April 22, 2011


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ANDRES, Stephen A., 59, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, April 7. Son of Paul and Helen Andres. Brother of Rosie Donner, Kathy Martin, Donna Swartz, Chuck, David, John, Mike and Ronald Andres.

CISSELL, Margaret (Schindler), 98, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, April 5. Mother of Jennie Harris, Beverly Jutt, Bonnie Nichter, Bob and Ronald Cissell. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of nine.

CONN, William Alan, 41, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, April 3. Father of Jamie and Jacob Conn. Son of Douglas Conn and Theodora Martinez. Brother of Patrick and Scott Conn.

CURREN, John S., 88, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, April 2. Father of Drenda Brunt, John and Samuel Curren. Brother of Maxine Scherschel, Collen Smith and Robert Curren. Grandfather of five. Step-grandfather of one. Great-grandfather of 11.

DAMIN, Imogene, 84, St. Paul, Tell City, April 5. Mother of Paul Damin.

DUERSTOCK, Kenneth L., 86, St. Louis, Batesville, April 9. Father of Carol Ciesielski, Theresa Dickman, Rose Hountz, Cathy Duerstock and Alice Schwegman. Brother of Helen Tebbe, Cyril, Marvin and Urban Duerstock. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of four.

ELIASON, Virginia, 88, Holy Family, Richmond, April 11. Mother of Sharon Corder, Jeanne Ferguson, Michelle Lindsey, Paula Snipe and Walter Lake. Stepmother of Janet Hollenback, Jack and Jim Eliason. Sister of Carol Cerqua and Joan Keller. Grandmother of 22. Great-grandmother of several. Great-great-grandmother of one.

FAFATA, Joseph J., 86, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, March 30. Brother of SeRita Lux, Catherine McGinley, Dorothy Ramsey and Marjorie Rhoda.

FLAHERTY, Thomas Gerald, 86, St. Paul, Tell City, April 3. Husband of Maxine Flaherty. Father of Sharilyn Franzman, Lavonne Miller and Marlin Flaherty. Brother of Vestina Rudoph. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of six.

GARVIN, Mary Catherine, 74, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, April 7. Wife of Samuel Garvin. Sister of Helen Adams, Rita Heede, Rose and John McNelis.

HAUG, Magdalen, 98, St. Mary, Navilleton, March 30.

HAYES, Kevin Patrick, 48, St. Roch, Indianapolis, April 4. Husband of Leslie (Searcy) Hayes. Father of Preston Stickles, Clayton and Colton Hayes. Son of Timothy and Charleen (O’Connor) Hayes. Brother of Patty Liegibel, Kathleen Lynch, Peggy Murphy, Danny and Dennis Hayes.

HIBBELN, Dr. Frederic P., 72, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, April 6. Husband of Carolyn Hibbeln. Father of Michelle McClellan and Matt Hibbeln. Brother of Sara Surface. Grandfather of six.

KERNEL, Dr. Paul B., 80, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, March 10. Father of Anne Gibbons, Kathy O’Neill, Sue Thompson, Mary, Kevin and Paul Kernel. Grandfather of seven.

LOICHINGER, James Paul, 65, Holy Family, Oldenburg, April 11. Father of Leslie Baker, Lenee Bohman, Leanne Jenner, Jacob, Jerome, John and Joseph Loichinger. Brother of David and Richard Loichinger. Grandfather of eight.

KLINGSMITH, Willis James, 75, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, April 3. Husband of Rose Ellen Klingsmith. Father of Pamela Sons, Mary Kathleen Wiese, Kevin and Tracy Klingsmith. Brother of Mary LaFine. Half-brother of Vanta Carter, Wendy Goodman, Edgar Jr. and William Wooten. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of four.

LOWE, Don Robert, 66, St. Mary, Greensburg, April 8. Husband of Regina Lowe. Father of Dawn Schuman, Tammy, Alan and Stephen Lowe. Son of Floyd Lowe. Brother of Doris Maines, Dale and David Lowe. Grandfather of eight.

LUX, George C., 78, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, April 7. Husband of Sondra Lux. Father of Lesa Johnson, Brad and Larry Lux. Stepson of Helen Lux. Stepbrother of Janette Alexander, Beth Garrett, Linda Stewart, Frank, Greg, Jerry, Mark, Max, Nick, Ralph and Tommy Lux. Grandfather of two.

MITRIONE, Evelyn, 88, Holy Family, Richmond, March 28. Mother of Beverly McClure and Jerry Neff. Sister of Naoma House. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of four.

SCHEIDLER, Jerome P., 89, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, April 3. Father of Terry Williams, Bill, Dr. David, John and Mark Scheidler. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of two.

SPETH, Clara L., 96, St. Louis, Batesville, April 10. Mother of Sue Giebel and James Speth. Sister of Edward Merchen. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of six.

STEINER, Theodore W., 99, Most Precious Blood, New Marion, April 2. Father of Theodore Steiner. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of seven. Great-great-grandfather of three.

SUDING, Romilda M., 98, St. Roch, Indianapolis, April 4. Mother of Marilyn Brewer, Paul and Stephen Suding. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 21. Great-great-grandmother of one.

Providence Sister Frances Maureen McGrory served as a teacher, principal and congregation administrator

Providence Sister Frances Maureen McGrory died on March 26 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 83.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 31 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Frances Mary McGrory was born on July 23, 1927, in Boston.

She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 2, 1946, professed her first vows on Aug. 15, 1948, and professed her final vows on Aug. 25, 1953.

Sister Frances Maureen earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and master’s degree in education at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

During 65 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered in education for 48 years—including 27 years as a principal—at Catholic schools in Indiana and Illinois.

Sister Frances Maureen also served in administration for the congregation for nine years.

In the archdiocese, she taught at St. Susanna School in Plainfield from 1953-58 and served as the principal at Nativity School in Indianapolis from 1958-64.

In 2007, she returned to the motherhouse and ministered in prayer with the senior sisters.

Surviving are a brother, Daniel McGrory of Chicago, and three sisters, Colleen Cunningham of Chicago, Maureen Meister of Palatine, Ill., and Daughter of Charity Jean McGrory of Taiwan.

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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