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Cape Girardeau, Mo--PAULINE DIAL GAITHER, 85, of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000 at the Lutheran Home.  She was born on Dec 7, 1914 at Johnston City, Ill., daughter of  Samuel Edward and Beulah May Hunt Dial.  She and Emmit Gaither were married on Aug 30, 1932 at Benton, Ill.
She moved to Cape Girardeau from Benton, Ill. in 1944.  She worked at International Shoe.  She later worked as a cook on the river for Mississippi Valley Barge Co. and Mechling Barge Lines.
She was a member of Lynwood Baptist Church and a past member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Catherine L. Allison and Paul L. Allison of Cape Girardeau; a brother, the Rev. Robert Dial of Benton, Ill; four sisters, Helen Dittlinger of Cape Girardeau, Imogene Welch and Vergia Willmore of Benton, Ill. and Wanda Zoellner of Tucson, AZ; two grandsons, Terrence S. Allison and Gregory S. Allison of Cape Girardeau; and a granddaughter, Charla S. Bueckers of Melrose, Minn.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home.  Service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  The Rev. Cy Smith will officiate.  Burial will be in Lorimier Cemetery.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by A. Newell.

KANSAS CITY, MO–OPAL A. GARRETT, 79, Kansas City, passed away April 11, 1999, at Grandview Manor Care. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, at the First Church of the Nazarene; burial in Jackson, MO.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at McGilley State Line Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene World Mission.
Mrs. Garrett was born December 8, 1919, in Cape Girardeau, MO. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. She had worked for the Nazarene Publishing House for over 30 years, retiring in 1982.
Survivors include her husband, Earnest Garrett, of the home; brother, Dayton Andrews, Cordova, TN; sister, Wilma Davenport of Tennessee; three stepchildren, eight step-grandchildren, and eight step-great-grandchildren. (Arr: McGilley State Line Chapel)
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - Tuesday, April 13, 1999

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO--CAROLYN LUTON CRAIN GEITTMANN, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday; April 21, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Sept. 25, 1933, in Olmsted, IL., to Charlie Meadows and Anna Ervin Luton. She married
James W Crain in 1953, and later married E. Charles Geittmann in 1981. He preceded her in death in 1995.
Carolyn was a graduate of Mound City Community High School and stayed active in alumni and reunions. She also attended University
of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She was an accomplished avid (scratch) golfer and card player. Carolyn was a licensed pilot. She was an accomplished musician and loved to sing in her younger years. She was a member of DAR. She was a genealogist, working more than 40 years specializing in Civil War and her personal family research.  Carolyn participated in Civil War Roundtable. 
She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved traveling. She loved living at Chateau Girardeau and loved the wonderful staff and residents in the year she lived there.
She is survived by two sons, Steve (Rita) Crain and Jeff (Teri) Crain of Cape Girardeau; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Chris) Bradshaw of
Cape Girardeau, Lisa (Alex) Parsons of St. Charles, Mo., Olivia and Jack Crain of Cape Girardeau; two stepchildren, Rick Geittmann and Jodi Geittmann of Seattle; three great-grandchildren, Will and Sam Bradshaw of Cape Girardeau, Anna Parsons of St. Charles; a special cousin, Edward Lee (Pauline) Luton; two nephews, Todd and Scott Luton; and many friends and relatives. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Gordon Luton. 
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral
home, with the Rev. Grant Gillard officiating. Interment will be in Cache Chapel Cemetery near Ullin, Ill.
(Contributed by Catherine Allison.)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL–MARY S. GETTLE, 86, of St. Pete Beach, died Thursday (Jan. 18, 1996) at Hospice House Woodside. Born in Jackson, Mo., she came here in 1984 from St. Louis County, Mo. She was an office manager at Newhard & Cook, a stock brokerage firm. She was a member of her condo association and a supporter of the St. Pete Beach Library. She was a Protestant.
Survivors include a nephew, E. Lee Morrison, St. Petersburg; a niece, Janice Isringhaus, Akron, Ohio; and two grandnephews and two grandnieces.
Woodlawn Funeral Home, St. Petersburg.
--St. Petersburg Times (FL) - January 21, 1996.

ST. LOUIS, MO--BERNICE B. GILARDI, 89, of St. Charles County, died Dec. 5, 1994, of infirmities at Barnes St. Peters Hospital. Mrs. Gilardi, a native of Jackson, Mo., owned Bernice Knit Finishing for 25 years. The business was located first in Clayton and later in University City and at her home in Overland before moving to St. Charles in 1979.
The memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Baue Funeral Home, 620 Jefferson Street in St. Charles. Burial was in St. Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Among the survivors are her daughter, Teresa J. Moore of St. Charles; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - December 23, 1994.

HICKORY RIDGE, AR - CHARLOTTE JEAN GILLIHAN, 43, homemaker, died of heart disease Saturday (March 11, 1995) at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Amagon Baptist Church, where she was a member, with burial in Fairview Cemetery in Delta, Mo. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home has charge. Mrs. Gillihan, the wife of Robert Gillihan, also leaves her father, Oliver Amos Snider of Delta; two sisters, Verna Blue of Delta and Carman Brown of Charleston, Mo., and two brothers, James E. Snider of Chaffee, Mo., and Oliver A. Snider of Jackson, Mo.  -- Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - March 13, 1995.

CAPE GIRARDEAU--JEAN L. GIROIR, 89 years old, 806 William, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 1985, at St.Francis Medical Center.  He was born July 20, 1896, at Painkervill, La., and married Lillie M. Nicholas at Jackson.  She survives. 
Mr. Giroir was a Linotype operator for many years, having worked for the Southeast Missourian, from which he retired.  He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral Parish, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3838 and the American Legion. 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Thomas L. (Helen) Meyer, Cape Girardeau; brothers, Clarence Giroir, New Orleans, La., and Charles Giroir, Pine Bluff, Ark.; sisters, Miss Irma Giroir, Jefferson, La., Mrs. Rena Jacobs, Jefferson, and Mrs. Lillian Morrarity, New Orleans; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 
Friends may call at Walthers Funeral Home after 4 p.m. Monday.  Parish prayers will be recited at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Monday by members of St. Mary's Cathedral Parish.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Cathedral by Monsignor Joseph E. Gosche.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery with graveside rites being conducted by VFW Post 3838.

CAPE GIRARDEAU--LILLY MAY GIROIR, 90, 1620 Ridgeway, died Monday, Jan. 27, 1992, at St. Francis Medical Center.  She was born March 20, 1901, at Boekerton, daughter of John William and Mollie Hurse Nicholas.  She and Jean L. Giroir were married in July 1920.  He died Aug, 31, 1985. 
Giroir had been a beautician and also worked at International Shoe Co. 
Survivors include a daughter, Helen Meyer, a sister, Cora Musgrave both of Cape Girardeau; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a son and brother. 
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Cathedral.  The Rev. Mike Zoellner will officiate, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Friends may call at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel after 4:30 p.m. today.

KANSAS CITY, MO--JOHN W. GOLDEN, 71, formerly of Plattsburg, MO, died Saturday, July 18, 1998, in Jackson, MO.
American Legion services will be 7 p.m. Monday, July 20, followed by a parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home, Jackson. A rosary will be said at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, followed by funeral services 10 a.m. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jackson.
John was preceded in death by his father & mother, Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Golden, and a brother, Robert L. Golden.
He leaves his wife, Jean, of the home; and two daughters, Ann Robinson, San Antonio, TX, and Tina Smith, Montgomery City, MO. Survivors also include a grandson, Jordan Robinson; two brothers, Vincent Golden and Gerald Golden; three sisters, Lorraine Willens, Jo Anne Lizar, Rita Vinlove; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - July 20, 1998.

CAPE GIRARDEAU--MURRAY LEE GRACE, 2230 Sherwood, died Monday afternoon at Southeast Missouri Hospital, where he
had been a patient about one week. He was 51 years old.  Mr. Grace was born Nov. 9, 1927, in Cape Girardeau. He married the former Miss Joy Swan on Feb. 14, 1953, here.
His family moved to Cape Girardeau 40 years ago from Poplar Bluff.  He had been employed for the past 12 years as district service manager for Mid-America Volkswagen out of St. Louis.  Prior to that, he had worked at Jack Adams Volkswagen here for five years, and spent five years with Ruessler Chevrolet. He was a member of the National Guard for 17 years.
Mr. Grace was a member of Maple Avenue United Methodist Church, the Men's Club, past member of the church board, past president
and member of the Aiders Sunday School Class.  He was a member af St. Mark Masonic lodge, AF and AM, a member af the Veterans of
Foreign Wars, a veteran of World War II and past Scout Master of Troop 5.
Survivors include his wife; son, Murray Michael Grace, St. Louis; daughters, Mrs. Steve (Vicki) Ramey, Cape Girardeau, and Miss
Elizabeth Ann Grace, of the home; his mother, Mrs. Mary L. Grace, Cape Girardeau; sister, Mrs. C. H. (Mary Ellen) Miesner, Cape 
Girardeau, and one granddaughter, Stephanie Ramey, Cape Girardeau. He was preceded in death by his father, Murray A. Grace in  July 1942, and a grandchild. 
Service will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 at Ford and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. William Sherman, pastor of Maple Avenue United Methodist Church.  A Masonic service will be held at 7 tonight at the funeral home. The VFW will conduct graveside services.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. today.
Pallbearers will be Jake Koen, Bill Askew, Jim Bollinger, Loyd, Ike and Mike Carlton. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Mid-American Volkswagen.  (Contributed by Catherine Allison)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO--CHARLES GRANTHAM, JR.--Funeral for Charles Scott Grantham, Jr., 1803 Huntington, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel.  Dr. Larry Gallamore will officiate, with burial in Memorial Park.
Grantham, 62, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998 at DePaul Health Center in St. Louis.  He was born Feb 27, 1935 in Clarksdale, Miss., son of Charles and Katie Cooley Grantham.  He married Myrnita Buckner, Jan 20, 1957 in Marks, Miss.
Grantham taught anthropology for 25 years at Southeast Missouri State University.  He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Harold O. Grauel Masonic Lodge 672, Wilson Chapter 75, Past Illustrious Master of Cape Council 20, Cape Girardeau Commandry 55, Scottish Rites, Cape Shrine Club, Cape Rock Chapter 60 Order of Eastern Star, Allied Masonic Degree, and the Knights York Court of Honor.
He was a hospital corpsman in the U. S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Cheryl Grantham of Germantown, Md.; and Myrnita Smith of Cape Girardeau; three brothers, Jock and James Grantham of Caruthersville, Walter Grantham of Chattanooga, Tenn; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison.

, 57, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008 at Heartland Care and Rehab in Cape Girardeau.  She was born Feb. 21, 1950 at Delta, daughter of the late Eula and Freda Friedrich Mansker.  She and Norvel J. "Joe" Green were married Dec. 8, 1970 in Cape Girardeau.  He died in 2005.  Mrs. Green worked as a housekeeper at Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau.  Survivors include a son, Steven (Autum) Green of Tamms, IL; two daughters, Crystal (Brian) Vogel, Vaniasn Green (Mike Wren) of Cape Girardeau; her mother, Freda Mansker of Oran, MO; a stepson, Randy Green of Cape Girardeau; six grandchildren, Jamie Andrew, Angel Vogel, Jordan, Michael, Breanna Wren, Allisyn, Ashlee Green; step-grandchildren, Lori, Lindsey Pender; five brother, Ronnie (Mary) Mansker, Jerry (Martha) Mansker, Eula Mansker, Glenn (Debbie) Mansker, Michael (Connie) Mansker; and two sisters, Mary (Hursel) Williams, Sharon (Gordan) Hodge.  She was preceded in death by her father.  Family and friends are asked to meet at Russell Heights Cemetery prior to the service.  Graveside memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday (Feb. 1, 2008) at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson, with the Rev. Jim Sanderson officiating.  Interment will follow.  Jones Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.

CAPE GIRARDEAU--PAUL ALBERT GRIFFITH, 66, of 733 S. West End Blvd. died Friday, Feb. 17, 1995, at his home.
    He was born July 10, 1928, at Steeleville, Ill., the son of Louis A. and Flora Lohman Griffith. He and Betty Hoffman were married Oct. 23, 1947, at Cape Girardeau.
    He owned and operated Griffith Orthotics in Cape Girardeau for 30 years, retiring in 1994. He was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Knights of Columbus for over 45 years, Travelers Protection Association for over 30 years, and the Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau for over 20 years. He was a past member of the Kiwanis Club of Cape Girardeau and the Elks Lodge.
    Survivors include his father; his wife; his stepmother, Mary Griffith; three sons, Michael, Robert and Steven Griffith all of Cape Girardeau; two daughters, Mary Joseph and Becky Griffith of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Roy Griffith of Cape Girardeau; a sister Ann Desmarais of Manchester, N.H.; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
    Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau, where a Knights of Columbus rosary will be held at 7:30. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
    Monsignor Richard Rolwing will officiate, and burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.

CAPE GIRARDEAU--MAJOR ORVILLE L. GRIM, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, 78, of Cape Girardeau, died Oct. 3, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.  The cause of death was injuries sustained in a fall.  He was born Feb. 27, 1925, in Leora, Mo., son of James and Mary Ona Grim.  He was married to Wanda Hopper on January 10, 1944,in Cape Girardeau. 
He was a member and Sunday School teacher at Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church, a life member of VFW Post 3838 and a member of American Legion Post 63.  He served in the U.S. Army 20 years, retiring in August 1963, at the rank of Major.  He served in both WWII and the Korean War.  He worked at the Cape post office from May 1965 to May 1985.  He was the owner/operator with one of his sons of O.J.'s Automotive located on Broadway in Cape Girardeau.  An avid sportsman and fanatic trout fisherman, he taught the next generation the value of nature, life and family ties.  He was the first to show the sweet fishing hole to newcomers, and he was the recognized master of all he touched.  A  mechanical wizard when it came to VWs, he was known for his infectious enthusiasm over a perfectly operating engine.  He gave a love of the Bug, Bus, Thing and Rabbit to multiple generations that will continue for years to come. He even gave in once and allowed a Mustang to come alive in his garage. The "toolbox tools" helped fix things mechanical while gently guiding lives and future visions of those around him.  The way he lived his life showed others that GRUMPY wasn't. Underneath, he was willing to open his heart and home to any in need.  He loved to travel and showed the world to all his "kids" through countless camping, canoe and road trips.  He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda R. Grim, of Cape Girardeau; two sons, James F. Grim Sr. and wife Martha from Parker, Texas, and Jay Grim and wife Christine from rural Jackson; a daughter, Janice Copeland of Cape Girardeau; one foster daughter, Linda and her husband, David Stapleton from Fenton, Mo.; one sister, Audrey McIntire and husband Curtis of Cape Girardeau; one stepsister, Glenda Farris of Cape Girardeau; seven grandchildren, Jason Copeland, James and Bobby Grim, Dustin and Miranda Grim, Roxann and Derek Stapleton; and two great-grandchildren, Alix and Marissa Copeland. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.  A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 at Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Janet Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in Hobbs Chapel Cemetery with military honors by a Fort Leonard Wood military detachment.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. till noon at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel and from 12:30 p.m. to service time at the church.  --Contributed by Catherine Allison.

LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO–HILBERT FRANCIS GROSECLOSE, 86, of Lake Saint Louis, died of natural causes Sunday (June 27, 1999) at his residence.
Mr. Groseclose was owner and operator of Mobile Parks in St. Louis County, a member of Lakeville 489 AF&AM in Bell City, Mo., for 65 years, St. Louis Scottish Rite for 53 years and Normandy United Methodist Church.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau, Mo. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Auburn Chapel, Ford and Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
Among survivors are a son, Richard Groseclose of Lake Saint Louis; three daughters, Cheryl Younger of New York City, Pamela Pruitt of Rochester, N.Y., and Candace Groseclose of Janesville, Wis.; a brother, Otis Dean Groseclose of Las Vegas; a sister, Imogene Pfiester of Princeton, Ind.; and eight grandchildren.
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - June 29, 1999.  

CAPE GIRARDEAU--PAUL H. GUARD, 57 years old, an employee of Uniroyal Corp., and a stone mason and building contractor of Joliet, Ill., died Saturday in a Joliet hospital.  He moved to Joliet four years ago from Cape Girardeau. 
Mr. Guard was born Feb. 6, 1913, in Poplar Bluff.  He married the former Miss Lena Myrant June 13, 1931 in Corning, Ark., and she survives. 
Other survivors are two sons, Bob Guard, Perryville, and Paul H. Guard Jr., Cape Girardeau; a daughter. Mrs. Gordon Dawes, Lockport, Ill.; two brothers, Louis Guard, De Soto, and Lester Guard, Philadeliphia, Pa.; a sister, Mrs. Ida Blue, Poplar Bluff, and eight grandchildren.  The body is at Ford and Sons Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.  The Rev. Roy Nix, pastor of First Nazarene Church in Joliet will officiate, with the Rev. Melvin K. Shrout, pastor of Church of the Nazarene here, assisting.  Burial will be at City Cemetery in Poplar Bluff.

WAPPAPELLO, MO--PAUL H. GUARD, JR., 77, of Wappapello, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center.  He was born Aug. 16, 1932 in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Paul Howard and Lena Myrant Guard.  He and Billie Chappell were married June 12, 1952 in Cape Girardeau.
Paul was a graduate of College High.  He received a bachelor of science degree in math and physics from Southeast Missouri State University in 1962, where he also completed work toward a master's degree.
He was a teacher at Kelly High School from 1962 to 1965, Scott City High School 1965 to 1996, and Eagle Ridge Christian School 1996 to 2004.  While at Scott City High School he was head of the math department many years and started the computer program.
For Paul, teaching was a passion, not just a career.  More than 25 former students went on to receive engineering degrees.  Both Scott City High School and Eagle Ridge Christian School annually award college scholarships in his name.
In addition to teaching, he worked as a stonemason, having worked in this field since age 15.
Paul love to fish and go camping.
He served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict as an engineer gunner on B-26 airplanes.
He was a lifetime member of First Church of the Nazarene in Cape Girardeau, and a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Guard of Wappapello; two sons, Paul H. (Shari) Guard III, Perry Crawford (Carol) Guard of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Julie H. (Jeff) Briney of Lake Saint Louis, Mo.; a sister, Carolyn Spencer of Perryville, Mo.; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three great-stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Guard.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home.  The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Revs. Mark Carbaugh and Jason Hill officiating.  A committal service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, with full military rites by Missouri Honors Team.
Memorial contributions may be given to American Lung Association.
--Contributed by Catherine Allison.


Flint, MI--EMILDA “Shortie”GUTHRIE, age 67, of Flint, went to be with the lord on Friday, June 11, 1999. A Funeral service will be held on Monday, June 14, 1999 at 3 p.m. at Eastgate Baptist Church, 4226 E. Atherton Rd., Pastor Levi Parish will be officiating. Burial will follow at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Brown Funeral Home, 1616 Davison Rd., from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. Emilda was born on May 10, 1932 in Dutchtown, MO, the daughter of Cornelius and Mitchel Heatley. She was a very active member of Eastgate Baptist Church, volunteered at hospitals, nursing homes, schools, The Rescue Mission, and helped the needy, and loved all children. Emilda was a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother. Her children survive her, Shelly Draper of Burton, Ralph Guthrie of Flint, Sharron and husband Geno Ballard of Davison; 5 grandchildren, Logan Addington, Ryan Addington, Seth Farner, Daniel Guthrie, and Jessie Ballard; several brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and many friends, and her loving family at Eastgate Baptist Church. Emilda was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Calvin on May 23, 1999. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. --Flint Journal, The (MI) - June 13, 1999

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