November 6, 2020


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BANSCHBACK, Norma, 88, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Oct. 12. Sister of Betty Chrisman. Aunt of several.

BAURLEY, George W., 82, St. Mary Magdalene, New Marion, Oct. 20. Father of Janet Baurley, Nancy Dyer and Cindy Williams. Brother of Doris Korte, Charles, Ray and Robert Baurley. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of four.

CECIL, Marcus A., 47, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Oct. 16. Father of Marcus and Matthew Cecil. Stepfather of Paige Fancher. Son of Kathy Cecil. Brother of Krisanna Bohall, Mary Isenberg, Joshua, Nicholas and Zachary Cecil. Grandfather of one.

CHEPULES, Elizabeth, 97, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, April 8. Mother of Marybeth Artz and Patrice Chepules. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of one.

COLEMAN, Patricia A., 70, St. Anne, New Castle, Sept. 12. Mother of Natalie Gwinn. Grandmother of two.

DAVIS, Jr., Emerson F., 78, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Oct. 20. Father of Megan Edelson, Amy Jones, Christina Stricker and Emerson Davis. Brother of Dr. Donald Davis. Grandfather of 12.

ELLIOTT, Sr., Charles, 100, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 16. Father of Michael Elliott. Uncle of several.

GOEDEKER, Paul J., 76, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Oct. 26. Husband of Darlene Goedeker. Father of Bradley and Jeffrey Goedeker. Grandfather of seven.

GUTZWILLER, Donald F., 94, All Saints, Dearborn County, Oct. 20. Father of Donna Gutzwiller and Mary Kay Mauer. Brother of Marlene Zinser. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of five.

HEIMANN, Mary H., 95, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 12. Mother of Barbara Heimann Clisham and Larry Heimann. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of seven.

HILL, Carol, 69, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Oct. 11. Mother of Kathleen McKee, Karen and Stephen Hill. Grandmother of seven.

KOOP, Warren D., 67, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Sept. 23. Husband of Sue Koop. Father of Abby, Andrew and Jonathan Koop. Brother of Sharon Meek. Grandfather of four.

MARRS, John L., 91, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Sept. 26. Father of Angela Guhin, Sheila Moore, Gloria Savant, Cindy Weinert, Bill, Dave, Greg, Matt and Steve Marrs. Grandfather of 33. Great-grandfather of 25.

MCDERMOTT, Joseph C., 100, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Oct. 26. Father of Jeanne O’Brien and Paul McDermott. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of three.

MCKULICK, Mary D. (Hauswald), 67, Holy Family, New Albany, Oct. 19. Wife of Ron McKulick. Mother of Lisa Newbanks. Sister of Julie Crone, Joan Schmidt, Philip, Steve and Thomas Hauswald. Grandmother of two.

MOREY, Christopher L., 44, St. Anne, New Castle, Oct. 21. Husband of Chatney Morey. Father of Chimney, Cloud, Clover, Creek, Cricket, Crism, Crisney, Cage, Cant, Casper, Chance, Clutch, Crosley and Cyrus Morey. Son of Karen Maynard. Brother of Elizabeth Munoz, Deann Thomas, Julia, Danny and Jerry Maynard, Jr.

NEYLON, Daniel R., 58, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Oct. 18. Father of Jessica Neylon. Son of Patricia Neylon. Brother of Cheryl Davis, James, Kenneth, Michael and Tom Neylon. Grandfather of one.

ROSENBERGER, Irvin F., 92, St. John the Baptist, Starlight, Oct. 15. Husband of Mary Rosenberger. Father of Brenda Andres, Janice Bryant, Doris Gelback, Linda Receveur, Karen Roberts, John and Michael Rosenberger. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of nine.

RUCKER, Patricia R., 86, Prince of Peace, Madison, Oct. 21. Mother of Michelle Finnegan, Maureen Getz, Erin, Laura, Christopher, Marc, Robert and Warren Rucker. Sister of Virginia Beasley, Maureen Bessler, Jim, Joe and Tony Dailey. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 16.

SCHAFER, Kevin J., 68, St. Thomas Aquinas, Indianapolis, Oct. 6. Husband of Diane Schafer. Brother of Alan, Brian, Joe and Lego Schafer. Uncle of several.

VENNEMANN, Paul J., 49, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, April 24. Son of Ruth Vennemann. Brother of Mary, Maureen, Patricia, Joseph and Michael Vennemann. Uncle and great-uncle of several.

WELCH, Nancy A., 73, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Oct. 7. Mother of Ann Klemann and Don Welch, Jr. Sister of Mary Helen Johnson, Paula Windholtz, Janice and Dan Neyer. Grandmother of five.

Providence Sister Rosemary Ward served in education and in health care

Providence Sister Rosemary Ward, a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, died on Oct. 21 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. She was 84.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual funeral service was held. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Rosemary was born on April 7, 1936, in Chicago. She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on July 22, 1958, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1966. Sister Rosemary earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree at North Dakota University in Bismarck, N.D.

During her 62 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Rosemary spent 11 years as an educator in schools in Illinois and Indiana. In the archdiocese, she served as the registrar at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1961-66. After leaving education, she worked in computer programming for seven years before serving for 21 years in various positions for religious medical programs at Christian Brothers Services in Romeoville, Ill. She later worked with organizations promoting justice and against human trafficking. Sister Rosemary also helped found in Illinois a center for teaching English as a second language and was honored by Gov. Bruce Rauner for her efforts.

She is survived by a brother, George Ward, of Tucson, Ariz.

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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