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Jamie Lynn Werts, age 17 of Hillsboro Missouri, passed away suddenly on March 08, 2007, in Festus Missouri. Jamie was born May 17, 1989, in Hillsboro Missouri. Jamie was a senior at Hillsboro High School. She was a Hillsboro Hawks varsity Cheerleader. Member of Honor Society, track team, and marching band. She is survived by, Parents- Mark A. and Tami L Werts (nee Skaller) of Hillsboro Missouri, Brother-Jason S. Werts of Barnhart Missouri, Brother-Justin A. Werts of Hillsboro Missouri, Grandparents-Neal and Pat Werts (nee Hallquist) of Stillwater Oklahoma, Grandmother-June Breshear of Independence Missouri, Uncle-Dale (Sally) Werts of Smithville Missouri, Aunt-Marsha (Ken) Hobart of Wichita Kansas, Aunt-Terri Turner of University City Missouri. Also survived by her many, teachers, students, and friends at Hillsboro High School. She was preceded in death by, Grandfather-William Skaller, Uncle-Dean Werts, Memorial Visitation-Tuesday March 13, 2007, from 3PM to 7PM at the Hillsboro Civic Center, Hillsboro, Missouri. Memorial Service-Tuesday March 13, 2007, at 7PM at the Hillsboro Civic Center. Interment will be private. A memorial fund in Jamie’s name has been established at Bank of Hillsboro or the family would appreciate donations to be made to Robert D. Brown Funeral Home Inc.
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Constance C. Fitzgerald (nee Leippe) age 77 of Festus Missouri, passed away on March 3, 2007, at Festus Manor Nursing in Festus Missouri. She was born September 21, 1929 in Centerville Iowa to the Late Herbert Edwin and Edna Leippe (nee Lawton). Constance was a retired Secretary. Survived by: Son- David (wife Jeanne), Son-Chris (wife Donna), Daug-Patricia. Also survived by, Nine Grandchildren, four Great grandchildren and the many friends and caregivers at Festus Manor Nursing. Interment Washington University School of medicine.
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Brittany Lynn Emerson, 21, Hillsboro died March 11, 2007 in Hillsboro. She worked at Hardee’s in Hillsboro and was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Born July 4, 1985, in St. Louis, she was the daughter of Jimmy and Catherine (Lopretta) Emerson of Hillsboro. She was also survived by two brothers: Jimmy (Kathy) Emerson Jr., of St. John and Derek Emerson; one sister, Amanda (Brian) Austin of Farmington; one great-grandmother, Betty Barker of Florissant; two grandparents: Steve and Dottie Barker of St. John; two uncles: Ken Lopretta of St. Louis and Joe Doyle of St. Louis; two nephews and one niece. She was preceded in death by one grandfather, W.C. Emerson; two grandparents: Adam and Lorraine Lopretta; one aunt, Lynn Dole and two uncles: Fred Emerson and Sam Lopretta. Visitation was held at Mahn DeSoto Chapel on March 14, 2007 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Funeral service was held at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Mar 15, 2007 at 10:00a.m.with Father Ron Hopmeir officiating. Burial was in Peaceful Ridge Mausoleum in DeSoto. Memorials may be made toward funeral expenses or Birthright.
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Maveric Lee Freeman was born and died March 21, 2007, in Farmington. Maveric was the son of Raymond Lee and Jeanette (Prosser) Freeman of Valle Mines. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents: Greg (Michelle) Henson of Bonne Terre and Jon (Theresa) Jakoubek of Valle Mines; his great-grandparents: Richard (Angela) Jakoubek of Valle Mines and Ernest (Christine) Freeman of Bonne Terre; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation was held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m. with funeral services at 1:00p.m. on March 26, 2007 at Valle Mines Worship Center, officiated by the Rev. Wayne Kean. Burial was in the Freeman Family Cemetery in Bonne Terre. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.
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Elsie A. Null, age: 67 of De Soto, MO, Date of Birth: March 15, 1940 De Soto, Missouri, Parents: Eugene A. and Alice M. (nee Johnston) Null Secrets, Father deceased, Mother survives; De Soto, MO; Also peceeded in death by her step-father Paul R. "Dick" Secrets, Date of Death: March 18, 2007 Where: Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri Occupation: Registered Nurse for several hospitals including Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO; Married to: Never Married, Names and address of children: None, Brothers & Sisters: One Brother: Gerry E. (Sharon) Null, De Soto, MO, One Sister: Silvia F. (Jim) Blake, De Soto, MO, One Nephew: Gerry Eugene Null, II, Clinton MD. Two Nieces: Tracy L. (Scott) Recar, Bonne Terre, MO, Paula Jo (Chris) Cline, Bonne Terre, MO, Two Great Nieces: Ashley Recar and Allyson Cline, Member of Lodge/Organizations: Jewish Hospital School of Nursing Alumni, Webster University Alumni, International Association of Enterostomal Therapy, Probtein Scholarship, Member of Church: St. Rose of Lima Church, De Soto, MO, Funeral Service Date and Time: Wed., March 21, 2007, Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, Officiating: Father Ron Hopmeir, Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, Missouri, Visitation: Tues., March 20, 2007; 4:00 – 8:00 PM, In lieu of flowers memorials to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. Funereal arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020. 636-586-3337
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Barbara Lena Hopper, age: 63 of Festus, Missouri, Date of Birth: April 25, 1943 Iron County, Missouri, Parents: Edward Jr. and Faye Rosetta (nee Rice) Yates, Surviving: No; Date of Death: March 5, 2007 Where: Residence in Festus, Missouri, Occupation: Homemaker, Names and address of children: One Son: Jason (Belinda) Dean, Hillsboro, MO, Brothers & Sisters: Two Brothers: Jerry Yates, Fairbanks, AK, Bernie Yates, Fairbanks, AK, Grandchildren: Bailey Dean, Member of Church: Oakland Baptist Church, Funeral Service Date and Time: Thursday, March 8, 2007 @ 10 AM, Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, Officiating: Jimmie Turner, Place of Burial: Sandy Baptist Cemetery, Hillsboro, MO, Visitation: Wednesday, March 7, 2007 4-8 PM, Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, MO 63020. 636-586-3337
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Justin Dufrenne, age: 18 of  De Soto, Missouri, Date of Birth: January 11, 1989, Granite City, Illinois. Adopted Parents: Murray "Jake" and Alice Marie (nee Wilson) Dufrenne, Surviving: Father is deceased, Mother lives in De Soto, MO, Biological Parents: Nancy Williams, Illinois; Pat LaRocco, St. Charles, MO, Death: March 5, 2007, Hillsboro, Missouri, Occupation: Painter, Married to: Never Married, Names and address of children: None, Brothers & Sisters: Five Sisters: Cierra Dufrenne, De Soto, MO, Cassandra LaRocco, St. Charles, MO, Michelle (Anthony) Schweppe, De Soto, MO, Laura (Earl) German, De Soto, M, Karline (Rick) Kowalczyk, Overland, MO, Four Brothers: Jacob Woolverton, De Soto, MO, Steven Williams, Granite City, IL, Anthony LaRocco, St. Charles, MO, Luke LaRocco, St. Charles, MO, Grandparents: John and Mary LaRocco, St. Charles, MO, Great-Grandmother: Wanda Wilson, De Soto, MO, Funeral Service Date and Time: Thursday, March 8, 2007 @ 7 PM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, Officiating: Rev. Derry Bowling, Place of Burial: National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, MO, Visitation: Thursday, March 8, 2007 4 PM – 7 PM, Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, MO 63020.  636-586-3337
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Pat A. Palazzolo, age: 75, Gender: female, Formerly of Pacific, MO, Date of Birth: October 17, 1931, Where Born: De Soto, MO; Parents: Velvert Owen "Red" and Edna Lee "Toots" (nee Donahue) Hall. Surviving: NO; Date of Death: March 7, 2007, Where: Marymont Manor Eureka, MO, Occupation: Homemaker, Married to: Joseph Peter Palazzolo, Surviving: No, Names and address of children: Jo Leanne "Jodi" (Juan) Perry, Washington, MO; Brothers & Sisters: Robert "Bob" (Andella) Hall, Valley Park, MO, Grandchildren: Anne, Joey, and Patty Perry, Funeral Service Date and Time: Sunday March 11, 2007 @ 2 PM, Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, Officiating: Rev. Gene Moses, Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO, Visitation: Saturday March 10, 2007 from 4-8 PM, In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, MO 63020.

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Bernice E. Wilson, Age: 85, Gender: Female, Address: De Soto, Missouri, Date of Birth: December 7, 1921, Where Born: Centerville, Missouri, Parents: Andrew and Dora (nee Barton) Sutton, Surviving: No, Date of Death: March 9, 2007, Where: The Villa’s De Soto, Missouri, Occupation: Homemaker, Married to: the late John Lloyd Wilson, Surviving: No, Names and address of children: One Step-Son: Jim Roussan (preceded in death by one infant daughter), Brothers & Sisters: One Sister: Elizabeth Eudy, Park Hills, MO, One Brother: Lonnie Sutton, Baraboo, WS, (preceded in death by two sisters, Ola Acres and Nola Pennell; one brother, Leonard Sutton), Member of Church: First Freewill Baptist Church, De Soto, Missouri, Funeral Service Date and Time: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 @ 1:00 PM, Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, Officiating: Bro. Bob Thebeau, Place of Burial: National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, MO, Visitation: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 10:30 AM – 1 PM, Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, MO 63020. 636-586-3337

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Mae E. Manos, Age: 83, Gender: female, Address: De Soto, MO, Date of Birth: March 8, 1924, Where Born: Valles Mines, MO, Parents: Jason and Margaret (Guettler) Moore, Surviving: No, Date of Death: March 10, 2007, Where: de Greeff Hospice House, St. Louis County, Names and address of children: Edwin (Linda) Muzzey, Arnold, MO, Preceded in death by a daughter in law Paula Muzzey, Brothers & Sisters: 2 sisters: Hazel Hardin, De Soto, MO, Bonnie Duffner, De Soto, MO, Grandchildren: Edwin (Kim) Muzzey, De Soto, MO; Thomas (Kelly) Muzzey, De Soto, MO; and Warren (Darla) Muzzey, De Soto, MO, Great-Grandchildren: Emma, Elijah, Mickayla, Logan, Morgan, Kayla, and Marissa Muzzey, Member of Lodge/Organizations: Order of the Eastern Star, Funeral Service Date and Time: Private, Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, Officiating: Chaplain Kerry Lupke, Place of Burial: entombment in Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum, De Soto, MO, In lieu of flowers memorials to the deGreef Hospice House, 10010 Kennerly Road, St. Louis, MO 63128. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, MO 63020. 636-586-3337

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Carol L. Williamson, Age: 56, Gender: Female, Address: De Soto, Missouri, Date of Birth: January 29, 1951 Where Born: St. Louis, Missouri, Parents: Samuel and Allene (nee Forister) Hollock, Surviving: No, Date of Death: March 12, 2007, Where: De Soto, Missouri, Occupation: Teachers Aid at Athena School, De Soto, MO, Date and Place of Marriage: July 1, 1972 in De Soto, Missouri, Married to: James Robert "Jim" Williamson, Surviving: Yes, De Soto, MO, Names and address of children: One Daughter: Patti Williamson, De Soto, MO, Brothers & Sisters: One Brother: Duane (June) Hollock, De Soto, Missouri, Two Sisters: Dorothy (the late Bud) Casteel, Victoria, MO, Sharon (John) Taylor, De Soto, MO, One Sister-in-Law: Marlene Hollock, De Soto, MO (preceded in death by one brother, Stanley Hollock and one sister-in-law, Rosie Lee Hollock), Member of Church: First Church of God, De Soto, MO, Funeral Service Date and Time: Thursday, March 15, 2007 @ 10:00 AM, Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Officiating: Pastor Steve Leach, Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO, Visitation: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 4-8 PM, In lieu of flowers memorials to the First Church of God, 300 W. Mineral, De Soto, MO 63020. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, MO 63020.

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John H. Willett, Age: 82, Address: De Soto, Missouri, Date of Birth: October 28, 1924, Where Born: Graniteville, Missouri, Parents: Raymond and Maude (nee Mecey) Willett, Surviving: No. Date of Death: March 12, 2007, Where: Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, Occupation: Truck Driver for Majestic Material, Date and Place of Marriage: April 14, 1946 in De Soto, Missouri. Married to: Dorothy (nee Irwin) Willett, Surviving: Yes, De Soto, MO, Names and address of children: One Son: James (Carolyn) Willett, De Soto, MO, One Daughter: Nancy (Gary) Englich, St. Charles, MO, Brothers & Sisters: Two Sisters: Freida Wilson, De Soto, MO, Betty Hardesty, Laclare, IA (preceded in death by one brother, James Willett). Grandchildren: 4 (preceded in death by one granddaughter, Kellie Willett.).Great-Grandchildren: 4, Member of Lodge/Organizations: Teamsters Local #682, Member of Church: Redeemer Lutheran Church, De Soto, MO, Military Info: Army Air Corp, WWII; awarded 3 bronze stars, Funeral Service Date and Time:Thursday, March 15, 2007 @ 1:00 PM, Place of Service: Redeemer Lutheran Church, De Soto, MO, Officiating: Rev. Dr. G. Michael Rose, Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO, Visitation: Wednesday, March 15, 2007 4-8 PM, In lieu of flowers memorials to the Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund, 1620 Boyd St., De Soto, MO 63020. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, MO 63020. 636-586-3337

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Allen L. Heaston, Age: 49,Gender: Male, Address: De Soto, Missouri, Date of Birth: November 19, 1957, Where Born: St. Louis, Missouri, Parents: Edward and Emma J. (nee McGraw) Heaston, Surviving: Father is deceased, Mother lives in Eureka, MO, Date of Death: March 13, 2007, Where: St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, Creve Coeur, MO, Occupation: Janitor at De Soto Public School, Date and Place of Marriage: November 10, 1984 in St. Louis, MO. Married to: Sheila Mae (nee Brooks) Heaston, Surviving:Yes, De Soto, MO. Names and address of children: Three Daughters: Sheleenna (Andy) Byerley, De Soto, MO, Lacey Heaston, De Soto, MO, Savannah Eberhardt, Arnold, MO, Three Sons: Devin Heaston, De Soto, MO, Derek Heaston, De Soto, MO, Bryan Heaston, Wentzville, MO. Brothers & Sisters: One Brother: Bruce Heaston, Eureka, MO. One Sister: Pamela Gingras, O’Fallon, MO. Grandchildren: Micah Byerley, Member of Lodge/Organizations: Good Life Ministry, Ordained Minister of AIGA (Association of International Gospel Assemblies), Member of Church: Rose of Sharon Full Gospel Temple, De Soto, MO, Funeral Service Date and Time: Saturday, March 17, 2007 @ 10:00 AM, Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, Officiating: Bro. Carl McKalip and Joe Lawson, Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, MO. Visitation: Friday, March 16, 2007 4-8 PM, Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, MO 63020.

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Eva Province, Age: 94, Gender: Female, Address: Barnhart, MO, Date of Birth: May 29, 1912, Where Born: Bliss, Missouri. Parents: Charles Benjamin and Anna Margaret (nee Wickerham) Dickinson. Surviving: No, Date of Death: March 15, 2007, Where: St. Anthony’s Medical Center, St. Louis, MO, Occupation: Homemaker, Married to: the late Francis McKinnon, the late Clay Province and the late Ray Brinley, Surviving: No, Names and address of children: Three Step-Daughters: Carol Kenkel, De Soto, MO, Sharon (Richard) Zimmerly, Hillsboro, MO, Claudia (Roger) Oller, Festus, MO (preceded in death by one step daughter Paula Muzzey) Brothers & Sisters: (preceded in death by one brother, Roscoe Herman Dickinson and two sisters, Alta M. Cox and Nora Aders), One Sister: Marie Johnson, De Soto, MO, Survived by several Nieces & Nephews including one niece, Glenda White, Barnhart, MO, Step Grandchildren: Numerous (preceded in death by one step grandchild, Michael Province), Step Great-Grandchildren: Numerous, Member of Lodge/Organizations: Order of Eastern Star, Member of Church: First Church of God, De Soto, MO, Funeral Service Date and Time: Saturday, March 17, 2007 @ 12:00 PM, Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, Officiating: Rev. Gene Moses, Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, Missouri, Visitation: Saturday, March 17, 2007 10 AM – 12 PM. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, MO 63020. 636-586-3337

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Mary M. Schroeder, 76 of DeSoto died March 21, 2007, in Crystal City. Mrs. Schroeder was a homemaker and a member of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church. She was also a lifetime member of VFW Post 1831. Born March 29, 1930, in Mount Clemens, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Inez (Headlee) Phillips. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Schroeder. She is survived by three sons: George (Becki) Hoffman Sr. of DeSoto, Richard (Helen) Schroeder of Patton, MO., and John Schroeder of Columbia, MO; two daughters: Mary Sue Schroeder of DeSoto and Katie (Brad) Dodson of St. Louis; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by four brothers: Bill, Elmer, Bobby and Richard Phillips; and one sister, Ollie Whiteside. Visitation was held on Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Mahn DeSoto Chapel. Funeral services were held Monday, March 26, 2007 at 11:00a.m. at Mahn Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Chad Hodges. Burial was in the National Cemetery at Jefferson Barracks. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.
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Judith Cooper, 65 of DeSoto died March 22, 2007, in DeSoto. Mrs. Cooper was a homemaker and a member of Raintree Church. She was a member of Amvets Post 48 Auxiliary, member of American Legion Post 1 and a life member of Disabled Veterans. Born Sept 15, 1941, in St. Louis, she was the daughter of the late Arch and Delia (Rowland) Byers, Sr. She is survived by her husband, Herbert Cooper of DeSoto; two sons: Aaron Cooper and Jason Cooper, both of Yuma, Arizona; two daughters: Rhonda (Clyde) Martinez of DeSoto and Ellen Renee (Randall) Fears of Denver, Colorado; three brothers: Earl (Rose) Byers of DeSoto, Don (Ruby) Byers of DeSoto and Byron (Mitzie) Byers of DeSoto; one sister: Sybil Winkelman of Potosi; three grandchildren: Essence Fears, Julian Murray and Rhiannon Martinez; and two great grandchildren: Joziah Rodriguez and Doninique Rodriguez. She was also preceded in death by two brothers: Arch Byers, Jr., and Roger Byers; and two sisters: Kay Westbrook and Glenna Isgrigg. Visitation was held on March 26, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m. Funeral services were held March 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto, officiated by the Rev. Larry Addison. Burial was in Peaceful Ridge Cemetery in DeSoto. Memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.
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Ralph Dean Bearden, 71, DeSoto, passed away March 26, 2007 in Crystal City. Mr. Bearden was a retired truck drive for Wonder Bread Co., and a veteran of the US Air Force. Born September 12, 1935 in Piggott, Arkansas, he was the son of the later Albert and Etta (Gross) Bearden. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Leda (Tyler) Bearden of DeSoto; one daughter, Cynthia (Daniel) Erickson of Festus and three grandchildren: Callie, Brandon and Katelyn Erickson. He was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Visitation was March 29, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with funeral services following, officiated by the Rev. Don Bahr. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.
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James Victor Merseal, Jr., 71, Bonne Terre. Mr. Merseal was a truck driver and a member of the Moose Lodge in Boone Terre. He was a veteran of the U.S. military. Born February 23, 1936, in DeSoto, he was the son of the late James V. and Mary (Baker) Merseal Sr. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Mansfield) Merseal of Boone Terre; eight sons: Ricky (Glenda) Merseal of DeSoto, Mike Merseal of Hillsboro, Randy (Diane) Merseal of Festus, Allen (Rachel) Merseal of Hillsboro, Ronnie (Michelle) Haggard of Troy, Eugene (Theresa) Haggard Jr. of O’Fallon, Billy (Roberta) Haggard of Cyril, Oklahoma, and Claxton "Dale" (Kim) Haggard of Jacksonville, Florida; six daughters: Tammy (Bob) Holman of Mississippi, Michelle (Howard) LaDuke of Ft. McCoy, Florida, Robin (Bret) Reeves of DeSoto, Ronda (Rick) Osia of DeSoto, Romona (Jack) Keyser of Bonne Terre and Regina (Jon) Kleinstuber of DeSoto; four brothers, Kenny (Sandy) Merseal of DeSoto, Milford ( Kathy) Merseal of Bonne Terre, Bobby (Barb) Merseal of St. Louis and Leonard (Fay) Pullen of DeSoto; three sisters: Glenda Rhives of Festus, Lome (Gary) Johnson of DeSoto and Betty Denton of Irondale; 32 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, Wanda Bailey. Visitation was held March 29, 2007 from 5:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. with funeral service on March 30, 2007 at 11:00a.m. held at Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto, officiated by Rev. Gene Moses. Burial was in Peaceful Ridge Mausoleum in DeSoto. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.
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Wilma June Gardner, 72, De Soto, MO Date of Birth: December 22, 1934 St. Louis, MO. Parents: William D. and Grace E. (nee Weaver) Moreland, Surviving: No, Date of Death: March 23, 2007, De Soto, MO, Occupation: Retail Sales Clerk including for Barney Burger in De Soto, MO, Married to: James George Gardner, Surviving: No, Names and address of children: Nancie (Earl) Lafountain – Peru, NY, William (Theresa) Lambert . – LaVernia, TX, James (Cheryl) Gardner – Shrewsbury, MA, Mike Gardner – Folkston, GA, Tracy (Lori) Gardner – De Soto, MO. Brothers & Sisters:Delmar "Skeeter" Moreland – Rock Port, MO; Charles Moreland - Pennsylvania; Joseph Moreland – Steelville, MO; Max Moreland – St. James, MO; Larry Moreland – Steelville, MO; Carol Ritz – Belle Vernon, PA; Brenda Skaggs – St. James, MO; Janet Eyman – Vichey, MO; Preceded in death by brothers: Carl & Paul Moreland; and sisters: Judith Fay Moreland and Novella Bullock. Grandchildren: (10) Mark, David, & Jason Lafountain; James Lambert; Josh and Jonathan Evans, Alishia, Tori, Brooke & Jared Gardner. Great-Grandchildren: Austin Lafountain and Kaylee Gardner. Member of Lodge/Organizations: VFW Post #3777 Auxiliary; Mrs. Gardner gifted her body to Washington University School of Medicine. Memorials to BJC Hospice, One Barnes Hospital Plaza Dr., St Louis, Mo. 63110 . Funeral Arranged Under the Direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020, 636-586-337.

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Myrtle J. Bequette, 81, Hillsboro, Missouri. Date of Birth: April 11, 1925, Vineland, Missouri. Parents: Frank and Olive M. (nee Hearst) Schlett; Surviving: No, Date of Death: March 28, 2007 Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. Occupation: Teller for American Bank; Date and Place of Marriage: July 1, 1946; Married to: the late Donald E. Bequette; Surviving: No. Names and address of children: Two Sons: Danny A. (Glenda) Bequette, Hillsboro, MO; Duane (Leesa) Bequette, Camas, WA. Brothers & Sisters: Three Sisters: Margaret (Francis) Buehn, York, PA; Sr. Anna Schlett, Overland Park, KS; Wilma (the late Jim) Stroup, St. Louis, MO; Two Brothers: Walter (Pauline) Schlett, Hillsboro, MO; Alfred (Kathy) Schlett, Hillsboro, MO (preceded in death by one sister, Gladys Redfield);Grandchildren: Benjamin, Erin, and Heather Bequette. Member of Lodge/Organizations: Hillsboro Garden Club; Member of Church: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, De Soto, MO. Funeral Service Date and Time: Saturday, March 31, 2007 @ 10:00 AM. Place of Service: St. Rose of Lima Church; Officiating: Father Ron Hopmeir. Place of Burial: Calvary Cemetery, De Soto, MO. Visitation: Friday, March 30, 2007 4-8 PM @ Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home. Funeral Arranged Under the Direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020, 636-586-337.

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Reba "Gladys" Kistler, 105, female, Address: De Soto, MO; Date of Birth: September 4, 1901, Mc Leansboro, IL. Parents: Robert & Nancy (Redfern) Hetzel. Surviving: NO. Date of Death: March 30, 2007 Hillcrest Care Center, De Soto, MO. Occupation: Homemaker, Married to: Vernie Kistler, Surviving: NO, Names and address of children: Preceded in death by one son, Vernon Kistler. Brothers & Sisters: Preceded in death by 3 Sisters: Verna Hall, Opal York, and Pearl Endicott, Preceded in death by 4 Brothers: Reginald, Frank, Harold, and Wilson Hetzel, Grandchildren: La Deane Sands, Great-Grandchildren: Jeremy and Erica Sands. Funeral Service Date and Time: Monday April 2, 2007 @ 10 AM, Place of Service: Johnson Funeral Home, Effingham, IL. Officiating: Rev. Robert J. Peach, Place of Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Effingham, IL . Visitation: Sunday April 1, 2007 from 4-7 PM, Funeral Arranged Under the Direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020, 636-586-337.

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Howard Andrew Mueller, 55 of De Soto, Mo.Date of Birth: November 20, 1951 St. Louis, Mo. Parents: Robert A. "Dutch" and Elizabeth J. (nee Leach) Mueller, Surviving: Yes, living in De Soto, Mo.Date of Death: March 30, 2007 De Soto, Mo. Occupation: Master Technician for AmerenUE, Date and Place of Marriage: December 22, 1971 to Nancy Elizabeth (nee Cope) Mueller, Surviving: Yes, living in De Soto, Mo. Names and address of children: Tina (Scott) Dreher – St. Louis, Mo.;Catherine Richardson – De Soto, Mo.; Mark Mueller – St. Louis, Mo. Brothers & Sisters: Robert "Rob" (Dawn) Mueller – De Soto, Mo.; Nancy (Richard) Gardner - Charlotte, NC. Also survived by mother-in-law, Marjorie Cope, De Soto; and brother-in-law and sisters-in law, John (Sandie) Cope, Jefferson City, Mo.; and Kasey Cope, De Soto, Mo.; Uncle of: Sam and Robyn Gardner, Andrew and Madeline Mueller, Jackie (Rick) Williams, Beth Whaley and Katie (Chis) Lange; great uncle. Grandchildren: Four: Jessica and Samantha Dreher; Lilianne and Maya Richardson. Member of Lodge/Organizations: BPOE Lodge #689 – De Soto, Mo; Operating Engineers Local #148. Member of Church: St. Rose of Lima. Military Info: Served with the 1035th Maintenance Detachment MoANG. Funeral Service Date and Time: Tuesday, April 3, 2007 @ 10:00 AM, Place of Service: St. Rose of Lima. Officiating: Rev. Ron Hopmeir. Place of Burial: Entombment: Calvary Mausoleum, De Soto, Mo. Visitation: Monday, April 2, 2007 4:00 -8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials to the St. Rose of Lima School Adopt-an-Angel Program or to Angie’s Hope Foundation, c/o Bank of America, De Soto, Mo; Unity Health Hospice, 1000 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Funeral Arranged Under the Direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020, 636-586-337.

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Dennis D. Nickelson, 54, of De Soto, Missouri. Date of Birth: March 25, 1953 Blackwell, Missouri. Parents: Harty M. and Gladys M. (nee Coleman) Nickelson, Surviving: Father lives in De Soto, MO; Mother is deceased, Date of Death: March 31, 2007 Residence in De Soto, Missouri. Occupation: Blacksmith for Union Pacific Railroad, Divorced, Names and address of children: Jacob Nickelson, De Soto, MO; Jason Nickelson, Dittmer, MO. Brothers & Sisters: Three Brothers: Floyd (Shirley) Nickelson, Blackwell, MO; Kenneth Wayne (Kathy) Nickelson, Tacoma, WA; Gary (Christine) Nickelson, Oakville, MO; (preceded in death by one sister, June (Dr. Harold) Donnell). Grandchildren: Asa, Robert, and Jenna Nickelson. Member of Lodge/Organizations: B.P.O.E. #689. Military Info: U.S. Army; Funeral Service Date and Time: Wednesday, April 4, 2007 @ 10:00 AM. Place of Service: Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, Officiating: Rev. Jeremy Muniz. Place of Burial: St. Francois Memorial Park, Bonne Terre, Mo. Visitation, Tuesday, April 3, 2007 4-8 PM. Funeral Arranged Under the Direction of Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home, 220 N. Main, DeSoto, Mo 63020, 636-586-337.

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Steve Meshell Sr., 68, of Pevely died March 5, 2007, in Crystal City. Mr. Meshell was a maintenance worker with the Northwest School District. Born March 26, 1938, in Houston, Texas, he was the son of the late Pete and Hope (Mena) Meshell. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn (Dortch) Meshell of Pevely; two sons: Steve (Lydia) Meshell Jr. of Ferguson and Tim (Cindy) Meshell of Warrenton; one daughter, Mary (Lester) Roth of Valley Park; five brothers: Pete (Rita) Meshell of Fenton, James (Charlotte) Meshell of Ballwin, Ernie (Mary) Meshell of Kennett, Andrew (Viginia) Meshell of Festus and Richard Meshell of DeSoto; three sisters: Gennese Tatham of Festus, Alice Chung of Bloomsdale and Viola Cowick of Van Buren, MO; and seven grandchildren: Steve, Jesse, Amber, Brandon, Rachel, Aaron and Revecca. He was preceded in death by one brother, Albert Meshell.Funeral services were to be held March 7, at Mahn Twin City Chapel, officiated by Rev. Wilburn Hinch. Arrangements were under direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus.

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Charles Edward Benton, 76, of Festus, formerly of St. Clair, died March 3, 2007, in Festus. Mr. Benton was disabled. Born Feb 2, 1931, in Potosi, he was the son of the late Richard Louis and Elsie (Richard) Benton. He is survived by one sister, Goldie Hagan of Corning, Arizona, and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers: Elzie Benton and Edward Benton and two sisters: Mary Benton and Betty Easton. Services were private. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus.

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Jacqueline E. "Jackie" Coleman, 46, of Festus died March 15, 2007, at Martin Memorial Center in Stuart, Florida, after a long battle with autoimmune disease. Mrs. Coleman was a teacher in the Festus and Jefferson R-7 School districts and a volunteer at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Twin City Optimist Club, and was instrumental in that organization annual essay contest for many years. Born August 12, 1960, in Crystal City, she was the daughter of John and Gloria (Pulliam) Masters of Festus. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Ronald L. Coleman of Festus; one sister: Teresa (Jamie) Lively of Festus; one brother, Jeff Masters of Festus; three nephews, one niece, many friends and her little dog, Cowboy. Visitation is scheduled from 4-8p.m. March 22 at Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, March 23, at First United Methodist Church of Festus/Crystal City, officiated by the Rev. Frank Husted. Burial is in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Crystal City. Memorial may be made the Crohns and Colitis Foundation, 386 Park Ave, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10157-2450. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus.

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Eric Paul Witte, 54, Imperial passed way on March 18, 2007, in Imperial. Mr. Witte was retired from the U.S. Merchant Marine and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was also a member of the Marine Engineer Beneficial Association. Born December 30, 1952, in Houston, Texas, he was the son of Thelma (Davis) Witte of Utah and the late William Witte. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Beverly (Allen) Witte of St. Louis; two sons: David (Christen) Witte of Cape Girardeau and Corey Davies of Seattle, Washington; one brother, Jeff Witte of Tyler, Texas; and one stepson, Kristopher (Anja) Boedecker of Houston, Texas. Funeral services were private. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus.

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Donald G. Montroy, 94, of Farmington passed away March 19, 2007, at Southbrook Skilled Nursing Center, in Farmington. Mr. Montroy was born Nov 25, 1922, in Salem, MO .Graveside services were held March 20 at Peaceful Ridge Cemetery, officiated by the Rev. Jim Owens. Burial was in Peaceful Ridge Cemetery in DeSoto. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus.

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John N. Clauser III, 37, of Festus died March 19, 2007 at Forest Park Hospital in St. Louis. Mr. Clauser was an assembly worker at the Chrysler S Plant and a member of U. A. W. Local 110. He was a wrestler at Parkway High School and a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.Born Nov 25, 1969, in Bellflower, California, he was the son of John and Nadine (Montgomery) Clauser Jr., of Festus. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, Michael (Heather) Clauser of Dogtown, MO.; one sister, Lisa (Monty) Kennedy of Festus; one nephew, David (Natasha) Kennedy Jr. of Festus; and two aunts: Denise Counts of Peoria, Arizona, and Kim (Jim) Montgomery of Virginia Beach, VA. Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 1p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus. Memorials may be made to the D.A.R.E. organization. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus.

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Raymond David Johnson, 57, of Cedar Hill passed away March 19, 2007, at Cedar Hill Manor. He was born Feb 5, 1950 in North Carolina. He is survived by his mother, Bunie (Pegg) Johnson of Catawissa; his daughter, Marie King, of North Carolina; his step-daughter, Stacy Davis of St. Louis; two sisters, Lois Turnbull of Catawissa and Mary Ann Anderson of North Carolina; two brothers, Gerald Johnson of St. Louis and George Peeples of North Carolina; four grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond J. Johnson.Funeral services were held March 21 at Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus, with the Rev. James Owens officiating. Interment is in Peaceful Ridge Mausoleum in DeSoto.

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Earl W. Lee, 64, of DeSoto died March 25, 2007, in DeSoto. Mr. Lee was a carpenter and truck drive. He enjoyed riding Harley motorcycles and was a member of Tinker in the Barn tractor repair. He was a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Technical Sergeant. Born June 27, 1942, in Chaffee, Missouri, he was the son of the late Charles T. and Arlie (Smith) Lee. He is survived by his wife, Babette (Russavage) Lee of De Soto; two sons: Earl W. Lee, Jr., of De Soto and Jason D. (Trish) Lee of Festus; one daughter: Shelly (Jeff) Schappe of Festus; three brothers: Jr. (Brenda) Lee of Festus, Jimmy Lee of Festus, and Jerry Lee of De Soto; seven sisters: Jeanie (John) Price of Festus, Judy (Mike) Holst of Festus, Janet (Butch) Kent of Festus, JoAnn (Ron) Barnett of Festus, Jackie Moore of Salem, Susie (Rick) stokes of Festus and Gussie (Tom) Pace of Festus and seven grandchildren. A memorial gathering will be held from 11 a.m. until the memorial service at 1:00p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Mahn Twin City Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Virgil Kelm. Burial was private. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus.

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Eugene "Gene" Mueller, 79, of Herculaneum, formerly of DeSoto died March 27, 2007 in Crystal City. Mr. Mueller was the former owner of Gene’s Appliance in DeSoto and a member of the United Church of Christ in DeSoto. He was a veteran of the U.S, Army Signal Corps and a member of Masonic Lodge 119. Born March 2, 1928, in DeSoto, he was the son of the late Paul and Emma Mueller. He is survived by his wife, Betty (Woods) Mueller of Herculaneum; three daughters: Carol (Ray) Early of Festus, Donna Spickard of St. Louis and Carol (Jim)) Hasty of Springfield, MO; and two grandchildren: Julie and Christopher. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Roscoe Mueller and one sister, Bernice Richardson. Services were private. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus.

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Deloris J. Bieser, 67, of Festus died March 29, 2007 in Crystal City. Mrs. Bieser was a homemaker and an avid gardener and winner of Flower Garden of the Month.She and her husband played Santa and Mrs. Claus for many years, often sitting and waving to passersby from the porch of their home in full Santa costumes. Born June 22, 1939, in Batchtown, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late William O. and Geneva (Bell) Hill. She is survived b her husband, Joseph "Sonny" Bieser of Festus, three sons: Mike (Joan) Uding of Bloomsdale, Ken (Rhonda) Uding of Festus and Ricky Bieser of Festus; four daughters: Pam (Greg) Billings of Ste. Genevieve, Cindy (fiance’ Barry Vessell) Davison of DeSoto, Chrissy (Danny) Kent of Festus and Tammie (Allan) Daniel of Bunker Hill, Illinois; one brother, Bill (Ann) Hill of Ste. Genevieve, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held April 2 at Our Lady Catholic Church, officiated by Father John Kerber. Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Crystal City. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus.

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Stacy L. Peck, 32, and Russell S. Peck, 37, of Festus died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on March 4, 2007, in Franklin County. Mrs. Peck was a media coordinator at Lutheran International center. Born June 26, 1974, in Kirkwood, she was the daughter of Charles and Patricia C. (Lady) Courtway of DeSoto. In addition to her parents, she is survived by an aunt, Jean (Mike) Adams of Lemay and two uncles: John Courtway of Washington county and Richard Pickett of St. Louis.

Mr. Peck was the athletic director at King of Glory Lutheran School. Born Nov. 17, 1969, in Wausau, Wisconsin, he was the son of Roger M. and Janice (Baumann) Peck of Merrill, Wisconsin. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, Ryan (Sara) Peck of Merrill, Wisconsin; his step-grandfather, Jack Zimmermann of Merrill; and one nephew, Brady Peck of Merrill.

The Pecks were married Aug 10, 1996.

Memorial services for the couple will be held at 11a.m. on Friday, March 30, at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Jan Reimers. Burial was in the Mount Olive Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.

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Sandra K. Huff, 56, of DeSoto died March 18, 2007 in Crystal City. Mrs. Huff was a nurse’s aide. Born July 29, 1950, in Shelbyville, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Virginia R. (Collins) and Cecil E. Renollet Sr. She is survived by her former husband, Waverly W. Kimmel of Minnesota; three sons: Waverly W. (Debra) Kimmel Jr. of Tennessee, Christian (Faye) Kimmel of Desoto and Daniel T. (Sonia) Kimmel Sr. of DeSoto; two sisters: Camilla K. "Sam" Boyer and Judy (Stephen) Wilkerson, both of Illinois; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Cecil E. Renollet Jr. and Daniel A. Renollet. Visitation is scheduled from 11am until the funeral service at 1pm March 22, 2007 at Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto, officiated by the Rev. Gene Moses. Burial is private. Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in DeSoto.

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Catherine G. Daugherty, 91, of Cadet died March 5, 2007, in Crystal City. Mrs. Daugherty was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Born Dec 29, 1915, in Old Mines, she was the daughter of the late David and Margaret (Flynn) Pratt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Glen Daughtery. She is survived by two sons: Joseph (Clarice) Daugherty Jr. of St. Peters and Thomas (Barbara) Daugherty of O’Fallon; five daughters: Joyce (Deacon Steve) Politte of Old Mines, Regina (George) Pinson of Cannon Mines, Catherine (Rick) Blasť of Hillsboro, Margaret Pinson of Festus and Bernadette (Keith) Brotherton of Hermitage, Mo;, one sister, Dora Charboneau of De Soto, 20 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond, Chester and Roy Pratt; and three sisters: Marie Schneiderhahn, Stella Henkebein and Irene Hildebrandt. Visitation at Mahn DeSoto Chapel on Mar 6, 2007 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Funeral services were held at 11:00a.m. on March 7 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, officiated by Father Ted Pieper. Burial was in St. Stephens Cemetery in Richwoods. Arrangements were under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home in De Soto.

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