Nappier nee Semmler, Anita "Maria"

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM

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

Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to First Baptist Church, St. Clair, MO


Anita Maria Nappier, known to all as Maria, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on Saturday, September 19, 2015, having reached the age of eighty-one years, six months and thirty days. Maria was born in Nurnberg, Germany on February 20, 1934, daughter of Xaver Semmler and Walburga Semmler nee Kerschensteiner. Maria remained in Germany through very difficult times until after World War II. On December 20, 1955, she was united in marriage to Donald Paul Nappier, known to most as Paul, and three children came to bless this union.

Maria is survived by her children, Robert J. Nappier and wife, Betty, of Union, MO, Terrye Lea Tyler and husband, Curtis, of Owensville, MO and Wanda Fay Seyer and husband, David, of St. Clair, MO; by five grandchildren, Tristan Crider of Washington, MO, Shanna Seyer of Maplewood, MO, Stephanie Seyer of St. Clair, Aaron and Josef Tyler of Owensville; by two great-grandchildren, Keegan Amy of St. Clair and Brody Tyler of Leslie, MO; by her very special friend and caregiver, Nora Bethel of St. Clair; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Maria was preceded in death by her parents, Xaver and Walburga Semmler; by her husband, Donald Nappier; by her grandson, Justin Crider, and by five brothers and four sisters.

Maria was a Christian and long time member of First Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. She had been part of the church’s bus ministry as well as a past member of Sunday School. Maria loved to knit and had started knitting at the age of nine, even knitting her own clothes. She loved to walk and for many years was seen throughout St. Clair on her walks. She also enjoyed going to Lewis Café for fellowship with her many friends. Maria was a talented seamstress, often making her own clothes. She especially loved decorating the house for the Christmas holiday and baking German stollens. She made caring for her home and family her career in life and she never tired of her job. Her children and grandchildren held a special place in her heart and the love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts.

A loving and devoted mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great and 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 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Cliff Day and the Rev. Jim Plymale officiating. Interment was in Midlawn Memorial Gardens in Union, MO. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO.