December 15, 2017


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BAYSINGER, James. W., 87, St. Paul, Tell City, Nov. 27. Father of Mariellen Cassidy, Jane and Bob Baysinger. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of two.

BONOMO, Agnes, 90, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Nov. 16. Mother of Veda Jo Gregory. Grandmother of two.

CLANCY, Rosanne (Frey), 85, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Nov. 25. Wife of James Clancy. Mother of Bridget and Marjorie Brown, Ann Lee, Mary Ellen Poe, Kathryn, James and Joseph Clancy. Sister of Kathryn Canty and Richard Frey. Grandmother of 21. Great‑grandmother of six.

DEMAREE, Robin L., 56, Prince of Peace, Madison, Nov. 28. Husband of Melissa Demaree. Father of Alyssa Demaree Shelton, Katie and Travis Demaree. Brother of Evie Sanders and Carl Demaree.

EFFING, Jeremy C., 45, St. Mary, Greensburg, Dec. 3. Husband of Amber Effing. Son of Diane Effing. Brother of Stacey Weaver. Grandson of Marjorie Wissler, Loretta and John Effing. Uncle of several.

HARRIS, George J., 72, St. Mary, New Albany, Nov. 29. Brother of Yvonne Harvey, Dale and Patrick Harris. Uncle of several.

MONDRAGON, Nemecio Garcia, 39, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Nov. 4. Husband of Elva Vega Alcala. Father of Maria, Jose and Oscar Garcia Vega. Brother of Juan Garcia Mondragon.

MUCKERHEIDE, Bob, 80, St. Mary, Rushville, Dec. 5. Husband of Donna Muckerheide. Father of Nancy Elvestad, Bill and Mike Muckerheide. Brother of Carol Hahn, Marilyn Land, Dale and Jim Muckerheide. Grandfather of four.

RECEVEUR, Dr. Robert L., 84, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Nov. 30. Husband of Diana Receveur. Father of Kerry Jones and Kelly Receveur. Brother of Carol, Mary, Suzanne and Paul Receveur. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of five.

SANNEMAN, Anthony J., 75, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Nov. 30. Husband of Linda Sanneman. Father of Andrea and Scott Sanneman. Brother of Larry Sanneman. Grandfather of three.

SCHEELE, Lambert E., 84, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Nov. 30. Husband of Dolores Scheele. Father of Roberta Weisenbach, Theresa, Edward and Michael Scheele. Brother of Clara Becker, Alice Stenger, Irene Tebbe and Mary Scheele. Grandfather of four.

SHEELY, Mary Jo, 78, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Dec. 3. Wife of Gene Sheely. Mother of Cheryl Morphew and Rhonda Vandivier. Grandmother of one. Great‑grandmother of one.

STUCKEY, Joan L. (Franz), 85, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 19. Mother of Sharon Sullivan, Janet, James and Robert Stuckey. Grandmother of two.

Franciscan Sister Stephanie Zimmer served in Catholic schools for 28 years

Franciscan Sister Stephanie Zimmer died on Dec. 5 at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 86.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 11 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Mary Magdalen Zimmer was born on Sept. 18, 1931, in Indianapolis and grew up as a member of the former St. Catherine of Siena Parish. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Sept. 8, 1949, and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1955.

Sister Stephanie studied education at Marian University in Indianapolis, Xavier University in Cincinnati and the Catholic University of America in Washington, earning respectively a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at those schools.

During 68 years as a Sister of St. Francis, Sister Stephanie ministered as an educator for 28 years in Catholic schools in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

In the archdiocese, she served at St. Michael School in Brookville from 1952-55, St. Mary School in Greensburg from 1958-59, the former Sacred Heart School in Clinton from 1977-83, and in Indianapolis at St. Michael the Archangel School (now St. Michael-St. Gabriel Archangels School) from 1955-58, 1959‑63 and 1992-93, and at St. Lawrence School from 1963-64. She ministered at the motherhouse from 1993-2000 and at Marian University starting in 2000 before retiring from ministry in 2004.

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

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