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.