Anna Marie (Stilwell) Backer, 88, of Vevay, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1st, 2011, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.
She was born January 13th, 1923, in Rockport, Indiana, the daughter of Odie and Mary Clyde (Langdon) Stilwell, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Rockport and was a 1940 graduate of Rockport High School.
She was united in marriage on October 10th, 1941, in Troy, Indiana, to Joseph Simon Backer. Unto this union three daughters arrived to bless their her home. They moved to Vevay where they resided since 1953. They enjoyed over 42 years of marriage together until his death on June 9th, 1984.
She was employed by U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay for one year and then as a cook for the Vevay School System for six years. She retired from Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg where she was a member of the labor union. She was a life member and past president of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 Ladies Auxiliary and a member of Vevay VFW Post 5396 Ladies Auxiliary. She was past president for four terms of the PTO in Vevay. She was one of the original organizers of the Vevay Band Boosters. She will be remembered for her love of sewing, gardening, playing euchre and visiting with family and friends. She loved her animals and all God’s creatures.
Survivors include her daughters, JoAnn Connolly of Vevay, Simone Campbell of Vevay, and Veronica Anderson and husband Robert of Madison; her grandsons, Terry Hall, Bruce Hall, Jason Hall and William “Danny” Campbell; her great-grandchildren, Keli Gabbard, Caleb Hall, Katie Hall and Mark Hall; her great-great-grandson, Grant Leon Hall; her sisters, Eva Brown of Rockport, Elna Hayden of Belleville, Illinois, and Janet Adams of Rockport; her brother-in-law, Jack Lashley of Rockport; her sisters-in-law, Anna Lou Stilwell of Rockport, Novella Stilwell of Evansville and Jenny Backer of Indianapolis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Mark V. Hall; her sisters, Elizabeth “Sis” Bingle, Josephine Lashley and Mildred Herron; and her brothers, John Stilwell and William Stilwell.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Carl Jones at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6th, at Boultinghouse Funeral Home, 527 Main Street, Rockport, IN 47635. Friends may call from noon until service time Sunday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Troy.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 4th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. The Ladies auxiliaries of the VFW and American Legion will conduct services at 7 p.m. Friday at he funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter or the Switzerland County 4-H Endowment Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Shirley (Kinman) Pommerehn, 90, of Vevay, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, February 26th, 2011, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born August 7th, 1920, in Lamb, the daughter of Tony and Mattie (Marksberry) Kinman, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Lamb and was a 1939 graduate of Vevay High School. She was lifelong member of Union Baptist Church in Lamb and was the youngest Sunday School superintendent in the history of the church at the age of 18. She graduated secretarial school in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated nursing school in Indianapolis, as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
She was united in marriage on April 4th, 1942, in Brooksburg, to Glen Pommerehn. They enjoyed over 63 years of marriage together until his death on November 27th, 2005. They met on a blind date at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, arranged by her friend, Nadine Stewart.
She loved to play cards with her family and friends and she loved traveling in her younger years. She was also an avid horseback rider many years ago and bowled on a league in Indianapolis. Her first employment was with the Vevay Deposit Bank in Vevay. Later she accepted a position with the Yellow Transit Trucking Company in Madison, working in the Louisville, Kentucky and Indianapolis offices. She was also a Licensed Practical Nurse and practiced in nursing homes and did private duty nursing in Indianapolis for many years. Upon retirement, she and her husband returned to Vevay in 1980 where they spent their retirement years. They were not blessed with children of their own but were blessed with a niece and nephew and were a guiding force in their lives since childhood.
Survivors include her niece, Anne Kinman Menese and husband Jean-Phillipe of Atlanta, Georgia; her nephew, John R. Kinman and wife Libby of Vevay; her great-niece, Melanie Sirman Latour and husband Scott of Monroe, Georgia; and her great-great-nephew, Charlie Latour of Monroe, Georgia.
She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Clara Kinman Williams and Cosetta Kinman Wakefield; and her brothers, Leonard Kinman, Kirby Kinman, Clayton Kinman and Harold Kinman.
Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Mike Barnes Tuesday, March 1st, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Caledonia Cemetery near Moorefield. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Vernon L. Adams
Vernon L. “Vern” Adams, 71, of Madison, passed away at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011, at his home.
He was born May 23rd, 1939, in Trimble County, Kentucky, the son of the late James and Louise (Hammons) Adams. He was raised in Trimble County, Kentucky and w as a high school graduate. He moved to Jefferson County in the mid-1940s. He was inducted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War on September 6th, 1962, and rose to the rank of Sergeant, serving in Troop A Squadron 12th Cavalry 5th United States Army. He was honorably discharged on September 5th, 1968, from Fort Carson, Colorado. After high school he obtained a nursing degree through the Veterans Administration. He was employed with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, and had worked for the Madison State Hospital for 23 years as a registered nurse.
He married Wanda Kay Patterson Turner on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2011, in Bedford, Kentucky.
He enjoyed socializing, NASCAR, reading, fishing and I.U. basketball. He was a member of Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion, Madison Moose Lodge No. 765 and attended Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Trimble County, Kentucky.
Funeral services were conducted by Chaplain Don Maddex Saturday, February 26th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment was Sunday, February 27th, in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison with full military honors conducted at the cemetery chapel by the Honor Guard of Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vernon Lee Adams Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Debra Lynn (Hinman) Earl, 53, of near Moorefield, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Sunday, February 27th, 2011, at her home.
She was born June 27th, 1957, in Milan, the daughter of Donald and Norma F. (Smith) Hinman, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Rising Sun and Austin where she attended school.
She was united in marriage on August 21st, 1976, in Vevay, to Anthony Thomas “Tony” Earl. Unto this union one son arrived to bless their home.
She had resided near Moorefield the past 33 years. She was employed at U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay for several years and Grote Manufacturing in Madison for several years.
Survivors include her husband, Anthony Thomas “Tony” Earl of near Moorefield; her son, Jonathan Earl of Madison; her granddaughter, Mary Beth; her foster parents, Frank and Donetta Spicer of Austin; her foster sisters, Diane Williams, Pam Griffin and Sherry Kynion, all of Austin.
She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Rick Hinman, Gene Hinman and Barry Wayne Hinman.
Visitation was held Wednesday evening, March 2nd, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. There were no funeral services. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Flora Fern (Risk) Little, 95, of Ryker’s Ridge, passed away at 4:54 p.m. Sunday, February 27th, 2011, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.
She was born February 24th, 1916, in Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Tom and Goldie Lee Fisk. She resided in Jefferson County all of her life and was a 1933 graduate of North Madison High School.
On February 26th, 1934, in Louisville, Kentucky, she married Harwood Little, who passed away on December 21st, 1990. This union was blessed with two sons, Richard and Robert. The Littles enjoyed farming together on Ryker’s Ridge.
She worked for Pritchard Oil Company with John Rankin as a clerk. She retired after 28 years of service as a cook for Madison Consolidated School System at Ryker’s Ridge Elementary. She enjoyed preparing delicious meals for the students and making sure they had plenty of food for the day. She was a faithful member of Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church and attended as long as her health permitted. She took great pride in her home, farm and her appearance. She enjoyed preparing delicious meals for her family, baking, sewing, mowing her lawn, caring and watching after her cattle, watching Days of Our Lives and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her sons, Richard D. Little and wife Anna and Robert Little and wife Jeanine, all of Ryker’s Ridge; her grandchildren, Mark Little and friend Taryn Lloyd; Cindy Little and fiance David Bowen; Megan Little Timm and husband Brian; her great-grandchildren, Cody Little, Mark Little II, Andy Little, Lura Little, Addison Timm and Caden Timm; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Lucy Geisler and husband Dale; her brothers, Herbert Risk and wife Leona and Orville Risk; and her nephew, Buddy Geisler.
Funeral services will be conducted by Dr. Paul Brewster at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be in Brooksburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church or Brooksburg Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.