April 10, 2009


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ADAMS, George Washington, Jr., 64, SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis, March 6. Husband of Lillie Marie Adams. Father of Ratonia Carpenter, Giovanna Fuller, Andrea Murphy, Corree Perrin, Lamia and George Adams III. Brother of Emma Anderson, Brenda Hall, Tiffany Hughes, Mary Thomas, Carrie Lee, Georgette, David, Dennis, Eddie, Jeffery, Herbert and Robert Adams and Wayne Carter. Grandfather of 14.

CRASK, Matthew J., 31, St. Peter, Harrison County, March 12. Father of Hayden and Hayley Crask. Son of Joseph and Teresa Crask. Brother of Michelle Kamber and Michael Crask. Grandson of Marie Morgenroth.

DOOLEY, Brenda, 64, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, March 25. Wife of Jerry Dooley. Sister of Ann McFarland and Danny Agee.

DWYER, Robert E., Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, March 21. Father of Judith Doran and Dennis Dwyer. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of 11. Great-great-grandfather of one.

GEBHART, Michael James, 54, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, March 19. Brother of Karen Blacketer, Martha Gebhart, Carol Prater and Mary Stanger.

HUNTER, Dr. Walter R., 55, SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis, March 20. Son of Ruth Hunter. Brother of Susan Rider and Richard Hunter.

MILLER, Lawrence E., 82, St. Louis, Batesville, March 26. Husband of Marcella Miller. Father of Pam Nordmeyer, Scott and Tom Miller. Brother of Arthur Jr., Bruce and Earl Miller. Grandfather of five.

REED, Helen, 86, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 20. Mother of Ann Martin, Sue Peoni and Jane Smith. Grandmother of five.

SALITROS, Leona, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, March 20. Mother of Mary McGinley. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of five.

STAMMERMAN, Mary Magdalene, 69, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, March 24. Wife of Patrick Stammerman. Mother of Marlene, Renee and Joseph Stammerman.

TUCKER, Diana M. (Burch), 52, St. Gabriel, Connersville, March 28. Mother of Anitra Tucker. Daughter of Virginia Burch. Sister of Jeff, Joe and John Burch II.

WILLIAMS, Raymund E., 79, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, March 27. Husband of Patricia Williams. Father of Kathryn Aebly, Karen Black, Keith and Kenneth Williams. Grandfather of 19. Great-grandfather of two.

Providence Sister Marie Ellen Sullivan was a teacher and principal

Providence Sister Marie Ellen Sullivan died on March 29 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 82.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 3 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Marjorie Joan Sullivan was born on Aug. 21, 1926, in Chicago.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 2, 1945, and professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1947, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

Sister Marie Ellen earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and master’s degrees at Indiana State University in Terre Haute and Loyola University in Chicago.

During 64 years as a Sister of Providence, Sister Marie Ellen ministered as a teacher for 40 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland and Washington, D.C. For 16 years, she served as a principal.

In the archdiocese, Sister Marie Ellen taught at St. Philip Neri School in Indianapolis from 1947-50 and served as the principal of Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville from 1967-71.

In 1988, Sister Marie Ellen retired from teaching then served 15 years as a pastoral associate at a parish in Chicago.

In 2004, she returned to the motherhouse and served full-time in the ministry of prayer.

Surviving is a sister, Marian Kroes of Kenosha, Wis.

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

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