Obituaries 7-28-16


Mary Roach

Mary Margaret (Macrander) Roach, age 87, of Vevay, passed away at 7:51 a.m. on Friday, July 22nd, 2016, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Mary entered this life on February 4th, 1929, in Posey Township in Patriot, the daughter of James O. and Naomi Margaret Sue Macrander Rein.

Mary was a 1946 graduate of the Patriot High School.

Mary was united in marriage on March 1st, 1947, in Rising Sun, to the late Earl F. “Rick” Roach, and to this union arrived a son, Danny Ray, to bless their home on March 24th, 1949. Mary and Rick shared 42 years of marriage together until Rick passed away on May 21st, 1989.

Mary was a former bookkeeper for the Patriot Water Company in Patriot for several years. She was a member of the Patriot Baptist Church since 1942. Along with several other young people, Mary was baptized in the Ohio River. Mary was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed quilting, crocheting and reading western novels.

Mary will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Mary will be dearly missed by her son: Danny Ray Roach of Youngstown, Ohio; her grandchildren: David Roach of Monroe, Michigan, Cheryl Roach of Tennessee and Donnie Williams of Nappanee, Indiana; her great-grandchildren: Ashley Ann, James, Lisa, Marsha, Josh, Kenny and David Wayne Roach II; her great-great-grandchildren: Nathan and Jayden Roach and several other great-great-grandchildren; her step-great-great-granddaughter: Cloe Taylor and her dear friend: Linda Smith of Patriot.

She was preceded in death by her parents: James O. Macrander and Naomi (See) Macrander Rein; her husband: Earl F. “Rick” Roach; her step-father: Jacob Rein; and her brothers: Louis, Robert and James Macrander.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, July 25th, 2016, by Reverend Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Concord Cemetery, Patriot.

Friends were invited to call on the family on Monday, July 25th at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Concord Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Barbara McCreary

Barbara Jean McCreary, 82, of Greendale, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, July 21st, 2016.

She was born June 24th, 1934 in Florence, Indiana, the daughter of the late Arnold and Blanche (Scott) Chase.

Barbara was a member of the Berean Baptist Church.  

She is survived by her loving husband, William McCreary of Greendale, Indiana; two daughters: Dana Lynne McCreary of Greendale, Indiana and Lori Lea McCreary of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by a brother, Jerry (wife Bernice) Chase of Belmont, Ohio; two sisters, Brenda Peelman of East Enterprise and Peggy Sullivan of Austin, Indiana; three grandchildren: Cameron T. (wife Bridgette) McCreary, Kyle N. Callahan, and Sebastian Thies; and two great-grandchildren: Alexi McCreary, Breckin McCreary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Blanche Chase; a brother, Ronald Chase; and two sisters: Corrine Keith and Norma Roberts.

Family and friends were received on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg. Funeral services were held at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 26th, following the visitation, with Pastor Charlie Davis officiating.

Interment followed in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Myrtle Ritchie

Myrtle Mae (McCormick) Ritchie, age 106.9, of Vevay, was welcomed into the arms of her Lord and Savior at 9:55 a.m., on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born October 25th, 1909, on a farm on Parks Ridge above Vevay. Orphaned at birth; she met her mother for the first time this morning. Clear minded until her last peaceful breath she praised Jesus for the long life He blessed her with. Her words of praise and advice for her longevity will live on both in her poetry and in song.

She married Estal Ritchie in 1929, and together they farmed tobacco that grew much higher than she did. She had a love and talent for growing vegetables and flowers. Small in stature, but larger than life itself, she touched the lives of countless people. Her unique personality, charm, independence, and especially her ornery character will never be replaced or forgotten.

Ever the example of Faith, she was always praying for her friends, family and the world. Grateful for each new day, she read her Bible with a magnifying glass until she could read no more. If she won a dollar at bingo, she tithed a dime. She longed to be everything God wanted her to be. Myrtle wanted Christ to be seen when you looked at her.

Myrtle and Estal moved to Evansville in 1950, where she remained until 2006. Estal passed in 1988 and having had no children, she sat alone in an old house, waiting to pass also. But a chance meeting while they were delivering a Thanksgiving meal in 1995, she met Jeanne and Mark Rohrer. The instant bonding of lives was one of the greatest blessings they all received. Myrtle had a family she called her own with children, grandchildren, holidays, birthday celebrations, and things to look forward to. Her “Evansville family”, as she would say.

She remained independent until her 97th birthday. Every year Myrtle looked forward to celebrating her birthday with her family and friends and her community.

When Myrtle returned to Switzerland County to reside at Swiss Villa, her detailed memory was phenomenal of people, places, and things. Family from her husband’s side grew important to her daily life and she enjoyed being included in their lives, celebrations, and activities. Her Vevay family was by her side through her last days. She also grew very fond of several nurses and staff at Swiss Villa. She stayed active as possible and thoroughly loved the title of “Corn Hole Queen”.

Myrtle will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Myrtle will be dearly missed by her friend: Jeanne Rohrer and her husband: Mark and family: John, Jamie, Evan, Dorothy and Lisa; her niece: Betty (Bovard) Griswold and her husband: Bob; her great-nieces and great-nephews: Rosemary Bovard, Teresa (Bovard) Lyons and her husband: Steve, Carla (Bovard) VanNorstran and her husband: Rick, Glenn Bovard and his wife: Kassi, Betty Garland and her husband: Harold, Daniel Morris and his wife: Evelyn, Jeremy Robinson and his wife: Sarah, Caleb Bovard, Elijah VanNorstran and his companion: Brittany Roeschlein, Annie Hicks and her husband: Jason, Raschel Springer and her husband: Cody, Kelsey Carfield and her husband: Dusty, Donnie Braham, Tim Braham, Bernard Ritchie, Carl Porter Ritchie; her special friend: Berta Turner and her several other special friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother: Julia (Dobbs) McCormick and her husband: Estal Ritchie.

Funeral services were conducted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016, at 1 p.m., by Pastor Bill Madison, 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 Friday prior to the time of the service at the funeral home.

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