Obituaries Published in the Aug. 15 California Democrat
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Richard "Dick" John Bernskoetter, age 76, of California, Mo., was called home after a long battle with cancer on Thursday, August 9, 2012, while at home in the blessed presence of his granddaughter.
He was born July 27, 1936, in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of Hubert and Catherine (Radamacher) Bernskoetter, both of whom preceded him in death. Richard was a 1954 graduate of Jefferson City High School. After graduation he served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1957. Richard was united in marriage on October 26, 1957, in St. Martins, to Alice Ann Schenewerk who survives of the home.
Dick was a man of Christian Belief. He began employment with Derby Stations followed by self-employment truck driving and excavation for many years. He was later employed for 10 years with St. Peter's Catholic Schools in maintenance and 10 years with Cole R-1 Russellville School until he was forced to retire in 2001. Richard enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, four wheeling and spending time with his grandchildren as well as story telling and tinkering. Richard was a loving husband, father and grandfather, he will be sadly missed.
Survivors include: his wife Alice of the home; three daughters, Melanie Schaffer, with her husband Harold of Columbia, Tenn., Shelley Fischer, with her husband Matthew of Russellville, Mo., and Kelly Volkart, with her husband Tommy, of California, Mo., one foster son, Dennis Volkart, with his wife Jean of Covington, Ga.; and 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Lorraine Bruemmer, with her husband Clarence of Jefferson City, Mo., Dorothy Foster, with her husband Henry of Fulton, Mo., Barbara Robinson of Jefferson City, Mo., and Charlene Kixmueller, with her husband Sylvester of Linn, Mo. Richard was preceded in death along with his parents by one brother-in-law, and nephew.
In Richard's journey, he didn’t know a stranger. If you were touched in some way, please feel free to share your memory.
Mass of a Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2012, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Russellville, Mo. with Fr. Steven Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 2413 Hyde Park Road, Jefferson City, Mo., 65109.
Arrangements were under the direction of Weber Funeral Home in Russellville, Mo. weberfuneralhome.net.
Rhonda Ellen (Brozek) Brownfield, 45, of Centertown, Mo., passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at St. Mary’s Health Center, Jefferson City, Mo.
She was born on November 19, 1966 in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Ronald and Lana (Slaughter) Brozek, Cheney, Kansas, both of whom survive. She was married on November 24, 1995 in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Jim Brownfield, who survives of the home.
Rhonda graduated from Cheney High School, Cheney, Kansas; she then attended Wichita State University obtaining a degree in accounting. She had worked as a CPA for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas, and was employed with Gordon Commercial Real Estate, Jefferson City. Rhonda loved being outdoors and spending time on the farm, feeding and watching hummingbirds.
In addition to her parents and husband she is survived by: two brothers, Scott Brozek and wife Sandy, and Tim Brozek, both of Cheney, Kan.; one sister, Melinda Henry and husband Travis, McPerson, Kan.; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, George and Bonnie Brozek, of Luray, Kan., and her maternal grandparents, Fenton and Grace Slaughter, of Elston, Mo.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery, Centertown, Mo. Officiating will be Rev. Steve Jones. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.
James L. Coryell, 76, of Springfield, Mo., passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at Quail Creek Skilled Nursing in Springfield.
He was born on April 22, 1936, in Lebanon, Mo., the son of Audra and Ethel (Davis) Coryell, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on July 15, 1961 at United Methodist Church in California, Mo., to Mary Alice Pace, who survives of the home.
He was a graduate of Lebanon High School, and served in the United States Army. He completed two tours in Vietnam, one from 1966-1967 and the second from 1969-1970. He retired as an aircraft maintenance supervisor from the Army in 1979 after 21 years of service. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Springfield. He was also a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the National Association of Uniform Services. He enjoyed restoring old tractors and was able to fix anything.
He is survived by two sons, Calvin Coryell and wife Tammy, and Scott Coryell, all of Springfield, Mo.; two grandchildren, Ryan and wife Danielle Coryell and Caitlin Coryell; and one brother, Stanley Robert Coryell and wife Betty of Lebanon, Mo. He was preceded in death by one infant brother.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo. Burial with full military honors was in California City Cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Jerry Boehmer.
Memorials are suggested to either the American Diabetes Association or the Disabled American Veterans, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.
Arrangements were under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.
Charles H. Howard Sr., 73, of Prairie Home, Mo., passed away on Monday, August 13, 2012 at his residence.
Services are pending at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, MO 65018.
Iola M. Lademann, 89, of California, Missouri, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2012 at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.
On March 28, 1923 in Lupus, Missouri, Iola was born to Walter and Cathryn (Seitz) Less. She was married to Lawrence “Pope” Lademann, who preceded her in death on April 16, 1962.
She enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends, solving word puzzles and meeting with her friends at Nic Nac. She was a member of the California United Church of Christ.
Survivors of Iola are her brother, Bill Less, of Jefferson City, Mo., and several nieces and nephews.
Iola was preceded in death by: one son Larry Lademann; one brother Jake Less; her twin sister Viola Barbour; and infant brother Herbert Less.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Windmill Ridge Funeral Chapel with Rev. Howard Ellis officiating. Interment was at California City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Central Missouri Honor Flight, c/o Windmill Ridge Funeral Service, P.O. Box 443, California, MO 65018.
On-line condolences to the family may be left at www.windmillridgefuneralservice.com.
Frederick H. Wolfrum, 95, of Sun City, Ariz., passed away August 7, 2012.
He was born in California, Mo., in 1917.
Fred moved to Michigan after serving in the Navy during WWII and was employed for 35 years by General Motors. After retirement he and his wife split their time between Arizona and Michigan.
Preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Pauline, Fred was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting. Fred was a loving father and grandfather.
He is survived by his children Fred (Janet) Wolfrum, Jr., Charlene (Mike) Quick, Cindy Wolfrum and John (Kim) Wolfrum; brother, Lloyd; grandchildren, Zak, Adam, Carrie, Jerad, Angelique; and great-grandchildren, Dylan, Cody and Amelia.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Fred’s name to American Cancer Society.
Viola Mae Yates, 84, of California, Missouri, passed away Friday, August 10, 2012 at her home.
She was born on June 12, 1928 in California, Missouri, to Jack and Edna (Heather) Pace. On June 15, 1948, Viola was married to John H. Yates, who preceded her in death on April 23, 2006.
Survivors of Viola include two sons; two daughters; 15 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 26 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers; three sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a sister; a brother; her daughter; and a great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2012. Interment was held in the California City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be given to Hospice Compassus or American Cancer Society, c/o Windmill Ridge Funeral Service, P.O. Box 443, California, MO 65018.
On-line condolences may be left for the family at www.windmillridgefuneralservice.com.