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05/17/2022
Mary Joan Vargo, age 90, of Spencer, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at her residence, surrounded by her family. ...
05/17/2022

Mary Joan Vargo, age 90, of Spencer, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at her residence, surrounded by her family. She was born in Michigan City, IN on May 21, 1931, the daughter of Matthew & Elizabeth (Knoll) Osos.

She was a 1949 graduate of Niles High School in Niles, Michigan. She worked as an administrative assistant for an insurance company and as a cashier at Kmart. She then went to Indiana University where she became the secretary to the Dean of International Studies then became the secretary to the Musical Attractions department.

She was a homemaker for many years and it was her most beloved job. She enjoyed crocheting, being a ruthless card player, playing bingo, baking, reading, walking around the golf course, where she liked to keep it clean and would pick up trash on her journey. She also enjoyed watching Hallmark movies and delivering food for the local food bank.
She was a member of the St. Jude Catholic Church in Spencer and still worked at Molly’s Foods Unique one day a week. She also use to sing in the choir at church and that is where she met her beloved husband, Louis Eugene “Gene” Vargo.

Mary is survived by her children, Chris (Sharon) Vargo of Carmel, Kathy (William) Hogan of Terre Haute, LuAnn Vargo of Indianapolis, Greg (Kathie) Vargo of Indianapolis, Mary Jeanne (Tim) Reuter of Indianapolis, Terry (Brian) Beisser of Noblesville, Tony Vargo of Spencer, Mike (Diane) Vargo of Noblesville, Angela (Joseph) Paul of Bremerton, WA; 17 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louis Eugene Vargo; son, Jeffrey Vargo; brother, Richard Osos and sister Louise Slusser.

Memorial Mass will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church in Spencer at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 with Father Dennis Duvelius officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church at 300 W. Hillside Ave., Spencer, Indiana 47460.

Online condolences may be shared with Mary’s family at www.westparrishpedigo.com

Did you know that in addition to our retail space, Spencer Pride has a Gathering Place for impromptu meet-ups and after-...
05/17/2022

Did you know that in addition to our retail space, Spencer Pride has a Gathering Place for impromptu meet-ups and after-school work! We offer free WiFi and computers. We also have a library of books and a wall of information.

We are a certified Safe Place for youth and have a free Meeting Room for local affirming, not-for-profit organizations.

Come hang out! We are open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 7 PM.
-Spencer Pride CommUnity Center

Mary Catherine Ackerman, Spencer, Indiana, our loving mother, wife, friend, and teacher, passed away on May 16 after a s...
05/17/2022

Mary Catherine Ackerman, Spencer, Indiana, our loving mother, wife, friend, and teacher, passed away on May 16 after a short and courageous battle with cancer. Born December 13, 1951, Mary was the second daughter of Robert E. Wynant and Nancy Reighard Wynant of Pendleton, Indiana. She attended the Pendleton schools and was in the first graduating class of the newly consolidated Pendleton Heights High. She attended the Pendleton First United Methodist Church.

Mary received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Indiana University where she was a member of Alpha Phi sorority, serving as chapter president her senior year. She met Mike, her future husband, while at IU, and they were married in July 1977. Mary and Mike were blessed with two sons, Matthew, born in 1979 and Adam, born in 1984.
Mary began her 35-year teaching career at Triton High in Bourbon, Indiana, 1974-1976. She then taught at Indianapolis North Central High, 1976-1979, and ended her career at Owen Valley Middle and High Schools, 1980-2010.
Mary received several teaching awards during her career, but she was most happy in the classroom with her students. She held a special place in her heart for the students who put forth the effort in her class, no matter what their academic ability.

After retirement, Mary served as a member of the Owen County Preservations team that managed the refurbishment of the Tivoli Theater in Spencer, Indiana (another sincere “thank you” to Gayle and Carl Cook). She also worked as a part time receptionist at the IU Alumni Association in Bloomington. Mary loved her time working and the friends she made at both positions.

Mary is survived by her husband, Michael Clarence Ackerman of Spencer, sons Matthew Robert Ackerman of Indianapolis and Adam Charles Ackerman of Bloomington, IN, her mother, Nancy Reighard Wynant of Pendleton, IN, sisters Diana Garner (Donald) of Elwood, IN and Rachel Wilcox (David) of Pendleton, IN. Mary is also survived by an aunt, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws, all who loved her dearly.
Mary was preceded in death by her father, Robert E. Wynant, in 2012.
Mary’s family would like to thank her doctors, her hospice nurse, Charmaine Matavuli, and the caring nurses at the IU Hospice House in Bloomington.
A special thank you to Mary’s friends Sally Renne Murphy of Ellettsville, Margot Renne Payne of Greencastle, and Alison Martin of Indianapolis who brought comfort to Mary during her final months. Also, a thank you for all the cards and letters from Mary’s former students, colleagues, and friends. They brought her fond memories, laughter, and joy these past months.
Mary has chosen cremation and has requested no public service. West, Parrish, and Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made in Mary’s name to the Owen County Community Foundation, 60 E. Market St., Spencer, IN 47460
https://www.owencountycf.org/

** Reminder **There will be a Health Board meeting held on Thursday May 19th at 6:30pm. Located at 9 N. Crane Ave. Spenc...
05/16/2022

** Reminder **
There will be a Health Board meeting held on Thursday May 19th at 6:30pm. Located at 9 N. Crane Ave. Spencer, IN.

Glenn Fike, 66, of Spencer, passed away May 14, 2022, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born December 13, 1955 in Ind...
05/16/2022

Glenn Fike, 66, of Spencer, passed away May 14, 2022, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born December 13, 1955 in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Glyndon and Lula (Johnson) Fike.

Glenn was a graduate of Decatur Central High School. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked as an HVAV Technician and Maintenance Supervisor in property management with the Wiston Group. In 2004 he earned his Credentials of Ministry from Universal Life Church.

Glenn enjoyed singing, writing songs and poetry, playing guitar, fishing, camping, puzzles, art, and spending time with family and friends.

He was of the Christian faith.

Glenn is survived by his loving Vivian Shearer; his children, Brandy (Tim) Brandenburg and Matthew Shearer; a grandson, Damon Biddle; his siblings, Les (Debbie) Fike, Tim (Rhonda) Fike, Jean Hopeck, Charlotte Bruce and Lisa Jones.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Sam and Ray Fikes, and a sister Linda Miller.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Thursday, May 19, 2022 at West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer.

Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00PM until time of service at the funeral home.

Military Rites will be accorded by the Owen County Honor Guard at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be shared with Glenn’s family at; www.westparrishpedigo.com

Middle School CeremoniesPlease visit the Owen Valley Middle School page and click on “Interested” if you would ...
05/16/2022

Middle School Ceremonies

Please visit the Owen Valley Middle School page and click on “Interested” if you would like to watch this event at 2pm, Thursday, May 19th.
https://m.facebook.com/events/561307612120339
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Reminder
05/16/2022

Reminder

Photo Contest- 3rd Place: Tina PruntyWe received 9 submissions to our contest on Human Expression.Third Place goes toTin...
05/16/2022

Photo Contest- 3rd Place: Tina Prunty

We received 9 submissions to our contest on Human Expression.
Third Place goes to
Tina Prunty.
"Bored At Wedding"
Taken April, 2015.

Info on PHOTO CONTEST: Human Expression

The Owen Gazette is inviting our community members to participate in a photo contest. We will be publishing the winning entries.
Subject: HUMAN EXPRESSION

This contest will involve photos related to Human Expression.
In this case, photos are evaluated on exceptional examples of subjects expressing raw emotion and all that may entail.
Emotions shown may include anything from joy, ecstasy, amazement, love, pensiveness ... to terror, grief, anger, awe, or bewilderment.
The contest is to center only on genuine human expression. Contrived poses or "selfies" will be excluded. No "expressions" of animals or pets will be considered.

Judging will be done by folks involved with The Owen Gazette, and will be evaluated on composition, originality, and creativity.
Because of our intent on making contests a periodic feature, we will be assigning specific subject matter to individual categories, to change with following forays.

Photos can be submitted by contacting us via our page's "Send Message" button feature. Once there, simply send your photo to us there, in private message. Include detailed location, date of photo, and any other details.

*Each entrant is limited to 5 submissions.
This contest will accept photos from now until midnight, May 14, 2022.
Just take part in the fun! Let us see what our neighbors find interesting... send your photo!

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Next Saturday! Good opportunity to clean up and get rid of those unwanted items!
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Please share! Coming soon! Our first Owen County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) new volunteer training of 2022. Training begins February 15th. Call (812) 585-7652 or send an email to [email protected] for more information about becoming a volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children in our court system, and to learn details about how to apply for this training.