Carolyn F. Purzner

Carolyn Frances Purzner, formerly of Washington MO, died from complications of COVID-19 on January 14, 2021, in St. Louis at the age of 82. Carolyn was a survivor of esophageal cancer and macular degeneration.

Carolyn had no children of her own, and poured her love into her vocation as an Registered Nurse.  She was a graduate of Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1959 and worked in St. Louis and then Dallas for many years. She moved back to St. Louis to care for her older siblings who were experiencing health problems. She’s remembered as being “the favorite aunt” and was always a nonjudgmental listening ear to vent to or for good advice.

In keeping with her sense of commitment to service and medicine and a strong family history of Alzheimer’s, Carolyn donated her brain to Alzheimer’s research.

Carolyn Purzner is missed deeply by 18 of 22 nieces and nephews, and 42 great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Sources:

Carolyn F. Purzner obituary on Legacy.com 

John Keith Vernier

John Vernier, a 62 year old Registered Nurse at Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis died of COVID-19 on January 12, 2021.

John was retired from the US Navy where he served for 21 years on submarines and served during Operation Desert Storm. After retiring from the military, John went back to school for his RN degree, and took a few classes with his daughter Christine who was also in nursing school. John had a true helper’s heart and was always there at any time for his family, friends, and coworkers.He had three daughters with his wife of 37 years, and LOVED being a grandpa. John was looking forward to retiring from his second career and enjoying more family time.

John Vernier is missed deeply by his wife, his father and step-mother, his three daughters, grandkids, coworkers at Mercy South Hospital, and everyone whose lives he ever helped make brighter.

Sources:

John Vernier obituary at Kutis Funeral Homes