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Steve Moran- Wilma Sullenger

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7:29 am

Steve Moran

Steve L. Moran, 53, of Moscow Mills, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon.

He was born on Jan. 20, 1960, in Mexico, Mo. to John and Bonnie (Thornhill) Moran Jr. Steve was raised in Moscow Mills along with his two sisters, Sheila and Rita. At the age of 22, he married the love of his life, Brenda Taylor on May 22, 1982. They were blessed with three sons: Alan, Jerome, and Chris.

He had worked as a truck driver for Yorkshire Rose in Troy. His family knew him as a gentle giant who was always willing to help others. In past years, he had worked on the farm and also tended to his livestock. His favorite dog, Jack, a miniature dachshund, was also considered part of his family. Steve had been a member of the Moscow Mills United Methodist Church. “Quiet waters run deep” and these words could describe who Steve was. He was a quiet individual and a man of few words. Steve liked to mow the lawn and work with his tractor. His family was paramount to him, and he appreciated each and every one.

Surviving are his beloved wife of over 30 years, Brenda Moran of Moscow Mills; his wonderful sons and spouses: Alan and wife, Kathryn Moran of Moscow Mills, Jerome and wife, Tasha Moran of Moscow Mills, Chris and wife, Breana Moran of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; and his devoted mother, Bonnie Moran of Moscow Mills. He is further survived by his two sisters: Sheila Moran of Ballwin, Rita Stringer of Moscow Mills and his adoring grandchildren: Hunter, Wesley, Blake, Mathew, Jett and one on-the-way; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, from 4-8 p.m. at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Center, 1304 Boone St., Troy. There will also be visitation on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Moscow Mills United Methodist Church in Moscow Mills.

Funeral service will  be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Moscow Mills United Methodist Church in Moscow Mills. Officiating: Pastor Steve Majewski and Pastor Randy Sherrow.

Interment to follow in the Auburn Cemetery in Elsberry. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society or to donor’s choice, c/o the funeral home.

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Funeral Services for Wilma Irene Sullenger, 84, of Elsberry, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.  Her son, Rev. Thomas W. Sullenger, of Cape Girardeau, and Rev. Paul Garven, pastor of United Methodist Church in Elsberry, will officiate with burial in Elsberry City Cemetery near Elsberry.

Mrs. Sullenger  passed away early Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013, at her home.

Born April 4, 1928 in Alma, Neb., she was the daughter of Luther and Alice Marshal Heathers.  She was united in marriage at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center Chapel in Denver, Colo. to Murry William “Bill” Sullenger.  This union was blessed with two children: Tom and Pam.

She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Galloway Elevator, retiring in 1990.  She was also a homemaker. She was a member of Smith Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one son, Rev. Tom Sullenger and his wife, Candie, of Cape Girardeau; one daughter: Pam Stewart and her husband, Garry, of Elsberry; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.  She also leaves two sisters: Emily Ballman and her husband, Jerome, of O’Fallon and Sylvia Rosserelli of Arvada, Colo.; one sister-in-law, Pat York of Louisiana, Mo.; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.

Memorials may be made to the Smith Chapel UMC or Palmer Library in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 107 S. 5th Street; Elsberry, MO 63343.  Online condolences may be made at