February 23, 2007


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ARGYELAN, Anna V., 92, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Jan. 10. Mother of Anna, Mary and Steve Argyelan Jr. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 11.

BARTRAM, David L., 68, Holy Trinity, Edinburgh, Dec. 22. Husband of Janet Ann (Mueller) Bartram. Father of Robin Andrews, Diana LaRose, Angela Oechsle, Julie Opel, David and Doug Bartram. Half-brother of three. Grandfather of 22.

BERNTSEN, Walter H., 86, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Jan. 31. Father of Jan Fowler and Karen Sullivan. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two.

BICKLE, Lorraine, 70, St. Mary, Greensburg, Feb. 7. Sister of Joan Koors, Lucille Rethlake and Herbert Wenning.

BLAZIC, Hazel M., 92, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Feb. 1. Mother of DiAnn Taphorn, Jenny Timme, Cindy Yovanovich, Richard Linville and John Blazic. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of nine. Great-great-grandmother of one.

BREIDENBACH, Elizabeth J., 77, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Feb. 9. Mother of Susie, Joe and Father John Breidenbach. Sister of Robert Drehobl. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one.

BREIDENBACH, Paul A., 83, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Feb. 9. Father of Susie, Joe and Father John Breidenbach. Brother of Joseph Briden, Tom and William Breidenbach. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of one.

CALLAHAN, Josie Jean, 85, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 6. Mother of Cathi Hampton and Bill Callahan. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of five.

DEVOR, Robert T., 80, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 2. Husband of Betty L. (Ramey) Devor. Father of Susan, Daniel and Mark Devor. Brother of David, Jerry and Paul Devor.

DOERFLEIN, Violet R., 81, St. Michael, Brookville, Feb. 2. Wife of Donald M. Doerflein. Mother of Denise Cotty, Donna Labella, Gregory and Ronald Doerflein. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of four.

ELLENBRAND, Loretta M., 80, Holy Family, New Albany, Feb. 6. Sister of Millie Harding, Thelma Stumler and Mary Webber.

ELLINGSWORTH, Robert A., 86, St. Margaret Mary, Terre Haute, Feb. 9. Husband of Eileen Ellingsworth. Father of Mary Ann Ax and Linda Wassel. Brother of Marjorie Bridges and Mary Jones. Grandfather of two.

GILLESPIE, Margaret, 91, St. Mary, New Albany, Feb. 5. Mother of Ernest Gillespie Jr. Sister of Thelma Caudill, Bertha Deatrick and Mary Mahon. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of nine.

GRAFFITTI, Marcello, 67, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Feb. 7. Husband of Dina Graffitti. Father of Arlene Glass, Diane Jackson and Anita Tepool. Brother of Anna Graffitti. Grandfather of four.

HARTMAN, Ruth Noel, 94, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Feb. 8. Mother of Judy Richardson and Robert Hartman. Sister of Zella Strouse. Grandmother of three.

HOSEY, Dorothy H., 82, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cambridge City, Feb. 1. Mother of Mark, Richard and Tim Hosey. Sister of Nadine Masterson. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of eight.

JANSEN, Mary L. (Landwerlen), 78, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Jan. 27. Wife of Ralph Jansen. Mother of Mary Ann Arnold, Dave, Jerry, Jim, John, Joe and Paul Jansen. Sister of Shirley Dilger, Joyce Wuensch and Leo Landwerlen. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of three.

KONECHNIK, Louis, 79, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Jan. 30. Husband of Dolores Konechnik. Father of Linda Dalton, Nancy and Frank Konechnik. Brother of Margaret Ford, Anna Lekse, Pauline Loviscek, Mary Zupancic and Tony Konechnik. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of 11.

LITTLE, Robert J., 63, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 8. Husband of Beverly (Payne) Kautsky Little. Father of Jeff, Kelly and Ron Kautsky, Sandy, Shannon and Bob Little and George Simington. Brother of Mary Lou Swift, David, Richard and Tom Little. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of one.

LOBENSTEIN, Leroy, 65, St. Joseph, St. Leon, Jan. 27. Husband of Betty Lobenstein. Father of Tammy Myers, Gary, Greg and Nick Lobenstein. Brother of Donna Hoffman, Joanne Schapker and Eugene Lobenstein. Grandfather of nine.

LUCKETT, Catherine, 94, Holy Cross, St. Croix, Feb. 3. Mother of Martha Bowker, Donna Carpenter, John and Martin Luckett. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of eight.

LUZAR, Albin Ben, 90, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Nov. 19. Husband of Pat Luzar. Father of Maria DeBeque, Gina Ventressa, Nancy and Ben Luzar. Brother of Rosie Duh, Mary Oslos and Joe Luzar Sr. Grandfather of two.

MILLER, Myriam, 48, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Jan. 27. Wife of Timothy J. Miller. Mother of Elizabeth Hardy, Cristina, Monica and Michael Miller.

MURRAY, Cecilia Marie, 51, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Feb. 6. Daughter of Rosemary Murray. Sister of Helen Alexander, Kathleen, Frank and John Murray.

PARR, Joseph Edward, infant, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Jan. 19. Son of Andrew and Lina Parr. Brother of Lindy and Samuel Parr.

Benedictine Father Camillus Ellspermann participated in civil rights march with King

Benedictine Father Camillus Ellspermann, a monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey and jubilarian of profession and priesthood, died on Feb. 2 at the monastery. He was 81.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 5 at the Archabbey Church at Saint Meinrad. Burial followed at the Archabbey Cemetery.

Leonard John Ellspermann was born on Dec. 18, 1925, in Evansville, Ind. He attended St. Joseph School in Evansville then enrolled at Saint Meinrad Seminary in 1939.

He was invested as a novice monk in 1945, professed his simple vows on Sept. 15, 1946, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1950.

After ordination, Father Camillus earned a master’s degree in sociology at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

He taught Latin at the former minor seminary and sociology at the major seminary at Saint Meinrad while serving the monastic community as infirmarian.

Father Camillus also served as director of the seminary’s deacon internship program.

During the years of the Civil Rights Movement, Father Camillus was actively and peacefully engaged in the struggle, including participating in the 1965 march in Selma, Ala.,with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1975, Father Camillus began parish ministry. For the next 30 years, he served at four parishes,

He ministered at St. Benedict Parish in Evansville; St. Henry Parish in St. Henry, Ind.; Holy Spirit Parish in Rock Springs, Wyo.; and St. Anthony Parish in Casper, Wyo.

Surviving are three sisters, Yvonne Sheek of Greenwood, Helen Miller of Evansville and Rose Schultheis of Evansville, and two brothers, Vincent Ellspermann of Summerfield, Fla., and George Ellspermann of St. Joseph, Mich.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 100 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577. †

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