Joan P. (Rode) McKinley


Joan P. (Rode) McKinley, 66, passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

She was born Dec. 1, 1950, in Beech Grove, to the late Walter and Irene Rode, the fourth of eight children.

She married Maynard McKinley on Nov. 16, 1974, and they raised one son, Michael.

She lived her life serving others through her work at St. Jude Catholic Church, where her official title was liturgy coordinator, but all who knew her, knew she served far beyond a job title and was the super glue of the parish.

She coordinated all weddings, funerals, baptisms, church liturgies and ensured God’s house was beautifully decorated for every occasion, in addition to her endless administrative responsibilities at the parish center — all the while offering a hug or word of encouragement to those around her.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Michele McKinley; her grandchildren, James, Hayden and Madyson; and her siblings, Jim (Margie) of Whiteland, Joe (Mary Rose) of Mooresville, Jerry (Debbie) of Brazil, Jeff of Powell Wyoming, Joyce (Bob) Lewis and Jayne (David) Chambliss, both of Indianapolis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard; her son, Michael; her stepson, Jeff; her parents; and brother, John.

Viewing will be 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Jude Catholic Church, 5353 McFarland Road, Indianapolis. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, with additional visitation from 10 a.m. Entombment will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Catholic Church.

Final care and arrangements are entrusted to the Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home.

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