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Linda M. Harvey

Linda M. (Blankenship) Harvey, 73, of Indianapolis passed away on November 11, 2020 in her home following an extended illness.  She was born in Indianapolis on June 10, 1947 to Ovel and Irene Blankenship. 

Linda worked at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis for more than 30 years as both an E.M.T. and a Patient Care Technician.  She retired from Wishard in 2009.  She also worked as a bartender “just for fun” at The AVG Pub in Indianapolis. 
 
Known as “Old Lady Linda” by many at Wishard Hospital who loved her dearly, her huge personality, sassy spirit and (often inappropriate) sense of humor will be sorely missed!  Linda made a distinct impact on everyone she met.  She truly cherished her “Wishard family” and the many friends she made while working at the pub.  Linda’s crazy antics and zest for life will never be forgotten.  
 
Linda is survived by three sons, Billy Sigler, Jeff Harvey and William “Butch” Harvey III.  She is also survived by close friend and caregiver, Liz (Erik) Pitner of Brownsburg.
 
Linda is preceded in death by her parents and her brother.
 
A celebration of Linda’s life will be announced at a later date.  She will be interred at Anderson Cemetery in Indianapolis.
November 13th, 2020|0 Comments

Jacquelyn E. Kelley

Jacquelyn E. Kelley, 64, of Anderson was called home to the Lord on November 8, 2020 at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.  She was born in Noblesville on March 20, 1956 to Olland and Opal (Bragg) Kelley.

Jackie is a graduate of Anderson High School (class of 1974) and served in the Indiana Army National Guard for more than 30 years.  At retirement, she was working in logistics at Stout Field in Indianapolis.  Jackie was a member of the Madison Park Church of God in Anderson.

Jackie will be lovingly remembered for her giving spirit and her sense of humor (which she kept through her final moments on this earth).  She was a kid at heart and was known by many as “whacky Jackie”.  It was no surprise to find her sporting a crazy hat, tiara or feather boa just to make people smile.  Jackie loved to talk, loved to perform – she had a beautiful singing voice – and loved to travel abroad.  Above all, Jackie loved her family and treated each of her nieces and nephews as if they were her own children.

Jackie is survived by one brother, Ronnie (Donna) Kelley of Gas City; five sisters, Janice (Jerry) Mills of Anderson, Judy Aldridge of Ocala, FL, Joyce (Gary) Bennett of Dunkirk; June (Paul) Braden of Chesterfield and Jane Crouch of Pendleton.  Jackie’s 16-year-old cat, Gypsi, also survives.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Opal & Olland Kelley; one sister, Juanita Reichenbach; a niece, Nichole Reichenbach; two great nephews, Mason Kelley & Anden Kelley; and four brothers-in-law.

The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Anderson and IU Health Ball Memorial in Muncie for taking care of Jackie.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Madison Park Church of God (6607 Providence Drive, Anderson, IN 46013) with Pastor Paul Strozier officiating.  Friends may call from 12:30p until the time of service.
November 11th, 2020|6 Comments

John W. Reed

John was born on December 14, 1927 in Fairfield, Ohio where he grew up on a farm with his parents Hulda and Ralph Reed and his five brothers and sisters. He served in the Army at the end of WWII. After his service, he attended Bryan College in Tennessee and fell in love and married Erris Martin. They we were married for 68 years until her death in 2019. After graduating from college, he went on for further education to Grace Seminary for a Masters degree, a second Masters at Bowling Green University, and a doctorate at The Ohio State University. He retired as Lt. Colonel of the Air Force Reserve. Most recently he married Barbara Branch on March 18, 2020 and enjoyed his few remaining months with her and her family.

Although he had many jobs – pastoring churches, college professor, and public speaking, his longest tenure being those most dear to him were his chaplaincy with the Air National Guard, his pastorate at Sherman Bible Church and his professorship at Dallas Theological Seminary. He loved to guide, listen to and show love to those he came in contact with whether it be colleagues, students, congregants, or those in the military. In all his interactions his goal was to point people to Jesus Christ and His love and sacrifice that was made for everyone.

John loved his family and spent many holidays and vacations making wonderful memories. He enjoyed taking the grandkids fishing and on walks in the neighborhood. All of the family knew that he loved them and cared about the details of their lives.  He loved baseball (the Texas Rangers), football (the Dallas Cowboys & Ohio State Buckeyes), fishing and woodworking. His love for woodworking lives on with his grandson. Some of his favorite quotes were: “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, “All of life is a process”, “It takes longer and costs more than you plan on”, and “God knows!”

The bottom line on John’s life is that he loved and served his Lord, Jesus Christ, and his deepest desire was to live a life that brought God glory and honor.

He was survived by wife, Barbara Branch Reed and her family; his sister, Evelyn Radcliffe; his daughter, Beth Hoover and husband, Jim; son-in-law, Rod Beam and wife, Martha; grandchildren, Jason Beam, Jana Powers, Julie Melville and husband Ken, Jordan Hoover, Jill Bolin and husband Eric, and Katy Jungman; great grandchildren, Dylan and Luke Powers, Ty and Ellie Bolin; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by parents, Ralph & Hulda Reed; siblings Bob, Charles, Beverly and Frances; beloved wife, Erris M Reed; and daughter, Becky Beam.

John will be buried in Marion National Cemetery in a private ceremony with full military honors.

Donations in his memory may be made to Dallas Theological Seminary (https://secure.dts.edu/donate/).

October 27th, 2020|0 Comments

Lori L. Steffen

Lori Lynn Steffen, 61, of New Whiteland, passed away unexpectedly on September 24, 2020 at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.  She was born (with curly red hair!) in Franklin on March 8, 1959 to Thomas and Norma (Clark) Steffen
 
Lori is a graduate of Whiteland Community High School (1977).  She is a life-long resident of Johnson County and worked as an Information Specialist for a local Geographic Information Systems company.  For more than 11 years, Lori was also a proud member of the Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority (Alpha Gamma Chapter) in New Whiteland. 
 
Lori enjoyed bicycling, listening to all genres of music, going to concerts and spending evenings with friends at the Historic Artcraft Theatre.  She particularly liked to watch people dance and, as an adult, even participated in an ice skating recital!  She will forever be remembered for being a phenomenal friend to both people and animals.
 
She is survived by nine loving cousins; two sisters-by-love, Gail (Mike) Day of Franklin and Deanna Powell of Whiteland (along with the entire Powell family); and her feline “boys”, Jordy and Max.  
 
She is preceded in death by her mother; her father; her maternal grandparents; and her paternal grandparents.
 
A celebration of Lori‘s life, officiated by Tom Jackson, will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 31, 2020 in the Arvin Meeting Room at the Franklin Parks Cultural Arts & Recreation Center (396 Branigin Boulevard, Franklin).  Friends may gather from 1:00 PM until the time of the celebration.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Johnson County (3827 Graham Rd, Franklin, IN 46131). 
October 27th, 2020|3 Comments

Gregory A. Symoens

Gregory A. Symoens, 56, of Anderson passed away unexpectedly on October 15, 2020.  He was born on January 28, 1964 in Anderson to Ernest & Nondas (Alfrey) Symoens.

Greg is a graduate of Madison Heights High School (class of 1983) and most recently worked at Amacor Company in Anderson.  Greg enjoyed driving in demolition derbies with his brother when he was younger.

He is survived by one son, Greg Symoens of Springport; one daughter, Deja Symoens of Sulphur Springs; one brother, Michael (Betty) Symoens of Anderson; two sisters, Vicky (Vic) Delaplane of Anderson and Bonnie (Richard) Gillespie of Ft. Wayne; and two grandchildren, Cameron Symoens and Layla Symoens of Anderson.  Several loving extended family members also survive.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Theresa (Symoens) Shryock.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

October 26th, 2020|Comments Off on Gregory A. Symoens

Cathy (Maze) Sedam

Cathy Teresa (Maze) Sedam, age 59, loving wife to Robert (Bob) and devoted mother to Tyler, went to be with her Lord and Savior, October 4th, 2020, surrounded by family and friends following a life-long courageous battle with Bronchiectasis.

Cathy was born November 3rd, 1960 to Gladys and Chester Maze.  She was a graduate of Southport High School.  Cathy loved her family, her friends, Pepsi, the Indianapolis 500, the Indiana Pacers, the Green Bay Packers, fishing and Kohl’s – especially when she had a 30 percent off coupon!  She was known for spontaneous road trips, hosting special events and parties and her amazing ability to organize and store memorabilia, including every single card she ever received.

She is survived by her husband, Bob; her son, Tyler; her brother, Richard (Buck); her sisters, Carol and Delcia; her niece, Pam and many other nieces, nephews and cousins. Cathy is also survived by her special sisters MeLita, Cheryl and Susie (who are amazing blessings to the family) who orchestrated her care; her beloved goddaughter, Lexi and countless others who knew her as “Aunt Cathy” or “Cathy with a C”.

She reunited in heaven with her parents, Chester and Gladys (Cox) Maze; her sister, Kay; her nephew, Toby; and her parents-in-law, Bob and Mildred Sedam, who loved Cathy as their own daughter.

Cathy retired from Navient Solutions after 20 years of service.  She was known as a hard worker wherever she worked, including American Family Insurance and West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, where she was greeted as “Shazam” by the company President years after she had left there and moved back to Indiana.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at the Pendleton Christian Church (1170 S. Pendleton Avenue, Pendleton, IN 46064) with Discipleship Pastor Joey Colson officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Pendleton Christian Church.

As was her usual tendency towards caring for others, Cathy’s express wish was that memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, be directed to Pendleton Christian Church.

Cathy will be forever remembered for the impact she made on the lives of everyone who knew her — love genuinely radiated from her soul.  As you think of Cathy, please never forget that she would want you to… 😁  “Have a smiley day!”  😁

October 5th, 2020|9 Comments
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