January 16, 2015

Obituaries

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BEDEL, Judy M., 64, Holy Name, Oldenburg, Dec. 12. Wife of Thomas Bedel. Mother of Becky Amberger, Kim Screwvala, Greg, Jeff and Tim Bedel. Sister of Janet Bedel, Gerry Buckler, Marge Weitlisbach and Edward Stenger. Grandmother of eight.

BEELER, Patricia M., 75, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 22. Wife of Virgil Beeler. Stepmother of Sara Donlan, Kimberly and Dr. Michael Walker. Sister of Roberta Kahl. Step-grandmother of four.

BOSLER, Edna, 96, St. Paul, Tell City, Dec. 19. Mother of Linda Weiss. Sister of Lucy Jensen. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of seven.

CARTER, Gwen (Freeman), 83, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 18. Mother of Vicki Doyle, George, Ike and Max Freeman II. Sister of Rosemarie LaPidus and John Wiemhoff. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of six.

DIDELOT, James E., 82, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Dec. 26. Husband of Mary Imogene (Mattingly) Didelot. Father of Pam King, Mary Ann Moberly, Bill, Dave, Don, Frank and Joe Didelot. Brother of Mary Ellen Koopman and Robert Didelot. Grandfather of 20.

DURHAM, Avanelle (Lane), 90, Our Lady of Providence, Brownstown, Dec. 20. Mother of Donald, Glenn and Samuel Durham. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of five.

FOX, Patricia M., 93, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Dec. 21.

GAITHER, George William, Jr., 84, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Dec. 18. Husband of Donna Jeannine (Cattin) Gaither. Father of Cheryl, Donald, John, Michael, Steven and William Gaither. Brother of Mary Ann Bays, Dolores Kuhn, Loretta Utterback and Robert Gaither. Grandfather of 22. Great-grandfather of nine.

GUTZWILLER, Helen C., 77, St. Louis, Batesville, Dec. 29. Sister of Jo Anne Hazelwood, Susie Kirschner, Cheryl Parmer, Jim, Kenneth, Richard and Steve Bohman.

HAMILTON, James Shannon, 86, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Dec. 17. Husband of Sandra Hamilton. Father of Jennifer Brady, Julia Cziesla, Jeanne Hardin, James, Jeffrey and John Hamilton. Grandfather of 18.

HARTMAN, Patricia Lynn, 59, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Dec. 22. Mother of J.C. and Joshua Bush. Sister of Vicki Fields, Ben and David Hartman. Grandmother of five.

HERBERT, Alvina C., 81, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Dec. 19. Mother of Phyllis Christiansen and Marclan Herbert. Sister of Chris Adams, Marty Wilhelm, Albert, Cletus and Paul Suttmann. Grandmother of five.

HUTH, Raymond J., 85, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Dec. 23. Husband of Marie (Geswein) Huth. Father of Nancy Boss, Barbara James, Donna Willis, Bob, John and Kenny Huth. Brother of Mary Reed and Richard Huth. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of three.

JAMES, Joseph, 87, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Dec. 14. Husband of Dorothy (Meth) James. Father of Kevin James. Brother of Edriane, Martha Ann and Stella James. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two.

KIRSCHNER, Kathryn (O’Reilly), 95, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 24. Mother of Jean Cummins, Kathleen Doyle, Teresa Luckey, Carol, David, Edward, James, Kevin, Mark and Michael Kirschner, Mary Marshall and Roseanne Sullivan. Grandmother of 32. Great-grandmother of 43. Great-great-grandmother of four.

McHUGH, Barry J., 69, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 12. Husband of Shirley McHugh. Father of Holly Leib and Bryan McHugh. Brother of Sean McHugh. Grandfather of two.

MEYER, Gerald J., Sr., 75, St. John the Baptist, Osgood, Dec. 27. Husband of Kathy Meyer. Father of Cindy Allen, Kathy Einhaus, Beth Herbert, Jennifer, Dave and Jerry Meyer Jr. Brother of Mary Moorman, Janet Rehberger, Shirley Rennekamp, Greg, Harold, John and Norman Meyer. Grandfather of 10.

MURPHY, Michael F., Sr., 84, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 29. Father of Maureen Okerson, Barbara Weber and Michael Murphy Jr. Brother of Theresa Abel, John and Thomas Murphy. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of one.

NARWOLD, Rosella A., 82, St. Louis, Batesville, Dec. 25. Mother of Barbara Stapp and Larry Narwold. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.

ROHE, Rita, 84, Holy Family, Richmond, Dec. 29. Wife of Donald Rohe. Mother of Janet Bennett, Elaine Study, Bill, Jim and Tom Rohe. Sister of Valeta Ritz. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of five.

SANTAROSSA, Mario, 90, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Dec. 18. Husband of Elsie Santarossa. Father of Theresa Kovey, Pamela Krull, Marie Walden, David, John and Rob Santarossa. Brother of Erna DeCecco. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of 14.

SCHEELE, Carolyn, 78, Holy Family, Richmond, Dec. 21. Wife of Paul Scheele. Mother of Lisa Garner, Pamela Fruelich, Cynthia, Rebecca and Paul Scheele. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of seven.

SMITH, Charles Edgar, infant, St. Ambrose, Seymour, Dec. 27. Son of Michael and Christina (Grant) Smith. Brother of Evan and Grant Smith. Grandson of Steve and Barb Grant and Paul Smith. Great-grandson of Loretta Barnes.

SWIEZY, Anthony L., 79, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 23. Father of Annamarie Bachman, Jeanette Bowling, Aura Lee Lyons, Jeanene, Andrew, Anthony II, Matthew and Thaddeus Swiezy. Brother of Joseph Swiezy. Grandfather of 15.

WEIMER, Eugene, 80, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Dec. 21. Brother of Rita Hendricks and Margaret Vance.

WEISBROD, Paul T., 21, St. Nicholas, Ripley County, Dec. 20. Son of Dan and Lisa (Sawusch) Weisbrod. Brother of Margaret, Maria, Michael, Patrick, Peter and Philip Weisbrod. Grandson of Harold and Chris Sawusch and Tom and Barb Weisbrod.

WILKERSON, J.F., 89, St. Mary, North Vernon, Dec. 15. Father of Joyce Taskey Durham and Randy Wilkerson. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two.

WINKEL, Rose Mary, 82, Prince of Peace, Madison, Dec. 24. Sister of Elizabeth Cord, Carolyn Smith, Dolores Spoonmore, Martha Torline, Dorothea and Mary Margaret Winkel.


Providence Sister Lourdes Kline ministered in Catholic education for nearly 40 years

Providence Sister Lourdes Kline died on Nov. 29, 2014, at Lourdes Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 95.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 9 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Caroline Isabelle Kline was born on Feb. 5, 1919.

She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Feb. 10, 1940, from Holy Redeemer Parish in Kensington, Md., and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1948.

Sister Lourdes earned an associate’s degree at Immaculata Junior College in Washington, D.C., a bachelor’s degree in English and mathematics at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree in home education from St. Louis University in St. Louis.

During her 74 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Lourdes ministered in education for 39 years in schools in California, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

In the archdiocese, she served at Our Lady of Providence Jr./Sr. High School in Clarksville from 1952-53, at the motherhouse from 1964-65, at Providence Retirement Home in New Albany from 1965-66 and at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1966-67.

Beginning in 1980 until her retirement in 2014, Sister Lourdes served as the alumnae coordinator of Immaculata College in Washington, D.C.

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. †

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