Obituaries

Reutlinger, Elizabeth “Libby” Miller

Elizabeth “Libby” Miller Reutlinger died at age 99 on July 27, 2017

She was the daughter of the late Harold W. and Elizabeth H. Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Albert F. Reutlinger in 1998. A lifelong Louisville resident she was a graduate of Louisville Collegiate School and Smith College.

She married Albert in 1941. While he was away in the Pacific fighting with the 1st Marine Division, she volunteered as a nurse’s aid taking care of wounded soldiers at Camp Breckenridge, KY. Also, during the war years she started selling sweaters from her parents house on Hill Road. Years later this venture (with the help of Kitty Harrison and Nancy Whitsett) became the Tweed and Tartan which was a successful ladies’ store in St. Matthews. She was a lifelong learner auditing classes at Spalding University well into her 80s.

She was an avid gardener and proud conservationist. She enjoyed hiking, Elderhostel trips, skiing, cycling and travel. She was a true outdoor enthusiast. When at home she was busy with quilting, knitting, rug hooking, needlepointing and flower arranging. Earlier in her life she enjoyed many years of volunteerism through the Junior League of Louisville. In spite of her constant activity she always had time for her family.

She was a lifelong member of St. Francis in the Fields and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Harbor Springs, Michigan where in later years she spent her summers. Other memberships include the Glenview Garden Club, Louisville Country Club and River Valley Club.

She is survived by daughters, Mary R. Mitchell (William), Elizabeth F. Reutlinger (David Goetze) and son, Barton H. Reutlinger, M.D. (Marchant); Grandchildren: Liza Perkins, Rider Wathen (Deborah), Becky Caldwell (Bix); Fox Ritchay (David), Whit Reutlinger (Courtney); Jessie Brown and Mary Brown and 15 great-grandchildren.

Many thanks to the entire staff of Symphony at Oaklawn for their excellent care and to Hosparus for their skill and care.

A private family burial is planned at Cave Hill Cemetery. Pearson’s entrusted with the arrangements. There will be no visitation.

Expressions of condolences can be made to the Glenview Garden Club or any other charitable organization.

Brasch, John Thomas

John Thomas Brasch, 69, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was a 1966 graduate of Trinity High School and a 1971 graduate of the U of L Speed School of Engineering. John was the former owner of Brasch Constructors (formerly Brasch-Barry General Contractors).

John was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, serving as a past chapter president and domain director. He was a lifelong Cardinal Fan, a former ULA Board Director, a member of the Speed Foundation Board, Bellarmine Board of Overseers, and past president of the American Building Contractors of Kentuckiana. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Louisville Ballet and the Main Street Association.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Betty Brasch.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan Nichols Brasch, his twin brother, Bill (Pat); and his daughters, Kristy Schmitt (Doug); Kristin Birkhold (Kevin Coleman); and Kelly Birkhold; his grandchildren, Addie, Cannon, and Walker Schmitt, and James Coleman. He is also survived by his nephew and godson, Will Brasch, and a host of extended family and friends.

A Funeral Mass was held 10 a.m. Friday, July 28, 2017, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3345 Lexington Road with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was held from 3-8 p.m., Thursday, July 27 at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, “in St. Matthews.”

Expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to Trinity High School Scholarship Fund or Phi Kappa Tau House Fund at the University of Louisville.

Baumgartel, Helen A.

Helen Baumgartel, 85, passed away surrounded by family on Friday, July 28, 2017.

She was the loving wife of 57 years of Robert E. Baumgartel who preceded her in death.

Helen was a longtime resident of Louisville. She graduated from Louisville Girls High and attended the University of Louisville for a short time. She was a member of St. Louis Bertram Catholic Church.

Helen moved to Lexington in 2012 and was an active resident of Hartland Hills where she made many wonderful friends.

Helen is survived by her son, Dennis Baumgartel (Mary) of Louisville, and her daughter, Debbie Veith (John) of Lexington; four grandchildren, Nathan Littlefield (Lauren) of Indianapolis, John Veith IV (Andrea) of Nashville, Brooke Stubbs (Drew) of Austin, and Nicholas Veith (Dounia) of Chicago; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Milward-Man O’ War, 1509 Trent Blvd. followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m.. Burial was at Camp Nelson National Cemetery on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2409 Members Way, Lexington, KY 40504 or the Markey Cancer Center, 800 Rose St., Pavilion CC, Lexington, KY 40508.

The family extends its many thanks to the staff and caregivers at Tanbark for the loving care Helen received.                

Plamp, John Elmer Jr.

John Elmer Plamp Jr. passed away peacefully at home July 28, 2017. Mr. Plamp was born May 18, 1925 in Louisville to John E. Plamp, Sr and Margaret Dixon Plamp.

Mr. Plamp attended St. Francis of Assisi grade school and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1943 and then volunteered for U.S. Army service. He was assigned to the Army College Program at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. and subsequently was assigned to the 100th Infantry Division. He served in France and Germany and was captured with his unit in Bravaria. He escaped from his captors and hid with a German family until allied troops came through. Mr. Plamp was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service to his country.

Following the war, Mr. Plamp graduated from Indiana University in 1948 where he was a member of Phi Kappa Fraternity. After school he returned to Louisville and joined his father in the Plamp Insurance Agency and later founded the Plamp-Keen Livestock Agency. He retired in 1990. He and Martha Miles Plamp were married in 1954 and raised 3 children. His lifelong avocation was sailing. He was a long time member of the Louisville Boat Club where he kept a succession of sailboats. John and Martha chartered numerous sailing vessels on the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and across Europe. They competed in Regattas on the inland waterways and on the Great Lakes. Over the years, they instilled the love of sailing and the water in their children, who accompanied them on many adventures.

Mr. Plamp had a long time interest in Bellarmine University and served on the Board of Overseers. He also served for many years as a Docent for the Frazier History Museum and as President of the 100th Infantry Division Association. He had a lifelong interest in the Boy Scouts. He served as a Senior Scout Master and still kept in touch with many of his Senior Scouts. Above all, his biggest attribute was that he was always a gentleman. Mr. Plamp was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marjorie Plamp Nelson. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Martha Miles Plamp; son Roger Miles Plamp (Joan), daughters Diane Plamp Dorsey (Mark, deceased), and Marian Plamp Maxwell (Roger); as well as 6 grandchildren, Alex and Stuart Plamp Allyson Keen Bass, Meagan, Melissa and Jason Maxwell. Special thanks are due to Hosparus of Louisville and long-time caretakers Joe and Debra.

Visitation was held Tuesday, August 1 at Highlands Funeral Home on Taylorsville Road from 5 to 8 p.m.. Funeral services were held Wednesday August 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hosparus of Louisville or St. Xavier High School.

Hall, Mary Louise Portman

Mary Louise Portman Hall, 86, passed away on July 28, 2017 with her loving family by her side.

Mary was born in Louisville on May 7, 1931. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a homemaker and retired secretary, a member of St. Albert the Great Parish, and an avid Louisville Cardinals fan. Mary adored her grandchildren and was the happiest when spending time with her family.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 58yrs, James G.Hall, her parents, Charles and Mary Portman; siblings, Jimmy (Kitty) and Bernard (Joyce) Portman; LaVerne Gillespie, Jeri (CJ) Clark, and Wanda (John) Fitzpatrick; in-laws, Jack(Martha), Dickie, and Sr. Jane Hall, and grandson, Steven Vanover.

Mary is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Denise and Marshall Kaufman, Sheila and Al Naegeli, and Brenda and Mike Vanover; grandchildren, Marshall (Casey), Jimmy (Katrina), and Matt (Janna) Kaufman; Lauren, Andrew, and Melissa Naegeli; Michael (Bethany), and Amy Vanover; brother, Charlie Portman (Mary Ann); brother-in-law, Phil Hall (Sharon); and sister-in-law, Mary Alice Hall.

Our sincere gratitude to Mary’s amazing caregiver and special friend, Dawn Bow, and to the dedicated staff at Westport Place Health Campus.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday August 1, 2017 at St. Albert the Great, 1395 Girard Dr. She will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Steven Vanover Memorial Research and Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit organization established in memory of Mary’s beloved grandson. Donations may be sent to 1448 Gardiner Lane, Suite 102, Louisville, KY 40213 or stevenvanover.org