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A-6 Wednesday, September 8, 2021 The Press-Dispatch OBITUARIES Submit obituaries: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Deadline: 5 p.m. on Monday Obituary Deadline Every Monday at 5 p.m. MARGARET (PEGGY) JOAN HOWARD Margaret (Peggy) Joan (Schnelle) Howard went to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 5:07 p.m. at her home in Pe- tersburg, surrounded by fam- ily. This is where she resided with her daughter Cindy. She was born April 14, 1938, to Raymond E. Schnelle and Margaret E. Paschal Schnelle, in Kingman, Kansas, at home due to a snowstorm. She got the nickname Peg- gy as an infant. Her siblings and she were all baptized the same day by her grandfather on October 7, 1947. When she was 16, she gave her life to full- time Christian service, as all she wanted to be was a preach- er's wife. She went one year to Arkansas City Junior College studying music, then went to Minnesota Bible College in Minneapolis, Minn., studying music, Bible and education. She married John ( Jack) Wesley Howard Jr. on August 22,1959. Jack and Peggy were married for 56 years and served in Min- istry for 56 years. She attended the First Christian Church of Petersburg. She is survived by her three children Rochelle Woolsey, Cynthia L. Harrison, John Paul ( Judy) Howard. Also survived by her siblings, Joyce Ann Freese, Richard Howard and Lynn (Doug) Edwards. She has nine grandchildren, John William (Heather) Howard, Josh (Amber) Howard, Jor- dan Peters, Shelby (Nicolas) Dionicio, Jacob Peters, Ma- rissa (Stuart) Davis, Ian How- ard, Allie Harrison and Abbie Harrison; seven great-grand- children, Kaydence, Elli, Rea- gan, Rylan, Mikeyala, Wesley, and Caroline and multiple niec- es and nephews. She loved ev- erybody she met. If you knew Peggy, she was praying for you. She is preceded in death by her husband, John ( Jack) Wes- ley Howard Jr., her parents Raymond and Margaret, and her brother Eldon Schnelle Jr. and her nieces Billie and Kris- ti Drake. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 4 p.m. at the First Christian Church. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday at Noon until time of the services. Burial will take place in Ma- son, Ohio. Online condolences may be made to the family of Peggy Howard at odharrisfuneral- Memorial contri- butions may be made to the family to assist with travel ex- penses. Harris Funeral Home is entrusted with care. CLARICE AGNES NAU Clarice Agnes (Luff ) Nau, 87, passed away peacefully at Emory University Hospital in the Homestead Hospice Unit at 5:07 p.m. on July 20, 2021, not quite reaching her birth- date. She was born in Winslow on November 23, 1933, the daughter of Clarence and Ag- nes Luff. She grew up in rural Winslow and graduated from Winslow High School in 1951. A fter graduation, she moved to Evansville, where she met her future husband, Robert (Bob) Nau, while she was attending Lockyear Business College. They were married on June 16, 1957, after Clarice gradu- ated from Lockyear and Bob graduated from the University of Evansville. Their marriage nearly reached the milestone of 50 years when Bob passed away following heart bypass surgery and a lengthy hospi- talization. During their years together, they worked side by side at SenSitrol, Inc., an engi- neering firm which Bob found- ed in the early 1970s. Bob and Clarice lovingly raised two daughters, Cindi and Kathy, first in Haubstadt and then in Grayville, Ill. Both daugh- ters eventually went away to college and earned their de- grees. Cindi continued her schooling and pursued a doc- torate degree while Kathy re- turned to Grayville to teach pre-kindergarten to children in the same school she attend- ed as a little girl. Clarice and Bob moved to North Caroli- na to join Cindi and Chris in 1990, and subsequently Cla- rice gained employment in Engineering and Operations at Duke University. When Bob passed away in 2006, Clarice moved to Midlothian, Va., where Cindi and Chris had re- settled. For the next 13 years, Clarice played an active role in the family life shared by the Cornelissens. She took Emi- ly to dance class, she attend- ed sporting events and dance competitions, and she par- took in Sunday meals nearly every week with the Corne- lissen household. She found a special friend, Betty Lukadu, who resided in the same con- dominium complex. She and Betty enjoyed many activi- ties together, including shop- ping, eating out and watch- ing movies. While in Midlo- thian, Chris found a stray cat, which Clarice lovingly adopt- ed and named Odie. In 2019, the Cornelissens moved to Decatur, Ga., and Clarice and Odie made the move to the At- lanta suburb with them. For a year, they all resided in the FAITH O. HART Faith O. Hart, 80, of Winslow, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2021, at her home. She was born on April 5, 1941, in Evansville to Charles and Dolly (Milligan) Foster. She was a librarian at Pike County Public Library Winslow branch for over 10 years. She also served as a substitute teacher at Winslow Elementary School. She was a member of Muren Church of God. She loved her family very much and enjoyed teaching her younger elementary students. She is survived by her hus- band of 62 years, Bill Hart; sons, Michael W. Hart and Justin (Susan) Hart; grand- children, Andrea Hart, Ra- chael Hart, Jessica Hart, Di- ana Hart, Timothy W. Hart, Landon Hart, Billy Hart and Ava Hart; and 10 great-grand- children. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Timothy G. Hart; and her sister, Wan- da Woods. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Septem- ber 2, 2021, at Alexander East Chapel, with Rev. Clint Wool- sey officiating. A private buri- al followed at Park Lawn Cem- etery. Visitation was from 11 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home. PEACE of MIND Let our 130 years of experience aid you in your selection of a meaningful memorial. SCHUM MONUMENTS, INC. Dale, Indiana 812-937-4921 Local Representative RONALD WOODS 812-789-2009 RUTH SNYDER RUSSELL Ruth Snyder Russell, 92, of Owensboro, passed away Fri- day, Sept. 3, 2021, at Hermit- age Nursing and Rehab. The Petersburg native was born Oct. 14, 1928, to the late Hobart and Ida Cannon Cox. She attended business col- lege and worked as a systems analyst for Texas Gas until re- tirement in 1982. She was a member of Good Shepherd Church and the Yellow Banks Ladies Club of Owensboro. She is survived by four chil- dren, Rick (Diana) Snyder, of Owensboro, Nancy (Lar- ry) Sims, of Evansville, Joe (Faith) Snyder, of Rockport and Jenni Payne, also of Ow- ensboro; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and sister, Norma Messmer. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, Parvin Snyder in 1996 and a brother, Albert Cox. Service was at 2 p.m. Tues- day at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory with visita- tion from noon until time of service. Burial was in Rose- hill Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contri- butions to Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, 3337 K Y-144, Owensboro, K Y 42303. Memories and condolences for the family of Ruth Snyder Russell may be left at www. JO ANN DEFFENDALL Jo Ann Deffendall, 89, of Oakland City, IN, entered rest on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Amber Manor Care Center in Petersburg. She was born on June 14, 1932 in New Madrid Coun- ty, Mo. to Roy and Irene Fant Byers. She retired from Old Ben Coal Mine 1 and was member of U.M.W.A and Local #5179 and a member of Trinity Unit- ed Methodist Church. She was the first Lady Coal Miner for Old Ben Coal Company. She is survived by her chil- dren; Marcia ( John) Dodd, of Oakland City, Brenda (Lar- ry) Stoffel, of Mackey, James (Taunya) Deffendall, of Oak- land City and one brother, William (Zoe) Byers, of Ft. Branch; nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchil- dren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Def- fendall, parents and siblings Mildred Chism, Merl Burns, James Byers and Patsy Huie. Services will be at 10 a.m.on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at the Oakland City Church of The Nazarene with Rev.Darin D. Nossett, Rev. Matt Malin and Rev. Gene Burkhart officiat- ing, with burial in Forsythe Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Thursday at Lamb-Bash- am Memorial Chapel and from 9 a.m. until service on Friday at the church. Due to the increase of Covid-19, the family has asked that all attending wear face mask and observe social dis- tancing. Family and friends may send messages of comfort to LEON C. EMERSON Leon C. Emerson, 100, of Francisco, entered rest on Sat- urday, Sept. 4, 2021 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Oakland City. He was born on February 17, 1921 in Rupert, Ariz. to Ar- chie and Ora Emerson. He was an Army Veteran and served during W W II. He was retired from Whirl- pool Corp. after several years of employment and attend- ed Francisco General Baptist Church. He is survived; by three daughters, Darlene Jones, of Francisco, Marcella Folk- mann and Gail Landis, of Princeton; one brother, Way- lon Emerson, of Clinton, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren, step-grand- daughter, Stephanie Montz; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma L. Emer- son, parents, infant baby girl, Hazel; daughter, Onita Jean Gillihan; son, Larry C. Em- erson; brothers, Alvie, Bill, Bryce and Dormet Emer- son; sisters, Sybil Berry, Lo- is Hankins and LaVerne Mc- Donald. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Septem- ber 11,2021 at Lamb-Basham Memorial Chapel with burial in Francisco Cemetery. Rev. Katheryn Webb will be offi- ciating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until services on Satur- day at the chapel. Family and friends may send messages of comfort to DONALD R. ROBINSON Donald R. Robinson, 84, of Petersburg, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Jasper Memorial Hospital. He was born in Terre Haute, on June 24, 1937, to Perle and Katie Robinson. He lived in West Terre Haute until 1978, working as a farmer and owner-operator. He moved to Petersburg in 1978, and retired from truck- ing at 82 years old. He is survived by a son, Timothy Robinson; daughters Kimberly McDowell, Sabrina Miller and Pam House; grand- children, Shena House, Jimmy Lee Hegedus and Jacob Mill- er; brother, Jerry Robinson and sisters, Mary (Tom) Lin- son and Janet Robinson. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Gene Robinson, and grandson, Da- mon Robinson. Gravesides services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sep- tember 11, 2021 at Martin Cemetery in Littles. O.D. Harris Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Online condolences may be made at MARK FOX Mark Fox, 71, of Peters- burg, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021 at Deacon- ess Gateway in Newburgh, af- ter a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born in Washing- ton, on June 14, 1950 to the late Herman and Evelyn Fox. He married his high school sweetheart Kathy (Edwards) Fox on July 11, 1970 and worked for the telephone com- pany for nearly 40 years. A fter retiring, he went back to work for Electricom where he was presently employed. He was known for his hard work ethic and generosity, always giving to friends and family without expecting anything in return. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, and gar- dening. He was also a sports enthusiast who loved watch- ing IU basketball and St. Lou- is Cardinals baseball. He faith- fully attended the activities of his children and grandchil- dren. Above all, he was a ded- icated family man. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, of 51 years; daughters Keri (Dave) Barrett, Kristi (Shawn) McGillem, and Ja- cy ( Justin) Boyd; daughter- in-law Casi Horan; grandchil- dren Tanner (Abbi) Brooks, Sydney Brooks, Emily McGil- lem, Shelby Fox, Ava Fox, Bel- lami Boyd, and Bentley Boyd; sisters, Sandra Hensley and Barbara (Russell) Query; brothers Pete ( Joan) Fox and Brent ( Joyce) Fox; and numer- ous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son, Ryan Wesley Fox, par- ents, mother-in-law, Elsie Ed- wards, and sister, Jan. To honor Mark's wishes, no funeral service will be held. A celebration of Mark's life will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Walnut Hills Ceme- tery in Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Outdoor Adventure Foundation, give., or a charity of your choice. O.D. Harris Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Online condolences may be made at PAT TY LOU COX Patty Lou Cox, 80, of Peters- burg passed away September 1, 2021 at her residence. She was born July 27, 1941 in Petersburg, to William and Ruby (Kirk) Slaven. She was a 22 year member of the Petersburg First Bap- tist Church in Petersburg. Her greatest joys in life were spending time with her grand- children, gardening, and an- tiquing. She is survived by her daughter, Nikole Jones, of Pe- tersburg; grandchildren, Al- yssa (Seth) Hollander, Mad- ison Jones, and Reece Jones; and her sister, Jo Ann Willis, of New Bern, N.C. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Cox, par- ents, one son, Mike Cox and one brother, Bill Slaven. A celebration of life was at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, at the Petersburg First Bap- tist Church and visitation was from 4 p.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Micah 6:8 Project at www.micah68proj- Harris Funeral Home is entrusted with care. DEAN CHURCH June 9, 1945 -August 7, 2021 Thank You We are forever grateful to family and friends for the prayers, thoughts and support during our time of grief and loss. We are thankful for the love you have shown through calls, visits, cards, gis and meals. Your kindness and concern means a great deal to us. We extend a very special thank you to the doctors, nurses and all of the medical staff at the ICU unit at Memorial Hospital, in Jasper. eir compassion and efforts went beyond the call of duty. Most of all, we are overwhelmed by the peace God has given us through His Promise of eternal life. ank you, Jesus! Love, Peggy, Winnie and Jeremy and the family of Dean Church same household, but eventu- ally Clarice made the choice to move to an independent-living retirement community. She wanted to be with people her own age and to actively partic- ipate in activities like bridge, which she enjoyed as a young woman. She made many lovely friends in the Regency House, where she particularly loved the food, the company and the conversation. She lived there with her beloved Odie for about 18 months, through the lockdown and the pandem- ic. She even survived a bout with COVID-19 herself, hav- ing been partially protected by one dose of the available vaccine. She loved her family with all of her heart. She was a huge supporter of Chris' business and of her daughters' chosen career paths. Although Cla- rice's location prevented her from being actively involved in Kathy and Ally's day-to- day activities, she was a con- stant supporter of them both, always taking the time to learn about what was going on in Illi- nois. She called her grandson, Jeremy, "the apple of her eye" and she adored her beautiful granddaughter, Emily, whom she shepherded to all of those dance classes. She was look- ing forward to attending Emi- ly and Ryan Wall's wedding in November 2020. Unfortunate- ly, that event had to be post- poned due to the pandemic. Clarice loved to read and to work Sudoku and crossword puzzles, which she did every day. She will always be remem- bered for having a huge heart, for being smart, for being a hard and conscientious work- er, and for always having a car- ing and warm way about her. Even during her last days in the hospital, the nursing staff all commented on how sweet she was, always smiling. She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia (Cindi) Nau Cornelissen and Kathy Rae Nau Bishop. She will be lovingly remembered by her son-in-law, Christopher Wil- liam Cornelissen; her grand- children, Jeremy Christopher Cornelissen, Emily Kathryn Cornelissen and Ally London Bishop; along with many very special nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband of nearly 50 years, Robert Albert Nau. A celebration of life was on August 19, 2021, at Regency House in Decatur, Ga., for res- idents of the retirement com- munity. Friends and family are encouraged to attend a second celebration of life from 5 -7:30 p.m. on September 11, 2021, at her beloved brother and sis- ter-in-law's rural property lo- cated at 5000 east, 250 South, Francisco. Clarice will be in- terred with her late husband, Bob, at Locust Hill cemetery in Evansville on September 13, 2021. LOUIE CAMPBELL Sales Professional CALL OR TEXT 812-899-6267 @LouieYourCarGuy HWY. 64 W. 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