June 17, 2011


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BAASE, Margaret A., 64, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, June 3. Wife of Andrew Baase. Mother of Angela Carpin, Susanne Miller, John and Matthew Baase. Daughter of Winifred Bower. Sister of Sue Ellen Grap, Ann Holmes, Fred, Michael and Deacon Patrick Bower. Grandmother of eight.

BRANNAN, Jay, 49, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, May 26. Husband of Jennifer Brannan. Father of Megan, Andrew and Jonathan Brannan. Son of Ellen Brannan. Brother of Diane Ross and Scott Brannan. Grandfather of one.

CUNNINGHAM, Thomas W., 47, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, June 3. Husband of Kristin Cunningham. Father of Anna, Natalie and Will Cunningham. Son of Dorothy Cunningham. Brother of Anne Glaser and Jim Cunningham.

DODGE, Virginia (Becher), 88, former member of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, April 29.

EDDY, George W., Jr., 77, St. Gabriel, Connersville, May 31. Husband of Betty (McGuire) Eddy. Father of Niah Hicks, Monica Ross, Anthony, Bret, Brian, George III and Mark Eddy. Brother of Burl Eddy. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 11.

ENDRIS, Rhea Dawn, 98, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, June 6. Mother of M. Sue Graves, Dinah Hook, Mary Virginia Leggio, Carl, H. Vincent, Louis, Mike, Morris and Paul Endris. Grandmother of 48. Great-grandmother of 89. Great-great-grandmother of several.

FALCONE, Shirley, 81, Holy Family, Richmond, May 26. Mother of Shari Meyers, Joe and Randy Falcone. Sister of Danny and John Skethway. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 11.

GADING, Charles O., Jr., 78, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, May 30. Father of Theresa Fletcher, Karen Latta, David, Douglas and Steve Gading. Brother of Lola Long and G. Don Gading. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of 11.

GOLIGHTLY, Jan Stephanie, 64, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, June 2. Mother of Camille Wright, Lisa Wulczynski and Brennan Golightly. Stepmother of two. Sister of Barbara Yardley, Fabian, Kathleen and William Golightly. Grandmother of five.

GRANNAN, Henrietta L., 95, Christ the King, Indianapolis, May 30. Mother of Mary Frances Hinds, Frederick, Richard and Thomas Grannan. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of five.

HAIGERTY, Nancy Joan, 67, Christ the King, Indianapolis, May 19. Mother of Therese Alpern, Laura Farmer, Kathleen, Jeffrey and John Haigerty. Sister of John Wood. Grandmother of 12.

HEALY, Joyce Ruth (Flanagan), 83, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, May 30. Wife of Joseph Healy. Mother of Mike Healy. Grandmother of one.

HOEING, Marvin, 84, St. Mary, Rushville, June 8. Father of Marsha Daugherty, Jeanne Lacy, Christine McKnight, Cynthia Sickbert, Daniel and Gregory Hoeing. Brother of Delores Bruns, Marieda Koors, Dorine Rosfeld, Alfred, Carroll, Jerry, Maurice and Sheldon Hoeing. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of three.

JOHNSON, David, 82, St. Andrew, Richmond, June 1. Husband of Rita Johnson. Father of Mariann Allen and Melissa Ervin. Stepfather of Anita Loudy, Judy Tetuman, Jene and Henry Anderson. Brother of Richard Johnson. Grandfather of 22. Great-grandfather of 13.

KARNS, Jeanne (Thibo), 59, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, May 31. Wife of Walter Karns. Mother of Allen, Brian, Kevin and Preston Karns. Daughter of Patricia Shirk. Stepdaughter of Charles Shirk. Sister of Holly Esters and Melissa Freeman. Grandmother of two.

LUNSFORD, Carolyn B., 79, St. Paul, New Alsace, April 19. Wife of Richard Lunsford. Mother of Karen, Kathleen, David, Donald and Vernon Lunsford. Sister of Marlene Zinser and Donald Gutzwiller. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of one.

McDOWELL, John Joseph, 94, St. Joseph, Indianapolis, May 16. Father of Brent Henderson, Fred and John McDowell. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of 10.

Providence Sister Ellen Catherine Conroy ministered in education for 54 years in three states

Providence Sister Ellen Catherine Conroy died on June 4 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 97.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 9 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Anna Conroy was born on Oct. 15, 1913, in Chicago.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 11, 1930, and professed her first vows on Aug. 15, 1932, and her final vows on Jan. 23, 1937.

Sister Ellen Catherine earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

During 81 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered in education for 54 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois and North Carolina.

In the archdiocese, Sister Ellen Catherine taught at St. Philip Neri School in Indianapolis from 1948-49 and St. Joan of Arc School in Indianapolis from 1956-58.

In 1986, Sister Ellen Catherine retired from teaching and continued to live in Chicago for 15 years. She returned to the motherhouse in 2002, and served full-time in the ministry of prayer.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 1 Providence Road, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876. †

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