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Reinhold T. Henningsen

Died: Thursday, January 07, 2016
Reinhold T. Henningsen died Jan. 7 at Manor Grove Nursing Home in Kirkwood.

He was long known to south county residents as “the Lawnboy Man” because he would buy, sell and repair only Lawn-boy™ lawnmowers at his Crestwood residence.

Mr. Henningsen was the beloved husband of the late Jackie Henningsen (nee Kleffmann); dear father of John (Britt) Henningsen and Julie (Steve) Herrmann; grandfather of Sophie and Hope Henningsen and Beth and Ben Herrmann; and brother of Walter and John Henningsen.

He was an avid pool player who had a long friendship with the famous billiards player Minnesota Fats, as well as friendships with several Hollywood celebrities whom he met during his years working for Crane Corp. in St. Louis. In his retirement, Mr. Henningsen operated a lawn and landscaping business in south St. Louis.

Visitation and services took place at Kutis Affton Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Virginia Dell Weidenhoffer (nee Carpenter)

Died: Thursday, December 31, 2015
Age: 97
Virginia Dell Weidenhoffer (nee Carpenter), 97, died Dec. 31.

Mrs. Weidenhoffer was the only daughter of the late Jessie Mae (Krigbaum) Carpenter and the late Morgan Leroy Carpenter.

She was the wife of the late Leo M. Weidenhoffer; mother of five children, the late Donna (Lou) Ellis, the late baby Kenneth Weidenhoffer, Linda (Rich) Conrad, the late Carol and the late James Weidenhoffer; grandmother of four, Sherry Reynolds, William Smelser, Andrew Conrad and Michael Conrad; great-grandmother of four, Tabatha Reynolds, Hunter and Emma Conrad and Soren Conrad; aunt to Bob (Jean) Weidenhoffer and Emil (Linda) Weidenhoffer; great aunt to Sandra, Diane, Tina, Carla, Bonnie, Kathy, Joyce and Emil Jr.; and cousin to Dorothy Shepard.

Mrs. Weidenhoffer donated her body to Washington University Medical School.

A celebration of life service will be Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Concord Church, 13775 Tesson Ferry Road. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until time of the service at 11 a.m.

Memorials may be given to Concord Church — the church that Mrs. Weidenhoffer and her husband had the blessing of helping to start in the mid-1950s.

The family was assisted by Fey Funeral Home.

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Roy E. Barnette

Died: Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Age: 73
Roy E. Barnette, 73, died Dec. 22.

A native of DeKalb, Miss., Mr. Barnette resided in St. Louis. He enjoyed his family and friends and exploring the forests of Mississippi.

Survivors include Mr. Barnette’s wife, Joyce (nee Clay); daughter, Jill Shroff and husband, Steve; son, Dr. Alan Barnette and wife, Dr. Kate; grandchildren, Megan Shroff, Allison Shroff, Eliza Barnette and Lucy Barnette; brother, Robert Barnette and wife, Allison; brother-in-law, Bill Clay and wife, Judi; nephews, Brock Clay and Ryan Clay; nieces, Mitzi Kennedy and Candace Barnette.

Mr. Barnette was preceded in death by his parents, Durwood “Gene” and Esther (nee Dees) Barnette, and sister Wanda Kay Barnette.

Bill Barnette, Brock Clay, Ryan Clay, Jeff Herman, Richard Meyer, Doug Wilinson and Ryan Kennedy served as pallbearers.

Services were held at John L. Ziegenhein & Sons South County.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 50 Crestwood Executive Center, Suite 401, St. Louis, Mo. 63126.

Eugene Robert Kaufmann

Died: Friday, November 13, 2015
Age: 83
Eugene Robert Kaufmann, 83, died Nov. 13.

Mr. Kaufmann was the beloved husband of the late Carol Ann Kaufmann (nee Meyr) for 55 years; dearest father of Corrine (Clayton) Gardner, Phillip (Rhonda) Kaufmann, Lt. Col. U.S Army (retired) and Andrea (Christopher) Hudgens; loving grandfather of Timothy, Joanna and Daniel Gardner; dear brother of Dorothy (Roland) Wachter and Pauline (Eugene) Roth and the late Herbert “Butch” Hilmer (Verna surviving) and Theobald Kaufmann.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. today — Nov. 19 — at Kutis South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road.

Visitation will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday until the time of service at 11:30 a.m. at South County Bible Church, 4111 Von Talge Road. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to KFUO Radio, Focus on the Family or Samaritan’s Purse.

Billie G. Brant

Died: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Age: 64
Billie G. Brant, 64, died Nov. 12.

Born in Cape Girardeau, Mr. Brant was a longtime resident of St. Louis.

Survivors include his mother, Christianna Brant of Oakville; two daughters, Brandy Brant and Christina Dugger; four grandchildren, Cassidy Kessler, Ayden Johnson, Christopher Dugger and Gabriella Barton; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mr. Brant was preceded in death by his father, Billie Jo Brant.

The family was assisted by St. Louis Cremation.

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Richard Roy Lotz

Died: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Age: 86
Richard Roy Lotz, 86, died Oct. 24.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was born April 1, 1929 and resided in Sunset Hills. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in mathematics, Mr. Lotz taught mathematics and probability and statistics at St. Louis Country Day School from 1960 to 1970.

With his father, Roy Lotz, he co-founded Tower Tee Golf in 1963. He was a lifetime member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and qualified for and participated in three U.S. Senior PGA Championships, three U.S. Golf Association Senior Open Championships and numerous PGA Senior Tour events.

Mr. Lotz traveled extensively and loved Ireland, South Florida and Palm Springs.

He loved the Ballybunion, Pebble Beach and Mayacoo Lakes golf courses, but his favorite place to play golf was Tower Tee, his home course.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara A. Lotz, and their daughter, Jennifer Duran. Mr. Lotz was preceded in death by Jeane C. Lotz and their daughter, Laura Ellen Karr. He is survived by two children with Jeane, Stephen L. Lotz and Carolyn Barnes. He is also survived by his sister, Nina L. Bappe, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Mr. Lotz donated his body to Washington University School of Medicine.

LaVern Josephine Huighe (nee Baltz)

Died: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Age: 83
LaVern Josephine (nee Baltz) Huighe, 83, died Oct. 20 at Woodland Manor in Arnold.

Born and raised in Mehlville, she resided in Arnold for 21 years.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Joette and Robert Wright; son, William Frank Huighe; sisters-in-law, Bernice DeLarber, Marie Strobel and Garnett Huighe; grandchildren, Kim (Kevin) Bagy, Aimee (Chris) Ware; Billy (Laura) Huighe, Nikki (Brad) Reckelhoff and Bradley (Nicole) Huighe; and nine great-grandchildren, with another due in January.

Mrs. Huighe was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, William J. Huighe; son, William John Huighe Jr.; parents, William J. and Josephine B. (nee Rieper) Baltz; and sisters, Elaine Wind and Alcase “Billie’’ Johannes.

Mrs. Huighe’s body was cremated.

The family was assisted by Kutis South County Chapel.

Anita Yeckel

Died: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Age: 72
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.

Orville "Buzz" Monroe Bess

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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Cheri Rose Cooper (nee Ledergerber)

Died: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Age: 71
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.
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