December 11, 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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BARLOW, Mary Ann, 86, St. Mary, North Vernon, Nov. 27. Mother of Mary Jo Bender, Kate Nicolai, Billy, John, Michael and Robert Barlow II. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of one.

BERRY, Harriet A., 104, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Nov. 22. Mother of Joan Ledebur, Judy Sumner, Anne Woulfe and Tom Berry. Grandmother of 20. Great-grandmother of 29.

BROCK, Norma, 81, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Nov. 18. Mother of Sara Snyder and Daniel Noble. Sister of Avis Charnes. Grandmother of four. Step-grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of five. Step-great-grandmother of four.

DIERCKMAN, Emmanuel, 98, St. Bridget, Liberty, Nov. 26. Father of Mary Anne Schrank and Betty Anne Skates. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of three.

FORSTING, Leo A., 91, St. John the Evangelist, Enochsburg, Nov. 27. Father of Mary DeGraw, Linda and John Forsting. Brother of Clara Regan and Leona Ziegelmeyer. Grandfather of one. Great-grandfather of four.

FRITZ, Michael P., 43, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Nov. 18. Son of Robert Fritz and Lee Bowling. Brother of Shannon Kamer, Debbie Lacy, Paula Rottet, Angela Schickel and Gary Bowling.

HASKAMP, Bernard Charles, Sr., 73, St. Mary, Greensburg, Dec. 2. Husband of Janice Haskamp. Father of Anita Campbell and Bernard Haskamp Jr. Brother of Ruth Wolter and Virgil Haskamp. Grandfather of two.

HUBLER, Adolph, 89, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Nov. 30. Father of Betty Howard, Ed and Terry Hubler. Brother of Clara Hock, Rita and Victor Hubler. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of one.

KORTE, Helen M., 98, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Nov. 25. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of seven. Great-great-grandmother of eight.

RATHZ, Agnes Rose, 91, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Nov. 27. Mother of Victoria Davis and Thomas Rathz. Sister of Delores Richardson. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 13.

RICKE, J. O., 88, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Nov. 18. Husbuand of Betty (Davis) Ricke. Father of Joan Coffman, Ann McGlothlin, Carolyn, Sally and Scott Ricke. Grandfather of three.

SILER, Marie A., 78, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Nov. 15. Mother of Michael Siler.

TUPPER, Phillip L., 62, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, Oct. 30. Husband of Cathy (Brunson) Tupper. Father of Erica, Adam, Ben and Jon Tupper. Son of Charles Tupper. Brother of Madeline Tupper. Grandfather of five.

WENNING, Elizabeth M., 77, St. Mary, Greensburg, Nov. 24. Mother of Karla Martin and Roger Wenning. Sister of Barbara Abel, Mildred Brinson, Lillian White, James and Maurice Beyer. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of one.

WILLIAMS, Rita Ann, 73, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Nov. 17. Wife of Robert Williams. Mother of Sharon Cocuzza, Ann and David Williams. Sister of Nancy Cohee, James and Jerard Smith. Grandmother of two.

WYCKOFF, Catherine A., 80, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Nov. 24. Mother of Elaine Sempson, Carol Stark and Tim Wyckoff. Sister of Barbara Neville and Frances Schroder. Grandmother of 10.

YOST, Joseph A., Sr., 92, Holy Family, New Albany, Dec. 1. Husband of Jo Ann Yost. Father of Denise Gardner and Joseph Yost Jr. Stepfather of Vicki Hamilton, Debbie Hosier, Oleita Norton, Frank and Phillip Cook. Brother of Alfred, George and Kenneth Yost. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of 16.

ZOLLER, Mary R., 93, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Dec. 1.

Franciscan Sister Mary Inez Schuman ministered as a teacher and principal for 47 years

Franciscan Sister Mary Inez Schuman died on Nov. 30 at Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. She was 88.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 3 at the motherhouse chapel of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Rita C. Schuman was born on Oct. 9, 1921, in St. Leon. She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Aug. 15, 1937, and professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1943.

Sister Inez was a teacher and principal at Catholic grade schools during 47 years of ministering in elementary education from 1940-87. She served as a Catholic school principal for 17 years.

In the archdiocese, she taught or served as principal at Sacred Heart School in Clinton and Our Lady of Lourdes School in Indianapolis.

She also ministered as a teacher or principal in the Diocese of Evansville and in Ohio.

Sister Inez retired to the motherhouse in Oldenburg in 1988, and served as a clerk in the congregation’s finance department then as a telephone operator for 18 years.

She entered full retirement in 2006 and was a resident of St. Clare Hall, the sisters’ health care facility.

Surviving are a sister, Lucille Roell of Harrison, Ohio; and two brothers, Albert and Leroy Schuman of St. Leon.

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

Greta May Davis of Columbus was the mother of Father Clem Davis and a parish volunteer

St. Bartholomew parishioner Greta May Davis of Columbus, the mother of Father Clem Davis, died on Nov. 19 in Columbus. She was 90.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 21 at St. Bartholomew Church. Burial was at Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery in Mountain Home, Ark.

Greta May Nelson was born on May 28, 1919, in Chariton, Iowa. She was married to Earl Davis on April 12, 1941, in Chicago. He preceded her in death in 1987.

She moved to Columbus in 1999, and was a member of the Ladies Council at St. Bartholomew Parish. She enjoyed square dancing and boating.

Surviving are a daughter, Donna Tarpey of Huntley, Ill.; a son, Father Clem Davis, the pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish in Columbus; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Bartholomew Parish, 1306 27th St., Columbus, IN 47201. †

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