November 14, 2008


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AGOSTINO, Rocco F., 70, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Sept. 13. Husband of Glenda Agostino. Father of Glenda Agostino and Donna Solberg. Brother of Josephine Buckles, Joyce Griffin and Maria Sims.

BARKER, Lois, 90, St. Andrew, Richmond, Nov. 2. Aunt of several.

BERRY, Kathleen, 71, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Oct. 24. Wife of Gil Berry Jr. Mother of Nikki Brimer, Peggy and Patrick Stamm, and Gilbert Berry III. Grandmother of six.

BINDER, Joan, 82, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, Oct. 20. Wife of Robert Binder. Mother of Barbara Klages, Phillip and Vincent Binder. Grandmother of four.

BLAYDES, June Louise (Schulz), 79, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 30. Wife of Fred Blaydes. Mother of Judy, Larry and Louis Schulz. Sister of Gladys Genzer and James Chalfin. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of one.

CALDWELL, John H., 64, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 4. Husband of Gertrude (Sparks) Caldwell. Father of Tammy Bradshaw, Jeanna Watson, Christopher, Jason and John Caldwell. Stepfather of Jeff Sizemore. Brother of Charles and Robert Caldwell, one half-brother and five half-sisters. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of one.

CANFIELD, John D., 75, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Nov. 3. Husband of Mira Jo Canfield. Father of Terri Delisle, Lucile Gilstrap, Cathy and Mike Canfield. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of six.

DAUBY, Adaline, 91, St. Paul, Tell City, Oct. 12. Wife of Ferdinand Dauby. Mother of Donald Dauby. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of one.

DICKEY, Thomas James, 68, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, Nov. 1. Husband of Mattie Sue Dickey. Father of Dr. Diane Smith. Brother of John and Steve Dickey.

ERNSTES, Rita J., 82, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Oct. 21. Mother of Cecilia Boxell, Claricia Watt, Becky, Veronica and Charles Ernstes II. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of four.

FOX, Margaret Catherine, 92, St. Mary, North Vernon, Oct. 26. Mother of Barbara Fox and Mary Phillips.

FRY, Omer J., 90, Immaculate Conception, Millhousen, Nov. 1. Husband of Martha Fry. Father of Diane Simmonds, Daryl and Greg Fry. Brother of Sylvia Ortman. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of three.

HAZEL, Margaret Jane, 91, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Oct. 24. Mother of Mary Conway and Diane Jones. Grandmother of five.

HAYDEN, John E., 88, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Nov. 1. Father of John Hayden. Grandfather of one.

HOLTZMAN, Sallie Jo, 79, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Oct. 27. Mother of Mary Fields, Patrice LaPack, Anne Sharkey, Anthony, Gregory and Robert Holtzman. Sister of Eileen Seger. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of one.

LEWANDOWSKI, Carol Ann, 55, St. Mary, Lanesville, Oct. 31. Wife of Steven Lewandowski. Sister of Wenda Linauge and Charles Ward.

MADDEN, Edward Patrick, 97, St. Matthew, Indianapolis, Oct. 31. Father of Maryknoll Father James Madden and Richard Madden. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of five.

MOORE, Edward F., 89, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Oct. 27. Brother of Anna Houston.

MORAN, Jean Ann (Delaney), 74, St. Patrick, Indianapolis, Nov. 2. Mother of Debbie Caulkins, Gary, Michael and Steve Moran. Sister of Bernard and Richard Delaney. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of five.

MOTSINGER, Jeanie A., 52, St. Ann, Indianapolis, Nov. 3. Sister of Janet Motsinger and Patty Paul.

O’HERN, Mary Francis, 81, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Oct. 29. Mother of Timothy O’Hern.

PATTEN, Donald E., 79, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 9. Husband of Dorothy Patten. Father of Denise Grannon, Dione Jarboe, Dinah Thompson, Dean and Douglas Patten. Brother of Frederick Patten. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of four.

RADABAUGH, James, 51, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 25. Husband of Colleen Radabaugh. Father of Ashley Whitehead and Jeff Radabaugh. Son of James and Marian (Carr) Radabaugh Sr. Brother of Brenda Frye, Cindy Ryan, Jackie and Joe Radabaugh. Grandfather of three.

RICKE, Clifford F., 78, St. Maurice, St. Maurice, Nov. 3. Husband of Anna Ricke. Father of Mary Ann Davidson, Debbie Ericson, Renee Hellmich, John, Mark and Robert Ricke. Brother of Marilyn Schroeder, Marlene Wolter, Gilbert and Willard Ricke. Grandfather of 21. Great-grandfather of three.

RUDOLPH, Margaret (Moore), 85, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Oct. 27. Wife of Maurice Rudolph. Mother of Patrick Rudolph.

SAUER, Norma J., 78, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, Oct. 21. Wife of Carl Sauer. Mother of Lynn Daniels, Carla McKinzie, Gary, Steve and Tom Sauer. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of nine.

SIMONSON, Robert T., Jr., 52, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Oct. 23. Husband of Barbara Simonson. Father of Elizabeth and Connor Simonson. Son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Simonson. Brother of Kathy, James, Michael and Terry Simonson.

SMITH, Anita, 63, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 29. Mother of Brenda Copass-Isreals, Anthony, Richard and Timothy Smith. Sister of Catherine Adimare, Carol Day, Mary DeFord, Pearl Faust, Ann Hall and Flora Mae Hammill. Grandmother of 12.

THOMAS, Mary Alice, 96, St. Augustine, Leopold, Oct. 23. Mother of Pat Bruner, Gerald, Dr. James and Dr. John Thomas. Sister of Betty Ayers. Grandmother of 26. Great-grandmother of 51. Great-great-grandmother of 11.

UNDERWOOD, Darrell D., 58, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Sept. 9. Husband of Catherine (Warrenburg) Underwood. Father of Kailey Underwood. Brother of Diane Strong and James Underwood.

VELETA, R. Terry, 47, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Oct. 12. Husband of Melanie Veleta. Father of Taylor Grube, Katie and Kent Farris. Brother of Kathryn Coffey.

VOGT, Helen L., 92, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Nov. 4.

WATT, Bonita, 99, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 30. Mother of Ann Quinn. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two.

WISE, David A., 65, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Oct. 31. Brother of Debbie Cloyd, Louise Jagielski, Rose Ann Moffett, Janet Risselman, Lowell and Ronald Wise.

WOLFERST, Sharon L., 70, St. Louise, Batesville, Nov. 4. Wife of Renate Wolferst. Mother of Ilona Kusnierz and David Wolferst. Sister of Jack and Jim Maple. Grandmother of five.

WOOD, Regina (Brown), 83, St. Mary, New Albany, Oct. 30. Mother of Mary Cook, Bev Neely, Barb, Debbie, Jerome and Jerry Wood. Sister of Izola Wathen. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of six.

YELLAND, David, 52, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 30. Husband of Sheila (Hess) Yelland. Father of Brandon and Jerad Yellan. Brother of Mary Bosecker, Susan Brewer, Patricia Ellis and Becky Trogden.

ZAPP, Paul M., 84, Prince of Peace, Madison, Oct. 17. Father of Becky King. Brother of Marge Harmon. Grandfather of three.

ZECCHIN, Margaret Ann, 58, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 19. Mother of Margaret Ryan and Anthony Miller. Grandmother of one.

Russell Dellen was a dedicated Church, community volunteer

Russell James Dellen of Fishers, Ind., a member of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Indianapolis and a longtime volunteer and philanthropist, died suddenly on Nov. 8. He was 56.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 13, his 57th birthday, at St. Luke the Evangelist Church. Entombment followed at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis.

He was born on Nov. 13, 1951, in Indianapolis. He was a 1969 graduate of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, and earned a bachelor’s degree and GMI Dealership Management at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He married Donna Rattermann on Feb. 3, 1978, in Indianapolis.

He was president and owner of Dellen Automotive Family.

In 1997, Dellen served as the president of the board of directors of St. Mary’s Child Center in Indianapolis. In 1994, he was named St. Mary’s Child Center board member of the year. He was the recipient of the St. Mary’s Angel on Earth Award in 1996.

Dellen also served on the advisory board of the St. Augustine Home for the Aged in Indianapolis, and enjoyed helping the Little Sisters of the Poor with their ministry to the elderly poor.

Sister Judith Meredith, superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor at the St. Augustine Home, remembered Dellen as “a wonderful and kind friend to the Little Sisters of the Poor and the residents of St. Augustine’s Home.

“He was a dedicated member of our advisory board and was a generous benefactor,” Mother Judith said. “He always welcomed the Little Sisters when we visited, and helped us with our transportation projects. Recently, he was instrumental in helping us get a handicap-accessible bus for our residents and a ‘begging’ van for the Little Sisters, which we use daily to collect food and other items for our residents.

“He touched so many, and he will be missed by us all,” she said. “May God bless his wife, his children, and his family. … His mother-in-law, Alberta Rattermann, … has been a vounteer at our home for many years and … introduced us to Russ. May they find peace in this mysterious will of God.”

Surviving are his wife, Donna Dellen; three sons, Nick, David and Matthew Dellen; a sister, Susan Grieshop; and his mother-in-law, Alberta Rattermann.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the St. Mary’s Child Center, St. Augustine Home for the Aged or Fairbanks Hospital, all in Indianapolis.

Providence Sister Catherine Sienna Wire taught for 55 years

Providence Sister Catherine Sienna Wire died on Oct. 28 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 96.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 31 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Helen Wire was born on Dec. 13, 1911, in Decatur, Ill.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Aug. 23, 1928, professed first vows on Feb. 24, 1931, and professed final vows on Aug.15, 1936.

Sister Catherine Sienna earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

During 80 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as a teacher for 55 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois, California and Washington, D.C.

In the archdiocese, Sister Catherine Sienna taught at St. Anthony School in Indianapolis from 1935-36, St. Joan of Arc School in Indianapolis from 1937-45, Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Indianapolis from 1968-78 and St. Jude School in Indianapolis from 1978-85.

In 1989, Sister Catherine Sienna retired from teaching and volunteered in community service in Indianapolis and at the motherhouse.

In 1996, she began the ministry of prayer full-time with the senior sisters.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

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

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