Obituaries 10-24-13

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Janice Furnish

Janice Rahe (Lakeman) Furnish, 78, of East Enterprise, passed away at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, October 20th, 2013, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born February 3rd, 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio, weighing only three pounds at birth, the daughter of the late Louis J. “Luke” and Myrtle (Driver) Lakeman. She was raised in East Enterprise where she resided all of her life at the family homestead and w as a 1952 graduate of Vevay High School.

She was united in marriage on May 4th, 1959, at the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church in Vevay, to Pete Furnish. Unto this union three daughters arrived to bless their home.

She was a manager at the Golf Course Snack Bar for Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun from 1998-2008. She managed and ran the Rieman’s Grocery Store in East Enterprise for 29 years and was a wonderful caregiver to Josie Rieman until her death. She was a former employee at U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay.

She will be remembered for her love of cooking, making candy for her family and friends and running the Furnish Fudge Factory. She was known for being “The Mustard Lady.” She was a wonderful friend and neighbor and will truly be missed by her family and her community.

Survivors include her two daughters, Rahe Jean Griffin of East Enterprise and Kaulene Green and husband Joe of Vevay; her four grandchildren, Ryan Griffin and wife Vicki, Leslie Green, Brenna Green and Kyle Green and girlfriend, Ariel Clark; her three great-grandchildren, Chloe Griffin, Audrey Ryan Griffin and Tucker Griffin; and her lifelong friend, Pete Furnish of Vevay.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Ann Furnish; her two sisters, Mary Schmidt and Mallie Ralston; her two brothers, Wilbur Lakeman and James Lakeman; and her two brothers-in-law, Larry Ralston and Clayton E. Schmidt.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, October 24th) at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Wayne Daugherty officiating. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Gisela Driver

Gisela G. (Schmidt) Driver, 73, of Aberdeen, passed away at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 20th, 2013, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born October 10th, 1940, in Gutendorf, Germany, the loving daughter of the late Walter and Gertrude Marie (Frank) Schmidt. She was raised in Gutendorf, Germany, where she attended school. She moved to the United States in 1959.

She was united in marriage on Februaary 21st, 1959, in Huntington, Indiana, to Richard Eldon “Dick” Driver. Unto this union one daughter, Regina Ann, and one son, Mark Allen, arrived to bless their home. They shared 54 years of marriage together until her death.

She retired in 2002 from Plastic Moldings Corporation in East Enterprise after 30 years of service. She was employed at Randall Textron in Vevay. She was a member of the New Liberty Baptist Church near East Enterprise. She will be remembered for her love of crocheting, gardening, especially her flowers, reading and her grandkids. She was a devoed wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Richard E. “Dick” Driver of Aberdeen; her daughter, Regina Ann Wuellner of Dillsboro; her son, Mark Allen Driver and wife Beanie of East Enterprise; her four grandchildren, Kurtis Wuellner, Kori Driver, Kari Wuellner and Kodi Thayer; her great-grandchild, Braelynn Nicole Dew; two half sisters, Sigrid Helbig and husband Horst of Germany and Helricke Cormad and husband Amin of Germany; her cousin, Eberhard Schmidt and husband Irona of Germay; her two sisters-in-law, Donna Raisor and husband Jerry of Bennington and Beverly Koons and husband Danny of Rising Sun; her brother-in-law, Kenny Works and wife Kathy of Rising Sun; her friend, Jo Seymour of East Enterprise; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, October 23rd, at New Liberty Baptist Church near East Enterprise, with Reverend Jay Baker officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the church. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Bill Thies

William Wayne “Bill” Thies, 65, of Rising Sun, passed away at 3:22 p.m. Monday, October 14th, 2013, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born in Milan on January 7th, 1948, the son of the late Virdus W. and Elizabeth M. (Smith) Thies. He attended school in Rising Sun. He was a union construction worker and pipefitter, working in Utah for 17 years. He also helped his brother-in-law Guy at Ashcraft’s Garage.

On June 23rd, 1972, in Lawrenceburg, he married Shirley Ann (Smelik) Thies, who survives. They were married 41 years.

In addition to his loving wife Shirley, he is also survived by his two sons, Jeffery Dwayne Thies of Rising Sun and William Scott Thies of Rising Sun; his two grandchildren, Sebastian and Shanda; his sister, Betty Ashcraft of Rising Sun; his brother, Virdus “Jig” Thies of Rising Sun.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Russell and Clifford Thies.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 18th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Jim Jenkins officiating. Interment was in Rising Sun New Cemetery.  

Virginia Pierce

Virginia Tommy Harmon Hammond Pierce, 86, of Hanover, passed away at 3:40 p.m. Friday, October 18th, 2013, at Hanover Healh & Rehab Center in Hanover.

She was born August 28th, 1927, in Prestonville in Carroll County, Kentucky. She was the eldest of 17 children born to the late Lloyd and Mary Foster Harmon. She had resided most of her life in Jefferson County.

On April 1st, 1944, she was united in marriage to Joseph Hammond. This union was blessed with one daughter, Donna.

She had worked for many years at the U.S. Shoe Corporation and later at Walmart. She was a devoted homemaker, mother and grandmother. She was a Christian and enjoyed attending many different churches. She had really enjoyed the nursing home services at Hanover Health and Rehab. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing and being with her family. She held membership in Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion Auxiliary, was past president of the Madison Eagles Lodge and was a member of the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Hammond Case of Madison; her grandsons, James Oak and wife Holly of Madison and Travis Case of Madison; her granddaughter, Erica Case of Madison; her great-grandchildren, Brookelyn, Lexy and Ray; her four brothers, Gayle Harmon of Vevay, John Harmon of Trimble County, Kentucky, Keith Harmon of Trimble County, Kentucky, Steve Harmon of Okeana, Ohio; her six sisters, Opal Harmon of Madison, Frances McFarland of Vevay, Joyce Romans of Madison, Diane Hensley of Carrollton, Kentucky, Byrell Westrick of Carrollton, Kentucky, Nadine McCane of Bedford, Kentucky; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Harmon in 1977; her mother, Mary Foster Harmon in 1937; her stepmother, Lola Brown Harmon in 1993; her brothers, Bobby, Dell, and Ernest Harmon; and her sisters, Ruby Mae Harmon, Ernestine Harmon, and Faye McQueary.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 25th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Pastor Josh Herschberger officiating. Private interment was in Moffett Cemetery in Milton, Kentucky. Memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia Hammond Pierce Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Jack Trinkle

Donald Lee “Jack” Trinkle of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, formerly of Greenwood, Indiana, passed away at the age of 80 on Friday, October 18th, 2013, in Indianapolis.

He was born in Patriot, on November 7th, 1932, to Vernon and Hazel Cook Trinkle. He grew up in Vevay and attended Mt. Hope School and Vevay High School.

He was married to Nancy Martin for 31 years before her passing and was formerly married to Retta Parrott and JoAnn Nipper.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955, and was a member of the Indiana Reserves for four additional years. He was employed by Citizen’s Gas in Indianapolis for over 30 years. He was an active member of the Masonic and Moose lodges. He was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman, bowler and a fast-pitch softball pitcher in his younger days.

Jack is survived by his sons, Keith (Karen) Trinkle, and Greg Harris; his daughters, Mindi (Steve) Jones, Dawn Reynolds and Denise Ransoml; his grandchildren, Chelle Ransom, Lisa Phillips, Leila Phillips, James Gunter, Randi Reynolds, Jessica Harris, Lyle Jones and Robin Jones; and his brother, Eddie Trinkle of Poquoson, Virginia. 

He was preceded in death by his brother Randall; his sisters, Vera Price, Jane Mays, and Libby White; and his daughter Robin.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 22nd, in Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Greenwood Chapel in Greenwood, Indiana. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Lois Bruce

Lois Ann (Edwards) Bruce, 68, of Vevay, passed away at 12:36 a.m. Friday, October 18th, 2013, at her residence.

She was born July 12th, 1945, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the loving daughter of the late Marvin L. and Treasa J. (Scroggins) Edwards. She was a 1963 graduate of Bracken County High School in Brooksville, Kentucky.

She was united in marriage on July 12th, 1964, at the Switzerland Bapist Church in Vevay to Paul W. Bruce. Unto this union three sons and four daughters arrived to bless their home. They shared 49 years of marriage together until her death.

She was a former Reservation PBX Operator at Belterra Casino & Resort, from July 2000-2008. She was formerly employed at the Vevay and Rising Sun Family Dollar stores, from June, 1993-July, 2000. She resided in Switzerland County since 1964. She will be remembered for her love of her grandchildren, flowers, raising chickens, working puzzles and enjoyed reading.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Paul W. Bruce of Vevay; her three sons, Paul Schirmer Bruce and wife Robin of Rising Sun, Ather Harry Bruce and wife Wendy of Lebanon, Ohio, and James Shelley Bruce and wife Debbie of Florence; her four daughters, Tina Ann Louderback and husband Cary of Rising Sun, Gloria B. Day and husband John of Mt. Sterling, Tracy D. Hines and husband James of Florence, and Lura Fay Scudder and husband Larry of Vevay; her 16 grandchildren, Curtis Romans, Rachel Romans, Alex Bruce, Cody Bruce, Taylor Bruce, Allison Bruce, Jessica Bruce, Ashley Day, Justin Day, Jaydon Day, Shelby Day, Hunter Hines, Hailey Hines, Nathan Scudder, Skylar Scudder and Zack Scudder; her three brothers, Gene Edwards of Milton, Kentucky, Wayne Edwards of Madison and Darrell Edwards of Port Richey, Florida; her four sisters, Alma Grace Paul of Ocala, Florida, Katherine Blevins of Alabama, Linda Sue Back of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Velma Jane Young of Excel, Alabama; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Dale Edwards; and her sister, Lillian Fay McMillan.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 21st, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Brother Devon Huss officiating. Burial was in Napoleon (Kentucky) Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Donald Steffen

Donald L. Steffen, 88, of Greenwood, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, passed away Friday, October 18th, 2013.

He was born September 23rd, 1925, in Indianapolis to the late Lynn Thomas and Eugenia (Adams) Steffen.

He is survived by his daughters, Anita (Jim) Carter, Janet (Tom) Jackson, and Ethelyn (Herbert) Schlueter; 24 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita (Waggoner) Steffen on April 18th, 2009, his son, Kenneth Lee Steffen on July 23rd, 1998; and by two brothers and one sister.

Donald was in the 10th Mountain Division of the Army having served in World War II. He was a member of the 10th Mountain Division Midwest Chapter and the Brookhaven Euchre Club. He retired after 30 years from Daum Trucking.

A service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, October 24th) at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood, Indiana. He will be laid to rest at Washington Park East Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.