Cathy I. Schackel

Cathy Irene Schackel

64, of Indianapolis, IN passed away surrounded by friends and family on January 23, 2013. She was born August 18, 1948 to Frank and Dorothy Walker of Arcola, IL.

Cathy was a selflessly devoted, friend, sister, wife and mother. However, her favorite title was "Gran", and she loved playing, spending time and fussing over her grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking, home improvements, decorating, organizing, gardening, parties and dancing. She recently celebrated 41 years of marriage to her husband, Michael, and she spent the last 18 years in administration roles for the Garrison Law Firm.

Cathy leaves at home her loving husband Michael Schackel and two "puppies", Bailey and Maggie. Her legacy includes sons, Darryl Dague and Mike Schackel II; daughters, Dawn DiFilippo and Katina Downey; son-in-law Greg Downey; grandchildren, Jeff and Kristina Dague and Melissa Dague, Vincent DiFilippo, Neriah and Meirah Downey and Quinton Schackel; and great grandchildren, Madisyn and Bradyn Dague. Carol Portugal, Bonnie Yoder, and Becky Reed will be missing their big sister "Toots", who also was a favorite sister-in-law and aunt. Cathy was a surrogate mom and grandmother to many others (too many to list). This tiny woman made a big impact. Her presence will be missed by all whose lives she touched.

A celebration of Cathy's life will be held Saturday, February 2nd from 11am - 2pm at Horizon Christian Fellowship, 7702 Indian Lake Road, with her celebration service beginning at 11 AM with Pastor Bill Goodrich officiating. Following the service, in honor of her love of family gatherings, we are having a family style pitch-in, so please bring your family's favorite dish. Celebrate Cathy's love of life by joining her family and wear her favorite color purple to her sendoff party.

To leave the family online condolences, please visit http://www.flannerbuchanan.com. We encourage family and friends to visit the site and share a special story or memory about Cathy. In Cathy's honor there will be envelopes available at the celebration for the following organizations: The Humane Society of Indianapolis (for her love of dogs), 7929 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Camp Indy, a ministry of Horizon Christian Fellowship (for her love of children), 7702 Indian Lake Road, Indianapolis, IN 46236, and Brickhouse Coffee Ministry of Horizon Christian Fellowship (a new ministry she was excited to pour her energy into). Arrangements are under the direction of Flanner and Buchanan- Washington Park East.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 29, 2013