December 16, 2012

Leo Whitaker


Leo Whitaker, 100, formerly of St. Joseph, Missouri left this life on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born on November 30, 1912 to William and Edith Whitaker in St. Joseph, Missouri. Leo married Rosie Donnelly on June 18, 1938. She preceded him in death on May 3, 1993 after 54 wonderful years of marriage. He was a supervisor for St. Joe Power and Light Bus Division for thirty-seven years. He was also a member of the Moila Shrine Temple Brotherhood Lodge 269 and Masonic High Twelve Club 49. He was an active member of 1st Lutheran Church of St. Joseph until he moved to Springfield 2 years ago to be closer to his family. He was a loving parent and grandparent who always put his family first. Mr. Whitaker was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brothers, Bill, Henry, and Calvin Whitaker. Survivors include his son, Bill Whitaker (Diana); five grandchildren, Autumn Whitaker, Luke Whitaker (Neisha), Ana Whitaker, Adrian Whitaker, and Michael Whitaker; two great-grandchildren, Hayden Hawkins-Whitaker, and Finnley Whitaker. Graveside Service and Interment: 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Mount Auburn Cemetery. The family will receive 1:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family suggests memorial gifts to First Lutheran Church, St. Joseph, Missouri. Online guest book and obituary at


Marietta S. Hoehn


Marietta Spugnardi Hoehn, 87, St. Joseph, Missouri died Friday, December 14, 2012 at a local healthcare facility. Marietta was born October 1, 1925 to Anthony and Dulcie (Smith) Spugnardi. She married Basil C. Hoehn on May 29, 1948. Mrs. Hoehn worked at Swift & Company, St. Joseph Light and Power, Noma Lites and was a bookkeeper for St. Joseph Teachers’ Credit Union. She was a member of the St. Joseph Cathedral Catholic Church, alumnae of Sacred Heart Convent, and Ladies Auxilliry at Heartland Regional Medical Center, where she was an active volunteer. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors: husband, Basil C. Hoehn, of the home; children, Anthony C “Tony” Hoehn and wife, Marge, Omaha, Nebraska, Thomas J. Hoehn and wife, Katy, Clearwater, Florida, Teresa Steffens and husband, Gary, Houston, Texas, Tammy McKeever and husband, Doug, Belton, Missouri, and Rachel Baumgartner and husband, Eric, Seattle, Washington; sister, JoAn Kiefer, St. Joseph, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, St. Joseph Cathedral Catholic Church. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Parish Rosary 7:30 P.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Family Funeral Home & Crematory. The family suggests memorial gifts to Cathedral Food Pantry, 519 North 10th Street, St. Joseph, Missouri 64501. Online guest book and obituary at