February 20, 2015

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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BOESCH, Roy, 92, St. Andrew, Richmond, Jan. 30. Husband of Pauline Boesch. Father of Melinda Antrim, Celeste Chandler and Cameron Boesch. Stepfather of Cheryl Kaufman, Donna Walter, Gary and Kim Kutche. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 20.

COOKE, Dolores K., 93, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 30. Mother of Patrice Hughes, Jeanine Skirvin, Dennis, Doug and Larry Cooke. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of nine.

FREIJE, Elizabeth, 80, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Jan. 26. Wife of Thomas Freije. Mother of Maria Armstrong, Ruth Semmler and Keith Freije. Grandmother of 13.

HAFFNER, John M., 83, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Jan. 26. Husband of Susan Haffner. Father of Carol Hackman, Helen West, Paula and Steven Haffner. Brother of Nancy Boylan and Colette Haffner. Grandfather of five.

HUFF, Barbara J., 92, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Jan. 23. Mother of Lana Miller and Michael Huff. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of two.

MACK, David B., 53, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 24. Father of Amy and Justin Brine and Will Mack. Son of James and Mary Mack. Brother of Anne Schebler, Mary Trenkamp, Margaret, Susan, Joseph, Peter, Thomas, Timothy and William Mack. Grandfather of two.

MASTROPAOLO, Dorothy, 80, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bright, Jan. 19. Mother of Tonia Eidam, Dante III, David and Timothy Mastropaolo. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 13.

MEYER, Marilyn R., 92, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Feb. 2. Mother of Daniel Myers. Grandmother of one.

MILES, Margaret Jane (Ryan), 91, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Dec. 19. Mother of Jeanne Marie Crosier, Carol Dunn, Mary Lou Metcalfe, Janie Pillott, Joe Jr., Mike and Robert Miles. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of 24.

NAGEL, Chester K., 79, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 29. Father of Carla Mertz, Cheryl Sheeks and Craig Nagel. Brother of Mary Jo Castaldo, Kathleen and Edward Nagel Sr. Grandfather of six.

PITCHKITES, Edward T., 83, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Jan. 24. Husband of JoAnn Pitchkites. Father of Kim Bruce and Kevin Pitchkites. Brother of Lillian Campbell and Joyce Shew. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of one.

RIEGER, Eugene F., 93, St. Joseph, Corydon, Jan. 15. Father of Kathleen and Thomas Rieger. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of three.

RILEY, Wanda Rose, 79, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Jan. 23. Mother of Clara Spurr, Donna Workman, J. Patrick, Ronald, Thomas and William Riley. Sister of Jeanette Allen, Mary Martin and Sara Simms. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of seven.

SANQUENETTI, Joyce, 88, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Jan. 17. Mother of Linda Farrington. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of two.

SIMMERMEYER, Viola C., 93, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Jan. 31. Wife of Louis Simmermeyer. Mother of Mary Beth Welsh. Sister of Jim Moorman. Grandmother of two.

SURENKAMP, Barbara Jean, 83, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Jan. 27. Wife of Willis Bohall. Mother of Rebecca Galyean, Karen Hacker, Kathleen Robinson, Donald, James, John, Michael, Ronald and Stephen Surenkamp. Sister of Margaret, Charlie, George, Jim and John Miller. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 15.

WEISS, Mary Jeanette, 89, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cambridge City, Jan. 30. Mother of Jane Bennett, Carolyn Myers, Teresa Tannyhill, Margaret Wynn, Luke, Mark, Matt and Mike Weiss. Grandmother of 23. Great-grandmother of 21. Great-great-grandmother of two.

ZELLER, Sondra, 67, St. Mary, Rushville, Jan. 23. Mother of Shelby Metze and Phillip Zeller. Grandmother of one.


Franciscan Sister Alice Ann Deardorff served in Catholic schools for more than 50 years

Franciscan Sister Alice Ann Deardorff died on Jan. 23 at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 89.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 26 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Rita Ann Deardorff was born on May 19, 1925, in Indianapolis. Prior to entering the Sisters of St. Francis, she attended St. Joan of Arc School and the former St. Mary Academy, both in Indianapolis.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Feb. 2, 1947, and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1952.

During 67 years as a Sister of St. Francis, Sister Alice Ann ministered as an educator for more than 50 years in Catholic schools in Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. In the archdiocese, she served in Indianapolis at St. Mark the Evangelist School from 1958-61, Our Lady of Lourdes School from 1963-68, the former Holy Trinity School from 1970-75 and at St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower) School from 1975-84. She continued serving in Indianapolis as a substitute teacher from 1984-2000.

Sister Alice Ann returned to the motherhouse in 2000, where she served in pastoral care and community service until she retired and devoted herself to prayer in 2008.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036-0100.


Ursuline Sister Anthony Wargel ministered as an educator in Catholic schools for more than 60 years

Ursuline Sister Anthony Wargel died on Jan. 24 at Mercy Sacred Heart nursing home in Louisville, Ky. She was 100.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 30 at the Motherhouse Chapel for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Burial followed at St. Michael Cemetery in Louisville in a section designated for the Ursuline Sisters.

Clare Marie Wargel was born on July 17, 1914, in Evansville, Ind.

She entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville on August 24, 1932.

Sister Anthony earned a bachelor’s degree from the former Ursuline College in Louisville, a master’s degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and did further studies at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

During 83 years as a member of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Sister Anthony ministered as an educator for more than 60 years in Catholic schools in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and West Virginia. In the archdiocese, she taught at the former St. Mary School in Madison from 1948-50. She remained an active tutor until 91. And from 2005-14, she led rosary prayer services and repaired rosaries in nursing homes.

Sister Alice Ann returned to the motherhouse in 2000, where she served in pastoral care and community service until she retired and devoted herself to prayer in 2008.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Ursuline Sisters, Mission Advancement Office, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206. †

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