February 1, 2008


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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ALBRIGHT, Judith A., 67, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 15. Wife of Terry Albright. Mother of Betsy and Rob Albright. Grandmother of three.

BALDISON, Gabriel Arianna, infant, St. Monica, Indianapolis, Jan. 6. Daughter of Javier Baldison and Anna Mitchell.

BOWMAN, Joyce A., 89, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Jan. 7. Mother of Mary Box, Pamela Marion, Patricia Rice, Eugene, Thomas and Timothy Bowman. Sister of Faith Berg, Mary Ann Hamilton, Therese Klauck and John Payant. Grandmother of 23. Great-grandmother of 16.

BROCKMAN, Luella A., 83, St. Mary, Greensburg, Jan. 19. Mother of Glenda Miller and Dale Brockman. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two.

DuPLESSIS, Maida L., 99, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Jan. 10. Wife of Alfred DuPlessis. Mother of Elizabeth Hightower, Mary Robinson, Nancy and Robert DuPlessis. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of two.

FRENCH, Bernard, 84,

St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 20. Husband of Eloise Mary (Steel) French. Father of Theresa Kanitra, Michele, Bernard, Christopher, Lawrence and Peter French. Brother of Jeanne Marie Gabriel and Jacqueline French. Grandfather of five.

GAGEN, Joseph H., 72, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Jan. 21. Husband of Diane (Seal) Gagen. Father of Jackie Knapp and Mike Gagen. Brother of Don Gagen. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of four.

GRIFFIN, Mary Frances, 90, St. Philip Neri, Indianapolis, Dec. 30. Mother of Sharon Britton, Ann Brown, Kathleen Gries, Barbara Hvidston, Marilyn, Gerald, John, Kevin and Michael Griffin. Grandmother of 30. Great-grandmother of seven.

GUINAN, Alma B., 97, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Jan. 19. Mother of Joe, Mike and Tim Guinan. Sister of Jo Ann Moran. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 20.

KANE, Rosetta, 90, St. Mary, North Vernon, Jan. 9. Aunt of several.

KENNEY, John Robert, 43, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Dec. 28. Brother of Michelle Biggerstaff, Denise Freeman and Tom Kenney.

KOEHL, John, 64, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Jan. 20. Husband of Sandra (Feltman) Koehl. Father of Jeanmarie Brown, Jodi Kemper, Katie Lyons, Connie Stong, Frances, Tami, James, Mark and Nicholas Koehl. Brother of Paula Dummel, Mary Kortzendorf, Rose Wallner, Christene, Dan, Edward, Herman, Michael, Ted and William Koehl. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of four.

MANLIEF, George D., 69, Immaculate Conception, Millhousen, Jan. 21. Father of Debbie Butz, Paula Scheidler and Michael Manlief. Brother of James Manlief. Grandfather of six.

MILLER, Dolores R., 69, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 15. Wife of Artie Miller. Mother of Brenda Lamping and Beverly Meyer. Sister of Jerry, Jim and Ralph Green. Grandmother of six.

Benedictine Sister Dorothy Wargel was a teacher

Benedictine Sister Dorothy Wargel, formerly Sister Mary Majol, a founding member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, died on Jan. 22. She was 82.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 26 at Our Lady of Grace Monastery Chapel in Beech Grove. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery on the monastery grounds.

She was born on July 24, 1925, in Mount Vernon.

She entered Monastery Immaculate Conception at Ferdinand, Ind., in 1943, made her first monastic profession in 1944 and made her final monastic profession in 1948. In 1960, she transferred to the new Our Lady of Grace Monastery as a founding member.

Sister Dorothy was a teacher and principal at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville and Archdiocese of Indianapolis for more than 50 years. During the latter part of her ministry years, she taught art, which was her favorite subject.

In the archdiocese, Sister Dorothy ministered at the former Assumption School in Indianapolis, St. Mark School in Indianapolis, Christ the King School in Indianapolis, St. Roch School in Indianapolis, Holy Name School in Beech Grove, the former St. John School in Starlight, the former St. Joseph School in Sellersburg, St. Bartholomew School in Columbus and the former St. Michael School in Cannelton.

Sister Dorothy retired to Our Lady of Grace Monastery in 2000.

Surviving are a brother, Benedict Wargel of Evansville, Ind.; three sisters, Benedictine Sister Renee Wargel of Beech Grove, Syvilla Lewis of Mount Vernon and Alice Larrance of Evansville; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters’ Retirement Fund, Sisters of St. Benedict, Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107. †

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