Ruth was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and Resurrection Lutheran Church. She was employed by State Farm Insurance for over 40 years as a secretary.
Ruth loved playing card games, especially Euchre and 500. She enjoyed traveling on bus tours with friends, BINGO and visiting casinos. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She would pat, rock, and sing to all the babies.
Arrangements entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Home.
CLAUDIA BANKER, 67, husband, William Banker; children, Ginny (Anthony) Gillispie, Ruth (Nicholas) Brewer, Aaron (Heather), Seth (Evonda), and Luke Banker; five grandchildren; siblings, Darryl (Teri), David (Blaire), Doug (Betsy), and Chuck (Debbie) Dougherty, Laura (Dave) Lividini, Lisa (Ed) Wilde.
She graduated from Franklin Central High School in 1974. Claudia worked as a kindergarten aid for Perry Township and retired in 2020 after 20 years. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. Claudia was always a woman of strong faith. She had a green thumb and enjoyed nurturing plants, friends and family every chance she could.
Forest Lawn Memory Gardens handled arrangements.
SARAH RUTH BENZ, 85, husband, Ron Benz; children, Tim (Ruth), and April Benz, Tara Benz-Moy (Edward); three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; six step-great-grandchildren.
She loved caring for the children by reading to them, playing games like Uno with them, and supporting their education.
Despite having tuberculosis in her sophomore year of high school, spending a year on bedrest, she graduated second in her class from Southport.
Sarah once said that “having a family was as rewarding as she thought, and she wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
G.H. Herrmann Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.
CRAIG ALAN CAPPES, 65, daughters, Ashley (Brock Ackerman) and Brittany Capps; brothers, Jeff (Tammy), and Brian (Marry), and Kevin Capps (Lynda) Eric Roberts (Jackie); two grandchildren.
Craig graduated from Center Grove High School in 1976. He worked at Asphalt Patching Co. for decades before starting his own business, Capps Asphalt.
Craig was a phenomenal guitar player and doting family man, an excellent cook, avid news watcher, and Colts enthusiast. He had an incredible way of seeing the positive in life, had a hilarious sense of humor and contagious laugh.
Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions were entrusted with arrangements.
VIRGINIA “GINGER” CHASTEEN, 81, widow of Robert Chasteen; children, Ann and Patrick (Summer) Chasteen; two grandchildren; sister, Mary Green.
She graduated from Greenwood High School in 1960 and attended Franklin College. Ginger worked as a teacher’s aide for Center Grove High School and retired after many years. She was a member of Our Lady of Greenwood Catholic Church for years, then attended St. Francis and Claire Catholic Church.
Ginger enjoyed staying active with Center Grove marching band and attending her monthly bridge club meetings.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home handled arrangements.
HUGH ANN CONLEY, 77, widow of Jack Conley; children, Jackie (Dwayne) Hicks, Kevin (Kathleen) Conley; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; brother, Robbie Cooper.
Hugh Ann worked as a saleswoman for General Furniture and Bedding and retired after more than 30 years. She enjoyed playing BINGO at the Concord Center and the Salvation Army. She was a master of southern cooking and enjoyed spending time with family as often as possible. Her feisty personality will be dearly missed.
Visitation will be Wed., Nov. 1, 2023 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home from 12-2 p.m. with funeral at 2 p.m.
JOHN LEO DWENGER, 90, wife, Lou Anne Dwenger; sons, John (Carol) and Dick (Jackie) Dwenger; four granddaughters.
John earned his bachelor’s degree at Hanover College where he earned 11 varsity awards in football, basketball and baseball. He served in the U.S. Army. John then attended Butler University. John began his teaching career at Sacred Heart High School.
John had a passion for sports. He spent 30-plus years at Southport High School where he continued his love of sports. John loved to golf, travel, play cards and spend time with his granddaughters.
O’Riley Branson Funeral Service handled arrangements.
FERN FOWLER, 100, widow of Ronald Fowler; daughters, Ann Kraft Sullivan (Larry), Rita Towe (Jerry); four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; life-long friend, Anna Landreth Howell, best friends for 87 years.
She was a member of Edgewood United Methodist Church, the Tuesday Club, and Circle of Faith. Fern was a voracious reader. She created many needlepoint projects. She enjoyed meeting people and hearing about their lives and telling them about hers. She was married for 75 years. If you weren’t married, she would try to find someone for you.
G. H. Herrmann Funeral Home conducted services.
VLADEMER STEVE RUSOMAROFF, 62, sons, Michael and Nathan; stepdaughter, Michaela Everton (Towles); father, Steve (Terry) Rusomaroff; siblings, Maria (Clyde), and Christopher Rusomaroff, Steven (Amy) Park, Angie (Bill) Hinton; dear friend, Dean Lane.
His workplaces included Indianapolis Star/News, Coca-Cola Company, and KYB corporation.
He enjoyed bowling above all, bowling on the National semi-pro circuit, in the early 90s. He was an expert bowler, who participated in the 1990 U.S. Open. He loved wheeling and dealing with merchandise and turning one man’s trash into another’s treasures!
Visitation took place at G. H. Herrmann Funeral Home.
MICHAEL J. SCHLOEGL SR., 82, wife, Diane Schloegl; children, Michele (Mike) Etter, Valerie (Pete) Fleming, Reka (John) Wrynn, Martin (Sisca), Joe (Candy), and Michael (Craig) Schloegl Jr.; siblings, Marion, Donna; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
He was a computer programmer and founded his own business, MYIP, helping companies with computer programming needs. He was a parishioner of St. Roch Catholic Church for 54 years, where he enjoyed being the head usher for many years.
Mike enjoyed carpentry, was a good dancer and worked hard to provide his children with a good Catholic Education.
Lauck Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.
SCOTT L. SWIFT, former wife, Michelle Adams Swift; son, Calvin Swift; siblings, Stacy (Dennis) White, Jack (Valerie) Swift, Jr.,
Scott graduated from Beech Grove High School. He had a long career as a firefighter with Rolls-Royce Corporation and was later employed by the City of Southport. Scott and his son together enjoyed every aspect of the outdoors – camping, fishing, hunting, and time around the backyard fire pit.
Arrangements entrusted to Norman F. Chance Funeral Home.