Anneliese Cottiers was born April 30, 1928 in Stuttgart, Germany. She left this earth to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Anneliese is survived by her husband, David; daughter Denise Wilkerson; son-in-law, Randy Wilkerson; and granddaughter, Lindsey of Rogersville, MO. She is also survived by her sisters, Ingeborg Wilson of Richland, Missouri and Soferle Anderson of Hector, Minnesota; along with many nieces, nephews and great friends.
Upbeat and positive, Anneliese could be characterized by always having a pleasant demeanor and enjoying life to its fullest. One would never imagine that she grew up in a very different and difficult time in Europe. As a youth in Germany during World War II, it was common for she and her family to run to the bomb shelters virtually every night. Because of her heroic humanitarian efforts during the war, she was presented with the coveted Medal of Honor from the German government. She earned this at the tender age of 14 by entering burning buildings to assist people by saving their important possessions.
Anneliese immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1954 following her marriage to David. She worked in various roles for Coty Cosmetic Co. and on the New York Stock Exchange. After having their daughter Denise, Anneliese and Dave decided upon a more rural life to raise their small family and in 1972 they moved to Richland, Missouri. While in Richland, Anneliese again prospered in her humanitarian work. She worked for many years with the Richland Housing Authority and later helped families in need through an organization she and her sister, Inge founded called "God's Pantry." This non-profit organization was devoted to helping those in need in the Richland area.
In 2006, Anneliese and Dave moved to Rogersville, Missouri to be closer to their daughter. Anneliese found much joy in watching her granddaughter grow-up. In 2011, following a series of strokes, Anneliese moved to Mercy Villa in Springfield, Missouri for further medical care. There she found many new friends, including a very special friendship with her roommate, Zofia Zackrajsek. The family wishes to thank the staff of Mercy Villa and Dr. Tim Wilson for their loving care and support.
Anneliese was a strong Christian woman. She loved to read and study God's Word. As a Sunday School teacher in Richland for many years, she purchased Bibles for each of her students believing, that this was the most important book she could ever give to them. Her enthusiasm for Christ radiated when she talked about Him!
Anneliese was a member of Rogersville First Baptist Church. In her honor, a memorial fund has been set-up at Rogersville First Baptist to provide Bibles and assist those in need. Donations can be mailed to Rogersville First Baptist Church, 101 West Center Street, Rogersville, MO 65742.
Visitation services will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 1 PM at Gorman Scharpf Brentwood Chapel, followed by services at 2 PM. A private burial will follow at White Oak Cemetery, Rogersville, MO.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader on July 2, 2014