Obituaries Published in October 19 California Democrat


Dorathy Griessel, 97, passed away at home at TigerPlace on Oct. 15, 2011.

She was born in Sedalia on June 29, 1914, and moved to California, Missouri in 1919 with her parents, George and Dora Wagner.

Dorathy studied education and music, earning her B.A. from Central Methodist College in Fayette in 1936.

She married Otto Griessel in June 1936. After World War II started, they moved to Arlington, Virginia, and later moved to Sioux City, Iowa. They returned to Missouri in 1955, living in Columbia for more than 50 years.

Dorathy enjoyed cooking, crafts, gardening (especially daylilies) and was a member of Heimweg Garden Club and Hemerocallis Society. Dorathy and Otto were fond of animals, caring for chickens, cats, rabbits and parakeets. They were members of the Missouri Methodist Church and enjoyed playing Bridge with friends.

Survivors include children Rose Ann Tompkins and husband Harland and Jean Bruns and husband Tony; daughter-in-law Sharon Griessel; grandchildren Ellen Knous and Andrew Tompkins; great-grandchildren Jac-queline, James and Martin Knous.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto, and son Jack.

A family service will be held at a later date.

The family encourages tax-deductible memorial contributions to: Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, ATTN: Griessel Memorial, 214 Saint Joseph Street, Columbia MO 65201.

Online condolences can be left at www.parkerfuneralservice. com.



Ruth Arlene (Sanders) Huff

Ruth Arlene (Sanders) Huff, 77, California, Mo., passed away on Friday, October 14, 2011 at her residence.

She was born on November 28, 1933, the daughter of Oscar and Theresa (McDaniel) Sanders both of whom preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Clarksburg High School and attended St. Louis Nursing School. She was united in marriage on June 27, 1953, in Fortuna to Carol E. “Perry” Huff who preceded her in death on March 31, 2003.

She was a seamstress at California Manufacturing for 44 yrs. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, playing cards, gardening, watching hummingbirds and her three dogs, and she loved to cook. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in California.

She is survived by five sons, Daniel R. Huff, Salem, Mo., Sheldon C. Huff, Carroll R. Huff, Russell L. Huff and Bryan E. Huff all of California, Mo.; four daughters, Connie S. Moore, Cathy I. Figgins, Theresa A. Sapp and Marian D. Wise all of California, Mo.; two brothers, Ralph Sanders of California, Mo., and Donald Sanders of Elston, Mo., and 14 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Holbert Sanders.

A Memorial Service was held 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday October 18, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in California, Mo. Officiating was the Rev. Greg Morrow.

Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak St. California, MO 65018.

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



Betty M. Rohrbach

Betty M. Rohrbach, 81, a lifelong resident of California, Missouri, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2011 at California Care Center in California, Missouri.

She was born on April 21, 1930 in rural Moniteau County, Missouri, to Herman and Edna Kiesling Tuttle both of whom preceded her in death.

On September 21, 1947, Betty was married to John W. Rohrbach, who preceded her in death on September 28, 2009. She graduated from California High School in 1947 and graduated from Capital Business College in Jefferson City, Mo. She owned and operated Rohrbach’s Tax Service in California, Mo., and worked as an accountant for 50 years.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ in California, Mo.; National Society of Public Accountants; Independent Accountants Society of Missouri and National Association of Tax Practitioners. She was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy, past-president and served on the board of Trustees of Independent Accountants Society of Missouri.

She enjoyed growing roses and other flowers, sewing and needlework, etching glass, fusing jewelry and bowling. For several years, Betty headed the California Muscular Dystrophy Phone Center which became the last satellite phone center that MDA operated in central Missouri.

Betty is survived by: two sons: Allan Rohrbach, with his wife Marla of Green Ridge, Mo., and Stephen Rohrbach, with his wife, Darenda, Carl Junction, Mo.; two grandchildren: David Rohrbach of Green Ridge, Mo., and Sheri Rohrbach, of California, Mo.; three stepgrandchildren: Heath Weber, of Fulton, Mo., Casey Greenway, of Springfield, Mo.; Steva Bolinger of Carl Junction, Mo.; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters: Joyce Crook of California, Mo.; Sally Vogel of California, Mo., and Donna Ferguson of California, Mo.; one brother John Tuttle of Grain Valley, Mo., and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: one son: Leland Rohrbach; two brothers: Paul Tuttle and Warren Eugene Tuttle.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at Windmill Ridge Funeral Home with Rev Collette Jones officiating. Interment was at Evangelical Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the W. B. “Billy” Vogel, III Scholarship Fund; California United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, or Charity of the donor's choice.

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