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From: "Desoto Joe/The Record Man" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 03:17:32 -0500


Fred R. Mecey

Fred R. Mecey, 86, of De Soto, died Thursday (Aug. 15, 2002) at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City.

Mr. Mecey was a laborer for Missouri Pacific Railroad. He served in the Army in World War II and was a member of the Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers 896.

The funeral was Saturday at Dietrich-Mothershead Chapel in De Soto.

The burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery in De Soto.

Among survivors are his wife, Florence Carolyn Mecey of De Soto; two sons, Don Mecey and Alan Mecey, both of De Soto; a daughter, Carolyn Scott of De Soto; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Justin Matthew Whipple

Justin Matthew Whipple, 9 months, of De Soto, died Tuesday (Aug. 13, 2002) in De Soto.

The funeral was Saturday at Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home in Arnold.

The burial was in Shepherd Hills Cemetery in Barnhart.

Among survivors are his parents, Jason A. and Heather A. Whipple of De Soto; and three sisters, Elizabeth Whipple, Ashley Whipple and Morgan Whipple.

Carole Sojka

Carole Sojka, 65, of Hillsboro, died Tuesday (Aug. 13, 2002) in De Soto.

Mrs. Sojka was a real-estate broker for almost 30 years. She worked in new-property sales at Raintree Country Club. Mrs. Sojka was an avid golfer and very active in state and national amateur golfing events. She also was active in Republican politics and was a member of the Missouri state and St. Louis County Republican committees. She was a candidate for state representative and the first chairwoman of a congressional caucus. In 1975 she was woman of the year for the George Khoury International Association.

A private memorial service was Saturday.

Among survivors are her husband, Jerry Sojka; three daughters, April Fink of Tulsa, Okla., and Jerri Hicks and Elizabeth Miller, both of Hillsboro; a son, Scott Sojka of St. Charles; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Floyd C. Vinyard

Floyd C. Vinyard, 81, of Festus, died Wednesday (Aug. 14, 2002) at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City.

Mr. Vinyard was retired after being a glassworker at PPG Industries. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Festus, the Gateway Two-Cylinder Antique Tractor Club and the Massey-Harris Collectors Association. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II.

The funeral will be at noon today at Second Baptist Church, Central and Horine roads, Festus.

The burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in south St. Louis County.

Among survivors are his wife, Dorothy L. Vinyard of Festus; two daughters, Lisa Prockl of Watertown, Wis., and Angela Firestine of Arnold; three sons, Norman Vinyard of Bonne Terre, Thomas C. Vinyard of De Soto and Gary Vinyard of Festus; four sisters, Bonnie DeRousse of Crystal City, Hilda Ridgon of Lake George, N.Y., Dorothy Jackson of Festus and Charlotte Roth of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Joseph Heckenkamp

Joseph Michael Heckenkamp, 54, of Hillsboro, died Tuesday (Aug. 13, 2002) in Hillsboro.

Mr. Heckenkamp was employed with De Soto Fuels as retail operations director.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated later at St. Pius X Church in Glasgow Village.

Among survivors are his wife, Sherri Heckenkamp of Hillsboro; three sons, Arthur "A.J." Heckenkamp, Joseph E. Heckenkamp and Robert Heckenkamp; two daughters, Emily Heckenkamp and Jennifer Heckenkamp; two stepdaughters, Jessica Fielder and Samantha Fielder; his mother, Jean Heckenkamp; two sisters, Joan Ireton and Jeannie Wilson; four brothers, Jack Heckenkamp, Jeff Heckenkamp, Jerry Heckenkamp and Jim Heckenkamp; and one grandchild.

Ivan A. Stahl

Ivan A. Stahl, 76, of Barnhart, died Tuesday (Aug. 13, 2002) in St. Louis.

Mr. Stahl was retired after working as a butcher.

The funeral was Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Barnhart.

The burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Pevely.

Among survivors are two sisters, Jeanette Stahl-Barnhart and Alice Hedger.

Mary Ann Morgan

Mary Ann Morgan, 56, of Arnold, died Tuesday (Aug. 13, 2002) in St. Louis.

Mrs. Morgan was a homemaker.

The funeral Mass was Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church in Arnold. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Among survivors are her husband, Norman Morgan of Arnold; a son, Timothy E. Morgan; a daughter, Tammy M. Morgan; her mother, Cecelia Wuertz; and a brother, the Rev. Ronald Hopmeir.

Shirley A. Hamilton

Shirley A. Hamilton, 64, of Arnold, died Aug. 12, 2002, in Clayton.

Mrs. Hamilton was a homemaker.

The funeral was Friday at Heiligtag Chapel in Arnold. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Among survivors are a son, Harold J. Hamilton III; two daughters, Cynthia L. Miner and Valerie L. O'Hara; three brothers, Robert Ziebart of Plankinton, S.D., Gerald Ziebart of Big Springs, Texas; and Dennis Ziebart of Stickney, S.D.; and a sister, Sharon Beckman of White Lake, S.D.

Published in Jefferson County Post on Monday, August 19, 2002.

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