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Mary Canfield Hank

December 14, 1927 — January 2, 2018

Mary Hank finished her journey on this earth Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018, in Plainfield, IN. Born on December 14, 1927 in Ashland, PA, she was the second of three children of James and Helen (Foley) Canfield. She was a graduate of Ashland High School where she was a member of the Marching Black Diamonds. Mary was married to Russell Hank, also of Ashland, for 22 years before his passing in 1973. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers James and Joseph Canfield, and her companion of many years Mario “Motts” Tonelli.


In 1951 Mary moved with her husband to Indianapolis, and spent the remainder of her life in the area. Although primarily a housewife and mother while her son was growing up, she also worked at the Wm. H. Block Co., the Hoosier Motor Club, Butler University, and retired from the Christian Theological Seminary. Survivors include her only child, Max (Patricia); three grandsons, Robert (Kelley), Charles (Kerri), and Andrew (Rachael); three step-grandchildren, Isaías, Josué, and Melissa Guerrero; and five great-grandchildren, Kayle, Samantha, Aubrey, Josephine, and August. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Mrs. Joseph (“Peg”) Canfield and five nieces and nephews. 


Mary was an avid piano and organ player and a very active traveler, both foreign and domestic. As the spouse of a decorated veteran, she was a longtime member of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor and also served for many years as the treasurer of the local chapter of Gold Star Wives. Mary will be missed by all until we meet again in heaven.


The family would like to extend special thanks to all the wonderful staff at Cumberland Trace Senior Living for the outstanding care they provided during Mary’s final years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society. Online condolences may be shared by visiting A visitation  will be held at St. Luke Catholic Church in Indianapolis on Tuesday, January 16 beginning at 10:00 a.m., with a Memorial Mass to follow at 11:00 am.

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