Obituaries week of 6-4-09

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Nancy South

Nancy Joanne (Gerber) South, 73, of Patriot, passed away at 7:58 a.m. Monday, June 1st, 2009, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born June 20th, 1935, in Dayton, Ohio. She was raised in Dayton and was a 1953 graduate of Fairview High School and a graduate of VA Intermot College. She had resided in Switzerland County since 1971.

She was united in marriage June 8th, 1957, to Robert George “Bob” South. Unto this union two daughters and four sons arrived to bless their home.

She lived her life as a loving mother and wife, caring for her family. She was a member of Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay. She w ill be remembered for her love of sewing and drawing.

Survivors include her husband, Robert George “Bob” South of Patriot; her daughter, Sandy Ann Brandt and husband Troy of Decatur; her sons, Robert Michael South and wife Volina of Vevay, John Anthony South and wife Tracey of Vevay, Jerry William South and wife Dianna of Vevay, and James Matthew South and companion Fawn Gallardo of Florence, Kentucky; her son-in-law, Michael McClellan of Deputy; her grandchildren, Misty Lynn Dermon, Amy Lynn Massie, Matthew Bowling, Joshua South, Jodi Wells, Curt McClellan, Katie Lynn South, Jennifer Marie South, Jenna Marie South, Kelsi Beth South, Jessica Lynn South, Hayley Ann South, Mishayla Hope South and Austin Matthew South; her great-grandchildren, Destiny, Nathaniel, Makayla, Alexis, Mashya, Brayden and Emma; and her sisters, Dorothy Jacoby of Dayton, Ohio, and Joanne Ciampa of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Teresa Ann McClellan; and her sister, Nancy Young.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rosie Leugers at 10 a.m. Friday, June 5th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. today (Thursday, June 4th). The Rosary service will be conducted at 7 p.m. today (Thursday) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Mabel L. Wolfe

Mabel L. (Lawson) Wolfe, 76, of Pleasant, passed away at 4:54 p.m. Monday, June 1st, 2009, at her home.

She was born January 27th, 1933, in Beattyville, Kentucky, the daughter of Banford and Zillie (Brandenburg) Lawson. She was raised in Beattyville, where she attended Hopewell Christian Church and was a 1951 graduate of Lee County High School. She resided in Richmond, Indiana for 10 years where she worked as a secretary at AVCO Manufacturing and for two years attended Indiana Business College.

On August 18th, 1960, she was united in marriage to Attison F. “Shot” Wolfe. Unto this union a son and a daughter arrived to bless their home.

She had been a resident of Switzerland County since 1961 and attended Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. She retired from Switzerland County Division of Family and Children after 36 years of service. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her love of sewing, quilting and reading.

Survivors include her son, Phillip Matthw Wolfe and wife Christine of Canaan; her daughter, Susan Lynne Wade and husband Christopher of Hanover; her grandchildren, Melinda, Michelle, Jessica, and Paige; her great-granddaughter, Haleigh Morgan; her great-grandsons, Blake Andrew and Lance Taylor; and her sister, Versie McIntosh of Beattyville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Attison F. “Shot” Wolf; her sisters, Eva Couch, Alma Cole, Josephine Williams, Melissa Hercamp, Etta Shackleford, and Letha Alvey; and her brothers, Gentry, Ova and Boyd Lawson.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Howard Wade at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, June 4th) at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time today (Thursday) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Mary Jones

Mary K. (Pickett) Jones, 81, of Vevay, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Sunday, May 31st, 2009, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born October 6th, 1927, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Joseph B. and Evelyn “Eva” (Romans) Pickett, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Switzerland County, where she attended Vevay High School.

She was united in marriage to Robert Leroy “Bob” Jones. They were married for 12 years and were blessed with two foster daughters.

During her years of marriage she resided in Madison and Indianapolis. She moved back to Switzerland County in 1969 and was employed at the old canning factory in Rising Sun and Plastics Molding Corporation in East Enterprise. She was a member of Plum Creek Baptist Church since 1939. She enjoyed watching TV and collecting dolls.

Survivors include her brother, Charles Pickett of Vevay; her sister, Betty Lewis of Florence; her foster daughter, Donna Mullins of Jacksonville, Illinois; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by her foster daughter, Debbie Yarbrough; and her sister, Janie Miller.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother Roy Duckworth Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Alberta C. Messang

Alberta C. Messang, 78, of Florence, formerly of Morris, Indiana, passed away Friday, May 29th, 2009.

Born September 21st, 1930, in Hamburg, Indiana, she is the daughter of Henry and Hilda (Lamping) Litzinger. A member of St. Anne’s Ladies Sodality of St. Anthony’s Church in Morris, she worked at Batesville Casket Company for nine years before becoming a homemaker.

She married Mike Messang November 14th, 1959, at St. Anne’s Church in Hamburg. He preceded her in death in 1986.

She shared many passions, none more important than her family. She loved playing cards and board games with her grandchildren. She equally enjoyed playing euchre and “500” with the adults. A devoted bingo player, she would also help on bingo nights at St. Anthony’s. She liked creating arts and crafts as well as working word search puzzles. She would never pass up the opportunity to go mushroom hunting. She took pride in raising her garden and caning her harvest to enjoy throughout the year until recent years when her health wouldn’t permit. An excellent cook and baker, her family recalls the chicken and homemade mashed potatoes as well as her turtle soup as some of their favorite meals.

She is survived by daughters, Rose Weaver of Patriot and Mary Hann and Mildred Bevis, both of Florence; her sister, Rita Litzinger of Oldenburg, Indiana; her brothers, Emil Litzinger of Morris, George Litzinger of Hamburg, and Joe Litzinger of Batesville; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her sisters, Joann Stoll, Marie Federle and Luella Creager; her brother, Wilbur Litzinger; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 2nd, by Reverend Paschal Nduka at St. Anthony’s Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dearborn County or to the family.

James Showalter

James Louis “Jim” Showalter, 55, of near Canaan and Anderson, passed away at 2:50 a.m. Monday, June 1st, 2009, at his residence in Anderson.

He was born September 28th, 1953, in Madison County, Indiana, the son of Gerald Louis and Barbara Louise (Windlan) Showalter. He resided in Madison County most of his life and was a 1970 graduate of Highland High School. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years as a rural mail carrier in Anderson. He was a tech service provider for NRCS of Indiana. He was a member of the Bee Keepers Association of Indiana, the Tree Farmers of Indiana, and the Wildlife and Prairie Restoration Association of Indiana. He enjoyed forestry and enjoyed the time he spent on his farm on Hick’s Ridge near Canaan. He loved spending time with his daughter and helping to coach her games.

Survivors include his daughter, Hannah Grace Showalter of Anderson; his parents, Gerald Louis and Barbara Louise Windlan Showalter of Anderson; his sister, Julie Jeffers of Anderson; his nieces, Brook Barnes and Courtni Jeffers; his best buddy, Braydon Brown; several other cousins, relatives and friends.

He w as preceded in death by his grandparents, Louis and Christine Showalter and Julia and Estace Windlan.

Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Mike at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 6th, at Elm Grove Christian Church near Anderson. Private burial will be in Risk Cemetery on Hick’s Ridge near Canaan. Memorial contributions can be made to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Sharon Counts

Sharon Elaine (Stucker) Counts, 61, of Madison, passed away at 3:32 a.m. Monday, June 1st, 2009, at Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, Kentucky.

She was born February 26th, 1948, in Madison, the daughter of Barton Andrew Stucker and Mary Marie Richards Cole, who both preceded her in death; her father in 1964 and her mother in 2006. She was raised in Madison and lived in Knightstown from 1959-1965, later moving back to Madison.

She was united in marriage July 21st, 1979, to Cyrus Lee Rudolph and he passed away January 8th, 1989. She was later united in marriage on February 17th, 1996, to Harold Warren Counts and he passed away June 3rd, 1996. She was the companion of John LaPine for eight years until his death on December 26th, 2005.

She began a career as a certified nursing assistant and worked for River Valley Living Center, Clifty Falls Convalescent Center, Three Rivers Nursing Center and Swiss Villa Living Center for a total of 15 years. She also worked for the U.S. Shoe Corporation.

She enjoyed caring for the elderly, reading and spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed membership in Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion Auxiliary and Madison VFW Auxiliary Post 1969 and First Christian Church of Hanover.

Survivors include his daughter, Tina Renea DeBurger and husband Robert of Madison and Cynthia Amburgey and husband Thomas of Austin; her son, Anthony Allen Cole and wife Wendy of Madison; her stepdaughter, Jonetta Tankersley and husband Rick of Madison, Cari LaPine of Madison and Nina LaPine and husband Charles of Madison; her brothers, Raymond Lee Stucker and wife Norma of Hanover, Jerry Stucker of Kent, Barton Stucker of Brownstown, and Billy Stucker and wife Tammy of Kokomo; her sisters, Donna Sue Ballard of Florence and Roxie Arvin and husband Gayle of Ghent, Kentucky; her grandchildren, Corporal Patrick Barnes (USMC) and wife Lee Etta, Bethany Monroe and husband Chez, Michael Barnes, Meagan Campbell and husband Paul, Scott, Tommy, Jr., and Brady Amburgey; her step-grandchildren, Jason, Kristy, Sara, Renee, Randall, Cassie, Jonathan, Chantel, Holly, Kendra and Mahayla; her step-great-grandchildren, Andrew, Jenny, Christian, John, Ricky, Taylor, Adam, Danica, Caleb, Lexie, Brooklyn, Braylon, Abby and Kaylie; her great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Elizabeth Monroe; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Michael and Nolan Stucker; her sister, Debra Stucker; her stepsons, John LaPine and Chad LaPine; and her stepgrandson, Matthew Horton.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Billy Stucker and Brother Logan Fugate at 11 a.m. Friday, June 5th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today (Thursday) and from 9 a.m. Friday until service time at the funeral home. Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion Auxiliary will conduct services Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.