OBITUARY

John Paul Lonsberg

March 15, 1918January 30, 2013

John P. Lonsberg, 94, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in Dubai UAE. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., on March 15, 1918, the son of John George and Clara (Sutter) Lonsberg. Mr. Lonsberg was a graduate of Beaumont High School. A superior baseball player, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Browns and would later be inducted into the Missouri Baseball Hall of Fame He entered the Army in 1941 at Fort Hood, Texas and graduated from OCS in 1943 from Fort Benning, Ga. Prior to service in Europe, Mr. Lonsberg played baseball for the U.S. Army traveling team. Before deployment to the European Theatre, while in New York City, Mr. Lonsberg met and fell in love with Nora Mae Flanagan, promising to return home to her after his duties in the War were honored.

He last served as Commander F Company, 398th Regiment, 100th Infantry Division in France, Belgium and Germany. He fought at the Battle of Bitche and the Battle of the Bulge, the bloodiest of the battles that U.S. forces experienced in World War II. Winston Churchill said of the Battle of the Bulge: "This is undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war and will, I believe, be regarded as an ever-famous American victory.” Before leaving active duty on April 9, 1946, Mr. Lonsberg was awarded Two Silver Stars, Two Bronze Stars and Two Croix De Guerre for Valor.

Within six months of once again touching American soil, on September 14, 1946, Mr. Lonsberg married the love of his life Nora Mae Flanagan in a beautiful ceremony in Erie, Pennsylvania, entering into a marriage that would sustain the couple for sixty-six years. With the resumption of his civilian life, Mr. Lonsberg returned to Monsanto, where he had worked prior to the war, moving from St. Louis to Detroit and then New York before returning to St. Louis with Astro Turf to end his service with Monsanto as Director of Training for MICC, from which he retired at the age of 65.

Mr. Lonsberg is survived by his wife, Nora Mae; his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Bob Franklin of North Carolina; his son and daughter-in-law, John Vincent and Dominika Elzbieta Bajuk of Dubai UAE; two grandchildren, Heather O’Connell and Sean Gilbert; six great-grandchildren, Delaney, Kyle and Jake O’Connell, and Jacob, Logan and Hannah Gilbert; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by all of his siblings, two sisters, Gertrude Fredrickson and Emily Matthews, and a brother, Vincent Lonsberg. Mr. Lonsberg was predeceased by his daughter Susan Lonsberg in 2001 and will be buried next to her at Bellerive Cemetery in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Mr. Lonsberg was a beloved patriarch who lived his life at the forefront of what Tom Brokaw has called “the greatest generation any society has ever produced.” The memory of Mr. Lonsberg’s sense of duty, honor, and courage lives on as a towering influence from the past and as a dynamic inspiration for the future.

The family will receive friends in St. Louis on Sunday, February 10th at Kriegshauser Mortuary West (9450 Olive Blvd., 63132) from 2 pm – 6 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 11th at St. Monica Catholic Church (12136 Olive Blvd, 63141) at 10 am with interment at Bellerive Cemetery immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 (www.dav.org).

Marines Care, an organization dedicated to serving wounded warriors and their families without regard to the branch of the military in which they have served, P.O. Box 566, West Caldwell, NJ 07007-0566 (www.marinescare.org).

Gateway Warrior Foundation, an organization focused on supporting the military community, 126 Weldon Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63014(www.warriorgateway.org).

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2013
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Mary Mathews

March 11, 2013

Our thouthts and prayers are with you.

Mary Mathews and the Mathews Family.

Nora Mae Lonsberg

February 18, 2013

Dearest John or Poppa,
We spent 66 years together, and hope you, as I do, "say they were okay". Lots of doing and planning, raising a great group of kids, and enjoying each in their endeavors.
The time now seems to have passed too quickly, it was busy and it was fun. I know you had many adventures in your life.
May you be in heaven, enjoying it all, taking time to rest.
You deserve the best.
Love you Poppa, see you one of these days, Momma.

Harry Carbaugh

February 16, 2013

Captain John was a good man. It was an honor to be under his command during World War II. I was sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ralph Hurlbutt

February 15, 2013

What a priviledge it was to have been able to spend time with JP. He is a true American Hero and a wonderful person. He will be dearly missed.

Christie Cange

February 13, 2013

John: You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

February 13, 2013

Captain Lonsberg was a great man and the best soldier I have ever personally known. He brought me through the War without a scrach and I owe him my life. He would want me to tell about nearly shooting him one night during the Battle of the Bulge. It is characteristic of him to think that was worth telling over and over again. I am sure that he is telling that story in Heaven now.

Oscar Braman

Linda Franklin

February 10, 2013

To my father, in peace and memory. Linda

Oliver de Jesus

February 10, 2013

John, please accept my deepest sympathy and friendship during this difficult time for you and your family. When my parents passed away years ago, I learned what a tremendous loss it is for me and I feel for you at this time. May your father's soul rest in eternal peace. Stay strong and let time heal you, God is always with you and your family...

Students of Francis Howell High School

February 8, 2013

Our sympathies to the Lonsberg family. We are grateful for the history he shared with us about his service in World War 2. We are reading some of his stories today. American hero!

kate floyd

February 8, 2013

my sympathes to john and dominika and of course nora during this most difficult time. Such a wonderful man, and what wonderful service he gave for our country. He and Max are now watching over one another. with love
kate floyd