Velma Moody – Maxine Waters Sister

Velma Moody, died at Grand Manor Nursing And Rehabilitation on May 1 of COVID-19. She was 86. She was a wonderful friend and older sister to California State Representative Maxine Waters.

““It is one of the most painful things that I’ve ever had to experience in my life,” Rep. Waters told theGrio. “She had suffered. And so we are going through a very difficult time. It was not easy, but in many ways, I’m so glad she’s out of pain.”

“The nursing home is the only place we have for many of our seniors, many of whom have outlived their families,” Rep. Waters told theGrio. “That’s where they go. And now these nursing homes are like a petri dish for the continued development of this virus that is killing us.”

There isn’t much to be found online about Velma Moody’s life that I could find, but check out the links below for news stories that will make you want to scream for change or cry about how many lives are continuing to be lost to COVID-19.

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Carol A. Strawbridge, retired school principal

Carol Strawbridge St. Louis Covid19 death

Carol Strawbridge was admitted to the hospital on May 3, and died of COVID-19 on May 21 with her family watching 15 minutes away on Facetime as a nurse held her hand. She was 73 years old. Carol was a retired teacher and school principal, an active board member at the League of Women Voters, and taking all the precautions that she could to avoid catching COVID-19.

The much loved matriarch of her extensive family, Carol Strawbridge left an indelible mark on her community she helped, the kids she taught, and everyone who was fortunate to know her in any way.


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Margaret Schmidt, worked in the family business

Margaret A. Schmidt died of COVID-19 on May 27 at Nazareth Living Center. She was 87 years old. In 2002, she retired from the family business, Schmidt Equipment and Supply Inc., where she’d worked as a book keeper and secretary. Margaret filled her retirement with cooking, friends, family, and joy. She was known for making amazing fruit cakes and enjoying Manhattans and card games.

She is terribly missed by her neighbors, her friends, and her large extended family.

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Monsignor Nicholas Aloys Schneider – compassionate pastor, author, and liturgist

Monsignor Nicholas Aloys Schneider - compassionate pastor, author, and liturgist

Monsignor Nicholas Aloys Schneider passed away of complications from COVID-19 on May 5, 2020. He was 89 years old. Throughout his 60+ years of service to the St. Louis Catholic ArchDiocese, he served as a pastor, prison chaplain, was involved with a priest-rabbi dialogue group, and helped countless people in the St. Louis Metro. Monsignor Schneider authored numerous books and articles, and remained active helping others until he could no longer.

Msgr. Schneider is missed by his large extended family and the hundreds (thousands) of people whose lives he helped to make a little brighter.

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Funeral Mass for Monsignor Nicholas Aloys Schneider

Father James T. Edwards, retired parish pastor and noted musician

Fr. James T. Edwards Covid-19 death

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, attending  St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South, Cardinal Glennon College and Kenrick Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1976.

He played the guitar, juggled, and wrote songs for children’s Masses and vacation Bible schools. Edwards retired in 2009 due to health issues but remained active in the Catholic Church, serving in 2011 as spiritual director of the archdiocese’s Office of Apostolic Services.

Father Edwards is missed by his immediate family, his colleagues, and the many many lives he touched during his 30+ years of service.

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George Michael Flotte – COVID-19 took away a loving father, husband, and attorney

George Michael Flotte St. Louis COVID-19 death
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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.

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Joan Blase Goodson, St. Louis arts and culture philanthropist

Joan Blase Goodson Covid-19 death St. Louis
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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 graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1947 and returned to where she grew up, St. Louis. She found work as an advertising copywriter and publicist for retail stores. In 1962 she married the love of her life, Jean S. Goodson, president of the International Hat Company. They stayed married until his death in 2003.

Her entire life was vibrant and interesting, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch has a great article memorializing Joan here.

Joan Goodson supported and contributed to many St. Louis arts and cultural institutions including:

  • Founding board member of the Contemporary Art Museum
  • Opera Theatre of St. Louis
  • St. Louis Chamber Chorus
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  •  St. Louis Art Museum
  • St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Repertory Theatre
  • Frank Lloyd Wright House
  • Landmarks Association

Joan Blase Goodson is missed by her nieces, godchildren, her many friends, and the entire St. Louis arts community.

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Katherine Louise Bronson – retired welder

Image credit: Legacy.com obituary

Katherine Bronson, retired welder (Teamsters Local 610) and an excellent cook died peacefully of COVID-19 on May 20, 2020 at aged 96. She was active in her church, Galilee Missionary Baptist, 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 that survives her.

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Bill and Pat Olwig married 60 years, died less than an hour apart of COVID-19

Bill and Pat Olwig St. Louis COVID-19 death
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Bill and Pat Olwig built a long and fulfilling life full of love together, starting in 1959. They raised seven children, were active in their Catholic church (St. Ferdinand in Florissant and St. Joe’s of Cottleville), and watched lots of soccer games together. Pat Bill and Pat were most happy when they were together, and their spark never seemed to fade.

In September 2019 they moved to an independent supported care facility together and became active in the social activities there.

In mid-April they began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including a cough and fatigue. They were both hospitalized on April 25 after experiencing worsening symptoms. April 26 they both were put on ventilators.

Bill and Pat would have celebrated 61 years of marriage together later in May 2020, but instead they both passed away from COVID-19 within about 40 minutes of each other on May 1st. Bill was 85, Pat was 83.

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