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Kathleen Van Nuys

Kathleen Joan (O’Banion) Van Nuys, 92, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Franklin. She was a longtime Franklin resident.

Born Sept. 28, 1921, in Columbus to Clayton and Mary (Newsom) O’Banion, Kathleen married Charles Branigin Van Nuys in June 1956. He preceded her in death on June 1, 1996.

She is survived by son, the Rev. Dr. John C. Van Nuys of Crawfordsville, and grandson, Samuel Mark Van Nuys. Also surviving is one sister, Mary Jane O’Banion of Tipton.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles, sister Jean Francis, and brother Joe O’Banion.

She was a graduate of Tipton High School (1939) and Indiana University (1943) where she majored in journalism and worked on the Daily Student and Arbutus.

A third-generation journalist, Kathleen’s six decade-long newspaper career began with her work for the Tipton Tribune in 1934 and continued, except for her college years, through 1955. She wrote the column So They Tell Me for the Indianapolis Times from 1956 to 1965 and the column Lightly Speaking for the Indianapolis News from 1966 to 1997.

She was an active, longtime member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church where she belonged to the Fortnightly Club. She was also a member of Delta Gamma and Tri Kappa Sororities. She was a huge IU fan, holding season tickets for 50-plus years.

The Revs. Brad Moger and Rev. Van Nuys will conduct a service at 11 a.m. Friday at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 548 W. 100 North, Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 North Morton Street, (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Burial will be at Hopewell Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hopewell Presbyterian Church or Franklin College.

Online condolences may be received at www.flinnmaguire.net.

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