Obituaries • June 19, 2014

Stephen Dale Abrams, 75, Owned Convenient Food Marts, Past Rotary Club President

Stephen Dale Abrams, 75, of Louisville, passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Hosparus Inpatient Unit at Norton Healthcare.

He was born September 1938 in Louisville, the son of the late Marvin J. Abrams and Jeanette Elder Abrams and was a Catholic by faith.

He was a graduate of Bellarmine University with a bachelor’s in business administrations. Dale owned and operated Convenient Food Marts. He took pride in his business adventure, but truly relished the friends he made during his time in business.

He was a past president of the Rotary Club, and was an avid golfer in his free time.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Theresa (Iavasile) Abrams and his sister, Jeanne Schollenberger.

Dale is survived by his son, Stephen D. Abrams, II (Tina); two daughters, Mary Jean Vincent and Lori Theresa Jones (Reid); brother, Douglas B. Abrams (Nancy); sister-in-law Mary Roberts Wilson; six grandchildren, Stephen D. Abrams III (Lis), Zackary and Jesse Abrams, Christopher Doty (Renee), Adam Doty, Lauren Parmer (Jonathan) and three great-grandchildren, Max, Jack and Caleb.

His funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19 at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville, with entombment in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation was 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at Ratterman Funeral Home.

Memorial gifts in the form of contributions may be made to WHAS Crusade For Children.

Nelda Lambert Barton-Collings, Republican National Committeewoman for Kentucky for 28 Years

Nelda Lambert Barton-Collings, was born May 12, 1929 in Providence, KY.

She graduated valedictorian from Providence High School, attended Western Kentucky University, and was a graduate of Norton Memorial Infirmary School of Medical Technology. She married Harold Bryan Barton, MD (deceased) in May 1951 and had five children (one deceased). Most of her adult life was spent in Corbin, KY. She later married Jack Clayton Collings, MD (deceased) of Owensboro, KY.

Barton-Collings has been a successful businesswoman in banking, nursing homes, newspapers and other small business ventures in partnership with Terry Forcht. She was the first woman to serve as chair person of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, past vice president of SEKY Rehabilitation Industries, served on KY Council on Economic Education, KY Commission of Women, Partnership for KY School Reform, charter board director for Leadership Kentucky, National Advisory Council for SBA, president Reagan’s Federal Council on Aging and Council for International Affairs, president Bush’s Council on Rural America, among many other activities.

Politically, Nelda retired after 28 years as Republican National Committeewoman for Kentucky, and held offices as RNC secretary and vice chairman. She was a delegate to the Republican National Convention multiple times, a presidential elector and called to order the RNConvention in ‘96. Barton-Collings was the first woman to give a major address at the Republican National Convention in 1980. She has worked through the ranks from precinct chairman to national and international offices.

Nelda Barton-Collings has received many honors over the years, too numerous to list. These are several that she cherished most: Kentucky Women Remembered Award by KY Commission on Women (portrait in Capitol) Moral Leadership Award, University of the Cumberlands; Honorary Co-Chair Kids Voting Kentucky; Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities Ira O. Wallace Award; Nelda Barton-Collings Community Service Award by KAHCF; Outstanding Layperson by the KY Medical Association; KY Mansion Preservation Foundation Lifetime Member; UK Medical School Honoree of the Year; Jefferson County Kentucky Office Women Hall of Fame; Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree University of Cumberlands; KY Woman Achievement Award KY Business and Professional Women; Honorary Mother of KY Award by KY Mothers Association; Nelda Barton Day proclaimed by the Mayor of Corbin; The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award; KY State Senate Certificate for Outstanding Women in Business and Leadership; KY State Senate Distinguished Recognition Award; Tribute to Nelda Barton-Collings Republican Party of KY and 5th District Lincoln Club.

Mrs. Barton-Collings is survived by her four children, Barbara Barton of Denver, CO, H. Bryan Barton Jr. and wife, Amanda, Steve Barton and Suzie and Greg Razmus all of Corbin, KY; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; her sisters, Nadine Bacon of Clarksville, IN, and Norma Gibbs of Henderson, KY; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dr. Don and Joan Barton, Dr. Bruce and Arlene Barton of Corbin, Jennie Barton Wesche of Williamsburg, KY and 18 nieces and nephews mourn her passing.

Visitation was 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the O’Neil-Lawson Funeral Home, Corbin. Services were at Grace on the Hill United Methodist Church, Corbin, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the Bluegrass would be appreciated.

Chad Joseph DeMuth, 36, Beloved Son

Chad Joseph DeMuth, 36, passed away on June 1, 2014, and is soon to be in the hand of our Lord. Born August 10, 1977.

Chad was the most loving beautiful soul who will forever be with us. Beloved son of mother, Paula Rice; father, Daniel DeMuth Sr.; stepson of Bob Rice; siblings, Trevor Roman and Dawn Roman; stepsiblings, Troy DeMuth, Daniel J. Demuth Jr.; nieces, Myiah and Jazzmin Thompson.

He loved and was loved by all those who crossed his path on this earth, whether human or animal.

Visitation was held Wednesday, June 3, 2014 at Pearson’s, 149 Breckinridge Lane. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation was chosen.

Donations: Please tell those whom you love how much you love them every day. The Chad DeMuth Tree Fund, Courtesy of Paula Rice, 9220 Highway 42, Goshen, KY 40026.

Margaret Hoge Gerhart, 59, Director of the Animcal Care Society

Margaret Hoge Gerhart, 59, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

Margaret was born and raised in Anchorage, KY, Margaret’s passion was being a director of Animal Care Society. In addition, she was a director of Colonial Dames, a director of Anchorage PTO—orchestrating “Christmas in Anchorage,” a director of Anchorage Civic Club—supervising “Anchorfest.” An avid golfer and boater, she was a member of Owl Creek Country Club and Rose Island Yacht Club.

. She is preceded in death by her parents: Anchorage Mayor Peyton Harrison Hoge III and Elizabeth Harris Hoge. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Robert Willis Gerhart, Jr.; daughters Elizabeth G. Thompson (Michael), and Virginia B. Gerhart; beloved granddaughter Margaret Statham; grandsons Hayden Thompson, Lucas Thompson, Jacob Singer and Nathan Singer; brothers Peyton Hoge IV (Terri), George Hoge (Dee); and sisters Elizabeth Hageman (Rick), and Blanche Pedigo (Joe); along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Service 2 pm Friday at Anchorage Presbyterian Church with burial to follow in Floydsburg Cemetery. A Celebration of her life will began at 4:30 pm Friday at Owl Creek Country Club.

Visitation 4-7 pm Thursday, June 19 at Pearson’s 149 Breckenridge Lane.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Healing Place or the Animal Care Society.

Betty (Washburn) Hill, 85, Henry County Fiscal Court Magistrate

Betty (Washburn) Hill, 85, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Twin Oaks Assisted Living in New Castle.

Born in Cincinnati, OH to the late Clarence and Elizabeth (Hicks) Washburn, she grew up in English, KY. Betty was a longtime member of New Castle United Methodist Church. She also served as a magistrate on the Henry County Fiscal Court, filling out the term of her husband upon his death.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Hill, Sr.; four sisters, Juanita Coffey, Dorothy Mae Washburn, India Sarles and Diane Goetzinger, and brother, Clarence “Buddy” Washburn.

She is survived by a daughter, Bernice (Hill) Southworth (Ron), of Salvisa, KY; son, Ed Hill (Karen), of Louisville; two sisters, Alberta Murphy, Louisville and Mildred Marshall, Carrollton, KY; and four grandchildren, Elizabeth Collins (Dave) of Louisville, Stephen Hill (Kelly) of Lexington, KY and Wes and Hagan Southworth of Lexington.

Service: 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Garry Polston of Eminence. Burial will follow in New Castle Cemetery. Pallbearers are Elizabeth Collins, Stephen Hill, Wesley and Hagan Southworth and Donnie and Kathy Moore. Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home.

Contributions may be given to New Castle United Methodist Church or Hosparus.

Edward P. “Ed” Marcum, 90, Veteran, Retired From B.F. Goodrich

Edward P. “Ed” Marcum, 90, passed away Sunday June 15,2014 at his home.

He was a retired operator for B.F. Goodrich with 38 years of service, a member of Dixie Valley Church of God and a Navy veteran during World War II.

He is survived by his loving children, Larry Marcum Sr. (Darlene) and Sue Coulter (Jimmie); sister, Doris WestPhal; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

His funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, June 19 at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Hwy with burial at Louisville Memorial Gardens West. Visitation was 12-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18.

John Poage Stewart II, 86, Veteran, Frankfort’s First Radiologist

John Poage Stewart II, 86, died at his home on June 14, 2014.

He was born in Frankfort, KY, on July 4, 1927, the son of Emma Adelia Witherspoon Stewart and John Dowling Stewart. He graduated salutatorian from Culver Military Institute in 1945 and then served in the US Navy from 1945-46.

In 1948, he graduated summa cum laude from Washington & Lee University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. On July 1, 1950, he married Milly Ann Million Stewart of Wichita Falls, Texas; they were blissfully together for almost 64 years. In 1952, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania College of Medicine, where he was inducted to the AOA Honorary Society as a junior. He did his medical internship and residency at the University of Michigan and returned to Frankfort in 1956 to become the city’s first radiologist. He was Kentucky Medical Association President in 1978 and was a recipient of the KMA Distinguished Service Award in 1996.

He had strong civic involvement. He conceptualized and chaired the committee that built the Frankfort Regional Medical Center, opening in 1973. He was chairman of the Farmers Bank Capital Corporation from 1980-98. He was a member Emeritus of the Kentucky History Center Foundation Board. He also served as a director of the Capital Day School and the Frankfort Country Club. He was a businessman involved as a local regional investor and developer. His interests and hobbies included golf, visiting multiple historic courses in North American and Europe; tennis, skiing, hunting and travel. He loved classical music and philosophy, a true Renaissance man. Though he never completely retired, he and Milly enjoyed their winters in Naples, FL, and many lasting friendships.

His career, and indeed, lifelong professional work was the Stewart Home & School. Founded in 1893 by his great grandfather, Dr. John Q. A. Stewart, he served as the fourth generation director of the private special education residential facility on its historic 90 acre campus amidst a Kentucky Bluegrass Farm. His time there spanned 58 years, serving as Chairman of Stewart Home & School. He doubled it in size and developed leading teaching programs for the intellectually disabled while providing a home-like atmosphere for its residents. Most importantly, he was a transformational leader and inspired an incredible management team at Stewart Home & School. Their collective achieved goal was the development of one of the premier schools and communities for lifelong education of the mentally handicapped. He was in his home on those grounds surrounded by family when he passed on Father’s Day 2014.

He was a devoted husband and family man and is preceded in death by his sister, Jean Hall Stewart Redmon, and her husband Bronston Ray Redmon.

He is survived by his wife, Milly; sons, Dr. John Dowling Stewart II (Magdalene Karon Stewart) and Charles Witherspoon Stewart; daughters, Jean Ann Stewart Banker (James Baringer Banker) and Catherine Stewart Brown (Martin Shallenberger Brown, Jr.); as well as seven grandchildren and their families, P. G. (Leah) Banker, III, Ann Stewart Banker (Pearson) Pendergrass, James Baringer Banker, Jr., Magdalene Karon Stewart, John Poage Stewart III, Sara Shallenberger Brown and Louis Pellerin Brown; great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Dowling Pendergrass; and nephew, Joseph Stewart (Catherine) Redmon and their family. The family wishes to thank Carrie Mae Watts who has provided loving care and support for over 40 years.

Visitation with John’s family will be at the Church of the Ascension, 311 Washington St., Frankfort, KY from 10-11 a.m. before the memorial service at 11 a.m., followed by a burial at the Frankfort Cemetery.

Mary Yvonne Rapp, 78, Owner of the Yvonne Rapp Gallery

Mary Yvonne Rapp, 78, of Louisville passed away peacefully June 14, 2014 surrounded by her family.

Yvonne was born July 27, 1935 in Lancaster, Pa. to Edward and Evelyn Kirchner. She was married to Christian F. Rapp in Paradise, Pa. in 1953.

Yvonne was a graduate of Thomas Moore College in Earlanger, Ky., prior to college, in 1953, she was the Head Majorette and Homecoming Queen of McCaskey High School in Lancaster, Pa. Yvonne was the Owner of Yvonne Rapp Gallery on Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Ky. for 25 years. Outside her family, her greatest joy was in helping artist succeed in their profession. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Louisville. She traveled well in her life and was loved by all who knew her.

Yvonne leaves behind to cherish her memories her loving husband Christian F. Rapp, her children Pamela Murphy, Linda Devore and Christian E. Rapp. Also her six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral service noon Thursday, June 19 at Pearson’s 149 Breckenridge Lane with burial to follow in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation 3-7 pm Wednesday, June 18 at Pearson’s.

Memorial contribution may be made to the CBC Group at Baptist Health Louisville, 4003 Kresge Way, Louisville, Kentucky 40207.