Obituaries – 3/31/13

Published 12:00am Sunday, March 31, 2013

Veronica Thistle

Aug. 19, 1918-March 25, 2013

Veronica Gleichauf Thistle, 94, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2013, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. She was born Aug. 19, 1918, in Ironton, a daughter of the late Carl Joseph and Hilda Mantz Gleichauf. Veronica graduated in 1937, Salutatorian of her class at St. Joseph High School, Ironton.

She worked for 39 years at Ashland Oil Incorporated. She was executive secretary for J. Howard Marshall for four years. She was a member of Ashland Arcoettes Girls Club. She was also an active member of the Bellefonte Garden Club. She was a longtime member of Holy Family Church.

She was married to James F. Thistle in 1950 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ironton.

After her retirement, she was a volunteer with the Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Auxiliary for 15 years and King’s Daughters and Sons Home for the Aged for 20 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, brother, Carl E. Gleichauf, and sister, Clara Handley Houlihan.

Survivors include her brother, Joseph A. Gleichauf of Huntington; sister, Jutta Gleichauf of Rochester, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Dovie Gleichauf of Ironton and Mary Lois Robinson of Sistersville, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Church by Father John P. Noe and Rev. Father Tobasis Sabarian on Monday. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens.

Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Contributions in Veronica’s memory may be made to Holy Family School, 923 Winchester Ave., Ashland, KY, 41101.

Online condolences may be sent to


Ruby McGinnis

Feb. 1, 1928-March 28, 2013

Ruby J. “MawMaw” McGinnis, 85, of Ironton, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Hospice of Huntington in Huntington, W.Va. The Lowmansville, Ky., native was born Feb. 1, 1928, the daughter of the late John and Vina Murray Borders. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Glen E. McGinnis, who passed away Dec. 20, 1967.

Mrs. McGinnis attended Paintsville, Ky., schools and was a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Estelle Clark, Exer LeMaster and Ann Clark; and a brother, Samuel Borders.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Cliff Bowman of Willow Wood; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert E. and Teresa McGinnis of Ironton; a sister, Nellie Connelly of Salyersville, Ky.;

a brother, Melvin Borders of Riverview, Fla.; four grandsons, Alan Bowman, Aaron Bowman, Michael McGinnis, and Patrick McGinnis, all of Ironton; and five great grandchildren, Kaya Bowman, Zane Bowman, both of Flatwoods, Ky., W. Tyler Nicholes of Omaha, Neb., Brianna McGinnis of Dayton and Brody McGinnis of Ironton

Graveside services were Saturday in Wheelersburg Memorial Burial Park with the Rev. James Cremeans officiating. There was no public visitation. Phillips Funeral Home handled the arrangements. The family would like to thank all the staff at the Emogene Dolin Hospice House of Huntington for the wonderful care that they gave their mother. To offer condolences to the family, please visit


Arthur Childers

Arthur E. Childers, 49, of Chesapeake, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home.


Carl Schwab

March 1, 1931-March 29, 2013

Carl “Pete” David Schwab, 82, of Ironton, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Ironton.  The Ironton native was born March 1, 1931, a son to the late John Edward and Goldie Mae (Hackworth) Schwab.

Mr. Schwab was a 1949 graduate of Hanging Rock High School.  Carl went on to enlist in the United States Army where he served during the Korean War.  He later served the community of Ironton for 25 years as a city fireman.  Carl was of the Lutheran faith and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ironton.  He was also a big fan of the Cincinnati Bengals only missing six games since they started playing in 1967.  Carl was often referred to as the “candy man” for his love of passing out candy.

Carl is survived by a son, Darrell (Tina) Schwab of Kitts Hill; two brothers, Paul (Wanda) Schwab and Richard (Gloria) Schwab, both of Ironton; a sister in-law, Ida Mae Schwab of Ironton; and two grandchildren, Zach and Zane Schwab, both of Kitts Hill.

In addition to his parents, Carl is preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy Joe and Edward Schwab; and one granddaughter, Kayla Renee Schwab.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Tuesday at Tracy Brammer – Monroe Funeral Home with Pastor David Ritchie officiating.  Interment will immediately follow at Woodland Cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 8850.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be John Brumfield, John Barren Pemberton, Mike Pemberton, Zachary Schwab, Jimmy Worley and William Schwab.  Alternate pallbearer is Howard Herrell.

Condolences may be made online to the Schwab family by visiting


Ronald Jenkins

Oct. 19, 1928-March 29, 2013

Ronald P. Jenkins, 84, of Ironton passed away Friday March 29, 2013, at his residence. The Lawrence County native was born Oct. 19, 1928, a son of the late Anthony and Helen Venz Jenkins. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Charlene Delores Jones Jenkins.

Ronald attended Ironton City Schools and was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran. He retired as an operator for Allied Chemical with 30 years of service in 1978 and also worked for Ashland Oil as a truck driver for eight years. He was a member of Sharon Baptist Church and lived in the Ironton area all his life.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Lois Day.

In addition to his wife he is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Jeffery and Tina Jenkins of Cabot, Ark.; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and George Aldridge of Ironton; brother and sister-in-law, Sherman and Joanna Jenkins of South Point; six grandchildren, John Andrew Jenkins, Charles Travis Jenkins, Jeffery Daniel Jenkins, Nicholas Tanner Jenkins, George William Aldridge Jr. and Ronald Todd Aldridge; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Woodland Cemetery with Chaplin Randy Tate officiating. Military graveside rites will be by VFW Post 8850. There will be no visitation. Phillips Funeral Home, Ironton is in charge of the services. To offer condolences to the family please visit


Anna Weber

March 14, 1924-March 29, 2013

Anna Mae Weber, 89, of Ironton, passed away Friday March 29, 2013, at her residence. The Ironton native was born March 14, 1924, a daughter of the late Emmitt Ray Wilson and Maude Baldwin Wilson.

Anna graduated from Hanging Rock High School and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ironton. She was a sports fan, loved her family and was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved St. Joseph High School because her great-grandson Ronnie went there. She loved gardening and loved Ashland University where her grandson Scott played baseball.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by daughter, Nancy Kay Robinson; sister, Doris Whitt;

sister, Mary Kelly; brother, Emmitt Ray Wilson Jr. husband, William Christian; husband, William Weber; and grandson, Ronald William Robinson.

She is survived by sister, Carolyn Davidson of Hanging Rock; grandson and his wife, Scott and Keri Robinson of Lancaster; granddaughter, Christi Brown of Ironton; great-grandson, Ronnie Brown of Ironton; great-granddaughter, Alexis Washburn of Columbus; niece, Linda Dewitz of Ironton; niece, Susie Carmon of Ironton; niece, Karen Marshall of Ironton; nephew, Jeff Davidson of Ironton; and niece, Sandra Kelly Stewart of Ironton.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home with Father David Huffman officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family please visit

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