March 18, 2011


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ABEL, James M., 73, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, March 9. Husband of Regina Abel. Father of Angelita Cain, Teresa Flick, Kim Gholston, James Jr., Matthew, Nicholas and Scott Abel. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one.

BEILOUNY, Susan A., 74, Christ the King, Indianapolis, March 7. Mother of Kathy, Bob and Joseph Beilouny. Sister of Chris Henry, Kay Ramsey and Charles Conway V. Grandmother of one.

BEYER, John J., Jr., 89, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Feb. 26. Father of Alice Bottorff, Rose Mary Sheedy, Michael, Stephen, Timothy and Thomas Beyer. Brother of Norma Browning, Liz Hewitt, Clara Winkler, James and Walter Beyer. Grandfather of 12.

BOOTH, Shirley, 75, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Feb. 18. Mother of Wallace Grimes.

BROWN, Rita, 73, St. Michael, Bradford, Feb. 23. Wife of Frank Brown. Mother of Amanda Brown-Wise, Janine and Antony Brown Sr., Gary, Marvin and Robert Swartwood. Sister of Lioba Ehhalt and Alberta Rung. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of three.

BUSSERT, Betsie, 27, St. Agnes, Nashville, Jan. 31. Daughter of Jessica Bussert and Sharon Bussert. Sister of Heather, Rebecca, Germaine and Steven Bussert.

CAMPBELL, Eileen T., 77, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Feb. 24. Mother of Kara Davis, Mary and Jay Campbell. Sister of Thomas Reidy. Grandmother of eight.

CHILDS, Lawrence Timothy, 47, St. Mary, Indianapolis, Feb. 20. Brother of Helen, Anthony, Charles Jr. and Norman Childs.

COVENEY, Eugene J., 85, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Feb. 27. Husband of Mary Alice Coveney. Father of Eileen Lager, Anne, Ursuline Sister Agnes Coveney, Margaret, Gene, James, John and Martin Coveney. Brother of two. Grandfather of nine.

DIDAT, Robert L., 81, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, March 10. Husband of Emma (Bell) Didat. Brother of Patricia Holsclaw, Elmer, James, Jerome and Regis Didat.

EMERSON, Robert W., 86, Holy Family, New Albany, March 5. Husband of Shirley (Brodfuehrer) Emerson. Father of Alice Deich, Nina Hitner, Catherine Knabel, Margie and William Emerson. Brother of Nina Butera, Hazel Carter, Garrette Jr. and George Emerson. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of 10.

GRAMMAN, Donald A., 81, St. Michael, Brookville, March 6. Husband of Elizabeth Gramman. Father of Pam Brown, Judy Conwell, Patty Heckel, Nancy Meyer, Jeanne Murphy, Sharon Pepper, Debbie Seale, James, Randy, Rick and Tim Gramman. Brother of Delores Ginder, Ruth Stenger, Lucille Teufel, Laurine, Carol, Melvin and Whitey Gramman. Grandfather of 24. Great-grandfather of 15.

GREENAWALT, Thomas L., 56, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, March 2. Son of Martin and Frances Greenawalt. Brother of Kristin and Mary Kay Greenawalt.

GUILFOY, Tom, 57, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, March 10. Husband of Susie Guilfoy. Father of Amy Finnell, Christina Fossett, Nicole Heim, April and Autumn Gibbons, Alexis and Joey Guilfoy. Brother of Beth Spiegel, Margaret, Joe, John, Kevin and Paul Guilfoy. Grandfather of 10.

HIGGINS, Lisa, 38, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Jan. 24. Wife of Vince Higgins. Mother of Emily, Hannah, Karissa, Zoe and Christopher Higgins. Daughter of Chester and Jean Jones. Granddaughter of Enola Walls.

HOFF, Blanche, 88, St. Peter, Franklin County, Feb. 16. Mother of Celesta Allen, Rita Berger, Matilda Bischoff, Bertha Fledderman, Alice Hughes, Rita Wuesterfeld and Alvin Hoff. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 11.

JACOBI, Mary Rita, 84, St. Michael, Bradford, March 1. Sister of Joseph and Melvin Jacobi.

JONES, Donald Lee, 76, St. Michael, Bradford, Jan. 16. Husband of Shirley Jones. Father of Linda Abner, Ruth Hackman, Anita Stumler, Keith, Kevin, Mark and Robert Jones. Brother of Rita Utz. Grandfather of 28. Great-grandfather of two.

KATCHUR, George John, 88, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Feb. 21. Husband of Anne Katchur. Father of Jo Ann Mullin, Edward, George and John Katchur. Brother of Veronica Baker, Dorothy Katchur and Ann Paluchak. Grandfather of 10.

KOEHL-O’BRIEN, Janet (Firsich), 70, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Jan. 20. Wife of Charles O’Brien. Mother of Donna Goorhouse, Brian and Jeffrey Koehl. Sister of Louise Firsich, Olivia McMahon and Bob Firsich. Grandmother of eight.

LOTZ, William N., 79, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Feb. 19. Husband of Theresa Lotz. Father of Nancy Cheek, Patricia Meyer, Mary Rosenberger, Carole  Russell, Janice Warner and Bill Lotz.

McGOFF, James P., Sr., 86, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, March 8. Husband of Dorothy McGoff. Father of Patricia Nowlan, Mary, James, John and Kevin McGoff. Grandfather of 11.

MENKHAUS, Alma M., 97, St. Maurice, Decatur County, March 7. Mother of Mary Ann Fry, Dale and Daniel Menkhaus. Sister of Thelma Bedel and Anthony Oesterling. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of six.

MILLER, Marie Catherine, 96, St. John the Baptist, Starlight, Feb. 28. Sister of Catherine Kruer, Dolores Popp and Marcella Weikel. Aunt of 33.

MILLER, William P., 80, American Martyrs, Scottsburg, Feb. 25. Father of Pamela, Peggy and William Miller Jr. Brother of Mary Camire, Phil and Richard Miller. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 28.

MOORE, Myra Joan, 81, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, March 7. Wife of Homer Moore. Mother of Gina Owens, Tod and William Moore. Sister of Mary Merrell, Nancy Wilson and David Sears. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of nine. Step-grandmother of two.

OLIVER, Beatrice, 80, St. Matthew, Indianapolis, March 6. Mother of Kathy Hernandez, Mary Ann Keller, Judy Rigdon, Crissy, Dan, Ed, Fred, Joe, Mark and Tom Oliver. Sister of Ruth Williams. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 14. Great-great-grandmother of one.

OVERTON, Nicholas, 60, St. Mary, New Albany, Feb. 24. Brother of Alma Bailey and Phillip Overton.

QUINN, Forrest Mitchell, 92, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Feb. 4. Husband of Eileen Quinn. Father of Maureen Burris, Nadine McMains and Kathleen Quinn. Brother of Carole Bates, Bernadine Wampler and Joseph Quinn. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of 12.

RAYMOND, June Marie, 64, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, March 3. Wife of Thomas Raymond. Mother of Kelly Scott and Scott Raymond. Daughter of Letiticia Hartman. Sister of four. Grandmother of three.

RINARD, David V., 61, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Feb. 21. Brother of Michael Rinard.

SCHAEFER, Michael G., 86, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 2. Husband of Doris Schaefer. Father of Rebecca Arnold, Susan McClain, Kevin, Michael, Patrick and Steven Schaefer. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of 21.

SCHROEDER, Doris, 81, St. Andrew, Richmond, March 3. Wife of Melvin Schroeder. Mother of Marsha Clark, Mary Ropp, Barbara Woolum, Gwendolyn and Duane Schroeder. Grandmother of three. Step-grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two. Step-great-grandmother of nine.

SENG, Robert Reid, 65, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Feb. 26. Brother of Yvonne Thomas. Stepfather of Melissa Millet, Stephanie Talbott and Michael Glassgow. Grandfather of five.

SKINNER, Frederick R., 88, St. Agnes, Nashville, Feb. 4. Father of Pamela Hynes, Sandra Spencer, Carla Sarver, Albert, Donald, Martin and Phillip Skinner. Brother of Icel Skinner. Grandfather of 22. Great-grandfather of 37. Great-great-grandfather of eight.

SMOCK, Patrick J., 75, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Feb. 12. Father of Mary Baxter, Bridgit Finn, David, Patrick II and Steve Smock. Grandfather of 14.

STEMLE, Renee, 36, St. Mary, New Albany, March 2. Mother of Charles Strickland. Daughter of Linda Ryan. Sister of Dennis Stemle.

VIRES, Tara Leigh (Rooks), 23, American Martyrs, Scottsburg, Jan. 1. Mother of Jayden and Trenton Vires. Daughter of Rickey Rooks and Karen Boswell. Sister of Hannah and Jacob Rooks. Granddaughter of Don and Bea Boswell, Arvin and Linda Rooks, and Gary and Wanda Eddings.

WANSTRATH, Norman A., 86, St. Louis, Batesville, March 2. Father of Jan Carlson, Julie Jackson, LuAnn Zeszut, Jim, Ken, Randy and Russ Wanstrath. Brother of Dorothy Oliger. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of nine.

WHITSETT, Robert Francis, 89, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, March 3. Father of Julie Shoultz, Edward, Patrick and Robert Whitsett. Grandfather of six.

WILKES, Joseph L., 81, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, March 7. Father of Michelle, Christopher and Kevin Wilkes. Brother of Phyllis Zeps. Grandfather of two.

WOEHLER, Donald G., 75, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Feb. 12. Husband of Barbara (Sprong) Woehler. Father of Julie Brown, David, Jeff, Jim, Kenneth, Kevin and Terry Woehler. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of one.

WORLAND, Roberta, 87, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, March 6. Wife of Stephen Worland. Mother of Priscilla Oppenheimer, Joy, Nancy, Sally, Susan, Robert and Steven Worland. Sister of Mary Jane Couchon. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 11.

Providence Sister Ann Xavier Hau served as a teacher, principal and in parish ministry

Providence Sister Ann Xavier Hau died on March 1 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 90.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 4 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Bernice Margaret Hau was born on Nov. 12, 1920, in Chicago.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 5, 1939, and professed her first vows on Aug. 15, 1941, and her final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

Sister Ann Xavier earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and master’s degree in education at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

During 72 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered for 50 years at Catholic grade schools in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, California and Missouri.

In addition to teaching, Sister Ann Xavier served as a principal for 12 years. She retired from teaching in 1992 then served in parish ministry for six years.

In the archdiocese, Sister Ann Xavier ministered at the former Holy Trinity School in New Albany from 1946-47 and Our Lady of the Greenwood School in Greenwood from 1956-57.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

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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