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Versailles, Ky.


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July 1, 2004



Elizabeth P. "Betty" Burger, 66, of Lexington, widow of K. Robert Burger, died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Samaritan Hospital.

Born in Irvington, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Alfred G. and Elsie Schnabel Reinke. She was a homemaker, and a registered nurse, receiving a B.S. degree in nursing at Alfred University in 1959. She was active with the Lexington Child Abuse Council and the Fayette County Republican Women's Club.

Survivors include three sons, Karl Robert Berger, Versailles, Kevin Ward Burger, Lexington, and Kenneth Gibson Burger, Belgrade, Mont.; two grandchildren, Kendal Reed and Marshall Alan Burger, Versailles; two sisters, Claire Marple, Singers Glen, Va., and Kathy Reinke, Atlanta, Ga.; and two nephews, Dan and Keith Marple.

Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, July 1, 2004, at W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland. Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Lexington Child Abuse Council.



Charles Leonard Hocker Sr., 91, of Louisville, widower of Anna Gertrude "Gertie" Hocker, died Saturday, June 26, 2004, at University of Louisville Hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident.

A native of Beaver Dam, he received a master's degree in education from the University of Kentucky and an undergraduate degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College. He was a retired training director for Naval Ordinance Station and a retired human resources director for Texas Instruments in Versailles. He was a lifetime member of the Methodist Men, a lay leader in the Methodist church, and a Sunday school teacher for over 60 years. He was a charter member of the Versailles Kiwanis Club and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was also a member of Louisville Prayer Breakfast, the American Society of Training Directors, Toastmasters International, and Shively United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his sons, Charles L. Hocker Jr., Greensburg, Ind., Melvin L. Hocker, Warner Robins, Ga., and Carl W. Hocker, Spartanburg, S.C.; his children's mother, Lola Catherine Scott, Warner Robbins, Ga.; a brother, John W. Hocker, Chesterton, Ind.; nine grandchildren, Brian L. Hocker, Ursula Holleman, Melissa Pope, Jennifer, Carl Jr. and Phillip Hocker and Ryan, Eric and Kevin Miller; and eight great-grandchildren. A daughter, Joan Catherine Miller; a granddaughter, Michelle Miller; and a sister, Mildred D. Hocker, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, June 28, 2004, at Shively United Methodist Church. Burial was in Sunnyside Cemetery in Beaver Dam. Owen Funeral Home, Louisville, and William L. Danks Funeral Home, Beaver Dam, were in charge of arrangements.

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Donna M. Grosskopf Maurer, 65, of Versailles, wife of Leo "Speed" Maurer, died Sunday, June 27, 2004.

Born March 31, 1939, in LaCrosse, Wis., she was the daughter of the late Donald and Lillian Grosskopf. She and her husband moved to Versailles in 1987. She was retired from Kmart and enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time with her family. She also was a member of Victory Lutheran Church in Lexington.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Lynette Maurer, LaCrosse, Wis., Lori Knutson, Lexington, and Paul Maurer, Versailles; four grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Balentine, Traverse City, Mich., and nephews Steve Balentine and Bradley Balentine.

A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at Victory Lutheran Church in Lexington by the Rev. Jonathan Zietlow.

Contributions may be made to Victory Lutheran Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Betty Ray Thore, 60, wife of Ray Thore, died Sunday June 27, 2004.

Born April 19, 1944, in Goodman, Mo., she was the daughter of Anna Ray of Nicholasville and the late Fred Ray.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by two sons, Wade Johnson, Versailles, and Marty Johnson. Indiana; three stepchildren, Kathy Tincher, Versailles, Monna Treadway, Nicholasville, and Tim Thore, Nicholasville; two sisters, Valda May, Nicholasville, and Patricia Martenelli, Port St. Johns, Fla.; a brother, Ronnie Ray, Rockford, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at the Southland Christian Church Chapel by the Rev. Wayne B. Smith. Burial was at the family farm at 2351 Mundys Landing Road, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Rodney Williams, Shawn Cook, Darrell Thore, Jack Selway, Landon Thore, and John Dale.

Memorials are suggested to one’s church or a favorite charity in memory of Betty Thore. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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