September 3, 2021

Obituaries

Please submit in writing to our office by 10 a.m. Thursday before the week of publication; be sure to state date of death. Obituaries of archdiocesan priests serving our archdiocese are listed elsewhere in The Criterion. Order priests and religious sisters and brothers are included here, unless they are natives of the archdiocese or have other connections to it; those are separate obituaries on this page.

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BECHT, Sharon A. (Daniel), 76, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Aug. 16. Mother of Marc, Matthew and Michael Becht. Sister of Cheryl Kost, Barbara Pulliam and Carol Waterhouse. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of two.

BYRNE, Margaret, 93, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Aug. 20. Mother of Mary Amanda, David, Dennis, Kevin and Stephen Byrne. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of four.

CATTON, Nancy, 58, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Aug. 8. Daughter of Dottie Catton. Sister of Cathy, Ed, Mark and Steve Catton. Aunt and great-aunt of several.

CONSTANTINO, Susan M., 61, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Aug. 10. Wife of Dan Constantino. Mother of Jenna Beard, Natalie, Demetrio, Tony and Vinny Constantino. Sister of Dr. Stephen Huff. Grandmother of three.

DAUBY, Imogene (Poellein), 96, St. Paul, Tell City, Aug. 19. Mother of Kathleen Kleeman, Dorothy McKenzie and J.R. Dauby. Sister of Jane Stutsman. Grandmother of five.

DRURY, Adam C., 86, St. Michael, Charlestown, July 29. Husband of Jeanette Drury. Father of Mary Evans, Kina McKinney, Harold and Michael Drury. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of 10. Great-great-grandfather of one.

EICKHOLTZ, Juliann N. (Korty), 76, St. Michael, Charlestown, Aug. 11. Wife of Raymond Eichkholtz. Mother of Teresa Geesaman, Sara Seals, Donna Upton and Paula Westerhouse. Sister of Helen Beiswanger, Ruth Grider, Jane Synovec, Dorothy Thise, Lucy Tormoehlen, Daniel, David, Herman, Isidore, Norbert, Stephen and Tom Korty. Grandmother of seven.

ELIAS, Thomas F., 92, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Aug. 23. Father of Katie Cordell, Karen Szczepanski, Bob and Jim Elias. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of three.

FREEMAN, Katheryn A. (Distel), 68, Prince of Peace, Madison, Aug. 19. Mother of Kelly Walz and Gabriel Freeman. Sister of Mary, George and Gregory Distel. Grandmother of four.

HAYES, Joan J., 77, St. Michael, Charlestown, Aug. 3. Mother of Shannon Stevens, Michael and Steven Hayes. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 19.

MEYER, Phyllis A., 78, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Aug. 9. Wife of Bill Meyer. Mother of Andrea, Blaine, Mike and Nathan Meyer. Grandmother of seven.

MEYERS, Deborah, 64, St. Ambrose, Seymour, Aug. 24. Wife of Terry Meyers. Mother of Matthew Meyers. Sister of Connie Fohl and Jim Gillman. Grandmother of one.

O’BRIEN, Mary Ann, 77, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Aug. 16. Wife of James O’Brien. Mother of Terri Drake, Julie Porter, Dan and Greg O’Brien. Sister of Charlotte White, Bill, Jim and Joe Clark. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 10.

ROTH, Anna L., 94, St. Louis, Batesville, Aug. 22. Aunt of two.

SCHMITZ, Mary Jo (Sabers), 80, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bright, Aug. 12. Wife of Joseph Schmitz. Mother of Melissa Moore, Bruce, Christopher, David and Kevin Schmitz. Sister of Barbara Jones and Kathy Shepard. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of five.

SCHULTZ, Cecilia E., 73, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Aug. 16. Mother of Mark, Marty and Mike Schultz. Sister of Frannie Effinger, Helen Prickle and Jeanne Seevers. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of one.

SCOTT, Jr., Norman L., 74, St. Michael, Charlestown, June 22. Husband of Linda Scott. Father of Brian and Chris Scott. Brother of Nick Scott.

TOLENTINO, Emmanuel, 71, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Aug. 22. Husband of Linda Tolentino. Father of Missy Lindorf, Vanessa Stuckey and E.J. Tolentino. Grandfather of five.

TULLY, Allene (Butler), 84, St. Michael, Charlestown, July 31. Mother of Linda Faye Wolfe, Lisa and Mike Tully. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of three.

WILLEFORD, Mary Ann (Warren), 71, St. Michael, Charlestown, Jan. 11. Mother of Elizabeth Crotzer. Sister of Herman, Joe, Kenny, Paul and Tommy Warren. Grandmother of four. †


Providence Sister Kathleen Kelly served in Catholic schools, parish ministry

Providence Sister Kathleen Kelly (formerly Sister Edward Marie), a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in

St. Mary-of-the-Woods, died on Aug. 17 at Mother Theodore Hall on the campus of her religious community’s motherhouse. She was 89.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 27 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Kathleen was born on July 21, 1932, in Chicago. She entered the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 2, 1951, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1958.

Sister Kathleen 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 Seattle University in Seattle.

During her 70 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Kathleen ministered for 30 years in Catholic schools in California, Illinois and Indiana. She later served in parish ministry in Chicago and in the Diocese of Gary, Ind. In 2012, Sister Kathleen returned to the motherhouse where she served in spiritual direction and in other ways.

In the archdiocese, Sister Kathleen served at St. Patrick School in Terre Haute from 1953-55.

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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