George M. "Bill" Weaver
George M. "Bill" Weaver, a resident of Morgantown, died Saturday, October 23, 1999, at Todd-Aikens Health Care Center in Franklin. He was 78.
Mr. Weaver was born January 29, 1921, to George W. and Grace Opal (Waltman) Weaver in Johnson County. He was a 1939 graduate of Morgantown High School.
He married Mary Elizabeth Borders in Morgantown on October 1, 1942. She survives.
Mr. Weaver was employed at Fort Benjamin Harrison as a chief in the fire department. He retired in 1983 after 20 years. He had been post master at Morgantown from 1957-1960 after two years as street superintendent.
From 1945-1955, Mr. Weaver owned his own drywall and plaster business. He played baseball and basketball in leagues in both Franklin and Martinsville, and he grew apples in his orchard.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard as chief petty officer.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Weaver; a brother, Harold W. "Pada" Weaver of Morgantown; a son, Michael W. Weaver of San Francisco; two daughters, Beverly Anne Rossell of Morgantown and Nancy Louise Jadallah of Salt Lake City, Utah; three granddaughters, Elizabeth Rossell, Mary Margaret Jones and Elana Jadallah; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 30 at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home in Morgantown, with Reverend Gene McClain officiating. The family will receive friends at the Morgantown Senior Center building on West Washington Street immediately after the service.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1127, Martinsville, Indiana, 46151.
Orchard Hill Road resident Jackie Allender died Wednesday morning, October 27, 1999, at his home. He was 63.
Mr. Allender was born May 31, 1936, in Brown County to Pat Allender and Zella Michaels.
He was married to Connie Roberts. She survives.
Mr. Allender had worked in maintenance at the Brown County Community Care Center in Salt Creek Park.
He had been a member of Burgoon Baptist Church in Monroe County.
Mr. Allender served in the United States Marine Corps from 1953 until 1956.
Other survivors include five sons, Dennis Ray Allender and Michael Allender of Nashville, Garry Allender of Unionville, Larry Allender of Indianapolis and David Allender of Greene County; a daughter, Tammara Stage of Indianapolis; a step-son, Andy Ashmore of Nashville; a step-daughter, Heather Ashmore of Nashville; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and four sisters, Betty Skinner, Genevieve Hatchett, Thelma Campbell and Phyllis Lucas, all of Nashville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dean Allender.
The Reverend Harold Godsey conducted a service Friday morning, October 29, at the Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North.
Burial was in Nashville’s Greenlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Jordan T. Ercoli
Two-year-old Jordan Taylor Ercoli died Tuesday, October 26, 1999, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Jordan was born February 15, 1997, in Bloomington to Daniel R. Ercoli and Kaori Okabayashi Ercoli. His parents live on Fruitdale Road.
He had been a member of New Life Com-munity Church on State Road 135 North.
Other survivors include three brothers, Justin Ercoli, Julian Ercoli and Jonah Ercoli, all at home in Brown County; paternal grandparents, Nazzareno and Sara Ercoli of Morgantown; and maternal grandparents, Tetsuro and Ikuko Okahayashi of Nagoya, Japan.
The Reverend Rick Herman, John Ercoli and the Reverend Ric Boulton led a service Monday morning, November 1, at New Life Community Church.
Burial was at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown.
The Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North was in charge of arrangements.
Parlsey Road resident Elsie May Frenzel died Monday morning, October 11, 1999, at Bloomington Hospital. She was 88.
Mrs. Frenzel was born October 29, 1910, in Indianapolis to Charles Kay Leslie and Margarite Vanhorn.
She was married to William Lewis Frenzel. He died in 1978.
Mrs. Frenzel had been a homemaker.
She was a member of the Nashville Christian Science Society.
Mrs. Frenzel was graduated from Butler University in 1930.
She had been a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Indianapolis Order of the Eastern Star, Brown County Pioneer Women’s Club and Brown County Historical Society.
Mrs. Frenzel also had been active in several of Brown County’s homemaker clubs.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Kay Denny of Bloomington; two sons, Fredric William Frenzel of Colorado and Richard Lewis Frenzel of Morgantown; a brother, Robert Kay Leslie of Dayton, Ohio; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Reader Mary L. Jockey led a service Thursday morning, October 14, at the Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Science Society, or the Brown County Historical Society.
Harry B. Guy
State Road 135 North resident Harry B. Guy died Saturday night, October 30, 1999, at Columbus Regional Hospital. He was 69.
Mr. Guy was born January 15, 1930, in Lexington, Kentucky to John and Jessica Shanklin Guy.
He and Barbara J. Troxell were married June 14, 1952, in Wilmore, Kentucky. She survives in Brown County.
Mr. Guy had worked at Cummins Engine Company in Columbus for 25 years, retiring in 1995. Before that, he had worked at Kingan-Hygrade in Indianapolis from 1946 until 1966. Mr. Guy had also worked at Bakalar Air Force Base from 1966 until 1970.
He had been a member of the Diesel Workers Union.
Mr. Guy enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing. One of his hobbies was raising Banta Chickens. He loved talking about them and showing them to everyone.
Other survivors include two sons, Kenneth W. Guy of California and David E. Guy of Brown County; two daughters, Teresa L. Voils and Kay Mack, both of Morgantown; a sister, Doris L. Woodall of Trevlac; and a brother, Albert L. Guy of Nicholasville, Kentucky.
A brother preceded him in death.
The Reverend John Parsley will lead a service today, November 3, at 11 a.m. in the Meredith-Clark Funeral Home at Morgantown.
Burial was in Brown County’s Unity Baptist Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Brown County Unit, Post Office Box 548, Nashville, Indiana 47448.
Mabel Ellen Leonard
Mabel Ellen Leonard, a resident of Greenwood, died Monday, October 25, 1999, at her residence. She was 94.
Mrs. Leonard was born July 29, 1905 in Indianapolis to Hugh McCaffery and Jessie Morgan.
She was preceded in death by two spouses, Raymond Laffin in 1954 and Robert Leonard in 1983; and a brother, Edwin McCaffery in 1998.
Survivors include a son, Raymond E. Laffin of Morgantown; a sister, Helen Frick of Indianapolis; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services was held Tuesday, October 26, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Indianapolis.
Dogwood Drive resident Genevieve G. Minahan died Sunday morning, October 31, 1999, at the Brown County Community Care Center in Salt Creek Park. She was 82.
Mrs. Minahan was born December 13, 1916, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to Charles Rinehart and Jessie Spangler.
She was married to John Minahan. He survives.
Mrs. Minahan was a homemaker.
Other survivors include a daughter, Pat Knarzer of Nashville; a grandson, Michael Knarzer of Scottsburg; and a great-granddaughter, Sarah Knarzer of Sterling, Virginia.
Two brothers preceded her in death.
Father William Stumpf conducted a service Tuesday morning, November 2, at St. Agnes Catholic Church.
Burial was in Brown County Memorial Park Cemetery off Old State Road 46.
The Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent dePaul Society of Brown County.
Maxine M. Mincer
Maxine M. Mincer, the mother of Nashville resident Barbara Sue Smith, died Saturday, October 30, 1999, at Greenwood Village South in Johnson County. A resident of that city, she was 81.
Mrs. Mincer was born June 3, 1919, in Kensitt, Arkansas to Max M. and Della McDaniel Massie.
She had worked as an employee development specialist for Naval Avionics for 25 years, retiring in 1985.
Mrs. Mincer had been a member of Old Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. She had been a member of the Englewood Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star for half a century.
Active in many civic groups, she was a past matron of the Brightwood Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, former president and life-time member of the Community Hospital auxiliary and Brightwood past matrons and patrons association, past guardian of Job’s Daughters and past fifth messenger of Indiana Grand Bethel Job’s Daughters in Indianapolis.
Other survivors include two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A service was conducted Tuesday morning, November 2, at Moore and Kirk Irvington Chapel in Indianapolis.
Robert A. Reif, the father of Brown County resident Georgia B. Dryfoose, died of heart failure Tuesday, October 19, 1999, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. A resident of that city, he was 87.
Mr. Reif was born July 27, 1912, in Loveland, Ohio to Arthur O. Reif Sr. and Florence Harcourt Reif.
Mr. Reif graduated from Loveland High School.
An artist, he had attended the Cincinnati Art Academy. In the 1930s, Mr. Reif had the opportunity to work with famed cartoonist Walt Disney but refused because of his milling career.
He attended the Ohio College of Applied Science and took part in the school’s toolmaking apprentice classes and later became a field manager.
In 1951, the Atomic Energy Commission offered Mr. Reif a position while visiting Los Alamos, New Mexico on a service mission for Cincinnati Milling Machine.
He worked at Los Alamos until 1953, when he returned to his job at Cincinnati Milling Machine. Mr. Reif retired in 1977.
He enjoyed fishing, and was an avid reader of historical works.
Mr. Reif was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and Syrian Shrine Temple. He was a former Master of the Oakley Masonic Lodge.
His widow, Edith T. Clark Reif, survives in Ohio.
Other survivors include two sons, R. Daniel Reif of Green Township, Ohio, and Thomas A. Reif of Miami Heights, Ohio; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Reif was preceded in death by his step-mother.
A service was conducted Friday morning, October 22, at Dalbert and Woodruff Funeral Home in Westwood, Ohio.
Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3229 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229-3095.
Martha Jane Chasteen, the mother of Cordry-Sweetwater Conser-vancy District resident Albert G. Taylor, died Firday, November 5, 1999, at Columbus Regional Hospital. A resident of that city, she was 79.
Mrs. Chasteen was born November 25, 1919, in Bartholomew County to Homer and Theresa Gilliland Calhoun.
She was married to Albert R. Taylor. He died in 1969. She and Robert J. Chasteen were married in 1973. He survives.
Mrs. Chasteen had worked at the Girls Club in Columbus and Columbus Regional Hospital before retiring.
She was of the Lutheran faith.
Other survivors include three daughters, Marcia Jo Durham of Seymour, Nancy Ann Chasteen of Columbus and Katherine Wilhelm of Greenwood; two step-daughters; two grandchildren, Angela Nicole Weddell of Brownstown and Lindsey J. Taylor of Columbus; and a brother, William Calhoun.
The Reverend Richard Tremain led a service Tuesday afternoon, November 9, at Barkes, Inlow and Weaver Funeral Home in Columbus.
Burial was in that city’s Garland Brook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund, in care of Home Federal Savings Bank in Columbus.
Taylor Madison Elder, the four-month-old daughter of high school teacher and coach David A. Elder, Jr., died Friday, November 5, 1999, at Union Hospital’s emergency room.
Taylor was born July 4, 1999 in Terre Haute to David A. Elder Jr., and Shari L. Sturm Elder, they survive.
Other survivors include grandparents; Don and Carla Sturm and David and Barbara Elder Sr.; great grandparents, Ernie Sturm, Ruth Sandbrink and Ann Elder; her Godmother, Julie Compton; and aunts and uncles, Lori and Rick Fugate, Kara Cameron, Judi and Dave Barmore and Derek Elder; and 10 cousins.
Pastor Roger Herrig conducted a service Tuesday, November 9, at Trinity Luteran Church in Terre Haute.
Burial was in that city’s Roselawn Memorial Park.
DeBaun Funeral Home’s Springhill Chapel in Terre Haute was in charge of arrangements.
Brown County native Alberta L. Hammer died Saturday, November 6, 1999, in Franklin.
A resident of New Whiteland, she was 67.
Mrs. Hammer was born in Brown county September 6, 1932 to Raymond Charles and Edith Mae Dine Bailey.
She attended schools in Burney and Taylorsville.
A member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, she was employed by Special Services in Franklin aas a van driver for the handicapped.
Survivors include two sons, Michael D. Brown and Mark A. Brown, both of New Whiteland; two daughters, Judy A. Burton of Edinburgh and Kimberly S. Brown of New Whiteland; three grandchildren, Lisa A. Snyder and Michael S. Burton of Edinburgh and Edwin D. Burton Jr. of San Diego; four great grandchildren; a brother, William Bailey of Greensburg; and five sisters, Wilma Franklin of Salina, Kansas, Bernice Knight and Thelma Bailey of Edinburgh, Mary Garvey of Brookville, Pennsylvania and Joyce Shinholt of Columbus.
She was preceded in death by a grandchild, Edwina Burton and three brothers.
A service will be conducted today, Wednesday, November 10, at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin. The Reverend Stan Icenogle will officiate.
Burial will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh.
Unionville resident Robert H. Headley died Wednesday, November 3, 1999, at the Brown County Community Care Center in Salt Creek Park. He was 82.
Mr. Headley was born July 13, 1917, in Monroe County to Howard and Iva Roby Headley.
He was married to Helen A. Young. She died in 1998.
He had worked as a house painter for Indiana University before retiring. Mr. Headley had been a member of Unionville Church of Christ, Forrester’s Lodge and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Survivors include two daughters, Pat Salmon of Unionville and Pam Liebowitz of Hampton, New Hampshire; a sister, Betty Miller of Beech Grove; and two granddaughters.
Mr. Headley was preceded in death by a sister, Laura Johnson.
Brother Cletis Ellett and Brother Russell Minett conducted a service Saturday afternoon, November 6, at Allen Funeral Home in Bloomington.
Burial was in Monroe County’s Little Union Cemetery.
Fern Bessire Moran
A service honoring the life of Fern Bessire Moran is scheduled for Saturday, November 13, at 2 p.m. in the Nashville United Methodist Church. Pastor Ida Easley will officiate.
Mrs. Moran passed away Monday, October 11, 1999, at her daughter’s home in Punta Gorda, Florida after an illness of several years. She was 78.
She was born October 15, 1920, in Bloomington to Lathan and Sybil Hunt Connell.
She first married Philip Bessire December 1, 1940. He died in 1979. After his death she was married to Jack Moran in 1981 until his death in 1990.
Mrs. Moran had helped her husband manage the Country Club of Brown County and at the Abe Marin Lodge in the 1970s.
She had been a member of the Nashville United Methodist Church and Brown County Art Guild.
Survivors include Judy George and Janet Higgins, both of Nashville and Punta Gorda, Florida and Jenny Bessire of Port Charlotte, Florida; four sons, James Bessire of Nashville, Tennessee, David W. Bessire and Richard Bessire, both of Port Charlotte, Florida and John "Jack" Bessire of Nashville; a brother, John Connell of San Francisco, California; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Robertson Funeral Home and Crematorium in Port Charlotte, Florida was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Nashville United Methodist Church, or the Brown County Art Guild.