Obituaries 12/25/2019

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Patricia Sheets

  Patricia Ann Sheets, 67, of Carmel, Indiana, passed away on Friday, December 20th, 2019.

  Patricia was born on August 30th, 1957 in Monroe, Michigan, the daughter of John Henry and Wilma Jean (Middleton) Brogan. Patricia was retired as a clerical secretary for Penske Honda Chevy Inc.

  Visitation will be held on Thursday December 26th, at Flanner Buchanan-Zionsville, 105 West Pike Street, Zionsville, Indiana, from 3-4 p.m.; with the funeral service beginning at 4 p.m. There will then be a time of additional visitation following the service until 7 p.m. 

  Patricia is survived by her wonderful husband, William Donald “Don” Sheets; by her children; Decina (Brian) Paul, Jason and Timothy Sheets; by her beloved grandchildren: Abigail (fiancée Christopher Worster) Paul, Henry and Bridget Paul, Natalie, Devin, Tyler and Carter Sheets; and by her siblings: John Brogan, James (Rita) Brogan of Florence, Indiana, Jerry (Sally) Brogan, Carolyn (Kenny) Cockerham, and Wilma Jean Dennis of Vevay.

  Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Lois Rosenberger

  Lois Irene (Cheever) Rosenberger, age 92, of Vevay, passed away with her loving family by her side at 6:33 p.m. on Thursday, December 19th, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Lois entered this life on November 26th, 1927 in Vevay. She was the loving daughter of the late Charles E. and Irene (Dufour) Cheever. She was raised in Vevay, and was a 1945 graduate of Vevay High School. She was a 1946 graduate of Littleford-Nelson School of Business in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lois received her degree in Library Science in 1971 from the University of Cincinnati and her lifetime certification from the State of Indiana.

  Lois was united in marriage on June 15th, 1947 at the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church in Vevay, to the late Max. E. Rosenberger. This happy union was blessed with a son, Gary and a daughter, Lisa. Lois and Max shared nearly 59 years of marriage together until he passed away on February 15th, 2006.

  Lois was employed as a bookkeeper for the Vevay Buick Garage and the Ford Implement Company. She was a receptionist for the Switzerland County Department of Public Welfare. She was also a policy writer for Massachusetts Bonding and Insurance Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lois was employed as Deputy Clerk and Clerk of the Circuit Court in Switzerland County from 1955-1967.

  From 1967-1968 she was the Legal Secretary for Mr. Gerald Shadday, Attorney-at-Law in Vevay. Lois was a clerk and typist for the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison, Indiana, from 1968-1969. Lois was employed as the Director for the Switzerland County Public Library from 1969-1976.

  In 1976, Lois was employed as the Assistant Librarian for Switzerland County High School until 1978. In 1978, she became the Director for the Switzerland County Public Library, retiring in December 1995, after 17 years of service. While working as the director, she served as the President of the small libraries division of the Indiana Library Federation. She also assumed the responsibility of reporting the news and events going on “Around Vevay” as a community correspondent for the Vevay Newspaper. In 1997, Lois was employed as the Receptionist and Bookkeeper for Rosenberger Law Office in Vevay until 2000.

  Lois held membership in the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church in Vevay, where she was the choir director, Sunday School teacher and held various other offices. Lois was the former president of the United Methodist Women in Vevay. She was an active member of the Vevay Music Club. She was a former member of the Swiss Wine Festival committee. Lois was also a member of the Vevay Tri-Kappa and Eggleston Club. While active in Tri-Kappa Lois served as a province officer for two years, and also served on the sorority’s state mental and health committee. She was an at-large member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

  In 2016, Lois was a torch bearer for the Indiana Bicentennial. Lois enjoyed reading, needle work, music and singing.

  Lois will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Lisa K. Rosenberger and her spouse, Tammy Moore of Lamb, Indiana; by her grandchildren: April Lynn Rosenberger of Jeffersonville, Indiana and Crystal Dawn Stephens and her husband Tyler of Bloomington, Indiana; by her great-grandchildren: Lillian Kay Dickson, Scarlette Elizabeth Stephens, and Ezekiel Edward Scott Stephens; and her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Charles Ellsworth Cheever, who died on May 26th, 1974, and Irene Elizabeth (Dufour) Cheever, who died on September 3rd, 1997; by her husband, Max E. Rosenberger, who died on February 15th, 2006; by her son, Gary D. Rosenberger, who died on December 26th, 1967; by her sister, Lucille Roberts-Holt, who died on August 24th, 2006; and by her niece, Marcia Ann Roberts Crabtree, who died on July 31st, 1989.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Sunday, December 22nd, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, December 22nd, following the time of visitation at the funeral home, with Pastor Roger Parrott officiating, Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Public Library. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Robert ‘Bob’ Roark

  Robert Ray “Bob” Roark, age 69, of Vevay, passed away at 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Bob entered this life on April 24th, 1950 in Hamilton, Ohio. He was the loving son of the late, Jesse “Slim” “J.R.” and Hattie (Baker) Roark. He was raised in Hamilton, Ohio where he was a 1968 graduate of New Miami High School. In 1983, Bob graduated from the Bible Baptist Institute in Pensacola, Florida.

  Bob was united in marriage on November 5th, 1971 in Fairfield, Ohio to Sharon Kay Campbell. This happy union was blessed with a son, Robby; and two daughters, Rebecca and Rachael. Bob and Sharon shared 48 years of marriage together until his death.

  Bob was employed as a machinist for Mosler Safe Company in Hamilton, Ohio. Bob held membership in the Miltonville Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio. He enjoyed farming all of his life and was a self-employed carpenter. Bob loved ministering, woodworking, crafts, and singing.

  Bob will be missed by his loving wife, Sharon Kay (Campbell) Roark of Vevay; by his daughters, Rebecca Wagner and her husband Jason of Vevay, and Rachael Mueller and her husband Jarrid of Vevay; by his son, Robby Roark of Canton, Oklahoma; by his grandchildren: Kendra Roark, Ethan Roark, Lucas Roark, Jessica McClellan, Serena Wagner, and Bobby Roark; by his great-grandchildren: Ryker, Veronika, and Cyrus McClellan; by his brothers: Larry Roark of Hanover, Indiana, Jeff Roark of Vevay, Steve Roark and his wife Pamela of Bennington, and Joey Roark of Bennington; by his sisters: Lou Collins and her husband, Kenneth of Hamilton, Ohio and Rosetta Combs and her husband A.C. of Hamilton, Ohio; and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse “Slim” “J.R.” and Hattie (Baker) Roark; by his brothers, Gregory Roark and William Eugene Roark; and by his sister, Marie Roark.

  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, December 21st, by Brother A.C. Combs, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Slawson Cemetery, Bennington. Friends were invited to call on the family prior to the beginning of the services on Saturday, December 21st, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Robert Ray “Bob” Roark Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

y ‘Wayne’ Hopper

  Roy “Wayne” Hopper, age 77, of Vevay, passed away at 2:47 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019, at the Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

  Wayne entered this life on July 6th, 1942 on Bradford Road in Switzerland County. He was the loving son of the late Earl Joseph and Cleta I. (Coy) Hopper. He was raised in Switzerland County where he attended Vevay High School.

  Wayne was inducted into the United States Army on February 5th, 1964 in Louisville, Kentucky. He served during the Vietnam War and earned the Sharpshooter (Rifle M-14) Badge. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on January 31st, 1970.

  Wayne was united in marriage on February 10th, 1967 at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, to Mary Ann Hamby. This happy union was blessed with a son, Terry Wayne Hopper. They renewed their vows on their 50th wedding anniversary at the Fairview Baptist Church by Brother Hobert Byrd, where they hold membership. Wayne and Mary Ann shared over 52 years of marriage together until his death.

  Wayne was employed for Stedman’s Foundry in Aurora, Indiana for six months and for Randall-Textron in Vevay for six months. He was employed in maintenance for Hilltop Basic Resources in Patriot from 1972-1999. He was also employed in maintenance for the Greater Cincinnati Airport, and drove for the Amish for several years.

  Wayne enjoyed NASCAR, tinkering on cars, attending truck and tractor pulls and his little dogs.

  Wayne will be missed by his wife, Mary Ann (Hamby) Hopper of Vevay; by his son, Terry Wayne Hopper and his companion, Stephanie Greenwood of Vevay; by his grandson, Christopher Wayne Hopper of Madison; by his several great-grandchildren; by his brothers: Loren Hopper and his wife Kathy of Mt. Sterling, Indiana and Gordie Hopper and his wife Marlene of Lansing, Michigan; by his sisters: Carole Jeane (Hopper) Webb of Center Square and Janice Clay of Vevay; by his sister-in-law, Janet Hopper of DeWitt, Michigan; and by his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Joseph and Cleta I. (Coy) Hopper; and by his brothers, Russell and Paul Hopper.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Sunday, December 22nd, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, December 23rd, by Brother Hobert Byrd at the funeral home.

  Interment and full military rites was conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Roy “Wayne” Hopper Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

James Conner

  James Frank Conner, 85, of Rising Sun, passed away on Friday, December 20th, 2019 at Highpoint Health, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  James was born in Versailles, Kentucky, on June 25th, 1934, the son of the late Ola Evelyn (Drury) and Rodney Conner.

  On March, 17th, 1970, he married Shelvia Jean (Bess) Conner at the Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. James and Jean were married over 49 years until his passing.

  James worked in law enforcement for 27 years. He was Ohio County Sheriff for eight years and an Ohio County deputy before that. James also worked for the Versailles, Kentucky Police Department, and was a detective for the Lexington, Kentucky Police Department.

  James proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy form 1957 to 1961. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the Rising Sun American Legion, Rising Sun Masonic Lodge and Aurora Moose Lodge. James enjoyed playing cards and shooting pool. Spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren is what he loved most.

  James is  survived by his wife, Jean Conner, of Rising Sun; by his daughters: Jamie Bourne (Rick) of Versailles, Kentucky, Janice Quillin of Willmore, Kentucky, and JoAnn Mitchell, of Versailles, Kentucky; by his sons: Jimmy Conner (LeAnn) of Lexington, Kentucky, Jeffery Conner of Versailles, Kentucky, Brian Conner of Versailles, Kentucky, Michael Conner (Lisa) of East Enterprise, and David Conner (Donnetta) of Aurora, Indiana; by his step daughter, Peggy Fehrenbach (Tim) of Rising Sun, and a step son, John Steele (Miles) of California.

  He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren; and by his brother, Phillip Conner (Dorothy) of Versailles, Kentucky.

  James was preceded in death by his parents; by his brothers: Rodney, Ronald and David Conner; and by his sister, Helen Powell.

  A memorial service was held on Monday, December 23rd at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Mike Jones officiating. Visitation was held on Monday, December 23rd prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home.