Obituaries for the week of 11/16/06


Patricia Osborn

Patricia Ann “Pat” (Callis) Osborn, 79, of Vevay, passed away Tuesday, November 14th, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.
She was born July 20th, 1927, in Madison, the daughter of Chester R. and Norma B. (Williams) Callis, who both preceded her in death. She was a 1946 graduate of Vevay High School.
She was united in marriage June 3rd, 1949, at Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church in Vevay, to Raymond P. “Ozzie” Osborn, Jr. Unto this union five daughters arrived to bless their home. She was co-owner with her husband Raymond of Osborn’s clothing store in Vevay until 1984. They also co-owned the former Osborn’s Sportswear in Madison from 1978-1986. She was the buyer for both clothing stores.
She was an avid reader and had served on the board of directors of the Switzerland County Public Library for many years. She was an accomplished pianist and had been a member of the Vevay Music Club since 1948. She was a member of Gamma Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Beta Phi Chapter of Alpha Zi Delta and Trinity United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her daughters, Sharon Schmitt and husband Paul of Vevay, Diane Pitstick and husband Jeff of Fairborn, Ohio, Denise Crawford and husband John of Vevay, Michelle Compton and husband Darrell of Hillsboro, Kentucky, and Allison Williams and husband Gary of Keller, Texas; her grandchildren, Heather, Erin, Matt, Cassandra, Katy, Chris, Ashley, Chandell, Amberly and Brenton; her great-grandchildren; Jason Andrew, Anna Grace and Meg; her niece, Kathy Schwinghammer of Wichita Falls, Kansas; and her great-nephews, Michael and John Schwinghammer.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond P. “Ozzie” Osborn, Jr.; her stepmother, Martha Callis; and her sister, Laverne Wagner.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, November 18th, at 11 a.m. by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Friday, November 17th. Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life, Switzerland County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Elizabeth McMichael

Elizabeth Ann “Liz” (Waltz) McMichael, 67, of Muncie, passed away at her home Saturday, November 11th, following an extended illness.
She was born September 12th, 1939, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Wendell and Maude (Anderson) Waltz, who both preceded her in death.
She retired after 28 years in the Muncie Community School System as a teacher. She graduated from Vevay High School and Ball State University with a BA and MA in teaching. She enjoyed her cats, shopping, and camping with the Happy Cruisers #86 where she held the title of Opossum Queen.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ernie McMichael, Jr.; her children, Ernest McMichael and wife Patricia, Jeffrey McMichael and wife Loretta, Dr. Rick McMichael and wife Patricia, Phyllis McMichael Hughes, and Karen McMichael Sayers and husband Tom; her sisters-in-law, Janice Waltz of Vevay, Dorothy Ledbetter, and Mary Ella Foster; her grandchildren, Ernie, Jennifer, Rebecca, Courtney, Lindsay, Ryan, Aaron, Lauren, Stacy, Jessica, Heidi, Brian, Angela and Josiah; her great-grandchildren, Hannah, Madelyn and Desmond; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, David Waltz.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 14th, by Reverend Brad Smith at Elm Ridge Funeral Home in Muncie. Burial was in Elm Ridge Memorial Park in Muncie. Memorial contributions may be made to the Muncie YOC or the Little Red Door. Online condolences may be made to

William L. Carrigan

William L. “Bill” Carrigan, 73, of Columbus, Mississippi, passed away Thursday, November 9th, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Golden Triangle.
He was born January 27th, 1933, in Ohio County, the son of Henry and Mary (Dickison) Carrigan. He was a member of The Green Oaks Golf Club, the American Legion, and The Good Samaritan’s Sam’s Club (Friendly City). He retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 26 years, during the Korean War and Vietnam War. He devoted his life to his children and grandchildren, for his family was most important to him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Joan Carrigan, originally from Switzerland County; as well as his daughters, Pam Lolley and husband Charlie, Susan Nunn and husband Wayne, Wendy McGraw and husband Jim, and Penny Watkins and husband Scottie; his sister, Dorothy Welch and husband William “Bill” Welch; his granddaughters, Carla Simber and husband Travis, April Farmer and husband Craig, Heather Walker, Jessica Nunn, Monica Nunn, and Carri McGraw; his grandsons, Tio Nunn and Jon McGraw and wife Jen; his nieces, Vicki Gardewing and husband Lee and Kim Craft and husband Kenny; and many other family and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 14th, by James Black at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial was in Corinth National Cemetery in Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213, the National Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 55802, Jackson, MS 39216, or the American Diabetes Association, 16 Northtown Drive, Jackson, MS 39211. Online condolences may be made to

Patricia A. Carota

Patricia A. Carota, 69, of Rising Sun, passed away Saturday, November 11th, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
She was born September 28th, 1937, in Cincinnati, the daughter of Theodore and Josephine (Hoelzle) Plank. She was a claims representative for Royal Insurance in Cincinnati, retiring after 43 years of service. She also worked for Shiff, Kreidler & Shell in Cincinnati. She was a member of the Progressive Homemaker’s Club and RSVP.
Survivors include her sons, Tim Conley and wife Remy of Rising Sun and Mike Carota and wife Jennifer of Cincinnati; her daughters, Cheryl Bolden and husband Jeff of Vevay, Debbie Conley of Indianapolis, and Cathy Winngham and husband Dave of Lawrenceburg; her brothers, Richard Plank and wife Sonia and Butch Art and wife Lois, all of Cincinnati; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, November 15th, by Father Chris Craig at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Learning Tree.

Josephine Garcia

Josephine Garcia, 57, of Madison, passed away Sunday, November 5th, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.
She was born March 13th, 1949, in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Lee and Susie (Domingus) Garcia. She was raised in California and had resided in Madison the past two and one-half years. She enjoyed fishing, the mountains, riding motorcycles, her son and her grandchildren. She was a former employee of the Signature Inn in Indianapolis for three years and had worked for several years as a certified nursing assistant at several convalescent homes. She was a member of the California Motorcycle Club and had attended the New Hope Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son, David A. Garcia of Hanover; her mother, Susie Garcia of Los Angeles, California; her sisters, Sandra Tores and Dorothy Lively, both of Los Angeles, and Cecilia Garcia of Alhambra, California; twin granddaughters, Kehleyann and Arionna Garcia; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lee Garcia in 1992; her daughter, Saylia Garcia; her sisters, Loretta, June, Josephine and Rosalie; and her brothers, David and Jerry.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Don A. Veller

Don A. Veller, 94, of Tallahassee, Florida, formerly of Madison and Hanover, passed away Friday, November 10th, at the Westminster Oaks retirement complex in Tallahassee, Florida.
He was born in Linton, Indiana, and was a longtime resident of Tallahassee. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. He was the former head football coach for Hanover College, Indiana University and in Elkhart, Indiana. Moving to Florida from Vevay in 1948, he served as Florida State University’s first full-time paid football coach from 1948-52 and FSU golf coach from 1953 until his retirement from FSU in 1982. He was also a Professor Emeritus at FSU. He was inducted into several Hall of Fames including the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1978, Florida State University Hall of Fame in 1981, and the National Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1989. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Fran, just 11 days before his death. The Vellers celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary earlier this year and were major benefactors to Florida State, giving the school $3 million.
Private graveside services with burial next to his wife will be in Vevay Cemetery. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1086, Tallahassee, FL 32302 or to the donor’s favorite charity. A memorial service was held earlier at The Gallery-Parry Building at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee.