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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.

George J. Kunkel Sr.

Died: Thursday, April 28, 2016
George J. Kunkel Sr. died April 28.

Mr. Kunkel was the founder of George Kunkel and Sons Plumbing Co. He taught his plumbing skills and secrets to his sons, cousins, nephews and many others throughout his career.

Mr. Kunkel was the father of George Kunkel Jr., Kimberly Howell, George J. (Jill) Kunkel, John E. Kunkel and Chrissa D. Bess; and grandfather of Kayla Kunkel, Alissa Bess, Georgia Bess, John Bess, Johnny Kunkel and Nick, Bailey and Kristy Kunkel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda D. Kunkel (nee Hutton).

Visitation and services were conducted at Hoffmeister South County Chapel.

Interment was in St. Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

Horses Bart and Chuck, driven by Ray Becker and Theressa Miller, led Mr. Kunkel’s funeral procession to the cemetery.

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

Mary Margaret Counts

Died: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Age: 69
Mary Margaret Counts (nee Bussell), 69, a longtime resident of Mehlville, died April 13.

Ms. Counts was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn S. Counts Jr. She is survived by five children, Bob Counts, Becca Horner, Vernon Counts, Becky Utley and Ilene Feldmeier; and 22 grandchildren.

She was loved and will be sorely missed by many.

Services and visitation were at McSpadden Funeral Home in Ellington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

Shirley Mae Clauss (nee Reifuss)

Died: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Shirley Mae Clauss (nee Reifeiss) died March 23 at her south county home.

Mrs. Clauss was the beloved mother of Bobette (David) Matter and Mark (Christy) Clauss; dearest grandmother of Jennifer (Earl) Hodges, David (Molly) Matter, Becky (Dan Linroth) Clauss, Jeffrey (Theresa) Clauss, Dan (Kayla) Clauss, Katie (Chris) Jennings and Lindsay Clauss; and dearest great-grandmother of Connor and Jackson Matter, Adison and Jameson Clauss and Cooper Jennings. Caregiver, companion and friend Ellen Harris holds a special place in the hearts of Mrs. Clauss’ family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and son Jeffrey.

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

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