Mary Catherine Bryant, 79, Indianapolis, died Nov. 22, 2012. She was born Sept. 8, 1933 in New Albany, Ind. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Wood Nehrig (Ricky); grandson, Michael William Bryant Wood (Nina); sisters-in-law, Rose Wetzel, Wanda Wetzel, and Phyllis Bryant. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Martha Wetzel; husband, William Bryant; and brothers, Donald Wetzel and Warren Wetzel. No services are scheduled. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Matt D. Russell, 37, died Nov. 21, 2012. He was born in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was an auto mechanic. He is survived by his wife, Kristina Hess Russell; daughter, Alyssa Russell; parents, Diana and George Hensley; brother, Joseph Hensley; and many cousins and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his sister Jane Marie Russell. Funeral services were held Nov. 27 at Little & Sons Funeral Home Beech Grove, with the burial in Washington Park East Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital.
James William Griffin, Sr., 75, Indianapolis died Nov. 19, 2012. He was born in Beech Grove on July 17, 1937 to the late Jerry T. and Mary L. (Scott) Griffin. He was a brick mason and owned Griffin Masonry. Survivors include his wife, Glenda (Ligon) Griffin; son, James W. Griffin, Jr. (Robin); daughter, Yvonda S. Baker (Bradley); brothers, Jerry and Michael; grandchildren, James W. Griffin, III, Joshua T. Griffin (April Trevino), Jonathan M. Griffin, Autumn Rose Baker, Keith Allan Baker and Jillian E. Baker; and two great-grandchildren, Amirah Griffin and Tieler James Truax. A gathering of family and friends took place on Nov. 21 at Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.
Jacquelyn Johnson, 80, Indianapolis, died Nov. 23, 2012. She was born Feb. 22, 1933 in Indianapolis to the late John and Evelyn (Whipple) Leer. She was the manager for Ever-Light Distribution for 12 years, before retiring in 1980. Survivors include daughter, Debra (Marion) Johnson; son, Robert Johnson; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Services were held Nov. 27 at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home.
Louise C. Loschky, 94, Indianapolis, died Nov. 18, 2012. She was born on Sept. 23, 1918 to Henry and Clara Bachman Suding. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School Class of ’36. She worked at her father’s Suding Hardware Store throughout her younger years. She also worked at Atkins Saw, Indiana Fur and Best Foods, including a stint in New York City. In later years, she retired from the Medical Records Department of St. Francis Hospital. She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and Holy Name Altar Society. Louise married Joseph Loschky and was a devoted wife of 59 years and mother of Joan Wolfe of Indianapolis, Jerry of Riverview, Florida, Allan of Memphis and Craig of Beech Grove. She is survived by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 23, 2012 at Holy Name Catholic Church, with the burial in in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Holy Name Catholic Church, 89 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove, IN46107 or Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1530 Union St., Indianapolis, IN46225.
Alberta “Berta” Jean Mercer, 88, Indianapolis, died Nov. 13, 2012. She was born July 20, 1924 at Piqua, Ohio, to the late Clell and Lucilla McBee Jones. She married Charles R. Mercer in 1941 and he survives. She was a member of Southport Presbyterian Church and was a charter member of Christ United Methodist Church. She had been a Nursing Administrator several years for various Healthcare Facilities. She is also survived by her sons, Charles (Ruth) Mercer, Indianapolis, Rob (Gayle) Mercer, Indianapolis, and Duane (Vonda) Mercer, Nineveh; sisters, Margaret Vaught, Fort Wayne, and Elizabeth Reed, Richmond Hill, GA; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Private arrangements are being handled by Singleton Com munity Mortuary and Memorial Center. Entombment will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial gifts have been suggested to Southport Presbyterian Church.
Mable Lorene Neel Ross, 75, Pleasant View, died Nov. 22, 2012. She was born near Acton, Ind. on July 24, 1937 to Samuel and Virginia Nickles Neel. She married Paul E. Ross on June 17, 1955 and he survives. She was a Moral Township High School graduate of 1955. She retired in 2002 after 23 years from Northwestern Consolidated School District as payroll clerk. She was also a lifelong member of Pleasant View Baptist Church; member of Triton Community Lions Club; and longtime secretary of Moral Township Alumni Association. Other survivors include children: Randy (Tina) Ross, Venice.; Rhea Archer; Rhonda (Bill) Emmert; Ryan (Debra) Ross; grandchildren, Brandon Archer; Nicole (Corey) Thompson; and Alexandra Ross; sisters-in-law, Eva Neel and Leilani Neel; nieces, Alora (Larry) Lipsmeyer; Sheree Ward; Terri Holt; Amanda (Mark) Hampshire; nephews, Jack (Becky) Jenkins, Sherwood; and Danny Neel; and special friend from childhood, Mary McNabb, Fairland. She was predeceased by parents; infant daughter, Robin Ross; sister, Mary Ellen Jenkins; brothers, Paul M. Neel and Samuel L. Neel, Jr. The funeral service was held Nov. 27, 2012 at Pleasant View Baptist Church, with the burial in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Pleasant View Baptist Church, 12442 Southeastern Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46259; Franciscan Alliance Foundation, Attn: Pulmonary Rehab, 5255 E. Stop 11 Rd., Suite 245, Indianapolis, IN 46237; or Triton Community Lions Club, Attn: Jim Stein, 3590 W 500 N, Fairland, IN 46126.
Betty Whalin, 84, Indianapolis, died Nov. 24, 2012 Survivors include her son, Anthony Whalin; grandchildren, Patrice Griffy, Melissa White; great-grandchildren, Christopher Griffy, Letha Griffy and Rheanon White; three great-great grandchildren.
John Schattner, 59, died Nov. 18, 2012. He was born June 16, 1953, to John and Margaret Schattner. He was a skilled and respected math teacher, wrestling coach and the athletic director at Guion Creek Middle School. He was an IHSAA wrestling official for 40 years. He was an officer of the Indiana State Wrestling Association, of which he was a lifetime member. He was the transportation director for the ISWA for many years, organizing trips for Indiana coaches and officials to the NCAA Wrestling Finals. He is a member of the Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame. In addition to officiating wrestling, he officiated football, volleyball, track, and was also a cross country meet starter. He was a fixture at numerous CYO contests over the past 40 years. He was preceded in death by his father and his two brothers. Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. Burial was private. Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Indiana State Wrestling Association, 5715 Churchman Ave., Suite L, Indianapolis, IN 46203