Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary

2126 East 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN


Yvonne Frances Rababa

January 8, 1924February 12, 2020

Yvonne Rababa died at her residence in Indianapolis on February 12. She was 96.

Miss Rababa was an IPS English teacher and librarian for 32 years. She had a BA and an MA from Butler University and after retiring from Arlington High School, she returned to her alma mater to teach freshman English for two years. She continued her passion for the great literary masterpieces throughout her life.

Miss Rababa was born on January 8, 1924 to Lebanese immigrants. Richard and Nezera Rababa arrived in Indianapolis in 1906 and raised their family there. Adele Rababa, George Rababa, Emilie Rababa, Agnes Rababa Mangus and Alice Rababa Hoeping all preceded Yvonne in death.

Miss Rababa was a devout Catholic and she was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Indianapolis for many decades. She graduated from St John’s Academy in 1941 and she continued to attend Mass at St. John’s for the rest of her life.

Miss Rababa prided herself in keeping current and understanding world affairs. She loved to travel and she took numerous trips to broaden her understanding of the world and various cultures. Miss Rababa loved elegant living and she often entertained her nieces and nephews in her home. She was a proud aunt of John Mangus, Donna Mangus Carter, Paul Mangus, Paulette Mangus Sanders, Richard Hoeping, Marie Hoeping, Angie Hoeping Nighswander, Dianna Hoeping Hitchcock, and Jeannie Hoeping Berghorn.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 126 W Georgia St, Indianapolis, IN 46225 on Thursday, February 20, 2020 with the funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, February 20, 2020


Yvonne Frances Rababa

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Elizabeth Rogers

February 25, 2020

I am writing for my mom, Ruby Compton, who is 95 and was good friends with Yvonne since about 1940. Ruby is so sorry she missed the funeral. Someone called to tell her Yvonne had passed away and after checking for an obituary for a week she called the funeral home only to learn she missed the funeral that day. She can't stop talking about Yvonne since. They spent a lot of time together on the USO busses during the war, went to many dances together. Yvonne was in my parents wedding over 60 years ago. Please know that Yvonne was loved and is missed.

Janet Manning

February 21, 2020

I remember Ms Rababa from both elementary and high school. She was our librarian at PS #1 and was instrumental in our education - we were required to do many extra things in the gifted classes - speeches, book reports etc - and she was so helpful and kind. She was also an English teached at Arlington HS for many of us - it was so nice to have one our elementary teachers "join" us in high school. I am happy to see she lived a long, full life - she was deserving of such. Thank you for sharing her with all of us!

Linda Jenkins

February 20, 2020

I cannot tell you what an influnce Yvonne Rababa has had on my life. She was my teacher at School #1 and Arlington High School and she had my total admiration! She made grammar fun and instilled in me a love of reading. My condolences to the family...what a treasure!

Barbara Keyes

February 20, 2020

Ms. Rababa was my favorite teacher at Arlington High School. She was the one who made me a grammar fanatic. I have been grateful to her throughout my career as a teacher. Thank you Ms. Rababa - you were the best!

Nancy Adams

February 20, 2020

Yvonne was somehow related to my uncle, Abraham Letiff — a cousin, I believe — and was a bright spot in my childhood back in the 1950s. I remember thinking how beautiful she was with her flowing black hair and bright red lipstick. She was never one to fade into the background. And her wit! I can see her standing in a school hallway joking with my mother, who was also a teacher, and both of them laughing. Rest in peace, dear lady. You blessed many of us with beautiful memories.

Prudence Cook(McFadden)

February 20, 2020

Miss Rababa taught me at School 1 in the 5th - 8th grades. She also lived around the corner from my parents in the 70s and I would see her when I visited my parents. She really meant a lot to me. I taught for 35 years so I sure she influenced me.

Stephen Wolkoff

February 20, 2020

Miss Rababa was my 7th and 8th grade English teacher at George Rogers Clark School Number One at 36th and Station Street in Indianapolis in 1958 and 1959.

She was without a doubt the greatest teacher I ever had in my entire life including all of my college professors.

She was also my favorite teacher by far. I loved her.

I deeply regret that I hadn't seen her for many years. I used to drop by and say hello to her at Arlington High School ,

She was respected and admired by all of her students at School One.

This is a very sad day for many of her beloved kids.

Steve Wolkoff Carmel, Indiana

Steve DeMougin

February 20, 2020

I remember when Miss Rababa was the librarian at PS #1. My 6 th grade classroom was directly across from the library. Then, when I started at Arlington in 1964 she was my English teacher the first semester. She was always very strict as a librarian, but she was a terrific English teacher. My deepest condolences to her family. She lived a long and productive life.

Kathy Magers Mahern

February 14, 2020

I remember Yvonne being a good friend to my Mom, Rose Magers, and all the club girls. They were friends from their early school days. Mom passed away last March, & Yvonne attended her funeral with the other remaining club girls. (Rita & Margie) It was good to see her, and lovely of her to remember Mom in that way. I'm sorry for your loss, and hope that your good memories of Yvonne are a comfort to you at this time.