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.


Carolyn F. Purzner obituary on 

Peyton Baumgarth

Peyton Baumgarth was 13 years old and in his first semester of 8th grade at Washington Middle School (in Washington, MO), when he died of Covid-19 on October 31st, 2020. He was the youngest person to die, so far, from coronavirus in Missouri.

Peyton’s mother told KMOV that he tested positive on October 26 after showing symptoms. He last attended school on October 22. His symptoms got worse and he was admitted to the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital on October 29, and passed away on Halloween.

Peyton loved Christmas, making his friends and family smile, playing Pokemon, making Youtube videos about Pokemon, sports, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a typical 8th grade boy and was looking forward to starting highschool in 2021.

Peyton’s mom told KMOV, “Wear a mask when you’re in public, wash your hands and know that COVID is real.”

Peyton Baumgarth is missed deeply by his mother and father who were looking forward to so many normal life milestones as he grew up, his family, classmates, community, and everyone whose lives he touched in his brief time here on earth.


Rosemarie Richardson

Rosemarie Richardson, formerly of Union, died at a nursing home in Washington MO on July 16, 2020, of COVID-19. She was 79 years old.

Rosemarie lived her whole life in the Washington-Union area, and worked at St. John’s Mercy Hospital for 37 years. She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Washington and her friends admired her warm wit. Even in the nursing home, she was active and enjoyed trivia and participating in many activities.

She’s missed by her remaining family, and by the friends she made at the nursing home, and everyone who was lucky enough to know her on this side of life.


Rosemarie Richardson obituary on Legacy 

Evelyn Charlotte Slater

Evelyn Charlotte Slater of Washington MO passed away of COVID-19 on April 15, 2020 at the age of 92. She was married in 1950 and had six children. Evelyn was a kind, nurturing woman. Besides taking excellent care of her husband (who preceded her in 2009) and family, she worked for many years as a nurse’s aid.

Evelyn died a few days after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Her son told the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

“I wish people would take it more seriously,” said Joseph Slater. “You see folks walking around without masks, or looking at the social distancing thing like it’s not a serious issue. But it really is.”

Evelyn is missed by 19 great grandchildren, her large family, and the many friends she left behind.


Edith L. Woodcock

Edith Woodcock Franklin County MO COVID-19 death

Edith Woodcock of Washington, MO died April 12 from complications of COVID-19. She was 79.

Edith retired from Husky Manufacturing in Pacific MO and especially in her retirement loves square dancing and enjoying the outdoors. She was a lifelong supporter of veterans causes and a generous kind friend.

Edith Woodcock is missed by her adult children, extended family, and many friends that she made in life.