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September 18, 2014



Robert McAfee Brewer, 86, of Lexington, husband of Katherine Alexander Brewer, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.

Born June 9, 1928, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Juliet Maxwell Goddard and Lawrence Condit Brewer. He was a descendant of two pioneer families who joined Capt. James Harrod to establish Harrodsburg as Kentuckyís first settlement. He was a businessman and attorney who operated a grain mill specializing in manufacturing horse feeds and was active in the management of several cattle and tobacco farms in Central Kentucky, including in Woodford County. He was a graduate of the University High School, Princeton University (cum laude) and the University of Kentuckyís College of Law. A Korean War veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served in combat duty for 14 months in Korea. He continued his association with the Naval Reserve for 26 years upon returning to Lexington and held command of four Reserve units in Kentucky, culminating in Group Commander of all 14 Reserve units in the commonwealth. He was an endowment trustee of the former Woodford Memorial Hospital, a member of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission, president of the Lexington Rotary Club and co-chairman of the Bluegrass chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He was also a University of Kentucky Fellow and served as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and deacon at the First Presbyterian church in Lexington, and elder and Clerk of the Session of the New Providence Presbyterian Church in McAfee and as a member of the Small Church Committee of the Transylvania Presbytery.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by two daughters, Jean Brewer, Lexington, and Juliet Brewer, Los Angeles, Calif.; a son, Robert (Kelly) Brewer; and three grandchildren, Carter Holloway Brewer, Eleanor Clay Brewer and Juliet Smith Brewer, all of Lexington.

Visitation will be held today, Thursday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., and a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church on Friday at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. Honorary casket bearers will be Charles Baldecchi, James E. Bassett, Phillip Boyd, Dr. James G. Gay, Dr. Robert Goodman, George Jett, Kris Kleinsasser, Charles Kraus III, Dr. Andrew C. McGregor, Robert E. Milward, Dr. William C. Robertson Jr., W. Craig Robertson, Sam Thomas, Matthew C. Tierney, Robert W. Weant, and members of the Cricket Club. Milward Funeral Home-Broadway is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Fund for Excellence, c/o The Lexington School, 1050 Lane Allen Road, Lexington, KY 40504.



Theresa C. Fitzgerald, 87, widow of Thomas Fitzgerald, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

Born in Bronx, New York, she was the daughter of the late Edmund and Catherine Burke. She earned a BA from Hunter College and obtained a masterís degree from Columbia University in library science. She began her career at the New York Public Library, was a director of the Woodford County Library, was on the board of the Woodford County Library and the Midway Free Public Library, and was a librarian at the "Blood Horse" magazine for 15 years. She volunteered as a part-time librarian at St. Leoís School for 18 years and was leader of the St. Leo Stamp Club for 40 years. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church for 57 years. Other activities included serving on the first St. Leo School Board, the Lexington Catholic High School Board, and she was member of the Board of Birthright of Lexington. She received the Woodford County B&PW Woman of the Year award in 1968, was nominated in 1987 for the WYCA Woman of Achievement in Lexington, was nominated for the Dogwood Dominion Award for dedication to the Thoroughbred Racing Industry in 1996, received the Diocese of Lexington Parish Award in 1998, was honored by Woodford County Library for her years of service in 2006, and received an award from Eire Philatelic Society in 2010 for her years of service to young stamp collectors.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary (Joe) Martin, Catherine (Daniel) Zink, and Margaret (Karl) Gdovka; three sons, Edmund (Laura) Fitzgerald, Thomas Fitzgerald Jr., and Patrick (Andrea) Fitzgerald; three granddaughters, Bridget Fitzgerald, Kathleen Fitzgerald, and Zoe Zink; four grandsons, Burke Fitzgerald, Brent (Catherine) Fitzgerald, Christopher Fitzgerald, and Brendan Zink; a great-granddaughter, Sophia Fitzgerald; a sister, Mary Drissel Ryan; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 18, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Danny Schwendeman. Interment will follow at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Leo Building Fund, Right to Life of Lexington, Birthright of Lexington, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Steven Wayne Hensley, 65, of Versailles, husband of Evelyn Austin Hensley, died Thursday, July 31, 2014, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born in Estill County, he was the son of the late Elmer and Mildred Smith Hensley. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of the American Legion Post #341 in Lexington, and a member of the Clear Creek Baptist Church. He was a retired roofer and had worked for Tri State Roofing for over 20 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Anya (Michael) Newton, Bagdad; a son, Austin (Ann) Hensley, Versailles; two grandsons, Benjamin Sott and Matthew Eller, Versailles; five sisters, Brenda Webb, Berea, Patricia Carol (Bill) Wilson, Waco, Bettie (Paul) Rose, Irvine, Barbara (Walter) Woosley, Waco, and Peggie (Herman) Abney, Richmond; two brothers, Charles (Carol) Hensley, Waco, and Jeff (Karen) Hensley, Irvine; and numerous nieces and nephews. A brother, Larry Hensley, and a sister, Nancy Williams, are deceased.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Tom Hinkle and the Rev. Dave Menser. Burial with military honors will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Double Springs Cemetery in Waynesburg.

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Juanita Clark Mulder 80, widow of Cad Mulder, died recently.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 17, at First Baptist Church, Bracktown.Hawkins-Taylor Funeral Home, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Robert Joseph Pietrzak, 63, of Lancaster, husband of Lesia Williams Pietrzak, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Born May 2, 1951, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late Edward Joseph and Dorothy Marion Ches Pietrzak. He was a retired service technician for Southeast Banking.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert Andrew Pietrzak, Lancaster; a sister, Dorothy (Mike) Wischow, Troy, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Linda Wiley, Versailles; a brother, Thomas (Dorothy) Pietrzak, Roseville, Mich.; and his mother-in-law, Ann (John) Gumm, Standford.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 12, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Terri Smith, Mike Macon, Brian Wiley, Jeremy Wiley, Jason Wischow, and Scott Pietrzak. Honorary bearers were Dr. Randall Wilson, Kurt Bond, and John Leichliter.

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Sarah Roark Sandknop, 49, of Versailles, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.

Born Sept. 17, 1964, in Louisville, she was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Roark of Paris. She was a member of St. Johnís Episcopal Church.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a daughter, Audrey Sandknop, Versailles; a son, Eric Sandknop, Versailles; two sisters, Leslie (Greg) Jordan, Ohio, and Eleanor Roark, Lexington; a brother, Sam (Terri) Roark, Lexington; and the father of her children, Joseph Sandknop, Lexington.

Visitation will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church. A celebration of life service will begin at 4 p.m., conducted by Fr. Phillip Linder and Deacon Donna Barr. A reception will be held after the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Verna Dell Snow, of Frankfort, widow of Galen "Jack" Anderson Snow, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

A native of Calloway County, she owned and operated Dellís Beauty Salon in Frankfort for many years.

Survivors include three children, Brenda G. Parks Newbern Tenn., Lonnie (Barbara Jean) B. Snow, Finley Ill., and Anna Karen (Kay) Harp (Sam), Lebanon, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Elm Grove Cemetery in Murray. Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

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Donald Watkins Sr., 70, of Versailles, formerly of Henry County, Tenn., died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at the Frankfort Regional Hospital.

Born Aug. 24, 1944, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the so of the late Bernie Watkins and Florence Dilly Watkins. He was a retired Fed Ex truck driver. He served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. in Paris, Tenn., and a member of the N.R.A.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer McCoy (Rick) Smith, Rockwood, Tenn.; two sons, Donald "Donnie" Watkins Jr. and Jason Watkins, both of Versailles; a sister, Shirley Takas, Toledo, Ohio; a brother, Bernie Watkins Jr., Ohio; four grandchildren, David Gater, Daniel Sarver, Delayna Sarver, and Dalton Andrew Watkins; and his former wife, Martha Watkins, Paris, Tenn. A sister, Joyce Watkins, and two brothers, David Watkins and Paul Watkins, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Foundry Hill Baptist Cemetery near Puryear, Tenn., by Joe Page. Ridgeway Funeral Home, Paris, Tenn., was in charge of arrangements.


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