Welcome to St. Louis Covid Memorial.

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”. 

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Donna Schroen Naylor of Bethalto Illinois died of COVID-19 on December 11, 2020 at the age of 70. She caught the novel coronavirus in November and passed soon after.

Donna Lynn Schroen Naylor

Donna Schroen Naylor of Bethalto Illinois died of COVID-19 on December 11, 2020 at the age of 70. She caught the novel coronavirus in November and passed soon after. Donna was a retired teacher, having touched countless young lives for 33 years in Cottage Hills and Bethalto East. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in education from Southern Illinois University, and was continually enriching her mind by reading books and learning. Donna never had her own children, and poured her love into her school kids, fur babies, and volunteer work. She and her late husband shared a passion for therapy dogs, which they’d take to local nursing homes. Long before COVID-19 hit, Donna knew the importance of making sure that families don’t go hungry; you could find her every Thursday at The House of Victory Food Pantry ministering, praying with, and giving groceries to those in need. She continued this volunteer work through the pandemic, until becoming sick herself from COVID. Donna is remembered as being one of the most cheerful people that anyone could possibly meet. “You could count on her to laugh at your feeblest joke and enthusiastically cheer your slightest success.”

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

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.

Sharon Kay Wylder St. Louis Metro East COVID-19 death

Sharon Kay Wylder

Sharon Kay Wylder of Carlyle Illinois died from complications of COVID-19 on December 29, 2020 at the age of 78. Sharon grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois attended St. Teresa’s Academy and graduated from St. John’s School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. As a nurse, she cared for everyone from nursing home residents to newborns. Sharon raised her five kids with her late husband, and loved it when she was able to retire and spend more time with her grand kids.

St. Louis Covid Memorial stands in solidarity with and in memorial of all those across the USA who have lost their lives to COVID-19, especially the 3,773+ people in our St. Louis Metro who are deeply and locally missed by their friends and families.

In solidarity with the National COVID-19 Memorial, January 19 2021 at 4:30PM Central Time

St. Louis Covid Memorial stands in solidarity with and in memorial of all those across the USA who have lost their lives to COVID-19, especially the 3,773+ people in our St. Louis Metro who are deeply and locally missed by their friends and families.
We are working with Missouri Healthcare For All , CovidDay.org, and other organizations to plan future memorial events that memorialize and remember the lives lost to COVID-19. If you’d like to get involved, please reach out!

Tal Hillman Godfrey IL COVID-19 death

Talmage “Tal” Dwain Hillman

Talmage Dwain Hillman of Godfrey IL died of COVID-19 on December 16, 2020 at the age of 75. His final message before he died was “wear a mask, the life you save may not be your own.” Tal spent his life helping people live better lives through his work with the developmentally disabled at Bellefontaine Habilitation Center. He’s remembered for the way he lifted everyone up, helping employees he managed to reach their potential as they helped the residents they worked with. After retiring in 2013, Tal stayed in touch with his old coworkers, finally had time to golf more, and loved live shows and Cardinals games. Lately he had started to forget things and moved into an assisted living facility, but he “remembered two current things: Covid & he hated Trump.” Tal was still madly in love with his wife of 54 years and they were able to Facetime together before he passed.

Richard Mintzlaff COVID-19 victim

Richard C. Mintzlaff

Richard “Dick” Mintzlaff died of COVID-19 on November 11, 2020 at the age of 77. Dick worked with the St. Louis ARC for over 25 years, was an avid participant in community theater and Renaissance Faires, and did his best to live by his morals. He was also very active at his church (Zion Lutheran Church in Maryland Heights) writing Sunday school curriculum, singing in the choir, serving as an elder, and helping out in countless other ways. He would give the shirt off his back to help someone in need, and he’s remembered as being inclusive and welcoming to new people in his social and work spheres. Dick loved being a husband to his late wife and a father to his two girls more than anything.

Helen Therese Pagel COVID-19 victim St. Louis

Helen Therese Pagel

Helen Therese Pagel of Ellisville, MO died from complications of COVID-19 and congestive heart disease on December 15, 2020 at the age of 93 at Missouri Baptist Hospital. Helen was raised in Milwaukee and met her late husband while working as a night clerk at the rail road. They started and ran Brown Mill Tavern and Cafe on the upper Michigan peninsula for 21 years while they raised their six children. Helen was incredibly proud that all her kids worked at the family business and went on to graduate college. Her and Roy enjoyed 52 years of marriage until his death in 2006. She was known for her wide range of artistic talents, from sketching graphics for her kids’ science projects to sewing costumes and tailoring clothing. For the past two years, Helen lived in an assisted care facility being visited as often as possible by her large family and watching reruns of her favorite TV shows (The Lawrence Welk Show and Gunsmoke). A devout Catholic, she attended Mass as long as she was physically able to.

WWII Veteran Don Lavin COVID-19 death

Donald E. Lavin

Donald “Don” Lavin died of COVID-19 on December 21, 2020 at the age of 94. Don was raised in North St. Louis and served in the Navy on the USS Borie at the end of World War II. After being honorably discharged, Don completed his studies at St. Louis University and married the love of his life. They raised three children and grew stronger together after the tragic death of their youngest child to heart disease. While Don prioritized his family and faith, his accomplished career in the automotive industry spanned more than forty years, the last thirty-two of which he spent at Chrysler. He was known for his limitless capacity for kindness, his laughter, his epic story telling, fierce poker playing, and driving tennis opponents to insanity with his notorious lob.

Patricia Ann Retter, of Jerseyville, Illinois, lost her battle with COVID-19 on December 10, 2020 at the age of 86 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis.

Patricia Ann Retter

Patricia Ann Retter, of Jerseyville, Illinois, lost her battle with COVID-19 on December 10, 2020 at the age of 86 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. Patricia was the beloved wife of Reverend Edwin Retter and together they raised two daughters while serving in the Nazarene ministry. She liked collecting snowmen, doing crossword puzzles, crocheting, and helping out friends. Patricia was the family matriarch and always quick with a kind word and listening ear.

Daniel Edward Schroeder

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."
Richard E. Schweigler

Richard E. Schweigler

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.
Evelyn Charlotte Slater

Evelyn Charlotte Slater

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

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.
Mary Smith

Mary Smith

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. 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.
Melvin Solomon

Melvin Solomon

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

Anita LaKay Sprankle

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.
Educator, mother, and caregiver: Lisa Ann (Plamp)  Steelman

Educator, mother, and caregiver: Lisa Ann (Plamp) Steelman

Lisa Ann Steelman was an elementary paraprofessional, caregiver, and mother who leaves behind a loving husband and an autistic son. She died of COVID-19 on April 11, 2020 at age 56.
Danny Harold Stephens

Danny Harold Stephens

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.
R. Richard Straub

R. Richard Straub

R. Richard Straub died of COVID-19 after a brief battle with the virus on November 24, 2020 at the age of 88. Dick grew up in Webster Groves, graduated with honors from Princeton University, and served as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After his time in the military, he moved back to St. Louis and completed his J.D. at Washington University with the Order of the Coif. Dick raised his two girls with his beloved wife while he practiced corporate law at Lewis Rice. At the age of 48 he had a major stroke that paralyzed the left side of his body but fortunately left his sharp mind fully intact. In this early retirement Dick threw himself into volunteering and supporting worthy causes (including providing free legal counsel via SCORE, tutoring children, and helping other stroke victims), living life to the fullest (and still golfing, with the use of only one arm). In 2014 he moved from his home of 50 years to The Gatesworth extended care facility.
Carol A. Strawbridge, retired school principal

Carol A. Strawbridge, retired school principal

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 E. Struckhoff, Korean War Veteran

Paul E. Struckhoff, Korean War Veteran

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

Ralph Struckhoff

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

Irene A. Taschler

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.
Randy Tite

Randy Tite

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

Carol Ann Todd

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

Audrey M. Tonies

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

Patrick Wayne Vadnais

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.
Antoinette “Toni” Gertrude Walker

Antoinette “Toni” Gertrude Walker

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

Rosie Mae Walker

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.
Gregory J. Warnecke

Gregory J. Warnecke

Gregory J. Warnecke of Belleville, Illinois died of COVID-19 on December 31, 2020, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital at the age of 90. Greg would make handtools and decorative pieces out of wood as a child growing up in Clinton County. After he finished serving in the United States Army Security Agency, he went to work as cabinetmaker with the Markus Cabinet Company, before switching to working on residential and commercial projects. Greg's love of woodworking was possibly only exceeded by his love for his wife, who he recently celebrated 58 years of marriage with in May 2020. In retirement, Greg liked traveling, fishing, spending time with family, but he continued his passion for woodworking through designing and building furniture for his home and for St. Mary's Church in Belleville. His craftsmanship can be seen on the "refurbished sacristy cabinets, both the Easter candle and Advent wreath stands, credence table, and extensive restoration of our Pieta statue and the figures in our Christmas Creche, to name a few."
Dolores E. Weekly

Dolores E. Weekly

Delores E. Weekly died of COVID-19 on November 30, 2020 at the age of 91. She lived in Overland MO for most of her life, and was an active member of the Overland Historical Society. Delores was a skilled quilter and knitter. After retiring from Pet Foods, she sewed gifts for her family and friends, and donated her handcrafts to charities. She loved doing many things, but lunch with friends was her favorite activity of all. Delores was known for her independent, cheerful spirit.
Elaine Anita Weir

Elaine Anita Weir

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 A. White

Barbara A. White

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, 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.
Mark Wilhold

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.
Afi Williams

Afi Williams

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

St. Louis Metro’s first known COVID-19 Death: Nurse 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.
Carol Lee Wood

Carol Lee Wood

Carol Lee Wood died of COVID-19 on November 24, 2020. She and her husband of 64 years were active with the South Side Church of God in Sappington MO, and were greatly enjoying retirement together. Carol Lee Wood is missed deeply by her husband, surviving daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends.
Edith L. Woodcock

Edith L. Woodcock

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.
Sharon Kay Wylder

Sharon Kay Wylder

Sharon Kay Wylder of Carlyle Illinois died from complications of COVID-19 on December 29, 2020 at the age of 78. Sharon grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois attended St. Teresa's Academy and graduated from St. John's School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. As a nurse, she cared for everyone from nursing home residents to newborns. Sharon raised her five kids with her late husband, and loved it when she was able to retire and spend more time with her grand kids.
Fatama Lucille Yamnitz and Alva F. Yamnitz

Fatama Lucille Yamnitz and Alva F. Yamnitz

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.
Betsey Elaine Young

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.
Clifford R. Youngstrom

Clifford R. Youngstrom

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.