Obituaries 9/12/13

September 11, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Leanne S. Anderson, 55, of Indianapolis, died on Sept. 8, 2013.  She was born on Feb. 4, 1958 in Indianapolis. She dedicated 38 years of service to Robert Haines Company. Leanne was a cat lover and loved to dance. Leanne is survived by her father, Leroy Ridgeway; sister, Becky Schaler; brothers, David Ridgeway, Mark Ridgeway and Michael Ridgeway; many nieces, nephews and her best friends, Babs Pfarr, Corinna Duncan, Jason Sherard, Shawn Davis and Richard Haynes. She was preceded in death by her mother, Annabelle Ridgeway; and brother, Leroy Ridgeway, Jr. Services were held Sept. 11 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. Leanne will be laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery, Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to IndyFeral, P.O. Box 30054, Indianapolis, IN 46230.

Benito (Ben) J. Cerimele, Ph.D., was born as the second of three sons to Italian immigrants and was a lifelong member of the Roman Catholic Church. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he received his parochial school education. He was married to Helen Marie Johnstone for 40 years. They raised three daughters, Christina Maria Cerimele, Renee Marie Lindsay and Nicole Marie Robertson and a son, Timothy Joseph Cerimele, all of whom survive. He is also survived by his two brothers John and Julio and nine grandchildren. Professionally Ben earned a BS degree in Physics and an MS degree in Mathematics at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Ben entered biopharmaceutical research with the Eli Lilly Laboratory for Clinical Research in Indianapolis. During his tenure at Eli Lilly, he earned an MBA degree from Indiana University. In part of his corporate career, he managed scientific services for the Merrell-Dow pharmaceutical venture located in Indianapolis. At Lilly and at Merrell-Dow, he promoted various scientific advances including electronic document preparation, biological signal processing, computerized biologics production, personal computers in the research lab, and supercomputer modeling.  He served as project team leader in gaining FDA marketing approval for Nicorette gum. He spent his retirement years studying theology, earning an MA degree in Catholic Thought and Life from the St. Meinrad School of Theology. He was active in catechetical teaching at Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish. A memorial mass was held Aug. 7 at Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church, 335 S. Meridian St. Services were held at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St. Memorial contributions are suggested to American Parkinson’s Disease Association.

 

John L. Dosch, 80, of Greenwood, died on Sept. 6, 2013.  He was born on June 28, 1933 in Princeton, Ind. to Curtis and Minnie Dosch. John served in the US Army during the Korean War, and was a member of the American Legion Post 252. John is survived by his wife, Leah R. Dosch; son, John L. Dosch, Jr.; and sister, Agnes Dosch. John was preceded in death by his sister, Katherine Curry; and brothers, Robert and Charles Dosch. Services were held Sept. 11 and 12 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave.  John will be laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Greenwood. Memorial contributions may be made to The Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 Graham Rd., Franklin, IN 46131.

 

Mary L. Dowd, 82, of Greenwood, died Sept. 3, 2013. She was born March 17, 1931, in Indianapolis.  Mary was a teacher at Southwest Elementary School, having retired in 2001. She loved teaching and spending time in her garden. Mary is survived by her husband, John “Jack” Dowd; daughter, Laurie (Paul) Lewis; sister, Judy Pincus; two grandchildren, Matthew & Lisa Sweetman. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Vernon & Lucille Ann (Felty) Peacock; and sister, Shirley Janeway.  Arrangements were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel.  Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

 

 

Claire Louise Knight, 72, of Greenwood, died Sept. 8, 2013. She was born Nov. 12, 1940 in Indianapolis. She married Dennis K. Knight on July 7, 1962 and he survives.  Other survivors include her children, James L. Knight and Jennifer L. (David) Knight Banks; grandchildren, Heather and Rachel Banks, and Garrett Knight; brother, Joseph Duennes; sisters, Theresa Bareither, Phyllis Collins, Janet Glendening, Suann Southwick, and Annette Beesting.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise (Champe) Bainter. Claire was a graduate of Sacred Heart Catholic School.  She enjoyed knitting, reading, music, traveling, gardening and horses. Claire was a member of Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church. A memorial mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church, 335 S. Meridian St., Greenwood. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church. Arrangements were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel.

 

Paula Jane Looper 50, of Indianapolis died Aug. 28, 2013.  She was born Sept. 24, 1962 in El Paso, Texas to the late Billy Joe Looper and Bertha J. (Ciesielski) Looper. Paula was a homemaker. Paula is survived by her daughter Candace Danielle Looper and her sister Gail (Robert) Higgins. Paula is also survived by two grandchildren. A memorial gathering was held Sept. 8 in Fountain Square Mortuary. A private cremation service was prior to memorial service.

 

 

Shaundi Adrian Mann, 2 months, of Indianapolis, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.  She was born June 25, 2013 in Indianapolis. She is survived by her parents, Jacob Christopher and Katy E. (Shumar) Mann; her sisters, Lucy and Scout Mann; her grandparents, James and Jennifer Shumar and James and Carol Mann; her great-grandparents, William and Jacqueline Mann, Barbara Shumar, and Thomas and Charlotte Fogt; and her aunts, Barbara Adams (Richard) and Susan Martin (Robert). Shaundi was adored and loved by everyone who knew her. A memorial service was conducted Sept. 8, 4 p.m. at the Northminster Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis. Concluding the service there was a balloon launch at the Broad Ripple Park. Memorial contributions may be made at loveforshaundi.com.

 

David Eric Smith, 54, of Indianapolis, died Sept. 4, 2013. He was born Oct. 13, 1958 in Indianapolis. David was a graduate of Southport High School. He was formerly employed by Endress-Hauser in Greenwood and Von Duprin in Indianapolis. He enjoyed playing and listening to music and cooking. He is survived by his mother, Betty Lou (Jones) Smith; brother, Steven (Becky) Smith; sisters, Desta Smith and Shari (Jeff) Lewis; nieces and nephews, Paul, Jaclyn, Kathryn, William, Michele, Michael and Mitchel. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Leon Smith. A service was held Aug. 7 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St.  David is laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Humane Society of Johnson County.

 

Aaron Mitchell Smith, 25, died Sept. 1, 2013.  He was born April 8, 1988 in Indianapolis. He is survived by his mother, Aimee Fuller; father, Robert Smith; step-father and mother, William & Kathy Faulconer; brothers, Ethan Devine, Zack & Josh Smith; sisters, Hope Faulconer, Kala Smith, Shelby & Pamela  Faulconer; and several grandparents.  Services were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel, 7520 Madison Ave.

 

 

John F. Smith, Jr., 70, died on Aug. 29. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Margie Smith; son Brian Keith Smith; grandson Christian Zachary Smith; and sister Vivian Price. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Brianna; father John F. Smith; mother and second father Warren and Edith Plake. Services were held Sept. 3 in Little & Sons Funeral Home Stop 11 Chapel. Burial is in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Obituaries 9/5/13

September 4, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Teresa A. Bryant, 61, of Indianapolis died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Teresa was born on Mach 19, 1952 in Gates Tenn. Survivors include her husband Ronald L. Bryant; children, Karen Bryant (Michael Andrews), Cynthia Acuna, Delaina “Dee Dee” Murray (James), Ronald
“Poohie” L. Bryant II, Ryan Bryant (Heather); siblings, Debbie Stelling, Carol Finerty (Tommy), David Greeson; sister-in-law, Kathy Littles; 15 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents, Charles and Pauline Greeson;
son-in-law, Billy Acuna; sister, Nancy Hayes; brother, Tony Littles. Funeral Services were held Aug 30 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel, 7520
Madison Avenue.

 

Robert Michael Hoyt, 72, Indianapolis, died on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.  He was born on Nov. 11, 1940 to the late Robert A. and Betty M. (Roberts) Hoyt in Indianapolis. Mike worked at ATM Solutions prior to his retirement. He was an active member of Olive Branch Christian Church volunteering with the Thanks Giving Dinner, food pantry, H.O.O.P. ministry and in helping with Ronald McDonald meals. Survivors include his wife, Mary Byrum Hoyt; son, Scott M. Hoyt; brother, Richard G. Hoyt; and one grandson.  A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in Olive Branch Christian Church, 101 E. Raymond St., Indianapolis, IN 46225.  Memorial contributions are encouraged to the food pantry at Olive Branch Christian Church.

 

John G. Mulinaro, 89, Indianapolis, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on July 2, 1924 to Joseph  and Lena Murello Mulinaro. John owned and operated his own furniture and appliance store for 30 years. After retiring, he operated a booth at the Southside flea market for many years. He was a member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus council 3660, and the Italian-American Club. John was preceded in death by his wife, Clara May Mulinaro; son, Steven A. Mulinaro; and grandson, Joe Mulinaro. He is survived by his children, John Mulinaro (Mara), Mark Mulinaro (Debbie), Tim Mulinaro (Jackie), and Susan Lindstrom (John); sisters, Joanne Ingle, Angie Mulinaro; brother, Joseph Mulinaro; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. in St. Barnabas Catholic Church. Visitation will be Sept. 5 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home where morning prayers will be said on Friday at 9:30 a.m. prior to Mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

 

Kathleen Ann Sauer, 64 of Indianapolis, died on Sept. 2, 2013.  She was born on May 13, 1949, to Clarence and Lucille Wheatley, Beech Grove and attended Holy Name Catholic School and Chartrand High School. Kathy devoted much of her life to raising a family and transitioned to careers with Eli Lilly and Thermo Fisher Scientific. She was a member of Saint Barnabas Catholic Church. Kathy is survived by her husband of 41 years, William Joseph Sauer;  her son, Brian (Chavonne) Sauer; daughters, Michelle (Michael) Marston, and Emily Sauer; grandchildren, Addison, Jack, Brooke, Avery, and Chase.  She is also survived by her mother, Lucille Wheatley; four sisters, Joyce (Frank) Brandenburg, Susan (Bob) Weisgerber, Joan Wheatley, Mary (Gary) Shearer; and two brothers, Steve (Mary) Wheatley and Greg Wheatley. Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Wheatley.  Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 6 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home, 6107 S. East St., Indianapolis, 46227.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 7at 11 a.m. at Saint Barnabas Catholic Church with visitation there beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Kathy requested memorial contributions be made to Ovar’coming Together (www.ovariancancerIN.org), Franciscan St. Francis Hospice (FranciscanStFrancis.org), or Saint Barnabas Catholic Church.

 

Wilbur Raymond Soden, 88 of Indianapolis died Aug. 31, 2013. He was born July 20, 1925 in Vincennes to Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Soden who preceded him death. Wilbur was also preceded in death by his wife Betty J. (Blew) Soden, son Michael P. Soden and sister Nola Soden. Wilbur retired in 1989 as a baker for Wonder Bread Co.  He was an avid golfer and had a love for the game. He played until he was no longer able and then turned to playing Bingo to pass the time. He was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII. Wilbur is survived by son Gary A. (Patti Vargo) Soden; daughters, Helen Louise Scott, Janice Roylston, and Cheryl (Kenneth) Moreland; brother Jerry Soden; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday Sept. 5 at the Fountain Square Mortuary. Pastor Larry L. Dalton is officiating. Burial with Military Honors to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Obituaries 8/29/13

August 28, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Elmo Markem Burks, 81, of Franklin, died Aug. 25, 2013. He was born May 22, 1932 in Tennessee to the late Jess and Eva Burks. Elmo was employed by Kawneer and Stokely Van Camp before retiring. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and trading knives. He is survived by his wife, Mary Burks; children, James Burks, Debra Hayes and Donna Speck; stepchildren, Alan Nalley and Steve Nalley; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Phillip Burks; and sister, Lorene Randolph.  He was preceded in death by a son, George Burks; step son, Mike Nalley; and his siblings, Ray Burks, Houston Burks, Jesse Burks and Lovie Reed. A service will be conducted Aug. 29, 1 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Vandivier-Tudor Chapel, 951 N. Main St., Franklin.  Elmo will be laid to rest at Greenlawn Cemetery.

 

Frank “Frankie” Kevin Coonfield, 59, of Indianapolis died Aug. 25, 2013. He was born in Beech Grove on July 22, 1954 to Glen M. and Eunice I. (Wallace) Coonfield who preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother,  Edward L. (Barbara Davis) Kellett; sisters, Donna M. Hacker, Barbara J.(Darrell) Radford and Patti (Bart) Kreig. Visitation is Friday Aug. 30 from 5 p.m. until service at 7 p.m. at Fountain Square Mortuary with Pastor Larry L. Dalton, officiating.

 

 

Rosita Cotter, 89, Indianapolis, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. She was born in Rome, Italy on May 2, 1924 to Paolo and Ida Lentini. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Cotter on Sept. 23, 1998 and her sister, Silvana Ferri on July 3, 2012. Rosita is survived by her children, Robert L. (Jody) Cotter, Paul P. (Sue) Cotter, Daniel F. Cotter, Stephen J. Cotter, Kathleen Cotter, and Loretta Rachek (Paul); sisters, Mina Bushek, Adriana Suchy, Gianna Richardson; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Rosita enjoyed being a mother and raising her children. She was a wonderful grandmother and cherished spending time with her grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. in St. Jude Catholic Church. Visitation was Aug. 28 at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

 

Sharon Lee (Kemme) Domino, 66, of Indianapolis died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sharon married Michael Addison Domino prior to moving to Indianapolis. Michael preceded Sharon in death in 2009. Sharon was an Executive Administrative Secretary in the Indianapolis area for many years; she was artistic and loved crafting, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Sharon is survived by son, Thomas A Domino (wife, Josetta); mother, Darlene “Polly” Parrott; sister, Judy “Jude” Bousquet; brother, Ralph Parrott; two grandchildren, Griffin & Hailey Domino; and nephew, Brett Jungbluth (wife Denise, and children, Liam & Emma). A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling-Gerber Chapel, 5950 E. Thompson Rd., Indianapolis.  Friends may call from 4 p.m. until service time. Donations may be made to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

 

*Photo: John Cameron Jackson, 62 of Indianapolis, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. He was born to the late Robert and Ruth Jackson. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. John is survived by his wife Christine Yvonne Jackson; children, Thomas Andrew (Anneka) Jackson, Thomas Jonathan Jackson, James Jay (Noel) Jackson and Jay Cameron (Sara) Jackson. Grandchildren Katelin Jackson, Megan Jackson, Kodie Jackson, Cameron Jackson, Ava Jackson and Isaiah Jackson. Memorial services will be held Aug. 30 at Grinsteiner Neighborhood Funeral Home, 1601 E. New York St., Indianapolis, IN 46201 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will follow at New Crown Cemetery, 2101 Churchman Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46203.

 

 

 

Jack Stuart Lewis, 82, of Greenwood, died Aug. 19, 2013. He was born Sept. 16, 1930 in Indianapolis to the late Howard and Lenora Lewis. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (James) Lewis; his children, Karen (Bob) McAllister and Kevin Lewis; and his grandchildren, Hailey Bair, Tanner Bair, and Delaney Hyde. Services were held Aug. 23 at Washington Park East Cemetery and Aug. 22 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood.

 

 

Teresa Faye Oberting-McElroy, 49, Indianapolis, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. She was born Sept. 23, 1963 to Louis Gordon and Brenda Mae Frock Braswell. She was preceded in death by her brother, Todd Braswell and is survived by her daughters, Ashley Oberting-Robbins and Kristi Oberting; mother, Brenda Mae Westerfield; sister, Stephanie Westerfield; brother, Jim Braswell and grandmother, Ruth Frock. Teresa had a vibrant personality and was loved by everyone that she met. Services were held Aug. 24 at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or pancan.org.

 

 

Nicholas Anthony Oberting, infant, was born on Aug. 15, 2013 and died on Aug. 17, 2013.  He was the son of Michelle Oberting. He is also survived by his grandparents, Ken and B. Kyle Oberting; great-grandfather, Ken Oberting; aunt, Toni Oberting; uncle, Kenny (Nicole) Oberting and cousins, Payton, Teagan and Matthew. Services were held Aug. 24 at St. Mark Catholic Church. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, 30 S. Meridian St., #200, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

 

 

James “Jim” Alan Northcutt, 64, of Indianapolis, died on Aug. 25, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on Jan. 3, 1949 to Marvin James Northcutt and Mary “Bette” O’Neill Northcutt. He graduated from Chartrand High School in 1967 where he played basketball and baseball. He attended and played baseball at Marian College, and worked at Asphalt Materials for more than 40 years. Upon the birth of his first grandchild, he chose the nickname “Dodo” to which he was lovingly referred by family and friends. Throughout the years, he was active in Soap Box Derby with his daughters, supporting his sons in soccer, football, and wrestling and enjoyed fishing with his sons and grandchildren. Jim was an avid country line dancer, enjoyed collecting antiques and in his last few years of life, dedicated his time to supporting fellow lung transplant patients. He is survived by his wife, Velma (Kaufmann); his two daughters, Kimberly Preciado (husband George), Kellie Estes (husband Michael); his sons, Brett Northcutt (wife Susan) and Benjamin Northcutt (wife Dania); step-sons, James Kaufmann (wife Heather), Kenneth Kaufmann and Brian Kaufmann (fiancée Megan Deakins); daughter-in-law, Adriane;  14 grandchildren; sisters, Maureen Madden (Joseph, deceased), Sheila Northcutt (partner Pam Vitale), Debbie Fabert (Eric), Donna Hinrichsen (Erik), Dora Trittipo (Paul); and brother Timothy Northcutt (Cheryl).  Also surviving are the mothers of his children, Cathy Northcutt and Marcia Gordon Northcutt. Donations may be made in the name of James A. Northcutt to the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Roch Catholic Church on Friday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. Friends may call on Aug. 29 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

 

 

 

Wilma Jeanne Disney Pearcy, 80, of Indianapolis, died peacefully Aug. 21, 2013. She was born June 28, 1933 in North Salem, Ind. to the late Joe C. and Katherine Disney. She was preceded in death by herbrother Wayne “Diz”. She attended Arsenal Tech High School. However, her fondest school day memories are from the years she spent at
Florence Faye School 21. Jeanne worked at A&P Tea Company and retired from
Blue Cross Blue Shield. Jeanne also worked as a food server in various
restaurants. Jeanne is survived by her son Michael (Jackie) Pearcy; daughter Rhonda Smith (John Pyle); four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life took place Aug. 26 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel,
7520 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. No graveside services will take place. Donations may be made to Shrine Hospital for Children, 510 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

 

 

Carl Eugene Pratt (Gene) was born on Nov. 18, 1931 in Indianapolis to the late Howard and Gertie Pratt. His grandfather Pratt moved the family to Boone County when Gene was five years of age. He is survived by his longtime companion Ines Lester, two daughters Lieta
LaRoche (Phil), Dawn Gibbs (Tony) and son Kim Michael. He is also survived by five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a sister Patty Wethington (Tom), Uncle Joe and Aunt Regina Hawkins, brother-in-law Bob Ping, sister-in-law Loretta Pratt, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He had a deep Christian faith. He knew the balance between having a good time and hard work. He enjoyed playing golf, square dancing, playing cards, travel, solving crossword puzzles, wood working, interacting with children and enjoyed the friendship of good friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill, Raymond, Jim, Skip and sister Carole. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 60 years, a member of the American Legion, Veteran of the United States Navy, and retired from Naval Avionics as a Forman for Quality Control. A Celebration of Life will be held at Community Church of Greenwood on Aug. 31 from 2 – 4 p.m. with service at 4 p.m.

 

 

Tracy Ann Radford, 51 of Indianapolis died Aug. 22, 2013. Tracy was born Sept. 5, 1961 in Beech Grove to the late James Radford and Betty(Huntsinger) Radford Jones. Tracy was also preceded in death by her step-father Gene Jones; sisters, Cindy Cambell and Debbie Trammel; and brother, Terry Radford. Tracy is survived by sisters, Sharon (Mike) Scott,  Diana (Jack Buzzard) Radford, Donna (Scott Caraway) Radford; brother, Darrell (Barbara) Radford. There will be no visitation. Private Services will be held. Final arrangements are by Fountain Square Mortuary.

 

 

Bobby E. Ross, 65, of Indianapolis, died on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.  He was born on Feb. 14, 1948 to the late Silas Ross, Sr. and Pearlie (Watson) Ross in Danville, Ky. Bobby was proud to have served in Vietnam and was the past Commander of the V.F.W. Post 5626 in Beech Grove and a member of the V.F.W. Post 5127 in Whitley City, Ky. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Delores (Ghent) Ross; daughters, Tammy Farrar (Andy) and Tabitha McGuffin (Patrick); siblings, Janice Ross, Laura Partin (Earl) and Glenford Ross; and grandchildren, Shelby and Jacob Farrar and Chayse, Hunter and Katilyn McGuffin. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Silas Ross, Jr., Lois Collette and Thelma Ross. A memorial service was held on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral and Cremation Service, 1458 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis.

 

Billy “Blue” Joe Walker, 59, of Indianapolis, died Aug. 25, 2013. He was born Feb. 28, 1954 in Detroit, Mich. to Joseph H. and Helen L. (Morris) Walker who preceded him in death. He is survived by his companion of 27 years, Teresa June Stuart; son, Billy Joe Walker, Jr.; daughters,  Raquel Walker, Reda  and Brandy Stewart; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Visitation will take place Aug. 29, 6 – 8 p.m. at Fountain Square Mortuary with a cremation following.

 

 

Ruth O. Watson, 81, of Indianapolis, died on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.  She was born on March 30, 1932 to the late William H. and Edith Mackey Scott in Indianapolis. Ruth was a proof-reader for Allison Coupon Co. prior to her retirement. She loved to work puzzles, read and watch the birds. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Marion L. Watson; and her siblings, Robert J. Scott, Vivian Fifer and Edith L. Scott.  She is survived by her children, Marsha K. Smith (David), Michael K. Watson, Carol J. Rhoades (Greg), William H. Watson (Tina) and Jeffrey L. Watson (Angela); and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 26 in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral and Cremation Services. Burial took place in Riverside Cemetery, Carthage, Ind.

Obituaries 8/15/13

August 14, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Janet G. (Morrow) Baker, 63 of Indianapolis, died Aug. 10, 2013. She was born May 26, 1950 in Indianapolis to the late James G. and Mildred M. (Fonseth) Morrow. She married Ronald Baker on Sept. 30, 2000 and he survives.  Jan was a 1968 graduate of Greenwood High School and attended University of Indianapolis.  Through the years she has worked for Rost Jewelers, Shane Company, State Farm Insurance, Humana, and most recently for Allied Solutions. She enjoyed playing golf, baking, music, writing, and scrapbooking.  She was a Colts and Pacers fan and enjoyed watching Notre Dame football and I.U. basketball.  She is also survived by her children, Kari (Matt) Spence and Andrew Callahan; her grandchild, Lindy Spence; her sisters, Joan (Marvin) Striegel, Robin Morrow, Rosa (John) Alexander, and Mary Morrow; brother, James G. Morrow, Jr.; and her first husband, William N. Callahan along with several nieces and nephews. Services were held Aug. 14 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Riley Hospital for Children, 702 Barnhill Dr., Room 1960, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

 

Ray Eugene Bundy 57, of Indianapolis, died Aug. 13, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis Nov. 5, 1955 to Doyle Bundy and Dorothy (Inkenbrandt) Bundy.  They both preceded him in death. He is survived by Jacqueline and her son Shawn; daughter Raychelle Bundy (Robert) Edwards; brother Paul E. (Teresa) Bundy and four grandchildren. Visitation will be held Aug. 16 in Fountain Square Mortuary from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. Burial will take place at Washington Park East Cemetery.

 

William B. Gregory, 50, of Indianapolis, died on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at I.U. Methodist Hospital.  He was born on Aug. 21, 1962 to Malcolm and Mildred Hall Gregory in Indianapolis.  Bill was a graduate of Chrispus Attucks High School and worked in Construction.  He is survived by his parents, Malcolm and Mildred Gregory of Plainfield; and his sister, Teresa Clayton of Indianapolis.  A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 14 in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services and was officiated by Pastor Ray Renner.  Interment took place at Concordia Cemetery in Indianapolis.  Memorial contributions have been suggested to the American Heart Association.

 

Carole Ann Holman, 46, of Indianapolis, died on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. She was born on Feb. 11, 1967 to Niles Werblo and Rosalyn Luke in Sacramento, Cali. Her father preceded her in death.  She was a loving mother and daughter and a great sister who will be missed. She is survived by her mother, Rosalyn Luke; children, Stephanie Holman, Scottie Holman and Joshua Luke; sisters, Rita Jane Baker, Karen Sue Baker Quinlan (Terrance) and Alice Jo Baker Alexander; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  A Celebration of Life Service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 13 in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services with the Rev. Frank Sublan officiated.  Burial took place in New Crown Cemetery.

 

Gary Wayne Price, 51, of Indianapolis, died Aug. 7, 2013. Gary was born Sept. 30, 1961 in Danville, Ky. to Buford Kenneth and Ethel Sue (Cox) Price, Sr. who preceded him in death along with two brothers: Fred and Kenny Price. He was a self-employed auto dealer. Survivors include daughters, Jennifer C.(Benjamin)Kunkel, Brandi S.(Timothy)Finney, Diane M(Larry)Robertson, Hannah N. and Leah Price; brothers, Buford K.(Sherrie), Elmer V.(Paula), Stuart L.(Theora)Price; sister Beverly Sue(John)Kelly; and 12 grandchildren. Celebration of Life services were held Aug. 12 at Christ Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Pastor Elmer V. Price officiating.

 

Martha Lynn Reece, 66, of Camby, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. She was born Dec. 30, 1946 in Peru Ind. to Stanley and Ruth Reece. She is survived by her partner, Connie Pumpelly, sister, Tansy (John) Wells and brother, Lew (Elena) Reece. There will be a celebration of Marti’s life at a later date. To send a message of condolence, view a detailed obituary and/or memorial donation visit ghherrmann.com or www.caringbridge.org/visit/martireece1. Arrangements entrusted to G. H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home.

 

Rolla L. “Buddy” Sumner, 70, of Greenwood, died Aug. 10, 2013. He was born Dec. 2, 1942 in Indianapolis to the late Loren and Agnes (Barnes) Sumner. He is survived by his nephew, Raymond Staggs; and his guardian, Vanessa Dolden.  He was preceded in death by his sister and her husband, Shirley and Lono Staggs. Buddy enjoyed WWE with his favorite wrestlers being Cane and Undertaker and he enjoyed Monster Trucks, his favorite being Big Foot and Grave Digger. Since 2005 Buddy has been cared for by the staff of Companion Care who became as close to him as family. A service will be conducted at Aug. 15, 2 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood.  Friends may call from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Buddy will be laid to rest at Floral Park Cemetery.

 

Brent James Walls, 21 of Indianapolis died Aug. 9, 2013. He was born on June 29, 1992 to Charles R. & Sheryl A. (Roberds) Walls, Sr. His father preceded him in death in June of 2013. Brent had worked in construction. Survivors include mother Sheryl A.(Roberds) Walls, of Port Richey, Fla.; brothers,  Charles R. Walls, Jr., Ryan A. Walls  and Cody D. McFarland; sister Megan C. Walls. His sister Ashley C. Walls preceded him in death. Visitation is Thursday, Aug. 15 at Fountain Square Mortuary from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. with graveside service immediately following at New Crown Cemetery Chapel. Pastor Jimmy Parsons is officiating.

 

John J. Wuensch, 82, Indianapolis, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on Oct. 17, 1930 to Frank Samuel and Louise K. Braun Wuensch. John was a 1948 graduate of Arsenal Technical High School and served in the US Army during the Korean War. In July of 1948 he began his career at Indiana Bell and worked there for 37 years before retiring as Marketing Manager in 1986. He married Joyce Landwerlen on May 12, 1951 in St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Indianapolis. John was a member of St. Roch Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 3660, and the Telephone Pioneers of America. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Mary Wuensch and is survived by his wife, Joyce Wuensch; daughters, Debbie (Charlie) Pike, Kathy (Ron) Lakey, Cindy (Ron) Buchmeier, Sandy (Frank) Gilson, Laura (Kevin) Bridgewater, and Beth (Patrick) Downing; sisters, Helen Welch, Kathryn Michaelis, and Dorothy Logsden; brother, Charles (Connie) Wuensch; grandchildren, Bryan, Kim, and Missy Lakey, Andy and Carolyn Pike, Sarah (Dave) Anderson, Amy (Geoff) Davis, Matt (Laura) Buchmeier, Chrissie Buchmeier (fiancé Jerry Bostwick), Jessica, Brittany, Katie, Deidre, Savannah, and Sierra Gilson, Bryce and Max Bridgewater, Tom, Jill, and Christopher Downing; great grandchildren, Will and Jim Buchmeier, Anna Anderson, Hadley Davis; and several nieces and nephews.  Services were held Aug. 13 in St. Roch Catholic Church. And Aug. 12 in Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home. Burial is in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Roch Church.

Obituaries 8/01/13

July 31, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Joseph W. Alvey Sr., 77 of Indianapolis, died July 19, 2013. He was born on Nov. 24, 1935 in St. Francis, Ky. son of Thomas B. and Ruby Margaret (Dant) Alvey. He retired from Renners Express (Teamsters 135).  He is proceeded in death by his father, son Leslie and brother, Garland. He is survived by his wife, Patsy (Patrick) Alvey; mother, Margaret Alvey;  sons, Joseph Jr., Donald and James Alvey; daughters, Cindy Leonard and Annette Prather; sisters, Joyce, Ina, Peggy, Marilyn and Debbie; brothers, John, Randy, Terry and Tony Alvey; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held July 26 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements are entrusted to Bell Mortuary & Crematory, Shangrila Chapel.

 

 

James O. Berger, 85, Indianapolis, died Wednesday July 24, 2013. He was born in Jasper, Ind. on Oct. 1, 1927 to Sylvester and Wilhemina Seger Berger. James was a 1945 graduate of Jasper High School and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana State Teachers College (Indiana State University). While at Indiana State, he was a member of the basketball team that won the NAIB Championship in 1950. John Wooden was his first coach at Indiana State. He was drafted by the Fort Wayne Zollners (which later became the Detroit Pistons) in 1951. He later was inducted into the ISU Basketball Hall of Fame. He served in the US Army immediately after high school for one year and again during the Korean War. James began his career of teaching in Teutopolis, Ill. He taught at Bishop Schulte High School in Terre Haute and spent most of his career from 1968-1989 in the Indianapolis Public School system at Northwest High School. He also coached football, basketball and baseball. James was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 3660 and the Indiana State Teacher’s Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary H. Berger on April 5, 2012 and is survived by his children, Mike Berger (JoEllen), Linda King (Jim), Beth Dodds (David), Barb Irwin (Jim), Nina Eads (Jim), Marty Berger, and Joe Berger (Elaine); sisters, Margaret Ann Holler and Mary Elizabeth Keller; brother, William Berger; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 29in St. Mark Catholic Church and Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

 

 

Lucille Bohlke, 90, of Indianapolis, died on July 23, 2013.  She was born on March 7, 1923, daughter of the late Ernest and Harriett L. Buenting. Lucille was a graduate of Hanover College, and was a member of Wallace Street Evangelical Church, President’s Club of Nat’l Bank of Greenwood, Phi Mu Sorority, and the Southport Chapter #442 Order of the Eastern Star. She retired after over 40 years at National Bank of Greenwood. Survivors include her grandchildren, Lucinda Bragg and Stephanie (Alec) Clark; three great-grandchildren, Michelle Hodgin, Joel Bragg, and Alexis Bragg; sister, Rosemary (Harold) Timmer; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Bohlke; daughter, Sharon Woolley; and brother, Ernest Buenting. Services were held July 25 and 26 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home. Lucille will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood.  Memorial contributions may be made to ASPCA, aspca.org or 1-800-628-0028.

 

 

 

Michael Eugene Brown, 62, died on Monday, July 1, 2013.  Formerly from Beech Grove, Michael was the owner of the Ben Franklin Store & Debbie’s Cards, Flowers & Gifts as well as an active member of the Lions Club organization. He is survived by his wife Nancy Brown, daughters Michelle Cook & Stephanie Hillman, step-daughters Lori Vandiver & Kathy Hilgart, and 12 grandkids. Also surviving are brothers Gary Brown and Keith Brown, and sister Tina Horton. He is preceded in death by his parents Donald Eugene and Ethel (Tiny) Brown. Michael loved spending time with his grandkids when he could.  He also enjoyed square dancing, camping, and the Great Smokey Mountains. Per his request, no services will be held.  His wishes are to be cremated and at a later date have a final resting spot in the Smokey Mountains.

 

 

Glen Thomas Durham, 81, Indianapolis, died July 26, 2013. He was born March 31, 1932 to the late Thomas and Elcena (Bunge) Durham in Elgin, Ill. and was raised in Linton, Ind. He was a graduate of Linton High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in the Korean War. He retired from Ford Motor Company after 48 years, and was a volunteer firefighter in Franklin Township for several years. He was an avid racing fan who enjoyed attending the events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With all of his activities in life, nothing compared to the love of his family and especially his love for his two grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mabel (Clark) Durham; children, Gary (Valerie) Durham and Larry Durham; granddaughters, Rachel and Claudia Durham; and brother, Gerald (Miriam) Durham of Greencastle, Indiana.  Services were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling-Gerber Chapel, 5950 E. Thompson Road, Indianapolis. Burial was at Orchard Hill Cemetery in Wanamaker.

 

Bradford C. Fowler, Sr., 47, of Indianapolis, died on July 27, 2013. He was born on June 12, 1966 in Indianapolis to Archie C. Fowler and Lottie Mae Coppess. Survivors include, wife, Polly A. (Estep) Fowler; son, Bradford Fowler, Jr.; brothers, Brent Fowler, Archie Fowler, Danny Fowler and Keith Fowler; and sisters, Judy C. Fowler, Kathy Fowler and Marian Hoffman. He was preceded in death by both parents; and sisters, Debbie VanDyke and Molly Cloud. Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 2 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home, 1505 S. East St., Indianapolis. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at New Crown Cemetery.

 

 

Roy Dean Hunter, age 73, of Indianapolis, died on Monday, July 15, 2013.  He was born in Huntington, W.V. to the late Charles Hunter, Sr. and Othella Nickels Hunter. Survivors include his children, Thomas Allen, Elizabeth Smith (Curtis), Dawn Faye Hunter, Shawn Johnson (Jody) and Tammy Thixton (Jamie); Sisters, Alma Hensley (William) and Shelia K. Gilbert (lee); brother, Donald Hunter (Sherry); step-brother, Robert Goins; step-sisters, Mary Roque and Kathy Goins; and nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 20 in Trinity Southern Baptist Church.  Arrangements and care were entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home.

 

 

Margaret Elizabeth Lowes Kappel, 88, died Sunday, July 28, 2013.  She was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Lebanon to the late Curtis M. and Dorthy B. (Tinder) Nevins. Margaret worked at JC Penny’s, Walker’s Department Store and at Farm Bureau Insurance. In earlier years she was active in Franklin Township 4-H and the Four Corner’s Homemakers’ Club. She is survived by her children, Joe (Debby) Lowes; daughters, Janet (Lonny) Harts, Judy Craig and Jackie (Mike) Miller; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1p.m. Aug. 1 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling-Gerber Chapel. Burial will be at Orchard Hill Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Franciscan Alliance Foundation St. Francis Health, 5255 E. Stop 11 Rd., Suite 245, Indianapolis, IN 46237.

 

 

Francis Paul “Mac” Maguire died on July 23, 2013. He was born on Aug. 29, 1922 to John and Anne Maguire in Providence, R.I. He served honorably in World War II as part of the greatest generation, landing on Omaha Beach in 1944 with his fellow soldiers in the US Army’s 83rd Infantry Division. Following the war, he moved to Indianapolis and married Margaret O’Brien. They were married for 46 years until her death in 1993. Francis then married Nuala O’Connor and they celebrated their 18th anniversary on May 13, 2013. He had a 40-year career in the electrical contracting field, carrying his union card for IBEW 481. He also worked as an estimator and eventually retired as vice president of Sanborn Electric Company. He was a member of Saint Mark’s Catholic Church. He touched many lives through his generous spirit and active involvement, including hosting prayer groups, singing in the choir, Nocturnal Adoration, Christ Renews His Parish, and Saint Vincent DePaul.  Mac could do it all: chef, golfer, mechanic, crossword puzzle expert, voracious reader and engineer. He is survived by his wife, Nuala; his children, Joseph (Rita) Maguire, James Maguire, and Elaine (Randy) Powers; stepchildren, Emer (Mike) O’Connor-Keller, Cormac (Jen) O’Connor, Cathal (Susie) O’Connor, Donal (Michelle) O’Connor; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Saint Mark Catholic Church, 535 E. Edgewood Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227, on Thursday, July 25 from 3-8 p.m. and Friday, July 26 from 9:30-11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Mark Church on Friday, July 26 at 11 a.m.  Contributions can be made to Saint Mark Catholic Church or The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Obituaries 7/25/13

July 24, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Phyllis L. Campbell 63, Indianapolis, died July 23, 2013. She was born Aug. 20, 1949 to the late Frank Fremont Phelps and Mary Phelps in Indianapolis. She attended city schools. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Hoy Campbell Sr.  She is survived by her son Hoy Campbell Jr. and her brothers Sammy, Bobby and Henry Phelps. Funeral Services will be conducted Thursday July 25 at 1 p.m. in Fountain Square Mortuary with Pastor Larry Dalton officiating. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until time of service. Burial to follow in New Crown Cemetery.

 

 

Jack Lee Clark, 62, died July 18, 2013.  He was born in Beech Grove to the late Daniel and Marion Clark.  Jack was employed by Wave Tek and Nuclear Measurements. He also was a veteran of the US Air Force serving in the Vietnam Campaign. Jack is survived by his sisters Juanita Clark Suro and Nancy Clark (Verlos) Jones;  brother Dennis (Marilyn) Clark; ex-wife and longtime friend Julie Bell Clark; his animals Apollo, Reggie, Sammie and Max; and nieces and nephews Kimberly, Robert, and David Pilkington, Carolyn Clark-Bennett and Brian, Steve and Keven Jones. Memorial Services will be held at a later date at Marion National Cemetery, Marion, Ind.

 

 

Brenda Ladd Warshaw Estell, 66, Indianapolis, died Wednesday July 17, 2013. She was born in Kingston, Tenn. on July 28, 1946 to the late James and Francis Kitchen Ladd. Brenda was a 1964 graduate of Southport High School. She worked in sales and marketing in the transportation industry for 30 years and was also the general manager of the Knights of Columbus Council 3660 for 3 years. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jimmy Ladd and her nephew, Ricky Commons. Brenda is survived by her husband, David D. Estell; sisters, Carol Commons (Rick) and Cindy Ladd; brothers, David Ladd (Cathy) and Darrell Ladd (Brenda); stepson, Gary Franklin (Cindy); stepdaughters, Marci, Ellen and Sherri; mother-in-law, Mary Estell; sisters-in-law, Wendy Adler, Pat Estell and Coszi Estell; brothers-in-law, Ronnie, Sonny, Troy and Rex Estell; aunt, Thelma Ladd; nieces, Dee Ann, Brittany and Michele; nephews, Chris and Jimmy; cousins, Janice, June, Louie and Rita. Services were held July 22, 2013 in Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Ovarian Cancer, 2625 N. Meridian St. #108, Indianapolis, IN 46208 or Southside Animal Shelter, 1614 W. Edgewood Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46217.

 

 

Roy Junior Frisbie 83, of Indianapolis died July 19, 2013. He was born Nov. 1, 1929 in Denver, Ill. to the late Roy Lee Frisbie and Mary (Orey) Frisbie. He was employed by L. S. Ayres. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Frisbie was preceded in death by his wife Edith M. (Brizendine) Frisbie in 2004. He is survived by his son David M. Frisbie; step-daughter Mary Beth (James) Shaffner; grandchildren David, Debbie, and Beth Anne; brothers Jim Frisbie and Bob Frisbie; sisters Eileen Frisbie, Mary Catherine Frisbie, Gladys Frisbie. He was preceded in death by brothers Paul and David Frisbie and sister Sue Frisbie. Funeral Services were held July 23 in Fountain Square Mortuary. Burial followed in New Crown Cemetery with Military Honors.

 

 

Emma Theresa Goldberg, 83, Indianapolis, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was born on Oct. 17, 1929 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was a homemaker and the wife of the late Goodman Goldberg. She is survived by her daughter, MaryAnne Simmons; and grandchildren, Ashley McQuinn, Kaili Simmons, Shawn Parrish and Shane Kidwell. Private services were held.  Arrangements and care entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.

 

Wilson “Cleo” Howard, 82, died on Saturday, July 20, 2013 in Beech Grove. He was born on Sept. 19, 1930 in Mud Lick, Ky. to Marlin and Gladys (Gentry) Howard. On March 17, 1950 he married Donnie Pruitt in Tompkinsville, Ky., who survives. Cleo retired as the owner of Howard’s Body Shop. He was inducted into the Little League Hall of Fame as the longest sponsor of a Little League team. Survivors include his wife and four children: Diana (Fred) Armstrong, Steve (Amy) Howard, Richard (Kim) Howard, and Derek (Pam) Howard. He had eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 25 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood. Donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 600 Beacon Pkwy. W., Suite 860, Birmingham, Alabama  35209.

 

 

Mary Ellen Kraeszig, 88, Indianapolis, died Sunday July 21, 2013. She was born in Indianapolis on May 10, 1925 to Harry C. and Mabel Clark Fox. Mary Ellen was a graduate of Marian College. She worked in the cafeteria at Roncalli High School in the 1970s and 80s. Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas H. Kraeszig on May 19, 1994 and is survived by her children, Gregg, Michael and Thomas Kraeszig, Elaine Kraeszig, Carolyn Leigh (Mark), Anne McCallister (Mike) and Kathy Perryman (Jim); three sisters, Joan, Annie and Dorothy; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday July 26 at 10 a.m. in St. Roch Catholic Church where Mary Ellen was a member and sang with the choir. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Roch Church or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

 

 

Rita J. Lake, 79 of Indianapolis died July 18, 2013 in Beech Grove. She was born June 14, 1934 in North Salem, Ind. to the late Horace Leathers and Leona Rose Leathers. Rita was employed with Aerow Pest Control retiring with over 20 years of service in 2004. Rita is survived by her son Donald Lake, daughters: Peggy Fuzi, Joanne Wright, 16 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughters Barbara Stinson and Beverly Crosley. She was also preceded in death by her brothers Vernal Leathers, Carl Leathers, and Paul  Leathers. Also preceding her in death were sisters Gayle Cameron and Wynona Blakenship. Memorial Service will take place at New Crown Cemetery Chapel on July 27 at 11 a.m.

 

 

Garland H. “Bo” Lewis, 75, died on July 16, 2013 with family and friends around him.  He was born Sept. 12, 1937 in Virginia and moved to Indianapolis as a young man. He had been self-employed doing cement work for many years before his retirement.  He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Early and Mannie Lewis. He is survived by his wife, Betty; sister, Eva; brother, James; children, Wonda, Ann, Patty, Benita, Ray, Kathleen and Elizabeth; nephew, Jeff; niece, Michelle; cousin, Janice; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and a host of friends. A memorial to celebrate Bo’s life was held on July 22 in the church Bo loved; The Sanctuary, 2991 E. Troy Ave., with Pastor Tim Agee. Arrangements and care entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.

 

Clifford Andrew Peters Jr., 93, Indianapolis, died Tuesday July 16, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on Nov. 8, 1919 to Clifford A. Peters Sr. and Ida Josephine Seiler Peters. Cliff worked for Burford Printing for 35 years before retiring as Foreman of the Press Room. He also worked for St. Jude Catholic Church for many years serving as the supervisor of buildings and grounds. Cliff served in the US Army during WWII in the European Theater and was awarded a Bronze Star. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3660 and the American Legion. Cliff was preceded in death by his wife, Doris H. Peters on June 13, 1997 and is survived by his children, Thomas (Jane), Charles (Ellen), and Robert Peters, Janice Wheat (David), and Suzanne Hostetter (Ronald); 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 20 at St. Jude Catholic Church where Cliff was a member. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Catholic Church.

 

Roger D. Ricketts, 80, of Greenwood, died Thursday July 18, 2013. Roger was born on Feb. 7, 1933 to Caryll and Lena Kepcha Ricketts in Peoria, Ill. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United National Service Medal and a Good Conduct Metal. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Christian Church and attended services at Rosedale Hill United Methodist Church. He retired from Indiana Bell Phone Company and was a member of the IBEW Local. Roger volunteered regularly at: Fletcher Place Ministries, Habitat for Humanity and MPCC Food Pantry. Survivors include his children, Reyne Branner (Jim); Roger D. Ricketts II (Kathi); Becky Smith (Don); Deanna Ricketts; sister: Wilma Jacobsmeyer; companion Sue Mohr-Humbarger; 10 grandchildren, Michael Branner, Brenna Branner, Josh Curry, Matthew Curry, Zachary Isenor, Ryan Isenor, Kaitlyn Ricketts, Jacob Ricketts, Haley Marie Smith and Morgan Lynne Smith, four great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Proceeding him in death are his parents; first wife Maureen W. Madden Ricketts; second wife Sylvia Taylor Ricketts; four brothers Bob Ricketts, Stanley Ricketts, Kenneth Ricketts, Richard Ricketts. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Fletcher Place at 1637 Prospect St. Indianapolis, IN 46203. Funeral Services were held July 23 at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church, Greenwood.

 

Michael Aaron Roddy, 37, of Anderson, formly of Indianapolis, died on July 18, 2013.  He was born on May 31, 1976.  Survivors include, mother Deborah Clark and stepfather Jeffery Clark, Father Roger G. Roddy, brother of Matthew Clark, grandparents Mack W. (Joan Groce) Wells and step-grandparents Frank and Helen Clark. Michael was preceded in death by Grandmother Stella Wells. Visitation was held July 22 at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home, 1505 S. East St., Indianapolis. Graveside service was held at New Crown Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics.

 

Louis F. Schlegel died July 21, 2013. He was born Nov. 29, 1928 and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio with a strong German heritage. Louie enlisted in the Army right after completion of high school. He was stationed in Germany as a medic and returned back to Cleveland at the completion of his two year tour. He joined his father in 1948 and worked together growing cut flowers in the greenhouses in Berea, Ohio.  After an ice-cream cone on a blind date, Angela Hoying and Louie became husband and wife on Oct. 4, 1952. Louis purchased the glass greenhouses on Greenlawn in Parma in 1957. In 1967 he began a new journey as a salesman for Michell’s Seed Company. This venture brought the still growing Schlegel family to Indianapolis.  Though he was successful in sales, his heart was in the greenhouses. In 1972 he bought the property on Sprague Rd. The home and greenhouses were dilapidated but with elbow grease, and blood, sweat and tears from four sons, Louis turned the place into his vision; a thriving business and a nurturing home. In 1986, he won Indiana Flower Growers Association award as Grower of the Year. Louis never missed Sunday Mass and prayed his nightly prayers,  side-by-side with his wife. He donated seasonal flowers to St. Roch Catholic Church in appreciation. Louie was proceeded in death by his grandson; Cooper Jones, and his mother; Francis and father; Louie Sr. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Angela Hoying Schlegel; eight children Chris Schlegel Robinson,(Bret Robinson), Martha Schlegel Jones, (David Jones), Kurt Schlegel, Paul Schlegel (Marsha), Gerry Schlegel, (Eileen), Pete Schlegel, (Theresa), Mary Schlegel Bastable (Mark), Heidi Schlegel Traylor; and 13 grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday July 25 at 10 a.m. in St. Roch Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to Mobius Children Museum, Coopers Corner, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane WA 99209 or Wheeler Mission, P.O. Box 3085, Indianapolis IN 46206.

Obituaries 7/18/13

July 17, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Marcella J. (Alkire) Boehning, 88, of Lafayette, died July 10, 2013. She was born to Virgie T. and John Alkire of Francesville, Ind. on Nov. 15, 1924. During WWII, she served in the Women’s Army Corp (WAC), stationed in San Antonio, Texas. After the war, Marcella was married to Leland L. Boehning of Medaryville, Ind.  They had two children, Tamara (John) Truitt of Columbus, Ohio and Gregg (Marcia) Boehning of Greenwood. She is survived by five grandchildren, Emily Truitt Robinson, Allyson Boehning (John) Olsen, Julie Truitt (Mike) Adams, John Truitt, III, Matthew (Lindsay) Boehning; and eight great-grandchildren,  Truitt, Mary-Sanford and Walker Robinson, Sarah and Maggie Adams, Avery and Brynn Olsen, and Benjamin Boehning.  Also surviving are Marjorie Robinson, sister and Bob Bill Alkire, brother. She was preceded in death by granddaughter, Kathryn Boehning; husband, Lee Boehning; four brothers, and one sister. Marcella was a long-time resident of Lafayette where she worked many years and retired from Lafayette National Bank. After retirement, she loved volunteering at her church, working part-time at Purdue University’s Tarkington Hall, and giving of her time at the Lafayette Food Pantry. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the First Christian Church, 329 N. 6th St. Lafayette, IN 47901. Donations can be made to the First Christian Church in her memory.

 

Mark Anthony Brown, 53, of Indianapolis, died on July 8, 2013.  He was born on Sept. 1, 1959 in Indianapolis to the late James Brown and Ethel Brown. He graduated with the class of 1978 from Thomas Carr Howe High School, and from Lincoln Tech as a diesel mechanic. He worked for over 30 years at Indianapolis Drum. Mark Anthony was a very generous person. He had a love of animals, enjoyed grilling out and cooking for his friends and family. Survivors include his daughter, Abby Rose; sisters, Mollyann, and Sharon Lee; and companion, Jennifer Moore. At this time, there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave., Indianapolis.

 

Mildred Louise Butler, age 90, of Indianapolis, died Thursday, July 11, 2013. She was born March 9, 1923 in Golden, MS to James L. and Lydia (Stancil) Butler. Mildred was a graduate of Phil Campbell High School with the Class of 1942. She married Thomas Butler on July 21, 1942 and he preceded her in death on March 13, 1992. Mildred was a homemaker who loved to travel and spend time with her family. She is survived by her son, Jerry (Debbie) Butler, of Indianapolis; daughters, Doris (Jack) Parks and Debbie (Tracy) Windle; two granddaughters, five grandsons, six great-granddaughters and four great-grandsons; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday, July 14 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Greenwood. Entombment was July 15 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

 

 

Vera J. “Dee Dee” Frazee, 74, died on Saturday, July 6, 2013. She was born on Aug. 10, 1938 to the late Durd and Dorothy (Coffman) York in Greencastle, Ind. She was a homemaker and loving mother.  She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Don Frazee; children, Sherri Sontag (Scott), Chris Bassett (Rex) and Matt Frazee; brother, Rick Hovis (Rose Ann); grandchildren, Brad, Taylor and Kristiana “Rose Bud;”  great-grandchildren, Brayton and Tinley; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Michael Fanning. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, July 11 in St. Thomas More Catholic Church and the burial followed in White Lick Cemetery. Arrangements and care entrusted to Lauck and Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.

 

Thelma Jones, 92, of Indianapolis, died on July 10, 2013.  She was born on Nov. 7, 1920 in Monroe Co. Ky. to William and Orpha Hoffman. Thelma was a resident of the Altenheim Exceptional Senior Living Community. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, gardening and BINGO, and was a member of Elbow Bend Church of Christ in Tompkinsville, Ky. Thelma is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Willis and Nellie Jones; two grandchildren, Brooke (Rodney) Powell and Pamela Roe; two great-grandchildren, Brandon Roe and Savannah Roe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm Jones; brothers, Roy Hoffman, Ray Hoffman, Reggie Hoffman, Stanley Hoffman; and sister, Morene Biggerstaff. Services were held July 13 at Yokley-Trible Funeral Home in Tompkinsville, Ky. Thelma will be laid to rest in Monroe County Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Tompkinsville, Ky.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Altenheim Ladies Auxiliary, 3525 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46237 or Elbow Bend Church of Christ, 2070 Elbow Bend Rd, Tompkinsville, KY 42167.

 

Michael A. Mangan, Sr., age 87, of Indianapolis, died on Friday, July 12, 2013. He was born on Jan. 3, 1926 to the late Martin and Gertrude (Hurth) Mangan in Reynolds, Ind. He worked for many years at the Koch News Company prior to retirement. He was a family man who also loved wood working and helping others. Michael was preceded in death by his wife, Eva May (Thompson) Mangan who died in December of 2000. He is survived by his children, Mary Marie Mangan, Michael A. Mangan, Jr., Patrick W. Mangan and James Mangan; step-daughter, Witney Agola; brother, Bernie Mangan; and six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services, 1458 S. Meridian St., on Thursday, July 18 from 4 to 8 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1530 Union St., Indianapolis on Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. with prayers being said prior to mass in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.  The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

 

Phyllis A. Miley, 66, Indianapolis, died Friday, July 12, 2013. She was born in Indianapolis on March 10, 1947 to the late Adrian and Mary Henrietta Barnes Mitchner. Phyllis had worked for RCA and United Medical Manufacturing for several years. She was a Jehovah Witness and member of the Craigwood Congregation. Phyllis was preceded in death by her son, Robert Lee Andrews II and her brother, Don Mitchner. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Miley; children, Regina Lovelace, Stephen Miley, Shannon Garcia and Tonya (Jason) Lemons; sisters, Pam Perdue, Sandra Isham, Debbie Whittemore, Josephine Elizabeth Holmes and Ethel Marie Salone; brothers, Jim, Bill and Carl MItchner; grandchildren, Brandon and Tyler Blake, Aaron Lee, Eric Lovelace, Brooke and Ben Lemons, Lauren Miley and Allie Snyder; great-granddaughter, Laura Cummins. Services were held July 15, 2013 at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home. Burial is in Round Hill Cemetery.
Angelo Joseph Venezia died July 10, 2013. He was born Sept. 30, 1928 in Indianapolis to the late Frank and Josephine Venezia. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic Grade School and Arsenal Technical High School. He married Rose Peoni on Sept. 9, 1951. Angelo served his country in the US Army as a sergeant in the Korean War and was awarded a Bronze Star. He began employment at an early age alongside his father Frank and brothers at Venezia Brothers Wholesale Produce Company on S. New Jersey Street. He eventually took on leadership of Venezia Brothers with his sons, Frank M. and John J., working until 2001. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph, Anthony, John, Sam, Salvatore and Fred; and his sisters, Phyllis, Josephine and Marie. Angelo is survived by his wife, Rose; sons, Frank M. and John J. (Michelle) Venezia; daughter, Antoinette (Kurt) Layer; grandchildren, Michael A., Sophia Rose, and Alexa Venezia, Erika Rose, Evan E. and Elizabeth Mary Layer; great-grandson, Xavier Anderson; and his sister, Anna Rose Boylan. Services were held July 13, 2013 at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Obituaries 7/11/13

July 10, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Wanda Marie (White) Brown, 50, died June 27, 2013. She was born July 28, 1962 in Marshall County, Ky. to Forest Gale White and Kathryn Lee (McHugh) Willard. Wanda was preceded in death by her mother. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her father; son, Jerome Helton; daughters, Charlie Michell and Jeri Lee Brown; sister, Kerry Confer and two grandchildren. Services took place July 5 at Fountain Square Mortuary with graveside service following at New Crown Cemetery.

 

Jeannette L. Cassiero, 88, Indianapolis, died Monday, July 1, 2013. She was born in Indianapolis on Nov. 6, 1924 to Thomas and Mary Frances Burnett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Cassiero, her daughters, Nancy Polk and Roxanne Saverino; two brothers and two sisters. Jeannette is survived by her children, Tony Cassiero, Mary Kay Schafer (Sonny Childers) and Jennifer Swanson (Jim); son-in-law, Jack Saverino; sister, Mary Margaret Accomando (Carl); grandchildren, Erin Eagan (Brian), Nancy Stewart (Paul), Anna Hinds (Joe), Michael Cassiero (Carrie), Ashley Stevens (Casey), Jake Cassiero (Jessica), Kristen Appleby (Geoffrey), Brady Swanson, Austin Swanson, Lucas Swanson; and 12 great-grandchildren. Jeannette was proud of her Irish heritage and even prouder of her loving grandchildren. She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church where she was very active in the Altar Society and rummage sale. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 6 in Holy Name Church with services on July 5 at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Josh Alan Dobkins, 46, Trafalgar, died Friday, July 5, 2013. Josh was born Jan. 17, 1967 in Somerset, Ky. to O. Jack Dobkins of Someset, Ky. and Gracie J. Dobkins of Greenwood.  Survivors include his parents; sister, Stacy (Bill) Skillman of Greenwood; companion, David Aime of Trafalgar; and a special friend, Laura Pilk of Indianapolis. He was a 1985 graduate of Waldron High School.  He later earned his Master’s Degree in Biology from Purdue University. Josh was a professor of biology for Keiser University Online for the past 13 years. Calling hours will be on July 15, from 11-1 p.m. at Wilson St.Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St.  Rev. Steve Schellin will officiate a funeral service Monday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Waldron High School, P.O. Box 369, Waldron, IN 46182 for a future science award or scholarship in Josh’s name.

 

Thomas M. Dugan, 58, Greenwood, died Wednesday July 3, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on March 5, 1955 to John J. and Alice M, Rawlinson Dugan. Tom attended Holy Trinity Grade School and was a 1973 graduate of Cathedral High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from IUPUI in 1978. He was a letter carrier for the USPS for 38 years before taking a medical leave in March of 2013. He married Donna Browning in Holy Trinity Catholic Church on August 25, 1984. Tom was a member of Branch 39 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Knights of Columbus Council 6138 and an honorary member of the Slovenian National Home. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Michael P., Kevin C., Joey H., Mary Kate, Joanie A. and Kaelin M. Dugan; sisters, Sharon Dugan Holmes, Kathy Dugan Feldhake (Steve), Dr. Ellen Dugan-Barrette (Craig), Patricia J. Dugan; brothers, Michael J. (Mary Ellen), John C. and Robert T. “Tim” Dugan (Deanne). A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 6 in Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church where Tom was a member. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery.

 

Lenora “Norie” Peake, 78, of Indianapolis, died July 7, 2013. She was born Jan. 10, 1935 in Indianapolis. Norie retired from Wonder Bread Bakery. She attended Fountain Square Baptist Church. Her husband, Ronald Peake, preceded her in death. She was the mother of Diana Wilson, Deborah Parks, Roberta Schrowe, Dorothy Bray; sister of Annie Grismore, Doris Ramech, Carol England, Josie Hair, Dorothy Ballridge, Donnie, Ray, Onan Harvey; and the beloved grandmother to 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave., with calling there from 11 a.m. until service time. She will be laid to rest in Acton Cemetery.

 

 

John A. Petty, Sr., 79, of Indianapolis, died Friday, July 5, 2013.  He was born Feb. 10, 1934 in Indianapolis to the late James and Elsie Petty. John retired from Blue Cross/Blue Shield as mailroom supervisor after 25 years of service. He was a member of the Christian Park Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. John is survived by his sons, John (Nancy) Petty, Jr. and Steve (Sue) Petty; sister, Phyllis (Joe) Hart; grandchildren, Michael (Laurel) Petty, Anthony Petty, Shawn (Tianna) Petty, Kathryn Petty, Steven (Morgan) Petty and Heather Petty; and great-granddaughters, Ashley Petty and Helaina Petty. He was also preceded in death by wives, Darlene Petty and Betty Petty. Services were held July 10 at Little & Sons Funeral Home, 4901 E. Stop 11 Rd., Indianapolis, IN  46237.  A private burial service followed at New Crown Cemetery.

 

 

John J. Sheehan, 70, Indianapolis, died Monday, July 8, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Farley Sheehan; daughter, Mary Kathleen Sheehan; son, John C. Sheehan; sisters, Noreen (Dennis) Murphy and Rosie (Jim) Winans. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anne Sheehan; sisters, Mary Anne Sheehan and Brigid (Jim) Sommers. Visitation will be Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11 a.m. in St. Barnabas Catholic Church. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Barnabas Church.

 

Jeffrey Scott Spitz, age 52, of Indianapolis, died Sunday, June 16, 2013. Jeff was born Nov. 17, 1960 in Indianapolis to John E. and Shirley A. (Speer) Spitz. He was a graduate of Roncalli High School, Class of 1979 and later received his BA in accounting from IUPUI with the Class of 1983. Jeff was a member of Knights of Columbus #3660 and was their Financial Secretary. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Pacers and was a devout IU fan. He is survived by his wife, the former Marcele Sprinkle whom he married July 30, 1983. Jeff is also survived by his son, Jonathon Spitz; daughters, Kristin Spitz, and Tiffany(Gabe) Jones; mother, Shirley; mother-in-law, Lois Sprinkle; grandson, Malachi Jones; brother, Mark Spitz. He was preceded in death by his father.  Funeral services were held Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Greenwood, with burial following in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Downey Council # 3660 4th Degree Service.

 

M. Alma Zimmerman, 97, Beech Grove, died Monday July 1, 2013. She was born in New Albany, Ind. on Jan. 8, 1916 to Frank and Flora Ackerman Eckert. Alma was preceded in death by her husband, Gervase A. Zimmerman on Oct. 9, 1996. She is survived by her children, Larry (Susan), James, Joseph (Diane), and Ken (Teresa) Zimmerman, Joyce Teagardin (Edwin), Marilyn Hercamp (David), and Susan Beveridge (Craig); 20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Alma was an active member of St. Roch Catholic Church for over 70 years and was active in the Ave Maria Guild. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 5 at St. Roch Church. Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Roch School or St. Paul Hermitage.

Obituaries 7/4/13

July 9, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Lora Ann Anderson, 55, of Indianapolis, died June 26, 2013. She was born on Sept. 22, 1957 in Roanoke, Va. to Oral Lilly and Patsy (Campbell) Cox. Lori is the wife of Danny L. Anderson; mother of Tim and Danny Anderson; six grandchildren. She is the daughter of Oral Lilly and Patsy Cox; and sister of Loretta, Betty, Becki, and Jerry. She was preceded in death by grandchildren, Danny and Brianna Anderson; and brother Tim Lilly. Services were held July 1 at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home with graveside service conducted at New Crown Cemetery, 2101 Churchman Ave.

 

John David “J.D.” Basham, 46 died June 26, 2013.  He was a resident of Indianapolis. He was born June 16, 1967 in Indianapolis. J.D. was employed by Neovia Logistic Services. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Traylor) Basham; mother, Iris (Ferguson) Basham; brothers, Benny, Larry, Gary, Roger, Greg, Doug and Donald Basham; sister, LaDonna Gauntt; stepsons, Tony, Joshua, Derek and Darrin Fields; and step-grandchildren, Hannah, Branden, Brayden and Chase. He was preceded in death by his father, William Edward Basham, brothers, Billy and Tommy Basham; and sisters, Hannah McMillian and Debbie Marshall. A memorial services will be held 1 P.M. July 6 at Southland Community Church, 5800 W. Smith Valley Rd. Greenwood, IN 46142. Arrangements were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312.

 

Allan Van Blaricum, 81, Indianapolis, died Saturday, June 29, 2013.  He was born on Oct. 12, 1931 to the late William and Nancy “Loeota” Mackey Van Blaricum. He was a graphics artist for over 30 years with White Arts Printing and a life-long member of Sacred Heart Church. Allan was a photographer in the National Guard in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty (Teagardin) Van Blaricum; daughters, Anna Dujan, Karen Hayden, Carol Braun, DDS, Ruth Tinsley, Judy Wadleigh and Patty Sullivan; brother, Edward Van Blaricum; and 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Sacred Heart Church on July 2 with entombment in Calvary Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements and care were entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home.

 

Wm. Bearl Burdine, 81, died June 29, 2013. He was a resident of Indianapolis. He was born Aug. 10, 1931 in Pulaski County, Ky. to the late Amel and Ada Burdine. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane (Murphy) Burdine; children, Sheryll (Mike) O’Leary and Mike (Debbie) Burdine; grandchildren, Heather (Scott), Heidi (Jeremy), Daniel, and David; great-grandchildren, Alexandria, Zoë, Nolan, Sophia, Nicholas, Colton and Garrett; brother, Jerry Burdine; sisters, Josephine Turner and Vivian Williams; and many friends. Bearl retired after several years of employment at both Hygrade and Ford Motor Company.  He enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports. A service was held July 2 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel. Bearl was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

 

Lamar Collins, 49, of Indianapolis, died June 26, 2013. He was born in Cleveland, Miss., on March 12, 1964 to George Collins and Velma Collins Howard. Lamar loved helping people. He never met a stranger and had many friends. He is survived by his mother, Velma Collins Howard; father, George Collins; siblings, James Parker, Alfred Collins, Beanetta Parker, Barbara Parker and Marvetta Phillis; and many nieces and nephews including two special nieces, Mikesha Vilces and Saniya Reed (Tickle Tick). Services were held on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 in Pathway Missionary Baptist Church, Indianapolis with burial in New Crown Cemetery.  Arrangement and care were entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.

 

Mary V. Heinz, 92, Beech Grove, died Saturday June 29, 2013 at St. Paul Hermitage. She was born in Washington, Ind. on March 23, 1921 to Bart and Emma Eisen Grannan. Mary was a graduate of Washington Catholic High School. She married Raymond A. Heinz on Nov. 27, 1941 in St. Simon Church in Washington, Ind. Mary was a member of Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church and was formerly a member of St. Joseph Church in Jasper and Sacred Heart Church in Vincennes. She was an active volunteer at Memorial Hospital in Jasper and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, Daughters of Isabella, Oblates of St. Benedict and the Legion of Mary. Mary’s husband, Raymond, preceded her in death on April 7, 2006. She was also preceded in death by grandsons, Scott Dickirson and Larry Meny; five brothers, Victor, Joseph, James Norbert, John and Frank Grannan; and her sons-in-law, Jack Garrison and Jim Westfall. Mary is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Janet Garrison, Pat Hagedorn (Paul), Donna Meny (Paul), Dolores Johnson (Howard), Marilyn Westfall, Jenny Karst (Phil) and Susan Armstrong (Bruce); 18 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. Services were held July 2 at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 3 in Our Lady of the Greenwood Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Hermitage, 501 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove, IN 47107.

 

Tommy R. Hicks, 77, of Indianapolis died June 28, 2013. Tommy was born to the late Tanner Hicks and Maude (Williams) Hicks on September 2, 1935 in Indianapolis. He was a jeweler employed with Herff Jones for 42 years, retiring in 2002. Tommy was also a veteran of the U.S. Army and a 1957 graduate of Manual High School. Tommy is survived by his wife of 52 years Patricia (Lott) Hicks. He is also survived by his daughters: Susan(Ricky) Phillips and Amy Hicks; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Tommy was preceded in death by his sons Tommy R. Hicks Jr. and David J. Hicks; two brothers and two sisters. Funeral Services will be conducted in Fountain Square Mortuary on Saturday July 6 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be on Friday July 5 from 3-7 p.m. at the mortuary. Burial with Military Rites will follow services at New Crown Cemetery.

 

 

Hazel Knopp, 95, of Indianapolis died June 25, 2013. She was born May 18, 1918 in Russell County, Ky. She was preceded in death by husband Donald P. Knopp; mother Caldona Wright House; James House, stepfather.  She is survived by daughter Joan Wood Crum (Wesley); son August Victor Wood (Rita); adopted son Donald P. Knopp II; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great- grandchildren. Services were held June 29 at Oakley-Hammond Funeral Home. Internment is at Anderson Cemetery, 6501 E. 10th St. Indianapolis.

 

James Arthur Reynolds, 78 of Indianapolis died June 28, 2013. He was born June 5, 1935 in Bedford, Ind. to the late Clarence William Reynolds and Marie Sarah (Brown) Reynolds. He was employed as inspector for Link Belt retiring in 1988 with 28 years of service. James attended city schools and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving during the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of the American Legion, VFW, and the Masons. James is survived by his wife Virginia (Short) Reynolds, daughters: Janice Eckerty, Debra Hinkley, and Donna Owens, six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Funeral Services will be conducted Monday July 8 at 10 a.m. in Fountain Square Mortuary. Visitation will be held Sunday July 7 at the mortuary from 2-6 p.m. Military Rites and Entombment will take place following the service at Lincoln Memory Gardens, Whitestown, Ind.

 

 

John Marquand Wagner, 78, died June 29, 2013. He was a resident of Indianapolis. He was born April 8, 1935, in Tuscola, Ill. John graduated from Newman High School in Illinois and then attended Embassy Riddle School of Aviation in Miami, Fla.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.  He worked for TWA, having retired after 30 years as an aircraft mechanic.  John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn Wagner; son, Steven (Vikki) Wagner; daughter, Shelly Harris; brother, James (Mattie) Wagner; one granddaughter, Allison Harris. He was preceded in death by his son, John R. Wagner II; and parents, John and Lois (Hardwick) Wagner.  Services were held July 3 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

Obituaries 6/27/13

June 28, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Daniel Thomas Cunningham, 71, Indianapolis, died June 19, 2013.  He was born March 21, 1942 in Indianapolis.  He was a graduate of Cathedral High School and Butler University, where he attended on a football scholarship. He began his master’s degree at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and completed it at Indiana University-Purdue University. He started his teaching career in the Indianapolis Public School System and at his alma mater Cathedral High School, where he later served as Vice Principal. He spent the majority of his teaching career at Perry Meridian High School, where he taught English for nearly 30 years prior to his retirement in 2004. He was an active member of St. Roch Catholic Church and a dedicated volunteer of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He is survived by his daughters, Maureen, Karyn, and Michelle Cunningham and his son-in-law Robert Pratt. He is also survived by his father-in-law, Charles Gearns; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Patrick and Katy Cunningham, Francis “Lefty” and Sharon Cunningham; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Carl McClelland; his brother, James Cunningham; his sisters-in-law, Marilyn Cunningham and Nora May Cunningham; and his numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 38 years, Judith (“Judy”) Cunningham; his parents, Edward and Bridget (née McGinley) Cunningham; his brothers, Michael, John, Charles (“Chad”), Edward (“Eddie”); and his sister, Cathline Mullin.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 24 at St. Roch Catholic Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123-1718 or St. Roch Catholic Church, 3600 S. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46227.

 

Timothy “Scott-O” Scott Cyphers, 49, Indianapolis, died June 20, 2013. He was born Feb. 14, 1964 to Bennett F. and Shirley Ann (Barnes) Cyphers. His father preceded him in death. He was self-employed in auto body repair work. Survivors include his mother; daughter, Miranda Kay Cyphers; sisters, Kimberly J. Werner, Melissa Ann and Penny M. Sells. A service was held June 25.

 

Rose Ellen (Weaver) Dalton, 79, Indianapolis, died June 21, 2013. She was born Jan. 6, 1934 in Martinsville to the late Charles and Lucinda (Landrum) Weaver. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Pastor Larry L. Dalton; sons, Larry J. (Janice), Gratton Lee and Philip Dean Dalton; daughters, Lucinda Marie (John) Holt, Becky Sue Bohr, Belinda Joyce Sanders, Deanna Jo (James) Coffee; sister, Martha Lou Beacraft; 23 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Services were June 26 at Fountain Square Mortuary.

 

 

Ethel Marie Drager, 90, Indianapolis, died June 17, 2013.  She was born Aug. 2, 1922, in Rush County to the late Jessie & Grace Marie (Burton) Fry.  She retired from Diamond Chain in 1983, after 42 years working as a press operator.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Drager; and sisters, Nina May Mantock and Dorothy Jean Stearns. Services were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Stirling-Gerber Chapel.

 

William “Bill” Spencer Fishback, 84, Indianapolis, died June 22, 2013.  He was born on April 24, 1929 in Bloomington to the late Edward L. and Georgia R. Fishback. He worked at Allison’s prior to serving in the Army during the Korean War as an interpreter, being assigned to the Pentagon and foreign correspondence in Italy. While in Italy, he was baptized in the Bay of Naples. After serving in the Army, he graduated from Indiana University, receiving a Master’s Degree in Education. He taught French at Arsenal Technical and Arlington High Schools, retiring as Head of the Foreign Language Department. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Prospect Chapter and the Scottish Rite. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward (Barbara) Fishback. He is survived by his brother, Richard L. Fishback; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 4 – 8 p.m. on June 27 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave. Additional visitation will be held on June 28 from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

 

Phillip E. Dyer 64, Indianapolis, died June 15, 2013.  Survivors include his daughter, Michelle Ferrando of Indianapolis; brother, Chester (Liz) Dyer of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Ashley Chapman and Seth Ferrando; and niece, Rachel Dyer of Indianapolis.  Private arrangements handled by Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center.

 

Steven Michael O’Hare, 55, Indianapolis, died June 14, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on Dec. 18, 1957 to Robert H. and Norma Haines O’Hare. He was a 1977 graduate of Plainfield High School and worked for the city of Indianapolis for 24 years most recently as a Senior Project Manager. He was active in his church, serving as a parish committee member. He also served on the board of directors of the Edgewood Athletic Association, was a member of the Plainfield Elks Lodge #2186. He was preceded in death by his mother in March of 2013 and is survived by his father; wife, Danna Osen O’Hare; sons, David O’Hare and Daniel O’Hare (Ashley Moline); and his brother, Kenneth Alan O’Hare. Funeral services were held June 24 at University Heights United Methodist Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Edgewood Athletic Association.

 

Orville Clarence Jinks, Jr., 89, died June 22, 2013.  He was born in DeWitt, Ill. A Pearl Harbor survivor, he served in the Navy on the USS San Francisco, a recipient of the Presidential Unit Citation, 17 major battles, ranked third most in WWII, including Guadalcanal. He was a former Indiana State Chairman of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and spoke about his experience to schools and community groups. He was an active member and volunteer at the New Bethel Baptist Church for nearly 40 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Jinks; father and mother Orville and Dorothy Jinks; brother, Dale Jinks; sisters, Wilma Jinks Rose and Margie Jinks Bochel.  He is survived by his daughter, Dixie Jinks Roe; sons, Gregory (Brenda) Jinks, Steve (Sue) Hodgson, and Terry Jinks; grandchildren Monica Roe (Seth) Nicholas, Kari Points, Matthew (Angie) Roe, Evan Jinks, Wesley Jinks, Chris Hodgson, Laura Amenn and Christopher (Daisy Castro) Jinks; and 11 great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held June 25 at Little & Sons Funeral Home ,4901 E. Stop 11 Rd., with the burial in Orchard Hill Cemetery, Wanamaker.  Memorial Contributions

may be made to the New Bethel Baptist Church.

 

James Edward Manning, 78, Indianapolis, died June 24, 2013. He was born March 12, 1935 to George and Mary (Ratliff) Manning. Survivors include wife, Margaret (Peggy) Manning; sons, James Edward II and Brian Dale; daughter, Joni Lynn; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Tom, John, Chuck, and Dan Manning and sisters Norma Kelly, Dot Francis, and Deb Boling.

 

 

Robert L Mason, 88, died June 19, 2013.  He was born in Guilford, Ind. to the late Joseph and Ruth Mason. He was a career educator with the Franklin Township School System, first as a teacher from 1949-1960; vice principal from 1960-1966; principal from 1963-1966; and as Superintendent from 1966 until his retirement in 1982.  He was a graduate of Purdue University and a WWII Navy Veteran. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Eljean Mason ; children, Jeryl Lee (Joe) Colter, Jana (John) Gruner, and Darla (Frank) Terry; grandchildren, Andrea Carrothers, Allison Bodine, Adam Gruner, and Mason Terry; twin great-granddaughters, Elise and Marin Bodine; brother, Roy Mason; and sister, Naomi Hostetter. Funeral services were June 24 at Southminster Presbyterian 24 Church, with the burial in Orchard Hill Cemetery, Wanamaker.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Southminster  Presbyterian Church.

 

Patricia Ann Bickers McQueen, 83, died June 23, 2013. She was born March 26, 1930 in Indianapolis. During her working life, she was employed at the Circle Theater where she met her future husband. She also worked at Western Electric (until she went to lunch). Pat was the school bus driver at St. Roch School, for the Roncalli High School band and extra school activities. She retired after working at the Indianapolis International Airport as a transit security agent. Pat was a member of St. Roch Catholic Church for more than 45 years and was a winter member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Moore Haven, Fla. for over 20 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Cleste Seamon Bickers; her husband of 57 years, Robert D. McQueen Sr; her grandson, Thomas Q. McQueen; her brothers, Wesley Bickers Sr., Charles Bickers, and her sister, Gertrude Day. She is survived by her sister, Betty Hussion; seven children, Carolyn Sharp, Robert (Lynette) McQueen, Donald (Monika) McQueen, Nancy (Ronald) Butler, John (Maryann) McQueen, Larry (Robin) McQueen and Patricia L. McQueen; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on June 27 at 10 a.m. in St. Roch Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Roch Church Memorial Fund.

 

Mary Lou Mourning, 64, Indianapolis, died June 20, 2013. She was born on Oct. 10, 1948 in Indianapolis to the late David Patrick Webb and Bertha Louise Webb. Survivors include her son, Timothy Mourning; granddaughter, Christen Carlisle; brother, Terry Webb; and sister, Cathy Avila. She was preceded in death by husband, Roy Mourning; and daughter, Tina Carlisle. A service was held June 23 at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home.

 

Agnes B Reese, 99, Indianapolis, died June 24, 2013.  She was born on April 2, 1914 to the late John and Ellen Dow Moriarity in Indianapolis.  She was a graduate of St. Patrick’s Grade School and St. Mary’s Academy.  She was a private duty nurse and a longtime member of Sacred Heart Church.  She also belonged to the Third Order of St. Francis, the L.P.N. Association and was a former member of the Red Hat Society.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Reese and her siblings of whom she was the youngest of nine. Survivors include her children, Thomas J. Reese (Betty), Mary Ellen Hazard, Elizabeth Kelly, Cecelia Scott (Dallas), Katie Reese Burnett (John) and Patty Failey (Bill); 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Catholic Church on June 29 at 9:30 a.m. with prayers being said in the funeral home prior to mass at 9 a.m. Visitation will be June 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral home. Memorial contributions are encouraged to Sacred Heart Church. The family would like to thank the Altenheim and St. Francis Hospice for their excellent care.

 

Ruth E. Snyder, 89, died June 20, 2013.  She was born in Buffalo, N.Y. to the late Frank and Vivian Marks. She spent her childhood on Grand Island, N.Y.; moved to Clifton, N.J. in the 1937; and moved to Indianapolis in 1941. She married Thomas Snyder on June 19, 1945. They worked for Western Electric for 32 years and were active with the travel group Voyager 1000 for which she was a cabin attendant. After retirement they headed a volunteer organization called Toys of Love that repaired damaged toys and donated them to orphanages. In 1995 these toys ceased to be available, and shortly thereafter she became involved with an association that repaired Talking Books for the blind. She was a charter member of the Indianapolis Zoo and the Senior Promise organization associated with St. Francis Hospital. She is survived by her son, Harry Snyder; granddaughters, Elizabeth Snyder and Dawn Koehn, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tom; and daughter, Sharon. A funeral service was held June 24 at Little & Sons Funeral Home Beech Grove Chapel, with the burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

 

 

Mercedes S. Torres, 95, of Indianapolis, died June 23, 2013.  No local services. Arrangements entrusted to Little & Sons Funeral Home, 4901 E. Stop 11 Rd.

 

Lucille Spadorcia Wright, 90, Indianapolis, died June 21, 2013. She was born Oct. 14, 1922 in Indianapolis. She was a longtime Southside resident, growing up on Stevens Street along with fellow Italian families. She attended Holy Rosary School and attended Holy Rosary Church as a child. She joined the Air Force in 1946 and was a WWII veteran. After her service, she worked as a telephone operator for Indiana Bell and was the Secretary for the AFI-CIO until the mid 60’s. She later worked at St. Francis Hospital as the operator there, having retired in the late 90’s. She was known for her generous spirit, having had strongly supported organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Roch Church, and various other charities. She was preceded in death by James W. Wright; parents, Mary and Dominic Spadorcia; sisters, Rosemary, Florine, and Adeline; brothers, John and Julius. Survivors include her children, Suzanne (John) White, Carol Wright Turner, David Wright, Daniel Wright, and Julie Wright (Scott) Shannon; sister, Margie Gaddis of Indianapolis. She was also blessed with eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Services were held June 24 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of choice.