In Memory

Mary Gerard (Hanna) - Class Of 1928

Mary Gerard (Hanna)

Funeral mass was Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delphi for Mary Louise Hanna, 74, of Indianapolis, formerly of Delphi, who died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 8, 1984, at 4:45 p.m. in St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. She had been admitted on Friday. Born February 11, 1910, in Delphi, her parents were Edward and Margaret Corcoran Gerard. Her marriage July 14, 1932, in St. Louis was to Ralph E. Hanna, a Delphi attorney. He preceded her in death in 1981. Mrs. Hanna moved to Indianapolis in 1982. Mrs. Hanna developed skills in instrumental and vocal music. In 1928 she received certificates of distinction in saxophone, piano and voice from Lafayette Conservatory of Music. After a brief enrollment in Indiana University where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, she became a professional entertainer. She obtained radio and stage bookings in Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati and Chicago. Following vaudeville Mrs. Hanna became the featured vocalist with the Charlie Davis orchestra and later became featured vocalist for the Henry Busse orchestra making coast to coast appearances in all the major cities prior to her marriage. From 1955 to 1972 Mrs. Hanna worked in the medical offices of Dr. William Pierce and Dr. Howard Gish at Brookston. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delphi and a 1928 graduate of Delphi High School. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. James "Pat" (Sharon) O'Farrell, Rt. 1, Delphi, and one son Gerald (Jerry) Hanna, Indianapolis, and four grandchildren. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery. Father Raymond Wieber officiated.

Carroll County Comet September 12, 1984