February 4, 2011


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ALBERT, Alice Marie (Dobson), 83, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Jan. 2. Mother of Lorie Fallon and Michael Albert. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of three.

ANDERSON, Carol Ann, 64, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Jan. 12. Wife of Frank Anderson. Mother of Rebecca Dickerson and Donald Anderson. Sister of Bette Eggleston. Grandmother of four.

BANET, Jerry L., 79,

St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Jan. 17. Husband of Joan (Seng) Banet. Father of Maribeth Bradley, Brian, Dennis, Douglas, Gerald and Gregory Banet. Brother of Loretta Atkins, Venita Lynch, David, Edmund, Frank and Raymond Banet. Grandfather of five.

BARNHORST, Shirley, 84, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Jan. 11. Mother of Ann Taylor, Tom and William Barnhorst. Sister of Mark Freihage. Grandmother of three.

BECKERICH, Joyce M. (Abrams), 80, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis, Jan. 9. Wife of Donald Beckerich. Mother of Mary Ann Beckerich, Karen Feeney and Nancy Perry. Sister of Dolores Stewart, Larry and Michael Abrams. Grandmother of eight.

BELL, Frances M., 65, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Jan. 22. Wife of James Bell. Mother of Kathleen Pope, Andrew and James Bell. Sister of Susan Berards, Nancy Huber, Rita Johnson, Janet Yurgosky, Paul and Thomas Ponichtera. Grandmother of seven.

BEST, Mary Mildred, 98, Holy Family, New Albany, Dec. 28. Mother of Patricia Dion, Sheila Payton and Kenneth Best. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of seven.

BESWICK, Thelma (Busald), 97, Holy Family, New Albany, Dec. 31. Mother of Donna Detrick. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of six.

BRINDLEY, Carol Kay, 65, St. Mary, Rushville, Jan. 10. Wife of Harry Brindley. Mother of Lisa Bostic and Gregg Brindley. Grandmother of five.

BRUNS, Edna A., 85, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 15. Mother of Cyndi Moeller, Bob and Steve Bruns. Sister of Pauline Mulvaney, Mary Jane Sullivan, Donald, Ralph and Russell Dwenger. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 12.

CAPARO, Elizabeth J., 82, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis, Jan. 6. Mother of Daniel and Joseph Caparo. Sister of Sarah Harvey and John Jones.

CISSELL, Charles A., 92, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Dec. 25. Husband of Lola Lee Cissell. Brother of Kevin and Kip Downing, Janet James, Janice Isaacs and Randy Cissell. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 11.

CORRAO, Ruth Ann, 80, Holy Family, New Albany, Jan. 14. Mother of Bill and Pete Corrao. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of four.

CROSS, Robert Lee, 66, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Jan. 23. Husband of Wilma (Jones) Cross. Father of Robert and William Cross. Son of Juanelle Cross. Brother of Judy Reid and Jerry Cross. Grandfather of six.

DENNISON, Valerie Ann (Scott), 46, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Jan. 18. Mother of Brea Blake, Andrew, Bradley and Jordon Dennison. Daughter of Nadene (Trosper) Williamson. Sister of Sharon Hussein, Tara Williamson, Glenda, Jacqueline and Mark Scott. Grandmother of three.

ELLIOTT, James E., 85, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 12. Father of Patrice Grizzle, James and Keith Hepfer. Brother of Bonnie Cook. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of 10. Great-great-grandfather of one.

FELTMAN, Rita M., 99, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Jan. 9. Mother of Ann Leighton and Lawrence Feltman. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of eight.

FLANAGAN, James, 61, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Jan. 2. Husband of Ann (Schonecker) Flanagan. Father of Andy, Danny and Stephen Flanagan. Brother of Theresa Taylor and John Flanagan.

FULNER, Thomas C., 75, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 10. Husband of Marilyn Fulner. Father of Stacy Edgecomb, Carol Sandberg, Diane Robinson, Eileen Weaver, Guy, Scott, Lt. Col. Terence and Thomas Fulner. Brother of Lois Dunn. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of five.

GAUCHAT, Eloise M., 85, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 15. Mother of Stephanie Emerson, Kay Miller, Cathy Stewart and Philip Gauchat. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of nine.

GUNHOUSE, Dr. Thomas J., 81, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Jan. 15. Husband of Betty Gunhouse. Father of Margaret Gielczewski, Camilla Lovati and Steven Gunhouse. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of five.

HARRINGTON, Deborah K., 61, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 20. Mother of Stephanie Rock and Jeff Harrington. Sister of Donna Ruggles and Chris Vogelsang. Grandmother of four.

HENSCHEN, LaVena, 93, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Jan. 3. Mother of Theresa Kellihan, Jane McCammon, Mary Ann Welsh and Max Henschen. Sister of John Pferrer. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of five.

HODAPP, Alfreda M., 94, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Jan. 5.

HOGGATT, Theresia W., 85, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Jan. 3. Sister of Roberta Stratman. Aunt of several.

JAMES, Stephanie E., 33, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 14. Daughter of Ronald and Kristine James. Sister of Melissa Genrich and Amy James. Granddaughter of Vona Belle James.

JOEST, Ralph E., 88, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Jan. 23. Father of Rita Rogers, Ralph and Ronald Joest. Brother of Judy Barnes, Betty Whilite, Shirley, Jim, Joe, Kevin and Paul Joest. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of three.

Providence Sister Dorothy Deal was a teacher and principal

Providence Sister Dorothy Deal, the former Sister Damien, died on Jan. 2 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 91.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 7 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery there.

Dorothy Helen Deal was born on July 3, 1919, in Brazil.

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 Dorothy earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and master’s degree in education at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

During 74 years as a Sister of Providence, she served as a teacher or principal for 40 years at Catholic grade schools in Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

In the archdiocese, Sister Dorothy served at St. Philip Neri School in Indianapolis from 1944-45, St. Thomas Aquinas School in Indianapolis from 1949-59, the former Annunciation School in Brazil from 1959-60, St. Matthew School in Indianapolis from 1973-75 and St. Malachy School in Brownsburg from 1975-77.

She also ministered as a parish secretary at Annunciation Parish in Brazil from 1986-90.

From 1979-86, Sister Dorothy served as the facilities coordinator at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

She also ministered as a reading specialist at the United Southside Community Organization in Indianapolis from 1977-79.

In 1990, Sister Dorothy returned to the motherhouse and served in a variety of ministries, including at the Providence Center gift shop, until 2010.

She is survived by a sister, Rita Fritsch of Brazil.

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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