Obituaries 03/07/2019

Judith E. Firth, Barbara Biddinger, Kyler Jordan Browing, Barbara "Colleen" Lozier, Michael F. Hart, Dorothy Lozier, Susan Hankins, Sharon Keith

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Barbara Biddinger

  Barbara Jean Biddinger, 78, of North Vernon, Indiana, passed away at 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, February 24th, 2019, at Majestic Health Care in North Vernon.

  Born April 19, 1940, in Jennings County, Barbara was the daughter of Harrison Carter and Nellie Estelle (Udell) Hook. She was a 1958 graduate of North Vernon High School.

  She worked in shipping for Vernco-Ventra in Columbus for 36 years. She had previously worked for Arvin’s in North Vernon for five years. Barbara was a member of Wilson Chapel Church in Elizabethtown and enjoyed flowers and gardening. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

  Survivors include her son, Andy (Lori) Biddinger of North Vernon; her grandchildren, Kristian Biddinger of North Vernon, Aubbrey Biddinger and Kody Biddinger both of Vevay; and Lindsey Anderson of Indianapolis.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; by her brother, Robert L. Hook; and by her sister, Virginia M. Harp.

  A funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, February 27th, at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North Vernon. Family and Friends were invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday, February 26th, and also on Wednesday, February 27th prior to the beginning of the services at the funeral home. Burial was in the Vernon Cemetery in Vernon, Indiana.

  Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Alzheimer’s Association.

Kyler Jordan Browning

  Kyler Jordan Browning, age seven months, gained her angel wings and was taken to be in Heaven with all of the other little angels who were too good for Earth at 12:50 a.m. on Friday, March 1st, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky.

  Kyler entered this life on Thursday, July 19th, 2018, in Madison, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of Dakota Ryan “Cody” and Casey LeAnn (Gullion) Browning.

  Kyler will be deeply missed by her heartbroken parents, Dakota Ryan “Cody” and Casey LeAnn (Gullion) Browning of Vevay; by her paternal-grandparents: Donnie and Angela (Morgan) Browning of Vevay; by her maternal-grandmother, Kimberly Rusch of Hanover, Indiana; by her paternal-great-grandfather, James Browning of Bennington; by her maternal-great-grandmother, Patricia Rusch of Crothersville, Indiana; by her maternal aunt, McKenzie Gullion; by her maternal uncles: Billy Gullion, Jr. and Josh Gullion; by her paternal aunts and uncles: Ashley Browning, Dru Lindsey and her husband, Kevin, Randi Ingle and her husband, Dan, Samantha Morgan, and JJ Browning; and her numerous great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.

  She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, William Edward Gullion; by her maternal great-grandfather, William Dale Gullion; by her maternal great-grandfather, Lewis Benjamin Rusch, III.; by her paternal great-grandparents: Pastor Robert E. “Bob” and Marilyn A. (Miller) Morgan; by her paternal great-grandmother, Mary Kathryn (Klontz) Browning; and by her cousin, Paxton Edward Gullion.

  Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, March 5th, by Pastor George Mitchell, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday, March 5th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Kyler Jordan Browning Memorial Fund, c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Barbara ‘Colleen’ Lozier

  Barbara “Colleen” (Peak) Lozier, age 83, of Florence, passed away on Thursday, February 28th, 2019, at the Hospice of Cincinnati at Twin Towers in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Colleen entered this life on January 29th, 1936, in Florence, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late Clifton and Irma (Boulton) Peak. She was a 1954 graduate of the Muncie High School in Muncie, Indiana.

  Colleen was united in marriage on August 10th, 1954, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, to Estal Leon Lozier. This happy union was blessed with three sons: Phillip, Mark, and Michael. Colleen and Estal shared 65 years of marriage together until her death.

  Colleen was a former secretary for the Dearborn Cable Vision in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, retiring in 1985, after 15 years of service. She was a member of the Bennington Order of Eastern Star Chapter #407 and the Florence Church of Christ. Colleen was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed needle working, crocheting, cooking and baking.

  Colleen will be deeply missed by her loving husband, Estal Leon Lozier of Florence; her sons: Phillip Lozier and his wife Teresa of Harrison, Ohio, Mark Lozier and his wife Rae Jean of Sunman, Indiana, and Michael “Todd” Lozier of Sunman, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Cassidy, Tanner, LeAnn, Lori Ann and Benjamin; and by her sister, Carolyn Sunday of St. Augustine, Florida.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Irma (Boulton) Peak; and by her grandson, Ryan Phillip Lozier, who died May 6th, 2010.

  Private Family Services Only. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family at this difficult time.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Relief Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Dorothy Lozier

  Dorothy Louise Lozier, 93, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, (formerly of Rising Sun) passed away at 11:44 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg.

  Dorothy was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, on February 10th, 1926, the daughter of the late Virgie and Ferdinand  Hansmann. She was a 1943 graduate of Taylor High School in Cleves, Ohio.

  Dorothy married Lester Lozier on July 10th, 1946. Dorothy and Lester were married over 41 years until his passing on October 23rd, 1987.

  Dorothy worked as a cook at Three Rivers School in Cleves. She was one of the founding members of Dearborn Baptist Church in Manchester, Indiana. Dorothy loved to quilt and was a member of a quilting club at the church. Baby-sitting her grandchildren and spending time with her family were things she loved most.

  Dorothy is  survived by her daughter, Juanita Clark, of Rising Sun; by her son, Paul Wayne Lozier and wife Brenda, of Atlanta, Georgia; by her grandchildren: Richard Clark, Christopher Lozier, Melissa Fox and Rebecca Eldridge; by her great-grandchildren: Nick, Devan, Karla, Julianna, Lauren, Tyler, Samantha, Derrick and Ella; and by her great great-grandchildren; Khloe, Kelsi, Dylan and Nevelynn. She is also survived by her sisters: Betty, Ruby, Erma and Patsy.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Lester; by her grandson, Matthew Lozier; and by her son-in-law, Raymond Clark.

  Funeral services were held on Monday, March 4th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Darrell Sparks officiating. Friends were invited to call on the family on Sunday, March 3rd, at the funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to Dearborn Baptist Church 9638 Indiana 48 Aurora, Indiana, 47001. Cards are also available at funeral home.

Judith E. Firth

  Judith E. “Judy” (McAlister) Firth, age 76, of Vevay, passed away with her loving family and faithful dog, Alex, by her side at 1:15 a.m. on Friday, March 1st, 2019, at her daughter’s residence in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  Judy entered this life on April 21st, 1942, in Switzerland County, the loving daughter of the late Chester L. and Mavis M. (Reed) McAlister. She was raised in Switzerland and Ohio counties. She was a graduate of Switzerland County High School.

  Judy was united in marriage on June 27th, 1964, at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, to Charles A. “Charlie” Firth. This happy union was blessed with two daughters: Barbara and Jillanna. Judy and Charlie shared nearly 55 years of marriage together until her death. Together, Judy and Charlie worked on their farm in Center Square raising cattle, pigs, tobacco, hay and large vegetable gardens — much of which Judy preserved. She particularly enjoyed springtime and watching the newborn calves in the pasture.

  Judy was the former attendance secretary for the Switzerland County High School for five years. She served as the executive secretary and executive director for The Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation, retiring after 17 years of service.

  Judy served as a founding board member of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County and was a charter member of the Switzerland County YMCA Board of Directors. She also served on the board of the Lifetime Resources and Switzerland County Economical Development Commission. She was a member of the Vevay Kiwanis Club.

  As a lifelong resident of Switzerland County, Judy was well-known for her commitment and involvement throughout Switzerland County and was a strong advocate of investing in the community; making positive changes that would benefit all members.

  Judy was an amazing cook and baker, sewed countless Easter dresses for her girls and was a worthy opponent in Scrabble, cards and Yahtzee. Judy enjoyed gardening, bird watching, attending Broadway shows, traveling and spending time with her family. She loved walking on the beach in Florida, collecting seashells, watching the sunset and great seafood.

  Judy’s family is comforted knowing that after her third battle with cancer, she is now at peace. There are no words to express how much Charlie, Barbara, Jillanna and Alex love and miss her and always will.

  Judy is also survived by her sister, Debra Hite of Vevay; by her brothers: Larry McAlister and his wife Sharon of Bloomington, Gary McAlister of Vevay, John McAlister and his wife, Darla of Vevay, and Tony McAlister of Vevay; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester L. McAlister, who died on October 10th, 1982, and Mavis M. (Reed) McAlister, who died on February 7th, 2011; and her brother, Paul D. McAlister, who died on July 28th, 2007.

  A Memorial Gathering was held on Wednesday, March 6th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Charles and Judy Firth Family Fund to benefit the Switzerland County YMCA, c/o The Community Foundation of Switzerland County; the Switzerland County Animal Shelter; or the charity of the donor’s choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Susan Hankins

  Susan Elaine Hankins, 78, of Vevay, passed away at 9:06 a.m. on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Susan was born in Ripley County, Indiana on October 14th, 1940, the daughter of the late Sophia (Furtick) and Clarence Abplanalp. She grew up in Ripley County and attended school in Osgood.

  Susan was the widow of David C. Hankins. Susan and David loved to go camping and fishing. Susan liked spending time outdoors and was an animal lover. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great- great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

  Susan retired in 2006 from Grand Victoria Casino where she worked in catering. She also formerly worked at the Vevay Shoe Factory and Grandma’s Kitchen Restaurant. While Susan was living in Rising Sun, she enjoyed attending the First United Church of Christ.

  Susan is  survived by her daughter, Hope Richardson and husband William, of North Vernon, Indiana; by her son, Chris Hankins, of Vevay; by her grandchildren: Robert Richardson, Jamie Richardson, Michael Richardson, Chris Hankins, Melissa Payne, Meagan Hankins and Deanna Hankins; by her 21 great-grandchildren and by six great- great-grandchildren; by her sister, Betty Griswold, of Champaign, Illinois; by her brother, Alfred Abplanalp, of St. Leon, Indiana; and by several nieces and nephews.

  Susan was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, David; by her brother, George; and by her sisters, Ruth, Mary and May.

  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 8th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Jim Jenkins officiating. Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 8th, from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Slawson Cemetery in Bennington.

  Memorial donations may be made to Slawson Cemetery. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Michael F. Hart

  Michael F. “Mike” Hart, age 73, of Pleasant, passed away at 8:07 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, at the Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

  Mike entered this life on December 23rd, 1945, in Madison, Indiana, the son of the late Fay and Shirley (Briggs) Hart. He was raised in Switzerland County, where he attended the Vevay High School.

  Mike was united in marriage on August 17th, 1968, at the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church in Moorefield, to Cathy Ackerman, and to this union two sons: Toby and Chad, blessed their home.

  Mike was employed as a grader operator for the State Highway Department in Vevay for over a year. He was a member of the Swiss Mixers Square Dance Club with his loving wife. He was also a member of the Fairview Saddle Club, Moorefield Community Fire Department, and the Bennington Gun Club.

  Mike farmed most of his life in the Pleasant community. He enjoyed raising tobacco, hay and corn and milking cows. Mike will be remembered for his love of horse pulling and trap shooting.

  Mike will be deeply missed by his wife, Cathy Susan (Ackerman) Hart of Pleasant; by his sons: Toby Hart and his fiancé, Hannah Perry of Vevay, and Chad Hart and his wife Dawn of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina; by his grandchildren: Lane Hart, Kelli Hart, Ryan Hart, Tristan Hart and Riley Hart; by his sister, Mary Jo Combs and her husband Allen of Columbus, Indiana; and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Fay Hart, who died on February 1st, 2000 and Shirley (Briggs) Hart, who died on December 16th, 2012; by his daughter, Peggy Sue Hart, who died on March 5th, 1971; and by his brother, Nicholas W. Hart, who died on April 6th, 1990.

  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, March 2nd, by Pastor Patrick Lanman, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street,Vevay, Indiana. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay. Friends were invited to  call on the family on Friday, March 1st, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Moorefield Community Fire Department. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Sharon Keith

  Sharon Ann (Detmer) Keith, 72, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away at 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg.

  Sharon was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 27th, 1947, the daughter of the late Dorothy Mae (Teke) and Alvin  Detmer. She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1965.

  She married Dale Miller Keith on August 28th, 1965 at the First United Church of Christ in Rising Sun. Sharon and Dale were married over 53 years until her passing.

  Sharon had worked as a Hair Dresser at McAlpins in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Sharon also worked at DHL as Coordinator of Lost and Found.

  Sharon formerly attended the Hebron Church of Christ. She was a Cincinnati Bengals and UK fan. She also enjoyed flower arranging. Sharon loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  Sharon is survived by her loving husband, Dale Keith, of Lawrenceburg; by two daughters: Kris Keith (Shelley Norris), of Fairborn, Ohio and Shelley Silcox (Ryan), of Burlington, Kentucky; by her son, Brian Keith (Jodi), of Rising Sun;  by her grandchildren: Amanda Wilson, Colton Willoughby, Kristina Willoughby, Kaili Keith-Norris, Jazmin Keith-Norris, Jonah Keith-Norris and Brooke Townsend; and by her great grandchildren; Carson Willoughby, Jaxson Wilson and Trey Wilson. She is also survived by her sister, Marcia Zerkle (Gary), of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; by her brother, Dennis Detmer (Mary Ann), of Lawrenceburg; and by her sister-in-law Trudy Warren (Tom) of Rising Sun.

  A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 7th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Friends were invited to call on the family on Wednesday, March 6th, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Seven Hills Church, 7300 Turfway Road, Florence, Kentucky, 41042. Cards are also available at the funeral home.