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Obituary: Rose Ann Schwering, Westport

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Rose Ann Schwering, 79, Westport, passed away at 1:30 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2012, at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital. She was born on January 23, 1933, in Jennings County, the daughter of Joseph B. and Lenora R. (Zapfe) Diekhoff.

Mrs. Schwering was raised in Jennings County and lived most of her life in Decatur County. She graduated from Jennings County High School in 1951 and from St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in 1954. She worked as a registered nurse at the Muscatatuck Developmental Hospital for 17 years and was a caregiver to family and friends.

A member of the St. Denis Catholic Church, she enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading, cooking, football tailgating and watching football.

She married Berthold C. “Nick” Schwering at St. Denis Catholic Church on June 12, 1956. He preceded her in death on September 5, 2009.

Survivors include her daughters, Karen (Tony) Harmeyer of Greenfield, Linda (Bill) Disher of Indianapolis, Marilyn (Dan) Adams, Sharon Schwering and Debbie (Matt) Keele, all of New Palestine; her sons, Kevin Schwering of Westport, Paul Schwering of North Vernon, Bernard Schwering and Melvin Schwering, both of Indianapolis; her sisters, Esther Hill of Russiaville and Helen Kramer of Greensburg; her brothers, Alfred Diekhoff of Westport, Art Diekhoff of North Vernon, Maurice Diekhoff of Columbus, Bernard Diekhoff of Westport and Lawrence Diekhoff of North Vernon; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Francis Diekhoff; grandsons, Christopher Schwering and Nicholas Ray Schwering; and daughter-in-law, Mary Theresa Schwering.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 12, 2012, at the St. Denis Catholic Church with Father William Turner officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Denis Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Bass & Gasper Funeral Home with a rosary being prayed at 3:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics or the American Cancer Society through the funeral home.

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