Mary Rosalie Boese, 81, Indianapolis, died Nov. 15, 2012. She was born on Sept. 24, 1931 in Indianapolis to the late Earl and Waneta Chambers. She was retired from American United Life. She devoted her time and love after retirement to the Sharing Place. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and participated in the Altar Guild and The Prayer Circle. She is survived by her children, Steven (Julie) Boese and Jean (Stephen) Hutzel; six grandchildren, Rhonda, Steve, Dawn, Michael, Stephanie and David and seven great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Boese; son, Michael Boese and brother, Phillip Chambers. A funeral service was held Nov. 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran.
Jennie Marie Edwards, 74, died Nov. 12, 2012. She was born in Beech Grove on Dec. 23, 1937 to William L. and Rosa Belle (Burge) Edwards who preceded her in death along with brother Charles Edwards ad sister Bessie Barks. Survivors include brothers Roy and Robert Edwards and sister Ruth (Robert) Beasley. Visitation was held Nov. 16 at Fountain Square Mortuary.
Vandy L. McCarty, 64, Indianapolis, died Nov. 13, 2012. She was born March 18, 1948, in Louisville, Ky., to Robert E. and Anna Ruth Putnam Vance. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, drove a school bus for seven years with Perry Township School Corporation and a Southport High School Booster Club and the 12th Man Crew member. She is survived by her ex-husband, Kenneth J. McCarty; daughters, Erin Lynn (David) Neu and Kara Lee Morgan; brothers, Joe (Linda), Bill (Cindy), Alan (Linda), Charles (Valinda) and Roger (Donna) Vance; 13 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, James Ryan McCarty. Services were held Nov. 19 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.
Golda Mae Johnson, 92, Indianapolis, died Nov. 15, 2012. She was born May 21, 1920 in Baton Rouge, La., to the late Sitman and Marie Sims. She was a teacher at St. Andrews and later worked as a secretary at Immaculate Heart for more than 25 years. She was a member of St. Jude and former member of St. Lawrence. Golda Mae is survived by her children, Jeanne Chill, Carol McIlveen, Genevieve “Genny” Johnson, Chuck Johnson, and Dr. Stan Johnson; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doug Johnson; and her siblings. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 20 at St. Jude Catholic Church, with the burial in Crown Hill Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Little & Sons Funeral Home, Stop 11 Road Chapel.
James Fredrick Payne, 84 Indianapolis, died Nov. 9, 2012. He was born on April 5, 1928 to Eugene and Fern Brunton Payne in Romney, Ind. After graduating High School he served in the United States Army. Fred was a farmer until 1981 when he retired and started leading the Volunteers in Missions Program of South Indiana United Methodist Conference until 1998. He was a leader in the 4-H Horse and Pony Project for 14 years, and was a 50-year member of the New Richmond Masonic Lodge #604 F&AM. Survivors include his wife of 56 years: Patricia Ann Payne; children: Victor (Kristine Dunn), Vincent, Valerie Smith and Sondra Newman;
grandchildren: Cory Smith, Joshua Smith, Jessica Smith, Felicia Payne and
Machalie Halsey; great-grandchildren: Hayden Smith and Kason Smith. Preceding him in death are his parents and sister, Martha Janssen. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2012 at St Andrew United Methodist Church. Memorial contribution may be made to Riley Hospital Children’s Foundation Cancer Center 30 South Meridian St., Suite 200 Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509.
Lorene ”Blondy” (Morris) Presslor, 69, Indianapolis, died Nov. 7, 2012. She was born Feb. 1, 1943 in Celina, Tenn. to Fred Mitchell and Daisy Bell (Reecer) Morris who preceded her in death, along with her husband, Eugene Presslor; brothers, Mithchell and David, spencer Morris; sisters, Lenola and Mayzle Walden. She retired from Fairmont Glass Co., as an assembler. Survivors include her son; Michael R. Presslor; brothers, Randy (Judy) Morris; sisters, Kretha (Jerry) McClure, Claudeen Crump; and granddaughter, Amber Marie Presslor. There were no services and arrangements were made by Fountain Square Mortuary.
Paul P. Speth, 92, died Nov. 16, 2012. He was born Nov. 24, 1919 to Edward and Josephine Ruppert Speth in Indianapolis. He had five sisters and five brothers, all deceased. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1937 and married Delores (Dolly) Dietz in 1939. She died in 2003. He worked at Wonder Bread Bakery before entering the Army during WWII. A member of the 7th Division, he served in Okinawa. Awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, he spent four years in military hospitals and was released in 1949. He worked at the Indianapolis Post Office, Illinois Street Station until retiring. He was captain of the Sacred Heart basketball team. He was survived by one daughter, Joan Speth Atkinson, (Randy) Paragon; one son, Peter,(Annie) Peru, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was a member of Sacred Heart and St. Barnabas parishes, Southside Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Nov. 20 at St. Barnabas Catholic Church. Arrangements and care were entrusted to Lauck and Veldhof Funeral Home.
Susan Lynn Downing Vadas, 54, Beech Grove, died Nov. 17, 2012. She was born April 19, 1958 in Indianapolis to the late Richard and Gloria Downing. She worked in the HVAC service industry for 15 years, most recently at JMI Mechanical as service coordinator for seven years. She was an assistant Troop Leader with her best friend of 33 years, Helen Oldfather, of Girl Scout Troop 822 and she assisted with the Boy Scouts of America. She was considered the “neighborhood Mom” and served on the neighborhood association board. She is survived by her son, Joseph Vadas; sisters, Shirley (husband, Karlyn) Irvine and Sherry Downing; brother, Mark Downing; five nieces and nephews; five great-nieces and nephews; and best friend, Helen Oldfather. Funeral services will be Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove Chapel. Burial will follow at Washington Park East Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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