January 20, 2017


Please submit in writing to our office by 10 a.m. Thursday before the week of publication; be sure to state date of death. Obituaries of archdiocesan priests serving our archdiocese are listed elsewhere in The Criterion. Order priests and religious sisters and brothers are included here, unless they are natives of the archdiocese or have other connections to it; those are separate obituaries on this page.

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ABBOTT, Dolores A. (Jacobi), 83, Holy Family, New Albany, Jan. 7. Mother of Diana Huber and John Lozon. Sister of Maureen Rue and Kenneth Jacobi. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of five.

BARNHORST, Irene M., 99, St. Maurice, Napoleon, Jan. 3. Mother of Gerald, Paul, Raymond and Robert Barnhorst. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 15. Great-great-grandmother of 5.

BAYT, Santa, 94, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Jan. 11. Mother of Gina Battiston, Concetta DeFabis, Mary Anne Hawkins, Hazel Lorah, Theresa Mascari, Betty McColgan, Toni Short, Antonia Zunarelli, Jack Hawkins, Mary, Demetrio, Hank, Jack, Mike, Phillip and Tony Bayt. Grandmother of 22. Great-grandmother of three.

BOZYMSKI, Valentine W., 86, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 4. Husband of Barbara Bozymski. Father of Carolyn Kelly, Lisa, Michele and Michael Bozymski. Step-father of Orrin and Ronald Bowman. Brother of Genevieve Wala, Eileen, Edward and Eugene Bozymski. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of three.

CAMPBELL, Jacob D., 20, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Dec. 17. Father of Hunter Campbell. Son of Joseph Campbell and Amy Davis.

CISSELL, Charles, 61, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Jan 10. Husband of Mary Cissell. Father of Leah Kelly and David Cissell. Step-son of Lola Cissell. Brother of Janice Isaacs, Janet James, Kipp and Kevin Downing and Mike Hagan. Grandfather of two.

COCKRELL, Robert, 70, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Dec. 30. Husband of Brenda Cockrell. Father of Laura Hubbard, Christopher and Kenneth Henry and Jason Cockrell. Brother of Glenn and Neal Cockrell. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one.

CRAIG, Helen, 103, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Dec. 25. Mother of Carolyn,

Jan and Bob Craig. Grandmother of four. Great‑grandmother of 13. Great-great-grandmother of three.

DENNY, George R., 86, St. Monica, Indianapolis, Dec. 29. Father of Shannon Thompson, Christopher, Sean and Timothy Denny. Brother of William Denny. Grandfather of 10.

DEVILLEZ, Viola E., 91, St. Paul, Tell City, Dec. 27. Mother of Becky Cronin. Sister of Grace Talbert and Ray Schaefer. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of two.

FIXMER, John R., 87, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Dec. 25. Father of Dorothy Lynam, Karen Mathes, Mary Jane Nunlist, John, Mark and Robert Fixmer. Brother of Margie Duke and Betty Hines. Grandfather of 17. Great‑grandfather of 34. Great-great-grandfather of one.

FORTMAN, Raymond E., 68, St. Mary, Greensburg, Jan. 9. Husband of Sue Fortman. Father of Michael Fortman. Brother of Richard Fortman. Grandfather of one.

FREY, Alma, 88, St. Michael, Brookville, Jan. 7. Mother of Jane Robertson, Dave, Dick and Jim Frey. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 15. Great-great-grandmother of two.

GIESTING, Gordon J., 73, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Jan. 1. Husband of Nina Giesting. Father of Dena Waller, Chad and Todd Giesting. Brother of Mary Kay Hacker and Gary Giesting. Grandfather of three.

HASKAMP, Virgil M., 85, St. Catherine of Seina, Decatur County, Dec. 21. Husband of Bertha Haskamp. Father of Theresa Dury, Karen Poplawksi, Doug and Edward Haskamp. Grandfather of 11.

HILLMAN, Saundra P., 75, St. Mark the Evangelist, Jan 7. Mother of Anjanette Richhart and Jim Hillman. Sister of Alice Bunte and Jack Cortner. Grandmother of five.

KEMPER, James R., 82, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Dec. 30. Husband of Pam Kemper. Father of John and William Kemper. Brother of Anne Bickel and Marnie Inman.

KENNEL, Lillian V., 77, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 4. Sister of Rosemary Ball, Jean Kruthaupt, Marianne Scheper, Elton and George Kennel. Aunt of several.

KUNKLER, Dr. Arnold W., 95, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 25. Husband of Barbara Kunkler. Father of Christine Hull, Lisa McClure, Carolyn, Arnold, Jr., Dr. Kevin and Dr. Phillip Kunkler. Brother of Mary Elizabeth Gross, Ann Laughlin, Edward and Kenneth Kunkler. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of three.

LAKE, Alice J., 76, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 9. Wife of Jerry Lake. Sister of Sylvia Lunsford, Floyd and Robert Gesell. Aunt of several.

LAUDICK, John H., 80, St. Mary, Greensburg, Jan. 5. Father of Jane Eckert, Julie Himes, Linda Humpert and Denny Laudick. Brother of Joann Lecher and James Laudick. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of nine.

LYONS, Howard R., 86, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Dec. 19. Husband of Marie Lyons. Father of Kelly Schoettle, Mitzi, Bo and Mitchell Lyons. Brother of George Lyons. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one.

MEINERS, Margaret C., 89, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Dec. 22. Wife of Joseph Meiners. Mother of Catherine Bremmer, Teresa Weber, Charles and William Meiners. Sister of Helen Cleary. Grandmother of 10. Great‑grandmother of several.

MEYER, Angela J., 51, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Jan. 1. Wife of Kenneth Meyer. Mother of Kendall and Nathan Meyer. Sister of Lisa Nordhoff, Karen Riley, Mary Schmidt, Kathy Uebelhor, Brian, Jay and Mike Hopf.

NICODEMUS, Charles F., 82, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Jan. 6. Husband of Laura Nicodemus. Father of Susan Brown, Marlene Wilson, Carl, David and Wayne Nicodemus. Brother of Deloris, Judy, Murial, Don and Paul Nicodemus. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of two.

OBERTING, Kenneth W., 98, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Jan. 7. Father of Mary Ellen Nelson, Kenneth and Thomas Oberting. Grandfather of eight. Great‑grandfather of four.

O’CONNOR, Eleanor, 86, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Dec. 28. Mother of Charlie and John O’Connor. Grandmother and great-grandmother of several.

PFLUM, Dale E., 75, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cambridge City, Dec. 8. Father of Mary Peterson and Anthony Pflum. Brother of Sue Ann Pflum-Walker, June and Mary Jo Pflum. Grandfather of eight.

RATZ, William D., 87, St. Michael, Brookville, Jan. 7. Husband of Anita Ratz. Father of Pam DeVille, Karen Hountz, Janie Phillips and Rick Ratz. Brother of Alice Gesell, Bonnie Hornbach, Patricia Moody and Tom Ratz. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of five.

RAY, Brian E., 50, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Dec. 22. Husband of Sara Ray. Father of Nicole and Christopher Smith. Brother of Dennis, Jeffrey and Joseph Ray. Grandfather of two.

ROBERTS, Robert L., 86, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Jan. 5. Father of Regina Sublette and Bill Roberts. Brother of James Roberts. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of four.

SEARING, Garry E., 78, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Dec. 24. Father of Marla Kay Searing. Brother of Billie Jo Anderson, Margaret Benefield and Janice Uselman.

SIEFERT, Clara, 79, St. Mary, Rushville, Jan. 6. Mother of Cindy Amos, Jennifer Ripberger and Joseph Siefert. Sister of David Morgan. Grandmother of six.

STOLLE, Anna, 91, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Dec. 28. Mother of Ron Stolle. Sister of Patricia Panzer. Grandmother of two.

STUCKWISCH, Jane F., 72, St. Ambrose, Seymour, Dec. 25. Wife of Max Stuckwisch. Mother of Stephanie Mazzon, Shannon McGahren, Michelle Spence and Tricia Stuart. Grandmother of 15.

TOSCHLOG, Rhea, 93, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Jan. 4. Mother of Jane Thompson, Jeff Carpenter, Mark and Robert Toschlog. Grandmother of 12. Great‑grandmother of 13.

VOLZ, Rosie C., 105, St. Charles Borromeo, Milan, Jan. 1. Mother of George and Henry Volz. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of two.

WALTER, Mary, 90, St. Mary, Lanesville, Jan. 4. Wife of Vincent Walter. Mother of Sandy Hess, Theresa Kissel, Barbara Schindler, Judy Zipp, Gary Walter, Elmer, Steven and Terry Gurtz. Sister of Marjorie Garmon and Christine Saunders. Grandmother of 10. Great‑grandmother of 13.

WEINMANN, Kathleen, 99, St. Mary, New Albany, Dec. 20. Sister of Everett Day. Aunt of several.

WEINTRAUT, Mary Lee, 80, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Dec. 29. Wife of Mark Weintraut. Mother of Julie Burroughs. Grandmother of one.

WILLS, Larry L., 83, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Jan. 7. Father of Karen Kinder, Mary Schaler, Patricia and Larry Wills II. Grandfather of two. Great‑grandfather of five. †

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