June 18, 2010


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BEATY, John C., 61, St. Joseph, Rockville, May 24. Husband of Dorothy Beaty. Father of Jennifer Rausei. Brother of Barbara Glasson, Cindy Malory, Josephine Venturella, Bryan, Jimmy and Robert Beaty.

BORHO, Raineldes, 83, St. Paul, Sellersburg, May 28. Father of Donna Adams, Diane Shaver, Patrick and Randy Borho. Brother of Margaret Mathies, Betty Lou Wollenman and Norman Borho. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of five.

BROWN, William K., 51, Annunciation, Brazil, May 29. Son of Lucille Brown. Brother of Jack Brown. Uncle of several.

CALKINS, Robert D., 80, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, June 3. Husband of Joan (Ankenbruck) Calkins. Father of Linda Alspaugh, Kathleen Simpson, Michelle Wrenn, Dan and Terry Calkins. Brother of Jerry Calkins. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of eight.

CASEY, Roscoe V., 85, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, May 27. Husband of Rosemary (Dant) Casey. Father of Rebecca Schlecht, Brenda Toney and Steve Casey. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of four.

FERGUSON, Dr. Edmund, 81, St. Joseph, Rockville, May 26. Husband of Donna Ferguson. Father of Jamie Baird, Jana Hopf and Dr. Jon Ferguson. Brother of Marceline Richardson and Dr. Dennis Ferguson. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of five.

GRIFFIN, Mary R., 67, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, May 24. Sister of John Griffin. Aunt of several. Great-aunt of several.

HAASE, Tyler, 20, Sacred Heart, Clinton, May 27. Son of Doug Haase and Susie Nestler-Myers. Stepson of Jim Nestler-Myers and Sheila Haase. Stepbrother of Meredith Myers-Baker, Nate Myers, Brittany, Kendall, Kyla and Whittney Kirby. Grandson of Don and Minnie Milani-Haase and Roberta Nestler.

HARDWICK, Clarice J., 79, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, May 26. Mother of Jenelle and Sean Hardwick. Sister of Marguerite Cain. Grandmother of two.

HILL, Irma J., 78, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, May 7. Wife of Robert Hill. Mother of Lisa Scott and Alan Hill. Sister of Frank and Wayne Stemle. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of one.

HILL, Ruth V. (Hegner), 89, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, May 29. Mother of Donald, Kenneth Jr. and Lawrence Hill. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of eight.

HUBER, Robert L., 83, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, June 8. Husband of Rosemary Huber. Father of Monica Murray, Anna Seymour and Gregory Huber. Grandfather of four.

JOHNSON, Curtis L., 22, Immaculate Conception, Millhousen, June 1. Son of Archie and Veronica (Brancamp) Johnson. Brother of Michaela and Jordan Johnson.

MATTINGLY, David, 63, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, June 1. Husband of Casey Mattingly. Father of Jodi, Kelly, Mary, Patty, Stacy, Teresa and Michael Mattingly. Son of Joseph and Mary Mattingly. Brother of Angela, Patricia, James and Joseph Mattingly. Grandfather of nine.

MOTTA, Evelyn, 90, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, May 30. Mother of Gail Hintz. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of four.

OELKER, Hubert Lawrence, 73, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, May 30. Husband of Marilyn Oelker. Father of David and Michael Oelker. Brother of Johanna Jarvis, Clifford and Maurice Oelker. Grandfather of one.

REYNOLDS, Agnes, 94, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, May 23. Mother of William Goff. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 10. Great-great-grandmother of two.

RICHMOND, June B. (Rhudy), 81, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, June 3. Mother of Mary Ann Barlow, Christian, Donald and Thomas Richmond. Sister of Thomas Rhudy. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of seven.

Franciscan Sister Rosita Purler was a teacher and principal

Franciscan Sister Rosita Purler, a member of the congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died on June 2 at St. Clare Hall, the sisters’ health care facility at the motherhouse, in Oldenburg. She was 93.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 4 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Irene Anna Purler was born on Dec. 18, 1916, in Old Monroe, Mo.

She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on June 10, 1931, and professed her final vows on July 2, 1938.

Sister Rosita served as a teacher and principal at Catholic grade schools and as a superior for her order during 56 years of ministry.

In the archdiocese, she taught at the former St. Francis de Sales School in Indianapolis for 16 years, Little Flower School in Indianapolis for six years and St. Louis School in Batesville for seven years.

In 1974, Sister Rosita was elected the assistant reverend mother of the Oldenburg Franciscans by her sisters, and served two years in this leadership position.

In 1982, she returned to her educational ministry and served as a teacher and principal at Catholic schools in Ohio and Missouri.

In 2004, Sister Rosita retired to the motherhouse, where she lived at St. Clare Hall.

Surviving are a sister, Norma Burkemper of Lake St. Louis, Mo., 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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