February 5, 2010


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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ANDRIOT, Elizabeth A., 79, St. Joseph, Corydon, Jan. 11. Mother of Evelyn Fried, Peter Jr. and Robert Andriot. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.

BEESON, James W., 87, St. Mary, New Albany, Jan. 11. Husband of Rosemary (Warth) Beeson. Father of Vicki, David and James Beeson. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of one.

BOVA, Paul Anthony, 95, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Jan. 18. Husband of Marie (Minasola) Hanka Bova. Father of Linda Stewart, Josephine and Michael Bova. Brother of Santina Gallamore, Rosie Polk, Anna Sqillace, Joseph and Michael Bova Jr. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of 36. Great-great-grandfather of four. Step-grandfather of four. Step-great-grandfather of five.

BRENT, Jonathan G., 58, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 10. Husband of Janet Brent. Father of Jona and Jered Brent. Son of Monica Brent. Brother of Marilyn and Terry Brent.

CLEMENTS, Betty V., 84, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 17. Mother of Janice Hammans and Leo Clements III. Grandmother of four.

DAUENHAUER, Shirley Ann (King), 73, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Jan. 19. Wife of Donald Dauenhauer. Mother of Linda Hancock, Lisa Leach, Mary, Teresa and Michael Dauenhauer. Sister of Larry King. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of two.

DEMING, Adela B., 96, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Terre Haute, Jan. 7. Mother of David and L. Drake Deming. Grandmother of four.

DICKMAN, Debbie, 56, St. Pius V, Troy, Jan. 8. Wife of Joe Dickman. Mother of Jason and Jim Dickman. Daughter of Lois and Dave Braun Sr. Sister of Darla Hempfling, Dave Braun and Doug Wolf. Grandmother of one.

FITCHEY, Gesine Iola (Walker), 83, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Jan. 16. Mother of Lorrie Demuth, Connie Mitchell, Lisa Summers, Theresa, Wanda, Carl and Kevin Fitchey. Sister of Alice Ewing. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 11.

FIWEK, Michael A., 60, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Jan. 9. Husband of Sue Fiwek. Brother of Chuck Nemeth, Don, Joe and Rick Fiwek.

GARTENMAN, Arthur J., 89, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 23. Father of Donna Feller and Dan Gartenman. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 19.

GARTIN, Dorothy Mae, 97, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Jan. 8. Mother of Theresa Leeke, Veronica Montgomery and Robert Gartin Jr. Sister of Joan Williams. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 12. Great-great-grandmother of two.

GOLAB, Danuta, 87, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 23. Wife of Tomasz Golab. Mother of Teresa Heil and Adam Golab. Grandmother of seven.

HAAS, Ileen M., 87, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Jan. 26. Mother of Kathy Coffin, Judy Jones and Richard Haas. Sister of Betty Andrews and Helen Heine. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 16.

HARMON, David H., 87, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 22. Stepfather of Sharon Tabard. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of 12. Great-great-grandfather of two.

HOLDAWAY, Dorothy W., 85, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Jan. 17. Wife of Eugene Holdaway. Mother of Richard Holdaway. Sister of JoAn Baldwin. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two.

HONNERT, Lawrence, 67, St. Mary-of-the-Rock, Franklin County, Jan. 23. Husband of Lucille Honnert. Father of Dorothy Burkhart, Theresa Davis, Emily Glardon, Rose Nuhring, Sarah Sizemore and Thomas Honnert.

HUBBARD, Audrey Mae, 91, St. Rita, Indianapolis, Jan. 18.

KENNEDY, Ralph Elwood, 69, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Jan. 25. Father of Victoria Jones, Carrie White and John Kennedy. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of two.

KIEFNER, James D., 61, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Jan. 22. Husband of Sue (Terrell) Kiefner. Father of Maggie Donohue, Amy Kiefner-Hill, Amanda Lempke, Kara May and Jon Kiefner. Brother of Maryann Cobb, Susan Novinski, Kathy and Joe Kiefner. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of two.

KLEEMANN, Jim, 64, St. Paul, Tell City, Jan. 12. Husband of Kathy Kleemann. Father of Natalie and Derek Kleemann. Son of Helen Kleemann. Brother of Trudy Powell, Judy Sumner, Joe, Kenny and Paul Kleemann. Grandfather of two. (correction)

KRYNICKI, Charlotte, 72, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Jan. 17. Wife of Thomas Krynicki. Mother of Cynthia Brattain, Ronda Hall, Robin Lysiak, Delana Myers, Dawn Runnebohm and Thomas Krynicki Jr. Daughter of Lorene Pramik. Sister of Robert and Ron Watkins. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of six.

KUZEL, Norbert Raymond, 86, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Jan. 8. Husband of Helen Kuzel.

MAHOWALD, Charlotte, 73, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Jan. 6. Mother of Suzanne Benson and John Mahowald. Sister of Lorraine Wierzbinski. Grandmother of three.

MATTINGLY, Michael Joseph, 49, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Jan. 18. Father of Katy Mattingly. Son of Mary Jane (Holloran) Mattingly. Brother of David, James, Raymond, Stephen and Thomas Mattingly.

MERK, Clarence A., Sr., 88, Most Precious Blood, New Middletown, Jan. 14. Father of Donna Enlow, Mary Glover, Patricia, Teresa, Clarence Jr., Joe, John and Rich Merk. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of four.

MESSMER, Phyllis, 85, St. Andrew, Richmond, Jan. 20. Wife of Robert Messmer. Mother of Jayne Thompson and Mark Messmer. Sister of Susie Warner. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.

MOORE, Gregory A., 61, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Jan. 15. Husband of Diane Moore. Father of Gina Snyder, Erich, Gregory and Steve Moore. Brother of Debby Clark, Suzy Hanna, Brian, Michael and Tracy Moore. Grandfather of eight.

MULVANEY, Geraldine K., 88, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 25. Wife of Vernon Mulvaney. Mother of Michael Mulvaney. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of two.

ROBINSON, John W., 87, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 23. Husband of Rosemary Robinson. Father of Mary Jane Arnett, Benedictine Sister Cathy Ann Robinson, Mark, Richard and Stephen Robinson. Brother of Joann Powell. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of eight.

SCHAEFER, William E., 96, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Jan. 25. Father of Rebecca, Michael Raymond and William Schaefer. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of three.

SNYDER, Susan Lynn, 59, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Jan. 24. Wife of Randy Snyder. Mother of Meghan and Joe Snyder. Daughter of Jean Burton. Sister of Chris Burton.

TOTH, Allene Huntsinger, 89, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Dec. 31. Aunt of several.

TREMPER, Orris S., 91, St. Paul, Tell City, Jan. 4. Brother of Joyce Baldwin and Velma Kleeman.

TURCO, Patricia (Flanagan), 51, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Jan. 20. Wife of Joseph Turco. Mother of Jennifer Turco. Sister of Lawrence Flanagan.

WALSH, Cecelia Jane, infant, SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis, Jan. 8. Daughter of Angela Walsh. Sister of Fiona Rose Walsh. Granddaughter of Jane Maher and Jim Walsh.

Franciscan Sister Mary Sharon Raben directed former children’s home

Franciscan Sister Mary Sharon Raben, a member of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died on Jan. 22 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility at the motherhouse. She was 92.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 25 at the motherhouse chapel. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Mary Raben was born on May 4, 1917, in St. Wendel, Ind.

She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Oct. 1, 1938, and professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1944.

Sister Mary Sharon served as a grade school teacher and principal as well as superior during 47 years of ministry.

In the archdiocese, she ministered at St. Mary School in New Albany, Holy Name School in Beech Grove, the former Holy Trinity School in Indianapolis, St. Joseph School in Shelbyville, St. Louis School in Batesville and St. Paul School in New Alsace.

She served as director of the former St. Vincent’s Home for children in Vincennes, Ind., for nine years and also taught at a Catholic grade school in Ohio.

From 1987-96, Sister Mary Sharon served as the director of domestic service at the motherhouse.

She also helped with the annual fundraising auction held in conjunction with the Sunman Volunteer Fire Department until 2000.

Surviving are two sisters, Rose Ann Nagy of Hammond, Ind., and Alice Craft of Hot Springs, Ark., as well as several nieces and nephews.

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

Franciscan Sister Jean Marie Linesch was a teacher, principal

Franciscan Sister Jean Marie Linesch, a member of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died on Jan. 16 at St. Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville. She was 92.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 20 at the motherhouse chapel. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Margaret Mary Linesch was born on March 22, 1917, in St. Bernard, Ohio.

She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Sept. 8, 1936, and professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1942.

Sister Jean Marie ministered as a grade school teacher and principal during 43 years of service in Catholic education from 1939-82.

In the archdiocese, Sister Jean Marie served at St. Gabriel School in Indianapolis, the former St. Mary School in Indianapolis and the former Holy Trinity School in Indianapolis.

She also taught at Catholic grade schools in Ohio and Missouri.

In 1982, Sister Jean Marie returned to the motherhouse, where she ministered as the communication office assistant then as the communication office manager.

In 1996, she retired from ministry and moved to St. Clare Hall, the sisters’ health care facility.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

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

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