January 13, 2012


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BALDERSON, Margaret A., 58, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, Dec. 17. Mother of Erin Balderson. Daughter of Helen Barnes. Sister of Lisa Guess, Tina Sims and James Barnes.

BECKMAN, William Joseph, 56, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Dec. 27. Son of Marie Beckman. Brother of Beverly Leonhardt, Pamela Stephens, Cynthia Stephenson, Lynn Timmons, Gary, James, Richard and Stephen Beckman.

BOEHM, Adam M., 24, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Dec. 5. Husband of Maria (Danis) Boehm. Father of Isabella, Killian and Victoria Boehm. Son of Kenneth and Kelli (McGovern) Boehm. Brother of Father Dustin Boehm. Grandson of Catherine Boehm and Sandra McGovern.

BRANSON, William G., 88, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Nov. 28. Husband of Mary Agnes (O’Gara) Branson. Father of Peggy Beltrame, Rita Parsons, Ann Ruhmkorff, Thomas and William Branson. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of one.

CLERY, Esther L., 71, St. Benedict, Terre Haute, June 6. Mother of Peggy Clery. Sister of Becky Clery, Flossy and Therese Orman, and Henrietta Whalen.

DeFABIS, Philip Francis, 91, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Dec. 11. Father of Phil and Vincent DeFabis. Brother of Mike DeFabis. Grandfather of one.

EDSON, Laurette, 97, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 4. Mother of Vicki Arbuckle and Dale Edson. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of seven.

EDWARDS, Betty, 70, St. Mary, Richmond, Dec. 13. Mother of Carol Morris, Donna Murray, Brenda Turner and Marjorie Edwards. Sister of Ruth Hargett, Charles, Don and Ralph Pierce. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of two.

FLETCHER, Virginia, 55, St. Anne, New Castle, Dec. 8. Sister of Tom Fletcher.

GEHLBACH, Dolores (Waiz), 97, St. Paul, Sellersburg, Dec. 12. Mother of Linda Boyd, Janet, Larry and Paul Gehlbach. Sister of Bill, Bob and Joe Waiz. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 18. Great-great-grandmother of one.

HEIM, Heidi, 90, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Dec. 21. Mother of Jennie Franz, Nancy and Thomas Heim. Sister of Bob Simbach. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of four.

KIESER, Ronald, Sr., 73, St. Paul, Tell City, Dec. 14. Father of Debra Lamar, Marie Sommer, Roxanne Sutera, Denis, Ronald Jr. and William Kieser. Brother of Anna Parker and Ed Kieser. Grandfather of nine. Step-grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of 12.

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.

LEIDOLF, Evelyn N. (Smith), 95, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Dec. 16. Mother of Mary Ann Lanum. Sister of Harold Smith. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of six. Great-great-grandmother of one.

LOWE, Robert T., 44, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, Dec. 4. Son of Thomas and Mary Jo (Davey) Lowe. Brother of Ann Alford and Theresa Lowe.

McCARTHY, Michael E., 79, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 16. Husband of Barbara (Springman) McCarthy. Father of Bridget Duckett, Danny, Mike III and Tim McCarthy. Brother of Mary Ann Fuerer and David McCarthy. Grandfather of 12.

McPHILLIPS, Pat E., 58, St. Anne, New Castle, Dec. 10. Mother of Matthew McPhillips. Daughter of Michael and Dorothy (Kwilinski) McPhillips. Sister of Maureen Blocker, Colleen Malenfant, Mary, Dennis, Jerome, Joe, John and Michael McPhillips.

MEISBERGER, Gertrude T., 90, St. Mary Magdalen, New Marion, Dec. 5. Mother of Mary Hilton, Dolores Souder, Arthur, Charles, David, Donald, Dwight, John, Mark, Melvin and Phillip Meisberger. Sister of Opal Day and Mildred Webster. Grandmother of 22. Great-grandmother of 35. Great-great-grandmother of one.

MILES, Carlisle Leonard, 75, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Dec. 14. Father of Laura Lapehn, Teresa Sanford, Paula Spears, Johanna Welton and Matthew Miles. Brother of Marilyn Benge, Lana Wigal and Sheryl Miles. Grandfather of 27.

MOORMAN, Leona M., 99, St. Anthony of Padua, Morris, Dec. 27. Mother of Janet Blair, Rita Fledderman, Helen Lattire, Ruth Werner, Mary Wolters, Joan Wuestefeld, Thomas and Virgil Moorman. Grandmother of several. Great-grandmother of several. Great-great-grandmother of several.

MORRISON, Victor P., 69, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, Dec. 7. Husband of Suzanne Morrison. Father of Dolores Gualtieri, David and Dennis Morrison. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of two.

PRICE, John M., 60, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Dec. 24. Husband of Bernadette (Bewsey) Price. Son of Barbara Finch. Brother of Julia Arney, Beth Bates, Tammy Price-Terry, Alan Finch, Genni and William Price.

RIPPERGER, Carroll, 78, St. Andrew, Richmond, Dec. 14. Husband of Daphne Ripperger. Father of Teresa Ripperger-Radtke, James, Michael and Stephen Ripperger. Brother of Helen Lawler, Mary O’Donnell, Ed, Father Bill, Father Harold, Lou and Robert Ripperger. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of one.

RUDLOFF, Steven, 44, St. Anne, New Castle, Dec. 10. Father of Katrina Larry, Alexis, Robert and Sgt. Steven Rudloff Jr. Brother of Teresa Holmes, William Denney, Lewis Goff, Julia and Mike Rudloff.

SCHMIDT, Donald Joseph, 57, St. Agnes, Nashville, Dec. 2. Husband of Nancy Schmidt. Father of Annie Luidhardt, Christy Schmidt, Carl and Chris Taylor. Brother of Ann Bastin, Cate, Bill and Jim Schmidt. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of one.

SPRINGER, Mary C., 85, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 22. Mother of John and Tom Springer. Sister of Patricia Gates. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of two.

STRASSELL, Walter J., 84, St. Pius, Ripley County, Dec. 10. Husband of Doloras Strassell. Father of Mary Browning, Lisa Davis, Diane Schilling, Pam Shannon, Lois Smith, Donna Van Cleave, James, John, Mark, Paul and Robert Strassell. Grandfather of 31. Great-grandfather of 23.

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

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