February 24, 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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BAILEY, Louis Sr., 86, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Jan. 21. Husband of Joyce Bailey. Father of Erin Spear, Bridget, Kathleen, Maureen, Patty, Louis, Michael, Shawn and Tim Bailey. Grandfather of 13.

BENNETT, Floyd, 76, St. Joseph, Corydon, Feb. 1. Husband of Betty (Engleman) Bennett. Father of Pamela Martin, Larry and Mark Bennett. Brother of Marlene Duley, Betty Hayden, Cathy Thomas, Jerry and Michael Bennett. Grandfather of two.

BRANDENBURG, Annemarie, 87, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 7. Mother of Ellen Armbruster. Grandmother of two.

CISLAK, David John, 51, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Feb. 3. Husband of Lauren Cislak. Father of Preston Cislak. Son of Peter and Margaret Cislak. Brother of Carol DeSmul, Susan Sokolsky and Gregory Cislak.

CORRIGAN, Rachel Elizabeth (Ewing), 81, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Feb. 2. Wife of Daniel Corrigan. Mother of Roberta Marks, Sharon Stevens, Christine and Robert Corrigan.

DePAUL, Louis Arthur, 59, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Feb. 10. Husband of Carolynn (Prosser) DePaul. Father of Heather DePaul, Theresa Bruno and Kristen Jung. Brother of Mary Jo Dolson, Alice Smith, Donald and Phillip DePaul. Grandfather of eight.

DETTLINGER, Herman A. Jr., 80, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Jan. 27. Father of Diana Recktenwald and Tim Dettlinger. Brother of Mary Louise Hoffman. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of two.

FREIJE, Thomas J., 53, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Feb. 5. Father of Michelle and Kevin Freije. Son of Thomas and Betty Lou Freije. Brother of Marie Armstrong, Ruth Semmler and Keith Freije. Grandfather of three.

GRAF, Mary Rose (Kuebel), 85, St. Paul, New Alsace, Dec. 6. Mother of Dale, Kenneth, Paul and Thomas Graf. Sister of Irma Andres, Mildred Swales, Raymond and Russell Kuebel. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of five.

HART, Rita (Pfister), 92, St. Agnes, Nashville, Feb. 11. Mother of Janice Joachim, Jack and Kevin Hart. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of six.

HESLIN, Dr. Elise Sophia (Pokrzywinski), 44, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis, Feb. 7. Wife of Dr. Bruce Heslin. Mother of Henry and Walter Heslin. Stepmother of Sasha and George Heslin. Daughter of Bernard and Jacqueline Pokrzywinski. Sister of Jennifer Murphy, Christopher, Jonathan and Joshua Pokrzywinski.

HORAN, Ruth M., 89, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Feb. 14. Mother of Michele Bohling, Patia Tolle, Chris, Kevin, Mike and Tim Horan. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 11.

KELLEY, Jessie Mae, 95, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Jan. 17. Wife of Robert Kelley. Sister of Bonnie McCallister.

McNELIS, Ruby Therese, 95, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 8. Mother of Patricia Lemieux, Bridget Shewman and Theresa Stewart. Sister of Mary Riedeman. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of six.

MILLER, Emmet Robert, 103, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Feb. 10. Father of Marilyn Schrage and David Miller. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 20. Great-great-grandfather of six.

NEUENDORF, Harry, 83, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, Dec. 8. Father of Jean Earle and Paul Neuendorf. Brother of Elsie Bengert, Jack and Jerry Neuendorf.

OHL, Glen R., 82, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Feb. 7. Husband of Beverly Ohl. Father of Gregory, Jeffrey, Steven and Timothy Ohl. Brother of Tom Ohl. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one.

OWENS, Betty, 83, St. Mary, Rushville, Feb. 8. Mother of Polly Raike, Mike and Tom Owens. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 13. Great-great-grandmother of two.

PRICE, Alice J. (Doyle), 71, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Feb. 7. Mother of Daniel VIII and Thomas Price. Sister of Ann McCarty, Donna Hasty, Marilyn Kennedy, Rita Summers, Bill, Jack and Tom Doyle. Grandmother of three.

PUTHOFF, Jerry, 83, St. Andrew, Richmond, Feb. 8. Father of Jacqueline Brown, Terri Kunsey, Dennis, Jay and Michael Puthoff. Stepfather of Suzi Hengstler, John, Michael and Tony Kirkman. Brother of Sue Tell. Grandfather of several. Great-grandfather of several.

SENESE, Margaret, 93, St. Andrew, Richmond, Feb. 6. Mother of Linda Harbin, Sallie and Dan Senese. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 14.

STUBBS, Betty, 81, St. Andrew, Richmond, Feb. 11. Mother of Karen Morford, Kathy TenBrink and Wayne Stubbs. Sister of Charles and Ed Weiss. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of five.


Providence Sister Petra Daschbach taught Latin and religion classes at Catholic high schools in several states for 41 years

Providence Sister Petra Daschbach died on Jan. 13 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 92.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 18 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Mary Elizabeth Daschbach was born on July 8, 1919, in Pittsburgh.

She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 1, 1939, made her first profession on Jan. 23, 1942, and professed her final vows on Jan. 23, 1948.

Sister Petra earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and master’s degree in Latin at DePaul University in Chicago.

During 72 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered in Catholic education for 42 years.

After teaching at a Catholic elementary school for one year, Sister Petra taught Latin and religion classes at Catholic high schools in Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., for 41 years.

In the archdiocese, Sister Petra taught at St. Philip Neri School in Indianapolis in 1942, the former St. John Academy in Indianapolis from 1948-50, the former Archbishop Schulte High School in Terre Haute from 1953-55 and Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville from 1955-59.

In February 2010, Sister Petra retired to Lexington, Ky., where she dedicated herself to the ministries of prayer and presence at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish there.

In August 2011, she returned to the motherhouse and participated in the ministry of prayer with the senior sisters.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 1 Providence Road, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876. †

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