June 2, 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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BANTZ, Henry, 68, St. Roch, Indianapolis, May 13. Husband of Linda Bantz. Stepfather of Jimmy and Tim Courtney. Step‑grandfather of one.

BATES, Gloria R., 82, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, May 17. Mother of Rosemarie Johnson, Mary Sherman, Mark, Matthew and Michael Bates. Grandmother of nine.

BLANKEN, Alvin J., 84, Holy Family, Oldenburg, May 6. Husband of Shirley Blanken. Father of Tracy Blanken-Zeller, Doug, Eric, Greg, Jeff and Kelly Blanken. Brother of Jerome Blanken. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of six.

BROWN, Constance A. (Marsh), 70, SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis, May 16. Mother of Cynthia Brown Deerwester, Jennifer Brown Keoshgerian, Angela, Marie, Theresa, James, Joseph and Kevin Brown. Sister of Rebecca Chaney, Viola Polley and Jeanne Stahl. Grandmother of four.

BUMGARNER, Janet L., 71, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, May 17. Mother of Sheri Luedeman and Tony Bumgarner. Sister of Sharon Hawks, Phil and Steve Schultz. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 13.

DESIDERIO, Falco J., 85, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 16. Father of Giovann Thomas. Brother of Mike Desiderio. Grandfather of three. Great‑grandfather of three.

DUGGER, Danion T., 46, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, May 4. Husband of Annice Willard. Father of Josephine and Katherine Dugger. Son of Fred Dugger and Marguerite du Boulay. Brother of Rachael du Boulay, Dawn Krone and Rebecca Dugger.

ENGLISH, Alan R., 80, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, April 21. Husband of Donna English. Father of Karen Lux, Kim Miggenburg, Kristy Powell, David, Jeff and Mark English. Brother of Barbara Dean, Judy Greene, Peggy Stinson and Jerry English. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of 10.

ERNSTBERGER, Perry J., 55, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, May 16. Father of Kristen and Sydney Ernstberger. Son of Paul and LaVerne Ernstberger. Brother of Jill Finnegan, April Libs and Tracy Loi.

FINK, Otho F., Sr., 91, St. Gabriel, Connersville, May 17. Husband of Marilyn Fink. Father of Sue Gunckel, Patricia Hunger, Nancy Porter and Frank Fink. Brother of Dorothy Hicks, Corena Marshall, Bill and Larry Fink. Grandfather of seven. Great‑grandfather of seven. Great-great-grandfather of two.

HIGHT, Beverly, 81, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, May 16. Wife of Fred Hight. Mother of Gregory Hight. Sister of Maralyn Hipskin, Lynda Zierman and Marland Myers. Grandmother of two.

JOURDAN, Diane, 52, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, May 12. Mother of Eileen and Anthony Jourdan. Sister of Karen Heraty, Mary Beth and Tim Burkey.

KENNEDY, Barbara V. (Douglass), 85, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, May 14. Wife of Thomas Kennedy. Mother of Joan Bruce, Marie Chorpenning, Charles and John Kennedy. Grandmother of 11. Great‑grandmother of eight.

KITLEY, Julie A., 32, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, May 17. Wife of John Kitley. Mother of John and Henry Kitley. Daughter of Richard and Nancy Harrison. Sister of Mollie Shick and Nathan Harrison.

KNABLE, Gilberte M., 86, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, May 21. Mother of Therese Winner, Elmer, Jr., Karl and Robert Knable. Sister of Evette Glascock. Grandmother of 13. Great‑grandmother of six.

LEONARD, Deborah A., 64, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, May 4. Sister of Elaine Daniel, Melissa Hutchison, Linda Mikels, Sharon Williams and Marybeth Leonard. Aunt of several.

LINNE, Darlisa, 48, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Brazil, April 26. Wife of Andrew Linne. Mother of Jamie Michael. Daughter of Darrell and Betty Porter. Sister of Becky Bennett, Jenny Johnson, Candy Mandeville, Carol McGee, Darlene Page, Sandy Stanley, Renea Waddel and Clifton Porter. Grandmother of two.

LUKEN, Carol M., 63, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, May 2. Wife of Bill Luken. Mother of Susan Henderson, Benji and David Luken. Sister of Ann Collins, Katie Wood, Bill, John and Richard Fowler. Grandmother of one.

MILLER, Richard A., 90, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 14. Father of Cammy Mauzy, Laura Simmons, Edie, Jean, Mark, Matt and Richard Miller. Grandfather of 14. Great‑grandfather of five.

MILLER, Sharon, 70, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, May 14. Wife of Bill Miller. Mother of Billy, Greg and Tom Miller. Sister of Marcia Barnett, Donna Crone Gravitt, Lori Volpert and Buddy Crone.

PFERRER, Nanette (Fox), 88, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, May 14. Wife of John Pferrer. Mother of Eric and Drew Pferrer. Grandmother of four.

SHERRY, Donald R., Jr., 48, St. Paul, Tell City, May 18. Husband of Michelle Sherry. Father of Brittany Backer‑Cheatham, Courtney Backer, Caleb and Cameron Sherry. Son of Sandra and Donald Sherry, Sr. Brother of Peggy Greer, Jeffrey and Robert Sherry.

WAGNER, Charles, 85, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, May 19. Husband of Marilyn Wagner. Father of Liz Grant, Diane Rader, Sharon Roembke and Michael Wagner. Brother of Richard Wagner. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of seven.

WERNER, Floyd J., 80, Holy Family, Oldenburg, May 22. Father of Becky McLean, Carla Meer, Theresa Owens, Cora, Andy, Mark, Matthew and Steve Werner. Brother of Franciscan Sister Mary Louise, Charles, Donald and Ray Werner. Grandfather of 23. Great-grandfather of 11.

WHEELER, Margaret, 83, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, May 12. Mother of Tricia McGuire, Donnie, Jake and Lonnie Wheeler. Grandmother of six. Step‑grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of 10.

WHITTAKER, Ruth, 88, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, May 11. Wife of Charles Whittaker. Mother of Dawn Hess, Karen Long and Charles Whittaker. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of eight. †

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