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Hoffmeister South County Chapel

1515 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO

OBITUARY

Ella G. McClay

March 17, 1934October 8, 2019
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Ella Gertrude McClay (nee Baertele), age 85, of Arnold, Missouri passed away on Tuesday October 8, 2019. Ella was born March 17, 1934 in Heilbronn, Germany to Amalie (nee Hecht) and Christof Baertele.

Ella is loving mother of Christopher (Linda) McClay, Sara (Kevin) Henrick and Karen (Earl) Stringer. She is the beloved Oma to Nicholas Savides, Sean (Jennifer) McClay, Alexander Savides, Rachel McClay, Joseph Howard, Amelia Howard, Amanda Lyons, Larissa (Bill) Rigas and Brandon Henrick. Ella is the dear sister of Lore Waack of Ulm, Germany and a good friend to many.

Her husband James Rolla McClay, her father Christof Baertele and her mother Amalie Baertele preceded Ella in death.

Ella grew up in Germany. After finishing school with some vocational training, she went to work as a telephone operator. With the lure of new opportunities and encouragement from family in the United States, she came to the United States and the Saint Louis area for work, with the idea she would return to Germany at some point.

She began working at Bussman Fuse and started attending the various German social clubs and dances in the area. It was at one of these dances she met James Rolla McClay. As they say, the rest is history.

Ella was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Arnold, where she was a member of the Ladies Sodality. She was also an active member of the quilters groups at both Immaculate Conception and Saint David. Honoring her heritage Ella was a member of the German Cultural Society. She enjoyed traveling, especially home to Germany and many other destinations throughout Europe.

Services: Visitation 2-6 pm, Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Hoffmeister South County Chapel, 1515 Lemay Ferry Road, Saint Louis, Missouri 63125. Mass of the Resurrection, 10 am, Monday, October 14, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2300 Church Rd, Arnold, Missouri 63010. A committal service follows in the Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ella's memory are encouraged to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 300 Church Rd, Arnold, Missouri 63010; and American Diabetes Association, 15455 Conway Rd, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017.

Offer fond memories and expressions of sympathy at www.hoffmeistersouthcounty.com for the McClay family.

  • FAMILY

  • James Rolla McClay, Husband (deceased)
  • Christof Baertele, Father (deceased)
  • Amalie Baertele, Mother (deceased)
  • Christopher (Linda) McClay, Son
  • Sara (Kevin) Henrick, Daughter
  • Karen (Earl) Stringer, Daughter
  • Lore Waack, Sister
  • Nicholas Savides, Grandchild
  • Sean (Jennifer) McClay, Grandchild
  • Alexander Savides, Grandchild
  • Rachel McClay, Grandchild
  • Joseph Howard, Grandchild
  • Amelia Howard, Grandchild
  • Amanda Lyons, Grandchild
  • Larissa (Bill) Rigas, Grandchild
  • Brandon Henrick, Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Nicholas Savides (Grandson)
  • Sean McClay (Grandson)
  • Alexander Savides (Grandson)
  • Joseph Howard (Grandson)
  • Kevin Henrick (Son-in-law)
  • Earl Stringer (Son-in-law)
  • DONATIONS

  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
  • American Diabetes Association

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 13, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, October 14, 2019

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Ella G. McClay

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Kevin Henrick

October 12, 2019

Ella was my Mother in Law and I couldn't have asked for a better one ( She was the Best ). Ella was a woman that was very strong minded and spoke what was on her mind. She was not someone to sugarcoat her thoughts. I'll admit it took me awhile to get used to that because I thought only men were to be that way because that is exactly how my Dad was and Mom just always agreed with Dad. So her words would penetrate the heart and sting at times but she never meant any harm it was just her way to make you a stronger, better person . So I would try to soften any sting her Grandchildren would feel from her honest opinions of things. I would explain to them that Oma is Old School and very Strong Minded but it is Tough Love. She only wanted the Best for her Children and Grandchildren. l truly learned to admire her for her strength and wisdom. I will always cherish the times that we had vacationing together. Lots of good memories and photos. I know from being married to her Daughter Sara that she taught her Children well and was very helpful in teaching her Grandchildren as well. I never knew my Father in Law James because he passed when Sara was young so I never experienced Ella as a Wife. I was only able to experience her as a Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and Friend and all I can say is that she was excellent in all of those areas. So I'm positive that Ella was an Excellent Wife !!! Ella I Loved You and Will Always Love You and Will Cherish the Years I had with You. Even going back to the times that Sara and I dated back in High School. YOU WILL BE MISSED BY MANY.....REST IN PEACE, ELLA !!!

Kevin Henrick

October 11, 2019

Dear Kevin, thank you for your thoughtful post. Ella was family for me. I will always cherish the times she put up with all those sleepovers when we we kids. Dearest Sara, Karen and Chris - we grew up like siblings and eventhough we we are oceans apart now we are close in heart.
Our moms came from the same hometown Heilbronn/Germany. Our dads had the same professions and were good friends also. Ella and Jim are now reunited in heaven and I‘m certain that my dad is at their side also.
God bless.
Our hearts go out to you - we are more than friends - we‘re family ❤️

Karen Stringer

October 10, 2019

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, I lost my dear loving and caring mother. Words cannot describe what she meant to me. She was always there to listen and give advice. She taught me so many lessons in life, to be a hard worker, a good person, a good mother, wife and friend. She taught me to bake when I was little. Ella, my mom, was the best baker, making all kinds of delicious German cakes. In my teenage years, she taught me how to sew and crochet. Recently she taught me how to knit. So many talents she had. She was an avid quilter. On many holidays we played games of dominoes, the dice came, Nertz, and Sequence. She taught us German and was able to go on many trips back home to Germany. I will cherish all the memories. She had many friends in her German group and we attended the Maifest and Oktoberfest. She enjoyed the dancing and the music reminded her of days back in Germany growing up. We are glad she did not suffer long and is now with the Lord. May she rest in peace. We were blessed to have her in our lives as a mother and a friend. She lived a good long life as she had said many times. She was loved and will be missed dearly.

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