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Victoria C. Kellerman, 71, Batesville, died Thursday, May 26, 2016, at St. Andrews Health Campus. Born Nov. 9, 1944, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Catherine (Voegele) and Florentine Decker. She married Jack Kellerman Jan. 5, 1963, at St. Louis Catholic Church and he preceded her in death Feb. 4, 2008.
Vicki was very community oriented and was always looking for ways to make the community and surrounding area better. To that end, she served as an economic development director in Batesville and other areas for 27 years before retiring in 2014.
Other organizations she lent her time and talents to included the Indiana Economic Development Association of which she also served as a board member, 12 years on the Batesville Memorial Public Library Board, founding member of the Ripley County Community Foundation, founding member of the community development organization EcO (Economic Opportunities through Education) 2015, as well as a member of the Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 ladies auxiliaries.
Vicki loved entertaining. A gracious host, she truly enjoyed having people over. According to her family, she had a wonderful sense of humor and was a good cook. The kids remember her large collection of recipes and how good everything was that she made. Although she claimed to have limited musical capabilities, she was actually an accomplished piano and organ player. Vicki liked collecting music boxes and was an avid reader, with Sidney Sheldon novels among her favorites. She and Jack did some traveling through the years and the Grand Caymans were a favorite destination.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Amy and Randy Streator, Batesville; sons and daughter-in-laws John and Natasha, Batesville, Pete and Stephanie, Oldenburg, Clay and Liz, Batesville, and Adam, Batesville; sisters Pam Vonderhaar, Union, Kentucky, Libby Bohman, Batesville, and Tina Beach, Cincinnati; brothers Tim Decker, Seymour, and John Decker, Wildwood, Florida; and 11 grandchildren.
Visitation is Tuesday, May 31, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at St. Louis Church with the Rev. David Kobak, O.F.M., officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Ripley County Community Foundation.
Published on May 27, 2016
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