April 30, 2021


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BACK, Lawrence E., 71, St. Mary, Greensburg, April 12. Father of Brittany and Brian Back. Stepfather of Eric Sparks. Brother of Bob and Dave Back. Uncle and great-uncle of several.

BOVA, Marie C., 98, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, April 10. Mother of Cheryl, Kenneth, Raymond and William, Jr. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of five.

CARSON, Thomas J., 75, St. Jude, Indianapolis, April 13. Husband of Mary Carson. Father of Gina Hansen, Nancy Hermann, Gretchen Miller and Frank Carson. Brother of Nita and Jim Carson. Grandfather of 10.

CHARLES, Thomas J., 88, St. Jude, Indianapolis, April 18. Father of Mary Carroll, Terri Hamilton, Diana Mayfield, Angel Woolever, Michael and Robert Charles. Grandfather of 11.

COX, Judith (Gaones), 83, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, April 16. Wife of Philip Cox. Mother of Ariane, Vivian, Eric and Kevin Cox. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of one.

DAUBY, Cleta E., 96, St. Paul, Tell City, April 17. Mother of Mary Jane Miller, Mike, Phil and Steve Dauby. Sister of Marietta Collins and Leo Strobel. Grandmother of four. Step-grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of seven.

DEES, John W., 95, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, March 18. Father of Julie Ann, Charles, Sr., John and William Dees.

DRAGA, Robert J., 93, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, April 7. Husband of Rosemary Draga. Father of Deborah Carr, Claudia Grantham, David and William Draga. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of seven.

GILL, Corrine, 95, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Jan. 3. Mother of Michael McCoy. Sister of John Farrell. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of one.

GROMER, Lorena A., 83, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cambridge City, April 9. Mother of Bill Gromer. Sister of B. Jo Brewer. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of two.

HARDING, Steven J., 39, St. Augustine, Leopold, April 10. Son of Danny and Pam Harding. Brother of Cheri Harpenau, Kelly Mace and Vick Queck. Uncle of several.

HUBERT, Norman A., 79, St. Augustine, Leopold, April 7. Uncle and great-uncle of several.

JOHNSON, Aimee R., 50, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, April 17. Wife of Eric Johnson. Mother of Ariel and Paris Johnson. Daughter of Bridget and Jerry Lahrman. Sister of Jill Nelson, Mary Ann Schoettle and Todd Lahrman.

MCGOFF, Dorothy L., 91, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, April 11. Mother of Patty Nowlan, Mary, Jim, John and Kevin McGoff. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of six.

MORROW, Rosalie J., 73, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, March 28. Wife of Clarence Morrow. Mother of Tammy Henline and Charles Robertson. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of four.

O’BRYAN, Patricia, 85, Holy Family, Oldenburg, April 12. Sister of Karen, Bob, Jerry, John, Michael, Norman, Tim and Willie O’Bryan. Aunt and great-aunt of several.

REMMERT, William, 64, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, March 9. Father of Danielle and Shannon Remmert. Grandfather of two.

REMBOSKE, Robert, 63, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, April 13. Father of Stacy Kidwell and Ryder Remboske. Stepfather of Liam Wettrick. Son of Betty Dittrich. Brother of Lori Wood. Grandfather of two.

ROSEMAN, Misty N. (Kuykendall), 47, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Jan. 29. Wife of Kenneth Roseman. Mother of Anthony and Ethan Roseman. Daughter of Virginia Kuykendall. Sister of Zaya Kuykendall-Bowen and Donald Kuykendall.

RUDOLPH, Sr., George, 89, St. Paul, Tell City, April 1. Father of Angela Baur, Shelia Poole, Melena Waninger, Ed, Jeff and Keith Rudolph. Brother of Anna Owen. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of four.

SCHUMAN, Martha C., 86, All Saints Parish, Dearborn County, April 11. Wife of Joe Schuman. Mother of Sharon Bischoff, Mary Jayne Cull, Sue Hartman, Terri Norman, Donna Smith, Dale and Larry Schuman. Sister of Mary Schuman. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 13.

SOURBEER, Carmen L., 87, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cambridge City, April 16. Mother of Jeff and Jim Sourbeer. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of eight. Great-great-grandmother of two.

SPENCER, Helen A., 89, St. Paul, Tell City, April 18. Mother of Sara Belcher, Cathy Hagedorn, Jane James, Carol Sabelhaus, Joe, Jon and Paul Spencer. Sister of Betty Hartz, Jane Huber and Charles Peter. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 20.

SPOONER, Zachary D., 30, St. Jude, Indianapolis, April 15. Son of Douglas and Mary Ellen Spooner. Brother of Sarah Latham and Bill Spooner. Grandson of Jim and Judy Kelley. Uncle of one.

WISSEL, Elvera H., 82, St. Anthony of Padua, Morris, April 15. Mother of Alyssa Dickey, Monica Hooten and Sheila Kieffer. Sister of Vernon Harpring. Grandmother of six. Step-grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of seven. †

Providence Sister Mary Patricia Cummings served in Catholic schools, parish ministry

Providence Sister Mary Patricia Cummings (formerly Sister Marie Janice), a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, died on April 12 at Mother Theodore Hall on the campus her religious community’s motherhouse. She was 96.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual funeral service was held on April 22. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Mary Patricia was born on March 10, 1925, in New Albany where she grew up as a member of the former Holy Trinity Parish. She entered the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 7, 1942, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1949.

Sister Mary Patricia earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and master’s degrees at Indiana State University in Terre Haute and at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky.

During her 79 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, she ministered as an educator for 32 years in schools in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland and Washington, D.C. In 1978, Sister Mary Patricia began ministry as a pastoral associate in parishes in Illinois and Indiana. In 2001, she returned to the motherhouse where she served her community in many ways before dedicating herself entirely to prayer in 2008.

In the archdiocese, Sister Mary Patricia served at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Indianapolis from 1953-56, Holy Family School in New Albany from 1967-69, St. Charles Borromeo School in Bloomington from 1970-71, Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville from 1971-76 and as a pastoral associate at St. Augustine Parish in Jeffersonville from 1978-85.

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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