May 29, 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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BOERSTE, Candice A., 66, St. Paul, Tell City, May 13. Wife of Dean Boerste. Sister of Sheila Austin, Pam Franzman, Sam and Tim Reed. Aunt of several.

BROWN, Pauline, 93, St. Andrew, Richmond, May 13. Mother of Larry Brown. Sister of Anna Brinker and Charles Schroeder. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of four.

CARVER, Mary Margaret (Thevenow), 69, Prince of Peace, Madison, May 9. Mother of Johannah Bowman and Holly Carver-Lemus. Sister of Becky O’Bannion, Betty Sue Todd, Richard Bell, Anna May and Caroline. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of one.

DONAHUE, Clara Louise, 100, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), May 9. Mother of Albert and Douglas Donahue. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one.

DOYLE, Mary (Burkhardt), 95, Christ the King, Indianapolis, May 9. Mother of Janet Gaidis, Mary Ann, David, Gregory, Robert and Timothy Doyle. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 10.

FRENCH, Eloise M., 95, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, May 12. Mother of Theresa French-Kanitra, Michele, Chris, Larry and Peter French. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of one.

GILMORE, Gertrude, 94, St. Mary, New Albany, May 16. Mother of Janice Renn, Mary Wilson, Carol, Dennis, Eddie, Georgie, Nelson and Tony Gilmore. Sister of George Weinmann. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of nine. Great-great-grandmother of one.

HARRIG, Patricia A., 87, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, May 7. Mother of Cynthia Chambers, Michelle Hall, Donna McGrath, Katherine Shallington and Reed Harrig. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of six.

KEYLER, Robert M., 77, St. Roch, Indianapolis, May 11. Husband of Marilyn Keyler. Father of Karen Anderson, Kathy Danz and Ron Keyler. Grandfather of six.

LaFEVER, Selma M., 93, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, May 4. Sister of Violet Carlson. Grandmother of five.

MANLEY, Phillip H., 76, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, May 12. Husband of Runell Manley. Father of Harold, James and Mike Manley. Brother of William Manley. Grandfather of three.

NOBBE, Jeannie, 63, St. Louis, Batesville, May 14. Daughter of Ida (Lecher) Nobbe. Sister of Rita Breberman, Anita Schoettmer and Norb Nobbe. Aunt of several.

PEÑA, Caitlin (Noon), 26, St. Mary, Lanesville, May 16. Wife of Salvador Peña Jr. Mother of Michael Shireman Jr. Daughter of Taz Noon and Rhonda Noon. Stepdaughter of Marci Noon. Granddaughter of Anna Emily and Great Noon.

SCHNEIDER, Robert L., 78, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, May 2. Husband of Bobbie Schneider. Father of Ed, Mark and Matt Schneider. Brother of Mary Ann Rosenberger and Jerry Schneider. Grandfather of four.

SCHUMAN, William E., 88, St. Peter, Franklin County, May 8. Husband of Alene Mae Schuman. Father of Dolores Alexander, Wilma Brannan, Lisa Broun, Michelle Shumate, Laura Soos, Arleen Wuestefeld, Diana Yee and Daniel Schuman. Brother of Loretta Bihr, Matilda Bischoff, Joseph, Richard and Walter Schuman. Grandfather of 19. Great-grandfather of 23.

SEARING, Rose Mary, 94, Sacred Heart, Clinton, May 7. Mother of Billie Jo Anderson, Margaret Benefield, Janice Uselman, Travis Ross and Garry Searing. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of six. Great-great-grandmother of five.

SWEAT, Howard, 80, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, May 16. Husband of Anetta Sweat. Father of Denise Back and Donia Yaggie. Brother of Peggy Etienne, Mary Frakes, Inez George and James Sweat. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of three.

TRUITT, James C., 64, St. Mary, New Albany, May 13. Husband of Carolyn Truitt. Father of Andrea Truitt. Stepfather of Karen Gray and Kelly Ralphs. Brother of Margaret Truitt Wright, Alice and Michael Truitt. Step-grandfather of five.

WAGNER, Mildred M., 85, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 13. Mother of Kathy Marcum, Betsy Reese, Dave, Joe and Tom Wagner. Grandmother of seven.

ZURFACE, Charles August, 71, Christ the King, Indianapolis, May 14. Husband of Beverly Zurface. Father of Michele, Austin and Edward Zurface. Brother of Joseph and Robert Zurface. Grandfather of three.


Providence Sister Loretta Maureen Gansemer served in education for 31 years and in senior care

Providence Sister Loretta Maureen Gansemer died on May 17 at Mother Theodore Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 85.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 21 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Frances Helene Gansemer was born on May 7, 1930, in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Jan. 21, 1949, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1958.

Sister Loretta Maureen earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif.

During her 66 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Loretta Maureen ministered in education for 31 years in schools in California, Illinois, Indiana and Texas. She later ministered to senior citizens in retirement communities in California and Indiana. In 2014, she moved to the motherhouse where she dedicated herself entirely to prayer.

In the archdiocese, Sister Loretta Maureen served at St. Patrick School in Terre Haute from 1957-58 and at the former St. Catherine of Siena School in Indianapolis from 1958-60. She ministered on the infirmary staff at the motherhouse from 1974-75 and at the Guerin Woods retirement community in Georgetown, Ind., from 2005-13.

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.


Providence Sister Dolores Linhart ministered in Catholic schools and as a counselor

Providence Sister Dolores Ann Linhart died on May 6 at Mother Theodore Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 88.

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

Dolores Anna Linhart was born on May 5, 1927, in Chicago.

She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Jan 5, 1946, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1953.

Sister Dolores earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the-Woods and a master’s degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

During her 69 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Dolores ministered in education for 29 years in schools in Illinois and Indiana. She then served for 25 years in counselling, primarily career counseling in Illinois. In 2007, she retired to the motherhouse and dedicated herself entirely to prayer.

In the archdiocese, Sister Dolores served in Indianapolis at the former St. Ann School from 1948-50, the former St. Anthony School from 1953-55 and the former St. Joseph School from 1959-63.

Surviving is a brother, Robert Linhart of Mount Prospect, Ill.

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.


Ursuline Sister Thelma Sheehan was in religious life for 87 years, taught in Catholic school in Madison

Ursuline Sister Thelma Sheehan died on May 11 at Mercy Sacred Heart nursing home in Louisville, Ky. She was 102.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 15 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.

Mary Henrietta Sheehan was born on Sept. 1, 1912, in Louisville.

She entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville on Aug. 15, 1928, and professed final vows on Sept. 2, 1933. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the former Ursuline College in Louisville.

During 87 years as a member of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Sister Thelma ministered as an educator for decades in Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska and West Virginia. In the archdiocese, she taught at the former St. Michael School in Madison from 1948-49.

From 1984-94, Sister Thelma was the administrator of the Ursuline Motherhouse and continued volunteering after that until 2005 when she retired and dedicated herself to prayer.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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

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