This site is dedicated to the people in St. Louis who lost their lives due to COVID-19. It’s important to tell their stories and to have a visual representation of their faces so that they may never become “just numbers” in this tragic deadly epidemic.
Please fill out the contact form and reach out if you would like to submit the story of a deceased person, help me out with this project, or just “say hi”.
Sharon Marie Adams passed from heart failure due to COVID-19 on July 15, 2020 at the age of 71. Although she'd recovered from a lengthy battle with coronavirus and tested negative shortly before her death, the virus had weakened her heart too much to for her body to stay alive. She was afflicted with Parkinson's and had recovered from a stroke, and thought she was going to survive COVID-19 like she had everything else.
Shirley Ann Alexander died within 72 hours of being diagnose with COVID-19 on August 23, 2020 at the age of 87. Because of broken bones in her neck from a recent fall, the ventilator caused Shirley to suffer too much and her family made the difficult decision to remove it. A niece was able to don personal protective gear and be with her in her last moments, so she didn't die alone like so many have.
Jenniffer Anderson-Davis – Nurse working at Meramec Bluffs senior living community in Ballwin (St. Louis County)
Jenniffer Anderson-Davis was a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) living in Hazelwood and working at the Meramec Bluffs Life Plan Community in Ballwin (St. Louis County). She tested positive on April 9 and died of COVID-19 at home five days later on April 14th.
Jeniffer worked hard as a single mom to three kids and gave them everything she could. She loved the residents that she cared for, her family, her friends and her church. She is missed very much by all of them.
WWII Veteran William D. “Bill” Baker, died May 1 at Edwardsville Care Center of complications related from COVID-19.
Bill is deeply missed by his 12 surviving children, 90 great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great-grandchildren... and all his neighbors and friends that he made over his long life.
Richard Bartholic died August 8, 2020 of COVID-19. He was 82 years old and died in an assisted care facility. Richard is remembered for singing to his closest friends, loving food, and being an all around amazing friend and great guy. He had an inspiringly positive attitude while continuing to recover from a stroke. After COVID-19 forced nursing homes to stop allowing visitors, his eyes would light up when the staff helped him use the phone to talk with his wife and family. Richard Bartholic is missed deeply by his wife Gayle of 64 years, his extended family, friends at The Stroke Club, friends he made at the assisted care facility, and everyone in his social circle.
Marie Baszis died of COVID-19 on May 7, 2020. She was 94 years old and caught the novel coronavirus in the nursing home she was living at. Her husband and life companion of 72 years had passed barely 6 months earlier in late 2019, and she was still sad about his death. Marie Baszis is missed deeply by her grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends.
Peyton Baumgarth was 13 years old and in his first semester of 8th grade at Washington Middle School (in Washington, MO), when he died of Covid-19 on October 31st, 2020. He was the youngest person to die, so far, from coronavirus in Missouri.
Peyton loved Christmas, making his friends and family smile, playing Pokemon, making Youtube videos about Pokemon, sports, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a typical 8th grade boy and was looking forward to starting highschool in 2021.
Peyton's mom told KMOV, "Wear a mask when you're in public, wash your hands and know that COVID is real."
Raymond H. Bayer Sr. died of complications from COVID-19 on July 20, 2020.
More than his career, Ray was a family man and married to his wife for 51 years. He was a doting father to his six children and truly enjoyed spending time with his family. He always had a smile and was loved by many.
Roger Dee Bennet died of COVID-19 on September 26, 2020 after a month-long fight. He and his wife had just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary and were already planning out their big 60th together. Roger was an avid reader, baseball lover, animal lover and expert fish fryer (he also loved to fly fish). Before retiring he was an executive in the publishing industry, when he was known to sport a trim beard and smoke a pipe. He never stopped believing in justice. Roger's family wants people to honor him by supporting healthcare workers and wearing masks.
Dr. Jerry J. Bosse, a clinical psychologist, died from complications of COVID-19 on May 17, 2020. Dr. Bosse was a solo practitioner (of "Life Appreciation Therapy") who believed that excellent mental health and general life satisfaction could be attained by choosing peace and joy.
Dr. Jerry Bosse is missed by his six adult children, grand kids, friends, and everyone whose lives he made a little bit better in his vocation.
Thomas R. "Rick" Boul died May 9, 2020 from COVID-19. He was 68 years old. Born in Belleville IL, Rick lived and worked in Belleville most of his life and will be missed by his extended family and friends.
Mary Agnes Boyer, 93, formerly of St. Louis, passed away April 20, 2020 at Grandview Healthcare Center in Washington, from complications of COVID-19. She is missed by her daughter, extended family, and friends that she made in life.
Terry Bradford passed of COVID-19 on September 8, 2020. He was 57 years old. Terry was a talented keyboard and organ player. For many years he served as the director for the Mass Choir and Music Department at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. He had three kids of his own and was a father figure and role model to countless more. Terry kept his faith until the end. Terry Bradford is missed deeply by his mother, kids, extended family, church family, friends, and fans.
Katherine Bronson, retired welder and an excellent cook, died peacefully of COVID-19 on May 20, 2020 at aged 96. She was active in her church and was known for being witty and direct.
Katherine is missed by her friends and staff at Ascension Living, her church family, and her extended family.
Joan Eileen Byrne – retired guidance counselor and pet lover
Joan E. Byrne passed away of COVID-19 on April 18th, 2020 at the age of 87. She spent most of her career to advocating for students in the Parkway School system as a guidance counselor. She found true joy in helping others.
Richard Camden of Wildwood MO died of complications from COVID-19 on May 12. He was 60 years old and married for almost 31 years. Rick was looking forward to taking his son to Sea Base to scuba dive this summer, if the coronavirus pandemic had passed.
Phillip Catanzaro died April 26 of COVID-19. After struggling with it for a month, he thought he was doing better and was looking forward to coming home to his wife of 48 years. Instead he went home to God. His family wants to thank the healthcare workers who cared so well for Phillip in his last days and they request that "In lieu of flowers, we request that you do everything you can to fight this horrific COVID virus."
George Lee Chartrand died from COVID-19 on June 1, 2020 at the age of 90 in a St. Louis nursing home. Lee was a Korean War veteran, having served our country in the Airforce as an airplane mechanic. He retired "early" from McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and began his third career as an antiques dealer and ice-cream shop owner. Lee and his late wife (Jo, whom he was married to for 65 years until her death) loved spending their retirement in their bit paradise, down by Troy Missouri. Lee was a gifted story teller, and would regale his grandchildren with fun memories including his favorites of when he was a race-car driver with his brother. He loved music, taught himself to play piano, and was in his element when entertaining. George Lee Chartrand is missed deeply by his 7 children, 18 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren who he adored. He's also missed by his Masonic brothers and family, his many friends, community, and the many many people whose lives he brightened while he was alive.
Armella "Millie" Chisholm died of COVID-19 on April 14th at Grandview Health Center in Washington MO, sister facility to the elder-care home that she'd worked at many years as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
In her retirement, Millie volunteered with the VFW, attended dances, musicals, family events, and became an avid quilter and crafter (check out her obituary for some pictures of her quilts). She kept a very busy social life, and even when dementia set in, she still enjoyed socializing with other residents and staff.
Edward Wood Cissel, former Head Master of John Burroughs School
Edward Wood Cissel died on June 16th due to complications from Covid-19. He was 99 years old. Although not from St. Louis, Edward Cissell spent 19 years as the headmaster of John Burroughs School from 1967 to 1986, a pivotal time for the school. Edward Wood Cissell is missed by the hundreds of students and coworkers whose lives he touched, his many friends, his four children, grand children, and extended family.
Joan M. Clines died from complications of COVID-19 on July 29, 2020. She spent most of her life in Ferguson and was a bus driver for the Ferguson-Florissant school district for almost 50 years. During the summers, she co-managed the pool at January-Wabash Park in Ferguson and taught hundreds of kids how to swim.
Joan Clines is remembered as being full of life, active, and a great friend. She's missed deeply by her adult children, grand children, great grand children, former coworkers, and all the now-grown kids who she ever taught to swim or who were lucky enough to ride her bus.
Arthur Lee Coleman contracted COVID-19 at the beginning of May. Although he tested negative before passing of congestive heart failure on May 29, 2020, it is to be assumed that the coronavirus weakened his heart and his body was unable to make a full recovery post-infection. He was 79 years old. Arthur Coleman retired from Wonder Bread after being employed for over 27 years. He was a loving father who loved being a grandpa. Arthur Coleman is missed deeply by his grandson, granddaughter, and daughter. His daughter wrote, " There isn't a day that goes by that my kids and I don't think about my daddy. I love you dad."
Mitch Coleman succumbed to COVID-19 on June 29, 2020 after valiantly fighting it for over a month. He was 58 years old. He was a warmhearted man and brightened any room just by being in it.
His widowed wife submitted this memorial and wrote: "Mitch Coleman was a follower of Jesus, an amazing husband and father of two, a maintenance worker at The School District of Clayton, and all around great guy. He knew no stranger and loved to make people laugh. He had a fabulous smile and was loved by many. He lived in Arnold, MO with his wife, Kim. In May of 2020 he contracted COVID-19 and spent 30 days in ICU on a ventilator and ECMO machine. On June 29, 2020 he lost his fight to this horrible disease that caused so many health complications. He was only 58 years old and he will always be missed by his family and friends."
Lula Mae Cooper-Redd died of COVID-19 on April 9 at the age of 87. Her daughter-in-law's mother, Carol Todd, died of COVID the next day on April 10th. Her son and his wife grieved their mothers lost to COVID-19 together, but apart from their church family, extended family, and friends.
Alice "Irene" Cordes died from complications of COVID-19 on November 8 at the age of 94.
Irene worked as a nurse for almost 60 years, starting off in 1948 preparing to serve in the Nurse Cadet Corps, but WWII ended before she graduated. When she retired, Irene volunteered for Hospice and continued helping others, even after she quit driving at age 90. Her heart and love was most reserved for her five children, who she raised alone after divorcing from a 15 year marriage. Irene is remembered as being a "sunshine lady"; cheerful, resilient, and resourceful.
Jean Lorraine Crocker died from COVID-19 on July 29. She grew up in St. Louis and lived her last years in Hillsboro Missouri. She retired after working 20 years as a medical administrative assistant for the St. Louis University School of Medicine.Jean loved animals, tracing her genealogy and family tree, and spending time with her grandchildren and extended family. She's remembered as being a sweet caring woman and always having a nice thing to say. Jean Lorraine Crocker is missed deeply by her grandchildren, extended family, and friends.
Sara J. Crump died of COVID-19 at the age of 74 on October 21. Sara lived in the St. Charles area and taught 2nd and 3rd grade children at Kratz School in the Ritenour District for 30 years until she retired. She was married over 50 years, and her conservative values were important to her.
Angel Marie Dampier died of COVID-19 on June 10, 2020 at the age of 40. She was a direct care worker for over 13 years at South County Habilitation Center in Mehlville MO and leaves behind a young son and husband. Angel is remembered by her friends as being a loving and dedicated mother, and she always had something to smile about.
Donna Davidson passed away of COVID-19 on May 17, 2020 at the age of 80. She was a loving mother, grand mother, and great great grandmother. Donna is missed by her two daughters, sisters and brothers, and large extended family.
Euda E. "Pete" Dean died of COVID-19 on August 4th. A former math professor, he had suffered dementia for several years. In retirement, he and his late wife moved from Texas to St. Louis to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
St. Louis City’s first known person to die of COVID-19: Jazmond Dixon
Jazmond Dixon died of COVID-19 on March 22, 2020 at only 31 years old.
Dixon earned her Masters in Business Administration from Lindenwood after graduating from Harris-Stowe University, and worked for the American Red Cross where she managed the computerized maintenance management system. She dreamed of starting a baking business.
La Leche member, new parent and breast feeding advocate Ethel Ann Doskocil
Ethel Ann Doskocil died of COVID-19 April 2, 2020. She was a St. Louis native who lived here her whole 87 years. She was an advocate for breast feeding and fathers in the delivery room. She's greatly missed by her husband of 66 years and her entire family.
As written: "My mother’s name is Julia E. Dye, she was 86 years old. She transitioned from this life [from COVID-19] on July 15, 2020. My mother was an inspiration to all who knew her, born in Missouri, she dedicated her life to her family & friends. During some of the toughest times in her life she never was found with a frown or complaint, she always radiated a beautiful smile. Mother to five children she raised us to be strong, independent and hard working individuals. She was affectionately known as Lady Dye, a woman of class and grace, her faith in God enabled her to make it through this obstacle course called life. God honored her countless acts of kindness and labor of love towards His people and strangers alike. Our hearts are heavy, yet, we have thank God she is at rest.
Your baby girl: Kimberly"
Alvin George Edgell – Humanitarian, WWII & Korean War veteran
Alvin George Edgell was enjoying his golden years in health at Alexian Brothers Landsdowne Village close to his family when he was struck with COVID-19, over 6 weeks after the nursing home locked down to visitors in an effort to prevent coronavirus. Still very mentally sharp, he was using email to communicate until his last days. Al died on May 4th at the age of 96 with his son, a doctor at the hospital, by his side.
Father James T. Edwards, retired parish pastor and noted musician
Fr. James T. Edwards died on May 13, 2020 from complications of COVID-19 and other health issues at the age of 69. He was born in and spent most of his life in St. Louis. Fr. Edwards is missed by his immediate family, his colleagues, and the many many lives he touched during his 30+ years of service.
Thomas Eise of St. Ann, MO died of COVID-19 on November 12, 2020 at the age of 67. He went in for a knee replacement, developed cellulitis, and then coronavirus. He supported the shutdowns to flatten the curve, socially distanced, wore a mask... and despite taking every precaution, he still caught COVID-19.
He wrote an incredibly moving poem about COVID-19 in April... read further...
On March 30, Robert "Rob" Elsperman, the former Tarlton Corp president, was admitted to a St. Louis-area hospital with COVID-like symptoms. He died of complications from COVID-19 eight days later on April 7. He's remembered for leading through example and having genuine respect for the tradespeople in the field who actually do the work.
James Edward "Jimmy" Evans died on April 6 of COVID-19 at the age of 82. He fell ill with coronavirus while at Frontier Health and Rehabilitation in St. Charles, MO and within a few days was rushed to the hospital where he died alone and confused. He had Parkinson's and Alzheimer's but he could still recognize his brother when they chatted one last time on a phone-video call.
Dianne Dolores Fahr of St.Charles MO, died from complications of COVID-19 on August 5th, 2020. She had a relentlessly positive spirit, and even after her memories and mind started to fade from the ravages of dementia in her last decade, she still saw the beauty and good in everyone. Dianne was saying "I love you" until the very end.
George Michael Flotte – COVID-19 took away a loving father, husband, and attorney
George Michael Flotte died of COVID-19 on May 22, 2020 at age 78 after struggling for a month to beat the virus. He was an attorney who lived his Catholic values and was never at a loss for what to say. "I love everybody” were some of his final words. Most of all, George loved being a great father. George's social circle was wide and he had may lifelong friends. He is greatly missed by his wife, two adult children, extended family and many friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched.
Cheldron "Marty" Fox, a WWII Army Veteran who participated in Day 3 of the Normandy Invasion, died from COVID-19 on June 20, 2020 at the age of 100. He'd enjoyed swing dancing, golf, and kept active well into his 90s. He was loved for his quick smile and kind heart.
Ruth Kathryn Mathews Gay passed from complications of COVID-19 on April 17, 2020 at the age of 74 while at Life Care Nursing Facility. One of her daughters was allowed to be visit while wearing protective gear. Her family sent the memorial below:
Reginald Gladney died July 30, 2020 of COVID-19. He was 56 years old. Reginald served in the United States Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force for 21 years and retired a decorated veteran. After military retirement, he went onto a second career, working for in civil process as a St. Louis County Sheriff's Deputy for 11 years and security for 17+ years with the St. Louis Blues Association. More than his impressive career, Reginald was a mentor, friend, and father. He loved life, his family, and truly saw the beauty in other people. He took his joy from helping make life a little better for those blessed to know or even casually encounter him.
Reginald Gladney is missed deeply by his three children, close-knit family, and the entire St. Louis region where he inspired and moved too many people to count.
Dorothy Marie Wolff Goebel died of COVID-19 on May 21, 2020 at Riverside Rehab and Healthcare in Alton IL. She was 92. Dorothy lived most of her life in Prairietown (unincorporated Madison County) where she and her husband farmed until his death.
Dorothy loved gardening, birds, animals, entertaining, and cooking for guests. Her family visited her regularly until the nursing homes shut down due to COVID-19. Dorothy is missed deeply by her daughter, four grandsons, and large extended family.
Joan Blase Goodson, St. Louis arts and culture philanthropist
Joan Blase Goodson, a philanthropist and founding board member of the Contemporary Art Museum, died at on May 9 of complications from COVID-19 at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center (MOBap) at 94 years old.
Joan Blase Goodson is missed by her nieces, godchildren, her many friends, and the entire St. Louis arts community.
William Edward “Ed” Gorman died from complications of COVID-19 on September 10, 2020 at the age of 91. He caught the virus while he was resident at White Hall Nursing and Rehab Center in White Hall, Illinois. Ed served with the US Army in the Korean War and afterwards worked as a plumber for the University of Delaware for 26 years. He and his wife moved to Brighton Illinois in 2011 to be closer to family. They had just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary when COVID-19 took his life.
Gladys I Gosslar (nee Felgenhauer) lost her battle with COVID-19 on August 15, 2020. She was 90 years old. Her son was able to be with her when she left this earth. Gladys was retired from Lutheran Hour Ministries. She's missed deeply by her family and friends.
Juanita Eason Graham, former Webster Groves preschool teacher
Juanita Eason Graham died of COVID-19 on March 28. She was 55 years old. Juniata Graham is missed deeply by her husband of 18 years, her mother, her family, everyone that she worked with, and the former preschoolers who she introduced to school for the first time. Juniata's husband wishes people to take social distancing and all the precautions seriously, because COVID-19 is not a joke.
Dr. Gaye Griffin-Snyder died of COVID-19 on June 6, 2020. She was a professional counselor in St. Louis County and worked as an adjunct graduate professor at Missouri State. She helped out countless people through their struggles with mental health and emotional issues. Her daughter Angela wrote "She died with strangers and couldn’t respond to me in any way when I got to say goodbye via video conference. It haunts me constantly."
Greunetta (G.G) Groce passed of COVID-19 on May 1, 2020 at the age of 78 in a nursing home. She was a retired CNA and interior decorator. Her son wrote: "She was born April 26, 1942 to Bernice Randle Pow and George Wilson Groce Sr. In East St. Louis Ill. She was a small business owner, a nurse, and interior decorator. She was loved by many. She is survived by one son and one daughter and one granddaughter and a host a family and friends."
Margaret Pauley "Peggy" Gundlach died on April 12, 2020 after being diagnosed with lung cancer and pancreatic cancer, and COVID-19. Margaret is missed by her husband of 67 years, her adult children, her grandchildren, and the many friends she made.
Lamont Hadley Sr died of COVID-19 on August 21, 2020. St. Louis lost an inspiration, treasured voice, and musical legend who still had songs left to sing. Undoubtedly, others will discover his music now and in the future, and wish that they had the pleasure of seeing him perform while he was alive and wish he'd lived longer to make more music.
Dr. Fred Phillip Handler, committed husband, devoted father, epic storyteller
Dr. Fred Phillip Handler died of coronavirus complications on April 20, 2020 at the age of 95. He had lived a long and love filled life. The son of immigrants, his parents placed a high value on education and his mother made sure that her children attended college and graduate school. Dr. Handler is loved and missed by his adult children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and all the friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched over the years.
Lt. Colonel Gregory R. Hawkins passed from complications of COVID-19 in late April 2020. When he retired in 2007, he was the highest ranking African American at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. He served our City for nearly 40 years. He never stopped serving the St. Louis community, and was active in helping out until he his death.
Lt. Colonel Gregory R. Hawkins is missed deeply by his wife, three grown kids, extended family, his friends and colleagues at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and ARCHS, and all the countless children and families whose lives he touched.
Shirley Maxine Hayes died of COVID-19 on May 16, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Maryland Heights. She was known as a spit-fire outspoken advocate of marriage equality and the LGBTQ community, and as a champion of social justice issues. Shirley Maxine was a fiercely independent woman who spoke her mind often and freely and as such was admired by many.
Edward Hellm Jr. died of COVID-19 on April 27, 2020 at the age of 69. He was a veteran who'd served our country, a loving father and husband, and a retiree with lots of friends. He died alone in the hospital on a ventilator. Eddie is missed deeply by his wife, adult kids, grandkids, family, many friends, and all those who knew him.
Margaret Mary Hellrich (nicknamed Meaux) died from complications of COVID-19 and "general health issues" on August 28, 2020 at Stearns Nursing Home in Granite City, IL. She was 58 years old.
Although born with Down's Syndrome, Margaret's family loved and fully supported her so she was able to live a fulfilling life, traveling overseas to Europe and Australia and all around the country. She was very involved with the Catholic Church throughout her entire life, advanced through Special Education, and found employment and even more friends at the Sheltered Workshop. Margaret loved music, dancing, animals, camping trips, and leopard print clothes. Her special friend of 30+ years was Pete, who would take two different busses to visit her as much as possible until the nursing home locked down for COVID.
Beverly G. Hobaugh of Farmington died of COVID-19 on September 20, 2020 at the age of 59. 10 days before her death from COVID-19, she recorded a warning message and posted it to Facebook. Beverly was a member of the Farmington Church of the Nazarene. She also volunteered at The Life Center and was an empathetic, tireless caregiver in her to her family. Her compassion and generosity touched inspired her friends and acquaintances.Beverly is missed deeply by her family, especially her twin sister, her extended family, friends, church family, and everyone else whose lives she touched.
Dolly Naomi Hood of St. Peters, died of COVID-19 on April 10, 2020 at the age of 80. She was recovering from a stroke at The Landing of O'Fallon where she started having trouble breathing and was taken to the ER on April 2. She passed 8 days later in the hospital ICU. Her husband and lifelong companion wrote on her obituary page, "the hardest part was that I could not be with her during any of it."
Dolly Naomi Hood is missed deeply by her husband who she was married to for 62 years, her two adult children, her extended family, her many friends, garden club, church, and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Cynthia Sue Jenkins, unbreakable spirit and kind friend
Cynthia Sue Jenkins died on April 26 of COVID-19 with her daughter at her side. She'd previously resided in an assisted care facility and was much loved by the staff and friends that she made there. Cynthia was known for being kind, resilient, generous, and a great friend who always had time to listen. Her life was not easy, but she always bounced back and had an unbreakable spirit.
Jane Jensen of Kirkwood died of Covid19 related complications at the age of 83 on October 25, 2020.
Jane was married to the love of her life, Bill, for 19 years until his untimely death in 1979. She returned to work, raised her four daughters, and never remarried. A devout Catholic, Jane lived her faith by helping others, and passed those values on to her daughters (two of them grew up to become doctors). After 20 years as a secretary at the Museum of Transportation, Jane retired and threw herself into volunteering with St. Patrick's Center, St. Peters Church, and other community causes. She was truly a doer with actions behind her words and thoughts.
Jane Jensen is missed deeply by her daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, church family, and by the many people whose lives she helped make better through her volunteer work and friendship.
Essie Belinda Johnson died of COVID-19 on April 11, just two days after testing positive. She was 69 years old. Essie Belinda Johnson died alone in a hospital, and her family mourned alone. Essie's daughter Tawanda also caught COVID-19, going into the hospital 5 days after her funeral. Nobody could hug her or be there physically with her as she grieved her mother alone.
This memorial is unedited, as written by her family: Angela Renee Jones, 53, passed on May 9, 2020 after contracting COVID-19. Angela Renee Jones was born on January 26, 1967 in Saint Louis, Missouri. Angela belongs to a large family and an even bigger blended family. Angela was affectionately known as "Cookie" and also later as "Cook Book" and "Auntie Cookie".Angela was a proud graduate of Soldan High School. She kept in close contact with her fellow classmates and she loved to attend alumni events. After graduating from Soldan in 1985, Angela attended Southeast Missouri State University where she studied Accounting. She also attended Saint Louis Community College where she studied nursing. Angela earned her certification in Phlebotomy and she worked for the Saint Louis Red Cross for over 10 years. Angela always did her part to help serve others. Angela had a rare blood type and she regularly donated her blood. Angela later worked for United Health Care Group for 13 years until she contracted COVID-19. Angela always made the time to volunteer and serve in her community. She would often thank others for giving her the opportunity to serve.
Daniel L. Kampwerth of Highland IL died of COVID-19 on October 12, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in O'Fallon IL. Has 63 years old and had just retired in 2019 after working 44 years on the factory floor at Westrock (formerly Alton Box Board Company).
He raised his kids and grandkids with the love of his life, Tami, who he was married to for 41 years and with for 46 years. Dan coached his three daughters' ball games and played basketball with the Weinheimer Holy Dribblers Society Sunday morning basketball league. His favorite sport to play was golf, and he taught his daughters how to play, too. One of the best parts about retiring was getting to travel, play golf, and spend more time with his family. Dan was an active grandpa, and was looking forward to meeting his 4th granddaughter (due at the end of October).
MaryCatherine Keene died May 20 at Riverside Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Alton Illinois from COVID-19 at the age of 94. She was one of 17 deaths at the home as of August 4th. During WWII, MaryCatherine moved to St. Louis and worked as an airplane riveter, and did all she could to help the Allied causes. She was a master storyteller of her true life stories and was proud of being a woman that worked in her time allowing women to wear long pants.
Martin F. King died August 7 from COVID-19 at the age of 86. He and his wife were preparing to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this month.
As his obituary so eloquently states: "Marty’s life was driven by his commitment to “The Four F’s”: Faith, Family, Friends and Fishing. It was this last commitment that was instrumental in the 1989 establishment of the Missouri Stream Team organization. He was a lifelong member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri and Ozark Fly Fishers. He shared this passion with countless friends, family and strangers."
John W. Kolditz passed away of COVID-19 on April 3, 2020. He was 85 years old. Kolditz was the first Franklin County death attributed to COVID-19, and the first resident of Grand View Health Center in Washington MO to die of the virus. John's family was able to gather outside the window at Grand Manor to wave, and talk with him on the phone until his breathing became too difficult. They passed messages to him through the staff, but he was soon unable to respond. A nurse stayed with him and held his hand in his final hours and moments, which brought his wife of 63 years much comfort. John W. Kolditz is missed deeply by his wife, his children, his large extended family, and those who were fortunate enough to know him.
Catherine M. Kutterer died of COVID-19 on September 26, 2020 at Red Bud Hospital in Red Bud IL. Catherine was a resident of Oak Hill nursing home in Waterloo IL when she contracted the coronavirus. Catherine had lived at the assisted care facility for 9 years, getting visited and taken on outings regularly with her family and friends. Once the nursing home locked down in March, her family was unable to visit. Catherine tested positive for COVID-19 on September 18th, and was initially asymptomatic. By the 21st her blood oxygen levels had tanked and she was admitted to Red Bud Hospital where she died surrounded by strangers.
Joyce Octavia Lakes was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 on April 2, and passed after a lengthy and exhaustive battle with the coronavirus on June 26, 2020. Joyce worked 30 years for Southwestern Bell after withdrawing from college following the death of her father. Despite challenges in her life, she poured her heart into raising her two children. Joyce somehow always found time for what was important to her; and cultivating authentic relationships tied her busy and varied hobbies together.
Joyce Lakes is deeply missed by her daughter, son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, extended family, church family, work family, and anyone who was fortunate enough to pass through her wide social circle.
Her daughter publicly posted about her long and horrific battle with COVID-19. Every available option to save her life was exhausted over her 2+ month long battle with the novel coronavirus and hope of a full recovery was not lost until she passed over.
Dorothy J. Lauman passed away on May 7, 2020 from Covid-19, at the age of 96. She started playing piano at the age of 6, and was still playing it for the residents of Nazareth Living Center up until about a month before she died (90 years!). Music was a big part of her life, and she taught piano to all ages of students throughout her life. She baked 3000 cookies every Christmas and knitted sweaters for family and pets (and her knitted dish-rags "never wore out"). Setting up her Christmas tree, with stories behind ornaments from every year and part of life, is a memory her grandchildren treasure.
Matthew Joseph Leake died from COVID-19 on August 24, 2020 at the age of 60. He was trying to beat cancer, but caught coronavirus and died alone in the hospital. Matt was known by his friends as a giant teddybear because of his gentle, kind, big presence. He played Santa every year for 30 years and brought joy to countless children. One of his biggest loves in life was singing, and he was a previous member of the St. Louis Cathedral Archdiocesan Choir when they performed at the Vatican. Matt was a Fourth Degree Knight in the St. Ann Council of The Knights of Columbus and a devout Catholic. He's remembered as being warmhearted, generous, a great friend, and someone you wish were your brother or son or uncle.