May 29, 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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ALLEY, Phyllis Louise, 72, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, May 16. Mother of Susan Belcher and Paul Alley Sr. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 12.

BARNES, Leanna G., 86, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, May 11. Mother of Kathy Bryan, James, John, Robert, Thomas and William Barnes. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of one.

BECKER, Eugene J., 79, St. Louis, Batesville, May 9. Cousin of several.

BEDEL, Martha L., 90, St. Anthony of Padua, Morris, May 8. Sister of Alma Armstrong. Aunt of several.

BIRCHLER, Edith F., 83, St. Margaret Mary, Terre Haute, May 16. Sister of Staley Rhodes. Grandfather of three.

BUENNAGEL, Charles, 83, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, May 5. Father of Donna Scott, Steve and Tim Buennagel. Grandfather of five.

CAHILL, Jerry P., 77, St. Margaret Mary, Terre Haute, May 16. Husband of Jo Ann Cahill. Father of Nanetta Banion, Frances Goodwin, Dennis and Shawn Cahill. Brother of Thomas Cahill. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of six.

CONDON, Rose Ellen, 81, Mary, Queen of Peace, Danville, May 9. Mother of Lois Gallagher-Ball, Beth Haver, Fran Simmerman, Bob, John, Mark, Mike, Philip, Ray and Sean Condon. Sister of Martha Roseman. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 16. Great-great-grandmother of two.

DIEBOLD, Simone D., 89, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, May 10. Mother of Alain, Marc and Paul Diebold. Sister of Rosette Del Rue. Grandmother of five.

HEADLEE, Martha L., 94, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, May 15. Sister of Gertrude (Roell) Nickles. Stepmother of Nancy Huber and Jack Headlee. Step-grandmother to several. Step-great-grandmother to several.

FRENGEL, James L., 81, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, May 7. Husband of Nora (O’Shea) Frengel. Father of Jacqueline Dunham and James Frengel. Stepfather of Donna Gunn, Julie Winters and Jeff Nichols. Brother of Lois Ann Waterman and Robert Frengel. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of eight. Great-great-grandfather of six.

JENKINSON, Martha, 84, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, May 6. Mother of Debra Foster, David and Mark Jenkinson. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.

JOHNES, Leona M., 90, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, May 13. Mother of Bob, Dave and Jerry Johnes. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one.

LEX, Joseph R., 83, St. Roch, Indianapolis, May 16. Father of Laura Martin, Martha Wheeler, Amy, Cynthia and Joseph Lex. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of four.

LUEBKE, George, 86, Christ the King, Indianapolis, May 14. Father of Linda Collins, Jeanne Cox, Mary Anne Jaynes, Jane Kirkpatrick and Diane Marschke. Brother of Mary Margaret Glynn. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of three.

MARTIN, Kimberly, 53, St. Mary, Rushville, May 12. Mother of Jennifer Simmons and Michael Martin. Sister of Mike Coffin. Grandmother of one.

NORD, Mary M., 46, Holy Family, New Albany, May 19. Daughter of Robert and Mary Ann Nord. Sister of Angela, Andrew, Joseph and Thomas Lord. Aunt of several.

O’BRIEN, Edna M., 88, Holy Family, Oldenburg, May 11. Mother of Maria Berger, Tara

O’Brien-Cockson, Cathy, Peggy, Bill, Dan, Terry and Tom O’Brien. Sister of Rita Schuler, Stella Tertinsky, Albert and Howard Roth. Grandmother of two.

O’BRIEN, Rose, 72, St. Agnes, Nashville, May 5. Wife of Terrence O’Brien. Mother of Christiana and Stephen O’Brien. Sister of Joanne Partipilo. Grandmother of three.

ONOCHIE, Stephen, 83, St. Michael, Indianapolis, March 18. Husband of Felicia Onochie. Father of Mrs. Nzekuw, Josephine, Rosemary, George, Henry, Michael, Richard, Stephen and Victor Onochie. Grandfather of 24.

RUSH, Ray, 54, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, March 25. Brother of Jay Rush. Cousin of several.

SAUER, Joseph W., 88, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, May 3. Brother of Mary Scott.

SIEFERMAN, Mary B. (Howard), 97, Prince of Peace, Madison, May 8. Aunt of several.

SULLIVAN, Jean A., 90, Christ the King, Indianapolis, April 28. Mother of Sylvia Gray and Patricia Witt. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 14.

THOMAS, Mary Jo (Litsey), 68, St. Mary, New Albany, May 15. Mother of Angie Brown, Patty Browning, Mary Nolan, Judy Sapp and James Thomas. Sister of Judy McGaughey, Ernest and James Litsey. Grandmother of 20. Great-grandmother of 18.

TURNER, Lillian M., 88, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, April 30. Mother of Linda Andersen, Barbara Conlin, Betty Huffman, Mary Lou Weber and Thomas Turner. Sister of Patricia Bauerla, Mildred Leezer and Jo Ann Leuthart. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of 26. Great-great-grandmother of three.

UPDIKE, Rachel, 98, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, May 5. Aunt of several.

VEA, Virginia Y., 72, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, April 15. Mother of Elizabeth Vea-Smith, Gwendolyn, Rosemarie and Gilbert Vea. Grandmother of six.

VOLK, Raymond J., 90, St. Louis, Batesville, May 17. Uncle of several.

WALTERS, Naomi Ruth, 86, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 14. Mother of Chuck, John, Joseph and Larry Walters. Sister of Donna Van Winkle, Carl, Curt, Doyle, Mike and Tony Elliott. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of eight.

WARNER, Lynette, 37, St. Anthony of Padua, Morris, May 7. Mother of Kelsey and Zakary Warner. Daughter of Dick and Karen Dunaway. Sister of Deanna Slay. Granddaughter of Dorothy Dunaway. †

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