September 1, 2017

From the Archives

A memory from St. Mary School in Lanesville

A memory from St. Mary School in Lanesville

This photo shows the first and second grade classes at the former St. Mary School in Lanesville in 1961. The pastor was Father Clement Hunger, and the teacher is Franciscan Sister Joseph Delores. The school was in operation from 1854 to 1994. Though it was initially staffed by Sisters of Providence, the school was in need of German-speaking teachers to serve the primarily German‑speaking population of the school, so the Franciscan Sisters of Oldenburg took over teaching duties in 1865. Pictured, front row, from left: Rhonda Litch, Monica Schellengerger, Linda Emmons, Chris Woods, Bobby Stilger, Rosemary Kochert, Melissa Miller, Paula Emily, Cheryl Richmer, Sandy Redden, Steve Thompson, Rita Sell, Linda Stilger, Michelle Pate and Mary Glotzbach. Second row, from left: Gina Wibbels, Guy Heitkemper, Mike Richmer, Pat Thompson, Joyce Day, Vivian Pate, JoAnn Schellenberger, Laura Himmelhaver, Mary Clare Schneider, Terry Quinkert, Chuck Himmelhaver, Rick Geswein, Steve Hess and Larry Richmer. Third row, from left: Franciscan Sister Joseph Delores, Theresa Siepel, John Sell, Patt Wigginton, Don Becker, Jim Geswein, Virginia Stilger, Susan Philpot, Kevin Albers, Marty Bachman, Mike Miller, Larry Hess and Vickie Wiseman. Fourth row, Father Clement Hunger.


It’s often said that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

This week, The Criterion, in collaboration with archdiocesan archivist Julie Motyka, begins a new series titled “From the Archives.”

In this space, we will publish historic photos with ties to the Church in central and southern Indiana.

As many of you know, our archdiocesan history dates back to 1834, when Bishop Simon Bruté was appointed to lead the newly formed Diocese of Vincennes, Ind., which later became the Diocese of Indianapolis, then the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Of course, an ongoing feature like this encourages readers to look back at old photos from parish or Church life that they may be interested in sharing with others.

In her role, Motyka said she is looking forward to receiving historic photos and sharing them with our readers. Photos can be e-mailed to her at, or mailed to Julie Motyka, archdiocesan archivist, 1400 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. For more information, call her at 317-236-1538, or 800-382-9836, ext. 1538. †

—Mike Krokos


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