Thomas “Tom” Lovis

St. Louis COVID-19 death Tom Lovis

Thomas “Tom” Lovis died from respiratory complications of COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s related health issues on December 5, 2020. He was in his 90s and living and being cared for at the Sheridan at Laumeier Park the last few years of his life.

Tom grew up in Indianapolis and went to Indiana School for the Deaf. He had a long career in printing, finally ending up at the St. Louis Post Dispatch where he worked from 1969 until his retirement in 1982. Tom and his late wife Joan Mae Lewis raised two daughters and a son together, which they brought up in the Baptist faith. After retiring Tom switched from working as a part time pastor at Bethany Baptist Church of the Deaf to being the full time pastor until the church closed in 2011.

Tom Lovis is missed deeply by his two surviving daughters, a brother and sister, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family and friends.

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Thomas Lovis obituary at St. Louis Cremation 

Daniel Edward Schroeder

Daniel Edward Schroeder of Ballwin MO died of COVID-19 on December 10, 2020 at the age of 61.

Dan found true joy and happiness in being the most amazing father to his three girls and husband to his wife of 37 years. He worked tirelessly to provide for them, and was looking forward to retiring from Davis Tool and Die in 2021 to spend even more time with his beloved family (including his first newborn grandson). Dan enjoyed fishing, watching ball games, playing almost any game, bowling, backyard gardening, and the outdoors in general. He was always there to lend a hand, listen, and quietly make things better behind the scenes in his quiet solid way. He never missed even the smallest milestone or event with his daughters, no matter how insignificant. As his obituary put it, “Dan Schroeder was not a man of many words, but he was a man full of love.”

Dan Schroeder is missed deeply by his wife, three daughters, father, newborn grandson, extended family and circle of friends who were fortunate to know him.

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Daniel Edward Schroeder obituary at St. Louis Cremation 

Mark Wilhold

Mark Wilhold of Fairmont City, IL died of COVID-19 in a hospital on December 3, 2020 at the age of 59.

Mark worked for Kiesel fuel, & Consolidated Ice & Fuel most of his life. He had a son and a daughter with his ex-wife, and a grandson who he loved very much. Mark was close with his family and circle of good friends, and would do anything for a friend.

Mark Wilhold is missed deeply by his adult children, grandson, parents, brother, sister, extended family and friends.

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Mark Wilhold Obituary on Legacy 

Betsey Elaine Young

Betsey Elaine Young of St. Clair MO died of COVID-19 on December 1, 2020 at the age of 47. Her parents and sister were allowed to be with her before she was removed from the ventilator. She passed shortly after.

Betsey made Christmas ornaments every year for her friends and family. Her boyfriend since 2011 was ready to propose to her this Christmas. She also loved her four cats, her job working for the Missouri Department of Social Services in the Family Support Division, and called her mother every single night. Any kind of travel, but especially to the beach, was a welcome escape and adventure! Betsey was always there to help her friends and her cheerful compassion quickly made everything all better.

Betsey Elaine Young is missed deeply by her parents, sister, boyfriend, family, coworkers and community.

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Kenneth Ray McCuistion

Kenneth McCuiston St. Louis COVID-19 death

Kenneth “Ken” Ray McCuiston died of COVID-19 on December 10th at the age of 75 after a short battle with the virus.

Ken served in the Navy during Vietnam and had a daughter who preceded him in death several years ago. He worked as a printer at PrintPack for over 30 years. Ken’s life had many challenges, but he was very much loved by his tight circle of friends and family and he is remembered for having a good heart.

Ken Ray McCuiston is deeply missed by his sister and brother in law whom he was very close with, and by the staff at Delmar Gardens.

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Kenneth R. McCuiston’s obituary at Hutchens Funeral Homes 

Frank Frederick Graser

Frank Frederick Graser COVID-19 death

Frank Frederick Graser of Bethalto IL died of COVID-19 on December 9, 2020 at the age of 90.

Frank served in the US Navy from 1947 to 1951. When he got discharged he married (his beloved wife passed in 2002), raised his two sons, and worked for McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) starting as an A&P Mechanic for 30 years. Frank had a huge variety of interests and was involved in many activities, causes, and organizations throughout his life. He coached Little League Baseball, was a Scout Master, a member of the Bunker Hill Knife Club, Mississippi Garden Club, the Illinois Chapter of the National Audubon Society, and a regular volunteer at the Two Rivers Wildlife Refuge. He was also an active member in the Bethalto United Methodist Church and in retirement enjoyed Monday morning coffee with his “knife brothers”. Frank was proud of his boys and loved being a grandpa.

Frank Frederick Graser is missed deeply by his two sons, his grandkids, ten great-grandchildren, and a huge extended family and many friends.

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Frank F. Graser obituary at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home
 

Joseph C. Budde

WWII veteran Joseph C. Budde died of COVID-19 on December 9, 2020 at the age of 96.

WWII veteran Joseph C. Budde died of COVID-19 on December 9, 2020 at the age of 96.

Joseph served in the Army Air Corps in WWII flying 35 missions in Europe, including the days leading up to D-Day, followed by another 60 missions in Asia. After the war, he got a degree in electrical engineering from St. Louis University and worked at Sverdrup and Parcel Engineers and Architects for the next 35 years while he and his wife raised their two children. Joseph and his late wife were longtime parishioners at Our Lady of Providence in Crestwood.

Joseph C. Budde is missed deeply by his children, grandchildren, extended family, friends, and everyone who was fortunate to know him.

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Joseph C. Budde obituary at Kutis Funeral Homes
 

James P. Mannion Jr.

James P. Mannion Jr. died on December 3rd, 2020 in his home after a short battle with COVID-19 at the age of 90.

Jim served two years overseas in The Navy in Japan during the Korean War. He ended up getting his JD from St. Louis University Law School after obtaining his undergrad at the University of Notre Dame. He ultimately specialized in labor relations and worked his way up to partner at Bryan, Cave, McPheters, and McRoberts, retiring in 1990.

More than his accomplished career, James loved his family. His first wife’s untimely death from cancer left him raising their four young children alone, but in 1978 James found love again in Kathleen, blending their families into a happy chaos of 8 kids. Jim had a “profound” love of reading and history, which he passed on to his kids. Jim and Kathleen traveled widely and he got to explore book stores and follow his passion for history all over the world.

As stated in his obituary: “Jim was loved by all who met and knew him. He was noted for his ever-present smile, his gentle, kind, and caring manner, and his love of telling stories from his childhood. He was a shining example of bravery and kindness to the end and always thanked his many caregivers and family helpers throughout his illness. His memory and lust for life will be cherished forever.”

James P. Mannion Jr. is missed profoundly by Kathleen, his seven surviving kids, rand kids, great grandkids, many friends and extended family.

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James P. Mannion Jr. obituary at Lupton Chapel 

Mary Smith

Photo credit: KSDK

Mary Smith, a special education teacher, died from complications of COVID-19 on December 8, 2020 at the age of 49. She taught for 21 years with the Special School District of St. Louis County, most recently teaching first graders at Fairview Elementary in Jennings.

According to KSDK’s reporting, “Smith lived with her mother and was her primary caregiver. The week of Thanksgiving, Smith’s mother contracted COVID-19 and died a short time later…”. The seven students that Mary taught were individually notified, and staff at Fairview held a “therapy session” after the news broke. Counselors are available for students and staff to help them deal with this loss.

Jennings School District went virtual on November 18th, and no students or staff were exposed to Smith after she contracted the novel coronavirus

Mary Smith was much loved by all those who knew her, and special education was her true calling in life. She is deeply missed by all her former students, children of all ages who she helped out in life, her coworkers, and her family.

An obituary had not been published as of this writing; this post will be edited and added to as more is learned. Originally published December 9 around 8:30pm.

Sadly, Mary Smith is not the first education professional in St. Louis to die of COVID-19 – please see this page memorializing those that I know about.

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https://twitter.com/kdeeswenson/status/1336474397759197184/photo/1

Anthony Daniel Daus Jr.

Anthony “Tony” Daniel Daus Jr. died from complications of COVID-19 on December 2, 2020 at the age of 85.

Tony was born and raised in St. Louis. He grew up in Soulard, attended St. Louis University, married his wife Ann, raised their 5 children, and had a successful 55-year sales career in the aerospace industry. He most loved entertaining, dancing, laughing over good food, and talking about his grandkids.

Anthony Daus is missed deeply by his wife of 63 years, his four surviving children, grand-kids, and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

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Anthony Daniel Daus Jr. obituary at Bopp Chapel