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George F. Synesael, 95

George F. Synesael, age 95 of Lafayette, formerly of Stockwell, passed away at 12:50 a.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at St. Anthony's Healthcare. Born December 8, 1916 in Odell, IN, he was the son of the late Peter J. and Caroline Snouwaert Synesael. He was educated in the Jackson Township Schools in Tippecanoe County.

He married Elizabeth Murdaugh on December 7, 1935 in Attica and she preceded him in death on September 1, 2003. George worked at Alcoa for 31 ½ years and retired in 1971. After retirement he worked for 7 years at the Purdue University Veterinarian Hospital. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, a lifetime member of American Rabbit Breeders and Golden Prairie Rabbit Club and involved in 4-H. He enjoyed vegetable gardening and riding horses.

Surviving are two sons, Gerald "Jerry" Synesael (wife, Jude Ann) of rural Otterbein and Kenneth "Kenny" Synesael (wife, Donna) of West Point, two daughters, Diane Burdine of Lafayette and Catherine E. Larson (husband, Gale) of Attica, and one sister, Jane Clapp (husband, Donald) of Lafayette.

Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and 33 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, David and John Synesael, one great-granddaughter, two brothers, and one sister.

Visitation 5-8 p.m. Monday at Hippensteel Funeral Home, with Rosary service at 4:45 p.m. Mass of Christian burial 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ann Catholic Church with Father Dominic Young officiating. Entombment to follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann's Soup Kitchen. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

Published in the Journal & Courier on May 25, 2012
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