Obituaries 2-15-18

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Charles Nolan

Charles Arthur “Charlie” Nolan, age 63, of Pleasant, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, at 2:29 p.m. at his residence.

Charles entered this life on January 16th, 1955 in Hammond, Indiana, the loving son of Clarence A. Sr. and Irma Isabelle Lincoln Nolan. He resided most of his life in Jefferson County and attended the Manville Christian Church.

He had worked for many years with the Jefferson County Highway Department, and was a member of the Indiana Laborers Union in Terre Haute. He loved to go fishing, teasing and aggravating anyone, cooking, making fudge and being with his friends and family. Charlie loved his dog, Lady who was his constant companion and his cat, ‘Sissy’.

Charlie will be missed by his loving sisters: Colleen Ralston and her husband, Bryan of Greenwood, Indiana, Cathleen Rabion and her husband, Dennis of Manville, Indiana, Corrine Martin and her husband, Vernon of Florence, Indiana, and Carrie Wright of Madison; by his loving brothers: Chet Nolan and his companion, Bev Effinger of Madison, Clarence Nolan, Jr. of Madison, and Christopher “Chris” Nolan and his wife, Jackie of Madison.

He is also survived by his half sister, Diana Sue Tate and her husband, Branson of Newnan, Georgia; his half brother, James Nolan and his wife, Connie of Warsaw, Indiana; his aunts: Kathy Nolan, Christine Vargas and Sue Tweddle; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his mother, Irma Isabelle Lincoln Nolan, died August 23, 2016, his maternal grandparents, Charles R. and Isabelle Lincoln, his paternal grandparents, Chester A. and Sally Cooper Nolan; and his nephew, Patrick Logan Ralston.

Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, February 11th, 2018, by Brother George Severn at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Sunday, February 11th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlie Nolan Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Clifford Swango, Jr.

Clifford Swango, Jr., age 82, of Vevay, passed away at 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, February 10th, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

Clifford was born on August 29th, 1935, one of 10 children born to Clifford Sr. and Lula Elizabeth (Brown) Swango. He resided all of his life in the Switzerland County community, where he attended school.

Clifford was united in marriage on July 4th, 1954, in Vevay, to Grace Elizabeth “Libby” Beatty; and to this union arrived two sons: Steve and Jeff; and a daughter, Brenda to bless their home. Clifford and Libby shared 60 years of marriage together until she passed away on December 16th, 2014.

Clifford was a former employee for Roberts Grocery Store in Vevay and for Gateway Grocery Store in Madison for two years. He was employed as a meat cutter for the Vevay IGA, retiring after 30 years of service.

Clifford enjoyed rabbit and squirrel hunting and was an avid wood whittler.

Clifford is survived by his sons: Steve Swango and his wife Linda of Vevay and Jeff Swango of Vevay; his daughter, Brenda Boyd of Bancroft, Michigan; his grandchildren: Chandell, Kara, Lewis, Jessica, Clint, Serena and Audrey; his great-grandchildren: Emmalee Michelle, William Ronald and Victor; his sisters: Helen Peelman of Vevay and Patty Christian of Pleasant; his brother, Larry Swango of Vevay, and his several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford, Sr., who died on January 18th, 1969 and Lula Elizabeth (Brown) Swango, who died on July 27th, 1996; by his wife, Grace Elizabeth “Libby” (Beatty) Swango, who died on December 16th, 2014; and his sisters: Linda Lou Snyder, Dorothy Louise Osborn, Mary T. Peelman, Clara L. Dunning, Frances L. Osborn and Juanita P. Scudder.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, by Pastor KC Banta at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday, February 13th, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Evelyn Hewitt

Evelyn Andrea Hewitt age 80, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away at 4:10 a.m. on February 12th, 2018 at the Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford, Indiana.

She was born on September 28th, 1937 on Scipio, Indiana, the daughter of Everett And Eliza (Abbett) Dorsey.

She married Paul Dean Hewitt on August 22nd, 1953 in Orleans, Indiana, and the couple shared 64 years of marriage until her passing.

She was a homemaker an attended and supported the Shoals United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Dean Hewitt; one daughter: Sonja Davis and husband Shannon of Bloomington, Indiana; three sons: Paul Eugene Hewitt and wife Sandee of Vevay, Brian Hewitt and wife Teresa of Terre Haute, Indiana, and Clark Hewitt and wife Kathy of Saudi Arabia; two sisters: Carlyn Williams of Dade City, Florida and Deborah Chattin of Virginia Beach, Virginia; two brothers: Robert Dorsey of Knoxville, Tennessee and Francis Dorsey of Loogootee, Indiana; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death her parents; and one brother, Carl Patterson.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 17th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals, Indiana, with Reverend Leonard Cole officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, February 16th and on Saturday, February 17th from 8 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hope Gammons

Hope Marie Gammons, 79, of Versailles, Indiana, passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Friday, February 9th, 2018 at her residence.

She was born at Cross Plains, Indiana on August 18th, 1938 the daughter of Harold and Mae Cooper Melton.

She was married to Edward Jolly, who preceded her in death on March 16th, 2003. She was married to Norris Gammons on February 12th, 2006 and he survives.

Hope attended the Cross Plains School. She was a homemaker and did babysitting in the Versailles and Cross Plains communities. She also was an employee of U.S. Shoe in Vevay and Osgood for 30 years. Marie was a lifelong member of the Cross Plains Church of Christ.

Other survivors include one son, Mark McClure of Shelbyville, Indiana; two daughters: Pam (Randy) Bressert of Versailles, Indiana and Brenda Vaughn of Seymour, Indiana; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; four step-sons: Rick Jolly of Hazard, Kentucky, Charles Jolly of Versailles, Indiana, Jeff (Michelle) Gammons of Milan, Indiana, and Anthony (Jamie) Gammons of Vevay; three step-daughters: Lisa (Dennis) Sanders of Versailles, Indiana, Linda (Ervin) Pettit of Moores Hill, Indiana, and Cindy (Rachid) Cushing of Cleves, Ohio.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers: Harold Melton, Jr. and Lee Allen Melton; and her sister Kathy Melton Burton.

Funeral services were held on Monday, February 12th at the Cross Plains Church of Christ, with Brother Logan Fugate officiating. Burial was in the Salem Cemetery at Cross Plains. Visitation was held on Sunday, February 11th at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, and on Monday, February 12th prior to the beginning of the service at the church.

Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains Church of Christ or the Salem Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Eula ‘Becky’ Brown

Eula Rebecca “Becky” (Slack) Brown, age 75, of Antioch, Tennessee, passed away at 12:27 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, at her residence.

Becky entered this life on August 30th, 1942, in Greensburg, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late Harry M. and Gladys (Ferguson) Slack. She was raised in Delphi, Indiana, and was a 1960 graduate of the Frankfort Pilgrim High School in Frankfort, Indiana. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Frankfort Pilgrim College, and was the valedictorian of her class.

Becky was united in marriage on October 7th, 1961 to Pastor Cecil LaMar Brown, whom preceded her in death. This happy union was blessed with a son, Wesley; and a daughter, Lisa. Becky and LaMar shared nearly 54 years of marriage together until he passed away on September 26th, 2015.

Becky was employed as a registrar for the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, retiring in 2013 after 12 years of service. She was a former registrar for the Lawrence County Memorial Hospital in Lawrenceville, Illinois, for 18 years. She was a licensed deaconess and resided in Louisville, Kentucky for eight years; Elizabethtown, Kentucky for three years; Lawrenceville, Illinois for 18 years; and for the past three years in Antioch, Tennessee.

Becky was a member of the Milan Wesleyan Church in Milan, Indiana. Becky had a heart for people and enjoyed serving others and was a missionary for eight years in South America. Becky enjoyed playing the piano and will be deeply missed by her loving family.

Becky is survived by her son, Wesley Brown and his wife: Lynette of Antioch, Tennessee; her daughter, Lisa Brown of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; her grandson, Ashton Brown of Antioch, Tennessee; her sisters: Naomi Coy of Milroy, Indiana, Janet Stonoff of Anderson, Indiana and Barbara Freels of Macon, Georgia; her brothers: Orville Slack of Anderson, Indiana and Herbert Slack of Russiaville, Indiana, and her numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry M. and Gladys (Ferguson) Slack; her husband of nearly 54 years, Pastor Cecil LaMar Brown, who died on September 26th, 2015; her brothers: Harry Slack, Jr., Chauncey Slack and infant brother; her sisters: Hildred Bovard, Ruby Burnett, Doris Andrews, Evelyn Hatton, Anna Banta, Osee Slack, Freda Alford and Myrtle Whitham and her step-brothers, Donald and Dale Burley.

Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, February 11th, 2018, by Pastor Larry Freels, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the New Liberty Cemetery, East Enterprise, Indiana.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Sunday, February 11th, prior to the time of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International Memorial Bible Program. Cards are available at the funeral home

Shelby ‘Jeannie’ Hankins

Shelby Jean “Jeannie” (Sigmon) Hankins, age 78, of Vevay, passed away at 12:43 p.m. on Monday, February 12th, 2018, at the Baptist East Health Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jeannie entered this life on December 13th, 1939, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of the late Alfred Henry and Freda Marie (Littlefield) Sigmon. She was raised in Ohio County, Indiana where she attended Rising Sun High School.

Jeannie was united in marriage on December 30th, 1958, at the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church in Vevay, to the late, Irvin Gene Hankins, and to this union arrived four daughters: Julie, Beverly, Robin and Dana to bless their home. Irvin and Jeannie shared nearly 12 years of marriage together until he passed away on June 25th, 1970.

Jeannie was employed for King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison for a few years; and was a Certified Nursing Assistant for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, retiring in 1998, after 29 years of service. She was a member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church and will be remembered for her love of her kitty cats, watching NASCAR and HGTV, enjoyed socializing and taking care of the residents at Swiss Villa. Jeannie will be deeply missed by her loving family.

Jeannie is survived by her daughters: Julie Darbro and her husband Tim of Vevay, Beverly Gullion and her husband H.L of Vevay, Robin Springer and her husband Phillip of Vevay, and Dana Peppers and her husband Larry of Vevay; her grandchildren: Shawn Darbro, Renee Black, Jessica Hemingway, Michael Gullion, Jamie Gullion, Brooke Clark, Kassi Clark, Alex Springer, Phil Springer, Eric Springer and Tasha Springer; her great-grandchildren: Samantha, Colton, Josh, Jaelyn, Jordyn, Jynna, Bryce, John, Jesselynn, Daniel, Cole, Braxtin, Cameron, William, Ian, Sissy, Braylee, Coby, Eli and Colton; her step-great-grandchildren: Trevor and Trey; her sister, Betty Henry of Rising Sun; and her several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred Henry and Freda Marie (Littlefield) Sigmon; her husband, Irvin Gene Hankins, who died on June 25th, 1970; her son, Steven Allen Hankins; and her sisters: Doris Lucille, Barbara Jean and Sandra Kay Sigmon.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, February 15th, 2018, at 1 p.m., by Pastor Matt Bruns, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery. Friends were invited to call on the family on Thursday, February 15th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

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

Debbie Henson

Debbie Sue (Romans) Foster Henson, age 60, of Vevay, passed away at 9:03 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, at her residence.

Debbie was born on April 30th, 1957, in Milan, Indiana, the daughter of the late Dale Romans. She was a 1975 graduate of the Vevay High School.

She had a passion for art, quilting, landscaping, re-purposing furniture, and making grape vine trees. She was a 4-H leader for the Switzerland County Sidewinders. She loved everything about life and above all, she loved her children and her grandchildren, whom she called her precious treasurers. She always told her grandchildren, that when she was gone, when they felt the sun on their face, that was her giving them a kiss, and when they felt the wind, that was her giving them a hug.

In her younger days, Nelda McKay (Mama Nelda) of Brooksville, Florida, formerly of Vevay, had a great influence on Debbie’s life and she loved her so much. Later in life, Mary Jewell became a mother to her and Debbie loved her with all her heart. Claud’s family has always been a blessing to her and has always held a special place in her heart. Debbie had always supported organ donation, having given her son a second chance at life in 1992 by giving him one of her kidneys. Debbie had always believed life was the one thing you never take for granted and she lived it to the fullest. Every day was a gift to her. She had collected memories and left them behind for her children and grandchildren and Claud and to the rest of her family and friends. Debbie will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends.

Debbie is survived by the love of her life, Claud Henson of Vevay; her daughter, Amy Foster of Madison; her son, Scotty Foster and his wife Becky of Madison; her grandchildren: Allison Rent, Christopher Rent, Alivia Foster and Isabella Kilborn; her mother: Mary Jewell of Vevay; her brothers: Billy Romans and his wife Nancy of Vevay, Danny Romans and his wife Tammy of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, and Tracy Romans of Madison; her mother-in-law, Helen of Morehead, Kentucky; her father-in-law, Raymond Henson of Franklin, Ohio; her several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She also leaves behind sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law all of Vevay, Morehead, Kentucky, Franklin, Ohio, Jackson, Kentucky and Mt. Sterling, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dale Romans, who died on March 6th, 2017; her grandparents; her cousin; her aunts, uncles, mother-in-law, and father-in-law, Ted Eldridge.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 16th, 2018, at 1 p.m., by at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday, February 16th, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Debbie Sue (Romans) Foster Henson Memorial Fund, c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

JoAnn Connolly

JoAnn (Backer) Hall Connolly, age 75, of Vevay, passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Monday, February 12th, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

JoAnn entered this life on September 26th, 1942, in Troy, Indiana, the daughter of the late Joseph Simon and Anna Marie (Stilwell) Backer. She was raised in Troy, Indiana and then moved to the Switzerland County community, where she was a 1960 graduate of the Vevay High School and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

JoAnn was united in marriage on February 24th, 1961, at the Hanover College Campus Chapel, to the late Howard Leon “Fuzz” Hall, and to this union arrived four sons to bless their home. JoAnn was later united in marriage to Paul J. Connolly on December 4th, 1983, at the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church in Moorefield, Indiana. JoAnn and Paul shared 10 years of marriage together until he passed away on December 8th, 1993.

JoAnn was employed for Reliance Electric in Madison. She owned and operated the East Enterprise Grocery Store and Josie’s Place in East Enterprise. She was a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker and Connolly Associates for several years and was employed for the Cincinnati Enquirer for several years. JoAnn owned and operated 1,2,3 River House Bar & Grill in Vevay, Rising Sun and Madison; the Wine Cellar in Vevay; and the Strikers Bowling Alley with her son, Bruce in Vevay. She also owned and operated Granny’s Restaurant with her son, Jason in Vevay.

JoAnn served on the Switzerland County Tourism Board, and was a member of the Vevay VFW Post #5396 Auxiliary and the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Auxiliary. She was raised in the Catholic Church in Troy, Indiana. JoAnn enjoyed karaoke and loved to travel and enjoyed going to the beach and her dogs. JoAnn was proud she got to check skydiving off her bucket list.

JoAnn is survived by her sons: Terry Hall and his wife Karen of Moorefield, Bruce Hall of Moorefield, and Jason Hall of Vevay; by her grandchildren: Keli Gabbard and her husband Bobby, Caleb Hall and his wife Megan, Katie Hall and her companion: Michael Haas, and Mark Hall and his companion: Stephanie Smith; by her great-grandchildren: Grant Hall, Kassidy Gabbard and Lincoln Haas; her sisters: Simone Campbell of Vevay and Veronica Anderson of Madison, and her nephew, William “Danny” Campbell.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Joseph Simon Backer, who died on June 9th, 1984 and Anna Marie (Stilwell) Backer, who died on March 1st, 2011; her first husband, Howard Leon “Fuzz” Hall, who died on January 21st, 2010; her second husband, Paul J. Connolly, who died on December 8th, 1993; and her son, Mark Hall, who died on June 18th, 1989.

A Memorial Gathering will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, February 17th, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. A Celebration of JoAnn’s life will be conducted on Saturday, February 17th, at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Graveside services will be held in the Spring in the Calvary Cemetery in Troy, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Keeping Pace Cancer Fund, c/o the Community Foundation of Switzerland County; or to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter Endowment Fund c/o the Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Cards are available at the funeral home.