Obituaries 12-14-17


William Hollander

William C. Hollander, age 77, passed away on Saturday, December 9th, 2017.

He was the beloved husband of 54 years to Connie (Bryson) Hollander; the devoted father of three sons: Bill (Emily), Michael and Todd Hollander; and the proud Popaw of William and Corinne Hollander.

He was born in Cincinnati and moved to his farm in Switzerland County after he retired from the Ford Motor Company after 30 years. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Germany.

In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, William is also survived by a brother, Joe Hollander, numerous sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

William was preceded in death by his parents, William, Sr. and Thelma Hollander; and by his brother, Larry Hollander.

A Mass of Christian Burial will held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 14th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora, Indiana, with Father Stephen Donahue officiating. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. at the church. Burial with military honors will be at Littlefield Cemetery in East Enterprise.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s School 211 4th Street, Aurora, Indiana, 47001. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family.

Kenneth Kurdys

Kenneth Kurdys , age 71, of Madison, died on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017, at 1:04 p.m. at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kenneth entered this life on June 25th, 1946 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the son of the late Ferdinand and Evangeline Bellamy Ferrell Kurdys. He was raised in Richmond, Indiana and was a graduate of Richmond Senior High School. He attended the Presbyterian Church in Richmond.

He resided in Vevay, from 1971-1981, and owned and operated Ken Kurdy’s Ford Dealership. He then resided in Florida for three years and moved to Madison in 1984. He worked in insurance sales until he retired.

Ken enjoyed collecting things, an avid reader, and loved his Pitbull, ‘Petey’.

Kenneth will be missed by his daughters: Kathy Kurdys Welch of Bennington and Carrie Kurdys of Berkley, California; by his son, Christopher Kurdys of Madison; his granddaughters: Carly Amy and Autumn Rolen; his great grandchildren: Trevyn Bailey and Kayden Amy; and his brother, Doug Kurdys and his wife Lois of Oakland, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were conducted on Sunday, December 10th, 2017, by Pastor Scott Kollmann at the New Life Fellowship Church, 1542 Clifty Drive in Madison.

Friends were invited to gather on Sunday, December 10th prior to the time of service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the funeral home and the church. Morgan-Nay Funeral Centre in Madison is serving the family at this difficult time.

John Sefton

John E. Sefton, 82, of Sunman, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at his residence.

He was born on October 11th, 1935, the son of Grover and Lillie (nee Nixon) Sefton.

On July 16th, 1994, he married Nancy (Billman) Sefton.

John enjoyed his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and his cattle farm. He was a hard worker and he enjoyed building ponds for many people in the area.

He is preceded in death by his son-in-law: Wayne Poore; his great-grandson: Izak Poore; three siblings: Grover-Ray Sefton, Bud Anderson, and Mary Jackson; and three brothers-in-law: Don White, Bob Vaughn, and Bob Ley.

He will be dearly missed by his loving wife: Nancy (Billman) Sefton; his devoted children: Vicky (fiancé Scott Stegall) Poore; Mark (Lisa) Sefton; Cathy Lozier; and Steve (Amy) Sefton; and by his cherished grandchildren: Jason (Jami) Poore; Cindy (Michel) Buchheister; Jarrod Poore; Trevor (Sydney) Sefton; Tanya Sefton; Chris Bush; Erin Sefton; Emily Sefton; Ryan (Sophia) Fox; Kerry (Robert) Deborde; Kelly Fox; and Dylan Cubert.

He will also be dearly missed by his great-grandchildren: Gunnar Poore, Maverick Sefton, Peyton Otjen, Alison Deborde, Brooklyn Ryan, Aiden Fox, and three on the way; his dear siblings: Belva White, Betty Vaughn, and Carolyn Ley; brother-in-law Lowell Jackson; nieces-in-law: Kathie (Tom) Scott and Karen Puening; and nephews-in-law Nick and Greg Billman.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, December 11th, 2017 in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Visitation was held on Sunday, December 10th, at Brater Winter Funeral Home, 201 S. Vine Street, Harrison, Ohio, 45030.

Memorial donations in John’s honor can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Eva Ficklin

Eva M. Ficklin, 70, of East Enterprise, passed away at 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at her residence.

She was born in Madison on September 5th, 1947, the daughter of Chester and Flora Angel Sproessig.

She was married to Donald Ficklin on August 21st, 1965; and he preceded her in death on October 9th, 2016.

Eva was a 1965 graduate of Holton High School. She was a former employee of Conn Organ in Greensburg; U.S. Shoe in Osgood; and retired from the Gecom Corporation in Greensburg. Eva was a member of the Holton United Methodist Church and attended the Bible Baptist Church in Greendale. Her children, grandchildren, and her faith were her mainstays in life.

Eva will be dearly missed by her three sons: Tim (Carrie) Ficklin of East Enterprise; Jeff Ficklin of Madison; and Robert Ficklin of Hanover; by her four grandchildren: Dustin Whiteford, Katelynne Whiteford, Taylor Ficklin, and Sophia Ficklin; and her one great-grandson Dallas Whiteford. She will also be missed by her sister-in-law: Patricia Sproessig of Versailles.

In addition to her husband, Donald, she was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Richard Sproessig.

Funeral services for Eva were held on Friday, December 8th, at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, with Pastor Joseph S. Hart of the Bible Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Grandview Memorial Garden at Madison. Visitation was held on Friday, December 8th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the Holton United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

Dorothy Demaree

Dorothy “Dottie” Louise Crain Demaree, age 85, of Madison, passed away on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at the River Terrace Health Campus in Madison.

Dottie was born February 28th, 1932 in Kokomo, Indiana, the daughter of Chester and Virginia (Francis) Crain. She grew up in Anderson, Indiana, although her family moved to California for a short time during her childhood. She was a 1950 graduate of Anderson High School and attended Hanover College.

A significant moment in Dottie’s life occurred when she made a trip to Madison with her good friend, Joyce Kennedy, to offer support after the Madison Cubs played in the basketball state finals. They arrived in front of First Baptist Church of Madison, and that’s where Dottie met her future husband, C. Richard “Dick” Demaree. They were married October 9th, 1952 by Reverend Ralph Gronseth at First Baptist Church, a marriage that lasted 57 years until Dick’s death on November 6th, 2009.

Early in their marriage, Dottie wrote commercials for KMAN radio in Manhattan, Kansas, while Dick was stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort Riley. They also lived in Chicago and Indianapolis until settling down in Madison.

Dottie was a member of the First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School for 40 years and serving many years in the church library. In recent years she attended worship services at Hanover Baptist Church with her son, Matt.

She was a 50-year member of the Just Us Circle of the King’s Daughters’. Also, she was a member of the Centralian Homemakers Club and formerly volunteered as a Pink Lady, working in the gift shop of the King’s Daughters’ Hospital.

Dottie was a devoted mother and was actively involved in supporting her children in their activities, including service both as a leader for the Cub Scouts and the Girls Scouts. She also cared individually for several children in her home.

She will be missed by her children: Matt Demaree of Madison; Bob Demaree of Indianapolis; and Ann Sutlive and her husband, Vins, of Wilmore, Kentucky; by her brother, Richard Crain of Anderson; by her grandchildren: Jospeh Sutlive of Roanoke, Virginia and Joshua Sutlive of Wilmore, Kentucky; and several cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Chester Crain, on March 8th, 1994; by her mother, Virginia (Francis) Crain on December 4th, 2006; by her husband, Richard, on November 6th, 2009; and one sister, Shirley Kellogg, on November 8th, 2008.

The Reverend J.D. Traylor conducted funeral services on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at the Lytle Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel, 117 Holt Drive, Madison. Interment followed in Hebron Cemetery.

Friends and family were invited to pay their respects at the funeral home on Monday, December 11th; and prior to the time of the service on Tuesday, December 12th.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Our Hospice of Jennings County, the Madison First Baptist Church Stained Glass Windows Fund, or the Hanover Baptist Church Building Fund. Contributions may be made at any of the Lytle Funeral Homes & Cremation Service locations.

James Chase

James Harold “Jim” Chase, age 87, of Vevay, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on Saturday, December 9th, 2017, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

Jim entered this life on May 5th, 1930, in Florence, Indiana, the son of the late Lawrence and Ivy Pearl (Boone) Chase. He was raised in Switzerland County, and attended school in Florence.

Jim was united in marriage on October 22nd, 1950, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, to the late, Mary Lou Long and to this union arrived two daughters: Gayla and Holly; and two sons: Lawrence and Steven, to bless their home. Jim and Mary Lou shared nearly 63 years of marriage together until she passed away on July 6th, 2013.

Jim was a former employee for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay, retiring in 1992 after 40 years of service. He owned and operated Chase’s General Store in Florence from 1970-1973. He was a member of Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay; and a 50-year member of the Florence Masonic Lodge No. 27 F&AM. Jim enjoyed farming and tinkering with lawn mowers.

Jim will be deeply missed by his daughters: Gayla Von (Chase) Bullock of Vevay and Holly Fay (Chase) Robinson and her husband Richard of Madison; by his son, Lawrence Ray Chase and his wife Marsha of Vevay; and his grandchildren: Jaime Moore and her husband Scotty; Jennifer Canfield and her husband John; Ashley Kitts and her husband Chris; Lauren Chase and her companion Odie Frock; Laura Clark; Christy Bowen; and Richard Lee Robinson and his wife Anna.

Jim will also be dearly missed by his great-grandchildren: Elliott, John, Bradley, MaKayla, Kaydence, Elijah, Dalton, Mandy, Christopher and his wife Sally, Angel, Heather, Diana, Danny, Shelby, Nikki and Presley; and his great-great-grandchildren: Zoey, Sophie, Gunner, Alex, Anthony, Malaya, Raylan, Tristan, Ian, Jonathan and Ezio. He will also be missed by his sisters: Bonnie Duvall of Vevay; Sharon Lauderbaugh of Madison; and Carolyn Kelley of Springdale, Ohio; and his several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Chase, who died on July 21st, 1988 and Ivy Pearl (Boone) Chase, who died on May 17th, 1990; by his wife of nearly 63 years, Mary Lou (Long) Chase, who died on July 6th, 2013; his son, Steven Wayne Chase, who died on December 20th, 1969; by his granddaughter, Melissa Sue (Robinson) Joseph, who died on June 19th, 2014; and his sisters: Jo Ann (Chase) Smith, who died on December 6th, 1997 and Oleta Walston, who died on October 28th, 2001.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, by Reverend Mike Jones 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, December 12th, at the funeral home. Masonic Services were conducted by the Florence Masonic Lodge No. 27 F&AM on Tuesday, December 12th, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Keeping Pace Cancer Fund, c/o the Community Foundation of Switzerland County; Florence Masonic Lodge No. 27 F&AM; or the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Relief Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Donna Beauboeuf

Donna L. (Stow) Beauboeuf, 67, of Bossier City, Louisiana, passed away on December 2nd, 2017.

She was born in Cincinnati Ohio, the daughter of Hazel (Long) and Donald Stow, and grew up in Switzerland County; where she graduated from Vevay High School in 1968.

Marrying into the military took her away from Indiana but she continued to return for visits up until the past year, to see family and friends here.

Donna was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother; and worked as an elementary school teacher for over 25 years. Donna was motivated by a real love and passion for teaching, and loved nothing more than spending her time in the classroom with her students. Her other great joys were traveling in the great outdoors and enjoying time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hazel and Donald Stow, and her brothers, James Stow and Howard Stow.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years Larry; by daughter Jesse of Bossier City, Louisiana; and by daughter April and grandson Jeremy of Seattle, Washington.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 23rd, at the Boone Funeral Home in Bossier City, Louisiana.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

David Werner

David L Werner, 65, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away on Friday, December 8th, 2017 in Rising Sun, Indiana.

  He was born on June 20th, 1952 in Aurora, the son of the late Robert Werner and Mary (Johnson) Werner.

David worked as a Maintenance Technician for George Walters Buick for several years. He was a member of the Aurora American Legion Post #231, where he loved to play cards on Thursdays with his friends. David enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in the vegetable garden. He collected stamps, coins, guns and was a big sports fan. He really enjoyed tinkering around on old John Deere tractors with his friends.

David will be dearly missed by his sons: Matthew (Victoria) Werner of Rising Sun and Keith (Doris) Raver of Dayton, Ohio; siblings: Robert (Sudie) Werner; Rick Werner and Kelly Werner, all of Aurora; and sisters-in-law Pam Werner and Laura Wheeler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Mike Werner, Greg Werner and Tammy Werner.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.

A Memorial services will be held at the conclusion of the visitation, with  Pastor Patrick Lanman officiating. Military services were held by local veteran service organizations following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Family.

Stanley Whalen

Stanley Elwood “Pat” Whalen, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday December 9, 2017 at Shady Nook Care Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, where he resided for the last nine years.

Stan was born September 21st, 1928 in Mason County, Kentucky, the son of Elzie and Addie Kate (Highlander) Whalen. He resided in Ohio and Indiana most of his adult life.

Stan was a successful painter and paperhanger in the Greater Cincinnati area. He learned this trade from his father-in-law, Leroy Cooper, as a young adult. He also worked together with his son, Stanley, and for a short while with his grandson, Christopher, who now has taken over the business. Stan was also a minister in the Tri-State area.

Stan and his son, Stanley, had created many good memories hunting together. He enjoyed being outdoors.

Stan loved music, especially bluegrass. He had an extensive collection of records and tapes. He also enjoyed gardening and planting flowers around his house. He would have poker parties at his house which his son and brother, Elzie, often attended.

Stan had a good sense of humor and his smile would light up a room. In his later years, his children had many enjoyable visits with him at Shady Nook. They played poker and had lots of laughs.

Survivors include his son, Stan (Sue) Whalen; daughters: Connie (Jon) Russell and Deborah (Dave) Marko; a sister, Betty Barry; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings: Dick, Elzie, Frances Markey and Ruth Fritz.

Services for Stanley Whalen will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 at Brell & Son Funeral Home in Maysville, Kentucky with Pastor Lonnie Blosser officiating. Burial will follow in Wedonia Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shady Nook Care Center Activity Fund, 36 Valley Drive, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025 or to the charity of your choice.