Saturday, October 22, 2016

Elizabeth Gomez-Lopez

(From Mason-Woodard Mortuary)

Elizabeth Gomez- Lopez infant daughter of Freddie Gomez and Juana Lopez passed away Thursday October 20, 2016 at the Freeman West Health Center. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday October 25, 2016 at the Jesus El Buen Pastor Church Carthage, Mo. Burial will follow in the Park Cemetery Carthage, Mo

Steve Friede

(From Knell Mortuary)

Stephen “Steve” G. Friede, 72, Carthage, MO, passed away Thursday evening, October 20, 2016 at his home. Stephen Gordon Friede was born December 29, 1943 in Minneapolis, MN to Raymond Friede and Florence (Ingram) Friede. Steve graduated from Benilde High School in Minnesota, Class of 1961. He then went on to the University of Arizona and received his BA in History. He worked as plant manager for the Motorola Plant in Joplin, MO. Steve married Mary “Sue” Smith on February 13, 1982 in Salt Lake City, UT; she survives. He was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage.

Survivors include his wife, four daughters, Pamela Newman, Flagstaff, AZ, Laura Moir (husband Paul), Flagstaff, AZ, Dana Frazier, Carthage, MO, and Jeana Bartosh (husband John), Carthage, MO; one son, Steve Friede Jr. (wife Missy), Oxford, OH; two brothers, Tom Friede (wife Molly), Deephaven, MN, and Tim Friede, Chanhassen, MN; three sisters, Sue Ferron (husband Fred), Long Lake, MN, Pat Gustafson (husband Paul), Annandale, MN, and Peggy Burmaster (husband Jim), Lake Oswego, OR; twelve grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage. Fr. Steve Wilson will officiate. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Emmanuel Cemetery, Carthage. Memorial gifts are suggested to American Cancer Society in care of Knell Mortuary, 308 W. Chestnut, Carthage, MO 64836. Online condolences may be expressed through Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.

ZaDean Hoffman

(From Knell Mortuary)

Joyce ZaDean Hoffman died on October 19, 2016 Oak Pointe, Carthage, Missouri after a lengthy illness. She was born on December 4, 1934, in Newton County, Missouri to Warren Johnson and Opal Lauener Johnson.

ZaDean grew up in the Redings Mill area of Newton County on the family farm, and graduated from Joplin High School in 1951. She started working for Empire District, Joplin, after graduation. In the summer of 1953, as she and her cousin were touring downtown Joplin in her new Plymouth convertible, ZaDean met a young military policeman, William (Bill) Hoffman of Chicago, Illinois, as he was rounding up wayward soldiers from Camp Crowder. Bill and ZaDean were married on March 7, 1954 in Joplin. They moved to Carthage in 1959.

ZaDean was busy raising her children as a stay-at-home mom but returned to work in 1970 as a bookkeeper at Miller Chrysler Plymouth, Carthage. She worked at General Irrigation in Carthage before joining the administration team at McCune-Brooks Hospital. She retired from McCune Brooks in 1999 after 25 years of service. She also assisted her husband Bill with the RV sales and service business he established prior to his retirement. After ZaDean retired, she and Bill had time to travel the world. Some of her favorite trips were those shared with her niece, Pat Grider Rodgers and her husband, Jack. ZaDean was a loving and devoted wife to Bill and a loving, conscientious mother to her four children. She especially loved being Nammaw and Grandma to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved animals, including the pet rooster she cared for as a child, and took in several orphaned dogs and kittens over the years. She was an excellent cook and known for her chocolate chip cookies that were often sent to her children when they lived in other states. Her spaghetti and meatballs became a staple of all important family gatherings at the home. She also enjoyed bowling on the McCune Brooks bowling team for many years.

ZaDean was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Hoffman, her parents, her sister Ursula Grider, and her brother Lee Johnson. She is survived by two sons and two daughters, Bill Hoffman and partner Maria Straus, Michele Sexton and husband Dean, David Hoffman and wife Sheila, and Julie Hoffman and wife Alicia; six grandchildren, Matthew Lonardo, Nicole Hoffman, Rachael Hoffman, Deandra Sexton, Luci Dickinson-Hoffman and Sally Dickinson-Hoffman; five great-grandchildren, Aria and Arlo Lonardo and Allison, Aimee and Nicholas Pitts; one brother, William Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 23rd from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at Knell Mortuary, Carthage, followed by a memorial service at the funeral home. Burial will take place on Monday, October 24th at 9:00 am, Park Cemetery, Carthage.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Smile Train or the Foundation for Neurological Diseases. Online condolences may be expressed through Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.

Dalton Heseman

(From Buchanan Funeral Home)

Dalton Dean Heseman, 14, of Monett, MO, was called home by his Heavenly Father on Friday evening, October 21, 2016.

Dalton was born on June 11, 2002 in Springfield, MO, son of Tim Dean Heseman and Sheri Leigh (Green) Heseman. Dalton was currently a freshman at Verona High School and was looking forward to playing baseball with the Verona Wildcats this next spring. He has always had a passion for baseball and had also played on the Monett Bears traveling team with Coach Robert Nations. Dalton was a talented basketball player, golfer, hunter and fisherman and enjoyed archery. He was a smart young man, being on the A Honor Roll, and had a wonderful and humorous personality. He was the class clown, always trying to make friends and family laugh.

Dalton is survived by his parents, Tim and Sheri Heseman, of Monett; one brother, Lucas Mason Heseman, of Verona; one sister, Hannah-Jo Marie Heseman, of Monett; his grandparents, Dennis and Shirley Heseman, of Monett and David and JoNell Green, of Verona; his great-grandmother, Marie “MeMe” Marbut, of Monett; one niece, Kylee Mason and one nephew, Brik Mason, of Monett; his aunts, Shellie Green-Wilson, of Aurora, Melissa Green, of Verona, Melissa Strubberg and her husband David, of Carthage; one uncle, Travis Heseman and his wife Carrie, of Verona; one great-aunt, Gladys Nivens, of Monett; one great-uncle, Jerry “Bubbie” Marbut and his wife Pat, of Brownsville, TX; and a host of extended family and friends that will dearly miss him, but never forget him. Dalton was preceded in death by one uncle, Kevin Wilson and one cousin, Chad Lee Wilson, of Crane.

Funeral services for Dalton will be held at New Site Baptist Church, 1925 Farm Road 1060, Monett, on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Jeff Stockton will be officiating. Interment will follow at Spring River Cemetery, Verona. Visitation will be held at the funeral home, 301 Euclid Ave, Monett, from 6-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, MO.

Les Coppedge

(From Paul Thomas Funeral Homes)

Lawrence Lester “Les” Coppedge of Miami, OK passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Claremore Veterans Center in Claremore, OK. He was 83.

Les was born September 5, 1933 in Vinita, OK to Lawrence and Agnes (Lester) Coppedge. He was a lifetime resident of the Miami, Picher and Vinita area. He graduated from Vinita High School and served in the U.S. Navy. He was a Real Estate Agent and Dance Instructor. He had been a member of the Picher Lions Club and was a member of New Life Church of the Nazarene of Miami, OK.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 sisters Mary and Nancy.

Les is survived by his wife Melissa Coppedge of the home, his setp-children, Wesley Forgey and wife Sissy of Afton, OK, Dustin Forgey and wife Ashley of Carl Junction, MO, and Haley McKibben and husband Chuck of Miami, OK, 4 brothers, Bill Coppedge of Las Vegas, NV, Joe Coppedge of Bolivar, MO, Ron Coppedge of Vinita, OK and Bob Coppedge of Langley, OK and 2 sisters Peggy Colquitt of Wagoner, OK, and Sue Schwartz of Tulsa, OK, his sister – in- law Becky Bender of Miami, OK and 9 grandchildren
Graveside services will be Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, OK. Rev. Casey Hollingsworth and Rev. Joe Coppedge will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by Grove Veterans Ritual Team. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami. Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at

Alan Reinke

(From Ozark Funeral Home)

All children are miracles, even the ones that couldn’t stay very long. Alan Mikeal Reinke passed peacefully at home on Friday, October 14, 2016. He was born at 4:29 a.m. on August 1, 2016. During his time here on Earth he touched many lives and was loved deeply by family and friends.

Alan was the son of Dakota Reinke. He is survived by two siblings, older brother Benjamin and twin sister Abbilynn. His grandparents are Bunita and David Nordquist of Anderson, Missouri and Richard and Kathy Holland of Peru, Indiana; and two uncles, Brett and Trevor Reinke also of Anderson; along with many extended families.

The Missouri family held a celebration of life on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 99 Monroe Road in Anderson, Missouri. In lieu of flowers please support the Ronald McDonald House. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website, Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Ozark Funeral Home in Anderson, Missouri.

Therese Gill

(From Ozark Funeral Home)

Therese Grace Gill of Southwest City, Missouri died Friday, October 14, 2016 at the age of 88. She was born on June 9, 1928 in North Wales, PA. to the late Peter and Helen Van Kleef. She resided in California for 72 years and had moved to Southwest City to live with her daughter. Growing up in North Wales, Therese lived on a farm where her father raised livestock and worked for the railroad. Her mother took in laundry. The six children worked early on to help keep the family afloat. As a youth, Therese worked for a truck farmer, selling fruits and vegetables from a horse drawn wagon. After her father died, she and her mother took the train to CA. where three of her siblings had moved.

She married James Albert Gill on August 9, 1946 in Southern CA, and to this union 4 children were born. They moved to Northern CA. 10 years later to a small farm in Shasta County. Being a true country gal, Therese populated the farm with horses, cows, hogs, chickens, goats, sheep, dogs and cats. She loved going to the livestock auction and buying newborn calves to bottle feed. In the 70's, Jim and Therese moved to a ranch in Tehama County, raising cattle, sheep and hogs on a larger scale. Raising cattle became Therese's greatest passion which lasted until her death.For 15 years Jim and Therese raised the oldest granddaughter, driving her to many horse shows, even to Oklahoma City for the National Appaloosa Show. After moving to Southwest City,

Therese enjoyed drives in the country, seeing green pastures full of cattle and hay. Checking cows with her granddaughter during this calving season was a big treat. She appreciated the beauty of McDonald County and the friendliness of the people here, making many new friends in a short time. Therese attended First Baptist Church in SWC and especially liked AWANA night and visiting with the children. She loved her family and friends and being with her great-children.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, James Gill on January 2, 1998, her infant daughter, Stephanie Ann in 1947, and 5 siblings, Anne, Mary, Helen, John and Pete.

She is survived by her children, Cynthia Ross of Southwest City, MO, Jerry Gill of Kingman, AZ, Annette Pochop of Anderson, California, grandchildren, Tisha Lewellen, Anderson, CA, Joel Cimarron of Athens, GA, Jessie Lindquist of Southwest City,Mo, , Tyler Pochop of Anderson, CA, great grandchildren Gracie Lewellen, T.J. Lewellen, Lively Cimarron, and Sydney Lindquist, sister -in-law, Jean Gill of Newport Beach, CA , her beloved canine companion, Chi Chi, and many other family members and friends.

She has been taken for cremation and no immediate services are planned.

Arrangements are by Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson, MO.