Maryann Rose Deffner

Born: July 12th, 1933

Died: February 2nd, 2024


Maryann Rose Deffner, age 90, of Brookville, Indiana, died Friday, February 2, 2024 surrounded by family, following a yearlong battle with cancer. She was born July 12, 1933 to Walter and Cecelia Niedenthal Ortman at home in Brookville. Maryann married Dale Deffner on April 19, 1952 and they enjoyed 71 years together before her passing. She was a member of Saint Michael Catholic Church and was part of their choir for over 50 years. Maryann enjoyed the outdoors, planting flowers, watching the birds and butterflies, gardening and taking hikes. She liked a good card game, working jigsaw puzzles and being with family, especially entertaining her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attending their sporting events. Coincidentally, she has two grandsons that share her birthday of July 12th.

Maryann is survived by her husband, Dale; children, Debbie (Ed) Krause, Steve Deffner, Cathy (Ron) Feller, Dee Dee (Steve) Erhart, Mike (Marty) Deffner, Karen Kuntz, and son-in-law, Daryl Strohmeier. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, a brother, Ed Ortman, and three sisters, Rita Apsley, Eileen (Jim) Hyde, and Janie (Renee) Stivers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Ellie Strohmeier, four brothers, Robert, Thomas, James and Joe Ortman as well as a son-in-law, Jerry Kuntz.

Visitation is Friday, February 9, 2024 from 4 until time of Rosary at 7 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville, Indiana. Father Vincent Lampert will officiate a Mass of Christian burial on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Michael Catholic Church or to the American Cancer Society. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Maryann Rose Deffner.

Section: Block 8 Lot: 404 Grave: A

Section: Block 8 Lot: 404 Grave: A