2016 Obituaries

March 2016

Wilma W. Linker, nee Luhr, 95, of Waterloo, died March 15, 2016, in St. Louis. She was born April 30, 1920, in rural Valmeyer, the daughter of the late William and Frieda (nee Schmidt) Luhr. Mr. Luhr is survived by her children, Rodney (Kathy) Linker, Floy (Charles) Pease, and Kristine (Thomas) Stork; grandchildren, Amanda (Michael) Esposito, Melissa (Eric) Lonn, Matthew (Sarah) Linker, Ben (Tia) Pease, Emily (Dan) McKenzie, Ethan Stork and Eliana Stork; and great-grandsons, Isaac Linker and Isaiah Lonn; along with sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene W. Linker; and brothers, Eugene and Alois Luhr. Wilma attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo, where she was a member of the Women's Guild and was a charter member of Bell Choir. Wilma was also a member of the Waterloo Quadrille Square Dance Club and the Monroe County Home Extension. She was longtime Girl Scout Leader, and enjoyed bicycling and playing cards. Visitation is Thursday, March 31, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, April 1, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mrs. Linker will be buried at Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia.

Lawrence W. "Larry" Moore, 61, of Waterloo, died March 16, 2016, in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 1, 1954, in Middleton, Ohio. Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Karyn (nee Franks) Moore; a son, Stephen (Elaina) Moore; step-daughter, Brittany (Chris) Reilly; and granddaughters, Madeline and Anna Moore; along with the Lutz Family and many friends. He is preceded in death by his son, Larry Moore, Jr. Mr. Moore was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Prairie du Rocher American Legion. A celebration of life was at Hope Christian Church with Pastor Darrel Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

James L. Nagel, 70, of Chester, died March 21, 2016, in St. Louis. He was born July 27, 1945, in Red Bud, the son of the late Earl W. Nagel and the late Violet (nee Kunkel) Nagel nee Kunkel. Besides his father, Mr. Nagel is survived by his wife, Judy Kay (nee Bughman) Nagel; children, Rachelle Johnson, Dana Byasse, Tad (Nicole) Murphy and Neal (Trisha) Murphy; 10 grandchildren; siblings, Larry (Giovanna) Nagel, Connie (Bob) Esker, Cathy (Gary) Griffin and Vickie Nagel; and sisters-in-law, Paulette (Charlie) Larson and Janet (Steve) Matz; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother; and a son, Eric Allen Nagel. Mr. Nagel was a member of the Mississippi Valley Gun Club, NRA and the Eagles. He was confirmed at 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. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Hospital.

Charles T. Wiegreffe, 82, of Waterloo, died March 16, 2016, at Columbia Convalescent Center. He was born April 11, 1933, in East Saint Louis, the son of the late Charles and Velma (nee VanVliet) Wiegreffe, Sr. Mr. Wiegreffe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan M. (nee Meyer) Wiegreffe; a daughter, Barbara A. (Darryl) Gerstenecker of Columbia; grandchildren, Kara (fiancé Joe Schmid) Gerstenecker and Alyssa Gerstenecker; sister, Mildred "Tootie" (Bob) Mehring of Waterloo; and sister-in-law, Nancy Baldus of Belleville; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Milton and Dorothy (nee Germain) Meyer; and brother-in-law, Donald Baldus. Mr. Wiegreffe served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked in the automotive field until his retirement in 1998. Charles was a member of the St. Clair County Angler's Club. He enjoyed riding his scooter, canoeing, camping, baseball and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. Visitation and funeral were at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville with Rev. Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Dorothy L. Oexner, nee Loehr, 91, of Columbia, died March 20, 2016. She was born Feb. 9, 1925, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Emil and Imelda (nee Hoelscher) Loehr. Mrs. Oexner is survived by her husband, Kenneth Oexner; sons, Leon Oexner, Larry (Kim) Oexner and Marty (Deb) Oexner; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Myrtle Voss; and sister-in-law, Ethel Loehr; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Delores Mae Loehr and Ruth Frierdich; and brothers, Donald James Loehr and Leroy Loehr. Dorothy was a member of the Columbia American Legion Post 581 Auxiliary and the Columbia Senior Citizens. She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, where she was active in the Altar Society. Dorothy was a hospice volunteer as well as a hospice patient. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating. Mrs. Oexner was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church, Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Jude's Hospital.

Robert Dean Squire, 91, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Columbia, died March 18, 2016 at Brookdale Assisted Living. He was born Jan. 2, 1925, in Shoals, Ind., the son of the late Wesley and Kathryn (nee Austin) Squire. Mr. Squire is survived by his nieces, Kathy (Alan) Unger of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and Sharon Ferro of Indian Wells, Calif.; and great-nephews, Mason and Davis McDaniel and Bradley and Andrew Elkan. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ann Rehg and Glenda (Joseph) Parres; step-father, Clarence Jerome; nephew, Michael Parres; and a niece, Jeanine Rehg. Mr. Squire served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Robert was retired from the East St. Louis Post Office. He was a member of the Day Lilly Club at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home. A funeral with Pastor Kristofer Avise-Rouse officiating. Mr. Squire was buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois or the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

Michael R. Grueninger, 58, of Belleville, formerly of Columbia, died March 23, 2016, at Barnes Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 23, 1957, in Red Bud, the son of Roy and Ethel (nee Peterson) Grueninger of Columbia. In addition to his parents, Mr. Grueninger is survived by his siblings, Mark Grueninger of Valmeyer, David (Tammy) Grueninger of Columbia, Daniel (Jennifer) Grueninger of Smithton, Eric Grueninger of Virginia and Chris (Nanette) Grueninger of Mooresville, N.C.; and aunts and uncles, Erwin (Nancy) Dugan of East Carondelet, Joyce Rose of Columbia, Thomas Grueninger of Columbia and Suzanne (Marvin) Smith of Columbia; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mr. Grueninger had served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He was employed as a Learjet interior restoration upholsterer. He previously was a formal ballroom dance instructor, disc jockey, mail carrier, constructed sets for Broadway plays and college art teacher. Visitation is Saturday, April 2, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Foundation For Sarcoidosis Research.

Dorothy E. Sendelbeck, nee Jehling, 93, of Waterloo, died March 22, 2016, in Waterloo. She was born April 20, 1922, in Valmeyer, the daughter of the late Henry, Sr. and Cornelia (nee Stumpf) Jehling. Mrs. Sendelbeck is survived by her sisters-in-law, Verona Sendelbeck and Dorothy Jehling; and nieces, Donna Howard, Thomas (Diane) Sendelbeck, Wanda (Glenn) Schewe, Karen (Kent) Meister and Pam Jehling; along with great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul S. Sendelbeck; brother, Henry Jehling Jr.; sister-in-law, Dorothy Reh; and brothers-in-law, Leo J., Clarence and Jack Sendelbeck. Mrs. Sendelbeck attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. She was a retired bookkeeper for Sendelbeck Electric. Dorothy was a member of the Home and Community Extension and the Waterloo American Legion Auxiliary. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mrs. Sendelbeck was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Edwin A. Matzenbacher, 92, of Waterloo, died March 24, 2016, in St. Louis.He was born March 14, 1924, in Waterloo, the son of the late Adam and Ida (nee Goeddel) Matzenbacher. Mr. Matzenbacher is survived by his wife, Shannon (nee Martin) Matzenbacher; children, Arnold (Judy) Matzenbacher, Gail (Albert) Polk and Susan (Kurt) Mathews; grandchildren, Jeri Bergmann, Angela (Doug) Briggs, Erin Matzenbacher, Matt (Mindy) Blake, Teresa (Bruce) Terveer, Christopher Polk (friend Tami Setzer), Melissa (Kyle) Sensel, Sarah (Brian) Wild and Karla (Mike) Buettner; great-grandchildren, Brent and Alex Bergmann, Jessica Hunter, Jack, Josie and Julia Briggs, Scarlet Matzenbacher, Sarah and Emily Allen, Allie and Thomas Treveer, Kristen Polk, Cameron and Chase Polk, Cole and Dane Sensel, Griffin Wild and baby Buettner; and a sister-in-law, Mary (Henry) Ahne; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jill O. Matzenbacher; brothers, William (Viola) Matzenbacher, Oscar (Rose) Matzenbacher, Elmer (Luella) Matzenbacher and Walter (Ruth) Matzenbacher; a sister, Frieda (William) Grohmann; and a sister-in- law, Juanita Bagsby. Mr. Matzenbacher attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mr. Matzenbacher was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Leona V. Ziegler, nee Pieper, 95, of Foley, Ala., died March 21, 2016, in Robertsdale, Ala. She was born Feb. 17, 1921, in Valmeyer. Mrs. Ziegler is survived by her son, Wayne (Catherine) Wagner; grandchildren, Danny Wagner and Jennifer (Erik) Rose; great-grandchildren, Nicole, Summer, Tyler and Chevy Wagner, and Makala and Kali Rose. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Ziegler; sisters, Marcella "Sally" Heusohn and Linda Matzenbacher; and brothers, Roland and Libert Pieper. Graveside service was at the St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Myrna Elaine Schiemer, nee Van Pelt, 81 of Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly of Columbia died March 24, 2016 . She was born Nov 3, 1934, in East Carondelet, the daughter of the late Lester and Louise Van Pelt. Mrs. Schiemer is survived by her husband, Robert Schiemer; a daughter, Lynn (Andy) Reeves; a son Joseph (Margaret) Bina; grandchildren, Molly Bina, Katie Aukerman, Lisa (Eric) Beard and Matt (Jessica ) Aukerman; and sisters, Wilda “Midge” Vanover of East Carondelet and Velma Crabtree of Belleville. Myrna graduated from Dupo High School, earned her Associate Degree in Registered Nursing from Belleville Area College and later earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Nursing from St. Francis College in Joliet. She worked as an operating room nurse and served as the head nurse for the open heart surgery program at Southwest Regional Medical Center, retiring in the late 1990s. Mrs. Schiemer enjoyed shopping, cruising, cooking, sewing and spending time with family. No service was planned. Memorials may be made to Tidewell Hospice. Arrangements were handled by by Larry Taylor Funeral.

Florine Mathilda Doerr, nee Germann, 93, of East Carondelet, died March 25, 2016 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born Nov. 28, 1922 in Millstadt, the daughter of the late Otto and Ida (nee Miller) Germann. Mrs. Doerr is survived by her sons, Earl (Eileen) Doerr, Marvin (Judy) Doerr and Darrell (Debbie) Doerr; grandchildren, Daniel (Tina) Doerr, Jodi (Kevin) Stumpf, Jamie (Chris) Wyse, Kevin (Andrea) Doerr, Darren (Jessica) Doerr and Kimberly (Justin) Doerr; great-grandchildren, Cody Funk, Elizabeth Doerr, Ava and Emma Stumpf, Alex Wyse, Brylee Doerr, Payne Doerr, Jacob Doerr, Caleb Doerr, Micah Doerr, Brendan Gibson and Harper Gibson; and sister-in-law: Dorothy Germann. She was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin Doerr; brothers, Howard, Elmer and Lester Germann; and a sister, Fern Germann. Florine was a homemaker. She attended Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt, where she was active in the Zion Women’s Fellowship, Quilters and Wednesday Kloepper Club. Visitation and funeral were at Zion Evangelical Church in Millstadt with the Rev. Darrell Weber officiating. Mrs. Doerr was buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical Church Roof Fund. Leesman Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Virginia C. Kunkel, 93, of Waterloo, died March 14, 2016, in Red Bud. She was born June 15, 1922, in Tipton, the daughter of the late Joseph and Johanna (nee Dugan) Brauch. Mrs. Kunkel is survived by her children, Patricia Dunn, Betty Rick, Robert "Butch" Kunkel and Donna Erbs; grandchildren, Renee (Jim) Knoke, Lori (Jim) Kettenbrink, Holly (Gene Peterson) Rick, Steve (Debbie) Dunn, Mike (Tammy Powell) Dunn, Kerry (Lon) Broske, Natalie Erbs M.D., and Jack Erbs; and great-grandchildren, Patrick, Emma, Alec, Spencer, Samuel, Abby, Elsa, Sophie, Addie, Thomas and Allyse; along with sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. Kunkel; sons-in-law, Herb Rick and Paul Dunn; brother, Leo Brauch; and sister, Mary Gillam. Virginia was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation is at the Quernheim Funeral home on Friday, March 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral is Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Osang idagbo officiating. Mrs. Kunkel will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the SPPS Campus Project, Gibault Catholic High School or Oak Hill Activity Fund.

Rosetta Muriel Thomas, nee Timmons, 77, of Waterloo died March 13, 2016 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born June 22, 1938, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Lester and Virginia (nee Jones) Timmons. Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband, Clarence L. Thomas, to whom she was married March 4, 1983, in Belleville; a son, Floyd Gamblin, Jr.; daughter, Tammy Gamblin; grandchildren, Ted (Karen) Timmons, Gilbert, Cindy and Rose Marie Castro; and a brother, Robert (Debbie) Timmons. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Castro; brothers, Ralph (in infancy), Lester Glen and William Timmons; and sister, Glenda Timmons Pretto. Mrs. Thomas was a member of the Salvation Army Church in Belleville. Rosetta received an Associate of Applied Science Degree in word processing and computer information systems from Belleville Area College. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Jonathan Peters officiating. Burial was at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Family of Rosetta Thomas.

Edward J. Kane, 82, of Waterloo, died March 1, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born May 20, 1933, in Pittsburg, Pa., the son of the late Edward Joseph and Eleanore Gertrude (nee Hoskins) McGrael. Mr. Kane is survived by his wife, Darlene (nee Gierman) Kane; children, Lisa Renee (Ted) Trafelet and Edward J. (Rebecca) Kane, Jr.; a granddaughter, Samantha; step-children, Diane (Daniel) Majka, Cindy (Jim) Lichtenauer and Ed (Lynn) Williamson; and step-grandchildren, Emily and Ryan Williamson, Jake and John Majka, and Aimee and Joe Lichtenauer. He was preceded in death by his brother, Greg Kane; and a sister. Mr. Kane served in the U.S. Air Force as an interceptor pilot and base adjutant. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from St. Louis University, he was employed for 30 years at McDonnell-Douglas. Edward’s duties included working on the Gemini project, as well as many aircraft still in use today. Family and flying were his greatest joys. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Kane was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County.

Roy Mehrmann, 93, of Valmeyer, died March 2, 2016, in St. Louis. He was born June 21, 1922, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Daniel and Marie (nee Garber) Mehrmann. Mr. Mehrmann is survived by his brother, Donald (Shirley) Mehrmann; and sisters, Pat (Art) Ford and Betty (Glenn) Foster; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey (nee Maas) Mehrmann; sisters, Margaret Mohr, Goldie Dascher, Pearl Jahr, Lucille Heusohn, Esther Fisher and Audrey Pape; and a brother, Jack Mehrmann. Mr. Mehrmann was a member of the Valmeyer American Legion and the Valmeyer Senior Citizens. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Friz officiating. Mr. Mehrmann will be buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Lois Mae Mudd, nee Rosenbach, 86, of Waterloo, died March 3, 2016, in Waterloo. She was born March 21, 1929, in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Karl and Martha (nee Huetteman) Rosenbach. Mrs. Mudd is survived by her daughters, Gail Anne Arnold, Kathleen Sue (Richard) Burroughs and Laurie Lea (Richard) vanBuren; grandsons James (Leanne) Arnold, Matthew (Elisha) Arnold, Kyle (Kasi) Burroughs and Jonathon van Buren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ken (Joyce) Rosenbach. She was preceded in death by her two husbands; and a brother, Karl Rosenbach, Jr. Lois was a very independent woman. She could do everything from carpentry to crochet. She was an excellent seamstress, cook and gardener. When Lois worked in downtown St. Louis, she watched the last piece of the Gateway Arch installed. Lois volunteered at Morrison Talbott Library for more than 30 years. Memorial visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Clarence Louis Sendelbeck, 91, of Waterloo, died March 5, 2016, at his residence with his family by his side. He was born Feb. 6, 1925, in Waterloo, the son of the late Leo and Anna (nee Amend) Sendelbeck. Mr. Sendelbeck is survived by his wife, Verona (nee Lerch) Sendelbeck; a son, Thomas C. (Diane) Sendelbeck; a daughter, Karen S. (Kent) Meister; grandchildren, Kelly and Lauren Sendelbeck, Kate (Tanner) Springer and Eric Meister; and great-grandchildren, Deacon, Ryker and Caylum Springer; along with sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Reh; and brothers, Leo J., Paul and Jack Sendelbeck; along with sister-in- law and brothers-in-law. Mr. Sendelbeck served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a retired electrician. Clarence was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, the Columbia RC Flying Club and Academy of Model Aeronautics. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home . Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Don Blaes officiating. Mr. Sendelbeck was buried at St. John UCC Cemetery in Valmeyer. Memorials may be made to his church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Glen Bud Ottoson, 89, of Waterloo, died March 5, 2016, in Belleville. He was born Sept. 25, 1926, in Lancaster, Calif., the son of the late Andrew and Harriet (nee Fredeen) Ottoson. Mr. Ottoson is survived by his wife, Winnetta (nee Koedyker) Ottoson; children, Mark (Sandra) Ottoson and Marilyn (Stephen) Snezek; grandchildren, Gwyn Snezek, Remy Snezek, Andrew Ottoson, Ashley Ottoson, Jerry Snezek and Rex Snezek; and a sister, Abbie Thompson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters. Mr. Ottoson attended First Baptist Church of Waterloo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at the First Baptist Church of Waterloo with Pastor Steve Neill officiating . Mr. Ottoson was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Terry G. Holcomb, Sr., 64, of Renault, died March 6, 2016, in Red Bud. He was born Oct. 14, 1951, in Red Bud, the son of the late Harry, Sr. and Selma (nee Kempfer) Holcomb. Mr. Holcomb is survived by his wife, Donna (nee Miller) Holcomb (married in 1983); children, Terry (Laurie) Holcomb, Jr., Angela (Jim) Cissell, Nicole (Craig) Pelate, Shane (Leanna) Stechmesser and Brad (Chris) Stechmesser; grandchildren, Jarrett and Caleb Stryker, Courtney, Cori and Cody Cissell, Karli, Marquardt and Breanna Pelate, Olivia, Garrett and Gracie Stechmesser, and Nik and Christian Stechmesser; siblings, Laverne Hinrichs, Rosella Hosick, Jeannine (Tom) Belt and Brenda "Pete" (Dave) Dressel; mother-in- law, Marie Miller; brother-in-law, Ronnie (Brenda) Miller; preceded in death by father-in-law, Harold Miller; brothers, Harry Holcomb, Jr. and Loren Holcomb, Sr.; and brothers-in-law, Dale Hosick and Melvin "Mep" Hinrichs. Terry was a retired postal worker. He was a member of the Monroe County Democratic Club, where he had served as a precinct committeeman. Terry enjoyed playing cards, hunting, camping and boating. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Rev. Dan Ostlund officiating. Mr. Holcomb was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Magnolia Terrace (Oak Hill).

Alice M. Nobbe, nee Rabbermann, 87, of Waterloo, died March 8, 2016, in Waterloo. She was born May 7, 1928, in Waterloo, the daughter of the late William H. and Elizabeth (nee Bicklein) Rabbermann. Mrs. Nobbe is survived by her children, Bonnie (Stanley) Marquardt and Dennis (Nancy) Nobbe; grandchildren, Scott (Nicole) Marquardt, Angela (Tim) Williams, Bill Nobbe and Matt Nobbe; and great-grandchildren, Jacob, Ryan and Evan Williams, and Josh, Rylee and Alli Marquardt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy P. Nobbe; sister, Adele Vogt; and brothers, Adolph, Clarence and Ervin Rabbermann. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Mrs. Nobbe was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Lorine C. Horn, nee Nobbe, 92, of Waterloo died March 11, 2016 in Waterloo. She was born June 16, 1923 in St. Louis, the daughter of the late Edward and Louise (nee Gentsch) Nobbe. Mrs. Horn is survived by her children, Sharon (Robert) Osterhage and Don (Sandi) Horn; son-in-law, Don Smith; grandchildren, Kay (Gary) Brown, Terry (Sheila) Smith, Todd (Lucy) Osterhage, Angie (Billy) Onder, Joe (Cindy) Ivy and James Ivy; great-grandchildren, Jesse (Karien) Conyers, Christina Smith, Kelsey and Ashley Osterhage, and Will, Alexis and Tyler Onder; great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Esther (Vernon) Brandt; and a cousin, Bernell Konradi; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter C. Horn (1999); a daughter, Janet Smith (2014); brothers, Wilbert and Vernon Nobbe; and a sister, Dorothy Hume. Mrs. Horn was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid and a volunteer for many church activities. She was the owner of L & W Children’s Shop. Visitation was at the Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo with Pastor Tony Troup officiating. Mrs. Horn was buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery.

February 2016

Eileen M. Wagner, nee Strautz, 78, of Hecker, died Feb. 24, 2016, in Red Bud. She was born Oct. 22, 1937, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Charles Peter and Ida K. (nee Thomure) Strautz. Mrs. Wagner is survived by her husband, Melvin A. Wagner; children, Fred Wagner, Charles (Rita) Wagner, Alan (Barb) Wagner and Patricia (Dennis) Karban; grandchildren, Terra (Gary) Gabelman, Nicole (Jeff) Nolen, Cathy Ruhmann, Lisa Smith, Donald (Amanda) Wagner, Charles Peter Wagner, Victoria Karban, Michael (Sarah) Karban, Kaylin Karban, Allison Wagner and Andrew Wagner; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Dylan Gabelman, Jacob and Kora Nolen, Davin Ruhmann, William and Albert Smith, Alexis and Nataleigh Wagner, and Anne and Oliver Karban; a sister, Rose Mary Kehrer; and sister-in-law, Bernice Thompson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her sister, Theresa Margaret Hentzel; a brother; and two sisters in infancy. Mrs. Wagner attended St. Augustine Catholic Church of Hecker, where she was involved in the Altar Sodality. She was a member of the Hecker Community Center. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church with Father Von Deeke officiating. Mrs. Wagner was buried at the Hecker City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Ivan M. Doyle, 89, of Columbia died Feb. 14, 2016 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. He was born April 3, 1926 in Vienna, Mo., the son of the late Edward and Martha (nee Breden) Doyle. Ivan married Mickey (nee Gillispie) Doyle in 1947 in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Doyle is survived by his children, Carolyn (Jim) Summers of Maryland Heights, Mo., Bruce (Susan) Doyle of Columbia, Tammy (Mark) Kohlenberger of Columbia; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis M. Doyle; sisters, Sylvia Haynes, Ann Spangler and Ellen Doyle; and brothers, Willard, Ernie, Paul and Joseph Wayne Doyle. After working on the railroad, Mr. Doyle established and operated the State Farm Insurance Agency in Cahokia. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. Mr. Doyle served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 12 of Vienna and Columbia American Legion Post 581. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. A memorial service was at Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia with Pastor Allyn Walker and Pastor Michael Summers officiating. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Bethany United Methodist Church or Songs 4 Soldiers.

Patricia G. Henson, nee Schenk, 77, of Maeystown, died Feb. 9, 2016, in St. Louis. She was born Nov. 25, 1938, in Flora, the daughter of the late Frank and Eileen (nee Snyder) Schenk. Mrs. Henson is survived by her husband of 60 years, Larry Henson; children Vicki (Steve) Frank, DeAnn Pate, Terri Henson (Tina Cherpes) and Jill Crouch; grandchildren Garrett (Lindsey) Frank, Katie (Andrew) Norris and Jacob Frank, Andrea Fry (fiancé John Osborn) and Londyn Lockhart, Ayla, Paige and Jayda Henson and Ashlyn Crouch; great-grandchildren, Ava, Will and Lucas Frank and Tre' and Sophie Fry; and nephews, Michael and Mitchell Ray. She was preceded in death by her son, Jay W. Henson; a sister, Peggy Ray; and nephew, Matthew Ray. Pat was dedicated to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved telling stories, singing songs and nursery rhymes. Pat enjoyed reading, playing tennis, cooking and baking for her family and friends. She enjoyed participating in the USTA and the Illinois Senior Olympics, loved animals and was a charitable person. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown with Pastor Patrick Poole officiating. Mrs. Henson was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to de Greeff Hospice House.

Norma J. Schneider, nee Weatherford, 85, of Columbia, died Feb. 19, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born Jan. 8, 1931, in Murphysboro, the daughter of the late John S. and Minnie (nee White) Weatherford. Mrs. Schneider is survived by her son, Jack “Jay” (Debby) Riddle, Jr. of Columbia; a daughter, Karen (Greg) Grueninger of Columbia; step-daughter, Carlene Cortner of Red Bud; grandchildren, Joshua Riddle and Alison Riddle; and a sister, Patsy (Gerald) Wittenbrink of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack A. Riddle, Sr. (1998); second husband, Carlyle A. Schneider (2010); sisters, Marjorie Sherwood and Eleanor Rainey; and brothers, Billy and John Weatherford. Mrs. Schneider worked at Columbia Dairy Queen and Westpark Bowl, where she had been the manager for many years. She had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star - Rob Morris Chapter 98 in Fairview Heights. Private graveside services were at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Millstadt VFW Post 7980.

Craig M. Range, 42, of Waterloo, died Feb. 19, 2016, in rural Red Bud. He was born Dec. 3, 1973, in Red Bud, the son of Linda Range and the late Bruce A. Range. In addition to his mother, Mr. Range is survived by his wife, Aimee (nee Mueth) Range; children, Sam, Jack, Ella and Lucy Range; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dale and Judy Mueth; siblings, Rick (Chrisy) Range and Jennifer (Marc) Hoffman; grandfather, Gilbert (Judy) Litteken; godparents, Mark (Karen) Range and Beth (Dan) McConnell; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sarah (Eric) Beck, Nic (Sarah) Mueth and Josh (Nicole) Mueth; along with aunts and uncles. Besides his father, he is preceded in death his paternal grandparents, Virgil and Norma Range; and maternal grandmother, Betty Litteken. Mr. Range attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was a member of the Holy Name Society. Craig was employed by IDOT. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Range was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be married to the Range Memorial Family Trust, c/o First National Bank of Waterloo.

Rose Bernadette Huber, (nee Reichart) 71, of Westphalia, Mo., formerly of Hecker, died, Feb. 6, 2016, at the University Hospital in Columbia, Mo., with her family at her side. She was born April 20, 1944, in Jefferson City, Mo., the daughter of the late Joseph B. and Hedwig C. (nee Lueckenhoff) Reichart. Rose was a 1962 graduate of St. Francis Academy in Nevada, Mo. She married James Huber in 1968 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Huber is survived by her children, Julie Huber of Westphalia, Ron Huber of Westphalia and John (Lori) Huber of St. Elizabeth; grandchildren, Attila, Chayla and Brienna Huber; and siblings, Connie Reichart, Jim Reichart, Babs Reichart and Frank (Pat) Reichart. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Karen Reichart (1960) and Susan Reichart (2015); and a brother, Joseph Reichart Jr. (2012). Mrs. Huber was employed for more than 34 years as a claims technician at the Missouri Employment Security. She retired in 2001. Rose was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia and the Western Catholic Union. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, and her four legged friend, Jersey. Mrs. Huber believed in her Guardian Angel, especially while her children were growing up. She loved to travel, crochet and listen to Southern Gospel Music, especially the Booth Brothers. Visitation was at Hilke-Millard Funeral Home in Westphalia. Funeral was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia, Mo.,with Fr. Mark Smith officiating. Mrs. Huber was buried at the church cemetery.

Curtis H. Mosbacher, 87, of rural Prairie du Rocher, died Feb. 5, 2016, in St. Louis. He was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Fults, the son of the late George and Lavina (nee Hess) Mosbacher. Mr. Mosbacher is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (Bergmann) Mosbacher; children, Steven (Doris) Mosbacher, Rita Biffar, Lucille (Scott) Neudeck and Dennis (Debbie) Mosbacher; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandson; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Adam M. Mosbacher; son-in-law, Michael Biffar; and brothers. Eugene (Virginia) Mosbacher and Preston (Helen) Mosbacher. Mr. Mosbacher was a lifetime Monroe County farmer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Curtis was a member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, Renault American Legion and a former attended of the now dissolved St. John UCC in Fults. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at the Fults Church with Pastor Glenn Davis officiating. Mr. Mosbacher was buried at the St. John Cemetery in Fults. Memorials may be made to the St. John Cemetery in Fults, the Monroe County 4H Foundation Scholarship Fund or the Farm Bureau Scholarship.

Robert D. “Rob” Heberer II, 58, of Cuba, Mo., formerly of Mascoutah and Waterloo, died Feb. 2, 2016, at his residence. He was born Apr. 4, 1957, in St. Charles, Mo., the son of Robert and Janet (nee Bayles) Heberer of Freeburg. In addition to his parents, Mr. Heberer is survived by his siblings, Kathi (Ed) Weilbacher of Waterloo, Jim (Mary) Heberer of Millstadt and Julie Heberer of Okawville; nephew, John Weilbacher; niece, Rosie (Robert) Betz; aunt and uncle, Mary (Norman) Richter of Trenton; and his dog, Kramer; along with many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Lillian (nee Wittlich) Heberer and Clarence and Marion (nee Harrison) Bayles; a brother-in-law, Dennis Graul; an aunt, Joni (Heberer) Riley; and an uncle, James Bayles. Mr. Heberer graduated from Mascoutah High School (Class of 1975), and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University. He was a devout Christian and had studied at Eden Seminary. Rob and his brother Jim ran the family business, Heberer Farm Equipment, managing locations in Mascoutah, Waterloo, Jerseyville and Shipman. He later joined Erb Equipment in Cuba, Mo., as a sales representative, a position he held for 15 years. Mr. Heberer was a Sitting Elder for First Presbyterian Church in Rolla, Mo., formerly served on St. Paul UCC Consistory in Waterloo and the board of directors for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias in Mascoutah. Rob had the gift of gab who loved to joke around. Those traits helped him be a good salesman and minister. He enjoyed playing euchre card game and evoked the tripod with his teammates when playing six-handed and the 360 slam-dunk when setting his opponents. Visitation was at Moll Funeral Home in Mascoutah. Funeral was at St. John UCC in Mascoutah with the Rev. Hugh Fitz officiating. Mr. Heberer was buried at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Rolla, St. Paul UCC of Waterloo, St. John UCC of Mascoutah or the National Foundation For Ectodermal Dysplasias.

Paul A. Wallhaus, 91, of Columbia, died Feb. 2, 2016, in Columbia. He was born July 13, 1924, in St. Louis, the son of the late Arthur and Esther (nee Jobb) Wallhaus. Mr. Wallhaus is survived by his wife, Jeanne (nee Masters) Wallhaus; children, Ann (Brad) Marino, Jay (Toni) Wallhaus and Gina (Brent) Harting; grandchildren, Dominick (Yvone Stewart), Alex Marino and Angelina Marino; and a great-grandson, John Caillouet. Paul was a member of St. Paul UCC in Columbia, Millstadt VFW, former member of the Masonic Lodge, the Waterloo Country Club, an avid Cardinals fan and a U.S. Army veteran. He graduated from the University of Illinois and retired from Storz Instrument Company. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Mr. Wallhaus will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

January 2016

Melanie Diane Guerra, nee Hunsaker, 34, of Waterloo, formerly of Elkville, died Jan. 31, 2016, at Red Bud Regional Hospital following an automobile accident. She was born Feb. 26, 1981, in Portsmouth, Va., the daughter of Gary and Glenda (nee Martie) Hunsaker of Elkville. Melanie married Robert W. Guerra in 2003 in Bremerton, Wash. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Guerra is survived by her children, Alexis Nicole Guerra, Auberon Lee Guerra, Asher Robert William Guerra and Aystin Jude Guerra; a brother, Christopher (Emily) Hunsacker of Carterville; maternal grandparents, Charles and Judy Martie of Dowell; mother-in-law, Norma Guerra of San Antonio, Tex.; and a brother-in-law, Brian Guerra. She was preceded in death by a sister, Kathy Hunsacker; her paternal grandparents; and father-in-law, Robert Guerra. Mrs. Guerra joined the U.S. Navy in 2001. She attended Elkville First Baptist Church and was employed as a barista at Starbucks. Visitation was at Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin. Funeral was at the Elkville Christian Church with Brother Jerry Aken and Rev. Scott Slone officiating. Mrs. Guerra was buried with military rites at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

Clifford J. Gremp, 89, of Richmond, Ky., formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 31, 2016, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Richmond following a brief illness. Mr. Gremp was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Red Bud, the son of the late Oscar W. and Sarah M. (nee Rapp) Gremp. Mr. Gremp is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy (nee Meyer) Gremp; his son, Brian (Michelle) Gremp of Richmond; grandchildren, Alexander, Adam and Aaron Gremp of St. Louis, and Austin Gremp of Marina del Rey, Calif.; and a sister, Eva Mae Ratz of Red Bud; along with nieces and nephews. Mr. Gremp attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo and St. Mark Catholic Church in Richmond. Funeral isSaturday, March 12, at 10 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo. He will be buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Maintenance Projects Campaign.

Joseph Baillargeon, 82, of Fairview Heights, died Jan. 29, 2016 at his home. He was born March 28, 1933 in Boston, Mass., the son of the late Louis and Yvonne (nee Leduc) Baillargeon. Mr. Baillargeon is survived by his companion, Pam Vollmer; children, Joseph (Marilyn) Baillargeon Jr., John (Leslie) Baillargeon, Paul (the late Judith) Baillargeon of Millstadt, Marie Baillargeon of Napa Valley, Calif., and Rose Ann Ferry of Farmersville; a sister, Teresa; a brother, Armand; and special friend, Danny Zimmerman, who thought of Joe as a grandfather; along with nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Peter Baillargeon; his former wife, Sukcha “Kim” Baillargeon; and a brother, Roland Baillargeon. Mr. Baillargeon served three years as an Army paratrooper during the Korean War. After transferring to the Air Force, he served in the Vietnam War for three tours - totaling 17 months. Joseph was in the communications career field as a cryptographer. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked at Peerless Enamel in Belleville. He was also employed at Kettler Castings and CORE Files, both in Belleville. Joseph was a life member of the VFW, holding multiple positions, including commander and POW/MIA chairman in the Fairview Heights Post 8677, before transferring membership to VFW Post 805 in O’Fallon. Mr. Baillargeon was also a founding member of Korean War Veterans Imjin Chapter. Additionally, he served his community in American Legion Post 2007, Moose Lodge 1221, Order of the Elks Lodge 664 and participated in 798 AC & W Radar Squadron Reunion Group of Belleville. He belonged to Local 182-B G.M.P. and Allied Workers. Joe was a proud and true patriot who showed strong support to our military and veterans. He was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan and names his four favorite baseball players as Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Warren Spahn and Roberto Clemente. Joe was formerly the head coach of Belleville Boxing Club. Visitation and memorial service were at the Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O’Fallon with the Rev. Christy Eckert officiating. Burial with military honors was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to S.A.V.E.

Sue W. Nicholson, 89, of Waterloo died Jan. 30, 2016 in Waterloo. She was born March 12, 1926 in Fulton County, Ky. Mrs. Nicholson is survived by her children, David L. Nicholson and Daniel Steven Nicholson; grandchildren, Dr. Sarah (Dr. Jesse) Lam and Matthew Ryan (Naomi) Nicholson; and great-grandchildren, Makaya and Pavati Lam and Olivia and George Nicholson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Edwin Nicholson. Mrs. Nicholson attended St. Paul UCC in Waterloo and was a former employee of Harrisonville Telephone Co. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Burial was a Kolmer Memorial Cemetery.

Patricia Ann Swanner, 64, of Waterloo died Jan. 31, 2016 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born March 12, 1951 in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of the late Elmer and Helen (nee Hunt) Moore. Mrs. Swanner is survived by a daughter, Kim (Daniel) Fromme of Waterloo; a son, Bryan (Ann) Woehl of St. Louis; grandchildren, Taisha Furlow, Elissa Fromme, Clayton Woehl and Anthony Woehl; great-grandchild, Kenlei Cobb; nephew, Timothy Moore; and a niece, Norma Anglen. She was preceded in death by a brother, Nicholas Moore; and sisters, Carol Parrish and Connie Williams. Patricia worked for Jobs Corps of Texas. She lived a Christian life and enjoyed travel and adventure. Her grandchildren were her joy. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Roger Reid officiating. Burial was at Green Lawn Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis.

Margaret Maude “Peggy” Schmidt, nee Chambers, 86, of Saddlebrooke, Ariz., formerly of Belleville, died Jan. 27, 2016 after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma cancer. She was born Nov. 20, 1929 in Iola, Kan., the daughter of the late Alice Louise and Adelbert Royal Chambers. Peggy married John F. Schmidt in 1950. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Schmidt is survived by a daughter, Susie (Stan) Hilkemeyer of Tucson, Ariz.; a son, Tom (Jenny) Schmidt of Columbia; grandchildren, Scott and Tim Hilkemeyer of Tucson; Emily (Andrew) Reuschel of Carbondale, and Daniel Schmidt of Perth, Australia; great-granddaughter, Stephanie Hilkemeyer; step-grand family, Kelly, Scott, Summer and Jackson Taylor of Newport Beach, Calif. She was preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Wrightsman; and a son in infancy, John F. Schmidt Jr. Peggy received her Associate of Arts Degree from Monticello College in 1949 and attended Kansas University where she pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma in 1949. She received her Masters of Fine Arts Degree from McKendree College in 1975. Mrs. Schmidt and her husband lived in Evanston and then Belleville moving to Arizona in 1998. She was active in the Evanston Art Center and garden club. She was a volunteer at the Shelter Shop in Belleville and the Golden Goose in Catalina, Ariz. Mrs. Schmidt enjoyed her retirement in the Sonoran Desert and watching the mountains turn pink. She enjoyed daily swims, reading and immersing herself in the field of art. She was known for her artwork (including her Watch Dogs) as well as the eclectic collection of art she and her husband enjoyed. A private memorial service was planned for a later date.

Pauline F. Jablonski, nee Maliszewski, 90, of Columbia, formerly of Fairmont City, died Jan. 20, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 20, 1925 in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Bernard Sr. and Mary (nee Marks) Maliszewski. Mrs. Jablonski is survived by her children, Jeanne (Michael) Kish of Columbia, John Jablonski of St. Louis, Nancy (Richard) Ballew of Granite City and Timothy (Sheri) Jablonski of Glen Carbon; grandchildren, Amy (Tim) Meyer, Andrea (Todd) Biske, Kristi (Mike) Stuart, Eric (Beth) Jablonski, Christopher (Ally) Jablonski, Nicholas Jablonski, Kara (Steve) Mathes, Ryan (Jayne) Ballew, Jeremy Jablonski and Brendan Jablonski; great-grandchildren, Mitch and Abbie Meyer, Elena, Spencer and Maria Biske, Shawn and Joey Stuart, Henry and Lily Mathes, Phoebe and Rory Ballew and Jakob Jablonski; brothers, Bernard Maliszewski of Fairmont City and Steve (Marianne) Maliszewski of Fairmont City; a sister, Dorothy Gravoits of Belleville; and brother-in-law, Hilary Jablonski of Glen Carbon; along with nieces, nephews and friends from Fairmont City and The Garden Place in Columbia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph F. Jablonski, Jr.; a brother, Frank Maliszewski; brothers-in-law, Henry Jablonski, Leonard Jablonski, Jerome Jablonski, Bob Roberts, Joe Ruder and Ted Dobkowski; sisters-in-law, Frances Maliszewski, Regina Roberts, Florence Ruder and Mildred Dobkowski; and daughter-in-law, Judy Jablonski. Pauline was a homemaker. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Fairmont City. She was a former Holy Rosary Catholic Youth Organization moderator and member of the Altar Society. Visitation and funeral were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia with Fr. Clyde Grogan officiating. Mrs. Jablonski was buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville. Kassly Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Holy Rosary Church in Fairmont City or the Immaculate Conception School Building Fund.

Brandy Nicole Contratto, 24, of New Athens, died Jan. 22, 2016 following a car accident in rural New Athens. She was born Oct. 26, 1991, in Red Bud, the daughter of Andy and Theresa (nee Nadler) Contratto of New Athens. Besides her parents, Miss Contratto is survived by her fiancé, Curtis Harms of Red Bud; a brother, Brandon Contratto of New Athens; aunts and uncles, Lanno Nerini, Griff Gresham, Mary (Brett) Harris, Patty (Steven) Davis, Barb Nadler and Mary (Dan) Neff, Beverly (Dave) Nadler, Cathy (Randy) Kunkelmann, Carol Nadler, Mike Nadler and Greg Nadler; special cousins, Alicia Hepp and Nicole Duquette; her fiancé's family, Clifford and Carol Harms, Cameron Harms, Christin Harms and Armin and Marlene Robert; and her dogs, Sadie Bell and Zuppke; along with cousins, friends and her Bull Pen family. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Tazo and Dorothy Contratto and Fred and Verna Nadler, Sr.; uncles, Fred Nadler Jr. and Joe Nadler; and her fiancé's grandparents, Herbert and Leona Harms. Brandy was a waitress and bartender at the Bull Pen Bar and Grill in New Athens. She recently earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Brandy was enrolled at Lewis and Clark Community College where she was studying to be a dental hygienist. Miss Contratto enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and eating sushi. Visitation and funeral were at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Miss Contratto was buried at the church’s cemetery. Heil- Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens handled the arrangements.

Patsy A. Nelson, nee Christman, 78, of Ferguson, Mo., died Jan. 21, 2016, in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 7, 1937, in St. Louis. Mrs. Nelson is survived by her children, Bonnie (Jeff) McClanahan, Laura Koch and Rev. Patrick Poole; grandchildren, Josie, Lucian and Saffron McClanahan, Nicholas (Jenni), Joshua (Shannon) and Samuel House; Elliot Allen, Paige Allen, Gracie Allen and LilyAnne Poole; great-grandchildren, Zachary House and Finnegan House; and her brother, Robert Christman. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lela P. Cenatiempo; grandson, Zachary House; and a brother, Richard Christman. Visitation and funeral were at St. John UCC in Maeystown with Pastor Ivan Horn officiating. Mrs. Nelson was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John UCC of Maeystown Stained Glass Window Fund.

Cindy Neff, nee Voges, 59, of Waterloo, died Jan. 22, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born June 26, 1956, in San Bernardino, Calif., the daughter of the late Ruth Jealene Vickers and Virgil August Voges. Mrs. Neff is survived by her husband, Myron Neff; children, Raylene (David) Lindley, Jeff (Kristy) Neff, Ben (Mary) Neff and Matthew (Laura) Sebastian; grandchildren, Avry Sebastian, Colin Sebastian, Savannah Cowsert, Landon Cowsert, Milla Neff, Jackson Neff, Troy Neff and Drew Neff; and her siblings, Toni (Pete) Rozich, Cathy Meitner, Lisa Talley, Mike (Marsha) Voges, Karen Salger and Stanley (Carol) Wilcox. She was preceded in death by her special step-mother, Shirleen Voges. Cindy was member of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. Visitation and funeral were at Hope Christian Church with Pastor Darrel Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Hope Church Food Pantry.

Pauline E. Julien, nee Everding, 91, of Columbia, died Jan. 25, 2016, at Columbia Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born March 22, 1924, in Red Bud, the daughter of the late Herman and Wilhelmina (nee Liefer) Everding. Mrs. Julien is survived by her step-daughter, Donna (Philip) Bohn of Columbia; step-grandson, Joseph (Lisa) Bohn of Teutopolis; a brother, Marvin (Pearl) Everding of Red Bud; and sisters-in-law, Melba Everding and Marie Everding, both of Red Bud; along with nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Hugh McKindley; second husband, Melvin "Sonny" Julien; brothers, Richard, Paul (twin) and Ray Everding; and sisters, Leona Hecke, Anita Hartman, Dorothy Rehmer and Erna Everding. Mrs. Julien attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, where she was active with the Ladies League. She was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Julien was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Columbia Rehab and Care Center Activities Fund.

Judith A. Nottmeier, 73, of Staunton, formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 26, 2016, at Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton. She was born May 26, 1942, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Henry “Chick” and Viola (nee Gentsch) Mentel. Miss Nottmeier is survived by a brother, Keith L. (LaVerne) Mentel of Osage Beach, Mo.; a niece, Lisa A. Mentel-Carpenter of Linn Creek, Mo.; a nephew, Michael K. (Melissa) Mentel of Eldon, Mo.; and a great-niece, Emma Grace Mentel of Eldon, Mo. Judith grew up in Waterloo, graduated from Waterloo High School and earned an undergraduate degree in education from SIU Carbondale. She taught at the Columbia Grade School until her retirement. She moved to Staunton after retirement where she was a babysitter and also worked for a short time at Steinmann Trucking. Judith enjoyed going to the movies and the companionship of her dog, Cookie. Judith attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel, and was a former member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo. Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A funeral will follow with Rev. Tony C. Troup, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Miss Nottmeier will be buried at the Waterloo City Cemetery. Daudeman Mortuary of Hamel is handling the arrangements.

Courtney N. Kish, 22, of Columbia, died Jan. 29, 2016 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born May 12, 1993, in St. Louis, the daughter of Kim (Jerry Karcher) Evans. Besides her mother, Courtney is survived by a daughter, Aria Pretto; a brother, Scott (Adrienne Hill) Kish; grandparents, Russel and Barbara Evans and Mary Neuman; and great-grandparents, Ernest and Ruby Evans. Courtney was a 2011 graduate of Columbia High School. Visitation and memorial service were at the Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia with the Rev. Roger Reid officiating.

George W. Dunlap, 65, of Waterloo, died Jan. 17, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born July 11, 1950, in Evansville, Ind. Mr. Dunlap is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary (nee Buchanan) Dunlap; children, Sarah (Joshua) Deutch and Emily Dunlap; grandchildren, Evelyn and Annalise Deutch; his father, George D. Dunlap; brother, Steven Dunlap; sister, Linda Cox; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dan and Carol Buchanan; along with brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Louise Faulkner; brother, John Dunlap; and his sister, Yvonne Gass. Mr. Dunlap was loving husband and father and a doting grandfather. He was retired from Painters Local Union 85. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home. Mr. Dunlap was buried at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

Thomas A. Pretto, 58, of Columbia, died Jan. 17, 2016 at Clinton Manor Living Center in New Baden. He was born Aug. 5, 1957, in Centreville, the son of the late Giosue and Anna (nee Aimerito) Pretto. Mr. Clinton is survived by his siblings, Martha (Glenn) Hoffmeister, Rose Anne Hasek, Richard Pretto, Gloria Sollee, Alice (Charles) Klein, Giosue (Jean) Pretto, Susan (James) Heller, William (Kaye) Pretto and Laurence Pretto; sister-in-law, Lisa Pretto; and brother-in- law, Lawrence Moallankamp; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sylvia Moallankamp; and brothers, John and Dennis Pretto. Mr. Pretto was a member of the Human Support Services of Monroe County, as well as Community Link in Breese. He will be missed by his dear friends at Clinton Manor Living Center. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Fr. Chris Reuter officiating. Mr. Pretto was buried at the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Clinton Manor Living Center or the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis.

Sylvester C. Biffar, 84, of Waterloo, died Jan. 18, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born Nov. 25, 1931, in Waterloo, the son of the late George and Martha (nee Reinhardt) Biffar. Mr. Biffar is survived by his wife, Leona (nee Weber) Biffar; children, Jane (Dennis) Asselmeier, Judy (Richard) Heck, Alan (Rita) Biffar, John (Anne) Biffar and Rita Polka; daughter-in-law, Lisa Biffar; grandchildren, Christopher (Michele) Heck, Matthew (Jessica) Asselmeier, Joshua (Melanie) Biffar, Nicole Deaton, Kelly (David) Chomhirun, Andrew (Allison) Biffar, Dana Biffar, Anthony Polka, Amy Polka, Shane Biffar, Magdalen Biffar and Aaron Shields; and sister-in-law, JoAnn Biffar; along with great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and his loyal dogs, Rosie and Ace. He was preceded in death by his sons, Joseph and Leon Biffar; sisters, Loretta (Joseph) Schaefer, Priscilla (Armin) Vogt and one in infancy; and brothers, Lawrence (Arline) Biffar and Eugene Biffar. Mr. Biffar attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society. Visitation was at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Osang Idagbo officiating. Mr. Biffar was buried at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Robert Henry Mueller, 78, of Arnold, Mo., died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Mr. Mueller is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann (nee Arazan) Mueller; children, Raymond (Kimberly) Gummersheimer, Dale (Beth) Gummersheimer, Karen (David) Gotsch and Richard (Laurie) Mueller; a brother, Donald E. Mueller; and eight grandchildren. Visitation and funeral were at St. Paul UCC in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Stray Rescue of St. Louis, the USO or the Independence Center.

John M. Shea, 66, of Waterloo, died Jan. 18, 2016, in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 26, 1949, in Red Bud, the son of the late Harry J. and Lillian F. (nee Drury) Shea. Mr. Shea is survived by his siblings, Pat (Bill) Reinbold, Jane Shea and Mark (Karen) Shea; along with nieces and nephews. Private services were held. Quernheim Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Paul J. Koblitz, 91, of Columbia, died Jan. 2, 2016 at Parkway Manor in Marion. He was born May 10, 1924, in Collinsville, the son of the late Paul I. and Alma (nee Leight) Koblitz. Paul married Dolores (nee Marlen) Koblitz in 1949 in Dupo. In addition to his wife, Mr. Koblitz is survived by daughter, Cheryl (Earl) Heberer of Marion; granddaughter, Brynn Meaghan Heberer; and a brother, Udell Koblitz of Dupo. He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Koblitz. Mr. Koblitz served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired educator from O'Fallon Township High School. Paul attended First Baptist Church in Dupo. Visitation and funeral were at First Baptist Church in Dupo with Pastor Roger Reid officiating. Mr. Koblitz was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church.

Robert W. Rippelmeyer, 89, of Waterloo, died Jan. 9, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born June 23, 1926, in Valmeyer, the son of the late Raymond F. and Selma (nee Pape) Rippelmeyer. Mr. Rippelmeyer is survived by his wife, Doris Mary (nee Niebruegge) Rippelmeyer; children, Lynn Rippelmeyer, Kay (David) Rippelmeyer-Tippy, Marla (Wayne) Blackstone and Ken (Deborah) Rippelmeyer; a sister, Margaret (Herman) Louer; brother, Ray Rippelmeyer; grandchildren, Eve Tucker, Whitney Tucker, Lucas Richardson, Scott Richardson, Elsa Tippy and Mason Tippy; nieces and nephews, Craig Louer, Connie Albert, Terre Schulmeister, Tammi Pieper, Lori Rippelmeyer and Brad Rippelmeyer; and many great-nieces and great-nephews, including Michelle (Michael) Harvey and Michael (Jody) Rippelmeyer. He was preceded in death by his brother, Russell (Helen) Rippelmeyer; sister-in-law, Glenda Rippelmeyer; and nephew, Marvin Rippelmeyer. Mr. Rippelmeyer was a lifelong farmer in rural Valmeyer. Throughout his life, Bob was dedicated to serving the county, including leadership roles in numerous organizations. Bob is notably remembered for being the chairman of the county board for 10 years, including spearheading the countywide effort to battle the Flood of ’93 and its aftermath. As a commissioner, he was also involved in the building of the new Oak Hill Nursing Home, the courthouse renovations and dealing with the rural Maeystown tornado. Mr. Rippelmeyer was also involved with the St. John UCC consistory, Monroe Service board, Monroe County Electric Co-op (REA), Illinois Rural Co-Ops, National REA board, Kaskaskia Port Authority, Waterloo Masonic Lodge, Monroe County Fair Association, Waterloo Rotary Club, Farmer’s State Bank, Monroe County Farm Bureau, Lincoln Farm Bureau Management Teams and the Monroe County Pork Producers. Bob was also a tax consultant and estimated he completed more than 10,000 returns for his clients and those of area farmers. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. A celebration of life will follow. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation or Oak Hill Nursing Home.

Albert E. "Gene" Mroz, 81, of Waterloo, died Jan. 4, 2016, in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 21, 1934, in E. St. Louis, the son of the late John Mroz Sr. and Evelyn (nee Hunt) Mroz. Mr. Mroz is survived by his children, Lisa Stewart and Lori Mroz; grandson Bradley (Kim) Stewart; and great-grand children, Harper Stewart and Presley Stewart; along with nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth (nee Cherry) Mroz; a son, Lon P. Mroz; and brothers, Dr. Joseph H. Mroz and John Mroz Jr. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home.

Charles D. Johnson, 80, of Waterloo, died Jan. 5, 2016, in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 17, 1935, in McCoupin County, the son of the late Zeph and Anita (nee Coffee) Johnson. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Veranna "Toots" (nee Bequette) Johnson; children Cheryl Hebel, Barbara (Robert) O'Donnell, Terry (John) Ratcliff, James (Sue) Johnson and Chuck Johnson; grandchildren Amber (Aaron) Dillard, Tifani (Shawn) Beshears, Samantha and Erin Johnson, Alex, Lauren and Doug Ratcliff, Thomas, Kristen and Jennifer O'Donnell and Charles Massie; great-grandchildren Seth, Maggie, Frankie and Amanda “A.J.” Dillard, Chloey Hebel and Ella and Nathan Beshears; and siblings Dean (Irene) Johnson, Pat Morton and Judy (Bob) Chilcutt. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Johnson; and grandsons Christopher S. Hebel Jr. and Johnny Ratcliff. Mr. Johnson worked for 35 years at Anheuser Busch, raced stock cars for more than 30 years and Chargin’ Charlie was a lifetime member of Allied Auto Racing Association. Charlie loved traveling, motorcycle riding and attending NASCAR races. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Father John Kizhakedan officiating. Mr. Johnson was buried at St. Patrick Cemetery in Tipton. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Ida Mae Goldsmith, 85, of Waterloo died Jan. 6, 2016 at St. Anthony’s de Greef Hospice House in St. Louis. She was born Dec. 24, 1930 in Walnut, N.C., the daughter of the late Earnest and Juanita (nee Rector) Payne. Ida married James Goldsmith in 1946 in Walnut. He died in 2010. Mrs. Goldsmith is survived by her children, Robert (Betty) Goldsmith of Waterloo, Janet Mooney of Renault, James Goldsmith of Waterloo, Randy (Debbie) Goldsmith of Waterloo, Joyce (Arlen) Koch of Ruma and Sabrina (Mark) Archambault of Eureka, Mo.; along with 10 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by HER daughters, Mary Beth and Joann. Mrs. Goldsmith was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic Church. A private graveside service was held. Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud had the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s de Greef Hospice.

Daisy Virginia Middleton, 76, of Valmeyer, died Jan. 7, 2016. She was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Parma, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles W. and Minnie R. Zetta Ann (nee Martin) Truell. Daisy married Ralph C. Middleton in 1958 in St. James, Mo. He died in 1981. Mrs. Middleton is survived by her children, Sherry (Marty) Kohlenberger of Arnold, Mo., and Roger (Sheila) Middleton of Valmeyer; grandchildren, Derrick Kohlenberger, Marty C. Kohlenberger and Clayton Middleton; and sisters, Jewel Lawrence of Potosi, Mo., and Betty (Darel) Roberts of Cape Girardeau, Mo. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Mildred (John) Kozlowski, James (Mac) Truell and Imogene Finney. Mrs. Middleton attended Victory Tabernacle in St. Louis. Visitation and funeral were at Lawlor Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Cromeens officiating. Mrs. Middleton was cremated. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mary "Aileen" Sarga, nee Muffo, 87, formerly of Washington Park and Cahokia, died Jan. 8, 2016 at Oak Hill in Waterloo. She was born Oct. 11, 1928, in East St. Louis, the daughter of the late Antonio and Elizabeth (nee McLain) Muffo. Mrs. Sarga is survived by her daughters, Virginia (Robert) Downing of Belleville and Betty (Michael) Dietz of Waterloo; grandchildren, Kenneth (Carol) Downing of Belleville, Rebecca (Richard) Brewer of Belleville, Samantha King of Columbia and Amanda (Trevor) Gahn of Waterloo; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Ella and Elise King; a sister, Josephine (Chester) Bays of Terre Haute, Ind.; and sisters-in-law, Bonnie Muffo of Sebring, Fla., and Mary Muffo of New Athens; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, George A. Sarga, who died in 1986; brothers, John, Paul, Carmen "Jim", Thomas and William; and a sister, Ann Ashbury. Aileen was an active member of the Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. She enjoyed cooking, being outdoors and traveling. Her greatest moments were those she spent with her family, especially during the holidays. Visitation and funeral were at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights. Burial was at Lake View Memorial Gardens.

Robert Michael Lenhardt, 55, of Waterloo, died Jan. 7, 2016, in Columbia. He was born May 6, 1960 in St. Louis, the son of Janice L. (nee Finch) and the late Franke W. Lenhardt. Besides his mother, Mr. Lenhardt is survived by a son, Nathaniel J. Lenhardt of Waterloo; a sister, Cindy (Jeff) Krumm of High Ridge, Mo.; nieces, Candice, Juliette and Jennifer Krumm; a nephew, Jeffrey Krumm; his former wife, Angie (Aaron) Williams of Waterloo and her family; and his loving cat, Cuddles Mittens; along with other relatives and friends. Robert was employed by Acosta Inc. of Chesterfield, Mo. He attended Momentum Church of Columbia and was a very religious man who made several trips to Israel. Robert spoke several languages, was an avid reader and sports fan and was particularly fond of the Cardinals, Blues and Rams. Visitation and funeral were at the Braun Family Funeral Home in Columbia with pastor Jeff Duncan officiating. Burial was at Sunset Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Annie’s Hope.

Pauline "Penny" Singleton, nee Pinkley, 82, of Waterloo, died Jan. 2, 2016, in Waterloo. She was born April 23, 1933, in Detroit, Mich. Mrs. Singleton is survived by her children, Clifford Louis Singleton and Patricia Lee Burns; grandchildren, Keith Christopher (Jill) Singleton, Amy Lynn Singleton, Natasha Marie Burns, Clinton Louis Singleton and Natalie Louise Singleton; great-grandchildren; a twin sister, Lorine (Shelby) Lashley; and her brother, Howard (Mary) Pinkley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jewell Lee Singleton; a son, Christopher Ward Singleton; and a great-grandson Cameron Curran. Penny was a second and third grade teacher in McAllen, Tex. She was also employed as a nurse and a Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician. She received medical training through Medical Self-Help Training Course, CPR Graduate School (1967), a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course (1983) and Lifedata Medical Service (Paramedical Examiner). Through her skills she served as a camp nurse at Woodmen Camp of West Frankfort and volunteered at blood banks. Penny was a Monroe County election judge and a vice-president of the Waterloo Sportsman's Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Singleton attended St. Paul UCC of Waterloo. She was a member of the Noble Grand of Tripp Rebekah Lodge 642, the Senior Citizen Club of Waterloo, Woodmen of the World (Judicial Officer) and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Visitation and funeral were at Quernheim Funeral Home with Pastor Merlyn Lawrence and Pastor Patrick Singleton officiating. Mrs. Singleton was buried at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Herbert C. Schueler, 93, of Columbia, Jan. 4, 2016, at Columbia Care and Rehab surrounding by his family. He was born Dec. 5, 1922, in Columbia, the youngest of three children born to William and Ida (nee Oerter) Schueler. Herb married Leola Ludwig in 1948. In addition to his wife, Mr. Schueler is survived by his daughter, Wendy (Bill) Norman; grandson, David (Dr. Annie) Norman; great-grandsons, Gary and Gabriel; special family member Sarah (Jordan) Haney and her children; and his life-long best friend, Maurice Schneider; along with nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lucille (Joe) Middleton; and his brother, Clarence (Hildegard) Schueler. Mr. Schueler was a lifelong citizen of Columbia. He was the president of the Columbia High School Class of 1940. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Herb served in the 94th Engineering Division and saw action in the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his return to civilian life, Herb and his brother Clarence founded Schueler Brothers Inc., a major construction firm in Columbia for many decades. Several years later, Clarence split off to found Monroe Building Supply, but the name of the company went unchanged. It is still in existence as an investment company. Herb purchased Juanita Browne Realty upon the death of Mrs. Browne in 1974. The name was changed to H.C. Schueler Realty some years later. Recognition of Herb’s community and county involvement include awards and certificates from many organization: Paul Harris Fellow from the Columbia Rotary Club (where he also served as president), Pillar of the Community Award from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, charter member of both the Monroe County Builders Association (former president), the Monroe County Planning Commission, the Missouri-Illinois Jefferson-Monroe Bridge Commission, financial backer for the start-up of the Dupo / Columbia Air Force Junior ROTC, the Monroe County Regional Planning Commission, supporter of the Columbia Boy Scouts, Monroe Council For The Handicapped, Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Columbia Jaycees. Mr. Schueler was a lifelong member of St. Paul UCC in Columbia, where he served on many committees, including congregation president (twice), Sunday School treasurer, a Youth Fellowship sponsor and Youth Music. Herb was recently awarded his 70-year membership pin from American Legion Post 581, where he was a member of the Drill Team as well as flag-bearer. Herb and his wife Leola donated the over sized flag that the Boy Scouts present at Columbia parades. Mr. Schueler was also a member of the (now disbanded) Columbia Toastmasters, a founding member of the Columbia Strassenfest and a member of the Strassenfest Singers and Dancers. For a short time, Herb was a volunteer fireman with the Columbia Fire Department, and was named an honorary fireman in 1997. He always supported the mission of the CVFD. Herb and Walter “Gig” Giffhorn have the distinction as having served on both the Columbia Centennial Celebration Committee of 1959 and the Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee of 2009. His interests also went to the larger fraternal organizations of Columbia: Masonic Lodge 474, the Scottish Rite Bodies of Southern Illinois and the Ainad Temple of the East St. Louis Shrine. Herb happily sponsored many Khoury League teams, bowling teams and various other youth and enjoyment centered groups in the community. Flying was Herb’s only hobby. He was a private pilot and owned a quarter share of an airplane based at Sackman Field. Chester Schmidt, Royal Kendall and Ray Schmidt were his partners. Herb served on the board of Monroe National Bank (now First Bank). He also was a major donor to the fountain in Metter Park, honoring his father and father-in-law for their service to the City of Columbia. Travel was always a priority for Herb. He returned to Europe on four occasions after the war. He is also credited with being one of the first tourists to visit Russia after Glasnost. Other adventures included visiting Cuba prior to its closing, panning for gold out west and white water rafting along the Colorado River. His greatest joy was helping people have a good time. He served as master of ceremonies at many parties, honorariums and Christmas parties. His last five years were spent as a resident of Columbia Rehab and Nursing. He was known as the song leader at birthday parties. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul UCC in Columbia with Pastor Bob Goddard officiating. Pastor Goddard captured Mr. Schueler’s spirit and personality in a thoughtful eulogy. Mr. Schueler was buried at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church’s building fund, the Columbia Volunteer Fire Dept. Scholarship Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Nadine Kohlenberger-Schneider, nee Bean, 93, of Columbia, died Jan. 8, 2016, at Bethesda Southgate Nursing Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Dec. 27, 1922, in East Carondelet, the daughter of late Reuel and Bernice (nee Kirk) Bean. Nadine married Vernon O. Schneider in 1958 in Columbia. He died April 21, 2015. Mrs. Schneider is survived by her daughter, Grace B. Gunn of Columbia; grandchildren, Randee (Rich) Liles, Mark (Tammy) Kohlenberger and Jon (Robin Lekosky) Kohlenberger; great-grandchildren, Rance (Ashley Walker) Leistler, Shelby (Bill) Griebel, Evan and Ava Liles, and Olivia and Emily Kohlenberger; sisters, Esther Meyer, Othella Williams and Nedra (Ted) Boswell; sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, Shiela Kohlenberger and Joan (Tom) Adams; grandson-in-law, Robert Leistler; niece and godchild, Vicki (Kerry) Foster; niece, Delores Deleveski, and nephew, Jim Hardy; along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Mark A. Kohlenberger; a son, Darrel Kohlenberger; grandchildren, Robin Gunn Leistler and Drew Kohlenberger; sisters, Arrilla Hanger and Lucille Hardy; brothers, R.O. "Bud" Bean, Earl W. Bean and Robert Doyle Bean; and son-in-law, Gary Gunn. Mrs. Schneider had worked at White Rodgers in St. Louis. She attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia. Visitation was at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia with Pastor Steven Theiss officiating. Mrs. Schneider was buried at Valhalla Gardens Of Memory in Belleville. Memorials may be made to her church’s building fund.

Alice R. Liechty, nee Baumer, 63, of Newark, Del., formerly of Columbia, died Jan. 10, 2016 after a trying illness. Mr. Liechty is survived by her husband, Mel Liechty; children, Alison Gilefski (David) and Dr. Benjamin Liechty (Katherine Jong); and siblings, Ralph Baumer, Patricia Kalert and Don Baumer. Alice excelled in school and was active in many academic and social organizations. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She taught mathematics for three years and then dedicated her efforts to raising her children. Alice was active for 20 years in Newark’s elections and served many years on the Board of Elections. Alice had a love for life and accumulated friends with whom she was always eager to share a story or two. Mrs. Liechty was a great homemaker, wife, mother, sister and friend and will be sorely missed. Visitation was at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home,. Memorials may be made to the Krysti Bingham Cerebral Palsy Foundation.