February 10, 2012

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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ANDRES, Jeanne R., 89, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Jan. 25. Mother of Barbara and William Andres. Sister of Ronald Dunlevy. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one.

BARRETT, Clark J., 95, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Jan. 22. Father of Patricia Graviss, Carol Kerrigan, Ann Smith and Kathy Willard. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of seven.

BAURLEY, Rosalie, 74, St. Mary Magdalen, New Marion, Jan. 21. Wife of George Baurley. Mother of Nancy Dyer, Cindy Williams and Janet Baurley. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one.

BENHAM, Thomas E., 52, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Jan. 22. Husband of Debra Benham. Father of Lorie Hammond, Amy Wolfe and Thomas Benham II. Son of Eileen Benham. Stepfather of James and Michael Macy. Brother of Nancy Goode, Andrea Parker, Elaine Wykoff, Maureen, Alan and William Benham. Grandfather of two.

BRUDER, Milka K., 96, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Jan. 27. Mother of Barbara Iwema and Bob Bruder. Grandmother of two.

COLLINS, Mary E., (Jones), 65, Holy Family, New Albany, Jan. 30. Mother of Dana Board, Anthony and Christopher Collins. Daughter of Lee Roy Jones. Sister of Carol Taylor and David Jones. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of one.

GALAMBUS, Frank J., 83, Annunciation, Brazil, Jan. 6. Father of Gary, Mark and Thomas Galambus. Grandfather of three.

GILLESPIE, Naomi M., 82, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Jan. 21. Mother of Cindy Farrell, Kathy Watson, Bruce, Dennis, Mark and Scot Gillespie. Sister of Jane Kelly, Jimmy and Richard Pierce. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 10.

GOOTEE, David Paul, 66, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Jan. 22. Husband of Sandra Gootee. Father of Ginger Johnson, Meg Miller, Wendy, Benjamin, Brian and Ted Gootee. Brother of Phillip Gootee. Grandfather of nine.

GRADY, Thomas F., 80, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Jan. 23. Husband of Patricia Grady. Father of Deborah Bratkovich, Sheila Cooper, Maureen Nelson, Francis II, Michael and Thomas Grady. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of one.

GRONOW, Beverly A., 68, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Jan. 24. Wife of Michael Gronow. Mother of Robin Lovett, Susan Thurman and David Gronow. Sister of Pamela Armiak and Ronald Peters. Grandmother of nine.

GROTE, Thomas E., 76, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Jan. 23. Husband of Catherine Grote. Father of Lisa Gading, Angela Norrick and Bryan Grote. Brother of Mary Ann Hammerle, Bill, Dan, Jack, Joe, Leo and Terry Grote. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of two.

GRUBB, Cassell, 88, St. Paul the Apostle, Greencastle, Jan. 1. Husband of Bernice Grubb. Father of James, Thomas and William Grubb.

HABOUSH, George D., 53, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Jan. 25.

HELBIG, Larry, 60, St. Joseph, Clark County, Jan. 20. Brother of Judy Bearden, Joyce Hagest, Susan Troncin, Donna and Jerry Helbig.

HERMSEN, Elizabeth Anne (Hoover), 90, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Jan. 20. Wife of Paul Hermsen. Mother of Beth, James, Paul and Robert Hermsen. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of seven.

HOUNTZ, Martha T., 83, St. Pius, Ripley County, Jan. 12. Mother of Phyllis Lowe, Jackie Simon, Donnie, Mark, Melvin, Roger and Steve Hountz. Grandmother of 23. Great-grandmother of 12.

McKALLIP, Robert G., 83, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Jan. 16. Husband of Bernadine McKallip. Father of Maureen Hurd, Dave, Joe, Ken, Ron, Steve and Tom McKallip. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of three.


Benedictine Father Donald Walpole was a teacher and talented artist

Benedictine Father Donald Walpole, a monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, died on Jan. 27 at the monastery. He was 94.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 30 at the Archabbey Church. Burial followed at the Archabbey Cemetery.

Father Donald was a jubilarian of both monastic profession and priesthood, having celebrated 71 years of monastic profession and 68 years of priesthood.

Martin Walpole was born on May 1, 1917, in Indianapolis.

He attended the former St. Patrick School and Cathedral High School, both in Indianapolis, and the former Saint Meinrad College.

In 1939, he was accepted into the novitiate at Saint Meinrad then professed his simple vows on Aug. 6, 1940, and his solemn vows in 1943. He was ordained to the priesthood on Sept. 21, 1943.

After his ordination, Father Donald was assigned as an assistant in the office of The Grail magazine at Abbey Press.

He also taught English at Saint Meinrad’s school for men seeking to become brothers at St. Placid Hall.

His parish assignments included serving as assistant pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Evansville, Ind., in 1945, and assistant pastor of St. Ferdinand Parish in Ferdinand, Ind., from 1956-57.

Father Donald taught an additional two years of English at St. Placid Hall in the 1950s.

He earned a master’s degree in fine arts at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1952 then began a

45-year ministry of teaching the history and practice of art to seminarians.

Father Donald was a master artist, and his sketches, mosaics, murals and canvases of Jesus, Mary and various saints decorate churches in the U.S. and Guatemala as well as every building on the Saint Meinrad campus.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 100 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577.


Benedictine Father Eric Lies was a teacher, artist, administrator and retreat leader

Benedictine Father Eric Lies, a monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, died on Jan. 30 at the monastery infirmary. He was 92.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 3 at the Archabbey Church. Burial followed at the Archabbey Cemetery.

Father Eric was a jubilarian of profession and priesthood, and a participant in the Rush Religious Study on Aging and Alzheimer’s.

Robert William Lies was born on Oct. 13, 1919, in Aurora, Ill.

He attended Marmion High School in Aurora before enrolling at Saint Meinrad Seminary in 1933.

He was invested as a novice in 1939, professed his simple vows on Aug. 6, 1940, and was ordained to the priesthood on Feb. 2, 1945.

After his ordination, Father Eric taught geometry, literature, chant and elocution at Saint Meinrad’s former minor seminary.

In 1953, he earned a master’s degree in English at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

While continuing to teach at the minor seminary, Father Eric also taught homiletics at the major seminary for five years.

In 1950, midway through his 13 years of seminary teaching, he began a new ministry as associate editor and art director of Grail Magazine.

In 1958, Father Eric was appointed general manager of Abbey Press, a ministry position he held for 10 years.

In 1968, he began a 26-year assignment at the Saint Meinrad Development Office.

He served first as associate director of development then as director of public relations from 1980 until his retirement in 1994. During much of this time, he continued his work at Abbey Press by serving on the advisory board and as a consultant.

Father Eric also gave frequent retreats at the Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center.

He developed his talent as a calligrapher, and his arrangement of the popular poem “Footprints in the Sand” remains the best-selling product in the history of Abbey Press.

Surviving are a brother, Donald Lies, and sister, Marian Probst, both of Aurora, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 100 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577. †

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