Harriet L. Piepenbrok

    July 1, 1918  -  January 24, 2011




Life Legacy


Harriet L. Piepenbrok, 92 of Indianapolis, passed away on January 24, 2011.

She was born July 1, 1918, in Marion, Indiana, to the late Raymond and Goldie Hancock.

Harriet was a 1936 graduate of Marion High School and earned her BA from Indiana Central College in 1941 and her MA in 1970 from Indiana Central College.

She married James William Piepenbrok on June 28, 1942, who preceded her in death on August 9, 1994.

Harriet was a third grade teacher for 19 years at Bunker Hill Elementary School in Franklin Township.

She was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, and formerly of St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Harriet was a woman of strong Christian Faith who loved Bible studies, gospel hymns, her church family and friends.

She was a member of Retired Teachers Association, was a former docent at the Children’s Museum, and belonged to several other organizations over the years. Harriet loved to read, write, and travel especially to New York City.

Her brother, Reverend C. David Hancock, and granddaughter, Corrine Piepenbrok, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, James Piepenbrok, Jr., Mary J. (Richard) Wathen, Ruth (Jay) Simmons, Wayne (Roxane) Piepenbrok, and Donna Piepenbrok; grandchildren, Kerry (Earl) Carver, Craig (Elizabeth) Wathen, Jacqueline (Keith) Greathouse, J. Paul Simmons, Carl Simmons, and Stephanie Fischer; six great grandchildren; and special friend, Kaitlin Santoro.

Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2011, at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Avenue. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2011, at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Piepenbrok Ministerial Fund at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 7031 S. East Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227 or Indianapolis Marion County Public Library Foundation.








Born: July 1, 1918

Place of Birth: Marion, IN

Death: January 24, 2011

Place of Death: Indianapolis


Memorial donations may be made to:
Piepenbrok Ministerial Fund at St. Johnís United Church of Christ, 7031 S. East Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227
Indianapolis Marion County Public Library Foundation

This memorial provided by:
G.H. Herrmann Funeral Home