July 8, 2011


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BARANKO, Joy Joan, 84, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, June 17. Mother of Cassandra Jablonski, Cynthia Koppen, Janet Siniscalchi and Gregory Baranko. Sister of Anna Mae Withsosky, Mary Zakutansky and Paul Baranko. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of one.

BARRETT, Stillman, 74, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, June 22. Husband of Vonna (Dortch) Barrett. Father of Roberta Barrett-Clark. Brother of Mary Agresta, Judith Haynes, Robert Dortch and James Robinson. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of one.

CARSON, Margaret Joan, 89, St. Augustine Home for the Aged, Indianapolis, June 26. Sister of Mary and Alfred Carson. Aunt of several.

CARSON, Robert L., 75, St. Paul, New Alsace, May 24. Husband of Phyllis (Miller) Carson. Father of Julie Kern, Janna Stonebraker, Jim and John Carson. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of five.

FINK, Antoinette, 88, St. Charles Borromeo, Milan, June 1. Mother of Teresa Garrison, Bernadine Ickenroth and Charles Fink. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of nine.

FORESTAL, Kyle, 26, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, May 12. Son of Marianne Forestal. Brother of Daniel Forestal.

GOOTEE, Burdean, 81, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, June 16. Husband of Sueann Gootee. Father of Brian and Bruce Gootee. Brother of Providence Sister Ann Jeanette Gootee.

HAVERKOS, Thomas, 74, St. Charles Borromeo, Milan, June 10. Husband of Phyllis Haverkos. Father of Sue Erhart, Trina Hetzer, Aimee Hollingsworth, Julie Strasemeier, Dore, David, Peter and Thomas Haverkos. Brother of one. Grandfather of 28. Great-grandfather of one.

KESTERMAN, Marie C., 93, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, June 24. Mother of Rita Addis, Theresa Basey, Donna Cronin, RoseMary Toll, Dale and Dennis Kesterman. Sister of Margie Hubert, Rosanne Sturgis, Betty Vandenbach, Carl, Leo and Louie Wenning. Grandmother of 21. Great-grandmother of 26.

KNIGGA, Melvin L., 75, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bright, June 6. Father of Cindy Schulte, Brad, Brian, Chris, Matt and Tim Knigga. Brother of Mary Lou Care and Paul Knigga. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of four.

LOEFFLER, Johanna (Benker), 78, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, June 28. Mother of Anita Grady, Fred and Dr. John Loeffler. Sister of Hildegard Wack and Johann Benker. Grandmother of two.

McCARTY, David L., 80, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, June 8. Husband of Mary (Lenahan) McCarty. Father of Kathryn, David, Dennis, Kevin, Michael and Thomas McCarty. Brother of Mary Lee Griffin and Gerald McCarty. Grandfather of 13.

MEYER, Donald F., 78, St. Mary, Rushville, June 23. Husband of Judith (Johnston) Meyer. Father of Beth Barnes, Barb and David Meyer. Brother of Lucille Hahn, Ed and Jim Meyer. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of one.

MULLIGAN, David, 63, Holy Family, Richmond, June 19. Cousin of several.

MULLINS, Shirley Leo, 93, St. Mary, Rushville, May 31. Father of Audrea Eskew, Joyce Lawson, Cary, Dennis, Mark, Mick and Tim Mullins. Brother of Rita Snoddy. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of 26. (correction)

PENDLETON, Charles Ed, 66, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, June 22. Husband of JoAnn (Andres) Pendleton. Father of Dwayne and Matt Pendleton. Brother of Bobby, Rich, Steve and Tom Pendleton. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of one.

PYTLESKI, John Joseph, 87, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, June 22. Husband of Catherine (Dawson) Pytleski. Father of Jean Marie McCoy. Brother of Lucille Van Enyde. Grandfather of four.

ROSENBERG, Edna Mae (Faull), 65, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, June 11. Mother of Pamela Heath and David Plaskin. Sister of Charlotte Rule. Grandmother of three.

RYAN, James H., 75, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bright, June 20. Father of Cindi, Jennifer, Peggy, Jim and Tim Ryan. Brother of Pat Biederman. Grandfather of 11.

STONE, Mary Ann, 77, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, June 8. Wife of Paul Stone. Mother of Karen Moore, Kathleen, Daniel, Kevin, Michael, Steven and Timothy Nestor. Stepmother of Lynette Mattice and Lee Stone. Sister of Fred Scribner. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of one.

TAYLOR, Richard M., 58, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, June 25. Husband of Janice Taylor. Father of Shelly Duncan, Kathy, Billy, Johnathon and Ricky Taylor. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of two.

WALSH, Phillip Edward, 73, St. Jude, Indianapolis, June 25. Father of Marianne Agresta, Karen Roeder, Cathy Stoltz, Jennifer, Jim, Joe and Mike Walsh. Brother of Joanne Gelfand, Jim and Joe Walsh. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of four.

WOERDEMAN, Lester Carl, Jr., 64, St. Roch, Indianapolis, June 24. Husband of Diane (Grantham) Woerdeman. Father of Tina Crosley and Jenifer Squire. Brother of Kathy Baker, Dorothy Lynch, Beth Russell and Charles Woerdeman. Grandfather of five.

Conventual Franciscan Father Gerald Herman served at parishes in Clarksville and Terre Haute

Conventual Franciscan Father Gerald Herman died on June 23 at the San Damiano Friary in San Antonio, Texas. He was 80.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 2 at the Mount St. Francis Friary Chapel in Mount St. Francis. Burial followed at the friar’s cemetery at Mount St. Francis.

William Francis Herman was born on Sept. 28, 1930, in Genoa, Ohio.

He entered the novitiate of the Conventual Franciscan Friars at Angola, Ind., in 1948. He professed his first vows on July 10, 1949, and took the name Gerald. He made his solemn profession of vows on July 23, 1952, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 1957.

In the archdiocese, he served as the associate pastor or pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Clarksville and St. Benedict Parish in Terre Haute.

Father Gerald also ministered as an associate pastor or pastor of parishes in Ohio, Kentucky and Georgia.

He also served as a hospital chaplain in Chicago Heights, Ill.

In recent years, he lived at the seminary residence of San Damiano Friary in San Antonio.

Surviving are a sister, Rosemary Hayward of Duarte, Calif.; a brother, James Herman of Sylvania, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Conventual Franciscan Friars, Province of Our Lady of Consolation, Development Office, 103 St. Francis Drive, Mount St. Francis, IN 47176.

Ursuline Sister Carmelita Grantz ministered as a teacher, social worker, counselor and volunteer

Ursuline Sister Carmelita Grantz, a native of New Albany, died on June 20 at Mercy Sacred Heart Village in Louisville, Ky. She was 89.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 23 at the motherhouse chapel in Louisville. Burial followed at St. Michael Cemetery in Louisville.

She was born in New Albany and entered religious life with the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1940.

Sister Carmelita earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio; a master’s degree in education at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.; and a master’s degree in psychology at Catherine Spalding College, now Spalding University, in Louisville.

She taught at Catholic schools in Kentucky, Nebraska and South Carolina.

In addition to Catholic education, Sister Carmelita ministered as a social worker, counselor and director of social services at the St. Joseph Home in Louisville.

She also volunteered at the Marian Home, Ursuline motherhouse, Kentucky School for the Blind, Maloney Center, Suburban Hospital and Hosparus hospice as well as for Dare to Care, all in Louisville.

Surviving are two sisters, Bertha Bottorff and Clara Quinkert; a cousin, Passionist Father Leon Grantz; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Ursuline Sisters, Mission Advancement Office, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville KY 40206. †

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