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Betty Ann Moebs, 69, Cordry Sweetwater

Betty Ann Moebs 69, Cordry Sweetwater Conservancy District (Nineveh), passed away Aug. 29, 2012.

She was born Oct. 15, 1942, to Louis and Helen (Gillis) Rysdon in Evergreen Park, Ill. A native of Chicago, Betty lived in Indianapolis for 40 years, enjoying the last six years in Nineveh at Sweetwater Lake. She graduated from Christ the King Grammar School and Academy of Our Lady High School both in Chicago. Betty earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a master’s degree in early childhood development from Purdue University, a master’s degree in pastoral theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and was a member of the Ministers of Providence. Over the course of many years, Betty taught at Mother McAuley High School in Evergreen Park, Ill., Sacred Heart Kindergarten in Indianapolis, Roncalli High School in Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus.

In addition to teaching, Betty felt a calling to serve others. For over 10 years, Betty worked as the chaplain of the Marion County Children’s Guardian Home in Indianapolis. She ministered to individuals with HIV/AIDS, terminal illnesses, and those grieving the loss of a loved one. For 27 years, she served as a Red Cross-certified water safety instructor, lifeguard and water walk/water aerobics instructor at the Benedict Inn in Beech Grove. As a member of the in-service team that started the board of education system for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Betty helped conduct seminars throughout the archdiocese. She served as a member and officer of several boards of education and the Inter-Deanery Coordinating Committee. For many years at both Saint Roch and Saint Agnes parishes, Betty was a eucharistic minister and brought communion to those in nursing homes and to the homebound. Betty was active as a CYO coach at Saint Roch parish and in many other volunteer activities in both parishes. Betty was known and respected as a person who cared for all with whom she came in contact. 

Betty is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years, David Moebs. She is also survived by a brother, Richard Rysdon (Jan) of Tampa, Fla., and a sister-in-law, Pat Rysdon of Oak Lawn, Ill.; two nephews, Michael and Steven Rysdon of Evergreen Park, Ill.; a niece, Lynn Pieroth of Crestwood, Ill.; three adored sons, Brian of Fort Wayne, Gregory (Larissa) of Avon and Matthew of Greenwood; two adored daughters, Michele Mateja (Timothy) of Zionsville and Heather Frank (Kurtis) of Wheeling, Ill.; and 13 treasured grandchildren, Kayla and Jacob Moebs, Daniel and Morgan Mateja, Phillip Campbell, Zoey and Chloe Moebs, Sollis and Micah Moebs, and Brendan, Malia, Erich and Elaina Frank.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Louis Rysdon.

Betty passionately devoted her life to her family and the causes in which she believed. She was known to leave milk on the breakfast table to rush to the aid of a friend. She enjoyed cooking (with great skill and enjoyment by all), exercising her extensive artistic talents (e.g., banners), playing bridge, and relaxing with friends, family, and her husband, Dave, in their Brown County retreat. Betty delighted in being a grandma to her 13 grandchildren. Her writing interests included journaling (both as a writer and teacher) and publishing poems, short stories and children’s books. Each year her Christmas letter to friends and family provided a family update in either prose or poetry and in more recent years included a pictorial collage of her treasured grandchildren. She was brilliant; she loved to laugh; she was the personification of fun. Heaven just got bubblier.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be donated to the Brown County Community Foundation (988-4882) in order to fund an endowed scholarship in Betty’s name for college tuition for someone wanting to be a teacher. Betty was a member of the board of directors of the foundation and the chairperson of their scholarship committee.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home at The Gardens at Olive Branch, 1605 South State Road 135, Greenwood. Additional visitation at 10 a.m. will be Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Saint Roch Catholic Church, 3600 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the same location. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, 433 W. Troy, Indianapolis.

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  • November 20
    Literary club
    2 p.m. Kathy Anderson's home
  • November 20
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 20
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 20
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • November 21
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 22
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 22
    Salt Creek Trailhead dedication for Meijer family planned
    10 a.m. by CVS Pharmacy, 292 S. Van Buren St., near junction of 46 East and 135 North
  • November 22
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 23
    Annual community-wide hymn sing planned
    6:30 p.m. Nashville Christian Church, 160 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • November 25
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 25
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 28
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 29
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 29
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 4
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 12
    Widowed group plans Christmas party
    noon Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • December 12
    BCSP Christmas bird count slated
    8 a.m. BCSP Nature Center, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road