December 9, 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, George M., 64, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Nov. 15. Husband of Patricia Adams. Father of Angela Chapuran, George, Jr. and Mark Adams. Brother of Carol Rapp, Catherine and Pat Diamond, Jim and Michael Adams. Grandfather of four.

ARMENTROUT, Robert D., 59, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Nov. 22. Husband of Judy Armentrout. Father of Robin Armentrout. Stepfather of David, James and Jonathan Mattingly. Son of Rita Armentrout. Son of Rita Armentrout. Brother of Tish Hevel, Annie McManis, David and Jim Armentrout. Grandfather of eight.

BISCHOFF, Dorothy A., 86, All Saints, Dearborn County, Nov. 17. Mother of Marilyn Farrow, Donald Bischoff and Diane. Sister of Loretta Hoog, Antoinette Hoog Telker and Leo Wilhelm. Grandmother of four.

BROWN, Kathryn M., 94, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Nov. 5. Mother of Beth Becher, Susie O’Brien, Karen Pennington and Rena Scott. Sister of Bill Dietz. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 18.

BURKE, Patrick C., 82, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Nov. 26. Father of Barbara Fondren, Kathleen, Dr. Brian, Craig and Kevin Burke. Brother of Dan, Jr. and Edie Burke. Grandfather of 10.

CAPONE, Juliana, 79, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Nov. 19. Wife of John Capone. Mother of Jeanne Agostino, Carolyn and Carl Capone. Sister of Amelia Brislin and Steve Magni. Grandmother of five.

CARRIER, Mary Dorothy, 99, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Nov. 15. Mother of Martha Ashton, Daniel, Gerald, James, John, Richard and Thomas Carrier. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of 11.

CISSELL, Kelly, 56, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, Nov. 19. Father of Katherine and Margaret Cissell. Son of Joan Cissell. Brother of Lisa Noth, Christina Pauley, Grace and Don Cissell.

DENNY, Hilda, 95, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Nov. 24. Wife of Bill Denny. Sister of Rosemary Ramsey, Charles and John Smith. Aunt of several.

DILLON, Donald M., 86, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Nov. 16. Husband of Jacqueline Dillon. Father of Lisa, Lynn and Donald Dillon. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of five.

ELDER, James L., 77, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Nov. 17. Husband of Pat Elder. Father of Missi Brewer, Karen, Kathy, Ben and Scott Elder. Brother of Carol Lewis, Peggy Nichter, Babs Riggs, Mark and Pudge Elder. Grandfather of eight.

ELLIOTT, Barbara C. (Henninger), 84, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Nov. 10. Mother of Rae Anne Brizendine, Rochelle Butler, Roma Ross, Rhonda Urban, Renee, Randall, Raymond, Robert and Ronald Elliott. Grandmother of 26. Great-grandmother of 31. Great-great-grandmother of one.

EMERSON, Phyllis, 76, St. Mary, Lanesville, Nov. 28. Wife of Roy Emerson. Mother of Lisa Eddleman, Mike, Rick and Tom Emerson. Sister of Carolyn Carter and Denis Thomas. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of six.

GANDOLPH, Ronald A., 60, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Nov. 10. Son of Patricia Gandolph. Brother of Carole Kirk, Christine Pressley, Barbara Washburn, Susan and Dave Gandolph.

GOLAB, Tomasz, 94, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Nov. 17. Father of Teresa Heil and Adam Golab. Grandfather of seven.

GRAU, Christopher J., infant, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis. Son of Anthony and Mary Catherine Grau. Brother of Corrine Grau.

GREGORIA, Gaudencio, 70, St. Ambrose, Seymour, Nov. 17.

GUERRINI, Vincent L., 59, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 11. Husband of Cindy Guerrini. Father of Lauren Greve, Kristin and Miranda Guerrini. Son of JoAnn Guerrini. Brother of Maria Mercer, Michael and Nicholas Guerrini. Grandfather of three.

HARNDEN, Mary Catherine (Resch), 87, Prince of Peace, Madison, Nov. 15. Mother of Sally Burns, Nancy Close, Daniel, James, John and Steven Harnden. Sister of Jane Hanken. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 13.

HARPRING, Steven T., 53, St. Mary, Rushville, Nov. 19. Husband of Lisa Harpring. Son of Antoinette Harpring. Brother of Diane Gordon, Frank and Mark Harpring.

HAYES, Timothy, 79, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 14. Husband of Charleen Hayes. Father of Kathleen Lynch, Patty Liegibel, Peggy Murphy, Danny and Dennis Hayes. Brother of Mary Ann Chrisman and Ellen Brown. Grandfather of several. Great-grandfather of several.

HEPPNER, Elizabeth A., 86, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Nov. 18. Sister of Jerry and Jim Heppner. Aunt of several.

HILBERT, Robert J., 100, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 23. Father of Nancy Cloyd, Darlene Frank, Donna Gansert and Eileene Wiley. Grandfather of nine. Step-grandfather of one. Great-grandfather of nine. Step-great-grandfather of two.

HOCHGESANG, Anne D., 89, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Nov. 12. Mother of Beth Gray. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.

HUTCHINS, Lisa M., 45, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bright, Nov. 17. Wife of Sean Hutchins. Mother of Adrienne, Brandon and Cameron Hutchins. Daughter of Gary Goins. Sister of Rachel Ludwig and Tiffany Melson.

JARBOE, Mary T., 96, St. Pius V, Troy, Nov. 17. Mother of Wilma Boehman, Rose Braun, Connie Hoffman, Linda Kramer and John Jarboe. Sister of Ferd Kleeman. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 22. Great-great-grandmother of one.

KENNEDY, Thomas, J. Jr., 63, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Nov. 12. Husband of Terri Kennedy. Father of Katie Allen. Son of Thomas, Sr. and Barbara Kennedy. Brother of Joan Bruce, Marie Chorpenning, Charles and John Kennedy. Grandfather of three.

KIEFER, Shirley L., 65, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Nov. 16. Wife of Roy Kiefer. Mother of Shannon Day. Sister of Donna Kiefer, Wanda Lecher, Bernard and Gene Meyer. Grandmother of three.

KLEIN, Joseph, 86, St. Mary, New Albany, Nov. 19. Husband of Marilyn Klein. Father of Julie Hammond, Joni Meyer and Geri Klein. Grandfather of six.

KOCH, Janet S. (Leuthart), 78, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Nov. 27. Wife of Wes Koch. Mother of Kelly Koetter and Jamie Thevonot. Sister of Beverly Parker and Juanita Wilson. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of one.

LAMPPERT, Edna A., 91, St. Anthony of Padua, Morris, Nov. 17. Wife of Bob Lamppert. Mother of Pam Brown, Beverly Froman, Darlene Trusty and Dwight Lamppert. Sister of Marie Connolly. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of six.

LEONARD, Robert K., 78, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Nov. 10. Husband of Georgia Leonard. Father of Diann Densford, Carrie Everhart, Margaret Richards, George and R. Michael Leonard. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of three.

LYONS, L. David, 70, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Nov. 24. Husband of Mary Jane Lyons. Father of Christopher and David Lyons III. Brother of Elizabeth Cunningham, Ursula Mell, Virginia Ohlmuller and Catherine Lyons.

MARTINI, Jerome, 83, All Saints, Dearborn County, Nov. 17. Husband of Ruth Martini. Father of Julie Crawley, Susan Roell, Mary, Dave, John, Joseph, Patrick and William Martini. Grandfather of 14.

MAUNE, Darren, 53, St. Michael, Brookville, Nov. 16. Son of Carol Maune.

MEADE, Stella J., 97, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Nov. 15. Mother of Valarie Olson, Harriette Taylor and Keith Meade. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 14.

MINA, Aldo J., 57, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Nov. 28. Father of Dominic and Michael Mina. Son of Ada Mina. Brother of MaryAnn Phillips, Enza Sprauer, Angela, Anthony, Dominic and Gino Mina. Grandfather of one.

MOODY, Kenneth P., 68, St. Louis, Batesville, Nov. 20.

Husband of Betty Moody. Father of Holy Meginniss, Scott Dashnaw, Shawn Raver, Jason and Ryan Moody. Brother of Beverly Jumper, Roseann Tousley, Cindy Weiler, Anita Zielinski and Keith Moody. Grandfather of five.

MOUSA, Abdulilah, 79, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Nov. 22. Husband of Samira Mousa. Father of Zena Miller and Joseph Mousa.

NICHOLSON, Richard, 71, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Nov. 21. Brother of Darrell, David, Donnie and Ronnie Nicholson. Uncle of several.

O’CONNOR, Christopher, 29, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Nov. 18. Son of Sue O’Connor. Brother of Colleen Fuydal, Michael and Ryan O’Connor.

PHILLIPS, Lisa A., 54, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 10.

Mother of Blakely Phillips-Powell. Daughter of Rita Phillips. Step-daughter of Cory Phillips. Sister of Laura Phillips. Step-sister of Beth Leonard.

PORFIDIO, Michael, 70, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Nov. 19. Father of Rebecca McClain, David, Richard and Thomas Porfidio.

QUILL, Virginia R., 95, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Nov. 16. Mother of Susan Burke, Maureen Misbach and Hugh Quill. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of four.

RAIMONDI, Cosmas J., 67, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Nov. 23. Brother of Josephine, Anthony, Joseph, Mark and Michael Raimondi. Uncle of several.

SMITH, Gerald N., 75, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Nov. 25. Husband of Kay Smith. Father of Karen Gray and Kristen Smith.

SPAHN, Dr. Thomas J., 63, St. Luke, Indianapolis, Nov. 23. Husband of Jane Spahn. Father of Kristen, Jeffrey and Michael Spahn. Brother of James Spahn. Grandfather of two.

WHITLOW, Thurman P., 72, Most Precious Blood, New Middletown, Nov. 24. Husband of Loretta Whitlow. Father of Cathy Passarella, Vicke Taylor, Eric and Richard Whitlow. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one. †

Providence Sister Mary Esther Lane served in Catholic schools, retreat centers

Providence Sister Mary Esther Lane, formerly Sister Francis Gertrude Lane, died on Nov. 19 at Mother Theodore Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 101.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 28 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Mary Esther Lane was born on April 11, 1915, in Loogootee, Ind. She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Aug. 15, 1933, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1942.

Sister Mary Esther earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and master’s degrees at Butler University in Indianapolis.

During her 83 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Mary Esther ministered in education for 43 years in Catholic schools in California, Illinois and Indiana. In 1975, she began ministering at several retreat centers in California and Indiana before returning to the motherhouse to serve there. She dedicated herself entirely to prayer beginning in 1996.

In the archdiocese, Sister Mary Esther served at St. Charles Borromeo School in Bloomington from 1940-41, at the former St. Joseph School in Terre Haute from 1952-57, at St. Paul School in Sellersburg from 1957-58, and in Indianapolis at St. Anthony School from 1945-46, the former St. Agnes Academy from 1967-69, the former Ladywood-St. Agnes School from 1972-75, and at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House from 1975-76.

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.

Franciscan Sister Angela Betsch served in schools for 36 years, in Papua New Guinea

Franciscan Sister Angela Betsch died on Nov. 24 at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 90.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 29 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Dorothy Bernetta Betsch was born on Dec. 10, 1925, in Cincinnati.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Oct. 4, 1944, and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1950.

During 72 years as a Sister of St. Francis, Sister Angela ministered as an educator for 36 years in Catholic schools in Indiana, Ohio and Missouri. She also served as a missionary in a school in Papua New Guinea for three years and in Catholic Charities in Chicago for two years.

In the archdiocese, Sister Angela served at the former Holy Trinity School in Indianapolis from 1955-67. She also served on the nursing staff, in communications, transportation and in other ministries at the motherhouse from 1983-87 and 1996-2016.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036-0100.

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