Clay County, Indiana
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Jane McQueen
Jane McQueen, 81, a Brazil and area resident most of her life, died suddenly at 1:43 p.m. Jan. 27, 1998, in Sebastopol, Calif., where she was visiting her sister.
She recently began residing at the Westminster Village in Terre Haute.
Born Oct. 17, 1916, in Lena, she was the daughter of the late Orman and Doris Reinoehl Kettering. She was a graduate of Van Buren High School and the Methodist Hospital of Nursing in Indianapolis.
For 12 years she was a registered nurse for the Clay Community School Corp., and was the first of her profession to hold that position.
An active member of the First United Methodist Church of Brazil, she also belonged to the church’s United Methodist Women organization, Wesley Circle, and was W.W.U. adult Sunday school teacher.
Other affiliations were the Nightingale Society, Clay County R.N. Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, educational sorority; Clay Civic Memorial Foundation, the Diabetic Association, Child Welfare Club, and Historical Society.
On Nov. 28, 1939, she married Orman McQueen, a Brazil realtor and abstractor. He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 1996.
Also preceding were three sisters, Betty Aker, Helen Marie Troth, and Frances Kettering; and a brother, Jack Kettering.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ricke R. and Mary McQueen of Martinsville; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jane Ann and Dan Robbins, and Kay Beth Harper, all of Brazil, and Marla and Dr. Ed Keppler of Marion; one sister, Pat Schoch of Sebastopol; one brother, Donald Kettering of Salt Lake City; 13 grandchildren and spouses, Greg and Ann Hayes, Scott and Jennifer Hayes, Jennifer and Dean Dickison, Angela, Shaye, and Eric Harper, all of Brazil; Brad and Katie McQueen, Melissa McQueen, and Jeff and Jill Smith, all of Indianapolis; and Matt, Brett, Laura, and Lezley Keppler, all of Marion; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Jump, assisted by Pastor Don Bixby, officiating. Burial will be in Calcutta Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Miller Memorial Chapel, and one hour prior to the services Monday at the church. 
Memorial contributions are requested to be made to the Caring Ministry, c/o First United Methodist Church, or the Clay YMCA building fund.

Betty L. Mager
Betty L. Mager, 69, of Indianapolis and formerly of Brazil, died April 20, 1998 at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove, Ind.
Born Aug. 11, 1928 in Brazil, she was the daughter of Charles and Verna May Moy Pittman. She was the owner and operator of M and B Carpet Service in Indianapolis for 30 years and retired in 1995.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Mager and her parents.
She is survived by five sons, Mike, Mark and John Mager of Indianapolis and Guy and Kim Mager both of Greenwood; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Pittman of Brazil and Jim Pittman of Bedford and two sisters, Susie Miller of Ohio and Dee Price of Brazil. 
Services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday in G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home in Indianapolis with burial in Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Elsie Kellems
Elsie Kellems, 81, a long time resident of Jeffersonville, died April 22, 1998 in Westminster Health Center in Clarksville.
Born Aug. 27, 1916 in Birdseye, Ind., she was the daughter of Dennis and Mary Ann Kellems.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Jeffersonville for 50 years and visited family and friends in Brazil for many years, until illness occurred.
Surviving her are, Rev. Edward and Barbara Randall, Susan Sneddon, and Julie McLaughlin of Brazil; Philip Randall of Bloomington and other cousins.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday and friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at Scott Funeral Home in Jeffersonville. 

Esther Viola Haltom
Esther Viola Haltom, 78, of Spencer, died April 21, 1998, at the Bloomington Hospital.
Born July 4, 1919, in Owen County, she was the daughter of William P. and Mary Evans Rubeck.
On Nov. 1, 1947, she was united in marriage to Albert J. Haltom, who survives.
She worked at Eli Lilly during World War II, and managed Cardinal Inn Restaurant from 1959 to 1980.
A member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, she was a vice president of the Ladies Aid, church trustee, and was the oldest member of the church; 67 years. She was also a member of Carp Homemakers.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Bryan Haltom; two sisters, Kayle Keefover and Evelynne Mary Rubeck; and one brother, Dale William Rubeck.
Also surviving are two daughters, Deanna Collins and Shirley Shirey, both of Spencer; one son, Edward William Haltom of Spencer; one sister, Ivah Mae Jones of Plainfield; two brothers, Wilbur Ray Rubeck of Gosport, and Robert Evans Rubeck of Indianapolis; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home, 105 N. Montgomery St., Spencer. The Rev. L.C. Rudolph will officiate. Burial will be in Hudson Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to time of service on Friday.

Stephen W. Fuetter, 48, of Palatka, Fla. and formerly of Brazil, died April 23, 1998 at Orange Park Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla.
Arrangments are pending at French Funeral Home.


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