Laurine G. Wildhaber, 82, the mother of former Auxiliary of the United Transportation Union International President Carol Menges, died Oct. 14, at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. Carol is the spouse of SMART Transportation Division Missouri State Legislative Director Ken Menges.
Wildhaber was a 1949 graduate of Freeburg High School and later became the co-owner and bookkeeper for Wildhaber’s Marine Sales and Service.
She was a part-time volunteer at St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City, Mo. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and assisted with the congregation’s prayer hour.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; sons Kenny (Diane) Wildhaber Jr. and Jim (Lisa); daughters Carol Sue (Kenneth) Menges, Mary “Dee Dee” (Don) Mehmert-Cryderman and Cynthia (Greg) Stokes; a brother; three sisters; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Oct. 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home, located at 2613 W. Main Street in Jefferson City, with a prayer service at 1 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Immaculate Conception Church, with interment following at Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Goldschmidt Cancer Center or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
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