October 10, 2008


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MEADE, Elizabeth, 85, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Aug. 23. Grandmother of one.

MEYER, Aloysius, 85, St. Nicholas, Sunman, Sept. 16. Husband of Virginia Meyer. Father of Karen Ensinger and Paul Meyer. Grandfather of eight.

MILLER, Galen, 79, St. Mary, Richmond, Sept. 14. Husband of June Miller. Father of Becky Jewison, Jim and Mick Miller. Brother of Phyllis Eberhardt. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two.

NORDMEYER, Eleanor F., 93, St. Anthony of Padua, Morris, Sept. 17. Wife of John Nordmeyer. Mother of Mary Beth Brunsman, Charles, Clifford, James, Kenneth, Michael and Paul Nordmeyer. Grandmother of 22. Great-grandmother of 23.

OTT, Carl, 80, St. Mary, Lanesville, Sept. 7. Husband of Wilma (Kiesler) Ott. Father of Carol Fulkerson, Fred, John, Kenny, Larry and Tony Ott. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of five.

PARA, Joseph A., Sr., 83, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Sept. 3. Husband of Mildred Para. Father of Tom Hamilton and Joseph Para Jr. Brother of Mary Godby. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of six.

PHELPS, Frieda Helena, 53, St. Rita, Indianapolis, Sept. 16. Daughter of Clifton Phelps. Sister of Joanne Jamison.

POVINELLI, Rose E., 88, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, Sept. 12. Wife of Anselmo Povinelli. Mother of Roberta Green, Raymond, Ronald and Vincent Povinelli. Sister of Jeanette Brown, Angelina Golf and Frances Frausto. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 10.

RAMSEY, David R., 51, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Sept. 14. Husband of Lisa (Kuehr) Ramsey. Son of Jacqueline Ramsey. Brother of Melissa Burrell, Amy Denbow, Robin Henderson, Lori and George Ramsey.

ROSENBERGER, Frank W., 84, St. Michael, Brookville, Sept. 8. Husband of Mary Rosenberger. Father of Brenda Belaire and Terry Rosenberger. Stepfather of LuAnn and Patricia Johnson. Brother of Franciscan Sister Mary Collista Rosenberger and Franciscan Sister Mary Helen Rosenberger.

ROTHBAUER, Delphine, 80, St. Paul, Sellersburg, Sept. 8. Mother of Jacqueline Riester and Tom Rothbauer. Sister of Martha Vest. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of seven.

St. John, Mary Louise, 92, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 9. Mother of Francis St. John. Sister of Frederick Englert. Grandmother of two.

SCHMIDT, Stephen E., 61, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Aug. 29. Husband of Betty Schmidt. Father of Stephanie Turner and Glen Schmidt. Son of Glen Schmidt. Brother of Ricky Schmidt. Grandfather of five.

SCHOPPENHORST, Francis L., 76, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, Sept. 9. Father of Kathy Duncan, Anna Hayman, Jean McGee and Michael Schoppenhorst.

STEARNS, Margaret, 81, St. Mary, North Vernon, Aug. 31. Wife of Donald Stearns. Mother of Peggy Hamilton, Bee Murphy, Keith and Wayne Stearns. Sister of Celia Walsh. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.

STUMLER, Marie C., 80, St. John the Baptist, Starlight, Sept. 20. Mother of Frieda Book, Paul, Philip and Robert Stumler. Sister of Martha Missi, Janet, John, Joseph and Paul Atkins. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 10.

TRABEL, Helen Rose, 85, St. Peter, Franklin County, Aug. 27. Mother of Marea Kamphaus, Barbara Prickel, Elaine Warren, Patricia and Gregory Trabel. Sister of Anne Biehle and Vincent Wissel. Grandmother of four.

VIERHILE, Joseph Benjamin, 40, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 14. Husband of Charleen (O’Brien) Vierhile. Father of Josie, Benjamin and Ryan Vierhile. Son of Lois Vierhile. Brother of Lisa Rhein, Andrew and Thomas Vierhile.

WISKER, Kenneth J., 78, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Sept. 17. Husband of Jean Wisker. Father of Debbie Knopp, Linda, Dick, Don and Mike Wisker. Brother of Barbara Patterson and Raymond Wisker. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of one.

WOLFE, Mary, 91, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Sept. 1. Mother of Marilyn Miller and Thomas Wolfe. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of three.

WURZ, John K., 83, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Sept. 1. Husband of Alvina Wurz. Father of Diane Gray, Maryellen Szentsey, Janet Wilkerson and Jay Wurz. Brother of Helen Allison and Kathryn Cento. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of four.

Father James Brune of Evansville was ordained in archdiocese

Father James Brune, who was ordained in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis then served in the Diocese of Evansville when it was established later, died in his sleep on Sept. 15 at the Villa Maria, the diocesan home for priests in Evansville, Ind. He was 85.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Evansville Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger on Sept. 18 at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery in Evansville.

James Anthony Brune was born on May 22, 1923, in Evansville.

He studied for the priesthood at the former Saint Meinrad High School, the former Saint Meinrad College and the Saint Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Evansville Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman on May 22, 1948, at Assumption Cathedral in Evansville.

His ministry assignments were at parishes in the Evansville Diocese.

He retired in 1995 and celebrated the golden anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in 1998.

Surviving are three sisters, Elizabeth O’Daniel of Omaha, Neb., and Isabelle Preske and Jeanette Knapp, both of Evansville; and two brothers, Judge William Brune of Evansville and Thomas Brune of Poseyville. †

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