Thomas Desales Sheerin
Former Cottager Passes Away
Thomas D. Sheerin, prominent Indianapolis Investment Company executive, past away early last
week it has been learned here.
Mr. Sheerin is a former Lake Maxinkuckee summer cottager and will remembered by cottagers and
He formerly owned the Lake frontage west of the present Maxkinkuckee Inn. The Sheerin cottage
"Beach Lawn" was located east of the old "Jungles".
Mrs. Sheerin preceeded him in death.
Survivors include two daughter: Mrs. Mary Bennett of Washington D. C. and Mrs. Laura Gaus of
Indianapolis and brothers and sisters: Dohoerty Sheerin, Mrs. Lawrence Durborow, Mrs. Walter
Kuhn, Mrs. Severns, and Miss Helen Sherein - 15 May 1950 Culver Citizen
Thomas Desales Sheerin Birth: Aug. 25, 1884 Indiana, Death: Mar. 5, 1950
Indianapolis Marion County Indiana burial: MAR 8,1950 Crown Hill Cemetery
Indianapolis Marion County Indiana son of
Simon P. Sheerin
and Mary Agnes Doherty
married Jane Mather Ogle Birth: Aug. 11, 1884 Hamilton County
Indiana, Death: 1949 Indianapolis Marion County Indiana burial: DEC 17,1949
Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis Marion County Indiana daughter of
Alfred McCartney Ogle,
and Laura Halstead McKenzie
Mary Sheerin married --- Bennett
Laura McKenzie Sheerin Birth: Jun. 12, 1919 Indianapolis Marion County Indiana
Death: May 31, 2011 Burial: Washington Park North Cemetery Indianapolis Marion
Writer and teacher Laura Sheerin Gaus died May 31, 2011 at the age of 91.
married 1942 A. Richard (Dick) Gaus
A lifelong resident of Indianapolis since her birth in 1919, Mrs. Gaus graduated from
Shortridge High School and Connecticut College and was awarded a fellowship at Indiana
She married A. Richard (Dick) Gaus in 1942.
She served as a volunteer for the Indianapolis League of Women Voters, The Marion County Juvenile
Court Committee, and the Family Service Committee. Later, she received an M.A. in U.S. History from
Rutgers and began a career as a high school teacher, teaching at Howe, Attucks, and Park Tudor.
She was a principal organizer of a successful Junior Great Books program at St. Joan of Arc and
Immaculate Heart Parishes.
After nine years of teaching, Mrs. Gaus resigned to become a writer, starting with publications in
Indianapolis Magazine. She authored three books: a history of Shortridge High School, a history of
Ivy Tech, and a children's novel, Simon: Irish Boy Encounters New Orleans, based on family history.
She also served as a writing coach and held classes on memoir-writing.
She is survived by her sons, David, William and Andy