Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mary Louise Bezold Vater

Mary Louise Bezold Vater, age 92, of Alexandria, KY died November 29th of natural causes at River Valley Nursing Home, Butler KY. She was born March 16, 1924 in California, KY and married Vic Vater on October 12, 1946 at St. Stephens in Newport, KY. Preceded in death by her husband, Victor Leroy Vater; her parents, Catherine Meyer Bezold and Joseph Bezold; infant daughter, Mary; siblings Mildred Schack, Ralph Bezold and Eileen Bezold. Survived by her children, Connie Spaw (Jim), Rick Vater (Cathleen) and Kim Nickell (Kent); grandchildren, Artie Spaw (Heather), Adam Spaw, Allison Barlow (Adam), Joel Nickell (Jessie), Mara and Olivia Schappacher; great grandchildren, Elias and Finn Spaw, Aurora Barlow and Lucy Nickell; brother, Glenn Bezold; also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Mary worked many jobs during WW II before graduating from cosmetology school in Cincinnati in 1959. She was owner and operator of various small businesses including Vater’s Beauty Salon and Vater’s Playground for over 50 years. Mary was a longtime member of St. Mary of the Assumption in Alexandria, KY. She was the ASA Softball Commissioner for N. KY. Excerpts from The Kentucky Post article by Jack Hicks article published on Wed., Aug. 5, 1998 “Vater Family gave gift of diamonds” Mary Vater never had time for a seventh-inning stretch. “I don’t know how I did what I did,” said the matriarch of the ball park-operating Vater Family. Sliding base runners have been stirring up the dust at Vater’s Field in southern Campbell County for 50 years, but Mrs. Vater and members of her family have created quite a dust cloud themselves just keeping the place running. Victor Vater was the first, and after he suffered a stroke while still in his 30s, the work fell to Mary, his wife. Early on, her daughters Connie and Kim and her son, Rick, helped. In recent years Rick Vater, along with Connie and her husband, Jim Spaw, have kept things going. “As soon as the kids knew a nickel from a dime they were working in the concession stand,” said Mrs. Vater. Mrs. Vater never gets too far from things with her home beyond the left field fence. She continues to design and build her own trophies for winning teams. All the work--she also operates a beauty parlor nearby--has probably kept her young, Mrs. Vater, 74 said. A lot of hits, runs and errors have been tallied at Vater’s since Victor Vater had the field built in 1948. “He had played baseball and managed a team that played at Moreland’s (near the present Campbell County Park). He got Fred Trapp (an excavator) and came up here and made a ball field,” Mrs. Vater said of the site eight miles south of Alexandria on U.S. 27. Lights and fences and other improvements have been added over the years, and 28 softball teams still do battle there now. That’s a sizeable reduction from the heyday of the recreation complex, though when there were softball leagues playing nearly every night, with baseball on the weekends. “It was the only place young people around here had to go for years,” she said. “I raised three generations of kids,” said Mrs. Vater. “They played Knothole, grew up and played softball. Then their kids played Knothole, and the whole thing was repeated again.” Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at St. Mary of the Assumption Churck, Alexandria, KY from 9:00-10:30 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial immediately following at 10:30 a.m. Private burial. Memorials suggested to St. Mary’s, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or West Liberty Christian Church tornado relief, P.O. Box 1. Arrangements entrusted to the Alexandria Funeral Home.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Kenneth Glahn

Kenneth A. Glahn, age 84, of Melbourne, KY, passed away Monday, November 28, 2016 At Highland Spring Ft. Thomas. Kenneth was a retired machinist and worked for different companies American Tool Seimens and Cincinnati Gear. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of the Campbell County VFW Post #3205, Oakland United Methodist Church of Melbourne, Alexandria Masonic Lodge #152 F. & A.M. and Covington Scottish Rite. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Edith (nee Bowen) Glahn and a sister, Marion Iles. Kenneth is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth Glahn (nee Dinn); son, Craig A. Glahn Sr.;  daughter, Pamela (Steve) Tester; 5 grandchildren, Logan, Kylie, Karly, Craig Jr. “CJ” and Caitlyn; siblings, Thelma “Teddy” (Ronnie) Coble, Ronnie (Joyce) Glahn, Peggy (Greg) Brandt, Mike (Marsha) Butler, Karen (Paul) Mullen and Danny (Kari) Glahn. Visitation 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Oakland United Methodist Church, 7867 Stonehouse Road, Melbourne, KY 41059. Funeral service Friday 10:00 AM at the Oakland United Methodist Church. Interment in the Alexandria Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Oakland United Methodist Church.

Lisa Clark

Lisa Menique Vest Clark, age 51, of Taylor Mill, KY passed away on November 26, 2016.  Lisa is survived by her children, Amber and Jeremiah Clark; sister, Eva (Mike) DeNoma; brother, Virgil Dean Spivey; four grandchildren, Copper, Chase, Delilah, and Coltyn; nieces and nephews, Matthew, Sara, Scott, Michael, Jack, and Meg DeNoma. Lisa enjoyed spending time at Lake Cumberland.  She was an avid Bengals fan and loved Harley Davidson motorcycles. Lisa will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Newport Elks Lodge #273 located at 3704 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076. Words of Remembrance will be spoken at 2:00pm. Alexandria Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences can be given at

Monday, November 28, 2016

Judy Kay Knecht

Judy Kay Knecht, age 53, passed away quietly on November 27, 2016 in her home surrounded by family and loved ones.  She was the wife of Douglas Knecht, they shared 28 years together.  She was the loving mother of Destiny Knecht, Natasha Green and son-in-law Benjamin Brake.  Grandmother of Shealyn, Carly Kay, Isabella, and Benjamin Jr.  Daughter of Mildred Carter Vanlandingham (nee Reams) and stepfather Ercil “Benny” Vanlandingham. Dear sister of Bernice Carter (Larry) Casagrande, Bobby (Nancy) Carter Jr, Tony Carter, Patsy Carter, and Sara Carter.  Daughter-in-law to Harry and Virgie Knecht, sister-in-law to Vicki Knecht, and Mark Knecht. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends.  Predeceased in death by her father Bobby Carter, brother Matthew Carter and Grandparents.

Judy was born in Kentucky on August 15, 1963 to Mildred (nee Reams) and Bobby Carter.  She grew up in the small town of Dayton KY, where she made many lifelong friends.  She was a hard worker and went to work at the age of 16 for United Dairy Farmers.  Years later she enjoyed working as a shipping and receiving data clerk at Global Logistics and most recently working with a close friend, Rhonda Nichols, providing cleaning services.  She welcomed her first born daughter Natasha Green into the world on January 16, 1988.  On September 27, 1997 Judy married her best friend Doug Knecht, and on October 31, 1999 they became proud parents to their beautiful daughter Destiny Knecht.

Judy was a devoted mother and faithful Christian, in which she was a member of the Salem Community Church.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  Judy was loved by all, she never met a stranger. She was a caring woman who devoted endless hours caring for her mother and stepfather.   Every year at Christmas time she loved to bake cookies with her daughters and sisters and shared all her goodies with friends and family.  She also took pleasure in riding with her husband and friends on their Harley.  Judy will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and ALL who knew and loved her.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Alexandria Funeral Home.  Funeral Service will be held on Friday, December 2nd at the Alexandria Funeral Home beginning at 11:00am. Interment will be in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Carthage, KY.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Betty G. Schwed

Betty G. Schwed, age 92, of  Fort Thomas, KY, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Highland Springs. Betty was a retired employee of the DAV in Cold Springs, KY. She was preceded in death by her daughter Therese Went in 2008. She is survived by 4 grandchildren, Becky (Ron) Ratliff, Nikia (Wayne) Geiman, Holly Hartman and John Went; 9 great-grandchildren; 3 step-children, Margaret Floyd, Mary Schwed and Bill Schwed; 1 sister, Judy Scheidler. Visitation will be on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Alexandria Funeral Home from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM with the funeral service following at 12:00 PM. Interment will be in the Alexandria Cemetery, Alexandria, KY.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Patricia A. Jackson

Patricia A. Jackson, (nee Chandler), 68, of Alexandria, KY, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016 at home surrounded by her loving family. Pat was a domestic engineer and a small business owner where she loved making crafts, buying and selling antiques. She was preceded in death by her father, Bennie Clyde Chandler, a sister, Barbara Ahlers and a brother, Gary Chandler. Pat is survived by loving husband of 48 years, Jess Jackson; son, Jason (Kenda) Jackson; 3 grandchildren, Zada, Willow and Dean; mother, Nancy Ellen Chandler (nee DeZarn );  sister, Mary (David) Simmons; 3 brothers, Steve (Rhonda) Chandler, Mike Chandler and Doug Chandler; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Alexandria Funeral Home from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM with the funeral service immediately following at 12:00 PM, with Dr. Dennis Hammons officiating. Interment will follow at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, Williamstown, KY. Memorials are suggested to Henry Hosea House, 901 York St, Newport, KY 41071 or to American Brain Tumor Association at or 8550 W Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 550 Chicago, IL 60631

Thursday, November 24, 2016

John A. Gilliam

John A. Gilliam, age 77, of Fort Thomas, KY passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Highland Spring Fort Thomas. John was born September 9, 1939 in Corbin, KY. John graduated from Corbin High School in 1957 and Cumberland College in 1961. John will be best remembered as a special education teacher for 27 years in the Campbell County School System. He practiced inclusion for hundreds of students when others were simply exploring how to make it happen. John’s legacy of “changing lives for those who seek so little yet need more than most from those who are blessed to be able to give” will be forever remembered. John was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Kathryn (nee Bolton) Gilliam and a brother Captain Roy Gilliam USAF. He leaves behind hundreds of friends from, Corbin, First Baptist Church of Cold Spring, Spare Time Grill, Walmart, Meijer, card playing friends, former students and their families, and dear friends, Gene and Judi Gerding and family.  John requested a private service and interment in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Corbin, KY. Alexandria Funeral Home, Alexandria, KY, is in charge of arrangements.Memorials to The Point 104 West Pike Street, Covington, KY 41011, where a classroom in their new Education Center will be named in his honor.