October 27, 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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BENIC, Filip, 58, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 8. Husband of Anda Benic. Father of Ivana Lewis, Aleksandar and Ivan Benic. Brother of Janko, Marinko and Marko Benic. Grandfather of three.

BRADY, Margaret L., 89, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 12. Sister of Alice Allen, Jane Collins, Mary Ann and Phillip Brady. Aunt of several.

BUCHANAN, Margaret J., 79, Church of the American Martyrs, Scottsburg, Sept. 22. Mother of Janie Alexander, Jerry, J.D. and Tom Buchanan. Sister of Kathy Nalley-Schembra and James Nalley. Grandmother of six.

BURKE, Thomas, 70, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Sept. 29. Husband of Joan Burke. Father of Kathleen Hrabovsky, Christine Shea and Gregory Burke. Brother of Maureen Piontek, Billie Stubbs, Patty and Jim Burke. Grandfather of four.

CHRISTIANSEN, Raymond, 80, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Oct. 5. Husband of Sherry Christiansen. Father of Lodie Jones, Kari Smith and Brian Christiansen. Grandfather of two.

CISSELL, Robert M., 87, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Oct. 12. Husband of Donna Cissell. Father of G. Patrick and Keith Cissell. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of two.

CRITSER, Diane K., 66, St. Mary, Greensburg, Oct. 15. Wife of Richard Critser. Mother of Carla Wiles and Kyle Critser. Daughter of Betty Meyer. Sister of Ginny Gordon, Rick and Steve Meyer. Grandmother of five.

DIBIA, Bernard O., 81, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Oct. 12. Brother of Mary Akindiji, Bridget Isichel and Peter Dibia. Uncle of several.

EBACHER, Donald, 87, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Oct. 14. Father of Mary Estridge, Ellen Lewis, Pat Steele, Ken, Ron and Steve Ebacher. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 22.

FLAMION, Donald, 94, St. Paul, Tell City, Oct. 10. Stepfather of Paulette Hudson, Allen and Paul Vogelman. Brother of Jean and Rosemary Etienne, Cornelia and Evelyn Harpenau and Sue Hessig. Step-grandfather of four. Step-great-grandfather of three.

FRITSCH, James C., 92, St. Louis, Batesville, Oct. 5. Husband of Dolores Fritsch. Father of Deborah Perkins, Janet, Karen, James and William Fritsch. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of two.

GRIESHOP, Joan M., 85, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Oct. 10. Mother of Beth Ann Bulach, Janet Kirschner and Mark Grieshop. Sister of Dan Duvelius. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of four.

HOEHN, Elmer L., 101, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Sept. 30. Father of Kathleen Gillmore and Pat Hoehn. Brother of Dorothy Hoehn. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of four.

HALEY, Rita A. (Nevin), 101, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Aug. 24. Mother of Judy Haley-Myers and Michael Haley. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of one.

LABOR, Delores K. (Pryor), 93, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Sept. 28. Mother of Kathy Stark Haley, Bill, Jack, James, Michael and Thomas Labor. Sister of Rose Marie Carver. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 15.

MCKENNA, Carolyn, 81, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Oct. 3. Mother of Carrie Wagoner, Debra, Susie, Daniel, John and Michael McKenna. Sister of Jerome and Richard Pierle. Grandmother of 12.

PIROG, Julian R., 55, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Oct. 1. Husband of Leslie Pirog. Father of Dianne Thompson and Joshua Pirog. Brother of Ed and Robert Pirog. Grandfather of two.

PORTEN, Joseph W., Sr., 84, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Oct. 14. Father of Patricia Shell, James, John and Joseph Porten, Jr. Brother of Delores Boston, Rose Griffin, Jean Jett, Mary Powers, Dave, Edward and Nicholas Porten. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of one.

RITCHIE, Bernice, 92, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Sept. 24. Wife of Hubert Ritchie. Sister of Joyce Jones. Aunt of several.

RIO, Mike, 86, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Sept. 23. Husband of Melanie Rio. Father of Ray Rio. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of eight.

RISCH, Paul W., 66, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Sept. 29. Stepfather of Amanda and Shay Hollingshead. Brother of Anna Marie Marsh and Charles Risch. Uncle of several.

ROONEY, Michael J., 59, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Oct. 13. Husband of Renee Rooney. Father of Shannon Morrison and Brenden Rooney. Brother of Kathy, Peggy, James, Peter and Thomas. Uncle of several.

SCHROEDER, Charles, 87, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Oct. 13. Husband of Pauline Schroeder. Father of Karen Boswell, Bob, Jim and Stephen Schroeder. Brother of Anna Brinker. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 11.

SMITH, David N., Sr., 68, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Oct. 7. Father of David Smith, Jr. Brother of Judy Smith, Marsha Kay Wainscott and Wayne Smith. Grandfather of two.

STASER, Charles, 74, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Oct. 16. Husband of Mary Anne Staser. Brother of Barbara Hoskins, Helen Paragin and Robert Staser. Grandfather of two.

THIENEMAN, Donald L., 77, St. Joseph, Corydon, Oct. 15. Husband of Hilda Thieneman. Father of Soni O’Bannon, Cindy Shireman, Donald, Kenneth and Steven Thieneman. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of one.

WAILES, Richard M., 69, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Oct. 6. Husband of Helen Wailes. Father of James, John and Joseph Wailes. Brother of Mardie Brosset. Grandfather of 11. †

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