November 13, 2009


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BODOH, Lloyd J., 87, St. Paul the Apostle, Greencastle, Oct. 15. Husband of Dorothy (Pfeiffer) Bodoh. Father of Jan Carroll and Bernie Bodoh. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of five.

BRICKENS, Leonard C., 59, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 30. Husband of Theresa Brickens. Father of Anissa Borden. Brother of Stella Benefiel. Grandfather of one.

BRUNESS, Dolores A., 63, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, Oct. 29. Sister of Rita Rogers and Walter Podolak Jr.

DOERR, Daniel L., 70, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Oct. 28. Husband of Diana (Davis) Doerr. Father of Michelle Noppenberger, Marie Williams and Christopher Doerr. Brother of Ed and John Doerr. Grandfather of 11.

EVARD, Janet M., 85, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Oct. 27. Wife of Harry Evard. Mother of Linda Smith, Marcie Warden, Bob, Dan and Tim Evard. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 10.

FISSE, Paul J., 78, St. Maurice, Decatur County, Oct. 29. Brother of Rita Bokelman and Mary Catherine Schoetmer.

GARRISON, Madelyn C., 95, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Nov. 1. Mother of Patty Ellis. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of nine.

GEDRICK, Lena, 89, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Oct. 17. Mother of Darlene Kelsheimer and Marlene Ross. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of five. Great-great-grandmother of three.

HODAPP, Alvina C., 88, St. Maurice, Napoleon, Nov. 1. Wife of Alphons Hodapp. Mother of Betty Fisse, Ruth Herbert and Arthur Hodapp. Sister of Edna Harp and Vernon Wilmer. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 13.

HOUGHTON, Richard J., 60, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Oct. 29. Husband of Caryl (Hoskins) Houghton. Father of Alex, Chris, Jeff, Jon, Matthew and Ted Houghton. Brother of Pat Crum and Cathy Osowski.

KELLAMS, Amy Alison, 38, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Oct. 27. Daughter of Deacon Marc and Chris Kellams. Sister of Katherine Dollens and Sarah Lippman. Aunt of several.

KENNEY, Doris K., 80, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Oct. 25. Wife of James Kenney. Mother of Mary Miller, Alice Reahard, Anne Shinnema, Susan Walker, Jack and Jimmy Kenney. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of five.

McDOWELL, Virginia Ann, 81, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 30. Wife of John McDowell. Mother of Mary Ann Hackman, Patty Simmons, John and Mike McDowell. Sister of Patty Knob. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of one.

McHUGH, Agnes Louise (Budenz), 82, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Oct. 29. Mother of Maureen Barkley, Mary Agnes Binkley, Angie Hert, Kathy, Margee, Jim and Louie McHugh. Sister of Josephine Braun, Julia Wright and Mike Budenz. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of one.

MUNN, Wanda F. (Strunk), 69, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 25. Wife of Ronald Munn. Mother of Christina LaRoche, Rhonda Leardi, Danny King, Linda, David, Dean, John, Michael and Steven Munn. Sister of Clifton, Randy, Ricky and Wayne Strunk. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of seven.

NEWLAND, Helen Louise, 84, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Oct. 14. Wife of James Newland. Mother of Jane Corazo, Christine Darling, Margaret Paul, Suzanne Graham, David, James, Mark and Robert Newland. Grandmother of 14.

NIEHAUS, Elizabeth F., 81, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 3. Mother of Patty Cain, Kitty Fischer, Jim and John Niehaus. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of eight.

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.

SHERMAN, Verle Elizabeth (Allison), 90, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Oct. 31. Mother of Susan Sullivan, Elizabeth, Jeanne, Charles, Edward, James, Dr. Michael, Robert and William Sherman. Grandmother of 25. Great-grandmother of 20. Great-great-grandmother of one.

STILLER, Mildred L., 83, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Oct. 29. Mother of Jacqueline Sluss, Beverly Uhl, Dennis, Gary, Dr. Jeffrey, Dr. Stephen and Thomas Stiller. Sister of Pat Armstrong, Phyllis Fouts, Eva Libs, Sharon Stiner, Edmund and Maurice Fisher. Grandmother of 20. Great-grandmother of four.

STONE, Norman, 74, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Oct. 23. Brother of Violet Adkins. Uncle of several.

STUMLER, Mary Katherine (Fisher), 91, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Oct. 26. Mother of Diana Receveur, Irvin and Ronald Stumler. Sister of Pat Armstrong, Phyllis Fouts, Eva Libs, Mildred Stiller, Sharon Stiner, Eddie and Maurice Fisher. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 18. Great-great-grandmother of five.

Providence Sister Ellen Marie Stafford ministered as a teacher for 38 years

Providence Sister Ellen Marie Stafford died on Nov. 3 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 93.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 5 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Helen Mary Stafford was born on April 12, 1916, in Galesburg, Ill.

She joined the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on July 15, 1934, and professed her first vows on Jan. 23, 1937, and her final vows on Jan. 23, 1943.

Sister Ellen Marie earned bachelor’s degrees in education and history at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree in education at the University of Dayton in Ohio.

During 75 years as a Sister of Providence, Sister Ellen Marie ministered as a teacher for 38 years at Catholic schools in Indiana and Illinois.

In the archdiocese, she taught at the former St. Ann School in Indianapolis from 1943-44 and the former Sacred Heart School in Terre Haute from 1944-48.

In 1975, Sister Ellen Marie began a 23-year ministry as a parish visitor for the Catholic parishes in Galesburg, Ill.

In 1998, she began volunteering in residential service at the motherhouse. In 2004, she began her prayer ministry full-time with the senior sisters.

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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