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Mildred A. "Milly" Pea

August 10, 1930 January 23, 2017
Mildred A. "Milly" Pea
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Mildred A. "Milly" (Ruppel) Pea, 86, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 23, 2017. She was the 5th child in the family of 12 children born to Anthony and Anna Marie (Schlomer) Ruppel. She graduated from Decker High School in 1948 and attended Sacred Heart Church. She married William (Bill) Pea on September 1, 1951.

She was a member of the Spiritual Life Board, a Eucharistic Minister, a Greeter, took communion to the shut-ins and nursing homes, sang at funerals, and worked at the bereavement dinners. She started the Golden Crosses for the Eucharistic Ministers to wear at Mass. She had the honor of receiving the Brute Award. She was a co-owner of Milly & Bill's Shop for 25 years and an additional shop in Princeton for five years. She often wondered just how many people in Knox County had their wedding or special occasion cake made by her. She also taught many cake and candy classes over the years. Milly and Bill belonged to the National Cake Club and attended many conventions and cake shows. She was twice voted a representative of Southern Indiana. She had fond memories of her children and grandchildren entering cakes in competitions, carving sugar bells, making mints and taking inventory. Other memberships were Sacred Heart Alter Society where she was president for eight years, the Town & Country Home Ec Club, K of C Ladies Auxiliary, Sacred Heart Singers, Pink Ladies at GSH, Generations and taught the 4-H Our Gang cake decorating classes.

She loved to travel and the most memorable trip was to Rome with her brothers and sisters to see the canonization of Sister Guerin. She loved plants and flowers and she always loved her pets. Her favorite was her talking bird "Tweety" and her spoiled dog "Cole." She loved playing cards with three different groups and her family loved to play Qwirkle with her. She helped plan many family reunions and loved being with her family.

She is survived by her children, Mike (Sherri) Pea, Kathy FitzGerald, Karen (Charley) Noble, Debby (Doug) Ostendorf, Tom (Laurie) "Elvis" Pea, Don (Christy) Pea, Janice (Jim) Cates, Becky (Bill) Stenger and Billy (Stacia) Pea. A daughter-in-law, Joan Pea, grandchildren are Ross & Sarah Gerke, Drew & Faith Gerke, Dottie Grabarz, Paula & Jeremy Fite, Jamie & Matt Suhre, Michelle Pea, Andrew Pea, Kelly FitzGerald, Ryan FitzGerald, Jennifer & Jason Blanton, Lynette Noble, Shane Noble, Lance Noble, Taylor and Luke Bittner, Bryant Ostendorf, Meghan Pea, Jake Pea, Alexi Pea, Aaron Pea, Grayson Cates, Anthony Cates, Alex Stenger, Trevor Stenger, Kyle Stenger, Bryson Pea and Lyndie Pea.

She was blessed with nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Rick Ruppel, Earl Ruppel, and his wife Judy, her brother-in-law Andrew Pea and sisters-in-law Mary Ann Ruppel, Barbara Ruppel, Lois Ruppel, Sharon Rodgers and Betty Graham.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 52 years, William "Bill" Pea, her son James Pea, and his first wife, Mary Jo Fredrick Pea, her parents, her sisters Mary Eddleman, Lillian Ruppel, Antoinette Hedden, brothers Vincent Ruppel, Robert Ruppel, Edward Ruppel, Ray Ruppel, Ralph Ruppel & Don Ruppel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart with Fr. David Fleck officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home from 4 to 8 PM. Donations can be made to the Rivet High School or the Ralph Ruppel Pavillion. Online condolences can be made at duesterbergfredrick.com

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