Earl George Crenshaw – WWII Veteran

Earl George Crenshaw St. Louis WWII Vet Covid19 Death

Earl Crenshaw, 99, was a fighter in life and tried his best to beat COVID-19 when he caught it at the Meramec Bluffs Assisted Living Center in Ballwin! He passed away peacefully on April 25, 2020.

After serving in WWII in the Army Air Corps, Earl started working for Western Electric. He and his family settled in Manchester, MO after living 20 years in Texas. Earl retired from Western Electric in 1981 and remarried after his first wife passed of cancer.

Earl made a great many friends at Meramec Valley Bluffs where he lived for many years and was given excellent care. He is missed by his large extended family, his many friends, the staff at Meramec Valley Bluffs, and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.


Paul E. Struckhoff, Korean War Veteran

Paul E. Struckhoff, Korean War Veteran COVID19 Death

Paul passed away on April 28, 2020 at the age of 88 from complications of COVID-19. He proudly served in the Korean War and afterwards moved from Augusta to O’Fallon to marry the love of his life (Marjorie, who preceded him).

Struckhoff enjoyed drinking cold Stag beer, boating, and Cardinals baseball. He loved telling stories about all the trouble he and his pals got into back in the day. He was an active member of the O’Fallon VFW and the Augusta American Legion.

Paul Struckhoff is missed dearly by his family, all his buddies at the VFW and American Legion, 7 great grandchildren, and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.


Dr. William G. Ridgeway, M.D. Ophthalmologist for over 40 years

Dr. Ridgeway St. louis Covid19 death

Dr. William Ridgeway served two years in the US Air Force as a flight surgeon with the rank of Captain before completing his residency in ophthalmology at Washington University. He decided he loved St. Louis, put down roots here, and served three generations of patients as an ophthalmologist in St. Louis and South St. Louis County. He died of COVID-19 on April 24, 2020. He was 85 years old.

In addition to practicing ophthalmology for over 40 years, William also had season tickets to the Cardinals and Blues for 40 years. He also loved WWII history, golfing, and skiing.

Dr. Ridgeway is missed by his wife, large extended family, his staff who loved working for him, and his generations of eye patients young and old.


Edward Wood Cissel, former Head Master of John Burroughs School

Edward Wood Cissel died on June 16th due to complications from Covid-19 on June 16, 2020. 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. During Wood’s time, the financial position of the school was strengthened, faculty salaries were raised, environmental education benefited from the acquisition of Drey Land, increased community service by students, construction of a fine arts building and a sports and performing arts center, and many more improvements. Cissell and his wife (who was also influential in the school) were named “honorary alumni”, a title that only 5 other people in the history of John Burroughs School have held.

Cissell also served in WWII as a forward observer in a field artillery battalion in the Fourth Infantry Division. On D-Day, he landed on Utah Beach and fought in the battles of Cherbourg and Saint Lo, earning a Bronze Star.

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.


Phillip A. Catanzaro – died suddenly of COVID-19

Phillip A. Catanzaro

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. Phillip was 75 years old.

Catanzaro served in the Army Reserves, worked in the family business (St. Louis Banana & Tomato Co.), and operated the original Chesterfield License Bureau.

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.”


Covid Train song by Straightline Studio – written and originally performed at Phil’s celebration of life, but dedicated to all the Phils and Pattys:

St. Louis Metro’s first known COVID-19 Death: Nurse Judy Wilson-Griffin

St. Louis Nurse Judy Wilson-Griffin Covid death
Image credit: UMSL https://blogs.umsl.edu/news/2020/03/30/judy-wilson-griffin/

Perinatal nurse specialist Judy Wilson-Griffon advocated for better health outcomes for at-risk mothers. She was the first person in St. Louis confirmed to die of COVID-19. She was 63 years old.

Judy’s grandmother was a midwife in Alabama, and Judy took up the tradition through her work at BJC from 1981 to 2007 (where she established Missouri’s first maternal transport team for high-risk pregnant mothers), and most recently at St. Mary’s Hospital. She also served overseas in the Gulf War with the U.S. Navy Reserve Nurse Corps.

In 2019 Judy was honored  as the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter Nurse of the Year in Women’s Health and Obstetrics.

Judy Wilson-Griffin leaves behind a step-daughter Valerie Griffin, a step-son Tyrone Griffin Jr., and numerous grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Tyrone Griffin Sr… and countless friends still miss her.

Judy Wilson-Griffin died of COVID-19 on a ventilator and in the thoughts of many at age 63 on March 20, the day that her proposal for creating a maternal triage acuity index for pregnant women was scheduled to be approved.

She is buried next to her late husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

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