Obituaries week of 10-9-08


Carroll Sloan

Carroll Sloan, 66, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, October 8th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Leonard Sams

Leonard Sams, 83, of Rising Sun, formerly of Bear Branch, passed away Monday, October 6th, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

He was born April 21st, 1925, in Rock Castle County, Kentucky, the son of Alfred Andrew “Alf” and Maggie Mae (Clark) Sams, who both preceded him in death. He was inducted into the U.S.. Navy on December 28th, 1942, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged on November 12th, 1945, at the U.S. Naval Personnel Separation Center in Toledo, Ohio.

He was united in marriage on November 2nd, 1946, in Harrison, Indiana, to Ethel Jean Ellis. Unto this union a son and a daughter arrived to bless their home. She passed away May 3rd, 1994. A later marriage was to Mary Margaret (Whitsitt) Chitwood on December 10th, 1994, and she resides in Madison.

He was a farmer and had farmed most all of his life. He was employed on the production line with Fischer’s Body in Hamilton, Ohio, for 12 years. He was a Metalizer operator for Aurora Casket Company in Aurora for 10 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of Brushy Fork Baptist Church.

Also surviving is his son, Lenny Sams and wife Janice of Rising Sun; his daughter, Patsy Rimstidt and husband Norman of Bear Branch; his grandsons, Rodney, Jimmy, Jason and Jeremy; his great-grandchildren, Abbey, Oliver, Tyler, Valerie, Gabrielle, Olivia and Cody; his brothers, Amos Sams of Cincinnati, Ohio, Burgess Sams of New Smyrna, Florida, Fred Sams of Houston, Texas, and Herman Sams of Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Everett and Andrew Sams; and his sisters, Ora Stahl and Wanda Helton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 11th, by Pastor Keith Chandler at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Friday, October 10th. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Norma Skrynek

Norma Lee (Bennett) Leep Skrynek, 86, of Parker, Colorado, passed away Thursday, February 14th.

She was born in Vevay, on April 10th, 1921, to Walter Clyde Bennett and Mavis Perle (Curry) Bennett. She attended the Vevay schools and graduated from Vevay High School in 1939. She enjoyed dancing with her high school sweetheart Orville “Buggy” Leep.

On January 4th, 1943, she married Orville Edgar Leep at the Vevay Baptist Church while he was serving in the U.S. Army. They lived in Houston, Texas before Orville was shipped out to the Philippines to serve his country. Unto this union was born a son, Michael Ray and a daughter, Gaynell. They lived in Indianapolis, Brownsburg and Bloomingdale, Illinois. They were married 26 years until Orville’s death September 10th, 1969.

In 1974, she married Edward Skrynek and retired to Santa Rosa, California. They were very active members of the Presbyterian Church of the Roses and enjoyed many activities with their church and making new friendships. She enjoyed learning the sport of lawn bowling. She was very good at it and brought home many trophies. She enjoyed cooking, entertaining, gardening (especially growing roses). She was a seamstress and an avid reader. She began oil painting after Orville’s death and painted many beautiful landscapes over the years. She was privileged to travel during her lifetime. She and Orville traveled to Europe for their 25th wedding anniversary. The highlight of this trip was to visit their son, Mike, and his new bride, Betty, in Germany as Mike was serving in the U.S. Army. She also traveled to Jamaica and Tahiti with her good friend, Lil.

Norma and Ed were excited to travel to Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Hawaii and the Panama Canal. He passed away June 16th, 1992.

In 2003, she moved to Colorado to be close to her daughter after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

She is survived by her son, Mike Leep and wife Betty; her daughter, Gaynell Dolton and husband Lex; her grandsons, Todd and Adam D’Aloia; her granddaughter, Stacy Colston and husband Kyle; her great-grandsons, Cade and Brady Colston, Avi D’Aloia; and great-granddaughter, Kylee Colston; her stepdaughter, Gail Dzwir and husband Dennis; her step grandson, Justin; and her step granddaughters, Courtney and Tiffany.

She loved her family very much and found great joy being with them and her many friends. Through all of her travels, her heart never left Vevay. She was very proud of growing up and being from Vevay and talked about all the people there who had touched her life.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 11th, at 11 a.m. at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay. Lunch will follow the service.

Connie S. Darling

Connie S. Darling, 68, of Bright, passed away Monday, October 6th, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born November 11th, 1939, in Sunman, the daughter of Raymond and Edna Lattire. She was a nanny and was a member of Bright Christian Church.

Survivors include her son, Jeff Darling and wife Teresa of near East Enterprise; her daughters, Jennifer Clark and husband Jim of West Harrison, Indiana and Jackie Mulligan and husband Chris of Cleves, Ohio; her brothers and sisters, Dolly Konradi, Jean Eckstein, Pooch Howard-Britton, Shirley Campbell, Minnie Ellinghausen and Daren Lattire; numerous grandchildren; and her dear mother-in-law, Ruth Darling.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry Darling on April 21st, 1979; and her brothers and sisters, Ditty, Kenny and Larry Lattire.

Funeral services will be conducted by ministers Mark Fugate and Tom Benter today (Thursday, October 9th) at 2:30 p.m. at Jackman Kercheval Meyers Funeral Home in Harrison, Ohio. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Penntown, Indiana. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until service time today (Thursday). Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.