July 16, 2021


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ALLEY, Katherine, 88, Christ the King, Indianapolis, July 3. Wife of Richard Alley. Mother of Diana Spiegel, Karen and Richard Alley. Sister of Jean Ann Singer, Donald and Paul Creager. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of six.

ANDRES, Denice (Day), 65, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, July 3. Wife of Michael Andres. Mother of Kyle Andres. Sister of Pat Hedelman, Cecilia Julius, Ruth Ann Thompson and Robert Day, Jr. Grandmother of two.

BACHMAN, Anna Marie (Swiezy), 63, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, June 21. Wife of Dennis Bachman. Mother of Beth Kochert. Sister of Jeanette Bowling, Aura Lee Lyons, Jeanene, Andrew, Anthony, II, Matthew and Thaddeus Swiezy.

BENSON, Mary Ann, 88, St. Anne, New Castle, June 20. Wife of James Benson. Mother of Kathy Griffin, Krista Raines, Karen Ruckriegel and Kent Benson. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 19.

BLUNK, Mary Helen, 94, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, June 13. Mother of Rebecca Pitts, Barbara Smith and Robert Blunk. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 11. Great-great-grandmother of two.

BOLGER, Annie, 81, St. Francis Xavier, Henryville, May 18. Wife of Michael Bolger. Mother of John and Michael Bolger. Sister of Catherine Hannan and John Caulfield. Grandmother of three.

BRINKER, James, 71, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, July 3. Brother of Susan Elstro and Linda Matthews. Uncle, great-uncle, and great-great-uncle of several.

BROOKS, Ann L., 81, St. Mary, North Vernon, June 24. Wife of Larry Brooks. Mother of Esther Asplund, Rachel Daily and Ron Brooks. Sister of Theresa Brown, Mary Jane, Patricia, Bernard, David, Don, John, Paul and Steve Miller. Grandmother of nine.

CALLAHAN, Rita, 93, St. Joseph University Parish, Terre Haute, June 27. Wife of Robert Callahan. Mother of Cheryl Thornton. Sister of Robert Kress. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of three.

CAMPION, Edward, 76, St. Mary, Navilleton, July 3. Husband of Rebecca Campion. Father of Edward and Robert Campion. Stepfather of Stephanie Caswell-Shanks. Brother of Marilyn Allen, CherylAnn Kendle and Bryan Campion. Grandfather of seven.

CASABELLA, Amy N., 45, St. Mary, Lanesville, June 16. Wife of Jerry Casabella. Mother of Lindsey, Sophia, Sydney, Elijah, Isaac and Samuel Casabella. Daughter of Betty Baskett and Alan Ayers. Sister of Shawna Miller.

CASSIDY, Mary F., 89, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, June 28. Mother of Theresa Keith and William Cassidy. Sister of David Daugherty. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of several.

DELL’AQUILA, Joseph R., 73, Christ the King, Indianapolis, June 28. Husband of Mary Anne Dell’Aquila. Brother of Ronnie Dell’Aquila.

ERNSTES, Leonard, 74, St. Mary, North Vernon, June 26. Husband of Vicki Ernstes. Father of Catherine Clark, Elizabeth Harriman, Rose-Marie Howell, Angela Perry, Carolyn Siddiqui, Benjamin, Daniel, John, Robert and Samuel Ernstes. Brother of Dorothy Eder and Raymond Ernstes. Grandfather of 37. Great-grandfather of 23.

FAULKNER, Mary Louise (Dittman), 98, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, June 13. Mother of Elizabeth Bryant, Lynn Gaul, Lawrence and Stephen Faulkner. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 20.

FAUST, Pearl T. (Daly), 72, St. Jude, Indianapolis, June 15. Mother of Paula Brissey, Natalie Cook and Steve Faust. Sister of Carol, Flora Mae and Mary Daly. Grandmother of six.

FEHLINGER, Carl W., 82, St. Michael, Brookville, June 11. Husband of Helga Fehlinger. Father of Elizabeth Bath, Holly Mappes, Darren, David, Dennis and William Fehlinger. Brother of Vickie Prybyla, Maryanne and Michael Fehlinger. Grandfather of 13.

FISHER, Denise, 67, St. Jude, Indianapolis, July 6. Wife of Don Fisher. Mother of Stefanie Barnard, Disa Hunter and Lori Minnillo. Sister of Valerie McCormick. Grandmother of six.

FISHER, William M., 85, St. Louis, Batesville, June 26. Father of Sandra Greenwell, Amy Jennings and Timothy Fisher. Brother of Greta Solgere. Grandfather of four.

GUTZMER, Patricia A., 70, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Dec. 16, 2020. Wife of Kevin Gutzmer. Sister of Betty Jo Wilson, Bill and Joe Crofts.

HENRY, John H., 74, St. Mary, North Vernon, June 24. Husband of Marilyn Henry. Father of Mary Polk, Marcy Ross, Marissa Troupe, Dale Skaggs and John Henry, Jr. Brother of Jeanette Bowman, Bruce, David and Russell Henry. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of eight.

HERR, Andrew J., 54, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, June 22. Husband of Susan Herr. Brother of Katherine Morgan and Joseph Herr. Uncle of several.

HORN, Ricky L., 66, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, June 21. Husband of Sherri Horn. Father of Trisha Shields, Travis Hawkins, Chris and Casey Horn. Grandfather of six.

JACKSON-RILEY, Grace M., 83, St. Anne, New Castle, June 23. Mother of Theresa Pierce and Curt Jackson. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of 13.

JOHNSON, Clayton E., 82, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bright, June 20. Husband of Frances Johnson. Father of Jina Stroh, Jamie and Jeff Johnson. Brother of Sonia Kaffenberger and Charles Johnson. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of five.

JOHNSON, Juanita L., 61, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, June 10. Sister of Kimberly and Matthew Clark. Half-sister of David and Steve Scott. Aunt of several.

KOLB, Leo P., 91, St. Michael, Brookville, June 19. Father of Brenda Cheeseman, Kimberly Sizemore, Beverly, Elmer and James Kolb. Brother of Karen Prentice and Barbara Smith. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of nine.

LANGHAM, Elizabeth A., 31, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, June 25. Daughter of Ed and Susan Langham. Sister of Kimberly Cazzaniga, Stephanie Raffy, Father Todd Goodson, Jacob and Zachary Langham. Aunt of several.

LONG, Marjorie, 83, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, June 30. Mother of Angela Barker, Pamela Mick, Dee Ann Miller, Sandra, Gary and John Long. Sister of Jeri Sullivan. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of four.

MCNULTY, M. David, 86, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, June 16. Husband of Kathleen McNulty. Father of Shannon Everly, Patty, David, Kevin, Tim and Tom McNulty. Brother of Patty Binder. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of one.

MILLER, Sr., Frank E., 87, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, June 14. Father of Kathryn Ritman, Sharon and Frank Miller, Jr. Brother of Donna Edwards, Brenda McCoy and Linda Miller. Grandfather of seven.

MILLER, Richard, 62, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, June 20. Husband of Patricia Miller. Father of Kathleen Bullock, Scotty and Mitch Miller. Son of Sharon Tabard. Brother of LeeAnn Andrews, Robin Hedrick, Dawn Pritcett, Beth Shepard, Missy Ventresca, Tracy, Matt and Steve Miller. Grandfather of five.

Franciscan Sister Rosaire Bishop served in Catholic education for 49 years

Franciscan Sister Rosaire Bishop died on July 3 at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 87.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 7 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Mary Margaret Bishop was born on Oct. 7, 1933, in Indianapolis where she grew up as a member of the former Assumption Parish. She graduated from St. Philip Neri School and later from the former St. Mary Academy, both in Indianapolis.

Sister Rosaire joined the Sisters of St. Francis on Sept. 8, 1951, and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1957. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Marian University in Indianapolis and master’s degrees at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, and Indiana University in Bloomington. Sister Rosaire also earned a certificate in Egyptian culture at the American University in Cairo.

During 70 years as a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Sister Rosaire ministered in Catholic education for 49 years in Indiana, Ohio and Missouri before retiring from ministry in 2018.

In the archdiocese, she served in Indianapolis at St. Christopher School from 1966-73, at St. Mark the Evangelist School from 1973-76, at St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower) School from 1979-81, at the former

St. Bernadette School from 1981-86, at Central Catholic School from 1986-91 and at Martin University from 1991-93. Sister Rosaire ministered as librarian at the Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Oldenburg from 1996-2005 and as the convent’s librarian from 1996-2018.

Sister Rosaire is survived by her sisters, Franciscan Sister Madonna Bishop, Thelma Bray, Joan Forthofer, Ann Morrison and Cathy Stabenau, and her brother, Jerry Bishop.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036-0100. †

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