Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tina Niemann; Rearing 11 Children Helped Her Become One of the Area's Top Real Estate Agents, Selling More Than 2,000 Homes in 32 Years

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tina Niemann; Rearing 11 Children Helped Her Become One of the Area's Top Real Estate Agents, Selling More Than 2,000 Homes in 32 Years

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Tina Niemann was 48 when she took her first paying job. She and her husband had 11 children, and she decided to sell real estate to help send them to college.

She went on to become one of the most successful and best-known Realtors in St. Louis. Her photo appears on grocery cart ads in supermarkets throughout the region.

During her 32-year career, her firm says, she sold some 2,000 homes totaling more than $700 million in sales. She appeared regularly on lists of the area's highest-selling real estate agents.

Tina Niemann died on June 14, 2013, after suffering a heart attack during a session with her hair dresser in Kirkwood, her family said. She was 80 and lived in Ladue.

She died about two months after her husband, John "Jack" Niemann, a lawyer and retired partner with an accounting firm. His obituary described how he had left a hospital bed here to travel to Las Vegas to spend his last birthday at the craps tables.

Mrs. Niemann often said she would never retire. At the time of her death, she was negotiating three sales contracts.

She did worry about getting older. She thought people might forget about her or even "think that she had died," recalled a daughter, Mary Ciapciak of Ladue.

So 20 years ago, when she turned 60, Mrs. Niemann started placing ads on shopping carts and checkout lanes at Schnucks markets.

She regularly got calls from grocery shoppers. "I'm thinking of selling," they told her as they strolled the isles.

Mrs. Niemann said that having 11 children in 15 years had left her able to deal with any possible crisis a home buyer or seller could come up with.

"She took care of everybody," her daughter said. "Some agents are about the money. Some have an ego. With mom, it was about making people happy. In order to make people happy, you make deals work. If necessary, you stay up all night."

Tina LoPiccolo was the oldest of six children. …

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