May 12, 2017


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ALLEN, Everett, 96, St. Jude, Indianapolis, April 29. Brother of Rosemary Heidelberger, Bob and Richard Allen. Uncle of several.

BROWN, Dorothy M. (McKenney), 86, Holy Family, New Albany, May 1. Mother of Charles and Michael Brown. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of eight.

CHERRY, Marita D., 92, St. Mary, Greensburg, April 30. Mother of Janet Salatin. Grandmother of two.

GRIESHOP, Robert F., 83, Holy Family, Oldenburg, May 2. Husband of Joan Grieshop. Father of Beth Ann Bulach, Janet Kirschner and Mark Grieshop. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of four.

HAGEDORN, Mildred L., 90, St. Paul, Tell City, April 25. Mother of Yvonne Baur, Catherine Bower, Sharon Smith, Gerald, Joe and Richard Hagedorn. Sister of Margie Knable and Edward Gengelbach. Grandmother of 14. Great‑grandmother of 13. Great-great-grandmother of one.

HAMILTON, Dorothy A., 87, St. Monica, Indianapolis, April 28. Wife of Walter Hamilton. Mother of Nancy Hall, Elaine Milner, Laura Sepe, Janice and Gary Hamilton. Sister of Mary Jean Balla. Grandmother of eight.

HAVENS, Clifford, 92, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, April 25. Husband of Helen Havens. Father of Linda Thomas, Teresa Tungate, Susan Watson, Charles and Robert Havens. Stepfather of John, Michael and Terry Ogden. Brother of Margaret Jones and Vern Havens. Grandfather of 19. Great-grandfather of 17.

KERN, Joanne C., 92, St. Monica, Indianapolis, April 23. Mother of Jeanmarie Chenette, Rosemarie Megraw, Christopher, David, Michael and Richard Kern. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 28.

MCCONAHAY, Mary Jane, 82, Christ the King, Indianapolis, April 21. Mother of Maureen Johnson, Margaret, Kevin and Sean McConahay. Grandmother of three.

MERCER, Ruth E., 74, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, April 23. Wife of Gerald Mercer. Mother of Jill and John Mercer. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of three.

MOHR, Thomas W., 91, St. Jude, Indianapolis, April 26. Father of Karen Bevis. Brother of Martha Zimmerman. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of one.

OBER, Julian H., 92, All Saints, Dearborn County, April 26. Husband of Irene Ober. Father of Kathleen Bischoff. Grandfather of one.

PENDILL, Christine, 97, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, April 27. Mother of Sherry Eller, Landon and Ron Pendill. Sister of Harold and Hugo Blomberg. Grandmother of 12. Great‑grandmother of 26.

POWELL, Jean (Lee), 93, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, April 28. Mother of Jill Webb. Sister of Ann Rittmeyer and Bob Lee. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of seven.

SAULMAN, Bonnie J., 86, St. Joseph, Corydon, April 30. Wife of James Saulman. Mother of Jill Ann Delaney, Debbie Gresham and Kimberly Stewart. Sister of Barbara Neafus. Grandmother of 11. Great‑grandmother of 20. Great-great-grandmother of one. 

SMITH, Richard P., 90, St. Mary, New Albany, April 24. Husband of Sara Smith. Father of Eileen Britton. Grandfather of one.

STAND, Richard, 85, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, May 1. Husband of Theresa Stand. Father of June Campbell, Paul and Tom Stand. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of three.

WERNER, Edward C., 85, St. Gabriel, Connersville, April 24. Husband of Elizabeth Werner. Father of Patricia Morgan, Daniel and Doug Werner. Brother of Franciscan Sister Mary Louise, Charles, Donald, Floyd and Raymond Werner. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of one.

Franciscan Sister Carol Lee Royston ministered in Catholic education, including in Indiana

Franciscan Sister Carol Lee Royston, formerly Sister Mary Thoma, died on April 28 at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill. At the time of her death, she was 71 and a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 8 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Carol Lee Royston was born on Dec. 11, 1945, in Cincinnati.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Feb. 2, 1964, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1971.

Sister Carol earned a bachelor’s degree at Marian University in Indianapolis and a master’s degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

During 53 years as a Sister of St. Francis, Sister Carol ministered as an educator for 45 years in Catholic schools in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. In the archdiocese, she served in Indianapolis at the former Holy Trinity School from 1965-66 and the former St. Bernadette School from 1968-69. She ministered at St. Anthony School in Streator, Ill., from 1969-72 and 1979-2010. After retiring from education, she served in parish ministry there, overseeing a women’s ministry and seeing to the needs of sick and homebound.

Sister Carol is survived by sisters Ann Kimes and Mary Maisel of Cincinnati, Maureen Wallace of Alexandria, Va., and brother James Royston of St. Bernard, Ohio.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036-0100. †

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