Jon Michael Graznak, age 63, of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed on October 12, 2016. at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital due to complications with Bile Duct Cancer.
Jon was born in January 12, 1953 in Quincy, Illinois to Jeanne and Michael Graznak.
Jon majored as an undergraduate in Parks and Recreation, due to his great love of the earth and play as well as study in drama and theater.
Most recently he was a substance abuse recovery case manager and educator. He enjoyed a rich and varied career including being a radio DJ, Park Ranger and nature educator, successful business owner and manager, wilderness guide, a Toby Show Tent Performer, and magician in many ways.
His home town was Columbia, Missouri followed by a move to Virginia.
He loved bird hunting with friends and Brittany spaniels, gardening and gathering wild foods. Performing theater and singing in a band were early life passions. Some of his favorite times were spent around water, especially in rivers, “messing about in boats”, and as a white water raft guide. He was endlessly, intellectually spiritually curious. Later in his life, Native American Traditions resonated with him as well as mystic and progressive Christian teachings. He also continued his family's both Irish and Ukrainian story telling heritage and was a great raconteur.
Jon was sensitive and active politically. He was a true feminist and advocate and volunteer for river and stream restoration. He had great empathy for and helped people who suffered from their addictions. For instance, he recently traveled on his own accord for training in the use of NARCAN™, to immediately block the effects of opiate overdoses.
Jon is survived by his partner and comrade Leigh Meredith, sister Lynn Graznak, daughters Elizabeth Graznak, Charlene Graznak, Sarah Schloss, nine grandchildren, seven nieces and nephews, and a great niece and nephew, Suvanna the snake and Dude the cat. He is survived as well by the many people he helped and saved in his work with substance abuse recovery. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Paul and Parker the wonder dog Brittany spaniel.
A community reception was held Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at Teague Funeral home, 2260 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903. For more information please contact the funeral home. All are welcome. Interment will be held on private property later this fall. Donations in lieu of flowers are welcomed by James River Foundation, jrava.org/join.
A prayer Jon used frequently towards the end of his life when faced with frustration was, “Bless them, change me.” And quite courageously, much laughter.
Loretta Louise Shettlesworth, 63, of Columbia passed away Sunday, November 15, 2015.
A celebration of life was held Friday, November 20, 2015 at Alive in Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Southampton Drive in Columbia.
Loretta was born May 4, 1952, in Columbia, the daughter of Clyde Raymond and Maryellen Robertson Morris.
Survivors include one son, Chad. She was preceded in death by her husband.
Gail Overbeck, 64, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at her home. Visitation was held Saturday, June 11 at Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial services we conducted the same day at the funeral home.
Gail was born October 16, 1951 in St. Joseph MO to George and Hazel (Vessels) Marriott. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1971 and started working at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center as a dietary aide shortly after graduation. She met Wayne Overbeck and were wed March 2, 1974 in Parkade Baptist Church in Columbia. She later transferred to University Hospital where she finished 38 years of service before retiring in 2011.
Along with her husband of 42 years, she is survived by her youngest daughter, Erika, and soon to be son-in-law, Tylor Prentice, of Centralia; two grandsons, Deven and Jace of Centralia; one brother, Gary Marriott, and his wife, Carole, of Eldon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one daughter, Emily Overbeck.
Dale Lee Chrisman, 63, of Columbia, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2016, as a result of a stroke. Visitation was on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at Memorial Funeral Home followed by funeral services.
Dale, son of Lucille and David, was born December 4, 1952 in Columbia. He graduated from Hickman High School and served three years in the U.S. Army. He returned from the service to work with his father and grandfather in the carpet cleaning and upholstery business and most recently was employed by HyVee as a maintenance and delivery driver.
He was married to Sherri Henke of Salisbury for 31 years and they have two sons, Douglas, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who is a personal chef in Washington, D.C., and Greg, a University of Missouri graduate who is a flight attendant with United Airlines.
Dale’s greatest treasure and joy was his family, especially his two sons, and he instilled in them his values of hard work, thoroughness in any job undertaken and a love of all people. This man, a beloved father, son, brother, uncle, friend, musician and “Morel Marauder,” will be deeply missed forever.
At 16, he joined his brother Bill’s band, The Coachmen, playing bass guitar and continued playing with groups such as Woodrose. Music was in his blood, and blues and the Allman Brothers could be heard whenever he was near a radio or CD player. He was in the process of putting together a new band with old friends Bill Jenkins and Steve Pass. When he wasn’t at work or playing his bass, he was in the woods almost every day in the spring, looking for morels, always giving away his finds to friends and neighbors — always a generous and caring man.
Anyone who knew him will attest to the twinkle in his eye, his big smile and his desire to make everyone feel special. If he wasn’t repairing or building shelves at HyVee, he was putting a light fixture up at his father’s or raking leaves at sister Lori’s.
He is survived by his wife, Sherri; his sons, Douglas and Greg; his father, David of Columbia; his brother, Bill of Traverse City, Mich.; and his sister, Lori of Columbia.
Dale was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Gertrude Chrisman; and maternal grandparents, Bill and Edna Duren.
Sharon Ann (Kohl) Graham, 63, of Birmingham, Ala., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at her residence.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory.
A celebration of life service will follow at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the funeral home.
Sharon was born February 25, 1953, in Lake City, Iowa, the daughter of Robert Richard and Irene Lucille Kohl. She was married to Richard Graham on Sept. 8, 1984, in Columbia. He survives Sharon.
She was a 1971 graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia. She loved dogs, horses and people. Survivors include her husband of 32 years; mother, Irene Kohl of Columbia; son, Robert Graham of Birmingham, Ala.; and brother, Don Kohl of St. Peters.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Kohl.
Laurel Jane "Laurie" Fuemmeler, 63, of Mexico, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City. Graveside services were held at 11am on Feb. 16 at New Salem Cemetery in Ashland. Family greeted friends at the American Legion Post in Ashland at noon.
Laurie was born on June 25, 1953 in Columbia, to James S. and Alva Jane Cunningham. She graduated in 1971 from Hickman High School in Columbia and later received a BA degree from Stephens College and a MEd in Social Service/Agency Counseling from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Laurie was a member of PEO, DAR, UDC, DUV, and many other Heritage Organizations.
Laurie had resided in Mexico, since 1979.
She is survived by her parents, James S. and Alva Jane (Sappington) Cunningham of Columbia, and her longtime companion Ivar Myer, of Mexico MO. She is also survived by her daughter, Vivaca (Chet) Crowser; and three grandchildren, Arden, Nora and Holden Crowser all of Missoula, Montana.
Memorials can be sent to P.E.O. Chapter DK in care of Marybeth Kletti, 325 Woodlawn, Mexico, MO 65265; New Salem Cemetery Ass'n, Ashland, MO; or Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive, Columbia, MO 65201.