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Carolyn Cook- Dennis Lavy- Edwin Schiefelbein

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Carolyn Cook

Carolyn Ann (Thornhill) Cook, (49), passed away in her home in Brentwood, Calif. on April 28.   She fought a valiant battle against a very painful cancer for over two years.

Carolyn was the daughter of Sam and Leona Thornhill, both Lincoln County Mo. natives, who moved their young family to Antioch, Calif. in 1957.  They and their children have held their Missouri heritage dear to them their entire lives.

She leaves behind, her mother and brother, Victor Thornhill (Denise) of Brentwood, Calif.; three nieces and four nephews.  Also surviving Carolyn are her many uncles, aunts, and cousins in Missouri, including the Harry Witte, Joseph Witte, June Anderson, Norman Thornhill, and Dale Thornhill families.

Carolyn lived a fulfilling life in Brentwood with her husband of 27 years, Richard Cook, and three children: Sydney, 24; Tanner, 21; and Braden, 4.  Carolyn graduated from Antioch High School in 1982 and attended the University of California (UC), Irvine and UC Davis after high school.  Later, she became a certified dental assistant and worked as a dental office manager for 15 years.  In 2003, she retired from the dental profession to fulfill a long-held dream, to teach children to learn to swim.  That year, Carolyn opened Brentwood Swim Academy, which served the community until her cancer diagnosis in 2011.

She served on the Heritage High School Grad Night Committee in Brentwood, where she made great friends. Carolyn loved to travel to beach destinations and entertain her family and friends, throwing clam-bake and Hawaiian themed parties on her pool deck.  She was a wonderful cook.

Carolyn and her family have received an outpouring of support during her illness.  She appreciated all the things that her family and friends did for her.  The family commends Epic Cancer Center and Sutter Hospice, both of Antioch, for the excellent quality of care she received.  Thank you, Beverly Grooman-Richard’s sister and Carolyn’s nurse-for your relentless pursuit of a dignified passing for our Carolyn.

Carolyn’s life will be celebrated Saturday May 11th at 1 p.m. at Creekside Church, 444 Fig Tree Lane, Martinez, California.  If you care to make a donation to the American Cancer Society in Carolyn’s name, please address your check to the American Cancer Society and send to Relay for Life: Team Carolyn, c/o Christine Longden, 1341 Wintergreen Drive, Brentwood, CA 94513.


Dennis Lavy

Dennis Wayne Lavy, 57 of Auxvasse, passed away at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday,  May 9, 2013, at Arnold Funeral Home with Alan Bailey officiating. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Auxvasse Cemetery.

Dennis was born Sept. 1, 1955 in Troy, the son of Walter Delrey and Ann Elizabeth (Palmer) Lavy. On Oct. 10, 1987 in Hatton, he married Sandy Haley. She survives.

Mr. Lavy graduated from Montgomery County High School in 1973. He worked for Callaway Carriers and had been a farmer.

Dennis attended the Auxvasse Christian Church and was a member of the United Pentecostal Church of Troy. He was also a member of the North Callaway Booster Club and Westminster Blue Jay Baseball Boosters.

Mr. Lavy was the owner/operator of Lavy Field of Dreams and an avid bowler, achieving more than 15 perfect games. He loved his garden and mowing.

He was the manager of the Mid-Missouri Nightmare Baseball Team from 2003-2008. Dennis was especially proud that all the Nightmare boys attended college.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy of the home; three sons, Zane Lavy, of Auxvasse, Zeth Lavy, of Fulton and Zach Lavy, of Auxvasse; his mother, Ann Lavy, of Columbia; and three sisters, Durella Gibble of Milford, Del., Sherry Lavy of Sparks, Nev. and Debby Henke and husband, John of Hallsville.

Memorial may be made to the Dennis Lavy Scholarship Fund, c/o Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.

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Edwin Schiefelbein

Edwin “Ed” Schiefelbein, 73, of Winfield,  went home to the Lord on May 6, 2013 after a hard fought battle against cancer. He was born in Roseland, Neb. to John Schiefelbein and Agnes Gerten. He had a variety of jobs, including Pepsi salesman, before going on to teach fifth graders and coach junior high sports at Schuyler Elementary for 28 years in Nebraska. Because one full time job was not enough for Ed, he also had a carpet cleaning business and owned and managed several rental properties. He was a member of the Army National Guard. He and his wife Sue, were married 48 years, and were blessed with 3 children, Deanna, Rich, and Annjie.

After retirement, Ed and Sue did a lot of traveling, and spent the winters in Texas where he mastered the arts of making walking sticks and doing wood crafts. He was a lifelong avid fisherman, even conquering his fear of deep water by going on several deep-sea fishing expeditions. He loved gardening, working and tinkering outside, and his yards were the envy of every neighbor he ever had. He was a friend of Bill W. for 37 years.

Ed is survived by his loving wife, Sue Schiefelbein of Winfield; his son, Rich (Jennifer) Schiefelbein of Olathe,Kansas; two daughters; Deanna (Matt) Hanlon of Winfield, Annjie Schiefelbein (Jenny Truax) of St. Louis; seven grandchildren; three brothers: John (Wauneta)Schiefelbein of Hastings, Neb., Myron (Maxine)Schiefelbein of Lincoln, Neb., Jerome Schiefelbein of Aurora, Ill.: two sisters; Virginia Trausch of Roseland, Neb. ,Mary Ellen (Ron) Meyer of Aurora, Ill.; one sister-in-law; Mary Lou Schiefelbein of Boise,Idaho and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation  will be Wednesday May 8, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. at McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation Center 1304 Boone Street Troy.

Memorial Service will be Thursday, May 9,2013 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Chapel-Winfield 120 East Ave Winfield. Rev.  Mark Payne will officiate.

Memorials gifts may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Calvary Chapel Winfield in Winfield,MO, c/o the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home, Troy location.

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