July 10, 2015


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ABELL, Thomas D., 27, St. Jude, Indianapolis, June 28. Son of Raymond Abell. Brother of Laura Carr, Jessica Watson, Daniel and Michael Abell.

BEAUDIN, Yvette, 95, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, June 29. Mother of Jacquest Gleyze. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of six. Great-great-grandmother of two.

ELLIS, Pauline May, 87, St. Agnes, Nashville, June 20. Mother of Rebecca Schwantes and Pamela Skinner. Grandmother of 14.

FOX, Evelyn R., 91, All Saints, Dearborn County, June 20. Mother of James and Robert Fox. Sister of Alma Anderson. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 16.

FURNISH, Thomas Eugene, 57, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, June 30. Husband of Julie Furnish. Father of Chelsae, Erin, Jacob and Matthew Furnish. Son of Mary Jane Furnish. Brother of Chris, David, Steve and Tim Furnish.

HANCOCK, Doris G., 91, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, June 29. Mother of Judith Dupre, Sarah Garner, Paula Hancock, Dodie Lamm and Mary Sue Olson. Sister of Theresa Hulsman, Mary, Edwin, Joseph and Robert Soergel. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of seven.

HOEING, Roselyn C., 83, St. Mary, Greensburg, June 25. Wife of Maurice Hoeing. Mother of Barb Bullard, Nancy Fogg, Ron and Wayne Hoeing. Sister of Dorothy Scheidler and Hubert Raver. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of two.

HOLUBAR, Kenzie Susanne, infant, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, June 16. Daughter of Bart and Angela (Lelenko) Holubar. Sister of Ajay, Avery, Brevin and Brody Holubar. Granddaughter of Marlene Holubar and Nancy Lelenko.

HUBLER, Emmett, 92, St. Mary, New Albany, June 25. Brother of Irene Board.

MAYFIELD, William E., 81, St. Mary, Lanesville, June 27. Husband of Grace Mayfield. Father of Martha McRae, Rena Phillips, Janet Philpot, Thelda Smith, Daniel, Dennis, Terry and William Mayfield. Brother of Pauline Chaffin and George Mayfield. Grandfather of 24. Great-grandfather of 27.

MILTO, Angeline Ann, 85, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, June 6. Mother of Joanna Milto-Bergin, Jodi, Rose, Philip Jr. and Tony Milto. Grandmother of eight.

MUELHAUSEN, Elizabeth, 50, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, June 18. Wife of Frank Muelhausen. Mother of Samantha and Erick Struble, Elizabeth and Garrison Muelhausen. Daughter of Paul and Marilyn Trotta. Sister of Martha McGillivray, Sarah, Mike and Paul Trotta.

PERIGO, Mary, 90, St. Jude, Indianapolis, June 29. Mother of Gregory and Michael Perigo. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of one.

REED, Mary Ann, 62, St. Mary, New Albany, June 23. Wife of Steve Reed. Mother of Kelly Osting, Kevin and Steve Reed Jr. Daughter of Wilbert and Rose Block. Sister of Patty Geswein, Nancy Miller, Rosie Shannon, Janie Spitznagel, Susan, Billy, Danny and David Block. Grandmother of 12.

REYNOLDS, John Charles Edward, 60, Mary, Queen of Peace, Danville, June 22. Father of Jennifer Wheelock, Elijah and Josh Reynold. Son of Eloise Reynolds. Brother of Kathleen Baker, Mary Ellen Cannon, Susan Lavenau and Samuel Reynolds.

SANDERS, Jean M., 45, St. Roch, Indianapolis, June 27. Wife of John Lawrence Sanders. Mother of Caroline Sanders. Sister of Patty Kirkman, Art and John Koebel.

SCHOTT, Henry, 61, St. Jude, Indianapolis, June 16. Husband of Patti Schott. Father of Allison Bidtah, Tara Cox, Krista and Adam Schott. Brother of Mary, Joseph, Norbert, Richard and Ted Schott. Grandfather of three.

SHEEHAN, Bernard, 81, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, June 13. Husband of Janian Sheehan. Father of Manya Sheehan Baile, Jessica Haines and Neil Sheehan. Brother of John Sheehan. Grandfather of four.

SHEPARD, Alan D., 53, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, June 28. Husband of Maria (Semones) Shepard. Father of Elizabeth, Daniel, David and Jacob Shepard. Son of George and Patricia Shepard.

STAHL, Linda (Miller), 62, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, June 27. Daughter of Charles Miller. Sister of Wanda Jarvis, Joyce McGrew, Marcia Reed, Don and Tim Miller. Aunt of several.

STARIKA, Juanita L., 64, Mary, Queen of Peace, Danville, June 21. Wife of Wayne Starika. Mother of Sheli Zeunik and Matthew Starika. Sister of Sandra Hill. Grandmother of 10.

STEPHENS, Thomas A., 72, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, June 26. Father of Kathleen Ducote and Kimberly Quispe. Brother of Joanne Board and Janet McCully. Grandfather of three.

VANCE, John, 64, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, June 25. Husband of Linda Vance. Father of Jeff and Matt Vance. Brother of Linda Stinson. Grandfather of five.

WILBUR, Mary Frances, 97, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, June 23. Mother of MariElena Bumpass and Donald Wilbur. Sister of Ruth Cowden, Bernard and Paul Goodman. Grandmother of 11.

WILSON, Theresa M., 90, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, June 24. Mother of Susie Bailey and Joseph Wilson. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of eight.

Providence Sister Alexa Suelzer taught in high schools and universities in Indiana

Providence Sister Alexa Suelzer died on June 26, 2015, at Mother Theodore Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 97.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 1 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Alexa Suelzer was born on June 19, 1918, in Fort Wayne, Ind.

She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Feb. 14, 1938, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1946.

Sister Alexa earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a master’s degree in English at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and a doctorate in sacred doctrine from The Catholic University of America in Washington.

During her 77 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Alexa ministered in high schools in Illinois and Indiana for 17 years.

In the archdiocese, she taught at the former St. Agnes Academy in Indianapolis from 1946-50, and at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1962-65 and from 1982-2002.

Sister Alexa also taught at The Catholic University of America and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and served as vicar for religious and director of the Office of Ecumenism for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Within the Sisters of Providence, she ministered in formation of sisters in the first two years of profession of vows and in general administration.

After she retired in 2002, Sister Alexa ministered in a variety of ways at the motherhouse.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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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