Obituaries • September 6, 2012

Lisa Marie (Cannon) Bonny.

Lisa Marie (Cannon) Bonny, 42, Senior V.P. Of Small Business Treasury Management At First National And PNC Bank

Lisa Marie (Cannon) Bonny, 42, of Louisville, Ky., entered eternal life Tuesday, August 28, 2012.

From the day of her birth Lisa was always special to those who knew her. She was Valedictorian of her class at Sacred Heart Academy in 1988 and Magna Cum Laude at Indiana University Bloomington. Beginning her profession as a teller, she served her entire career at First National and PNC Bank as Senior V.P. of Small Business Treasury Management.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Cathy O’Hare Hollingsworth.

Survivors include her adoring husband, William H. “Bill”; her children, Cole and Peyton; father, Art Cannon (Ada Zarumba); second father, Joe Hollingsworth; aunts, Sally Kirchner, Mary Etta Hund (Al), Carolyn Orbell (Dr. G. Michael), Mary Jane Grewe (Jim); uncle, James Cannon (Mary Lou); half-sisters, Stacy Alstott (Craig), Melissa Cannon; former step-mother, Margaret Browning; as well as a host of others who loved her dearly.

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to Louisville Oncology, 5-A Oncology at Suburban Hospital, and the Palliative Care Unit at Baptist Hospital East. They would also like to thank her special friends, Ali Falkner (mother: Marinell Baker); Tracy Duncan, Val Hall, Jacinda Sipes; care-giver, Mary Ann Henley; as well as the vast group of friends who have provided loving care.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 1 at River Valley Christian Church of Goshen, 12650 W. US 42, with entombment following in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation was Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Ratterman & Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road as well as Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the church.

The family has asked that expressions of sympathy be made in Lisa’s honor to the Lisa C. Bonny Living Trust Children’s Endowment fund at any PNC Bank or to Hosparus of Louisville. Online condolences may be made at

G. Edward “Ned” Durell, US Navy Veteran

Ned Durell of Sarasota, Fla., died on July 26, 2012.  Ned was a 22 year veteran of the US Navy, a dedicated volunteer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for 25 years, and a devoted member of St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, a member of the Elite Fisherman’s club, an avid golfer and a wonderful storyteller.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ann Altsheler Durell, his children Michelle Hiers (Alan), Michael Durell, and Mark Durell, all of Tampa, Fla., stepchildren Bob Snyder (Tina) of Louisville, Robin Snyder, and Edith “Edye” Morton (Dennis) of Sarasota, sister-in-law Lee Hancock (Jack) of Louisville, grandchildren Anne, Nikolas, Kyle, Matthew, Christina, Kayleen, Natalie, Abigail, Maria and Brit.

Ned was preceeded in death by his brother, Brit Durell, his sisters Betty Lane and Jeanne Seelbach.

The family requests any memorial donations be made to St. Boniface Church of Sarasota or the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Volunteers Auxillary Fund.

Addie E. Poe Cummins, 85, Member Of Augusta Christian Church

Addie E. Poe Cummins, 85, “Heaven has a new Angel.” Born July 12, 1927 in Mason County, Ky., and passed away August 26, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin And Jo Emma Poe; brother, Howard Poe; and beloved husband, Wilbur P. Cummins.

She was a devout Christian who loved everyone she met. She was a member of Augusta Christian Church.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, children, Larry R. Cummins, Diana Abbot (Frank) and Alice Lewis (Richard); brothers, William E. Poe, Harold E. Poe and Mervin Poe; along with eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at Oldham County Funeral Home, 706 W. Jefferson St., LaGrange, Ky., with burial following in Floydsburg Cemetery. Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to WHAS Crusade for Children, 520 W. Chestnut St., Louisville, Ky., 40202.

Mildred E. Bronger, 88, Retired From IBM

Mildred E. Bronger, 88, of Louisville, passed away Thursday, August 23, 2012.

Millie retired from IBM after 42 years. A devout Catholic, she was a member of St. Stephen Martyr Church for over 60 years.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Valentine and Louise Kleinhenz Bronger; brothers, Valentine “Bud” Bronger and Jerome Bronger; sisters, Theresa McDonald and Mary Dolores Bayer.

Mildred’s survivors include her sisters, Mary Rita Pierce and Marcella “Peachie” Ebersold (Norb) of Milltown, Ind.; brother, Clarence Bronger (Barbara) of Spring, Texas; and sisters-in-law, Jeanne Misback and Ruby Bronger. She was special “Aunt Mimi” to niece Rita Spalding (Gene) and nephew William Bayer (Francie), as well as 20 other loving nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church, 2931 Pindell Avenue, with burial following in St. Michael Cemetery. Visitation was 2-8 p.m. Monday, August 27, 2012 at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road.

Donations may be made in her memory to St. Vincent de Paul Society. Online condolences may be sent to

Natalie Michelle Curry,  27, National Spokesperson For Core Cell America

Natalie Michelle Curry,  27, died Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.

Natalie lost her long battle due to complications from Fanconi Anemia and Interstitial Lung Disease. Natalie made medical history when she received a cord blood transplant in Paris, France in 1989. Her passion and mission in life was to raise educational awareness of Stem Cell/ Cord Blood Preservation. She was a national spokesperson for Core Cell America where she performed speaking engagements, weekly blogs, and monthly webinars. Natalie enjoyed writing poetry, acting, movies and travel.

Survivors include: father, Brad Curry (Cindy) Floyds Knobs, Ind.; mother, Lea Ann Stiller (Jeff) Floyds Knobs, Ind.; sisters, Audrey and Emily Curry, Brooklyn, N.Y.; step-sisters, Emily and Ashton Stiller , New Albany, Ind., Leah Huber, Starlight, Ind. and Dawn McLean, Floyds Knobs, Ind.; step-brother, Brandon Missi , Floyds Knobs, Ind.; grandparents, James and Dee Curry Floyds Knobs, Ind. and Darrell and Eva Lee Jacobs, Elizabeth, Ind..

Visitation was from 2-8 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Ind. Her funeral service was 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church with private entombment following in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany, Ind.

Contributions may be made to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, 1801 Willamette St. Suite 200, Eugene, OR 97401 or Hope Lodge in Association with American Cancer Society, 2806 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202, In Loving Memory of Natalie Curry.

A special thanks to Natalie’s grandmothers, her family and caring nurses.

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Marcella Wenzel Moore, 91, Lifelong Member Of St. Therese Catholic Church

Marcella Wenzel Moore, 91, of Louisville, passed away Friday, August 31, 2012 at home surrounded by her family after a long courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on January 25, 1921 to Fidelis and Mary Wenzel. She was a graduate of Ursuline Academy. Marcella was a very active lifelong member of St. Therese Catholic Church, where she was a volunteer at the fish frys, annual picnic cake wheels, a member of the St. Monica Sodality and the German-Paristown Association, where she helped run the Monday morning Bingo and Meals on Wheels. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Moore.

She is survived by her four children, Jeri Seidenfaden (David), Rondi Cobb (Skip), Tom (Maria) and Michael (Tee); her grandchildren, Lori Bushong (Bart), Jeff Seidenfaden, Jennifer O’Bryan (Dan), Melissa Brinley (Sean), Kristen Clark (Chris), Tom Jr., Betheny Tems (Brian) and Justin Krockenberger (Lauren); and 12 great-grandchildren, and one due in January.

The family wishes to express gratitude to the doctors and staff at CBC, also the Third Floor Park Tower nurses and staff and the wonderful Team from Hosparus and caregivers from Home Instead and all her dear friends. A special thanks to Drs. Ignacio Montes and Albert Hoskins.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 1010 Schiller Ave., with burial in St. Michael Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Hosparus or the Lymphoma Society.

Benjamin Joseph “Bud” Sandman, Jr., 87, Commercial Illustrator

Benjamin Joseph “Bud” Sandman, Jr., 87, died Wednesday August 29, 2012 with his loving family by his side.

He was a prominent Louisville Commercial Illustrator. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II and a former member of Hunting Creek and River Road Country Clubs.

Mr. Sandman was preceded in death by his mother and father, Lucille and Benjamin Sandman; two brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Jean H. Sandman; daughters, Lynn Marie Worland (Tim), Mary Carol Pittenger (Wallace), Jeanne Patterson (Malcolm); sons, Benjamin Joseph “Joe” Sandman III, and John H. Sandman. He deeply loved his seven grandchildren.

His funeral Mass was celebrated 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 1395 Girard Drive. Private burial followed at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane.

Memorials can be made to Hosparus or St. Albert the Great Catholic Church.

Joe Price Peden, 82, CEO And Chairman Of CONNA

Joe Price Peden, 82, died Wednesday, August 29, 2012, after a 20-year struggle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Born in Hopkinsville, Ky., he graduated from Hopkinsville High School in 1948 and the University of Kentucky in 1953, where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He married Mary G. Eades in 1954.

Joe worked for Kroger in Nashville, Tenn., then joined his brother Don in Hopkinsville to open Peden Brothers Super Mart. Joe and Don moved to Louisville to start Convenient Food Marts in 1959. The company later became CONNA Corporation. When CONNA was acquired in 1986, Joe was serving as CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Joe was very active in the community, serving as president of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce (now GLI), president of Sales & Marketing Executives of Louisville, president of the KY Chamber of Commerce, and president of the National Association of Convenience Stores. Joe was active in 4-H as a youth, in the inaugural class of Leadership Louisville, and a supporter of Junior Achievement.

Joe was an avid golfer, fisherman, and hunter, as well as a huge University of Kentucky sports fan.

Joe’s greatest source of fulfillment came from his faith and his involvement with his church. Joe and his family joined Westport Road Church of Christ in 1958, and he served as both Deacon and as Elder. He loved the church family at Westport Road as his own, serving as a mentor and surrogate father and grandfather to many.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Lucian Harlan and Mary McDonald Peden; and his brother, Warren Peden.

Joe is survived by his brother, Donald Peden (Alice); his wife of 58 years, Mary G. Eades Peden; his children, Jeffrey Peden (Nancy), Terry Widner (Melly), Mary Kathleen Allen (Gary), and Melinda Simpson (Taylor); and his grandchildren, Adam Allen (Katie Beth), Kellye West (Dan), Ryan and Darcy Simpson, and Bailey Widner.

His memorial service will be at Westport Road Church of Christ on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 11a.m., with visitation from 9 a.m. until time of service. Visitation will also be held at Westport Road Church of Christ on Thursday and Friday, from 2-8 p.m.

Donald Joseph Lish Sr., 77, Retired Clerk For The US Postal Service

Donald Joseph Lish Sr., 77, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2012.

He was a retired employee of the US Postal Service where he was a payroll clerk. A Navy veteran of the Korean conflict, he was a member of the American Legion Highland Post 201, USS Rochester 124 Organization where he served as treasurer, St. Athanasius Catholic Church and was a Kentucky Colonel.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and nurses at both Golden Living Hillcreek and Hosparus for the wonderful care shown to Donald during his illness, and to also his family.

Survivors include his wife, the former Shera Chasteen; children, Gina Kuzuoka (John), Donald J. Lish Jr., (Glenda) and Vickki McKnight; two sisters Judy and Debi Lish; a brother Dave Lish; five grandchildren, Jesika (Jerod), Samantha (Brett), Gabrielle, Ian and Kevin; and two great-grandchildren, Claire and Wyatt.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road, with burial following cremation at the Kentucky Veterans’ Cemetery, Radcliff. Visitation was from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul society or to Mass of the Air.

Michael Anthony Reese, 20, Member Of The Divine Savior Lutheran Church

Michael Anthony Reese, 20, of Mt. Washington, Ky., passed away August 31, 2012 at Norton Suburban Hospital.

He was a native of Minnesota and a member of the Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shepherdsville, Ky. Michael was a 2010 graduate of Bullitt East High School and attended Morehead State University.

He is survived by his parents, Jeff and Ann Reese; sister, Louise Reese; brother, Ben Reese; grandmother, Helen Houvinen; aunts and uncles, Robin and John Braun, Micky and March Doran, Judy Burns and Mark Reese; girlfriend, Ashley Lynch; and many cousins and friends.

A celebration of his life was held 7 p.m. Wednesday at Schmid Funeral Home in Mt. Washington with burial following in Ely, Minnesota. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until service time on Wednesday.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Christina Gabehart Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser in c/o the funeral home.

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Gwendolyn D. Williams Wilson Berry, 80, Retired From Phillip Morris USA

Gwendolyn D. Williams Wilson Berry,  80, of Louisville passed away peacefully on Friday, August 31, 2012.

She was a native of Nashville, Tenn. She was retired from Phillip Morris USA and a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter Margie A. Harrison (Charles); two stepsons, James Allen Wilson (Jackie) and Leon Wilson; three sisters, Jacquelyn Lewis, Carol Jean Tate and Gladysteen Bennett; step brother, Fount Hayes; sister-in-law, Ruth Berry; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and close friends.

Her funeral was at 11 a.m. Saturday at her church, 3540 Garland Ave. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation was from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Bethel Baptist Church. G.C. Williams Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Scott C. Slusher, 48, Photographer/Artist

Scott C. Slusher, photographer/artist, passed away on Monday September 3, 2012 after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Born on May 5, 1964, Scott was a talented, professional photographer with an eye for making ordinary objects, unique images. He was a graduate of Waggener High School class of 1982. On August 28th 2012, Scott earned his associates degree in visual communications from Ivy Tech Community College. He was the vice president of Art Sanctuary and an avid and active supporter of the arts. During his life, Scott owned and operated Eye Chart Photography and freelanced his photographic talent to help promote local arts and artists. Scott was always known to say, “I don’t take pictures, I create images.” He was preceded in death by Martha Hanley.

Scott is survived by his brother, Chris Slusher; stepfather, Ron Hanley; father, Thomas Slusher; stepmother, Phyllis Slusher; sisters, JoLynn Slusher and Natalie Smith; nephew, Kyton Smith; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friends, Lisa Frye, Susan Mackowiak, Greta Harding and Halie Gamwell.

Scott made the conscious decision to donate his body, upon his death, to the University of Louisville Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology in hopes of providing research and progression of medical science to fight cancer.

There will be a memorial service for Scott at Art Sanctuary, 1433 South Shelby St., from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. Scott’s family is asking that all expressions of sympathy be the form of donations to the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Scott’s name.