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Obituary: Nancy Jane (Book) Van Osdol, Whiteland

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Nancy Jane (Book) Van Osdol

Nancy Jane (Book) Van Osdol, 83, passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Indianapolis. She was a resident of Whiteland.

Nancy was born July 18, 1930, in Robards, Ky., to Robert J. and Bertie (Johnson) Book.

Intelligent and creative but very poor, Nancy grew up in the Great Depression era, teaching herself to cook, sew, garden and, after chores, read a good book. Staying on farms with relatives during her summers helped her develop those skills that would bless her own family in the years to come.

Her first marriage was very painful and ended early, but she had her two girls. For a brief time she was their sole support, so she worked in the yard goods department of Blocks Department Store in downtown Indianapolis as a seamstress and model. She was already a skilled seamstress and was put to work producing the spring and fall fashion shows that displayed the newest fabrics and pattern designs for the season.

When she married Frank in 1961, she became the true homemaker she had always wanted to be, with the duties of home and garden filling her days. When the girls left home she began her own upholstery business while Frank was a long-distance trucker. On their brief vacations, they began to build a retirement home in Wisconsin, but Frank was taken by cancer in 1984 and Nancy was alone again.

When she met Allen Van Osdol in 1992, their whirlwind romance astounded the whole family, but she was happy again, on a little farm in Nineveh for almost nine years, a refuge for wildlife and the sweethearts alike. But that happiness came to a close when Allen passed away in March 2001.

She has spent all her life close to her family, doing crafts and hobbies that life and health would allow, always making or sewing something, cooking or canning for someone, frugal but generous, preparing for a rainy day. She worked hard to fill her children’s lives with good things, and now it is time to rest.

Nancy was a member of the Bargersville Church of Christ.

Survivors include two children, Rebecca J. (Clay) Curtis of Whiteland and Ramona M. (David) Whitted of Franklin; a brother, Lawrence (Joyce) Book of Kentucky; four grandchildren, Tammy (Eddie) Cooper, Edward (Melinda) Curtis, and Anthony and Scott Whitted, six great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands, William Austrew, Frank Moreland and Allen Van Osdol; and a brother, Robert Book Jr.

A funeral service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel, 729 N. U.S 31, with visitation from 2 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Information: 535-6880; www.jessenfuneralhome.com.

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