The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Obituaries

March 13, 2014

Katherine B. Lavelle

Aug. 6, 1917 - March 11, 2014

ANDERSON — Katherine B. (Frangenberg) Lavelle, 96, of Anderson died March 11, 2014, at St. Vincent Hospital after a brief illness.

Kate, as she was known to her family and friends, was born in Pocahontas, Ark., on Aug. 6, 1917, to Frank and Cecelia Frangenberg. She was one of eight daughters and a son. She grew up in a dirt poor but loving family, many of whom moved to Anderson, Ind., as they followed the jobs available in the auto industry. Kate came to live with her older sister, Marie Krebs, initially and took a line job at Guide Lamp. She met her future husband, Paul B. Lavelle, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where they married on Sept. 27, 1940. Paul and Kate were part owners of the Lavelle Foundry along with his brothers, Tom and Bernard (Bunny). Kate and Paul set up housekeeping in a tiny apartment in Anderson initially and later moved to Edgewood with their children Mike, Phil, Kathleen, Paul and Nancy. They later built a home outside of town on 500 West (a/k/a Lone Oak Road) where their sixth child Megan was born and where Kate lived until 2002 when she moved back to Edgewood to live with her son, Paul Lavelle Jr. Kate was a good cook and kept an orderly home.

She was a strong person who overcame the extreme sorrow of losing seven-year-old daughter Nancy in the same year that she later gave birth to daughter Megan. She was a high energy person and an extrovert who enjoyed people very much. She was a voracious reader until her sight began to fail in recent years. One of her favorite places to visit was Petoskey, Mich., where she and Paul visited with dear friends Ruth and Talford Cronk in the early ‘40s; they returned to the area many times with family over the years. Kate was an elegant gal and a fashionable dresser to the end. She was a member of the Mother Elizabeth Seton group for widows in the Catholic community in Anderson and attended both St. Mary’s and St. Ambrose Catholic churches over the years.

Text Only
Obituaries
  • Obituaries: July 31

    Obituaries for Jeanette Irene Hensley, Paul G. Jester, Madeline Noel Newman and Cynthia Ferne Snyder are published in the Thursday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 30, 2014

  • Pending obituary: July 31

    The following pending obituary is published in the Thursday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 30, 2014

  • Funerals: July 31 Funeral services and visitation hours as published in the Thursday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 30, 2014

  • OBT HB0731 Jeanette Hensley te Jeanette Irene Hensley Jeanette Irene Hensley, 94, of Anderson passed away July 29, 2014, at Countryside Manor.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Madeline Noel Newman Madeline Noel Newman, infant daughter of Brandon Newman and Nancy Harrison, passed away July 22, 2014, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis.

    July 30, 2014

  • OBT HB0731 Cynthia Snyder Cynthia Ferne Snyder Cynthia "Cindy" Ferne (Heath) Snyder, 72, of Anderson, died July 29, 2014, at Miller's Merry Manor in Chesterfield.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obituaries: July 30

    Obituaries for Norman Copeland, Frank Davenport, James Flesher, David Johnson, Richard Jones, Mildred Livingston and Carmen Webb are published in the Wednesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 30, 2014

  • Funerals: July 30 Funeral services and visitation hours as published in the Wednesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 30, 2014

  • David E. Johnson David Eugene Johnson, 71, of Anderson died July 25, 2014, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after an extended illness.

    July 30, 2014

  • Norman Wayne Copeland Norman Wayne Copeland, 82, of Muncie, died July 26, 2014, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

    July 30, 2014

Obituary Policy
  • Obituary policy

    The Herald Bulletin publishes local basic obituaries, pending death notices and funeral service listings free of charge. Extended obituaries are offered for a fee. Call your funeral home or The Herald Bulletin at 640-4800 for more information.

    Anonymous The Herald Bulletin Mon, January 27
    1 Photo
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide