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Obituaries – 5/28/2020

Joanne Rambacher

Oct. 23, 1925–May 25, 2020


Joanne Geswein McKnight Rambacher, 94, of Ironton, passed away Monday, May 25, 2020, at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s and Memory Care, Russell, Kentucky.


She was born Oct. 23, 1925 in Ironton, the daughter of the late Joseph and Stella (Cannon) Geswein.


She was a 1944 graduate of Ironton St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Ironton. She attended St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church of Ironton.


In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husbands, James B. (Bruce) McKnight on June 4, 2001 and Frederick “Gene” Rambacher on April 14, 2008; one brother, Dr. Gerard C. Geswein; three sisters, Evelyn Riley, Margaret Lutz and Agnes Baum; two sons, Brian and Dennis; one grandson, Matthew McKnight; and one great-grandson, CW Williams.


Joanne is survived by three daughters, Dianne (Mike) McFann, Karen (Roger) Williams, both of Ironton and Denise (John) Carpenter, of Port Orange, Florida; five sons, Jim (Kathi) McKnight, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Greg (Cathy) McKnight, of Trenton, Jeff (Cathy) McKnight and Tim (Lisa) McKnight, both of Ironton, and Chris (Khris) McKnight, of Greensboro, Georgia; 26 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.


Memorial Mass will be held at a later time pending finalization of service arrangements.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Lawrence O’Toole Catholic Church or the Catholic schools of Ironton.



James Moore

March 28, 1954– May 26, 2020


James “Jim” Millard Moore, 66, of Franklin Furnace, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Ohio State University’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital.


He was born March 28, 1954 to the late Arthur Moore Jr. and Ethel (Morrison) Moore and is survived by his wife, Deborah (Sadler) Moore, whom he married June 28, 1975.


Jim was a 1972 graduate of Green High School and coached several seasons in both softball and basketball at his Alma mater. During and after high school, he served as a volunteer fireman at Green Township Volunteer Fire Department. After retiring from United Parcel Service, Jim spent his time doing what he enjoyed best — fishing, playing music, gardening, race cars, taking in stray animals, vacationing on the coastline of Florida and enjoying watching his grandchildren playing sports.


Along with Deborah, Jim is survived by two children, Courtney Layne (Moore) Waginger, of Ironton, and Arrick Jason Moore, of Cincinnati; one brother, George Lewis Moore, of Franklin Furnace; six grandchildren, Beckham Waginger, Barret Waginger, Bentlee Waginger, Boston Waginger (all of Ironton), Adeline Moore and Alexander Moore, of Cincinnati; mother-in-law, Nancy (Sadler) Estes, of Ironton; father-in-law, Ralph Estes, of Ironton; three sisters-in-law, Brenda (Staker) Moore, of Franklin Furnace; Kimberly (Sadler) Reed, of Ironton; Jamie Sadler, of Rockingham, North Carolina; one son-in-law, Josh Waginger of Ironton; one daughter-in-law, Krista Wiseman-Moore, of Cincinnati; and a brother-in-law, Dave Reed of Ironton.


The family wishes to extend a special thank-you to the nurses and doctors of the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital for the loving care given to Jim over the years.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Unverferth House https://unverferthhouse.org/ in Columbus. This extended stay apartment complex allows family members whose loved ones are receiving treatment to stay free of charge. Jim’s family were blessed to have this resource during his care over the years.


Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Haverhill Cemetery with Pastor Steve Harvey officiating. A memorial service for friends and family will be scheduled at a later date in the near future.


Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, is honored to serve the Moore family.


Online condolences may be made at phillipsfuneralhome.net.