August 26, 2011


Please submit in writing to our office by 10 a.m. Thursday before the week of publication; be sure to state date of death. Obituaries of archdiocesan priests serving our archdiocese are listed elsewhere in The Criterion. Order priests and religious sisters and brothers are included here, unless they are natives of the archdiocese or have other connections to it; those are separate obituaries on this page.

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BARRETT, Judith Ann, 75, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Aug. 10. Mother of Dr. Deirdre and Kathleen Barrett. Sister of Ellen Matthews and Providence Sister Mary Morley. Grandmother of three.

BIERCK, Richard C., 89, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Aug. 8. Husband of Joan Bierck. Father of Linda Frazer and Gregory Bierck. Grandfather of four.

CLEMONS, Verl, 79, St. Mary, Rushville, Aug. 13. Husband of Margie (Niehoff) Clemons. Father of Laura Ash, Sharon Frank, Gary and Kent Clemons. Brother of Harold Clemons. Grandfather of 12.

DAMM, Robert L., 77, St. John the Baptist, Osgood, Aug. 9. Husband of Judy (Zion) Damm. Father of Angela Craig, Andy and David Damm. Grandfather of five.

DIEKHOFF, Makenzie Ray, 19, St. Denis, Jennings County, Feb. 12. Daughter of Robert and Teresa Diekhoff. Sister of Delanie, Kassidie and Cody Diekhoff. Granddaughter of Bernard and Jerry Diekhoff and Bill and Kenna Gilham.

HANSEN, Carmen Dolores (Rivera), 88, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis,

Aug. 12. Mother of Carmen Hansen-Bjork, Jeri Huntington, Joseph and Niles Hansen III. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of four.

JAMES, Christina M. (Fain), 67, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Aug. 15. Mother of Lesley Schumacher, Darren, Paul and Steve James. Daughter of LaVonne Fain. Sister of Joyce Renick, David and Greg Fain.

RALSTON, Leona M., 91, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, June 26. Mother of Fred Ralston. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of four.

RYAN, Dr. John W., 81, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Aug. 6. Husband of D. Patricia Ryan. Father of Kathleen Acker and Kevin Ryan. Brother of Maureen Avery, Mary Haise and Patricia Hallagan. Grandfather of five.

SOUTHARD, Viola M., 87, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Aug. 4. Wife of Billie Southard. Mother of Patricia Shea, Sharon, Teresa, Daniel and Thomas Southard. Sister of Mildred Callahan. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of two.

STAGGS, Margaret, 82, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, July 23. Wife of Harold Staggs. Mother of Janet Campbell, Linda Johnson, Mickey and Mike Staggs. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 12. Great-great-grandmother of one.

VEERKAMP, Mary, 89, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Aug. 12. Mother of Diana Deputy, Elaine Jerrell, Beverly Moore, Gary and Steve Veerkamp. Sister of Henry Meyer. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of nine.

ZIMNY, Robert J., 89, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Aug. 11. Father of Dan and Rick Zimny. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of three. †

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