Cornish, Pauline Bell

Pauline Bell Cornish, 90, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018 at Signature Jefferson Place in Louisville.

Ms. Cornish was born in Anderson County to the late Marvin and Verna Pearson Cornish. Pauline was a member of Lyndon Baptist Church, and served in the Wakefield Sunday School Class. She was a graduate of Kavanaugh High School, and after that, went on to pursue her nursing career at Louisville General Hospital School of Nursing and served as a cadet in the armed forces. After working at General Hospital for some time, she joined the State Maternity Hospital, located in Oneida, Kentucky. After 34 years, Ms. Cornish retired from nursing at Baptist Hospital in Louisville.

Pauline is survived by many friends and her special Lyndon Baptist Church Family.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 6 at 12 p.m. at Lyndon Baptist Church in Louisville with Dr. James F. Holladay Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lyndon Baptist Church, 8025 New La Grange Road, Louisville, KY 40222.

Denning, Cheryl Denise

Cheryl Denise Denning, 63, of Louisville, passed away after a very short illness on Thursday, March 1, 2018. She was born July 26, 1954 to the late Charles and Margaret Todd Denning, and was a graduate of Eastern High School. Cheryl was employed at Fresh Market in Middletown for over 17 years.

She was also preceded in death by nephews, Kenneth “Kenny” Johnson and William “Lil Clay” Clay III.

Cheryl will be missed by her son, Tyrone Denning; granddaughter, Denise Gayle Jones; siblings, Rosa Ann Johnson, Marsha Clay (William), Charles Denning Jr., James “Butch” White (Jenifer), Carol Lumpkins and Cecilia Franklin; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncle, cousins and many friends. She will also be greatly missed by her son’s father and best friend, Marvin “PeeWee” Nolan, and a special niece, Carmelita “Machelle” Clay.

Visitation was held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals and Receptions, East Louisville Chapel, 235 Juneau Dr. in Middletown, with a celebration of Cheryl’s life at 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to a fund for her granddaughter Denise’s education. To leave a special message for the family, please visit

Kleitz Sr., Gerald Duane

Gerald Duane Kleitz Sr., 82, went to be with our Lord on Feb. 21, 2018. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, active member of Incarnation Church and owned Jerry’s Plumbing Service, where he served his local community for over 40 years.

Jerry’s true love was his family. Like his stature and demeanor, Jerry lived his life in a big and bold manner. He never met a stranger or turned his back on someone in need. He loved sports, but loved the kids playing those sports even more. He served at the Marydale Little League baseball community as a dedicated umpire, coach and president for 40 years. He was a member of KBUA Baseball Umpires, and served as a teacher at the Southern Region headquarters in Tampa. He also umpired the Little League Baseball World Series in 1981.

He took countless disadvantaged young people into his home and treated them as though they were his own children; he and his first wife (deceased) raised seven boys and one daughter of their own. He was known to many as: Dad, Pops, Big Daddy, Mr. Kleitz, Mr. Jerry, Big Jerry, Coach, Ump, Wahoo and more.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Merrit-Kleitz; daughter, Mary Dee Kleitz-Singleton (David); sons, Jerry D. Kleitz Jr., Michael A. (Michelle), James E. (Ruth), Timmy Joe (Cathy), Glen A. (Leigh Anne), Tony Kleitz-Swartz (Angie), Bryan G. (Cristol) and Joe Gatewood-Kleitz (Emily). Extended family members include Orion, Shawn, Paul and Freeman; step-sons, Brian and Dan; step-daughter, Rhonda; 20 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Jerry’s death is preceded by his wife of 43 years, Evelyn A. Miller-Kleitz, and his deceased siblings: Robert (Bob) Charles, Barbara Evans and Delores Doty. Jerry’s surviving siblings are Bonnie Daigle, Virginia Caesar, Deborah Heitkemper, Judith Schultz, Sharon Garza, Michael, Stephen, Edward Kleitz Jr. and Sandra Frost.

Jerry’s memorial service/life celebration will be held on Saturday, March 10 at Incarnation Catholic Church, located at 2229 Lower Hunters Tr., Louisville. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with memorial Mass following. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Harbor House of Louisville or Hosparus Health of Louisville.

Sykes Sherman, Thelma Echsner

Thelma Echsner Sykes Sherman, 90, passed away on March 3, 2018.

Thelma was devoted to her Catholic faith and lived her life to reflect her beliefs. She deeply loved her children and their spouses, and took special pride in her 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She leaves her happy disposition, fun-loving nature, generosity, affection, sense of style, as well as her strength and resilience as her legacy. She was a charter member of Hunting Creek Country Club, active with her husband in Rotary Club of Prospect/Goshen and the St. Xavier Alumni Association. She shared her kindness to others in so many ways. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 36 years, William J. Sherman. She is the cherished mother of Dr. David Sykes (Susan), Deborah Bollinger (Henry, deceased), Lynn Osborne (Robert), Karol Johns (Kevin), Mary Johnson, Anne Woods (Richard), Stephen Sykes (Carrie) and Laura Lamb (Kevin), as well as stepdaughters, Alyson Sullivan (Glenn) and Susan Salome (Robert). She is also survived by her sister and best friend, Joan Echsner, and brother, Dr. Herman Echsner (Virginia).

She was predeceased by her first husband of 27 years, Norman L. Sykes; siblings, Dorothy Curran, Patricia Beisler, Richard Echsner, Quentin Echsner and Norbert Echsner; and her parents, Bertha and Herman Echsner.

Her funeral mass will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at St. Frances of Rome Church, 2119 Payne St., with visitation prior to at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Cave Hill Cemetery. A reception to celebrate Thelma’s joyous life will be held that evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hunting Creek Country Club.

Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, “in St. Matthews” was entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, 40 West Dr., P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY 40048-0009 (online: or your favorite charity.