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Recent Obituaries

Barbara Jean Hipwell, 88

Barbara Jean Hipwell, 88, of Hendersonville, died Monday, June 3, 2019 at the Elizabeth House.

Barbara was born in Floral Park, NY on June 19, 1930 to the late Luigi and Louise Pizzuto. She lived most of her life in Western New York in the Buffalo and Finger Lake Region. A graduate of Kenmore Senior High School, Barbara married the late Donald Hipwell and raised her two daughters with such love that they followed her to North Carolina. She is also preceded in death by her partner of 43 years, Jere Allen Johnson who died in 2016.

In 2006 after her oldest daughter Constance relocated to Mills River, they opened up The Conn-Artist Studio at Main & 5th Avenue above McCarter Gallery.
The next year they relocated to Atha Plaza where Publix is currently. Until 2015 Barbara was the featured artist along with her daughter. They offered Art Shows, Art Instruction & the legendary Open Studio where many local artists learned to become better painters in their warm & inspiring studio-Gallery.
Barbara had previously sold literally hundreds of paintings mostly from Harvest Mill Antique Shop in Canandaigua, NY.

Barbara first started art study with her father, Lewis who taught her the fundamentals of drawing. He provided her with invaluable lessons from Sylvia Sheridan of Orchard Park, NY.

Upon moving to NC, Barbara immediately joined the Art League of Henderson County and was named the 2007 Artist of the Year for her painting, “Under the Apple Tree.” Having artists as friends and enjoying studio time at least three days a week was a wonderful time in her life.

Barbara is survived by two loving daughters, Constance Hipwell Vlahoulis of New Baltimore, Michigan, and Catherine Ann Hipwell and her wonderful wife, Sandra Lively of Leicester, NC; son-in-law, William Vlahoulis of Mills River; a beloved brother, Alan B. Pizzuto and his wife Sandy; beloved nephews, David and Steven Pizzuto; two grandchildren, M. Cristopher Cercone and his wife Susy and David Alan Cercone and his wife Carrie all of Michigan; three great-grandchildren, Isabella Yue, Amelia Constance who was born on Barbara’s 85th birthday, and David Michael Cercone.

Her grandsons were the apple of her eye and they enjoyed countless summers together boating, fishing, and swimming at Gramma Barbs & Grandpa Jere’s in upstate New York.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 St. James Episcopal Church with Rev. Christie Olson officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made in Barbara’s name to Elizabeth House, 581 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731. Barbara’s family wishes to thank the entire staff at Elizabeth House especially CNA Michelle and the incredible loving nurses and doctors.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.

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Kenneth Lee Henson, 62

Kenneth Lee Henson, 62, of Zirconia, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 18, 2019. He was the son of the late Richard Lee Henson and Lola Gordon Henson.   Read More »

Laurel Mae Voigt, 76

Laurel Mae Voigt, 76, of Hendersonville passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2019 at her home. She was born in Bronx, NY on September 5, 1942, a daughter of the late Grandine and Estelle Robinson. She was also preceded in death by her only sister, Elaine Shubin.   Read More »

Marie Ellen Schroer, 86

Marie Ellen Schroer, 86, passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Assisted Living on Sunday, May 5, 2019 after an extended illness. She was born on February 13, 1933, a native of Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of the late Otto and Mary Amsen Hoegger of New York. Along with her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Paul Phillip Schroer, who died on June 13, 2006; as well as a sister, Gloria Jean Hoegger.   Read More »

John Dennis Mellott, 80

After a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer, John Dennis Mellott, 80, died Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Lodge at Mills River surrounded by his loving family. John was born on September 3, 1938, the youngest child of the late John and Ina Squires Mellot in Tiffin, Ohio. He was also preceded in death by three older siblings.   Read More »

Florence Pat Garrett, 85

Florence Pat Garrett, 85 of Hendersonville slipped peacefully away in her sleep Thursday May 09, 2019 at the Elizabeth House.
She was the daughter of the late Harry Marshall and Corine Dunn Marshall. She was the wife of the late Maurice E. “Red” Garrett who died in 2015.
She was preceded in death by one son, John.
Florence had lived in CA where she owned and operated a successful business before moving to NC. She was a very strong person and loved the Silver Sneakers Program. She was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church, she loved and appericated the kindness of her church family. She loved to garden and had a great passion for cooking, she would feed anyone and everyone. She was very proud to be a part of her five generation family. Her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include one son, Steven Garrett and his wife Rina of FL, two daughters, Melanie MacPherson and her husband Graham of Hendersonville, Sandy Holder and her husband David of Flat Rock, one sister Judy Dorr of Richardson, TX, six grandchildren, Shannon, Holly, Timothy, Meredith, Ryan and Anir, nine great grandchildren, Mark, James, Melissa, Zachary, Isabella, Aarion, Mackenzie, Logan and Sara, four great great grandchildren, William, Easton, Violet and Ivory and her precious poodle Polly. She will be greatly missed.
At her request no service will be held.
Memorials may be made to: Four Seasons Compassion for Life (Elizabeth House) 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793 .   Read More »

Dennis Tyrrell “Terry” Blythe, 64

Dennis Tyrrell “Terry” Blythe, age 64, of Hendersonville passed away at Pardee Hospital on Thursday, May 2, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence M. Blythe, who died in 2018.   Read More »

Viola Jane Cairnes Allison, 93

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Dr. Paul Vanek, 82

Dr. Paul Vanek, 82

Dr. Paul Vanek, 82 of Hendersonville, died Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Pardee Hospital.   Read More »

Ronald Charles “Ron Jovi” DiPietro, 53

Ronald Charles “Ron Jovi” DiPietro, 53

Ronald Charles “Ron Jovi” DiPietro, 53, of Hendersonville went home to his heavenly father on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Pardee Hospital. He was born in California on February 18, 1966.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Marjorie “Peggy” DiPietro. Survivors include his son, Chaz Hughes; second parents adopted by Ron, Gary and Sharon Moore; brothers: Sam Kane and his wife Dorothy, Danny Kane and his wife Doreen; sisters: Laurie Kane and her husband Steve Ayling, Teresa Moore; along with several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Sabrina Cagle.

He was originally from Long Island, New York before moving to North Carolina in the eighties. He was one of a kind and full of life. He played hockey in New York. Once moving to North Carolina, he quickly became known as the best graphics designer around, especially for race cars. No one’s graphics even compared to his and he has been the go to guy for race car drivers throughout the South East for the past thirty years. Even after becoming a quadriplegic, he was still able to design graphics better than anyone. He became an inspiration to many with his continued love for life and positivity. He aspired to give as many people hope as he could, and he was very successful with that goal. He lived life to the fullest and made an impact on everyone who crossed his path.

He was a joy to be around and full of love and laughter. He will be greatly missed by many but we are happy that he is now walking again in heaven and able to draw amazing designs again with his working hands.

We would like to thank the staff at Pardee Hospital and Four Seasons Palliative Care for the great care and compassion you provided to Ron and our family.

His funeral service will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at Thos. Shepherd’s Church Street Chapel with Pastor Thomas Glenn officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Thos. Shepherd and Son.   Read More »