Mary Fragomeni Lukes, 92, died in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Born in Barnesboro, Penn. on Jan. 12, 1921, Mary was eldest of the five children of Domenico Fragomeni and Teresina Morabito, who had immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1920. She is survived by her husband Robert; daughters, Anita Goetz of Louisville, Ky., Christina Morris of Indianapolis and Marguerite Lukes of Brooklyn, N.Y., as well as six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Anthony Lukes; her daughters, Stephanie Stone and Roberta Lukes; and her four siblings.
Mary Fragomeni and Robert Lukes were married in Saint Monica Church, Mishawaka, Ind., on August 13, 1949. After a two-week honeymoon in Mexico they moved to Rahway, N.J., where Robert began employment at the Merck & Co. Research Laboratory. In early 1954, the couple moved to Schenectady, N.Y., where Robert had accepted employment at the General Electric Research Laboratory. In 1958 the family was transferred by General Electric to Erie, Penn., and in 1964 the family was transferred by GE to Louisville.
Prior to her marriage, Mary worked as a Spanish translator at the South Bend (Indiana) Lathe Works. After being married, Mary was a devoted mother to her six children and active in community service. Among her many service activities, she was a Girl Scout troop leader, a literacy tutor and a reading tutor for first and second graders. In Louisville she became interested in quilting and joined the Ladiesâ€™ Sewing Society at St. Joseph Childrenâ€™s Home. She was president of the Sewing Society twice, and also served on the Board of Directors of the home.
Among her many accomplishments, Mary was a skilled cook of Italian cuisine. She prepared a cookbook of Italian family recipes and made copies available to her extended family and friends. As a gifted seamstress, embroiderer, knitter, crocheter, quilter and craftsperson of great skill, she produced many works of handcrafted art.
In accord with her request, Maryâ€™s body has been donated to the University of Louisville Medical School. A memorial service was held in Louisville at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 7813 Shelbyville Road on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. A reception followed at 3 p.m. in the church Hospitality Room. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may go to St. Joseph Childrenâ€™s Home, 2823 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, Ky., 40206, or www.sjkids.org.
Grady Edward Clay Jr., 96, writer, gardener and urbanist, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Hosparus Care at the Norton Healthcare Pavilion.
He died of an inoperable blood clot in his right leg. In his last days, he continued to cheer and entertain his family and friends with stories, poems, songs, kisses and eloquent hand-gestures.
Clay grew up in Atlanta, earning a bachelorâ€™s degree from Emory University. After gaining his masters in journalism from Columbia University he hitchhiked to Louisville in 1939 for a job interview with the Louisville Times. Earning $25 a week he first did general reporting.
In 1942, he joined the Army at Fort Knox and soon became the distribution officer of the European Edition of Yank Magazine, a job he got because of his rotogravure experience at the Courier. He received a purple heart at Anzio due to a shell fragment. One of his favorite stories involved his getting into Rome and successfully requisitioning the paper supply of the Vatican. He was later promoted to Captain and placed in charge of the Alaska Edition.
Returning to the Courier, he was the real estate editor and the urban affairs editor until 1966. During this time he was honored by a Neiman Fellowship at Harvard in 1948-â€™49, studying mostly with historians and landscape architects. He became the editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine, and continued as an author into his 90s. His sonorous, Georgia-accented voice was known widely from his weekly radio commentary â€œCrossing the American Grain.â€
Clay authored five books, a stack of articles 30 inches high and innumerable pieces in the Louisville Times, Courier-Journal and Landscape Architecture. With his combination of vast knowledge and polite persuasion, he was elected the president of the National Association of Real Estate Editors and later the National Association of Planning Officials. The American Society of Landscape Architects awarded him the Olmsted Medal in 1999 and the Bradford Williams Medal (for writing) in 2006. He received numerous awards and citations in Louisville. Each year the Center for Neighborhoods gives the Grady Clay Award in his honor.
He touched the lives of many Americans by chairing the selection committee for the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, whose powerful statement he vigorously defended in an era of controversy. He also chaired the Kent State Memorial selection committee and was a design juror for the Patriots Peace Memorial on River Road.
Some of his papers are at the University of Louisville. His journals and other papers going back to 1939 are in the archives of the Loeb Library at Harvard.
He is survived by Judith McCandless, his wife of 36 years; son, Grady E. Clay III of Denver; son, Ted and daughter-in-law, Colleen Horner of Ashland, Ore.; and son, Peter and daughter-in-law, Susan Endicott of Cortez, Colo. He is also survived by his sister, Eleanor Calhoun of Atlanta; and grandchildren, David Horner Clay, Paul Hilliard Clay, Carrie Ann Clay and John Thomas Clay.
A memorial service was held at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Louisville Free Public Library Foundation, the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union Foundation or the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust.
Linda L. Sanders, 68, Beloved Wife, Mother And Grandmother
Linda L. Sanders, 68, of Louisville, passed on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
She is survived by her husband, John H. Sanders Sr.; sons, John H. Sanders Jr. (Karen E. Chisholm) and Dr. Devin D. Sanders; and granddaughter, Lacy Jean Sanders.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Elizabeth Peabody House of Somerville, Mass. Condolences may be directed toÂ www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com
Lalla G. Brundage, 90, passed away Tuesday March 19, 2013.
Born in High Point, N.C., she was the former Lalla G. Kelly, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and an RN for the former Methodist Evangelical Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, William â€œBillâ€ Brundage Sr.; Sons, William â€œBillâ€ Jr. (Cindy) and David Michael Sr. (Susan Diamond, his special friend); daughters, Julie Hottel and Barbara Johanboeke (Milt); brother, David Kelly (Matty), of Bartlett, Tenn.; sister, Julia F. â€œJuboâ€ Oâ€™Keefe, of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Kellie, Cory (Jackie), Nicholas (Sarah), Todd, John (Jessica), Gregory, Lara (Steve), James, Erin, Anne and David Michael Jr.; Susanâ€™s daughter, Brittany (Darren); great grandchildren Hannah, Eli, Ella, Kate and Evan; and many friends and loving nieces and nephews.
Her funeral Mass was held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Church of Ascension, 4600 Lynnbrook Drive, with burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
Visitation was from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Church of Ascension.
In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to Arlington National Cemetery Executive Director, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., 22211.
Irvin â€œIrvâ€ Lambert, 80, Retired President Of Branch 14â€™s National Association Of Letter Carrierâ€™s Union
Irvin â€œIrvâ€ Lambert, 80, of Louisville passed from the arms of his loving family into the arms of his loving Heavenly Father on March 17, 2013, at Nortonâ€™s Pavilion Hosparus Care.
Irv retired after 37 years as a letter carrier and 27 years as president of Branch 14â€™s National Association of Letter Carrierâ€™s Union. He was well known for heading up the Letter Carriersâ€™ annual food drive and the Combined Federal Campaign in Louisville. For 15 years he served on the Board of Directors of St. Vincent DePaul and was currently president of the St. Ignatius St. Vincent DePaul Conference.
A lifelong sports enthusiast, Irv received many honors. He was most proud of his induction into the Kentuckiana Football Association Hall of Fame and for his work as a high school football official as well as the American Softball Association Hall of Fame.
Irv was a man of great faith who attended daily mass. He loved his family and his little dog, Meggie. It was a great pleasure for him to follow his grandchildrenâ€™s many sports although he was especially critical of the officials as a spectator of their games. He was friendly, outgoing and loved to joke and make people laugh everywhere he went. Irv never met a stranger.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Gwen; daughters, Rhonda Thompson (Lee), Beth Vachon (Kevin) and Susan Bennett (Greg); grandchildren, Erin, Anthony, Juliann, Adam, Emily and Abby; sister, Peggy Cunningham; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding him in death are his daughter, Sharon, and granddaughter, Natalie Thompson.
Visitation was held from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Ratterman and Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road. His funeral service was held at St. Ignatius Martyr, 1818 Rangeland Road, on Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ignatiusâ€™ St. Vincent DePaul Conference or Hosparus of Louisville.
Rev. Robert â€œBobâ€ Allan Hill Sr., 85, Pastor
Rev. Robert â€œBobâ€ Allan Hill Sr., 85, of Homer, Ga., died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at his residence.
Mr. Hill was born in Atlanta to the late Fred Gordon and Mae Henderson Hill. He was a member of Webbs Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Hill graduated from Boys High School, Bob Jones University and Southern Seminary. Rev. Hill pastored at Webbs Creek Baptist, Homer Baptist, Duluth First Baptist, Millville Baptist, Kenwood Baptist, Sand Spring Baptist in Lawrenceburg, Ky., Cedar Creek Baptist and Louisville Baptist. In addition to his parents, Rev. Hill was preceded in death by his sister, Marion Hill.
Rev. Hill is survived by his wife, Marguerite Hovis Hill of Homer; daughter, Margaret Hill McCall of Homer; sons, Robert Allan Hill, Jr. of Louisville and John Gordon Hill of Roanoke, Va.; grandchildren, Natalie Hill-Miller, Weston Hill, Lauren McCall, John McCall, Micah McCall, Adam Hill and Megan Hill; and great grandchildren, Harrison Hill-Miller and Jackson Hill-Miller.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Webbs Creek Baptist Church with Revs. Stacey Phillips and Wade Lott officiating. Interment followed in Hill Family Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to International Mission Board SBC.