September 2, 2014

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Dr. John A. Naber, 88 Print E-mail

Dr. John A. Naber, 88, of Highland Heights and formerly of Ft. Thomas, passed away on Tuesday, April 23 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Ft. Thomas following complications from heart surgery.

He was born in Norwood, Ohio, on September 25, 1924, he was a graduate of St. Xavier High School, where he earned a full scholarship to Xavier University. Upon graduation, he then worked full time and put himself through University of Cincinnati Medical School, graduating in 1947. Dr. Naber then entered into family practice in Southgate with Dr. Richard Kruer where he recalled that when they first started, an office visit cost $2, house calls $3, and to deliver a baby, including pre-natal care, $100. Dr. Naber also administered anesthesia, assisting his surgeon friend Dr. Robert C. Kratz, for a mere $15. It was not unusual for patients to seek treatment at Dr. Naber's farm in Grants Lick to be treated for a myriad of injuries, including dislocated shoulders and fingers. Dr. Naber continued to practice medicine with Dr. Mike Grainger in Ft. Thomas until his retirement in 1992. Dr. Naber will always be remembered for helping found St. Luke Hospital (now St. Elizabeth, Ft. Thomas), for his compassion and for the many lasting contributions to his community, friends and family.

Preceding him in death were  daughter, Kathleen Dawn Reynolds and granddaughter, Heather Lynn Marshall.

Surviving are sons, John "Butch" (Ginger) Naber, Dry Ridge, Frank (Trish) Merritt,  Williamstown, Patrick (Norma) Naber, Gainesville, Fla., Anthony "Johnny" Naber, Alexandria,  Danny (d'Arcy) Naber, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; daughters, Susan (Neill) Rubidge, London, England, Claudia (David) Mitchell, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Laura (Mike) Lytle, Grand Rivers; brother, Donald Naber, Norwood, Ohio; sister, Shirley Sanders, Fairfield, Ohio; and many adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 30 at St. Thomas Church, Ft. Thomas with Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home, Ft. Thomas serving the family.

Interment will take place at St. Mary Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Memorials are suggested to the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, P.O. Box 670574, 231 Albert Sabin Way Cincinnati, OH 45267-0574 or St. Thomas Church Bereavement Committee, 26 E. Villa Pl. Ft. Thomas, KY 41075.

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