September 16, 2016

Obituaries

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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ALLYN, Matthew, 53, Holy Family, New Albany, Aug. 28. Husband of Shawn Allyn. Father of Paige, Andrew and Daniel Adams, G’Anna Allyn, Tiffany Tatchell and Nicole Webb. Son of Eileen Chesnut. Brother of Beth Allyn, Mary Mudd and Rebecca Taggi. Grandfather of four.

BAKEMEYER, Mary Margaret, 75, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Aug. 22. Wife of William Bakemeyer. Mother of Megen Argyelan, Erin, Brian and Jason Bakemeyer. Sister of Robert Piercy. Grandmother of 10.

BAMFORD, Nicoletta, 82, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Aug. 31. Mother of David Creely. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of one.

CHRISTEN, Bruce, 79, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, Aug. 27. Husband of Jan Christen. Father of Diane Slomka and Scott Christen. Brother of Anita Lippert, Elaine Trumpey and Eric Christen. Grandfather of two.

COOK, Anna, 82, St. Mary, New Albany, Aug. 30. Mother of Sandra Fugate, Linda Russell, Andita Weathers, Lisa and Eddie Cook Jr. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of seven.

DONNELLY, Kathleen, 69, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, June 25. Mother of Tom Donnelly. Sister of Laurie Krieger. Grandmother of two.

FISCHER, Helen G., 88, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 2. Mother of Susan Agresta, Roseanne Huddleston, Annette O’Neil, Becky Witt and Stephen Fischer. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of 30.

HARTMAN, Mary H., 73, St. Nicholas, Ripley County, July 29. Wife of Jerry Hartman. Mother of Sis Corbin, Kim Ertel, Lisa Guerra and Dave Hartman. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of five.

JONES, Robert D., 75, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Sept. 2. Husband of JoAnn Jones. Father of Katrina Taylor. Brother of Norman Jones. Grandfather of two.

KAVANAUGH, Rose Mary, 96, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Sept. 5. Aunt of several.

KING, Beth M., 66, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Aug. 25. Sister of Cindy Young, Chris and Don King. Aunt of several.

MEIER, Alta J., 77, St. Michael, Brookville, Aug. 30. Wife of Frank Meier. Mother of Jane Crawford, Greg, Jim and Ron Meier. Sister of Rose Marie Dulla, Margaret Feller, John and Richard Cox. Grandmother of eight.

MEYERS, Mark, 58, Annunciation, Brazil, Aug. 18. Husband of Annette Meyers. Father of Adrianne Lankford, Ignatius Wilson, Alysha, Grant, Kirk, Mark and Matthew Meyers. Brother of Carrie Roach, Robert Meyers, Daniel, Jeff and Ralph Nordyke Jr. Grandfather of nine.

MILLER, Hugh J., 86, St. Mary, Greensburg, Aug. 31. Husband of Roseann Miller. Father of Kathy Pataky. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of seven.

RENIE, Margaret L., 90, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, June 31. Mother of Elaine Alhand, Donna Andone, Theresa Frazier, Mary Keller, Barbie Kinnett, Jim, Joe, John and Mark Renie. Sister of Rita Mariani, Norma and Tom Stuckey. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 14.

SAVARD, Larry, 75, St. Joseph, Corydon, Sept. 1. Husband of Barbara Savard. Father of Tanya Council and Mardel Overly. Step-father of three. Brother of Ray Savard. Grandfather of seven.

SEEBERGER, John F., 91, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Aug. 20. Husband of Vivian Seeburger.

SHIFLET, Monica M., 95, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Aug. 26. Mother of Debora Reardon, David Jr. and Dean Shiflet. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of seven.

WYNNE, Lawrence P., 77, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Aug. 27. Father of Christina Carlson, Rebecca Floyd, Michelle Newsome, Patricia Pendergrast and Daniel Wynne. Brother of Kathleen Givan, Theresa Ploughe and Patrick Wynne. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of three.


Providence Sister Marilyn Therese Lipps served in Catholic schools, catechesis

Providence Sister Marilyn Therese Lipps died on Aug. 26 at Lourdes Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 95.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 6 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Therese Marie Lipps was born on Sept. 15, 1920, in Indianapolis and grew up as a member of St. Patrick Parish. She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on July 16, 1948, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1956.

Sister Marilyn Therese earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and master’s degrees in special education from Indiana University and theology at Seattle University.

During her 68 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Marilyn Therese ministered in education for 25 years in schools in California, Illinois, Indiana and North Carolina. She later was a parish catechetical leader and then served at The Damien Center and St. Mary’s Child Center, both in Indianapolis. She returned to the motherhouse in 1998 and served there in several ways, including as sacristan for the chapel in Providence Health Care.

In the archdiocese, Sister Marilyn Therese served at St. Susanna School in Plainfield from 1958-61, at the former St. Mary-of-the-Woods School in St. Mary-of-the-Woods from 1961-62, and in Indianapolis at the former St. Bridget School from 1963-67, Holy Cross Central School from 1968-69, at

St. Mary’s Child Center from 1969-76 and at The Damien Center from 1988-92. She also served as director of religious education at St. Susanna Parish in Plainfield from 1978-87.

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.


Providence Sister Ann Kevin O’Connor served in administration, Catholic schools

Providence Sister Ann Kevin O’Connor died on Aug. 24 at Mother Theodore Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 91.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 2 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Theresa Ann O’Connor was born on July 24, 1925, in Summit, Ill. She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on July 22, 1943, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1951.

Sister Ann Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.

During her 73 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Ann Kevin ministered in education for 34 years in schools in California, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Texas. She later served in various recordkeeping, secretarial and office management positions, including some in the administrative and advancement offices at the motherhouse.

In the archdiocese, Sister Ann Kevin served at St. Charles Borromeo School in Bloomington from 1954-55 and at

St. Matthew the Apostle School in Indianapolis from 1963-64.

She is survived by a brother, Maurice O’Connor of Overland Park, Kan.

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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