April 29, 2011


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BECK, John J., 85, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, April 11. Father of Linda Anthony. Grandfather of one.

BLANCHARD, Thomas A., 76, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, April 10. Husband of Jan Blanchard. Father of Laura Bennett, Paul Rutan II, Brett, Peter, Tim and William Blanchard. Brother of Mary Marshall and William Blanchard. Grandfather of nine.

BRADY, Dr. Thomas A., 95, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, April 7. Father of Patricia Brooks, Jane Wallner and Thomas Brady. Brother of Florence Burns. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of seven.

CLAPP, Wilbur, 96, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, April 9. Husband of Eileen Clapp. Brother of Lucile Seibert.

CORNELL, Helen, 93, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Dec. 19, 2010. Mother of Jean Waterman.

CURTISS, Margaret L., 78, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, April 3. Mother of Diane Decker. Sister of Charles Bauerle.

DAY, Bernard A., 96, St. Mary, New Albany, April 16. Father of Rosemary Killen, Bernie, Charley and Jim Day. Brother of Frances Gibson. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of eight.

EGLER, William, 82, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, April 16. Husband of Patricia Egler. Father of Doris Jolly, Diane Shull and Denise Winslow. Brother of Mary Jane Ritman. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of three.

FEY, Francis X., Sr., 83, St. Joseph, Corydon, March 25. Husband of Alice (Fofie) Pflanz Fey. Father of Marcia Schroeder, Maureen Fey-Lawson, Malia, Mary, Frank Jr., Joseph and Thomas Fey. Brother of Gilbert and Leonard Fey Jr. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of 11.

KOCHERT, Herman E., 87, St. Mary, Navilleton, April 16. Father of Elizabeth Geary, Rita Nunemaker, Jean Watson, Dr. Sue, David, James, Paul, Robert and Thomas Kochert. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of one.

MEEKS, June (Hart), 74, St. Mary, New Albany, April 12. Wife of Jim Meeks. Mother of Cara Hall, Michele and Monica Meeks. Sister of E. E. Atkins. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of one.

MULLINS, Michael, 59, St. Jude, Indianapolis, April 9. Son of Dorcas Mullins.

PIERLE, Hazel, 77, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, April 16. Wife of Edward Pierle. Mother of Pam Docktor, Emily Hines, Chris, Eddie, Mike and Tom Pierle. Sister of Mae Dravis and Lexie Patrick. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of seven.

RAY, Mary C., 97, St. Rita, Indianapolis, April 7. Mother of Mary Agnes Brown, Rose Marie Covington, Sarah, Charles, Francis, James, John and Peter Ray. Sister of Helena Paige and Joseph Hodgens. Grandmother of 31. Great-grandmother of 46. Great-great-grandmother of 17.

SUDING, Stephanie K., 45, St. Peter, Brookville, April 12. Daughter of Wayne Suding and Juliene Thomas. Sister of Shawna Kirkendall, Trevin Suding, Brittany and Tristan Thomas. Granddaughter of Georgianna Suding.

SUHRE, Lawrence, 57, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, April 13. Husband of Betty (Maupin) Suhre. Father of Lauren Coughlin and Justin Suhre. Son of Edgar and Mary Jane Suhre. Brother of David and Roger Suhre. Grandfather of two.

SUNGAILA, Helen, 97, Sacred Heart, Clinton, April 8. Mother of Paul Bottiaux. Sister of Josephine Burton and Steve Marcinko. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of seven.

SVARCZKOPF, Joan M., 75, Christ the King, Indianapolis, April 15. Wife of Anthony Svarczkopf. Mother of Cheryl Bertovich and Stephen Svarczkopf. Sister of Thomas Bischoff. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of five.

TEUFEL, Lucille M., 85, St. Michael, Brookville, March 26. Mother of Connie Bruns and Becky McClung. Sister of Delores Ginder, Ruth Stenger, Carrol, Melvin and Whitey Gramman. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 13.

TOWNSEND, Richard E., 81, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, April 4. Father of Jan Bailey, Judy Raker and Jeff Townsend. Brother of Melvin Townsend. Grandfather of nine.

WEILER, Michael S., 63, St. Louis, Batesville, April 16. Husband of Louise Weiler. Father of Mike Weiler. Son of Anna Weiler. Brother of Rebecca Brewer, Richard and Robert Weiler. Grandfather of four.

WELCH, Charles F., 60, St. John the Evangelist, Indianapolis, April 10. Husband of Sally Ann Welch. Father of Maren Welch. Brother of five.

WELDISHOFER, Evelyn, 76, St. Joseph, St. Leon, April 9. Sister of Dorothy Barth, Wilma Burckey, Annie Darling, Bertha Jacob, Bonnie Mills, Billy, Jim, Joe, Lawrence and Paul Weldishofer.

WENDEL, Terese M., 59, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, April 18. Wife of James Wendel. Mother of Katrina, Mollie and Andrew Wendel. Daugher of Elmer Gunderson. Sister of Lisa Nars and Knute Gunderson.

WILHELM, Adam, 23, St. Joseph, St. Leon, March 28. Son of Leo and Julie Wilhelm Jr. Brother of Tracy Cleary, Trisha Perry, Beth, Alex and Troy Wilhelm. Grandson of Angela Wilhelm.

ZIEGLER, Adam, 88, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, April 7. Husband of Rosalie Ziegler. Father of Carmen Kaouk, Gladys Macy, Dianne and James Ziegler. Brother of Frances Carroll, Helen Frost, Katherine Ganje, Edward and Henry Ziegler. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of five.

Margaret Moriarty was the mother of Father Joseph Moriarty

Margaret L. (Potvin) Moriarty, a longtime member of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower) Parish in Indianapolis and the mother of Father Joseph Moriarty, died on April 16 in Indianapolis. She was 83.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 27 at St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower) Church in Indianapolis. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis.

She was born on Nov. 24, 1927, in Conneaut, Ohio. She married Patrick Moriarty of Sneem, County Kerry, Ireland, on April 14, 1952.

Before her retirement, she worked as a registered nurse at Community Hospital in Indianapolis.

Surviving are her husband, Patrick Moriarty of Beech Grove; eight children, Mary Adams, Therese Brandon, Brian, Denis, John, Father Joseph, Michael and Thomas Moriarty; and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Little Flower School Tuition Assistance Fund or the Little Flower Ladies’ Club, of which she was a longtime member, at 4720 E. 13th St., Indianapolis, IN 46201.

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