Added by: Ruth (Hickman) Wicks
“Donald A. Ware of Ft. Thomas, KY died Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at Brownsburg Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Brownsburg, IN after a long illness at the age of 83.
A life-long resident of Campbell County, KY, Don graduated from Newport Catholic High School and was a music student of the late renowned Rose Bradley; Don’s musical mentor and inspiration for his interest and love of the pipe organ.
Before his retirement, Don was employed as an Assistant to the President at Interlake Steel’s Corporate Office in Newport, KY. His love for music was manifested by his service to the church as an organist, pianist, singer and musical liturgist for over 60 years; most recently before his illness as an organist at Divine Mercy Church in Bellevue, KY. He was deeply committed to his Catholic faith and had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Rosary. Don’s entire life was dedicated to his faith, music and love of family. He derived great joy by sharing his musical talent by playing and singing at Masses throughout the Archdioceses of Covington and Cincinnati, as well as many years of service as an organist at St. Louis Church in Downtown Cincinnati, OH. He took great pleasure in helping young couples with their musical selections in preparation of their Nuptial Mass. He treasured his time as a music teacher and piano instructor. He was a pipe organ enthusiast and in his leisure time, enjoyed playing the piano and listening to classical music, and attending opera and symphony performances.
He was a current member of St. Malachy Church in Brownsburg, IN and a former member of Divine Mercy Parish in Bellevue, KY.
Don was a U.S. Army Veteran with service in Germany during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, John Earl Ware; Allan Ware; George Ware; Ralph Ware and a sister Blanche G. Adams. Survivors include his brothers Leroy Ware of Brownsburg, IN., and William Ware of Sharonville, OH. (both former residents of Ft. Thomas, KY) and his goddaughter, niece and caregiver for many years, Mary Ann Plasters, along with her husband Patrick, of Brownsburg, IN.; nieces Janet Earnest; Fran Angel; Tessie Lueke and nephews Robert Adams; Timothy Adams; Lawrence Adams; Stephen Ware; Thomas Ware and Ronald Ware and several great nieces and nephews, who were tremendously important in Don’s life.
Cherished memories he never lost from the ravages of Alzheimer’s were the many family birthday celebrations and holiday get-togethers at his beloved sister’s home. A special acknowledgement and thanks to Sandra Keen-Williams of Brownsburg, IN., for her years of devoted service and kindness in her daily loving care of Don, which made his years at home very special and rewarding to him and members of his family, as well as the tender loving care and advice provided by Day-by-Day Hospice and Brownsburg Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish, Bellevue, KY., on Saturday, November 21st.
Burial: St. Stephen Cemetery Ft. Thomas, KY.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 644 Linn Street Cincinnati, OH 45203- or Right to Life of Northern Kentucky P.O. Box 1202 Covington, KY 41011. Dobbling, Muehlenkamp & Erschell Funeral Home, Bellevue, KY, serving the family.”
Ruth (Hickman) Wicks Record added: Nov 21, 2009