December 18, 2009


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BAILEY, Frances Elinor, 93, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Nov. 18. Mother of Barbara Williams. Sister of Mary Elizabeth Langhorst and John Wiegman. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of four.

BASSO, John Victor, 85, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Nov. 29. Husband of Anne Basso. Father of John, Robert and Thomas Basso. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of three.

BENTON, Michael, 57, St. Joseph, Rockville, Nov. 30. Son of Anna Margaret Fravel. Brother of Teresa Baker, Celia Grossheim, Michele Lincoln, Kelley Lewis, Dorothy, Jayanne and John Benton.

BERHEIDE, Charles, 83, Holy Family, Richmond, Nov. 23. Husband of Virginia Bereide. Father of Bob Berheide. Stepbrother of Joan Brandenberg and Betty Strzelecki.

BIANCHETTA, Mary, 93, St. Joseph, Universal, Nov. 19. Mother of Sharon Wilson. Sister of Virginia Dagley. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of two.

BUTLER, Virginia (Vize), 85, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Nov. 27. Mother of Ray Krebs. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of 10. Great-great-grandmother of two.

CARTER, Katrine E., 92, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Nov. 28. Wife of Alvin Carter. Mother of Kenneth Carter. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of one.

CLOUSE, Mary, 77, St. Andrew, Richmond, Dec. 4. Mother of Phil Defibaugh. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.

DUNSMORE, Honore M., 90, St. Paul Hermitage, Beech Grove, Dec. 2. Mother of Linda Augenstein and Sharon Gartrell. Grandmother of one. Step-grandmother of seven. Step-great-grandmother of 11.

FINNEGAN, John, 71, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Dec. 2. Husband of Janice Finnegan. Father of Laura Brenzel, Ann Lucas, Karen Watt, Natalie Wenzel, John and Patrick Finnegan. Son of Dorothy (Casper) Finnegan. Brother of Mary Walker. Grandfather of 12.

GILLESPIE, June K., 81, St. Matthew, Indianapolis, Nov. 20. Wife of Dale Gillespie. Mother of Susan Albert, Jackie Mitchell, James and Thomas Gillespie. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of seven.

GOODRICH, Marie E., 87, St. Matthew, Indianapolis, Nov. 18. Wife of James Goodrich. Mother of Michele, James and Joseph Goodrich. Sister of John Nichol.

HILBERT, Arthur H., 95, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 19. Husband of Marie Hilbert. Father of Cathy Marcum, Ann Miller, Susan Hilbert and Jeanie Robinson. Brother of Robert Hilbert. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of 10.

KNOX, Jean M., 90, St. Matthew, Indianapolis, Nov. 13. Wife of George Butzin. Mother of Christine Baron and Thomas Butzin. Grandmother of two.

KOEBELER, Paul, 91, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Dec. 3. Father of Cynthia Koebeler and Barbara Thornton. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of 12.

LITKENHOUS, Louis E., 86, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Nov. 27. Father of Julie Fowler and Robert Litkenhous. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of three.

LONG, Hazel E., 89, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 1. Mother of Ramona Rummans, Margaret Schaller, Michael and Terry Long. Sister of Ramona Brown and Mickey Pund. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 10.

MARTIN, Teresa, 46, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 13. Daughter of Robert Martin and Marlene Martin. Half-sister of Joshua Martin.

McKEE, Mary Virginia, 98, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 3. Cousin of several.

MOSCATO, Luella, 69, St. Mary, Greensburg, Nov. 22. Wife of James Moscato. Mother of Micki Baker, Marti Garwood and Michael Moscato. Sister of Alan and Gene Merx. Grandmother of three.

OGLE, Deborah Maynard, 60, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 26.

PASTORE, Eda, 85, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Nov. 19. Wife of Americo Pastore. Mother of Maria Lang, Lisa Smith and Thomas Pastore. Grandmother of four.

RETTIG, Paul D., 49, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Nov. 30. Husband of Corie Rettig. Father of Abbi, Alexis, Annee and Ashley Rettig. Son of Carole (Keller) Rettig. Brother of Chris, Dan, Gary, Jim, Mike and Steve Rettig.

WILSON, Joseph F., 87, St. Augustine Home for the Aged, Indianapolis, Dec. 11. Father of Violet Engel, Sheila Katko, Paula Moore, Fagan O’Reilly and Joseph Wilson. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of four.

Providence Sister Marie Benson served as a teacher or principal for 41 years

Providence Sister Marie Benson died on Dec. 6 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 88.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 10 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Winifred Mary Benson was born on July 8, 1921, in Chicago.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 5, 1939, and received the name Sister Marie Ralph. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1941, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

Sister Marie earned a bachelor of science in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master of science in education at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

During 70 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as a teacher and principal for 41 years. She taught music and elementary education at Catholic schools in Indiana, North Carolina, Maryland and Illinois.

In the archdiocese, Sister Marie served as the principal of the former Holy Trinity School in New Albany from 1943-48 and taught at St. Matthew School in Indianapolis from 1983-86.

In 1982, Sister Marie retired from teaching. She served as the register at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis from 1986-94.

In 1994, she retired and volunteered in Indianapolis. In 2004, she returned to the motherhouse and began her prayer ministry.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 1 Sisters of Providence Road, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.

Conventual Franciscan Father Mark Mindrup was a vicar provincial

Conventual Franciscan Father Mark F. Mindrup, a native of Terre Haute, died on Dec. 8 at St. Gertrude Health Center in Shakopee, Minn. He was 96.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 14 at the chapel at Mount St. Francis in southern Indiana. Burial followed in the friars’ cemetery.

He was born on March 11, 1913, in Terre Haute. He professed his solemn vows in 1936, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1939, at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio.

In 1942, Father Mark earned a License in Sacred Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Prior to 1970, Father Mark served as a pastor, preacher of parish missions, and professor of ethics and moral theology.

From 1966-70, Father Mark served as vicar provincial for the Province of Our Lady of Consolation based at Mount St. Francis.

From 1972 to 2001, he resided at Franciscan Retreats in Prior Lake, Minn., where he ministered to those battling alcohol and chemical dependency.

Known as a gifted and dynamic speaker, Father Mark often gave retreats throughout the United States and Canada for people in recovery.

Father Mark served as an adviser to many bishops and religious superiors on issues of chemical dependency and the clergy or religious. He developed a series of protocols to assist bishops and religious superiors in intervention, treatment and after care.

He also served as the international chaplain of the Calix Society from 1986-94.

Surviving are a niece and several nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Conventual Franciscans, Mount St. Francis Friary, 101 St. Anthony Drive, Mount St. Francis, IN 47146. †

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