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Memorial for Jan Long, Eureka Community Leader of Five Decades

Visitation will be Sunday at Schrader Funeral Home in Ballwin for this long-time Eureka resident and chair of Long's Auto Center. Photos accompany this obituary, and everyone is welcome to add more.

Janice "Jan" Long (nee Burger) died Saturday, at the age of 87.

She was the wife of the late Wilbert "Wib" Long; mother of Randy (Robyn) Long and Laurie (Bob) Esterlein; grandmother of Sara (Steve) McFarlane, Mandi Long, Jamie (Jordan) Crain and Chris Esterlein; great-grandmother of Quinn McFarlane; and sister of Marilyn (Ed) Wandersee.

Her involvement in the Eureka community spanned over five decades. She was the retired chair of Long Ford Sales Inc., Double 4 Trailer Sales, 44 Auto Credit and Long's Auto Center.

She served on the board of directors of Rockwood Bank, of which she and her husband, Wib, were two of the original founders. She also acted as an ambassador of the Eureka Chamber of Commerce. She was the founder and past president of both the Eureka Historical Society and Tri County Helpmates. She was a member and past president of the Eureka Wednesday Club, along with numerous charitable organizations to which she volunteered her time.

She was an active member in Most Sacred Heart Church of Eureka. In 2004, she was named the Eureka Business Person of The Year, and 2010 named as one of the recipients of Lieutenant Peter Kinder's Senior Service Award.

Read 2011 article: Long: Eureka Community Leader Recognized

Visitation will be at 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Schrader Funeral Homes & Crematory, 14960 Manchester Rd. at Holloway in Ballwin. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Most Sacred Heart Church, 350 East 4th St. in Eureka. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Cedar Hill, MO.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Little Haven or a charity of choice.

Friends may sign the family’s online guestbook.

Stephanie Stemmler March 06, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Jan was a wonderful, spiritual person who was an icon in the Eureka community. She had a large heart and often could be seen in a golf cart ferrying people around during Eureka Days and other downtown events. I loved her frank talk, her warm welcomes, her willingness to help wherever help was needed and her smile and laugh. People like Jan are rare and I will miss her.
Julie Brown Patton March 06, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Stephanie, this is a very nice summary of Jan. Thank you for honoring her in that way.
Eileen Tyrrell March 06, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Our family has only lived in the Eureka Community since Fall of 2007 and we came to realize very quickly what an awesome person, community leader and citizen Jan Long was. We enjoyed during business with her and her family. Rest in peace Jan.

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