Audrey May Sullivan

Audrey May Sullivan of Florissant MO died of COVID-19 on January 15, 2021 at the age of 96.

Audrey was born on February 29, 1924 making her a leap year baby, which she was very proud of. She was past president of the Florissant Lady Elks, a lifelong Cardinals fan, and worked and taught candy-making classes at Fischer’s Cake & Candy for over 40 years.

Audrey Sullivan is missed deeply by her two sons, grandchildren, extended family and friends. She was buried at Jefferson Barracks next to her late husband of 61 years.

Sources:

Audrey May Sullivan obituary at St. Louis Cremation 

Eleanor Podolski

Eleanor Podolski died of COVID-19 on December 26, 2020 at the age of 90.

Ellie was known for her contagious laugh, bubbly personality, and love of learning and new experiences. She and her husband Stanley raised two sons and a daughter, and she also helped run the family store (Podolski’s Market). Ellie was a member of Polish Falcons Nest 45, where she was a Legion of Honor Bronze and Silver Star of Merit recipient and also a member of the Polish American Cultural Society. In her later years, she lovingly cared for her husband of 67 years as he suffered from dementia until his death in 2017.

Ellie is missed by her surviving son and daughter, grandchildren, extended family, and circle of friends. In her obituary her family wrote, “Please say a prayer for Eleanor and please get vaccinated.”

Sources:

Eleanor Podolski obituary at Hutchens Funeral Homes 

Anthony Daniel Daus Jr.

Anthony “Tony” Daniel Daus Jr. died from complications of COVID-19 on December 2, 2020 at the age of 85.

Tony was born and raised in St. Louis. He grew up in Soulard, attended St. Louis University, married his wife Ann, raised their 5 children, and had a successful 55-year sales career in the aerospace industry. He most loved entertaining, dancing, laughing over good food, and talking about his grandkids.

Anthony Daus is missed deeply by his wife of 63 years, his four surviving children, grand-kids, and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

Sources:

Anthony Daniel Daus Jr. obituary at Bopp Chapel 

Afi Williams

Afi Williams St. Louis COVID-19 death

Afi Williams died of COVID-19 on August 6, 2020 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 Handyman True Value hardware store on Washington St. 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 Williams is missed deeply by his three young children, his family, and his wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Nobody ever had anything bad to say about him, and his future was bright and brightened others.

As the GoFundMe (to pay for funeral expenses and to help out his kids) states:

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.

Afi Williams Memorial Fund 

There is no easy way to memorialize someone who has touched so many lives, who had such a bright future, who leaves behind so many who deeply cared for him, and whose life was cut short. I encourage everyone reading this to donate to his memorial fund, share John Hamilton’s post, and take precautions to keep you and your loved ones as safe and healthy as possible… and to take action so that more lives are not lost in vain to COVID-19, even if that’s simply wearing a mask and avoiding parties until this passes.

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Joan M. Clines

Joan M. Clines St. Louis County COVID-19 death

Joan M. Clines died from complications of COVID-19 on July 29, 2020. She was 84 years old. She spent most of her life in Ferguson and was a bus driver (#22) for the Ferguson-Florissant school district for almost 50 years. During the summers, she co-managed the pool at January-Wabash Park in Ferguson and taught hundreds of kids how to swim.

Joan Clines is remembered as being full of life, active, and a great friend. She’s missed deeply by her adult children, grand children, great grand children, former coworkers, and all the now-grown kids who she ever taught to swim or who were lucky enough to ride her bus.

Sources:

Joan Clines obituary on OsFuneralHomes.com