Obituaries March 14th

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Josephine Starcher
1934 – 2019

Josephine Starcher, 85, of St. Joseph, MO, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at a local healthcare facility.

Josephine was born in St. Louis, MO on March 11, 1934 to Anthony and Charlotte (Mais) Cusumano and spent most of her adult life in Kansas City, MO. She moved to St. Joseph 8 years ago. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Pauline (Ken) Frederich, Geraldine Cusumano, Jean Allen, Genevieve Cusumano and Joyce Cusumano and brother, Herb Cusumano.

She is survived by daughters, Linda Brady, Gina Vega, Dana Lackey, Sandra Jinkens; son, Donald Starcher; brothers, Robert (Cathy), Raymond (Betty) and Michael (Kate) Cusumano; sister Rose Cusumano; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A special thank you to Jim Dugan, David Hurst and Bob Rzepkowski. Your kindness and compassion meant the world to our mother. She loved each one of you. God bless all of you.

Mass of Christian burial 10:00 AM Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Visitation will be one hour prior with Rosary at 9:40 AM. Celebrant Father Christian Malewski.


Robert L. “Bob” Steele
1948 – 2019

Robert L. “Bob” Steele, 70, of Hiawatha, passed away March 12, 2019 at Nemaha Valley Community Hospital, Seneca, Kansas. He previously had been a resident of the Crestview Manor in Seneca.

He was born on August 13, 1948 at the Horton Hospital, the only child born to Theodore and Dorothy (Felts) Steele. He lived all of his life in Hiawatha, Kansas where he joined the Boy Scouts and in later years, obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. Bob graduated from Hiawatha High School in 1966. He served in the US Army as a mechanic from January 1968 until being discharged in August 1969, at the rank of E-5 during the Vietnam War. Bob worked at the Chevrolet garage as a mechanic for many years until he retired. He had a passion for cars, motorcycles, remote control planes, and model trains. He loved working on engines of any size. When he was younger he raced cars and motorcycles. He has several trophies from his experiences. Bob’s biggest passion was Harley-Davidson Motorcycles the faster the better.

He married Dorothy Dale (Rosenberger) Lambert on February 24, 2014, she survives at home.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Dorothy.

A visitation to Celebrate Bob’s life is planned for 1 until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Hiawatha. Flag presentation a courtesy of the Brown County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Brown County Veterans Honor Guard, sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.


Eusona A. “Tony” (Field) Robinson
1930 – 2019

Eusona A. “Tony” (Field) Robinson, 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2019, at Living Community Assisted Living in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Tony was born February 4, 1930, in Forest City, Missouri, and grew up near Mound City, where she graduated high school.

After she married her beloved husband Jack E. Robinson on April 7, 1948, they moved to St.Joseph; the couple remained inseparable for 68 years. In addition to raising two sons, Tony worked in food service for the St. Joseph School District, retiring as Cafeteria Manager after 25 years.

Tony was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother, she enjoyed going to antique stores, collecting teddy bears and crocheting in her free time.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Robinson; parents, George and Daisy (Hunt) Field; and brother, Rex Field.

She is survived by her sons, Richard Robinson (Catherine), Greg Robinson (Ganyapat); granddaughters, Jamie Gromatzky (Benjamin), Jada Pankau Brawner; great-grandchildren, Samuel and Jack Gromatzky; Rowyn and Kegan Brawner; a great-great-grandson, Mario Harris III; and sister, Virginia Thurnau.

Farewell Services will be held at Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory on Monday, March 18, 2019. The family will gather with friends 11:00 am to 12:30 pm followed with services at 1:00 pm. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online guest book and obituary at


Charlotte A. McDowell
1934 – 2019

Charlotte A. McDowell, 84, Easton, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

She was born December 27, 1934 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Charlotte married Harvey Wendell McDowell November 5, 1954. He preceded her in death November 25, 2017.
She was a member of Grace Evangelical Church. Charlotte attended Benton High School. She worked at American National Bank as a teller for many years, then later retired from East Buchanan School District, where she worked in food services. She enjoyed spending time with family, cookouts, golfing, bowling, cards and going out on their pontoon at Grand Lake in Grove, OK.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Thelma (West) Dykes; siblings, Larry, Dodie, Harold Dykes and Evelyn Edwards.

Survivors include children, Ronda Mann (Roger), Gower, Missouri, Jennifer O’Brien (Terry), Sally McDowell and David McDowell, all of Easton, Missouri; grandchildren, Jesse, Joshua (Melanie), Rachel (Derek), Shannon, Abbi (Danny), James, Everett (Kierstin), William (Haylee); 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Dykes (Pat); and her beloved dog, Missy

Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Mount Auburn Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Online guest book and obituary at


Betty Lindquist-Leider
1926 – 2019

Betty Lindquist-Leider, 92, Savannah, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home.
She was born March 26, 1926 in Conception, MO.
Betty married Harold Lindquist June 11, 1943, while on a 3 day pass before he was sent overseas to war. They were married for 63 years; he preceded her in death May 8, 2005. She later married William Leider; who preceded her in death.

She was of the Catholic faith and attended Cathedral School. Betty enjoyed antiques, gardening, flowers; especially roses. She loved to dance and was one of the best fisherwomen around.

Betty and Harold were unable to have children, but had so much love to give, they went above and beyond to adopt their beloved daughters to make their family complete.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Emma (Steren) Leidy; sister, Alberta Johnson, and brother, Tom Leidy.

Survivors include her daughters, Terry Turbak (Bob), Sandra Crom (Robert); grandsons, Daniel Ray Crom, Thomas Allen Crom; 5 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 A.M. Monday, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery. Parish Rosary 5:00 P.M. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.