June 21, 2024


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BALL, Helen A., 99, St. Mary, New Albany, May 30. Sister of Agnes Lee. Aunt, great-aunt, great-great-aunt and great-great-great aunt of several.

BOLES, Charles E., 65, St. Roch, Indianapolis, May 23. Brother of Pamela Alte, James Boles, Joseph Radican, Bart and Mike Reiger. Uncle of several.

BORMAN, Bennie, 92, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, May 28. Husband of Florence Borman. Father of Debra Bartlett, Teresa Borman, Barbara Murphy and Patricia Redding. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of five.

CALHOUN, Judith A., 81, St. Gabriel, Connersville, May 23. Mother of Tammy Schaefer and Randy Smith. Sister of John Murphy. Grandmother of five.

CHRISTENSEN, Jacqueline, 97, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, June 8. Mother of Carole Godwin, Jeffrey and Robert Gainey, Jr. Sister of Sharon Malone. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of nine.

CLEARY, Mary, 80, Prince of Peace, Madison, June 1. Wife of Edward Cleary. Mother of Jeanne Cleary Leiske, and James and Kenny Cleary. Sister of Susan Gertner, Margaret and Tom Montgomery. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of one.

CRANDALL, Jo Donna, 74, St. Mary, Mitchell, April 22. Wife of Roger Crandall. Mother of Tyson Crandall. Sister of Maria Lyons. Grandmother of five.

CRITES, Imogene, 92, St. Mary, Mitchell, May 11. Mother of Charles and Paul Crites. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of four.

DOYLE, Richard J., 78, St. Jude, Indianapolis, April 29. Husband of Pamela Doyle. Father of Michelle Kernea and Melissa Schossler. Brother of Barbara Boehm, Ann Dodds and Mary Hines. Grandfather of two.

ELBERT, Lambert P., 101, St. Joseph, Corydon, May 21. Father of Connie Lahue, Cathy McCarty, Mary Ann Wells, Jim, John, Randy, Richard and Steve Elbert. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of 30.

FERRIELL, Joseph A., 84, St. Joseph, Corydon, May 20. Father of Deborah Gentry, Melissa Lewis, Michael and Mitchel Ferriell and Allan and Ricky King. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of 12.

GALLAGHER, David M., 66, St. Jude, Indianapolis, June 1. Son of Beverly Shroat. Stepson of Mary Jo Gallagher. Brother of Deanna Carter, Michele Paynter, John and Joseph Gallagher. Stepbrother of Michael Shroat. Uncle of several.

GAMERO, Pablo E. Ayala, 61, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, May 15. Father of Mercedes, Wendy and Pablo Ayala. Brother of Francisca Ayala. Grandfather of five.

HANDRICK, Mary Ann, 94, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, June 6. Mother of Judy Dyckman, Daryl and Don Handrick. Sister of Janet Larsen, Sheela Schermetzler and Ronald Gotz. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one.

JAMES, Kyle, 45, St. Augustine, Leopold, May 27. Husband of Emily James. Father of Addison James and Trista Marshall. Son of Larry and Marlene James, Brother of Kristy Herr.

JOHNSON, David, 77, St. Ann, Indianapolis, May 28. Husband of Mary Johnson. Father of Kathleen Byrd, Christina Wilson and David Johnson. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two.

KNABLE, Stella M. (Kochert), 87, St. Mary, New Albany, May 19. Mother of Anne Knable Boenig, Patricia Lavey, Mary, Gregory and William Knable. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 16.

MATTZ, Bridget, 90, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, May 23. Aunt and great-aunt of several.

MEYER, Joyce A., 75, Holy Family, Oldenburg, May 24. Wife of Richard Meyer. Mother of Abigail Suddath, Bradley and Jamison Meyer. Sister of David Cross. Grandmother of 7.

MILLER, Kathleen, 84, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, May 14. Wife of Ross Miller. Mother of Sandy Hogan, Joyce Moore, Kathy Sutherlin, Larry and Tom Foley and Kevin and Kyle Miller. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 24. Great-great-grandmother of three.

O’BRIEN, John J., 86, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, May 4. Husband of Janice O’Brien. Father of Molly O’Brien Funk, Patrick and Sean O’Brien. Grandfather of five.

ORTMAN, David W., 81, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 28. Father of Charles Jones and Anthony and Michael Ortman. Grandfather of 10.

PEIDRA GARCIA, Socorro, 52, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, May 22. Wife of Bernardo Martinez Amaya. Mother of Alejandra, Marisela, Juan and Luis Martinez. Sister of Josefina, Irene, Marmen, Ceferino, Jesus, Juan and Roman Piedra. Grandmother of one.

RIALL, Robert O., 98, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, June 5. Father of Randy and Ron Riall. Brother of Mary Balogh. Grandfather of six.

RODENBERG, Lucille A., 97, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, May 27. Aunt and great-aunt of several.

SCHAFER, Nancy L., 77, Prince of Peace, Madison, May 24. Wife of Robert Schafer. Mother of Angela Schafer Potter and Robert Schafer, Jr. Grandmother of two.

SITZMAN, Judy A., 81, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, June 5. Wife of Richard Sitzman. Mother of Kate, Keith, Ken and Kevin Sitzman. Sister of Charles, Jerry and Richard Schooley. Grandmother of seven.

SMITH, Rita L., 87, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 26. Mother of Anita, Christopher and Donald Smith. Sister of Linda Harrison. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of 10.

SMITH, Wilma C. (Hollkamp), 89, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, June 3. Mother of June Kruer, Jane Smith-Lamb and Jude Smith. Sister of Phyllis Burkholder and Elizabeth Williams. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of eight.

SWISHER, John A., 83, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, May 14. Husband of Monica Swisher. Father of Shannon Heidenreich and Shavaun Trimpe. Brother of Tom Swisher. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of three.

TREADWELL, Stephanie (Dicus), 57, St. Roch, Indianapolis, June 2. Wife of Gary Treadwell. Mother of Amanda and Christopher Treadwell. Sister of Michele Beard and Ann Gough. Grandmother of three.

UPTON, Charmaine M., 94, St. Mary, New Albany, May 19. Mother of Gregory Parker and Anthony Upton. Grandmother of 11.

VOGEL, Michael F., 75, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, May 23. Husband of Stephanie Vogel. Father of Carrie Kauffman and Daniel Vogel. Brother of Jane Meyer Briscoe and Mary Canter. Grandfather of one.

WALTER, John A., 87, St. Mary, Lanesville, June 1. Husband of Nancy Walter. Father of JoAnn Baker, Diana Kerr, Denise Sanders, Bob, Jim, Mike, Tom and Tony Walter. Brother of Roberta Garrett and Jude Walter. Grandfather of 33. Great-grandfather of 45. Great-great-grandfather of one.

Ann Wadelton, 94, mother of Father Christopher Wadelton, died on June 4

Ann (Harrington) Wadelton, the mother of Father Christopher Wadelton, pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish in Columbus and sacramental minister of Holy Trinity Parish in Edinburgh, died on June 4 in Indianapolis. She was 94.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 17 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Indianapolis. Burial followed at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Wadelton was born on Aug. 19, 1929, in Lafayette, Ind., to William and Ellen Harrington. On May 2, 1959, Ann married Tommy Wadelton, who preceded her in death, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in West Lafayette, Ind. Together, they were parents to five children.

A longtime member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Indianapolis, Wadelton showed an unwavering commitment to service and faith throughout her life. This was seen in starting an organization for widowed Catholics, chairing Immaculate Heart of Mary’s peace and justice commission and volunteering for the Society of

St. Vincent de Paul, the Cathedral Kitchen and Habitat for Humanity. Her life of faith and service was celebrated in 1995 when she received the Spirit of Service Award from the archdiocese’s Catholic Charities.

In her professional life, Wadelton worked as food editor of the Indianapolis Star. It was during her work there that she met her husband, who was a feature photographer for the newspaper. Wadelton later served as communications director for the Indiana Catholic Conference.

She is survived by her children, Anita Ready, Mary Moore, Father Christopher, Mike and Tom Wadleton, and by her brother, Franciscan Father Jeremy Harrington. She was a grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of three.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Catholics for Peace and Justice (www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org) or Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology (www.saintmeinrad.edu). †

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