November 26, 2010


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ALLEN, Everett L., 89, St. Joseph, Sellersburg, Nov. 11. Husband of Alleen Allen. Father of Ruth Lile, Dianne, Linda and David Allen. Brother of Mabel Balmer, Irene Ehringer and Raymond Allen. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of one.

ARIENS, Andrew A., 79, St. Mary, Rushville, Nov. 9. Husband of Gertrude Ariens. Brother of Carolyn Bir and Ernestine Johnston. Uncle of several.

BERG, Joan (Scott), 93, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis, Nov. 5. Mother of Barbara Leversen, Mary Ann Yates, Matthew, Richard and Stephen Berg. Sister of Jack Scott. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 22.

BREEN, Rose Marie, 92, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Nov. 3. Mother of Anne Iles, Rose Marie Traylor, Jane, Joseph and Michael Breen. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of five.

FRENCH, Dorothy E. (Ruch), 92, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Nov. 9. Mother of Luticia Cranfill, Bonieta Gardner, Rosemary Kelley and Mary Ann Williams. Sister of Mary Margaret Meyer and Catherine Weed. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 21. Great-great-grandmother of four.

GAVAGHAN, William J., 59, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, Oct. 21. Husband of Mary Margaret (Commons) Gavaghan. Father of Kelly Litwin and Tim Gavaghan. Son of James Gavaghan. Brother of Pattiann Johnson, James, Dennis and Robert Gavaghan. Grandfather of one.

HAAG, Arthur P., 94, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Nov. 7. Uncle of several.

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

HIGGS, Robert F., 87, St. Augustine Home for the Aged, Indianapolis, Oct. 3. Brother of Dorothy Thomas.

JONES, Paul J., 87, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 17. Husband of Betty Jones. Father of Michael Jones. Grandfather of one. Great-grandfather of four.

KLOSTERKEMPER, Anne, 89, St. John the Evangelist, Enochsburg, Nov. 11. Mother of Deborah Clemons, Joey Milburn, Teresa Ward, Anne and Brian Klosterkemper. Sister of Cecilia Rees and Monica McCoy. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 13.

LUKEMEIER, Antoinette (Ulrich), 81, Holy Family, New Albany, Nov. 7. Mother of Joy Marie Lukemeier. Sister of Frank Ulrich. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of one.

MARLEY, C. Christine (Meade), 63, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 14. Wife of Robert Marley. Mother of Beth Ann and Scott Marley. Daughter of Clyde Meade. Sister of Sharon Meade. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of one.

McALOON, Col. James J., 88, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Oct. 24. Husband of Constance McAloon. Father of Bridget Barber, Deirdre Boelter, Constance Fust, Brendan, James and Sean McAloon. Brother of Margaret Leach. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of seven.

McGUIRE, Veronica (Murtaugh), 88, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, Nov. 3. Wife of Joseph McGuire. Mother of Jeanne, Charles, David, John, Patrick, Robert and William McGuire. Sister of Marian Rentmeesters. Grandmother of 12.

POTE, Janice Marie Ferstle (Glenn), 79, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Nov. 10. Wife of Robert Pote. Mother of Michael and Robert Glenn. Stepmother of Mariangela and Robert Pote. Grandmother of seven. Step-grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two.

RIZZI, Karyn Marie (Egan), 37, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Nov. 8. Wife of Tommy Rizzi. Mother of Hannah, Josie, Mark and Nick Bowles and Nick Rizzi. Daughter of Tom and Angie Egan. Sister of Jackie Shepard, Craig, Pete and Tony Egan. Granddaughter of Ruby Maddox.

RUSSELL, Joseph E., 59, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, Oct. 23. Husband of Darlene Russell. Father of Christy Walton and Andrew Russell. Brother of Agnes Dodd, Eileen Dyson, Mary Jensen, Kathleen, Donald, Ed, John and Leonard Russell. Grandfather of seven.

SHIRLEY, Raymond, 80, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Nov. 13. Husband of Martha May (Osterholt) Shirley. Father of Barbara Reynolds, Karen Summers, Angela Thompson, Donna, Daniel and Michael Shirley. Brother of Sharon Heavener and Ronald Shirley. Grandfather of 12. Step-grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of four.

STUCKEY, Hubert G., 83, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Nov. 11. Father of Cindy Dornick, Diane Eastman, Laura McGrady, Peggy Neese and Bernie Stuckey. Brother of Rita Mariani, Margie Renie, Norma and Tom Stuckey. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of one.

WILLIAMS, McCoy, 74, St. Joseph, Rockville, Nov. 6. Husband of Diane Williams. Father of Kimberly Crawford, Maria Gourley, Debbie Herron and Paul Greene. Brother of Clete Williams. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of two.

Father Adrian Figuerola Pijoan was former chaplain at St. Augustine Home for the Aged

Father Adrian Figuerola Pijoan, the former chaplain for the Little Sisters of the Poor at the St. Augustine Home for the Aged in Indianapolis, died on Nov. 16 at the home. He was 92.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 20 at the St. Augustine Home Chapel. Burial followed at the Priests’ Circle at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Father Adrian was born on June 16, 1918, in Spain.

He was a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans for many years.

He served the Little Sisters as their chaplain for 11 years.

After retiring in 2008, he remained at the St. Augustine Home as a resident priest.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Augustine Home for the Aged, 2345 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46220.

Providence Sister Marianne McGriffin was an educator, artist and iconographer

Providence Sister Marianne McGriffin, formerly Sister Trinita Marie, died on Oct. 24 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. She was 84.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 28 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery at the motherhouse.

The former Mary Ann McGriffin was born on May 5, 1926, in Linton, Ind.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 2, 1944, professed her first vows on Aug. 15, 1946, and professed her final vows on Aug. 15, 1951.

Sister Marianne earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a master’s degree in education at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and a master’s degree in religious education at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind.

During 66 years as a Sister of Providence, she taught at Catholic grade schools in Indiana, Illinois and Maryland for 22 years.

In the archdiocese, Sister Marianne taught at St. Charles Borromeo School in Bloomington from 1955-58 and again in 1976, and the former St. Benedict School in Terre Haute from 1959-66.

In 1971, she began a new ministry in religious education at parishes.

During those years, Sister Marianne began focusing on the place of art in spiritual development. Initially, clay was her preferred medium.

In 1989, she began Open Spaces, a spiritual formation center, in Elkhart, Ind.

Her book, Reflections in Clay: Mirror of Truth, was published in 2002.

In 2006, Sister Marianne returned to the motherhouse, completed training in iconography and worked in that medium until her death.

Her icons have been displayed at the Providence Center, and reproductions are available for sale at the Providence Center Gift Shop.

Surviving are a brother, Philip McGriffin of Maricopa, Ariz., and two sisters, Marjorie Bronsing of South Bend, Ind., and Providence Sister Francine McGriffin of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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

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