November 18, 2011


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ALBRIGHT, Valera M. (Jenkins), 81, Annunciation, Brazil, Oct. 25. Mother of Rhonda Barr, Rita Nobles, Rhea, Charles and Rod Albright. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of nine.

ALTON, Charles E., 78, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Nov. 3. Husband of Shirley (Gilbert) Alton. Father of Mary Behnke, Linda Gibson, Shirl McCrickard, James and John Alton. Brother of Betty Halter, Ann Houch and Rita Taylor. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of two.

BACH, Robert, 95, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Oct. 30. Father of Robert O’Bannon Bach.

BURKHARDT, Mary Agnes, 91, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Nov. 7. Mother of Kathy Michaelson, Betty and Leo Burkhardt. Grandmother of four.

BYERS, Mary, 86, St. Joseph, Rockville, Oct. 26. Mother of Catherine Cookson, Celeste Wheatfill, James and Jay Byers. Sister of Catherine Steven. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of five.

COLLINS, Walton Albert, 84, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 6. Father of Eileen McCormick, Ed, Joe, Mike, Pat and Terry Collins. Grandfather of six. Step-grandfather of three.

CSESZKO, Elizabeth B., 104, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Oct. 24. Mother of Robert Cseszko. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 10. Great-great-grandmother of three.

DWENGER, Dolores I., 89, St. Mary, Greensburg, Nov. 3. Mother of Donna Meyrose and Linda Klene. Sister of Dorothy Smith. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two.

EICHER, Martha L. Vernia, 86, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Oct. 30. Mother of Martha True, Keith and Lee Eicher. Sister of Clarice Conrad, Anita Jones and Cleo Voyles. Grandmother of five.

FEDEROWICZ, Ella A., 90, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Nov. 1. Wife of Michael Federowicz. Aunt of several.

FEDEROWICZ, Michael B., 90, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Nov. 2. Uncle of several.

FREEMAN, Peggy, 86, St. Anne, New Castle, Oct. 28. Wife of Warren Freeman. Mother of Leesa Barton, Kathy Meyer, Linda Monty, Erin Murray and Bruce Freeman. Sister of Verna Coers, Jo Ditton, Marcia Harding and Jean Shallenberg. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of several.

HALL, Charlotte, 93, St. Paul, Sellersburg, Sept. 27. Mother of Tom Hall.

HUGHEY, Olive, 100, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, Oct. 29. Mother of Paul Hughey. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of several.

JONES, Ann M., 51, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Oct. 18.

LEAKE, Francis Gerald, 79, St. Mary, North Vernon, Oct. 25. Husband of Rose (Carrico) Leake. Father of Sandra Gregory, Cindy Paswater, Shari and Gary Leake. Brother of Janette Brown, Libby Palmer and Pat Roth. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of two.

McNALLY, Roland, 80, St. Mary, Richmond, Nov. 4. Father of Holly Butler, Shelley Erbse, Jayne Rheinhardt and Rand McNally. Brother of Charles, Donald and Mike McNally. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 11.

MOSES, Jack E., 77, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Oct. 24. Father of Jon Akin, Julie Graham, Cassie Hill and Tracy Moses. Brother of Jayne Rosenbauer. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 11.

STITH, Ludy Louise, 92, Holy Angels, Indianapolis, Sept. 19. Mother of Rita McDonald, Joann Meadows, Russell and Stephen Stith. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 10.

TRUEMAN, Roberta Lee, 84, St. Paul, Sellersburg, Oct. 29. Mother of Sarah Stengel, Suzanne Van Gilder and Marian Wright. Sister of Robert Shepherd. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 12. Great-great-grandmother of one.

Franciscan Sister Mary Frank served as a teacher, principal and pastoral minister

Franciscan Sister Mary Frank, formerly Sister Annette, died on Oct. 30 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, in Oldenburg. She was 86.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 2 at the motherhouse chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Mary was born on Feb. 23, 1925, in Akron, Ohio.

She entered the Oldenburg Franciscans on Sept. 5, 1943, and professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1949.

Sister Mary ministered as a teacher and principal at Catholic grade schools and high schools in Indiana and Ohio.

In the archdiocese, she served as assistant principal and taught religion at Cardinal Ritter Jr./Sr. High School in Indianapolis.

She also taught at the former Holy Trinity School in Indianapolis and the former St. Bernadette School in Indianapolis.

Sister Mary also served in pastoral ministry, hospital ministry and retreat ministry in Cincinnati.

In 1996, she began a new ministry as a communications secretary for the Franciscan Fathers of St. John the Baptist Province in Cincinnati.

Sister Mary retired to the motherhouse in Oldenburg in 2007.

Surviving are three sisters, Pauline Kline of Uniontown, Ohio; Rose Kline of Rootstown, Ohio; and Betty Robertson of Dunedin, Fla.; as well as a brother, George Frank of Cincinnati; 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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