July 20, 2012


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ACKERMAN, Wilma Marie, 79, St. Mary, New Albany, June 26. Wife of Edward Ackerman. Mother of Carol Hentchel, Craig and Neil Ackerman. Grandmother of five.

BIRD, Donald C., 98, St. Augustine Home for the Aged, Indianapolis, June 27. Husband of Mary Angeline (McCarthy) Bird. Brother of Revenna Mink. Uncle of several.

BRIDGETT, Edna Leah, 87, St. Gabriel, Connersville, June 22. Mother of Danny and William Lunsford. Sister of Marilyn Noe and Richard Goldey. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of eight.

CAMBRON, Donna M. (Buckman), 47, Holy Family, New Albany, July 4. Wife of Greg Cambron. Mother of Caitlin, Loretta and Christian Cambron. Daughter of Judy and John Buckman. Sister of Debbie and Michael Buckman.

CLARK, Joanne C. (Springmeyer), 82, St. Louis, Batesville, July 9. Mother of Cathy Cleveland, Susan Hanley, Mary Jo, Jim, Michael and Paul Clark. Sister of Juanita Scheidler, John, Vince and Wayne Springmeyer. Grandmother of eight.

FERRI, Silvana, 84, St. Jude, Indianapolis, July 3. Wife of Pietro Ferri. Mother of Laura Huckaby and Thomas Ferri. Sister of Mina Bushek, Rosita Cotter, Gianna Richardson and Adriana Suchy. Grandmother of three.

GOMEZ, Joel, stillborn infant, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, July 7. Son of Irvin Gomez and Jessica Reyes-Hernandez. Brother of Jasmin Reyes-Hernandez. Grandson of Connie McIntosh.

GREEN, Dymple Ruth, 86, St. Mary of the Assumption, Mitchell, June 24. Mother of Christopher Green. Sister of Audrey Wynn. Grandmother of one.

HORLANDER, Robert M., 80, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, July 7. Husband of Carol Horlander. Father of Ellen Challman, Cynthia Pulizzi, Barbara, James and Bob Horlander. Grandfather of two.

KIRKPATRICK, Patricia T., 86, Christ the King, Indianapolis, July 6. Mother of Deborah Beatty, Patricia Hickerson, Margaret Nowicki, Kevin, Kyle, Mark and Robert Kirkpatrick. Sister of Camilla Wottring. Grandmother of 22. Great-grandmother of nine.

KNOLL, Madelyn M., 98, Christ the King, Indianapolis, June 26. Mother of Mary Kirby, Madelyn Larson, Constance, Margaret, Nancy and Thomas Knoll. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 11.

LEE, Mark J., 26, St. Louis, Batesville, July 1. Son of Jeff Lee and Clay and Debbie Hargitt. Brother of Katie and Samantha Hargitt and Christopher Lee. Grandson of Fred and Estelle Hargitt, Ralph and Nancy Lee and Don and Kay Meyer.

LOKO, Edwar, 49, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, June 25. Husband of Suzan Laku. Father of Lula, Bran, Inman, Manalla and Masreya Loko. Brother of Namini Suleiman, Achol, Helen, Comsore, Daniel, Dominic, Jumma and Michael Loko.

MORE, David C., 83, St. Paul the Apostle, Greencastle, July 1. Father of Christine and Paul More.

MOSTER, Patricia Sue, 56, St. Gabriel, Connersville, June 9. Wife of George Moster. Mother of Chuck Knippen and Nathan Moster. Sister of Donna, Daryle, Johnny and Rick Webber.

NICKELSON, Lois, 87, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, June 29. Aunt of several.

NUFRIO, Marie, 94, St. Mary, Richmond, June 24. Mother of Lisa Deboy, Mary Henson, Janet Stamper, Dan and Ron Nufrio. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 14.

RIPBERGER, Paul T., 78, St. Gabriel, Connersville, June 20. Father of Henry and Patrick Ripberger. Brother of Patricia Kanies. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of three.

SCHAEFER, Thomas Jacob, 77, St. Meinrad, St. Meinrad, June 24. Father of Ruth, David and Paul Schaefer. Brother of Jim Schaefer.

TEIPEN, Anthony, 56, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, July 1. Brother of Patti Belleau, Jan, Jay, Lawrence and Thomas Teipen.

Benedictine Sister Joan Marie Massura served in education, youth ministry and retreat ministry

Benedictine Sister Joan Marie Massura, a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, died on July 9. She was 75.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 14 at Our Lady of Grace Monastery Chapel. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery at the monastery.

Wilma Massura was born in Chicago.

She entered the Sisters of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Danville, Pa., in 1955 then transferred her vows to the Sisters of St. Benedict in 1990.

Sister Joan Marie earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and mathematics, and a master’s degree in pastoral studies.

After ministering as a teacher at Catholic schools in Pennsylvania and northern Indiana, she served as director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Gary and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

She was instrumental in the establishment of the archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry.

Sister Joan Marie also ministered as director of religious education at St. Barnabas Parish in Indianapolis and director of retreats at LaSalle Manor in Plano, Ill.

She also served her Benedictine community as vocation director then as director of programming for the sisters’ Benedict Inn Retreat and Conference Center in Beech Grove.

Surviving are a sister, Joan Wickers of Romeoville, Ill.; a brother, Robert Massura of Cedar Lake, Ind.; and nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Benedict, Sisters’ Retirement Fund, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107. †

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