October 18, 2013


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BAER, Rose Marie, 88, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, Aug. 11. Wife of Robert Baer. Mother of Anne Newport, Bill, Charles, Chris, John, Robert and Tom Baer.

BAGLEY, J. William, 99, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Oct. 8. Father of Sara Moody, Nancy McNeely, Kathie Scherrer, Margaret Tedrowe, Richard Harris, Russ, Scott and Vincent Sanders. Brother of Holland Oates. Grandfather of 24. Great-grandfather of several.

BUENING, Alvin C., 74, St. Mary, Rushville, Oct. 2. Husband of Thelma Buening. Father of Joyce Willoughby, Kim and David Buening. Brother of Millie Busch, Ruth, Jerome, John, Joseph, Phil, Ray and Robert Buening. Grandfather of nine. Step-grandfather of three. Step-great-grandfather of four.

COMASTRI, Irene, 78, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Sept. 18.

COVERDILL, Ethel Orlean, 88, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 30. Sister of Wilma Coward and Wendell Ratcliff.

DRING, Mary M. (Schneider), 87, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 3. Mother of Susanne Dring. Grandmother of one.

GIGAX, Elizabeth, 65, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Oct. 4. Wife of Kenneth Gigax. Sister of Paula Kelly.

HEATON, Elizabeth, 95, St. Andrew, Richmond, Oct. 6. Sister of Anna Brinker, Pauline Brown and Charles Schroeder.

HESSION, Mary, 81, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Sept. 23. Mother of Maureen Parker, Diane Vaughan and David Hession. Sister of Patricia Denton. Grandmother of four.

LEWIS, James Frederick, 49, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Sept. 29. Son of Edward Lewis. Stepson of Edith Lewis. Brother of Kathleen Burynski, Jani, Daniel and Edward Lewis.

LINNE, H. Joseph, 76, Annunciation, Brazil, Sept. 5. Husband of Mary Linne. Father of Andrew, Gus and Leo Linne. Brother of Margaret Boggs, David, Jeff, Mike and Steve Linne. Grandmother of three.

LINNE, Linus F., 82, St. Pius V., Troy, Oct. 2. Husband of June Linne. Father of Jenny, Kay, Bob and Mike Linne. Grandfather of nine. Step-grandfather of one. Great-grandfather of 13.

LUNDSTROM, Charles Vincent, 82, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, Aug. 15. Father of Veronica Schmidt. Brother of Cecilia Lundstrom.

McHUGH, Patricia L., 77, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 27. Mother of Bonnie Coslett, Brenda Jones, Catherine Tabor and Marvin Persinger Jr. Sister of Gladys Lookebill, Judy Pero-Reed, Betty Poynter and Alice Roska. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 31. Great-great-grandmother of three.

MELTON, Fred, Sr., 62, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 26. Husband of Barbara Joe Melton. Father of Danny and Freddy Melton Jr. Brother of Anna Petty, Charles and Eddie Melton. Grandfather of six.

MESSMER, Robert, 87, St. Andrew, Richmond, Oct. 1. Father of Jayne Thompson. Grandfather of five. Great-grand-father of three.

OLIVERA, Marsha Kay, 67, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, Sept. 28. Mother of Frank and Tony Olivera. Daughter of Jean Baltierra. Stepdaughter of Mike Baltierra. Sister of Lymon Koger. Grandmother of two.

RADI, Josephine, 87, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Sept. 7.

ROBERTS, Anna V. (Vaughn), 92, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Oct. 5. Mother of Carrie, Judy, Patty, Bill and Mike Roberts. Sister of Eileen Priest. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 37. Great-great-grandmother of one.

VLADOIU, Robert J., D.D.S., 71, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Sept. 20. Father of Stephen Vladoiu. Grandfather of two.

WANICKI, Joan L. (Padgett), 84, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, Oct. 4. Mother of Janet Alexander, M. Susan Ertel, Kathy Mackey, Cheryl Majewski, Sharon Richards, Jeff, John Jr. and Tom Padgett, Steve and Tony Wanicki. Grandmother of 26. Great-grandmother of 36.

WERNER, Margaret Theresa, 89, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Sept. 25. Mother of Virginia Edens, Elizabeth, Chester, Christopher and Philip Werner. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one.

YOST, Mary Frances, 88, St. Paul, Sellersburg, Sept. 24. Mother of James II and Mark Yost. Sister of Virginia Trump. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of two.

Franciscan Sister Catherine Raters ministered in education in Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Franciscan Sister Catherine Raters, formerly Sr. William Cecile Raters, died on Oct. 5 at the Motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 84.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 9 at the Motherhouse Chapel at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the motherhouse cemetery.

Sister Catherine was born on Aug. 21, 1929, in Indianapolis.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Sept. 8, 1947, and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1953.

During 66 years as a Sister of St. Francis, Sister Catherine ministered as an educator for several decades in Catholic schools in Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio.

In the archdiocese, she served at Our Lady of Lourdes School and the former St. Bernadette School, both in Indianapolis. Sister Catherine also taught at Martin University in Indianapolis and ministered at St. Mary Child Center in Indianapolis.

She was also known for developing programs for developmentally disabled children.

Sister Catherine is survived by her siblings, Cecilia Strigari and Michael Raters, both of Indianapolis.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036-0100 or online at www.OldenburgFranciscans.org. †

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