May 27, 2016


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BELCH, Robert J., 76, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 16. Husband of Mary Lou Belch. Father of Maureen, Christopher, Louis and Paul Belch. Brother of Charlie Belch. Grandfather of five.

BRUMMETT, Marie T., 79, Good Shepherd, May 13. Mother of Cheryle Brummett and Candy Goeden. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 10.

DABBELT, Cynthia, 53, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, May 9. Daughter of Marylin Rainey. Stepdaughter of Jim Rainey. Sister of Doug Rush. Stepsister of Richard Rush.

FREY, David W., 42, April 23, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis. Son of Paul and W. Ruth Frey.

GEHRING, Ruth Ann, 63, Holy Family, Oldenburg, April 9. Wife of Marvin Gehring. Mother of Nick Gehring. Sister of Joseph, Steve and Raymond Prickel.

GENGELBACH, Lucille, 83, St. Pius V, Troy, May 13. Mother of Darla Bland, Diana Foerster, Dorothy Knight and David Gengelbach. Sister of Ruth Esarey, Agnes Hosler, Teresa Pilfer, Mary Lou Wheatley and Jim Harpenau. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of one.

GRAF, Albert T., 88, St. Michael, Brookville, May 11. Father of Yvonne Brandes, Shelly Lunsford, Rena Sacksteder, Trisha Rosenberger, Alan, Don, Greg and Lee Graf. Brother of Mary Ann Knueven. Grandfather of 24. Great-grandfather of 37.

GREEN, Devin C., 31, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, May 13. Husband of Heather Green. Father of Ella, Kaylynn and Lucas Green. Son of Karen Kennelly. Brother of Keagin, Eathin, Gavin and Dr. Justin Green.

HENSON, Cynthia A., 61, St. Mary, Greensburg, May 11. Wife of John Henson. Mother of Kelly King, Daniel and Paul Vanderpool Jr. Sister of Dian Shivo, Michael and Pat Woodworth. Grandmother of four.

HERTEL, Mary E., 82, St. Michael, Brookville, April 23. Wife of Donald Hertel. Mother of Steve Hertel. Grandmother of three.

JARVIS, Dennis M., 55, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, May 11. Son of M. Johanna Jarvis. Brother of Monica Kyle, Jennifer and Rachel Jarvis.

LUEKE, Raymond L., 88, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, May 16. Husband of Rita Lueke. Father of Teresa Varenhorst, Rose Marie, Gregory and Steve Lueke. Brother of Mary Dienes Flood and Mercy Sister Frances Lueke. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of four.

MARSH, Minnie Frances, 82, St. Mary, Lanesville, May 16. Mother of Florian Jr. and Maynard Marsh. Sister of Henrietta Branham, Clara King, Barbie Lambe and Janet Stanfill. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of 11.

MAYFIELD, Grace E., 79, St. Mary, Lanesville, May 15. Mother of Martha McRae, Rena Phillips, Janet Philpot, Thelda Smith, Dennis, George, Terry and William Mayfield. Sister of Sudie Foman, Regina Kercheval and Marvin Hall. Grandmother of 24. Great-grandmother of 27.

MILES, Rose, 89, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 13. Mother of Donna Povinelli, Sharon Mandabach, Christopher, Chuck and Daniel Miles. Sister of Emily Nally. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 30.

MORRISON, Helen R. (Stombaugh), 86, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, May 16. Mother of Mary Grounds, James, Kent and Steven Morrison. Sister of Lois Morris and Francis Stombaugh. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of one.

NEYMAN, Sandra D., 79, May 10, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis. Wife of Aldo Neyman. Mother of Susan, Christopher and Mark Neyman.

RODAK, Bernadette F., 70, St. Monica, Indianapolis, March 22. Wife of Bob Hartman. Stepmother of Kathleen Monnett and Monica Reinking. Sister of Rosemary and Allan Beales, Eileen Johnson, Katherine Poore, Carol Sams and Virginia Sill. Step-grandmother of two.

SCHMUTTE, Ann E., 99, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, May 10. Mother of John, Nick and Richard Schmutte. Sister of Glenn Williams. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 12.

SMITH, Hugh B., 81, St. Roch, Indianapolis, May 12. Husband of Catherine Smith. Father of Ramona Cline, David and Joseph Smith. Brother of Betty Ann Breeding. Grandfather of four.

STROHMIER, Mary Ellen, 56, St. Michael, Brookville, April 23. Wife of Daryl Strohmier. Mother of Jenna Dunn and Amanda Meyer. Daughter of Dale and Maryann Deffner. Sister of Dee Dee Erhart, Cathy Feller, Debbie Kraus, Karen Kuntz and Mike Deffner. Grandmother of two.

TEKULVE, Cletus J., 85, Holy Family, Oldenburg, May 15. Husband of Doris Tekulve. Father of Margie Maple, Mary Pfeiffer, Diane and James Tekulve. Brother of Sheila Doerflinger, Joan Navarra and Pat Schutte. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 19.

Loretto Sister Simone Inkel ministered to the sick and elderly in the archdiocese

Loretto Sister Simone Inkel died on May 14 at the St. Augustine Home for the Aged in Indianapolis. She was 87.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 21 at the chapel in the St. Augustine Home. Burial followed at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Mary Rolande Inkel was born on Oct. 1, 1928, in Barre, Vt.

She entered the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross in Nerinx, Ky., on April 25, 1949, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1954.

Sister Simone earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Loretto Heights College in Denver in 1959, and a master’s degree in theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1966.

During her 68 years as a member of the Sisters of Loretto, Sister Simone taught in schools in Missouri and Texas for 11 years from 1951-62. She later served as coordinator of catechesis at Loretto Heights College from 1963-68.

Beginning in 1971, she began a ministry of prayer and service to the sick and elderly with Loretto Sister Lois Conarchy. Sister Simone carried out this ministry with her in the archdiocese in the St. Meinrad area from 1989-2002, and at the St. Augustine Home from 2002 until her death.

Sister Simone is survived by a sister, Jill Michon and two brothers, Guy and Maurice Inkel.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the St. Augustine Home for the Aged, 2345 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260. †

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