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Janet D Rudicel

  • Birth 17 Dec 1923 Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 8 Oct 1940 Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, USA
  • Plot Sec K, lot 71, sp 4
  • Memorial ID 46954371

OBITUARY - Plain Dealer, Wabash (IN)
Apparently on an impulse of self-pity, Janet Rudicel, 16, attractive red-haired daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvah Rudicel, 1146 Stitt Street, committed suicide by shooting herself twice in the chest with a .32 caliber revolver near the entrance of Bonbrook addition Tuesday night. The shots, "first a shot, then a scream and another shot" were heard at 8:50 o'clock by Morris S. Mossler, president of Wabash Homes, Inc. owner of the Bonbrook development, and his work foreman as they were working in the office nearby. They immediately dashed from the office and saw the girl lying face down, just off the pavement of Bonbrook Drive, about 40 feet from the office.

She apparently was killed instantly, inasmuch as one of the shots plunged into the heart, but Dr. Arthur P. Rhamy was summonded to give any aid possible. Investigation was started at once by police and Coroner Todd Bender of North Manchester. However, the motive seemingly was suicidal. Earlier in the evening her parents attended the banquet given by the Business and Professional Women's Assn. at the Women's Clubhouse. Around 8 o'clock they received a call from Squeeze Inn, which Mr. Ridicel operates, that Janet had taken the car and left the store. Inasmuch as the girl never before had used the machine, and was supposed to be on duty at the Inn, her father immediately went in search of the girl and found her at Tiny's Place (sometimes referred to as the Jumping Jive) on Falls Avenue. He took her home. Mr. Rudicel said Janet seemed inclined to laugh off the whole incident saying, "Well, I'll not take the car again. I've learned my lesson." He then returned to the dinner. Soon afterward the girl got the revolver, belonging to her father, and went on foot to Bonbrook a couple blocks to the west.

The Coroner by long distance phone ordered the body removed to the Hoover Funeral Home where the inquest was conducted through the night. An expert from the Ligonier barracks of the State Police force made a hurried trip here to check the powder wounds and his findings cinched the suicide finding of the Coroner.

The girl was a student of the senior high school and was quite popular with her colleagues and acquaintances. She was known as one of the attractive girls of the community and only recently modeled for style show.

Janet Rudicel was born in Wabash Dec. 17, 1923 to Alvah and Esther Cox Rudicel. She is survived by her parents and one brother, Harold, 19, a first-year student at the International College at Fort Wayne, as well as the paternal grandmother, Mrs. William Enyeart of this city.

Services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Hoover Funeral Home. Rev. Ware W. Wimberly of the Presbyterian Church will officiate. #Interment will be in Falls Cemetery. The body will remain at the funeral home.

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  • Created by: Friends of Falls Cemetery
  • Added: 21 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46954371
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Janet D Rudicel (17 Dec 1923–8 Oct 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46954371, citing Falls Cemetery, Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Friends of Falls Cemetery (contributor 47178769) .