May 14, 2021

Obituaries

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ADAMS, Roger D. 72, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, April 28. Husband of Susan Adams. Father of Hope Huling, Patricia and Jim Adams. Brother of Lynda Cash. Grandfather of three.

BROWN, Angelia, 65, St. Rita, Indianapolis, April 26. Mother of Patrick Coleman. Sister of Ruth Golden, Dollie Smith and Jack Edwards. Grandmother of one.

GAUGHAN, David T., 89, St. Jude, Indianapolis, March 28. Father of Alice Miller, Mary, Tim and Vince Gaughan. Brother of Dennis, Edward and Tony Gaughan. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of six.

GUDINO, Carol A., 74, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, April 20. Wife of Lou Gudino. Mother of Dana Kesler, Lisa Minor and Lou Gudino. Sister of Tom Schramm. Grandmother of four.

HOEHN, Bertha, 87, St. Michael, Bradford, May 3. Mother of Johnna Collard, Tamara Pearce, Janine Spurlock, Geralyn Wetzel, Donna Whalen, Monica, Daryl, Greg, Mike, Ray and Ron Hoehn. Grandmother of 36. Great-grandmother of 45.

KLEEMAN, Francis, 89, St. Pius V, Troy, May 4. Husband of Helen Kleeman. Father of Christina Olivero, Leah, Bret and Rocky Kleeman. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 19.

MARTIN, Dale D., 80, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, April 30. Husband of Helen Martin. Father of Charla Graveel, Carla Holland, Denise Hughes, Dale, II, and Michael Martin. Brother of Keith and William Martin. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of three.

MEER, Andrew, 44, St. Mary, Rushville, May 2. Son of Tim Meer. Brother of Christina Meer.

OEHMANN, Joan (Graninger), 89, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, April 28. Mother of Denise Eichstaedt, Dana Heath and David Oehmann. Sister of Sharon Edwards. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 11. Great-great-grandmother of one.

OLIGER, Cody P., 26, St. Mary, Greensburg, April 30. Son of Peter and Lora Oliger. Brother of Brady, Casy and PJ Oliger. Grandson of Loretta Colson. Uncle of several.

REIMER, Robert A., 97, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, April 27. Father of Barbara Glanz and Kathleen Shank. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of four.

SEIPP, Nancy, 80, St. Michael, Bradford, April 3. Mother of Stacy Pitman, Lori Smith, Kim and Monnie Seipp. Sister of Bonnie Copass, Gwendolen Receveur and Johnny Prechtel. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of seven.

SOUZA, Carolyn K., 89, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, April 20. Mother of Andrea Davis, Christian, Jonathan and Matt Souza. Grandmother of seven.

SPRIGLER, Everett L., 78, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, April 30. Husband of Mary Sprigler. Father of Brad, Brent and Chad Sprigler. Brother of Jeanette Bedan, Paul and Thomas Sprigler. Grandfather of four.

STILGER, Larry Joe, 83, St. Mary, Lanesville, April 9. Father of Julie Willoughby, Daniel, Matthew and Michael Stilger. Grandfather of 11.

STUEHRENBERG, Jerry L., 70, St. Mary, Greensburg, May 4. Husband of Nancy Stuehrenberg. Father of Jennifer Ruse and Eric Stuehrenberg. Brother of Diana Bare and Tom Stuehrenberg. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two.

VOGEL, Joseph, 86, St. Mary, Greensburg, May 4. Husband of Mary Anna Vogel. Father of Cathy Hastings, Daniel, Mike and Phillip Vogel. Brother of Kenneth Vogel. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of 16.

WADE, Geraldine (Zimmerer), 84, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, April 23. Mother of Betty, Mary Jane and Claude Vest. Sister of Barbara Cissell, Margi Decker and Betty Kimpflein.

WEISERT, John S., 74, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, April 15. Husband of Mary Weisert. Father of Lisa and Michael Weisert.

WOODS, Edward J., 92, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, April 27. Husband of Dolores Woods. Father of Kathy McCullough, Ed, Kevin and Tom Woods. Brother of Mary Ruprecht. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of four.


Benedictine Brother Angelo Vitale served as a tailor and shoemaker for 56 years

Benedictine Brother Angelo Vitale, a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, died on May 2 at the monastery infirmary. He was 80.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 5. Burial followed at the Archabbey Cemetery.

Brother Angelo was a jubilarian of monastic profession, having celebrated 58 years of monastic profession.

Pasquale William Vitale was born on Feb. 26, 1941, in Connellsville, Pa., to Anthony and Catherine (Siwula) Vitale. His family later settled in Hope, Ind., and were members for periods at St. Joseph Parish in Shelbyville and St. Bartholomew Parish in Columbus.

Brother Angelo went to high school at Hauser High School in Hope, the former archdiocesan Latin School in Indianapolis, the former St. Mary’s Minor Seminary in St. Mary, Ky., and the former St. Placid Hall of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, graduating from the latter.

He was invested as a novice of Saint Meinrad on May 10, 1961, professed temporary vows on May 13, 1962, and perpetual vows on Nov. 13, 1965.

Brother Angelo served in the monastery’s bakery, as a barber for his community and as a radio operator for the Saint Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department. He also for several years rang the tower bells for the monastery’s liturgies.

Brother Angelo is most known for his 56 years of work as a tailor and shoemaker for the monastery, having studied pattern making at the Myers School of Fashion Making in New York City.

For decades, he supplied the monks and other religious communities across the country with habits, albs and stoles.

Brother Angelo was a member of the National Registry for Orthopedic Shoe Technicians and was recognized for his craftsmanship in custom making and modifying shoes according to the needs identified by medical caregivers.

He is survived by two brothers, Joseph Vitale of Indianapolis and Paul Vitale of Pocatello, Idaho.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577. †

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