November 7, 2008


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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ASBURY, Mary, 99, St. Mary, Richmond, Oct. 22. Mother of Gary Asbury. Grandmother of several. Great-grandmother of several.

BASS, Jack Richard, 60, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 23. Husband of Beverly (Blank) Bass. Father of Erin Moniea and Kelly Parker. Brother of Mary Ruth Van Loon and James Bass. Grandfather of four.

BAUGH, Wilda Marie, 90, former member of St. Catherine of Siena, Indianapolis, Oct. 21. Mother of Rick Baugh. Sister of Rosemary Reeves and Edward Long. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of two.

CHEATHAM, Thomas, 78, Prince of Peace, Madison, Oct. 22. Husband of Jo Ann Cheatham. Father of Lynn Ann Eder and T. Mark Cheatham. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of four.

CLARKE, Dorothy Olivia, 91, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 21. Mother of Janet Jochum, Dr. Gerald, James, Joseph, Kenneth, Lawrence, Stephen and Thomas Clarke. Brother of Eileen McMahon and Marguerite Myers. Grandmother of 21. Great-grandmother of 10.

CROSS, Earl B., 86, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Oct. 19. Husband of Rita Cross. Father of Margaret Cornwell, Helen James, Monica Kubick, Rita Miller, Mary Ellen Stephenson, Kathleen, David and Joseph Cross. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of four.

DOSSETT, Bill, 73, St. Isidore, Bristow, Oct. 17. Husband of Betty Dossett. Father of Patty Bittner, Diane Crider, Karen Kulenkemp, Alan, David and William Dossett Jr. Son of Margaret Dossett. Brother of Alice Burdick, Susie Fauguher, Martha Major, Mary Ann Woods, Mary Louise Wooton, Don, Mike and Steve Dossett. Grandfather of 10.

FOSTER, Hazel B., 78, St. Joseph, Indianapolis, Oct. 18. Mother of Rhonda Kurt, Victoria Whitworth, Gary and Richard Foster Sr. Sister of Chryl Bueche, George and Howard Bueche. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 21.

FUNKHOUSER, Mary, 90, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 26. Aunt of several.

HECK, Alicia, 87, St. Andrew, Richmond, Oct. 21. Cousin of several.

McSEMEK, Patricia Carolyn (McKeand), 83, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, Sept. 11. Mother of seven. Sister of Jerry McKeand. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of one.

MERRICK, Charles, 75, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Oct. 13. Husband of Alice Merrick. Brother of Dalene Nordyke, Jim and Kenny Merrick.

PERSINGER, Paulette J., 58, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 1. Sister of Diane Meier and Catherine Persinger. Aunt of several.

PRANGER, Samuel L., Sr., 53, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, Oct. 14. Husband of Jeannette Collins-Pranger. Father of Angie Teckenbrock and Samuel Pranger Jr. Son of Beverly Pranger. Brother of Cynthia Nyland, Catherine Riccardi, Denise Sanders, Donald, Robert and William Pranger Jr.

PRESTIGIACOMO, Joseph L., 88, Holy Family, New Albany, Oct. 24. Husband of Marie Prestigiacomo. Father of Susan Hallal, Louise Perkins, Alan, Donald, Joseph and Robert Prestigiacomo. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of 12.

RIES, Mary Helen, 83, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Oct. 23. Mother of Sallie Lydick, Barbara Stumpf, Rose Young, David, Joe, John and Kevin Ries. Sister of Theresa Lotz and Veronica West. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 17.

ROESSLER, Kurt Henry, 83, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Oct. 5. Husband of Ineta (Aliff) Roessler. Father of Karen Bloomfield, Nancy Cullom, Kathy Haycox, Andrew, Daniel and Gary Roessler. Grandfather of six. Step-grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of two. Step-great-grandfather of three.

RUDOLPH, Margaret, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Oct. 27. Wife of Maurice Rudolph. Mother of Patrick Rudolph.

SAUER, Mary Ann, 85, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Oct. 24. Mother of Kathleen Huddleston, David and William Sauer. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of three.

SUDING, Elizabeth Marie (Volmer), 83, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, Oct. 26. Wife of Edward Suding. Mother of Janet Cornfield, Jean Simpson, James, John and Joseph Suding. Sister of Theresa Windle. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of three.

SWIERGIEL, Regina M., 54, St. Joseph, Indianapolis, Oct. 17. Daughter of Ruby Swiergiel. Sister of Kathy Geisler, Theresa Long, Jennifer Swiergiel-McGraph and Gretchen Swiergiel. Aunt of several.

Benedictine Sister Angeline Preske helped found monastery

Benedictine Sister Angeline Preske, a founding member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, died on Sept. 26 at the monastery. She was 93.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 29 at Our Lady of Grace Monastery Chapel. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Magdalen Frances Preske was born on Oct. 12, 1914, in Evansville, Ind.

She entered the Benedictine community at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Ind., in 1936, made her first monastic profession in 1938 and made her perpetual monastic profession in 1941.

Sister Angeline began 66 years in active ministry as a caretaker for her sisters and part-time religion teacher at St. Joseph Parish in Dale, Ind., in the Evansville Diocese, in 1939.

In the archdiocese, she ministered at St. Joseph Parish in Sellersburg, St. Mark Parish in Perry County, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs Parish in Floyds Knobs, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Jeffersonville, St. Ambrose Parish in Seymour, St. Pius Parish in Troy, St. Martin of Tours Parish in Siberia, St. Michael Parish in Bradford and, for many years, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Starlight.

Surviving are a sister, Theresa Martin of Evansville; and five brothers, Father Venantius Preske of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., and Aloysius Preske, Henry Preske, Marvin Preske and Richard Preske, all of Evansville.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Benedict, Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107. †

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