The researchers who discovered betatrophin, HSCI co-director Doug Melton and postdoctoral fellow Peng Yi, caution that much work remains to be done before it could be used as a treatment in humans. But the results of their work, which was supported in large part by a federal research grant, already have attracted the attention of drug manufacturers. Researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) have discovered a hormone that holds promise for a dramatically more effective treatment of type 2 diabetes, a metabolic illness afflicting an estimated 26 million Americans. The researchers believe that the hormone might also have a role in treating type 1, or juvenile, diabetes.The work was published today by the journal Cell as an early online release. It is scheduled for the May 9 print edition of the journal.The hormone, called betatrophin, causes mice to produce insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cells at up to 30 times the normal rate. The new beta cells only produce insulin when called for by the body, offering the potential for the natural regulation of insulin and a great reduction in the complications associated with diabetes, the leading medical cause of amputations and non-genetic loss of vision. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk4DDlct__4″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/Lk4DDlct__4/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Since the publication of this story, there have been questions raised about some of the conclusions reached by the researchers. The authors of the study wrote this clarification that was published as a Perspectives piece in the journal Cell. “If this could be used in people,” said Melton, Harvard’s Xander University Professor and co-chair of the University’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, “it could eventually mean that instead of taking insulin injections three times a day, you might take an injection of this hormone once a week or once a month, or in the best case maybe even once a year.”Type 2 diabetes, a disease associated with the national obesity epidemic, is usually caused by a combination of excess weight and lack of exercise. It causes patients to slowly lose beta cells and the ability to produce adequate insulin. One recent study has estimated that diabetes treatment and complications cost the United States $218 billion annually, or about 10 percent of the nation’s entire health bill.“Our idea here is relatively simple,” Melton said. “We would provide this hormone, the type 2 diabetic will make more of their own insulin-producing cells, and this will slow down, if not stop, the progression of their diabetes. I’ve never seen any treatment that causes such an enormous leap in beta cell replication.”Though Melton sees betatrophin primarily as a treatment for type 2 diabetes, he believes it might play a role in the treatment of type 1 diabetes as well, perhaps boosting the number of beta cells and slowing the progression of that autoimmune disease when it’s first diagnosed.“We’ve done the work in mice,” Melton said, “but of course we’re not interested in curing mice of diabetes, and we now know the gene is a human gene. We’ve cloned the human gene and, moreover, we know that the hormone exists in human plasma; betatrophin definitely exists in humans.”While Melton was clear about the need for more research before the hormone could be available as a drug, he also said that betatrophin could be in human clinical trials within three to five years, an extremely short time in the normal course of drug discovery and development.Working with Harvard’s Office of Technology Development, Melton and Yi already have a collaborative agreement with Evotec, a German biotech firm that now has 15 scientists working on betatrophin, and the compound has been licensed to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson company that now, too, has scientists working to move betatrophin toward the clinic.But were it not for the federal funding of basic science research, there would be no betatrophin. A Melton proposal titled “Searching for Genes and Compounds That Cause Beta Cell Replication” impressed National Institutes of Health grant reviewers, and received federal funding for 80 percent of the work leading to the discovery of betatrophin.“At a time of great uncertainty for federal research funding, the discovery of betatrophin is a reminder of the importance of basic research,” said Harvard Provost Alan Garber. “Were it not for a National Institutes for Health grant, this promising new approach to treating diabetes might never have come to light.”As is often the case in basic science research, serendipity played a role in the discovery of betatrophin, which Melton and Yi originally called Rabbit because they discovered it during the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, and because it makes beta cells multiply so quickly.For more than 15 years the major focus of Melton’s work has been not type 2 diabetes but the less common type 1, or juvenile diabetes, which he began focusing on when his son was diagnosed with it as an infant. (The disease later was also diagnosed in his daughter.) Additionally, most of Melton’s work has involved using stem cells, the fundamental building blocks of all human organs, as disease treatments and targets for drug discoveries. But stem cells played no direct role in the discovery of betatrophin. It was, rather, a classic example of scientists with sufficient resources asking questions, and pursuing answers, that fell outside the usual scope of their laboratories and institutes.“I would like to tell you this discovery came from deep thinking and we knew we would find this, but it was more a bit of luck,” explained Melton, who in addition to his roles at Harvard is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. “We were just wondering what happens when an animal doesn’t have enough insulin. We were lucky to find this new gene that had largely gone unnoticed before.“Another hint came from studying something that people know about but don’t think much about, which is: What happens during pregnancy?” he said, “When a woman gets pregnant, her carbohydrate load, her call for insulin, can increase an enormous amount because of the weight and nutrition needs of the fetus. During pregnancy, there are more beta cells needed, and it turns out that this hormone goes up during pregnancy. We looked in pregnant mice and found that when the animal becomes pregnant this hormone is turned on to make more beta cells.”Melton and Yi have been working on the project for more than four years. But the big breakthrough came on Feb. 10, 2011. “I was just sitting there at the microscope looking at all these replicating beta cells,” said Yi, and he could barely believe his eyes. He said he never had “seen this kind of dramatic replication.”At first unsure whether to repeat the experiment or to tell Melton right away, Peng said he rushed into Melton’s office, printed out the image he was seeing, and showed it to Melton, telling him they probably had a breakthrough. “I showed him this picture and told him this is a secreted protein, and he was really, really excited about this result.”“I remember this very well,” Melton recalled. “It’s a black-and-white picture where you’re looking at a section, like a section through a sausage, of the whole pancreas. When you normally look at a black-and-white picture of that, it’s very hard to tell where the beta cells are, the insulin cells.“But in this test,” he continued, “any cell that was dividing would shine up bright and white, like a sparkle. He showed me this picture where the whole pancreas is largely black, but then there were these clusters, like stars of these white dots, which turned out to be all over the islets, the place where the beta cell sits. I still keep that black-and-white picture. We have much fancier color ones, but I like the black-and-white picture, because it’s one of those moments when you know something interesting has happened. This is not by accident. I’ve never seen any treatment that causes such an enormous leap … in beta cell replication.”The following morning, when Yi sat down at his lab bench, there was a formal-looking, cream-colored envelope lying on the brown surface of the bench. He opened it up, and took from the envelope a handwritten note from Melton. It read:“Dear Peng, I can hardly sleep — I am so excited by your result. It’s a tribute to your hard work and hard thinking. Can’t wait to see the data from the repeat. Doug.”
The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) offers the Cross-Cultural Leadership Program (CCLP), an eight-week immersive program in the Latino communities of Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The specialized leadership program started nearly 10 years ago by Center for Social Concerns founder the late Rev. Donald P. McNeill.“It’s really a transformative experience,” said program director Karen Richman. “The students are never the same. It helps many of them figure out what they want to do next, for many it consolidates their academic and career plans, and for others it shows I don’t wanna do this I’m gonna take a right turn.”According to the ILS website, the program, which takes place during the summer, primarily consists of students participating in internship and service opportunities in urban Latino communities in the United States. Different communities and service sites are tailored to unique students interests.Students interested in law are sent to sites like the Library of Congress in Washington, medicine students to sites like the Alivio Medical Center in Chicago and art students to sites like the Self-Help Graphics initiative in Los Angeles, Richman said.“We get pre-meds, business majors, arts and letters majors, occasionally an engineer,” Ms. Richman said. “It’s a mix — reflective of the diversity in our Latino Studies program.”According to the ILS website, on top of the internship and service requirement, the program also includes a three-credit summer service-learning course. Students are required to attend orientation sessions, keep up with weekly readings during the program, participate in weekly classes in their assigned cities, give a final presentation at the end of the summer and conclude with a paper synthesizing their studies and service project.In each city there is a Notre Dame professor and a “mentor” graduate of Notre Dame and the ILS working as a professional in the area that run the weekly class together for the students assigned to their city. In Washington, the mentor works on Capitol Hill assisting a congressperson, and in Chicago the mentor is engaged in the business world, Richman said.According to the ILS website, students participating in a CCLP receive a $1,100 stipend for food and transportation costs and a $2,500 scholarship towards their student account upon their return to school in the fall. Payment for travel is based on need and availability of funding.The application, which is live now on the Institute for Latino Studies website, is due Jan. 29. It is a fairly competitive program, Richman said, with about one out of every three students being accepted.“It’s a really great opportunity to grow, learn, give and get this hands on experience in a Latina community. It’s a great growth experience,” Richman said.Tags: CCLP, Institute for Latino Studies, service
View Comments McDonald took home her record-breaking sixth Tony Award this year for Lady Day; she has also won for Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun and Porgy and Bess. On screen, she has appeared in The Sound of Music Live!, Annie. Private Practice and Wit. Additional Broadway favorites heading to Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops this season include Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison in Kelli and Matthew: Home for the Holidays, Ryan Silverman in Let’s Be Frank, a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Sutton Foster in her own solo show. Audra McDonald is still coming to Carnegie Hall, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer. The six-time Tony Award winner has delayed her upcoming concert due to scheduling conflicts with a film project. The performance, which was originally set to take place at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage on December 12, will now take place on April 29, 2015.
Daily Dirt: Ski Resort Attendance, Whitewater Paddling Race in N.C., Avalanche Deaths, Kayaking Legend
Your daily news update for March 19, the day gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931.LATE-SEASON STORM BOOSTS SKI RESORT ATTENDANCEThe season’s latest winter storms are bolstering attendance at West Virginia’s ski resorts. A West Virginia Ski Areas Association spokesperson said the weather has produced some of the best ski conditions this late in the season in years.Snowshoe, Canaan Valley, and Timberline each received about eight inches of snow on Monday. Snowshoe plans to continue ski season operations through the first weekend of April, and the other resorts are currently re-evaluating their plans to extend the season.TOP WHITEWATER PADDLERS HIT NANTAHALA RIVER THIS WEEKENDThe nation’s best whitewater slalom and wildwater paddlers will hit the chilly waters of the Nantahala River this weekend for the Bank of America U.S. Open. This is the last major event before the senior U.S. Team Trials the following weekend in Charlotte.“The U.S. Open is one of the few events in the United States where all the best American slalom athletes participate and is the first indication of how well they are prepared for the season,” said U.S. National Team Coach Silvan Poberaj.Approximately 60 of the nation’s top slalom athletes are expected to attend this year’s event, hailing from as far as Colorado, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. The competitors include Olympian Benn Frakker, who competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.The races take place on March 22 and 23, with the competition beginning at 10 a.m. each day.Deadly Week of AvalanchesLast week saw another slew of deadly avalanches in the western United States.A snowmobiler triggered an avalanche in Montana that took the life of a fellow rider, 18 year old Zach Junkermeier. Junkermeier was found nearly two hours later in the debris, which was reported to be 500 feet wide and 20 feet deep in some places. Another snowmobiler was also trapped and killed by an avalanche in the Uinta Mountains of northern Montana on Friday, March 8.A backcountry skier was killed in southwestern Montana last Monday near the small town of Philipsburg. Peter Maxwell, 27, was with a group of six other skiers when he was trapped in the slide. He was recovered by the group but unable to be revived.Also last Monday, ski patrollers deliberately initiated an avalanche that gained more power than expected and wiped out a chairlift at Crystal Mountain in Washington. Thankfully no one was injured.Since December 26, 23 people have died in avalanches nationwide, according to reports from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.KAYAKING LEGEND STEVE FISHER TO PRESENT AT LOOKOUT FILM FESTIVALKayaker Steve Fisher, who has stared down the biggest rapids on Earth, will be sharing his story at the final day of the Lookout Film Festival on March 23 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.Fisher is an internationally known explorer and paddler, named “Adventurer of the Year” by National Geographic in 2013 and an Outside magazine “Adventurer of the Year” in 2013.His latest film “Congo: The Grand Inca Project” has taken the festival circuit by storm, including an award for “Best in Show” at the National Paddling Film Festival and “Best Film” at the X-Dance Film festival, the world’s premiere action sports film festival.The film follows Fisher’s team down the Inga Rapids on the lower Congo River, a 50-mile section of waterfalls and kayak-eating whirlpools known to be the biggest on the planet.“Congo: The Grand Inga Project” and 33 other outdoor adventure and conservation films will be shown at the second annual Lookout Wild Film Festival March 21 to 23 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Centennial Theatre. Film descriptions and full schedules are available at here.
September 1, 2004 Jason Hawkins Regular News Language and Civility Language and CivilityEditor’s Note: The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism recently presented Jason Hawkins the Lion of Justice Trophy for winning its annual Law Student Professionalism Essay contest. Hawkins is in his second year of law school at the University of Florida and is the son of Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins. Each year, essays on the topic of legal professionalism are collected by each Florida law school and the best essay from each law school is submitted to the Bar’s Center for Professionalism. The winner is chosen from those essays by The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism. The Center for Professionalism administrates the award for the committee and also distributes a newsletter, The Professional. The summer issue is now available. In recent years, much has been made about the decline of civility among lawyers. Examples abound of uncivil language that was once either unthinkable or improbable — threatening to have an opposing counsel’s sexual organs removed if her motion was successful,1 calling another attorney’s motion “total trash” and “worthless,”2 and even repeated use of four letter expletives, in the courtroom no less, to express displeasure at opposing counsel.3 Such behavior not only contributes to unfavorable public attitudes towards lawyers, but also to rising levels of job dissatisfaction and dysfunction among lawyers and judges themselves.4 However, of the many reasons advanced for the causes of incivility — increasing competition for clients;5 declines in mentor relationships in which older lawyers encouraged civility in younger lawyers;6 increases in numbers of attorneys and judges which reduce incentives to maintain cordial relationships with other counsel because the lawyers may not meet again7 — none consider language itself as a factor. This is particularly interesting since so much of incivility deals with language. Language is related to the decline of civility in two important ways. First, the shift in expectations from using formal language in legal discourse to using casual, everyday language has altered the nature of professional interactions among lawyers. Many years ago, the language of legal discourse encouraged civility due to its formality. Lawyers were more tactful and courteous when addressing others because the language they used encouraged them to show respect and consideration. Moreover, hearing lawyers and judges speak to each other using more formal language reminded one that civility and professionalism were expected. Today, legal discourse makes no such demands, and provides no such reminders. In fact, the situation is such that often the language of law offices and of the courtroom is no different than the language of the street corner. Verbal abuse is common, swearing is routine, and attorneys and judges exchange volleys of verbal abuse. In her Nobel Lecture, author Toni Morrison said, “[Language] not only expresses the limits of knowledge, it limits knowledge.”8 Our language limits civility because it neither inspires respect nor demands that we respect each other. Second, the strict focus in legal education on a certain type of language — the language of cases, statutes, and regulations — reinforces a perception that is detrimental to civility. This is the perception that the language of the law is more important than the language of relating to other people. This perception is an obstacle because civility is not a matter a law. Civility is an attitude, a way of thinking that demands people be treated with dignity and respect. The language of cases, statutes, and regulations is efficient for teaching the law, but it does little to inspire a way of thinking that encourages one to treat people better. Despite the role of language in the decline of civility, language may have a role to play in the solution. Possible ideas include: • Reintroducing elements of formal language in legal instruction. In the last 50 years, the language of legal education has become increasingly informal. Many professors, for example, have stopped the practice of addressing students in class by their title and last name. While this practice is not itself uncivil, reintroducing the practice of calling students by titles and last names, and requiring students to address each other in the same manner could reinforce a notion of civility towards others. • Reintroducing the practice of formal writing. The current practice in legal education is to teach students to keep writing simple and straightforward. No Latin phrases, no cultural, literary, and historical allusions, no sentences longer than 30 words, and certainly no two-syllable words when a single syllable will suffice. Arguably, such an approach makes writing more readable, but it comes at a price. Such language does not encourage reflection on, and articulation of, the values and ideals that shape our profession. There was once a time in our nation’s history when lawyers were masters of language. Just consider the writings of Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., or Roscoe Pound. Through mastery of language one came to understand the ideals and values of the profession. Through mastery of language one learned what it meant to behave professionally. Perhaps requiring students to practice formal writing could do the same today. • Incorporating literature into discussions on civility and professionalism. No one has ever said after reading the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, “Wow! Rule 1.6 is incredible! That really made me want to treat clients and other lawyers better!” However, reading literature can encourage personal reflection on — and internalization of the essential values of civility — respect, tolerance, human dignity, and compassion. Law school seminars and continuing education courses could incorporate discussions of literary works as a means of thinking about issues of professionalism and civility. In a letter to his nephew Peter Carr, Thomas Jefferson wrote “[R]ead good books because they will encourage as well as direct your feelings.”9 This simple gem of wisdom has been overlooked in the current debate regarding incivility. In the struggle to make the practice of law a more civil profession, it is important to remember that words, the tools of our profession, can be our enemies or our allies. Our rules and regulations can teach people how to be better lawyers, but we need language that can make lawyers be better people. We need language that elevates; language that inspires. 1Raymond Ehrlich & Scott D. Makar, Professionalism, Civility, and Aspirational Conduct, Florida Bar Journal, Mar. 1994, at 14. 2 Id., note 1, at 14. 3Christopher J. Piazzola, Ethical Versus Procedural Approaches to Civility: Why Ethics 2000 Should Have Adopted a Civility Rule, 74 U. Cob. L Rev. 1197 (2003). 4“Susan Daicoff, Lawyer, Know Thyself: A Review of Empirical Research on Attorney Attributes Bearing on Professionalism, 46 AM. U. L. REV. 1337 (1997). 5Cathleen Cavell, Please Please Me: Voluntary Civility Standards for Lawyers, available at www.state.ma.us/obcbbo/please.htm. 6 Id. 7Id. 8Toni Morrison, Nobel Lecture (Dec. 7, 1993), available atwww.nobel.se/literature/laureates/1993/morrison-lecture.html. 9Letter from Thomas Jefferson, to Peter Carr, nephew (August 10, 1787), in The Letters of Thomas Jefferson: 1743-1826, available at From Revolution to Reason: http://grid.let.rug.nl/~usa/P/tj3/writings/brf/jefl61.htm.
continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Christine Darley, former president/CEO of a merged Nebraska credit union, will be sentenced in December after she pleaded guilty to a felony count of bank fraud Thursday in U.S. District Court in Lincoln.In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped five bank fraud charges.Darley admitted in court that she improperly obtained an $180,000 loan from the $3 million Panhandle Cooperative Federal Credit Union in Scottsbluff.When Darley was indicted in February, federal prosecutors said she allegedly embezzled more than $535,000.However, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven A. Russell said during court proceedings Thursday that the “amount of loss and restitution is a contested issue.” Although court documents show she allegedly embezzled more than $535,000, the loss to the credit union was more than $200,000.
Batesville, In. — The DNR is asking deer hunters for help with a disease surveillance program in Franklin and Fayette counties.State biologists are sampling deer harvested from portions of those two counties for bovine tuberculosis. After a slow start to the deer firearms season, however, the program is running behind. Biologists have collected just 16 percent of the samples needed to reach their surveillance goal, largely because of weather.Firearms season started for deer this past Saturday and runs through Dec. 3. Opening weekend was affected by thunderstorms and warm temperatures, which resulted in a lower harvest compared to previous opening weekends.For example, the combined two-day first-weekend harvest in Franklin and Fayette counties was down about 60 percent from 2016.The DNR is asking those who hunt in the surveillance zone to help it collect samples. The preference is for bucks that are 2 years old or older, but all deer will be accepted for testing. The DNR hopes to sample between 500 and 1,200 deer, depending on age.The surveillance zone is the area south of State Road 44 and west of State Road 1 in Fayette County, and in the northwest portion of Franklin County, west of Brookville Lake. See a map at wildlife.IN.gov/9320.htm.Surveillance involves collecting and testing lymph nodes from the head and neck of deer harvested by hunters and voluntarily submitted for evaluation.Hunters can bring their deer to a biological check station at the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site maintenance facility in Metamora, 19083 Clayborn St., and to Mustin’s Processing in Connersville, or Hunters Choice in Brookville.Hunters who submit a deer for testing will be entered into a drawing for 1 of 10 authorizations to take an additional buck from anywhere in Indiana (with landowner permission) during the 2018-2019 deer hunting season. Hunters who bring the DNR a buck at least 2 years old will receive 10 entries into the drawing. Hunters who bring in does that are at least 2 years old will receive three entries into the drawing. Hunters who bring in yearlings will receive one entry into the drawing. Entries are cumulative — hunters who bring in multiple deer will have an even better chance of winning.DNR will continue to collect samples from deer harvested within this “bTB” surveillance zone through Jan. 7 (excluding Thanksgiving and several days around Christmas).
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“We will be able to convince the sceptics eventually. (The meetings with Lauber) were meant to define that the new FIFA was miles away from the old FIFA.” read also:Infantino concerned by delays to FIFA World Cup qualifying Infantino also met on Wednesday in Washington with the US Minister of Justice, William Barr, while the United States is still investigating several South American football leaders and marketing officials for “racketeering” or corruption. Infantino, a lawyer by training, claimed his reforms introduced since his first election in 2016, were the reason why FIFA has been able to release $1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros) in grants and loans to help federations to face the consequences of the pandemic. “We have the money (to help) because in the new FIFA, the money doesn’t disappear,” he said. “We will know exactly where (the money) goes, and why it goes there. It will be fully transparent.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney Princesses6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisTop 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesAlbino Animals: A Rare Kind Of Ultimate BeautyWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, has defended his fight “against corruption” in football in spite of being under criminal investigation in Switzerland since the end of July. Infantino said at the opening of the 70th FIFA Congress held by videoconference with delegates from 211 member federations that he believed he had restored the integrity of the body after a wave of scandals. “We will never again have corruption in football… We have excluded it and we will not let it come back,” promised a bullish Infantino who also referenced his predecessor Sepp Blatter, ousted in 2015. “FIFA became victim to corrupt officials — that’s not what I say, that’s what courts say all over the world, and FIFA is still suffering from that. “In 2015 FIFA was toxic, was pronounced dead. An organisation that had served itself from football, had used football, instead of serving football.” Infantino, in charge of world football’s governing body since 2016, is the subject of an investigation over suspected collusion between him and Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber, who resigned in July over his handling of a corruption investigation targeting FIFA. “So why was I meeting the Swiss attorney general? Because it was my duty as FIFA president because I wanted to liberate FIFA from those old, toxic values.”Advertisement Loading…
Mary E. Luhring, (Nee: Weberding), 96 of Batesville, passed away on June 25th.Mary was born on May 6, 1923 to Anthony and Frances Weberding. On August 30, 1947 she married Mervin F. Luhring. He preceded her in death.Mary had 7 children, Sylvan (Ina) of Nebraska, Joe (Judy) of Batesville, Jack (Melinda) of Sunman Steve (Vickie) of Batesville, Cindy Herbert, Paula Steffey and Pam (Tuba) Narwold, all of Batesville. Mary had 17 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her sister Ruth Hoff and brothers William, Charles and Robert Weberding.Mary enjoyed sitting on her front porch, watching cars coming and going at Liberty Park. Mary also loved to watch the squirrels and always made sure there was food for them.She loved spending time with her grandchildren.One of her favorite past times was sewing. She made blankets for her grandchildren and these blankets are cherished to this day.Mary worked for Batesville Casket for 23 years. She was a member of the Sunman American Legion Auxiliary, Sunman Fireman’s Auxiliary, St. Nicholas Catholic Church and St. Louis Parish.Funeral visitation will be Friday, June 28th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 29th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church, with burial following at St. Nicholas Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Nicholas Heritage Fund.