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Suzanne “Suzie” Afterkirk

Suzie Afterkirk, 52 of Coshocton, OH, died Thursday, July 14, 2011, at home with family by her side after a valiant battle with cancer. Suzie was born February 11, 1959, in Coshocton, to Faye Marie (Totten) Norman and the late Robert Dale Norman.

A 1977 graduate of River View High School, she also attended the Newark Campus of Ohio State University. During her career, she was employed as a legal secretary for the office of Pomerene, Burns and Skelton, in Human Resources at AFP, in Management at the Dresden Fitness Center and most recently in Human Resources at ITM Marketing.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Jeff Afterkirk, formerly of Metamora, whom she married in Jamaica on June 21, 2007; a daughter, Jandi (Jared) Adams with grandchild Jordan; a son, Joe Bigrigg, all of Coshocton; a brother, Steve (Sher) Norman of Denver, Colorado; two sisters, Sandra Melick of Granville, OH and Sharon (Ron) Kaufman of Warsaw, OH; and several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Mary Jo Siedling and Paul Nobbe of Brookville; and many dear friends. Suzie loved traveling with her husband, enjoyed shopping, week-ends camping with friends and spending time at Metamora where she hoped to retire some day with Jeff. She was also a big fan of NASCAR, OSU and the Cleveland Browns.

In honor of her wishes, a celebration of her life will take place for family and friends on Friday, August 5, at the Sportsmen’s Club in Coshocton at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers or remembrances, any donations can be made to the family at Ohio Heritage Bank, 200 Main Street, Coshocton, OH 43812.

Jerome “Romie” Hohman

Jerome “Romie” Hohman, age 87 of St. Peters, died Friday, July 29, 2011, at his residence. He was born August 10, 1923, in Oak Forest, the son of Clarence Hohman and Eleanor Wallpe Hohman.

Jerome was married to the former Dolores Schwegman on July 26, 1947, in St. Mary’s of the Rock Catholic Church. He had served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was owner and operator of Hohman’s Tavern and Store in St. Peters from 1950 to 1978. He was a member of the St. Peters Catholic Church, St. Joseph Post #464 American Legion, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1010 and a lifetime member of the Wilburn Dennison Post #2014 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Dolores “Dollie” Hohman; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Ron and Rebecca Hohman of Brookville, Don and Darlene Hohman of Connersville, Mike and Donna Hohman of Bright, David Hohman of St. Peters and Kevin and Missy Hohman of Brookville; seven grandchildren; one step-grandchild and three great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Hohman.

Funeral Mass will be held today, August 3, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peters Church, 1207 East Road in St. Peters where friends may visit from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Father Humbert Moster, OFM, will be the officiating clergy. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with graveside military honors by St. Joseph Post #464 American Legion of St. Leon. Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be given for Masses or to the St. Peters Catholic Church.

Helen J. Hughes

Helen J. Hughes, age 92, of Brookville, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.

Born July 9, 1919, in Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Elizabeth (Wade) Willhite and remained a lifelong resident of Franklin County. She retired in 1984 from Sperry Rubber & Plastics in Brookville after over 30 years of service. Helen was a member of the Whitcomb United Methodist Church and enjoyed spending time at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center.

Surviors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ivan and Beverly Hughes of Erlanger, Kentucky; a grandson, Glenn and wife Stephani Hughes of Erlanger, Kentucky, as well as two great-grandchildren, Alesha and Brandon Hughes.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.

Family and friends may visit from 10 till 11 a.m. today, August 3, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Ave., Brookville. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. following visitation at the funeral home, with burial following in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Whitcomb United Methodist Church.

Nettie Edith Hall

Nettie Edith Hall, age 73 of Brookville, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Brookville. Born April 12, 1938, in Booneville, KY, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Florence (Reynolds) Bowles. She married Clovis Hall on August 9, 1952.

Nettie is survived by her children and their spouses, Robert Wayne and Sharon Hall of Bright, Clovis and Anna Gray Hall, Jr. of New Trenton, Zola and Rick Young of Bright, Kenneth Hall of New Trenton, Easter and Bruce Crabtree of New Trenton and Gail and Richard Brock of New Trenton. She will also be missed by her nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and siblings, Lori Alice Dobkins, Mary Miller, Floyd Bowles and Raymond Bowles.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Ori, Rachel, Lena Mae, Reba, Helen and Richard.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 30, at 9:30 a.m. at West Harrison Pentecostal Tabernacle with Rev. Hobart Bowling and Rev. Kenneth Cox officiating. Burial was in Glen Haven Cemetery, Harrison, OH. Memorials are suggested to the family c/o Jackman Kercheval Meyers Funeral Home, Harrison, OH.

Dorothy E. Phillips

Dorothy E. Phillips, of Metamora, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at her residence. She was 66 years old.

Born in Brookville, on March 10, 1945, she was the daughter of Leonard Powell Reese and Roxie E. (Lanning) Reese. She married Earnest Ray Phillips on June 13, 1960, in Kentucky.

She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Tina (Dennis) Nunier of Brookville, Sharon Caldwell of Harrison, Ohio and Melinda Burkhart of West Harrison; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Brenda (Paul) Wilson of Metamora, Marilyn (Kevin) Clark of Batesville and Angela June (Camden) Hull of Brookville; plus two brothers, Duane K. (Margie) Reese of Metamora and James C. (Diane) Reese of Blooming Grove.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Leonard K. Reese, Danny J. Reese and Marvin E. Reese.

The funeral service was conducted on Friday morning, July 29, at Metamora Church of God, with Pastor Wayne Ison officiating. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery with family members serving as pallbearers. Memorial donations may be made to the Franklin County Relay for Life.

Ivan Paul Charles

Ivan Paul Charles, age 83 of Blooming Grove, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Hospice of Hamilton, Ohio. He was born October 4, 1927, in Metamora, the son of Thurman Charles and Sarah Roberts Charles.

On November 27, 1947, he was married to the former Gloria C. Conley in the Parsonage of the Methodist Church in Brookville. He was a farmer and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1129.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria C. Charles; three daughters, Jeanetta Brandes and Pauletta (Ken) Webb, both of Brookville, and Marcia (Jeff) Swalby of Sarasota, Florida; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Janice Sauerland of Brookville; and one nephew.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Loren Charles; and a brother, Everett Charles.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, August 1, at Cook Funeral Home in Brookville with Ben Bilworth, Pastor of Alquina United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to the Blooming Grove Volunteer Fire Department.

Richard A. Koester

Richard A. Koester, age 88, of Brookville, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at Lincoln Center West in Connersville. Born November 28, 1922, in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of the late Anthony N. and Mabel I. (Rauch) Koester.

He worked for the Indiana/Michigan Electric Power Co., in Lawrenceburg for 23 years and the Navy Air Station in Key West Florida. He moved to Brookville from Jacksonville, Florida, in 2004, and he attended the Brookville Christian Center. A World War II Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he was a member of the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion, as well as the National Rifle Association.

Richard was the beloved husband of JoAnn (Stokes) Koester; loving father of Gary Koester of Yulee, Florida, and Daniel Koester of Lake City, Florida. He is also survived by one granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark Koester, and two brothers.

Pastor James Jones of the Brookville Christian Center conducted the funeral services on Saturday, July 30, at 11 a.m. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial with military graveside services by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion followed in Drewersburg Cemetery in West Harrison.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Brookville Christian Center. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.

Betty J. Naylor-Hall

Betty J. Naylor-Hall, 89, of Whitcomb, died Monday evening, August 1, 2011, at the Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville.

Service arrangements are pending at Cook Funeral Home.

Minnie A. Watson

Minnie A. Watson, age 81, of Brookville, died Monday, August 1, 2011, at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville. Born November 30, 1929, in Knoxville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late John B. and Iva Lee (Gentry) Summey. On June 5, 1946 she was united in marriage to Robert L. Watson, and he preceded her in death on May 20, 1996.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy A. Defossett of Cedar Grove, Kathleen McCreadie of Okeana, Ohio, and Paula J. Anderson of Brookville; four sons, Robert Lee Watson and Kenneth Watson, both of Brookville, and Loren Watson and Charles R. Watson, both of New Castle; six sisters, Maxine Clark of Liberty, Berter Troutman of Laurel, Brenda Tomlin of Blooming Grove, Joyce Davis of Brookville, Jenny Lou Ryckman of Greensburg and Ramona Alig of Brookville; three brothers, Mike Summey and Edward Summey, both of Brookville and Gary Summey of Indianapolis; her step-mother, Dorothy Summey of Brookville; a step-sister, Gail Carnedane; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, as well as four great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, Robert, she was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Watson, who died August 21, 2001, as well as a sister and two brothers.

Family and friends may visit from 5 till 7 p.m. today, August 3, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Ave., Brookville. David Watson will officiate the funeral services on Thursday, August 4, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with burial following in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimers Association.

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