Obituaries week of 3-5-09


Cindy Ann Blackburn

Ms. Cindy Ann Blackburn, age 51, of near Moorefield, passed away on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay.

Visitation and service time information may be accessed through the funeral home’s website,

J. Warren Fox

J. Warren Fox, age 90, passed away on Friday, February 27th, 2009.

Warren Fox was born on August 11th, 1918, in Pendleton, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his father, Herman L. Fox in 1961; and his mother, Louisa M. (Detraz) Fox who passed away in 1967.

Warren Fox was raised Vevay, and had been a resident of Kalamazoo since 1961.

He served in World War II as a Captain in the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army. He was educated at and a graduate of Indiana University. He retired from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 1992 after serving for 17 years as an instructor in the Business Department; and was granted Emeritus status.

He was a member of the Indiana University Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan; the Kalamazoo Board of Realtors during the 25 years he was active in real estate; the Acacia Fraternity; and was a past president of the Wabash, Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wabash Rotary Club.

He was in the retail business in Wabash, Indiana for several years.

Warren Fox was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church.

On December 19th, 1942, he was married to Mary Susan Schmalz, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Rebecca Susan Ermatinger and her husband Peter; and three grandchildren: Rita Marie, Elyse Ann, and Brian Lee Ermatinger; and a great-granddaughter, Abigail, all of Evart, Michigan.

Also surviving is a brother, Newell D. Fox of Louisville, Kentucky; a nephew, Dr. William J. Schmalz of Bloomington, Indiana; a god-daughter, Kimberly Ann (Schmalz) Ochsenschlager of Hinsdale, Illinois; and several nieces and cousins.

Services were held at the Langeland Family Funeral Home, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Tuesday, March 3rd, with the Reverend Dr. Douglas Vernon of First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Reverend Keith Treman of First United Methodist Church, Portland, Michigan, officiating. Entombment followed at Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the KVCC Foundation or to the First United Methodist Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Please see for online obituary, directions, register book and condolences.

Mabel Leigh Cutter

Mabel Leigh (Lock) Cutter, age 85, of Winchester, Kentucky, formerly of Madison and Vevay, died on Saturday, February 28th, 2009 at 10:43 a.m. at Winchester Care Center in Winchester, Kentucky.

Mabel Cutter entered this life on February 25th, 1924, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Eugene and Daisy (Rice) Lock.

She was raised in Switzerland County, where she attended school. Mabel had resided in Switzerland County until 1974, when she moved to Madison. Mabel then moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 2005 to be near her daughter.

Mabel Cutter retired in 1989, from the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay, after 38 years of dedicated service. She will be remembered for her love of watching television, especially Bob Barker on “The Price is Right”.

Mabel will be lovingly remembered by her daughters: Brenda Leigh Bennett and her husband, William of Louisville, Kentucky; Jerri Ann Morris and her husband, Doug of Cynthiana, Kentucky; her grandchildren: Michael, Kimberly, Mark, Ashley and Allison; her great-grandchildren: Stacey, Charles and Amber; her great-great-grandchildren: Nathaniel, Trenton, Kailynn and Shyla; her sister: Viola Bright of Princeton, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Eugene and Daisy (Rice) Lock; her sister, Annie Banta; and her brothers: Walter, Albert, Lee, Chester and Leslie Lock.

Funeral services will be private for the immediate family. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice East, 407 Shoppers Drive Winchester, Kentucky 40391. Cards are available at the funeral home. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Lois J. Ralston

Lois J. Keller Ralston, age 74, of Madison, Indiana, passed away on Monday, March 2nd, 2009, at 1:13 p.m. at the Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Lois Ralston entered this life on March 2nd, 1935, in Madison, the daughter of Alonzo Russell “Bus” and Verla Mae Barber Keller. She resided all of her life in Jefferson County, and was a 1953 graduate of North Madison High School.

She was united in marriage on October 24th, 1953, at the Hebron Baptist Church to Bobby W. Ralston; and to this union arrived one daughter and one son to bless their home.

She was employed for 40 years from 1953-1993 at the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison as a clerk typist, purchasing and scheduling of ammunition testing. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren’s sporting events, cooking, traveling, spiritual music and wintering in Florida.

She was a faithful member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Madison.

Lois will be missed by her loving husband, Bobby W. Ralston of Madison; her loving daughter: Robin C. Ball and her husband, Richard of Madison; her loving son: Garry W. Ralston and his wife, Jackie of New Albany, Indiana; and her grandchildren: Ashley and Christopher Ball; Megan and Corey Ralston. She will also be remembered by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Alonzo Russell “Bus” and Verla Mae Barber Keller; her brother, Marvin Keller.

Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday, March 5th), at 1 p.m., by the Reverend Mike Hamby at the Calvary Baptist Church, 2632 Michigan Road in Madison. Interment will follow in the Hebron Cemetery near Madison.

Friends may call today (Thursday) from 11 a.m. until time of the service at the Calvary Baptist Church in Madison.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at