Obituaries

Friedman, Julius

Julius Friedman died peacefully surrounded by friends and family, July 16 at Baptist Health Louisville. Julius Friedman is a hard man to pin down. As a graphic designer, photographer, artist, furniture designer and videographer, the man and his work defy easy description.

Julius’ early work was posters for non-profit organizations: The Louisville Ballet “Toe On Egg”; “Fresh Paint” which shows stark, white eggs behind a row of red, yellow and blue yolks; and The Louisville Orchestra “French Horn Filled With Ice Cream”. He recently had a fifty year retrospective of his posters at the Frazier Museum. After his poster phase ended, he turned to photographic imagery of trees, water, flowers and a ballet dancer. These images were later printed on metal and fabric. His last work was short videos that can be viewed on YouTube.

Julius was born and raised in Kentucky and received a degree in graphic design from University of Louisville. He is a recipient of the Kentucky Governor’s Award in the Arts and his works are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the National Museum of Poster Art in Warsaw, Poland, the Dansk Plakamuseum in Aahous, Denmark, the Brown-Forman Collection and the Marriott Hotel Corporation.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Baptist Health for providing such wonderful care.

Julius is survived by his sister, Carol Seifer (Sanford Abrams); his nieces, Caryn Steinert (Eric) and Melissa Cohen (Matthew); and his daughter, Kimberly Karp.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19th at Herman Meyer & Son, Inc., 1338 Ellison Avenue, with burial following in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery. Visitation began after 10:00 a.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society.

Richards, Delphine (Kalisz)

Delphine Richards, 89, passed away on July 13, 2017.

A lifelong Toledoan, Delphine was born on May 29, 1928 to John and Bertha Kalisz, and grew up in the Lagrange neighborhood, graduating from Woodward High School in 1946. She became an Executive Secretary at Kaiser Jeep, and was active in the Toledo Ski Club, where she began dating the man who would become her husband of 51 years, Jack Richards.

A talented cook and baker, her amazing cookie assortments for Christmas were looked forward to by their extended family of dear friends. She spent many hours as carpool mom and field trip chaperone; and in particular as a backstage assistant with wardrobe, makeup and other duties for Toledo Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker for 10+ years. In addition, she was the Secretary of the Toledo Ballet association Board for 2 years. When her daughter went away to college, she started a second career as a Paraprofessional with Toledo Public Schools helping kids at Reynolds and Newbury Elementary Schools learn to read as she’d taught her own daughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings John and Dorothy Kalisz and Virginia Kasperek. She is survived by her husband Jack Richards of Toledo; daughter Melissa Richards-Person (Tom) of Louisville, Kentucky; and nieces Colette Egner, Connie (Paul) Harmon and Cindy Kasperek.

The family received guests on Monday, July 17th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo; with a memorial celebration following at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends consider donations to Toledo Ballet to establish the Delphine Richards Scholarship Fund.

To leave condolences for Delphine’s family, please visit: www.NewcomerToledo.com

Wise, Russell Preston “Rusty”

Russell Preston “Rusty” Wise, 95, of Louisville, KY passed away July 11, 2017. He attended Manual High School. He enlisted in the Army and served with the 150 Ordnance Motor Vehicle Assembly Company stationed on New Caldonia. He retired from AT&T after 37 years of service. Russ loved bowling, golf, traveling, model trains, cars, puzzles, and yardwork. He was a member of Southeast Christian Church, Communication Workers of America Local 3310, Telephone Pioneers of America, Plumb Lodge No. 862 F. & A.M., Louisville Scottish Rite, Kosair Shrine, and Honorary Member of Hasan Shrine.

Russell was preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Bernice Gribbins Wise; his brother Victor Wise; sisters, Verna Lee Willis and Wanda Jane Saffran.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Debra Rayman (Mitchell) and Karen Troth (Thomas); grandchildren, Alexander Rayman (Cindy), Shawn Rayman (Hope), Rebecca Spanos (Rob), Rachel Norton (Travis), Anna Owens (Mike), and Jennifer Troth; 9 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Doris Gribbins; and family friend, Claris Udd.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Evergreen Funeral Home with visitation on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorial contributions in Russell’s name to Kosair Charities or Southeast Christian Church.

Brown, Gladys R.

Glady R. Brown, 84, passed away July 15, 2017 surrounded by her family.

She was born March 23, 1933 in Englewood, TN, the second child of William H. and Mattie M. King, and was a lifelong resident of Louisville; a retired supervisor at Norton Healthcare; and a member of Victory Memorial Baptist Church.

Ms. Brown was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her sister, Betty J. Cardwell, and her granddaughter, Brooke Anne Brown.

She is survived by her children, Barry A. King (Dr. Kevin Bays), Mark S. King (Kendra), Linda S. Fields, and Michael R. Brown (Tracy); six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. For her family, friends and those she loved, “Miss Gladys” will be forever remembered as their rock, their strength, their teacher and their friend.

The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers of Westminster Terrace Healthcare for their years of devotion to her care and comfort.

Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road. Upon the wishes of her family, a private graveside service was held in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be directed to www.ratterman.com.

Mengedoht, Barbara

Barbara Jean Mengedoht, 76 of Louisville, passed away on July 15, 2017. She was a loving wife, Mom and Nana.

She is survived by her husband, Curtis Mengedoht, her Children; Susan Rector (Greg Mitchell), Mike Rector (Annika), Kim Fisher (Peter), Dana Rector (Holly), Curtis’ children; Susan Bowman and Chris Mengedoht. Siblings; Connie Bidwell (Tom), Judy Logsdon (Bob), Jim Lockhart (Terry), Pam Cook (Mike), Shirley Norris (Mike), Ginger Streeval and Jeff Streeval. Grandchildren; Tracey, Connor, Carson, Willow, William, Amelia, Claire, Dwayne, Cody, Jason, Lauren, Amanda and CJ. She is also survived by many great grandchildren, other family members and friends.

Guests were invited to attend a visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Rd.

A funeral service to celebrate Barbara’s life was conducted at 12 noon on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven with interment following at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Bale, Virginia Polley

Virginia Polley Bale, 93 passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017 as God called her home. She was born in LaRue County, KY. on Nov. 12, 1923.

She worked for Curtis Wright during WWII, the Census Bureau in 2000, and was a retired manicurist for Stewarts Dry Goods Store downtown for 41 years. She was also a member of Beechmont Baptist Church, Order of the Eastern Star #374 and Beechmont Woman’s Club.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Lestie (Polley) Bale, brothers Casper H. Bale and Raymond O. Bale, sisters Edna Hubbard and Peachie Alma Farris.

Survivors include one sister Anna Taylor of Lockport, LA and many nieces and nephews.

Virginia loved her Heavenly Father, her church, family, friends and Eastern Star Order. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nunnelley Funeral Home, 4327 Taylor Blvd. with burial at Magnolia, Ky. Visitation was held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Memorial gifts can be made to Beechmont Baptist Church and The Eastern Star Home.

Boice, Alfred F. “Al”

Alfred F. “Al” Boice, age 89, died Friday, July 14, 2017, at the Episcopal Church Home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa P. Boice.

Born in Plattsburg, NY and raised in Red Hook, NY he graduated from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. He was a 40-year employee of General Electric.

Al was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and St. Luke’s Chapel. He was a lifetime member of the Kentucky Society of Natural History and Louisville Photographic Society. He is survived by his daughter, Linda B. Overfield (Jim); his sons, Michael A. Boice (Linda) and David J. Boice (Denise); six grandchildren, Wendy Becky, Carolyn, Andrew, Jonathan and Jessica; four great-grandchildren; and his loving companion, Margaret Ward.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Luke’s Chapel of the Episcopal Church Home, 7504 Westport Road with burial to follow in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane; 10-11 a.m. Thursday at St. Luke’s Chapel.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Episcopal Church Home St. Luke’s Chapel and The Kentucky Society of Natural History Scholarship Fund, 141 S. Crestmoor Avenue Louisville, Kentucky 40206.

Lannan, Ann Marie Cassin

Ann Marie Cassin Lannan, 71 of Louisville died July 16, 2017 at Norton Audubon Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Joseph T. Sr. and Mary Jane (Hines) Cassin.

She was retired from Metropolitan life Insurance where she worked 27 years and was a former employee of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield where she worked for 9 years. Ann was a member of St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church and their Rosary Altar Society, Flabby’s Community Council, Filson Club and was an avid golfer.

She is survived by her husband, Charles W. Lannan, her sister, Kitty Furlong (Bill), her brother, Allen Cassin (Kathy), her step children, Michael, Wesley and Shawn Lannan, Four step grandchildren, her nieces and nephews, Susan Furlong, Katie Furlong, Bill Furlong (Elizabeth), Tommy Furlong (Gretchyn), Stephen Cassin (Laura), Joseph Cassin, five great nieces, three great nephews, and many cousins in the Cassin, Hines and Struck families.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church, 1104 South 6th Street with cremation to follow. Visitation was held from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Bosse Funeral Home, 1355 Ellison at Barret Avenues.

Memorial contributions may be made to the renovation fund of St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church or to the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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