November 27, 2020


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ANDRES, Odell, 87, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Nov. 10. Father of Janette Burns, Doris Deuser, Annette Fowler, Linda Fulton, Edward and Thomas Andres. Brother of Rosella Klein, Bernie and Henry Andres. Grandfather and great-grandfather of several.

BIEHLE, Anna L., 93, St. Mary, North Vernon, Nov. 18. Wife of Frank Biehle. Mother of Debra Hackman, Cynthia Speer, Donald and Mark Biehle. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 21.

DEOM, William, 58, St. Pius V, Troy, Nov. 14. Husband of Diane Deom. Father of Jason and Justin Deom. Brother of Regina Deom-Davis, Susie Fortwendel, Kathy Shireman, Carol Smith, Fred and Tom Deom. Grandfather of two.

GROSSMAN, Thelma C., 97, St. Louis, Batesville, Nov. 10. Mother of Valerie Davenport and Maria Grossman. Sister of Evelyn Kiefer and Louis Wolter. Grandmother of three.

HEIDELBERGER, Richard F., 91, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Nov. 15. Husband of Rosemary Heidelberger. Father of Chris Wise, Dan, Dave, Dennis, Mark and Mike Heidelberger. Brother of Roseanne Acker. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of 24.

HOWARD, Greg E., 58, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, Nov. 2. Son of Michael and Sue Howard. Brother of Susan, Brian, Chris and David Howard.

JOHNSON, William A., 83, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Nov. 10. Husband of Judith Johnson. Father of Andrea Curren, Carmen Mills, Bridgette Scott, Rochelle Smith, Mark and Marty Johnson. Brother of Rhea Adams, David and Eddie Johnson. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of 14. Great-great-grandfather of one.

KENNEY, Mary Ann, 89, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Aug. 24. Mother of Kathleen Malarney, Mary Marsh, Sheila McNelis, Ann Unversaw, Philip and Vincent Kenney. Sister of James Wilhelm. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of three.

MEHLBAUER, Kenneth E., 67, St. Louis, Batesville, Nov. 17. Father of Greg Mehlbauer. Brother of Liz Frey, Sharon Fuller, Pat Hamilton, Rosie Stepp, Teresa Toucher, Danny, Larry and Tony Mehlbauer. Grandfather of two.

NOEL, Peter J., 66, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Nov. 1. Husband of Patricia Noel. Father of Angela Wallstrum, Tara and Nicholas Noel. Brother of Joan Kinnaman, Greg, Jeff, John and Michael Noel. Grandfather of four.

SCUDDER, Kenneth, 75, St. Mary, Greensburg, Nov. 10. Husband of Joanne Scudder. Father of Tina Barkey, Brenda James and Brian Scudder. Stepfather of Diane Thornton, Bart and David Eckerle. Brother of Janet Black, Shirley Moore and Jake Scudder. Grandfather of nine.

SHEETS, Barbara K., 86, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, Nov. 14. Sister of Sarah Sichting and Father Joseph Sheets. Aunt of several.

STITH, Raymond L., 85, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Nov. 9. Father of Lisa King, Teresa Sims, Raymond, Jr., and Terry Stith. Brother of Richard Stith. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of nine.

WIEDEMAN, Jessica, 38, All Saints, Dearborn County, Nov. 6. Wife of Brandon Wiedeman. Mother of Caroline and Nora Wiedeman. Daughter of Cheryl Wilhelm. Sister of Ashley Andres, Rhonda Savage, Renee Vaughan, Andy and Brad Wilhelm. Aunt of several.

YACONE, Doris D., 89, St. Luke the Evangelist, Nov. 11. Grandmother of one. †

Dominican Sister Dorothy Gabel taught science education at Indiana University

Dominican Sister Dorothy Gabel (formerly Sister Marie Carl), a member of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsiniwa, Wis., died on Oct. 30 at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, Wis. She was 84.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 11 at her community’s motherhouse chapel. Burial followed at the motherhouse cemetery.

Sister Dorothy was born on Jan. 2, 1936, in Amityville, N.Y. She made her first profession of vows as a Dominican sister on Aug. 5, 1959, and her perpetual profession of vows on Aug. 5, 1964.

She excelled at teaching the sciences, especially chemistry, to high school students for 11 years and at the collegiate level for 32 years.

In the archdiocese, Sister Dorothy taught science education at Indiana University in Bloomington from 1974-2003. She later served in retirement as a professor emerita from 2003-09.

Her Handbook of Research on Science Teaching and Learning, published in 1994 by the National Science Teaching Association, is considered a classic reference for researchers.

Sister Dorothy was an experimental scholar in chemical education research. Her driving force was to use research to shape classroom practice. Sister Dorothy shared what she gleaned from her research with children, graduate students and teachers and was a requested speaker around the world.

She is survived by a brother, Carl Gabel, Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI 53824-9701. †

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