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Houston 2018 – Discovery Meeting

Attention all current 7th-11th grade students (and their parents):

We would like for you to attend an informational meeting on Sunday, June 4, after church, regarding the 2018 Houston Youth Gathering. This meeting will provide information so that you can decide if you want to join the Olean team for this great faith experience.

Can’t attend? Please contact Pastor Curtis or Jenny Darnold to learn more.

The Festival of Christ’s Ascension

The Festival of Christ’s Ascension will be celebrated at a special service hosted by the S. E. IN. Conference Thursday evening, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter, Bear Branch.

Congratulations and best wishes to our 2017 Graduates!

On May 14, beautiful handmade quilts were presented to our high school graduates. We wish them the very best!

Pictured left to right: Lauren Obendorf (Batesville High School), Mackenzie Black and Derek Turner (South Ripley High School)

We extend our sympathies to the family of Walter Lee Fugate IV

Walter Lee Fugate IV

10 week old son of Walter III and Missy Ballard Fugate of Holton passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 at his home. Walter Lee was born at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg on February 27, 2017. Besides his parents he is also survived by his sisters Alexis and Zoey at home; paternal grandparents Walter Jr. and Dawn Fugate of Dayton, Ohio; maternal grandmother Cindy Ballard of Bennington; paternal great-grandmothers Janice West of Batesville and Mary Fugate of Dayton, Ohio; maternal great-grandmother Melva Sipple of Bright; also surviving are Walter Lee’s aunts and uncles Latasha Whipple of Vevay, Amanda Whipple and Harold Ballard of Bennington, Mindy Campbell of Dillsboro, Glen Fugate of Branchville, Kim Fugate of Lawrenceburg, Megan Fugate of Dayton, Ohio, and Zachariah Fugate of Versailles. A celebration of Walter Lee’s life will be held on Wednesday, May 17 at 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Curtis Black of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean officiating. Visitation will be from 4pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Esther Boyles

Esther R. Boyles, 98, of Versailles passed away at 12:45pm Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born near Friendship on December 1, 1918 the daughter of William Henry and Elsie Hunger Fischvogt. She met Edward Boyles at a legion dance in Milan in 1939 and they were married on August 31, 1940 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. Edward preceded her in death on September 11, 1992. Survivors include two daughters Sharen (Kenneth) Thomas of Cross Plains and Karen (Paul) Filter of Dillsboro; one son William Boyles of Bedford; 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Denton Fischvogt, and her sister Irene Smock. Mrs. Boyles attended the Friendship School, attended two years of high school at Cross Plains, and was a 1937 graduate of Versailles High School. After high school she attended the Indiana Central Business College in Indianapolis. In her younger years Esther took vocal lessons and on one occasion she won the talent show at the Friendship Street Fair and along with Arnold “Shorty” Obendorf won a talent contest at the Sherman House in Batesville. She was also an accomplished poet and her book “Free to Fly” contains 100 poems she had written. She was a former employee of the Jefferson Proving Ground, the Friendship Post Office, and Contel Telephone in Versailles. Esther was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean and was also a member of the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 13th at 10:30am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Activities Fund at Ripley Crossing, the Alzheimers Foundation, or the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home

Our deepest condolences to the family of Martha A. Dilk

Martha A. Dilk, 84, of Versailles passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born near Versailles on April 18, 1932 the daughter of Fred and Sophia Wichmann Boekankamp. She was married to Delbert Dilk on November 17, 1951 and he preceded her in death on January 25, 2005. Survivors include two daughters Betty Wirtz and Sandra Howlett both of Versailles; three grandchildren Chris (Bobbie) Howlett of Milan, Karen (Eric) Hubbard of Osgood, and Jeffery Wirtz of Versailles; two great-grandchildren Conner Hubbard and Anna Hubbard; one brother Paul Boekankamp of Indianapolis; and also Martha’s twin sister Mary (Harold) Koehler of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Harold Boekankamp, and her sisters Josephine Wiefering, Wilma Schwanholt, and Elizabeth Brenner. Mrs. Dilk was a 1951 graduate of Versailles High School. She was a former employee of Delta Faucet in Greensburg, the Delaney Wood Heel Factory in Versailles, Conn Organ in Madison, and the Jefferson Proving Ground. Martha’s hobbies included reading and playing cards. Her family spoke that her favorite thing though was watching IU basketball and everything stopped when the Hoosiers were on. Martha was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 22nd at 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in St. Peters Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to St. Peters Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Patsy Ralston

Margaret Lilly “Patsy” Ralston, 98, of Olean passed away at 7:10am Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born near Vevay on June 3, 1918 the daughter of Alex and Nettie Robertson Clements. She was married to Bruce Ralston on June 20, 1936 at the Baptists parsonage in Vevay and he preceded her in death on October 6, 1992. Survivors include one son Wayne (Pat) Ralston of Palmetto, Florida; one daughter Kaye (Ernest Lee) Hunger of Benham; five grandchildren Chris Ralston of Bradenton, Florida, Holly Ralston of Huntsville, Alabama, Christy (Mike) Swango of Holton, and Bob (Connie) Hunger and Jennifer (Ralph) Miller of Versailles; 10 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law Earl Ralston of Tacoma, Washington and Dillman (Evelyn) Ralston of Clearwater, Florida; sister-in-law Mary Geyman of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her grandson Thomas Hunger. Mrs. Ralston rode in a horse drawn wagon to the one room schools of Park Ridge, Pendleton Run, and Tater Bug in Switzerland County and was a 1935 graduate of Vevay High School where she played on the girls basketball team. She was an avid bowler in her younger years and also followed the Cincinnati Reds. Mrs. Ralston was a loyal follower of South Ripley sports especially when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were participating. She worked for several years as a cook at the Cross Plains school and retired from Ripley County Wholesalers in Milan where she worked as a bookkeeper. Patsy was a 64 year member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean where she participated in the Ladies Aid. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 22nd at 11am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Improvement Fund in care of the funeral home.

New Pictorial Family Album

We are creating a new pictorial family album for our church family, and the album won’t be complete without you!  Please help us to build a complete pictorial directory by scheduling your photo session now.  To schedule, please click on the Portrait Sign-Up photo or contact Barbara Eades at 812-667-5219 or 812-701-9238.02-Family Album Signup Button

Our deepest sympathies to the family of Ethel F. Stegemoller

Ethel F. Stegemoller, 98, of Versailles passed away at 2:15pm Sunday, December 27, 2015 at her home. She was born in Cincinnati on October 15, 1917 the daughter of Henry and Mary Neihouse Busch. She was married to Fred Ensminger who was killed in action during WWII. She then married Henry Stegemoller on October 22, 1948 and he preceded her in death on January 1, 1986. Survivors include one daughter Mary Ensminger of Versailles; two sons Alan Stegemoller of North Venice, Florida, and Jerry (Joye) Stegemoller of Cincinnati; two grandchildren Jason Stegemoller of Cincinnati and Jenny (Brian) Riddle also of Cincinnati; two great-grandchildren Jonathan and Zachary Riddle. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Walter Busch, and her sister Esther Dean. Mrs. Stegemoller was a 1935 graduate of Osgood High School. In her younger years Ethel had worked for the Union Central Insurance Company in Cincinnati and after marriage and the arrival of her children she became a full time homemaker. She was known in Versailles for her beautiful roses and enjoyed gardening and playing cards. She was also an avid bowler. Ethel was a member of the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary and also the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean where she participated in the Ladies Aid. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 31st at 2pm at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1pm until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Cemetery or Rescue 69 in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

Our Christian Sympathy to the family of Virginia “Bea” Stegemoller

Virginia M. “Bea” Stegemoller, 83, of Olean passed away at 4:40am Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born at Hazard in Perry County, Kentucky on August 14, 1932 the daughter of Lawrence and Viola Stidham Jones. She was married to Harold Stegemoller on November 23, 1957 and he preceded her in death on August 22, 2015. Survivors include two sons Brian (Marilyn) Stegemoller of Allen, Texas and John (Malinda) Stegemoller of Canaan; one daughter Linda (Scott) Estes of LaGrange, Kentucky; 9 grandchildren along with Brayden and Ella Hurelbrink who considered Bea their grandmother, and 3 great-grandchildren; four brothers Don (Gloria) Jones of Petaluma, California, Jim (Joyce) Jones of Burlington, Kentucky, Leonard Jones of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Ron (Jackie) Jones of Friendship. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Paul Jones, and her sister Bobbi Hurelbrink. Mrs. Stegemoller was a former employee of the Delaney Wood Heel factory in Versailles and was a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, and scrapbooking and for many years was known as the Olean community babysitter having kept children for family and many neighbors. Bea was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 28th at 11am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black and Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Monday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department, St. Paul Cemetery, or Matt’s Mission in care of the funeral home.