Obituaries week of 03-6-08


Carolyn J. Peters

Carolyn J. “Connie Jo” (Poling) Peters, 64, of Pleasant, passed away Sunday, March 2nd, at Hospice of Cincinnati.

She was born May 19th, 1943, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Clyde and Lottie (Brandon) Poling, who both preceded her in death.

She was united in marriage on November 4th, 1967, in Patriot, to Larry Gene Peters, who survives.

She was employed at Conn Organ Company in Madison from 1965-1978. She enjoyed babysitting and gardening. She was a member of the Happy Go Lucky Homemakers Club, was a former member of Brushy Fork Baptist Church and attended New Hope Baptist Church in Aurora.

Survivors include her brother, Clyde P. Bud” Poling and wife Mary Ruth of Rising Sun; her sisters, Eva Fette and husband Irvin of Florence, Freda Walker and husband Harry “Tuffy” of Quercus Grove, Jeanette McCarty of Pleasant, Fannie White and husband Bush of Rising Sun, and Janie Poling of Madison; Ashley McClure of Pleasant who was like a granddaughter to her; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, William Howard “Pete” Poling and Wilbur E. “Webb” Poling; and her nephew, Donnie.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, March 6th) by Pastor Jerry Holliday at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Paul Ronald Reed

Paul Ronald “Ronnie” Reed, 63, of Madison, passed away Monday, March 3rd, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born November 30th, 1944, in Madison, the son of Milford and Mabel (Harmon) Reed, who both preceded him in death. He spent his early life in Switzerland County, moving to Madison later in life. He was a 1964 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School.

He was united in marriage on May 20th, 1966, in Madison, to Doris P. Overpeck. Unto this union three daughters and a son arrived to bless their home.

He was raised in and was a member of the Braytown Christian Church. He was employed from 1971 to 1999 in housekeeping with Madison State Hospital. He enjoyed playing the guitar and playing in the “Rambling Fever Band” where he played bass guitar. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Doris P. (Overpeck) Reed of Madison; his daughters, Paula Marksberry, Rhonda Konkle, Amy Johnson and husband Robbie, all of Madison; his son, Paul Kevin Reed and wife Dyan of Butlerville; his sister-in-law, Donna Reed of Madison; his grandchildren, Christopher Konkle and companion Dureen Romans, Heather and Amanda Marksberry, Jordan and Kristin Johnson, Diana Paige, Santana and Paul Kevin Reed, Jr., and Kayla Siefker; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Thomas L. Reed on August 7th, 2007.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 7th, by Chaplain Gene Ritchie at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery near Madison. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m,. today (Thursday) and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital or the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Blake Hill

Blake Matthew Hill, seven-month-old infant son of Troy and Whitney (Leatherbury) Hill of Corydon, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, February 26th, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He is survived by his parents; his brother, Brandon Michael Hill of Corydon; his grandparents, Jim, Jr., and Janice Hill of Corydon, Patty Chanley and Rich Williams of Petersburg, Indiana, Susan Leatherbury of Tobinsport, Indiana, and Douglas Leatherbury of Salem; and his great-grandparents, Pearl Leatherbury of Vevay, Jim and Mary Rose Hill of Jamestown, Kentucky, Charles Chanley of Leavenworth, Indiana, and Bob and Betty Jones of Scottsburg.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1st, at the Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon with Reverend Chris Gadlage officiating. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon. The family suggests memorial gifts be made to the Lili Claire Foundation for Williams Syndrome at 2800 28th Street, Suite 160, Santa Monica, California 90405.

Howard Brameier

Howard Louis “Bud” Brameier, 83, of Rising Sun, passed away Thursday, February 28th, at Shady Nook Care Center in Lawrenceburg.

He was born November 20th, 1924, in Florence, the son of Ernest Henry and Mary Marie (Bennett) Brameier. He was a graduate of Patriot High School, Class of 1943. He retired as a carpenter in 1987 from Joseph E. Seagram in Lawrenceburg. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. He was a former member of Patriot Masonic Lodge and was a former coach of Pony League and Little League.

On January 3rd, 1943, he married Mildred Koons, who survives.

Other survivors include his sons, Gary Brameier and Joe Brameier and wife Donna, all of Rising Sun; his daughters, Glenda Wells and husband Marvin of Danville, Illinois, Gail Mountz and husband Irvie of Decatur and Ginger Siekman of Rising Sun; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles “Shorty”, Roy and Herschel Brameier; and his sister, Charlotte Gullion.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 3rd, by Reverend Jim Jenkins at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Loren H. Browning

Loren H. “Dodie” “Poncho” Browning, 82, of Zionsville, formerly of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, February 27th, in Zionsville.

He was born January 14th, 1926, in Vevay, the son of Elmer and Henrietta (Hackman) Martin Browning, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Vevay where he attended school and was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 13th, 1944, at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, rising to the rank of staff sergeant., 307 Bombardment Group. He served in the Western Pacific Air Combat, China Offensive, New Guinea and the South Philippines Liberation Campaigns during World War II. He received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon and the Asiatic Theater Ribbon with five Bronze Stars. He was honorably discharged on April 4th, 1946, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

He was united in marriage May 9th, 1974, in Zionsville to Anna J. James, who died March 4th, 2004.

He retired in 1988 as a truck driver for Teamster’s Local 716 in Indianapolis after 24 years of service. He had resided in Zionsville since 1974, where he was a member of American Legion Post 79, Zionsville Masonic Lodge 97 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, the Murat Shrine of Boone County, Vevay VFW Post 5396, and Forty & Eight Post 1318 in Lebanon.

Survivors include his son, Richard D. Browning of Milan; his daughters, Lucretia M. Lyon and husband Mike of Vevay and Vickie D. McCollum of Warsaw, Kentucky; his daughter-in-law, Sally Stewart of Madison; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Erma Fivecoat of Westport, Leo Jester of Vevay, and Bertha Browning of Vevay; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Samuel E. Stewart; his daughter-in-law, Velma Rose Browning; his brother, Arthur Browning; his sister, Jeanette Griffin; and his half brothers, Ben and Harold Martin.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 1st, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted at the graveside by the Honor Guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 79. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Teresa McClellan

Teresa Ann “Terri” (South) McClellan, 49, of Deputy, passed away Friday, February 29th, at Hospice Inpatient & Pallative Care in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born March 10th, 1958, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Robert George “Bob” and Nancy Joanne (Gerber) South of Patriot, who both survive. She spent her early life in Cincinnati and then the family moved to Switzerland County. She was a 1976 graduate of Switzerland County High School in Vevay.

She was united in marriage February 19th, 1977, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora, to Michael. McClellan. Unto this union two daughters and one son arrived to bless their home.

She resided the past 21 years in Jefferson County and was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She was employed earlier in life by U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay. She later worked at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in the laundry department for seven years. For the past 10 years she was a mold operator at Grote Industries in Madison. In her spare time she enjoyed preparing delicious meals for her family, watching the food network, caring for her dogs and animals, watching NASCAR, especially driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. She was eagerly awaiting the birth of her first granddaughter, Mashya, due to arrive on April 7th, 2008.

Other survivors include her husband, Michael L. McClellan of Deputy; her daughters, Amy Lynn Massie and Andrew of Deputy, and Jodi Wells and husband Ryan of Deputy; her son, Curtis McClellan of Deputy; her sister, Sandra Ann Brandt and husband Troy of Decatur; her brothers, Robert Michael South and wife Volina, John Anthony South and wife Tracey and Jerome William South and wife Dianna, all of Vevay, and James Matthew South of Florence, Kentucky; her sisters-in-law, Kathy Hunt and husband Wayne of Allensville and Tammy McClellan of Florence; her mother-in-law, Maralee McClellan of Florence; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; and her father-in-law, Norman Lee McClellan on October 2nd, 1994.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 5th, by Reverend John A. Meyer at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Pisgah Cemetery near Deputy. Prayer service was held Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Shawe and Pope John or the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Edward Clapham

Edward Raphael Clapham, 87, of Madison, died Sunday, February 24th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison..

He was born October 4th, 1920, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Clarence R. and Lucille Clapham, who both preceded him in death. He served in the Ohio National Guard from 1936 until 1941. He owned and operated an Indian-brand motorcycle dealership and later worked at City Loan Finance Company in Columbus, Ohio. He moved his family to Madison in 1957 and was employed at the former First National Bank of Madison. He later managed the Main Finance Company, established an H&R Block office, worked for the Bank of Louisville, and was the assistant business manager at Hanover College. In 1973, he purchased Fashion Cleaners, which he operated until his retirement. He also served as president of First National Bank of Vevay and later served on the board of directors of People’s Bank. He had served as a deacon of Madison Presbyterian Church, was a Little League basketball coach and was a Madison Regatta volunteer. He was commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in Madison and was a member of the Madison Elks Lodge, the former Madison Country Club, the Jefferson County Board of Realtors, a Past Master of Union Lodge #2 F & AM and former chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party. In retirement, he co-owned Riverscape Realty Inc., and restored historic properties in downtown Madison.

He is survived by his daughter, Dianna Terry of Madison; his sons, Dean Clapham and Donald Clapham, both of Madison, and Stephen Clapham of Des Moines, Iowa; his brother, Clarence D. Clapham of Columbus, Ohio; his half sisters, Shirley Goben of Jefferson City, Missouri, Marlene Heltz of Mansfield, Ohio, Judy Hildreth of Westerville, Ohio, Lynda Nevills of Columbus, Ohio, and Kathy Shrewsbury of London, Ohio; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Darlene Clapham, who died June 3rd, 2007; his sister, Juanita Joy Harrington; and one grandson.

The funeral service was held Friday, February 29th, at First Baptist Church. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Union Lodge 2 F & AM conducted Masonic services Thursday, February 28th, at Lytle Funeral Chapel in Madison. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the John H. Clapham Memorial Endowment for the Jefferson County Youth Shelter of Pathways. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences can be sent at

Jeanette Withers

Jeanette Withers, 86, of Sardinia, Ohio, formerly of Vevay, passed away Saturday, March 1st, at Brown County General Hospital in Georgetown, Ohio.

She was born July 21st, 1921, in Fairview, the daughter of the late Orville and Eva (Gary) Goodner. She was retired from U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay after 35 years of service. She loved to crochet and sew.

Survivors include her daughter, Diana Schwallie and husband Karl of Sardinia, Ohio; her grandson, Kyle Schwallie and wife Amy of Sardinia; her granddaughter, Kristina Kratzer and husband Eric of Sardinia; her great-grandchildren, Keith and Kennedy Kratzer and Hannah Schwallie; her sister, Dorothy Pfriem of Cincinnati, Ohio; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Eugene P. Withers in 1948; her sisters, Elizabeth Wallers, Marie Chase, Kathleen Lee and Edith Clayton; and her brother, Wilfred Goodner.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 4th, by Reverend Dohrman Byars at Cahall Funeral Home in Georgetown, Ohio. Interment was in St. Mary Cemetery in Arnheim. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sardinia Life Squad. Private condolences may be sent to the family at: