Anita Anna Louise Jaeger (nee Koenig), 95, of Washington, passed away on August 26, 2019. Anita, daughter of the late William F. and Alwina H. (nee Altholz) Koenig, was born on June 12, 1924 in Washington. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Church in Washington. On June 30, 1946 she was united in marriage to her late husband Lloyd O. Jaeger at St. Peter’s Church. Anita graduated from Washington High School, continued her education at the St. Louis Business College, took courses at East Central College and the University of Missouri-Rolla. In 1943 she became a partner in the Charles F. Richard Company in St. Louis, MO. In April of 1946, she returned to Washington and became the secretary at Buescher’s Industries for 15 years. After moving to Washington, Anita was employed by McDonnel Douglas and retired as a Technical Specialist on April 30, 1987. Anita volunteered her time in the community as Coordinator of the Washington Sesquicentennial. She was also involved in the 2000 Washington Millennium Committee Celebration as secretary. From 1989 to present she was the secretary and treasure of the Washington Sister City Committee. Anita was a lifelong volunteer, logging 23,000 plus hours at Mercy Hospital, Washington, being awarded the Spirit of Mercy in 2014 by the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a life member of the V.F.W. Post 2661 Auxiliary, Elis Lodge 1559 Auxiliary, and awarded Lady Elk of the Year in 1988-1989. Anita’s generous spirit was shown by her contribution to the Washington Public Library with a $10,000.00 donation for the purchase books.
Along with her husband, Anita located as many WWII, 197th Battalion, Battery C veterans as possible and organized the first Battery C Reunion in 1974 in St. Louis, MO. They organized the reunions in different states each year until 1996, upon Lloyd’s death. They also were on the 197th Battalion reunion committee from 1974 thru 1996. She also kept the living Battery C veterans informed each Christmas about each other.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2019 4-7:00 pm at Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 11:00 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Cemetery.
She is survived by relatives and many friends.