If you have lost a loved one from cancer, a wonderful way to honor their memory is to make a memorial contribution to Chemo Buddies.
As you know, enduring chemo is one of the toughest battles one can face. Your contribution enables us to come alongside those still in the fight and support them. 100% of your contributions will be used locally to support those still in the fight. We do not receive funding from the locations where we serve, but are a community led movement to help others going through the journey we have been through. All donations are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)3 charity.
If you are making funeral arrangements and wish to make Chemo Buddies your charity of choice, we are happy to provide all donors with personalized thank you notes and provide you with the information of all donations received. For more information, contact Jill Kincaid at email@example.com
In Loving Memory…
Lana Rust McFarron, age 76, of Henderson, KY, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway in Newburgh, IN.
Lana was born February 18, 1942, to Bob and Modest Rust. She worked at Wilkerson’s Shoes for 35 years. She was a member of Geneva Baptist Church for 60 years. Lana was a Kentucky Colonel, an avid reader, and a UK Basketball fan. She loved attending the weekly dances at the Gathering Place.
Lana was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Modest Rust, husband, Arnold McFarron, sister, Patsy Higginson, and a brother Steve Rust. Survivors include her life partner, Donald Bullock of Henderson, KY, 2 daughters, Diana McFarron of Raleigh, NC and Rae McFarron of Roswell, GA.
Janet (Hartweck) Payne, 79 of Evansville passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital. She was born January 28, 1939 in Evansville, IN to the late Herman J. and Esther (Berg) Hartweck. She graduated from Mater Dei High School and formerly worked in food service management before retiring from Cintas. Janet loved North High School and UK basketball, boating and river life, and spending time with her family.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Herman J. and Ester Hartweck; grandson, Tanner Vaught; and brother, Allen Hartweck.
She is survived by her life partner, Robert E. West, and son, Robert D. West; sons, Steven Payne (Karen), Scott Payne and Tim Payne (Misty); daughters, Tammy Vaught, Angela Payne and Julie Payne; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Tom Hartweck and Herman Hartweck, Jr. (Judy); and several nieces and nephews.
Virgil “Gene” Cron
Virgil “Gene” Cron, 72, of Boonville, Indiana passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at his home in Boonville, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Boonville to Jaunita and Charles Cron, who both preceded him in death.
He attended school in Tennyson and graduated from Boonville High School in 1963. He worked at Baum’s Grocery Store and was part owner of Valley Auto Sales before owning and operating G & G Auto Salvage and Used Cars until his retirement in 2016. He loved fast cars, Chevy trucks, Sunday breakfasts with friends and drag racing with his family and friends. He especially loved spending time with his granddaughter, Presley. She was a constant source of entertainment, pride, and joy for him. He could be found drag racing in the Tri-State Area most weekends over the past twenty plus years and would always lend you gas, an air tank, a tool, or a hand if you needed it.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 45 years, Marlene, daughters Jaclyn (Dale) Eubanks of Bargersville, Indiana and Karen Cron, soon to be son in law Kyle Krepistman of Long Beach, California, grandchildren Presley and Tanner Eubanks, brother Jerry Cron, sister in-law Myrna (Tad) Rose, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives, including Tim (Bridget) Cron, Kelly (Terry) Floyd, Logan Cron and Miranda Floyd, who he was like a second father/grandfather to. He was a great man who helped and was loved by many. He was the best of all of us. His generous and kind spirit were a blessing to this world and everyone who knew him was better for it. He will be greatly missed.
Mary Jane Lamey
Mary Jane “Janie” (Seib) Lamey, 61, of Haubstadt, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 at her home surrounded by family. Janie was a loving wife, mother and grandma. She loved to sew and listen to music, was a great cook and had a contagious laugh. She had worked as the kitchen manager for the South Gibson School Corporation at Haubstadt Community School and was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Haubstadt.
Surviving Janie are her husband of 28 years, Terry Lamey; daughters, Lori Weintraut, Abby (Brad) Schmitt and Julie (Clint) Fuhs; sons, Aaron (Stephanie) Spindler and Matthew (Katie) Lamey; her father, Joseph Seib; sisters, Ruth Schneider, JoAnn (Terry) Maurer, Bernie (George) Caucci and Nora (Steve) Elpers; brothers, Gene (Pat) Seib, George (Jeannie) Seib and Paul (Mary Jo) Seib; grandchildren, Lilly, Landon, Lawson and Lincoln Schmitt, Luke Weintraut, Emma, Nolan and Tyler Fuhs and Blake, Justin and Nathan Spindler and fifteen nieces and nephews. Janie was preceded in death by her first husband, Gilbert Spindler, by her mother, Margaret “Margie” (Bittner) Seib; by brothers, Raymond and Robert Seib and by a brother-in-law, John Schneider.
Susan B. Gretler
Susan B. (Abshier) Gretler, 60, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Heritage Hospice Center. She was born February 21, 1958 in Evansville to Carlann (Schimmell) Abshier and the late Eugene Abshier.
Susan volunteered and worked for 23 years at Resurrection Catholic School in various positions. She was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church. Susan was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and nana and was devoted to her family. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed camping, baking, and cooking.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel Gretler of 37 years, sons, Brandon (Misti) Gretler and Jason (Katie) Gretler; grandchildren Allie Holland, Noah Baggett, Nolan and Kinley Gretler; mother, Carlann Abshier; brothers, Danny (Kathy) Abshier and Craig (Leslie) Abshier; sister, Judy (Tim Taylor) Land; nieces and nephews. Susan was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Abshier.
Rose Sharon (Owen) Gulledge, 80, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Linda E. White Hospice House. Sharon was born in Evansville, Indiana on July 13, 1937 to the late Charles Raymond and Myrtle (Witty) Owen. She was a 1955 graduate of Elberfeld High School and retired as a bookkeeper from Smith & Butterfield in 1999 after 30 years of service. She enjoyed knitting, bus trips, playing cards, trips to Hawaii and Europe and the many visits to Florida. Sharon loved her friends and the fellowship she had with them at TOPS Club. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Sharon is survived by her husband of 58 years, Billy Gulledge of Evansville, IN; children, Terri White (David) of Evansville, IN, Joseph Gulledge (MaryAnn) of Evansville, IN, Corey Gulledge (Medea) of Oakland City, IN, and Lynn Sheridan and her fiancé, Chet Pate of Evansville, IN; sister, Margie Owen of Evansville, IN; brother-in-law, Elmer Lovell of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren, Brian, Abby, Adam, Sammy Jo, Bryce, Megan, Ryan N., Katie, Ryan P., Vincent and Shelby; six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Thelma Mayberry, Ruby Whitledge, and Aretta Lovell.
Charla D. (McDaniel) Haley, 54 of Lynnville, Indiana passed away on July 25, 2017 at her home.
She was born on March 26, 1963 in Evansville, Indiana to the late Wilford and Shannon (Julian) McDaniel.
Charla graduated from Boonville High School and USI. She was a dedicated teacher for 30 years at Lynnville, Elberfeld, and Castle Elementary Schools. She coached volleyball and cheerleading. She was an active member of ADK sorority and St. Matthew Church of Lynnville. Charla loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, the beach, reading, teaching, and Gone with the Wind. Her favorite Saturday past time was babysitting her grand-daughter, Madelyn.
Charla is survived by her husband of 17 years, Kent Haley; daughter, Dakota Marks and her husband, Jacob; sister, Shelly McDaniel; grand-daughter, Madelyn Marks; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Joyce Lynn Lawrence
Joyce Lynn Lawrence, 60, of Evansville, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 23, 1957 in Brazil, IN to James and Doris (James) Johnson. She graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1975. On Christmas Eve, 1976, she was united in marriage to Donald Steven Lawrence. Joyce had a successful real estate career for over 20 years with FC Tucker Realty. She loved traveling with family, being with her grandchildren and holidays, especially Christmas. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Donald Lawrence; children, Ryan Lawrence and Brandy Greco (Julian); grandchildren, Brahm, Lola, and Rhett Greco, and brother, Gary Johnson (Patti).
Larry Wilke, 71, of Evansville, IN, passed away February 18, 2018. He was born August 9, 1946, in Evansville, IN, to the late Merrill and Doris Wilke. Larry graduated in 1964 after attending both Old Central High School and North High School. He is a Vietnam Veteran who served two tours as a Navy Seal. Larry worked at Whirlpool for 41 years. He was an American Legion Member, artist, and enjoyed woodworking.
He is preceded in death by his brothers, Wendell Wilke, Wayne Wilke, and Stephen Malzahn. Larry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carla Wilke; son, Christopher Wilke (Amy); daughter, Laurie Wilke; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Karalyn Kay Lackey, 69, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2018 in Newburgh, IN. She was born the daughter of Kenneth and Margaret Jackson in Evansville, IN on February 21, 1948. Karalyn was a kind and generous soul that will be missed by so many.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 44 years Larry; beloved daughter Natascha Moore; and cherished grandchildren Cameron and Brandon Moore.
Arthur Wayne Osborne
Arthur W. Osborne, 54, of Evansville, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at his home. He was born October 16, 1963 in Evansville. Art was employed with Felt’s Lock for over 30 years. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially coaching his daughters’ sports teams. He was a member of Tri-State Hunting and Retrieving Club, where he enjoyed training his beloved dog, Mousse. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lamberson, and brother, Steven Lamberson. Art is survived by his wife, Tammy (Knarian) Osborne; daughters, Kassie and Katie Osborne; brothers, Rick Bowlin (Debi) and Lester Lamberson (Soon Hee); nieces and nephews, and family friend, Robert Franz.
Sherry Lee (Pfeiffer) Schnepper
Sherry Lee (Pfeiffer) Schnepper, 70, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away in her home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. She fought a courageous and inspiring battle with cancer for over 17 years.
Sherry was born in Evansville, Indiana on July 15, 1947 to the late Juanita (Crane) and Oscar Pfeiffer. She graduated from Harrison High School in 1965 and went on to retire from State Farm Insurance Claims after over 20 years of service. She enjoyed shopping, flowers, animals, sprint car racing, and being at the family home in Florida. Sherry loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.
Sherry is survived by her husband of 51 years, Victor Schnepper; children, Keith Schnepper, Kristie Chinn (David), and Kurt Schnepper, all of Evansville, IN; grandchildren, Jeremy Schnepper, Jeffrey Schnepper, Cooper Chinn, Anna Chinn, and Jake Schnepper; brother, Rick Pfeiffer (Andrea); mother-in-law, Mary Anne Schnepper; uncle, Robert Pfeiffer (Doris); brother-in-law, Mark Schnepper; and by many nieces and cousins.
Sherry was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donnie Chamberlin; and by her father-in-law, Leland Schnepper.
Sandy Kaye Allee Sights, age 56, of Henderson, KY, passed away at 9:55 AM, Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Owensboro Regional Health Hospital.
Sandy was the life of the party. She was always willing to help anyone in need and was so very grateful for the help she received as well. She was small but mighty, like dynamite. Sandy loved U.K. basketball and enjoyed spending time outdoors. She had a green thumb and loved working with her plants. She loved to go shopping. She was a straight shooter and always told the truth even if it was difficult to hear. Sandy loved her family, and her grandchildren were her passion.
Sandy was preceded in death by her husband Darrell Sights. Survivors include: 2 Sons: Derrick Sights and Josh Sights
Parents: Milford “Johnny” and Virginia “Ginger” Allee, 2 Brothers: Lee Allee and his wife Tina, David Allee and his wife Andy 2 Sisters: Shiela Brown, Linda Sights and her husband Randy, Brother-In-Law: Bill Deiwert, Mother-In-Law: Betty Sights, 5 Grandchildren: Bryce, Jaedyn, Landon, Jackson, Rylee, Several Nieces and Nephews, Her Companion: Ron Qualls All of Henderson County, Kentucky
Judith Kaye McLemore Byers, oldest daughter of Chester Dwight and Kathryn Bates McLemore went home to the Lord on January 20, 2018. Judy was a member of Main Street General Baptist Church for all of her life, starting at the cradle row and ending as a faithful servant. She worked as a Sunday School teacher, Bible School helper, Small Group leader and helped with the Student Youth Group throughout her life in the church. Judy graduated from Boonville High School in 1960 where she was involved with Sub-Deb, a Football Homecoming Queen Candidate her senior year, and the school play Time Out for Ginger (Judy played the part of Ginger). Judy belonged to Rainbow Girls and was The Worthy Advisor in 1960 where she also received the Grand Cross of Colors. Judy married Paul “Danny” Byers on October 13 (Friday the 13th), 1961 and remained married for 43 years until Danny’s death on September 19, 2005. Judy was a member of The Chrisney Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 357. Judy was a member of Tri-Kappa until she took a demit to open The Flower Shop of Boonville Inc., her true working passion. Judy owned and operated The Flower Shop of Boonville from 1983 until 2001 where she sold the business. Most of her regular customers remember Chelsea, the Yorkie Poodle dog, who spent every day at the shop with Judy. After selling The Flower Shop, Judy enjoyed a part time retirement and helping at Koehler’s Funeral Home as a Greeter. Judy and Danny loved taking vacations with their family to Gatlinburg and Florida.
Judy is survived by her two daughters, Paula and Bret Kramer, and Pamela and Lorenz Wilkinson. Sisters, Carolyn (Ralph) Downing, Dewight Baker, Barbara Jane (Randy) Dempsey and Brother, Dennis (Kim) McLemore. 5 Grandchildren, Matt (Dria) Snodgrass, Allison (Josh) Woolen, Cindy (Larry) King, Katie and Ivan Wilkinson. 9 Great Grandchildren, Xander, Shelby and Charlie Snodgrass, Oliver and Evelyn Woolen, Morgan, Emily, Zane and William King. Many nieces and nephews.
Judy is sad to leave behind her special dog Duffy, but excited to be reunited with Chelsea. Judy wishes to thank her many caregivers in the last days of her life: Kirstyn Dawson for driving her where she needed and being a good friend, Paula Kramer for her thorough nursing care, and the nurses at Kindred Hospice. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Judy’s Hospice team: LaDonna Johnson, Tara Raven, Lindsey Hafele, Darcy Puckett, Randy Bechtel, and Jennifer Zint. You helped to make Mom’s final journey the best it could be.
Thomas G. Wirth
Thomas George Wirth, 71, passed away on January 13, 2018. Tom was born on December 31, 1946, in Princeton, Indiana. He grew up on his parent’s farm near Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Tom had many fond memories of growing up there with his parents and brothers. Tom attended Mt. Carmel High School where he graduated in 1965. He was an all around athlete in high school while earning 11 varsity letters in 4 sports. In his senior year in football, he received numerous honors including being selected to the All Conference Team, the All Area Team, and the All State First Team. He was also honored as the Southern Illinois Player of the Year. Tom was awarded a football scholarship at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he played for four years and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing.
He worked for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration for 37 ½ years. Tom worked 5 years as a Caseworker in Vanderburgh County and 32 ½ years as a Hearings Officer / Administrative Law Judge with the Hearings and Appeals Division. In 2001, Tom was honored with an Exceptional Service Award by the Indiana FSSA for his efforts in developing and helping to implement computerized Hearing Decision Formats for his fellow workers.
Tom enjoyed traveling and exploring new places with his wife. He loved spending time with his family. He adored his two grandchildren and delighted in playing / being with them. Tom had many special memories of being with his friends. He was an avid photographer and enjoyed taking pictures of everything from wildlife / nature, family, to sporting events. He also enjoyed playing golf, especially with his buddies. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Pauline Wirth, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois; sister, Norma Jean; and brother, Jerry, of Olney, Illinois.
Tom is survived by his loving wife Jane, of 33 years; sons, Joe Gerard (Lisa Shade), of Crystal Lake, Illinois, Matt Gerard (Kelly), of Winters, California; two grandchildren, Paige and Isaac Gerard; three brothers, Paul Wirth (Carole), of Olney, Illinois, Jim Wirth (Shirley), of Hollister, Missouri, Lee Wirth (Donna), of Darien, Illinois; He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Kelly Lynn Minor
Kelly Lynn (Palmer) Minor, 55, of Evansville, IN, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh. She was born in Evansville on February 3, 1962, to Kenneth and Janice Palmer. She graduated from Reitz High School in 1980 and attended ISUE. Kelly worked for the Evansville Water Department for 32 years. She enjoyed NASCAR and playing slot machines.
Kelly was preceded in death by her father; sister, Kristi Palmer; brother, Kenny Palmer; and mother and father-in-law, Kotzie and Kenny Minor. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Wayne; daughter, Jessica; son, Jacob (Katie) grandsons, Hunter Scott and Bennett Minor; mother, Janice Palmer; brother, Darrell Palmer; brothers-in-law, Jeff Minor (Becky) and Steve Minor (Wendy); sisters-in-law, Kim Beavin (Dan) and Penny Palmer; aunts; uncles; nieces and nephews.
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Karen Wilhite Williams
Karen is the inspiration behind Chemo Buddies.
Karen Rene Wilhite Williams, 53, of Evansville, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011 at her home. Karen’s main passion in life were her children, Jeremy and Danielle. They have been a strong family of love and care. She has been a source of strength and a light to many friends and people as she battled her disease with determination, and grace.
Her message to those who knew her was the peace she felt with God and that she was embraced in his love and felt no fear.
Karen was an account manager for 15 years for South Central Media (WIKY). She was a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in Marketing. She was involved with “Water for People” for several years to raise funds to supply clean water for countries in need.
Karen is the inspiration for the Chemo Buddies program. She always had friends and family with her during chemo and her heart broke for others who were in chemo and seemed to have no one. As she looked around the chemo room, she said, “We’ve got to do something, no one should ever have to go through chemo alone.” Together with her sister, she co-wrote the proposal for what is now Chemo Buddies, while sitting in the treatment room getting her chemo. Her caring and nurturing spirit lives on through the volunteers who now serve.
Karen is survived by her daughter, Danielle Williams of Evansville and her son, Jeremy Jones of Tampa, Florida. Also surviving are her parents, Vernie and Jerry Wilhite and (sister) Jill and Johnny Kincaid of Evansville.