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November 9, 2017 • Obituaries
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Thelma R. Sieverding

Thelma R. Sieverding, 83, of Farmers Retreat passed away at 5:49 a.m., Friday, November 10, 2017 at her home. She was born in Cincinnati on December 10, 1934 the daughter of Edward and Henrietta Stegeman Macke. She was married to Henry Sieverding on April 9, 1959 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Cincinnati and her husband of 58 years survives.

Other survivors include her children Maria Sieverding of Farmers Retreat, Keith (Beth) Sieverding of Friendship, Ben (Karen) Sieverding of Versailles, Ruth (Mark) Kieffer of Friendship, Teresa Meyer of Milan, Mike Sieverding of Milhousen, and Ann (Brian) Vogel of Versailles; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; two sisters Teresa (David) Kathman of Chicago and Marilyn (Ray) Siemer of Cincinnati; two brothers-in-law Arlo Crawford and Donald Eiser both of Cincinnati. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Diane, her son Francis, her grandson Jacob Vogel, her brother Ed Macke, her sisters Marci Crawford and Rosemary Eiser, and her twin sister Ruth Ann.

Mrs. Sieverding was a 1953 graduate of Xavier High School in Cincinnati and attended the Cincinnati Art Academy. Her main occupation was wife and mother to her large family and outside the home Thelma worked as a secretary for the US Army in Cincinnati, as a receptionist for Proctor & Gamble, at the candy counter of Newberry’s Department Store in downtown Cincinnati, and worked in the Intelligence Division of the Internal Revenue System in Cincinnati. She was an accomplished artist and besides portraits of her children and grandchildren, she had many paintings displayed in various churches throughout the United States. Thelma also did religious statue restoration and had restored statues locally in the St. Pius and St. Charles Catholic Churches at Milan.

Thelma was a member of the St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in Westchester, Ohio, the Kolping Society of Cincinnati, was a founding member of the Southern Indiana Art Guild, and a member of the Indiana Plein Air Artists. Requiem High Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 14th at St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in Westchester with Father Dolan officiating. Burial will be in the Craven Cemetery at Milan. Visitation will be on Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary services beginning at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

Coriene Denton

Coriene Denton, 68, longtime resident of Ripley County, peacefully passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 at IU Health Hospital in Indianapolis. She loved to cook, enjoyed reading, playing cards, going to garage sales, and watching TV, especially the Hallmark Channel. She loved to socialize. She was the sort of person who never met a stranger. Babies (children), dogs, and Elvis Presley were among her favorites.

Per her wishes, no services will be held and cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions can be made to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation (

The family would like to acknowledge with grateful hearts the outpouring of love, prayers, and acts of kindness shown during their time of loss.
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”- Unknown

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