While the early morning sun rose over Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday, August 19, Sheryl Ann (Hendrix) Saksons, 71, passed away following a brief, but valiant fight against cancer.
Sheryl had defeated cancer once before, at the youthful age of 33 as a strong, independent woman, while raising three young children. The strength, compassion and unconditional love she demonstrated for her family during that difficult time were amongst the many fine qualities she displayed throughout her life, each of which served as lessons for her children, who carry on her legacy as parents to their own children today.
After a short-term hospital stay during her most recent battle, Sheryl befittingly returned home with her loving husband Ray Saksons, surrounded by a house full of family and friends. Home was unquestionably where her heart had always been, whether she and Ray were hosting an impromptu Saturday evening get together with friends or a formal holiday feast with family. Her home was eternally full of the love she created, as she made everyone feel welcome. While cancer ended Sheryl’s life, in no way did it define her life.
Sheryl was born in Indianapolis to Lloyd and Thelma Hendrix on December 30, 1946. She graduated St. Agnes All Girls High School in 1964. Throughout her professional career spanning four decades, she contributed to the success of various local companies in sales and accounting roles. In the office, Sheryl had a knack for creating long-standing friendships with colleagues and clients alike. However, Sheryl believed her greatest accomplishments were raising her three children and marrying Ray in October of 1988, who was the love of her life.
Sheryl was preceded in death by her father Lloyd and mother Thelma. While Sheryl will be missed indescribably, her memory will live on through her brother Tom, husband Ray, children Denise Smulevitz (Morry), Joe Farr (Jess) and Allison Thorpe (Leonard), step-son Jonathan Saksons and 7 adoring grandchildren; Olivia, Mackenzie, Madison, Sophia, Marissa, Aidan and Jaxson, along with cousins, nephews and nieces.
Sheryl’s husband Ray and her children will welcome family and friends to a celebration of Sheryl’s life from 12pm to 6pm on Saturday August 25 at her home in Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in her honor.
Walter “Boo” Holland, 59, of Noblesville passed away unexpectedly on May 15, 2018 at St. Vincent Fishers Hospital. He was born on May 3, 1959 in Indianapolis to Willard and Ethel (Trent) Holland.
Walt was a self-employed contractor and a “jack-of-all-trades”. He always had a project in the works! When he was not working, you could often find Walt tinkering around his property. He loved nothing more, though, than spending quality time with his family – especially his four grandchildren. Walt also enjoyed fishing and playing video games; his favorites include Need for Speed and Call of Duty.
Walt is survived by his wife, Deborah Bailey of Noblesville; one son, Michael (Shannon) Bailey of Anderson; one brother, Mike (Linda Mullen) of Indianapolis; one sister, Patty (Dennis) Robbins of Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Jayden, Serenity, Aliyah and Zoie; and one nephew, Jimmy (Beth) Crafton of Indianapolis. Many loving friends and extended family members also survive, including his best friend, George (Rhonda) Purvis and his favorite neighbor, Earl.
Walt is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Larry.
No services are currently scheduled.
William (Bill) H. Bridges, 89, of Indianapolis passed away on April 24, 2018 at ManorCare at Summer Trace in Carmel. He was born November 26, 1928 in Highland Park, IL to Harold and Myrtle (Gary) Bridges.
A graduate of the University of Iowa, Mr. Bridges was the first in his family to attend college. He went on to enjoy a very successful sales career and worked for American Tourister Luggage for many years. Mr. Bridges enjoyed watching all kinds of sports, but he was particularly fond of football. He was a loyal Iowa Hawkeyes fan and a proud Indianapolis Colts season ticket holder. He also loved to play golf (so much so, he lived on a golf course while in Florida) and is a past president of the Woodland Country Club.
Mr. Bridges was preceded in death by parents; his loving wife, Nan; and one brother, Ken.
He is survived by his son, Steven (Barbara) Bridges of Noblesville; two daughters, Laura Bridges of Dallas, TX and Jolene (Tom) Schmith of Carmel; and two step-daughters, Linda West of Panama City Beach, FL and Loran (Joe) Steinmetz of Indianapolis. Also surviving are seven loving grandchildren, Beth, Andrew, Christopher, Cayla, Gabriel, Renee and Jamie; and eleven great-grandchildren.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of ManorCare at Summer Trace and Transitions Hospice for their kindness and compassion.
Father Tom Metzger will officiate a celebration of Mr. Bridge’s life at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 9900 E 191st Street in Noblesville, IN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association (1200 Hosford Street, Suite 101 Hudson, WI 54016).
Jerry R. Schmollinger, 81, of Fortville passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at IU Methodist Hospital following an extended illness. He was born in Anderson on May 15, 1936 and was the son of William and Gladys (Davis) Schmollinger.
Mr. Schmollinger grew up in Hamilton County and spent most of his life there. He spent may years working in the foundry for Noblesville Casting and then later at Iris Rubber Company. When not at work, Jerry could be found working on cars in his garage. He was a talented mechanic and would always have a project in the works. To relax, Jerry absolutely loved to fish for bass and crappie. His close friends and family will always cherish the memories of fishing with him in many area lakes and ponds.
Mr. Schmollinger is survived by three daughters, Penelope (James) Jamison of Colorado, Debrah (Marion) Jones of Indianapolis and Kelly Crockett of Fortville; one son, Tim (Norea) Schmollinger of Colorado; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Jerri Lynn Schmollinger; his wives Sandra Kay Schmollinger and Jullianna Schmollinger; and his dearest special friends, Ruby Ann Renforth and Betty Turner.
A graveside service will be conducted on Friday, April 27th at 2:00pm at Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association (2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202).
Richard Erskine Holcomb passed away Sunday, February 25, 2018, after an extended illness. A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Holcomb was born May 30, 1951 to Robert Bradley and Dorothy Mae (Guel) Holcomb. He is preceded in death by both parents; his brother, Roger Lee Holcomb; and his sister, Helen Marie Holcomb.
Holcomb attended Notre Dame High School and graduated in 1969. He graduated from Midwestern State University earning both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Theatre Arts. His education extended to Texas Tech University where he earned a Doctorate of Fine Arts Management.
Holcomb’s teaching career spanned more than three decades and four states. He began his teaching career in Uvalde, Texas at Southwest Texas Junior College in 1977. There he was the “one man” theatre department. His duties included teaching classes, directing plays, as well as designing the scenery, costuming, and lighting for the various productions. Each summer the area communities looked forward to the annual dinner theater productions. He implemented new curriculum to include a children’s theatre group that traveled throughout the Southwestern part of Texas. At Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, he chaired the Department of Theatre Design for three years. He left Beaumont, Texas to accept a position as Department Chair of Theatre Design for North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. There, his scenery and costume designs were used for a variety of productions as well as for the Centennial Extravaganza Celebration. His children’s theatre classes worked with surrounding schools, enabling students of many levels to enjoy the theatre arts. From Texas, Holcomb secured an administrative position at Palm Beach Community College at the Lake Worth Campus in Florida. He served as the Division Chair for the Humanities Department in addition to overseeing the Watson B. Duncan Theatre. His expertise in fine arts management, curriculum, and budget strengthened his choice to remain at the community college level where the focus was the student. He assisted in designing the renovation of the Humanities Building on the Lake Worth Campus. His design and input upgraded the arts building to a state of the art experience for the students, faculty, staff, and community in which to learn. After ascending to the position of Associate Dean of Humanities, Holcomb chose a move to Torrington, Wyoming in 2007 to serve as the Vice-President of Eastern Wyoming College. While there, he worked with curriculum across the college spectrum, renovated buildings, upgraded the quality and accessibility of the various departments to the surrounding communities, as well as worked with faculty, staff, and students. At one point, he was the Interim President as well as the Vice-President of EWC. When Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan offered Holcomb the position of Vice-Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, he saw his final opportunity to use his expertise with curriculum and student services. While there, he revamped the curriculum, making certain that it was uniform for each of the five campuses before retiring.
Throughout his career, Holcomb received several honors and recognition. He was named Designer of the Southwest while a graduate student. In addition to the honor, his designs were featured and hung at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Working with the Beaumont and Houston Opera Companies, he designed the scenery for several of the groups’ many opera productions. Moreover, he designed productions for the Dallas Repertory Theatre in North Park. He served in leadership positions for the United States Institute for Technical Theatre Associations. Furthermore, Holcomb was a graduate of and leader for the Leadership Development Councils in both Palm Beach and Oakland Counties.
Holcomb is survived by his son Bradley Allan Holcomb and his wife Karen of Centennial, Colorado; his daughter Catherine Camille (Holcomb) James and her husband Anthony of Noblesville, Indiana, and three granddaughters Molly Grace James, Emily Paige James, and Ruby Claire James. His surviving brothers and sisters include Barbara Ann Martini, Robert Edward Holcomb, Thomas Arthur Holcomb, and Marian Gail Lowery. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews in addition to cousins.
The family would like to acknowledge Richard’s lifelong best friend, Jeff Panther, as well as all of the students and faculty members for whom Holcomb cared so much throughout his career.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on March 24th at Colonial Baptist Church in Wichita Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gift of Life Transplant House (724 Second Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902).