Melissa Dawn Wiederaenders Vonallmen was born November 13, 1955 in Pasadena, Texas, to Weikel “Tex” and Olive Rose Wiederaenders. She was the seventh of eight children who moved to the Success, Missouri, area when she was only four. Melissa enjoyed barrel racing and breaking horses. You would be able to see her riding her pony Pinkfink around the community with her sisters.
Melissa had a great love of music and pursued that passion in college, where she met the other love of her life, Jake Vonallmen. They married on June 7, 1974 at Point Lookout, Missouri. Their union was blessed with seven children. They spent many years living on dairy farms in Success and Dunn, finally settling in Cabool, Missouri. Even with a busy family, she was able to get her teaching degree from Drury University and later her master’s degree in education from Southwest Baptist University. She instilled in her children a great love of learning, so much so that they all achieved some form of higher education. She spent 20 years in the Cabool School District. She taught social studies and life skills. She engaged her students by tap dancing, juggling and telling a daily joke, showing that there is more to education than what was in the books, and inspired her students with her honest love for learning.
When Melissa retired after the 2013-14 school year, she was able to continue her busy lifestyle taking care of her mother and volunteering in the community. She was able to follow her love of music by participating in the community band and later the STARS Foundation, playing her bass clarinet in the band with her grandchildren. She was a clever songwriter and wrote songs for her retiring co-workers as well as songs about her faith and beliefs. She became a Scoutmaster and helped several young men achieve their Eagle Scout, including all the grandsons that were old enough to. She started working for the Cabool Enterprise compiling the weekly Texas County sheriff’s report until she was unable to continue working.
Melissa was preceded in death by her sister, Bonita Jane Isaman; her nephew, Kelly Lynn Isaman; and her father, W.W. Wiederaenders.
She is survived by her mother, Olive Rose Wiederaenders; three brothers and three sisters, Mike and Connie Wiederaenders of Cedar Gap, Missouri, Johnathan and Dixie Wiederaenders of Warrenton, Georgia, G. Patrick and Karen Wiederaenders of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, K. Victoria and Gary Sooger of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Melanie and Patrick Moore of Cabool, and Candace and 1st Sgt. Retired Michael Sternberg of Plato, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her spouse, Jake Vonallmen, and their children: Jason and wife Juliet Vonallmen and children Allison Vonallmen, Forest Swisher, Brett Vonallmen and Natalie Swisher of Cabool; Clarissa and husband Nathan Smart and children Matthew, Nicole and Ian of Willow Springs, Missouri; TSgt. Nathaniel and wife TSgt. Elizabeth of Nesbit, Mississippi, and his daughter, Madison Essary-Vonallmen of Willow Springs; CPT. Adam Vonallmen and son Maximillian of West Plains, Missouri; Katie and husband Jacob Haws and children Joshua, Michael, Lillian and Gideon of East Alton, Illinois; SSgt. Jacob and wife Jasmine and daughter Heidi of South Haven, Mississippi; and Emily and husband Michael Brawn of Bruner, Missouri.
Services will be held Thursday, April 13, 2007, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Houston, Missouri, with visitation at 1:00 p.m. and the service at 2:00. All attending are encouraged to wear some kind of green, because it was her favorite color. Interment will be in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott- Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cabool Music Boosters; Pack 99 or Scout Troop 99, Houston, MO; or the CTA Scholarship fund at Cabool Schools.