Obituaries February 11th

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Opal May Roberts
1925 – 2019

Opal May Roberts, 93, Agency, Missouri, went home to be with her Lord Jesus, Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
She was born April 20, 1925 in St. Joseph, Missouri where she lived until moving to Faucett, Missouri, then moved to Agency, Missouri where she resided since 1967.
Opal married Rev. Leonard W. Roberts August 2, 1943. He preceded her to Heaven November 13, 2010.
She was a graduate of Central High School. Opal was a secretary for several churches including Calvary Baptist and Patee Park Baptist; MFA; Sprout-Waldron; and was the high school secretary of Mid-Buchanan.
She and Leonard dedicated their lives to serving the Lord Jesus, most recently at Agency Baptist Church. They helped establish several churches in Nebraska and St. Joseph. Leonard pastored and Opal taught Sunday school, directed and taught vacation Bible school and mission studies at the various churches in which they served. Numerous people came to know the Lord as a result of their ministry and several are serving as missionaries at home and abroad to this day.

She loved children and her ministry. Opal was very creative in sewing, crafts, and gardening. She always generously shared from what she produced. Her family would attest to her great cooking and canning skills. She rarely had a moment of leisure and was always busy doing and giving.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Wyley and Edith (Hamm) Rall; brother, Harry Rall; and son, Leonard “Butch” Roberts.

Survivors include daughter, Debbie Roberts; daughter-in-law, Marlene Roberts; granddaughters, Carla Thurman (Nathan), Amy Hill (Steve); great-grandchildren, Brandon, Joshua, Denver, and Levi Thurman, Zachary Hill, Lauren (Clayton) See, and Hayden and Logan Hill; great-great-grandchildren, Kenzee and Kylo Hill.
The family would like to give thanks for the love and care from Momma’s personal caregivers and for all who have been “God’s hands” of grace and mercy with tireless and faithful love, care, and support. Freudenthal Home Health and Crossroads Hospice & Pallative Care provided much appreciated loving care. Nearly everyone Leonard and Opal knew became family to them; especially their Alicen Boyer from across the road.

Special thanks also to all who have loved and served them or served with them throughout their lives.
Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Sunday, CrossPointe Church. The family suggests memorial donations to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses, Calvary Baptist Church, or Crossroads Hospice. To donate online or sign the online guestbook, please visit Opal’s Tribute Page at and select Donate Now.


Gerald V. Miller
1940 – 2019

Gerald V. Miller, 78, St. Joseph, Missouri; passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at Mosaic Life Care, surrounded by his loving family.

Gerald was born on September 6, 1940 in St. Joseph, Missouri, to the late Gerald and Elizabeth (Swoboda) Miller. He was a 1960 graduate of Central High School.

Mr. Miller retired as a Federal Weighmaster and had worked for AGP and Farmland.

Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a soft spot for homeless and abandoned animals. He could always be depended upon to help and fix any problem that came along.

Gerald married Mary F. Spangler on October 7, 1960. She survives him of the home.

Additional survivors include his daughter, Jerralee Echterling (Brian Saulsman); son-in-law, Jim Mrkvicka; grandchildren, Catilyn Echterling-Reeve (Daniel), Max Ectherling; James III, Joshua and Jordan Mrkvicka and numerous nieces, nephews and additional family members.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy Mrkvicka; son-in-law, Dennis Echterling and siblings.

Services 11:00 AM Thursday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be held after 9:00 AM Wednesday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 PM Wednesday.

The family has requested memorial donations to St. Joseph Animal Shelter.


Barbara “Lorene” Chapman
1935 – 2019

Barbara “Lorene” Chapman, 83, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019.
She was born July 15, 1935 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Barbara married Leroy Chapman June 6, 1952. He preceded her in death July 18, 2008.
She was a member of South Park United Methodist Church.
Barbara enjoyed camping, traveling, crocheting, and spending time with her family.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Timothy Chapman; parents, Orene Clemens and Viola “Lucille” Coy (McMillian); and step-father, Elmer McMillian.
Survivors include son, Terry Chapman (Tina); daughter, Pamela Snapp (Darrel); grandchildren, Jonathan Snapp, Brandy Miller (Brian), Travis Chapman (Stephanie), Brett Chapman, Aaron Wilhoit (Tina), Kristin Wilhoit; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Clemens (Fran), Jerry Clemens (Brenda), Rick McMillian (Diane); sister, Jeanette Teem; dance partner, Everett Chapman; her beloved dog, Misty; numerous nieces and nephews.
Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations to Living Community of St. Joseph.


Guy E. Cordonier
1929 – 2019

Guy E. Cordonier, 89, Clarksdale, Missouri, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019, at his home.
He was born May 10, 1929 in Oak Mills, KS. Guy graduated from Wathena High School and attended Hillyard Technical School.

Guy served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War.
He married Arley Mae Townsend on September 26, 1952; she survives of the home.
Guy worked at Armour in St. Joseph, MO for 45 years. He retired and became a farmer in Clarksdale, MO. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, former member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, and a member of the American Legion Post #1000.
Guy was an excellent carpenter, loved to read and play computer games. He loved people and visiting with friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy Everet and Zella (Tucker) Cordonier; his beloved grandparents, William and Mary Cordonier; Gertrude Cordonier; son, Edward Cordonier; brothers, Dallas Cordonier, Arnold Wolf; son-in-law, Jim Finlay; and father-in-law, Arley Townsend.

Survivors include his wife, Arley Mae, Clarksdale, MO; daughters, Rebecca Miller, Union Star, MO, Mary Cordonier-Finlay, Stewartsville, MO; sons, Guy Andrew Cordonier (Nancy), Parkersburg, West VA, Arley C. Cordonier, Leavenworth, KS; daughter-in-law, Cathy Cordonier; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 A.M. Friday, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Inurnment Rosedale Cemetery, Wathena, KS at a later date. Friends may meet with the family at the church at 9:30 A.M., Friday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to Second Harvest Food Bank.


Charles E. Rainez
1941 – 2019

Charles E. Rainez, 77, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019.
He was born August 20, 1941. Charles was a 1960 graduate of Christian Brothers High School. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, being honorably discharged in 1966.
Charles married Susie Jean Short on January 16, 1973; she survives of the home.

He enjoyed fishing, shooting, working with leather and watching Kansas City Chiefs football.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Edward G and Leta Lorene (Silcott) Rainez; sister, Diane Carter.
Survivors include his wife, Susie; children, Cassandra Rainez, Barbara Kiefer, Monte Hall, Kathie Kuenstler, Sheryl Whitley, John Rainez, Charles Rainez II, Michelle Rainez; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; siblings, Dennis and Richard Rainez, and Debbie Piercy.

Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Online guest book and obituary at