Obits of the Week: April 14, 2016

Helen Catherine Avery

Helen Catherine Avery, 78, of Fisherville, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016. She was retired from JC Penny in St. Matthews after many years of service. Helen was an usher for Actor’s Theatre and the Kentucky Center for the Arts for over 25 years. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Kravets; her son, Steven Wayne Avery; her sister, Annabelle Harlan; and a nephew.

Helen is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, William; her sons, Michael James, Gary Alan (Donna) and Richard Dale Avery; grandchildren, Cecile, Chelsea, Lance, Jennifer and Christopher; her brother, Joseph Kravets; one niece  and three nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

A memorial celebration of Helen’s life will be held at a later date.

Donald Eugene “Donnie” Berger Jr.

Donald Eugene “Donnie” Berger Jr. 56, passed away Saturday April 9, 2016.

Donnie was a highly respected member of the small business community, the founder of Debson Equipment Company, that he owned and operated for 35 years. He was an Eagle Scout, Scout Master, football coach and member of the P.O.G.S. at St. Gabriel Parish. Donnie graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1977.

Donnie was the life of the party with his one of a kind sense of humor, his exceptional cooking skills and his knack for telling a good story. He recently retired to his home on the lake where he enjoyed fishing, sunset boat cruises, tractor pulls, feeding the deer and most importantly, spending time with friends, family and his loyal companion, Soffee.

Donnie was preceded in death by his father, Donald Eugene Berger Sr. and mother-in-law Martha Bray.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Tina Berger; children, Tessa Schrenger (Matt), Megan Switzer (Wes), Aaron Lynch (Brandi) and Mollie Berger (Cam); mother, Mary Elizabeth “Liz” (Ruckriegel) Berger; siblings, Michele “Shelly” Brown (Chris), Todd Berger (Mary Charlotte); grandchildren, David, Brooke, Liam, Landon and Logan; father-in-law, Thomas “Tom” Bray; nieces and nephews; and the Lake family.

Visitation was 12-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at Owen Funeral Home – Jeffersontown, 9318 Taylorsville Road. Funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 14 at St. Gabriel the Archangel, 5505 Bardstown Road, with burial to follow in St. Edward Cemetery.

Deanna Elizabeth Davis

Deanna Elizabeth Davis, 78, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away on April 9, 2016.

Deanna was born on February 4, 1938, in Louisville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paxton Davis.

Deanna is survived by her daughter, Amisu (Mike) Vera; grandchildren, Hannah Gibbs and Joseph Vera; sister, Suzanne Kiser; brother, David Bowles; and host of family and friends.

Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Newcomer Funeral Home (235 Juneau Drive, Louisville). Her Funeral Ceremony was held Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home – East Louisville with burial to follow at Highland Memory Gardens in Mount Washington, Ky.

Memorial contributions may be made to the KY Humane Society.

Janice S. Evans

Janice S. Evans, 70, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Floyd Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Scottsburg, Indiana. She was an Avon lady for 40 years. She enjoyed and loved her customers. She was a member of Eastside Christian Church.

She is survived by her husband, Louis F. Evans of Jeffersonville, Indiana; her son Darin Evans of Jeffersonville, Indiana; her brother Welby E. Edwards and his wife Linda of Jeffersonville, Indiana; her sisters Patricia Gilmore of Jeffersonville, Indiana and Glenda A. Stevens of Jeffersonville, Indiana; her sister-in-law’s Carol Edwards of Sellersburg, Indiana and Sharon Edwards of Clarksville, Indiana; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Welby and Berthal Edwards; her brothers, Randell L. Edwards, Ellis C. Edwards and Brice Edwards.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Eastside Christian Church with private burial to follow. Visitation was held Wednesday, April 13 at 11 a.m. until the service at the church. E.M. Coots’ Sons Funeral home is entrusted with arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Ovarian Cancer Research at the Brown Cancer Center. If you wish to send flowers, please send them to someone you love in memory of Janice.

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James Neil Farris

James Neil Farris, 91, of Shepherdsville, Ky. died on April 10, 2016, at his farm, following a recent diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma. Born in 1924 in Cane Valley, Ky., Neil was predeceased by his parents, James Guy and Nell Tupman Farris; brothers and sisters, Mary O’Bannon, Aubrey Farris, Lorena Jackson, Darrell Farris and Cleda Baker. He was a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Neil was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the South Pacific where, among his other assignments, he was stationed on the island of Tinian, the home of the Enola Gay, at the time of preparations for and during the bombing of Hiroshima.

After honorable discharge from the Army, Neil attended the University of Kentucky on the G.I. Bill, where he obtained bachelors and masters degrees in agriculture. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. At UK, Neil met his bride-to-be, Marian Fisher, and they were married on December 17, 1949.

Neil and Marian moved to Bullitt County in 1950, where they both taught at Shepherdsville High School. Neil served as class sponsor for the senior class of 1954.

After teaching, Neil worked for the UK Agricultural Extension Office, reporting livestock sale trends for the local media, including WHAS.

In 1966, Neil was elected County Judge of Bullitt County where he led the implementation of planning and zoning and solid waste prevention measures. After serving in local government, Neil was chosen as the executive director of the former Jefferson Area Development District, which ultimately became the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, where he served until his retirement in 1988.

In retirement, Neil and Marian have enjoyed traveling, tending their farm and assisting in local volunteer efforts, most notably the Bullitt County Red Cross.

Neil is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marian; his son, Eric Farris (Elaine); daughter, Susan Schroeder (Tom); grandchildren, Marc Farris (Dr. Niki Gupta), Tracey Weisenfeld (Justin), Audrey and Hayley Schroeder; many nieces and nephews whom he adored; and his canine companion, “Preacher.”

The family would like to give special recognition and thanks to the wonderful, caring staff of the second floor TCU and fifth floor oncology units at the Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital on Dutchmans Lane.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in the chapel of Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home (Preston Highway at Brooks Road) with interment in Hebron Cemetery. Friends paid their respects on Wednesday, April 13 from 3-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the KY Humane Society, 241 Steedly Dr., Louisville, KY 40214 (

Marcella S. Horne

Marcella S. Horne, 92, of Louisville died Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Seneca Place Healthcare.

She was the former Marcelle Sanderson, a native of Tupelo, Mississippi and a member of Green Acres Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.O. Horne; son, J. Gary Horne; and daughter-in-law, Christy M. Horne.

She is survived by her son, David R. Horne; grandchildren, Jennifer Leachman (James), Jason Horne (Jennifer) and Lori Hall (Michael); great grandchildren, Chloe and Clayton Leachman, Evie Horne, and Mattie, Paige and Christian Hall; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Horne; loving cat, Ginger; and Sharon Horne.

Her funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at Embry-Bosse Funeral Home 2723 Preston Highway with entombment in Evergreen Mausoleum. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Thursday.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society.

Anthony Herman “Tony” Kiesler

Anthony Herman “Tony” Kiesler, D.V.M., passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016.

He was a dedicated veterinarian who owned and operated Kiesler Animal Clinic in Edwardsville from 1968-2002. Tony was a proud veteran of The United States Army. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Tony was born on December 29, 1928 in Bradford, Ind. to the late Frank W. & Agnes E. (Gettlefinger) Kiesler. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara (Wolcott) Kiesler; siblings, Clement Kiesler, Anne Cecil, Francis Kiesler and Margaret Peterson.

He is survived by his wife, Judith (Gardner) Kiesler; children, Connie Maves (Scott), Tom Kiesler (Amy), Kathy Glanstein (Rochamim), Frank Kiesler (Alison), Geri Kiesler, Elizabeth Thompson and  Gina Kiesler; 18 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Visitation was from noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany). His funeral mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 14 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (316 N. Sherwood Ave, Clarksville, IN) with burial and military honors to follow at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Bradford, Ind. Additional visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions in Tony’s name may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church or New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter (215 W. Market Street, New Albany, IN 47150). To leave a special message for the family online, please visit

Robert Moberly

Robert Moberly, 90, of Louisville passed away on April 10, 2016. He retired from Standard Gravure and was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church.

Bob was born on October 8, 1925 in Pryse, Ky. to the late Vollie and Mattie (Thacker) Moberly.

Bob is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruby Moberly; sons, Dale (Laura) Moberly and Jay Moberly; and a granddaughter, Krista Moberly.

Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Newcomer Funeral Home (235 Juneau Drive, Louisville 40243).

Funeral ceremonies will be held Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home with burial to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Creek Baptist Church.

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Saundra L. Self

Saundra L. Self, 81, of Louisville, passed away on April 10, 2016, in Bowling Green after a brief illness. She was a native of Louisville and the former Saundra Reichle.

She had worked at and retired from both the Courier-Journal and Horseshoe Casino. Saundra loved her work through the years, but her family was the most important thing in her life.

Saundra was preceded in death by her husband of 17 years, William “Bill” Self in 2015 along with her parents Albert and Rita Drury Reichle.

Left cherishing her memory are her children, LeeAnn Witten, John Shacklette, Greg (Hope) Shacklette; sister, Jackie Cottrell; brother, Albert (Mary) Reichle; grandchildren, Ashley, Brittany (Todd), Hunter, Sienna, Harman and great-granddaughter, Leah.

A Life Celebration will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Arch L. Heady at Resthaven Chapel, 4400 Bardstown Road, with interment in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 14 prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.