In Memory

Mary Heathcote (Rishel) - Class Of 1942

Mary L. Rishel, 90, of Delphi, passed away on March 2, 2015 at Milner Community Healthcare, Rossville.

Mary was born on Oct. 11, 1924 in Gastonia, NC to the late William H. and Ether (Pressley) Heathcote. Mary attended Delphi High School before her marriage to Rodney L. Rishel on Dec. 22, 1939 in Delphi. He preceded her on July 26, 2012.

Mary retired from Purdue University in June 1988 where she worked in the duplicating office in the Dept. of Physics Bldg for 15 years. Prior to that she had worked at Painters & Decorators and Andovers in Lafayette for several years.

Mrs. Rishel was a member of the Delphi Wesleyan Church and the Allied Trades Local #80.

Mary's hobbies were birdwatching, mushroom hunting, gardening, fishing, and tending her flowers.

She is survived by her children: Rodney "Gene" Rishel, Marlene Joseph, Judith Rishel all of Delphi, and David L. Rishel of Lansing, MI; 11 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

Mary was also preceded by her sister, Bernice Yerk and brothers, Ralph and George Heathcote.

Visitation will be at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. service. Pastor Ken Smith officiating. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Delphi.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Published in the Journal & Courier on Mar. 4, 2015