The Herald Bulletin
---- — 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.
Kate and Paul sent five children to Purdue University, a wonderful accomplishment and one that meant a great deal to both of them.
She is survived by three sons, Michael (Marilyn) Lavelle of Indianapolis, Philip (Peggy) Lavelle and Paul Lavelle Jr. of Anderson; two daughters, Kathleen Degitz (Jerry) of Anderson and Megan Trainor (Chad) of Fishers; nine grandchildren, Suzanne Lavelle Foley (Tom), Kati Degitz Dewyer (Arthur), Brent Degitz (Rebecca), Regan Degitz (Krista), Andrea Lavelle Perkins (Steve), Philip Lavelle Jr. (Chara), Michelle Lavelle Slabe (David), Christopher Lavelle, and Dane Trainor; great-grandchildren Michael Foley, Aidyn Degitz, Caleb Brenczewski, Kiel Brenczewski, Joseph Brenczewski, Addison Lavelle, Bella Lavelle, and Ruby Lavelle; and four sisters, Josephine Nettles of West Monroe, La., Barbara Potor of Cullman, Ala., and Peg Pyzik and Jean Brown of Anderson.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Paul Bernard in 1992; daughter, Nancy in 1961; as well as siblings, Pete Frangenberg, Marie Krebs, Zita Casey and Anna Lampkins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Robert Williams officiating. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Service & Crematory at 515 E. 53rd St., Anderson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Good Shepherd Conference, P.O. Box 951, Anderson, IN 46015.
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