Amy Bordogna-Price passed away in her home Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, from complications of her illness, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a progressive degenerative condition. Her husband, Kelby Kidd Price, whom she married in 2003; her parents, Bob and Elaine Bordogna; and Bell, her service dog and constant companion, were by her side. She was preceded in death by her brother, Rob, in 2007.
Amy was born in Atlanta on Oct. 3, 1971, and moved with her family to Louisville in 1980. She attended St. Francis School, Goshen and was a 1990 graduate of Brooks School in North Andover, Mass. Amy attended Camp Onaway, Bristol, N. H. and the Outward Bound Maine Hurricane Island School. She often spoke how these experiences influenced her life to meet challenges head on. She attended Smith College and it was during her freshman year that she was first confined to a wheelchair. It was the impetus for her lifelong interest and passion to improve accessibility for those with special needs. To further this interest, she left Smith after her freshman year to volunteer her time with the Disability Rights Advocates, in Berkeley, Calif., an agency in the forefront during the early days of the ADA. She returned to Smith, where she served on the Northampton, Mass. Zoning Board and addressed architectural standards for accessibility in public spaces. She graduated Smith in 1995 with a dual major in Music and Anthropology.
As part of her senior thesis program, Amy spent a year at Union College in southeast Kentucky. Her focus was Appalachian studies, culture and music. She enriched that experience by joining weekly bluegrass music gatherings with regional musicians, singing and playing the guitar. When she returned to Louisville in 1995, she and Kelby brought together bluegrass musicians from all corners of the state for jam sessions at their home in the Highlands.
In 1996 she and Kelby Price started Pilgrim IT, a consulting firm that prospered until her condition worsened and the business demands were too great for her failing health. During that time she volunteered at the School for the Blind and recorded technical books that would aid those with sight impairment. These books required advanced skill in information technology and the ability to transform mathematical formulas, charts and graphs so that they could be understood by the visually impaired. Amy Bordogna was a former member of the Louisville Downtown Rotary where she donated many hours of her IT skills. She served on the board of directors of The de Paul School. A primary contribution as a board member was to completely revise and rewrite the technology infrastructure for the school and empower teachers and students by bringing technology to the classroom.
She was an official judge at the Kentucky State Fair for knitting and textiles. Amy wrote grants, created business plans and offered her IT acumen to create networks for non-profit organizations locally and across Kentucky.
Her health may have limited her ability to navigate the world as others might, but she had the unique ability to bring the world to her bedside. Her interests were great: photography, drawing, metal work, cuisines of the world, knitting, textiles, spirituality and natural medicinal arts, and always music. Although she was confined to her bed for most of the last seven years, Amy remained focused on her life interests, which always were growing in scope and number.
She was the best kind of friend. Even while her physical abilities were shrinking, she continued to expand the world of others by teaching and sharing her talents and she made it seem effortless. The regimen of her health care played havoc with her physical body but she remained beautiful in her spirit to the end; charismatic, courageous, funny, generous and loving. Through all of these challenging years, it was maintaining her independence that was important to her core happiness.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth St., Louisville, Ky. Visitation for Amy was held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Pearson’s, 149 Breckinridge Lane.
In lieu of flowers, it is Amy’s wish that donations be made to Paws With Purpose or Hosparus. A gift of time to someone in need would be very meaningful to Amy and reflect her generosity of spirit.
Phyllis Virginia Goff, 67, Former JCPS Teacher
Phyllis Virginia Goff, 67, passed away on Dec. 21, 2012.
Phyllis was born on June 25, 1945, and was a lifelong Louisville resident. She graduated from Atherton High School and the University of Louisville, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Phyllis taught for the Jefferson County Public School System for 41 years, teaching at duPont Manual High School from 1974 to 2009. While at Manual, she served as the advisor of the Key Club. Phyllis devoted herself to her students and made a difference in the lives of many.
Phyllis is survived by her brother, Dr. James F. Goff (Barbara); niece, Sidra Michon; nephew, Alexander Goff; and cousin, Tony Goff.
A celebration of Phyllis’ life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Manual library.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society.
Edgar Clark Ritchie, 91, Founder Of Ritchie Industrial Marketing
Edgar Clark Ritchie, 91, died on Jan. 15, 2013. Born to Casper and Ella Burt Ritchie in Ludlow, Ky., he moved to Louisville in 1923, graduated from DuPont Manual High School and then from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1946 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served in the Pacific in World War II.
He married Doris Irvine in 1947. Following his discharge from the Coast Guard in 1948, they returned to Louisville. He first worked with Porter Paint Company, but in 1951 he joined the Henry M. Wood Company as a manufacturer’s representative, becoming a partner shortly after. In 1979 he formed his own company, Ritchie Industrial Marketing. He is survived by Doris, his beloved wife of 65 years; four children, Jefferson (Megan), Gail (Ed), Daniel (Judie), and Timothy (Christine); ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren, and sisters, Joyce Henderson (Berea, Ky.) and Carol Marshall (Seattle).
He served as an elder for Bardstown Road and Calvin Presbyterian Churches, and was involved in Christian renewal ministries for half a century. He believed in putting faith into action: he worked in political campaigns and helped initiate the formation of Highland Community Ministries. He loved the out of doors, as seen in his many family camping trips to national parks, The Boundary Waters, his hikes with grandchildren and friends, and his canoe trips. He took up skiing in his forties and supported youth tennis programs in his seventies. Into his last years, he remembered witty snatches of radio programs from the 1930s, devoured the most recent histories of America’s founders and participated in a Saturday morning Calvin Men’s Bible Study. He delighted in gardening, harvesting his organic tomatoes for his wife’s homemade chili sauce and introducing visitors to the Falls of the Ohio River
A memorial service was held at St. Luke’s Chapel, Episcopal Church Home. Memorials may be sent to the Presbyterian Outreach Foundation, 381 Riverside Drive, Suite 110, Franklin, Tenn., 37064, or the Cabbage Patch Settlement.
William L. “Bill” Emge, 87, Retired From Norfolk Southern Railroad
William L. “Bill” Emge, 87, of Louisville, passed away Jan. 16, 2013, at Norton Hospital.
He was a Methodist by faith and a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and VFW Post 5421. Bill retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad, formerly known as K&I Railroad, as a car inspector and was a Navy veteran of World War II.
He is preceded in death by his brothers, Bud and Jim Emge; sister, Virginia Smith; grandson, Timothy Attkisson; and great grandson, Nolan Fife.
Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Nellie Meagher Emge; daughters, Sherry Attkisson (Randy), Debbie A. Fife (Steve), Kathy Boyle (Mike) and Kim Emge; grandchildren, Stephanie, Kevin, Mac, David, Shannon, Sam, Josh, Chris and Mark; eight great grandchildren; sister, LaVerne Burckley (Bob); and two other children who claimed Bill as their second Dad, Carol Woosley and Billy Emge.
His funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Highway, with entombment in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. until the service at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Gerald Dennis “Jerry” Singleton Sr., 66, Retired Business Manager Of Road Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 669
Gerald Dennis “Jerry” Singleton Sr., 66, formerly of Louisville, passed away on Jan. 11, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Jerry grew up at Saint Joseph’s Children’s Home and Boys’ Haven and attended Trinity and Bishop David high schools. He was the coach of Tams/Star Drywall women’s softball team, a longtime member of St. Raphael the Archangel and a retired business manager of Road Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 669.
He leaves behind his wife, Patricia; children, Anne Ray (David), Denny (Jennifer) and Greg Singleton (Jessica); grandchildren, Michael and Nick Ray, Josh Dehn and Andrew and Thorpe Singleton; and sisters, Verna Cloud and Carolyn McKinley.
A private service was held in Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, it would be Jerry’s wish for any donations to go to his childhood home, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, 2823 Frankfort Ave., 40206, www.sjkids.org.
Dorothy Borsch Ferree, 99, Former Teacher At Longfellow Elementary School
Dorothy Borsch Ferree, 99, one of the greatest women in the world to those she leaves behind, died Jan. 16, 2013, from complications of pneumonia.
She had many bingo and card-playing buddies at Atria Springdale, a senior living center, where she challenged all-comers for about three years. She was the epitome of the word “spunk.” Born in Louisville, Ky., May 16, 1913, the first child of Mary Karst Zink and Warren William Borsch Sr., she was always an achiever and a bit of a dare-devil. She was a member of the first graduation class of Shawnee High School, Class of 1930 and a half. She attended Louisville Normal School and Nazareth College and was a teacher in the Louisville Public School System for 35 years – 30 years at Longfellow Elementary School. Some of the students she taught in first grade have visited her in recent years because she meant so much to them.
At one time she was the oldest member of Springdale Presbyterian Church. She attended Sunday services at Atria, where she tried to live by the Golden Rule of do unto others as you would have them do unto you. She remained always the first-grade teacher advising relatives and friends to “be careful” or asking “what’s new?” She was proceeded in death by her husband of 51 years, Henry E. Ferree; a sister, Marian B. Miller; a brother, Warren W. Borsch Jr., M.D.; and nephew, Steven K. Borsch.
She is survived by nieces, Linda B. Neely and Lynda Savelli; and nephews, William N. Miller M.D. (Joyce), Warren W. Borsch III and Joseph E. Borsch, for whom she smiled in her last hours; She had at least 13 great nieces and nephews, including Dan, Natalie and RJ Borsch of Louisville; and a dozen great great nieces and nephews; She also is survived by sister-in-law, Elizabeth L. Borsch.
The family expresses gratitude to all of the staff at Atria Springdale, especially Chris and Delores; Elder Care staff, especially Nancy, Tammy and Pat, and to Hosparus.
The funeral and burial were private. Arrangements were by Ratterman’s Funeral Home, St. Matthews.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Springdale Presbyterian Church, 7812 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, Ky., 40241, or the charity of choice.