Waleska Westerman Obituary (2023) – Nicholasville, KY

Waleska Hellan Powell Westerman, 103, of Nicholasville, and formerly of Radcliff, passed away Friday, Oct. 27, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Waleska was born June 11, 1920, in Henderson County, the daughter of the late John William Powell and Dora Ellen Melton Powell. Waleska graduated from Corydon High School in Corydon, in 1938. She attended Murray State College from 1940 through June 22, 1941, when she married Ira J. Westerman, who was enlisted in the U.S. Army and who shortly was sent to North Africa to fight during World War II. After her children were older, Waleska taught kindergarten for many years in Muldraugh Elementary School in Muldraugh.

Waleska came from a family of Methodist ministers and Sunday school teachers and was a longtime active member of Muldraugh United Methodist Church in Muldraugh and later Radcliff United Methodist Church in Radcliff.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 51 years in 1992; her two sisters, Edna Powell Westerman and Martha Powell McKown; and her six brothers, Samuel Powell, William Powell, Comer Powell, Robert Powell Sr., Ralph Powell and Eugene Powell.

Waleska is survived by her daughter, Loretta Westerman Johnston (Stephen) of Winchester, Virginia; and two sons, Ira John Westerman (Debby) of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Albert Gene Westerman (Doris) of Wilmore. She also is survived by her five grandchildren, Elisabeth Johnston Ross (Scott) of Alexandria, Virginia, Rudy Westerman of Tallahassee, Florida, Timothy Westerman of Wadsworth, Ohio, Scott Westerman of Akron, Ohio, and Robert Westerman of Warner Robins, Georgia, and two great-grandchildren, Jessica Ross and Andrew Ross of Alexandria, Virginia. She leaves many wonderful nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Radcliff United Methodist Church with the Rev. Randy Jones officiating.

Viewing and visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home, 2072 S. Dixie Blvd. in Radcliff.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Waleska’s honor to Radcliff United Methodist Church, 275 South Woodland Dr., Radcliff, KY or to a charity of your choice.

Burial will be next to her husband, Ira Westerman, in Bethany Memorial Cemetery, 10917 Dixie Highway, Louisville, Kentucky.

Published by The News-Enterprise from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2023.

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