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Writing an obituary for a loved one can be an overwhelming task.  We hope the following information will offer some assistance. 

 Additionally, we are always available to create or edit a draft and obtain quotes for nationwide publications should you choose to publish the obituary in a newspaper.


Obituaries usually follow a format.  Below is a list of typical information in the obituary.


Date of Death


City of residence


Profession, Awards

Clubs, Memberships, Volunteer Activities

Hobbies, Interests

Surviving family

Family that preceded in death

Service time, date and location

Memorial contributions


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Helene "Betty" Schmitt Doe,

98, of Indianapolis, passed away August 13, 2020. A lifelong resident, she was born to James and Adeline Schmitt on March 18, 1922. Betty was a graduate of Arsenal Tech High School, received her BA from Indiana University and an MA from Butler University. She spent her career helping underprivileged children with United Way of Indiana, retiring after 50 years.

Betty was an active member of Zionsville Presbyterian Church. She also spent many hours volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and as a docent for Newfields.

She spent most Wednesday nights playing bridge with her friends and enjoyed daily walks at West Park where she could indulge her hobby of bird watching.

Betty will always be remembered for her generous spirit, unstoppable smile and the way she could make every day memorable.

Her greatest joy was her family. Betty is survived by her devoted husband of 70 years, John Doe; their two children, Harold (Susan) Doe and Sarah (David) Smith; grandchildren, Jake (Paula) Doe, Stephanie (Paul) Key, and Luke Smith; and 4 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her five siblings; and her grandson, Hank Smith.

Funeral services will be held at A.R.N. Funeral & Cremation Services, 11411 N. Michigan Rd., on Saturday, August 15th at 11 AM.  Friends are welcome to visit from 10 AM until the time of the service.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Zionsville Presbyterian Church, Habitat for Humanity or Newfields.

Friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting www.arnmortuary.com.

Jonathon Mitchell Doe

Community leader, father and grandfather                                                                                                                  passed away on August 20, 2020 in Indianapolis at the age of 99.

John was born to Jane and John Doe, Sr on April 7, 1919 in Jacksonville, FL.  The family moved to Indianapolis when John was quite young, and he became an avid Hoosier basketball fan.  

John attended School 84 and was a graduate of Shortridge High School.  He later graduated from Indiana University where, he often boasted, he never missed a basketball game.

John spent his career building bridges and interstates across the country.  His work was a true passion. John received many awards over his successful 40 year career - the most notable being an honorary doctorate from his Alma mater, Indiana University.

His greatest love was for his family.  John is survived by his children, John III, Sally (Elbert) Gett, and Rick (Jeanne); and 5 grandchildren, JJ, JoJo, Michael, Jack and Eli. He was preceded in death by his wife, Francine.

Funeral services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.

Friends may leave a message of condolence or sign the guest book at www.arnmortuary.com

Writing an obituary can be daunting.  We have created some helpful tools to get you started.  

Of course, we are always here to help write and personalize an obituary.

Oftentimes, we will write more than one version of the obituary; a shorter version for the newspaper and a longer one is visible online.  

We are always available to help draft, edit and customize obituaries for your needs.

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