Obituaries • November 29, 2012

Beverly J. Niles, 82, Beloved Mother

Beverly J. Niles, 82, of Louisville, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Jefferson Place.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles R. and Dorothy W. Niles, and her sister, Nancy
Niles Sexton.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra L. Bennett (Judson Gibbs), brother-in-law, Robert F. Sexton, M.D., and nephews, Robert F. Sexton, III (Nancy) and Charles N. Sexton (Laura Patterson).

A graveside service was held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. at Floydsburg Cemetery, Crestwood, Ky. A gathering for family and friends followed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy to go to Walden Theater or St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Pearson’s was entrusted with arrangements.

Albert Louis “Bud” Apel, 92, Retired From American Air Filter

Albert Louis “Bud” Apel, 92, of Louisville, peacefully passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

He was a U. S. Army and U. S. Navy World War II veteran, was a member of St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church and had retired from American
Air Filter.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Jane Jull Apel.

He is survived by his daughters, Diana Apel and Anita Woods (Danny); his sons, Doug Apel (Barbara), Dr. Victor Apel (Shirley) and Chris Apel (Jana); nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

His funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at St. Frances of Rome, 2119 Payne St., with burial following in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation was from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 38009 Bardstown Road.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hosparus of Louisville or to JCC Meals on Wheels. Online condolences may be left at

Norma V. “Nonnie” Boes, 91, Retired Collateral Clerk For PNC Bank

Norma V. “Nonnie” Boes, 91, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Baptist Hospital East.

She was a retired collateral clerk for PNC Bank, a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Salem Senior Society, and volunteered for Goodwill Industries and Brooklawn Child and Family Services.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Doris Farmer and Ruth Dutton; and niece, Linda Sheets.

She is survived by her brother, Lee Boes; nephews, Kenneth Dutton (Sharon), David Dutton (Lucy), Denny Farmer (Myra), Steve Farmer (Connie) and Mike Boes; niece, Jan McMillan (Joe); and many great-nieces and nephews.

Her funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Salem United Church of Christ, 3408 Newburg Road, with burial following in Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331
Taylorsville Road.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Goodwill Industries or Brooklawn Child and Family Services.

Catherine O. “Kay” Ratterman, 94, Retired Vice President For The Former Peter Burghard Stone


Catherine O. “Kay” Ratterman, 94, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Baptist Hospital East.

She was the former Catherine O’Brien, and a native of Louisville. She was a retired vice president for the former Peter Burghard Stone Fabricators, a teller for the former Bank of Middletown, a longtime volunteer for the Democratic Headquarters, a lifetime charter member of the VFW Post 1170 Auxiliary and a member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Louis F. Ratterman.

Survivors include her daughter, Janet Ballinger and her granddaughter, Robyn Kay Ballinger.

The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to both of Kay’s caregivers, Cynthia and Joni, for the love and care shown her.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 3042 Hikes Lane, with burial following in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road.

Online condolences may be sent to

Robert M. “Granny” Austin, 73, Retired From BF Goodrich Chemical Company

Robert M. “Granny” Austin, 73, of Louisville, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

Bob retired after 37 years from BF Goodrich Chemical Company. He was a deacon at Shively Baptist Church, a member of Shively Masonic Lodge No. 951 and a Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William G. and Agnes Austin; and brothers, William C., John C. and Charles David Austin.

Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joyce (Emmons) Austin; sons, Michael L., Mark L. and Matthew L. (Kelly) Austin; grandchildren, Karis D. Austin-Hardesty, Robert Matthew Austin and Jared and Austin Wiehebrink; brother, James G. Austin (Jenny); uncle, Charles Hill; sisters-in-law Cindy, Mary and Pat Austin; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A special thanks to our neighbor and friend, Betty Jeffries, for always being there for us.

Visitation was from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Hwy., and Monday after 10 a.m. until his service at 11 a.m. at Shively Baptist Church, 1599 Sadie Lane, with burial in Louisville Memorial Gardens, West.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to National Kidney Foundation or to Hosparus of Louisville.

Kari N. Nally, M.D., Doctor

Kari N. Nally, M.D., passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.

Born in Louisville on July 20, 1977, to Michael and Terri Wise, Kari was a medical doctor and received her doctorate at University of Louisville.

Kari is survived by her daughters, Karlee and Kaylee Nally; her parents, Michael and Terri Wise; her brother, Kyle Wise and his wife Courtney and their daughter Hudson of Bowling Green, Ky.; her grandparents Bob and Dolly Denkhoff, of Shepherdsville, Ky., and Justin Nally.

A funeral service was held at 7 p.m. Monday at Maraman Billings Funeral Home. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at

LaVerne (Kircher) “Donnie” Thompson, 86, Retired Seamstress For J.C. Penny

LaVerne (Kircher) “Donnie” Thompson, 86, of Louisville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, surrounded by family.

She was born Oct. 21, 1926, in Louisville, the daughter of the late Edgar E. Kircher and Leola Mae Newell Kircher.

LaVerne was a seamstress for many years having worked for J.C. Penny where she retired. She was a lifetime member of Middletown United Methodist Church, loved and enjoyed gardening, sewing and being around others, and never met a stranger. Most of all, LaVerne cherished her time spent with her family.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Samuel A. Thompson; sister, Juanita Goss and brother, Edgar E. Kircher Jr.

LaVerne is survived by four daughters, Barbara “Bobby” Blandford, Sandra “Sandy” Keltner, Terri Alexander (Rich) and Mary Ann “Petie” Whitaker (Scott); nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Voyles and Shirley Collett; and a brother-in-law, Benjamin Thompson.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Middletown United Methodist Church, 11902 Shelbyville Road, with burial following in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation was from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pearson Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at
the church.

Mildred Hoard Bevars, 80, Retired Manager Of The Food Service Facility At The Louisville Space Center / Naval Ordnance Station

Mildred Hoard Bevars, 80, of south Louisville, passed away at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

Millie worked in the food service industry most of her life, and served as a waitress, hostess and manager at various locations. Her career spanned many years at local landmarks such as Hicks Cafeteria in the Starks Building, White Castle, Frederick’s Bowling Alley and she finally retired as manager of the food service facility at the Louisville Space Center / Naval Ordnance Station.

Millie was a wonderful fun-loving lady with a warm smile and a very lovable personality. She will be dearly missed by family and friends who enjoyed the pleasure of her company throughout her lifetime.

She is survived by cousins, Janiece French (Jim), Sally Russ (Ron) and Myra Sheroan and by her best friends forever, Deanie and Tom Marlow and Diannna Davenport.

We will always cherish the good times we shared with her. Her family wants to express their gratitude to Karen Cassidy for her kindness during Millie’s final hours at the hospital.

Cremation was chosen and Nunnelley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Winnie Mae Steele McBride Outlaw, 90, Beloved Mother And Grandmother

Winnie Mae Steele McBride Outlaw, 90, entered eternal life peacefully on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at her home.

She was born Dec. 23, 1921, to Irma and G. W. Steele who preceded her in death along with her first husband, Charles E. McBride, second husband, Sidney J. Outlaw, and brothers, Tommy Charles and Marvin Steele.

Surviving are her daughter, Mary E. McBride Whitlock; son-in-law, Roy W. Whitlock; son, Billy E. McBride; daughter-in-law, Delores McBride; six grandchildren, David W. Whitlock (Michele), Douglas R. Whitlock (Leanne), Denise M. Whitlock Gill (Andrew), Lora F. McBride Hurt, Joseph E. McBride (Tiffany, and Lisa R. McBride (Tony Alvey); 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and an extended family; sister, Lucille Steele Hight; brother-in-law, Romus Hight; sister-in-law, Albertine Booth McBride; and many nieces and nephews.

She is entrusted to the care of O. D. White and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at the Brownsville-Bells Funeral Home, 107 S. LaFayette, Brownsville, Tenn., 38012, on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. CST with interment at Holly Grove Baptist Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the O. D. White & Sons Funeral Home and Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. CST, and will also be Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. CST at Brownsville-Bells Funeral Home.

Bernita Christine (Cook) Jansen, 92, Homemaker And Active


Bernita Christine (Cook) Jansen, 92, passed away Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, peacefully, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Jefferson Co., Ky. to William and Doskie (Allen) Cook.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, a past president and life member of American Legion Auxillary Unit No. 220, life member of V.F.W. Post No. 5421 Auxillary, 8/40 Salon 585, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital Auxillary volunteer with 25 years service and a member of St. Helen Altar Society, St. Joseph’s Orphans Society and St. Barnabas Golden Key Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include her loving husband of 67 wonderful years, George W. “Bud” Jansen Sr.; her children: Janice E. Train (David), Susan M. Watkins (Huel), George W. Jansen Jr. (Mary), and Kay M. Short (David); eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 1925 Lewiston Drive, with burial following in St. Michaels Cemetery. Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Hwy.

Thomas A. McKinney, 80, Retired Master Sergeant From The United States Air Force

Thomas A. McKinney, 80, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Floyd Memorial Hospital.

He was a native of Sheridan, Wyo. and was a retired master sergeant from the United States Air Force after 22 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Lemoine and Mary Alice McKinney; his stepmother, Attie McKim; two brothers, Sammy and Clarence “Bud” McKinney; and a sister, Helen Potter.

Survivors include his wife, Mary H. McKinney; three sons, Mark McKinney (Angela), David McKinney (Kathy) and Craig McKinney (Linda); brother, William McKinney (Mary); sister, Edith Jones (Earl); six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There was no visitation. A private graveside service was held for the family. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Oak Street Chapel of Seabrook Dieckmann & Naville Funeral Homes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Mr. McKinney’s honor may be given to the donor’s charity of choice.

Floyd “Pete” Mercer, 86, Veteran Of The U.S. Marine Corps

Floyd “Pete” Mercer, 86, of Louisville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Mercer; and son, Craig Mercer.

He is survived by his sons, Mark, Kevin and Kirk Mercer; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Pete was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, coach, mentor, and close friend to many, and most of all he was a great father and a loving husband. He loved pets and had many active pursuits and hobbies. He taught many aircraft enthusiasts how to fly and/or build remote controlled aircraft and held different roles within the clubs.

A memorial graveside service was held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at New Albany National Cemetery, 1943 Ekin Ave., New Albany, Ind. Ratterman and Sons, 10600 Taylorsville Road, handled arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Frances “Frankie” (Bertrand) Hornek, 79, Pharmacy Technician For Otto And Taylor Drug Stores

Frances “Frankie” (Bertrand) Hornek, 79, passed away Nov. 23, 2012, with family by her side.

She was an inspiration to all who loved her.

She graduated from Ursuline Academy, and worked as a pharmacy technician with the old Otto and Taylor drug stores for 30 years. She was also a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Antoinette and Louis Bertrand Sr.; and brother, Louis Bertrand Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, John S. Hornek Jr.; sons, John A. Hornek (Jan) and Gary J. Hornek (Susan); daughters, Karen Mattingly (Joe), Susan L. Hardesty (Ron) and Donna L. Mulhall (Doug); brother, Marvin Bertrand (Pat); sisters, Anna Bertrand and Doris Wine; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was held at noon Tuesday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 6901 Dixie Hwy., with burial in St. Michael Cemetery. Visitation was at the church, beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Arrangements were by Owen Funeral Home.