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Frances H. Ruder

January 13, 1926 — August 30, 2022


Frances H. Ruder

Frances H. Ruder, 96, of Fishers, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at her home.  She was born on January 13, 1926 to Earl and Bernice (Walters) Talkington in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Fran graduated from Howe High School in Indianapolis and received a bachelor's degree from IU School of Business in 1948.  She worked as an administrator for Indiana Bell, then became a homemaker.  Fran was a past member of St. Andrews the Apostle Catholic Church and St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

Fran and her husband, Jack, enjoyed travel and liked to winter in the Sarasota, Florida area.  Their favorite pastimes there were golf, going out to breakfast and playing bridge with friends.

In Indianapolis, Fran and Jack were almost daily patrons of Café Heidelberg, a German bakery on the east side of Indianapolis.

Family vacations were always a priority with a large 2-week family trip every summer.  Colorado was the favorite spot for trips and included horseback riding, hiking, fishing, picnics and scenic mountain drives.  Vacations always included fine dining at restaurants.

She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Ruder-Gardner (husband Tom Gardner) and granddaughter, Emma Gardner, all from Needham, MA; daughter, Lynn Stein (husband Jeff Stein), from Bunker Hill, Indiana and granddaughter, Rachel Bachar from Chicago, IL.

In addition to her parents, Fran was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Andrew Ruder; step-father, Frank Nichols Sr.; and brother, Frank Nichols Jr.

No services are planned at this time.  A private inurnment will take place at a later date.


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