"W" OBITUARIES

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Lakewood, CO--ADELL WAGERS, 73, of Lakewood died Nov. 5, 1997. Services were Nov. 7. Mrs. Wagers was born in Gordonville, Mo.,
on July 24, 1924. She married Forrest B. Wagers, 1946. She was a homemaker. Survivors include daughters Sharon Gaebl of Denver, Carol Santangelo of Lakewood; son Lance of Texas; sister Lavana Lampe of California; three grandchildren. 
--Rocky Mountain News (CO) - November 9, 1997 



JACKSON, MO - VERA SEABAUGH WAGNER, 88, died Jan. 6, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Born Nov. 20, 1913, daughter of the late Loy and Ester Morton Seabaugh, she was a graduate of Jackson High School and served in the U.S. Waves Medical Corps during World War II, stationed for two years in New Orleans. She graduated in 1940 with a bachelor of science degree in education from Southeast Missouri State University and had taught English and art in Jackson and Jefferson City.
In 1948, she graduated with a masters degree in art from Columbia University in New York.
After returning to Jackson, she taught art at Southeast for six years, retiring in 1978 as professor emeritus of fine arts.
She also served on the Jackson Park Board for 20 years, designed and painted the animals in the park and was involved in the development of the Veterans of All Wars Memorial and in establishing Litz Park. A member of the Jackson Heritage Association and volunteer with the Salvation Army, she served on the Southeast Missouri State University Wesley Foundation Board, six years on the board of directors of Gambrill Gardens Methodist Retirement Home in St. Louis and had been an active member of Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 Auxiliary.
Also a member of the New McKendree United Methodist Church, where she served on the church administrative board, taught Sunday school and served as Sunday school superintendent, she was past president of the United Methodist Women and the Dorcas Circle.
On June 21, 1948, she married the Rev. Joseph Wagner who preceded her in death on March 6, 1972. She and her husband served churches in Salisbury, Fulton, Hannibal and Sikeston.
Survivors include: three daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca and David Burns of Memphis, Tenn., Patricia and Marty Corcoran of St. Louis and Mary Esther and John Farris of Springfield; and seven grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Verla Piepenbrok.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the New McKendree United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Rice officiating.
Burial will follow in the Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.
--Sikeston Standard Democrat, Monday, January 7, 2002.


Mrs. Ozias Walker Succumbs at Delta -- MRS. AUGUSTA WALKER, 75 years old, wife of Ozias Walker of Delta, died of indigestion at 
4 a. m. today at the family home. She had been seriously ill

since Sunday night.
The body was removed to the Seabaugh Funeral Home and will be taken to the Baptist Church at Delta at 10 o'clock Friday morning.
Funeral services will be
conducted there at 1 o'clock in the afternoon by Rev. James Bain of Advance and burial will be in a cemetery at Brownwood.
Mrs. Walker was born and reared in the Crossroads community, but spent much of her life in the vicinity of Brownwood.
The family had resided at Delta in
recent years.
She is survived by her husband, two sons, James and John Walker; two daughters, Mrs. Hershall Holland and Mrs. Fred Sawyers of Oxford, O.;
three brothers, Ed and Wm. Bornemann of
Delta and Albert Bornemann of Swinton, and 22 grandchildren.
Source: Southeast Missourian, Oct. 23, 1941, submitted.


Cape Girardeau, MO--EDWARD C. WALKER, 99, of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, Dec 15, 1993, at the Lutheran Home.  He was born Oct. 4, 1894, in Zalma, son of William Amos and Nettie Vance Walker.  He and Grace Elizabeth Wagner were married Nov 4, 1916 at Zalma.  She died Nov. 2, 1976.
Walker was employed 36 years at Marquette Cement Co.  He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, its Men's Club and United Lime and Gypsum Workers Union.
Survivors include three sons, Paul E. Walker of Cape Girardeau, William Walker of Paso Robles, Calif., Charles Walker of Livermore, Calif.; four daughters, Frieda Whiteside of Clearwater, Fla., Elizabeth Hurson of Emmaus, Pa., Bonnie Ringwald of Ballwin, Virginia Forsyth of Paso Robles; a brother, Louis Walker of Vernon, Ala; a sister, Clara Statler of Greenbrier; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, three brothers, two sisters and a grandchild.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel.  The Rev. Steven MacDougall will officiate, with burial in Memorial Park.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 3-8 p.m. today.  --Submitted by Catherine Allison.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--MARY MARGARET WALKER, 71, of 2042 Woodlawn Ave., died Saturday, Feb. 11, 1995, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.
    She was born May 4, 1923, at Cape Girardeau, daughter of Jess and Zora Hodge Morton. She and Paul E. Walker were married Jan. 15 1953, in St. Louis.
    She worked for Superior Electric Co. of Cape Girardeau as a cord winder.
    She helped organize the first “March for Jesus” in Cape Girardeau and was a member of the New Plymouth Community Church.
    She is survived by her husband; a son, Paul R. Walker of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Shari Diane Masterson of Austin, Texas; a brother, Jack Morton of Cape Girardeau; two sisters, Evelyn Jackson of Cairo, Ill., and Geneva King of Jackson; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.
    Friends may call today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. Funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Fred Poston officiating. Burial will be in Lorimier Cemetery.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.


OZIAS WALKER, 82, Delta Farmer, Dies
Ozias Walker, 82 years old, a farmer of the Delta community died at 11 a. m. today at his farm home.
The body was brought to the Seabough Funeral Home and funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the cemetery
at Brownwood. Rev.
James Bain will have charge of the rites.
Mr. Walker was born Jan. 11, 1861, at Marion, Ind., and came to Cape County when but 8 years old. He spent all of his life on a farm near Delta.
His wife,
Mrs. Augusta Walker, died Oct. 23, 1942. (Note: See her obit; date 1941)
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Sawyer and Mrs. Emma Hollands, both of Dayton, O., and two sons, James and John Walker of Delta.
Source:  Southeast Missourian, January 29, 1943, submitted.








Christine Walters
Mrs. Christine Armstrong Walters, age 76, passed away November 16, 2016 in Memphis.  She was born July 6, 1940 in Cape Girardeau, Mo to the late Ezra Earl Armstrong and Essie Mae Dolby Gove  She was a retired air freight agent.  Survivors include her husband, Mr. Lynn Newton Walters; her son, Richard Lee Vickery; two daughters, Tamara Bush (Robert) and Denise Houghkirk (Bret) and four grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Ray Armstrong and Larry Gene Armstrong and one sister, Shirley Montgomery.  The family chose cremation.  Pafford Funeral Home of Lexington is in charge of arrangements.
Source: Pafford Funeral Home Notice, Lexington, TN, submitted by Bill Browning

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CAPE GIRARDEAU--Funeral service for OPAL M. WARD of Cape Girardeau was held Saturday at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel. The Rev. Ed Dodson officiated, with burial in Fairmount Cemetery. 
Ward, 79, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1993, at St. Francis Medical Center.  She was born March 13, 1913, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of John and Ida Evans Sledge.  She married William Archie Ward July 13, 1929, in Jonesboro, Ill.  He died Dec. 1, 1985. 
Ward worked at International Shoe Co. 46 years, and was a member of Third Street United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Ward of Murphysboro, Ill., Toby Ward of Lake Villa, Ill.; a daughter, Vickie Slinkard, Cape Girardeau Route 1; two sisters, Geraldine Johnson of Blodgett, Geneva Ray of Laconia, N.H.; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.



INVERNESS, FL--DONALD WARREN, 67, of Inverness died Wednesday in Sylva, N.C. A native of Cape Girardeau, Mo., he moved to this area 22 years ago from Titusville. He was a retired draftsman and a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by four sons, Phil and Sam, both of Homosassa, Dave of Crystal River and Mathew Travis of St. Augustine; three daughters, Cheryl Jones of Lecanto, Diane Hearn of Inverness and Donna Bishop of St. Augustine; a brother, Harold of Pasco County; and 11 grandchildren.
Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
--Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - August 8, 1992.



INVERNESS, FL--MARY WARREN, 64, of Inverness died Wednesday in Sylva, N.C. A native of Cape Girardeau, Mo., she moved to this area 22 years ago from Titusville.
She is survived by four sons, Phil and Sam, both of Homosassa, Dave of Crystal River and Mathew Travis of St. Augustine; three daughters, Cheryl Jones of Lecanto, Diane Hearn of Inverness and Donna Bishop of St. Augustine; two brothers and four sisters of Missouri; and 11 grandchildren.
Wilder-Fountains Funeral Home, Homosassa Springs.
--Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - August 8, 1992.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--ARTHUR RAY "Bud" WATERMAN, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Southeast Hospital.
He was born March 13, 1936 at McClure, Ill., to Albert Ray and Gladys Winchester Waterman.
He and Shirley Boren were married Aug. 11, 1957, in Cape Girardeau.
He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and its Open Door Sunday school class. He grew up in McClure. He was a member of Elks Lodge, TPA and Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562. Bud was a lifetime resident of McClure and Cape Girardeau.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Wateran of Cape Girardeau; two daughters, Jennifer (Darrin) Reimann of Columbia, Mo., and Janet (Melvin) Cox of Cape Girardeau; two sisters, LaVerne Mosby of Tuscon, Ariz., and Delaine Sietz of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; three grandchildren, Ashley, Brittany and Rachel; and two great-grandchildren, Brandon and Abigail.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. An Elks service will be conducted at 7 p.m.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau.  Source:  Unknown newspaper; submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Anna Parks.



CAPE GIRARDEAU–DENZEL A. WATKINS, who formerly owned a service station in St. Louis, died Tuesday (July 25, 1995) after a stroke at a hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was 77 and lived near Jackson, Mo.
From 1941 to 1986, Mr. Watkins owned and ran the Watkins Amoco station at Kingshighway and Southwest Avenue. He moved to rural Missouri in 1982 and retired in 1986.
Mr. Watkins was born in Oriole, Mo. He was a former member of an advisory board of Amoco dealers and had been honored by Amoco as a top dealer.
A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at McCombs Funeral Chapel in Jackson. Burial will be in McLain Chapel Cemetery near Jackson. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral chapel.
Among the survivors are his wife, Mildred Watkins of the Jackson area; two sons, Stephen Watkins and Kenneth Watkins, both of St. Louis; a sister, Hazel Davie of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Delbert Watkins of Columbia, Mo.; and four grandchildren.
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Wednesday, July 26, 1995


RAYMOND, IL–ALTA A. WEDEKIND, 92, of Raymond died Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at Hillsboro (IL) Area Hospital.
She was born Feb. 3, 1907, in Gordonville, Mo., the daughter of August and Anna Grebe Eggimann. She married Lawrence Wedekind in 1928 in Gordonville, Mo.; he died in 1981. Mrs. Wedekind, a homemaker, was a member of Raymond United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher, Montgomery County Farm Bureau, United Methodist Women's Organization and past president of WSCS. Survivors: three sons, Robert Wedekind of Litchfield, (IL)Gerald Wedekind of Raymond and James Wedekind of Groveland,(IL); 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman Eggimann of Jackson, Mo.; and a sister, Alice Nussbaum of Jackson, Mo.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Raymond United Methodist Church, the Rev. Kent Lolling officiating. Burial: Asbury Cemetery, Raymond.
Hough Funeral Home in Raymond is in charge of arrangements. --State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - March 11, 1999



SPRINGFIELD, IL–ADELIA EMILY WEIS, 96, of Springfield died Thursday at St. John's Hospice.
She was born Sept. 21, 1900, in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., the daughter of George and Pauline Doerschlen Weis.
A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, she earned her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri. A former high school teacher, she taught at the University of Missouri, University of Kentucky and Colorado State University where she also conducted research.
She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
Survivors: several nieces and nephews including the Rev. James M. Weis of Springfield; several great-nieces and nephews.
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ford and Son Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Burial: Cape County Memorial Park, Cape Girardeau. Private services will be held in Springfield.
Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
--State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - April 20, 1997.



FRIEDHEIM, MO--CHARLES RAY WEISENBORN, Friedheim Route 1, died at 1 a.m. today, April 19, 1984, in the Cape Girardeau Nursing Center at Cape Girardeau.  
Mr. Weisenborn, 53 years old, was born in Cape County, a son of Albert and Elizabeth Hitt Weisenborn.  On April 5, 1975 he was married to the former Colleen Nussbaum, who survives.
He operated an automobile repair shop in the Friedheim area.
Surviving, besides his wife, are two sons, Terry Weisenborn, Cape Girardeau and Carey Weisenborn, Flint, Mich; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Charlotte) Bueckers, Milrose, Minn, and Miss Carla Weisenborn, Flint, Mich; his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Weisenborn of Cape Girardeau; one step-son, Gary Mungle, stationed with the Marine Corp in California; two step-daughters, Mrs. Robert (Peggy) Ahrens of Friedheim and Mrs. Roger (Wanda) Blankenship, Cape Girardeau; a brother, Kenneth Weisenborn, Cape Girardeau; one granddaughter, and seven stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.  The Rev. Norman Dierking, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Gordonville, will officate and burial will be in Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Friday.   --Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by A. Newell.



CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO--COLLEEN A. WEISENBORN, 78 of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, Aug 1. 2007 at Southeast Missouri Hospital.  She was born Jan 31, 1929 at Whitewater, daughter of Leo E. and Freida A. Mang Nussbaum.  She and Charles R. Weisenborn were married April 5, 1975 at Gordonville.  He died April 19, 1984.
Weisenborn was an inspector at Forsheim Shoe Company; had worked at Al's Midtown, the Lutheran Home and Litz Brothers Poultry Plant.  She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Gordonville.
Survivors include a son, Gary Mungle of Cape Girardeau, two daughters, Peggy Ahrens of Friedheim, Mo and Wanda Blankenship of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Robert Nussbaum of Jackson, MO; seven sisters, Dorothy Latko of St. Louis, Glaydes Kramer of St. Charles, MO, Joan Burns, Viola Sadler, and Faye Amelunke of Jackson, Lora Henk of Marble Hill, MO, Vanna Hold of Sedgewickville, Mo; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sisters, two brothers and a step grandson.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel.  The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the chapel with Gary Hoffstetler officiating.  Burial will be in Lorimier Cemetery.  --Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by A. Newell.



CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO--KENNY WEISENBORN, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, June 12, 1998 at his home.  He was born Aug. 13, 1934 at Arbor, son of Albert and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hitt Weisenborn.
Weisenborn worked for Superior Electric for several years.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Army.
Survivors include two sons, Keith and Kevin Weisenborn, both of Missouri.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at the Trinity Methodist Cemetery in Delta.  The Rev. John Tolbert will officiate.
Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  --Submitted by Catherine Allison.




MILLERSVILLE, IL--Services for MRS. AMANDA WELKER will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 3 at the Pentecostal Church near Millersville by the pastor, Rev. Golden Welker and assisted by Rev. Verdell Jackson of Jackson. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The body will remain at the Haman Funeral Home until noon Wednesday.
Mrs. Welker, 79 years old, a life long resident of Millersville and Jackson communities, died Monday at a hospital.
Surviving are the following children, one son, Charles C. Hunter of St. Louis by her first marriage, Clarence Welker of Jackson, Fred Welker of Millersville, Mrs. Pink Niswonger of Cape Girardeau, Mrs. John Newell, Mrs. George Stevens, Lyman Welker, and Mrs. John Schreiner of Jackson, Mrs. William Hager of Taylorville, Illinois, and Lee Welker of Alton, Illinois, children by her second marriage; one half-sister, Mrs. Charles Adamson of Marble Hill; two step-sons, Edward Welker of Milton, Oregon and William Welker of Millersville; 46 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Born February 15, 1879 at Paducah, Kentucky, she resided there with her parents until she was seven months old and then moved to the Millersville community and later to Jackson. Her first marriage was to Edward Hunter who died in 1897. In 1900, she was married to G. W. Welker, who died October 18, 1940.
--The Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, October 28, 1958; submitted by Andrew Paisley.



GEORGE WELKER, 72, KURREVILLE FARMER, DIES OF PARALYSIS
George Welker, 72 years old, a farmer, died at his home in the Kurreville community at 7:30 o'clock Friday night (October 18, 1940) of paralysis.
The body is at the McComb's Funeral Home and funeral services will be held at Old Salem Church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, with burial there.
Mr. Welker was born in that community and spent his entire life there. His family was a large one, including 12 sons and daughters and a step-son.
He is survived by his widow and the following sons and daughters, Wm. Welker of Kurreville, Edward Welker of Freewater, Oregon, Mrs. Clara Gagnepain of Perryville, Clarence, Fred, Lyman, Ollie, Leslie Lee, Mrs. Pink Niswonger, Mrs. John Newell, and Mrs. Theodore Klobe of Millersville, and Mrs. John Schreiner of Jackson; a step-son, Charles Hunter of Jackson; a brother, Charles Welker of Marble Hill, 27 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
--The Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, October 19, 1940; submitted by Andrew Paisley.



CAPE GIRARDEAU - EUGENE EDWARD WERNER, 83, died at 5:41 a.m. Sunday, May 9, 2010, in The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.
Services will be at noon today in Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, with Pastor Douglas Breite officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at the church.
Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Southern Illinoisan, Tuesday, May 11, 2010.


Mount Holly, PA--DOROTHY GROSS WEST, 67, of Mount Holly, died Friday at home. Mrs. West was born in Whitewater, Mo. She attended Boston University School of Nursing and worked as the school nurse for the Westampton School. Mrs. West was a member of the Crossroads Programs Inc. of Burlington County and several professional nursing organizations. She was an Air Force veteran and served during the Korean War.
Survivors: her husband, Charles E.; a son, Alan D. of Douglasville, Ga.; a daughter, Sara Heald of Herkimer, N.Y.; five grandchildren, and a brother, George Gross of St. Louis. Services: private. Lee Givnish Funeral Home, Mount Holly.   --Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) - April 3, 1995.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--WALTER N. WESTRICH, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, June 18, 2010, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center.
    He was born March 13, 1934, in Cape Girardeau to Nicholas and Anna Menz Westrich. He and Mary Jo Willett were married Oct. 27, 1958, in Cape Girardeau.
    He graduated from Cape Girardeau Central High School in 1952 before enlisting in the U.S. Army, where he served during the Korean conflict. Walter was a member of the Accapella Club, VFW Post 3838, American Legion Post 63 and the Knights of Columbus Council 1111. He was former chief of Cape Girardeau Police Reserve and a member of the National Sheriff Association and the Southeast Missouri Law Enforcement Association. He was also a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church.
    Walter was a former police officer with Cape Girardeau and then was employed with Ameren UE for 24 years, retiring June 1, 1994, as a journeyman pipefitter.
    Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Westrich of Cape Girardeau; a stepbrother, Robert Andrews of Illinois; four nieces; one nephew; a godchild; and close friends Don and Carol Koehler of Cape Girardeau.
    He was preceded in death by his parents.
    Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m., followed by Knights of Columbus Rosary.
    Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with the Rev. David Hulshof officiating.
    Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, with full military honors by the Missouri Honor Team.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.




POINCIANA, FL--SUZANNE R. WEVER, 92, HOMEMAKER, 110 Barrington Drive, Poinciana, died Wednesday, May 26, (1993). She was a homemaker. Born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., she moved to Central Florida from Princeton, N.J., in 1992. She was Methodist.
Survivor: cousin, Margaret Demeke, Webster Groves, Mo.
Conrad and Thompson Funeral Home, Kissimmee.
--Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - Saturday, May 29, 1993




CAPE GIRARDEAU--JOHN R. "JACK" WILHITE, 82, of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.  He was born July 17, 1921, son of Dr. John R. Wilhite and Lillian Abington Wilhite Sr. in Liberal, Kan. He married Mary Elizabeth Brockmire on July 22 1945, in Cape Girardeau. 
He served in the U.S. Army from July 8, 1942, to Oct.29, 1945.  He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3838, American Legion Post 158, Disabled American Veterans, Forty and Eight, the National Science Teachers Association, the Missouri State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.  He received the Purple Heart Distinguished Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, American Service Medal and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal.  He earned two undergraduate degrees from Southeast Missouri State University and a masters degree from the former Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Mo., now Truman State University.  He taught at Illmo-Fornelt High School for five years and Ste. Genevieve High School for 28 years. 
He is survived by his wife and a sister, Lillian Detherage of Jackson.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. 
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.  The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, with Fred Gerlach officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Mausoleum in Cape Girardeau.  --Contributed by Catherine Allison.



DALLAS, TX--J. A. WIMBERLY RITES MONDAY--Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday for James A. Wimberly, 76, a resident of Dallas since 1885.  The Rev. Bertram L. Smith will officiate at Lamar & Smith Chapel, 800 West Jefferson.
Wimberly, who lived at 834 West Seventh, was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo.  He died Saturday in a Dallas hospital.
His survivors include his wife, Mrs. Rowena Sutton Wimberly and a daughter, Mrs. Sam Bernard of Dallas; three sons, Paul A. Wimberly of Inglewood, Calif.; James J. Wimberly and William S. Wimberly of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Eula Norris of Lubbock, Mrs. Mollie Britton of Stephenville, and Mrs. Blance Savage of Kerman, Calif.; two brothers, Grover Wimberly of Los Angeles, Calif. and Edward Wimberly of Spokane, Wash.
Pallbearers will be Garnett Sutton, Herman Mueller, Leo Savage, Jack Clemmons, Bill Clemmons and Jack Lucas.
--Dallas Morning News, Feb 28, 1949.



Memphis, TN--AVANELLE E. WINDEKNECHT, 86, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., self-employed child care provider for 20 years, died of kidney failure Saturday at The Lutheran Home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Ford & Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau, with burial in Trinity Lutheran Egypt Mills Church cemetery there.
She was a Sunday school teacher for 21 years at Trinity Lutheran Egypt Mills Church and was a charter member of the Lutheran Home Auxiliary.
Mrs. Windeknecht, the widow of Otto Windeknecht, leaves local survivors including Louise Callahan of Olive Branch.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - September 23, 1997.



HOLLY SPRINGS - LILLIE MAE WISEMAN, 79, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., formerly of Holly Springs, homemaker, died of heart failure Monday at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ Temple Church of God in Christ, where she was a member, with burial in Cottrell Memorial Garden. J. F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home has charge.
She also had been a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau.
Mrs. Wiseman, the widow of John Lee Wiseman, leaves four daughters, Roberta Brown and Ophelia Brown, both of Cape Girardeau, Bertha Knox of Memphis and Rosetta Craine of Champaign, Ill.; five sons, Vertis Wiseman, James Wiseman and Chester Wiseman, all of Holly Springs, Cassell Wiseman of Cape Girardeau and Willie Wiseman of Tampa, Fla.; 31 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - February 7, 1997.



ST. PETERSBURG, FL–HERMAN D. WISSMANN, 76, of St. Petersburg, died Saturday (June 13, 1992). Born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., he came here in 1975 from Dayton, Ohio. He was a machinist and a Navy veteran of World War II. Locally, he was a member of Transfiguration Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Beulah D. ""Billie''; a son, Gary, Tampa; a daughter, Janet Wissmann, Pinellas Park; a brother, Jesse, Cape Girardeau; five sisters, Lula Palmerez and Rose, both of Cape Girardeau, Jewell Cautrill, Texas, Mabel Reedy, Grove City, Ohio, and Marie Barrett, Columbus, Ohio; and two grandsons, Joey and Matthew Wissmann, both of Lutz.
All Faiths Funeral Home and Cemetery, St. Petersburg.
--St. Petersburg Times (FL) - June 14, 1992.



MIAMI BEACH, FL--CHARLES PAUL WITHERS, 29, of Miami Beach, Fla., died Thursday, July 1, 1993, at his home.
    He was born July 20, 1963, in Cape Girardeau, son of W.R. and Mari Michelson Withers.
    Withers was a 1981 graduate of Central High School and a member of its swim team. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, receiving degrees in engineering, political science and house design. He then moved to Miami Beach and attended the University of Miami two years.
    Survivors include his parents, W.R. Withers and Mari Matthews of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Greg Withers of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Jill Limbaugh of St. Louis, and maternal grandmother, Faye Michelson of Oran.
    Friends may call Monday from 4-8 p.m. at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel.
    Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. the funeral home with the Rev. S.S. Borum officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--ROSANNA CATHEIRNE FALLERT WOELTJE, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at her home.
    She was born May 27, 1923, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Andrew and Catherine Fallert, originally of Ste. Genevieve County. She and Glenn Wesley Woeltje were married at St. Mary’s Church in Cape Girardeau Sept. 28, 1941.
    Mrs. Woeltje attended St. Mary’s High School in Cape Girardeau. She met her husband-to-be when she worked as a waitress at her parents’ restaurant, The Lunch Box, in Cape Girardeau. After their marriage, like many stateside wartime brides, Mrs. Woeltje followed her husband to each of his military deployments, finding work to support herself so they could be together. They returned to Cape Girardeau after the war. At the time of Mr. Woeltje’s death in 1995, they had been married 53 years.
    Mrs. Woeltje was a young working mother when that was still a rarity. For 25 years she was a floor supervisor at Davis Electric Co. in Cape Girardeau. For most of those years, she and her husband also owned G & R Kennels. They placed beagle puppies and toy fox terrier puppies in hundreds of homes throughout Southeast Missouri.
    For the past 45 years, Mrs. Woeltje was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church (ICC) in Jackson. She belonged to the St. Ann’s Sodality and was a volunteer worker at the church office. She enjoyed promoting the ICC “quilting ladies” by purchasing their handcrafted quilts as wedding gifts for each of her children and grandchildren.
    Survivors include a daughter Deanna Woeltje Long and her husband, James Long; two sons, Dennis Woeltje and his wife, Sheryl Smith, David and his wife, Julie Woeltje. Mrs. Weltje is also survived by eight grandchildren: Michael Woeltje, John Long, Dustin Woeltje, Adam Woeltje, Brenda Long, Lynne Bader-Gregory, Stephen Smith and Barbara Gleason. She is survived by eight great-grandchildren: Brianna Long, Stephanie Woeltje, Kelby Long, Kirsten Woeltje, Landon Woeltje, Summer Woeltje, Elijah Bader-Gregory, Elle Bader-Gregory, Ryan Schetter and Brandon Gleason.
    Mrs. Woeltje was preceded in death by her husband and two of their children, Darlene Woeltje and Darryl Woeltje, who died in early infancy.
    Friends and family visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at McComb’s Funeral Home in Jackson. Parish prayers will be at 6 p.m. followed by the rosary.
    The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson with Father John Harth officiating. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--FLOYD C. WOMACK, 82, 608 S. Sprigg, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1992, at St. Francis Medical Center.
    He was born July 10, 1910, at Oran, son of Harry and Edith Tenkhoff Womack. He and Ruth Craig were married July 14, 1932, in Cape Girardeau. She died Aug. 9, 1986.
    Womack moved to Cape Girardeau in 1924. He graduated from and played football at Central High School, and graduated from St. Louis School of Pharmacy.
    He first worked with his father at H.B. Womack Drug Store in Oran, and then with his uncle at Dewey Tenkhoff Drug Store here. From 1941 until retiring in 1976 he owned and operated Womack Drug Store at 1000 S. Sprigg.
    Womack played in the Muny Baseball League many years, and was a Democratic committeeman over 30 years. He received an award from the Democratic Central Committee for his service.
    He was an honoray colonel under Warren E. Hearnes, and served on Joe Teasdale’s Advisory Council, both former governors of Missouri. He was a charter member of Cape Girardeau Jaycees, former member of Old St. Vincent’s Church, and member of St. Mary’s Cathedral.
    Survivors include a son, Tom Womack of Cape Girardeau, and a grandson.
    Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Msgr. Richard Rolwing will officiate, with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
    Friends may call at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Chapel from 4-8 p.m. today. Parish prayers will be at 7.
--Submitted by Catherine Allison; transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--RUTH Z. WOMACK, 72 years old, 608 South Sprigg, died Saturday afternoon, August 9, 1986, at St. Francis Medical Center.  She was born April 23, 1910, in Cape Girardeau, the daughter of M. B. and Claire Johnson Craig.  She married Floyd Womack on July 14,1932 in Cape. He survives. 
Also surviving are a son, Thomas C. Womack and a grandson, Thomas Bard Womack, both of Cape and a sister, Mrs. Earl Young, of Cape.  She was a lifetime resident of the community, a member of St. Mary's Cathedral Parish and the Altar Society.  She and her husband owned and operated Womack's Drug Store, on South Sprigg for more than 40 years.  She was Democratic Committeewoman for Ward 9 for more than 20 years. 
Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral, with Rev. Lewis Hejna, officiating.  Parish Prayers will held be at Ford & Son Funeral Home at 7:30 p.m. Monday night, with K. C. Rosary at 8 p.m. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Monday at Ford & Son.
--Contributed by Catherine Allison.



CAPE GIRARDEAU--THOMAS CRAIG WOMACK, a Cape Girardeau businessman and lifetime resident, died Tuesday, September 15,1998, while in compassionate care at St. Francis Medical Center, after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.  He was born July 7, 1936, at Cape
Girardeau, son of Floyd C. and Ruth Craig Womack. He and Jane Brennecke were married May 28,1960 at St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau.
The family owned and operated Womack Drug Store on Sprigg Street until 1976. He worked for Missouri State Disability. He was also a realtor
with Ashland Century 21.  An avid sportsman, Tom was a bow hunter, a Cape Country Club Tuesday men's league golfer, a booster of two alma maters, Cape Central and Southeast Missouri State University, and also the University of Missouri. He also coached youth league baseball and football teams.  He was a member of the Country Club Western Dancers.  As a member of the Order of the Arrow, he was a Boy Scouts of America troop leader for many years.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent's Catholic Church, the Lions Club and the National .Missouri and Cape Girardeau Realtors Associations and was a Century 21 Masters Club member.
He was also a member of the Naval Reserve Unit in Cape.
Mr. Womack is survived by his wife, Jane; a son and his family, Bard and Jennifer Womack and their son, Cambron, all of Cape Girardeau.  Also surviving are sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many who loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Ruth Womack.
Pallbearers will be nephews Jeff Brennecke, Rex Rentrop, Bobby Leatherman and John Harnson; brother-in-law, Robert Firebaugh; and friends, Tim
Bockhorst, Jerry Erlbacher and Walter Ford. Honorary pallbearers will be friends Gene McCalister, Herb Annis, Byron Kinder; and brother-in-law, W. A. Rentrop.
Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, Sept. 17, at Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Mt. Auburn Road. A Catholic mass will be held at 10:00 am Friday, Sept. 18, 1998, at St. Vincent's Catholic Church. Internment will be at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
(Contributed by Catherine Allison.)



Memphis, TN--RALPH JEFFREY WOODS, 43, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., formerly of Marion, Ark., master diesel mechanic, died of cancer Thursday in Cape Girardeau.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Ford & Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau with burial in Crittenden Memorial Gardens in Marion.
He leaves a son, Jeffrey Dale Woods of Phoenix, Ariz.; his mother, Bruce Ellen O'Guinn Woods of Cape Girardeau, and a brother, Bruce LaRon Woods of Apex, N.C.
The family requests that any memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - August 28, 1998



Cape Girardeau, Mo.--GREGORY T. WULFERS, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at Missouri Veterans Home.  He was born Sept. 24, 1928, in Cape Girardeau, son of Ed and Clotilda Sieb Wulfers.  He and Betty Selle were married May 7, 1955 in Cape Girardeau.  She died Jan 17, 2005.  Wulfers served in the U. S. Army during the Korean conflict from Dec 1, 1950 to Nov 19,1952.  He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Knights of Columbus and VFW Post 3838.  He was a draftsman many years at Riverside Lumber and later worked at ABC Supply Co., retiring in 1993.  
Survivors include a son, Phillip Wulfers of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Connie Matosich and husband, Dennis of Imperial, Mo.; a brother, Jim Wulfers of Cape Girardeau; and a grandchild, Bobbie Matosich of Cape Girardeau.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers, and four sisters.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.  Parish prayers will be at 7.  The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent's Church with the Rev. David Hulshof officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery with full military honors conducted by VFW Post 3838 and Missouri Honor Guard.



ST. LOUIS, MO--SISTER MARY NOEL WULFERS; RETIRED TEACHER--and parish minister, died Sunday (June 12, 1994) after a long illness at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse in south St. Louis County. She was 58.
Sister Wulfers was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1958 and professed her final vows in 1966. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1958 from Southeast Missouri State College.
Sister Wulfers taught for 12 years in St. Louis and Belleville and in schools in Nebraska, Texas and rural Missouri. She also served as parish minister at St. Bernadette Parish in the early 1980s.
She performed community service at the motherhouse from 1983 until her death.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the motherhouse, 320 East Ripa Avenue in Lemay. Sister Wulfers donated her body to St. Louis University School of Medicine.
Memorial contributions may be made to School Sisters of Notre Dame, Resource Development, 320 East Ripa Avenue, St. Louis, 63125-2897.
Among the survivors are two sisters, Agnes Latimer of Kansas City and Rita Glueck of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and four brothers, Jim Wulfers, Albert Wulfers, Carl Wulfers and Gregory Wulfers, all of Cape Girardeau.
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - June 14, 1994



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