Wayne Henry Waldecker
Todd Waldecker said his father's life as a husband, father and grandfather was a blessing to his family.
Wayne Henry Waldecker died of heart disease Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 59.
Mr. Waldecker was born May 29, 1943, in St. Louis to Elmer and Rose Feil Waldecker. He was raised in Bay, Mo., graduated from Hermann High School in 1961 and attended MU. He married Sandra Fleisch on Sept. 4, 1965. She survives.
Working in the grocery business his entire adult life, Wayne Waldecker began with Gerbes Supermarkets and was a Nowell's Supermarkets employee for more than 25 years, most recently serving as assistant manager.
"He didn't know a stranger, and every Nowell's customer can attest to that," Todd Waldecker said. "Everyone in the neighborhood knew him."
Dan Noll, Nowell's human resources director, said he had known Mr. Waldecker since Waldecker began working for the company.
"He was fun, a good person to be with," Noll said. "I've played golf with him. He was just a real good guy."
Mr. Waldecker loved playing golf and attended Fairview United Methodist Church.
Todd Waldecker said his father was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
"He took great pride in his perfectly manicured lawn," Todd Waldecker said. "If it wasn't 120 or 20 below, he liked to be outside."
Mr. Waldecker is also survived by a sister, Maureen Heck of Hermann; his son, Stephen Waldecker of O'Fallon; and three grandchildren, Seth, Benjamin and Anna Rose Waldecker.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Services, conducted by Rick Matson, will follow.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, MO 65205; the Central Missouri Food Bank, 2000 Pennsylvania Drive, Columbia, MO. 65202 ; or MU Friends of Music.
Banamwana Ndahiro always tried to take care of those around her, even when fighting cancer. Now, after her death, she is still inspiring her family.
"She was so positive," said her sister Nathalie Ndahiro. "Now we have all been positive." Ms. Ndahiro, a June graduate of Hickman High School, did not want to be treated any differently after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October, Nathalie Ndahiro said. "She fought it all the way," she said. "Even up to the very last few hours."
Ms. Ndahiro died on Friday, Aug. 2, 2002 at Boone Hospital Center. She was 18.
A member of the Izuda African dance group, Ms. Ndahiro danced up until the last few weeks of her life.
"Everywhere we went we were dancing," Nathalie Ndahiro said. "Whether we were out or even just in the home, we were always dancing."
Banamwana means "to be with children," and it was a fitting name, Nathalie Ndahiro said.
"She loved children," Nathalie Ndahiro said. "It broke her heart when she learned she would not be able to have children, but she said, 'That's OK. I will adopt.'"
It was Ms. Ndahiro's hope for her father to come to America before she died, but he could not get a visa in time. Nathalie said she knows that if Banamwana was alive she would thank all the people who helped her and her family during their difficult time. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Warren Funeral Chapel, 12 E. Ash St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Howard Butler, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the United Pentecostal Church, 211 Benton St.
Ms. Ndahiro was born Nov. 8, 1983, to Dioscor Ndahiro and Odette Bihomora.
Ms. Ndahiro is survived by her parents; a brother, Malik Bihomora of Columbia; and sisters Nathalie Ndahiro, Nadia Bihomora and Candali Ndahiro, all of Columbia. Memorials may be sent to Bea Gallimore at 2211 Ridgefield Road, Columbia, Mo. 65203.
Vera Joyce Nibbelink
Vera Joyce Nibbelink was a kindhearted woman who thought highly of other people, her son William Nibbelink said.
"She was a very quiet woman, but also had a very good sense of humor," he said. "She took people as they were."
Vera Joyce Nibbelink died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at Villa Marie in Jefferson City. She was 77.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Nibbelink was a member of the Columbia community. Until the last three months of her life, Mrs. Nibbelink resided in Columbia. She moved to Jefferson City because of her deteriorating health.
She was born in Columbia on Feb. 2, 1925, to Nathan and Vera Hagan. She graduated from Hickman High School and was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church.
She married Wayne Roy Nibbelink on April 4, 1946. He died Feb. 4, 1970.
While raising her three children, Mrs. Nibbelink stayed at home. After her children were grown and her husband died, she felt the need to get out of the house and work, William Nibbelink said.
A family friend set her up with a job as a telecommunications operator at MU. She remained dedicated to that position for 20 years. In addition to her position at MU, she also worked part-time at the Gerbes bakery on Broadway.
Mrs. Nibbelink's parents, husband, five brothers and two sisters died earlier.
She is survived by her daughter Sue Jackson of St. Charles; two sons, Larry Nibbelink of Lenexa, Kan., and William Nibbelink of Jefferson City; and 10 grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Nibbelink will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St.
Services, conducted by the Rev. William Smith, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, Mo. 65205.
Naomi B. Marks
No matter what troubles she faced, Naomi Marks did not complain.
Her niece Jill Williamson said her aunt was always upbeat and easygoing.
Naomi B. Marks of Harrisburg died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, at West Village Manor. She was 88.
She was born June 4, 1914, in Howard County to Keller and Opal Hawkins Street. She married Robert Marks in 1943. He died earlier.
Robert Marks was in the military, and the couple moved all over the country and world together. They were married in Canada, spent three years in England and lived in Texas for many years, Williamson said.
Mrs. Marks loved to play bingo in Texas, but switched to the card game four-point pitch when she lived in Missouri.
"She played with everyone," Williamson said. "With friends, family, anyone she could talk to."
When Mrs. Marks was younger she played croquet, Williamson said.
Mrs. Marks was also a member of Harrisburg Christian Church.
Visitation will be at 6 p.m. today at Harrisburg Christian Church, 201 E. Sexton, Harrisburg.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Mike Harvey, will be at 7 p.m.
Burial will be at Harrisburg Cemetery.
In addition to her niece, Mrs. Marks is survived by her son Bill Marks of Harrisburg; her sister Jean Price of Harrisburg and several other nieces and nephews.
Her daughter, Bobsie Marks, died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Harrisburg Christian Church, 201 E. Sexton Harrisburg, Mo. 65256 or to the Harrisburg Cemetery Association, care of Jan Sublett, 14551 Highway 124 Harrisburg, Mo. 65256.
Allyson M. Singleton
Allyson Marie Singleton of Columbia was delivered stillborn Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, at Boone Hospital Center.
She is survived by her parents, Levi Singleton and Rachel Baker of Columbia; brother Haden Singleton of Columbia; paternal grandparents, Danny and Alice Buford of Burlington, Colo.; maternal grandmother, Eva Reimer of New Franklin; maternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Billy and Dorothy Baker of Columbia; and great-grandparents, Russell and Betty Baker of Columbia.
Visitation for Allyson will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Services, conducted by Carol Barner, will be at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to the Haden Singleton Education Fund, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Leonard Otto Acton
Leonard Otto Acton died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 89.
Mr. Acton was born on Aug. 25, 1912, in Boone County to James Woodson and Beulah Taylor Acton.
A lifelong resident of Boone County, Mr. Acton was a long-time member of Nashville Baptist Church and was an employee of the Columbia Water and Light Department. He retired in 1970.
He married Trellis Rice on May 4, 1935.
Mr. Acton is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mary Taylor of Columbia, Shirley Crane of Columbia, and Patricia Harmon of Ashland; four brothers, James Acton of Columbia, Jerry Acton of Columbia, Ronald Acton of Fulton, and Wilfred Acton of Rocheport; and four sisters, Julia Hatton of Columbia, Diane Alaye of Columbia, Cathy Colvin of Columbia and Leona Ray of Harrisburg.
Mr. Acton's parents, as well as two of his sisters and three of his brothers, died earlier.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Don Snyder and the Rev. Kevin Collins, will be at 11 a.m. today at Nashville Baptist Church.
Memorials may be sent to Nashville Cemetery.
Mark Ford of Columbia died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, in a car accident in western Boone County. He was 19.
Mr. Ford was born Jan. 11, 1983, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. to Jerry and Linda Bley Ford. He moved to Columbia in Jan. 2000 to live with his uncle and aunt, Wally and Cindy Bley.
He graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2001, where he was second basemen on the baseball team during his junior year. He was expected to begin his second year at Columbia College in the fall. He played softball with the Keystone Cannibals.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Pieter Van Waarde, will be at 5 p.m. today at Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 W. Nifong Blvd. Burial will be a private graveside service on Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mr. Ford is survived by his mother, Linda Rollans of Gilbert, Ariz.; a brother, Matthew Ford of Flagstaff, Ariz.; two half brothers, Jerry Ford of Oregon and Bryan Woulfe of Gilbert, Ariz.; two sisters, Megan and Melissa Ford, both of Gilbert, Ariz.; a grandfather, Walter Bley Sr. of St. Louis; an uncle and an aunt, Wally and Cindy Bley of Columbia; and two cousins, Jordan and Luke Bley of Columbia.
His father died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Daniel Boone Little League, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.
Neta Mae Nichols
Harry Winfrey remembers his mother's pear preserves, fresh green beans and caring personality.
"She gardened until she couldn't physically do it any longer," Winfrey said. "My favorite were her pear preserves. They were delicious on toast."
Neta Mae Nichols of Ashland died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002. She was 86.
A medical technician at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics during the early 1950s and a devoted mother of two, Mrs. Nichols was a member of the order of Eastern Star and regularly attended functions at the Ashland Senior Center.
"She was always interested in health care," Winfrey said. "When she was younger she would take care of people, stay up with them all night sometimes, and tend to them."
Mrs. Nichols was born on Dec. 24, 1915, in Boone County to Jake Griffin and Ethel Sapp Griffin. She married Philip Earl Winfrey in 1934, who died earlier. In 1964, she married Johnny Nichols.
"She was a homemaker in her later years," Winfrey said. "She had a garden of green beans and tomatoes. Most of her interests were in her home and making it comfortable for her husband."
Visitation and services were held Saturday at the Robinson Funeral Home in Ashland. Mrs. Nichols is survived by her husband; one son, Harry Winfrey of Columbia; one daughter, Phyllis Buckman of Washington, Mo; two sisters, Berlene Winfrey and Helen Sapp, both of Ashland; one grandchild and four great-grandchildren.
Her brother, Alfred Griffin; sister Bernelle Nichols and one grandchild, Mark Winfrey, died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association.
Timothy A. Parish
Timothy Andrew Parish of Columbia died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at his home. He was 67.
Mr. Parish was born Sept. 6, 1934, in Belton to Thomas Oscar Parish and Edna Alice Bathurst Parish. He married Patricia Evans on June 27.
Mr. Parish's father was a pastor and moved his family around a lot. Mr. Parish graduated from high school in Kansas City, Kan. He was an Air Force pilot during the Korean War and performed work that he kept secret from his family members, said his brother Tom Parish Jr.
Mr. Parish married Patricia Evans after the two knew each other for a little more than one year.
After his time in the Air Force, Mr. Parish trained in nursing in Honolulu and later worked as a nursing home administrator. He had six accidents that damaged his back, causing him to use a wheelchair or double crutches, his brother said.
Mr. Parish attended Oakland Christian Church, was a member of the VFW Post 280, the American Defense Preparedness Association and Disabled American Veterans.
Mr. Parish is survived by his wife, Patricia Parish; one son, Edwin Andrew Parish of Wichita, Kan.; one stepson, Mike Bradshaw of Alexandria, Va.; one stepdaughter, Lori Morgan of Eldora, Iowa; one brother, Tom O. Parish Jr. of Nixa; one sister, Sandra Anne Parish Remmert of Champaign, Ill.; and three step-grandchildren, Ashley and Michaela Bradshaw of Alexandria and Jonathan Morgan of Eldora.
His brother, Robert Ward Parish, died earlier.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Greg Robinson, will be at 2 p.m. today at Oakland Christian Church.
Memorials may be sent to Oakland Christian Church c/o Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202 or Option Care/Missouri River Hospice, 3210 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201.
Naomi Caldwell of Columbia died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002. She was 64.
Ms. Caldwell was born on June 12, 1938, to Thomas Howard and Erma J. Fausett Nichols.
She was the manager of Lakewood Apartments in Columbia for many years.
Ms. Caldwell is survived by her mother, Erma Hall of Columbia; a son, William Eugene Caldwell of Lafayette, La.; two daughters, Beverly Way of Jonesburg and Teresa Rogers of Joplin; a sister, Thelma Pearl Rankin of Columbia; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Her father died earlier.
Visitation for Ms. Caldwell will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Carolyn Cross, will immediately follow visitation.
Memorials should be sent to the family of Ms. Caldwell, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo. 65202.