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She was a graduate of Western Hills High School, and on August 30, 1947, she married Edmund M. Ertel.
Her children expressed how she dedicated herself to caring for their family -- they always remember having a hot meal before school and being on time for church! Doris was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Church and was involved in their Ladies Sodality for many years. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and cooking.
Doris was loved not only by her family, but caregivers as well and rarely was she seen without a smile on her face. Later she was very active in both her assisted living and nursing home communities, where she especially loved playing bingo.
On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, after a brief illness, she passed away at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville.
Those surviving who will cherish Doris' memory include her children, Jackie (Richard) Tate of Sacramento, California, Mike (Andrea) Ertel of Sunman, Tom (Carolyn) Ertel of Greensburg, Gary (Kim) Ertel of Sunman, Linda (Michael) Boyce of Aurora, Carol (Dan) Ziegler of Sunman, Ted (Donna) Ertel of Sunman, and Susie (Rick) Collins of Sunman; 24 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; one niece and two nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund Ertel, on September 11, 1997; one son, John Charles Ertel; and two brothers, Ralph and Don Smith.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, December 21, 2018, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Holy Rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Father Shaun Whittington, will be held at St. Nicholas Church at 3:30 p.m. with burial immediately following in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions are requested to the St. Nicholas Heritage Project. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Doris Ertel.
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