Obituaries June 6 to June 13 (continued)

Joseph Victor Petro, Jr.

LEXINGTON — Joseph Victor Petro, Jr., 78, husband of Patricia Anders Petro, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Born in Lexington November 4, 1932, he was the son of Joseph Victor Petro and Helen Louise Kadel Petro. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Henry Clay High School. He studied fine art under Victor Hammer at Transylvania University, Lexington, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

In 1954, Transylvania University selected Petro to present Dwight D. Eisenhower a pencil drawing of Man o’ War in commemoration of the Presidential visit to the Bluegrass. He did graduate studies in art applied to medicine at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, and was the first full-time art teacher at The Lexington School. He later moved to Rome, Italy, where he was the head of the Department of Applied Art in the Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago and visiting professor of art at John Cabot International College. During his years in Rome, he served as art editor of the Italian language magazine Americana, published by the U.S. Information Agency, and cultural advisor for the American Embassy. While abroad, he worked and traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

When he returned to the U.S. in 1977, Petro assumed the post of artist-in-residence at Transylvania University. In 1983, he completed the mural in the lobby of Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown, Ky. Nine feet tall by seventy-five feet wide, the mural depicts a panorama of medicine in America. In 1992, he designed the postage stamp “My Old Kentucky Home” for the U.S. Postal Service to commemorate 200 years of Kentucky statehood. In the mid-1990s, The Lexington Cemetery commissioned the painting for their offices “Henry Clay’s speech at the Lower Market House, Lexington, Ky., November 13, 1847; among those in the crowd is Congressman-Elect Abraham Lincoln.”

Petro’s work ranged from highly scientific illustrations to acclaimed oil portraits of many of Kentucky’s notable and prominent residents, including several judges in the Fayette County Circuit Court and Kentucky Supreme Court and over thirty college presidents. Also known for his equine paintings, Petro’s works are in the Keeneland Collection and the Oaklawn Triple Crown Collection, and he also served as art editor of the Thoroughbred Record Magazine. He did illustrations for Family Weekly Magazine, the Brown and Bigelow Calendar Company, Brown-Forman Distillers, and Westinghouse; and scientific and medical illustrations for major medical journals and textbooks. His work has appeared in major publications, such as Holiday, National Geographic, Better Homes & Gardens and U.S. News & World Report. His paintings are found in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe, including a bronze sculpture in the Hermitage Museum, Leningrad, Russia, and works in the personal collections of four U.S. presidents and 37 governors. He has had solo exhibitions in several university museums, including the University of Kentucky Art Museum, and in galleries in major American cities. A traveling show of his work sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C., was exhibited in embassies throughout Central and South America. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators, the National Society of Arts and Letter, and the Artists’ Equity Association.

Petro touched many lives and made countless friends over the years, both here and in his ‘bella Roma.’ He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, John Andrew Petro. Besides his wife, he is survived by: two children, Joseph V. Petro III (Rachael Sadinsky) of Lexington and Jennifer Leslie Petro Steck (John) of New Orleans; two sisters, Lois Petro Edmiston (Jack) of Lexington and Marilyn Petro Pace of Richmond, Ky.; three grandchildren, Catherine Allison Steck, John Crawford Steck, Jr., and William Hannon Steck, all of New Orleans; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be missed by extended family members, James E. Anders (Betsy), Cady Lindberg (Foster), Jamie Hanks (Linda Yates), Mark Hanks (Cindy), Lissa Archer, and Patricia’s grandchildren, Justin and Matthew Hanks, Will Johns, and Jamie and Samuel Lindberg.

Milward-Broadway is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Milward-Broadway. Memorial services will be conducted Monday, June 13, 2011, at the Chapel in Old Morrison Hall, Transylvania University with visitation at 11 a.m. prior to the service at noon. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to: Transylvania University (300 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508), The Arboretum (500 Alumni Drive, Lexington, KY 40503), or Hospice of the Bluegrass (2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504).

Edna M. Oliver Botts

RICHMOND — Edna M. Oliver Botts, 79, wife of Ben C. “Benny” Botts, of West Kentucky Avenue, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, in Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond. Edna was a native of Madison County, a housewife and a charter member of the Anchor Baptist Church. Other than her husband, Benny, she is survived by: one sister-in-law, Ruby Oliver of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Robert E. and Jenny Long Oliver; four brothers, the Rev. Zora Oliver, James Marvin Oliver, Elwood Oliver and Lonzie E. Oliver; two half brothers, Luther and Leamon Oliver; and one sister, Viola Oliver Ross.

Funeral services for Edna will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June11, 2011, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with the Rev. Chris Carroll officiating. Burial will follow in Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, June 10, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Norman Oliver, Kevin Oliver, Gary Oliver, Glen Ross, Donnie Ross, L. B. Oliver and Leamon Oliver. Honorary pallbearers will be Lewis Lane, Aubrey Spivey, Bill Tillett, Jim Speller and Paul Oliver.

Federico Astello Pina, age 23, died Sunday, June 5, 2011 as the results from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Fayette County. He was a native of Tula Tamaulipas Mexico and a member of St. Clare Catholic Church.

Federico is survived by: his companion, Hilda V. Castro; his daughter, Nohemi Astello Castro; his parents, Baldomero Astello Nino and Maria Lina Pina Hernandez; his brothers and sisters, Homero, Abelardo, Valentin, Rigoberto, Biana and Bellaniro Astello Pina.

A funeral mass for Federico will be held 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011 at St. Clare Catholic Church with Father Frank Brawner officiating. Burial will be in Mexico. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Davis & Powell Funeral Home.

Gary L. Lawson

Middletown, Ohio — Gary L. Lawson, 40, of Middletown, Ohio, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2011, in the Atrium Medical Center Emergency Room. He was born November 19, 1970, in Middletown. Gary served in the U.S. Air Force during the Gulf War. He was employed as a R.N. in the Cardio/Vascular Step Down Unit of Christ Hospital in Cincinnati for six years, and was recently employed as a R.N. in I.C.U. at West Chester Medical Center for 10 months. Gary was an avid fisherman and computer gamer. He enjoyed the ocean and loved spending time with his girls.

Preceding him in death were: his father, Gregory L. Lawson; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Vernon and Sandra Karsten. He is survived by: his wife of 21 years, Jodi L. Lawson; three girls, Courtney Michelle, Brooklyn Nicole and Julianne Renee; his paternal grandmother, Helen Wagner; and one sister, Sandra Blanton and husband Mark.

Visitation will be conducted Thursday, June 9, 2011, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Herr-Riggs Funeral Home, 210 S. Main St., Middletown. Funeral services will be Friday, June 10, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. John Civille officiating. Interment will be in Woodside Cemetery, Middletown, Ohio, with military services by Middletown Combined Honor Guard.

Connie Dennis Brooks

Mt. Sterling — Connie Dennis Brooks, mother of Brenda Maney, passed away Friday, June 3, 2011. She was a 47 year old native of Mt. Sterling, daughter of the late William and Nola Faye Toy Dennis, and a nurse. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a brother, Rodney Lane Martin, a sister, Tammy Martin Riddell, and a grandchild, DeAaron Lee Maney. Her memorial service will be 6:30 Thursday at Reid Village Baptist Church. Herald & Stewart Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

Rolla Allen King

RICHMOND — Rolla Allen “Big Al” King, 54, passed away Monday, June 6, 2011, in Central Baptist Hospital of Lexington. Mr. King was born in Meade County, S.D., on September 14, 1956, to Rolla and Ludean Howard King. He was a 1975 graduate of Madison Central High School. He was the owner of Big Al’s Diner and enjoyed serving the community. He also loved sports, especially golf and was an avid UK fan.

Survivors include: his mother, Ludean Howard King; three brothers, Donald King (Debora), Ricky King (Pam), Robin King; one sister, Rebecca King, all of Richmond; nieces and nephews, Donald Ryan King, Jennifer Hayes (Chris) and Kathryn Berry (David); great-niece and nephew, Ryan Hayes and Isabella Hayes. He was preceded in death by: his father, Rolla B. King.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Guiley officiating. Burial will follow in Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Tommy George, Kenny Tipton, David Tipton, Ryan King, Michael Hisle and Gary Hisle. Honorary Pallbearers will be David King, Duard Hamm, Donald George, Hoot Gibson, Larry Richardson and Paul Bates.

Josephine Daniel

RICHMOND — Josephine Daniel, 83, of North Third Street in Richmond, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, in the Compassionate Care Center after a short illness. She was born August 25, 1927, in Clay County and was the daughter of the late Daniel B. and Delia Allen Robertson. She had lived in Madison County most of her life.

She is survived by: three daughters, Charlene Graham of Madison County, Phyllis Bowman of Madison County, Linda Taylor of Lebanon; three sons, Roscoe Jr. Daniel of Irvine, Irvin Daniel of Indiana and Marvin Daniel of Madison County; two brothers, Millard Robertson and Preston Robertson; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: one daughter, Rachel Daniel; two sons, Jennings Clay Daniel and Joseph Daniel; one brother, Benny Robertson; and four sisters, Ruby Baker, Mary Anna Burns, Ida Couch and Iola Caudill.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 6, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Harry Hoover and Bro. Mark Sarver. Burial was in the Allen Cemetery.

Leslie Stephen Kovacs

Leslie Stephen Kovacs, 83, of Berea, died Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. He was a Braceville, Ohio native born October 28, 1927 in Newton Falls, Ohio, son of the late Leslie and Elizabeth Szakacs Kovacs, U.S. Navy veteran and U.S. Army veteran. After his discharge from the armed forces, Leslie continued his education graduating with a Masters of Education from Kent State University, Class of 1961. He was an Elementary School Teacher and Principal, Jennings Scholar, Boy Scout Master, member of the V.F.W., The Independence Lunch Bunch, and the Hungarian Reformed Church.

Leslie was a remarkable man. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, an award-winning educator who led Independence Schools (Ohio) to Blue Ribbon status, a world traveler, and a creator and artisan who dabbled in almost everything, from fiber to pottery to blacksmithing to jewelry making, but his greatest love was his woodworking. He built furniture, created Shaker boxes, and worked for years as a cooper, making wooden buckets, butter churns, tubs, etc. Leslie was a life-long resident of Ohio until August 2007 when he moved to Berea, a town dear to his heart where he visited many times. He will be sorely missed by the people he touched all over the world.

Survivors include his loving wife, Debbonnaire Montgomery Kovacs; 5 children, Karen, Kristin, Leslie Ann, Kevin, Joseph; 3 step-children, Nathaniel, Robin, Sally; 1 brother, Robert; 1 Aunt, Irene; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a future date. Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements. Memorial contributions suggested to Hospice Care Plus , 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403

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