November 20, 2015


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.

Submit an obituary here (parishes and funeral homes only)

BORDERS, Charlotte, 71, St. Paul, Tell City, Nov. 3. Wife of Gene Borders. Mother of Elizabeth Conner, Lenore Donaldson, Michaeline Joiner, Charles and Earl Borders. Sister of Terry Kiszka, Debbie Knapik, Mary Miller, Martha Sapp, Annie Scofield, Denny, Rory and Tony O’Bryan. Grandmother of 11.

BOSCO, Alice, 97, St. Mary, New Albany, Oct. 31. Mother of Barbara Makinen, Therese Renn and William Bosco. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of five.

BOTT, Gerald L., 68, St. John Paul II, Clark County, Nov. 1. Husband of Marilyn Bott. Father of Marianne Fleming, Rachael Tate, Brian and Kevin Bott. Brother of Sharon Clark, Judy Pollard and Bruce Bott. Grandfather of nine.

BROWN, Elvis J., Jr., 81, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Nov. 3. Husband of Vicki (Holt) Brown. Father of three. Stepfather of one. Grandfather of several. Great-grandfather of several.

CLAPP, Alene June (Messmore) Watson, 90, Prince of Peace, Madison, Nov. 7. Mother of Kay Kortman, Charles and Keith Watson. Sister of Paul Messmore. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 13. Great-great-grandmother of 11.

CLEMENTS, Paul E., 86, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Nov. 3. Husband of Betty (Wegener) Clements. Father of Diane Hepler, Barbara Lane, Rocky and Ron Clements. Brother of Beverly Shelly, Priscilla Smith and Leo Clements. Grandfather of eight and great-grandfather of 10.

COLLIER, Dorothy J. (Williams), 73, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Oct. 20. Mother of Denise Mitchell. Sister of Minnie Smith. Grandmother of two.

DOERFLINGER, James E., 78, St. Mary, Greensburg, Nov. 10. Husband of Sheila Doerflinger. Father of Susan Burkhart and Stephen Doerflinger. Brother of Dennis Doerflinger. Grandfather of two.

DURKIN, Virginia M., 92, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Sept. 30. Mother of Deirdre Cruise, Maureen Johnson and Deborah Sosbey. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of six. Great-great-grandmother of seven.

ERTEL, Herschel, 95, St. Michael, Brookville, Oct. 31. Husband of Agnes Ertel. Father of Pam Combs, Cindy Kaiser, Sandy, Randy and Rick Ertel. Brother of Viola Grossman, Phyllis Moeller and Dan Ertel. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of four.

GALE, Rosalyn, 89, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Nov. 2. Mother of Kathleen Brown and Richard Gale. Sister of Maryanne Murry. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of six.

GOODIN, Cindy, 58, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Oct. 28. Wife of Tim Goodin. Mother of Kami Bush, Malynda Fields and Matt Goodin. Daughter of Bill and Mary Mattox. Sister of Diane Jost and Kathi Thomas. Grandmother of three.

HURST, Russell William, 72, St. Michael, Brookville, Oct. 28. Husband of Janet Hurst. Father of Donna Boughner, Diana Getz, Deborah Tibbitts and Troy Hurst. Brother of Kathleen Whitney and Ed Hurst. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of five.

JOHNSTON, Venice M., 86, Holy Angels, Indianapolis, Nov. 4. Wife of Douglass Johnston, II. Mother of Lynne Pierce, Billie and Douglass Johnston III. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of one.

KERR, Helen, 85, St. Rita, Indianapolis, Oct. 30. Mother of Sharon Carnahan. Sister of Marva Riddick and Melvin Kerr. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of one.

KERSTIENS, Nancy Jo, 47, Holy Family, New Albany, Nov. 5. Wife of Michael Kerstiens. Mother of Savanna and Amanda Kerstiens. Daughter of Harold and Ann (Hawkins) Waterbury. Sister of Debbi Jenkins, Donna Krimm and Mark Waterbury.

LESTER, Julia R., 95, St. Ambrose, Seymour, Nov. 2. Mother of John Lester.

LINEHAN, Dr. Melanie (Margiotta), 53, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Nov. 7. Wife of John Linehan. Mother of Charles Butterfield, Brie Anne and Ryan Eichhorn, Alyssa, Maria, David and Jason Linehan. Daughter of Vincent and Florie Margiotta. Sister of Aissa, Celenne, Dan, Drake and Sean Margiotta. Grandmother of 11.

McGUIRE, Don, 81, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Nov. 1. Husband of Della McGuire. Father of Dana and Don McGuire Jr. Grandfather of three.

MEYER, Charles V., 85, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cambridge City, Nov. 2. Father of Peggy Lee Meyer, Judith Stuart and Steven Meyer. Brother of Marlene Brown. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of two.

RISCH, Victor Leo, 74, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Nov. 3. Husband of Hazel Ann (Schwarder) Risch. Father of Leah Ann Jones, Andrew and Carl Risch. Brother of Anna Marsh, Chuck and Paul Risch. Grandfather of four.

RUDY, Helen Marie, 89, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Nov. 2. Mother of Diane Cecil, Mary Ann Conrad, Carolyn Craig, Luanne Grant, Kathleen Mayfield, Beverly McDonald, Barbara Richards, Laura Roberson, Linda Welch, Theresa Worrall, Dale, John, Keith, M. Thomas, Patrick, Robert and Stephen Rudy. Grandmother of 41. Great-grandmother of 33.

SCEIFERS, William R., 73, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Nov. 3. Husband of Margaret Sceifers. Father of Kimberley West and William Sceifers. Stepfather of Elizabeth Corquindale. Brother of Connie Bolen, Sharon Skaggs and Linda Thomas. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of three.

SIMS, Willmoth Robert, 80, Prince of Peace, Madison, Nov. 5. Husband of Gail (Halcomb) Sims. Father of Alisa Anderson, Melody Cole, Kim Smith, Sheila, Michael and Rob Sims. Brother of Ima Earhart and Nellie Lichyter. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of 11.

SMITH, Aaron, 62, St. Rita, Indianapolis, Oct. 31. Father of Erin Mackenzie. Brother of Gregory Smith.

STEIN, William H., Sr., 90, St. Louis, Batesville, Nov. 8. Husband of Elizabeth (Vierling) Stein. Father of Cheryl Bitterman, Melissa Bradley, Mary Starost, David, Gregory, Larry, Mark, Michael, Thomas and William Stein Jr. Grandfather of 36. Great-grandfather of 38.

THIEL, Leonard F., 91, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Nov. 3. Husband of Joan Thiel. Father of Dianne Dixon, Amy Hutsell, Carolyn Land, John and Joseph Thiel. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of two.

TINIUS, Catherine, 96, St. Mary, New Albany, Oct. 30. Mother of Sandy Braunbeck, Jim and Joe Tinius. Sister of Barbara Julius. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of four.

WEBB, Janie (Leigh), 68, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Nov. 1. Wife of Russell Webb. Mother of Giuseppina Bartlett, Andrew, Benjamin, Franco, Jay and Russell Webb. Daughter of William Reynolds. Sister of Rebecca and William Reynolds. Grandmother of eight.

Local site Links:

Like this story? Then share it!