Amshoff, Robert C. “Bob”

Robert C. “Bob” Amshoff, 70, of Louisville passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Baptist Health Louisville with his family by his side.

He was born on March 22, 1947 in Louisville, the son of the late Bernard and Alvina Amshoff.

Bob was a valued employee of National City Bank for over 35 years until his retirement. After retirement he started working for Duplicator Sales and Service and has been there for over 11 years.

Bob was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He devoted all of his extra time to spending it with family. Bob loved being at the lake and was an avid UK fan. He was caring and had a contagious laugh and sense of humor.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Janet R. Foster Amshoff; children, Debbie Smith (late husband Mark), Donna Franklin (Mike) and Doug Amshoff (Alison); seven grandchildren, Jessica, Justin and Jenna Smith, Emma and Logan Franklin, Sydney and Sawyer Amshoff; one great-grandchild, Noah Gies, and his loving canine companion, Olivia.

His funeral mass was celebrated at noon on Wednesday, December 13 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

The family suggests that contributions be made to Trinity High School or the Humane Society of Kentucky.

Bratcher, Mary Alyce

Mary Alyce Bratcher, 88, of Louisville, passed away December 10, 2017. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and was the daughter of Bernard and Alyce Boer.

Mary Alyce was a blessed wife, loving mother, grandmother and caring nurse. She was also an active member of Bethany Baptist Church in Louisville.

Mary Alyce was preceded in death by her loving husband Bennett F. Bratcher and her brother Roger Boer.

She is survived by her son, Bennett Bratcher (Debbie) of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; daughters Mary Ann Kinman (Kevin) of Versailles, Kentucky, and Linda Lawson (Robin) of LaGrange, Kentucky. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Drew Bratcher (Emily), Blake Bratcher (Christa), Christian Kinman (Breanna), Kirtley Kinman (Allison), Paige Kinman, Rachel Kinman, Matthew Lawson, Amanda Lawson, Bethany Lawson and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane with burial following at Riverview Cemetery in Morgantown, Kentucky.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association or Bike4Alz (

Gross, Ethel Mae

Ethel Mae Rutledge Gross, 103, passed from this life on December 9, 2017.

Mrs. Gross was a former employee of the YWCA. She also helped her husband, Reverend Herman Gross, shepherd Presbyterian churches in Maysville, Kentucky; Houston, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri and Ludlow, Kentucky.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Herman Gross, and six brothers and sisters.

Left to cherish her memory are her nieces, Marie Farris, Ann Huskey and Pat Pesl; nephews, Bob Rutledge (Dorothy Jean), Stuart Rutledge and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Dignity Memorial Chapel of Evergreen Funeral Home.

Ethel Mae’s family would like to thank her Highland Presbyterian Church family and the dedicated fourth floor staff of Treyton Oak Towers for helping her to enjoy many happy years there.

The family would like to request that memorial donations in Ethel Mae’s name be directed to Highland Presbyterian Church.

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Barbara “Bobbie” Frentz Kurson

Kurson, Barbara “Bobbie” Frentz

Barbara “Bobbie” Frentz Kurson née Bloom, 92, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2017 at her home at Newbury Court in Concord, Massachusetts.

A private memorial officiated by Rabbi Jillian Cameron was held on December 6 at her home. Graveside services will be held in June of 2018 at Temple B’rith Sholom – Adath Israel Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bobbie was born in Lexington, Kentucky on January 19, 1925. She attended Henry Clay High School and earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Kentucky. She and her husband J. William “Bill” Frentz raised four children in Louisville, Kentucky. Bobbie was actively involved in fundraising for the J.B. Speed Art Museum, Actors Theater and Louisville’s Children’s Hospital.

Bobbie was known for her panache in interior design and for her gracious style of entertaining. The consummate entrepreneur, her many retail adventures included the Midnight Sun Boutique and Papers Unique in Louisville, as well as Barbara Kurson Antiques on Beacon Hill in Boston. She was a member of ASID and had many interior design clients throughout the East Coast.

Her marriage to Robert R. Kurson brought Bobbie to New England, where they eventually settled in York Harbor, Maine, living among the beauty of her gardens and seashore vistas. Bobbie volunteered at The York Historical Society and The York Hospital in her retirement. Her greatest love was welcoming her children and grandchildren to Rock’s Nose Farm.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, Rose Switow Bloom and Lester T. Bloom of Lexington; her son William Frentz II of Santa Cruz, California, and her husband Robert R. Kurson of Boston, Massachusetts. She is survived by her loving and devoted daughters, Alice Frentz of Kennebunk, Maine; Robin Frentz Isaacs (Kenneth C. Isaacs) of Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Mary Frentz Bellino (Joseph P. Bellino) of Louisville, Kentucky. She was cherished deeply by each of her grandchildren: Catherine Isaacs, Jennifer Isaacs, Daniel Frentz (Tara), Charles Frentz (Elizabeth), Lauren Frentz, Caroline Frentz and Isabel Bellino. She was adored by her nieces and nephews whom she treated as her own.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to be made in the memory of Bobbie’s favorite new charity or the charity of their choice. The goal of the “One in Forty” organization is to support Ashkenazi Jews who have a one in forty chance of inheriting a BRCA gene mutation that puts them at risk of developing cancer. The mission is to promote prevention and early detection awareness and education. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit: