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Lucille G. Stohler

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Lucille G. Stohler

95, of Greenwood, passed away January 24, 2012. She was born June 14, 1916 in Bagley, MN to Donald and Helen Welsh.

Lucille was a world traveler and photographer and presented many travelogues at the Indianapolis Public Libraries. She was named a Distinguished Hoosier in 1989 by the Indiana Governor for one of her photographs used on the Indiana State Road Map. She was a member of the Marion County Historical Society and the Historic Landmarks Society of Indiana.

She was an active member of University Heights Methodist Church and the Samaritan Sunday School Class. She was the Historian for the United Methodist Women and a leader in the Ruth Circle. She was also an active member of many clubs including Homemakers Club, University Heights Book Club, Travel Study Club and Photography Club.

Survivors include her loving husband, Gale H Stohler, her brother Jack Welsh, her children, Don (Claudia) Stohler, Jim (Jayne) Stohler and Joann Stohler Davis, 7 grandchildren - Al, Bill, Adam, Jon and Kristi Stohler, Jennifer Stohler Flick and Chris Davis and 6 great grandchildren. Her sister Mary Helen and her parents preceded her in death.

She was a skilled seamstress and when she was in her 80's, learned to use a complex embroidery sewing machine and loved making T Shirts and beach towels "to order" for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also learned how to refinish and upholster antique furniture including caned seats. She was an early proponent of healthy eating and made yogurt, 100 quarts of applesauce every summer, roasted soy beans and healthy fruits and vegetables. She was famous for her frozen strawberry jam and sour dough biscuits. She also loved gardening and brought enjoyment to many neighbors with her beautiful flowers. Some of her favorites were Amaryllis, roses and clematis. She cross-pollinated Amaryllis to create brighter colored blooms.

When Lucille was 9 years old, her family started traveling to Crystal Lake near Frankfort and Beulah, MI for vacations. She continued that tradition with her family and attended many family reunions where she shared family history and photos.

Lucille grew up in Greenfield, IN, where she graduated from high school. She moved to Indianapolis and worked for Lumberman's insurance and attended Indiana University. She met Gale at North Methodist Church when he purchased her box lunch at a Metholight Sunday School Class event about 80 years ago. Lucille and Gale lived for many years on Brill Road on the South Side of Indianapolis. In 1988, they moved to Meridian Woods. In 2006, they moved to Greenwood Village South where they enjoyed making new friends.

A memorial celebration will be held at the Meeting Room at Greenwood Village South, 295 Village Lane, on Sunday, February 19 at 1:30 PM. The family will begin receiving guests at noon in the Meeting Room, which is on the lower level of The Arms building.

Donations can be made in Lucille's memory at the following: University Heights United Methodist Church, 4002 Otterbein Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227 (317) 787-5347. St. Francis Hospice, St. Francis Healthcare Foundation, 5255 E. Stop 11 Road, Suite 245, Indianapolis, IN 46237, (317) 865-2092 - / The Macular Degeneration Partnership, Discovery Eye Foundation (310) 623-4466

Arrangements have been entrusted to G.H. Herrmann Madison Ave. Funeral Home .

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Feb. 14, 2012
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