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Elizabeth A. (Betty) Lock [Bailey] - Born December 27, 1923, in Bonnots Mill, Mo.   Married Ralph Bailey in 1943.  Lived in Bonnots Mill until 1968 when she moved to Loose Creek.  She and Ralph raised six children:  Ken, Kathryn, Diana, Norman, Ann and Mark.  They had 15 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.  She was owner and Vice President of Heritage Bank in Loose Creek until her retirement in 1997.  She died on November 4, 2011.

Laura Mae (Latimer) Bleigh - Laura Mae Latimer was the second daughter of Mary E. (Mudd) and J.R. Latimer; born May 7, 1925.  Laura was reared on a farm in St. Clement near Bowling Green, MO.  She attended Crow School and graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1942.  Nell Marie, her older sister, married Woodrow Bleigh and taught at Hannibal High School until her accidental death.  Nell was survived by a baby daughter, Sharon.  Laura worked at Alco Valve and American Credit Bureau in St. Louis and for Southwestern Bell in Bowling Green and then, Hannibal, to help Woodrow care for her niece, Sharon.  Laura later married James Paul Bleigh, a farmer and brother to Woodrow, on January 11, 1948 where she lived until her death on January 18, 2013 (87 years young / 65 years married).   Laura is survived by her husband and their four children; Robert T. Bleigh of Palmyra, MO; James M. Bleigh of Sunrise Beach, MO; Diane E. (Bleigh) Flick of Oconomowoc, WI and Janet L. (Bleigh) Dunn of Hannibal, MO and 10 grandchildren.  Laura was a loving wife, a caring mother and always made her home welcome to her children’s friends.  She was a very active and faithful member of First Christian Church of Hannibal, MO; an elder emeritus, a vice chairman of the board and teacher of the adult Sunday school class.  Laura was intelligent, creative, respected and enjoyed many lifelong friendships.

Gertrude Maxine (Hiatt) Broockerd - Gertrude was born September 24, 1930 in Stillwell, Kansas.  She was a long
time resident of Kansas City, MO.  She had four children - Steve, Terry, Jackie & Tim.  Married to A. Gus Broockerd on April 24, 1949.  Loving wife,mother, grandmother and friend who is very much missed.  Deceased on February 5, 2005.

Colleen Myers Dazey - Colleen was born in Toledo, Ohio but after marrying Richard Dazey, a St. Louis native, she spent the majority of her life in St. Louis, Missouri. Colleen had six children: Andy, Mark, Tom, Mary Jo, Diane and Matt and 11 grandchildren: Rachel, RIck, Brooke, Maggie, Molli, Ben, Katie, Taylor, Austin, Josh and Lauren. Colleen was a talented artist who used her gift throughout her life. She had tons of friends as she never spoke an unkind word about anyone and loved her bridge club buddies. She adored her Catholic faith and was devoted to the Blessed Virgin. Even though her last 15 years were full of constant pain due to her illness she told her children " It was all worth it for the special day she had at the shrine when she found out her children had her name placed on the wall. She was surprised after a trip to the lake to relax by going to the shrine on her 78th  birthday. Her children said a rosary with her there and walked around the shrine which she was amazed at the beauty and peacefulness. Then her kids all told her why she was so special to them and then showed her where her name was inscribed on the wall. She broke down crying saying this was the happiest day of her life and how all the pain and suffering was worth every moment to have this special day. It was a day none of us will forget as those "awe" moments only come along a couple times in one's life if your lucky !!!

Loraine Gleiser - Sweet Loraine died after a 5+ year of a Frontal Temporal Dementia.  Not the usual type of "A", but her version actually locked her into her body.  She knew us & was able to respond to all of the love we could share.  We use to say that our mom was just like "Martha Stewart".  Always taking care of all, feeding, decorating, gardening, making life more beautiful etc.  As time passed, I realized that Martha really took after my mom!  She finally went to heaven on June the 9th, three years ago.  Being from Michigan, our plan was to celebrate her life later that month in the city where we grew up. 

My mother in law, Dottie (aka Dorothy Zager Dercher) had some evolving health issues and died June 28th with luekemia.  The most blessed thing for Dottie was her illness was very fast.  She was the most creative and inventive woman I have ever known.  She could operate a "band saw" like a sewing machine.  Making wood toys for our children, duck shaped mailbox for me and too many others to mention.

We had to have a traditional catholic funeral for Dottie in Kansas City, Kansas while we were still grieving for Loraine.   We were finally able to go to St. Clair Shores Michigan and had a memorial mass at our childhood catholic church.

To see their names engraved in the granite (and side by side) it made my heart soar.  Am really quite proud I didn’t cry. 

Phyllis Arlene Hill was born in Texas in 1930.  She and late husband Johnny Hill raised three children: David, Danny, and Terri.  A successful merchant and business manager, Phyllis is now retired at beautiful Lake of the Ozarks, Laurie, Mo.

Deborah Prenger Hoelscher - I was born in 1953 in Jefferson City and still live there.  I married and have 2 children:  Cory Hoelscher and Kelly Hoelscher Haney.  I also have 4 grandchildren. My husband and I love spending time at the lake fishing, tubing with the grandkids, entertaining, and just plain relaxing.  We attend St. Patrick's Church on weekends and love the Mothers' Shrine.  My husband surprised me by having  my name placed on the Mothers' Wall for our anniversary. 

Maxine Penland Holden was born in Perryton, Texas in 1933.  She married Bill Holden in 1951, and is the mother of Vicki, Randy, Davy, Debbie, Dan and Kat.  An award-winning girl scout leader and PTA president, she and Bill are now the retired owners of Holden Park Wildlife Area, Argonia, KS.

Irene Anne Isle - Irene was born in 1923 in Marshall, MO.  During her grade school years her family moved to Moberly, MO where she lived the next 30+ years.  She married Stan Isle, a Moberly Sports Writer and they had five daughters:  Vicki, Connie, Anita, Janice, and Mary Beth.  The family left Moberly in 1962 for Stan to further his career with the Sporting News in St Louis.  As of 2013, Irene is still living in St Louis at the age of 90.  She is described as strong of faith and very much a lady in her manners!

Lourdes S. Joves (1924-2013) - Lourdes S. Joves was born and educated in Manila, Philippines. She married Francisco A. Joves, a military man who retired as a General in the Philippine Army, and who passed away in 1997. They raised 3 boys and 4 girls;  a son passed away at the early age of 23 yrs. old. The oldest son, Francisco Jr., single (now 69) lives in the Philippines with a sister, Agnes Joves Acosta (63 yrs.) and her husband. They have 3 adult children and 2 grandsons. Rose Joves Downey, the eldest daughter (now 68), lives in Olathe, Kansas with her husband;  the second son, Jerry (now 67) lives in California with 3 adult children;  the youngest daughter, Teresa Joves Eduarte (now 62), also lives in California with her husband; and a sister, Maria Joves Harper (now 64), lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband. 

Our parents raised us up as good catholics - all baptized and confirmed in a catholic church in Manila. When we were at grade school,we could recite the rosary which the family prayed every evening after dinner. We also went to mass with our parents every Sunday and all Feast days/Holidays of Obligation.  We went to confession at regular intervals and received communion at masses.

We thank our parents for our catholic upbringing, and are proud to have stayed as catholics to the present time. Our siblings, Jerry and Agnes also brought up their kids as catholics. Hopefully, the grandkids will grow up as good catholics too.

Lourdes S. Joves passed away in Manila on April 26, 2013  at age 89.

Barbara Ann Marsee Latenser - Barbara was born in Kansas City, Kansas to Ray and Agnes Marsee.  She was the oldest child in her family and had 1 brother and 3 sisters.   Barbara married John Latenser, whom she met on a blind date set up by their good friends Tom and Liz.  An amazing testament to Barbara and John’s marriage are the 13 children, 40 grandchildren and 13 (& ever-increasing!) great grandchildren who deeply loved “Grandma Barb”.  Her faith was a priority in her life and she was deeply involved in the parish.  Barbara’s most precious worldly treasure was her family and she was happiest being with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren whether it was at home, attending school plays, watching them compete at sporting events or just taking time to read a book with them.  One of Barbara’s most amazing qualities was her ability to make you feel as if you were the most important person in the room, even in a huge crowd of people.  Barbara, Mom, Grandma Barb, Great Grandma Barb - you are deeply missed and will be loved forever by your family and friends.

Melvina DeGuire Myers - Melvina lived in Toledo, Ohio where she married Herbert Myers and raised five daughters: Virginia, Florence, Irene, Mary and Colleen. She loved being a stay at home mom and raising her girls. The family would spend their summers at Lake Michigan enjoying their cottage and family time. She loved collecting Royal Doultons and had the largest collection in Toledo. She loved visiting Canada to add to her Royal Doulton collection. She loved nature and enjoyed time spent in prayer there. She was devoted to her Catholic faith and family. Melvina and her husband adored the local Sisters of the Poor and built a grotto for them behind the sisters convent. This grotto was of the children at Fatima seeing Mary.

Mary "Pearl" Prenger - Pearl was born in 1917 in Osage County.  She was one of 10 children and moved to Jefferson City at the age of 15 to go to work at Tweedie's Shoe Factory.  She married and had 2 daughters;  Judy Prenger Schulte and Deborah Prenger Hoelscher.  She had 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  She stayed active gardening, cutting her own grass, playing bingo and cards with family and friends well into her 80's. Pearl passed away in 2008. She was 90.
Marie (Peintner) Ratzinger - Mother of Pope Benedict XVI - Maria, the mother of Pope Benedict XVI. was born on 8th January 1884 in Mühlbach near Oberaudorf (Rosenheim Landkreis/Upper Bavaria). She is the eldest of eight siblings. Her mother Maria Peintner comes from the Pustertal in South Tyrol. The father Isidor Rieger comes from Welden in Swabia (Augsburg Landkreis). In Rimsting in Upper Bavaria, Maria and Isidor Rieger ran a bakery. The baker´s daughter Maria Rieger trains as a cook and afterwards works in various private households such as for a Czech impressario in Salzburg and a general in Wiesbaden. She later takes up a position as dessert chef in the Hotel Wittelsbach in Munich.
On 9th November 1920 Maria marries the police station commander Joseph Ratzinger in Pleiskirchen (Altötting Landkreis). There she gives birth in 1921 and 1924 to the children Maria and Georg. In Marktl following the move of the family in May 1925 she gives birth to Joseph, her third child.
She is a direct descendant of the Jewish Rabbi MaHaRal of Prague.

Mary Lois Knoll Schmucker was born in 1927, was number four of nine children. Mary attended Assumption Catholic elementary and high school in O’Fallon, Missouri.  Mary Lois worked as a secretary for a large company in St. Louis for many years.

Mary Lois married Lester Schmucker and raised a son James, and three daughters, Gail, Marilyn, and Kathleen. The children all received twelve years of Catholic education and are practicing their Catholic faith

Mary Lois was a spiritual woman and had endless love for others. She devoted many hours of service to St. Patrick’s Church in Wentzville, Missouri.

NaNa as she was known to her grandchildren, loved to give them her undivided attention and impress to them how important their Catholic faith was.

Our Mother passed away from cancer at the age of 78. Monsigour Patrick O’Laughlin said in his Homily that my mother was a” Woman of Faith” and that describes my Mother Mary.

Nadine Moncrief Singer 1918-2009 - Born Nadine CLosser, married Aubrey Moncrief, a Baptist minister. Three children:  Sharon Slovinski, Aubrey, Jr. and Gregory.  Lost her mother at an early age.  Just months before her death, she asked to learn the Rosary.  Mary became the mother she never knew.
Hazel Johnson Slovinski 1922-1974 - Married Harry T. Slovinski, five children: Carl, Earl, Rosemary, Margaret, and Harry.  Grandmother of 13.  Loving mother and grandmother. 

LaVerne E Stock -  children: Lorene A. McMahan, Loretta A. Wooten; husband: Leonard J Stock; maiden name: Drury  She was the receptionist for many years at Oak Hill - Villa Duchesne School in Frontenac, MO.  She lived in Ballwin, MO. after her retirement.

Mary Margaret (Robinson) Sullivan was born March 24, 1942 to Margaret Maxine Foxall and Leslie Robinson in Macomb, Illinois. She had one sister, Janice Mix who resides in Illinois. She lived in Osceola, Iowa; Shawnee, Kansas; St. Louis (House Springs), Missouri and Columbia, Missouri where she died May 7, 2013. She had four children with Gerald (Jerry) Eugene Sullivan whom she married in 1960: Christopher Lynn Sullivan, Angela Sue Sullivan, Lisa Ann Thornton, and Denise Elaine Barnes. Although she worked as a secretary, retail sales employee and volunteer, she was primarily a housewife, mother and “Granny.”

Svetanics, Judy L. (nee Spreng), fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, died on August 31, 2013, after a short battle with cancer.  Judy was born in Owensville, Missouri to the late Arnold “Jack” Spreng and the late Dorothea Ward Spreng.  Loving and dear sister of Michael (Churie) Spreng and Patsy Stangl. She was the luckiest girl in the world because Neil Svetanics picked her to be his wife for over 51 years.  They were blessed with four wonderful and caring daughters who married four devoted young men.  Favorite daughter Maureen (Mark) Jacquot, favorite daughter Katie (John) Fischer, favorite daughter Amy (Mike) Ruggeri and favorite daughter Lisa (Mark) Mitchell who gave her the greatest gifts of all, her eight grandchildren, the apples of her eye. Favorite grandchild Dominic Ruggeri, favorite grandchild Caroline Fischer, favorite grandchild Josephine Ruggeri, favorite grandchild Jack Jacquot, favorite grandchild Neil Fischer, favorite grandchild Genevieve Jacquot, favorite grandchild Molly Mitchell and favorite grandchild Lilly Mitchell all brought her joy and laughter every single day and she thought the world of them.

Judy was blessed not only in her amazing family life but also in her family of friends.  She lived in Owensville, North St. Louis, Central West End and South St. Louis and had the best neighbors and friends at each stop.  Her friends brought her an enormous amount of pride and love.  It was this last move that also brought Judy and her family to St. Raphael the Archangel Parish.  It was at this parish where all eight of her grandchildren would attend school and where she developed so many special and lasting friendships.

Some of Judy’s fondest memories were of the times spent working alongside her neighbors in Baden, traveling with her family and friends, and working as an Oasis mentor to school children at St. Raphael.  Judy loved politics and was not shy about expressing her opinion. She was appointed a commissioner of the St. Louis Election Board in 1973 by Governor Kit Bond and then again in 1977 by Governor Joe Teasdale.

Judy’s life can best be described as a fairy-tale.  Neil and Judy met in grade school and when she was 15 years old they shared a pizza on their first date at the original Kemoll’s on Grand.  Every year, on their wedding anniversary, they went back to Kemoll’s to celebrate where it all began.  They spent a lifetime together creating a one-of-a-kind family that truly was her greatest accomplishment. 

Mary Jane Renkemeyer Temmen. She was born on 11/17/35 in Brinktown Missouri to Leo & Theresa Renkemeyer, but spent most of her growing up years in Jefferson City Missouri, attending St. Peters Catholic Schools.

She married Lawrence (Whitey) Temmen on April 14, 1956.  She has six children-Nancy Berhorst, Pamela Temmen, Mark Temmen, Keith Temmen, Ross Temmen, and Bruce Temmen.

She currently has 10 grandchildren, Stephen, Christopher, Tracy, Michelle, Andrew, Ashley, Dawson, Clayton, Madalyn, and Masyn.

She currently has 8 great grandchildren, Jarrett, Brendan, Jackson, Drew, Lyla, Jorja, Toby, and Kinley.

She lived nearly all her married life in Taos, Mo and was a very active member of the St. Francis Xavier Parish.  Besides being a homemaker, she was an expert seamstress.  She made draperies and her most famous client was the State Senate where the red velvet curtains she made still hang.  She also made the drape for Governor Mel Carnahan’s casket when he passed away while in office. However, she was most proud of her accomplishments with the 4-H clubs, and church picnics and activities.  No one could organize an event like Mary Jane.

She also enjoyed camping with friends, and having family over for special occasions.  She was a charismatic, fun-loving, truly young person all her life.

Laurine Elizabeth Volkmer (1914 - 2005) - The daughter of John and Elizabeth (Francois) Heng, was born and raised in southeast Nebraska, spending most of her life in the rural areas of Paul and Julian, Nebraska, with her final home being in Nebraska City.  Her given name was Lorene Veronica, however, she changed her name when in school because there was another girl with the same first name. She married Leo Volkmer in 1935, and this union was blessed with seven children: Lynn (Sr Veronica), Keith, Marlene, Mary Ann, Lee, Katherine, and Gary. She had 21 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.  Her favorite color was pink, and so it also became her nickname, "Pink".  She was a talented artist and quilter, completing many paintings and quilts during her lifetime.
Emilia Kaczorowska Wojtyla - Mother of Pope John Paul II . She was a daughter of a Krakow upholsterer. She married Pope's father in 1906. She suffered from inflammation of both heart and kidney. She died on April 13, 1929 when Karol was eight. The pope's adoration of his young mother is well-known. He has said she was "the soul of home." When she died, his father took him to Kalwaria, a Marian shrine close to Wadowice. Karol's lifelong devotion to the Virgin began on that trip after he lost his mother. 

Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri (she was also known later as Sarah Jane Fulks). When she was only eight years old, and after her parents filed for divorce, she lost her father prematurely. After graduating high school she attempted, with the help of her mother, to break into films, but to no avail. In 1932, after attending the University of Missouri, she began a career as a radio singer, which led to her first name change to Jane Durrell. In 1936 she signed a contract with Warner Bros. Pictures and that led to another name change, the more familiar one of Jane Wyman.

Kathleen Susan Zumwalt  -  Daughter of Clem & Ruth Veit of Folk, MO.  Married to Travis Zumwalt, Lohman, MO.  Two children:  Derek and Brandon Zumwalt.  Former teacher at St. Martin's parochial school.  Teaches 6th grade math at Thomas Jefferson School in Jefferson City, MO.