August 3, 2012


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ALLEN, Donald M., 94, St. Mark the Evangelist, ­Indianapolis, July 21. Husband of Ruth (Suttles) Allen. Father of Victoria Musick, James and John Allen. Brother of Rosemary Heidelberger, Everett, Richard and Robert Allen. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 16.

BATH, Donald, 78, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, July 11. Husband of Shirley Bath. Father of Pam Folke and Randall Bath. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of three.

BULLOCK, John Robert, 89, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, July 18. Father of Diane and Lawrence Bullock. Brother of Anita Cornelius, Mary Cook, Ruth Gremore and Betty McFarling. Grandfather of four.

CRISP, Margaret Ann (Roesinger), 72, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, July 15. Wife of Robert Crisp. Mother of Elizabeth-Anne King and John Crisp. Sister of Mary Beth Adams, James and Stephen Roesinger. Grandmother of five.

DAGON, John R., Jr., 68, St. Matthew the Apostle, ­Indianapolis, July 20. Husband of Patricia Dagon. Father of Matthew Dagon. Brother of Mary Field. Grandfather of two.

DOYLE, William, 90, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, July 22. Father of Beverly Chinn, Brian and Robert Doyle. Grand­father of 11. Great-grandfather of several.

GREENWELL, Wilma, 87, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, July 11. Mother of Pat Eimer, Linda Lamirand and Joe Greenwell. Sister of Colleen Burris and Betty Doyle. Grand­mother of seven. Great-grand­mother of 17.

HARRIS, Kermit, 87, Holy Family, Richmond, July 15. Husband of Catherine Harris. Father of Kurt Harris.

HOLENSBE, Robert A., 92, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, July 12. Brother of Velma Wood.

HORTON, Mary Elizabeth, 66, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, July 1. Sister of Julie Crist, Carolyn Riensche and Louis Horton.

KELLER, Alice Hope, 88, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, July 16. Mother of Gregory Keller. Sister of Wilfred Deaton. Grandmother of two. Great-grand­mother of two.

MATTINGLY, Mary Jane, 86, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, July 12. Mother of Jane Robins, Andrew, Bill, Casey, Patrick and Tom Mattingly. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of three.

MULCAHY, Richard Anthony, 78, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, May 23. Father of Maureen Grant, Allison Melton, Brian, Kevin, Michael and Tim Mulcahy. Brother of Patricia Kiergan, Aileen May and Kathleen Mulcahy. Grandfather of 10.

POPE, Jimmie L., 85, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, July 15. Father of Joyce Crane, Janice Dye and James Page. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 12.

SHAGLEY, Mary Ann, 92, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, July 15. Mother of Sarah Lacey, Ann Sharp, Elizabeth Wolfe, Earl III and Richard Shagley. Sister of Herman Rassel. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 14.

SMITH, Ralph G., Sr., 90, St. Jude, Indianapolis, July 20. Husband of Marjorie Smith. Father of Linda Dunn, Michael, Ralph Jr. and Thomas Smith. Brother of Mary and Robert Smith. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of 37. Great-great-grandfather of four.

SPARKS, Johnie Lee, 71, St. Michael, Greenfield, July 20. Husband of Peggy Sparks. Father of Christie Facker and Tommy Sparks. Stepfather of Kelly Bertram and Gary Oliver. Stepson of Don Agnew. Brother of Sharon Williams. Grandfather of one. Step-grandfather of 12. Step-great-great-grandfather of two.

STAGGS, Margaret Ann, 58, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, Feb. 18. Mother of Chad and Lee Chrisman. Daughter of Harold Staggs. Sister of Janet Campbell, Linda Johnson and Mike Staggs.

VAAL, Urvin H., 06, St. Meinrad, St. Meinrad, June 9. Husband of Anna Vaal. Father of Eileen Emerson, Diana Gogel, Margie Rothgerger, Brenda Wheatley, Charles, Delbert and Marvin Vaal. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of 22.

VESPO, Daniel E., 77, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, July 13. Father of Maria Harr, Angela Hill and Paul Vespo. Brother of Mary Jo Chandler. Grandfather of seven.

WARTH, Leroy James, 85, Holy Family, New Albany, July 20. Husband of Ruth Ann (Caufield) Warth. Father of Karen Jerrell, Daniel, David, Joseph, Phillip and Tom Warth. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of two.

Supercentenarian Emelie Weil of Milan was the 21st oldest person in the world at age 112

St. Charles Borromeo parishioner and supercentenarian Emilie (Seissiger) Weil of Milan died on July 2. She was 112 and was the world’s 21st oldest person.

She was born on Nov. 20, 1899, in Crescent Springs, Ky. Her life spanned three centuries.

Weil was the mother of eight children, and worked as a nurse and teacher.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Weil of Milan and Stephen Weil of Nicaragua; three daughters, Rita Caldwell of Rockledge, Fla.; Ann Griesdorn of Loveland, Ohio; and Jane Maher of Hyde Park, Ohio; two sisters, Elizabeth Broering of Groesbeck, Ohio; and Anne Hulefeld of Hyde Park, Ohio; 27 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren.

Franciscan Sister Mary Ammann taught at Catholic high schools in Indiana and Ohio

Franciscan Sister Mary Ammann, the former Sister Rosella Ann, died on July 18 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, in Oldenburg. She was 94.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 20 at the motherhouse chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

She was born on Jan. 6, 1918, in Cincinnati, and entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Feb. 2, 1959.

Sister Mary professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1965.

She taught biology and physical education at Catholic high schools in Indiana and Ohio. She also served as a coaching instructor.

In the archdiocese, she taught for several years at Father Thomas Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis. She also taught at the Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse for 33 years, and served the academy as the school’s first athletic director for 16 years.

Before entering the convent, Sister Mary taught at Our Lady of Angels School and Mount St. Joseph College, both in Cincinnati.

In 1998, Sister Mary entered semi-retirement at the Oldenburg motherhouse. In 2002, she began her full retirement and moved to St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the sisters.

Surviving are a brother, Richard Ammann of Cincinnati, and many 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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