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Obituaries – 9/1/13

Joan Rosener

Joan Kaufmann Rosener, 85, of Coconut Creek, Fla., formerly of Ironton, recently passed away and was surrounded by loved ones. Joan was born Aug. 14, 1928, in Philadelphia. Family was always first and foremost for her. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert B., and a sister, Wynne Hahn.

She attended Ohio University, Ironton branch, as an adult. She was a professional reading specialist for elementary and high school students and remained an avid reader.

Those left to cherish her memory are her three daughters, Ellen Stanke, Coral Springs, Fla., Janet Benak, Coral Springs, Fla., and Carol Rosener, Chattanooga, Tenn.; her grandchildren, Joe Benak (Rachel), Portland, Ore.; Alyson Stanke, Coral Springs, Fla.; Eric Stanke, Coral Springs, Fla., and Alex Benak, Coral Springs, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Plans for a celebration of life will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, for those wishing to contribute to a charity of their choice, the family suggests donations to either a lymphoma-related or one that promotes literacy.



George Williams

Nov. 28, 1923-Aug. 30, 2013

Rev. George E. Williams, 89, of Ironton, Ohio passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. at Jo-Lin Health Care Center in Ironton.  The Wheeling, W.Va. native was born Nov. 28, 1923, a son to the late W.J. and Lillian (Rice) Williams Sr.  George is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Helen D. (Bibbey) whom he married Sept. 3, 1950.

Mr. Williams was a 1941 graduate of Ironton High School.  George was a member and former pastor of Community of Christ Church.  He was a Merchant Marine during World War II.  He worked as an iron worker with Local 769.  He was a Mason with Lawrence County Lodge 198 F&AM; LaGrange Chapter 68.  He was also a part of the Ohio Council 92 and Ironton Commandery 45; Valley of Cincinnati Scottish Rite.  Mr. Williams was also the former owner of Williams Welding and De-Ka Enterprises.

George loved to go to McDonalds every morning and was an avid Ironton Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes fan, golfer and most of all he loved his church and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, George is survived by two daughters, Kathy (Steve) Thompson and Debbie (Donnie) Hixon, both of Ironton; two granddaughters, Amanda (Darin) Abbott of South Point and Jennifer Hixon of Ironton; four great-grandchildren, Gabrielle and Lillianna Risner of Ironton and Reece and Emily Abbott of South Point; a sister, Lorene Eagle of Independence, Mo.; a brother, Bob (Carol) Anderson of Parkersburg, W.Va.; a sister in-law and brother in-law, Juanita Winters and Edgar (Betty) Bibbey; and many nieces and nephews, his family at Jo-Lin Health Center and his church family.

He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, George is preceded in death by two brothers, Joe (Jule) Williams and Jack (Rita) Williams; two sisters, Lucille (Raymond) Kinstler and Margaret (Emory) McFann; three brothers-in-law, William (Harold) Eagle; Elza McCain and Zane Winters; and a stepmother, Lucille Williams.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tracy Brammer – Monroe Funeral Home with Pastor Mike and Sharon Whitehead officiating.  Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery with graveside rites conducted by the VFW Post 8850.  Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.

In addition to flowers, donations may be made in Rev. Williams’ honor to the Community of Christ Building Fund c/o of Connie Humphrey, 116 Mount Savage Drive, Ashland, KY 41101.

Condolences may be made to the Williams family by visiting www.tracybrammerfh.com.


Peggy Hilton

Sept. 3, 1926-Aug. 29, 2013

Mary Margaret “Peggy” Hilton, 86, of Ironton, passed from this life to the next on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky. She was born Sept. 3, 1926, in Gassaway, W.Va. to James Dyer and Gussie Baker Calfee.

Peggy is survived by a daughter, Lisa Webb of Knoxville, Tenn. and a son, Lon Hilton of Ironton; two granddaughters, Erica Blankenship of Sumpter, S.C. and Marlee Slack of Chesapeake; three grandsons, Nate Webb and Ben Webb, both of Knoxville, and Jacob Hilton of Ironton; one great grandson, Sawyer Slack of Chesapeake; one great granddaughter, Ava Blankenship of Sumpter; one brother, William Calfee of Wytheville, Va.; and three sisters, Fannie Rutherford of Roanoke, Va., Virginia Carter of Flatwoods, Ky. and Anne Kessinger of Athens, W.Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Hilton; infant son, Jeffrey Alan Hilton; three sisters, Merle Robinette, Sadie Shumate and Jean Calfee; and two brothers, Robert Calfee and Jack Calfee.

Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Ironton with Rev. Jan Williams officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.



Garnet Lake

Garnet Louise Lake, 91 of Ashland, Ky., died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center.  Funeral services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, Ashland, with Pastor Jason Porter officiating.  Visitation is from 5 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.



Steve Danford

Steve Joe Danford, 59, of Crown City, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at home. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.



 Ila Gregory

Ila Maxine Gregory, 96, of Ironton, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at the Sanctuary of the Ohio Valley. Graveside service was Thursday at Miller Memorial Gardens. Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Barbara Coldiron

Barbara Sue Coldiron, 63, of South Point, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Sanctuary of Ohio Valley, Ironton. Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, by Pastor James Wells.  Burial will follow in Greenbottom Cemetery, Lesage, W.Va.  Visitation will be held 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hall Funeral Home.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.