January 30, 2014

Tammy Lee (Potraffke) Douglas

Tammy Lee (Potraffke) Douglas, 46 of Napoleon, but raised in Moores Hill, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014, in Indianapolis. Born July 27, 1967 in Ft. Bragg, NC, she is the daughter of Roger Sr. and the late Sandra Lee (Bailey) Potraffke of Moores Hill.

Tammy graduated from South Dearborn High School in 1985 and received her LPN License in 1988. She then went on to receive her RN License from Ivy Tech in Madison. She married Michael Douglas on August 10, 1991 at St. John Lutheran Church in Napoleon.

In addition to her father, Tammy will be missed by her husband, Michael Douglas and her two sons, Steven and Derek Douglas. She will also be missed by her sisters Brenda (Jason) Wismann and Vickie (Michael) Durham both of Rising Sun, and her brothers Roger Potraffke Jr. of Moores Hill, Brian (Barry) Potraffke of Ft. Thomas, KY, Michael Potraffke of Moores Hill and Christopher Potraffke of Moores Hill. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

Tammy was a loving wife and mother who spoke often of her husband and sons. She adored her family, friends, dogs, and horses. Tammy was a compassionate surgical nurse at Margaret Mary Health. She always put others before herself and Tammy will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, January 31, from 4-8 p.m. and funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, with Pastor Jennifer Owen officiating. Burial will follow in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Napoleon. Memorials are suggested to the Children’s Education Fund c/o Meyers Funeral Home. Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.
Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, is in charge of arrangements.

Hannah Walker

Hannah Walker, age 38, of Elrod, passed away Sunday morning, January 26, 2014, at her home. She was born December 27, 1976, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Russell Scott and Cecilia Olson.

Surviving is her husband, John Walker; father, Russell Scott; one son, Cody Walker; two daughters, Brooklyn and Jordan; sister, Ann Evans of Amelia, OH; special friend, fred Couch and his wife, who helped raise her. She is also survived by a special friend, Jerry Shelton, of Elrod.

Funeral services for Hannah will be Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at DeVries Funeral Home in Dillsboro. Friends may meet her family on Saturday from 12 noon until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the family. DeVries Funeral Home, Dillsboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Floyd Marion Knowlton

Floyd Marion Knowlton, 95, born on Old Mill Road in Old Milan, January 18, 1918, to Myron and Flora Doll Knowlton, as the youngest of their four children (Willie, Ruth and Mildred) passed away in Walnut Creek California December 2013.

Although Floyd didn’t start grade school until he was 7 years old because his father wanted company on the farm, he was identified as an outstanding student at the one room Pierceville school. His teacher recommended that Floyd be allowed to take the 8th grade exam although he was a 5th grader at the time. The County Superintendent denied permission for him to do so.

Floyd graduated Milan High School in 1935 and continued on to Purdue University, graduating in 1939 with a degree in chemical engineering. When Floyd was accepted at Purdue, his father Myron wrote the university to make sure they really believed he was college material. Floyd was told as a freshman that the Purdue engineering program was so tough that three out of four engineering students failed to graduate.

Milan High School later honored him as a “distinguished alumni” following his career of 35 years at Bristol Laboratories in Syracuse, New York, where he was an integral part of a team that developed antibiotics such as staphcillin and ampicillin while increasing penicillin yield in his position as director of chemical and fermentation development. When Floyd first arrived, penicillin was made in milk-bottle-sized containers. By the time of his retirement, the company was making tons per week. He had also worked at Seagram’s in Lawrenceburg and US Rubber Company early in his career.

Floyd and his wife Mazada (of Bloomington) had a very devoted 47-year marriage until her passing in 1988. Floyd then moved to California and enjoyed a 12-year union with his second wife Dorothea until her passing in 2004. Floyd is survived by his son, Donald and Suzanne Knowlton; his daughters Brenda and Carl Schlack, Leslie and Shawn Holbrook; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Nephew Kenny and Gail Knowlton live in Old Milan on part of the original Knowlton family farm. Niece Ruth and Harley White and cousin Elizabeth and Bill Downey reside in Osgood. Nephew Bill and Linda Butte live in Pierceville and nephew Glenn and Dixie Butte spend their summers in Batesville and winters in Florida.

Margaret Virginia Wolsefer

Margaret Virginia Wolsefer, 77, of Milan, passed away Tuesday, January 28, at Ross Manor at Dillsboro. Margaret was born Friday, January 31, 1936 in Bell County, Kentucky, the daughter of Clayton and Emma Williams Thompson. She married Ronald Norbert Wolsefer on October 15, 1955, and he passed away in May of 1988.

Margaret was a homemaker and had formerly owned and operated the “Big W Dairy Treat” in North College Hill with her husband.

Survivors include sons: Michael (Terrie) Wolsefer of West Chester, Ohio, Steven Wolsefer of Maineville, Ohio, Robert Wolsefer of Milan; daughters: Patricia (Christopher) Dornbusch of Vevay and Barbara McKittrick of Milan; stepmother: Geneva Thompson of Omaha, Nebraska; three brothers; four sisters; grandchildren: Eric and Ashley Wolsefer, Lisa Short, Christopher Dornbusch Jr. Robyn Johnson and Benjamin Dornbusch, Travis, Jamie, Ryan and Craig McKittrick; 15 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by daughter Sandra Lee Wolsefer.

Graveside service will be Friday, January 31, at 1 p.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 11000 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249. Visitation will be Thursday, January 30, from 6-8 p.m. at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with arrangements. Box 243, 707 South Main Street, Milan, IN 47031; (812)654-2141. Memorials may be given to donor’s Choice. Go to www.lawcarrmoore.com to make online condolences.

Shari L. “Allen” Finley Mills

Services are pending for Shari L. “Allen” Finley Mills, 48 of Pinellas Park, FL, formerly of Moores Hill, at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home in Moores Hill.

Sandra Medcalf Blair

Sandra Medcalf Blair, 60, of Osgood, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus. She was born May 31, 1953, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Juanita Williams Medcalf. She married Ronald David Blair in Springfield, IL, on October 28, 1983, and he survives.

Other survivors include her daughters, Kelly Blair of Osgood and Laura Chandler (Dylan) of Cross Plains; granddaughter, Emily Lucille Chandler of Cross Plains; brothers, Louis Medcalf (Sandra) of Hermitage, TN, Tom Medcalf (Karen) of Middletown, OH and Russell Medcalf (Beverly) of Colorado Springs, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Sandra was a 1971 graduate of the North College Hill High School. She attended the University of Cincinnati graduating in 1975 with a degree in business and accounting. Sandra and Ronald moved to the Osgood community in 1986. She had worked 12 years as a library assistant for the Milan and Osgood Libraries. She enjoyed being active in the Versailles Church of Christ, singing and crocheting.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Versailles Church of Christ in Versailles with Brother Dale Day officiating. Burial was in the Salem Cemetery in Cross Plains. Memorials may be given to the Salem Cemetery, contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Vivian Storie

Vivian Storie, 86, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. She was born at Versailles on March 28, 1927, the daughter of Charles and Irene White Demaree. She was married to Charles F. Storie on November 27, 1992, and he survives.

Other survivors include one daughter, Marilyn Hale of College Corner, Ohio; two grandchildren and six great grandchildren; one brother, Jack (Betty) Demaree of Versailles; one sister, Norma Lee Meacham of Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Charles F. “Sonny” Demaree, James Collinsworth, and Eddie Demaree, and her sisters Opal Collinsworth, Edna Horton, Faye Sloan, and Fern Strimple.

Mrs. Storie was a 1945 graduate of Versailles High School and worked for several years in maintenance at the Jefferson Proving Ground. She was instrumental in the establishment of the senior centers in Versailles and Madison.

Vivian was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church and a 67-year member of the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 1 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Becky Pohle officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services. The Versailles American Legion Auxiliary will conduct services Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery or the Diabetes Foundation in care of the funeral home.

Diana Lynn Ayler Smith

Diana Lynn Ayler Smith 59, of Madison, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 31, at 10:30 a.m. at the North Madison Christian Church, Madison, followed with burial in the Macedonia Cemetery near Moorefield. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, and Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Memorials may be made to the ALS Association of Kentucky or the Manville Christian Church or Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home and the church. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, Madison, is in charge of arrangements.