July 17, 2009


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ALBERT, Wesley John, 81, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, June 17. Husband of Hazel (Dake) Albert. Father of Iris, Lila and William Albert. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of two.

AUGSBURGER, Joseph K., 86, St. Joseph, Indianapolis, June 30. Father of Terry Hubele and Tony Augsburger. Grandfather of four.

BARR, Stephen Thomas, 54, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, July 9. Son of Jacqueline Rose (Brunke) Barr Suprenant. Brother of Mary Baker, JoAnn Kane, Theresa Lawrence, Pat Roe, Jennifer Zigler, Chuck, Dale and Robert Barr.

CHEEK, Carol, 86, St. Jude, Indianapolis, July 2. Mother of Barbara, John, Michael and Paul Cheek. Sister of Katherine Nelson. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.

DEEM, Paul R., Sr., 70, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, June 23. Husband of Trudie Deem. Father of Pamela Brooks, Laurie Wasser, Jennie, Karen, Kathryn and Paul Deem. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of one.

DUDLEY, Peter K., 7, St. Thomas, Fortville, June 28. Son of Mark and Christine Dudley. Brother of Anna, Catherine, Maria, Monica, Sarah and Teresa Dudley. Grandson of Underwood Dudley, Marcele Everest, Charles and Carol Krenek.

FULLENKAMP, Harold J., 73, St. Mary, New Albany, July 1. Husband of Ruth Ann (Bothast) Fullenkamp. Father of Heidi Weber. Brother of Mary Lou Shawver and Richard Fullenkamp. Grandfather of one.

HABERMEL, Joyce K., 83, St. Mary, New Albany, July 3. Mother of Lana Celton, Laura Mullins, Connie Perrot, Kathy Redden, Jeffrey, John, Robert and William Habermel. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of two.

HENDRICKS, Janice Ann (Seng), 56, Holy Family, New Albany, June 30. Mother of Corey Riall, Heather Williams and Heidy Wynn. Daughter of Dorotha Seng. Sister of Joan Banet. Grandmother of five.

JACOBS, Jerome W., 75, Immaculate Conception, Millhousen, July 6. Husband of Elaine Jacobs. Father of Lisa Pulskamp, David, Derek, Gordon and Michael Jacobs. Brother of Daniel and James Jacobs. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of three.

LOFTUS, Mary Ella (Via), 64, St. Joseph, Indianapolis, June 22. Mother of Jennifer and Jason Loftus. Sister of Alice Benjamin, Susan Nalley, Bill, Fred, Jim and Joe Via.

OALDON, Matthew Lynn, Jr., infant, St. Monica, Indianapolis, June 25. Son of Matthew and Danielle Oaldon. Brother of Gianna, Dominic and Lucus Oaldon. Grandson of Patricia Ensley, Lois McKinney and Becky Oaldon.

PRATT, Richard Armor, 80, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, June 19. Husband of Mary (Sheehy) Pratt. Grandfather of one.

PROVENCAL, Raymond L., 40, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, June 27. Son of Robert and Deborah Provencal. Brother of Rebecca Tietsworth and Robert Provencal Jr.

SCHNIEDERS, Joan F., 88, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, June 23. Mother of Mary O’Brien, Ann, David, James, Major and Paul Schnieders. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of three.

SHIRLEY, Mark A., 41, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, July 4. Father of Nathan Shirley. Son of Chester and Thelma Korfhage. Brother of Jeanne Landrum and Kent Shirley.

SHRADER, Robert F., 61, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, June 23. Son of Carolyn Shrader. Brother of Thomas Shrader. (correction)

SIENER, Joseph F., 70, St. Mary, North Vernon, June 30. Husband of Rita Sue (Rhinehart) Siener. Father of Theresa Thompson, Marjorie and Andrew Siener. Brother of Barbara Diekhoff, Clara Lauth and Charles Siener. Grandfather of 10.

SPRONG, Marie (Wood), 95, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, July 6. Mother of Chree Kysar. Sister of Jeanne Bergman, Paula Herod and Betsy Pope. Grandmother of three.

Sister Alma Lents taught at Indian mission school

Benedictine Sister Alma Lents died on July 5 at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove. She was 90.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 8 at Our Lady of Grace Monastery Chapel in Beech Grove. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Mary Sue Lents was born on March 2, 1919, in Loogootee, Ind.

She entered Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Ind., during her senior year in high school in 1936.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at the former St. Benedict Normal College in Ferdinand.

Sister Alma began her teaching ministry in 1940 at St. Benedict School in Evansville, Ind. She also taught at St. Mary-of-the-Knobs School in Floyds Knobs as well as Christ the King School and St. Theresa School in Evansville.

In the early 1960s, Sister Alma transferred from Ferdinand to become a founding member of Queen of Peace Monastery in Belcourt, N.D.

Her greatest love was teaching American Indian children at St. Ann’s Mission in Belcourt.

In 1970, she left her teaching ministry and worked at St. Ann Parish in Belcourt, where she taught religious education classes and visited the sick until her retirement in 1997.

In 2003, the Benedictine community at Queen of Peace Monastery disbanded and she transferred to Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove.

Surviving are two cousins, Frank and Norma Weber.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Benedict Retirement Fund, Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107. †

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