October 4, 2013


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ALLEN, Doran Thomas, Jr., 69, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Sept. 3. Father of John Allen. Son of Gloria Allen. Brother of Joan Brockman, Lisa Campbell, Jane Stidham and Mark Allen. Grandfather of two.

BROWN, John, 99, St. Mary, Richmond, Sept. 14. Father of Kathleen Leonard and Michael Brown. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of 10.

CAULFIELD, Gladys P., 82, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Sept. 18. Wife of Thomas Caulfield. Mother of Cathleen Beach, Noreen Kavanaugh, Mary Larson, Sandy, Susan and Michael Caulfield. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of two.

CERIMELE, Benito, 77, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Sept. 4. Father of Renee Lindsay, Nicole Robertson, Christina and Timothy Cerimele. Brother of John and Julio Cerimele. Grandfather of nine.

DIETZ, Gene E., 82, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Sept. 21. Husband of Kathleen (Beck) Dietz. Father of Diane Dietz-Ebbert. Grandfather of two.

DUGAN, David Francis, 54, St. Mary, Lanesville, July 29. Husband of Linda Dugan. Son of Marvin and Marie (Ambs) Dugan.

IRONS, Beverly, 64, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Aug. 27. Mother of Anne Andrews, Katey Robey, Meredith, Peter and Ryan Griffin. Grandmother of 11.

KIRCHGESSNER, Edward J., 81, St. John the Baptist, Starlight, Sept. 23. Husband of Mary (Schikel) Kirchgessner. Father of Rita Beam, Rosie Torres, Betty Vick, Theresa Williams, Bill, David, Jerry, Mike, Steve and Tim Kirchgessner. Brother of Marcella Graf, Mildred Fessel, Martha Rhodes, Albert and Emil Kirchgessner. Grandfather of 26. Great-grandfather of 14.

KONERMANN, Alois Joseph, 78, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 22. Husband of Hermine (Binder) Konemann. Father of Erika Huffman. Grand-father of three. Great-grandfather of three.

MILLER, Ruth Ellen (Wells), 82, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 19. Wife of Richard Miller. Mother of Camilla Mauzy, Laura Simmons, Edith, Jean Marie, Mark, Matt and Richard Miller. Sister of Lois Copeland, Mary Giumettia, Rosy Hayes, Serena McKay, Art and Danny Wells. Grandmother of many.

OLDHAM, June Denise, 59, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Sept. 9. Sister of Norma Florence, Shirley Russell, Annie Sadler and Sylvia Oldham.

ORTMAN, Vera Ann, 61, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 15. Wife of David Ortman. Mother of Darbie Hunter, Charles Jones, Anthony and Michael Ortman. Daughter of Delmar and Nina Willoughby. Sister of Karen, Nina, Mark and Michael Willoughby. Grandmother of seven.

OTTO, Lucille M., 93, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Sept. 10. Mother of Sue Cissell, Norleen Shaffer and Michial Otto. Grand-mother of nine. Great-grandmother of 26. Great-great-grandmother of five.

PEONI, Michael James, 86, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, Sept. 16. Husband of Lena (Rizzo) Peoni. Father of Nancy Allen and Anna Pankiewicz. Brother of Margaret Horning and Rose Venezia. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of four.

TYRONE, Helen A., 91, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Sept. 18. Mother of Kathy Rhodes, Barbara Wiley and Daniel Tyrone. Sister of Stanley Subjinske Jr. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of two.

UBERTA, James V., 97, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Aug. 21. Father of Patricia and Larry Uberta. Stepfather of Teresa Lawrence, Gina Risher, Cara Wash, Mark Mowery and Philip Walsh. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of one.

WILLIAMS, John M., 92, Holy Family, Richmond, Sept. 15. Husband of Lillian Williams. Father of Judy Goins and Ron Williams. Stepfather of Carol McCurdy and Tom Ferriell. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of 17. Great-great-grandfather of one.

Robert J. Klein, father of late priest, died on Sept. 8 in New Albany

Robert J. Klein, the father of the late Father Robert Klein, died on Sept. 8 at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany. He was 91.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 13 at St. Mary Church in New Albany. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in New Albany.

A native of New Albany, Klein was a lifelong member of St. Mary Parish and was active in its Men’s Club. He was the father of five children, including Father Klein, who died in 1997 at age 47.

Klein is survived by his wife of 65 years, Antonia (Malley) Klein, by his children, Patty Ballard, Ginny Burton and Alan and Tom Klein, and by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 46577 or to Rauch Inc., 2525 Charletown Road, New Albany, IN 47150.

St. Joseph of Carondelet Sister Mildred Stellmack taught in three Catholic schools in Archdiocese of Indianapolis

St. Joseph of Carondelet Sister Mildred Stellmack died on Aug. 22 at St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, Mo. She was 92.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 29 at the Nazareth Living Center Chapel in St. Louis. Her body was donated to science, according to her wishes.

Sister Mildred, formerly known as Sister Mary Ephrem, was born on May 8, 1921, in Indianapolis.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 15, 1940, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1946.

Sister Mildred earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Loretto Heights College in Denver in 1952.

During 72 years as a Sister of St. Joseph, she ministered in Catholic education for more than 50 years in Catholic schools in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. In the archdiocese, she taught at Our Lady of Lourdes School, St. Jude School and St. Roch School, all in Indianapolis.

Sister Mildred was later involved in the care of her family in Indianapolis beginning in 1996. She retired to Nazareth Living Center in 2008.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. †

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