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Died: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Jan Crandall Polizzi, 65, of Concord, a former state representative and former member of the Mehlville Board of Education, died Nov. 29.
Mrs. Polizzi represented the 97th District in the Missouri House from 1993 to 1995 and received a Certificate of Recognition for Health through legislation in 1993. She then served on the Mehlville Board of Education from 1995 to 1998.
Mrs. Polizzi was president of the Missouri Nurses Association from 1987 to 1997, named Member of the Year in 2003 and inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame in 2014. She belonged to the Webster Groves Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
A registered nurse, Mrs. Polizzi earned an associate’s degree from Maryville University, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She was inducted into the National Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, in 1980.
Mrs. Polizzi was a member of Prince of Peace United Church of Christ, as well as a board member and Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the St. Louis Gateway Singers and worked with Nurses for Newborns.
Mrs. Polizzi graduated from Hazelwood High School in 1967 and was a diehard fan of the Cardinals baseball team.
Survivors include her husband, Pete J. Polizzi; son, Joseph J. (Stephanie Brasier) Polizzi; parents, Charles and Anne Crandall; siblings, Charles J. (Sherry) Crandall Jr. and Susan Crandall (Dr. Richard) Swier; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Dominic (Regina) Polizzi, John (Karen) Polizzi, Mary Ann (the late Tom) Peters and the late Joseph (Linda) Polizzi; and Rosalie (the late Tom) Brennan and Vito (the late Mary Ann) Polizzi.
A memorial service was conducted Dec. 3. Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Prince of Peace United Church of Christ, 4966 Towne South Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63128.
Died: Saturday, November 08, 2014
Obed C. “Obie” Knudtson, 80, died Nov. 8 in St. Louis.
Mr. Knudtson was born May 1, 1934, in Blue Earth, Minn., to the late Carl and Elma Knudtson.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 55 years, Marian (nee Overlie) of Oakville; his sons, Bruce (Denise) Knudtson of Seattle, Wash., and Todd (special friend Robyn) Knudtson of St. Louis; his grandchildren, Jensen Knudtson and Philip Schreffler; brothers-in-law, Merlin Overlie and Don (Barb) Overlie; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Knudtson enjoyed traveling the country with his wife in his RV, camping and just being in the great outdoors.
A memorial service was conducted at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2030 Union Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63125, or to a charity of your choice.
His ashes will be buried at the churchyard of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Butternut, Minn., at a later date.
St. Louis Cremation assisted the family.
Died: Friday, October 10, 2014
Elmer J. Freise, 93, died Oct. 10.
Mr. Freise was born to John “Pop” and Erna (nee Kronenberger) Freise on Nov. 7, 1920, in St. Louis.
He spent his life in St. Louis and Hannibal.
Mr. Freise worked for the Heil Packing Co. for 20 years and drove for the Butler Electric Co. for another 10 years.
He also worked part time as a driver for the Rustman Bus Co.
Mr. Freise was a World War II veteran and was an Army private first class, serving as an anti-aircraft artillery gunman. He arrived on the beaches of Normandy on the second day of D-Day on June 7, 1944.
Survivors include his son, Lee K. Freise of Crestwood; his granddaughter, Tracy L. Freise of St. Louis; and cherished loved ones Glenn, LuAnn and Jordan Mazuranic of High Ridge.
Mr. Freise was preceded in death by the love of his life, Betty Green; his brother, Roy Freise; and his parents.
Burial at Bellerive Gardens Cemetery in Creve Coeur was private.
Died: Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Henry G. Hartman, 86, died Oct. 7.
Mr. Hartman was born April 11, 1928, and was a resident of Friendship Village Sunset Hills. He attended Gardenville Elementary School and Cleveland High School, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Hartman was employed by Union Electric for 42 years. He was a member of Redeemer Evangelical Church, 2x2s, and served as athletic teams manager and a Boy Scout leader. He was an avid golfer.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn (nee Henke); Eagle Scout sons, Stephen (Michelle) and Bruce (Pamela); and grandchildren, Matthew and Brandon. He was the brother-in-law of the late Carl, Floyd, Wyman, August and Oscar (U.S. Navy ensign) Henke.
Services were at John L. Ziegenhein & Sons, south county. Internment was in St. Paul Churchyard with full military honors. Memorials may be made to Redeemer Evangelical Church, 6450 S. Kingshighway, St. Louis, Mo. 63109.
Died: Saturday, October 04, 2014
Lois S. Jaeger (nee Street) died Oct. 4.
Survivors include her children, Ellen (Don Pugh) McMahon, Mary (Mike) Callahan, Mark Jaeger, Jane (Bill) Lehmann and Kurt (Laurie) Jaeger; grandchildren, Ryan, Megan, Derek, Patrick, Billy, Catherine, Zachary and Lizzie; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Madison, Logan and Camden; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bettye Street and Art (Marie) Jaeger.
Mrs. Jaeger was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Jaeger, and brother, Robert Street.
A memorial Mass was celebrated at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Webster Groves.
Donations may be made to Pan y Amor or the American Heart Association.
Died: Sunday, July 06, 2014
Charles W. O’Neal, Jr., 73, died July 6 at Viera, Fla.
Mr. O’Neal was born in St. Louis and re-sided in South St. Louis for 30 years.
He was employed by the U.S. government as chief of security at the Mechanicsburg Army Depot in Pennsylvania, as chief of security worldwide for NASA at Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Fla., and as an adjunct professor for Webster University at its Orlando Campus teaching master’s level courses in security management, cybersecurity and fraud for 43 years.
Mr. O’Neal was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Association of Fraud Investigators. He also achieved lifetime membership in the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Survivors include his daughter, Kathleen Scheve; granddaughter, Madison Scheve; great-granddaughter, Sophia Scheve, all of Webster Groves; and his sister, Patricia Wiseman of south county.
Services were conducted at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home in Viera, Fla.
He was cremated in Florida, and his ashes will be spread at his favorite places in St. Louis.
A private gathering of family and friends will take place at a date to be determined at his sister’s south county home.
Died: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Renate A. Boll (nee Michel), 82, died June 19.
A longtime resident of Sunset Hills, Mrs. Boll was a real-estate agent and volunteered at Lindbergh Schools.
Survivors include her husband, Richard J. Boll Sr.; son, Richard J. (Ann) Boll II; sisters, Erika (Henry) Mundt and Lieselotte (deceased Willi) Schriewer; and sister-in-law Virginia (deceased Edward) Boll.
Funeral services were conducted at John L. Ziegenhein & Sons South City Chapel. Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Christian Community Home Care.
Died: Friday, May 23, 2014
Gene M. Steffe, 74, died May 23 at SSM St. Clare Health Center.
Mr. Steffe was a retired union truck driver for Schnucks Markets. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was an alderman for the city of Fenton.
In addition, Mr. Steffe was a Little League baseball coach and Little League football coach for many years, and was a board member at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Fenton, where he was a member for 40 years. He enjoyed being with his family having celebrations and backyard barbecues, and boating at Table Rock Lake.
Mr. Steffe was an organ donor.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon; children, Dianna Simpson, Debra (Shawn) McKelvey, Richard Prater, Steven Steffe and Cindy (Scott) Schwegmann; sisters, Ruth and June; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Steffe was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
A memorial and celebration of Mr. Steffe’s life was at Our Savior Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Sell officiating.
Died: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
William A. “Bill” Bushway, 87, died May 13 at the Green Park Nursing Home.
Born in Detroit, Mr. Bushway lived in Concord for more than 20 years. He was an account executive for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for more than 20 years.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Patricia “Pat” Bushway; children, Steve (Amy) and Tim (Melissa) Bushway; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Arrangements were handled by Kutis South County Funeral Home. Services were private.
Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Died: Monday, May 12, 2014
Anita A. Weber (nee Thomas), 84, died May 12 at the Green Park Nursing Home.
Born in St. Louis, Mrs. Weber resided in Green Park.
Survivors include her husband, Roger A. Weber; children, Debra (Jim) Johnson, Gary (Carol) Weber and Tamara (Ed) Casanova; sister, Audrey Caufman; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Private services were at the Kutis South County Chapel.