July 3, 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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ALLEN, Betty (Burkhart), 79, St. Michael, Brookville, April 24. Wife of Charles Allen. Mother of Tonya Beesley, Leah Dooley, April Huber and Jason Allen. Sister of Linda Grocox, Debbie Pierce, Mary Strohmier, Franciscan Sister Andre Burkhart, Dorothy, Charles, Donald and John Burkhart. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of three.

BARHORST, Alfred, 90, St. Mary, Greensburg, May 3. Husband of Laverne Barhorst. Father of Sharon Fischer, Ronnie and Tim Barhorst. Brother of Delores Simon. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of eight.

BOSTOCK, Larry J., 76, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, April 27. Husband of Thelma Bostock. Father of Kelly Klein, Donna Poff and Greg Bostock. Brother of Morton Bostock. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of one.

BRUCE, Francis H., 90, Christ the King, Indianapolis, May 3. Husband of Emilie Bruce. Father of Kathy Bannister, Nancy Ceccanese, Sharon Regalado, Rosemarie, Garry, Robert and Tom Bruce. Brother of Alice Hall. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of three.

CARNEY, Patrick E., 82, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, May 10. Father of Theresa and Patrick Carney. Brother of Mary Anne Staser. Grandfather of two.

CROWE, Karen Jo, 56, St. Mary, Greensburg, April 23. Mother of John Crowe. Daughter of Rita Veerkamp. Sister of Susan Veerkamp and Mary Ann Wentzel. Grandmother of three.

DEAN, Edward J., 93, St. Mary, New Albany, May 4. Father of Mary Hisle, Allison Lane, Susan Parris, Anne Schindler, Edward, Jr., Miles and William Dean. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of three.

FLAHERTY, Mary Pat, 68, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 5. Mother of Angela Jones and Thomas Decker. Grandmother of two.

FUERNSTEIN, Jerome, 72, All Saints, Dearborn County, April 30. Husband of Roseann Fuernstein. Father of Bridget Fuernstein. Brother of Darlene Mudd and James Fuernstein.

HAGER, Francis M., 87, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, May 8. Husband of Barbara Hager. Father of Camilla Gehring, Michelle Hager-Harrison, Veronica Kagley, Bridget Mitchell, Barbara, Damian and Tim Hager. Brother of Alysce, Bregetta, Dorothy and Joseph. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of two.

HANSON, Ruth M., 95, St. Joseph, Corydon, May 4. Grandmother of four, Great-grandmother of six. Great-great-grandmother of one.

HELLMICH, Leona C., 88, St. Mary, Greensburg, April 7. Mother of Mary Lou Gauck, Marilyn Lecher, Fred and Dale Hellmich. Sister of Bertha Haskamp and Albert Daeger. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of six.

HENLEY, Joseph L., 80, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, May 8. Father of Jane, Laura and Matt Henley. Brother of Clarence Henley. Grandfather of six.

HUBLER, Dorothy R., 92, St. Mary, New Albany, May 1. Mother of Luanne Jones and Dale Hubler. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of four. Great-great-grandmother of three.

JANSING, Roger J., 57, St. Peter, Franklin County, May 7. Husband of Brenda Jansing. Father of Melody Feller, Chris and Michael Jansing. Stepfather of Brandon, Patrick, Jr., and Ryan Fackey. Son of Clarence and Laverne Jansing. Brother of Sandy Collins, Sharon Riedman, Shelley Schnur and Randy Jansing. Grandfather of 18.

JOHANN, Jean (Clower), 84, Prince of Peace, Madison, April 28. Mother of Charles, Michael and Randal Johann. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of six.

KERRIGAN, Lawrence, D., 87, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, April 21. Father of Linda DeGroot and Pam Weber. Grandfather of six.

KLEEMAN, Sr., Maurice P., 78, St. Paul, Tell City, April 27. Husband of Viola Kleeman. Father of Gayle, Bittel, Chris and Maurice Kleeman, Jr. Stepfather of Angie Payne, Tammy Rust and Jason Eigel. Brother of Brenda Pannett, Larry, Robert and Roger Kleeman. Grandfather of six. Step-grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of six. Step-great-grandfather of one.

LARSON, Mary L., 84, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, May 2. Mother of Valerie Feldkamp, Roberta Gritton, Ann Robinson, Kelly Zelli, Carl and Christopher Larson. Sister of Elizabeth Poore and William Sinex Grandmother and great-grandmother of several.

LEFFINGWELL, John K., 59, St. Michael, Brookville, April 22. Husband of Missy Leffingwell. Father of Logan and Evan Leffingwell.

LIDDY, Lois M., 91, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 2. Mother of Gloria Jacobson, Kelly Liddy-Alderson, Jerry Friend and Tim Liddy. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 19. Great-great-grandmother of 26.

MAGNANT, Jean, 104, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 2. Mother of Marilyn McKibben, Paula Roessler, Annette Steeb, Michael and Peter Magnant. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 14. Great-great-grandmother of one.

MARTEL, Margaret C., 107, St. Mary, New Albany, April 30. Mother of Merrily Habermel and Thomas Martel. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 11. Great-great-grandmother of one.

NOONE, Marianne (Cahill), 79, Christ the King, Indianapolis, April 28. Wife of Francis Noone. Mother of Eileen Benson, and Anne Crowe. Sister of Joseph Cahill. Grandmother of eight.

O’HARA, Mary J., 85, Christ the King, Indianapolis, May 1. Cousin and aunt of several.

PFEFFER, Sr., Karl J., 89, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, April 26. Father of Heidi Blevens, Jayna Dunning, Gretchen Pfeffer Clifford, Karl Jr., and Mark Pfeffer. Grandfather of seven.

RIEMAN, Margaret Ann, 99, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, May 2. Mother of Mary Burnett, John and Mark Rieman. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 11.

SARTIN, Audrey L., 94, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, May 5. Mother of Paula King and Tim Sartin. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of two.

SCHICK, Cynthia B., 84, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, April 22. Wife of James Schick. Mother of Joan and Thomas Miller. Stepmother of Teri Toler and Timothy Schick. Sister of Jennifer Byrne Clark, Robert and K. Kerry Byrne. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of eight.

SCHNEIDER, Bernard T., 73. St. Louis, Batesville, May 9. Father of Nancy Herman, Carol Kuntz, Lisa, Mark and Tom Schneider. Brother of Theresa Eckerle, Frances Hartman, Ruth Messerschmidt, Rose Roell, Rita Struewing, Albert, Arthur and Joseph Schneider. Grandfather of six.

SIEFERT, Mary Ann, 92, St. Louis, Batesville, April 28. Mother of Jean Beckley, Jane Nordmeyer, Peggi Shipman and Sue Siefert. Grandmother of seven. Step-grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of five.

SMITH, Robert E., 84, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, May 7. Husband of Georgia Shea-Smith. Father of Ann LeBlanc, Barbara, Gerald, John, Robert, Timothy and William Smith. Stepfather of six. Brother of Edith, Mary and Ralph Smith. Grandfather of 11.

SOUZA, Francisco, R., 86, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, May 4. Husband of Carolyn Krings Souza. Father of Andrea Davis, Christian, Jonathan and Matt Souza. Brother of Lenore Souza. Grandmother of six.

SZYMANOWSKI, Mary Jo, 66, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, April 24. Wife of Dr. James Szymanowski. Mother of Shawn McNabb. Stepmother of Jill Crull, Jason and Keith Szymanowski. Daughter of Marilyn Bizzaro. Sister of Christina Erbse. Grandmother of eight.

TODD, Victoria G., 98, Christ the King, Indianapolis, April 28. Sister of Vincent Todd. Aunt of several.

TURNER, Mildred G., 90, Prince of Peace, Madison, April 30. Wife of Cletus Turner. Mother of Shirley Forsythe and Deborah Perman. Sister of Cecilia O’Donnell. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two.

WITT, James R., 92, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, April 11. Father of Teresa Beaman, Debbie Boyce, Ann Davidson, Sharon Fletcher, Jeanne Heere, Sue Richwine, Sandra Searles, James and Timothy Witt. Brother of Mary Ann Abbott, Nancy Hoskins, Ben and Denny Witt. Grandfather of 19. Great-grandfather of 31. Great-great-grandfather of three.

WIWI, Mildred M., 107, St. Michael, Brookville, May 3. Mother of Joan Menda. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 10. Great-great-grandmother of five.

YOUNG, Richard A., 72, St. Thomas More, Mooresville, April 29. Husband of Yolanda Young. Father of Sonya, Tonya, Eric and David Mulkey, and Josh Young. Brother of Sharon Enbody and Donna Royce. Grandfather of 13.


Providence Sister Helen Therese Conway served in Catholic education for 37 years

Providence Sister Helen Therese Conway died on April 16 at Lourdes Hall at the motherhouse of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 94.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual funeral service was held. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Eileen Conway was born on Jan. 25, 1926, in Chicago. She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Feb. 2, 1948, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955. Sister Helen Therese earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree in education at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

During her 72 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Helen Therese ministered as an educator for 37 years in schools in California, Illinois and Indiana. After retiring from education in 1987, she served at the motherhouse in a variety of administrative assistant positions and composed and circulated an information bulletin for the sisters known as “Day by Day” until devoting herself entirely to prayer beginning in 2017.

In the archdiocese, Sister Helen Therese served at the former St. Andrew the Apostle School in Indianapolis from 1950-53, the former Holy Trinity School in New Albany from 1953-54, the former Sacred Heart School in Terre Haute from 1954-55, the former

St. Catherine of Siena School in Indianapolis from 1965-67, Our Lady of the Greenwood School in Greenwood from 1967-69 and St. Michael School in Greenfield from 1969-76.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence Road, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.


Providence Sister Regina Norris served in archdiocesan Catholic schools for 35 years

Providence Sister Regina Norris died on April 29 at Mother Theodore Hall at the motherhouse of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 84.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual funeral service was held. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Donna Regina Norris was born on Jan. 24, 1936, in Bicknell, Ind. She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Sept. 18, 1961, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1969. Sister Regina earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education at Indiana University in Bloomington.

During her 58 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Regina spent her entire 35 years as an educator in schools in the archdiocese, serving at the former St. Leonard of Port Maurice School in West Terre Haute from 1964-65, the former Annunciation School in Brazil from 1965-67, St. Charles Borromeo School in Bloomington from 1967-78 and at St. Jude School in Indianapolis from 1978-1999. After retiring from full-time teaching, she remained at St. Jude as a substitute teacher and teacher until 2013. After returning to the motherhouse, she served from 2013-14 as a tutor at Educational Family Services there. In 2018, she devoted herself entirely to prayer.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence Road, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876. †

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