Kenneth Stephen Daues

Kenneth Stephen Daues, Sr of St. Louis, passed away from COVID-19 on January 3, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital at the age of 87.

Ken was born and raised in St. Louis, graduating from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree. He raised four kids with his first wife and was a beloved stepfather to three. Ken’s work included the family business, Caterpillar Tractor and he ultimately retired from Insituform Technologies, Inc.. More important than his work was his volunteering and service to the community. He was very active, especially in retirement, in Meals on Wheels, volunteering with at Holy Infant Church, and supported of St. Vincent de Paul Society. He loved connecting with old classmates and spending time with his grandkids.

Kenneth Daues is missed deeply by his wife of 38 years, adult children and step-children, grandkids, and all those who knew him.

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Kenneth Stephen Daues obituary at Schrader Funeral Home 

Richard Lee Constance

Richard Lee Constance died suddenly from complications of COVID-19 on November 23, 2020 at the age of 70.

Richard had just retired in June from a 45+ year career as a personal injury attorney. He and his wife of 43 years loved St. Louis City living, loved being six minutes away from The Cardinals and the basketball SLU Billikens home games, and were active in their neighborhood betterment association. Rick also played golf and tennis, and was an active member of the St. Louis Athletic Club. He’s remembered as being an irreplaceable friend, doting on his nieces and nephews, his warm friendly smile, and how he lived life to its fullest.

Richard Lee Constance is missed deeply by his wife, his father, his brother and his sister, as well as his nieces and nephews, former coworkers, friends, neighborhood friends, community and the many people whose lives he touched.

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Richard Lee Constance obituary on Legacy
 

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.

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Anthony Daniel Daus Jr. obituary at Bopp Chapel 

Ellen Lydia Brasunas

Ellen L. Brasunas died of COVID-19 three days after turning 96 on November 19, 2020.

Ellen was a woman who gave to others and helped them heal. She first worked as a psychiatric nurse, stopping to raise her three children and returning to work as a public health and school nurse once she moved to St. Louis. When she was 52 she went back to graduate school to pursue her passion, counseling, and opened her private practice in 1980. She continued to be active as a therapist, and held her license until at least 2017.

Ellen Brasunas is deeply missed by her 3 adult kids, grandkids, great-great grandkids, extended family, church family at the St. Louis Ethical Society, huge circle of friends, and countless others who she helped out in life.

Listen to Ellen talking about facing adversity, handling transitions in life, practicing self care, and finding joy in this podcast originally found on the St. Louis Ethical Society’s archives from 2015.

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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 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.

Richard Schweigler is missed deeply by his wife of 67 years, adult kids, grandchildren, extended family, team mates and sports friends, and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

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Richard Schweigler obituary at Colliers Funeral Home 

Audrey “Yasmine” Ruiz-Smith

Audrey “Yasmine” Ruiz-Smith died of Covid-19 on April 7, 2020 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She was 56.

Audrey was a member of the St. Louis Japanese Society and the Dances of Universal Peace.  She was a creative, vibrant, woman who was passionate about social justice causes and improving the lives of everyone. Audrey made a lot of friends in life and touched countless more through her art and activism.

Audrey “Yasmine” Ruiz-Smith is missed deeply by her daughters Taylor and Sally, by her shih-tzu, and by her large circle of friends and fans.

Audrey fell ill with COVID-19 in late March and was quickly placed on a ventilator. She got the best care possible at BJC.
From Facebook – Audrey “Yasmine” Ruiz-Smith died of COVID-19

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Reverend Carl S. Smith, pastor of New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church and 1st vice president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition

Rev. Carl Stanley Smith

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.

Rev. Carl Smith preached his last sermon March 22 and shortly afterwards he and Geraldine started coughing. Because of a shortage of beds, they went to different hospitals. Geraldine recovered from COVID-19. As she wrote on a public Facebook post:

Never in a million years would I have thought that I would not be without my best friend, my husband, the love of my life, and the father of my children. I was not able to hold him and say I love you and till we meet again. It’s so hard, but everyday I feel him near. He’s in my heart, in my children, and his friends.
To all, thank you for the cards, parades of love and gifts, tears, and prayers. If there is anything the Smith family can do for you as he would have, we are here for you. Always and forever we share the memories of Rev. Carl S. Smith, Sr. He is at Peace.

Carl is deeply missed by his wife, children, his extensive family, and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him in any way. He made a hugely positive impact in St. Louis and touched countless lives.

For a heartwretching tribute to Reverend Carl S. Smith, read the St. Louis Public Radio article in the sources below.

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Essie Belinda Johnson

Essie Belinda Johnson died of COVID-19 on April 11, just two days after testing positive. She was 69 years old. She was known for baking the best sweet potato pies and being am amazing mother who had worked her way up at the United States Post Office from sorting mail to being a shop steward.

Essie Belinda Johnson died alone in a hospital, and her family mourned alone. Essie’s daughter Tawanda also caught COVID-19, going into the hospital 5 days after her funeral. Nobody could hug her or be there physically with her as she grieved her mother alone.

The only source that I found for this post was the tearjerking article on the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Sick alone, mourning alone: COVID-19 hits the elderly and African Americans the hardest in Missouri

Carol A. Strawbridge, retired school principal

Carol Strawbridge St. Louis Covid19 death

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. She was 73 years old. Carol was a retired teacher and school principal, an active board member at the League of Women Voters, and taking all the precautions that she could to avoid catching COVID-19.

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.


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Joan Eileen Byrne – retired guidance counselor and pet lover

Joan Byrne St. Louis COVID-19 deathJoan E. Byrne passed away of COVID-19 on April 18th, 2020 at the age of 87. She spent most of her career to advocating for students in the Parkway School system as a guidance counselor. She found true joy in helping others.

Joan grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Webster University in 1951, eventually going back and getting her masters. She loved her two adopted sons and her pets, and was a great friend to many.

Joan E. Byrne is missed by her sons, her extended family, her many friends and acquaintances, and all the people whose lives she touched as a guidance counselor.

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Cynthia Sue Jenkins, unbreakable spirit and kind friend

Image credit Cynthia Sue Jenkins obituary on Legacy.com 

Cynthia Sue Jenkins died on April 26 of COVID-19 with her daughter at her side. She’d previously resided in an assisted care facility and was much loved by the staff and friends that she made there.

Cynthia was known for being kind, resilient, generous, and a great friend who always had time to listen. Her life was not easy, but she always bounced back and had an unbreakable spirit.

Cynthia is missed greatly by her daughter, extended family, and the many friends that she made during her 74 years of life.

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St. Louis City’s first known person to die of COVID-19: Jazmond Dixon

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Jazmond Dixon died of COVID-19 on March 22, 2020 at only 31 years old.

Dixon earned her Masters in Business Administration from Lindenwood after graduating from Harris-Stowe University, and worked for the American Red Cross where she managed the computerized maintenance management system. She dreamed of starting a baking business.

She went to Urgent Care with breathing difficulties on Tuesday March 17th, was placed on a ventilator Thursday March 19th, and passed away Sunday evening on March 22 with her mother at her side. She had no preexisting conditions and was “young and healthy”. It is not known from whom or where she caught COVID-19.

Dixon’s cousin Belafae Johnson Jr. told the St. Louis American: 

Dixon could have caught the virus anywhere between family functions, work or social gatherings, Johnson said. 

“That’s what makes it so unnerving,” he said. “That’s why we wanted to get out and share her story and give out the most accurate information as we can.”

St. Louis American Jazmond Dixon, 31, is first COVID-19 death in St. Louis City

Jazmond is survived by her large extended family and work friends.

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