January 10, 2014

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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BAYT, William L., 101, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Dec. 3. Father of Barbara Dato.

BLEVINS, Diane C., 76, St. Joseph, North Vernon, Nov. 27. Mother of Barbara Harris, Mary Rose Meece, Edward, James, Joe and Larry Blevins. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of eight.

BOEHM, Catherine (Evrard), 90, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Nov. 20. Wife of Bud Sheese. Mother of Barbara Hank, Malinda Hinkle, Marty Turner, Rosanna Wagner, Bob, Kenny, Paul, Pius and Wil Boehm. Stepmother of Carol Koutz, Richard and Ronald Sheese. Grandmother of 38. Great-grandmother of 35.

BRONNERT, Fred G., 96, St. Michael, Brookville, Dec. 13. Father of Pamela Killinger, Fred, John and Scott Bronnert. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 17.

BROWN, Christine, 72, St. Michael, Brookville, Dec. 11. Wife of Leslie Brown. Mother of Cindy Rader, Melinda, Bill and Jeff Brown. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of one.

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

CARROLL, Judith Catherine, 79, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, Dec. 14. Mother of Daniel, John III and Michael Carroll. Sister of Faith Davis. Grandmother of six.

CHAPMAN, Paul R., 76, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 19. Husband of Kathy Chapman. Father of Seborah Smith, Paula Troutt and Anne Chapman. Stepfather of Amanda and Ben Couture. Grandfather of one.

CLAPP, Eileen, 96, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Dec. 17. Sister of Marjorie Kafoure.

CLARK, Mary Helen, 87, St. Paul Hermitage, Beech Grove, Dec. 20. Aunt of several.

COMMONS, Dede (Boyd), 81, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Dec. 6. Wife of James Commons. Mother of Mimi Doherty, Susie McNally, Sarah Read and Chris Commons. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of two.

CROOKS, Patricia, 62, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Oct. 21. Mother of Allison Crooks.

COULTER, Paul A., Sr., 88, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 8. Father of Susan Glidden, Karen Lavullis, Linda Lacy, Joseph and Paul Coulter Jr. Grandfather of 24. Great-grandfather of 44.

DENNIS, Delbert Owen, II, 58, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Dec. 11. Husband of Susie (Clark) Dennis. Father of Marisol and Anthony Dennis. Brother of Dianna O’Rourke. Grandfather of one.

ENGLE, Jacob M., 89, St. Mary, Navilleton, Dec. 21. Husband of Martha Engle. Father of Karol Kupper, Kathy Potts, Karen Sheriff and John Engle. Brother of Lorene Curtsinger and Viola DeVore. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of four.

GEISLER, Margaret Ann, 78, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 12. Wife of Dr. Hans Geisler. Mother of five. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of two.

O’BRIEN, J. Thomas, 82, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 18. Husband of Joan O’Brien. Father of Maureen Kohler, Eileen Metzger, Kathleen Miller, Christeen Paulison, Rosaleen Rogers, Colleen Scheidler, Charleen Vierhile, Janeen, Kevin, Michael, Pat, Terry, Thomas and Tim O’Brien. Brother of Shirley Creamer. Grandfather of 57. Great-grandfather of 11.


Caroline Ann Newton, mother of Father Joseph Newton, was a member of Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish in Greenwood

Caroline Ann Newton, the mother of Father Joseph Newton, adjunct vicar judicial in the archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal, died on Dec. 25, 2013, at her home in Indianapolis. She was 59.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 30 at Our Lady of the Greenwood Church in Greenwood. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis.

She was born in Milford, Ohio, on April 13, 1954, to Lewis Lasley and the late Holly Lasley. She graduated from Milford High School and received her associate’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1974. She married Larry Newton on July 11, 1973.

Carol was a devoted wife of 40 years and loving mother who was a member of Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish in Greenwood. She was a generous, unselfish, loving and caring person with a big heart who cherished her husband, children, grandchildren and many cats.

Choosing to not work outside the home, she served her family lovingly as a homemaker, wife and mother. In her later years, she enjoyed traveling with her husband, Larry, and making jewelry with her daughter, Jessica.

In addition to Father Newton, she is survived by her husband, Larry, her son, Thomas Newton, her daughter, Jessica Fulp, her father, Lewis Lasley, and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish, 335 South Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143.


Katherine Svarczkopf, mother of Msgr. Mark Svarczkopf, was a member of several Indianapolis area parishes

Katherine E. (Tindall) Svaczkopf, the mother of Msgr. Mark Svaczkopf, pastor of Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish in Greenwood, died on Dec. 29, 2013. She was 85.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 3 at Our Lady of the Greenwood Church in Greenwood. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Born on Feb. 7, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the wife of the late Frank Svarckopf, Jr. and the mother of three children.

In addition to Msgr. Svarczkopf, she is survived by her other sons, Chris Svarczkopf and Frank Svarczkopf III, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, her sisters, Dorothy Shifley and Helen Moulton, and her brother, John Tindall.

She was a member at various times of SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, St. Andrew the Apostle, St. Lawrence and St. Michael the Archangel parishes, all in Indianapolis. She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella, the Legion of Mary, the Ladies of Peter Claver, the Catholic Committee on Scouting and a volunteer with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Memorial contributions may be made to the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Organization, 580 E. Stevens St., Indianapolis., IN 46203. †

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