Jill Jackson, Denise M. Ostendorf
Jill Jackson, 85, of Vincennes, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital with her family at her bedside.
Jill was born on Aug. 15, 1933 in Washington, the daughter of George LeRoy and Rachel Lucille (Farley) Moore. Jill worked as the Knox County Health Nurse for 31 years, retiring in 2005. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1951 and from the Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in 1954. Jill married the love of her life, Jim Jackson, on June 28, 1953, and they made their life together until his death in 1994. Jill loved her family and friends, Christmas, Lincoln Homecoming, Indiana University basketball and Frank Sinatra. Jill was a member of Old Cathedral Catholic Church, had served on the zoning board for the City of Vincennes, the Salvation Army Board of Directors and was a Pink Lady at GSH. She held memberships with the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, the Harmony Society, and the Elks.
Jill is survived by her children, Julie Beaman and her husband, Mike, of Vincennes, Jeff Jackson and his wife, Pam, of Evansville, and Jennifer Becher and her husband, Gordon, of Vincennes; her grandchildren, Jim Beaman and his wife, Beckey, Rachel Beaman, Chelsie Garrett and her husband, Curt, Donnie Becher, and Andrew Becher and his fiancée, Kaylee Lewis; her great-grandchildren, Kaiser Beaman, Addison Beaman, Cruz Becher, CJ Garrett, Westin Laue, Cody Daffron, Paislee Lewis, with another great-grandson on the way; and a great-great-grandson, Brodey Daffron.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a brother in infancy.
A Memorial Mass to celebrate her life will be 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Old Cathedral Catholic Church with Father Donald Ackerman officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home is honored to assist Jill’s family during their time of loss.
Online condolences may be made at www.duesterbergfredrick.com
Denise M. Ostendorf
Denise Marie Ostendorf, 57, of Zionsville, left her family and friends on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the result of an extended battle with cancer.
Denise was born in Vincennes on Dec. 29, 1961, the fifth child of Francis and Blanche (Clark) Ostendorf, and was immediately known as “Nese,” and subsequently by her nieces and nephews, as “Uncle Nese.”
Denise was a graduate of Rivet High School and Indiana University. She was the consummate teacher and relished the challenges of the profession and the rewards of seeing her students succeed in life. Her teaching career began at her high school alma mater, Rivet, and concluded at Zionsville High School. Throughout her career, Denise was originative and endeavored to make her classes interesting and fun, a conundrum for government classes. Many of her students will remember one of her classroom techniques, the voices — Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, Don Vito Corleone, and the Jersey Voice, to name a few. Denise was also an ardent supporter of her students in their extracurricular activities of athletics, band, choir, theater and various clubs. Denise was favored with a multitude of teaching colleagues from both Rivet and Zionsville, all of whom supported her in myriad ways, particularly during her final challenge, at school, at home, at treatment facilities, and at the hospital.
Denise was a unique individual from the get-go. Born with an older sister and three older brothers, her potential influences were numerous, and she chose only the salubrious ones. Denise had many interests and a wonderful sense of humor that was all her own, with a range that spanned from highbrow to Philistine. She shared her siblings’ love of satirical comedies, and was always quick to lend her wit and banter on topics ranging from the dynamics of the Cold War Kremlin to the latest developments with her favorite Bravolebrities. She was also a disciple of ecclesiastical humor, evidenced by her endless supply of nun greeting cards and pugilistic hand puppets. Denise was an excellent student from elementary school through graduate school. In teaching government and completing her master’s degree, she developed a keen interest and understanding of the federal election and political processes. During any election cycle, she was a profusion of all the candidates’ positions on the issues.
Denise had a family that loved her dearly and countless close and cherished friends throughout her life. She was a genuinely good and selfless person and her departure leaves a void in our hearts and lives. The family expresses its sincerest gratitude to the many friends and colleagues of Denise that visited, assisted and sustained her during the throes of her illness.
She is survived by her mother, Blanche of Vincennes; her sisters Susan Leonard and her husband, Rick, of Vincennes and Debbie Goodner and her husband, Jack, of Lebanon, Tennessee; her sister-in-law Debby (Pea) Ostendorf of Vincennes; brothers Matt Ostendorf and his wife, Marilyn, of Newburgh and Greg Ostendorf and his wife, Janet, of Zionsville; and her nieces and nephews, all of whom had a special relationship with her (Uncle Nese being but one example).
She was predeceased in 2017 by both her father, Francis, and brother, Doug Ostendorf of Vincennes.
A celebration of Denise’s life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at the Harmony Society, 111 N. Second St. At Denise’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor at 2345 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260-1905, or through the website at www.littlesistersofthepoorindianapolis.org. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home of Vincennes is honored to assist Denise’s family during their time of loss.
Online condolences may be made at www.duesterbergfredrick.com
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