August 30, 2013


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BARNES, Helen, 87, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Aug. 7. Mother of David, George and John Barnes. Sister of Marjorie Berta. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of seven.

BIERLY, Paul A., 79, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Aug. 18. Husband of Patricia (Ang) Bierly. Father of Paula Gaddis, Angela Holder and Mark Bierly. Stepfather of Terri Metzger, Sherry Murphy, Beth Nolan, Debbie Yarbrough, Barbie, Jeff and Mike Day. Son of Mary (Ashton) Bierly. Brother of Karen Drake, Shirley Fessel, Diane Frakes, Rowena Orme, Mary Lou Summers, Gene, Jim, Richard and Roger Bierly. Grandfather of 21. Great-grandfather of nine.

DOCKE, Gloria J. (Moore), 84, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Aug. 13. Mother of Claudia Bollinger, Jennifer Gilbert, Pamela Leffler and Christa Poisal. Grandmother of eight. Great-grand-mother of six.

GOODIN, Harry F., Jr., 86, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Aug. 12. Husband of Rose Goodin. Father of Susie Willen, David and Steve Goodin. Brother of William Goodin. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 12.

HARDEN, Max Albert, 77, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Aug. 4.

HARDESTY, Loretta Jean, 84, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Aug. 11. Mother of Teri Sharp, Bob and Mike Hardesty. Grandmother of one.

HENRY, Mary E. (VanSickle), 63, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Aug. 5. Wife of John Henry. Mother of Beth Hall, Brian and Tom Henry. Sister of five. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of two.

HOFF, Thelma E., 92, St. Michael, Brookville, Aug. 19. Sister of Melvina Wiwi, Pat and Harold Dudley.

HYATT, Diana S., 61, St. Nicholas, Ripley County, Aug. 8. Wife of Richard Hyatt. Mother of Angela Dees and Raymond Gibson. Stepmother of Stephen and Thomas Hyatt. Daughter of Sylvia Craig. Sister of JoAnn Singer, Bill, Bob and Donnie Craig. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of one.

MILLER, Patricia A. (Free), 84, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, Aug. 11. Mother of Carol Conrad, Susan Guinnip, Alice Sweeney, Ralph, Robert and Thomas Miller. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of nine.

ROELL, Florence, 93, St. Michael, Brookville, July 31. Sister of Marjorie Gardner.

ROEMBKE, Carol J., 59, Our Lady of Lourdes, Aug. 11. Daughter of Mary Lou Roembke. Sister of Diane Bohannon, Peggy Schleter, Bradd, Greg and Mark Roembke.

SHELTON, Mary Margaret, 87, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Aug. 8. Mother of Christie Beeler, Sondra Mayfield, Anne Ross and John Shelton. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of seven.

SPRONG, Marlyn C., 86, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Aug. 8. Mother of Angela Fuentes, Ann Golaski, Marjorie Kitzmiller, Helen Longland, Margaret Maykrantz, Mary Alice, Monica and Raymond Sprong. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 12. Great-great-grandmother of seven.

STEINBACHER, John A., Sr., 70, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Aug. 8. Husband of Peggy Steinbacher. Father of Meg Graves, Allison Orvis, Debbie Tebrock, Kemp and Matthew Shafer, Michele and John Steinbacher, Jr. Brother of Mary Lawton, Juliann Mull and Kathleen Ulrich. Grandfather of 15.

THOMAN, Lyman, 71, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Aug. 12. Father of Lynn Herendeen, Brent, Eric and Gregory Thoman. Brother of Trudy Roser, Adrian, Ray and Dr. Rex Thoman. Grandfather of eight.

WESOLOWSKI, Joseph David, 51, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Aug. 11. Husband of Barbara (Benkeser) Wesolowski. Father of Katherine Wesolowski. Son of Anthony and Genevieve (Piotrowicz) Wesolowski Jr. Brother of Patricia Elwell, Karen Gill, Teresa Hoover, Rose Slack and Doug Wesolowski.

WESOLOWSKI, Michelle Denise, 16. St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Aug. 11. Daughter of Barbara (Benkeser) Wesolowski. Sister of Katherine Wesolowski. Granddaughter of Sandy Mixell, Anthony and Genevieve Wesolowski. Great-granddaughter of Gladys Hansen.

Franciscan Sister Catherine Mary Veda ministered in Catholic schools for 30 years

Franciscan Sister Catherine Mary Veda died on Aug. 18 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility on the motherhouse grounds of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 92.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 22 at the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Catherine Mary was born on Dec. 29, 1920, in Middletown, Ohio, and was given the name Mary Anna Veda at her baptism.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Sept. 8, 1944, and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1950.

During 68 years as a Sister of St. Francis, Sister Catherine Mary ministered in Catholic education for 30 years in schools in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. She also cared for her mother in Middletown for 10 years, and served as a sacristan at the motherhouse.

In the archdiocese, Sister Catherine Mary taught at St. Christopher School in Indianapolis and the former Holy Family School in Oldenburg.

Sister Rita is survived by two brothers, Edward Veda of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Joseph Veda of Dayton, Ohio.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN 47030-0100. †

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