May 21, 2010


Please submit in writing to our office by 10 a.m. Thursday before the week of publication; be sure to state date of death. Obituaries of archdiocesan priests serving our archdiocese are listed elsewhere in The Criterion. Order priests and religious sisters and brothers are included here, unless they are natives of the archdiocese or have other connections to it; those are separate obituaries on this page.

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ADAMS, Mary J. (Raia), 90, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, May 6. Sister of Roy Raia.

BAKER, Steve, 59, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, May 4. Husband of Linda (Gavin) Baker. Father of Lindsay Cooper, Jenny Hehmann and Scott Baker. Son of Dorothy Baker. Brother of Carol Duncan, Donald Jr., Jeff and Jerry Baker. Grandfather of seven.

BURGER, Joan K., 75, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, May 1. Wife of Robert Burger. Mother of Susan Curry, Ann Sterling, Laura and Wayne Burger. Sister of Walter Andersen. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.

COSBY, Mary K., 86, St. Paul, Tell City, March 22. Mother of Janie Chase and Mark Cosby. Sister of Olive Foster. Grandmother of three.

DOTTENWHY, John W., 86, Mary, Queen of Peace, Danville, April 30. Husband of Catherine Dottenwhy. Father of Jim and John Dottenwhy. Brother of five. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of two.

FLANAGAN, David John, 54, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis, April 29. Husband of Kaye (Tharpe) Flanagan. Brother of Deborah, Diane and Donald Flanagan.

GARING, Thomas Lee, 55, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, April 28. Husband of Barb Garing. Father of Evan and Nathan Garing. Brother of Marcia Baird and John Garing.

GESWEIN, Myla, 74, Annunciation, Brazil, May 5. Wife of Bert Geswein. Mother of Linda Minger, Cindy Rodman, Chuck and Jerry Geswein. Sister of Diane Terhune. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of three.

GLASSMEYER, Patricia, 87, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, May 11. Mother of Celeste Kleinhelter, Laura, Therese and Robert Glassmeyer III. Grandmother of two.

GROHOVSKY, Louise R., 88, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Terre Haute, April 18. Mother of Sharon Claretto, Bob, Gary and Larry Grobovsky. Sister of Judy Winniski. Grandmother of 10.

HANSEN, Regina, 94, Christ the King, Indianapolis, May 1. Mother of Beth Hansen.

HARTMAN, Martin H., 68, Holy Family, Oldenburg, May 5. Father of Barbara Minico, Jeff and Peter Hartman. Brother of Rose Eckstein, Evelyn Elsner, Dorothy Flaspohler, Lourine Gramman, Alfred, George and Richard Hartman. Grandfather of six.

HAWHEE, Forrest D., 68, St. Michael, Cannelton, May 5. Husband of Peg Hawhee. Father of Tracey Coyle and Frank Hawhee. Grandfather of five.

HAYDOCK, Robert G., 84, St. Therese of Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, April 27. Father of Denise Rose. Brother of Mary Helen Weaver and Joe Haydock. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of two.

HUGHES, James B., 81, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, May 8. Husband of Ruby Hughes. Father of Nancy Francavilla, Kate and James Hughes. Brother of Jo Ann Ethridge and George Hughes. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two.

JORDAN, Kevin S., 48, St. Paul, Tell City, April 12. Father of Catherine and William Jordan. Son of Jerry and Dorothy Jordan. Brother of Chris and Mark Jordan.

KIDD, Michael Joseph, 38, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, May 5. Husband of Christine (Catanzaro) Kidd. Father of Bethany and Codi Kidd. Son of Michael and Brenda (Miller) Kidd. Brother of Nicole Browder. Grandson of Alberta Kidd and Jackie Scott.

KNOEFEL, Countess Francesca Spina, 105, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, April 4.

LAMAR, Wilma, 75, St. Pius V, Troy, April 18. Mother of Donna, Doreen and David Lamar. Sister of Rose Flamion. Grandmother of one.

LEE, Mary (Pfeffer), 54, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, May 1. Wife of Terry Lee. Mother of Mikey Lee. Daughter of Karl Pfeffer. Sister of Heidi Blevins, Jayna Dunning, Gretchen, Eric, Karl Jr. and Mark Pfeffer.

MANSMANN, Dr. Barbara A., 50, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, May 2. Daughter of Don and Lois (Miller) Mansmann. Sister of Patti Freiberger, Don and Doug Mansmann.

NICHOLSON, Richard P., 86, St. Anne, New Castle, April 25. Husband of Rosetta Nicholson. Father of Cynthia, Christopher, James, Michael and Stephen Nicholson. Brother of Ruth and James Nicholson. Grandfather of six.

O’BRIAN, Frances E. (Strobel), 84, St. Paul, Tell City, April 22. Sister of Mary Rose Birchler, Rita Brockman, Carol Dauby, Dorothy Ferrando, Henry and Paul Strobel.

PARK, Andrew J., 98, Holy Family, New Albany, May 4. Husband of Elizabeth (Volpert) Park. Father of Mary Jo Arterburn and Richard Park. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of three.

PETER, Paul Wayne, 71, St. Pius V, Troy, April 12. Husband of Linda Peter. Father of Debbie Dauby.

RANDALL, Matthew David, infant, St. Mary, North Vernon, April 28. Son of Zachary Randall and Jennifer Nicole Beal. Grandson of Rodney and Janie Beal and David and Janet Randall.

RANDALL, Owen Michael, infant, St. Mary, North Vernon, April 28. Son of Zachary Randall and Jennifer Nicole Beal. Grandson of Rodney and Janie Beal and David and Janet Randall.

SALAMONE, Antonio J., Sr., 92, St. Michael, Cannelton, April 20. Husband of Alice Salamone. Father of Mary Austin, Lucy Sachak, Thomas and Tony Salamone Jr. Grandfather of six.

SIGWARD, Mary Ann (Adrian), 82, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, May 1. Wife of William J. Sigward. Mother of David, Kevin and William Sigward Jr. Sister of Irene McDuff, Franciscan Sister Paulita Adrian, George and Paul Adrian. Grandmother of five.

SIMS, Alberta, 89, St. Isidore the Farmer, Bristow, May 7. Mother of Donald Sims. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of two.

SOBLIT, Dorothy, 85, St. Mary, Richmond, April 26. Aunt of two.

STAAB, Thomas N., 71, St. Susanna, Plainfield, May 5. Husband of Judith (Cooper) Staab. Father of Suzanne Soller, Theresa Wilson, James and John Staab. Brother of Mary Lou Roembke. Grandfather of 10.

STUART, Charles Edward, 91, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, April 30. Husband of Dorothy Stuart. Father of Linda Bergsman, Mary Beth Kenny and Charles Stuart. Grandfather of nine.

YUX, Virginia W., 82, St. Mary, North Vernon, April 28. Wife of Albert Yux. Mother of Susie Claire, Sherri Lucas, Mary Magner, Ann Mock and David Yux. Sister of Barbara Wilson. Grandmother of 11.

Franciscan Sister Jean Wolf was a teacher, principal and organist

Franciscan Sister Jean Wolf, formerly Sister Jean Pierre, died on April 30 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, in Oldenburg. She was 89.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 3 at the motherhouse chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery there.

Imogene Marie Wolf was born on Nov. 2, 1920, in Evansville, Ind.

She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Sept. 8, 1944, and professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1950.

Sister Jean served as a teacher or principal at Catholic grade schools for 36 years.

She also ministered as an organist for many years.

In the archdiocese, Sister Jean served at St. Joseph Parish in St. Leon.

She also ministered at Catholic schools and parishes in the Evansville Diocese as well as in Ohio and Illinois.

From 1982 until 2004, Sister Jean served as the chaplain for St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Ind. She also volunteered at St. Vincent’s Food Pantry in Evansville.

In 2004, she retired to the motherhouse at Oldenburg and served her community as the convent chapel sacristan.

She also enjoyed gardening on the motherhouse grounds.

Surviving are two sisters, Isabelle Bittner of Haubstadt, Ind., and Estelle Schneider of Evansville; a brother, Charles Wolf of Evansville; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036. †

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