Obituaries 03/25/2021


Patricia ‘Pat’ LaVelle

  Patricia Louise “Pat” LaVelle, 72, of Rising Sun, passed away on Monday, March 15th, 2021 at St. Elizabeth-Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Pat was born in Milan, Indiana on October 28th, 1948, the daughter of the late Juanita (York) Vankirk and Carroll  Higham. She was a graduate of Moores Hill High School, Class of 1966.

  Pat married Gary Wayne LaVelle on June 6th, 1980. Pat and Gary were married 40 years until her passing. Together they owned and operated LaVelle’s Tax Service in Rising Sun for over 40 years.

  Pat also formerly worked at the Aurora Casket Company, Family Service in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Vevay Shoe Factory.

  Pat was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ.

  Pat liked to go shopping and loved to travel. She especially enjoyed visiting the Smokey Mountains and going to Florida to see her grandchildren.

  Pat is survived by her loving husband, Gary LaVelle of Rising Sun; by her two daughters: Kerry Bernecker of Dillsboro, Indiana and Bridgette Lack of Aurora, Indiana; by her son, Brandon LaVelle DC (Tasha) of Port Orange, Florida; by her grandchildren: Kaysie, Baileigh, Amara and Monroe; by her two sisters: Janice Uhlmansiek of Aurora, Indiana and Sandy Bruce (Norman) of Aurora, Indiana; by her half brother, Roger Higham (Cathy) of Fountaintown, Indiana; by her step-sister, Nancy Horton of Rising Sun; by her mother-in-law, Lauretta LaVelle of Rising Sun; and by many other family members and friends.

  Pat was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, David Higham.

  Funeral services were held on Friday, March 19th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Shane White officiating. Visitation was held on Thursday, March 18th at the funeral home.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun Church of Christ or Ohio County EMS.

John ‘Cliff’ Miller

  John Clifford “Cliff” Miller, age 64, of Bennington, Indiana, passed away surrounded by his family at 11:52 p.m. on Monday, March 15th, 2021 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Cliff entered this life on September 4th, 1956 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of late Louis W. “Lou” Miller and Ruth V. “Ruthie” (Joyce) Kiedel. Cliff was raised on Buffalo Ridge in Cleves, Ohio with his five brothers and one sister.

  He attended Taylor High School, where he played football. During those years, he also loved playing Summer League Softball with his brothers.

  Cliff had a storybook kind of love; he was united in marriage to Darla Sue Parnell and together they were blessed with a daughter, Bridgette and a son, Brandon. Many don’t get to say they married their soul mate twice, but Cliff and Darla did. This happy union brought Cliff two additional stepdaughters, Brittany and Bethany. Cliff and Darla Miller spent nearly 27 blissful years together and they made each day count.

  Cliff worked as a concrete finisher most of his life, learning the trade as a young boy from his father. As a boy, he developed a passion for all things outdoors. He was an avid hunter and trapper. He had a hobby of collecting all things, but mostly passionate about his guns. He loved riding Harleys on the road and his side by side through the woods. He was the life of the party, he enjoyed sharing jokes and laughing with his friends. He was an avid storyteller. Most of all, he enjoyed spending quality time with his family and making them feel happy and loved.

  He was a giver. He made the ultimate decision to give his life to Christ in 2013. Cliff will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.

  Cliff will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Darla Sue (Parnell) Miller of Bennington; by his daughter, Bridgette Michelle Shaw and her husband, Joseph of Greendale, Indiana; by his step-daughters: Brittany Lynn Napolitano and her husband, Nick of Columbus, Ohio and Bethany Anne Heffelmire of Aurora, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Brooke Mae-Leigh Dickerson of Okeana, Ohio, Summer Jewell Dickerson of Vevay, Brendan Anthony Miller of Schenectady, New York, and Zoey Weimer and Zabrina Herman of Aurora, Indiana; by his great-grandson, Rhett Michael Huff of Vevay; by his brothers: Jim (Jackie) Miller of Okeana, Ohio, Jerry Miller of Cleves, Ohio, Bob (Candie) Miller of Cleves, Ohio, Jocko (Geralynn) Miller of East Enterprise, and Ronnie (Susie) Miller of Cleves, Ohio; and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his cherished son, Brandon Michael Miller, who died on May 8th, 2012; by his parents: Louis W. “Lou” Miller, who died on September 3rd, 1990 and Ruth V. (Joyce) Keidel, who died on January 29th, 2015; by his step-father, Clifford “Doc” Keidel, who died on March 23rd, 1987; by his sister, Beverly J. (Miller) Williamson, who died in 2016; and by his sister-in-law, Joyce Miller.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Saturday, March 20th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  A Celebration of Cliff’s Life was conducted by his loving family and Pastor Charles Dayadharum on Sunday, March 21st, at the funeral home.  Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

 Memorial Donations may be made to the John Clifford “Cliff” Memorial Fund c/o Darla Miller. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Jeanette Paduano

  Jeanette M. Paduano, 83, of Rising Sun, passed away on Monday, March 15th, 2021 in Aurora, Indiana.

  She was born April 1st, 1937 in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Thomas Brothers and Ida (Parker) Brothers.

  Jeanette worked as a server for Skyline Chili, with over 25 years of service.

  She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was a member of ‘Parents without Partners’. Jeanette enjoyed traveling, decorating, and sewing. She was an avid reader. Jeanette was a volunteer usher for Playhouse in the Park and the Aronoff Center. Jeanette collected light houses, and at last count had about 202.

  She enjoyed time with her friends and family and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  Jeanette is survived by her children: Nicholas (Gloria) Paduano of Aurora, Indiana, Christopher (Donna) Paduano of St. Leon, Indiana, Tina M (Fred) Weber of Aurora, Indiana, and Kimberly Ann (Mark) Waldon of Aurora, Indiana; by her 10 grandchildren; and by her eight great-grandchildren and one on the way.

  She was preceded in death by her parents.

  A memorial visitation was held on Saturday, March 20th, at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana, 47001. A memorial service followed with Father Ben Syberg officiating.

  Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Donald Probst

  Donald E. Probst, 71, of Patriot, passed away on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 at St. Elizabeth-Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Donald was born in Milan, Indiana on November 15th, 1949, the son of the late Jessie  (Trotto) Probst and Lloyd George Probst. Donald was a graduate of Aurora High School, Class of 1968.

  After graduation, he proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

  He was the husband of Linda  (Elza) Probst. Donald and Linda were married on April 13th, 1994 at the Patriot Baptist Church.

  He worked as a security guard at the Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun for 21 years. Donald loved the people he worked with and they loved him. Donald enjoyed watching westerns and playing cards. He also loved working in his yard and was a farmer at heart.

  Donald is survived by his loving wife, Linda Probst, of Patriot; by his daughter, Brenda Probst (Wayne Johnson), of Aurora, Indiana; by his son, Donald Kenneth Probst, of Indianapolis, Indiana; by his four step-daughters: Teresa  Almaraz of Riverview, Florida, Tonia Allen of Florence, Indiana, Regina Payne of Patriot, and Angela Leija of Wimauma, Florida; by his step-son, Louis Bottorff of Orlando, Florida; and by his 24 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

  Donald is also survived by his two sisters: Linda Phenning, of Rising Sun and Charlene  Probst, of Aurora, Indiana; by his three brothers: Gary Probst of Aurora, Indiana, James Probst of Aurora, Indiana, and John Probst of Moores Hill, Indiana.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; by his stepson, Michael Bottorff; by his brother, Lloyd Joseph Probst; and by his great-granddaughter, Samantha Spurlock.

  Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 21st at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun with Pastor Debbie Beason officiating. Visitation was held prior to the time of the service on Sunday, March 21st at the funeral home.

  Military honors were conducted by the Rising Sun American Legion following the funeral service.

  Memorial donations may be made to King’s Daughters’ Health Cancer Treatment Center.