Obituaries

Violette, Dorothy Marie Kuhl

Dorothy Marie Kuhl Violette, age 97 of Nashville, TN., formerly of Louisville, KY, and Boca Raton, FL passed away June 1, 2017.  She is survived by daughter Jane Marie Schlater; sister-in-law, Ruth Kuhl, nephews Dr. Carl H. Kuhl III, (Dena) of Louisville and Dr. Mark Kuhl, (Pam) of Palm Beach, and niece Sharon K. Owens of Louisville, KY.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years Dr. Homer Violette, Jr., in 1982: parents Carl H. Kuhl and Marie Celine Braun Kuhl, brother Dr. Carl H. Kuhl, Jr., son-in-law Thomas W. Schlater III, and Frank W. Owens, III.

Dorothy received her first piano lesson on her eighth birthday at the Stedman Academy of Music.  By age nine considered a child prodigy, she was always the featured soloist with the Academy Orchestra.  As an eight year old young lady, her own weekly radio program of classical music concluded with a personal variation of a hymn, and at nine years she added a weekly program to a Cincinnati radio station.  Her family resided in Audubon Park where as members of Audubon Country Club, she and Dr. Violette kept their membership over 60 years.  They established and supported two churches and three medical clinics in Nigeria.

Dorothy graduated from University of Louisville School of Music with honors in piano and accompaniment.  Mrs. Violette began a Sunday School class with the onset of the polio crisis for persons in iron lungs at the Kosair Children’s Hospital.  She served on the Baptist Orphans Board, President of the Christian Business Women’s Association Home, the Filson Club, and was active in the historic restoration of Farming.  Memorial contributions are requested for the Dorothy K. Violette Scholarship; University of Louisville, 2323 S. Brook St., Louisville, KY, 40292.

McNerney, Esther Mary Barker

Esther Mary Barker McNerney, 67, died peacefully on her birthday, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief but intense battle with cancer. She received the last rites of the Catholic Church before her passing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ken, Jr., and Emilita (Bunny) Barker.

Esther is survived by her devoted family, her husband, Rod; her two daughters Lauren Stinnett (Darin) and Kristen Tincher (Scott); her two sons, Justin Schad of Nashville, Tennessee and Gavin McNerney; and by her five adoring grandchildren, for whom she was their beloved Mimi; Tyler, Samantha and Alexandra Stinnett and Hadley and Amelia Tincher.  She is also survived by her brother, Kenneth Barker III of Redlands, California and her sister, Madonna Gordon and by many nieces and nephews.

Esther was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, attended the College of New Rochelle in New York and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas, Austin.

Esther accomplished many wonderful things during her life. Among those, she was vice-president of sales for a national medical device company and, along with her two daughters, the creator and publisher of a national award-winning children’s book series. Her extraordinary talent and passion for photography will provide an abundance of treasured memories. She also was a talented designer, seamstress and a state champion tennis player. Esther possessed a strong religious faith with a special affinity for the Virgin Mary.

She was active in a number of charitable, civic and social organizations, including the Bellarmine University Women’s Council; Blue Chip Investment Club; CASA; Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Board, of which she was a former President; Queen’s Daughters, of which she was a current Officer; Sacred Heart Model School Alumni Board, of which she was a recipient of the Alumni of the Year award; the Women’s Club of Louisville and her fabled book club.

Esther was a genuinely kind and caring person, and a cherished friend to many to whom she was often known as Esther Mary. But what most defined her life was her unconditional love for and selfless devotion to her adoring family. She was a beloved daughter, wife, mom, Mimi and sister. She was our shining light and is already missed terribly.

Visitation was held on Monday, June 5, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, “in St. Matthews.” A funeral mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3345 Lexington Road, with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that contributions be made in Esther’s name to Children’s Hospital Foundation, Dept. 86140, P.O. Box 950183, Louisville, KY 40295-0183. 

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Baptist Hospital who cared for Esther during her last days, and for the kindness and generosity of Esther’s many friends.                                                    

Chism, Naomi Miller

Naomis Miller Chism, 74, passed away, Friday, June 9, 2017. Naomi was born June 15, 1942 at Shepherdsville, Kentucky to the late Herschel Lee and Anna Muriel Warren Miller.

She was a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Marshall D. Chism, son, Danny W. Chism, brothers, Raymond & Kenneth Miller.

Surviving are daughters, Dawn Marie Flock (Mike) of Ramsey, Jo Ann Bradford of Corydon, IN; brothers, Marvin Miller of Corydon, IN, Gene Miller of Corydon, IN, Jimmy Miller (Elizabeth) of Corydon, IN; sisters, Rita Snyder of Corydon, IN, Deana Heinlein (Jeff) of Corydon, IN; 4 grandchildren,Shawn & Justin Arnold, Devon Carter & Sabrina Bradford; 2 great-grandchildren, Morgan & Vivian Arnold.

Cremation was chosen and there will be no visitation or funeral.

Swarens Funeral Home, Ramsey was in charge of the arrangements.