March 16, 2007


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APPLEGATE, George W., 70, St. Luke, Indianapolis, Feb. 25. Husband of Beth Ann Applegate. Father of Elizabeth Ackerman, Karen and Mark Applegate. Grandfather of three.

ARVIN, Don H., 75, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Feb. 23. Husband of Jan Arvin. Father of Donald Arvin. Brother of Carolyn Weber. Grandfather of three.

BUENNAGEL, Ruth Ann, 73, St. Jude, Indianapolis, March 1. Wife of Robert Buennagel. Mother of Ann Skirvin. Sister of Margaret Mary Martin and John Laker. Grandmother of two.

COUGHLIN, John M., 88, St. Monica, Indianapolis, March 2. Husband of Estelle Coughlin. Father of Mary Kathleen Schaefer. Brother of Camilla and Mary Frances Adams. Grandfather of three.

DEVILLEZ, Mary Agnes, 96, St. Paul, Tell City, Feb. 28.

FOSTER, Abby Dorothy, 83, St. Jude, Indianapolis, March 4.

FROMMEYER, Ellen G., 41, St. Monica, Indianapolis, March 9. Daughter of Fritz and Judy Frommeyer.

GARBER, Anne T., 53, Christ the King, Indianapolis, March 6. Wife of Dr. John Garber. Mother of Ashley and Megan Garber. Daughter of Robert and Dorothea Ahlers. Sister of Andrew, Christopher, John, Matthew and Robert Ahlers Jr.

HALFAKER, Louise F., 77, St. Monica, Indianapolis, Feb. 26.

HANNA, Frances, 92, St. Mary, North Vernon, Feb. 27. Mother of Mary Wilson, Mark and Robert Hanna Jr. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of three.

HEARD, Joanne Louise (Richart), 73, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Feb. 27. Mother of Frances Stone. Sister of Rita, Anthony, John and William Richart.

HIGDON, Joseph E., 74, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Feb. 23. Father of Angela Barr, Mary Lowe, Shelia Price, Christa Snyder, Donald, Norman and Richard Higdon. Brother of Mary Barr, James and Robert Higdon. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of nine.

HURD, Margaret N., 79, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, March 3. Mother of Theresa, Cordell Jr., Daniel and Michael Hurd. Daughter of Renita McIntire. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of one.

JARBOE, Delores A., 71, St. Paul, Tell City, March 1. Wife of Curt Jarboe. Mother of Cathy Hammack, Dale, Jeff and Mike Jarboe. Half-sister of Laverne Knight. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of five.

JARRETT, Joshua S., 31, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, Feb. 17. Father of Kimberly, Maycee, Sophia and Joshua Jarrett. Son of Stephen and Joann Jarrett. Brother of Jacob Jarrett.

JOYCE, Thomas A., 86, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Jan. 29. Husband of Rachel (Quirk) Joyce. Father of James and Thomas Joyce. Grandfather of two.

KEMP, Greg A., 55, St. Joseph, Sellersburg, March 4. Husband of Barbara (Popp) Kemp. Father of Kendall and Kristin Kemp. Brother of Shelley Gjeloshi, Lisa Napier, Vicki, Matthew and Tim Kemp.

KEMPE, Edith Frances (Goedeker), 99, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 5. Mother of Mary Ann Condon, Helene Williams and Jerome Kempe. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 12. Great-great-grandmother of two.

KRESS, Ervin W., 91, St. Maurice, Napoleon, Feb. 16. Father of Rita, Kenneth and Thomas Kress. Brother of Alice Kress and Clara Kunz. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of four. Great-great-grandfather of one.

LABELLE, Constance (Peloquin), 83, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 26. Wife of Edward Labelle. Mother of Dr. Andrew, Brian, Chris and Ronald Labelle. Sister of Estelle Mandeville and Narcisse Peloquin. Grandmother of two.

LATTIRE, Florence M., 78, St. Nicholas, Sunman, March 6. Mother of Shelia Barger, Gerri Caudill, GeGe Grills, Denise Lacey and Gary Lattire. Sister of Viola Campbell, Charlene Engle, Agnes Evans, Debbie Miles, Wanda Retzner and Eugene Hill. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of five.

MacDONALD, Roderick Donald, 38, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, March 2. Father of Roderick MacDonald. Son of Roderick and Judith MacDonald. Brother of Sarah Cox, Margaret Fischer, Katharine MacDonald and Mary Washington.

McKANNA, James Emile, 78, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Terre Haute, March 2. Husband of Carrie (Warren) McKanna. Father of Jan Techentin, James, Jay and Joe McKanna. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of one.

MEDVESEK, Raymond, 85, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, March 3. Uncle of several.

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

MISTLER, Cynthia, 58, St. Maurice, Napoleon, Jan. 31. Daughter of Maurice and Rosemary Mistler. Sister of Kathleen Mistler.

MOHR, Margaret E., 82, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Feb. 26. Wife of Carroll E. Mohr. Mother of Becky and Dan Mohr. Sister of Doris Adams and Harry Smith. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of one.

MORRISEY, Mary, 84, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Feb. 25. Wife of Joseph Morrisey Sr. Mother of Ann Forey, Paula Staley, Daniel, John, Joseph Jr., Michael and Patrick Morrisey. Grandmother of 20.

RICHARDSON, Mary Elizabeth, 81, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 28. Mother of Susan and Rebecca Richardson. Sister of Benjamin Summers. Grandmother of one.

RIGHTLEY, Helen E., 87, St. Vincent de Paul, Mitchell, March 2. Mother of Mary Meadows, Dale, Edward, Joseph and Ronald Rightley. Sister of Mary Alice Mann and Lester Coots. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of five.

ROGERS, Mary D., 88, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 27. Mother of Mary Frances Downie, Katherine English and Connie Denton. Grandmother of four.

SALLADE, George J., 76, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Feb. 25. Husband of Nancy Sallade. Father of Jeanne Criswell, Beth Lawson, Ann Maxwell, George and John Sallade. Brother of Peg Martin and Delroy Wright. Grandfather of three.

SAUERHEBER, Mary Elizabeth, 70, St. Michael, Bradford, March 5. Mother of Karen Scharrer and James Sauerheber. Sister of Bernard and Vern Nolot. Grandmother of four.

SCHNEIDER, James W., 83, St. Luke, Indianapolis, Feb. 26. Husband of Mary Eileen Schneider. Father of Eileen, Daniel, James, Michael, Thomas and Timothy Schneider. Brother of Richard Schneider. Grandfather of 12.

STAPLETON, Anne Marie, 45, St. Monica, Indianapolis, Feb. 27. Mother of Rachel Jian and Maria Li Wen Stapleton. Daugher of Thomas Stapleton. Sister of Susan Lund, James and Thomas Stapleton.

VOELLER, Lawrence J., 55, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, March 1. Father of Larry Voeller. Brother of Joseph and Thomas Voeller. Grandfather of four.

WALSH, Mary C., 81, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Dec. 27. Aunt of one.

WESTRICH, Mary Jo, 91, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, March 1. Mother of Diana Bauman and Donna Browning. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of five.

WILLIAMSON, Thelma J., 74, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 27. Mother of Linda Robertson, David, Edward, John, Larry, Ronald and Thomas Williamson. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of five.

WOUSTER, Julia J., 84, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Dec. 5. Wife of Howard Wouster. Mother of Allan Koon and Mike Wouster. Grandmother of six.

WUERTZ, William Francis, 92, St. Paul Hermitage, Beech Grove, Feb. 4. Brother of Honore Dunsmore. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of eight.

ZWAHLEN, Ruby L., 83, St. Peter, Harrison County, Jan. 31. Wife of Albert Zwahlen. Mother of Therese Bibb, Tony Sims, Charolette Trobaugh, Jay and Patrick Zwahlen. Sister of Eula Gross, Elizabeth and Mary Johnston. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of five.

Providence Sister Mary Carlton was a teacher, pastoral associate

Providence Sister Mary Carlton, also known as Sister Mary Agatha, died on Feb. 22 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 80.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 27 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Florence Carlton was born on June 6, 1926, in Chelsea, Mass.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Feb. 11, 1948, professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1950, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

During 59 years as a member of the congregation, Sister Mary taught at Catholic schools staffed by the sisters in Indiana, Illinois, California, Michigan and Massachusetts.

She also ministered for 10 years as a pastoral associate and director or department head at Catholic Charities senior centers.

Sister Mary also served the poor at the St. Ann Clinic in Terre Haute from 1997-2001.

In the archdiocese, she also ministered at the former St. Catherine School in Indianapolis from 1952-53, the former St. James School in Indianapolis from 1953-55 and St. Malachy School in Brownsburg from 1983-87.

Sister Mary returned to the motherhouse and began her ministry of prayer in 2002.

Surviving are 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.

Benedictine Sister Bernice Kavanaugh served at hermitage

Benedictine Sister Bernice Kavanaugh, a member of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Ind., and a former administrator of St. Paul Hermitage in Beech Grove, died on Feb. 22 at the monastery’s Hildegard Health Center. She was 102.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 26 at the monastery church. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Bernice Kavanaugh was born on Dec. 4, 1904, in Cannelburg, Ind. She entered the Monastery Immaculate Conception in 1922, made her first profession of vows in 1924 and made her final profession of vows in 1927.

In the archdiocese, Sister Bernice taught at the former Assumption School in Indianapolis from 1925-36 and served as a teacher and principal at St. Anthony of Padua School in Clarksville from 1952-56.

Sister Bernice also served as administrator of St. Paul Hermitage in Beech Grove, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Our Lady of Grace Monastery, from


She also taught at Catholic schools in Arizona and North Dakota, and taught religious education classes to military families at a U.S. Army base in Fort Rucker, Ala.

During her retirement years, Sister Bernice provided support services at the monastery and served in the sisters’ ministry of prayer in Ferdinand.

Surviving are two sisters, Benedictine Sister Mary Charlotte Kavanaugh of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand and Rosemary Kavanaugh of Indianapolis, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Benedict, Monastery Immaculate Conception, 802 E. 10th St., Ferdinand, IN 47532. †

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