Obituaries week of 7-30-09


Eric Deaton

A memorial service for Eric Deaton will be held this Saturday, August 1st, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Most Sorrowful Mother Catholic Church in Vevay.

There will be a open house at the home of Larry and Sheila Gault, 205 Market Street in Vevay following the mass. All are welcome to come and share their memories of Eric.

Della Petrakos

Della Petrakos, 84, of Hanover, formerly of Vevay, passed away Tuesday, July 28th, 2009, at St. Catherine Regional Hospital in Charlestown.

Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Ponteeka J. Whitley

Ponteeka Jean (Wake) Whitley, 70, of Indianapolis, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away Wednesday, July 15th, 2009.

She was born October 23rd, 1939, and attended Vevay High School.

She is survived by her husband; her children; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her in-laws, cousins, friends, co-workers and acquaintances.

Services were held Saturday, July 25th, at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers Washington Park North in Indianapolis. Burial will be at a later date in Washington Park North Cemetery.

Martha M. Schwartz

Martha M. (Hershberger) Schwartz, 63, of Vevay, passed away at 10:15 p.m. Friday, July 24th, 2009, at her home.

She was born August 27th, 1939, in Middlefield, Ohio, the daughter of Moses and Lavina (Byler) Hershberger, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Levi L. Schwartz of Vevay; her daughters, Lavina Schwartz, Elma Schwartz, Lydia Miller and husband Levi, Elizabeth Schwartz and husband David, Miriam Christner and husband Manas, all of Vevay, and Wilma Mast and husband Perry of Clintonville, Wisconsin; her sons, Levi Schwartz, Marvin Schwartz, Daniel Schwartz, Noah Schwartz, Samuel Schwartz and wife Anna Lee, Moses Schwartz and wife Rosa Hochstetler, Jacob S. Schwartz and wife Lydia Hochstetler, all of Vevay; 29 grandchildren; her father-in-law, Jacob Schwartz of Vevay; her sisters, Cora Gingerich of Wisconsin, Ada Helmuth of Iowa, Savannah Beachy of Michigan and Lavina Schwartz of Kentucky; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Katie Hershberger, Ida Hershberger and Wilma Mullet; and her niece, Lorene Beachy.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 27th, at the Levi L. Schwartz Residence with interment in the Old Order Amish Cemetery in Canaan. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Paul Tague

Paul Vernon Tague, 67, of Indianapolis, passed away at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009, at his home.

He was born March 22nd, 1942, in Switzerland County, the son of James Edwin and Delores (Scudder) Tague. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1960 graduate of Vevay High School. As a youngster he attended Mount Sterling Baptist Church near Vevay. He attended Arizona Western College. He was inducted into the U.S. Air Force on March 18th, 1960, in Indianapolis. He rose to the rank of Airman Second Class, serving in the Nuclear Weapons Specialist Electronics Equipment Specialist during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on March 17th, 1966, from McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey.

He was united in marriage to Debbie Scott on September 9th, 1993, in Carrollton, Kentucky.

He began a career with the federal government s a proof director and supervisor that spanned over 33 1/2 years of service. He began at Jefferson Proving Ground in April, 1966, working there until he transferred in 1972 to Yuma Proving Ground, working there until he transferred in 1979 to Harry Diamond Labs in Camp Springs, Maryland. He transferred back to Jefferson Proving Ground in 1983 and then returned to Yuma in 1994 where he retired in 1995. He was a life member of Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion in Madison. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, socializing, visiting with his family, his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie Scott Tague of Indianapolis; his sons, Jason Tague and wife Kathleen and Bryan Tague, all of Madison; his daughter, Suzanne Tzifas and husband Peter of San Carlos, California; his sister, Jeanie Scudder and husband Eugene of East Enterprise; his brother, Donald Tague and wife Beverly of Rising Sun; his mother, Delores Scudder Tague of Vevay; his grandchildren, Taylor, Corbin, Tina, Scott, Madeline and Joshua; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Edwin Tague on September 14th, 2006; and his grandparents, William H. and Mary Edna (Vandever) Tague and Neeley and Zona (Colen) Scudder.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 27th, by Pastor David Brown at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment followed in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison with full military honors conducted by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion Relief Fund.

Terry Browning

Terence L. “Terry” Browning, 54, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, July 29th, 2009, at his home on Ferry Street in Vevay.

Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

LaVerne McClure

LaVerne Joyce (Ogden) McClure, 91, of Madison, passed away at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

She was born October 27th, 1917, in Trimble County, Kentucky, the daughter of Herbert and Vivian Joyce Ogden, who both preceded her in death. She resided her early life in Switzerland County and spent most of her life in Jefferson County.

She was united in marriage July 23rd, 1932, to Howard W. McClure. Unto this union seven daughters ad two sons arrived to bless their home.

She was a farm wife and mother who enjoyed caring for her family and gardening. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant church.

Survivors include her daughters, Darlene Harmon of Kent, Nancy Burress of Hanover, Ruth Stoops and husband Arthur of Florence, Linda Bolden and husband Jerry of Vevay, and Sherry Hammons and husband Allen of Lexington, Indiana; her sons, Wilson McClure and wife Vicki of Versailles and Joseph McClure and wife Gayla of New Pointe, Indiana; her grandchildren, Carol, Roy Allen, Della Ann, Pam, Mark, Brenda, Teresa, Saundra, Rick, James, Doug, Patricia, Debbie, Jeffery, Christy, Lisa, Kevin, Gerald Wayne, Tammy and Katie; her great-grandchildren, Melissa, Raymond, Roy Jr., Marcia, Adam, Christy, Becky, Angie, Belinda, Michele, Jessica, Zachary, Summer, Autem, Hope, Amanda, Lynne, Wesley, Nesha, Brody, Tayler, Chelsa, Angie, Elizabeth, Gregory, Clayton, Stephanie, Shelly, Jared, Brandon, Asia, Delanie, Zeb, Carly, Kevin, Courtney and Malinda; her great-great-grandchildren, Justin, Brandon, Devon, Destiny, Anastasia, Hayden, Brooklyn, Waylon, Tatum, Kaleb, Joshua, Gabriel, Solomon, Sawyer, Tracent, Jacob, Hope, Blake, Hayley, Ryder, Kelsey, Savannah, Trace, Lance, Taylor, Braydon, Joel, Danny, Jennifer and Baley; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Mike LaFountain Saturday, July 2 5th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery in Madison. 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

Phyllis Moreillon

Phyllis Kathleen Moreillon, 86, of Mt. Sterling, Illinois, passed away at 11:03 p.m. Saturday, July 25th, 2009, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Sterling.

She was born July 20th, 1923, in South Bend, the daughter of Charles Edward and Edna Leona (Kotz) Moffitt, who both preceded her in death. She graduated from Central High School in South Bend with the Class of 1941 and also graduated from comptometer school in South Bend in 1941. She was a member of Mt. Sterling First United Methodist Church where she served as church pianist for several years. She was also a member of the 20th Century Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Brown County Cancer Society board. She always enjoyed playing bridge, music and oil painting.

She married Morrison Moreillon on August 13th, 1944, in South Bend. He preceded her in death on January 7th, 1989. She was a homemaker and along with her husband owned and operated the Western Auto Associate Store in Mt. Sterling for 18 years, retiring in 1991.

Survivors include her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeanette Bovard of Harrison, Ohio, and Paul and Wilma Leive of Rising Sun; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 29th, in the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling with Reverend Connie Jenkins officiating. Graveside services will be held Friday, July 31st at 1 p.m. with burial in the Rising Sun New Cemetery under the direction of Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay. Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Sterling First United Methodist Church, the Brown County Ambulance Service or Fairview United Methodist Church.