March 10, 2017


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BANSCHBACH, Robert, 89, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Feb. 28. Husband of Evelyn Banschbach. Father of Margaret Barrett, Jane Zapp, Jeff and Mark Banschbach. Stepfather of Marla Copeland, Dan, Greg and Jeff Hummel. Brother of Betty Cheevers, Dottie Davis and Rosemary Wernke. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of five.

BENEIGH, Jeffrey R., 62, St. Mary, Navilleton, Feb. 28. Husband of Debbie Beneigh. Father of Nicole and David Beneigh. Brother of L. Jean Mau and Joelyn Niggel.

BIRD, Thomas O., 79, Prince of Peace, Madison, Feb. 27. Husband of Mary Margaret Bird. Father of Rena Caldwell, Rebecca Cole, Richard and Robert Bird. Brother of Carol Hill, John and Paul Bird. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of four.

BRINKER, Lillian L., 96, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Feb. 19. Mother of Earl and Dennis Brinker. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of one.

BUERGLER, Joseph C., 91, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Feb. 22. Father of Dianne Cutri, Barbara Davis, Laurie Gates, Alaine Melfi, Carol Sandefer, David and Paul Buergler. Brother of Beatrice Clary and Ed Buergler. Grandfather of 19. Great-grandfather of 11.

BURKETT, Karen (Strough), 65, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Feb. 2. Wife of Joseph Burkett. Mother of Lynn Mistler. Sister of Linda Brown, Lisa Ingram, Jay and Rex Strough. Grandmother of four.

BYRNE, Michael, 59, St. Lawrence, Feb. 14. Husband of Angela Byrne. Father of Jennifer Harding, Vanessa and Alan Byrne. Son of Harry Byrne. Stepson of Kim Byrne. Brother of Terri Stroman.

CALDERONE, Robert C., 91, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Feb. 18. Father of Paula Bandos. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of two.

CHRISTIAN, Edward L., 88, Holy Family, New Albany, Feb. 23. Father of Carol Kestler, Barbara Landis and Lisa Miller. Brother of Marie Naville and Patricia Randolph. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of six.

CONNEALLY, Patrick M., 85, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 17. Husband of Mary Conneally. Father of Ann Dudgeon and Nicholas Conneally. Brother of Denis and John Conneally. Grandfather of three.

CORNELL, Donna, 72, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, Feb. 28. Wife of Ron Cornell. Mother of Rhonda Generaux, Jerri Riggle, Robert Allen, Catherine and Jason Cornell. Sister of Janice Long and Don Owens. Grandmother of several.

DE LEON, Emmanuel, infant, St. Lawrence, Jan. 18. Son of Maria Del Rosario De Leon.

DICKS, Cleo F., 96, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Feb. 7. Mother of Mariruth Sterrett. Grandmother of two.

DOOLEY, Irene, 79, St. Michael, Cannelton, Feb. 20. Wife of Richard Dooley. Mother of Cathy Hanan, Karen Redd and Sandi Wrye. Sister of Harold May. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of nine.

EVERROAD, William, 80, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Feb. 17. Father of James Knowland, Brenda and Joseph Everroad. Brother of Jane Louden and Joyce Mead. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of five.

FISHER, Ralph E., 95, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 24. Father of Gloria Jean Harrison, Katherine Jones and Sandra Lakes. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of 21. Great-great-grandfather of seven.

FLEEHEARTY, Mary, 95, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 21. Mother of Susan Wolfe and Russell Fleehearty. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 14.

FLUM, Carol Ann (Timmer), 81, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Feb. 23. Mother of Kathleen Rasp, Christina, Andrew, Gregory and Mark Flum. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of one.

GIFFORD, James. R, 74, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 23. Husband of Mary Lou Gifford. Father of Cory Gifford. Stepfather of Shannon Burke and Brian Doody. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of one.

KELLER, Shirley Ann (Golding), 86, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Feb. 27. Wife of Charlie Keller. Mother of Bernadette Caraher and Timothy Keller. Grandmother of four.

KERN, Mildred J. (Bair), 93, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Feb. 20. Mother of John and Joseph Kern. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of three.

KERST, Kenneth R., 73, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Feb. 24. Husband of Judith Kerst. Father of Dawn Emberton, Teresa Rominger, David and Michael Kerst. Brother of Ruth Price. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of three.

KIRCHGESSNER, Emil M., Jr., 87, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Feb. 27. Father of Donald, Irvin, Melvin, Merrell, Robert and Vernon Kirchgessner. Brother of Mildred Fessel, Marcella Graf, Martha Rhoades and Albert Kirchgessner. Grandfather of 21. Great-grandfather of 21.

LADUKE, Katheryne B. (Nash), 52, St. John Paul II, Clark County, Feb. 20. Wife of Craig LaDuke. Mother of Andrew Hendrix and Dominic LaDuke. Sister of Mary Fondrisi, Shelly Klein, David and Tim Nash.

METZLER, Robert F., 87, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 28. Father of Anne Allen and Mark Metzler. Brother of Thomas Metzler. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of three.

MINER, Mary Alice, 96, former member of St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Feb. 21. Mother of Mary Donahue, Julie and Sue Miner. Grandmother of one.

MITCHELL, John E., 90,

St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 22. Husband of Marie Mitchell. Father of Mary Ann Holand, Janet Inderstrodt, Marilyn Rodney, Greg, John, Timothy, Tom and Will Mitchell. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of nine.

PUCHETA XOLO, Carlos A., 26, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Feb. 9.

RODENBERG, Juliana F., 88, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Feb. 8. Sister of Lucille Rodenberg. Aunt of several.

ROEDL, Melvin, 99, St. Charles Borromeo, Milan, Feb. 23. Father of Carolyn Shock, Constance Stine, James and Larry Roedl. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of five.

SALAZAR, Carlos M., infant, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Feb. 2. Son of Ruben Salazar and Maria Galvan. Brother of Robert Salazar.

SCHIEWER, Joseph K., 86, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Feb. 17. Husband of Joanne Schiewer. Father of Christopher and Patrick Schiewer. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of eight.

SLOAN, Rosemary A., 100, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 21.

TRUSTY, Nancy L., 66, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Jan. 21. Wife of Stephen Trusty. Mother of Michelle Kolosso and Stephanie Grant. Sister of Linda Bird and John Kirby. Grandmother of four.

WELLS, Linda K. (Strange), 56, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Feb. 8. Wife of Jack Wells. Mother of Shannon Strange. Stepmother of Wendy Nelson and Jack Wells, Jr. Sister of Karen Lindsay and Mark Strange. Grandmother of three. Step-grandmother of four.

WHITHAM, Mildred M., 87, Most Sorrowful Mother of God, Vevay, Feb. 27. Mother of Karen Morton, Kevin, Michael, Robert and Steven Whitham. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 12. †

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