July 22, 2016


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BECKLEY, Deborah, 65, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, July 2. Wife of Dale Beckley. Mother of Denise, Chris and Joe Beckley. Sister of Paula Sandlin. Grandmother of two.

CHINN, Beverly, 69, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, June 27. Mother of Cheryl Hunter, Sheila, Scott, Warren and William Chinn. Sister of Brian and Robert Doyle. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 16.

COMMONS, Charles R., 71, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, July 9. Father of DeeAnn Commons.

FITZGERALD-HULLMEYER, Kayla R., 25, St. Louis, Batesville, July 8. Wife of Tyler Hullemeyer. Mother of Zoey Hullemeyer. Daughter of Brent and Jackie Fitzgerald. Sister of Isabel and Miranda Fitzgerald. Granddaughter of Nancy Beckner, Gary Fitzgerald, Ralph and Rosie Wenning.

FOX, Gertrude H., 98, St. Jude, Indianapolis, July 13. Sister of Anthony Laker. Aunt of several.

FRATTINI, Helen E., 95, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, June 20. Mother of Diane Tallmadge and Jim Frattini. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of four.

GEIGER, Imogene, 85, St. Mary, Navilleton, July 4. Mother of Theresa Bresnahan, Doretta Boone, Caroline Davison, Amy Eakins, Kathy McAndrew, Barbara Osborn, Andy, Jim, Mike and Paul Geiger. Sister of William Carrico. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of two.

KUHLMAN, Thomas H., 73, St. Gabriel, Connersville, July 7. Husband of Beth Kuhlman. Father of Amanda Long and Kevin Turley. Stepfather of Lynn Faw and Dan Burton. Brother of Pat Tressler and Richard Kuhlman. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of two.

LINTZENICH, Thomas E., 64, Christ the King, Indianapolis, July 8. Husband of Theresa Lintzenich. Father of Clare Lintzenich.

MARTIN, Alma F., 88, St. Joseph, Corydon, July 12. Mother of Sarah Miller, Mary Shaw, Deborah Zinner, Michael and Steven Bush. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two.

MCGINNIS, Mary M., 90, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, July 8. Wife of James McGinnis. Mother of Mary Kay Bishop, Gary, Greg and Kevin McGinnis. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 11.

MULLIN, Thelma, 83, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, June 24. Mother of Maureen Reel, Theresa, James Jr. and Michael Mullin. Grandmother of five.

OEDING, Frederick, 77, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, July 5. Husband of Sheila Oeding. Father of Melody Dennis, Pamela Easton, Catherine Entzian, Roxann Finch, Heidi Leisz, Jasmine Smithson, Brett and Brian Oeding. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of four.

RIPPERGER, Harold, 78, St. Mary, Greensburg, July 10. Husband of Theresa Ripperger. Father of Julie Herbert, Mary Moore, Chad, John and Martin Ripperger. Brother of Virginia Biddle, Beverly Chicchelly and Edwin Ripperger. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of six.

ROBBINS, Mary F. (Granato), 97, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, June 30. Mother of Michael and Patrick Robbins. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of five.

SHOEMAKER, Marilyn, 77, St. Mary, Richmond, July 5. Mother of Marianne Kuntz, Jeff, Rick and Ron Shoemaker. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two.

SPENCER, Michael A., 64, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, July 6. Husband of Nydia Spencer. Father of Michael Spencer and Michael Eusebio. Son of Arlene Spencer. Brother of Patricia Halliday, Nora John and Andrew Spencer. Grandfather of one.

TREADWAY, Homer L., 85, St. Ambrose, Seymour, July 10. Husband of Helen Treadway. Father of Laverne Carr, Linda Melloncamp and Brad Treadway. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of four.

UNDERWOOD, Camille J. (Godsey), 71, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, June 27. Wife of Dale Underwood. Mother of Emily Nikirk and Steve Underwood. Sister of Dr. Philip Godsey. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of five.

WEISS, Winifred, 84, St. Mary, Richmond, July 8. Mother of Lea Crabtree, Debbie Gwaltney, Christopher, Frederick, Leo and Roderick Weiss. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of three.

WERNER, Marcia L., 79, St. Louis, Batesville, July 3. Mother of Michele Meer, Melvin and Myron Werner. Sister of Mark Prickel. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of one.

ZWAHLEN, Jr., Albert, 88, St. Peter, Harrison County, July 10. Father of Theresa Bibb, Charlotte Trobaugh, William Sims, E. Patrick and John Zwahlen. Brother of Dorothy Alberg and Carolyn Boody. Grandfather of 19. Great-grandfather of eight.

Berniece Banet, mother of Father Stephen Banet, died on July 5 at the Villa of Guerin Woods in Georgetown

Berniece (Schmidt) Banet, the mother of Father Stephen Banet, pastor of St. Jude Parish in Indianapolis, died on July 5 at the Villa of Guerin Woods in Georgetown. She was 90.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 11 at St. Mary-of-the-Knobs Church in Floyd County. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.

Berniece Banet was born on Nov. 16, 1925, in Floyd County. She attended New Albany High School in New Albany and lived her whole life in nearby Floyds Knobs.

On May 17, 1947, at St. Mary-of-the-Knobs Church in Floyd County, Banet married her husband, Odell Banet, who preceded her in death. They were married for 63 years.

She is survived by her children Joan Endris, Theresa Getrost, Michael, Paul, Ralph and Father Stephen Banet. She was the grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of 23.

Along with being a homemaker, Banet worked for nearly 20 years at B&G Market, a grocery store in Floyds Knobs that her family co-owned. After it closed, she volunteered at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany and at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Louisville, Ky., for more than 25 years.

A prayerful woman, Banet went to Mass daily until she moved into an assisted living facility six years ago where she still prayed the rosary daily and took part in other devotional prayers. She also in the past took Communion to the homebound and assisted with funeral meals at St. Mary-of-the-Knobs Parish.

She loved her family very much, and always felt that God had blessed her through her family. She was also appreciative, even in her final days, of those who cared for her.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577. †

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