February 21, 2020

Obituaries

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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ANDRETTI, John A., 56, SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis, Jan. 30. Husband of Nancy Andretti. Father of Amelia, Olivia and Jarett Andretti. Son of Aldo and Caroline Andretti. Brother of Mary Jo Andretti Dial, Carolyn Andretti Molander, Adam and Mark Andretti.

BEATY, Charles, Jr., 82, St. Anne, New Castle, Jan. 18. Husband of Judy Beaty. Father of Lori Foster, Michelle Geis, Marianne Van Zile, Brian, Dan, Keith and Tim Beaty. Brother of Shirley Reese. Grandfather of 30. Great-grandfather of 37.

BOSTON, Dolores M., 90, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Jan. 27. Wife of Odie Boston. Mother of Susan Eshcoff, Donna Hall, Mary Jo Newman and Carol Rost. Sister of Roselyn Griffith, Jean Jett, Mary Frances Powers, Dave, Edward and Nick Porten. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of six.

BOYLE, James P., 74, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Feb. 8. Brother of Mike Boyle. Uncle of several.

CARSON, Alfred E., 91, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Feb. 6. Husband of Dorothy Carson. Father of Ann Hartman, Patti Lamb, Jeannie Legge, Ceil Roebuck, Mary Shaughnessy, Katie, Ed, Phil and Tom Carson. Grandfather of 25. Great-grandfather of 18.

DUERSTOCK, Arthur J., 79, St. Mary, Greensburg, Feb. 7. Brother of Jerry and Robert Duerstock. Uncle and great-uncle of several.

GRABLE, Franklin D., 86, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Feb. 6. Husband of Rose Marie Grable. Father of Teresa Hvidston, Karen Mansfield and Donald Grable. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of nine.

HALLA, Michael M., 96, St. Charles Borremeo, Bloomington, Jan. 27. Father of Linda Matrise and Michael Halla. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of three.

HERRMANN, Janet S., 78, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Feb. 8. Wife of Edward Herrmann. Mother of Brenda Oler, Beth Wagoner and Brian Herrmann. Grandmother of six.

HOUSTON, Brenda, 78, St. Mary, Rushville, Feb. 7. Wife of Nelson Houston. Mother of Patricia Rupert and Melynda Turner. Grandmother of five.

KANNAPEL, Jeanette, 88, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Feb. 5. Mother of Jennifer Hamm and William Kannapel, Jr. Sister of Mary Ann Jenkins and Robert Sajnovsky. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of one.

LOHRIG, Marina, 88, Prince of Peace, Madison, Feb. 9. Mother of Connie Combs and Joey Kring. Sister of Donna Jackson, Clarita Wesbecker, Leonard, Thomas and Tony Dattilo. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of six.

MENDEZ, Vincent P., 56, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Jan. 27. Father of Cassidy, Mackenzie, Brandon and Cameron Mendez. Son of Grace Mendez. Brother of Denise Gamboa, Lori Grable and Michele Mendez. Grandfather of two.

QUINN, Richard M., 85, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Feb. 8. Husband of Jean Quinn. Father of Heather, John II and Michael Quinn. Grandfather of four.

RUDOLECH, Larry D., 70, Prince of Peace, Madison, Feb. 11. Husband of Janis Rudolech. Father of Misty Warren and Tabatha Williams. Brother of Marianne and Steve Rudolech. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of three.

SHIRLEY, Agnes C., 81, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Feb. 6. Wife of Jerry Shirley. Mother of Geri and Dale Shirley. Sister of Darlene Stoeffler and Vincent Jacobi. Grandmother of three.

SULLIVAN, Larry E., 90, SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis, Jan. 27. Husband of Judith Sullivan. Father of Amy Bonte, Bonny McCabe, John, Mark and Michael Sullivan. Brother of Colleen McVay. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of three.

WALKER, Joann, 87, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Feb. 4. Mother of Mary Anne Thacker and John Walker. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of five.

WHITE, Rosalind I., 93, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Feb. 2. Mother of Rose Irby and Mike White. Sister of Frank Bergman. Grandmother of four.


Shirley Vogler Meister was a columnist for The Criterion


Ursuline Sister Annunciata Muth served for 59 years in Catholic education, including in Indiana schools

Ursuline Sister Annunciata Muth, a member of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Ky., died on Feb. 9 at the Nazareth Home-Clifton in Louisville. She was 93.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 13 at the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial followed at St. Michael Cemetery in Louisville.

Sister Annunciata was born on March 29, 1926, in Louisville. She joined the Ursulines of Louisville on July 2, 1945, and professed final vows on July 6, 1950. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at the former Ursuline College in Louisville in 1958 and a master’s degree in education at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., in 1960.

Sister Annunciata ministered in Catholics schools for 59 years in in Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska and Ohio. In the archdiocese, she served at Pope John XXIII School in Madison from 1968-73.

Surviving is a sister, Dorothea Muth Redmon in Louisville.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Ursuline Sisters, Mission Advancement Office, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206.


Franciscan Sister Alice Retzner dedicated her life to serving in parishes and Catholic schools across the Midwest

Franciscan Sister Alice Retzner, formerly Sister Francile, died on Feb. 6 at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 77.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 14 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Alice was born on March 20, 1942, in Sunman. She grew up as a member of St. Nicholas Parish in Ripley County.

Sister Alice joined the Sisters of St. Francis on Feb. 2, 1961,

and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1966. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Marian University in Indianapolis, and pursued graduate studies at Seattle University in Seattle.

During 59 years as a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Sister Alice ministered in Catholic education for 17 years in schools in Indiana, Missouri, Montana and Ohio. She later served in parish ministry in Indiana, Kentucky and New Mexico.

Surviving is a sister, JoAnn Amberger of Sunman, and two brothers, John Retzner of Sunman and Louis Retzner of Cincinnati.

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

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