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Carol A. Rynders

Died: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Age: 81
Carol A. Rynders, 81, died at 1:25 a.m. Sept. 20 at her home in Godfrey, Ill., under the care of St. Anthony’s Hospice.

She was born in Alton, Ill., on March 16, 1935, the daughter of Edward and Eleanor (Bertier) Dean, and was a lifelong resident of Godfrey. She married Robert L. Rynders on Feb. 27, 1954, at St. Ambrose in Alton. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1994.

Mrs. Rynders was an active member at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was a bridge player and enjoyed volunteering at St. Anthony’s.

Mrs. Rynders was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, enjoyed working in her yard, but most of all enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by four children, Debbie (Rolla) Hessel of St. Louis, Mark (Brenda) Rynders of Alton, Linda (Robin) Meade of Litchfield, Ill., Don (Julie) Rynders of Waco, Texas; nine grandchildren, Jonathan, Nathan and Tyler Hessel, Robert and Drew Rynders, Dustin and Michelle Rynders, Megan and Morgan Meade; and nine great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Rynders was preceded in death by one brother, Gerald Dean.

Visitation was at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey. A funeral Mass was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Senior Services Plus — Meals on Wheels.

Wayne H. Rohlmann

Died: Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Wayne H. Rohlmann of Oakville died Sept. 7.

Mr. Rohlmann worked at Anheuser-Busch for 56 years. He enjoyed woodcarving and flying and loved people.

He was the loving father of Michael (Lynn) Rohlmann, Kelly (Michael) Dinger and Kurt (Jennifer) Rohlmann; dear grandfather of eight; and great-grandfather of seven.

Visitation was at Kutis South County Chapel. Services were at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Harvey J. Meyer

Died: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Harvey J. Meyer, Green Park, died Aug. 25.

Turned down by the Navy because he was colorblind, he served in the Merchant Marine and later as a clarinetist in the 24th Division Army Band, stationed in Japan. After his discharge from the Army, although still colorblind, he was hired by Silk Screen Products, a printing company involved in high-tech color applications. He worked there for 42 years, attaining the position of superintendent.

After retiring, he drove a charter school bus for First Student Transportation until he was let go when it was discovered after 10 years that he was colorblind. Mr. Meyer was well-known for his hundreds of letters to the editor published in area newspapers, including the Call.

One letter he wrote to the Call in which he joked he had a sawed-off shotgun resulted in a visit from two agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco, who informed him possession of such a weapon was a felony.

“I said the whole thing was a joke and it was the Call’s fault for printing the thing,” Mr. Meyer wrote in a Jan. 28, 1993, letter to the Call.

He was the husband of the late Mary Lou Meyer (nee Pittman) and Essie Brda Meyer (nee Helvey); father of Richard and the late Joseph, David and Michael Meyer; grandfather of Kerstin Meyer, Alison, Catherine, David, Luci, Samuel and Isaac Brda; brother of Mary Lou (Doug) Puls and the late John, Richard, Edward and Betty Jean Meyer; and best friend and companion of Greta Jackson.

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

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.

Cliff Roll

Died: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Age: 75
Cliff Roll, 75, High Ridge, died July 20 at St. Clare Health Center.

Born May 21, 1941, in St. Louis, he was the son of the late Wil-liam and Iphi (Johnston) Roll. Mr. Roll was an engineer for 36 years at Sunnen Products Co. He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and golfing. Mr. Roll loved motor sports and animals, and served as a volunteer firefighter in High Ridge in the late 1960s.

Mr. Roll is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sharon (Detty) Roll of High Ridge; two children: Don (Sandy) Roll of Cedar Hill and David (Lynette) Roll of Quincy, Ill.; five grandchildren, Clayton, Caleb, Garrett, Sullivan and Sylvia; one sister: Gloria Jane McGonagle; two brothers-in-law: Monty Joe (Michelle) Detty and Anthony Detty; and one sister-in-law: Anita (Frank) Little. He was preceded in death by a brother, Milton “Bud” Roll.

Funeral services were July 22 at Chapel Hill Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 8251 Maryland Ave., Suite 12, St. Louis, Mo. 63105, and/or Open Door Animal Sanctuary, 6065 Duda Road, House Springs, Mo. 63051.

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.

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