April 1, 2016


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ACKELMIRE, Beatrice A., 81, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 16. Mother of Ann Fahey, Frederick and James Ackelmire. Sister of Margaret Gray. Grandmother of three.

BARRY, Elizabeth Ann, 51, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, March 10. Daughter of Joe Barry and Martha Gutman. Sister of Margi Sperry.

BOWLING, Perley A. (Schoettle), 78, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 18. Wife of Richard Bowling. Mother of Theresa Rodriguez, Frederick, Paul, Philip and Thomas Bowling. Sister of Helen Gilkey, Theresa Hull, Susie Thornburg, David, Jeff, Jim, Mark, Michael, Ned and Paul Schoettle. Grandmother of 13.

CARAWAY, Paul D., 75, St. Mary, North Vernon, March 12. Husband of Bonnie Caraway. Father of Dianna Miller, Jennifer White and Christopher Caraway. Brother of Mary Swazey, Charles, Daniel, Gregory, Stephen, Thomas and Vincent Caraway. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of six.

CARTER, Betty, 89, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, March 17. Mother of Patty Collins, Joanie Haymaker, Ann Kelly, Francie Kitchen and Tom Carter. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 11.

DOLL, Lambert J., 39, Holy Family, Oldenburg, March 18. Son of Terry Doll. Brother of Rachel Doll and Michelle Huber. Grandson of Rita Brackman and Floyd Doll.

EDMONDS, Elizabeth, 87, Holy Family, New Albany, March 7. Mother of Lois Rohde, Mike, Herbert and Terry Edmonds. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 13.

ELKIN, Helen, 91, St. Mary, New Albany, Feb. 23. Mother of Jennifer Cumme, Gerald, Gregory and Stephen Elkin. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 18.

GETTELFINGER, Melvin, 78, St. Mary, New Albany, March 4. Husband of Kaye Gettelfinger. Father of Debra Belviy, Deanna, Phil and Tony Gettelfinger. Brother of Shirley Jones, Bob, Ernie and Glenn Gettelfinger. Grandfather of nine.

GIGAX, Kenneth W., 73, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, March 12. Brother of Connie Gigax and Penny Handshaw.

GOLDSMITH, Elmer L., 77, Holy Family, Oldenburg, March 17. Father of Paula Fledderman, Jill Reidy, Dan, Mark and Tom Goldsmith. Brother of Artie Goldsmith. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of one.

GRAVES, Jessie J., 78, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), March 16. Mother of Dawn Wendel and Rick Graves. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of one.

GRAY, Dawn, 44, St. Jude, Indianapolis, March 9. Wife of Christopher Gray. Mother of Sydney Gray.

HEGER, Dale J., 83, Immaculate Conception, Milhousen, March 16. Husband of Betty Heger. Father of Pam Nobbe, James, Larry and Michael Heger. Brother of Richard Heger. Grandfather of six.

JANSEN, Mary A., 85, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 14. Mother of Marita Hackl, Barbara Smith and Teresa Venatta. Sister of Barbara Bartuska and Harold Kramer. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of six.

JOHNSON, Frank, 90, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, March 9. Father of Susan Gibson, Donald, Michael and Stephen Johnson. Grandfather of eight.

KRESS, Ed, 83, St. Paul, Tell City, March 15. Husband of Kathy Kress. Father of Renae Smith, Kena, Kevin and Kip Kress. Stepfather of Stephanie Girten. Grandfather of five. Step-grandfather of four.

MCQUADE, Gary E., 69, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, March 15. Husband of Theresa McQuade. Father of Melissa Kirk, Matthew and Timothy McQuade. Grandfather of four.

MCQUADE, Shelley J., 67, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), March 15. Mother of Angela Cross, William Jones and Jason Logan. Daughter of Lucy Washburn McQuade Shuler. Sister of Kelley Coulter, Teresa, Bucky and Sean McQuade. Grandmother of two.

MITCHELL, Kathleen M., 92, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, March 10. Mother of Kathleen Drew. Sister of Mary Otto. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of four.

NIEMAN, Arthur, 88, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, March 14. Husband of Pauline Nieman. Father of Jean Graham and Paul Nieman. Brother of Betty Schneider, Rose Marie, Carl, John and Maurice Nieman. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of eight.

PINION, Betty, 69, St. Mary, New Albany, Feb. 20. Mother of Kerri Crabtree, Joseph Meek and David Pinion. Sister of Vada Sams. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of four.

RICKE, Michael W., 54, St. Mary, Greensburg, March 18. Son of Gilbert and Linda Ricke. Brother of Kim Kaftner, Anita Moeller and Sandy Welage.

WATKINS, Travis I., 28, Holy Family, New Albany, March 15. Son of Eric and Evelyn Watkins. Brother of Nick Watkins.

WUNDERLICH, John J., 91, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, March 18. Father of Susan James and David Wunderlich. Brother of Mary Mattingly. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of four.

ZIEGLER, Alberta, 92, St. Mary, New Albany, March 12.

Providence Sister Amata Dugan ministered for decades in education, senior housing in Indiana

Providence Sister Amata Dugan died on March 14 at Mother Theodore Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 85.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 21 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Helen Therese Dugan was born on October 5, 1930, in Indianapolis. She grew up as a member of St. Anthony Parish and was a graduate of the former St. Mary Academy, both in Indianapolis.

Sister Amata entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Feb. 2, 1950, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1957.

She earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

During her 66 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Amata ministered in education for 28 years in schools in California, Illinois and Indiana. She later served for 22 years as an administrative clerk and later manager at Maryvale Apartments, a senior housing facility adjacent to the motherhouse grounds, and then in various roles at the motherhouse. In 2014, she dedicated herself entirely to prayer.

In the archdiocese, Sister Amata taught at St. Malachy School in Brownsburg from 1965-73. She also served as principal there from 1973-80.

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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