Bonnie (Schilb) Black

BONNIE SCHILB BLACK passed away on June 6, 2014 with her three children by her side while vacationing in the Caribbean.

Bonnie Louis Schilb was born on January 10, 1931 to Louis Fredrick Schilb and Ida Cole Crosswhite in Prairie Home, Missouri. She was a graduate of Prairie Home High School in 1948 and was active at the United Methodist Church of Prairie Home from childhood. Bonnie was a registered nursing graduate of Missouri Methodist in St Joseph, Missouri in 1952.

Bonnie is survived by her three children. Scott Hill and wife Dawn of Dallas, Texas, Laura Beth Cooper and husband Chris of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Neil Hill of Columbia, Missouri. She also is survived by four grandchildren: Ryan and Marie Detilier and Michelle Hill of Texas, and Cole Berhorst of Evanston, Illinois. She had one great grandson, Tristin Raines. She is also survived by her three brothers: Fred Schilb, Eddie Schilb, and Joe Schilb. She was preceded in death by both of her husbands.

Bonnie had dedicated her life to raising her three children as a single parent and pediatric nursing. Her registered nursing career lasting a total of forty-two years included Children’s Mercy Hospital, Blosser Crippled Children’s Home, Marshall State School and Hospital, and Mid Missouri Mental Health in Columbia. She spent the last two decades of her life in Columbia, Missouri where she enjoyed reading books, relaxing with her rescue dog, Haley, and celebrating every Missouri Tiger victory where all three of her children are alumni.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri or Prairie Home United Methodist Church In care of Thacher Funeral Home at 629 East Morgan St in Boonville, Missouri 65233.

Margaret Marie (Painter) Fortman

MARGARET MARIE (PAINTER) FORTMAN, 95, of Pilot Grove, passed away at Katy Manor on May 10, 2014, with her family by her side.

Marie, a descendant of Hannah Cole, was born on July 14, 1918, to James Leslie and Maggie Cordelia (Solomon) Painter, in Bellair, Missouri. She grew up with two older brothers, Robert and Edgar, and younger brother Billy, on the family farm outside of Pilot Grove. She graduated from Boonville High School in 1937, and eventually moved to St. Louis with friends to work in their beauty salon. Through mutual friends, she met John Herman Fortman. They married on April 26, 1942, in Bellair, Missouri.

Marie and Johnnie started their lives together near his family in the St. Louis area. They soon moved to the Pilot Grove area where they raised their children, daughter Nancy and sons John Leslie and Herman Lee, and shared the heartache of the loss of their youngest daughter, Rose Mary.

Marie loved to quilt by hand, crochet, knit, and weave rugs on her mother-in-law’s loom. She also enjoyed going for walks down to the creek on the farm, cracking walnuts in the fall, and baking angel food cakes for everyone’s birthday. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren dearly.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband Johnnie and daughter Rose Mary, her parents and brothers, her granddaughter Leslie Jean, sons-in-law Dan Jenkins, Sr., and Cliff Aldrich, and daughter-in-law Pam (McKenzie) Fortman.

She will forever be loved and missed by daughter Nancy Aldrich, sons John Leslie (Jeannie) and Herman Lee, all of the family farm; grandsons Dan Jenkins, Mark (Melissa) Jenkins, John (Koko) Fortman, Joe (Kristen) Fortman, and Doug (Cheri’) Fortman; granddaughters Jennifer (Daniel) Lowery and Susan Fortman; and great-grandchildren Natasha, John, Alexandra, Zach, Lily, Lori, Paige, Alexis, Layton, Brianna, and Lakota.

Glen Cole Shafer

GLEN COLE SHAFER passed away peacefully at home on October 13, 2011. He was born on June 25, 1921 in Parlier, Ca to W.J. and Bertha Shafer.

A true “farm boy,” he was raised and spent all of his adult life on the family farm, except for a four year period in service to his country during World War II. He loved both the outdoors and family, both of which were evidenced throughout his life on the farm, first farming alongside his dad W.J., and later taking over the operation after his dad’s passing.

Glen attended Parlier schools, then Selma High School, and later Reedley Junior College.

He had a love of flying and pursued his pilot’s license, followed by obtaining his commercial license as well.

With the beginning of WWII a decision was made to join the Army Air Force. Because of his flying experience he was advanced without “boot camp” into the Army. Being color blind he was unable to serve as a pilot but continued his love of flying and service to the country in the capacity of flight engineer and instrument specialist in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Returning to the family farm in 1946 Glen began his long career alongside his dad.

He married the love of his life, Esther Salwasser on September 15, 1946, a loving partnership that endured for 65 years.

The family grew over the years to include four children, Nancy, Kenneth, Jill, and Jack, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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.