April 5, 2013


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ALBERS, Virginia, 84, St. Joseph, Corydon, Feb. 23. Mother of Judith Kilgore, Deborah, Gregory, Jeffrey, John, Kevin, Michael and Stephen Albers. Sister of Ruby Dixon. Grandmother of 21. Great-grandmother of 20.

BROOKING, Betty L., 83, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Jan. 21. Mother of Melissa Burns, Denise Crane, Belinda Koch, Debra Northard, Joseph, Ray and Patrick Brooking. Sister of Jerry Hoagland. Grandmother of 34. Great-grandmother of 35. Great-great-grandmother of one.

CHANLEY, Joseph S., Jr., 84, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Jan. 21. Husband of Freida Chanley. Father of Sara Gormley, Mary Hayward, Rita Hoffman, Katy Stephens, Angela, Andrew and Joseph Chanley. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of one.

DIAZ, Jose A., 90, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, March 13. Father of Carmen Vint.

EDMUNDS, William, 93, St. Mary, New Albany, March 11. Husband of Nicki Edmunds. Stepfather of Paul Bolduc and Reggie Mattingly. Step-grandfather of five. Step-great-grandfather of 11.

FEGLEY, Brian M., 41, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, March 13. Son of Paul Fegley and LuAnn Lerchen. Brother of Michelle Light.

GIOVANONI, Joseph George, 91, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, March 11. Father of Sharon White and Terry Giovanoni. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of five.

HARRIS, Todd Christopher, 45, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Feb. 26. Son of Larry and Dianna Harris. Brother of Kellie Maker and Dawn Tester. Grandson of Edith DeLisle.

HOLTZMAN, Agnella Margaret, 92, St. Boniface, Fulda, March 7. Mother of Patricia Lockhart, Jerry and Larry Holtzman. Sister of Adeline Rhea. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 18. Great-great-grandmother of eight.

JACKSON, Elizabeth, 60, St. Jude, Indianapolis, March 12. Wife of Gregory Jackson. Mother of Christopher Jackson, Maria and Matthew Schwager. Grandmother of four.

KLENE, Vivian L., 95, St. Mary, Greensburg, March 15. Mother of Angela Downey and Sue Kitchin. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of eight.

LOYD, Betty J., 77, St. Mary, Greensburg, March 21. Mother of Mary Miller, Susie, Doug and John Loyd. Sister of Violet Miller, Helen Moore and Martha Stephen. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of nine.

McCARTY, Linus, 73, St. Martin, Yorkville, March 12. Husband of Janet McCarty. Father of Eric Hurst, Holly Robinson, Michelle Weaver, Jodi and Michael McCarty. Brother of Margie Wells and Dale McCarty. Grandfather of eight.

McHUGH, Michael S., 39, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, March 11. Husband of Amy McHugh. Father of Shane McHugh. Stepfather of Faith Sanders. Son of Robert and Marcia McHugh. Brother of Kevin McHugh. Grandson of Irene McHugh.

NOLAN, Margaret Rose, 99, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, March 15.

PATTERSON, Robert A., 77, St. Anne, Hamburg, March 19. Father of Cindy Lamping, Bill, Don and Mike Patterson. Brother of Nancie Eaton, Marlene Rickey, Michael and Patrick Patterson. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of eight.

SCHOETTMER, Leonard B., Sr., 86, St. Mary, Greensburg, March 12. Father of Joyce Comer, Mary Ann Smith, Charles, Leonard, Patrick, Stanley and Steven Schoettmer. Brother of Lorina Krieger, Dorothy Redelman and Robert Schoettmer. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of 15.

SHINN, Ruth Imogene (Freeland), 88, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, March 8. Mother of Billie Carr, Mary Shields, Justine Wilmont, Veronica, James, John, Kevin, Ralph, Tom and William Shinn Jr. Grandmother of 24. Great-grandmother of 24. Great-great-grandmother of two.

SPALDING, Clara, 83, St. Paul, Sellersburg, March 5. Mother of Stephanie Vogel. Sister of Bruce and William Spalding. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of three.

TULLY, Rita M. (Fein), 91, Holy Family, New Albany, March 11. Mother of Beverly and John Tully.

VanWINKLE, Carl, 72, St. Meinrad, St. Meinrad, Jan. 22. Husband of Margie VanWinkle. Brother of Debbie Carrie.

VONDERSAAR, Janet T., 80, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, March 13. Wife of John Vondersaar. Mother of Lisa Capria, Leslie Kasnak, Kurt, Mike and Rob Vandersaar. Sister of Mary Virginia Beldon. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of two. Great-great-grandmother of one.

WALTER, Anthony R., 61, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 10. Husband of Marianne Walter. Father of Adam, Anthony Jr. and Arthur Walter.

WARD, Mary Agnes, 83, St. Paul, Tell City, March 18. Wife of Ralph Ward. Mother of Carolyn Cronin. Sister of Sarah Beard and William Jarboe. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of five.

WEFLER, Frank A., 67, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, Feb. 25. Father of Todd Pershing, Ellen, Sara and Mark Wefler. Brother of Debe Mitchem-White, June and Tom Wefler. Grandfather of six.

WOLTER, Mary H., 97, St. Maurice, St. Maurice, March 14. Aunt of several.

Providence Sister Estelle Scully ministered in education, communications

Providence Sister Estelle Scully died on March 20 at Mother Theodore Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 86.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 26 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Joan Scully was born on Oct. 8, 1926, in Evanston, Ill.

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

Sister Estelle earned a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and a master’s degree in American studies at the University of Notre Dame in northern Indiana.

During 63 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as an educator for 23 years in Catholic schools in California, Illinois and Indiana. In the archdiocese, she taught at the former Schulte High School in Terre Haute from 1957-60, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1961-71 and 1975-76, and at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis from 1976-77.

Sister Estelle later ministered in communications and public relations for 20 years in a number of dioceses and Catholic ministries across the country, including the dioceses of Cheyenne, Wyo., Little Rock, Ark., and Orlando, Fla., and the Archdiocese of Miami.

She later returned to her order’s motherhouse and volunteered in various local ministries. Beginning in 2008, Sister Estelle dedicated herself completely to prayer.

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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