April 15, 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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ALLGEIER, Joanne, 88, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, March 28. Wife of Nicholas Allgeier. Mother of Cyndy Bordigon, Maria Dick, Angela Hruban, Theresa Miller, Anna Morin and Nick Allgeier. Sister of William Kaiser. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of seven.

BALDRIDGE, Max, 86, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, March 26. Husband of Joann Baldridge. Father of Bruce and Jeff Baldridge. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of four.

BIAS, Frances C., 77, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, March 22. Mother of Katherine Atkinson and Theodore Hornaday, Jr. Sister of Marilue Collier, Jennifer Mangold, Evelyn Ritter, Martha Roush, Elaine Tuths and Robert Gentry.

BRAMMER, Caroline A., 76, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, March 28. Wife of Charles Brammer. Mother of Melissa Ayala, Angela Huffman, Christy Kesterson, Laurie Slick, Deborah Snyder and Jeffrey Brammer. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of three.

DAMING, Robert J., 78, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, March 23. Husband of Linda Daming. Father of Rebecca Connor, Teresa Hogue and Joe Daming. Brother of Margaret Kegley, Joyce Seib, Bill and Steve Daming. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one.

GESWEIN, Francis L., 94, Holy Family, New Albany, March 23. Husband of Mary Geswein. Father of Francine Gettelfinger, Beverly Knear, Susie Naville, Kathy Wilt, Bob, Larry and Tony Geswein. Brother of Marie Huth. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of 32.

HENDRIXSON, Cheryl, 65, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, March 30. Wife of Steven Hendrixson. Mother of Amy, Jack and Joseph Hendrixson. Daughter of Marjorie Harper. Sister of Carol Brown and Dennis Harper. Grandmother of four.

MAYER, Paul J., 61, St. Roch, Indianapolis, March 31. Father of Angela Evans, Ella and Stephanie Mayer. Brother of Kathy Delpha, Patty Ralston, Ann Marie, Margaret, Mary Lou and Richard Mayer.

MILLIGAN, Jo Ann, 94, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, March 30. Mother of Theresa Madden, Marie Martin, Daniel, Michael and Patrick Milligan. Sister of Jeanne Hodge Degler, Mary Jo Gallagher and Barbara Riley. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of one.

MONFREDA, M. Sheila, 87, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, April 2. Wife of John Monfreda. Mother of Marie Damler, Missionary of Charity Sister Zita, Gregory, John, Keith, Matt, Michael and Roger Monfreda. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 13.

QUACK, Kelly M., 61, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, March 26. Wife of Robert Quack. Mother of Kelsey Quack. Daughter of Beverly Schindler. Sister of Mary Berg, Bud, Joseph and Marty Schindler.

ROSE, Ruth, 60, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, March 29. Wife of Michael Rose. Mother of Cynthia, Kathryn, Teresa and Christopher Rose. Sister of Alice Kornblum, Lorene Wilson, Bill and John Port.

SEGER, Kenneth, 69, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, March 27. Husband of Jo Ellen Seger. Father of Dylan, Luke and Wes Seger. Brother of Jean, Patricia, Sheri and Jim Seger. Grandfather of five.

SEUFERT, Clifford, 88, Christ the King, Indianapolis, March 26. Father of Kathleen Grimes, Theresa Sispera, Dan, David, Jim, John, Joseph, Mike and Steve Seufert. Grandfather of 19.

SUHRE, Mary Jane, 100, Holy Family, Oldenburg, March 29. Mother of David and Roger Suhre. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 20. Great-great-grandmother of one.

SULLIVAN, Carolyn, 89, Christ the King, Indianapolis, March 28. Mother of Marianne Cappel, Suzanne Richards, Pam Wickham, John, Mike, Tim and Tom Sullivan. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 22.

SYLVESTER, William L., 93, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, March 30. Father of Katie Kelly, Jody Kline, Jill Starliper, Ann, Bill and P.J. Sylvester. Grandfather of nine.

WITT, Rebecca J., 60, St. Jude, Indianapolis, March 31. Wife of Kevin Witt. Mother of Chelsea Kidwell and Logan Witt. Sister of Susan Agresta and Annette O’Neil. Grandmother of two.


Conventual Franciscan Father Wilfrid Logsdon served in parishes, hospitals, prisons

Conventual Franciscan Father Wilfrid Logsdon, a member of the Our Lady of Consolation Province based in Mount St. Francis, died on March 3 at a friars’ residence in Angola, Ind. He was 89.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 10 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Angola. A second funeral Mass was celebrated on March 26 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio. Interment arrangements are pending.

Clarence Wilfrid Logsdon was born on Aug. 25, 1932, in Salem Township, Ohio. After graduating in 1950 from the province’s former high school seminary at Mount St. Francis, he entered its novitiate. Father Wilfrid professed temporary vows on July 6, 1951, and solemn vows on July 11, 1955. He received priestly formation at the former Assumption Seminary in Chaska, Minn., and was ordained a priest on Feb. 22, 1959, at St. Paul Cathedral in St. Paul, Minn.

Father Wilfrid primarily served in parishes, but also in hospital and prison ministry, in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. He also ministered in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese in Indiana.

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.


Conventual Franciscan Father Ivan Rohloff was a missionary in Central America, Russia

Conventual Franciscan Father Ivan Rohloff, a member of the Our Lady of Consolation Province based in Mount St. Francis, died on March 6 in Mesilla Park, N.M. He was 84.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 29 at the Mount St. Francis Chapel. Burial followed at the friars’ cemetery.

John Anthony Rohloff was born on May 27, 1937, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He entered the novitiate of the province in 1956 and received the religious name Ivan. Father Ivan professed temporary vows on July 21, 1957, professed solemn vows on July 23, 1960, and was ordained a priest on Feb. 16, 1964, in Rome.

Father Ivan earned a licentiate in sacred theology at the Pontifical University of St. Bonaventure in Rome and a doctorate in historical theology at St. Louis University in St. Louis.

After ordination, Father Ivan served in parishes in Ohio and Wisconsin and as a professor at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

He later served as a missionary in Honduras and Costa Rica from 1980-92. Driven early in his life as a Franciscan to serve as a missionary in Russia, Father Ivan was finally able to minister in Uzbekistan from 1993-99 following the break-up of the Soviet Union. His dream to be a missionary in Russia came true when he finally ministered in St. Petersburg and Moscow from 2001-14.

In retirement, Father Ivan lived in a house of studies of his community in San Antonio where he mentored friars in their initial formation, and later at a friary in Mesilla Park, N.M.

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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