Jan 20, 1963 - Sep 20, 2023
Died : Nov 22, 2023
Pamela M. Billig-Weber, 60, formerly of Hazleton, and residing in Bobenheim, Germany, passed away November 22, 2023, in Germany. Born in Hazleton, she is the daughter of Brian Billig, Sr. , of Hazleton and the late Mary Ann (Wolchesky) Billig. In addition to her father, Pamela is survived by her loving family, husband Gunther Weber, son Cody and daughter Cheyenne, all of Germany; brothers Brian Billig, Jr. and Keith Billig; sister Jennifer Jones; and nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins also survive. All services were held in Germany. Condolences may be entered at www. damianofhinc. com. To to the family or in memory of Pamela M. Billig-Weber, please
Mar 26, 1962 - Dec 12, 2023
Deborah Kay Martin-Wink, of Springfield, MO, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at the age of 61. She was born on March 26, 1962 in Germany to the late James Martin, Sr. and Gertrud (Dusel) Martin. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Steven Martin. Debbie was always a fighter. She started this life with congenital heart failure, worrying those around her. They didn't know if she'd survive at all. But, year after year, she continued to defy the odds. She passed all the big milestones and didn't just survive but thrived. She wanted to do what kids her age were doing, which one can imagine caused many sleepless nights for her mother. Little things that most children take for granted were big feats for Debbie. In high school she played in the band and hung out at school parties. She wanted to be like everyone else. She wanted to live life. And so, she did. She went to dental school after high school, dated boys, worked, and did whatever she wanted. The sky was the limit for her. She could do anything! Once she got married, she became a step-mother to triplet boys, whom she cherished. It was tough for the blended family at first, but over the years, their love for each other continued to grow. Once the boys became adults and had children of their own, Debbie became a grandma. She loved being there for them and making little gifts for them. She has unfinished Christmas gifts on her kitchen table that she was making for her grandkids. She loved them all. Debbie loved her nieces as though they were her own. She always found ways to make them feel special. Whether it was trips to Fort Wood, or sleepovers at her house, Debbie found ways to show her nieces so much love. She was like a second mom. Debbie loved God. She was a fierce believer. She had a passion for crafting, making jewelry, playing with her dog Ava, and visiting with friends and family. She liked a good debate and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. She was so excited to go on vacations and most years went on the "Sister, Sister" trip to various locations. Education was important to her and she spent many years going through different courses or programs trying to learn as much as possible. Playing board games, week night dinners out, and craft fairs with family were a few of the things she loved to do. She enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. She was the bravest person that her family knew. She was a fire cracker and while she will be missed deeply, her flame will burn bright in heaven. Debbie will be greatly missed by her surviving family which includes: her loving companion, Phil Pennington of Springfield, MO; three stepsons, Robert Wink, John Wink and Greg Wink; three siblings, Alan Martin of Holts Summit, MO, Susan Schoen and husband, John of Rolla, MO, and Dr. James Martin, Jr. and wife, Sherry of Pensacola, FL; an aunt, Carol Teague of Salem, MO; four nieces, Jenny Schellingberger, Jillian French, Jade Martin and Jessica Martin; two nephews, Robert Klawitter and Rick Klawitter; two great nephews, Alec Shelton and Nick Shelton; and a host of cousins, friends and extended family. A funeral service for Deborah K. Martin-Wink will be conducted at 11 a. m. on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Interment will follow in the Freedom Cemetery in Dixon, MO. A visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service beginning at 10 a. m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Rolla Animal Shelter.
Dec 01, 1939 - Dec 06, 2023
Vilis was born on December 1, 1939 in the family home known as 'Ripelis' on the Baltic Sea in Riga, Latvia. He always shared childhood memories of stained-glass windows made by his uncle and the beauty of his home and homeland prior to the Soviet occupation during WWII. A harbinger of a lifelong love of art. The first sign that Vilis was strong in spirit and body came after he contracted tuberculosis as a very young boy. His parents, fearing he would not survive the deadly disease as they were living in a displaced persons camp in the American zone of Germany. They made the impossible decision, during wartime, to send young Vilis to the French zone of Germany to live out his last days with his grandparents. Not only did he survive, he became even more fascinated by art, having been immersed in its many forms by his grandparents and other older relatives. During this period, his uncle Harijs Ebersteins, painted a portrait of Vilis as a boy that remains a family treasure. Among the lucky, his family escaped the occupation and eventually entered the United States after the war. This was due to a fortuitous sponsorship, allowing them to depart the DP camp in Germany. That sponsor was a contractor named Mr. Whitllock in Colorado. Upon entry to the United States, his parents selected Colorado Springs, Colorado as their new home. Widely recognized as a beautiful place with excellent air quality ideally suited for the recovery of someone with tuberculosis, and home to the TB sanitorium (now CU Austin Bluffs campus. ) Throughout his lifetime, Vilis held a deep and abiding love of Pikes Peak and all of Colorado's magnificent great outdoors. During high school at Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer), and subsequent years at Colorado College (where his lifelong friend Jim Scarboro's father endowed his pursuit of higher education in art), Vilis continued to hone his natural artistic abilities in many forms, especially sculpture and painting. His father Ansis Berzins, a trained architect and illustrator, taught Vilis how to render and use perspective drawings to illustrate architectural images. This was the beginning of what would become his award-winning career in design. It was during high school that Vilis, a state champion wrestler, became keenly interested in a highly accomplished young student, Marilee Randol, whom he adored, pursued, and ultimately married in Montgomery, Alabama. Following a circuitous route to Marilee, Vilis and his older brother Ansis (also a fine artist) traveled the United States making a living and reputation as 'fine European muralists' painting many early street art murals throughout the U. S. This beatnik phase of Vilis' life was resplendent with friends, conversations, folk music, poetry, and many beers. His philosophical and intellectual engagement with others remained a great pleasure for him throughout his lifetime and music and poetry of all types were a perpetual background. At the beginning of the 1960s, Vilis began work at United Fixture Company. His unique ability to illustrate perspective and plan drawings earned him singular employment and recognition. This marketable skill allowed prospective restaurant owners/operators to visualize layouts and design. Spanning nearly 60 years and literally thousands of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, Vilis' vast portfolio resulted in his being inducted into the Colorado Restaurant Association's Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in 2018. Among his proudest achievements were his lifelong friendship with Senator John Hickenlooper (and the birth of brewpubs in Colorado including the Wynkoop Brewing Company), his early years working in the Italian-American restaurant community and in Manitou Springs with Eddie Howard (Castaways Restaurant), work with Bobby Rifkin and Jerry Kernis in the 1970s heyday of nightclubs (like the Turn of the Century), longtime friendship with operator Jack Hogan (London House), Jack and Jan Leone in Denver's fine-dining 1980s, David Racine and Lee Goodfriend in the long-lived comfort food space, and his unparalleled accomplishments with his son, Mark Berzins and the Little Pub Company. Vilis also became the hub for myriad tradespeople in the industry. Those included Phil Sedita, Byron Shafer, and hundreds of others. To this day, people recognize and respect the relationships Vilis formed in the restaurant business in Colorado. A plaque from Vilis and Marilee Berzins dedicating Brian and Sondra Brewster's Nono's Cafe in Littleton, Colorado in 1996 still holds a place of prominence. It reads simply, "Let The Light Shine on NoNo's-Vilis & Marilee Berzins," and it still does. Vilis' other great passions included restoring classic sports cars and Landcruisers, woodworking, sculpture, and painting in acrylic. He always saw something artistic in the environment or materials. His landscapes often showed the moody qualities of Colorado's mountains and skies. He and Marilee renovated and built a half dozen homes in Colorado of astounding quality and beauty. The love of their residential life was a geodesic dome house on four acres located high on the ridge near Castle Rock, Colorado. The property featured unparalleled views and one-of-a-kind architecture; it was truly their 'piece de resistance'. A celebration of life will be held at the Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado on a date TBD. Please RSVP or request information to Lisa Berzins Ruskaup at lisa@habitcarbon. com.
Jun 05, 1932 - Nov 29, 2023
Margaret Roeger, 91 passed away peacefully on November 29, 2023 at Oak Hill Terrace in Waukesha where she lived the past five years. Margaret was preceded in death by her father Karl Bruch who died during WWII in Germany when Margaret was only 8 years old. Also preceded in her death was her mother Elise Kreutzer, step-father, Willy Kreutzer, her sister Doris Pauls, and her husband of 61 years Walter. Margaret is survived and will be dearly missed by her three children Rita (Bill) Suechting, Ralph (Carrie) Roeger, and Gary Roeger; grandchildren Kristal (Justin) Sherman, William IV (Karol) Suechting and Samantha Roeger; and great grandchildren Elia, Sawyer, Esme, Julian, Anders and Lachlan. Margaret was born June 5, 1932 in Witzhelden, Germany (near Cologne) just 7 years prior to the start of WWII. When she was only 8 her father was a casualty of the war and her mother had to be a single parent of two little girls. Margaret endured the suffering of war going without food many times and running to bomb shelters every time the air raid sirens went off. She still hated the sound of sirens to this day. She was done with school at the age of 14 and spent a year living on a farm, then went to nursing school. Her first job was in a town 22 miles away so she had to ride her bike back and forth not getting home until close to midnight. Then she became a live-in Nanny for an Opera Singer and also joined the local Red Cross Chapter. At the age of 21 she decided she wanted to see America and had an Aunt and Uncle that lived in Milwaukee sponsor her and provide a place to live. She had only intended to stay for one year and continue her Nursing education but someone had other plans. On the ship coming over to America she met a young man named Walter who was also going to America to stay with an Aunt and Uncle in Peoria, Il. He was smitten and declared to his Aunt when he arrived that he just met the woman he was going to marry. They were married on April 16, 1955 in Peoria but then moved up to Milwaukee where Margaret continued her nursing. In 1960 they bought a house on Okauchee Lake. Margaret was mostly a stay at home Mom but tried to earn some money whenever possible by doing some babysitting, and sewing for people including making "fit like a glove" slipcovers for furniture. When her kids became teenagers she started waitressing at several places including the Golden Mast, the old Hotel in Oconomowoc, Genes Gaity and Paulines in Okauchee. She was an amazing cook and also loved doing anything creative. Besides her sewing which included many outfits for her three kids, and also for her Daughters Barbie, she loved to knit and crochet. She created very unique Christmas ornaments and made large Shell pictures from shells she would find on the Florida beaches. Margaret loved going on cruises, went on eleven of them including to the Caribbean and Alaska. Margaret's Husband retired early when she was only 50 and they moved to Florida where they lived for many years. Later they moved to North Atlanta to be closer to her two Sons that had moved there. In 2016 when her Husband died her Daughter moved her back to Oconomowoc, WI to live with her there. Unfortunately 1. 5 years later she suffered from the effects of a couple of strokes and had to go into Assisted Living. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday January 13th at 11AM with a luncheon following at Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 2228 N. Silver Maple Lane, Oconomowoc.
Jun 27, 1936 - Oct 30, 2023
Dean was born 27 June 1936 to Louise & Roy Larson. He & his older brother Chuck were raised on their farm near Fowler, IN. After graduating from Benton Central High School Dean joined the United States Army and attended engineering school, becoming an equipment mechanic and an expert at using the sub-machine gun. He was sent to Germany where he lost his left leg due to a motorcycle accident. Dean was declared permanently disabled and discharged from the Army. He returned to Indiana and while recuperating, met & married Barbara Sparks. The newlyweds moved to Montana - for the hunting & fishing - and started their family. In 1967 Dean purchased a small home with 5 acres (of mostly trees) outside Fairfield, MT. He would commute to Great Falls for work as a linotype operator for the Great Falls Tribune and then as a Real Estate Agent. However, Dean's 1st love was the opportunity to hunt & fish, going so far as to purchase his very own pond not far from home. Dean also taught his kids how to tie flies, cast a fly rod & clean a fish, inspiring a love & respect for nature. In 1978 the family moved to Bozeman when the oldest daughter was accepted at Montana State University (Go Cats!). Dean continued in Real Estate, traveling between Bozeman and Helena until he determined he needed to devote more time to fishing. Dean traveled extensively in pursuit of the ultimate fishing experience, even going so far away as Canada, England & New Zealand!Dean's wife Barb passed away on Thanksgiving 1997. With all the kids now grown & gone too, he might have been alone if not for the faithful "Coffee Crew" who would meet every morning for coffee & conversation (fish tales?). One such meeting place was Bozeman's Main Street McDonald's, where Dean landed the best catch of his life - Margaret Wilber Larson. They married on January 23rd, 1999, in Reno, NV. Whenever Margaret could pull Dean away from fishing, you could find him in Central Montana where he'd spend time with many of Margaret's siblings, children, grandchildren and many close family friends. Most holidays, family birthdays and other special events were spent in Central Montana with lots of time around the family dinner table followed by cards and board games. Dean was a very patient and generous man. He welcomed many people into his home with open arms and always made you feel as if his home was your home. No matter how many of Margaret's side of the family were in his house all at once, you never heard him complain or get upset from all the chaos - he just went with the flow and enjoyed all the company. Dean and Margaret remained together until his passing on the evening of October 30th, 2023. Dean will be missed by all who knew him; especially his wife, Margaret; son, Louie S. Larson; daughters: Leann L. (Larson) Barrett, Leasu L. (Larson) Miller, and Leslie L. (Larson) Ludwig; stepson, Sid Aamold and stepdaughter, Christy Aamold. A memorial service is being planned in the Spring of 2024 and will be announced at a later date.
Nov 02, 1967 - Nov 07, 2023
"Roderic Russell Mitchell Joyner was born into poverty in one of the most dangerous cities of the U. S. , Baltimore Maryland. Despite all of the odds being stacked against him, he persevered. He joined the Special Forces Ranger Regiment of the United States Army and jumped out of planes. He was trained to give lifesaving care as a medic and utilized this training during Desert Storm, and other assignments around the world. The journey of his military career led him to Germany where he met his wife, Sabine. After his assignment in Germany was completed, they went to Kansas where they had their first daughter, Raven. \u0026nbsp; Roderic Joyner left the military in 1997 and moved back to Germany with his wife, where in 2005 they had their second daughter, Caylin. After living and working in Germany for ten years the family moved back to the U. S. and settled down in South Carolina. During his civilian career, he worked in different fields, but mostly worked in manufacturing. He had a strong work ethic and continuously challenged and motivated his coworkers to be their best. Besides his passion for work, he had several hobbies. Roderic's hobbies included music, and his unwavering esprit the corps. At a young age, he taught himself to play guitar and continued to perfect his craft throughout the entirety of his life, even joining a band while in Germany. Despite getting out of the Army, Roderic's patriotism remained steadfast. He was a avid collector of military memorabilia, weapons, and tactical gear. Roderic deeply cared about his family, and friends. He will be dearly missed, and the void his absence leaves is unfillable. He is survived by his wife, Sabine, as well as their two children Caylin and Raven. He also lives on with his granddaughter, Amara. "
Feb 13, 1965 - Nov 11, 2023
Shari Lynn (Yardley) Garrett was born to John Yardley and Georgia Yardley Barker on February 13, 1965, at Wiesbaden Air Base, in Germany and she passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 11, 2023, after a short battle with cancer. Shari and her younger sister, Julia, enjoyed a happy childhood traveling and living mostly in Louisiana, California and later Utah. Her greatest memories were of time spent with family and taking vacations with her loving husband, Ray. Whether it was Cancun, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Catalina Island, Sandals, or just to a California or Texas beach; she wouldn't want to be anywhere else. She loved the time she got to spend with her children and grandchildren outside, in the back yard that she worked so hard on. She married her forever love, Raymond Garrett, on December 11, 1992, in Ogden Utah and they would be celebrating their 31st anniversary in December of this year. Shari and Ray were perfect companions and loved spending time together. They supported each other's passions, hobbies, and quirks. From building decks to entertain company, to planting unlimited amounts of flowers, vegetables, fruits, and whatever else. They shared a love that people search their entire lives for. They loved entertaining family and friends; with Ray on the grill and Shari making her famous potato salad or homemade salsa. You never left their house hungry and if you did it was never a fault of theirs! She leaves behind three sons who she dearly loved - Shaun, BJ, and Austin; two stepchildren - Bradley and Stephanie, six grandchildren, 5 beautiful granddaughters and 1 handsome grandson; Anastasia, Sammy, Patience, Ariel, McKenzie, and Madison; and her step grandchildren Mariah, Isaiah, Jada, and Amelia. She loved each of them dearly and made every effort to show it to them in any way possible. Whether it was random gifts, long loving hugs, or just spending time with them out playing in the yard. She made sure that each of them knew that her love was unconditional. Shari will be remembered by many for her musical talents. She loved playing piano and began playing for her church primary program at the age of 10. She then became the church organist at the age of 12 for her Sunday school program. She was also talented physically and was voted the best player on her Basketball team at Park View High School by the Referees. She shared her passion of sports and music with her children, even if they weren't always accepting of it. Whether it was teaching piano to her oldest, working on cars with her middle child, or supporting her youngest in baseball and golf. She gave everything she had to see them happy and successful. Anyone who knew Shari knew how strong-willed, independent, compassionate, and loving she could be. She was never the warmest person, but you always knew she cared and had yours and everyone else's best interests in mind. She considered everyone her family, and treated and loved her sons' friends, as her own children. She cared deeply about her community and made sure her children were raised to care about what was happening around them as well. To this day, you can find many heated debates in her household over politics, religion, and other "taboo" topics. Her final months were spent in the sweet loving care of her husband Ray. No one could have asked for a better caregiver. We are beyond grateful for everyone who stopped by to see her, to share their love and support, and just to say hi. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support. At this time, we will not be holding a memorial service. We (and she) would prefer to celebrate her life when everyone can be around and when the weather is warm enough to enjoy what she loved doing. We will announce the dates of her celebration of life as the time gets closer. You are missed and loved more than you'll ever know. To to the family or in memory of Shari Lynn Yardley Garrett, please
Oct 01, 1941 - Nov 01, 2023
Virginia Kapell nee Halvorsen, known to everyone as Ginny, was born in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Chicago Teachers College and was a member of the Beta Omega Chi sorority. Ginny later taught 3rd and 4th grade at St Alexis in Bensenville, Illinois. Ginny met Richard 'Dick' Kapell at Chanel Lake in Illinois and later married him in Aiken, South Carolina in May 1962. Dick and Ginny then went to Germany when Dick was stationed there. Ginny was an employee of Abbot Laboratories, Northlake Engineering and she retired from Smith and Nephew. She was an active member of St. Alfred's Episcopal Church. Ginny was predeceased by her parents, John and Virginia Halvorsen. Ginny is survived by her husband of 61 years Richard Kapell, her daughters Nicole Kapell and Jennifer James (Scottie), her sister Joan (Mark) and brother John (Sue), her grandchildren Nicholas and Lexi James, her great grandchild Beau James, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Jan 30, 1939 - Nov 01, 2023
Doris Ann Robinson was born on January 30, 1939, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Albert Jackson and Iona (Isabel) Jackson. She departed this life on October 29, 2023, at the age of 84 years. Doris was united in marriage to Alvis Robinson on December 24, 1955, following Alvis's return from Germany. To this union three children, Stephen, Daniel & Darla, were born. Doris was a member of the Church of the Firstborn; some of their fondest memories were traveling back and forth with their church family from California and Oklahoma. Doris enjoyed sewing, she made numerous outfits and clothes, cooking, hosting family and friends, an avid bingo player, doing genealogy and was known to be a trickster. Survivors include her daughter, Darla Bowling and husband, Danny, of Stillwater; one sister, Alberta Ashbaugh; seven grandchildren, Andrea Robinson, Amanda Slavens and husband, Chris, Bryan Robinson, Daniel Ducic, Jodi Hatter and husband, Wayne, Michael Brown and Dana Carroll and husband Brian; twenty-one great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and many other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Doris was preceded in death by two sons, Steve Robinson and Daniel Robinson and three sisters, Darlene Giblet, Dorothy McGaha and Alma Eby. Graveside services will be Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 2:00 P. M. in the Parkland Cemetery with Fred Britton officiating.
Dec 08, 1950 - Oct 23, 2023
Kathy Burmaster, beloved wife, mother, nana, and friend died unexpectedly on October 8, 2023 while traveling with her husband in Germany. Kathy is survived by her husband John Burmaster, her children, Kate (Sophie Howelle) and Lauren (David Stone-Resneck), her grandchild, Hugo Stone, and her siblings, Diane Knapp, Duane and Jon Dixon. Born in Sharon, Pa. on December 8, 1950 to Jay and Emma Dixon, Kathy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Gettysburg College where her passion for teaching and art flourished. After an initial year teaching Spanish, culminating in a class trip to Spain, she fell in love with the country and moved to Madrid the following year. She tried many different jobs, including teaching Engish, dubbing movies, being a Winston cigarette girl and doing administrative work for an American company. She took a risk going on a blind date with a fellow American living abroad, John. Upon returning to the US, Kathy began a successful career in international lending with PNC Bank, married John and earned her MBA from University of Pittsburgh. Her next adventure, motherhood, came with twice the joy and double the challenge when she gave birth to twins in 1986. Kathy was a hands-on mother, whether it was volunteering with Girl Scouts, sewing the best Halloween costumes, serving on the Board of Education or spending every weekend on the sidelines of her daughter's activities. She cultivated in them a love of learning and dedication to service. A lifelong learner herself, Kathy devoted herself to the study of art in her retirement. She became a docent at the Barnes Foundation, garnering an impressive knowledge of the collection. She and her husband shared a passion for travel, and Kathy sought out art collections to explore wherever they went. She did this all while tirelessly battling a rare form of papillary thyroid cancer, a battle she fought for a decade. The dauntlessness and courage she'd shown all her life powered her onward and inspired her to help lead a global support network for others with the same diagnosis. Kathy's journey was nothing short of exceptional and her loss is one that we can not fully comprehend. Her giving nature, mischievous spirit, and endless kindness will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her. Her family and community will forever carry on her joy of living life to its fullest and her warrior spirit. A funeral service will be held November 2 at the Haddonfield Presbyterian Church (20 Kings Highway E, Haddonfield, NJ 08033) with visitation at 10am and a service starting at 11am. Kathy loved bright colors. Please wear them for the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Kathy Burmaster may be made in support of thyroid cancer research at Jefferson Health. Contributions will help advance research at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center under the direction of Kathy's oncologist and team, including Dr. Marcia Brose. Please make checks payable to "Jefferson" and mail to: Jefferson Health Office of Institutional Advancement, 125 S. 9th Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Please include "IMO Kathy Burmaster" in correspondence. Or you can give online by visiting https://giving. jefferson. edu/giving-guide/give. html. Please include "Kathy Burmaster" in the Notes section if you make an online gift.