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Shizue Hutton

Died: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Shizue Hutton (nee Nishi) died Saturday, March 22.

Mrs. Hutton was a free-spirited, kind woman who had a lifelong affair with crème brulée, dark chocolate, the music of Frank Sinatra — not necessarily in that order — and regularly destroyed all comers in Scrabble. She was passionate about love, life, music, singing, dancing and performed with the Niji Choral, Nami Dancing and Gaku Instrumental groups.

Mrs. Hutton is survived by her children, Eric (Amy), Sean (Lisa), Dale (Diane Vonhof) and Dean (Kathy) Hutton; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi F. Hutton Jr.

Services and visitation were at Hoffmeister South County Chapel. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the ALS Association.

Laverne K. Deters

Died: Sunday, March 09, 2014
Age: 82
Laverne K. Deters (nee Kennedy), 82, of Oakville, died March 9.

Mrs. Deters is survived by her husband, Elmer Deters; daughter, Debbie Garrison; and sons Steve, Gary and Dan Deters.

Visitation was at Kutis South County Chapel. Services were at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Charles Herman Burmeister

Died: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Age: 93
Charles Herman Bur-meister, 93, died Feb. 26 at Laclede Groves Convalescent Home.

He was the son of Charles Martin and Dorothea Twillmann Burmeister of North St. Louis. Mr. Burmeister was the youngest brother of Alvin and Dorothy Burmeister. As a boy, he worked at his father’s Texaco station and garage, where he nurtured his lifelong appreciation for fine automobiles. Growing up at Markus Lutheran Church and attending Central High School, Mr. Burmeister was actively involved in the Walther League as a teen, where he developed his God-given talent as a singer and met Olivia Kuehnert.

Six weeks after their wedding, the attack on Pearl Harbor thrust Mr. Burmeister into his three-year stateside tour of duty in the Navy, where he illustrated training manuals as a commercial artist.

After the war, he was employed by the John S. Swift Co. printing company in St. Louis and Chicago as a salesman. He returned to St. Louis to direct U.S. operations for the Lutheran Laymen’s League.

A career shift into finance led him to work for investment firm Yates, Heitner & Woods, providing church financing.

Mr. Burmeister then became president of his own company, Communication Consultants, where he provided mortgage and finance counseling to nonprofit institutions.

He later worked as director of planned giving and development for the Lutheran Association for Higher Education, followed by director of development and communications for Missouri Goodwill Industries.

He believed in giving back to the community. Before 2000, Mr. Burmeister served on 27 boards and 21 committees. A Sunset Hills resident since 1959, he served on the Board of Adjustment from 1985 to 2003, including seven years as chairman.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Harvey Hanneman, Jan Burmeister and Jill and Dave Johnson; and son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Barb Burmeister. Mr. Burmeister was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Olivia, and son, Don Burmeister.

A joint memorial service for Mr. and Mrs. Burmeister will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, 8749 Watson Road.

Atsuko T. Aguilar

Died: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Age: 76
Atsuko T. Aguilar (nee Tateya), 76, died Feb. 26.

Mrs. Aguilar was born March 3, 1937, in Yokohama, Japan. She was a resident of south county.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Coffman, Marian “Andi” and Ed Benfield and Carolyn and Mike Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudy Aguilar.

Visitation was at Kutis South County Chapel, where funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 5.

Internment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Sharon M. Thompson

Died: Thursday, February 13, 2014
A memorial service for Sharon M. Thompson (nee Sha-fer) will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Crown Center for Senior Living, 8350 Delcrest Drive, St. Louis.

Mrs. Thompson, who lived in Oakville for more than 35 years, died Feb. 13. She was a 1960 graduate of Normandy High School and a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Mrs. Thompson taught elementary school for a number of years and then was a librarian at the Tesson Ferry Branch County Library.

After her retirement, she worked with young children through Springboard. Mrs. Thompson also was an outstanding storyteller who belonged to three storytelling groups, Gateway, Motel and Riverwinds.

In addition, she was a member of the Puppet Guild of Greater St. Louis Inc. and performed magic tricks for children. Mrs. Thompson was an avid bowler and belonged to a group that made greeting cards.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by her brother, John Shafer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Zane Thompson.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Those who wish also can perform an act of kindness in Mrs. Thompson’s memory. For more information, call (314) 667-4650.

Raymond J. Siebert

Died: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Age: 85
Raymond J. Siebert, 85, died Jan. 11 at de Greeff Hospice House.

Mr. Siebert was born in St. Louis and resided in Concord. He operated Siebert Pet Shop in south county for more than 25 years with his parents.

In later years, Mr. Siebert individually operated Aquariums by Siebert in the same location, selling tropical fish and hobby supplies.

His longtime interests were boating, writing, gardening and Southwestern U.S. art, especially American Indian arts and crafts.

Growing flowers was his passion. He was a longtime member/friend of the Missouri Botanical Garden — his favorite place — and a past member of the Missouri Horse Shows Association in his early adult years.

Mr. Siebert loved St. Louis history and was a life member of the Sappington-Concord Historical Society. He enjoyed genealogy and researching family history from his German heritage. He was a member of St. Matthew United Church of Christ in South St. Louis City, where his parents were wed.

Mr. Siebert is survived by his life partner, Fred Jones; longtime special friend, Todd Becker; several cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph A. and Rose E. Monken Siebert.

Committal interment was Jan. 14 in Sunset Memorial Park. A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the chapel of Kutis Funeral Home, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road. Visitation will be at 2 p.m.

Dolores B. Samuels

Died: Monday, December 23, 2013
Age: 84
Dolores B. Samuels (nee Moriarty), 84, died Dec. 23 at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Born in St. Louis, Mrs. Samuels resided in Arnold. She was a nurse.

Survivors include her children, Kathy Althoff, Cindy (Rick) Fernandez, Nancy Suellentrop, Debbie, Timmy, Steven and Pam; siblings, Shirley Coonrod, Tim and Mary Kathleen; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Samuels was preceded in death by her husband, Edward M. Samuels; brother, Tom Moriarty; and one grandchild.

Visitation and services were at Kutis South County Chapel. A memorial Mass was at Immaculate Conception Church.

Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Patrick Center.

Ila Marie Knost

Died: Saturday, November 09, 2013
Ila Marie Knost (nee Blazer) died Nov. 9.

Mrs. Knost was a longtime member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, David Knost Sr.; daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Mark Perou; sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Nancy Knost and Eric and Julie Knost; and six grandchildren.

Mrs. Knost was preceded in death by a son, David Knost Jr.

Funeral services will be at noon Wednes-day, Nov. 13, at the Kutis Affton Chapel, 10151 Gravois Road. Internment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association are appreciated.

Lawrence W. Kuban

Died: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Lawrence W. “Larry” Kuban, 68, died Nov. 6.

Mr. Kuban served as the first mayor of the city of Green Park. Though Bill Gerdemann was appointed mayor of the new city in 1995, he resigned from the post before the official incorporation ceremony, and the County Council appointed Mr. Kuban to replace him. Mr. Kuban was elected to the mayoral post in 1996.

He was a talented photographer, an experienced pilot, a 50-year member of the Civil Air Patrol as a lieutenant colonel and an Eagle Scout with lifelong involvement.

Survivors include his wife, Mary (nee Schuermann); daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Todd Mitchell; sons and daughter-in-law, Chris Kuban and Bryan and Angie Kuban; siblings, Bob Kuban and Donna Kuban; and three grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church, 11019 Mueller Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the St. Louis University Center for Anatomical Science and Education in dedication to Larry Kuban to further advance medical education — SLU CASE, 1402 S. Grand, Room M306, St. Louis, Mo. 63104.

Robert John Markiewicz Sr.

Died: Sunday, November 03, 2013
Age: 84
Robert John Markiewicz Sr. died Nov. 3.

Mr. Markiewicz was born in 1929 in St. Louis.

He was a retired project engineer of 47 years for Alvey Systems Inc. Mr. Markiewicz was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a life member of American Legion Post 777 for the past 61 years, a member of the Air Force 157th Group Headquarters and 131st Air Control and Warning Squadron Reunion Group.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Dorothy Anne Markiewicz (nee Mueller); daughter and son-in-law, Aimee I. and Timothy Rowbottom; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert J. Jr. and Katherine Markiewicz, David A. and Mechelle Markiewicz and Anthony L. and Melissa Markiewicz; and nine grandchildren.

Services were at St. Matthias the Apostle Catholic Church. Visitation was at John L. Ziegenhein and Sons, south county. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
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