Patsy Nan Wittman

Patsy Nan Wittman, 86, of Otterville, MO, passed away Tuesday April 26, 2022, at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. She was born on September 8, 1935 in Otterville, the daughter of John Sprinkle and Launa Frances (Brumble) Sprinkle, who preceded her in death.

On May 29, 1952 in Smithton, MO, she was united in marriage to Jack Wittman, who preceded her in death on December 10, 2014.

Patsy was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Otterville. She enjoyed playing solitaire on her phone, looking through her magazines, and talking on the phone with friends and family. In her younger years she enjoyed canning from her garden and cooking for family gatherings.

Survivors include three children, Terry Wittman (Peggy) of Smithton, Randall Wittman of Otterville, and Tammy Watring of Otterville; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and two on the way; two sisters, Johnnie Mae Schilb of Sedalia and Wanda Lewis of Otterville.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by; two grandchildren, Tracie Gibson and Austin Watring; one great-grandson, Eli Gibson; two sisters, Dorothy Romig and Betty Rehmer; and two brothers, Tommy Sprinkle and Donnie Sprinkle.

Funeral service were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Rea Funeral Chapel with Pastor Russ Slocum officiating.

Burial is at Antioch Cemetery, Otterville, MO.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Greg Wittman, Scott Wittman, Nathan Wittman, Andrew Wittman, Tim Wittman, Justin Wittman, and Preston Wittman.

Honorary bearers were grandchildren, Whitney Watring, and Yvonne Gibson.

Memorial contributions are suggested to First Baptist Church of Otterville in the care of Rea Funeral Chapel.

Nancy Rose Painter

Nancy Rose Painter, 76 formerly of Boonville, Missouri passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the Villa Blue Ridge Nursing Home in Columbia, Missouri. Along with many other medical challenges, Nancy ultimately passed away from congestive heart failure.

Nancy was born June 27, 1944 in Marshfield, Wisconsin to Marjorie (Jehle) and William Halle. She graduated from Marshfield Senior High School in 1962. After graduation Nancy worked in many capacities as a cosmetologist, dental hygienist, and finished her career in health care in Atlanta, Georgia. Nancy was united in marriage to James J. Painter in 1965. When Jim retired they moved from Atlanta to Boonville, Missouri which was the home state of Jim.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jim and her parents. She is survived by two children, son Dan (Patricia) Painter of Freeville, New York, along with their children Cody, Emily, and Scott, and daughter Casie (Russell) Joens of Madison, Alabama and their children Elizabeth and Matthew. She is also survived by a brother Richard (Dorothy) Halle of Marshfield, WI, along with their children Susan and Robert.

Special thanks are given to friends Kathy, Donna, Roy, and members of The Order of The Eastern Star and The Cooper Masonic Lodge #36 for their assistance to Nancy for the past several years.

Nancy and Jim will be interred in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Marshfield, WI, at a later date. No public services are scheduled.  Online condolences may be shared at www.dignitymemorial.com/william-wood-funeralhome

Don Stevens

Don Stevens passed away at Ashley Manor Nursing Home on November 28, 2020, where he had been a resident for a year.  He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 25, 1932, the son of Gail H. Stevens and Georgia Pierson.  Don spent most of his life in Indianapolis, moved to Chicago area and then retired to Boonville, Missouri in 2000.  Don married Barbara Ann Franks on June 25, 1952. 

A Celebration of Life will be held in January 2021 at Howard Funeral Home in Boonville. Exact date and time will be announced at a later date.  The family is encouraging family and friends to write down a memory of Don so it can be shared with everyone.

In his earlier years Don served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. Don worked at Standard Brands and RCA in Indianapolis. When Don and Barbara lived in suburban Indianapolis, he was a member of the Lawrence Township Volunteer Fire Department.  In Chicago, Don worked for Admiral Corporation, The Stiffel Company and Merrill Lynch.  Don was a member of the American Mensa Society.

Don was a member of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and Jewish Community Center Association. Don’s passions were travel, biking, books, traditional music and his wife, Barbara Stevens.  The Big Muddy Music Festival is what brought the Stevens’ to Boonville. They faithfully attended the annual Big Muddy Music Festival and are members of the Friends of Historic Boonville.

Don is survived by his wife Barbara and daughter, Debbie Johnson and son, David Stevens.  He has two grandsons: Jeremy Johnson and Patrick Stevens and four great-grandsons: Owen Johnson, Hale Johnson, Brady Stevens and Jamison Stevens.

Memorial contributions are suggested for the Friends of Historic Boonville supporting the Big Muddy Music Festival at http://friendsofhistoricboonvillemo.org/.

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Dr. Joseph Gregory Cole

Joseph Gregory Cole, Ph.D. was born to Charles and Judy Cole on March 20, 1962, in North Kansas City and passed away May 21, 2020, in Brandon, Mississippi.

Joe was a 1980 graduate of Sheldon High School and earned degrees from Missouri Southern State University, Wichita State University, and Florida State University (PhD). Joe worked in higher education at various colleges and universities across the Midwest in Physical Education.
Joe’s mission in life was to spread the gospel of Christ through everything that he did. He had a passion for athletics and using sports to bring glory to his Heavenly Father. Along with his family, he traveled to various countries, including Romania, India, Iraq, Guatemala, and the Philippines, conducting basketball missionary trips. He was a role model, mentor, and intent listener for so many people.

Joe married Melissa Thelen on August 2, 1986. They have three children, Spencer (and Lindsey, expecting), Hannah, and David (and Caroline) Cole. Additional family members include his parents, Charles and Judy Cole, two brothers, John (and Sandy) and Jason (and Courtney) Cole, three brothers-in-law, Todd (and Chris), Tedd (and Bonita), and Kent (and Ann) Thelen, with 15 nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service held at The Venue at Pinelake Church in Brandon, Mississippi on Monday, June 1st, 2020, at 10:00am. Please feel welcome to join the family in celebrating Joe’s life.

Visit wrightferguson.com to sign the online guestbook.

Martha Bell Schultz

Martha Bell Schulz, 83, of Peewee Valley, Kentucky, passed away Friday, Sept 13, 2019, at Baptist Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Martha was born on August 13, 1937, in Syracuse, MO, daughter of George and Grace Putnam. She grew up in Otterville, MO, and later moved to Sedalia, MO, where she wed Robert Eugene (Bob) Schulz on August 16, 1957. They had three children, Steven Eugene, Robert Scott and Sandra Lynn.
Until recently, she was active in her church, as a member of the choir, participant in the bell choir, a member of the Sweet Adeline’s International, and community volunteer. She especially enjoyed delivering meals with her husband for the Meals on Wheels program.

Martha worked as a secretary for Prudential Insurance Company upon moving to Sedalia and then as a homemaker focusing on her family. When her children were grown, she opened The Collector’s Gallery, a retail art gallery serving Sedalia and surrounding areas until its closing upon her retirement.

She was a talented golfer – a member of the exclusive Hole-in-One club – and enjoyed “couples golf” as a member of Sedalia Country Club for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her son Steven, her three sisters Gladys Putnam, Connie Brummett and most recently, Marjorie Smith, her four brothers Maynard, Tommy Joe, Jim and Wilbur Putnam.

Surviving her are daughter Sandy Schulz-Shelly of Louisville KY, son Scott Schulz of Franklin TN, grandchildren Ashley Bermudez, Zachary Gail, Brady Gail, Jason Schulz and Chelsea Schulz along with her five great-grandchildren Cody, Jody, Isabell, Ever Isaiah and Halle Bell all of whom she loved dearly.
She will be sincerely missed.

Marjorie E. Smith

Marjorie E. Smith, 97, of Sedalia, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fair View Nursing Home in Sedalia.

She was born January 16, 1922, in Syracuse, daughter of George and Grace (Roe) Putnam.

On June 3, 1951, she married her first husband Elmer R. Ehlers and he preceded her in death in 1958. On September 1983, in Sedalia, she married Glenydon “Jim” Smith.

Marg worked as a beautician in Sedalia for many years. She attended beauty school in Columbia. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution. She and Jim enjoyed traveling, especially in their R.V.
Surviving are her husband, Jim, of Sedalia; her sister, Martha Schulz, of Louisville, KY; her sister-in-law, Phyllis Putnam, of Sedalia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her first husband she was preceded in death by two sisters, Gladys Putnam and Connie Brummett; and four brothers, Maynard, T.J., Jim and Wilbur Putnam.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Friends may sign the guest book from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at the funeral home.

Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.

Patricia Kay Todd

Patricia Kay Todd  79 of Moberly formerly of Piedmont, Mo, died December 13, 2018.  She was born September 18, 1939 in Boonville, MO to Edgar L. “Red” and Ruth (Lamm) Painter.

Pat was best known in Wayne County, Missouri as a woman who wrote about snakes and other wild things in a very popular outdoor publication, the River Hills Traveler.  She Co-founded the Traveler, alongside her husband, Bob, with whom she worked for over 30 years.  Pat loved tracking the weather and volunteered with KFVS News as a Weather Woman.  Active in the community, she also had a flare for cooking, often trying new recipes on the couples’ two children, Kim and Bo.

Pat married Robert “Bob” Todd on May 16, 1959 in Boonville, MO and he survives of the home. Also surviving are her children:  Kim Todd Dickerson and her husband Bud of Moberly, MO and Bo Todd and his wife Marjorie of Festus, MO, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a brother, Jon Painter of Hannibal, MO, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jim and Don Painter.

Words of comfort and support may be shared with the family at the visitation, which will be, Saturday, December 22, 2018 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Piedmont, MO. Memorial Services honoring and celebrating Pat’s life will follow.

Jo Frances Painter

Jo Frances Painter, age 92, died Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at North Kansas City Hospital.

Jo Frances was born in Enid, Oklahoma August 2, 1926 and was the only child of Albert L. and Irene Gettel.

Most recently Jo Frances had been a resident at John Knox Village in Lees’ Summit, Missouri for close to five years. She moved there from Blue Springs where she lived for approximately 25 years. While in Blue Springs she was very active volunteering at the Truman Library and the Vail Mansion plus working with the Independence Community Service League. She was a member of the Blue Springs Methodist Church at the time of her death.

In 1950, Jo Frances and Robert L. Painter were married, made their home and raised their two children in Pilot Grove, Missouri where Robert owned and operated the Hayes Painter Funeral Home, which is now Meisenheimer Funeral Home. Jo Frances worked alongside her husband at their business as well as being very active in the community. She was a member of the Cooper County Historical Society, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, Otterville Garden Club as well as Wesley Chapel. She was a member of the Community Betterment organization in Pilot Grove and was involved in the creation of the Pilot Grove Park and the Community Building.

Those preceding Jo Frances Painter in death were her parents and her husband.

Surviving Jo Frances are her son Robert L Painter, Jr. and his wife Robin of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter Pamela Jeanne Wall and her husband Bill of Hilton Head, South Carolina and one granddaughter Jessica Rubinski of Charlotte, North Carolina.

A funeral service for Jo Frances Painter was held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, October 29, 2018 at Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Pilot Grove, Missouri with interment immediately following at Pilot Grove City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Cooper County Historical Society.

Online condolences may be submitted at http://www.meisenheimerfuneralhomes.com.