April 27, 2012


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BASCH, Rebecca Jayne, 90, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, April 6. Mother of Shirley Linne, Susan Pennington, Bill, Jerry, John and Mark Basch. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of three.

BUCKHORN, Charles F., 92, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, April 6. Husband of Florence Buckhorn. Father of Barbara Harnedy and Beverly Buckhorn. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of four.

COLEMAN, Rosalie, 74, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, March 24. Wife of Dennis Coleman. Mother of Margaret Huesman, Mary Goodson, Julie Parada, Kathleen Sabol, Christopher, Edward, Michael and Stephen Coleman. Sister of Diane Boes, Barbara Couts, Ann Salvatore and Thomas Albrycht. Grandmother of 14.

CRAWFORD, Lillian, 85, Holy Family, Richmond, April 9. Mother of Rosemary Atwell, Eugene Crawford, Marie Hubbard and Debbie Liston. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 10.

FRITSCH, Lavana Mary Catherine, 92, St. Paul, New Alsace, March 14. Mother of Laverne Hoffmeier and Lorna Saar. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of nine.

GETTELFINGER, Stephen A., 52, St. Michael, Bradford, April 9. Husband of Theresa (Beach) Gettelfinger. Father of Carissa, Kelsey, Tressa, Michael and Nathaniel Gettelfinger. Brother of Meritha Corzatt, Bernadette Irish, Roxanne Lambert, Andria Renfrow, Joy Sill, Michelle Whittaker, Chris and Matthew Gettelfinger. Grandson of Elizabeth Briscoe.

GIBBONEY, Elizabeth Jane, 85, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, April 3. Wife of Charles Gibboney. Mother of Lynn Cook, Mary Mitchell, Charles, David, Jim and Thomas Gibboney. Grandmother of five.

GILLICK, Theola, 89, St. Paul, Tell City, April 6. Mother of Sharon Krayer, Susan Stambrosky, Bruce, Joe, Mike, Paul and Steve Gillick. Grandmother of several.

GUTISH, Philip, 77, Sacred Heart, Clinton, April 8. Brother of Barbara Cheek and Richard Gutish.

HERBERT, Shirley Ann, 79, St. Mary, Rushville, April 7. Wife of Lloyd Herbert. Mother of Maryalice Hoeing and Dennis Herbert. Sister of James and Russell Glover. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of three.

HUFFERD, Thomas M., 71, St. Mary, Rushville, April 5. Father of Margaret Powe, Brad, John, Kurt and Tom Hufferd. Brother of Jim, John and Max Hufferd. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of one.

KAREM, Jane Evelyn, 86, Holy Family, New Albany, April 3. Wife of Joe Karem. Mother of Debbie Eckles, Lynn Hallman, Andrea Greene, Kim Mindel, Becky and Greg Karem. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 18.

KEACH, John K., Sr., 84, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, April 9. Husband of Elaine Keach. Father of Helene Robinson, David, Gregory and John Keach Jr. Brother of Kathe Caplinger. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of six.

KINGHAM, John Walter, 97, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 30. Father of Ann Cecil, Mary Ott and Josie Shaw. Brother of Peggy Kennedy, Billy and Larry Kingham. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 19. Great-great-grandfather of five.

KIRCHGESSNER, Clifford Anthony, 76, St. John the Baptist, New Albany, March 20. Father of Dian Amburn, Larry and Ronnie Kirchgessner. Brother of Marcella Graf, Mildred Fessel, Martha Rhodes, Albert, Edward and Emil Kirchgessner Jr. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of one.

KITCHIN, Samuel, 87, St. Mary, Richmond, April 10. Husband of Jo Ann Kitchin. Father of Bill, Mark, Tim and Tom Kitchin. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of four.

McATEE, Patty J., 86, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, April 6. Mother of Paul McAtee. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 11.

McMAHON, Patrick J., 62, St. Roch, Indianapolis, April 2. Husband of Fran McMahon. Father of P.J. McMahon. Son of Marge McMahon. Brother of Teresa Ehalt, Mary Fran and Phyllis Guilfoy. Grandfather of one.

MOIR, Kristine, 52, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, April 12. Mother of A.J., Scott and Sean Moir. Grandmother of one.

MUNRO, Robert D., 97, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, April 5. Father of Judi Gunn, Barbara Simmons and John Munro. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of one.

OBERTING, Clara A., (Jeske), 99, St. Paul Hermitage, Beech Grove, April 17. Mother of Anthony Oberting. Grandmother of several. Great-grandmother of several. Great-great-grandmother of several.

OWENS, Nellie Joann, 76, St. Mary, Rushville, April 7. Mother of Jean Marie Cain, David and James Owens. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of seven.

PFLUM, Elizabeth (Risch), 83, St. Michael, Brookville, April 8. Mother of Kim Munchel, Dee Dee, Vikki, Darrell and Kevin Pflum. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 11.

REED, Jennifer N., 30, St. Paul, Tell City, April 3. Mother of Katie Howell and Ethan Leclere. Daughter of Mitch Reed and Anita Baker. Sister of Aaron Reed. Half-sister of Matt Baker and Michael Kerekes. Stepsister of Bridget Sandage and Rachel Ubelhor. Granddaughter of Jack and Janet Mulder.

SAUTER, Charles, 91, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, April 4. Father of Terri Dick and Charlie Sauter.

SCHOETTMER, Ellen I., 66, St. Mary, Greensburg, April 10. Wife of Francis Schoettmer. Mother of Tammy Humpert, Jeffery and Lawrence Schoettmer. Grandmother of one.

SCHULTZ, Robert Thomas, 41, St. Agnes, Nashville, March 28. Husband of Erin (Keefe) Schultz. Father of Phoebe and Charles Schultz. Son of Barbara Schultz. Brother of Claudia Lucas, Cynthia, Chris, Jeff, Jim, Jon and Rick Schultz.

SCHUNEMAN, Doris A., 86, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, April 14. Mother of Judy Idle, James and Robert Schuneman. Sister of Joanne and Robert Huff. Grandmother of several. Great-grandmother of several.

SHIREMAN, Ralph H., 88, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, April 1. Husband of Stella Mae (Lewis) Shireman. Father of JoAnn Sichting, Mary Ellen Smith, George, Gregory, Phillip and Robert Shireman. Grandfather of nine.

SMITH, Ralph K., 83, St. Mary, Lanesville, April 18. Husband of Laverne (Loew) Smith. Father of Mary Jo Conder, Bridget Davis and Stephen Smith. Brother of Ruth Linton, Mary Nolot, Jean Shrout and August Smith. Grandfather of six.

STENGER, Mildred Loretta, 83, St. Joseph, St. Leon, March 10. Mother of Frances Bischoff, Karen and Patty Herth, Lillian Knue, Barb Libowitz, Rita, Don, Steve and Tim Stenger. Grandmother of 21. Great-grandmother of seven.

WEEKLY, Joseph Walter, 70, St. John the Baptist, Dover, March 12. Husband of Anna (Messerschmidt) Weekly. Brother of Mary Niese.

WESSLER, Barbara Ann, 64, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, April 14. Wife of Ron Wessler. Mother of Rachel and David Wessler. Sister of Kimberly Haeufle. Grandmother of four.

WORKMAN, Charles, 79, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, March 25. Father of Courtney Perry. Brother of Eileen Young.

YEAGER, Mary Jane, 88, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 22. Mother of Jane Simmons and Jeffrey Yeager.

ZIMMER, Thelma, 92, St. John the Baptist, Dover, April 3. Mother of Connie Web, Curt and Marvin Zimmer. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of one. †

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