March 25, 2022

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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ANDERSON-DECINA, Denise A., 69, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, March 5. Wife of Rick Anderson-Decina. Mother of Erin Cookerly and Evan Anderson-Decina. Stepmother of Randall Anderson. Daughter of Iris Decina. Sister of Carolyn Decina, Karen George and Lawrence Decina. Grandmother of five.

AYALA-GAMERO, Hilda N., 61, St. Mary, Indianapolis, Feb. 25. Mother of Mirna, Reyes, Jose and Luis Garcia. Daughter of Josey Ayala-Chavez and Ofelia Gamero. Grandmother of 15 Great-grandmother of four.

BANET, Patrick M., 76, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, March 6. Husband of Nancy Banet. Father of Jessica Blake, Ashley Knable and Heather Quillet. Grandfather of seven

BEDAN, Anne, 86, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Feb. 23. Wife of Jack Bedan. Mother of Kathryn, Gregory, Jack, Jr., and Kevin Bedan. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two.

BENEDICK, Donna Jean, 73, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Feb. 20. Wife of John Benedick, Sr. Mother of Kim Brydges, Tammy Donovan, Linda Ellis, Gloria Mills, Cathy Smith, Shannon Thinnes, Bruce and John Benedick, Jr., and Brian Hyde. Sister of Sue Caldwell, Diana Cox and Judy Psaffenberger. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of six.

BENJAMIN, Daniel, 72, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 4. Father of Michael Kriech. Brother of Chris May, Becky Weiler, Beth and Kenny Benjamin. Grandfather of two.

BRANDENBURG, Francis, 80, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 27. Husband of Joyce Brandenburg. Father of Christine Kerl, Brett and Matthew Brandenburg. Grandfather of eight.

BROWNING, Norma R., 90, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Feb. 23. Wife of Warren Browning. Mother of Norman and Ronald Browning. Sister of James Beyer. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of five.

CARLEN, Sr., Richard D., 89, Christ the King, Indianapolis, March 6. Father of Kathryn Brehm, Ann Gardner, Lisa Golub, Linda and Rich Carlen, Jr. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of six.

CATHCART, Joyce H., 94, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 17. Mother of Patricia Duncan, Bill, Bob, Chuck and Tom Cathcart. Grandmother of 23. Great-grandmother of 13.

CROWE, Frank L., 99, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, March 3. Father of Carol Britt, Kathleen McClain, Michael, Randall, Richard, Robert and Ronald Crowe. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of 21.

DEDOMENIC, Robert G., 84, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, March 3. Husband of Ellen DeDomenic. Father of Julie Brunner, Susan Williams and Scott DeDomenic. Brother of Marlene Thomas. Grandfather of eight.

DURBIN, Jr., Curtis L., 80, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, March 6. Father of Julianne Turner, Jennifer and Curtis Durbin III. Brother of Dorothy Rita, Mary Faith, Mary Generose and Charles Emanuel. Grandfather of 13.

FREY, Rosemary, 87, St. Michael, Brookville, March 5. Mother of Jane Trach, Diane, Mary Ann, Patricia and Ed Frey. Grandmother of several.

HAMILTON, Bernadette, 77, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, March 7. Sister of Mary Joe Williams. Aunt and great-aunt of several.

HATFIELD, Philip R., 56, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, March 4. Husband of Karen Hatfield. Father of Katie Hatfield. Brother of Helen, Laura, Sherry, Jimmy, John, Leonard and Randy Hatfield.

ILAGAN, Joseph, 41, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Feb. 24. Husband of Kimberly Ilagan. Father of Anastasia Ilagan. Son of Petronio and Perla Ilagan.

JONES, Marilyn A., 73, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Feb. 26. Aunt of several.

KNOBLE, Louis E., 90, Prince of Peace, Madison, March 2. Husband of Mary Knoble. Father of Angela, Carol, Kathleen, Rachel, Charlie, Lou and Michael. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of seven.

KOCHER, Anna Mae, 91, St. Peter, Franklin County, Feb. 14. Mother of Mary Mason, Jean Werner, Kathleen, Donald, James and Leroy Kocher. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of six.

LINVILLE, Qutia F., 96, St. Louis, Batesville, March 6. Mother of Brenda Henretty, Donna Speckman, Kenneth, Robert and William Linville. Sister of Fedelia Faust. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 17. Great-great-grandmother of one.

MANSI, Nancy, 96, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, March 2. Aunt of several.

MESSMER II, Robert A., 76, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, March 7. Husband of Diana Messmer. Father of Darla Johnson and Anne Smock. Brother of William Messmer. Grandfather of five.

MEUNIER, Edna C., 95, St. Pius V, Troy, March 3. Mother of Jane Lasher, Carol Waninger, Bill, Jim, Mike and Steve Meunier. Sister of Betty Hanselman and Eileen Schaefer. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 34. Great-great-grandmother of four.

NEUMAN, Kevin F., 25, St. Mary, Rushville, March 6. Father of Jerry Neuman. Son of Ron and Carla Neuman. Brother of Ann Fancher, Stephanie, Keith, James and Ryan Neuman. Grandson of Alberta Neuman.

OTOLSKI, Nathan M., 26, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, March 4. Son of Greg and Karen Otolski. Brother of Claire and Katharine Otolski. Grandson of Marilyn Merk and Patricia Otolski.

REITER, August M., 85, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, March 3. Husband of Penny Reiter. Father of Anne Dennison, Julie Reising, Jon and Robert Reiter. Brother of Jim and George Kosinski. Grandfather of eight.

SANDERS, John, 78, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, Feb. 28. Husband of Carol Sanders. Father of Cristie Sanders, Scott and Troy Beyl. Grandfather of six.

SHELBY-BAULT, Julie D., 58, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, March 1. Wife of James Bault. Mother of Stephanie and Sean Bault. Sister of Joyce Richards, Susan Wade, Jan Woodard, Jill and Craig Shelby. Grandmother of two.

SMITH, James E., 91, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Feb. 26. Father of Rebecca, Randall, Richard, Robert and Ronald Smith. Brother of Elsie Lytle. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 13.

TELKER, William A., 72, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 28. Father of Amanda Telker. Son of Anna Telker. Brother of Linda VanHoegarden, Mary and Randy Telker.

VOGEL, Beverly A., 81, St. Joseph, Jennings County, March 6. Mother of Melissa Skirvin, Barbara Walker, Michael and Scott Vogel. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 28.

WILLIAMSON, Jeffrey A., 58, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Feb. 28. Husband of Carolyn Williamson. Father of Carolyn and Casey Williamson.

WOOLEN, Ellen I., 88, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Jan. 29. Mother of Kelly Strang. Sister of Richard Gallagher.

ZICKLER, Louis, 76, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Feb. 22. Husband of Linda Zickler. Father of Jason and Ryan Zickler. Brother of Carolyn Gabel. Grandfather of six.


Providence Sister Mary Ann Fox served in Catholic schools for 20 years

Providence Sister Mary Ann Fox (formerly Sister Marie Clement), a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, died on March 12 at Mother Theodore Hall on the campus her religious community’s motherhouse. She was 83.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 23 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Mary Ann was born on May 12, 1938, in Fort Wayne, Ind. She entered the Sisters of Providence on July 22, 1956, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1964.

Sister Mary Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree in education at Indiana University.

During her 65 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Mary Ann ministered in Catholic schools for 20 years in Indiana and as a college tutor for 17 years. She returned to the motherhouse in 2014 where she dedicated herself entirely to prayer.

In the archdiocese, Sister Mary Ann served at St. Malachy School in Brownsburg from 1961-66.

She is survived by a sister, Susan Obringer of Charlotte, N.C.

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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