Obituaries Published in December 28 California Democrat




Arnold Leslie (A.L.) Cassil, 86, of California, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Moniteau Care Center.

He was born on November 16, 1925, at Lupus, Mo. He was the first and only son of Arnold and Alice (Rosenmiller) Cassil. He was married on September 11, 1949, to Ruth Knierim.

A.L. was educated at Splice Creek and Prairie Home, Mo., where he graduated High School in 1943. He served in the United States military from June 1946 until May 1947. He served as Director of Sunday School from 1950 through 1999 and was ordained as a deacon in 1979. At the time of his death he was a member of First Baptist Church, California, Mo. He was a lifelong farmer in the Lupus area until his retirement in 1996.

A.L. is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Cassil, of the home near California, Mo.; two sons: Leslie Cassil and wife, Suzy, Columbia, Mo.; and Kevin Cassil, Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter: Brenda McGuire and husband, Bill, Jefferson City, Mo.; one sister, Shirley Schlup, California, Mo.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by one sister, Dorotha Dietzel.

Funeral services were held on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, California, Mo. Burial was in California City Cemetery. Officiating were Rev. Greg Morrow and Dr. Paul Branstetter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either California Ministerial Alliance or Moniteau County Food Bank c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

Arrangements were under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.




Leo W. Wolfe, 88, of Mexico, died at 11:15 a.m., Sunday, December 25, 2011, at Golden Living Center – Gamma Road Lodge in Wellsville.

Leo was born on Jan. 9, 1923, in Plato, Mo., a son of Oliver Francis and Beulah Bessie (Rush) Wolfe. On Sept. 22, 1942, in Jefferson City, he married Mildred Alleen Tillman, who preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 1983. He worked at A.P. Green Refectories where he retired from in 1985.

He was a WWII Veteran in the US Army having served from 1943-1945.

Leo was a member of the First Christian Church where he served as a deacon. He was also a member of the American Legion and Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Survivors include one son, David Wolfe, St. Louis; one granddaughter, Amanda Haw-kins, Montgomery City; two great-grandchildren, Paige and Emma Hawkins; and his longtime companion Betty Zimmerman.

In addition to his wife Mildred, he was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 29, at Pickering Funeral Home with Rev. Robert H. Marty officiating. Visitation will be from noon until service time Thursday. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 26. They may be sent in care of Pickering Funeral Home, 403 N. Western, Mexico, MO 65265.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered at www.pickeringfh. com


Marjorie Maxine (Anderson) Zumalt, 87, of Hartsburg, Missouri, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011, at Capital Region Medical Center.

She was born September 22, 1924, in Centertown, Missouri, a daughter of the late John E. and Grace Mae (Bolin) Anderson. On June 5, 1945, she was united in marriage to Eugene Reed Zumalt and together, they celebrated 50 years of marriage, sharing a journey of hard work, enduring love and countless blessings.

Margie worked at Tweedie Shoes in her younger years and retired in 1985 from 3M in Columbia, Missouri. She shared herself with her community and was a tireless volunteer with the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital Poppy Program; the American Legion Auxiliary – Unit 424, Hartsburg, Mo.; Eight and Forty; and The Friendship Club of Hartsburg. She enjoyed Wednesday afternoon card parties at the American Legion and fellowship with her friends. For someone who never drove a car, she was difficult to catch at home, but such was her passion for life and her joy in being with and giving to others.

Her faith journey included Hartsburg Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. As an avid writer, her personal ministry was expressed through hundreds of cards and letters sent each year to those in need of comfort, prayer and healing. Never was a birthday or anniversary missed. She was extremely proud of her family and loved deeply her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Margie is survived by two children: Janice Zumalt Anderson of California, Missouri, and Linda Brune (husband Robert) of Murphy, Texas; six grandchildren: Biff Barner (wife Carole), Shane Albarra'n (husband Augustin'), Stephanie Perry (husband Keith), LeeAnn Brune (husband Benny), James Brune (wife Melanie) and Fred Brune; 11 great-grandchildren: Kristen, Brian, Erin, Madelynn, Morgan, Mayela, Kayla, Fiama, Addision, Ameca , Solis; and one brother: Ed Anderson (wife Bonnie) of California, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters: Mary Lou Maness and Ruth Murray; brothers: Hugh, Lee and Leon Anderson.

Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association.

Arrangements were under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street; Jefferson City, MO 65109. (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at


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