February 13, 2009


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BAKER, Irene, 87, St. Andrew, Richmond, Jan. 21. Wife of Farrell Baker. Mother of Bobby Lafuze, Dorothy Smoker, Beverly Wright, Mike, Roger and Ron Wiggs. Stepmother of Sherry Echeman, Linda Nixon and Wayne Baker. Sister of Thelma Matthews, Mildred McMichael, Kenneth and Lorin Toschlog. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 20. Great-great-grandmother of two.

BEARD, Traci (Deom), 33, St. Paul, Tell City, Jan. 13. Mother of Braeden, Spenser and Stori Beard. Daughter of Kenny and Darla (Mulzer) Deom. Sister of Tiffany Boyle and Wes Deom. Granddaughter of Juanita Mulzer.

BECKNER, Anna Frances, 96, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Jan. 23. Aunt of several.

BROWN, Kathleen Rose, 48, Holy Family, New Albany, Jan. 31. Wife of Timothy Brown. Mother of Bailey, Trent and Wade Brown. Daughter of Bo and Jeanie Hanks. Sister of Karen Severs, Kenny and Kevin Hanks.

CADDELL, Anna R., 83, St. Mary, North Vernon, Jan. 24. Mother of Catherine Walker, Mary Ann Scroggins and Julian Caddell Jr. Sister of Nick Pantaleo and Alexander Sarley. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.

COLVIN, Elizabeth, 87, St. Agnes, Nashville, Jan. 21. Mother of Paul Colvin. Grandmother of two.

CONNOR, Robert, 75, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 18. Father of Cheryl Shelton, Daniel, Gary, Richard, Robert, Thomas and Timothy Connor. Brother of Patricia Chulsky and Kay Peas.

CRIMMINS, Dorothy (Linnig), 90, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Jan. 26. Mother of Marilyn Benkelman, Mari Colleen Foster, Maureen Marzano, Bernard, Michael and Patrick Crimmins. Sister of Marjorie Finn, Mel Fox, Marianne Hoffman and Carolyn O’Rourke. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of three.

DARRAH, Millard E., 82, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Jan. 24. Husband of Dorothy Darrah. Father of Patricia Batdorf, Theresa Taylor, Karen and Michael Darrah. Brother of Mildred Workman, Sandy Young, Don and Jim Darrah. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandmother of nine.

DAY, Cecilia Josephine, 90, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Jan. 31. Mother of Judith Brizendine, Kathleen Henderson, Alice Meisberger, Pauline Morell, Mary Louise Van Noy, Janet Walker, Donald, Kenneth and Richard Day. Sister of Beatrice Bartsch and Joseph Zimmerer Jr. Grandmother of 25. Great-grandmother of 17. Great-great-grandmother of two.

DEERING, John F., 58, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 27. Husband of Paula Deering. Father of Kristen Bennett, Rebecca Buening, Jacob and Phillip Deering. Son of Milton and Ruth (Phillips) Deering. Brother of Nancy Bond, Debbie and Linda Miller, Lana Wilson, Ben, David, James, Matt, Milton, P. Jan and Richard Deering. Grandfather of eight.

DREWES, Lois D., 91, St. Michael, Brookville, Jan. 25. Mother of Teresa Benkert, Jean Spaeth and Michael Drewes. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 20.

ECK, Leonard A., 89, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Jan. 20. Father of Mary Louise Lady, Leonard, Raymond and Ron Eck. Brother of Catherine Wagner. Grandfather of 19. Great-grandfather of 32. Great-great-grandfather of eight.

EDWARDS, Pat, 70, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Dec. 18. Brother of Susie Apsey, JoRee Hayden, Judy Keller, Jean McDaniel, Martha Medley, Charles, Harry, Louis and Richard Johnson.

FRANK, Rose Marie, 69, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Jan. 14. Sister of Mary Jane Basey, Phyllis Bumps, Joie Fallon, Edna Nuckles and Dan Nolan. Grandmother of six.

GAUCK, Ruth A., 91, St. Maurice, St. Maurice, Jan. 24. Mother of Jane Hammersmith, Lois Nobbe, Carol Shaver, Janet Swain, Patti, Dale, James, Kenny and Rick Gauck. Grandmother of 28. Great-grandmother of 26.

HANSON, Peter G., 81, St. Joseph, Corydon, Jan. 20. Husband of Ruth (Baker) Hanson. Father of Michael Hanson. Brother of Mariella Unger. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of five.

HESS, Richard P., 77, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 20. Husband of Marilyn (Rogers) Brown Hess. Father of Christopher, David, Gregory, Michael and Paul Hess. Stepfather of Kimberly Brown Klein, Stacy Tennell Young and Kevin Brown. Brother of Jerry Hess. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of five.

HITTLE, Vivian Marie, 88, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Jan. 25. Sister of Virginia Naugle, Shirley Pettit and Martin Miller Jr.

HOWLAND, Georgia Lee, 86, St. Paul, Tell City, Jan. 13. Mother of Jackie Kempf, Jeanne Robbins, David, Mark and Mike Howland. Sister of Clarence Dickman Jr. Grandmother of three.

KNAPP, Virginia, 88, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 15. Wife of John Knapp. Mother of Barbara Brown, Linda Clancy, Dan and John Knapp Jr. Sister of Jane Wood. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 13.

McLEAR, Maxine, 73, Holy Family, Richmond, Jan. 24. Wife of Robert McLear. Mother of Sally Baumer, Kathleen Gray, Michael and Robert McLear III. Sister of Alice Kozlowski. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of two.

MOIR, Kevin D., 55, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 21. Husband of Kris Moir. Father of Andrew, Scot and Sean Moir. Grandfather of two.

MORRIS, Jenny, 89, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 29. Aunt of several.

MOSBY, James Richard, Sr., 85, St. Thomas Aquinas, Indianapolis, Jan. 18. Husband of Josephine Mosby. Father of Alieda Pleasants and Dr. James Mosby Jr. Grandfather of six.

MURPHY, Charles John, Jr., 71, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Jan. 21. Husband of Carol Murphy. Father of Patty Oskay, Joe Hall, Jackie, Danny, James and Kevin Murphy. Brother of one. Grandfather of five.

NEVILLE, Thomas, 62, St. Agnes, Nashville, Jan. 15. Husband of Cindy Neville. Father of Megan Bloom, Kate Braden, Kelli and Tom Neville Jr. Brother of Sally, Bob and Charles Neville. Grandfather of one.

NOBBE, Rosemary (Brancamp), 78, Immaculate Conception, Millhousen, Jan. 21. Wife of Ralph Nobbe. Mother of June Johanningman, Joyce Roahrig, Janet Shera and Thomas Brancamp. Sister of Angela Demoret, Bernadette Harpring, Irene Meyer, August, Carl, Cletus, Jerry and John Lamping Jr. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of three.

OECHSLE, John Paul, 70, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, Feb. 2. Husband of Marie Oechsle. Father of Molly Clawson, Hope Deckard, Suzanne Quinlan, Deanne Schilling, John and Ted Oechsle. Stepfather of Maria Hughes, Christina, Dan and Paul Pittman. Grandfather of 23.

PETER, Juanita, 77, St. Augustine, Leopold, Jan. 14. Mother of Vicky Goffinet, Danny and Greg Peter. Sister of Lucille James and Tom Damin. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.

PIERCE, Barney L., 73, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Jan. 27. Husband of Carolyn Pierce. Father of Kathi Helton, Denis and Timothy Pierce. Brother of Pamela Burgan, Donna Harris and Carolyn Resch. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of one.

RATHBURN, Denise Jeanne Josephine Mary (Dyer), 65, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Jan. 22. Wife of John Rathburn. Mother of Sarah Hall and Shane Rathburn. Sister of Ann Marie Johnston. Grandmother of four.

REGAN, Rosemary B., 91, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 20. Mother of Barbara Cory, Donna Kaiser and Carol Lathrop. Sister of Katherine Adams and Norma Jean Richards. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of eight.

ROBERTSON, Joann, 80, St. Joseph, Indianapolis, Jan. 28. Wife of Bernard Robertson. Mother of Therese Davidson and Paul Robertson. Sister of Charlotte Fowler. Grandmother of three.

ROCHFORD, Lenore T., 88, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis, Jan. 23. Mother of Paula Dashiell and Jim Rochford. Grandmother of five.

RUF, Renate Anna, 73, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Jan. 23. Mother of Jennifer Osment, Mary Jane Walsworth, Christine Werskey, Andrew, Frank and Thomas Ruf. Sister of Christa Baehr. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of one.

SEEWER, Albert E., 84, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Jan. 23. Father of Jim Seewer. Brother of Alfred, Arnold, Harry, Herman, Julius and Oscar Seewer. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of three.

SKIDMORE, Wilda, 90, Prince of Peace, Madison, Jan. 19. Wife of Richard Skidmore. Mother of Janice Anderson and Michael Neely. Stepmother of Kathryn Skidmore. Sister of Calvin Vass. Grandmother of seven. Step-grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of three.

UNVERZAGT, Walter, 81, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Dec. 16. Husband of Margaret (Gellert) Unverzagt. Father of Jody Diekhoff, Mary Ann Sharp and Diane Stadtmiller. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 12.

VAN NOY, John Michael, 67, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Jan. 24. Husband of Linda Van Noy. Father of Laura Altum, Kim Reilman, Brian, Jeff and Mike Van Noy. Brother of Charolette Allstatt, Madonna Gentry, Fran McMahon, Margaret Murphy, Bobby, Dick and Greg Van Noy. Grandmother of six.

VECERA, Edward, 87, St. Andrew, Richmond, Jan. 23. Husband of Ruby Vecera. Father of Juliet Allen and Diane Price. Brother of Vincent Vecera. Grandfather of five.

WALKER, Mary J., 94, St. Anne, New Castle, Jan. 22. Mother of Mary Clap and Robert Walker. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 13. Great-great-grandmother of three.

WALLACE, Mildred L., 74, Prince of Peace, Madison, Jan. 20. Mother of Mary Law, Jackie Long and John Wallace. Grandmother of five. Step-grandmother of two. Step-great-grandmother of one.

WARHOLAK, Mary Catherine, 65, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Jan. 23. Mother of Jeanette Sawi, Catherine, Laurie and David Warholak. Sister of Julie Brinkmann, Jane Duselis, Margaret Wright, Joseph and Patrick Spearing. Half-sister of Agnes Smith and Thomas Spearing. Grandmother of four.

WEIDMAN, Frederick Francis, Jr., 77, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Feb. 4. Father of Cindy Pietrzak, Sherri Thomas, Joyce Vojdani, Brian and Mark Weidman. Brother of Beverly Dearing, Sandra Detty, Audrey Kortzendorf and Sharon McDowell. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of three.

WHEATLEY, Regina, 77, St. Augustine, Leopold, Jan. 26. Mother of Kathy Gibson, Charlotte Persinger, Angela, Lisa, David, Gary, Jeffery and Timothy Wheatley. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 20.

WILKINSON, Rose Marie, 99, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Jan. 29. Mother of Sally, Jerry and John Wilkinson. Sister of William Leach. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of 12.

ZODERER, Mary Alice, 78, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Jan. 9. Mother of Rosemary Manifold, Jeanmarie Weston, Barbara, Kathryn, Arthur, Carl, Joseph and Paul Zoderer. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of four. †

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