Patricia Ann Townsend
March 24, 1926 – March 15, 2020
Patricia “Pat” A. (Duffin Scheibelhut Batza) Townsend returned to her heavenly home on March 15, 2020, less than two weeks shy of her 94th birthday. A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, she was born March 24, 1926 to John A. and Mary J. (Faulstitch) Duffin, both deceased.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands John R. Scheibelhut, John A. Batza, and Earl R. (Dick) Townsend; siblings and their spouses Mary Jane (Gene) Arbuckle, Joan (Jim) Long, Jack (Coletta) Duffin, and Tom (Jani) Duffin, as well as daughter-in-law Diane Batza and great-grandson Ayden Joe Glover.
Pat is survived by her brother, James (Re) Duffin; Sons Paul (Cindy) Scheibelhut and Bill (Christy) Scheibelhut; Daughters Diane (Keith) Davis and Barbara (Edwin Lee) Martin; Rick (Anita) Batza, Dena (Erman Hall) Townsend, and Debbie (Greg) Adrian. Family was everything to Pat, and she adored her 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces & nephews that she kept up with as if they were her own.
She attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, St. Mary’s Academy and Marian College. Up until the last few years, Pat continued to meet with those lifelong friends for monthly luncheons and Christmas celebrations. Her Class of 1946 was recently honored at (now) Marian University for their continuous longevity and support for the once All-Women’s school of the 1940’s.
Pat was one of the strongest and most determined women anyone could possibly meet. When she became a widow due to cancer at age 37, she faced hardships that would have taken down most single parents of 4 kids under the age of 13. But she said she had a family to raise and didn’t have the option to fail. She got a job as a secretary, went back to school to learn shorthand, and put all her children through 12 years of Catholic school & 4 years of college. She founded a Catholic group of widows & widowers at Little Flower Parish where she was a member. She named it “The Fifth Wheelers Club,” after how she was often made to feel in social settings because she was alone. It eventually grew to be a city-wide Catholic organization, & it was all due to her determination.
Pat was widowed two more times during her lifetime, losing another husband to cancer and one to complications from diabetes. Her strong Catholic faith sustained her through these losses, and the love she had for Angels sustained her as she faced cancer herself on three separate occasions during the last years of her life. She loved God. She loved life. She loved being surrounded by her family & thrived when making new friends. She was the Matriarch of the family, & she will be forever missed.
Services will be held at a later date, and are private until further notice.
Online condolences and memories for the family may be shared at www.feeneyhornakshadeland.com.
Patricia Ann Townsend
March 21, 2020
I had the pleasure of being acquainted with Ms. Pat in a double capacity. She was a former classmate and longtime friend of my mom (now also deceased). She was also my direct supervisor when I was employed at Naval Avionics while my spouse served in Viet Nam. I don't think I EVER met anyone with more will, determination, strength, poise, grace & faith than Pat! She was a true lady, in EVERY sense of the word! I have always admired the way in which she conducted herself in all situations. And, she expected no less from those around her! I pray she has found her well deserved peace. Prayers & condolences for her beloved family!
March 20, 2020
Mrs. Scheibelhut was our den mother when Paul and I were in Cub Scouts at Little Flower. Such a sweet and helpful lady. She could have succeeded well as a teacher. Her husband, John, helped the Cubs to build birdhouses using a band saw. Mrs. Scheibelhut's Christian spirit of volunteerism and helping others is an example for us all to follow! Her intelligence and diligence no doubt enabled Paul and Diane to attend college. Pat raised a wonderful family! "Well done good and faithful servant."
March 20, 2020
Pat was a great friend of my mother. Paul and Diane, my sincerest condolences to you and your families. She was a lot of fun, especially at the Miramar Club. She was a super strong woman raising you guys after your dad's passing. I think she's earned a good seat in heaven. God bless you all at this difficult time.
Marty La Prees
March 19, 2020
Pat was such a role model for me. Diane and I are still best of friends from first grade on. Since my mom was unable to do the ‘mom things’ with me, Pat took over in many instances. I also learned from her on how she handled very difficult situations. Her 4 children are excellent examples of her values and strength. While it is difficult to lose such a special lady, I celebrate her happiness of joining our Lord in heaven. Love to you, Paul, Diane, Bill and Barb.
Eileen (Harris) Davis
March 19, 2020
So many fond memories of Mrs. Scheibelhut as I knew her. Always so kind and caring. Diane and I were the best of friends in grade school at Little Flower and high school at Scecina. My condolences to the entire family as you mourn the loss of this remarkable woman.