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Obituaries Published in August 31 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in August 31 California Democrat

August 30th, 2011 by Democrat Staff in News


Edith Stella Hammann, 92, of Lohman, died Thursday, August 25, 2011, at Adams Street Place in Jefferson City.

She was born April 9, 1919, in Jefferson City, a daughter of John Edwin and Anna (Mueller) Loesch. On September 14, 1940, Edith was united in marriage to Albert W. Hammann, who preceded her in death on May 19, 1959 in a farm tractor accident.

Edith was a lifelong farmer. She loved her John Deere tractor, gardening, flowers (especially roses), playing cards, going to church picnics and auctions, spending time with her family and playing with her great grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Alberta Zumwalt and husband Gary of Lohman; one grandson, Travis Zumwalt and wife Kathy of Lohman; one brother, Daniel Loesch of Lohman; two great-grandsons, Derek and Brandon; a brother-in-law, Clarence Hammann of Jefferson City; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her special friend, Earl Blochberger; one brother, Norman Loesch; two sisters, Nora Linsenbardt and Alice Stubinger; and two nephews, Marvin and Don Linsenbardt.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Samuel Powell officiating. Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Arrangements were under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main St., (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at


Norma Jean (Potts) Mullen, 64, of California, Mo., passed away on Friday, August 26, 2011 at her residence.

She was born on November 9, 1946 in Fulton, Mo., the daughter of Carl L. and Jannie Roarke Potts whom preceded her in death. She was married in California, Mo., on Sept 11, 1997 to Lewis Gene Mullen who passed away on Aug 11, 2008.

She worked at Cobra Eyeglass Factory and was a member of New Life Christian Center. She also was very active at the California Eagles Ladies Auxiliary. Norma Jean enjoyed crafts, sewing, and spending time with family and grandchildren.

Survivors include one son, John Clancy Jr. and wife Kim of California, Mo.; five daughters, Mary Gerlach and husband Paul, Billie Jo Keeran and husband Eddie, Brenda Daniels and husband Jason all of California, Mo., Melissa Bennet and husband J.D. of Eldon, Mo., Becky Merrell and husband Jerry of Hannibal, Mo., two stepdaughters, Karen Sharp of Arkansas and Tammy Werdehausen of California, Mo.; one brother, Robert Potts and two sisters Bettie Russell and Faye Bond; 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 13 stepgrandchildren and seven stepgreat-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by one brother, Carl Potts and three sisters Mary Johnson, Ilene and Bonnie Wright.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo. Burial was in the California City Cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Frank Hensley.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice Compassus or New Life Christian Center c/o Bowlin Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak St. California, MO.

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


Nadine A Rau, 95, of Oswego, Ill., went home to be with the Lord Jesus Friday, August 19, 2011 at Meadowbrook Manor of Naperville.

She was born February 9, 1916 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Fredrick J. and Lydia (Hunning) Messerli. Nadine was united in marriage on March 14, 1942 to Earl M. Rau and they spent the next 56 years of their lives together until his death in 1998.

Nadine was a very active member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in St. Louis where she met her husband. While there she served as a Girl Scott Leader and Sunday School teacher. The group developed into the SSG-Sunshine Service Girls-Group of which she was a life long member until relocating to Oswego, Ill. She was employed for many years by the U.S. Government followed also by several years as a homemaker. More recently she has been part of the Prime Timers at Calvary Assembly of God Church in Naperville, Ill. Throughout the years, she also maintained her connection to McGirk and California, Mo., where numerous family members reside.

Survivors include her daughter Sue (Jeff) Clark of Oswego, Ill., and five grandchildren - Josh, Hilary, Zach, Heather and Caleb Clark as well as numerous nieces, nephew and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. Internment will take place at The Evangelical Cemetery in California, Mo.

Memorials in Nadine's memory may be made to Calvary Church Benevolence Fund, 9S200 Rt, 59, Naperville, IL 60564.

Arrangements by DuPage Cremations, Ltd. and Memorial Chapel 800-588-1132. To sign the online guest book, go to