February 23, 2018


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BABCOCK, Bruce E., 63, St. Peter, Harrison County, Feb. 5. Father of Mary Faith, Adam and Micah Babcock. Brother of Sara Deatrick, Barbara Robson, Brenda Shircliff, Dale, Fred, Glenn and Tim Babcock. Grandfather of four.

BANET, Charles, 98, St. Mary, New Albany, Feb. 7. Father of Sandra Fonda and Michael Banet. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of 17. Great-great-grandfather of six.

BAUERLE, Jo Ann, 80, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Feb. 7. Wife of Charles Bauerle. Mother of Melissa Lagler, Catherine Ogden, Jill Sisk, Theresa, Douglas, Fred and Gregory Bauerle. Sister of Cappy Higgins and Sherry McIntyre. Grandmother of 11. Great‑grandmother of two.

CHANEY, Tracy, 75, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Feb. 8. Husband of Judy Chaney. Father of Pete and Tony Chaney. Brother of Elizabeth Lane, Cathy Metz, Jean, Elmer, John, Morgan Jr. and Willard Chaney. Grandfather of two.

CHILDERS, William, 57, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Feb. 2. Father of Emily, Hannah and Matthew Childers. Son of John and Catherine Childers. Brother of Edward, John and Joseph Childers. Grandfather of one.

COTTRILL, Bill, 75, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, Feb. 8. Husband of Mary Lou Cottrill. Father of Kim Breadmore, Bill and Kevin Cottrill. Grandfather of eight.

CUNNINGHAM, Judith K., 75, SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis, Feb. 9. Mother of Deana Kohen. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of seven.

FORTWENDEL, Melba J., 82, St. Pius V, Troy, Feb. 8. Mother of Angela Jackson, Rita Smith, Jody, John, Rick and Sam Fortwendel. Sister of Priscilla Asche. Grandmother of 22. Great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother of several.

GOFFINET, Gloria R., 88, St. Paul, Tell City, Feb. 4. Mother of Linda Hackel Brown and Steve Goffinet. Sister of Betty Butler. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of five.

GORR, Gloria E., 95, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Feb. 8. Wife of J. William Gorr. Mother of Raymond and William Gorr. Grandmother of six. Great‑grandmother of five.

GREENE, Richard G., 72, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, Feb. 10. Husband of Sharon Greene. Father of Kimmie Leonard and Kevin Greene. Brother of Antoinette Wade and Bernie Greene. Grandfather of 12. Great‑grandfather of six.

GROTE, Albert L., 60, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 24. Husband of Dr. Luz Stella Acevedo Grote. Stepfather of Samantha McQuillen. Son of Rita Grote. Brother of Janet Ember, Barbara Kemp, Kathryn Lawrence, Rachael Reddick, David, Dennis and Mark Grote. Uncle of several.

HAUSER, Ruth A., 96, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 6. Mother of David and John Hauser. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of three.

KEERS, Sharon R. (Totten), 78, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Feb. 6. Mother of Beth Claire, Diane Gaston, Theresa Gray, Kathleen Wilensky, David and Tim Keers. Grandmother of several. Great-grandmother of several.

MAHONEY, William., Jr., 87, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 14. Husband of Generose Mahoney. Father of Kathy Patterson and Tim Mahoney. Stepfather of Susan Barnes, James and Thomas Hendrix. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 14.

MCKINNIS, Ruth, 99, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Feb. 7. Aunt of two.

MOTTO, Rita R., 97, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 3. Mother of Mary and Steve Motto.

RENN, George S., 77, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, Jan. 30. Husband of Rita Renn. Father of Faye McAnelly, Amy McNew and Julie Renn. Brother of Laura Bowlds, Polly Franklin, Linda Huner, Charlotte Nagle, Joy Oglesby, Barbara Peay, Carol, John, Leslie and Randall Renn. Grandfather of six.

RICHARDS, Mary L., 94, St. Mary, Greensburg, Feb. 11. Mother of Linda Fairman, Karen Holmes, Eileen Palmer, Marilyn Sasser, Ruth Wenning, David, Kevin, Michael, Phil and Scott Richards. Sister of Marjorie Geis, Sue Koors and Norma Schebler. Grandmother of 25. Great-grandmother of 21.

SARLES, Phyllis J. (Becht), 75, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Feb. 6. Mother of Jeannie Sarles. Sister of Mary Jane Adams, Elizabeth Berry, Laura Runyon, Ruth Ann, Charles, Michael, Paul and Thomas Becht.

SCHAEFER, Morina, 93, St. Meinrad, St. Meinrad, Feb. 3. Mother of LaVerne Gogel, Dennis and Kevin Schaefer. Sister of Vernita Sitzman-Nies. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 23. Great-great-grandmother of two.

SECKINGER, Patricia, 89, St. Meinrad, St. Meinrad, Jan. 27. Mother of Kathy Tretter, Bob and Mike Seckinger. Sister of Bernard Messmer. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 19.

TAYLOR, James P., 92, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Feb. 7. Husband of Mary Jane Kaufman Taylor. Father of Glenda Park, Doug and James Kaufman. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of three.

VAN NOTE, Ruth A., 86, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Feb. 10. Mother of Theresa Burris, Linda Martin, Monica Paul, Mary, Patricia, Joseph, Michael and Stephen Van Note. Sister of Mildred Holloran, Eileen Thie and Davis Milner. Step-sister of Gary Milner. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of several.

WHEATLEY, Donald L., Sr., 78, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, Feb. 12. Husband of Bette Wheatley. Father of Debbie Miles, Mary Roberds, Dan and Don Wheatley, Jr. Brother of Rose Marie Wilbert. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of two. †

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