October 1, 2021


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AMRHEIN, Ray C., 88, St. Michael, Brookville, Sept. 15. Husband of Evelyn Amrhein. Father of Faye Cossins, Dale, Lyle and Paul Amrhein. Brother of Donna Back. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of one.

BALLMAN, Caroline N., 84, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 14. Mother of Pamela Brinksneader, Chrystal Evans, Linda Lain, Glenn and Paul Ballman. Sister of Martha Buchlien, Sylvia Harpenau and James Zoll. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 30. Great-great-grandmother of four.

BANKER, Sophia N., 22, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Sept. 15. Daughter of Kevin and Diane Banker. Sister of Cy, Foster and Preston Banker. Granddaughter of Gerald and Carolyn Voglewede. Niece of several.

BEDEL, Diana G., 70, St. Mary, Rushville, April 26. Wife of Tom Bedel. Mother of Tomi Dawson, Lisa Holloman, Susan LeGere and Melissa Johnson. Sister of Connie Keatts, Linda and Chip Martin. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of six.

BOOK, Earl H., 92, St. Michael, Bradford, Sept. 16. Husband of Mary Jane Book. Father of Anita Boone, Bruce, Dean, Doug, Kevin, Marty, Scott and Tim Book. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of eight.

BUSH, Barbara A., 76, St. Agnes, Nashville, Sept. 9. Mother of Jennifer Hallgarth. Sister of Rita Johnson. Grandmother of one.

CAVINS, Jewel Mae, 93, St. John the Baptist, Starlight, Sept. 13. Mother of Theresa Barnes, Donna Buchanan, Ellen Bunch, Leisa Harris, Cheryl, Gloria and John Cavins. Sister of Margaret and William Riley. Grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother of several.

CROUSE, Dianna J., 81, St. Bridget of Ireland, Liberty, Aug. 15. Aunt of several.

CUNDIFF, Ora Lee, 79, St. John the Baptist, Starlight, Sept. 16. Mother of Michael Cundiff. Sister of Linda Ethington and Truman VanCleve. Grandmother of two.

DALE, Margaret, 85, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Sept. 13. Mother of Tom Dale. Sister of Tina Denbraber. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 32. Great-great-grandmother of one.

EVERROAD, Patrick H., 75, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Sept. 14. Husband of Janice Everroad. Father of Jill Everroad and Jennifer VanOsdol. Brother of Jane Louden, Joyce Mead and Jim Everroad. Grandfather of two.

FORNASH, Olive Lee Ann, infant, Prince of Peace, Madison, Sept. 15. Daughter of Aaron Fornash and Rachel Schafer. Granddaughter of Kim Fornash and Ed and Lisa Schafer.

FRY, Lawrence A., 75, St. Mary, Rushville, Sept. 12. Husband of Janie Fry. Father of Brian and Jason Fry. Brother of Mary Ann Bridges and Paul Fry. Grandfather of two.

GALLAGHER, Mary C., 94, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Sept. 12. Wife of Edward Gallagher. Mother of Sharon Ancelet, Carol, Brian, Michael and Patrick Gallagher. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of seven.

GOODSPEED, Donald, 91, St. Mary, Rushville, Sept. 18. Husband of Patricia Goodspeed. Father of Victoria, Jonathan and Robert Goodspeed. Brother of Glenn Goodspeed. Grandfather of six.

HOSTETTLER-ACREE, Anna, 94, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, Sept. 9. Mother of Gail Loveall, Gary and Russ Hostettler. Sister of Norma Kamer. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of six.

HUSAYAN, Francisca M., 68, Prince of Peace, Madison, Sept. 16. Wife of Segundo Husayan. Mother of Amy Huff, April, Janice, Juliet, Arthur and Frandy Husayan. Sister of Corazon Kasper. Grandmother of 17.

LASHER, Carson E., 14, St. Mark, Perry County, Sept. 14. Son of Eugene and Amanda Lasher. Brother of Carly Lasher. Grandson of Carl and Mildred Flamion and Sandra Lasher. Great-grandson of Eileen Gehlhausen.

MALHAM, Linda S. (Steadham), 58, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Sept. 17. Wife of Mark Malham. Mother of Amy Combs. Sister of Cindy, Chris, Joe and Tony Steadham. Grandmother of one.

MCNELIS, Julia A., 79, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 13. Sister of Margaret Ban, Mary Ellen Utter, James and Patrick McNelis. Aunt of several.

MILLER, Elizabeth M., 62, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Sept. 14. Mother of Brittney Howard, Kris and Ben Gossett. Sister of Roberta Campbell, Bunny Peters and Barbara Stout. Grandmother of five.

PRECHT, Charles W., 74, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Sept. 11. Father of Angi Precht-Hewitt, Paula Struewing, Lacey, Benjamin, Charles II and Jacob Precht. Brother of Harris, Jr. and John Precht. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of five.

RISCH, Eugene J., 91, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Sept. 4. Father of Susan Kiefer. Brother of Mary Ann Snyder. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of two.

RUNKEL, Sr., James A., 90, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 4. Father of Sharon Bonnet, Stephanie Eaves, Edward, Kenneth and William Runkel. Brother of Gloria Anderson, Joann Bolke, Maxine Farris, David, George, Richard and Robert Runkel. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of 12.

SCHUSTER, Silvana M. (Martini), 79, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 12. Mother of Nicole and John Schuster, Jr. Sister of Mario Martini. Grandmother of two.

STILLER, Helen M., 96, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Sept. 16. Aunt of several.

TOBIN, Elaine R., 64, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Sept. 7. Wife of Jan Wesley Tobin. Mother of Kristina Kerr, Leslie and Ryan Tobin. Sister of Rita Hammond, Robin Tetrick, Carol White, Kimberly Young, Betsy, Jess, Kevin and Paul Click and Lenard Brown. Grandmother of six.

WEAVER, Mary E., 96, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Aug. 20. Mother of Patty Ammerman and Joseph Weaver. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of five.

WEIGAND, Mary Lee, 87, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, June 9, 2020. Mother of Sally Bodenmiller, Patty Gabbard, Julie Gaffney, Jenny Humbard, Molly Muether, Terry Town, Bill and Rick Weigand. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 11.

WEIGAND, Richard P., 87, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, March 6, 2020. Husband of Mary Lee Weigand. Father of Sally Bodenmiller, Patty Gabbard, Julie Gaffney, Jenny Humbard, Molly Muether, Terry Town, Bill and Rick Weigand. Brother of Marilyn Winkler. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of 11.

WEDDLE, Barbara E., 95, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Sept. 13. Mother of Marsha Henson, Brenda Somes and Jan Stocker. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of several.

WILHELM, Beverly A. (Birkholz), 94, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Sept.12. Mother of Mary Iannopollo, Susan Wibbels, Barbara, Frank and John Wilhelm. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of nine.

Conventual Franciscan Father Dismas Veeneman served in parishes in three states

Conventual Franciscan Father Dismas Veeneman, a member of the Our Lady of Consolation Province based in Mount St. Francis, died on Sept. 18 in Louisville, Ky. He was 79.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 28 at the Mount St. Francis Chapel. Burial followed at the friars’ cemetery.

Jerome John Veeneman was born on Feb. 20, 1942, in Louisville. He entered the Conventual Franciscans in 1960, professed simple vows on July 13, 1961, and solemn vows on July 13, 1964.

Father Dismas received priestly formation at the former Our Lady of Consolation Seminary in Carey, Ohio, and at the former Assumption Seminary in Chaska, Minn. He was ordained a priest on Jan. 4, 1969.

After serving briefly as a hospital and prison chaplain, Father Dismas began decades of parish ministry in Indiana, Iowa and Kentucky. In the archdiocese, he served at St. Joseph University Parish in Terre Haute as pastor from 1979-88, and at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Clarksville as associate pastor from 1994-1996 and as pastor from 1996-2005.

Father Dismas is survived by a brother, Jude Veeneman.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Province of Our Lady of Consolation, Mission Advancement Office, 103 St. Francis Blvd., Mount St. Francis, IN, 47146, or through its website, www.FranciscansUSA.org. †

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