Obituaries April 16th

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Marjorie Morris Bennett
1918 – 2019

Marjorie Morris Bennett, St. Joseph, Mo., died April 15, 2019, at the age of 100. Her life was a grand adventure. She survived the Great Depression and the Dust Bowls of Oklahoma, lived all over the world with her husband and three daughters, made an impact on hundreds of children through her career in education, and left to enrich the world 40 wonderful grandchildren and great grandchildren.

We believe that she was blessed to transition from this world to the next during this most significant of times: Holy week leading to Easter.

Born in Granite, Okla., in 1918, Marge was the daughter of Daniel Jacob and Etta Zula Morris. She was married for almost 76 years to Lt. Col. Frank Woodrow Bennett, who preceded her in death. She was the mother of Roberta June Swope, Joyce Coker Dreier, and Marilyn Jo Huff. She loved her family, excelled in cooking, created magical birthday cakes, Halloween costumes, and doll clothes, and enjoyed playing games (and cheating at them). She was smart, skipping two grades in school and starting college in Weatherford, Oklahoma, at the age of 16. She was pretty, artistic, feisty and fun. After Frank retired from the Air Force, Marge and Frank lived in St. Louis for 34 years, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in education. She taught emotionally and behaviorally challenged children for many years. Marge and Frank were long-time church members in St. Louis and active in a group called the KeenAgers. They moved to Olathe, Kan., in 2004 to be closer to family. She had been a resident of St. Joseph, Mo., for two years.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters and their spouses, Roberta June Swope (Nick), Joyce Coker Dreier (Ron), and Marilyn Huff (Dick) and 12 grandsons: Todd Trueblood, Tague Trueblood (Kim), Thor Trueblood, Nick Swope (Sonia), John Swope (Rachel), Chad Coker (Renee), Scot Coker (Melissa), Bret Coker, and Joel Coker (Kalie), Christopher Huff (Dusty), Cory Huff (Simone), and Adam Huff (Abigail). She also had 28 great grandchildren. She was brightened by the companionship of Nicole Kisling, Melissa Markus, and Brad Dreier and their families.

She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters Zula Smith, Oliver Conley, Cecil Morris, and George Morris. A private family service is planned in St. Joseph. Her remains will be interred in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery with husband Frank. Online condolence and obituary


Gary Max Fuller
1937 – 2019

Gary Max Fuller, 81, Savannah, Missouri, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Living Community of St. Joseph.

He was born April 15, 1937 in Guilford, Missouri. Gary married Lisa Rose Sibenaller August 17, 1996. She survives of the home. He graduated from Horace Mann High School in Maryville, Missouri, Class of 1955. Gary enlisted and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959. He worked as a terminal manager at Crouch Bros. then later started his own trucking business. Gary taught 4-H Horsemanship and also was a youth baseball coach. He enjoyed life to the fullest, especially time spent with his family and friends.
Gary was a past member of St. Joseph Traffic Club, American Quarter Horse Association and Eagles Lodge of St. Joseph, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Helen (Brown) Fuller; brother, Robert Fuller; father and mother in-law, Dominic and Jacqueline Sibenaller; and sister-in-law, Joyce Sibenaller.

Additional survivors include sons, Mike, Eric and Darin Fuller; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Albert Ellis Fuller, Jr.; brothers-in-law, Richard Sibenaller, Dean Sibenaller (Aura Lee); sisters-in-law, Joyce Clark (Doug), Nancy Schultes (Mike); numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Bolckow Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to Mosaic Life Care Hospice or the American Heart and Lung Association. Online guest book and obituary at


Dixie Lee Solonycze
1932 – 2019

Dixie Lee Solonycze, 87, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019, at her home.

She was born January 3, 1932, in St. Joseph. Dixie married John J. Solonycze on June 13, 1953. He preceded her in death on October 23, 2018. She was a teacher for most of her life. Dixie was a member of Wyatt Park Baptist Church, the Moila Country Club, and Heartland Health’s Auxiliary Board.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Earl H. and Lucille (Vaughn) White Foster.

Survivors include her sons, Gregg (Joyce) and David John (Loralyn) Solonycze; grandchildren, Lindsey, Christapher (Nikki), Brett, Ben, and Scott; great-grandchildren, Adin and Brice; brothers, John Paul and Phil White; sisters, Joyce Walsh and Judy Clark; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the donor’s choice. Online guest book and obituary at


Betty Ann Rotts
1941 – 2019

Betty Ann (Gomeck) Rotts, 77, St. Joseph, Missouri, formerly of New Orleans, Louisiana, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born June 23, 1941 in St. Joseph, Missouri, and graduated from St. James Parochial School, the Convent of the Sacred Heart and St. Joseph Beauty University. Betty married Eric Carl “Ric” Rotts on November 25, 1961, at St. James Catholic Church. He survives of the home. Betty was a parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where she served as greeter and prepared/donated meals for funeral lunches. She recently retired as a hairdresser at Beck Plaza Salon. Betty enjoyed creating elaborate ceramic nativity scenes with hand-crafted wooden mangers: She then gave a set to each of her five children. Betty also enjoyed hair-dressing herself and many others with the latest styles (frequently using her children, when they were young, as Guinea pigs). Betty was a wonderful cook, especially Cajun food, and loved entertaining large groups of family and friends for their birthdays and the holidays. She also enjoyed hosting “block parties” in New Orleans, where the food was fantastic! After transferring with Ric back to St. Joseph in 1986, she hosted dinner parties with her loyal card group. She also traveled with the group out-of-state and always spoke very highly each of its members. Betty cherished her multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren: She treasured the time she spent babysitting and attended most all of their numerous sporting events, plays, recitals, and graduations, both near-and-far.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Kathryn (Plekan) Gomeck.
Additional survivors include children, Deborah Lane (Brian), Kathy Lewis, Cindy Voltolina (Chip), all of St. Joseph, Ricky Rotts, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Michael Rotts, Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Erica, Ashleigh, Curt, Levi, Lauren “Kitty”, Tre, Adam, Jaymie, Aimee; great-grandchildren, Annabelle, A.J., Graham, Cora, and Ryker; sisters, Mary Weiland and Donna Daffron.

The family would like to thank Dr. Alderson, Dr. Sprague, and Three Rivers Hospice for their compassion and professionalism.

Mass of Christian Burial: 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Inurnment at Whispering Pines Cremation Garden at St. Joseph Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date. Parish Rosary 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 4503 Frederick Blvd., St. Joseph, MO, 64506, Mir House of Prayer, 6492 Hwy. 6, St. Joseph, MO, 64507, or The Alzheimer’s Association @ Online guest book and obituary at


Barbara Jo (Ezzell) Landis
1939 – 2019

Barbara Jo (Ezzell) Landis, 80, Faucett, Missouri, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Mosaic Life Care.

She was born February 20, 1939 in Villisca, Iowa. Barbara moved to St. Joseph with her family at 8 years old. She graduated from Faucett High School and married the love of her life, Walter Austill Landis, Jr on June 2, 1956.
She was a member of The Pentecostals of St. Joseph of which she sat on the board of Directors, and was also the Director of Foreign Missions. Barbara was a gracious woman, who never ceased to give of herself to all without hesitation. She loved so deeply and wanted everyone around her to feel it. Barbara enjoyed her family, gardening, specifically roses, her dogs, cooking and baking, but above all she loved Jesus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Austill Landis, Jr.; parents, Ernest and Dorothy (Belding) Ezzell.

Survivors include children, Esther George (Kevin), Walter A. Landis, III, Mary McKnight (Jeff), Lura Kirby (CJ); 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorna Young, Donna Young (Richard), Debra Ezzell; numerous nieces and nephews.

Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Mount Mora Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Global Missions, Payable to The Pentecostals of St. Joseph, 1701 Jules St, St. Joseph, Missouri 64501, Mount Mora Cemetery or the American Rose Society. Online guest book and obituary at


Alaine Dooley Holmes
1954 – 2019

Alaine Dooley Holmes passed away on April 12, 2019.

She had an angelic voice and was an amazing pianist. She loved to garden, sew, quilt and made life beautiful. Her priority in life was being a loving wife to Harold, whom she was deeply devoted to, and raising a family. She is the proud mother of Nicole, Ryan (Jocelyn), Marissa (Scott), Joseph (Erin), Jordan (April), and Kelsey (Kevin).

She is survived by her husband, her siblings- Sharon Booras, Patrick Dooley and David Dooley, and her children. She leaves a legacy of 22 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was loved by all and will be missed.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on April 20th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 North Carriage Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64506. In Lieu of Flowers, please donate to LDS Humanitarian Services