Obituaries week of 6/14/07


Alfred Spiry, Sr.

Lt. Col. Alfred Jacob Spiry, Sr., USAF (Ret.), age 90, of Cincinnati, passed away Sunday, June10th, at St. Margaret Hall Nursing Home in Cincinnati.
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.

Marshall Ranshaw

Marshall Gordon Ranshaw, 61, of Bennington, passed away Saturday, June 9th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born May 23rd, 1946, in Lawrenceburg, the son of James and Bertha (Cochran) Ranshaw, who both preceded him in death. He resided most of his life on Works Road in the Bennington community. He also resided in the Dillsboro community for 12 years, from 1977 to 1989.
He was united in marriage in March, 1977, in Aurora, to Geneva Bowling, who survives.
He was employed by Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg for 21 years. He was always a farmer at heart and farmed all of his life. He enjoyed fishing and traveling to Florida during the winter months. He was a member of Plum Creek Baptist Church.
Other survivors include his son, Robert Ranshaw of Bennington; his stepsons, Jack Clark of Bennington and Raymond Clark and wife Karen of West Harrison, Indiana; his stepdaughter, Sally Wells and husband Glenn of Yorkville, Indiana; his grandchildren, Lisa, Catherine, Jacqueline, Billy, Tiffany, Kara, J.R., and Shawn; his great-grandchildren, D.J., Ashton, Alisa, R.J., Branson, McKenzie, Andrew, Grant, Kent, Jade, and Cora; his brother, James Ranshaw of Moores Hill; his sister, Barb Chapman of Moores Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Robert Carol Ranshaw; his granddaughter, Andrea Wells; and his brother, George Ranshaw.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 12th, by Reverend John Scudder at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Helen Schafer

Helen Elizabeth (Augustin) Schafer, 76, of Madison, passed away Monday, June 4th, from injuries sustained in a car accident on U.S. 421 near Madison.
She was born June 19th, 1930, in Madison, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Massing) Augustin, who both preceded her in death. She resided in Madison all of her life and was a 1948 graduate of North Madison High School.
She was united in marriage September 5th, 1949, at St. Patrick Catholic Church to Bernard Joseph “Boo” Schafer. Unto this union three daughters and 10 sons arrived to bless their home.
She was a devoted wife, mom, grandma and great-grandma. She enjoyed farming with her husband and family. She enjoyed cooking and making fresh baked goods. She was a member of the Clifty Swinger’s Square Dancers. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and playing cards with her family and friends. She was a faithful member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church where she was a member of the choir and served as a Eucharistic minister. She and her husband enjoyed taking communion to the shut-ins and the elderly and visiting at the nursing homes and hospitals.
In 2001, the Schafers were the recipients of the Golden Shamrock for commitment and contributions in service to students in the Catholic schools. Since 1999, they have supported the Ulster Project of Madison and The Habitat For Humanity. They enjoyed serving wherever needed in the church and the schools. She will be remembered for her selfless giving, her caring nature and her heartwarming smile. She had many friends in Vevay since she attended church there a lot.
Survivors include her husband, Bernard Joseph “Boo” Schafer of Madison; her daughters, Mary Helen Finney and husband David of Bowling Green, Kentucky and Bernadette Thomas and husband Mark of Avon, Indiana; her sons, Bill Schafer and wife Jill of Madison, Tom Schafer of Madison, Jerry Schafer and Valera Schafer of Madison, Reverend Raymond Schafer of Scottsburg, David Schafer and fiancee Teresa of Madison, Jim Schafer and wife Sara of Madison, Danny Schafer and wife Judy of Madison, Eddie Schafer and wife Lisa of Madison, Kenny Schafer and wife Rhonda of Spencer, Indiana and Andy Schafer and wife Sue of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania; her son-in-law, Fred Tandy of Madison; her brother, Joseph Augustin and wife Helen of Madison; 30 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, June11th, by Reverends Raymond Schafer and John A. Meyer at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison. Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Madison. The Rosary was recited Sunday evening at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Shawe and Pope John or Habitat For Humanity or The Marge Tandy Scholarship. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at