March 13, 2015


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BAKER, Ida Mae, 100, Holy Family, New Albany, Feb. 15. Mother of Laura Buehler. Sister of Geneva Jewel. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two.

BUSSELL, Irene (Broderick), 100, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, Jan. 6. Mother of Mary Jo and Stephen Bussell.

BUTLER, Patricia J., 79, St. Mary, Lanesville, Feb. 16. Mother of Karen Flynn, Kathy Turner and Al Butler. Sister of Dorothy Oakes, Martha Owen and Donald Smith. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.

CHUDYK, Melvyn M., 72, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Feb. 15. Husband of Kathie Chudyk. Father of Jillian Powell and Kyle Chudyk. Grandfather of five.

CIECIURA, Dr. Steven J., 88, St. Margaret Mary, Terre Haute, Feb. 9. Husband of Elizabeth Cieciura. Father of Anne O’Rourke, Dr. Craig and Mark Cieciura. Stepfather of Annie Bauer and Kristin Berghoff. Grandfather of 12.

FRICK, Stephen Roy, 73, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 15. Husband of Sally Frick. Father of Robyn Rooks, Mike and Ron Frick. Brother of Beth Clevenger, Dan, Darwin and Tim Frick. Grandfather of eight.

GRAF, Bertha, 86, St John Paul II, Clark County, Jan. 22. Sister of Matilda Cooke, Celine Davidson, Lucille Triplett and Bob Graf.

HESSIG, Dorothy Mae, 77, St. Meinrad, St. Meinrad, Feb. 16. Mother of Beverly Beier, Diane King, Dave and Mike Hessig. Sister of Mildred Harpenau, Alice and Helen Stillwell, Donald, Paul and Roger Seifrig. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 12.

LEIMGRUBER, John E., 56, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 17. Brother of Patricia Sampson, Charlie and Karl Leimgruber.

MILLER, Doris Jean Ann, 74, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Feb. 3. Wife of Stanley Miller. Mother of Debora Russell, Douglas and Michael Miller.

OCASIO, Phyllis Jean, 81, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Feb. 12. Mother of David and Mark Noland, Lesley and Tonya Ocasio. Sister of Carol and Peggy. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of one.

PAVY, Wilfred L., 90, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Feb. 15. Husband of Roberta Pavy. Father of Becky Dickinson, Debbie Massie and Pam Reese. Stepfather of Diane Caudill, Ann Craven, Bessie Henson, Donna Wehmeyer and Jim Robinson. Brother of Joyce Briggs, Donald and Kenneth Pavy. Grandfather of 10. Step-grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of 23. Step-great-grandfather of 14.

SMITH, Ruth L., 81, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Feb. 16. Mother of Mary Andrews, Mussetta Osborn, Vicki Powell and Kirby Smith. Sister of Mary Crawford, Leonard and Mike Riley. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 14.

UHL, Charles, 93, St. Margaret Mary, Terre Haute, Feb. 16. Father of Jane Minderman, Mark and Steve Uhl. Brother of Mary Libs, Lorine Martin, Mary Ann McElroy and Sharon Newton. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of 11.

WILSON, Elizabeth, 83, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 11. Wife of Floyd Wilson. Mother of Patty Burke and Larry Wilson. Sister of Lawrence DeSutter. Grandmother of four.

Carmelite Sister Ruth Ann Boyle joined Monastery of the Resurrection

Carmelite Sister Ruth Ann Boyle died on Jan. 28 at Margaret Mary Health Hospital in Batesville. She was 58.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 2 at the Motherhouse Chapel of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. Burial followed in a separate plot for the Carmelite sisters in the cemetery of the Oldenburg Franciscans.

Ruth Ann Boyle was born on Oct. 23, 1956, in Ashland, Wis.

She entered the former Carmel Community Contemplative Institute in Columbus, Ohio, in 1977. She professed first vows there on Sept. 9, 1981 and final vows on Sept. 12, 1984. The community was later closed in 1991.

Sister Ruth Ann then joined the Carmelite Monastery of the Resurrection, at the time in Indianapolis, that same year. She professed first vows as part of that community on June 10, 1994, and final vows on June 6, 1997.

In her cloistered life among the Carmelites of the Monastery of the Resurrection, Sister Ruth Ann contributed to its former website, She also assisted in the sisters’ production of altar bread, in work in the sacristy and in liturgical music.

When the community moved to Oldenburg in 2008, Sister Ruth Ann assisted with liturgical music in the Franciscan community there.

She is survived by her father, Ken Boyle of Hoyt Lakes, Minn., a brother, Alan Boyle, and her sisters, Lurene, Donna, Terri and Jacqueline.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Carmelite Sisters, P.O. Box 260, Oldenburg, IN 47036.

Patricia Ann DeVault, 89, gave significant support to the Church in central and southern Indiana

Patricia Ann (Clarke) DeVault, who made significant contributions to the ministry of the Church in central and southern Indiana in parishes, archdiocesan agencies and archdiocesan stewardship campaigns, died on March 2 at the St. Augustine Home for the Aged in Indianapolis. She was 89.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 5 at the St. Augustine Home chapel. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis.

DeVault was born on Jan. 5, 1926, in Indianapolis where she grew up as a member of the former St. Catherine of Siena Parish.

In 1947, she joined the Daughters of Charity. She earned a degree in nursing in 1951 at the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Chicago. DeVault subsequently served in the order in St. Louis and Nashville.

After eight years in the Daughters of Charity, DeVault left the order and married James P. Byrne. After her husband’s death in 1961, DeVault returned to Indianapolis with her son Anthony and continued her career in nursing.

In 1985, she married Indianapolis attorney Paul DeVault, who later died in 1993.

In addition to helping others through nursing, Patricia DeVault volunteered at St. Anthony Parish and served on the board of directors of Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, both in Indianapolis. She also assisted in the archdiocesan United Catholic Appeal.

In the late 1990s, DeVault served as a co-chair of the “Legacy of Hope: From Generation to Generation” archdiocesan capital and endowment campaign, the first such campaign in the history of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Of the campaign, which raised $94 million, DeVault said to The Criterion in 1999, “This is our Church, and we have to continue to support it. That’s simply how it is.”

She is survived by her son, Anthony Byrne; a brother, Ted Clarke; one step-grandchild and one step-great grandchild.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the St. Augustine Home for the Aged, 2345, W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222. †

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