January 8, 2016


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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ADAMS, Maria (Washington), 68, Holy Angels, Indianapolis, Nov. 21. Mother of Angela and Shakira Adams. Sister of Cecilia and Randy Washington. Grandmother of one.

ALVEY, Charles W., Sr., 86, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Dec. 19. Husband of Clarissa Alvey. Father of Karen and Tammy Campbell, Melynda Glover, Sheila Pennington and Charles Alvey Jr. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 25.

BACKHERMS, Margaret Ann (Hillebrand), 86, Holy Family, New Albany, Dec. 16. Mother of Karen McMaster and Bill Backherms.

BECRAFT, Donna, 85, St. Mary, Rushville, Dec. 15. Wife of Ralph Becraft. Mother of Joanna Brown, Kathy Williams, Christopher, James and John Becraft. Sister of Gloria Bunch. Grandmother of several. Great-grandmother of several.

BRAMER, Justin, 26, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Dec. 6. Father of Stella Bramer. Son of Brian and Lisa (VanDewerker) Bramer. Brother of Ryan Bramer. Grandson of Monica and Gerald VanDewerker.

BRANNICK, Gregory Mark, 60, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Dec. 3. Husband of Lisa Brannick. Father of Angelica Kellinghaus, Ashleen MacCrindle, Mary and Wesley Brannick. Brother of Chris Ajamiseba, Brian, Jeff and Kevin Brannick.

EMERY, Henry C., 78, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Dec. 11. Husband of Dzidra Emery. Father of Irene Center, Lisa Cline, Cynthia Fields, Mary Wenzel, George and Joe Emery. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of seven.

GRONAUER, Sharon, 78, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bright, Dec. 7. Mother of Dawn Sebastian, Melanie VanWinkle, Clifford and Mark Gronauer. Sister of John Reising. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of five.

HARTNETT, Kathleen (Deery), 92, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Nov. 26. Mother of Jane Henry, Nancy Mynatt, Eileen Schlegel and Daniel Hartnett. Grandmother of four.

HOUFF, John A., 71, St. Thomas Aquinas, Indianapolis, Nov. 16. Husband of Rosie Houff. Father of Benjamin Houff.

IMHOOF, Marilynne, 82, St. Agnes, Nashville, Dec. 12. Wife of Maurice Imhoof. Mother of Erika Imhoof. Sister of Judith Wagley.

MARTIN, Frank Sommers, Jr., 69, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Dec. 10. Husband of Sandra Martin. Father of Jeremy Martin. Brother of Cathy Chapman, Sherry Kathman, David and Dick Martin. Grandfather of two.

O’CONNELL, Rita (Hoerl), 93, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 2. Wife of Joseph O’Connell Jr. Mother of Lisa Danhauer, Julie Davies, Eileen Whiting, Joseph, Michael and Paul O’Connell. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of seven.

RIDGE, Ralph Duane, 82, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Dec. 8. Husband of Lorraine Ridge. Father of Debra McNeely, Judy Thrasher, Diane Wolfe, Jami Turman, Charles, Michael, Ross, Scott and Stephen Ridge. Grandfather of 33. Great-grandfather of 11.

SAVAGE, Beverly (Garavaglia), 84, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Dec. 5. Mother of Laura Kazemi, Art and Mark Garavaglia. Grandmother of six.

SUVEGES, James, 67, St. Mary, Richmond, Dec. 13. Husband of Sarah Suveges. Father of Dianne and Doug Suveges. Stepfather of Emily Staley and Josh Fink. Brother of Linda Ellison and Carolyn Hensley. Grandfather of one.

VANNOY, Margaret A., 72, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Dec. 10. Mother of Kathy Halter, Teri Ward, Kevin, Rick and Steve Vannoy. Sister of Mary Kay Gill and Joseph Walsh. Grandmother of 11.

VEA, Mary K., 87, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 9. Mother of Susie Berner and Mike Vea. Grandmother of five.

WHELAN, Dennis M., 74, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 15. Husband of Sharon Whelan. Father of Terri Alderson, Tina Whelan and Tammy Wolverton. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of seven.

WINFREY, Nellie V., 72, Holy Angels, Indianapolis, Dec. 7. Mother of Michelle Brown and Merri Dardy. †

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