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Melna "Jean" (Bueneman) Engelage

December 8, 1930 ~ June 9, 2022 (age 91)


Melna “Jean” Engelage passed away in Lake St. Louis, MO on June 9, 2022.  She was born on December 8, 1930 in Warrenton, MO to Elihu William and Mary E. Bueneman nee Berndt.  She attended Wright City High School graduating in 1948.  After graduating high school, she attended Lindenwood College for two years before marrying Norman A. “Chip” Engelage on September 15, 1951.  They resided on the Engelage farm in Defiance, MO (Defiance Ridge Vineyards) where they raised three children; Darrell, Randy, and Cheryl.  In 1968 she returned to Lindenwood College where she completed her degree in 1972.  She taught 5th and 6th grade in Wentzville until 1991.  In 1982, she and Chip moved to their farm in Wright City, MO.  

Jean was the organist for many years at St. Paul’s UCC Church in Defiance, MO.  She was a member of the Wright City Cemetery Memorial Society, past president of Ladies Auxiliary of Les Singer VFW in Wright City, MO where she and Chip were instrumental in starting the Avenue of Flags at Wright City Cemetery.  

She is survived by her three children; Darrell (Judy) Engelage, Randy Engelage, and Cheryl (Bill) Cunningham; seven grandchildren, Tricia (Joe) Dattilo, Greg (Theresa) Engelage, Lori (Charlie) Belleville, Heather Engelage, Alicia Hicks (Shea Devins), Caitlin (Patrick) Anderson, Clay (Alexis) Cunningham. ten great-grandchildren; Madisen and Sophie Dattilo, Landon and Braden Engelage, Chandler Belleville, Adriana Rodgers, Kai Devins, Camille and Lydia Anderson, and Ryder Cunningham; sister-in-law, Dorothy Howell; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Chip Engelage, parents, Elihu W. and Mary Bueneman nee Berndt, brothers, E. W. (Wanda) Bueneman, Jr. and Jim (Donna) Bueneman.  

Memorials may be made payable to:  St. Paul's United Church of Christ Cemetery Fund or Wright City Cemetery Memorial Society, in care of Pitman Funeral Home, P. O. Box 248, Wentzville, MO  63385


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June 12, 2022

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Pitman Funeral Home
1545 Wentzville Parkway
Wentzville, MO 63385

Funeral Service
June 13, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Paul's United Church of Christ
150 Defiance Road
Defiance, MO 63341

Interment following funeral service

St. Paul's UCC Cemetery
400-496 Defiance Rd
Defiance, MO 63341

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