Mary Christiani

Mary Louise Gierada Christiani, 82, of Florence, Indiana, died Monday, March 16, 2020, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.

She was born Jan. 21, 1938, in Detroit, to Walter Peter and Eleanor Mary Redman Gierada. She was raised in Allen Park, Michigan, and was a 1956 graduate of Allen Park High School. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit and was an accountant for several years in Tampa, Florida. She was a member of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay, Indiana. She was a wonderful homemaker and mother, a member of the Red Hat Society and Posey Tappers Homemakers. She was also a 4-H leader and held various offices. She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and reading books.

Survivors include her husband, Anthony B. “Tony” Christiani, of Florence; her children, Phillip Christiani of Tampa, Felicia Lynam of Vevay, Jennifer Dadabbon Waxhaw, North Carolina, David Christiani of Gulfport, Mississippi and Matthew Christiani of Cedar, Michigan; and seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Anna “Nancy” Felegy.

Private only family prayer service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Private only family visitation will be 11 a.m, until time of service Friday at the funeral home. Private only family interment will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 23, in the Ottawa Park Cemetery, Clarkston, Michigan.

A public memorial mass will be held at a later date at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at

Alan Ellis

Alan W. Ellis, 65, of Florence, Indiana, died Monday, March 9, 2020, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.

He was born Oct, 14, 1954, to Walter and Freda Ellis. He was a mechanic and enjoyed welding, painting, excavating, working on cars, operating his tractor, cutting firewood and his dogs

He is survived by his children, Danette King, of Warsaw, Kentucky, Joe Ellis and Shawn Ellis, both of Dry Ridge, Kentucky; and 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Christine Spencer Ellis; and two brothers, Terry and Dennis Ellis.

According to his wishes, there will be no services.

Arrangements by Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service in Madison, Indiana. Online condolences,

Marshall Huttsell

Marshall Huttsell, 81, of Hanover, Indiana, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehab Center in Vevay, Indiana. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre-Hanover Chapel in Hanover.

Kenneth Lail

Kenneth “Ken” Ray Lail, 81, of Bristol, Indiana, died Thursday, March 12, 2020, at his home in Bristol.

He was born Dec. 15, 1938, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Larkin Sr. and Elizabeth Holmes Lail. A graduate of Henry Clay High School there, he attended the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. He married Linda Jane Bell of Trimble County and they lived there for several years while he served as a Kentucky State Police Trooper. After leaving law enforcement in 1964, he joined Grote Manufacturing in Madison, Indiana, before moving to Elkhart, Indiana, in 1971. In Elkhart, he held numerous management positions in the recreational vehicle industry until 1980 when he and his wife co-owned and partnered in Keyline Sales and Linken Inc. He was also president of Lail Realty LLC and a former member of the Rotary and Elks clubs.

He cherished being an Kentucky Colonel and the humorous questions that sometimes innocently arose since most of his northern friends and colleagues knew nothing about the honorary title.They often asked him if he knew Colonel Sanders. Although a high handicapper, he enjoyed playing golf and held membership at various country clubs, including Christiana Creek and Elcona near Elkhart and the Classics at Lely Resort in Naples, Florida. He had played baseball and basketball in his youth and coached Little League baseball and followed a variety of sports. He loved the beaches of Naples, Marco Island and Gulf Shores, and the outdoors. He loved to fish whether on the banks of the Ohio River, creeks of Kentucky, lakes of the south or the ocean.

He is survived by five children, Denise Crafton of Hanover, Indiana, Joy Bray of Wasilla, Alaska, Brian Lail of Elkhart, John Lail of Bright, Indiana and Leslie Lail Futterknecht of Bristol; a brother, Marion Lail of Lexington; and 12 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 54 years; his daughter, Jody; and his brother, Larkin Lail Jr.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow at Moffett Cemetery in Milton, Kentucky. Friends may visit from noon until time of services Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury Institute. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences,

Merle Smith Jr.

Merle Smith Jr., 61, of Turners Station in Carroll County, Kentucky, died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at his residence.

He was born on March 12, 1959, in San Pedro, California, to Merle Smith Sr. and Alberta Marie Eby Smith. He was president of Smith Tool and Fabrication in English, Kentucky, where here was a machinist. He was a member of the English Baptist Church and in his spare time enjoyed fishing, playing video games, nature and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his father; his wife, Yolanda Popp Smith, of Turners Station; a daughter, Kristian Elizabeth Stone of Turners Station; a son, Travis Smith of Turners Station; a sister, Diane Marie Hahn of Metamora, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother; a brother, Tony Lee Smith, and a grandchild, Gauge Chrisman Brock.

Due to current Centers for Disease Control guidelines to combat the coronavirus, funeral Services and visitation will be private at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton, Kentucky. Burial will be in the English Cemetery near Carrollton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Smith Family in care of the funeral home.

Lou Ann Wells

Lou Ann Richmond Wells, 66, of Madison, Indiana, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.