March 6, 2009


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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ANDERSON, Mary E., 87, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Feb. 1. Mother of Penny Brown, Vickie, Cliff and Steve Anderson.

BOGENSCHUTZ, John B., 77, St. Louis, Batesville, Feb. 9. Father of Teresa Hall, Deborah Hartman, Judith Wilson, Anthony and Thomas Bogenschutz. Brother of Jerry Bogenschutz. Grandfather of 12.

BOWER, John M., 80, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, Feb. 13. Husband of Pauline Bower. Father of Elizabeth Kyle, Patricia Lloyd, Leslie Summers, John Jr., Ronald and Thomas Bower. Brother of Jim Bower. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of 13.

BRAWNER, Catherine M., 90, Prince of Peace, Madison, Feb. 20. Mother of Mary Ward, Bill and Jim Brawner. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 13. Great-great-grandmother of one.

BROWN, Mary Bonadel, 70, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Feb. 19. Wife of Robert Brown. Mother of Beth Ann Smith, Christopher and Robert Brown. Sister of Mary Jo Hansen, Colleen Scholl, Michael and Patrick Gavin. Grandmother of two.

DYKE, Leland, 91, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, Feb. 15. Husband of Irene Dyke. Father of Michelle Rethmeyer and Suzanne Schoppenhorst. Brother of Elsie Cantwell and Alica Rifenburg. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of six.

FERNANDES, Joseph P., 72, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Feb. 19. Husband of Immaculata Fernandes. Father of Angelica Browder, Mari Grace Polley, David, Francis, Joachim, John and Leonard Fernandes. Brother of Batu and John Fernandes. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of two.

HIRN, Clara, 98, St. Louis, Batesville, Feb. 1. Mother of Judith Ehmann, Catherine Schaeble, Phyllis Winkler, Lawrence and Marvin Hirn. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 10.

HOFF, Mary L., 85, St. Louis, Batesville, Feb. 20. Sister of Jean Struewing, Harold and Robert Flodder. Aunt of several.

KUEHR, Ronald G., 43, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Feb. 19. Son of Richard and Charlotte Kuehr. Brother of Joanne Cassada, Janet Farmer, Lorrie Gruner, Lisa Ramsey, Greg and Tim Kuehr.

LEE, Bertha, 90, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, Feb. 19.

MANCHIR, Robert, 62, St. Mary, Richmond, Feb. 9. Husband of Mary Manchir. Father of Amy Crawford, Michelle, Andrew, David and John Manchir. Grandfather of three.

MARTINEAU, Ann Marie, 59, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, Feb. 6. Mother of Fortune, Joel, Phil and Tom Martineau. Daughter of Ruth (Holland) Martineau. Sister of Mary Merkle.

NIELSEN, Lucy K., infant, St. Louis, Batesville, Feb. 12. Daughter of Megan Fledderman and Josh Nielsen. Granddaughter of Annette and Tim Cuttle, Kim Fledderman, Brian and Shannon Fledderman, and Kai and Mary Nielsen. Great-granddaughter of Harriet Burg, Jim and Rita Fledderman, and George Stewart.

NOE, Kenneth Ralston, 61, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, Feb. 19. Husband of Stephanie Noe. Father of Jean Mercer, Cheryl Thomas and Kenneth Noe. Grandfather of five.

PEREIRA, Jaime, 87, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Feb. 20. Husband of Jacqueline Miller Pereira. Father of Patricia Aiello, James and Jon Pereira. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of seven.

PRICKEL, Rosemary, 77, St. Louis, Batesville, Feb. 15. Wife of Albert Prickel. Mother of Pat Hill, Janet Schumacher, Ron and Terry Prickel. Sister of Shirley Merkel, Evalena Mohr, Merceda Paul and Jerry Volk. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of three.

SENG, Wydema E., 73, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Feb. 22. Mother of Rowena Durrett, Bruce, Gene Jr., Michael and Robert Seng. Sister of Tina Howrey. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of nine.

SENNOTT, Julie, 30, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Feb. 21. Daughter of James and Mary Sennott. Sister of Jackie and John Sennott. Granddaughter of Bernard Dudenhoeffer. Aunt of two.

SCHMOLL, Rudolph A. Jr., 79, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Feb. 15. Father of Mike Schmoll. Stepfather of David Kelley. Brother of Mary Callahan. Grandfather of one.

SHEEHAN, Paul Edward, 67, St. Mary, Rushville, Feb. 17. Husband of Linda (Chaney) Sheehan. Father of Kerri and Patrick Sheehan. Brother of Michelle Bornhorst, Maureen Leisure, Theresa Shadley, Patricia Stamm, Kathleen, Danny and Tim Sheehan. Grandfather of two.

SURENKAMP, Mary Alice, 79, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Feb. 11. Mother of Linda Miller, Beth Starnes, Eric and Rick Surenkamp. Sister of Bill Pickard. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of eight.

WHITE, Marie Frances, 92, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Feb. 18. Sister of St. Joseph Sister Mildred Stellmack.

WHITLEY, Edna M., 89, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Feb. 14. Sister of Joseph Alvis.

YOUNG, Frances, 73, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, Feb. 8. Wife of Kenneth Young. Mother of Karen Miller, Carol Schuhler and Chris Young. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of one.

ZENAIDA, Isidro-Celis, 81, St. Mary, Richmond, Feb. 17. Wife of Moy Celis. Mother of Tricia Isidro-Carvalheira, Cherrie Isidro-Gerstner, Maria Isidro-Stitt, Joy Isidro-Villa, Mario Alfredo and Choo Isidro. Sister of Dr. Lourdes Villa. Grandmother of eight.

Benedictine Sister Bernette Wildeman taught for 50 years

Benedictine Sister Bernette Wildeman died on Feb. 19 at the Hildegard Health Center at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Ind. She was 94.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 23 at the monastery church. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery at the monastery.

Bernette Wildeman was born on Oct. 14, 1914, in St. Philip, Ind.

She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1930, and made her first profession of vows in 1932 and her final profession of vows in 1936.

Sister Bernette taught at Catholic schools for more than 50 years.

In the archdiocese, she taught in Tell City and Indianapolis.

Sister Bernette also ministered in religious education at several parishes in the Evansville Diocese then served in support ministries at the monastery. She retired nine years ago and began her ministry of prayer full-time with the senior sisters.

Surviving are a brother, Anthony Wildeman of Evansville, Ind., and a sister, Poor Clare Sister Mary Elizabeth Wildeman of Evansville, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Benedict, East 10th St., Ferdinand, IN 47532.

Father Gary Kayler ministered at parishes in Oklahoma

Father Gary W. Kayler, a retired diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma, died on Jan. 4 in Indianapolis. He was 61.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 7 at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery in Oklahoma City.

Father Kayler earned a bachelor’s degree at Mount Saint Mary Seminary in San Antonio, Texas, then studied for the priesthood at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.

He was ordained on Jan. 31, 1975.

Before his retirement, he ministered at parishes in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma.

Surviving are his mother, Mary Janolek of Midwest City, Okla., and a brother, Richard Kayler of Oklahoma City. †

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