Obituaries week of 5/10/07


Thelma Trinkle

Thelma Trinkle, 83, of Aubrey, Texas, formerly of Vevay and Cincinnati, passed away Sunday, May 6th, in Aubrey.
She was born February 27th, 1924, in Vevay, the daughter of Richard T. and Lura E. (Banta) Trinkle, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Vevay and was a 1942 graduate of Vevay High School. After high school, she was employed for a year at Joseph Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg to earn money for college. She earned her degree in nursing from Miami University. She began a long career in nursing at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, retiring as a Registered Nurse in 1986, after 42 years of service. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, collecting recipes and cookbooks.
Survivors include her nieces, Rebecca Dickinson and husband Gary of Aubrey, Pam Resse and husband Kevin of Chicago, Illinois, Debbie Massie and husband Bob of Bahrain; her brother–in-law, Wilfred Pavy of Lawrenceburg; six great-nieces; four great-nephews; two great-great nieces and two great-great nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Joann Pavy on August 10th, 1985.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) by Reverend John Scudder at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

James E. Smith

James E. Smith, 80, of Canaan, passed away Wednesday, May 2nd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born February 26th, 1927, in Switzerland County, the son of Russell Harold and Doris (Orem) Smith, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1945 graduate of Vevay High School. He was inducted into the U.S. Army August 27th, 1945, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, rising to the rank of Private First Class. He served during World War II as a guard over the prisoners in Korea. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal (Japan). He was honorably discharged November 9th, 1946, at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
He was united in marriage on October 29th, 1946, in Rising Sun, to Pauline C. Berkemeyer, who preceded him in death. Thelma and Wilbur Tinker were their attendants.
He was a bus driver for the Switzerland County School Corporation for many years. He also worked at Maddox Tobacco Warehouse in Madison for several years. He was a sub-mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for several years.
He was always a farmer at heart and that was instilled in him at an early age by his father-in-law, Johnnie Berkemeyer. After the death of his beloved companion, Pauline, James’ youngest brother, Johnny, became his sidekick. James ran a vegetable and produce stand at his farm near Cross Plains where Johnny would help him. James was known nationwide for the sweet corn he grew. His favorite pastime was hunting mushrooms, finding thousands in a season. He was a faithful member of Cross Plains Baptist Church.
Survivors include his daughter, Faith Ann Wood and husband Ralph of Versailles; his son, Glenn Smith and wife Janie of Cross Plains; his grandchildren, David, Kevin, Chris, Tim, John, Mike and Amy; his great-grandchildren, Brian, Derek, Annabelle, Brandon and Samantha; his step-great-grandchildren, Cora and Emily; his brother, David Smith of Fishers, Indiana; his sister, Ruby Dunning of Greendale; his sisters-in-law, Isabelle “Kay” Smith of Fairview and Ilone Westmeyer of Sanford, Florida.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Alfred, Russell E. “Johnny” and Harold Smith.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 6th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Salem Cemetery with military rites conducted at the graveside by Versailles American Legion Post 173. Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Elmer Oder, Jr.

Elmer Leon Oder, Jr., 48, of Vevay, passed away Tuesday, May 1st, at his home.
He was born January 30th, 1959, in Cincinnati, the son of Elmer Leon, Sr., and Carol Kathleen (Petrosky) Oder. He was raised in Cincinnati and had resided in Vevay the past 20 years. He owned and operated CER Construction in Vevay for three years. He was a jack of all trades, including carpentry, construction, woodworking and mechanics He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. He was a member of Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay.
Survivors include his parents, Elmer Leon, Sr., and Carol Oder of Vevay; his sons, Elmer Leon Oder, III of Cincinnati and Daniel Oder and wife Chasity of Greendale; his daughters, Kathleen “Kitty” Geiger and husband Dennis of Cincinnati, Kimberly Haynes and husband Derek of Blanchester, Ohio, and Amanda Vanlandingham and husband J.B. of Cincinnati; his grandchildren, Ethan Geiger, Mariah Geiger, Dalton Legamen and Dakota Rutledge; his brother, Douglas Oder of Cincinnati; his sisters, Michele Wuebbling of Cincinnati and Cherie Schoonover of Vevay; his half brother, Charlie Pence of Sparta, Kentucky; and several uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Emil and Florella (Fagin) Petrosky and John and Loretta (Taylor) Oder.
Private services were conducted Thursday, May 3rd, by Reverend John Meyer at Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Martin Michael Norman

Martin M. Norman, 70, of Nashville, Tennessee, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away Wednesday, May 2nd, at Centinal Hospital in  Nashville.
He was born in Texas, on July 1st, 1936, the son of Michael and Carmen Norman. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was self employed in the security alarm business. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, traveling and meeting people.
He is survived by his sons, Martin Norman and wife Tammy, and Michael Norman and wife Yasmin; his daughters, Bridgette Danneker and husband Dave, and Dea Schamp and husband Eric; brothers, David Norman and Richard Norman; and his grandchildren, Wayne Danneker, Kim Danneker, Martin Norman and Kyle Norman.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home in Kokomo. Burial was in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Edward U. Ball

Edward U. Ball, 86, formerly of Bennington, passed away Thursday, May 3rd, at the home of his daughter, Judy Gooden and her husband Don in Dillsboro, where he and his wife had resided for the past five years.
He was postmaster of Vevay Post Office from 1975-1983. Beginning his career in the Cincinnati area, he spent 33 years with the U.S. Postal Service. Upon moving to Switzerland County in 1975, he faithfully attended the Bennington United Methodist Church with his family and was a member and former president of the Vevay Kiwanis Club.
Upon his retirement from the Vevay Post Office in 1983, he and his wife spent the winters in Bokeelia, Florida. He loved organizing the Friday night sing-a-long where he sang, played the harmonica and guitar. He also performed at nursing homes, was a Salvation Army bell-ringer and a long-time member of the local Fort Myers harmonica band. He had a love of music and was still “singing for his supper” until the end. Strong faith, loving family man, quick wit, quiet nature and genuine goodness . . . all describe Eddie Ball. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Nedra (Newton) Ball; his son, Michael Ball and wife Kathleen of Cincinnati; his daughters, Judith Gooden and husband Donald of Dillsboro and Nancy Maschmeyer and husband William of Franklin; his grandchildren, Michelle Edwards and husband Blake, Erica Lewis and husband Greg, Amy Ball, all of Cincinnati, Kristi Asbury of Chatham, Illinois, Michael Ball of Cincinnati and Craig Maschmayer of Franklin; his great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn and Alexis Kiehl, Genevieve, Julianna and Gabriella Lewis; his sister, Sue Burtis of Vass, North Carolina;his step grandchildren, Christopher Gooden and wife Neisha of Salem and Chamonix Jackson and husband Terry of Crescent Springs, Kentucky; his step great-grandchildren, Devynne and Logan Gooden, Austin Collins, Cody and Skyler Jackson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, William Ball, who was from St. James City, Florida.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 7th, at John Hodapp Sons, Inc., Funeral Directors in Cincinnati. Memorials may be made to the Elmwood-Carthage Presbyterian Church, 6317 Highland Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45216.

Donna Althoff

Donna Lea (Turner) Althoff, 75, of Irvine, California, formerly of Switzerland and Jefferson counties, passed away Thursday, April 5th, in California.
She was born in Point Roberts, Washington December 6th, 1931, the daughter of Robert Everett and Bertha Althea (Bliton) Turner. After her birth the family came back East to Ohio and lived in the Cleves/North Bend area until they moved to Indiana in 1945, and purchased the Bear Branch General Store. She worked in the family business during her teenage years and it was there that she met Charles Laddie Althoff. She graduated from Dillsboro High School, Class of 1950.
On August 20th, 1950, she and Laddie were married in Indianapolis. She was initiated into the Versailles Chapter 333 Order of Eastern Star in 1950. In early, 1951, she was drafted into the U.S. Army. She lived at the base and worked at various jobs, then after his discharge the couple lived and worked construction in Piketon, Ohio. When the project was completed in 1955, they moved to Long Beach, California. Even though they called California home, each summer they made the trip back to Indiana to their farm and eventually after retirement they purchased a summer home in Fairview and spent half the year there. They were devoted to each other and Laddie’s death on May 29th, 2006, was devastating to Donna.
Prior to her employment at North American Aviation she completed a shorthand course at Kizer Business College. She also earned an A.A. degree from Long Beach City College and a certificate in contract negotiation from UCLA. She was an avid reader and enjoyed sharing stories from her readings. Both she and Laddie were very interested in their heritage and had spent many hours researching their families.
Survivors include her daughter, Tracy Kay Morris and husband Terry; her daughter, Lisa Gay Hess and husband Dan; her grandchildren, William Charles Morris, Kathryn Linnea Morris, Danielle Kylie Hess and Clayton Garrett Hess; her foster daughter, Margaret Fabian and son Travis, all of Orange County, California; her sisters, Marlene Elaine Baker and husband Dick of Carson City, Nevada, Joan Carole Olsen and husband Gerald of Camarillo, California, Dr. Judy Ann Turner and husband Dr. David Young of Melrose, Florida; her brother, Robert Everett Turner II of Stevenson Ranch, California; and her brother-in-law, James Cole of Lawrenceburg.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Bertha Turner; and her sisters, Ramona Irene Cole and Wilma Jean Wilber and husband Robert A.
In accordance with Donna Althoff’s wishes her body was cremated and her ashes scattered.

Velma Juilfs

Velma Rea (Scudder) Juilfs, 89, of Vevay, passed away Friday, May 4th, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.
She was born January 31st, 1918, in Switzerland County, the daughter of David Calvin and Emma (McClelland) Scudder, who both preceded her in death. She resided in Switzerland and Ohio counties most of her life.
She was united in marriage February 1st, 1936, in Rising Sun, to Joseph H. “Joe” Juilfs, who preceded her in death.. Unto this union one son arrived to bless their home.
She was employed as a bottom fastener for the old Rising Sun Chair Factory for several years and was a homemaker. She attended Milton Wesleyan Church in Milton, Kentucky.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Donna Juilfs of Vevay; her granddaughter, Kathy Proctor and husband Robert of Vevay; her grandson, David Allan Juilfs and wife Robin of Vevay; her great-grandchildren, Calvin, Amanda, Alisha and Cheyenne; her great-great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Robert “Bobby” Juilfs; her grandson, Ricky Lee Juilfs; her granddaughter, Karen E. Juilfs; her brothers, Lillard C. “Bill” Scudder, Earl Lee Scudder, and Ezra “Jack” Scudder; and her sisters, Ida Cochran, Mildred Sherman Hatter and Gertrude Kittle.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 8th, by Reverend Wayne Mahoney at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. Memorial contributions may be made to New Liberty Cemetery, Inc. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at