Edith Schmidt

Edith Schmidt

1920 – 2015

Edith Schmidt, 94, Clackamas, OR passed away Thursday July 16, 2015.  Graveside Farewell Services and Interment 10:00 A.M. Friday July 31, Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph, MO.

Travis Young

Travis Young

1970 -2015


Travis Young, 44, St. Joseph, MO passed away Tuesday July 28, 2015.  Natural Farewell under the direction of Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Online guest book and obituary at www.Meierhoffer.com.

Frances L. “Frannie” Haynes


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Frances L. “Frannie” Haynes



Frances L. “Frannie” Haynes, 72, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born October 12, 1942 to John and Opal Edwards in St. Joseph, Missouri.

She went to Lafayette High School, worked at Woolco and later as the bookkeeper at Food 4 Less for many years, retiring in 2006.

Frances was the matriarch of the family. She had a quick wit, a keen sense of humor, but was also strong and assertive.

She enjoyed having her hair and nails done, watching soap operas, and later keeping in touch with everyone via facebook. Above all, she enjoyed her family who she loved more than anything.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 44 years Lonnie Haynes, who passed away in 2002; sister, Lucille Groce; great-granddaughter, Alyssa; and son-in-laws, Russell Bass and Bryan Wigington.

Survivors include children, Larry Joe Haynes (Diane), Kathy Bass, Karrie Wigington, and Darren Haynes; 11 grandchildren, Angela, Brandy, Christopher, Kelsey, Kori, Lonnie, Brooklynn, Terran, Zoey, Kelsie, and Shelbie; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, John Edwards (Bill) and Jim Edwards (Sara); brother-in-law, Bob Groce; several nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family will gather with friends 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.  Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Noyes Home for Children. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.

Harry L. Archer

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Harry L. Archer



Harry L. Archer, 92, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at Cameron Regional Medical Center.

He was born April 6, 1923 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Fred and May (Maxfield) Archer.

Harry married Lorraine Purdy on December 26, 1947. She preceded him in death on May 7, 2008.

Mr. Archer proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. He was recognized for his service to his country with the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

He worked as the parts manager at Farmers’ Equipment Company.

Harry was a member of First Lutheran Church. He was a driver for Meals on Wheels and visited church members in the hospital.  He was most known for this daily routine of random acts of kindness

He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his daughter, Loralyn Solonycze (David), Superior, Colorado; son, Stephen Archer (Nita), St. Joseph; six grandchildren, Lindsay, Brett and Scott Solonycze and Scott (Jymme-Lyn) and Kelly Archer, Stephanie (Jason) Shields; three great grandchildren, William and Harrison Archer and Chestin Shields; sisters, Joan McFarland (Bill) and Beverly Copeland.

Interment 10:00 A.M. Saturday Memorial Park Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life 11:00 A.M. Saturday, First Lutheran Church. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to First Lutheran Church or Interserv Meals on Wheels Program. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.

Juanita Margaruite (Smith) Nienas

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Juanita Margaruite (Smith) Nienas


Juanita Margaruite (Smith) Nienas was born on December 6, 1918 in St. Joseph, MO to Ida Victoria Caudell and William Ottis Smith. Juanita and her siblings Jesse Bennett, Thomas Jefferson, and Leota Evelyn were raised in St. Joseph.  After graduating from Lafayette High School, Juanita practiced as a cosmetologist until WW II.  Early in the war she met and was engaged to Homer W. Chinn, an Army Air Corps ferry pilot trainee at Rosecrans Airfield.  Homer went missing while ferrying an Army airplane to Europe.  After Homer’s death Juanita worked in Defense plants on the west coast.  In Vancouver, Washington she met and married George Hodder Salter from Waukesha, Wisconsin.  After the war, Juanita and George returned to the Waukesha, WI area.  George worked as a wholesale representative and Juanita worked in ladies ready-to-wear.  Juanita had no children but was a doting aunt to nieces and nephews in Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri.

After George’s death in June, 1973 she married John Nienas of Brookfield, Wisconsin, an HVAC contractor, making their home in Brookfield, Wisconsin.    Juanita continued to dote on her family that now included Johns daughter (Jessica), nieces and nephews.  As representatives of the Heating and Cooling industry they traveled the world until John’s death in 1983.  She was an active member of the VFW and American Legion, which she loved.  She continued to reside in Wisconsin until 2000, when a broken hip made living alone impractical.  Her niece, Laura Singer Bonham, convinced Juanita that she should return to St. Joseph and live with her family.  Laura and Juanita became close with Laura caring for Juanita until Laura’s death in 2013.  Laura’s family continued to care for Juanita until her recent death.

Juanita was an incredible woman who left an incredible sense of family, love and caring.  Juanita treated each with birthday and Christmas cards with hand written notes.  She will be remembered for her lovely happy style, enthusiasm for family gatherings and loving care to George’s parents.

Immediate family members:

In St. Joseph, nephew Larry Lee Singer, great-niece Teresa Ann Johnson, and great-great nephews Austin Johnson and Miles Johnson.  In Waterloo, Iowa nephew Orlis Eugene Smith.  In Olathe, Kansas niece Mary Beth Meeker-Pregon.  Nieces and nephews from the Salter Family include: Marilyn Olson Hooper (the late William), Illinois, Earle Olson (the late Rosemary) Ohio, Camille Olson Carlson (Robert) Alaska, Dennis Olson (Mary) Nevada, Janice Watson (Al Lustig) Wisconsin, James Watson (Dottie) Wisconsin, Richard Watson (Christine) Virginia, the late Bruce Salter (Lea) Wisconsin, Donald Salter (the late Patricia) South Dakota, Charles Salter (Karen) Wisconsin and many great nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held Thursday July 30th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory in St. Joseph.  Friday, her family will accompany her to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  A second visitation will be held 9:00-10:30 A.M. Saturday August 1, followed by the committal service at 10:30 A.M. at the Krause Funeral Home, 9000 Capital Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Juanita will be interred with her husband John Nienas at Pine Lawn Cemetery.  Flowers should be sent to the Krause Funeral Home.  Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Evelyn O’Neal

Evelyn O’Neal



Evelyn (Rebel) O’Neal, 84, peacefully passed into eternal life on July 25, 2015 at her home in St. Joseph Mo.  Evelyn was born on July 16, 1931, on the family farm near Craig, Missouri, to Ben and Leona (Haer) Rebel.

On March 27, 1955, she married Benton O’Neal at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Craig, Missouri and moved to Coronado Island in California while Benton was enlisted in the Navy.  They moved to Lincoln, Nebraska while Benton was in college then settled down in St. Joseph in 1960 to raise a family.

Evelyn loved being a mother and homemaker. Evelyn and Benton enjoyed traveling cross country during summer vacations with the children and spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks. Evelyn enjoyed reading, canning, decorating, and sewing -making beautiful clothing for her daughter and later her grandchildren. Evelyn had a gift for listening and caring for others, was a doting grandmother, and a dedicated friend.

She was a dedicated member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in St. Joseph for over fifty years, passing her legacy of strong faith in Christ onto her children and grandchildren.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her beloved husband Benton in 1988. She will be deeply missed by her children: Elaine Hirter (Loren)  Savannah, Kevin O’Neal (Kelly) Dallas, Texas; and by her grandchildren: Kristen O’Neal, Kyle O’Neal, and Erin Hirter. Evelyn is also survived by her sister, Lucille Hinchey, her brother, Orville Rebel, and many nieces and nephews.

Farewell Services 1:30 P.M. Thursday, St. Paul Lutheran Church.  Private Interment Mount Hope Cemetery, Mound City, MO.  The family will gather with friends 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the St. Paul Lutheran School, Lutheran Hour Ministry, or Concordia Seminary.

J. Pete Harrington, Sr.

J. Pete Harrington, Sr.



J. Pete Harrington, Sr., 73, Faucett, Missouri passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at his residence.

He was born March 5, 1942 to Purcell and Audrey (Chaney) Harrington in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

He had 3 loves in his life, first and foremost, his family. He was their rock that held everything together. Next was his job at the National Records Center for Social Security and lastly was being outside hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include wife of forty years, Sue (Wolzak)Harrington; children, Kim Gassaway (Moses), Kellie Harrington, Stacy Cross (Johnny), and Pete Harrington, Jr. (Jessica); 10 grandchildren, Keyton, Keegon, Monique, Kortni, Tre’nez, Ta’leon, Ty’zell, Austin, Caitlynn, and Taiylor; 4 great-grandchildren, Kimora, Isabella, Kaevan, and Michael III; and numerous extended family members.

The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family suggests memorial gifts to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.


Anthony Ray Colgan

Anthony Ray Colgan



Anthony Ray Colgan was born February 6, 1945 in Dallas, Texas to Dorothy Bailey Colgan Kern and Floyd Richard Colgan who both preceded him in death.

Tony attended Lafayette High School then joined the Navy. After he was honorably discharged from the armed services Tony traveled throughout numerous countries making many friends along the way. He finally made his way back home about five years ago and decided it was time to stay.

Tony is survived by four daughters; Amy, Alecia, Bailey, and Kristin; five grandchildren; brothers, Michael (Marty) Colgan of Chillicothe, MO., Dan (Susan) Colgan; sister, Kathy (Dave) Graves, all of St. Joseph; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.

Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Inurnment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends one hour prior to the service. The family suggests memorial gifts to Noyes Home for Children or St. Joseph School District Foundation. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.

Jody Mills

Jody Mills



Jody Mills, 55, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Mosaic Life Care.

He was born February 23, 1960.

Natural Farewell under the direction of Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. A register book is available at the funeral home.

Paul D. Culver

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Paul D. Culver



Paul D. Culver, 56, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Sunday, July 19, 2015 at his residence.

He was born December 16, 1958 in Tampa, Florida.

Paul enjoyed being outdoors, especially fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kristin; father, Jack Culver; and sister, Julie Wilson.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sheila Ann (Winckler) Culver; mother, Joyce Culver; brother, Patrick Culver; sister, Kelly Ezell; and several nieces and nephews.

Farewell Services at a later date. Care provided by Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Mosaic Hospice.