March 8, 2019


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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BUCHANAN, Alice G., 62, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Feb. 15. Wife of Richard Buchanan. Aunt of several.

ASHCRAFT, Patricia M., 78, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Feb. 16. Sister of Dorothy Anderson and Claude Ashcraft. Aunt of several.

BEYL, Dorothy (Bronger), 90, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, Feb. 18. Mother of Gail O’Neil, Juliana, Dale, Robert and William Beyl. Sister of Anna, Martha and Rosella. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 20.

BLANKMAN, Martha, 94, St. Mary, Rushville, Feb. 19. Mother of Carolyn Gordon, Linda Leising, Susan Meer and John Blankman. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 21.

BUSALD, Harold S., 91, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 20. Husband of Edna Busald. Father of Marcia Hendrickson and Garry Busald. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of seven.

CAFFEE, Theresa A., 59, St. Mary, Greensburg, Feb. 12. Mother of Savannah Sefton and Alina Wells. Stepmother of Starr Rodriguez and Billie Ruiz. Sister of Katrina Applegate, Janet Henry, Kenny and Michael Buening. Grandmother of six. Step-grandmother of 13.

CASE, Jon B., 71, St. Anthony of Padua, Morris, Feb. 19. Husband of Margarita Case. Father of Valerie Back, Erica and Katie Case. Grandfather of one.

CLEMENTS, Jackquelyn, 71, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Feb. 25. Wife of Michael Clements. Mother of Andrea Jones and Erin Lewis. Stepmother of Lori Gardner, Jeff and Steve Clements. Sister of Sharon Roeder, Sandy Schmidt, Kathy Tichenor and Charles Scott. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of two.

DANNENBRINK, Albert H., 79, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, Jan. 1. Husband of Mary Jo Dannenbrink. Father of Kim Beecher, Kathy, Kevin, Kirt and Kristopher Dannenbrink. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of two.

ELMER, Louise M. (Wieseka), 96, Holy Family, New Albany, Feb. 22. Mother of Ruth Ann Koerner, Becky Randall, Conventual Franciscan Father John and Kenneth Elmer. Sister of Helen Balmer, Ann Foley, Norma Lamb and John Wieseka. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of seven. Great-great-grandmother of one.

FISTER, Margaret, 78, St. Michael, Brookville, Jan. 20. Wife of Ron Fister. Mother of Kathleen Harper, Deborah Lakin, Barbara and Stephen Fister. Sister of Marilyn Stephenson, Chris, Pete, Richard and Rick Pauley. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of three.

FROELICH, Richard, 88, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 16. Father of Richard and Steven Froelich. Brother of Sandy Hayden. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of three.

HEMME, Richard, 84, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, 84, Feb. 17. Father of Bernadette, Michael and Peter Hemme. Grandfather of 10.

HOFFMAN, Dennis M., 77, St. Boniface, Fulda, Feb. 5. Husband of Connie Hoffman. Father of Jennie Blessinger, Amy Heacock, Jason and Travis Hoffman. Brother of Anita Grooms, Mary Lou Lasher and Allen Hoffman. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of three.

KENNEDY, Michael R., 74, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Feb. 8. Husband of Elaine Kennedy. Father of Kevin, Shawn and Tim Kennedy. Brother of Patrick Kennedy. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of two.

KIRKHOFF, Robert E., 84, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 22. Father of Marni Fey, Jeff, Kevin, Mark and Mike Kirkhoff. Brother of Joan Leucht and Father Gerald Kirkhoff. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of one.

MCCRARY, Donald E., 87, St. Mary, Greensburg, Feb. 25. Husband of Anna Mae McCrary. Father of Cheryl Kline, David, Donald, John and Richard McCrary. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of five.

METALLIC, Evelyn, 93, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Feb. 18. Mother of Maria Beach, Joan Cahill, Ann DiSalvo, Brian, Gregory, John, Joseph and Patrick Metallic. Sister of Eleanor McNamara, James and Joseph Scheidler. Grandmother and great-grandmother of several.

PAIR, Victoria L., 72, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, Feb. 14. Mother of Elaine and Lynley Pair. Sister of Timothy Prieser. Grandmother of two.

RYAN, Joseph H., 86, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 20. Father of Maryann Massey. Brother of Ann Carrico, Joyce True, Dick, Robert and Tom Ryan. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of eight.

SMITH, Clara E., 95, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 14. Mother of Shirley Hill, Glenda Kishi, Jeanette Tiller and Carl Smith. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 17. Great-great-grandmother of five.

STAHL, Rosemary, 91, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Jan. 24. Mother of Karen Keuhn, Carolyn O’Donnell, Margaret Strack, James Schludecker, Bill and Jim Stahl. Grandmother of three.

STEPIEN, Stanley, 100, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Feb. 9. Father of Richard Stepien. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of five.

STIER, Gary E., 76, St. Maurice, Napoleon, Feb. 25. Husband of Dorothy Stier. Father of Anita Fry, Cecilia Rose, David and Doug Stier. Brother of Janet Bledsoe, Kathy Kohrman, Eileen Vinson, Carl, Marvin and Stephen Stier. Grandfather of eight.

SULLIVAN, Mark D., 48, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 12. Father of Marrina Vannarath, Keely and Parker Sullivan. Son of Mary Sullivan. Brother of Angie Pumper and Mike Sullivan.

TRAUNER, Henry, 86, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Feb. 2. Husband of Margaret Trauner. Father of Soraya, Alan and Dave Trauner. Brother of Anne Marie Lindstrom and Ron Trauner. Grandfather of five.

VITTORIO, Thomas, 81, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Feb. 20. Husband of Carol Vittorio. Father of Angela Vittorio-Walker and Thomas Vittorio II. Grandfather of eight.

WATT, Nina J., 78, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 15. Wife of John Watt. Mother of Elizabeth McCarty, Christopher and Jeffery Watt. Grandmother of six.

WERNING, Maria, 85, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Feb. 22. Wife of Willie Werning. Mother of Matthew, Richard and Willie Werning. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of three.

WHITSON, Ellen I., 78, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Feb. 16. Mother of Angela Kidwell, Brian and Tim Whitson. Grandmother of three.

WHITTEMORE, David, 77, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Jan. 30. Father of Natalie McDowell and Michelle Moore. Brother of Grace Davis, James, John, Maurice, Jr., Paul and Tom Whittemore. Grandfather of seven.

YAGER, Henry, 92, St. Mary, Rushville, Feb. 21. Father of Ann Koors, Janet Litmer, Don, Jerry, Jim and Paul Yager. Brother of Esther Nieman, Alberta Neuman, Alfred and Francis Yager. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of 22. Great-great-grandfather of one.

ZOELLER, Urban P., 97, Holy Family, New Albany, Feb. 16. Father of Mary Ann and Robert Zoeller. Grandfather of two.

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