March 7, 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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BEARD, Alfred R., 78, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 22. Husband of Gigi Beard. Father of Candace, Cathy and Linda Beard. Brother of Joan Beard.

BUTLER, Joseph V., 64, St. Monica, Indianapolis, Feb. 18. Husband of Mary Elizabeth (Muller) Butler. Father of Marie Schelonka, Kimberly and Joseph Butler III. Brother of Patricia Carafa. Grandfather of 11.

CAITO, Margaret F. (Gerbeck), 81, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Feb. 8. Mother of Mary Ellen Jungels, Carol Jean Moran, Clara, Frank and Joseph Caito. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of two.

COURTNEY, Joseph W., 89, Holy Family, New Albany, Feb. 25. Father of Linda Atherton, Cindy Collins and Connie Stephenson. Brother of Stanley Courtney. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of five.

CROMWELL, Beulah Catherine, 86, Holy Family, New Albany, Feb. 22. Mother of Sharon Stultz and Dennis Cromwell. Grandmother of two.

DOLDER, Lorraine (Isensee), 84, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Feb. 15. Mother of Mary Souza, Jan Weimer, Charles, Craig and James Dolder. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 16.

EBERT, Clara H., 78, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Feb. 19. Mother of David, Frank and Steve Ebert. Sister of Anniemerle Cook and Adrian Brown.

ELSNER, Luke Daniel, 2, St. Joseph, Jennings County, Feb. 1. Son of Andrew and Amber Elsner. Brother of Lane Elsner. Grandson of Oscar and Evelyn Elsner and Alvin and Joyce McGuire. Great-grandson of John and Maxine Shipley.

GRIFFIN, Victoria M., 53, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Feb. 22. Mother of Chancemarie Persinger and Jonathon Griffin. Sister of Becky Pash, Suzie Tomlinson, Bobby and Tim Griffin.

KNARTZER, Dorothy, 63, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Feb. 8. Wife of James F. Knartzer. Mother of Kimberly Dinkel and Kurt Knartzer. Sister of Rosemary Boggs, Patti Graham, Marilyn McCurdy, Barbara Romaine, Susan Winn, James, John, Joseph and Steve Winn. Grandmother of one.

MARSHALL, Chester, 90, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Feb. 14. Father of Cheryl Schmelzel. Grandfather of one.

McCARROLL, John D., 87, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 21. Father of Rita Johnson, Beth Jones, Mary Limburg and Nick McCarroll. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 11.

McCLURE, Judith Ann (Waltman), 70, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Feb. 16. Wife of Philip McClure. Mother of Jennifer Baltes, Carrie Lynn Castelvetere, Mary Ustanik, Amy Sarros, John and Philip McClure Jr. Grand­mother of 14.

McGUIRE, Michael, 69, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 11. Father of Andy McGuire. Grandfather of one.

MILLER, Glenn G., 87, St. Mary, North Vernon, Feb. 10. Husband of Linda (Good) Miller. Father of Suzanne Funke, Jane Harton and Dr. Glenn Miller Jr. Brother of Rosemary Ertel. Grand­father of 12. Great-grandfather of 10.

MUSSIO, Marian E., 73, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 19. Wife of Victor Mussio. Mother of Debbie Duke and Vicki Teverbaugh. Sister of Leonora Agnelneri, Sandra Bayless and Tina Myers. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one.

RILEY, Rosemary C. (McGuire), 85, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Feb. 19. Mother of William Riley. Sister of Kathryn Kimberlin. Grandmother of one.

SCHOENTRUP, Patricia Jo, 72, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Feb. 17. Wife of Al Schoentrup. Mother of Beth Schoentrup and Debbie Schoentrup-Cook. Sister of Peggy Thomas, Bill, Lawrence, Stephen and Tom Blackburn.

SCHROEDER, Ruth C. (Lauck), 92, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Feb. 16. Mother of Gerald Schroeder. Grandmother of three.

SMITH, Mary Carolyn, 84, St. Michael, Brookville, Feb. 18. Mother of Nancy Monroe, Christopher, Michael, Richard and Stephen Smith. Sister of Martha Ann McLaughlin and Thomas Dolf. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of seven.

TABARD, Renaud, 58, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 11. Husband of Sharon Tabard. Father of Philippe Tabard. Stepfather of Lee Ann Andrews, Melissa Norton, Dawn Pritchett, Tracy and Scott Miller. Step-grandfather of 12. Step-great-grandfather of one.

THOMPSON, Betty Anne, 84, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 20. Mother of Colleen, George, Joe and John Thompson. Sister of Don Steimel. Grand­mother of six. Great-grandmother of four.

TOWNSEND, Mary, 90, Holy Family, New Albany, Feb. 20. Mother of Janet Harmeling and William Townsend Sr. Sister of Dorothy Roberts. Grand­mother of five. Great-grandmother of seven.

YOUNG, Deborah A., 52, St. John the Baptist, Osgood, Feb. 1. Wife of Dale Young. Mother of Melissa Pavy, Lisa Ruble and Teresa Young. Daughter of Wallace and Betty (Dugle) Shafer. Sister of Penny Clift, Pamela Keller and David Shafer. Grandmother of seven.

YOUNG, Jonathan Thomas, 35, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Jan. 31. Husband of Diane (Fox) Young. Father of Jared and Nickolas Young. Son of Clarence and Janice (Reed) Young. Brother of Susan Dellarocco.

Providence Sister Merry Marcotte ministered to people in need

Providence Sister Merry Marcotte died on Feb. 17 at the Marian Home in Louisville, Ky. She was 65.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 22 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery there.

Merry Elizabeth Marcotte was born on Oct. 10, 1942, in Detroit, Mich.

She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina and master’s degree at Duke University.

Before entering the Sisters of Providence, she served with the American National Red Cross at a military hospital in Vietnam.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Aug. 23, 1974, professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1976, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1984.

During 33 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered for two years as foreign student adviser at Immaculata College in Washington, D.C., from 1976-78.

She directed the United Southside Community Organization’s Adult Education Program in Indianapolis from 1978-81.

Sister Merry served in parish ministry in Chicago and North Carolina for five years then ministered at St. Ann Parish in Terre Haute from 1986-91.

Sister Merry served as coordinator of volunteers for the Terre Haute Council on Domestic Abuse from 1991-94 then moved to southern Indiana, where she served in a variety of Church and community ministries in New Albany and Louisville.

From 1995-96, she served on the staff of Providence Self-Sufficiency Ministry in New Albany.

Sister Merry served on the board of trustees of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 2002-07, when she resigned for health reasons.

She is survived by a brother, Charles Marcotte of Houston.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.

Providence Sister Raymond Hunter taught school for 53 years

Providence Sister Raymond Hunter died on Dec. 1, 2007, at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 100.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 5 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery there.

Margaret Veronica Hunter was born on March 1, 1907, in Tannochside, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Oct. 14, 1924, professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1927, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1932.

Sister Raymond earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

During 83 years as a Sister of Providence, Sister Raymond ministered as a teacher for 53 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

In the archdiocese, Sister Raymond taught at the former St. Ann School in Terre Haute from 1939-40, Our Lady of the Greenwood School in Greenwood from 1962-67 and 1968-82, and Holy Spirit School in Indianapolis from 1967-68.

Sister Raymond ministered at Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish as a volunteer from 1982-92.

She returned to the motherhouse in 1992 and served in various capacities there until 1996 when she began her full-time ministry of prayer with the senior sisters.

Surviving are several nieces.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876. †

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