October 14, 2011


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BIERLY, Roberta K., 60, St. Peter, Harrison County, Sept. 16. Wife of Roger Bierly. Mother of John Bierly Jr. Sister of Janie Whittaker.

COTTERMAN, Lynn, 86, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 29. Mother of Bill Cotterman. Sister of Vance Cotterman. Grandmother of three.

ECKRICH, Matthew John, 84, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower),

Indianapolis, Sept. 19. Husband of Mary Helen Eckrich. Father of Betsy Glowinski, Christina Tebbe, Cathy Walter, Kevin Klaiber, Theresa, Mark, Matthew III and Tom Eckrich. Brother of Franciscan Sister Helen Eckrich and Tom Eckrich. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of eight.

GRANNAN, Julieanne M., 74, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Sept. 30. Wife of Anthony Grannan. Mother of Bryan, Curtis and Mark Grannan. Grandmother of two.

HUESMAN, Ruth L., 87, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Sept. 30. Mother of Donna Daub, Jane Kuhn, Teresa Muldoon, James, Jerry, John, Pat and Sam Huesman. Sister of Ruby Woods, Donald and Willard Stohry. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 17.

HUSER, Martha Jean, 92, St. Mary, Greensburg, Oct. 1. Mother of Grace and Fred Huser. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one.

KUHN, Andrew Dale, 36, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, July 16. Son of Stephan Kuhn and Sandra Kuhn. Brother of Kathleen Bolengo, Julia Weintraut and Michele Vicen.

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

RIALL, Lucille C., 86, St. Joseph, Sellersburg, Sept. 1. Wife of Bob Riall. Mother of Ron Riall. Stepmother of Rhonda Harris and Randy Riall. Sister of Ruth Deitsch, Betty Hutchinson, Mary Loftus and Dorothy Patton. Grandmother of six.

RICHMER, Forrest G., 81, St. Mary, Lanesville, Sept. 28. Husband of Agnes (Receveur) Richmer. Father of Linda Poliskie, Jean Wills, Carol, Alan, Dale, Dennis and Larry Richmer. Brother of Mary Rita Smith and William Richmer. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of 15.

RISSELMAN, Kenneth, 85, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Sept. 17. Husband of Janice Risselman. Father of James and Joseph Risselman. Brother of Charles Risselman. Grandfather of five.

RITTER, Gemma Elizabeth, infant, St. Louis, Batesville, Sept. 30. Daughter of Jade and Elizabeth Ritter. Sister of Allysan, Meg, George, Hank and Paul Ritter. Grandddaughter of Albert and Ellie Amberger and Gene and Joan Ritter.

SCHEELE, Charles H., 76, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Sept. 30. Husband of Beverly Scheele. Father of Natalie and Nicholas Scheele. Stepfather of Kim Caramela, Deborah Davis, Cindy Schmidt and Gregory Busch. Brother of Clara Becker, Alice Stenger, Irene Tebbe, Mary and Lambert Scheele. Grandfather of three. Step-grandfather of 10.

SCHRODER, Mary C., 91, St. Joseph, Sellersburg, Sept. 14. Mother of Angela Hayes, Bernard, James and Mark Schroder. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 25.

SHIRLEY, James, 68, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Sept. 30. Husband of Linda (Flanigan) Paulley Shirley. Father of Laura Arthur, Justin Flanigan, Vivian and Christopher Paulley. Brother of Jean Loftus, Alvin, Jerry, Ray and Rob Shirley. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of four.

YOUNG, Martin D., 96, SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis, Oct. 1. Uncle of several.

Franciscan Sister Sue Bradshaw was a teacher, college professor and served in parish ministry

Franciscan Sister Sue Bradshaw, formerly Sister Catherine Marie, died on Sept. 30 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, in Oldenburg. She was 76.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 4 at the motherhouse chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Sue was born on April 24, 1936, in Indianapolis. She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Sept. 8, 1954, and professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1960.

She earned a master’s degree at Xavier University in Cincinnati and a doctorate in Asian studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Sister Sue served as a grade school teacher, high school teacher and college professor as well as in parish ministry in Indiana and Ohio.

In the archdiocese, she taught at St. Louis School in Batesville, St. Joan of Arc School in Indianapolis and St. Christopher School in Indianapolis.

Sister Sue also served on the faculty at Marian University in Indianapolis from 1974 until she retired to St. Clare Hall at the motherhouse in 2008.

She also ministered on the pastoral staff at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Indianapolis and St. Christopher Parish in Indianapolis, and assisted with the formation program for Franciscan friars.

Surviving are a brother, John Bradshaw, and several nieces and nephews.

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

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