Betty Jean Balch, 71, Indianapolis, died Dec. 4, 2012. She was born Jan. 31, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Everett Cain and Gertrude Ellis. She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Elbert Balch, Jr.; sister, Pauline Woodward; brother, William Cain; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove Chapel, with the burial in New Crown Cemetery.
Junie Altina “Tina” Caine Brahlek, 56, died Dec. 2, 2012. She was born on July 12, 1956, in Indianapolis. She worked at a clothes sorter for Lane Bryant. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey L. and Jacqueline D. (Rogers) Caine. Survivors include her husband, Phillip D. Brahlek; son, Ricky Joe Small; daughters, Tina Marie (Joe) Anderson, Dusty Marie (Jack) Mansfield, Bambi (Oliver) Glazebrook; brother, Gregory Caine; sisters, Martha, Jane Robin and Angel; and 10 grandchildren. A memorial service was held Dec. 8 at Fountain Square Mortuary.
Jack Melvin Brown, 92, Beech Grove, died Dec. 3, 2012. He was born May 16, 1920 in Indianapolis, to Frances Griffith. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He was a retired truck driver from Consolidated Freight Ways. He was also a member of Thompson Road Baptist Church and served as Deacon Emeritus. He is survived by his wife, Ruth M. Brown; children, Jack N. Brown, Daniel M. Brown (Sherie), and Marilyn K. Giuliani; grandchildren, Brittany, William, Matthew, and Zachary; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 7 at Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove Chapel, with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Thompson Road Baptist Church.
David R. Fetty, 70, died Dec. 10, 2012. He was born in Beech Grove. Dave was a Vietnam Army veteran. He owned and operated D&D Auto Repair in Indianapolis for over 20 years. He was a retired millwright for Ford Motor Co. He was a member of the Beech Grove Eagles # 4167; Beech Grove Moose # 1883; and Indianapolis American Legion Post # 64. Dave is survived by his daughter Kimberley (Matt) Carr; sons Eric Fetty and David D. Fetty; grandchildren Lindsey (Patrick) Hirschy and Keaton Carr; and sister Judith Fetty. He was preceded in death by his daughter Gail Hendricks. Visitation will be held at Little & Sons Funeral Home Beech Grove Chapel on Dec. 14 from 2-8 p.m. with a funeral service on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with visitation from 1-2 p.m.
John David Hancock, 53, died Dec. 5, 2012. He was born on Feb. 7, 1959 in Tahlequah, Okla., to the late Pastor Nonnie and Nola (Bertram) Hancock. He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Hammer) Hancock; son, Benjamin D. Hancock; sisters, JoAnn (Duane) Smith and Sue (Don) McKee; brother, Steven Hancock; 20 nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews. Services were held Dec. 10 at Northern Park Baptist, with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Sandra “Sandy” Honeycutt, 64, Indianapolis, died Dec. 7, 2012. She was born on March 10, 1948 to the late Walter Eugene and Betty Jean Heifner Burton in Tampa, Fla. She worked in medical records for Clarian Health (IU) for many years and was a member of the Southside Turners. She is survived by her husband, Virgil “Bud” Honeycutt, Jr.; children, Charles Edmonds, Jr. (Michelle), Eddie Edmonds and Jennifer Turner (Larry); step-children, Rick Honeycutt (Lori), Rev. Gale Stutz (Tom), Virgil J. Honeycutt, III and Julie Isenberg (Keith); sisters, Cecilly West (Fred), Ruthie Hunt and Rita Kitchens (Bo); and 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sisters, Bondy Bobb and Patty Evans. Funeral services were held Dec. 12 at Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services, with the burial in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions are encouraged to the Southside Turners.
Lavina Joergens, 89, Indianapolis, died Dec. 4, 2012. She was born on Jan. 29,1923 in Connersville, Ind., to Theodore H. and Lavina Sickels. She was a housewife and mother of five children. She was an active member of Emmaus Lutheran Church and volunteered for many charities helping the needy and homeless. She was preceded in death by her husband, of 57 years, Harold Joergens; sons, Gene and Jim Hey; and grandsons, Garry Blessing and David Hey. She is survived by her sons, Jerry and John Joergens; daughter, Julie Raasch; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Services were held Dec. 8 at Emmaus Lutheran Church, with the burial in Concordia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emmaus Food Pantry, 1224 Laurel St., Indianapolis, IN 46203, or charity of choice.
Patricia Ann Gillen Nichols, 82, Beech Grove, died Dec. 3, 2012. She was the only child of the late Gladys Guthrie Gillen (1902-1989) and Earl Gillen (1901-1976). She was born at St. Vincent Hospital on Oct. 10, 1930. She graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1948 and was married in 1953. She worked for 25 years for Hooks Drugs (Specializing in American Greetings) before retiring in 1995. Previously she was employed for 10 years in the Research Library at Eli Lilly and Company. She was a member of Garden Grove Community Church. She was a former member of Sigma Beta Sorority, Zeta Beta Chapter of Tri Kappa Sorority, Beech Grove Jayshees, South Grove PTA and a former St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer. Survivors include three children, Laura L. Nichols of Indianapolis, Timothy A. Nichols of Camby and Christopher N. Nichols of Beech Grove; two grandchildren, Tiffany M. Nichols of Covington, KY and Brandon T. Nichols of Indianapolis; bonus daughter, Julie Hamm; cousins, Charlotte Gyorkos and Gatha Dorsey; and her former husband of 24 years, George N. Nichols, California. Funeral services were private with a burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers Pat has asked that memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Attention Memorial Department.
Thomas “Tom” J. Swiezy, 43, Indianapolis, died Dec. 9, 2012. He was born on April 4, 1969, to Anthony and Rosemarie (Neu) Swiezy. He attended St. Mark Catholic School and Roncalli High School. He participated in football and wrestling while at Roncalli and was a member of the 1986 State Football Championship Team. His senior year, he suffered a tragic wrestling accident that paralyzed him. He graduated from Purdue University at Indianapolis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Technology and an Associate Degree in Architectural Technology. He was employed at CR Stafford and Associates as a Project Manager. He was very involved at St. Mark Catholic Church in faith ministries, Men’s Club, Boys Scouts, athletics and a member of the Southside Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosie. He is survived by his father, Anthony “Bud” Swiezy, and his brothers, Tony, Andy (Angi), Matt and Thad and sisters, Anna Marie (Denny) Bachman, Aura Lee (Mike) Lyons, Jeanette (Charlie) Bowling, and Jeanene; 15 nieces and nephews, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be on Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church. Friends may call on Dec. 13, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark Boy Scout Troop 92.
Jerry Dale Wampner, 74, Forest Grove, Ore. and Indianapolis, died Nov. 19, 2012. He was born on Aug. 4, 1938 in Indianapolis. He was the only child of George and Mabel Jean (Burks) Wampner. He enlisted into the US Army and was discharged in 1957 as a private first class. He had worked in public utilities all of his life. First he was a lineman but soon began working as a safety inspector. He worked for utility companies in Indiana and most recently was employed by Rural Light Services in Forest Grove were he retired in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two children and a daughter-in-law; Joe and Robin Wampner of Ore., Nancy Havlin, and six grandchildren. A cremation memorial service was held Nov. 25. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity or Edgewood United Methodist Church.
Marion L. Watson, 82, Indianapolis, died Dec. 4, 2012. He was born on Dec. 8, 1929 to the late Harley & Eva Thomas Watson in Worthington, Ind. He was a tool and die maker for many years. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Scott Watson; children, Marsha K. Smith (David), Michael K. Watson, Carol J. Rhoades (Greg), William H. Watson (Tina) and Jeffrey L. Watson (Angela); sister, Lora Mullis (Ralph); and eight grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services on Dec. 8, with the burial in Riverside Cemetery, Carthage, Ind.
William “Zim” George Zimmer, 89, Greenwood, died Dec. 7, 2012. He was born June 28, 1923 to William George and Nina (OKeefe) Zimmer. He attended Horace Mann High School in Gary, Ind., and later to Indiana University. Bill was employed by Van Waters and Rogers for 25 years in Chemical Distribution Sales, retiring in 1989. He was also co-owner of Village Shoppes along Madison Avenue in Greenwood, and helped his son with the Farmers Market. He was a member of Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church, and a former member of Community Church of Greenwood. He was a member of Greenwood Masonic Lodge #514 F. & A. M., of which he received his Fifty Year Award, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, and Murat Shrine. He married Martha Jane McCarty on August 15, 1945 in Greenwood, celebrating their 67th anniversary this year. She survives. Survivors include one son, David McCarty Zimmer; three grandchildren, Brian (Jessica), Geoffry, and Nicole (Daryl); and three great-grandchildren, Draven, Kylee, and Quinten. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons at birth; sons, Jack Hughes Zimmer and William Gary Zimmer; and a sister, June Stinson. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 510 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 or to the Masonic Home Foundation, 525 N. Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
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