Kathleen Nadin

Posted 5/4/20

PLAINFIELD, Ind. - Kathleen McNemar Nadin, 97, of Plainfield, Ind., passed away peacefully at Cumberland Trace Wednesday April 30, 2020.

The funeral service is private, and a celebration of life …

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Kathleen Nadin


PLAINFIELD, Ind. - Kathleen McNemar Nadin, 97, of Plainfield, Ind., passed away peacefully at Cumberland Trace Wednesday April 30, 2020.

The funeral service is private, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial is in Edgar Cemetery, Paris. Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Nadin was born Jan. 25, 1923, at Chrisman, the daughter of the late Mavoureen and Walter McNemar. While on leave from the Coast Guard SPARS and at home in Paris, she met Joseph Hilton Nadin, who was also home on leave, and four days later, in uniform, they married March 7, 1945, and remained married until his passing in November 2008. When asked why so quickly, she replied, “There was a war going on, you didn’t mess around.”

She is survived by her son, Jerry (Sue) Nadin; her daughter, Patty (Wayne) Zaricor; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.   

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Andrea Sue Nadin

Known as “Katy” by most, she attended grade schools in Chrisman, Paris and Georgetown. She graduated from Chrisman High School in 1941, and upon graduation she enrolled in business school at Terre Haute, Ind. She became a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and continued there until joining the first contingent of the newly created SPARS of the United States Coast Guard, in which she served from 1943 to 1945.

She was in the first group of SPARS to train at Palm Beach SPARS training center. While there, she was one of 12 to go on a submarine training cruise through the nets of the Florida coast. She was also the first woman to fire a gun from a naval battleship. 

Besides being a proud homemaker, she was active in Scouting, being a Girl Scout leader and an active supporter of the activities of Boy Scout troop 399. She was a faithful, 61-year member of the Plainfield United Methodist church. She loved the Lord and was active in The Tuesday morning prayer group, Golden Girls and Rachel Circle. She especially enjoyed the birthday lunches. Attending church with her family was time she cherished.

When asked: What is the one thing you hope for? Her response was, “Remember to pray. God loves you and will help you. Nothing is too difficult for him. You have to believe in him no matter how hard things get, how tough it is- take it to the God in prayer.”

Not being idle, Mrs. Nadin worked for the Alcoholic Beverage Commission in the advertising department for a number of years. She was also an Avon Lady. Her sales calls to many of the small towns in western Hendricks county were looked forward to as much for her pleasant company as for the cosmetics she sold.

She loved playing cards, euchre groups, bridge clubs, gin, Hand n Foot, dominoes and crossword puzzles, anything to keep her mind busy. Surprising her family, she took up painting 30 years ago and produced many paintings that are treasured by her friends and family. Her legacy contains not only the works of her hands but those of her heart. Her great sense of humor was enjoyed by all.

She was a loving daughter, wife and mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and great-aunt. A friend to all she met. Responding to a recent question: What accomplishments are you most proud of? Mrs. Nadin said, “I am proud that I was in the service. I am proud that I chose Joe Nadin, and he chose me. I am proud of Jerry and Patty. I am proud of their spouses. I am proud of my grandchildren and their spouses and each one of my great-grandchildren.”

A blessing to each and missed by all. We’re sadden by her passing but joyful she’s left her earthly struggle behind and is with our Lord and Savior.   

Memorial donations may be made to the Plainfield United Methodist Church Missions Fund, 600 Simmons St. Plainfield, In 46168.

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