OBITUARY

Dorothy J. Lauman

July 22, 1923May 7, 2020
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Lauman, Dorothy (Nee Poecker) Age 96, peacefully entered into eternal life.

Dorothy was born in St. Louis, MO to Julius and Elsa Poecker. She was the beloved wife for 55 years of the late Clarence “Pete” Lauman. She was preceded in death by her son Bob. Survived by sons Tom (Margie), Don (Donna), daughter-in-law Jill and grandchildren Greg Lauman, Jennifer (Paul) Carcagno, Jeff (Stephanie) Lauman, Chris (Tim) Lanfersieck, Mike Lauman, Matt (Kate) Lauman, and great-grandchildren Stephen Kline, Nicole Lauman, Gianni and Sal Carcagno, Pete, Ethan and Taylor Lauman, Will and Jacob Lanfersieck, Isla and Poppy Lauman, nieces, nephews, friends and her dearest friend for over 60 years, Vicky Tacchi. She was preceded in death by sister, Arline Patterson, brothers Bernard and Alvin Moritz.

She was born and raised near Grand and Meramec in South St. Louis city. She attended Scruggs grade school and Cleveland high school. She wasn’t a great student but she loved sports. Music was a big part of her early and entire life. She started playing the piano at age six and played as recently as a month ago for her fellow residents at Nazareth Living Center. In other words, she played the piano for 90 years. She played piano for the Virginia Dorothy Dance studio, for exercise classes, for various parish events at Epiphany Catholic Church and she taught piano to many young and older students. Her husband and three sons played sports and she once said, “there’s not a ball field in St. Louis that I haven’t been to.” She was very active at the Epiphany parish, serving as class room-mother, Cub Scout den mother, president and officer of the Ladies Guild, chairwoman of many parish events and co-leader of a 120 member Drum & Bugle Corps, comprised of grade school children. She baked 3,000 cookies every Christmas, cream puffs every Easter and made her famous “hamburgers on the half shell.” She was also an avid knitter, making sweaters for family members and pets, as well as dish cloths that never wore out. She dearly loved her family and friends and anyone she met and said on many occasions “I am truly blessed” Family, friends, music, sports, parish service, baking and knitting were her life.

Her family deeply appreciates the compassionate care and love she received from Nazareth Living Center where she resided for the past 2 ½ years.

Due to Covid-19, visitation will be for immediate family only at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary. She will be buried with her husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at Epiphany Catholic Church at a later date. Please consider donating in Dorothy’s name to a local food bank or charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Clarence “Pete” Lauman, Husband (deceased)
  • Bob Lauman, Son (deceased)
  • Tom (Margie), Son
  • Don (Donna), Son
  • Jill, Daughter-in-law
  • Greg Lauman, Grandson
  • Jennifer (Paul) Carcagno, Granddaughter
  • Jeff (Stephanie) Lauman, Grandson
  • Chris (Tim) Lanfersieck, Granddaughter
  • Mike Lauman, Grandson
  • Matt (Kate) Lauman, Grandson
  • Stephen Kline, Great Grandson
  • Nicole Lauman, Great Granddaughter
  • Gianni Carcagno, Great Granddaughter
  • Sal Carcagno, Great Grandson
  • Pete Lauman, Great Grandson
  • Ethan Lauman, Great Grandsons
  • Taylor Lauman, Great Granddaughter
  • Will Lanfersieck, Great Grandson
  • Jacob Lanfersieck, Great Grandson
  • Isla Lauman, Great Granddaughter
  • Poppy Lauman, Great Granddaughter
  • Arline Patterson, Sister (deceased)
  • Bernard Moritz., Brother (deceased)
  • Alvin Moritz., Brother (deceased)
  • Vicky Tacchi, Dearest Friend for over 60 yrs
  • She was also very loved by her nieces, nephews, and friends.

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Dorothy J. Lauman

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Kathleen Krapfl

June 15, 2020

Hi Tom and Margie. I know you are missing your Mom. Now she is free from any pain. She is at peace with your Dad. I enjoyed reading her life story and the family pictures. Kathy Krapfl (Coeur d'Alene ID)

Dorothy. (Schonhorst) McKenna

May 11, 2020

Dear Margie and Tom. Please accept our sympathy on the death of your mom, especially at this very trying time when we must isolate. May she rest in eternal peace. Miss seeing you at Good Shepherd. God bless you. Dorothy (Schonhorst) McKenna

Barb Quinlan

May 8, 2020

Rest in peace sweet Dorothy. Thanks for sharing your many talents with us. You’re loved more than you know. Heavens choir has a brand new angel on the piano.

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For year's Nicole and I would set up Grandma's Christmas Tree and it became a wonderful tradition. As we pulled ornaments out of the storage container we would announce where they were from...Grandma, Holland '86 and she would say oh that was a beautiful trip and then go on to share one of her memories of that trip. The ornaments of the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren always had to be placed where she could see them, she loved seeing them every year. This would go on and on because she had several hundred ornaments!

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For year's Nicole and I would set up Grandma's Christmas Tree and it became a wonderful tradition. As we pulled ornaments out of the storage container we would announce where they were from...Grandma, Holland '86 and she would say oh that was a beautiful trip and then go on to share one of her memories of that trip. The ornaments of the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren always had to be placed where she could see them, she loved seeing them every year. This would go on and on because she had several hundred ornaments!

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This picture was taken at the Loading Dock in Alton, IL. it was a windy yet warm day. I think Grandma enjoyed watching all the activity. We had so much fun that this began a series of lunch outings that I wish I had documented.

Lunch outings with Grandma were always spontaneous, we never had a set destination, we just got in the car and drove. I remember the time we went over the JB Bridge and headed south. We drove for miles and miles down Bluff Rd. and Grandma said...Grandpa never took me down here before! This became a recurring joke for us during out outings as I would always say to her...did Grandpa bring you here and she say nope. And I go man o man he never took you anywhere beside Pietro's, that made her chuckle.

We journeyed down Bluff Rd. three or four times and always went to an old restaurant called Lisa's in Prairie Du Rocher, IL. First time we went there she order gizzards and pickled beets, not a crumb was left, shocked the heck out of me. On our way home we took the ferry across the Mississippi River and came up Hwy 55. She loved this drive and soaking up the view.

Each lunch outing included conversations about everyone in the family and showing her the latest pictures posted on Facebook. She loved seeing the Great Grand kids, it brought a big smile to her face.

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