Obituaries

Blair, Wanda Lee

Wanda Lee Blair, 87, of Prospect passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. She was born on Sept. 2, 1930 to the late Frank Sr. and Novella Stanfield.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson, Philip Damstrom.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Murl Blair; son, Gene Blair Jr. (Shellie); daughters, Sandra Diane Damstrom (Phil), Carolyn Davis (Steve) and Melinda Ingram (Bill); brothers, Frank Stanfield and Kenneth Stanfield (Patsy); 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19 at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road with burial following in Louisville Memorial Gardens West.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Gideons International (gideon.org/donate) or Prospect Baptist Church (P.O. Box 406 Prospect, KY 40059).

Chandler, Rita Lynn (Stout)

Rita Lynn (Stoute) Chandler, 66, of LaGrange passed away on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Norton Women and Children’s Hospital. She was retired from the Louisville Water Company and a member of Friends for Hope.

Rita is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Tucker (Tony) and Peggy Sharp (Tony); sisters, Gayle Miller and Melissa Rodgers (William); brother, Rick Stout (Debbie); grandchildren, Brandon and Kaitlyn Tucker, Daniel Brierly, Anthony, Emily and Diana Sharp; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Ratterman and Sons Funeral Home, 10600 Taylorsville Road. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in the chapel of the funeral home. Burial followed at Resthaven Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Friends for Hope, American Cancer Society or March of Dimes. Online condolences may be left at www.ratterman.com.

Erwin, Corinna Theresa Rizzo

Corinna Theresa Rizzo Erwin, 61, passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 surrounded by family.

She was born in Nancy, France and moved to the United States when she was very young. She lived a good life and was loved by many good friends in San Francisco and family in Louisville. She had a big heart and helped many people in need over the years.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Edwin Erwin.

She is survived by her mother, Janine Erwin; sister, Nathalie Ising (Brian); nephews, Conner and Alex Ising; aunt, Debra DeJarnette (Ed); uncles, Larry Erwin (Micky) and Mark Erwin; many cousins; and close friends, including Victoria, Jeri, Wendy, Chelsea, Walter and Josette.

Her memorial service was held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Embry-Bosse Funeral Home, 2723 Preston Hwy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society.

Veneklase, Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee Veneklase, 46, of Louisville passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 after a courageous battle with Huntington’s Disease.

She was born March 5, 1971 in Louisville to Barbara G. Palmer Veneklase and the late Bruce G. Veneklase.

Michelle was a graduate of Assumption High School and received her bachelor of arts degree in broadcasting from Eastern Kentucky University. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She worked for Campbell Ewald as an account supervisor in Nashville.

She is preceded in death by her father, Bruce Gerard Veneklase.

Left to cherish her memory is her mother, Barbara; her Aunt Carol, Uncle Joe Spalding and their two daughters, Katy and Anna; and her godfather, Father Joe Graffis. She also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends and caregivers that were very dear to her.

Michelle loved to travel the world. She took part in several mission trips to Haiti and wrote the book “Maximize Your Happiness.” It was her hope that this would help people take control of their lives with passion, peace and joy. All proceeds from this book were donated.

Michelle was truly loved and will be missed by all. She celebrated every day with gratitude and joy. If you knew Michelle, at some point she probably suggested you make a gratitude list. Because when life brings you to your knees, it puts you in perfect posture to pray and count your blessings.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jane Cornett and those at the Episcopal Church Home who cared for Michelle. She made a huge impression in the short time she was there.

A funeral mass to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. March 10 at St. Frances of Rome Church, 2119 Payne St. A reception at Clifton Center will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Kentucky Chapter (982 Eastern Pkwy., Louisville, KY 40217).