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April 11, 2012 OBITUARIES

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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:00 am

Baker • Browning • Keever • Staponski • Whisner


Ronald Fred Baker, 61, Clever, died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at his home. He was born July 8, 1950, in Springfield to Sylvester (Jack) and Mary Jo Russell Baker.

Survivors include his father and mother of Clever, and four nephews, including Stacy Shadwick of Halltown.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Patty Shadwick.

Services were April 5 at Greenlawn Funeral Home South, Springfield. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Clever.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.


Leila J. Browning, 84, Trenton, formerly of Aurora, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at Sunnyview Nursing Home, Trenton, while on Hospice care. She was born Oct. 15, 1927, in Aurora, to Charles and Jennie Faucett.

She was married for 60 years to Jay Dee Browning of Verona. He died Dec. 10, 2009.

She was employed by the Aurora R-8 School District for 23 years. She was a long-standing member and deacon of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Aurora.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis Browning, Trenton, and Dwayne Browning, Columbia; her twin brother, Leon Faucett, Mt. Vernon; and one grandson.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Faucett and Ralph Faucett; and three sisters, Charlene Wilkerson, Bernice Jones and Virginia Faucett.

Graveside services will be announced at a later date, with burial in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, P.O. Box 68, Aurora, MO 65605, or First Christian Church, 1700 Princeton Road, Trenton, MO 64683.


Donald Keever, 76, Marionville, died Monday, April 2, 2012, in Cox South, Springfield. He was born June 5, 1935, in Quitman to Dillard and Mable Neal Keever. He was a farmer.

Survivors include his wife Josephine and four children.

Memorial services were April 5 in the Victory Temple of God Church, Marionville, under the direction of Peterson Funeral Chapel, Aurora.


Rose Anne Staponski, age 81, of Pierce City, MO died on Tuesday, April 03, 2012, at Freeman Health System West in Joplin, MO. Mrs. Staponski was born in Purdy, MO on Saturday, March 07, 1931. She was the daughter of John and Nettie (Pozniak) Feeney. Mrs. Staponski was married to Earle Staponski on Saturday, April 29, 1950, in Pulaskifield, MO. He preceded her in death on January 3, 1995. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Surviving are the following: one son, Randy Staponski and wife, Denise, of Wentworth, MO; one daughter, JoNelle Moennig and husband, Larry, of Wentworth, MO; one brother, Clarence Feeney and wife, Ola Jean, of Springfield, MO; five grandchildren, Amber and husband William Carr, Chistopher and wife Amanda Moennig, Candra Staponski, Jace and wife Jordan Staponski, and Blake Staponski; and two great-grandchildren, Noah and Seth Carr.

Rosary services will be at 6:30 PM Sunday, April 8, 2012, with visitation to follow at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pierce City, MO. Funeral mass will be held on Monday April 9, 2012, at 10:30 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Peter Morciniec officiating. Burial will follow at St's Peter and Paul Cemetery in Pulaskifield, MO.

Memorials may be made to the Pierce City Senior Citizens or to the Pierce City Scholarship Fund C/O Community Foundation of the Ozarks.


Vesta “Maxine” Whisner, age 67, of Sarcoxie, Missouri, passed away at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.  She was born on August 12, 1944, in Stotts City, Missouri, the daughter of Basil and Pansy (Harrow) Bowman.  On August 12, 1998 she married Robert “R.A.” Whisner in Sarcoxie, Missouri.  Maxine worked for Juvenile Shoe Factory, as a waitress for Safari Inn at Sarcoxie, and after marrying R.A. enjoyed being a homemaker.  In her spare time she enjoyed bowling, needlepoint, sewing, gardening and collecting Barbie’s.  

She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by:  her husband, R.A., of the home; daughter, Mary Ann Veith of Joplin; son, Mark Williams of Sarcoxie; two stepsons, Andy Whisner and Rob Whisner of Carterville; one brother, Robert Bowman of Laurinburg, North Carolina; three sisters, Arlene Roethmeier of Stotts City, Mary Heidlage of Sarcoxie and Allene White of Stotts City; four granddaughters, Lindsay Turner, Melanie Johnson, Miranda and Kelsey Veith; two step grandsons, Rex and Zach Whisner; two great granddaughters, Madalynn Johnson and Ashly Mejia-Veith and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents, two infant children, Janet and Jerry Williams; her first husband, Marvin Williams; one sister, Marceline Schnake; and one niece, Shannen White preceded her in death.

A memorial service, under the direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Stotts City Baptist Church.

On line condolences may be shared at www.FossettMosherFuneralHome.com.

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