Obituaries • January 17, 2013

Dr. J. Blaine Hudson, 63, Dean Of The University Of Louisville’s College Of Arts And Sciences

Dr. J. Blaine Hudson, 63, of Louisville, passed away on Jan. 5, 2013.

He leaves an incredible legacy of activism, teaching, scholarship, community service, leadership and integrity on and off the University of Louisville campus in many capacities.

He is survived by his wife, Bani Hines-Hudson; his children, Maya Hudson Kelly (Raymont), Kenwyn Hudson White (Chris), Travis Hudson (Mara), JaBani, Nubia and Jameson Bennett; cousin, Charles Williamson (Deborah) and family; and six grandchildren, Sadeia, LeKen, Jalil, Kennedy, T.J. and Malik. He also leaves a core group of Saturday Academy/Black History “Regulars” who were his weekend inspiration for years.

The family will gather to commemorate his love.

Those wishing to honor Blaine’s lifelong passion for history can do so with a contribution to the University of Louisville’s Pan African Studies Department.

Mary Lou Merritt, 85, Psychiatric Nurse

Mary Lou Merritt, 85, the widow of James R. Merritt, the former dean of the University of Louisville’s School of Law, died Jan. 3, 2013.

Mrs. Merritt was born in Akron, Ohio to Frances and Raulen Lucas on July 27, 1927. She earned a nursing degree at the University of Akron, married her first husband, LeRoy Tunnell M.D. and worked in Cleveland and Honolulu. She received a BA in psychology from the University of Louisville and then worked as a psychiatric nurse in Louisville area hospitals.

She was best known for her lively sense of humor, love of entertaining, devotion to the arts and literature and extensive travel. Always quick with a joke, she never heard a pun that failed to amuse her. Fewer than two social engagements per day were unusual. Her home was filled with books and she rarely missed a play, concert, ballet or opera. With her beloved Jim, she traveled the world especially loving Africa, Hawaii and anywhere with polar bears. The only continent she missed was Antarctica though the penguins almost lured her there.

Survivors include her daughters, Martha Miller (Bruce) and Jean Merritt (Bob Navazio); four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

The family thanks Clara Hepfer for her devotion, and Mary Lou’s many friends for keeping her entertained and happy. We also thank Dr. Jane Cornett, Hosparus of Louisville and the Episcopal Church Home for their compassionate care.

We celebrated her life with her on her 85th birthday. She would not have wanted to miss a good party. There will be a private interment in
Akron, Ohio

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the arts group or charity of your choice.

Joseph M. “Uncle Joe” Spalding, 85, Retired Chemical Engineer For Celanese Corp.

Joseph M. “Uncle Joe” Spalding, 85, of Louisville, passed away Sunday Jan. 6, 2013.

Joe was born in Lebanon, Ky., to the late William and Mary Acquin Spalding. He accepted the 2005 Bell Award in recognition of his service to Locust Grove, The American Red Cross, Franciscan Shelter House, Brownsboro Park and Bernheim Forest. He was a graduate of the University of Louisville and a retired chemical engineer for Celanese Corp. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. He is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Sarah L. Abell, Rev. William A. Spalding, Florence E. Spalding, Albert D. Spalding, Dr. James A. Spalding, Lee Mattingly Spalding and Catherine M. Battcher.

Survivors include his sisters, Mary Acquin Schneider (Claude) of Gainesville, Ga., and Sr. Rita Spalding, SCN of Nazareth, Ky.; in-laws, Barbara Spalding of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Joseph Battcher of Shepherdsville, Ky.; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, with burial of his cremated remains at a later date. Visitation was held at the church Tuesday from noon until service time. Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road, were entrusted with funeral arrangements.

The family would greatly appreciate honoring their request in asking that any memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, take the form of donation to Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Missions, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, Ky., 40048, or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Kentucky, Kaden Tower, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, Ky., 40205. Online condolences may go to www.Ratterman.com.

Barbara Jean Clausen Mattingly, 79, Retired Bookkeeper For Irvin Kahn And Son

Barbara Jean Clausen Mattingly, 79, of Louisville, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Norton Suburban Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late John and Muriel Thompson Clausen. She was a retired bookkeeper for Irvin Kahn and Son, and was a member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Von Thomas Mattingly; and sons-in-law, Michael Kannapel and Vincent Palazzolo.

She is survived by three daughters, Julia Kannapel, Teresa Palazzolo, and Sharon Mattingly; three sons, Wayne (Debbie), Stephen (LaVon), and David (Margaret) Mattingly; a sister, Ruth Hagan; a brother, John Clausen; 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Her funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Albert the Great, 1395 Girard Dr., with burial at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation was Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Ratterman’s, 3711 Lexington Road.

Memorial gifts in Barbara’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Lodessa M. “Dessie” Wisehart Bogard, 86, Retired Teaching Assistant

Lodessa M. “Dessie” Wisehart Bogard, 86, of Louisville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at the Norton Hosparus Palliative Care Unit.

She retired from Jefferson County Public Schools where she worked as a teaching assistant. Dessie also worked in the box office for Preston Drive In and the South Park Drive In movie theatres.

Dessie was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Louise Wisehart; husband, George R. Bogard; son, Mikel Dale Bogard; and brother, Tilford Wisehart.

Survivors include her son, Daryl R. Bogard; grandchildren, Andrew Bogard, Robyn Durkin and Anna Marshall; sisters, Wanda Meany and Edna Cole; as well as many extended family members.

Funeral services for Dessie were held at 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, with burial following in Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation was from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ratterman’s.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hosparus of Louisville. Online condolences may be left at www.Ratterman.com

Ann Corcoran Dempf, 94, Retired From Howerton Insurance Agency

Ann Corcoran Dempf, 94, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, after a brief illness. She was an active member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners Inc. She very much enjoyed the study of French, her trip to Paris, France, and her involvement in the Alliance Francaise de Louisville. For many years Ann was a member of the Jewish Community Center where she attended classes and developed many friendships. Ann was also an artist, studying at Bellarmine University. Graduating from Louisville Girls High School, Ann loved art, the art of language, current events, history and politics, all of which she enjoyed discussing with her family and many friends. She retired from Howerton Insurance Agency after working there for many years as an underwriter. Ann was a very generous, spirited individual, and will be sorely missed.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Randall Dempf; parents, Martin and Isla Pogue Corcoran; and siblings, Clara, Ethel and Martin Corcoran.

She is survived by her niece, Isla Doyle Wieting (Charles); and great nephew, Dr. Chris Wieting, his wife Dr. Thuy Wieting and their children, Zachary and Brennan.

Her Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1920 Newburg Road, with burial following at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was from 3 to 7 Friday at Ratterman’s, 3711 Lexington Road.

Joseph Owen “Buster” Carter, 87, Retired Employee Of Pochel-Chowning

Joseph Owen “Buster” Carter, 87, peacefully passed away on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

He began his life on Oct. 21, 1925, in Louisville, the youngest of eight children.

On April 12, 1947, he married the love of his life, Rose Catherine Becker. They began a beautiful family, consisting of five sons and one daughter – Joseph, David, Deborah, Richard, Michael and Mark. Joe is the beloved grandfather of 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

After proudly serving in the US Navy during World War II, he was a valued and dedicated employee at Pochel-Chowning, from which he retired. He was a member of the former St. Clement Catholic Church. He was a devoted husband, an adored father and grandfather, a well-respected colleague and cherished friend. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings; and his beloved wife, Rose.

His funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 6901 Dixie Hwy., followed by entombment at Louisville Memorial Gardens West. Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Heady-Hardy Funeral Home, 7710 Dixie Hwy.

Please visit www.headyhardy.com for more information.

Susan “Meme” Louise (Mccoskey) Tomes, 59, Retired From Reynolds/Alcoa

Susan “Meme” Louise (Mccoskey) Tomes, 59, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at University Hospital in Louisville.

She retired from Reynolds/Alcoa after 31 years and was a volunteer of the Survivors of Suicide Organization.

Susan is preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Mary Catherine Bleemel; a brother, Matt Bleemel; and a son, Steveson Tomes II.

She is survived by her husband, Steveson Tomes, Underwood, Ind.; daughter, Angela (Todd) Tinsley, Sellersburg, Ind.; son, Christopher G. (Jennifer Kincaid) Tomes, Clarksville, Ind.; sisters, Joyce Temple, Louisville, Ky., Nancy (John) Logsdon, Shepherdsville, Ky., Cathy Staples, Louisville, Ky., Rosemary (Joe) Bissinger, Louisville, Ky. and Judy (Mike) Oatson, Mt. Washington, Ky.; grandchildren, Alexandra, Nicholas and Zachary Tinsley and Hunter Tomes; and numerous extended family and friends.

A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Garr Funeral Home in Sellersburg. Visitation was held Thursday from noon until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Brown Cancer Center.

Online condolences can be made at: www.garrfuneralservices.com.

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