Miriam Heitzman died on Friday, March 28, according to an obituary in STL Today. Heitzman retired from the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District as secretary to the superintendent in the early 1990s, STL Today reported. Services are private. Donations may be made to the Humane Society, Stray Rescue of St. Louis or the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
Augustus Gus T. Elder, Brentwood native and businessman, died peacefully on Sunday, March 23, surrounded by his family, according to an obituary in STL Today. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in a Catholic Mass on Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m.
Alice Harper, daughter of the late William and Gertrude Harper, owners of Harper’s Pharmacy in Maplewood, died on March 18 at age 94, according to an obituary from Jay B. Smith Funeral Home. Harper’s Pharmacy was at the corner of Sutton Boulevard and Maple Avenue, and is currently unoccupied. Visitation is Thursday, March 20, at Jay B. Smith Funeral Home, 7456 Manchester Road, from 10 to 11 a.m. The funeral service is at 11 a.m.
Memorials are preferred to Maplewood Baptist Church.
Former Brentwood police officer Ken Tillman died this past week, according to the Brentwood Police Department website. Officer Tillman worked at Brentwood from 1988-2003, after retiring from the City of St Louis police dept. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday March 15, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 5414 Alaska Avenue. Visitation will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday before Mass.
Frances (Fran) Kippenberger Wagner, age 97, of Maplewood, died on Feb. 17, according to an obituary in STL Today. Wagner was known to have been a beautiful dancer and for her flexibility, even into her 90s. She shared a home with her sister, Rita Kippenberger. Viewing will be at Jay B. Smith Maplewood Chapel, 7456 Manchester Road, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb.
Harry Coultas, former owner of long-time Maplewood business, The Print Station, died on Feb. 1, according to an obituary in STL Today. From Yelp, The Print Station was “for all your printing needs. 1,2,3 and 4 Printing – Wedding Stationary – Business Cards – Letterhead – Envelopes – Brochures – Postcards – Posters/Banners and much more… Visitation is 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb.
Mary Rita Keuss died peacefully on December 13, according to an obituary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She died at her home in Richwoods, MO. Keuss is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dave Keuss. She raised three sons of her own and also touched the lives of many children through her child care services while living in Brentwood.
Edward J. O’Brien, owner of O’B Clark’s Restaurant, the popular Brentwood sports bar, died on December 12 at age 77, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. O’B Clark’s moved from Brentwood Square to its present location at 1921 S. Brentwood Boulevard about 12 years ago. Long-time employee, Mickey Kelso, said O’Brien was outgoing and very humorous. “Everyone loved him, that’s for sure,” Kelso said.
Kermit Edwin Wessler, a mainstay at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Brentwood for more than 60 years, died at age 94 on Nov. 25, according to Bopp Chapel, in Kirkwood. He served as various officers and committee chairs for Mt. Calvary Lutheran, and was on the board of directors of Lutheran Senior Services for more than 30 years.