Remembering Louise Dearmin and all she did for her community

The County Line

Many of our readers in Cicero, Noblesville and Carmel will remember Louise Dearmin, one of the kindest, most energetic and involved members of our communities during her nearly 60 years as a resident here.

Louise died two weeks ago at the age of 94. A memorial service was held for her at the Carmel Lutheran Church. Despite her age and the fact she had no immediate family, the large sanctuary was two-thirds filled with friends, nearly all of whom were much younger than she.

An orphan at age 12, Louise successfully made her own way in life, becoming a registered nurse during World War II. She married a D-Day war veteran, Bill Dearmin, in 1947. They had no children of their own, but were foster parents to several teenage youngsters who they guided toward success.

Louise was a ‘natural’ at public relations and served in that field for American Income Life Insurance Co. In later years she worked for Carmel physicians Tim Hodges and Mark Richards, retiring at age 80. Over the years Louise volunteered with 4-H, Campfire Girls, the local Republican Party, the Board of Zoning Appeals and especially the Lutheran Church among others. She authored inspirational and often humorous pamphlets called “Words From Weezy” and hosted numerous receptions for friends who accomplished special deeds or projects in the community.

Journalist Tom Brokaw said folks who lived through the Great Depression, World War II and various other 20th century trials and tribulations, but still persevered and contributed, were members of the Greatest Generation. He had to be talking about folks like Louise Dearmin. We were honored to have her among us.