Mary Ann Siefert

first_imgMary Ann Siefert, age 92 of Batesville, gained her angel wings on April 28, 2020. Born December 11, 1927 in Morris, Indiana, she is the daughter of Therese (Nee: Riehle) and Martin Prickel. The young farm girl married Jerome “Jake” Siefert on June 21, 1952 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Morris, and he preceded her in death on April 18, 1999. She retired from the Hill-Rom Company and began to travel with Jake, visiting her daughters and their families along the way.Those who knew Mary Ann knew how much she enjoyed family gatherings, tending to her flower and vegetable gardens and chatting on the breezeway with visiting friends and neighbors. She and Jake started their family with twin girls, another daughter arrived eighteen months later, and another eight years later — she had her hands full but excelled as a mama with all her daughters. Mary Ann volunteered at St. Louis parish and school, and at the former Hospitality Hall, and was a member of the Red Hat Belles and Surviving Spouses Dinner Club.When her twins left for college, Mary Ann decided to accept a job working in the upholstery area, and later in the wiring department of Hill-Rom. This venture provided a wealth of great friendships that lasted into her retirement. Holidays with family gathered were her favorite times, and she treasured the addition of each son-in-law, grandchild and great-grandchild … and was thrilled when another set of twins arrived among the great-grandchildren. When asked what she would miss the most, she replied, “Seeing my greats grow up.”Following Jake’s death, Mary Ann began to downsize her household and made the decision to move to St. Andrews at age 91. She thrived in the assisted living environment and thoroughly enjoyed the residents and activities and praised their caring staff members. She came into the world surrounded by the love of family at the Prickel farm on Lammers Pike and entered her eternal life “just down the road a bit,” at St. Andrews, surrounded again by the love of family. Mary Ann is survived by her daughters Jean (Jeff) Beckley of Carmel, Indiana; Jane (Jim) Nordmeyer of Monclova, Ohio; Peggi (Von) Shipman of Valdosta, Georgia; and Sue Siefert of Batesville. She was most proud of her grandchildren, James Beckley, Sarah Nordmeyer, Jacque Beckley (Brad) Smith, Eric (fiancée Mary Bajic) Nordmeyer, John Nordmeyer, Jenna Beckley (fiancée Jason Bates) and Jordan Beckley, her two step-grandchildren, Chris and Katie Shipman, and her precious great-grandchildren, Tyler, Graham and Lyla Smith, and Jacob and Addison Nordmeyer.In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary June, a sister, Helen Wettering and a brother, Leonard Prickel.Due to COVID-19 precautions, a drive-thru viewing will be held Saturday, May 2 from 9:30-11:00 at the Weigel funeral home. Private graveside service will be held at St. Louis Cemetery. Later, when conditions permit, a celebration of her life will be held.The family requests paying it forward to memorialize Mary Ann – consider volunteering or contributing to a food or blood bank, helping a neighbor in need during this time of isolation, supporting the first responders, truckers, grocery workers or healthcare workers with an act of kindness. Memorials donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis or the St. Andrew’s Activity Fund and mailed to Weigel Funeral Home, P.O. Box 36, Batesville, Indiana, 47006.last_img read more

Igali Makes Case for Nigeria to Host African Wrestling Â

first_imgPresident of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali, has described the visit of the President of United World Wrestling – Africa, Fouad Meskout, as a major turning point for wrestling in Nigeria. Nigeria is bidding to host the 2018 Africa Wrestling Championship and when Meskout made a three-day working visit to inspect facilities for the tournament, Igali said it provided a huge chance in showcasing the development of the sport in the country. Igali told the African wrestling boss that Nigeria had produced passionate and world-class wrestlers who are eager to promote the sport by competing with the best at home. ”Since 1976 till date, Nigeria has not hosted the African Championship. It is about time for Nigeria; we have the capacity, material wealth and full support of the Rivers State Government. We are confident we will not lack anything.” Igali lavished praises on the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike for displaying amazing support in the bid process and believes hosting the tournament in Port Harcourt provides useful opportunity to showcase the sport to prospective sponsors. ”Governor Nyesom Wike has been awesome. He made things look so easy when he confirmed his interest to host the championship and if we have more persons like him, Wresting in Nigeria will grow to admirable heights. “I have told the President of African Wrestling Federation that after we host next year’s edition, in 2019 the country will be asked to host again because it will be the best in the history of the competition.” The African wrestling boss, Meskout, also confirmed he was impressed with the facilities he saw in Port Harcourt and after meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sport, Solomon Dalung and officials of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, he was convinced the country is determined to promote the sport by hosting the continental championship. Nigeria and Tunisia are chasing the hosting rights for the tournament that is scheduled to take place in February next year. The winner of the bid will be announced on August 18 in Switzerland.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more