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Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Justine Rasmussen

Justine H. Rasmussen, 91, formerly of Louisiana, went to her Father in Heaven Feb. 23, 2014 at Luther Manor Nursing and Retirement home in Hannibal.
Memorial services will be held in the chapel at Luther Manor, 3170 Hwy. 61 North on Friday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. with Mr. Dan Jones officiating.
Justine was born on May 18, 1922 to Benjamin and Tracy Williams in Danville, Ill. She is survived by two daughters, Donna Rae (Robert) Henry and Mary (Charles) Garner; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Justine attended the University of Chicago until the campus was outfitted to become a gas mask factory in WWII. She then joined a team of enemy aircraft spotters, standing at night on the rooftops of the very buildings in which she had once attended classes. She sang in a barbershop quartet and passed her love of music to her two daughters.
Justine was a retired psychiatric nurse having worked with handicapped children in both Minnesota and Texas state hospitals. She was responsible for the formation of a pre-kindergarten program in the Texas system for those children with unrealized learning potential. She was an avid fisherwoman and hunter, becoming an expert chef of anything wild. In addition to her cooking skills, Justine was an excellent seamstress and also had a prize-winning dahlias which she proudly entered in county fairs. She was a devoted fan of all dogs, but especially Labradors. And the Cardinals gave her joy over the years with their World Series wins.
A lover of all nature, Justine would often at an ancient oak and say, “Thank you, Father.” Her day wit will be missed by her entire family including her family of caregivers at Luther Manor where she resided for over 10 years. She was orphaned at 18 months of age and raised in a Catholic orphanage. Her family is at peace knowing that she now has the opportunity to finally meet her parents.
In 1987 Justine made the decision to donate her body to Washington University for medical research. Memorials may be made to Pike Pioneers Senior Center, C.A.P.A. or the Missouri Vertans Home in Mexico, Mo. in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Bernard Ave., Louisiana, Mo. 63353.

Juanita McLeod

Juanita L. McLeod, 55, of Hannibal, died at 12:07 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of services Monday at the funeral home.
Mrs. McLeod was born Dec. 15, 1958, in Louisiana, to Charles I. and Juanita May “Tootsie” Penrod Harrison. She was married to Donald L. McLeod on April 30, 1983 in Hannibal. He survives.
Other survivors include two children, Glenna Harlan (Richard) of New London, and Thomas McLeod (Lisa) of Hannibal; five brothers, Carl Lee Harrison of Louisiana, Richard Harrison (Sharon) of Louisiana, Kenny Harrison (Sue) of Rockport, Ill., Ross Harrison (Mary) of Louisiana, Butch Harrison (Sandy) of Quincy, Ill.,; one sister, Mary Miller (Russell) of Mexico, Mo.; four grandchildren, Shay-Lynne Harrison, William MacFarlane, Madison Harlan and Leighanne Smith; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, John David Harrison; and one sister, Billy Ruth Wharton.
Mrs. McLeod worked as a certified nurse’s assistant at Luther Manor in Hannibal and previously at other area nursing homes. She enjoyed doing crafts and puzzles. Juanita also liked planting flowers and watching movies. She was a Baptist by faith.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made and video tribute viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.

Gerald “Gary” Lenz

Mr. Gerald Irving “Gary” Lenz, 80, of Louisiana passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at the Pike County Memorial Hospital.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. Father Lou Dorn will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until time of services at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7 at the funeral home.
He was born Nov. 19, 1933 in Iowa City, IA. the son of Ralph and Florence Humphrey Lenz. He married Bertha Mae Hansen Sep. 4, 1954 in Iowa City, IA. and she survives.
He is also survived by two sons, Michael Lenz and wife, Tracy of Louisiana and Dale Lenz of the state of Texas; three daughters, Diana Guthrie and friend Juan Huckstep, Linda Holtsman and friend David Swenson, and Cathy Stoops and friend Don Richards all of Louisiana; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four brothers, Larry Lenz of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tom Lenz of the state of Kansas, Terry Lenz of Centralia and Bill Lenz of Castle Rock, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bud Lenz and; two sisters, Jean Mougin and Judy Lenz who died in infancy.
Gary graduated from the St. Mary’s High School in Iowa City, IA. He was a veteran serving with the United States Army Paratroopers during the Korean Conflict.
In his early years he had been self-employed as a carpenter. He later operated the Bowl A Way Lanes in Centralia for about 10 years before buying the Twin City Bowling Alley in Louisiana in 1974 which he operated until his retirement in 2005.
Gary loved to golf, fish and hunt in his spare time.
Memorials may be given to the Lenz Family Youth Bowling Scholarship or to the Louisiana Khoury League. Online condolences may be sent to collierfuneral.com

Charles “Mark” Henley

Charles “Mark” Henley, 59, died from cancer in St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 4 at Collier Funeral Home. Funeral services are planned for the following day, March 5 at 11 a.m., at Ramsey Creek Baptist Church. The internment will follow immediately in Greenwood Cemetery.
Mark was born in Louisiana, the son of Charles Alfred and Eleanor Smith Canady Henley, on Aug. 13, 1954.
He graduated from Clopton High School in 1972. Most of his working career was as a heavy equipment operator at Wayne B. Smith, Inc., rock quarry and barge terminal. Mark was not just a sport spectator; he was a player. His love of sports and travel came together during his family trip to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece.
He is survived by Charles Henley, Wende Henley; sisters, Sally Cakouros, Molly and Rachel Henley; daughters Jeannie White, Annie Gonzalez, Audrey Goodman and Mikki Barber; son Fred Rule; and nine grandchildren.
Mark was predeceased by Eleanor Henley, Jane Perez and son John Paul Mark Henley. His grandparents were Lee Raymond and Willie Neoma Gillespie Henley, and William Alexander and Clemmer Lee Howdeshell Canady.
The Rev. Lee Sanders of First Baptist Church of O’Fallon will officiate. Pallbearers are Mark’s son-in-law Juan Gonzalez and his teammates Jeff Bange, Dave Couts, Joey Graham, Ernie Painter and Dan Portwood. Honorary pallbearers are grandson Jose Dela Rosa and Dr. John Gray.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Twin Pike Family YMCA, 614 Kelly Lane, Louisiana 63353.
Mark’s family and friends will greatly miss him.

Imogene Behringer

Imogene (Imy) Joan Shields Behringer, age 83, passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at her home in Louisiana.
Imogene was born on Jan. 7, 1931 in Louisiana to Andrew Joseph Shields and Minnie Adeline Watson. She was the youngest of seven children.
Imogene grew up in Louisiana and attended Eugene Field Elementary School. She graduated from Louisiana High School in 1949. After her graduation, she attended Drury College in Springfield, where she studied home economics and minored in art and fashion design. In addition, she joined the Kappa Delta sorority and participated in a wide realm of campus activities.
Imogene married William (Bill) Boyd Behringer on Sept. 12, 1953 in Louisiana. Imogene and Bill were married for 59 years and 360 days. Their 60th wedding anniversary was on Sept. 12, 2013, five days after Bill’s passing.
Imogene is survived by her son, David Clyde Behringer of Apopka, Fla. and his wife Therese; and daughters Elizabeth Behringer Smith of Little Rock, Ark. and husband Lawrence Smith, Jr., and Sally Behringer of Lawrence, Kan. and husband Toby D. Workman. In addition, Imogene is survived by her grandchildren Seth, Clare and Veronica; and step-grandchildren Erica and husband Grayson Goodman, Nicholas, Noelle, Izaak and Eli; and many loving nieces, nephews and other family members whom she cherished.
Imogene was preceded in death by her mother, Minnie Adeline Watson; her father, Andrew Joseph Shields; and siblings Joseph Shields, Harold Shields, John Edward Shields, Marie Shields Trower, Virginia (Ginnie) Shields Ringhausen and Jane Shields Hattenbach. Her paternal grandparents were John Garrison Shields and Martha Clark Shields and her maternal grandparents were John Watson and Miranda Shanks Watson.
Imogene had a passion for teaching and education. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Culver-Stockton College and her master’s in education from the University of Missouri–Columbia. She was a teacher’s assistant at Louisiana Elementary School and taught typing and accounting at Louisiana R-II High School beginning in the early 1970s and enduring for more than 25 years. She has left a rich history of influencing and enhancing the lives of many of her students and others in the community.
Imogene loved art and creativity, and was an accomplished artist. She loved learning about art. She leaves behind a much-beloved collection of her works, most owned by immediate family members.
Faith and church family were important to Imogene, who was a longtime member of the First Christian Church in Louisiana. Imogene was a dedicated member of the church choir and also served as a deaconess and Sunday school teacher.
A Celebration of Life service will be held for Imogene Saturday, March 8 at the First Christian Church in Louisiana. The family will be greeting friends and relatives prior to the service, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  The Celebration of Life service will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a meal in the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall.
Friends and family who wish to pay tribute to the memory of Imogene are asked to consider making donations to the First Christian Church of Louisiana or to other worthy charities of their choice.