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Mary M. Spoerle

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Mary Margaret Dreyer Spoerle

83, lifelong resident of Indianapolis, passed away on January 4, 2013. Mary was born on February 28, 1929 and was the daughter of the late, famed motorcycle and racecar builder, Floyd H. "Pop" Dreyer and Mary B. Holstein.

Mary was a leader, politician, antiques dealer, entrepreneur, and a fabulous wife and mother. Mary began her career as a foundry worker for Chrysler Motor Car Company and rose quickly to become one of the first women representatives, working with Walter Ruther, for Women Labor relations with the United Auto Workers (UAW). One of her most important speeches was when she spoke in front of the International Labor Forces at the United Nations. She started the philanthropic organization for Riley Hospital which is now known as the Riley Foundation. As a representative for the UAW, she also worked tirelessly on the presidential campaign to elect John F. Kennedy. Mary was a proud member of the "Million Miler Club," traveling all over the country, while working for the UAW. Mary ran for City County Council and was elected as the FIRST City Council Woman in Indianapolis. She served 3 terms. Mary helped build the first airport in Indianapolis, named Weir Cook Airport. Today, there is a plaque at the Indianapolis International Airport that has her name, along with others, who served on the specific council. She loved Indianapolis, and is proud in assisting in making it what it is today.

Mary met, and fell in love with, her husband of 53 years, Wilhelm T. (Bill) Spoerle. They have 3 children who loved her very much, Christina (Duane) Martin of Brownsburg, Anna Cook of Zionsville, and Kurt (Vickie) Spoerle of Carmel. Mary was an avid antiques collector and founded AK&M Antiques. She was an antiques dealer for 48 years. She was also a member and past president of the American Antiques Dealer Association. Ever looking for a great venture, Mary started AK&M Properties which established the first craft mall in Indiana, called Cedar Street Craft Mall in Zionsville, IN. She then opened another on her beloved westside called Avon Craft Mall. Mary was of Cherokee Indian decent and her biggest passion was collecting Native American artifacts, travelling all over the southwest to enhance her collection. Mary always had a zest for living and was blessed to be able to travel all over the United States and Europe with Bill fulfilling their mutual love for antique automobiles.

Mary will be deeply missed not only by her husband, and 3 children, but also by her 6 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in Conkle Funeral Home Speedway Chapel , with visitation there from 11 a.m. until service. Entombment will follow in Washington Park Cemetery North.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dakota Indian Foundation - or the Riley Foundation - Online condolences may be shared at:

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 6, 2013
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