March 2, 2007


Please submit in writing to our office by 10 a.m. Thursday before the week of publication; be sure to state date of death. Obituaries of archdiocesan priests serving our archdiocese are listed elsewhere in The Criterion. Order priests and religious sisters and brothers are included here, unless they are natives of the archdiocese or have other connections to it; those are separate obituaries on this page.

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ABRIANI, Clarence, 92, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Feb. 10. Father of Roseanne, Richard, Robert and Roy Abriani. Brother of Helen Cadamagnani. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of three.

ALHORN, John R., 46, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Feb. 19. Husband of Pamela Alhorn. Father of Ashley Alhorn. Son of John Alhorn. Brother of Katherine Crane.

BARKSDALE, Louis F., 79, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Feb. 18. Father of Theresa Applegate, Elaine Jacobi, Gloria Jones and Michael Barksdale. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of two.

BECHERER, Frances W., 91, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Feb. 14. Mother of Anne Hambly, Jeanne Lewan, Joseph, Michael and Patrick Becherer. Sister of Joanne Bundy. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of five.

BENEFIEL, Mary Agnes, 96, St. Paul the Apostle, Greencastle, Feb. 18. Mother of Ruth Ann Benefiel.

BISCHOFF, Rita C., 87, St. Nicholas, Sunman, Feb. 12. Mother of Elaine Cornett, Rosalyn Walke, Arnold, Arthur, Eugene, Irvin and Victor Bischoff. Sister of Anna Mae Schneider, John and Louis Bedel. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of 22.

BOWER, Mark J., 49, St. Luke, Indianapolis, Feb. 7. Husband of Karen Bower. Father of Bridget, Shannon, Suzy, Blaze, Bradley and Nicholas Bower. Brother of Ed Bower.

CARHART, George, 81, St. Luke, Indianapolis, Feb. 2. Husband of Imogene L. Carhart. Father of Suzanne Bird, Georgiann Linnemeier, Marianne, Luke and Mark Carhart.

DeBORD, Frances Irene, 87, St. Joseph, Universal, Feb. 2. Wife of Alva DeBord. Mother of Carol Reynolds and Bob DeBord. Sister of Thelma Neimeyer. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of 10.

DECK, Herman L., 81, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Feb. 11. Father of Kathy Clair, Mary Chapman, Jacob, John and Joseph Deck. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of six.

DREW, Peggy G., 89, St. Luke, Indianapolis, Jan. 31. Mother of St. Joseph Sister Jeanne Marie Greenen.

ERTEL, Rita M., 82, St. Mary-of-the-Rock, Franklin County, Feb. 16. Mother of Catherine Kaiser, Marianne Lambert, Donna McDonald, Rebecca Simon, Bill, Jerry, Kenneth, Michael and Ron Ertel. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of three.

ETZEL, Eileen Patricia, 90, St. Luke, Indianapolis, Feb. 11. Grandmother of one.

EVERHART, William J., 74, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Feb. 18.

FOWLER, Timothy F., 36, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 13. Husband of Autumn Fowler. Father of Matthew and Timmy Fowler. Stepfather of Forust, Honey, Tuesday and Ethan France. Son of Ellis Fowler and Jane Fowler. Stepson of Barbara Fowler. Grandson of Edith J. Sommer. Brother of Julie Sanders.

GROTH, Donald E., 77, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, Feb. 2. Husband of Marilyn (Eastes) Groth. Father of Amy Hensley, Debra Kemp, Alex, John, Patrick and Timothy Groth. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of three.

HIERLMEIER, Marvin F., 84, Prince of Peace, Madison, Feb. 9. Father of Mary Caudill and Dale Hierlmeier. Grandfather of five.

JANSING, Richard A., 72, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Feb. 17. Husband of Wilma Jansing. Father of Karen Hattabaugh and Kathie Rhorer. Brother of Clarissa Rennier, Marilyn Smith, Clarence, Elmer, Irvin and Mark Rhorer. Grandfather of two.

KEMMERER, Harold F., 83, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, Feb. 12. Husband of Estelle (Taylor) Kemmerer. Father of David and Hal Kemmerer. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of two.

KHOSROWBADI, Rachel, 83, St. Luke, Indianapolis, Feb. 7. Wife of Yohanna Khosrowbadi. Mother of Albert and Robert Khosrowbadi.

MEUNIER, Lois, 74, St. Isidore, Bristow, Feb. 13. Wife of Curt Meunier. Mother of Joanie Tapley, Nancy Wendholt, David, Gordon, Joseph and Paul Meunier. Sister of Shirley Schnell, Jerome, Victor and Vincent Beckman. Grandmother of 14. Step-grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of 13.

MIDDENDORF, John Albert, 85, St. Mary, Greensburg, Feb. 16. Husband of Betty Middendorf. Father of Steve Middendorf. Brother of Raymond and Robert Middendorf.

OBERGFELL, Charlotte L., 95, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Feb. 14. Mother of Stephen D. Obergfell. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of eight.

PALMER, Marilynn I., 80, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Feb. 20. Mother of Duane and Robert Palmer. Sister of Elaine Kimball.

PEPPER, Martha, 81, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, Jan. 25. Mother of Karen Jackson and Kimberly Stecher. Sister of Ida Harmon and Fay Lee. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of one.

PRICKEL, Jerome J., 83, St. Louis, Batesville, Feb. 16. Father of Debbie Cox, Mary Beth Knueven, Amy Mehlon, Audrey Miller, Susan Schutte, Nicholas and Tim Prickel. Brother of Marcia Werner and Mark Prickel. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of 18.

RAIA, John J., Jr., 59, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, Jan. 26. Husband of Yolanda (Abersoil) Raia. Father of Kia Head, Nyki McNeal and Angie Shattuck. Son of Leona Raia. Brother of Frankie MacKenzie, Nancy Monkman, Lucy Patton and Mike Raia.

REYES, Etelyina, 60, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Jan. 28. Mother of Cecilia, Gloria and Leticia Reyes. Sister of Magdalena, Ernesto and Vincente Torres.

RIEDLINGER, James J., 45, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 29. Son of Robert and Sherry Riedlinger. Brother of Suzanne Allesee, Cathy Foreman, Michelle Linn, Lisa, Michael and Robert Riedlinger.

RIPBERGER, Patricia Ann (Brunsman), 74, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 13. Wife of Paul T. Ripberger. Mother of Henry and Patrick Riberger. Sister of Henrietta Ripberger. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of two.

RONNEBAUM, Leo F., 66, St. Mary-of-the-Rock, Franklin County, Jan. 28. Father of Brenda Hatton, Victoria Nobbe, Don Speckman, Bill and Greg Ronnebaum. Brother of Frances Batta, Agnes Fuchs, Delores Kanfold and Clara Schaefer. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of five.

ROSS, Christena E., 86, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Jan. 4. Mother of Sharon Reese, Lasondra Ross-Reese, Karen Strong and Sjon Ross. Grandmother of 26. Great-grandmother of 50.

ROYCE, Michael J., 92, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 9. Father of Charles, Michael, Patrick and Tim Royce. Grandfather of 19. Great-grandfather of 47. Great-great-grandfather of four.

SABOTIN, Frank, Jr., 92, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Feb. 3. Father of Mary Louise Swails and Frank Sabotin. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of 26. Great-great-grandfather of three.

SCHAUB, Dorthea, 88, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 14. Mother of Sylvia Issacs, Mary Marinaccio, Virginia McIntosh, Jacqueline Reeves, Therese Suesz and Robert Schaub. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 37. Great-great-grandmother of 11.

SCHROEDER, George, 95, St. Andrew, Richmond, Jan. 23. Brother of Anna Brinker, Pauline Brown, Elizabeth Heaton and Charles Schroeder.

SCOTT, James Allen, 71, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 13. Husband of Katsuko Scott. Father of Rick Scott. Brother of Sandy and Fred Scott. Grandfather of two.

SCOTT, Thomas J., 55, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, Feb. 12. Father of Eric and Michael Scott. Son of Roy Scott. Brother of Alice, Cathy, Mary, Billy, Bobby and Joe Scott. Grandfather of two. †

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