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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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ALLEN, Donald Matthew, 94, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, July 21. Husband of Ruth (Suttles) Allen. Father of Victoria Musick, James and John Allen. Brother of Rosemary Heidelberger, Everett, Richard and Robert Allen. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 16.
ANDRES, Charles, 79, St. Joseph, St. Leon, July 18. Husband of Antoinette Andres. Father of Karen Fox, Carolyn Hallanger, Barbara Schmidt, Debbie Zimmer, Bob, Charles, Edward, Ron and Tom Andres. Brother of Christine Engler. Grandfather of 21. Great-grandfather of nine.
BAUMER, Erpha, 86, Holy Family, Richmond, Aug. 3. Mother of Cathy Alexander, Lisa Davidson, Linda Rohe, Patricia Watko, Dennis, James and Mike Baumer. Sister of Ruth Nocton and Richard Merkamp. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 10.
BOWERS, James E., 66, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Aug. 6. Husband of Helen (Schweitzer) Bowers. Father of Heather Bowers-Dneef and Daniel Bowers. Stepfather of Heather Stowell and Stephen Hurst Jr. Brother of Thomas Bowers. Grandfather of eight.
BRAUN, Daniel, 66, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Aug. 1. Father of Kimberly Tanner and Christopher Braun. Brother of Barb May, John and Joseph Braun.
BRELAGE, Florence C., 93, St. Louis, Batesville, Aug. 4. Mother of Mary Jo Bland, Barbara Schneider, Anita, David, Jerry and John Brelage. Sister of Margie Scudder. Grandmother of 20. Great-grandmother of 38.
BRODNAN, Louis S., 89, St. Anne, New Castle, Aug. 2. Husband of Charlotte (Millard) Brodnan. Father of Jeanne Beatty, Sharon Asbury, Robert and Steve Brodnan. Brother of Anne and Hermie Brodnan. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 10. Great-great-grandfather of one.
BUDD, Roy David, 78, St. Mary of the Assumption, Mitchell, Aug. 1. Husband of Joan Budd. Father of Diane, Donna, Bobby, David and Johnny Budd. Brother of Mildred Davis, Marilyn Porter, John and Morris Budd. Grandfather of four. Step-grandfather of four.
FREIBERGER, Wilfred R., 85, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Aug. 2. Father of Susan Miller, Candy Rickard, Pam Riley, Gordon and Scott Freiberger. Brother of Eugene, Evans and Omer Freiberger. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of seven.
FRITSCH, James E., 76, St. Louis, Batesville, July 31. Uncle of several.
FRY, Greg, 63, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, July 31. Husband of Julie Fry. Father of Allison Fogle, Lindsay Johnson and Adam Fry. Brother of Diane Young. Grandfather of one.
GILLIGAN, Eleanor Mary Ann (Prieshoff), 97, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, July 31. Mother of Catherine Born, Laura Reed, Nancy Webber, Mary Ann and John Gilligan. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of one.
HALTOM, Nancy, 75, St. Paul the Apostle, Greencastle, Aug. 2. Wife of Jack Haltom. Mother of Julia Salem, Christopher, Joseph, Matthew, Scott and Walter Haltom. Sister of Jean Callahan and Winaford Fredrick. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of three.
LIPPS, Mary Helen, 85, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, July 25. Wife of Robert Lipps Sr. Mother of Sarah Cicatko, Susan Gallo, James and Robert Lipps. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of three.
MACKE, Margaret Elizabeth, 106, St. Gabriel, Connersville, July 25. Mother of Jerry Macke. Grandmother of 10. Step-grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of eight. Great-great-grandmother of five.
MADDEN, Thomas C., M.D., 59, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Aug. 8. Husband of Terri (Robinson) Madden. Father of Erin, Lauren and Austin Madden. Brother of Mary Ann Kaiser, Jeanne, Jim, John and Paul Madden.
McGRADY, John G., 87, St. Anne, New Castle, July 30. Husband of Aileen McGrady. Father of Denise, Maureen, Sheila and Dennis McGrady. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of 12.
MULLIS, Othmar G., 79, St. Boniface, Fulda, July 28. Husband of Rose Marie Mullis. Father of Gail Gentry, Carol Meyer, Lily Meyer-Hubert, Lucy Miller-Wilder, Cindy Sitzman, Janet Thomas and Phyllis Welch-Roos. Brother of Esther Klee, Mary Ann Troesch, John, Joe, Leo, Leroy, Oscar and Sylvester Mullis. Grandfather of 22. Great-grandfather of 20.
PAGE, Jimmie L., 85, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, July 15. Father of Joyce Crane, Janice Dye and James Page. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 12. (correction)
POINSETTE, Mary Rosetta, 90, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, July 29. Wife of Richard Poinsette. Mother of Mary Kay Barbuch, Nancy DeLullo, Franciscan Sister Noella Jane Poinsette and Stephen Poinsette. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of nine.
POWELL, Shirley M., (Hile), 79, St. Patrick, Salem, July 30. Wife of Eugene Powell. Mother of Deborah Cooley, Karen Morgan, Janet O’Keefe, Linda Schamel, Michele Steggeman, David and Terry Powell. Sister of Cheryl Scharf. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of 14.
SCHUMACHER, Edward John, 90, St. Louis, Batesville, July 27. Husband of Arvilla (Stevens) Schumacher. Father of Victoria Creeger, Sherry Ertel, Amy Gallo, Kris Lindemann, Mary Jon McCaig and Kim Oblinger. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of eight.
SHEEHAN, George L., 93, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, June 26. Husband of Doris (Liebert) Sheehan. Father of Carol Pogoni, Terri Strouse, Eileen, Maureen and Michael Sheehan. Brother of Charles Sheehan. Grandfather of one.
SIMPSON, Peggy A., 48, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, July 31. Wife of Gregory Simpson. Mother of Macey Simpson, Derek and Ryan Vest. Daughter of Henry and Martha (Korbe) Gesenhues. Sister of Donna Ettel, Susan Ostrader, Anthony, Kevin and Stephen Gesenhues. Grandmother of one.
SPIVEY, Amy Marie, 42, St. Benedict, Terre Haute, Aug. 5. Wife of Randy Spivey. Daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Carter. Granddaughter of Elizabeth Leusing. Sister of Diane Biddle, Brent Barnhart, Joe and Rick Carter.
STEWARD, Amanda E. (Goy), 83, St. Joseph University, Terre Haute, Aug. 7. Mother of Charles, David and Robert Steward. Sister of Margaret Anderson, Charles and James Goy. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.
SWANK, Mary Lucille (Hall), 88, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, July 27. Mother of Janella Weiglib. Sister of Charles Hall. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two. Great-great-grandmother of one.
TAYLOR, Earl B., 79, St. Joseph, Corydon, July 30. Husband of Fairy Sillings-Taylor. Father of Phyliss Piperato, Marianne Shea, Lisa Steele, Aaron, Bruce, John and Tim Taylor. Brother of Richard and Robert Taylor. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of one.
WADE, Joseph E., 74, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, July 27. Father of Joanie O’Brien, Dave, Mike and Steve Wade. Brother of Joan Baker. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of two.
YAGGI, Marcella, 86, St. Paul, Tell City, Aug. 3. Mother of Debbie Kleeman, Susan Yaggi, Larry Goffinet, Gary and Robert Nelson. Sister of Ida Mae Hafele, Jo Long, Kay Rexroat and Charles Sweeney. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 29. Great-great-grandmother of five.
Franciscan Sister Dolores Wright died on Aug. 5 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, at the motherhouse in Oldenburg. She was 81.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 7 at the motherhouse chapel. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.
Catherine Joyce Wright was born on Jan. 1, 1931, in Reading, Ohio.
She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Oct. 5, 1948, and professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1954.
Sister Dolores ministered at Catholic schools in Indiana, Ohio and Kansas City, Mo., for 35 years.
In the archdiocese, she taught or served as principal at St. Mary School in North Vernon, the former St. Anthony of Padua School in Morris, St. Andrew School in Richmond, St. Gabriel School in Connersville and St. Mary School in Aurora.
Sister Dolores also served as coordinator of community life at the motherhouse.
Her last mission experience was with the Navaho Indians in Tohatchi, N.M.
In 1998, Sister Dolores retired and returned to the motherhouse, where she lived at St. Clare Hall.
Surviving are a sister, Mary Ann Wright of Fox Lake, Ill., as well as several nieces and nephews.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036. †