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.

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Audrey May Sullivan obituary at St. Louis Cremation 

Helen Sydow Clark

Helen Sydow Clark St. Louis COVID-19 death

Helen S. Clark died November 26 from complications of COVID-19 and congestive heart failure at the age of 82.

She graduated from St. Louis City Hospital’s School of Nursing in 1959 and went on to have a long career in nursing, staying involved in the alumni association after retiring. Helen raised her two daughters with her late husband and loved being a grandma. She supported various nonprofits, read voraciously, and played a good game of checkers. Before COVID-19 hit, she was a daily regular at Miss Sheri’s Cafeteria in South County.

Helen Sydow Clark is missed deeply by her two daughters, step sons, grandkids, extended family, and all those who were fortunate to know her.

Sources:

Helen Sydow Clark obituary at St. Louis Cremation 

Dolores E. Weekly

Delores E. Weekly died of COVID-19 on November 30, 2020 at the age of 91. She lived in Overland MO for most of her life, and was an active member of the Overland Historical Society.

Delores was a skilled quilter and knitter. After retiring from Pet Foods, she sewed gifts for her family and friends, and donated her handcrafts to charities. She loved doing many things, but lunch with friends was her favorite activity of all. Delores was known for her independent, cheerful spirit.

Delores Weekly is missed by her cousins, surrogate family, and her many friends.

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Delores E. Weekly’s obituary at Ortmann Funeral Homes 

Mary Smith

Photo credit: KSDK

Mary Smith, a special education teacher, died from complications of COVID-19 on December 8, 2020 at the age of 49. She taught for 21 years with the Special School District of St. Louis County, most recently teaching first graders at Fairview Elementary in Jennings.

According to KSDK’s reporting, “Smith lived with her mother and was her primary caregiver. The week of Thanksgiving, Smith’s mother contracted COVID-19 and died a short time later…”. The seven students that Mary taught were individually notified, and staff at Fairview held a “therapy session” after the news broke. Counselors are available for students and staff to help them deal with this loss.

Jennings School District went virtual on November 18th, and no students or staff were exposed to Smith after she contracted the novel coronavirus

Mary Smith was much loved by all those who knew her, and special education was her true calling in life. She is deeply missed by all her former students, children of all ages who she helped out in life, her coworkers, and her family.

An obituary had not been published as of this writing; this post will be edited and added to as more is learned. Originally published December 9 around 8:30pm.

Sadly, Mary Smith is not the first education professional in St. Louis to die of COVID-19 – please see this page memorializing those that I know about.

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https://twitter.com/kdeeswenson/status/1336474397759197184/photo/1

Thomas Eise

Thomas Eise - St. Louis COVID-19 death

Thomas Eise of St. Ann, MO died of COVID-19 on November 12, 2020 at the age of 67. He went in for a knee replacement, developed cellulitis, and then coronavirus. He supported the shutdowns to flatten the curve, socially distanced, wore a mask… and despite taking every precaution, he still caught COVID-19.

Tom was a hard working man who was fiercely loyal to his family and friends. He was empathetic, a listening ear when you needed one, and raised his step daughters as his own.

in April, 2020 Tom wrote the following poem which one of his daughters shared with the message:

“We lost my dad to COVID this last week. He was careful, he supported the lockdowns and mandates, but too many around him didn’t. He went in for a knee replacement and developed cellulitis. They sent him home on a Wednesday (I picked him up) and he barely made it inside. We assumed that it was pain and such. 36 hours later he was taken back to the ER by ambulance. He was hallucinating and a mess. His oxygen was in the 60s. They then decided to test for Covid. Next day ventilator, next day chemical paralysis- and he was not able to recover. He was 67He (Tom Eise) wrote this poem back in April.””

Facebook

You Know Me – a poem by Thomas Eise

I don't want to get ill or die
Cant you just please comply

I'm a person and have a name.
To you this is an inconvenience, a game

I'm an artist, a singer.
I'm your postman or pick up
your trash.

I'm a doctor, intern or nurse.
I'm young and quiet. I'm old
and brash

I'm your neighbor, the grandmother
up the street.

I'm the towtruck driver, I
pour concrete

You Know me

I don't want to get ill or die
Can't you just please comply

Thomas Eise is missed deeply by his partner in life, Mary Jo Purcell, a son and daughter, two step-daughters, grandchildren, six siblings, and a host of friends.

Sources:

Thomas Eise obituary at Ortmann Funeral Home 

Poem by Thomas Eise – from Facebook (see sources and embeds above)

Matthew Leake

Matthew Leake St. Louis COVID-19 death

Matthew Joseph Leake died from COVID-19 on August 24, 2020 at the age of 60. He was trying to beat cancer, but caught coronavirus and died alone in the hospital.

Matt was known by his friends as a giant teddybear because of his gentle, kind, big presence. He played Santa every year for 30 years and brought joy to countless children. One of his biggest loves in life was singing, and he was a previous member of the St. Louis Cathedral Archdiocesan Choir when they performed at the Vatican. Matt was a Fourth Degree Knight in the St. Ann Council of The Knights of Columbus and a devout Catholic. He’s remembered as being warmhearted, generous, a great friend, and someone you wish were your brother or son or uncle.

Matthew Leake is missed by his sisters, brothers, extended family, church family, and large circle of friends.

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Matthew Leake obituary at St. Louis Cremation
 

Shirley Ann Alexander

Shirley Ann Alexander died within 72 hours of being diagnosed with COVID-19 on August 23, 2020 at the age of 87. Because of broken bones in her neck from a recent fall, the ventilator caused Shirley to suffer too much and her family made the difficult decision to remove it. A niece was able to don personal protective gear and be with her in her last moments, so she didn’t die alone like so many have.

Shirley was born and raised in St. Louis, graduating from Ursuline Academy. She moved around the country but came back to St. Louis (her favorite city) in her later years. She always had time and a chair in the kitchen to listen to your troubles and try to help, and was all around a warm and caring woman. Shirley spent the last 4 years in an excellent assisted care facility being visited 3 or more times a week by her loving family. After the COVID-19 lockdown started on March 9, the staff assisted with ZOOM video calls.

Shirley Alexander is missed by her surviving son and daughters, grandchildren, her large extended family, and the friends she made with other residents and staff at the nursing home she happily lived at in her final years.

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Elaine Anita Weir

Elaine Anita Weir (nee Eckelkamp) of Des Peres (St. Louis County) passed of COVID-19 on July 20, 2020. She was 78 years old and also had Alzheimers, but her gentle personality still showed through until the very end.

Elaine was appreciated by her friends and family for her pot roast and skills at baking from scratch. She helped the St. Louis community through her volunteer work with the St. Patrick’s Center and Birthright charities.

Elaine Anita Weir is missed by her seven grandchildren, surviving brothers and a sister… and of course, all her friends and the many people whose lives she touched.

Sources:
Obituary for Elaine Anita Weir (Eckelkamp) – at Bopp Chapel
 

Dwontreze Terrell Lovett

Dwontreze Lovett died of COVID-19 in mid-August 2020 at the age of 29. He worked as a barber and raised bull dogs as Co-Op Bully Kennels.

He had a high fever which he went to the emergency room for, and never left the hospital. Nine days later getting admitted, Dwontreze passed away of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus.

His mom tells 5 On Your Side somehow Dwontreze knew that he wasn’t going to survive his battle with COVID-19 and days before he passed, the Hazelwood dad called his little girl and other relatives.

“I didn’t know it, but he had called his daughter and told her to just look for me in the sky. My granddaughter, she’s like telling me my Poppa’s in the sky. My Daddy’s in the sky. He told me to be good,” said Claudette Lovett-Carson with tears streaming down her face.

5 on Your Side – KSDK

Dwontreze is deeply missed by the love of his life, Tia who he’d just married in February, his mother, his 5 year old daughter, extended family, and friends. His passing leaves a hole in the St. Louis community and in potential friends he never made because his life was cut short.

Update on October 12, 2020 from Dwontreze’s mother:

Dwontreze T. Lovett, was my ONE AND ONLY SON. He was only 29 years old, married only 3 months, with a 5 year old daughter. He was a barber in N. County for 8 years..HE MENTORED YOUNG MEN, that crossed his path. He enjoyed being with his family. He had to divide holiday time with his 3 SIDES OF HIS FAMILY. His wife side, his mother side and his father side, AND ALL SIDES ARE LARGE. I’m THANKFUL GOD LOANED ME SUCH A WONDERFUL SON FOR 29 YEARS. He was married on Feb 9, 2020…YOU COULD FEEL THE LOVE IN THE ROOM..Its was truly a family affair. My daughter in aunt, married them. Her other aunt, was the wedding coordinator. Her other aunt and cousin were the photographer and videographer. His and Her aunts cooked and catered the food. His 1st cousin was the best man. He cousin was the DJ, FAMILY, FAMILY AND FAMILY…ITS WAS A FAMILY AFFAIR…

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Martin Francis King, MBA

Martin F. King died August 7, 2020 from COVID-19 at the age of 86. He and his beloved wife were preparing to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this month. 

Marty was a proud Naval officer and member of the Naval Reserves, when he met his future wife Julia on leave in 1958 and married her in 1960. They raised 11 children together, and took their family on countless camping trips, sharing with them a love and respect of the outdoors. He’s remembered as being incredibly kind and upbeat.

As his obituary so eloquently states: “Marty’s life was driven by his commitment to “The Four F’s”: Faith, Family, Friends and Fishing.  It was this last commitment that was instrumental in the 1989 establishment of the Missouri Stream Team organization. He was a lifelong member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri and Ozark Fly Fishers. He shared this passion with countless friends, family and strangers.”

Martin King is missed deeply by his wife Julia, his adult children and their spouses (who he considered his children also), his grandchildren, extended family, his fellow fly fishing and conservation friends, and anyone who was lucky enough to know him.

Sources:

Martin Francis King obituary on Kriegshauser Brothers 

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 

Raymond H. Bayer, Sr.

Raymond H. Bayer Sr. died of complications from COVID-19 on July 20, 2020 at the age of 82.

In his early career Ray was a volunteer firefighter, carpenter, and real estate salesman. He ended up working 35 years in banking, including leading the consumer lending division at Community Federal Savings. He served as a founding board member, C.E.O., Executive Director, and Assistant Secretary to the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA) from 1983 until his retirement. He served on many boards and donated his time to various charitable organizations, practicing his Catholic faith through giving back.

More than his career, Ray was a family man and married to his wife for 51 years. He was a doting father to his six children and truly enjoyed spending time with his family. He always had a smile and was loved by many.

Sources:

Raymond H. Bayer obituary on OsFuneralHomes.com 

Maureen Dale Rudman

Maureen Dale “Momo” Rudman died of complications from COVID-19 on April 26, 2020. She was 79 years old.

She was born and raised here in St. Louis, and got her Masters Degree in Education at Washington University. She had a “larger than life” flare for living and beautiful things, and saw the true beauty in everyone she met. She believed first and foremost that all people are beautiful and she truly lived this. Maureen was eclectic, authentic, and the life of any gathering she attended.

Maureen Rudman is missed dearly by her 9 grandchildren, her children, and everyone who was fortunate enough to get to know her.

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Marvin Louis Platt

Marvin Louis Platt died of COVID-19 on April 10, 2020. He was 93. Marvin saw being a businessman and family man as all the same, and excelled at both loving his family and succeeding in business. He owned several businesses including a commercial cleaning company, delicatessens, restaurants, and an office building.

Marvin devoted the last few years of his life caring for his the love of his life, his wife, of 68 years after she became afflicted with dementia. He raised his children to have similar unconditional love, to look out for each other, and to be kind and hard working.

Marvin Platt always stood up for what’s right, stayed abreast of current events, and tried to help solve problems. He is dearly missed by his four adult children, seven grandchildren, wife, and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. COVID-19 took him too soon and too abruptly.

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