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With heavy hearts we must inform you of the passing of one our fellow dancers.  Mark L. Baum of Boonville, Ind.

Mark L. Baum, 62, passed away Friday Sept. 14, 2012, at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville, Ky.

Mark was a graduate of Boonville High School and Purdue University. He was employed at Dubois Chemicals for 35 years.

He was a member of Metro Ballroom Dancing and Evansville Friday Night Ballroom Dancing.

Mark was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal Fan and music lover. He was a loving father, grandfather and fiance.

With heavy hearts we must inform you of the passing of one our fellow dancers. Gale Richard Dossett of Evansville, Ind

Gale Richard Dossett, 72, of Evansville, Indiana, lost his battle to cancer on Friday, August 24, 2012, at St. Mary's Medical Center.

Gale was born in Evansville, Indiana, on March 12, 1940, to the late Malcolm W. and Georgia Belle (Darke) Dossett. He graduated from Central High School in 1958. He then joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he met and married Donna M. Wagner. Gale and Donna enjoyed traveling together over the course of their 42-year marriage before her death in 2003. He was employed by American Family Insurance until his retirement in 2001.

Gale had a passion for golf and scored that elusive "hole in one" in May of 2011, while playing in the Pro-Am. He also served as president of the Tri-State Golf Group for several years. While participating in a singles golf group, Gale met his loving companion of many years, Carmen Mazick.

Gale and Carmen were both Metro Members. He will be missed.

With heavy hearts we must inform you of the passing of one our fellow dancers. Metro Ballroom Dance Club member and Friday Night Dance Club Vice President Vladimir Roznos, 65, of Evansville, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 23, 2012, at Gateway Hospital in Newburgh. He was born July 25, 1946 in Kurdejov, Czech Republic.

He retired from Bristol Myers, where he had been an engineer. Vladimir attended Christian Fellowship Church. He was an avid motorcyclist, golfer, ballroom dancer and hunter.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Bonnie; daughter, Adrienne Bridges (Michael) of Leland, NC; sons, Bruce James Roznos (Jamie), and Vladimir Russell Roznos (fiancé, Dawn Hanlin), both of Evansville; five grandchildren; sister, Jarmila Kratochoilova; brother, Jirka Roznos, both from Czech Republic; and several nieces and nephews.

Joyce Niemeier Sanders (With Husband Jim Sanders)

Evansville, IN

Joyce (Cook) Niemeier Sanders, 64, affectionately known as "Meme" to her children and grandchildren, was tragically taken from this life by a hit and run driver in Sarasota, FL on October 31, 2014.

Joyce was born in Kansas but moved to Evansville, IN early in her life and graduated from Harrison High School in 1968. Joyce was doing what she loved, walking outside in the area where she had just moved to two weeks earlier, to complete another of her lifelong dreams. Joyce was a shining beacon of energy, joy and love for all who were lucky enough to be even a small part of her life.

Joyce retired from Bristol Myers' Mead Johnson division in 2005 after more than 25 years of service. She loved walking, dancing, traveling, reading, playing cards and too many other things to list, but most of all she loved her family and spending time with family and friends. Joyce was a longtime member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband Jim Sanders; daughter, Amy Niemeier and son, Fred Niemeier, both of Evansville; grandchildren, Ashlyn, Madison, Michael and Emerson Niemeier and Blake Meier; step granddaughter, Holly (Michael) Tyring and step great grandsons, Aidan and Jace Tyring; sister, Cindy (Ron) Mills; half-sister, Gina Shatara; cousins, Sandy (Jim) Winiger, Dave Wilder and her best friend, Mary Patterson. She is also survived by the many family and friends too numerous to mention whom she loved very much.

Joyce was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Cook Shatara and her husband, Jim Niemeier.

With heavy hearts we must inform you of the passing of one our fellow dancers and long time DJ, Harold Sanders. He was a member of the Metro Ballroom Dance Club, the Friday Night Dance Club, Coterie Dance Club and many more.  Harold was the full time DJ for the Metro Dance Club for many years and also DJ’d for most all the other clubs.   He even played for free to help clubs get started.  Harold brought a wide variety of ballroom dance music with him and he was always one of the best to dance to.  He will be greatly missed.

Photo of Harold and wife Audrey Sanders.

With heavy hearts we must inform you of the passing of one our fellow dancers Patrick McNeil.. He was a member of the Metro Ballroom Dance Club for many years..

Mr. McNeil a teacher at Russellville and then went to Hopkinsville schools, where he was the football coach, and served as a Superintendent of Schools in Hopkins County. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and American Legion. He graduated from Western Kentucky University and George Peabody College. He was an All-State and All-Southern halfback. He was recruited by Bear Bryant at U.K. and later transferred to Western Kentucky to play football where he met the love of his life while he was a student there. He was the recipient of the coveted and prestigious F. L. Dupree Award for Creative Educational Administration presented by the Kentucky School Boards Association in 1981, and was elected to DuPont Manuel's High School Hall of Fame in 2001. While active, he was a member of all national and state educational orginzations dealing with public education and school administration. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Madisonville and was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the Seabee's in Japan after the Atomic Bomb was dropped during World War II.

He will be greatly missed.

Photo of Pat and dance partner Shirley Cates.

With heavy hearts we must inform you of the passing of one our fellow dancers Ronda McBride.

Ronda L. Paul-McBride, 61, of Evansville, Ind., passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at her home.

Ronda was born July 17, 1954, the daughter of James N. Freels and Carolyn (Conrad) Richard. After graduating from North High School in 1972, she went to Wisconsin to further her education. Ronda earned degrees in Business Administration and Early Childhood Education. She started her own school in Wisconsin. "Maple Tree Pre-School" was a dream she was able to achieve, while being active in her two boys schooling and activities. After 27 years in Wisconsin, Ronda returned to Evansville where she met and married her high school classmate, Roger McBride. She had started ballroom dancing and competition in Wisconsin and continued dancing with Roger. They were active and on the board of The Coterie of Evansville, they also were members of The Metro Ballroom Dance Club, The Friday Night Dance Club, The Bop Club, Owensboro Ballroom and The Eagles. Besides dancing, Ronda loved living in and remodeling her 1913 home, genealogy, card making, scrapbooking, gardening, reading, cooking, and entertaining family and friends. She also loved "tweeking" everything.

She will be greatly missed.

Photo of Roger & Ronda McBride.

Jerry Boyd

With heavy hearts we must inform you of the passing of one of Metro’s founding members.

Jerry Boyd passed away this afternoon.  (July 11 2017)

He will be greatly missed.


Eulogy by Sherrill Boyd.


Heaven had an opening for a West Coast Swing Dancer. God chose Jerry. I bow to His wishes.

Gerald David Boyd, 84 years old, died July 11, 2017 at River Pointe Campus in Evansville. Jerry was born and raised in Flora, Illinois. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Served four years in the Sea of Japan, on the Passumpsic Tanker ship during the Korean War.

He attended Murray State College, earning a Masters Degree in Industrial Arts. The majority of his career was spent as an instructor for twenty years at North High School, and ten years at Reitz Memorial High School.

Throughout our marriage, there were numerous occasions when we were approached by young men, reminding him of their names, and thanked him for their successful careers in the electrical, architect, and building trades. Such compliments were an explanation of Jerrys' talent.

We were blessed to enjoy twenty retirement years of travel, dancing, and spending the winters in sunny Florida. We learned to ballroom dance every step along the way. In the process, we met some of the dearest, devoted friends we cherish to this day.

Jerrys' personal request was always to be cremated, and insisted there be no services. He spoke quite often during his five years of several critical illnesses, that his goodbye should never be in a room full of people speaking of "old times" — "what used to be"- and tears. It simply wasn't his way.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Sherrill. Two loving step-daughters, Kelley (Jeff) Hinton and Kris Van Winkle, one older brother, Gene (Norma) Boyd in Waterloo, Illinois and a cousin, Roger Rauch from Modesto, California.

Special appreciation to the staff of River Pointe Health Campus for their dedication and care. The Heart to Heart Hospice Team was remarkable.Thank God for the gifts of Dr. Mark Browning and Dr. Karl Sash. Their medical genius and hearts full of kindness were always in place.

Jerry requested that memorial remembrances be sent to: Evansville Wartime Museum, PO Box 6510, Evansville, IN 47719.

Goodbye my precious dancer. Thank you for being the perfect partner.

The loss of one of our founding members.

In memory of our fellow club members.