John J. Dolansky 10/09/2013

October 9, 2013



John Joseph Dolansky, 85, of Piedmont, Missouri passed away on October 9, 2013 at Poplar Bluff Regional in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.  John was born on October 11, 1927 to Stephen and Mary (Lucas) Dolansky in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 

John was united in marriage to Wanda Sullivan on February 14, 1970.

John worked as a lumber cutter at Central Hardware in St. Louis, MO.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching Cardinal baseball games. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the New Liberty United Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, three daughters: Nancy Scheffler and husband Ken of DeSoto, Missouri, Cindy Norsen and husband Craig of St Charles, Mo, Mary James and husband William of Chesepeke, VA, two brothers: Ed Dolansky and wife Alice of Austin, Texas and Bernie Dolansky and wife Dolly of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, one sister: Helen Visnesky, Pennsylvania. Eight grandchildren: Peter James, Andy Norsen, Joey Bray, Michael, Mary Kathryn James, Megan Ackman, Stacey Woods, Sara Norsen, Nine great-grandchildren: Luke, Gavin, Jillian, Tessa, Sadie, Brayden, Mason, Lexi and Izzy.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation was held Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 11:00 A.M at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Pastors Tom Willis and Jack Ruble ministered to the family and Peter James, Andy Norsen, Joey Bray, Chad Woods, Andy Ackman, Craig Norsen, and Ken Scheffler served as pallbearers. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery with full Military Honors. Online condolences can be made at

Joshua David Humphries 10/08/2013

October 8, 2013


Joshua David Humphries, 37, of Piedmont, MO, passed away October 8, 2013, at Piedmont, MO. Joshua was born March 16, 1976 in St. Charles, MO to David Humphries and Debbie Trammel.

Joshua had proudly served the United States Army for nearly twenty years achieving the rank of E-6. He served in Afghanistan and Iraq, was a paratrooper and had been awarded a bronze star and the Purple Heart. He succeeded in bringing his squad home safely.

He had settled in the Piedmont area, “God’s” country, to enjoy his retirement years.

He is survived by a longtime companion, Shawnda Newberry; five children, Zachary Humphries, Mason Humphries, Morgan Humphries, Angel Elizabeth Smith, and Cheyenne Humphries. He is also survived by his mother and father; three brothers, Dean, Nick, and Zachary Humphries. He was the Christian belief.

 Burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with full Military Honors, Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 9:00 A.M.


Robert Boatwright 10/08/2013

October 8, 2013


Robert Lee Boatwright, 64, of St. Louis, MO, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at Festus, MO. Robert was born August 13, 1949, in St. John, MO, to James Boatwright and Anna (Cargnoni) Boatwright.

Robert was a veteran of the United States Army During the Viet Nam era.

Robert was an employee of General Motors for forty three years, a member of the Irondale Masonic Lodge 143, and the UAW 2250. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, cars, motorcycles and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was of the Protestant Faith.

Robert is survived by one son, Dennis Boatwright of St. Louis, MO; one daughter, Connie Baum and husband Jeff of Imperial, MO; four grandchildren, Jacob and Aaron Thomas, Jordan Baum, and Cody Boatwright; one sister, Betty Brutcher and husband Bill of Ditmer, MO

Bro. Norm Hassell ministered to the family and Dennis Boatwright, Jeff Baum, Bet Butler, Jacob Thomas, Aaron Thomas, Cody Boatwright, Bill Brutcher, and James Brown served as pallbearers.

Visitation was 11 A.M., Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. Services followed at 2:00 P.M. at the chapel. Burial was in Carson Hill Cemetery, Mill Spring, MO, with full Military Honors.

Online condolences can be made at

Sandra K. Phillips 10/3/2013

October 3, 2013

Sandra K. Phillips,53, of Lowndes, MO, passed away Friday Oct 3, 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO.  She was born March 26, 1959, to Jim and June Phillips.

She is survived by two sons; Steven (Abbi) Phillips of Carthage, MO and Joseph Phillips of Tuscon, AZ; and one grandchild, Avery.

No services are planned at this time.  Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO was  in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

LaVern Louise Politte 9/30/2013

September 30, 2013

LaVern Louise Politte, 66, of Piedmont, MO, formerly of St. Francois County, MO, passed away September 30, 2013, at her residence. She was born April 26, 1947 to Everett Rawson and Anna Mae (Marler) Rawson in Bonne Terre, MO. On September 30, 1963 she married John Lee Politte. She was a Christian and a Baptist. She had spent her life caring for others as a nurse mostly working in hospitals. She is survived by one son, John M. Politte of Piedmont, MO, two daughters, Carrie Aubuchon of Leadwood, MO and Sherrie L. Drum of Morehead, KY; ten grandchildren; one great grandchild; four brothers, Jimmy Rawson of Desloge, MO, Dickey Rawson of Bonne Terre, Billy Rawson of Bismarck, MO, and Clyde Rawson of Bonne Terre, MO; one sister Patsy Radford of Desloge, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Private services were held and burial was in Adams Hilltop Cemetery in Bonne Terre, MO.

Online condolences can be made at

Elsie Marie Lawson 9/29/2013

September 30, 2013

Elsie Marie Lawson, 83, was born on Dec. 5, 1929 at Millesville, MO, and died on Sept. 29, 2013 at Greenville, MO.
She was the daughter of the late Edgar Spain and Gertrude Mirl (Burnham) Spain. On May 21, 1951, she was married to Leonard “Ralph” Lawson in Memphis, MO and he preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 2001. She had lived in Rockford, IL, Collinsville, IL and retired in Fredericktown.
Elsie is survived by three sons, Lenard (Irene) Lawson, House Springs, MO, Tommie Joe (Brenda) Lawson, Fredericktown, MO and Jeffrey
Lawson, Delta, MO; two daughters, Rose Marie (Travis) Kittle, Pontoon Beach IL, and Carla Jane (Chip) Costephens, Greenville, MO,
twenty one grandchildren and twenty eight great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and three sisters, Ola Mae Moyers,
Delores Aslinger and Annabelle Moyers. She was converted as a child and was of the Baptist faith. She had past attended New Hope General Baptist Church in Silva.
Elsie enjoyed gardening, sewing and cooking for her family. Visitation was held Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO, and services followed Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at 1:00 P.M., also at the chapel. Pastor Jule Maskrod ministered to the family and Josh Costephens, Jarred Costephens, Corey Lawson, Luke Lawson, Lenny Lawson, and Chip Costephens served as pallbearers. Tommie Joe Lawson and Justin Lawson served as honorary pallbearers. Burial followed in Marcus Memorial Cemetery in Fredericktown, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Vernon Ward 9/29/2013

September 30, 2013

Vernon Woodrow Ward, age 95, of Greenville, MO passed away Sept. 29, 2013 at Greenville, MO.  Vernon was born September 18, 1918, to the late John Ward and the late Maggie (Bennett) Ward.  He was a member of New Home Church.

Vernon was united in marriage to the Nova Bell on Sept 10, 1940 and they celebrated their 70 th wedding anniversary before her passing in 2010.

Vernon is survived by one son Jerry Ward and wife Kay of St. Louis, MO; grandsons, Jeffrey Ward and wife Cecillia of Round Rock, Texas, Matthew Carter and wife Dawn of Waterloo, Illinois; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Guy Ward, Frank Ward, Harry Ward, Earl Lee Ward; six sisters, Daisy Barnes, Gracie Ward, Nettie Ward, Clara Langley, Opal Schular and Jewell Ward.

Vernon served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received several medals.

Vernon’s hobbies were fishing and hunting. He taught others how to bait a hook or set a trotline. He was a great coon hunter.  He would often set up targets for his family and friends, but the bottom line was “NO ONE COULD OUT SHOOT PAPPA VERNON”.

Visitation was held Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville. Services followed at 1:00 P.M. Bro. Willis Guess and Bro. Ken McAnulty ministered to the family and Andy Dildine, Lonnie Thurston, Ronnie Thurston, Eddie Hovis, Daryl Smith, and Jim Ward served as pallbearers. Paul Ray Hovis and Willard Thurston served as honorary pallbearers. The Hovis family provided musical selections. Burial was in Wesley-Dixon Cemetery in Hiram. Online condolences can be made at

Dorothy Wilfong 9/29/2013

September 30, 2013


Dorothy Lou Wilfong, 88, of Otterville passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013 at her home surrounded by family. She was born to Dora and Oscar Skaggs on December 16, 1924.

Sher was married to Junior Jake Jaco who proceded her in death. On November 12, 1955 she was married to Kenneth Wilfong, who survives of the home.

She is survived by two sons, Brady Jaco and Pam, Oscar Jaco and Brenda, both of Otterville; three daughters, Ina Goldey and Wilma Jaco, both of Otterville and Donna Guitterez of Sedalia; twenty-five grandchildren, fifty-three great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren; one sister, Eartha Yount, Hiram, MO

Her passion was spending time with family, gardening, her dogs and farm animals.

She is preceded in death by her parents, five brothers; Lonas Skaggs, Silas Skaggs, Denver Skaggs, Rosel Skaggs, and Cletus Skaggs. She is also preceded in death by three daughters, Nina Marlow, Tina Barrett, and Brenda Sims.

Visitation was held Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Campfire Fellowship Cowboy Church, Tipton, MO, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. A second visitation was held Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. with services following on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. at the chapel. Pastor Jerry London ministered to the family and Chris Fox, Scott Fox, Mark Fox, Phillip Stemberger, Daniel Jaco, Dustin Wolfe, Ray Tackett, Brian Jaco, Cody Jaco, Brad Barrett, Eric Barrett, and David Marlow served as pallbearers. Burial was in Grassy Friendship Cemetery, Grassy, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Janice Joyce Throop 9/29/2013

September 30, 2013


Janice “Joyce” Throop, 78, of Des Arc, MO, passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Joyce was born January 6, 1935, at Fort Riley, KS, daughter of the late Floyd and Evadine “CoCo” (Thornbugh) Risinger. On August 28, 1955 she married John Walter Joseph Throop, Jr., who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son John Throop and wife Diane, Greenville, MO, one brother, Carroll “Wayne” Risinger of Barnhart, MO; six grandchildren, Crystal Radford and husband Ray, Greenville, MO, Brandon Throop, Piedmont, MO, Cory Throop and wife Rachael, St. James, MO, Jessica Taylor and husband Adam, Bloomington, IL, Erin Throop, O’Fallon, IL, Johnny Throop, O’Fallon, IL; and eleven great grandchildren, Jennifer, Hunter, MaKenzie, Chelsey, Ethan, Deven, Whitnee, Landon, Micaela, Lauren and Kaden.

Joyce was a Christian and belonged to Walker Branch United Baptist Church at Lesterville, MO.  She was a Cardinal baseball fan and Blues Hockey fan. She enjoyed watching Fox News and the Food Channel and listening to XM Radio.

She loved the companionship her little dog Ginger provided.

Visitation was held Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 12 noon at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville. Services followed at 4:00 P.M. at the chapel. Pastor Louie Robinson ministered to the family and burial followed at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery  Monday, October 7, 2013. Online condolences can be made at

Charles Leon Mell 9/27/2013

September 28, 2013


Charles Leon Mell, 71, of Patterson, MO, passed away Friday, September 27, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Charles was born November 16, 1941, in Piedmont, MO to Raymond Moses Mell and Opal N. (Vincent) Mell.

Charles had worked for Brown Shoe in Piedmont several years and later worked many years in the log woods. He was of the Protestant faith.

Charles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sonja (Cobb) Mell, two sons, Raymond “Scott” Mell and Jeffery Wayne Mell both of Patterson; one daughter, Lisa Michelle Watkins and husband Mike of Cedar Hill, one honorary daughter, Michelle Birschbach and husband Joe of Arnold; three step grandchildren, Michael, Lindsay, and Taylor Watkins; four honorary grandchildren, Erin, Evan, Eli, and Elayna Birschbach; one brother, Richard Eugene Mell and wife Vivian of Patterson; three sisters, Ellen Louise Huff and Bill, Ivalee Mell, both of Piedmont, Ruth Ann Leach and husband Kenny of Patterson;  mother in law, Jane Cobb of Patterson; two sisters in law, Kathy Leach and Ernestine Mell both of Patterson.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert Leach and William Joseph Mell.

The funeral was held on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with Bro. Tim Bridges officiating.  The pallbearers were Scott Mell, Jeff Mell, Mike Watkins, Kenny Leach, Denny Kime, and Rick Graham.  Burial was in the Patterson Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at


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