January 19, 2018


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ALLEN, Alleen R. (Sprigler), 95, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, Dec. 31. Mother of Ruth Morrison-Lile, Diane, Linda and Stu Allen. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of four.

BEADELL, Henry, 81, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 31. Husband of Anne Beadell. Father of Dina Lamson, Debbie Price, Danny and Dennis Lee, Brian and Tim Beadell. Grandfather of 15.

BEAUSIR, Bertha M., 88, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 24. Wife of Gene Beausir. Mother of Kathy, Kevin, Mike and Terry Beausir. Sister of Rosemary Gorski. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 10.

BROWNLEE, Clara B., 95, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Dec. 13. Mother of Peggy Jo Schaub. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of seven.

CRAWFORD, Alan W., 72, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, Dec. 29. Husband of Vicki Crawford. Father of Alison Carr, Frances Herrera and Vicki Mitchell. Grandfather of six.

CULPEPPER, Joseph F., Jr., 84, Holy Angels, Indianapolis, Dec. 24. Father of Alison, Jennifer, David and Joseph Culpepper, III. Brother of Josephine Mosley. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of two.

DANGLER, Kary, 38, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Dec. 2. Mother of France Tokach and Lucy Turner. Daughter of James Dangler and Janet Gadbury-Scharbrough. Step-daughter of John Scharbrough and Marianne Dangler. Sister of Shannon Poole, Mason Dangler and John Gadbury. Step-sister of Jessica Henthorn.

DETTENWANGER, Jean K., 75, Most Sorrowful Mother of God, Vevay, Jan. 5. Sister of Judith Ebbeler, Father Dennis and George Dettenwanger. Aunt and great-aunt of several.

DREW, David E., 45, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 30. Husband of Julia Drew. Father of Caroline, Maren and David Drew. Son of William and Jane Drew. Brother of Jane Pisacane and William Drew.

DUITZ, Harry, B., Jr., 91, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Dec. 17. Father of Stacy Kimmel. Grandfather of one.

ERLENBAUGH, Carl. J., 58, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Nov. 23.

FINLINSON, Benjamin, 26, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Dec. 20. Son of Timothy and Mindy Finlinson. Brother of Ellen Finlinson. Uncle of one.

GRANGIER, Carolynn, 74, St. Mary, New Albany, Dec. 18. Wife of Raymond Grangier, Jr. Mother of Stephanie Furnish, Anthony and Raymond Grangier III. Grandmother of 13.

HARBESON, Robert B., 63, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Nov. 28. Husband of Connie Harbeson. Father of Natalie Bramer. Brother of Diane Tomes. Grandfather of five.

KLEIN, George W., 67, Prince of Peace, Madison, Jan. 7. Father of Amy Owen and Jeffrey Klein. Stepfather of Justin Pettit. Brother of Suzi Ashbury and Jeanine Little. Grandfather of four.

KOKOJAN, Chris, 56, St. Mary, New Albany, Dec. 23. Father of Joseph Kokojan. Brother of Karen Fentress, Kelly Willis and Julie Kokojan.

KRAMER, Evelyn M., 90, St. Catherine of Siena, Decatur County, Jan. 8. Mother of Sharon Spears, Don and Philip Kramer. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of eight.

KRAMER, Ruth T., 95, St. Louis, Batesville, Dec. 30. Mother of Lisa Knight, Yolanda Thayer, LeNita Weberding, Michael, Ronald and Steven Kramer. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of 24. Great-great-grandmother of one.

KRAUS, Frank W., 97, St. Paul, Tell City, Dec. 28. Husband of Lois Kraus. Father of Debra Emerson, Diane and Bill Kraus. Brother of Catherine Bartholomew. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of four.

LUCAS, Georgia K., 67, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Dec. 10. Wife of Maurice Lucas. Mother of Sandra Pederson, David and Tyrus Dearth. Sister of Delores Braun, Marcia Floyd, Clare Hashemi, Mary Payne and Charles Braun. Grandmother of nine.

MARKET, Lowell P., 84, St. Michael, Brookville, Jan. 8. Husband of JoAnn Market. Father of Beth Jewell, Paul and Ron Market. Brother of Helen Cornet and Stanley Market. Grandfather of two.

MCKENNEY, Gladys, 92, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Jan. 6. Mother of Cynthia DeCamp, Teresa Tindall, Todd Kidwell, Molly, Dennis, Erin, Kelly, Kevin, Patrick and Tim McKenney. Sister of Betty Shelton, Phyllis Smith, Glenn and Ted Hodson. Grandmother of 29. Great-grandmother of 35.

MERKEL, Mary A., 92, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Jan. 9. Mother of Margie Lipsey, Ruth Roell, Jim, Joe, Marty and Tony Merkel. Sister of William Stecher. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of nine.

NELSON, Virginia (Hartz), 88, St. Paul, Tell City, Dec. 24. Mother of Barbara Ewing and John Nelson. Sister of Ruth Minnette. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of three.

OLEKSIK, Mary (Marchinsky), 97, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 23. Mother of Jean Pole and Carol Shelbourne. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of six.

PENNINGTON, Lowona, 67, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Dec. 26.

PETRAITS, John J., 86, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, Dec. 20. Husband of Margaret Petraits. Father of Ellen, Margaret, Greg and Jay. Brother of Robert and Michael Petraits. Grandfather of one.

PFLUMM, Paul E., 92, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 29. Father of Pam Chermansky, Peggy Price, David and Paul Pflumm. Grandfather of 11.

POWERS, Alma, 87, St. Mary, Greensburg, Jan. 8. Mother of Judy Anderson, Barb Christianson, Pat Dehner, Carol Faris, Kathy Farr, Chris and Marilyn Helms, Ginny Rose, Sandy Russell, Lisa Sweezy, Bill, Mike and Rick Powers. Sister of Charles Jackson. Grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother of 132.

REAGAN, William J., 88, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Dec. 22. Father of Susan Monihon, Kathleen Russ and Paul Reagan. Brother of Joseph Reagan. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of 14.

SCHUMACHER, Paul E., 89, St. Mary, Greensburg, Jan. 2. Father of Paula Kenner. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of two.

STUHLDREHER, Donald J., 82, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 26. Husband of Antoinette Stuhldreher. Father of Lori Stanley, Jennifer, Mindy, Tim and Tony Greene, Sharon, Kevin, Kurt, Mark, Michael and Pete Stuhldreher. Brother of Marjorie Tobin and William Stuhldreher. Grandfather of 19.

SULLIVAN, Elizabeth J., 86, Prince of Peace, Madison, Dec. 31. Mother of Beverly Barnes, Carla Greger, Janet Konkle, Maggie Lakins, Libby, John and Keith Lueders. Stepmother of Patricia Richins, Ann Stuck and Mike Sullivan. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 16.

SULLIVAN, Steve M., 54, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Dec. 17. Husband of Diana Sullivan. Son of Louise Sullivan. Brother of Patty Brown, Beth Pangallo, Mary Sedam and Mark Sullivan. Uncle of several.

SUMMERS, Mary F., 90, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Dec. 22. Mother of Joan Blodgett, Fred and Joe Summers. Sister of Nancey McConkey, Gloria Powers, Loretta Rodman, Bonnie Seifert, Linda Staten, Betty Steinmetz, Deborah Tietz, Nina Wilson and Michael Graves. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of one.

TADDEO, Grace M., 92, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Dec. 11. Mother of Hubert, James and John Riedeman. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 10.

TRINKLE, Joan M., 73, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Dec. 28. Mother of Mary Margaret and William Trinkle. Grandmother of two.

VENARDI, Mildred, 95, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Dec. 29. Mother of Pam Balaban. Grandmother of one.

WEIKER, Phillip W., 74, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Dec. 15. Husband of Leah Weiker. Father of Sandy Matthews, Debbie Suckow and Kim Weiker. Brother of Judy Bisselberg. Grandfather of two.

WOOLEN, Paul R., 86, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Dec. 27. Father of Kelly, Greg and Mike Woolen. Brother of Jack Woolen. Grandfather and great-grandfather of several.

Franciscan Sister Wilhelmina Burkemper served as an educator for 49 years

Franciscan Sister Wilhelmina Burkemper died on Jan. 6 at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 93.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 10 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Virginia Rose Burkemper was born on Jan. 25, 1924, in Old Monroe, Mo.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Jan. 2, 1940, and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1945.

During 78 years as a Sister of St. Francis, Sister Wilhelmina ministered as an educator for 49 years in Catholic schools in Ohio, Missouri and Montana. After retiring from education, she served her community in Oldenburg as its archivist from 1991-2008.

She is survived by a sister, Roseann Coon of Florida.

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

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