Obituaries Published in May 4 California Democrat




Larry L. Bittle, 70, Eldon, died April 30, 2011, at Eldon.

He was born Nov. 24, 1940, in Wilton, Mo., son of Alfred Ewing Bittle and Trellis Allene (Nichols) Scott. His mother survives of Eldon.

He worked in sales with a furniture company. He served in the United States Army, serving in Germany.

Other survivors include: two sons, Jonathan Bittle, Columbia, and Larry Lee Bittle, San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren; five brothers, Delmar (Mary Jane) Bittle, Hemet, Calif., Jimmy (Frances) Bittle, Millersburg, Tommy (Mary Helen) Bittle, Columbia, Curtis (Laura) Bittle, Linn, Jerry (Liz) Bittle, New Bloomfield; and two sisters, Ruth (Dennis) Parkes, James-town, and Beverly (Phil) Ponder, Eldon. He was preceded in death by his father.

Graveside services and burial will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 3:00 p.m., at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, New Franklin.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Disabled Veterans, P.O. Box 5, Eldon, MO 65026.



Thelma N. Emmerich

Thelma N. Emmerich, age 80, of Sedalia, died Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Resthaven Care Center in Sedalia.

She was born October 13, 1930, in Sagrada, Missouri, a daughter of Norman Ralph and Gurthie Jones Wall, both deceased. Thelma was married to Charles Em-merich, and to this union five children were born.

For many years Thelma worked at Brown Shoe Factory and Primo Pants Factory, both located in Versailles.

Thelma was an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed embroidery work and all kinds of sewing. However, her greatest enjoyment came from being with her family, especially her grandkids and great-grandkids.

Survivors include four children, Danny (Betty) Emmerich, California; Bruce (Jana) Emmerich, Cole Camp; Patty (Kerry) Turpin, Sedalia, and Rick (Teresa) Emmerich, Versailles; one brother, Ralph Jr., (Sook) Wall, Sierra Vista, Ariz.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Wall, Jefferson City, and Moni Wall, Eldon; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Larry Emmerich; two brothers, Raymond and Roy Wall and one sister, Betty Hirschvogel.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 4, at the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Stover with Dr. Todd Forman officiating. Interment will be in the Stover Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Crossroads Hospice.


Rosalie Forster, 71, of Pollock, Missouri, passed away Tuesday morning, April 26, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.

Rosalie was born March 6, 1940, in Latham, Missouri, to John B. and Evalena (Baker) Barnett. On June 5, 1960, she married Donald Forster, who survives.

Rosalie had lived in Sullivan County since 1971, in Milan. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Milan. She was also a member of Master Gardeners and Red Hats. She was a secretary for the county government, a housewife and a loving mother and wife. Don and Rosalie were married for 50 years.

Also surviving is one son, Mark Forster and wife Shelly Forster of Milan, Missouri; and two grandchildren, Drew Forster and Alyssa Forster. Preceding her are her parents; three brothers, Clarence Barnett, James Edward (Buzz) Barnett and Gene Barnett; and one sister, Irene Phillips.

Services were held Saturday, April 30, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Ruschmeier Funeral Home, Milan, Missouri. Final resting place was Elmwood Cemetery, north of Milan.


Artie Lee (Johnson) Little, age 96, of Lupus, Missouri, died Monday, April 25, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Rush City, Minnesota.

Artie Lee was born on October 4, 1914, at her lifelong home in Lupus, Missouri, to Irving and Florence (Harbour) Johnson.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Daughters of Rebekah, and also faithfully volunteered at her church and at the polls on election days. She married Herbert M. Little on July 14, 1930, in Boonville, Missouri. She had two daughters, Bonnie Rose Little (Patino) and Dolores Anne Little (Oerly). Artie Lee had many interests. She loved sewing, playing the piano, travel, pottery making, genealogy, and was an accomplished and avid quilt maker. In her later years she enjoyed reminiscing about her heartfelt memories of her beloved home in Lupus. In 2004 she was honored with an award recognizing her years of faithful service as the oldest living member of Lupus Baptist Church.

Artie Lee is preceded in death by her husband Herbert Little (died Feb. 11, 1980); daughter Bonnie Rose Patino; son-in-law Max Oerly; and granddaughter, Marianne Patino (Osorio). She is survived by her daughter Dolores Oerly; and granddaughters, Terri Borghardt, Susan (Tom) Resner, Bonnie (Tony) Carlson, Nancy (Ramsey) Albader, Christina (Hale) Johnson and son-in-law Basilio Osorio. She has 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She left a great legacy and will be missed dearly.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Missouri.

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