July 21, 2017


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ABSHIER, Kathleen M., 85, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, July 6. Mother of Dana, Jerry and Tom Abshier. Sister of Bernadette Herbstreit, Marian Waddell and Joseph Kieffer, Jr. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of four. Great-great-grandmother of two.

ALDRIDGE, Mildred, 92, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, July 4. Mother of Rick and Stephen Aldridge. Sister of Lois Brown and Robert Stroup.

BECKMAN, Mary Gayle, 82, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, July 2. Mother of Mary Patricia Smith, Joseph Andre, Timothy and William Joseph Jr. Sister of Florence Bisig, Doris Ann Colgate and Joan Hellmann. Grandmother of two.

BEDEL, Christopher G., 49, Holy Family, Oldenburg, July 3. Son of Ferdinand and Marjorie Bedel. Brother of Mary Laudick, Jeanie Portis, Benson, Dan, Francis, John, Joseph and Michael Bedel. Uncle of several.

BRAUN, Leola K., 87, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, June 14. Wife of Frank Braun, III. Mother of Cynthia Banet, Donna Gibson, Deborah, Gloria, Daniel and Timothy Braun. Sister of Roberta Garrett, Frances Hess, John, Patrick and V. Jude Walter. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of four.

CRAIG, Marie (Eldridge), 87, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, July 4. Mother of Regina Tremain, Sheila Wills, Anita and Virginia Gaines, Arthur, David, Shannon and Thomas Craig. Sister of Faye Eldridge. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of eight.

DAUGHERTY, Dorothy J., 89, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, July 5. Mother of Rosetta Hawkins, Juanita Root and Charles Cooper. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 13. Great-great-grandmother of two.

FAITH, Mary Kay, 65, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, May 26. Wife of James Faith. Mother of Melissa Kay Mattingly and Nick Hampton. Daughter of Francis Schwartz. Sister of Susan Shaughnessy, Linda Vittitow and Edward Schwartz. Grandmother of two.

FARRIS, Clara L., 82, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, June 17. Mother of Katrina Gerhart, Michele McGloshen and David Farris. Sister of Mary Jo Ford. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of eight.

FRENTZ, Charles R., 75, St. Thomas More, Mooresville, May 21. Husband of Carol Frentz. Father of Linda Davis, Diane Marsh, Karen Rader, Charles, Jr., Paul and Thomas Frentz. Brother of Nancy Ryan, George and James Frentz. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of 14.

GREENWAY, Dorothy M., 88, St. Louis, Batesville, July 9. Mother of Jane Walke, Doug, Gerry and Ron Bedel. Sister of Mary Krekeler, Annie Ricke, Leo and Robert Haunert. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 10.

GRZEZINSKI, Lillian, 83, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, July 3. Wife of Joseph Grzezinski. Sister of Irene Ziolkowski.

LIPPS, Mary V., 86, Holy Family, New Albany, June 29. Mother of Mary Garriott and Stephen Lipps. Grandmother of two.

MORAN, Anne C., 80, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, June 10. Mother of Michael and Patrick Moran. Sister of Patricia Kalter and Mary Schulz. Grandmother of six.

NOLE-RASDON, Kelly A., 54, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, June 10. Wife of Jim Rasdon. Mother of Kristine Nole and Nicholas Rasdon. Daughter of Joan Nole. Sister of David and Rick Nole.

PEDUTO, Mary M. (Leiter), 96, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, June 28. Mother of Michelle Berry, Gina Coombs, DeeDee and Michael Peduto. Sister of Dorothy Martin. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of six.

PIERSON, Charlie L., 81, St. Rita, Indianapolis, June 13. Husband of Beatrice Pierson. Father of Elaine Berger, Ida Johnson, Lisa Miller, Monica Richardson, Agnes Pierson, Anthony Coleman, Sr., Marcus, Maurice, Sr. and Rubin McCoy and Peter Park. Brother of Alice Howard. Grandfather and great-grandfather of several.

POPP, Dolores A. (Miller), 89, St. John Paul II, Clark County, July 9. Mother of Darlene Popp Coleman, Barbara Popp Kemp, Margaret Popp Tschaenn, Alvin, Anthony and Ralph Popp. Grandmother of nine.

POWELL, Terrence, 65, St. John Paul II, Clark County, July 1. Husband of Karen Powell. Father of Amanda Boberg, Angela Powell and Lauren Shireman. Son of Eugene Powell. Brother of Debbie Cooley, Karen Morgan, Janet O’Keefe, Linda Schamel, Michele Steggeman and David Powell. Grandfather of two.

ROEVER, Douglas M., 50, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, July 7. Husband of Lisa Eagleson-Roever. Son of Fred and Dee Roever. Brother of Dr. Sally Roever Grubb. Uncle of several.

RYAN, Nancy K. (Frentz), 82, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, July 3. Mother of Mary Ann Bailey, Kathleen Van Deuren, Daniel, David and Timothy Ryan. Sister of George and James Frentz. Grandmother of 22. Great-grandmother of 30.

SCOTT, Richard C., 87, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, June 2. Husband of Rose Scott. Father of Terry Nattermann, Dee Dee Webb, Marty and Rick Scott. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of seven.

SIPPEL, Margaret P., 90, St. Luke the Evangelist, June 27. Mother of Kristine Stelzner. Grandmother of one.

STRONG, Clinton H., 88, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, July 4. Husband of Ann Morgan Strong. Father of Kathleen Walsh, Mary Willman, Kenneth and Steve Strong. Step-brother of Nancy Wilkinson. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one.

TAYLOR, Martha T., 83, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, July 3. Mother of Barbara Bell, Irene Hammerick, Anna Williams, Billy and Martin Taylor. Sister of Tony Bohman. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother of several.

TUCKER, Kenneth L., 88, Holy Family, New Albany, June 30. Husband of Rose Marie Tucker. Father of Patty Duffy, Tammy Farnsley, Linda Stein, Carol Wibbels, Gary and Rick Tucker. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of 14.

TURNER, James L., 81, Sacred Heart, Clinton, June 30. Father of Adele Fossi, Lisa Wilson and Michael Giovanini. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of several.

WRAY, Robert W., 62, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, July 8. Father of Anthony Wray. Brother of James, John and Joseph Wray. Grandfather of two.

YANICH, Candice M., 49, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, June 28. Mother of Katie Euliss, Kimber Chapman and Scott Combs. Sister of Paula Downs, Daniel and John Yanich. Grandmother of two.

YOUNG, Joseph, 74, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, June 10. Husband of Carol Young. Father of Jennifer Posey, Katherine Rivers, Daniel and Michael Young. Brother of Joyce Crawford, Diane Mattingly, Dennis and Doug Young. Grandfather of seven.

Providence Sister Mary Michael Lager served as a teacher and pharmacist

Providence Sister Mary Michael Lager died on July 8 at Mother Theodore Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 98.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 13 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Lucille Frances Lager was born on Nov. 19, 1918, in New Orleans. She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on July 16, 1936, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1945.

Sister Mary Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology in 1953 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

During her 81 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Mary Michael ministered in education for 10 years as an elementary school teacher in Indiana and Illinois. She ministered as a pharmacist at the motherhouse for 37 years. She later served on the staff of the Congregational Office of Congregational Advancement for seven years, then ministered in a variety of ways at the motherhouse. In 2004, she dedicated herself entirely to prayer.

In the archdiocese, Sister Kathleen served at the former Cathedral Grade School from 1939-41, and at the former St. Patrick School, both in Indianapolis, from 1945-48.

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. †

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