November 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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ALLEN, Walter, 88, St. Michael, Brookville, Oct. 12. Husband of Lura Allen. Father of Mary Race, Debra Turner, Mark, Michael and Robert Allen. Brother of Phillip Allen. Grandfather of 13. Step-grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of seven.

BENHAM, Harold L., 87, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Oct. 21. Husband of Eileen Benham. Father of Nancy Goode, Andrea Parker, Elaine Wykoff, Maureen, Alan, Thomas and William Benham. Brother of June McGinnis and Vera Poole. Grandfather of 24. Great-grandfather of 17. Great-great-grandfather of five.

BILYK, Lydia (Mycio), 63, St. Joseph, Sellersburg, Oct. 19. Mother of Michelle Fabanich and Peter Bilyk. Daughter of Anna Mycio. Grandmother of five.

BUENNAGEL, Robert J., 86, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Oct. 23. Father of Anne Skirvin. Grandfather of two.

DAY, Elizabeth, 86, St. Mary, New Albany, Oct. 14. Mother of Mary Ellen Frederick, Bev Juliot, Patty Naville and John Day. Sister of Joann Earl and Jean Holtman. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of six.

DECKER, Joseph L., 79, St. Louis, Batesville, Oct. 21. Husband of Helen Decker. Father of Teresa Huy, Susan, Andrew, Paul and Pete Decker. Grandfather of eight.

DICKMAN, Clarence E., Jr., 86, St. Paul, Tell City, Oct. 14. Husband of Mary Margaret Dickman. Father of Michaella Sims, Christie, Marybeth and Marty Dickman. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of one.

DOTTS, Beverly J. (Schubert), 72, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Oct. 18. Wife of Estill (Gene) Dotts. Mother of Debbie Yarberry, Caroline Wells, Brian and Paul Dotts. Sister of Barbara Barger, Marilyn Dye, Pamela Ford, Charlotte Glenn, Sharon Harris, Patricia Rains, Charles Jr. and John Schubert. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of four.

DUGAN, Virginia M., 88, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Oct. 14. Mother of Nancy Fels, Beth Lane and Mike Dugan. Sister of Dottie Gerdt, Pat Kriner, Barbara McCarthy and Joan Sylvester. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of two.

DUKE, Robert Malcolm, Sr., 99, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Oct. 15. Father of Linda Brewster, A. Yvonne Skelly and Robert Duke Jr. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of several.

EDWARDS, Laverne, 64, St. Rita, Indianapolis, Oct. 21. Sister of Angela Brown, Ruth Golden, Dollie Smith, Jack and James Edwards.

FERRO, Natalie, 91, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Oct. 2. Sister of Margaret Malag. Aunt of several.

GOGGINS, Louise T., 93, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Oct. 9. Mother of Susie Maier, Alice Sansone, Berndadette Skibinski, Jim and John Goggins. Grandmother of seven.

HAMILTON, Anna Marie, 86, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 18. Mother of Sondra Branson, Vicki Mattingly, David and Jerry Kuner. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 18.

HOFFMAN, Raymond, 80, St. Mary, New Albany, Oct. 16. Brother of Anna Grooms, Mary Lou Lasher, Elsie Morgan, Alberta Schultheis, Loretta, Allen, Dennis and Edwin Hoffman.

HOWE, Patricia Marie (Brown), 51, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Oct. 14. Wife of Larry Howe. Mother of Mark and Robert Howe.

KANIZER, Joseph, 89, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Oct. 9. Husband of Martha Kanizer. Father of Mary Jeanette Milligan and Joseph Kanizer. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of 15. Great-great-grandfather of one.

KEITH, Alverta A. (Aufmuth), 86, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Oct. 10. Mother of Janice Walton, James, John, Mark and Thomas Keith. Sister of LaVerne and George Aufmuth. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of six.

KREILIS, Stanislava, 91, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Oct. 18. Mother of George Kreilis. Grandmother of three.

LONG, Gordon W., 87, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Oct. 23. Husband of Fern Long. Father of Dan, Jim and Mike Long. Brother of Dr. Thomas Long. Grandfather of four.

MARMION, E. Michael, 79, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 11. Husband of Patricia Marmion. Father of Abigail, Melinda and Michael Marmion. Brother of Maureen Bartolucci. Grandfather of three.

McANDREWS, John Lawrence, 55, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Oct. 23. Husband of Rosel (Martin) McAndrews. Father of Crystal Broderick, Amber Malcolm, Shannon and Jason Nicholas, Allie, Hannah and Kaydence McAndrews. Son of John McAndrews. Brother of Carol, Linda, Patricia, Theresa, James and Michael McAndrews. Grandfather of three.

McCRITE, Doris A., 89, Holy Family, New Albany, Oct. 19. Mother of Dona Schepers and Patrick McCrite. Grandmother of six. Step-grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of eight.

MOORE, Thelma Marjorie, 91, St. Anne, New Castle, Oct. 17. Sister of Beryl Poindexter.

PATMORE, Wilma (Pierrard), 81, St. Paul, Tell City, Oct. 11. Mother of Pam Have, Donna Mullis and Donald Patmore. Sister of Marian Sprinkle, Lloyd and William Pierrard. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 15.

QUINLAN, Elizabeth A., 101, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Oct. 19. Mother of Elizabeth Grady and Nancy Hamilton. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 16.

RANDOLPH, Angela (Hunger), 77, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 19. Wife of Thomas Randolph. Mother of Julie Randolph. Sister of Edward Hunger.

SULLIVAN, Anne Louise (McCann), 83, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Oct. 16. Mother of John, Joseph and Thomas Sullivan. Sister of Isabelle Estep. Grandmother of one.

WELLS, Rita Ann (Piccione), 58, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Oct. 21. Mother of James Wells. Daughter of Norma Piccione. Sister of Joanne Henry and Joseph Piccione Jr. Grandmother of two.

WILLIAMSON, Phyllis, 68, St. Andrew, Richmond, Oct. 12. Mother of Micci Wampler and Rich Townsend. Stepmother of Lee Ann Huffine and Mark Williamson. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of two.

Benedictine Sister Amelia Banet was a teacher, and a bookkeeper and sacristan at the monastery

Benedictine Sister Amelia Banet, a founding member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, died on Oct. 17 in Beech Grove. She was 81.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 21 at Our Lady of Grace Monastery Chapel in Beech Grove. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Mary Jane Banet was born on Nov. 2, 1928, in Floyds Knobs.

She entered the Benedictine community at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Ind., in 1945 and made her monastic profession in 1947.

She graduated from Academy Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand then earned a bachelor’s degree in education at the former St. Benedict College in Ferdinand and master’s degree in education at St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Sister Amelia served as a teacher and in several other ministries for 61 years.

In the archdiocese, she taught at the former St. Paul School in Tell City, the former St. Michael School in Cannelton, St. Pius X School in Indianapolis and St. Anthony of Padua School in Clarksville.

She also taught at a Catholic grade school in Evansville, Ind.

Sister Amelia also served as the assistant to the bookkeeper at St. Paul Hermitage in Beech Grove, and was the sacristan at the monastery.

She is survived by a sister, Anna Lee Skaggs of New Albany; a stepsister, Sharon Gettelfinger of Portland, Ore.; and a stepbrother, Larry Zahn of Floyds Knobs.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Retired Sisters’ Fund, Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107.

Benedictine Brother Anthony Streit formerly served Catholic Charities Indianapolis as a bus driver

Benedictine Brother Anthony Leo Streit, a former employee of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, died on Oct. 26 at the Newark Abbey in New Jersey. He was 79.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 28 at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. Burial followed on Oct. 29 at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis.

He was born on July 19, 1931, in St. Cloud, Minn.

He entered the Order of St. Benedict at St. John Abbey in St. Cloud, Minn., in 1948.

Brother Anthony served at the former St. Maur Priory in South Union, Ky., until October of 1968 when the order moved the priory to wooded property along the White River and North Michigan Road in Indianapolis.

He was a gifted carpenter and loved working with his hands.

Brother Anthony worked for many years as a bus driver for Catholic Charities Indianapolis.

He spent many hours rebuilding the St. Maur facilities and volunteering in the community.

Brother Anthony enjoyed gardening at St. Maur Priory, and shared some of the fruits of his labors with the community.

He also drove the school bus for St. Rita Parish, and performed maintenance duties for SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish.

Brother Anthony also served as the chaplain for the Pike Township Fire Department, and often volunteered his time to drive his beloved antique fire truck in parades.

He donated the Stations of the Cross from St. Maur Priory to Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Due to illness, he moved to Newark, N.J., in May of 2009 because the former St. Maur Priority community had been acquired by the monks at the Newark Abbey.

Brother Anthony served the monks faithfully at the Newark Abbey until October of 2010.

He is survived by a brother, James Streit. †

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