Blackwell, Renée

Renée Blackwell, 98, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2017. Renée was born on October 20, 1919 in Nogent, France where she spent most of her youth before moving to Paris, France. She met her husband Glendell there while he was stationed in the Army during WWII. They were married in Paris on September 20, 1945 and returned to Louisville where they raised their family.

Renée was preceded in death by her husband Glendell and her sister Madeleine Boisselier. Renée is survived by her son Marc-Louis Blackwell (Linda) of Sellersburg, Indiana; her daughter Michèle Hamilton (Doug) of Mill Creek, Washington; her grandchildren Amy Cissell (Cory) of New Albany, Indiana, Julie Aguilar (Gilbert) of Charlestown, Indiana and Jonathan Hamilton of Mill Creek, Washington. Renée has four great-grandchildren: Sophia and Isaac Cissell and Eva-Renée and Drew Aguilar. Renée is also survived by her sister Jocelyne Charriere of Nogent, France.

Visitation was held on November 14, 2017 from noon to 3 p.m. at Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Rd, Louisville, KY 40207. At Renée’s request, there was a service for immediate family following visitation. Renée’s ashes will be taken to Nogent, France for interment.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Renée’s name to the charity of your choice.

Duffy, Edward Joseph

Edward Joseph Duffy, 90, of Louisville was born on March 12, 1927 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Edward James and Ruth Mary (Dunn) Duffy, and passed from this life on Friday, November 10, 2017 at his home with his loving family by his side. Mr. Duffy was retired from LG&E, was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church for over 70 years and an Army Veteran of World War II. Mr. Duffy loved to travel, had a great sense of humor, loved to tell stories and did a great impression of Donald Duck.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Duffy, and a sister, Marlou Armand. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Michele Duffy and Denise Burks (David), sons Stephen (Laura) and David Duffy, four grandchildren. six great grandchildren and his special caregivers Penny, Star and Deborah.

A funeral mass of celebration for Mr. Duffy was held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Mary Queen of Peace, 4005 Dixie Highway. Interment with military honors followed in Louisville Memorial Gardens West.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hosparus of Louisville or the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana.

Forrester, Harold Clifford “Hal”

Harold Clifford “Hal” Forrester, 83, passed away on November 11, 2017 surrounded by his family.

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Hal was born on October 9, 1934 to Hazel and Harold Clifford Forrester. His wife of 52 years, Marilyn Elizabeth Bromley, predeceased him in 2012. He was also predeceased by his sister, Mary Nancy Johnson of Alabama.

He is survived by his daughters Camille Forrester Estes (Jim) and Anne Forrester Balcom (David); grandchildren Lyndsey and Nicholas Estes and Emma and Wade Balcom; niece Anne Pennington Stewart; nephews Stephen, Jeffrey, Eric and Michael Johnson and Clark Pennington; sisters-in-law Margaret Bromley and Beverly Bromley (Bob Hundley) as well as many great- nieces and nephews. 

Hal attended Kansas State University and Southeastern Louisiana University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. After serving in the Army at Ft. Knox, he moved to Louisville where he retired from Louisville Bedding Company as their Systems Analyst.

He served as president of the Cherokee Road Runners running in many local and regional road races. At age 60 he began studying drums and was featured on the cover of the Courier-Journal’s Scene magazine under the headline of “You’re Never Too Old to Rock!” He continued this hobby for the rest of his life.

The family wishes to acknowledge with great appreciation the staff and friends at the Episcopal Church Home and Dudley Square.

A celebration of Hal’s life will be held 11 a.m., Thursday November 16 in St. Luke’s Chapel, 7504 Westport Road, at the Episcopal Church Home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service, and reception to follow. As this is a celebration of a life well lived, festive attire is appropriate and appreciated.

Private burial following reception at Cave Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Olmsted Parks Conservancy directed to the use in Cherokee Park.

Kissel Jr., C.J.

C.J. Kissel Jr., 86, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 at his home.

C.J. was a graduate of St. Xavier High School, Class of ‘48 and graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He was a structural draftsman for Builders Metal Supply, where he worked for 36 years. He served his country in the Navy during the Korean War where he was assigned to the U.S.S. Gherardi DMS-30.

Upon retirement, C.J. was a driver for Funeral Auto Company. He was a long-time parishioner at St. John Paul II, formerly St. Pius X on Goldsmith Lane.

C.J. is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Betty Heintzman; their children, David Kissel (Diane), Linda Steele (Tom), Gerard Kissel (Janet), Conrad Kissel, Stasia Polston (Dan), John Kissel (Diane), Kurt Kissel and Nick Kissel (Jill); brother Donnie and sister Carol Berry; 18 grandchildren, Eric, Laura, Emily, Amy, Matthew, Sarah, Shelby, Michael, Dani, Conrad Jr., Andrew, Tyler, Olivia, Heather, Holly, Nathan, Connor and William; 13 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 14 at St. John Paul II, 3521 Goldsmith Lane, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to his church. Online condolences may be left at