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October 10, 2013



Becky Berger, 35, of Stamping Ground, formerly of Versailles, fiancée of Michael Wilson, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Georgetown Community Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, she was a graduate of Woodford County High School.

In addition to her fiancé, she is survived by her parents, Buddy and Donna Spicer Berger, Versailles; a daughter, Hannah Marie Berger, Stamping Ground; a son, Jonathan Austin Berger; and a brother, Bryan Berger (Rita Gipson), both of Versailles.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 10, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, by the Rev. Carl Jones. Burial will follow at Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Kevin Wilson, Danny Berger, Randall Berger, Glen Berger, Donnie Carman, and Johnny Snow. Honorary bearer will be Larry Dale Berger.

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John Frederick Cooper, 74, of Sarasota, Fla., husband of Joan Fodrea Cooper, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Versailles.

Born June 20, 1939, in Bucyrus, Ohio, he was the son of the late Adam Warren and Elizabeth George Cooper. In 1962 he received a B.S. degree in agriculture from Ohio State University, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity. He worked for over 12 years as a cost accountant for Ohio Locomotive Crane, Inc. He was a member of the St. Wilfred’s Episcopal Church in Sarasota, Fla., and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Versailles. He previously served as a 4-H Leader in Crawford County, Ohio, and in the Lions Club in Indiana and Ohio.

In addition to his wife of 46 years, he is survived by two sons, Todd (Angel) Cooper, Georgetown, and Scott Cooper, Annapolis, Md.; two grandchildren, Ian Cooper and Angelique Frisby White; and two sisters, Sue Byrnes, Freemont, Ohio, and Julia (Paul) Pfeifer of Bucyrus, Ohio.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 8, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Versailles by Fr. Philip C. Linder. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, Kosair Charities, or Special Olympics.



Peggy "GiGi" Ann Finneran Kaiser, 62, of Louisville, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Louisville.

Born June 2, 1951, she was the daughter of Bettie Blackburn Finneran and the late Bernard Finneran. She was a Catholic by faith and was employed by Norton Suburban Hospital in food and nutrition services. She was a graduate of Eastern High School in Louisville.

Survivors include two sons, Scott (Sarah) Lyverse, Danville, and Jeremy Lyverse, Louisville; two grandchildren, Mason and Meredith; her mother, Bettie Finneran (Larry Crews), Salem; a brother, Ben (Debra) Finneran, Louisville, and a nephew, Brian Finneran, Florida.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 4, in Louisville. Burial was Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Versailles Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home handled local arrangements.

Memorial gifts are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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William Lee Mulder, 58, husband of Greta McGuffey Mulder, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of Georgia Bell Howard of Versailles and the late John William Mulder. He was a former employee of Keeneland and had also worked for L&N Glass Co. He was a member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Lena LaBell Mulder, Versailles; two sons, William Mulder Jr., Spokane, Wash., and Joseph Emanuel Mulder, Versailles; a stepdaughter, Shauntia Blair, Frankfort; two sisters, Mae Mulder and Patricia Howard, both of Versailles; and two brothers, Maurice Mulder Sr., Versailles, and James (Lorene) Mulder, Lexington. A sister, Myrtle Mulder; a brother, Robert Mulder; and a grandchild, Rocco Mulder, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, followed by funeral services at 1 p.m. The Rev. Don Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in the Steele Cemetery.

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Lorena Southworth Newton, 86, widow of Everette C. Newton, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born April 27, 1927, on a farm on McCowans Ferry Road, she was the daughter of the late Alvin Thomas and Sallie Jane Warring Southworth. She was a graduate of the Versailles High School and as a young lady had been employed behind the counter at the former Duncan Drug Store in Versailles. She became a bookkeeper and accountant, worked in Lexington for Tafel Electric and the L.R. Cooke Chevrolet dealership. She resided in Tampa, Fla., for many years prior to retiring to Versailles. She was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Larry J. Stephens, of Santa Clarita, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Warren Southworth; and three sisters, Ora Thomas Clark, Alice Woodford Knisely, and Mildred Florence Redmon, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 10, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tim Thompson and the Rev. Rebecca Peterson. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Edward H. Southworth, Jaime Carpenter, Scott Ackerman, Ken Joyce, Chuck Dugan, and Josh Slugantz. Honorary bearers will be Colin Martin, Michael Southworth, Robert C. Southworth, and Ralph Carpenter.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Ronald Rarden, 50, husband of Amy Shea Rarden, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Huntsville, Ala., he was the son of the late Owen Rarden and Edna Mills Rarden. He was a graduate of Woodford County High School and had worked at Meritor in Frankfort.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Melissa (Joshua) Rarden-Willoughby and Katee Rarden; three grandchildren, Luke, Jenna, and Zion Willoughby; and his in-laws, Mike and Virginia Shea, all of Versailles.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tommy Hall and the Rev. Bryan Roberts. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mike Shea, Joshua Willoughby, Shon King, Calvin Keller, Tom Caywood, and Erik Taylor. Honorary bearers were Garnett Gray and Jamie Smoot.

Contributions are suggested to the Rockpointe Church of Lancaster, 147 Powhatan Trail, Versailles, KY 40383, or to the Crosspointe Church, 130 Depot Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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