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Died: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Former Missouri Sen. Anita Yeckel, 72, of Sunset Hills, passed away peacefully Aug. 26 after a long illness.
Sen. Yeckel served south county’s 1st Senate District from 1997 to 2004. She was chairwoman of the influential Senate Financial and Governmental Organization Committee.
Sen. Yeckel’s public service began in 1990, when she was elected to the Lindbergh Board of Education. She served the district for nine years, including terms as president and vice president.
Sen. Yeckel’s focus in the Missouri Senate was reform, as she sponsored and passed major changes to the state’s banking laws for the first time in decades.
As a result of the abnormalities of the 2000 election, Sen. Yeckel sponsored legislation that made sweeping reforms to Missouri’s election laws. On June 21, 2002, the election reform bill was signed into law, culminating a two-year joint effort by Sen. Yeckel and Secretary of State Matt Blunt in time for the 2002 elections.
She also successfully passed bills toughening Missouri’s methamphetamine laws.
Additionally, Sen. Yeckel sponsored legislation to protect senior citizens from skyrocketing increases in property taxes, to speed adoption of children statewide and to provide safeguards for children in foster homes.
She graduated from Mercy High School in St. Louis, attended St. Louis University and received her degree in political science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
A banker by training, Sen. Yeckel suspended her career to raise her daughters, devoting most of her time to the girls, community, school and church activities. After participating in numerous school associations and activities, she became president of the St. Catherine Laboure school board.
Upon resuming her career, Sen. Yeckel worked with her husband, Bob, at the family’s savings and loan company. In 1996, she chose to run for the 1st Senate district, a seat held by her good friend, Sen. Irene Treppler.
After her service in the Senate, she was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners.
Sen. Yeckel was a member of the Bonhomme and Reagan Federation of Republican Women clubs and St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church, where she served as a lector and eucharistic minister. She also volunteered in many capacities with various organizations, including the Lemay Child and Family Center and the St. Anthony’s Medical Center Charitable Foundation.
Married for 51 years to Bob, the Yeckel family also includes daughters Jane (Jeff), Katie (Chris) and grandchildren Maggie, Max and Andrew.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lemay Child and Family Center or the St. Anthony’s Medical Center Charitable Foundation.
Died: Sunday, August 16, 2015
A memorial Mass for Orville Monroe “Buzz” Bess will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Immaculate Conception Church, 2300 Church Road, Arnold.
Mr. Bess, who died Aug. 16, was a U.S. Navy veteran and longtime resident of South St. Louis, where he owned and operated Bess Fence Co. for over 30 years.
He was a former deputy and had served with the Mehlville Fire Protection District. He also was a member of the International Fence Association, the St. Louis Ad Club, Gridiron, an alumni/booster of St. Louis University and a lifetime Billiken fan.
Mr. Bess was the beloved husband of 60 years to Marilyn (nee Pitt); father of James, Michael (Joy), Daniel (Donna) and Robert Bess, Karen (Paul) Adamec and the late Debra (Mark) Mantese; grandfather of Michael, Anthony and Jennifer Mantese, Riley and Miranda Bess, Sydney and Sarah Adamec; and brother of Ethel Mueller.
A luncheon in the lower level of the Par-ish Center will follow the Mass.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association or the Daily Worldmissionnaires.
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Died: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Cheri Rose Cooper (nee Ledergerber), 71, died July 14 at her residence in Oakville.
Born in St. Louis, she resided in Oakville for almost 10 years.
She was retired from St. Mary’s Hospital, where she worked for 10 years. Before that, she was a self-employed beautician for 28 years.
Survivors include her daughter, Annette Rose Cooper; and sister, Diane Ledergerber.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Eva Ledergerber; and cousin, Elaine Ledergerber.
Visitation and services were at Fey Funeral Home. Internment was in St. Trinity Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given to SSM Hospice or the charity of your choice.
Died: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Deborah K. Conley (nee Harkins) died June 30.
She was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 3014 Oregon Ave., where visitation will take place from 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18.
A funeral Mass will follow.
Arrangements were made by Kutis City Chapel.
Died: Monday, June 15, 2015
Kraig Alan Lange died June 15.
Mr. Lange, an Oakville resident, worked at Stifel as first vice president and manager of insurance and annuities marketing.
He certainly had a zest for life. He and his devoted wife, Sherri, whom he met during childhood, enjoyed spending time with family and friends at their lake home in Branson and at the Missouri Athletic Club. Avid Cardinals fans, they enjoyed attending games and especially enjoyed taking long rides on their Harleys.
Besides his wife, survivors include his daughter, Stephanie (David) Umfleet; father, Gary (Marilyn) Lange; and siblings, Gary (Jeannie), Brian (DeeAnn) Lange and Michael (Nikki) Imboden. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lange.
Visitation and services were at Kutis South County Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or the St. Louis Zoo.
Died: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Leon James Crossley died May 28.
Mr. Crossley, an Oakville resident, retired from the Telecommunications Department at AmerenUE. He took care of both hardware and software in the heart of the utility company’s system in downtown St. Louis, and had high security clearance for the Callaway Nuclear Plant.
He received his electrical engineer degree from Washington University and his Class A Electrician License from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1.
Mr. Crossley retired from military service as a sergeant-major and received a 21-gun salute at his burial. He was a trained weather watcher for St. Louis County and a many-year member of the Citizens Police Academy.
Mr. Crossley served as a director of the Affton Historical Society, where he painted all the storyboards used for the children at Santa’s House and the Bunny Hutch events at the historic Oakland House.
He also volunteered fixing parade floats, parking cars, fixing furnaces, electrical problems, parking cars for weddings and even baking cookies in the kitchen.
He had a love of ice skating, painting, had a citizens band license and loved every dog he saw.
Mr. Crossley was married to his devoted wife, Carol (nee) Brundick, for 47 years.
He was the brother of Warren Pat Crossley; brother-in-law of Barbara Eckert, Nancy HerndonUlrich, Gary (Helen Libbie) Brundick and the late David Brundick. Mr. Crossley had no children but always kept a keen eye toward mentoring nieces and nephews. He was a sensitive, smart and quiet man; truly a renaissance man.
Visitation and services were at Kutis South County Chapel. Interment was in St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery in Pacific.
Died: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Marian Marie Lindell (nee Foerstel), 88, died May 16.
Survivors include her sons, Joseph C. Lindell Jr. and Jerold C. Lindell.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. today — Thursday, May 28 — at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 5508 Telegraph Road. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
Interment will be private.
The family was assisted by Hoffmeister South County Chapel.
Died: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Carol Ann Kaufmann (nee Meyr), 75, died April 25 at her residence in Lemay.
Born in New Wells, Mrs. Kaufmann was a retired data analyst for a medical center.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Eugene Robert Kaufmann; children and spouses, Corrine (Clayton) Gardner, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Phillip Kaufmann (fiancée Rhonda Bales) and Andrea (Christopher) Hudgens; sisters and brother, Delores Wallmann, Ruby Koenig and Dean Meyr; and grandchildren, Timothy, Joanna and Daniel Gardner.
Visitation was at Kutis South County Chapel and South County Bible Chapel, where services were conducted by the Rev. Gary Armstrong. Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to My Hope Billy Graham, Focus on the Family or Samaritan’s Purse.
Died: Monday, March 09, 2015
Arthur G. Baebler died March 9.
Mr. Baebler, of Concord, began his career with Union Electric Co. as manager of economic development in St. Louis.
In 1973, he moved to a new organization in St. Louis, the Regional Commerce and Growth Association, as executive vice president. He retired in 1994 as executive vice president for Printing Industries of St. Louis.
Mr. Baebler was active in several organizations, including the St. Louis City/County Small Business Development Corp. He also was past president of the University of Missouri Alliance Alumni Association, past president of the Rolla Alumni Association and past president of the board of St. Louis Enterprise Center. He spent his career promoting development of industry in St. Louis, the region he loved.
Survivors include his wife, Ivy (nee Modde); sons, Matthew G. (Elaine) and Drew C. (Dee) Baebler; sister, Roberta Bobbie Cioffi; grandchildren, Michelle (Chris) Lehan, Patrick, Jonathan, Ryan, Elisa, Megan and Amanda Baebler, Kathryn Burrud and Melissa Perez; and great-grandchild, Nolan.
Visitation and services were at St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church. The family was assisted by Kutis Affton Chapel.
If desired, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities.
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Died: Thursday, March 05, 2015
South county lost a great friend and benefactor last week with the passing of William B. “Bill” Nottelmann, 96.
Mr. Nottelmann was born Sept. 2, 1918, and died March 5. He was known throughout south county for his longtime support of the Mehlville School District.
Mr. Nottelmann attended Mehlville High School and participated in the first Mehlville orchestra before graduating in 1936. He then studied at the St. Louis Institute of Music.
Over the next 70 years, Mr. Nottelmann taught music, served as the first band director at Mehlville, opened a pair of music stores, founded the Mehlville/Oakville Alumni Association and helped spearhead the writing of the book “Reflections: a History of the Mehlville School District and Its Communities.”
He retired from the music stores in 2000, when he was 81. For more than 20 years, he provided thousands of dollars of financial assistance to music students through the William B. Nottelmann Music Scholarship.
Mr. Nottelmann was honored as the first inductee into the Mehlville/Oakville Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2006.
In 2013, the Mehlville Board of Education paid tribute to “Mr. Mehlville” by voting unanimously to name the school district’s first-ever auditorium in his honor.
During his remarks before the board voted, then-Superintendent Eric Knost said, “William Bernard Nottelmann is widely considered the biggest supporter ever of the Mehlville School District. He is a friend to all and has played a role in bringing music to the lives of so many young people over the years including, none other than, your superintendent ...”
Call General Manager Bill Milligan became friends with Mr. Nottelmann when they worked together on “Reflections: a History of the Mehlville School District and Its Communities.”
“Growing up in the early 1900s on property that would become Dohack’s restaurant and Dave Sinclair Ford, Bill lived at a time when this community began,” Milligan recalled. “He remembered a time before construction of the South County mall, a time when Lindbergh Boulevard was a dirt road. He was a walking encyclopedia of south county history.”
Mr. Nottelmann was the husband of Charmaine (nee Rothweiler); father of Jan (Dennis) Gerfen; grandfather of Michael (Amy) Gerfen and Jennifer (Jason) Fedak; dear great grandfather of Joshua Gerfen, Nicholas Gerfen and Logan Fedak; stepfather of Dennis (Darlene) AuBuchon and Dale (Julie) AuBuchon; stepgrandfather of Joe (Rebecca Bates) Graves, Jim (Megan) AuBuchon and John (Jacqueline) AuBuchon; stepgreat-grandfather of Elinor AuBuchon and Joey AuBuchon; and uncle of Pat Pope, Charles Pfiffner and George Pfiffner.
Mr. Nottelmann was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, where visitation and services took place. Visitation also took place at Hoffmeister South County Chapel.
Interment was in St. Trinity Cemetery.