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Catherine Koester

Catherine Pearl Koester

93, passed away May 6, 2013 at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, IN. Catherine was born September 3, 1919 in Morristown, IN to Virgil and Elizabeth (Whiteside) Meier. Catherine graduated from the Indiana College of Beauty Culture in 1937 working as a beautician. During WWII she worked in a defense factory and later trained as a dental technician. Catherine's career as a dental technician lasted 40 years including working alongside her husband as owners of the Ace Dental Lab in Indianapolis, IN.

Catherine was active in the Eastern Star, served as a Stephen Minister and volunteered many years with the American Red Cross. She was active in several volunteer leadership roles in Girl Scouting. Her love of the out-of doors, her spirit of adventure and her love to travel kept her active in scouting for over 70 years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Endowment Fund, Central Indiana Community Foundation, 615 N. Alabama Street, Suite 119, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Fred. C. Koester; her daughter, Betsy L. Crissen; two brothers, Joseph Meier and William Glen Meier. Survivors include a brother, Henry Meier (Peggy) and a sister, Dora Mae Roller (Donald); three grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Even in death Catherine wished to help others and requested her body be donated to the IU Anatomical Education Direct Donor Program. Following her use in the teaching program, her remains will be cremated and interred at Washington Park Cemetery in Indianapolis, IN.

Friends may celebrate Catherine's life with her family on Saturday, June 1st from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in First Baptist Church, 8600 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN. Flanner and Buchanan - Washington Park East is in charge of arrangements.


Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 19, 2013
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