October 1, 2010


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BEYER, Charlene, 76, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Sept. 11. Mother of Annie and Greg Baker. Sister of Norma Browning, Elizabeth Hewitt, Clara, James and John Beyer Jr. Grandmother of one.

BUTLER, Mary Ann, 81, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Aug. 15. Mother of Eileen Laham, Kathleen, Maureen, Michael, Terrance and Timothy Butler. Sister of Catherine Helmer. Grandmother of four.

CURSON, Harold R., 84,

St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Sept. 18. Husband of Sophie Curson. Father of Bruce, David, Kevin and Scott Curson. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of one.

DUDLEY, Suzanne J., 72, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Sept. 11. Wife of Jim Dudley. Mother of Laura Liotti, Renea Whicker and Eric Dudley. Sister of Rosemary Goodrich and James Puvel. Grandmother of eight.

FOX, Mary Elizabeth, 69, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, Sept. 15. Mother of Carrie Ailes, Janet Layne and Gary Fox.

GREENE, Thomas Gilbert, 77, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Sept. 19. Husband of Helen (Bauer) Greene. Father of Linda Beatty, Barbara Cooper and Edward Greene. Brother of Sharon Smith, Mary Wake and William Greene. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of 11.

HOLDAWAY, Richard A., 55, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Sept. 1.

HURRLE, Barbara Jean, 56, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Sept. 14. Wife of Steve Hurrle. Mother of Sarah Kegerreis, Sam and Steve Hurrle. Daughter of Robert and Jean Straight. Sister of Beth Armstrong, Cheryl Greene and Diane Miller. Grandmother of three.

JENNINGS, Delia Rose, 86, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 5. Sister of Julia O’Farrell and George Jennings. Aunt of several.

JEWELL, Dorothy L., 90, St. Mary, Greensburg, Sept. 14. Mother of Joyce Wilder and Mike Jewell. Sister of Carol Unseld. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of seven.

KLENE, David George, 57, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 12. Husband of Mary (Barker) Klene. Father of Julie, Rachel and David Klene. Brother of Christine, Dan, Jim, Mark, Steve and Tom Klene. Grandfather of one.

LEWIS, J. Richard, 76, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, Sept. 1. Husband of Clara Lewis.

LIBS, Eva F. (Fisher) Andres, 90, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Sept. 16. Mother of Jane Best, Cathy Boone, Carolyn Gehlbach, Vernetta Gettelfinger, Pat Hutt, Jo Ann Pendleton, Linda Smith, Alice Volpert, Bruce and Robert Andres, Dick and Robert Libs. Sister of Patsy Armstrong, Phyllis Fouts, Sharon Stiner, Eddie and Maurice Fisher. Grandmother of several.

LYDAY, Geraldine, 80, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Sept. 7. Mother of Kathy Carrico, Jackie Downs, Mary Ann Hefner, Terri Lewis, Jackie Matern, Christine Swartz, Mark and Peter Lyday. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of one.

McCALLISTER, Rosemary, 89, St. Mary, Rushville, Sept. 5. Mother of David, Mark and Michael McCallister. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of three.

MELTON, Marianne, 42, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Aug. 25. Mother of Aaron, Cody and Travis Melton. Daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Sylvester) Evans. Sister of Theresea Frausto and Tim Evans.

NOBBE, Charles J., 87, St. Anne, Hamburg, Sept. 20. Husband of Helen Nobbe. Father of Sharon Nobbe. Brother of Anna Mae Kruthaupt.

POHLMAN, Kathleen E., 81, St. Louis, Batesville, Sept. 18. Wife of John Pohlman. Mother of Lisa Durkin, Janice Enneking, Linda Wolters, Mary and Timothy Pohlman. Sister of Helen Enneking and John Oesterling. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of six.

POLSTON, Jarrod T., 18, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, Sept. 11. Son of Carl Polston and Marty Cangany. Brother of Ashleigh Polston, Jasmine and Peyton Cangany. Grandson of Ron and Sue Basey, Peg Pike and Frank Polston.

PURDUE-WORRELL, Mary Ellen, 94, St. Agnes, Nashville, Sept. 7. Mother of Sheryl Priddy. Stepmother of Georgena Heeringa and Frank Worrell. Grandmother of 10. Step-grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 22. Step-great-grandmother of six. Great-great-grandmother of one.

RANKIN, Richard A., 88, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Sept. 17. Father of Patty Martin, Linda Wibbels and Michael Rankin. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of 12.

ROSENBERGER, Richard, 47, Holy Guardian Angels, Cedar Grove, Sept. 20. Husband of Trisha Rosenberger. Father of Brittany and Blake Rosenberger. Son of Richard Rosenberger. Brother of Darcelle Bullock, Sharon Green and Connie Mergenthal.

ROSS, Ralph, 78, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, Sept. 1. Husband of Nanci Ross.

SAUNDERS, Mona, 94, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Sept. 8. Mother of Donna Jaccard, Barbara Murphy and Jean Saunders. Grandmother of several.

SHANNON, Sharon Kay, 68, St. Mary, New Albany, Sept. 13. Mother of Laura Ranieri and Steven Shannon. Daughter of Norma Piper. Sister of Cheryl Wilson and Earl Bealmear II. Grandmother of four.

SPRIGLER, Wolford, 85, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Sept. 11. Husband of Genny (Book) Sprigler. Father of Mary Ann Harritt, Linda Morgan, Norma Reutman and William Sprigler. Brother of Ann Eckert, Minnie Larson, Jane Navialle and Robert Sprigler. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of five.

WILSON, Sharon, 70, St. Joseph, Universal, Sept. 10. Mother of Donna Cottrell and Regina Hendrixson. Grandmother of two.

Providence Sister Margaret Ann McNamara served as a teacher, principal and general councilor

Providence Sister Margaret Ann McNamara, the former Sister Marie Nicholas, died on Sept. 1 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 75.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 4 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Margaret Ann was born on Aug. 5, 1935, in Chicago.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on July 22, 1955, professed her first vows on Jan. 23, 1958, and professed her final vows on Aug. 15, 1963.

Sister Margaret Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a master’s degree in elementary education at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry at Loyola University in Chicago.

During 55 years as a Sister of Providence, she served as a teacher or principal at Catholic schools in Indiana and Illinois for 13 years.

In the archdiocese, Sister Margaret Ann taught at Holy Family School in New Albany from 1960-63.

In 1973, she began working in administrative positions for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists in Chicago.

In 1983, Sister Margaret Ann was elected to the provincial leadership in the St. Joseph Province, and served her congregation in that capacity for eight years.

She also ministered as vice president for mission services with Wheaton Franciscan Services in Wheaton, Ill., from 1992-94.

Sister Margaret also served as the director of the deacon formation program for the Archdiocese of Chicago from 1994-96.

In 1996, Sister Margaret Ann was elected to a five-year term in the generalate leadership in the congregation, and served as a general councilor until 2001.

In 2004, she began her ministry of prayer full-time at the motherhouse.

Surviving are a brother, James McNamara of Chicago, and several nieces and nephews.

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

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