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Wednesday September 22nd, 2021
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Caroline Mary Starke

Caroline Mary (Altheuser) Starke, age 97 of Frankenstein, passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on July 30, 1924, a daughter to the late Herman Gustave Altheuser and Mary Wilimenia (Kleffner) Altheuser in Westphalia.

Growing up Caroline lived and attended school in Westphalia until her family moved to Frankenstein in April of 1937. There she attended grade school and high school at Our Lady Help of Christians and graduated from Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic High School in 1944.

She was united in marriage to Donald E. Starke on May 26, 1951, at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Frankenstein. Donald preceded her in death on October 5, 1988, after thirty-seven years of marriage.

Through the years Caroline worked as a waitress of Jefferson City Bus Station and Adcock’s Café’. She also worked for the Champion’s Canvas Factory in Linn, Oberman’s Manufacturing Company, Tweedies Shoe Factory in Jefferson City, Curry’s Nursing Home in Linn, St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City and the Westinghouse and ABB Manufacturing Company in Jefferson City. She retired from ABB Manufacturing Company in 1993 after working for the two companies for a little over thirty years. She was also involved in the establishing of the Head Start Program in Osage County.

Caroline was a member of Our Lady Help of Christian Church in Frankenstein where she had previously served on the school board and was a member of the St. Ann’s Alter Sodality. Through the years, she also helped quilt many beautiful quilts for the church picnics and fall suppers and had donated several baskets of her homemade wine to the fall supper auctions.

She enjoyed gardening, canning, watching her hummingbirds and wild birds, watching her favorite television shows CHIPS, the Price is Right and the Waltons, quilting, making her delicious homemade grape wine and fixing her famous fried chicken dinners for her family on Sundays. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on Sundays, holidays, or whenever anyone would show up for a visit. She always knew she was very much loved by her family.

Caroline is survived by: three sons, Charles Starke (Mary Ann) of Hammond, LA, Robert Starke (LaWanna) of Holts Summit; and Donald Starke, Jr. (Joyce) of Loose Creek; six daughters, Mary Dudenhoeffer (Jerome) of Frankenstein, Carolyn Backes (James) of Bonnots Mill; Sharon Hurlbut of Russellville, Theresa Lepper (Larry) of Jefferson City, Ruth Dudenhoeffer (Marvin) of Frankenstein, and Laura Baumhoer (Paul) of Koeltztown; 28 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren with two more due in November and two great great grandchildren; a brother-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Donald; her parents, Herman and Mary Altheuser; four brothers, Albert, Bernard, Edward and Johnathan Altheuser; four sisters, Loretta, Clara, Agnes and Marie Altheuser; one son-in-law, Chris Hurlbut; five sisters-in-law, Virginia Altheuser, Dorothy Starke, Mary Alice St. Charles, Bonnie Loveall, and Betty Lyons; four brothers-in-law, Harry Starke, Jr., Mike Starke, Charles Loveall and Howard St. Charles.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Frankenstein.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Frankenstein with Fr. Colin Franklin as the Celebrant. Interment will be in the Garden of Gethsemane Cemetery in Frankenstein.

The family has requested that masks and social distancing be required during the visitation and mass.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Mary’s School or Our Lady of Help of Christians Catholic Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel in Linn, (897-2214)

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I miss you great grandma you were the thing that would make sure that I would push myself to the limits and go past them. I will always remember all of the stories that you would tell me and the way that you would hug me. You made me feel like I was special. And the way even if I was not hungry or thirst you would still make me stuff to eat or drink. I will never forget the time that you made me hot chocolate and it was just massmolow and hot water I drank it because I did not want you to feel bad. Love ya G ma

Natasha Jewell May 4 2022 11:35 AM

My deepest sympathy to Ruthie, Marvin & families. May your memories of her lift your spirits during this difficult time.

Kim Owens Sep 24 2021 9:51 AM

Just want to say thanks to everyone who was praying for grandma Starke. She was a very wise and wonderful woman. I can say all of the family and friends have a great memory in their heart from something she has thought or passed on down to
us. One of my greatest memories as a kid until now was the love that she had for everyone.when you went to see her it was always like home. She would always hug you then ask if your hungry. And if you left there hungry it was your own fault. Rest In Peace grandma . But this is not goodbye because we will see you in that bright blue ski

Rob Starke Sep 22 2021 11:04 PM

I did not know Caroline personally. She was my great aunt that lived in Frankenstein while I live further away. I did know her siblings Ben & Marie. Grandpa Ben lived next door to me while Great Aunt Marie lived not far from my home. I would visit Grandpa Ben & Aunt Marie often. I knew them well & I know a few of Aunt Caroline's kids. I can tell they loved her very much. At family gatherings for Thanksgiving, I had a hard time understanding what Caroline was saying, but I could tell she was glad to be surrounded by her family. I hope she can rest in peace.

Lesley A. Sep 22 2021 12:43 PM

My sympathy to you Mary and your family . Prayers for all and may she rest in eternal peace and happiness

Kathleen Kliethermes Sep 22 2021 9:32 AM

My sympathy goes out to you Don and Joyce. so sorry for your lost . I'll remember you in my prayers and may her soul rest in peace.

Mary E. Kremer Sep 21 2021 8:46 PM

Our sincere sympathy to all the families. May she rest in peace.

Jim and Yvonne Hoerschgen Sep 21 2021 5:03 PM

I'm gonna miss great grandma's smile and the way her eyes lit up every time we came to visit, her laugh when we shared stories or jokes. I'm gonna miss the hugs and kisses and the I love you's. Rest in peace great grandma I love you❤

Taylor Starke Sep 21 2021 2:42 AM