March 27, 2009


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CONLEY, Patrick J., 59, St. Gabriel, Connersville, March 14. Brother of William Conley.

DAVIS, Agnes, 74, Holy Family, New Albany, March 17. Mother of Nancy Amy, Phyllis Clark, Brenda Kadel, Jane Witten, Kathy, Charles, Glenn, Jerry and Tom Davis. Sister of Shirley Clements, Eula Wright and Joseph Robinson. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of one.

DESJARDINS, Rosemary, 90, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Jan. 31. Mother of Mary, Christopher and Vincent Desjardins. Sister of Marion and Frank Morriss.

DOLE, Geraldine, 71,

St. Joseph, St. Leon, Feb. 27. Wife of James Dole. Mother of Linda, Doug, Mark and Mike Dole. Sister of James Rolfes. Grandmother of eight.

FONDA, Otis, 64, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, March 3. Husband of Sandy Fonda. Father of Erik, Mark and Todd Fonda. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of one.

GARTELMAN, Cecilia M., 92, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, March 3. Mother of Marilyn (Alerding) Waltman. Grandmother of two.

GELARDEN, Hettie Marie, 97, St. Paul, Tell City, March 7. Aunt of several.

GOLDSMITH, Carol J., 69, Holy Family, Oldenburg, March 12. Wife of Elmer Goldsmith. Mother of Paula Fledderman, Jill Reidy, Dan, Mark and Tom Goldsmith. Sister of Mary Grote, Roseann Prickel, Doris Walke, Edward and Richard Gindling. Grandmother of 13.

HAMILTON, Robin L., 51, Prince of Peace, Madison, March 11. Wife of Gerald Hamilton. Mother of Brittney, Gerri and Bradley Hamilton. Daughter of Marvin and Betty Shadday. Sister of Paula Bell, Jodi Johnson, Mary Beth Weinshinker, Kenneth Fuqua II and Marvin Shadday II. Grandmother of four.

HEIGHTCHEW, Lucy P., 71, Prince of Peace, Madison, March 9. Mother of Virginia Sanders-Beach, William Howard and Barry McDowell. Sister of Jackie and William Guy. Grandmother of six.

HUBER, Marilyn (Dunn), 79, St. Roch, Indianapolis, March 6. Mother of Jerilyn Sauer, Denise Spellman, Daniel, Michael and Vince Huber. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of two.

JOHNSON, Edythe, 89, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Terre Haute, March 7. Mother of Michele Chernay, Cheryl Wolfe and Brian Johnson. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of nine. Great-great grandmother of two.

JONES, Mary Alice, 65, Holy Family, New Albany, March 12. Sister of Nancy Russell, Melba, Terri, Bill, John and Paul Jones.

KIDWELL, Alice M., 99, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, March 9. Mother of Susan Gilstrap, Mary Lou Lannan and Dolores Marmonti. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 25.

KROGER, Ellen I., 92, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis, March 4. Aunt of one.

LAWLESS, Elizabeth V., 86, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 28. Mother of Beth Jones and Gregory Lawless. Sister of Marcia Baker and Geraldine Shell. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of five. Great-great-grandmother of two.

LOWER, William, 87, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Feb. 28. Husband of Mittie Lower. Father of Barb Maurath, James and John Lower. Brother of Donald and Robert Lower.

MALONE, Rebecca A., 80, St. Paul, Tell City, March 4. Wife of Ralph Malone. Mother of Molly Byrd, Jennifer Copeland, Katie Rothgerber, Kelly, Michael, Patrick and Tim Malone. Sister of Patricia Crawford, Linda and Jim Ludwig. Grandmother of several.

MONTGOMERY, Jean L., 72, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Oct. 30. Wife of Jim Montgomery. Mother of Kimberly, Michael and Steven Montgomery. Sister of Lauretta Kuster. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of one.

MULINARO, Michael Joseph, 23, St. Jude, Indianapolis, March 13. Son of Michael and Terri (Buchanan) Mulinaro. Brother of Marisa Mulinaro. Grandson of Toni and Ronald Buchanan and Mary Meyer. Great-grandson of Tom and Ethel Smith.

NASIS, Consuelo V., 85, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, March 17. Sister of Isabel Justiniano, Flora Joven, Julio and Quirino Nasis.

NAVILLE, Rita Catherine (Bir), 89, St. Mary, Navilleton, March 9. Mother of Betty Beck and Mary May. Grandmother of five.

PRUITT, William Edward, 63, St. Paul, Tell City, March 14. Husband of Mary Jo Pruitt. Father of Tammy Presley and Chad Pruitt. Brother of Charlotte Bennett, Carol Green, Nancy Proctor, Larry and Ray Pruitt. Grandfather of four.

QUIGLEY, Mary Domenica (Matusewicz), 92, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, March 6. Mother of Jo Clarke, Carrie Drummond, Dennis and Pat Quigley. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of 25.

RIDDLE, Robert A., 74, St. Paul, Tell City, March 12. Husband of Rose (Pund) Riddle. Father of Stacy Hagman. Brother of Bill, Jack and Rodney Riddle. Grandfather of four.

RIEDMAN, Dorothy A., 89, St. Michael, Brookville, Feb. 16. Sister of Phyllis Clark, Thelma Karbowski and Harry Riedman.

RINGER, George Robert, 90, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, March 9. Father of Mary Ellen Keen. Grandfather of one.

ROTH, Margaret, 75, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, March 4. Sister of Joan Holzer and William Roth.

SATTERTHWAITE, Clementine, 96, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, March 12. Mother of Toni Ambuehl, Jan Ballak, Mary Murry, Margaret, Peter and Stephen Satterthwaite. Grandmother of 21. Great-grandmother of 24. Great-great-grandmother of one.

SCHNIEDERS, Gary Joseph, 53, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, March 5. Father of Sierra Jo Schnieders. Son of Eldridge Schnieders. Brother of Linda Banker and Susan Johnson.

SHIELDS, Gertrude R., 99, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Dec. 17.

Mother of Robert Shields. Grandmother of two. Great grandmother of four. Great-great-grandmother of two.

SHINN, William, 87, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Feb. 26. Husband of Ruth (Freeland) Shinn. Father of Billie Carr, Mary Shields, Tina Wilmont, Bill, Jim, John, Kevin, Roni, Tom and Tony Shinn. Grandfather of 22. Great-grandfather of 18.

SPARKS, John M., Jr., 92, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis, March 8. Father of Sharon and Steven Edwards, Betty Fowler and Rev. Dr. Bonnie Sparks. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of two.

SPICER, Alice, 83, St. Paul, Tell City, March 4. Mother of Phyllis Fiscus, Patricia Harrison, David and James Spicer. Grandmother of 11.

STEMM, Ella Mae, 84, St. Mary, New Albany, March 5. Wife of Dr. Wilson E. Stemm. Mother of Victoria Lopp and Dr. Wilson S. Stemm. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of five.

SUMMERVILLE, David K., 52, St. Jude, Indianapolis, March 14. Husband of Margaret Ann (Wilson) Summerville. Father of Colin Summerville, Todd and Tyler Willing. Brother of John Summerville Jr. Grandfather of four.

TEKULVE, Clara M., 95, Holy Family, Oldenburg, March 5. Mother of Daniel, Michael and Thomas Tekulve. Grandmother of eight. Step-grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 12.

Providence Sister Jean Arkenberg was a teacher and math specialist

Providence Sister Jean Arkenberg, formerly Sister Marian Jean, died on March 8 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. She was 85.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 13 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Dorothy Jean Arkenberg was born on Nov. 22, 1923, in Chicago.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 5, 1941, and professed her first vows on Aug. 15, 1943, and her final vows on Aug. 15, 1949.

During 68 years as a member of the congregation, Sister Jean ministered as a teacher for 55 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Missouri and Washington, D.C.

In the archdiocese, Sister Jean taught at Holy Cross School in Indianapolis from 1948-49, St. Paul School in Sellersburg from 1949-52 and the former St. Ann School in Indianapolis from 1952-53.

In 1986, she began 12 years of service as a school mathematics specialist.

In 1998, Sister Jean returned to the motherhouse and worked in various ministries, including as a seamstress.

Surviving are a brother, Raymond Arkenberg of Brookfield, Ill., as well as three sisters, Providence Sister Catherine Arkenberg of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Marian Domkowski of Chicago and Zita Andree of Lombard, Ill.

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

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