March 9, 2007


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ALDRIDGE, Virginia E., 80, St. Paul, Tell City, Feb. 16. Mother of Lori Cassidy, Cynthia Scheidegger, Rebecca Sturgeon, Joe and William Aldridge. Sister of Doretha Horlander, Mildred Williams and Alice Wittmer. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of one.

CECCONI, Elio, 84, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Feb. 20. Father of Sandra Farney and Lisa McKnight. Brother of Vilma Todero and Garibaldi Cecconi. Grandfather of two.

DUNIGAN, Mary Margaret, 93, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Feb. 3. Sister of Frieda Zugelder and Joseph Kunkel.

EFFING, Irene, 90, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Jan. 5. Mother of Susie Huff, Betsy Lecher, Mary Moorman, Debbie Nobbe, Ruth Riehle, Jo Ann Schoetmer, Millie Simmermeyer, Diane Wendell and Jim Effing. Grandmother of 37. Great-grandmother of 45. Great-great-grandmother of eight.

FUCHS, Rebecca L, 50, St. Paul, Tell City, Feb. 20. Mother of Joshua Fuchs. Daughter of Charles Briggeman. Sister of Beverly, Karen and Gary Briggeman. Grandmother of two.

GRIFFIN, Roberta I. (Maddox), 92, St. Thomas Aquinas, Indianapolis, Feb. 23. Mother of Loretta Daniels, Jocelyn Harper and Gwendolyn Jefferson. Sister of Ruth Davis. Grandmother of eight.

HAGEDORN, Valentine Oko, 81, St. Paul, Tell City, Feb. 16. Wife of Walter B. Hagedorn. Mother of Michael and Walter Hagedorn. Sister of Dorothy Czopek and Phyllis Rouse. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of five.

HILL, Donna Marie (Heil), 68, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Feb. 20. Mother of Jean Cronk, Diane Reagan, Jeffrey and Mark Hill. Sister of Marilyn Kertz and Barbara Wall. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of five.

HUEBNER, Robert P., 63, St. Michael, Greenfield, Feb. 7. Husband of Janet Huebner. Father of Jennifer McGuire and Stephen Huebner. Son of Julia Huebner. Brother of Nancy Seibert and Russell Huebner. Grandfather of four.

LOCKE, Arlene (Pritchard), 88, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, Feb. 5. Mother of Francine Bray, Susan Charlesworth, Arlee Frantz, Marianne Moore, Benjamin, Edwin, Gerard, Nelson Jr. and Victor Locke. Sister of Geraldine Abottiello. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of 12.

McKINNEY, Monica, 47, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, Feb. 10. Wife of Doug McKinney. Mother of James and Steven McKinney. Daughter of Rose Ann Fisher. Sister of Teresa Gedig, James, Stephen and William Heidelberger. Grandmother of two.

McNULTY, Mary A., 98, St. Matthew, Indianapolis, Feb. 8. Aunt of several. Great-aunt of several.

MILLER, Michael Anthony, 53, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Feb. 25. Husband of Mynevia Ann Miller. Stepfather of Michael Miller, Annetta Cooney and Rocky Cooney. Son of John and Delores (Skillman) Miller. Brother of Judi Delk, Anna Everroad, Mary Moyer, Ruth White and John Miller. Grandfather of several. Great-grandfather of several.

MISTLER, Cindy, 58, St. Mary, Greensburg, Jan. 31. Daughter of Maurice and Rosemary Mistler. Sister of Kathy Lustig.

MOHR, Alice A., 70, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Feb. 23. Mother of Donna Beaty, Diane Gulley, Debra McNeely and Denise Mohr. Sister of Jane Jerman, Rose McNeely, Mary Reed, Kathryn Thornburg and George Wisker. Grandmother of 11.

MOONEY, Margaret, 80, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 22. Mother of Vicki Roberts, Jack, Paul and Stephen Mooney. Grandmother of one.

MOORE, M. Christine, 50, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Feb. 14. Wife of Gerald Moore. Mother of Melinda Moore and Melissa Wachtel. Sister of Kathy McDonald, Margaret Moore, Janice Palakoff and Bill Lyons. Grandmother of two.

MULLIN, John F., 84, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 23. Father of John Mullin. Stepfather of Alvin Campbell. Brother of Margaret Korby and Bernard Mullin.

PLUNKETT, Mary E., 89, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Feb. 15. Mother of Beverly Claridge, Joyce Ford, Kathy Hewitt, Mary Huntsman, Sharon Vickers and James Plunkett. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 10.

PYLES, Dorothy, 88, Prince of Peace, Madison, Feb. 22. Mother of Carlos and Larry Pyles. Grandmother of one.

ROBINSON, Irene M., 85, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Feb. 10. Mother of David and Michael Robinson. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of five.

SARJENT, Joseph, 68, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Feb. 8. Husband of Joanne Sarjent. Father of Carolyn Burchfield, Laura Slocum, Christopher and Richard Sarjetn. Brother of Phyllis Stichter, James and Steve Sarjent. Grandfather of four.

SHANKS, Wilbur V., 83, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 7. Husband of Betty Shanks. Father of Terri Richards and Phyllis Walker. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of four.

SIMS, Jerry Edward, 62, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Feb. 18. Husband of Betty (Neukom) Sims. Father of Jenni Garver and Tom Sims. Brother of Barb Lessentine, Sandy Neukom, Mary Porter and Rev. Jon Sims. Grandfather of three. Step-grandfather of three.

SMITH, Clyde W., 83, St. Joseph, Corydon, Dec. 31. Husband of Norma Jean Smith. Father of Tammy Crawford, Danny and Richard Smith. Brother of Mildred Bottles and Marie Robinson. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 12.

SMITH, Julius W., 86, Holy Family, New Albany, Feb. 18. Husband of Rosetta Smith. Father of Phyllis Andres, Denise Bomersbach, Darlene Schy, Karen Thomas, Dick, Jerry, Jim and Juder Smith. Brother of Rita Austin, Edith Ems, Mary Geswein, Bob, Bud and George Smith. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of 13.

STANICH, Stanley A., 86, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Feb. 2. Father of Claire Smith, Sharon Van Auken, Bernie and Steve Stanich. Grandfather of eight.

STARKEY, Marguerite, 86, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Feb. 2. Mother of Barbara Emge, George, James, John, Paul, Robert and William Starkey. Sister of John and Paul Krieg. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of two.

STROHBECK, Herman J., Sr., 89, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Jan. 29. Father of Rosemary Cannon, Margaret McGregor, Carole, Anthony, H. Joseph, Julian, Thomas and William Strohbeck. Brother of Frances and Therese Strohbeck. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of nine.

SUTERS, Lois J. (Mullis), 72, St. Paul, Tell City, Feb. 12. Mother of Johnny Ray and Michael Suters. Sister of LaVern Lauderdale. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of six.

TRINDEITMAR, Bertha M., 87, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Feb. 4. Mother of Sharon Crayden, Joseph and Robert Trindeitmar. Sister of Esther Book, Ruth Missi, Mary Rosenberger and Leo Wolfe. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of nine.

TSCHIDA, Frances, 102, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Jan. 26. Mother of Stephenie Paquette. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of nine.

WALTON, Alice Margaret, 95, St. Mary, Mitchell, Feb. 5. Wife of Ronald Walton. Mother of Andrea Walton. Sister of Louise Landers, Nancy Talbott and Vince Cooke.

WILEY, Carol A., 60, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Feb. 13. Wife of Julian Wiley. Mother of Melissa DiBlasi and Melanie Wiley. Sister of Joe Riemenschneider.

WILLIAMS, Dorothy, 80, St. Mary, New Albany, Jan. 30. Mother of Jane Dunham, Linda and Don Williams. Sister of Laverne (Geswein) Abbott, Thelma Terry, Stella Whitson, Charles and Jim Smith. Grandmother of two.

Providence Sister Julia Shea assisted Bishop Daniel L. Ryan

Providence Sister Julia Shea, formerly Sister Marie Loretta, died on Feb. 20 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 90.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 23 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Julia Lenora Shea was born on Sept. 14, 1916, in Malden, Mass.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Sept. 15, 1934, professed first vows on March 11, 1937, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1943.

During 72 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as a teacher and principal for 42 years at schools staffed by the sisters in Indiana, Illinois, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts and California.

For 13 years, Sister Julia served as an administrative assistant for Bishop Daniel L. Ryan in the Diocese of Springfield, Ill.

In the archdiocese, Sister Julia taught at St. Joan of Arc School in Indianapolis from 1941-42 and St. Philip Neri School in Indianapolis in 1943.

In 2000, Sister Julia returned to the motherhouse and began her prayer ministry.

She is survived by many nieces and 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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