The Greenville Comets defeated the East Alton-Wood River Oilers in the Litchfield Tournament Monday afternoon. Final score was 58 to 42. The Comets are back in action as part of the tournament again tonight as they take on Mt. Zion at 6:00 p.m. You can catch that game live on WGEL 101.7 FM or streaming online at www.wgel.com.
David A. Wempe
David A. Wempe, age 65, of Germantown, passed away Monday, January 20 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Friends may call Wednesday from 9:30- 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.
Mr. Wempe was born August 9, 1948 in Breese to Virgil and Leanarda (Rosen) Wempe; they preceded him in death.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a grandson, Braxton Wempe; and a sister-in-law, Dang Wempe.
He married Barb Albers on September 25, 1970, and they later divorced.
Surviving are his sons, Todd (Brenda) Wempe of Germantown, Keith (Jennifer) Wempe of Germantown, and Tim (Amanda) Wempe of Bartelso; 8 grandchildren, Tiffany Budde, Michael (Bethany) Monteiro, Zachary Wempe, Adam Budde, Michael (Annie) Strate, Camden and Griffen Wempe, and Isabella Wempe; 7 great-grandchildren, Skyley and Parker Budde, Corrine and Jacob Engelmann, Samuel and Ella Strate, and Alivia Monteiro; a brother, Virgil "Sonny" Wempe of Shreveport, LA; a sister, Mary (Henry "Red") Hoerchler of Breese.
Dave retired as an Aircraft Mechanic from Scott Air Force Base and he was a Veteran of the United States Air Force.
He was a member of the Clinton County Vietnam Veterans 269 where he was a past president, Breese American Legion Post 252, and a former member of the Germantown Kernel Nut Club.
Flora M. Henken
Flora M. Henken, age 99, of Breese, passed away Saturday, January 18 at Carlyle Healthcare Center in Carlyle. A funeral mass will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in the St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese. Friends may call Thursday from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. Dominic Church or to the Breese Senior Citizen Meal Site and will be received at the church or through the Moss Funeral Home in Breese who is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born in Greencreek, IL on February 17, 1914 to Henry Casper and Louisa (Stephany) Weirich. She grew up in Aviston and Germantown. In 1931 she married Arthur B. Henken and he preceded her in death.
Flora is survived by two sons, Arthur G. (Sylvia nee Heimann) Henken of Carlyle and Leland (Beverly nee Lea) Henken of Bluffton, SC; nine grandchildren, Mary Jo (Mark) Kratschmer, Betsy (Paul) Bacon, Kathy (Mikel) Huelsmann, Terese (Robert “Bob”) Kasson, A.J. (Carol) Henken, Joseph (Cindy) Henken, Heather (John) McDermott, Lindsey (Ryan) Watson, and Eric (Victoria) Henken; 18 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Eleanor Henken of O’Fallon and June Gerhard of Maryville, TN.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; a daughter, Phyllis Henken who formerly lived in St. Louis, MO; and siblings, Viola, Joseph, Henry “Hank”, Lucille, Hilda, Mary, Anna, Louise, Francis, Gertrude, and Charles; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Antonia, Sr. Bernardi, Mary, Sr. Benna, Frances, Clara, Joseph, John, Sr. Jude, and George.
Flora became more or less deaf in her early twenties, but regained her ability to hear with hearing aids. With experience and training, she later formed the Henken Hearing Co. dedicated to fitting aids for sale and maintaining aids with repairs and batteries for Qualitone hearing aids.
She was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church and Altar Sodality, was the past Treasurer of the Breese Senior Citizens, and was the last of the charter members of the Daughters of Isabella Precious Blood Circle 718.
Flora was blessed with many years of life, enjoying the society of people at the senior meal site, bingo, and bunko games with generous help and concern of friends and relatives. She would want to say thanks.
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