Anthony Armand “Tony” Vallieres

ANTHONY ARMAND VALLIERES “Tony” On Thursday, May 20, 2010 Tony Vallieres of Rockville, MD. Beloved husband of Gail Flister Vallieres; loving brother of Joseph (Rea) Vallieres, Lawrence (Sarah) Vallieres, Leslie (Jeffrey) Gress and the late Eleanor Ann Vallieres. He is also survived by nieces and a nephew; other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Armand and Eleanor Vallieres. Visitation was held at HINES-RINALDI FUNERAL HOME, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD on Tuesday, June 1. A graveside funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 2 at 1 p.m. at Parklawn Memorial Park, Rockville, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Alliance of Mental Illness, NAMI, 11720 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852.

Columbia Jane Cole

COLUMBIA JANE COLE, 90, of Pilot Grove, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at The Arbors of Bluff Creek Alzheimer’s Assisted Living of Columbia.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 7, at William Wood Funeral Home in Boonville.  Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bunceton Federated Church in Bunceton with the Rev. Scott Erlich and the Rev. Greg Robinson officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sedalia.

Columbia Jane Cook was born September 26, 1919, in Sedalia to Frederick Harvey Cook and Emma Boggs Herndon and grew up on the family farm in Beaman.

On October 22, 1944, she married Leslie Carl Cole at Fifth Street Methodist Church in Sedalia.  They lived in Cooper County on their grain and livestock farm, the Circle C Charolais Ranch.  They raised registered purebred Charolais Cattle, mule colts and gaited horses as well as showing Tennessee walking horses.

He preceded her in death on August 28, 1994.

Columbia Jane graduated from Smithton High School with the Class of 1937.  She attended Central Business College in Sedalia and then worked at the Pettis County Extension Office.  She was a Pettis County music  supervisor from 1940 to b1944, traveling to 26 county schools teaching school music and giving private music lessons.  For many years,  she was accompanist for the Bunceton School music department, playing for music contests and programs, as well as community events.  She was also an active member of PTA and Band Mothers at the Bunceton School.  For more than 40 years, Columbia Jane was organist and pianist for Bunceton Federated Church, where she planned, organized, and played for Christmas and Easter programs, Sunday school and Bible school and for numerous weddings and funerals.  She was a 4-H leader, secretary of the Church Women’s Society and a member of the Bunceton Bridle and Saddle Club.

Columbia Jane is survived by two daughters, Marianne Cole Fues and husband Don of Columbia, Nancy Jane Cole-Crawford and husband Preston of Indianapolis; two grandchildren, Jennifer Fues Sage and husband John of Boston, and Michael Fues and wife Amanda of Columbia; three great-grandchildren, Jacob Fues of Columbia and Eliza and Colin Sage of Boston.  She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Dora Margaret Cole of Pilot Grove; two nieces, Carolyn Eichelberger of Pilot Grove and Polly Smith of Kansas City; and many cousins.

The family suggests memorials to Bunceton Federated Church c/o William Wood Funeral Home, 517 Fourth Street, Boonville, Mo., 65233.

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Jerrold S. Carton

Jerrold S. (Jerry) Carton, 61, of Sedalia, MO, formerly of Marshall, MO, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Barnes-Jewish Christian Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Born May 2, 1947, in Massena, NY, he was the son of the late James N. Carton and Vera L. Sliter Carton. He was a 1965 graduate of Massena Central High School in Massena, NY and a 1969 graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design where received a bachelor of fine arts degree. On June 11, 2005, he married Jean A. Elder who survives of the home. He had lived in Sedalia the last three years, previously living in Marshall, and was an art therapist at Butterfield Youth Services for the last 36 years. He was an exhibitor for the Columbia (Missouri) Art League Gallery, Art St. Louis Exhibition, Missouri State Fair “Missouri 50 Exhibition”, University of Missouri, Museum of Art and Archaeology, Pahlo Art Gallery, Marshall, MO and Boone County Bank Annual Exhibition.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Tara Donovan her husband Jeff and son Trevor Donovan of Belton, MO and Carrie Marshall her husband Jason and daughters, Symone Carton and Aleksei Marshall of Springfield, MO; stepchildren, John, Justin, Ted his wife Allison, and son Kaidin, and Jake; two brothers, James M. Carton and wife, Joan of Morrisville, NY and John W. Carton and wife Jacki of Marshall; the mother of his daughters, Carol McInteer of Marshall; and several nieces and nephews.

Donald Ira Leiter

Donald Ira Leiter, 87, of Sedalia, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 14, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

He was born July 27, 1921, in Sedalia, a son of Ira Albert and Blanche Fay Cole Leiter. On Jan. 8, 1950, in Sedalia, he was married to Evelyn E. Corwine, who died Aug. 12, 1993.

Mr. Leiter retired from the Social Security Administration in 1979. He was a member of AARP and NARFE, and attended First Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

Surviving are two daughters, Donna Leiter, of Columbia, and Kay Kitch, and her husband, Mark, of Hallsville; four grandsons, Grant Kitch, and his fiancé, Adriane Doerhoff, of Columbia, Derek Kitch, of Hallsville, Andy Pack and Woody Pack, both of Jefferson City; a great-grandson, Brian Kitch; a brother-in-law, Armand Valleries; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Leiter.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Dorothy Lee Pack, and her husband, Doug; a sister, Eleanor Valleries; and a brother, Wayne Leiter.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Heckart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Doyle Sager officiating.

Casket bearers will be Grant Kitch, Derek Kitch, Andy Pack, Woody Pack, Jake Kearney and Luke Kearney.

Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Don Leslie Painter

Don Leslie Painter of Boonville passed away due to cancer Saturday, July 19, 2008 at the University Hospital in Columbia, Mo.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2008 at William Wood Funeral Chapel in Boonville with Pastor Bob Bohnenstiehl officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. July 23, 2008 at William Wood Funeral Home with a Masonic Service at 8:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery following the funeral services with full military honors.

Don was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Boonville on Nov. 13, 1944, the son of Edgar L. “Red” Painter and A. Ruth Lamm, both of whom preceded him in death.

Don graduated from Boonville High School and then graduated from Central Methodist University. During the Vietnam conflict, Don served in the United States Air Force attaining the rank of Technical Sergeant. He was a 33 year employee of Missouri Power & Light Company, which became Union Electric and now known as Ameren UE as a Store Keeper. Don started his career Mexico, Mo., then Excelsior Springs, Mo. and later in Kirksville, Mo.

Don was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cooper Lodge No. 36 and the VFW Post 4072 American Legion all of Boonville and the Ararat Shrine of Kansas City.

Mr. Painter was also preceded in death by one great-niece, Alssya Miller, and three uncles: George “Buddy” Lamm and Robert L. and William E. Painter.

Mr. Painter is survived by one sister, Pat Todd, and husband Bob, of Piedmont, Mo.; two brothers: Jim Painter, and wife Nan, both of Boonville, and Jon Painter of Hannibal, Mo.; three aunts: Marie Fortman of Pilot Grove, Mo., Jo Painter-Horner, Blue Springs, Mo. and Alice Painter of Boonville; one great-aunt, Margaret Renfrow of Boonville; eight nieces and nephews; numerous great- nieces and nephews; and two great-great-nephews and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alyssa Bailey Miller Memorial Fund or Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Cooper Lodge #36 AF & AM or the American Cancer Society c/o William Wood Funeral Home; 5617 Fourth Street; Boonville, Mo. 65233.

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Joe M. Eichelberger

Joe M. Eichelberger, 75, passed away at his home in rural Pilot Grove, Mo. on Friday, April 11, 2008, following a long battle with cancer.

Visitation for Mr. Eichelberger was on Sunday, April 13, 2008 from 3 until 5 p.m. at Davis Funeral Chapel in Boonville. Funeral services were at the funeral chapel on Monday, April 14 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jeff Martin officiating. Burial followed at the Pilot Grove City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jim Brewster, Logan Pfeiffer, Darrell Spaedy, Larry Grissum, Glenn Grissum and Brad Grissum.

Joe M. Eichelberger was born in Pilot Grove on May 31, 1932, the son of William A. Eichelberger and Gladys Piatt Eichelberger. He was married to Carolyn Cole at the Mount Nebo Church in Pilot Grove on June 6, 1954. Joe worked for Missouri Power and Light Company (Ameren U.E.) in Boonville his entire career until his retirement in 1987. Joe was an avid hunter and fisherman and he and Carolyn enjoyed many trips to Canada over the years to pursue his hobby. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Boonville. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Eichelberger was preceded in death by his parents, and by his brother, Bill Eichelberger and his sister, Margaret Alice Kimberling. He is survived by his wife of the home, his daughters, JoLynn and husband, Brian Jobe of Pilot Grove and Peggy and her husband, Scott Grissum of Boonville. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Andrew and Michael Grissum, Emily Jobe and Hannah and husband Brandon Weber of Boonville and his great grandson, Wyatt Weber.

Memorials suggested to the American Cancer Society or the New Lebanon Preservation Society.

Eleanor Leiter Vallieres

Eleanor Leiter Vallieres, 84, World War II employee of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and admissions officer at American University Washington, DC, died on January 17, 2008 after a long illness caused in part by anuerysms and an autoimmune disease called Sjogrens Syndrome.

Mrs. Vallieres was born in Sedalia Missouri, the daughter of the late Ira and Fay Cole Leiter. In 1941 she graduated from Smith Cotton High School in Sedalia and attended Central Missouri State College (now the University of Central Missouri – Warrensburg).

In early 1942, responding to the call for wartime “Government Girls”, she applied for and secured employment in Washington, DC with the War Production Board (WPB). In 1944 she transferred to a position with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), assigned to X-2 (counter intelligence). She was initially scheduled to go the London Station of OSS but, because the situation in Europe was changing rapidly in late 1944, the assignment was cancelled and she remained in OSS Washington headquarters as administrative assistant and abstractor/indexer of counter intelligence records.

In 1946, she was transferred overseas as office assistant to the Shanghai, China Station of the Strategic Services Unit (SSU), War Department, the post war successor of OSS. She met her husband to be, Armand Vallieres in Shanghai. They were married in Sedalia, Missouri March 29,1948 after returning from China.

Mrs. Vallieres accompanied her husband on foreign assignments to Taiwan and the Philippines between 1949 and 1959. On return to the United states she spent several years as a volunteer in scouting and later as a volunteer counselor with the Family History Center in Kensington Maryland. In 1969 she was employed by American University, first in a project on research in social systems and later as admissions officer. Throughout this period of her life she maintained her lifelong interest in genealogy.

She and her husband traveled extensively throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Missouri researching the Cole family history, updating the decades long researches of her mother Fay Cole Leiter, Mrs. Ferrie L. Cole and Anne Milburn Baker. In 1998 she coauthored an article with William H. Lyon (Professor of History Emeritus, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, also a descendant of William Temple and Hannah Allison Cole). The article was published in two parts in the Boonslick Historical Society Quarterly under the title “Living on Hominy and Sweet Milk: The Cole, Allison and McClure Families on the Missouri and Virginia Frontiers”.

Mrs. Vallieres was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for 59 years and a life member of the Office of Strategic Services Society. She is a direct descendant of Hannah Allison Cole who is recognized as the Pioneer mother of Boonville Missouri. She is survived by her husband of almost sixty years, an older brother in Sedalia, Missouri, four children and five grandchildren.

Her elder daughter, Ann, died of cancer in 1999. Her first-born son, Anthony, was born in Washington D.C. after she had to be evacuated from Taiwan in early 1950 with all women and children because of the threat of invasion by Chinese Communist forces. Two of her sons, Joseph and Lawrence, were born in Taiwan while she lived there with her husband on a second tour of duty. Joseph has the distinction of being the first child to be born in Taiwan of US diplomatic parents.