February 1, 2019


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BARMORE, Mildred E., 93, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Jan. 16. Mother of Judy Douglas and Bob Barmore. Sister of Ruth Davis, Pat Haub and Melvin Baumann. Grandmother of three. Great‑grandmother of four.

BAYT, Michael T., 53, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, Jan. 19. Brother of Gina Battiston, Concetta DeFabis, Hazel Lorah, Theresa Mascari, Betty McColgan, Toni Short, Antonia Zunarelli, Mary Anne Hawkins, Jack Hawkins, Mary, Demetrio, Hank, Jack, Phillip and Tony Bayt. Uncle and great-uncle of several. 

BOWLES, Charles R., 87, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Jan. 15. Husband of Carol Bowles. Father of Chadd, Gregg, Jeff, Matt and Todd Bowles. Grandfather of 12.

DELEHANTY, Michael, 61, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 15. Husband of Ann Howard. Father of Caitlan Delehanty. Son of Meryl Delehanty. Brother of Patrick and Tim Delehanty.

FRANCESCON, Quentin B., 90, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Dec. 28. Husband of Mary Lou Francescon. Father of Carol Bennett, Marlene Blackwell, Andrea Broderick, Mark, Quentin and Thomas Francescon. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of one.

GARRIGUS, Christine (Alig), 84, St. Benedict, Terre Haute, Nov. 3. Mother of Deborah Sanchez Bauermeister, Elizabeth, Marlene, James and Robert Sanchez. Stepmother of Rebecca. Sister of Theresa Dowling, Sarah Alig Mauro, Mary Ellen Alig Schmitteckert, George, Matthew and Michael Alig. Grandmother of two.

GEORGESCU, Peter, 83, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Jan. 16. Husband of Ruth Georgescu. Father of Beth, Mark and Steve Georgescu. Brother of Paul Georgescu.

KOETTER, Mary E., 82, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 18. Mother of Andy and Mike Koetter. Sister of Louise Koch. Grandmother of five.

KOPP, Warren C., 74, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Jan. 19. Husband of Darlene Kopp. Father of Missy Shelton and David Kopp. Brother of Tim Todd. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of four.

MATTINGLY, Anita J. (Wheat), 60, St. Joseph, Corydon, Jan. 11. Wife of Christopher Mattingly. Mother of Roxanne Lenfert and Shawn Mattingly. Sister of Barbara Whitman. Grandmother of two.

NAVARRA, Janett, 94, St. Mary, Greensburg, Jan. 19. Mother of Debra Dinsmore, Cindy, Greg and Mark Navarra. Sister of Mary Weston. Grandmother of 12. Great‑grandmother of 11.

NORRIS, Glenn H., 60, Prince of Peace, Madison, Jan. 19. Father of Ray Norris. Son of Beatrice Norris. Brother of Gary and Gregg Norris. Uncle of several.

OTTO, David L., 81, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, Jan. 15. Husband of Linda Otto. Father of Teresa Bowman, Sally Lee Webb, David and Paul Copenhaver, Elizabeth and Michael Otto. Brother of Donna Adams and Diana Otto. Grandfather of 13. Great‑grandfather of five.

RIGGS, Terry W., 65, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Jan. 15. Husband of Sheila Riggs. Father of Terilyn Weaver, Kevin Prickett and Casey Riggs. Brother of Kathy Downing, Sue Harding, Cindy Huber, Debbie Montgomery and Rick Riggs. Grandfather of six.

ROSS, Mary P., 100, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Jan. 8. Sister of Frances Fish and Lena Woodward. Aunt of several.

SPRINGMEYER, Vincent J., 84, St. Mary, Greensburg, Jan. 22. Father of Janet Freeman, David and Joe Springmeyer. Brother of Juanita Scheidler, John and Wayne Springmeyer. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of three.

STRATTAN-HOLMES, Pamela J., 72, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Jan. 15. Wife of Jerry Holmes. Mother of Noel Holmes Irwin, Chris and Scott Roberts, Gabriel and Ryan Holmes. Sister of Jan Rahn and Michael Strattan. Grandmother of 23. Great-grandmother of 10.

THOMAS, Dolores L. (Goley), 92, Prince of Peace, Madison, Jan. 20. Mother of Linda Francisco, LuAnn Wise and Diane Young. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of two.

TOTTEN, Charles A., 76, St. Joseph, Crawford County, Jan. 18. Father of Pauline Breedlove, Lisa Panozzo and Thomas Totten. Brother of Arlene Napper, Pam Sibal and Kenneth Totten. Grandfather of 11.

UHLMAN, Harold L., 71, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Jan. 18. Husband of Patricia Uhlman. Father of Adam, Steve and Troy Uhlman. Brother of Grace Murakamie and John Uhlman. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of six.

WILLIAMS, Mary E., 88, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Jan.20. Mother of Cathy Henninger, Patty Luttrell, Anne Okerson and John Williams. Grandmother of five.

Providence Sister Louise Schroeder served in Catholic schools for 46 years

Providence Sister Louise Schroeder died on Jan. 19 at Lourdes Hall in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 93.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 11 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Margaret Ann Schroeder was born on Nov. 4, 1925, in Jasper, Ind. She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Jan. 5, 1943, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1950.

Sister Louise earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, and a master’s degree in education from Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

During her 76 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Louise ministered for 46 years as an educator in Catholic schools in California, Illinois and Indiana. Returning to the motherhouse in 1991, she served in the order’s transportation office, mailroom and phone room. Beginning in 2016, she dedicated herself entirely to prayer.

In the archdiocese, Sister Louise served in Catholic education at St. Joan of Arc School in Indianapolis from 1959-62 and at the order’s motherhouse.

She is survived by her sister, Providence Sister Marie David Schroeder.

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.

Franciscan Father Leon Reuter ministered as a priest for 56 years

Franciscan Father Leon Reuter, a member of the St. Louis-based Sacred Heart Province of the Order of Friars Minor, died on Dec. 20, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis. He was 83.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 27, 2018, at St. Joseph Church in Shelbyville. Burial followed at the priest’s circle at St. Joseph Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Father Leon was born on Feb. 3, 1935, and grew up on his family’s farm in Shelby County. He attended St. Joseph School as a child before attending the former St. Joseph Junior High School in Oakbrook, Ill.

He later joined the Franciscans, professing solemn vows on July 5, 1959, and being ordained a priest on June 13, 1962, in Teutopolis, Ill., by Bishop Henry A. Pinger.

In his 56 years of priestly ministry, Father Leon served in parishes and schools in several states. He regularly returned to Shelbyville, where he assisted in parish ministry. In later years, he lived in retirement at St. Joseph Parish and provided sacramental assistance there and at several other parishes.

Father Leon is survived by sisters Eileen Blatz of Indianapolis, Angela Miner of Shelbyville, Rosann Schonfeld of Fairland, and brothers Alfred Reuter of Shelbyville and Francis Reuter of Indianapolis. †

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