March 6, 2015


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BEATTY, Mary Catherine (Craig), 74, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Feb. 10. Mother of Craig Beatty. Sister of Mike Craig. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of one.

BROOKS, Dorothy Pamela, 59, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Feb. 10. Wife of John Brooks. Stepdaughter of Wayne Wright. Mother of Sarah Ballman, Amanda, Kaitlynn and Christopher Brooks. Sister of Charlene Cassidy, Jeanette Freeman, Marian Kirby, Imogene Rogers and Larry Higdon. Grandmother of two.

BURFORD, Barbara A., 80, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 12. Wife of Gerard Burford. Mother of Linda, Janet, Karen, Patty, Dave and Steve Burford. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 15.

CECIL, Carolyn J., 87, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Feb. 14. Mother of Cheri Hatcher, Carol Stevens and Christopher Cecil. Sister of Joann Bettler and Wanda Wulf. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 15.

CLEMONS, Julie M., 28, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Feb. 7. Daughter of Ron and Linda Clemons. Granddaughter of Dot Triplett and Gordon and Nell Clemons.

DAY, Joann Elizabeth (Zipp), 86, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Feb. 10. Mother of Denice Andres, Patricia Hedelman, Cecilia Julius, Ruth Thompson and Robert Day Jr. Sister of Charlie Zipp. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 14.

EDDY, Mary Jo, 75, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Feb. 11. Wife of Carl Eddy. Mother of Charlie, Chris, Greg and Pat Coffin. Stepmother of Kathy, Kevin, Michael and Tim Eddy. Sister of Margaret Kussmaul, Mary Ann Pfleging, Carolyn Shupert, Alvin, Jerry, Jim and Tom Bedel. Grandmother of 10. Step-grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of four.

FEEZLE, Robert S., 88, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 10. Father of Tim Feezle. Stepfather of Charles Dawson. Brother of Ann Beadell, Elizabeth Landis, James, Stanley and William Feezle. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of two.

FOLEY, Jeanette M., 91, St. Louis, Batesville, Feb. 10. Aunt of several.

HANGER, Martha L. (McCain), 90, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Feb. 11. Mother of Peggy Brooks and Merrill Hanger. Sister of William Buck. Grandmother of seven.

JETT, Jerry J., 77, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Feb. 10. Husband of Jean Jett. Father of Jessica Hornett and Jeremiah Jett. Brother of Judith Williams. Grandfather of five.

KOONTZ, Roy L., Jr., 84, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Feb. 11. Husband of Patricia Koontz. Father of Susie Bates, Ruth Diaz, Janet O’Connor, Carol Reinken, Marjorie Wilkinson, Gary and Keith Koontz. Brother of Doris Beckwith, Joyce Carson, Barbara Strain, Charles and Jimmy Koontz. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of 14.

KRUTHAUPT, Anna Mae, 84, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Jan. 13. Wife of Orville Kruthaupt. Mother of Debbie Burkhart, Diane Gunter, Rita Schutte, Dale, David, Jim, Orville Jr. and Steve Kruthaupt. Grandmother of 20. Great-grandmother of 16.

MASCHINO, Paul, 91, St. Joseph, Jennings County, Feb. 10. Father of Mary Alice McConkey, Ruth Pawley, Daniel and Michael Maschino. Brother of Agnes Euler, Irene Simmons and Amos Maschino. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of nine.

MOORMAN, Ralph C., 84, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Feb. 12. Husband of Mary (Effing) Moorman. Father of Teresa Winkler, Bernard, George, John, Mark and Richard Moorman. Brother of Carl Moorman. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 20.

NAUGHTON, Joseph A., Jr., 85, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 12. Husband of June (Cramer) Naughton. Father of Emily Brown, Ann, James, Joseph III and Thomas Naughton. Grandfather of 10.

OSBORN, Mary Louise, 80, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Feb. 1. Mother of Beverly King, Mary Snell, Brenda, Janet, Joseph and Robert Osborn. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 13.

SARGENT, Clara Mae, 88, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Feb. 8. Mother of April, Steve and Tom Sargent. Sister of Don Eigelbach. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.

SEXTON, Patrice Ann, 83, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 12. Sister of Dorothy Butcher and Mary Catherine Meier.

TUDOR, Patricia, 69, Holy Family, Richmond, Feb. 13. Mother of Rein Owens and Elin Tudor. Sister of Mike Dalzell. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of one.

WHITE, Adam, 33, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 14. Husband of Jessica White. Father of Addison, Mackenzie and Camden White. Son of Jeffrey White and Sandra Egts. Brother of Rachel, Chad and Justin White and Todd and Troy Egts.

ZINSER, Mary Ann, 99, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Jan. 24. Mother of Mary Kay Cortelyou, Carole Davis and Martin Zinser.

Mary Lou Kovatch, 88, mother of Father Thomas Kovatch and a retired teacher, died on Feb. 22

Mary Lou Kovatch, the mother of Father Thomas Kovatch, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bloomington, died on Feb. 22 in her home in South Bend, Ind. She was 88.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 26 at St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery in South Bend.

Kovatch was born on Feb. 1, 1927, in South Bend. She married her husband, Ernest Kovatch, on Aug. 5, 1950. He died on Dec. 8, 2008.

A retired teacher, Kovatch ended her career of teaching in grade schools in the South Bend Community School Corporation in 1989. She also enjoyed gardening, spending time with family and friends and volunteering at the Ironwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, the South Bend Soup Kitchen and St. Matthew School, all in South Bend.

Surviving are her children, Debra Fraser of South Bend, Lisa Szarkowicz of Lake Zurich, Ill., Brad Kovatch of South Bend, Mike Kovatch of Fishers, Ind., Father Kovatch, and Scott Kovatch of Granger, Ind.; her sister, Dixie Brown of Bloomington; her brother, Craig Pepple of Ann Arbor, Mich.; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46544 or COVE Alliance, P.O. Box 1051, Libertyville, IL 60048, a missionary organization that Father Kovatch has worked with that seeks to help orphaned and disadvantaged children in Uganda. †

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