September 25, 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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BIRO, Steven, 51, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Sept. 13. Father of Karalee Lydy and Jessica Stone. Son of Bob and Mary Jane Biro. Brother of Audrey Finchum, Dawne Frome, George and Robert Biro II.

BLAND, Ivan E., Jr., 63, St. Michael, Cannelton, Sept. 5. Husband of Nancy Bland. Father of Dan, Ivan III, John and Sam Bland. Son of Dorothy Powers. Brother of Bonnie Lawalin and Jerry Bland. Grandfather of nine.

BLUNK, Walter, 87, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Sept. 8. Husband of Mary Blunk. Father of Becky Pitts, Barbara Smith and Robert Blunk. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of five.

BRADEN, Veronica M., 87, St. Mary, Greensburg, Sept. 18. Mother of Veronica Perry. Sister of Gennie Blanchet and Sally Gentile. Grandmother of four.

BRAUN, Lucille D., 87, Immaculate Conception, Millhousen, Sept. 14. Wife of Thomas Braun. Mother of Virginia Marchel and Patricia Wuensch. Sister of Alma Schwering, Carl and Ralph Moorman. Grandmother of three.

CARR, Jason Allyn, 32, St. Joseph, Jennings County, Aug. 23. Husband of Shannon (Echtinaw) Carr. Father of Braydon and Juston Carr. Son of Henry and Patricia (Gonyer) Carr. Brother of David and Wade Carr. Grandson of Irene Gonyer.

COOPER, Elmer, Jr., 85, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 14. Father of Janice Davis, Jo Ellen LaRoche, Rosemary Ooley, Jeanann Strong and Stephen Cooper. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of 14.

ELSTRO, Jackson, infant, St. Andrew, Richmond, Sept. 7. Son of Jack Howe and Melissa Elstro. Brother of Hayven and Conner Howe. Grandson of Jeanette Howe and Tom and Susie Elstro. Great-grandson of Mary Brinker and Kathryn Elstro.

ENNIS, Rick Lee, 49, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Sept. 14. Husband of Teresa (Spencer) Ennis. Father of Brandy Young, Robbin and Shelby Ennis. Son of Clara Stepp. Brother of Sandy Goble and Don Ennis. Grandfather of one.

ERNSTES, Mary Ann, 88, St. Mary, Greensburg, Sept. 11. Wife of J. Howard Ernstes. Mother of Sara Amrhein, Helen Black, Carol Howe, Dale, Joe, Ken, Mike, Richard and Tom Ernstes. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 10.

FOX, Marjorie J., 83, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Sept. 11. Wife of Mark Fox. Mother of Cathy Cochran, Shirley Eubanks and Michael Fox. Sister of Robert Williams. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.

GILLESPIE, William John, 60, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Sept. 19. Husband of Judy (Gabonay) Gillespie. Father of Katy Treadwell and David Holmes. Son of Dale and June (Wyss) Gillespie. Brother of Sue Albert, Jackie Mitchell, Jim and Tom Gillespie. Grandfather of one.

GIROUARD, Theresa J., 80, St. Paul, Tell City, Aug. 15. Mother of Dale and David Girouard. Sister of Linda Kincaid, Rosemary Spear and Larry Schank.

HALL, Robert L., Jr., 51, St. Joseph, Sellersburg, Sept. 7. Husband of Linda Hall. Stepfather of Kellie Lucas and Michael Esarey. Brother of Dora Bir, Jerri Lyle, Mary Mayfield, Margie Plummer, Jean, Chris and Tony Hall. Step-grandfather of two.

HAMMEL, Marian F., 86, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Sept. 11. Mother of Rosemary Bean, Bernadette Clifford, Barbara Shambo, Margaret Surbaugh, Francine Underwood, Dennis, Jeffrey, Jim, John and Tom Hammel. Sister of Patricia Brown, Marietta Bustle, Linda Cravens, Sharon Hanley, Catherine Jones, Betty Parker, Bernard, Buddy, David and Steve Downs. Grandmother of 35. Great-grandmother of 54. Great-great-grandmother of four.

JACOBSON, Richard R., 84, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Sept. 4. Husband of Marie Jacobson. Father of Richard Jacobson.

KAPPUS, Justina, 92, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 10. Mother of Rebecca Hoog, James and Robert Kappus. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of nine.

KREMER, Marty Catherine (Duvelius), 84, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Aug. 21. Wife of Robert Kremer. Mother of Carol Burkhardt, Jeanne Dill, Anthony and Michael Kremer. Sister of Mildred Hutchings, Ira and Thomas Duvelius. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of nine. Great-great-grandmother of two.

LAUGHLIN, Virginia L., 86, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Sept. 14. Mother of Janet Schrumpf, Maryann, John, Ronald and Thomas Laughlin. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of six.

MANLEY, Alice M., 94, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Sept. 13. Mother of Joyce Tellmann, Charles and Patrick Manley. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of five.

MOSCATO, Jo Ann, 77, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Sept. 9. Mother of Deborah Moscato. Sister of Frances Fish, Mary Ross and Lena Woodward.

NICHOLSON, Jerome, 74, Holy Family, Richmond, Sept. 9. Husband of Peggy Nicholson. Father of Cara White, Julia, Karen, David and Steven Nicholson. Brother of Joan Gentry, Maryann Greer, Althela Swim and Joseph Nicholson. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of one.

PERRINE, Elizabeth M. (Schmit), 80, St. Michael, Cannelton, Sept. 10. Mother of Christal Moskos, Nancee, Donald and Roger Perrine. Sister of Rosalie Cavanaugh and Benedictine Father Arthur Schmit. Grandmother of eight.

WRIGHT, Margaret, 90, St. Mary, Richmond, Sept. 8. Mother of Mary Barth, Nancy Manning and Patricia Young. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 21. Great-great-grandmother of two. †

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