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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Bernice Liechty, 95, of Indianapolis, formerly of Clay City, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at Westside Retirement Village.

Born Sept. 21, 1909, in Clay County, she was the daughter of James and Rozetta Duncan Collins.

She grew up in the Clay City, Coal City area and married Emerson Liechty on March 21, 1930.

Her life centered on her family and church, the Clay City Free Methodist Church. She enjoyed making afghans and cooking for family members.

Survivors include her two daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria Liechty Penwell and husband, Dr. Marvin Penwell, of Leesburg, Fla., and Anita Liechty Ficklin and husband, Dr. Fred Ficklin, of Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Todd Penwell and wife, Allyson, Polly Penwell, Amy Ficklin DeBrota and husband, Steven, and Jonathan Ficklin and wife, Kimberly; five great-grandchildren, Krystyana Penwell, Domanic Ficklin, Riley Emerson Ficklin, Grace DeBrota and Elise DeBrota; a sister, Floy Everwin of Jasonville; two sisters-in-law, Leora Liechty and Florence Burns; many nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson Liechty, on May 9, 2004; a brother, Clinton Collins; two sisters, Bertha Edmonson and Cristal Kent.

Services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the Free Methodist Church, 903 White St., Clay City. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Clay City. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Free Methodist Church or to Stephen Ministries at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Schoppenhorst Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.