February 22, 2013


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ARMBRUSTER, Melvin, 85, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Jan. 26. Grandfather of two.

BIRD, Mary A., 96, St. Augustine Home for the Aged, Indianapolis, Jan. 19. Aunt of several.

BLANCHARD, Armand J., 88, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Jan. 26. Father of Vivian Troville, Carol VanSlyke, Christopher, Gregory, Michael and Patrick Blanchard. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of several.

BRENNAN, Richard H., 95, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Jan. 17. Father of Victoria Cheshire, Karen Domogalik, Richard Jr. and Shawn Brennan. Grandfather of 23. Great-grandfather of 37. Great-great-grandfather of 18.

BURTON, Catherine Louise, 84, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Jan. 18. Mother of Jack Sr., Jeffery and Michael Burton Sr. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of five.

COLLINS, Nikki, 32, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Jan. 22. Wife of Cory Collins. Mother of Cruze, Griffin, Mia and Oakley Collins. Daughter of Dominic and Karen Bell. Sister of Dominic Bell IV. Granddaughter of Ruth Bell and Gayle Ackerman.

CRUMP, Maryellen F., 73, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 19. Mother of Kate Andrews, Beth Tyrell, Brian, Joe and John Crump. Sister of Janet Giesting, John and Kevin Farrell. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of three.

DE OLIVERIRA, Vincente M., 66, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Jan. 19. Husband of Ana Maria De Oliveira. Father of Karolina, Livia and Daniel De Oliveira.

DIERCKMAN, Milton, 84, St. Louis, Batesville, Dec. 16. Husband of Marie Dierckman. Father of Joyce Kessens, Ginny Lows, Ed, Jerry and Ron Dierckman. Brother of Cleora Kuntz, Elmer, Joseph and Ralph Dierckman. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of 22.

DOLL, Doris M., 78, St. Anthony of Padua, Morris, Jan. 23. Wife of Alois Doll. Mother of Karen Bedel, Deborah Higham, Alan, Kurt, Dan, David, Eric, Jerome and Randall Doll. Sister of Melly Allgeier, Jackie Armbruster, Barb Lecher, Rosie Weisenbach, Martha and Frank Simmermeyer. Grandmother of 32. Great-grandmother of three.

FULLER, Arvina (Haboush), 89, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Jan. 24. Sister of Alfred Haboush.

GRAF, Marilyn, 81, Holy Guardian Angels, Cedar Grove, Jan. 23. Wife of Albert Graf. Mother of Yvonne Brandes, Shelly Lunsford, Trisha Rosenberger, Rena Sacksteder, Alan, Don, Greg and Lee Graf. Grandmother of 24. Great-grandmother of 30.

GRAGSON, Charlene A. (Brutscher), 86, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Jan. 25. Mother of Nancy Elrod, Janie Reschar and Bud Bodenbender. Grandmother of seven.

HARDEBECK, Tammy, (Morgan), 42, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 23. Wife of David Hardebeck. Mother of Mary Hardebeck. Daughter of Robert Morgan and Judith Sheets. Stepdaughter of Timothy Sheets and Sandy Morgan. Sister of Michele Colbert, Amy Demske and Scott Morgan. Granddaughter of Dorothy Phillips.

HEYOB, Rita, 92, Holy Guardian Angels, Cedar Grove, Jan. 22. Mother of Linda O’Nan, Joan, Chris and Robert Heyob. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 16.

HOLTHOUSE, Melanie (Baird), 48, Holy Family, Richmond, Jan. 26. Wife of Jeff Holthouse. Mother of Holly and David Baird. Daughter of Glen and Jackie Campbell. Sister of Fatih Berning, Hope Campbell, Glenna Skaggs, Sally Whirfield and Micheline Wright.

KAVANAUGH, Donald E., 79, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Jan. 25. Husband of Helen Kavanaugh. Father of Karen, Kenny and Kevin Kavanaugh. Brother of Franciscan Sister Timothy, Howard, Leo and Tommy Kavanaugh. Grandfather of six. Step-grandfather of five.

MAGINN, Rosemary (Boyle), 88, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Jan. 26. Mother of Peggy Lamott, Jeannie Zimmerman and Tim Maginn. Sister of Clair Wise. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of two.

MEIER, Arthur, 100, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Jan. 15. Father of Donna Selm and Daniel Meier. Brother of Ethel Rosenberger, Edith, Mary and Frank Meier. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of three.

MILLS, Mable Marie (Graddy), 90, St. Anne, New Castle, Jan. 22. Mother of Elaine Beasley, Beth Cooper, Donna Jackson, Martha, Daniel, Paul and Thomas Mills. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of 12.

MOENTER, June, 90, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 26. Mother of Brenda Moorman, Eric, Keith, Kurt and Ron Moenter. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 11.

MOONEY, Mary E., 94, Holy Family, New Albany, Jan. 23. Mother of Maureen Shirely, Peggy Uskert, Christopher, Mary Pat and Thomas Mooney. Sister of Paul Graf. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of two.

MOORMAN, Elvira, 91, St. Michael, Brookville, Jan. 15. Mother of Beverly Archer, Karen Dumais, Marilyn Pence, Diana Trabel, Gerald and Michael Forthofer. Sister of Marie Connolly and Edna Lamppert. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 24. Great-great-grandmother of three.

OTTE, Ronald G., 67, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Jan. 27. Husband of Margaret Otte. Father of Julie Otte-Rash. Brother of John Otte. Grandfather of two.

PERRY, Norva, 76, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Jan. 26. Husband of Pat (Spanik) Perry. Father of Shannon, Jay, Shawn and Tad Perry. Grand- father of 10.

POLING, Robert, 85, St. Teresa Benedicta, Bright, Jan. 25. Husband of Marian (Gilkey) Poling. Father of Nancy Fahringer. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 27. Great-great-grandfather of two.

RISCH, Lawrence M., 87, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Jan. 27. Father of Nancy Barr, Joann Borders, Rosemary Brown, Helen Edwards, Karen Lippincott, Dr. Judy Smith, Shirley Wise, Lois, Eddie, and Lowell Risch. Brother of Mary Ann Snyder and Eugene Risch. Grandfather of 21. Great-grandfather of 17.

ROSALES, Miguel, 75, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Jan. 22. Father of Raquel, Theresa, Gerardo, Javier, Miguel and Salvador Rosales. Grandfather of several.

RUSSELL, Helen Frances, 92, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Jan. 23. Mother of Helen Friedli, Patricia Hohn, Mary Susott, Donna Venturini, Marilyn Young, Barbara, Kathleen, Donald, James, Joseph, Michael, Richard and William Russell. Sister of Mary Mauser. Grandmother of 19.

SAULEY, Dorothy A. (Staublin), 83, Prince of Peace, Madison, Dec. 29. Wife of William Sauley. Mother of Susan Patterson, Kerry and Kevin Sauley. Sister of Paul and William Staublin. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.

SCHNEIDER, Anna Mae, 88, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Jan. 21. Mother of Carol, Andrew, Stanley and Stephen Schneider. Sister of John and Louis Bedel. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 13.

SCHNEIDER, Ronald, 73, St. Mary, Rushville, Jan. 26. Husband of Mary (Hoeing) Schneider. Father of Kate DeCleene, Karen Giesting and Michael Schneider. Son of Mary Schneider. Brother of Dan Schneider. Grandfather of four.

SEMONES, Paul A., 81, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Jan. 1. Father of Ruth Byrdak, Helen Epstein, Therese Hladney, Maria Shepard, Margrith Troutman and Anthony Semones. Brother of Joan Landrum, Charles and Theodore Semones Jr. Grandfather of 12.

SHIELDS, Carroll W., 69, St. Mary, Mitchell, Jan. 21. Brother of Wanda Brinkerhoff.

SMERDEL, Joseph, Jr., 91, Annunciation, Brazil, Jan. 20. Husband of Marie Smerdel. Father of Dave Smerdel. Grand- father of one.

SMITH, Florence (King), 90, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 21. Mother of Betsy Bergmeyer, Peggy Collins, Mary Pharis, Jim and Mike King. Sister of Betty Hull. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of nine.

VEERKAMP, Jerry E., 63, Immaculate Conception, Millhousen, Jan. 22. Husband of Sue Veerkamp. Father of Kendra and Randy Holt and Sherrie and David Veerkamp. Brother of Roberta Cruser, Joan Mullis and Carol McKinley. Grandfather of seven.

WEILER, Donald, 83, St. Mary, Rushville, Jan. 26. Husband of Lucille (Schwegman) Weiler. Father of Karen Jenkins, Melissa Lee, Darlene Marlow, Marilyn Weiler-Koster, Kevin and Ron Weiler. Grandfather of 12. Great- grandfather of eight.

WEYER, Mary Lee, 76, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Jan. 24. Mother of Cheryl Herrington and Kathy Smith. Sister of Linda Landis, Herman and Junior Sickbert. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.

WHITTAKER, Donna, 82, St. Andrew, Richmond, Jan. 25. Wife of Paul Whittaker. Mother of Karen McKinley and Judith Miller. Grandmother of four.

WILLIAMS, Betty A., 80, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Jan. 27. Mother of Tracey Bish, Amy Hayes, Karen Neligh and Scott Williams. Sister of Carolyn Laudick and Marion McIntire. Grandmother of seven.

WILSON, Shirley (Finley), 79, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 26. Wife of Don Wilson. Mother of Cindy Mattingly, Chuck and Matt Wilson. Grandmother of five. 

WURZ, Alvina (Bauman), 86, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Jan. 6. Mother of Diane Gray, Maryellen Szentesy, Janet Wilkerson and Jay Wurz. Sister of Floretta Burton and Raymond Bauman. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of six.

Providence Sister Sharon Sullivan was educator and parish minister

Providence Sister Sharon Sullivan died on Dec. 21 at Mother Theodore Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 81.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 4 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sharon Lee Sullivan was born on Aug. 27, 1931, in Evansville, Ind.

She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on July 22, 1949, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1957.

During 63 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered for 27 years in Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois and California. In the archdiocese, she was involved in pastoral ministry at St. Mary Parish in Indianapolis from 1970-72 and taught at St. Philip Neri School in Indianapolis from 1972-76.

Beginning in the 1980s, she ministered in various capacities at the motherhouse except for a five-year period in which she was assigned to St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Peru, Ind., in the Lafayette Diocese.

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.

St. Joseph of Carondelet Sister Mary Alexandra Kuhn taught for 43 years

St. Joseph of Carondelet Sister Mary Alexandra Kuhn died on Jan. 25 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis. She was 102.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 31 at the Nazareth Living Center chapel. No burial followed as Sister Mary Alexandra chose to donate her body to science.

Sister Mary Alexandra was born on Aug. 14, 1910, in Indianapolis.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in St. Louis on Sept. 8, 1928, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1934.

Sister Mary Alexandra earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Fontbonne College in Clayton, Mo., in 1947 and a master’s degree in life science from St. Mary College in Winona, Minn., in 1967.

During 84 years as a Sister of St. Joseph, Sister Mary Alexandra ministered as an educator for 43 years at Catholic schools in several states across the country. In the archdiocese, she taught at the former Sacred Heart Central High School from 1965-70.

In 1980, she became a staff member at her order’s provincial house in St. Louis. In 1993, she retired and resided at her order’s Nazareth Living Center, also in St. Louis.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899.

Anne V. Krieg operated Krieg Brothers Catholic Supply House for 29 years in Indianapolis

Anne V. Krieg, a longtime member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Indianapolis, died on Feb. 11 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. She was 92.

Visitation was held on Feb. 17 at Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E 71st St., in Indianapolis. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 18 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Indianapolis. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in Indianapolis.

A native of Hugo, Minn., Krieg was born on Sept. 4, 1920. She earned a bachelor’s degree in dietary science at the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minn., and later worked at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

Krieg was the owner and operator of Krieg Brothers Catholic Supply House in Indianapolis from the time of the death of her husband, Louis Krieg, in 1982 until 2011 when the retail store closed.

Surviving are her children, Louanne Holladay and Greg Krieg; siblings, Frank Latendresse and Betty Stahl; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the donor’s favorite Catholic charity or organization in Krieg’s name. †

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