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Hazel Anna Wullenweber

Hazel Anna Wullenweber, of Milan, was born on November 21, 1922 in Dearborn County, the daughter of Henry and Sophie Hornberger Walter. She graduated from Sunman High School in 1939 and married Clarence Wullenweber on December 9, 1942, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hubbell’s Corner.

Hazel worked as a secretary in Cincinnati and later with her husband did truck farming. She was active in her community as a member of the Sunman American Legion Auxiliary, serving both as the President of the 9th District and as the first President of the Milan VFW Auxiliary. Hazel worked with the committee to establish the WWII Memorial in Versailles, and established with her husband the Farmer’s Market in Lawrenceburg. She was a member of St. John’ Lutheran Church at Hubbell’s Corner as well as the NRA. In her spare time she loved fishing, trapping, and anything the outdoors offered.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at the age of 94, Hazel passed away at her residence. Those surviving who will cherish Hazel’s memory include her children, Pauline Sue (Don) Barnes of Cincinnati, OH, Kathy (Danny) Hanavan of North Bend, OH, Clarence (Patty) Wullenweber, Jr. of Commiskey, Clayton James (Pam) Wullenweber of Sunman, and Terry (Jamie) Wullenweber of Milan; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, and a sister, Helen Rosemeyer of Batesville. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband on December 22, 2005.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan 28 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hubbell’s Corner. Burial followed in Evangelical Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Margaret Mary Health – Batesville. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Hazel Ann Wullenweber.

Freeman B. Curran

Freeman B. Curran, 93, of Olean, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Waters of Batesville. He was born near Greensburg on June 12, 1923, the son of Earl and Isabel Stevens Curran. He was married to Kathryn Miller on October 2, 1943 and she preceded him in death on June 11, 2008.

Survivors include two sons, Randy (Susan) Curran of Burlington, Kentucky and Michael (Tanya) Curran of Pinehurst, North Carolina; one daughter, Pat Halford of Columbus, Ohio; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; one brother, Norman Curran of Missouri; one sister, Mary Ellen (Larry) Strong of Batesville. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Don, Noble, and Eugene Curran, his sisters Wilma Robbins and Dorothy Lanning, and his son-in-law John Halford.

Mr. Curran was forced to quit school after the 8th grade so he could help at home with his family during the days of the Great Depression. He was a “self-taught” carpenter having worked in Cincinnati and the Versailles area and was the general contractor for the construction of the Tyson Manor in Versailles. In his younger days he also worked as a lumberjack on the west coast and on the railroad. As most folks of his generation, hard work was the order of the day, and for relaxation he would read one of his many Louie L’amour books. Freeman was a member of the Living Church of God in Cincinnati.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 29 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bruce Kieviet officiating. Burial was in the St. Paul Cemetery at Olean. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Steve Ahaus

Steve Ahaus, 49, of Moores Mill, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017, due to a car accident. Funeral services were held Monday, January 30 at Moores Hill Church of Christ, Moores Hill. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery, Moores Hill. Visitation will be 10AM-12PM Monday also at the church. Memorials may be given to the family. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032. (812) 744-3280. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.

Anna Duncan

Anna Duncan, 94, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Ripley Crossing at Milan. Anna was born Monday, July 17, 1922 in Scioto County, Ohio, the daughter of Mathus and Vina (Cremeans) McFarland. She married Herbert (Pete) Duncan May 31, 1939, and he preceded her in death January 1, 1996.

Anna was a homemaker and a former employee of Tandy’s Clothing Store in Aurora. She was a member of the Holman Christian Union Church and the Friendly Neighbors Club. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, visiting with her friends and neighbors, and spending time with her family.

Anna is survived by son, Danny Duncan and daughter, Ann (Dennis) Elder both of Aurora; sister, Norma Jean Kaltenbach of Kettering, Ohio; grandchildren, David and Joe Duncan, Cynthia Alexander, and Jason and Paul Elder; great grandchildren Megan, Robert, Katie, Rebecca, Duncan, Camryn, Wyatt, Cole, Liberty, and Zane, several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Anna will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 3, at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan with Pastor Charles Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery at Cleves, Ohio. Visitation will also be Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Activity Fund at Ripley Crossing or to the donor’s choice. Laws-Carr-Moore is entrusted with arrangements, 707 S. Main St, PO Box 243, (812) 654-2141. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.

Tony D. Cavins

Tony D. Cavins, 33, of Moores Hill, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Funeral services were held Monday, January 23 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, with burial in the New Craven Cemetery south of Milan. Memorials may be given to the family. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, 707 South Main Street Milan, IN 47031; (812) 654-2141. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.

Lawrence Nickell

Lawrence Nickell, 80, of Cross Plains, passed away at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017, at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. He was born in Mize, Morgan County, Kentucky, on July 1, 1936, the son of Virgil and Virginia Wood Nickell.

Survivors include two sons, Terry (Margie) Nickell, and Danny Nickell both of Cross Plains; one daughter, Beverly (Ed) Hunt of Morrow, Ohio; nine grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; two brothers, Clayton (Kay) Nickell, and Henry Nickell both of Cross Plains; three sisters, Dorothy (Bill) Knigga of Florida, Lucille Nickell of Pleasant, and Nancy Nickell of Washington, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Nickell was an Army veteran of the Korean War. In civilian life Lawrence worked as a welder for over 30 years for Armco Steel. After retirement he did “house call” welding jobs in the Cross Plains community, drove a bus for the South Ripley schools, and enjoyed his horses. Lawrence was active in the Ripley County Republican party and served terms as a Ripley County Commissioner and also on the Ripley County Council. He was a member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge and the Indianapolis Valley Scottish Rite.

Lawrence’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Friday, February 3 at 7 p.m. at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

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