Category Archives: Funeral

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.

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.

Deepest Sympathies to the family of Harold G. Stegemoller

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 1.51.57 PMHarold G. Stegemoller, 86, of Olean passed away at 8:55pm Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born near Olean on December 14, 1928 the son of George and Laura Fisse Stegemoller. He was married to Virginia “Bea” Jones on November 23, 1957 and his wife of 57 years survives. Other survivors include two sons John (Malinda) Stegemoller of Canaan, and Brian (Marilyn) Stegemoller of Allen, Texas; one daughter Linda (Scott) Estes of LaGrange, Kentucky; 9 grandchildren along with Brayden and Ella Hurelbrink who considered Harold their grandpa, and 3 great-grandchildren; also his sister-in-law Ethel Stegemoller of Versailles.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Henry and Louis Stegemoller, his sisters Miriam Obendorf and Lucy Merritt, and his great-grandson Seth Stegemoller. Mr. Stegemoller attended the Friendship school and was a 1947 graduate of Cross Plains High School. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War where he served with Company A of the 41st Signal Battalion at Ft. Lewis, Washington. For his time in the service Harold received the National Defense Service Medal. He farmed his entire life and retired in 1998 after 37 years with Delta Faucet in Greensburg where he worked in maintenance. Harold had served several terms as Brown Township trustee and he was a lifetime member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 27th at 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black and Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and on Thursday from 10am until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department, St. Paul building fund, or St. Paul Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Prayers for the family of Esther E. Gilliland, who passed away July 8, 2015.


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Esther E. Gilliland, 98, of Olean passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at Friendship on March 23, 1917 the daughter of Jesse and Hulda Vinup Linkmeyer. She was married to Howard Schwake on September 11, 1935 and he preceded her in death on June 30, 1966. She was married to William Gilliland in November of 1969 and he preceded her in death on July 12, 2008. Survivors include one daughter Sharon Spencer and her companion Ted Jones of Madison; three granddaughters Debbie (Robert) Hudson of New Albany, Teresa Gerth of Austin, and Marsha (John) Uhl of Madison; 7 great-grandchildren; one sister Mary Lou (Allen) Narwold of Batesville. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother James Linkmeyer, and her sisters Ruth Cutter, Dorothy Schwoeppe, and Thelma Hiner. Mrs. Gilliland attended the St. John Lutheran School in Farmers Retreat, a walk she made from Friendship every day. She was a full time homemaker and enjoyed her gardening and her home in Olean was always adorned with the roses she had attended. She enjoyed visiting and receiving visits from her family and friends, and was a big fan of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on TV. Esther was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean where she participated in the WELCA and the Martha Circle. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 11th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be on Friday from 5pm to 8pm.  Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church or St. Peters Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

(Photo credit: Phyllis Armbrecht)

Louis W.B. Sellers

 

Louiobt_sellerss W.B. Sellers, 81, of Olean passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Ripley Crossing i

n Milan. He was born near Delaware on November 1, 1933 the son of Benjamin Harrison “Harry” and Mabel Cook Sellers. He was married to Ruth Tielking on July 1, 1961 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Robert (Diane) Sellers of Lexington, and Keith (Lynn) Sellers of Cincinnati; two grandchildren Nicole Sellers and Austin Sellers; one brother Gerald (Norma) Sellers of Hanover. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Doris Sellers. Mr. Sellers was a farmer, a former employee of the Ripley County Highway Department, and retired in 2003 after 18 years with the Halcomb Home Center in Versailles. Louis was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean where he served as bell ringer for 31 years. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 24th 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 Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Improvement Fund, St. Paul Cemetery, or the Parkinson’s Foundation in care of the funeral home.

 

Donald Hunger

obt_hungerDonald Eugene Herman Hunger age 81, of Versailles, Indiana entered this life on March 1, 1933, in Benham, Indiana, the eldest son of Willard Herman Louis & Roberta Elmo (Steele) Hunger. He was raised in Ripley County, Indiana & was a 1951 graduate of Cross Plains High School. Donald was baptized, confirmed, and a member of Luther League at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Olean. He was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church (Olean, Indiana and Smyrna, Indiana) throughout his life. Donald married Edna Pauline “Polly” (Pollard) Hunger on February 9, 1952 at Milan Baptist Church, Milan, Indiana. During their 62 years of marriage they raised and nurtured a family of five children, sixteen grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.  Donald enjoyed passing his time by debating politics and discussing his faith with family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with his family, taking family road trips to the Smokey Mountains, Tennessee, Emerald Isle, South Carolina, and Summerset, Kentucky and nap time. He also served the family as the original GPS by providing directions over the phone on many occasions. Donald started his trucking career at age 16 driving for his father driving a milk route. After high school he drove for B&H Trucking. In 1956, he became the owner/operator of Donald Hunger Trucking and later incorporated his company which became known as Hunger Trucking, Incorporated. Throughout the years Donald was a subcontracted driver for B&H Trucking, Lawrenceburg Trucking, RiverBend Transport, Laughery Valley Ag and Reis Trucking before he retired his truck and trailers in 2010. He was a life time member of the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).  Over the years Donald drove many models of Mack trucks. People knew Donald up and down the highway by his CB name, “Corncob”. He met many people during his travels and established lifelong friendships. Donald was known as a truck driver but will be remembered for his love of his family and his faith. Donald will be lovingly remembered by his wife Polly; his children Sue & Lee Buchanan of Benham, Shirley & Tracy Lemon of Versailles, Ron & Michelle Hunger of Versailles, and Jim & Jennifer Hunger of Scottsburg; his grandchildren; great-grandchildren; his siblings Ruth Hunger, Ernest Lee & Kay Hunger, Anita Mae & Dave Giltner, Larry & Esther Hunger, Eileen & Frank LaGreca, Karen & Ramon Sauley, and Rebecca Hunger; and many nieces and nephews. Donald was preceded in death by his parents Willard & Roberta Hunger, his daughter Angela Marie Hunger Hoskins, his brothers Willard Keith Hunger and Paul Arnold Hunger and his great-grand child Little McKinley Carver Pennington. The visitation will be Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 from 3pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles; the funeral will follow on Monday, 11:00am at the St Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Memorials may be made to the Angela Hoskins Scholarship Fund, Matt’s Mission or the church.