Lou Ellen Kisker

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March 7, 1935 - May 1, 2021
Born in St. Charles, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Lou Ellen Kisker was born to Earl “Duke” and Lucille “Lou” (Jungermann) Hoffman on March 7, 1935 at home in St. Charles, Missouri.  She was married to Don Kisker at Zion Lutheran Church on May 23, 1953.  Their marriage was blessed with a son, Daryl (Connie), and two daughters, Diane (Mike) Harris and Roxann (Dennis) Broeker.  She was the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren, Doug (Jill) and Matt Kisker, Mandy (Brett) Diehl, Rebecca and Adam Harris, Austin (Kate), Troy (Katherine), Trent, and Carson Broeker.  She was blessed with eight great-grandchildren, Morgan and Ethan Kisker, Paige and Gavin Kisker, Colton Diehl, Wyatt, Gemma and Emmett Broeker.  She is also survived by her brother Jerry (Beverly) Hoffman and brother-in-law Vernon (Ruth) Kisker.  She was preceded in death by her husband Don, her parents, her brother Bill (Helen) Hoffman and brother-in-law Kermit Kisker.

In 1964, Lou Ellen and her husband Don started a family grading and excavating business, where she handled all the office management and behind-the-scenes responsibilities.  When Don’s health significantly declined, her son Daryl proudly took over running the business, and his two sons Doug and Matt are honored to also work in the business.  As the business has now encompassed three generations of strong Kisker men, Lou Ellen has handled the office responsibilities throughout it all. As her health declined rapidly the week before her death, it was both comforting and amazing to see how sharp her mind remained as she continued to run the office from her hospital room. Her family always knew how deeply embedded the company was into her work ethic and lack of interest in retiring, but her strength and determination were both inspiring and astonishing to witness as she worked to make sure all the necessary knowledge she held in her brain was imparted so the business can continue to thrive, even as her body was withering and preparing her soul to enter into heaven.

Lou Ellen also enjoyed sewing and making quilts for her children and grandchildren and she was most famous for the chocolate chip and Christmas cookies she affectionately made to share with her family and friends.  Many of her cookie recipes are family legacies, and her children and grandchildren are already preparing to continue this tradition. Many of her family members are already fighting over which of Grandma’s cookie tins they get to keep!  She lovingly babysat her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at every opportunity.  Thanks to her loving generosity, every one of those she cared for have priceless memories of their time with Grandma.  She also treasured sharing in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren by attending birthdays, holidays, family-get-togethers, and their sporting events.  It didn’t matter what the celebration or event, she always made it a priority to attend.  Until shortly before her death, she was still at these events with a smile on her face, a sparkle in her eye, and a walker in her hands!

She was a lifelong active member of Zion Lutheran Church.  She was a member of Zion’s Birthday Club #2 for over 60 years, Zion Ladies Aid for more than 20 years, and distributed the Journeying through Grief books to support congregants at four crucial times during the first year after the loss of a loved one for 20 years.  After she lost her beloved husband in 1999, she became a social leader by inviting anyone who was recently widowed to various activities in an effort to support them through their grief and adjustment to being newly widowed.  This resulted in her making many new lifelong friends.

On May 1, 2021, she was called to her eternal heavenly home after a blessed and full life of 86 years.  She was such a strong matriarch and role model for her family, and she was at peace with the knowledge that she had taught them well and she could now rest.  When she learned in the last few days of her life that there were no viable treatment options, she made the brave decision that it was time to go home on hospice and be surrounded by family and friends as she prepared for her entrance into heaven. She voiced her desire for the end to come quickly, but she used her strength and determination to hang on to allow travel time for out-of-state grandchildren to visit, as well as enjoying time with many additional precious family members and friends.  She ended her life with the same strength, dignity, and grace that she demonstrated her entire life, and left us peacefully while sleeping with her family holding one hand and Jesus taking the other.

She will be dearly missed, but she will live forever in the hearts of all who loved her.  As several family members aptly said, there was a glorious welcoming party in heaven as she arrived.  We all know that currently she is in heaven planning the next family reunion, as well as becoming the unofficial leader of the welcoming group for those entering heaven.

 We love you and miss you, but look forward to the day when we will once again be reunited in heaven.  Thanks for all the loving memories.

Memorial donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

A celebration luncheon in the basement at Zion Lutheran Church immediately following the service.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Baue Funeral Homes does require all family members and guests to wear a mask while visiting our facilities. Social distancing is required, and guests should stay at least 6 feet apart. Thank you for your understanding.

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  1. Linda Horstmeier May 3, 2021 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    You were truly a wonderful Lady And so many looked up to you. So glad I got to have you in my life and although I hadn’t seen you in years I thought of you often and kept track of you through Donna. YOU WILL BE MISSED. HUGS TO YOU IN HEAVEN.

  2. Lael Simon May 3, 2021 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Diane and family,

    My deepest sympathies to all of you on the passing of your mother. Although I never had the privilege of meeting your mother, I feel like I knew her and
    assume the same kindness you and your family have is due in part to her. Her obituary seemed to capture her beautiful spirit which lives on in all of you.

  3. Lynn McMurtry May 3, 2021 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful tribute to Lou Ellen. She was such a wonderful woman who will be missed by all who knew her. Love and prayers to your family.💞

  4. Dean P May 3, 2021 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    candle 6Daryl,Connie and family,
    Very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a great role model. I can remember her from early years of grade school-always welcoming me. Later on I remember her being involved in so many programs at Zion. Such a good person with a strong love for Christ. She will be missed by many.

  5. Cindy Kleekamp May 4, 2021 at 10:47 am - Reply

    candle 2What a sweet testimony for a kind, amazing lady. Lou Ellen was a lifelong friend who had an infectious smile and laugh!! We’ll miss her. Hugs & prayers for you kids and your families. ❤
    Cindy & Garry

  6. Leroy & Janet Hallemeier May 4, 2021 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Our sincere sympathy to the entire family.

  7. Ann Bruce May 4, 2021 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    candle 1A lovely tribute. Thinking and praying for you and your family Diane.

  8. Lisa Bax May 5, 2021 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Bax Engineering: We are sorry for your loss. We will be thinking and praying for you and your family Daryl.

  9. Wally & Dot Kolkmeier May 5, 2021 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kisker family at this time. Dot & Wally Kolkmeier

  10. rhonda laurentius May 6, 2021 at 8:22 am - Reply

    candle 6Roxann, I want to say how sorry I am to hear of the passing of your mother. She sounds like a lovely person who loved her work and her family and gave her family many special memories. My sympathies to you, and may the peace and strength of the Lord be with you and your family. Fondly, Rhonda Laurentius

  11. Mike Schlueter May 6, 2021 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Daryl, Diane, and Roxann,
    Jill and I are so sorry to learn of the loss of your Mother. Please accept our deepest sympathy and know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Mike Schlueter

  12. Nadia Koscielski May 6, 2021 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    candle 5Dear Dary , Diane and Roxann,
    I share your huge sorrow , sadness , and all of your tears …I regret I couldn’t.t catch a flight quickly from Paris , but it was impossible with this COVID.
    Your Mum has marked my life , undoubtedly, she was a living l positive woman who had solutions for everything and was also paying attention and trying to heal each injury of any one .
    I will let you know what kind of music I listen to during Her Funerals .
    Please accept my sincere condolences, and take care of you , your children and grandchildren.
    You.re my second family ,
    InLove you ❤️

  13. Nadia Koscielski May 6, 2021 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    candle 3But I forgot to say in my message that after this heat broken , I’m going to be not to sad , and having even a smile to tell LouEllen has definitely marked my life , and my son’s life also , here in Paris , France .
    She has been working so hard for the Company , I’m sure all the clients appreciated her .
    Anyway her entourage was very lucky to have Her !!
    I have wonderful souvenirs with her and I will keep them in myself forever !
    All my love again ❤️

  14. The St Charles County Fair Board May 7, 2021 at 9:37 am - Reply

    candle 1Our thoughts and prays to the whole Kisker family – she sounds like a remarkable lady!

  15. Laurel Lee Meers Barbour May 8, 2021 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I was sorry to hear about LouEllen passing. Our families have known each other for decades and I will miss her. We live in South Carolina since retiring but I always had lunch with her and Lou when visiting St. Charles. She had a wonderful smile and a welcoming sweet personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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