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CAPE GIRARDEAU--C. GENE FEE, 78, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at St. Mary’s Health Center.
    He was born March 28, 1930, in Dexter, Mo., son of Oren and Evelyn Capps Fee. He married Carol Jean Staples, who died in June 2002.
    Mr. Fee graduated from high school in Cape Girardeau and attended Southeast Missouri State University. He received a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri Law School.
    He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a member of Missouri National Guard from 1960 to 1991.
    A resident of Jefferson City the past 40 years, Mr. Fee was employed by missouri Public Service Commission from 1970 until retiring as chief hearing examiner in 1991.
    He was a member of Roy Sone VFW Post 1003, Eagles Aerie 2693, Elks, National Rifle Association and Military Order of the Cootie.
    Mr. Fee had attained senior attorney status with Missouri Bar Association. He enjoyed hunting and was a Civil War historian.
    Survivors include two daughters, Melenie and Gabrielle Fee of Jefferson City; a son, Clinton T. Fee of Jefferson City; an uncle with whom he was raised, Ronald Fee and wife Lee of Cape Girardeau; and a cousin, Sandra Capps Shaw and husband Jim of Fairfax Station, Va.
    Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Freeman Mortuary in Jefferson City.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to American Cancer Society or Roy Sone VFW Post 1003.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.

CAPE GIRARDEAU--BYRON O. FEVERSTON, 79, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.  He was born July 5, 1922, at Cape Girardeau, son of Charles E. and Mary George Feverston.  He and Virginia Craft were married June 5, 1942, at Cape Girardeau.  She survives. 
He was a member of VFW Post 3838, Eagles No. 3775 and American Legion Post 158. 
Other survivors include three daughters, Cheryl Denney of Scott City, Mo., Sondra F. Wieland of Columbia, S.C., and Rebecca McClard of Jackson, Mo.; four sisters, Mae Seabaugh and Virginia Robinette, both of Cape Girardeau, Georgia Lewis of Florida and Mary Jo Shelton of Jackson;  six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. 
Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Chapel.  Funeral will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday at the chapel, with the Rev. Wesley Wright officiating.  VFW Post 3838 will perform graveside rites.  Burial will be at Cape Girardeau County Memorial Park Cemetery.  --Contributed by Catherine Allison.

CAPE GIRARDEAU--MRS. THOMAS (DRUCILLE HITT) FINLEY , 3133 Bloomfield Road, died Saturday afternoon at Southeast Missouri Hospital.  She was 51 years old.
The former Miss Drucille Hitt was bom Feb. 231928 at Arbor. She married Mr. Finley on June 25, 1945.  
The family moved here f.rom Chaffee in 1957. Mrs. Finley was employed for 20 years in the fitting department of International Shoe Co.
Survivors include. her husband; son, Delmar Finley, Columbia; brother, Ray Hitt, Advance; sisters, Mrs. Annie Ashcraft, London, England,
Mrs. Mary Schubert, Yuma, Ariz, Mrs. Shirley Bohnert, Oak Ridge, Mrs. Juamta Myers, Chaffee, Mrs. Jane O'Connell, Mrs. Elizabeth
O'Neal, and Mrs. Clara Phillips, all of Cape Glrardeau.  --Contributed by Catherine Allison.

PRINCEVILLE, IL -- LAWRENCE EDWARD FINNEGAN, 60, of Kingman, Ariz., formerly of Princeville, died at 6:08 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 1994, at his home.
Born Feb. 10, 1934, in Chicago to George and Lydia Schultz Finnegan, he married Juanita Austin on May 11, 1984. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Michael Finnegan of Los Angeles; two daughters, Janine Slijepcevic of California and Shelly Liberman of Palmdale, Calif.; three stepsons, Dwayne Pridemore of Princeville, Bill Pridemore of Quincy and Don Pridemore of East Moline; two stepdaughters, Tonya Eastman of Morton and Ann Marie Smith of Princeville; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry and Kenneth Finnegan, both of Chicago: and one sister, Janice Giersch of North Carolina.
He was an engineer with General Motors in Van Nuys, Calif.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cracraft-Miller Chapel in Jackson, Mo., where visitation will be two hours before services. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery near Millersville, Mo.
--Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - November 30, 1994.

CAPE GIRARDEAU--JOHN H. FINNEY, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center.
    He was born Jan. 30, 1915, in Portageville, Mo., son of Dr. and Mrs. Finney of Whitewater. He and Ruth Stovall were married Sept. 9, 1938. She died Feb. 23, 1993.
    Finney was a Diesel engineer 45 years with Missouri Barge Line, retiring in 1972. He had lived in Cape Girardeau since 1975 and attended Trinity Grace Chapel.
    Survivors include two daughters, Pauline Davis of Jackson, Cindy Mooney of Dix, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
    He was preceded in death by a son.
    Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
    The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Troy Truitt and the Rev. Edward Stovall officiating. Entombment will be in Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.

CAPE GIRARDEAU--RUTH FINNEY, 69, 1 Springview Place, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1993, at St. Francis Medical Center.
    She was born March 11, 1923, at Crump, daughter of Joseph and Emina Issac Stovall. She and John Finney were married Sept. 9, 1938.
    The Finneys had lived in Cape Girardeau since 1975. She was a member of Bible Missionary Church, former steward, and taught Sunday School many years.
    Survivors include her husband; a son, Mark Finney of Waltonville, Ill.; two daughters, Pauline Davis of Cape Girardeau, Cindy Phelps of Dix, Ill.; a brother, Robert Stovall of Crump; two sisters, Mary Phelps of Cape Girardeau, Irene Miller of Sikeston; 12 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by 10 brothers and four sisters.
    Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at McCombs Funeral Chapel in Jackson. The Revs. Robert Owens, Spencer Johnson, Farris Nabors, Eddie Stovall and Fred Johnson will officiate. Entombment will be in Memorial Park Mausoleum.
    Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. Thursday.
--Submitted by Catheirne Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.

PALM HARBOR, FL–CHARLES R.FISHER, 91, of Palm Harbor, died Tuesday (July 9, 1991) at Mease Hospital-Countryside, Safety Harbor. He was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and came here in 1962 from Ohio.
He was a chemical engineer and worked in research. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a Presbyterian and a member of Masonic Lodge AF&AM, Cape Girardeau.
Survivors include his wife, Vera; two sons, Charles R. Jr., London, and Alan J., Huntsville, Ala.; a brother, Lorenz A., Sun City Center; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
National Cremation Society, Holiday.
--St. Petersburg Times (FL) - Saturday, July 13, 1991

ST. PETERSBURG, FL--MARIE C. FOLEY, 83, of St. Petersburg died Friday at Westminster Shores. A native of Cape Girardeau, Mo., she moved to the area in 1946 from Rye, N.Y. She was a former officer of the Stuart Society of the Fine Arts Museum, past president of the Charity Ball and a member of the Yacht Club, Bath Club and First Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by a son, Bob Dale of Brooklyn, Mich.; and two granddaughters.
John S. Rhodes Funeral Home, East Chapel, St. Petersburg.
--Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - June 4, 1994

Jackson, MO--FAYE FORSHEE, 90, Jackson, MO, died Wednesday, May 17, 1995, at the home. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at the McCombs Funeral Home, Jackson, MO; burial in Memorial Park, Cape Girardeau, MO. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.   -- Kansas City Star, The (MO) - May 19, 1995.

Cape Girardeau, Mo--JAMES MONROE FOSTER, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Oct 2, 2007, at Missouri Veterans Home.  He was born Nov 20, 1913 in Dixon County, Tenn., son of Hardin and Jessie Greer Foster.  He and Mildred Brenneisen were married Dec 12, 1960 in Cape Girardeau.
James moved to Cape Girardeau May 30, 1952 from Fort Madison, Iowa.  He worked for Dubinsky Theaters Inc, and was transferred to Cape Girardeau and operated the Esquire Theater for 32 years, retiring in 1984.  He worked a total of 52 years in theaters and also worked for Crescent Amusements from Nashville, Tenn. before moving here.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U. S. Navy from Sept 15, 1943 to Dec 15, 1945.
James was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he was a former chairman of the trustees.  He was a member of the Harold O. Grauel Masonic Lodge 672 AF&AM 57 years, Capaha Scottish Rite Club 53 years and a past president; Cape Shrine Club 53 years; volunteer at Missouri Veterans Home 17 years; and was a member of the VFW Post 3838.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Michael Brenneisen of Wentzville, Mo., a sister, Corinne Corlew of Hurns, Tenn., a grandchild; and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, two sisters, and a grandchild.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.  A masonic service will be held at 7 p.m.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Rev. Scott Moon officiating.  Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park with military rites conducted by Missouri Honor Guard and VFW Post 3838.  
--Contributed by Catherine Allison; transcribed by A. Newell.

Mildred Sarah Foster
Source:  Southeast Missourian 1 July 2013; contributed by Catherine Allison; transcribed by S. Gruver

Abstract: Age 92, residence:  Cape Girardeau, MO

Born:  20 Feb. 1921 in Bismarck, MO

Died:  28 June 2013 at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, MO

Parents:  Daniel Miller & Nora Jane Martin Ringer

Marriage:  12 Dec. 1960 to James Monroe Foster in Jackson

Employment:  Sunny Hill Restaurant for 12 years

Volunteer work:  Missouri Veterans Home

Affiliations:  Grace United Methodist Church

Children:  Michael L. Brenneisen & wife Phyllis

Siblings:  Lillian N. Jones

4 grandchildren
- 5 great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by parents, husband, brother, 2 sisters, 1 grandson

Buried:  Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery, Cape Girardeau

ATCHISON, KAN–BONNIE LEE FRANKLIN, 63, Atchison, Kan., formerly of Kansas City, died April 22, 1993, at the home. Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Atchison; cremation. The family suggests contributions to the Atchison Catholic Elementary Schools.
Mrs. Franklin was born in Gordonville, Mo., and lived in this area before she moved to Atchison in the late 1960s. She was a telegrapher for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1988. She was a member of the church.
Survivors include two sons, Derek Franklin, Atchison, and Michael Franklin, Minneapolis; a daughter, Patricia Haendler, Fort Collins, Colo.; three brothers, W. H. Peters, Bryan, Ohio, James Peters, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Walter Peters, Center, Mo.; four sisters, Gladys Spies, Los Gatos, Calif., Geneva McGowan, Bradenton, Fla., Phoebe Warren, Wichita, and Frances Huett, Florissant, Mo.; and six grandchildren.
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - April 25, 1993.

CAPE GIRARDEAU--JOHN F. FRENZEL JR., lifelong resident of Cape Girardeau, died in his home Monday morning. He was 94 years old.  He was born Feb. 11, 1891, in Cape Girardeau, son of John and Julia Frenzel.  He married the former Louise Hoyer in 1922, who preceded him in death. They had no children.
He and the former Virginia Kurka were married in 1970.
Survivors include his wife, and daughters, Mrs. Gary (Wendy) Rust, Mrs. Gary (Joy) Gilbert, and Mrs. Terry (Kim) McDowell. all of Cape
Mr. Frenzel received his education in the schools here, including St.Vincent's Boys Academy, where he developed a talent for drawing. While a boy he came in contact with an artist who painted the drop curtains in theatres here and went to work for him. He learned artistic painting in this way. Later the artist went off on a drunk and Frenzel finished a job underway. He then began such work for himself at this city's Grand Theatre.  Later he worked as a painter for Cape Manufacturing Co., remaining there four years. He then started his business of automobile
painting in 1915, retiring in 1964.
Mr. Frenzel owned, built and managed the first automobile painting and trimming business in Cape Girardeau at 518 Good Hope. His plant occupied a two-story building completely equipped with ovens, burnishers and other appliances for doing the best of work in his line. The Frenzel plant was the only one of its kind between St. Louis and Memphis for many years, and gave to automobile owners here a service
that formerly could only be obtained in the larger cities.
Mr. Frenzel lived during Cape Girardeau's riverboat days and traveled the river as a boy, including trips to the St. Louis World's Fair in 1905,
which led him to build a scale model of the steamboat "Cape Girardeau" when he was 15 years old. This model is housed in the Riverboat Room of the Glenn House today.
He was a charter member of the Cape Girardeau Municipal Band as a trumpet player. He was a member of the band more than 50 years,
traveling with them as a young man to Richmond, Va., for the 50th anniversary of the ending of the Civil War.
No services will be held.  (Contributed by Catherine Allison)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO--ELSIE FUNK, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan 7, 1998 at St. Francis Medical Center.  She was born Aug 27, 1910 at Charleston, daughter of Oscar and Myrtle Mehnard Doughty.  She and Walter Funk were married July 18, 1936 in Cape Girardeau.  He died Oct. 13, 1995.
Funk was a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sisters, Mildred Kerr and Emma Berry of Cape Girardeau.  
She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
There is no visitation.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Memorial Park Mausoleum, with the Rev. S. S. Borum officiating.  
Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison.

CAPE GIRARDEAU--WALTER FUNK, 82, of Cape Girardeau died at his home Friday, Oct. 13, 1995.  He was born Oct. 9, 1913 in Longtown, son of Adolph and Clara Hacker Funk.
    He married Elsie Doughty July 18, 1936, in Cape Girardeau. She survives.
    He was a charter member and past treasurer at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. He served in the Army during World War II and was in the National Guard, where he was a field auditor and served as an officer in Jefferson City 10 years. He was a member of the VFW Post 3838 in Cape Girardeau and was a life member of the Missouri National Guard Association.
    Survivors include a brother, Ernest Funk of Longtown, and a sister, Mrs. Ruben Popp of Perryville.
    He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.
    Friends may call at the Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Chapel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.  Private service will be held, with entombment in Memorial Park Mausoleum.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.

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