We honor here members, friends and supporters of the American Council of the Blind who have impacted our lives in many wonderful ways. If you would like to submit a notice for this column, please include as much of the following information as possible.
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Deaths that occurred more than six months ago cannot be reported in this column.
Sarah Louise Kimbrough, age 77, of the River Mountain Road section of Lebanon, Va., passed away Oct. 27, 2013 at her home. Born Sept. 19, 1936 in Manchester, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Billie Baker and Opal Ruth Johnson Rogers. She had resided in Lebanon, Va. for the past seven years, moving from Kentucky. She had attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., Louisville School for the Blind and had earned a master's degree in social work from Ohio State University. An accomplished writer, she had served as editor for Dialogue Magazine for the Blind; proofreader for the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and a freelance writer for "The Washington Post.: She enjoyed playing bridge and she sang opera and played the piano. She was a member of the Madison Avenue Christian Church in Covington, Ky. and attended Swords Creek Community Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, James Steele; one brother-in-law, Richard Wagonfield; and her former spouse, Lynn Mitchell.
Survivors include two sisters, Jean Wagonfield of Ross, Ohio and Ruth Tuttle of Louisville, Ky.; two brothers, Frank Rogers of Frankfort, Ky. and Joe Rogers and wife, Linda of Hamilton, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Will Wagonfield, Kristy Traugh, Nicole Rogers and Aaron Tuttle; former spouse, B.T. Kimbrough; special friend, Darlene Howard and her family; and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Memorial services were held at Swords Creek Community Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Annville, Ky. at a later date.
William Jerome "Bill" Orester
William Jerome "Bill" Orester, 82, passed away Jan. 14, 2014, of pneumonia at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital. Bill was born Dec. 28, 1931, in Rock Springs, Wyo. to Steve and Eleanor Orester. He attended the Nebraska School for the Blind. Bill then graduated from Creighton University with a history major and then attended Creighton University School of Law, achieving his J.D.
He settled in Lincoln, Neb. and was an assistant attorney general for the state of Nebraska for 40 years and a member of the state bar association for 50 years.
Bill was a member of the American Council of the Blind for many years. He was also a member of the Bethany Lions Club. Bill attended Leader Dogs and obtained several guide dogs from the school.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents; sister Wells; brother Steve; and first wife Betty.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Susan; daughters, Barb (Ed) Kunz of Olathe, Kan. and Gloria (Kevin) Rediger of Lincoln; grandsons, Andy and Alex Kunz; granddaughter, Carly Rediger; and his brother, Don (Jean) Orester of Rock Springs, Wyo.
A memorial service was held Jan. 16 at the Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to: Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th St., Lincoln, NE; be sure to put Bill Orester's name on it. Condolences may be left online at www.lincolnfh.com.