December 23, 2016


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BEDEL, John J., 89, St. Mary, Greensburg, Dec. 11. Husband of Thelma Bedel. Father of Annette Faust, Rose Remmler, Margie Williams, Vernon and Victor Bedel. Brother of Lou Bedel. Grandfather of 11. Great‑grandfather of eight.

BUCKHORN, Florence R., 96, St. Gabriel, Indianapolis, Dec. 6. Mother of Barbara Harnedy and Beverly Buckhorn. Grandmother of two. Great‑grandmother of four. Great-great grandmother of one.

CHANEY, Elizabeth (Agresta), 93, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 7. Mother of Dennis, Gregory and Robert Chaney. Sister of Mary Ann Amore. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of one.

DOWNS, Ora S., Jr., 89, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Dec. 6. Husband of Jacqueline Downs. Father of Mary Watt, Christopher, Matthew, Michael, Ora III, Timothy and Thomas Downs. Brother of Jack and Paul Downs. Grandfather of 23. Great-grandfather of 34.

FIRSICH, James J., 93, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Dec. 5. Father of Karen Lingo. Brother of Mary Ann Wilhelm and Leon Firsich. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of three.

FIX, Geraldine, 92, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Dec. 5. Mother of Lori Dagley. Grandmother of three.

FRITSCH, Edward G., 92, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Dec. 13. Father of Judy Cleland, Margie Gillespie, Betty McKinley, Barbara Turk and Ted Fritsch. Brother of Francis Fritsch. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of 13.

HARGADON, Donald J., 98, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 6. Father of Cindy and Scott Hargadon. Grandfather of four.

HELLINGER, Martin F., Jr., 85, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Dec. 8. Husband of Carol Hellinger. Father of Terri Hibbs, Lisa Leister, Gina Ober and David Hellinger. Brother of Norma and Sylvia Crowe, Janice Groce, Barbara Young, Butch and Pete Hellinger. Grandfather of 17. Great‑grandfather of 15.

KUNTZ, Emil A., 85, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Dec. 13. Husband of Patricia Kuntz. Father of Kathryn Dietz, Mary Pat Frey, Carol Lecher, Jim, Stephen and William Kuntz. Brother of Luella Bogenschutz and Ralph Kuntz. Grandfather of 16. Great‑grandfather of four.

MCKINLEY, Michael D., 41, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Dec. 10. Husband of Michelle McKinley. Father of Madyson Salisbury, Hayden and James McKinley. Son of Joan McKinley. Grandson of Irena Rode. Brother of Calvin, Glen and Guy McKinley.

MUELLER, Marybeth, 95, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 28. Mother of Joseph and Robert Mueller. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 15. Great-great-grandmother of three.

MURPHY, James L., Sr., 91, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Dec. 1. Father of Mary Newkirk, Dan, James and John Murphy. Brother of Ann Bucholz. Grandfather of 10.

NELSON, Shirley, 89,

St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 10. Mother of Ann Hartman, Mary Sweeney, Bill and Don Nelson. Grandmother of seven. Great‑grandmother of five.

PAGE, Robert E., 87, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Dec. 7. Husband of Marcia Page. Father of Deborah Rademacher, Brian, Jeffrey, Michael and Scott Page. Grandfather of 13. Great‑grandfather of five.

ROESCH, Patty L., 89, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Dec. 5. Mother of Barbara Roesch-Johnson, Jane, Margaret and John Roesch. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of nine.

ROSE, Jason A., 44, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Dec. 9. Husband of Bettina Rose. Father of Jayden, Huntyr and Jaeger Rose. Son of James and Rickie Rose. Grandson of Alden Rose. Brother of James Rose.

SMITH, Vicki J., 55, St. Mary, Greensburg, Nov. 26. Mother of Sadie, Shay and Sydney Smith. Daughter of Greta Solgere. Sister of Gary and Scott Solgere.

TODD, Fern L., 91, St. Mary, Greensburg, Dec. 6. Aunt of several.

TORRELLA, Rene J., 76, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Nov. 2. Husband of Marlene Torrella. Father of Abigail Chauhan, Carrie McCord, Tracy Snell and Andrew Torrella. Son of Hilda Torrella. Brother of Roxann Tanner, Regina and Carlos Torrella. Grandfather of six.

UPANO, Emerito F., 76, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 23. Husband of Matilde Upano. Father of Jocelyn, Katherine, Maria, Nicole, Edilberto and Emerito, Jr. Upano. Brother of Nunilon Hermogenes, Eleanor Isada and Violeta Reyes.

VANMETER, Catherine D., 63, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Dec. 7. Mother of Jamie Chastain and Terri Keith. Daughter of Lucille Pearson. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 19. †

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