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Arthur G. Baebler

Died: Monday, March 09, 2015
Arthur G. Baebler died March 9.

Mr. Baebler, of Concord, began his career with Union Electric Co. as manager of economic development in St. Louis.

In 1973, he moved to a new organization in St. Louis, the Regional Commerce and Growth Association, as executive vice president. He retired in 1994 as executive vice president for Printing Industries of St. Louis.

Mr. Baebler was active in several organizations, including the St. Louis City/County Small Business Development Corp. He also was past president of the University of Missouri Alliance Alumni Association, past president of the Rolla Alumni Association and past president of the board of St. Louis Enterprise Center. He spent his career promoting development of industry in St. Louis, the region he loved.

Survivors include his wife, Ivy (nee Modde); sons, Matthew G. (Elaine) and Drew C. (Dee) Baebler; sister, Roberta Bobbie Cioffi; grandchildren, Michelle (Chris) Lehan, Patrick, Jonathan, Ryan, Elisa, Megan and Amanda Baebler, Kathryn Burrud and Melissa Perez; and great-grandchild, Nolan.

Visitation and services were at St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church. The family was assisted by Kutis Affton Chapel.

If desired, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities.

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William B. Nottelmann

Died: Thursday, March 05, 2015
Age: 96
South county lost a great friend and benefactor last week with the passing of William B. “Bill” Nottelmann, 96.

Mr. Nottelmann was born Sept. 2, 1918, and died March 5. He was known throughout south county for his longtime support of the Mehlville School District.

Mr. Nottelmann attended Mehlville High School and participated in the first Mehlville orchestra before graduating in 1936. He then studied at the St. Louis Institute of Music.

Over the next 70 years, Mr. Nottelmann taught music, served as the first band director at Mehlville, opened a pair of music stores, founded the Mehlville/Oakville Alumni Association and helped spearhead the writing of the book “Reflections: a History of the Mehlville School District and Its Communities.”

He retired from the music stores in 2000, when he was 81. For more than 20 years, he provided thousands of dollars of financial assistance to music students through the William B. Nottelmann Music Scholarship.

Mr. Nottelmann was honored as the first inductee into the Mehlville/Oakville Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2006.

In 2013, the Mehlville Board of Education paid tribute to “Mr. Mehlville” by voting unanimously to name the school district’s first-ever auditorium in his honor.

During his remarks before the board voted, then-Superintendent Eric Knost said, “William Bernard Nottelmann is widely considered the biggest supporter ever of the Mehlville School District. He is a friend to all and has played a role in bringing music to the lives of so many young people over the years including, none other than, your superintendent ...”

Call General Manager Bill Milligan became friends with Mr. Nottelmann when they worked together on “Reflections: a History of the Mehlville School District and Its Communities.”

“Growing up in the early 1900s on property that would become Dohack’s restaurant and Dave Sinclair Ford, Bill lived at a time when this community began,” Milligan recalled. “He remembered a time before construction of the South County mall, a time when Lindbergh Boulevard was a dirt road. He was a walking encyclopedia of south county history.”

Mr. Nottelmann was the husband of Charmaine (nee Rothweiler); father of Jan (Dennis) Gerfen; grandfather of Michael (Amy) Gerfen and Jennifer (Jason) Fedak; dear great grandfather of Joshua Gerfen, Nicholas Gerfen and Logan Fedak; stepfather of Dennis (Darlene) AuBuchon and Dale (Julie) AuBuchon; stepgrandfather of Joe (Rebecca Bates) Graves, Jim (Megan) AuBuchon and John (Jacqueline) AuBuchon; stepgreat-grandfather of Elinor AuBuchon and Joey AuBuchon; and uncle of Pat Pope, Charles Pfiffner and George Pfiffner.

Mr. Nottelmann was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, where visitation and services took place. Visitation also took place at Hoffmeister South County Chapel.

Interment was in St. Trinity Cemetery.

Audrey Welch

Died: Monday, February 02, 2015
Audrey A. Welch (nee Biermann) died Feb. 2.

Mrs. Welch lived and raised her family in Oakville. She currently lived in the Bonne Terre area.

Survivors include her children Cindy (Larry) Corbin, Doug (Julie) Welch and Mike (Carol) Welch; grandchildren, Bob, Beth, Brent, Alex, Andrea, Laura and Ashley; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack E. Welch.

Services were private. She graciously donated her body to Washington University.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brain Cancer Research, in Mrs. Welch’s name, at Washington University, CB 1247, 7425 Forsyth Blvd, Suite 2100, St. Louis, Mo. 63105-2161 or a charity of choice.

James L. Merrell

Died: Monday, January 19, 2015
Age: 84
The Rev. Dr. James L. Merrell, 84, died Jan. 19 at his home in Kirkwood.

A former resident of Oakville, the Rev. Dr. Merrell was born in 1930 in Indianapolis.

He celebrated his 63rd year of ministry in 2015. A graduate of Indiana University, where he was named outstanding journalism graduate in his class of 1952, the Rev. Dr. Merrell received his master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He was ordained by the Christian Church — Disciples of Christ — at Third Christian Church in Indianapolis.

During his career, he served as editor of two national magazines of the Disciples of Christ and was founding editor of The Disciple and a vice president of the Christian Board of Publication after moving to St. Louis in 1973. This leadership qualified him for inclusion in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in Religion.

The Rev. Dr. Merrell received an honorary doctor of letters degree in 1974 from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, where he served as temporary chaplain and a professor. He served as interim minister at many area churches, including Affton Christian Church and St. Johns United Church of Christ. The Rev. Dr. Merrell authored five books and traveled in more than 57 countries.

He was the husband of 63 years to Barbara (nee Burch); father of Deborah Griffin Gibbar (David), Cynthia Archer and Stuart (Nancy) Merrell; and had six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother-in-law Walter Ballew and family; and cousin Carole Linneman and family.

Visitors may call on the family from 3 to 8 p.m. today — Thursday, Jan. 29 — at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, and from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at Affton Christian Church, 9625 Tesson Ferry Road. A memorial service will take place at 5 p.m.

Jeanne B. Crews (nee Brader)

Died: Sunday, January 11, 2015
Age: 85
Jeanne B. Crews (nee Brader), 85, died Jan. 11.

Mrs. Crews was born April 7, 1929. She was a proud educator for nearly 50 years. She taught in the Mehlville School District for 42 years, and more recently at St. Charles Community College.

Mrs. Crews was the Missouri State Teacher of the Year in 1984 and was active in the National State Teachers of the Year.

She was a professional storyteller, contributing to the St. Louis Gateway Storytellers.

Mrs. Crews belonged to the South County Kiwanis Club and was instrumental in promoting and implementing the club’s educational programs, particularly the Terrific Kids of the Month.

Her legacy is inspiring children and educators in the St. Louis area.

Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Judy Griffin, Kathie and Ahmed Khalifa and Janet Crews; and six grandchildren.

Mrs. Crews was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Crews.

Visitation and services were at John L. Ziegenhein and Sons, south county.

Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Louis Gateway Storytellers.

John Foote

Died: Thursday, January 08, 2015
Age: 80
Former Crestwood Ward 4 Alderman John Foote, 80, died Jan. 8 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center after a battle with cancer.

Mr. Foote, a longtime Crestwood resident, was born Nov. 1, 1934. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University.

Mr. Foote worked for the Brown Shoe Co., ultimately becoming general manager of warehousing and systems.

He then joined a research group in space science at Washington University’s Physics Department Compton Labs, where he worked for 15 years before retiring.

Mr. Foote also served as a volunteer at the St. Louis Science Center.

Mr. Foote’s interest in Crestwood government began during 2003 when the city experienced fiscal anomalies and could not close its books. He was elected to the city’s Board of Aldermen in 2007, serving two three-year terms.

A statement issued by the city Monday afternoon recognized Mr. Foote “for his able, intelligent and conscientious services to the city ... He served the city faithfully and with distinction on various boards or commissions, including the Public Works Board, Ways and Means Committee, Veterans Memorial Committee, Disabled Citizens Advisory Committee and the Business License Review Committee.

“He continued to provide counsel even after he was no longer an alderman,” the statement concluded.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; daughter, Pamela; and grandchildren. Mr. Foote was preceded in death by a son, Gary.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Oak Hill Funeral Home, 10301 Big Bend Road.

James Hefner

Died: Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Age: 79
James Linard Hefner, 79, died Jan. 7.

Mr. Hefner, a south county resident, was a retired tool and die machinist. He coached and managed both baseball and soccer, and also refereed in soccer.

Mr. Hefner was a member of the National Bowling Hall of Fame, avid gardener, an Eagle Scout and a huge Cardinals fan who never missed a game. He was a proud member of St. Louis Concert Choir.

He was the beloved husband of 56 years of Kathryn Hefner (nee Reed); loving father of Jim Hefner, Sue (Russ) Johnson and John (Launa) Hefner; and grandfather of four.

Visitation was at Kutis Affton Chapel. Brother Bob Pickett officiated the funeral service.

Donations may be made to: Concert Ministries Inc., 66 Gray Owl Garth, St. Charles, Mo. 63304.

Rose Marie Horn

Died: Monday, January 05, 2015
Age: 86
Rose Marie Horn, 86, of Festus, died Jan. 5 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

She was born March 16, 1928, in Festus, the daughter of the late Eva Rose (nee Jacket) and Cyprian Carrow. Mrs. Horn was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Crystal City.

Survivors include sons, James H. Horn Jr. of Festus and Rick L. Horn of Oakville; daughters, Shirley L. (Mark) Haegele of Oakville, Beverly M. (Mark) Fisher of St. Louis County and Janet L. (Mark) Harrison of Houston, Texas; sister, Emily Thomas; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James H. “Jim” Horn Sr.; brothers, Arthur L. (Geraldine survives of California) Carrow, Earl, Sylvester, Edwin and Woodrow (Alberta survives of Festus) Carrow; and sister Ida Carrow.

Visitation was at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus. Father Clark Maes, pastor, officiated a Mass at Sacred Heart Church.

Interment was in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Robert Frederick Schmidt

Died: Friday, December 19, 2014
Age: 92
Robert Frederick Schmidt died Dec. 19 at his residence in St. Louis.

Mr. Schmidt was born on June 15, 1922 in Rush Tower and was raised there on the family dairy farm. He attended Rankin College, training as a tool and die maker.

He entered the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, where he served from Southern Italy to France as a flight mechanic. After World War II, he attended Shurtleff College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He returned to the machine shop, working at Century Electric and St. Louis Shipbuilding and Steel.

He worshiped at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Rush Tower during his youth and later served in various positions of trust at Crusade Baptist Church in Lemay.

Survivors include his sons, Vernon (Debbie) Schmidt, John (Jennine) Schmidt and Paul (Belle) Schmidt, all of St Louis; and four grandchildren, Christopher (Amy), Paul Jr., Elizabeth and Elijah Schmidt.

Mr. Schmidt was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Kathryn Louise (nee Cook) Schmidt; brothers, Milton (Gertrude) Kiepe of Rush Tower and Harold (Marie) Kiepe of Fayette; sisters, Irene (George) Westmeyer of Burnsville, Minn., and Dorothy (Wayne) Rouggly of Rush Tower; and parents, Adolph and Elizabeth (nee Klienschmidt) Kiepe Schmidt.

A private burial, officiated by Rev. Randy Casey, took place Dec. 23 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

A memorial service will be announced for early 2015.

Steven Berry

Died: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Age: 92
A funeral Mass for Steven Carl Berry, 92, will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 5414 Alaska Ave.

Mr. Berry died Dec. 17. He was born July 26, 1922, in East St. Louis, Ill., the first of five children of Steven J. and Stella N. (nee Tarman) Berry. Mr. Berry resided in St. Louis since early childhood and was a graduate of McKinley High School.

He most recently retired from Operation Safe Street in St. Louis, and also worked for the Falstaff Brewery in St. Louis and the Carling Brewery in Belleville, Ill. In the early 1950s, Mr. Berry was employed by Vickers Electrical and was dispatched to Groton, Conn., to supervise the installation of degaussing equipment for the USS Nautilus, the first U.S. nuclear submarine.

He was an Army veteran, serving in Okinawa during World War II. Mr. Berry also was a decades-long member of the South Side Brothers Lodge and a former Scoutmaster at St. Cecilia Church.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 72 years, Virginia A Berry (nee Schwartz); and children Steven E. (JoAnn), Michael T. (Tabitha), Madonna L. (Rebecca Priest), Gregory J. Berry, Maureen Berry Konto-minas (Michael), Joseph S. Berry and Maria E. Grossius (George). He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel J.

Mr. Berry graciously gifted his remains to the Washington University Medical School. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, a donation for military veterans would be appreciated.

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