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Andrew A. "Andy" Ariens
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Birth: May 11, 1931
Death: Nov. 5, 2010

"As we begin this celebration of the life of Andrew A. Ariens I first want to thank Trudy for allowing me the opportunity to offer this eulogy. Ya know Andy Ariens was a good friend of mine- one of my best friends and I guess I've spent a good part of his lifetime and a good part of my lifetime getting ready for this day. Getting ready to share some of the things that made Andy Ariens so special. I've known Andy since the 1950s when he used to pick up the Saxon boys as they were hitchhiking to and from St. Mary's School. During my teenage years I helped bale hay for Andy and helped my Dad work for Andy's landlord, John Looney. After M..... and I got married we lived in a house on one of the farms Andy tended. We visited many, many times. We went places, saw things and shared. It was a friendship that grew and matured over the years. I noticed some things about Andy. I saw Andy as a family oriented person. He had great affection for his mother and took care of her after his Dad died. He enjoyed visits and phone calls from his brothers and sisters - Well at least most of the time. He looked forward to visits from nephews and nieces and great nephews and great nieces. He saw family get togethers and reunions as an opportunity to share his extensive knowledge of Ariens genealogy. When Andy married Trudy, Trudy brought a whole other branch of family to share with. Andy even included his 10 or so godchildren as a part of his extended family. Andy was an observer. He saw things that many of us pass by. Once during a visit to us in Brookville we went for a walk. As we walked he pointed out a tiny blue flower. 'What is that?', he asked. I had probably walked passed that flower many times and had never even seen it but he saw it. Of course, I didn't know what that 'tiny, blue flower' was anyway. He should have been asking M...... Andy loved his flowers, he loved to share his flowers and the love he had for them. He bragged about his poppies and hibiscus and cannas. He cursed weeds and Japanese beetles and dry weather. In recent years one of his greatest frustrations was his inability to take care of his flowers the way he wished to because of his sore knees and back. Andy was a great learner. He learned from National Geographic magazines, Arizona Highway magazines, and, of course, John Looney, Harvey Arnold and Mark Purcell. Not only did he learn, he passed the knowledge to others. Whether it was telling about his weather predictions based on his reading of the winds, or about fossilized trilobites he found or about ancient Indian artifacts that he had picked up, Andy was an encyclopedia of information. Andy was a passionate person. Living in a house built by the Kennedy family, he had a special kindred with covered bridges and the people who built them. He was passionate about St. Mary's School and Immaculate Conception Church. I was reminded more that once that it is not St. Mary's Church. He took great pride in his work with the St Mary's School alumni association and had an on-going concern about the maintenance of the cemetery. Andy loved feeding and watching most birds. He prided himself in the special suet blocks that he concocted and fed to them. He enjoyed whistling at and for birds. In the last few years the missing tooth impaired his ability to mock birds like he wanted to. Andy didn't like all birds though. Andy didn't like the robins who chased away his bluebirds or the hawks that visited his birdfeeders to make a meal of one of his guests. Andy loved the land and farming. He was a good steward of his land and took care of it for his own needs and also for the needs of future generations. One adjective that has been used to describe Andy as a farmer is cantankerous. The use of that adjective for just farming is a disservice to Andy and to the word. He was cantankerous about other things too, but we don't have time to go there. In the Bible's Book of Sirach we hear that a faithful friend is a sturdy shelter who is beyond price and is a life-saving remedy. Sirach concludes by saying ‘For he who fears God behaves accordingly and his friend will be like himself.' ‘His friend will be like himself.' We are like our friend, Andy. Not just exactly like him. There could only be one Andy Ariens. There could only be one person whose favorite saying was 'Trudy!' But we share his spirit. When we see a flower and enjoy it's beauty we are sharing his spirit. When we put sunflower seed and suet blocks out for birds we are sharing the spirit of Andy. When we look forward to calls and visits from family members and friends we are sharing his spirit. When we go one way on a trip and return by a different route or drive from Rushville to Madison for breakfast we share Andy's spirit. And, most of all, when we have faith in God our Father and have the peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ and share fellowship with others we share the spirit of the man we call, husband, brother, uncle, godfather, neighbor and friend. We share the spirit of Andy Ariens. Rest in the peace of Jesus Andrew Ariens, rest in peace." [Eulogy by K.E.S. 11-11-10]


"Andrew A. Ariens, 79, of Rushville, passed away November 5, 2010 at Rush Memorial Hospital. Andrew was born May 11, 1931 in Connersville, the son of the late Andrew N. and Mary C. (Schmitt) Ariens. He married Gertrude C. Beyer June 14, 1975 and she survives. He was a lifelong farmer. He attended Rushville High and graduated from Warren Easton High School (Louisiana) in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 as a PFC during the Korean War. His memberships included the American Legion, Rush County Farm Bureau (50 years), Rush County Heritage (charter member), Foster Parent for Catholic Charities and he was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. In addition to his wife of 35 years, Trudy, Andrew is survived by two sisters: Ernestine (Ken) Johnston of Oregon and Carolyn Bir of Indiana; many nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Due to church renovation, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at Todd Funeral Centre & Crematory 1600 S. SR 3, Rushville, IN 46173 with Rev. Chris Kappas officiating. Burial will follow services at Rushville's Calvary Cemetery. Friends are invited to call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the funeral home. The rosary will be recited 3:45 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church Foundation, 512 N. Perkins St., Rushville, IN 46173." [Rushville Republican 11-8-10.]
 
 
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 Parents:
  Andrew N. Ariens (1889 - 1953)
  Mary C. Schmitt Ariens (1890 - 1965)
 
 Siblings:
  Agnes Gertrude Ariens (1914 - 1926)*
  Marian H. Ariens (1915 - 1994)*
  Willard J. Ariens (1918 - 1992)*
  Marcella F. Ariens Kappes (1920 - 2004)*
  Carolyn Margaret Ariens Bir (1926 - 2014)*
  Andrew A. Ariens (1931 - 2010)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Shared marker "Ariens Andy Andrew A. 11 May 1931 5 Nov 2010 14 June 1975 ..."
 
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery
Rushville
Rush County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: mrs
Record added: Nov 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61189478
Andrew A. Andy Ariens
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Andrew A. Andy Ariens
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