Harry Althoff

Harry Wayne Althoff, 81, of Bear Branch, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

He was born Nov. 23, 1932, in Fairview, to Dallas Ward and Rachel Minnie Rimstidt Althoff. He was raised in Fairview and was a 1950 graduate of Vevay High School. He had resided in the Bear Branch Community since 1952. In 1954, he began a partnership with his father-in-law, Everett Oatman in the Althoff & Oatman Feed Mill in Bear Branch. He later co-owned and co-operated A & W Milling Inc. in Bear Branch with Howard G. Wiesmann, for 44 years. He also co-owned and co-operated the Bear Branch General Store with Everett Oatman and later with Howard G. Wiesmann, from 1952 to 1964. He began serving on the board of directors for Southeastern REMC in Osgood on Aug. 3, 1968. He served as the board's secretary from Aug. 13, 1977 to April 1, 1995, before becoming president. He served on the board of directors for Hoosier Energy in Bloomington starting on Feb. 19, 1990. He was a former Republican Precinct Committeemen for Pike Township in Ohio County for several years. He was a deacon for the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Bear Branch. He was a charter member of the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department. He served with the department starting in 1969 and was the current fire chief. He was a reserve deputy for the Ohio County Sheriff's Department from 1970 to 1982. He served on the building committee for Ohio County Elementary Middle School in Rising Sun. He was a member of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Farmers Mutual Aid Society for 20 years. He enjoyed farming and raising cattle in his spare time. He also enjoyed gardening and beekeeping.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel M. Lewis Althoff, whom he married March 20, 1987; one son, Alan Wayne Althoff of Bear Branch; two stepsons, Rick Curry of Moorefield and Bobby Dale Curry of Roseburg, Ore.; one stepdaughter, Mary Jane "Janie" Konkle of Vevay; one sister, Barbara Dowdy of Vevay; one brother, Carl Althoff of Fairview; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma M. Oatman Althoff, whom he married Dec. 13, 1952, and who died Sept. 23, 1986; his father, who died Oct. 28, 1995; his mother, who died March 18, 2010; and one brother, Charles Laddie Althoff, who died May 26, 2006.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery in Bear Branch.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service. A special service will be conducted by the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Olive Branch Cemetery, Olive Branch Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department Endowment Fund with the Community Foundation of Ohio County. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at www.haskellandmorrison.com.



Howard Boldery

Howard Boldery, 77, of Bedford, Ky., died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Signature Healthcare in Bedford, Ky.

He was born July 28, 1936, in Trimble County, Ky., to Simmie and Ethel Scott Boldery. He worked as a farmer most of his life. He enjoyed traveling around with his brother visiting friends and working on projects together.

He is survived by two nieces, Donna Bell and Annie Bell; two nephews, Charles "Press" Bell and Fred Bell; one great niece; and three great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard "Tom" Boldery and Chester "Fred" Boldery; and one sister, Laura C. Bell.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Ransdell Funeral Home in Bedford, Ky. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Milton, Ky.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 11 a.m. until the service.

Online condolences can be sent at www.ransdellfuneral.com.



Mary Sams

Mary Margaret Whitsitt Chitwood Sams, 83, of Hanover, formerly of Kent, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at King's Daughters' Hospital.

She was born Sept. 16, 1930, in Kent, to Hiram and Gladys Jean Cooperider Whitsitt. She was raised in Jefferson County, near Kent and was a 1948 graduate of Hanover High School. She owned and operated Chitwood Upholstery near Kent for 20 years. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping and raising flowers. She was raised in the Kent Christian Church. After she married she was a member of the Kent United Methodist Church and served in the United Methodist Women's Organization.

She is survived by one son, Jack Allen Chitwood of Hanover; three daughters, Sara Crafton of Hanover, Paula McMannis of Lexington and Susan Hoagland of Hanover; two sisters, Joann Cope of Traverse City, Mich. and Emma Lou Mallet of Arnold, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Foster Martin "Jack" Chitwood, whom she married Aug. 9, 1948, and who died Aug. 6, 1986; her second husband, Leonard Sams, whom she married Dec. 10, 1994, and who died Oct. 6, 1998; her father, who died in 1983; and her mother, who died in 1982; two brothers, Donald Whitsitt and James William Whitsitt; one sister, Dorothy Cutshall; one granddaughter; one grandson; and one great-grandson, Stephen Keith Rosenbaum.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kent United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Kent Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre Saturday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and at the church Sunday from noon until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Kent United Methodist Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

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Roberta Stubbins

Roberta Jean "Ms. Birdie" Perry Stubbins, 69, of New Albany, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

She was born Dec. 21, 1944, in Madison, to Hobart and Mary Ellen Sadler Perry. She attended Madison schools. She was a member of Ebenezer Methodist Church. Following her marriage in 1965, she moved to New Albany. She was an employee of Headstart, Hoosier Panel and Wellcare. She became a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she was an usher and attended Bible study.

She is survived by her husband, Delmar Stubbins Sr., whom she married June 5, 1965; two daughters, Donna Perry of Madison and Cookie Stubbins of New Albany; two sons, Steve Stubbins and Delmar Stubbins Jr., both of New Albany; two brothers, Melvin Perry and Joseph Perry, both of Madison; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Pearl, Wanda and Linda; and three brothers, John, George and Nathan.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethel AME Church, 315 E. Fifth St., New Albany. Burial will be in West Haven Cemetery in New Albany.

Friends may call at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Bethel AME Church.

Newcomer Funeral Home in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences can be sent at www.newcomerkentuckiana.com.



Ava Vestile

Ava N. Williams Vestile, 89, of Madison, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Soper, Okla., to William G. and Sarah Parker Williams. She was a graduate of high school in Oklahoma and moved to Indiana at the age of seventeen to be with her sister. She and her husband farmed near Canaan for many years and she took care of the home and prepared meals for the farm hands and her family. She was a member of the Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church near Canaan, attending North Madison Baptist Church after she retired to Madison. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Hanover Chapter 525. She enjoyed cooking, watching basketball and being with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Lila Gayle Crandell of Dade City, Fla. and Sheila G. Ragland of New Albany; one son, Kerry L. Vestile of Avon; one brother, Jack Williams of Huntsville, Ala.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Levi Vestile, whom she married Nov. 3, 1945, and who died Oct. 16, 2012; her parents; two sisters, Freda and Ina Grace; and three brothers, Leonard Williams, William E. Williams and Sunny Boy Williams

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the service. The Hanover Chapter 530 Order of Eastern Star will conduct a special service at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to American Diabetes Association, Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church or North Madison Baptist Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

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