Obituaries

Davis, Carolyn White

Carolyn White Davis, 84, of Louisville, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017. Carolyn was born October 13, 1932 to the late, David K. and Ocia (Payne) White. She was in the first graduating class of Southern High School in 1952. In 1957, she learned to fly and became a member of the Louisville Aero Club. She is also a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. 

In addition to her parents, Carolyn is preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Davis; brother, Harry K. White and sister, Norma Jean Johnson. She is survived by her son, Robert C. Davis, Jr.; daughter, Suzanne Young (Roger); sister, Evelyn Thomas and grandchildren, Isaac and Samuel Davis. 

Her funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23 at St. John Paul II, 3521 Goldsmith Lane with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society or Dare to Care.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hosparus of Louisville and Sacred Heart Home for the love and compassion they provided Carolyn.

Lucchese, Elsie F.

Elsie F. Lucchese, age 95, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at Nazareth Home surrounded by family. Elsie married Anthony Lucchese on June 14, 1941 and they were married 67 years at the time of his passing in 2009. She was also predeceased by parents John and Frances Jenkins, and sisters Mildred Zoll and Marcella Beha.

She is survived by sisters Thelma Amshoff, Gloria Knowles (Earl) of Miami, Florida and Geraldine Jolliffe (Donald) as well as numerous nieces and nephews who love her dearly. She loved being with family, watching sports and playing pinochle. She was a member of St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church and Newman Counsel Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary. 

Her funeral Mass was held on Monday, August 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church, 2931 Pindell Avenue at Hess Lane, with burial following Calvary Cemetery. The family would like to express their gratitude to staff of Nazareth Home for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Mass of the Air.

Montana, Dennis W.

Dennis W. Montana, 60, of Prospect, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Dennis was President of Lawn Care Co., Inc., in Louisville for 34 years. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and spending time at his Florida home. 

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Blanche Montana. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Marlene Montana; his cousins, John Lyons (Violet), Rick Lyons (Colleen), Jacinta Nelson (Ed), Sue McAllister (Ed), Melanie Smith (Ken), and their children, along with numerous nieces and nephews that he loved so much. 

His funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017 at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville. Memorial gifts in the form of contributions may be sent to the Crusade for Children or to St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

Ranscheart, Anna Faith “Bodies”

Anna Faith “Bodies” Ranscheart, 29, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2017. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky on September 1, 1987. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: William & Pamela Hardin, Charles and Helen Ranscheart, and an uncle, Jeffery Ranscheart. 

Anna attended Fern Creek Traditional High School and was a member of the 2005 graduating class. She was a part of the ROTC program then went on to ITT Tech for an associate’s degree in criminal justice. Anna worked with her father for nine years as a drywall hanger for Ronnie and Wade Able Drywall, then went to work for Rev-a-Shelf as a forklift driver. 

Anna’s passion and love was her son, he was her world and they shared a bond like no other. Their daily selfies and silly smiles were sure to brighten anyone’s day. Many family memories were made at Churchill Downs, Lake Cumberland and Huber Farm. Anna will truly be missed by all her family and friends. 

She leaves behind a son, Westley Ian Ranscheart; parents, Frank and Deborah Ranscheart, sister Kimberly and Brooke Ranscheart, nieces, Alexandria & Mallorie Ranscheart and nephew Dylan Ranscheart. 

Funeral services will be Thursday, August 24 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Arch L. Heady & Son Funeral Home, 8519 Preston Hwy. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens.

Shirley, David Wayne

David Wayne Shirley, 75, passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 19, 2017. David was born on September 22, 1941 in Mud Lick, Kentucky to the late Glynn and Ruby Shirley. He served our country in the U.S. Air Force and retired from Humana as the Senior Manager of Computer Operations. In addition, he was a long-time member of the Miss Madison Racing Team. 

His wife of 50 years, Betty passed away April 22. Here to continue their legacy are their daughters, Cindy Shirley and Kim Eldridge; grandchildren, Stephen and Audrey Eldridge; siblings, Doug (Barbara) Shirley and Diana (Allen) Bennett and many nieces. 

The service was held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23 at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road, with a private entombment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Online condolences may be left at www.archlheadyresthaven.com

Schmidt, Jr., Frederick (Dux)

Frederick (Dux) Karl Schmidt, Jr., 83, passed away August 13, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Joann Schmidt, brother Donald Schmidt, sons Frederick Karl Schmidt, III (Jeanette), Mike Coffman, daughter Holly Schmidt (Dean Brooks), and granddaughter Sylvia.

Fred was the son of Frances Schmidt and Frederick Karl Schmidt, Sr., chef at the Brown Hotel and creator of the Hot Brown. Fred shared the same passion for cooking and food and opened Brick Oven Pizza in Plainview after retiring from Ford Motor Co. He was a car and motorcycle enthusiast who traveled throughout the U.S. and Alaska. His extraordinary wit and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

You may join in remembering Fred (Dux) with food and drink on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Napa River Grill located in Westport Village, 1211 Herr Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40222. If you have any stories or anecdotes about Fred you would like to share prior to the gathering, please email duxschmidt@gmail.com. Casual dress is requested. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Egyptian Umbrella Society.

Reber, Margaret Nell (Pierce)

Margaret Nell (Pierce) Reber, 91, passed away Sunday August 20, 2017 at Mercy Sacred Heart Village, Clifton. She was born in Grayson County, Kentucky. Margaret was a retired clerk and bookkeeper for American Air Filter and member of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents Lula and Clarence Pierce, husband Herman Reber, brothers Harry and Glen Pierce, sister Mildred Nunley. She was a devoted sister and aunt. Survivors include her sister Audrey Pierce Durbin, four nephews, two nieces and several great nieces and nephews.

Margaret’s funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Peonia, Kentucky followed by a burial at the church cemetery.

Ferguson, Paul D.

Paul D. Ferguson, age 87 formerly of Louisville, Kentucky died August 8, 2017 in Leitchfield, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his wife Dolores. Paul is survived by his sister Wanda Rose Montgomery. Interment will took place at Brookland Cemetery in Shepherdsville, Kentucky on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. May he rest in peace. Trent-Dowell Funeral Home in Hardinsburg, Kentucky assisted with arrangements.