Dorris Buerger(1923 - 2012)

Dorris Buerger, 89, Washington, formerly of Bridgeton, departed this life in Washington Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

Dorris was born in Lonedell July 13, 1923, the daughter of John William Mester and wife Margaret, known to most as "Maggie," nee Hemker.

As a young woman she was united in marriage to Elbert Hinson, known to most as "Eb," and they were blessed to have many years together. On June 29, 1973, Dorris was united in marriage to Joseph Frank Buerger.

She is survived by her sister, Alberta Schallenburg and husband Bob, O'Fallon; sister-in-law, Elsie Mester, St. Clair; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.

Dorris was preceded in death by her husbands, Elbert Hinson and Joseph Buerger; parents, John and Margaret Mester; one brother, Emerson "Bud" Mester; and four sisters, Verna Earney, Maxine Hoffman, Helen Sullivan and Irmalee Burnett.

She was a devoted Christian and member of Fee Fee Baptist Church, Bridgeton. Dorris was a past member of the Order of Eastern Star, Bridgeton Chapter.

Dorris was proud to have served her country in the U.S. Naval Reserves as a petty officer 2nd class from 1955 to 1961.

For most of her working career, Dorris was a nurse's assistant at John Cochran Veterans Hospital, St. Louis, retiring July 29, 1983, after 27 years of service.

Other interests that Dorris had were hunting and fishing, especially trout fishing. What meant the most to her was caring for people, for she had a kind and caring spirit, and although she had no children of her own, Dorris loved her nieces and nephews dearly and treasured the time they shared.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Dickie Hinson officiating.

A private committal was held at Valhalla Cemetery, St. Louis.

Memorials to First Baptist Church, O'Fallon, are preferred.

The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.

Published in The Missourian on Nov. 14, 2012