Obituaries • January 3, 2013

Nancy Elizabeth Kent Westberry, 87, Teacher

Nancy Elizabeth Kent Westberry, 87, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, with family and friends by her side. Nancy was born June 25, 1925, the daughter of Rodolphus and Marion Kent. She grew up in Presque Isle, Maine and Brooklyn, N.Y. She spent summers at her parent’s camp on Shin Pond, Maine.

Nancy was educated at Beaver College for Women in Philadelphia and received her undergraduate degree as well as graduate studies at the University of Maine. She taught college in Maine as a young woman, and enjoyed ice-skating and skiing with her beloved father. She also taught at the Bonner School in Los Angeles, California, eventually returning to Maine.

In 1953 Nancy met Billy Murray Westberry, an Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer who was stationed at the Loring Air Force Base in Caribou, Maine. They both shared a love of the outdoors and were soon married at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Presque Isle, Maine. Nancy and Bill then moved to Marion, Ky., after his honorable discharge from the Air Force, where Bill practiced law and Nancy taught History and English to generations of students. Nancy and Bill spent many summers on their boats on Kentucky and Barkley Lake sharing cherished times with family and lifelong friends. Eventually they moved to Paducah where they were not only closer to the lake, but to their friends and family.

Nancy was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, a former member the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) Board, the Country Club of Paducah, the Marion Methodist church and numerous book clubs where she continued to share her life-long love of literature.

She is survived by her sons, William Bishop Westberry of Houston, Texas and R. Kent Westberry (Leslie) of Louisville, Ky., grandchildren Andrew Kent Westberry and Katherine Elizabeth Westberry. Among the greatest joys of her life was the time she and Bill spent with their two grandchildren, Andrew and Katie.

She was preceded in her death by her husband of nearly 50 years, Bill Westberry, and her parents, Rodolphus and Marion Kent.

Nancy was known as a kind and loving person always willing to share her gifts with others.

The family is especially grateful for the care and support provided by Bill Westberry’s surviving sisters Doris Daigle of St. Michaels, Maryland, Patty Callender of Painesville, Ohio and Vickie (Bookie) McGee of Paducah.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the Grace Episcopal Church in Paducah with Rev. Meghan Holland officiating. Burial followed in the Smithland Cemetery in Smithland, Ky. Visitation began at noon on Saturday at the church. Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah was in charge of the arrangements.

The family asks that expressions of sympathy be made to the Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation in Marion, Ky., P.O. Box 55, Marion, Ky., 42064; Kentucky Educational Television (KET), 600 Cooper Drive, Lexington, Ky., 40502 or to the charity of your choice.

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Constance “Connie” Cameron, 90, Educator With JCPS

Constance “Connie” Cameron, 90, of Louisville, passed Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at Jefferson Place.

Connie enjoyed a full and happy life surrounded by her family and engrossed in her work. She was a career educator starting with teaching, moving to administration and ending at the JCPS Volunteer Talent Center.

She graduated from St. Lawrence University, where she met her husband Jack Cameron; she also received multiple graduate degrees from the University of Louisville. Upon moving to Louisville with Jack in 1955 she started working for JCPS, a career that lasted until her death.

Over the years Connie was loved by her students, many of whom continued to contact her well past the years they had left the school system. Her passing is a loss to many outside of the family.

Connie was preceded in death by her husband Jack; her parents, Mathias and Ethel Poersch of Schenectady, N.Y.; her brothers Matt and John of Schenectady; and her sister Mary of Schenectady.

She is survived by daughter Katie (Bob Barnard), of Martinsville, Ind., and son John (Rosie) of Louisville, grandchildren Pam and Bobbi Barnard of Martinsvile; Becky (Chris) Doemland of Indianapolis; Maggie Cameron of Alexandria, Va.; Shelby Rose and Jack Cameron of Louisville; and great grandchildren Carri Doemland and Matt Doemland.

To say she will be missed is a gross understatement.

Her funeral Mass was held 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 501 Cherrywood Road, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., at Ratterman’s, 3711 Lexington Road.

Contributions may be made to The Parkinson’s Associations or St. Jude.

 Fanny Rose Rosenbaum, 92, Community Leader

Fanny Rose Rosenbaum, 92, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at her residence.

She served as vice chairman of National Women’s Division United Jewish Appeal (1962-1968), chairman of Louisville Women’s Division United Jewish Campaign (1958-1959), president of Jewish Community Federation of Louisville (1972-1974), vice president of Metro United Way (1975), commissioner of Kentucky Commission on Human Rights (1966-1969 and 1970-1975), vice president of N.C. J.W. – Louisville Section, president of Louisville Chapter Women’s Committee of Brandeis University and president of The Women of Reform Judaism at The Temple, for two terms. She was also involved as a reader and monitor for the blind, a speaker, locally and nationally for United Jewish Appeal and an amateur pilot.

She also served on the Board at many organizations, including American Red Cross, Louisville Chapter Executive Committee, the Bellarmine-Ursuline Trustees, the Louisville Conference of Christians and Jews, Jewish Hospital, Louisville Urban League and the Board of Trustees at The Temple.

She received many awards in her lifetime but notably the Center for Women & Families Women of Distinction Award (1997), the Ottenheimer Award (1975), the Hannah Solomon Award – N.C.J.W. – Louisville Section (1974) and the Man of the Year Award – B’nai B’rith (1967).

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Irvin S. Rosenbaum.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Katz (Dr. Bernard) and Diane Rosenbaum, both of Boston; her son, Richard Rosenbaum (Janet); six grandchildren, Dr. Matthew Katz, Emily Williamson, Dr. David Rosenbaum, Stacy Rosenbaum, Michael Miller and Tony Miller; long-time, special friends, Bobbie and Warren Armes; and dear friends, Faye Schiefferle and Maye Young.

A memorial service will take place at a later date. The family had visitation Friday, Dec. 21 after 1 p.m. at the residence of her son, Richard, located in Cardinal Club Estates. Herman Meyer & Son was in charge of arrangements.

Because Fanny Rose had so many interests in her community, the family has requested expressions of sympathy go to donor’s favorite charity.

Donna Rose (House) Christopher, 61, Member Of Ashby Lane Baptist Church

Donna Rose (House) Christopher, 61, of Louisville, passed away Dec. 18, 2012, at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.

She was a member of Ashby Lane Baptist Church.

Survivors include her mother, Delores Jean (Quinn) House; son, Ronald Keith Seidl (Stacy Beckert); granddaughter, Alyssa Smallwood; sister, Betty Hale (Henry); brothers, Tony (Janice), Tim (Melissa) and Marty (Lisa) House; aunt, Jackie Burkes; 11 nieces and nephews; eight great-nieces and nephews; numerous cousins; and friend, Ronnie Seidl.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Highway, with burial in Louisville Memorial Gardens, West. Visitation was Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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William Keller Sparks Jr., 51, Employed By Brantley Security

William Keller Sparks Jr., 51, of Louisville, passed away at his home Monday, Dec. 18, 2012.

He was employed by Brantley Security and an avid NASCAR fan. He was a devoted and loving father to his daughter, Sophia, who was the love of his life. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her.

He was preceded in death by his father, William K. Sparks Sr.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Mary-Georgia Sophia Sparks and her mother, Stephanie Sachs Sparks; his mother, Ann L. Dellis (Herschel); sisters, Elizabeth Radford (Cy) and Mary Catherine Saylor; and nieces Keller and Ann Preston Radford and Claire and Kate Saylor.

His funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 at Pearson’s Funeral Home with burial following at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Pearson’s. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his honor to The Healing Place, 1503 S. 10th St., Louisville, Ky., 40210.

Margaret (Gardner) Kittel, 100

Margaret (Gardner) Kittel, 100, passed away Sunday evening, Dec. 16, 2012, at Twinbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Margaret graduated from Ursuline Academy, was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and Iroquois American Legion Auxiliary No. 229, and a past member of the Bonnycastle Club.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, William H. Young, Alex Vogedes and George (Boots) Kittel; her parents; and her brothers.

She is survived by her “special daughters” and caregivers, Judy Howell (Jerry) and JoAnne Fess (Larry) and their families; cousin, Joan Linette; faithful friend, Sharon Hodges; and a host of other friends.

The family would like to thank the staff at Twinbrook and Hosparus for the excellent care they gave Margaret.

Her funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, with burial following in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in her name to Hosparus or to the Nazareth Home.

Clinton B. “Buck” Grant, 90, Retired Welder For Airco Carbide

Clinton B. “Buck” Grant, 90, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at Norton Audubon Hospital.

He was born in Little Cake, Ky. He was a retired welder for Airco Carbide and a member of Robinson Lodge No. 266. He enjoyed clock collecting, arrowhead hunting and rifle shooting.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Oma “Joyce” (Wilson); son, William C. Grant (Charlotte); daughter, Karan Nolan; grandchildren, Kevin, Cindy, Kyle and Launa; great-grandchildren, Victoria and Logan; and a brother, Edward Wallace Grant.

His funeral was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Hwy., with burial at Louisville Memorial Gardens West. Visitation was from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday.