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2008 Obituaries

In Loving Memory Of
Donald Albert Walters

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Donald Albert Walters of St. Louis passed away on Monday, December 29, 2008 at DePaul Hospital at the age of 75 years.

Born in Iowa on March 26, 1933 he was the son of the late Lester E. and Ida E. (Stevens) Walters.

Mr. Walters worked as a member of the ground crew for TWA Airlines and served with the United States Army.  He was an avid Blues fan.

A special thank you from his family goes to St. Sophia and DePaul Hospital staffs for the excellent care that he received.

Surviving his passing are his sisters, Eugenia "Jean" Krueger and Betty L. Walters; his nieces and nephews, Dorothy (Bill) Strurick, Tom Bugle, JoAnne (Bill) Moran, Jeffrey Krueger, James Krueger, Julie (Mark) Lance, Jay E. (Kristine) Krueger and Jon F. (Christine) Krueger; his cousins, Dorothy (Bill) Struherrick and Larry Antonvie; great-nieces and nephews, good neighbors and many friends.

Friends may call at Southern Funeral Home on Monday, January 5, 2009 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  Memorials may be made to Backstoppers and will be received at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, with full military honors.

In Loving Memory Of
Monsignor James P. O’Connell

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Monsignor James P. O’Connell of St. Louis passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at Mother of Good Counsel Home having attained the age of 91 years, 3 months and 5 days.

Born September 19, 1917 in St. Louis, he was the son of the late James and Katherine (Leary) O’Connell.
Monsignor O’Connell was a Catholic priest with the Archdiocese of St. Louis for 55 years and a veteran of the United States Army.  He served as parish priest at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church from 1953 to 1962, Christ the King Catholic Church from 1962 to 1964, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church from 1964 to 1970 and Saints Mary and Joseph Catholic Church from 1970-1992.  He also served on the Archdiocese Insurance Commission from 1965 to 1982.

Preceding him in death besides his parents were his sisters, Mary K. O’Connell and Margaret M. O’Connell and his brother, Patrick O’Connell in infancy.

Survivors include his cousins and many friends.

Friends may call on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at St. John Catholic Church, 15 Plaza Square.  Memorials may be made in the form of masses or to Mother of Good Counsel Home and will be received at the funeral home.

A mass of Christian burial will be on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church.  Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

In Loving Memory Of
Harold L. Fingerhut


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Harold L. Fingerhut of Millstadt passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at his residence having attained the age of 80 years, 1 month and 25 days.

Born on October 28, 1928 in Whitewater, Missouri, he was the son of Martin and Etta (Irwin) Fingerhut.  He married Audrey "Bonny" Zimmerman on August 29, 1949 and she preceded him in death on December 8, 2000.

Mr. Fingerhut was self-employed at Advanced Door Company and Lakeside Camping.

He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II and the Korean Conflict and was the recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his service with Company C, 38th Infantry Regiment in Korea.

Preceding him in death besides his parents and his wife were a brother, Lawrence and three sisters, Thelma, Florence and Berniece.

Left to mourn his passing are his best friend and companion, Martha Stoeber of Millstadt; his children, Cynthia (Dennis) Cooper of Millstadt, Kenneth (Connie) Fingerhut of Millstadt, Joy (Jay) Kish of Millstadt and Jan (Mark) Paul of Pittsburg, Kansas;  his grandchildren, Stacy (Eric) Crabtree of Evansville, Illinois, Denny (Stacey) Cooper of Millstadt, John Cooper of Millstadt, Jennifer Fingerhut of O’Fallon, Martin Fingerhut of Troy, Jay Jr. Kish of Collinsville, Stephanie (Kevin) Bell of Edwardsville, Matthew (Miranda) Kish of Hecker, Eric (Jennifer) Paul of Loveland, Colorado and Wendy Paul of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma; his great-grandchildren, Ashli, Michaela and Eric Jr. Crabtree, McKenzie and Jacob Cooper, Alyssa, Nathan and Dennis Cooper, Mathew and Addison Kish and Miles Bell.

Friends may call at the Creason Funeral Home on Sunday, December 28, 2008 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Disabled American Veterans or Family Hospice and will be received at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at the Creason Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Patton officiating.  Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors.

In Loving Memory Of
Clister Fern Wilson

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Clister Fern Wilson of Millstadt passed away at Columbia Convalescent Center on Monday, December 22, 2008 at the age of 91 years, 7 months and 3 days.

Born in Ramer, Tennessee on May 19, 1917, she was the daughter of Robert and Winnie (Kinchen) Jernigan.  She married Ambrose Wilson on October 11, 1936 in Haiti, Missouri and he preceded her in death on December 19, 1985.

Mrs. Wilson was a factory worker in the garment industry.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and her husband were a daughter, Billie Jo Jackson; a son, Kenneth Ray Wilson in infancy and three siblings.

Survivors include her daughter, Peggy Joyce (Bill) Bedsworth of Memphis, Tennessee; her son, Charles Ronnie (Margaret) Wilson of St. Peters, Missouri; nine brothers and sisters; her grandchildren, Terry Jackson of Olatha, Kansas, Mark Jackson of Monroe County, Illinois, Michael Wilson of North Pole, Alaska, Marikka Wilson of Webster Groves, Missouri and Tanner Hickman of Bartlett, Tennessee and eight great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Creason Funeral Home on Friday, December 26, 2008 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  Memorials may be made to Gateway Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. at the Creason Funeral Home with Rev. William Kunkle officiating.  Interment will follow in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt.

In Loving Memory of
Patrick Lee Lindsey

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Patrick Lee Lindsey of St. Louis passed away at his home on Friday, December 5, 2008 having attained the age of 62 years, 9 months and 4 days.

Born on March 1, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri, he was the son of Lee and Henrietta (Mueller) Lindsey.
Mr. Lindsey was a electrician and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Surviving are his children, Michelle Lindsey of St. Louis, Patrick (Cheri) Lindsey of Byrnes Mills, Missouri, Katherine Lindsey of Vandalia, Missouri and Timothy Lindsey of St. Louis; one sister, Barbara Alder of Pacific, Missouri; grandchildren, Ian Dietemann, Brett Dietemann of St. Louis, Shane Lindsey, Ryan Lindsey and Jacob Lindsey of Byrnes Mill, Missouri, Angelian Lindsey of St. Louis and Peyton Tayon of St. Louis; his aunts, Margaret Hykins and Rose Mueller of St. Louis; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Friends may call on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 from 2:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Southern Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Father Rich officiating.  Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors.

In Loving Memory of
Marie H. Stevens

Marie H. Stevens of St. Louis passed away on Monday, December 8, 2008 at Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke Village having attained the age of 96 years, 9 months and 9 days.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 29, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Frank J. and Anna G. (Ottens) Stevens. 

Miss Stevens was a secretary for Stove Container Company for approximately 40 years.  She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Preceding her in death besides her parents were three brothers, Bartholomew H.  (Madlyn) Stevens, Rev. Alois J. Stevens and Raymond J. Stevens.

Survivors include her sisters, Catherine E. Stevens, Dolores C. (the late Harold) Fuegner and Frances A. (the late John) Rowland all of St. Louis and one brother, Harry F. (the late Elvera) Stevens of St. Louis, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

Marie donated her remains to St. Louis University School of Medicine. 

A memorial mass will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Mike Boehm officiating.  In lieu of flowers, masses are preferred. 
Southern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Michael Lee Landon, Sr.

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Michael Lee Landon, Sr. of Bloomsdale, Missouri passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  He had attained the age of 30 years, 10 months and 21 days.

Born in St. Louis on January 9, 1978, he was the son of Jack and Ursula (Honaker) Landon.  He married Jessica Miller on February 21, 1998 in St. Louis County.

Mr. Landon was a nurse at Woodland Nursing Home for five years.

Surviving his passing are his wife, Jessica Landon of Bloomsdale, Missouri; his parents, Jack and Ursula Landon of Big Cedar, Missouri; one son, Michael Lee Landon, Jr.; one brother, Billy (Amy) Landon of Pevely, Missouri; his father and mother-in-law, Richard and Sue Miller of Festus, Missouri and one uncle, Basil (Sandy) Honaker of St. Charles, Missouri.

Friends may call at the Southern Funeral Home on Thursday, December 4, 2008 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Michael Landon, Jr. Education Fund.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 5, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at Southern Funeral Home with Father Richard Tillmann officiating.  Interment will follow in Gateway Gardens Cemetery.

In Loving Memory Of
Robert Nesser

Robert Nesser, 56, of St. Louis passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 in St. Louis.

Born on July 21, 1952 in St. Louis, he was the son of the late John and Alma (Davis) Nesser.

Mr. Nesser was janitor at the Missouri School for the Blind for 15 years.  He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Preceding him in death besides his parents was one sister, Jacqueline "Jackie" Stark.

Survivors include his sons, Joshua Nesser of St. Louis and Jeremie Nesser of Barnhart, Missouri; two brothers, Norman (Beverly) Nesser and John (Judy) Nesser of St. Louis; three grandchildren, Alexis Nesser, Jacob Nesser and Austin Nesser; cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors.

Southern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Nina Cooper

Nina Cooper of St. Louis passed away on Monday, November 10, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis having attained the age of 68 years, 10 months and 20 days.

Born on December 20, 1939 in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the daughter of Joe and Pauline (White) Miller.  She married Frank Cooper and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Cooper was a seamstress.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Southern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Daniel Kamadulski

Daniel Kamadulski passed away on Saturday, November 29, 2008 at St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis at the age of 85 years.

Born on August 9, 1927 in St. Louis, he was the son of Frank and Annie (Chermoch) Kamadulski.  He married Mildred Anthony on August 24, 1946 in St. Louis and she preceded him in death.

Mr. Kamadulski was a construction laborer and a World War II veteran having served with the United States Army.  He was a member of Laborer’s Local #110.

Preceding him in death besides his parents and his wife, Mildred were a step-daughter, Virginia Jakle; four brothers, Frank Kamadulski, Albert Kamadulski, Harold Kamadulski and Eddie Kamadulski; two sisters, Helen Ritter and Elsie Werner; one grandson, Daniel E. Kamadulski and one great-grandchild.

Surviving his passing are his children, Daniel (Sandra) Kamadulski and Robert Kamadulski of St. Louis; one brother, Bob Kamadulski of Creve Coeur; four grandchildren, Pamela A. (Bor) Morris, Robin (Guy) Taylor, Jean (Ken) Melcher and Robert Collins, all of St. Louis; step-grandchildren, Keith and Laura Jakle; 8 great-grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors. 

Southern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Richard Thomas Meyer

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Richard Thomas Meyer, Sr. of St. Louis passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis.  He had attained the age of 75 years, 1 month and 29 days.

Born September 19, 1933 in St. Louis, he was the son of the late Mathias and Verianna (Gelker) Meyer.  He was united in marriage to Jean "Betty" Bean at Holy Family Catholic Church on February 9, 1957.

Mr. Meyer was a manager for National Food Stores for 44 years.  He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in St. Louis.

Surviving are his wife, Jean "Betty"; his children, Deborah Blechle, Richard T. Meyer, Jr., Patricia Anne (Jim) Womack, Lawrence (Jolene) Meyer, Thomas (Kimberly) Meyer, all of St. Louis; his "adopted daughter", Terry (Gregg) Beye; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Meyer; three sisters, Joanie and the late Pat Randazzo, Jeanie (Joe) Iwasyszyn and Connie (Jack) McDermott all of St. Louis; two brothers, Joe (Marilyn) Meyer and Mathias (Carol) Meyer of St. Louis; fourteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Friends may call at Southern Funeral Home on Thursday, November 20, 2008 from 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Friday, November 21, 2008 from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Should friends desire memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and will be received at the funeral home.

In Loving Memory Of
Clarence Allan Chaput

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Clarence Allan Chaput of Millstadt, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at his home at the age of 78 years, 7 months and 17 days.

Born in Belleville, Illinois on April 1, 1930, he was the son of Clarence J. and Florence (Morrisey) Chaput.  He married Doris Korte on September 14, 1957 and she survives his passing.

Mr. Chaput was a photographer for the Belleville News Democrat for 25 years. He served in the United States Army and was a member of St. James Catholic Church, St. James Over 50 Club, a 50 year member of Knights of Columbus Council 1028, Gateway Garden Railroad Club, Bluegrass Railroad Museum and Millstadt Post of the American Legion.

Preceding him in death besides his parents was a son-in-law, Rick Hren.

Survivors beside his wife, Doris, include his children, David (Charlotte) Chaput of Smithton, Diane Hren of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Cathy Chaput of Freeburg; one brother, Robert (Doris) Chaput of Herriman, Utah; three grandchildren, Becky (Tim) Claxton of O’Fallon, Matthew Chaput of Smithton and Joshua Hren of Fort Wayne, Indiana; one great-grandson, Hadley Hren of Fort Wayne, Indiana, numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends.

Friends may call on Friday, November 21, 2008 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Creason Funeral Home.  Recitation of the rosary will be held at 4:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Father Marvin Volk officiating.  Interment will follow at Green Mount Cemetery in Belleville with full military honors.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Southern Illinois Hospice and will be received at the funeral home.

In Loving Memory Of
Donald Charles Becker

Donald Charles Becker of St. Louis passed away on Friday, November 14, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Hospital at the age of 73 years.

Born in St. Louis on July 15, 1935, he was the son of Theodore and Rose Marie (Cullen) Becker.
Mr. Becker was a factory worker in electrical manufacturing.

Preceding him in death, besides his parents was a brother, Theodore Becker.

Survivors include his son, Donald Keith Becker of St. Louis; his sisters, Mary Gibson of St. Louis and Lois Greiner; one grandson, Joshua Becker of St. Louis, nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends may call at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 from 9:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.

Graveside services will be held at 10:15 A.M. on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with Father Tillman officiating.

In Loving Memory Of
Eileen I. Grau

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Eileen I. Grau passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at her home having attained the age of 80 years, 10 months and 1 day.

The daughter of Frank and Helen, nee Schoenborn, Klein, she was born on January 14, 1928 in Paderborn, Illinois.  She married Charles Henry Grau at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Paderborn on August 16, 1949 and he preceded her in death on August 12, 2007.

Mrs. Grau was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and her husband, Charles were a daughter, Mary Ann Rapp and five brothers, Theodore Klein, Richard Klein, Robert Klein, Victor Klein and Alvin Klein.

Surviving her passing are three sons, Norman (Jeannie) Grau of Chester, David (Christine) Grau of Summerfield and Edward Grau of Red Bud; two daughters, Shirley (Jim) Causey of Millstadt and Carol (Bob) Winterich of Collinsville; a son-in-law, Jim Rapp of Belleville; 14 grandchildren, Matthew (Janelle) Grau of Campbell Hill, Philip and Zachary Grau of Chester, Jennifer (Matthew) Menees of New Athens, Cheri (Brandon) Gravot of Millstadt, Jaime (Brian) Stoops of New Athens, Billy Causey of Millstadt, Kerri (J.R.) Kingsley of Prairie du Rocher, Kelly Rapp of Nakajo, Japan, Anthony Grau of Florida, Michelle (Brion) Brown and Krista Cawvey of Collinsville and Tyler and Kayla Grau of Red Bud; ten great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty (Lawrence) Beckerle, Cecelia (Eugene "Utch") Toenjes and Anna Marie (John "Jack") Crow; four sisters-in-law, Valeda Brinkmann, Margaret Schaefer, Christine Lehr and Dorothy Kunkelman; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be made to Poor Claire Sisters, St. James Educational Fund or St. James Debt Fund and will be received at the funeral home.

Friends may call from 3:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 18, 2008 and  from 9:00 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at Creason Funeral Home, 220 West Washington Street, Millstadt.  A rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at St. James Catholisc Church, Millstadt with Rev. Marvin Volk officiating.  Interment will follow at Mount Evergreen Cemetery, Millstadt.

In Loving Memory Of
Vernon Linnemann

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Vernon Linnemann of Millstadt, Illinois passed away on Friday, November 14, 2008 at his home having attained the age of 83 years.

Born in Columbia, Illinois on October 15, 1925, he was the son of John and Louise (Masur) Linnemann.  He married Melba Hettenhausen on April 20, 1947 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt.

Mr. Linnemann was a retired mail carrier having served for more than 30 years.  He was a member of the Millstadt Gun Club, Millstadt Commercial Club, VFW Post 7980 and the American Legion.  Vernon served God and his church as an Elder of the Trinity Lutheran Church and past president of the Board of Elders and as Superintendent of the Sunday School.  He served his country during World War II as a member of the United States Navy.  Vernon was also the founder of Millstadt’s 32 year tradition "The Display of Independence".

Preceding him in death besides his parents were a brother, Elmer Linnemann and a sister, Florence Horcher.
Vernon is survived by his wife, Melba; three sons, Stephen (Peggy) Linnemann of Bonner  Springs, Kansas, John (Joyce) Linnemann and Mark (Letitia) Linnemann of Millstadt; one sister, Elsie Hermann of Waterloo; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The family requests that memorials be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Millstadt and will be received at the funeral home.

Friends may call at the Creason Funeral Home, 220 West Washington Street, Millstadt from 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 16, 2008 and from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. on Monday, November 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Millstadt.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Millstadt.  Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Garden Cemetery, Fairview Heights with the Rev. Michael Kumm officiating.

In Loving Memory Of
Laura Marie Petrzelka

Laura Marie Petrzelka, nee Grossenbacher of St. Louis passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at Geitner Care Center having attained the age of 99 years.

Born on April 9, 1909, she married Rudolph "Rudy" F. Petrzelka, Jr. in St. Louis on April 4, 1964 and he survives her passing.

Mrs. Petrzelka was a dress designer and a lifetime resident of St. Louis.

Survivors besides her husband, Rudy, are a sister-in-law, Teresa Mitchell of New Orleans, Louisiana and nieces and nephews.

Private interment will be on Friday, November 14, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at Parklawn Cemetery.

In Loving Memory Of
Nina Cooper

Nina Cooper of St. Louis passed away on Monday, November 10, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis having attained the age of 68 years, 10 months and 20 days.

Born on December 20, 1939 in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the daughter of Joe and Pauline (White) Miller.  She married Frank Cooper and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Cooper was a seamstress.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Southern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Edna C. Stoff

Edna C. Stoff of St. Louis passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at The Charless Home having attained the age of 98 years, 10 months and 20 days.

Born in Edwardsville, Illinois on December 15, 1909, she was the daughter of John F. and Clementine (Halley) Schneider.  She married Oliver Stoff on November 28, 1930 and he preceded her in death on December 12, 1987.

Mrs. Stoff was a homemaker and a member of the Carondelet Presbyterian Quilters.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband was a daughter, Gloria Dale and two sisters, Margaret Schneider and Myrtle Schneider.

Survivors include her three grandchildren, Susan (Lee) Wilburn of Oklahoma, Kenneth (Cathy) Dale of Barnhart, Missouri and Brian (Shannon) Dale of Oakville, Missouri; nine great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will held on Monday, November 10, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at Southern Funeral Home.  Entombment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. Louis.

Friends may call on Sunday, November 9, 2008 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Southern Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

In Loving Memory Of
Vivian G. Vagen

Vivian G. Vagen of Shrewsbury passed away on Friday, October 31, 2008 at her home.  She had attained the age of 90 years, 9 months and 20 days.

Born in East St. Louis on January 11, 1918, she was the daughter of John and Frieda (Wilhelm) DeFosset.  She married Louis V. Vagen on November 28, 1946 in East St. Louis and he preceded her in death.
Mrs. Vagen was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Shrewsbury.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and her husband, Louis were one daughter, Margaret Vagen; one sister, Lucille DeFosset; two brothers, Vernon DeFosset and Cyril "Micky" (JoAnn) DeFosset.

Left surviving her passing are her children, Donald (Donna) Vagen, Carol Vagen, James (Ann) Vagen, Kathleen Elliott of St. Louis, Joseph (Anita) Vagen of Union, Missouri and Robert (Robin) Vagen of St. Louis; one sister-in-law Helen DeFosset of Belleville; seven grandchildren, Christine Miller, Jacob and Philip Elliott, Sarah (Ryan) Whitaker, Molly and Olivia Vagen and Samuel Vagen, three great-grandchildren, Brian Miller, Gracie and Noah Whitaker, nieces, nephews and friends.

Mrs. Vagen donated her body to Washington University School of Medicine.

Friends may call on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 from 9:00 A.M, to 10:00 A.M. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Shrewsbury.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday immediately following the visitation.

In Loving Memory Of
Dorothy S. Reagan

Dorothy Reagan, nee Donahue, 95, of O’Fallon passed away on Friday, October 31, 2008 at Lebanon Care Center, Lebanon, Illinois.

Born on February 24, 1913 in Red Bud, she was the daughter of Patrick and Agnes (Faherty) Donahue.  She was raised in East St. Louis and lived in Belleville and O’Fallon.  Dorothy worked for over 40 years in women’s retail clothing, retiring from Libson Shops as a district supervisor.

Dorothy loved to garden, was an excellent seamstress and was always ready to do alterations for family and friends.  She liked to work with her hands, was a talented quilter and enjoyed crocheting, knitting and creating craft items.  She was a member of St. Nicholas’ Parish, Yesterdays Kids and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Matt Reagan, who died in 1962; her son, Vern J. Reagan, who died in 1985; her parents; her sisters, Estelle Donahue and Katherine Schoen and her brother, Patrick Donahue.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Joan Reagan of O’Fallon; her grandchildren, Joseph (Diane) Reagan of Northville, Michigan, Richard Reagan of Troy, Vicki Reagan of Aurora and Mark (Olga) Reagan of High Ridge, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Patrick Reagan of St. Louis and Fallon Reagan of Northville, Michigan, nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends may call at St. Nicholas Church in O’Fallon on Monday, November 3, 2008 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.  A funeral mass will follow at 10:30 A.M.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Fairview Heights following the mass.

Memorials may be made to St. Nicholas Church.

Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Thomas J. Fox

Thomas J. Fox of St. Louis passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at his home having attained the age of 57 years.

Born on January 18, 1951 in St. Louis, he was the son of Thomas and Mary (Willen) Fox.  He married Mary Ann Kirwin on June 9, 1973 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in St. Louis.

Mr. Fox was a recreational supervisor for the City of St. Louis for more than 30 years. He was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church and a volunteer at Alexian Brothers Senior Center.

Preceding him in death were his father and one brother, Darryl Fox.

Surviving his passing are his beloved wife, Mary Ann; his children, James Fox of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Christopher (Renee) Fox of Davenport, Iowa, Sara Fox of Kansas City, Missouri and Timothy Fox of St. Louis; one grandson, Preston Fox and many friends.

Mr. Fox donated his body to St. Louis University School of Medicine.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In Loving Memory Of
Zelpha Lee Bonney

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Zelpha Lee Bonney passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2008 at St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis.  She had attained the age of 72 years.

Born April 4, 1936 in Douglas County, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Herman D. and Ivy E. (Hodges) Gott.  She married Clark William Bonney and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bonney was a stocker for Walmart for the past six years.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and her husband were a son, Steven Bonney and a sister, Mary.
Survivors include her daughter, Kimberly Haynes of St. Louis; one sister, Marie of California; four brothers, Neal Gott, Richard Gott, both of Springfield, Missouri, David Gott of the Phillipines and Phillip Gott of Rolla, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Stacy Bonney, Steven Bonney, Jr., Stephanie Bonney, Kenneth Haynes, Kandace Haynes, Kayla Haynes, Karina Haynes, Kira Haynes, Kristopher Carlin and Kelsey Carlin, all of St. Louis and two great-grandchildren, Lea Vize and Jaden Flowers.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 9:30 A.M. at Southern Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Friends may call on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and on Thursday, October 23, 2008 from 9:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

In Loving Memory Of
Michael Norton

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Michael Norton of St. Louis passed away on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis having attained the age of 55 years, 1 month and 19 days.

Born on August 26, 1953 in St. Louis, he was the son of Gerard B. and Mary P. (Walsh) Norton.

Mr. Norton was an elementary school teacher, a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, ETC, a former member of the Holy Name Society and St. Cecelia Choir.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gerard B. Norton.

Michael was the dear son of Mary P. Norton of St. Louis; dear brother of Patrick J. Norton, Thomas (Donna) Norton, Mary Anne Norton of St. Louis, Teresa (Richard) Norton-Young and Christine Speers of O’Fallon, Missouri; dear uncle of Shannon and Patrick Murphy-Norton, Shaun, Patricia and Robbie Speers; dear nephew of Sister Virginia Walsh and Rita Roberts; a great man, cousin, actor, author and friend to many.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, October 20, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in St. Louis with Rev. Richard Tillman officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville, Illinois.

Friends may call on Sunday, October 19, 2008 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and on Monday, October 20, 2008 from 9:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard.  Memorials may be made to St. Cecelia Catholic Church or to the donor’s choice.

In Loving Memory Of
Clara H. Magnuson

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Another Angel is at His side as Clara H Magnuson joined our loving Father on October 15, 2008. Clara was a caring mother with a selfless and unending love for her children, grandchildren, great grand children, companions and friends. She led a simple, but full life and handled the bumps in the road gracefully. She enjoyed dancing, playing the mandolin, bowling, doing word jumbles and crossword puzzles and taking an occasional trip to the casino or visit family. She was a devoted Christian and often prayed for the needs of others. She had a long life and left peacefully, without pain, and on her own terms. She will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her sister,Vera Bouckeart (St. Louis, MO), brother,Walter Boehne(St Louis, MO), son, Richard Kostecki (Denver, CO) and many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Casimer Frank Kostecki, second husband, Warren I Magnuson, daughters, Mary Ann Weaver and Ginny Coleman and son, Lawrence Kostecki.

For those who prefer donations in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Clara Magnuson’s name to the American Cancer Society.

The family of Clara Magnuson will receive family and friends on Friday, October 24th from 6:00 PM–9:00 PM at Southern Funeral Home–6322 S. Grand, St Louis, MO 63111.  A celebration of Clara’s life will be held on Saturday, October 25th 11:30 AM at Southern Funeral Home, with a memoriam officiated by Reverend Monsignor John Borcic, St. Mary Magdalen Church.  Burial will be private at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

In Loving Memory Of
Margaret E. Whalen

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Margaret Esther Whalen of St. Louis passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2008 at her home having attained the age of 85 years, 5 months and 11 days.

Born in St. Louis on May 1, 1923, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Esther (Reibert) Brendle.  She was united in marriage to Richard Michael Whalen on January 26, 1946 at Holy Family Church in St. Louis and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Whalen was a cashier for the City of St. Louis for 23 years and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and her husband were one son, Richard "Rickey" Whalen; four brothers, Dillman Brendle, Lawrence Brendle, William Brendle and Jordan Brendle and one sister, Mary Catherine Schroeder.

Survivors include her children, Peggy (Ralph) Kroeck and John "Jack" (Sherry) Whalen of St. Louis; two sisters, Esther Bixler and Barbara Naeger of St. Charles; four grandchildren, Trisha (Shawn) Coleman, Tiffany Kroeck, Richard Whalen and Erin Whalen; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Abigael Coleman; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and many friends.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 17, 2008 at 11:30 A.M. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in St. Louis with Father Rice officiating.  Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 16, 2008 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and on Friday, October 17, 2008 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

In Loving Memory Of
Clara "Sue" Layton

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Clara "Sue" Layton of St. Louis passed away on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at DeGreef Hospice Center at the age of 79 years, 4 months and 15 days.

Born on May 26, 1929 in Wilson, Arkansas, she was the daughter of Samuel A. and Grace (Russell) Gist.
Mrs. Layton was a waitress.

Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Willis "Bud" (Evelyn) Gist.

Left to mourn her passing are her children, Sheila (Garry) Gonzalez of Arnold, Missouri, Terrance Layton of Hermann, Missouri and Brenda (Leonard) Bowling of Pevely, Missouri; three brothers, Sam (Laverne) Gist, Jr., Charles (Denise) Gist, both of Florida and Bill (Joan) Gist of Louisiana; six grandchildren, Samantha Gonzales of Kirkwood, Missouri, Gerad (Tamara) Gonzalez of Fenton, Missouri, Terra Grace Layton of Bay, Missouri, Joseph Palmier, Shane Staples and Brandon Staples all of St. Louis; two great-grandchildren, Jared and Jack Gonzalez, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at Southern Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Senack officiating.  Interment will follow in Parklawn Cemetery in St. Louis.

Friends may call at Southern Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and on Thursday, October 16, 2008 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.  Memorials may be made to DeGreef Hospice Center and will be received at the funeral home.

In Loving Memory Of
Leo Francis Dowling

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Leo Francis Dowling of St. Louis passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis at the age of 88 years.

Born on August 31, 1920 in Kewanee, Illinois, he was the son of Christopher N. and Catherine A. (Gipe) Dowling. Mr. Dowling was united in marriage to Elvadean Estelle (Haaser) Dowling on May 9, 1942 in St. Louis and she preceded him in death on September 17, 2008.

Mr. Dowling was a warehouseman with Admiral Merchants for more than twenty years. He was a veteran having served in the United States Army in World War II. He attained the rank of Sergeant and was awarded two bronze stars. Mr. Dowling was a member of St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church and CSMAC.

Mr. Dowling was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elvadean; and one brother, Bernard Dowling.

Left to mourn his passing are his children, Leo Dowling, Jr. of St. Louis and Patricia Vinyard of Kannapolis, North Carolina; three sisters, Lois C. Baker, Mary Rita Dowling and Rosemary Dowling of St. Louis; one brother, Alphonse Eugene (Mary) Dowling of St. Louis; four grandchildren, Derek Leftridge of St. Louis, Kristina Kamer, Roy Vinyard and Cody Vinyard of North Carolina and three great-grandchildren, Derek Leftridge II, Kyle Schuppan and Aidan Vinyard.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 12:00 Noon at St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church with Father Ron Hopmeir officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday, September 26, 2008 from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon at the church. Memorials may be made to the church.

Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Marian Dorothy Prashudie

Marian Dorothy Prashudie of St. Louis passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis having attained the age of 83 years.

Born in Minnesota on May 11, 1925, she married Thomas A. Prashudie on August 6, 1964 in St. Louis and he survives her passing.

Mrs. Prashudie was a telephone operator with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for forty years.


All services will be private. 
Southern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Elvadean Estelle Dowling

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Elvadean Estelle Dowling, 86, of St. Louis passed away on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis.

Born on July 6, 1922 in St. Louis, she was the daughter of Arthur and Bertha (Norris) Haaser. She married Leo Francis Dowling on May 9, 1942 in St. Louis.

Mrs. Dowling was a sales associate with Famous Barr and a member of SCMAC.

Preceding her in death were her parents and two sisters, Laverne Brooks and Margie Janson.

Surviving her passing are her husband, Leo F. Dowling; her children, Leo Dowling, Jr. of St. Louis and Patricia Vinyard of Kannapolis, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Derek Leftridge of St. Louis, Kristina Kamer of North Carolina, Roy and Cody Vinyard of North Carolina; three great-grandchildren, Derek Leftridge II, Kyle Schuppan and Aidan Vinyard; one brother-in-law, sisters-in-law; aunt, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church with Rev. Ron Hopmeir officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Friends may call on Monday, September 22, 2008 from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church. Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Michael William Cole

Michael William Cole, 58, of Salem, Missouri passed away on Monday, September 8, 2008 at Jefferson Barraacks VA Medical Center.

Born in St. Louis on December 6, 1949, he was the son of the late Edward and Ida Mae (Brandaw) Cole. He was a tool and die fabricator, a Vietnam veteran, a member of Shannondale United Church of Christ, Timber, Missouri, a charter member of VFW Post Number VVA 611 and the Teamsters Union.

Mr. Cole is survived by his son, Anthony Michael Barr of Salem, Missouri; one brother, Edward A. Cole of Arizona and one sister, Pat Reed of Lander, Wyoming.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 12, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. at Southern Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Fulk officiating. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors.

Friends may call on Friday, September 12, 2008 at Southern Funeral Home from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. The family requests that memorials be made to Jefferson Barracks Hospice Unit.

In Loving Memory Of
Matthew Allen Trinity

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Matthew Allen Trinity, 38, of Millstadt passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at Touchette Regional Medical Center, Centreville.

Born on April 24, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, he was the son of Dr. Robert and JoAn (Soehngen) Trinity.

Matthew was an electrician and a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt.

Surviving his passing are his parents, Dr. Robert and JoAn Trinity of Millstadt; his former wife, Ellen Hartley Trinity; two daughters, Madeline and Gwendolyn Trinity of Millstadt; three sisters, Teresa (Thad) Neal and Mary (Brad) Guenther of St. Louis and Patricia (Adam) Glassner of Charlotte, North Carolina and one brother, Thomas (Kathy) Trinity of St. Louis.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. There will be no visitation.

The Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Harrison Eugene Chapman

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Harrison Eugene Chapman, 80, of Pontoon Beach passed away on Monday, September 1, 2008 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.

Born in Fredericktown, Missouri on August 8, 1928, he was the son of Charles and Lovey (King) Chapman. He was united in marriage to JoAnn L. Patton on May 5, 1948 in Fresno, California.

Mr. Chapman was a Korean War Veteran and was the recipient of three Bronze Stars.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, JoAnn; one brother, Melvin Chapman; one sister, Freda Braddy and two brothers-in-law, Elmo Braddy and Bill Osmack.

Left to mourn his passing are his children, Gloria (James) Shanahan, Charlene (Craig) Deeken, Darlene (Jack) Dwyer, Arlene (Clarence Gleghorn) Chapman all of St. Louis, Marlene (Richard) Weber of Fenton and Penny (Kent) Hendel of St. Louis; his dearest companion, Eleanor Rives of Pontoon Beach; two sisters, Retha Osmack and Janice (Jim) Davis; one sister-in-law, Elsa Chapman-Lowery; eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 11:30 A.M. at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis with interment following at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Friends may call at Southern Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 from 3:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. The family has requested that memorials be made to the American Diabetes Foundation and will be received at the funeral home.

In Loving Memory Of
Eleanora Kinzinger

Eleanora Kinzinger, 83, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2008 at Canterbury Manor Nursing Center in Waterloo.

She was born on March 2, 1925 in Columbia, the daughter of the late Rudolph and Elsie (Lepp) Kinzinger.  Prior to moving to Canterbury Manor Nursing Center, Eleanora lived in assisted living in New Baden and attended the Clinton County Rehabilitation Center Workshop.

Preceding her in death besides her parents were two sisters, Dorothy Kinzinger and Florence Kinzinger.

Surviving her passing are her brother, Fred (Fern) Kinzinger of Columbia and her sister, Rosemary Kinzinger of Waterloo.

The family wishes a special thank you to Dr. Amy Rohlfing, the staff at Canterbury Manor Nursing Center and Hospice of Southern Illinois for their loving care.  The family also requests that memorials be made to Canterbury Manor Activity Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be received at the funeral home.

Friends may call on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 from 12:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Creason Funeral Home, 220 West Washington Street, Millstadt.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at the funeral home with Rev. Jonathan Hubbard officiating.  Burial will follow at Mount Evergreen Cemetery, Millstadt.

In Loving Memory Of
Pamela Mary Menees

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Pamela Mary (Arnold) Menees came into this world on October 29, 1963 in Rolla, Missouri.  She went to her Lord on Sunday, August 10, 2008, losing her battle with MS, which she fought courageously since 1992.

Her love of music had her performing in the Jonesboro Grade School and the Anna-Jonesboro High School bands.  She graduated from Anna-Jonesboro High School in 1981.

On May 12, 1984, she was joined in marriage to Jerry J. Menees at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna.  To this union, two sons were born, Jerry Richard and Brandon Scott.  They made their home in Millstadt.
In addition to her husband and sons, she is survived by a granddaughter, Issabella Cheyenne and her mother, Brandi; her parents, Richard and Cecilia Arnold of Jonesboro; her brothers, William Lloyd Arnold of Oro Valley, Arizona and Douglas Paul Arnold of Paducah, Kentucky; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Shirley (Jerry) McCormick of Belleville, Ivan (Mary) Menees of Millstadt, Barbara (Chet) Barker of Columbia, Lloyd "Buddy" Menees, Jr. of Gillespie, Mary (Richard) Proctor of Black Shear, Georgia and Margie (Randy) Teutrine of Belleville and very special godparents, Mary Lou and Ralph Heisserer of Oran, Missouri and many cousins and friends.

Preceding her in death were her father and mother-in-law, Lloyd E. and Wilhelmina (Theis) Menees and a sister-in-law, Sally Etling.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 16, 2008 at Creason Funeral Home, 220 West Washington Street, Millstadt.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 16, 2008 at Creason Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin Volk officiating.  Interment will follow in Mount Evergreen Cemetery, Millstadt.

In Loving Memory Of
Kathryn S. Helfrich

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Kathryn S. Helfrich of Millstadt passed away on Friday, August 8, 2008 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville at the age of 85 years.

Born on August 26, 1922 in St. Louis, she was the daughter of John and Susanna (Seliga) Chagala.  She married Richard Helfrich on December 12, 1945 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Centreville and he preceded her in death on October 13, 1990.

Mrs. Helfrich was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt and a former member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Centreville.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and her husband, Richard, were two brothers, John (Delores) Chagala and Joe Chagala; three sisters, Marie (Les) Brinker, Susie (Joe) Kovac and Anne (Mike) Kovac and one brother-in-law, Adam Embrich.

Left to mourn her passing are her children, Paul (Donna) Helfrich of Smithton, Donald Helfrich of Millstadt and Barb (Tom) Dahm of Belleville; one sister, Emily Embrich, three sisters-in-law, Pearl Chagala, Celia Helfrich and Rosie Helfrich; two brothers-in-law, Alvin Helfrich and Clarence Lickenbrock; five grandchildren, Christine (Dave) Bivens of Waterloo, Karen Helfrich of Evanston, Jen (Andy) Schutzenhofer, Mike Dahm and Chris Dahm of Belleville and three great-grandchildren, Jenna and Kelsey Bivens and Mya Schutzenhofer, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 11, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Father Marvin Volk officiating.  Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Centreville.

Friends may call on Sunday, August 10, 2008 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Monday, August 11, 2008 from 9:00 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. at Creason Funeral Home, 220 West Washington Street, Millstadt.  The rosary will be recited at 4:00 P.M. Memorials may be made in the form of masses or memorials to St. James Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

In Loving Memory Of
Eleanor Agnes "Jerry" Kennedy

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Eleanor Agnes "Jerry" Kennedy of St. Louis passed away on Friday, August 1, 2008 at the Charless Home in St. Louis having attained the age of 85 years.

Born January 9, 1923 in St. Louis, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret (Deehan) Gage.  She married Clifford B. Kennedy on November 22, 1945 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Louis and he preceded her in death on May 12, 1986.  Mrs. Kennedy was an elementary school teacher at St. Margaret of Scotland School for 20 years and a member of the Carondelet Senior Center.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband, was brother, Charles Gage.

Left to mourn her passing are her children, Judith (James) Volansky of Sunset Hills, Missouri, Thomas (Mary Ann) Kennedy and Janice (Ken) Tooley, both of St. Louis and Donald Kennedy of Wentzville; three sisters, Pat (Herb) Miller, Dorothy (Rudy) Fusco and Rosalie Manz of St. Louis; three brothers, Raymond (Lee) Gage of Bloomfield, New Jersey, Thomas Gage of Fair Grove, Missouri and David (Edna) Gage of St. Louis, six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great- nieces, great - nephews and many friends.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church with Rev. Bob Sampson officiating.  Burial will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Friends may call on Monday, August 4, 2008 from 3:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Tuesday, August 5, 2008 from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

In Loving Memory Of
Sandra Lee (Antwine) Hortiz

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Sandra Lee (Antwine) Hortiz of Fenton, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at the age of 62 years.

Born May 10, 1946 in Port Smith, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Louise (Birch) Marshal.  She married Alvery Louis Hortiz, Jr. on June 6, 1969 and he survives her passing.
Preceding her in death besides her parents were two sons, Frank Edmond Antwine and Christopher Hortiz.
Left to mourn her passing besides her husband are four sons, Allen "Kenneth" (Theresa) Antwine of Peoria, Illinois,  Alvery Hortiz III of Jefferson City, Missouri, Marshal Hortiz of Fenton, Missouri and Jimmy (Shelley) Hortiz of Texas; one daughter, Penney (Brent) Walker of House Springs, Missouri; three sisters, Rose Marie (Ronnie) Frigm, Shirley (Michael) Martin and Penney Jane (Chet) Parker of North Carolina; one brother, Allen (Julie) Marshal of North Carolina; her mother-in-law, Louise Hortiz, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard with Rev. Ray Redlich officiating.  Burial will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Friends may call on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Wednesday, August 6, 2008 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.m. at the Southern Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the family.

In Loving Memory Of
Elsie L. Helfrich

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Elsie L. Helfrich of Columbia, formerly of Paderborn, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2008 at Canterbury Manor Nursing Home in Waterloo at the age of 96 years.

Born in Columbia on April 15, 1912, she was the daughter of John and Bernadine (Weilbacher) Janson.  She married Arthur P. Helfrich on November 14, 1946 in Columbia and he preceded her in death on July 3, 2004.

Mrs. Helfrich was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Paderborn, St. Ann’s Sodality and the Floraville Homemakers.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and her husband, Arthur, were a son-in-law, Joseph Matlock, her brothers, Clarence Janson, John Janson, Adrian Janson, Lawrence Janson and Oliver Janson in infancy and a sister, Hilda Heck.

Left to mourn her passing are her children, Elaine Matlock of Columbia, Eilene Helfrich of Phoenix, Arizona, Arlou (Doug) Bartlett of Anchorage, Alaska and Bernita (Gary) Maurer of Waterloo; a brother, Br. Herbert Janson, S. M. of San Antonio, Texas; a sister-in-law, Clara Janson of Columbia, nine grandchildren, Mark (Leslie) Matlock, Chris and Sarah Matlock, Jim, Danielle and John Bartlett, Jamie (Joe) Kulessa, Jason and Joshua Maurer; one great-grandson, Joseph James Matlock, nieces, nephews and many friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Paderborn with Father Carl Scherrer officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery.
Friends may call on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 from 4:00 to 9:00 P.M. and from 9:00 to 9:40 A.M. Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at the Creason Funeral Home, Millstadt.  A prayer service will be held at 4:30 P.M. on Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to St. Michael’s Building Fund or to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be received at the funeral home.

In Loving Memory Of
Marvin James Bendorf

Marvin James Bendorf of Collinsville passed away on Friday, July 4, 2008 at Willow Creek Nursing Home in Belleville at the age of 76 years.

Born in Aviston on October 27, 1931, he was the son of Ivan and Frances (Markus) Bendorf.  He married LaVerne Proffer on July 3, 1962 and she preceded him in death.

Mr. Bendorf was a car salesman for Meyer Olds for 25 years.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served in Korea, a member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, Fairview Heights and the Swansea Moose Lodge.

Preceding him in death besides his parents and his wife, LaVerne, were a sister, Mary Jane Gerner and a brother, Robert James Bendorf.

Surviving are his daughters, Marcia (Terry) Martin of Collinsville and Francine (Douglas) Yencho of Pepperell, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren, Burlyn Bendorf, Sarah Martin, Kane Martin, Kara Martin, Calli Martin, Johnathon Yencho and Joseph Yencho.

All services will be private.  Arrangements are being handled by the Creason Funeral Home, Millstadt.

In Loving Memory Of
Robert Mitchell Becker

Robert Mitchell Becker of St. Louis died on Sunday, June 22, 2008 at St. Louis University Hospital at the age of 50 years.

Mr. Becker was born July 4, 1957 in St. Louis, the son of Claude and Noga “Faye” (Mathis) Becker.  He was a maintenance man in a hospital.

He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Angela (Richard) Finley of Cahokia and Tara Becker of St. Louis and a brother, Keith Becker of Jefferson City, Missouri.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 5:00 P.M. at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard with Rev. Greg Matcheck officiating.

Friends may call on Sunday, June 29, 2008 from 4:00 to 5:00 P.M.  Memorials may be made to the family.

In Loving Memory Of
Elaine N. Schmidt

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Elaine N. Schmidt of St. Louis passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Clayton on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at the age of 73 years.

Born on August 18, 1934 in St. Louis, she was the daughter of George and Gertrude G. (Grafford) Etling and they preceded her in death.  She married Kenneth N. Schmidt on March 14, 1952 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in St. Louis and he preceded her in death on March 16, 2002.

Mrs. Schmidt was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her children, Kenneth L. Schmidt of Eureka, Missouri, Georgia L. (Carrie) Arrow of Portland, Oregon, Kurtis John (Cindy) Schmidt of Arnold, Missouri, Tracee (Dave) deNeui of Plymouth, Minnesota and Eric (Erica) Schmidt of Hazelwood, Missouri, ten grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a special sister-in-law and many friends.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, June 20, 2008 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church with Rev. David Dittmar officiating.

Friends may call on Thursday, June 19, 2008 from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be received at the funeral home.

In Loving Memory Of
Lea Anne Telthorst

Lea Anne Telthorst of St. Louis passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at her home at the age of 85 years.
 
Born July 26, 1922 in St. Louis, she was the daughter of Otto and Frances (McDonald) Russkopf.  She married George M. Telthorst in August of 1953 and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Telthorst was an elementary teacher with the St. Louis City Schools for ten years and a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church

Preceding her in death besides her parents and her husband, George were two brothers, Arthur and Victor Russkopf.

Surviving are her children, George M. (Chris) Telthorst of Bloomington, Indiana, Lea Anne (Joe) Howell of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, James (Gratia) Telthorst of Glen Carbon and Norma (Mike) Telthorst-Reven of Verona, New Jersey, seven grandchildren, Katie, Laura, Meg, David, Julia, Marion and Libby; two step-grandchildren, Alec and John, nieces, nephews and friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, June 16, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church with Father Richard Tillman officiating.  Burial will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Friends may call on Sunday, June 15, 2008 from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard.  A prayer service will be held at 4:00 P.M.

Memorials may be made to Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and will be received at the funeral home.

In Loving Memory Of
Joyce E. Rasp

Joyce E. Rasp of St. Louis passed into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis.  She had attained the age of 95 years.

Born on April 3, 1913 in Biehle, Missouri, she was the daughter of Ferdinand and Gusta (Eddleman) Cook.  She married Joseph B. Nesselhauf on November 24, 1937 and he preceded her in death on May 6, 1979.  On July 24, 1982, she married John H. Rasp and he preceded her in death on July 14, 1993.

Mrs. Rasp was a secretary at St. Cecilia School for 19 years, a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church and past president of St. Cecilia Council for Catholic Women.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and her husbands were two brothers, Douglas Gallagher and Samuel Gallagher and one sister, Lillian McLean.

Those left to mourn her passing are her children, Carol A. (Matthias) Meyer of Imperial, Missouri, Joseph L. (Charleis) Nesselhauf of St. Louis, Janice L. (David) Gerdes of Imperial, Missouri, Kay C. (David) Ladenberger of Iberia, Missouri and James E. (Olga) Nesselfhauf of St. Louis; her step-children, Deloris (Kenneth) Wicks, Marlene Wade, John C. (Olivia) Rasp and Robert S. (Jackie) Rasp; a sister-in-law, Sally Gallagher; her godchild, Judith Fuchs; 21 grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, June 13, 2008 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard.

Memorials may be made to Nazareth Living Center, the Humane Society or in the form of masses and will be received at the funeral home.

In Loving Memory Of
Angelia Vunovic

Angelia Vunovic, 86, of Belleville, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2008 at the Atrium Health Care Center in Cahokia.

Angelia was born in Germany on April 15, 1922.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville.

Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt is in charge of arrangements.


In Loving Memory Of
Evelyn Klopmeyer

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Evelyn Klopmeyer of Millstadt, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville at the age of 85 years.

Born in Belleville on March 14, 1923, she was the daughter of Curt and Elizabeth (Fournie) Wiley.  She married William Klopmeyer on July 18, 1942 at St. Teresa Rectory in Belleville and he preceded her in death on March 7, 1988.

Mrs. Klopmeyer was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, St. James Sodality, Metro East Gold Star Mothers of which she was the president, American Legion Auxiliary Post #502, VFW Auxiliary Post #7980 and the Millstadt Senior Center.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and her husband, William, was a son, James Klopmeyer, who died December 19, 1967 in Vietnam; a sister, Mildred Wiley and a sister-in-law, Virginia Naumann.
Left to mourn her passing are her children, Thomas (Gail) Klopmeyer of Freeburg, Kenneth (Marla) Klopmeyer of Troy, William (Kim) Klopmeyer of Belleville, Beth Elese (Charles) Schmalzried of Carrollton, Texas, Rebecca Pearson and Joel Joergensen of Swansea and Melissa (Mike) Esker of Millstadt; a brother, Curt (Jeann) Wiley; grandchildren, Tina (Rick) Diener, Stephanie (Mike) Morris, Nicole (Greg) Schmidt, Amanda Klopmeyer, Andre Klopmeyer, Jim Klopmeyer, Matt Klopmeyer and fiancé, Jamie, Jamie and Natalie Klopmeyer, Eric (Jenny) Schmalzried, Julie (Thomas) Barrett, Tony (Magen) Pearson and Luke (Renee) Adkins; eleven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 6, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt with Father Marvin Volk officiating.  Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery.

Friends may call on Thursday, June 5, 2008 from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Creason Funeral Home, Millstadt.  A prayer service will be held at 4:00 P.M.

Memorials may be made to the Millstadt Senior Center or St. James Catholic Church.

In Loving Memory Of
Diana Sue Geuss

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Diana Sue Geuss of Worden, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2008 at the Edwardsville Nursing Home at the age of 48 years.

Born on April 5, 1960 in Staunton, she was the daughter of Harry W. and Rose (Wilkening) Olive.  She married Joseph Geuss on March 24, 1994 at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Hamel, Illinois.

Mrs. Geuss was a Junior High School teacher with the River View Gardens School District and a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Hamel.

Left to mourn her passing are her parents, Harry W. and Rose Olive, her husband, Joseph Geuss of Worden, two sons, Russell L. Woelfel of Miamisburg, Ohio and Alexander T. Geuss of Worden; one brother, Kevin Olive of North Carolina and two sisters, Deborah Olive of North Carolina and Ruth (Steven) Gevers of Hamel.

A gathering of friends will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2008 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Hamel.  A memorial service will follow at 12:00 noon with Rev. Sheryl Cross officiating.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital

Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Lysle Louise Steele

Lysle Louise Steele passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2008 at the Randolph County Care Center in Sparta at the age of 87 years.

Mrs. Steele was born on July 17, 1920 in East St. Louis, the daughter of Raymond and Elizabeth "Elsie" (Ax) Wheatley.  She was a lifelong resident of East St. Louis and Belleville until her retirement.
 
She was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, St. Teresa Academy Class of 1938, American Legion Auxiliary of Sparta, Macke Senior Center of Marissa, Quilter’s of St. Agatha’s Catholic Church and the Risdon Kitchen Band.  She wrote the senior column for the Marissa newspaper.

Preceding her in death besides her parents, were one son, John Ray (Linda) Steele; two sisters, Doris Wheatley and Dorothy Jamison and two brothers, Raymond Wheatley and Vincent "Bud" Wheatley.
Left to mourn her passing are her son, James R. (Norma) Steele of Marissa, two grandchildren, Jennifer (Jimmy) Lillard of Red Bud and Stephen (Susan) Owens of Cape Giarardeau, Missouri, two great-grandchildren, Jim Weston, Jr. and Weston Baird of Red Bud; four nephews, three nieces, many cousins, great-nieces and nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 10:00 A.M.  at St. Agatha’s Catholic Church in New Athens with Rev. James M. Nall officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 11:00 A.M.

There will be no visitation.  Memorials may be made in the form of masses or to the Shrine Of Our Lady Of The Snows.  Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Betty Joann Steffen

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Betty Joann Steffen, 68, of St. Louis, died Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at her home.

Born July 20, 1939 in St. Clair, Missouri, she was the daughter of Vernon and Thelma (McCain) Schmuke.

She was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and was a florist.

Mrs. Steffen was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Michael Steffen.

Surviving her passing are her children, Ronald "Ron" Langendorf of St. Louis, Karen Fonke of St. Clair, Missouri, Krista (Gaetano) Piazza of St. Louis County and Robert Steffen of St. Louis; one brother, Jon (Joann) Schmuke of Ballwin, Missouri; three grandchildren, Dawn (Chad) Burns, David Fonke and Bianca Piazza and two great-grandchildren, Brianna Burns and Caden Burns.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Lawrence Etherton officiating.  Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday, May 30, 2008 from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M.  Memorials may be made to the Humane Society.

In Loving Memory Of
Geoffrey Anthony Schoen

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Geoffrey Anthony Schoen of St. Louis passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at the age of 39 years.  Born in St. Louis on October 27,1968, he was the son of Gerald and Ruth Elaine Schoen.

Mr. Schoen was a handyman and was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Kelly Schoen Rude.

Survivors include his mother, four brothers, Gerald Schoen of St. Louis, Theodore "Ted" Schoen of Arnold, Missouri, Edward "Ed" Schoen of California and Scott Andrew Schoen of St. Louis; nieces and nephews, Steven Michael Tyra, Heather Lynn Schoen, Kelsey Laine Schoen, Haley Marie Schoen, Kelly Marie Tyra and Sadie Tyra.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard.  Interment will be in Lake Charles Memorial Park Cemetery.

Friends may call on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Memorials may be made to the family.

In Loving Memory Of
David Eric Munsell

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David Eric Munsell passed away on May 8, 2008 at his home in St. Louis at the age of 30 years.  Born October 3, 1977 in St. Louis, he was the son of Burl Anderson Munsell and Helen Lilly Sprous Payne.

Surviving his passing are his mother and a sister, Crystal Darlene (Anthony) Bonney of St. Louis.  His father preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard.  Interment will follow at St. Matthew’s Cemetery.

Friends may call on Monday, May 12, 2008 from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M.  Memorials may be made to the family.

In Loving Memory Of
Dorothy Agnes Burmester

Dorothy Agnes Burmester, 94, of St. Louis, passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis.

Born on July 25, 1913 in St. Louis, she was the daughter of Edwin and Susan (Doran) Burmester.  She was a retired school teacher

She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, Walter, Alfred, Eugene, Robert and Richard Burmester.

Surviving are her brother, Father Edwin Burmester of St. Louis, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends may call on Saturday, April 26, 2008 from 11:30 A.M. to 12:00 noon at St. Cecilia Catholic Church.  A funeral mass will follow at 12:00 noon.  Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in the form of masses.

Southern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Emily Elizabeth Polette

Emily Elizabeth Polette, nee Schneidermeyer,  in her 91st year, passed away on April 18, 2008 at her home in St. Louis, Missouri.

Born August 5, 1917 in St. Louis, she married L. J. Polette on August 24, 1955 and he survives her passing.  She was a former employee of Lammert Furniture and Famous Barr and a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Women’s Sodality.

Other survivors include her children, Denise Polette, Karen (Mark) Loeffler, Lindsay (Cindy) Polette, Lance (Luann) Polette and Hugh William (Dorothy) Polette all of St. Louis, seven grandsons and two granddaughters.

Preceding her in death was a brother, William Schneidermeyer.

Friends may call at the Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard on Monday, April 22, 2008 from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. and on Tuesday, April 23, 2008 from 9:00 to 9:30 A.M.

A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.  Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the church and will be received at the funeral home.

In Loving Memory Of
Katherine Mae "Kate" Koerber

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Katherine Mae "Kate" Koerber, 74, of Waterloo, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2008 at the home of her son in rural Waterloo.

Born May 6, 1933 in Belleville, she was the daughter of George and Margaret (Egger) Wild.  She married Hubert G. Koerber, Sr. on May 24, 1952 at St. Paul United Church Of Christ in Floraville and he preceded her in death on December 5, 1999.

Mrs. Koerber was retired from Paddock Industries, a member of Modern Woodmen of America and St. Paul United Church of Christ in Floraville.

Besides her husband, Hubert, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, George Wild.
Left to mourn her passing are her children, Hubert (Christy) Koerber, Jr. of Waterloo, Debbie (Tim) Sansom, Kathy (Gary) Dahm, both of Swansea and Linda (Don) Traiteur of Millstadt; two sisters, Frances (Sylvester) Dickneite of Millstadt and Florence Miller of Belleville; two brothers, Charles Wild of Belleville and Donald (Dolores) Wild of Millstadt; twelve grandchildren, Jennifer (Shawn) Monnich of Canton, Douglas Sansom of Swansea, Pamela (Matthew) Patterson of Smithton, Thomas Dahm of Swansea, Donald Traiteur, Jr. of Millstadt, Lauren Traiteur of Granite City, John Traiteur of Mt. Vernon, Katie Traiteur of Millstadt, Allyssa Koerber, Megan Koerber, Madison Koerber and Kiley Koerber of Waterloo and two great-grandchildren, Austin Monnich and Hayden Patterson.

Friends may call on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. and 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at the Creason Funeral Home, Millstadt.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at Creason Funeral Home, Millstadt, with Rev. Matthew Friz officiating.  Burial will follow in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Heartland Hospice and will be received at the funeral home.

In Loving Memory Of
Mary Elizabeth Auer


Mary Elizabeth Auer passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 60 years.

Elizabeth served over 35 years in United States Government service with her final post being as District Director of the Wichita District Office of the U. S. Small Business Administration.  She was a member of the Downtown Wichita Rotary Club and a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She was the beloved daughter of John Alfred and Helen Margaret (Meyer) Auer.

Elizabeth is survived by two brothers, John Alfred Auer, Jr. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and James Edward Auer of Franklin, Tennessee; nieces, Teresa Jane (Auer) Larson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Helen Meeyoung Auer of Shibukawa, Japan; nephews, Joseph Brian Auer of Portland, Oregon, Francis Teiichiro Auer of College Park, Maryland and Second Lieutenant John Edwin Auer, United States Marine Corps of Quantico, Virginia.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 7, 2008 as part of the Rotary Club of Downtown Wichita weekly meeting.

Burial will be in Sunland Memorial Park, Mortuary and Cremation Center in Sun City, Arizona.

For further information please contact James Auer at jameseauer@vanderbilt.edu  Or 615-343-6980.

In Loving Memory Of
Robert S. Alexander

Robert S. Alexander, 64, of Belleville died March 16, 2008 at the Swansea Care Center.

Born March 2, 1944 in Chicago, he was the son of Robert and Josephine Alexander.  He married Kira "Sissy" Alexander on September 29, 2006 in Belleville and she survives.

Also surviving are five children.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Alexander, Jr. and a sister, Juanita Shelton.

He was a member of American Legion Stookey Post # 1255 and a truck driver.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt.  Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Centreville.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

In Loving Memory Of
William "Lawrence" Colston

William "Lawrence" Colston passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2008 in St. Louis at the age of 96 years.
Born September 24, 1911 in Senath, Missouri, the son of William Carroll and Della (Burgess) Colston, he married Esther (McFarland) Colston on November 7, 1931 in Cardwell, Missouri and she preceded him in death along with his parents; one brother, Price Colston and three sisters, Zuma Hamilton, Lillie Dickerson and Mary Hayes.

Surviving his passing are one daughter, Linda (George) Hicks of St. Louis; four grandchildren, Terri (Gary) Pyles of O’Fallon, Missouri, Ken (Melissa) Hicks of Belleville, Sherri (Gary) Woods of Affton, Missouri and Karen (Randy) Hartmann of Blue Springs, Missouri; eleven great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Janus Von Nida, Kyle Hicks, Alexander Pyles, Elizabeth and Erwin Corpuz, Curtis Obst, Matthew Hartmann, Alyson Hartmann, Emily and Erin Hicks; a great-great-grandson, Jason Pyles and a baby on the way; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends may call on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard.  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Funeral services and burial will be held in Paragould, Arkansas.

In Loving Memory Of
June Lillian Wagner

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June Lillian Wagner, 87, of St. Louis, passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2008 in Ballwin, Missouri. 
Born June 4, 1920 in Belleville, Illinois, she was the daughter of Edward Benjamin and Fern (Hunsaker) Norris Weber.  She was a hard worker and worked most of her life as a meat cutter for A & P, Kroger and Schnucks.  She was a retiree of the Meatcutters Union.

Surviving her passing are her children, Beverly Ann Lamb of St. Louis, Carol (Larry) Moeckel of Bonne Terre, David (Sue) Ponzar of St. Louis and Jim (Marcia) Ponzar of Wentzville; a sister, Marjorie; ten grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death besides her parents was a brother, Edward.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 17, 2008 at 7:30 P.M. at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand Boulevard.

Friends may call on Monday from 4:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

In Loving Memory Of
Hazel Marie Shelton

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Hazel Marie Shelton, nee Blackburn, 89, of Waterloo, born March 8, 1919 in Creal Springs, Illinois, died Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo, Illinois.

Mrs. Shelton was a housewife and a member of Villa Hills Assembly Of God Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Edward and Angie (Willard) Blackburn, her husband, James A. Shelton, whom she married on February 24, 1940 and died December 1, 1979; her husband, Harold Lance, who died in May, 1981; one son, Basil Shelton, Sr.; one daughter, Ponda Lou Shelton; three brothers, Frank Blackburn, Raymond Blackburn and Donald Blackburn; and four sisters, Helen Dover, Mildred Bradford, Betty Largent and June Blackburn.

She is by four daughters, Dorothy Blackburn of Ft. Pierce, Florida, Shirley (Robert) Shelton of Granite City, Diane O’Dell and Lela (Pete) Goodman of Waterloo; two sons, Rev. Eugene (Eva) Shelton of Ellington, Missouri and James Lloyd (Mary) Shelton of Belleville; one brother, Lonnie Joe (Donna) Blackburn of Ohio; 36 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
The family requests that memorials be made to Villa Hills Assembly of God Church and will be received at the funeral home.

Friends may call at the Creason Funeral Home, Millstadt from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 16, 2008 and from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 18, 2008.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at Creason Funeral Home, Millstadt, with Rev. Robert Dobler and Rev. Pete Goodman officiating.  Burial will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In Loving Memory Of
Imelda H. Farek

Imelda H. Farek of Sullivan, Missouri, formerly of St. Louis, passed away on March 4, 2008 at the Life Care Center in Sullivan, Missouri.  She had attained the age of 92 years.  Born August 22, 1915 in St. Louis, she was the daughter of Cornelius and Anna Schmitz.  She married Joseph Farek in St. Louis in 1980 and he preceded her in death.

Preceding her in death were her three husbands, her parents,  a daughter, Shirley Ann Layton, one brother, Aloyisius Victor Helmuth and two sisters, Flavia Bequette and Josephine Rempe.

Mrs. Farek is survived by a daughter, Carla Hansel of Sullivan, Missouri; four grandchildren, Deborah Layton Haiberg, Daniel Layton, Benjamin Hansel and Valerie Enke; four great-grandchildren, Danielle Manier, Holly Ann Hansel, Benjamin Hansel, Jr. and Tabitha Lamke and one sister, Mary Laub of California.

She was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in St. Louis.

Following family wishes cremation was performed.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Hattie Elizabeth Goldian

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Hattie Elizabeth Goldian of St. Louis passed away on Monday, March 3, 2008 at Green Park Nursing Home in St. Louis.

She was born on March 27, 1912 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Walter and Susanna (Wolinski) Goldian.

Ms. Goldian was a member of St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church, the parish 50+ Club and AARP #1291.

Surviving her passing are her goddaughter, Kathy Waeckerle of St. Louis and a nephew, Father Edward Goldian.

Preceding her in death besides her parents were her brothers, Leon, Edward, Louis, John and Francis and her sisters, Helen and Josephine.

Funeral mass will be held on Friday, March 7, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church.  Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.  Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 6, 2008.  Memorials may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital or for masses and will be received at the funeral home.  Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Joseph Franklin "Joe F." Williams

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Joseph Franklin "Joe F." Williams of St. Louis passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the age of 73 years.  Born on July 22, 1934 in Caruthersville, Missouri,  he was the son of Joe and Nora (Mayo) Williams.

He married Daisy Wood on October 27, 1958 in Caruthersville and she survives.

Left to mourn his passing along with his wife, Daisy, are two sons, Joseph L. (Melanie) Williams of Woodbine, Kansas and Charles (Brandy) Williams of Fenton, Missouri; three daughters, Mary (David) Level of St. Louis, Tammie (Mark) Heun of St. Louis and Sandra (Jerry) Bladdick of Fenton, Missouri; two sisters, Leila Mae Dungeon and Emily E. Williams of St. Louis, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Billy, in infancy, along with his parents.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. from Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand.  Interment will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 4, 2008.  Memorials may be made to Vista Hospice and will be received at the funeral home.

In Loving Memory Of
Sandra Lee Neel

Sandra Lee Neel, 57, of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away on February 23, 2008 at her home.  Sandra was born September 27, 1950 in St. Louis, the daughter of Ewell Edward and Betty Lou (Barton) Neel.  She was a child care provider.

Left to mourn her passing are her mother, Betty Lou Neel, two brothers, Gary Neel and Mark (Karen) Neel both of St. Louis, one niece and two nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father.

According to her wishes, cremation was performed.  Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand was in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
George H. Clymer

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George Harvey Clymer passed away on Friday, February 22, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis.

Born May 17, 1947 he was beloved son of the late George and Mauda Lee (Hopkins) Clymer.   He was a CPA.

Mr. Clymer is survived by his daughter Elizabeth Ann Clymer and her partner,  Christine Brady and many friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 8:00 P.M. from Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand.

Private interment will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery.   Memorials may be made to the Free Masons and Shriner’s Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Friends may call from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

In Loving Memory Of
Howard S. Bassett

Howard S. Bassett, 80, of St. Louis, Missouri passed away on February 15, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis.  Mr. Bassett was born on August 26, 1927 in East St. Louis, Illinois, the son of William Samuel and Alice (Mees) Bassett, Sr. They preceded him in death.  Survivors include his nephew, Dr. Howard Short of St. Louis  and his niece, Phyllis Short Jetter of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

No services are planned.  Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand, is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Marguerite M. "Margaret" Torigian

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Marguerite M. "Margaret" Torigian, 85 of Belleville, Illinois passed away on February 12, 2008 at Memorial Convalescent Center, Belleville. Margaret was born March 18, 1922 in Ontario, Canada the daugher of Harry and Berjouhe (Nezamian) Mooradian.  She married Vincent S. Torigian and he preceded her in death along with her parents and a brother, Harry Mooradian.

Margaret was a self-employed seamstress and a member of St. Gregory Armenian Church.

Left to mourn her passing are her son, Vincent (Laureen) Torigian of Belleville,  a daughter, Jeanette (Dick) Dostourian of Stanton, California and a sister-in-law, Isabel Torigian, four grandchildren, Michelle Torigian, Lori (Nick) Rogers, Leslie and Christopher Dostourian and one great-grandson, Jack Rogers.
 
Funeral services will be held on February 20, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at Mt. Hope Funeral Home, Belleville, with Archpriest Moushegh Der Kaloustian officiating.  Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Belleville.

Friends may call at Mt. Hope Funeral Home from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. on February 19, 2008.  A prayer service will be held at 7:30 P.M.  Should friends desire memorials may be made to St. Gregory Armenian Church, Memorial Convalescent Center Activity Fund or Family Hospice.

In Loving Memory Of
Thomas S. Houlihan, Jr.

Thomas S. Houlihan, Jr., 85, of Belleville, born May 3, 1922, in East St. Louis, died Thursday, January 24, 2008 at Four Fountains Nursing Home, Belleville.  Mr. Houlihan was a retired clerk for the Illinois Terminal Railroad.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas S. and Verna (Dougherty) Houlihan, Sr.

He is survived by his cousin, Mary Green and many friends.

The family requests that memorials be made to Hospice and will be received at the funeral home.

Friends may call at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery Chapel, 10101 West Main Street, Belleville  from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 28, 2008.
 
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery Chapel with Father Thomas Neff officiating.  Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.  Creason Funeral Home, Millstadt, is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Wanda Lee Diffey


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Wanda Lee Diffey, 85, of St. Louis, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at DePaul Hospital.   Born November 16, 1922, she was the daughter of William A.  and Dotta Euphenia (Scott) Diffey.

Surviving are her daughter, Nancy Burns of St. Louis; her sister, Sybil Christine Wolf; her brothers, Sydney (Hazel) Diffey, Calvin Lee (Maxine) Diffey and Richard Leon Diffey; nieces, nephews and friends

She was preceded in death by two brothers, James Walter (Hilma) Diffey and William Ray (Louise) Diffey and a sister, Mollie Katheryn (Herschel) Diffey.

Private family services will be held.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.  Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand, in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory Of
Julius E. Ludwig, Jr.

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Julius E. Ludwig, Jr. passed away on January 7, 2008 at the age of  82 years.  Born July 30, 1925 in St. Louis, he was the son of Julius Edgar and Irene (Ols)  Ludwig, Sr.  He was the beloved husband of Bernice (nee Rilling) Ludwig of St. Louis whom he married on January 24, 1948 at St. Mary and Joseph Church.  Mr. Ludwig was a retired pressman for the Gast Banknote Company.

Mr. Ludwig is survived by his wife, Bernice; one daughter, Laura Ludwig of St. Louis and one son, Robert "Lou" (Barb) Ludwig of Farmington; a sister-in-law, Wanita Vogel of Lemay; four grandchildren, Jaime (Danielle) Mertz of Cedar Hill, Robert (Tasha) Ludwig of Bonne Terre, Sean (Evelyn) Ludwig of Bonne Terre, Tanya (David) Vilcek of Affton; four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 10, 2008.  A memorial service will follow at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, January 10, 2008 at Southern Funeral Home, 6322 South Grand with Rev. Randy Schmelig officiating.  Memorials may be made to First Unity Church.



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