June 14, 2013

Obituaries

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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BANET, Thomas J., 86, St. Mary, New Albany, May 19. Husband of E. Anne Banet. Father of Rebecca, Gerry and Thomas Banet. Brother of Marietta Gesenhues and Arthur Banet. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one.

BYERLEY, Agnes M., 90, St. Joseph, Corydon, May 18. Wife of Floyd Byerley. Mother of Patricia McGill.

CARR, Betty C., 95, St. Paul Hermitage, Beech Grove, June 1.

CHAMBERS, Robert Lee, Sr., 70, St. John the Baptist, Dover, May 27. Husband of Rita Chambers. Father of Juanita Dudley, Douglas, Glenn and Robert Chambers. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of three.

GIPSON, Mary Margaret, 87, St. Gabriel, Connersville, May 23. Wife of Glenn Gipson. Sister of Betty Cole.

GUDORF, Eugene William, 71, St. Boniface, Fulda, May 28. Husband of Irma Gudorf. Father of Marsha Jones, Cindy Nicholson, Paula Shaw, Michelle Sherman, Brad, Kevin, Mark and Michael Gudorf. Brother of Alene Kerstiens and Lloyd Gudorf. Grandfather of 22. Great-grandfather of eight.

JOHNS, Virginia B., 92, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, May 28. Mother of Nancy Evans, Susan Walters, Cynthia and William Johns. Sister of Clyde Jr. and Donald Poynter. Grandmother of 16.

KIRSCHNER, Allan A., 78, Holy Family, Oldenburg, May 18. Father of Kim Hoffmaster and Kelley Light. Brother of Martha Feie, Edward and Tom Kirschner. Grandfather of seven.

LUTHMAN, Kathryn Eleanor, (Weis), 96, Christ the King, Indianapolis, May 28. Mother of Elaine Huebner, Eleanor Kolbus and Jim Luthman Jr. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 15.

LYNCH, Dorothy, 74, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 28. Wife of Robert Lynch. Mother of Jeannie Massing and Marty Lynch. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of five.

MAURER, Wayne, 83, St. Joseph, Indianapolis, April 20. Father of Judi Burch, Susan Hopkins, Linda Plasencia, Jerry, Larry, Sam and Tony Maurer. Grandfather of many. Great-grandfather of several.

MOORE, Richard Alan, 48, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, May 23. Father of Bret Roberts. Brother of James Moore Jr.

RIES, Raymond, 77, St. Mary, New Albany, May 29. Father of Roxanne McCarty, Dale, Edward, Mike and Tim Ries. Brother of Betty Lamey, John, Mike and Norbert Ries. Stepfather of five. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of two.

SLOWIK, Mary, 82, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, May 21. Mother of Cynthia Eversman, Nicholas, Peter and Ric Slowik. Sister of Ernie Gregorian. Grandmother of seven.

SMILEY-SAURER, Sherlene, 77, St. Agnes, Nashville, May 15. Mother of Betsy Arnold, Theresa Burgess, Brian and Eric Smiley. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.


Providence Sister Cecilia Ann Miller taught music in Catholic schools for 28 years

Providence Sister Cecilia Ann Miller died on May 31 at Mother Theodore Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 91.

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

Mary Ann Miller was born on Jan. 22, 1922, in Jasper, Ind.

She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Jan. 6, 1940, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1948.

Sister Cecelia Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s of music degree at Rosary College in River Forest, Ill.

During 73 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as a music educator for 28 years in Catholic schools in Taiwan and in the United States, including in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Oklahoma. In the archdiocese, she taught at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1957-58 and from 1972-78. She also gained expertise in teaching music to children with special needs and taught in a school in Louisville, Ky., dedicated to their education.

After retiring as a teacher, Sister Cecilia Ann ministered at Woods Day Care/Pre-School in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and offered music ministry for her sisters at Providence Health Care. She committed herself entirely to prayer in 2011.

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.


Franciscan Sister Consolata Kuhn ministered as an educator in four states, including Indiana

Franciscan Sister Consolata Kuhn died on March 1 at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 97.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 4 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Consolata was born on Oct. 24, 1915, in Cincinnati.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Oct. 28, 1934, and professed final vows on July 2, 1940.

During 78 years as a Sister of St. Francis, Sister Consolata ministered as an educator for many years in Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio. In the archdiocese, she ministered at the Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception and at St. Joseph School in Shelbyville.

She was involved in religious formation in her community, helping its new members adjust to the life of the community.

Sister Consolata is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN 47036-0100. †

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