December 23, 2011


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GILLIAM, Michael David, 40, St. Paul the Apostle, Greencastle, Dec. 7. Father of Kierra Gilliam. Son of Gary Gilliam and Kathleen Harris. Brother of Thomas Gregg, Cody and Travis Gilliam.

HASTY, Edwin J., 87, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Dec. 3. Husband of Teresa (Graham) Hasty. Father of Mariann Denton, Jane Gilliam, Barbara Morgan and Michael Hasty. Brother of Ruth Hansen. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 18. Great-great-grandfather of one.

HENDERSON, Marie N., 84, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Dec. 2. Mother of Mary Clemmer, Alma Shaul and James Henderson. Sister of Harry Ardizzone. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of three.

HUBER, Paul, 77, St. Nicholas, Sunman, Nov. 29. Husband of Dorothy (Robbins) Huber. Father of Tonya Cremeans, Paula Reed, Terry and Tom Huber. Brother of Bertha Sarringhaus, Ellen Quisenberry, Franklin and Robert Huber. Grandfather of nine.

KANE, Julia E., 95, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Dec. 10. Mother of Mary Begley, Nancy Ellis, Rose Marie Faust, Martha Foster, Henry and Leo Kane. Sister of Donna Arianoutsos, Barbara Bowers, Lula Seger and Nancy Vogel. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 21. Great-great-grandmother of one.

KEEVERS, John S., 75, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 8. Husband of A. Ruthannah (Good) Keevers. Father of Brian and John Keevers. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of seven.

KENT, John Saxton, III, 85, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Dec. 1. Husband of Mary (Sims) Kent. Father of Julie Johnson, Bill, Conventual Franciscan Father James Kent, John IV, Rick and Rob Kent. Brother of Mike, Peter and Phil Kent. Grandfather of 12.

KIRTLEY, Shari, 45, former member of St. Malachy, Brownsburg, and St. Monica, Indianapolis, Nov. 25. Wife of David Kirtley. Mother of Adeline and Sophie Kirtley. Daughter of Ron and Joyce Sparks. Sister of Brad and Brian Sparks.

KOCHER, Bernard, 93, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Dec. 14. Father of Mary Haley, Chris, Gerry, Leo, Marvin and Michael Kocher. Brother of George Kocher. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of four.

KOVACH, Irma A., 86, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Dec. 6. Mother of Ann Oelker, Kay Van Fossen and James Kovach. Grandmother of 11.

MEYER, Aloysius H., 88, former member of Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Dec. 11. Husband of Ida Rose (Caito) Meyer. Father of Mary Agnes Gates, Joanne Jones, John and Michael Meyer. Grandfather of nine.

MILLER, Diane E., 74, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Nov. 26. Sister of Charlene Bube and Phyllis Osbourn.

OAKLEY, Esther M., 88, St. Mary, Greensburg, Dec. 9. Mother of Leann, James and William Oakley. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of three.

O’BRYAN, Mary Laura, 97, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Dec. 3. Mother of Mary Lannan and Cecelia O’Bryan. Sister of Lucille Greaver, Opal Marks and Gene Underwood. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of four.

ROBISCH, Robert C., 84, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Dec. 11. Husband of Margaret (Higgins) Robisch. Father of Bob and Jim Robisch. Grandfather of two.

SCHNIEDERS, William G., 67, St. Luke the Evangelist, Dec. 9. Husband of Janet (Pogue) Schnieders. Father of Jennifer and John Schnieders. Brother of Mary O’Brien, Ann, David, Jim and Paul Schnieders. Grandfather of two.

SKATES, John, 82, St. Andrew, Richmond, Dec. 10. Husband of Betty Skates. Father of Marilou Harvey. Brother of Anna Binion, Maria Smith and David Skates. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of five.

SHOWALTER, John L., 70, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Dec. 5. Father of Jill Darby, Julianne Jaensson and J.B. Showalter. Brother of Dr. Bradley Showalter. Grandfather of eight.

TANDYK, John W., 84, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, Dec. 11. Husband of Eileen Tandyk. Father of Janice Glassford, Mary Layly and Carol Tandyk. Brother of Mary Anne Murphy. Grandfather of three.

WIGGINS, Dorothy M. (Davis), 92, Holy Angels, Indianapolis, Nov. 24. Mother of Rochelle Morton, Kenneth and Ronald Wiggins. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 36. Great-great-grandmother of 10.

WILSON, Alene, 78, St. Rita, Indianapolis, Dec. 4. Mother of Cynthia Wilson-Tyler and Terry Wilson.

Providence Sister Joseph Clare McCarthy ministered for 58 years as a teacher, principal and parish staff member in four states

Providence Sister Joseph Clare McCarthy died on Dec. 12 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 90.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 15 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Josephine Mary McCarthy was born on Oct. 28, 1921, in Chicago.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 18, 1939, and professed her first vows on Aug. 15, 1941, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

Sister Joseph Clare earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and master’s degree in education at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

During 72 years as a Providence sister, she ministered in education for 53 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and California.

For seven of those years, Sister Joseph Clare served as a principal. She also ministered as an assistant principal for 14 years.

In the archdiocese, she taught at the former St. Mary-of-the-Woods Village School from 1940-41, St. Thomas Aquinas School in Indianapolis from 1941-47 and the former St. Andrew School in Indianapolis from 1948-53.

After retiring from teaching, she served in parish ministry in Chicago for five years.

In 1998, she returned to the motherhouse and ministered in a variety of ways.

In 2006, she began her full-time ministry of prayer with the senior sisters at the motherhouse.

Surviving are two brothers, Joseph McCarthy of Chicago and William McCarthy of Lombard, Ill.

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. †

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