Edward F. Schmelzle: Ed died Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the young age of 80. He was born September 13, 1940 in Ste. Genevieve, MO and was married to Judith A. Schmelzle (Statler) on September 20, 1969. Ed was a member of the American Legion and K of C. Volunteered for St. Vincent DePaul, Ste. Gen Care Center, Riverview at the Park, Am. Heart Hospice and Preferred Hospice. Ed enjoyed traveling and visited 35 states from Alaska to Hawaii to Florida to Maine and every spot in between. He traveled to The Yukon, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island Canada. He loved his family, all his dogs, and a few cats. He was an avid Cardinals Fan, loved fishing, and a faithful and devout person of his faith.





Virginia "Ginny" Mae Lavender: It is with great sadness that the First Presbyterian Church mourns the death of one of our long-time members, Virginia Mae Lavender. Ginny went home to be with her Lord on December 30, 2020. She was born during a leap year on Leap Day so Ginny had only celebrated 23 actual birthdays - but she was 92 years young when she died. She was an avid golfer and a very faithful church member and she will be greatly missed by her church family. We offer our condolences and our prayers to Scott, Chrissy, and Bailey at this time.






Jean Henson: Jean died unexpectedly at St Francis Hospital, Cape Girardeau, MO, September 7, 2020, at the young age of 87. Her ashes will be buried at Pilot Knob Cemetery, Rolla, MO, between her husband of almost 60 years, Earnie Floyd Henson, and her adopted son, Tim Gresham. She was, also, preceded in death by her granddaughter, Melissa LeeAnn (Palmer) Breite, and granddaughter, Tammy Henson.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Lisa (Doug) Palmer, of Ste Genevieve, MO. Granddaughters Jessica (Waylon) Baker, Pleasant Hope, MO, and Allana (Brock) Johnson, University City, MO. Great grandchildren Elizabeth, Taylor, Aubrey, Isaiah, Edlyn, and great great grandson, Ryker.


Jean moved to Ste Gen after her husband passed to be close to her daughter and she never met a stranger! She loved and was loved fiercely by all. She was involved in numerous organizations, clubs, and volunteered all over town.  Before her passing she enjoyed her favorite Friday night dinner of stuffed mushrooms at Audubon’s and visiting and dancing with friends at town establishments before the evening’s end. She loved her churches and church families and enjoyed singing in church choirs, praying for people and telling them about her Jesus.