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May 24, 2012

Miss Hope Austin

Miss Hope Austin, 92, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012. She was born March 5, 1920 in Versailles, the daughter of Everett H. and Edith C. Jarvis Austin.

Hope is survived by her nephews, Kim A. Good of Fishers and Austin N. Good of Indianapolis; her niece, Merikay Oliveira of San Rafael, CA; and her great niece, Lara Klemens of San Francisco, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Evelyn Good; and brother John B. Austin.

Hope resided all of her life in Versailles, until moving to Indianapolis to be near her family. She was a 1938 graduate of Versailles High School. She was employed for 36 years as a bookkeeper, retiring in 1985.

Hope served as a first deputy for the Auditor of Ripley County for ten years. She was inducted at the age of 19 into the Tri Kappa Sorority of Versailles Delta Rho Active Chapter. She had served as a treasurer and was one of the first to be installed. She joined the Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 333 at the age of 18 and had served as Worthy Matron. She was a member of the Historical Society in Ripley County and Versailles.

Hope was a 64 year member of the Tyson United Methodist Church, joining the church at the age of 28. She enjoyed dancing, cooking and collecting receipts and cataloging over 32,000 recipes on index cards.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m. at the Tyson United Methodist Church, Versailles, with Rev. Mike Dixon of the Tyson United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will also be Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of funeral at the church. Delta Rho Chapter of the Active Chapter of Tri Kappa will conduct services at 1 p.m., and Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 333 will conduct services at 1:15 p.m. at the church Thursday.

Memorials may be given in memory of Hope to the Cliff Hill Cemetery or the Eastern Star of Versailles. Contribution cards are available at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, who is entrusted with arrangements.

Margaret Ann Hooten

Margaret Ann Hooten, 89, Batesville, passed away Monday, May 21, 2012. Visitation will be Friday, May 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville. Mass of Christian burial will be held at the St. Louis Catholic Church, Batesville, Friday, at 1 p.m., with burial in the church cemetery. Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, is entrusted with arrangements.

May 17, 2012

Dorothy A. Berger

Dorothy A. Berger, 89, of Sunman, passed away Monday, May 14, 2012 at Ripley Crossing. She was born June 15, 1922 in Ripley County the daughter of Joseph Riehle and Julia (Speth) Riehle. She married Edwin Berger on June 5, 1946 and he preceded her in death on November 17, 1999.

Survivors include children, Norma (Paul) Newton and Mary (Garry) Sapp both of Milan; Pauline (Dale) Rodmaker of Georgetown, Linda (Chet) Jackson of Sunman, Chuck Berger, Jim (Gretchen) Berger and John (Jina) Berger all of Milan and Dan (Sandi) Berger of Indianapolis, 23 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren and one sister, Alberta Tieves of Fort Wright, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Florence Howard, granddaughter, Melissa Rodmaker and great grandson, Austin Rohrig.

Funeral mass will be held today, Thursday, May 17 at 10 a.m. at Cook Funeral Home, Sunman with Monsignor James Harris officiating. Burial will be in the St. Nicholas Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Nicholas new school fund.

Cook Funeral Home, Sunman, is in charge of arrangements.

Victor H. Feller

Victor H. Feller, 70, of Dillsboro passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012. Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at the Dillsboro Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the Salem Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the family. Filter-DeVries Funeral Home, Dillsboro is entrusted with the arrangements.

May 10, 2012

Kathryn "Doodie" Davidson

Kathryn "Doodie" Davidson, 93, of Bloomington, formerly of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Meadowood in Bloomington. She was born at Aurora on October 8, 1918 the daughter of Charles and Alice Tharp Klingelhoffer. She was married to Walter Davidson on December 31, 1942 and he preceded her in death on May 27, 1973.

Survivors include one daughter, Diana (Ron) McGovern of Bloomington; grandchildren, Bill McGovern, Steve McGovern, and Dawn (Jim) Allen all of Bloomington. 

Mrs. Davidson was a 1936 graduate of Aurora High School and a 1940 graduate of the Indiana University School of Music. She taught music at Aurora and also at the Napoleon and Osgood Elementary Schools.

She was a 50 year member of the Tyson United Methodist Church in Versailles and attended the Fairview United Methodist Church in Bloomington. She was also a member of the Ripley County Retired Teachers Association, the former Fortnightly Study Club in Versailles, and the Delta Kappa Gamma Teacher's Sorority. Kathryn was also a 75 year member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, she was also a member of the Versailles Legion Auxiliary.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Meadowood Health Pavilion, IU Health Bloomington Hospital Hospice, and her caregiver, Jeanne from Home Instead for the loving care they provided for Doodie.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15 at the Riverview Cemetery in Aurora with Rev. Mike Dixon of the Tyson United Methodist Church officiating. Memorials may be given to Special Olympics Indiana of Monroe County, Stone Belt ARC, or the Ripley County Heart Association all in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home at PO Box 84, Versailles, IN 47042. Online condolences available at skfuneralhome.com.

Floyd W. Horton

Floyd W. Horton, 85, of Milan, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2012 at his residence, southwest of Milan.  Floyd was born January 14, 1927 in Milan, the son of Malcomb and Adah (Tompkins) Horton.  He married Patricia Abplanalp May 28, 1947 and she preceded him in death September 11, 1997.  He later married Alreena "Reenie" (Rouse) Yates Nickulis on April 8, 2000, and she survives.

 Floyd was a US Army Veteran having served during WWII, and was a retired employee of Seagrams Distillery.  He was a member of the Milan First Baptist Church, the Milan American Legion Post #235, and the Oilers and Boilermakers Union.  He loved yard work, gardening, working crossword puzzles, playing solitaire, and enjoying family time.    

Floyd is survived by his wife, Alreena (Reenie) Horton; sons Mike (Jennifer) Horton of Indianapolis, Tim (Sandy) Horton of Columbus; daughter Tammy (James) Negangard of Milan; stepchildren William (Monica) Yates of Cincinnati, Todd (Pam) Yates of Milan, Mark (Tracy) Nickulis of West Chester, Ohio, and Carl (Mary) Nickulis of Germantown, Wisconsin; 17 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Clift in 2007.

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Milan First Baptist Church, 112 S. Main St., Milan, with the Pastor Harris Long officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery at Dillsboro. Military Rites at gravesite by Milan American Legion Post #235. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.  Memorials may be made to the Cancer Fund or the Milan First Baptist Church through the funeral home.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan is entrusted with the arrangements.  Box 243, 707 S. Main St. 47031 (812) 654-2141.  Sign register book or leave condolences at www.lawscarrmoore.com.

May 3, 2012

Ellen M. Thomas Hedrick

Ellen M. Thomas Hedrick, 77, of Madison, passed away Monday, April 30, 2012. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m. at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, with burial in the Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home on Saturday. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, is entrusted with arrangements.

Rev. Velma H. (Hertel) Manuel

Rev. Velma H. (Hertel) Manuel, 93, of Versailles, passed away Monday, April 30, 2012 at Manderley Health Care, Osgood. She was born July 6, 1918 in Dixon, OH, the daughter of Clifford Alfred and Imogene (Plumley) Hertel. She married Roy H. Manuel on February 16, 1951 in Terre Haute. They enjoyed over 50 years of marriage until his death on March 16, 2001.

Survivors include one brother, Rev. James William Hertel (Martha) of Greenwood; nephew who cared for her, Rev. James Wesley Hertel (Pat) of Greenwood; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister Mildred Meyer, and two brothers Dale and Alfred Hertel.

Velma was raised in Fort Wayne and was a 1936 graduate of Central High School in Fort Wayne and also of the Union Bible Seminary in Westfield.

Velma was the former pastor at the East Enterprise Pilgrim Holiness Church and later the East Enterprise Wesleyan Church from 1951-1973. She was the pastor of the Versailles Wesleyan Church from 1973-1981, where she was a member for 39 years.

After her retirement, Velma remained active in ministry, serving in an Evangelist position. Velma and Roy sang and preached for many funerals in Switzerland County and surrounding communities. They will be always be remembered for their love of serving the Lord and lending a helping hand when someone or a family member were in need.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at the Vevay Cemetery with Rev. James Wesley Hertel and Rev. John Hundley officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Wesleyan Church, contribution cards are available at the funeral home. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, is entrusted with arrangements.

Elaine Martin

Loris Elaine (Elaine) Martin, 86, peacefully passed away in the early hours of Saturday, April 28, 2012 at her residence in Franklin, at the Indiana Masonic Home. Elaine was born July 20, 1925 in La Porte, Indiana, the daughter of the late Leopold and Mary Alice Nagawiecki. Elaine's husband of 62 years, the late Dr. William E. (Bill) Martin, had passed away in September of 2009.

Elaine is survived by three children, David, Amy, and Steve. A fourth child, Debra, preceded her in death in April, 2010. Elaine is also survived by nine grandchildren, Kelly, Kay, Kari, Lisa, Valentina, David, William, Steve, and Noe, as well as 12 great grandchildren.

Elaine's sweetness, care, and gracious giving will be missed by many more than those mentioned here.

From the age of two years Elaine was raised and educated at the Mooseheart Orphanage near Aurora, Illinois, where in childhood she became a Chicago Cub's fan and lifelong baseball aficionado. She graduated from high school at Mooseheart at the age of 17, and subsequently received a degree in nursing from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis soon after the close of World War II.

Elaine pursued a career as a Registered Nurse for more than three decades, all the while maintaining a nourishing Christian household for her family. Elaine actively participated in various religious and non-religious charities during her lifetime.

The Reverend Charles Stanley will conduct a memorial service at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 5, at Ransford Chapel, at the Indiana Masonic Home, Franklin, Indiana. Family will greet friends at the chapel prior to the service.

Every game of baseball carries the possibility that the last at-bat will be the most important and meaningful. In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and the game on the line, Hack Wilson, Mary Alice, and Bill cheering her on from the near third base stands, Elaine calmly stepped up to the plate. In her last at-bat, without hesitation and with the sweetest of swings, she lofted the first pitch high over the left center field bleachers onto Waveland, for a walk-off homerun. www.littleandsonsindianapolis.com.

Ella Smotherman

Ella Smotherman, 93, of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born in Cincinnati on January 26, 1919 the daughter of Rudolph and Henrietta Owens Schellenberger.

Survivors include two sons Donald (Geraldine) Schibi of Norwood, Ohio and John (Linda) Rinehart of Versailles; 11 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; one brother Norbert Schellenberger of Clermont County, Ohio; one sister Ruth Freeland of Hartwell, Ohio. She was also preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

Mrs. Smotherman retired after working for the Zumbiel Box Company in Norwood, Ohio for 37 years. Ella was a member of the Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 4 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. David Shivers of the Hopewell Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Arlington Memorial Gardens in Cincinnati. Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.