Carolyn F. Purzner

Carolyn Frances Purzner, formerly of Washington MO, died from complications of COVID-19 on January 14, 2021, in St. Louis at the age of 82. Carolyn was a survivor of esophageal cancer and macular degeneration.

Carolyn had no children of her own, and poured her love into her vocation as an Registered Nurse.  She was a graduate of Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1959 and worked in St. Louis and then Dallas for many years. She moved back to St. Louis to care for her older siblings who were experiencing health problems. She’s remembered as being “the favorite aunt” and was always a nonjudgmental listening ear to vent to or for good advice.

In keeping with her sense of commitment to service and medicine and a strong family history of Alzheimer’s, Carolyn donated her brain to Alzheimer’s research.

Carolyn Purzner is missed deeply by 18 of 22 nieces and nephews, and 42 great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.


Carolyn F. Purzner obituary on 

Sue Harley

Sue Harley, born Alvina Louise Allgeyer, died of COVID-19 on January 25, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 84. Sue moved to St. Louis in 2008 where she lived at Gambrill Gardens.

Sue raised three kids with her late husband. After they were grown and out of the house, she fulfilled her dream of graduating from college. She continued to work at Cincinnati State College for 16 more years until retirement.

Sue Harley is missed by her two living sons, grandkids, family and extended family and friends.


Sue Harley obituary at St. Louis Cremation 

Dr. Robert E. Kuhlman

Robert E. Kuhlman died of COVID-19 at the age of 88 on January 10, 2021.

After completing a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health with an associated appointment in the Public Health Service, Robert returned St. Louis to complete his surgical training in orthopedic surgery. He received the first grant establishing the Orthopedic Research Fellowship program at the medical school. He had a private practice as an orthopedic surgeon and was adjunct faculty at Washington University for 38 years and coauthored numerous research papers. Robert loved photography, dining out with his late wife (d. 2010), home improvement and spending time with his five kids and numerous grandkids.

Dr. Robert Kuhlman is missed deeply by his kids, grandkids, extended family, friends, and all those whose bones and joints he helped make better through his work as an orthopedic surgeon.


Dr. Robert E. Kuhlman obituary at Bopp Chapel

John Keith Vernier

John Vernier, a 62 year old Registered Nurse at Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis died of COVID-19 on January 12, 2021.

John was retired from the US Navy where he served for 21 years on submarines and served during Operation Desert Storm. After retiring from the military, John went back to school for his RN degree, and took a few classes with his daughter Christine who was also in nursing school. John had a true helper’s heart and was always there at any time for his family, friends, and coworkers.He had three daughters with his wife of 37 years, and LOVED being a grandpa. John was looking forward to retiring from his second career and enjoying more family time.

John Vernier is missed deeply by his wife, his father and step-mother, his three daughters, grandkids, coworkers at Mercy South Hospital, and everyone whose lives he ever helped make brighter.


John Vernier obituary at Kutis Funeral Homes 

Jason Moss

Jason Moss died from complications of COVID-19 on January 20, 2021 at the age of 52. His body had cleared the coronavirus, but could not recover from the devastating effects of the disease. It was up and down for a long time, with 49 days on ECMO and almost two months on a ventilator. He fought hard but suffered from two strokes in his brain, and his body shut down for the last time.

Jason grew up in Collinsville IL, traveled the world in the Navy, then came back to St. Louis and graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree. He most recently worked administration and analysis for a local hospital. His pride and joy of his life was his three sons, triplets, born in 2005. He was a Boy Scout Leader and poured his heart into being the best father in the world.

Jason Moss is missed deeply by his teenage sons, his wife, parents, family and everyone fortunate enough to know him.


Claudene Goldie Simpson Chunn

Claudene Goldie Simpson Chunn of rural Evansville IL died after a three day battle with COVID-19 at St. Louis University Hospital on January 16, 2021. She was 91 years old. She married the (late) love of her life when he got back from serving in France in WWII and they raised six children.


Claudene Goldie Simpson Chunn obituary at PECHACEK FUNERAL HOMES – RED BUD 

Peggy Grosberg Ross

Peggy Grosberg Ross died from COVID-19 on January 23, 2021 at the age of 90.

She was passionate about making a positive impact in this world and modeled charity, devotion, and compassion. Peggy was raised in a loving family that had a long tradition of giving back to St. Louis, and married Donald Ross, PhD in 1950. They raised their daughter and “spent their lives dedicated to furthering education, helping the needy, traveling to all parts of the world together and happily cruising the Mississippi River on their houseboat.”

Peggy’s true calling in life was philanthropy and making life better for others, and she inarguably succeeded at that. After surviving a near death experience in a fire, Peggy created the Edna Malen Scholarship Fund for the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College (Edna Malen was the lead burn nurse who saved Peggy’s life). In 55 years, the scholarship has helped many nurses to graduate.

Her generosity extended to the Jewish Hospital (BJC) where she became a lifelong member of the Auxiliary that raised millions of dollars for clinical development programs. Many of the campaigns were led by her. Her fundraising skills also benefitted the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis where she spent nearly 25 years as an active supporter, board member and advisor and was instrumental in leading programs to provide interest free loans to college-bound students. These were based solely on qualifications and need; not race, religion or gender.

She was very proud of the Jewish Federation’s Grosberg award, given to young leaders in the St. Louis Jewish Community. This award was created in honor of her parents David and Roselin Grosberg. In 2004 she was honored for her lifetime of commitment by being named one of St. Louis’ Women of Achievement. She became active in that outstanding organization that recognizes women in the community who’ve distinguished themselves by unselfishly giving with no thought of reward.”

Peggy Ross obituary at Dignity Memorial

Peggy Grosberg Ross is missed deeply by her daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, acquaintances, community, and everyone whose lives were made a little better because of her humanitarian and philanthropic work.


Seven Over 70: Peggy Ross (Ladue News, August 13, 2009)

Peggy Grosberg Ross obituary at Dignity Memorial 

Audrey May Sullivan

Audrey May Sullivan of Florissant MO died of COVID-19 on January 15, 2021 at the age of 96.

Audrey was born on February 29, 1924 making her a leap year baby, which she was very proud of. She was past president of the Florissant Lady Elks, a lifelong Cardinals fan, and worked and taught candy-making classes at Fischer’s Cake & Candy for over 40 years.

Audrey Sullivan is missed deeply by her two sons, grandchildren, extended family and friends. She was buried at Jefferson Barracks next to her late husband of 61 years.


Audrey May Sullivan obituary at St. Louis Cremation 

Kenneth Stephen Daues

Kenneth Stephen Daues, Sr of St. Louis, passed away from COVID-19 on January 3, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital at the age of 87.

Ken was born and raised in St. Louis, graduating from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree. He raised four kids with his first wife and was a beloved stepfather to three. Ken’s work included the family business, Caterpillar Tractor and he ultimately retired from Insituform Technologies, Inc.. More important than his work was his volunteering and service to the community. He was very active, especially in retirement, in Meals on Wheels, volunteering with at Holy Infant Church, and supported of St. Vincent de Paul Society. He loved connecting with old classmates and spending time with his grandkids.

Kenneth Daues is missed deeply by his wife of 38 years, adult children and step-children, grandkids, and all those who knew him.


Kenneth Stephen Daues obituary at Schrader Funeral Home 

Glenn R. Manetzke

Glenn Manetzke of Labadie MO died from complications of COVID-19 at the age of 56 on January 1, 2021.

Glenn worked at Robometrics in Eureka for 25 years and raised two kids. At times in his life he worked as a volunteer firefighter, newspaper delivery driver, and landscaping business owner. He was a self proclaimed grill master who loved listening to St. Louis Cardinals and Blues games on the radio, bargain hunting, drinking beer with friends, telling corny jokes, and spending time with his 9 grandkids. Glenn was always there to help any friend in need or lend a few bucks to help through hard times.

Glenn Manetzke is missed deeply by his mother, two kids, sister and brothers, extended family and friends who were fortunate enough to know him.


Glenn Manetzke obituary at Schrader Funeral Homes