Obituaries for the week of 6/2/2005

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Steven Tilley

Ralph “Steven” Tilley, age 52, of 508 Ferry Street, Vevay, passed away Monday, May 30th, at 1:34 p.m. at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

There will be a public visitation time from 3-5 p.m. (slow time) Friday, June 3rd, at the Tilley residence, 111 East Main Street in Vevay.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Switzerland County YMCA or any local animal shelter. Contribution cards are available at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. All other information is pending at this time.

John Higgins

John Isaac Higgins, 90, of Canaan, passed away Saturday, May 28th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born July 4th, 1914, in Switzerland County, the son of James and Anna (Heath) Higgins.

He was united in marriage to Mary P. Clements on October 10th, 1940, in North Vernon. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home. They had enjoyed over 64 years of marriage.

He was a farmer all his life and was also employed with the former Jefferson Proving Grounds in Madison for 17 years, retiring in July, 1976. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service in downtown Madison for three years. He resided in the Pleasant-Caledonia community all his life.

He was a member of the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church near Moorefield since the age of 13, later moving his membership to the Madison Presbyterian Church in downtown Madison in 1976. He was a member of the Union Lodge No. 2 F.&A.M. Masonic Lodge in Madison for over 50 years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed his family very much.

Survivors include his wife, Mary P. Higgins of Canaan; his sons, John F. Higgins and wife Barbara of Canaan and Lawrence Raymond “Larry” Higgins and wife Donna of Hartsville, Indiana; his grandchildren, John Matthew Higgins and wife Debbie, Tonya Dilger and husband Nikolaus, and Michelle Waldron and husband Ken; his great-grandchildren, Jacqui, Daniel, McKenzie and Cameron; and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Evangeline Veresh; his brother, Lawrence Higgins; his great-grandson, Patrick Jakob “Pat Pat” Dilger on November 10th, 1996; and his great-granddaughter, Carmen Barbara Tonya Dilger on January 20th, 2005.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) by Reverends Mark Porter and Ron Lee at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Caledonia Cemetery near Pleasant. Masonic services were conducted at the funeral home Wednesday evening. Memorial contirbutions may be made to the Caledonia Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Hazel L. Trembly

Hazel L. Trembly, 73, of Patriot, passed away Monday, May 30th, at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati.

She was born March 9th, 1932, in Muncie, the daughter of Parker and Pearl (Wright) Devers. She was a graduate of Patriot High School and nursing school. She was a homemaker and a member of Fairview Baptist Church. She was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include her sons, Fred Trembly and wife Lisa of Quercus Grove and Jeffery Trembly and wife Rena of Hebron, Kentucky; her brother, Lowell Devers of Patriot; her sisters, Arnetta Marksberry abd Lenor Dunaway, both of Patriot; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Deward and Owen Devers.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. (slow time) Friday, June 3rd, by Pastor Hobert Byrd at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in the New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. (slow time) today (Thursday). Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Mildred Huron

Mildred Louise Clark Huron, 91, of Rising Sun, passed away Monday, May 31st, at The Waters of Dillsboro.

She was born in Morocco, Indiana to Daniel and Julia (Gilmore) Clark. After her father’s death in 1920, her mother married Mahlon Lamport two years later.

She was known as “Millie” in her 20’s and graduated from Monon, Indiana High School in 1931 and Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Indianapolis in 1939. She then took an additional four-month training course in Chicago on rural maternal health care and was assigned to work in Ohio and Switzerland counties.

She later met a young man named John Huron who had just started teaching agriculture at Rising Sun High School that same year. They were married July 27th, 1941, and shared 55 years together until his death on March 4th, 1997.

After working as a stay-at-home mom from 1944-1954, she also worked as an industrial nurse at Joseph E. Seagram and Sons and Thatcher Glass in the Lawrenceburg area before retiring in 1968.

Survivors include her brother, Daniel Clark and wife Audrey of Winamac, Indiana; her sons, Louis Huron and wife Cora of Osgood and Rodger Huron of Rising Sun; her daughter, Nada Huron of Cincinnati; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her sister, Marjorie Clark Jordan in 1971 and her brother, Bryon Clark in 1979.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. (slow time) today (Thursday) at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 8 a.m. (slow time) until service time today (Thursday). Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Church of Christ in Rising Sun.

Thelma Smith

Thelma N. (Lanham) Smith, 82, of Cross Plains, passed away Thursday, May 26th, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.

She was born October 11th, 1922, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Charles W. and Clara (Wilson) Lanham. She was a housewife.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Hankins and husband Bill of Cross Plains and Levada Bladen and husband Paul of Vevay; her grandchildren, Michael and Mark Hankins, Shona Thomas, Rachel Bladen, Sean Kirkpatrick and Heather Harmes; her great-grandchildren, Cody, Bailey, Tylor, Shallyn, Hayley, John and Autumn; her nephew, Kenneth Lanham; and her nieces, Anna Belle Smith and Freda Luke.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold E. Smith on December 15th, 1993; her daughter, Connie Kirkpatrick Imel in 2002; her son-in-law, John Kirkpatrick; her sister, Alta Hallgarth; her brother, Ora Lanham; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May 29th, by Pastor Ron Lee at Vail-Holt Funeral Home Madison Chapel. Burial was in Salem Cemetery near Cross Plains. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.vailholtfuneralhome.com.

Edna Chambers

Edna Flo (Mattingly) Chambers, 84, of Vevay, passed away Saturday, May 28th, at Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, Kentucky following an extended illness.

She was born November 22nd, 1920, in Decker, Indiana, the daughter of John A. and Favilla (Decker) Mattingly. She was a 1938 graduate of Loogootee High School and grew up in Loogootee.

She was united in marriage on April 15th, 1939, to John M. Chambers in Loogootee. Unto this union three sons arrived to bless their home.

She was a homemaker and mother all of her life. She loved to write poetry, short stories and enjoyed painting. She was a member of the Vevay VFW Post 5396 Auxiliary and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Madison.

Survivors include her sons, Thomas L. Chambers and wife Donna of Vevay, John Dale Chambers and wife Dorine of Clearwater, Florida, and Daniel J. Chambers and wife Carolyn of Mitchell, Indiana; her grandchildren, John, Diane, Valerie, Jay, Rene, Sean and Dawn; 16 great-grandchildren; her brother, Reverend Ralph Mattingly of Georgia; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John M. Chambers on June 19th, 1985; her granddaughter, Donna Sue Chambers in April, 1964; her brothers, Austin and John Mattingly; and her sisters, Marie Sullenger, Ruth Long, Agnes Kilgore, Dorothy Rose and Betty Spaulding.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, June 1st, by Bishop Newell Stevens at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay VFW Relief Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

JoAnne Blodgett

JoAnne Blodgett, 56, of Lexington, Kentucky, formerly of Bennington, passed away Saturday, May 28th, at her home.

She was born October 10th, 1948, in Madison, the daughter of Clarence V. and Nettie L. (Cox) Blodgett. She was raised near Bennington. She was a 1966 graduate of Vevay High School and a 1968 graduate of the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Evansville.

She was inducted into the U.S. Army as a registered nurse in 1970 and served 13 months in Korea, later serving at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut for six years. She then served at the Richmond Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina for 10 years. She retired on November 26th, 1988, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a Major.

She continued to work as a registered nurse at Ask A Nurse with the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky for three years and then volunteered at St. Joseph’s Hospital for another three years. She had resided in Lexington the past 15 years.

She had battled cancer for many years but in 1992 she was paralyzed following brain surgery. The paralysis didn’t slow her down. She kept on working and volunteering. Her devoted parents moved in with her in Lexington and tenderly cared for her the past 12 years.

She was a member of the Bennington United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 008 in Lexington. In her spare time she loved to travel, garden, working with her flowers, working in stained glass and was an avid reader. After her paralysis she became an ambassador for Americans with Disabilities, supporting, helping and giving advice where needed.

Survivors include her parents, Clarence V. and Nettie Cox Blodgett of Bennington; her brother, Don Blodgett of Bennington; her sister-in-law, Martha A. Werner Blodgett of Pleasant; her nephew, Max Blodgett and wife Amber of Three Forks, Montana; her niece, Carrie Blodgett of Pleasant; her great-nephew, Griffin Blodgett; her aunts, Mary Cox of Zionsville and Nell Cox of Gamilla, Kentucky; her uncle, Ralph Blodgett of Pendleton; numerous cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Charles “Rick” Blodgett on February 14th, 2001.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, June 1st, by Reverends Roger Parrott and John Scudder at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Slawson Cemetery in Bennington with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Chapter of the American Cancer Society or the Paralyzed American Veterans. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Peggy Etherton

Marguerite Emma “Peggy” (Schneider) Etherton, 93, of Madison, passed away suddenly Friday, May 27th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born November 7th, 1911, in Danville, Illinois, the daughter of Peter J. and Susanna Bell Rohrman Schneider. She was raised in Greenfield, Indiana. She graduated in 1929 from Greenfield High School.

She was united in marriage to Frank Etherton on March 10th, 1940, in Los Angeles, California. Unto this union a daughter and a son arrived to bless their home. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage together and farmed, danced, traveled, and played euchre and bridge.

She also enjoyed gardening, canning and socializing with their many friends. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women and was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She enjoyed being the bookkeeper for the family farm as well.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Etherton of Madison; her son, John Steven Etherton and wife Linda of Indianapolis; her grandson, Kent Etherton; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Diane Etherton in 1959; her sisters, Helen Kaiser, Doris Haydock Lee Daily, Edna Crowell-Simpson, Leona Edwards, and Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Jessup; and her brothers, Leo Nicholas “Bill” Schneider and Marion Schneider.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 31st, by Pastor Nancy Harmon Chizmar at the Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home in Madison. Burial was in Hebron Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at www.morganwebsternay.com.