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Alta Beatrice Stewart Kretschmar

Alta Beatrice Stewart Kretschmar, 92, of Ironton, died Friday, April 14, 2017 in Des Peres, Mo. She was born Dec. 5, 1924 in Elvins, Mo., daughter of the late Levi and Allie (Smith) Johnson.

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Edward Weldon Stewart Jr. in 1958 and Kenneth H. Kretschmar in 2012. She was also preceded in death by brothers John Johnson, Arnold Johnson, Pete Johnson and Issac Johnson; and sisters Betty Forsythe and Baby Alma Johnson.

Surviving are her children Edward Weldon (Debby) Stewart III of Lesterville, Mo. Linda (Richard) Taylor of Ballwin, Brenda (Joel) Sumner of St. Mary, Mo.; stepchildren Sharon (Bill) Young of Jasper, Georgia, Tom (Dale) Kretschmar of Georgia, Kim (Brian) Soward of House Springs, Mo, and Sandy Kretschmar also of House Springs, Mo. In addition to her children, Alta is survived by a brother, Murphy Johnson of Wentzville, Mo,; nineteen grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Alta was a member of the Fenton Baptist Church. She worked as a switchboard operator for United Van Lines and later as their receptionist.

Funeral services were April 18 at The Baptist Home Chapel with Pastor Jim Wills officiating. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. 

Alta Beatrice Stewart Kretschmar

Alta Beatrice Stewart Kretschmar

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