Leon F. Cook, 94, of Indianapolis died on Jan. 25, 2010. He was born September 25, 1915, in Columbus, Ind., to Osten and Irene Cook. Leon was a quality control inspector at P. R. Mallory for 47 years; he retired in 1980. He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and P. R. Mallory Conservation Club. Leon assisted his son’s teams in Little League Baseball and loved to travel with his family. He was a devoted husband, beloved father, and loving grandfather. His wife, Esther Cook, and brothers, Billy and William Cook, precede him in death. Survivors include his children, Carole A. (Al) Ratz, Maureen F. (Harold Simmons) Haney; Michael L. (Yoke) Cook; Kathy (Larry) Cooke, and James V. (Mary Pat) Cook; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and his fishing buddy, Bill Harter. He will be deeply missed by many family and friends. Calling was held Wednesday, Jan. 27, at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Avenue. Prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. He will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ghherrmann.com.
Esther M. (Crihfield) Hylden, age 86, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. Born May 17, 1923, she was the daughter of Hubert and Stella (Harris) Crihfield, who also preceded her in death.She worked research for Dr. Mark Mothersill and Sir Alexander Flemming (UK) on penicillin at Eli Lilly. Also, she worked at Grafton State Hospital with the mentally and psychologically challanged, St. John’s Hospital in Fargo North Dakota as a lab and x-ray technician, New York and New Jersey Squibb Lab, 22 years as investigator protective services at CICOA as a case manager, then retired at age 72 to volunteer at Victim Assistance and IPD. Esther was a gifted artist and World War II volunteer. She worked at Atterbury as a liberty bell and also at Army hospitals: Wakeman General and Camp Kilmer in Highland Park, N.J. She also was a Gray Lady at Juelletta, along with being a mentor and court advocate. Survivors include her son, Kristan (Janice) Hylden; her sister, Rosemary Kramer; her brother, Herb Crihfield; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Darla Reynolds. A memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at 2 pm at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Avenue, with calling one hour prior to services. Part of Esther’s ashes will be placed with her daughter, Jennifer R. Hylden, who was laid to rest at Round Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.ghherrmann.com.
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