Obituaries week of 04-17-08


Paul Beal, Sr.

Paul Daniel Beal, Sr., 77, of Vevay, passed away Friday, April 11th, in Vevay.

He was born September 16th, 1930, in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, the son of George A. and Ruth M. (Salmon) Beal, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, where he attended school.

He was united in marriage March 1st, 1951, in Covington, Kentucky, to Dorene Rae Nussbaum. Unto this union three daughters and two sons arrived to bless their home. She passed away December 29th, 2003.

He retired in 1992, after 25 years as a baker for the Klosterman Bakery in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a member of the Bakery and Confectionery Union and Industry Local #213. He will be remembered for his love of dancing, fishing, gardening, and woodworking. He always enjoyed his daily visits to the senior center.

Other survivors include his daughters, Loretta Knaus and husband Dennis of Vevay, Mary Shepherd and husband Tom of Florence, Kentucky, and Donna Beal of Florence, Kentucky; his sons, Chris Beal and wife Gayle of Verona, Kentucky and Paul Beal, Jr., of Carrollton, Kentucky; his grandchildren, Crystal May, BJ Knaus, Christopher Beal, Jr., Elizabeth Beal, Mathew Beal, Zachary Beal, Jennifer Beal and Angel Tucker Beal; and one great-grandchild.

He was also precede in death by his brothers, George, Bud and Pat Beal; and his sisters, Patricia Hedge, Betty Hedger and Dorothy Beal.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 15th, by Reverend Wayne Daugherty at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Graveside services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Friday, April 18th, with burial in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Dearborn County Hospice, Fredonia Baptist Church or to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s web site at

Pearl Penick

Pearl Ann Penick, 61, of near Rising Sun, passed away Tuesday, April 8th, at her home.

She was born March 28th, 1947, in Chapmansville, West Virginia, the daughter of Clayton and Bertha (Kirk) Anderson, who both preceded her in death. She was a line cook at Argosy Casino in Lawrenceburg. She loved to cook and was famous for her creme pies.

She was married February 20th, 1988, to Luther Penick, Jr., who survives.

Other survivors include her sons, Mark Allen Napper of East Enterprise and David Lee Napper of Palm Springs, California; her brothers, Bill Drake of Panther, West Virginia and Clayton Anderson, Jr., of Rising Sun; her sisters, Doris Cline of Panther, West Virginia and Betty Strickland of Grafton, Ohio; and her grandchildren, Nicole, Timber and Tessla.

She was also preceded in death by her sons, Jerry Wayne Napper and William Matthew Napper.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, April 12th, by Brother Greg Matthew at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Bertha Bliton

Bertha Irene (Thornton) Bliton, 94, of Madison, formerly of Canaan, passed away Saturday, April 12th, at Wusthoff Hospital in Melbourne, Florida.

She was born October 17th, 1913, in Canaan, the daughter of Charles and Grace (Jackson) Thornton, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in the Canaan community, residing there for many years.

She was united in marriage May 1st, 1935, to Meredith W. Bliton. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home. He passed away in 1984.

She owned and operated, with her husband and son, the Canaan Grocery in Canaan in the 1950s. She was a member for over 50 years of Madison Chapter 530 of the Order of Eastern Star. She was also a member of the Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church near Canaan. She enjoyed playing cards with her Canaan friends and she loved the Canaan community and all of her friends there. She and her husband moved to Madison and lived there for a number of years. In 2002 she moved to Viera, Florida, to reside with her son. She enjoyed good health until recently when her health began to decline.

Survivors include her son, Gilbert Bliton and wife Sandra of Viera, Florida; her grandson, Jonathan Bliton and wife Anne of Florida; her granddaughter, Gina Bliton of Florida; several nieces, nephews and other relatives; and her special friends, David M. Lyon of Livonia, Michigan and Bruce L. Lyon of Canaan.

She was also preceded in death by her infant son, Kenneth Rae Bliton in 1946; her sisters, Mabel Waddle and Ivy Shook; and her brothers, Frank, Christie, Calvin and Kenneth Thornton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18th, by Reverend Ed Roberts at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today (Thursday) and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Madison Chapter #530 Order of Eastern Star will conduct memorial services today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church or Volunteers for Grandview Committee. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Elizabeth L. Adams

Elizabeth L. Adams, 83, of Speedway, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, April 9th.

She was a graduate of Vevay High School. She was a homemaker and was a cafeteria worker at North Central High School and L.S. Ayers. She was a member of Speedway Nazarene Church and the Garden Club.

Survivors include her sons, Woody Adams, Jr., and wife Diana and Jerry Adams and wife Allene; her grandchildren, Laura, Stephen, Stephanie, Dawn, David and Danny; 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and her brothers, Linnie and Chuck Manuel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Woody Adams Sr.; her brother, J.W. Manuel; and her sister Mabel Adams.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 14th, at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center-Speedway. Burial followed at Lincoln Memory Gardens.

John Mills

John Henry Mills, 66, passed away Saturday, April 12th, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born December 10th, 1941, in Manchester, Kentucky, the son of Henry and Sophia (Marcum) Mills. He spent most of his childhood in Ross, Ohio, attending Ross Local Schools. As a young man he served in the U.S. Army from 1964-1966.

He married Margaret Ogle and had two sons. Later in life he moved to Indiana and married Carlett Plecko. Unto this union the couple totaled four children.

He was a police officer in Ross, Ohio for five years and was a member of the Venice Volunteer Fire Department. He worked in the construction industry for over 40 years.

He is survived by his children, Tounja Goldstone and husband Daniel of East Enterprise, John Mills and wife Renda of East Enterprise, Iva Hornsby and husband Lester of Rising Sun, and Destry Mills and Katrina of Sevierville, Tennessee; his mother, Sophia Mills of Ross; his brother, Jerry Mills and wife Linda of Ross; his grandchildren, Jimmy, Becky, Anthony, Brook, Lily, Sierra, Aaron, Hannah, Kaleb, Erika and Dusty; and his great-grandchildren, Brendon and Brylea; and many other loving relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Mills; and his brothers, Ray and Doug Mills.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Thursday) at Charles C. Young Funeral Home, 4021 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross, Ohio, with burial following in Venice Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Switzerland County (Indiana) EMS.