Erma Lee Scheifer Lawson 1/4/2013

September 9, 2013

Erma Lee Scheifer Lawson, 81, passed away the 4th of January 2013, in Michigan. There will be a memorial service, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Piedmont, at 11:00 A.M.

Erma Lee Scheifer was born 9 December 1931, to John William Scheifer (a/k/a/ “Cotton”, and to Martha Mae Haywood Scheifer. Erma Lee was the younger daughter. Her sister, Alma Jean Scheifer died the prior year at age 5. Mr. Scheifer had been injured, while working for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and operated a Taxi service in Piedmont for many years. He later became the Mayor of Piedmont. Mrs. Scheifer was employed, as a Supervisor At the New Era Shirt Factory. Erma Lee’s older brother, Jim was her personal HERO.

Erma Lee attended, and graduated second in her class, at Piedmont High School in 1949, behind her close friend Jackie White (now Carter). Erma Lee, Jackie and Jessie Reid (now Stevenson) were best friends through Elementary and High Schools.

Erma Lee and Jackie then enrolled at Southeast Missouri State Teachers College in the fall of 1949, where in January 1950 a mutual friend introduced Erma lee to me.

After attending Cape for two years, Erma Lee moved to St. Louis, with three others to rent an apartment together. Erma Lee became employed as a Secretary in the Personnel Department at Union Electric. It was during this time that Erma lee and I began to date. My Love for her was immediate and complete and we became engaged in the summer of 1952,, and were wed on 1 January 1953, by Reverend Chris Schieing, at the First Baptist Church in the prior location.

Our marriage was BLESSED, in May 1954, with the birth of son John, and again in June 1956 with the arrival of Patricia, Under the guidance of Erma Lee (she made the choice to be a stay at home Mother, until The Graduations from High School for both John and Pat. We are extremely proud of the manner in which each John and Pat have conducted their personal lives, and to their choices in selection of mates, Gayle, for John, and Bob for Pat.

To say that I have been truly blessed for our marriage, and for the developments of the lives of our children would be a GROSS UNDERSTATEMENT.

Job related transfers took our family on a “whirlwind tout” of the Midwest, from St. Louis to Kansas City (2 years), back to St. Louis 3 years), then to Grand Rapids, Michigan (5 years), on to Dayton, Ohio (4 years) then to Detroit (4 Years) and finally to Bolingbrook, Illinois (19years) when Erma Lee and I retired( June 1992). It was she who asked to return to the Grand Rapids area, where we had privileged so many friendships. (totally agreed)

While in Illinois, Erma lee became the Executive Secretary for the Principal Of one of the fine schools in that area While in Bolingbrook, Erma Lee was awarded several awards for her work in the school system.

During that time, Erma Lee (she detested being called Erma, Insisting that she be referenced as Erma Lee) she developed a passion for Golf, and became quite good.

She loved to travel, and in our 20 + years of retirement, visited all lower 48 states with the exception of North Dakota. We finally started spending our Winters in the area near and around Vero Beach, Florida where Erma Lee began attending a weekly class in Water Color art. She painted more than 20 pictures, most of which were donated to friends, and relatives. She truly loved to paint, and her talent began to show, and improve, until her health declined.

In January 1961, at age 29 Erma Lee was diagnosed with having a disease named SCLERODERMA, for which there is no known cause or cure. Then, in 2010 she contracted Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, a “spin-off of the Scleroderma, which required that she use an oxygen tank at all times. Her health continued to decline, until the morning of our 60th wedding anniversary, 1 January 2013, when she woke me and said, she needed to go to E.R. with increased breathing difficulties. To demonstrate her “selflessness”, when I asked her which of the three local Hospitals did she want to go to, she said “Metro, it is the easiest facility for the kids to come to visit her because of location and parking/’ Two days later, the head Cardiologist at Metro, said she needed to transfer to Spectum Hospital, where the Cardiology Department is superior to that of Metro. She died, of heart failure at 2:00 a.m. 4 January 2013, after refusing mechanical means to continue her life., and in her last hour, told the staff that she wished that her remains be gifted to the University of Michigan Medical research department, for the study of the cause and cure of Scleroderma.

Lynda Sue Orlando 9/5/2013

September 9, 2013

In Loving Memory of Linda S. (Brooks) Orlando, St. Louis, MO, was born on Nov. 21, 1945 and died on Sept. 5, 2013. Preceding her in death was her dad Newell C. Brooks, grandparents, several aunts, uncles, and cousins.Survivors include her mother, O. Irene and and step-dad of 59 years, V. Bud Williams; one son, Andrew C. Orlando and friend Missy; and his dad Bonnie Orlando; three sisters, Sherry and John Hills, Rebecca and John D. Francisco, Rosalie and George Williams; one brother, Gary L. and Laurie Brooks; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nepews, great nieces, nephews
and a host of loving and caring friends. She will be sadly missed. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 with Bro. Jack Ruble officiating. Burial was in the Forest Chapel Cemetery, Piedmont, MO. Boone Pence, John Hills, Jeremiah Hills, Bonnie Orlando, Joe Orlalndo, Gary Brooks, and Andrew Orlando served as pallbearers. Local arrangements by Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont,MO. Online condolences can be made at

June A. Bearden 9/2/2013

September 3, 2013


June Ann Bearden, 71, of Piedmont, MO, passed away, Monday, September 2, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, MO. She was born June 7, 1942 in Noble, IL, to Eldon and Pauline (Hasler) Oaster.

On March 11, 1967 she was united in Marriage to James W. Bearden and to this union two children were born.

June lived in St. Louis, MO with her husband and her boys until 1975. She worked as a registered nurse in St. Louis and in Wayne County before transitioning to a new career with Wayne County Division of Family Services, where she was a case worker until retiring in 2001. She was a member of the Peach Tree General Baptist Church near Piedmont.

June was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. She was a gentle, caring, and supportive soul who was dearly loved by her family and friends. 

She is survived by her mother, Pauline Oaster of Bethalto, IL, two sons, James Kent Bearden of Springfield, MO, and Joel Edward Bearden of Poplar Bluff, MO; one grandchild, Cole Bearden of Poplar Bluff, MO;  two brothers, Larry Oaster and wife Donna Of Maryville, IL, and John Oaster and wife Jane of Mt. Zion, IL; and one brother in law, Wayne Bearden and wife Sandy of Piedmont,MO.

June was preceded in death by her father, Eldon Oaster, and her husband James on April 11, 1997.

Visitation was held Thursday, September 5, 2013, from 1:00 P.M-3:00 P.M. at Peach Tree General Baptist Church near Piedmont. Services followed at 3:00 P.M. Pastor Mike Green ministered to the family and Cole Bearden, Delbert Street, Bob Moser, Terry Montgomery, Chris Ross, and Shawn Montgomery served as pallbearers. Burial was at Peach Tree Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

Barbara Faye Brewington 9/1/2013

September 3, 2013

Barbara Faye Brewington, 63, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2013, at her residence. Barbara was born March 9, 1950 in Piggott, AR.

On May 23, 1968 she was united in marriage to James Lee Brewington and to this union four children were born.

Barbara loved spending time fishing, camping, sewing, and playing cards. She also loved to go to Dylan and Rebecca’s ballgames. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with friends and family and especially all the grandchildren. She was a member of Harvest Baptist Church in Piedmont, MO

She had worked as a homemaker caring for her family much of her life. After her family was raised she worked at Madison Memorial Hospital in Fredericktown and Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont taking care of Patients laundry.

Survivors include her mother, Ruth Maxine Brandenburg of Fredericktown; husband James; four sons, James Lee Brewington Jr of Des Arc, Danny Lee Brewington of O’Fallon, Richard Brewington and wife Lisa of Piedmont, and David Todd Brewington of Des Arc; ten grandchildren, Dylan, Rebecca, Pam, Angel, Lucas, Tyler, Zoe, Shelby, Emily, and Sarah; one great grandchild, Devon; one brother, Wally Crosno and wife Rae of Radcliff, KY; four sisters, Terre Brandenburg and husband Toney of Overland, MO, Toni Kopplin of Fredericktown, Deborah Howard and husband Doug and Cherree Dreyer and husband Walter both of O’Fallon, MO.

Visitation was held Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services followed  Thursday, September 5, 2013, also at the chapel. Pastor Jack Ruble ministered to the family and James Lee Brewington Jr, Cody Kopplin, Austin Kopplin, Jonathon Kopplin, Dylan Brewington, Danny Lee Brewington, Richard Brewington, and David Brewington served as pallbearers.  Burial was in Beulah Cemetery in Brunot, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Alene “Imogene” Schlater 8/27/2013

August 29, 2013


Alene Imogene Schlater, 85, of Patterson, MO, was born on July 20, 1928 in Greenville, MO, and died on August 27, 2013 in Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center, Piedmont, MO.    She was the daughter of the late Clecy Deering and Virgie Page Deering.

On Nov. 13, 1948, she was united in marriage to Carl Schlater and he preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 1991.

She is survived by one brother, Don Deering and wife Mary, one sister, Irene and husband Melford Shearrer and one brother-in-law, Box Fox, all of  Patterson, MO,  nieces, Connie Henson, Lynn Bearden, Cheryn Carnahan, and Karen Rose, and nephews Bryron Shearrer, Darin Shearrer and David DeerIng.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Calvin Deering and one sister, Dorris Fox.

She was a bookkeeper for a lime plant and was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Patterson, MO.

Graveside services were held Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Patterson Cemetery at 10:00 A.M.  Pastor Darrel Loughridge ministered to the family and the Bearden family provided musical selections.  Online condolences can be made at

Charlene Brandt 8/26/2013

August 26, 2013


Charlene Brandt, 62, of Mill Spring, MO, passed away Monday August 26, 2013, at her residence. Charlene was born September 20, 1950, in Peublo, CO to parents Esteven Vigil and Pricella (Sanchez) Vigil.

Charlene was married to her friend Marvin Brandt on June 23, 1973 and to this union two children were born.


Charlene graduated from Pueblo, CO High School. During her life she dedicated her life to serving others in several hospitals. She later worked for the United States Postal Service in Colorado Springs and retired as a clerk supervisor.

In August 1975, she was saved and Baptized in Lake Huron along with her husband. Since living in Piedmont she was a member and faithful attendee of Victory Bapist Church.

In her spare time she enjoyed reading Christian books, she loved her horses, cooking for her family, and spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.

Charlene is survived by her husband, Marvin of the home. She is also survived by two sons, Marvin Wayne Brandt Jr. and Keisha of Mill Spring, MO and Marcus Joel Brandt and wife Brittany of Troy, MO; three grandchildren, Austin Wayne Brandt, Marrissa Michelle Brandt, Michael Wayne Brandt; one brother, Esteven Vigil and wife Rhonda of Denver, CO; one sister, Lynn Zertuche and husband Gilbert of Denver, CO.

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation was held Thursday, August 29, 2013, at 5:30 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral service followed Friday, August 30, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at Victory Baptist Temple in Piedmont, MO. Pastor Elmo Parker ministered to the family and the Parker Family provided musical selections. Austin Brandt, Doug Krawczyk, James Fahrenkrog, Steve VanBeek, Danny McFadden, and Daniel Miller served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Carson Hill Cemetery near Mill Spring, MO. Online condolences can be made at


Carol Jo Ross 8/25/2013

August 26, 2013


Carol Jo Ross, 73, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. Carol Jo was born May 11, 1940 in Piedmont, MO to Joseph Franklin and Losha Victoria (Latture) Shelton in Piedmont, MO. On September 7, 1956, Carol Jo was united in marriage to the love of her life Leroy Ross and to this union three children were born.

Carol grew up and attended school in Piedmont. After marrying Leroy she spent a year in Germany and Randy was born there, They also lived in St. Louis for a short time before moving back to Piedmont.

Through the years Carol worked for G.E.Electric, Kmox TV a CBS affiliate in St. Louis, MO, and was the first secretary for KPWB in Piedmont had, she was the co owner of Piedmont Lanes, Pine Hill-Drive In, Melinda Theatre, Red Apple Restaurant, Pit Stop, and a manager for Kerasota Theatres in South County and in Park Hills.

Carol loved her family get togethers. They were always at 2:00 P.M. and Randy was always late. Even on Carol Jo’s last day she waited for her children to gather and as usual Randy was late, Carol however, waited for him.  

She is survived by two sons, Randy Ross and wife Christine and Roger Ross and wife Linda all of Piedmont; one daughter, Deborah Jo Gentles and husband Danny of Puxico, MO; eight grandchildren, Jerrid Ross and wife Natasha, Jenna Ross Eaton and husband Steven, Rebecca Jo Gentles Eubanks and husband Shane, Danelle Rae Gentles Sanders and husband Don, Tera Plummer, Crystal Winchester, Kevin James, Timothy James; Seventeen grandchildren.

Carol Jo was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one brother, William “Bill” Shelton.

Visitation was held Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at 5:30 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 1:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Pastors Mark McMullin and Dan Ross ministered to the family and Tommy Shelton, Billy Shelton, Mike Ross, Carl Shelton, John Matchell, and Jeff Ross served as pallbearers. Burial was in Eaton Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

Thomas Bland Hefner 8/23/2013

August 24, 2013


Thomas “Tom” Bland Hefner, 67, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Friday, August 23, 2013, at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center, Piedmont, MO. “Tom” was born July 9, 1946 in Mill Spring, MO, to parents Kirby and Artie (Steward) Hefner. Tom had worked for many years at a saw mill with his family in Eagle, CO, before returning to the Piedmont area. He was a Christian and was a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church near Piedmont.

He is survived by one brother, Bob Hefner of Des Arc, MO, two sisters, Jean Eaton and husband Bill and Velma Mann and husband Ray both of Piedmont.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald Hefner and Doyle Hefner.

There will be a memorial service at New Hope Church near McGhee on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. Rev. Robbie Eaton will conduct the services. Online condolences can be made at

Ronald Clifford Brown 8/19/2013

August 24, 2013


Ronald Clifford Brown, age 69, of Patterson, MO, passed away Monday, August 19, 2013, at his residence. “Ron” was born May 13, 1944 in St. Louis MO to parents Bill and Della Pyatt Brown.

Ron was united in marriage to Margie Ann Hoffman whom preceded him in death. To this union one child was born. He was later united in marriage to Janice Elaine Seris and to this union two children were born. On October 12, 1990 he was united in marriage to Judy Harrison who survives.

Other survivors include one son, Ronnie Brown Jr. of St. Louis, MO; two daughters, Christine McGuire and husband Marc of Buckner, Missouri and Michelle Hobbs and husband Boyd of O’Fallon, Illinois; ten grandchildren, Jennifer Dobkins, Jessica Douglas, Timothy Douglas, Nicholas McGuire, Jesse Brown, Marissa Hobbs, Summer Hobbs, Jenna Hobbs, Ethan Hobbs, and Garrett Hobbs; four great grandchildren, Cheyenne and Colton, Isabella and McKenzie; four brothers, Bill Brown, Bob Brown, Larry Brown, Donald Brown, all of St. Louis; six sisters, Zelma Makua of Texas, Margie Vacil of Steelville, Edy Succio of Piedmont, Bonnie Brewer of Des Arc, and June Oprendek and Betty Wegel of St. Louis, MO.

“Ron” was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Noah Brown; and one sister Nicki Brewen.

“Ron” had worked many years at Gusdorf furniture factory in Maryland Heights, MO as a lead person.

He enjoyed watching wrestling and listening to country music in his spare time. “Ron” was a Christian.

No public services will be held at this time. Online condolences can be made at

Jerry Lee Cuneio 8/19/2013

August 19, 2013



Rev. Jerry L. Cuneio, 63, of Vulcan, Missouri, passed away Monday, August 19, 2013 at his residence. Jerry was born in Sullivan, MO, July 24, 1950 to Floyd and Jean Cuneio.

He graduated from Sullivan High School in 1968.

In 1970 he was drafted into the United States Army, serving in Vietnam from 1970-1971. He was united in marriage to Mary Tegeler of Gerald, Mo, on November 6, 1971. To this union two sons and a daughter were born.

Jerry entered the ministry in 1972, and was ordained with the Assemblies of God in 1976. During his ministry, he evangelized two years, and pastored three churches: Washington, MO., Lebanon, Mo., and for the last thirty one years, Vulcan Assembly of God in Vulcan, MO. Through the years, he also served as a youth representative, a missions representative, and a presbyter in the Southern Missouri District.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, two sons, Michael Cuneio of St. Louis, MO and Daniel Cuneio and wife Andrea of Desloge, MO; one daughter, Amber Nichols and husband Chuck of Killeen, Tx., one granddaughter, Jordan Cuneio, his mother, Jean Cuneio, two brothers, Larry Cuneio and wife Kay, Dean Cuneio and wife Linda, both of Sullivan, MO, one sister, Dianne Ruble and husband Randy; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Cuneio.

Visitation was held Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 4:00 P.M. at Vulcan Assembly of God Church. Funeral services followed Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 11:00 A.M., at the church. Burial was in Sutton Cemetery in Vulcan. Bro’s Loyd Middleton, Don Miller, and Jacob Pollard brought words of comfort. Guy Stevenson, Terry Dement, Ted Dement, Susie Dement, and Rebecca Middleton provided musical selections. Earl Midkiff, Bill Townsend, Clyde Reed, Mike Middleton, Jerry Patterson, and Brad Matchell served as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Vulcan Assembly of God Church or Serenity Hospice. Online condolences can be made at

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