Kathy Lynn Brown
B: 1952-07-20
D: 2018-10-16
View Details
Brown, Kathy Lynn
Janice Ann Poolitsan
B: 1932-07-26
D: 2018-10-15
View Details
Poolitsan, Janice Ann
Nedra Fleetwood-Martin
B: 1957-01-04
D: 2018-10-09
View Details
Fleetwood-Martin, Nedra
Joseph Courtney
B: 1949-03-09
D: 2018-10-07
View Details
Courtney, Joseph
Leo Ray Fulford
B: 1943-09-27
D: 2018-09-29
View Details
Fulford, Leo Ray
Martha Hacker
B: 1929-05-30
D: 2018-09-29
View Details
Hacker, Martha
L. Tieman
B: 1936-02-01
D: 2018-09-25
View Details
Tieman, L.
Ward Lee Humphrey
B: 1934-08-01
D: 2018-09-24
View Details
Humphrey, Ward Lee
John Grubb
B: 1972-07-29
D: 2018-09-20
View Details
Grubb, John
Malinda Carol Zollars
B: 1961-06-09
D: 2018-09-20
View Details
Zollars, Malinda Carol
Emma Marie Lounsberry
B: 2018-09-19
D: 2018-09-19
View Details
Lounsberry, Emma Marie
Martha Juanita Wright
B: 1924-02-19
D: 2018-09-18
View Details
Wright, Martha Juanita
Debra Kay Floyd
B: 1960-03-21
D: 2018-09-18
View Details
Floyd, Debra Kay
Barbara Gonterman Gross
B: 1939-10-15
D: 2018-09-15
View Details
Gonterman Gross, Barbara
Edith Reynolds
B: 1954-08-07
D: 2018-09-07
View Details
Reynolds, Edith
Eugene Ward "Gene" Weddle
B: 1926-09-15
D: 2018-09-05
View Details
Weddle, Eugene Ward "Gene"
Albert Eugene Cain I
B: 1937-04-24
D: 2018-08-31
View Details
Cain I, Albert Eugene
Teddy Boler
B: 1959-12-28
D: 2018-08-31
View Details
Boler, Teddy
Raymond Leon Jones
B: 1944-03-11
D: 2018-08-30
View Details
Jones, Raymond Leon
Susie Gaston Thompson
B: 1940-05-22
D: 2018-08-29
View Details
Thompson, Susie Gaston
Max Volz
B: 1936-06-23
D: 2018-08-28
View Details
Volz, Max


Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
3000 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: 812-333-4400
Fax: 812-333-4445

The Memorial Candle Program has been designed to help offset the costs associated with the hosting this Tribute Website in perpetuity. Through the lighting of a memorial candle, your thoughtful gesture will be recorded in the Book of Memories and the proceeds will go directly towards helping ensure that the family and friends of Maryrose Pratter can continue to memorialize, re-visit, interact with each other and enhance this tribute for future generations.

Thank you.

Select Candle

Obituary for Maryrose Pratter (Lavin)

Surrounded by the love of family and close friends, Maryrose Pratter passed away peacefully on January 29, 2017 at Bloomington Hospital, just short of her 96th birthday. Maryrose Lavin Pratter was born February 13, 1921 in Buffalo, New York to Benjamin Lavin and Bessie Fox Lavin. Growing up in Buffalo with her elder sister, Sylvia, Maryrose attended public schools. She distinguished herself as a dancer and athlete, playing golf competitively. Toward the end of the Great Depression, Maryrose enrolled in Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and graduated with a degree in Physical Education. When the United States entered World War II, Maryrose went to work as a Rosie the Riveter, bucking rivets in the Curtiss-Wright aircraft factory in Buffalo. Around that time, Maryrose met her future husband, Harry Pratter. They were married February 7, 1943, just before Harry shipped out for the Pacific. After the War, Maryrose worked as the recreation director for the nurses at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago while her husband attended the University of Chicago Law School. Maryrose came to Bloomington in 1950 when Harry took up his post as a professor in the Indiana University School of Law. While raising three sons, Maryrose was a substitute gym teacher for the Monroe County Public Schools, the co-owner of the Windfall Shop on South Walnut St., and the co-owner of The Gallery art gallery on Grant St. at Kirkwood Ave. Later, Maryrose volunteered as a docent at the Indiana University Museum of Art. Maryrose had master’s degrees in both Physical Education and Accounting from Indiana University, where she also did graduate-level study in English Literature. She will be remembered fondly as a creative and innovative cook, and a master gardener. She was wise, nurturing, caring, and loving. Maryrose Pratter was a great woman, wife, mother, and friend from the Greatest Generation. It is impossible to capture everything Maryrose meant to so many people, friends as well as family.
Maryrose is survived by her sons Jonathan of Austin, Texas and Daniel of Bloomington, her daughter-in-law, Lillette Wood, M.D., and grandchildren, Sarah of Los Angeles, Rachel of Fort Worth, and David of San Antonio, Texas. She was preceded in death by Harry Pratter, her husband of 58 years, and her son, Benjamin. Memorial contributions can be made to the Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools to help at-risk children of Templeton Elementary School and to maintain the Templeton Memorial Garden that Maryrose designed for the students at Templeton Elementary School. Gifts can be mailed to FMCCS, 315 North Drive, Bloomington, IN, 47401 or online at

To send flowers to the family of Maryrose Pratter (Lavin), please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Order Flowers