June 1, 2012


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ANDERSON, Louise, 67, St. Joseph, Clark County, May 16. Wife of Robert Anderson. Mother of Kimberly Freudenberg, Kevin and Kristopher Anderson. Sister of Ellen Cooper, Kathy Harris, Betty Kerr, Barbara Underwood, Hilbert, Marion and Tom Webb. Grandmother of seven.

BERGER, Dorothy, 89, St. Nicholas, Sunman, May 14. Mother of Linda Jackson, Norma Newton, Pauline Rodmaker, Mary Sapp, Chuck, Dan, Jim and John Berger. Sister of Alberta Tieves. Grandmother of 23. Great-grandmother of 27. Great-great-grandmother of two.

BERTKE, Cledia F., 87, St. Paul, Tell City, May 16. Mother of Karen Keyler, Cheryl Rosenfeld and Mildred Troesch. Sister of Lucille Jones and Cletus Foster. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of nine.

CLARK, Norman R., 81, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, May 17. Husband of Margaret Clark. Father of Mary Barnhart, Robbie Cahill, Susie Dennis, Jackie Hudman, Karen Kidwell and Tracy Smith. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of 13.

GETTELFINGER, Elizabeth M. (Kelmel), 91, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, May 20. Mother of Karen Book and Steve Gettelfinger. Sister of Buddy Kelmel. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of four.

GRUBE, Patricia A., 75, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, May 17. Mother of Sharon Fisher, Penny and Scott Grube. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of five.

MALLALEY, Gregory Lee, 54, St. Mary, New Albany, May 11. Husband of Melody Mallaley. Father of Chelsea Cole, Elizabeth Conard and Michael Mallaley II. Brother of Gary Mallaley. Grandfather of five.

MARLMAN, Brittany Ann, 30, St. Joseph, Clark County, May 2. Mother of Rhyley Spencer. Daughter of Steve Marlman and Penni Johnson. Sister of Samantha Wheeler. Aunt of one.

MAY, Judith A., 59, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, April 11. Mother of Rachel Neubauer. Sister of Karen DePari, Teresa Reckley, Mary Lynn, Donald and Stephen May. Grandmother of three.

MITCHUM-KREMER, Kathleen, 89, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, May 18. Mother of John and Michael Mitchum. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of three.

MURPHY, Michael Donald, 64, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, May 14. Husband of Carolyn Murphy. Father of Bridget Murphy. Son of Mary Murphy. Brother of Mercy Sister Phyllis Murphy.

SCHMELZ, Francis J., 86, Holy Family, New Albany, May 21. Father of Linda Patton and Stephen Schmelz. Brother of Edward and Benedictine Father Damian Schmelz. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of two.

SGRO, Joe P., 89, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, May 8. Husband of Ida (Mercurio) Sgro. Father of Denise Ehret, Gina Horton and Tina Waugh. Brother of Antoinette Dietz. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of six.

SHIREMAN, Stella Mae (Lewis), 86, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, May 16. Mother of Jo Anne Sichting, Mary Ellen Smith, Phillip Gregory, George and Robert Shireman. Sister of John Lewis. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 13.

SNYDER, Forest D., Jr., 53, St. Mary, Navilleton, May 14. Husband of Cynthia (Strange) Snyder. Father of Evan and Jordan Snyder. Brother of Terrie Korte, Donna Pierce, Barbara, Daniel and David Snyder.

SNYDER, John, 63, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, May 15. Brother of Myrna and Rodney Snyder. Uncle of one.

Franciscan Sister Therese de Lourdes Galm ministered as a teacher and principal

Franciscan Sister Therese de Lourdes Galm died on April 27 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, in Oldenburg. She was 99.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 1 at the motherhouse chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

She was born on May 5, 1912, in Indianapolis. She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on July 13, 1932, and professed her final vows on Jan. 6, 1938.

Sister Therese ministered as an elementary and secondary school teacher as well as a principal and parish organist.

For 55 years, she ministered as a secondary teacher and principal at Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception and a Catholic high school in Ohio.

Sister Therese also taught history and mathematics and ministered as a guidance counselor at Father Thomas Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis.

After retiring, she served as motherhouse minister and later assisted with pastoral care before beginning her full retirement in 2001 and moving to St. Clare Hall.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036. †

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