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OBITUARY

Priscilla Baumheckel

March 2, 1929May 26, 2020
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Priscilla Baumheckel passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior on May 26th in the presence of her family. She was born in Indianapolis, IN on March 2, 1929 to parents Norel Trueblood and Helene Allen McLaughlin. As an alumni of Shortridge High School, she went on to become a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, and graduated from Butler University with a major in Home Economics and a minor in Music. Following college graduation, she married Ralph E. Baumheckel of Indianapolis and they were married in 1950 at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis.

In 1952 they relocated to the family farm in Connersville, IN and became business partners raising crops, cattle and tending the Trusler Hybrid Seed Corn business. They welcomed three children and Priscilla also studied organ at Earlham College. She served as supply organist for 30 years in the many communities she lived. In 1963 the family moved to Naperville, IL where she raised three accomplished children, taught private piano lessons, studied New Testament at Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, IL, and served eight years as the surgical assistant in a Podiatry practice. She had a heart for children with special needs and taught children with learning disabilities in a private school.

She always loved the medical field and at the age of 50 fulfilled her passion by graduating from the Hinsdale Hospital School of Licensed Practical Nursing. She worked for the hospital for three years and when she moved to Richmond, IN she became charge nurse for the Beverly Nursing Home. With a further move to Celina, OH she worked in hospice care.

Throughout her life she sewed beautiful garments for her girls, knitted (even in her last days) crocheted, and embroidered teaching her daughters the same. Ever service minded, she made prayer shawls for the church, and baby items for hospitals. In Ohio she started her own business, “Accents by Priscilla,” sewing for decorators creating their pillows, window treatments and related.

She and her husband came full circle and retired to Indianapolis to lead an active life. She researched the family genealogy and left documentation for several libraries and family members. She has been active in the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana where she was awarded certificates proving her ancestors had lives in Ft. Wayne prior to 1850, and the PEO sisterhood, Chapter P, where this year she was recognized for her 50 year membership and service. She was part of the Colonial Dames XVII Century, Huguenot Society of Indiana, National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor, Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter of DAR where she has served as Secretary and pianist several times at the state convention. She also served in the Carmel Area Delta Gamma Alumni Association and was a regular volunteer at the Indiana State Museum. As a woman of faith she was a member of Second Presbyterian Church and Affiliate Member of Castleton United Methodist Church. She never failed to work hard for her children’s future, and loved giving them wings to be who they were destined to be. Her husband Ralph preceded her in death on May 31, 2019. She is survived by her beloved sister, Catherine Suzanne Montgomery of Leesburg, FL, son David Allen and his wife Maria Hortensia Patiño de Baumheckel of Bogotá, Columbia; daughters, Carol Ann Baumheckel and Linda Sue Baumheckel of Indianapolis, IN and Linda’s son, the family’s very special grandchild, Gabriel K.R. Baumheckel of Indianapolis, and six dear nieces and nephews who made her life very bright. A private funeral service will be held Friday, June 5th with entombment the following day at Shrine of Memories Mausoleum in Connersville, IN. Please contact the family if you would like to attend the service as they are keeping a headcount due to limited seating. Memorial contributions in Priscilla’s name are suggested to: Second Presbyterian Church Music Program: 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

To join Priscilla's family in celebrating her life, please connect online at: SecondChurch.org/Funeral for a live stream of ceremonies.

Online condolences are available at: www.leppertmortuary.com `

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Entombment

    Saturday, June 6, 2020

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Barb Parker

June 5, 2020

I first visited Priscilla last summer, shortly after Ralph died, and I was privileged to spend several more visits in the ensuing months — until the virus mandated we stay away.

What a woman! What a fighter! How very Intelligent and gifted she was, and how she shared those gifts with others! I have missed spending time with her, and I shall miss her now more than ever.

Rev. Barb Parker

Mary Kaye Mathews-Halterman

June 4, 2020

On behalf of the Mathews family, we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to you. Your mother was a wonderful and accomplished woman.
My mother, Gwen, shared with me a recipe for "Old Fashion Sugar Cookies" which your mother shared with her. We shall be enjoying them in the very near future.
Peace, Prayers and Comfort for your family.
Your "old" neighbors,
Gwen Mathews
Mary Kaye Halterman
Marcia Kim Buttery
Martha Dawn Cooper

David Wandel

June 4, 2020

Farewell to a wonderful and special cousin. I was able to spend time with her a couple of years ago as we went through family albums. So glad I did. I know my sister Ruth and Priscilla shared interests in genealogy and spent time together in that activity. What talent she had in music and so many other areas. The McLaughlin influence is great. Now she and Ralph are together again. God bless them both.

Jim & Sherri Clark

June 3, 2020

Linda, Gabriel & Baumheckel Family,
Please accept our condolences for the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and loving prayers go out to you during this time. May God’s comfort surround you with peace and wellbeing.
Much love and hugs,
Jim & Sherri Clark

Mark Hawbecker

June 3, 2020

A truly lovely woman. Caring of heart and sharing of home. Fond memories of the times with Linda, Carol & David in the house on Julian Street in Naperville. Music was ever present and Ralph & Priscilla were so patient and generous in allowing their home to be often nearly overrun with young people. Kind, gentle and with the most infectious giggle when something struck her as amusing.
Blessings of peace for a dear soul.

Christina Baldwin Nicholson

June 1, 2020

Dear Suzanne, Linda, Carol, and David and Hortensia,

I was sorry to hear of Priscilla's passing but glad she was able to be in a place that she had made home. I cannot remember when she was not part of my life. I have especially warm feelings about the last visit I had with her and Ralph and Carol on my birthday, Nov. 3, 2018 when I was able to bring my son Daniel and introduce him to the Baumheckels. We had a lovely time enjoying each others company and reminiscing. Our mothers were close friends, Priscilla and I, lifelong friends with Ralph and
Ed, and Carol and Dan have had a chance with "facebook" friends. This is a hard time for all of us with isolation but I'm glad that Carol and Linda were able to be with Priscilla. May you all hear her in her memory voice as you go on with your lives.

Much love, Christina Baldwin Nicholson

Jatanna (Lakes) Nichols

June 1, 2020

I don't know if you remember me, but I grew up in the "little brown house" that belonged to your family near the Wellsview area here in Connersville. My parents were Voyd and Ernie Lakes. Priscilla and Ralph visited us many times, and I always enjoyed hearing their stories of the history of the family farm. Both Priscilla and Ralph lived very full and interesting lives. My condolences to your family.

Judy Penna Henn

May 30, 2020

Carol, I remember your mother fondly. She was a strong woman with a tender side. You’ll probably be surprised to know that I think of her every because on my bed I have a beautiful patchwork pillow that she made for me. I moved to northern Virginia five years ago to live near one of my sons, and the pillow came with me.
I hope happy memories, your faith, and the love of family and friends will comfort you.

Brigitt Caito

May 30, 2020

Because of her beautiful example playing the piano at our chapter house, she inspired quite a few of us to follow in her footsteps. She was a special lady. May she Rest In Peace.

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Biography

Priscilla Baumheckel passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior on May 26th in the presence of her family. She was born in Indianapolis, IN on March 2, 1929 to parents Norel Trueblood and Helene Allen McLaughlin. As an alumni of Shortridge High School, she went on to become a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, and graduated from Butler University with a major in Home Economics and a minor in Music. Following college graduation, she married Ralph E. Baumheckel of Indianapolis and they were married in 1950 at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis.

In 1952 they relocated to the family farm in Connersville, IN and became business partners raising crops, cattle and tending the Trusler Hybrid Seed Corn business. They welcomed three children and Priscilla also studied organ at Earlham College. She served as supply organist for 30 years in the many communities she lived. In 1963 the family moved to Naperville, IL where she raised three accomplished children, taught private piano lessons, studied New Testament at Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, IL, and served eight years as the surgical assistant in a Podiatry practice. She had a heart for children with special needs and taught children with learning disabilities in a private school.

She always loved the medical field and at the age of 50 fulfilled her passion by graduating from the Hinsdale Hospital School of Licensed Practical Nursing. She worked for the hospital for three years and when she moved to Richmond, IN she became charge nurse for the Beverly Nursing Home. With a further move to Celina, OH she worked in hospice care.

Throughout her life she sewed beautiful garments for her girls, knitted (even in her last days) crocheted, and embroidered teaching her daughters the same. Ever service minded, she made prayer shawls for the church, and baby items for hospitals. In Ohio she started her own business, “Accents by Priscilla,” sewing for decorators creating their pillows, window treatments and related.

She and her husband came full circle and retired to Indianapolis to lead an active life. She researched the family genealogy and left documentation for several libraries and family members. She has been active in the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana where she was awarded certificates proving her ancestors had lives in Ft. Wayne prior to 1850, and the PEO sisterhood, Chapter P, where this year she was recognized for her 50 year membership and service. She was part of the Colonial Dames XVII Century, Huguenot Society of Indiana, National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor, Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter of DAR where she has served as Secretary and pianist several times at the state convention. She also served in the Carmel Area Delta Gamma Alumni Association and was a regular volunteer at the Indiana State Museum.

As a woman of faith she was a member of Second Presbyterian Church and Affiliate Member of Castleton United Methodist Church. She never failed to work hard for her children’s future, and loved giving them wings to be who they were destined to be. Her husband Ralph preceded her in death on May 31, 2019. She is survived by her beloved sister, Catherine Suzanne Montgomery of Leesburg, FL, son David Allen and his wife Maria Hortensia Patiño de Baumheckel of Bogotá, Columbia; daughters, Carol Ann Baumheckel and Linda Sue Baumheckel of Indianapolis, IN and Linda’s son, the family’s very special grandchild, Gabriel K.R. Baumheckel of Indianapolis, and six dear nieces and nephews who made her life very bright. A private funeral service will be held Friday, June 5th with entombment the following day at Shrine of Memories Mausoleum in Connersville, IN. Please contact the family if you would like to attend the service as they are keeping a headcount due to limited seating.

Memorial contributions in Priscilla’s name are suggested to: Second Presbyterian Church Music Program: 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

To join Priscilla's family in celebrating her life, please connect online at: SecondChurch.org/Funeral
for a live stream of ceremonies.

Online condolences are available at: www.leppertmortuary.com