July 3, 2009


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BESSE, Leo John, 89, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, June 22. Husband of Elizabeth (Price) Besse. Father of Carol Gabonay, Janet Magina, Marjorie, Paul and Timothy Besse. Brother of Josephine Illingworth, Patricia Koons and Mathilda Lamb. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of four.

BLANK, Urban H., 93, St. Louis, Batesville, June 13. Father of Connie Meyer, Peg Salatin and Tom Blank. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of 26. Great-great-grandfather of one.

BRAY, Patrick William, 53, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, June 16. Husband of Jill (Schultz) Bray. Father of Danielle Kulis, Kristy Slater and Ryan Bray. Son of Bill Bray. Brother of Gary, Jeffrey and Robert Bray. Grandfather of two.

DAVIS, Dr. Margaret M., 89, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, June 20. Sister of Dr. Shirley Littlefield, Richard and Robert Davis.

DEATRICK, Mary F., 88, Most Precious Blood, New Middletown, June 15. Mother of Patricia Grismore, Teresa King, Juanita Krogh, Jan Lind, Elizabeth Richardson, Charles and Ronald Deatrick. Grandmother of 21. Great-grandmother of 23.

DILL, Dorothy J. (Case), 80, Mary, Queen of Peace, Danville, May 13. Wife of Wesley Dill. Mother of Angela Dill, Margaret Irwin and Jeanne Smither. Sister of Mary Lou McGuire. Grandmother of three.

DOBBS, Charles, 69, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, June 19. Father of Shannon Jaggers, Shelley Kuzmic and Shawn Dobbs. Brother of Juanita Slaghter. Grandfather of four.

FILIPOWSKI, Eleanor Teresa, 81, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, June 12. Wife of Henry Filipowski. Mother of Lisa Jasek, Andrew, David, Henry, Joseph and Michael Filipowski.

FORSYTHE, Reno H., Jr., 91, St. Jude, Indianapolis, June 19. Husband of Anna Marie (Sahm) Forsythe. Father of Caryl Dill, Barbara Lakin, Lee, Reno III and Steven Forsythe. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of 11.

FREIBERGER, Mildred L., 86, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, June 22. Mother of Jeanette Griffin, Benedictine Sister Mary Sue Freiberger, Paul and Tony Freiberger. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 13.

HARRIS, Cheryl Lynn, 65, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, May 9. Mother of Kristen Dodds, Heather Ghaben and Michael Hutzler. Daughter of Thelma (Kruse) Garcina. Sister of Alice Ehlen, Teresa Darringer and Philip Garcina. Grandmother of eight.

IRVING, Mary, 97, Christ the King, Indianapolis, June 13. Aunt of several.

LONG, Anna Josephine (Costello), 90, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, June 15. Mother of Mary Cleary, Judy Miller and Helen Moll. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of seven.

MATTINGLY, Dr. John A., 74, St. Joseph, Corydon, June 12. Husband of Carole Ann Krause. Father of Chris, John and Dr. Robert Mattingly. Brother of Lura, Mryna, Joe and Larry Mattingly. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two.

McCAULEY, Paul Everett, 68, St. Michael, Bradford, June 12. Husband of Juanita (Becht) McCauley. Father of Retta Nevitt, Paula Schuley, Linda, Michael, Ronald and Timothy McCauley. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one.

MULRYAN, Kathleen Elizabeth, 77, St. Joseph, Indianapolis, June 13. Wife of Thomas Mulryan. Mother of Linda Mauldren, Theresa Montez and John Mulryan. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 10.

NELIS, Grace Ellen, 76, St. Roch, Indianapolis, June 20. Mother of Samantha Bowling, Charlene Ray, David, Michael and Thomas Nelis. Grandmother of 20. Great-grandmother of 19. Great-great-grandmother of one.

NETH, William F., 64, St. Louis, Batesville, June 11. Husband of Peggy Neth. Father of Kathleen and Michael Neth. Brother of Phyllis Browning and John Neth.

PARSLEY, Mary L., 83, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, June 17. Mother of Christine Watkins. Grandmother of two.

POVINELLI, Anselmo, 94, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, June 13. Father of Roberta Green, Raymond, Ronald and Vincent Povinelli. Brother of Frank and Narcisso Povinelli. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 10.

ROURKE, Paul, 78, St. Andrew, Richmond, June 15. Brother of Bernard Rourke.

SANKEY, Ruth, 95, St. Margaret Mary, Terre Haute, June 15. Mother of Nancy Archer and Ruth Pleus. Sister of George Roehm. Grandmother of 13.

SAUER, Helen, 83, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, June 9. Mother of Jo Ellen Eaton, Eileen Mader and Michael Sauer. Sister of Marion Sauer and Mary Scott. Grandmother of six.

SCHROEDER, Judson C., 100, Christ the King, Indianapolis, June 14. Husband of Merle Schroeder.

SHARER, John M., 63, St. Louis, Batesville, June 11. Husband of Diane Sharer. Father of Tara Kaufman, John and Todd Scharer. Son of Martha Sharer. Brother of Janet Gates, Don and Jim Sharer. Grandfather of three.

TIMBERLAKE, Barbara A., 76, St. Joseph, Corydon, June 11. Wife of Frank Timberlake. Mother of Trinita Piet, David, Jeff and Ronald Timberlake. Sister of Larry Ledford. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 16.

VOSMEIER, Anthony, 57, St. Andrew, Richmond, June 13. Husband of Janice Vosmeier. Father of Elizabeth, Colin and Dale Vosmeier. Son of Camilla Vosmeier. Brother of Tammy Chamness.

WALTER, George J., 89, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, June 9. Father of Janis Ashton, Rita Davis, Bonnie Kruer, Larry and Robert Walter. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of 22.

WHITE, Richard P., 49, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, June 10. Son of Rita Ann White. Brother of Mary McFarren, Beth, Jennifer, Susan and Timothy White.

WILLIS, Arabelle M., 95, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, June 18. Mother of Nelda Hawkins, Peggy Jarrett, Karen Neal, Mary Alice Simpson, Pat Yount and Roger Willis. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 15.

Franciscan Sister Mary Rachel Schulte served at Marian College for 46 years

Franciscan Sister Mary Rachel Schulte died on June 16 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, in Oldenburg. She was 91.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 19 at the motherhouse chapel. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery at the motherhouse.

The former Virginia Schulte was born on July 20, 1917, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Dec. 28, 1937, and professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1943.

Sister Mary Rachel taught at the former St. Mary School in New Albany then spent 46 years in ministry at Marian College in Indianapolis, where she served as registrar from 1946-86 and assistant in the dean’s office from 1987-93.

Sister Mary Rachel retired to the motherhouse in 1993, where she ministered in the archive office until her full retirement in 2004.

Surviving are a brother, Joe Schulte of Okeana, Ohio, and a sister, Mary Dolores Schulte of Cincinnati, as well as many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036. †

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