William Bill England

William “Bill” England died from complications of COVID-19 while suffering from Alzheimer’s on December 29, 2020 at the age of 82. After serving in the military*, Bill was a graphic designer who worked for Maritz Motivation, Koplar Communication, and retired from Argosy Gaming.

Sources:
William Bill England’s obituary at Schrader

  • I am assuming that William served in the military due to the flag on his obituary that signifies service

Richard “Ike” Eichenberger

Richard “Ike” Eichenberger died from complications of COVID-19 on December 23, 2020 at the age of 76.

Ike had a lifelong career in music, and served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War as Acting Commander of the American Division Band in Chu Lai, South Vietnam. He was a music educator for over forty years in Orchard Farm, St. Charles, and Ferguson-Florissant school districts and at Fontbonne College, Lindenwood University and Meramec Community College. Ike was a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, performer, mentor and teacher throughout his life. He and his first wife Mary were an amazing musical team. They had no children and welcomed their students into their hearts and home. Mary passed away, and in 2017 Ike remarried and was immediately loved by his wife’s adult children and grandchildren.

Ike is missed by his widow, step children, thousands of former students, and the countless people whose lives he touched.

Sources:

Richard Ike Eichenberger obituary at Hutchens Funeral Homes 

Charles Leroy Harper

Charles Harper of Perryville, MO died at Barnes Jewish Hospital of COVID-19 at the age of 81 on February 13, 2021.

Charles was a veteran having served in the Illinois National Guard, and married three times. He is remembered as being a “rolling stone” and “restless soul”. He had many careers and adventures, most notably in the mining industry working as far away as Columbia South America. He gained his Commercial Drivers License at the age when most people are retired (at age 69) and worked as an over-the-road truck-driver which he only stopped doing because he became incapacted with COVID-19.

Charles Harper is missed by his wife, an ex-wife, six children, grand-kids, extended family, and the many friends he made during his adventurous life.

Sources:

Charles Leroy Harper obituary at Monarch Cremation 

Joseph C. Budde

WWII veteran Joseph C. Budde died of COVID-19 on December 9, 2020 at the age of 96.

WWII veteran Joseph C. Budde died of COVID-19 on December 9, 2020 at the age of 96.

Joseph served in the Army Air Corps in WWII flying 35 missions in Europe, including the days leading up to D-Day, followed by another 60 missions in Asia. After the war, he got a degree in electrical engineering from St. Louis University and worked at Sverdrup and Parcel Engineers and Architects for the next 35 years while he and his wife raised their two children. Joseph and his late wife were longtime parishioners at Our Lady of Providence in Crestwood.

Joseph C. Budde is missed deeply by his children, grandchildren, extended family, friends, and everyone who was fortunate to know him.

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Joseph C. Budde obituary at Kutis Funeral Homes
 

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.

R. Richard Straub is missed deeply by his wife of 65 years, his two adult daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family, friends at The Gatesworth, and all who knew him.

Sources:

R. Richard Straub obituary at Bopp Chapel 

Elizabeth Quinn

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 (without divulging that work to anyone including her family until secrecy was lifted in the 1970’s).” She met her “Yank soldier” John at a dance during the war, married in 1945, and soon after landing in St. Louis she became a U.S. Citizen. They traveled the USA together, and had lots of adventures over their 63 years together.

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 St. Louis County bookmobile.

She was laid to rest in a private ceremony next to her late husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Elizabeth Quinn is missed deeply by her large and diverse extended family, her many friends, and all those who she helped spark the joy of reading in.

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Carl Edward McLittle Jr.

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.

Sources:

Carl McLittle Jr obituary at Reliable Funeral Homes 

William “Bill” C. Robertson

William “Bill” C. Robertson of Fosterburg, Illinois died from COVID-19 on September 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. At work, he was a team player, helping others and mentoring. 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.

Sources:

William “Bill” Robertson’s obituary at Paynic Funeral Home 

Mr. Edward Hellm, Jr.

Edward Hellm Jr. died of COVID-19 on April 27, 2020 at the age of 69. He was a veteran who’d served our country, a loving father and husband, and a retiree with lots of friends. He died alone in the hospital on a ventilator.

Edward (Eddie) Hellm, Jr., a 69 year old African American Father of four sons; Husband, Veteran, Retiree & Realtor was fighting the biggest battle of his life – the pandemic infused Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. On 3/27/20, Mr. Hellm, Jr. visited his primary care Dr. Michael Spezia (near Lucas-Hunt/Natural Bridge Rd.) with complaints of chills and body aches.  He was told to rest & prescribed Claritin!  3 days later with the urging of his wife, Eddie called in an uproar about how much pain he was having & chills.  He was prescribed an antibiotic & cough medicine with no testing, despite his doctor knowing of other underlying health conditions.  The Hellms called the COVID-19 hotline twice expressing their concerns & was told to continue the meds as he most likely had strep throat!  These are horrifying examples of disservice which leads to mistrust by black people of those we are expected to entrust our lives to.

3 days later, Mrs. Hellm drove her husband to the ER at Progress West Hospital near their home in O’Fallon, MO.  He was immediately sedated, intubated with the ventilator & tested for the virus.  24 hours later results revealed that he was in-fact POSITIVE!  2 days later (04/05/20), Eddie was transported by ambulance to Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJC) to their Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  His family is not able to be at his side, but are allowed sporadic video viewings of him via text alerts.  Every hospital should follow the Louisiana examples of palliative/hospice care which allows family to visit critically ill coronavirus patients with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

from Black Corona Lives Matter on A Red Circle

Eddie is missed deeply by his wife, adult kids, grandkids, family, many friends, and all those who knew him.

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Billie “Jack” McDermott

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 (now Alton 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.

Sources:
Billie McDermott obituary at Elias Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home
 

Alvin George Edgell – Humanitarian, WWII & Korean War veteran

Alvin George Edgell was enjoying his golden years in health at Alexian Brothers Landsdowne Village close to his family when he was struck with COVID-19, over 6 weeks after the nursing home locked down to visitors in an effort to prevent the novel coronavirus. Still very mentally sharp, he was using email to communicate until his last days. Al died on May 4th at the age of 96 with his son, a doctor at the hospital, by his side.

Al had a tremendously adventurous life, which is eloquently detailed in his obituary and public radio story linked in the sources below. A conscientious objector to WWII, his plea was rejected and he served as a medic in a non-combat role. He subsequently served in the Korean War. Al built his career around his passion, doing development work around the world.

In 1986 Al retired from Save The Children. When his wife retired they moved to St. Louis to be closer to their adult children and grandchildren. Al quickly became active in the St. Louis Ethical Society and gave speeches to other groups about world affairs. He published a memoir “Hindseeing: A Life in the World” under the pseudonym Bertram Clive Beardsley.

Alvin George Edgell is missed deeply by his wife of 50 years, his adult children, extended family, and everyone whose lives he touched.

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Earl George Crenshaw – WWII Veteran

Earl George Crenshaw St. Louis WWII Vet Covid19 Death

Earl Crenshaw, 99, was a fighter in life and tried his best to beat COVID-19 when he caught it at the Meramec Bluffs Assisted Living Center in Ballwin! He passed away peacefully on April 25, 2020.

After serving in WWII in the Army Air Corps, Earl started working for Western Electric. He and his family settled in Manchester, MO after living 20 years in Texas. Earl retired from Western Electric in 1981 and remarried after his first wife passed of cancer.

Earl made a great many friends at Meramec Valley Bluffs where he lived for many years and was given excellent care. He is missed by his large extended family, his many friends, the staff at Meramec Valley Bluffs, and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

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Paul E. Struckhoff, Korean War Veteran

Paul E. Struckhoff, Korean War Veteran COVID19 Death

Paul passed away on April 28, 2020 at the age of 88 from complications of COVID-19. He proudly served in the Korean War and afterwards moved from Augusta to O’Fallon to marry the love of his life (Marjorie, who preceded him).

Struckhoff enjoyed drinking cold Stag beer, boating, and Cardinals baseball. He loved telling stories about all the trouble he and his pals got into back in the day. He was an active member of the O’Fallon VFW and the Augusta American Legion.

Paul Struckhoff is missed dearly by his family, all his buddies at the VFW and American Legion, 7 great grandchildren, and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

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Dr. William G. Ridgeway, M.D. Ophthalmologist for over 40 years

Dr. Ridgeway St. louis Covid19 death

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. He was 85 years old.

In addition to practicing ophthalmology for over 40 years, William also had season tickets to the Cardinals and Blues for 40 years. He also loved WWII history, golfing, and skiing.

Dr. Ridgeway is missed by his wife, large extended family, his staff who loved working for him, and his generations of eye patients young and old.

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Edward Wood Cissel, former Head Master of John Burroughs School

Edward Wood Cissel died on June 16th due to complications from Covid-19 on June 16, 2020. He was 99 years old. Although not from St. Louis, Edward Cissell spent 19 years as the headmaster of John Burroughs School from 1967 to 1986, a pivotal time for the school. During Wood’s time, the financial position of the school was strengthened, faculty salaries were raised, environmental education benefited from the acquisition of Drey Land, increased community service by students, construction of a fine arts building and a sports and performing arts center, and many more improvements. Cissell and his wife (who was also influential in the school) were named “honorary alumni”, a title that only 5 other people in the history of John Burroughs School have held.

Cissell also served in WWII as a forward observer in a field artillery battalion in the Fourth Infantry Division. On D-Day, he landed on Utah Beach and fought in the battles of Cherbourg and Saint Lo, earning a Bronze Star.

Edward Wood Cissell is missed by the hundreds of students and coworkers whose lives he touched, his many friends, his four children, grand children, and extended family.

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Phillip A. Catanzaro – died suddenly of COVID-19

Phillip A. Catanzaro

Phillip Catanzaro died April 26 of COVID-19. After struggling with it for a month, he thought he was doing better and was looking forward to coming home to his wife of 48 years. Instead he went home to God. Phillip was 75 years old.

Catanzaro served in the Army Reserves, worked in the family business (St. Louis Banana & Tomato Co.), and operated the original Chesterfield License Bureau.

His family wants to thank the healthcare workers who cared so well for Phillip in his last days and they request that “In lieu of flowers, we request that you do everything you can to fight this horrific COVID virus.”

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Covid Train song by Straightline Studio – written and originally performed at Phil’s celebration of life, but dedicated to all the Phils and Pattys:

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

St. Louis Nurse Judy Wilson-Griffin Covid death
Image credit: UMSL https://blogs.umsl.edu/news/2020/03/30/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. She was 63 years old.

Judy’s grandmother was a midwife in Alabama, and Judy took up the tradition through her work at BJC from 1981 to 2007 (where she established Missouri’s first maternal transport team for high-risk pregnant mothers), and most recently at St. Mary’s Hospital. She also served overseas in the Gulf War with the U.S. Navy Reserve Nurse Corps.

In 2019 Judy was honored  as the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter Nurse of the Year in Women’s Health and Obstetrics.

Judy Wilson-Griffin leaves behind a step-daughter Valerie Griffin, a step-son Tyrone Griffin Jr., and numerous grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Tyrone Griffin Sr… and countless friends still miss her.

Judy Wilson-Griffin died of COVID-19 on a ventilator and in the thoughts of many at age 63 on March 20, the day that her proposal for creating a maternal triage acuity index for pregnant women was scheduled to be approved.

She is buried next to her late husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Please contact me if you’d like to add anything or if anything is accidentally wrong here.

Sources and links to more about Nurse Judy Wilson-Griffin’s life are: