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Miscellaneous Cape Girardeau County, Missouri Obituaries


George Robert Neilson Jr.
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 6th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 7th, McCombs, Jackson
JACKSON: George Robert Neilson Jr. age 79 of Jackson passed away Sunday, March 04, 2001 at home. He was born December 22, 1921 in St Louis, MO, son of George Robert and Mary Wilson Neilson Sr. He and Viola Call were married July 22, 1950 in Marble Hill, MO. She preceded him in death November 9, 2000. Neilson was a member of New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson where he formerly served as Chairman of the Administrative Board and on many other committees. Mr. and Mrs. Neilson lived in O’Fallon, Illinois after they were married and later moved to Urbana, IL where he attended the University of Illinois. They returned to Missouri where he managed the Jackson Farm Bureau. After moving to Centralia, Illinois, he worked for Rose Exterminating Company. Upon returning to Jackson, Mr. Neilson managed Feeders Warehouse. In 1966, he opened his own exterminating business in Jackson known as Neil’s Pest Control Service. He was a former member of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Agriculture Committee for many years. Mr. Neilson was a member of Excelsior Masonic Lodge #441 in Jackson where he was a past Worshipful Master and a 32nd degree mason. He was also a member of the High Twelve. Neilson was a member of Eastern Star #91 of Jackson and previously served as Worthy Patron. He was a member of American Legion Post #158 in Jackson. Mr Neilson served in the US Navy during WW II from 1940 to 1946. He actively took part in the “Battle of Midway” aboard the USS Yorktown Battleship. Survivors include 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Donna Neilson of San Antonio, TX, Doris Koeberl and husband Dennis of Jackson, brother, Carl Neilson of TX, two half-brothers, Allen Asselmeier of Albuquerque, NM and Francis Asselmeier of Columbia, IL, three half-sisters, Dorris Lincoln of Marble Hill, MO, Mary Schneider of Columbia, IL, Doris England of Detroit, MI, two granddaughters, Kristy Kennon and husband Michael of Ballwin, MO, Kara Koeberl of Jackson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Fordyce Neilson of San Diego, CA.
Visitation will be 4-8 pm Tuesday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, with a Masonic service at 7 P.M. The funeral service will be held 2 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral chapel with Rev Richard Northcutt officiating. Burial will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson with military honors. Memorial donations may be given to New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson or Southeast Hospice.

Donald Jones
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Sunday, March 4th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 10:00 A.M., Monday, March 5th, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jackson
ORIOLE: Loran Donald Jones, age 73, passed away Friday, March 2, 2001, at his home in Oriole. Friends may call Sunday, March 4th, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Parish Prayers will be said at 7:30. Funeral Service will be Monday, March 5th, at 10:00 A.M., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson, with a Military Honors Service. Monsignor Edward Eftink will officiate. Mr. Jones was born May 1, 1927, in Dexter, son of the late Donald Loran and Jenny Rice Jones. He and Gladys Anne Clark were married May 1, 1976. Mrs. Jones survives. Other loving survivors include five sons, Morris “Mo” Dean Jones of Whitewater, Kenny Jones of Jackson, Gordy Jones of Fort Worth, Texas, Richard Jones and Steve Jones, both of Jackson; three step-sons, Virgil Clark of Lisbon, Iowa, Edwin Clark and Jeffery Clark; three step-daughters, Carolyn Wilter of Colorado, Delores Washburn of Hiawatha, Iowa, Denise Martin of Albernette, Iowa; a brother, Bill Jones of Hot Springs, Arkansas; three sisters, Nadene Roberts, Virginia Paisley, and Rosemary Lee Hahn, all of Cedar Rapids; 32 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son.
Mr. Jones served in the US Army from February 25, 1946 – April 4, 1947. He worked for Wilson Meat Packing House in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, from 1953 – retirement in 1978; and moved to Oriole in 1979, where he and his wife owned and operated Happy Hollow Tavern until 1995. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson, and the VFW and American Legion in Cedar Rapids. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Southeast Hospice.

Jose Roman Perez
Visitation: 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 3rd, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 3rd, McCombs, Jackson
JACKSON: Jose Roman Perez, age 53, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2001 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson on Saturday, March 3rd, beginning at 10:00 A.M., followed by the funeral service at 2:00 P.M. Interment will be in Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape. Revs. Ron Watts and Richard Combs will officiate. Mr. Perez was born February 28, 1947 in Edinburg, Texas, son of Jose Cruz and San Juana Corona Perez. He and June A. Reid were married November 7, 1970. She survives. Other loving survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Joseph Scott and Carinsa Perez of Jackson, John Raymond and Carrie Perez of O’Fallon, and Jason Andrew Perez of Jackson; one brother, Matt Perez of Alabama; five sisters, Terri Giardina of St. Louis, Connie Miller of Marshfield, Marie Cockrell and Maria Medlin, both of Dexter, and Sara Garcia of Edinburg, Texas; and one granddaughter, Salena Perez of Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Frank Perez.
Mr. Perez was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Fruitland, MO. He had 30 years of dedicated service to General Electric Medical Systems. Perez served as an adult leader of Boy Scout Troop #311 and was currently active in the University Extension Programs. He was a member of the Cape Girardeau Road Runners Club and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War from 1967 through 1970. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Wesley United Methodist Church – Fruitland, Missouri.

Carol Jean Wareing Grayson
Visitation: None
Service: Private Service at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, March 1st, McCombs, Cape
CAPE GIRARDEAU: Carol Jean Wareing Grayson, age 49, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2001, at St. John’s Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. A private funeral will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, March 1st, at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau followed by interment in Memorial Park Cemetery. Rev. Howard Anderson will officiate. Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Ms. Grayson was born October 1, 1951, in Cape, daughter of Clyde and Violet Lacy Wareing.
Loving survivors include her mother; son, Tony Noel of Cape; daughter, Sharon Karraker of Cape; brother, Don Wareing of Bridgeton, Missouri; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and an infant brother.
Ms. Grayson was a graduate of Cape Girardeau Central High School. She had worked at the former Kroger Grocery Store and Pet City Distributors, both in Cape. She was most recently employed at Patrick Cleaners in Cape. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to First Freewill Baptist Church – Cape Girardeau.

Christina Paige Beauchamp
Visitation: None
Service: 3:30 P.M., Thursday, February 22nd, Russell Heights Cemetery; Jackson
JACKSON: Christina Paige Beauchamp passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born February 20, 2001, daughter to Lea-Ana Beauchamp of Jackson and Jamal Tipler of Cape Girardeau. A graveside service will be held Thursday, February 22nd, at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Rev. Raymond McAfee will officiate. Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home, Jackson.

Norman Ernest Wille
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Saturday, February 17th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 18th, McCombs, Jackson
Jackson: Norman E. Wille, age 68, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Saturday, February 17th, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Sunday, February 18th, at 2:00 P.M., at the funeral home, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery. Rev. David Johnson will officiate. Mr. Wille was born May 26, 1932, in Jackson, son of the late Ernest and Opal Clifton Wille. He and Grace Gilliland were married April 6, 1961. Mrs. Wille survives. Other loving survivors include two sons, Jeff Wille and Todd Wille, both of Jackson; and a brother, Robert “Red” Clifton of Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
Mr. Wille attended Jackson schools. He was in the US Navy from 1952 to 1960, serving in Korea. He worked for his father – the former Wille Plumbing & Heating, and 30 years for Atlas Plastics, retiring in 1996. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson since 1971, the Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post #158 in Jackson, and VFW #3838 in Cape. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Building Fund.

Lemen Henry Hahs
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Monday, February 12th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 13th, McCombs, Jackson
Jackson: Lemen H. Hahs, age 80, passed away Saturday, February 10th, at his daughter’s home in Perryville. Friends may call Monday, February 12th, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, February 13th, at 2:00 P.M., at the funeral home. Interment will be in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson, with a Missouri Honor Guard Service. Rev. Grant Gillard will officiate. Mr. Hahs was born September 22, 1920, in Millersville, Missouri, son of the late H.C. and Zettie Bollinger Hahs. He and Virginia L. Schreiner were married June 23, 1946. Mrs. Hahs passed away September 3, 1991. Other loving survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Robert Hull of Jackson and Betty and D. Michael Laws of Perryville; four grandchildren, R. Christopher Hull and wife, Veronica of St. Louis, Heather Hull of St. Louis, and Chloe Jane Laws and Alexander Michael Laws, both of Perryville; one brother, Jack Hahs, and two sisters, Stella McKee of Cape Girardeau, and Fern Mayfield. One brother and one sister preceded him in death.
Mr. Hahs was gratuate of Lutesville High School and a US Army Veteran of WWII, serving from November 30, 1942 – February 14, 1946. He worked at the former International Shoe Factory in Cape, the former Koch Plastic Manufacturing in Jackson, and in 1985, retired from Lenco Company in Jackson. He was long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson and a member of the Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson or Hospice Care of Park Hills.

Richard G. Schmidt
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Monday, February 12th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 13th, McCombs, Jackson
Jackson: Richard G. “Dick” Schmidt, age 68, passed away Friday, February 9, 2000, at his home near Shawneetown. Friends may call Monday, February 12th, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, February 13th, at 10:00 A.M., at the funeral home. Monsignor Edward Eftink will officiate. Mr. Schmidt was born August 1, 1932 in Fort Madison, Iowa, son of the late Lee and Adaline Wilmesmeier Schmidt. He and Donna R. Boyle were married December 26, 1951. She survives. Other loving survivors include two daughters, Sharon Ann Morre and Julia Nadine Clifton, both of Perryville; son, Dale R. Schmidt of Jackson; four brothers, Harold Killoren of Fort Madison, Iowa, Carl Schmidt of St. Petersburg, Florida, Jerry Schmidt of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Leo Schmidt of Davenport, Iowa; three sisters, Jean Ford of Largo, Florida, Donna McGroarty of Naples, Florida, and Rosemary Fraune of Waterloo, Iowa; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister.
Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt moved to Jackson in 1966. He trained and bred horses and was a known horse whisperer for many years. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Francis Cancer Care or Southeast Hospice.

Hansel Willie Williams
Visitation: 6:00 - 8:00 P.M., Sunday, February 11th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 1:00 P.M., Monday, February 12th, McCombs, Jackson
Whitewater: Hansel Willie Williams, age 73, passed away Friday, February 9, 2001, at his home in Whitewater. Friends may call Sunday, February 11th, between 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Monday, February 12th, at 1:00 P.M., at the funeral home, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery. Rev. Ken Harper will officiate. Mr. Williams was born July 11, 1927, in Olney, Illinois, son of the late Willie and Ada Lynch Williams. He and Dorothy E. Scranton were married July 11, 1947, in Lawrenceville, Illinois. Mrs. Williams survives. Other loving survivors include five sons, Barry L. Williams of Noblesville, Indiana, Terry B. Williams of Bethany, Illinois, Bruce D. Williams and Timothy R. Williams, both of Whitewater, and David L. Williams of Poteau, Oklahoma; a daughter, Connie E. Williams of Cape Girardeau; 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death.
Mr. Williams was a Navy veteran of WWII. He attended the Jackson Church of The Nazarene. He worked many years for several implement dealers in Illinois and five years for Cape-Kil Pest Control Company before retiring in 1996. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Nazarene Church Building Fund - Jackson.

Minnie A. Steinhoff
Visitation: 6:00 - 8:00 P.M., Saturday, February 10th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 11th, McCombs, Jackson
JACKSON: Minnie A. Steinhoff, age 94, of Federal Way, Washington, passed away Monday, February 5, 2001, at the Hallmark Manor in Federal Way. Friends may call Saturday, February 10th, between 6:00 - 8:00 P.M., at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral will be Sunday, February 11th, at 2:00 P.M., at McCombs, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Dr. Brian Anderson will officiate. Mrs. Steinhoff was born January 20, 1907, at Mayfield, Missouri, daughter of Jacob and Alice Grabel Killian. She married Edward E. Steinhoff. He passed away January, 1978. Loving survivors include a daughter, Shirley Duffy of Tacoma, Washington; one grandson; and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to First Baptist Church - Jackson.

Harold Cooper Hitt
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 6th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 7th, McCombs, Jackson
Uniontown: Harold C. Hitt, age 80, passed away Monday, February 5, 2001, at his home in Uniontown, Missouri. Friends may call Tuesday, February 6th, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, February 7th, at 2:00 P.M., at the funeral home, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Rev. Paul Winningham will officiate. Mr. Hitt was born January 6, 1921, in Gordonville, Missouri, son of the late Ernest and Myrtle Baugh Hitt. He and Mildred Ackman were married November 23, 1976. She survives. Other loving survivors include a son, Ronald Hitt, and daughter, Bonnie Blechle, both of Jackson; step-son, Marvin McMillan of Friedheim; step-daughter, Marcella Meyer of Perryville; brother, John Hitt of Huntington Beach, Ca.; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and two step-great grandchildren. He was preceded by three brothers; one sister; a granddaughter; and a step-grandson.
Mr. Hitt had worked for the former International Shoe Factory in Cape; Strack Bros. Construction; the former Wesley Hitt Construction Co.; and 14 years at Southeast Missouri Hospital, retiring in 1983. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Gordonville, and had attended Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.

Lydia A. Klaus
Visitation: 9:00 - 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 31st, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Jackson
Service: 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 31st, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Jackson
Jackson: Lydia A. Klaus, age 98, passed away Monday, January 29, 2001, at Heartland Care & Rehab Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Wednesday, January 31st, between 9:00 – 10:30 A.M., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, followed by funeral at 10:30. Interment will be in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Rev. David Johnson will officiate. Mrs. Klaus was born June 8, 1902, in Arnsberg, Mo., daughter of Charles and Mary Dambach Dickmann. She and Alvin F. Klaus were married February 1, 1922. He passed away August 12, 1965. She was also preceded by a grandchild, two brothers and seven sisters. Loving survivors include two sons, Kenneth Klaus or Arnold and Willard Klaus of Jackson; daughter, Vernalee Mouser of Jackson; 13 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Klaus was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim. In 1944, they sold their farm in Friedheim, moved to Jackson, and became members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson. While her husband served as Cape County Sheriff for 10 years, they lived at the jail and she cooked for the inmates. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Paul Building Fund or Saxony Lutheran School.

Robert Edward McElyea
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Sunday, January 28th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 10:00 A.M., Monday, January 29th, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jackson
Robert E. McElyea, age 89, formerly of Oran/Caney/Chaffee community, passed away Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at Lexington Health Center in Orland Park, IL. Friends may call Sunday, January 28th, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Parish Prayers will be said at 7:30. Funeral Mass will be Monday, January 29th, at 10:00 A.M., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery. Monsignor Edward Eftink will officiate. Mr. McElyea was born April 20, 1911, at Portageville, Mo., son of Samuel and Mattie McGee McElyea. He and Matlean Lawson were married September 26, 1936. She passed away August 27, 1982. He was also preceded by a son, a daughter, and a brother. Loving survivors include two sons, Steven McElyea of Chicago and Greg McElyea of Mokena, Il; two daughters, Mary Dumey and Virgie Koeppel of Jackson; two sisters, Anne Fodge of Edwardsville, Il and Fannie Coulliard of San Diego, Ca; nine grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. Prior to moving to Chicago in 1964, Mr. McElyea was a long-time resident and farmer in the Oran/Caney/Chaffee Community. He attended St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church in Chicago. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Immaculate Conception Catholic School Construction or the masses.

Ruth Genevieve Seymour
Visitation: 5:00 - 8:00 P.M., Monday, January 29th, Irwin Funeral Chapel, Granite City, IL
Service: 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 30th, Irwin Funeral Chapel, Granite City, IL
JACKSON: Ruth G. Seymour, age 81 of Jackson, passed away Friday, January 26, 2001, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau where she had resided the past two years. Friends may call Monday, January 29th, from 5:00 - 8:00 P.M., at Irwin Funeral Chapel in Granite City, Illinois. Funeral is at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 30th, at the funeral home, followed by interment in Lakeview Memorial Gardens at Belleville, Illinois. Local arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Mrs. Seymour was born September 9, 1918, in Randolph County, Illinois, daughter of John and Anna Belle Meyer Zang. She and Lloyd Seymour were married December 18, 1943, at Perryville. Mr. Seymour passed away January 2, 1987. Loving survivors include a daughter, Janice Burk of Jackson; two grandsons, Kyle Burk of Lima, Peru, and Drew Burk of Evansfille, Indiana; and a niece, Nancy Zang or Lansing, Michigan. She was preceded in death by one son, Neil Seymour.
Mrs. Seymour taught school for many years in Randolph County, Illinois, St. Clair, Illinois, and Granite City, Illinois. She was a memeber of the Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City. She moved to Jackson from Granite City in 1994.

Albert H. "Bud" Wessell
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Friday, January 26th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 10:00 A.M., Saturday, January 27th, Zion Lutheran Church, Gordonville, Missouri
Gordonville: Albert “Bud” H. Wessell, age 89, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2001, at his home in Gordonville. Friends may call Friday, January 26th, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Saturday, January 27th, at 10:00 A.M., at the Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville, followed by interment in the church cemetery. Rev. Wayne Schwiesow will officiate. Mr. Wessell was born March 23, 1911, in Dutchtown, son of the late H.W.A. Wessell and Lilly Muster Wessell. He and Dorothy Gross were married December 30, 1944. Mrs. Wessell survives. Other loving survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carol Ann and Thomas C. Sparkman of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven Robert and MaeBeth Wessell and Mark Alan and Linda Wessell of Gordonville, Missouri; three grandsons, Mark Hahn and fiancee, Angel Atchley of Kirksville, Missouri; Jasen Wessell and wife, Alissa of Millersville, Missouri; and Hunter Wessell of Gordonville; four granddaughters, Tara King and husband, Shawn of Cape Girardeau, Jennifer Wallis and husband, Billy of Millersville, and Whitney and Logan Wessell of Gordonville; one step-grandson, Randy Sparkman and wife, Laura of Cape Girardeau; one step great-grandson, Thomas Sumner Sparkman; one step great granddaughter, Blake Sparkman of Cape Girardeau; one brother, Clarence Wessel of Chaffee, Missouri; and two sisters, Ida Sander and Louise Nussbaum of Cape Girardeau. He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Wayne Wessell; brother, George Wessell; and three sisters, Hilda Eggimann, Lydia Wachter, and Amanda Wessell. Mr. Wessell was baptized and confirmed as a child and was a life long member of Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville. He had been involved in church activities, including the Men’s Club and the Dartball League, and had held various offices. Mr. Wessell farmed and was a carpenter before his retirement. He was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Zion Lutheran Church Repair Fund of Saxony Lutheran High School.

Bessie Marie Hitt
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Thursday, January 25th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 2:00 P.M., Friday, January 26th, McCombs, Jackson
Jackson: Bessie Marie Hitt, age 90, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2001, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Thursday, January 25th between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Friday, January 26th, at 2:00 P.M., at the funeral home, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Rev. Ira Sandefer will officiate. Mrs. Hitt was born February 27, 1910, daughter of Salis and Bernice Proffer Helderman. She and Ellis Reed were married April 25, 1925. He passed away October 8, 1947. On September 19, 1964, she and Lloyd Hitt were married. He passed away December 5, 1973. Loving survivors include daughter, Lillie Jaco of Jackson; son, Shelby “Junior” Reed of Scott City; step-daughter, Geneva Crandall of Cahokia, Illinois; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and one step great grandson. Mrs. Hitt was preceded in death by two infant daughters; two grandsons; a step-daughter; one brother and two sisters. Mrs. Hitt had been a member of First Baptist Church in Jackson and actively participated in Jackson Senior Center activities prior to her admission to the Lutheran Home.

Woodrow Arthur Helderman
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 23rd, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 24th, McCombs, Jackson
Marble Hill: Woodrow Aurthur Helderman, age 84, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Tuesday, January 23rd, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, January 24th, at 10:00 A.M., at the funeral home, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery. Revs. John Rice and Jimmy Corbin will officiate. Mr. Helderman was born December 21, 1916, in Cape Girardeau County, son of Dennis A. & Zalma Helderman Helderman. He and Loeta Brown were married December 31, 1934. Mrs. Helderman survives and is a resident at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. Other loving survivors include a son, Bobby A. Helderman of Marble Hill; daughter and son-in-law, Karen L. and Jerry L. Hitt of Millersville; granddaughter, Debbie L. Thurman and husband, Chuck of Jackson; granddaughter, Kandi L. Smith and husband, Doug of Burfordville, granddaughter, Bobbie L. Reagan of Jackson, and granddaughter, Beckie L. Maintz and husband, Scott of Oak Ridge; three great granddaughters Sammie Thurman, Emilee Smith, and Mallorie Maintz; two great grandsons, Corey Thurman, and Bennett Smith; and three sisters, Aleta Hedge and Wanda McElreath of Burfordville and Virginia Askew of Jackson. One brother, Aaron Helderman preceded him in death.
Mr. Helderman formerly worked 17 years as an electrician at the City of Jackson and was an active farmer. He had been a member of I.B.E.W. Local #1 since 1965. He was a lifetime member of Jackson Trial Riders and T.W.P.H.C. of Missouri. In 1987, he was voted “Horseman of the Year” by T.W.P.H.C. of Missouri. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.

Alma Elvira Lange
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Sunday, January 21st, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 1:30 P.M., Monday, January 22nd, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Tilsit
Burfordville: Alma Elvira Lange, age 86, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2001, at her daughter’s home in Burfordville. Friends may call Sunday, January 21st, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Monday, January 22nd, at 1:30 P.M., at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit, followed by interment in the church cemetery. Rev. Don Reder will officiate. Friends may call at the church after 12:30 P.M. Monday. Mrs. Lange was born July 14, 1914, in Tilsit, daughter of the late Henry C. and Bertha Nagel Ahrens. She and Paul H. Lange were married November 30, 1941. He passed away August 22, 1990. Two brothers and a sister also preceded her in death.
Loving survivors include two sons, Linus Lange of St. Charles and Aaron Lange of Jackson; daughter, Wanda Matthews of Burfordville; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Mrs. Lange was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit and its Ladies Aid. She had formerly worked as a cook for 11 years at St. Paul Lutheran School in Jackson. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Immanuel Cemetery Fund; The Lutheran Hour Ministries; or St. Paul Radio Broadcast.

Alvin John Lohman
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Monday, January 22nd, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 23rd, McCombs, Jackson
Jackson: Alvin J. Lohman, age 98, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2001, in Jackson at the home of his daughter. Friends may call Monday, January 22nd, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, January 23rd, at 1:00 P.M., at the funeral home, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery. Rev. David Johnson will officiate. Mr. Lohman was born October 26, 1902, at Friedheim, son of Antone and Matilda Kaiser Lohman. He and Beulah M. Tuschhoff were married March 20, 1923. She passed away January 20, 1996. Loving survivors include two sons, Glenn Lohman of Jackson and Willard Lohman of Yorba Linda, Ca.; three daughters, Shirley Lohman and Anna Dean Statler of Jackson, and Ruth Ann Dunivan of Ironton; son-in-law, Marvin Aufdenberg; ten grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, a grandson; four brothers; two sisters; and one step-brother.
In 1947, Mr. Lohman moved from Friedheim to Jackson. He worked 18 years as a heavy equipment operator for the Cape County Road District and then worked 11 years as custodian at the Cape County Courthouse, retiring in 1967. He became a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in 1974. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the St. Paul Building Fund or St. Paul Radio Broadcast.

Edgar R. Lorenz
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Sunday, January 21st, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 11:00 A.M., Monday, January 22nd, Trinity Lutheran Church, Shawneetown
Shawneetown: Edgar R. Lorenz, age 80, of Shawneetown, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 20, 2001, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Sunday, January 21st, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Monday, January 22nd, at 11:00 A.M., at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown, followed by interment in the church cemetery. Rev. Howard Mueller will officiate. The Missouri Honor Guard will conduct graveside services. Friends may call at the church after 10:00 A.M. Monday. Mr. Lorenz was born April 4, 1920, in Shawneetown, son of the late Martin K. and Bertha Kasten Lorenz. He and Berniece Schlimpert were married January 19, 1947. Mrs. Lorenz survives. Other loving survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Dwayne and Paula Lorenz of Sikeston and Darrell and Donna Lorenz of Festus; one daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Jim Buchheit of Longtown; two brothers, Erwin and Melvin Lorenz of Shawneetown; and seven grandchildren, Nathan, Nena, Nick, Dustin, and Devin Lorenz, and Tyler and Alex Buchheit. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
Mr. Lorenz was baptized and confirmed as a child, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown. He had held various offices within the church, including church elder. During WWII, he served in the Army-Air Corp. He was an agent for the Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Missouri for 40 years. He served as a judge for the Shawnee Township for 50 years, was a former board member of the Farm & Home Administration and a member of the Perryville American Legion. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown.

Suyapa "Sushila" Bratina
Visitation: None
Service: 4:00 P.M., Thursday, January 18th, McCombs, Jackson
Jackson: Suyapa “Sushila” Bratina, age 24, passed away Monday, January 15, 2001, at her home in Jackson. Memorial Service will be Thursday, January 18th at 4:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Rev. Raymond McAfee will officiate. Mrs. Bratina was born February 15, 1976, in El Salvador, daughter of Pritam Sandhu and Gloria Sandoval. She and James E. Bratina were married March 24, 1997. Survivors include her husband, James and daughter, Sydney of Jackson; mother Gloria Sandoval; three brothers and three sisters. Her father preceded her in death.
Mrs. Bratina was raised in South America and has lived in the United States for four years. She and James were married in Texas and have lived in Jackson for 2 ½ years. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Salvation Army.

Bertha W. Kester
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Sunday, January 14th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 17th, Trinity Lutheran Church, Friedheim
Friedheim: Bertha W. Kester, age 94, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2000, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Tuesday, January 16th, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, January 17th, at 2:00 P.M., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim, followed by interment in the church cemetery. Revs. David Burge and Adam Mueller will officiate. Mrs. Kester was born March 19, 1906, in Tilsit, Missouri, daughter of August and Wilhmenia Sperling Aherns. She and Albert Kester were married January 19, 1936. Mr. Kester survives and they would have been celebrating 65 years together this Friday. Other loving survivors include a son, Jerry Kester of Perryville; daughter, Shirley Kinder of Burfordville; five grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
Mrs. Kester was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit. She had been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1936. She worked at the former tobacco factory in Cape. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church or Cemetery.

William A. "Red" O’Howell
Visitation: 9:00 - 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 23rd, McCombs, Cape Girardeau
Service: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 23rd, McCombs, Cape Girardeau
Egypt Mills: William A. "Red" O’Howell, age 73, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2000, at his home. Friends may call Saturday, December 23rd, from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Cape. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M., at the funeral home, followed by interment in Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery. Rev. Raymond McAfee will officiate. Mr. O’Howell was born March 11, 1927, in St. Louis, Missouri, son of the late Grover and Martha J. Rains O’Howell. He and Lucille Reed were married. She passed away December 27, 1984. A daughter, Susan Suhr of Oak Ridge survives.
Mr. O’Howell retired from Proctor and Gamble. He had also been employed at the former Florsheim Shoe Factory in Cape and the Cape Special Road District. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1946 - 1947. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Missouri Veterans’ Home.

Gary Wayne Dennis
Visitation: 10:00 - 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 10th, McCombs, Cape Girardeau
Service: 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 10th, McCombs, Cape Girardeau
Cape Girardeau: Gary Wayne Dennis, age 50, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2001, at Southesat Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Wednesday, January 10th, from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Cape. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, at the funeral home with Rev. Donald Kuehle officiating. Military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 3838. Private burial will be held at a later date. Mr. Dennis was born October 4, 1950, in Granite City, Illinois, son of Omar and Vivian Watson Dennis. He and Nancy Kiehl were married June 15, 1990. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Michael Dennis of Fayetteville, North Carolina; mother, Vivian Burton of Cape Girardeau; two brothers, Danny Dennis of Kingston, Illinois and David Dennis of Jackson, Missouri; and a sister, Donna McCarty of Cape Girardeau. He was preceded in death by his father.
Mr. Dennis had been a cook at the former Howard Johnson, and had also worked at Wal-Mart, Chateau Girardeau, and most recently at Heartland Care and Rehab Center. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3838. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 – 1976. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Disabled American Veterans.

Rosa Bertha Doberenz
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 3rd, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 10:00 A.M., Thursday, January 4th, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Jackson
Jackson: Rosa Bertha Doberenz, age 81, passed away Monday, January 1, 2001, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Wednesday, January 3rd, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Thursday, January 4th, at 10:00 A.M., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery. Rev. David Johnson will officiate. Mrs. Doberenz was born February 17, 1919, at New Wells, daughter of the late Gustave A. and Pauline M. Perr Meyr. She and Helmuth M. Doberenz were married October 15, 1939 at New Wells. He survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Irma Meyer of Wykoff, Mn., Ruth Lacy of Belton, Mo., and Wanda Steffens of Cape Girardeau; three sons, Paul Doberenz of Livermore, Ca., Marvin Doberenz of Weatherford, Tx., and Ken Doberenz of Jackson; one brother, Gilbert “Gib” Meyr of New Wells; 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 9 brothers and 5 sisters. She was a former member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, New Wells, and was confirmed there on March, 1932. In 1949, Mr. and Mrs. Doberenz moved from Shawneetown to Jackson. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and St. Paul Ladies Aid. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Paul Radio Broadcast, St. Paul Building Fund, or the Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Rodney James VanGennip
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 1st, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 3rd, McCombs, Jackson
Jackson: Rodney James VanGennip, age 37, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2000, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Festus, Missouri. Friends may call Tuesday, January 2nd, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, January 3rd, at 11:00 A.M., at the funeral home, followed by interment in Bollinger County Memorial Cemetery near Marble Hill. Revs. Mike Huffman and Barry Winders will officiate. Rodney was born September 6, 1963, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, son of James “Jim” VanGennip of Advance and Janet Hansen VanGennip of Jackson. Both parents survive. Other survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Charles “Chuck” and Brenda VanGennip of Jackson; a half-brother, Scott VanGennip of Jackson; a step-brother, Greg Collins and wife, Pam of Jackson; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Cheryl VanGennip Hoston of Jackson and Rhonda VanGennip McClanahan and husband, DeWayne of Jackson; a half-sister, Jamey VanGennip Bowers and husband, Michael of Cape; two nieces, Heather VanGennip and Jessica Hoston; two nephews, Jerrod and Kendal Hoston; maternal grandmother, Geneva Hansen of Jackson; paternal grandmother, Mildred VanGennip of Advance; and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins. An infant sister and two grandfathers preceded Rodney in death.
Rodney was a 1982 Jackson High School graduate. He had worked for Pure Ice Company in Cape Girardeau and the former Midway Dairy in Jackson. For the past 15 years, he worked for the former Chuck-E-Cheese and Show-Biz Pizza in Cape Girardeau. He was forced to quit due to his health in 1998. He has been struggling with diabetes for past 24 years. Rodney attended First General Baptist Church in Jackson.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Diabetes Foundation, or the Missouri Kidney Foundation.

Judith "Judy" Ann Lukefahr
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Monday, January 1, 2001, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 2, 2001, McCombs, Jackson
Daisy: Judith “Judy” Ann Lukefahr, age 59, formerly of Jackson, passed away Friday, December 29, 2000, in Jackson. Friends may call Monday, January 1st, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, January 2nd, at 1:00 P.M., at the funeral home, followed by interment in Russell Heights Cemetery. Revs. James Brice and Virgil Bunch will officiate. Mrs. Lukefahr was born October 28, 1941, in Perryville, Missouri, daughter of the late Chester O. and Mildred Abernathy Lincoln. She and Perry E. Lukefahr were married June 4, 1961. He survives. Other loving survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Allen and Colleen Lukefahr of Jackson and Curtis and Cherie Lukefahr of Daisy; two grandchildren, Lane Thomas Lukefahr, and Alexis Grace Lukefahr; a brother, Michael “Mike” Lincoln of Dallas, Texas; and sister, Carol Sue Riehn of Marietta, Georgia. Mrs. Lukefahr was a 1959 Jackson High School graduate. She then attended Southwest Missouri Baptist in Boliver for a year and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape for a year. She later worked at the former Graber’s Ladies Clothing in Cape. For the past 20 years, she gave private piano lessons. For the past 39 years, she was a member of Sedgewickville United Methodist Church, serving as church instrumentalist and music director. She formerly served as the UMW leader, and taught Sunday School in the childrens’ division and young married couples. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Sedgewickville United Methodist Church Music Fund.

Frieda Nora Grosswiler
Visitation: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 19th, McCombs, Jackson
Service: 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 20th, McCombs, Jackson
Jackson: Frieda Nora Grosswiler, age 88, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2000, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Tuesday, December 19th, between 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, December 20th, at 10:30 A.M., at the funeral home, followed by interment in St. John’s Cemetery in Fruitland. Rev. David E. Schaffner will officiate. Mrs. Grosswiler was born in Oak Ridge on January 6, 1912, the youngest daughter of Arthur and Matilda Kaufman Petzoldt. She and George Ray Grosswiler were married on September 11, 1940. He passed away March 21, 1996. Loving survivors include two daughters, Mary Aubuchon of St Louis and Joyce Grosswiler of Copenhagen, Denmark; a son Paul Grosswiler of Bangor, Maine; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, a sister, and a great granddaughter.
Mrs. Grosswiler was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Fruitland. She attended nursing school at and later worked as a nurse at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis and Southeast Missouri Hospital. In 1976, she retired from Oak Ridge School, where she served as the School Nurse. In 1992 she moved from Oak Ridge to Jackson. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.


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