July 15, 2011


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ABBOTT, LaVerne Marie (Geswein), 81, St. Mary, Lanesville, July 1. Wife of Garland Abbott. Mother of James, Jerry and Michael Geswein. Sister of Thelma Terry, Charles and James Smith. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.

BEAVIN, Marvin Anthony, 61, St. Joseph Hill, Sellersburg, June 27. Son of Wilhelmina Beavin. Brother of Ruth Lynch, Nancy Meiners, Marie Smith, Janice Schladant, Verla, Carl, Leo and Wayne Beavin.

BRUNO, Deana Kim, 58, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, July 26. Wife of Thomas Bruno.

DUTKA, Nicholas Stephen, 20, St. Joseph, Jennings County, June 28. Son of Joseph and Sondra (Tunny) Dutka IV. Brother of Ian, Matthew and Simon Dutka. Grandson of Constance Tunny and Joseph Dutka III.

ERTLE, Walter J., 84, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, June 28. Father of Linda LaPilusa, Maureen Shelhamer and Walter Ertle. Grandfather of six.

GOOD, Charles J., Sr., 91, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, July 3. Father of Diane Cooke, Mary Lou Hublard, Cindy Hytken, William Meyer, Janet Rudy and Charles Good Jr. Brother of Rose Dunn and Peter Good. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of three.

HARGETT, Thomas Andrew, 52, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, June 27. Husband of Dr. Denise Flanagan Hargett. Father of Erin and Isaac Hargett. Son of Dr. Isaac and Jane Hargett. Brother of Amy Buehn, Mary Strobel, Bill, Joe and Tim Hargett.

HARPENAU, Earl H., 85, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, June 29. Husband of Mary Margaret Harpenau. Father of Denise Clark. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of four.

HOFFMIRE, John W., 90, St. Ambrose, Seymour, April 29. Father of Theresa Anderson, Helen Faulk, Linda Jackson, James, Michael and William Hoffmire. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 16.

HOLLIS, Linda M., 52, St. Nicholas, Sunman, June 20. Wife of Jim Hollis. Mother of Catie and Justin Hollis. Daughter of Evelyn Johannigman. Sister of Julie Bower, Karen Brown, Susan Koors, Mary Moorman, Mark and Tom Johannigman.

KILBRIDE, Carol Ann, 63, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, July 1. Wife of Bernard Kilbride. Mother of Mary Margaret Sweeny, Erin Kilbride-Vincent, Adam, Eric and Mark Kilbride. Grandmother of seven.

LEE, Mary Ann, 74, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, June 29. Mother of Angie White, Deanna Young, David and Greg Lee. Sister of Chuck Cogswell. Grandmother of 10.

LENIHAN, Mary Denise, 69, St. Susanna, Plainfield, July 5. Sister to Kerry, Franciscan Brother Kevin and Michael Lenihan.

LOEFFLER, Johanna F., 78, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, June 28. Mother of Anita Grady, Fred and Dr. John Loeffler. Sister of Hildegard Wack and Johann Benker. Grandmother of two.

MIDDLETON, Donald William, 76, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, June 23. Father of Danielle Day, Susan McGuire, Deidre and Devin Middleton. Grandfather of seven.

MOSTER, Albert J., 83, St. Bridget, Liberty, June 14. Husband of Margaret Moster. Father of Franciscan Sister Mary Moster, Donald, John and Thomas Moster. Brother of Catherine Frey, Beata and Emma Moloney, Anthony, Bernard, Franciscan Father Humbert and Leo Moster. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of three. (correction)

PAGE, Peter, 73, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, June 30. Husband of Sharon Page. Father of Colleen, Christopher and Tony Page. Brother of Antoinette Dullaghan, Marie Pittman-Oechsle, David and Paul Page. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of three.

SCHAFER, David Robert, 55, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, July 3. Father of Emily Meyers. Brother of Kathy Campbell, Linda Carroll, Marianne Ries, Julie Stumpf and Steven Schafer. Grandfather of one.

SCHLECHTWEG, Charles, 51, St. Mary, Rushville, July 2. Husband of Debbie Schlechtweg. Father of Lathan Walker, Jessica, John, Sarah and Casey Schlechtweg. Son of John and Mary Schlechtweg. Brother of Michael Schlechtweg.

SHIEL, Andrew K., 54, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, June 24. Husband of Gail (Holloway) Shiel. Father of Maureen Knoble, Katherine and James Shiel. Son of Katherine Shiel. Brother of Mary Claire Chapman, Karen Glanders, Nancy Sullivan and Beth Timberlake. Grandfather of three.

WALPOLE, Mary L., 83, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, June 27. Mother of Lisa Fisher, Nancy Hogan, Mary Lou Kocher, Linda Taylor, David, Robert and William Walpole. Grandmother of 20. Great-grandmother of eight.

ZAHLER, Mark T., 64, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, June 27. Husband of Mary Zahler. Father of Michelle Keyes, Matthew and Michael Zahler. Brother of Dyan Cymerint. Grandfather of five.

ZURSCHMIEDE, William, 88, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, July 2. Husband of Eleanor Zurschmiede. Father of Kevin and William Zurschmiede. Brother of Marie Ward. Grandfather of four.

Benedictine Sister Mary Anne Kruer ministered in education and health care

Benedictine Sister Mary Anne Kruer, formerly Sister Anna Rosalie, a founding member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, died on July 1 at St. Paul Hermitage in Beech Grove. She was 93.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 7 at Our Lady of Grace Monastery Chapel in Beech Grove. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

She was born on July 16, 1917, in Navilleton. She entered Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Ind., on April 2, 1934, and made her perpetual monastic profession of vows on Aug. 10, 1939.

Sister Mary Anne began her ministry as a teacher at Catholic schools in southern Indiana in 1938.

In 1971, Sister Mary Anne changed ministries and entered the field of health care. She served as activities director at a nursing home in Clarksville, and later cared for infirm sisters at the monastery in Beech Grove.

She was a talented seamstress and created beautiful handmade quilts.

Surviving are two sisters, Dorothy Freiders of Mount Airy, Md., and Bertha Hoehn of New Salisbury, Ind.; two brothers, Ed and John Kruer, both of Floyds Knobs; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Benedict, Sisters’ Retirement Fund, Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove IN 46107. †

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