OBITUARIES: Dec. 31 - Jan. 8

2007-01-10T00:00:00Z OBITUARIES: Dec. 31 - Jan. 8 stltoday.com
January 10, 2007 12:00 am

Helen Barnett

Helen Irene Barnett, 98, De Soto, died Jan. 3, 2007, in Crystal City. She was born May 19, 1908, in Carmi, Ill., the daughter of William Jackson and Helen (Allen) Creek.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Lone Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church.

She is survived by four daughters, Helen Mae Delashmit of Cedar Hill, Mary Lee Harris of Palm Springs, Calif., Janet Irene (Tom) Patterson and Janice T. (Walter) Kolano, both of De Soto; three sons, Donald H. (Ruth) Barnett of Hillsboro, Eugene B. (Mary Ann) Barnett of Cedar Hill, and Thomas M. Barnett of De Soto; 33 grandchildren; 79 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Barnett; her parents; four sons, Raymond J., Coy Wesley, Clifford L. and Leon "Jack" Barnett; her brother, Allen Creek.

Funeral was Jan. 6 at Mahn Funeral Home, De Soto, with the Rev. Travis Eye officiating. Interment is in Lone Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, De Soto.

John Bunta Sr.

John Joseph Bunta Sr., 90, Crystal City, died Jan. 4, 2007, at his home. He was born Aug. 11, 1916, in Leadwood, the son of Joseph and Anna (Jurek) Bunta.

He was a glassworker for PPG Industries. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Festus-Crystal City. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the VFW.

He is survived by three daughters, Carol (John) Bailey of Savannah, Ga., Anna Mae (Michael) Alford of Crystal City, and Bonnie M. (Nelson) Coleman of Hartselle, Ala.; his son, John J. (Pam) Bunta Jr. of Florissant; seven grandchildren, John Davis (Michelle) Bailey V, Daniel J. Bailey, Matthew Alford, Kassie (Jason) Hanks, Linda Morgan, Jeffrey Coleman, Dennis Coleman; five great-grandchildren, Zoey and Zachary Bailey, Jonathan, Kurtis and Eric Hanks.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ann (Escoffier) Bunta; his parents; two sisters, Mildred Renfro and Jenny Skoluda.

Funeral was Jan. 6 at Vinyard Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Adams officiating. Interment is in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Becky Cavatairo

Becky Ann Cavatairo, 49, French Village, died Dec. 20, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born in St. Louis.

She was supervisor at the security gate of Goose Creek Community.

She is survived by her husband, Marty Cavatairo; her parents, Edward and Patricia (Jauernig) Roberts of Imperial; two sons, Martin Cavatairo III of St. Louis and David Cavatairo of Pevely; two sisters, Debra Hulen and Susan Coley, both of St. Louis; two brothers, Edward "Butch" Roberts Jr. of Valley Park and Daniel Roberts of Arnold; her father-in-law, Martin Cavatairo; two grandchildren, Ricki and Phat Phat.

She was preceded in death by her brother, David Roberts.

Funeral was Dec. 23 at Kutis South County Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Qualls officiating. Interment is in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Roger Cheshire

Roger D. Cheshire, 62, Arnold, died Jan. 4, 2007, at St. John's Mercy Medical Center. He was born in Kennett.

He was a longtime employee/supervisor for Laclede Gas Company. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Betty L. (Woods) Cheshire; his mother, Ilene (Winchester) Cheshire; two children, Kimberly Cheshire and Laurie (Dewayne) Dennison; four siblings, Sam Cheshire, Brenda (Jerry) Adams, Sandy (Jim) Gewinner, Steve (Joanna) Cheshire; eight grandchildren, Amanda (Kevin), Mark, Brandi, Austin, Marissa, Adam, Kyle and Emilee; great-grandchild, Alexis.

He was preceded in death by his father Coy Cheshire, and two siblings, Gary and Emily Cheshire.

Funeral was Jan. 9 at Kutis South County Funeral Home. Interment is in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Robin Czapla

Robin Marie Czapla, 50, Mineral Point, died Jan. 4, 2007, at St. Anthony's Medical Center. She was born Dec. 21, 1956, in St. Louis, the daughter of Paul and Beverly (Hensley) Puckett.

She was a member of Cadet Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Edward Czapla; her daughter, Stephanie Walsh of De Soto; her son, Randal (Erin) Czapla of Mineral Point; her stepmother, Lois Puckett; two sisters, Lori (Bill) Stocker and Katherine Puckett; three brothers, Edward Puckett, Donald (Patty) Reno, Sam Puckett; five grandchildren, Zachary, Nathan, Christopher, Kimberly and Cory Walsh.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Mark Edward Phillip Czapla.

Funeral was Jan. 8 at C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home, Bonne Terre. Interment is in Heron Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or Aids Research Foundation.

Alice Dayton

Alice B. Dayton, 95, Richwoods, died Jan. 8, 2007, in De Soto. She was born June 12, 1911, in Vandalia, Ill., the daughter of Isaac I. and Lucy A. McNeese.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Dayton of Richwoods and Nancy Dayton of St. Clair; her granddaughter, Johanna Brunkhorst; great-granddaughter, Alyssa Burkett.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester O. Dayton; her parents; three sisters, Pearl Anderson, Lucy J. Roeben, Olive Corum; two brothers, Isaac Luther and James McNeese.

Services were private. Arrangements were by Mahn Funeral Home, De Soto.

Marie George

Marie M. Huskey George, 101, Hillsboro, died Jan. 2, 2007, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 29, 1905, in St. Louis.

She was a custodian for the Hillsboro School District. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hillsboro.

She is survived by her son, Bob (Shirley) Huskey of Hillsboro; her daughter-in-law, Ida Murilla Jean "Mid" Huskey of De Soto; six grandchildren, Crystal (Jim) Freeman, Sally (Bob) Riggs, Susie (Jimmie) Turner, Vicki (Brad) Bouska, Don (Karen) Huskey and Kevin (Vickie) Huskey; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Huskey; her husband, Frank George; her son, Lester Huskey.

Funeral was Jan. 5 from Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home to the First Baptist Church, Hillsboro, with the Revs. Wayne Norris and Jimmie Turner officiating. Interment is in Glade Chapel Cemetery, Hillsboro. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church building fund.

Robin Guerrant

Robin S. Guerrant, 42, De Soto, died Dec. 31, 2006, in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 14, 1964, in St. Louis.

She was a claims analyst for Centene Corp. She was a member of Fee Fee Baptist Church in St. Louis.

She is survived by her father, Paul Howard Guerrant of Florida; her foster mother who raised her, Delores Wellhausen of De Soto; her daughter, Shelly Guerrant of De Soto; her sister, Jacqueline (Donnie) Kinsler of Elsberry; her brother, Keith (Shari) Schafer of Gerald; her brother-in-law, James Hood of De Soto.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Hood, her brother, Michael Schafer, and by Donald Schafer.

Funeral was Jan. 4 at Mahn Funeral Home, De Soto, with the Rev. Jeremy Muniz officiating. Interment is in Peaceful Ridge Cemetery, De Soto. Memorials may be made to the Shelly Guerrant Trust Fund.

Thomas Heath

Thomas R. Heath, 67, Wildwood, died Jan. 4, 2007, at his home. He was born Oct. 24, 1939, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Glenn and Veronica (Broderick) Heath, who preceded him in death.

He was a building materials salesman.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene (Orlowski) Heath; two sons, Glenn Heath and Steven (Susan) Heath; two stepsons, Lance Paulsen and Curtis (Barb) Paulsen; his brother, David (Lana) Heath; and four grandchildren, Evan and Megan Heath and Justin and Evan Paulsen.

Memorial service was Jan. 7 at Schrader Funeral Home, Eureka. Interment was private.

Carl Heidbrink

Carl Anna Catherine Heidbrink, 92, House Springs, died Dec. 31, 2006. She was born Nov. 28, 1914, in St. Clair, the daughter of Clarence and Anna Barton.

She is survived by her husband, Benjamin G. Heidbrink; three daughters, Donna (Paul) Laster of High Ridge, Ginger (John) Sikes of Rock Hill and Cheryl (Tom) Maher of Nixa; her sister, Alva Jean Pierce of St. Clair; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Terry and Dennis Heidbrink; two brothers, Eldon and Dale Barton.

Memorial service was at the House Springs Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Foreign Ministries through the church. Arrangements were by Jay B. Smith Fenton Chapel Funeral Home.

Frances James

Frances L. James, 68, Festus, died Jan. 4, 2007, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She was born in St. Louis, the daughter of Fred and Claire Trostel, who preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her son, Mark Trostel of Affton.

Funeral was Jan. 9 at Kutis South County Funeral Home. Interment is in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Norma Weitzel-Kreitler

Norma J. Weitzel-Kreitler, 82, Crystal City, died Jan. 6, 2007, at Crystal Oaks Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born June 9, 1924, in River Mines, the daughter of William and Nora (Cozean) Dees.

She was secretary for St. Francois County Magistrate Court and the First Baptist Church, Desloge. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Festus-Crystal City and United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her husband, Edward "Red" Kreitler; two stepdaughters, Susan (Mike) Abrams of Festus and Patricia Kreitler of Detroit; two sons, William (Judi) Weitzel of Jefferson City and Donald (Susan) Weitzel of Desloge; her sister, Lelia (Henry) Roberts of Waterloo, Ill.; two brothers, Medford (Peggy) Dees and William (Bobbi) Dees Jr., both of St. Louis; 11 grandchildren, Brian (Sandy) Sebastian, Regina (Tom) Edge, Nicole (Chris) Cole, Melissa (Chad) Nivens, Eve (Tom) Stillman, Jesse and Jessica Weitzel, Julie (Carl) Boitnott, Michael Bray, Tasha (Brad) Welsh, David (Jill) Abrams; 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Weitzel; her parents; her daughter, Jacque Bray; two sisters, Bessie Foshee and Virginia Young; her brother, Emerson Dees.

Funeral was Jan. 9 at Vinyard Funeral Home, Festus, with the Revs. Frank Husted and Louis Drinen officiating. Interment is in St. Francois Memorial Park, Bonne Terre. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Arthritis Foundation.

Myrtle Lada

Myrtle M. Lada, 98, De Soto, died Jan. 6, 2007, in De Soto. She was born Aug. 22, 1908, in De Soto, the daughter of Matt and Ruth Ann (Turley) Nussbaumer.

She worked at the De Soto Shoe Factory and was a union member. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

She is survived by two sisters, Aloise (Ernest) Leible and Rose Smith, both of De Soto, and her niece, Carol Cotner of De Soto.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Lada; her parents; seven sisters, Alverta McDuffie, Grace Peroti, Emma Nichting, Neva Hamm, Effie Young, Afton Nussbaumer and Freda Sweet; her brother, Cecil Nussbaumer.

Funeral was Jan. 9 at Mahn Funeral Home, De Soto, with the Rev. Ron Hopmeir officiating. Interment is in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Masses or Adopt-an-Angel.

Mary Mayfield

Mary B. Mayfield, 78, Fenton, died Jan. 2, 2007, in Fenton. She was born May 22, 1928, in St. Louis.

She worked in retail sales.

She is survived by her husband, John H. Mayfield Jr.; her mother, Velma V. Kisner of Arnold; three daughters, Diana Mayfield and Holly (Bill) Towles, both of St. Charles, and Rhonda Mayfield of Sacramento, Calif.; two sons, Kenneth (Catherine) Mayfield of Egg Harbor, N.J., and Timothy (Susan) Mayfield of Sedro Woolley, Wash.; three sisters, Norma Mayfield and Barbara (Jeff) Cook, both of Arnold, and Virginia Adami of Lemay; her brother, Edward (Teresa) Adami of Wickliffe, Ky.; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Cecil Adami; her son, John H. Mayfield III; her brother, Robert Adami.

Funeral was Jan. 5 at Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home. Interment is in Lakewood Park Cemetery.

Martha McCormick

Martha L. McCormick, 67, Hillsboro, died Jan. 2, 2007, in Creve Coeur. She was born Nov. 29, 1939, in Salem, the daughter of Irvin and Hazel (Medley) Gamblin, who preceded her in death.

She was housekeeper in an assisted-living facility.

She is survived by her husband, Donald McCormick; her daughter, Rhonda Hickman of Fenton; two sons, Randy and Roger Hickman, both of Hillsboro; three sisters, Dorothy Coco, Juanita Nash and Mary Shepherd, all of Salem; her brother, Bob Gamblin of Salem.

Funeral was Jan. 8 at Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home with the Rev. Lanny McCormick officiating. Interment is in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Pvt. Ryan McCoy

Pvt. Ryan P. McCoy, 26, Festus, died Jan. 4, 2007, in Killeen, Texas. He was born April 2, 1980, in St. Louis.

He was a private in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Brandi (LaRose) McCoy of Festus; his father, Paul O. (Kathleen) McCoy of Lake Ozark; his mother, Mary R. (Mark) Antonacci of High Ridge; his son, Hayden McCoy of Festus; his sister, Kelly (Paul Gross) McCoy of St. Louis; his brother, Toby (Karen) Svoboda of St. Louis; grandmother, Shirley Wasserman of University City.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harry and Bonna McCoy and Sidney Wasserman.

Funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 at Vinyard Funeral Home, Festus, with the military chaplain officiating. Interment is in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Hayden McCoy Education Fund.

Vester Parton

Vester C. Parton, 86, Pevely, died Jan. 6, 2007, at his home. He was born April 22, 1920, in Middlebrook, the son of Harry and Jessie (Holt) Parton.

He was a dockworker. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Florence (Rogers) Whipple Parton; his daughter, Linda Black of Pevely; his son, Ronald (Melba) Gibson of St. Francois County; his sister, Violet Middleton of St. Peters; eight grandchildren and a great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Clara (Ratty) Parton; his parents; a sister; three brothers; a grandchild.

Funeral is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 at Vinyard Hillcrest Funeral Home, Pevely, with the Rev. Jerry Stoverink officiating. Interment is in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Ervan Planthold

Ervan F. Planthold, 78, Cedar Hill, died Jan. 5, 2007, at St. John's Mercy Hospital. He was born May 19, 1928, in St. Louis, the son of Herman Henry and Mary Anna (Gutmann) Planthold.

He was an accountant. He worked for Georgia Pacific and Central States Diversified. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a choir member at Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Linda S. (Roth) Planthold, whom he married April 28, 1979, in High Ridge; two sons, Robert J. Planthold of St. Louis and Frank J. Stevens of Cedar Hill; his sister, Mary Ann (Joseph) de Simone of King of Prussia, Pa.; two granddaughters, Jacqueline (Dustin) Roach of High Ridge and Loriann (Derek) Chance of Rolla; two great-grandsons, Gavin Roach and Carter Chance.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Delores Naber and Aurelia Planthold; his great-grandson, Jackson Chance.

Funeral was Jan. 9 at Chapel Hill Mortuary, Cedar Hill. Interment is in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis.

Theodore Ploesser

Theodore R. "Ted" Ploesser, 60, House Springs, died Jan. 6, 2007, at Cedar Hill Manor. He was born Oct. 23, 1946, in St. Louis, the son of Theodore W. and Margaret (Sargent) Ploesser.

He was a sheet metalworker for Walters Prefab and a member of the Metalworkers Union.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Linda (Moore) Ploesser, whom he married July 5, 1969; two children, Veronica L. Ploesser of House Springs and Robert W. (Jennifer) Ploesser of Fenton; his sister, Linda (Gerald) Clavenna of Cedar Hill; four grandchildren, Michelle, James Jr. and Justin Henderson and Riley Ploesser.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Margaret Andrew.

Memorial service is 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at Chapel Hill Mortuary, Cedar Hill.

Mildred Rhinehart

Mildred B. Rhinehart, 84, Pevely, died Dec. 31, 2006, at Crystal Oaks Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born Sept. 18, 1922, in Salem, the daughter of Elisha and Emma (Snyder) Brooks.

She worked for National Shoe Company.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet (Don) Menkhus of Pevely; her son, Charles (Patti) Rhinehart of Florissant; five sisters, Esther (Luke) Bunch of Georgia, Virginia Payne of Steelville, Elizabeth Emms of St. Louis, Bertha (Charles) Malone of Salem and Margaret Wick of Lemay; her brother, Paul (Betty) Brooks of Salem; three grandsons, Christopher (Kristi) Rhinehart, Shannon (Melissa) Rhinehart and Michael (Racheal) Menkhus; four great-grandchildren, Rashida and McKinnly Rhinehart, Kassie and Kaden Rhinehart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Manford Rhinehart; her parents; her sister, Ellen Craft.

Funeral was Jan. 3 at Vinyard's Hillcrest Funeral Home, Pevely, followed by graveside service at North Lawn Cemetery, Salem, with the Rev. Mindy Kiepe officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

William Roberts

William R. "Bill" Roberts, 82, De Soto, died Jan. 5, 2007, at Hillcrest Care Center in De Soto. He was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Uniontown, Kan., the son of Earl and Martha (Davis) Roberts.

He was a heavy equipment operator and a member of the Operating Engineers Union. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was a member of De Soto AMVETS. He was a Mason. He was a member of Robberson Prairie Baptist Church in Willard.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy (Washburn) Roberts, whom he married Aug. 8, 1948; two children, Gail (Michael) Collins of Warsaw and Pam (Don) Spencer of Williamsburg, Va.; his sister, Pearlie Poore of Fort Scott, Kan.; a grandchild and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Ellen Clark, Mildred Chervenka, Ann Barnes and Anita McCracken; two brothers, Fielding and Floyd Roberts.

Funeral was Jan. 8 at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home with the Rev. Brian Law officiating. Interment is in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Martin Robinson

Martin F. Robinson, 84, Fenton, died Jan. 2, 2007, in Fenton. He was born Nov. 5, 1922, in Chaonia, the son of Charles and Ella Catherine (Moore) Robinson.

He was a barber in Kingston. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, ETO Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, Army Occupation, Combat Infantry Badge and Good Conduct Medal. He was a Mason. He was a member of Becker-Meyer-Becker VFW Post and Poplar Bluff AMVETS.

He is survived by two daughters, Sheryl Lamb of Arnold and Glenda (Ron) Reinheimer of Fenton; his sister, Ruby Sutterfield of Rolla; his brother-in-law, Richard Morse; two nephews, Bob Coleman and Dan Sutterfield; three grandchildren, Martin (Audrea) Lamb, Don (Jane) Boehle Jr., and David (Michelle) Boehle; five step-grandchildren, Karl (Tammy), Miranda, Roxanne, Shawn and Jaclyn; eight great-grandchildren, Corey, Christian and Mackenzie Lamb, Austin, Dalton, Tanner, Cody and Abbygail Boehle.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie D. (Morse) Robinson, and his parents.

Funeral was Jan. 5 at Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home with the Rev. Jon Thompson officiating. Interment is in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Dick Rothweiler

Richard T. "Dick" Rothweiler, 77, Crystal City, died Jan. 6, 2007, at Comfort House Services, McAllen, Texas. He was born Dec. 20, 1929, in Hannibal, the son of Russell and LaVerda O. (Johnson) Rothweiler.

He was a technician for SBC Telecommunications for more than 35 years and a member of the Telephone Pioneers. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Glenna (DeLaPorte) Rothweiler of Festus; his daughter, Cynthia (Bill) Nengel of Festus; four sons, Doug (Renee) Rothweiler, Tom "Rock" (Jane) Rothweiler, Jack (Liz) Rothweiler and Phil (Lisa) Rothweiler, all of Crystal City; 11 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Harold B. Rothweiler.

Funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 from Vinyard Funeral Home, Festus, to Sacred Heart Church, with the Rev. Rich Heman officiating. Interment is in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Comfort House Hospice, McAllen, Texas, or to the Bell Tower Fund of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of San Juan, Texas.

Betty Simpson

Lillian E. "Betty" Simpson, 76, Crystal City, died Jan. 4, 2007, in Crystal City. She was born Nov. 26, 1930, in Herculaneum, the daughter of Antone and Vonola (Brown) Kinder.

She was a housekeeper at Festus Manor. She was a member of Buren Chapel AME Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Valerie (Charles) Wilks of St. Louis and Michelle Simpson of Festus; her brother, John Wayne Kinder of Festus; brother-in-law, Elroy Bequette Sr. of Crystal City; two godchildren, Carl Michael Kinder and Linda Kay Bequette.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy W. Simpson; her parents; a sister and three brothers.

Funeral was Jan. 7 at Mahn Funeral Home, Festus, with the Rev. Freeman Robinson officiating. Interment is in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Lena Sinak

Lena Sinak-Null, 92, Arnold, died Jan. 1, 2007, at her home. She was born in Jefferson County, the daughter of Walter and Dora Baker.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Karen (Keith) Outright of Arnold; two great-grandchildren, Michelle (Matthew) Wilson and Mark Outright; two great-great-grandchildren, Chelsie and Brendan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norvell Null; her husband, John Sinak; her parents, and her daughter, Betty Ward.

Funeral was Jan. 4 at Kutis South County Funeral Home. Interment is in Hillsboro City Cemetery.

Octavia Stromberg

Octavia Rose Stromberg, 95, Hillsboro, died Jan. 5, 2007, in Crystal City. She was born Jan. 18, 1911, in Shrewsbury, the daughter of Albert and Clementine (Jaeger) Schrader.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Hillsboro.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Walter Stromberg; two daughters, Betty Stromberg of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Barbara Sandgren of Seattle; her son, Conrad (Elaine) Stromberg of De Soto; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and nine brothers and sisters.

Funeral was Jan. 8 from Robert D. Brown Funeral Home to the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Hillsboro. Interment is in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Comtrea.

Lawrence Thebeau

Lawrence A. "Babe" Thebeau, 94, De Soto, died Dec. 31, 2006, in De Soto. He was born Oct. 21, 1912, in Richwoods, the son of Thomas and Sarah (DeClue) Thebeau.

He was a machine maintenance worker for National Lead. He was a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church.

He is survived by three daughters, Mary (Raymond) Stroups of Barnhart, Betty (Jerry) Willett of St. Louis and Rose (Gene) Overmann of Fenton; two sons, Mike (Lola) Thebeau of Arnold and Dennis (Christie) Thebeau of Denver, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice (Barron) Thebeau; his parents; his daughter, Helen Thebeau; his sister, Mary A. Hoffmeister; two brothers, Frank and Lee Thebeau.

Funeral was Jan. 5 from Mahn Funeral Home, De Soto, to St. Stephens Catholic Church, Richwoods, with the Rev. Robert Liss officiating. Interment is in St. Stephens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to JMH Hospice, St. Stephens Cemetery fund or to Masses.

Robert Washington

Robert K. "Bob" Washington, 81, House Springs, died Jan. 6, 2007, at St. Anthony's Medical Center. He was born Aug. 16, 1925, in Richmond Heights, the son of Charles H. and Dorothy F. (Himmelmann) Washington.

He was supervisor at Browning Arms Company and a member of the Teamsters Union.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Virginia F. (Burgan) Washington, whom he married Oct. 22, 1955, in High Ridge; his son, Timothy K. (Karen) Washington of Festus; his sister-in-law, Mary Washington of Stuart, Fla.; two grandchildren, David Robert Washington and Joe Sturdy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, David K. Washington; two brothers, Marvin and Charles Washington.

Funeral was Jan. 9 at Chapel Hill Mortuary, Cedar Hill. Interment is in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to St. Martin United Church of Christ elevator fund, High Ridge.

Anita Weldele

Anita G. "Sis" Weldele, 90, Fenton, died Dec. 31, 2006, in Fenton. She was born July 10, 1916, in St. Louis, the daughter of William and Olga (Kreid) Crombie.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by four daughters, Judy (David) Fischer of Fenton, Janet (Leroy) Long and Brenda (Dan) Perry, both of Arnold, and Wendy (Preston) Haglin of House Springs; her son, Charles (Judy) Weldele of Branson; her brother, Paul (Helen) Crombie of Sullivan; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo "Slim" Weldele, and her parents.

Funeral was Jan. 3 from Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home to St. David Catholic Church with the Rev. Rich Rath officiating. Interment is in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Masses.

Kevin White

Kevin S. White, 53, Pevely, died Dec. 31, 2006, at Des Peres Hospital. He was born Oct. 16, 1963, in Farmington, the son of Mervin Stanley and Agnes Clara (LaRose) White, who preceded him in death.

He was co-owner and operator of White's Auto Service. He was a Herculaneum police officer and former police chief. He was a member of the Elks Club.

He is survived by his wife, Tamara (Collins) White; his daughter, Kiesha Elaine (Justin) Cray of Pevely; his son, Brian Keith (Tiffany) Freeman of Valles Mines; his sister, Launa Rae White of Pevely; his brother, Barry Mark White of Pevely; four grandchildren, Cody Randall Cray, Brian Jordan Freeman, Zachariah Wayne Freeman and Landon Carter Freeman.

Graveside service was Jan. 6 at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Danny Loesch officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or the American Heart and Lung Association.

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