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Francis Indra



Francis Indra, 83, of 1035 Hill St., Watertown, died on Jan. 26, 2003.


A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Henry’s Catholic Church. Burial was in the church cemetery, with graveside military rites conducted by American Legion Post No. 189.


Francis was born March 15, 1919, in the town of Watertown, son of Henry and Magdalen (Koester) Indra.  He married the former Juanita Hoeft on July 6, 1946, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church.


Francis attended St. Henry Catholic Grade School and was a 1937 graduate of Watertown Senior High School.  He had been employed as co-owner and operator of Watertown Sod Company for more than 35 years.


Francis was a lifelong member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown and a former member of the Knights of Columbus.  He served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 in Germany during World War II.  He received a Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars, three overseas Service Bars, a Service Stripe and the Good Conduct Medal.  He was a member of American Legion Post No. 189.


With his love for baseball, Francis played on numerous leagues in his early years. He was an avid Cubs fan, enjoyed fishing, bowling, crossword puzzles and card playing.



Wife              Juanita (Hoeft) Indra of Watertown

Daughter          Faye Ann (Den) Komaromi of Phoenix, Ariz.

Daughter          Nancy (Dan) Streblow of Watertown

Daughter          Gail (Bob) Hall of Watertown

Daughter          Rosemary (Bill) Hannah of Bradford, R.I.

Daughter          Deborah (Fritz) Frommgen of Oconomowoc

Son               Michael (Sandra) Indra of Olive Branch, Miss.

Son               Robert (Nancy) Indra of Watertown

Son               John (Gina) Indra of Monroe

Brother           Hugo (Lucille) of Madison

Brother           Paul (Glorice) of Watertown

Sister            Virginia (Dennis) Ganser of Johnson Creek

Sister            Lucille (Wilton) Trachte of Watertown




Brother           Maurice in infancy

Sister            Lorreta Richter


Juanita Lorraine Indra


1925- 2018


Juanita Lorraine Indra, of Watertown, age 93, left this world on Friday, July 6, 2018, to join her husband, Butch, on their 72nd wedding anniversary.


Juanita was born to Walter and Helen Hoeft on April 5, 1925, in Columbus.  She married Francis "Butch" Indra July 6, 1946, at St. Henry Catholic Church.  Their marriage was blessed with eight children. Juanita was employed at Hevi-Duty, Quality Bakery and the Ira Henry Co., all of which were in Watertown.  In her free time, Juanita enjoyed knitting, reading and was an avid Brewers and Packers fan.  Her greatest pleasure was watching her sons and grandsons play softball.


Juanita will be missed by her loving family: children, Michael (Sandra) Indra of Austin, Texas, Faye (Dan) Komaromi of Phoenix, Arizona, Nancy (Dan) Streblow of Watertown, Gail (Bob) Hall of Watertown, Rosemary (Billy) Hannah of St. John's Island, South Carolina, Deborah (Fritz) Frommgen of Oconomowoc, Robert (Nancy) Indra of Watertown, John (Gina) Indra of Monroe; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Paul (Glorice) Indra of Watertown; and numerous other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sisters, Lucille Scheele, Dorothy Miller, Dolores White; brothers, Walter Hoeft Jr., Lloyd Hoeft and Leslie Hoeft.


A visitation will be held at St. Bernard's Catholic Church on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. with a Mass of Christian burial to follow with the Parochial Vicar Father Miroslaw Szynal officiating. Burial will follow at St. Henry Cemetery, Watertown.


Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family.


If one wishes, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Watertown Food Pantry and the Personal Essentials Pantry. The family would also like to thank Marquardt Hospice, especially Sherry, for their kindness and attention to Mom.





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