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”.
Beverly Lynn Long of Godfrey IL died from COVID-19 after a month-long battle on November 13 at the age of 65. Beverly retired from a dedicated career as a manager at the IRS, where she helped and mentored her team to do their best. She was enjoying retirement with her husband of 45 years and spending more time with their grandkids. She's remembered for being sweet but strong.
Dwontreze Lovett died of COVID-19 in August at the age of 29. He worked as a barber and raised bull dogs as Co-Op Bully Kennels.
He had a high fever which he went to the emergency room for, and never left the hospital. Nine days later getting admitted, Dwontreze passed away of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus.
Dwontreze is deeply missed by the love of his life, Tia who he'd just married in February, his mother, his 5 year old daughter, extended family, and friends. His passing leaves a hole in the St. Louis community and in potential friends he never made because his life was cut short.
Michael Madison of Freeburg IL died of COVID-19 complications at the age of 68 on November 16, 2020. His wife got to go into his room and hold his hand and say goodbye to him at Belleville Memorial Hospital. Michael was enjoying retirement with his adoring wife of 8 years, and finally getting to take a break from working so hard his whole life. He served in the US Military and his faith was important to his personal strength and life.
Howard Marshall passed of COVID-19 on April 10, 2020 in his room at Frontier Health and Rehabilitation in St. Charles. Although he had Alzheimers and couldn't use the phone by himself, he still recognized his family and used a wheelchair to get around.
Howard Marshall belonged to the Carpenter’s Union Local #1310 and worked installing floors until his retirement. He loved watching documentaries, fishing, working on his car, and helping his friends out. He was known for being a gentle, kind, man. He's missed deeply by his children, stepchildren, extended family, and large circle of friends.
Frank Massey, passed of COVID-19 on April 17, 2020 five days after his 68th birthday. He had been married 20 years and had seven children. Frank's grieving wife gave an emotional interview with News Channel 5 on Your Side on April 18th: "I want people to know that coronavirus is not a joke. It is not a hoax and it is definitely not fake news because I'm living the nightmare," Cynthia said.
Bruce R. Mausshardt died of COVID-19 on April 20, 2020 at the age of 68 years old. A keyboardist, piano player, and all around musician since he first learned to tickle the ivories at 5 years old, Bruce had played in several bands over the years. He also loved everything about St. Louis from with his favorites being World Wide Magazine, Forest Park, Elicia’s pizza, and Mom’s Deli. Bruce suffered from Alzheimer's the past 11 years but could respond to his favorite songs, "air piano", and mouth out the words.
Billie "Jack" McDermott of Bethalto Illinois died of COVID-19 after a lengthy battle with the virus on September 4, 2020 at Alton Memorial Hospital. He was 81.Billie proudly served our country in the National Guard and retired from Laclede Steel after 42 years as an electrician. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union and served as a shop steward for many years. He was a lifetime Democrat and a member of various Church of Christ churches. Especially in his retirement, Billie enjoyed watching his grandsons in their sports, spending time at Lake of the Ozarks, fishing, family pets, and watching old westerns. Billie McDermott is missed deeply by his wife of 59 years, his two children, grandchildren, family, extended family and all his friends.
Carl Edward McLittle Jr. passed of COVID-19 on May 17, 2020 at the age of 74. He was a Vietnam War veteran, a loving father and grandfather, and a lifelong learner.
He's missed deeply by his family, friends, and all those who knew him.
Ursula Miller died of COVID-19 complications on April 15, 2020 at age 94. She'd immigrated from Germany in 1951 and loved sharing her heritage with friends and the neighborhood. She was a devoted mother and is missed by her extended family, friends, and neighbors.
Barbara Ann Molloy died after a brief battle with COVID-19 on November 10, 2020 at OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center in Alton IL at the age of 80.
Barbara worked for many years as a nursing home administrator and was known as a cheerful caring person with an infectious laugh who never met a stranger. She loved telling a good story and bringing a smile to peoples' faces.
In Barb’s honor, her family urges continued social distancing and mask compliance.
Dr. Ruth Louise Beckmann Murray, EdD, MSN, RN, CS, N-NAP, DAPA
Dr. Ruth Louise Beckmann Murray passed from complications of COVID-19 and pneumonia on June 25, 2020. Her 40 year career in the nursing department at St. Louis University included roles as a Program Coordinator, Psychiatric-Mental Health Professor for Undergraduate & Graduate Nursing Education, and textbook author. Dr. Ruth Beckmann Murray inspired and guided thousands of nursing students in their professional paths as Nurses, helped thousands more in her various other helping roles, and reached countless through her publications and community advocacy. She mentored and profoundly touched many lives personally, as the memories posted on her obituary describe. Her vibrancy, kindness, and love are missed far beyond her immediate and extended family.
Dr. Deborah Kantor Nagler, educational technologist
Deborah Nagler grew up in St. Louis and Kansas City and attended Washington University for her undergraduate studies. She died of COVID-19 on April 3 at the age of 66 in Teaneck New Jersey. Deborah was a great mind and accomplished in STEM education and active lifelong in Jewish education.As the St. Louis Jewish Light concluded: "Deborah’s leadership and great love for her family will continue to reach people who may never even know her name, but will live, love, and succeed because of her."
Theodore M. Norman Jr. passed from COVID-19 on the morning of April 7, 2020 at the age of 63. He had recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with the love of his life, Lynette; and had been retired for just 9 months from his career as a Foundry Lead man and union shop steward.
Read on for his daughter's moving tribute...
Bill and Pat Olwig married 60 years, died less than an hour apart of COVID-19
Bill and Pat Olwig built a long and fulfilling life full of love together, starting in 1959. They 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.
Mrs. Evelyn Otis passed from COVID-19 complications in O'Fallon Illinois on April 28. She was 74 years old.
Evelyn retired from Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville IL in late 2017 and was finally enjoying retirement. She was known for enthusiastically living life to the fullest, and loved cooking, fishing, and her family.
She's missed by her 3 adult kids, her elderly mother, two brothers, six grandchildren, and lots of extended family and friends.
Larry Darnell Parker Sr. passed of COVID-19 on July 24, 2020. He was a 62 year old retired Navy Veteran and married for 43 years. When he died, Larry was still a machinist for GKN Aerospace (formerly Boeing), where he had worked for 37 years.Larry loved golf, jazz concerts, and traveling with his wife... but what he loved more than anything was spending time with his grandchildren. Larry Darnell Parker St. leaves behind his brokenhearted wife, four children, seven grandchildren, and is missed dearly by his family and many friends.
Carol Junior "CJ" Parkinson died of complications from COVID-19 on April 30, 2020. He was 80 years old. CJ grew up in Iowa, graduating college and going on to become a memorable band teacher. He moved to St. Louis in the early 80s with his second wife and retired after managing a local health food store. Carol Parkinson is missed by his daughter, sisters, nephews, former band students, and countless friends that he made both in St. Louis and Iowa.
Harry Arthur Pilcher died on May 29th, 2020 in St. Louis, MO after contracting COVID-19. He was 88 years old. He was born in Junction City, Kansas on July 15th, 1938. Harry is missed by his great grandchildren, grandchildren, and three daughters.
Marvin Louis Platt died of COVID-19 on April 10, 2020. He was 93. Marvin saw being a businessman and family man as all the same, and excelled at both loving his family and succeeding in business. Marvin devoted the last few years of his life caring for his wife of 68 years after she became afflicted with dementia. He is dearly missed by his four adult children, seven grandchildren, wife, and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Elizabeth Quinn, a WWII military veteran from England who emigrated as a war bride and made St. Louis her home, died of complications from COVID-19 on November 13, 2020 at the age of 94. According to her obituary, "During WWII, she joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service in 1943 at age 18, serving at Bletchley Park with the codebreakers..."
Elizabeth had a lifelong love of reading, serving as librarian on the first St. Louis County bookmobile in 1948-49 after the birth of her son, and working as a librarian for 35 more years until she retired. In her later years Elizabeth was still an avid reader and used the library's mobile services, coming very full circle when her photo was placed on the side of a new bookmobile.
Arnette Reeg died on Saturday, April 13, of COVID-19. She was 87. The assisted care facility she lived for four years went into lockdown in mid-March, so her family who had previously visited her every single day could not be with her except on the phone. Arnette spent the last 8 days of her life alone and confused in her bed at the hospital.
Polly Reichrath passed away of COVID-19 on April 28. She had no family except a cousin, but her friend Cecelia was able to put on personal protective equipment and stay in the hospital with her that last day and night to comfort her.
Polly is missed by her close circle of friends and all those whose days she brightened with her warm smile.
Gene Rice of Waterloo Illinois died of COVID-19 on April 6, 2020. He was Monroe County's first known death from COVID-19.
As one of his friends posted on Facebook: "Another reminder that this is real and affects all of us in a crushing way. I encourage everyone who knew Gene to pay him tribute in death and wear a mask and save lives. 💙"
Gene Rice is missed deeply by Nancy his wife of 63 years, his children and extended family, his family friends who were like family to him, his church family, and anyone who was lucky enough to know him in any way.
Juanita Rice died of COVID-19 on August 12 at the age of 94. Juanita genuinely loved people and opened her home to those in need. Through trying to make this world a little better, she taught countless others how to love and to not give up hope, just keep on fighting and believing for a miracle ‘till the end. Faced with hardship in her own life, it only gave her more empathy, and she truly consistently lived her values. She would do anything to help family, a friend or an acquaintance if they needed her. She never gave up!
Rosemarie Richardson, formerly of Union, died at a nursing home in Washington MO on July 16, 2020, of COVID-19. She was 79 years old. Rosemarie lived her whole life in the Washington-Union area, and worked at St. John's Mercy Hospital for 37 years. She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Washington and her friends admired her warm wit. Even in the nursing home, she was active and enjoyed trivia and participating in many activities. She's missed by her remaining family, and by the friends she made at the nursing home, and everyone who was lucky enough to know her on this side of life.
Dr. William G. Ridgeway, M.D. Ophthalmologist for over 40 years
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.
Mary Ellen Roarty died from complications of COVID-19 on April 14, 2020. She was 90 years old and living at Garden Place Senior Living In Columbia, IL. Mary and her husband Joe raised their family in Belleville, IL, where they owned Joe’s Bonafide Service Station.
When Joe passed (several years ago), Mary moved from their home to Garden Place Senior Living. They were supposed to move in together, but he passed away before the move. Although she was heartbroken from the loss of her husband of 69 years, she embraced her new home. Mary made many friends and was loved by the staff. She became part of the Garden Place Gals singing group and performed the National Anthem at a Grizzlies baseball game.
William "Bill" C. Robertson of Fosterburg, Illinois died from COVID-19 on Sept. 9, 2020 at Alton Memorial Hospital. He was 88 years old and left behind his wife and soulmate of 64 years.Bill was an Airforce veteran and worked at Albrecht Hamlin Chevrolet until he retired in 1996. Bill was an active member of Fosterburg Baptist Church for the last 56 years, serving as Deacon and Trustee. He also taught Sunday school and vacation bible school, and always had candy to give to the kids.
Bill C. Roberts is deeply missed by his wife Virginia, their son and daughter, grand-kids, and great-grandkids. His church family misses him terribly.
Lamar had just turned 81 on March 18, 2020. Due to COVID-19 this was the first time ever his family was not with him to celebrate his special day. Lamar was diagnosed with COVID-19 around June 15th and lost the battle on June 30, 2020.
Lamar enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. His family meant the world to him, he was the oldest son of nine and he wore that title well. He was known to everyone as brother and he never met a stranger.
Dr. Edward P. Rose died of COVID-19 on September 20, 2020 at the age of 74. He was a practicing rheumatologist in Belleville IL until contracting coronavirus, refusing to abandon his patients even though retirement was suggested in March.
A polio survivor, Ed devoted his life to his family, science, and service.
Ed is remembered as being quiet and unwaveringly stable, although he loved a noisy home with children running around playing. He loved hosting raucous dinner parties with plenty of wine and comfort food, passionate disagreements, laughter, and story-telling. Ed taught his kids to play chess, water ski, follow through on commitments and the values of philanthropy, travel, and enjoying simple pleasures.
Dr. Edward P. Rose is deeply missed by his wife of 47 years, 7 kids, 20 grandchildren, extended family, the many friends he made in life, and his patients.
Richard S. Rosenthal died of COVID-19 on August 4, 2020 at the age of 86. Richard was a lifelong learner, loved golfing, and was an active father and constant presence at his daughters' sporting events. He mentored in the Saint Louis Public School System and supported various civic causes (among other organizations, he was a past President of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service, and also a member of the Saint Louis University Bequest and Gift Council and the Saint Louis Art Museum Foundation.).
Although Alzheimer's had started to rob his mind, Richard accepted the disease with a cheerful manor. He had regular visitors up until the nursing homes shut down in March due to COVID-19 precautions, and still recognized his wife of 57 years and good friends.
Maureen Dale "Momo" Rudman died of complications from COVID-19 on April 26 at the age of 79. She had a "larger than life" flare for living and beautiful things, and saw the true beauty in everyone she met. She believed first and foremost that all people are beautiful and she truly lived this. Maureen was eclectic, authentic, and the life of any gathering she attended.
James Rufkahr, a WWII veteran, died on June 1 from COVID-19 at the age of 94 in St. Charles. After serving our country in the US Army in World War II, James worked at Ford Motor Company in Hazelwood for 30 years while he raised his family. After retiring, James worked as a bus driver and handyman for another 17 years. He volunteered with his church and delivered for Meals on Wheels.
Audrey "Yasmine" Ruiz-Smith died of Covid-19 on April 7, 2020 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Audrey was a member of the St. Louis Japanese Society and the Dances of Universal Peace. She was a creative, vibrant, woman who was passionate about social justice causes and improving the lives of everyone. Audrey made a lot of friends in life and touched countless more through her art and activism. . Audrey "Yasmine" Ruiz-Smith is missed deeply by her daughters Taylor and Sally, by her shih-tzu, and by her large circle of friends and fans.
Paul Rusnack MD, a retired clinical pathologist, died of COVID-19 related pneumonia at the age of 87 on August 3, 2020 at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville Illinois. After completion of his four-year pathology residency program at Saint Louis University, Paul served as Director of the 5th Army Medical Laboratory in St. Louis, MO. He worked as a certified clinical pathologist at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, IL, for 22 years until he retired in 1988. Paul Rusnack is missed deeply by his wife of 61 years, his children, grandchildren, and extended family.
Ruth Sandler died of COVID-19 on August 27, 2020 at the age of 94.
Ruth was a dedicated wife to her late husband, and a wonderful loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a kind and sweet friend and was always there when you needed some help.
Ruth Sandler is missed by her family, extended family, and friends.
Brenda Susan Schaeg (nee St. Onge) died of COVID-19 on April 28. She worked as a receptionist at Bethesda Meadow Skilled Nursing Facility in Ellisville, MO. She was known for making extra time to visit with the residents, considered them her friends, and often socialized with them when she was not on the clock. Her coworkers looked forward to coming to work on the shifts that Brenda was scheduled.
LaVerne A. Schlinkmann died on November 8, 2020 from complications of COVID-19 at the age of 99.
LaVerne was born and raised in St. Louis, and worked as a secretary for the old National Screen Co. and then for many years at Monsanto while she and her late husband raised their two sons. Her favorite things in life were her family and church, with music a close third. LaVerne was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Church of Christ on Giles Avenue where she sang in the choir and played in the bell choir, and also kept active with the Phi Beta sorority, the local Toastmistress Club, and as a volunteer usher for the Fox Theatre.
In her later years LaVerne moved into BJC Extended Care in Clayton, where she kept her mind and body sharp by making friends with the other residents and playing piano to the joy of everyone! Her formative youth being shaped by The Great Depression and as a young adult during World War II, LaVerne was known for her optimism and courage against odds and for her kindness and sweet nature.
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. She was known for making amazing fruit cakes and enjoying Manhattans and card games.
Jerome D. Schneider died of complications from COVID-19 on June 26, 2020 at the age of 93. He was a twice widowed former accountant who, even though the ravages of Alzheimers, still enjoyed listening to Frank Sinatra and eating cheese blintzes.
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.
Richard Schweigler died of COVID-19 on November 16, 2020 at the age of 86 alone except for the hospital chaplain at his side. Richard was born and raised in St. Louis and retired after 35 years as a civil engineer for the Missouri Highway Department; but his true passion was hockey and sports. He worked St. Louis Blues games as an off-ice official since the team's inception in 1967 until 1994, most of that time as a goal judge. He also played hockey himself, coached and refereed. Richard also played minor league baseball, coached baseball and umpired men's softball.
Dr. Frank E. Siefried, D.D.S., died of COVID-19 on July 24, 2020 in a nursing home.
Professionally, he was known for his skill and gentle touch as a dentist. More important than any of his career achievements (which included serving in our military), Frank was a loving father and husband. He was quick to joke and laugh, or to tell a fascinating story. He loved taking his family on adventures and vacations, spending quality time with his grandkids, and making those around him smile.
Frank spent his last years in St. Louis retired and consummately in love with his wife Bonnie. She cared for him until his health failed and he moved into a skilled nursing facility. After the "COVID-19 lockdown" started and residents were put into isolation, Bonnie went to visit him every day through his room's window.
Bonnie wrote, "This lock out of families did not protect the most vulnerable, rather isolated them and left them. There surely must be a better way of dealing in the future. The only peace I have is that he is no longer suffering in that place. This is a terrible, inhumane way of treating our elderly with no recourse."
Robert "Bob" Shiflet died of Covid-19 on April 16, 2020 after a "short but terrifying battle" with the virus.
Rob was intelligent, gentle, and soft spoken. He happily raised his family while he worked as a biochemist at Sigma Chemical for 37 years. In his off time, Rob was passionate about music. He performed clarinet in the Compton Heights Concert Band, and sang bass in the church choir at First Baptist Church in Ferguson (being very active in the music ministry there). Bob passed his love of music on to his three daughters. Becky took after her father and for many years they both played clarinet in the Compton Heights Concert Band.
Evelyn Slater of Washington MO passed away of COVID-19 on April 15, 2020. Evelyn was a kind, nurturing woman. Besides taking excellent care of her husband (who preceded her in 2009) and family, she worked for many years as a nurse's aid. Evelyn died a few days after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
Reverend Carl S. Smith, pastor of New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church and 1st vice president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition
Reverend Carl S. Smith, pastor of New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church and 1st vice president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition passed away on April 9 of COVID-19. He was 64 years old. He and the love of his life Geraldine would have celebrated 37 years of marriage on June 11.
Melvin Solomon died from complications of COVID-19 on May 14 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville IL. At 90 years old, he was a WWII veteran and had earned the World War II Victory Medal for his service. After the war, he and his wife Phyllis raised their family, while Melvin worked 30 years at the United States Post Office serving as a letter carrier (ultimately working his way up to supervisor). He also moonlighted as a taxi cab driver, and had lots of stories to tell from doing that!
Melvin Solomon is remembered as a kind and generous friend and as a loving father and grandpa. He's missed by his family and every one who knew him every day.
Anita LaKay Sprankle, of French Village in St. Francois County died of COVID-19 on May 5th, 2020 at Eden Village Retirement Center in Glen Carbon, Illinois. She's missed by her two sons, daughter, grandchildren, and those who knew her. Her family really hopes that we find a cure for COVID-19 and supports The McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University.
Danny Stephens of Bridgeton, MO lost his fight with COVID-19 on April 24, 2020. He was 70 years old. Danny was passionate about helping people, and got his Masters degree from UMSL He worked at the Missouri State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation for 35 years as he raised his family.
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. 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.
Paul passed away on April 28, 2020 at the age of 88 from complications of COVID-19. He enjoyed nothing more than a cold Stag beer, boating, and Cardinals baseball. He was an active member of the O'Fallon VFW and the Augusta American Legion.
Ralph Struckhoff died of COVID-19 on September 11th, 2020 at the age of 74. As far as he or his family knew he was perfectly healthy and had the body and mind of someone much younger. He and his wife were looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in October (and many more happy anniversaries after that), but now they cannot. Ralph served our country in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967 after which he married the love of his life, Jayne. They settled in Augusta where they raised their two children while he worked worked as a Union carpenter.
He was always there to help a neighbor with a home project, listen to a friend, or to spend quality time making memories with his grandkids.
Irene A. Taschler died July 20, 2020 from complications of COVID-19. She was 95 years old. Irene was a respected former executive secretary at Emerson Electric. She stayed active with her late husband, visiting their second home in Hawaii and traveling often to see family in Austria. In her later years she loved volunteering at St. Anthony's Medical Center (Mercy South Hospital).Irene Taschler is missed deeply by her adult children, great grandchildren, and extended family both here in St. Louis and in Vienna, Austria.
Paul “Randy” Tite of Brighton, Illinois died from Covid-19 on September 9, 2020 at Alton Memorial Hospital. He was 74 years old. Randy worked as a laborer for Labor Local #338 in Wood River and raised three kids with his wife Brenda, who he married right after high-school in 1964. He was a star pitcher on softball leagues, inducted into the USA Softball Hall of Fame MVP in 1975, and also loved fishing.
Carol Ann Todd was beating cancer when she was struck with COVID-19. She went to the emergency room feeling ill and never saw her family again.
One of her daughters, Vanessa Trotman had just lost her mother-in-law to COVID-19 the day before on May 9th. Vanessa and her husband, faced with deaths of both of their mothers, had to grieve physically apart from family, friends, and church.
Audrey M. Tonies died of COVID-19 on November 2, 2020 at Dammert Geriatric Care Center in Belleville Illinois at the age of 91. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, which she loved hosting every year (even continuing family celebrations at the Shrine Apartment Community). She'd hoped that COVID-19 would have gotten under control so that she could celebrate with her large family this year.
Patrick Wayne Vadnais of St. Charles died of COVID-19 complications on April 8 at the age of 70. He was musically inclined and wrote songs, played piano and guitar, sang, and passed his knowledge onto younger folks.
Patrick Vadnais is missed by his daughter, step-father, brothers and sisters, extended family and friends.
Toni died of COVID-19 on October 15th, 2020 at the age of 79.
Toni married Bill Walker 54 years ago and raised three daughters with him. She loved nothing more than spending time with family and closely following and participating in her 5 grandkids' activities. She and Bill loved traveling together and they were never far apart. Toni was a long-time member of The St. Louis Women’s Club, Algonquin Golf Club, and St. Vincent De Paul Parish.
Rosie Mae Walker passed at Saint Louis University Hospital of COVID-19 with her family watching via video on their phones and iPads on April 9, 2020 at the age of 87. It's thought that she caught COVID-19 at a family BBQ in early March after which several family members became ill; one of her sons was still recovering at another hospital when he found out she was dying alone.
Rosie Walker was the family matriarch, with 15 children of her own and a tremendously large extended family including two great-great grandchildren. She was widowed twice and retired to St. Claire Illinois to be close to family and joined the Mount Moriah COGIC in Centreville. Rosie would give her heart and soul to help anyone in need.
As written: "My mom (Carolyn Washington) age 78 . (Died) May 20, 2020 [of COVID-19]. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She had a heart of gold and she loved her family unconditionally."
Elaine Anita Weir of Des Peres (St. Louis County) passed of COVID-19 on July 20, 2020. She was 78 years old and also had Alzheimers, but her gentle personality still showed through until the very end. Elaine was appreciated by her friends and family for her pot roast and skills at baking from scratch. She helped the St. Louis community through her volunteer work with the St. Patrick's Center and Birthright charities. Elaine Anita Weir is missed by her seven grandchildren, surviving brothers and a sister... and of course, all her friends and the many people whose lives she touched.
Barbara Ann White died of COVID-19 in St. Peters, MO on May 20, 2020 at the age of 93. She obtained her degree in social work from Washington University. Barbara loved her family, her husband (who preceded her), her cats (who also preceded her), and her friends. She lived an interesting and long life, and gave so much!
Cynthia Whitfield, loving mother and St. Louis nursing home medical technician
Cynthia Whitfield was denied paid sick leave by the skilled care facility she worked at and went to work feeling ill. She worked up until the day before she was admitted to the hospital. Cynthia Whitfield leaves behind four children, her husband of over 40 years, family, friends, as well as leaving behind her underpaid coworkers, and a fucked up system.
Ronald Arlen Whitley died of COVID-19 on May 6, 2020. He was 68 years old and had no underlying conditions. When he was hospitalized his wife and adult children kept thinking that he would turn the corner and recover, but he did not. Ron was a soft-spoken, gentle, kind man who was devoted to his family and loved animals. He worked an accountant with his own firm for over 30 years, and would bring along his dog, cat, and Amazon parrot to the office every day (they are waiting for him in heaven). Ron liked to do just about anything as long as it was with his beloved family.
Afi Williams died of COVID-19 on August 6 at the age of 47. He grew up in Jennings, attended University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL), and was a devoted father to his three children. Afi had a true zest for life, that was enthusiastically communicated to all who knew him.
Afi was an "essential worker" at a hardware store in Florissant (according to Facebook comments) and he thought he caught COVID-19 from a coworker who had recently gone to a large party. The coworker came to work sick and was sent home, but not before he gave it to Afi (and maybe others).
Afi's family wrote in his GoFundMe memorial fund:
To the world, Afi is another statistic that gets lumped into the life loss and cloud of chaos that have become the norm of this unthinkable pandemic. But let us take this time to reflect and understand that there are faces and families…love and life…heartbreak and pain associated with each number, dot and line on those daily totals and data charts we’ve seen flashing across our TV and computer screens.
Edith Woodcock of Washington, MO died April 12 from complications of COVID-19. She was 79.
Edith retired from Husky Manufacturing in Pacific MO and especially in her retirement loves square dancing and enjoying the outdoors. She was a lifelong supporter of veterans causes and a generous kind friend.
Fatama Lucille Yamnitz married Alva “Al” Yamnitz in 1952 and they had two sons. They lived happily in Normandy, MO until COVID-19 took both their lives. Fatama passed on April 8, 2020 and Al died three days later on April 11 in the same hospital.
"My grandmother Dorothy survived and fought all of the common ailments that have plagued the African American community for years: Diabetes, Breast Cancer, etc...but Covid-19 hit her living facility and a couple days after my election as Committee woman she succumbed quickly and passed away in an area hospital. Away from her son, the only child, family who had to watch her transition via Zoom, but is in the medical profession. Covid 19 took a beautiful person away from us August 6, 2020 at the beautiful of age of 86..rest easy Grandma Dot."
Clifford Russell Youngstrom, a WWII veteran, passed away on May 15, 2020 in hospice care at St. Luke's Hospital after a courageous battle with COVID-19. Due to restrictions, his loved ones were unable to be at his side, but they spoke continuously with him phone to let him know their love and support.