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Elva Mae Brakensiek

Born: Thu., Nov. 7, 1935
Died: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 12, 2019
Location: Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral

Memorial Mass

12:00 PM Sat., Jan. 12, 2019
Location: Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral

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Elva Mae Brakensiek, 83

Indianapolis (Clearmont) Indiana passed away on December 28, 2018 at

Seton Specialty Hospital.

Elva was born in Quincy, Illinois on November 7, 1935 to Adolph and Marie(Fowler) Brakensiek who preceded her in death.

Elva was a graduate of the Indianapolis Police Academy on December 5, 1967 She was first assigned to teletype office and later the Juvenile  narcotics and indentification.  She was part of first female officers to be assigned to a patrol car for IPD, and work in the West District for 32 years and earned the rank of Sargent. She loved to work in the garden and loved animals, feeding and watching birds in her yard and playing with her dogs Sadie and Howie her favorite who past away recently.

Survivors:  nieces: Gogi, Shelly E., Marilyn Ann Napier; nephew: Joseph A.,and Samuel M.(Letha) Napier; and host of great nieces and nephews.

Calling will be held two hours prior to her Christian Burial Mass on Saturday, January 12, 2018, at 12:00 noon at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral with the Celebrant Father Patrick Beidelman . A reception will be held immediately after the Memorial Mass.

Final resting place will be in at Calvary Cemetery at later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Grinsteiner Funeral Home

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   Posted Sun December 30, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of the death of Elva. The passing away of a loved one is always with much sorrow. May we have faith and confidence in the Bible's promise of a time when pain, sickness and death are a thing of the past (Revelation 21:3, 4). My condolences are with the family at this difficult time.

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
On behalf of the Société de Police - IPD Adam & Edward, our condolences are presented to the family and friends of Elva Mae Brakensiek, on learning of her taking leave from this Earthly life she journeyed over 83 years. A gracious and kind person to all, Elva went on to her Home-Going 28 Dec.

Elva came to be a member of the IPD circle on 5 Sep 67 when she became a sworn law enforcement officer of the Indianapolis Police Department. Elva served proudly until her time of retirement on 28 Feb 99.

It was written: "There are amazingly wonderful people in all walks of life; some familiar to us and others not. Stretch yourself and really get to know people. People are in many ways one of our greatest treasures." Many remain ever blessed to have crossed paths with the treasure Elva was.

At this point of Earthly separation, those who remain surely will join in this prayer for Elva's everlasting being in peace: Eternal Rest grant unto Elva Mae Brakensiek, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Fare the well, our Dear Sister!

~ Another Now Gone From Our Sight But Never From Our Hearts ~

Darla Reynolds
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019
I worked with Elva when I was a civilian in the Identification branch of the police department (old I.P.D.). She helped me to learn how to classify fingerprints the old fashion way.Was always nice to me. Rest in peace Elva.

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