Obituaries 12-18-14

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Laura Brooks

Laura Ellen Zollman Brooks, 93, of Madison, passed away at 12:58 p.m. Sunday, December 14th, 2014, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

She was born November 17th, 1921, in Jefferson County, the loving daughter of the late Louis and Ora Mae Shearer Zollman. She resided all of her life in Jefferson County and attended school there. Laura was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening and being a homemaker.

Laura was united in marriage to Robert Brooks. This happy union was blessed with three sons and a daughter.

She is survived by her three sons, Jack Brooks and wife Carol of Lexington, Indiana, Bob Brooks of Madison and Gary Brooks and wife Sue of Madison; her daughter, Barbara Brindley and husband Roger of Hanover; her seven grandchildren; her eight great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Mary L. Zollman of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Brooks in 1977; her sisters, Crystal Berry and Mary Blake; her brothers, Claude and Leslie Zollman; her grandson, Brandon Keith Brooks; her granddaughter, Cathy Jo Conner; and her daughter-in-law, Cindy Brooks.

Funeral services are private with interment in Liberty Cemetery in Hanover. Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Cemetery Association. 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.

Roy Vollat

Robert Christopher “Roy” Vollat, 30, of Bennington, passed away at 8:12 p.m. Thursday, December 11th, 2014, at his residence.

He was born September 5th, 1984, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the loving son of Robert Gary Vollat and Jennie Lou Pridemore. Robert was raised in Cleves, Ohio, where he attended Taylor High School and had resided in Switzerland County since 2004. He was formerly employed with Ryland Homes in Ohio and Fox Fire Framing in Ohio. Robert was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church and enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, helping other people and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his mother, Jennie Lou Pridemore of Bennington; his daughter, Annabelle Vollat of Moores Hill; his brother, Josh Lovins and his fiancee’ Janet Charlton of Vevay; his sister, Angela Lovins-Miller and husband Todd of Cross Plains; and his two nephews, David and Cheyne Mergy of Cross Plains.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Gary Vollat; and his brother, Jonathan Lovins.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, December 17th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Brother Hobert Byrd officiating. Interment was in Zion Cemetery in Bennington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert Christopher Vollat Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Libby Swango

Grace Elizabeth “Libby” (Beatty) Swango, 81, of Vevay, passed away at 10:51 a.m. Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, at her home.

She was born August 1st, 1933, in Switzerland County, the daughter of the late Everett and Bessie (Coy) Beatty. She was raised in Florence and was a 1951 graduate of Vevay High School.

Libby was united in marriage on July 4th, 1954, in Vevay, to Clifford Swango, Jr., and to this union arrived two sons, Steve and Jeff, and a daughter, Brenda, to bless their home. Libby and Clifford shared 60 years of marriage together until her death.

She was a former employee of the U.S. Shoe Corporation factory in Vevay for 10 years. Libby was a member of he old Vevay Tabernacle Church. Libby will be remembered for being a wonderful homemaker, playing Yahtzee and collecting salt and pepper shakers.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Clifford Swango, Jr., of Vevay; her two sons, Steve Swango and wife Linda of Vevay and Jeff Swango of Vevay; her daughter, Brenda Boyd of Bancroft, Michigan; her seven grandchildren, Chandell, Kara, Lewis, Jessica, Clint, Serena and Audrey; her two great-grandchildren, EmmaLee Michelle and William Ronald.

Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her three sisters, Dorothy Mae Boulton, Aldean Scudder and Ruby Scudder; and her two brothers, Everett Beatty, Jr., and Carroll Beatty.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 19th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Pastor Casey Banta officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday, December 18th) at the funeral home. 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.

Howard Girkin

Howard Frederick Girkin, 77, of West Chester, Ohio, passed away at 6:57 p.m. Friday, December 12th, 2014, at Chesterwood Village.

Howard was born in Ohio County, on July 17th, 1937, the son of the late Oliver and Hazel (Lewis) Girkin. He was raised in Ohio County and was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1955. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Howard was employed as an electrical engineer for Super X Drug Store.

He was the widower of Dorothy Louise (Workman) Girkin who passed away July 20th, 2014.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, December 17th, with burial in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun serving the family. marklandfuneralhome.com.

Mary Lane

Mary Evelyn Lane, 55, of Rising Sun, passed away at 9:08 p.m. Thursday, December 11th, at her residence.

She was born September 6th, 1959, in Beech Grove, Indiana, the daughter of Ralph and Dorothy Lay Witte.

She married Todd Lane on April 22nd, 1978, at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church in Waverly, Indiana, and he survives.

She was a homemaker and a 1977 graduate of Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis. She enjoyed horses, cooking over a campfire, the mountains, and spending time with her grandkids.

She is survived by her husband, Todd Lane of Rising Sun; her two daughters, April (James) Ayler of Madison and Sabrina Coghill of Vevay; her brother, David (Kim) Luyster of Logansport, Indiana; and her three grandchildren, Tyler Ayler and Kyra Ayler, both of Madison, and Lillian Coghill of Vevay.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Donna Leeland.

Funeral services were held Sunday, December 14th, at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon, Indiana. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery in Jennings County, Indiana.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Care For Kids (Children’s Cancer Awareness). You are invited to leave the family a message of condolence at www.dovesharprudicel.com.

Lori Cummins

Lori L. Cummins, 38, of Louisville, Kentucky, formerly of Madison and New Albany, became ill suddenly and passed away with meningitis Saturday, December 13th, 2014, at her home in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born July 26th, 1976, the loving daughter of Larry D. and Brenda A. McCormick Cummins. Her family moved to Madison in 1984 and Lori was a 1994 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. While in high school she was a drum major for the MCHS Band and was on the varsity swim team. Lori enjoyed coaching swimming, gave swim lessons and was a life guard at Crystal Beach. After high school she attended the University of Louisville and was a member of the band. Lori’s passion was kids and she enjoyed being a preschool teacher. She dearly loved working for Catholic Charities in Louisville, working with the preschool children from immigrant families. Lori had worked with Head Start in New Albany and Madison. Lori was a devoted aunt to her nieces and nephews and dearly loved to plan themed crafts for them. Lori found great enjoyment in attending music festivals with her companion Dave. She also enjoyed working festivals, games and events. Lori loved her dogs and adored all animals. Lori was raised Catholic and attended Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison.

She is survived by her parents, Larry D. and Brenda A. McCormick Cummins of Madison; her companion of 20 years, Dave Johnson of Louisville; her two sisters, Lana deLong and husband Mike of Bright, Indiana, and Lisa Langsford and husband Jay of Fishers, Indiana; her brother, Brent Cummins and wife Ellen of Plainfield, Indiana; her loving nieces and nephews, Alexis and Lauren deLong; Abby, Emma and Connor Langsford and McCai and Zander Cummins; her uncle and aunt, Gene and Charlotte McCormick of Naples, Florida; her companion’s father, Donald Johnson of New Albany; and her companion’s brother, Don Johnson and wife Pat of New Albany.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Raymond and Liberty Cummins; her maternal grandparents, Elmer and Helen McCormick; and her aunt, Linda Carol Cummins.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Thursday, December 18th) at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 413 East Second Street in Madison, with Reverend Christopher A. Craig officiating. Interment will be in West Haven Cemetery, 1145 West Street in New Albany.

Friends may call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. The Rosary was prayed Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Louisville Chapter of Catholic Charities. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

James Whitham

James Russell Whitham, 61, of East Enterprise, passed away at 11:02 p.m. Monday, December 15th, 2014, at his residence.

James was born in Batesville, Indiana, on May 18th, 1953, the son of Mildred (Craig) Whitham and the late William M. Whitham. He grew up in the East Enterprise area and attended Allensville Grace School and was a graduate of Vevay High School, Class of 1971. Jimmy served his country in the National Guard. He was employed as an inspector in quality control at GE Aircraft Engines in Sharonville, Ohio, for 30 years, retiring in June, 2013. He loved to go boating and skiing with family and friends. Jimmy also enjoyed hunting, mowing his property, watching NASCAR and going for rides on his Polaris RZR. He loved having a good time.

James is survived by his daughter, Kendra Whitham (Joel Fink) of Aurora; his two sons, Aaron Whitham (Alexandra) of Grafenwoehr, Germany, and Anthony “Tony” Whitham (Lisa) of Florence; his four grandchildren, Tristan, Victoria, Daniel and Enya; his mother, Mildred Whitham of East Enterprise; his sister, Karen Morton (Donnie) of Pleasant; his four brothers, Michael Whitham of Aberdeen, Robert Whitham (Hazel) of East Enterprise, Kevin Whitham, and Steven Whitham (Sherri) of Florence; his brother-in-law, Joe Covington of East Enterprise; and his sister-in-law, Jane Whitham of Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his father, William “Bill” Whitham; his brothers, Donald and Dennis Whitham; and his sister, Barbara Covington.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 20th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Friends are invited to call Friday, December 19th, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise.

Memorial donations may be made to the America Cancer Society for lung cancer research. marklandfuneralhome.com.

James Smith

James William Smith, 72, of Hanover, passed away peacefully at 2:30 a.m. Monday, December 15th, 2014, at his home, with his loving family at his side..

He was born April 23rd, 1942, in Madison, the loving son of the late James Harwood and Helen Elizabeth Cole Smith. “Butch,” as he was sometimes referred to, had resided all of his life in Jefferson County and attended school there. Jimmy was inducted into the U.S. Army on April 30th, 1960, in Madison. He served as a private in Company D, 11th Battalion 3rd Training Regiment at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Jim was honorably discharged and returned home to Indiana.

He was united in marriage on June 26th, 1962, to Roberta Estes Smith in Madison. This happy union of 44 years was blessed with three sons and a daughter. “Butch” began his working career with Meese Manufacturing as a molder, working t here from 19862-1973. He retired after 29 years of service with the Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation in Madison where he worked as a chemist assistant. Jim was of the Baptist faith and held membership in Jefferson Post 9 of the America Legion. Jim had fought a battle with lung and brain cancer.

Survivors include his three sons, James Steven Smith of Hanover, Douglas Harwood “Doug” Smith and wife Teresa of Hanover, and Tony Lee Smith and companion Andy of Hanover; his daughter, Kathern Louise “Kathy” Moore and husband William J. of Hagerstown, Maryland; his sister, America “Mickie” Edwards of Madison; his grandchildren, Quentin, Steven, Keilie, Kirstie, Jamie, Kyler, Brian and Derek; his great-grandchildren, Mikey, Hunter, Steven, Trinity and Kendrick; several nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law.

Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Roberta Estes Smith on September 4th, 2006; and his sister, Helen Diane “Pugie” Moscoe.

Funeral services and visitation are private at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, with Reverend Troy Hedges officiating. Interment will be in Springdale Cemetery in downtown Madison.

Full military honors will be conducted at the funeral home by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.