October 30, 2009


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BOLLY, Virgil E., 75, St. Joseph, Sellersburg, Oct. 12. Husband of Anne Bolly. Father of Judy Lawrence, David and Virgil Bolly III. Brother of Carolyn Ernstberger and John Bolly. Grandfather of five.

DENNIN, Colleen Elizabeth (Boyle), 28, Mary, Queen of Peace, Danville, Oct. 8. Wife of Scott Dennin. Daughter of John and Anita (Koers) Boyle. Sister of Nicole Silcox, John Boyle III and Tim Boyle.

DROEGER, Louise, 75, St. Philip Neri, Indianapolis, Oct. 16. Mother of Shelley Austrew, Jim and Mike Droeger. Sister of Elda, Sally, Joseph, Paul and Willie Mattingly. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 12.

FEDORCHAK, Michael, 85, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Oct. 16. Husband of Margaret Fedorchak. Father of Paul Fedorchak. Brother of Anna Chekansky and Walter Schurko. Grandfather of three.

FRANCIS, Otis Roger, Jr., 69, St. Agnes, Nashville, Oct. 13. Husband of Dolores (Herman) Francis. Father of Ann Jensen, Gail, David, Gregory, Jason, Joseph and Raymond Francis. Brother of Sue and Harvey Francis. Grandfather of five.

FUSSNER, Mary C., 96, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Oct. 13.

GRIFFIN, William, 81, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Oct. 17. Father of Susan Ruhana, James, Joseph and Michael Griffin. Brother of Paul Sanders. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of two.

JACKSON, Virginia H., 85, St. Monica, Indianapolis, Oct. 5. Mother of Barbara Bonczek, Mary Sue Bledowski, Judith, Nancy, Virginia, David, George, James, Michael and Robert Jackson. Sister of Ruth (Habig) Green. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of nine.

JORDEN, Thomas James, 74, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Oct. 18. Husband of Teresa Anne Jorden. Father of Maureen Campbell, Mark, Matthew and Michael Jorden. Grandfather of seven.

KLUEMPER, Ed, 80, St. Maurice, Napoleon, Oct. 3. Father of Patricia Ferguson, Carlotta Gunter and Janet Orr. Brother of Mary Kluemper. Grandfather of 22. Great-grandfather of 23.

KRACHENFELS, Richard P., 91, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 11.

McDERMOTT, Carol, 84, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Oct. 23. Wife of Joe McDermott. Mother of Jeanne O’Brien and Paul McDermott. Sister of Alta Combs and Alford Everidge. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of one.

PARMER, Pauline E., 93, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Oct. 11. Mother of Lee Ann, Susan and David Parmer. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 23.

RICE, Alice, 88, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Oct. 18. Mother of Kevin, Larry, Richard, Robert and Ronald Rice. Sister of seven. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 14.

ROERING, Alois H., 72, St. Agnes, Nashville, Oct. 6. Father of Ann Bak, Chris and Michael Roering. Grandfather of seven.

ROMINE, Cheryl M., 51, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Oct. 15. Wife of Robert Romine. Mother of Darcy Goodman, Danielle Henry, Missy Rutan, Robin Steinway, Teresa Vanarsdall and Kyle Romine. Sister of Beverly Bickell, Pam Cook, Debra, Timothy and Tom Blanford. Grandmother of 10.

SMITH, William G., 85, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, Oct. 15. Father of Barbara Shrake, Charlotte Tsareff, Linda, David and William Smith Jr. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of seven.

THOMPSON, Joseph, 74, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Terre Haute, Oct. 12. Husband of Aloisia Thompson. Brother of Delores Utz.

WEIDENBENER, Robert P., 66, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Oct. 14. Husband of Catherine Weidenbener. Father of Michael Weidenbener. Son of Golda Weidenbener. Brother of Donna Weidenbener.

Charity Sister Louise French, who was born in Indianapolis, was a college professor for 35 years

Sister Louise French, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a native of Indianapolis, died on Oct. 21 at Caritas Center in Dubuque, Iowa. She was 91.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 28 in the Marian Hall Chapel at Mount Carmel.

Burial followed at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Dubuque.

The former Anne French was born on June 23, 1918, in Indianapolis. She attended St. Joan of Arc School in Indianapolis.

She entered the congregation on Aug. 31, 1940, professed first vows on March 19, 1943, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1948.

Sister Louise was a professor of philosophy at Clarke College in Dubuque as well as at Mundelein College and Loyola University in Chicago from 1968 until 2003.

During 69 years as a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she also taught at schools in Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003. †

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