2017 Obituaries

January 2017

Ruth E. Schmidt, nee Knop, 93, of Waterloo, died Dec. 15, 2016. She was born Jan. 8, 1923, the daughter of Edward and Erna (nee Hallbauer) Knop. She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Chester Schmidt; and a brother, Ed (Barb) Knop of Clifton; along with nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Elaine; and a sister, Donna Knop. Ruth was on the Board of Directors at First State Bank of Campbell Hill and was also a Home Advisor in Monroe County. She had assisted her husband in his State Farm agency. After they retired, she and Chester took up golf. They traveled around the world. Ruth was a member of the Columbia Woman's Club and the Red Hat Society. She attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. In memory of their daughter Elaine, Ruth and Chester donated to Shriner's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.; a research wing is named in their honor. A private funeral was held. Mrs. Schmidt was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Nursing Home or St. Paul UCC of Columbia.

Paula Potter, 55, of Millstadt, died Dec. 20, 2016, St. Louis University Hospital. She was born Nov. 26, 1961, in East St. Louis, the daughter of Richard Potter of Freeburg and Lois Potter of Millstadt. Besides her parents, Miss Potter is survived by her son, Justin (Chelsea) Potter of Collinsville; brothers, Richard Pot-ter of Fenton, Mo., John Potter of Columbia and Mark Potter of Millstadt; sisters, Jodi Potter-Barker of Belleville and Nicole Potter of Columbia; a granddaughter, Joslynn Potter of Collinsville; and her good neighbor and friend, Connie; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was pre-ceded in death by her grandparents. Paula was a home health caregiver. She attended St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. Visitation was at Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating. Memorials may be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Society. Marlene Anne Horn, nee Hausmann, 68, of Millstadt, died Dec. 19, 2016, as the result of an auto-mobile accident on Rt. 158. She was born May 4, 1948, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Anthony Peter and Irma Elizabeth (nee Jacobi) Hausmann. Mrs. Horn is survived by her children, Rita (Fred) Peet of Belleville and Rodney Rednour (Amber Smith) of Marissa; grandchildren, Kayla Ord, Ryan Ord, Rylie Rednour, Jordan Rednour and Chas Rednour; a sister, Rita Armstutz of Belleville; brothers, Roger Hausmann of Waterloo, Ronald Hausmann of Smithton and Mike Welsh of Kansas City, Mo.; nieces and nephews, Valerie (nee Armstutz) Blank, Roger Hausmann Jr., Daniel Hausmann, Andrew Hausmann and Lisa Hausmann; former daughter-in-law, Karla Rednour of Marissa. Mrs. Horn was employed at St. Paul’s Belleville Senior Com-munity Center. Visitation and funeral were at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association.

Dale Bode, 77, of Red Bud, died Dec. 20, 2016, in Columbia. He was born Jan. 3, 1939, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Calvin and Floramye (nee Reis) Bode. Mr. Bode is survived by his children, Brad (Ellen) Bode, Kris (Craig) Hoffmann and Brian (Kelly) Bode; grandchildren, Kyle and Reid Hoffmann and Hayley and Hayden Bode; a brother, Ronald (Pam) Bode; and a sister-in-law, Ellen Bode; along with nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Louie Bode. He was a member of Waterloo’s Masonic Lodge. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Bode was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Jeannette E. Kelly, nee Knoke, 91, of Waterloo, died Dec. 21, 2016, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was born Aug. 17, 1925, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Philip Knoke and Marie Antoinette “Net-tie” (nee Kipping) Knoke Vogt. Mrs. Kelley is survived by her brother, Eugene “Bud” (Gloria) Knoke of Waterloo; children, Kathleen (George) Rummel of Chicago, Patricia (Peter) Mark of Melbourne, Australia, Kevin (Laurel) Kelly of Garmisch, Germany, Dr. William Kelly (Sama Macsodian) of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Laura Kelly of Barra de Potosi, Mexico, Celeste (Richard) Kelley of Waterloo, Christine Kelly of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Elizabeth Kelly (Matthew Perry) of Melbourne, Australia, Ken “Ken Boy” (Audrey) Kelly Jr. of Waterloo, Brian (Bonnie) Kelly of Fruita, Colo., Jason Kelly of Eu-gene, Ore., and Justin Kelly of San Diego, Calif.; 28 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; along with cousins, nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends. Besides her parents, Mrs. Kelley was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth J. Kelly; step-father, Raymond L. Vogt; infant sister, Mary Elizabeth; grandson, Mitchell Kelly; and her twin great-grandchildren, Lydia and Evan Kelley. Jeannette was a loving wife, a mother to 12 children and a mother-in-spirit to many more. She had a deeply nurturing nature and a profound sense of devotion to her family and loved ones, with an especially strong connection to her brother Buddy. She attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Waterloo, and graduated with highest honors from Waterloo High School in 1943. In addition to being a mother, homemaker and help-mate to her husband in his business, she worked for a number of years as a medical transcriptionist at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. She was beloved by her family and well known among her friends and relatives as a person who followed her dear mother Net-tie’s example by devoting nearly all her time and energies to helping others, with no thought of reward for herself. Her love of music was a special inspiration to her family as they spent countless hours singing songs to her accomplished and spirited accompaniment on the piano. She also served as the accompanist for many church functions, children’s choir performances and other community events. A person of keen intellect with a passion for learning, Jeannette was dedicated through-out her life to exercising and expanding her intellectual faculties; she was an enthusiastic, world-class Scrabble player and other word games. She remained men-tally alert and engaged until the very end. Jeanette passed on her love of learning to all her children. Jeannette was also a woman of un-common fortitude who rose above her many health challenges with humor, an indomitable will to live and a spirit of renewal. Her health never deterred her from ensuring that each of her many children, grandchildren and great-grand-children received a personalized gift on birthdays, Christmas and special occasions. Her legacy is a large and ever growing family and cadre of friends and devotees and the contributions they are making to the world. The message and les-son of her life, especially to her children, is simply love. Love of one another and love of life. A Celebration Of Life will be in the Waterloo area at a place and date to be announced.

Donna J. Lieb, nee Foss, 89, of Waterloo, died Dec. 21, 2016, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 27, 1927, in Council Bluff, Iowa, the daughter of the late Arthur and Eva Nova (nee Letner) Foss. Mrs. Lieb is survived by her children, Barbara (William) Rumler, Norma (Howard) Shive, Marlene Lieb, Charles Lieb, Kathie (David) Nau-mann, Nancy (Dennis) Rodenberg and Russell (Bonita) Lieb; grand-children, Celeste Rumler, Lindsay (Jeremy) Moore, Aaron Shive, Ellen (Erik) Brandt, Amy (Bryan) Trollop, Jeff, Alex and Brent Naumann, Clint (Deanna) Rodenberg, Quinn Rodenberg and Crystal (Drew) Wynn; and 7 great-grand-children; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was pre-ceded in death by her husband, Norman L. Lieb; a brother, William Foss; and her sister, Roberta Nelson. Mrs. Lieb at-tended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She was a re-tired cook at Waterloo High School. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Lieb was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the Alzheimer's Association.

Mabel M. Stockel, 85, of Water-loo, died Dec. 21, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Edward and Edna (nee Lange) Einwich. Mrs. Stockel is survived by her husband, Clarence Stockel; daughters, Susan (Richard) Bangle, Sally (James) Purl and Sonja Stockel; grandchildren, Michelle (Chris) Mace and Amanda (Jason) Schmidt; great-grandchildren, Paige Bangle, Quentin Bangle, Milla Mace, Collin Mace, Nolan Schmidt and Logan Schmidt; and a sister, Shirley Wittenauer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her sister, Gladys Ann Einwich; a grandson, Aaron Bangle; and brothers-in-law, Leroy Brinkmann and Delbert Wittenauer Sr. Mrs. Stockel 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. Stockel was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Spencer J. Kipping, 86, of Waterloo, died Dec. 24, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Waterloo, the son of the late Joseph and Grace (nee Andres) Kipping. Mr. Kipping is survived by his children, David (Nancy) Kip-ping, Dennis Kipping, Lori (Matt) Doerr, Robert (Jenny) Kipping and Edward (Cathy) Kipping; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Gloria (Leo) Thoma, Standford (Pat) Kipping and Patsy Mitan; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen (nee Lerch) Kipping; special uncle and aunt, Fred and Clara Kipping, and siblings, Stanley Kipping, Gladys Oestriech and Steve Kipping. Spencer retired from Columbia Quarry and was a member of Monroe County Democratic Club. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Kipping was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Aaron L. Reitz, 79, of Waterloo, died Dec. 24, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 19, 1937, in Water-loo, the son of the late Fred and Leora (nee Reinhold) Reitz. Mr. Reitz is survived by his children, Kurt (Conni) Reitz, Kris (Wendy) Reitz and Kara (Ron) Lavoie; grandchildren, Erin, Samantha, Brittany, Allison, Nick (Jessi) and Kaila; siblings, Orlou (Bob) Burkemper, Germain (Frank) Leingang and Neil (Dee) Reitz; and sisters-in-law, Margaret Reitz and Mary Reitz; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-ceded in death by his wife, Janet (nee Toenjes) Reitz; a sister, Carol Reitz; and brothers, Leroy, Roger, Fredrick, Floyd and Glennon Reitz. Aaron was devoted to his wife, Janet – his high school sweetheart and love of his life. He was also passionate about his work, serving the community and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Aaron also loved a good joke and bad jokes were even better. Aaron served as the Monroe County Circuit Clerk from 1995 –2010. He had previously worked at the Social Security Administration (1961-1994). Mr. Reitz attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society, and former president of the SPPS school board. He was a loyal member of the Mon-roe County Democratic Club. Aaron also served on the Morrison-Talbott Library board. Mr. Reitz served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957-1959. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Illinois in 1961. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Reitz was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gibault High School or Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School.

Louise R. Kelley, nee Rieber, 81, of Waterloo, died Dec. 25, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Oct. 8, 1935, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Anthony and Julia (nee Mesker) Rieber. Mrs. Kelley is survived by her children, Monica Sharp, Leon (Clarissa) Olszewski, Julia (fiancé Rob Rogger) Olszewski, Tony (Lynn) Olszewski and Suzanne (Walter) Chisum; grandsons, Patrick (Angela) Sheahan, Michael (Sarah) Sheahan, Kevin (Kelsey Gathman) Sheahan, Aaron Chisum, Andrew Chisum and Aragorn Olszewski; great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Colin Sheahan; a brother, Francis Rieber; former spouse, Lee Olszewski; special friends, Pearl Hirsch, Connie Jones and Jocelyn Fleming; and Mexican exchange students, Ramiro Trevino and Cyntia Siller; along with stepchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Raymond Vogt and Edward Kelley; and sisters, Martha DeGray, Juanita Kukay, Marie Gartland and Julia Rieber. Mrs. Kelley attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where she was a former Eucharistic minister and lector. She was a member of Mon-roe County Home and Education, Rotary Ann, Associate of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Western Egyptian, Victorious Missionaries and Porta Westfalica Sister Cities. Louise was the first woman elected to the Valmeyer School Board. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Waterloo Senior Center.

Robert "Bob" Raffety, 68, of Waterloo, died Dec. 27, 2016 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was born May 3,1948, in Freemont, Neb., the son of the late Fritz and Marie (nee Miskell) Raffety. Mr. Raffety is survived by his wife of 41 years, Charlene (nee Avara) Raf-fety; children, Angela (Jeremy) Marquardt of Waterloo and Bob Raffety of Waterloo; a sister, Carol (Larry) Yovandich of Diamond Head, Miss.; and grandchildren, Bryce, Lyndsey and Gillian; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-ceded in death by a granddaughter, Madeline Marquardt. Mr. Raffety was employed at Mansfield Oil Company in Gainesville, Ga. He attended St. Paul UCC in Floraville. Bob was formerly an auxiliary deputy for the St. Clair County Sheriff Department. Visitation was at Braun Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Floraville with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Raffety was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Robert F. Schroeder, 90, of Millstadt, died Dec. 27, 2016. He was born June 3, 1926, in Karnak, the son of the late Bernard and Ella Schroeder. Mr. Schroeder is survived by his step-daughter, Pamela (Joe) Dodge of House Springs, Mo.; grandchildren, Angie Antonas of House Springs, Mo., Nick (Sarah) Antonas of Millstadt and Michael Novak of St. Louis, Mo.; and great-grandchildren, Katina and Anthony Antonas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda (nee Martin) Schroeder, who died in 2009; siblings, George, Joe and Florine; and a step-daughter, Brenda Novak. Robert was a re-tired engineer for Terminal Rail-road in Sauget. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He loved his family and his pets. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Mr. Schroeder was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Songs For Soldiers.

William G. Heine, 83 of Columbia, formerly of Affton, Mo., died Dec. 21, 2016, surrounded by his family at his residence. He was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Prairie Du Rocher, the son of the late Loyd and Blanche (nee DuFrenne) Heine. Mr. Heine is survived by his wife, Dorothy (nee Gash) Heine; children, Bill (Kathie) Heine of Affton, Mo., Kathy (Larry) West-house of Paradise Valley, Ariz., Mark (Karla) Heine of Columbia and David (Angela) Heine of Waterloo; and brothers, Robert Heine of Fenton, Mo., and Raymond (Frannie) Heine of Affton, Mo.; along with grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Betty McDermott and Faye Brown. Mr. Heine served in the U.S. Army. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. William was retired from John Fabick Tractor Company in Fenton, Mo. Visitation was at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Heine was buried at Jefferson Bar-racks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Mary Louise Forgy, nee Hammond, 63, of Waterloo, died Dec. 27, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Jan. 19, 1953, in Clayton, Mo., the daughter of Dorothy Hammond and the late Jesse Hammond. Besides her mother, Mrs. Forgy is survived by her husband, Glendal "Pete" Forgy; children, Scott (Susan) Forgy and Robert Forgy; grandchildren, Rose Snyder, Lily Forgy, Katie Forgy and Caleb Forgy; and siblings, William Hammond, Susan (Stan) Ship, Vicki (Al) Touchette, Jon (Penny) Hammond, Cheri (Dewey) Gray, Patti Rousan, Mike Hammond, Tina Robinson and Tonya (Harold) Cradic; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Theodore Hammond and Jesse Hammond. Mrs. Forgy attended First Baptist Church in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Memorials may be made to Lottie Moon, Samaritan's Purse or de Greeff Hospice House.

Margaret A. Jones, nee Weakly, 69, of Red Bud, died Dec. 29, 2016 in Red Bud. She was born Dec. 2, 1947 in Washington, Mo., the daughter of the late Robert A. and Marian A. (nee Gist) Weakley. Mrs. Jones is survived by her brothers, Ronald Weakly, Russell Weakly, Raymond (Zoe) Weakly; sisters, Mary (Richard) Schultheis and Maureen (Lyn) Doyle; step-children, Duane (Chris) Jones, Allen (Mary) Jones, Dennis Jones, Lisa (Tom) Heck, and Casey (Mellisa) Jones; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband Fred Jones and her brother, Richard Weakly. Margaret was a retired nurse. She attended First Baptist Church in Prairie du Rocher. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 at First Baptist Church in Prairie du Rocher. Memorials may be made to the family.

James J. Jerome, 85, of Sunrise Beach, Mo., died Dec. 30, 2016. He was born Sept. 29, 1931, in East St. Louis,  the son of the late Maurice and Magdalena Josephina (nee Geppert) Jerome. James was married to the late Peggy J. (nee Buatte) Jerome. She died Dec. 4, 1992. Mr. Jerome is survived by his daughters, Tonya (Craig) Steele of Columbia  and Kathleen (Mark) Allard of Raleigh, N.C.; son, Kevin (Melissa) Jerome of Columbia;  grandchildren, Kyle and Jill Steele, Bryan and Jared Allard, and Spencer and Sean Jerome; brother, Thomas (Roberta) Jerome of Waterloo;  sister, Geraldine Rainbolt of Fishers, Ind.; along with other relatives and friends. Besides his parents, he was pre-ceded in death by a previous wife, Georgie Jerome;  brother, Francis (Bo) Jerome; and sisters, Wanda Mae Cunningham and Margaret (Dee Dee) Sanders. Mr. Jerome served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. James was a member of  VFW Post 5923, Camdenton, Mo., the Zack Wheat American Legion Post 624, Sunrise Beach, and  Knights of Columbus Laurie Council 10381. Mr. Jerome attended St. Patrick Catholic Church, Sunrise Beach. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 5,  4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral will be Friday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer, officiating. Mr. Jerome will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Songs 4 Soldiers, Columbia or 3 Little Birds, Collinsville.

Thelma Marie Herbst, 96, of Burgess Square Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre in Westmont, formerly of Columbia, died Dec. 31, 2016. She was born Jan. 12, 1920, in Columbia, the daughter of the late  William and Eva Kremmel. Thelma married Stanley R. Herbst in 1949. He died  in 2002. Mrs. Herbst is survived by her children, Kurt (Margaret Wolfram) Herbst, Karen (Rauf) Dalal Dr. Erich (Jean) Herbst, and Kris-tine (Roman Salij) Herbst; six grandchildren, Yasmin (Elliot Rothrock) Dalal, Alia Dalal, Dr. Christopher Herbst, Michael Herbst, Andrew Salij and Kiri Salij; a great-grandchild, Alexan-der Rothrock; cousin, Catherine (Ralph) Mathews; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Herbst was an elementary teacher for decades, with the majority of her career in Columbia. She started teaching in a one-room country school on a war-time certificate. She had interesting stories about the many roles she played for her students who ranged in age from five to about 14 -- as janitor to keep the school warm and clean, as medic to tend to emergencies, and as teacher to address the varied academic needs of this body of students. After World War II, she returned to Southern Illinois University to complete her degree in 1947, a rare accomplishment at that time for a young lady from a small town. After getting her degree, she taught junior and senior English literature in New Madrid, Mo. and Valmeyer  before returning to Columbia. Thelma took a break from teaching to have four children and spent the last 25 years of her career teaching kindergarten in Columbia. In those days, her kindergarten teaching colleague taught half the town and Thelma taught the other half. Most of the kindergarteners did not at-tend school before kindergarten, but somehow Thelma managed to teach a full kindergarten curriculum including art and music to all of them while maintaining order --and that couldn’t have been easy with some of the classes in the 1960s topping out at 40 students. She would start each fall thinking that this could be the worst class that she ever had; but by the spring of that same school year, that class was the best she ever had. Thelma attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and also volunteered at Camp Wartburg and Human Support Services. Visitation is Friday, Jan. 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Mrs. Herbst will be buried at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to her church.

James “Gary” Toon, 65, of Columbia, died Jan. 1, 2017 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in, St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 20, 1951, in Mayfield, Ky., the son of Anna Mae Johnson and the late James M. Toon. James married Jan (nee Steele) Toon in 1977. Be-sides his wife and mother, Mr. Toon is survived by his daughters, Jamie Toon and Jenna (Kenny) Dunn; grandchild, Skylar Dunn, stepfather, Bob Johnson; sister, Connie (Dave) Sauerwein; sister-in-law, Becky Toon; brother-in-law, Craig (Tonya) Steele; and sister-in-law, Terri Hargis; along with nieces and  nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael D. Toon. Gary was a friend to all, and helped any and every one throughout his life. His family was his pride and joy, and he included all his friends as his family. His motto was, "To work hard and play harder... and never get too excited". He was the owner and operator of Hillcastle Contracting Co. and a member of Operating Engineers Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Millstadt VFW Post 7980. A Sharing of Memories will follow. Memorials may be made to Missouri Baptist Hospital Cancer Center, St. Louis.

Michael Lee “Mike” Nobbe, 58, of East Alton, formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 1, 2017 in Wood River. He was born Aug. 13, 1958 in Waterloo, the son of Harold H. Nobbe and the late Barbara A. (nee Keim) Nobbe. Besides his father, Mr. Nobbe is survived by his brother, Dr. Dennis (Chris) Nobbe; along with aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mike had played baseball with the Valmeyer Lakers. Private family services are planned.

Steven R. Eschmann, 76, of Waterloo, died Jan. 2, 2017, in Waterloo, after battling melanoma for four years. He was born May 20, 1940, in Monroe City, the son of the late John Sr. and Rosa (nee Schaefer) Eschmann. Mr. Eschmann is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ramona A. (nee Schiffer-decker) Eschmann; children, Dawn (Dean) Doerr, Martin (Karen) Eschmann, Todd (Angie) Eschmann and Amber (Mike) Carroll; grand-children, Nicholas (Jamie), Tyler (Chandler) and Quinton Doerr, Emily and Nathan Eschmann, Samantha, Abby and Brenden Eschmann, and Clayton and Claire Bisanz; step-grandchildren, Nikki, Bryan and Brendan Carroll; brothers, Joseph, George (Judy), Norbert (Kaye) and Wilbert (Karen) Eschmann; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Clara Eschmann, Mary (Bob) Huch, Terry (Sandy) Schifferdecker and Marie Schifferdecker; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers, Bernard, Leo, John J., Cletus and Sylvester Eschmann. Steven was retired as road commissioner of District 6 (1991-2013) and retired from Labor Local 196. He was the former co-owner of Monroe Masonry. Mr. Eschmann attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 6 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mr. Eschmann will be buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Hospice Patient Fund.

Dr. Edilberto F. Maglasang, 89, of Columbia, died Jan. 16, 2017 at Alexian Brothers - Lansdowne Village in St. Louis, Mo. He was born May 27, 1927 in the Philip-pines. He married June (nee Volkmann) Maglasang in 1960 in East. St. Louis. In addition to his wife, Dr. Maglasang is survived by his sons Edward (Elizabeth) Maglasang, Bob (Camille) Maglasang, David Maglasang and John Maglasang; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sisters Jovita "Hoving" Compos and Lour-des Madjus. He was preceded in death by a son, Joe C. Maglasang; along with six brothers and sisters. Dr. Maglasang was the second of nine brothers and sisters. He earned his medical degree from St. Thomas University in Manila, Philippines. He served the Columbia community 38 years with his medical practice, and was on the staff at St. Elizabeth and Memorial Hospitals in Belleville. Dr. Maglasang was a founding board member of the Columbia National Bank. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Doc. enjoyed playing golf at the Waterloo Country Club and watching Gibault High School basketball games. Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral will follow with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. A reception will then be held at the church. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Roger Gerald Byerley, 81, formerly of Mount Vernon and originally from Dupo, died Jan. 2, 2017 at Zablocki V.A. Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisc., with his daughter and son-in-law by his side. Roger was born March 8, 1935, in Saint Louis, Mo., the son of the late Luther and Bertie (nee Snelson) Byerley. He graduated from Dupo High School in 1953. Mr. Byerley married Mary Joan Laurent in 1954. She died in 1993. Mr. Byerley is survived by his sons, Roger (Phyllis) Byerley, William (Melanie) Steven Byerley and Joseph (Kathy) Byerley, all of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Cynthia (Gregory) Brotzman of Milwaukee; brothers, Robert (Margaret) Byerley and Walter (Joann) Byerley, all of Columbia; sister-in-law, Barbara Byerley of DuPont, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Byerley. Mr. Byerley served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. After his service, a management position at Tractor Supply Company brought him to Mount Vernon. He later opened Byerley Farm and Home on Old Fairfield Road. Roger enjoyed the outdoors, including working in the yard, keeping up his garden and raising animals. Roger loved to travel and was an excellent dancer. Mr. Byerley earned a degree from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. Visitation and funeral were at First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon with Rev. Victor Long officiating. Mr. Byerley was buried at Saint Clair Memorial Gar-dens in Pell City, Ala.

William Louis Badgerow, 69, of Columbia, died Jan. 2, 2017 in St. Louis, Mo., sur-rounded by his family. He was born on April 29, 1947, in Peoria, the son of the late Herbert and Mary Louise (nee Gipson) Badgerow. Mr. Badgerow is survived by his children, Rebecca Badgerow-Watson (Shane Watson) of Columbia, William D. (Leah) Badgerow of Baytown, Tex., and Melissa (Curt) Patterson of Trivoli; grandchildren, Joseph (Tonya) Geeseman of Corpus Christi, Tex., Jacob Geeseman of St. Louis, Lucas Watson and Hannah Watson, both of Columbia, Christopher (Amber) Badgerow of Beaumont, Tex., and Emma Patterson, Ella Patterson and Evan Patterson, all of Trivoli; great-grandson, Gavin Geese-man of St. Louis.; and a sister, Patricia (William) DeVos of Victoria, Tex. He was pre-ceded in death by his long-time companion, Colleen Aberle. William is also survived by Colleen’s children, who loved him like a father, Tonya Aberle of Pekin, Tiffany Aberle (Dwight Krisher) of Norwood, Shannon Aberle (David Holley) of Banner and Allen Aberle of Bellevue; and her grandchildren, David Smith, Matthew Smith, Celeste Clark, Jade Clark, Amanda Aberle and Cody Krisher. Mr. Badgerow was a carpenter for 40 years. He mastered every aspect of the trade, from drawing blue-prints and designing, to framing a house, to building custom cabinetry. He enjoyed playing guitar, spending time with his dogs, reading, camping, scuba diving, cooking, listening to the Beatles and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. William had a wonderful sense of humor and was cracking jokes and smiling until the end. The family expressed sincere appreciation for the care extended by the staff of Columbia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Braun Family Funeral Home handled the arrangements. A private memorial service was planned.

Imogene V. "Jean" Ries, nee Schmitz, 81, of Waterloo, died Jan. 3, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 9, 1935, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Albert and Edna (nee Wild) Schmitz. Mrs. Ries is survived by her children, Bret (Tami) Ries, Brenda (Bill) Lanman, Bar-bara (Bryan) Garcia, Beverly (Kevin) Layton and Bonnie Ries (Robert Haudrich); grandchildren, Jeffrey Ries, Amanda (Quinn) Huber, Rebecca Ries, Jamie Lanman, Rachel (fiancé Travis Bricker) Layton and Elizabeth (Terry Bradford) Layton; and great-grandchildren Braelynn Bradford, Wyatt and Eli Bricker, and Alexis Huber. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Ries. They were married in 1956 in Valmeyer. She attended  St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Mrs. Ries was in a card club for more than 50 years. Imogene enjoyed playing Bunco, spending time with her family, genealogy, and being for-ever "mean and ornery." Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mrs. Ries was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to her church, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Darlene M. McKinney (Jones), nee Yehling, 84, of Waterloo, died Jan. 3, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born May 19, 1932, in Edwardsville, the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (nee Fischer) Yehling. Mrs. McKinney is survived by her children, Sandy (Tom) Bequette, Steve (Sue) Jones, Randy (Sheri) Jones and Rick (Sue) Jones; grandchildren, Doug Sparwasser, Christy (Justin) Osterhage, Nicole Jones (Jeremiah Samples), Jerome (Tessa) Jones, Andrea (Andrew) Glessner, Alycia Jones, Chelsea (Eric) Gould and Tyler Jones; and great-grandchildren, Ryland and Layden Sparwasser, Lily Osterhage, Dylan Jones, Aiden Jones, Colton and Caleb Glessner and Dustin Gould; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Herschel Jones; second husband, Mar-vin "Mac" McKinney; and infant son, Alan Jones. Mrs. McKinney attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Wartburg. She was a member of the Holy Cross Ladies Aid, the Waterloo Senior Center, and the Oak Hill resident council board. Private services were at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wart-burg. Memorials may be made to her church.

Ruth Ann Krull, nee Hoefft, 69, of St. Louis, Mo., died Jan. 3, 2017, in St. Louis. She was born March 8, 1947, in E. St. Louis, the daughter of the late Arnold and Gladys (nee Knobloch) Hoefft. Mrs. Krull is survived by her brother, John (Phyllis) Hoefft; sisters-in-laws, Wilma Hoefft and Linda Hoefft; 7 nieces and nephews; and 3 great-nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Krull; brothers, Steven and Michael Hoefft; and a nephew, James Hoefft. Ruthie chose cremation and will be buried next to her husband in Swiss, Mo. She was honored and remembered during Sunday services at St. John’s UCC in Maeystown.  Pastor Poole officiated. Memorials may be made to St. John’s UCC of Maeystown.

Kathleen Ruth Collet, nee Forness,67, of Columbia, died Jan. 6, 2017, at Missouri Baptist Hospital. She was born Feb. 11, 1949, in St. Louis, Mo., the late Robert and Selma (nee Roediger) For-ness. Kathleen married Joseph Collet in 1968, in St, Louis. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Collet is survived by her children, Amy Collet Williams of Columbia and Matthew (Bridget) Collet of Valmeyer; and grandchildren, Benjamin Taylor Williams, and Emily, Chloe and Sophia Collet; along with neighbors, friends and family. Kate had a passion for serving God and others. She used that gift to help shape the lives of students and families for 34 years as an educational administrator at Hope Lutheran School in St. Louis. Kate was an avid crafter and seamstress. In her retirement, she was the co-owner of Shirtabulous. A Celebration Life is Friday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Kate's Care Educational Fund.

Orville “Caesar” Schmidt, 77, of Anaheim, Calif., formerly of Columbia, died Jan. 5, 2016. He was born Feb. 12, 1939 in Belleville, the son of the late Orville and Josephine (nee Ritter) Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt is survived by his sons, Todd Schmidt and Scott (Leslei) Schmidt; sisters, Linda (Jon) Kessler and Charlotte (David) Hoock; his brother, Kenneth (Jeri) Schmidt; grandchildren, Scott Jr. (Tarra) and Amberlynn Schmidt; and 3 step-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; and son, Michael. Orville and two partners started CBS Fasteners Inc. in 1978 in Anaheim. The company develops and manufactures specialty screws and fasteners for customers worldwide. Known by his friends as Caesar, he was an avid golfer playing many courses across the west. Mr. Schmidt was cremated and buried at Miles Cemetery where he has donated funds in memory of his mother, Josephine Schmidt, who founded the first organization to preserve the historic rural Waterloo cemetery. Memorials may be made to Miles Cemetery, c/o Monroe County Treasurer, Waterloo.

Cynthia Raye Gist, nee Saller, 53, of Waterloo, died Jan. 9, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born July 16, 1963, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Raymond Charles and June Alice (nee Papin) Saller. Mrs. Gist is survived by her husband, Steven Gist; children, Nicole Gist and Brittney Gist; granddaughter, Phoebe Farr; brothers, James (Lynn) Saller and William (Debbie) Saller; and nieces and nephews, Devra, Kayla, Danielle, Michael, Stephen, David and Jennifer; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Michael Steven Ferrell, 61, of Columbia, died Jan. 11, 2017, at Kindred Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 10, 1955, in Peoria, the son of the late Everett and Betty (nee Wisehart) Ferrell. Mr. Ferrell is survived by his wife, Anna (nee Zheng) Ferrell; his son, Jason Michael (Linnemann) Ferrell of Columbia; brothers, Charles (Patricia) Ferrell of Rock Hill, SC, and Thomas (Uma) Ferrell of Charlottesville, Va.; and a nephew, Austin Charles Ferrell of Westchester, Ohio. Mr. Ferrell served in the U.S. Air Force. He had been a senior electrical engineer at Grantek Systems Integration in Ontario, Canada. Michael liked Corvettes, movies, military history, and was an avid reader. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mr. Ferrell was  cremated. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Helen G. Frisch, nee May, 94, of Waterloo, died Jan. 11, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Water-loo, the daughter of the late Alfred and Helen (nee Cody) May. Mrs. Frisch is survived by her children, Joseph (Betty) Frisch and Joyce (Allan) Braun; grandchildren, Michael (Rachael) Frisch, Melinda Frisch, Kristin (Jack) Asbridge and Ryan (Kim) Braun; 4 great-grand-children; and a brother, Roy (Norma) May; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was pre-ceded in death by her husband, Edward W. Frisch; a sister, Margaret (Arthur) Kaffai; brothers, James, Alfred, Ambrose and Robert (Elizabeth) May; and a niece, Diane May. Mrs. Frisch at-tended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mrs. Frisch will be buried at the church cemetery.

Erma Alvera Clark, nee Jones, 92 , of Columbia, died Jan. 11, 2017 at Rosewood Care Center, Edwardsville. She was born March 19, 1924, in Dupo, the daughter of the late William F. Jones and Lu Lu Z. Jones. Erma  married Leonard E. Clark in 1951, in Murphysboro. He died in 1992. Mrs. Clark is survived by her step-children, Muriel O'Dell, Pearl M. Schmidt, Alma J. Weger and Leonard Eugene Clark; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; 7 nieces and nephews; 9 great-nieces and great-nephews; and 12 great-great-nieces and great-great-nieces nephews. She was preceded in death by her step-mother, Ellen Jones; step-father, Elmo Hunt; and her sister, Wilma Thomas. Alvera was retired after 42 years from Missouri Terminal Oil Co. Alvera and Leonard enjoyed bowling and were in many leagues throughout their lives. They enjoyed going out to eat and spent many evenings with friends at various bars / restaurants. Alvera's favorite pastimes included traveling, collecting figurines, reading detective and mystery novels, and sewing and making clothes for the family, as she was an accomplished seamstress. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor  Funeral Home with Pastor Roger Reid, officiating. Mrs. Clark was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Lowell F. Clifton, 78, of Waterloo, died Jan. 17, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 23, 1938, in Sparta, the son of the late Dwight and Thelma (nee Miller) Clifton. Mr. Clifton is survived by his wife, Delrita "Tina" (nee Claro) Clifton; children, John (Lori) Clifton, Brian Clifton and Michael "Mike" (Ann) Clifton; stepchildren, Phillip (Becky) Dannehold, Kathy (Jim) Blockyou, Wendy Dannehold and Jimmie (Karen) Dannehold; a brother, Ralph (Veronica) Clifton; and good friend, Jerry McCauley; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Clifton; brothers, Larry and Charles Clifton; a stepson, William "Billy" Dannehold; and his grandpa Bob. Lowell attended Bethany United Methodist Church of Columbia. He was a 32nd degree Master Mason at Gothic Lodge 852 and the Ainad Shrine of East St. Louis. Mr. Clifton was retired from Conrail (Roselake Yard) in Fairmont City. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Allynn Walker officiating. Mr. Clifton was buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital.

Clotilde “Cloie” Belgeri, nee Anthony, died Jan. 18, 2017. Mrs. Belgeri is survived by of her children, Teri (Mark) Bertram, Celeste (Joe) Grimoldi and Michelle Ladd; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Julia Grimoldi and Anna and Adam Ladd; and sister-in-law, Suzie Anthony; along with nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lena Anthony; and brothers, Msgr. Paul and Jimmy Anthony. Cloie worked for 25 years in medical records at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kirkwood, Mo. She was a member of the St. Joan of Arc Daughters of Mary Sodality. Visitation was at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary in St. Louis. Funeral was at St. Joan of Arc Parish. Mrs. Belgeri was buried at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Joan of Arc School Tuition Assistance Fund.

Charlotte A. Mattingly, 78, of Red Bud, formerly of Columbia, died Jan. 18, 2017. She was born March 28, 1938 in Decatur, the daughter of the late Donald and Dorothy Mae (nee Camp) Burks. Shortly after her birth, Charlotte lost her mother and was raised by her Aunt Marguerite, along with six cousins that she considered her siblings. Mrs. Mattingly is survived by her children, Brenda (Mark) Rey of Waterloo, Karla (Tim) Landgraf of Red Bud and Allen Mattingly of Waterloo; grandchildren, Lauren (Ryan) Hesterberg and Jacob Rey, Sean (Jill) Landgraf, Dustin (Melissa) Landgraf and Erin (Brandon Wilson) Landgraf, Kyle (Ashley) Mattingly and Kelly (Robert "Bubba") Mathews; great-grandchildren, Lyla and Leo Wilson, Ellen, Leah and Lily Landgraf, and Nora Mathews; and sibling, Mary (nee Myers) Merrill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Mattingly; siblings, Margaret (nee Myers) Watkins, Richard Myers, Ernie Myers, Dale Myers and Helen (nee Myers) Henry. While attending Illinois State University she met Dale, the love of her life. They were married in 1958 in Bloomington. He died Sept. 22, 2016. Charlotte was an exceptional wife and a caring mother to her children, Brenda, Karla and Allen. Along with Dale, she and their family ran Mattingly Jewelry in downtown Columbia for nearly 50 years. Their son Allen now runs the business. Mrs. Mattingly enjoyed sewing, reading, crafts, cooking, babies and making quilts for her family. Charlotte also loved her dog Mattie. Visitation and a memorial service were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Charlotte had gifted her remains to the Washington University School of Medicine. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Fire Protection District or the Red Bud Fire Department.

Sheila Jo Badger, nee Turner, 61, of Waterloo, died Jan. 19, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 5, 1955, in Arkadelphia, Ark., the daughter of the late parents Ross Turner and Doris (nee Grinstead) Jones. Mrs. Badger is survived by her husband, Charles "Chuck" Badger; sons, Charles Badger III and Michael (Amanda) Badger; grandchildren, Audrey and Lucy Jo Badger; and a sister, Elizabeth (Kenneth) Nichols; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her step-father, Douglas Jones; and a sister, Linda Green. Mrs. Badger attended First Baptist Church in Waterloo. Visitation and funeral were at First Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Memorials may be made to her church or the American Diabetes Association.

Kenneth E. Everson Jr., 56, of Waterloo, died Jan. 21, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born July 27, 1960, in Albany, Ga., the son of the late Kenneth Sr. and Pauline (nee Jones) Everson. Mr. Everson is survived by his wife, Joyce (nee Meisenbach) Everson; children, Josie Everson, Josh (Kristen) Bright, Alicia (John) Patterson and Brianna Everson (Nick Bailey); grandchildren, Jacob, Garett, Aden, Emma, Jordyn, Mason, Dominik and Alizah; a brother, Harry (Sue Dale) Everson; mother-in-law, Helen Meisenbach; sister-in-law, Earlene Meisenbach; and brothers-in-law, Charles Meisenbach, James Meisenbach and Virgil Meisenbach; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Everson was an engineer at Union Pacific Railroad. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tipton with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mr. Everson was buried at the church cemetery.

Willard A. Meister, 91, of Waterloo, died Jan. 22, 2017, in Red Bud. He was born Aug. 22, 1925, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Fred and Alvera (nee Schilling) Meister. Mr. Meister is survived by his wife, Doris (nee Hesterberg) Meister; children, Deborah (Bob) Barnes, Kent (Karen) Meister and Pamela (Terry) Rippelmeyer; grandchildren, Jesse (Jamie) Barnes, Amanda (Sean) Frenick, Joshua Rippelmeyer, Kate (Tanner) Springer, Eric Meister, Tristen (Karen) Rippelmeyer and Margaret Rippelmeyer;  great-grandchildren, Tyler Barnes, Grayson Frenick, Dane Barnes, Kamryn Barnes, Coen Frenick, Deacon Springer, Harper Rippelmeyer, Ryker Springer, Zara Rippelmeyer and Caylum Springer; and brothers, Frederick Meister and Vernon (Ruth) Meister; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Florence Mueller; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Mr. Meister attended St. John UCC of Maeystown. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Meister was very active in numerous civic organizations. He served on the boards of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, Mon Clair Grain, Monroe County 911 (1988 - 2003), Maeystown Civic Association, St. John Maher Trust, Maeystown Sportsman’s Club, St. John Consistory (1981-1984, president in 1982 and 1983) and the Fountain Water District. Mr. Meister was a Monroe County Commissioner from 1986-1990. He was also a member of the Waterloo Lions Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Meister was buried at the church cemetery. Memories may be made to his church.

Sandra Blair Bailey, 75, of Columbia, died Jan. 23, 2017 at St. Louis University Hospital. She was born Aug. 17, 1941, in Gary, Ind., the daughter of the late Paul and Lora (nee Rodgers) Blair. Mrs. Bailey is survived by her daughter, Deborah Lynne (Miguel) Hobbs of Fairfax Station, Va., siblings, Roger (Susan) Blair of Pendleton, Ore., Claudia (Francis) Asselmeier of Columbia, Kimberly (Charles) Deffenbaugh of Columbia and Mark (Sharon) Blair of Columbia; and grandchildren, David  (Sarah Margaret) Miguel, Justin Paul and Blair Lynne Hobbs. Mrs. Bailey graduated from the Missouri Baptist School of Nursing in 1961. She worked 40 years as a registered nurse, retiring in 2000 as a dialysis nurse. Sandra attended First Baptist Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Jonathon Peters officiating. Mrs. Bailey was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children.

Edward J. Bense, 93, of Waterloo, died Jan. 24, 2017, in New Athens. He was born Feb. 1, 1923, in Ruma, the son of the late Herman and Teresa (nee Miller) Bense. Mr. Bense is survived by Esther E. Clevenger and family; cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Herbert Bense. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mr. Bense was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Novella C. Shreve, nee Edwards, 91, of Waterloo, died Jan. 25, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 14, 1926, in McKenzie, Tenn., the daughter of the late Raymond and Rena (nee Montgomery) Edwards. Mrs. Shreve is survived by her children, Kenny (Barb Green) Shreve, Debby (Terry) Hutton and Becky (Bill) Avett; grandchildren, Ryan Shreve, Justin Shreve, Melissa (Seth Winkelmann) Shreve, Kristine (Christopher) Holloway, Kyle (Elena) Hutton, Mandy (Jeremy) Loyet and Danielle (Bradley) Bogue; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry R. Shreve; a sister, Corene (Roy) Himmer; and a brother, Bill (Freda) Edwards. Mrs. Shreve attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. She was active in the church’s quilting club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Shreve was buried in the church’s cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Memory Care Unit.

Milford O. Johanning, 82, of Waterloo, died Jan. 25, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 24, 1934, in Waterloo, the son of the late Theodore and Anna (nee Buettner) Johanning. Mr. Johanning is survived by his wife, Jeanette (nee Johanning) Johanning; a daughter, Charlene Wagner; grandson, Andrew Wagner; and sisters-in-law, Rejona (Dean) Reichert and Ruth Ann Johanning; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers, Marvin and Leland Johanning. Mr. Johanning attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Milford was a lifelong farmer and had retired from Harrisonville Telephone Company. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Rev. Dan Ostlund officiating. Mr. Johanning was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

Shirley H. Moeckel, 87, of Waterloo, died Jan. 28, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 30, 1929 in Jacob, the son of the late Herbert and Stella (nee Bellmann) Moeckel. Mr. Moeckel is survived by his wife, Hazel P. (nee McGill) Moeckel; a daughter, Kim (Mark) Moeckel-Arbeiter; sons, Herbert (Kathy) Moeckel and Jon (Blaire) Moeckel; grandchildren Max Moeckel-Arbeiter, Chase, Gage Moeckel, Gavin Moeckel and Grant Moeckel; and a sister, Janice Bright; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Russell J. (Loretta) Moeckel; and brother-in-law. Dr. J.C. Bright. Mr. Moeckel was president of KHJ Inc., buying and selling of farms and commercial land and investments. He attended Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jacob and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He was a life member of the VFW, the American Legion and USAFSS (FTVA). Mr. Moeckel graduated Gorham High School in 1947, and he worked for his father on the farm and in the family tavern from 1947-1950. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955, and started his career as a farmer and business owner in 1956. Shirley served 15 years on Twin County Service Co., one year on the board of directors, nine years as vice-president and five years as president. Mr. Moeckel was a director of the Jackson County Farm Bureau Board and the Illinois Grain Corp. Board, until its merger with FS Growmark. He was also director of First National Bank of Gorham. Visitation and funeral were at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Moeckel was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo VFW or American Legion.

Dorothy A. Krack, nee Cox, 92 , of Columbia died Jan. 28, 2017. She was born Dec.19, 1924, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Arthur and Matilda (nee Seidel) Cox. Dorothy married Arthur Krack in 1951. He died in 1995. Mrs. Krack is survived by nieces and nephews, Robyn (Keith) Conway, Kimberly (Dale) Diesel, Teri (Brian) Metalak, Mike (Laurie) Kelly, Rebecca Sullivan, Mary (Stan) Lapa, Dan (Karen) Sullivan and Larry Krack; and dear friend, Cindy Fisher, Besides her parents and husband, she was  preceded in death by her sister, Dolores J. Bates; and a brother, Arthur Cox. Dorothy retired from Edison Brothers in St. Louis, Mo. She loved to read, travel, and was an avid Cardinals baseball fan. She was a founding member of the Friends of the Library. Mrs. Krack attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Krack was buried at  Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel in St. Louis.

Rose F. Banks, nee Meyer, 84, of Waterloo, died Jan. 31, 2017, in Red Bud. She was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Hecker. Mrs. Banks is survived by her children, Lynette (DeWayne) Polacek and Delaine Banks (Larry Traiteur); grandchildren, Brandy (Allen) Traiteur and Samantha Traiteur; great-grandchild, Codi Timmerwilke; sister, Irene Diercks; brother, Willis (Frances) Meyer; and sister-in-law, Vicki (Joe) Sopko; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald J. Banks; and her siblings. Rose was a member of Moose Lodge of Belleville. She taught line dancing at Waterloo Senior Center. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Dorothy A. Jehling, nee Reichert, 81, of Waterloo, died Jan. 31, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Sept. 5, 1935, in Sugarloaf Township the daughter of the late Joseph and Louisa (nee Menner) Reichert. Mrs. Jehling is survived by her children, Donna Howard, Wanda (Glenn) Schewe and Pamela Jehling; grandchildren, Angela (Chris) Wellen, Scott (Katie) Schewe, Kelly Hoffmann and Taylor Hoffmann; great-grandchildren, Brianna Thompson, Hannah Thompson, Jada Cover, Cameron Wellen, Victoria Wellen, Ilsa Schewe and Iris Shewe; sister, Bernice (Tom) Wightman; lifetime friend, Carmelita Buss; nieces; nephews and cousins; pets, Lucy, Maggie and Boots. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry W. Jehling Jr.; sisters, Aurelia (Lorenz) Thoma, Marcella Spitz; brother, Vernon Herrman;  and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Paul and Dorothy Sendelbeck. Dorothy was a member of Monroe County Home Extension, an avid shopper and loved animals. A funeral mass was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

February 2017

Dolores E.  Bates, nee Burtz, 71, of Waterloo, died Feb. 3, 2017, in Waterloo.  She was born June 10, 1945, in E. St. Louis, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Grace (nee Irvin) Burtz. Mrs. Bates is survived by her children, Steven Thurston, William (Sandy) Thurston, Christopher Thurston and Susan (Matthew) Peters; grandchildren, Rachel Thurston, Sam Tipton, Sydney Thurston and Jake Thurston; sister, Christine Campo; and sister-in-law, Carol Burtz. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Burtz. A celebration of life will be Friday, Feb. 17, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gallagher’s in Waterloo. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Helping  Strays—The Humane Society of Monroe County.

Marlyn Ann Stemler, nee Ritter, 85, of Millstadt, died Feb. 7, 2017 at Mar Ka Care Center in Mascoutah. She was born July 16, 1931, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Louis and Cora (nee Kremmel) Ritter. Marlyn married Herbert C. Stemler in 1951. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Stemler is survived by her children, Donna (Doug) Tolbird of San Antonio, Tex., Judy (Kenny) Ostendorf of Addieville and Mary (Ray) Clyde of Columbia; grandchildren, Aaron Wilhelm, Andrew and Brandon Ostendorf, and Matt and Chris Clyde; a brother, Dale (Laverne) Ritter of Benton, Ky.; and a sister, Ruby Asselmeier of Sparta. She was preceded in death by brothers, Wayne, Harold and Clemens Ritter; and sisters, Bernice Lepp and Bernell Mueller. Mrs. Stemler had retired from Southwestern Bell in St. Louis, Mo. She attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. Marlyn was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor Edward Melchior officiating. Mrs. Stemler was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church - Building Fund or the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary.

Lawrence D. Moallankamp Sr., 82, of Columbia, died Feb. 7, 2017, at Oak Hill Care Center. He was born April 27, 1934, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Carl and Ruby Irene (nee Lee) Moallankamp. Lawrence married Sylvia (nee Pretto) Moallankamp in 1952 in Columbia. She died in 2015. Mr. Moallankamp is survived by his children, Charlotte (John) Barker of Columbia, Debra (Steve) Puckett of Columbia, Lawrence (Lori) Moallankamp Jr. of Columbia, Rose (Joe) Everett of Dupo and Barbara Moallankamp of Columbia; grandchildren, Christy Barker, Jay (Heather) Barker, Stacy Martin, Michael Puckett, Jamie (Joe) Gardner, Elly (Tim) Augustine, Abby (Alex) Moallankamp and Cathy (Joe) Augustine; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Vera (Lydia) Stone of Cahokia and Bonnie Ferguson of North Dupo; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Moallankamp of Columbia. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Massie; brother, Wayne Moallankamp; and a grandchild, Trudy Lynn Everett. Lawrence spent most of his life on the Hills Castle farm in rural Columbia. He married the love of his life, Sylvia Pretto, and together they were the proud parents of four daughters and a son. The couple enjoyed taking trips with the family and riding their motorcycles. Along with being a farmer, Lawrence was proud to be an operating engineer who ran a crane on the river for many years at Bussen Quarries. He was a master of many skills and could complete any task set before him. He enjoyed spending time with his family and taking care of animals. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Ridenour officiating. Mr. Moallankamp was cremated. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Billie A. Wayland, 79, of Columbia, died Feb. 8, 2017 at his home with his family at his side. He was born Oct. 11, 1937, in Ava, the son of the late James and Addie (nee Pulcher) Wayland. Billie married Johanna (nee Krick) Wayland in 1956 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Wayland is survived by his children, Donna Myers of Columbia and Dennis (Diane) Wayland of The Woodlands, Tex.; grandchildren, Allison (Kyle) Busby and Kyle Wayland; sisters, Joann (Walter) Byerley of Columbia, Iva Jean Mesnarich of Waterloo and Betty (Ronnie) Russell of Tipton, Okla.; and brothers, Jack (Carol) Wayland of Columbia, Ron (Ruth) Wayland of Renault and Don (Linda) Wayland of Waterloo. He was preceded in death by his son, Danny Wayland. Mr. Wayland was retired from Fisher Scientific in St. Louis, Mo., and later had helped his wife with their day care business. Billie was treasured by the children whose lives he touched. Mr. Wayland attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. He was remembered for walking their dog, Heidi, near their Columbia home. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Wayland was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to his church or Vitas Hospice Care.

Helen Marie Hefflinger, nee Bearhorst, 85, of Columbia, died Feb. 9, 2017 at Friendship Village Senior Living Community in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Dec.14, 1931, in St. Louis  the daughter of the late Fred and Virgie (nee Marler) Bearhorst. Helen married Harold Oscar Hefflinger in 1948 in St. Louis. He died in 1984. Mrs. Hefflinger is survived by her children, Gail (Gary) Gill, Donald (Ginny) Hefflinger, Fred (Kay) Hefflinger, Patty Hefflinger, Pam (Kevin) Fries, Matt (Gina) Hefflinger, Christine (Todd Duggan) Hamilton and Scott Hefflinger; grandchildren, Daniel and Pat Gill, Mischelle (Doug) Gill-Kemper, Rachel (Josh) Lanz, Tommy Hefflinger, Brandie Hefflinger, Shanna (James) Roberson, Angie (April) Large, Amanda (Dallas) Kennon, Nicole (Jason) Pennington, Aaron (Danielle) Fries, Ryan and Ericka Hefflinger, Adam (Jess Janek) Hamilton, Kayla Hamilton and Scott Lepp; 20 great-grandchildren; and a sister, LaVerne Eddington. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Julie Nelson, Pauline Thomas and Geraldine Sitze; brothers, Charlie Bearhorst and Richard Bearhorst; and special friend, Ed Sugden. Helen was a lifelong homemaker and caretaker. She loved canning produce and spending time with her large family and friends, dancing and laughing. Helen was a member of the Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Hefflinger was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Songs 4 Soldiers.

Wilbert C. "Whips" Haberl, 90, of Waterloo, died Feb.11, 2017, at Columbia Care Center. He was born April 28, 1926, in Renault, the son of the late John and Norma (nee Schook) Haberl. Mr. Haberl is survived by his wife, Merdel (nee Mueller) Haberl; sons, Kurt (Ann, nee Reichmann) Haberl, Chris (Judy, nee Wittenauer) Haberl, Ken (Melanie, nee Kittel)Haberl, Brian (Marilyn, nee Straub) Haberl and Jeff  (Gina, nee Gehrs) Haberl; a daughter, Karen (Kent) Jones; grandchildren, Jim (Betsy) Haberl, Ellie (James) Foster, John (Chiara) Haberl, Jill (Joe) Steffens, David Haberl, Denise Haberl, Stephanie (Jim) Johnston, Annie Peters, Ben Haberl and Erika Hughes, Erinne Haberl and Melissa Haberl; great-grandchildren, Ollie, Annie, Nathan, Kate, Lucy, Patrick, Sofia, Aidan, Casper, Lily and James; sisters, Joyce (Stanley) Lehr and Emma Jean Helfrich; and a brother, Jerry Haberl. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Erika Christine Haberl; brother, Marvin Haberl; and brother-in-law, Victor Helfrich. Mr. Haberl attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. During World War II he enlisted into the U.S. Navy. Whips served on the USS Klaskanine, a tanker that refueled ships in the South Pacific. Mr. Haberl was a lifetime member of the Waterloo VFW. For 31 years he worked as an iron worker at Monsanto Company in Sauget. After retiring, Whips worked part-time as a custodian at Gibault Catholic High School. For many years he was a Khoury League coach who taught the fundamentals of baseball to a generation of young boys. Mr. Haberl was an avid bowler, quitting when the Bee Hive Bowl closed. Well-known for his sense of humor and many friends, Whips enjoyed basketball, baseball and fishing with his sons. Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Feb. 17, at 10:30 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Haberl will be buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or the Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School Tuition Assistance Fund.

Michael R. Beil, 58, of Waterloo, died Feb. 12, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 5, 1958, in Belleville, the son of Charles and Laureen (nee Hess) Beil. Besides his parents, Mr. Beil is survived by his sister, Cheryl (Perry) Sherman; brother, Mark Beil; stepson, Andrew Nelson; niece, Kate (Sean) Penn; and great-nephew, Tyler Penn; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lena (nee Martin) Beil. Mr. Beil was a member of Teamsters Local 50 of Belleville. Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

John E. Tevebaugh Sr., 76, of Fults, died Feb. 13, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 12, 1940, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Glenn and Maude (nee Prigmore) Tevebaugh. Mr. Tevebaugh is survived by his wife, Helen (nee Jackson) Tevebaugh; children, Danny (Fran) Jackson, Jim (Lynn) Jackson, Jim Tevebaugh and Jeanice (Alan Zeiger) Minemann; and a sister, Glenita (Al) Poswojski; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, John E. Tevebaugh Jr. Mr. Tevebaugh was a member of the Shriners, Operating Engineers Local 520 and Masonic East Lodge 504. Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral is Friday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Tevebaugh will be burial at Lakeview Cemetery in  Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to the Shriners.

Edward Eugene Payne, 77, of Patton, Mo., died Feb. 14, 2017. He was born May 18, 1939, in Lilburn, Mo., the son of the late Julius and Daphne (nee Lands) Payne. Mr. Payne is survived by his children, Deborah (Dwayne) McClain, Michael (Vicky Lowe) Payne and Rhonda (Steve) Maurer; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters and brothers, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (nee Mays) Payne. Edward was retired from Western Supply Co. in St. Louis. He was a member of the NRA and Shiloh Valley Muzzleloader Club. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Payne was buried at Waterloo City Cemetery.

James E. Butler, 90, of Waterloo, died Feb. 14, 2017. He was born Dec. 1, 1926 in Burksville, the son of the late James and Gertrude (nee Dugan) Butler. Mr. Butler is survived by his wife, Norma Jean (nee Nilges) Butler; children, Richard (Kim) Butler, Mark (Kathy) Butler, Teresa (Rick) Schmidt and Paul Butler; grandchildren, Alex and Adam Schmidt, Carrie (Brian) McCormick, and Sarah, Logan and Mariah Butler; great-grandchildren, Cody and Mason McCormick; and sister-in-law, Albertha (Howard) Carr; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, Mr. Butler was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Butler; sister, Irma Brinkmann; and daughter-in-law, Sharon Butler. Mr. Butler served in the U.S. Army and the Merchant Marines. He had retired from Pevely Dairy. James was an avid gardener, camper and fisherman. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Butler 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. Mr. Butler was buried at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Tipton.

Rose Imrie, 75, of Hecker, formerly of Waterloo, died Feb. 16, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 30, 1941, in Joliet. Rose is survived by her special friend David and her Human Support friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Phyllis Imrie; and brothers,  Robert (Doris) Imrie and Richard Imrie. Rose liked Dairy Queen, gambling, Elvis Presley music, and playing games on her Kindle. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Thelma Burgonio-Watson officiating. Rose was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Human Support Services Client Vacation Fund.

Vernon L. Meister, 86, of Benton, formerly of Waterloo, died Feb. 16, 2017. He was born Oct. 8, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Fred and Alvera (nee Schilling) Meister. Vernon married Ruth Ann (Schaefer) Meister in 1959 at St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church in Waterloo. Besides his wife, Mr. Meister is survived by his children, Annette (David) McCoy, Lori Wilburn and Denise Richardson; grandchildren, Melanie (Elijah) Barnfield, Abby Wilburn, Daniel and Caleb Richardson, and Jonathan (Cherrish) McCoy; great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Tobin and Evangeline Barnfield; his brother, Frederick Meister; brother-in-law, Harvey (Marilyn) Schaefer; and sisters-in-law, Geri Schaefer and Doris Meister; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Emil and Adelia (nee Anderson) Schaefer; sister, Florence O. Mueller; brother, Willard Meister; brothers-in-law, Clyde Schaefer and Milton Mueller; and a sister-in-law, Edith (nee Law) Meister. Mr. Meister graduated from Valmeyer High School in 1949 and joined the Navy in 1951. During his four years of active duty, Vernon was able to visit New York, Pensacola, Fla., San Diego, Calif., and Kodiak, Alaska. He was a tire inspector at Continental Tire for 17 years. Mr. Meister was a member of Waterloo and Benton American Legion Halls and Masonic Lodges. Vernon had a deep love of music and enjoyed crossword puzzles. He was known to say, “If I can make someone laugh in a day, I’ve done my work.” He enjoyed yard work, mowing the lawn and clearing snow in the winter. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Vernon was cremated and his remains will be buried at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John UCC of Maeystown.

Lois Lavern Koester, nee Deimund, 73, of Red Bud, died Feb. 16, 2017 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, Tex. She was born Dec. 22, 1943, in Perryville, Mo., the daughter of the late Walter and Opal (nee Thieret) Deimund. Lois married Leonard Koester in 1962 in Evansville. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Koester is survived by her children, Jerry (Stephanie) Koester of Red Bud, Della (Jerry) Pardieck of Red Bud and Susan (Dale) Inman of Villa Ridge, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Lorrie Koester of Red Bud; her brother, Donald Deimund of Clinton, Okla.; grandchildren, Daniel, Jerry Jr., Jonathan, Kyle, Samantha, John, Lois, Kira and Eddie; and great-grandchildren, Alison, Olivia, Parker and Lily’ along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Koester; a grandson, Dustin Moergen; and a brother, Ronald Deimund. Lois owned and operated Koester Kustom Kurl in Red Bud for 30 years. She attended St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud. Lois enjoyed quilting, fishing and camping. Mrs. Koester was a member of the Koester Kustom Kurl Bowling Team. Visitation was at Welge - Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Bud with Rev. Russell Koen officiating. Mrs. Koester was buried at the Red Bud City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the National Kidney Foundation.

Dorothy V. Williamson, nee Redolfi, 90, of Waterloo, died Feb. 18, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 31, 1926, in Gillespie, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (nee Priori) Redolfi Sr. Mrs. Williamson is survived by her children, Mary Jo Robinson and Barbara (Stacy) Roberts; grandchildren, Bethany (Kevin) Booher, Audie (Abby) Prange and April (Ryan) Jarvis; great-grandchildren Remy Liam Penn Booher, Louden Ty Booher, Luke Hardy, Tressel Jarvis and Scarlet Jarvis; and a sister-in-law, Phoebe Louer; along with nieces; nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy A. Williamson Jr.; brother, Joseph Redolfi Jr.; sister, Joanne Byots; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Reichert; brothers-in-law, Russell Reichert, William Byots and Carlyle Louer; a niece, Gwen Reichert; and a nephew, Jim Byots. Dorothy attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer, where she was active in the St. Ann's Altar Society. She was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion Post 901 Auxiliary. Mrs. Williamson had been a bookkeeper for more than 29 years at Slickney Hoelscher in St. Louis, M. Gilly Riefer Co. in St. Louis, Luhr Bros., Inc. in Columbia and Petri Insurance Agency in Waterloo for 29 years. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Felix Chukwuma officiating. Mrs. Williamson was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer.

Sandy Burnett, 70, of Red Bud, died Feb. 10, 2017 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 7, 1946 in Parrish, Ala., the daughter of the late Charles “Cheetah” and Olivia (nee Johnson) Franks. Mrs. Burnett is survived by daughters, Paula Branson of Red Bud and Cherie (Michael) Pegg of Waterloo; son, Butch Franks of Bethalto; grandchildren, Nathan Pegg, Jenna (Greg) Heidenreich, Ashley Pegg, Adam (Dana) Vogt, Travis Branson, Britney Pegg and Brandon Pegg; and great-grandchildren, Haiden Braun, Drew Schwab, Nathan Schwab, Lily Hurley, Bentley Pegg, Xander Pegg, Luca Heidenreich and Sophia Thompson; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Paul “Skeet” Burnett; and son-in-law, Bill Branson. Mrs. Burnett was a homemaker and an avid bingo player. She enjoyed doing embroidery work and spending time with her family, especially her daughters and grandchildren. Visitation and funeral were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Rev. Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Burnett was buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer.

Salvatore A. Lombardo, 83, of Waterloo, died Feb. 20, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 20, 1933, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Charles and Vincenzia (nee Pallerito) Lombardo. Mr. Lombardo is survived by his wife, Lorie Lombardo; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his siblings, August, Charles, Antonette and Vera. Mr. Lombardo attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a member of the IPC Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at  Ss.Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh and Deacon Doug Boyer officiating. Mr. Lombardo was buried at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made St. Jude Hospital.

Harold J. Vogt, 84, of Fults, died Feb. 22, 2017, in Red Bud. He was born July 23, 1932, in Harrisonville, the son of the late Cornelius and Frieda (nee Rippelmeyer) Vogt. Mr. Vogt is survived by his children, Gary (Nancy) Vogt, Kevin (Trudi) Vogt and Jody (Brad) Williams; grandchildren, Jacob (Kristen) Vogt, Lyndsay (Justin) Chism, Angela (Matthew) Muckler, Tim Vogt and Nathan (fiancé Kimberli Moore) Vogt; great-grandchildren Payton, Brantley, Colton, Lucas, Henry, Jack and Charlie; a sister, Imogene "Jean" Rahn; his brother, Jim (Kay) Vogt; and sister-in-law, Cecelia Vogt; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline (nee Bachelier) Vogt; siblings, Robert "Cotton" Vogt, Lloyd "Shorty" Vogt, Calvin "Butzy" Vogt, Virginia Esker, Joyce Esker, Laverne Vogt and Cornelius "Peck" Vogt. Harold was a lifelong farmer, and a former Mon-Clair Baseball League player. He had retired from Stotz Quarry. Mr. Vogt was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Vogt was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the St. John Cemetery Fund in Fults.

Gregory A. Harbaugh, 92, of Prairie du Rocher, died Feb. 23, 2017, at Oak Hill. He was born July 23, 1924 in Waterloo, the son of the late David and Alice (nee Woodcock) Harbaugh. Mr. Harbaugh is survived by his daughter, Shirley (John) Mathews of Prairie du Rocher; and son-in-law, Stanley Sauer of Red Bud; along with 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys (nee Krebel) Harbaugh; a daughter, Nancy Sauer; great-grandchild, Ethan Shields; brothers, Jim and Jerry Harbaugh; and sisters, Alice and Dorothy. Mr. Harbaugh had worked at Trost Feed and Supply in Maeystown and Countryside Convenience Store in Red Bud. He also farmed for a while. Gregory attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Visitation was at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Monsignor Daniel Jurek and Monsignor Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mr. Harbaugh was buried in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Mildred E. Meyer, nee Rippelmeyer, 98, of Union, Mo., died Feb. 25, 2017 in St. Clair, Mo. She was born Jan. 21, 1919 in Mitchie, the daughter of the late Albert and Katherine (nee Illert) Rippelmeyer. Mrs. Meyer is survived by her daughter, Jean Heyl; grandchildren, Jim (Melanie) Miller, Gail (David) Rowlands, Linda (Kurt) Holtmeyer and Donna (Airen) Fleming; great-grandchildren, Stephanie Christopher, Katie, Sarah, Matt, Dustin, Renee, Tori and Jacob; great-great-grandchildren, Ellie and Brook; sisters, Ethel Luehring, Esther Muertz, Loretta Rodenberg and Florence Jaenke; and a brother, Herman Rippelmeyer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolph Meyer; son, Kenneth Meyer; daughter, LaVerne Miller; and brothers, Milton, George and Paul Rippelmeyer. Visitation is Sunday, March 5, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., p.m.at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Meyer will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Emma Ruth Stamm, nee Tabers, 95, of Columbia and formerly of East Carondelet died Feb. 26, 2017 at Integrity Health Care of Columbia. She was born Sept. 29, 1921, in Farmington, Ky., the daughter of the late James Daniel and Irene (nee Cobb) Pearl. Emma married Melvin H. Stamm in 1940 in St. Louis, Mo. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Stamm is survived by her daughter, Carole Gummersheimer of Dupo; son, Gary (Ruth) Stamm of Brooklyn, N.Y.; grandchildren, Tammy, Terry, Sherri, April and Liesl; great-grandchildren, Ronnie, BreighAnna, Nathaniel, Austin, Mattilee, Orion, Sierra, Cooper, Juliet and Payton; and great-great-grandchildren, Rylee and Andy. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Bill and Robert Tabers; and a sister, Eva Nell Hampton. Mrs. Stamm was a member of Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary  and Dupo VFW Post 6368 Auxiliary. She was retired from the Internal Revenue Service. Emma nurtured and brought out the best in her children and grandchildren, inspiring them to do things and go places that she did not have the opportunity to accomplish. Visitation is Wednesday, March 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Stamm will be buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Columbia American Legion or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mildred E. Meyer, nee Rippelmeyer, 98, of Union, Mo., died Feb. 25, 2017, in St. Clair, Mo. She was born Jan. 21, 1919, in Mitchie, the daughter of the late Albert and Katherine (nee Illert) Rippelmeyer. Mrs. Meyer is survived by her daughter, Jean Heyl; grandchildren, Jim (Melanie) Miller, Gail (David) Rowlands, Linda (Kurt) Holtmeyer and Donna (Airen) Fleming; great- grandchildren, Stephanie, Christopher, Katie, Sarah, Matt, Dustin, Renee, Tori and Jacob; great-great-grandchildren, Ellie and Brook; and siblings, Ethel Luehring, Herman Rippelmeyer, Esther Muertz, Loretta Rodenberg and Florence Jaenke; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolph Meyer; son, Kenneth Meyer; daughter, LaVerne Miller; grandson, Kenneth Miller; and brothers, Milton, George and Paul Rippelmeyer. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Meyer was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Lucile Marie Quernheim, 94, of Webster Groves, Mo., died Feb. 26, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 13, 1922, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Albert and Amanda (nee Ruch) Quernheim. Miss Quernheim is survived by her sister, Martha Travis; niece, Karen (Peter) Moberg; nephews, Jeff (Karen) Travis and John (Sara) Travis; and great-nieces and great nephew, Aaron, Jenna, Emily, Amanda and Emma. Lucille was a lifelong advocate of the arts and music. She traveled the world pursuing her love for photography, culture and nature. A native of Waterloo, Lucile graduated from the University of Illinois and spent her career as an advertising copywriter in St. Louis. An active member of the St. Louis Women’s Advertising Club, Lucile was a strong supporter of the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Symphony and the St. Louis Municipal Opera. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Jones officiating. Miss Quernheim was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Symphony.

Kierstin Marie Whitcher, 26, of Waterloo, died Feb. 27, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born June 8, 1990, in Springfield, the daughter of Lee and Cynthia Marie (nee Dennis) Whitcher. Besides her parents, Miss Whitcher is survived by a sister, Tiffany Elaine (Jessica) Keaton; and her grandparents, Betty Lou Schnapp and Kenneth and Helen Elaine Miller; along with aunts, uncles cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Howard Whitcher and Charles Dennis; and her great-grandmother, Elizabeth Thayer. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Henson and Pastor Ron Chase officiating. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

March 2017

Patricia Ann Steppig, nee Dunham, 79, of Waterloo, died March 2, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. She was born Feb. 2, 1938, the daughter of the late Robert and Virginia (nee Playter) Dunham. Mrs. Steppig is survived by her children, Robert Charles "Chuck" (Joann) Steppig, Kevin (Alison) Steppig, Beth (Randy) Timmons, Renee (Jerome) Gilbreth and Janet (Edward) Patton; grandchildren, Tera Steppig (Craig Cooke), Christopher Steppig, Nicholas Steppig (Mary Elizabeth Koziarski), Sarah Steppig, Emily (Jake) Riebeling, Abigail (Adam) Castillo, Christine Birkner, Jeffrey (Sarah) Birkner, Cari Birkner (Eric Hartman), Laura Gilbreth, Adam Gilbreth, Alicia Patton (Kyle Milone), Zachery Berghoefer (Haley Barlow), Austin Patton, Nick (Kayla) Timmons and Brianne Timmons; great-grandchildren, Brooke and Elise Birkner, Lane, Cruze and Bentley Riebeling, Sophia Spencer, Kinsley Timmons and Finley Maher; and a brother, Robert K. Dunham of Houston, Tex.; along with nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Steppig; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Florence Steppig; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Vernie and Marguerite Steppig, Eugene and Grace Steppig, Dorothy Eggers and Joyce Dunham. Pat was raised in East St. Louis, attended St. Phillip's Grade School and graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame in Belleville. Her early career began at Southwestern Bell; subsequently, she worked for AT&T. She then worked for 32-years at Harrisonville Telephone Company. Retiring in 2003, Pat enjoyed the past 13 years spending time with her family. Pat also had the opportunity of reuniting with old girl friends from St. Cyril Parish. Mrs. Steppig was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Deacon Robert Dunham (Pat's brother) officiating. Memorials may be made to Gibault Catholic High School.

Bruce A. Posey, 66, of Waterloo, died March 4, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 25, 1951, in Red Bud. Mr. Posey is survived by his wife, Michelle (nee DeCuir) Posey; children, Jerod A. (Erin) Posey and Jamie S. (Manuel) Rivera; grandchildren, Isabella, Kole and Baby Posey and Xavier and Arianna Rivera; his father, Numon "Pete" (Alma) Posey; and sisters, Pamela (Gary) Margalski, Dawn (Thomas) Harris and Jill (David) Nance; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Leona Jean Posey. Mr. Posey was a member of the NRA and the Knights of Columbus. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Life Community Church in Columbia with Pastor Jamey Bridges officiating. Mr. Posey was buried at Waterloo Cemetery.

Harold A. Klotz, 96, of East Carondelet, died March 4, 2017 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born May 1, 1920, in East Carondelet, the son of the late Charles and Christine (nee Hoffman) Klotz. Harold married Ann (nee Sander) Klotz in 1955 in Alton. She died in 2004. Mr. Klotz is survived by his son, Harold Klotz Jr. of East Carondelet. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his infant twin sister, Helen Klotz. Harold lived and farmed within 50 feet of the place of his birth. He also was a carpenter, constructing the buildings and cabinets for Triple Lakes Golf Course, Sterling Steel Casting Company and the homes of many friends and neighbors. Mr. Klotz attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. He was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Klotz was buried at the Evangelic St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or the American Heart Association.

Abby Madelyn Haudrich, 24, of Millstadt, died Sunday, March 5, 2017. She was born Sept. 11, 1992, in Belleville, the daughter of Larry and Adriene “Dino” (nee Ponder) Haudrich. Besides her parents, Abbie is survived by her grandparents, Orville and Marilyn Haudrich of Millstadt; her brother, Samuel Haudrich of Millstadt; and aunts and uncles, Betty and Louie Welch of Fort Worth, Tex., Pam and Mike Neary of Shiloh, Madeline Ponder (special friend Henry Liefer) of Belleville, Linda and Mike Tucker of High Ridge, Mo., JoAnn and Willie Holdener of Millstadt, Dennis and Michelle Haudrich of Columbia, and Diane and John Sweeney of Millstadt; along with cousins and friends. In addition to her grandmother, Abbie was preceded in death by her grandfather, Bob Johnson; her uncle, Zeb Ponder; and her special cousin, Virginia Hankammer. Abbie graduated from Gibault Catholic High School in 2011 and attended Southwestern Illinois College. She worked at Quantum Vision Center in Waterloo, where she enjoyed her many co-workers. Abbie had a big heart, a great smile and a welcoming personality. She brought happiness to everyone she was around. Abbie was known for her big hugs, and was always willing to lend an ear to anyone. Her generosity of spirit continued even in death by gifting her organs to help others. Abbie’s kindness and love will never be forgotten. Her death has been a heartbreaking loss for her family and friends. The family would like to give special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of Memorial Hospital for their heartfelt care and valiant efforts to save Abbie. Also, a special thanks to Eyecare Partners. She is now joined in heaven by her grandmother, Ella May, whom she dearly loved. Visitation was at the Fr. Stephen Freund Parish Center. Funeral was  at St. James Catholic Church with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating. Creason Funeral Home  handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church.

Janice Labuda, nee Settlemoir, 73, of Hartford, Wisc., died March 5, 2017 at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. She was born Aug. 26, 1943, in Paducah, Ky., the daughter of the late Charles and Nellie (nee Sisk) Settlemoir. Janice married Ronald Labuda in 1966 in Centreville. In addition to her husband of 51 years, Mrs. Labuda is survived by her son, Gregory (Katie) Labuda of Hartford, Wisc.; and grandchildren, Audrey and Benjamin Labuda. Mrs. Labuda was a retired teacher in the Cahokia School District. She was a member of Red Hat Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Janice enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and sewing. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. William Groennert officiating. Mrs. Labuda was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Horizon Home Care and Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Kenneth J. Schneider, 95, of Columbia, died March 7, 2017 at Oak Hill Care Center. He was born May 7, 1921, in Valmeyer, the son of the late John and Elenora (nee Heusohn) Schneider. Kenneth married Mary (nee Busch) Schneider in 1950 in Valmeyer. She died in 2006. Mr. Schneider is survived by his sister, Shirley Dockler of Foristell, Mo.; godson, Dale (Cindy) Heusohn; and nieces and nephews, Janet (Roger) Karrenbrock, John Dockler, Donna (Bill) Ryan and Linda Yancey. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son in infancy, Dwight Owen Schneider; sister in infancy, Freida Schneider; a brother, Gene (Mary Catherine) Schneider; brother-in-law, LeRoy Dockler; and godsons, Stephen Schneider and Wayne Dockler. Mr. Schneider served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a longtime member of the Valmeyer American Legion Post 901. Kenneth attended Bethany Methodist Church in Columbia. He was a retired pressman from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Allyn Walker officiating. Mr. Schneider was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Phyllis A. Rahn, nee Higgerson, 75, of Maeystown, died March 7, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born July 30, 1941, in Cutler, the daughter of the late Douglas "Gene" and Mary Lee (nee Demster) Higgerson. Mrs. Rahn is survived by her husband, Bill Rahn; children, Kim (Brock) Keckritz, Kathy (Wade) Goldschmidt and Chris (Jennifer) Rahn; grandchildren, Susan (Tom) Sweeney, Crystal (Rich) Weber, Scott (Bridget) Woodsmall, Stephanie (Jason) Bastien, Collin Goldschmidt, Cierra Goldschmidt, Dawson Goldschmidt, William Rahn, Nicole (Jason) Richter, Danielle Hines, Kirstin Foley and D.J. Foley; and her great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Kade Goldschmidt; and a brother, Ross "Gene" Higgerson. Visitation is Friday, March 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, March 18, at 10 a.m., at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Rahn will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Therapy Garden.

Donald S. Moeller, 76, of Waterloo, died March 9, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 11, 1940, in Chester, the son of the late Sigmund and Alvina (nee Spengel) Moeller. Mr. Moeller is survived by his wife, Jeanette (nee Wall) Moeller; grandchildren, Alec Dylan Trout and Michael Redden Trout; son-in-law, Barry A. Trout; brother, William Sr. (Mary Helen) Moeller; and brother-in-law, Delbert L. (Janice) Wall; along with step-brothers, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kristine L. Trout. Mr. Moeller attended Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Gateway Two- Cylinder Club. Visitation is Thursday, March 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, March 17, at 10 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Merritt Demski officiating. Mr. Moeller will be buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Youth Group.

Ruth Mildred Jackson, nee Jarvis, 92, of Waterloo, died March 12, 2017 at her home. She was born June 9, 1924 in Stoney Point, Mo., the daughter of the late Jessie and Essie (nee Vinyard) Jarvis. Mrs. Jackson is survived by her husband of 75 years, Earl Jackson;  children, Joyce (Jim) Tripp of Linn Creek, Mo., Kenneth (Isabell) Jackson of Waterloo, Dennis (Paula) Jackson of Highland and Don Jackson of Midway, Ark.; seven grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by daughters-in-law, Donna Jackson and Debbie Jackson; five brothers; and three sisters. Ruth retired from Meyers Brothers Drug Co. after 30 years of service. She attended the Baptist Church. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Lovvorn and Pastor David Eckstadt officiating. Mrs. Jackson was buried at Deer Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Virginia A. “Ginny” Sweet, nee Kessler, 71, of Waterloo died March 13, 2017 in Waterloo. She was born June 23, 1945 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Arthur and Constance (nee Koengsmark) Kessler. Mrs. Sweet is survived by her husband, Wayne Sweet; children, Dale Sweet and Caeden (Mary) Sweet; and a brother, John J. (Judith) Kessler; along with nieces and nephews. Ginny worked many years at Ss. Peter and Paul Grade School and Gibault Catholic High School. She was active in the Home Extension, Relay For Life and the Red Hat Society. Mrs. Sweet attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation is Friday, March 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral is Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Mrs. Sweet will be buried at the church cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Gibault Catholic High School, Survivors And Friends Relay For Life team or her church.

Thomas Shevlin, 67, of Lebanon, Tenn., died March 5, 2017. He was born Nov. 11, 1949 in Illinois, the son of Thomas Shevlin Sr. and the late Dorothy Honeycutt. Besides his father, Mr. Shevlin is survived by his wife, Debbie Shevlin; a son, Michael Shevlin; daughter, Patricia (Nathan) Correll; step-children, Amy and Paul Lyell;  step-mother, Bonnie Shevlin; sisters, Jennifer Qualls and Donna Tow; brothers, Kevin, Mark and Keith Shevlin; grandchildren, Bailey, Logan, Kylie and Oliver Shevlin, Conrad and Malcolm Correll, Cierra and Albert Ullrich and Kaitlyn Lyell; and his cat, Buddy; along with daughters-in-law, nieces; nephews and friends. Visitation is Saturday, March 18, from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Raymond Kenneth Edwards, 83, of Red Bud, died March 31, 2017, in Red Bud. He was born Sept. 4, 1933, in East St. Louis the son of the late Raymond and Janet (nee Mason) Edwards. Mr. Edwards is survived by his children, David "Fritz" (Kathy Engel) Edwards and Diane (Daniel) Amann; grandchildren, Sheila (Justin) Bailey, Stephanie (Steven) Stosbergs, and Daniel Amann; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Jordyn Stosbergs; and beloved dogs, Harry and Miss Lilly. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene "Eileen" Edwards; and a brother, Ronald Edwards. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Burial was private. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays or Hospice of Southern Illinois

John J. “Animal” Falkner, 49, of Fults, died March 31, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo., following a bicycling accident. He was born Sept. 10, 1967, in Red Bud, the son of Ronald T. (Cindy) Falkner and Barbara (Henry) Esker. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, Karen A. (nee Myers) Falkner; children, Jade Falkner and Max Falkner; brothers, Stephine (Bridgette) LeBline and Joshua (Angie) Bollinger; half-sisters, half-brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mr. Falkner was  preceded in death by his grandparents, Geraldine Davis and John and Ruby Falkner; and uncle, Ronald Davis. He was a talented guitar player who played in several rock n’ roll bands across the country. Locally, he starred in The Maxx and sat in with countless other bands. Mr. Falkner attended Hope Christian Church in Columbia. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Edward R. Dugan, 82, of Waterloo, formerly of Harlem, Mont., died March 15, 2017. He was born June 8, 1934, in Burksville, the son of the late Edward and Ida M. nee Hornung Dugan. Mr. Dugan is survived by his children, Ramona Vogt (Dennis Oxmann), Cynthia (Bill) Ragsdale, Patrick (Laura) Dugan, Brian Dugan and George (Penni) Dugan; sisters, Mary Lou Draude and Georgia Fries; and a brother, Joseph Dugan; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Joan (nee Geissert) Dugan; and a brother, Raymond (Betty) Dugan Sr. Mr. Dugan attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Waterloo Knights of Columbus Council 1334. He had been a Grand Knight in Montana. In the Boy Scouts, Ray had attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Ray had served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion. Mr. Dugan was the former owner of Dugan's Lock and Key and Shoe Repair. He had also owned the Cow Bell Tavern in Valmeyer. In his retirement, Ray drove a school bus in Harlem, Mont. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Dugan was buried at the church cemetery.

Earl William "Bill" Rahn, 80, of rural Fults, died March 18, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born July 12, 1936, in Red Bud, the son of the late William and Frieda (nee Eggers) Rahn. His wife, the late Phyllis (nee Higgerson) Rahn, had died March 7, 2017. Mr. Rahn is survived by his children, Kim (Brock) Keckritz, Kathy (Wade) Goldschmidt and Chris (Jennifer) Rahn; grandchildren, Susan (Tom) Sweeney, Crystal (Rich) Weber, Scott (Bridget) Woodsmall, Stephanie (Jason) Bastien, Collin Goldschmidt, Cierra Goldschmidt, Dawson Goldschmidt, William Rahn, Nicole (Jason) Richter, Danielle Hines, Kirsten Foley and D.J. Foley; and his sister-in-law, Jean Rahn; along with great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Kade Goldschmidt; brothers, Orville, Harold, Norman and Kenneth Rahn (his best friend); and a sister, Leona Kent. Mr. Rahn had been employed through Steamfitter Local 439. He was a member of the Maeystown Sportsman Club. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Rahn was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Therapy Garden.

Robert A. Haas, 70, of Waterloo, died March 21, 2017, in Chesterfield, Mo. He was born Jan. 14, 1947, in Breese, the son of Doris Haas and the late Allen Haas. Besides his mother, Mr. Haas is survived by his children, Thaddeus (Kerry) Haas, Michael (Dalila Irazoqui) Haas and Jacob Haas; grandchildren, Brayden, Annika and Madelyn Haas; siblings, Richard Haas, Rhonda Sprehe and Rodney Haas; and the mother of his children, Barbara (nee Kutterer) Bender. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Haas. While growing up in Mascoutah, Bob was involved in the Boy Scouts. During his high school years, Mr. Haas attended St. Henry’s Seminary in Belleville where “The Maimer” played on the baseball and basketball teams. Mr. Haas attended Lewis College in Lockport and St. Meinrad’s Seminary in Indiana. Bob started his professional career as a teacher. He later went on to become an accountant and an actuary. Mr. Haas attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the Waterloo Rotary Club. Bob enjoyed playing kloepper with his friends. Chronic illnesses in recent years compelled Bob's residence in a Chesterfield nursing home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mr. Haas was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospital or the American Lung Association. Quernheim Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

William T. Ahne, 71, of Waterloo, died March 22, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 10, 1945, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Joseph and Corina (nee Floerke) Ahne. Mr. Ahne is survived by children, John (Charlene) Ahne, Christopher Ahne and William Robert Ahne; grandchildren, Nicole Ahne, Tess Ahne, Brittani Holcomb, John S. Ahne and Bethanie Ahne; and great-grandchild ,Dexter; siblings, Arthur (Joan) Ahne,  Michael "Gene" (Jean) Ahne and Richard "Butch" (Pamela) Ahne; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers, John B. Ahne, Martin Ahne, Arline Ahne and Henry G. Ahne. Mr. Ahne served in the U.S. Navy. He was a baker at Ahne's Bakery. William enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing. Private services will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Jean Richard “J.R.” Taylor, 93, of Evansville, Ind., died March 24, 2017, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. Jean had been a resident of Garden Place in Columbia over the past two years. Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Ray (nee Coudret) Taylor, who died in 1991. He is survived by a daughter, Patricia (Kevin) Kelly of Crete; and a son, Richard (Susan) Taylor of Columbia; along with four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one greatgreat granddaughter. Mr. Taylor was a 1941 graduate of Boonville High School. A World War II veteran, he served for 26 months in the Pacific Theater. J.R. earned a journalism degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree in history from the University of Evansville. Jean was a longtime newspaperman, retiring in 1986 after 23 years as news editor of the Evansville (Ind.) Press. Previously, he had been editor of The Boonville Enquirer and the Rantoul (IL) Press. After retirement, Mr. Taylor became an aviation enthusiast, learning to fly ultra-lights, gliders and powered aircraft. He was interested in Civil War history and attended a number of Elderhostels at Civil War battlefield sites. He also volunteered at the WNIN Radio Reading Service and the Literacy Center. Funeral was at Ziemer Funeral Home East. Mr. Taylor was buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Evansville, Ind. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Donald Lee Wilson, 81, of Waterloo, formerly of Corning, Ark., died March 26, 2017 at Oak Hill. He was born June 22, 1935 in Arkansas, the son of the late Sanford and Nancy (nee Keller) Wilson. Donald married Shirley Ray in 1962 in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Wilson is survived by his children, Judy Davis, Rebecca (Norm) Thompson, Donna (Lynn) Williams, all of Waterloo, and Dwayne (Stacy) Wilson of Valmeyer; grandchildren, Jordan Wilson, Collin Wilson, Billy (Kim) Williams, Megan (Andrew) Williams, Jennifer (David) Midkiff, Jared Davis, Danielle Wilson, Daria Wilson, Paige Bangle, Quentin Bangle, Hannah Gideon, Odin Gideon, Mallory Thompson and Isaac Thompson; and great-grandchildren, Scott Williams, Trent Williams, Hunter Williams, Maverick Midkiff, Zeke Midkiff and Tripp Midkiff; along with nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by one son, Danny Wilson; and his brother, Thomas Wilson. Donald was a retired dockhand for a trucking company. Visitation was at the First Baptist Church in Corning, Ark. Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt handled the arrangements.

Mary M. Reyling, nee Reis, 90 years of Belleville, formerly of Columbia, died March 28, 2017 at Freeburg Care Center. She was born May 3, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Adele (nee Patterson) Reis. Mary married Paul Reyling in 1946 in Columbia. He died in 1996. Mrs. Reyling is survived by her grandsons, Tim (Evonne) Reyling of St. Charles, Mo., and Todd (Christie) Reyling of Smithton; and great-grandchildren, Ella, Aiden, Austin and Abby Reyling; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, John "Skip" Reyling; brothers, Robert, Gregory, Francis "Bud" and Thomas Reis; and her sister, Ruth "Tootie" Keim. Mary had retired from Weilbacher's Department Store. She attended St. Henry’s Catholic Church. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Kenneth York officiating. Mrs. Reyling was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Belleville.

Margaret A. Meyer, nee Jung, 89, of Columbia, died March 23, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Dec. 1, 1927, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Bernard "Jim" and Lucille (nee Mohme) Jung. Mrs. Meyer is survived by her husband Ervin Withum; children Michael (Beth) Meyer, David T. (Patricia) Meyer and Timothy (Tambra) Meyer; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and a sister Susan (Clarence Jr. "Buddy") Vogt; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, James O. Meyer; and a sister, Mary Lou Jung. Mrs. Meyer attended Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Mo. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Galen Hubbard officiating. Mrs. Meyer was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown.

Shirley L. Wittenauer, nee Einwich, 88, of Waterloo, died March 24, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 11, 1929, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Edward and Edna (nee Lange) Einwich. Mrs. Wittenauer is survived by her children Donna (Ronald) Solich, Debbie Kuergeleis (Dale Aycock), Dina (Brian) Nobbe and Duane (Christy) Brinkmann; and grandchildren Becky (Jay) Godfrey, Kelly (Chris) Black, Doug Nobbe (Eleni Gerontes), Dan (Michelle) Kuergeleis, Mark Kuergeleis (Kristy Yearian), Renee Solich (Jake King), Katelyn Brinkmann, Nick Brinkmann and Mary Brinkmann; along with great-grandchildren, step-children, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leroy W. Brinkmann; second husband, Delbert P. Wittenauer; sons Dennis and David Brinkmann; sisters Gladys Ann Einwich and Mabel Stockel; and her son-in-law, James Kuergeleis. Mrs. Wittenauer attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating.

Donald L. Thompson, 67, of Red Bud, died March 25, 2017 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., from complications following a heart attack. He was born April 8, 1949 in Red Bud, the son of Floyd and Doris (nee Fournie) Thompson. In addition to his mother, Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife, Carol Thompson; children, Rick Thompson of Red Bud and Pam (Mike) Junge of New Athens; grandchildren Caitlyn Thompson, Megan Thompson and Taylor Junge; his brother, David Thompson of Arlington, Va.; sister-in-law, Audrey (Raymond) Wiegard of Evansville; and nieces and nephew, Sarah (Alex) Trujillo, Tim (Amy) Wiegard and Lisa (Patrick) Mueller; along with great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Roscow; and in-laws. Robert and Hulda Schmitz. After graduation from Red Bud High School in 1967, Don married his high school sweetheart, Carol Schmitz, in 1968 in Gulfport, Miss. Mr. Thompson served in the Navy Seabees and was deployed to Vietnam for two tours of duty. After the war, Don returned to Red Bud and remained very active in the community.  He had been a member of Red Bud Jaycees, the Red Bud Fire Department (more than 33 years), the Red Bud VFW Post 6632 and the Red Bud Chamber of Commerce (president). Don has served the past four years as a Ward 3 alderman for the city. He was currently seeking a second term. Mr. Thompson had also served on the city planning commission and helped start the downtown beautification project. Don drove a truck for Roger’s Redi Mix until he opened a 7-Up distributorship in Ruma, which he ran for 14 years. He then was employed as a distribution manager with Coca Cola for 10 years. Don then drove a truck for Gregson Trucking and Fed Ex until his retirement in 2012. Mr. Thompson attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud, where he sang in the choir and always rolled up his sleeves to work at the parish summer picnic. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Memorials may be made to the Red Bud Fire Department and the Red Bud Public Library.

Burton Howard Shannon, 89, of Lady Lake, Fla., died March 31, 2017 at Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages, Fla. He was born Aug. 10, 1927 in Longview, Wash., the son of the late Earlton C. and Bertha L. (nee Denton) Shannon. Mr. Shannon is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elaine Virginia (nee Knox) Shannon; daughters, Roxana (Ray Marek) Shannon of Swansea and Candice (Jack) Pensoneau of Prairie du Rocher; daughter-in-law, Kim Shannon of Great Falls, Mont.; grandchildren, Scott, Josh, Lori, Andrew and Jennifer; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Lance T. Shannon; and a grandson, Heath Alan Shannon. Burton was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving on a Sherman tank crew. He worked as a civil servant for the Air Force for 32 years, becoming chief of ground safety and retiring from Scott Air Force Base in 1982. He was a member of American Legion Post 347 in Lady Lake, Fla. Burton and his wife enjoyed golfing in retirement. He also enjoyed painting pictures of birds for family and friends. A memorial service was at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services at The Villages. Mr. Shannon was buried with full military honors at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Hospice.

April 2017

Herbert Christian Stemler, 90, of Millstadt, died April 1, 2017. He was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Columbia, the son of the late George and (nee Reichert) Elsie Stemler. Herbert married the late Marlyn (nee Ritter) Stemler in 1951 in Columbia. She died Feb. 7, 2017. Mr. Stemler is survived by his daughters, Donna (Doug) Tolbird of San Antonio, Tex., Judy (Kenny) Ostendorf of Addieville and Mary Lou (Ray) Clyde of Columbia; grandchildren, Aaron Wilhelm, Andrew and Brandon Ostendorf, and Matt and Chris Clyde; brother, Harold (Rosalie) Stemler of Columbia; and sisters, Helen Wilde of Waterloo, Helma Kleinschmidt of Columbia and Hilma (Sylvester) Kleinschmidt of Millstadt. He was preceded in death by his brother, Homer Stemler;  and brothers in infancy, Harlan and Albert Stemler. Herb was a lifelong area farmer, and had carried on the family tradition of an egg and vegetable route in south St. Louis into the 1980s. Herb attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. He was a member of  the Columbia American Legion Post 581 and the St. Clair County Farm Bureau. Mr. Stemler served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Herb's favorite pastimes were following Cardinals baseball and gardening. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Stemler was buried at  Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC or American Legion Post 581.

Lucille C. McKinney, nee Ebel, 102, of Columbia, died April 2, 2017 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born July 22, 1914 in Columbia ,the daughter of the late Charles and Emma Ebel. Lucille married Archibald John McKinney in 1937. Lucille was “a consummate artist,” “a musician’s musician.” Although she also played the French horn, organ, cornet, violin, and the cello, “the ivory keys” were her passion, beginning piano lessons at age six and teaching piano by age 13. Her professional experiences ranged from jazz on the riverboats to the concert halls of universities, radio and television, as well as accompanying outstanding singers and instrumentalists. By the time she graduated from Columbia High School in 1932, Lucille had already established her musical career, playing piano for Sunday School at St. Paul UCC,  community plays, silent movies at Turner Hall, Girls’ Orchestra in St. Louis, river boats, St. Louis hotels, and a tent show where the Columbia Library now stands. She also performed as trumpet soloist with Joe Huber’s Boys’ Band of St. Louis. During both her sophomore and junior years, she was chosen to play trumpet in the University of Illinois All-State Orchestra. She attended Illinois Wesleyan University on scholarship and graduated with honors in 1937 with a Bachelor of Music Education. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Music Sorority, and in her junior year was awarded the Sword of Honor. After graduation, Lucille began her teaching career in Columbia, Waterloo and Maeystown High Schools. Studying with the masters, like Louis Victor Saar, a pupil of Brahms, and Dr. Hubert Kessler, she earned a Master of Music Degree from the University of Illinois in 1953 and was awarded membership in Pi Kappa Lambda Society of Music. Mrs. McKinney performed at numerous local venues through the years. Lucille traveled extensively and was an avid golfer, winning several club tournaments. She was Columbia’s first Girl Scout leader and worked with the Metro East Literacy Council. Lucille exercised at the Training Room, often exercising three times per week, even in her 90s. Lucille enjoyed playing bridge . She was a member of the Columbia Sister Cities and the Columbia Historical Society. Her membership in D.A.R. was established through the Flagg family. She was most proud of her relationship to James Montgomery Flagg, a well-known artist, who painted the famous poster “Uncle Sam Wants You to Buy War Bonds. Visitation is Friday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. A funeral will follow with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. McKinney will be buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC or the Columbia Public Library.

Ralph David Baumer, 67, of Edwardsville, formerly of Columbia, died April 3, 2017 at Edwardsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born June 23, 1949, in Belleville, the son of the late Alfred and Gladys (nee Buettner) Baumer. Mr. Baumer is survived by his sister, Patricia (Chuck) Kalert of Freeburg; brother, Donald (Gina) Baumer of Troy; brother-in-law, Melvin Liechty of Newark, Del.; nieces and nephews, Jessica (Michael) Wray, Rebecca (Thad) Lucas, Alison (Dave) Gilifeski, Dr. Ben Liechty, Stephanie (Jimmy) Usery and Tyler Baumer;  great-nephew, Evan Lucas; and great nieces, Reagan Lucas, Delaney Wray and Brynn Wray; aunts, cousins and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Liechty;  and grandparents, William and Henrietta Baumer and Edward and Hilda Buettner. Ralph suffered a brain injury when he was young and had limited abilities. It is often said it takes a village to raise a child and that is what happened in Columbia where Ralph grew up. He was the honorary manager of the Columbia High School baseball teams under the leadership of the late Vernon Smith. He took great pride in the Columbia Eagles. He also worked for the area funeral homes, delivering the funeral announcement cards to local businesses. When people saw Ralph walking on the sidewalks of downtown, the locals knew to watch out because Ralph had a tendency to cross the street whenever and wherever he wanted to. He continued to live in his beloved Columbia until the untimely passing of his mom, Gladys. It was at that time he was taken to a series of homes, eventually leading him to the William M. Bedell Achievement & Resource Center in Madison County. Ralph was very happy living in a regular home with a house parent and several other clients and he lived there for many years until a broken hip took him to the rehabilitation center in Edwardsville.  Ralph loved his family, holidays, his birthday, the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues. Ralph found joy in the simplest things and loved beating everyone at Yahtzee. After a game, he would break out in a big smile and was always ready to play again. He loved teasing the staff members at the nursing home and there is no doubt he was a favorite of theirs. Visitation is Friday, April 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, April 8, at 11a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Kris Avise-Rouse, officiating. Mr. Baumer will be buried at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Columbia. Memorials may  be made to the Edwardsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Activity Fund. 

June Marie Helms, nee Puckett, of Waterloo, formerly of Dupo, died March 14, 2017 at Oak Hill. She was born in Bedford County, Va., the daughter of the late Joseph and Rena (nee Puckett) Puckett. Mrs. Helms is survived by her children, James E. (Mary) Helms Jr., Margie Woolard and Diane Bill; and grandchildren, Jimmy Foster, Christine (Matt) Bruemmer, Jean (Jodie) Fithian, David (Kim) Helms, Michelle (Daniel) Dodd, Vicki Radcliffe (boyfriend Dave Thomas) and James (Patty) Radcliffe; along with 14 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E Helms Sr.; along with four brothers and two sisters. June was a waitress at Belleville restaurants Margie’s Surrey’s Supper Club and Agostino’s. At her request, June was cremated. Private burial services were held. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Mabel M. Sondag-Offermann, nee Frierdich, 86, of Columbia, died April 17, 2017 at her home. She was born Jan. 19, 1931, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Robert C. and Virginia (nee Schmidt) Frierdich. Mrs. Offermann is survived by her children, Michael R. (Corrine) Sondag, Daniel F. (Patsy) Sondag and Kenny (fiance Janese Mehrtens) Sondag; step-daughters, Betty (Dave) Gummersheimer, Annette (Steve) Hammett, Sandy (Mike) Brennan; and a brother, Norman Schmidt; along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gene M. Sondag; her second husband, John G. Offermann; and a sister-in-law, Norine Schmidt. Mabel attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer. Visitation is Thursday, April 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, April 21 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Matthew Friz officiating. Mrs. Offermann will be buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

John N. Roland Jr., 74, of Valmeyer, died April 5, 2017, in Belleville. He was born July 23, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late John N. Sr. and Lillian (nee Kaffrey) Roland. Mr. Roland is survived by his children, Debra (Jim) Koch, John (Juanita) Roland III, William (Kim) Roland, Robert Roland, Dawn (Jay) Leber, Connie (Steve) Few, Chris (Heather) Roland, Barb (Eric) Berning, Dena Wood and Christine (Joe) Schroeder; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Jim) Brittingham; and his brother, William (Jan) Roland Sr.; along with nieces; nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Jerald Roland Sr., Virginia "Jennie" Hull, Helen Elliott and Ronald Roland Sr.; and a granddaughter, Melissa Mitchell. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Roland was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Maeystown.

Ruth Price, nee Enteman, 82, of Waterloo, formerly of East Carondelet, died April 6, 2017 at St. Anthony's Hospital from injuries sustained earlier that day in an automobile accident. She was born Oct. 23, 1934, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Arthur and Gertrude (nee Henderson) Enteman. Mrs. Price is survived by her son, Kenneth Price; a daughter, Karen Dudley; a grandson, Dylan Buckley; and a brother, Art (Eileen) Enteman; along with nieces, nephews cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, George "Red" Price; a son, Kevin Price; and sisters, Jean Mayer and Helen Koch. Ruth was a retired clerk for the Village of East Carondelet. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. Visitation and funeral were at Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo with Rev. Matthew Friz officiating. Mrs. Price was buried at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Gateway Chapter of St. Louis.

Rose Marie Franke, nee Schreyer, 86, of Columbia, died April 6, 2017 at Integrity Health Care of Columbia. She was born May 4, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late George and Mary (nee Schwartz) Schreyer. Rose married Marvin O. Franke in 1951. He died in 2003. Mrs. Franke is survived by a daughter, Debrah Huggins of Columbia; grandchildren, Bill (Jessica Munton) Huggins, Jenny (Matt) Arnold, Dustin (Elizabeth Rajchart) Huggins, Chelsea (Jeff Jackson) Huggins and Dana and Derek Franke; a niece, Allison Schreyer; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Dennis W. Franke; brother, George Schreyer, and her dog, Sadie. Mrs. Franke attended St. Paul UCC of Columbia. She was a member of the Columbia Senior Citizens and the Columbia Senior Nutrition Site. Rose enjoyed playing bingo. Mrs. Franke was buried at St. Paul Evangelical Cemetery with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Memorials may be made to her church.

Dannie A. Pigg, 73, of Fults, died April 7, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Oct. 8, 1943, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the son of the late Malcolm and Iva (nee Underwood) Pigg. Mr. Pigg is survived by his wife, Carolyn (nee Heller) Pigg; sons, Daniel (Jennifer) Pigg and Keith (Loran) Pigg; grandchildren, Jacob, Jaxon and Raylan Pigg; and a sister, Lea Hornbeck; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Malcolm Pigg Jr. (in infancy); brother-in-law, Everett Hornbeck; sister-in-law, Lynnette Matzenbacher; and nephew, Scott Mitchell. Mr. Pigg was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Renault American Legion. He attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Pastor Terry Grebing officiating. Mr. Pigg was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Pearl A. Halleran, nee Mueller, 90, of Columbia, died April 8, 2017 at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born April 11, 1926, in Fults, the daughter of the late Henry and Augusta (nee Hoffmann) Mueller. She married Michael I. Halleran in 1969 in Columbia. He died in 2010. Mrs. Halleran is survived by her sisters-in-law, Helen (Ralph) Mueller and Leona (Vernon) Halleran; along with step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her sisters, Ardell (Lorenzo) Vogt, Mildred (Arthur) Berneking and Twila (Theodore) Hankammer; and brothers, Nelson (Viola) Mueller, Ralph Mueller and Robert Mueller (in infancy). Pearl had worked for 37 years as a personnel record keeper at Famous Barr in St. Louis, Mo. She was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary. Mrs. Halleran attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Halleran was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary.

Johnnie M. Ital, nee Pate, 93, of Harrisburg, died April 10, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born June 29, 1923, in Tilden, Miss. Mrs. Ital is survived by her children, Larry (Dorothy) Ital of Belleville, Keith (Jackie) Ital Sr. of Harrisburg, Joseph Ital and Janice (Allan) Keim of Waterloo; grandchildren, Larry David (Karen) Ital, Donald (Andrea) Ital, Keith Ital Jr., Jesse (Katie) Ital, DeAnn (Tom) Hughes, Jennifer Mae (Ray) Frame, Jeffrey (Tracey) Ital and Ian (Laura) Ital; great-grandchildren, Keith, Madison, Noel, R.J. and Liam Ital, Aaron, Doug and Rachelle DeNoon, Blake and Haley Mae Frame, Hallie DeAnn and Ava Kate Hughes; a sister, Isa Eloise (nee Pate) Giernoth of Zion; and a sister-in-law, Brenda Pate of New Wren, Miss.; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry W. Ital Jr.; son, Edward Ital; siblings, Melvin Leecil Pate, Ackles Leo Pate, George D. Franklin Pate, Enola Ann Powell, Etah McMickin, Euple Nell Watkins, Eugenia Ruth Smith and Charlie Ray Hurley. She was the oldest daughter of sharecroppers John Booker and Susie Mae (nee Steele) Pate. She helped raise her siblings while helping in the fields. At 18 she moved to Zion to work in the shipyards supplying materials during World War II. Johnnie enjoyed gardening, and canning vegetables and soup. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mrs. Ital was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo Senior Center.

Clemen W. Ruesler, 80, of Waterloo, died April 11, 2017, in Red Bud. He was born June 23, 1936, in Friedheim, Mo., the son of the late Walter and Lillian (nee Hobeck) Ruesler. Mr. Ruesler is survived by his wife, Karen (nee Bush) Ruesler; children, Sandra (Todd) Halt, Jennifer (John) Kindhart, Sharon (Allen) Marquardt, Daniel Morgan, Sara Naumann and Matt Cohlmeyer; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nelda Sowell; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis (nee Carter) Ruesler; daughter, Marie Ruesler: sons, Steven, Clinton and Stanley Ruesler; and brothers, Marvin and Darvin Ruesler. Mr. Ruesler attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Clemen had retired from McDonnell Douglas. He enjoyed playing baseball and rooting for the Cardinals. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Ruesler was  buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Leon “Lee” M. Bradley, 63, of Waterloo, died April 13, 2017. He was born March 7, 1954, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Leon “Lee” J. and Patricia (nee Hammel) Bradley. Lee married Bobbie (nee Hubble) Bradley in 1974 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In addition to his wife, Mr. Bradley is survived by his children, Lee A. (Dawn) Bradley of Waterloo, Tammy (Terry) Anderson of Columbia, Kelly (Ron) Sutton of Barnhart, Mo., and Amber, Ashley and Alexis Villarreal of Waterloo; grandchildren, Rory and Rachel Bradley, Zach, Grace, Max and Luke Anderson, and Gretchen and Jack Sutton; siblings, Lynn (Darrel) Kalbfleisch, Daniel Bradley, Tom (Tina) Bradley, Joanne (Tim) Newcom, Tim (Julie) Bradley, Mary (Paul) Sollberger, Mickie (Frank) Flannery and Steven (Leslie) Bradley; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Emilie (Everett) Chastain, Darlene Barringer, Larry (Barb) Hubble, Kathy Wilson, Pat (Bob) Stumpf, Laverne (Arnold) Pflueger and Bill (April) Hubble; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Lee had worked as a journeyman lineman out of the IBEW Local 309 Hall in Collinsville for more than 25 years. He enjoyed outdoors and spending time with his family and friends. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Bradley was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Education Building Fund or to the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School Capital Campaign.

Peter Michael Sotak, 67, of Columbia, died April 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Feb. 21, 1950 in Gary, Ind., the son of the late Julius and Diana (nee Jurasina) Szotak. Mr. Sotak is survived by his wife, Gail (nee Jacobsmeyer) Sotak; daughters, Samantha (Justin) Myers and Jennifer (Cesar) Acosta; granddaughters, Brooklyn and Ava (to be born); a sister, Judy Brefeld; brother-in-law, Ron Budzielek; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bernard and Ann Jacobsmeyer; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gary Jacobsmeyer, Tim (Nancy), Tom and Kevin (Mary) Jacobsmeyer; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Diana Budzielek; sister-in-law, Chris Jacobsmeyer; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Brefeld. Mr. Sotak was a retired quality control manager for Brown Shoe Co. A celebration of life is Saturday, April 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Sandbank School in Columbia. Mr. Sotak’s remains will be cremated.

Hellen G. Overall, nee Payne, 69, of Columbia, died April 15, 2017 in Belleville. She was born June 14, 1947  in Rector, Ark., the daughter of  the late D.C. and Evelyn (nee Duncan) Payne. Mrs. Overall is survived by her husband, George R. Overall; a daughter, Terri (Brian) Szewczyk; brothers, Leland Payne and James Payne; and a grandson, Henry Szewczyk; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Helen was retired from Regions Bank. She enjoyed cooking, yard work and taking care of loved ones. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Graveside service was at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital.

Duane G. Brinkmann, 49, of Waterloo, died April 15, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo., following an ongoing heart condition. He was born Oct. 9, 1967, in Red Bud, the son of the late Leroy Brinkmann and Shirley Brinkmann-Wittenauer. Mr. Brinkmann is survived by his wife, Christy M. (nee Gilbert) Brinkmann; children, Katelyn Brinkmann, Nick Brinkmann and Mary Brinkmann; sisters, Donna (Ronald) Solich, Debbie (Dale Aycock) Kuergeleis and Dina (Brian) Nobbe; father-in-law, Larry Gilbert; and mother-in-law, Delores (Jim) Patterson; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts and great uncles. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Delbert Wittenauer; brothers, Dennis and David Brinkmann; and brother-in-law, James Kuerge-leis. Duane attended St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Tipton. He owned Brinkmann Heating and Cooling. Duane was a member of the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and a former member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 268. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church  with Father John Kizakedan officiating. Mr. Brinkmann was buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Duane G. Brinkmann Children’s Fund.

 Joseph D. “Papa Joe” Callis Sr., 83, of Columbia, died April 6, 2017 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born June 15, 1933, in Paducah, Ky., the son of the late Sidney and Lillie Mae, (nee Romaine) Callis. Papa Joe married Barbara (nee Wright) Callis in 1954 in Ranton, NM. She died in 2002. Papa Joe was a longtime, and very popular, officer and captain of the Columbia Police Department. Mr. Callis is survived by his children, Paula Ann Ledbetter of Astoria, Joseph “Danny Joe” (Karin) D. Callis Jr. of Columbia and Dennis (Karen) W. Callis of Columbia; grandchildren, Daniel Barks, David (Kristin) Barks, Joseph Callis III, Andrew Callis, Cristin (Tim) Levine, and Lauren and Michael Callis; and great-grandchildren, Isaac and Remington Barks. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters; and a son-in-law, Michael Ledbetter. Mr. Callis served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Besides serving the community for many years on the Columbia Police Department, he had also been on the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Papa Joe was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Illinois Police Association, Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association, Columbia American Legion Post 581, the NRA and the Columbia Blue Lodge 474 A.F. and A.M. Mr. Callis was a retired firearm instructor for SILEC. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at the First Baptist Church in Columbia with Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. Mr. Callis was buried at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police.  

John R. Graves, 77, of Waterloo, died April 16, 2017 at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was born Jan. 15, 1940, in Millstadt, the son of the late Earl and Leora (nee Shelton) Graves. Mr. Graves is survived by his children, John Graves of Waterloo, Rhonda Carter of Cobden, David Graves of Ware, Julie Brigance of Waterloo, Rejona (Chad) Knobloch of Waterloo, Dawn Stapleton of Waterloo, Billy (Patti) Graves of Dixon, Mo., and Betty (Todd) Graves of Waterloo; stepdaughter, Darla Stumpf of Waterloo; and siblings, Rich (Pat) Graves, Wayne (Janet Cole) Graves and Carol Sue Horn, all of Waterloo; along with grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Mark Graves; grandchild, Eric Boyer; and his sister, Shirley Fischer. John was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He treasured time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. John was known for his meticulously kept yard. Mr. Graves had retired from Aalco Manufacturing. A celebration of life was at New Beginnings Church of God in Waterloo with Rev. Ernest Graves officiating. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Ronald Lee Elledge Sr., 69, of Waterloo, died April 20, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 30, 1947, in Lutesville, Mo., the son of Laura Christine (nee Myers) Elledge and the late Cletis Lonzo Elledge. Besides his mother, Mr. Elledge is survived by his wife, Gail Lee (nee Mathes) Elledge; children, Ronald Lee Elledge Jr., Heath Allen (Justin Allen) Elledge; sister, Kathy (Frank) Weber; brother, Jeff Elledge; aunt, Cybil Buschart; God-grandchildren, Delilah (Ken) (nee Williams) VanDerGeest, Eric (Ewelina) Williams, Novak and Kipton Williams, Melissa (Philip) (nee Williams) Porter, Caroline Porter, Gabrielle Williams, and Nehemiah and Nathaniel Williams; nephew, Frankie (Lauren) Weber; nieces, Jennifer (Aaron) (nee Weber) Lich and Megan (Matt) (nee Elledge) Horvath; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Lucy and Sophie Weber, Gavin, Jonathan, Henry, Annie and Blake; along with cousins. Ronald was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters union. He was retired from Air Masters Heating and Cooling. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Jim McConnell officiating. Mr. Elledge was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Eric O. Pflasterer, 76, of Columbia, died April 22, 2017, in Columbia. He was born Nov. 13, 1940, in Belleville, the son of the late Orval and Vera (nee Garleb) Pflasterer. Mr. Pflasterer is survived by his children, Jeff (Becky) Pflasterer and Chris (Amy) Pflasterer; grandchildren, Eric, Jenson and Elise Pflasterer; life partner, Arlene Roider Trahan; stepchildren, Michael Turnbow and Nichole (Patrick) Wienstroer; sister, Janice (Jerry) Berry; aunt Leona Frank; niece, Angela Berry; and nephew, Douglas Berry; along with great-nieces and cousins. Eric was with Diversified Farms for many years. He had retired from Luhr Bros. Inc. Mr. Pflasterer attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor David Riebeling officiating. Mr. Pflasterer was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to his church, the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Doris J. Horn, 80, of Waterloo, died April 23, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 12, 1937, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Eldo Sr. and Ida Marion (nee Foslar) Horn. Miss Horn is survived by her siblings, Irene R. Bruce, Bob Horn and Janet (Norbert) Mudd; sisters-in-law, Mary E. Horn and Carol Sue Horn; and nieces and nephews, Angela (John) Schneider, Bradley M. (Kierstin) Horn, Victoria (Blake) Nation and Brian (Lisa Breeding) Mudd; along with great-niece, great-nephews, cousins and an aunt. She was preceded in death by her brother, Eldo M. Horn Jr.; and brother-in-law, Larry R. Bruce. Doris attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She was a former Sunday School teacher and also a hairdresser. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Memorials may be made to her church.

June J. Craig, 89, of Waterloo, died April 25, 2017 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born June 21, 1927, in Fairland, Okla., the daughter of the late Clarence and Rose (nee Breidenbach) Williams. June was married to George Craig. He died in 1997. Mrs. Craig is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Richard) Eugea of Waterloo; grandchildren, Craig (Rhonda) Eugea and Derek (Charity) Eugea; great-grandchildren, Grant, Makenah, and Olivia Eugea; brothers, Albert (Martha) Williams of Ames, Wayne "Boots" (Peggy) Williams of Farmington, Mo., and Kenny (Sharon) Williams of Festus, Mo.; and sisters, Gail Dixon of Waterloo, Vicky (Darrell) Dixon of St. Louis, Mo., and Lana (Myron) Sutton of Waterloo. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Bill Gelling and Clarence "Eddie" Williams; and sisters, Jean Lewis, Rosemary Absheer, Violet Ford, Jackie Bish and Patsy Field. June enjoyed spending time with her family. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Craig was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.   

Jo Ann Moore, 72, of Columbia, died April 27, 2017 at her home. She was born April 17, 1945 in Granite City, the daughter of the late Malcolm and Shirlee (nee Wells) Moore Sr. She is survived by her partner of 5 ½ years, William Lee Levin of Columbia; his children, Steven Lee Levin of Columbia and Brad William Levin of Dupo; her brother, Malcolm (Susan) Moore Jr. of Decatur; niece and nephews, Kevin (Katharine McKearn) Moore of Webster Groves, Mo., Stephen (Colleen Bohlin) Moore of Chicago and Sarah (Michael) Montgomery of Charlotte, N.C.; and great-nieces and nephew, Margaret Montgomery, Owen Montgomery, both of Charlotte, N.C., and Ella Moore of Webster Groves, Mo. Jo Ann was a retired video producer and a member of the Lions Club. A memorial service was held at a later date. Creason Funeral Home of Millstadt handled the arrangements.

Chester G. Schmidt, 99, of Columbia, died April 27, 2017 in Waterloo. He was born Dec. 19, 1917 in Columbia, the son of the late John and Louisa (nee Fischer) Schmidt. Chester was married for 69 years to Ruth (nee Knop) Schmidt, who died Dec. 15, 2016. Chester was a World War II veteran, serving as a radio operator on a B-17 bomber with the 8th Air Force, 92nd Bombardment Group of the Army Air Force. Mr. Schmidt was stationed in Poddington, England, and is credited with 32 bombing missions over enemy occupied Germany and France. He flew June 6, 1944, D-Day, with a bombing mission over Normandy, France. Chester was honored with the Distinguished Flying Cross for being on a mission that took out a German oil refinery. He also received two Bronze Stars, the Air Medal with four Bronze Clusters, the European Theater of Operations Campaign Medal, and the American Defense Medal. Mr. Schmidt was a 71-year member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. After the war, Chester graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and was a State Farm Agent for 27 years. He became a member of the Shriners in 1957. Mr. Schmidt on the Monroe County Board Of Commissioners. In 2014 he and his wife Ruth donated $1 million dollars to the St. Louis Shriner's Hospital For Children in memory of their daughter Elaine Schmidt. Shriner's Hospital had made it possible for Elaine to walk. The hospital’s Research Wing is named in their honor. After his retirement, Chester and Ruth took up golf. They traveled around the world and kept in touch with the many friends they met. Chester enjoyed flying his plane. Mr. Schmidt was a life-long member of the St. Paul UCC. Mr. Schmidt is survived by his nieces, Linda (Jon) Kessler and Charlotte (David) Hoock of Columbia; a nephew, Kenneth (Jerri) Schmidt of Maeystown; great-nieces, Natascha (Jeff) Wolman of St. Louis and Jamye (Adam) Hemken of Columbia; and great-nephew, Kenneth Schmidt of Waterloo; along with great-great nieces. Chester was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Earl and Orville, sisters, Pearl and LuAnn, daughter Elaine, and wife, Ruth (Knop) Schmidt. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Elaine; and siblings, Earl, Orville, Pearl and LuAnn. Mr. Schmidt was cremated. A private memorial service was held. He was  buried next to his family at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Eagle Cliff-Miles Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Barbara A. Winschel, nee Burke, 64, of Waterloo, died April 28, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 19, 1952, in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Winschel is survived by her husband, Gerald Lee Winschel; children, Brian (Carol) Winschel, Michael Winschel, Catherine (Adam) Reed, Kevin (Jennifer) Winschel, Kelley Winschel and Daniel Winschel; grandchildren, Andrew, Luke, Zachary, Abigayle,  brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine (nee Hannegan) Burke; and a grandchild. Mrs. Winschel attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where she was active in the Mary and Martha Society and the Funeral Lunch Ladies. She attended the Oak Hill Weekly Mass. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mrs. Winschel was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Norma Elizabeth Sopp, 102, of St. Louis, formerly of Dupo, died April 28, 2017 at Green Park Nursing Home in St. Louis, Mo. She was born June 8, 1914 in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Louis and Elnora (nee Hartmann) Faus. Mrs. Sopp is survived by her daughter, Linda (Mike) Frisch; grandchildren, Chris (Jessica Walsh) Frisch and Thomas Frisch; and great-grandchildren, Addisyn, Jenna, Alex and Jaden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Sopp; a daughter, Nancy Sopp; two brothers; seven sisters; and two siblings in infancy. Norma attended Christ UCC in Dupo where she was a member of the Women’s Guild and led bible study at her home until six months ago. Visitation is Friday, May 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral is Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at Christ UCC with Pastor Todd Mushaney officiating. Mrs. Sopp will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Christ UCC Elevator Fund or Guide Dogs of America.

Elizabeth Bode, nee Kraus, 88, of Waterloo, died April 23, 2017 in Waterloo. She was born May 23, 1928, in Hungary, the daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (nee Nabel) Kraus. Mrs. Bode is survived by her son, Jacob (Pamela) Kaufer; step-daughter, Dorothy Lee Kleindienst; step-son, Steve Bode; sister, Kathy (Ed) Grisby; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Walsh; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephew and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Bode; a son, George Kaufer; daughter, Elizabeth Lang; and son-in law, Harvey Lang. Elizabeth was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, Sparta Chapter 411 and the Columbia American Legion Post Auxiliary. A celebration of her life was at Oak Hill’s activity center. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Gemelia “Joyce” Hale, nee Morris,70, of Columbia, died April 30, 2017 at Columbia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 4, 1947, in Rector, Ark., the daughter of the late Claude and Bernice (nee Bateman) Morris. Mrs. Hale is survived by her children, Melissa (Chris) Kalbfleisch of Columbia and Todd (Dawn Young) Hale of Farmington, Mo.; brothers, Randy (Debbie) Morris of Arnold, Mo., and Dennis (Pam) Morris of Missouri; and grandchildren, Allison Kalbfleisch, Carter Kalbfleisch, Carson Kalbfleisch, Todd Hale and Keegan Hale; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Morris; and her sisters, Joann and Rita Dornseif. Joyce was a janitor at St. Louis University. She loved playing bingo on Wednesday evenings at the Columbia American Legion. Private family services were held. Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt handled arrangements.

May 2017

Virginia M. Cook, nee Green, 77, of Waterloo, died May 4, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born May 5, 1939, in Marianna, Fla., the daughter of the late A.B. and Jewel (nee Atwell) Green. Mrs. Crook is survived by her husband, Robert Cook; children, Sharon (Steve) Neill and Robert Joseph Cook Jr.; grandchildren, Ben (Maura) Neill, Timothy (Bianca) Neil, Reese Neill, Sam Neill and Kayla Cook; great-grandchildren, Marina Neill, Giana Neill and T.J. Neill; and brother, Benny (Debby) Green; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Crook attended the First Baptist Church in Waterloo. She was formerly employed at Putnam County Florida and Gadsden County Florida. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at First Baptist Church in Waterloo with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Mrs. Crook was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Patricia A. Barbeau, nee Offermann, 62, of Waterloo, died May 4, 2017, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Jan. 26, 1955, at St. Clement Hospital, the daughter of the late George and Bertha (nee Roy) Offermann. Mrs. Barbeau is survived by her husband, Thomas Barbeau; daughter, Traci (Tony) Biffar; grandchildren, Devin, Lucas and Emily Biffar; sisters Darline Loerch and Carol Esker; and a brother, David (Linda) Offermann; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Roy and Stanley Offermann. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. She donated her body to science to help find a cure for cancer. 

Harry L. Hankins, 84, of Waterloo died May 14, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Morehouse, Mo., the son of the late Wilma (nee Enoch) Hankins. Mr. Hankins is survived by his wife, Margaret J. (nee Ryterski) Hankins; daughters, Christine (Jim) Block and Barbara (Bill) Mueller; grandchildren, Amie Kohlbush, Ryan (Candice) Mueller, Eric (Jamie) Block and Candace (Matt) Edgar; and great-grandchildren, Dakotah, Aubrey, Auggie, Tanner, Olivia, Della and Harry. Mr. Hankins was retired from Bardenheier Wine Cellars and St. Louis Refrigerator Car. He also farmed and  raised cattle. He served in the U.S. Army 1953 to 1955 as a specialty marksman. Mr. Hankins was a member of International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Monroe County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed auctions at the Monroe County Fairgrounds and playing ball. Visitation is Thursday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow. Mr. Hankins will be buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

William R. Hoops, 85, of Millstadt, died May 13, 2017 at the Freeburg Care Center. He was born Feb. 1, 1932 in Tazewell, Va., the son of the late Henry L. and Melinda A. (nee Catron) Hoops. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Betty J. (nee Schillinger) Hoops; a son, William R. Hoops Jr.; and a brother-in-law, Frank Schillinger. Mr. Hoops is survived by a daughter, Linda Joy (Clifford) Brooks-Stafford of Texas; a grandson, Cory Brooks; granddaughters, Kellie Marie Vuichard of Perryville, Mo., Jacqueline Rene Mojzis of Millstadt and Amanda Rae Mojzis of Millstadt; a step-daughter, Donna Marie (Dennis) Scharf of Fenton, Mo.; a sister, Beth (Herbert) Peak of Bristol, Tenn.; and two sisters-in-law, Suzanne Schillinger and Gloria Argo. Mr. Hoops served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He enjoyed to fish and watching NASCAR. He was a former motorcycle racer but people will remember him most as a true handyman. A private service was at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights. Mr. Hoops was entombed at Lake View Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Lloyd “Sam” Brown Sr., 94, of Red Bud, died May 17, 2017 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born July 2, 1922 on a farm in Roots, the fifth of 10 children to Noble and Nettie (nee Dunlap) Brown. Sam married Gwenneth “Gwen” M. Goepfert in 1976 in Ada, Okla. She died in 2002. Mr. Brown is survived by his children, Daniel (Diane) Brown of Prairie du Rocher, Donna (Roger) Bahl of O’Fallon, Mo., Lloyd Brown Jr. of Prairie du Rocher, Diann (Richard) DeRousse of Prairie du Rocher, Karla (Richard) Schlesinger of Prairie du Rocher, Pam (August) Melching of Renault and Laura (John “Jack”) Hovel of St. Charles, Mo.; sisters, Ruth Welge of Hillsboro, Mo., Vera Jones of Red Bud and Jessie (LeRoy) Bievenue of Red Bud; 22 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by siblings, Leonard “Pete” Brown, Emmaline Evans, Luella Simpson, Lena Hoenig, Trudy Moore and Phyllis Gram. Sam had been a farmer, construction worker, and also a hotel manager in Branson, Mo. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Brown served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a sergeant in the 50th Engineer Combat Battalion. His battalion took part in the invasion of Okinawa Island. Sam was member of the in Prairie du Rocher American Legion Post 622, and the Fort de Chartres Sportsman Club. He was instrumental in building both of these places. Visitation and funeral were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Rev. Terry Grebing officiating.

Viola Caroline Wetzel, nee Arras, 98, died May 17, 2017. She is survived by Edna Wetzel, LaVerne and Gerard Lavoie, Larry Wetzel, Annette Kyle, Cynthia and Robert Elder; along with 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Michael Wetzel; parents, Christina and John Arras; sons, Raymond Wetzel and Marvin Wetzel; a daughter-in-law, Donna Wetzel; son-in-law, Paul Kyle; grandsons, Elmer and Joel Wetzel; and great-granddaughter, Alicia McClain; along with 11 siblings. Viola will be remembered for her strong spirit, good nature, stubbornness that always seemed to stem from a place of love, her ready smile, hardy laugh, and ability to play a mean card game or two. She enjoyed quilting. Viola may not have flown for the first time until she was 82, but she traveled the U.S. from coast to coast. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Wetzel was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to her church.

Esther V. Meyer, nee Bean, 95, of Sunrise Beach, died May 17, 2017, in Versailles, Mo. She was born July 8, 1921, in East Carondelet. Esther married Elmer G. Meyer in 1938. He died in 1997. Mrs. Meyer is survived by a son, Elmer “Sonny” (Martha) Meyer; grandsons, Scott Meyer of St Charles Mo. and Steve Meyer of St Peters Mo.; sisters, Othella Williams of St Charles, Mo., and Nedra Boswell of Herford, NC. In addition to her husband, She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Kelley Meyer. Esther retired from Boeing aircraft. Graveside service was at Waterloo City Cemetery with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus.   

Floyd Edward Crowder, 84, of Columbia, died May 18, 2017 at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Warnock, the son of the late William C. and Lula I. (nee Smith) Crowder. He was married to Judith (nee Easton) Crowder in 1969, at the Graham Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Floyd E. Crowder, JD '58, was founder of the Crowder and Scoggins law firm. He was also the C.E.O. of the Monroe County Title Co. Mr. Crowder received his AB degree from Washington University in 1955, and his law degree from the Washington University School of Law in 1957. After graduation, he served three years as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force. In 1960, Crowder entered private practice in East St. Louis. Three years later he established his own general practice of law in Columbia. Today, the firm of Crowder and Scoggins, Ltd., is comprised of six attorneys. During his professional career, Mr. Crowder was the Monroe County State’s Attorney from 1964 to 1968, and also in 1976. In addition, he served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois from 1969 until 1983. A former president of the St. Clair and the Monroe County Bar Associations, Mr. Crowder was a member of the Illinois Bar Association and the Missouri Bar, and a fellow of the American Bar Association. He was active in community and philanthropic activities and served as president of the Sophia and Elmer Oerter Charitable Foundation, Dorothy Weinel Eppinger Foundation, and Crowder Family Foundation. Mr. Crowder was also a member of the Washington University School of Law's National Council. He was a recipient of Washington University Law School's 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Crowder was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal by the Secretary of the Air Force for his Meritorious Service. In addition to his wife, Mr. Crowder is survived by his children, John Crowder, Carolyn Messerly, Joy (Mark) Scoggins, Andrea (Paul) Khoury and Michelle (Tim) Walkonis; grandchildren, Martha (Ryan) Burgett, Aaron Crowder, Stephanie Van Sant, Colleen and Caleb Messerly, Blaine, Haley and Clayton Scoggins, Caide, Cole, Ava and Cruz Khoury, and Floyd “Owen” and Dane Gaither; a brother, Charles H. (Marian) Crowder; and brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mavis (William) Caswell, Allan Easton and Kimberly (Robert) Pierce, along with many relatives and close friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lena Bean; brothers, James H. Garris and Alfred Crowder; and son-in-law, John Messerly. Visitation was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. A private service and burial followed. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony's Charitable Foundation or the American Heart Association. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Alvin E. Gruber, 82, of Waterloo, died May 18, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 7, 1935, in Imperial, Mo., the son of the late Frank and Pauline (nee Berger) Gruber. Mr. Gruber is survived by his wife, Carol (nee Armbrecht) Gruber; children, Tom (Lorna) Gruber, Mark (Denise) Gruber and Sandy (Dan) Mueller; grandchildren, Lyn Gruber, Jennifer (T.J.) Hayworth, Michelle (Tim) Leach, Jessica Gruber, Dustin (fiance Haley Fallon) Weber, Ryan Gruber and Paige Gruber; brothers Don (Pat) Gruber, Marvin Gruber, Butch (Annette) Gruber and Gene (Sherry) Gruber; and sisters Pat Earhart and Karen (Kenny) Sitzes; along with great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Violet Kertz and Delores Gruber; and a brother, Kenneth Gruber. Alvin was a retired Gulf Transportation bus driver and a former maintenance worker at the Columbia American Legion. He used to own Fountain Tavern. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Lucille Margaret Roy, 92, of Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, died May 19, 2017 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. She was born Dec. 16, 1924, in Prairie du Rocher, the daughter of the late Perry William and Ludwina (nee Niermann) Blow. Lucille married Aaron Joseph Roy in 1944 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. He died in 1988. Mrs. Roy is survived by her children, Glenn (Arlene) Roy of Zell, Mo., Norman (Joni) Roy of Waterloo, Floyd (Linda) Roy of Prairie du Rocher, Robert (Cindy) Roy of St. Peters, Mo., Ardell Roy of Prairie du Rocher, David (Maryette) Roy of Ruma, Pauline (David) Eichenseer of Evansville and Kevin (Jacquie) Roy of Red Bud; sister-in-law, Melba Jean (John) Horring of Cedar Hill, Mo.; 19 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Dale Roy; a brother, Lawrence Blow; a sister, Eloise Roy; and daughters-in- law, Roberta, Joy and Bonnie Roy. Mrs. Roy worked at American Furnace Company in Red Bud, International Shoe Company in Evansville and Belleville, and for 17 years as a senior companion. She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church. Margaret was a 60-year member of Prairie du Rocher American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo. Visitation was at Welge- Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Msgr. Daniel J. Jurek officiating. She was buried at the church cemetery.

Bonnie S. Fohrell, nee Burton, 75, of Waterloo, died May 20, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 30, 1941, in Cardwell, Mo., the daughter of the late Cletus and Norma (nee Morris) Burton. Mrs. Fohrell is survived by her husband, Frederick Fohrell Jr.; and sons, Scott Reeves and Robert Fohrell. She was preceded in death by a sister. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Fohrell was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Gordon W. Osterhage, 72, of Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Waterloo, died May 23, 2017, in Shiloh. He was born July 2, 1944, in Belleville, the son of the late Raymond and Pearl (nee Beckmann) Osterhage. Mr. Osterhage is survived by his wife, Janet (nee McClain) Osterhage; children, David (Beth) Osterhage, Dana (Jon) Moore, Kimberly O'Hara, Kevin (Suzie) Osterhage, Christine (Patrick) Brauner and Carla Luebbert; grandchildren, Cayla (Andrew) Clarkson, Sullavan, Brittney (Ryan) Walters, Amanda (Kevin) Schwartz, Danielle, Gabrielle, Lexi (Jake Vanover), Wyatt, Olivia, Savana and Ethan; great-grandchildren, Allison, Brayden, Lacey, Miller and Cambrey; brothers, Dennis (Rebecca) Osterhage and Stanley (Rita) Osterhage; and sister-in-laws, Fern Chlibec and Joyce Ernst; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Osterhage had retired from Southern Pacific Railroad, along with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He attended First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City, Mo. Gordon enjoyed going to church, reading the bible, playing music, singing, motorcycle riding, playing cards, traveling, and spending time with his family. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Zoar UCC in New Hanover with Pastor Rob Erickson officiating. Mr. Osterhage was buried at the church cemetery.

Gerald J. "Gerry" Mudd, 63, of rural Waterloo, died May 25, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Feb. 9, 1954, in Red Bud, the son of the late Maurice and Mildred (nee Linnertz) Mudd. Mr. Mudd is survived by his wife, Susan (nee Hannon) Mudd; children, Kaelan (Alison) Mudd and Cody Mudd; brothers, Patrick (Sharon) Mudd, Norbert (Janet) Mudd and Paul (Pauline) Mudd; and trusted companions, Rusty and Riley; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Mudd attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He had retired from Harrisonville Telephone Company. Gerry was an avid clock collector. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Memorials may be made to the Lydia Boyer (c/o The House Of Neighborly Service) or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

George D.  Dunlap, 86, of Waterloo, died May 26, 2017, in Eureka, Mo. He was born June 3, 1930, in New Harmony, Ind., the son of the late James William and Elsie Marie (nee Hardy) Dunlap. Mr. Dunlap is survived by his children, Steven J. Dunlap and Linda L. Cox; and companion, Vera Parker; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sons, John C. and George W. Dunlap; daughter, Yvonne M. Gass; and brother,  Robert E. Dunlap. George was a Chrysler and UAW retiree. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mr. Dunlap was buried at Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Fund or Heart Fund.

Floyd E. Jones, 90, of Waterloo, died May 26, 2017 in Belleville. He was born Nov. 12, 1926 in Ava, the son of the late Vernon and Edna (nee Geist) Jones. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Loty D. Jones; son, Ron (Susan) Jones; grandchildren, Erin (Joshua) Stumpf and Sara (Geroid) Chambliss; great-grandchildren, Caden, Owen and De’Ana; a brother, Robert J. Jones; a sister, Delores Ratliff; nephews, William H. Ratliff and Edward G. Ratliff; and a niece, Vivian Sue Black. Floyd was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Waterloo American Legion. He retired from A & P Grocery in 1989. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo with Pastor Andrew Cheatham officiating. Mr. Jones was buried at St. John Cemetery in Maeystown. Memorials may be made to his church.

Jerry “Jewell” Sherman Germain, 76, of St. Louis, Mo., died May 29, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Germain is survived by his children, Lori (Cliff) Gould and Scott (Tara) Germain; grandchildren, Calli Germain and Jared Germain; a brother, Bill (Glenda) Germain; and a sister, Joyce Germain; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; a daughter, Julie Germain; parents, Williard and Helen (nee Winstead) Germain; and brothers, Marvin and David Germain. Jewell graduated from McKinley High School in 1960. It was at McKinley where he met his wife Linda. He was on the football team and she was a cheerleader. Not long after high school Jerry and Linda married. Mr. Germain devoted his life to coaching high school football. He was the man on the sidelines in Chester, Berkeley, Dupo, Windsor, Waterloo and Columbia. Jerry and Linda started Jerry was most proud of his grandchildren. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports, and visiting the concession stand for a popcorn and Coke. Mr. Germain's ashes were buried at St. Trinity Cemetery in St. Louis. St. Louis Cremation handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Calli A. Germain, 15 Woody Ct., Columbia.

Anna Mae Toon Johnson, 90, of Columbia, died May 30, 2017. She was born Dec. 18, 1926, in Fancy Farm, Ky., the daughter of the late Solon and Zada (nee Wedding) Higgins. Anna married Bob Johnson in 1967. Besides her husband, Mrs. Johnson is survived by her daughter, Connie (Dave) Sauerwein of Columbia; sister, Donna (Billy Joe) Burgess of Fancy Farm, Ky.; and daughter-inlaw, Becky Toon; 8 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Toon; sons, Michael Dean Toon and James Gary Toon; brothers, Julian Higgins, Clarence “Top” Higgins, Joseph “Glen” Higgins and Joseph “Joe” Harold Higgins; sisters, Mary “Jenny” Martin, Elizabeth “Betty” Wilford and Mary "Loueva” Johnson. Anna Mae was the former owner of the Duke and Duchess Beauty Shop in Millstadt, and the Golden Hair Pin Beauty Shop in Columbia. She had also been employed at Hunter Packing Co., in East St. Louis. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Father Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Johnson was buried at Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Family of Anna Mae Johnson.  

Richard K. Hoffmann, 90, of Fults, died May 31, 2017, in Red Bud. He was born June 4, 1926, in Burksville, the son of the late Gustav and Hilda (nee Schultheis) Hoffmann. Mr. Hoffmann is survived by his wife, Marilyn (nee Rabbermann) Hoffmann; children, Wilmer (Edna Sue) Hoffmann, Karen (Steve) Jacobs, Dale Hoffmann and Dean Hoffmann; grandchildren, Teri (Collin) Becker, Jeremy (Julie) Hoffmann, Tracy (Matthew) York, Ryan (Krista) Jacobs and Jennifer (Derrick) DeWilde; great-grandchildren, Dustin, Lukas, Becker, Makenna York, Louis, Cooper and Jordyn DeWilde; sisters, Verna Trost and Pearl Graves; and a brother, Marvin (Catherine) Hoffmann; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Gloria Esther (Lionel) Mund; and brother-in-law, Arthur Trost. Richard was a retired farmer. Mr. Hoffmann attended Zion UCC of St. Joe, where he was on the church board. He was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. He was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Hill Activity Fund or the American Heart Association.

Stanley E. "Steamer" Wild, 74, of Waterloo, died May 30, 2017, in Belleville. He was born June 13, 1942, in Madonnaville, the son of the late Emil and Leona (nee Mueller) Wild. Mr. Wild is survived by his wife Betty Wild; daughter, Rhonda (Kerry) May; grandsons, Douglas May and Greg (Christina) May; brother, Kenneth (Betty) Wild; god-child, Annette (Ray) Fausz; and his buddy "Hopper;” along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Rosalie Wild; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ervin and Leonora Rubemeyer; brothers, Milton, Charles and Donald Wild; sisters-in-law, Alberta Wild and Anita Wild; and brother-in-law, Robert Rubemeyer. Mr. Wild attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, where he was active in the Men's Group, building committee, grounds committee, and served on the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery board. He was a retired owner-operator with Beelman Trucking. Steamer loved his International Farmall tractors and was a member of the Gateway Two Cylinder Tractors Club. He played on several card clubs. Stanley was working part-time for A-Strong Trucking and Baxmeyer Construction Co. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor James Watson officiating. Mr. Wild was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul UCC – for their Building Fund or the Family Emergency Fund.

June 2017

Marie Chaudet, nee Callahan, 91, of Columbia, died June 1, 2017 at Oak Hill Care Center. She was born April 11, 1926, in Hardinsburg, Ky., the daughter of the late Hubert and Mary Viola (nee Greenwell) Callahan. Marie married Donald C. Chaudet in 1949 in Cahokia. He died in 1987. Mrs. Chaudet is survived by her son, Daniel J. (Brenda) Chaudet of Columbia; daughter, Linda (Doug) Wilson of Damiensville; grandchildren, Amy Chaudet, Matthew Bowles, Daniel Chaudet, Jr., and Sarah Bowles; 11 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Lorine Zeugin of St. Louis, Mo., Betty Meyer of St. Louis, Mo., and Mary Young of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Chaudet; brothers, Thomas Callahan, Joseph Callahan and Jerome Callahan; and sisters, Patricia Maxey and Barbara Huelsman. Marie attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church and St. Catherine Laboure Parish in Cahokia. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Mother’s Club and the Belle Fontaine Historical Society’s Kitchen Band. She enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Chaudet was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund.

Betty Jean Schmidt, nee Rickert, 85, of Columbia, died June 2, 2017 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born Nov. 18, 1931, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Clarence and Lorene Rose (nee Waigand) Rickert. Mrs. Schmidt is survived by her daughter, Sandra Rusteberg; grandchildren, Rachel (fiancée Ronnie Mahan) Rusteberg and Alicia Rusteberg; great-grandchild, Brenley Mahan; brother, Alan (Carol) Rickert; sister-in-laws, Pearl Mueller, Sue Schmidt, Julie Schmidt Gregory, Norma Rickert and Sharon Rickert; and a brother-in-law, Richard Schmidt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Schmidt; son, Mark E. Schmidt; sisters, Darlene Ebersohl and June Kish; and brothers, Clarence Rickert, and Dennis Rickert. Mrs. Schmidt attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was a retired switchboard operator at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, attending church picnics, listening to music, and playing bingo with her friend, Jim Juengling. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Schmidt was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund.

Alvera A. Eschmann, nee Habermehl, 99, of Columbia, died June 1, 2017 at Integrity Health Care of Columbia. She was born Aug. 22, 1917, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Benard and Emma (nee Naumann) Habermehl. Alvera married Elmer C. Eschmann in 1939 in Columbia. He died in 2004. Mrs. Eschmann is survived by her son, Bill (Erica) Eschmann of Gilbert, Ariz.; granddaughters, Denise (Chuck) Chmielewski of Woodbury, Minn., and Stephanie (Scott) Belcher of Mission Viejo, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, William Chmielewski, Rachael Chmielewski, Isabel Chmielewski, Payton Belcher and Paige Belcher. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her a brother, Robert Habermehl; and a sister, Mildred Rau. Mrs. Eschmann attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. She was a longtime chef at Eberhard's Restaurant in downtown Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Eschmann was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or the American Heart Association.

Monroe Wanda R. Everett, nee Payne, 85, of Columbia, died June 8, 2017 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born July 10, 1931, in Success, Ark., the daughter of the late Raymond and Esther (nee Stevens) Payne. Wanda married Joe L. Everett in 1949 in Carson City, Nev. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Ernest (Connie) Everett of Columbia, Austin Everett of Columbia and Joe Dale (Rose) Everett of Dupo; a daughter, Debra (Mike) Bollinger of Columbia; 7 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Trudy; brothers, Albert Payne and Donald Payne; and a sister, Diana Hughes. Wanda was a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Mrs. Everett will be buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center.

Marie H. Bertram, nee Voges, 86 years of Red Bud, died on June 7, 2017 at her residence. She was born March 31, 1931, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Charles and Caroline (nee Hecke) Voges. Mrs. Bertram is survived by her daughter, Linda (Randy) Bingham; son, Joseph (Lori) Bertram; grandchildren, Hannah and Holly Mayberry, Rylee and Kendra Bingham, and Jacob, Andrew, Tyler and Graceanne Bertram; and sisters, Darline Haynes and Dorothy (Stanley) Laurent. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Bertram; brothers, Robert Voges, Leroy Voges, Floyd Voges and Carl Voges; and sisters, Bernice Smith and Carolyn Kaestner. Marie attended St. Peter UCC in Red Bud, where she was active in the Women's Fellowship. She was a Healthy Circle volunteer. Visitation and funeral were at St. Peter UCC in Red Bud with Rev. Lisa Hart officiating. Mrs. Bertram was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Family Hospice or the Red Bud Senior Site.

Paul Eugene Boren Jr., 46, of Ruma, died June 1, 2017, in Belleville. He was born Jan. 13, 1971, in Evansville, Ind., the son of Laura (nee Davis) Boren and the late Paul Eugene Boren Sr. Mr. Boren is survived by his wife, Tammy (nee Rednour) Boren; children, Nathan Pegg and Ashley Pegg (fiancé Josh Hurley); grandchildren, Lily Hurley, Bentley Pegg and Xander Pegg; brother, Jeffrey (Traci) Boren; a sister, Stacey Boren; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wayne and Carol Rednour; along with aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-inlaw, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Harget officiating. Mr. Boren was buried at the Hecker Village Cemetery.

Robert Joseph House, 60, of Columbia, died June 3, 2017, at home with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 2, 1956, in East St. Louis, the son of Betty (nee Klemme) House of Waterloo and the late Robert House. Mr. House is survived by his wife, Christine (nee Rodgers) House; daughter, Jyll (Robert) Reed of Columbia; step-daughters, Jessica (Robert) Kennedy of Florissant, Mo., Jodie (Dustin Politsch) Olmstead of Lenzburg and Jacquelyn Gregoire of Columbia; grandsons, Jacob Inselmann and Jaydon Smith; granddaughters, Emma and Addison Kennedy; sisters, Janine (Fred) Weisenborn of Phillipsburg, Mo., and Marjorie (Mike) Schwartz of Columbia; and a brother, Walter (Jodie) House of Columbia; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Rose (nee Terry) and Roy House; and maternal grandparents, Walter and Julia Klemme; along with aunts and uncles. Robert was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He was owner and estimator of Archview Metals Systems in Columbia. In 2016, Robert achieved 40 years of good standing service from the Sheet Metal Workers International Association from Local Union No. 268. A celebration of life will be June 17, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Columbia American Legion Hall.

Virginia Hamilton, nee Fischer, 99, of Florissant, Mo., died June 9, 2017. She was born Feb. 20, 1918, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Arthur and Frieda (nee Methier) Fischer. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Hamilton. Mrs. Hamilton is survived by her son, Russell Thurman; grandchildren, Brian Thurmann, Jennifer Kerr, Amy (Jeremy) Gildehaus, Christopher (Amber) Thurmann and Daniel (Kimberly) Thurman; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, Melvin Fischer and Robert Fischer; and a sister, Delores Dilley; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside service was at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating.

Laurine Mary Schroeder, nee Frierdich, died June 9, 2017 at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born on Dec. 10, 1922, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Henry and Bertha (nee Einwich) Frierdich. Laurine married Joseph A. Schroeder in 1946. He died in 1994. Mrs. Schroeder is survived by her children, Earl, Paul, Mary and Mark (Lisa) Schroeder, Gail (Roger) Smith, Jane (Scott) Hippisley and Sara (Todd) Burgener; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Lester Frierdich. Besides her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, Gary Schroeder. Mrs. Schroeder attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was active in the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary, serving as president; and also the 8 and 40, an American Legion regional honor society. She attended the one-room Shoemaker schoolhouse and graduated from Immaculate Conception Grade School. Laurine enjoyed spending time with her family and gardening. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Schroeder was buried in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Education and Activities Center Building Fund.

Francis B. "Frank" Gregson, 62, of rural New Athens, died June 10, 2017, in Belleville, following an auto accident in Millstadt. He was born Nov. 6, 1954, in Red Bud, the son of Veronica (nee Gale) Gregson and the late Quentin J. Gregson. Besides his mother, Mr. Gregson is survived by his wife LuAnn (nee Birkner) Gregson; children, Scott (Lyndall) Gregson, Dr. Kristi (Dr. Jason) Moore and Katie (Dr. James) Munden; grandchildren, Thomas Francis, Cassidy, Brady, Brynn, Finley, Maddox, Cynthia, Trey, Antwone and Doris; brothers, Gerard Q. (Clara) Gregson, Michael G. (Nancy) Gregson and Marvin C. (Elaine) Gregson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dane Wittenbrink, Gilbert (Deanna) Birkner and Jonella (Michael) Donius; and dear friends, Larry and Mary Schaltenbrand and Mike and Sherry Dill; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father father-in-law, Gilbert Birkner; sister-in-law, Evelyn Wittenbrink; and a niece, Aimee Gregson. Mr. Gregson attended St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, where he was the groundskeeper and president of the Holy Name Society. Frank was formerly employed for 30 years as a union carpenter at D & A Builders. He was a member of the Hecker Sportsman Club. He enjoyed the outdoors, nature and animals. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine’s with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mr. Gregson was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to the St. Augustine Scholarship Fund. 

Jennifer Dawn “Jen” (Caveny) Briesacher, 34, of Edwardsville, died June 9, 2017 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 13, 1983 in Springfield, the daughter of Michael and Dawn (nee Eck) Caveny. Jen married David Briesacher of Waterloo in 2007. Besides her parents, and husband, Mrs. Briesacher is survived by her children, Ronan, Evelyn and Maren; a brother, Denis Caveny; and grandmothers, Billie Caveny of Gillespie and Mary Eck of Houston, Tex.; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Charles Caveny and Richard Eck. Mrs. Briesacher was a 2001 graduate of Springfield High School and a 2006 graduate of SIUE. She was a former teacher and soccer coach at Edwardsville High School. Jen was passionate about staying fit, reading, being outdoors and her Catholic faith. She became a stay-at-home mom after her first child, and dedicated her life to her beloved children. Mrs. Briesacher attended St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville, was a former youth minister and served on the Vocations Committee. Visitation and funeral were at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville with the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange County, Calif., presiding; the Rev. Jeffrey Goeckner, pastor of St. Boniface Catholic Church preaching; and Deacon Sean Caveny, Jen’s uncle, assisting. Kalmer Memorial Services in Lebanon handled the arrangements. Memorials may be given to the Briesacher Children's Education Fund.

Edna B. Rabbermann, nee Nobbe, 90, of Waterloo, died June 13, 2017, in Red Bud. She was born July 13, 1926, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late William and Frieda (nee Stemler) Nobbe. Mrs. Rabbermann is survived by her son, David Rabbermann; grandchildren, Ashley and Chelsea Rabbermann. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin J. Rabbermann; brothers, Louis (Celestine) and Roy (Alice) Nobbe; and sisters, Esther (Adolph) Stumpf and Ruth (Ted) Offermann. Mrs. Rabbermann attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. She was a member of the Waterloo VFW Post Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mrs. Rabberman was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Roy A. Taake, 92, of Columbia, died June 18, 2017, at Garden Place of Columbia. He was born July 26, 1924, in New Hanover, the son of the late Fred and Mary (nee Bieber) Taake. Roy married Edna (nee Schmidt) Taake in 1953 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Taake is survived by his daughter, Carol (Larry) Soma of Columbia; grandchildren, Scott (Mandy) Soma and Sara (Jared) Kertz; great-grandchildren, Ashlyn Kertz, Easton Kertz and Brantley Soma; and a nephew, Marvin Jokisch. He was preceded in death by brothers, Raymond Taake, Lester Taake and Delbert Taake; and a sister, Esther Jokisch. Mr. Taake served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. He was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581. Roy was a retired carman for the Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads. He enjoyed hunting rabbits and squirrels and fishing. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Rev. Fred Wehrenberg officiating. Mr. Taake was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department or Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Mary Ann Frederick, nee Grider, 73, of Waterloo, died June 19, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 27, 1943, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Charles and Mary K. (nee Hoppes) Grider. Mrs. Frederick is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann (Douglas) Reifschneider; grandsons, T.J. (Emily) Menard and Garrett Reifschneider (girlfriend Amy Ennis); brothers, Mike Grider and Mike Franklin; sisters, Cathy Romano and Jane Bauchamp; special sister, Debbie Franklin; sister-in-law, Helen Coleman; and brother-in-law, Charles (Joan) Frederick; along with nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Roger D. Frederick; and brothers, Chas Grider, Bob Miller and John Miller. Mrs. Frederick attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was a former Girl Scout leader, day camp director, Neighborhood Chairman for the Girl Scouts and softball coach. In her later years she enjoyed going to the casinos with all of her friends. Mrs. Frederick had been a substitute teacher at SPPS. She also worked in retail and at the IRS in St. Louis. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County or Songs for Soldiers.

Kenneth P. Oexner, 94, of Columbia, died June 23, 2017 at de Greeff Hospice House, St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Columbia, the son of the late Martin and Anna (nee Weilbacher) Oexner. He was married to Dorothy (nee Loehr) Oexner. She died in 2016. Mr. Oexner is survived by his sons, Leon Oexner, Larry (Kim) Oexner and Marty (Deb) Oexner; grandchildren, Chad, Quintin, Michael and Lisa; and great-grandchildren. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by brothers, Sylvester Oexner and Elmer Oexner; and a sister, Lucille Durrer-Stemler. Mr. Oexner served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Millstadt VFW Post 7980, the Columbia American Legion Post 581 and the Columbia Senior Citizens. Mr. Oexner had been a carman with the MO-PAC and Union Pacific Railroads, and later a county truck driver during his time in Florida. Kenny attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Kenny learned to play the guitar early in life and is considered the county’s first rock n’ roller. In his youth he played at picnics and receptions. His first band was Les and the Columbians. Kenny then formed the Nu-Tones, one of the very first rock n’ roll bands in the Midwest. He also performed with the Polka Spots. Later in life, Kenny was a fixture playing for folks at the local nursing homes. He called his band Grumpy Old Men. The residents knew him as Papa The Old Guitar and Banjo Man. When he wasn’t playing music, you could often find him fishing. He even skipped rope as he made his way up and down Main Street in downtown Columbia. Wearing his trademark captain’s hat, he sometimes donned a white, three-fingered cartoon glove and waived to motorists. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Oexner was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to de Greeff Hospice House, Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Richard Hollis Denning, 48, of Millstadt, died June 15, 2017 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Sauget. He was born Feb. 17, 1969 in Belleville, the son of Hollis and Margaret "Peg" (nee Schmitt) Denning. Besides his parents, Mr. Denning is survived by his children, Dirk Denning of St. Louis, Mo., and Amy Denning and Cory Denning, both of Millstadt; sisters, Laura (Terry) DeMond of Smithton and Lana (Kent) Fiedler of Millstadt; and his nephew, Brendan DeMond of Smithton. He is also mourned by his Creason family, Ann Creason, Jim Creason, Jim and Karen Creason, Vicki Creason, Debi and Kevin Edwards, Tammy and Chris Turk, and Steve Creason. Mr. Denning enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a self-employed glass glazer. Richard attended St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. Visitation was at Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Monsignor Marvin Volk officiating. Mr. Denning was buried at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church and the Millstadt Senior Center.

Elaine L. Marquardt, nee Cowell, 68, of Waterloo, died June 25, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Sept. 21, 1948, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Robert and Irene (nee Kriete) Cowell. Mrs. Marquardt is survived by her husband, Harry A. Marquardt; daughters, Christine (Tim) Roy and Kelly (Matt) Todd; and grandchildren, Dylan Roy, Devin Roy, Matthew Todd and Benjamin Todd; along with sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Elaine enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards and going to the casino. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Marquardt was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

Larry E. "Boots" Berg, 63, of Red Bud, died June 30, 2017 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Sept. 19, 1953 in Red Bud, the son of Betty (nee Fahey) Berg and the late Lawrence Berg. Besides his mother, Mr. Berg is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marlene (nee Linnertz) Berg; daughters Jennifer (John) Tepe and Kimberly (Chris) Walster; his son, Tim (Beth) Berg; grandchildren, Noah Tepe, Chas and Lilly Walster and Emmett and Calvin Berg; sisters, Joan (Gary) Wittenauer, Deb Berg-Gash, Barb (Glen) Muench and Pam (Wayne) Liefer; a brother, Gary Berg; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Willie Guebert and Glenn and Ann Linnertz; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Boots was an owner/operator of his own trucking company. He had graduated from Waterloo High School. Mr. Berg attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud, where he was a Eucharistic Minister, adult server and had also served on the parish council. He was a member of the Red Bud Knights of Columbus, lifetime member of Waterloo FFA Alumni Association and Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mr. Berg was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

July 2017

Jerlene Sackman Stone, nee Adams, 91, of Columbia, died July 2, 2017 at de Greeff Hospice House, St. Louis, Mo. She was born January 30, 1926, in Mayfield, Ky. the, daughter of the late Luther Boone and Drusilla (nee Robertson) Adams. She was married to the late Uhl O. Sackman for over 47 years. They were married January 13, 1945, in Mayfield. He died Jan. 18, 1992. Mrs. Stone is survived by a son, Randal (Deanna) Sackman of Festus, Mo.; two daughters, Cheryl (Miles) Stewart of Manchester, Mo. and Karen (Robert) Kirk of Columbia; grandchildren, Keith, Chad, Brandon, Amanda, Emily (Brian), Sean (Kim), Joshua (Jenny), Jeremy (Emily), Andrea, LeAnn (Mathew), Chelsea (Kazeem), Matthew (Rose) and Corey; great-grandchildren, McKenna, Tristen, Jacob, Daniel, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Alexandria, Kallista, Liam, Elara, James, David, William, Nicholas, Caleb, Corinne, Brenden, Machenze, Owen, Eli, Elsie, Ezekiel, Lillyana, and Jackson; great-great-grandchild, Landon; and other relatives and friends. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Chris A. Sackman; grandchild, Brandon; and a sister, Sylvia Ruth Willie. In her youth, Jerlene was the church pianist at the Methodist Church in her hometown of Mayfield and was quite proud of that accomplishment. Jerlene had been a secretary at Memorial Hospital, Belleville. She attended Christ Community Lutheran Church. Mrs. Sackman Stone enjoyed playing bridge with her friends and was in several local bridge clubs. Visitation is Wednesday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia. A funeral will follow with Pastor Jared Parker officiating. Mrs. Sackman Stone will be buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery, Columbia. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Margaret A. Melliere, nee May, 84, of Columbia, died July 1, 2017 at Oak Hill. She was born on June 12, 1933 in Fults, the daughter of the late Henry and Hulda (nee Prange) May. Margaret married Robert Melliere in 1951. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, DeeAnn (Jerry) Mecum of Naples, Fla., Lee (Cindy Bender) Melliere of Waterloo and Grant (Barbara) Melliere of Valmeyer; grandchildren, Shannon (Mike) Krebel, Stephanie (Keith) Breitenstein, Christopher Melliere and Meagan Melliere; and great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Caroline Krebel. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Mike May, Vernon (Shirley) May and Norman (Pearl) May; and sisters, Ardell (Elmer) Kaestner and Fern (William) Reynolds. Margaret formerly attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo and currently attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia. She was a homemaker and later worked at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. She also worked for the LCMS Commission On Theology And Church Relations. Mrs. Melliere loved music, having learned to play the organ at the Renault church at a young age. She played at churches, weddings, funerals and at senior centers. Visitation is Friday, July 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral is Saturday, July 8, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theis officiating. Mrs. Melliere will be buried at St. John’s Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia or Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. 

Karen C. Harbison, nee Branson, 78, of Kansas City, Mo., died July 2, 2017, in North Kansas City, Mo. She was born Sept. 23, 1938, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Bluford and Ione (nee Fischer) Branson. Mrs. Harbison is survived by her children, Jody (Dennis) Schreder, Karla (Mark) Gelino, Trisha (Todd) Gossett and Kristi Harbison (significant other Julie Northe); grandchildren, Mandy (Jeff)Herring, Anthony (Sara) Schreder, Casey Schreder, Keith Hoffmann Jr., Jamie Hoffmann, Jesse Gelino, Chuck Goodman and (Ashley) Samantha Harbison; great-grandchildren, Haleigh, Lucas, Bryce, Kaylynn, Lucian, Nadia, Hailie, Brooke, Lexie, Charlie and Mason; good friend, David Martin; sister, Nadine (Joseph) Feldker; sisters-in-law, Linda Branson and Elsie Branson; and brother-in-law, Floyd “Zip” Zipfel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles "Art" Harbison; son, Michael Charles Harbison; sisters, Phyllis Boehne, Joan O'Connor and Joyce Zipfel; and brothers, Donald, Keith and Jack Branson. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mrs. Harbison was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Edwin J. "Beanie" Esker, 53, of rural Maeystown, died July 5, 2017, at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1963, in Red Bud, the son of the late Everett and Evelyn (nee Jost) Esker. Mr. Esker is survived by his children, Alyssa Esker, Jacob Esker and Curtis Esker; and a brother, Eugene Esker; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward, Ervin, Erdmann and Elvis Esker; and a sister, Edna May Page. Mr. Esker attended St. John UCC in Maeystown. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Esker was buried at the church cemetery.

Judith "Judy" Ann Billiter, nee Borror, 75, of Waterloo, died July 10, 2017, at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born Dec. 16, 1941, in Litchfield, the daughter of the late William and Eleanor (nee York) Borror. Mrs. Billiter is survived by her children, Pam (Mike) Gowens of Waterloo and William (Angela) Billiter of Columbia; sisters, Rosemary Martin of Washington and Norma (Glenn) McCay of Orlando, Fla.; and grandchildren, Kelly and Jamie Gowens and Zachary and Brett Swearingen. She was preceded in death by brothers, Robert and Danny Borror; and a sister, Betty Armes. Mrs. Billiter was retired from SSM Home Health in St. Louis, Mo. She was very active in her Magnolia Terrace Community at Oak Hill. Judy enjoyed bingo, crafts and giving cards to family and friends. Visitation and funeral were at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia. Mrs. Billiter was buried at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Litchfield. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill’s Magnolia Terrace Awning and Activity Fund.

Alida J. Wilner, nee Walker, 89, died July 12, 2017, at Red Bud Regional Care Center. She was born Aug. 15, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (nee Miedema) Wakker. Mrs. Wilner is survived by her children, Russell Wilner of Hillsboro, Mo., Jeff (Kathy) Wilner of Vail, Ariz., Sheri (Gene) Hubbard of Waterloo and Jackie (Tom) White of Red Bud; grandchildren, Rachel and Thomas White; and cousin Bill Menzel of New Jersey. She was preceded by her husband, James Wilner, who died in 2010. Alida grew up in Hoboken, NJ. As a child she enjoyed visiting Coney Island and the Catskill Mountains. She graduated from the nursing program at Elizabeth General Hospital. Alida married James W. Wilner in 1948, and the couple eventually moved to Fairview Heights. Mrs. Wilner was a nurse at the T.B. Sanitarium in Fairview Heights, Castle Haven Nursing Home and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Nursing Home. She was a tremendous dog lover, who fondly remembered every dog the family had. Like her father, Alida loved baking, especially birthday cakes. Alida also enjoyed sewing, crafts, and making dollhouses. Visitation and funeral were at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud with Chaplain Royal Boeder officiating. Alida donated her body to Washington University School Of Medicine. Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Melvin Louis Juelfs, 70, of Red Bud, died July 12, 2017, at his residence. He was born Dec. 5,1946 in Fults, the son of the late Louis and Olga (nee Offermann) Juelfs. Melvin married Ruth Ann Stellhorn in 1972 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Prairie. In addition to his wife, Mr. Juelfs is survived by his children, Scott (Gayle) Juelfs of Carlyle, Keith (Rhonda) Juelfs of Red Bud, Rebecca Juelfs of Baldwin and Michael Juelfs (Heather Weber) of Red Bud; grandchildren, Sarah (Mohamed) Eltanani, and John Lappe and Katie Juelfs; a great-grandchild, Yaseen Eltanani; siblings, Shirley (Erv) Werner of St. Louis, Mo., Alice Stevens of Blytheville, Ark., Pearl Windergerst of Waterloo, Diane (Robert) Nicholson of Red Bud, Kathy Clevenger of Waterloo, Clifford (Sue) Juelfs of Red Bud and Dennis Juelfs of Fults; in-laws, Barb Jones of Red Bud, Judy Juelfs of Waterloo, Jack Zappa of Chester, Elroy (Carolyn) Stellhorn of Ruma, Marvin (Jeanie)Stellhorn of Red Bud, Edna Des Roches of Baldwin, Louis (Pam) Stellhorn of Red Bud and Richard (Beverley) Stellhorn of Evansville; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by siblings, Gene, Larry, Vernon, Allen, James and Richard Juelfs, and Gladys Zappa; and a great-grandchild, Sereen Eltanani. Mr. Juelfs graduated from Valmeyer High School and served in the U.S. Army. Melvin worked for 38 years at the Chrysler plant in Fenton, Mo. He attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Prairie. Mr. Juelfs was a member of the Red Bud FFA Alumni. He enjoyed attending auctions. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. Funeral was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Prairie with Rev. Scott Hojnacki officiating. Mr. Juelfs was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Patrick J. Cotter, 41, of Waterloo, died July 20, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Aug. 11, 1975, in Elizabethtown, Ky. Mr. Cotter is survived by his wife, Jaime (nee Mills) Cotter; children, Andrew Cotter and Lydia Cotter; stepson, Tristan Mills; mother, Nancy Cotter; father, Timothy (Karen) Cotter; and brother, Paul Cotter; along with aunts uncles, nieces, a nephew and cousins. No services were held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the ALS Foundation.  

Shirley J. Fischer, nee Korvas, 82, of Waterloo, died July 23, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 23, 1935, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Arthur and Catherine (nee Schroeder) Korvas. Shirley married Robert Fischer. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Fischer is survived by her children, Mark Novack, Ellen (Harv Ries) Gates, John (Susan) Novack, Julie (Wayne) Reichling and Ryan Novack; grandchildren, Benjamin Gates, Blake (Laura) Novack, Monica Novack, Emma Novack, Natalie Novack, Amber, Emily and Abigail Reichling; a great-granddaughter, Lola Gates; and her brother,Robert (Margaret) Korvas; along with nieces, nephews, god-children and cousins. Shirley attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church where she volunteered and sang in the choir. She also volunteered at Oak Hill. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Deacon Doug Boyer officiating. Mrs. Fischer was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Songs 4 Soldiers.

Janet S. Siburt, 65 of Columbia, died July 23, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. She was born April 14, 1952, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Thomas and Rosemary (nee Engelmeyer) Siburt. Janet attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Miss Siburt lived for eight years at Columbia Nursing and Rehab. Center where she was an advocate for fellow residents. Janet rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals, Rams and Blues. She was a retired customer service agent for Southwestern Bell Telephone. Miss Siburt is survived by her sisters, Judy (James) Utterson of St. Peters, Mo., LaVerne (Barry) Hosp of Fairview Heights, Rose Marie (Thomas) Kopp of Richmond Heights, Mo., and Christine (Julian) Campos of El Paso, Tex.; and brothers, Thomas (Carol) Siburt of Union, Mo., Roger (Betty) Siburt of Columbia, Glenn (Maria) Siburt of El Paso, Tex., Gary (Angie) Siburt of Waterloo, Vince (Dana) Siburt of Valmeyer and Joe (Suzanne) Siburt of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Matthew "Matt" Christopher Neumann, 21, of Columbia, died in his sleep July 21, 2017, in Carbondale. He was born on July 26, 1995 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Christopher and Donna Neumann of Columbia. In addition to his parents, Mr. Neumann is survived by his brothers, Travis of Columbia and Tony of Denver, Colo.; paternal grandparents, Clemens and Janet Neumann of St. Louis, Mo., and maternal grandparents, Charles and Amelia Dudley of Columbia; along with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Matthew was a full-time student at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he was just shy of earning his degree in mining engineering. While at Columbia High School (Class of 2013), he was active in Junior ROTC (2010-2013), was an Eagle Scout (Troop 320) and a member of the Columbia Sister Cities. Matthew attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation was at Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Neumann was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Illinois 941 JROTC or to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Building Fund).

Richard "Boxy" Baxmeyer, 79, of Waterloo, died July 24, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born July 29, 1937, in Waterloo, the son of the late Richard and Lucille (nee Mertz) Baxmeyer. Mr. Baxmeyer is survived by his children, James Baxmeyer, David (Valerie) Baxmeyer, John Baxmeyer and Dennis (Heather) Baxmeyer; step-son, Jim Pagliai; son-in-law, Roger Strong; grandchildren, Natalie (Chad) Taake, Dee Dee (Derrick) Gregson, Nathan, Nicole and Kelli Strong, Erynn, Kirsten, Paige and Skylar Baxmeyer, Keegan Baxmeyer, and Nola, Kendal and Koen Baxmeyer; and great-grandchildren, Ayla and Alyvia Strong, Holly, Henry and Elise Gregson, Bode and Mia Taake and Maverick Strong; along with in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Frances (nee Weber) Baxmeyer; a daughter, Kimberly Strong; daughter-in-law, Kathy Baxmeyer; grandson, Kadin Baxmeyer; and a brother, Nelson Baxmeyer. Boxy founded Baxmeyer Construction in 1959 with the slogan “We Move The Earth.” He was a member of Teamsters Local 50 and a 50-year member of Operating Engineers Local 520. Mr. Baxmeyer enjoyed riding motorcycles, hunting, wildlife and watching NASCAR. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. Mr. Baxmeyer was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hope Christian Church Food Pantry.

Leonard LeRoy Howard, 85, of Springfield, died July 21, 2017. He was born Nov. 8, 1931 in Whitesville, Ky., the son of the late Patrick and Xaveria (nee Coomes) Howard. Leonard married Wilma (nee Diehl) Howard in 1985 in Springfield. In addition to his wife, Mr. Howard is survived by his children, Jania (Robert) Frey of Columbia, Norman (Laura) Howard of Columbia, Andrea (Tom) Casey of St Louis and Renee (David) Ivens of Columbia; stepchildren, Kahla (Ron) Wiggins of Rochester, Melvin (Patsi) Diehl of Cherry Hill, NJ, Karen (Steve) Nichols of Sunland, Calif. and Kathy Diehl of Springfield; brothers, Douglas, Carroll and Millard; grandchildren, Michael (Melissa) Kohlenberger, Allison and Adam Eckert, Lauren Zoeller, Jessica and Alexander Howard, Spencer Diehl, Ron Wiggins Jr., Ryan Wiggins, Jill Patterson, Holly (Adam) Dove; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by siblings, Imogene Thompson, Wallace Howard and Delores Lanham. After high school, Len enlisted into the U.S. Navy as an Air-Sea Rescue Helicopter crewman. He later graduated Cum Laude in aeronautical engineering from Parks College of St Louis University. Leonard earned a Master’s Degree in business from Webster College. Len was employed for 30 years by the U.S. Army; he was instrumental in the development of the Chinook CH-47 helicopter and other tilt rotor aircraft. Len traveled the world. He was a member of the American Helicopter Society, Army Aviation Association of America, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Elks. Mr. Howard attended the Church of St Jude in Rochester. Visitation was at Wilson Park Funeral Home in Rochester. Funeral was at his church. Memorials may be made to his church. Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville handled the arrangements.

Cecilia B. Toenjes, nee Klein, 75, of Columbia, died July 26, 2017 at St. Anthony's Hospital. She was born Dec. 27, 1941, in Paderborn, the daughter of the late Frank and Helen (nee Schoenborn) Klein. Cecelia married Eugene Toenjes in 1961 in Paderborn. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Toenjes is survived by her son, Robert (Darla) Toenjes of Columbia; daughters, Catherine (Joseph) Johnson of Waterloo, Jeannie (Robert) Roedl of Waterloo, Donna Toenjes of Evansville, Carol (Neal) Schilling of Waterloo and Ann (Ed) Luedeman of Waterloo; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Anna Marie (Jack) Crowe of Freeburg; and close friend, Virginia Spier. She was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters. Mrs. Toenjes was employed for 27 years at Immaculate Conception Grade School. She was a dedicated parishioner at the church. Cecelia enjoyed gardening, canning and mushroom hunting. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Toenjes was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the ICS Education and Activities Center Building Fund.

Ella Mae Wierschem, nee Goodman, 90, of Waterloo, died July 29, 2017, in Columbia. She was born May 30, 1927, in Maeystown, the daughter of the late Gratc and Elizabeth (nee Heck) Goodman. Mrs. Wierschem is survived by her children, Carolyn (Larry) Janson, Linda (Terry) Braun and Randy (Donna) Wierschem; grandchildren, Jason Braun and Jenna Allen, Laura (Matt) Giles and Christine (Ian) Barr, Devin (Hiliary) Wierschem, and Macy and Addyson Wierschem; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin A. Wierschem; and her siblings. Ella was the oldest parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church of Madonnaville. She was a member of the Waterloo VFW Auxiliary. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Church of Madonnaville with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Wierschem was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation.

Janice R. Toenjes, nee Haudrich, 74, of Hecker, died July 27, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 3, 1942, in Hecker, the daughter of the late Elmer J. and Edna (nee Wachtel) Haudrich. Mrs. Toenjes is survived by her children, Lynn Kwasney, Lana (Brent) Culver, Jeff (SuAnn) Toenjes, John Toenjes and Dean (Ingrid) Toenjes; grandchildren, Nicole and Angela Kwasney, Janel and Kalie Culver, Corey Toenjes and  Brooke (Dan) Kloess, Allie Crimm, and Brent and Lance Toenjes; great-granddaughter, Bristol Kloess; sister, Nancy Grohmann; brother, Dale (Kay) Haudrich; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Haudrich. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. Toenjes: sister, Marilyn Haudrich; and brother, Donald Haudrich. Mrs. Toenjes attended St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, where she was active in the Ladies Altar Sodality. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church with Fr. Von Deeke officiating. Mrs. Toenjes was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Dorothy F. Jaenke, nee Kopp, 93, of Waterloo, died Aug. 3, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 29, 1924, in Tipton, the daughter of the late Harold and Mary (nee Hyland) Kopp. Mrs. Jaenke is survived by her children, Ronald (Shirley) Jaenke and Robert (Nancy) Jaenke; daughter in-law, Florence Jaenke; grandchildren, Lisa (Craig) Storm, Tricia (Van) Becker, Sara (Darren) Armbrecht, Jeffrey (Dana) Jaenke, Kevin (Michelle) Jaenke, Lori (Bill) Rees and Matthew (Michelle) Jaenke; great-grandchildren, Lindsay (fiancé Oliver Gilmore), Kaitlyn and Haley Storm, Allen and Hannah Jaenke, and Melayna and Jack Crafton; and great-great-granddaughter, Persephone Jaenke; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence F. Jaenke; a son, Dennis A. Jaenke; and her sister, Helen Fennessey. Dorothy attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, where she was active in the Women's Guild. She was a former Garden Place resident. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor James Watson officiating. Mrs. Jaenke was buried at the Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Joseph Charles Middleton Sr., 83, of Lewistown, Mo., died, Aug. 2, 2017 surrounded by his wife and children at the Country Aire Retirement Estates. He was born June 25, 1934 in Centerville, Mo., the son the late Otto Joseph and Elsie May (nee Brooks) Middleton, June 25, 1934 in Centerville, Mo. Joseph married Patti L. Ray in 1959 in Kirkwood, Mo. Mr. Middleton is survived by his wife, Patt Middleton; children, Dianne Miller of Waterloo, Donna Middleton (Brad Grotefendt) of Hamel, Joseph C. Middleton Jr. of Cave Creek, Ariz., Mel (Mary) Middleton of Grants Pass, Ore., and  Rev. Ted Middleton of Lewistown, Mo.; grandchildren, Donny and Kaylee Miller, Heather Middleton and Matt Strayhorn, and Jennifer and Joe McBroom; great-grandchildren, Jonah and Jax McBroom; and a sister, Imogene (Sam) Harter of Waterloo; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, James Allen Middleton; and eight siblings. Joe was a born-again Christian who attended the First Baptist Church of Redford, Mo. He served in the U.S. Army and was recalled during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was employed for 45 years with Emerson Electric in St. Louis, Mo. Joseph was a delegate and president of the AFL-CIO Local 1102 union in St. Louis. He served on the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Committee. Joseph liked to play horseshoes and sing southern gospel music with the Sonrise Singers. Visitation and funeral were at the First Baptist Church of Lewistown, Mo. with Rev. Jeff Anderson, Rev. Ted Middleton and Dr. Gary Schluckebier officiating. Pallbearers were Joseph C. Middleton Jr., Rev. Ted Middleton, Garreth Dowell, Matt Strayhorn and Joe McBroom. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald Middleton, Donny Miller Jr., Samuel Dwayne Harter and Gary Bueltemann. Mr. Middleton was buried with military honors at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Centerville, Mo., located near the Middleton family farm. Arnold’s Funeral Home in Lewistown handled the arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Joseph C. Middleton Sr. Memorial. 

Leona Arlou Knobloch, nee Trost, 98, of Fults, died Aug. 6, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 9, 1918, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Fred and Luella (nee Mueller) Trost. Mrs. Knobloch is survived by her children, Manlee (JoAnn) Knobloch, Noel (Monica) Knobloch and Dennis (Elaine) Knobloch; grandchildren, Justin (Kristin) Knobloch, Darren (Amanda) Knobloch, Tony (Carolyn) Knobloch, Stephanie (Bobby) McCracken, Ryann (Joe) Brannan, Shannon Hoelscher, Brian (Sara) Knobloch, Greg (Jaclyn) Knobloch and Andrea (Corey) Blackwell; and 16 great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manfred Knobloch; and sister, Ardell Trost. Mrs. Knobloch attended St. John UCC in Maeystown. She was a member of the Waterloo VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Knobloch was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or Oak Hill.

Wanda S. Callis, nee Sterling, 76, of Hecker, died Aug. 5, 2017, in Hecker. She was born Nov. 3, 1940, in Wolf Island, Mo., the daughter of the late Arvin and Katie (nee Stone) Sterling. Mrs. Callis is survived by her husband, Miles “Mike” Callis; children, Dusty (JoAnn) DeBaun, Wade (Susan) DeBaun, Connie Perhot and Shane (Melissa) Callis; grandchildren, Elizabeth Callis, Darcy Callis, Ashley Callis, Dana Womack, Deneil Feldmayer, Amanda Mallory, Dennis DeBaun, Brandi Garrett, Jeffrey Perhot and Tiffany Perhot; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Judy (T.L.) Hale and Linda (Morris) Lynn; and brothers, Joe Sterling and Leon (Emma) Sterling; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a son, Dennis DeBaun; grandson, Dustin DeBaun; two brothers and four sisters. Wanda attended the First Baptist Church of Smithton. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral with Pastor David B. Gray officiating. Mrs. Callis was buried at the Olive Branch City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Feed The Children.

Evelyn Louise Sondag, nee Vogt, 85, of Waterloo, formerly of Valmeyer, died Aug. 10, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Nov. 16, 1931, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Louis and Emma (nee Hauptfleisch) Vogt. Mrs. Sondag is survived by her husband, Joseph Sondag; children, JoLynn (Warren) Winer, Susan Dillenberger, Angela (Gary) Siburt, Julie Muertz and Karen (Scott) Limestall; grandchildren, Adam (Laura) Winer, Lauren (Patrick) Cann, Chad (Katie) Dillenberger, Tracy Moore, Timothy (Dawn Heusohn) Brown, Jason (Courtney) Siburt, Cole (Angie) Siburt, Neil Siburt, Alex Muertz, Emily Muertz, Evan Muertz, Joel Limestall and Bailey Limestall; 10 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Marjorie May and Pauline Sondag; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul (Evelyn) Vogt; sister, Leone (Eugene) Jung; sister-in-law, Helen Sondag; brothers-in-law, Theodore Sondag, Glennon (Caryl) Sondag and James May; and son-in-law, James Dillenberger. Mrs. Sondag lived most of her life on the family farm in rural Valmeyer. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer, where she active in the St. Ann Altar Sodality. Evelyn was a member of the Home and Community Extension Unit, and she worked with various charities. Evelyn worked more than 25 years as a bookkeeper for Myrick Feed Co. As a 40-year ovarian cancer survivor, she cherished the time spent with her family and grandchildren. One of her favorite family traditions was Sunday family brunches. In her final years, Evelyn suffered from dementia, but always kept her sweet personality and positive attitude. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Felix Chukwuma officiating. Mrs. Sondag was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

Harold F. Dannehold, 91, of Waterloo, died Aug. 6, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Dec. 14, 1925, in Waterloo, the son of the late Leo and Rose (nee Kolmer) Dannehold. Harold married Irene Heiken in 1952, she died seven years ago. Mr. Dannehold is survived by his children, Terry Dannehold and Sandra Dannehold; and a sister, Rosalie Baum; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by sisters, Evelyn Janson, Kathleen L. Straub and Alberta Hicks; and brothers, Warren H. Dannehold and Eugene C. Dannehold. Harold attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. He was a lifelong farmer, seeing every innovation and hardship of farming since the Great Depression. Mr. Dannehold served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He trained to invade Japan and later served on the Battleship Missouri. He liked auctions and adding to his collection of tools and equipment. Harold particularly loved his TD-18 and earthmoving equipment. Groundhogs will now rest easier on his farm. Visitation is Thursday, Aug. 17, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Von Deeke officiating. Mr. Dannehold will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mother of Good Counsel Home.

Bobby Gene Davis, 87, of Waterloo, died Aug. 10, 2017. He was born Feb. 9, 1930, in Ironton, Mo., the son of the late William and Lydia (nee Young) Davis. Mr. Davis is survived by his children, Barbara Esker (Henry Schlotmann), Donna Davis, Steve (Brenda) Davis, Gerald Davis (Lori Angle), Roger (Rebecca) Davis, James (Aggie) Davis, Julie (Vance) Powell and Gary (Klaudia) Davis; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine (nee Muertz) Davis; a son, Ronald; grandsons, Mark and John; three brothers; and three sisters. He was a lifetime member of Maeystown Sportsman Club and the Operators and Engineers Local 520. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Davis was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

Mayme C. Busche, nee Fehrenz, 100, of Red Bud, died Aug. 10, 2017. She was born April 18, 1917, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Henry and Anna (nee Freytag) Fehrenz. Mrs. Busche is survived her children, Ron (Judy) Busche and Carolyn St. Clair; daughter-in-law,  Ruby Busche; grandchildren, Jim, Tim, Jon, Mike, Todd and Keith Busche, Marsha Young, Rhonda, Warren and Robert Alger and Colleen Alger; eight great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; godchild, Mary Ann (nee Fehrenz) Bowling; nieces Una Faye Mullin and Yvonne Dehner; and nephew, Warren Fehrenz; along with cousins and friends Sue Guebert and Elanor Gilberson. She was preceded in death by sons Harland and Clyde Busche; a brother, Oliver; and sister-in-law, Ruth. Mayme retired from Swift & Co., and also worked at Cake Factory and Nevois Boarding House in Belleville. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Busche was buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice.

Verna Trost, nee Hoffmann, 88, of Waterloo, died Aug. 10, 2017, in Columbia. She was born Sept. 22, 1928, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Gustav W. and Hilda (nee Schultheis) Hoffmann. Mrs. Trost is survived by her children, Dennis (Janet) Trost and Ellen (Don) Edler; grandchildren, Theresa (Patrick) Holly, Brian (Robin) Edler and Brad (Kate) Edler; great-grandchildren, Trey and Lucas Holly, Dallen Edler, Levi and Lance Edler and Krista Wandro; brother, Marvin (Catherine) Hoffmann; sister, Pearl Graves; and sisters-in-law, Marilyn Hoffmann and Doris Hoerr; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur W. Trost; brothers, Richard Hoffmann and  Louis Hoffmann; and a sister, Gloria (Lionel) Mund. Mrs. Trost attended St. John UCC of Maeystown and was a member of the Women's Fellowship. She was the co-founder of Trost Feed and Supply and Trost Plastics. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Trost was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.

William H. Mueller Jr., 83, of Waterloo, died Aug. 12, 2017, in Columbia. He was born March 22, 1934, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late William H. and Hilda (nee Zink) Mueller. Mr. Mueller is survived by his wife. Edna M. (nee Roider) Mueller; children, Kathy (John) Whaley and Jeannette (John) Kelly; granddaughter, Elizabeth Whaley; sister, Laverne Hesterberg; sisters-in-law, Virginia Mueller, Erna Roider, Ora Roider and Ardell Roider; and brother-in-law, Eldon (JoAnn) Roider; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Mueller. William attended St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. He served 46 years as a director of the Monroe County Fair Association Board and was a charter member of Monroe County FFA Alumni. William was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, Monroe County Taxpayers Association and was a former 4-H leader. He a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mr. Mueller was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo FFA Alumni Scholarship Fund, the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

William A. "Bill" Frazier, 71, of Waterloo, died Aug. 13, 2017, in Coffeeville, Kan. He was born Dec. 6, 1945, in Georgetown, Penn., the son of the late William C. and Bernice (nee Cargo) Frazier. Mr. Frazier is survived by a son. Cecil Frazier; sisters, Patricia Frazier and Lenora (Ed) Beaumont; brother, David (Barbara) Frazier; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Frazier; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy (nee Schewe) Frazier ; and a brother, Cecil Frazier. William was a retired supervisor of Little Rock (Ark.) Municipal Water Co. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Visitation is Thursday, Aug. 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mr. Frazier will be buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mildred I. Hoffman, nee Altes, 93, of Waterloo, died Aug. 16, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 10, 1924, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late George and Louisa (nee Henke) Altes. Mrs. Hoffman is survived by her children, Luann (Dennis) Valentine, Carolyn Shields, Nancy (Glenn) Voelker and John (Deb) Hoffman; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Hoffman; grandchildren, Kevin Hoffman, Brian (Angie) Hoffman, Scott (Carolyn) Valentine, Tim (Tina) Valentine, Christopher (Kristine) Voelker, Aaron (Sherri) Voelker, Renee (Jeremy) Steibel, Katie (Matt) Hudson and Karen (Justin) Benavidez; and great-grandchildren, Cassie (Kyle) Duncan, Kayla, Ryan, and Morgan Hoffman, Mason and Marisa Hoffman, Kate and Ella Valentine, Jacob and Audrey Benavidez, Lucy and Celia Hudson, Markee and Ripken Voelker, Keith Voelker and Tristan Steibel; and sister-in-law, Eileen Hoffman; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis "Peggy" Hoffman; son, James Hoffman; and son-in-law, Jeff Shields. Mrs. Hoffman attended Zion United Church of Christ in St. Joe. She was a former member of the Renault American Legion Auxiliary. Mildred was the organist at St. John UCC of Fults for more than 33 years. She was a fantastic baker, loved reading and was a skilled seamstress. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mrs. Hoffman was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to Uni-Pres Kinder Cottage, Fults’ Cedar Bluff Park or to the Baum Salem Cemetery Fund.

Dr. DeAnn Clare Bohm, nee Stumpf, 62, of Satellite Beach, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died peacefully at her daughter's home in Charleston, SC on Aug. 11, 2017 at approximately 1:30 p.m. She had been in the care of hospice for 1½ weeks after a brief battle with cancer. Dr. Bohm is survived by a daughter, Dr. Nicole “Nikki” Marie Bohm Neyens; grandsons, Chase Matthew Neyens, 7, and Lucas Andrew Neyens, 3; a sister, Dori Stumpf; step-son, Keith Bohm; a very supportive ex-husband, Gregory F. Bohm; and beloved dog, Jackson; along with cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Stefan Mathias Bohm; parents, Clarence W. and Eva G. (nee Huch) Stumpf; and grandparents, Phillip and Annie Stumpf, and John and Mary Huch; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. DeAnn was a mathematics professor at Eastern Florida State University. She loved her family, friends and her pets. DeAnn was the 1971 Monroe County Fair Queen as well as Miss Congeniality. This is one of the first times a Fair queen contestant won both honors. DeAnn lived her life to the fullest and was a joy to all who love her. Her earthly presence will be sadly missed, but we all look forward to joining her in eternity. No funeral was held. DeAnn was cremated, and her remains were scattered in the ocean. Memorials may be made to the Charleston Animal Society or Holling’s Cancer Center.

Helen Mary Marquardt, nee Kukla, 98, of Columbia, died Aug. 19, 2017, in Columbia. She was born Jan. 14, 1919, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (nee Chmura) Kukla. Mrs. Marquardt is survived by her granddaughters, Ellen, Laura, Renee and Sarah Marquardt; and sister-in-laws, Catherine Linnemann and Doris Weber; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, August William Marquardt; and sons, Ronald and Daniel Marquardt; along with sisters and a brother. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Marquardt was buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Lila L. Erb, nee Heiligenstein, 89, died Aug. 23, 2017 after a short illness. Mrs. Erb is survived by her husband of 70 years, Clyde Erb; sons, Michael (Susan) Erb, Thomas (Tracy Tretiak) Erb and James (Jessica) Erb; grandchildren, Kristen Erb, Eric (Michelle) Erb, Kelly (Justin) Bryant, Zachary Erb, Mike (Samantha) Erb. Maximilian Erb, Evan Erb and Lauren Erb; and great-grandchildren, Benjamin Erb, Henry Erb and Jax Bryant. She was preceded in death by her parents, Xavier and Anna (nee Hall) Heiligenstein; along with sisters and brothers. Born and reared in Freeburg, Lila married Clyde Erb shortly after he returned from World War II. They raised their family in Belleville and retired to Bradenton, Fla. They spent recent years in Waterloo. Lila was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and had been a Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She volunteered at the St. Clair County Call-For-Help Crisis Center and the Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. During her retirement, Lila enjoyed walking on the beach at Anna Maria Island and painting. Mrs. Erb rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral followed with Pastor Andrew Cheatham officiating. Mrs. Erb was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Belleville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Shriner’s Hospital For Children in St. Louis or Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo.

Francis A. Schreder, 81, of Ruma, died Aug. 23, 2017, in Columbia. He was born April 16, 1936, in Madonnaville, the son of the late Michael and Techla (nee Wuertz) Schreder. Mr. Schreder is survived by his children, Vickie Le, Wayne Schreder, Pamela (David) Turner, Laurie (Andy) Mosbacher, Mark A. (Tina) Schreder and Bridget A. (John) Ingram; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers, Michael Schreder and Roy (Betty) Schreder; and a sister, Lucille Meeks; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola (nee Williams) Schreder; brothers, Edgar and Albert Schreder; and sisters, Ann Marquardt, Florence Price and Agatha Riechmann. Mr. Schreder attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tipton. He had served in the U.S. Army. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mr. Schreder was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Cris  J. Schumacher, 36, of Columbia, died Aug. 27, 2017, at his home. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Shirley (Block) Schumacher and the late Lester Schumacher. Besides his mother, Mr. Schumacher is survived by his wife, Gretchen (nee Riebeling) Schumacher; a brother, Scott (Lisa) Schumacher; nephew and niece, Brendan and Madison Schumacher; brothers-in-law, Ryan Riebeling and Jeff Miller; sisters-in-law, Jennifer (Michael) Lind and Michelle (Eric) Muckensturm; nephew and niece, Brady and Emma; and a dog, Wrigley; along with aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ann; and brother, Brad Schumacher. Mr. Schumacher was an electrician with Reinhold Electric in St. Louis, Mo. He first met his wife, Gretchen, in fifth grade and asked her out on the playground with a necklace. They found each other years later. Cris rooted for the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks. He and Gretchen took several trips to Chicago to support the teams. Mr. Schumacher was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf. Visitation is Friday, Sept.1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral is Saturday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Schumacher will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Dolores R. Alspach, 84, died Aug. 26, 2017 at Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 5, 1932, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles H.W. and Helen L. (nee Rose) Juergens. Mrs. Alspach is survived by her daughters, Dr. Linda (Alan) Struckmeyer of Gainesville, Fla., and Laurie (Michael) Grubb of Waterloo; a son, Howard Knapp of Waterloo; twin sister, Virginia Bokern of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and grandchildren, Andrew, Aaron and Austin (fiancee Loren Terry) Struckmeyer, Jason Grubb and Kasey (fiance, Matt Pinson) Grubb. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Alspach; and a brother, Charles Juergens. Dolores attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia. She was a 50-year member of Monroe County Home Extension and the Order of the Eastern Star - Rob Morris Chapter and the Columbia Senior Citizens. She was a charter member of the Columbia Sister Cities. Dolores had previously worked as a legal secretary at the Law Firm of Lashly & Baer. Dolores loved to crochet and her handiwork was acknowledged at both the Monroe County Fair and the Illinois State Fair. Visitation is Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Alspach will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to Oak Hill.

Ronald Allen Edmonds, 74, of Milan, Mich., formerly of Columbia, died Aug. 27, 2017  in Milan. He was born Dec. 18, 1942, in West Frankfort, the son of the late James A. and Louise (nee Vineyard) Edmonds. Mr. Edmonds is survived by his wife Suzanne (nee Smith) Edmonds; a son, Brad (Kay) Edmonds; daughter, Amy Edmonds; sister, Nancee Crowder; brother, Gary Edmonds; and granddaughter, Quinn Kelly Edmonds; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Orval and Violet Vineyard; and his sister, Jill Edmonds. Ronald graduated from Columbia High School and attended SIUC and SIUE. He was an U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Green Berets, Special Forces attaining the rank of sergeant. He was a retired insurance executive with Federated Insurance and other insurance concerns. Mr. Edmonds enjoyed car shows, NASCAR and the University of Michigan athletics. He like being outdoors with his dog by his side. Visitation and funeral were at the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Gilmore officiating. Full military honors were conducted by the Washtenaw County Veterans Honor Guard. Mr. Edmonds was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Saline, Mich. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

September 2017

Ruth B. (Diehl) Toal, nee Kuehner, 92, of Waterloo, died Sept. 8, 2017. She was born Dec. 11, 1924, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Alvin and Elizabeth (nee Toenjes) Kuehner. Mrs. Toal is survived by her husband, Jack B. Toal; children, Thomas (Cynthia Wallis-Hill) Diehl, Barbara (Michael) Munger, Kristine (Jerome) Wittenauer, Patricia (Jeffrey) Scace and Jennifer (David) Trousdale; grandchildren, Benjamin (Cristine) Diehl, Jason (Lisa) Diehl, Courtny (Maris) Kozulins Munger, Kelen (A.J.) Tissier, Jacob (Maggie Musso) Wittenauer, Jessica Wittenauer, Madison Scace, Dalton Scace, Ruth Morgan Trousdale, Sydney Trousdale, Brianna Trousdale and Charlie Trousdale; five great-grandchildren; her husband’s children, Pat (Rick) Tangeman, John (Cindy) Toal, Jim (Karla) Toal and David (Libby) Toal; and her husband’s grandchildren, Kevin (Brittany) Tangeman, Justin (Kelly) Toal, Josh (Julie) Toal, Chelsey (Kyle) Hermann, Jacob (Dani) Toal, Megan (Ryan) Lothian and Ava Margaret Toal; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, LeRoy H. Diehl; children, Mary and Robert Diehl; and a sister, Loretta Toenjes. Ruth attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was a member of the Gibault Women's Club, a former florist business owner, a devout Catholic and a supporter of Catholic education. Ruth loved her German heritage and raising her family in Monroe County. She had an optimistic spirit and her love of life she shared with all who knew her. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Toal was buried at the church cemetery.

Mardell Pelch, nee Janson, 70, of Columbia, died Sept.7, 2017, at home, with her family at her side. She was born Dec. 5, 1946, in Belleville, the daughter of the late John and Magdalen (nee Wienhoff) Janson. Mardell married Bob Pelch in 1967. He died in 2013. Mrs. Pelch is survived by sons Scott Pelch of Waterloo, Jason (Nickie) Pelch of Columbia and Bryan (Brooke Stroup) Pelch of Waterloo; sisters, Janette (Tom) Putz of Swansea;  Lorene (Peter Giusti) Janson of Shiloh; Verna (Keith) Embrich of Waterloo and Karen (Denny) Gladieux of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Harold (Mary) Janson of Columbia; grandchildren, Aurora Gass, Ben, Arlo, Ayla and Bailey Pelch; mother-in-law, Carmelita Pelch of St. Louis, Mo.; brother-in-law, William (Susan) Pelch of Belleville; and sister-in-law, Fran (Ray) Heine of St. Louis, Mo.; along with nieces and nephews. Mardell’s life was made more full being called “Grandma,” and her heart belonged to her five "Babies.” She shared many laughs with lifelong friends who will miss her dearly. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Pelch was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to  Family Hospice of Belleville or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. 

Yvonne Michelle Gerhardt, nee Limpert, 47, of Byers, Colo., died Sept. 2, 2017, in Denver, Colo. She was born May 22, 1970, in Ft. Riley, Kan., the daughter of Joseph and Mary Limpert. Besides her parents, Mrs. Gerhardt is survived by her husband, Keith Gerhardt; children, Jeremy R. Dillin, Jacob A. Decker, Allena M. Decker and Benjamin Gerhardt; step-daughter, Molly Gerhardt; brother, Joseph M. Limpert; aunts, Sandra (John) Bicklein, Jean Schoiber and Joyce (Dante) Scaccianoce; and uncles, Norman D. Hern, Richard L. Limpert and Oliver J. (Lois) Limpert; along with cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Norman C. and Marian (nee Hite) Hern, Lena Haywood Limpert and Joseph L. Limpert; and an aunt, Mary (Paul) Thompson. Yvonne was a member of DAR. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Glenn Hart officiating. Mrs. Gerhardt was buried at St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to the Eastern Plains Women’s  Resource Center in Byers. Colo.

Ella B. Erdmann, nee Eckert, 100, of Red Bud, died Sept. 5, 2017 at the Red Bud Regional Care Center. She was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Menfro, Mo., the daughter of the late Peter and Anna (nee Mahnken) Eckert. Mrs. Erdmann is survived by daughters, Karen (Jerry) Wilson and Nancy (Richard ) Guebert;  and son-in-law, Chuck Nagel; grandchildren, Dale (Alison) Krack, Dustin Krack, Kyle (Michelle) Guebert, Jill (Sean) Landgraf, Brian (Courtney) Wilson and Robi (John) Stephenson; and great-grandchildren, Isabel, Grant, Kate, Emma, Ella, Ellen, Leah, Trenton and Kinion. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Loren Muench; second husband, Paul Erdmann; daughter, Linda Nagel; and a daughter in infancy, Alice Ann. Ella was a homemaker and an employee of Snyder General. She attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Prairie and was a member of Mary-Martha Mission. Ella volunteered at Red Bud Regional Care Center. Visitation and funeral were at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Scott Hojnacki officiating. Mrs. Erdmann was buried at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Baldwin. Memorials may be made to her church or Vitas Hospice.

Karen Lynn McKinnon, nee Gregory, 60, of St. Louis, Mo., died Sept. 3, 2017. She was born April 20, 1957, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late George E. and Margaret Ann (nee Myers) Gregory. Mrs. McKinnon is survived by her husband, Charles M. McKinnon; a daughter, Amber (John) Quade; sisters, Kathy (Mike) Hough, Geri (Gerard) Bieber, Penny (Timmy Fillinger) Bandy and Pamela (Jody Hoock) Gregory; and a brother, Greg (Dawn) Gregory; along with nieces and nephews. Karen enjoyed bingo and riding Harleys. She was a former employee at Human Support Services of Monroe County. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor David Seaton officiating. Mrs. McKinnon was cremated.

Kevin Albert Schanuel Jr., 32, of Cahokia, died Sept. 12, 2017, at Touchette Regional Hospital. He was born Nov. 21, 1984, in Belleville. He was raised in Dupo by his parents, Kevin Albert Schanuel Sr., and Sherry (nee Hebel) Schanuel, along with Carl Nahlik and, for a period of time, his grandparents, Kenneth and Doris Schanuel. Besides his parents, Mr. Schanuel is survived by his grandparents, Don Hebel, Coralee Doyle, and Kenneth and Doris Schanuel; siblings, Heather Hankammer, Donald Schanuel, Matthew Schanuel and Bridget Schanuel; and nieces and nephews, Hunter Hankammer, Cooper Campbell, Lily Hankammer, Whitney Toohey, Jamiseon Toohey, Elijah Schanuel and Bryson Schanuel. Kevin Albert Schanuel Sr. and Sherry (nee Hebel) Schanuel. Funeral was at Hope Christian Church. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Delores “Marie” Menard, 72, of Waterloo, died Sept. 13, 2017, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. She was born May 15, 1945 in New Madrid, Mo., the daughter of the late James and Blanche (nee Giles) Scott. Marie married Allen W. Menard in 1991 in Waterloo. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Menard is survived by her daughters, Angela (Rusty)  McGee-Heatherly of Naples, Fla., and Rebecca “Becky” (Stacey) Lawrence of Columbia; brothers, Bill (Denise) Scott of Goodyear, Ala., Ken Scott of Belleville, Mich., and Steve (Kathy) Scott of Durham, NC; and grandchildren, Brooks Heatherly of Los Angeles, Calif., and Darren Heatherly and Shelby Heatherly, both of Naples, Fla.; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Donald Scott, James Scott Jr., Grace Whittington, Fleda Whittenberg, Polly Sowell, Bertha Gibson, Mary Hand, Frank Scott and Barbara Belt. Marie had worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad for 18 years. She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher. Marie was a member of the Prairie du Rocher American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed cooking and baking. Visitation was at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. Funeral was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prairie du Rocher, with Msgr. Daniel J. Jurek officiating. Mrs. Menard was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s or to the Prairie du Rocher Post and Auxiliary.

David B. Kendall, 75, of Valmeyer, died Sept. 14, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Jan. 2, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late William and Dorothy (nee Smith) Kendall. Mr. Kendall is survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Niebruegge) Kendall; children Anna  (Steve) Kendall , John (Tammy) Kendall, Jeffrey (Jessica) Kendall, Sara (Timothy) Gottman, Angela (Dale) Wiegard and Thomas (Tammy) Vogt; grandchildren, Ashley (Ryan) Weekley, Bret Sullivan, Madison Kendall, Bentley Kendall, Gage Kendall, Christian Kendall, Claire Wiegard, Matt Wiegard, Megan Vogt and Emily Vogt; great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Benning; and brothers, Richard Kendall, Dennis Kendall and Gregory Kendall; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Kendall attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Valmeyer. He was a member of the Valmeyer, Knights of Columbus Council 13840 and the Valmeyer American Legion. David enjoyed fishing. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer with Father Felix Chukwuma officiating. Mr. Kendall was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Foundation of America, Songs 4 Soldiers or Oak Hill - Whispering Pines.

Janet L. Dillard, nee Schmidt, 81, of Columbia, died Sept. 14, 2017 at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born May 21, 1936, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Roy and Elvira (nee Mehrtens) Schmidt. Janet married Raymond R. Dillard Jr. in 1958. He died in 2004. Mrs. Dillard is survived by her daughter, Peggy (Bob) Voelker of Waterloo; sons, Raymond (Bridget) Dillard III of Fults and Thomas Dillard of Columbia; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, James (Elaine) Schmidt of Columbia; and sisters, Carol (Jack) Wayland of Columbia, Mary (Gene) Bergmann of Columbia and Nancy (Gary) Schlater of Columbia; along with nieces and nephews. Janet was remembered as an interesting person; her interests were unlimited. She was a carpenter, electrician and plumber. She could sew a wedding dress or a Halloween costume. Mrs. Dillard was a Trekkie in the early days of the Star Trek show. She always had a cure for what ailed you, the family’s personal witch doctor. A Celebration of Life is Thursday, Sept. 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Schmidt Family Farm in Columbia. Mrs. Dillard’s body was cremated. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel.

Helen G. Godare, nee Fults, 87, of Waterloo, died Sept. 14, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Jan. 11, 1930, in Merrimac, the daughter of the late Neil and Hilda (nee Stechmesser) Fults. Mrs. Godare is survived by her children, Marilyn (Bob) Huddleston, Wanda (Steve) Walker and Julie (Mike) Dooley; grandchildren, Christopher (Stephanie) Purcell, Tony (Lynn) Dugan, Sandra Jackson, Craig (Christi) Purcell, William (Becky) Huddleston, Stephanie Walker, Michael Dooley and J.R. and Abby (Matt) McGuire; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Darlene (Ben) Yancey and Judy Krebel; and sisters-in-law Patty Fults, Cindy Lutman and Margaret Karsten; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Godare; daughter, Barbara Godare; brothers, Russell, Ronald, Norman and Jerry Fults; and a sister, Mary Brueggemann. Mrs. Godare was a member of Waterloo VFW Auxiliary and the Senior Companions. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mrs. Godare was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to the Waterloo VFW Auxiliary.

Norbert J. Wittenauer, 94, of Hecker, died Sept. 16, 2017, at the New Athens Home For The Aged. He was born Dec. 29, 1922, in Prairie du Long, the son of the late Harry and Flora (nee Klein) Wittenauer. Mr. Wittenauer is survived by his wife Ruth (nee Kern-Neary) Wittenauer; children, June (Kenneth) Valentine, Mark (Raeleen) Neary, Linda (Wayne) Sutterer, Lois (Tony) Lebert, Marvin (Staci) Wittenauer and Theresa (Don) Gorin; grandchildren, Christine (Doug) Rogers, Jessica Neary, James Neary, Janella Neary, Katelyn Sutterer, Kyle Sutterer, John Lebert, Megan Lebert, Alex Wittenauer, Joshua Wittenauer, Benjamin Gorin, Henry Gorin and Ryan Gorin; sister, Leona Englerth; brother, Urban (Shirley) Wittenauer; sister-in-law, Isabelle Wittenauer; and in-laws, Jerome (Eileen) Kern, Kenneth Kern, Mary (Jim) Kincaid, Dwight (Patty) Kern and Louis (Sharon) Kern; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Henry Wittenauer and Mark Wittenauer; and sisters, Margaret Neff and Rita Wittenauer. Norbert was a lifelong farmer. Mr. Wittenauer attended St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church in Hecker. He attended many church retreats at King's House and was active in the Holy Name Society and the Cemetery Board. Norbert was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau and Monroe County Pork Producers. He enjoyed hunting and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mr. Wittenauer was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church, Gibault Catholic High School or New Athens Home For The Aged Auxiliary.

Richard A. Gleiber, 78, of Waterloo, died Sept. 16, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 3, 1938, in East St. Louis, the son of the late Roland and Gertrude (nee Feldmeier) Gleiber. Mr. Gleiber is survived by his wife, Lorena (nee Sensel) Gleiber; children, Carol (Brad) Matthias and Thomas (Gavin Gray) Gleiber; and grandson, Archer Matthias; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, LuAnn (Ed) Brueggemann. Mr. Gleiber worked at Moffitt Oil Company of Waterloo. Richard attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. He played in the Waterloo Municipal Band since 1952. He was a life member Morris Lodge 787. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mr. Gleiber was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Esther M. VanMeter, nee Burwick, 77, of Waterloo, died Sept. 16, 2017 at Oak Hill’s Arbor Court. She was born March 1, 1940 in Orlando, Fla., the daughter of the late Avery and Leola Burwick. Esther was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Kenneth A. VanMeter. Mrs. VanMeter is survived by her children, Rendy (Kevin) Hahn of Waterloo and Kenneth D. (Frankie) VanMeter of Dupo; a sister, Nancy (Tommy) Walker of Hernando, Fla.; a brother, Ed Burwick of Georgetown, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Linda Sharon (Dale) Bond of Pocahontas and Pamela (Don) Huschle of Sunrise Beach, Mo.; grandsons, Benjamin Hahn of Waterloo and Jason (Darcy) Hahn of Lincoln, Neb.; and great-grandchildren, Lyla and Chandler Hahn. Mrs. VanMeter graduated from Boone High School in Orlando in 1958. She worked as a secretary for Parks College in Cahokia and for Pepper Martin Law Firm in St. Louis until 1990. She was the secretary of the Illinois division of Winnebago Itaska Travelers Club. She enjoyed crafting and watching NASCAR. A celebration of life is Saturday, Oct. 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Mystic Oak Golf Course in Waterloo. Her body was cremated. Braun Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Oak Hill’s Magnolia Terrace Senior Living.

Noel G. Simpson, 79, of Waterloo, died Sept. 17, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo He was born July 10, 1938, in Pekin, the son of the late Samuel and Opal (nee Kerrick) Simpson. Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife Sharon (nee Goodman) Simpson; children, Brian Simpson and Carrie (Joseph) Scott; grandchildren Sarah Scott and Damon Scott; brother Chester (Betty) Simpson; and sister, Sharon (Dale) Krotke; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial was to be held at a later date.

Sherry L. Nelson, 65, of Columbia, died Sept. 22, 2017 at Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 23, 1951, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Irwin "Bill" and Josephine (nee Lang) Cheatham. Sherry married James E. Nelson in 1972 in Edwardsville. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Nelson is survived by her daughters, Leslie (Larry) McDowell and Tracie (Paul) Haweisen; sons, Jim (Patty) Nelson and Jerry Nelson; and grandchildren, Meaghan, Madeline, Kaylie, Athan, Josie and Dalton. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Francis officiating. Mrs. Nelson was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Michael G. Gooch, 65, of Fults, died Sept. 23, 2017, while tending to his farm. He was born July 3, 1952, in East St. Louis, the son of John W. Gooch Jr. and the late Dorothy (nee Davis) Gooch. Besides his father, Mr. Gooch is survived by his wife, Susan (nee Wyatt) Gooch; children, Michael Gooch, Amy Gooch, Jon Gooch and Katie Gooch; and grandchildren, Kristin, Will, Jack, DeAnn and Vinny; siblings, Patricia (Fred) Sansoucie and Bill (Suzanne) Gooch; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his sister, Louisa Ham. Michael enjoyed farming and spending time outdoors. A private memorial was to be held.

John H. Thorburg, 87, of Waterloo died Sept. 23, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Aug. 30, 1930 at Wartburg the son of the late John and Capitola (nee Hoffstetter) Buettner and adoptive parents Oswald and Ilo (nee Buettner) Thorburg. Mr. Thorburg is survived by his wife Sally (nee Lyon) Thorburg; children, Joan (Thomas) Nickeson, Janice (Allan) Stephens, Victoria (Steven) Ebert, Jeannie (Jay) Stumpf, Bradley (Marilyn) Thorburg, Scott Thorburg and Michele (Tim) Williams;  brother, Delano Buettner; sister, Zona Hogrebe; 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a grandson, great-grandson and numerous brothers and sisters. John attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo and was a member of the Waterloo VFW. Visitation and funeral were at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Thorburg was buried at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery.

Joan Marie Touchette, nee Pankey, 73, of Columbia, died Sept. 24, 2017, at her home with her family at her side. She was born Jan. 9, 1944, at Christian Welfare Hospital in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Jay and Earline Pankey. Joan married George Touchette in 1963. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Touchette is survived by her children, Darren (Lori) Touchette of Millstadt, Dana (Thomas) Zimmermann of St. Louis Mo., Denise (Glen) Crump of Waterloo and DeAnn Touchette of Columbia; grandchildren, Luke Zimmermann, Reid Zimmermann, Jayden Touchette, Sarah Crump, Dylan Crump and Shae Zimmermann; siblings, Loren (Tina) Pankey and Maureen (Drew) Loless; along with nieces, nephews and friends. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s athletic games, making wreaths, crafting, holiday decorations, quilting, baking, dancing, and vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Touchette was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

John E. Murphy, 96, of Litchfield, formerly of Farmersville, died Sept. 25, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. He was born July 11, 1921 in Harvel, the son of the late John and Marie (nee Langen) Murphy. John married Shirley (nee Koehler) Murphy in 1942. She died July 1, 2017. Mr. Murphy is survived by his  daughters, Pat (Roger) Frey of Canton and Jo Sack of Dunlap; sons, John P. (Linda) Murphy of Normal, Dennis J. (Chris) Murphy of State College, Penn., Tim P. (Susan) Murphy of Waterloo, Dan B. (Linda) Murphy of Overland Park, Kan., Kevin (Tammy) Murphy of Atwater and Terry B. (Cheryl Holliday) Murphy of Staunton; a brother, James Murphy of Canada; and a sister, Dorothy McGuire of Boston, Mass.; along with 25 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by brothers, Harold, Carl, Gerald and Roy Murphy; a grandson, Ben Murphy; and a son-in-law, John “Kip” Sack. Mr. Murphy served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He owned and operated the Murphy Funeral Home in Farmersville and Staunton, and operated the community ambulance service for over 35 years. John was the former mayor of Farmersville and a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the U.S. Trotting Association. He loved racing trotters and pacing horses. Visitation was at the Hough Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary’s Church in Farmersville. Mr. Murphy was buried at St. Martin’s Cemetery in Farmersville. Memorials may be made to St. Martin’s Cemetery or the Farmersville Revitalization Committee—Opera House Restoration.

Alice Modglin, nee Shea, 85, of Waterloo, died Sept. 25, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born May 2, 1932, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Charles and Velma (nee Mudd) Shea. Mrs. Modglin is survived by her children, Kathleen (Robert) Melliere, David (Janet) Modglin, Jim (Pat) Modglin, Greg (Dawn) Modglin and Jennifer (Robert) Radosevich; grandchildren, Scott, Kelly, Tierney, Zach, Katie, Corey, Janelle, Marissa, Emelia, Jacob and Lillian; and sisters Joyce (Roy) Wirth and Dorothy Dearworth; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold A. Modglin. Mrs. Modglin attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Modglin was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Alzheimer's Association.

Harold J. Keller, 92, of Fults, died Sept. 26, 2017, in Red Bud. He was born May 20, 1925, in Renault. Mr. Keller is survived by his children, Geraldine (Vernon) Junger, Harold F. (Cynthia) Keller, David Keller, Robert (Linda) Keller and Brenda (William) Freestone; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ferd Woods; and mother, Lela Woods; wife, Agnes (nee Valencourt) Keller; granddaughter, Kelly Chambers; sister, Dorothy Baker; and a brother, Harry Keller. Mr. Keller attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault. He was retired from Allied Chemical Corp. Harold served in the U.S. Army and the Navy. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault with Rev. Terry Grebing officiating. Mr. Keller was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church. 

Robert F. "Bob" Guetterman, 56, of Waterloo, died Sept. 29, 2017, in Rockford. He was born January 27, 1961 in Belleville, the son of Ethel (nee Stitzel) Guetterman and the late Charles Guetterman.  Mr. Guetterman is survived by his wife Gabriella "Gaby" (nee Lohrberg) Guetterman; son, Austin Guetterman; sisters, Jane (Daniel) Kish, Karen Behrmann and Beth Hill; sister-in-law, Shana (Gary) Cahoon; brother-in-law, Thor (Christine) Lohrberg; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, a great-nephew (on the way), cousins, and many friends. Bob was preceded in death by a brother, Charles "Chuck" Guetterman; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Ola Bee Lohrberg. Mr. Guetterman was a farrier. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Fr. Mark Reyling officiating. Memorials may be made to Saving America’s Mustang Association or the American Cancer Society.

Alvira H. Miller, nee Frierdich, 96, of Columbia, died Sept. 29, 2017, in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. She was born March 30, 1921, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Fred J. and Elizabeth (nee Langhans) Frierdich. Mrs. Miller is survived by her nieces, Pamela Belle (Edward) (nee Frierdich) King and Brenda Alvira (Willis) (nee Goeddel) Fischer; and a nephew, James F. W. Goeddel; along with great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence J. Miller. Mrs. Miller was a 34-year member of the Columbia American Legion Auxiliary. Visitation is Thursday, Oct. 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Miller will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

October 2017

Dana Jean Boren, nee Siebert, 54, of Pinckneyville, died Oct. 6, 2017, in Pinckneyville. She was born Oct. 6, 1963, in Granite City, the daughter of the late Norma Jean Siebert and Burl Wesley Siebert. Mrs. Boren is survived by her husband, Terry Boren; sons, William "Bill" (Missy) Reinhold and Tyler (Diana) Reinhold; step-son, Terry Boren Jr.; step-daughters, Robin (Jamie) Siler and LeaAnn (Ben) Wienhoff; adoptive mother, Maxine Melching (friend Charles Weber); brothers, Roger, Gregory and Richard (Becky) Melching; half-sisters, Sharon Siebert and Susan (Danny) Pellicano; step-mother, Evelyn Siebert; stepsister, Lori (Siebert) Morey; and step-brothers, Doug, Terry and Tim Siebert; along with step-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her step-father, Roger F. Melching Sr.; brothers-in-law, Jerry, Frank, J.D. and Ken Boren; sister-in-law, Bertine Clark; and grandparents, Burl and Bonnie Siebert. Dana attended Zion United Church of Christ in St. Joe. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mrs. Boren was buried at the Zion UCC Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church. 

Vickie Lynn Brooks, nee Henneberry, 62, of Waterloo, died Oct. 12, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Feb. 15, 1955, in E. St. Louis, the daughter of JoAnn Henneberry and the late Walter Henneberry. Mrs. Brooks is survived by her husband, Robert L. Brooks; children, Jennifer Brooks, Michael Brooks and Matthew Brooks; grandchildren, Kylie, Isaiah and Keegan Bicklein and Alexis Brooks; and her brother, Jim (Barb) Henneberry; along with brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Vickie attended Hope Christian Church. She taught second grade for 22 years in the Waterloo School system. She enjoyed traveling, as well as spending time with her family, friends and students. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Healing Action. 

Lee H. Mentel, 83, of Red Bud, died Oct. 15, 2017, in Red Bud. He was born Sept. 3, 1934, in Chicago, the son of the late Lee J. and Magdalene K. “Helene” (nee Schaff) Mentel. Mr. Mentel is survived by his wife Alice E. ( nee Weidemann) Mentel; daughters, Laura A. (Charles) Miller, Susan E. (James) Prader, Patricia L. (James) Wittenauer and Teresa M. (Jarrod) Fahey; grandchildren, Abby Kohnz, Justine Hennrich, Davin Kohnz, Kyle Prader, Jordan Fahey, Claire Wittenauer, Mitchell Kohnz, Lauren Prader and Lee Wittenauer; great-grandchildren, Belle Hennrich, Ellie Fahey and Crosby Hennrich; a sister, Patricia A. Buncher; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews cousins and many friends. Lee was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Lee Mentel; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alvin and Esther (nee Berthold) Weidemann; and brother-in-law, Roy Buncher. Mr. Mentel attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was an US Army veteran and a retired machinist from Ameren. Visitation is Wednesday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer officiating. Mr. Mentel will be buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society, the American Cancer Society or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

William E. Kaufmann, 76, of Waterloo, died Oct. 11, 2017, in Clayton, Mo. He was born Nov. 7, 1940, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Earl William and Florence T. (nee Heinrichs) Kaufmann. Mr. Kaufmann is survived by his wife, Frannell (nee Sucher) Kaufmann; children, Robert William (Tammy) Kaufmann, James J. Kaufmann, Sandra Grove and Glennon (Cheryl) Kaufmann; grandchildren, Erica Ogden, Hiliary Kaufmann, Casey Dickerson, Dalton Kaufmann, Logan Kaufmann, Dr. Alexus Urbanik, Taylor Kaufmann and Courtney Kaufmann; great-grandchildren, Weston Kaufmann, Annabella Jones, Khloe Ogden, Adley Ogden and Teagan Harvey. Visitation is Thursday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Frederick Lee Easter, 76, of Columbia, died Oct. 16, 2017 at Barnes Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 4, 1941 in Des Moines, Iowa., the son of the late Daisy Harlow. Mr. Easter is survived by his wife, Dorothy (nee Light) Easter; daughters, Shirley (Jim) Tucker of Granger, Iowa, Toni (John Heintz) Easter of St. Louis, Mo., and Cari (Sean) Mahoney of Columbia; a son, Loren (Maggie) Easter of Chatham; step-daughter, Stephanie Sallman of Nashville, Tenn.; step-son, Chris (Debbie) Sallman of Red Bud; half-brothers, Charles Hyslope of Norwalk, Iowa, Alfred (Mary) Hyslope of Albia, Iowa and Mike Wilson of Des Moines, Iowa; and half-sister, Cheryl (Allan) Blue of Altoona, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Karen (nee Yung) Easter. Frederick was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for archery, hunting, fishing and golf. He was an electrician, a member of IBEW Local 309. Mr. Easter served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He attended Bethany United Methodist Church. A celebration of life will be at a later date. Lawlor Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church.

Marion Leroy Flowers, 86, of Millstadt, died Oct. 3, 2017 at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was born Aug. 16, 1931, in Houston, Mo., the son of the late Harley C. and Elvira (nee Copeland) Flowers. Marion married Wanda (nee Dace) Flowers in 1952 in Piggot, Ark. In addition to his wife of 65 years, Mr. Flowers is survived by his sons, Michael Flowers of Dupo, Don (Diane) Flowers of Millstadt, David (Sue) Flowers of Oceanside, Calif., and Steve (Yvonne) Flowers of Millstadt; grandchildren, Dan (Megan), Jarred (Shannon), Josh (Carmen), Jacob (Julie), Justin (Abbey), and Jenna Flowers, Linda (Paul) Haisty, B.J. (Allison) Hutchinson, Nathan (Mike) Flowers, Dawn (Steve) Menke and David (Shanelle) Huffman; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mavis Massey of Belleville, Willa Jean Kirchmann of Florissant, Mo., and Betty (Jerry) Lesure of Columbia, Mo.; and a brother, Jim (Alberta) Flowers of Ellington, Mo. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Flowers; daughters-in-law, Teresa Flowers and Joni Flowers; grandchild, Dean Hutchinson; sisters, Eloise Chitwood, Jan Wilhelm and Wanda Flowers; brothers, Arnold and Carl "Bud" Flowers; and two brothers in infancy. Leroy enjoyed gardening, bowling, hunting, fishing and camping, visiting antique shops, swap meets, yard sales and “interesting” places. He retired from Nooter Corporation after 45 years, starting as a welder/fit-up man and finishing his career as a supervisor. Mr. Flowers was a member of the company bowling and skeet clubs. Leroy was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Baker officiating. Mr. Flowers was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to Zion Baptist Church in St. Louis or to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis.

Diane E. Tharp, nee Davis, 55 of Columbia, died Oct. 30, 2017, at Missouri Baptist Hospital following an extended battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 21, 1962, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Ellis S. and Cammie Jeanette  (nee McBee) Davis. Diane married Brian D. Tharp in  2014, in Key West, Fla. Besides her husband, Mrs. Tharp is survived by a daughter, Shelby A. Stein; a son, Cade M. Stein; and their father, Chris Stein; step-daughter, Kelsey Tharp; step-son, Alec Tharp; brothers, Mike (Janice) Davis and Steven (Jennifer) Davis; and her step-mother, Rose Lee Davis. Diane was devoted to her family and friends. As an animal lover, Diane was supported throughout her illness by her three dogs, Annie, Lucy and Bodey. She also enjoyed fishing, traveling, gardening and cooking. Her career as a flight attendant allowed her to travel all over the world. Mrs. Tharp also worked as a paramedic and taught CPR classes through her own business. Diane was a member of the Columbia turner Hall Ladies Auxiliary. She was active in fundraising for 3 Little Birds 4 Life, a charity organization that is passionate about giving young adults with cancer the support and resources they need. Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A funeral will follow with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Tharp was cremated. Memorials may be made to 3 Little Birds 4 Life, P.O., Box 187, Collinsville, IL, 62234.  Leesman-Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Robert Alvin “Bob” Klein, 82, of Branson, Mo., died Oct. 19, 2017, at his home. He was born Dec. 5, 1934, in Columbia, the son of the late Theodore and Virginia (nee Mueller) Klein. Bob married Jackie Muskopf in 1957. In addition to his wife, Mr. Klein is survived by a daughter, Kim (Bob) Parker of Columbia; a son, Kyle (Mary) Klein of Branson, Mo.; grandchildren, Kory (Sarah) Klein, Garrett Klein, and Kelsey (Tyler) Obara; great-grandchildren, Rylan Obara and Kayleen Klein; and a sister-in-law,  Dorothy Klein of Columbia. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William Klein. Bob and Jackie owned and operated River Lake Resort in Hollister, Main Street Marina in Branson and Bob’s Guide Service. Mr. Klein had worked at Wonder Bread for 21 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Bob rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. A celebration of life was at Branson United Methodist Church. Cremations of the Ozarks handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the church or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Vera I. Stone, nee Moallankamp, 78, of Waterloo, died Oct. 21, 2017 surrounded by family at her daughter's home in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 3, 1938, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Carl and Ruby (nee Lee) Moallankamp. Mrs. Stone is survived by her daughter, Janice (Zosimo "Jim") Baylon; grandson, Derik (Nichole) Baylon; granddaughter, Sheena Baylon; sister, Bonnie Ferguson; and her partner, Lydia Pandya. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Wayne and Lawrence Moallankamp; and a sister, Helen Massie. Vera was an assistant plant manager for a glass company. She attended the Church of God in Cahokia. Per Vera's wishes, she was cremated with private services. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Floyd A. Senf, 88, of Waterloo, died Oct. 22, 2017, at his home. He was born Jan. 7, 1929. Floyd was married to Helen Marie (née Christeson) Senf. They enjoyed 67 years of marriage. She died in 2015. Mr. Senf is survived by his children, Alan (Dellann) Senf, Joanna Hoffman and David (Irish) Senf; grandchildren, Erik (Trisha) Senf, Missy (Rich) Arko, Clair Hoffman (Dara Showrai), Paul (Michelle) Senf, Alison Hoffman-Han (Charles Han), John (Trista) Ohlendorf, Nicole (Adam) Perjak, Jessica (Josh) Gregory and Keith Senf (Kellcie Livingston); and great-grandchildren, Nicholas Senf, Clara Senf, Samuel Senf, Ella Arko, Sidney Showrai, August Showrai, Zoey Ohlendorf, Sadie Ohlendorf, Ethan Perjak, Conner Perjak, Jakson Gregory, Jase Gregory, Jagger Gregory and Clio Han; along with sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his birth parents, Albert and Adelle (nee Faus) Senf; adoptive parents Arthur and Ella Rodenberg; and his brother, Merl Rodenberg. Floyd was an engraver at Matthews International for 34 years. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, and a former president of Monroe County R.E.A.C.T. He attended Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo. Floyd was a lifelong musician, playing guitar and piano with various bands and local musicians. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mr. Senf was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Ruthmarie Polansky, nee Cleeremans, 76, of Waterloo, died Oct. 24, 2017 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born July 13, 1941, in Green Bay, Wis., the daughter of Alyce Cleeremans and the late Clarence Cleeremans. Besides her mother, Mrs. Polansky is survived by her sons, Robert (Linda) Polansky and James (Elizabeth) Polansky; grandchildren, Joshua Polansky, Sarah (Drew) Sappenfield and Rebecca Polansky; great-grandchild, Adalynn Sappenfield; and a sister, Judith (Daryl) Murken; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Polansky attended Christ Community Church in Columbia. Visitation is Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at her church. A memorial service will follow with Pastor Jared Parker officiating. Memorials may be made to Camp Wartburg or her church.

Daniel Whelan, 52, of Columbia, died Oct. 27, 2017, at Barnes Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Oct. 11, 1965, in St. Louis, the son of Patricia L. (nee Welsh) Whelan and the late Dr. Paul A. Whelan. Besides his mother, Mr. Whelan is survived by his wife of 27 years, Laura (nee Edgar) Whelan; daughters, Catie (Phil) Evans, Mary Margaret Whelan and Jane Whelan; a son, Nick Whelan; granddaughters, Ally and Maddy Evans; brothers, Stephen (Patty) Whelan, Tim (Sylvia) Whelan, Mike Whelan, Kevin (Cindy) Whelan, Thom (Christine) Whelan, Patrick (Bryant) Whelan, Dr. Greg (Sandy) Whelan, Marty (Sue) Whelan and Matt (Terry) Whelan; and sisters, Monica (Dick) O'Conner and Moira (Jason) McNamara. Mr. Whelan was a 1985 graduate of Althoff Catholic High School, where he was the inaugural “Captain Crusader.” He was a 1988 graduate of Parks College of Saint Louis University with a degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. He also played soccer for Parks. Dan served in the U.S. Air Force where he attained the rank of captain and became a command pilot flying the C-141 Starlifter in the 4th Airlift Squadron. He was an instructor pilot for airdrop and air refueling. A veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Mr. Whelan received the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal along with other ribbons and awards. While serving in the Air Force Reserves, he attained the rank of major. In civilian life Dan flew for Southwest Airlines for 20 years. Dan was a soccer, volleyball and track and field coach for 25 years. He was also a guest lecturer at St. Francis Cabrini in Lakewood, Wash., and ICS in Columbia. He visited 84 countries on six continents, ran 10 marathons and one triathlon. He was a six-time Yellow Jersey and two-time King of the Mountain winner in his six Pedal The Cause events raising $43,856.89 for cancer research. Dan cooked for the Cairo Outreach Trip for Immaculate Conception Youth Group for 12 years and considered himself the ACTS Retreat Spiritual “Misdirector". He enjoyed training service dogs for Got Your 6 Support Dogs. In his free time, Mr. Whelan was the recognized curator of more than 50 Hawaiian print shirts, the Director of Operations for Whelan Stage Hands International, a restorer of a 1969 Airstream, a boat builder, and owner of eclectic cars with “Louie the Pinto” being his favorite. His family considered him a master packer as well as a master chef. Dan and the family owe gratitude beyond measure to Dan’s care team, especially William Hawkins, M.D., David Linnehan, M.D., Sally Giorgi, the staff of the 16th floor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Missouri Baptist Hospital Infusion Center, plus the countless people who offered care, prayers and support for the past 10 years. Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 2, from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Funeral is Friday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Whelan will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Those attending visitation and funeral are asked to refrain from wearing black. Hawaiian print is preferred. Memorials may be made to the Paul A. Whelan Aviation Scholarship, Pedal The Cause or Got Your 6 STSD Service Support Dogs. Leesman-Lawlor Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

November 2017

Marjorie L. McClain (Wooters), nee Steele, 90, of Dupo, died Nov. 3, 2017 at Oak Hill. She was born Aug. 12, 1927, in Thebes, the daughter of the late Bryant and Otha (nee Taylor) Steele. Marjorie was a retired Dupo school teacher. She attended First Congregational Church in Dupo. Mrs. McClain is survived by her sons, Allan (Susan) Wooters, Kenneth (Gretta Taylor) Wooters and Robert (Christine) Wooters; granddaughters, Tina Marie (Brian) Harvey, Elyzabeth (Chad) Lumpkins-Anderson and Sabrina (Jeff) Lehan; grandsons, Brandon Wooters and Eric Wooters; and great-grandchildren, Kayla M. and Courtney C. Harvey and Charlee K. and Carter D. Lumpkins; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Colleen Cooper, Grace Barker, Sally Steward, Norma Steele and Marian Stoffel; and brothers, Robert, John, James "Sonny" and Edward Steele. A graveside service was at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville with Rev. Robert Lee officiating. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to her church.

William B. Oettle, 91, of Waterloo, died Nov. 5, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born March 28, 1926, in Hardin, the son of the late Philip and Emalie (nee Miller) Oettle. Mr. Oettle is survived by his wife, Edith Golden (nee Jones) Oettle; children, Rita (Bob) Basinger, Lannie (Jean) Oettle, Gregory Oettle, Joe (Diane) Oettle, Terry (Marilyn) Oettle and Bryan (Vickie) Oettle; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sisters, Hester Simon of Hamburg, Viola Merz of St. Louis and Alvera (Sam) Oettle of Hardin; and brothers, Harry and Art Oettle of Hardin and Merle of Bethalto. Bill grew up in Calhoun County and attended school in Hardin. He entered military service in 1944 and fought with the 805th "Hellcat" tank destroyer battalion in Northern Italy during World War II. He was discharged in 1946. He received the American Theater Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars for two major campaigns -- the Apennine Mts. and the Po Valley, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory medal, the Occupation Medal of Germany, which served for Italy also, and he was recommended for the Bronze Star Medal. William married Edith Golden Jones in Piggott, Ark., in 1948. Bill then completed high school. Mr. Oettle, then headed off to college. Bill served as a teacher for 28 years, retiring in 1981 from the Waterloo Community School Dist. No. 5. Bill and his wife then raised a fruit orchard and grew a large melon and truck patch each year until the tornado of 1995 wiped them out. Mr. Oettle established the Baptist Mission in Prairie du Rocher. He was a song leader and Sunday school superintendent. Mr. Oettle later was the music director at the First Baptist Church in Waterloo. He was a member of the Monroe County Education Association, the Illinois Education Assn. and the NEA. He was a life member of the Waterloo VFW Post 6504, and a life member of the Hardin American Legion Post 636. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at First Baptist Church in Waterloo with Pastor Jim McNiel officiating. Mr. Oettle was buried at the Ellis Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Calhoun County Historical Society.

Louise R. Sparwasser, nee Chrismer, 88, of St. Louis, Mo., died Nov. 5, 2017, in Creve Coeur, Mo. She was born Sept. 5, 1929, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late William Bryan and Dorothy (nee Smith) Chrismer. Mrs. Sparwasser is survived by her son, Bryan (Diane) Kasten; grandchildren, Kenneth (Angela) Kasten, Elizabeth (Art) Conaway, Jennifer Kasten and Tanya Kasten; and great-grandchildren, Jack, Bryan, Natalie, Aubrey, Gabe and Ben; along with nieces, nephew and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Sparwasser; son, Edward Kasten; four sisters; and two brothers. Louise was a retired secretary at Florissant Valley Community College. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mrs. Sparwasser was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Walter “Gig” Giffhorn, 91, of Columbia, died Nov. 5, 2017. He was born Dec. 31, 1925, in Columbia, the son of the late Walter F. and Alvina (nee Reichenbach) Giffhorn. He married Carol (nee Harres) Giffhorn in 1957 in Columbia. In addition to his wife, Mr. Giffhorn is survived by his son, Gregory Giffhorn of Columbia; daughter, Gretchen “Gigi” (Brent) Abbott of Columbia; step-granddaughter, Kirstie (Jason) Corder of Henderson, NV; and step-great-grandchildren, Eirinn and Finn Corder. Gig loved life and was always happy. As a young child, his family gave him the pet name of “Giggles” and the nickname “Gig” followed him through the years. Mr. Giffhorn will be remembered by those that knew him for his firm handshake and genuine care for all. He attended St. Paul UCC in Columbia, where he taught the confirmation class for more than 60 years. Gig was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Giffhorn was employed as a professional civil engineer at Luhr Bros., Inc. in Columbia. He served on the Monroe County Planning Commission and Land Use Committee, Habitat For Humanity, and on the board of Uni-Press Kindercottage in East St. Louis. Gig enjoyed playing golf at the Waterloo Country Club, where he was the oldest living member. He also enjoyed attending dog shows and traveling, including a recently cruise down the Danube River in Europe. A fan of sports, Gig rooted for the Columbia Eagles, Blues, Cardinals and his alma mater -- the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home Funeral  and at St. Paul UCC where a funeral was held with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Giffhorn was cremated according to his wishes. Memorials may be made to Kindercottage or St. Paul UCC.

Lena Alice Woodcock, nee Fox, 103, of Waterloo, died Nov. 9, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born July 25, 1914, in Bloomfield, Penn., the daughter of the late Henry and Isabelle (nee Brown) Fox. Mrs. Woodcock is survived by her children, Charles (Lucy) Woodcock Sr., Gerald (Carol) Woodcock and Marilyn (Robert) Collette; nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Woodcock Jr.; two grandchildren; numerous sisters and brothers; sisters-and-brothers-in-law; and cousins. Mrs. Woodcock attended of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo and was a member of the  Women's Christian Ministry. Visitation is Friday, Nov. 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Funeral is Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Merritt Demski and Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Woodcock will be buried at Waterloo City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Mary K. Eaton, nee Monroe, 45, of Herculaneum, Mo., died Nov. 12, 2017, in Dolittle, Mo. She was born Sept. 30, 1972, in East St. Louis, the daughter of Sandra Monroe and the late Carl B. Monroe. Besides her mother, Mrs. Eaton is survived by a daughter, Alyssa (fiance Richard Kurtzeborn) Eaton; sister, Susan (Scott) Whelan; and stepchildren, Mindy and Ricky Kurtzeborn; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and her L7F family. Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m.

Louis I. Mund, 85, of East Carondelet, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at his residence. He was born June 8, 1932, in Sugarloaf Township, the son of the late Ira J. and Josephine (nee Wecker) Mund. Mr. Mund is survived by his sister, Jeanne Mund Lagowski of Austin, Tex. He was a benefactor to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, University of Illinois, Bradley University, Shriner's Hospital in St. Louis and other charitable causes. He was the longtime owner of Columbia Golf Club and had other farming and real estate interests. Visitation is  Friday, Nov.17, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. A funeral will follow with Fr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mr. Mund will be buried with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis. Leesman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Rev. Mary Ellen Kitson, nee Trisler, 86, of Fairview Heights, died Nov. 13, 2017, in Red Bud. She was born Aug. 25, 1931, in South Sioux City, Neb., the daughter of the late Marshal and Florence (nee Westfall) Trisler. Rev. Kitson is survived by her husband, Rev. Allen J. “Al” Kitson; children, David Kitson, Sondra (Tim) Wittmann, Deen (Tim) Hartley, Krismis (John) Lamman and Tamatha (Bret) Ries; grandchildren, Heather (Dan), Jeff, Melissa (Don), T.J. (Beth), Mandi (Quinn), Krista, Brandon, Micah (Kayla), Alexandra, Rebecca and Victoria; and great-grandchildren, Maranda, Alicia, Klaudia, Emma, Kaylee, Josiah, Madelyn, Isaac, Erin, Analynn, Alexis and Addison; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Fred, Roy, Perry and Dean; and sister, Ethel. Rev. Kitson was ordained through Independent Assemblies of God and served as secretary of Fairview Heights Christ United Methodist Church and the Fairview Heights clergy ministry. She was active in Boy Scout and also ministered to local nursing homes and retirement centers. Mary was a retired grade school and high school teacher in Illinois as well as a reporter for the South Sioux City Star. Rev. Kitson served as  children’s director of American Sunday School Union and was a Missionettes leader. Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Pastor Hal Santos and Pastor Tim Hartley officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Michael F. Welsch, 64, of Waterloo, died Nov. 13, 2017, in Red Bud. He was born July 9, 1953, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Hugo and Alice (nee Wuertz) Welsch. Mr. Welsch is survived by brothers, Joseph (Barbara) Welsch of Bettendorf, Iowa and Duanne Welsch of Claremont, Calif.; and sisters,  Janice Welsch of Macomb, Kathleen Tourville and Ruth Koblenz of St. Louis, Mo; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, John (Jackie) Welsch; and a sister, Mary Catherine in infancy. In his youth, Mikey was a friendly face who always waved at the folks driving and walking by his family’s home along Moore Street. The family expressed appreciation to all the cousins, friends and the staff at Human  Support Services for their compassionate care and loving support. Visitation is Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 4 p.m. to  8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Thursday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mr. Welsch will be buried at Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery in Madonnaville. Memorials may be made to Human Support Services or the Immaculate Conception Cemetery Fund.

Robert F. Schlegel, 81, of Columbia, died Nov. 15, 2017 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 10, 1936, in East St. Louis, the son of the late William John and Louisa (nee Grosse) Schlegel. Robert married Mary (nee Robertson) Schlegel in 1955 in Salem, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schlegel is survived by a son, Robert S. (Barbara) Schlegel of Columbia; daughter, Cheri L. (James) Flynn of Columbia; brothers, William John Schlegel and Frank Schlegel, both of Oklahoma; sister, Geraldine Sturdivant of Salem, Mo.; grandsons, Robert Wayne Schlegel and Austin Reed Flynn; step-granddaughter, Shanna (Tafton) Earls of West Plains, Mo; and step-great-grandchildren, Braxton, Braitton and Brooklyn Earls. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard and Donald Schlegel. Robert was a retired mechanic from Gateway Western Railroad in East St. Louis. He attended Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia. Mr. Schlegel served in the U.S. Air Force. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral with Pastor Allynn Walker officiating. Mr. Schlegel was buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church.

Roberta Cook, nee Allard, 80, died Nov. 9, 2017, at Legacy Memory Care in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 3, 1937, in Christopher, the daughter of the late August and Elva Allard. She later moved to Belleville, where she met, fell in love, and married her husband, Ronald Cook. Roberta and Ron spent 53 happy years together. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Cook is survived by her children, Rhonda (Dave) Metcalf, Rochelle Bennoch, Robert (Michaela) Cook and Richard Cook; and grandchildren, Alexander (Harika), August, Skyler, Erik, Christopher, Anna and Blake; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Naomi. Roberta worked alongside Ron for 30 years at the London Shoe Shop in downtown Belleville. She enjoyed playing the piano, writing short stories, plays and poems. Roberta had a passion for music, dance, musical and live theatre. Her most ardent calling was genealogy. She researched her lineage back to the 7th century. A celebration of her life was at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Monroe Actors Stage Company.

Henry J. Barchet, 64, of Waterloo, died Nov. 17, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Sept. 24, 1953, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Margaret Barchet and the late John Barchet. Besides his mother, Mr. Barchet is survived by his wife, Deborah (nee Pyke) Barchet; children, John (Lesa) Barchet and Crystal (Eric) Shapiro; granddaughter, Trinity Barchet; and brother, Steve (Mary) Barchet; along with a sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father; father-in-law and mother-in-law, G.D. and Ruth Pyke; and a brother-in-law. Henry was a member of Ride-4-Wishes and H.O.G. He was a retired bricklayer from Local 1. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Barchet was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ride-4-Wishes. 

Edna W. "Lettie" Noelke, nee Roever, 99, of Waterloo, died Nov. 20, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 31, 1918, in East St. Louis. Mrs. Noelke is survived by her son, Tom (Carol) Noelke; grandson, Andy (Laura) Noelke; great-grandchildren, Madison and Mason; daughter, Jane Reh (Thomas Hopkins); grandson, Alex Reh (Becky Walling); great-grandchildren EttaLou; grandson Max (Samantha) Reh; and great-grandchildren, Hannah and Margaret; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Noelke; sisters, Norma Zimmer, Elsie Bode, Lucille Burkhardt and Irma Roever. Edna "Lettie" Noelke was born Aug. 31, 1918, in East St. Louis to Charles and Olga Roever. When she was one year old, her family moved to Waterloo where they bought the building on the northeast corner of Main and Mill. This became Roever's Cafe - A Good Place to Eat. The family lived upstairs. Edna was known as "Redhead,” but her sister Norma could not pronounce that and instead called her "Ledhead", which soon became "Lettie". They liked living in downtown Waterloo where they were close to school and church. The sisters took piano and dance lessons, which helped develop their love of music. Mrs. Noelke graduated from Waterloo High School in 1936, and enrolled at the University of Illinois majoring in Physical Education. After graduation, she was hired to teach at Oak Grove, a one-room 15-student schoolhouse near Burksville. She married Bob Noelke in 1943. They moved to Orlando, Fla., where Bob was stationed during the war. After his service, they moved back to Waterloo to raise a family. When there was a teacher shortage, Lettie once again became a schoolteacher until she and Bob both decided to retire in order to travel. After Bob passed, Lettie enjoyed volunteering at the Oak Hill gift shop, and she also taught English as a second language. After her first broken hip at the age of 89 she was determined to get her driver’s license when she turned 90, and she did. She enjoyed "tooting" around town. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Akers officiating. Mrs. Noelke was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Maeystown Preservation Society, Morrison-Talbott Library, Oak Hill Activity Fund or Oasis International Ministries.

Darrel R. "Bud" Rippelmeyer, 76, of Belleville, died Nov. 19, 2017, while deer hunting in Maeystown. He was born June 18, 1941, in Maeystown, the son of the late Arnold and Arlou (nee Hoerr) Rippelmeyer. Mr. Rippelmeyer is survived by his wife, Donna (nee Pollock) Rippelmeyer; children, Brian (Rebecca) Rippelmeyer and Michelle (Todd) Morris; grandchildren, Jedediah Rippelmeyer, Haley, Jacob and Samantha Morris; sister, Marlene (Leroy) Vogel-Karsten; niece, Susan Vogel; and nephew, Scott Vogel; along with cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Norbert Vogel; and niece, Gwen Vogel. Mr. Rippelmeyer had retired as a construction foreman at AT&T. He had also been a superintendent at Hank's Excavating. Darrel was a member of Morris Lodge 787, Shriner’s Ainad Temple and Scottish Rite. Mr. Rippelmeyer was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He played guitar years ago in the band Shades Of Blue. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Rippelmeyer was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Shriner's Children's Hospital.

Ronald M. Kuergeleis, 64, of Fults, died Nov. 16, 2017, in Fults. He was born Nov. 17, 1952, in Red Bud, the son of the late Ervin and Lillian (nee Rippelmeyer) Kuergeleis. Mr. Kuergeleis is survived by his wife, Joyce (nee Rahn) Kuergeleis; children, Wesley (Andrea) Kuergeleis and Rachel (Paul) Russell; grandchildren, Noah Heinemann, Sydney Kuergeleis and Ethan Russell; and a sister, Linda Sutter; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death his brother-in-law, Bill Sutter. Ron was a lifelong farmer. He was a levee commissioner. Mr. Kuergeleis attended St. John UCC of Maeystown. He was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mr. Kuergeleis was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or the American Heart Association

Travis Ray Schlemmer, 36, of Columbia, died Nov. 10, 2017, at his home. He was born May 12, 1981, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Mr. Schlemmer is survived by his mother and step-father, Donna and Christopher Neumann of Columbia; brother, Tony Carver of Denver, Colo.; and maternal grandparents, Charles and Amelia Dudley of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his brother, Matthew Christopher Neumann. Private services were held. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the National Parks Conservancy.

 Ronald "Ron" Patrick Devlin, 75, of Columbia, died Nov. 24, 2017. He was born June 2, 1942, in Chicago, the son of the late Patrick and Rose (nee Wendt) Devlin. Ron married Wilma (nee Schewe) Devlin in 1970. In addition to his wife, Mr. Devlin is survived by his sons, Matthew (Jolene) Devlin of Columbia and Christopher Devlin of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Kenneth (Cora) Devlin of The Philippines, sister-in-law, Wanda Schewe; nephews, Michael (Cindy) Trowbridge and Will (Chris) Trowbridge; great-nieces Catherine and Grace Trowbridge; and great-nephew, Nick Trowbridge. Ron was a retired office manager for Mine Safety Appliances Co. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. Mr. Devlin served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed playing fantasy sports and was a league champion in both baseball and football. He also enjoyed a good wine. Ron was his niece Grace's biggest fan at her softball and basketball games. Funeral services were private. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Donna K. Menke, nee Pflueger, 56, of Columbia, died Nov. 24, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 12, 1961, in Red Bud, the daughter of Helen Pflueger and the late Arnold G. Pflueger Sr. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Menke is survived by her children, Michelle (Randy) Gummersheimer and Dawn (Kraig) Kelley; grandchildren, Madelyn Gummersheimer, Makayla Gummersheimer, Zachary Gummersheimer, Ian Kelley and Abigail Kelley; and brothers, Arnold Jr. (Laverne) Pflueger, Jerry Pflueger and Terry (Karla) Pflueger; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin W. Menke; and grandson, Carter William Gummersheimer. Mrs. Menke attended St. Paul UCC of Floraville. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Floraville with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mrs. Menke was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery in Waterloo.

Alfred A. Smith, 62, of Dupo, died Nov. 23, 2017, at Integrity Health Care of Columbia. He was born Feb. 25, 1955, in Belleville, the son of the late William J. and Gertrude A. (nee Rosen) Smith. Mr. Smith is survived by his brothers, William J. Smith of Fallon, Nev., Joseph H. Smith of Freeburg and Edward (Sherry) Smith of Hollister, Mo.; and sister-in-law, Jerrie Smith of Belleville; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Nancy J. Smith and Frances L. Koonce; a brother, Michael Smith; and a sister-in-law, Linda Smith. Mr. Smith was a longtime employee of Columbia American Legion Post 581. Visitation was at Leesman-Lawlor Funeral Home. Mr. Smith was cremated. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Agnes C. Frierdich, nee Schneider, 87 of Millstadt, died Nov. 23, 2017, at Mercy Rehab and Care Center in Swansea. She was born Aug. 5, 1930 in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Frank Schneider and Cecilia "Anne" (nee Schoenborn) Schneider-Drennen. Agnes was married to Walter Frank Frierdich for 68 years. He died March 7, 2017. Mrs. Frierdich is survived by her daughter, Linda (Gary) Weingartner; her son, James (Mary) Frierdich; grandchildren, Carrie (Brian) Gettinger, Michael Weingartner, Erin (Scott) Richter, Dan (Briana) Frierdich and Jill (Tom) Gravemann; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Avery Gettinger, Abigail and Jenna Weingartner and Simon Frierdich; sisters, Dorothy (Roy) Skaer and Elaine (Don) Ortmann; and brothers, Frank (Janice) Schneider, Ralph (Toni) Schneider, Robert (Janet) Schneider and Ken (Becky) Schneider; along with nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Schneider; brother-in-law, Ralph Hess; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William H. and Bertha (nee Menner) Frierdich; sister-in-law, Hilda (August) Schaefer; and brothers-in-law, Elmer and William (Helen) Frierdich. Agnes was a homemaker. She attended St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, where she was active in the St. James Council of Catholic Women and the Over Fifty Club. Mrs. Smith enjoyed quilting, crocheting, spending time with her great-grandchildren. Agnes’ chocolate cookies were much acclaimed. The family would like to thank the staff of Mercy Rehab and Care Center in Swansea, and Monsignor Marvin Volk for his pastoral care. Visitation was at Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral was at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Monsignor Marvin Volk and Monsignor Ken Schaefer officiating. Mrs. Frierdich was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to her church.

Robert R. "Bob" Buettner, 89, of Waterloo, died Nov. 25, 2017, in Waterloo, He was born March 28, 1928, in Wartburg, the son of the late Rudolph and Ardina Buettner. Bob married Adele M. (nee Goeddel) Buettner in 1949. She died in 2012 after 63 years of marriage. Mr. Buettner is survived by his daughter, Patricia (Terry) Mosbacher; and son, David (Delberta) Buettner; grandchildren Andrew (Andrea Degener) Buettner, Jessica (Gary) Schmidt and Megan (Joshua Pollard) Kelley; great-grandson, Carson Kelley; sister, Jean E. Buettner; brother, Kenneth L. (Judy) Buettner; and sisters-in-law, Doris O'Connor and Joanne Goeddel; along with an aunt, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Buettner graduated from Waterloo High School in 1946. After marrying Adele, the newlyweds moved to Wichita Falls, Tex., as Robert served four years in the Air Force. From Texas they relocated to Alton, where he practiced his father's profession as a plasterer. Moving back home to Waterloo, the persuasive Bob found his true calling as a marketing sales representative for House of Tools and Engineering in St. Louis, Mo. Robert's special interests and hobbies included caring for the earth as a master gardener, fishing and golf. An active member of the Waterloo community, Mr. Buettner served on a city alderman and was a member of the Waterloo and Monroe County Planning Commissions. He led the St. Paul UCC consistory during the planning and building of their “new” sanctuary. Mr. Buettner also served on the Waterloo Country Club board. The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to Hospice of Southern Illinois, and the Oak Hill staff who cared for Robert. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor James Watson officiating. Mr. Buettner was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

David Heise, 81, formerly of Columba, died Nov. 22, 2017. He was born Aug. 17, 1936, the son of the late Ida and Elmer “Red” Heise. Mr. Heise is survived by his wife, Kathy Heise and daughters, Lori and Lynn Heise.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

Dorothy Louise Roethe, nee Beck, 89, of Columbia, died Nov. 26, 2017. She was born June 29, 1928 in Pinckneyville, the daughter of the late Julius and Lydia (nee Brune) Beck. Dorothy married Walter “Dutch” Roethe in 1949. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Roethe is survived by her children, Thomas Roethe, Robert Roethe, Steven Roethe and Sherry (Kerry) Blass; sisters, Lucille (Roger) Pyatt and Eileen Beck; a brother, Ronald (Ruth) Beck; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Roethe was preceded in death by two infant sons, Tommy and Bobbie. Dorothy was a mother, grandmother and homemaker, but also well-known as a champion bowler, impressive cake baker, high school valedictorian and a magnet for babies and dogs. Visitation is Monday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.  to 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia. A funeral will follow with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Roethe will be buried at Sunset Memorial Park in DuQuoin. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.

Stanley G. Hudzik, 90, of Madison, died Nov. 22, 2017. He was born Oct. 19, 1927 in East St. Louis, the son of the late George and Victoria (nee Krypciak) Hudzik. Mr. Hudzik is survived by his wife, Clara (nee Plezynski) Hudzik; children, Joan (Raymond) Anderson of Granite City, Albert (Diane) Hudzik of Columbia, Rose Ann (Ron) Jones of Granite City and Sandra Hudzik of Madison; and a brother, Edwin Hudzik of Maryville; along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Hudzik was a member of United Steel Workers, PRCU Lodge 1004 and Madison Amvets Post 204. He was an avid bowler and golfer, sinking a hole-in-one at Arlington’s No. 13. Visitation is Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9  a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home in Granite City. Funeral is at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison with Fr. Jeff Holtman officiating. Mr. Hudzik will be buried at Calvary Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to his church.

Helen Marie Yoch, nee Schilling, 98, of Belleville, died Nov. 27, 2017 at Barnes-Jewish Extended Care in Clayton, Mo. She was born Feb. 15, 1919, in Belleville, the daughter of the late Dominic and Caroline Cathryne (nee Lemmermann) Schilling. Helen married John J. Yoch in 1941. He died in 1971. Mrs. Yoch is survived by her daughters, Jean Marie (John J.) Conrad of Columbia and Carolyn Ann (Kurt) Walsh of Winnetka; grandchildren, John Joseph (Jennifer) Conrad, Sarah (Nicholas) Angelides, Karon, Ellen and Brian Walsh; and great-grandchildren, Jaxon Conrad and John “Yanni” Angelides; along with nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, John F. Yoch III; three children in infancy; a sister, Florence (Albert) Stratman; and brothers, Sylvester D. (Florence) Schilling and Dr. Anthony D. (Josephine) Schilling. Mrs. Yoch was a devoted parishioner of St. Luke’s Catholic Church of Belleville, where she was active in the Ladies Sodality. Sher was a member of the Homemaker’s Extension, the Belleville Philharmonic Society, Columbia Sister Cities, Lake Congress Club and a former legacy member of the Missouri Athletic Club. Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville and Friday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church. A funeral will follow with Msgr. David Darin officiating. Mrs. Yoch will be buried at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Ladies Sodality or Helping Strays of Monroe County. 

John E. "Jack" Sauer, 74, of Belleville, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Belleville. He was born Sept. 17, 1943, in Chicago, the son of the late Charles and Janette (nee Graesser) Sauer. Mr. Sauer is survived by a brother, Charles A. Jr. (Caroline Sauer of Summerfield, Fla.; a sister, Patti J. (Edward E. Coburn) McMath of St. Jacob; a nephew, Charles J. (Barbara J.) Sauer; nieces, Christine C. (Christopher) Rose, Carrie L. (Aaron) Sigler, Lori E. (Timothy) Miller and Cindi L. (Craig) Colbert; and a brother-in-law, James C. Isselhardt; along with great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by  a sister, Karen E. Isselhardt; and a nephew, Mark A. Coburn. Mr. Sauer was a well-liked teacher during his years at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School in Waterloo and from Bartelso Elementary School. While at SPPS, he was the basketball coach. Most recently, he was a substitute teacher for Millstadt Consolidated School. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved Stan Musial. Jack enjoyed his Thursday and Saturday trivia night groups. Jack’s team finished at the top in nearly every event they competed. Jack also enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. Visitation was at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. A funeral followed with Father Gene Neff officiating. Mr. Sauer was to be buried at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.  

Paula L. Branson, nee Burnett, 54, of Red Bud, died Nov. 29, 2017, in Belleville. She was born Dec. 7, 1962, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Paul "Skeet" Burnett and Sandra (nee Franks) Burnett. Mrs. Branson is survived by her children, Jenna (Greg) Heidenreich, Adam (Dana) Vogt and Travis Branson; grandchildren, Haiden, Drew, Nathan and Luca; sisters, Cherie (Mike) Pegg and Tina (Bob) Gurka; and father-in-law, Clyde Branson; along with sisters-in- law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Branson; and mother-in-law, Jeanette Carolyn (nee Foster) Branson. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Branson was buried at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer.

Jimmee Barger, 71, nee Sullender, of Atwood, died at her home on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. She was born Nov. 8, 1946, the daughter of the late Jim and Evelyn (Brady) Sullender. Jimmee married Bob Barger in 1989. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Barger is survived by her children, Debra (Strohl) Carillo, Tonya (Strohl) Davis, Stevie Seitz-Coleman, Marty Seitz of Valmeyer, Jennifer (Barger) Vaughn, Brandy (Barger) Davis and Barbara Ann Barger; grandchildren, Kacy, Kenzie, Taylor, Jordan, Landon, Dayton, Devyon, Hannah, Jalen, Zoe, Ava, Kadence, Khloe and Livi; great-grandchildren, Josie, Jaden, Ryker, Lilah and Jaxson; brothers, Bob (Sue) Sullender of Bement, Kevin Sullender of Villa Grove and Mike (Donna King) Sullender of Tuscola. Jimmee’s passion was helping others, especially the elderly. She worked at the Arthur Home, Garden Place Senior Living, assisted living facility in Red Bud and the Red Bud Regional Hospital. She loved old country music and watching sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. Mrs. Barger was active with the RAJAH Moms when AHHS won the State 1A football championship. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the United Church of Atwood. A Celebration of Life was at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home in Atwood with Rev. Mike Drake officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Red Cross.

Thomas Brown, 70, of East Carondelet, died Nov. 28, 2017 at his home. He was born Dec. 20, 1946 in Clinton, Tenn., the son of the late Wilburn T. and Viola (nee Turner) Brown. Thomas married Patricia “Patti” (nee Burgett) Brown of East Carondelet in 1979 in New Baden. In addition to his wife, Mr. Brown is survived by his children, Thomas Richard (Amy) Brown II of Valmeyer, Steven Joseph Brown of Columbia and Robert Patrick Brown of Dupo; brothers, Jerry D. (Annette) Brown and Daniel Brown, both of Tenn.; a sister, Sandra (Mitch) Boles of Tenn.; grandchildren, Cole Thomas Brown, Jacob Thomas Brown and Emmett Thomas Brown, all of Valmeyer; and Sidone Brown, Ethan Brown, Jared Brown, Brayden Brown, Landon Michael Brown and Aubrey Brown, all of Dupo; along with nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack L. Brown. Thomas was a sales manager in the retail auto industry. He was a member of the Millstadt Quail Club and the Millstadt Optimist Club. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt handled the arrangements.  

December 2017

Helen Bernice Shoffner, nee Lay, 81, of Waterloo, formerly of Columbia, died Dec. 6, 2017. She was born July 14, 1936, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Cecil and Gladys (nee Davis) Lay. Helen married Curtis E. Shoffner Sr. in 1952. He died in 2012. Mrs. Shoffner is survived by her sons, Curtis E. (Lin) Shoffner Jr. of Whitehead, Northern Ireland, and Steve (Tammy) Shoffner of Willow Springs, NC; and a daughter, Janis (David) Cates of Waterloo; along with seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Helen had previously worked at Magna Bank in Columbia. Mrs. Shoffner was cremated according to her wishes. There were no public services. Memorials may be made to: Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Florence E. Haberl, nee Metter, 93, of Columbia, died Dec. 6, 2017, at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Albert “A.C.” and Cora (nee Baltz) Metter. Mrs. Haberl is survived by her son, Eugene (Jacqueline) Haberl of Columbia; grandson, Jeffrey Haberl; and great-grandchildren, William and Grace Haberl of O'Fallon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford W. Haberl. Mrs. Haberl was a very community-minded person, dedicated to her lifelong home of Columbia. She attended St. Paul UCC where she served as a Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir, was a longtime soloist, served on the church consistory and was the college student reporter for 32 years. Florence was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, formerly known as the Monroe Chapter 597 and now the Rob Morris Chapter 98. She served as Worthy Matron, grand lecturer and instructed the chapter for eight years. Mrs. Haberl was also a member of the Al Sihah 29, Daughters of the Nile, Columbia Library Board (25 years), Friends of the Library, Columbia Historical Society, Columbia Senior Citizens, the Columbia Sister Cities, Columbia Centennial Committee, a Columbia Lioness and the Sangerbund German singers. As a child in 1944, Florence had the honor of representing Illinois by cutting the ribbon for the dedication of the original Jefferson Barracks Bridge. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mrs. Haberl was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Carolyn Sue Johnson, nee Hickey, 75, of Waterloo, died Dec. 6, 2017, in Red Bud. She was born Dec. 12, 1941, in Marion, the daughter of the late Clarence and Laura Loudene (nee Norman) Hickey. Mrs. Johnson is survived by her children, Lisa (Matt) Pieper, James "Scooter" (Lisa) Johnson and Genia (Paul) Komoromi; grandchildren, Tyler (Carmen Turnbough) Pieper, Hayden Pieper, Joshua Johnson, Brittani (Robert Langwith) Johnson, Emily Johnson, Jordan (Alyssa Hamilton) Johnson, Ryan (Corey Ellis) Komoromi, Casey (Brittany) Komoromi, Alex (Emilie Miller) Bauer and Ashely (Shane Furgeson) Komoromi; great-grandchildren, Kinley Komoromi, Sadie Komoromi and Reilly Johnson; and brothers, Charles (Sharon) Hickey and Michael Hickey; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Lonnie Hickey. Visitation is Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Memorials may be made to Kellsie's Hope.

Clement J. “Clem” Wittenauer, 96, of Red Bud, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Red Bud Regional Care. He was born Nov. 26, 1921 in Prairie du Long Township, Monroe County, the son of the late Walter and Frances (nee Kreher) Wittenauer. Clem married Clara Schaefer in 1946  in Smithton. She died in 1981. Clem then married Bernice (nee Goetting) Hartmann in 1988 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. She died in 2014. Mr. Wittenauer had been a farmer, sold real estate, was an inventor and prepared taxes. He also taught students to read at the Human Support Services. Clem was very proud that he received his GED at the age of 65. He attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud and was a member of the Randolph County Farm Bureau, American Legion Post 619 in Baldwin, the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus Council 12152 in Red Bud, and The Mule Team Teamsters. Mr. Wittenauer served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed as a radar tech in Panama for 36 months. He also went on a Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Mr. Wittenauer is survived by six children, Timothy Wittenauer of Freeburg, Susan (Deacon Thomas) Wilkinson of Alton, Cecilia Coller of Hazelwood, Mo., AnnaMay (John) Feurer of  Chattanooga, Tenn., Rita (Larry) Huch of Columbia and Regina (Donald) Dobbs of Evansville; stepchildren, Janell (Willie) Maes of Red Bud, Kurt (Doris) Hartmann of Red Bud and Dale (Emily) Hartmann of Murphysboro; a brother, Walter (Mildred) Wittenauer of Red Bud; a sister, Rose Mary Livingston of Auburn, Calif.; and a brother–in-law, Willis “Butch” Meyer of Waterloo; along with 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides his parents and two wives, he was preceded in death by a brother, Delbert Wittenauer; sisters, Rose Marie Wittenauer (in infancy), Rita Kelley, Mary Anne Wittenauer and Frances Meyer; and a son-in-law, Morris Coller; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Dec.16, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud with Msgr. Dennis Schaefer and Deacon Thomas Wilkinson officiating. Mr. Wittenauer will be buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials may be made to masses, Red Bud Senior Center Van Fund or Red Bud Regional Care Activity Fund.

William Edward Hart, 77, of Waterloo, died Dec. 29, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born March 15, 1940 in East St. Louis, the son of  the late Harry William and Hilda Caroline (nee Fischer) Hart. Mr. Hart is survived by  his children, Brian William (Carol) Hart of Waterloo, Kimberly (Greg) Lattinette of Columbia, Jennifer (Robert) Dieterle of Waterloo and Amanda Drewes of Waterloo; the mothers of his children, Patricia Gruber Earhart of Dupo and Lana Mueller of Waterloo; grandchildren, Megan Louise (Jeremy) Batson, Kendra Stumpf and Kelly Stumpf, all of Columbia, and Benjamin Hart, Madalyn Hart, Wyatt Drewes, Kyra Drewes, Trinity Drewes, Bradon Drewes, all of Waterloo, and Jonathon Dieterle; great-grandchildren, Addison Batson, Aubree Batson and Noah Stumpf, all of Columbia; and his dog, Rusty. He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Zander Batson. William was a self-employed gunsmith and attended the Catholic church. All services are private. Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt handled arrangements. 

David “Dave” Lee Phillips, 70, of Peachtree City, Ga., formerly of Waterloo, died Dec. 11, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He had battled leukemia. Dave was born May 5, 1947, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Walter Phillips and Pauline Beckham. After college, Dave began a long career in the finance industry as a personal banker and mortgage underwriter. At work, he met the love of his life, Linda (nee Schlemmer).They were married for 48 years. In 1968, Dave and Linda moved to Waterloo, Linda’s hometown. Dave shared his passion for competitive swimming by starting Waterloo’s first swim team. Dave served as a Waterloo alderman in the late 1980s, where he proudly represented the Waterloo Fire Department. Dave’s job transferred the family in 1989 to Coppell, Tex. After their retirement, Dave and Linda relocated to Peachtree City, Ga., to be close to their son, Brett, and grandson, Carson. Dave enjoyed sharing stories with his new neighbors and watching Carson play baseball. Dave loved working outside in his yard and barbecuing. In addition to his wife, Mr. Phillips is survived by his son, Brett Phillips of Nashville, Tenn.; grandson, Carson Phillips of Peachtree City, Ga.; brothers, Randy Phillips of Missoula, Mont., and Terry Phillips of Boise, Idaho; and brother-in-law, Perry (Lynn) Schlemmer of Waterloo; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial service is Friday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City, Ga. Georgia Cremation is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Eugene “Gene” Bergmann, 67, of Columbia, died Dec. 12, 2017, at Kindred Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., surrounded by loved ones. He was born June 8, 1950, in Columbia, the son of the late Charles “Brother” and Esther (nee Taake) Bergmann. Gene was a lifelong resident of Columbia and was a 1968 graduate of Columbia High School. He met his future wife, Mary (nee Schmidt) Bergmann while the two attended CHS. They were married in 1972 after Gene graduated from SIUE. In addition to his wife of 45 years, Mr. Bergmann is survived by a daughter, Nicole (Tracy Bucholz) Bergmann of St. Louis, Mo.; son, Scott Bergmann of Columbia; grandchildren, Braden, Zane and Kebor Bergmann; brothers, Charles Bergmann and Ben (Carol) Bergmann, both of Columbia; sisters, Shirley Bergmann; sisters-in-law, Carole (Jack) Wayland and Nancy (Gary) Schlater, all of Columbia; and brother-in-law, James “Sleepy” (Elaine) Schmidt; along with nephews, nieces, and friends, especially Ronnie and Mary Habermehl, Dennis and Janet Trost, and Carole Faust. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters-in-law, Linda J. Bergmann and Janet (Ray) Dillard; and a cousin, Craig Jahr. Gene was a big man with an even bigger heart. He was devoted to family and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. His job at Monsanto took him all over the world, but his heart always remained in Columbia. He had four main passions in life: family, friends, food and fun. He was fiercely protective of those he loved and gave more of himself than he asked. He had a quick wit punctuated with a dimpled lopsided grin and one eyebrow ever raised in amusement. His advice could be direct or long-winded, sometimes even unsolicited, but it always came from a place of great love. The past few years were hard on Gene, and the last three months even more so. Gene was never a patient person, but throughout the last phase of his life, he displayed patience, grace and humility that surprised even himself. His approach was to take it one day at a time; his attitude was that every day was a gift to be cherished. His last days were a testament to how he lived, surrounded by family and friends and even a hospital staff that had counted him among their favorites. Mr. Bergman had previously served as Columbia city treasurer and on the CUSD school board. Gene also spearheaded the economically minded organization – Progress For Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Bergmann was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Paraquad or to Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Wilbert W. Juelfs, 78, of Waterloo, died Dec. 15, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born April 25, 1939, in Burksville, the son of the late Arthur and Lydia (nee Dintelmann) Juelfs. Mr. Juelfs is survived by his wife, Delrose (nee Voelker) Juelfs; children, Carolyn (Scott) Valentine, Christina Juelfs and Arthur (Julie) Juelfs; granddaughter, Kate Valentine; and brothers, Arnold (Goldie) Juelfs, Ervin (Barb) Juelfs and Charles (Ellen) Juelfs; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his step-father, Alfred Bense; and his brother, Vernon Juelfs. Wilbert attended Zion UCC of St. Joe. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was a retired lineman from the Monroe County Electric Co- Op. Mr. Juelfs was a member and past commander of the Renault American Legion. Wilbert enjoyed putting up Christmas decorations outside his home along the Valmeyer highway. He also enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter, Kate. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Zion UCC of St. Joe with Pastor Nancy Spier-Lee officiating. Mr. Juelfs was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Lawrence L. O'Dell, 90, of Millstadt, died Dec. 16, 2017,in Millstadt. He was born June 26, 1927, in Van Buren, Mo., the son of the late Charles and Lilly (nee Spratley) O'Dell. Mr. O’Dell is survived by his children, Linda (Nick) Daskaleas, Catherine O'Dell (Larry Robison), Bruce (Nida) O'Dell and Lawrence (Linda) O'Dell; nine grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchild; special friend, Marie Dietzel; and brother, Morgan O'Dell; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie (nee Gentry) O'Dell; children, Leonard and Leon O'Dell; brothers, Arby, Elva and Arthur; and sisters, Dorothy, Opal, June and Faye. Mr. O’Dell was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He attended the First Baptist Church of Prairie du Rocher. Lawrence was a lifelong member of IBEW 309. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Jack Kurrelmeyer officiating. Mr. O’Dell was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Patricia Ann "Pat" Rick, nee Pokojski, 55, of Waterloo peacefully died Dec. 17, 2017 at Barnes Hospital surrounded by her devastated family. She had fought an exhausting battle with cancer that could not rob her beautiful smile or crush her happy personality. She was born March 31, 1962, in Belleville, the daughter of Della (nee Nettles) Pokojski of Trenton and the late Edward Pokojski. She was named in honor of St Patrick. Besides her mother, Mrs. Rick is survived by her husband, Mitchell; children, Victoria (Sean) Barbour of Belleville, Katherine (Sean) Burke of Waterloo and James Rick of Columbia; sister-in-law, Debbie Pokojski of Haleyville, Ala.; siblings, Mike (Kathy) Pokojski of New Baden, Dave (Sue) Pokojski of Trenton and Mary (Kenny) Sullivan of Venedy; in-laws, Lester and Georgianne Rick of Nashville; brothers-in-law, Don (Jenny) Rick of Pocahontas and Tom (Holly) Rick of Carterville; sister-in-law, Mary (Brian) Heckert of Nashville; horses Domico and Babe; dogs, Buddy and Ranger; and her cat, Shadow; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her big brother Tony Pokojski. Pat grew up in Mascoutah. She attended Holy Childhood Catholic Grade School and Mascoutah High School. Pat worked at the Mascoutah Pizza Hut while still in high school where, one day in May 1979, she waited on her future husband, Mitchell Rick. Five months later, when he was between girlfriends, he decided to find her. Mitchell was able to get Pat’s name from the manager based on his impersonation of Pat saying “Hi!” They formally met Oct. 27, 1979 at the St. Libory American Legion Hall through mutual friends. The couple married in 1982 at Holy Childhood Catholic Church in Mascoutah. The Ricks lived in St. Libory, Carbondale, New Athens, Belleville and Waterloo for the last 20 years. Pat worked in the business office of the Belleville News Democrat before moving to Carbondale. There she worked at The Printing Plant to support Mitchell as he pursued an engineering degree. After he graduated, Pat worked at Ernst and Whitney in St. Louis, until the she became a new mom with the birth of Victoria. She remained a stay at home mom with the births of Katie and James. Needing a break from three kids all day, she began working as an evening hostess at Fischer’s Restaurant in Belleville. Once the children were all in school, she worked at Nester Realty’s Columbia office. Pat enjoyed baking, making pie crusts, canning, quilting, sewing, growing flowers, hiking (including the Grand Canyon), playing fetch with the dogs, mowing grass, gardening, fishing, dancing, baling straw and hay, and tending to her horses. Pat was athletic, water skiing into her 50s, played sand volleyball. She loved the holidays, especially St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mrs. Rick was buried at the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Tipton.

Richard W. Dieterle, 72, of Waterloo, died Dec. 18, 2017, in O'Fallon. He was born June 28, 1945, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Eugene and Eleanor Bertha (nee Komerous) Dieterle. Mr. Dieterle is survived by his wife, Dianne Dieterle; son, Robert (Jennifer) Dieterle, and grandson, Johnathon James Dieterle; along with a brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousins and friends. Mr. Dieterle attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a 50-plus year member of IBEW Local 1, a Navy Chief and a car enthusiast. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Dieterle was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Improvement Fund.

Eugene W. "Matze" Matzenbacher, 81, of Waterloo, died peacefully in his sleep Dec. 19, 2017. He was born April 5, 1936, in Waterloo, the son of the late Elmer and Luella (nee Johanning) Matzenbacher. He is survived by his wife Babe (nee Schulden) Matzenbacher; daughters, Cindy (Jim) Harter, Sheri (Randy) Jones, Lori (Jim) Smothers and Jody (Dan) Worley; grandchildren, Jim Harter, Annie Harter and Brendan Harter, Andrea (Andrew) Glessner and Alycia Jones, Lucas Smothers and Derek Smothers, and Leah Worley; great-grandchildren, Colton and Caleb Glessner; brother-in-law, Ken Mueller; and sisters-in-law, Bonnie Grohmann and Yvonne Dehner; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Matzenbacher; and a sister, Darlene Mueller. Eugene was a retired farmer who attended Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Wartburg.  He had served in the U.S. Army. Matze was a member of the Columbia Senior Bowling Club. Eugene was also the longtime commissioner of the Monroe County Kloepper League. After each season, Matze would organize the annual World Championship of Kloepper that pitted local teams vying for the trophy, as well as crowning the king and queen of kloepper. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wartburg with Rev. Dan Ostlund officiating. Mr. Matzenbacher was buried at the church cemetery.

Glenda M. Vieregge, 81, of Columbia, died Dec. 19, 2017 at Missouri Baptist Hospital. She was born Oct. 5, 1936, in Salem, Mo., the daughter of the late Virgil and Mildred (nee Gant) Lough. Glenda married Delbert L. Vieregge in 1957 in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Vieregge is survived by her children, Ramona (Ron) Newton and Mark Vieregge, both of Columbia; grandchildren, Lindsay Newton and David Newton; a sister, Janet Farace of Rolla, Mo.; brother, Albert “Joe” Lough of Republic, Mo. Glenda was a retired registered nurse, having graduated from the Missouri Baptist School of Nursing. She had worked at St. Mary's Hospital in East St. Louis and the Veterans Hospital at Jefferson Barracks. Mrs. Vieregge attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Vieregge was buried at the church cemetery. Leesman Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Building Fund.

Veranna M. "Toots" Johnson, nee Bequette, 78, of Waterloo, died Dec. 21, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born Feb. 8, 1939, in Columbia. Mrs. Johnson is survived by her children, Cheryl Hebel, Barbara (Robert) O'Donnell, Terry (John) Ratcliff, James (Sue) Johnson and Chuck (Liz Holley) Johnson; grandchildren, Amber (Aaron) Dillard, Tifani (Shawn) Beshears, Samantha and Erin Johnson, Alex, Lauren and Doug Ratcliff, Thomas, and Kristen and Jennifer O'Donnell; great-grandchildren, Seth, Maggie, Frankie and Amanda (A.J.) Dillard, Chloey Hebel and Ella and Nathan Beshears; sisters, Lil (Carl) Vogt and Ann Valleroy; and a brother, Ron Bequette; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles D. Johnson; parents, James Nelson and Viola (nee Gummersheimer) Bequette; grandsons, Christopher Hebel Jr. and Johnny Ratcliff; brothers, Gerry, Glen and Donald Bequette; and a sister, Anetha Birkner. Veranna attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton. She was retired from Commercial State Bank. Mrs. Johnson enjoyed traveling meeting people from around the country. Veranna attended a monthly cancer survivors group. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tipton with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mrs. Johnson was buried in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to the American Cancer Society.

Catherine M. Mechler, nee Hess, 84, of Waterloo, died Dec. 23, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born March 4, 1933, in Ruma, the daughter of the late Nicholas F. and Elizabeth A. (nee Schilling) Hess. Catherine married Donald L. Mechler in 1953. He died in 2004. Mrs. Mechler is survived by her sons., Kevin Mechler, Keith (Carol) Mechler and Dr. Kurt (Susan) Mechler; a daughter, Dr. Karen (Dr. Carey III) Clark; sisters, Mary (Don) Rice and Alice (Ray) Benner; brother-in-law, Herman Kurtz; grandchildren, Mason and Dane Mechler, Katie and Nick Mechler, and Carey IV, Cameron and Caitlyn Grace Clark; a step-granddaughter, Carrie (Matt) Hilling, step-great-granddaughter, Megan Hensiek; step-great-grandson, Daniel Hilling; and dear friend, Raymond Mavers; along with nephews, nieces, a great-nephew; great-nieces; great-great-nephew, great-great-nieces, cousins and friends. Catherine attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Catherine loved to go dancing, especially at the senior dances in the area on Wednesdays and Thursdays. She also collected some 500 teapots. One of her favorite things to do was make apple butter for family and friends for the holidays. Her most precious moments were those spent with her family. She loved life, her family, and her friends and will be truly missed by all who knew her. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Corley Ann Clark; brothers, Joseph Hess and Charles Hess; sisters, Sister M. Charlette Hess, Mary Kurtz, Martha Hess and Betty Hess (in infancy); and sisters-in-law, Ann Hess and Monica Hess. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Msgr. Carl Scherrer and Father Von Deeke officiating. Mrs. Mechler was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church

Clyde S. Mathews, 75, of Waterloo, died Dec. 24, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born April 8, 1942, in Waterloo, the son of the late Simon and Agnes (nee Schneider) Mathews. Mr. Mathews is survived by his wife,Shirley (nee Wilson) Mathews; daughter, Lorrie (Kevin) Jacobs; step-children, Tracey Lybarger, Michael (LeeAnn) Kastner, Barry (Jodi) Kastner and Scott (Jill) Noe; granddaughter, Chelsea (Corey) Vasel; great-grandchildren, Baylor Vasel and Tori Lybarger; brothers, Orval (Nancy) Mathews, Dennis (Lynn) Mathews and David Mathews; sister, Janet Posey; and special nephew, Neal Mathews; along with step-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John T. and Dale F. Mathews; and a brother-in-law, Bill Posey. Mr. Mathews attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was retired from the State of Illinois. Clyde owned the Sunset Motel and was the former owner of the Super 8 Motel. He was a former Waterloo police officer and alderman. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Sebastian Ukoh officiating. Mr. Mathews was buried in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Frances B. Rowton, 90, of Columbia, died Dec. 20, 2017 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. She was born Feb. 19, 1927, in DuQuoin, the daughter of the late Caric and Lizzy (nee Hancock) Goddard. Frances married James B. Rowton Sr. in 1942, in Miami Beach, Fla. He died in 2011. Mrs. Rowton is survived by her children, James B. (Mary) Rowton Jr. of East Carondelet, Sharon Gotto of Waterloo, Pamela (William) Allen of Columbia, Jeanne (Arthur) Crandell of Pevely, Mo., Kim (Susan) Rowton of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Constance (Jeffrey) Squires of Edwardsville and Carrie (David) Grove of Festus, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Arthur C. Goddard; and a sister, Sharon L. Cornejo. Mrs. Rowton was a charter member of Bethany United Methodist Church. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Allynn Walker officiating. Mrs. Rowton was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Alice P. Huff, nee Presley, 86, of St. Louis, Mo., died Dec. 26, 2017, in Arnold, Mo. She was born Oct. 2, 1931, in Howell County, Mo., the daughter of the late Albert L. and Virgia L. (nee Adams) Presley. Mrs. Huff is survived by her husband, Joseph A. Rickert; children, William Edward Huff and Charles David Huff; granddaughter, Elena Nora Huff; and adopted grandson, Jason Cooper. Alice was a former teacher at Waterloo High School and former real estate broker. She had graduated with a Master’s Degree from Arkansas State University with a. Quernheim Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to veterans’ organizations.

Cynthia A. "Cindy" Matzen, nee Goeddel, 60, of Waterloo, died Dec.26, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born June 25, 1957, in East St. Louis, the daughter of Marion O. Goeddel and the late Roland A. Goeddel. Cindy Matzen is survived by her son, William Matzen; and boyfriend, Tom Herlacher; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew and cousins. The family expresses appreciation to Alvera Rodenberg and Linda Sorenson. Visitation and memorial service were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Jennifer A. Charlton, nee Greer, 35, of Valmeyer, died Dec. 31, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Feb. 2, 1982, in St. Louis, the daughter of Daniel and Randi (nee McClenahan) Greer. Besides her parents, Mrs. Charlton is survived by her husband, William D. Charlton Jr.; children, Mackenzie and Blake Charlton; sister, Danielle Johnson; brother, Matthew Greer; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Laura (nee Rednour) Charlton; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Jennifer attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral was at St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Felix Chukwuma officiating. Mrs. Charlton was buried at St. John Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

Fannie Sue Schellhardt, nee Nabers, 87, of Maeystown, died Dec. 31, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Jan.13, 1930, in Lakeview, Tex., the daughter of the late A.J. and Seleschia (nee Dunn) Nabors and step-mother, Olga Nabers. Mrs. Schellhardt is survived by her children, Michael (Debra Schindler) Schellhardt and Steven Schellhardt; grandchildren, Clint Schellhardt, Luke Schellhardt, Matthew (Lauren) Schellhardt and Marshall (Danielle) Schellhardt; great-grandchildren, Sadie Schellhardt, Nathan Schellhardt, Amelia Schellhardt, Zoey Schellhardt, Caiden Schellhardt and Jocelynn Schellhardt; great-great-grandchild, Xander Schellhardt; brother, Lowell Nabers; and step-sister, Marybeth (David) Rahe; along with a brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert C. "Mannie" Schellhardt Jr.; and a son, Alan Joel "Joe" Schellhardt. Mrs. Schellhardt attended St. John UCC in Valmeyer and was active in the Women's Fellowship. Fannie was a member of the retired teachers association, neighborhood card club and Red Hatters. Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 4, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Jan. 5, at 10 a.m., at St. John UCC in Valmeyer with Pastor Elizabeth Terrill officiating. Mrs. Schellhardt will be buried at St. John Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church’s White Cross Fund.

Harlan L. “Bummy” Burmester, 80, of Prairie, died Dec. 30, 2017 at Red Bud Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 23, 1937, in Red Bud, the son of the late Victor and Melba (nee Schnepel) Burmester. Harlan married Dorthy (nee Piel) Burmester in 1960 in Red Bud. Besides his wife, Mr. Burmester is survived by his sons, Stanley Burmester and Byron (Cathy) Burmester of Red Bud; daughters, Annette (Doug) Biethman and Darla (Kurt) Cowell; grandchildren, Coltin and Cole Biethman, Heidi, Devin, and Abigail Burmester, and Breanna, Savanah, Logan and Alyssa Cowell; and a sister, Marilyn Miller; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Wayne C. Miller. Mr. Burmester was a farmer. He had also worked for AFCO, Singer and Snyder General in Red Bud, as well as Wiegman in Freeburg. Bummy was a member of the Randolph County Farm Bureau and attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Prairie. He served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves. Harlan was an avid sports fan, card player and deer hunter. Visitation is Friday, Jan. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Jan. 6, at 11 a. m., at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Scott Hojnacki officiating. Mr. Burmester will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or the American Cancer Society. 

Esther Harbaugh, nee Theobald, 87, of New Athens, died Dec. 26, 2017, in Waterloo. She was born April 17, 1930, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Arthur and Claire (nee Schneider) Theobald. Mrs. Harbaugh is survived by her children, Ken (Sandy) Harbaugh, Virginia "Ginger" Alexander, Jim Harbaugh, Cheryl Harbaugh, Dave Harbaugh and Mike (Krista) Harbaugh; grandchildren Kurt, Jake (Holly), Hannah, Noah and Justin Harbaugh; and two great-grandchildren, Brooke and Luna Harbaugh. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Harbaugh; daughter, Karen M. Harbaugh; son, Joseph A. Harbaugh; son-in-law, Gary Alexander; and brothers Clarence, Art and Harry Theobald. Mrs. Harbaugh attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker. She was active in the Ladies Altar Sodality. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mrs. Harbaugh was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or the Alzheimer's Association.

Alice P. Huff, nee Presley, 86, of St. Louis, Mo., died Dec. 26, 2017, in Arnold, Mo. She was born Oct. 2, 1931, in Howell County, Mo., the daughter of the late Albert and Virgia L. (nee Adams) Presley. Mrs. Huff is survived by her husband, Joseph A. Rickert; son William Edward Huff; granddaughter Elena Nora Huff; and adopted grandson Jason Cooper. She was preceded in death by her son Charles David Huff. Alice graduated with a Master’s Degree from Arkansas State University. She was a longtime teacher at Waterloo High School. She also had been a real-estate broker. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Neill officiating. Memorials may be made to veterans’ charities.

Jennifer A. Charlton, nee Greer,  35, of Valmeyer, died Dec. 31, 2017, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Feb. 2, 1982, in St. Louis, the daughter of Daniel and Randi (nee McClenahan) Greer. Mrs. Charlton is survived her husband, William D. Charlton Jr.; children, Mackenzie and Blake Charlton; a sister, Danielle Johnson; brother,  Matthew Greer; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Laura (nee Rednour) Charlton; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Jennifer attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Felix Chukwuma officiating. Mrs. Charlton was buried at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer.