Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home

120 West Mill Street, Ossian, IN


Mary Ellen Byerly

August 25, 1934September 10, 2020

Mary E. Byerly, 86, of Ossian passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2020. She was born on August 25, 1934 in Watseka, Illinois, a daughter of the late Charles and Pauline (Coyle) Bard. She attended Ossian High School. She married Leon Byerly on December 7, 1951, he preceded her in death on April 7, 2016. She worked in the Norwell High School kitchen, and then was the bookkeeper for Byerly Masonry. She was an excellent seamstress, sewing clothes, gowns, and wedding dresses for many. She loved IU basketball, cross-stitching, collecting baskets, and vacationing in Florida in the winter. She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne. Surviving family include her children, Sheila (Rick) Park of Ossian, Sandra (Arthur) Helm of Corpus Christi, Texas, Kathleen (Joe) Woods of Huntertown, Steven Byerly of New Haven, and Robert (Susan Childress) Byerly of Valparaiso; grandchildren, Katie Todd, Abby Watkins, Matthew Helm, Laura Reber, Christopher Reber, Tara Sprunger, Gay Stoppenhagen, Amber Geisel, Leon Byerly, and Mercedes Byerly; 17 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; and brother, William (Gwen) Bard of New Haven. Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Bard; sister, Opal Kreigh; one great-granddaughter, and one great great-grandson. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 West Mill St., Ossian with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. The service may be viewed online at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elzey-Patterson-Rodak-Funeral-Homes/164122170274228. Social distancing and masks will be in place. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ossian. Memorials may be made to the Calvary United Methodist Church or Northern Wells Food Bank. Condolences and memories of Mary may be left online at www.elzey-patterson-rodak.com.


  • Calvary United Methodist Church or Wells County Food Bank


  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Final Resting Place

    Saturday, September 19, 2020


Mary Ellen Byerly

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Julie Koenemann

September 18, 2020

Your mom was always so kind to me on the many visits to your house during high school. May God give you peace and comfort during this time.

Barbara Behning

September 16, 2020

Praying for family - Barbara Behning

A wonderful lady with whom I had many interesting conversations. So glad I got to share time with her over the years. I will miss you Mary. God Bless you and your family.
Gregory Peck

Gene/Marla Donaghy

September 16, 2020

Blessings to the family for a great life lived. Thanks to Mary for her work at NWCS and at the church. Great lady!

Stephanie Beck

September 16, 2020

What a sweet lady. We had sleepovers at her house and had many good times with her and her daughters. One special time was when they got a new station wagon. We slumbered in the car until the middle of the night when it had really warmed up with 4 of us in the car and one of us had ate some gassy foods. The heat and the smell drove us inside the house to finish our over night party. The next morning when we woke up and told Mary what had happened she laughed and laughed. That made a great memory for us.

Doyle & Laura Werling

September 16, 2020

Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all of Mary's family.

Laura Reber

September 16, 2020

Even though you are gone, a piece of you resides in every one of us. You taught us so many things; resiliency, compassion, understanding and strength. There was some stubbornness in there as well...but most of all you gave us love. Think of every tear as an ounce of our love for you as you watch over us. We were blassed to have you in our lives.
All my love, Laura

David Kreigh

September 15, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. You have our deepest sympathy.


September 14, 2020

Heaven has received another angel. She was a wonderful woman.
Prayers for all the family.


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