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Jean Marie Diersing, age 100 years, 9 months and 2 days, of Sheridan, formerly of Carmel, passed away peacefully at Maple Park Village in Westfield, Indiana, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday morning, Dec. 10, 2017. Born March 8, 1917, in Montgomery, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Michaels) Lundergan. She attended high school in Washington before studying nursing at St. Mary's College in South Bend.
Jean was a founding member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and was a devout Catholic, actively supporting the church and its activities. She was also a member of the Hamilton County Home Economics Club. Jean loved doing crafts and was an active member of the Baker's Corner Craft Club. However, her family took top billing above anything else. Jean's family was her world. As a young woman she lived with her sister and baby-sat her small children. It was during that time she would meet the love of her life, J. Fred Diersing. The two of them were married Oct. 25, 1939, and would spend over 45 years raising a wonderful family together. Jean was a loving wife and homemaker, and heartfelt supporter of the Greatest Generation. She cherished her role as a stay-at-home mother and grandmother. Jean devoted her time and energy toward raising her wonderful family. She was very proud of the fact that she did it without many of what she considered the modern conveniences of today, primarily cell phones and the ability to Google the answers to almost every question. She figured things out as she went along. She made sure her house was immaculate, and that included ironing everything from tablecloths to underwear. Sitting down as a family at the dinner table was also very important to her; giving them the opportunity to pray, eat and fellowship together as a family. When she turned 65, Jean decided there was one more thing she wanted to accomplish-getting her drivers license.
A wonderful legacy to honor her name, Jean is survived by two sons, John Diersing (Debbie) of Fishers, and Michael Diersing of Simi Valley, California; four daughters, Patty Diersing-Meister of Arcadia, Kathy Diersing-Payne (Jerry) of Lakewood, Colorado, Mary Beth Diersing-Males (Steve) of Sheridan, and Bobbie Diersing-Sutton (Bob) of Noblesville; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents: two sons, David Lee and Larry A. Diersing; son-in-law Larry Meister; and by her husband, J. Fred Diersing on Jan. 23, 1985. Jean was also the last of 13 children.
To honor Jean, a visitation will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 14598 Oak Ridge Road, Carmel, Indiana, on Friday evening, Dec. 15, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Kevin Hurley and Rev. W. Michael Kettron will be officiating. A private family committal service will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Fishers, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be presented to Trinity Free Clinic, 14598 Oak Ridge Road, or to the charity of one's choosing. Arrangements have been entrusted to Kercheval Funeral Home, Sheridan, Indiana.
Published on December 14, 2017
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