October 3, 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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BARRY, Joseph D., 84, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Aug. 31. Father of J. David, John and Thomas Barry. Grandfather of five.

BETZNER, James L., 92, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Sept. 22. Husband of Julia (Saunders) Betzner. Father of Theresa Carey, Judith Howard, Martin and Michael Betzner. Foster father of Lynn Everett. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of 13. Great-great-grandfather of one.

BLEDSOE, Clinton A., 90, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Sept. 7. Father of Therese Bippus, Rosemary Coleman, Stella Hannon, Grace Massing, Patricia McDonald, Mary Wheeler, Anthony and Clinton Bledsoe Jr. Grandfather of 19. Great-grandfather of 24.

BOYLE, Jane Carolyn, 88, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 10. Mother of Joanne Friedmeyer, Daniel and John Boyle. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.

BRYANT, Chester A., 94, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Aug. 27. Father of Steven Bryant. Grandfather of one. Great-grandfather of three.

CARROLL, Martha L., 89, Holy Family, New Albany, Sept. 7. Mother of Nancy Jacobi, Barbara Kochert, Bill, Hollis and Kevin Caroll. Sister of Jane Brown, Phyllis Delaney, Marilyn Duffy, Wilma Euless and Richard Duffy. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 21.

DESKINS, Joan F., 63, St. Mary, New Albany, Sept. 4. Wife of Billy Deskins. Mother of Dana Lopez. Sister of Elizabeth Walters, Alice Williams, Marie Terry, Patricia Deskins, Clifford and Donald Hill. Grandmother of two.

DICKEY, Patricia A., 75, St. Mary, Rushville, Sept. 9. Mother of Jackie Adkins, Kelly Gabbard, Jerry Bowling, Mary Palmer and Lavada Sons. Sister of Mary Schlechtweg. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of six.

DOLAN, Francis M., 86, Holy Family, New Albany, Sept. 24. Husband of Virginia Dolan. Father of Carol Burke, Eileen Burrous, Nancy Wassom and Robert Dolan. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of six.

DYE, John W., 84, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Sept. 6. Husband of Mary Jane Dye. Father of Martha Allen, Carolyn Cullison and William Dye. Grandfather of several. Great-grandfather of several.

EMS, Edith Magdalene (Smith), 86, St. Mary, Navilleton, Sept. 18. Wife of Carl Ems. Mother of Linda Jones, Carol McMillin, Cindy Mills, Dorothy Whitaker, Jacob, Steve and Ted Ems. Sister of Mary Geswein, Bob, George and Louis Smith. Grandmother of 23. Great-grandmother of 22.

FILBURN, Margaret Ruth, 77, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Sept. 2. Wife of Richard Filburn. Mother of Cherrie Burch, Kim Donahue, Tish Kimbell and Michael Filburn. Sister of Mary Anne Kahler, Carolyn Stewart and Audrey Stultz.

FITCH, Paul E., 96, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Sept. 9. Father of Edwina Wood. Brother of Thelma Moriarty, Art and Harry Fitch. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of six.

FOWLER, Charles Joseph, 74, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Sept. 16. Husband of Virginia Fowler. Father of Kevin Fowler. Brother of Patricia Guerrero. Grandfather of five.

GAVIA, Ardella, 83, St. Rita, Indianapolis, Sept. 20. Mother of Denise Currin, Vera King, Beatrice Strong, Maria Gavia-Locke, Felix and Virgil Gavia. Sister of Loretta Blaylock, Juanita Catlett, Effew Moore, Gloria Helms, Delilah Moss, Jessie Patterson, Vera Ricketts and Robert Phelps. Grandmother of 22. Great-grandmother of 35.

HENLEY, George E., 84, Holy Family, New Albany, Sept. 17. Husband of Frances Henley. Father of Georgie Bowe, Diana Kruer, Nancy Owens, Becky Prather, Edward Henley and Jeffrey Henley. Brother of Mary Ruth Bodron. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 21.

JOHNSON, Martha G., 85, St. Thomas Aquinas, Indianapolis, Sept. 15. Mother of Marion, Michael, Jeff and Jon Parker.

KING, Walter, 78, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cambridge City, Sept. 20. Husband of Eileen (Toschlog) King. Father of Virginia Brandenburg, Lynn Davis, Karen Morris, Pam Overbay, Krista Valentine, Dallas, Daryl and Michael King. Brother of Olive Baker, Alma Fouts, Judy Hamm and Kay Smith. Grandfather of 23. Step-grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 18. Step-great-grandfather of 14.

KREBS, Frances E., 94, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 10. Mother of Mary K. Miller and Tony Krebs. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of six.

LENNON, Fern (Crabtree), 86, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Aug. 29. Mother of Barbara Jamieson, Nancy Lynch, Linda Meighan, Kathy Styron, Gered and Patrick Lennon. Sister of Barbara Weitner. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 10.

Paul Hoppe, father of monk, died in Findlay, Ohio

Paul E. Hoppe, the father of Benedictine Father Sean Hoppe, died on Sept. 22 at The Heritage Manor in Findlay, Ohio. He was 82.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Hoppe on Sept. 24 at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Findlay. Burial followed at Knollcrest Gardens near Findlay, where military rites were conducted by the Hancock County Memorial Squad.

Paul Hoppe was born on Oct. 27, 1925, in Kenton, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and married Della Faye Cornwell on March 1, 1949. She preceded him in death in 2006.

He was retired and had worked at the Findlay School System.

Surviving are three children, Debby Oberly of Houston, Texas; Paula Hoppe of Findlay; and Father Sean Hoppe of Saint Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad. He serves as pastor of St. Mark and St. Augustine parishes in Perry County. Also surviving are two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. †

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