October 11, 2019


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BANDY, Frances M., 86, St. Rita, Indianapolis, Sept. 9. Wife of Cephas Bandy. Mother of Pier Angela and Cephas Bandy. Sister of Pauline Morris and James Pennell. Grandmother of two.

BENTON, Betty, 89, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Sept. 4. Mother of Lindy Dennison, Vicki Moore, Cindy Weber and Jim Benton. Sister of Charles Metzmeier. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 15.

BERETTA, Wanda A., 85, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 15. Wife of Gregory Beretta. Mother of Deborah Dodson, Kimberly Dolne, Anthony, Mark, Matthew and Timothy Beretta. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of six.

BISHOP, Vivian C., 86, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Sept. 21. Mother of Deborah Crawford, Karen Stoner, Vickie Wilson, Curtis, Dennis and Terry Bishop. Grandmother of 24. Great-grandmother of 24. Great-great-grandmother of three.

BOTTORFF, Lester, 87, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, July 13. Husband of Helen Bottorff. Father of Teresa Currens, Pamela Bottorff Blanchard, Mary Bottorff Frey, Albert and David Bottorff. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of eight.

BUNTON, Mary, 94, Holy Angels, Indianapolis, Sept. 13.

CISLAK, Peter J., 88, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 28. Father of Carol De Smul, Susan Sololsky and Gregory Cislak. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of five.

COULTER, Carol R., 81, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, Sept. 25. Mother of Juanita Crim, Margaret Kaegi, Lydia Sheckell, Elise, Eric, Kevin and Steve Coulter. Grandmother of seven.

DAVIDSON, Nora A., 68, Prince of Peace, Madison, Sept. 26. Wife of Larry Davidson. Mother of Chris Davidson. Sister of Norma Luke. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of nine.

DOWNS, James H., 92, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, Sept. 11. Father of Brenda Heatherly, Cathy Maxwell and John Downs. Brother of Patty Brown, Marietta Bustle, Linda Cravens, Sharon Hanley, Catherine Jones and Steve Downs. Grandfather of 30. Great-grandfather of eight.

EDMONDS, Charles W., 73, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 25. Husband of Rita Edmonds. Father of Jennifer Turner, Andy and Charlie Edmonds, Jr. Brother of Sandra Margason. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of seven.

JOHNSON, Henry S., 91, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 18. Father of Diana Wysocki. Grandfather of three.

LEE, Lois E., 89, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 22. Mother of Julie, Jeffrey and John Lee.

MARRA, Charlotte A., 84, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Sept. 25. Wife of Michael Marra. Mother of Jessica Badgley, Jamie Kelly, Jill Morehead, Kristy Pavlata, Jennifer Wolf and Jeff Englum. Grandmother of nine.

MILHARCIC, Louis, 77, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Nov. 11. Husband of Barbara Milharcic. Father of Kara Swinford and Louis Milharcic III. Brother of Mary Agnes Bussing, James and Matthew Milharcic. Grandfather of four.

MILLER, Sylvia (Ellingsworth), 65, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Aug. 6. Mother of Kathryn Daly and Lizzy Scott. Sister of Terri Ellingsworth Rickel and Tom Ellingsworth. Grandmother of six.

MOCZARNIK, Adalbert J., 84, Prince of Peace, Madison, July 16, 2017. Husband of Gloria Moczarnik. Father of Stephanie Drossart, Catherine Elgeness and Brian Lesnick. Brother of Victoria Szuflita, Society of Our Lady of the Trinity Sister Agnes and Adam Moczarnik. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of three.

OSBORNE, Michael D., 64, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, July 9. Husband of Susan Osborne. Father of Aimee Buck and Michael Osborne. Son of Loretta Osborne. Brother of Laura Boone and Dinah Smith. Grandfather of two.

RAMSEY, Imelda, 87, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Sept. 24. Mother of Lisa Owens, Kevin and Mark Ramsey. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 11.

RATCLIFFE, Byron D., Sr., 61, Holy Angels, Indianapolis, Sept. 8. Husband of Chrystal Ratcliffe. Father of Breona Washington, Graham Rush, Brooke, Gabriel, and Byron Ratcliffe, Jr. Son of Harrison Payne and Kathryn Golden. Brother of Constance Bentley, Deborah Burrus, Terrance Ridley, Bridget, Jilletta, Charles, David, Edward and Robert Ratcliffe. Grandfather of seven.

RIZZO, Anne-Marie, 79, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Sept. 25. Mother of Karen Payne, Dominique Yorlano and Steve Rizzo. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of seven.

SHADDAY, Dennis L., 72, St. Louis, Batesville, Sept. 26. Husband of Sheila Shadday. Father of Brittany, Miranda, Elliott, Ira and Jared Shadday. Brother of Richard Shadday. Grandfather of 14.

Providence Sister Eugene Francis Keaveney served in education, Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries

Providence Sister Eugene Francis Keaveney died on Sept. 23 at Mother Theodore Hall in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 93.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 2 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Mary Elizabeth Keaveney was born on April 15, 1926, in Everett, Mass. She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Feb. 2, 1945, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

Sister Eugene Francis earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the-Woods and a master’s degree in educational administration from Rivier University in Nashua, N.H.

During her 74 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Eugene Francis ministered for 45 years as an educator in Catholic schools in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. In 1993, she retired from education and began ministry at Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries in Georgetown in the New Albany Deanery until returning to the motherhouse in 2005. Beginning in 2011, she dedicated herself entirely to prayer.

In the archdiocese, she served at St. John Paul II School in Sellersburg from 1957-59, Providence Retirement Home in New Albany from 1993-94, and at Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries in Georgetown from 1994-2005.

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. †

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