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Obituaries

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Mary Jane Vogler

Died: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Age: 84
Mary Jane Vogler (nee Grippe), 84, died Sunday, Aug. 14, at her residence.

Born in St. Louis, she lived in Lemay for 55 years.

Mrs. Vogler was retired from Call Newspapers, where she worked for more than 20 years. She was a member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.

Mrs. Vogler was the beloved wife of Leo H. Vogler Jr.; loving mother of Vickie (Tim) Koch, Lynn (Jack) Connor, JoAnn (Mark) Hoppmann, Leo III (Gina) Vogler and Christine “Tina” (Derick) Holdenried; and dearest grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend to many.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. today — Thursday, Aug. 18, at Kutis South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Kutis South County Chapel to St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 610 W. Ripa Ave., for an 11 a.m. Mass.

Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Homer Eugene Hammel

Died: Friday, July 22, 2016
Age: 91
Homer Eugene Hammel, 91, died July 22 at his residence in Bloomfield.

Mr. Hammel was born Feb. 15, 1925, a son of the late William Homer and Carrie Creed Hammel.

He lived in Bloomfield before spending 55 years in St. Louis, where he worked as a machinist for 35 years at Standard Machine Co. He attended the First General Baptist Church in Bloomfield and was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during World War II.

On Nov. 16, 1946, Mr. Hammel married Bettie Jean Baker in Piggott, Ark. She survives in Bloomfield.

Other survivors include three sons, Larry Eugene Hammel (Chris) of Roy, Wash., Kirk Brian Hammel of St. Louis, and Scott Alan Hammel (Kathy) of St. Louis; one daughter, Sharon Kaye Hessler of St. Louis; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marcia Vaughn (Dex) of Florida and Ruth Clary of Union. He was preceded in death by one brother, Julius Spencer Hammel, and one brother-in-law, Jerome Clary.

Visitation was at the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield. A graveside service was July 25 at the Missouri Veterans’ Cemetery in Bloomfield with full military honors.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watkinsfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Jo Schaper (nee Vogel)

Died: Thursday, July 21, 2016
Barbara Jo Schaper (nee Vogel) died July 21.

Mrs. Schaper was a 50-year member of the St. Ann Sodality of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Oakville. She also was a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Bishop Schierhoff Assembly 2110, the Ladies Auxiliary St. Francis of Assisi Council 5359 and the Western Catholic Union.

Mrs. Schaper was the beloved wife of 57 years of Henry G. Schaper Sr.; loving mother of Henry “Hank” Jr. (Jacquie), Deborah “Debbie” (Kurt) Wagner, Marilyn (Bart) Angeli and Michele “Shelly” (Greg) Rousseau; grandmother to Nikki (Brian Heuer) and Jake Schaper, Jaclyn (John Conti), Jennifer (Jeremy) Lewis, Daniel (Daphne) Wagner, Matthew (Kate), Mary Veronica, Ruth, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Isaiah, Theresa, John Paul, Mary Grace, Regina and Mary Constance “Connie” Angeli, Elizabeth “Betsy,” Nicholas “Nick,” Katherine “Katie” (Blaine Vaughn) and Marc Rousseau; great-grandmother to Eden Wagner and Noah Lewis; and friend to many, especially Margaret (Rich) Bauer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Mae Vogel.

Mrs. Schaper used a wheelchair for 25 years, but she and her husband still drove to 48 states.

Visitation was at Hoffmeister South County Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Interment was in Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Masses or donations may be made to the Gateway Chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1876 Lackland Hill Parkway, St. Louis, Mo. 63146.

Toni Nicole Van Damme

Died: Monday, June 27, 2016
Age: 34
Toni Nicole Van Damme, 34, died June 27.

She was the beloved daughter of Patricia Tolie and the late August Van Damme; loving fiancé of Sam McDonald; dear sister of Christopher (Lynette) Van Damme and Brendan (Joanne) Bovaconti; and dear aunt of Courtney and Brittney Van Damme, Haiden LaRue and Eva Jimenez.

A memorial gathering took place at Fey Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Zelphia “Zell” Averbeck (nee Hill)

Died: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Age: 89
Zelphia “Zell” Averbeck (nee Hill), 89, died June 18.

Mrs. Averbeck, who was born April 14, 1927, was the last of 13 siblings.

She was the beloved mother of John David (Linda) Meyer; loving grandmother of Jennifer (Dennis) Doty and Annie (Kent) Mayrose; and great-grandmother of Willa, Lua and Ben. Mrs. Averbeck was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin A. Averbeck.

She was an avid square dancer.

Visitation and services were at John Ziegenhein & Sons South County.

Internment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Bethesda Hospice.

Gregory Scott Raisch

Died: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Age: 60
A memorial Mass for Gregory Scott Raisch of St. Louis will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 9740 Sappington Road.

Mr. Raisch, 60, died June 16 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife, Cathryn (Cathy Rees); daughters, Lauren T. Wulff (John) and Leslie M. Raisch (Bryan Riley); mother, JoAnn (nee Sestric) Raisch; brother Bruce A.; and uncles, Joseph L. (Marianne) Sestric, Robert (Laverne) Raisch and Gregory (Barbara) Sestric. Mr. Raisch was also a loving “Papa” to Aja, Hunter, Kathryn and Hayden. His father, William A. “Bill,” a former Missouri state representative, preceded him in 1996.

Mr. Raisch served on the Bayless Board of Education from 1981 to 1986 and, at the time, was the youngest school board president. Mr. Raisch shared his love of softball with the guys on the Gargoyles team and the Citizens National Bank co-ed team.

He worked in the trust department of Boatmen’s Bank and Union Planters Bank, and most recently worked in environmental compliance for Apex Oil.

Mr. Raisch had a special fondness for the outdoors, camping and canoeing with his wife and daughters.

Special thanks are sent to our “Fav Doc,” Dr. Hon Chi Suen, who gave Mr. Raisch the gift of time with family and friends, and the entire staff at Festus Mercy, who always cheered him on.

He touched the hearts of many with his kindnesses, quick wit, intelligence and his study of history, and that is where he will always remain with family and friends.

The family was assisted by Kutis Funeral Home Affton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Raisch’s name to Open Door Animal Sanctuary.

Obituaries can be submitted to the Call at obituaries@callnewspapers.com.

Newspaper continues to publish obituaries for free:

The Call will publish obituary notices free of charge, unlike many other local publications. The newspaper also will publish a photograph to accompany the obituary announcement. Obituaries and accompanying photographs can be mailed to or dropped off at the Call office, 9977 Lin Ferry Drive, St. Louis, Mo. 63123.

Obituary announcements and photographs also can be emailed to the newspaper at obituaries@callnewspapers.com.

Henry T. "Hank" Martin

Died: Friday, May 27, 2016
Age: 80
Henry T. “Hank” Martin, 80, died May 27 in St. Louis after a long illness.

Mr. Martin was born Sept. 23, 1935, in Fredericktown.

He graduated from the University of Missouri at Rolla with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management.

Mr. Martin served in the U.S. Army and later was in the Civil Air Patrol Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was an avid sportsman and loved hunting, fishing, golfing, flying planes and racing stock cars.

Mr. Martin loved to play, sing and listen to country and rock ’n’ roll music. He could sometimes be heard on stage or playing guitar in an orchestra pit for a community theater group, or smiling proudly from the audience. Mr. Martin was a longtime member of Webster Groves Christian Church, where he sang in the choir many years.

Survivors include his loving wife, Jane; his children, Karen (Norm) Marsh, Kay (Gerry) Love and Ken (Scarlett) Martin; his grandson Mitchell Martin; and his brother-in-law James (Betsy) Gerrish. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Stella Martin; and siblings, Ruby (Jerry) Cook, Ray (Pauline) Martin and Wilma (Jim) Woodall.

Visitation was at Kutis Funeral Home.

A celebration of his life was at Webster Groves Christian Church. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Webster Groves Christian Church music program or a charity of your choice in his memory.

Obituaries can be submitted to the Call at obituaries@callnewspapers.com.

Newspaper continues to publish obituaries for free:

The Call will publish obituary notices free of charge, unlike many other local publications.

The newspaper also will publish a photograph to accompany the obituary announcement.

Obituaries and accompanying photographs can be mailed to or dropped off at the Call office, 9977 Lin Ferry Drive, St. Louis, Mo. 63123.

Obituary announcements and photographs also can be emailed to the newspaper at obituaries@callnewspapers.com.

If you haven’t seen an obituary published or would like to inquire about the status of a notice you have submitted, please call Executive Editor Mike Anthony at (314) 843-0102.

Albert G. Schaeffer

Died: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Albert G. Schaeffer died May 21.

Mr. Schaeffer was the beloved husband for 62 years of Gloria Schaeffer (nee Erdmann); and loving father of Michelle Schaeffer, Buzz Schaeffer and the late Ann Schaeffer.

A funeral Mass was conducted at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Interment with honors was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The family was assisted by Kutis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Poor Clare’s of St. Louis.

Delba Engelhardt

Died: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Age: 87
Delba Engelhardt (nee Hartle), 87, died May 17.

Mrs. Engelhardt graduated from Patton High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Southeast Missouri State University. She taught home economics at Lutesville High School and Parkway North High School, where she served as department chair.

Mrs. Engelhardt served as president of Home Economics Teachers of Suburban St. Louis and Home Economists in Home and Community.

She was the beloved wife of the late Gene Engelhardt, dear mother of Diane (Matt) Heinicke, the late Jon (Carol) Engelhardt, Elaine Kimker, Mark (LeeAnn) Engelhardt, and stepmother of Rich-ard (Karen) Engelhardt.

She loved helping her husband in his local and international service to Kiwanis.

For her dedicated service, she received Kiwanian Wife of the Year, George F. Hixon Fellow and the Kiwanis International Foundation Tablet of Honor awards.

Mrs. Engelhardt was passionate in her role as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her maiden name was Hartle. When she married, she became an Engelhardt. She loved having “heart” in both her names. She gave all her heart to her family, and now will always live in their hearts.

Funeral services were at Kutis Affton Chapel. Interment was in St. Paul Church-yard.

If desired, contributions to the Dr. Gene and Delba Engelhardt Family Endowed Education Scholarship Fund may be made to Southeast Missouri State University, 1 University Plaza, MS 7300, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63701.

Lauren Lane Broughton

Died: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Age: 23
Lauren Lane Broughton, 23, died May 15.

Lauren was a transplant recipient at 10 weeks of age at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where the medical staff nicknamed her “The Miracle Baby.” In her passing, she also gave the gift of life to others.

Lauren was the cherished daughter of Stephen Lane and Gail Broughton (nee Lay); loving sister of Megan (Art) Jalinsky and Stephanie (Greg) Stuhlmann; and dear aunt of A.J., Nicholas, Marin Lane, Charley Valentine, Kai Joseph and Sydney Lane.

Funeral services were at Kutis South County Chapel. Interment was in Shepherd Hills Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
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