August 2, 2019


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ALVEY, Clarissa F., 89, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, July 20. Mother of Karen and Tammy Campbell, Melynda Nash, Sheila Pennington and Charles Alvey, Jr. Sister of Ann Straney. Grandmother of 14. Great‑grandmother of 29. Great‑great-grandmother of one.

FORESTAL, JoEllen, 85, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, July 18. Mother of Mary Jo Barth, Diana Haeberle, Rose Marie Sommers, Greg and Joseph Forestal. Sister of Barbara DeMasie and Marilyn May. Grandmother of 15. Great‑grandmother of 12.

GUTIERREZ, Isabel De Jesus, 100, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, June 29. Mother of Agnes Miranda, Alvaro and Felix Gutierrez. Grandmother of three.

HENN, Patrick C., 84, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, July 19. Father of Deacon David and Patrick Henn. Brother of Anthony, Carl, Jr., Eugene, James, Paul, Robert and Vincent Henn. Grandfather of four.

KELLER, Robert L., Sr., 69, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, July 21. Husband of Anita Keller. Father of James, Morgan and Robert Keller, Jr. Grandfather of eight. Great‑grandfather of two.

MARCHIANDO, Aurora A., 56, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, July 12. Mother of Meghan, DJ and Nick. Grandmother of one.

MULLIS, Rupert P., 87, St. Paul, Tell City, July 15. Father of Rebecca Cronin, Mary Ann Howard, Julie Powers, Paul and Phillip Mullis. Brother of Carolyn Dauby, Monica Sicard, Anna Wheatley, Benny, Gary and Merle Mullis. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 16.

MURRAY, Nancy, 78, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, July 19. Mother of Gena and Traci Miller, Kevin and Kyle Murray. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of five.

MYERS, Robert A., 91, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, July 13. Husband of Mary Myers. Father of Teresa Cepican, Gloria, Mary Ann, Bobby, Mike and Tony Myers. Brother of Virginia Crail. Grandfather of 14. Great‑grandfather of 16.

PEZA, Maria Guadalupe, 66, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, July 3. Mother of Dulce Maria Yanez, Alejandro, Arturo and Hugo Yanez. Sister of Maria Concepcion Peza. Grandmother of five.

SANDHAGE, Barbara T., 85, Immaculate Conception, Millhousen, July 24. Wife of Kenneth Sandhage. Mother of Karen Martin, Mary Rice, Gregory, Dr. Kenneth, Richard, Victor and Father Martin Sandhage (Diocese of Lafayette). Sister of Rosemary Maschino and Franciscan Sister Bernetta Stuhrenberg. Grandmother of 10. Great‑grandmother of one.

SCHWEGMAN, Rick C., 51, St. Mary-of-the-Rock, Franklin County, July 19. Husband of Susan Schwegman. Father of Cassidy and Somer Eckstein and Chase Schwegman. Son of Wilfred and Linda Schwegman. Brother of Jim, Joe and Michael Schwegman. Grandfather of one.

SIDA, Barbara L., 78, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, July 25. Mother of Angie Adams, Michelle Payne, Joe and Kevin Sida. Sister of Carole DeCapua, Cathy Jacobs, Mary Jo Ray, Ellen Sharp, Linda, David, Joe, Jim and Tom Simon. Grandmother of nine.

SMITH, Shelby J., 82, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, July 17. Father of Lori Fenwick, Julie Ford, Caroline Krouse, David and Gary Smith. Grandfather of 11. Great‑grandfather of 13.

THOMPSON, Eleanor T., 93, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, July 18. Mother of Therese Heiser, Linda Hicks, Barbara Reynolds and Sharon Schubert. Sister of John and Thomas Cardis. Grandmother of six. Great‑grandmother of three.

WOODBURN, Soledad, 67, St. Roch, Indianapolis, July 9. Wife of Paul Woodburn. Mother of Korina, Paloma, Aaron and Johnny. Sister of Angelina, Coco, Felix, Juvenal and Luis. Grandmother of 10.

ZAHND, Paul L., 71, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, July 13. Father of Carolyn Singer, Curtis and Jimmy Spivey. Brother of Patricia Proctor, Charles and Joseph Zahnd. Grandfather of five. Great‑grandfather of three.

Benedictine Sister Eugenia Reibel served in Catholic schools for 35 years

Benedictine Sister Eugenia Reibel, a member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, died on July 16 at St. Paul Hermitage in Beech Grove. She was 100.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 20 at the Monastery Chapel at Our Lady of Grace. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Eugenia was born on May 24, 1919, in Poseyville, Ind. She entered Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Ind., in 1936, professed first vows in 1938 and perpetual vows in 1941. She later became a founding member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery.

Sister Eugenia earned a bachelor’s degree in education at the former St. Benedict College in Ferdinand, and a master’s degree in guidance at Butler University in Indianapolis.

During her 81 years of vowed religious life, Sister Eugenia ministered in Catholic education for 35 years. In the archdiocese, she served at St. Ambrose School in Seymour from 1947-49 and 1956-61, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs School in Floyd County from 1950-54, the former Our Lady of Grace Academy from 1964-69 and 1976-78, and at St. Barnabas School in Indianapolis from 1971-76.

Sister Eugenia also ministered in her monastic community from 1961-63 and in its development office from 2001-12.

She also served at St. Paul Hermitage from 1963-64 and 1985‑2000.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Retired Sisters’ Fund, in care of Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107, or online at †

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