Stahlman nee Hanneken, Elsie Alvina Henderson

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 8, 2016

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

St. Clare Catholic Cemetery, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to St. Clare Catholic Cemetery, St. Clair, MO


Elsie Alvina Stahlman of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair, surrounded by the love of her family, on October 4, 2016, having reached the age of ninety-two years, ten months and four days. Elsie was born in St. Louis, MO, on November 30, 1923, daughter of John Benjamin Hanneken and Lydia Elizabeth Hanneken nee Ziegerer. On October 30, 1943, she was united in marriage to Ira Henderson, known to all as Hub, and eight children came to bless this union. On August 20, 1982, she was united in marriage to Bert Stahlman.

Elsie is survived by five children, Patricia A. Medlock and husband, Victor, of St. Clair, MO, Dennis Henderson and wife, Darlene, of Stanton, MO, Iris George, Tammy Lewis and JoAnn Sansoucie and husband, William, all of St. Clair; by her daughter-in-law, Linda Henderson of St. Clair; by one sister, LaVerne Nelson of Green Bay, WI; by twenty-six grandchildren, forty-six great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, great, great-great and great-great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lydia Hanneken; by her husbands, Hub Henderson and Bert Stahlman; by two sons, Jimmy Henderson, known to most as Jay, and Kevin Henderson; by one daughter, Annette Singer; by one step-daughter, Connie Shortreed; by one son-in-law, Louis George, known to all as Rusty; by her brother, Norman Hanneken, and by one sister, Christine Reed.

Elsie was a Christian, having been raised in the Catholic faith. In later years she attended and joined Victory Church, now Roots Church, in St. Clair, MO. As long as her health allowed, the church was a very important part of Elsie's life. During her working career she was employed for about seventeen years at Carmo Shoe Factory, later known as Wolff Shoe Factory, in Union, MO, working in the sizing department. As a young woman she and Hub loved to go dancing with their many friends.. She loved caring for her home and family and keeping her grandchildren as needed. She was a great cook and loved it when the family gathered around her table at the holidays. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will live in their hearts forever.

A loving and devoted mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great, great-great and great-great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with Pastor Charles Keith officiating. Interment was in St. Clare Catholic Cemetery in St. Clair. Memorials may be made to St. Clare Catholic Cemetery