Miscellaneous Butler County, Ohio Obituaries


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Thelma J. Roberts 

Thelma J. "Sis" Roberts, 69, 421 Fourth St., W. College Corner, Ind., died Thursday, July 22, 1999 at Oxford View Nursing Home in Oxford. She was born April 1, 1930 in Oxford. She lived in Oxford and College Corner all her life, the past 40 years in W. College Corner.

She wed her late husband, William "Bill" Roberts on Sept. 13, 1947 in New Castle, Ind.

Funeral services were held July 24 at Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker Chapel in College Corner, Ohio. Burial was in the Beechwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Estella L. Beckett 

Estella L. Beckett, 89, of Hamilton, died Thursday, July 22, 1999 at Westover Retirement Community. She was born Nov. 18, 1909. She graduated from Hanover School in 1926.

She worked at Sears Roebuck for 15 years, Tabor for four years, Wilmurs for eight years, Ohio Casualty for 21 years and Family Service for 15 years.

She also volunteered at Ft. Hamilton Colleagues for over 20 years.

Funeral services were held July 26 at the Webb Noonan Funeral Home in Hamilton. Burial was in Millville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Family Services Inc., 111 Buckeye Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.


Cynthia "Cindy" Knecht 

Cynthia "Cindy" Knecht, 43, of Brookville, Ind., died July 28, 1999 from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 52, west of Metamora, Ind.

She was born Aug. 30, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio. She married Ed Knecht on June 15, 1974 in Cleveland. Along with her husband, she was co-owner of Knecht's Interiors, with stores in Brookville and Connersville, Ind. Funeral service was held Saturday, July 31, at the St. Michael Church in Brookville. Burial was in St. Michael Cemetery, in Brookville.

Memorials may be made to St. Michael School Building Fund or Multiple Sclerosis Association.


Nellie M. Hoffman Burdge 

Nellie M. Hoffman Burdge, 95, died Saturday, July 31, 1999 at Fort Hamilton Hughes Hospital in Hamilton. She was born Sept. 8, 1903 in Montgomery County, Ohio. She married Albert Hoffman in September of 1923 in Butler County. She was a member of the Collinsville Presbyterian Church and a 75 year member of the Collinsville Grange.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home in Camden. Burial followed in Collinsville Cemetery in Collinsville.


Raymah Rothgeb Grover 

Raymah Grover, 80, former associate editor of The Oxford Press, died early Sunday, Aug. 1, in Mercy Hospital, Hamilton. A longtime Oxford resident, she had lived at Schroder Manor, Hamilton, for the past two years.

Born in Gallipolis, Ohio, on June 28, 1919, she married G. Ura Grover in Rio Grande on July 2,1939. He preceded her in death last April.

Mrs. Grover was on the staff of The Fisherman magazine before taking a position with The Oxford Press in 1958. She remained as a valued member of the Oxford weekly for 15 years.

In 1974, the Grovers volunteered to serve with the Central Africa Mission of the Church of Christ.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the Oxford Presbyterian Church. On Wednesday morning, family members gathered for graveside services at the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire, Ohio. Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Smith & Ogle Funeral Home, Oxford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Terre Haute South Gideons, P.O. Box 2603, Terre Haute, Ind, 47802; The Oxford Presbyterian Church, 101 N. Main St., Oxford, Ohio, 45056, or a charity of choice.


Geraldine Pauline Alden 

Geraldine Pauline Bertha Quimby Alden, died Saturday, July 31, at Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village in Monroe, where she had been a resident since June, 1994.

She was born July 26, 1913 in Uhrichsville, Ohio and married David C. Alden on June 19, 1939. They resided in Oxford from 1939 to 1994 while he was employed at Miami University for 39 years as teacher, bursar, comptroller and director of financial affairs.

Funeral service was held Thursday, Aug. 5. Smith & Ogle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Norman Kennedy Grant 

Norman Kennedy Grant, 65, formerly of Oxford, died Saturday, July 31 in Appleton, Wisconsin, after a long struggle with leukemia.

He was born Dec. 28, 1933 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He served as professor of geology at Miami University for nearly 20 years.

A memorial service will be held in Kumler Chapel on the Miami University campus the morning of Aug. 28.

The family suggests memorial donations to the Leukemia Society of America.


Elsie M. West 

Elsie M. West, 101, of Richmond, Ind., died Sunday, August 1, 1999 at Golden Rule Nursing Home in Richmond. She was born in Union County, Indiana and lived all her life in the community.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind. Dwight Gillespie, pastor of the Liberty Church of Christ, officiated. Burial followed in the Dunlapsville Cemetery, Union County, Ind.


Lillian Miller Grinnell 

Lillian Miller Grinnell, 100, died Saturday, July 31, 1999 at her home. Born in Dayton, Ohio, she came to Oxford in 1916 to attend The Western College For Women. After two years, she transferred to Miami University She was a member of the Chi Omega social sorority, the Oxford Women's Club and the United Presbyterian Church.

The Smith & Ogle Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.


Vernon Lee Sayers 

Vernon Lee Sayers, 52 of Lebanon, Ohio, formerly of Oxford, died early Tuesday evening, Aug. 3, at Bethesda Warren County Hospital.

He was born on July 28, 1947 in Hamilton. He attended Talawanda High School in Oxford. Throughout his youth he enjoyed playing baseball and for the past 36 years he was a meat cutter.

On September 26, 1981 he married Beatrice Hobbs in Harveysburg, Ohio.

Funeral services were held at Saturday, Aug. 7, 1999 at the Smith and Ogle Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Vernon Lee Sayers Memorial Fund in care of Rick Sayers, 7720 Springfield Rd., Oxford, Ohio 45056.


Virginia M. Faris 

Virginia M. Faris, 84, of Morning Sun, died early Tuesday morning July 27, 1999 at the Oxford View Nursing Center.

She was born on November 13, 1914 in Miamitown, Ohio. On October 21, 1938 she married Wilson Faris in Miamitown and shortly afterward, they moved to the Morning Sun area.

Funeral Services were held Thursday, July 29, 1999 at the Smith and Ogle Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Morning Sun United Presbyterian Church, State Route 177, Morning Sun, Ohio.


John E. "Booge" Michael 

John E. "Booge" Michael, 91, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999 at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

He was born May 3, 1908 in Staunton, Virginia. He married Edna Creach on Oct. 28, 1930 in Camden. He was self-employed in plumbing and heating for many years.

Funeral services were held at the R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home in Camden. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery in Camden. Memorials are suggested to the Camden Emergency Squad, 201/2 Liberty St., Camden, Ohio 45311, or the Camden Somers Township Fire Department, P.O. Box 154, Camden, Ohio 45311.


Woodrow W. Lancaster 

Woodrow W. (Bill) Lancaster, 83, of Oxford, died August 9, 1999 at Jewish Hospital in Kenwood. He had been in failing health for the past few years.

He was born February 15, 1916 in Franklin County, Indiana. He married Hazel Cooper of Oxford on July 22, 1938.

He was inducted into the United States Army on July 8, 1944 and was honorably discharged January 8, 1946, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star.

Graveside services were held in the Darrtown Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Smith & Ogle Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Wellington Manor Nursing Home, 2923 Hamilton-Mason Rd., Indian Springs, Ohio 45011, or to a charity of one's choice.


Albert M. Leflar 

Albert M. Leflar, 87, died Aug. 11 at Fort Hamilton-Hughes hospital in Hamilton. He was born in Lockland, Ohio on Sept. 10, 1911.

He and his wife, Marjory (Jacoby) Leflar, were married more than 52 years and raised four children.

After World War II he was elected mayor of the City of Lockland for seven consecutive terms and served until he accepted a position teaching business at Miami University. He remained there until his retirement in 1974.

In 1939 he received a Master of Arts degree from Miami University.

He has donated his body to the University of Cincinnati Medical College.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family members.


Irene Jackson Buckley 

Irene Jackson Buckley, 86, died Sunday August 15, 1999 at Woodland Country Manor Nursing Home. She was born on July 30, 1913 in College Corner, Ohio.

She graduated from Union High School at College Corner, Ohio and married Hubert Buckley, September 1, 1936. The couple lived two years in Rushville, Indiana and lived the remainder of their years near Oxford, wintering in Palmetto, Florida.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at Thursday, Aug. 19, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 111 East High Street. Smith and Ogle Funeral Home was in charge. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Oxford.

The family has suggested memorials may be made to Hubert and Irene Buckley Memorial Fund in care of St. Mary's Catholic Church or to the American Lung Association of Ohio, Southwestern Branch, 11113 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242-1817.


Florence Bourne Maxfield 

Florence Bourne Maxfield, 89, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999 at Fort Hamilton-Hughes Hospital in Hamilton. She was born May 2, 1910 in Syracuse, N.Y.

Florence graduated from Syracuse University where she met her future husband, David Briggs Maxfield. They were married in 1932 and shortly thereafter moved to Oxford.

She was a member of the Oxford Garden Club, Art Club, Women's Club, Museum Association, Current Events Club and the Presbyterian Women's Club. Miami University was very important to Florence and she enjoyed the football and basketball games and took an active interest in the Miami Performing Arts.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Oxford Presbyterian Church in Oxford.The family has suggested that memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford Presbyterian Church or the Oxford Life Squad.

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