OBITUARY

Stella "Eleanor" Werner

August 6, 1917March 11, 2021

Stella “Eleanor” Werner, 103, of Beech Grove, Indiana departed this life Thursday, March 11, 2021. Eleanor was born August 6, 1917 in Terre Haute, IN to the late Ora Ellis, and Martha Anna (Hicks) Newport, Sr. She was raised in Indianapolis and would work for Eli Lilly & Company in administration for 31 years, retiring August 31, 1979. While working, Eleanor also kept her home in order while raising three daughters. In her later years, she enjoyed swimming and exercise at the Arthur R Baxter YMCA. She was a kind and gentle soul who was happiest making memories with her family and friends. Eleanor was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 61 years, Harold Francis Werner; her devoted daughter, Patricia Marie (Werner) Lamping and siblings, Marguerite Ann (Newport) Jedinak, Ora Ellis Newport Jr., Normand Allen Newport, Mary Helen (Newport) Stewart and Louis Howard Newport. She is survived by her beloved daughters, Sharon Kay (Werner) Coyle and Karen Sue (Robert) Werner-Scroggin; loving sister, Elva Mae (Newport) Spears; ten grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and 28 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation for Eleanor will begin; Family 9 to 10am, Family and Friends 10:00am to Noon on Monday, March 15th at Holy Name Catholic Church in Beech Grove followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 pm. Entombment then follows at Calvary Cemetery. A livestream of Eleanor’s Mass may be found at her tribute page at 11:45 am Monday at: www.littleandsonsbeechgrove.com In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Holy Name Catholic Church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.littleandsonsbeechgrove.com for the Werner family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 15, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, March 15, 2021

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Teresa Jedinak

April 13, 2021

I spent many summers in Indianapolis visiting my many Aunts & Uncles. I especially loved visiting my Aunt Eleanor. She was funny, witty & told many sweet stories about our family, I learned several things about my mom, her sister. I will miss her charming personality & her infectious laugh! I loved hearing her laugh!

Karen Scroggin

March 30, 2021

Fun in the sun

Karen Scroggin

March 30, 2021

Three Daughters

Karen Scroggin

March 30, 2021

Tea with sisters

Karen Scroggin

March 30, 2021

Karen Scroggin

March 30, 2021

Mother
Eulogy written by Karen Werner Scroggin - Part IV

Honestly, I never remember mom losing her temper or complaining about her life. She grew up in a loving family who helped each other and did what was necessary for the family.

We can all learn something from our grandparents and parents.

Mom & Dad, without computers, researched and compiled several binders on our family ancestry. These are filled with photos, family history and love. I am carrying on this tradition, with computers.

As mom got older and needed more help, we worried that Mom might not want to go into assisted living. I dreaded bringing up this conversation.

She made this very easy on us. I was sitting by her hospital bed, when 2 doctors walked in, and said "you know it is time you get out of your house". I remember holding my breath, when she calmly said, "I know". Mom was almost 100 years old and very wise.

The last few years, with declining health, has been made much easier, with the wonderful care Mom received at St. Paul Hermitage. We are grateful for the love shown Mom there. While sitting by moms bed this last week, several people stopped in to say their goodbyes and tell us how much she was loved. One of the nurses said if she couldn’t find her aides, she would find them in moms room, singing and painting her fingernails a pretty pink.

Mom has gone home to the Lord and has been reunited with Dad and our sister, Patty, and all those who have gone before.

We love you Mom.

Karen Scroggin

March 30, 2021

Mother
Eulogy written by Karen Werner Scroggin - III

On moms 75th birthday we had a big family picnic. Mom wore a large, feathered hat and boa, while dancing to One Singular Sensation.

After losing Dad in 1995, it was hard for mom to live alone. Our sister, Patty, solved this problem, by asking Mom to move next to her in a side-by-side condo in White Oak Farms. This put a smile on her face and lifted her spirits. An added bonus was Aunt Elva & Uncle Roy, moved into the same neighborhood.

No words can completely express how grateful I am to Patty, for the love and care she gave mom.

Mom loved our family gatherings, especially when everyone treated her by showing off a new baby. Playing peekaboo always put a smile on her face.

Family, and their friends, always made their way over to visit mom. She loved it!

For several years mom read the Christmas story on Christmas Eve. She especially loved it, when all the little ones gathered around her to listen while reading the story.

Karen Scroggin

March 30, 2021

Mother
Eulogy written by Karen Werner Scroggin - Part II

Mom retired in 1979 from from Eli Lilly. Where she had worked there for 31 years and made lots of friends. I grew up with parents who worked hard to provide for their family.

We always new God was a very major part of our family.

One of my happiest memories is dressing up to go downtown. You didn’t go to town without dressing up, catching the Beech Grove-Raymond bus and having lunch at Ayres Tea Room. Mom loved shoes. We never took a trip, that did not include shopping for shoes.

Dad converted our basement, on Harlan Street, into a party room, where they loved to dance and have friends and family over.

Later on they were still dancing at the YMCA, and even performed on stage, at the Greenwood Park Mall.

Mom loved to watch the old movies, especially Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. I loved watching them with her.

I recall one time, in 1960, we went uptown to see the new movie, Ben Hur. It was just the 2 of us, because Sharon had a date and dad was on his yearly fishing trip with his buddies from Naval Avionics. They all put money, all year long, into the pot and drew 1 name. The winner got $500. This was a big deal in 1960. Did I mention the winner also got thrown into the lake and dad won that year.

Karen Scroggin

March 30, 2021

Mother
Eulogy written by Karen Werner Scroggin - Part 1

Today, we are here to celebrate the life of a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many.
Mom has lived 103+ years and raised a family during a time filled with incredible innovations and change.
The oldest of 7
The mother of 3
Grandmother of 10
Great grandmother of 23 Great great grandmother of 28
The love of my dad's life

Patricia “Short” Ebner

March 18, 2021

Janet & Family -
I met your Grandmother, on several occasions, at St. Pauls Hermitage. While visiting my father, and observing his physical therapy sessions, Eleanor was often in PT doing her exercises, or I would chat with her in the hallways at St. Paul.
That is also where I met your mother, Pat.
Eleanor had a “spunk” for life that was so evident, when I chatted with her (of course these memories were pre-pandemic).
I will fondly remember her beautiful nails and impeccable appearance! I admired your Mom’s dedication to her and I am so glad I got to spend time getting to know them! Since I live out of town, I was only there on occasions of my visits to my Dad at St. Paul, and my family on Oak Trail Dr.
With Sympathy -
Patty “Short” Ebner
Silver Spring, MD

FROM THE FAMILY