January 29, 2010


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ALVIS, Sheryl, 58, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Jan. 11. Mother of Craig, Kelly and Patrick Alvis, Benjamin and Nicholas Giant. Sister of Judie Fisher, Sue McDonald, Polly Snyder, Rita Thornburg and Eldona Wiley. Grandmother of one.

DUNBAR, Patricia, 68, St. Nicholas, Sunman, Nov. 7. Wife of Jerry Dunbar. Sister of Howard Bischoff.

FISCHER, James, 84, St. Paul, Tell City, Jan. 11. Husband of Jo Ann Fischer. Father of Carolyn Herrmann. Brother of Rosie Johnson, Dave and Tony Fischer. Grandfather of three.

FROEHLICH, William, 83, St. Paul, Tell City, Jan. 8. Husband of Jean Froehlich. Father of Jo Ann Sherry, David, John, Paul and William Froehlich Jr. Stepfather of Kristi Jackson, Timothy and William Mangum. Brother of Bernadine Alvey, Dorothy Collins, Delores Hahus, Anita and Virginia White, Bernard, Don and Larry Froehlich. Grandfather of seven.

GAMBLE, Evelyn, 100, St. Andrew, Richmond, Jan. 14. Sister of George Block.

GAUCK, Margaret M., 91, St. John the Evangelist, Enochsburg, Jan. 17. Mother of Polly Fox, Donald, Ernest, Gerald and Timothy Gauck. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 23.

HANLEY, Helen B., 70, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Jan. 10. Mother of Kimberly Maue and Paul Hanley. Sister of Nancy Harris, Wanda O’Brien, Janet Starr, Clessie, Dorman and Leonard Holloway. Grandmother of three.

JOURNELL, Ruth S. (Searcy), 88, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Jan. 9. Aunt of several.

KLEEMAN, Jim, 64, St. Paul, Tell City, Jan. 12. Husband of Kathy Kleemann. Father of Natalie and Derek Kleemann. Son of Helen Kleemann. Brother of Trudy Powell, Judy Sumner, Joe, Kenny and Paul Kleemann. Grandfather of two.

KNUEVEN, Elaine Marie, 54, St. Nicholas, Sunman, Jan. 8. Daughter of Mary Anne Knueven. Sister of John, Michael and William Knueven.

LINNE, Maurice, 85, St. Pius V, Troy, Jan. 17. Husband of Onia Evelyn Linne. Father of Kathy Hess and Marcie Young. Brother of Eugenia Arnold, Linus and Urban Linne. Grandfather of seven.

LUBER, Powell A., 91, St. Mary, Greensburg, Jan. 16. Husband of Lena Deloris Luber. Father of Mary Green, Linda, David and Robert Luber. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 26.

MATTOX, Bernard E., 63, Mary, Queen of Peace, Danville, Jan. 14. Husband of Kathie (Westfall) Mattox. Father of Amy King, Abigail Price, Brian Gruner and Paul Mattox. Grandfather of 18.

PRENTICE, Doris M., 78, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Jan. 14. Mother of Donna and Kathy Nobbe, Dan and Mike Prentice. Sister of Charles and Tim Bentfield. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of seven.

RINGWALD, Wilfred, 93, Prince of Peace, Madison, Jan. 6. Father of Theresa Buehler, Agnes Clift, Barbara Grandstaff, Karen McClure, Marilyn Swift, Patricia Turner, Andrew, Charles, David, Donald, James, Joseph, Leo and Michael Ringwald. Grandfather of 37. Great-grandfather of 21.

ROLFES, Rose Marie, 52, St. Nicholas, Sunman, Nov. 27. Wife of Jon Rolfes. Mother of Sarah, Michael and Phillip Rolfes. Daughter of Anne Reisman. Sister of Mary Graf, Annette Hountz, Terri Sterwerf, Larry, Steve and Tom Fischer. Grandmother of one.

WOERNER, Edward Francis, 79, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Jan. 5. Husband of Beverly Woerner. Father of Joseph and Robert Woerner. Brother of Marie Brummett.

ZIEGLER, Lisa Ann (Fahey), 48, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Dec. 20. Wife of Robert Ziegler. Daughter of Elaine Fahey. Sister of Joan Theiman and Bernard Fahey Jr.

Providence Sister Brendan Harvey ministered in Taiwan and co-authored several children’s books

Providence Sister Brendan Harvey died on Jan. 14 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. She was 90.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 18 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Margaret Harvey was born on Aug. 27, 1919, in Ayrshire, Scotland.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 9, 1937, and professed her first vows on Aug. 15, 1939, and her final vows on Aug. 15, 1945.

Sister Brendan earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree in special education at Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, Wis.

During 73 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered in education for 36 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Maryland, Missouri and Illinois, teaching grade school and special education students.

In the archdiocese, Sister Brendan taught at Holy Cross School in Indianapolis from 1947-55, Nativity School in Indianapolis from 1955-58, St. Patrick School in Terre Haute from 1962-66, St. Mary’s Child Center in Indianapolis from 1966-69, the former Cara School in Terre Haute from 1969-72 and the Children’s Learning Center in Terre Haute from 1972-75.

In 1988, Sister Brendan ministered for a year in Taiwan, where she helped begin a school for children with disabilities that later expanded to four sites.

She helped write the text for the first-grade edition of the To God through Music Series, workbooks for the Economy Reading Series, a children’s book, The Story of Anne Therese, about St. Theodora Guérin, and a coloring book.

In 1992, she began working with Catholic Charities in Terre Haute, which led to her opening and directing the Providence Food Pantry in West Terre Haute. She also served as a tutor at Providence Educational Services and activity room coordinator at the motherhouse.

She continued her volunteer service until December 2009.

Surviving is a sister, Providence Sister Marie Brendan Harvey.

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

Providence Sister Mary Magdalen Schwartz served as a grade school teacher and college registrar

Providence Sister Mary Magdalen Schwartz died on Jan. 16 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 87.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 23 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Armella Ann Schwartz was born on Sept. 26, 1922, in Chicago.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 2, 1941, and professed her first vows on Jan. 23, 1945, and her final vows on Jan. 23, 1950.

Sister Mary Magdalen earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree in physical science at the University of Notre Dame.

She ministered in education for 45 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Massachusetts.

In the archdiocese, Sister Mary Magdalen taught at Holy Cross School in Indianapolis in 1945 and St. Philip Neri School in Indianapolis from 1946-49.

She served as registrar at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1977-79.

In 1983, Sister Mary Magdalen began full-time volunteer work for her congregation as well as community service.

In 2000, she retired to the motherhouse and began her prayer ministry full-time with the senior sisters.

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

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