Obituaries 02/24/2022


Ivan ‘Gene’ Abrams

   Ivan Eugene “Gene” Abrams, age 78, of Switzerland County, passed away surrounded by his loving family at 5:58 p.m. on Monday, February 21st, 2022, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Gene entered this life on June 4th, 1943 in Greensburg, Indiana. He was born to parents Ulysses Grant and Katherine Marie (Stanley) Abrams, both of whom preceded him in passing. He was raised in Milroy, Indiana and graduated from Milroy High School in 1962.

  Gene was united in marriage on August 3rd, 1998 in Vevay to Lillie Jane Boyce. This happy blended family was blessed with nine children.

  Gene worked for eight years as a heavy equipment operator for Hilltop Basic Resources in Patriot. He was also employed for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana for a few years. Gene also worked for several years as a crane operator for Phoenix at Nucor in Ghent, Kentucky.

  Gene resided in the Switzerland County community since 1992. He was a member of the Union Baptist Church in Lamb, Indiana and was a former member of the Milroy Christian Church in Milroy, Indiana.

  Gene enjoyed horseback riding, trail riding, training, breeding and raising horses, as well as, camping, raising cattle and spending quality time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gene led a full and fun life and loved his friends and especially his family with his whole heart.

  Gene will be remembered by his wife, Lillie Jane (Boyce) Abrams of Switzerland County; by his daughters: Tammy Marie Best and her husband J.D. of Versailles, Indiana and Holly June Taylor and her husband Brandon of Vevay; by his sons: Bradley Eugene Abrams and his wife Patty of Beanblossom, Indiana, Paul Lee Abrams and his wife Jessica of Vevay, and Michael Ambrose Abrams and his wife Kayla of Morristown, Indiana; by his step-daughter, Shannan Brogan and her husband Danny of Vevay; by his step-sons: Larry “Tex” Scudder and his wife Teresa of Clarksburg, Indiana and James “Bo” Scudder of West Plains, Missouri; by his daughter-in-law, Ellen Scudder of St. Paul, Indiana; by his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by his brother: John Abrams and his wife Barbara of Rushville, Indiana; by his sister-in-law, Lisa Abrams of Milroy, Indiana; and by his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his son, Shawn Wayne Scudder, who died on January 15th, 2022; by his parents: Ulysses Grant and Katherine Marie (Stanley) Abrams; by his sister, Thelma Brown; and by his brothers: Charles Abrams, Keith Gilmore, Tom Abrams and Steven Gilmore.

  No services are being held at this time. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Marshall Carter

  Marshall Carter, 77, of Vevay, passed away on February 15th, 2022.

  Marshall will be remembered by many as a longtime mailman serving Switzerland County.

  Marshall is survived by his wife, Wanda, of Vevay; by his children: his daughters Stefanie Lynn Ammerman (Wade) and Marcia May, and his son Michael Carter (Dana); by his grandchildren: Rebecca, Lily, and Dani; and by his siblings: Kathy St. John, Katie Carter, and Carol Sue Ruley.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Homer and Florence Carter of Kentucky.

  A Celebration of Marshall’s life will be held on Saturday, February 26th, from noon until 4 p.m. at the Switzerland County TEC Center on Seminary Street in Vevay.

  The McDonald and New Funeral Home in Owenton, Kentucky, is serving the family during this difficult time.

Brooke Feldhaus

  Brooke Ann (Kinman) Feldhaus, 40, of North Bend, Ohio, formerly of Rising Sun, passed away on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022.

  Brooke was born on August 31st, 1981, in Rising Sun. She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School.

  Brooke is survived by her husband, Jeff Feldhaus; by her children: Coby (Kim) Blanton and Abigail Teke; by her mother, Kathy Saylor; by her step-children: Brad Feldhaus and Kaitlyn (Brandon) Sturgeon; by her grandchildren: Jonah Blanton, Caroline, Samantha, Bowan and Charlie Anne Sturgeon; by her brother, Adam (Amanda) Kinman; and by many loving relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Robert “Bobby” Kinman.

  Private Services will be held.

  Frederick Funeral Home, 2553 Banning Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45239, is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Geneva Green

  Geneva L. (Tucker) Green, age 93, of Vevay, passed away at 11:47 a.m. on Tuesday February 15th, 2022, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Geneva entered this life on December 25th, 1928 in Vevay. She was the daughter of George Dewey and Muriel (Romans) Tucker, and was raised in Vevay. Geneva graduated in 1947 from Vevay High School.

  Geneva was united in marriage on December 24th, 1947 in Madison to Earl J. Green. This happy union of nearly 50 years was blessed with four daughters: Sonya, Sharon, Karen and Phyllis.

  She was employed for Seagram’s and Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Geneva was later employed as a stitcher for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay, retiring in 1991 after 40 years of service.

  Geneva enjoyed traveling, making Sunday dinners for her family, and watching hummingbirds.

  Geneva will be missed by her children: Sharon McClure of Pleasant, Indiana, Karen Green of Vevay, and Phyllis Chase and her husband Dennis of Florence, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Colen, Tonya, Marietta and Ashley; by her great-grandchildren: Zachary, Chelsey, Brandon and Wyatt; by her sister, Sue Armstrong of Greensburg, Indiana; by her brother, Kenny Tucker of Vevay; by her sister-in-law, Kathy Tucker of Vevay; and by her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: George Dewey Tucker and Muriel (Romans) Tucker; by her husband, Earl J. Green, who died on June 26th, 1997; by her daughter, Sonya White, who died on May 14th, 2019; by her brothers: Donald and Ralph Tucker; by her sons-in-law: Cliff White and Nelson Wayne McClure; by her grandson-in-law, Donald Ray “Donnie” Hon, Jr.; by her brother-in-law, Duane Armstrong; by her niece, Adianna Armstrong; and by her nephews, Shawn Armstrong and Brian Tucker.

  Visitation was held on Friday, February 18th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services followed the time of visitation on Friday, February 18th, conducted by Brother Ronald Romans at the funeral home.

  Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

David Hite

  David Earl Hite, 80, of Patriot, passed away on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  David was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 28th, 1941, one of 15 children of the late Catherine Lee (Dixon) Hite and James Earl Hite. David grew up in Switzerland County and was a graduate of Patriot High School.

  David married the love of his life, Shirley Ann (Gould) Hite on August 24th, 1960 in Patriot. David and Shirley were married over 61 years until his passing.

  David proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.

  After his return from service, David worked for the L & N Railroad for five years. He later began work at the Indiana Michigan Power Plant in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. David worked as an electrician at the Tanners Creek Plant for 29 years, retiring in 1996.

  In addition to his work, farming was always an important part of David’s life. He and Shirley purchased their farm in 1968 and treasured the time spent there with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  David was a member of the Patriot Belle River Masonic Lodge #327 and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason and member of the Knights Templar. He was a man of strong faith and attended the Patriot Baptist Church. David was a loving husband, dad, papa, brother, uncle and friend to many and will be deeply missed.

  David is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Ann Hite, of Patriot; by his two daughters: Gina Fette and her husband Greg of Manchester, Indiana and Connie Hite of Florence, Indiana; by his son, Joey Hite and his wife Gwen, of Patriot; by his beloved grandchildren: Amanda Gipson, Amy McDonald and her husband Wes, Ashley Rose and her husband Brandon, Travis Scudder and his wife Andrea, Kristyn Yelton and her husband Skyler, Trenton Scudder and his fiance` Nikki, and Joseph Hite and his fiance` Whitney; and by his great-grandchildren: Trevor, Ella, Waylon, William, Brooks, Sophia, Wyatt and Jolienne.

  David is also survived by his two sisters: Cathy Darbo of Madison and Bonnie Hite of Vevay; by his three brothers: Stevie Hite of Patriot, Jackie Hite (Doreen) of Madison, and Danny Hite (Tammy) of Madison.

  David was preceded in death by his parents: James and Catherine Hite; and by his siblings: Jonathon Hite, Carl Hite, Bernard Hite, Charlie Hite, Kenny Hite, Jim “Sunny Boy” Hite, Bessie Hite, Adeline Burns and Doris Sullivan.

  Graveside services with Masonic and Military Honors was held on Sunday, February 20th at Eastview Cemetery in Patriot.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Patriot Baptist Church.

  Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

Melissa Mahatha

  Melissa Jean Hall Mahatha, age 39, of Vevay, died at 7:46 p.m. on Sunday, February 13th, 2022, at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky after a battle with COVID-19.

  Melissa entered this life on July 18th, 1982 in Madison. She was the loving daughter of Robert N. Jr., and Julie Ann Long Hall. She was raised in the Brooksburg and Lamb communities. She graduated from Madison Consolidated High School with the Class of 2000 where she participated in Choir and the Drama department.  She then graduated from Sullivan College as an X-ray technician.

  She was united in marriage to Chad Mahatha on April 1st, 2004. This union of seven years was blessed with Kailey Jewell and Elyza Rubi.

  She was a member of Brooksburg Baptist Church in Brooksburg, Indiana.

  Melissa was blessed with another daughter, Serenity Jade, and enjoyed being  a mom to three daughters. Melissa had a beautiful soul and She loved her children with all her heart.

  She enjoyed listening and writing music, writing poetry and always willing to help others. She was a very intelligent woman that thought deeply about everything. She had a voice that was angelic in song and that song would come from her soul. She will always be remembered as a person full of life, beauty and joy. She always lived her life to the fullest and when she walked into a room you saw the joy in her spirit.

  Melissa will be missed by her loving parents, Robert N. Jr., and Julie Ann Long Hall of Vevay; by her loving daughters: Serenity Jade Jackson of Madison, Kailey Jewell Mahatha of Clarksville, Indiana, and Elyza Rubi Mahatha of Clarksville, Indiana; by her loving sisters: Shannon O’Donohue and her husband Sean of Birmingham, Alabama and Michelle Rutledge and her husband James of Madison; by her nieces and her nephews: Sydney Kendall, Alex Kendall, Andrew Kendall, James Rutledge, Jr., Cooper Rutledge, Benjamin Harrison (Megan Lester) and Peyton Harrison; by her great-niece, Ava Harrison; by her maternal grandparents: Jewell and Georgia Long of Milton, Kentucky; by her aunts and uncles: Kim Long, Ginger Long, Randy and Karen Long, Roger and Lyn Hall, Georgene Roberts, and Marilyn and Gary Brown; by her great-aunts and great-uncles: Doug and Cathy Gross, Bob and Janice Gross, Bernie and Teresa Gross, Jeanie Hamilton and Elaine Long; and by numerous cousins and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents: Neville and Pauline Hall; and by her aunt and her uncle: Sandy Hall and Paul Vernon Roberts.

  Private family services were conducted on Sunday, February 20th, by Pastor John Hart at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment followed in the Brooksburg Cemetery.

  Family gathered on Sunday, February 20th, prior to the beginning of the funeral service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s charity of choice. Cards are at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover.

Roy Schaefer

  Roy Lawrence Schaefer, age 67, of Florence, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, February 17th, 2022, at his residence.

  Roy entered this life on August 10th, 1954 in Peoria, Illinois. He was the son of the late Roy Lawrence Schaefer, Sr. and Agnes (Blattel) Schaefer. He was raised in Washington, Illinois where he was a 1972 graduate of St. Patrick High School.

  On November 2nd, 1987, Roy was united in marriage to LuAnn F. Harris in Benton, Missouri.

  He was employed for Ryder Trucking in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Roy owned and operated Schaefer Trucking in Benton, Missouri and Florence, Indiana from 1996-2006. Roy moved to the Florence, Indiana community in 2000 where he resided until his passing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

  Roy is survived by his companion, LuAnn F. (Harris) Schaefer of Florence, Indiana; by his step-daughters: Heather Thompson and her husband Jamie of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Melissa Gaines and her husband Johnny of Kelso, Missouri; by his step-grandchildren: Andrea, Alex and Austin; by his step great-granddaughter, Willow; by his sisters and brothers: Carolyn Schaefer, Bettina Foster and her husband Randy, Paula Mooney, Richard Schaefer and his wife Michelle and Anthony Schaefer and his wife Brenda — all of Illinois; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lawrence Schaefer, Sr. and Agnes (Blattel) Schaefer.

  No services are being held at this time. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Guy S. Harris Scholarship Fund c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Connie Thies

  Connie Jo (Chase) Thies, age 65, of Florence, Indiana, passed away at 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022, at Ripley Crossing in Milan, Indiana.

  Connie was born on May 29th, 1956 in Madison, the youngest daughter of Paul and Doris (Scudder) Chase.

  On April 24th, 1981, she was united in marriage to Bruce Norman Thies in Rising Sun. This happy union of nearly 41 years was blessed with a daughter, Heather.

  Connie was employed for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay, and later was employed for the Switzerland County School Corporation, retiring after 28 years of service.

  Connie enjoyed working with all the students, reading, working outdoors and spending time with friends and family. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandson, Weston.

  Connie will be deeply missed by her husband, Bruce Norman Thies of Florence, Indiana; by her daughter, Heather Bolton and her fiancé Matt Hewitt of Versailles, Indiana; by her grandson, Weston Bolton of Versailles, Indiana; by her mother, Doris (Scudder) Chase of Florence, Indiana; by her sister, Debbie Vann and her husband Bud of East Enterprise, Indiana; by her sisters-in-law: Alice Ashcraft, Rita Meyers, Joyce Thies, Penny (Steve) Brett and Lisa (Rodney) Gillespie.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Chase; by her maternal-grandparents: Velma and Churchill Scudder; and by her paternal-grandparents, Clarence, Sr. and Mary Chase.

  Visitation was held on Saturday, February 19th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were held following the time of visitation on Saturday, February 19th, with Reverend Mike Jones officiating, at the funeral home.

  Interment followed in the New Liberty Cemetery, East Enterprise.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Elementary School for reading. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Mary Ellen Witt

  Mary Ellen (Grau) Witt, 93, beloved wife of Donald Joseph Witt, passed away on Saturday, February 19th, 2022.

  Mary Ellen was born on February 5th, 1929, at Speers Hospital in Dayton, Kentucky, to Aloysius and Lena (Simon) Grau.

  A woman of prayer and faith, Mary Ellen was a committed Catholic, and her vocation as a wife and mother was most important to her. Mary Ellen was strong and amazing in a quiet and unassuming way.

  Mary Ellen married the love of her life, Don, on September 2nd, 1950, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Newport, Kentucky. The two were rarely seen separately. She was a devoted mother to Eric “Ric” (Kimberly), Kurt (Kim), Carl, Donna, and Maribeth (Greg) Duerstock; 12 beloved grandchildren: Eric Jr., Katie, Chris (Katie), Jill (Jerry), Clay, Jeremy (Victoria), Angie (Jacob), Michael, Amber, Justin, Emma, and Jakob; two step-grandchildren: Jason and Chris; and 15 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

  Mary Ellen attended Academy of Notre Dame of Providence in Newport, Kentucky, and she worked at Kresge’s Five and Dime store. She later worked at the Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company, Security Bank of Covington, and finally alongside her cherished husband, Don, at the newspaper delivery business that they owned and operated.

  Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her son, Carl; by her daughters: Donna and a stillborn baby girl; by her parents; and by her dear brother, Robert “Bob” Grau (Geneva).

  Mary Ellen is an active member of Most Sorrowful Mother of God Church, Vevay, and a former member of St. Thomas Church, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.

  Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon on Friday, February 25th, at Most Sorrowful Mother of God Church, Vevay, with burial to follow at St. Stephen Cemetery, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.

  Memorials may be given to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Covington, 3629 Church Street, Covington, Kentucky, 41015.

  Special condolences and memories may be given at  Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home caring for family during this difficult time.

Beulah Morris

  Beulah Mae Elston Morris, 95, of Hendersville, Tennessee, formerly of Cross Plains, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, February 20th, 2022.

  Beulah was born near Cross Plains, Indiana on April 8th, 1926, the daughter of Isiah (Byrd) and Grace Stevenson.

  She was married to Fred Morris on February 24th, 1944, and he preceded her in death on November 24th, 2001, in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

  Beulah was a graduate of Cross Plains High School; and retired in 1991 after 26 years at Reliance Electric in Madison as a motor assembler.

  She was a member of Pleasant Grove Methodist Church, later moving her membership to Central Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where she lived for 20 years. She attended Friendship Baptist Church.

  Survivors include her loving daughter, Judy Morris who cared for her after her health forced her to give up her home; her grandchildren: Gerald McClure, Tammy Henry, Cory and Chad Morris and Stephanie Morris; her great-grandchildren: Shelby, Jared, Baylee and Brodey; and her great great-grandchild, Alice.

  Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her son Wayne Morris; by her parents; and by her brothers: Roscoe, Charles, and Russell Elston.

  Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 26th,  at Hendersonville Funeral Home in Hendrsonville, Tennessee. Visitation for friends and family will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Interment will be following the service at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.