Obituaries week of 11-13-08


Katherine Bosaw

Katherine Margaret (Henry) Bosaw, 89, of Vevay, passed away Tuesday, November 11th, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born January 24th, 1919, in Patriot, the daughter of William Harvey and Lillian (Romans) Henry, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Patriot where she attended school and had resided in Vevay the past 44 years.

She was united in marriage on November 13th, 1936, in Rising Sun, to George Joseph Bosaw. Unto this union a son and two daughters arrived to bless their home.

She was employed at U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay from 1960-1985, retiring after 25 years of service. She was a member of Switzerland Baptist Church and Center Square Extension Homemakers Club. She will be remembered for her love of taking long walks.

Survivors include her son, Melvin Bosaw and wife Audrey of Vevay; her daughters, Ramona Hunt and husband Clarence of Fairview and Joyce Atkinson and husband Dennis of Mooresville, Indiana; her grandchildren, Louann, Greg, Kenny, Steve, Melissa, Michael, Denny and Michelle; her great-grandchildren, Steven, Jennifer, Ashley, Evan, Austin, Christopher, Jeremy, Josh, Amanda, Adam and Andrew; her great-great-grandson, Steven, Jr.; her brother, James “Bud” Henry of Rising Sun; her sister, Gertrude Chipman of Rising Sun; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Bosaw on March 23rd, 1973; her brothers, Alva, Leonard, Everett and Howard Henry; and her sisters, Jessie Henry and Hallie C. Rayl.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, November 14th, by Brother Lenny Thorpe at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to Switzerland Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Paul J. Speier

Paul J. Speier, 87, of Bear Branch, passed away Sunday, November 9th, in Lawrenceburg.

He was born Tuesday, April 5th, 1921, in Dayton, Kentucky, the son of Louis A. and Sophia (Haunert) Speier, who both preceded him in death. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Foresters and was a former Bear Branch Volunteer Fireman. He worked as a sheet metal worker for the C&O Railroad, retiring after over 35 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Audrey Speier of Bear Branch; his daughters, Sandra Althoff of Vevay, Dorothy “Cookie” Althoff of Bright, and Jennifer Staley of Fort Wayne; his stepsons, Jerry Withered of Lafayette, Dan and David Withered, both of Bloomington, and Joe Withered of Dallas, Texas; his stepdaughters, Roxanne Meyer of Versailles and Kathy Cox of Carmel; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 12th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Joseph Feltz and Father Thomas Speier officiating. Interment was in Marker Althoff Cemetery in Bear Branch with Color Guard services conducted by the Korean War Veterans and the American Veterans. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department, Charity of donor’s choice, or Mass. Visit:

Joan Vonderbrink

Joan Vonderbrink, 77, of Lawrenceburg, passed away Thursday, November 6th, at her home.

She was born Sunday, August 30th, 1931, in McConnelsville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Mildred (Devitt) Love. She was a volunteer for Baby Baskets (formerly Kidability); and the Rape Crisis Center.

She is survived by her husband, Louis Vonderbrink; her sons, Mark Vonderbrink, Matt Vonderbrink, Michael Vonderbrink, Richard Kindler, Patrick Vonderbrink and Brian Vonderbrink; her daughters, Amy Hazelbaker, Annie Vonderbrink, Lynn (Kindler) Lozier, Beth Vonderbrink and Meg Vonderbrink; her grandchildren, Amy Lozier, Travis Lozier, Mariah Kindler and Ian Kindler; 32 Vonderbrink grandchildren; her great-grandchildren, Kayden, Jade, Ricala and Zoey; and 10 Vonderbrink great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Love.

Funeral services were held at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg Tuesday, November 11th, with Pastor Pat Lanman officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Dearborn County Hospice or ALS Societies (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Visit: