John Joyce Kleaver, Jr. (1913 - 1988)



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Although commonly known as John Kleaver, Jr., John was not a true "Junior" insofar as his middle initial J stood for "Joyce," his mother's maiden name.

Sometime after his birth in a flat on Tyler Street, his family would move to LaBeaume Street, just a few blocks away. After several years there, they would return to Tyler, this time across the street from their old flat and into their own home at 1121 Tyler. John would spend the bulk of his life at this address.

The oldest of three children, John dearly loved his Irish mother and all things Irish. At the age of 33 years, he married Frances (nee Schauer) at her parish church. A wonderful husband and provider to her and wise father to his only child Patrick, he worked as a title abstractor for a title insurance company. A deeply devout Roman Catholic, he gave very generously to the Church, and continued his charity in death by donating his body to St. Louis University School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. His body was later cremated, commingled with the ashes of other body donors, and interred in the plot reserved for such donors. (The actual date of burial is unknown; the records of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis give only an arbitrary date that is BEFORE his date of death, and that is only for the inscription on his memorial.)

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at the Kleaver residence,
1118A Tyler Street, St Louis, MO


at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church,
11th and Clinton Streets, St Louis, MO


at St. Louis University Hospital,
3635 Vista Avenue at Grand, St Louis, MO
Cause of death: Cardiac Arrest and Anoxic Encephalopathy with Brain Stem Dysfunction

Cause of death

Cardiac Arrest and Anoxic Encephalopathy with Brain Stem Dysfunction

Burial / Funeral

Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery,
7030 Gravois (Ashes-Section - 39A, Inscription-Lot 27A), St Louis City, MO


Last Known Residence

40 Plaza Square, Apt 702,
St.Louis, MO

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Father: John ("Jack") Kleaver
Mother: Mary L. (Joyce) Kleaver
Siblings: Loretta M. (Kleaver) Lowery and William R. Kleaver

Wife: Frances C. (Schauer) Kleaver
Children with Frances: Patrick John Kleaver


Minor (High School Level) Catholic Seminary


Title Abstractor


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Irish and German


United States


Roman Catholic




1913 - In the year that John Joyce Kleaver, Jr. was born, Woodrow Wilson became the 28th President of the United States in March. Previously the Governor of New Jersey and President of Princeton University, he was the first Southerner to serve as President since Zachary Taylor, over 60 years previous. A Democrat, he led the U.S. during World War I and championed the League of Nations.

1927 - John was just 14 years old when 10 years after the United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danish government, the inhabitants were granted U.S. citizenship. While they can vote in congressional elections and presidential primaries, they cannot vote for President.

1932 - John was 19 years old when on February 27th, actress Elizabeth Taylor was born in London. Her parents were Americans living in London and when she was 7, the family moved to Los Angeles. Her first small part in a movie was in There's One Born Every Minute in 1942 but her first starring role was in National Velvet in 1944. She became as famous for her 8 marriages (to 7 people) as she was for her beauty and films.

1947 - When he was 34 years old, in June, the Marshall Plan was proposed to help European nations recover economically from World War II. It passed the conservative Republican Congress in March of 1948. After World War I, the economic devastation of Germany caused by burdensome reparations payments led to the rise of Hitler. The Allies didn't want this to happen again and the Marshall Plan was devised to make sure that those conditions didn't arise again.

1988 - In the year of John Joyce Kleaver, Jr.'s passing, on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

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edit John Joyce Kleaver, Jr. & Frances C. (Schauer) Kleaver
June 7, 1947 - February 24, 1988 (death)
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church
3519 N. 14th St.
St. Louis, MO, 63107
United States
John Joyce Kleaver, Jr.
John Joyce Kleaver, Jr. & Frances C. (Schauer) Kleaver
June 7, 1947 - February 24, 1988 (death)
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church
3519 N. 14th St.
St. Louis, MO, 63107
United States

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The following funeral notice appeared in the Feb. 26, 1988 edition of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH:
"KLEAVER, JOHN JR., fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Wed., Feb. 24, 1988, beloved husband of Frances Kleaver (nee Schauer), beloved father of Patrick Kleaver, beloved brother of William Kleaver and Loretta Lowery, beloved uncle and cousin.
Mr. Kleaver was a longtime member of The Daily Worldmissionaries, The Society For The Propagation of The Faith, and The Sacred Heart Program. He was an early benefactor of Cardinal Glennon Hospital for Children. Mr. Kleaver donated his body to St. Louis University School of Medicine.
Memorial Mass at St. John The Apostle and Evangelist Church, 15 Plaza Square, Fri., Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. Masses preferred."
(The Memorial Mass was celebrated by Father James E. Rodis, Associate Pastor.)


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