September 23, 2011


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BILLHYMER, Joseph C., 70, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Aug. 27. Husband of Sarajean Billhymer. Father of Angela Bayless, Kathleen Galvin, Bridget Schrier, Colleen and Andrew Billhymer. Grandfather of eight.

BOOKER, Julia O., 89, St. Rita, Indianapolis, Sept. 3. Mother of Frances Malone and Michael Booker. Grandmother of one.

BRUCE, Troy J., 48, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Sept. 5. Husband of Toni Bruce. Father of Troy Bruce Jr. Son of Madonna Anderson. Brother of Madonna Waal.

DAUGHERTY, Cecilia R. (Volpert), 93, Holy Family, New Albany, July 20. Mother of Christine Barkman, Mary Anne Trent and Joseph Daugherty. Sister of Elizabeth Park. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 11.

DeBAUN, Elsie, 80, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Aug. 31. Mother of Debra Goodlet, Janice Griner, Karen Parks, Harold and Randall Butrum. Sister of Harold and William McDaniel. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 10.

GOUL, Dorothy B. (Kraus), 90, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 12. Mother of Linda Reed, Teresa Webb, Dan, Jim, Kevin, Robert and William Goul. Sister of Bill Kraus. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of eight.

GRIFFIN, P. Anne, 52, St. Mary, Richmond, Sept. 9. Wife of Stan Griffin. Mother of Matt Beard. Stepmother of Leonda Maiden. Sister of Kitty Boyce, Kelly Derr, Sherry Fanelli, Michele Fox and Mike Beard. Grandmother of five.

GRUNDY, Katherine L., 88, Holy Angels, Indianapolis, Sept. 4. Wife of Oscar Grundy. Mother of Angela Grundy-Sallee and Troy Grundy. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of six.

HADLER, Elizabeth, 82, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Sept. 8. Mother of Donna Radez. Sister of Zelda Snyder, Agnes Wittner and Isaac Redmond. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two.

HOLLER, Carl Eugene, 84, St. Margaret Mary, Terre Haute, Sept. 10. Husband of Margaret Holler. Father of Phyllis Martin, Mary Moore, Bill, Greg, Jess and Steve Holler. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of four.

HUBERTS, Mary Lou, 83, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Sept. 1. Mother of Doug Huberts. Grandmother of five.

PITCHKITES, Frank, 83, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Sept. 6. Husband of Diane Pitchkites. Brother of Lillian Campbell, Joyce Shew and Ed Pitchkites. Grandfather of three.

ROEDER, Alice L., 65, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 7. Mother of Andrew, Charles, John and Thomas Roeder Jr. Sister of Carol Hofmann, Mary Jo Venezia, Cindy Woodruff, Charles, Jim and Louie Lauck. Grandmother of 14.

SCHARRER, Margaret Anne, 43, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Aug. 19. Daughter of Keith Scharrer and Janet Rich. Sister of Angela O’Steen and Karl Scharrer.

SNYDER, Maria C., 89, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 8. Mother of Joan Pacheco, Lisa Marie Summers, Nancy Williams, Charles and Joseph Snyder III. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of nine.

WINKLE, Thelma, 77, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, Aug. 19. Wife of Richard Winkle. Mother of Marsha France, Geneva Stephenson, Barbara Wills, James, Forrest and Richard Winkle. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of 20.

ZORETICH, Michael, Jr., 86, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Aug. 28. Father of Susan Lilek, Sharon Terry and Michael Zoretich. Grandfather of five.

ZURSCHMIEDE, Eleanor E., 80, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Sept. 2. Mother of Kevin and William Zurschmiede. Sister of Margaret Hess and Virginia Schuck. Grandmother of four.

Jack Schliessmann was the father of a diocesan priest and a World War II veteran

Jack Thomas Schliessmann, a longtime member of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Indianapolis and father of Father Thomas Schliessmann, died on Sept. 7 in Indianapolis. He was 90.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 12 at St. Luke the Evangelist Church. Burial followed at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis.

A native of Winner, S.D., Schliessman attended Pierre High School in Pierre, S.D.; Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo.; and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He and his wife, Mary A. (Pietrus) Schliessmann, raised five children.

He worked for the Federal Highway Administration, and retired in 1990.

Schliessman was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are his wife, Mary A. (Pietrus) Schliessmann; five children, Lucia Mach, James, Martin, Richard and Father Thomas Schliessmann; and three grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Augustine Home for the Aged, 2345 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260. †

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