May 5, 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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BACK, Bonita M., 77, St. Michael, Brookville, April 24. Wife of David Back. Mother of Brenda Eckstein, Polly Kruthaupt, Tammy Moore, Wanda Siebert and Bryan Back. Grandmother of seven. Great‑grandmother of two.

BRADLEY, Robert B., 89, St. Michael, Brookville, April 19. Father of Donald, Howard and Robert Bradley. Brother of Marlene Skeoch. Grandfather of five. Great‑grandfather of 12.

BUSCH, Giuliana (Conti), 93, St. Charles, Bloomington, April 3. Mother of John Busch. Sister of Anna Marie and Peppino. Grandmother of three.

EBERSOLD, Norbert, 87, St. Bernard, Frenchtown, Feb. 22. Husband of Marcella Ebersold. Father of Julie Denning, Cynthia Droste, Tricia Martin, Richard and Ronald Ebersold. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of two.

ERNSTES, Alfred, Jr., 54, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, April 15. Husband of Theresa Ernstes. Father of Alfred Ernstes. Son of Joyce Ernstes. Brother of Barbara Dalton, Alyce Gobel, Joyce Hatton and Lydia Phillips. Grandfather of one.

EVANS, Helen A., 93, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, April 22. Mother of Vicki Bernard and Ray Evans. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of five.

FOUTS, Annette, 93, St. Bernard, Frenchtown, Dec. 15. Mother of Charles Fouts. Sister of Judy Thomas. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of four.

FOX, William J., 75, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, April 18. Husband of Barbara Fox. Father of Bart, Greg, Matt and Pierre Fox. Grandfather of 11.

GILL, Ron, 62, St. Gabriel, Connersville, April 19. Husband of Lisa Gill. Father of Laura D’Andria, Casey Peugh, Brandon, Jason, Sam and Steven Gill. Stepfather of Sara and Brian Harrison. Brother of Rick Gill. Grandfather of 11. Step-grandfather of one. Great‑grandfather of one.

HARTMAN, Gilbert J., 85, All Saints, Dearborn County, April 21. Father of Sharon Wilgenbusch, Eric, Gary, Mark and Steve Hartman. Brother of Irvin and Melvin Hartman. Grandfather of 19. Great‑grandfather of 26.

LAMPING, Gregory J., 47, Holy Family, Oldenburg, April 18. Son of Edith Lamping. Brother of Diane Fullenkamp, Donna Hoeing, Cindy and Mike Lamping. Uncle of several.

LECHER, Elsie, 87, St. Mary, Greensburg, April 13. Mother of David and Mike Lecher. Grandmother of two.

LILLY, Edward C., 88, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, April 24. Father of Elaine Bailey, Virginia Stiles, Charles, Craig and Paul Lilly. Brother of Evelyn Bostock, Viola Montague and Ralph Lilly. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 14.

LIONETTI, Ralph J., 80, Prince of Peace, Madison, April 20. Husband of Phyllis Lionetti. Father of Susan Pruitt, RaeAne Pryor, Jeanne Thompson, Joseph and Ralph Lionetti. Brother of Theresa Rubio and Joseph Lionetti.

MOOS, Bonnie, 101, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, March 30. Mother of Alinda Edens. Grandmother of one.

NIEHAUS, Larry J., 80, St. Roch, Indianapolis, April 15. Father of Regina Mangus and Larry G. Niehaus. Brother of Gertrude Isom. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of two.

NIEMAN, Maurice, 87, St. Mary, Greensburg, April 12. Husband of Esther Nieman. Father of Debbie Greiwe, Donna Lane, Doreen, Larry and Tom Nieman. Brother of Betty Schneider, Rose Marie, Carl and John Nieman. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 13.

PADGETT, Ola M., 71, St. Gabriel, Connersville, April 20. Mother of Chris and Jeffrey Padgett. Sister of Karen Prentice, Barbara and Margaret Smith, Donald Cummins and Leo Kolb. Grandmother of five. Great‑grandmother of four.

REIDENBACH, Charlene, 76, St. Michael, Brookville, April 23. Mother of Debbie Reid, Dale and Darin Reidenbach. Sister of Mary Jane Klene. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 13.


51, St. Roch, Indianapolis, April 14. Mother of Nichole Gilhooly, Josephine, Lena, Stephanie and Kenneth Gillum III. Daughter of Judith Morris. Sister of Russel Schaub.

SCHULER, Richard, 77, St. Michael, Brookville, April 13. Father of Jeannie Heil, Diane Pflum and Steve Schuler. Brother of Rosalie Doran. Grandfather of five. Great‑grandfather of six.

SMITH, August J., 93, St. Bernard, Frenchtown, March 26. Father of Marissa Canada, LaLisa Crecelius, Lana and Vanessa Greemore, Teresa Ippolito, Phyllis Patterson, Allen and August Smith. Brother of Ruth Linton and Mary Nolot. Grandfather of 19. Great‑grandfather of 26. Great‑great-grandfather of one.

STRITT, Mary Ellen, 94, St. Matthew, Indianapolis, March 29. Sister of Helen Stritt. Aunt of several.

TEKULVE, Daniel R., 71, Holy Family, Oldenburg, April 22. Husband of Cheryl Tekulve. Father of Dusty, Josh, Kyle and Ryan Tekulve. Brother of Mike and Tom Tekulve. Grandfather of eight.

THUER, Walter A., 101, St. Roch, Indianapolis, April 15. Father of Theresa Johnson and Mary Jo Benson. Grandfather of four.

Great-grandfather of five. Great-great-grandfather of two.

WILEY, Betty A., 80, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, April 20. Wife of John Wiley. Mother of Margaret Wood and John Wiley II. Sister of Phyllis Jackson. Grandmother of three.

WILKINSON, Eileen Legg, 89, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, April 19. Wife of William Wilkinson. Mother of Kathleen Berger, Mary Legg Holechko, Doreen Legg McKillop, Colleen Pettijohn-Spice, Bobby and Michael Legg. Step-mother of Miki Wilkinson. Sister of Mary Kathleen Dunphy. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 30. Great-great-grandmother of five.

WILLIAMS, Mary R., 95, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, April 23. Mother of Peggy Gresk, Mary Anne Tracy, Kathleen and Edwin Williams, Jr. Grandmother of 15. Great‑grandmother of 11.

Providence Sister Anne Krause served in education and in her order’s administration

Providence Sister Anne Krause died on April 16 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. She was 94.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 25 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Anna Mae Krause was born on April 14, 1923, in Chicago. She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on July 22, 1944, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1952.

Sister Anne earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and a master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame in northern Indiana.

During her 72 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Anne ministered in education for 22 years in Catholic schools in Illinois, Indiana and Massachusetts. After earning a master’s degree in business administration, she left education to serve as treasurer of the congregation’s Chicago province for 11 years and as treasurer of the entire congregation for 10 years. She later served in its office of mission advancement. In 2008, she dedicated herself entirely to prayer.

In the archdiocese, Sister Anne served at the former St. Joseph School in Terre Haute from 1949-53, at the former St. Catherine of Siena School in Indianapolis from 1956-62, as treasurer at the motherhouse from 1981-91 and as manager of planned giving in her order’s office of mission advancement from 1991-99.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence Road, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.

Conventual Franciscan Father Joel Burget grew up in Terre Haute parish, ministered as its pastor, and also served as missionary

Conventual Franciscan Father Joel Burget died on April 21 in Terre Haute. He was 77.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on April 24 at St. Benedict Church in Terre Haute, where Father Joel had served as pastor for 12 years. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 27 at the friars’ chapel at Mount St. Francis. Burial followed in the friars’ cemetery.

Robert Joseph Burget was born on June 17, 1939, in Terre Haute. He grew up as a member of St. Benedict Parish there.

After having attended the minor seminary at Mount St. Francis of the Conventual Franciscans’ Our Lady of Consolation Province, he entered the order in 1957 and took on the religious name Joel. Father Joel professed simple vows on July 10, 1958, and solemn vows on Oct. 11, 1961. He was ordained a priest on March 5, 1966, in St. Paul, Minn.

Later that year, Father Joel began 20 years of missionary service in Zambia in southern Africa as a teacher and in priestly ministry in locations that often required difficult and long travel.

Returning to the United States in 1986, Father Joel spent time in hospital chaplaincy ministry in Illinois and in parish ministry before becoming pastor of St. Benedict Parish in 1998. He served that faith community until 2010.

He continued to live in the Conventual Franciscan’s friary in Terre Haute until his death.

Father Joel is survived by a sister, Sally Jones of Beaumont, Texas.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Conventual Franciscan Friars at The Province of Our Lady of Consolation, Development Office, 103 St. Anthony Drive, Mount St. Francis, IN 47146. †

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