Miscellaneous Chariton County, Missouri Obituaries

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Gweneth Heckler
Gweneth Heckler, 76, of Dalton, MO died November 29, 2001 at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, MO.  Gweneth was born August 9, 1925 in Dalton, MO the daughter of William Roy and Lillian Alice (Rinehart) Hechler.
Gweneth was a lifelong Dalton area resident.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Dalton Community Center and Extension Club. 
Gweneth is survived by cousins and friends.
Graveside services are Saturday, December 1, 2001 at the Dalton Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Dalton Cemetery Association.  Services under the direction of Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury. 

Crystal George
Crystal George, 87, of Salisbury, died Friday, November 23, 2001 at the North Park Village Care Center in Moberly.  Crystal was born September 21, 1914 in Salisbury the daughter of Rudolph and Elsie (Stoeppelman) Boeger.  Mrs. George was a lifelong Salisbury resident.
Crystal married Melvin J. George on January 25, 1948 in Salisbury and he preceded her in death on August 21, 1971.
Crystal was a housewife, a member of the United Methodist Church in Salisbury, Order of the Easter Star (Warren Star Chapter), she volunteered for the American Cancer Society for over 50 years serving as president of the Chariton County Unit for 11  years, she served on the Farm Bureau Board for many years, and was on the board of trustee's for 6 years of the Chariton County Health Department where she helped organize the department in 1986.
Mrs. George is survived by her son and daughter-in-law; Roger and Lana George of Salisbury, three grandchildren Jason Young and his wife Tia, Jennifer Young and Gabriel George, two great grandchildren, Cole and Cheyenne Young and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Howard Boeger.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury with interment in Eastlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in Salisbury.  Visitation will be Sunday from 5 til 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the church or American Cancer Society.
Officiant: Rev. Mary Biesemeyer
Organist: Marva Davis
Vocalist: Lynn Ann Switzer
Pallbearers: Jerry Boeger, Josh Boeger, Jeff Boeger, Troy McAdams, Mike Sorrells and George Schupback
Honorary Pallbearers: George A. Schupback, John Wright, Richard Thieman, Bash Nichols, Jerry Sussillo, Darrel Forderhase and Charles Davis

Mary (Perkins) Kahn
Mary (Perkins) Kahn, 93, of Kansas City, MO died November 12, 2001 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. Mary was born July 17, 1908 in Orrick, MO the daughter of Robert Clay and Gussie Adelaide (Minter) Perkins. She was raised by her grandparents Judge and Mrs. H.C. Minter in Keytesville, MO. Mary married Ulyn Parker and this union lasted 20 years, in 1953 she married Jack Kahn and he preceded her in death in 1984.
Mary attended Keytesville High School and graduated in 1926.  She attended business school in Kansas City. She was a co-owner and operator of Parker Cafe for 20 years, and later worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Kiser & Henley Co., in Kansas City.  Mary was a member of the Broadway United Methodist Church and the Eastern Star.
Mary is survived by a half brother John Perkins of Flushing, MI and two half sisters Merta Powers of Kansas City, MO and Pat Smith of Lee's Summit, MO and a step daughter.
Visitation will be from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 16, at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury. Graveside Services will be 11:30 at the Keytesville City Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Broadway United Methodist Church in Kansas City.
Minister: Rev. Steve McQueen

Dorothy L. Minks
Dorothy L. Minks, of Salisbury, died November 5, 2001 at her daughter's home in Poplar Bluff, MO.  Dorothy was born December 31, 1912 in Salisbury, MO the daughter of Jesse and Maude Gertrude (Smith) Street and granddaughter of John and Sarah (Street) Randolph.  Dorothy married James Elmer Cadmus and he preceded her in death on July 23, 1963.  She married Harmon Minks and he preceded her in death on April 23, 1977.
Dorothy was a lifelong area resident.  She was a co-owner and operator of Caddy's Food Center for ten years, then she worked as mail clerk for Biltwell for 21 years.  Dorothy was a member of the Salisbury United Methodist Church, Eastern Star Chapter 354 in Keytesville, Missouri Federation of Women's Club, and former board member of the Little Dixie Concerts in Moberly.
Dorothy is survived by a daughter Dona Kay Ijames of Poplar Bluff, MO a granddaughter Rebecca Ann Taylor and grandson Bryan Cadmus Keathley, two great grandchildren, a sister Jessie Maude Blake of Marceline, and brother Donald W. Coomes of Lady of the Lake, Florida.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, a brother Charles, two sisters Mildren Bowman and Mary E. Wolf.
Visitation is 5 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 9 at the Summerville Funeral Home, Inc. in Salisbury.  Services are 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10 at Summerville Funeral Home with burial in Oakland Cemetery in Moberly.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Minister: Rev. Mary Biesemeyer
Organist: Jean Marie Harvey
Vocalist: Matt Arni and Les Dotson
Pallbearers: Bryan Keathley, Matt Arni, Les Dotson, Lester Peters, Don Hinkle, Edmond Fawks 

Ralph Gauna
Ralph Gauna, age 71, of Salisbury, died November 3, 2001 at his home.  Ralph was born May 14, 1930 in Dilly, TX the son of Samuel and Joshephine (Medina) Gauna.  Ralph married Shirlee Ferguson on January 12, 1974 in Tijuana, Mexico, and she survives of the home.
Ralph was a decorated veteran of the Korean Conflict.  He had served in the U.S. Army and was a prisoner of war for 27 months.  Ralph had worked as a respiratory therapist and physicians assistant for Kiser Permante Hospital in Bellflower, CA. Ralph had lived in Salisbury the past eight years moving from Anaheim, California. He was a member of the Salisbury Lions Club.
Ralph is survived by his wife Shirlee, mother-in-law Dorothy Guilford of Salisbury, children Ralph Bernard (Duffy) Gauna of Orange County, CA, Vincent Thomas Gauna and wife Crystal of Kodiak Island, AK, Jeffrey Allen Gauna of Boise, ID, Lee Knight of Salisbury, MO, Kimberly Josephine Gauna of Anchorage, AK, Gloria Louise Chamberline and husband Jack of East Liverpool, OH, Dawn Marie Glenn and husband Greg of Orange County, CA, Lisa Kay Davidson of Greenville, MI, and J'Nae Linneman of Salisbury, 21 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, two brothers Manuel Gauna of Kalamazoo, MI and Richard Gauna and wife Judy of Dayton, OH and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Joe and Edward Gauna.
Visitation is 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2001 at the Summerville Funeral Home, Inc. with memorial services following at 7:00 p.m.  Inurnment will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 9, at Eastlawn Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Minister: Rev. Nathan Argent
Organist: Jean Marie Harvey
Vocalist: Rev. Nathan Argent

Fern Schnetzler
Fern Schnetzler, age 95, of Moberly, died November 4, 2001 at her home, 220 Taylor, Moberly, MO.  She was born November 12, 1905 to the late Bessie Brown Jones and Edmon Brooks Jones, at Huntsville, MO and moved to Weatherford, Oklahoma with her parents at the age of 2 years.  The family moved back to Musselfork, MO when she was 4 years old.
She received her teaching degree from Kirksville State Teachers College and taught for a number of years in the rural schools of Chariton County.
On November 30, 1929, she married Leslie Schnetzler of Salisbury, MO, where they resided as farmers.  Later in life they moved to Madison, MO and after Leslies' death she moved to Moberly, MO where she resided until her death.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Moberly, the Trinity United Methodist Women, and a Sunday School Teacher.  She was also a volunteer for the Randolph County OATS, MACC of Moberly and member of the Chariton County Historical Society.
Survivors are three children; Barbara Mannering and husband Bob of Warrensburg, MO, Beverly Renne and husband Harvey of Kansas City, MO, and Leslie Schnetzler of Madison, MO, nine grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leslie, infant daughter Brenda Eilene, sister Willo Jones, brother Floyd Jones, and daughter-in-law Eulah Schnetzler.
Visitation is 6 - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 6 at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury.  Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 7 at Summerville Funeral Home with burial in Salisbury City Cemetery.  Memorial may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Minister: Rev. Pete Soens
Organist: Marva Davis
Vocalist: Debra Sellers
Pallbearers: Kent Mannering, Kevin Mannering, Larry Barton, Darin Schnetzler, Mark Renne, Dennis Couch

Lorene Twyman
Lorene Twyman, 92, of Salisbury died December 31, 2001 at Columbia Regional Hospital in Columbia,  She was born June 25, 1909 in Prairie Hill, MO the daughter of Victor and Ada (Sears) Houston.  She had two sisters, Mary, (Mrs. Horace) Gibson, Sue, (Mrs. Porter) Cooper, and they both preceded her in death.
Lorene married Finis Twyman on December 24, 1927, a cattleman and farmer in the Prairie Hill community.  He preceded her in death on April 1, 1959.
Mrs. Twyman was a lifelong area resident, a member of the Prairie Hill Baptist Church, and of the Willing Workers Extension Club.
Mrs. Twyman was a mother of three children.  Robert Lee, who died as an infant, Joe Paul Twyman, Clifton Hill, MO, and Julia Horner of Auxvasse, MO.  She is also survived by four grandchildren, Steve Twyman of Clifton Hill, MO, Jane Fuemmeler of Salisbury, MO, William and Finis Horner both of Auxvasse, MO, nine great grandchildren and one niece Mrs. Dorothy Thorp of Booneville, IN, and sister-in-law Mrs. Helen Twyman of Clifton Hill, MO.
Visitation is 10 - 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 3, 2002 at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury with the funeral following at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.  Burial in Prairie Hill Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Dulany Library or the Salisbury Senior Center.
Minister: Brother Elmo Terry
Organist: Betty Clayburg
Vocalist: Kent Harmon

Lela E. Spellman
Lela E. Spellman, 93, of Salisbury died December 25, 2001 at Chariton Park Health Care Center in Salisbury, after a lengthy illness.  Lela was born April 18, 1908 in Forest Green, MO the daughter of Fred and Meta (Imgarten) Weiseman.  She married Fred Spellman on August 15, 1926 at Salem Lutheran Church in Forest Green and he preceded her in death on February 23, 1998.
Lela was a homemaker, and a longtime member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Forest Green and the LWML at the church.
Lela is survived by a daughter Thelma and husband Floyd Sanders of Salisbury, son-in-law J.W. Gelski of Salisbury and daughter-in-law Vicki Spellman of Mapleglen, PA; a brother Harvey Weiseman of Columbia, MO, sisters Edna Rice of Salisbury, MO Sylvia Friesz of Keytesville, MO, and Bernice Yarberry of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Steve Sanders and wife M'liss of Salisbury, Dale Sanders and wife Mary Jo of Moberly, MO, Mara Gelski of Bernardsville, NJ, Jeff Gelski of Overland Park, KS, Kathy Smith and husband Bob of St. Louis, MO, Jennifer Spellman of Columbia, MD, and Susannah Spellman of Hoboken, NJ: four great grandchildren, Chris Sanders and wife Amy of Columbia, MO, Mitch Sanders of Salisbury, Angie Smith and Robbie Smith both of St. Louis, MO; three great grandchildren, Courtney Hunt, Tyson Hunt, both of Moberly, MO, and Drew Hunt of Columbia, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Carol Gelski on May 16, 1999, a son Verle Spellman on January 10, 2000, sister Nettie Friesz and an infant sister Gloria.
Visitation will be 5 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2001 at Summerville Funeral Home, in Salisbury, MO.  Funeral Services will be Saturday, December 29 at 11:00 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Forest Green with burial in Salem Lutheran Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church or Chariton Park Health Care Center Activities Fund.
Minister: Pastor Laurence Carlson
Organist:  Maxine Imgarten
Pallbearers: Mitch Sanders, Robbie Smith, Bob Smith, John Rice, Randall Weiseman, Gerald Friesz
  
Mabel J. O'Bryan, 95, of Glenwood, IL died December 17, 2001 at her home.  Mabel was born September 24, 1906 in Salisbury, MO the daughter of Obie and Minnie King.
Mabel was a retired telephone operator for Illinois Bell.  She enjoyed traveling.
Mabel is survived by a son Lawrence "Larry" O'Bryan of Matteson, IL, a son Robert and wife Susan O'Bryan of Glenwood, IL, granddaughter Karen and husband Mike Ortega and two great grandchildren Michael and Victoria Ortega.  She was preceded in death by parents and a daughter-in-law Patricia O'Bryan.
Visitation is Thursday, December 20, from 9 - 10:00 a.m. at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury with Graveside services following at 10:00 a.m. at the Salisbury City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salisbury City Cemetery or the Alzheimer Association.
Minister:  Rev. Nathan Argent

Lillian Vaughn Redding
Lillian Vaughn Redding, 82, lifelong resident of Keytesville, Missouri, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2001 at Chariton Park Health Care Center in Salisbury.  She was born September 18, 1919 in Keytesville the daughter of Sylvester and Hallie (Wheeler) McAllister.  Lillian was united in marriage to George Virgil Redding on October 2, 1932; to this union was born nine children.  
Lillian devoted her life to the caring of her family.  She was also a member of the Second Baptist Church of Keytesville, MO.
Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Virgil on June 6, 1997, one daughter, Velma Lucille, one brother John "Dub" McAllister, one sister Evelyn "Tootsi" Green, and two grandchildren.
Lillian is survived by five sons, Virgil, Jr and Bobby Redding both of Keytesville, MO; Charles Redding of Dalton, MO; Raymond Redding of Huntsville, MO; and Clifford Redding of Moberly, MO; three daughters, Sue Williams of Indianapolis, IN; Joyce Redding of Columbia, MO; and Patsy Redding of Salisbury, MO; one son-in-law; and three daughters-in-law; one brother-in-law, Charles Redding of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; her beloved grandchildren; and great great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be 5 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2001 at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury.  Funeral services will be Monday, December 17, at 11:00 a.m. at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury with burial in Keytesville City Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Keytesville Cemetery Association.
Minister:  Rev. Earl Howell

Mary Elizabeth Harris
Mary Elizabeth Harris, 79, of Salisbury died December 12, 2001 at Chariton Park Health Care Center.  She was born November 1, 1922 in Council Bluffs, Iowa the daughter of Willie Moses and Beulah Pearl (Todd) Brogan.  Mary married William Robert "Bob" Harris on January 7, 1944 in Armstrong, MO and he survives of the home.
Mary was a school teacher for approximately 35 years in the Salisbury school district and surrounding areas.  Mary retired in 1983.  She was a member of the Salisbury First Baptist Church, Baptist Women, Order of the Eastern Star in Huntsville, MO, and the Retired Teachers of Chariton County, and a former member of the Music Club.
Mary is survived by her husband Bob, two daughters, Judy Budde of Salisbury and Karen and husband Charles Fray of Wichita, KS, three grandchildren, Jill and husband Scott Maloney of Independence, MO, Jana Budde of Kansas City, MO, and Jesse Fray of Wichita, KS, great granddaughter Abigail Maloney, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation is 5 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 14 at Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury.  Funeral is Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Salisbury with burial in Eastlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Music Dept. or the Community Teacher Association (CTA) Scholarship Fund at the Salisbury High School.
Minister: Rev. Nathan Argent
Organist: Karla Britt
Pianist:  Carol Ratliff
Vocalist: Ken & Connie Hulett, and Jesse Fray

Verl Harman
Verl Harman, 81, of Salisbury died December 11, 2001 at Chariton Park Health Care Center in Salisbury.  He was born May 15, 1930 at Bynumville, MO the son of John Leslie and Della (Brown) Harman.  Verl married Twylia McCart on May 3, 1942 in Kirksville, MO, and she survives of the home.
Verl was a lifelong area resident.  He was a farmer who trucked and sold seed corn and fertilizer until his retirement in 1995.  He was a member of the Church of God (Holiness).
Survivors include his wife, daughter Nola and husband Richard Kramer of Blackwater, MO, two grandsons Gentry and Jason Kramer of Blackwater, one brother Olin Harman, one brother-in-law Chalmer McCart, and a number of cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Vencil.
Visitation is Thursday, December 13, from 1 - 2:00 p.m. at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury with funeral services following at 2:00 p.m.  Burial in Fitzgerald Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Fitzgerald Cemetery.
Minister:  Rev. Burl McClanahan
Organist: Karla Britt
Vocalist: Ken & Connie Hulett
Pallbearers:  Larry Harman, Alan Harman, Neal Harman, Gary Steffes, Raymond Boss, and Willard Harmon.

Zeta Adams
Zeta Adams, 101, of Salisbury died Monday, December 10, 2001 at the Chariton Park Health Care Center in Salisbury.  She was born January 15, 1900 in Slater, MO the daughter of Frank Preston and Mary Jane (Hamley) Hubbird.
Zeta married Charles Adams on May 22, 1917 in Slater, and he preceded her in death on October 24, 1982.  His work as a boilermaker for the Railroad took them many places, Cypress, IL, Salem, IL, Cleveland, OH, and Dillionvale, OH.  He retired in 1934, and they moved to a farm in the Pleasant wood area east of Salisbury.  After a few years they moved to a farm near Springfield, MO, where they lived for 23 years.  They returned to Salisbury in 1963.
Zeta was a member of the First Baptist Church of Salisbury.
Survivors are a daughter Mary Ellen Chapman of Salisbury, MO a granddaughter Judith Lee Buffington of Overland Park, KS, three great grandchildren, Kathy and husband Ron Roling of Salisbury, MO, Karen and husband Roy Henke of Allen, TX, and Michael and wife Paige of Heath, TX, six great grandchildren, Jonathan, Joshua and Sarah Roling, Austin and Aubrey Henke, and Drake Buffington.  Also several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 12th at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury.  Burial in Salisbury City Cemetery.

Emelia M. Nagel
Emelia M. Nagel, 81, of Salisbury died December 5, 2001 at University Hospital in Columbia,  Emelia was born August 16, 1920 in Salisbury, MO the daughter of Henry William and Elizabeth (Meissen) Striegel. She married Eugene Joseph Nagel on June 18, 1946 in Salisbury, MO  and he preceded her in death on December 12, 1993.
Emelia was a lifelong Salisbury resident. She was a homemaker and bookeeper for the Nagel Service Station and Car Wash. Emelia was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Choir, St. Joseph Altar Sodality, and St. Joseph School Foundation.
Emelia is survived by three son's: Gerald Nagel and wife Rose of Tulsa, OK, Thomas Nagel of St. Joe, MO, and Ron Nagel and wife Pam of St. Charles, MO, two daughter's: Elizabeth Nagel of Philadelphia, PA and Ann Carter and husband Richard of Salisbury, daughter-in-law Carolyn Nagel of Salisbury, two brother-in-law's; Virgil Nagel and Marvin Nagel and wife Marie, and sister-in-law's; Lucy Wood and Elvira Nagel-Vogt, ten grandchildren; Mike Nagel and wife Sheila, Greg Nagel, Dan Nagel, Stacy Nagel, Stephen Nagel, Allen Carter, Aaron Carter, Brett Carter, Amber Nagel, and Ryan Nagel, three great grandchildren, Brock and Ashley Nagel and T. J. Beavers.  Emelia was preceded in death by her parents, husband Eugene, son, Robert J. Nagel, sister's, Sister Corona Striegel and Mildred Widmer.
Visitation will be Friday, December 7, from 6-9:00 p.m. with a Rosary/Prayer Service at 8:00 p.m. at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury.  Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, December 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salisbury with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Church Parrish Memorial Fund.
Minister: Father Bill Debo
Pallbearers: Mike Nagel, Greg Nagel, Dan Nagel, Stephen Nagel, Allen Carter, Aaron Carter, Brett Carter, Ryan Nagel


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