Leppert Mortuaries - Nora

740 East 86Th St, Indianapolis, IN


M. Patti (Donnelly) Horrigan

16 septembre , 192714 août , 2019

Ms. Patti regrets she is unable to do lunch today. Margaret Patti (Donnelly) Horrigan of Indianapolis passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019. She was the last of four daughters born to the late Patrick Leroy and Kathryn F. (Hayes) Donnelly on September 16, 1927. Faith, Family, and Friends in that order were Patti's mantra in life. She was a devout member of St. Luke Catholic Church since 1962. She married Gerald R. (Jerry) Horrigan on November 24, 1951 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. They were blessed with four children. They survive: Kevin R. Horrigan-Indianapolis, Kathleen M. Horrigan (Jim Mullenix)-Golden, Colorado, Erin E. Dando (Stephen)-Aurora, Colorado, and Michael P. Horrigan (Kate)-Carmel, IN. Grandchildren: Stephen Horrigan (Leah), Matthew Dando (Megan), Shannon Dando, Zachary Dando (Gabi), Maxwell Horrigan, Erin Clare Horrigan, and Harry McVey. Great-Grandchildren: Aria Dando, twins Lana and Lily Dando, Jayden Dando, Ezekiel Dando, and Leona Seoidin Horrigan. In addition to her parents, Patti was pre-deceased by Jerry, her beloved husband of 51 years; her sisters Helen Brann, Dorothy Schmidt, and Rosemary Donnelly; her nephew Kevin Callen (Wisconsin) and niece Lisa Brann (South Bend). Patti graduated from St. Joan of Arc Grade School in 1941, St. Agnes Academy in 1945 and Butler University in 1949 with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism/Communications. While at Butler, she was active in many organizations and was Vice-President of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and Captain of the Color Guard (also known as the Halftime Honeys) for Butler's Marching Band. Prior to her marriage in 1951, Patti worked in advertising and public relations. In1966, she became an associate of Joe O'Malia's Food Markets where she became known as “Joe's Good Right Arm”. Patti worked there for over 30 years, retiring in 1997 following Joe's passing. She also was a real estate broker, retiring her license in 2011. Known as a “neighborhood activist”, Patti served on the Board of Directors of the Nora Northside Community Council and retired to their Advisory Board. She received the NNCC “Bulldog Award” for “tenacity in the battle for integrity of process and defense of the homeland.” Patti had numerous nicknames, some of which were: “Peppermint Patti”...”The War Department”...”Miss Patti”...”Irish”...and ”Mrs. Delaware”. In 1970, she was instrumental in purchasing and preserving the “Delaware Street Woods” and forming Delaware Common, Inc., which later became the Delaware Commons Neighborhood Association and grew to become the College Commons Neighborhood Association. She served as Vice-President for these organizations. Around this time, a phrase was coined after Patti achieved several goals---”Patti did a Patti”. In 1943 she received a Citation from the Governor of Indiana for selling the most War Bonds from the Circle Theater Lobby. From 1954-1964, she pioneered Natural Childbirth in Indianapolis along with Dr. Paul Muller and “The Maternity Family League”. When asked what she did for exercise, Patti responded, “talking on the phone”. But, in her life, Patti was most proud of her four loving and beloved children. Visitation will take place at Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Sunday, August 18th with the Rosary to follow. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 19th at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery next to her husband Jerry. You are invited to visit the website www.leppertmortuary.com where you may share a personal memory of Patti and sign the guest book In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution are suggested to St. Luke Catholic Church; 7575 Holiday Drive East; Indianapolis, In 46260.


  • Visitation dimanche, 18 août , 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial lundi, 19 août , 2019


M. Patti (Donnelly) Horrigan


Kathleen Horrigan

1 septembre , 2019

I miss you and I love you, Mom🦋

Erin Dando

23 août , 2019

I love you Mom

Brian Avery

18 août , 2019

Kevin and family

Please accept my thoughts and prayers. I never had the pleasure of meeting Patti, but I've known Kevin a long time. I consider him one of the most giving, sincere and hard working people I know. I'm guessing Patti had a lot to do with that. May God bless you all.

Brian Avery

Elliott Segal

18 août , 2019

Kevin and family: Carol and I are sorry to learn about your mother's passing. What a wonderful life she had with all of her activities. I especially enjoyed speaking to her at Bridgewater Healthcare. She was so proud of her family.
God will take excellent care of her and she will be reunited with your father.
God bless you and your family with good health and happiness for the future.
Carol and Elliott Segal ( North Central athletics / Indiana Pacers )

Andra Fernkas Walters

17 août , 2019

Dear Kevin, Kathy, Erin, and Mike:

On behalf of the Fernkas family from many years ago on Delaware Street, I wish to extend our sincere condolences in the passing of your mom. I had the pleasure of seeing her with Kevin at Rhonda Allen's wedding this spring which was so fun. In spite of her fragility, she was quite alert and sharp. She had no trouble remembering me and I appreciated her kindness then as well as when we were children. All of you are to be commended for your care and love toward her in her latter years. One does not get to be 92 without the help of others.

Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the calling because our own mother recently fell and broke her hip. She is now home and on the mend after a period of rehabilitation but requires our care for the next several weeks. However, please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

Blessings to your family,
Andra Fernkas Walters

Roger Holder

16 août , 2019

I am saddened to hear of the passing of a great "mom." I know she is with the Lord as her faith was strong. She may now be unavailable for lunch with her friends here, but OH the reunions that must be taking place! My prayers for the family are ongoing.

Michele Burgess

15 août , 2019

Aunt Patti was a wonderful lady, beloved by all who knew her. She was a fun, loving, sweet, caring person and will be missed by many, many people. She leaves a hole in our hearts. Sending lots of love to all the family.

Mary Stephenson

15 août , 2019

Move over St. Peter, Patty's in charge now.

Diane Orr-Schafer

14 août , 2019

I first met Patti when I came to St. Luke. She was the sweetest and nicest person. What a thrill it was to also find out that her son Kevin, taught me in 8th grade at St. Andrew. Patti was always coming by the parish office to bring something for the Priests, the Sisters or the Parish Staff.
I loved it when she would attend our Senior Group Glymmers. She always had a great time. Everyone loved her. She was just a wonderful lady, I will truly miss her and updates on Kevin. She would get such a tickle when I would tell her how I had a crush on Mr. Horrigan. She was so proud of her family.
Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.