October 18, 2019


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ACHGILL, Mary Anna, 76, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Oct. 2. Aunt of one.

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

COMMISKEY, Janet, 84, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Sept. 26. Wife of Paul Commiskey, Sr. Mother of Dianna, Jim and Patrick Commiskey. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of four.

DALL, Daniel, 63, All Saints, Dearborn County, Sept. 30. Son of Betty Dall. Brother of Bonnie McCoy, Roger and Tim Dall. Uncle of several.

DEMARCO, Giuditta, 89, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Sept. 1. Mother of Carla Cross, Ida Taylor and Johnny DeMarco. Sister of Louise Fransceschina. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 12.

GILMORE, John E., 67, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Oct. 6. Husband of Jane Gilmore. Father of Mary Gilmore. Brother of Patty Sandlin.

GRANT, Berl J., 81, St. Ambrose, Seymour, Oct. 3. Father of Bridey Jacobi and Zachary Grant. Brother of Gloria Klein. Grandfather of two.

HAAS, Carl A., 95, All Saints, Dearborn County, Sept. 27. Father of Carla Sue Bischoff, Betty Jo Buckingham, Mary Kesterson, Emily Rivers, Jan Schnitker, Sharon Wilhelm, Donald and Stephen Haas. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of seven.

HALE, Dr. Bradford R., Jr., 52, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Oct. 3. Husband of Lori Hale. Father of Katie and Zach Hale. Son of Sue Hale. Brother of Karen Yott, Ann, Gretchen and John Hale.

JAMES, Robert A., 77, St. Pius V, Troy, Oct. 3. Husband of Devonna James. Father of Christine Hopf, Elaine Seger, Justine Thomas, Sidney and Walter James. Brother of Genell Kanzler, Sandra Tullis and Richard James. Grandfather of eight.

JOSEPH, Mary Jane, 91, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Sept. 21. Mother of Marlene Scharbrough, Mark and Michael Joseph. Sister of Catherine Vardouniotis and Camille Sabb. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 13.

KERSTIENS, Rick, 51, St. Boniface, Fulda, Sept. 21. Husband of Anita Kerstiens. Stepfather of Kris Bergbower. Son of Dennis Kerstiens. Brother of Karen Ketzner, Debbie Moore, Dave and Randy Kerstiens.

LAHRMAN, Susanne, 95, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Oct. 6. Wife of Clem Lahrman. Mother of Marianne Foster, Joanne Jones, Daniel and John Lahrman. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of seven.

MAYER, Richard F., 85, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Aug. 29. Father of Michele Mayer Dunn, Michael, Richard, Jr., Robert and Stephen Mayer. Grandfather of five.

MCCAUGHNA, James, 75, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Oct. 2. Husband of Maureen McCarty McCaughna. Father of Scott McCaughna. Brother of Walter McCaughna. Grandfather of two.

MCGINLEY, John C., 82, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Aug. 31. Husband of Mary Ellen McGinley. Father of Molly Patnode, Brian and Michael McGinley. Brother of Peggy Trier. Grandfather of six.

MILLER, Mark D., 64, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Sept. 20. Husband of Kelly Miller. Father of Amie Bayird, Marcus and Matthew Miller. Grandfather of six.

MORTON, B.C., 79, Prince of Peace, Madison, Oct. 5. Father of Jessica Odenbaugh, Judi Terpening, Jennifer, Burton, David and Joshua Morton. Brother of Tom Morton. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of four.

PORFIDIO, Charles, 89, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Sept. 21. Father of Anita Gonzalez and Angela Richter. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of one.

SCHAEFER, Dorothy, 87, St. Boniface, Fulda, Oct. 5. Wife of Lee Schaefer. Mother of Kathy Kippenbrock, Diana, Marvin and Ricky Schaefer. Sister of Ruth Durcholz. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of four.

SCHATZ, Cyrilla, 93, St. Meinrad, St. Meinrad, Sept. 10. Mother of Judy Schultz and Dina Schum. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 12.

SCHRADER, Thomas, 68, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Sept. 2. Husband of Christine Schrader. Father of Christian Benton Schrader, Kyle and Scott Kinnett. Brother of Susan Schrader Heath. Grandfather of eight.

SITZMAN, Rose Mary, 87, St. Meinrad, St. Meinrad, Aug. 27. Mother of Connie Dicus, Wanda Harvey, Patricia Scherer and Randy Sitzman. Sister of Anastasia Kern, Lucille Luebbehusen, Mildred Rummel and Ruth Schwinghamer. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 24. Great-great-grandmother of two.

TAYLOR, Shelley L., 73, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 28. Wife of Ken Taylor. Mother of Jennifer Stanley, Racheal, Stephen and Ken Taylor, Jr. Sister of Ann O’Connor, Jon and Paul Stites. Grandmother of six.

THOMPSON, Ron, 63, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Sept. 20. Husband of Celeste Thompson. Father of Joe and Lee Thompson. Son of Evelyn Thompson. Brother of Debbie Carter and Patty Keenan. Grandfather of four.

YOST, Winifred, 97, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Oct. 1. Mother of Susan Maroska, Diane Yost Outland and Steve Yost. Sister of Alice Snodgrass. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of nine. Great-great-grandmother of two.

YAGGI, Esther M., 94, St. Paul, Tell City, Oct. 3. Mother of Sandra Davis and Jack Yaggi. Sister of Frances Rinaldi. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of eight.

Michael Shikany, 97, the father of Father Paul Shikany, died on Oct. 6

Michael Shikany, the father of Father Paul Shikany, pastor of St. Christopher Parish in Indianapolis and a judge on the archdiocesan metropolitan tribunal, died on Oct. 6 at the

St. Paul Hermitage in Beech Grove where he had been a resident. He was 97.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 12 at St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower) Church in Indianapolis. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Shikany was born on June 16, 1922, in Michigan City, Ind., to Assad and Latifa (Ossy) Shikany. He served in the U.S. Army for 23 years, retiring with the rank of master sergeant. He also worked for 23 years for Indiana Surgical, retiring in 1987.

Shikany was a longtime member of

St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower) Parish in Indianapolis and of the Fatima Council of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Pauline (Erb) Shikany and his children, Marie, Paula and Father Paul Shikany.

Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower) Parish, 4720 E. 13th St., Indianapolis, IN 46201-8352, or to the St. Paul Hermitage, 501 N. 17th St., Beech Grove, IN 46107.

Providence Sister Mary Adrian Jaroch ministered in education and health care

Providence Sister Mary Adrian Jaroch died on Oct. 3 at Winfield Woods Healthcare in Winfield, Ill. She was 85.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 9 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Bernadette Marie Jaroch was born on April 8,

1934, in Chicago. She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on July 1, 1956, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1963.

Sister Mary Adrian earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the-Woods and later became a registered nurse.

During her 63 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Mary Adrian ministered for seven years as an educator in Catholic schools in Indiana. In the archdiocese, she served at the former St. Catherine of Siena School in Indianapolis from 1961-67.

As a registered nurse, Sister Mary Adrian served in various settings, including hospice care, in Connecticut, Illinois and Washington, D.C. In the archdiocese, she ministered at the motherhouse infirmary at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods from 1967-70 and 1976-78, and at Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries in Georgetown in the New Albany Deanery from 1995-96. She dedicated herself entirely to prayer beginning in 2017.

Sister Mary Adrian is survived by a sister, Patricia Maher of Oak Park, Ill.

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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