August 4, 2017


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BATES, Judie, 77, St. John Paul II, Clark County, July 8. Wife of Jim Bates. Mother of James II and Jesse Bates. Sister of Nick Rohleder. Grandmother of seven.

BOLES, Dennis J., 57, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, July 13. Husband of Kathleen Boles. Father of Sarah and Brian Boles. Son of Beulah Boles. Brother of Richard Boles.

BRAUER, Walter H., 84, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, July 17. Husband of Virginia Brauer. Father of Kim Goss, Eric, Karl, Kent and Kurt Brauer. Brother of Margaret Burris and Frank Brauer. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of five.

DERAGO, Paula, 69, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, July 13. Sister of Rhonda Brown. Aunt of one.

DUSTIMER, Janet T., 89, St. Jude, Indianapolis, July 20. Mother of Susan Dreher, Teresa Kennedy, Kathleen Warner, Mary Ann, Dennis, John, Jr., and Thomas Dustimer. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 14.

GATTO, Robert F., Sr., 87, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, July 10. Husband of Mary Gatto. Father of Kathy Haan-Hall, Bob, Jr., Dan, Steve and Tim Gatto. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 11.

HEITMANN, Roberta M., 69, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, July 3. Sister of Peggy Litzelman-Cook and Catherine Mears. Aunt of several.

HIMBURG, Barbara E., 87, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, July 19. Mother of Susan Doloma, Debbie Mathers, D. Joseph and Tim Himburg. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of three.

HUDEPOHL, Margaret, 91, St. Charles Borromeo, Milan, July 8. Wife of Walter Hudepohl. Mother of Rosemary Carter, Jenny Day, Nancy Denhart, Theresa Ferneding, Jean Hicks, Lois Bogenschutz Kremer, Virginia Sinkhorn, John, Thomas, Vincent and Walter Hudepohl. Sister of Alice Heilman. Grandmother and great-grandmother of more than 100.

KNIES, David W., 66, St. John Paul II, Clark County, July 12. Step-father of Suzie Vanhoy, John and Tom Seebold. Brother of Linda Knies. Step-grandfather of four.

LANNING, James R., 73, St. Joseph, Crawford County, July 7. Father of Glenn Lanning. Step-father of Jamie and Jeff Peterworth. Brother of David, Mark and Ronald Lanning. Grandfather of six.

LATHROP, Anna M., 74, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, July 7. Wife of Larry Lathrop. Mother of Risa Ables and Kara Farrell. Sister of Joe and Leonard Baca. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of two.

LEIDOLF, Arthur J., 86, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, July 23. Father of Jo Lynn Gosnell, Anita Kays, Sheryl Staser, Arthur II, Bruce and Mark Leidolf. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of six.

MAYES, Michael J., 65, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, July 16. Husband of Marsha Mayes. Brother of James, Robert and Thomas Mayes. Uncle of several.

MCKINLEY, Joan (Rode), 66, St. Jude, Indianapolis, July 13. Sister of Jane Chambliss, Joyce Lewis, Jeff, Jerry, Jim and Joe Rode. Grandmother of three.

MERK, Patricia C., 71, St. Joseph, Corydon, July 17. Wife of Jack Merk. Mother of Malia Glotzbach, Joy Polk and Brendan Merk. Sister of Mary Ann Collins, Beth Hatzitheorodorou, Andrea Nester, Camden, Jr., and Joseph Kent. Grandmother of five.

MIKESELL, Rosilda M., 78, Prince of Peace, Madison, July 18. Wife of Donald Mikesell, Sr. Mother of Theresa Jines, Debra Sowers, Donald, Jr., Glenn, Lawrence, Marc and Roland Mikesell. Sister of Adrien Bourassa. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 15. Great-great-grandmother of two.

PICKER, William R., 94, St. Mary, Greensburg, July 15. Husband of Nancy Picker. Father of Lisa Colson, Natalie Glover, Gary and Jeff Greiwe, David and Greg Picker. Brother of Velma Ortman and Mary Ellen Ploughe. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of three.

RAUSS, Mary, 82, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, July 16. Mother of Lisa Baker, Jeffrey and John Rauss. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of four.

SCHNITTGEN, Betty J., 92, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, July 21. Mother of Julie Ray, Diane Schneider, Donna, Lawrence and Ted Schnittgen. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of two.

SCOLLARD, Regina R. (Feeney), 92, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, July 8. Mother of Anne Frederickson, Rosemary Scollard Walsh and Thomas Scollard. Grandmother of four.

SPINDLER, Muriel A., 96, St. Paul, Tell City, July 17. Mother of Janice Mitchell, Shirley and Avery Casebolt. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 10. Great-great-grandmother of 15.

ST. JOHN, Norma R., 78, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, July 13. Mother of Jill St. John Archer and Steven St. John. Sister of Bernard and Philip Kirch.

VOLK, Wyatt S., infant, St. Michael, Brookville, July 14. Son of Robert and Ashley Volk. Brother of Brooklyn Volk. Grandson of Dave and Cindy Kaiser and George and Joan Volk.

WERNER, Anna M., 94, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), July 14. Mother of Cynthia Woods and Susan Werner. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of two.

WILLIAMS, Robert J., 85, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, July 12. Father of Sharon Cocuzza and Ann Williams. Brother of Charles, Francis, George, James, John and Paul Williams and Martha, Rose Marie and Suzanne. Grandfather of two.

WOHLHIETER, Anna, 95, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, July 12. Wife of Joseph Wohlhieter. Mother of Susan Moore, Patti Stephenson, Lisa Wohlhieter-Hobbs and Joseph Wohlhieter, Jr. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 14.

Providence Sister Mary Imelda Coulup served in Catholic schools for 53 years

Providence Sister Mary Imelda Coulup died on July 12 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 98.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Aug. 7 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial will follow in the sisters’ cemetery.

Mary Elizabeth Coulup was born on Aug. 28, 1918, in Vincennes, Ind. She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Feb. 11, 1939, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

Sister Mary Imelda earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

During her 78 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Mary Imelda ministered in education for 53 years in schools in Illinois, Indiana and Maryland. In 1996, she moved to the motherhouse where, for 10 years, she served as a driver and then in clerical assistance in two offices. Beginning in 2015, she dedicated herself entirely to prayer.

In the archdiocese, Sister Mary Imelda served in Indianapolis at the former St. Ann School from 1945-46, Holy Cross Central School from 1946-47 and the former St. Catherine of Siena School from 1968-76; in Terre Haute at the former St. Ann School from 1951-52, and the former St. Margaret Mary School from 1962-67; in West Terre Haute at the former St. Leonard of

Port Maurice School from 1967-68, and in Greenwood at Our Lady of the Greenwood School from 1982-96.

She is survived by her sister, Catherine Zeigler, and a brother, John Coulup, both of Vincennes.

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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