July 17, 2015


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BELT, Richard Smith, 79, Prince of Peace, Madison, July 2. Husband of Anna (Vowels) Belt. Father of David and Timothy Belt. Brother of Helen Brown, Katherine McMillen and Ellen Paris. Grandfather of five.

BISCHOFF, Francis A., 90, St. Michael, Brookville, May 26. Husband of Doris (Geiling) Bischoff. Father of Beverly Fohl, Julia Johnson, Diana Thomas, Becky Trammell, Gary, Gerald, Glen and Joe Bischoff. Brother of Wilfred Bischoff. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of seven.

CORDANO, Margaret Jean, 87, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, June 1. Mother of Mary Dall, Patricia Povilaitis and Roberta Cordano. Sister of Kathleen Ruiz, Charles, Dr. Robert and Thomas Kelsch. Grandmother of seven.

DREYER, Betty J., 90. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, July 5.

EVANS, Robert R., 78, St. Gabriel, Connersville, April 23. Husband of Norma (Copple) Evans. Father of Cindy Barrett, Joan McDivitt, Pam Northern, Cathy Whitecotton, Danny, David and Michael Evans. Brother of Clara Noble. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of 12.

GOSSETT, Josephine M. (Hauri), 65, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 8. Mother of Jade Brumfield, Brent Gossett, Kristie Nobbe, Angeline and Brock Powell. Stepmother of Genievea Coon, Patricia Norris, Brad and Thomas Gossett. Daughter of Ruth Hauri. Sister of Marilyn Rose, Gene, Melvin and Richard Hauri. Grandmother of six. Step-grandmother of eight. Step-great-grandmother of two.

HENDRICKSON, Brian Patrick, 68, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, June 29. Husband of Judith (Griffin) Hendrickson. Father of Brian, Jeff and Scott Hendrickson. Brother of Eileen Gariepy, David and Michael Hendrickson. Grandfather of two.

HERBERTZ, Franklin Leo, 82, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, June 10. Husband of Mary (Bordenkecher) Herbertz. Father of Eileen Horan, Andrew, Chris, Daniel and John Herbertz. Brother of Shirley Smelko. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of five.

HILBERT, Margaret Marie (Houston), 94, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 7. Mother of Cathy Marcum, Ann Miller, Jeanie Robinson and Susan Hilbert. Sister of Carol Powell. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 10.

KEYLER, Marilyn Francis, 79, St. Roch, Indianapolis, June 27. Mother of Karen Anderson, Kathy Danz and Ron Keyler. Grandmother of six.

LANDIS, Richard Lee, 85, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, July 3. Father of Cathy Anderson, Vicky Bock, Susan Krause and Richard Landis Jr. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of 13.

MORRIS, Lissa Diane, 46, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, June 30. Wife of Edward Morris. Mother of Amelia, Alan and Patrick Morris.

NATIVIDAD, Sylvia, 69, St. Jude, Indianapolis, July 1. Wife of Albert Natividad. Sister of Karen Dickens, Sheila Miller, Brenda Sharp and Steve Westbrook. Grandmother of one.

PHILLIPS, James W., 73, St. Gabriel, Connersville, May 31. Husband of Diana (Hinners) Phillips. Father of Gena Swiderek, Laura Wilhelm, Craig and James Phillips. Brother of Margaret Smith and Mark Phillips. Grandfather of four.

ROZMAN, Emilie J. (Landeck), 97, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, June 19. Mother of Carol Kanney, Joanne Morris and Kenneth Landeck. Sister of Irene Rascia, Gloria Riga and Arnold Olexik. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of seven.

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

STEDRON, Rose Ellen (Schlichte), 90, St. Gabriel, Connersville, March 7. Mother of Rhea Magrann and Renee Periera. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of one.

WEILBAKER, Jewell Aileen (Randall), 86, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Jan. 28. Mother of Judy Lucas and Dan Weilbaker. Sister of Zelma Durham and Louise Wyatt. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of three.

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Elora Schmidt, an Indianapolis native, ministered in Catholic high schools

Franciscan Sister Elora Schmidt, a member of the Manitowoc, Wis.-based Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, died on June 30, 2015, at Holy Family Convent in Manitowoc. She was 81.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 3 at the Holy Family Convent Chapel. Burial followed at the convent cemetery.

Margaret Schmidt was born on May 8, 1934, in Indianapolis.

She entered the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in 1952 and professed vows in 1954.

Sister Elora earned a bachelor’s degree at Holy Family College in Manitowoc, and a master’s degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

She ministered in Catholic high schools in Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska and Wisconsin, and as an administrator and in formation of postulants and junior sisters at Holy Family Convent. She retired to the St. Rita Health Center at the motherhouse in 2009.

Sister Margaret is survived by three sisters, Vivian Beard, Kathryn Berger and Edith Bordenkecher and several nieces and nephews. †

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