Joan Vonda (Sheppard) Persell, Indianapolis

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Joan Vonda (Sheppard) Persell, 81, of Indianapolis, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010.

Survivors include her son, Earl Persell; three grandchildren; a brother, Stanton V. Sheppard of Westville, Ohio; and two sisters, Cherry V. Sparks of Iowa City, Iowa, and Elinor V. “Elly” Hoffman of Carmel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Vergie Sheppard; her husband, Bert J. Persell; and two sisters, Charleen V. Panarisi and Jeannette V. Hall.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 7031 U.S. 31 South (South East Street), Indianapolis. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Joan V. Persell Scholarship Fund at the University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227; Arsenal Technical High School, 1500 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46201; or St. John’s United Church of Christ. Arrangements are being handled by G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home.

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