December 17, 2021

Obituaries

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ADKINS, Donald L., 76, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Nov. 4. Father of Alana Adkins. Brother of Judith Kuhn, Patricia Reed, Pamela Vogel and Janet Weber. Grandfather of one. Great-grandfather of one.

AMRHEIN, Alberta R., 92, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Dec. 1. Mother of Lois Barry, Debbie Gesell, Phyllis Schwegman and Dennis Amrhein. Sister of Joan Amrhein, Lillian Lay, Franciscan Sister Laurina, Quirn, Lawrence and Paul Schneider. Grandmother of nine. Step-grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of 18. Step-great-grandmother of five. Great-great-grandmother of several.

BARNES, Annette (Bell), 85, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Nov. 24. Mother of Diane King, Michelle Smith,

Earle III, Kenneth and Timothy Robinson. Stepmother of Cynthia and Michael Barnes. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of two.

BAUMANN, Cletus R., 84, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, Dec. 1. Father of Beth Tracey, David and Mike Baumann. Brother of Alfred Baumann. Grandfather of three.

BECHER, Daniel, 74, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Dec. 2. Husband of Jayne Becher. Father of Greg, Jeff, Kevin and Scott. Brother of Diana, Sandie and Don Becher. Grandfather of two.

DUNBAR, Richard E., 75, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Nov. 23. Husband of Karra Dunbar. Father of Dia Page and Kurt Dunbar. Brother of Nancy Shiflet, Cathy Sparks, Carol Stancombe and Jim Dunbar. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of two.

DURBIN, Carolyn J., 77, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Nov. 26. Wife of Ron Durbin. Mother of Rhonda Gritton, Rebecca Jones, Rita Thomas, Dawn Webb, Chris, Mike and Wade Meals. Sister of Beverly Sharpe. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of eight.

DZIENCIOL, Norbert M., 86, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Nov. 28. Husband of Phyllis Dzienciol. Father of Lisa Coville, Ann Merlenbach, Andrew Dzienciol Harte, Michael and Philip Dzienciol. Brother of Noreen Zalewski. Grandfather and great-grandfather of several.

EAKLE, Emery C., 58, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Nov. 25. Husband of Cynthia Eakle. Father of Megan Corso, Bryan, Daniel and Steven Eakle. Brother of Sandy Stocking. Grandfather of three.

GREEN, Joseph D., 79, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, Nov. 12. Husband of Nancy Funkhouser. Father of Kelly Fascia, Beth Sauber, Dudley and Michael Green. Brother of Della McGuire and Robert Green. Grandfather of nine.

HARTMAN, Georgette B., 86, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Nov. 20. Mother of Lorraine Linkous, Clifford, Randy and Rick Hartman. Sister of Edith Cummings. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of six.

HASSING, Richard H., 81, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Nov. 4. Husband of Yoko Hassing. Father of Amy Pankoke and Andy Hassing. Brother of Karen Cory, Marlene Wegner, Gene and Terry Hassing. Grandfather of two.

KIESLER, Sr., Paul J., 96, St. Mary, Navilleton, Dec. 1. Husband of Elizabeth Kiesler. Father of Kathryn Grant, Mary Horn, Laura Lampton, Paul, Jr., Phillip and Robert Kiesler. Brother of Martha Cox, Jean Dethy and Marvin Kiesler. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of nine.

MCLIN, William C., 81, St. Mary, Indianapolis, Nov. 21. Husband of Barbara McLin. Father of Rebecca Seyferth and William McLin. Brother of Sandra McLin. Grandfather of five.

MENNEL, Mary P., 81, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 24. Mother of Kathleen Painchaud, David and Kevin Mennel. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of nine.

MORGAN, Susan, 70, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Dec. 4. Wife of Wayne Morgan. Mother of Alan Morgan. Sister of Debbie Nakayama, Joseph and Timothy Burke.

MUELLER, Jr., Gerald A., 55, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 18. Father of Carol Mueller Ford and Cyrus Williamson. Son of Gerald Mueller. Brother of Ann Harrison, Kelly Saffell and Jay Bennington. Grandfather of six.

NORDHOFF, James J., 77, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, Nov. 20. Husband of Shirley Nordhoff. Father of Jamie Clark, Sr., Tabitha, David and James Nordhoff, Jr. Brother of David Nordhoff. Grandfather of nine.

REDELMAN, Dixie M., 84, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Nov. 11. Mother of Brenda Nicholas and Nancy Powell. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 13.

REMBUSCH, Michael J., 71, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 11. Father of Shelby Rembusch Barmes and Nicholas Rembusch. Grandfather of two.

ROGIER, Mildred R., 89, St. Paul, Tell City, Nov. 30. Mother of Cheryl Duke and Dan Rogier. Sister of Bill Hinkle. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of three.

ROWAN, Rita, 77, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 20. Mother of Joanilla Barker. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of one.

SCHAF, Ruth E., 98, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Nov. 20. Mother of Yvonne Claytor, John, Nick, Richard, Sam, Stanley and Tom Schaf. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 21. Great-great-grandmother of two.

SEABOLT-ETLER, Kimberly S., 56, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Nov. 20. Mother of Chris, Jeffrey and Ryan Jackson. Sister of Tina McGlasson. Grandmother of four.

SHOWALTER, Timothy, 53, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 18. Father of Alexandra, Lauren and Cameron Showalter. Son of Tim and Debbie Showalter. Brother of Steve Showalter. Grandfather of three.

SKAGGS, Anna Lee (Banet), 95, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Nov. 25.

SMITH, Diane M., 83, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Nov. 12. Mother of Peggy Hicks and Karen Smith. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of nine.

SOLLER, Stephen W., 82, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Nov. 29. Father of Anthony and Timothy Soller. Brother of Mary Bay and Margaret Earp. Grandfather of four.

STARKS, Therese A., 92, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, April 23, 2020. Mother of Beth Ferguson, Barbara Gilkes, Jackie Heinzelman, Clara Nehmer, Nancy Stumpp, Andy, Bob, Steve and Tom Starks. Sister of Mary Weingardt. Grandmother of 27. Great-grandmother of 43.

WALSER, Robert A., 91, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Nov. 20. Father of Theresa Elliott. Grandfather of two.

WERNER, Kenny, 64, All Saints Parish, Dearborn County, Dec. 1. Husband of Loraine Werner. Father of Ashley Wolfe, Nathaniel Werner and Matt Wettering. Son of Polly Crawford. Grandfather of two.

WIWI, Paul F., 81, St. Bridget of Ireland, Liberty, Nov. 20. Husband of Beverly Wiwi. Father of Melissa Posco and Eric Wiwi. Brother of Mark Wiwi. Grandfather of four.

WORLAND, John F., 69, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Nov. 28. Husband of Diane Worland. Father of Matthew and Mark Worland. Brother of Anna Marie and Susan. Grandfather of two.

WRIGHT, Karen J., 79, St. Patrick, Indianapolis, Nov. 23. Mother of Angela Wilkinson and Chris Wright. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of one.

YANES, Mary Jean (Summers), 82, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Nov. 14. Mother of Lisa, Michael and Robert Yanes. Sister of Nancy Garza. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.


Providence Sister Winifred Mary Sullivan served for 45 years in Catholic schools

Providence Sister Winifred Mary Sullivan, a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, died on Dec. 3 at Mother Theodore Hall on the campus her religious community’s motherhouse. She was 94.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 17 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Winifred Mary was born on Oct. 15, 1927, in Terre Haute where she grew up as a member of the former St. Ann Parish. She entered the Sisters of Providence on July 22, 1945, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1953.

Sister Winifred Mary earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree at Saint Louis University in St. Louis.

During her 76 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Winifred Mary ministered in Catholic schools for 45 years in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland and Missouri. She served in Jasper, Ind., in the Evansville Diocese for many years before retiring in 1993. Afterward, she stayed in Jasper, ministering as a volunteer and tutor before returning to the motherhouse in 2008.

In the archdiocese, Sister Winifred Mary served in Indianapolis at Holy Family School in New Albany from 1958-60,

St. Joan of Arc School in Indianapolis from 1966-67 and at the former St. Margaret Mary School in Terre Haute from 1967-69.

She is survived by a sister, Rita Paitson of Vincennes, Ind.

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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