January 18, 2013


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BARTLEY, Betty Jane, 83, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Jan. 1. Mother of Anna Dailey, Christopher and Mark Bartley. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of eight.

BENNETT, Ethan Hunter Martin, 19, St. Joseph, Clark County, Sept. 12. Son of Tony and Kelley Bennett. Brother of Collin and Zachary Bennett. Grandson of Kenneth and Barbara Bailey and Jerry and Charlotte Bennett.

BERSOT, Marie, 99, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Dec. 26. Aunt of several.

BIGGS, Malcolm S., Jr., 73, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Dec. 27. Husband of Debbie Biggs. Father of Lori O’Brien, Amanda, Nicole, Rebecca and Michael Biggs. Brother of Diane Edwards and Robert Biggs. Grandfather of five.

BRUNS, Irene F., 86, St. Michael, Brookville, Dec. 27. Mother of Carolyn Erfman, Dan and Stephen Bruns. Sister of Alice Gesell, Yvonne Hornbach, Patricia Moody, Joe, Tom and William Ratz. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of 28.

BURCH, Edith A., 92, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 6. Mother of Lynn Lawson, Barbara McLaughlin and T.J. Burch. Sister of Marcella Doyle and Marie Williams. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of nine.

CARNEY, Carole (Houppert), 63, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, Dec. 20. Wife of Stephen Carney. Mother of Desiree and Genevieve Carney. Daughter of Robert and Mildred (Watson) Houppert. Sister of Mary Williams, Bonnie, Christine, Brian and Kevin Houppert.

CRONIN, James David, Sr., 74, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 14. Father of Donna Stise, James Jr. and Michael Cronin. Brother of Kitty Tiederman, Joe, Richie and Ronnie Cronin. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of three.

CUNDIFF, Johanna Marie, 82, Most Sacred Heart, Jeffersonville, Dec. 19. Mother of Karla Coots and W. Allen Cundiff. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of five.

CRAWLEY, Wilbur, III, 61, St. Agnes, Nashville, Dec. 12. Husband of Julianna Crawley. Father of Anna and Joshua Crawley. Son of Mary Crawley. Brother of Barbara Arnold, Mary Back, Lisa Carr, Monica Fritsch, Laura Hoog, Cynthia Reed, Brian, Martin, Michael and Philip Crawley. Half-brother of Jennie Burgess and Montissa Rookard.

DAUBY, Albert G., 97, St. Paul, Tell City, Dec. 26. Father of Brenda Lee. Brother of Delores James. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of one.

DEER, David A., 66, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Dec. 28. Husband of Jo Ann Deer. Father of Amy and Eric Deer. Grandfather of two.

DENNY, Erstel, 85, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Dec. 21. Husband of Mary Denny. Father of Helen Martin, Jacqueline Stone, Darrell and John Denny. Brother of Rev. Charles and Donald Denny. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of three. Great-great-grandfather of one.

DIETZ, Robert L., 69, St. Louis, Batesville, Dec. 19. Brother of Jane Fullenkamp. Uncle of several.

DOLL, Dorothy L., 96, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Dec. 28. Mother of Julie Eckstein, Mary Ellen Grossman, Cathy Schene, Donna and George Doll. Grandmother of 26. Great-grandmother of 53. Great-great-grandmother of one.

EBBING, Eugene, 59, St. Joseph, Jennings County, Dec. 23. Husband of Elizabeth (Cornett) Ebbing. Father of Jennifer and Andrew Ebbing. Brother of Rosemary Hyde, Anna Marie Palazzolo, Theresa Peacock, Cathy Wardrop, John and Tony Ebbing. Grandfather of two.

ELIXMAN, John Robert, 81, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Jan. 3. Husband of Marcia Elixman. Father of Beth Campbell, Kathy Hirtz-Bickel, John and Ric Elixman. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one.

GEIS, William, 77, St. Peter, Franklin County, Dec. 25. Father of Linda Decler, Sharon Gramman, Betty Schuman, Peggy Smith and William Geis. Brother of Adeline Kuebel, Carroll and Ralph Geis. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of six.

GOTTEMOELLER, Marjorie Ann (Brewer), 86, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 21. Wife of Charles Gottemoeller. Mother of Daniel and Timothy Gottemoeller. Grandmother of two.

HAHN, Norbert V., 85, St. Mary, Greensburg, Dec. 24. Father of Nicki Wuestefeld, Andy, Dan, Gordon, Mark, Pat and Ted Hahn. Brother of Ralph Hahn. Grandfather of 22. Great-grandfather of seven.

HALLER, Jim, 63, St. Paul, Tell City, Dec. 25. Father of Brenda Popp. Brother of Connie Betz, Becky Blum, Judy Raaf, Barb and Mary Haller. Grandfather of one. Step-grandfather of one.

HUBER, Elden, 77, St. Joseph, St. Leon, Dec. 29. Father of Bob, Don and Jim Huber. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of two.

JENKINS, Nancy S., 76, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Dec. 23. Mother of Sandy Winn and Herbert Jenkins III.

JOHNSON, Bobby Jean, 82, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 9. Mother of Catherine Honeycutt, Andrew, Chris, Daniel, Eric, James, Philip and Sean Johnson and Jim Burrows. Sister of Marlene Brinkman, Jane Elson, Donna Mundy and Darrell Deck. Grandmother of 27. Great-grandmother of 16.

JONES, Raymond, 86, St. Bridget, Liberty, Nov. 19. Husband of May Jones. Father of Kendra Brooks, Karen Faverty, Karla Kaufman and Kathy Ramey. Brother of Dorothy, James and Joseph Jones. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of 21.

KAZMIERZAK, Beatrice F., 82, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Dec. 30. Mother of Cynthia Barnes, Susan Nix, Debora Zimmermann, Allen, Larry, Lt. Col. Michael, Robert and Roy Kazmierzak. Sister of Hilda Kunz. Grandmother of 23. Great-grandmother of nine.

KINNEN, Charles M., 99, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Jan. 6. Husband of Ruth (Hivnor) Kinnen. Father of Luanne, Pamela and Charles Kinnen Jr. Brother of Warren Kinnen. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of one.

KLUMP, Joseph Frank, 101, St. Paul, New Alsace, Dec. 6. Uncle of several.

KNUEVEN, Howard B., 89, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Dec. 26. Husband of Carolyn Knueven. Father of Leacarol Bennett, Susan Wong, Chris, Jim and Kevin Knueven. Brother of Charlene Rauch, Msgr. Harold, Joe and Willard Knueven. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of seven.

KOMLANC, Mary M., 95, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Dec. 12. Mother of Mary Agnes Collins, Diane, Frank Jr., Mike and Tom Komlanc. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 19.

KOWALSKI, Jerome J., 75, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Dec. 27. Husband of Barbara Kowalski. Father of Kathleen Allison and Patrick Kowalski. Brother of James Kowalski. Stepbrother of Carole Kauss. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of 10.

KUBEC, Beverly L., 84, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 23. Wife of Willett Kubec. Mother of Carolyn McClamroch. Sister of William Lanphere. Grandmother of three.

LIVERS, Lois Jean (Thallemer), 85, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, Dec. 7. Mother of Leanne Gilmore, Gail Trafford and David Livers. Sister of Don Thallemer. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.

LONGENECKER, Susana, 81, St. Mary, Richmond, Dec. 12. Mother of Terri Bullerdick and Pam O’Banion. Grandmother of five.

MADDOX, Gladys, 90, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Nov. 19. Mother of Michael Loudin. Sister of Paul Yanich. Grandmother of three.

McDERMOTT, Martin Downing, 80, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 30. Father of Jean Cratty, Vivian Getz, Catherine McClure, Suzanne Sherman, John, Martin, Russell and William McDermott. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of nine.

McMANAMA, Jerre, Sr., 76, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Dec. 22. Husband of Donna McManama. Father of Kellie, Jerre Jr., Kerry and Kevin McManama, Danny, Kenny and Tim Humbert. Brother of Tina and Terry McManama. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of one.

MILLER, Kathryn (Feeney) Gaughan, 97, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 23. Mother of Kathy White and Patrick Gaughan. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 10.

MOSS, Nancy (Fields), 77, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Dec. 11. Wife of Clemens Moss.

O’SHAUGHNESSY, Raymond A., 81, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 12. Husband of Patricia O’Shaughnessy. Father of Colleen Baumgartner, Peggy, Dennis, Michael and Patrick O’Shaughnessy. Brother of Jack O’Shaughnessy. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one.

RENN, Martha, 99, St. Joseph, Clark County, Dec. 21. Mother of Juanita Byers, Doris Edwards, Judith Spond, Alvin and Charles Renn. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 27. Great-great-grandmother of five.

ROSENGARTEN, Mary D., 83, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 12. Wife of Dick Rosengarten. Mother of Jean Davidson, Mary Beth Fortson, Jim and Rick Rosengarten. Grandmother of nine.

RUEHRWEIN, Georgia Marie, 92, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Nov. 30. Wife of William Ruehrwein. Mother of Sharon Kwiecinski, Rose VonHolle, Susan Wendel, Steven and William Ruehrwein. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of three.

SCHNEIDER, Wilbur, 64, St. Joseph, St. Leon, Dec. 7. Husband of Ella Rose Schneider. Brother of Marie Dierckman, Theresa Eckerle, Frances Hartman, Ruth Messerschmidt, Rose Roell, Rita Struewing, Dorothy, Albert, Arthur, Bernard and Joseph Schneider.

SCHUTZ, John Joseph, Jr., 94, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Jan. 1. Father of Jeanne Brashear, Ivar Zzyznius, Sara and David Schutz. Brother of Eugene Schutz. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 17.

SCHWEITZER, Penny Marie (Litch), 52, St. Mary, Lanesville, Dec. 20. Mother of Brandy Schaeffer, Michael Aydlett and James Litch. Sister of Robyn Gosselin, Terri Waggoner, Rick Ford, Joe Knaebel and Toby Litch. Grandmother of four.

SIMPSON, Leo K., 95, St. Paul, Tell City, Dec. 7. Father of Bill, Kerry and Richard Simpson.

SONSINI, James Sr., 87, St. Mary, Richmond, Dec. 9. Husband of Elizabeth Sonsini. Father of Mary Siler, Barbara Wood, Annie and James and John Sonsini. Brother of Mary Williams. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of six.

SPAETH, Betty J., 78, St. Mary, Rushville, Dec. 15. Wife of Bernard Spaeth. Mother of Connie Amos, Eileen Clemons, Jennifer Hoeing, Ann Robben, Patty Schultz, Jeanie Sutter, Bengie, Bill, Chuck, David, Jim, Bill and Richard Spaeth. Grandmother of 44. Great-grandmother of 11.

SPERZEL, Virginia Adeline (Naville), 101, St. Mary Navilleton, Floyds Knobs, Dec. 12. Mother of Betty Atkins and Larry Sperzel. Grandmother of one.

STALKER, Patrick, 77, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, Dec. 24. Husband of Janet Stalker. Brother of Shirley Butler.

Benedictine Sister Mary Constance Kleeman taught in many schools in the archdiocese

Benedictine Sister Mary Constance Kleeman, a member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, died on Dec. 31, 2012, at St. Paul Hermitage in Beech Grove. She was 95.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 5 at Our Lady of Grace Monastery Chapel. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery at the monastery.

Sister Mary Constance was born on Feb. 6, 1917, in Clinton, Ill., and given the name Cecilia Philomena at her baptism.

She entered Monastery Immaculate Conception in 1934 and professed perpetual vows in 1939. She became a founding member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in 1960.

Sister Mary Constance ministered in Catholic schools for several decades.

In the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, she taught or served as principal at Christ the King School and the former Assumption School, both in Indianapolis; St. Ambrose School in Seymour; the former St. Columba School in Columbus; St. Joseph School in Corydon; the former St. Joseph School in Clark County; St. Mary-of-the-Knobs School in Floyd County; and the former St. Paul School in Tell City.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Retired Sisters’ Fund, c/o Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107 or online at www.benedictine.com.

Providence Sister Mary Eleanor Galvin taught at Catholic schools in several states for 41 years

Providence Sister Mary Eleanor Galvin died on Dec. 21, 2012, at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 86.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 5 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Marilyn Barbara Galvin was born on Dec. 3, 1926, in Malden, Mass.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Feb. 2, 1945, and professed her final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

Sister Mary Eleanor earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and master’s degrees from St. Michael University in Winooski Park, Vt., and Emmanuel College in Boston.

During 67 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as an educator for 41 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. For 10 of those years, she served as principal.

In the archdiocese, Sister Mary Eleanor taught at the former St. Ann School in Terre Haute from 1950-51, the former St. Anne School in New Castle from 1952-55 and the former St Ann School in Indianapolis from 1958-59.

In 1988, she began ministry in pastoral care at Providence Health Care.

In 1999, Sister Mary Eleanor retired and volunteered in the office that promoted the canonization of St. Theodora Guérin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence.

Surviving is a sister, Providence Sister Michaela Galvin.

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

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