July 24, 2009


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BALL, Joan Marie, 69, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, July 8. Sister of Mary Ann Beilach and Janet Williams. Aunt of several.

BLANFORD, Hilda M., 73, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, July 8. Mother of Beverly Bickell, Pamela Cook, Cheryl Romine, Debbie, Timothy and W. Thomas Blanford. Sister of LeAnn Frodge. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of 17. Great-great-grandmother of three.

BURNS, Sophia Louise (Asher), 64, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, June 13. Wife of Richard Burns. Mother of Renee Burns-Moorman, Wilma Lackey, Timmy Moorman and Richard Burns. Sister of several. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of two.

CHIPLIS, Geneva Paul, 90, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, July 10. Wife of Robert Chiplis. Mother of Jane Barnett, Michele Beemer, Ann Roberta and Jeffry Chiplis. Sister of Polly Aley.

EBERLE, Michael L., 63, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, July 9. Husband of Carol Eberle. Father of Dana Eberle-Dethy and Douglas Eberle. Brother of Rachel Ambrose, Jerome, Joseph and Martin Eberle. Grandfather of three.

EMMETT, Margaret, 84, Christ the King, Indianapolis, July 4. Wife of Robert Emmett. Mother of Maureen Hughes, Marcy Kamaka, Jamie Martin, Meg Masterson, Mark, Michael, Patrick and Rob Emmett. Sister of Mary Jane Doerner. Grandmother of 23. Great-grandmother of 12.

FISHER, Mary Margaret, 89, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, July 5. Mother of Bridgid, Ellen, Julia, Mary Ann, John Jr. and Timothy Fisher. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of nine.

FOLTZ, John Robert, 38, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, July 12. Husband of Lora (Burns) Foltz. Father of Jack Foltz. Son of Robert and Bonnie Jean (Colvin) Foltz. Brother of Dan and Jason Foltz.

FOX, Howard A., 83, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, July 14. Husband of Beatrice H. (Kritzman) Fox. Father of Connie Marien and Dennis Fox. Brother of six. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of three.

GARRETT, Vernon D., 84, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, June 28. Husband of Patricia (Filcer) Garrett. Father of Julie Woods, Susan Van Wyck, Dr. Anne and Dr. John Garrett. Grandfather of 12.

JOSE, Kneffler McGinnis, 18, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, July 7. Son of David Jose and Maureen Donahue. Brother of Alice Sullivan and August Jose.

KAVANAUGH, Timothy E., 67, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, July 12. Husband of Sue Kavanaugh. Father of Brian, Kevin and Tim Kavanaugh. Brother of Kay Andres, Charlotte Lewinski, Albert, David, John, Lee, Louis, Mark and Steve Kavanaugh. Grandfather of six.

KERVAN, James Paul, 71, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, July 15. Husband of Carolyn (Stark) Kervan. Father of Kelly, Kevin and Paul “P.J.” Kervan. Brother of Paula LaFave.

KRIVOSHIA, Gloria Clara, 75, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, July 5. Wife of Adam Krivoshia. Mother of David and Shaun Krivoshia. Sister of Margaret Barr. Grandmother of five.

KROUSE, William F., Sr., 78, Christ the King, Indianapolis, July 9. Husband of Vickie Krouse. Father of John, Joseph, Robert, Stephen, Thomas and William Krouse. Brother of Patricia Fultz. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of two.

LAWSON, Leona M., 84, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, July 14. Mother of Linda Toney. Sister of Ann Andres, Alberta Bertrand, Judy Bowe, Mildred Niehoff, Rita Nolot, Elmer, Melford and Norbert Andres. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of three.

LUKOWITZ, Frances L., 99, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, July 8. Mother of Gregory and Jerome Lukowitz. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 12.

NOLTE, Sallyann (Ayres), 65, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, July 8. Mother of Kimberley Putnam. Sister of Joseph Ayres. Grandmother of one.

RUSSELL, John Richard, 84, St. Mary, Greensburg, July 11. Stepfather of Mary Beth Crouse, Judy Davis, Gretchen Oburn and Christie Sloan. Brother of Frances Mefford. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of four.

SORRELLS, Kenneth R., 73, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, July 3. Husband of Mary Jo (Bauer) Sorrells. Father of Angie Marshall, Charles, James, Kenny, Richard and Ron Sorrells. Brother of Delores Ragsdale and Harold Sorrells. Grandfather of 14.

STOREY, G. Robert, 80, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, July 14. Husband of Mary E. Storey. Father of Peggy Obergfell, Daniel, Joseph, Mark and Matthew Storey. Brother of Katherine Day. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of 24.

TIERNAN, Mae, 81, Holy Family, Richmond, June 29. Mother of Larry Ash. Stepmother of Jane Metcalf, Charles Peters, Elaine, Patrick and Thomas Tiernan. Sister of Sue Hochstedler, Anna Kennedy and Charles Peters. Grandmother of three.

WINDLE, Theresa (Vollmer), 77, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, May 8. Mother of John Windle.

Deborah Corban was sister of Father Harold Rightor

Deborah (Rightor) Corban, the sister of Father Harold Rightor II, died on July 14 in Indianapolis. She was 59.

The funeral service was held on July 18 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Indianapolis. Burial followed at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

She was born on Aug. 16, 1949, in Indianapolis.

Corban was a hairstylist for many years. She also was an accomplished vocalist, and sang with her family in the Jubilation Singers.

She was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her husband, Keith Corban; son, Adam Corban; three sisters, Loretta Ogden, Sharon Larmore and Carolyn Steindorff; two brothers, Father Harold Rightor II and Jim Rightor; and many nieces and nephews.

Oldenburg Franciscan Sister Laetitia Meyer ministered as an art teacher and principal

Franciscan Sister Laetitia Meyer died on July 5 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, at the motherhouse in Oldenburg. She was 97.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 7 at the motherhouse chapel. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Mary Theresa Meyer was born on Nov. 5, 1911, in California, Ohio.

She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on June 28, 1936, and professed her final vows on Jan. 6, 1944.

Sister Laetitia ministered in elementary and secondary education as a teacher and principal at Catholic schools in Indiana and Ohio. She especially enjoyed teaching fine arts classes for high school students.

In the archdiocese, Sister Laetitia taught at Holy Trinity School, the former St. Mary Academy and Father Thomas Scecina Memorial High School, all in Indianapolis.

She also taught at Catholic schools in the Evansville Diocese and Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

From 1983 until 2004, Sister Laetitia resided at the motherhouse in semi-retirement as a resident artist.

She spent her final years living at St. Clare Hall.

Surviving are two nephews and many cousins.

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

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