October 29, 2010


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BEYER, Donetta M., 82, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Oct. 15. Mother of Vicki Keller, Christina Lovitt, Rebecca Nunnally and Raymond Beyer II. Sister of Doris Burress and William Powell. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 12. Great-great-grandmother of two.

CALDWELL, Edward Lytle, 83, Mary, Queen of Peace, Danville, Oct. 3. Husband of Marilyn Caldwell. Father of Cathleen Hardy, Sarah Goecke, Lorraine, Susan, Edward and Joseph Caldwell. Brother of Bess Nolt and Gladys Seaborne. Grandfather of seven.

DeFABIS, Ernest, 81, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Oct. 9. Husband of Geraldine DeFabis. Father of Jennie Alexander, Diana Arnold, Mary Earles, Dan, Joe and John DeFabis. Brother of Michael and Philip DeFabis. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 10.

DIVER, Mary E., 98, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Oct. 12. Mother of Kathy Barker, Deanne Bengston and Mary Lou Knapp.

EMS, Carl, 92, St. Mary, Navilleton, Sept. 27. Father of Linda Jones, Carol McMillin, Cindy Mills, Dotti Whitaker, Jake, Steve and Ted Ems. Grandfather of 23. Great-grandfather of 26.

GROTE, Hilda M., 100, St. Mary, Greensburg, Oct. 13. Mother of Mildred Mauer, Eugene, Gerald, John, Marvin and Vincent Grote. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 19.

JAMES, Hilda C., 94, St. Paul, Tell City, Oct. 6. Mother of Mary Jo Pruitt, Roberta Williams and Gary James. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of eight. Great-great-grandmother of one.

JEFFRIES, Teresa R., 78, St. Jude, Spencer, Oct. 7. Wife of Jesse Jeffries. Mother of Anne Basey, Vicki Campos, Gina Hoosier, Cindy Johnson, Tonya Oliver, Terri, Mark and Wayne Jeffries. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of 13. Great-great-grandmother of one.

KELLER, Ella Marie, 82, St. Mary, New Albany, Oct. 7. Wife of Robert Keller. Mother of Mark and Matt Keller. Grandmother of two.

LENAHAN, Mary Susan, 80, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, Oct. 11. Wife of James Lenahan. Mother of Jean Adams, Kathleen Brackman, Marie Gunter, Judith Schiewer, Colleen Simon, Therese Warren, Aletha and Timothy Lenahan. Sister of Carol Barth, Barbara Edwards, Jacquelin Flanagan and Elizabeth McPherson. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of six.

MARKS, Melanie Rae, 69, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Oct. 6. Mother of Stephanie McGlaughlin. Sister of Sharon Price, Brian, Craig and Jeffrey Arsenault. Grandmother of one.

MARMION, E. Michael, 79, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 10. Husband of Patricia Marmion. Father of Abigail, Melinda and Michael Marmion. Brother of Maureen Bartolucci. Grandfather of three.

MEYER, Verena L., 99, St. Louis, Batesville, Oct. 12. Mother of Marilyn Scheele. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of six.

MOLNAR, Rose, 92, former member of St. Michael, Greenfield, Sept. 11. Mother of Loretta Neal, Betty and Tom Molnar. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 15.

PREUSS, Howard, 77, St. Mary, Navilleton, Sept. 18. Husband of Carol Preuss. Father of Laura Shaffer, Paula Zurschmiede and Dr. H. Fred Preuss Jr. Brother of Joe Preuss. Grandfather of six.

SCHMUTTE, James L., Sr., 91, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Oct. 4. Husband of Mauna (Galbo) Schmutte. Father of Carleen Paul, James Jr. and Peter Schmutte. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of eight.

SCHREIBER, Mary Ann, 80, Holy Family, Richmond, Oct. 13. Wife of John Schreiber. Mother of Suzette McIntosh, Michele Smith, Tina

Valdois-Bruner and Michael Valdois. Stepmother of Pat Angi, Carol Jordan, Mary Porfido, Susan and Jonathan Schreiber. Sister of Betty Lake, Lee and Paul Henry. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of 10.

SCHROEDER, Merle G. (Kelly), 98, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 6. Aunt of several.

SNOW, Silas E., 78, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Oct. 8. Husband of Patricia Snow. Father of Daniel, Mark and Michael Snow. Brother of Della and T.J. Howard. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of 21.

SPAYD, Theresa, 60, St. Mary, Lanesville, Oct. 9. Wife of Richard Spayd. Mother of Darlene Karem, Andrew and Keith Spayd. Grandmother of seven.

TROUT, Madonna, 61, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Sept. 27. Wife of Neil Trout. Mother of Regina Trout. Grandmother of two.

WHISLER, Donald H., 71, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, Oct. 4. Father of Christopher and Joseph Whisler. Brother of Barbara Clements, Teresa Hardiman, Mary Rapacz, Michele, Dennis and Richard Whisler. Grandfather of five.

WHITSETT, Malcolm, 81, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 30. Husband of Barbara Whitsett. Brother of LaVon Waddell.

WINTZ, James F., 60, St. Louis, Batesville, Oct. 9. Husband of Kathy Wintz. Father of Beth Fleming, Stephanie Hammond and Emily Wintz. Son of Ruth Wintz. Brother of Mary Hershberger and William Wintz.

WOLBERT, John C., 79, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Oct. 11. Husband of Therese Wolbert. Father of Stephen and Terrence Wolbert. Brother of Jean McCaslin and Mary Lund. Grandfather of two.

WOLFSCHLAG, Robert L., 66, Prince of Peace, Madison, Aug. 29. Father of Laurie Wolfschlag. Brother of Linda, Bill, David and Tom Wolfschlag. Grandfather of two.

Little Sister of the Poor Mary James de Ste. Helene was 91

Little Sister of the Poor Mary James de Ste. Helene died on Oct. 7 at the St. Augustine Home for the Aged in Indianapolis. She was 91.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 11 at the St. Augustine Home for the Aged Chapel in Indianapolis. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in Indianapolis.

The former Agnes Fischer made her first profession as a Little Sister in Queens, N.Y., on June 10, 1940. She celebrated 70 years of vows this year.

Sister Mary James had been at the service of the residents of the St. Augustine Home since April 8, 1992.

She also served as the mother superior at many homes for the elderly operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor in the U.S.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Augustine Home for the Aged, 2345 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260. †

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