March 29, 2013


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ARBER, Eileen (Murray), 72, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, March 1. Mother of Michael and Patrick Arber. Grandmother of four.

BAUMANN, Alvin E., 84, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, March 11. Father of Donna Irmscher, Phyllis Naville, Diane Thomas, Douglas and Gregory Baumann. Brother of Mildred Barmore, Ruth Davis, Pat Haub and Melvin Baumann. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of eight.

BIEVER, Joseph Bernard, 88, St. Paul, Tell City, March 1. Husband of Marguerite Biever. Father of Gina Braunecker-Winkler, Diane White and Kevin Biever. Brother of Benedictine Sister Benita Biever. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 10.

BISCHOFF, Francis E., 91, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Feb. 7. Husband of Juliann Bischoff. Father of Anita Gibson, Charlene Pierle, Lawrence and Stephen Bischoff. Brother of Paul and Richard Bischoff. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 10. Great-great-grandfather of two.

BREWSTER, Ethel M., 96, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, March 7. Mother of John Brewster. Grandmother of one.

BRUEGGE, William, 88, St. John the Baptist, Osgood, Feb. 27. Uncle of several.

CLIFFORD, Paul, 65, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, March 3. Father of Ashley and Andrew Clifford. Brother of Patricia King, James, Michael and Tom Clifford.

CORSARO, Maggelina Marie (Caito), 98, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, March 3. Mother of Concetta Groves, Danny, Joe and Paul Corsaro. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 23.

COURTNEY, Terry, 66, Mary, Queen of Peace, Danville, Feb. 26. Husband of Sharon Courtney. Father of Kim McGhee, Clint and Kelly Courtney. Brother of Patti Clements. Grandfather of six.

COX, Wilbur J., 56, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 25. Husband of Rebecca (Combs) Cox. Father of Amber and Bryan Cox. Brother of Garry, Mark and William Cox. Grandfather of two.

EIKLOR, Catherine E., 96, St. Charles, Milan, Feb. 26. Mother of Jesse Mobley and Paul Eiklor. Sister of Adeline Lewis. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of 10.

FAUST, J. Stanley, 85, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, March 4. Father of Kathy Craig, Linda Frederick, Dan, Mark and Tom Faust. Brother of Jim Faust. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of four.

HATCH, Robert Martel, 59, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, March 6. Son of Marie (Martel) Hatch. Brother of Julia Miller, Mary and Patrice Hatch.

HAWKINS, Jeffrey, 50, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, March 1. Father of Whitney, Chris and Jacob Hawkins. Son of Robert Dale and Patricia Hawkins. Brother of Kristi Koers, Toni Page, Dennis, Gary and Jerry Hawkins. Grandfather of one.

HERMAN, John J., 88, St. Matthew the Apostle, March 7. Father of Katrina Herman. Brother of Peter and Theodore Herman.

HIGBIE, Mary E., 88, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 25. Mother of Kathleen Byrd, Martha Nobbe, Patricia Keenan, Mary Margaret Pitstick, Georgetta, Marvin, Melvin and Robert Higbie. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 40. Great-great-grandmother of five.

HILL, William, 89, St. John the Baptist, Osgood, Feb. 11. Father of Christy Grossman and Jennifer McKaufsky. Brother of Mary Ruth McCreary and John Hill. Grandfather of eight.

KASPER, Janet Marie, 60, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 1. Wife of Oscar Kasper. Mother of Brian, Mathew and Paul Kasper. Daughter of Patricia Cook. Sister of Ruth Whorton, Larry and Mike Cook. Grandmother of two.

KUNKEL, Robert J., 87, St. Gabriel, Connersville, March 5. Husband of Helen Kunkel. Father of Patty Inman, Betty Littrell, Mary Jane Parsley and Jim Kunkel. Brother of Martha Caldwell, Helen Fasnacht, Mary Ann Luerman, Alma Treece and Albert Kunkel. Grandfather of seven.

LAMBORGHINI, Robert, 92, St. Anne, New Castle, March 10. Father of Valerie Tutterrow. Brother of Irene DeFeo, Agnus Garuti, Arthur and Charles Lamborghini. Grandfather of two.

McADAMS, Edith, 74, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, March 8. Mother of Melinda Herndons and Charles McAdams Jr.

MURPHY, Loretta, 77, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, March 3. Wife of Jeremiah Murphy. Sister of Florence Tobin and David Wahl.

OWENS, William E., 61, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, Feb. 28. Husband of Patricia (Coryell) Owens. Father of Patrick and William Owens Jr. Brother of James Owens.

PALMBY, William, 82, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, March 3. Husband of Rose Palmby. Father of Jean Brinson, Anne Skinner, Jeff and Mike Palmby. Brother of Mary Clemens, Elaine Rysted and Larry Palmby. Grandfather of nine.

PETERS, Gerald R., 80, St. John the Baptist, Osgood, Feb. 4. Father of Katherine Taul, Teresa Peters Thixton, Bryan, Craig and Michael Peters. Brother of Donna Yaklevich and Daniel Peters. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of four.

PIERS, Arthur, 86, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Feb. 25. Father of Sandra Lawler and Gary Piers. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of three.

RAY, Justin Y., 89, Mary, Queen of Peace, Danville, Feb. 24. Husband of Lois Ray. Father of Karen Beal, Daniel, Jeffrey and Timothy Ray. Brother of Dolores Edwards and John Ray. Grandfather of six.

RICKE, Sally Jane, 59, St. Anne, New Castle, March 6. Daughter of Betty Ricke. Sister of Ann McGlothlin and Dr. Scott Ricke.

ROSS, Oscar J., 77, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 3. Husband of Dorothy (Gampfer) Ross. Father of Kristian Griffin, Tammy King, Kelley Renz and Martin Ross. Brother of Bobby Helton. Grandfather of seven.

ROTH, Avolyn M., 92, St. Louis, Batesville, March 13. Mother of Dennis and Randy Roth. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of four.

SCHMIDT, Martha (Kruer), 84, St. John the Baptist, Starlight, March 5. Wife of Edwin Schmidt. Mother of Ellarae Hutchinson, Nancy Tanner, Daniel and Edwin Schmidt Jr. Sister of Irma Bierman, Bonnie Huber, Norma Johns and George Kruer Jr. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of seven.

SCHNEIDER, Joseph Daniel, 8 months, St. Peter, Franklin County, March 5. Son of Kevin and Amanda Schneider. Brother of Kayleigh Schneider. Grandson of Dan and Debbie Jones and Carl and Denise Schneider.

SCHWERING, Antoinette, 80, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby Co., Feb. 28. Mother of Sheryl Boyd, Cynthia Brattain, Maricarol Cox, Regina Eaton, Jane Morris, Bruce, Gregory and Guy Schwering. Grandmother of 20. Great-grandmother of 13.

SINGER, Ben J., 87, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cambridge City, Feb. 24. Husband of Helen (Staton) (Meyer) Singer. Father of Brenda Munchel, Cheryl Perry, Susan Wesseler, Jim and Mike Singer. Stepfather of Janet Carpenter, Teresa Grimes, Lucretia and Sue Meyer. Grandfather of 26. Great-grandfather of 53.

SMITH, Louis E., 83, St. Mary, Navilleton, Feb. 28. Husband of Marie (Hess) Smith. Father of Margaret Hoffman, Therese Martin, Mary Jo Mayer, Doris Ooley, Connie Schilmiller, Eileen Schraffenberger, Denis, Nick, Sam and Conventual Franciscan Father Tom Smith. Brother of Mary Geswein, Bob and George Smith. Grandfather of 22. Great- grandfather of 13.

STARK, Charles J., 68, St. Monica, Indianapolis, March 4. Husband of Samm Stark. Father of Adam and Christopher Stark. Grandfather of two.

STEGEMILLER, Dorothy, 88, St. Pius, Ripley County, March 6. Mother of Ann Roell, Mary, Mark and Neal Stegemiller. Sister of Roberta Beyer, Marion Weiler, Jerome and Vincent Weiler. Grandmother of 11.

STUMLER, Mary Lou (Kaestner), 80, St. John the Baptist, Starlight, March 10. Wife of Vincent Stumler. Mother of Christopher, David, Kevin, Larry and Michael Stumler. Sister of Darlene Koopman, Carol Ralph, Judy Schleicher, Donald and James Kaestner. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of nine.

TAYLOR, Vernon Wayne, 54, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Feb. 24. Father of Daniel, John and Lucas Taylor.

WOODSIDE, John M., 97, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 4. Father of Susan LeMay, Kathy Young, John and Paul Woodside. Brother of Doris Woodside. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of five. †

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