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George J. Kunkel Sr.

Died: Thursday, April 28, 2016
George J. Kunkel Sr. died April 28.

Mr. Kunkel was the founder of George Kunkel and Sons Plumbing Co. He taught his plumbing skills and secrets to his sons, cousins, nephews and many others throughout his career.

Mr. Kunkel was the father of George Kunkel Jr., Kimberly Howell, George J. (Jill) Kunkel, John E. Kunkel and Chrissa D. Bess; and grandfather of Kayla Kunkel, Alissa Bess, Georgia Bess, John Bess, Johnny Kunkel and Nick, Bailey and Kristy Kunkel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda D. Kunkel (nee Hutton).

Visitation and services were conducted at Hoffmeister South County Chapel.

Interment was in St. Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

Horses Bart and Chuck, driven by Ray Becker and Theressa Miller, led Mr. Kunkel’s funeral procession to the cemetery.

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Mary Margaret Counts

Died: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Age: 69
Mary Margaret Counts (nee Bussell), 69, a longtime resident of Mehlville, died April 13.

Ms. Counts was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn S. Counts Jr. She is survived by five children, Bob Counts, Becca Horner, Vernon Counts, Becky Utley and Ilene Feldmeier; and 22 grandchildren.

She was loved and will be sorely missed by many.

Services and visitation were at McSpadden Funeral Home in Ellington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Shirley Mae Clauss (nee Reifuss)

Died: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Shirley Mae Clauss (nee Reifeiss) died March 23 at her south county home.

Mrs. Clauss was the beloved mother of Bobette (David) Matter and Mark (Christy) Clauss; dearest grandmother of Jennifer (Earl) Hodges, David (Molly) Matter, Becky (Dan Linroth) Clauss, Jeffrey (Theresa) Clauss, Dan (Kayla) Clauss, Katie (Chris) Jennings and Lindsay Clauss; and dearest great-grandmother of Connor and Jackson Matter, Adison and Jameson Clauss and Cooper Jennings. Caregiver, companion and friend Ellen Harris holds a special place in the hearts of Mrs. Clauss’ family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and son Jeffrey.

Visitation and services were at Kutis South County Chapel. Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

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Kenneth William Tretter

Died: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Age: 82
Kenneth William Tretter, 82, died March 17 at Delmar Gardens South in Oakville.

Mr. Tretter was born and raised in St. Louis, and resided in Oakville for the past 47 years.

He was employed as a salesman for Budnick Supply of Columbia, Ill., for nearly 30 years.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Marcella “Marcy” Tretter; two daughters, Cindy (Scott) Neibert of Arnold and Patty (Eric) Karner of Imperial; and grandchildren, Eric (Kristen) Karner II, Shannon Karner and Dan, Andy and Bob Neibert.

Visitation and services were conducted at Fey Funeral Home with Pathways Community Hospice Chaplain Cathy Collins officiating.

Burial with full military honors was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

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Donald Ray Kaiser

Died: Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Donald Ray Kaiser died March 8.

A resident of Oakville since 1965, Mr. Kaiser was a former employee of Carter Carburetor, Hussmann Refrigeration and ACF Industries. He was a 1964 graduate of William Jewell College.

Mr. Kasier was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Oakville and the Gateway Two Cylinder Club.

He was the beloved husband of 51 years to Julie Ann Kaiser (nee Schnell); father of Christopher (Gabriela) Kaiser and the late Kimberly Ann (Scott) Kaiser-Mell; grandfather of Diego, Lucero and Sophia; and friend of Stan Darter.

Visitation was at John L. Ziegenhein & Sons South County. Funeral services were at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Interment was in Shepherd Hills Cemetery in Barnhart.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Missouri or St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Kristina J. Lanfersieck (nee Ledbetter)

Died: Thursday, March 03, 2016
Age: 63
Kristina J. Lanfersieck (nee Ledbetter), 63, died March 3 at her Oakville residence.

Mrs. Lanfersieck was born Feb. 20, 1953, in St. Louis and was a lifelong resident here. She was employed as a medical assistant to Dr. Robert Kocur for 20 years.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald Lanfersieck; sons and daughters-in-law, Joshua and Stacy and Ryan and Libby Burke; daughter and son-in-law Kari and Josh Campbell; and grandchildren, Carter, Chase, Paige, Ryan, Mikey, Joey, Michael, Abby, Sophia and Shane.

Services and visitation were at Kutis Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Harter officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Kathryn "Kate" Lee Holloway

Died: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Age: 54
Lindbergh Schools announced the passing of Board of Education member Kate Holloway with a heavy heart last week.

Kathryn Lee “Kate” Holloway, 54, passed away at her residence in Sunset Hills on Feb. 25, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Mrs. Holloway is survived by her husband, Steven, five children and three grandchildren.

She and Steven married Sept. 16, 1988, in St. Louis. Their children are Stephanie Kientzy and Noel, Kaylei, McKenzie and Dayne Holloway, and their grandchildren are Ava, Jack and Joshua Kentzy.

Along with many other family members and special friends, she is also survived by her mother, Melba (nee Summers) White; her in-laws Audrey Hill and Jack Holloway and four siblings — Susan Evans, Michael White, Erin Meek and Lori (Gene) Workmeister.

Mrs. Holloway was born April 1, 1961, in San Diego, Calif., to Melba and the late Ray White.

She was elected to the Lindbergh Board of Education in April 2012 and re-elected in April 2015. She was also a member of Gateway House of Prayer, the National Day of Prayer, Concerned Women of America and many other organizations.

Four of her five children attended Lindbergh Schools, and she was always very involved in their education. She gave back to the Lindbergh community for many years as a parent volunteer, served on the committees for Project Graduation and the Spirit Festival, and helped organize the first Baccalaureate Solemn Ceremony for Lindbergh High School seniors in 1994.

Board President Kathleen Kienstra said Mrs. Holloway’s thoughtfulness, kindness and compassion have made a positive difference in the lives of children.

“As a dedicated member of the Board of Education, Kate’s decisions were guided by her heart and passion for what was best for the children in Lindbergh Schools,” Kienstra said. “The Lindbergh family will miss her warm heart and generous spirit.”

Mrs. Holloway had a love of children and enjoyed opportunities to spend time in the schools, such as the student-led tours at Lindbergh’s Blue Ribbon Award events.

“We are grateful for Kate’s contributions to the Board of Education, and she will be missed by our entire Lindbergh community,” Superintendent Jim Simpson said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her children, her husband and her family at this very difficult time.”

Visitation for Mrs. Holloway was Sunday at Chapel Hill Mortuary, 10301 Big Bend Road, Kirkwood. A funeral service was held Monday at Southgate Church, 9820 E. Watson Road.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Gateway House of Prayer.

Ivan H. Marler

Died: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Age: 80
Ivan H. Marler, 80, died Thursday, Feb. 18.

Mr. Marler was the beloved husband of the late Virginia Marie Marler (nee Vancil).

He was the dear father of Diane (Don B.) Henrich, Karen (John) Witte, Annette (Charles) Ball, Ruth (James) Doty and Phil (Jane) Marler; grandfather of Kevin (Amy) Henrich and Luke Henrich, Jonathan (Kathy) Witte, Zachariah (Jordan) Witte and Samuel (Madison) Witte, Charles Ball III, Timothy Doty and the late Paul Marler and Andrew Marler; and great-grandfather of Jackson, Aurora and Levi Witte.

Services were conducted at the Schrader Funeral Home in Eureka. Interment was in Sunset Cemetery in Pacific.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Turkey Hill Ranch Bible Camp. Friends may sign the family’s on-line guest book at

Obituaries can be submitted to the Call by email at

Joseph G. Petrelli

Died: Friday, February 05, 2016
Age: 78
Joseph G. Petrelli, 78, died Feb. 5 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

Born in Chicago, Mr. Petrelli resided in Oakvile for 27 years. He was retired from the Union Pacific Railroad, where he worked for 32 years.

Mr. Petrelli was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Berwyn, Ill., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 422.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene “Dee” Petrelli; daughters Corinne (James) Rodman, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Charise Petrelli, DDS, (Ben Petrovic) of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; and granddaughters, Sarah, Sienna and Harper Lee.

Services and visitation were at the Elms Funeral Home in Elmwood Park, Ill., and St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Chicago with the Rev. Daniel Sather officiating.

Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in River Grove, Ill.

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In addition, obituaries can be mailed to the Call at 9977 Lin Ferry Drive, St. Louis, Mo. 63123.

Steven Raymond Phelps

Died: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Steven Raymond Phelps died Jan. 20.

Mr. Phelps was the beloved son of Carol (Ernest) Seidelmann and the late James Phelps; and brother of Daniel (Melodie) Phelps, David (Rob) Phelps and Greg Phelps.

A memorial service was conducted at Fey Funeral Home. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Feed My People or the Jefferson Barracks Food Pantry.
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