Obituaries for the week of 2/16/2006

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Sonny Gayle

Stanley N. “Sonny” Gayle, Jr., 67, of Works Road, near Allensville, passed away Monday, February 13th, at his home.
He was born January 21st, 1939, in Sparta, Kentucky, the son of Stanley N. Gayle, Sr., and Lula “Dude” Lanham Gayle. He was raised in Jefferson County and graduated from Central High School in 1957. He was inducted into the U.S. Marines in 1957, rising to the rank of Private First Class. He was honorably discharged on November 28th, 1961.
He was employed at Randall Textron in Vevay for 25 years until it closed in 1996. He then began working in March, 1996, at Greensburg Manufacturing Tool and Die in maintenance until his death. He was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and enjoyed golfing, gardening and fishing. He especially loved his dogs and enjoyed his time spent with them. He had resided in Switzerland County the past 30 years.
Survivors include his wife, Nina R. Hedges Gayle of Bennington; his daughter, Michelle Horton and husband Jimmy of Corydon, Indiana; his son, Jeffrey Gayle and wife Kathy of Greenfield, Indiana; his stepson, Shannon Burrow and wife Desiree of East Enterprise; his mother, Lula “Dude” Lanham Gayle of Vevay; his sister, Glenna Riley and husband Phillip of Vevay; his grandchildren, Allison and Walker Horton, Joshua, Michael, Shaun and Courtney Gayle; his great-granddaughter, Alyssa; his step-grandchildren, Haven and Rowan Burrow; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley N. Gayle, Sr., on September 24th, 1988; his son, Michael Gayle in 1994; and his brother, William R. “Bill” Gayle on November 25th, 1987.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, February 15th, at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Military honors were conducted by Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Therese Briese

Therese Marie (Martin) Briese, 49, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, February 8th, at Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.
She was born September 8th, 1956, in Fort Dix, New Jersey, the daughter of Lionel and Mary (Rehr) Martin. She was raised in Brigantine, New Jersey, and resided there until 1997. She was a dealer for Belterra Casino, Resort and Spa near Vevay and Argosy Casino in Lawrenceburg. She was a former collections representative for Citibank in Florence, Kentucky. She was also a former EMT instructor in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was a 1972 graduate of Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, New Jersey. She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Brigantine.
Survivors include her sister, Rita Martin-Middleton and husband Thomas of Carrollton, Kentucky; her sons, Jason Briese and wife Melissa of Las Vegas, Nevada and Dane Briese of Dayton, Ohio; her grandson, Ryan Briese; and her niece, Ann Vanderhoof, of California.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, Daniel, Lionel, Christopher and Steven Martin.
Funeral services will be held at a later date in St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Atlantic City, New Jersey. No visitation will be held locally. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Lupus Foundation. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Polly A. Burgess

Polly A. Burgess, 73, of Rising Sun, passed away Wednesday, February 8th, at The Waters of Dillsboro.
She was born September 7th, 1932, in Patriot, the daughter of Earl and Florence Coweba (Talbott) Ascherman. She retired from housekeeping at The Waters of Rising Sun. She also cleaned at the Rising Sun Post Office and Rising Sun First Baptist Church. She attended Patriot High School and was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ.
Survivors include her daughters, Sherry White and husband Steve and Terrie Adams and husband Tim, all of Rising Sun; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, Bob and Eddie Ascherman.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 13th, by Brother Don Thomason at the Rising Sun Church of Christ. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Aurora Life Squad, Rising Sun Life Squad, The Waters of Dillsboro, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Owen

Margaret Lee Owen, 93, of Rising Sun, passed away Saturday, February 11th, at Regency Hospital in Cincinnati.
She was born August 27th, 1912, in Rising Sun, the daughter of John and May (Clark) Hamilton. She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1930. She was a member of the Eastern Star No. 326, Monday Night Homemakers Club, and First Baptist Church of Rising Sun. She was a retired office manager for United Telephone Company of Indiana in Rising Sun.
On November 19th, 1938, she married Bernard Vincent Owen, who died January 30th, 2002.
Survivors include her son, Vincent Lee Owen and wife Karen of Rising Sun; her daughter, Marnie Carr of Columbus, Indiana; her brothers, John Hamilton of Waverley, Ohio, and Gayle Hamilton of Rising Sun; her granddaughters, Amy Bailey and husband Scott and Janell Foley and husband Bryant; and her great-grandsons, Gabe Foley and Gavin Foley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Samuel and Joe Hamilton; her sister, Vera Bayne; and her son-in-law, Jim Carr.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 14th, by Reverend Ron Whitten at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Rising Sun or the Ohio County Library.

Gerald Stout

Gerald “Jerry” Stout, 61, of Versailles, passed away Saturday, February 11th, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.
He was born August 10th, 1944, in Hammond, Indiana, the son of Harold and Aldean Meyers Stout. He was a welder with Batesville Tool and Die since 1993.
He was married to Michal Ann Roark on July 8th, 1990, and she survives.
Other survivors include his sons, Bruce Stout and wife Barbara of Vevay, Timothy Stout of Lawrenceburg, and Chris Mitchel of Bright; his daughters, Tammy Mata and husband Richard of Vevay, Melissa Mitchel of Lawrenceburg, Kim Roark and Ronnetta Roark, both of Versailles; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his brothers, Wilbur Stout and Shirley of Scherrville, Indiana, Raymond Stout and Lois of Martinsville, Illinois, and James Stout and Joyce of St. John, Indiana; his sister, Anna Carlton and husband Eugene of East Enterprise.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, and two sisters.
Funeral services were conducted by Dale Day Tuesday, February 14th, at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial was in Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Church of Christ or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Janice VanSickle

Janice Marie VanSickle, 54, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, February 8th, at her home.
She was born June 11th, 1951, in Vevay, the daughter of Claude F. and Lyda (Allen) Pike. She was a graduate of Greensburg High School. She was a nurses aide for a nursing home.
In May, 1971, she married Max VanSickle, who survives.
Other survivors include her son, Max VanSickle, Jr., of Shelbyville; her sister, Wanda Imel and husband Delbert of Greensburg; her aunt, Lorraine Pike of Vevay; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her daughters, Tracie VanSickle and Brandy VanSickle.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 11th, by Kevin Bennett at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service in Shelbyville. Burial was in Tindall Cemetery in Shelbyville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Janice Marie VanSickle Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home at 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.