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The Versailles Republican

November 20, 2014 • Obituaries

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Maxine Wonning

Maxine Wonning, 90, of Batesville, died Monday, November 17, 2014 at Ripley Crossing. Born July 22, 1924, in Glasgow, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Letha (nee: Harrison) and George Bush. She married John Wonning April 17, 1945 in Louisville, Kentucky, and he preceded her in death June 25, 2009.

A homemaker, Maxine was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church and the St. Mark Women’s Club. According to her daughter “mom’s hobby was dad.” Inseparable, they did everything together. John built his own boat because they loved boating and spending time on the water, much of that time in Florida where they lived for 42 years. A trip to Hawaii after John’s retirement began a passion for travel, which led to a motor home and trips all over the country. A good cook, her Greek potato salad, shrimp and crab legs were hard to beat. Back in the day, she did quite a bit of sewing, making many of her family's’ clothes, enjoyed watching reruns of Hogan’s Heroes and was an avid reader of John McDonald thrillers.

Maxine is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Connie and Ernie Walke of Osgood; grandchildren and spouses Jeff and Lindsey Walke, Tamara and Steve Sarno, Ben and Lori Walke and great-grandchildren Trae, Shaden, Devery, Tyler, Kayla, Julie and Lucas. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Maurice Thomerson, Frankie Shipley, Mary Smith and brothers Cliff, Cleo and Wendell Bush.

Visitation will be Friday, November 21, from noon until 2 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Batesville. Funeral services follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jill Kepler-Campbell officiating and burial in St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery. The family requests memorials to Ripley Crossing’s Activity Fund or St. Mark Church. Weigel Funeral Home, Batesville, is in charge of arrangements.

Melva Louise Alvarado

Melva Louise Alvarado, 63, of Dillsboro, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, Friday, November 21, at Hope Baptist Church located at 15593 US 50 in Dillsboro with burial following in Rising Sun Old Cemetery at Rising Sun. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Hope Baptist Church. Memorials may be given to the family for funeral expenses. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill is entrusted with arrangements. 812-744-3280. Go to to leave an online condolence message.

Yvonne Geraldine “Jerry” Crowell

Yvonne Geraldine “Jerry” Crowell, 90, entered this life on October 6, 1924, in Napoleon. She was the daughter of the late Earl Clark “Percy” and Lelah Marie Rohlfing Brown. She married Warren Crowell on June 30, 1946, in Jeffersonville.

Shortly after their marriage, she and her husband, along with another couple, were the first to start the CP Tavern located in Napoleon. One of the main occupations that she did in her life was working as a school bus driver for the Jac-Cen-Del School Corporation from the early 1960s to the late 1980s. Another job that she also did was hauling water to many people in Ripley County and surrounding area’s. Flowers, gardening, watching and feeding birds were favorite hobbies she so enjoyed! With family by her side, Jerry passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood.

Survivors include son: Gregory Lee (Barbara “Peach”) Crowell of Carrollton, KY; daughters: Geneen Carol Ostendorf of Batesville, Gayla Jo Crowell of Batesville, Gloria Lou (Lisa Mahan) Crowell of Trafalgar; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two grandsons.

Memorial donations may be given to Geneen Ostendorf. The money will be put towards a scholarship for a Jac-Cen-Del student. Funeral services will be held all in one day, Saturday, Nov. 22, at Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, with visitation from 10 a.m. - 12 noon with funeral immediately following. Burial be in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Napoleon. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, is in charge of arrangements.

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