Obituaries 10-4-18

Phyllis Baker, Mira Brichto, Garland ‘Junior’ Duke, Geneva Montgomery, Lauren Rose, James Thomas.


Mira Brichto

Mira Pollak Brichto, age 91, of Madison, died on Tuesday, September 18th at 9:15 a.m.

She was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on September 28th, 1927 to Rabbi Aladar and Riza Fleishmann Pollak, immigrants from Hungary.

Mira married Dr. Herbert Chanan Brichto, a professor at Hebrew Union College. Together, they lived in New York, New Jersey, Jerusalem and Cincinnati.  Mira and her husband were blessed with three children: Johanna, Kathryn and Herschel. Widowed after almost 50 years, Mira came to Indiana to be closer to two of her children. Even toward the end of her life, Mira’s keen intellect, wisdom and articulateness showed through. Her children find comfort at this time in remembering the statement she often used to comfort them: “By very definition, no love is ever wasted.”

She studied at Hunter College, New York, and later went on to obtain her Master’s degree and Ph.D. at University of Cincinnati. Her degrees in English Literature and education were combined with a passion for interfaith and cultural understanding. She established R’fa-enu, a charity in which she worked closely with the Pentagon and the Catholic Church in Eastern Europe to heal rifts left in the wake of the Holocaust.

She wrote two childrens’ books, short stories and continued to study throughout her life.

Mira will be missed by her daughters: Johanna Rabenstein of Baltimore, Maryland and Kathryn “Katey” Brichto and her husband Rick Blakely of Madison; by her son, Herschel Brichto and his wife Sarah, of Vevay; by her grandchildren: Yeshuah, Chaim, Eric, Joseph, and Rivka; by her 12 great grandchildren; by her siblings, Hannah Hopfer, Judy Kirschenbaum, Yanki Pollak and Havi Stander; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Aladar and Riza Pollak; by her husband Chanan Brichto, who died on February 18th, 1996; and by six siblings.

Mira’s children express much gratitude to Jewel Place and Premiere Hospice. The care, sensitivity, support and love with which they surrounded Mira and her family were exceptional.

Mira’s family will have a private gathering at their farm in Switzerland County where her remains will be placed with those of her husband.

Memorial contributions in Mira’s name may be made to Interfaith Immigration Coalition. Cards are available at the funeral home. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison is assisting the family at this difficult time.



Garland ‘Junior’ Duke

Garland “Junior” Duke, age 80, of Fowler, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 6:44 a.m. on Monday, October 1st, 2018, at the Green-Hill Manor in Fowler, Indiana.

Junior entered this life on November 14th, 1937, in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. He was the loving son of the late Garland D. and Sarah (Davis) Duke.

Junior was united in marriage on February 22nd, 1957 in Hawesville, Kentucky, to Wanda Nell Noble; and to this union arrived three children to bless their home. Junior and Wanda shared over 61 years of marriage together until his death.

He was employed as a machinist for Stedman Foundry in Aurora, Indiana, before becoming disabled. Most of all, Junior loved farming and working alongside his sons cutting wood and working with the team of pulling horses, ‘Tom’ and ‘Buck’. Junior was a member of the Bennington United Methodist Church. He resided in Fowler, Indiana since July 4, 2018 and in Batesville, Indiana and Switzerland County, Indiana. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, spending countless hours teaching them to hunt, fish and most of all how to have fun.

Junior will be deeply missed by his wife: Wanda Nell (Noble) Duke of Fowler, Indiana; by his son, Steve Duke and his wife Jamie of Fowler, Indiana; by his daughter, Tracy Duke of Versailles, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Jason Duke, Lindsey Nelson, Courtney Baker, Natasha Cox, Elisha Heim, Brandon Duke, Ethan Eversman, Kami Eversman and Erin Bradley; by his great-grandchildren: McKenzie, Paycin, James, Jonah, Lyndy, Jack, Jayden, Brently, Markus, Adylyn, Briar, Alli, Brody, Alex, Lydia, Rowan, Thatcher, Leighton, Abraham, Michael, McKenna, Mavery and Manning; by his sister, Cora Kelly of North Vernon, Indiana; and his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Garland D. and Sarah (Davis) Duke; by his son, Garland “Dale” Duke, who died on April 17th, 2015; by his brothers: John Duke and Frank Duke; by his infant brother; and by his sisters: Pauline Jarboe, Ruby Taul, Sally Wethington and Jean Sago.

Memorial Services will be conducted on Friday, October 5th, 2018, at 11 a.m., by Reverend C. Martin Justice, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment will follow in the Slawson Cemetery in Bennington.

Friends may call on the family from 10-11 a.m., on Friday, October 5th, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bennington United Methodist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.



James Thomas

James Edward Thomas, 57, of Rising Sun, passed away at 6:56 a.m. on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 in Aurora, Indiana.

James was born in Ohio County, Indiana on May 20th, 1961, the son of the late Hazel (Brinegar) and Edward Thomas.

He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1980. While in school James enjoyed playing the drums and tuba in band.

James last worked in janitorial services at Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun. He was a member of Rising Sun Church of Christ. James loved karaoke and was a former choir member at Shiloh Baptist Church.

James is  survived by his sister, Wanda Thomas, of Rising Sun; by his cousins: Mary Jane Foster and Barb Thomas; and by many other cousins, family members and friends.

A memorial service for James was held to honor James’ memory on Wednesday, October 3rd at the Rising Sun Church of Christ.

Memorial donations may be made to the family. Markland Funeral home of Rising Sun is serving the family at this difficult time.



Lauren Rose

Lauren Marie Rose, 19, of East Enterprise, passed away at 1:28 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Lauren was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 7th, 1999, the daughter of Shonda Sue (Duvall) and Anthony “Tony” Rose, of East Enterprise. She was a recent graduate of Switzerland County High School, Class of 2018. Even though school wasn’t always her favorite thing, she loved her classmates and teachers. Lauren also attended vocational school where she received training as a certified nursing assistant.

Lauren was also a former 4-H member. She was planning on attending Ivy Tech this fall and pursue a career in nursing. Lauren was a people person, always bubbly and a smile on her face. Her personality helped her excel at her job as a CNA at The Waters of Dillsboro, where she truly enjoyed taking care of patients.

Lauren was baptized at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Milan, Indiana, in April of 2010.

Lauren is survived by her parents, Tony and Shonda Rose of East Enterprise; by two sisters: Chelsea Duvall (Klint Kirkpatrick) of Rising Sun and Kristen Rose (Quentin Wright) of Rising Sun; by her beloved niece, Brinley Wright; by her grandparents: Sheree and Lane Armstrong of Patriot; Sharon (Slack) Collins of Rising Sun; Larry Rose of Vevay, and Steve and Judy Duvall of Austin, Texas; by her great grandparents: Naomi “Scottie” Allen of Rising Sun, Mareta Rose of Vevay, and Jack and Joan Armstrong of Patriot; by her uncles: Jeremy Armstrong of Shelbyville, Indiana and Barry Gray (Jodi) of Hanover, Indiana; by her aunt, Angel Gray of Madison; by her great-aunts, Diane Acosta and Carole Powell, both of Rising Sun; by her great-uncle, Steve Allen (Janet) of Madison; by great aunts and uncles, Rick and Jill Bradley, Pete and Vicki Young, Terry and Edie Slack, Rick and Donna Slack and Terry and Evelyn Rose; by her foster brothers: Dylan George and Dawson Anderson, both of East Enterprise; by her special friend, Isaiah Earles; and by friends like sisters: Teryn Hinman, Mattea Edwards and Bailey Jackson. She is also survived by many other family members and friends who were all so special to her.

Lauren was preceded in death by great grandparents; Merle Allen Jr., Sammy Rose, Cora and Forrest Duvall and Harry and Norma Slack.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 1st at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Corey Potts officiating. Friends were invited to call on the family on Sunday, September 30th, at the funeral home. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the family or charity of choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.



Geneva Montgomery

Geneva Irene Montgomery, 78, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away at 9:07 a.m. on Monday, October 1st, 2018 at Shady Nook Care Center in Lawrenceburg.

Geneva was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, on April 30th, 1940, the daughter of the late Naomi Irene (Cameron) Lahr and Elliot Jackson. She grew up in the Lawrenceburg community and was a graduate of Lawrenceburg High School, Class of 1958.

Geneva worked as a waitress at Frisch’s in Dayton, Ohio for 15 years. She later went to work for the Children’s Medical Center as a dietitian. Working with the babies and young children was a job she truly enjoyed. Geneva was a huge sports fan and followed Duke basketball, the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees. Geneva was very self reliant and a hard worker. She was a loving mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend to many.

Geneva is  survived by three sons: Lawrence “Ed” Montgomery, of Springfield, Missouri, Mark Anthony Montgomery, of Dayton, Ohio, and Robert Lee Montgomery, of Rising Sun; by her grandchildren: Tony, Amanda, Brea, Kalyn and Kameron; by her sister, Mary Sue Couch, of Richmond, Indiana; and by two brothers: Bob Cameron (Patricia), of Manchester, Indiana and Richard “Butch” Cameron, of Versailles, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian, and by great granddaughter, Malia.

Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 4th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun with Brother Rusty Walton officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, October 4th, from 3-5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.



Phyllis Baker

Phyllis Ann Baker, 60, of Rising Sun, passed away at 4:12 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018, at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Phyllis was born in Ohio County on September 16th, 1958, the daughter of the late Mary E. (Miller) and Hubert William Elza. She was raised in Ohio County and attended Rising Sun Schools.

Phyllis worked as a clerk at Family Dollar and also for Mike & Ted’s Video Store. She was a former member of the Rising Sun American Legion Auxiliary. Phyllis enjoyed watching TV, especially the ‘Golden Girls’ and ‘Mike and Molly’. Baby-sitting and spending time with her grandchildren was her favorite thing to do.

Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Devin Elza, of Rising Sun; by her son, Billy Elza, of Rising Sun; by her grandchildren: Kendra Elza, Isac Elza, Cori Ballard, Jesse Hockett, Lexy Elza and Dakota Turner; by two sisters: Deloris McMullen, of Versailles, Indiana and Carolyn Mattox, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; by her brother, Gary Dean Elza, of Versailles, Indiana; by her sister-in law, Kathy Harris (Morris); and by nieces and nephews: Sarah, Bob, Tommy, Mike, Jill, Joe, Mary Katherian, Glenn Miller, Richard, Sr., Richard, Jr., Kevin, Mary Ann, Tammy, Ronnie, Aimee, Wayne, Billy, Kevin, Donald, Deidra, and Tony.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Kevin Dale “Bake” Baker; by her brothers: Ricky, Bobby, Hubie, Ronnie and Dickie Elza; by her sister, Sandy Buffington; and by her great friend, Pam Elza.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 5th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Jim Jenkins officiating. Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 5th from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Cedar Hedge Cemetery in Rising Sun. Memorial donations may be made to the family.