Angel Marie Dampier

Angel Marie Dampier died of COVID-19 on June 10, 2020 at the age of 40.

She was a direct care worker for over 13 years at South County Habilitation Center in Mehlville MO and leaves behind a young son and husband. Angel is remembered by her friends as being a loving and dedicated mother, and she always had something to smile about.

Angel is missed very deeply by her 8 year old son, her husband, mother, entire family and extended family, the residents she cared for and coworkers she commiserated and laughed with at South County Habilitation Center.


Ralph Struckhoff

Ralph Struckhoff COVID-19 death

Ralph Struckhoff died of COVID-19 on September 11th, 2020 at the age of 74. As far as he or his family knew he was perfectly healthy and had the body and mind of someone much younger. He and his wife were looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in October (and many more happy anniversaries after that), but now they cannot.

Ralph served our country in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967 after which he married the love of his life, Jayne. They settled in Augusta where they raised their two children while he worked worked as a Union carpenter, Local 97, for Lauer Construction. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Augusta, the Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Post 262 in Augusta. Ralph enjoyed lots of things, but especially Christmas when he’d decorate the house and take extra cheer. He was always there to help a neighbor with a home project, listen to a friend, or to spend quality time making memories with his grandkids.

Ralph is deeply missed by his wife Jayne, his kids, grandkids, extended family, church family, American Legion and Knights of Columbus family, and all his many friends. His family is grateful to the nurses, doctors, and hospital staff who tried their best to save his life.

(note: I’m unclear on if Ralph Struckhoff is related to Paul Struckhoff, also of Augusta MO, who died of COVID-19 on April 28… I’m guessing they’re related but nothing I’ve found explicitly states this).


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.

Billie McDermott obituary at Elias Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home

Randy Tite

Paul “Randy” Tite of Brighton, Illinois died from Covid-19 on September 9, 2020 at Alton Memorial Hospital. He was 74 years old.

Randy worked as a laborer for Labor Local #338 in Wood River and raised three kids with his wife Brenda, who he married right after high-school in 1964. He was a star pitcher on softball leagues and loved fishing. According to his obituary, “Randy was an avid softball player and was inducted to the USA Softball Hall of Fame, MVP in 1975, and he made the All Star Team several times.”

Randy is missed deeply by his his wife Brenda, his son and two daughters, extended family, union brothers, friends from playing softball, and all his friends and community.


Howard W. Marshall

Howard W. Marshall St. Charles COVID-19 death

Howard Marshall passed of COVID-19 on April 10, 2020 in his room at Frontier Health and Rehabilitation in St. Charles. Although he had Alzheimers and couldn’t use the phone by himself, he still recognized his family and used a wheelchair to get around. He was 79 years old.

Howard came down with a fever and was tested for COVID-19 on April 1, got the results back on April 6th but didn’t have any respiratory symptoms. Suddenly on April 9, his family was told that he was near death. When his family finally were able to set up a video call that day, he was unresponsive and they were told he was sleeping. The next morning the nursing home told his family that his fever had passed and he seemed to be doing better, and his family looked forward to videochatting with him in the afternoon. Howard Marshall was dead by 7pm on April 10.

“He was always there for everyone,” his stepdaughter told the St. Louis Post Dispatch, “At the end he was all alone.”

“And the way that it happened, there is just no dignity in the way that he died. There was no respect for him or his family.”

‘No dignity’: Forced apart by coronavirus, families of nursing home dead left in the dark –, April 20 

Howard Marshall belonged to the Carpenter’s Union Local #1310 and worked installing floors until his retirement. He loved watching documentaries, fishing, working on his car, and helping his friends out. He was known for being a gentle, kind, man. He’s missed deeply by his children, stepchildren, extended family, and large circle of friends.


Katherine Louise Bronson – retired welder

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Katherine Bronson, retired welder (Teamsters Local 610) and an excellent cook died peacefully of COVID-19 on May 20, 2020 at aged 96. She was active in her church, Galilee Missionary Baptist, and was known for being witty and direct.

Katherine is missed by her friends and staff at Ascension Living, her church family, and her extended family that survives her.