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Donna Marie (Saunchegrow) Taylor

Sept. 6, 1945- Dec. 24, 2016


Donna Marie (Saunchegrow) Taylor, the tenth child of Freddie and Dimples (Doss) Saunchegrow was born on September 6, 1945 in South St. Louis and departed this life at her home on December 24, 2016 at the age of 71 years.

Donna being the youngest, was naturally spoiled by her older siblings, she was so little that they used one of her father’s handkerchief as a diaper. Donna also had polio as a child. It has been told that if Donna could not have her way, she would have tantrums and hold her breathe until she got her way, a few times she passed out.  It is hard to reconcile this to the quite woman that most knew her to be. Being just two years older than her first nephews (the twins), Donna grew up along with her nieces and nephews, more as an older sister than aunt thus forming special bonds with each of them.

Most of Donna’s life was spent living in South St. Louis, she attended Humbolt Elementary and in 1964 graduated from McKinley High School. She also attended Wurduck Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Donna was married to Larry Taylor from 1973 until his death in 2014 after 41 years of marriage. Being close to her sister Janet, Donna and Larry purchased their home across the street from the Hassler’s, where she could help with Janet’s three sons.

For many years, Donna worked as a data entry clerk at the Jefferson Gravois Bank, until it was purchased by the Bank of America and she was relocated to the downtown office from where she retired from.

Donna enjoyed reading and going out to eat with family and friends. She would attend the monthly Goldbug luncheons and every Friday evening she would have dinner with longtime friends Linda and Sandy.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Larry, five sisters: Gloria (Peachy) Binder, Virginia Goede, Janet Hassler, Jean Ussery and Carol Saunchegrow, two brothers: Vernon and Donald Saunchegrow, one niece Beverly and nephew Clifford.

She is survived by two sisters: Helen (Ed) Hahler and Maureen Saunchegrow, a special nephew Mark Hassler, son of her heart. Ten nephews: Art, Vernon G., Gary, Jeffery, Joe, Mike, Donnie, Freddie, Herbert and Vernon S., nine nieces: Debbie, Linda, Cindy, Betsy, Susie, LuAnn, Nancy, Vickie and Denise, a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Each person has a special memory of Donna, she will be missed by those who knew and loved her.


Event date :  24-12-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  30-12-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Daniel "Danny" K. Fisher

1957 - 2016


Daniel K. Fisher, 59, of De Soto died Dec. 13, 2016. Mr. Fisher was a mechanic and worked in maintenance at H.J. Enterprises. He was a member of Morse Mill Baptist Church.

Born Dec. 7, 1957, in St. Louis, he was the son of the late Mary (Gibson) and Gail W. Fisher.

He is survived by a sister: Barb (Dale) Meador of Hillsboro; a brother: David Fisher of Indiana: and six nieces and nephews: Cheryl (Chuck) Larson, Angie Hollins, Ronni Pigg, Dennis Meador, Scott Meador and Matthew Fisher.

He was preceded in death by a sister: Sharon Pigg.

Event date :  13-12-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  16-12-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited





Terri Kissack Howell

1955 - 2016


Terri Kissack Howell was born in Kansas City, Kansas on July 2, 1955 to Harold Kissack and Maribelle Kissack Hogan. She was the youngest of three girls. Terri passed away on November 21st.

She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Jerald Howell; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Sarah Howell; daughter and son-in-law Laura and Stephen Trout; two adoring grandchildren, Gavin and Megan Trout; mother, Mary Hogan; sisters Suzanne Phillips and Jane Ebel, multiple nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

Terri was a voracious reader, loved history and always sought the truth. She was an accomplished seamstress, talented fencer, wonderful cook, avid gardener, active with living history and loved reenacting especially at Marrow Bone Springs. She was multi-lingual and very charitable volunteering her time in Ecuador with Amigos De Los Americas as well as multiple historic sites around the country.

Terri and Jerry loved to travel and see the world, recently traveling on a transatlantic cruise to Spain, Italy and Athens before their first trip to Disney World this summer with their grandchildren, who cherished the time together-they loved her so much.

She was passionate and vocal about equal rights and wanted to leave the world a better place for her daughter and granddaughter. She was intelligent and strong and not afraid to speak her mind.

She will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, a donation to one of Terri's favorite charities would be appreciated.

Event date :  21-11-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  30-11-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Hazel B. Reese

1924 - 2016

Hazel Reese went home to be with the Lord November 5, 2016 at the age of 92.  Beloved wife of the late Kenneth Reese; dear mother of Betty Annis, Charlotte (Tommie) Martin, Ken (Patty) Reese, Jr., Polly Jenkins, Anita Zolman and Paul (Michelle) Reese. Our dear grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 6.   Hazel was a member of Concord Baptist Church since 1970, were she enjoyed playing the piano. She was a wonderful cook and famous for her home-made ice cream.

Event date :  05-11-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  12-11-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited


Ruth M. (nee Mayer) Kamphoefner

 January 6, 1926 – October 26, 2016


Ruth M. Kamphoefner was born to the late Rev. Dr. Herman A. and Anna (nee Hagen) Mayer in International Falls, MN and raised in Bay City MI. She moved to St. Louis in 1946 when her father took a position with Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, where he later served as secretary of LCMS World Missions.

After graduating from Washington University, Ruth began her teaching career at Emmaus Lutheran School in St. Louis and later at Salem Lutheran in Affton. In 1950, she married Edgar O. Kamphoefner, and they were blessed with five children, first adopting Kathleen, and later Ruth gave birth to Carol, James, Mark and Karen. After the death of her husband Edgar in 1964, besides raising her growing family, Ruth worked part-time as an illustrator and graphic artist for Concordia Publishing House and later resumed teaching art, geography and civics at Salem Lutheran.

In 1970, the widowed Ruth moved her family to Lafayette Square. Starting with a shell of a house facing the park, she helped restore 18 houses. Utilizing a strategy of purchasing the worst house on a street, she set in motion the restoration of entire blocks. Ruth authored and published “Lafayette Comes Back” in 2006, a chronicle of the events of that era. She became known as the “Mother of Lafayette Square”, and was featured in a KETC TV documentary on Lafayette Square and at the Missouri History Museum.

Her work in the city was more than just about architecture and buildings. Always noticing those in need around her, Ruth assisted many of the poor and elderly to gain access to healthcare, housing and food. Ruth also worked tirelessly for fair and honest elections in the City of St. Louis and championed for equal access to city services, not just for those who were politically connected.

In her later years, Ruth devoted her community efforts to restoring the grotto and gardens in Lafayette Park. In addition to a plaque in the park honoring her work, she was recognized by the Board of Alderman of the City of St. Louis in 2006. She shared her love of gardening with everyone she met, giving bits of her garden away and always having more to give.  She gardened every piece of bare ground she found around Lafayette Square, including empty lots and alleys, and helped establish several community gardens in Lafayette Square and Soulard.

Ruth was interested in conservation and recycling long before it became popular. This was reflected in her art which often utilized “found” objects or discarded plastic, carpet scraps, tile, slate, stone and burnt wood. She revived old furniture with painted designs and created mosaics from scrap tile and marble. Her artwork was featured at Marbles Studio and Gallery in 2006, and her murals decorated Forest Park Hotel, St. Louis Bread Co., and many private homes. An array of her scorched wood panels on the Passion of Christ has been displayed at Salem Lutheran Church.

Event date :  26-10-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  19-11-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

William J. Mesplay

1938 - 2016


William "Bill"  J.  Mesplay, 78, of Hillsboro died Oct. 24, 2016, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis County. Mr. Mesplay was a supervisor with Associated Grocers and was a member of Morse Mill Baptist Church. He also coached with the Jasper’s Boys Club. Born Feb. 25, 1938, in St. Louis, he was the son of the late William L. and Bertha D. (Davis) Mesplay.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years: Betty (Erxleben) Mesplay of Hillsboro; three children: Tracy (Mike) Pick of Hillsboro, Cherie (Larry) Horton of Hillsboro and Vicki (Todd) Johnson of Hillsboro; a brother: Don (Fran) Mesplay of High Ridge; eight grandchildren: Elisa Pick of Springfield, Christy (Andy) Wilder of Rogersville, William Swofford of Norfolk, Va., Joseph Swofford of Cape Girardeau, Katelyn and Andrew Johnson of Hillsboro, Sarah Krueger of Collinsville, Ill., and Chris Horton of Barnhart; two great-grandchildren: Tesla Krueger of Collinsville, Ill., and Jordan Horton of Barnhart; a brother-in-law: Gary (Mariann) Erxleben; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Event date :  24-10-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  28-10-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Elmer L. Holtmann

1924 - 2016

Baptized into the hope of Christ's resurrection on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Born of June 30, 1924 to the late Andrew and Alma (nee Siegel) Holtmann.  Beloved husband of Dolores Holtmann for 42 years.  Our dear father; grandfather; great-grandfather; brother; uncle; cousin and friend to many.

Event date :  22-10-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  31-10-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

James "Gene" E. Jones

1932 - 2016

Amazing husband and sweetheart of Shirley (nee Hall) Jones of 66 years. Beloved father of James Jones and the late Larry Jones; dear father-in-law of Eileen Jones;  loving grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great grandfather, brother-in-law, dear uncle and friend to all.

Event date :  03-10-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  06-10-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Paula Mary Yourtee

March 27, 1919 - September 26, 2016


Fortified with the Sacraments of the Holy Mother Church. Dear mother of Kathryn (Gary) Cooper; dear Grandmother of David (Teri) Cooper, Lisa Cooper, and the late John Cooper.  Dear Great Grandmother of Alex (Lauren) Cooper, Ashley (James) Cooper, Kacie (Nick) Stanley, Courtney (J.P.) Cooper and Kelly Cooper; Great-Great Grandmother of Riley, Baylee, Chase, Summer and Dalton.

Paula was a wonderful Mother and Grandmother, She was a hair stylist most of her life and managed the Midwest  Macy's Salons. She also worked with special needs children and made an impact on all who knew her.  She was always a hard worker and often quoted "There is no free lunch",  she enjoyed playing tennis, golf and gardening.  

Event date :  27-09-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  27-09-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited



 Colleen J. Wilson

1944 - 2016

Colleen Janet (Fleischer) Wilson was born on the 29th of December 1944, to Otto and Erna (Rottmiller) Fleischer, in Bates County, MO. Colleen was raised in Prairie City – Rockville, MO at Zion Lutheran School where she was baptized into the Christian Faith of Our Lord Jesus Christ on January 1, 1945 and confirmed on March 29, 1959. She went to Rich Hill High School and graduated with a degree in Medical Technology from University of Central MO in Warrensburg, MO. While at Central MO University she meet Naomi (McCamy) Wilson who introduced her to James “Jim” Wilson. They started writing to each other in 1966 and where married at Zion Lutheran Church in Prairie City on January 17, 1970. They lived in North St. Louis City until October of 1975 when they purchased a home in Lafayette Square. Colleen watched neighbor children and worked many volunteered many hours with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, The Gateway Hemophilia Association and St. Louis Effort for Aids.

Colleen is proceed in death by her parents, bothers Stephen and Luther Fleischer and son Matthew Wilson. She is survived by her Husband James “Jim” Wilson, Sister Annette (Jim) Koscik, Bothers David Fleischer and Robert (Effie) Fleischer, Daughter Rachel (Abe) Pratt, six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend to many.



Event date :  26-08-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  30-08-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Lucy Faulkner

1936 - 2016

 Lucy Faulkner born March 24, 1936 in Camden, Tennessee to the late Edward and Stella (nee Hicks) Hatton passsed away  August 24, 2016 at the age of 80. She was the dear mother of Randy (Christine) Faulkner and Donna Faulkner; dear grandmother of Kimberly, Reagan, Payton, Gage and Adleigh; our dear aunt, sister, sister-in-law, and friend.

Event date :  24-08-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  28-08-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Frances G. Owens

1937 - 2016

Frances G. Owens of St. Louis and Wappapello, MO, enetered into her heavenly home on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

Frances was born on October 13, 1937.  Daughter of the late Barney and Ida Finchem. Dearest wife of the late Robert Owens. Beloved mother of Karen (Sam) Lane, Judy Jones, Chuck Allstun, Debbie (Dominic) Vitale, Steve (Mary), Bobby (Regina), Mickey, Kevin (Tammy) Owens and Tracy (the late Jarrod) Zakibe and the late Donna Owens. Dear grandmother, great-grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend.

Event date :  13-08-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  16-08-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Frances "Franny" Salomone

1942 - 2016

Fortified with the Sacraments of the Holy Mother Church.  

Born October 19, 1942 passed away August 10, 2016 at the age of 73

Beloved Mother of Carl and Debbie Salomone; dear daughter of the late Stanley and Imelda Salomone; dear sister of Mary Eitzenhefer-Tune, Virginia "Ginny" Davitz, Rita Salomone, Margaret "Marge" (Paul) Blackburn, Angela "Angie" (Tom) Downing and the late Tom Salomone. Our dear grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend.

Franny was a parishioner of St. Cronan Catholic Church of St. Louis, she enjoyed playing bingo, church activities and taking care of her dogs.

Event date :  10-08-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  10-08-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Joseph M. " Joey" Miniex, Sr.

1985 - 2016

Joey went home to be with the Lord August 8, 2016.  The beloved husband of Luz (nee Del Rio) Miniex; Dear father of Joseph "JoJo" Miniex, Jr. and Aiden Miniex; Loving son of Doug "Eddie" and Tonya (nee Quigley) Miniex; Dear brother of Dougie (Angie) Miniex and Stephany Miniex;  Dear Grandson of Jim Quigley and the late Frieda Skinner and Ed and Marie Miniex.  Our dear nephew, uncle, cousin and friend to many.

Joey loved spending all his time with his wife and kids, and fishing with his boys. He loved singing, especially to his dear mother and making others happy. He will be greatly missed.

Event date :  08-08-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  12-08-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited



Jacqueline "Jackie" M. Swinea

1937 - 2016



Jacqueline Marie Swinea, 78, of St. Charles, MO, died Tuesday, July 6, 2016. . She was born November 1, 1937, in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of the late Corbett and Velma Hall.

On December 10, 1960 she was united in marriage to Willie J. Swinea. Together they spent 55 years devoted to each other and their children. Jackie loved to have her family with her and devoted her life to their happiness.

She is survived by her husband Willie J Swinea; two children, Teresa (Mark) Steiner and Bill (Doddie) Swinea; four grandchildren, Andrea Swinea, Jen (Taylor) Schulz, Zachary (Stephanie) Swinea, and Tyler Taylor. She was the great grandmother of two and was anxiously awaiting the birth of her third great grandchild. She is also survived by her sister Shirley (Gene) Jones and brother Harold (Judy) Hall.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Corbett and Velma Hall; sisters, Pat, Bonnie, Betty, and Ella and her brothers Robert and Corbett.

Event date :  06-07-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  11-07-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Joseph L. Justice

1964 - 2016

Joseph Justice born January 3, 1964 went home to be with the Lord, July 1, 2016. He was the beloved son of the late Lawrence and Wanda (nee Hicks) Justice.  Dear father of the late Shaun Justice and dear stepfather of Crystal Reeves; loving grandfather of Cody Reeves.  Dear brother of Brenda Prinkey, Linda Cortipisie, John Justice, Barbara James, Marie Uphoff and the late Delores Justice, Ida Justice and Lawrence Justice.  Our dear broher-in-law, uncle, great uncle and friend to many. 

Event date :  01-07-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  09-07-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited



Myrtle Rae Pickering

1947 -  2016

Myrtle Rae Pickering went home to be with the Lord June 20, 2016. She was the beloved wife of William Paul Pickering for 51 years.  She was born in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Paul and Joan (nee Miller) Livingston.  Dear Mother to William "Stacy" (Patty) Pickering, Terri Lynn Pickering and Karen Ann Lloyd; dear Grandmother of Brittany Larissa (Kevin) Werntz, Erika Angelina Lloyd, William Anthony Benfield, Jessica Lynn (Tyler) Varland and Daniel Corey Benfield; Great-Grandmother to Braxton Robert Varland, Baylee Ann Varland, Daniel Corey Benfield, Jr. and Easton Lee Werntz.

Myrtle enjoyed bowling at Sunset Lanes with her husband and friends for many years. She was a devoted and loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother. She will be greatly misssed by all who knew her.

Event date :  20-06-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  24-06-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited




William W. Hale, Jr.


William Wayne Hale, Jr was born on July 16, 1942 to Dora Nelson Hale and William Wayne Hale, Sr.  He was embraced in the arms of Jesus on Sunday, June 5, 2016.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet O’Bryan Hale and his parents.  He is survived by his daughters, Susan Hale-Glass and Rebecca Hale.  His sister, Elizabeth Hale McClain, his grandchildren, Joshua Glass and Kelsey Glass-Dominguez.  His brothers in law, sister in law, nieces and nephews, many cousins, and other family and friends.

Wayne, as he was known by family and friends, graduated from McKinley High School in St Louis MO, he attended the University of Missouri at Columbia, Berean School of the Bible and graduated from Harris Stowe State.  He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for nine  years, served as a St Louis County Police Officer, as a Pastor and Evangelist and finally as a teacher in the Houston TX Public Schools.  This is a soul who truly had a servant's heart.

Event date :  05-06-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  13-06-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited


Cheri C. Brumit (nee) Gobble

Born March 1, 1948

Homecoming June 5, 2016

Cheri C. Brumit, left this world peacefully Sunday, June 5, 2016 with family and friends by her side after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on March 1, 1948, in the city of St. Louis MO. at Bethesda Hospital. She was the daughter of the late, Lydia Rebecca (LeMond) Kauffeld, and Delmus Gerald Gobble.

She married Edward Theodore “Ted” Brumit on May 26, 1972. He passed away on May 29, 2001.

Cheri loved being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She had a green thumb and loved to work in the yard. She was a member of Community Christ Fellowship Church of Ferguson. She enjoyed camping, star gazing, bird watching, road trips, going antiquing and junk shopping, an avid reader, reading to her grandchildren, playing games, gardening, tending to her many house plants making them feel loved also.

Cheri worked as a secretary for Logos School and The Judivine Center. She retired from Mallinckrodt/Tyco as a customer service representative in 2009.

She is survived by six children, Cindy (Wayne) Menke of Union MO; Michelle (Ted) DeMaria of Overland MO; Kim (Daniel) Govero of Advance MO; Steve (Georgia) Brumit of Hazelwood MO; Debi (Andy) Brumit of Granite City IL; and Julie (Garret) Brumit of Riverview MO. 

Thirteen grandchildren, Amanda Nagel, Cory (Ashley) Menke, Theodore Menke, Danielle (Marcus) English, Staci Licavoli, Zac (Tanya) Chandler, Alexis (Kyle) Chandler, Benjamin (Catarina) Menke, , Nicholas Niebrzydoski, Haley Wilson, Tori (TJ) Gintz, Bobby Daniel Brown, and Tristan DeMaria.

Two great grandchildren, Ryu & Ivory.

Six siblings, Lita Francis, Butch (Elizabeth) Gobble, Joy Jackson, Kevin (Lisa) Gobble, Mark (Mary) Gebhart, Brett Gobble, and dear friend Lynda Sharpe along with lots more family and many, many friends.

Cheri loved and was loved by all, she will be dearly missed.

Cheri truly believed in this quote from Mother Teresa and we have each heard her tell us, “Well Be Kind Anyway”



Event date :  05-06-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  17-06-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Sue Lorena Robinson

1925 - 2016

 In loving memory of Sue Lorena Robinson born on January 25, 1925 and laid to rest May 7, 2016.  Sue was preceded in death by her son Daniel Metcalf and daughter Betty Sue Metcalf and grandson Michael Myers along with several siblings.  She is survived by one son Billy Joe Robinson and daughter-in-law Mary Beth Robinson; granddaughters Robin Rogers and Leah Robinson; great granddaughter Lyla Malone.  She is also survived by two brothers Harold Gibson and Amos Gibson and one sister Shirley Bennett.  She goes before us leaving a legacy and a full life with memories  surrounding us. 


Event date :  07-05-2016 6:00 pm
Event end date :  12-05-2016 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

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