December 21, 2007


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ANNEE, Robert J., 67, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Nov. 29. Father of Diane Barton, Robert and Scott Annee. Son of Louis Annee. Brother of Janet Bradley, Barbara Huser, Joseph, Louis and Paul Annee. Grandfather of six.

BANTA, Ila T., 83, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Nov. 5. Wife of Thomas Banta. Mother of Darlene Abplanalp, Teri Furr, Janice Woods, James, Joseph, Thomas Banta Jr. and Urich Wolnik. Sister of Rowena Pelton. Grandmother of 22. Great-grandmother of 14. Great-great-grandmother of three.

BAUER, Raymond F., 78, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, Dec. 1. Husband of Jean Bauer. Father of Sarah Bauer. Brother of Mary Cornelius, Leonard and Richard Bauer.

BERRONES, Estella, 66, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, Dec. 8. Wife of Eustorgio Berrones. Mother of Alberto and Carlos Berrones. Sister of Mary Luisa Fernandez, Raquel Garza and Alicia Raya. Grandmother of five.

BRENNAN, Harold, 77, St. Mary, North Vernon, Dec. 4. Husband of Therese M. (Sorg) Brennan. Father of Debra Bowens, Bernard, Jeffrey, Louis, Phillip, Randolph and William Brennan. Brother of Betsy Followell, Hazel Nevil, James Kuntz, Melvin and Robert Brennan. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of six. Great-great-grandfather of four.

CHANDLER, Laura M. (Milburn), 59, St. Mary, New Albany, Dec. 6. Wife of David Chandler. Mother of Angel Brooks, Denny and Jimmy Chandler. Sister of Chloe Arrow, Mary Jones, Charlie, Stanley and Willy Milburn. Grandmother of six.

CRIPE, Norma R., 84, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis, Dec. 3. Mother of Joseph J. Cripe. Stepmother of Jane Sulya. Sister of Phyllis Larrabee and Thomas Redman. Grandmother of three.

CULLINAN, Linda (McDugald), 64, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, Nov. 30. Wife of George Cullinan. Mother of Amy, Christopher and Joshua Cullinan. Sister of John McDugald. Grandmother of one.

DUPONT, Erna, 84, St. Paul, Tell City, Nov. 8. Sister of Elli Weiss.

EDGAR, Garth A., 43, St. Monica, Indianapolis, Dec. 6. Brother of Tracy Schnieders and Charles Edgar III.

ENGLE, Dorothy, 86, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Dec. 1. Wife of John Engle. Mother of Barb York, Mary Jo, Nancy, Susan, John Jr., Mike and Tom Engle. Grandmother of nine.

FENOGLIO, Andrew, 85, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Dec. 2. Father of Marty Coons, Mendy Harplod and Louie Fenoglio. Grandfather of eight.

GATCHELL, Evelyn A. (Wessling), 79, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Nov. 22. Wife of Sherman M. Gatchell. Mother of Cathy Bond, Renee Wampler, Chad and Duff Gatchell. Sister of Marcella Bauman and Eugene Wessling. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of three.

HACKETT, Mary Jo (Sprong), 89, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Nov. 28. Aunt of several.

HARTLAGE, Robert A., 82, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Nov. 30. Father of Wenda Bartholomai, Deborah Sheehan and Robert Hartlage II. Grand-father of 10. Great-grandfather of two.

HARTRICH, Margaret Elizabeth (O’Connor), 99, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Dec. 8. Mother of Lois Kattau and Franciscan Father Kurt Hartrich. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of six.

HORNBACH, Evelyn E., 89, St. Martin, Yorkville, Nov. 22. Mother of Linda and Larry Hornbach. Grandmother of two.

HOWARD, Elizabeth M., 64, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Nov. 12. Mother of Ashley Dirks. Sister of St. Joseph Sister Jane Frances Mannion, Father John Mannion and William Mannion. Grand-mother of one.

LAYDEN, Francis Louis, 94, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Nov. 16. Father of Sara Molen and Peter Layden. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of one.

NIEHOFF, Clara M., 96, St. Mary, Rushville, Dec. 3. Mother of Margie Clemons, Lucille Hinton, Annette and Paul Niehoff. Sister of Esther Goss and Irene Merkel. Grandmother of 12. Step-grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of 30. Step-great-grandmother of two. Step-great-great-grandmother of two.

RAY, Carson O., Jr., 58, St. Monica, Indianapolis, Nov. 21. Husband of Linda Ray. Father of Lucinda and Rosemary Ray. Son of Carson and Ora Ray Jr. Brother of Patsy Ray and JoAnn Wilcox.

RIEMAN, Dorothy Mae, 79, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Dec. 5. Mother of Mary Ann Shields and David Rieman. Sister of Alice Shinkle and Paul Dicus. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of eight.

SIEGEL, Charles A., 85, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Dec. 6. Husband of Charlotte Siegel. Father of Deborah Grimes, Karen Singleton, Charles and Thomas Siegel. Brother of Mary A. Woodard. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of three.

SIEFERT, George B., 69, St. Mary, Rushville, Dec. 4. Husband of Peggy (Moran) Siefert. Father of Cindy Amos, Jennifer Ripberger and Joseph Siefert. Brother of Pauline Roll and Anna Mae Zimmer. Grand-father of six.

SIMONS, Larry G., 70, St. Mary, Greensburg, Dec. 6. Husband of Linda Simons. Father of Brenda Dembroski, Jennifer, Joe and Josh Simons. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of two.

SOMMER, Norma, 91, Prince of Peace, Madison, Nov. 30. Mother of Sharon Brawner and Rita Hauswirth. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of nine.

SPENCER, Mary Louise, 92, St. Paul, Sellersburg, Nov. 27. Cousin of several.

STRIBY, Henry H., 90, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Nov. 11. Husband of Ann Striby. Father of Mary Smith, Joan, Henry and Thomas Striby. Brother of Barbara Carr, Julia Jones, Loretta Schafer, Mary, Francis and Joseph Striby. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of one.

WEAVER, Leonard Augustine, 93, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Nov. 21. Father of Charles and J.T. Mount. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of nine. Great-great-grandfather of one.

WELSH, Marcia A., 73, St. Monica, Indianapolis, Nov. 20. Mother of Amy, Christopher, Daniel, David and John Welsh. Grandmother of seven.

WIEMANN, Karen M., 57, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Nov. 24. Wife of Dr. Michael Wiemann. Mother of Alexandra Wiemann. Daughter of Alfred Motta and Carmelito Motta. Sister of JoAnn Woods.

WITHEM, Raymond E., 77, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Nov. 25. Husband of Loretta (Walker) Withem. Father or Janet Leamer, Diane Roe and Stephen Withem. Brother of James Withem. Grandfather of two.

WYMAN, Frances M., 94, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Dec. 11. Mother of Mollie Stanfield. Sister of Molly Dugan. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of nine. †

Conventual Franciscan Brother Martin Masler taught at Cardinal Ritter

Conventual Franciscan Brother Martin Masler, a former teacher at Cardinal Ritter Jr./Sr. High School in Indianapolis, died on Dec. 1 at Cedar Hill Nursing Home in Missouri. He was 63.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 6 at the chapel at Mount St. Francis in southern Indiana. Burial followed at the friars’ cemetery.

Frederick Gilbert Masler was born on Jan. 13, 1944, in Toledo, Ohio. He entered the novitiate of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual on July 14, 1962, and took the religious name of Martin. He professed first vows on July 15, 1963, at Auburn, Ind., and was assigned to Our Lady of Carey Seminary in Carey, Ohio, as assistant to the director of retreats.

On July 16, 1966, Brother Martin professed solemn vows at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio.

He served in retreat ministries in Carey, Ohio, and Prior Lake, Minn.

In the archdiocese, Brother Martin served in divorce ministry as a staff member of the Metropolitan Tribunal at the Archbishop O’Meara Catholic Center in Indianapolis.

From 1985-90, Brother Martin taught theology classes and served as a counselor at Cardinal Ritter Jr./Sr. High School in Indianapolis.

He is survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, 101 St. Anthony Drive, Mount St. Francis, IN 47146. †

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