Obituaries 12-26-13


Bill Johann

Earl William “Bill” Johann, 82, of Madison, passed away at 8:25 a.m. Thursday, December 19th, at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born November 16th, 1931, the loving son of the late Charles William and Dorothy Kathryn McLaughlin Johann. He was raised in Madison and attended St. Mary and St. Michael Catholic Schools. He was a 1949 graduate of Madison High School where he played basketball. He then attended Xavier University and East Tennessee State where he played basketball. He was inducted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1953 and was honorably discharged on July 23rd, 1955.

He was united in marriage on August 28th, 1953, at St. Mary Rectory to Jean Clower. This happy union of 60 years was blessed with three sons, Charles William, Michael Andrew and Randal Wayne.

He worked from 1950-1952 as the sports announcer with WORX Radio in Madison. He then worked from 1955-1957 in personnel with the State Highway Department. He served as manager of the Jefferson County License Branch from 1957-1960. He served as Chairman of the Board of Madison Distributors from 1960-1990.

He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed the Bengals and the Cincinnati Reds. He often attended all home games of the Madison Cubs and Shawe Hilltoppers. He served as coach with Frank Rusk, Don McCauley and Frank Inskeep from 1964-1975 of the Small Stars Basketball Team. He served on the City of Madison Park Board under five different Mayors for a total of 20 years. He helped to develop the Rucker Sports Complex and making Sunrise Golf Course 18 holes. He served on the Board of Directors of Mite Federal and Madison First Federal. He was a charter member of River Valley Financial Bank.

He was a proud Republican and was very active in the Jefferson County Republican Party. He served as Chairman of the Young Republicans from 1957-1960. He was a faithful member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison. He enjoyed making people laugh, bowling, was an avid sports fan and being with his family. He will be missed greatly at Mike’s Grill where he maintained many of his friendships daily. He was a devoted husband, loving dad and grandpa.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Clower Johann of Madison; his three sons, Charles William Johann and wife Patricia of Madison, Michael Andrew Johann and wife Cindy of Madison, and Randal Wayne Johann and wife Gina of Madison; his grandchildren, Emily, Natalie, Matt, Erin, Derek, Sarah, and Luke; his great-granddaughter, Erin Michelle; his nieces and nephews, Jeanine and Robert Little, Susie and Andy Klein, George Klein, Cheryl and Dan Haag, Linda Giesler, Jim and Patti Giesler, Bob and Pat Giesler, Dan and Lisa Giesler, Jeanne Lucke; several great-nieces and great-nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Giesler and Marianne “Dana” Klein.

Funeral mass was held Monday, December 23rd, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison, with Father Christopher A. Craig officiating. Interment was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Madison with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.

The Rosary was prayed Sunday evening and a final salute was conducted by the Legion Post on Monday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association of the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Mary Uhlmansiek

Mary Alice Uhlmansiek, 93, of Rising Sun, passed away Friday, December 20th, 2013, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

She was born in Switzerland County on June 26th, 1920, the daughter of William F. and Maude Crandall Shaw. She was a graduate of Vevay High School Class of 1938.

On March 25th, 1943, she married Mason Uhlmansiek, who preceded her in death on December 31st, 1983.

She was a homemaker and member of Rising Sun United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her son, Mason J. Uhlmansiek and wife Mavis of Rising Sun; her two grandsons, Mark and wife Shawna and Maury and wife Kaye; her two granddaughters, Melinda and Melody, all of Rising Sun; and her 10 great-grandchildren, Josh, Gage, Jake, Mason C., Tristan, Kaden, Anna, Chelsea, Zachery and Duncan.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 23rd, in Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Greg Matthew officiating. Burial was in Rising Sun Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Bill Gutjahr

William C. “Bill” Gutjahr, 91, of Cincinnati, formerly of Florence, passed away Sunday, November 17th, 2013, at his home.

He was born May 17th, 1922, in Weehawken, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and graduated from Boston University. After a 28-year career with General Electric, he and wife Corinne (Ehrmann) Gutjahr were volunteer consultants at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Hazard, Kentucky. They then reclaimed a 49-acre farm and 1800s farmhouse near Florence and raised sheep before returning to Cincinnati. They were awarded Outstanding Cooperator by the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District in 1986 for accomplishments in the conservation of soil, water and related resources. He was an active member of the Clifton United Methodist Church and was a long-term volunteer at the College Hill Branch Library.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, Corinne, he is survived by children, Carolyn Gutjahr, Chris Gutjahr (Cathy Hale), Ann (Mark) Soukup, and Paula (Neal) Holmes; his grandchildren, Caia (Michael) Hochstetler, Robin (Melody), Maria, Hannah and Peter Soukup; Thomas and Sean Holmes; and Rachel, Abigail and Amaris Gutjahr; and his great-grandson, Caleb Hochstetler.

He was preceded in death by his son Matthew (Leisa) Gutjahr.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clifton United Methodist Church or Oxfam America.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 28th, at Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220.

Juanita Slack

Juanita Ruth Slack, 76, of Rising Sun, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Friday, December 20th, 2013, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

She was born in Switzerland County on January 1st, 1937, the daughter of the late Douglas and Mildred (Kelly) Slack. She was a graduate of Vevay High School, Class of 1954, and received her masters degree from Olivet Nazarene University and also attended Chicago University for her degree in social work. She worked as a social worker for Hamilton County, Ohio. She was a member of the Rising Sun Nazarene Church. She loved playing her guitar that belonged to her father Doug. She also enjoyed doing crosswords and anything that challenged her. She never stopped learning.

She is survived by her sister, Audrey (Harry) Katz of Pebble Beach, California; her two brothers, Russell (Doris) Slack of Rising Sun and Raymond (Shirley) Slack of Rising Sun; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Harold Slack; and her sisters, Helen Slack and Dorothy DeBolt.

Funeral services will be held at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun at 1 p.m. Friday, December 27th, with Reverend Chris Robinson officiating. Friends are invited to call Friday from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. The family requests donations to Rising Sun Nazarene Church, American Heart Association, or Community Mental Health.