October 7, 2011

Obituaries

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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ANTE, Louis E., 88, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Sept. 27. Father of Carol Hagerty, Mary Johnson, Joseph and Louis Ante. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of six.

BABINEC, Mary Martha, 97, St. Augustine Home for the Aged, Indianapolis, Sept. 21. Mother of Linda Cisco, Carole and Dawn Johnson, Gehl and Gene Babinec. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 18. Great-great-grandmother of 10.

BEACH, Ernest G., 84, St. Mary, Lanesville, Aug. 7. Father of Anita Asher, Patty Beach and Nancy Rogers. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of four.

BELTRAME, Joanne, 55, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Sept. 4. Sister of Annette Stigall, Elizabeth Ullrich, Marie, Mike and Robert Beltrame.

DILLON, Marcella M., 85, St. Joseph, Indianapolis, Sept. 24. Mother of Kerry Dillon. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of three.

FANCHER, Lenora M., 97, St. Michael, Brookville, Sept. 21. Mother of Brenda Dorsey and Janice McCracken. Sister of Wilma Stenger. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of five.

GILLMAN, Joan M., 84, St. Michael, Brookville, Sept. 20. Mother of Heidi Keppler, Barbara Lamping, Catherine Marshall, Patricia Ott, Daniel and Michael Gillman. Sister of Georgene Gillman, Barbara and Dr. Paul Hirt. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of seven.

GRIFFIN, Joyce Marie, 83, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 26. Mother of Carol, Deborah, Monica, Rick, Thomas and Timothy Griffin. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of five.

HATFIELD, Carol, 76, St. Andrew, Richmond, Sept. 17. Mother of Rita Crawford, Teresa Henson, Susan Pulis and Anna Warren. Sister of James Cain. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of two.

HICKMAN, Elizabeth, 94, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Sept. 22. Sister of Marjorie Mattson. Aunt of several.

HURLEY, Robert E., 99, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Sept. 19. Father of Rosemary Kelley, Ann Testa, E. Timothy and Patrick Hurley. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of 15.

IRVIN, John R., Jr., 78, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Sept. 17. Husband of Louise Irvin. Father of Debi Davidson, Lucy Hitz, Theresa Painter, Becky, David and Mike Irvin. Brother of Peggy Moon, Joyce, Gene and Terry Irvin. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of 14.

KENNELLY, Joseph F., 97, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Sept. 16. Father of Salesian Sister Clare Kennelly, Glenda, Brian, Joseph and Kevin Kennelly. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 12.

LUTGRING, Paul, 92, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 24. Father of Mary Jo Hubert, Rachel Isabell, Gayle Sisley, Pat Solbrig, Dan, Jeff, Phillip and Steve Lutgring. Brother of Betty Kraus. Grandfather of 21. Great-grandfather of 12.

MACE, Richard L., 82, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, Sept. 13. Husband of Rosemary Mace. Father of Rita Kaperak, Carol Watkins, Janet, Patrick and Terence Mace. Grandfather of 27. Great-grandfather of four.

MURPHY, Helen Emora, 70, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Sept. 23. Mother of Tracy Brown, Helen Brunk, Marie Kennedy, Marty Murphy and Angela Quigley. Sister of Alice Sizemore. Grandmother of 13.

NEALON, Raymond, 80, St. Paul the Apostle, Greencastle, Sept. 10. Husband of Bonnie Nealon. Father of Kelly Sussman, Carrie, Raymond and Robert Nealon. Brother of Donald and Robert Nealon. Grandfather of two.

NEFF, Hubert G., 81, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bright, Sept. 3. Husband of Carole Ann (Sheers) Neff. Father of Angie Bruback, Lucy DiGiovenale, Amy Ferguson, Maggie Wood, Hubert Jr., Mark, Matthew and Peter Neff. Brother of Betty Meyer. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of four.

RAJA, Vincent A., 76, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Sept. 24. Husband of Ann Raja. Father of Julie Flickinger, Kathleen Pugh and Vincent Raja. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of three.

ROGERS, Angela M., 87, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Sept. 11. Mother of Tela, Richard and Victor Rogers. Grandmother of seven.

ROSENBERGER, Barbara L., 81, Holy Guardian Angels, Cedar Grove, Sept. 18. Wife of Fred Rosenberger. Mother of Susan Van Meter, Lyle, Rex and Roy Rosenberger. Sister of Betty Keelan and Ralph Marshall. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of six.

TEIPEN, Dolores, 93, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Sept. 27. Sister of Mary Lou Dunlop and Providence Sister Mary Maxine Teipen. †


Oldenburg Franciscan Sister Catherine Rudolph taught at grade schools and universities

Franciscan Sister Catherine Rudolph, formerly Sister Francis Joseph, died on Aug. 11 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, in Oldenburg. She was 93.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 15 at the motherhouse chapel. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

She was born on Aug. 3, 1918, in Cincinnati. She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Sept. 15, 1940, and professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1946.

Sister Catherine ministered as a grade school teacher in the archdiocese at the former Holy Trinity School in Indianapolis, St. Michael School in Indianapolis, St. Michael School in Brookville, St. Paul School in New Alsace and St. Nicholas School in Ripley County.

She also taught at Catholic schools in Ohio.

From 1965 until 1990, she ministered as an associate professor at Marian University in Indianapolis and the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, where she also served as director of curriculum.

While training student teachers at both universities, Sister Catherine wrote numerous articles for the Catholic School Journal, Elementary English and Focus magazines.

She also wrote an article for Today’s Catholic Teacher to mark the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Francis of Assisi.

In 1990, Sister Catherine returned to the motherhouse to minister as a librarian.

She retired in 1996, and was a resident of St. Clare Hall.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036.


Loretto Sister Patricia Toner was a music teacher in southern Indiana at several schools

Loretto Sister Patricia Toner died on Sept. 7 at the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. She was 81.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 10 at the Church of the Seven Dolors at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

She was born on March 26, 1930, in Louisville. She entered the Sisters of Loretto in 1948, and was received in the order on April 25, 1949. She made her first profession of vows on April 25, 1951, and her final profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1954.

From 1951 until 1972, Sister Patricia taught music at Catholic, private and public schools in Indiana, Kentucky and Colorado.

She served as a music specialist with the Clark County Public School System from 1973-77 and at a public school in Jeffersonville until 1990.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Loretto, 4000 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton, CO 80123. †

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