Obituaries for the week of 1/19/2006

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Cora Brown

Cora Francis (Rucker) Brown, 81, of Columbus, passed away Sunday, January 15th, at her home.

She was born July 29th, 1924, in Clark County, Kentucky, the daughter of Stanley M. and Amanda (Johnson) Rucker, who both preceded her in death. She was a 1940 graduate of Vevay High School.

She was united in marriage to Raymond Kenneth Brown on April 4th, 1943, in Madison. Unto this union two daughters and two sons arrived to bless their home. Early in life she worked as a clerk at Roger’s Drug Store in Madison. She was a sales representative for Avon for 30 years where she met and maintained many friends.

Her family was very dear to her. She loved to cook and enjoyed having her family in for Sunday dinners. She was a people person and enjoyed playing cards and golf. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hope and a member of the Business Professional Women’s Association in Columbus.

Survivors include her husband, Ken Brown of Columbus; her daughters, Pauline Francis Bruther and husband Kenny of Hanover and Mandy Messina and husband Dale of Hope, Indiana; her sons, Kenny Brown and wife Ruth of Lafayette and Jeff Brown and wife Stacy of Edinburgh; her grandchildren, Kim, Tony, Kristi, Kendra, Amber, Aubrie, Kassie, Cody and Tyler; her great-grandchildren, Kori, Joseph, Levi, Matt, Jessica, Taelyr, Maycie, Mattie, Jada, Landon, Reese and Kyla; her brothers, Lewis Rucker and wife Ruth of Pleasant and Eugene Rucker and wife Betty of Hope; her sister, Barbara Burlew and husband Carl of Hope; her brother-in-law, John Wright and wife Joann of Columbus; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Bernice M. Wright; her brother, Leonard Rucker; and her great-grandson, Craig Mize.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. today (Thursday) by Reverend Martin Justice with burial in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bartholomew County Home Health Services. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Edward Klopp

Edward E. “Eddie” Klopp, 81, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, January 10th, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.

He was born September 5th, 1924, in Petersburg, Kentucky, the son of Ruthford and Thelma (Lyon) Klopp, who both preceded him in death. He was a 1942 graduate of Madison High School and had resided in Jefferson County since 1938. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy on January 12th, 1943, in Indianapolis, rising to the rank of Pharmacist’s Mate First Class, serving during World War II at Great Lakes, Illinois, USNH Pensacola, Florida, USN Operating Base in Adak, Alaska; the USS Boxwood; USN Air Station Kodiak, Alaska. He was honorably discharged on January 27th, 11946, at the U.S. Naval Separation Center at Great Lakes, Illinois. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon and the Good Conduct Ribbon.

He was united in marriage on November 2nd, 1946, in Madison, to Lue Leming by the Reverend Gronseth. Unto this union three daughters arrived to bless their home.

He was inducted into the U.S. Navy April 1st, 1951, rising to the rank of Petty Officer First Class during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on April 4th, 1952. He began a long career with the Indiana Kentucky Electric Company, working as the assistant shift operator engineer, retiring in 1982, after 32 years of service.

He was a 50-year member of the Union Lodge No. 2 F.&A.M., and was raised on February 19th, 1948. He was a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis. He was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church, serving as a deacon. He was a kind and generous man who gave of himself to his many friends and family. His loving family will miss his warm and gentle smile.

Survivors include his wife, Lue Leming Klopp of Madison; his daughters, Tanya Kelley and husband John of Hanover, Tara Hamilton and husband John of Madison, and Elyse Taylor and husband Ronnie of Madison; his grandchildren, Brent and Alicia Hamilton; his brothers, Frank L. “Dickie” Klopp of Madison and David “Deacon” Klopp and wife Lois of Mantesa, California; his sisters, Helen “Muff” Lindsay of Georgetown, Kentucky, Jean “Hope” Henry of Warsaw, Kentucky, Mary Faith “Fadie” Seaver of Madison, Nell Gaye “Brownie” Rippe of Madison, Kathleen Chambers of Madison, Elyse Detmer and husband Wayne of Madison, and Judy Boles and husband Shafe of Vevay; his sister-in-law, Evelyn Drewry of Florida; his brother-in-law, Dwight Stoffer of Dupont; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Virginia “Jenna” Bersch; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wanda B. Klopp, Dolly Stoffer, Vincent Drewry, Sue and Nathan Mayfield, Sig Rippe, Burton Chambers, Melvin Henry and Norman Seaver.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 13th, by Pastor Jon Pearce at Morgan and Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Masonic services were conducted Thursday, January 12th, at the funeral home by Union Lodge No. 2 F.&A.M. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganwebsternay.com.

Edith Lemen

Edith Lemen, 84, of Benham, passed away Saturday, January 14th, at Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born near Canaan on March 20th, 1921, the daughter of James and Ella Mae (Wilson) Lanham. She was a 1940 graduate of Central High School in Madison and was a homemaker. She was a member of the former Hicks Baptist Church.

She was married to Preston Lemen on November 15th, 1941. He preceded her in death on March 19th, 1999.

Survivors include her daughter, Deanna Wooley and husband Ross of Madison; her grandchildren, Steve Wooley and wife Jennifer of Indianapolis, Patrick Wooley of Madison, and Dena Hearn and husband Tom of Covington; her great-grandchildren, Madeline Hearn and Lana Wooley; her brother, James Lanham of Madison; her sisters, Bessie Schutte of Delaware and Marie Black of Madison; her niece, Lela Brindley of Vevay, along with several other nieces and nephews; and her brother-in-law, Clovis Lemen of Benham.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her son, Dennis; her sisters, Opal Hines and Elsie Sampson; her brother, Thurman Lanham; and her nephew, Jimmy Schutte.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 20th, at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Brother Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be held today (Thursday) from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the South Ripley Classroom Teachers Association Scholarship Fund or the Benham Cemetery in care of the funeral home.



Delores C. Bennett

Delores C. “Dee” (Grottke) Bennett, 82, of Madison, passed away Saturday, January 14th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born January 4th, 1924, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of John and rose (Gershpacher) Grottke, Sr., who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Dayton, Ohio and was a graduate of Julianne Catholic School in Dayton. She was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Dayton.

She was united in marriage to Jack Bodine. Unto this union a son and a daughter arrived to bless their home. A later marriage on June 26th, 1954, was to Earl L. Bennett. A son arrived to bless their home.

She was a waitress most of her life in the Dayton area and was a member of the Milton Athletic Club. She resided in Dayton until moving to Madison in 1977. She co-owned and managed Shipley’s Tavern for 13 years. She enjoyed shopping, socializing, making ceramics and crocheting. She was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison.

Survivors include her sons, Dan Bodine and his companion Evelyn of Richmond, Kentucky and Ed Bennett and wife Mary Ann of Hanover; her daughter, Patricia Hampson of Hanover; her grandchildren, Debbie, Michele, Denise, Kathleen, Christopher, Kelly, Sarah, Elizabeth and John; his great-grandchildren, Megan, Josh, Samantha, Kyle, Madelyn, Stephen and Haley; her brother, John Grottke, Jr., of Dallas, Texas; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by her sisters, Eleanor Hasting and Rosie Riegelspeger; and her brother-in-law, Butch Riegelspeger.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 18th, by Priests, Reverends John A. Meyer and Tom Meyer at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Prayer service was held Tuesday evening at the Morgan and Nay Funeral Centre, led by Father John Meyer. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Shawe and Pope John. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganwebsternay.com.

Breauna Edwards

Breauna Gail “Bree Bree” Edwards, 10, of Madison, passed away Saturday, January 14th, at her home.

She was born September 15th, 1995, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, the daughter of Wayne and Angela (Walker) Edwards, Jr., who both survive.

“Bree Bree” as she was affectionately known was a special needs child since birth and at the age of five months was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. She had attended Ryker’s Ridge Elementary School since the age of three and was lovingly taught by her devoted teacher, Nancy Richey, and was currently in the fourth grade. She loved music, especially classical, and loved to listen to her daddy play music on his keyboard.

She loved her family, swinging, popsicles, peppermint sticks, and going to the movies. She received a lot of physical therapy as a youngster and at the age of three she was awarded a special bronze medal for her efforts in Conductive Ed.

On September 28th, 1997, she was presented and dedicated to the Lord, by her Pappy, Pastor Wayne Edwards, Sr., at the Crothersville Church of the Nazarene. She was a faithful member of the North Madison Christian Church in Madison and enjoyed the time she was the Angel in the Christmas program and she enjoyed her time spent in the nursery there. In 2000, she was awarded a special trip to Disney World by the Dream Factory. Over the 10 years she had many caregivers, but for the past three years her special caregiver was Ange Horner of Madison, who gave much of her love and time to help her in whatever capacity needed.

Survivors include her parents, Wayne and Angela Jill (Walker) Edwards, Jr., of Madison; her big brother, Aaron Joel Edwards of Madison; her paternal grandparents, Pastor Wayne and Donna Edwards, Sr., of Brownstown, Indiana; her maternal grandparents, Benny and Linda Walker of Rising Sun; her uncles and aunts, Mike and Marla Edwards of East Enterprise, Darin and Karen Edwards of Madison, Brandon and Christy Sargent of Seymour, Ben and Shelley Walker of Columbus, David and Terri Lammers of Cincinnati, Randy and Stephanie Scott of Rising Sun; her special caregiver, Ange Horner of Madison; several great-uncles, great-aunts, cousins, friends and caregivers.

She was preceded in death by her uncle, Mitchell Dale Edwards in 1969; her maternal great-grandparents, Chet and Wilma Walker; Russell Courtney Robinson and Ethel Robinson Ludwig; her paternal great-grandparents, Ezra “Jack” Scudder and Mary Scudder Reynolds.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 17th, by Brother Bob Hicks at North Madison Christian Church. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Morgan and Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Madison Christian Church Journey of Faith or Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morganwebsternay.com.