ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY — A man from Bonne Terre, Mo., was killed Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash, authorities said. Charles L. Wells, 82, died after driving his 2006 Buick Rainier into the path of a Ford F-150 pickup along Highway K near Bonne Terre, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Authorities said Wells tried to cross Highway K at Hillsboro Road in front of the pickup, driven by Cody L. Wiseman, 22, of Bonne Terre.
Wells was pronounced dead Saturday evening at Mineral Area Regional Hospital in Farmington, the patrol said. Paramedics treated Wiseman’s minor injuries at the crash scene.
Charlie was instrumental in helping us acquire the property on Jerries Lane. I understand that he even loaned us some money for a down payment. I stand corrected. It was Bob Combest who loaned the Club $2,000 for a down payment. Charlie put his name on the line, thus guaranteeing the loan with Community Federal Savings and Loan along with The Bob Combests, Paul Heacocks, The Rich Reids and the Ed Rolles. Charlie also convinced for attorney Alan Popkin to donate his time to help us get incorporated as Redman Acres Athletic Club.
Charlie became involved with the Club when his daughter was dating a couple of our members. When those relationships broke off, Charlie kept coming around. He kind of liked us. He offered to loan us money for a down payment as long he could come around whenever he wanted to for as long as he wanted to. That’s when he became an honorary member.
Charlie also invited the Gluttons to his lake home in Bonne Terre several times over the years.
Charlie had been in declining health the last few years. My understanding is that Charlie has donated his body to science and there is no service planned.
If you’d like to share a thought or a memory of Charlie, you can do so by clicking on ‘Comment’ just below this article.
Elenore “Momma” McGuire was hospitalized on Monday and given a Cardiac Catheterization on her heart yesterday. They found that she has major blockage in all her arteries. The good news is that her heart is not damaged.
This is major surgery, but Dr. Ronald Leidenfrost (the best cardiac surgeon at the hospital) comforted us by saying that 96% of patients that receive this surgery survive and 80% have no problems at all – it just hurts for a while. But I’m sure Ele would appreciate your prayers – just in case …..
She will be in the hospital for at least a week and then recuperate at home (or with us) for another two weeks. The patient’s in very good spirits and just wants to get it over with. She has already purchased her airline ticket to San Diego to visit Don on his 60th Birthday on February 28 – and wants to be back in good shape as soon as possible.
Following surgery tomorrow morning, Ele will be in the Intensive Care Unit for at least the rest of the day. I’ll let you know when she is moved to a regular room with a telephone and allowed to have visitors.
Pray for us all – I’ll keep you posted.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Update:Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, 12:33 pm
Brother Dan writes: Just talked with the doctor – the four-hour operation went very well. She had SIX by-passes. More later when I find out what room she will be in for the next several days. Thanks for all your parayers & good wishes. It looks like they worked.
Update: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, 8:30 am
I just talked with the ICU nurse and Mom – all is well (7:00am). They took Ele off the ventilator about midnight and as the nurse told me – she hasn’t stopped talking since!
Estimates are that she will stay in the ICU today and then spend a day in the “Step-Down Unit” before being assigned a regular bed with a phone and visitor privileges for a week of care. Just be patient and I’ll keep you posted when you can call and/or visit her.
If you want to send her a card now, send it to me at Westminster. You can also send her a direct email if you want. They are printed out and delivered to her in the ICU. Just click this link and fill in the blanks:
More later – Thanks for your prayers and good wishes.
Update:Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, 12:10 am
Thursday was another good day. Ele was moved from the ICU to the Cardiac Care floor and will remain there for the duration of her stay. She has a room mate now, but also a private phone. (Room 6703 / (314) 542- 4750)
Ele continues to progress very well, but the doctor still won’t let her eat. Maybe Friday.
She is not comfortable, but only has a little pain if she lies quietly. Ele’s truly doing great even though she now talks like Minnie Mouse as a result of the trachea tube during surgery and the ICU. Pray that her former voice returns real soon.
She will probably be in the hospital for another week so there is plenty of time for a visit. In lieu of a visit, give her a call or send her a hospital email card – She really gets a kick out of them.
Brother Don is trying to catch a flight to St. Louis so he can see his Mother this weekend.
That’s about all for now. Keep the prayers and good thoughts coming – It appears they worked. All is well so you provably won’t be hearing from me for a few days.
Update:Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, 12:45 am
Hi everyone – today was a good day, but a very busy one! All of the tubes and drains were removed from Ele’s chest and she was promptly moved from St. Luke’s Hospital to Surrey Place, a skilled nursing facility near the main hospital complex for short-term rehabilitation over the next one to two weeks.
There are no set visiting hours at Surrey Place, but we’ve been told Ele will be kept busy with physical therapy at various periods each day (except Sunday) until about 4:00pm. She is sharing a room with another patient. All residents eat in the main dining room with breakfast served at 7:00am, lunch at 11:00am and dinner at 4:30pm. So plan your visits accordingly.
Ele is doing better each day, but she was very tired after all the action today and hopes she can “just rest this evening and night” without a “bunch of nurses bothering her.”
All in all – things look well. Brother Don remains in town until Saturday morning and has been a great comfort to his mother and a great help to us.
Thanks for all your cards, prayers and good wishes – please keep them coming.
Gary Rowberry’s mother, Corrinne (Cory) Rowberry, died suddenly this morning, Sunday, November 23, 2008.
Funeral arrangements: Visitation will be on Tuesday evening from 3–8 pm at Stygar Florissant Chapel located at 13980 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant (just south of Lindbergh). The funeral will be Wednesday morning at 9 am at Our Lady of the Rosary in Spanish Lake.
Rowberry, Corinne G. (nee Bowden), fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Sun., Nov. 23, 2008. Beloved wife of Erwin E. Rowberry; loving mother of Mark (Jan), Gary (Tina Cook), Steve (Silvia) Rowberry, Cindy (Tom) Ulrich, Pam (Dan) Telle, and Carole (Jim) Guffey; dear grandmother of 20, dearest great-grandmother of 18, and friend to many. Services: The Stygar Family of Funeral Service is caring for the Rowberry family at the STYGAR FLORISSANT CHAPEL, 13980 New Halls Ferry Rd., where services will begin on Wednesday at 9 a.m., then proceed to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church for 10 a.m. Mass. Interment private. VISITATION TUESDAY 3-8PM. www.stygar.com
Dan McGuire sends word that Gary Schirmer’s mother passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2008. Here is the obituary:
Florence “Mimi” Schirmer Schirmer, Florence ‘Mimi’ Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Tues., Sept. 16, 2008. Beloved wife of the late Elmer W. Schirmer; loving mother of Wayne E. (Jeanette), Gary (Stacy) Schirmer and Sue (Craig) Sullivan; proud grandmother of Kelley, Scott, Angela, Erin, Ryan and Kevin; dearest great-grandmother of Grace, Drew, Lucas, Ella, Jakob and Owen; dear sister of the late Col. Edward (Mary) Kaminski; dear aunt, great-aunt and friend. Memorials to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or Community Loving Care Hospice encouraged.Services: The Stygar Family of Funeral Service is caring for Florence’s Family. Family will receive friends at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 7717 Hwy N. (Dardenne Prairie) on Sat., Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. concluding with a Celebration of Mass at 11a.m. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment Bethlehem Cemetery. A STYGAR MID RIVERS Funeral Home Service. _______________________________________________
Gary & Stacy Schirmer 2037 Waters Edge Ct. Lake St. Louis, MO 63367
Dan McGuire passed on the info that non-resident Glutton Tom Tazarek’s mother passed away last Thursday. Tom lives in Prosper Texas and visits the club from time to time. Our sympathies to Taz and his family.
Alice M. (Garrigan) Taszarek Taszarek, Alice M. (nee Garrigan) Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Thursday, September 4, 2008. Beloved wife of the late Joseph F. Taszarek; dear mother and mother-in-law of James F. (Sharon) Taszarek, Thomas A. (Susan) Taszarek, and Jane (Michael) Welby; dear grandmother of Mary Carol (Jon) Lienemann, James (Lorie) Taszarek, Alice (Scott) Rodrian, Marc (Amy) Welby, Annie (Warren) Young, and Mary Alice Taszarek; dear great-grandmother of Ben, Claire, and Julia Rodrian, Michael and Elizabeth Taszarek, Katie, Joseph and Fritz Lienemann and Garrett Michael Welby to be born on 9/8/2008; dear sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, cousin and special friend of Hazel Knickel, Kae and Ron Roach.Services: Funeral procession Saturday, September 6, 8:15 a.m. at HUTCHENS Mortuary, 675 Graham Rd., Florissant to St. Sabina Catholic Church for 9 a.m. Mass. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation Friday, September 5, 4-8 p.m. In of flowers, memorials to National Multiple Sclerosis Society appreciated.
We’re sad to report the passing of Michaelia’s dad, Jack Riley. Mr. Jack, as he was well known as, died last Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at the age of 81. He lived in Long Beach Mississippi with his wife Violet (Mick’s mom). Mr Jack received a Bronze Star for his service during World War II. He also fought in the Korean War and the battles in Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He led a full and varied life. He owned several restaurants and pawn shops as well as doing some traveling with the circus during his life. He has a very nice and lengthy obituary here. Mr. Riley was buried in Biloxi National Cemetery in Biloxi Mississippi on Monday.
Our condolences to Michaelia and her family during this time.
Charlie Morris, fresh out of intensive care, makes an appearance at dad, Glen’s, early 50th birthday bash.
He’s moving a little slow… OK, a LOT slow, but he IS moving. The only parts of Charlie not banged up are his head and his butt. He has the support of his great family and his wonderful friends. He’s been through a lot in the last ten days – the accident, a half dozen or so surgeries, and now rehab… but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Charlie is expected to make a full recovery, but it’s going to take some time. I overheard him say that it “really sucks to have to get up to go pee.” We can only imagine the effort that takes…because we take things like that for granted.
Please keep him in your thoughts and paryers. The Morris family is very appreciative of your support.
The surprise 50th birthday party for Glen is no longer a surprise, thanks to Charlie’s “surprise”. Many people are just going to go to the Club right after the walk for the cure, but the official start of the party is 2 pm. Come on by and wish the old fart a happy birthday.
18-year-old Charles E. Morris of Florissant was riding his 2002 Kawasaki motorcycle at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, the patrol said. He was northbound on Red School House Road in St. Charles County about 400 feet west of Wise Road at “an excessive rate of speed” when he lost control on a curve, the patrol said.
The motorcycle left the road and hit a utility pole guy wire. The impact threw Morris off the motorcycle, which landed in a field.
Morris was airlifted by helicopter to St. Louis University Hospital where he was listed in serious condition today, the patrol said.
A Florissant teenager is in serious condition after a late night motorcycle accident in West Alton. The Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Chrles Morris’ motorcycle sped off Red School House Road and hit a utility pole guy wire.
His injuries include a broken ankle, cuts and abrasions of his knee, a broken wrist and several fingers broken and also a broken clavicle (shoulder blade). Charlie underwent surgery this morning.
Charlie is expected to make a full recovery, but it’s going to take some time.
Update:Wednesday, June 11th – 1:45 pm. Deb reports:
Just heard from Julie. Charlie is out of surgery (on his hand) and he broke his left ankle and his knee has quite a few layers of stitches. His left front collar bone (clavicle) is fractured, but his right hand is the worst thing and the main concern right now.
His right hand was pretty much shattered, and had bad lacerations across his fingers. right now, the hand will be a slow recovery, and then they will go from there, as in really knowing the extent of the injury to his hand. He will be at SLU Hospital until Saturday at this point and will let us know.
Julie said thank you for all the calls and concerns but right now they really are not able to return any because Nextel does not get a signal inside the hospital walls. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Update:Friday, June 13th – 9:00 am. Deb reports:
Julie said Charlie is going back up for surgery today on his hand again, they are going to go back in and see what his fingers are doing, check on infection etc…. he will have many surgeries to come in the future on his right hand. He is able to move his middle finger and thumb so that is a good sign right now. All in all he looks pretty good, but Glen said each day its a new story,…when the swelling goes down they find that “well ,the left ankle is not broke its the foot” so it’s just a day by day thing. He will be in there now until Monday they think, but all in all he is fine, probably will not want to leave the hospital since there will be no morphine drip at home 🙂. JUST LUCKY TO BE ALIVE LIKE JOE SAID “TO CRASH ON A CYCLE AND WALK AWAY IS A GOOD DAY.”
Glen and Julie said thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. I told them everyone is thinking of them and if they need anything to just call. Charlie has a lot of “young visitors” up there so he is on morphine and cute girls by his side he wakes up and smiles!
Update:Tuesday, June 17th – 3 pm
My understanding is that Charlie was to undergo surgery on his foot either today or tomorrow (Wednesday) and would be in the hospital a couple days after that. HE might (hopefully) be home by the weekend.
Update: Wednesday, June 18th – 3 pm Deb reports:
Charlie had surgery on his left foot (no longer the ankle) yesterday at around 5:30ish. He has a few pins/screws in his foot now. While they were in there, they also looked at his collar bone because something did not seem right. So….. they had to go in and “reposition” his collar bone, so he ended up with two surgery’s yesterday. After talking with Julie and Glen last night, this should be it for right now and hopefully he will be home by Friday. He will have a lot more surgeries on his right hand later on down the road, but for right now, they have done all that they can for all the “broken bones” that he had; now its just time to heal.
Julie said “Again, please tell everyone thanks for all their thoughts and prayers …and there have been so many friends asking if they can do anything, and it really means a lot to them – Thank you, again, from The Morris Family.
Update: Friday, June 20th – Julie reports:
WE ARE HOME!!! We got the great news yesterday. Charlie is going to be just fine. He has a lot of work of ahead of him but he is stubborn, determine and strong willed. We were all so ready to get out of there!
I wanted to update you guys on Charlie’s boo boos, but the most important thing that we have to thank the great guy upstairs for IS HE IS HERE AND WILL RECOVER!
The poor guy got banged up pretty good on both sides of his body but everything is fixable and with the screws, wires and plates they have put in and a lot of hard work he will be up and moving in time. The injuries were to his left foot, they have screwed that back together. The right knee has so many stitches they quit counting, but nothing damaged to the knee or leg. His left collar bone was separated too far apart so they fixed that with a plate. Then there is the right hand. That is our biggest challenge. He broke a lot of bones in his fingers, hand and wrist. So with the miracle of medicine they have put that back together. That will be his longest recovery. Right now he is learning how to sit up, transfer to a wheel chair and also managing to move on an elbow walker. All this sounds pretty horrible and it is, but if anyone knows our son, Charlie is too worried about missing any of the action to keep him down for too long. We will have a Home Rehab to start and then outpatient later. The saddest part is he has to adjust to the fact his playing soccer for LC is not going to happen this year. He will have to move back home and live here through the recovery period. School is being adjusted also. BUT again we are only thinking positive and we all know that Charlie will be up and about in time. Glen and I just want to express so much appreciation to all our family and friends that have and will support him. Charlie knows just how important it is to feel such support. So again Thank you all so very much.
Glen’s 50th +Birthday ‘Surprise’ / Welcome Home Charlie Party – I had to tell Glen cuz I needed to know how he felt with everything going on. Charlie is the one who calls the shots for now, and he didn’t want me to cancel. He will be there for a little while and we would love to see all of you.
Carl Schilligo, father of Sue Yates, died on Wednesday, April 30th, 2008. Visitation is May, 1st from 3–9 pm at Bucholz Math Herman Mortuary at 837 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters. Funeral Fri. May 2, 10 a.m. from BUCHHOLZ MATH HERMAN Mortuary, 837 Mid Rivers Mall Drive to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church #2 Seton Court, St. Charles, MO. for a 10:30 a.m. Mass. He will be buries at Jefferson Barracks cemetery following the service.
The Glutton family extends it’s condolences to Sue, Bill and their entire family.