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Lavern Wagner

  Lavern (Peelman) Wagner, age 86, of Vevay, peacefully passed away at 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, July 23rd, 2023 at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Lavern was born on February 6th, 1937 in Aurora, Indiana, the daughter of Herbert Lee “Herb” and Blanch E. (Romans) Peelman. She was raised in Switzerland County, where she attended Vevay High School.

  On May 22nd, 1954 Lavern was united in marriage to Robert R. “Sonny” Wagner in Patriot. This happy union shared over 66 years of marriage together until Sonny passed away on October 28th, 2020.

  She was a former employee for Plastic Molding Factory in East Enterprise for four years. Lavern was a former cook for the Switzerland County School Corporation for several years, retiring in 2013.

  She was a member of the Vevay Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. Lavern enjoyed camping, riding the golf-cart around town and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved canning and raising a garden, as well as, cooking and baking.

  Lavern is survived by her daughter: Kathy Covington of Vevay; by her sons: Danny Wagner and his wife Cindi of Vevay and David Wagner and his wife Christina of Vevay; by her grandchildren: Jeremey Jackson and his wife Shannon, Kacey Sexton and her husband Tim, Cody Covington and his wife Jennifer, Justin Wagner and his wife Abby, Dalton Wagner and his companion Destiny Brown, and Owen Wagner; by her great-grandchildren: Nathan Jackson, Lauren Jackson, Payton Covington, Aiden Covington, Jacob Covington, Kennedy Sexton, Adalynn Sexton, Gavin Wagner, Madelyn Wagner, Mason Wagner, Leah Wagner and Brooks Wagner; by her sister Mary Lou Shaw of East Enterprise; and by her nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her father Herbert Lee “Herb” Peelman, who died on August 11th, 1997; by her mother Blanche E. (Romans) Peelman Martin, who died on April 9th, 1992; by her husband Robert R. “Sonny” Wagner, who died on October 28th, 2020; by her son-in-law Dale Robert Covington, who died on September 22nd, 2020; by her infant brother Kenneth Peelman, who died on January 2nd, 1939; by her brothers: Robert L. “Bob” Peelman, who died on October 29th, 2000, Richard Charles “Rick” Peelman, who died on March 3rd, 2016, Leslie “Johnny” Peelman, who died on April 28th, 2012, Harold Peelman, who died on December 2nd, 2019 and Herbert Leon Peelman, who died on April 15th, 2023; by her step-father Oscar Roger Martin, who died on November 30th, 1994; by her step-mother, Mary T. (Swango) Peelman, who died on April 24th, 2012; by her nieces: Karen Laverne (Peelman) Harsin, who died on August 30th, 1990 and Brenda Patton; and by her nephew William Dewayne “Bill” Peelman, who died on June 18th, 2003.

  Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 27th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 28th, by Reverend Mike Jones and Brother Shawn McMullen, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay Church of Christ or the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Larry Ray

  Larry Dale Ray, age 65, of Franklin, Tennessee, formerly of Maumelle, Arkansas and Vevay, passed away on Saturday, July 22nd, 2023 in Double Springs, Alabama.

  A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 4th, at 1 p.m. at North Madison Christian Church, 1400 East State Road 62, Madison, Indiana, 47250.

 Arrangements are being entrusted to the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover.

  A full obituary will be included in the August 3rd, 2023 edition.

Sharon LeMasters

  Sharon June (Bear) LeMasters, age 74, of Versailles, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, May 7th, 2023, at the Signature Healthcare of Carrollton, Kentucky.

  Sharon entered this life on May 14th, 1949 in Madison. She was the loving daughter of the late Ray and Virginia (Brooks) Bear. She was raised in Vevay and was a 1967 graduate of Vevay High School.

  Sharon attended Southeastern Career Center while in high school and earned her certificate in cosmetology. She also worked as a nursing aide (candy striper) for King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  She was united in marriage in 1967 to Eric Christman in Vevay. They were blessed with two sons, Brian and Darin.

  Sharon was employed as an auditor in the Treasurer’s office in the Switzerland County Courthouse for many years. She was then an auditor for the State Board of Accounts of Indiana. Sharon retired after many years but continued to work at various other jobs.

  Sharon was the third child of eight siblings, and she loved to spend her free time with her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

  Sharon will be deeply missed by her sons: Brian Christman and his wife Penny of Vevay and Darin Christman of Versailles, Indiana; by her siblings: Beverly Jones and her husband Ronald of Lebanon, Tennessee, Gerald Bear of Vevay, Mike Bear and wife Sue of Vevay, Debbie Gregory and her husband Eddie of Florence, Indiana, and Cathy Bear and Wade Eldridge of Charlestown, Indiana; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her father Lowary Ray Bear; by her mother Virginia Ann (Brooks) Bear; by her brothers: Gregory Bear and Lynn Bear; by her niece Lisa Bear; and by her nephew Clayton Bear.

  Sharon was cremated at the Alliance Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Florence, Kentucky.

  No services are being held at this time.

Janice James

  Janice James, 83, of Batesville, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, July 18th, 2023 at UC Health Drake Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Janice was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on April 6th, 1940, the daughter of the late Verna (Tucker) and Alton Dick. She was a graduate of Aurora High School.

  Janice married minister Ronald Gary James on July 5th, 1958 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and spent many love filled years together until his passing on January 23rd, 2015.

  Janice and her family had a love for music that showed in their love for the Lord. They sang and played gospel music together as a family; Janice also sang in the Versailles Church of Christ ladies singing group and other choirs throughout her life.

  Janice is survived by her sister Joyce Hillagoss (John) of Big Rapids, Michigan; by her daughter Debbie Nuesse (Jeff) of Barboursville, West Virginia; by her grandchildren: Brandon Nuesse (Bridget), Derek James (Liz), Breanna Adkins (Chris), and Matt James (Haylee); by her great-grandchildren: Brighton Nuesse, Bryce Nuesse, Brently Nuesse, Marlee Adkins, Daniel James, Eva James, Kenslee James, Asa James; and by one great-grandchild on the way.

  Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Alton and Verna Dick; her husband, Ronald James; brother, Charles Alton Dick; and sons, Timothy James, and Daniel James.

  Funeral service were held on Saturday, July 22nd at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun.

Lauretta Humphrey

  Lauretta (Riggs) Humphrey, 94, of Rising Sun, passed away on Sunday July 23rd, 2023 at Saint Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Lauretta was born on Cole Lane in Aurora, Indiana on August 28th, 1928. She was the sixth child of John Thomas and Edith Wilda Riggs. She graduated from Aurora High School in 1946 and the Milton Academy of Beauty Culture in 1947.

  She was a part time beautician for 17 years, a Cub Scout Den Mother for six years, and a loyal employee of Dugle’s grocery in Rising Sun.

  On July 1st, 1950 Lauretta married James David Humphrey, and together they had three children: Mary Edith Potter (George), John David Humphrey, and Robert Earl Humphrey (Trish).

  Lauretta is survived by her daughter Mary Edith Potter (George); by her son Robert Earl Humphrey (Trish); by her seven grandchildren: Jason Potter (Jenise), Aaron Potter (Delora), Paul David Humphrey, Amanda Vann (Randy), Jeffrey Humphrey, Kelly Deatley, and Thomas Humphrey (Christian); by her 19 great-grandchildren: Janessa Laurett Potter, Josephine Charlise Bessler (Issac), Jillian Catherine Potter, Joella Elise Potter, Jude Augustus Potter, Courtney Nicole Mathews (Rodney), Kendall Renae Potter, Dylan Wade Potter (Rebecca), Laura Lynn Humphrey, Jonathan David Humphrey, Ryken Alexander Humphrey, Lillian Morgan Humphrey, Peyton Michael Vann, Jasmine Renee Deatley, Noah Lawrence Deatley, Ethan Lawrence Deatley, Jordan Blake Humphrey, Emma Ruth Humphrey, and Landon Drake; by her great great-grandchildren: Mariah Nicole Mathews, Paisley Faye Lopez, and Carlos Lopez Jr III; by her sister Rosalie Kippler, and by a host of nieces and nephews.

  Lauretta was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband James Humphrey; by her son John David; by her sisters Thelma Thies and Lucine Johnson; by her brothers Oliver and John Riggs; and by her great-grandson James Cody Deatley.

  Friends and family are invited to pay their respects on Thursday, July 27th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun.

  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 27th at funeral home.

  Memorial donations may be made to Ohio County Rescue Unit or Rising Sun Fire Department.

Patricia ‘Pat’ Brandon

  Patricia May “Pat” (Peters) Brandon, age 84, of Aurora, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 9:04 a.m. on Sunday, July 23rd, 2023, at the St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Pat was born to parents Dale A. and Ida Margaret (Riley) Peters on July 6th, 1939 in Switzerland County. She was raised in Switzerland County where she attended Florence Elementary School. Pat graduated in 1983 from Noblesville High School in Noblesville, Indiana.

  Pat was united in marriage to Gearld Gary Brandon on March 21st, 1982 in Rising Sun. This union was blessed with two sons: Michael and David. Pat and Gary shared nearly 27 years of marriage together until his death on January 24th, 2009.

  Pat owned and operated Main Street Cafe in Rising Sun from 1975-1982. Pat also managed Dan Howard’s Maternity Store in Castleton, Indiana from 1983-2001. She also worked as a waitress for various restaurants in Indianapolis, as well as in Lawrenceburg and Rising Sun for several years.

  Pat was a faithful member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Aurora, Indiana. She was a wonderful homemaker and also enjoyed working in her yard. She loved taking care of people, her family and her church family.

  Pat is survived by her sons: Michael Peelman and his wife Sheila of Fishers, Indiana and David Ray “Hollywood” Peelman, of Vevay; by her grandchildren: Charlene Abercrombie and Michael Hodge; by her sister Carolyn Morgan of Vevay; by her sister-in-law Crystal Peters of Vevay; and by her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents Dale A. and Ida Margaret (Riley) Peters; by her husband, Gearld Gary Brandon; by her brothers: Raymond Lee Peters, Bobby Joe Peters, Dale Vernon Peters and Larry Gene Peters; by her sisters-in-law: Rita L. Peters, Linda Peters and Carolyn “Connie Jo” Peters; by her brothers-in-law Melvin Scudder and Robert Morgan; and by her niece, Cheryl Lynn Cunningham.

  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 29th, at the New Hope Baptist Church, 116 Church Street, Aurora, Indiana, 47001.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 29th, 2023, at the New Hope Baptist Church.

  Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church.

  Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time. Memorial contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

Maureen Anderson

  Maureen Grace Schultz Anderson, age 58, of Madison, passed away at 5:46 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11th, 2023, at her home near Madison.

  Maureen entered this life on May 24th, 1965 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and was raised in the Catholic faith. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Edith Southerland Schultz. She was raised and schooled in Pennsylvania.

  She was first married for 10 years to Richard Schlichtkrull and this union was blessed with three sons: Waylon Joseph, Dwayne Douglas, and Garrett Briar.

  She had worked as a private housekeeper for many years and later worked as an activities director for Hickory Creek of Madison.

  On October 24th, 1991, Maureen was united in marriage to Donald Lee Anderson, Sr. and this union blended two families together. They resided in Trimble County for several years and then settled in Jefferson County for the past 15 years.

  She enjoyed crafting, flowers, her animals, cooking, and loved to keep her home fresh and clean.

  Maureen will be missed by her loving husband, Donald Lee Anderson, Sr. of Madison; by her sons: Waylon Joseph Schlichtkrull and his companion Jennifer of Madison, Dwayne Douglas Schlichtkrull and his husband Anthony of Phoenix, Arizona, and Garrett Briar Schlichtkrull of Madison; by her grandchildren: Layla Grace, Reese Wayne, and Keeland Allen Shane; by her step sons: Donald Lee Anderson, Jr. of Zelienople, Pennsylvania, and Barry Lee Anderson and his wife Katelin of Freedom, Pennsylvania; by her step grandchildren: Seth Michael, Trenton Lee, Zoy, Nora, Simon, and Bennett; by her brother Kurt Schultz and his wife Chris of Fombell, Pennsylvania; by her sister Genny Roberts and her husband Dale of Santa Rosa, California; and by her several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her father Edward Schultz; by her mother Mary Edith Southerland Schultz; and by her brothers and sisters: Von Schultz, Kevin Schultz, Margaret Schultz, Debbie Kardaz, Becky Schultz, and Gretchen Schultz.

  Friends and family gathered for a Celebration of Life at the Anderson home near Madison on Friday, July 14th.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Maureen Anderson Remembrance Fund care of her husband, Donald Lee Anderson, Sr.  Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover, which is serving the family during this difficult time.