Obituaries week of 9-11-08


Melba Lock

Melba Pearl (Roberts) Lock, 85, of near Florence, passed away Tuesday, September 2nd, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

She was born February 8th, 1923, in Craig Township, Switzerland County, the daughter of Glen and Opal A. (Harper) Roberts, who both preceded her in death. She was the middle of three children, her sister Jessie Konkle and brother James Roberts. She spent her entire life in Switzerland County.

In April, 1943, on Main Street in Vevay, she met her husband of 63 years, Robert F.C. “Bob” Lock. They were united in marriage December 8th, 1944, in Vevay, three days before he left for an 18-month tour of duty during World War II. While her husband served his country she stayed behind, living with her parents, working and saving money so that she and Bob could start a long and wonderful life together. On January 8th, 1954, they welcomed a little girl into their family, Rita Jean (Lock) Brogan.

She was lucky enough to be a homemaker her entire life, which gave her time to do what she enjoyed most – caring for her family. She worked every day beside Bob on their farm in Florence and still found time to care for their home and daughter. They were inseparable. You never saw one without the other, whether they were working on the family farm, heading out for dinner or to visit with family. She quickly found a favorite hobby after the birth of their first grandchild in 1979, spoiling her grandchildren. Her grandchildren, Alicia Dawn Fritter and husband Lewis, Zachary Kyle Brogan and his fiancee Allison and Andrea Nicole Brogan all resided close to Melba in Florence throughout their lives.

She always had extra hugs and kisses to share, a stockpile of all of their favorite foods and extra room for weekend sleep-overs, which were a favorite of all the grandkids. You could always count on Melba to be at every school play, every sporting event, every grandparents day dinner and to make daily phone calls to friends to let them know how proud she was of her grandchildren. Just this past December, she welcomed her first great-grandchild, Ariel Rose Brogan. She loved to hold and talk to Ariel and often asked about her over the last few months. She was always full of life and laughter and over the last few months, she continued to show her zest for life while fighting ill health. She passed quietly during the night, just like she would have wanted, with all of her family beside her.

Survivors include her husband, Robert F.C. “Bob” Lock of Florence; her daughter, Rita Brogan and husband James of Florence; her grandchildren, Alicia Fritter and husband Lewis, Zachary Brogan and his fiancee Allison and Andrea Brogan; her great-granddaughter, Arial Rose Brogan; two nephews; and four nieces.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Private James Daniel Roberts on April 24th, 1945; her sister, Jessie Malee Konkle on August 3rd, 1999; and her brother-in-law, Ernie Konkle on September 16th, 2007.

Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, September 5th, by Reverends Ronald Sandidge and Mike Jones and Brother Roy Duckworth at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Relief Fund or Switzerland County EMS. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Becky Gregory

Charlotte Rebecca “Becky” (May) Gregory, 51, of Aurora, formerly of Florence, passed away Tuesday, September 2nd, at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, Kentucky.

She was born August 4th, 1957, in Madison, the daughter of Carlos D. and Mary Charlotte (Banta) May. She was raised in Switzerland County where she was baptized in the Braytown Christian Church and was a 1975 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

She was united in marriage July 1st, 1977, at Switzerland Baptist Church, to Dennis William Gregory. Unto this union two daughters arrived to bless their home.

She was employed for 13 years as a sole layer for the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay. They moved to Aurora in 1987. She was employed as a seamstress for the Aurora Casket Company from 1986 to September, 2006, when she began a long battle with cancer. She fought a gallant and courageous battle against the cancer and kept fighting to the very end. She was a wonderful homemaker, always taking pride in her home, flowers, yard work and her cats.

She was a loving wife and mother and attended her daughter’s school activities and sporting events. She loved her kitty cats and would always take in strays to give them a loving home. She enjoyed camping, where she made and maintained many friendships. She will be truly missed by all of her camping buddies. She will be remembered for her love of family. She always enjoyed all the family gatherings.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis W. Gregory of Aurora; her daughters, Jessie Gregory of Milan and Danelle Gregory of Aurora; her parents, Carlos and Charlotte May of Hanover; her sisters, Debbie May of Hanover and Pamela Schirmer of Madison; her brother, Carlos May, Jr., of Paynesville, Indiana; her brothers-in-law, Tony Gregory of Patriot, Eddie Gregory, Scotty Gregory and Ronnie Gregory, all of Florence; her sisters-in-law, Suzi Bovard of East Enterprise and Sherri Whitham of Florence; her nieces and nephews, Tyler, Tiffany, Gina, Jade, Jason, Chad, Jill, Lesa, Erin, Chris, Ashley, Chelsea, Blake, Rachel, Janie, Kaylee and Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Thomas and Mabel (Welch) May, Sr., and Graham and Gertrude (Harmon) Banta; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Shirley (Bittle) Gregory.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, September 6th, by Brother Joe McKay at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Becky Gregory Endowment Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County or Dearborn County Relay for Life. Online condolences may be sent to the funeral home’s website at

Alvin Skinner

Alvin I. Skinner, 69, of Brazil, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, passed away Monday, September 8th, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

He was born April 7th, 1939, in Vevay, the son of Bob and Martha (Bell) Skinner. He had last worked as a janitor at Cooper Towers. He enjoyed going to Dietz Lake, eating at the Coffee Cup, going to movies, working and he loved animals.

Survivors include his brother, Lawrence “Bill” Skinner; and a host of friends in Brazil.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bob Skinner; his mother, Martha Bosaw and his stepfather, John Bosaw.

Funeral services will be held today (Thursday, September 11th) at 7 p.m. at Lawson-Miller Chapel with Gerald Hoggatt officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until service time. He will be buried in Vevay Cemetery alongside his mother.

Lois Wells

Lois A. Wells, 81, of Lawrenceburg, passed away Thursday, September 4th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born Tuesday, September 21st, 1926, in Allensville, the daughter of the late Jesse and Carrie (Slack) Works. She w as a member of Aurora VFW, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 239 and Allensville Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Wells; her sons, Wayne McMurray of Pace, Florida and Donald E. Wells of Aurora; her sisters, Wilma Cole and Betty Mulvany; her brothers, Warren Works, Donald Works, Dale Works and Tommie Works; and her grandchildren, Brian A. McMurray and Elisa R. Davis.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Gerald and Edwin Works.

Funeral services were held Monday, September 8th, at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg with Larry Works officiating. Interment followed in Greendale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lawrenceburg Fire Department, Dearborn County Hospice or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be made to

Dr. Stephen W. Aldred

Dr. Stephen W. Aldred, 56, of Fischer, Texas, passed away Sunday, August 31st, of Pulmonary Fibrosis at San Antonio University Hospital.

Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, he graduated from Elmhurst High School in 1970. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1977. He completed a residency in pathology at Southwestern Medial Center, Dallas, Texas, and worked as a pathologist in Dallas.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Aldred of Fischer, Texas; his son, Booth Aldred and wife Kristin of Houston, Texas; his daughter, Leslie Aldred of Austin, Texas; his brother, Dr. Keith Aldred and wife Melissa of Plano, Texas; his sisters, Kathy Lee and husband Ron of Carrollton, Texas and Marcia Cismowski and husband Kevin of Fort Wayne; his parents, Dr. Allen and Eleanor Aldred of Fort Wayne; his nieces, Melanie McGregor and husband Douglas of Angola, Kassie and Haleigh Lee, both of Carrollton, Texas, Lauren Aldred of Plano, Texas; and his nephews, Shawn Cismowski of Satellite Beach, Florida and Austin Aldred of Plano, Texas.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 18th, in Fischer, Texas. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 North Halstead Street, Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60642 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Anna Marie Williams

Anna Marie (Short) Williams, 61, of Madison, passed away Sunday, September 7th, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born January 16th, 1947, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Roy D. and Almedia E. (Browning) Short. She was raised on the South side of Indianapolis. She was a graduate of Waldron High School and was a 1969 graduate of Methodist Hospital School of Nursing.

She was united in marriage March 9th, 1968, near Shelbyville to Larry V. Williams. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home.

She was a retired registered nurse and had enjoyed her nursing career. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She had said that her husband, sons and grandchildren were the joy of her life. She enjoyed volunteering, giving countless hours, energy, wisdom and resources to many organizations, clubs and political events. Her caring smile, wit and giving nature will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Larry V. Williams of Madison; her sons, Steve Williams and wife Sharon of Naples, Florida and Brett Williams and wife Raney of Portland, Oregon; her grandchildren, Mariah, Clara, Keely and Lukas Williams; her mother, Almedia E. Browning Short of Madison; and several cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, Roy D. Short on January 9th, 1994.

Private services will be conducted by Dr. Mike Ryan at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison with private visitation held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to King’s Daughters’ Hospital and Health Services Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at