February 12, 2021

Obituaries

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BALDWIN, Freddie, 63, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 10. Father of Amy Baldwin, Wendy Mathis and Renee Watring. Son of Russell and Janice Bauman. Brother of Lori Smith, Alex and Rodney Baldwin, Chris, James and Russell Bauman. Grandfather of three.

BAURLEY, Charles E., 77, Prince of Peace, Madison, Jan. 9. Husband of Lynn Baurley. Father of Lisa Baurley, Tammy Linville and Amy Rodriguez. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two.

BERNHART, Evann E., 83, St. Michael, Brookville, Jan. 9. Sister of Alberta and James Sauerland. Aunt of several. Great-aunt of several.

BLANCKAERT, Patty (Ettel), 72, Holy Family, New Albany, Jan. 12. Wife of August Blanckaert. Mother of Sarah Martin and Josh Haller. Sister of Gary Ettel. Grandmother of five.

CALLAHAN, Bonnie, 79, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Jan. 11. Mother of Becky Savoy, Chris Schwarz and Tracy Snyder. Sister of Benedictine Father Pius Klein. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of four.

COFFMAN, Jean K., 97, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Jan. 8. Mother of Nancy Leaf, Susan Sanders, Catherine Van Auken and J. Stephen Coffman. Sister of John Knapke. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of 52.

DEVINE, Richard J., 91, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan 9. Husband of Joann Devine. Father of Julie Billings, Kathy Dolgos and Rick Devine. Brother of Tom Devine. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of five.

FOSTER, Tammy E., 57, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 12. Wife of Robert Foster. Mother of Bobby Bowman. Stepmother of Sara Foster. Daughter of Carl and Mary Rennier. Sister of Tina Boling, Anna Harvey, Debbie Snow, Floyd, James, Joe and Steve Rennier. Grandmother of three.

FULKERSON, Agnese H. (Megnis), 78, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Jan. 11. Mother of Whitney Bowman. Sister of Silvia and Juris Megnis. Grandmother of three.

HODGES, Joanne M., 85, St. Patrick, Salem, Jan. 7. Wife of Joseph Hodges. Mother of Adrienne Gallagher, Donna Shergy, Jane Shivers, Daniel, Joseph and Stephen Hodges. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 19. Great-great-grandmother of two.

HORNBERGER, Douglas E., 55, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, Jan. 12. Husband of Jennifer Hornberger. Father of Leah Kearley, Devin and Levi Hornberger. Brother of Diane Anderson, Debbie Carter, Denise Farrell, Donna Goebes, Darrin, David, Dean, Dennis and Donny Hornberger.

HUBERT, Betty Ann, 86, St. Mary, New Albany, Jan. 12. Mother of Cheri Howlett, David and Rick Hubert. Sister of Joyce Stamper and John Deitsch. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 10.

JOHNSON, Virginia V., 98, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Jan. 9. Mother of Beverly Johnson Glosser. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of six. Great-great-grandmother of four.

LAKER, Albert L., 84, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 9. Husband of Doris Laker. Father of Pamela Koehler, Rhonda Stenger and Nancy Werner. Brother of Delores Gindling, Marjorie Kirschner, Agnes and Evelyn Volk, Charles, Eugene and Ronald Laker. Grandfather of six.

LONG, Richard, 73, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Jan. 9. Husband of Margaret Long. Father of Brian Long. Brother of Patricia Sigmund and William Long.

LOUDENBACK, David L., 57, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Jan. 9. Husband of Cathy Loudenback. Father of John and Steven Loudenback. Brother of Deana Haney, Diana Smith and Dan Loudenback. Grandfather of one.

MACKE, Darin G., 55, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan 8. Husband of Kathy Macke. Father of Jacob Macke. Son of Eugene and Elizabeth Macke. Brother of Kevin and Stephen Macke. Uncle and great-uncle of several.

MARLATT, Earl, 65, St. Mary, Rushville, Jan. 10. Husband of Mary Marlatt. Father of Sabrina Baumgarte, Hillary Magorrian, Molly Means, Sarah Schock, Jennifer Snow and Kevin Marlatt. Son of Forrest Marlatt. Brother of Alice McQueen, Clifford and Paul Marlatt. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of two.

MEYER, Creighton L., 74, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Jan. 11. Father of Melanie Lee, Cindy Wargocki, Heidi, Julie, Greg, Jeff, Jon, Nick and Paul Meyer. Brother of Marilyn and Fred Meyer. Grandfather of 17.

MYERS, Mary B., 95, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Jan. 9. Mother of Teresa Cepican, Gloria, Mary Ann, Bobby, Mike and Tony Myers. Sister of Lillian Ryba. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 17.

RECH, Donald G., 83, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 11. Father of Angela Green, Cindy Lopez, Lori Maier, Carolyn Mattingly, Debra O’Neal, David and Michael Rech. Brother of Harry Jones. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of 19.

RHODA, Leo J., 90, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, Jan. 12. Husband of Marjorie LaFata. Father of Evelyn, Mark, Michael and Paul Rhoda. Grandfather of nine.

SCHULTE, Delores H., 84, St. Joseph, Corydon, Jan. 7. Wife of George Schulte. Mother of Denise Kifer, Frances Lasley, Patricia Mersmann and Jeannie Wolfe. Sister of Marylon Ehlers, Theresa Leavy and Carylon Seger. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 15.

SCHUMAN, Walter, 92, All Saints, Dearborn County, Jan. 9. Husband of Mary Schuman. Father of Julie Baker, Cathy Knecht, Don, Jim, Mark, Mike, Patrick, Ron and Steve Schuman. Brother of Joe Schuman. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of 14.

SWOPE, Leonard, 72, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Jan. 11. Husband of Joan Swope. Father of Ann Marie Beight, Kimberly Gruzinsky, Linda and Christopher Swope. Brother of Cynthia Keef, Brian, James, Lawrence, Richard and Robert Swope. Grandfather of seven.

THOMPSON, Terrence J., 72, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Jan. 12. Husband of Jonelle Thompson. Brother of Marilyn Griffin, Joyce Muscatello, Kathy Sperzel, Therese Winstead, Pat and Ron Thompson. Grandfather of two.

WALKER, Robert E., 81, St. Anne, New Castle, Jan. 8. Husband of Judy Walker. Father of Mary Pierce, Jim, John and Mark Walker. Brother of Mary Clapp. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of 14.

WEAVER, George E., 80, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Jan. 10. Husband of Kathleen Weaver. Father of Elizabeth Graves, Melissa and Christopher Weaver. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of two.

WERNER, Alvin O., 88, All Saints, Dearborn County, Jan. 12. Father of Anita Smith, Anthony, Art, Jerry and Rick Werner. Brother of Virginia Eckstein, Bill and Leon Werner. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of 26.

WHEELER, Alice, 98, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Jan. 11. Mother of Terri Nigh, David, Ed, Jim, Mike and Tom Wheeler. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 23.


Providence Sister Charles Van Hoy served in Catholic schools for 32 years

Providence Sister Charles Van Hoy, a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, died on Jan. 27

at Mother Theodore Hall on the campus of her religious community’s motherhouse. She was 91.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual funeral service was held on Feb. 10. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Charles was born on Nov. 2, 1929, in Bloomington where she grew up as a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish. She entered the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 2, 1949, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

Sister Charles earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree in library science at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky.

During her 72 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Patricia ministered as an educator and school librarian for 32 years in schools in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C. She later served in parish ministry for a decade before returning to the motherhouse, where she ministered and volunteered in various capacities until 2018 when she dedicated herself entirely to prayer.

In the archdiocese, Sister Charles served in Indianapolis at St. Anthony School from 1964-70, the former All Saints School from 1970-71, the United Southside Community Organization from 1975-83 and at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish and St. Patrick Parish from 1983-93. She also ministered as activity director at the motherhouse from 1994-2006 and as a volunteer at Educational Family Services in West Terre Haute from 2006-14.

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.


Providence Sister Emily Walsh served as an educator and librarian

Providence Sister Emily Walsh (formerly Sister Mary Francine), a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in

St. Mary-of-the-Woods, died on Jan. 26 at Mother Theodore Hall on the campus of her religious community’s motherhouse. She was 90.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual funeral service was held on Feb. 8. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Emily was born on Sept. 21, 1930, in Saginaw, Mich. She entered the Sisters of Providence on July 22, 1952, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1960.

Sister Emily earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree in library science at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky.

During her 68 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Emily ministered as an educator for 12 years in elementary and high school education in schools in Indiana. She later served as a librarian at the college level in Pennsylvania and in Indiana before serving at the motherhouse.

In the archdiocese, Sister Emily served at Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville from 1962-67, as a librarian at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1975-2001, and in Terre Haute at the former St. Joseph School in 1955 and at the former St. Ann School from 1955-62.

At the motherhouse, Sister Emily coordinated the Resource Center starting in 2001 before devoting herself entirely to prayer in 2020.

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.


Providence Sister Patricia McIntyre served in education for 34 years

Providence Sister Patricia McIntyre (formerly Sister Elaine), a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in

St. Mary-of-the-Woods, died on Jan. 18 at Mother Theodore Hall on the campus of her religious community’s motherhouse. She was 87.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual funeral service was held on Feb. 8. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Patricia was born on March 10, 1933, in Eaton, Ohio. She grew up as a member of the former St. Mary Parish (now part of

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish) in Richmond. Sister Patricia entered the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 14, 1951, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1958.

She earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree at Indiana University in Bloomington.

During her 70 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Patricia ministered as an educator for 34 years in schools in Indiana, North Carolina and Massachusetts. She later served in pastoral ministry before returning to education, and then helping coordinate health care services at the motherhouse.

In the archdiocese, Sister Patricia served at St. Paul School (now St. John Paul II School) in Sellersburg from 1956-59, at St. Malachy School in Brownsburg from 1962-65 and 1970-73, at Holy Family School in New Albany from 1966-70, at the former Sacred Heart School in Terre Haute from 1991-96, and in Indianapolis at Cathedral High School from 1965-66, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ School from 1973-77, at Holy Cross Central School from 1980-84 and as a receptionist at the Archdiocese Edward T. O’Meara Catholic Center from 1985-89.

At the motherhouse, Sister Patricia served as local coordinator of health care services from 1996-2001 and as a receptionist and secretary at the former Woods Day Care/Pre-School from 2001-09.

She is survived by three sisters: Providence Sister Regina McIntyre of St. Mary-of-the-Woods; Marjorie McIntyre of Loveland, Ohio; and Rosemarie Southworth of Cos Cob, Conn.

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.


Providence Sister Catherine White served in education, child and youth protection

Providence Sister Catherine White, a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, died on Jan. 21 at Mother Theodore Hall on the campus of her community’s motherhouse. She was 73.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual funeral service was held on Jan. 29. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Catherine was born on April 15, 1947, in Chester, Pa. She entered the Sisters of Providence on Aug. 14, 1984, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1992.

Prior to joining the Sisters of Providence, Sister Catherine earned a bachelor’s degree at Immaculata College in Chester County, Pa., and a master’s degree at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City. She worked as an educator and principal for 15 years in Oklahoma before joining her religious community.

During her 37 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Catherine served for three years in parish ministry in the Evansville, Ind., Diocese, for 10 years in schools in California, and later at a center in Los Angeles that advocated for women and children. From 2004-18, she ministered for periods as the safe environment coordinator and director of the office of child and youth protection for the Diocese of San Bernadino, Calif.

Sister Catherine is survived by two sisters, Frances Adams of West Chester, Pa., and Sarah Goose of Parksburg, Pa.; and a brother, John White of Holtwood, Pa.

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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