Obituaries for the week of 11/9/06


Frances Veller

Fran Veller, age 92, died peacefully Tuesday morning, October 31st. She was the only child of Marion Brindley and Theo McKay Brindley and was born on July 13th, 1914, in Vevay.
She graduated from Madison High School in 1931. In 1935, she graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor of science degree in public school music. While at I.U., she was a member of I.U. Chorus, Glee Club, Pleiades, Tri Kappa and was president of her Chi Omega sorority. After graduation she taught high school for a year at Carthage, Indiana.
It was while a freshman at I.U. that she met and fell in love with the man she would be with for the next 75 years. She and Don Veller married in Madison on August 2nd, 1936. They moved to Elkhart, Indiana where he was a teacher and football coach until 1942. After his wartime duties, he took a job as football coach at Hanover College for a year before moving back to I.U., where he was assistant football coach.
After only a year at their alma mater, the Vellers made a decision that would change their lives, and the lives of many. In 1948, he convinced his wife to move to a sleepy southern town of 36,000 named Tallahassee to become their head football coach. She came to love the town and the town loved her. Her grace and wit were her trademarks as she became deeply involved with every aspect of her Tallahassee community.
She was active in many organizations, including Eastern Star, Camelia Garden Circle, Town Club, FSU Faculty wives, Tallahassee Women’s Club, P.E.O., Trinity Methodist Church Fellowship Class, Circle One, Wesley Foundation Class, Westminster Retirement Community, San Louis Chapter of DAR, Capital City Country Club, Tallahassee Town Club, and the Dames Club.
Later in life, she was generous to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and to institutions that had been her life – Florida State University and Seminole athletics. The Vellers last gift to FSU golf is honored by a plaque in the golf team’s building celebrating the “mother of FSU golf.”
She is survived by her husband, Don Veller, of Tallahassee.
Private funeral services will be held with burial in Vevay Cemetery. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of arrangements.

Robert W. Hopper

Robert W. Hopper, age 73, of Madison, passed away Saturday, November 4th at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
He was born January 2nd, 1933 in Ripley County. He was the son of John E. and Mildred A. (Stevenson) Hopper.
He was married to Nancy J. (Redburn) Hopper, and resided in Madison.
He graduated in 1950 from Central High School, and served his country in the Korean War. He was a retired engineer, having worked at the former Conn Organ Company in Madison; Kimball Electronics; American Stainless Steel; and Bailey Manufacturing Company.
Survivors include wife Nancy J. (Redburn) Hopper; one daughter, Paula C. Hopper; one son, Tim W. Hopper; three sisters: Mary L. Scott, Betty L. Miller, Barbara L. Hopper; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Robert W. Hopper was preceded in death by his parents; and infant brother – Glenn Robert Hopper; and one sister, Nelda C. Chandler
Memorial Services were held at Vail-Holt Funeral Home Madison Chapel. Expressions of sympathy can be made at Jefferson County Humane Society or donors favorite charity.

Gloria V. Wolfe

Gloria V. Wolfe, age 67, passed away Tuesday morning, November 5th. She was born on November 27th, in Louisville, Kentucky; and graduated from Rising Sun High School in 1956. She also continued her education with one year of college.
She married John Wolfe on September 8th, 1959.
She is survived by her husband, John Wolfe; her son, Stephen, husband of Kathy Wolfe, of Burlington, Kentucky; her son, Jon David, husband of Vernetta Wolfe, of Franklin Crossroads, Kentucky; her son, Robert Daniel, husband of Martha Wolfe; and son John-Jared Wolfe, and girlfriend Jill Gerwe; and her daughter dana, wife of Kenny Hildebrand, of Rising Sun. She is also survived by one sister, Eleanora, wife of Bill Bowman, of Eminence, Kentucky.
She is survived by 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Gloria was preceded in death by Robert Lowell Neaman and her mothers; Mildred (Whitlock) Neaman and Vivia (Spencer) Fox; and also by six brothers.
Funeral services will be held in Rising Sun Church of Christ tomorrow (Friday), November 10th, at 11 a.m., conducted by Brother Greg Matthew. Friends may call today (Thursday), from 5-8 p.m. at Markland Funeral Home.
Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun Church of Christ-Mission Team; or to the donor’s choice.