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Obituaries

Mary Dierkes remembered as caring teacher and friend

Mary Dierkes died Wednesday. She was 59.

Mary Dierkes, May 4, 1953 — July 4, 2012

Mary Dierkes died Wednesday, July 4, 2012. She was 59.

Frank Wegner remembered for his love of food and family

Frank L. Wegner of Columbia died Saturday, June 30, 2012. He was 69.

Herbert Williams, 74, of Columbia died

Herbert Williams of Columbia died Monday, June 25, 2012. He was 74.

Berry Kelly worked for justice, equality

Berry Kelly worked for justice and equality, trying to extend the same basic rights to young adults he wasn't afforded as a child.

G & D Steakhouse co-founder Kasiani Aslanidis loved children, cooking

Kasiani Aslanidis of Columbia died Friday, June 29, 2012. She was 82.

John Claude Schuder was a lifelong peace, civil rights activist

John Claude Schuder of Columbia died Saturday, April 7. He was 90.

Betty Hoffman loved cooking and volunteering

Mrs. Hoffman, 81, of Columbia shared a love for cooking and volunteering with both her family and the Columbia community. She died Friday.

Larry Joe Starke lived a life full of appreciation, hard work

Larry Joe Starke of Columbia died Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

Sylvia Woods-Dixon was talented athlete, world traveler

Ms. Woods-Dixon died Friday, June 15, 2012. She was 74.

Ann Everett Ford loved her family, friends

Ann Everett Ford, 76, died Sunday at Boone Hospital Center.

Former MU employee enjoyed singing in her church choir

Thelma L. Halbert, of Frostproof, Fla., died June 7. She was 89.

Eric Scott Jansing loved family, music

Eric Scott Jansing, 40, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

Jessie 'Dub' Miller was passionate about church, mechanics

Creola Jones was a life-long teacher, volunteer

Creola Jones, of Columbia, died Thursday. She was 97 years old.

Eric Scott Jansing, Dec. 13, 1971 — June 13, 2012

Eric Scott Jansing died Tuesday, June 13. He was 40 years old.

Remembering an avid pilot, devoted teacher, dedicated family man

"When I describe him to people, he was such an amazing gentleman. But not in a stifling way. He was a man of humor, integrity and values," William Somerville's daughter, Susan Moon, said.

Jan Craig Meentemeyer, July 5, 1950 — June 7, 2012, of St. Louis

Jan Craig Meentemeyer, 61, of St. Louis, died June 7, 2012.

Virgil Moore was a family man, World War II veteran

Mr. Moore survived for more than a year as a POW in Berlin before returning to Columbia and his high school sweetheart.

Humble veteran found humor in all situations

Gary Whitehead, formerly of Columbia and more recently of Hallsville, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012. He was 70.

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