Obituaries — Janine Mura; Charlene Staats


Janine Mura, 51, passed away July 3, 2017 at University Hospital. She was born on March 22, 1966 in Patterson, New Jersey. Janine was a Principal Engineer – Toxic and Restricted Substance for GE Appliances, a Haier Company. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Rhodes.

She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Janine is survived by her husband, John Mura; daughter, Chris Mura; mother, Margaret ‘Peg’ Rhodes; brother, Jeff Rhodes.

Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1000 North Beckley Station Road. Visitation will be on Friday, July 14, 2017, from 2-8 p.m., at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Twisted Pink,8307 Cheshire Way, Louisville, KY 40222 (502) 727-1136



Mary Charlene Whitstine Staats, 78, of Crestwood, KY, died Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Vardell Everett and Floy Jones Whitstine of Corpus Christi, Texas, and her elder son, Jeffrey Lyle Staats (Miranda) of Marin County, California.

She raised their two sons, was an active PTA volunteer and president and enjoyed a career in banking in her early married years. As was common at the time, she supported her husband’s eventual four decades-long career as a reporter, editor and administrator for The Associated Press.

Charlene is survived by her younger son, Sheldon Everett Staats (Cherie) of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and formerly of Anchorage, Kentucky, and her husband for 56 years, Howard Edgar (Ed) Staats, a native of Parkersburg, West Virginia. She also leaves six grandchildren and one great-grandson, Jesse Lyle Staats, Lili Skye Staats, Kyle Stuart Miller, Ian Alexander Miller, Cullen Reese Staats, Ainslie Jewell Staats and Lili’s son, Barrett Walter Staats.

Charlene was born in the town of Kenedy in South Texas, where her father was an oil-field drilling superintendent, and later lived in Corpus Christi where she was graduated from W.B. Ray High School. She attended The University of Texas at Austin and earned a bachelor of science degree. The university is where she and Ed met and where she was a member of Delta Zeta sorority.

After following her husband’s career to nine AP bureaus and corporate headquarters in New York, Charlene and Ed settled into Louisville in the mid-1980s. Soon thereafter, Charlene rediscovered her love of singing and joined the Pride of Kentucky Chorus. She sang with the internationally award-winning a cappella, four-part barbershop harmony chorus for more than 30 years. During that time she served several terms as chorus president and for three years administratively oversaw the four-state region of Sweet Adelines International of which her chorus was a part. She was honored upon her retirement from the chorus with a lifetime chapter membership.

After her husband’s retirement the couple traveled abroad on adventuresome trips to mostly emerging countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Tibet, China, Zimbabwe and Albania, among others. But their favorite vacation destination turned out to be the Hawaiian Islands and especially Kauai, which they visited more than a dozen times.

They were members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Middletown for 15 years before moving to Oldham County where they have been worshiping at Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church for 17 years. Charlene enjoyed singing in the choir at both churches and served as an elder at Trinity.

The family wishes to thank the caring and professional staff at Clarity Pointe Louisville which has been her home the past eight months as an Alzheimer’s patient. During much of 2016 she received excellent care at home by Family Tree Care Services and her final days were made easier by the amazing staff from Hosparus.

Contributions in memory of Charlene are suggested for Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 365, Pewee Valley KY 40056, or Pride of Kentucky Chorus, c/o The Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St., Louisville, KY 40206

A memorial service will be held at Pewee Valley Presbyterian on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. and led by our beloved pastor, the Rev. Joel Weible. Visitation will take place before the service in the sanctuary beginning at 1 p.m. Cremation was chosen. Arrangements are under the direction of Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Rd., East Louisville

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