News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 15, 2006

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006


Vigo County

Benjamin S. Benjaminov

Benjamin (Benno) S. Benjaminov, Ph.D., 82, of Terre Haute, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, in Union Hospital. He was professor emeritus of chemistry at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology from 1959 to 1990, and continued to serve the university and community throughout his retirement.

He was born March 21, 1924, in Sofia, Bulgaria, to Samuel and Sultana Benjaminov. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1948, residing in Terre Haute since 1959 when he joined the Rose-Hulman faculty.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Renee Zemach Benjaminov; one daughter, Deborah J. Gurman of Terre Haute; one grandson, Loren Gurman; two granddaughters, Whitney and Rachael Gurman; one brother, Albert Benjaminov of Israel; two nephews, Adi and Ofer Benjaminov; brother-in-law, Joseph Srulovitch; and one niece, Tanna Srulovitch of Israel. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Susan Benjaminov; one sister, Miriam Srulovitch; and a son-in-law, Robert Gurman of Terre Haute.

After his birth in Sofia, he moved with his family to Israel (then Palestine) in 1939. As an external student of Cambridge University, he studied at the British Institute in Tel Aviv, where he was certified as an English teacher. In 1948, he arrived in the U.S. and enrolled at the University of Kansas and received his bachelor of arts degree in chemistry in 1952. A fellowship offer in chemistry led him to Allegheny College, where he received his master’s degree in 1958, and in 1964, he became the first recipient of the Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovoth, Israel.

Before joining the Rose-Hulman faculty in 1959, he taught at the University of Massachusetts, Rockford College and Alliance College, where he chaired a one-man chemistry department, teaching every course needed for a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry. During and after his career at Rose-Hulman, he taught organic and biochemistry for 22 summers at Indiana University in Bloomington, while enjoying the Summer Music Festival there.

Since the 1970s, he served as the only chairman of the Rose-Hulman Fine Arts Series and the Visual & Performing Arts Committee, organizations he created out of his passion for the arts and his belief that science and engineering students must learn to appreciate the arts. He helped establish a classical music radio station at Rose-Hulman, and hosted broadcasts here as well as at WFIU radio in Bloomington. In addition to his work on behalf of the arts on campus, he served as president and board member of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years, and also served as board member for Arts Illiana. His many memberships include the American Chemical Society, American Association of University Professors, Indiana Academy of Science and the United Hebrew Congregation of Terre Haute, where he served on the board, and the Alliance Francaise, which he served as president for two terms.

Services are 11 a.m. Monday in Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home, 605 S. 25th St., with Rabbi Laura Baum officiating. Visitation is 10 a.m. to services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rose-Hulman Fine Arts Series, 5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47803; United Hebrew Congregation, 540 S. Sixth St., Terre Haute, IN 47807; or to the Robert Gurman Fund at Terre Haute North Vigo High School, 3434 Maple Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47804.

Adolph W. Borchardt

Adolph W. Borchardt, 83, of Anderson and formerly of Terre Haute died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, in Ball Memorial Hospital-Muncie. He was a machinist and retired in 1984 from IBM in Greencastle. He was born July 30, 1922, in Moreland, Okla.

Survivors include his wife, Grace Foiles Borchardt, whom he married Aug. 1, 1946; one son, Donald Borchardt of Georgia; two daughters, Laura Borchardt of Newburgh, and Virginia Borchardt of Georgia; and one grandson, Deric Borchardt. He was preceded in death by one son, William Borchardt.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, in the South Pacific Theatre. He lived most of his life in Indiana and was a member of the American Legion and AmVets.

Cremation has been scheduled. Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory, South Chapel in Anderson, assisted with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

Edith M. Isbell Creasey

Edith M. Isbell Creasey, 97, of Terre Haute died at 10:40 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, in Southwood Health Care Center. She was a homemaker. She was born Nov. 25, 1908, in Terre Haute to William L. Isbell and Marie Schimmel Isbell. Her husband, Clarence E. Creasey, died Feb. 10, 1991.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Marianne and Jack Rudisel; one brother, William Isbell; three grandchildren, Jeff Rudisel and Mike Rudisel, both of Terre Haute, and Craig Rudisel and his wife Joyce of Danville, Ill.; and three great-grandchildren, Bryan, Bethany and Levi Rudisel. She also was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Theodore Isbell.

She was a longtime member of Hulman Street Wesleyan Church. In addition to her family, her passion was reading.

Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday in Roselawn Chapel of Memories, with the Rev. Harvey Weaver officiating. Burial is in Roselawn Memorial Park. DeBaun Funeral Homes assisted with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hulman Street Wesleyan Church Build Fund, or to the Vigo County Public Library Gift Fund.

E. Mona Engling

E. Mona Engling, 86, of Prairieton died at 4:40 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, in Davis Gardens Health Care Center. She was a retired salesperson with the former Ash Wallpaper. She was born June 6, 1919, in Detroit to Charles V. Teare and Mary Cruikshank Teare. Her husband, Harold Engling, died in November 2003.

Survivors include one son, David Hamenstafer; and one niece, Leslie Whalin McKenzie and her husband Steve. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Edith Russell; and two half brothers, George and William.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Independent Order of Foresters.

Memorial services are 7 p.m. Tuesday in the church at 2620 Ohio Boulevard, with the Rev. Roger Herrig officiating. Burial was Jan. 11, 2006, in Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia, Mich. DeBaun Funeral Homes assisted with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2620 Ohio Boulevard, Terre Haute, IN 47803.

Virginia R. Ondovick

Virginia R. Ondovick, 73. of Terre Haute died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, in her residence. She was a homemaker. She was born Sept. 17, 1932, in Terre Haute to Oscar Barrett and Bertie Maude Davis Barrett. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ondovick.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Davis of Glenwood, Ill.; one son, Joe Ondovick of Rockville; six grandchildren, Shannon White and husband Glen of Monee, Ill., Kim Moraga and husband Al of Homewood, Ill., Brian Buroff of Plainfield, Ill., Martin Davis, Dartric Davis and Drew Davis, all of Glenwood; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Shirley Brown of Indianapolis.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Graveside services are 1:30 p.m. Monday in Roselawn Memorial Park, with the Rev. Darvin Winters officiating. Burial will follow. Thomas Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

June I. White

June I. White, 87, of Terre Haute died Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, in her residence. She was a homemaker and also worked at Meis Department Store until her retirement. She was born June 21, 1918, in Vigo County to Ernest Rigney and Chloe Clark Rigney. Her husband, Hilton White, preceded her in death in 1970.

Survivors include one daughter, Becky Busiere and her husband Gary of Terre Haute; one son, Richard White and his wife Xochitl of San Diego; one grandson, Eric Busiere; and several nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by her sister, Anita Tryon.

Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday in Fitzpatrick-Pearce Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Larry Drake, Bob Tryon, Chad Tryon, Pat Secrest, Chris Secrest and Jack Newman. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Wabash Valley, 600 S. First St., Terre Haute, IN 47802.

Wabash Valley obituaries

Charlene Ann Self Artman


FARMERSBURG — Charlene Ann Self Artman, 71, of Farmersburg went home to be with the Lord at 1:05 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital. She was born Nov. 5, 1934, in Farmersburg to Percy Clifford Self and Violet Marie Copeland Self.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Thomas “Gene” Artman; one daughter, Rebecca Colleen Dickerson and her husband Brian of Sullivan; one son, David Eugene Artman and his wife Sharon of Largo, Fla.; one sister, Marjorie Suter of Farmersburg; one brother, Joseph Self of Stilesville; five grandchildren, Eric Dickerson and his wife Emily, Michael Dickerson and his wife Michelle, Deborah Ann Dickerson, Amanda Marie Artman and Kevin Artman; and three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Sarah and Morgan Dickerson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Richard Self.

She will be missed, She lived a grand, full life, and with her husband traveled the globe and across the United States. Her life was enjoyed by her whole family, and is celebrated still. She is loved.

She was a member of Shelburn First Baptist Church and BMW Motorcycle Club. She and Gene had visited 48 states on their motorcycle.

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday in Fidler-Mattox Funeral Home, with the Revs. Marvin Miller and Roger Smith officiating. Burial is in Westlawn Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Ricarda Jo Coakley-Johnson

JASONVILLE — Ricarda Jo Coakley-Johnson, 76, of Jasonville died at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, in Health South Rehabilitation Hospital of Terre Haute. She was born Aug. 27, 1929, in Linton to Hallie Howard and Edna Jeffries Bland. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul E. Coakley; and her second husband, William F. Johnson.

Survivors include four sons, Paul S. Coakley, Michael R. Coakley, John R. Coakley and Tim Coakley; two daughters, Jean Graham and Mary Farmer; one sister, Dorothy Snell; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday in Welch & Cornett Linton Chapel, with John Turner officiating. Burial is in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. until services Tuesday.

Death notices

Freda Ellen Gard, 96, of Casey, Ill., died Friday, Jan. 13, 2006.

Myrtle M. Stahl, 92, of Mooresville died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006.

Funeral services

Mary Ellen Batson — died Friday. Services 1 p.m. Monday Roselawn Funeral Home. Burial Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation 11 a.m. until services Monday.



Nancy E. Bergherm — died Wednesday. Services 1 p.m. Monday Mattox-Wood Funeral Home. Burial Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. today.



Nellie Stone Elledge, rural Marshall, Ill. — died Thursday. Services 1:30 p.m. CST today Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel, West Union. Burial Harrison Cemetery, west of West Union. Visitation 7 a.m. until services.



Sister Mary (Mary) Hickey — died Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Tuesday Church of the Immaculate Conception. Burial Cemetery of the Sisters of Providence. Wake 2:30 p.m. Monday, wake service 4:30 p.m. Monday, church. Callahan Funeral Home assisted.



Daniel A. Lathrop, Indianapolis, formerly of Rockville — died Wednesday. Services 10 a.m. Monday Rockville Christian Church. Burial Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. today, church. Gooch Funeral Home assisted.



Jeanette C. Parks — died Wednesday. Services 1 p.m. Monday Israel of God's Church. Burial Grandview Cemetery. Visitation 10 a.m. to services, church. Russell Funeral Home assisted.



Walter C. Williams, Versailles, formerly of Sullivan — died Thursday. Services 11 a.m. Monday Tyson United Methodist Church, Versailles. Burial 12:30 p.m. Tuesday Center Ridge Cemetery, Sullivan. Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. today Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles, 10 a.m. to services Monday, church, and 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday Longs Chapel near Sullivan.