Eloise Emma Miller Schaeperkoetter, 91, formerly of Mt. Sterling, Missouri, passed away July 10, 2020, at DeGreef Hospice House in St. Louis.
Eloise was born on February 21, 1929, at the family home in Hope, Missouri. She was the daughter of the late W.S. and Amanda Lemmel Miller.
Eloise married the late Bill Schaeperkoetter of Mt. Sterling, on April 19, 1947, at Oklahoma Church of Christ near Hope in Osage County.
She attended school at the Hope School and graduated Linn High School in 1945.
Eloise was a charter member of Community Christian Church at Linn. Prior to this, she had been a long-term member of Oklahoma Church of Christ. At both churches, she had been active in the women’s groups, Vacation Bible School and choir. She worked at the family implement dealership as bookkeeper for many years.
A wonderful cook, Eloise was known to have a cookie jar full of chocolate chip cookies. Saturday evening supper was always warm homemade bread and Sunday morning breakfast was fresh cinnamon rolls or cinnamon bread which she had baked on Saturday afternoon. At Christmas, she would bake dozens of cinnamon rolls and give to friends and family. She also made homemade preserves and apple butter the old-fashioned way. Sunday dinners were large family gatherings with delicious meals. Eloise was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. When her grandchildren went to college, “Granny” wrote letters to them each month and sent them “a little something” to get a McDonald’s hamburger or something else they needed.
Eloise is survived by four children, Mark Schaeperkoetter and wife Judy of Owensville, Jeff Schaeperkoetter and wife Jane of Jefferson City, Brian Schaeperkoetter and wife Darla of Ellisville, and Julie Cartee and husband Bill of St. Louis; eleven grandchildren, Sarah Anderson (Tony), Amy Herman (Dale), Scott Schaeperkoetter (Bobbie), Seth Schaeperkoetter (Samantha), Matthew Schaeperkoetter (Carla), Emily Houk (Nathan), Megan Jahnsen (Brian), Amanda Cartee, Molly Steinbeck (Tyler), Bill Cartee (Catie), and Brett Schaeperkoetter, and two step-grandchildren, Laura Austrin (Brian) and Meredith Purcell (Andrew Finlay); 18 great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild and 1 great great grandson; sister-in-laws, Vida Mehrhoff of Higginsville and Cecilia Schaeperkoetter of Salem, Illinois; nieces, nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Elaine Aber, Fern Mayes, Jean Cull, Maxine Looney, brother, William Miller, and daughter-in-law, Mary Huot Schaeperkoetter.
No services are planned at this time.
Donations are preferred to Community Christian Church Memorial Fund, 1598 Highway 50 East, Linn, Missouri.