November 2, 2007


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ADKINS, Gary E., 48, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Oct. 7. Father of Tonya and Gary Adkins Jr. Son of Patricia (Brown) Loman. Brother of Jerry Adkins.

ANTIC, George D. Jr., 79, St. Anne, New Castle, Oct. 23. Husband of Joan Antic. Father of Lisa and David Antic. Brother of Robert Antic. Grandfather of two.

BEAUPRE, Dorothy F. (Edwards), 91, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Oct. 24. Mother of Nancy Braun, Suzy McDaniel, Jeanne Wyatt, Carol, Jim, Joseph and Steve Beaupre. Sister of Stu and Walter Edwards. Grand­mother of 17. Great-grandmother of 27. Great-great-grandmother of one.

BONOMO, Elena (DeMarino), 83, Annunciation, Brazil, Oct. 10. Wife of Jacob Bonomo. Mother of Luisa Deal and Dan Bonomo. Sister of Lorenzina and Ines DeMarino. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of one.

BROWN, Ray E., Sr., 88, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Oct. 12. Husband of Laura Brown. Father of Barbara Clemons, Lisa Zetzl, Carolyn, Michaela and Ray Brown Jr. Brother of three. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of five.

EVANS, Michael Lee, 64, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Oct. 22. Son of Rosemary Evans. Brother of Roseann Hamel, Frank, James, John and Leo Evans. Uncle of several.

FASBINDER, Gerald H., 73, St. Louis, Batesville, Oct. 24. Husband of Marcia Fasbinder. Father of Patti Borgman, Sondra Prickel, Paula Volz, Suzanne Westerfeld, Dan, Mark and Scott Fasbinder. Grandfather of 19. Great-grandfather of three.

FEDERLE, Paul E., 71, St. Louis, Batesville, Oct. 16. Father of Mark and Steve Federle. Brother of Ruth Gehl, Marlene Greiwe, Joann Holzer, Carl and Howard Federle. Grandfather of three.

FOSSI, Peter, 93, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Oct. 13. Father of Joyce Sztello and Peter Fossi. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of one.

FRY, Edmund F., 93, St. Mary, Greensburg, Oct. 25. Husband of Esther Fry. Father of Suzanne Chase and Carolyn Jordan. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of two.

HABIBY, James D., 46, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indian­­-

a­polis, Oct. 11. Husband of Ollie Habiby. Brother of Mary Lucchese, Jay and Jeff Habiby.

HAERLE, Maryann (Hilger), 73, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Oct. 28. Wife of George S. Haerle. Mother of Amy McHaffie, Anne Miller, Patricia Sechrist, Eileen Stinson, Mary Beth Sutcliffe, Kristin White, Louis and Marion Haerle. Sister of Barbara Hanahan, Patricia Zeigler and Joe Hilger. Grandmother of 18.

HENNESSY, Ann, 60, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Sept. 24. Mother of Michael Picard. Sister of Kathleen Hanson, Joan Kline, Lisa Pournia, Barbara Reese, Peggy, Nicholas, Richard and Thomas Hennessy.

HENNESSY, Rita (Connor), 90, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 9. Mother of Kathleen Hanson, Joan Kline, Lisa Pournia, Barbara Reese, Peggy, Nicholas, Richard and Thomas Hennessy. Sister of Joan (Connor) Muller and James Connor. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of five.

MEISSEL, Helen Joyce, 69, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Terre Haute, Oct. 15. Wife of Dr. Robert Meissel. Mother of Barbara Ann Bush, Sue, David and Douglas Meissel. Sister of Judith Kendall and Uriah Reynolds. Grandmother of five.

RUSSELL, Dorothy, 93,

St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Oct. 14. Mother of Jane, Mike, Steve and Tim Russell. Sister of Helen Powers and John Hirt. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 12.

SATTER, Theodora M., 90, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 15. Wife of John Satter.

SCHOETTELKOTTE, James, 57, St. Louis, Batesville, Oct. 12. Husband of Sandra Schoettelkotte. Father of Jason Schoettelkotte. Brother of Margie Harmeyer, Betty Hartman and Jean Leising. Grandfather of two.

VASSAR, Collin L., infant, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Oct. 13. Son of Adam and Jennifer (Peck) Vassar. Brother of Hannah and Alex Vassar. Grandson of M. Janet Peck, James and Dinah Vassar. Great-grandson of Marguerite Klain and Evelyn Vassar.

VITTORIO, Patricia Ann, 62, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, Oct. 22. Sister of Barbara Foster.

Franciscan Sister Ramona Lunsford was a teacher, principal and archdiocesan schools supervisor

Franciscan Sister Ramona Lunsford died on Oct. 15 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, in Oldenburg. She was 71.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 17 at the motherhouse chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery there.

Audrey Louise Lunsford was born on Sept. 8, 1936, in Oak Forest.

She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Sept. 8, 1954—her birthday—and professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1960.

Sister Ramona ministered as a teacher and principal at St. Michael the Archangel School in Indianapolis, the former St. Bernadette School in Indianapolis and the former Holy Trinity School in Indiana­polis as well as at St. Lawrence School in Lawrenceburg.

She also served as school supervisor for the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education in Indianapolis.

Sister Ramona also served as a teacher and principal at Catholic schools in Ohio and ministered as the director of public relations for the Catholic Schools Office in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

From 1982-86, Sister Ramona served as a member of the General Council for the congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg.

From 1988 until 2000, she ministered as director of development for the Oldenburg Franciscans.

From 2001-07, Sister Ramona served as a clerical assistant and a driver for the sisters residing at St. Clare Hall.

Surviving are five sisters, Rita Gramman of Brookville, Emilie Market of Brookville, Alice Springman of Beech Grove, Charlene Bravard of Batesville and Elaine Amberger of Batesville as well as five brothers, Richard Lunsford of Guilford, Arnold Lunsford of Greencastle, Ralph Lunsford of Brookville, Steve Lunsford of Batesville and Willie Lunsford of Napoleon.

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

Providence Sister Geraldine Cavanaugh served as a teacher and principal

Providence Sister Geraldine Cavanaugh, formerly Sister Marie Richard, died on Oct. 14 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 82.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 20 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Geraldine Margaret Cavanaugh was born on Sept. 1, 1925, in Chicago.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on July 22, 1944, professed her first vows on Jan. 23, 1947, and professed her final vows on Jan. 23, 1952.

Sister Geraldine earned a bachelor of science degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree at Indiana State University.

During 63 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered in education for 47 years at Catholic schools staffed by the congregation in Indiana, Illinois and Oklahoma.

Sister Geraldine served as a principal for 12 years and an assistant principal for 17 years.

In the archdiocese, Sister Geraldine ministered at the former St. John Academy in Indianapolis from 1947-49, the former Holy Trinity School in New Albany from 1949-50 and Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Terre Haute in 1951.

Sister Geraldine also served as a principal in the Evansville Diocese for six years as well as in a variety of administrative positions in other assignments.

She is survived by a niece and several nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876. †

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