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Messing, Wilma Engel October 7, 1919 - March 10, 2008. Died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of the late Bud Messing; The so-loving mother of Russ (Arlene Naschke) Messing, Noel (Terry) Hefty and the late Wilma Jean Messing; Super grandmother of Jeanne Messing (Fred) Walsh, Ali Naschke-Messing, Jake Messing and Tara Hefty (Chris) Hume; Proud great-grandmother of Joseph Walsh, Solomon Walsh and Koben Hume; Dear aunt, cousin and loyal friend and benefactor to hundreds. Wilma was a past national board member and a past president of the St. Louis Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, was a recipient of the St. Louis Woman of Achievement Award and the Hannah G. Solomon Award for the National Council of Jewish Women; served on many advisory boards and boards of directors, including the Jewish Federation, the Daniel Webster Society of Webster University, St. Louis University Library Associates, Good Shepard School, Dance St. Louis, COCA, the William Seltzer Building for Senior Citizens, the Jewish Hospital Women's Auxiliary, the Saul Brodsky Library, the Washington University School of Art, Missourians Against Handgun Violence, the St. Louis Crisis Nursery, and the Jewish Community Centers Association. Wilma was a true philanthropist giving of her time, energy, and many resources, not only to organizations but directly to the lives and hearts of hundreds. She saw people as meriting goodness, peace and love, and treated all accordingly. She saw the best in others and, in doing so, they brought forth their best. Her life of openness, trust, contagious optimism, acceptance, and ever-present love rippled out, touching, emboldening, and inspiring all who knew her.Services: Funeral service Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 2:30 p.m. at United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road with interment to follow at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Road. Visitation for Mrs. Messing 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at United Hebrew. Contributions in her memory may be made to the National Council of Jewish Women, St. Louis Chapter, 8350 Delcrest Drive, St. Louis, MO 63124 or to the St. Louis Crisis Nursery, 6150 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139. The family wants to thank BJC Hospice and her incredible caregivers: John Triggs, Margaret Randall, Lois Thompson, Pam Kinner, Carmen Gines, and Beverly Sanders. And to Jackie Patterson for her compassionate caring, for every thing. You have all blessed us. A RINDSKOPF-ROTH SERVICE.


Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2008
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