Obituaries 06/30/2022


Susan McCardle

  Susan Sferruzzi McCardle, 81, of McCordsville, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, June 19th, 2022 at Traditions at Brookside.

  She was born on March 24th, 1941 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of Joseph and Susan (Ailes) Sferruzz.

  Susie graduated from Thomas Carr Howe High School in 1958. In 1959, she began working for Indiana Bell, and retired in 1991.

  In 1994, Susie went back to work for Indianapolis Public Schools for another 12 years. She spent countless hours volunteering, earning the ‘Stark Award’ from the Indianapolis Zoo in 1998. This prestigious award required 1,000 hours of volunteer service.

  In her spare time, Susie made catnip toys and hammocks for the Humane Society and teddy bears for first responders to give to children.

  Susie is survived by her daughter, Cindy Stettler and her husband Devin; her two grandchildren, Samantha and Hannah; her niece, Rita Sullivan of Vevay; and her 22 other nieces and nephews.

  In addition to her parents, Susie was preceded in death by her 12 brothers and sisters.

  Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 22nd,  at Randall & Roberts Fishers Mortuary, 12010 Allisonville Road, in Fishers, Indiana.

Devon Lewis

  Devon Alexander Douglas Lewis, age 18, of Canaan, Indiana near Pleasant, died at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022, in a motorcycle accident in Ripley County, Indiana.

  Devon entered this life on May 20th, 2004 at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, Indiana. He resided his early life in St. Leon, Indiana and the family moved to the Pleasant area five years ago. He had graduated high school and received his diploma for residential electrician through Penn Foster.

  He had worked for three years with Wickey Construction in Pleasant and was currently employed with Bertke Electric as an apprentice electrician contracted through NAS.

  He was of the Christian faith and enjoyed his motorcycle, hunting, fishing and gaming. He was a loving son, brother, grandson and friend.

  Devon will be missed by his loving parents, Karen R. Alig and Kevin W. Erlewein of Pleasant, Indiana; by his loving brothers: Wyatt Erlewein and Isaiah West of Canaan, Indiana; by his loving maternal grandpa, Garry William Alig of Madison; by his paternal grandmother, Rose Erlewein of Versailles, Indiana; by his uncles: Brian Alig of Madison and George Erlewein of Greensburg, Indiana; by his cousins, Blake and Jayden Alig; and by several great aunts, great uncles and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandma, Alice Victoria Roark Alig, who died on October 31st, 2021.

  Friends may pay their respects to the family on Friday, July 1st, from 4-7 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana, 47250.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Devon Lewis Remembrance Fund.  Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover.

Dennis Jester

  Dennie Gayle Jester, age 66, of Madison, near Brooksburg, passed away at noon on Sunday, June 19th, 2022, at his residence.

  Dennis entered this life May 31st, 1956 in Madison. He was the loving son of the late Charles Frederick and Virginia Lee Denny Jester. He lived his entire life in the Madison community.

  He retired from the labor union after 30 years and worked all over in construction. He was of the Baptist faith.

  Denny enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing, and boating. Dennie fought a courageous battle with stage four liver cancer for the past nine weeks.

  Dennie will be missed by his loving sons: John Jester and his wife, Brandi of Columbus, Indiana and Justin Jester and his girlfriend, Heather Borders of Madison; by his grandchildren: Raely, Logan, Maggie, Elijah, Rose, Lillian, and Landyn; by his brothers: Charles Wayne Jester of Madison, Johnny “Turtle” Jester and his wife Kelli of Madison, and Randy Jester and his wife Mary of Vevay; and by his several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Frederick Jester, who died on February 7th, 2010; by his mother, Virginia Lee Denny Jester, who died on March 27th, 2019; by his son, Dana Gayle “Doodle” Jester, who died on June 9th, 2015; and by his sister, Tammy Jo Jester, who died on May 12th, 2013.

  Visitation for friends and family was held on Saturday, June 25th, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.

  Funeral services were conducted by Justin Jester following the time of visitation on Saturday, June 25th, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover.

Donna Hetisimer

  Donna Jean (Koehler) Hetisimer, 80, of Rising Sun, passed away on June 24th, 2022 at Mercy West Hospital after complications from open heart surgery.

  She was born on August 20th, 1941, the daughter of Albert and Kathryn Koehler (Austing). She grew up in New Baltimore, Ohio and graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in Harrison, Ohio.

  She married Charles (Charlie) Hetisimer in 1963 and was blessed with three children.

  Donna worked in several places in her long life, but she spent the majority of her working years working at McDonald’s in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and the one that was inside of Walmart.

  She was also an active member in local Antique Tractor clubs of Southeastern Indiana, and Vevay with her husband. She enjoyed the lasting friendships she made in each place. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed curling up in her chair with her kindle or a paperback. She was also known in certain circles for her delicious potato salad.

  Donna will be deeply missed by her husband Charles (Charlie), and by their children: Melissa (Missy) Hetisimer, Michael (Mike) Hetisimer and his fiancé Rhonda (Nikki) Ahaus-Walker, and Michelle (Shellie Hetisimer) Densler and her husband Charles (Randy); by her grandson Landen Hetisimer; by her brothers: Jerry Koehler and his wife Pat of Michigan, James (Jim) Koehler and his wife Millie of Okeana Ohio and Arthur (Skeet) Koehler and his wife Debbie of Okeana Ohio; by her sister Betty (Koehler) Buchert; by her sister-in-law Barb Koehler of Arizona; by her brother-in-law Larry Morrissey, of Hamilton Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  She will also be deeply missed by her friends and the “Old Women” club she had dinner with once a month.

  She was proceeded in death by her parents: Albert and Kathryn Koehler; by her in-laws: Thomas and Fanny Hetisimer and Helen Hetisimer; by her brother Albert (Butch) Koehler II; by her sister Kay (Koehler) Morrissey; and by her sister-in-law Donna Rene Hetisimer Russ.

  Donna requested no visitation services and a private graveside service at Rising Sun Cemetery.

  Everyone is invited to a Celebration of her life on Saturday, July 9th, from 2-6 p.m. at Patriot Town Hall in Patriot.

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

Ruth Delay

  Ruth V. (Sowards) Delay, age 79, of Columbus, Indiana, passed away at 8:44 a.m. on Saturday, June 25th, 2022, at the Traditions of Columbus in Columbus, Indiana.

  Ruth entered this life on October 2nd, 1942 in Huntington, West Virginia. She was the loving daughter of David Wilson Sowards and Helen Louise (Gibson) Sowards Cox Werner, whom preceded her in death. She was raised in Huntington, West Virginia and was a 1960 graduate of Barboursville High School.

  Ruth earned her associates degree in business from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Ruth was employed as a key puncher, computer operator and accountant for Reliance Electric in Columbus, Indiana, retiring in 2002, after 34 years of service.

  Ruth resided in the Switzerland County community for two years. Ruth was a former secretary for Vevay High School for a few years.

  She was a member of the Parkside Baptist Church in Columbus, Indiana. Ruth enjoyed reading, gardening and socializing with her family and friends.

  Ruth is survived by her sons: Gregory Todd Delay of Seymour, Indiana and Jeffry Alan Delay and his wife Tracey of Avon, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Haley Nicol Davenport and her husband Justin, Ryan James Delay and his wife Lauren, Justin Nicholas Delay and his fiancée Mary, and Madison Grace Delay; by her great-grandchildren: Bradley James Delay, Evalyn June Davenport and Joselynn Paige Davenport; by her siblings: Mary Louise Freyn of Scipio, Indiana, Dale Edward Sowards of Fredericksburg, Virginia, John Henry Sowards of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and Timothy Allan Sowards of Huntington, West Virginia; and by her nieces, nephews and cousins.

  She was preceded in death by her father, David Wilson Sowards, Sr.; by her mother, Helen Louise (Gibson) Sowards Cox Werner; by her brother, David Wilson Sowards; by her daughter-in-law, Connie Sue Delay; and by her step-father, Carroll T. Cox.

  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 2nd, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 2nd, by Dr. William E. Bailey, Pastor, at the funeral home.

  Ruth’s cremains will be placed in the Delay family columbarium in the Vevay Cemetery at a later date.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Peggy Bross

  Peggy  Ann Bross, 66, of Rising Sun, passed away on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022.

  Peggy  was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 4th, 1955, the daughter of Mary (Becker) Gardner and the late John Gardner. She was a graduate of Western Hills High School, Class of 1973.

  Peggy worked as a project analyst for Federated Department Stores and was also former head of payroll for St. Francis and St. George Hospitals.

  She was the wife of Gary A. Bross. They were married on June 9th, 1979 in Cleves, Ohio. Peggy and Gary were married 43 years until her passing.

  Peggy battled Multiple Sclerosis for several years and was instrumental in organizing a MS support group. Peggy and Gary also participated in the MS Walkathon many times and other fund raising events over the years. Peggy was a true fighter.

  In addition to her loving husband Gary; Peggy  is survived by her mother, Mary Gardner, of Cincinnati, Ohio; by her step son Kelly Bross of Harrison, Ohio; by her granddaughter, Reni; by her sister, Debbie Gardner, of Columbus, Ohio; and by her caregiver of over 27 years, Faith Wood.

  She was preceded in death by her father John Gardner; and by her brother Tom Gardner.

  Graveside Services were held on Monday, June 27th at the Rising Sun New Cemetery with Eldon Fancher officiating.

  Memorial donations may be made to the MS Foundation. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

Jackie ‘Jack’ Asbury

  Jackie Wayne “Jack” Asbury, age 75, of Bennington, Indiana, passed away at 4:49 a.m. on Monday, June 27th, 2022, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

  Jack entered this life on April 24th, 1947 in Vevay. He was the son of the late Delmar C. and Clara Belle (McMackin) Asbury. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1965 graduate of Vevay High School.

  Jack was inducted into the United States Army on August 11th, 1968 in Madison. He earned the Rifle Sharpshooter Badge and was transferred to the United States Army Reserves on December 11th, 1968 at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Jack was honorably discharged with the rank of Private on January 31st, 1972.

  Jack was employed for Cummins Engineering in Columbus, Indiana for a few years.

  Jack was united in marriage to Judith Ball on September 30th, 1978 at the Bennington United Methodist Church. This union was blessed with a daughter, Kristi. He was later united in marriage on October 12th, 1984 to Deborah Griswold at the Bennington United Methodist Church. This union was blessed with a daughter, Lydia.

  Jack was a former employee for the Switzerland County Highway Department from 1992-2018. He drove a school bus for the Switzerland County School Corporation for eight years. Jack was a current trustee for Slawson Cemetery for the past several years.

  Jack was a lifelong resident of the Switzerland County community and enjoyed farming, fishing, shooting and his grandchildren.

  Jack is survived by his daughters: Kristi Allard and her husband Jake of Madison and Lydia “Rosie” Webster and her husband Terry of Madison; by his grandchildren: Gabriel, Landon, Dominick, Prudence, Kalianna and Chalen; by his sister, Agloria “Glo” Asbury of Bennington; by his nephew, James Asbury of Independence, Kentucky; by his great-nephews, Bryce and Gage Asbury; and by his cousins, Larry McMackin, Doug McMackin and Sue Purcell.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Delmar C. Asbury and Clara Belle (McMackin) Asbury; by his aunt, Ruby “Ru Ru” McMackin; and by his cousins: Dave McMackin, Noel McMackin, Ann Thomas, Della Marie Nevitt, Johnny McMackin and Everett Lee Clements.

  Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 30th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 1st, at the funeral home.

  Interment and Full Military Rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Slawson Cemetery in Bennington.

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