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Philomena (Phil) Yochem Wayne passed away on Jan. 13, 2018, in New Albany, IN. She was born on Feb. 9, 1920, in New Albany. At age 11 her family moved to St. Joe Hill, IN. She was an alumna of St. Mary School in New Albany and St. Joe Hill School. She worked her way through Ladywood High School in Indianapolis before she pursued her vocation as a nurse at Nazareth School of Nursing (Spalding University) at St. Joseph Infirmary in Louisville, class of 1941.
She married Joseph E. Wayne Jr. in 1942 at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. During World War II she accompanied him to Army Air Corps training sites in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and California as he prepared to pilot B-24 Bombers in the South Pacific. At each stateside location she practiced nursing in military and civilian hospitals.
After the war she and her husband settled in South Louisville, where they started a family, eventually moving to Hamburg, IN, in 1950 where they raised five sons, each born at St. Joseph Infirmary. She continued to practice her vocation in healthcare facilities in Louisville, Southern IN and Crossville.
In 1996 Spalding University awarded her the Leadership in Nursing Award for Nursing Practice.
She lived for 26 years in Fairfield Glade, TN, where she was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, including being a eucharistic minister to the sick and dying. She volunteered at Cumberland County Medical Center in Crossville for 25 years. She returned to Hamburg in 2007 where she volunteered at Providence Retirement Home until age 92.
She was a devout Catholic and a current member of St. John Paul II Church, where she served as a eucharistic minister, charter member of the parish council and member of the first religious education faculty.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, John Jacob Yochem and Agnes Christian Yochem; son, Jeffrey M. Wayne; brother, Joseph W. Yochem; and sister, Helen M. Blessinger.
She is survived by four sons, Joe Wayne (Donna Riley) of Lanesville, IN, Jack Wayne (Barbara) of Starlight, IN, Jim (Debbie) of Louisville and Jerry (Jody) of Starlight, IN; 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Hutchens and Rita Boehm both of New Albany; and dozens of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at St. John Paul II Church, St. Joe Hill Chapel, 2605 West St. Joe Rd., Sellersburg, IN, at 11 a.m. (ET) on Jan. 19, 2018, with burial to follow at St. Joe Hill Campus Cemetery. Visitation was at Newcomer Funeral Home, 3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, from 2-8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, Jan. 18, with a rosary at 4:30 and a celebration of her life at 7 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Community Catholic Center, P.O. Box 11065, Louisville, KY 40251 to help educate children in Portland and the West End of Louisville.
Published on January 18, 2018
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