Obituaries – 5/26/15

Published 8:56 am Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Doris Bill

April 3, 1923—May 23, 2015

Doris Margaret Bill, 92 of Bradford, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Versailles Health Care Center. Doris was born in Wayne County, on April 3, 1923, to the (late) Carl & Augusta (Matty) Marti. She was a retired school teacher from Mount Vernon School District; and a member of the Ebenezer Methodist Church, Mount Vernon. Doris taught elementary school for 32 years and was always proud of her students and her profession. One of her favorite sayings was “every student has something to offer and it is your responsibility as a teacher to find out what it is.” Just recently a former student (now retired after a successful career) wrote to Doris and said “It was you who taught me HOW to learn. I will always believe it was that way you were teaching and reaching out to each of us to make sure we understood not just the “how” of learning but also the “why” of learning.”

After her retirement to care for her aging mother, Doris enjoyed playing the role of Mother Goose at school events and sharing those stories. She also enjoyed volunteering in local nursing homes. Doris loved art, poetry, stamp collecting, traveling and spending time with her family especially the grandchildren.

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Preceded in death by her parents, Lewis J Bill, her husband of 60 years, March 29, 2005; and brother, Fred Marti, Doris is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law, Stephan and Abbie Bill of Boca Raton, Florida, David and Lou Ann Bill of Bradford, Larry and Lisa Bill of Bradford; her two daughters and sons-in-law, Dr. Karleen Callahan and her husband, Dr. Don Blumenthal of Salt Lake City, Utah, Laura and Rich Miller of Mount Vernon; seven grandchildren, Adrienne Bill and Nab Fonseca, Julianne Bill, Erica Moxley, Austin Miller, Lee Miller, Ryan and Amanda Peiffer, Thao and John Blanchard; four great-grandchildren, Isaac Blanchard, Dylan Blanchard, Logan Peiffer and Ryder Fonseca; brother, Stan Marti of West Salem; sister, Carol Stewart of Denver, Colorado; and a host of nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Services will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Condolences may be sent to the family at



Thalia Holtzapfel

Dec. 8, 1937 — May 22, 2015

Thalia Holtzapfel, 77, of Ironton, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, at her residence. She was born Dec. 8, 1937, to the late Peter and Ruth (Cloran) Burke. Thalia is survived by her husband, James L. Holtzapfel, whom she married Nov. 24, 1956.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two aunts, Helen Cloran and Beatrice Cloran; and an uncle, Albert Burke.

Thalia was a 1956 graduate of St. Joseph High School and a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. She was former legal secretary for attorneys David and Frank McCown. She was a former employee of the Lawrence County Courthouse, where she worked in the prosecutor’s office, clerk of courts and the board of elections. She was a former member of the CO-OP Club, member of the Democratic Committee, Elks Lodge 177 and officer for the Legal Secretary Association. Thalia enjoyed playing cards, reading, horse racing and bowling.

In addition to her husband Thalia is survived by, two daughters, Cynthia (Dean) McAllister, of Columbus, and Christi (Tom) Waybright, of Ironton; three sons, James Holtzapfel, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Kenneth (Brenda) Holtzapfel, of Cincinnati, and Nicholas Holtzapfel, of Ironton; a brother, Peter (Mary) Burke, of Columbus; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church with Father David Huffman officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Dean McAllister, Jim Holtzapfel, Nick Holtzapfel, Tom Waybright, Ken Holtzapfel, Christopher Willard, Scott McAllister, Joshua Holtzapfel and Rob Williams.

Donations may be made to Community Hospice, 1535 Central Ave., Ashland, KY 41101 or St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, 611 Center St., Ironton, OH 45638. To offer condolences to the Holtzapfel family, please visit



Jerry Thacker

Jerry Dale Thacker, 53, of Chesapeake, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.



Jeanie Beckley

Jeanie Lou Beckley, 73, of Huntington, West Virginia, died Monday, May 25, 2015, at Huntington Health & Rehabilitation Center, Huntington, West Virginia. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.



Paul Stapleton

Paul Stapleton, 80, of Ironton, died Monday, May 25, 2015, at home. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.



Kristen Connor

Kristen Connor, 30, formerly of Crown City, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. Arrangements are pending at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville.