) Brandt, Karlene (Tom) Covilli and Mark (Lynn) Brandt; grandchildren Shawn (Mike) Wilde, Margo (Dave) Haney, Mandy (Scott) Soma, Eric Brandt, Ray Brandt (Harisa), Jennifer (Matt) Prather and  Eddie (Annie) Arras; 8 great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren Matthew (Gretchen) Brandt, Kate (Brett) Mueller, Nick (Amanda) Minton, Andrew Brandt, Abbi (Clay) Levin and Maria (Blake) Manville; and 9 step-great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William V. Brandt; grandson Mark Unterseh; brothers Albert, Walter, Richard and Wilbert Horn; and a sister, Edna Poole. Mrs. Brandt attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, where she was involved with Ladies Aid and other church organizations. Visitation Wednesday, May 2, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Brandt will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Alzheimer's Association.

Christian John “C.J” Collins, 22, of Red Bud died Sunday, April 29, 2018 in rural Red Bud as a result of an automobile accident. A just-released coroner’s inquiry determined his identity. He was born May 16, 1995, in Normal, the son of Chad and Rosemary “Rhodie” (nee Uffelmann) Collins. Mr. Collins is also survived by a brother, Jeremy Collins; grandparents Ernest and Brenda Collins and Willard Uffelmann; and uncles Willie Uffelmann and Chris (Trica) Collins. C.J. worked at Casey’s General Store in Red Bud. He enjoyed playing video games and spending time with family and friends. C.J. attended St. John Lutheran Church. Visitation was Friday, June 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. Funeral was Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. Mark Nebel officiating. Memorials may be made to the C.J. Collins Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Stephen A. Jaycox, 32, of rural Fults, died April 13, 2018, following a fall at his home. He was born October 11, 1985, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Jaycox is survived by his mother, Kelly Rose-Mattingly; father, Keith Jaycox; step-father Michael Mattingly; brother, Nathan Jaycox; sisters Alexis Klingerman and Angelica Jaycox; maternal grandmother Cheryl Lane; paternal grandparents Linda Young and Edward (Nancy) Jaycox; nephew Anthony Jaycox; niece Lorelei Gomric; and good friend Jennifer Henson. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Stephen Rose; aunt Erin Rose; and uncle David W. Chambers; along with numerous Jaycox aunts and uncles. Mr. Jaycox played guitar with Dazed N’ Confused STL and was a member of Waterloo Social Club. Visitation is Friday, April 20, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Melvin A. Matzenbacher, 80, of Waterloo, lost his battle with cancer on April 11, 2018 at Des Peres Hospital. He was born Feb. 7, 1938 in Waterloo, the son of the Late William and Viola (nee Bestmann) Matzenbacher. Melvin was a lifelong farmer. Mr. Matzenbacher is survived by his wife, Olivia (nee Gummersheimer) Matzenbacher; sons Rick (Laurie) Matzenbacher and Dale Matzenbacher; grandchildren Brett (Vanessa) Matzenbacher, Nick (Courtney) Matzenbacher, Ryan (Tess) Matzenbacher, Brittany (Mike) Rednour, Brock Matzenbacher, Madison Brown, Cameron Brown, Robyn Matzenbacher and Rainah Matzenbacher; great-grandchildren Ethan Matzenbacher, Mea Matzenbacher, Asher Brown, Addi Rednour and Cainan High; and sisters-in-law Marlene Salger, Ethel Loehr and Evelyn Weihl; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Matzenbacher; brother-in-law, Paul Salger; and sister-in-law, Arline Kern. There will be no funeral service per his request. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Harold C. Stemler, 93, of Columbia, died April 3, 2018 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born Aug. 15, 1924, in Millstadt, the son of the late George and Elsie (nee Reichert) Stemler. Harold married to Rosalie (nee Herrmann) Stemler in 1954 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Stemler is survived by his sons, Dave (Linda) Stemler of Columbia, Rick (Susan) Stemler of Columbia, Brian (Joan) Stemler of Columbia and Chris (Priya) Stemler of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a daughter, Barb (Mike) Kovarik of Columbia; grandchildren, Jeremy Stemler, Miranda (Jeremy) Brown, Brad (Leena) Stemler, Lance (Amanda) Stemler, Jessica (Dan) Barcik, Jon (Dana) Kovarik, Katie (Aaron) Esker and Nick Kovarik; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Helen Wilde of Waterloo, Helma Kleinschmidt of Columbia and Hilma (Sylvester) Kleinschmidt of Millstadt. He was preceded in death by brothers, Herbert Stemler and Homer Stemler; and two brothers-in-infancy, Herlan and Albert Stemler. Mr. Stemler served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he served in the Knights of Columbus Council 6165. Mr. Stemler had retired from CerroFlow in Sauget after 41 years of employment. Harold was an avid gardener, fisherman and hunter. He was a member of American Legion Post 581, Columbia Sportsman’s Club and Steelworkers Local 4294. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Stemler was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund or Masses.

Marianne Crawford, nee Dodson, 85, of Columbia, died April 13, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo.  She was born Oct. 22, 1932, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Verne and Wanda (nee Nugent) Dodson.   Mrs. Crawford is survived by her husband of 67 years, Kenneth Crawford; children, Kim (Frank) Eversman of O'Fallon, Dan (Maria) Crawford of Denver, N.C. and Gregg (Jane) Crawford of Columbia; seven grandchildren, nine great- grandchildren, other relatives and friends.  Mrs. Crawford was retired from Illini Federal Bank in Fairview Heights. She formerly volunteered at the food pantry in Fairview Heights. After her retirement Marianne enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and traveling around the country. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by  a brother, Verne "Buddy" Dodson and a sister, Betty Dodson. A gathering of family and friends and memorial service were at Braun Family Funeral Home with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. A private cremation was held.

May 2018

Tyler L. Reitz, 34, of Waterloo, died May 2, 2018, in Creve Coeur, Mo., following an illness. He was born Feb. 7, 1984, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Jan Reitz and Lowell (Jeanie) Reitz. Besides his parents, Mr. Reitz is survived by his fiancé, Ashley Taylor; daughters, Olivia, Alaina and Adeline Reitz; a sister, Tara Reitz; grandmother, Patricia Waterman; fiancé's parents, Kevin and Stacy Cowell; and fiancé's brother, Kyle Cowell (Cassidy Melliere); along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Norman Waterman Sr.; and paternal grandparents, Roger and Margaret Reitz. Mr. Reitz was employed through Steamfitter's Local 439 of E. St. Louis. He loved the outdoors, fishing and spending time with his girls. A celebration of life was held. Mr. Reitz was an organ donor. Memorials may be made to his children's education fund (c/o their mother, Ashley Taylor).

Joan Lavon Roush, nee Stephens, 85, of Columbia, died May 6, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 9, 1933, in Monette, Ark., the daughter of the late Thomas and Hattie (nee Byrn) Stephens. Mrs. Roush is survived by her husband, Don Roush; daughter, Lisa (Shawn) Roush Morse; and a sister, Maxine Hinson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters. Mrs. Roush attended First Baptist Church in Columbia. She was a member of the Mehlville Retired Teachers Association, Missouri State Retired Teachers Association and the National Education Association. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Rev. Jonathan Peters officiating. Mrs. Roush was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

William "Bill" R. Becker, 65, of Chillicothe, formerly of Waterloo, died at his home May 6, 2018. He was born June 14, 1952, in Red Bud, the son of Norene (nee Sommer) Becker of Waterloo and the late Walter "Buss" Becker. Besides his mother, Mr. Becker is survived by his fiancée, Marla Goard of Chillicothe; children, Angie (Shane) Aldrich of Bloomington, Bobbi Chase-Ordaz of Chillicothe, Cory Becker of Chillicothe and Jeff Chase of Chillicothe; siblings, Barbara (Don) Hesterberg of Waterloo, JoAnn (Gerry) Munger of St. Louis, Mo., Mary Becker of Waterloo, Dorothy (Jim) Spiller of Belleville, Steven Becker of Waterloo, Michael Becker of Waterloo, Anthony Becker of Waterloo, Bernie Becker of Waterloo and Collin (Teri) Becker of Waterloo; grandchildren, Nolan, Hailie, David and Devon; step-grandchildren, Madison, Waide, Brentin, Trevin, Graham and Karter; nieces and nephews; and Marla's children, Shawn, John and Brad Yarger. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by sons, Billy Becker and Jason Chase; and grandchildren Jasmine and Jade Chase. For 42 years, Mr. Becker owned and operated Becker's Auto Repair in Chillicothe. He enjoyed playing pool, NASCAR, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. A Celebration of Life is Saturday, June 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Hope Christian Church. Memorials may be made to the Washington University ALS Research Dept.

Steven S. Lindhorst, 62, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died May 3, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 21, 1956. Mr. Lindhorst is survived by his father Bill Lindhorst, “Mom” Jean Lindhorst; daughters, Sara (Carl) Cox, Kaci (Adam) Sokoloff, Elissa Lindhorst; sisters, Toni Lindhorst (Rich) Elder, Susan (Ron) Lindhorst, Lori Chopin, Sherri Champagne, Lori (Moally) Moallankamp, Pat (Tobie) Prader and Jim (Sue) Prader; grandchildren, Gavin and Annabelle; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and his loyal companion Brutus. Mr. Lindhorst was preceded in death by a daughter, Billie Jo Eldridge; brothers, Gary Lee Lindhorst and Tim (Red) Prader.  Steven was an extraordinary father, brother, fisherman and businessman. He spent years as a mechanical engineer, teacher and jack-of-all- trades. The last years of his life were spent as a devoted member of the Elks Lodge No. 1719. He had the most successful year in Tarpon Springs Elks Lodge history, eventually becoming their Exalted Ruler. Steven's work ethics were unsurpassed. A celebration of  life memorial will be at Tiny's Pub & Grill in Columbia, Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Tarpon Springs Elk Lodge  No. 1719, 237 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, Fla. 34689.

Mary A. Russell, nee FitzGerald, 90, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died May 14, 2018 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 27, 1927 in St. Louis the daughter of the late Jerome and Mary (nee Holtman) FitzGerald.  She was married to the late Louis J. Russell on June 1, 1977. He died July 28, 2007. Mrs. Russell is survived by a daughter, Julia Furr of Pensacola, Fla.; step-son, William (Deborah) Rensing of Desoto, Mo.; grandchild, Erin Furr; other relatives and friends. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jerome FitzGerald. Mary worked during her nursing career at DePaul Hospital and Faith Hospital in St. Louis. She was a member of the Retired Nurse’s Association of Monroe County and the VFW Post 2661 Auxiliary of Washington, Mo. Mrs. Russell attended St. Paul UCC of Columbia. Mrs. Russell’s remains were donated to the Washington University School of Medicine. There were no public services. Memorials may be made to her church.

Marilyn Grace Harres, (nee Siegler), 82, of Columbia, died May 14, 2018 at NHC Healthcare in Maryland Heights, Mo. She was born on Jan. 17, 1936, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Harvey and Sylvia (nee Oettel) Siegler. Mrs. Harres is survived by her daughters, Nancy Wey of St. Louis, Mo., Lynn (Steven) McCullough of Belleville, Amy (David) Distler of Columbia and Mary Beth (Michael) Kirkpatrick of Columbia; grandchildren, Kori and Kendall Wey, Timothy, Daniel and Andrew McCullough, Maggie and Alex Distler and Nicholas Kirkpatrick; and a sister, Sandra (David) Dufek of Ponce Inlet, Fla. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Jeanette. Marilyn spent most of her life as a homemaker in Columbia. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed providing meals for senior citizens and shut-ins. Marilyn participated in Monroe County Home Extension and loved crafting and counted cross stitching. She had a passion for traveling, especially internationally. She was one of the founding members of Sister Cities of Columbia and was active in developing the relationship with Gedern, Germany. Mrs. Harres traveled extensively with Friendship Force of St. Louis and always looked forward to sharing travelogues of her adventures. She was a longtime member of St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Private graveside services will be at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Friends of the Library, Sister Cities of Columbia or St. Paul UCC.

Marvin A. Lloyd, 75, of Waterloo, died May 28, 2018, in Belleville following an extended illness. He was born Dec. 28, 1942, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Barnie and Emza (nee Sweet) Lloyd. Mr. Lloyd is survived by his daughter, Kris Lloyd; a son, Daniel Lloyd (Sherri James); grandchildren Courtney and Taylor Kaufmann; siblings Charles (Phyllis) Lloyd, Joe (Elfrieda) Lloyd and JoAnn Lloyd; and friends Noelle  Francisco and Darlene Spihlmann; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Shirley (nee Naumann) Lloyd; and brothers George, Clarence, Jim, Robert, Arnold and Vincent (in infancy). Mr. Lloyd was a former firefighter with the Valmeyer Volunteer Fire Department and he served on the Monroe County Levee District. He was a member of the Corvette Club of St. Louis and the St. Louis Zoo. Visitation is Friday, June 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral is Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Lloyd will be cremated at a later date.

Leona H. Hoffmann, nee Neubarth, 91, of Branson West, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died May 3, 2018 at Wedgewood Gardens. She was born Oct. 1, 1926, in New Hanover, the daughter of the late Frank and Louise (nee Bicklein) Neubarth. Leona was married to Ollie C. Hoffmann. He died in 2004. Mrs. Hoffmann is survived by her daughter, Judy (Larry) Sifford of Branson West, Mo.; son, Bob (Pat) Stumpf of Columbia; grandchildren, Bobby, Bill, Barbara Ludwig, Ricky and Ronnie Stumpf and Justin and Ryan Sifford; 16 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dorothy (Robert) Rey of Columbia and Gladys Maus of Waterloo. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Neubarth. Mrs. Hoffmann attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where she had been active with the Women's Fellowship. She was a member of the Monroe County Historical Society and the Columbia American Legion Auxiliary Unit 581. She had been the Columbia Unit 4 School District cafeteria manager for 12 years,and also worked at Famous Barr for 38 years. Leona had also sold real estate in Monroe County for more than 30 years. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Hoffmann was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Deer Hill Cemetery Association.

 John "Dust" Sparn, 22, of Valmeyer, died May 26, 2018, in Belleville. He was born March 16, 1996, in Belleville, the son of Dawn (Ryan) Crouch and Jason Sparn. In addition to his parents, Mr. Sparn is survived by a brother, Austin (Adrienne) Dickerson; sisters Bryanna Crouch and Lyndsay Smith; brother, Justin Blomker; and grandparents Anthony (Clara) Ucci, Katherine (Brian) Cullon, Art (Connie) Sparn, Debbie Sparn, Sherry and Alan Dooley and Fay Ross; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Ivan Horn and Pastor Patrick Poole officiating.

Marvin A. Lloyd, 75, of Waterloo, died May 28, 2018, in Belleville following an extended illness. He was born Dec. 28, 1942, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Barnie and Emza (nee Sweet) Lloyd. Mr. Lloyd is survived by his daughter, Kris Lloyd; a son, Daniel Lloyd (Sherri James); grandchildren Courtney and Taylor Kaufmann; siblings Charles (Phyllis) Lloyd, Joe (Elfrieda) Lloyd and JoAnn Lloyd; and friends Noelle  Francisco and Darlene Spihlmann; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Shirley (nee Naumann) Lloyd; and brothers George, Clarence, Jim, Robert, Arnold and Vincent (in infancy). Mr. Lloyd was a former firefighter with the Valmeyer Volunteer Fire Department and he served on the Monroe County Levee District. He was a member of the Corvette Club of St. Louis and the St. Louis Zoo. Visitation was Friday, June 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral was Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Lloyd will be cremated at a later date.

June 2018

Pauline Elizabeth Stumpf, nee Tuetken, 87, of Columbia, died June 4, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 12, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late William Raymond and Eva Maude (nee Lansche) Tuetken. Mrs. Stumpf is survived by her children, Richard (Paula) Stumpf and Linda Laskowski (Keith Thorn); grandchildren, Joshua (Erin) Stumpf, Hannah (Seth) Poynter, Benjamin Stumpf, Michael Laskowski, Amy (Eric) Tschannen, Mackenzie Thorn and Austin Thorn; great-grandchildren, Caden and Owen Stumpf, Benji Poynter and Riley and Barrett Tschannen; and a sister, Nancy (Ray) Miller; along with a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren H. Stumpf; and her special pet, Mandy. Pauline graduated in Alton High School in 1948, and attended Rubican Business School in St. Louis, Mo. She married Warren H. Stumpf in 1956. Mrs. Stumpf was a founding member of Concord Presbyterian (44-years). She was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, AARP and YMCA Elder Adults. Pauline was a 4-H co-leader in the 1970s and a Monroe County election poll volunteer for 28 years. Mrs. Stumpf enjoyed people, music, singing and animals, particularly the wild animals that visited her back porch. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Concord Presbyterian with Pastor Will Hesterberg and Pastor Tom Jones officiating. Mrs. Stumpf was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Tammy M. Martin, nee VanScoyk, 44, of Lake St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died in her sleep June 6, 2018. She was born July 31, 1973, in St. Louis, the daughter of Patricia, (nee Meale) (Bob) Mees of Columbia and the late Clark VanScoyk of Camdenton, Mo. Besides her parents, Mrs. Martin is survived by her children, Nicholas Martin and Sarah Martin; grandmother, Dorothy Mealer of Columbia; brothers, Jeremy Mees of Columbia, Mitch (Elana) Earleywine of Albany, NY, and Joe (Susan) Earleywine of Tacoma, Wash.; a sister, Katie (Patrick) Koebbe of Belleville; uncle Ray (Louise) Mealer of Cedar Hill, Mo.; significant other, Todd Kopetzky, of House Springs, Mo.; and cats Hannah, Violet, Cody and Cheddar; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by Clark VanScoyt, Susan VanScoyt, Beulah VanScoyt, L.D. Mealer, Violet Mees-Himstedt, JoAnn Williams and LuAnn Beck. Tammy attended Columbia High School before graduating from Alton High School in 1991. She then attended the nursing program at Maryville University, Sanford Brown College - Granite City, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and the American Academy of Professional Coders. She was then looking to finish her nursing degree. She worked as a pre-certification team leader at St. Anthony's Medical Center. Tammy had also worked at St. Francis Health Center in Tulsa, Oka., Doctor's Hospital in Springfield, Mo., Riverbend Physicians and Surgeons in Alton, Metro Heart Group of St. Louis, and National Seating and Mobility. Tammy loved her cats, reading, camping and attending concerts. A concert-going highlight was meeting Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 in Las Vegas, Nev. Tammy often reminded folks to live life to the fullest, one day at a time, love and be kind to one another, dance like no one is watching, and be true to yourself. Visitation was at Hutchens-Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center in St. Charles, Mo. A funeral followed. Memorials may be made to Tammy children's education or an animal shelter. 

Leo F. Bise, 81, of Prairie du Rocher, died June 9, 2018, at his home. He was born Sept. 15, 1936, in Renault, the son of the late Lee and Goldie (nee Godare) Bise. Mr. Bise is survived by his sister, Charlotte Bode; aunt, Margaret Karsten; and special friends, Patricia and Richard Graves; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie A. "Rosie" (nee Fromme) Bise; and his brother, Bernell Bise. Mr. Bise had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. 

Richard O. Steingrubey, 86, of Red Bud, died June 9, 2018, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 29, 1931, in St. Louis, the son of the late Harry F. and Thelma (nee Hall) Steingrubey. Rich married Dorothy (nee Goessling) Steingrubey in 1952. In addition to his wife, Mr. Steingrubey is survived by his children, Rick Steingrubey, Debbie (Jim) Moses and Brenda Spradling; a son-in-law, Jerry Geolat; daughter-in-law, Sandy Smith; sisters Bonnie Berry, Patricia (Gaillard) Krewer, Dorothy Matzenbacher and Peggy (Ralph) Ruhman; and brothers Harry B. (Maxine) Steingrubey and Francis (Adele) Steingrubey; along with 11 grandchildren and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by children Chris Geolat and Michael Steingrubey; a brother, Donald Steingrubey; and a grandson, Adam Steingrubey. Mr. Steingrubey owned and operated Red Bud Auto Supply and Town and Country Auto Supply until his retirement. He was a member of the Red Bud Knights of Columbus Council No. 12152, Waterloo VFW Post 6504 and the Kaskaskia Trail Chorus. He attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and sang in the adult choir. He enjoyed restoring Model T Fords. Mrs. Steingrubey served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John the Baptist Church with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating.  Mr. Steingrubey was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or his church. 

Pearl V. Auld, nee Boyle, 96, of Nashville, formerly of Oakdale, died June 11, 2018 in Nashville. She was born Jan. 1, 1922, in Oakdale, the daughter of the late Rae and Florence (nee Boner) Boyle. Pearl married Charles Auld in Oakdale in , 1945. He died in  2013. Mrs. Auld is survived by her sons Ronald (Cindy) Auld of Nashville and Veron Auld of Oakdale; daughters Rosalee (Larry) Boreup of Nashville, Pamela (Allen) Jacobs of Waterloo and Sara (Patrick) Fahrmann of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Paul (Phyllis) Auld of Hot Springs, Ark.; a son-in-law, Wayne (Cathy) Collmeyer of Waterloo; grandchildren Rebecca (Patrick) Wiese of Scottville, Mich., Heather Boreup (friend Jason) of Hopkins, Mich., Eric (Amanda) Boreup of Anna, Jennifer (Mason) Boyer of Cantrall, Christina Gibson of Belleville, Andrea (Wesley) Kuergeleis of Waterloo, Matthew (Lori) Collmeyer of Waterloo, Andrew (Mindy) Collmeyer of Lawrence, Kan., Olivia Fahrmann of St. Louis, Mo., and Benjamin Fahrmann of St. Louis, Mo.; and great-grandchildren Autumn, Hunter and Regan Wiese, Hayden Carter, Ava and Paxton Boreup, Nolan, Wyatt and Owen Boyer, Addison, Claire and Chase Gibson, Noah Heinemann, Sydney Kuergeleis, Jensyn, Avery, and Reece Collmeyer and Max and Cloe Collmeyer; along with nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Collmeyer; and a sister, Nelda Robb. Mrs. Auld grew-up south of Oakdale and worked at Oakdale State Bank following her graduation from Blackburn College. Pearl was a faithful wife, mother, homemaker and an avid volunteer in the Oakdale community. Pearl was a life-long partner in marriage to Charles.  Because of her love for the outdoors she worked alongside, stride for stride with Charles on the family farm. Pearl also loved gardening and growing flowers.  She continued this love for growing and arranging flowers through her latter years and added to that a joy of bird watching from her sunroom windows. Pearl was a member of the Oakdale Parade Committee and Farm Bureau. She attended Oakdale Reformed Presbyterian Church until it disbanded, and then she and Charles attended the Elkton Union Church. Pearl enjoyed writing letters to everyone she knew, sharing family highlights and keeping up with what was going on in their lives. Visitation was Thursday, June 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Oakdale United Presbyterian Church. Funeral was Friday, June 15, at 10:30 a.m., at the church with Rev. John Campbell, assisted by Ron Mazander and Phil Carson, officiating. Mrs. Auld was buried at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

LaVerne Schutt, nee Mueller, 80, of Waterloo, died June 12, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Nov. 6, 1937, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Erwin W. and Luella C. (nee Henke) Mueller. Mrs. Schutt is survived by her husband, Dale Schutt; children Donna (Mark) Nielsen, Rick (Linda) Schutt and Sandy (Joe) Benyo; grandchildren Mikael, Ryan (Kat) and Grant Nielsen, Brett Benyo, Bethany (Mitch) Wattles, Lauren Schutt, Christina (James) Mason and Steven (Carrie) Tullock; great-grandchildren Dawson Nielsen, Jonah Wattles, Cayleigh and Belle Mason; and a sister, Linda Hard;along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Mueller; and a sister, Doris E. A. Ritzel. Mrs. Schutt attended St. Paul UCC. She was a member of the History Museum of Monroe County and numerous church organizations. LaVerne had a passion for cooking for others. Visitation was Thursday, June 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was  Friday, June 15, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul UCC with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mrs. Schutt was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to her church or the History Museum of Monroe County.

Dorothy B. "Dottie" Dodge, nee Bodenbach, 98, of Waterloo, died June 14, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born June 28, 1919, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late August and Sylvia (nee Quernheim) Bodenbach. Mrs. Dodge is survived by her son, David Dodge; daughter-in-law, Catherine Dodge; grandchildren, Kimberley Bauer (Scott Briggs), Christina (Gavin) Hayes, Andrew (Leah) Dodge and Matthew (Samantha) Dodge; and great-grandchildren, Sylvia, Aubrey, Jordan, Eli, Emma, Caylee and Brody. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gardner A. Dodge; children, James "Jim" Dodge and Kay Bauer; and her sister, Florence B. Thomas. Mrs. Dodge attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo. She volunteered for the American Red Cross and supported the Morrison- Talbot Library. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mrs. Dodge was buried at the Malta City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church. 

James W. Fischer, 86, formerly of Waterloo, died June 17, 2018, in Henderson, Nev. He was born Feb. 18, 1932, in East St. Louis, the second son born to Henry R. Fischer Sr. and Eleanora E. (nee Killy) Fischer. Mr. Fischer is survived by his wife, Lillian Fischer; former wife, Joan L. (nee Schrader) Collier; a daughter, Loren K. Fischer; son, Scott J. Fischer; sister, Marilyn L. Fischer; and grandchildren, Lindsey and Kyle. He was preceded in death by brothers, H. Rudy Fischer and Louis H. Fischer. Jim was a very talented musician and an early member of the Waterloo German Band. Residents of this area may recall when Jim played music locally at the Waterloo Country Club. He was a legendary saxophonist and clarinetist, playing with several bands in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere in the country. As a teenager he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. During his service to the country, Mr. Fischer played in the U.S. Army Band. James was a skilled mechanic.

Mary A. Breeding, 80, of Columbia, died June 18, 2018, at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born Oct. 4, 1937, in El Dorado, Ark., the daughter of the late Charles and Lonie (nee Dumas) Larson. Mary married Earl L. Breeding Sr. in 1955 in Columbia. He died in 2011. Mrs. Breeding is survived by sons, Earl Breeding Jr. of Cahokia, Edward (Missy) Breeding Sr. of Columbia and James (Tammy) Breeding of Columbia; daughter, Lisa (Brian Mudd) Breeding of Red Bud; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles Larson of Dupo and Robert Larson of Salem, Mo.; and a sister, Sue Clark of Richmond Hill, Ga. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jimmy Breeding; brothers, Eugene Larson, and Milton Larson; and sisters, Margaret Arras and Helen Cochran. Mary attended Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Allynn Walker and Rev. Ron Chase officiating. Mrs. Breeding was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Rolland “Rollie” Muskopf, 84, of Columbia, died June 20, 2018 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born Jan. 24, 1934, in Belleville, the son of the late Roland and Wilhelmina "Minnie" (nee Schultz) Muskopf. Rolland married Marian "Mary" (nee Steffenauer) Muskopf in 1953 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Muskopf is survived by sons, Michael (Annissa) Muskopf of Comfort, Tex., Terry (Scarlett) Muskopf of Overland Park, Kan., Timothy (Jeana) Muskopf of Columbia, Mark (Beth) Muskopf of Parker, Colo.; grandchildren, Chelsea (Trey) Tieken and Elizabeth and Elaina Muskopf; a sister, Florine Schmidt of Millstadt; and his brother Wayne Muskopf of Millstadt. He was preceded in death by a son, Steve Muskopf. Mr. Muskopf was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 268 and the Columbia Gymnastic Association. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. As a youth, Rollie excelled at baseball (a professional scout stated he could have been in the pros).Mr. Muskopf served 20 years with the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Rolland was cremated according to his wishes. There were no public services. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. 

Lynna M. Dryden, nee DeFabio, 67, of Waterloo, died June 25, 2018, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. She was born in Chicago, the daughter of the late Leonard Jr. and Sarah (nee Yarbrough) DeFabio. Mrs. Dryden is survived by her children, James Dryden and Rachel Dryden of Waterloo, and Victoria Dryden of New York; brother Leonard DeFabio of Waterloo; sisters Pamela J. Marine of Cahokia and Carolyn DeFabio of Woodstock; and grandchildren Tamzin Morgan and Makkayla Morgan; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Lynna was a cashier at a Waterloo retailer, as well as former manager at the Dollar General stores in Waterloo and Mascoutah. Mrs. Dryden had been an EMT. She was a member of the Mascoutah Moose Lodge. Visitation and funeral were at Creason Funeral Home in Waterloo.  

Robert L. Day, 81, of Columbia, died June 30, 2018 at Friendship Village in Sunset Hills, Mo. He was born July 13, 1936 in Evansville, Ind., the son of the late Charles and Lucille (nee Huckeby) Day. Mr. Day is survived by a brother, Gerald (Ellen) Day of Sturgis, Ky.; and sisters Jo Ann Day of Cairo, Ky., Mary Ann Wells of Sturgis, Ky., and Helen Day of Columbia. Robert was a retired cartographer from the Defense Mapping Agency. He was an U.S. Air Force veteran. There were no public services. Mr. Day was cremated according to his wishes. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. 

July 2018

Sharon Earline Stork, nee Schewe, 66, of Waterloo, died July 2, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born July 8, 1951, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Earl and Ardell (nee Rey) Schewe. Mrs. Stork is survived by her husband, Roy Stork; children Ben (Stacy) Stork and Sarah (Kevin) Chudd; grandchildren Griffin and Owen Stork and Kyle and Molly Chudd; and sisters Judy (Bob) Edler and Marilyn Ahrens; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, nieces, nephew, and cousins. After graduating from Valmeyer High School, Sharon attended Deaconess Nursing School. After a short stint of work at Deaconess, she began her career at St. Louis Children's Hospital where she worked as a registered nurse for over 40 years. Mrs. Stork attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer. She and her friends and all others at Children's were angel lifelines to all the kids and families they touched. After retirement, Mrs. Stork enjoyed spending her time with family and friends, especially her four grandchildren. Sharon was devoted to attending all of her kids’ and grandkids’ events, no matter the miles traveled. She was the kindest most loving person to everyone she met. Visitation and funeral were at St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer with Pastor Elizabeth Terrill officiating. Memorials may be made to her church or the St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation.

Earline May Upchurch, nee Girard, 85, of Columbia died July 2, 2018 at Garden Place in Columbia. She was the wife of the late Robert E. Upchurch. Mrs. Upchurch is survived by three daughters, Debbie Greenley, Pamela (Walter) Hohrein and Susan (Richard) Buesking; and a son, David (Jeanny) Upchurch. Funeral was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mrs. Upchurch was entombed at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum.

Mary Catherine Crook, nee Miller, 81, of Waterloo, died July 5, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Nov. 23, 1936, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Raymond and Catherine (nee Crook) Miller. Mrs. Crook is survived by children Janet (Robert) Mitchell, Nancy (George) Schmidt , Paul (Debbie) Crook, Judy (Michael) Klein, Brenda Crook and Gina Arnold, and Wanda (Gary) Juelfs; daughter-in-law, Karen Crook; grandchildren Daniel (Sally) Crook, Jamie (Daniel) Schindler, Tonya (Tim) Schilling, Heather (Bobby) Grindstaff, Angela (Jim) Marquardt, Michael (Krysta) Schmidt, Eric (Miranda) Schmidt, Andrea (Casey) Blanchard, Matthew Crook, Jeremy (Amanda) Klein, Bethany (Austin) Hoggard, Amanda Williams, Alazne Arnold, Angel (Matt) Pruitt, Eugene Arnold, Kayla (Tommy) Schwartz, Justin Juelfs and Laura Juelfs; 19 great-grandchildren; and special friend Stan Rodgers; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold H. Crook; son Tim H. Crook; and granddaughter Jennifer A. Crook. Mrs. Crook attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Auxiliary and Red Bud Senior Circle. Mary loved to dance and volunteered at Jefferson Barracks. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mrs. Crook was buried next to Harold at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. 

Delores Irene Wienhoff, nee Vogt, 74, of Millstadt died July 11, 2018 at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, Mo. Mrs. Wienhoff is survived by her husband, Vernon Wienhoff; a daughter, Janice (William) Atteberry; and a son, Richard L. (Hope) Wienhoff. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Mrs. Wienhoff was buried at the church cemetery.

Sheila F. Breitenstein, nee Kimme, 73, of Waterloo, died July 14, 2018, in Belleville. She was born Nov. 24, 1944, in E. St. Louis, the daughter of the late Edward and Ruth (nee Lewis) Kimme. Mrs. Breitenstein is survived by her husband, Richard Breitenstein; children Matt Breitenstein and Gina (Allen) Brand; brother Edward C. (Lisa) Kimme; sister-in-law Karen Kimme; and mother-in-law Rita Breitenstein; along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Russell E. Kimme and Joel Kimme. Mrs. Breitenstein attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Breitenstein was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

Harry Mardirosian Jr., 77 of Columbia, died July 16, 2018 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born Aug. 22, 1940 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Harry and Amelia (nee Homann) Mardirosian. Mr. Mardirosian is survived by his wife of 59 years, Norma (nee Smith) Mardirosian; children Rob (Pam) Mardirosian of Columbia, Bart (Michelle) Mardirosian of Brook, Ind., and Cress (Kenny) Morr of Columbia; grandchildren Shae (Jason) Dix, Kayla (Robert) Beardsley, Whitney (Robbie) Starr, Nicole (Kipp) Brocaille, Aaron Mardirosian, Casey (Jordan) Lane, Bradley (Whitney) Morr, Brett Morr, Trey Morr and Lauren Mardirosian; and 11 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeremy Mardirosian; sisters Amelia "Doodle" Hughes and MaryAnn Smith; and brothers Charles and Dennis Mardirosian. Mr. Mardirosian served in the U.S. Army and was the owner / operator of Marty's Home builders in Columbia. He attended Hope Christian Church, Harry was a devoted husband, grandfather and great-grandfather. Visitation and funeral were at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. Ron Chase officiating. Mr. Mardirosian was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Harry Louis Wolf, 88, of Waterloo, died July 17, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Nov. 23, 1929, in Waterloo, the son of the late Herman Louis and Emma (nee Stickann) Wolf. Mr. Wolf is survived by his special companion, Barbara Johnson; children Russel (Debra) Wolf and Renard Wolf; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; a sister Irene Wentzel; sister-in-law Christa Wolf; and brother-in-law Wilbert Kohlmeier; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Vera Kohlmeier; and brother, Nelson Wolf. Tuba playing, joke telling Harry Wolf founded the Waterloo German Band in 1945 and led the band of Bavarian-themed musicians for 73 years. The talented Herren und Fräuleins traveled the county, state, U.S. and the world bringing their music, humor and feeling of Gemütlichkeit to everyone had the chance to take in a show. Harry and his longtime friend Barbara Johnson spearheaded Waterloo’s Santa Float that has delighted young and old over many Christmas seasons. Among his long list of awards and honors include the Das Bundersverdienstkreuz Award (Federal Germany Cross of Merit), Governor’s Hometown Award, Illinois Senior Hall of Fame for the Performing Arts, Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. Honored bestowed on Mr. Wolf by his hometown included the Waterloo Community Service Award, Waterloo High School Legacy Society, Waterloo’s Honorary Ambassador of Good Will and a grand marshal of the Porta Westfalica Parade. Harry was a lifelong resident of Waterloo. After graduating from Waterloo High School in 1948 enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. After his service, Mr. Wolf earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Edinboro, Pa. University in 1958. Harry taught grade school geography and German in Eureka, Mo., and Belleville until his retirement in 1989. When not in the band, Mr. Wolf was a world traveler. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merritt Demski officiating. Mr. Wolf was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Thomas Joseph Benton, 68, of Ellis Grove, died July 19, 2018, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, Mo. He was born March 16, 1950 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (nee Reinken) Benton. Thomas married Rita Ann Runge in 1971 in St Joe. In addition to his wife, Mr. Benton is survived by a daughter, Christine (Jeremy) Gottschammer of Ellis Grove; siblings Kenneth (Jan) Benton of Freeburg and Judy Juelfs of Waterloo; brother-in-law Fred Runge of Waterloo; and grandchildren Devin, Addison and Joshua; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Marie Benton; sister-in-law, Betty Runge; and a brother-in-law, Vernon Juelfs. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellis Grove. Thomas was a laborer foreman, working more than 50 years out of Labor Local 196 - serving as secretary / treasurer for more than 25 years. Mr. Benton was a member of the Randolph County Democrats, where he was a longtime precinct committeeman. Thomas was a former owner of the Ellis Grove Café. He enjoyed fishing and traveling with his family. Visitation and funeral were at Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester with Deacon Al DuBois officiating. Memorials may be made to the Ellis Grove Tree of Lights, c/o Christine and Jeremy Gottschammer.

Roy A. Grueninger, 82, of Columbia, died July 28, 2018. He was born March 24, 1936, in Columbia, the son of late Joseph A. and Dorothy M. (nee Hoock) Grueninger. Roy married Ethel (nee Peterson) Grueninger in 1957 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Grueninger is survived by his sons, Mark Grueninger of Valmeyer, David (Tammy) Grueninger of Columbia, Daniel (Jennifer) Grueninger of Smithton, Eric Grueninger of Va., and Christopher (Nanette) of Mooresville, NC; sisters, Joyce Rose of Columbia and Suzanne Smith of Columbia; and a brother, Thomas J. Grueninger of Columbia; along with 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael R. Grueninger; and grandson, Joshua Grueninger. Mr. Grueninger retired from Monsanto in Sauget in 1993 after 32 years of employment. He was also an instructor at Bailey Tech College, and as an EMT on the Columbia Ambulance Service. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Raymond G. Fausz Sr., 80, of Waterloo, died July 27, 2018, in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 22, 1937, in Renault, the son of the late Irene (nee Schmitz) and George S. Fausz. Mr. Fausz is survived by his wife, Helena (nee Belus) Fausz; children Raymond Jr. (Annette) Fausz, Kenneth Fausz, Gary Fausz and Stephanie Goepfert; grandchildren Brandon, Melissa and Justin Fausz, Heather (Eric) Nobe, Amber (Dan) Monterusso, Drew (Heather Ford) Fausz, Amanda (Nick) O'Daniell, Brittany Rieke, Tiffany Rieke and Mariah Rieke; nine great grandchildren; a brother Norbert "Nip" (Barbara) Fausz; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Ann Belus; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Fausz (in infancy); and a niece, Sherry Guebert. Mr. Fausz attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was retired from McDonald-Douglas Aircraft Co. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Fausz was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the American Cancer Society.

Irene Mary Fausz, 100, of Red Bud,  died July 29, 2018 at the Red Bud Regional Care Center.  She was born Dec. 17, 1917, in Renault, the daughter of the late William and Minnie (nee Meyer) Schmitz. Mrs. Fausz is survived by a son, Norbert (Barbara) Fausz; a daughter-in-law, Helena Fausz; grandchildren, Ray (Annette) Fausz, Jr., Kenneth Fausz and Gary (fiancé Stephanie Goepfert) Fausz; great-grandchildren, Clinton (Jennifer) Guebert, Brandon, Melissa and Justin Fausz, Heather (Eric) Nobe, Amber (Dan) Monterusso, Drew (fiancé  Heather Ford) Fausz, Amanda (Nick) O'Daniell, Brittany Rieke, Tiffany Rieke and Mariah Rieke;  12 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Darlene Wetzler;  along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Fausz;  son, Raymond Fausz Sr.; grandson, Kevin Fausz (in infancy); granddaughter, Sherry Guebert; and eight sisters and a brother. Irene was a homemaker, gardener and a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Renault. She was a quilter at the church and she cooked for all church picnics. Mrs. Fausz also loved cooking for her family and made a great breakfast for the deer hunters. Irene also enjoyed gardening. Visitation was Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was Friday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church with Fr. John Kizhakedan officiating. Mrs. Fausz was buried at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Renault. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice of Belleville or her church.

Betty Jean Kreher, nee Volkmann, 86, of Millstadt, died July 31, 2018 at the Freeburg Care Center. She was born Jan. 1, 1932, in Millstadt. Mrs. Kreher is survived by her son John (Rose) Kreher; daughter, Christa (Bob) Desiderio; grandchildren, Jack and Emma Desiderio; and nephews,  Dale Huwer and Bob (Angie) Huwer. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hilda (nee Werner) Volkmann; and sisters, Pearl Osick and Doris Huwer. A lifelong Millstadt resident, Mrs. Kreher graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1949. She worked for St. Clair Service Company for 20 years and she also worked various secretarial jobs with the last 19 plus years at Central Bank of St. Louis in Millstadt. Mrs. Kreher attended Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was active in the Ladies Aide, the Millstadt Historical Society and Millstadt Sister Cities. Visitation was at Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pastor Peter Ill officiating. Mrs. Kreher was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the American Heart Association.

August 2018

Dardanella Florence Doyle, nee Scheibler, 97, of Waterloo, died Aug. 1, 2018 at Red Bud Regional Care Center. She was born Oct. 31, 1920 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Charles and Lucinda (nee Swacker) Scheibler. Dardanella married Martin Edward Doyle in 1945 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He died in 2005. Mrs. Doyle is survived by her children, Mary Ann (Roy) Brand of Maeystown and Judith (David) Radwick of Waterloo; grandchildren, Michelle Crawford of Kissimmee, Fla., Klaudia (Gary) Davis of Waterloo, Terry Helmers of St. Louis, Mo., Jacob (Emily) Brand of Waterloo, Jessica Brown of Waterloo, Juliet Brand of Maeystown and Johanna Brand of Taylorville; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Crawford of Waterloo, Taylor Crawford of Maeystown, and Danielle Crawford, Jake Davis, Josephine Davis and Devin Brown, all of Waterloo; and great-great-grandchildren, Zayne and Teagan; along with nieces, nephews and friends. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Charles Scheibler (in childhood) and Eugene Scheibler; and her sister, Sarah. Dardanella was a bank manager at Associated Bank and a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation was at the Creason Funeral Home in Waterloo. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang officiating. Mrs. Doyle was buried at Jefferson Barracks National CemeteryMemorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer or the Humane Society.

Clyde A. Greathouse, 88, of Ballwin, Mo., died Aug. 3, 2018. Mr. Greathouse is survived by his wife, Elaine N. Greathouse; a daughter, Cynthia G. Gain; and a son, Mark A. Greathouse. Funeral was at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ellisville, Mo. Mr. Greathouse was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

J. Morrow, 86, of Columbia, died Aug. 3, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at her home. She was born Aug. 10, 1931, the daughter of the late Carl Cook and Mary Elizabeth Lockhart. Shirley married Joel H. Morrow in 1949 in Columbia. He died in 1999. Mrs. Morrow is survived by her daughter, Denise (Kirk) Fisher; grandchildren, Tanya (Ryan) Hunsaker, Jaime (Chris) Fisher, Jennifer (Dax) Fuentes and Tony (Becky) Morrow; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Megan, Ryan, Luke, Lucy, Boden, Jack, Jordan, Mitchell, Dallas and Aidan; great-great granddaughter, Charlotte; brother, Cameron (Kathleen) Cook; and her puppy, Missy. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by son, Morris "Mo" Morrow. Mrs. Morrow attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. She was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Rev. Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mrs. Morrow was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County or the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary.

Linda Buhr, nee Shock, 60, of Evansville, died Aug. 6, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Sept. 11, 1957, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late William Shock and Carolyn Cummings. Mrs. Buhr is survived by her husband, Russell Buhr; children Anthony (Cherie) Walthes and Victoria Walthes; step-children, Chris (Susan) Buhr and Jerry Buhr; grandchildren,  Aiden and Payton; step-grandchildren,  Jordan, Madison and Braden; sisters, Debbie (Tim) Green and Laura (Gerald) Miller; step-father, Richard Cummings; step-siblings, Jim Cummings, Mike (Donna) Cummings, Lori (Steve) Coleman, Sue (Scott) Karfs and Beth (Dan) Hopkins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William Shock. At Linda's request there were no services. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Edna C. Taake, nee Schmidt, 96, of Columbia, died Aug. 6, 2018 at Garden Place in Columbia. She was born Aug. 6, 1922, in New Hanover, the daughter of the late William and Hulda (nee Taake) Schmidt. Edna married Roy A. Taake in 1953 in Columbia. He died in 2017. Mrs. Taake is survived by her daughter, Carol (Larry) Soma of Columbia; grandchildren, Scott (Mandy) Soma and Sara (Jared) Kertz; great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Easton Kertz and Brantley and Kaiden Soma; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Schmidt; and niece and nephews, Marvin Jokisch, Cathy Brandt, George Schmidt and Raymond Schmidt. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Schmidt. Mrs. Taake attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia. Edna had worked as a cook with the Columbia Unit School District. She enjoyed quilting, playing bingo and being a member of card clubs. The family gives special thanks to the staff at Garden Place of Columbia, and the girls (Martha, Mallory and Ashley) at Vitas Hospice. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Fred Wehrenberg officiating. Mrs. Taake was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Memorial Trust Fund.

Ruth C. M. Matzenbacher, nee Schmidt, 92, of Waterloo, died Aug. 8, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born June 12, 1926, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late William Sr. and Amanda (nee Kraft) Schmidt. Mrs. Matzenbacher is survived by her son Donald (Carol) Matzenbacher of Waterloo; grandchildren Rodney Matzenbacher, Jeff (Jodie) Matzenbacher and Heidi (Mike Kubelka) Matzenbacher; and great-grandchildren Aidan and Brooklyn Kubelka; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, William H. Schmidt Jr. Mrs. Matzenbacher attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mrs. Matzenbacher was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

Mary L. Keller, 72, nee Bertrand, 72, of Columbia died Aug. 9, 2018 at Integrity Health Care in Columbia. She was born Jan. 2, 1946 the daughter of the late Francis A. and Geneva E. (nee Kelley) Bertrand. She was married to the late Virgil B. Keller in 1971 who died in 2007. Mrs. Keller is survived by her daughter, Carrie (Eric Reinhard) Keller of Columbia; two sons, James Keller of Waterloo and Bryan (Kelley) Keller of Swansea; a brother, Francis (Carolyn) Bertrand, Jr. of O’Fallon; grandchildren, Eilla Reinhard, Sarah, Rachael, Jessica, Clayton and Jake Keller; a niece, Denise Pedroza-Bertrand; a cousin, Norma Gail Meyer; other relatives and friends. Mary had been a social worker with the State of Illinois for many years. She was quite proud of receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work  and later retired from Washington University in St. Louis. She attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Private family services were held. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Mrs. Keller was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Joan Rose Pupava, 87, of St. Louis, Mo., died at 2 a.m.  Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Town and Country, Mo., She was born July 16, 1931 the daughter of the late John and Anna (nee Konarcik) Pupava. Ms. Pupava never married but was deeply loved by her remaining family who survive: godson and caregiver, Andrew (Melody) Mance, Sr.; their children, Amy (Mike) Mowell, Andy Mance, Jr., Scott (Karissa) Mance, Amanda (Joe) Stimac, Adam (Lynzie) Mance, all of Granite City; Blanche Konarcik of Waterloo, John (Donna) Konarcik of Waterloo, James “Art” (Amy) Konarcik of Perryville, Mo., Jamie (Pat) Thelmig of Albuquerque, N.M., Dorothy Reynolds, Ann Nasalroad, both of Gold Canyon, Ariz. and Nick (Billie) Mance of Cahokia. Besides her parents, Joan was preceded in death by a sister, Mary John Pupava and cousins, James Konarcik and Nick and Ann Mance. Visitation and funeral were at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home in Granite City. Ms. Pupava was buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

Merle "Butch" Mehrtens, 93, of Waterloo, died Aug. 11, 2018, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Maeystown, the son of the late Walter and Blanche (nee Vogt) Mehrtens. Mr. Mehrtens is survived by his wife of 69 years, Arline L. (nee Luhr) Mehrtens; daughters, Brenda and Don Wetters and Barbara and Steve Stapczynski; grandchildren, Kyle (Molly) Wetters, Nathan (Cara) Wetters, Kindra (Bret) Hughes, Noah (Courtney) Wetters, Colin (Jenna) Stapczynski and Jeremy (Hannah) Stapczynski; great-grandchildren, Everett and Marie Wetters, Wynn Wetters, Lucas and Hunter Hughes, Natalie and Payton Wetters and Charlie Stapczynski; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Pieper; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and god-children. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Alvina Faust. Merle served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Waterloo VFW Post 6504 and Renault American Legion Post 1215. Mr. Mehrtens attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Merle was the former owner/operator of Mehrtens Garage in Fults and he started the Fults baseball team. Butch played baseball for many years and was inducted into the Mon-Clair Baseball League Hall of Fame in 2003. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at the Fults Church in Fults with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mr. Mehrtens was buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to the cemetery.

Wilma R. Mehrtens, nee Stilts, 83, of Columbia, formerly of Valmeyer, died Aug. 24, 2018, in Columbia. She was born Feb. 16, 1935, in Arab, Mo., the daughter of the late Thomas and Effie (nee Rowe) Stilts. Mrs. Mehrtens is survived by her husband, Dale J. Mehrtens; children Denise (Joe) Lieteritz, Dana (Roger) Sherman, Brian (Robyn) Mehrtens, Suzy (Dennis) Homrighausen and Cindy (Scott) Roever; and grandchildren Jacob and Klaire Zollner, Blaise Arriaga, Kristi, Kyle and Kory Sherman, Annette (Jon Stone) Glotfelty, Elijah, Isaiah and Josiah Mehrtens, Ryan Homrighausen, Sam, Maddie and Lillie Roever; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters Irene (Fred) Humpheys and Marguerite (Bob) Whittenburg; and a brother, brother Thomas Carroll Stilts. Mrs. Mehrtens was a longtime teacher in the Columbia School District. She attended Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia. Wilma was a member of the Monroe County Home Extension, trustee of the Regional Office of Education, officer of Monroe County Retired Teachers Assn., a Monroe County Fair superintendent, worked with the Domestic Violence Prevention  Center, a coordinator of Team Quest (Columbia Gifted Education Program) and was an inspiration for Wilma's Warriors supporting the Alzheimer's Association. Visitation is Friday, Aug. 31, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Mehrtens will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Assn.

Roberta “Betty” E. Mann, nee Brink, 90, of Columbia, died Aug. 29, 2018, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon. She was born Feb. 4, 1928, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Rudolph and Emilie (nee Wehking) Brink. Betty married Kenneth C. Mann in 1959 at St. Paul UCC of Columbia. He died in 1999. Mrs. Mann is survived by sons, Dr. Kent Mann of North Oaks, Minn and Perry Mann of Houston, Tex.; and grandchildren, Jennifer, Kimberly, Charlotte, Spencer, Joel and Kyle Man. Betty attended grade school in a one- room school house in New Minden where she was taught by her father. She graduated from Hoyleton High School. During her youth she played the violin, piano and sang in school productions. Betty earned a degree in primary education from SIU Carbondale. She then taught kindergarten and first grade at Columbia School Unit 4 from 1948 - 1950. Thereafter, she became a full-time homemaker. A personal achievement very special to her was learning to drive and earning her license at the age of 40. Mrs. Mann was a member of the St. Paul UCC of Columbia Women's Fellowship, the Monroe County Home Extension and the Columbia Senior Citizens. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard, officiating. Mrs. Mann was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the Columbia Public Library Fund.

Joseph Austin Roarty, 89, of Swansea, died Aug. 27, 2018, in Belleville, surrounded by his family. He was born, April 24, 1929, in East St Louis, the son of the late John Joseph and Elizabeth (nee Walker) Roarty. Joseph married Mary “Mame” Hartman in 1949. Besides his wife, Mr. Roarty is survived by sons. Tim (Linda) Roarty of Columbia and Tom (Kay) Roarty; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Bryan) Chappell, Kaitlyn (Terren) Hudson, Josh Roarty, Kayla (Lynn) McNew and Macey (Hannah) Roarty; great-grandchildren, Nash Joseph Chappell, Ace Chappell, Riley Roarty, Haeva McNew and Valor McNew; and nieces and nephews, Kathleen (Jim) Murphy, Mike (Carole) Martz, Brian (Carol) Martz, Marty (Patty) Martz, John (Lynn) Hartman and Mike (Laura) Hartman; along with great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Kay and George Martz, and Betty and Bill Hartman. Mr. Roarty was a devoted family man, who possessed a dedicated work ethic, proud demeanor and outgoing personality. Known as “Joe” or “Oz” by family and friends, Mr. Roarty was a U.S. Marine Corps’ drill instructor during World War II and the Korean War. He was a boxer while in service to the country. Oz took part in the Honor Flight Network trip to Washington, D.C., in 2017. After he left the service, Mr. Roarty owned and operated Joe’s Bonafide Service Station in Belleville for over 25 years. He and his wife also managed the Ansley Oaks Apartment Community in O’Fallon for over 10 years, and drove shuttles for ATS out of Southwestern Illinois College for 10 years. Later in life, Joe took a leap of faith and went back to college to study history. Mr. Roarty was the delight of the class and often taught the rest of his peers, because he truly was history. Oz enjoyed rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals, coin collecting, photography, developing photos, spending time with his family (the Roarty Klan), and honoring his Irish heritage. Visitation and funeral were at Lake View Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Mr. Roarty was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Crestwood, Mo., or the Honor Flight Network.

Rita H. Breitenstein, nee Rick, 95, of Columbia, died Aug. 30, 2018 at her residence. She was born April 27, 1923, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Vincent and Clara (nee Marquardt) Rick. Rita married Harry L. Breitenstein in 1943. He died in 1995. Mrs. Breitenstein is survived by sons, Harry (Roberta) Breitenstein of Waterloo, Richard Breitenstein of Waterloo, Bernard Breitenstein of St. Clair, Mo., Eugene Breitenstein of O'Fallon, Michael (Ronda) Breitenstein of St. Louis, Mo., and Ken (JoAnne) Breitenstein of Columbia; a daughter, Denise (Christopher) Sueme of St. Louis, Mo; 27 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Sr. Anna Rick of Springfield, Coletta (Walter) Rau of Waterloo and Eunice (Max) Warren of Tenn. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Antoinette Breitenstein; brothers, Armin, Emil and Ervin Rick; sisters, Florence Scheibe, Alice Doffin and Elsie Stark; and a daughter-in-law, Sheila (nee Kimme) Breitenstein. Mrs. Breitenstein attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she was active in the Altar Society. She was a member of the Columbia Senior Citizens. Rita had previously worked as a seamstress at Ely Walker in Belleville and Charles Todd in Columbia. She enjoyed rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals and quilting, having stitched several hundred over the years. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Breitenstein was buried in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church - Building Fund.

Cynthia A. Baumann, 57, of Columbia, died Aug. 25, 2018 at St. Louis University Hospital. She was born March 27, 1961, in Centerville, the daughter of the late Walter and Elma (nee Meyer) Baumann. Miss Baumann is survived by her sister, Mary (Albert) Diehl of Atlanta, Ga.; niece, Vanessa (Gregory) Weiss; and nephew, Dr. Albert Diehl III. Miss Baumann attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia where she active in Bible Study.  She was her mother's companion after her father's death. Cindy loved and cared for birds, whether it was her parakeets, or the birds that frequented her bird-feeders. Private graveside services were at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church.

Elmer H. Schneider, 93, of Waterloo, died Aug. 19, 2018, in Waterloo. He was born July 20, 1925, in a house along Deer Hill, the son of the late Joseph and Lena (nee Marquardt) Schneider. Mr. Schneider is survived by his wife, Vera (nee Heck) Schneider; children Pauline (Paul) Mudd, Susan (Edward) Stanglein, Karen (Chip) Julleis and John (Angie) Schneider; grandchildren Michael (Becky) Mudd, Julie (Trevor) Hudson, Neil Stanglein, Bill Fries Jr., and Wade Fries; great-grandchildren Jacob and Collin Mudd; brother-in-law Joseph Heck; and sisters-in-law Bernice Schneider and Margaret Heck; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers Lawrence Schneider and Jerome J. Schneider Sr.; and sisters Agnes Doelling, Dorothy Josten and Rosella Steinmann. Mr. Schneider attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a lifetime member of the Waterloo VFW. Elmer was a farmer who had also worked at Cerro Copper Products. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Schneider was buried at the church cemetery.  Memorials may be made to his church, the Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery Fund or the Arthritis Foundation.

Dolores A. Wright, nee Ritter, 87, of Columbia, died Aug. 16, 2018 at Integrity Health Care of Columbia. She was born Aug. 20, 1930, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late August and Elizabeth (nee Carle) Ritter. Delores married Orville W. Wright in 1952. He died in 206. Mrs. Wright is survived by sons, Michael J. (LouAnn) Wright of Belleville and David A. Wright of Columbia; and grandchildren, Ashley Wright and Michael Wright; along with nieces and nephews. Mrs. Wright retired from Famous-Barr in St. Louis, Mo., after 39 years of employment. Dolores attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC of Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Wright was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Janet S. Maul, nee Frieberg, 76, of Waterloo, died Aug. 29, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born July 22, 1942, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Art and Delores (nee Cheek) Frieberg. Mrs. Maul was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph O. Maul. She is survived by her sons, Kenneth Maul (Sonia) and Steve (Tiffany) Maul; daughter-in-law,  Beth (Mike Sellers) Maul; grandchildren, Jason (Melissa) Maul, Cassandra Maul, Andrew (Breanna) Maul, Nichole (Michael) Murphy, Ashley (Marc) Steibel, Robert Maul (Ashley Hoglund), Stephanie (Paul) Wynn and Adam Sellers; great-grandchildren, Tyler Crase, Elia Crase, Aiden Steibel, Payton Maul and Riley Maul; and her sister, Nancy (Marvin) Schilling; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Janet was a retired dispatcher of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. Private family services will be held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Fred H. Wiegand, 75, of Red Bud, died Aug. 19, 2018, at Memorial Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. Mr. Wiegand is survived by his wife, Joan (nee Stellhorn) Wiegand; children Gregory (Melissa) Wiegand, Christine (John) Sims and Brett Wiegand; grandchildren Alexandria and Riley Sims and Gwendolyn and Mackenzie Wiegand; and a sister, Willa Mae (Robert) Prange; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Curtis A. Crook, 63, of Waterloo, died Aug. 13, 2018. He was born June 25, 1955, in Red Bud, the son of the late James and Elvera (nee Losse) Crook. Quernheim Funeral home handled the arrangements.

Russell P. Buechler, 90, of Columbia, died  Aug. 21, 2018 at Memorial Hospital. He was born March 3, 1928 in Belleville, the son of the late August and Mathilda  (nee Bretch) Buechler. Mrs. Buechler is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (nee Lumbattis) Buechler; daughters, Susan Housewright and Sharon (Randall) Buettner  both of Columbia; sons 'Bo' (Vanessa) Buechler of Waterloo and Michael (Kathy) Buechler of Columbia; grandchildren Jeremy (Sarah), Jennifer, Sarah, Joe (Jaimie), Lindsay, Scott, Brad, Joshua (Lauren), Emily (Daniel) and Kaleb; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Paxton, Allyssa, Solomon and Jarmonie; and a sister, Pauline Brody of Sarasota, Fla. He was preceded in death by his sisters Myrtle Buechler and Rosella Hickerson; a brother, Stanley Buechler; great-grandchild, Ryder; and his bulldog, Lucy. Russell was retired from Ameren Union Electric. He was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Mr. Buechler served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War (1951-52). Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Jones officiating. Mr. Buechler was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital.

Janet L. Edmiston, nee Landgraf, 74, of Ballwin, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Aug. 16, 2018 at Delmar Gardens in Chesterfield, Mo. She was born Oct. 14, 1943, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Carl A. “Butts” and Pearl Marie (nee Juengling) Landgraf. Mrs. Edmiston is survived by a daughter, Camille (Mark) Borgmann of Pacific, Mo.; granddaughter, Emma Borgmann; brother, Carl J. (Mary) Landgraf of Columbia; and sister-in-law, Kathy Kuehner of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry F. Landgraf. Janet was known as "Mrs. E" by generations of Girl Scouts and was recently presented with the Volunteer of Excellence Award. She loved crafting and singing and had spent more than a few nights in a tent. Mrs. Edmiston traveled with a troop to Our Chalet in Switzerland and had visited Our Cabana in Mexico. She was known as "Nanny J" to a number of wonderful children over the years. Most recently she had watched Ava and Gavin and Joseph and J.J. She enjoyed musicals, taking part in Arts As Healing, lunch with the Girls of "61", daisies and angels. Her travels included visits to Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Belize, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, as well as extensive domestic travel. She enjoyed eating out with friends, lunch with the Columbia Girls, the Annual MADJJJ weekend, and "crazy shopping" with friends. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Edmiston was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Art As Healing in St. Louis.

September 2018

Marvin Harold Mueller, 71, died Sept. 11, 2018, on his family farm in the Columbia bottoms. He was born on Sept. 17, 1946, the son of the late Herbert and Helen (Wilde) Mueller. Mr. Mueller is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elaine (nee Cleveland) Mueller; children, Matthew (Pamela) Mueller of Columbia, Suzanne (James) Mickelson of Janesville, Wisc. and Mark (Amber) Mueller of Red Bud; grandchildren, Alicia Biffar, Kaleb Biffar, Alexis Mueller, Brooke Mueller, Jenna Mickelson and Luke Mickelson; and brothers, Lester Mueller of Thailand and Carlyle Mueller of Columbia; along with extended family and a beloved farming community. After graduating from Columbia High School in 1964, Marvin served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1965 to 1971. He married Mary “Elaine” Cleveland in 1969. Mr. Mueller was a lifelong farmer and was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, Monroe County Pork Producers and an Honorary Member of the Valmeyer FFA. He attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating. Mr. Mueller was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Zoar UCC, the Monroe County Extension and 4-H Education Foundation or local emergency responder organizations.

Bette Jean N. Hoffmann, nee Fauss, 80, of Waterloo, died Sept. 16, 2018, in Belleville. She was born July 8, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo.,  the daughter of the late Harold P. and Lorene C. (nee Rippelmeyer) Fauss. Mrs. Hoffmann is survived by her daughter, Vicki (Roger) Taake; daughter-in-law, Amy (Gene) Rohlfing; grandchildren Derek and Claire Hoffmann; step-granddaughter Cari (Dan) Chaudet; step-great grandchild, Addison Chaudet; brother-in-law and sister-in law Calvin "Butch" and Joanne Hoffmann; nephew Scott (Marsha) Hoffmann; and her niece, Donna (David) Nicholson; along with aunts, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd A. Hoffmann; and her son, Keith A. Hoffmann. Bette was a retired Monroe County deputy circuit clerk. She was a member of the Monroe County Democratic Club, Monroe County Farm Bureau and the Maeystown Kloepper Club. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Hoffmann was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC Cemetery of Maeystown Asphalt Fund.

Stacie K. Thoma, 37, of Columbia, died Sept. 2, 2018 at St. Anthony's Hospital from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was born April 10, 1981, in Kirkwood, Mo., the daughter of Robert (Gail) Thoma of Columbia and the late Denise (nee Grob) Thoma. Miss Thoma is survived by her sister, Stephanie (Jeremy) DuVall of Waterloo; brother, Scott (Karen) Thoma of Weldon Spring, Mo.; niece, Lillian Thoma; and nephews Samuel and Benjamin Thoma and Jonathan and William DuVall; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. After graduating from Columbia High School in 1999, Miss Thoma earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Webster University. Stacie had a unique sense of humor, quick wit, infectious laugh, and was incredibly creative. She was a lover of animals, eclectic foods, comedic music and terrible TV shows. She loved to sing and act, singing in church and acting in a few plays in Columbia, most recently the Wizard of OZ and Steel Magnolias. Miss Thoma was the "loving and silly" aunt to five nieces and nephews - Jonathan and William DuVall and Samuel, Lillian, and Benjamin “Ben Jammin” Thoma. She will be missed by her family and friends, and her group at the YMCA, where she enjoyed "working out". Visitation  and funeral were at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Stacie was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County or the Monroe County YMCA. Lawlor / Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Rodney Michael Allgire, 60, of Valmeyer, died Sept. 11, 2018, in Valmeyer. He was born Sept. 7, 1958, in Red Bud, the son of the late Earl and Esther (nee Marquardt) Allgire. Mr. Allgire is survived by his sisters, Barbara (Michael) Belosi and Elaine (Dennis) Knobloch; along with nieces, nephews, aunts, uncle and cousins. Rodney had retired from the Columbia Quarry. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Felix Chukwuma officiating. A private family burial was held.

Linda M. Rippelmeyer, nee Schilling, 67, of Waterloo, died Sept. 11, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo., following an illness. She was born May 22, 1951, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Jerome and Elizabeth (nee Shields) Schilling. Mrs. Rippelmeyer is survived by her husband, David A. Rippelmeyer; children, Laurie (Michael) Conrad and Brett (Lindsay) Rippelmeyer; grandchildren, Sophie and Morgan Conrad and Luke and Carter Rippelmeyer; a brother, Ronald (Geraldine) Schilling; sisters, Judy (Terry) Schreder and Geralyn (Bruce) Kaestner; and mother-in-law, Vernell Rippelmeyer; along with aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by brothers, Donald Schilling (in Infancy) and James "Jim" Schilling; and father-in-law,  Melvin Rippelmeyer. Mrs. Rippelmeyer attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was a part-owner of Superior Express in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Rippelmeyer was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Education and Activity Center.

James “Slim” Nicholas Neeman, 58, of Freeburg, died Sept. 7, 2018, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was born Oct. 8, 1959, at Christian Welfare Hospital in East St. Louis, the son of Mary Ann (nee Minchich) Neeman and the late Calvin A. Neeman Sr. Besides his mother, Mr. Neeman is survived by his wife of 31 years, Susan (nee Welzbacher) Neeman; son, Jake Neeman; siblings, Calvin Jr. (Carol) Neeman, Lori (Louis) Wray, Susanne (Kevin) Graham and Paul Neeman; sisters-in-law, Patti (Bob) Miller and Christy (Jim) Lugge; and brother-in-law, John (Megan) Welzbacher; along with nieces, nephews, family and friends. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Joyce (nee Shellman) Welzbacher; and a sister-in-law, Cindy Easter. Slim graduated from Cahokia High School in 1978 and Kaskaskia College 1980 where he excelled in baseball and basketball. The consummate competitor, Mr. Neeman was always ready to participate in sports and games with his friends and family. Willing to help everyone, he will be remembered by his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit. Slim worked at Bel-O Sales and Service for 31 years. Visitation was at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. Funeral was at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Freeburg with Rev. Bruce Keseman officiating. Mr. Neeman was buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Freeburg. Memorials may be made to the Jim Neeman Benefit at First Bank of Waterloo for incurred medical expenses.

Frances Lee Papproth, nee Lybarger, 74, of Waterloo died Sept. 1, 2018 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born March 4, 1944 the daughter of the late Bernard and Mary (nee Adams) Lybarger. Mrs. Papproth is survived by her son, Brian (Joan) Papproth of Columbia and a daughter, Lisa (Chris) Naumann of Waterloo; four grandchildren, Courtney (Ben) Frizzelle, Christopher (Lindsey) Egner and Kayla (Sean) Fitzgerald; great-grandchildren, Kendal, Hadley, Henry, Shelby and Kristina. There were no public services. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children or the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation.

Jean C. Jost, nee Voris, 94, of Waterloo, died Sept. 27, 2018. She was born Aug. 31, 1924, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Bryant B. and Myrtle M. (nee Mitchell) Voris. Mrs. Jost is survived by her children, Bryan R. Jost, Marguerite (Marvin) Donius and Alice Jost (fiance Keith Haider); grandchildren Lisa (Chris) Burton, Emily Jost and Eric (Heather) Jost; and great-grandchildren Ella, Tessa, Aiden, Noah and Emma; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Russel W. Jost; and her brother, Robert (Dorothy "Pat") Voris. Mrs. Jost attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo and was a member of the bell choir, chancellor choir and Red Bud Hospital Auxiliary. She was former co-owner of the Waterloo Republican-Times. Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Paul UCC. A memorial service will follow with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mrs. Jost will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to  the Waterloo Municipal Band or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Josephine C. Wittenauer, nee Kuehner, 83, of Columbia, died Sept. 26, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 24, 1935, the daughter of the late Julius and Mildred (nee Frisch) Kuehner. Mrs. Wittenauer is survived by her daughter, Carolene Wittenauer; grandchildren Patrick Moore (fiancé Lauren Salapatek) McRae, Matthew Edward McRae, Michael Maxwell (fiancé Sarah Moore) McRae and Michele Kathryn McRae; and sisters,  Marian Gregson, Andrea Kern and Mildred Mary Phillips; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Josephine led a full life and dedicated herself to many organizations. She obtained her master’s degree in Business, worked at Southwestern Bell and was a substitute teacher in her retirement. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was active with the Immaculate Conception Council of Women. Josephine was a member of the Red Hat Society. Mrs. Wittenauer was a guiding light  for Sister Cities partnerships; in addition to being part of the Columbia Sister Cities, Sister Cities of Portaloo and Millstadt Sister Cities, she was the Southern Illinois and State Coordinator of Sister Cities International. She was also on the board of director’s for Waterloo’s annual Porta-fest. In her travels Josephine visited both Gedern and Porta Westfalica, Germany; Mother Teresa in Texas in 1976; and was in Chicago in 1979 to see Pope John Paul II. Most of all Josephine loved God and her family. Every weekend you could find her in church dressed to the nines and sporting a hat. In her honor, the family asked that those attending the wake and funeral wear a hat. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church in Hecker with Msgr. Carl Scherrer and Fr. Von Deeke officiating. Mrs. Wittenauer was buried at the church cemetery.

Robert B. Polacek, 87, of Waterloo, died Sept. 23, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born April 9, 1931, in Fults, the son the late Frank and Mary (nee Ditte) Polacek. Bob married Polly Mack in 1968 in New Design. In addition to his wife, Mr. Polacek is survived by his sons, Don (Mary Lou) Polacek of Waterloo, Lawrence Dean (Lori) Polacek of Fults and Keith Polacek of Lenexa, Kan.; daughters, Angela (Kenny Kettler), Teresa Witt and Christine (John) Pfeffer, all of Waterloo; a sister, Marcella Roider; sister-in-law, Lynette Polacek of Baldwin; and 21 grandchildren; along with great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death his daughter, Linda Davis; sons, Edward Alan Polacek and DeWayne “Wino” Polacek; brothers, William Polacek, Frank Polacek and Edward Polacek; and sisters, Emmie Schmidt and Violet Burke. Mr. Polacek attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. He had worked as a dock supervisor at Gateway Transportation. Visitation and funeral were at Creason Funeral Home in Waterloo with Rev. Mike Cletus Southcombe officiating. Mr. Polacek will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society.

Nancy M. Crawford, nee Brickley, 88, of Waterloo, died Sept. 27, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born June 19, 1930, in Ebensburg, Penn., the daughter of the late Fred and Freida (nee Evans) Brickley. Mrs. Crawford is survived by her children, Gary (Janice) Crawford and Deborah (Brant) Klippert; grandchildren, Daniel (Tiffany) Hallows, Randy Kirsch, Kimberly Kirsch (Ron Dunlap) and David (Meghan) Kirsch; great-grandchildren, Michael (Stephanie) Martino, Nicholas Martino, Kelsi Paige, Brayden Hallows, Austin Hallows, Adyson Hallows, Calvin Kirsch, Alyssa Kirsch and Lyndon Kirsch; and special family members David and Sheri Markham, Davey Markham and Dr. Michael (I-Fei) Markham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell G. Crawford; along with sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Mrs. Crawford attended Friedens UCC of Hecker. She was a member of Home and Community Extension and the Red Bud Senior Circle. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Friedens United Church of Christ with Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Mrs. Crawford was buried at the Hecker City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Human Support Services or the Monroe County House of Neighborly Services.

Robert R. Reinhold, 86, of Waterloo, died Sept. 20, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 12, 1932, in Waterloo, the son of the late Clemens and Anne (nee Kennedy) Reinhold. Mr. Reinhold is survived by his wife, Bernice (nee Fahey) Reinhold; and children, Ann Marie (Kirby) McCreary, Mike (Sandy) Reinhold, Dennis (Tina) Reinhold, Tom (Diana) Reinhold and Donna (Shahid) Barri; along with 7 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Munton. Mr. Reinhold attended Ss. Peter and Paul Church Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a member of the Waterloo VFW, the Waterloo American Legion and the NRA. Robert retired after 35 years as a control operator at Union Electric (Ameren). Mr. Reinhold lived in the Waterloo area all his life. He attended Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School and High School. He then joined the U.S. Army and served in Korean War 1953 -1954, in the 7th infantry division, division headquarters and adjutant general section. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was  at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony's Hospital or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

James R. “Ducks” Schaffer, 82, died peacefully Sept. 20, 2018. He was born June 14, 1936 in Columbia, the son of the late Harry and Louise (nee Schmidt) Schaffer. Jim married Janet Eschmann in 1965. In addition to his wife of 53 years, Mr. Schaffer is survived by his son, J.R. (Stacy) Schaffer; daughter, Angie (Todd) Maxwell; grandchildren, Olivia Schaffer, Payton Maxwell, Shayna Brazeal and Tommy Maxwell; sister, Kathleen Kutterer; and sister-in-law, Maxine Schaffer; along with nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his brother, Harry. Jim grew up in Columbia; graduating from Assumption High School and Southern Illinois University. He served in the U.S. Navy. Jim had a successful career in labor  relations and retired from the Ford Motor Company. His careers took him to reside in Lee’s Summit, Mo., Edina, Minn., St. Louis, Mo. Upon his retirement, he and his wife Jan then moved to Florida, first in Punta Gorda before settling in Summerfield, in the community of Del Webb Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club. Jim lived life to the fullest and loved to travel with his wife and family, play golf, bowl, ride his bike for hours each day, play cards, and spend time with family and friends. He was involved in the Knights of Columbus, Veteran’s Club, German American Club, Bocce Ball Club, and Del Webb Car Club. Visitation is Friday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral will follow. Memorials may be made to the Ted and Diane Brandley Hospice House in Summerfield, Fla., or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Mildred M. Rippelmeyer, nee Shack, 91, of Waterloo, formerly of Dupo, died Sept. 23, 2018 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was born March 24, 1927, in Dupo, the daughter of the late Edward and Minnie (nee Nolte) Shack. Mildred married Elmer C. Rippelmeyer in 1952. He died in 1988. Mrs. Rippelmeyer is survived by her sister-in-law, Joyce Rippelmeyer; nieces, Cynthia (David) Birk and Caryl (David) Noelken; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Melissa (Adam) Dye, Eric (Kristen) Birk and Aaron (Megan) Birk and Mike Noelken. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Russell Rippelmeyer; a nephew, Mark Rippelmeyer; and great-nephew, Gregory Noelken. Mrs. Rippelmeyer attended Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo. She graduated from Dupo Grade School and Dupo High School. She worked as an assistant bookkeeper for the Mon-Clair Grain and Supply Company until 1952. The family offers a special thank you to the staff at Garden Place. Visitation was at Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral was at Christ United Church of Christ with Rev. Todd Mushaney officiating. Mrs. Rippelmeyer was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church.

Arthur F. “Bunny” Rueck, 90, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Sept. 17, 2018. He was born March 25, 1928 in Columbia, the son of the late Arthur and Viola (nee Rapp) Rueck. Mr. Rueck is survived by his step-children, Michael L. (Anni) Tiemann, Patricia (Ben R.) Burkett and Jane (Dan McCall) Tiemann; step-grandchildren, Katie (Jeffrey) Karr, Molly (John) Munie, Annie (Dirk) Elmendorf and Susan (Peter) Curran; and step-great-grandchildren, Andrew, Daniel, Amanda and Mark Munie, Ameila and Connor Curran and Max Elmendorf. Mr. Rueck started his insurance career in Columbia working for his uncle Walter Rapp at the venerable Rapp Insurance Agency. Bunny retired as an insurance broker in St. Louis. Every fall he would treat his Columbia friends to boat ride along the Mississippi River. Visitation and funeral were at the Ortmann-Stipanovich Funeral Home in Creve Coeur, Mo. Mr. Rueck was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Cletus L. Hoffmann, 86, of Waterloo, died Sept. 25, 2018, in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 12, 1932, in Fults, the son of the late Leland and Pauline (nee Rippelmeyer) Hoffmann. Mr. Hoffmann is survived by his wife, Twila (nee Scheibe) Hoffmann; children, Barry (Cathy) Hoffmann and Sharon (John) Glessner; grandchildren, Andrew (Andrea) Glessner and Abby (Kyle) Buettner; great-grandchildren, Colton and Caleb Glessner and Silas and Max Buettner; brother, Alvis (Patsy) Hoffmann; sister, Janice (Carl) Nagel; and brother-in-law, Robert (Karlene) Scheibe; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marilyn Luhr. Mr. Hoffmann attended St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown. While serving in the U.S. Army in the 1950, he was a combat veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Hoffmann played guitar and banjo in numerous local bands, including Glenn Woodcock’s Polka Band, the Waterloo German Band and the New Hanover Deutschmeisters. Cletus also enjoyed fishing and gardening. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Hoffmann was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC of Maeystown Music Fund or Asphalt Fund.

Ronald Thomas Raeber, 82, of Columbia, died Sept. 26, 2018 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born Dec. 17, 1935, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Raymond Thomas and Elsie (nee Schmidt) Raeber. Ronnie married Norma (nee Genschoreck) Raeber in 1958 in Marysville, Kan. In addition to his wife, Mr. Raeber is survived by his children, Michael Thomas (Janice) Raeber of Columbia, Mary Kay (Lance) Smith of Ballwin, Mo., and Marty Allan Raeber of Columbia; and grandchildren, Hannah Marie Raeber, Sarah Nicole Smith, Thomas Michael Raeber and Zachary Alexander Smith. He was preceded in death by a half-sister, Karen Melching; and half-brothers, Robert Schad, and Wayne Raeber. Mr. Raeber was a veteran of the U.S. Army and also served in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Ronnie was a retired carpenter and member of Carpenters Local 1997. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia and was in the Knights of Columbus 6165 - George R. Kutterer Council. Mr. Raeber was a member of the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department, Columbia Sister Cities and Columbia Gymnastic Association. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Gary Hogan officiating. Mr. Raeber was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund or to the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department.

Willard “Bill” Lindhorst, 85, of Waterloo, died Sept. 21, 2018 at his daughter’s home surrounded by family. He was born April 19, 1933, the son of the late Charles and Ida (nee Vogt) Lindhorst. Mr. Lindhorst is survived by his daughters, Toni (Rich) Lindhorst-Elder, Susan (Ron) Hutson, Lori Chopin and Sherri Champagne; sisters, Dorothy Galius and Irene (Aaron) Pulcher; and special nieces Joyce Schmoll and Mildred Menke; grandchildren, along with great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by sons, Gary Lee Lindhorst and Steven Scott Lindhorst; a granddaughter, Billie Jo Eldridge; brothers Clarence Lindhorst and Harold Lindhorst; and a sister, Mildred L. Mees. Bill retired from the federal government and was also a retired real estate broker. A memorial service celebrating Mr. Lindhorst’s life was at St. Paul UCC in Floraville with his dear friend Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC in Floraville.

Marilyn L. Fischer, 82, of Waterloo, died Sept. 21, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 18, 1936, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Henry and Eleanora (nee Killy) Fischer. The youngest of four children, Miss Fischer was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Henry R. (Rudy), James and Louis. She is survived by nieces and nephews Loren and Scott Fischer of Florida and David Fischer of Waterloo; sisters-in-law Joan Collier of Florida, Bernell Fischer of Waterloo and Lil Fischer of Henderson, Nev.; along with cousins. Marilyn was born and raised in Waterloo. Her father, Henry Fischer, was a third generation in his family to own their family's butcher shop on West Mill Street. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church. She came from a musically talented family. Her oldest brother, Rudy, had an orchestra, and her brothers Jim and Louis were in the original Waterloo German Band. Marilyn had a beautiful voice and she loved to sing. When she was 21 years old, Marilyn went to New York along with two other young women to participate in a singing contest on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour program. Marilyn's trio, the Debettes, won the competition. Through the years, Marilyn sang with Hometown Harmony, the Millstadt Community Choir, Zion Evangelical Church choir and their ZQ quartet and quintet. Miss Fischer enjoyed playing her Steinway baby grand piano, which was gifted to her by her very close friend Joan Scherer. Marilyn was also mechanically inclined and could repair her own vehicles. She loved cars, owning Corvettes, Mustang convertibles, and Cadillacs, among several other cars throughout the years. After graduating from high school, Marilyn attended Miss Hickey's Secretarial School in St. Louis. Upon completion of her studies, she was employed by the Monsanto Company in St. Louis. After nine years of rising through the ranks, she attained the position of executive secretary to Mr. Edward Bock, the president of Monsanto. While continuing to work full-time, Marilyn went to night school at Webster University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree (Summa Cum Laude) in business, doing so in only two years. She continued to work for the Monsanto Company in various managerial positions within their professional engineering department. Marilyn retired after 37 years. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with Pastor Darrell Weber officiating. Miss Fischer was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Zion Evangelical Church of Millstadt.

James R. “Buck” Buckeridge, 75, of Columbia, died Sept. 19, 2018, at his home after a brief battle with cancer. He was born March 27, 1943, in Evergreen Park, the son of the late Roger and Marie (nee Lauer) Buckeridge. James married Carolyn (nee Haning) Buckeridge in 1969 in Lincoln. Mr. Buckeridge is survived by his son, James M. (Kara) Buckeridge of Oakville, Mo.; grandchildren Edward James Buckeridge and Franklin David Buckeridge; and sisters Karen Brummel of South Elgin, Janice (Tom) Balcer of Calistoga, Calif., LeAnne (Alan) Struss of Coal Valley and Alice (Jerry) Prybycin of Wheaton. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Richard Brummel. Mr. Buckeridge had been stationed in Korea while serving in the U.S. Army. Jim graduated from Parks Air College. He had retired as a cartographer from the Defense Mapping Agency. Buck was a member of E.A.A., and the Pontiac Oakland Club. Jim's family wishes to extend their thanks to BJC Hospice of Alton for their kindness and care. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Graveside services were at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to Backstoppers BJC Hospice.

October 2018

Lawrence “Larry” Traiteur, 61, of Waterloo, died Oct. 1, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo., as a result of an ATV accident. He was born Aug. 12, 1957, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Joseph Sr. and Charlotte (nee Tate) Traiteur. Mr. Traiteur is survived by his life partner Delaine Banks; children, Brandy (Allen Timmerwilke) Traiteur and Sam Traiteur; granddaughter, Codi Timmerwilke; and brother, Joseph (Linda) Traiteur; along with nieces, nephews and cousins Larry was a retired bridge inspector for Monroe County. Funeral arrangements were pending at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Patricia J. Waterman, nee Marchildon, 86, of Waterloo, died Oct. 10, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 1, 1932, in Cairo, the daughter of the late Clement and Joe Katherine (nee Kuykendall) Marchildon. Mrs. Waterman is survived by her children Kay Wiegand, Janis Reitz, and Pamela (Donald) Muertz; daughter-in-law Karen Waterman; grandchildren Chris (Kim) Walster, Tara Reitz, Casey Swank, Samantha Muertz and Donald Muertz Jr.; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Clement Marchildon; and special niece Laura (Wayne) Coleson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman E. Waterman Sr.; son Norman E. Waterman Jr.; grandson Tyler L. Reitz; and sister Margaret LaMarr. Mrs. Waterman attended St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown and First Baptist Church in Waterloo. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Red Hat Society. Pat was an avid Cardinals baseball fan and loved playing cards and fishing, when she wasn't cleaning Norman's fish. Pat had a heart of gold and was a longtime volunteer. She had retired from MAR Graphics in Valmeyer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Waterloo was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Arleen S. Schmiskie, 91, of Columbia, died Oct. 10, 2018 at Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 15, 1927, in Troy, the daughter of the late Elmer and Jennie (nee Hunsche) Faitz. She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Schmiskie; and a brother, Earl Faitz. Mrs. Schmiskie is survived by her daughters, Judith Zellers of Oviedo, Fla., Paula Honey of Carbondale and Nyla (Roger) Rednour of Prairie Du Rocher; a son, Ronald Schmiskie of Dupo; sister, Gladys Skeens of Troy; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Jacqueline M. Prange, nee Aubuchon, 96, died Oct. 14, 2018 at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 21, 1921, in Prairie Du Rocher, the daughter of the late Lee and Barbara (nee Okenfuss) Aubuchon. She was married to Oliver Prange. He died in 2011. Mrs. Prange is survived by her children, Eugene (Ruth) Prange, Sue (Bill) Kunkel, Betty (Dave) Gross, Gail (Marvin) Roy and Tammy (Marty Stempel) Dixon; grandchildren and great0-grandchildren Bonnie (Brian) Kelley, Anna, Erin, Jack and Shane, Natalie (Mike) Jones, Morgan, Ian and Dylan, Scott (Kimberly) Gross, Jacqueline, Noah, Jillian, Grace and Evelyn, Roger (Krystina) Gross, Adam and Abby, Teresa (Tyler) Buchheit and Adeline, Annie, Zachary and Eleanor; Justin (Cassie) Roy, Maggie and Emma, John Dixon and Sarah (Jeremiah) Gloria; extended family, Rayette Corey, Savannah, Jessica and Alyssa, Wade (Crystal) Fults, Lara (Jason) Griffin, Lindsay and Steven, Joe (Amanda) Pope, Mackenzie, Jack and Aubrey, Veronica Pope and Damion and Zeke; and a sister, Audrey Kieffer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Lee, Urban, Oliver and Max Aubuchon; and sisters Evelyn Aubuchon and Kathryn Clerc; along with sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Jackie was a co-owner of the Prange Dairy Farm from 1950-1976. She attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault. Mrs. Prange was a member of the American Legion Post 622 Ladies Auxiliary for 51 years and also a past president and a senior companion for 25 years. She loved bowling, playing cards and bingo. She was a loving mother, grandma and great-grandma. Visitation was at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Rev. Terry Grebing officiating. Mrs. Prange was buried at the church cemetery. Memories may be made to the Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

James L. Scheibe, 80, of Waterloo, died Oct. 4, 2018, in Waterloo. He was born March 15, 1938, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Alvin W. and Otilda (nee Koch) Scheibe. Mr. Scheibe is survived by his wife, Jeanette (nee Steppig) Scheibe; brother, Alvin (Violet) Scheibe; sister-in-law, Betty (Mark) Heitman; and very special ladies, Shelly (Jim) O'Day and Gayle (Larry) Cahoon; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Lee Scheibe; and sister, Bonnie Wall. Mr. Scheibe attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Army. His body was donated to St. Louis University School of Medicine. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Veronica L. "Bonnie" Rieso, nee Parker, 75, of Waterloo, died Oct. 29, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Jan. 28, 1943, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Elmer J. and Veronica J. (nee Klein) Parker. Mrs. Rieso is survived by her husband of 54 years, Joseph R. Rieso; daughter Janet (Mike) Schwartz; special grandchildren Travis (Taylor Fuegner) Schwartz and Taylor (Luke Grimm) Schwartz; siblings Melvin (Barb) Parker, Marian (Darrell) Hein and Kenny Parker; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Betty Patterson, Frannie (Darrell) Quirin, Delores (Lloyd) Heuring, Dennis (Nanette) Rieso, Rosie (Brian) Funk and Jerry (Donna) Miller; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Miller; father-in-law and mother-in-law Raymond and Josephine Rieso; sister-in-law Arlene Rieso; and brothers-in-law Jack Blake and Pat Patterson. Mrs. Rieso attended St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church in Hecker. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, gardening and fishing. Visitation and funeral were at St. Augustine Church with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mrs. Rieso was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Marilyn J. Frasure, nee Niemann, 75 of Columbia, died Oct. 25, 2018 at Mercy South Hospital (the former St. Anthony’s) in South St. Louis, Mo. She was born Dec. 7, 1942, in Breese, the daughter of the late Albert and Veronica (nee Peters) Niemann. She married Hollie Drexel Frasure in 1971 in Breese. He died in 2002. Mrs. Frasure is survived by children, Lynetta (Douglas) Newton, Darus Frasure and Desiree Frasure, all of Columbia; grandchildren, Isabella Frasure, and Noah and Kyra Newton; a sister, Coletta (Edward) Cody of Beaver Dam, Wisc.; nephews Mark Cody of Milwaukee, Wisc., and Matthew (Melissa) Cody of McKinney, Tex.; and her niece, Michelle (David Hoehne) of Sauk City, Wisc. Marilyn was a religious sister in the order of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ for eight years. She went on to become an innovative teacher for more than 40 years, educating students in math and science at Fox High School in Arnold, Mo., Immaculate Conception School in Columbia and Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo. She was the recipient of several teaching awards. Over the past 20 summers, Marilyn was an usher at St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. Mrs. Frasure volunteered at Immaculate Conception Church and School, as well as the ACTS retreat community. She was skilled in calligraphy, embroidery, quilting, and raising one eyebrow. Marilyn was a reluctant gardener, and an avid reader, traveler, puzzle solver and Cardinals baseball fan. Mrs. Frasure was the matriarch of her beloved family, a thoughtful and trusted friend to many, and an inspiration and mentor to thousands of students. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Frasure was buried at the church cemetery. Lessman Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund, Gibault High School or the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund.

Calvin W. Fries, 84, of Columbia, died Oct. 16, 2018 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan, Mo. He was born Aug. 11, 1934, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Armin and Pearl (nee Trost) Fries. Calvin married Carol (nee Beckerle) Fries in 1956 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Fries is survived by his children, Kevin (Pam) Fries of Columbia, Kathy (Doug) Schroeder of St. Louis, Mo., Kurt (Tammy) Fries of Millstadt, Karen (Casey) Dunn of Binghamton, NY, Kent (Sara) Fries of Mendocino, Calif., Donna (Mark) Albers of Sarasota, Fla., and Michelle (Roy) Kelling of Columbia; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Imogene Yarbrough of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by a brother, Karle A. Fries. Mr. Fries served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581, the Columbia Gymnastic Association and the Monsanto Local 12 Retirees. Calvin had retired as a laborer with Luhr Bros. Inc. in Columbia. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he was active in the Holy Name Society and was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6165. For many years Calvin tended the grounds at the church, ICS, Columbia City Hall and other public spaces. A baseball field was named in his honor at the Legion Memorial Park. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Fries was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund.

Kevin F. Coyne, 66, of Waterloo, formerly of Cahokia, died Oct. 18, 2018, in Creve Coeur, Mo. He was born March 7, 1952, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Coyne is survived by brothers, Joseph Thomas (Belle) Coyne Jr. and Patrick Coyne; an aunt; nephews; cousins; dear friends, Debbie Wilshusen and Vickie Kowens; and his beloved collies, Cami and Parnell. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Thomas Coyne Sr. and Emily (nee Craddock) Coyne; and step-mother, Dorothy Coyne. Mr. Coyne graduated from SIUE with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in political science and history. He retired from the Fenton, Mo., Post Office, where he was a customer service associate. Mr. Coyne was a member of the American Postal Workers Union, American Bowling Congress and the St. Louis Bowling Association. Kevin had bowled 13 perfect 300 games. Kevin was a kind-hearted soul, always willing to help friends in need. A large portion of his estate will be used to establish an Endowed Scholarship to the Nursing School at SIUE in memory of his beloved mother, Emily Craddock Coyne, RN. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Rev. Dan Handschy officiating. Memorials may be made to Evelyn’s House - Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital.

Leonard V. "Lonnie" Keim, 70, of Waterloo, died Oct. 22, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 14, 1948, in Red Bud, the son of the late Victor H. and Irene M. (nee Nagel) Keim. Mr. Keim is survived by his children, Jenni (Kevin) Reeves and Michelle Keim; grandchildren, Kylie Keim Voss, Kiara Reeves and Cheyenne Reeves; a sister, Sharon (Gerald) Toennies; aunts; uncles; cousins; niece, Barb Toennies; nephews, Mark Toennies and Randy (Julie) Toennies; good friend,Jim Tibbetts; nephew, Eric Hankammer; nieces Jessica (Garrett) Leach and Erica Lundak; former brother-in-law, Father Mike Coleman; former sisters-in-law, Marcia Philips, Janna (Frank) Lundak, Margaret (Bob) Starke, Sister Sherri Coleman and Sue (Dennis) Kane; and pets Sandy and Munchkin. Lonnie was the former part-owner of Keim Trucking in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Mike Coleman officiating. Mr. Keim was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

John T. Shrewsbury, 70, of Waterloo, died Oct. 24, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo., following an  extended illness. He was born Nov. 14, 1947, in Altoona, Pa., the son of the late Dr. George B. and Jane (nee Mower) Shrewsbury. John marred Brenda (nee Goeddel) Shrewsbury in 1969. In addition to his wife, Mr. Shrewsbury is survived by his daughters, Denise Shrewsbury - DeLaCruz and Laura (Andrew) Gipson; grandchildren,  Andrew DeLaCruz, Alex DeLaCruz, Charles Gipson and Corbin Gipson; siblings, Joe (Karen) Shrewsbury, Daniel (Isabella) Shrewsbury, Marianne Smith, Constance Shrewsbury and George Shrewsbury; and sister-in-law, Mary Shrewsbury; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Ruby Shrewsbury; twin brother, James Shrewsbury; sister, Kathryn Shrewsbury; and brother-in-law, Dennis Smith. Mr. Shrewsbury’s childhood was spent in Columbia where he attended ICS with his brothers and sisters. He later attended Ss. Peter and Paul High School and also spent a few semesters at Chaminade Prep in St. Louis. John served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and attended SIUE, where he held the coveted position as photographer for student identification cards. In his younger days he was known as an entertaining bartender at the old Bellefontaine Restaurant in Waterloo. Mr. Shrewsbury was a retired insurance salesman from Met Life. He was a member of the Waterloo American Legion, Waterloo VFW and Waterloo Rotary (past member). John was known throughout Waterloo for his terrific wit and he was always ready to share a joke. He was also one to be in your corner in times of need. While he enjoyed playing kloepper uptown with his friends, he made sure to be home on time to be with his family. He battled his illness with style and a sense of humor. John was the definition of brave when it came to fighting back against an unbeatable foe. For those who knew him well, his spirit will long endure. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home  with Rev. Dan Wilson officiating. Mr. Shrewsbury was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to military veterans or the American Cancer Society.

Stephen P. "Steve" Jones, 68, of Waterloo, died Oct. 26, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 19, 1950, in Palestine, Ill., the son of the late Denzil and Nellie (nee Richart) Jones. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Marcia Jones (nee Straub); children, David (Shelly) Jones, Sarah Jones, and Michael (friend Kari Doyle) Jones; grandchildren, Emma, Logan and Mariah; and brothers, Gene (Peggy) Jones and Carl (Sue) Jones; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law,  nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers, Larry and Jesse Jones. Mr. Jones attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He served with the Seabees in the U.S. Navy. Steve was retired from the Chrysler truck plant (31 years) through the UAW Local. He was a member of the Waterloo American Legion. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Jones was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Charles H. Crowder, 92, of Columbia, died Oct. 19, 2018 at his residence. He was born Sept. 2, 1926, in Chester, the son of the late William Cooper and Lulu Irene (nee Smith) Crowder. Mr. Crowder is survived by his wife, Marian (nee Stumpf) Crowder; a daughter, Phyllis Morris of St. Louis, Mo.; sisters-in-law, Judith Crowder, Eileen Stumpf and Eunice Stumpf all of Columbia, and Karen Stumpf of St. Louis, Mo.; and a brother-in-law, Herman (Barb) Stumpf of Columbia. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Crowder; brothers, Floyd Crowder, Alfred Crowder and James H. Garris; a sister, Lena Bean; and brothers-in-law, Norman, Paul and Larry Stumpf. Charlie served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 where he had served on the Honor Guard and was a past member of the executive board. Mr. Crowder retired from Mid-America Printing Co. in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Koch officiating. Mr. Crowder was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemeter. Memorials may be made to the Columbia American Legion Honor Guard or BJC Hospice.

Bobby L. Johnson, 84, of Columbia, died Oct. 17, 2018. He married Anna Mae (nee Higgins) Johnson in 1967. She died in 2017. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.  Private family services were held.

Anna Margaret Luth, 94, of Columbia, died Oct. 24, 2018. Anna Margaret was married to Louis Henry Luth Jr. He preceded her in death. Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 1 at Immaculate Conception Church, Garden Level, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. until a 10 a.m. funeral at the church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Luth will be buried at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. Leesman Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Gelea Morris Speck, nee Karraker, 83, of Waterloo, died Oct. 31, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born May 7, 1935, in Cairo, the daughter of the late Ward and Dorothy Karraker. Mrs. Speck is survived by her children, Blaze (Rhonda) Morris, Kelly (Rick) Shilliday, Robin (Clay) Siedle, Tracy (Tom Van Buren) Morris, Lance (Mary) Morris, Candace (Karl) Buckman and Shaleen (Kevin) Grabill; grandchildren,  Aubrey (Sean) O’Reilly, Kayla (Dave) Keeney, Jake (Raakhi) Morris, Austin Morris, Coley (Jeff) Hoffmann, Zach Buckman, Sophie Morris,  Isaac Buckman, Theo Grabill and Raleigh Grabill; five great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth ( Donna ) Karraker of Vancouver, Wash.; sister, Marilyn Satterfield of Memphis, Tenn.; nieces; nephews; best friend Gloria Linnertz; and her cat, Sam. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Speck. Gelea grew up in Cairo and graduated from Arizona State University. She brought her family to Waterloo in 1968 to teach English at Waterloo High School. Mrs. Speck taught for the Bulldogs until her retirement in 2002. She was a member of Waterloo Sister Cities –Portaloo, Retired Teachers and the Red Hat Society. Gelea enjoyed traveling the world with her husband. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation or Family Hospice of Belleville.

Marvin “Sam” Charles Schwartz, 88, of Millstadt, died Oct. 31, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 26, 1929 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Malburn and Margaret (nee Lehman) Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz is survived by his children, Daniel M. (Judy) Schwartz, Diana K. Schwartz, Brenda L. (Leo “Bud”) Hoock, Malburn C. Schwartz, Brian S. (Jennifer) Schwartz and Joshua M. Schwartz; grandchildren Ryan Schwartz, Danielle Schwartz, Ethan Schwartz, Seth Schwartz, Jacob (Kellie) Hoock, Jessica Hoock, Samantha Hoock, Trey Schwartz, Leigha Schwartz and Wendy Schwartz; and great-grandchildren, Nathan, Jack, Austin and Colt. He was preceded in death by a son in infancy, Marvin Charles Schwartz Jr.; and his brother, Malburn Schwartz. Marvin was a sheet metal fabricator who owned MC Schwartz Propane, M.C. Schwartz Inc. Fertilizer, Lehman Sheet Metal in East St. Louis and Western Blowpipe and Sheet Metal in St Louis, Mo. Mr. Schwartz served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Brush and the USS Krishna. Mr. Schwartz attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Millstadt where he had helped construct the new church building. Mr. Schwartz was a member of the Ainad Shriners of Southern Illinois and Emeth Lodge 1030. He was a lifetime member of Millstadt VFW Post 7980 and was past-commander of the Millstadt American Legion Post 502. He enjoyed music, polka dancing, laughing, telling jokes, teaching children to cook, and passing on his work ethic to his children and grandchildren. Memorial visitation was at the Millstadt VFW Post 7980. Vallhalla Gardens and Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Millstadt VFW Post 7980 or to the Millstadt American Legion Post 502.

November 2018

Shirley E. Mueller, nee Gruenewald, 85, of Columbia, died Nov. 5, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born March 16, 1933, in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Walter and Mathilda (nee Stumpf) Gruenewald. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her children, Willis (Peggy) Mueller, Maureen Mueller, Glen (Gale) Mueller, Brian (Karen) Mueller and Allen (Michelle) Mueller; grandchildren Jennifer (Jamie) Pickens, Tara (Gary) Rea, Valerie (Jim) Ruland, Chad (Dawn) Mueller, Brad (Mary Jo) Mueller, Martin Mueller, Jacob Mueller and Garrett Mueller; 13 great-grandchildren, Zachary Rea, Carson Rea, Kaylee Rea, Jared Pickens, Gavin Mueller, Alex Ruland, Henry Ruland, Kenley Mueller, Kyleigh Mueller, Kaitlyn Mueller, Emily Mueller, Haley Mueller and Tyler Mueller; and a sister, Melba Schnellbecher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Mueller Jr.; sister, Alice (Frank) Harfmann; brother, Lester (Ruth) Gruenewald, sister-in-law, Helen (Alvin) Rey; and brother-in-law, Walter Schnellbecher. Shirley and her husband Herb farmed in rural New Hanover. She attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, where she was active in the church choir, hand bells choir and orchestra. Mrs. Mueller was a member of the Monroe County Home and Community Extension and Monroe County Farm Bureau. She was an avid pinochle player and member of card club. Shirley enjoyed gardening, farming, cooking and growing flowers, and spending time with her family and animals, especially her faithful dog Skippy. Mrs. Mueller had a passion for playing the accordion, an instrument she started playing at the age of 10 with her family’s band. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC of Columbia with Pastor Robert Goddard officiating. Mrs. Mueller was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Helen L. Rey, nee Mueller, 83, of Waterloo, died Nov. 5, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Nov. 3, 1935, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Herbert Sr. and Alma (nee Ahrens) Mueller. Mrs. Rey is survived by her children, John Rey, Mark (Brenda) Rey and Ellen (Lance) West; grandchildren, Michael Rey, Heather Rey, Lauren (Ryan) Hesterberg, Jacob Rey, Dustin (Ashley) West and Lindsey (J.P.) Fitzgibbons; great-grandchildren, Beau Bradley West and James Patrick Fitzgibbons V; and sisters-in-law, Maudie Brandt, Shirley Mueller, Catherine (Marvin) Hoffmann and Marion Rey; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin C. Rey; brother, Herbert L. Mueller Jr; sister, Ruth (Les) Gruenewald; sister-in-law, Ardell (Earl) Schewe; and brothers-in-law, Arland "Buddy" Rey and Marvin Brandt. Helen was married to Alvin "Al" for 33 years before he was taken from her way too soon. She and Alvin built his insurance business together, and enjoyed working side-by-side for many years. Helen then became a bank teller -- first at Commercial State of Waterloo and then at State Bank of Waterloo. She met many people and became a foundation at the branch where she worked. She spent the latter years of her life enjoying her children and grandchildren, and will be terribly missed by her family. She has been reunited with her "Al', and for that, we are thankful. Helen was a "people person" who never met a stranger. She could strike up a conversation with anyone that was willing. Mrs. Rey especially enjoyed talking to children. Her goal in life was to become a math teacher, but when she met the love of her life, Al, her plans changed, and she became a wife and mother. Though she never held the official title of ‘teacher', those that knew her can verify that she truly was a teacher at heart. She was always interested in learning new things, and passing that passion on to her children and grandchildren. She loved the outdoors and everything about nature. Family vacations that she planned took her to many places where she could enjoy the beauty and sounds of the country. Mrs. Rey attended Zoar UCC of New Hanover. She was a Cub / Boy Scout leader, and member of the Home and Community Extension, Card Club (50 years) and the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Zoar UCC with Pastor R. J. Morgan officiating. Mrs. Rey was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Zoar UCC - Christian Education Building Fund.

Pearl M. Mueller, 96, of Columbia, died Nov. 2, 2018 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born May 12, 1922, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Urban and Anna (nee Einwich) Schmidt. Pearl married Harold S. Mueller in 1990. He died in 2002. Pearl retired as store manager at Weilbacher's Grocery Store in downtown Columbia. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mrs. Mueller was a member of the Altar Sodality, Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary and the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Pearl enjoyed fishing and baking pies and cakes. Mrs. Mueller is survived by her brother, Richard (Sue) Schmidt of Columbia; sister-in-law, Julie Schmidt Gregory; and nieces and nephews, Gerald Kish, Dennis (Elaine) Kish, Michael (Jeanne) Kish, Thomas Kish, Steven (Debbie) Kish, Patrick Kish, Albert (Patrese) Kish, Mary (John) Olsson, Susan Settle, Margaret (James) Burns, Joanne Stahlmann, Denise (Jim) Bennette, Cathy (Tom) Heaton, Danny Schmidt, Sandra Rusteberg, Richard (Lynn) Schmidt, Jr., and Kara (Mike) Gibson. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty (Al) Kish; brothers, Urban and Robert (Betty) Schmidt; and a nephew, Mark Schmidt. The family sends special thanks to Lucy Hollman for her time and special kindnesses. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Mueller was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Education and Activities Center Building Fund, or the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Charles “Charlie” J. Pogorelac, 66, of Waterloo, died Nov. 3, 2018, at his residence surrounded by his family after a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born Feb. 28, 1952, in Granite City, the son of the late Steve and Mary (nee Nemeth) Pogorelac. Mr. Pogorelac is survived by his wife and best friend, Elizabeth "Becky" (nee Recklein) Pogorelac; children, Chad (Christy) Pogorelac of San Clemente, Calif. and Chelsea (James) Medek of Chicago; grandchildren, Evelyn and Isla Pogorelac and Charlie Medek; and sisters, Carol (William) Mathes and Judy Kulasza, both of Granite City; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, John Kulasza. Charlie grew up in Madison and was the president of the Madison High School Class of 1970. He remained friends with many of his classmates. Mr. Pogorelac earned an accounting degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, an information technology degree from Washington University, and an MBA from Webster University. He had a successful 40—plus-year career in accounting and finance. He retired from Bi-State Development in May 2018. Mr. Pogerlac was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Charlie loved sports and rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals. He also enjoyed watching and playing basketball, golf and cork ball. Mr. Pogorelac was a dedicated husband, father and “PawPaw”. Charlie was truly a light to all who knew him and will be deeply missed by all. The family expresses thanks to the doctors and caregivers at Siteman Cancer Center and BJC Hospice, and the family and friends who assisted with his care during his illness. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Pogorelac was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University.

Betty Eyerly, nee Long, 88, of Columbia, died Nov. 5, 2018 at Mercy South Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born July 9, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Russell and Esther (nee Christian) Long. Betty married Clair D. Eyerly. He died in 1998. Mrs. Eyerly is survived by her daughters, Karen (Wing) Smith of Millstadt and Judy (Chris) Eyerly of Lawrence, Kan.; sons, Dan (Rita) Eyerly of Omaha, Neb., Richard (Pam) Eyerly of Joliet and Russell (Jalayne) Eyerly of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Tamara Smith, Wingo Smith, Christopher (Tammy) Eyerly, Deborah (Scott) Sundblad, Dawn Lane, Dustin Eyerly, Crystal Eyerly and Erica Eyerly; numerous great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dale (Mary) Long of Bonne Terre, Mo. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, James L. Long. Mrs. Eyerly attended South County Bible Church, where she was a discussion leader with Bible Study Fellowship and Community Bible Study. She was a retired secretary. Betty was a member of Columbia Senior Citizens and enjoyed playing games with her friends. The family wishes expresses their thanks to Oak Hill Supportive Living of Waterloo and Mercy Hospital South. Visitation and funeral were at South County Bible Church with Pastor Clegguart Mitchell officiating. Mrs. Eyerly was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, Pioneer Missions or the Refuge Church - East Asia.

Gregory K. "Gregg" Turner, 67, of Fults, formerly of Collinsville, died Nov. 5, 2018, in Richmond Heights, Mo. He was born Sept. 21, 1951, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Ardy and Ruth "Pooch" (nee Thurston) Turner. Mr. Turner is survived by his wife, Connie (nee Kuergeleis) Turner; daughter, Carrie Turner; sister Gillis Turner; mother-in- law, Elveria Miller; and his pet, Lucy. Gregg was a music enthusiast and an avid Cardinals baseball fan. He lived on "The Ridge" and enjoyed making people laugh. Mr. Turner was a military veteran and proud patriot. An open house and celebration of life in Gregg’s memory was at Annbriar Golf Course. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

R.L. Shackelford, 87, of Columbia, died Nov. 7, 2018. He was born Aug. 25, 1931, in Paw Paw, Okla. He is survived by his wife, Wanda (nee Ryan) Shackelford. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Jean Belt, nee Sitzes, 91, of Waterloo died Nov. 9, 2018 at her home. She was born Feb. 13, 1927 in Buchanan Mo., the daughter of the late Raleigh Rey and Clara Amelia (nee Stilts) Sitzes. She married Roy E. Belt in 1946. He died in 2001.  Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Gwendolyn W. West, 83, of Columbia, died Nov. 2, 2018. She was married to the late Robert V. West. He died in 2000. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Kristen Mary Row, 48, of Columbia, formerly of Waterloo, died Nov. 24, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family. She had battled cancer. She was born Jan. 7, 1970, in Belleville. Mrs. Row is survived by her children, Olivia Kathleen Peifer, Airman First Class Quinlin Jacob Peifer and Taylor Nichole Forrester; her significant other, Darren Daley and his children, Connor and Ella; and siblings, Theresa Ann "Terry" (George) Blase, Thomas Edward (Pam) Row, Russell Lee (Patricia) Row Jr., Daniel James (Debra) Row, Susan Marie Row and Shawnn Rennee (Charles) Green; along with nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell Lee and Patricia Ann (nee Dougherty) Row Sr. Kris loved her family, her job at Flooring Interiors, shopping and lounging pool side. She attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School and graduated in 1988 from Waterloo High School. “Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or he will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.” ~ St. Frances de Sales. A Celebration of Life was held Dec. 1. Memorials may be made to Songs 4 Soldiers. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Gerald “Jerry” U. Kish, 73 years, of Glen Burnie, Md., formerly of Columbia, died Nov. 13, 2018 at home with his family at his side. He was born Oct. 10, 1945, in Columbia, the son of the late Al and Betty (nee Schmidt) Kish. Jerry was married to Rumay Kish for almost 40 years when she died in 2008. Mr. Kish served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, achieving the rank of senior chief petty officer. He had retired from the National Security Agency in 2006 where he spent his career as a linguist after serving in the United States Navy He was a Vietnam Veteran. His greatest love was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Kish is survived by his children, Jeffrey Kish (Devon) of Bel Air, Md., Janna Jackson (Christopher) of Hughesville, Md., and Jared Kish of Glen Burnie, Md.; grandchildren, Liliana and Lathe Kish (Jeffrey), Cameron and Nathan Urlock (Janna) and Parker Castagnera (Jared); siblings, Dennis (Elaine) Kish, Michael (Jeanne) Kish, Thomas Kish, Steven (Debbie) Kish, Patrick Kish, Albert (Patresa) Kish, Mary (John) Olsson, Susan Settle, Margaret (James) Burns and Joanne Stahlmann; brothers-in-law, Joe (Loretta)Vogt, John (Joni) Vogt and Jim (Jean)Vogt; and sisters-in-law, Becky (Warren) Reagan, Runelle (Dave) Graff and Roselle (Russ) Howitzer; along with nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Nancy Kish; and brothers-in-law, Kenny Settle and Steve Stahlmann. The family thanks Katie Fitzpatrick who helped provide care and comfort for him as if he were her own family; your love and support will be remembered always. Jerry and Rumay will be placed together during their final inurnment which will be held with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Education and Activities Center Building Fund or the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Wilbur E. Gummersheimer, 90, of Columbia, died Nov. 15, 2018 at Oak Hill Care Center. He was born Jan. 20, 1928, in Columbia, the son of the late Henry and Hulda (nee Wink) Gummersheimer. Wilbert married Gladys (nee Schultheis) Gummersheimer in 1951 in Waterloo. She died in 2015. Mr. Gummersheimer is survived by his sons, Alan (Rita) Gummersheimer of Evansville, Glen Gummersheimer of Columbia and Merl Gummersheimer of Columbia; daughters, Gail (Timothy) Frierdich of Waterloo and Jana (Jeffrey) Deutch of Ellisville, Mo.; grandchildren, Jeremy, Angie, Rachele, Andrew, Jesse, Christina, Kaitlyn and Carly; and great-grandchildren, Emmett, Elliott, Maddie, Gabe, Isaiah, Owen, Paige, Andrew and Lucy. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin (Allene) Gummersheimer. Wilbur farmed in rural Columbia. He had served in the U.S. Army Ready Reserve during the Korean War, and was active with the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Mr. Gummersheimer attended St. Paul UCC of Columbia. He was a former board member for the Fountain Water District, and past manager of C and W Co-op, having received awards from both organizations for his work and dedication. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul United Church of Christ of Columbia with Pastor Keith McDevitt officiating. Mr. Gummersheimer was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

Curtis Bob Hayden, 76, of Lebanon, Mo., formerly of Columbia, died Nov. 16, 2018 at Houston, Tex. Methodist Hospital. He was born July 5, 1942 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Everett and Josephine (nee Karwoski) Hayden. Mr. Hayden is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean (nee Eschmann) Hayden; daughter, Michele (Stan) Dobnikar of Divide, Colo.; son, Matt (Vera Stockman) Hayden of Imperial, Mo.; grandson, Hayden Dobnikar; siblings, Pat (Elaine) Hayden of Florissant, Colo., and Debbie (Kevin) Hart of Columbia; sisters-in-law, Janet Schaffer of Summerfield, Fla., and Jill (James) Harres of Columbia; and brother-in-law, Earl (Rhonda) Eschmann of Arnold, Mo.; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Earl and Mary Jane Eschmann; sister, Barbara (Freeman) Ramsey; and brothers-in-law, John Lepp and James Schaffer. Mr. Hayden graduated from Columbia High School in 1961 and retired from Union Electric, Bagnell Dam at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Curt enjoyed hunting, fishing, square dancing and spending time with his grandson, teaching him how to fish. A celebration of Curt’s life is Dec. 9, at 1 p.m., at 11 South in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Casper “Cass” A. Beelman Jr., 87, of Waterloo, died Nov. 17, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born May 19, 1931, in Belleville. Mr. Beelman is survived by his wife, Marjorie (nee Schmitt) Beelman; children, John P. (Pamela, nee Scheibe) Beelman and Susie (John) Clark; grandchildren, Maggie (Keith) Sosebee, Mitch (Sarah) Clark, Dr. Ryan T. (Aryn) Beelman and Todd M. Beelman;  and great-grandchild, Declan Sosebee; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Casper Sr. and Teresa (nee Wesselman) Beelman; sister, Mary Jane Trefzer; and brothers, Elmer and Alvin Beelman. Mr. Beelman attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Navy and was retired from Solutia (Monsanto). Cass was an avid golfer who was frequently on the links at the Waterloo Country Club. Mr. Beelman was a member of the Waterloo Odd Fellows. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was  at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Beelman was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Dennis William Boo Sr., 76, of Cullowhee, N.C., died Nov. 14, 2018 surrounded by his family at Duke University Hospital after a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was born June 24, 1942 in Belleville, the son of the late Frank and Leona (nee Offermann) Boo of Columbia. Mr. Boo is survived by his wife of 53 years, Alicia Deans; children Dennelle (Jack) Brown of Asheville, N.C., and Dennis Jr. (Stacey) of Winter Park, Fla.; grandchildren John, Carter and Caroline; and a brother, Gary Boo of Columbia. Mr. Boo graduated from Winter Park High School in 1960 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1963. Dennis went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with honors from the University of Florida in 1970. He was a CPA for Arthur Young and Co. in Orlando, Fla. He concentrated on healthcare during his time in public accounting and ultimately became a hospital administrator in Rockledge and Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Boo retired in 2004 and moved to Cullowhee, N.C., in his present home, nicknamed Rainrock. Doing all the work themselves, Dennis and his wife Alicia only recently completed a full renovation of this home. This project became a full-time hobby during his retirement and was among his favorite things to do. Dennis enjoyed the water, especially sailing, as well as rides in his beloved 1971 Jeep CJ5, day trips in the Carolina mountains, volunteering his time, collecting model trains and stamp boxes, watching Gator football and spending time with extended family and friends. Dennis was a great role model and a tireless worker, with uncompromising principles and a sensitive heart. He was confident, humble and selfless. He made significant differences in the lives of his family, friends and colleagues and he took great joy in the successes of others. He was always willing to lend a hand, provide support or encouragement and offer advice or wisdom. Mr. Boo was devoted father and husband. Memorial service is Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2 p. m., at Cullowhee United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Reeves officiating. Memorials may be made to Duke Cancer Institute (Durham, N.C.) in support of multiple myeloma research. Wells Funeral Homes handled arrangements.

December 2018

Sylvester E. Kleinschmidt, 92, of Millstadt, died Dec. 16, 2018. He was born Feb. 18, 1926, in Sugarloaf Township, the son of the late William and Charlotte (nee Oerter) Kleinschmidt. Sylvester married Hilma (nee Stemler) Kleinschmidt in 1950 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Kleinschmidt is survived by his daughter, Diane (Don) Flowers of Millstadt; sons Dennis (Diana) Kleinschmidt of Millstadt and Jeff (Kelly) Kleinschmidt of Columbia; grandchildren Daniel (Megan) Flowers, Jarred (Shannon) Flowers, Lauren (Eric) Darr, Michael (Holly Mayberry) Kleinschmidt, Brittany (Curtis) Mericle, Nicholas (Katie) Kleinschmidt, Brianna (Christopher) Guilfoy, T.J. (Laura) Weber, Grant Kleinschmidt and Ben Kleinschmidt; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edna Kalbfleisch. He was preceded in death by brothers Harold Kleinschmidt and William Kleinschmidt; and sisters Alberta Dahm and Mabel Carron. Sylvester was a lifelong Millstadt area farmer, having been born, raised and died on the same farm. He also operated a trucking company as his second job. Sylvester was a member of the local Model 'A' Car Club, Bluff Grange and St. Clair County Farm Bureau. He dearly loved his John Deere tractors. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Kleinschmidt was buried at Holy Cross (Kleinschmidt) Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC in Columbia.

Jesse W. Moll, 37, of Red Bud, died Dec. 4, 2018, in Waterloo, in an automobile accident on Rt. 156. He was born Dec. 9, 1980, in Belleville. Mr. Moll is survived by his wife, Vanessa (nee Rodriguez) Moll; children, Anthony Rodriguez, Alayna Moll and Abel Moll; sister, Carly (Robert) Hamilton; and his aunt Jackie Moll. He was preceded in death by his father, Bernell "Butch" Moll; and grandparents, Bernell and Joan Moll. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Charles J. “Butch” Klein Sr., 73, of rural Columbia, died Dec. 3, 2018 after an extended illness. He was born Dec. 12, 1944, in East St. Louis, the son the late Arnold and Vera (nee Kropp) Klein. Butch married Alice (nee Pretto) Klein in 1956 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Klein is survived by his children, John (Jacqueline) Klein Jr. of Smithton and Marsha Klein of Columbia; grandchildren, Elizabeth Klein of Columbia, C.J. Klein III of Columbia and Juliana (Joseph) Schaefer of Millstadt; and his sister, Karen (Paul) Looney of Sarasota, Fla.; along with other relatives and friends. He was also preceded in death by a son, Daniel C. Klein. Butch was a lifelong Columbia area farmer. He had owned and operated CBK, Inc., a river barge tankering and repair business. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Matthew Friz officiating. Mr. Klein was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital For Children in St. Louis, Mo.

Kurt L. Jehling, 66 years of Columbia, died Dec. 6, 2018 at his residence. He was born July 2, 1952, in East Saint Louis. Kurt married Angela (nee Janson) Jehling in 1983 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Jehling is survived by his son, Jesse (Sarah) Jehling of Columbia; mother, Bertha (nee Eckert) Jehling of Columbia; in-laws, James and June Janson of Columbia; and brother-in-law, Brett (Ami) Janson of Peoria. He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene J. Jehling; and brother-in-law, Scott Janson. Kurt was retired from Koerber Distributing in Waterloo. A Celebration of Kurt's life was at Tiny's Pub and Grill in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Toys For Tots Foundation or Shriner's Hospital for Children. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Walter W. Remiger, 89, of Waterloo, died Dec. 4, 2018. He was born Feb. 26, 1929, in St. Louis, Mo. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary (nee Ceola) Remiger; children, Dennis Remiger, Debbie (Joe) Sander, Linda (Tom) Bruce and Cheryl (Neal) Willging; along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements

Zane Louis Berner, 21, of Waterloo, died Dec. 6, 2018, in a vehicle accident on I-255 in Dupo. He was born Sept. 24, 1997, in Red Bud. Mr. Berner is survived by his parents, Russell Louis and Christina (nee Ledbetter) Berner; grandparents, Jim and Linda Ellerman and Alfred Louis Berner; uncles, Jessy Ledbetter and Ken Berner; girlfriend, Heather Evans; and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Brenda Ledbetter. Zane was a graduate of Waterloo High School. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Nancy S. Sukup, 74, of Columbia, died Dec. 9, 2018 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Feb. 8, 1944 in Vandalia, the daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy (nee Courtright) Binnion. Mrs. Sukup is survived by her husband of 57 years, Larry Sukup; daughter, Michelle (Kevin) Volner of Waterloo; son, Jeff (Jennifer) Sukup of Columbia; siblings ,Barbara (Doug) Phares of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Chuck Binnion of Belleville; grandchildren, Clayton (Samantha) Volner, Zach (Joanna) Volner, Spencer and Dawson Sukup; and great-grandchildren, Violet and Oliver Volner; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her uncle, Howard Ishmael; and in-laws, Alvin and Betty (nee Scarborough) Sukup. Nancy was the owner and operator of Nancy’s Hair Fashions in Dupo for 45 years. She was also a color consultant for Color Me Beautiful and owner of B.C. Marketing. Mrs. Sukup was a former member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary and also the Zonta Club where she was crowned Merriest Bell. A celebration of Nancy’s life was at Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. A service followed. Memorials may be made to Southern Illinois Hospice.

Violet Louise Kueker, nee Hartman, 89, of Waterloo, died Dec. 22, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born June 27, 1929, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Marcellus and Mildred (nee Meyer) Hartman. Violet was married to Colonel Edmund “Edd” Kueker. He died in 2012. Mrs. Kueker is survived by her nephews, Kenneth Jr. (Anita) Hartman, Steven (Cindy) Kueker, Richard (Deb) Kueker, Rev. David (Kim) Kueker and Brian A. (Jodi) Kueker; a niece, Rita Jeffries; sister-in-law Joann Hartman; and godson,  Alan E. Stumpf; along with extended nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Hartman Sr. Violet graduated from Waterloo High School in 1947. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in home economics in education from SIU Carbondale, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois. She taught at Zeigler High School in 1951 until a position opened up at Waterloo High School. Violet taught home economics at her alma mater from 1952 to 1989. Mrs. Kueker oversaw the Cooperative Education Program (Co-op from 1972 to 1989), teaching students entry skills and information about the world of work with the support of local businesses. An excelling student was chosen as the Co-Op Employee of the Month. Her life was dedicated to teaching; encouraging students to further their education in home economics and home economics-related careers. When asked, "Who is Violet Kueker?" without hesitation, she replied, "I am an educator." Mrs. Kuekers’ honors included: Who's Who in the Midwest; Outstanding Teacher at WHS; one of five home economics teachers to work on the state home economics curriculum guide; presented the curriculum guide for Southern Illinois teachers via a demonstration class; presented a TV program on KETC Channel 9 in St. Louis; named honorary FHA member (1971); and was inducted in 2016 into the Waterloo High School Legacy Wall. Mrs. Kueker was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, American Home Economics, Illinois Home Economics, National Education Association, Illinois Education Association, American Vocational Association, Illinois Vocational Association, Illinois Vocational Home Economics Teachers, National Association of Vocational Home Economics Teachers, Illinois Cooperative Vocational Education Coordinators, Illinois Consumer Education, American  Council Consumer Interest and the Waterloo Classroom Teachers' Association. Mrs. Kueker’s community involvement includes receiving the Monroe County 4-H Alumni Award, the St. Paul UCC Evening Guild, Monroe County Historical Society, the Peterstown Heritage Society, Monroe County Homemakers' Extension Association, National Auctioneers Ladies Auxiliary and the Kuekers' Museum (co-founded with her husband, Colonel Edd Kueker). In 2014 the Kuekers donated their aluminum bison statue to Monroe County to commemorate the bison that once traveled what was then called the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail, now today's Kaskaskia Road, Route 3 and Bluff Road. The statue is on the Courthouse Square. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating. Mrs. Kueker was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC of Waterloo, the Monroe County History Museum or the Monroe County 4-H Foundation.

Janet Margaret Canman, nee Schnellmann, 86, of Columbia, died Dec, 27, 2018, at Mercy South Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Oct. 21, 1932, in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Canman is survived by her sons, Louis "Phil" (Cindy) Canman III of Smithton, Joe (Donna) Canman of Terre du Lac, Mo., and Clyde (Judy) Canman of Columbia; and grandchildren, Joey (Kelly) Hargrove of Belleville, Phil (Jackie) Canman of New Athens, Tasha (Eric) Brumfiel of St. Peters, Mo., Tony and Steven Canman, both of Columbia, and Carrie (Adam) Hoggard of Columbia; along with great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, aunt, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Canman Jr.; and her parents, Joseph and Marie (nee Pleimann) Schnellmann.Janet and her husband owned and operated The Lantern Restaurant in Columbia. She was an avid bowler and bingo player. Visitation is Tuesday, Jan. 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia. A funeral will follow. Mrs. Canman will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Editha M. "De-De" Limestall, nee Schaack, 81, of Waterloo, died Dec. 19, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 25, 1937, in Steeleville, the daughter of the late Raymond and Anna (nee Joost) Schaack. Mrs. Limestall is survived by her children,  Sandy (William) Stueve and Scott (Karen) Limestall; grandchildren, Jamie (Derek) Vadnal, Sean Stueve, Joel Limestall and Bailey Limestall; great-grandchildren, Anastasia and Asher Vadnal; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Shirley (Floyd) Buettner and Clyde (Ann) Limestall; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orvel R. Limestall; daughter, Linda A. Limestall; granddaughter, Stacy Stueve (died in infancy); sister, Pearl (Earl) Reitz; brothers-in-law, Maurice (died in infancy), Lee (Barbara) and Kenneth Limestall; and mother-in-law and father-in-law,  Luella and Howard Limestall. Mrs. Limestall had retired from First National Bank of Waterloo. She rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoyed having lunch at the Waterloo Senior Center. De-De attended St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Southcombe officiating. Mrs. Limestall was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Banking On A Cure For Cancer (c/o First National Bank - Waterloo) or Shriner's Hospital for Children - St. Louis.

Rosalia K. Krewer, nee Wuertz, 100, of Valmeyer, died Dec. 25, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 16, 1918, in Harrisonville, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Elizabeth (nee Andres) Wuertz. Mrs. Krewer is survived by her children, Marlene Bair and Penny (Dennis) Heusohn; grandchildren,  Mitchell (Janice) Bair, Elizabeth (Dustin) Walker, Denise Evans, Dawn (Tim) Brown and Jeffrey Heusohn; great-grandchildren, Anna Bair, Lauren Bair, Brady Heusohn, Rosalie Heusohn, Audrey Brown and Adrian Brown; brother Herbert Wuertz; and sister Theresa Devine; along with a brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred A. Krewer Jr.; brother, Marcellus Wuertz; and sisters Frances Gennette and Rita Maples. Mrs. Krewer attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer. She was a former member of the Red Bud Hospital Auxiliary and the St. Ann's Altar Sodality. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Mrs. Krewer was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to her church, the St. Mary's Building Fund or Oak Hill.


Nancy M. Kronst,
 nee Wrobel, 85, of Waterloo, died Dec. 27, 2018, in Waterloo. She was born May 6, 1933, in Chicago, the daughter of the late John and Esther (nee Badger) Wrobel. She was married to Robert E. Kronst, a district engineer for the Highway Department. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Kronst is survived by her children, Ann (Don) Roos, Cathy (Jeff) Burgard, Natalie (Ed) Smith, Paul Kronst and Barb (Tom) Schrieber; grandchildren, Natalie Burgard (Nick Manchen), Joe (Basia) Burgard, Nathan Burgard, Scott Smith, Greg Smith, Joy Schrieber, Tim Schrieber and Annie Schrieber; great-grandchildren, Maeve, James, Bobby and Jordyn; sisters, Carole (John) Donovan and Sharon Zywicki; and sister-in-law, Angie Wrobel; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Wrobel. Mrs. Kronst attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. A private burial was set for a later date. Memorials may be made to her church or to Life Network of Southern Illinois.

Mildred M. Zavadil, nee Raeber, 96, of Columbia, died Dec. 26, 2018. She was born Nov. 3, 1922, in Sugarloaf Township the daughter of the late Irwin and Sadie (nee Keller) Raeber. She was the widow of the late Arnold J. Zavadil. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Mrs. Zavadil was buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery, Millstadt.

Warren F. Steinmann Sr., 95, of Waterloo, died Dec. 18, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 6, 1923, in Waterloo. His survivors include his wife, Mary Lorraine (nee Aulbach) Steinmann. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Audrey E. Jahr, 90, of Columbia, died Dec. 4, 2018 at de Greeff Hospice House. She was born Oct. 26, 1928, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Raymond and Pearl, (nee Muskopf) Schroeder. Mrs. Jahr is survived by her husband, Kenneth J. Jahr; son, Kurt (Debra) Jahr of Columbia; daughter, Saundra (Charles) Bryan of Columbia; grandchildren Alexandra (Thomas) Bryan Byers, Jason (Lindsey) Jahr, Jeffrey (Suzanne) Jahr, Joseph (Trish) Koontz and Adam (Leah) Koontz; great-grandchildren, Lily and Alden Koontz; and sister, June Janson of Columbia. Mrs. Jahr was an active with St. Paul United Church of Christ in Columbia, serving as secretary, cemetery sextant and on the kitchen committee. Audrey volunteered for many years with the Columbia Gymnastic Association Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. A memorial will follow with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Interment of ashes will be in Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. A mass intention for the repose of Mrs. Jahr’s soul is Sunday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at The Shrine of St. Joseph in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to her church.  

Daniel G. Miller, 56, of Waterloo, died Dec. 27, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 9, 1962, in Peoria. Mr. Miller is survived by his wife. Anita (nee Wright) Miller; children Crystal (Zach) Glaenzer and Danielle (Randy) Schultheis; grandchildren Adley and Norah Glaenzer and Allyssa and Jake Schultheis; brother John Miller; sister Julie Sinn; and mother-in-law Nadine Wright; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Betty Ann (nee Huebner) Miller; father-in-law Kenneth Wright; and sister-in-law Tina Tomlin-Zeiger. Daniel owned Dan and Neats Bait Shop in Waterloo. A Celebration of Life is Sunday, Feb. 17, from 12 noon to 5 p.m., at the Waterloo Sportsman's Club. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.