October 2, 2015


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BECHER, Paul Joseph, 83, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 15. Husband of Mary Catherine (Derry) Becher. Father of Christopher and Thomas Becher. Brother of Elnora Beachnau, Richard and Thomas Becher. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of three.

BEDEL, Lawrence M., 83, St. Louis, Batesville, Sept. 7. Husband of Virginia (Herbert) Bedel. Father of Shirley Ellison, Cynthia Napier, Candy Kennedy and Larry Bedel. Brother of Stella Weberding. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 17.

BRISCOE, Mary Frances (Carpenter), 65, Holy Family, New Albany, Sept. 15. Wife of Barrett Briscoe. Mother of Brandon and Kevin Briscoe. Sister of Barbara Hamilton, Terri Hoffman, Chuck, Mark and Mike Carpenter. Grandmother of two.

CHISMAN, Dorothy T., 94, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Sept. 14. Mother of Jane, Mary and William Chisman. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of one.

COOK, Dr. Patricia (Parker), 88, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Aug. 16. Mother of Kevin and Thomas Cook. Grandmother of four.

FOX, Beatrice H., 86, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Sept. 16. Mother of Connie Marien and Dennis Fox. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of four.

FULLENKAMP, Timothy W., 60, St. Louis, Batesville, Sept. 7. Husband of Kathy (Yorn) Fullenkamp. Father of Emily Bower, Rachel Rose and Matthew Fullenkamp. Son of Viola Fullenkamp. Brother of Pam Gerdowsky, Becky Quick, Kathy Rosemeyer, David, Jay, Randy and Terry Fullenkamp. Grandfather of four.

HOLMES, Dolores Ann, 86, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 1. Mother of Laurie Mattison and Janet Rohlman. Grandmother of six.

HUFF, Mary Gene (Warisse), 88, Holy Family, New Albany, Sept. 9. Mother of Nancy Fulkerson, Sara Schulenburg and Mary Sue Scott. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of seven.

KRIEGER, Donna Jean (Boaz), 67, St. Mary Navilleton, Floyds Knobs, Sept. 17. Wife of Walter Krieger Jr. Mother of Jennifer Riley, Jeremy and Miles Krieger. Sister of Stewart Boaz. Grandmother of five.

MAYFIELD, Dewey W., 59, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 5. Husband of Charlene Mayfield. Father of David and Jeremy Mayfield. Son of Colleen Mayfield. Brother of Dennis Mayfield. Grandfather of four.

McCOURT, Patricia A., 83, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Sept. 16. Mother of Mary Collilouri, Catherine Duke, Margaret Futrell, Charles, Emory, Gregory and Kenneth McCourt. Sister of Frances Nutting. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of four.

McGUIRK, Bernard Eugene, 73, St. Mary Navilleton, Floyds Knobs, Sept. 11. Husband of Betty (Hoehler) McGuirk. Father of Shannon Fritch, Jennifer Kos and Michael McGuirk. Brother of Mary Lu Dietrich, Rita Rasmussen and James McGuirk. Grandfather of four.

MORRIS, Stylie Rodger, 82, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 13. Father of Linda Suesz, Gwen McWhorter and Brian Morris. Brother of Jackie Woodruff. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 10.

MURRAY, Marilyn, 89, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Aug. 22. Wife of John Murray. Mother of Andrew, Jonathan, Matthew and Shelburn Murray.

NIRICH, Vincent J., Sr., 77, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cambridge City, Sept. 7. Husband of Julia (Stockberger) Nirich. Father of Angie Taylor, Gary and Vincent Nirich Jr. Grandfather of one.

NORTH, Helen, 91, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Sept. 15. Mother of Barbara Dunlap, Dana North, Linda Schuder and Rita Smeyak. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of nine.

NUNWEILER, Bobbi, 71, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Sept. 3. Wife of Raymond Nunweiler. Mother of Ann Dowless, Bev Hockenberry, Peter and Raymond Nunweiler III. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of six.

O’CONNOR, Rita M., 84, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Sept. 3. Mother of Susan Hill, Teresa Lugar, Anne O’Connor Clark, Ellen and Patrick O’Connor. Sister of Rosemary Adamson, Nancy Condon, Margie Miller, Maureen Schultz and Edward Hegarty. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of three.

PAPPAS, Aristotle, 24, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Sept. 10. Son of Joseph Pappas. Brother of Angelo, Kyle and Nick Pappas. Grandson of Joyce Beber and Eleanor Pappas.

PAUSZEK, Thomas R., 89, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Sept. 10. Husband of Marjorie Pauszek. Father of Linda Collins and Julie Weinberg. Brother of John Pauszek. Grandfather of four.

PERRYMAN, Lester W., 68, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 10. Husband of Roxanne Perryman. Father of Lesley Brown, Catie Jo Whitaker, Monica, Eric and Shawn Perryman. Brother of Wilma Hildebrandt, Donna Thomas, Margie Zoglman and Garry Perryman. Grandfather of five.

REED, Billy R., 81, St. Joseph, Corydon, Sept. 13. Husband of Terri (Crosier) Reed. Father of Deborah Herthel, Lisa Watt, Josh and Rick Reed. Brother of Jerry Reed. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of nine. Great-great-grandfather of one.

REISERT, Jane (Willcox), 97, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Sept. 7. Sister of Cleon Lawler. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of five.

RETTIG, Carole (Keller), 80, St. Agnes, Nashville, Sept. 10. Mother of Chris, Dan, Gary, James, J. Michael and Stephen Rettig. Sister of Jeanne, Patricia, John and Walter. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of eight. Great-great-grandmother of one.

RISCH, Robert J., 86, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cambridge City, Sept. 16. Husband of Olive Rhea. Father of Amelia Golden, Dorinda Nick, Lyla Turner, Stephanie Riggs and Brad Risch. Brother of Viola Sherwood, Ruth Thompson, Melvon and Paul Risch. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of six. Great-great-grandfather of one.

SCHEIDLER, Stephen H., 82, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Sept. 9. Husband of Dorothy (Raver) Scheidler. Father of Anita Johnson and Ed Scheidler. Brother of Patricia Barnhorst and Robert Scheidler. Grandfather of six.

SCHOETTMER, Mary Ann, 70, Immaculate Conception, Millhousen, Sept. 15. Wife of Norbert Schoettmer. Mother of Pat and Scott Schoettmer. Sister of Janet Copple, Ester Devers, Rita Westerfeld and Bill Schoentrup. Grandmother of five.

SCHUMAN, Jean, 85, All Saints, Dover, Sept. 20. Wife of Leroy Schuman. Mother of Diane Brueggermann, Gary and Tom Schuman. Sister of Alvera Tipton. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of three.

SCHUTTE, Robert L., 78, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Sept. 16. Husband of Donna (Ferkinhoff) Schutte. Father of Jenny Ilderton and Tricia Williamson. Brother of Eileen Stirn. Grandfather of four.

SHIPLEY, Richard T., 75, Prince of Peace, Madison, Sept. 12. Husband of Judith (McCarty) Shipley. Father of Karen Brown, Linda Manning and Mark Shipley. Brother of Marjorie Toomey, Bill Greenan and Charles Shipley. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of five.

STEWART, James A., 68, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Sept. 19. Husband of Susan Stewart. Father of Jeb and Jesse Stewart. Grandfather of three.

THOMPSON, Teresa A., 84, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Sept. 13. Sister of Mary Jo LaBash and Dr. Thomas Dugan.

UNGER, Sandra K., 72, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Aug. 21. Wife of Richard Unger. Mother of Rhonda Mascoe. Sister of Debbie Banet, Becky Riley, Candice Taylor and Mark Hunt. Grandmother of five.

WALLACE, Karlene E., 68, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, June 29. Wife of Walley Wallace.

WEAVER, Lela Evon, 91, St. Agnes, Nashville, July 13. Mother of Brigitte and John Weaver. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two.

WOLTER, Michael J., 56, St. Mary, Greensburg, Sept. 12. Brother of Sandy Richardson, Cynthia Wickizer, Judy, Steven and Tim Wolter.

ZOBEL, W. Robert, 85, St. Mary, Greensburg, Sept. 17. Brother of Betty Zobel.

Franciscan Sister Marilyn Joel Franks was a teacher, principal and college treasurer

Franciscan Sister Mary Joel Franks died on Aug. 29 at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 78.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 2 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Marilyn Anne Franks was born on Sept. 14, 1936, in Dayton, Ohio.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Sept. 8, 1954, and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1960.

Sister Mary Joel earned two undergraduate degrees at Marian University in Indianapolis, and completed graduate studies at Clarke College in Iowa, Indiana Central College and Butler University, and earned a principal’s license at Ball State University in Muncie.

During 61 years of life and ministry as a Franciscan, Sister Marie served in Catholic schools in Indiana and Ohio.

In the archdiocese, she taught in Indianapolis at St. Mark the Evangelist School from 1956-57, and St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower) School from 1967-69. She also taught at St. Lawrence School in Lawrenceburg from 1957-58, St. Mary School in Greensburg in 1961, Most Holy Name of Jesus School in Beech Grove from 1966-67, and our Lady of Perpetual Help School in New Albany from 1969-81, where she served as principal the last six years of her time there.

She served as assistant treasurer then treasurer at Marian University in Indianapolis from 1981-96. She later served at Marian as a library technician until her retirement earlier this year.

Surviving is her sister, Pauline Bennett of California and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036-0100. †

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