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February 16, 2016 • Obituaries
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Pauline A. Billman

A much loved “Mamaw,” Pauline A. Billman, 89, of Osgood, passed away Thursday afternoon, February 11, 2016 at University Hospital in Cincinnati with her family by her side. She was born April 11, 1926 in Osgood, the daughter of the late Price, Sr. and Inez (Aikins) Thomas. She was married to Silas Meisberger, who preceded her in death on March 23, 1968. To this union were born four daughters and one son. On September 1, 1973, Pauline married Lawrence H. Billman, who survives and still lives at the home place.

Pauline worked as a bookkeeper for the Ripley County Highway Garage from the early 1970s through the 1980s and previously worked at the Osgood Quarry. She was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Osgood and a very proud member of the Ripley County Democratic Party. Family may be a simple word to say; however, to Pauline, family was her life. The sound of a slamming storm door and the sight of seeing a grandchild on the bank catch a fish were just two of her favorite joys. She looked forward to Saturdays for years because they were family days, and special meals were always prepared. She didn’t know if four or thirty people would show, but she didn’t care. There were plenty of chairs, and she could always prepare more food. She loved walking and talking along Laughery Creek, and she never turned down a game of Yahtzee. Pauline enjoyed rooting on the Cincinnati Reds and following the IU basketball. Maintaining the homestead was vital to her. Through her canning, gardening, and simply watching birds, the farmstead was her kingdom. Pauline was never one to miss sending a birthday card to her children, grandchildren, and every great-grandchild. She instilled tremendous pride and values in her family, not just by words but by the way she lived her life.

Pauline is survived by daughters Gloria (Tom) Borgman of Osgood, Marcia (Jerry) Volz of Milan, Maria (Mike) Gribben of Brookville, 11 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son in infancy, Edward Lee Meisberger, and one daughter Inez R. Meisberger. Also preceding her in death were her three brothers, Price Thomas, Jr., Robert Thomas, Bill Thomas, and her sister Elizabeth Thomas.

Private family services will be held. Memorials may be given to the Osgood Kiwanis. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, is in charge of the arrangements.

Audrey J. Doyle

Audrey J. Doyle, 89, of Holton, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the home of her daughter near Batesville. She was born at Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 1, 1926, the daughter of Carl H. and Violet Jadischke Lipke. She was married to Marvin “Brook” Doyle on September 4, 1948 and he preceded her in death 16 years ago on February 14, 2000.

Survivors include two daughters, Esther (Doug) Krieger of Batesville and Gloria (Don) Comer of Holton; seven grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and one great great grandson; one sister, Dianne Dilger of Cameron Park, California. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her sisters Lila Zarnott and Elizabeth Lipke.

Mrs. Doyle was raised in Milwaukee and met her future husband while he was serving in the US Navy. She was a homemaker and in her younger years was employed with the Nunn-Bush Shoe Factory in Milwaukee. Audrey had also served as the custodian for the Hopewell Baptist Church of which she was a 40-year member.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 18 at 11 a.m. at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell building fund or the Hospice of Margaret Mary Hospital in care of the funeral home.

Evelyn June DeMoss

Evelyn June DeMoss, 77, of Oldenburg and formerly of Brookville, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, February 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the family to assist with expenses. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, Sunman, and its staff are honored to care for the family of Evelyn June DeMoss.

Dennis W. Coan

Dennis W. Coan, 64, of North Vernon, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the family through the funeral home. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 156 Moores Hill 47032. (812)744-3280. Go to to leave an online condolence message.

Nathan J. Vaught, Sr.

Nathan J. Vaught, Sr., age 77, of Sunman, formerly of Milan, died Thursday at his residence. The Vail Chapel of Lytle Funeral Homes, Madison, is in charge of the arrangements.

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