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 her family in Austria. In her later years Irene 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.


Irene Taschler’s obituary on Kutis Funeral Homes 

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.

Rosie was known for making mouthwatering soulfood dishes for potlucks, large early morning breakfasts, and delicious holiday meals that included neighbors and anyone who was lucky enough to go to the same event that she was at. She loved seeing people happy and always had a joke or witticism to brighten the mood up.

Rosie is missed by her large family, her church family, and anyone who was fortunate enough to know her.


Evelyn Charlotte Slater

Evelyn Charlotte Slater of Washington MO passed away of COVID-19 on April 15, 2020 at the age of 92. She was married in 1950 and had six children. 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.

Her son told the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

“I wish people would take it more seriously,” said Joseph Slater. “You see folks walking around without masks, or looking at the social distancing thing like it’s not a serious issue. But it really is.”

Evelyn is missed by 19 great grandchildren, her large family, and the many friends she left behind.


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.


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.


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.


Funeral Mass for Monsignor Nicholas Aloys Schneider

Ursula Milla – master seamstress

Ursula Milla died of COVID-19 complications on April 15, 2020 at age 94. She’d immigrated from Germany in 1951 and continued as a master seamstress. She loved sharing her heritage with friends and the neighborhood. She was a devoted mother and is missed by her extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Katherine Louise Bronson – retired welder

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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.


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.


Fatama Lucille Yamnitz and Alva F. Yamnitz

Fatama Lucille Yamnitz and Alva F. Yamnitz died of COVID-19 within days of eachother
Image credit for Fatama and Alva Yamnitz: Perryville News

Fatama Lucille (White) Yamnitz married the love of her life, Alva “Al” Yamnitz in 1952 and they had two sons. Al retired from the Army and ended up working as a baker for Kroger for 38 years.

The Yamnitzs lived happily in the St. Louis suburb of Normandy 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. Al was 89, Fatama was 85.

They both were involved with the Scouts together, and eventhough they had no daughters Lucille was involved with the Girl Scouts and was much loved by her troop member “daughters”. Lucille and Alva traveled the country together by car and camped and visited along the way. For their 50th wedding anniversary they took a cross country train trip.

Fatama and Alva are survived by their two sons, grandchildren, church family, and community who loved and missed them dearly.

I couldn’t find any pictures of them online, so I just combined the two pics from their obituaries as the main photo here. It looks like it used to be one pic!


St. Louis Covid Death: Arnette M. (Laury) Reeg

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. She had only very mild dementia and still could have lived several more years.

Arnette spent the last 8 days of her life alone and confused in her bed at the hospital as her condition deteriorated after at first seeming stable. When she was transported to the emergency room, her cell phone was forgotten, so phone calls and communication with her sons and daughters was painfully additionally limited.

She’s survived by 20 great-grandchildren and a huge extended family who miss her every day.

I could find no pictures of her online. It’s unclear if she lived in St. Louis City or County or if she was from St. Louis. I’m guessing St. Louis County, but someone please correct me if this is wrong.

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