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Mary Lou (Gindling) Dwenger, 86, passed away in the early evening Friday, June 9, 2017, at Homeview Health and Rehabilitation Center, Franklin.
The daughter of Michael and Rosina (Tekulve) Gindling was born Feb. 20, 1931, in Batesville. She was the oldest of six children.
Mary Lou graduated from Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception in 1949. She married Ralph Dwenger June 30, 1951. They had six children. The couple resided in Columbus their entire married life. Mary Lou was a devoted member of the Columbus Catholic community, St. Bartholomew (St. Columba) Parish, where she was a Eucharistic minister. She worked for Irwin Union Bank and Trust in the payroll department from 1968 until her retirement in 1993.
A breast cancer survivor, she was a volunteer with the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program, and in 1999 she was named Bartholomew County's Senior Volunteer of the Year.
Mary Lou was actively involved in Mill Race Center, where she regularly played bridge. She made an unsurpassed plate of fried chicken, but went a little overboard with Christmas decorations. Mary Lou most cherished the time she spent with her family - her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mary Lou is survived by four children: Wendy (Randy) Baldwin, Kewanna, Dr. Randall Dwenger (Steven Callahan), Salisbury, Connecticut, Rick (Dr. Martha) Dwenger, Columbus, and Ronald Dwenger, Franklin; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters: Judy Owens, Greensburg, and Carmie (Tom) Meyer, Batesville; two brothers: Daniel (Delores) Gindling and Michael (Charla) Gindling, Greensburg; and a brother-in-law, Anthony Prickel.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in August 2015; a daughter, Pamela Dwenger, in June 2016; an infant son, Gregory Dwenger; a sister, Joyce Prickel; and brothers-in-law Ron Meyer and Dale Owens.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, June 16, at St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church, 1306 27th St., Columbus, with Father Andy Syberg officiating, followed by a graveside burial at Garland Brook Cemetery. There will be visitation beginning at 9 a.m. in the church narthex prior to the Mass. Friends and family are invited to gather for a light lunch in the church's lower level following the burial service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-reed.com. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, ALS Foundation, Alzheimer's Association or Mill Race Center.
Published on June 13, 2017
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