December 14, 2012


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BACK, John E., 83, St. Michael, Brookville, Nov. 20. Husband of Joyce Back. Father of Steve Back. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of three.

BACK, Joyce, 81, St. Michael, Brookville, Nov. 28. Mother of Steve Back. Sister of Evelyn Amhrein. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of three.

BLANK, Helen A., 95, St. Louis, Batesville, Nov. 22. Mother of Bill Blank. Sister of Carol Gruber. Grandmother of two.

BOEHMAN, Cherie, 43, St. Meinrad, St. Meinrad, Nov. 16. Wife of Jeff Boehman. Mother of Andrew Joines, Ashton, Shelbi, Jeffrey Jr. and Jordan Boehman. Daughter of Elizabeth Nix. Sister of Shauna Dilger.

CALLENDER, Virginia, 91, St. Paul the Apostle, Greencastle, Nov. 16. Mother of Jerri Chavis, Joan Huber and John Callender. Sister of Tom Harold. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 19.

CELIS, Moy, 73, St. Mary, Richmond, Nov. 28. Sister of Luisa, Antonio, Carmilino, Clemente, Hernaez and Remigio Celis.

CONNELL, Marguerita, 97, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 16. Mother of Robert Connell. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of two.

CROCKETT, Virginia J. (O’Reilly), 92, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Nov. 24. Mother of Cynthia Mazelin, Leslie Lentz, Bruce Alveal, M. Shannon, Sylvia, Christopher and Stephen Crockett. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 12.

DEAN, Eleanor Maxine, 87, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Nov. 13. Mother of Barbara Stryker. Sister of Mary Schmidt. Grandmother of two.

DuMAY, Robert J., 64, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Nov. 21. Father of Nicole DuMay. Grandfather of one.

ELSNER, Betty L., 92, St. Mary, Greensburg, Nov. 27. Mother of Suzanne Fassbinder, Rosie Stier, Frances, Katherine, Jeffrey, Joe and John Elsner. Grandmother of 22. Great-grandmother of 31.

FAIRCHILD, Roselle V., 92, St. Louis, Batesville, Nov. 25. Mother of Don, Ken and Tom Fairchild. Sister of Bernice Hardig, Theresa Malling and Mary Ellen McCartney. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of four.

FISHER, Walter L., 67, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Nov. 25. Husband of Mary Fisher. Father of Leanne, Susan, Brian and James Fisher. Brother of Anna Brock, Nancy, Clyde and Victor Fisher.

FRAVEL, Delbert, 92, St. Joseph, Rockville, Nov. 20. Father of Teresa Baker, Celia Grossheim, Michele Lincoln, Dorothy, Jayanne, Kelley and John Benton. Brother of Thelma Shutzbaugh. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 15. Great-great-grandfather of one.

HANDT, Blanca Isabel, 58, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Nov. 17. Wife of Norman Handt. Mother of Claudia Davila, Allan and Ivonne Caceres. Stepmother of Sandy Allman, Linda Sneed, Barbara, Teresa, Ken and Leon Handt. Daughter of Bernardino Santos. Grandmother of 15.

IRWIN, Paulette Ann (Bechold), 66, Holy Rosary, Seelyville, Nov. 16. Mother of Danielle Woods and Emora Irwin. Grandmother of three.

LECKLIDER, Jerold, 90, St. Mary, Richmond, Nov. 30. Husband of Bette Lecklider. Father of Jerry Lecklider. Brother of Kathleen McGuire. Grandfather of one. Great-grandfather of one.

LINGER, Lena M., 92, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Nov. 19. Mother of Lee Ann Van Benten. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one.

McEVOY, Thomas L., 97, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Nov. 27. Husband of Corinne McEvoy. Father of Denise Boudi, Theresa Cabrera, Libbie Szczypinski, John and Robert McEvoy. Stepfather of Kenneth Alley, Ted Levee, Nina Laurenzana and Joseph Laurenzana, Brother of Mildred Ziebig.

McSHAY, John E., 82,

St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Nov. 21. Husband of Mary (Walz) McShay. Father of Jeffrey, Kevin and Michael McShay. Brother of Maureen Iverson, Mary Kay (Holland) Stuhldreher and Donald McShay. Grandfather of four.

MILLER, Marlene, 81, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Nov. 2. Mother of Melinda Kraemer, Mark and Matthew Miller. Sister of Shirley Schreiner and Jerry Boyer. Grandmother of four. Step-grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of seven.

NIEHOFF, Bernard J., 85, St. John the Baptist, Starlight, Nov. 28. Husband of Sharon (Libs) Niehoff. Father of Cindy Curry, Suzie Luckett, Kelly Payne, Brad, Jerry and Ronald Niehoff. Brother of Mary Schneider and Leo Niehoff. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of eight.

PIERI, Nicholas J., 78, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 25. Husband of Arlene (Burner) Pieri. Father of Pamela Holbrook, Tamara Pieri and Darrell Sparks. Brother of Elaine Carney and Mary Mendoza. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of three.

RICH, Bette, 87, St. Mary, Richmond, Dec. 1. Mother of Rebecca Alexander, Beth Patterson and Paula Rich. Sister of Sharon Baker, Maxine Cummings, Michael and Pete Mills. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of two.

SIMPSON, B. Carleen, 77, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Nov. 20. Wife of William Simpson. Mother of Cheryl Kinberger, Michael and Steven Simpson. Sister of Peggy Drain. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of two.

SOLITO, Ricardo S., 89, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 4. Father of Dr. Leo Solito. Grandfather of eight.

STRUEWING, Donald John, 87, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 19. Father of Donita Russell and John Struewing. Stepfather of Dottie Adams. Brother of Carol Koczwara and Raymond Struewing.

SUJA, Janet R., 59, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Nov. 10. Mother of Andrew Suja. Daughter of Joe and Gail Rudolph. Sister of John and R.J. Rudolph.

THOMPSON, George Allen, 69, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 9. Father of Chad Thompson. Brother of Colleen, Joe and John Thompson.

TRAMONTANA, Lucas, 81, Holy Family, Richmond, Nov. 26. Husband of Aletha Tramontana. Father of Renata Vince, Brad, Craig and Terry Tramontana. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of nine. Great-great-grandfather of one.

WATHEN, Thomas W., 84, St. Mary, New Albany, Nov. 25. Father of Patricia Wathen. Grandfather of one.

WHITFIELD, Billy Gene, 73, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 19. Uncle of several. †

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