November 6, 2009


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ALLISON, Justine L. Menchofer (Boruff), 91, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Oct. 22. Mother of Sandra Wade. Grandmother of two.

BORGMAN, Jim L., 66, St. Louis, Batesville, Oct. 24. Brother of Nancy Allen, Margie Belmer, Linda Denninger, Eugene and Ron Borgman. Uncle of several.

CAIN, Charles, 80, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 24. Husband of Therese Cain. Father of Linda Teagardin, Kenneth and Steven Cain. Brother of Charlotte Thornberry. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of two.

COLE, Eugenia Marcella, 74, St. Mary, New Albany, Oct. 13. Mother of Priscilla Blackman, Sheila Clark, Elaine Dorty, Vanessa Ruffof, Luvanda and Elton Cole. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of 24. Great-great-grandmother of two.

CONNORS, Permelia A., 89, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Oct. 24. Mother of Christopher and Kevin Connors. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of several. Great-great-grandmother of one.

CULBERTSON, Lowell, 86, St. Andrew, Richmond, Oct. 13. Father of Laura Halcomb, Lorraine Smith, Lisa, Lance, Leslie, Los and Lowell Culbertson. Brother of Patricia Simpson and Marion Culbertson. Grandfather of 22. Great-grandfather of 25.

DREYER, Kenneth C., 87, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Oct. 17. Husband of Elizabeth Dreyer. Father of Lucinda Beeler, Marie Koening, Holy Cross Brother Christopher Dreyer and Kenneth Dreyer Jr. Brother of Mary Louise Burkhart. Grandfather of four.

DRUMMOND, George E., 82, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 26. Husband of Roseanne Drummond. Father of Sharon Miles and Trina Drummond. Brother of William Drummond. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of one.

GEHRICH, Mary Esther, 92, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, Oct. 6. Mother of Helen Stuller, Rosemarie Warren, Donald, Harry and Max Gehrich. Sister of Ruth Hoffmire. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 37. Great-great-grandmother of nine. (correction)

HERBRECHT, Paul R., 76, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 28. Brother of Joseph Herbrecht Jr. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of two.

KRIECH, Florence R., 92, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Oct. 22. Sister of Alberta Heinzelman. Aunt of several.

LEVATO, Louis, 78, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Oct. 20. Husband of Doris (Campbell) Levato. Father of Sara Chambers, Dolly, Christopher, Joseph and Louis Levato. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of six.

MASCHINO, Regina M., 47, St. Joseph, Jennings County, Oct. 24. Wife of Larry Maschino. Mother of Marisa Lakins, Andrea Leak and Bryce Maschino. Daughter of Jack and Ann Williams. Sister of Jack and Jay Williams.

McCABE, P. David, 56, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Oct. 26. Brother of Jane Ann and Dan McCabe.

McCURDY, Dolores (Bowling), 81, St. Mary, New Albany, Oct. 11. Mother of Claudia Alles, Connie Carroll, Marianne Coyle, Christine Oliver, Marcia Schmidt, Bridget and James McCurdy. Sister of W. Scott Bowling Jr. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 11.

McKINZIE, Carla Jean, 54, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, Oct. 17. Wife of Don McKinzie. Mother of Michelle Matthews, Jackie Smith, Rachel Tilson, Jeffrey Stahl and Bryan McKinzie. Daughter of Carl Sauer. Sister of Gary, Steven and Tom Sauer. Grandmother of nine.

MILLER, Margie E., 78, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Oct. 4. Mother of Patrice Goodwin, Mark and Michael Miller. Sister of Joanne Huffaker and Dorothy Wheatley. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of five.

MORIN, Scott Michael, 24, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Oct. 17. Son of Jerome and Bonnie (Bourdeau) Morin. Brother of Sara Morin. Grandson of Albert Bourdeau and Roy Higginbotham.

NOBBE, John W., 81, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Oct. 25. Husband of Alice Nobbe. Father of Bernice Rosemeyer, Ruth Ann Starost, Marjorie Suding, Andrew, Arthur, Bernard, Frank and Roy Nobbe. Brother of Lucille Effinger, Eileen Moorman, Ambrose and James Nobbe. Grandfather of 27. Great-grandfather of 15.

PERROT, Ronald E., 72, St. Mary, New Albany, Sept. 26. Husband of Connie (Habermel) Perrot. Father of Gene and Steve Perrot. Brother of Richard Perrot. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of one.

PIECZKO, George, 75, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Oct. 17. Husband of Marian (Bernard) Piezko. Father of Amy Freeman, Mary Stumpf, Joseph and Michael Pieczko. Grandfather of five.

PREUSS, Rosemarie, 82, St. Mary, Greensburg, Oct. 23. Wife of John Pruess. Mother of Carolyn Hibbert and John Preuss. Sister of Dorothy Brown, Betty Clark and Anna McCrary. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of seven.

REGESTER, Martha, 92, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Oct. 23. Mother of Julie Fry, Marilyn Jaquish, Sarah Mueller, Ann Umphress, Jack Conley, Frank and Jim Regester. Grandmother of 20. Great-grandmother of 15. Great-great-grandmother of two.

SAUER, Marcia Ann (Winzenread), 63, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Oct. 27. Wife of Dave Sauer. Mother of Gina Campbell, Dede Hutmacher and David Sauer. Sister of Melissa Brown, Mary Dale, Madonna Kastings, Marlene Norton, Marjorie Thomas, Mark and Melvin Winzenread. Grandmother of 10.

SCHALER, Robert P., 73, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Oct. 25. Father of Denise Cole and Elaine Schaler. Brother of Joseph and Walter Schaler. Grandfather of three.

SCHENE, Frederick R., 58, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Oct. 24. Husband of Cathy Schene. Father of Toni Cummings, Jackie Schene, Chrissy Struewing and Patrick Schene. Brother of Karen Cox, Barb Hendrix, Bernie Nunlist, Albert, Alvin, Chris, Greg, Mike and Tony Schene. Grandfather of three. Step-grandfather of two. Step-great-grandfather of two.

Providence Sister Mary Richard Griffith was a teacher, principal

Providence Sister Mary Richard Griffith died on Oct. 18 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 94.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 21 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Mary Catherine Griffith was born on March 16, 1915, in Fort Wayne, Ind.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on July 19, 1934, and professed first vows on Jan. 23, 1937, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1942.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

During 75 years as a sister, she was a teacher and principal for 36 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Massachusetts.

In the archdiocese, Sister Mary Richard taught in Indianapolis at the former Cathedral Grade School from 1942-43, St. Andrew School from 1954-55, St. Philip Neri School from 1955-56, St. Joan of Arc School from 1958-59 and the former Ladywood-St. Agnes School from 1972-76.

In 1973, she retired from teaching, but ministered in education as a support staff member.

She retired in 1988, and was active in volunteer service.

Sister Mary Richard returned to the motherhouse in 1991, where she volunteered for the congregation.

In 2001, she dedicated herself to the ministry of prayer full-time with the senior sisters.

Surviving are a sister, Virginia Hannum of Fort Wayne, Ind., and three brothers, Donald Griffith of Fort Wayne, James Griffith of Fort Wayne and Laurence Griffith of Syracuse.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876. †

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