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Helen Frances Schatzlein

Aug. 7, 1927 – Dec. 2, 2001

Memorial services for Helen Frances Hoover Schatzlein, 74, Fishers, formerly of Knightstown, will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, December 6 at Knightstown’s Bethel Presbyterian Church of which she was a member and former ruling elder. Mrs. Schatzlein died December 2 at the Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Schatzlein, an accountant, was co-founder of Indianapolis retail George Thomas Florist and was its Corporate Secretary until her retirement in 1987. She was also an adviser to her husband and sons in the development and management of TRC Studios, Indiana’s leading provider of audio and video production services from its Indianapolis headquarters during 1972-2000.

Helen was a 1948 graduate of Indiana University where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority and Beta Gamma Sigma honorary fraternity. She was also a member of the Indiana University Varsity Club, Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority and Shakespeare Club of Knightstown.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, George of Fishers; one son Michael of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren Michael, Tricia, Derek, Jonathan, Jameson and George Schatzlein; one sister, Marcia Kenward of Miami; and one brother Robert Hoover, former of Fort Wayne and now residing in Indianapolis and Anthem, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by son Gary in April 2001.

Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Margaret Wood

Aug. 4, 1909 – Nov. 30, 2001

Margaret Wood, 92, a resident of Fishers, died Friday, November 30 at Carmel Care Nursing Home. She was born August 4, 1909 in North Vernon, a daughter of the late Charles N. and Zelpha G. Weber.

The former Knightstown resident, was a 50-year member of the Knightstown United Methodist Church, where she had been an active member of the Martha Circle. She had served as Psi Iota Xi president for two terms and belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and Avon Club.

Survivors include a son, John D. Wood of Carthage; a daughter Mary Lynn Lareau of Fishers; seven grandchildren, eight grand-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a son William Wood, her parents, three brothers and one sister.

Services were held Tuesday, December 4 at the Knightstown United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Brackney and Rev. George Davis officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Knightstown United Methodist Church and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Arrrangements were handled by Greene’s Funeral Home.


Nancy Leisure

May 13, 1934 – Dec. 2, 2001

Nancy Leisure, 67, of Carthage, died Sunday, December 2. She was born May 13, 1934 in Des Moines, Iowa, a daughter of Donald W. and Norma Lowene Miller Hushour.

Mrs. Leisure had lived most of her life in Rush County. She was a 1952 graduate of Rushville High School. She had worked with her husband for nearly 25 years a their machine shop, Ranaco Products. Also she had been a cook at Jackson and Mays Schools. Nancy was a member of the Little Blue River Church of Christ, member of the 52 Class Card Club, was vice president and past president of the Food, Fad and Fashion Home Ec Club, a member of the Antique Auto Association and the Winchester Old Timers Club and was active with the Rush with the Rush County Extension Office.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Leisure of Carthage; her mother, Norma Hushour of Rushville; three sons, Bruce Leisure, Morristown, Paul Leisure of Mays and Steve Leisure of Indianapolis; Kim (husband Michael) Riggs of Knightstown; one brother, Richard L. Hushour of Connersville; nine grandchildren and one great- grandchild.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 6 at the Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville with Rev. John Skomp officiating.

Burial will be in Glen Cove Cemetery, Knightstown.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.




Carl D. Stoots

Mar. 17, 1939 – Dec. 6, 2001

A brother of area residents, Carl D. Stoots, 62 of Strasburg, Penn., died Thursday, December 6 at Lancaster General Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Connersville, a son of the late Ralph F. and Velma White Stoots.

For the past five years, he was employed as an estimator for Scenic Ridge Construction, Gordonville, Penn. He had previously owned D&E Construction Co.

Carl was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg where he served as a trustee and deacon. An avid golfer, he was a member of Meadia Heights Golf Club in Lancaster. He was a former member of the Strasburg Boro Planning Commission. He was a member and Past Master of the Free & Accepted Masons Lodge #175 and Past Patron of Order of Eastern Star #543, both of Greensboro.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Linda L. Hummel Stoots; a daughter, Cynthia L (husband John P) Shank of Lititz, Penn.; two grandchildren; two brothers, Walter L. (wife Martha J.) Stoots, New Castle, and Philip Dwayne, (wife Susan) Stoots of Indianapolis; three sisters, Patricia J. (husband Gilbert) Hutson, Joyce M. (husband Gary) Plank, both of Knightstown, and Sharon R. (husband Gary) Hutson of Lewisville.

A son, Jay D. Stoots, preceded Carl in death.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 10 at the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg with Rev. Steven W. Clark and Rev. Jennifer B. Clark officiating. Visitation was Sunday from 7-9 p.m. and on Monday prior to the service at the Church.

Contributions may be made in Carl’s memory to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603, or to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603.


Virginia Marie Thurston

Aug. 23, 1919 – Dec. 6, 2001

Virginia Marie (Gard) Thurston, 82, of New Castle died Thursday, December 6 at Henry County Memorial Hospital. She was born August 23, 1919 in Rushville, a daughter of the late Earl and Ruth (Kelly) Gard.

Mrs. Thurston was a graduate of Rushville High School and a 1945 graduate of St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing. She retired from Henry County Memorial Hospital in New Castle where she was employed as a registered nurse.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Allen (wife Patricia) Thurston of Indianapolis, and David A. Thurston of New Castle; one daughter, Dana (husband Steve) Daffron of New Castle; two sisters, Christine Jones of Knightstown, and Rose Mary (husband William) Clarke of Indianapolis; five grandchildren, Patrick Thurston, Jennifer Sandual, Mathew and Megan Daffron and Jeff Thurston; and four great-grandchildren.

A brother, one sister and one grandchild preceded her in death.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 10 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Knightstown with Father Bill Ehalt officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was at the Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel in Knightstown from 9-10 a.m., Monday, December 10.





Frances Joan Gilliland

May 27, 1922 – Dec. 14, 2001

Frances Joan Gilliland, 79, a resident of Greenfield, died Friday, December 14 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born May 27, 1922 in Kokomo, a daughter of the late Harry J. and Myrtle (Fry) Michael.

Mrs. Gilliland was a homemaker, a mother and a member of the Christian Faith. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Fortville.

Surviving re four sons, Patrick Gilliland of McCordsville, Jack Gilliland of Greenfield, Bill Gilliland of Anderson and Rusty Gilliland of Wilkinson; one daughter, Peggy Gilliland of Greenfield; 11 grandchildren, one step-grandchild, six step-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Norma Bain of Indianapolis.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles J. Gilliland in 1984, one son Charles Gilliland in 1984 and several brothers and sisters.

Services were held Tuesday, December 18 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Jon Day and Herman R. Pieper Jr. officiating. Burial was in Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis. Visitation was Monday, December 17 from 4-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. until time of service.


Cophean L. Bricker

April 9, 1912 – Dec. 14, 2001

Cophean L. Bricker, 89, a former resident of Wilkinson and Greenfield, died Friday, December 14 at Grayson Manor Nursing Home in Leitchfield, Ky.

She was born April 9, 1912 in Hancock, a daughter of the late Add and Alma (Valentine) Milner. Mrs. Bricker was retired in 1985 from Birma Manufacturing of Greenfield.

Survivors include one daughter, Patty Anderson of Morristown; one son Harold “Bud” (wife Imogene) Bricker of Leitchfield, Ky.; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Bricker in 1989 and an infant son, Donald L. Bricker in 1946.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson with Pastor Allen Collier officiating.

Visitation was at the Condo & Son Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.


Casey J. Walker

Feb. 6, 1984 – Dec. 12, 2001

Casey J. Walker, 17, died at his home in Greenfield December 12. He was born February 6 in Horse Cave, Ky., a son of Paul Brown and Charlotte (Walker) Walda.

Casey enjoyed playing music, golfing, fishing and hunting. He attended Greenfield Central High School.

Survivors include his father, Paul Brown of Greenfield; his mother Charlotte and stepfather Mike Walda of Indianapolis, formerly of Knightstown; three brothers, Eric O. Brown, Greenfield, Paul Brown of Phoenix, Ariz., and Tim Brown of Whiteland; three sisters, Misty M. Antrobus, Indianapolis, Bridgette Johnson, New Albany and Alisha Walker of Indianapolis, two step-brothers, Brian Walda, Columbus and Kurtis Walda, New Castle; two nieces, six nephews, one great-nephew and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Mary Lou Cox and an aunt, Joyce Holliday.

Services were held Monday, December 17 at Pasco Memorial Mortuary in Greenfield with Rev. Randall Parker officiating. Burial was in Park Cemetery in Greenfield.

Visitation was Sunday, December 16 at the funeral home.