Obituaries • February 21, 2013

| February 21, 2013

John G Guelda Sr., Co-Owner And Operator Of Cardinal Sanitation Service

John G Guelda Sr. was born in Louisville on March 9, 1932, and passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.

He was the son of George R. and Alice Rose Martin Guelda.

He and his wife, Nancy, owned and operated Cardinal Sanitation Service along with their sons.

Daddy loved sharing stories of growing up in St. Matthews, attending Holy Trinity grade school, working in the potato fields off Westport Road, hunting in the woods near Hubbards Lane, cleaning the streets and frequent visits to Plehns Bakery. He loved his family and had many adventures with his cousins, especially Billy Martin. He was a wonderful dad who, together with mom, packed all six kids and a cousin or neighbor in the station wagon for a Sunday drive in the country, spur of the moment fishing trip or over to Buechel for Fanellis ice cream.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Nancy, whom he loved dearly and his son, Jeffrey A. Guelda.

He is survived by his sons, Richard, Andrew, David and Jack Guelda; daughter, Ruth Ansback; 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; two nephews and one niece.

We miss you Daddy and remember all the happy times we spent together.

When the snow falls we will think of you and keep you forever in our hearts.

Doris Irvine Ritchie, 88, Beloved Wife, Mother And Grandmother

Doris Irvine Ritchie, 88, died Feb. 10, 2013, at the Episcopal Church Home.

The only child of James Wiley and Ivy Burdorf Irvine, she married Edgar Clark Ritchie in 1947. They were married for 65 years; he preceded her in death Jan. 15, 2013. She is survived by their four children, Jefferson (Megan), Gail Henson (Ed), Daniel (Judie) and Timothy (Christine); 10 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

A lifelong resident of Louisville, she graduated from Atherton High School and from DePauw University (1946), where she was president of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. After receiving her B.A. in Home Economics, she completed a dietetics internship at the University of Chicago Medical Clinics.

She met her husband at Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church in the 1930s. She worshiped there as an active member for decades as a choir member, elder, member of the Presbyterian Women and kitchen maven. She later joined Calvin Presbyterian Church. She and Edgar shared a commitment to lay renewal ministries and faith-in-action service.

They also had common interests in the outdoors, tennis, gardening and hospitality, as evidenced by many hikes and camping trips, immense vegetable gardens and abundant meals with neighbors, international visitors and friends. Their home was always open and a great place to eat. Several times she and Edgar welcomed people into their home for months at a time.

Doris loved to cook, and she often did for church events. She could cook for two or 100 effortlessly and with pleasure, and passed the ministry of cooking for crowds to her daughter and granddaughter.

She treasured a circle of friends who have been part of her life since childhood and early parenthood. Some of those friends visited her joyfully and faithfully in her years at the Episcopal Church home, and the family is so grateful.

Reading and words were always vital to her. In addition to being an editor of both high school and college newspapers, she read voraciously and wrote scripts, stories and lengthy travel journals. Her children have carried on that legacy of writing.

She enjoyed her friendships in her women’s groups, starting with her love of Girl Scouts, her college friends, the beloved sewing group, tennis groups, and The Younger Woman’s Club and Woman’s Club of Louisville, especially the Little Books group and doing the lighting for dramatic productions.

Service and advocacy were also key to her life, including teaching cooking classes at the Clarksdale Housing Project in the early 1940s and decades of involvement and activism with organizations committed to alleviating hunger, such as Louisville United Against Hunger, Meals on Wheels and Bread for the World. She passed that commitment of service to her children and grandchildren.

Music was always a part of her life. She loved singing, and was always ready with Girl Scout songs or beautiful anthems from her many years in the Bardstown Road choir. Her ever-present piano and piles of music books, as well as her hymn-playing and dramatic renditions of Liebestraum encouraged all of her children and many of her grandchildren to develop their musical gifts. She took great delight in her children and grandchildren, encouraging them, supporting them and loving them.

The family is deeply grateful for the care of Jane Cornett, M.D. and that of the Episcopal Church Home, especially the Clingman staff.

A memorial service will be held March 2 at 4 p.m. at St. Luke’s Chapel at The Episcopal Church Home,  7504 Westport Road. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to the start of the service. Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church Home or Highlands Community Ministries, 1140 Cherokee Road, Louisville, Ky., 40204.

Jane Rothenburger Gray, Age 96, Owner And Proprietor Of Haller’s Pet Shop

Jane Rothenburger Gray, age 96, of Louisville, Ky., passed away on Feb. 9, 2013.

Born June 24, 1916, she was the former Jane Rothenburger of Anchorage, Ky. and the daughter of James and Lydia Rothenburger. She was a longtime member of Beargrass Christian Church. Other past and active memberships include Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Louisville Younger Women’s Club, Louisville Women’s Club and Louisville Boat Club. She will be remembered by many as a fixture in St. Matthews as the owner and proprietor of Haller’s Pet Shop for over forty years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan T. (Junie) Gray, Jr.

She is survived by her two sons, Dan T. Gray III (Linda) of St. Matthews, Ky., and James H. Gray (Linda) of Bloomington, Ind., as well as four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

She was active all the many days of her life and will be remembered fondly by those who knew her, and deeply missed by all those who loved her.

Her funeral services were held at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane, with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park.  Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in her name to Beargrass Christian Church, or the need or cause favored by the donor.

Jane Ulferts Smith, 75, Interior Designer

Jane Ulferts Smith, 75 after a long brave struggle with dementia, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.  She was born in Little Rock, Ark., on Jan. 21, 1938, and moved to Louisville with her family in 1945. She graduated from Atherton High School and attended the University of Louisville. She earned her degree in Interior Design and had a successful career in both Chicago and Louisville.

Jane had “the touch” in every part of her life.  She was a devoted wife, a caring mother and a doting grandmother to the many who were touched by her love. Smith was an outstanding golfer, known for her wicked swing with her three wood out of the rough and a soft touch around the green. She had an artistic touch, she was ingenious with her hands and creative in her designs. She will be remembered by all for her kindness, true generosity and her graceful beauty.

She was daughter of the late Dr. U. Ray and Mary Ulferts. Also preceding her in death was her loving husband of 51 years, Lawrence L. Smith.

She is survived by her son, Lawrence L. Smith Jr., his wife Nicole; her daughter Susan Embry Smith Vogt and her husband Howard; her grandchildren, Lawrence Lithgow Smith III and Howard Karl Vogt Jr.; her sister, Gail Ulferts; her brother Glenn Ulferts (Liza Lee); and 12 nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, at St Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, 6710 Wolf Pen Branch Road. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane.

The family has said that expressions of sympathy may be made in Jane Ulferts Smith’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchman’s Lane Suite 401, Louisville, Ky., 40205.

A special thanks to the incredible staff at the Episcopal Church Home for their loving and dedicated care for Jane. Her time with you was filled with love, laughter and joy.

Barbara Sue “Susie” Edlin, 57, Operating Room Nurse

Barbara Sue “Susie” Edlin, 57, of Louisville, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Baptist Health Palliative Care.

She was born May 22, 1955, in Louisville, the daughter of Roy L. Adams and Mary Ann Mayfield Adams, and was a RN, having worked at various locations. She was a member of Southeast Christian Church and the Association of Operating Room Nurses.

Susie is preceded in death by her mother, Mary Ann (Mayfield) Adams.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Thomas S. “Tom” Edlin; two sons, Matthew S. and Jason N. Edlin; father, Roy L. Adams; and siblings, Randy Adams, Debbie Fischer, Mike Adams and Lee Adams Jr.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff on the Palliative Care Unit at Baptist Health for their loving care.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ratterman’s, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville, with burial following in Louisville Memorial Gardens East. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial gifts in the form of contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association.

Edwina Craddock Borden, 92, Beloved Mother And Grandmother

Edwina Craddock Borden, 92, died Sunday morning, Feb. 10, 2013, at Baptist Northeast Hospital in La Grange, Ky.

A native of Cub Run, she was the daughter of Lon and Pearl Doyle Craddock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis B. “Jack” Borden; her two brothers, Dane and Basil Craddock; and her three sisters, Oris Reynolds, Mavis Lester and Hazel Bolton.

Edwina leaves behind three loving children, Haskell (Barbara) Borden of Tierra Verde, Fla., Paul (Donna) Borden of Louisville and Deborah (John) Dunker of La Grange, Ky.; grandchildren including Haskell’s son, Jerod (Becky) Borden, of Bowling Green, Ky., Paul and Donna’s sons, Jonathan and Matthew Borden, both of Louisville, and Deborah’s daughter, Jenna Borden, of Louisville; and Edwina’s only two great grandchildren, Tyler and Justin Borden, who were special sources of joy to her.

In her final weeks and months, Edwina, our Mother, liked to talk about the hard times she shared with her brothers and sisters growing up during the Great Depression and about the many nieces and nephews she has scattered throughout Kentucky and surrounding states. Without mentioning any by name, lest we would unintentionally omit several she would want mentioned, we want all of the children of our aunts and uncles to know that Mom took great pride in her birthplace and her family and in the accomplishments of each and every one of you.

She loved to cook, especially for the big family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and to show her dozens of handmade quilts to anyone interested. Of the hundreds of quilts she made, a few she sold, but most were gifts to family and friends to keep warm during cold winter nights. We hope that those acts of giving will be part of how she is remembered.

We wish to acknowledge and thank the staff at the Richwood Nursing Facility in La Grange, Ky., for the kindness and loving care given to our mother during her final months while living at their facility.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Sego Funeral Home, Munfordville, with burial in the Cave City Cemetery. Visitation was held after 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Sego Funeral Home. Memorial gifts may be made in memory of Jack and Edwina Borden to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association or to a church or charity of the donor’s choice.

Beverly Smith Jennings, 91, Loving Mother, Grandmother And Great Grandmother

Beverly Smith Jennings, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

She was born on April 1, 1921, in Somerset, Ky., to Niola and Ben D. Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Jennings and her son, William S. Jennings.

She attended Margaret Hall in Versailles, Ky., and upon graduation, attended Hollins College in Virginia, where she met her husband at nearby Washington and Lee University. She also attended the University of Kentucky where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Beverly and Bill Jennings were married for 68 years and were separated only by his service as a pilot in World War II. After the war, they moved to Chicago, where Beverly devoted herself to being a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Throughout her life Beverly was an avid bridge player and loved art and music, but especially enjoyed organizing family reunions. She and her husband were charter members of St. James the Less Episcopal Church in Northfield, Ill., which they faithfully attended until moving to The Forum at Brookside in Louisville. There she was known for her fortitude and strength of character in caring for her husband while finding joy in her faith, family and new friends.

She is survived by her three children, John Ellery Jennings (Caroline) of Fort Washington, Penn., Robert Tallmadge Jennings (Mary), of Louisville and Beverly Lynne Murdock (Sean) of Mt. Airy, Md. She took great pride and delight in her 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the wonderful, caring staff at The Forum for their parents’ care these past eight years.

A memorial service was held at The Forum at Brookside, 200 Brookside Drive, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. with visitation following. Arrangements were under the direction of Pearson’s. The interment of ashes took place later at the St. Francis in the Fields Memorial Garden.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the St. Francis in the Fields Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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