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Mary Josephine O'Hara

January 12, 1935May 1, 2020

Mary Josephine O’Hara, 85, of Indianapolis, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2020. Mary Jo was born January 12, 1935 in Indianapolis to her devoted parents, the late James J. and Amelia (Feldhake) O’Hara. Her educational experiences at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School and St. Agnes Academy, and later Butler University fostered Mary’s impressive intellect and aided in the development of lifelong friendships. At Butler, Mary served as president of the Alpha Tau chapter of Delta Gamma and was a charter member of the Mortar Board Chapter. After graduating in 1956, Mary enjoyed a thirty-five year career with U.S. Steel, working for regional sales offices in both Indianapolis and Troy, Michigan. After her retirement in 1993, Mary moved back to Indianapolis where she was a longtime and dedicated member of Christ the King Catholic Church. Everyone who knew Mary was in awe of her memory. She was a natural historian and storyteller. She regaled friends and family with vivid glimpses of life in Indy during World War II, the shenanigans of Butler coeds in the fifties, the joys and difficulties of being a working woman in a male-dominated industry, the pleasures of travel to many destinations. No less impressive was her savvy market watching and investing. Mary was always ready to discuss the latest news on the stock market or local business dealings.

Mary is survived by many dear cousins, nieces and nephews and their families. She was very close with her cousins Carolyn Finn Welch and Marty Finn, and their kids and grandkids, including Bob and Sue Welch, Beth Welch, Maura and John Abernethy, Stephen Finn, John Finn, and Kathryn Finn. She was a beloved member of her extended family and will be dearly missed by all. The wonderful care she received at Marquette Manor over the years, and particularly in the last several weeks was a source of solace for all who could not visit with her during this trying time.

Private arrangements have been entrusted to Leppert Mortuary Online condolences are available at: www.leppertmortuary.com


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Mary Lou Gorgol

May 14, 2020

Mary and I have been good friends since Grade School. I will miss the many times we got together at Sahm's restaurant for lunch or dinner. She always had so much to talk about and I was a good listener. Rest in Peace Good Friend.

Mary Jessee

May 13, 2020

Thoughts and prayers are with Mary as she starts a new life free of health issues. Will miss our occasional chats about those Bulldogs. Here’s to a lifetime friendship gone but not forgotten.

Patricia (Patty) Peak

May 8, 2020

I'm grieving for the loss of my friend, Mary Jo, or "just Mary" as she preferred to be called. I treasure the many phone calls, visits in Indianapolis and in Texas and of course, the bridge games. Our lives are linked through grade school at St. Joan of Arc, high school at St. Agnes, College at Butler Univ and sisterhood in Delta Gamma Sorority.
I wish the many others who called her "Friend" could be sharing memories of her life together in person. I'm sure her best buddy Janet has already welcomed her to their new life. God bless.


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