December 20, 2013


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BAMFORD, William Harold, 87, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Dec. 7. Husband of Nina (Pansini). Father of Rebecca Long, Katherine Lykins, Susan Mikels, David Creely, Joseph and William Bamford. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of eight.

BRYANT, Mary Isabelle, 90, St. Mary, New Albany, Nov. 29. Mother of Anita Leonard and Diane Presley. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of one.

CAMPBELL, Bernard R., Sr., 77, Annunciation, Brazil, Dec. 3. Husband of Mary Campbell. Father of Beth Christopher, Bernie, Michael and Paul Campbell. Brother of Charles, Donald and Robert Campbell. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of two.

DIJAK, Dennis, 65, St. Michael, Greenfield, Nov. 15. Husband of Diana Dijak. Father of Suzanne Dijak-Robinson and Daniel Dijak. Brother of Gloria Portney, James, Robert and William Dijak.

DONNELLY, Claire, 87, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Nov. 27. Wife of Robert Donnelly. Mother of Keith and Kevin Donnelly. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of four.

DWENGER, Harold B., 104, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 29. Father of Jean Bohn, Martha Curd, Linda Kestler and Joseph Dwenger. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of 28. Great-great-grandfather of two.

FORD, Marshall, 56, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Nov. 28. Father of April Hudson, Andrea and John Ford. Brother of Mae Brown, Betty Howard and Bobby Ford. Grandmother of six.

GARRETT, Norma Lee, 88, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Nov. 27. Wife of Thomas Garrett. Sister of Charlotte Price.

GEIS, Harold Joseph, 89, St. Michael, Brookville, Dec. 2. Father of Greg Geis. Brother of Corinne Johnson and James Geis.

HAIRE, Dawn R., 46, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Dec. 6. Wife of Roger Haire. Mother of David and Dustin Gillespie. Sister of Kelly Hannah and Chris Riley. Grandfather of one.

JOUBERT, Alyce A., 79, St. Gabriel, Indianapolis, Nov. 29. Wife of Raymond Joubert. Mother of Therese Andry, Angela Cox, Jennifer Fernandes and Michael Joubert. Daughter of Bruno Rakowski Sr. and Rose Chlopecki. Sister of Arnie, Bruno Jr. and Paul Rakowski. Grandmother of seven.

MARTIN, Robert A., 82, St. Margaret Mary, Terre Haute, Dec. 6. Husband of Kathleen (Sweeney) Martin. Father of Sarah Easton, Bridget, Michael and Timothy Martin. Grandfather of eight.

MULLIN, John William, 91, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Dec. 4. Husband of Virginia (Diver) Mullin. Father of Margaret Bowers, Mary Smith, Martha Weber, John and Timothy Mullin. Grandfather of nine.

PITTS, Jeannette H., 89, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bright, Nov. 25. Mother of Barbara Holodnak, Beverly Weber, Robert and William Pitts. Sister of James Hemphill. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 14.

PUSHOR, Chrystal M., 81, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Dec. 4. Mother of Mary Deckard, Cathy Franke, Peggy Stam, John and Larry Pushor. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of four.

QUINN, Patricia A., 64, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Nov. 14. Wife of Phillip Price. Mother of Colleen, Richard and William Quinn. Sister of Mary Quinn Burke, Joan, Nancy, James and Philip Quinn.

SIEMER, Nicholas, 25, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bright, Nov. 17. Son of Jeff Curtis and Susan Siemer Yust. Father of Hailyn Marie Siemer. Brother of Austin Curtis, Jeffery Montano and Jacob Yust. Grandson of Irene Curtis, Joyce and Joseph Siemer.

Joseph F. Casey, the father of Father Noah Casey, loved the Irish community of St. John the Evangelist

Joseph F. Casey, 88, the father of Father Noah Casey, rector of SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish in Indianapolis, died on Dec. 8. He was 80.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 16 at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in Indianapolis.

A native of Indianapolis, he was a longtime member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in the city and attended the former St. John School and Manual High School.

He was employed by General Motors, Chevrolet and later Allison Engine, for 55 years.

Throughout his life, he was devoted to the Church, especially to the priests of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad.

He also loved the Irish community of St. John the Evangelist Parish, and was proud of his Irish heritage and of the commitment to faith and family that he helped in handing down to future generations.

He is survived by his son, Father Noah, and his two sisters Helen M. (Casey) McGrath (Robert) and Patricia A. (Casey) Beidelman, who cared for him beautifully in his later years. He was also the uncle of Father Patrick Beidelman, executive director of the archdiocesan Secretariat for Spiritual Life and Worship.

Donations may be made in his memory to St. John the Evangelist Parish or SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish, both in Indianapolis, or to Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Ind. †

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