October 31, 2008


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BAUER, David Anthony, 60, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, Oct. 13. Husband of Roxanne (Burris) Bauer. Father of Andrea, Adam and Anthony Bauer. Brother of Gregory and John Bauer.

BECKER, Leon Victor, 54, St. Michael, Brookville, Oct. 17. Husband of Carol (Ronnebaum) Becker. Father of Melanie Nevels, Joseph and William Becker. Brother of Amy Westerburg and Melvin Bruns. Grandfather of three.

BINTZ, Lucille Elizabeth, 90, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 9. Mother of Marilu, Jack and Jerry Bintz. Grandmother of three.

BRELAGE, Doris A., 65, St. Louis, Batesville, Oct. 18. Wife of Jerry Brelage. Mother of Craig and Todd Brelage. Sister of Marilyn Erfman, Janet Sturwold and Don Federle. Grandmother of one.

CONN, Kelley Jewell, 45, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Oct. 5. Wife of Samuel Conn. Mother of Vernaeya and Kendall Conn. Daughter of Patricia Howard. Stepdaughter of Dr. Jim Howard. Sister of Lisa Rasdon. Granddaughter of Cecelia Fischer.

CORYA, Franklin, 87, St. Mary, Greensburg, Oct. 17. Husband of Margaret Corya, Father of Mary Ann Tebbe, John and Paul Corya. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 12.

CULP, Janet, 67, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Terre Haute, Oct. 13. Wife of Arthur Culp. Mother of Heidi Lockhart, Terry Lynch, Patricia Niece, Pamela Padgett, Jennifer and Anthony Ellinger. Sister of Jean Welch and George Morrison.

CURRAN, John James, 71, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Oct. 7. Husband of Mary Lou Curran. Father of Maureen, Michael and Patrick Curran. Brother of Mary Jo Hawkins and Philip Curran.

DAUBY, Adaline, 91, St. Paul, Tell City, Oct. 12. Wife of Ferdinand Dauby. Mother of Donald Dauby. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of one.

DORSETT, Robert A., II, 85, St. Mary, North Vernon, Oct. 13. Husband of Eleanor (McCauley) Dorsett. Father of Nora Campbell, Mary Kilgore, Joanna, Robert III and William Dorsett. Brother of Betty Jo Palmer and Helen Plumer. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of three.

DULLAGHAN, M. June (Houle), 87, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Oct. 13. Mother of Kathy Boulais, Mary Geogantes, Carole Napolitano, Joanie Smith, Daniel, James, Mark, Michael and Richard Dullaghan. Sister of Allene and Laura Cole, Lois Dupuis, Rosemary Kugler and Bob Houle. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of seven.

FLECK, Terrence, 39, St. Michael, Bradford, Oct. 15. Husband of Sharon (Light) Fleck. Father of Amber, Elizabeth and Victoria Fleck and Brandon Lee. Brother of Delores Ham, Margaret Pilkins, Desarge Fleck, Debra, Jackie and Rick Kidd.

GUY, Lucille J., 88, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Oct. 19. Mother of Mary Carson, Mary Hinck, Denise O’Connor, Barbara, Earl and Tony Pruitt. Sister of Pauline Hemmelgarn. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of 34. Great-great-grandmother of two.

GWIN, Donald R., 83, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Oct. 13. Father of Ann Colegrove.

HANNEBAUM, Patricia J., 77, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Oct. 9. Mother of Debbie Dillow and Scott Hannebaum. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of five.

HITCHEL, Cynthia M., 66, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Oct. 12. Mother of Lisa Hitchel. Sister of David Martin. Grandmother of two.

HOKE, Robert E., 81, St. Anne, New Castle, Oct. 11. Husband of Sarah Hoke. Father of Linda Miller, Valerie Ryan, Susan Timmons, Jennifer, Kathleen, Brian, Gary and William Hoke. Brother of Carolyn Denning. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of three.

KEATING, Beverly Ann, 63, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Oct. 16. Mother of Amy and Kathy Keating. Daughter of Berniece Burch. Sister of Donna Lannan, Brenda Nonte and Greg Burch.

KILE, Freda A., 81, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Oct. 14. Mother of Terri Pestona and Paul Kile. Sister of Mary Fehrringer and Luella Lamppert.

KILLINGER, John W., 92, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 29. Husband of Barbara Killinger. Father of Karen, John and William Killinger. Stepfather of Kathleen and Brian Walsh. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of one.

LANG, Robert F., 83, Holy Guardian Angels, Cedar Grove, Oct. 14. Father of Karen Ludwig, Bob, Dave and Tom Lang. Brother of Mary Crawley and John Lang. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of eight.

LANNING, Robert D., 88, St. Michael, Brookville, Oct. 9. Father of Mary Scott, David and Mark Lanning. Brother of Berniece Goble, Bertha Knecht, Betty Martin, Kathryn Van Dalsen, Opal Rhodes, Mary Tebbe, James and John Lanning. Grandfather of three.

LEIGHTON, Lucy Louise, 63, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 10. Wife of David Leighton. Mother of Ana Georgopulos, Susan Taylor, Sheila and Leo Leighton. Daughter of Louise Dryer. Sister of Michael and Pete Dryer. Grandmother of seven.

MAXWELL, Samuel V., 84, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Oct. 17. Husband of Jo Ann Maxwell. Father of Linda Robinson, Christine Trainor, Kathleen, David and Steven Maxwell. Brother of Wayne Maxwell. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of 12.

MICHEL, Emma Lue, 88, St. John the Baptist, Osgood, Oct. 15. Mother of Jenny Schwipps and Carole Michel. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of two.

MISKOWEIC, Frank, Jr., 82, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Oct. 12. Husband of Marjorie Miskoweic. Father of Lori Kenney and Judy Noblet. Grandfather of two.

NORDHOFF, Gerald F., 71, St. Michael, Bradford, Oct. 18. Husband of Harriet (Mills) Nordhoff. Father of Harriet Wiles, Albert and Jerry Nordhoff. Brother of Mary Ann Savage, Charles, Dennis, Edward, Paul and Ralph Nordhoff. Grandfather of four.

PATTEN, Donald E., 79, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 9. Husband of Dorothy Patten. Father of Denise Grannon, Dione Jarboe, Dinah Thompson, Dean and Douglas Patten. Brother of Frederick Patten. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of four.

QUEST, Michael Paul, 45, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Oct. 13. Son of Nancy Quest. Brother of Terry Krueskamp and Bill Quest.

QUINLAN, Marcia Ann, 70, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Oct. 8.

RADABAUGH, James, 51, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 25. Husband of Colleen Radabaugh. Father of Ashley Whitehead and Jeff Radabaugh. Son of James and Marian (Carr) Radabaugh Sr. Brother of Brenda Frye, Cindy Ryan, Jackie and Joe Radabaugh. Grandfather of three.

REED, John W., 83, St. Paul, Sellersburg, Oct. 11. Husband of Mickie Reed. Father of Angie Bentley, Debbie D’Angelo, Teresa Hoover, Vicky Kiefer and Jack Reed Jr. Brother of Bette Opela and Bill Reed. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of nine.

RICHARDSON, Joseph A., 94, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Oct. 20. Father of Jody O’Connor, Mary Ann Weaver and John Richardson. Brother of Eleanor Reimer and Robert Richardson. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 19.

RUCKER, Louise Ann, 96, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Oct. 8. Aunt of one.

STRACK, Winifred, 82, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Oct. 13. Mother of Marie Ameis, Peggy Sappenfield, Greg and Joe Strack. Sister of Margaret Maxwell, William Leonard and Benedictine Father Sebastian Leonard. Grandmother of nine.

VERCHECK, Louis, 85, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Oct. 19. Husband of Josephine Vercheck. Stepfather of Marie Lacava, Lewis and Regis Giammaria.

VONDERHEIDE, Megan M., 22, St. Michael, Brookville, Oct. 19. Daughter of David Vonderheide and Mary Beth Baird. Stepdaughter of Pat Baird. Sister of Becki Alfred and Betsy Vonderheide. Granddaughter of Mary Francis Meier-Clarkson and Elmer and Betty Vonderheide.

WALKE, Richard Otto, 92, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Oct. 17. Brother of Bertha Wagner and Ernest Clemons. Grandfather of three.

WILSON, Dale, 60, St. Mary, Greensburg, Oct. 16. Husband of Catherine Wilson. Father of Brian, Jeff and Wade Wilson. Son of Hershel and Thelma Wilson. Brother of Pat Koors, Roberta Witowich and Harold Wilson. Grandfather of two.

WOODWARD, Cynthia (Taliaferro), 56, St. Mary, New Albany, Sept. 20. Wife of Steven Woodward. Mother of Stephanie Woodward. Sister of Sharon Schaftlein, Lou Ann Thieneman, Kevin and Morris Taliaferro. Grandmother of three.

WYSONG, James G., 62, St. Charles, Milan, Oct. 15. Husband of Helen Wysong. Father of Bryan Wysong. Son of Celestine and Margaret Wysong. Brother of Marcella Lake and Rocky Wysong.

YELLAND, David, 52, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 30. Husband of Sheila (Hess) Yelland. Father of Brandon and Jerad Yelland. Brother of Mary Bosecker, Susan Brewer, Patricia Ellis and Becky Trogden.

ZAPP, Paul Malcolm, 84, Prince of Peace, Madison, Oct. 17. Father of Becky King. Brother of Marge Harmon. Grandfather of three.

Providence Sister Rose Louise Schafer ministered in education

Providence Sister Rose Louise Schafer died on Sept. 5 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 91.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 10 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Agnes Marie Schafer was born on June 8, 1917, in Danville, Ill.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 2, 1934, professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1936, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1942.

Sister Rose Louise earned three bachelor’s degrees at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

During 74 years as a Sister of Providence, Sister Rose Louise ministered in education for 32 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois and North Carolina.

In the archdiocese, Sister Rose Louise taught at the former St. Catherine School in Indianapolis from 1942-44 and the former Annunciation School in Brazil from 1955-58.

She served as a regional provincial councilor, an administrative ministry for the congregation, from 1964-71 then returned to teaching for four years at St. Philip Neri School in Indianapolis from 1971-75.

Sister Rose Louise ministered as director of religious education at St. Anne Parish in New Castle from 1982-86 then moved to New Albany, where she served as receptionist at the Providence Retirement Home for four years.

In 1990, she retired to the motherhouse to minister in prayer and give service to the congregation in a variety of ways.

Surviving are four brothers, Louis, Paul, Thomas and Walter Schafer, all of West Lafayette, Ind., and two sisters, Beatrice Steiner of West Lafayette and Margaret Whiteis of Huddleston, Va.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.

Providence Sister Ann Michele Kiefer taught school for 41 years

Providence Sister Ann Michele Kiefer died on Sept. 30 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 77.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 2 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Catherine Ann Kiefer was born on Oct. 22, 1930, in Terre Haute.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 7, 1948, professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1950, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree in education at Ball State University.

During 60 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered in education for 41 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois and California.

In the archdiocese, Sister Ann Michele taught at the former St. Benedict School in Terre Haute from 1950-51, Our Lady of the Greenwood School in Greenwood from 1955-56, St. Jude School in Indianapolis from 1965-67, Holy Spirit School in Indianapolis from 1967-68, St. Luke School in Indianapolis from 1968-77 and St. Matthew School in Indianapolis from 1977-79.

Sister Ann Michele also taught at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis from 1979-89 and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1989-91.

In 1992, she began seven years of service as a pastoral care associate at the Damien Center in Indianapolis, where she ministered to persons living with HIV/AIDS. Next, she volunteered at a hospice for two years.

In 2002, Sister Ann Michele moved to Virginia and continued to volunteer in various ministries related to health and healing.

She returned to the motherhouse in July 2008 and dedicated herself to the senior sisters’ ministry of prayer.

Surviving are two brothers, Michael Kiefer of Indianapolis and Jacob Kiefer of Savannah, Ga.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.

Daughter of Charity Catherine Duffey was Indianapolis native

Daughter of Charity Catherine Duffey, a native of Indianapolis, died on Oct. 10 at Seton Residence in Evansville, Ind. She was 89.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 13 at the Seton Residence Chapel. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery in Evansville.

She graduated from St. John’s Academy in Indianapolis in 1937 and entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis in April 1940.

After her initial formation training in 1941 at Marillac Provincial House in St. Louis, Sister Catherine was assigned there as a bookkeeper. Later that year, she was sent to St. Mary Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis., to serve as business manager.

In 1948, Sister Catherine returned to Marillac Provincial House to serve as an accountant.

Beginning in 1952, she ministered in various positions in the business offices of De Paul Hospital in St. Louis; St. Vincent Hospital in Los Angeles; St. Joseph Hospital in Alton, Ill.; St. Mary Hospital in Evansville, Ind.; St. Vincent Infant Hospital in Chicago; and Marillac Provincial House.

In 1973, Sister Catherine completed a bachelor’s degree in theology at Marillac College in St. Louis.

In response to her eagerness to serve the poor in their homes, Sister Catherine was assigned to serve at St. John’s Mission in Charleston, Miss.

From 1974-75, she served as a sister visitor at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich., then was assigned to minister at Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala., in the business office for four years.

Sister Catherine moved to Evansville and served at Mater Dei Provincialate as an assistant to the provincial treasurer from 1979-84. She was assigned to Seton Manor in Evansville in 1984 as the business manager.

In 1989, she ministered as a docent at the Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, Md.

A year later, Sister Catherine returned to Evansville to serve as an accountant at the Mater Dei Provincialate.

In 1998, she went to live at St. Vincent Residence in Evansville and was an outreach worker for the poor at the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Sister Catherine retired to Seton Residence in 2002 and was active in the ministry of prayer.

Surviving are a sister, Margaret Eacret of Indianapolis, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Daughters of Charity Foundation, 9400 New Harmony Road, Evansville, IN 47720. †

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