April 29, 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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BEHRMAN, Sheila A., 76, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Aug. 26, 2021. Mother of Anthony, David and Leslie Behrman. Sister of Jill Barland, Meg Broderick, Joan Conatser, Lisa Matucan and D-D Stillinger. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of one.

BELL, Martha A., 86, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, April 28. Mother of Sue Mellencamp, Jayne Pennington and Cindy Willlman. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 12.

BOSSERT, Kay (Kinuko), 92, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Feb. 6. Wife of Paul Bossert. Mother of Coleen Cohn, Nancy Ficca, Joan Snapp and Paul Bossert. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of one.

BUCHER, John E., 72, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, April 27. Husband of Julie Bucher. Father of Molly Rubesh and Matt Bucher. Brother of Bill and Tom Bucher, Jr. Grandfather of eight.

BUITING, Zita K., 86, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, April 26. Mother of Zita Moore, Christopher and Michael Buiting. Sister of Marlis Schrotter. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 13. Great-great-grandmother of one.

CHRISTLEY, William J., 81, St. Joseph, Corydon, April 23. Father of Stacey Christley. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of one.

CLYNE, Donita, 87, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, April 30. Mother of Penny Pittman, Debbie Sweetman, Joe and Steve Clyne. Sister of Nancy Wagner and Mile Wells. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 10.

DEVILLEZ, Barbara A., 82, St. Paul, Tell City, May 3. Mother of David, Jeff and Keith Lahee. Sister of Vicki Hall and Sharon Meunier. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of seven.

EGER, Edna M., 90, St. Paul, Tell City, May 5. Mother of Stacie Howard and Kyla Jones. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of five.

FEEZLE, Steve, 60, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, March 29. Nephew of one.

FRY, Marie C. (Hummel), 93, St. Mary, North Vernon, May 2. Mother of Jennifer King, Bridget Moeller, Barbara Pruitt, Margaret Tipps and Daniel Fry. Sister of Dorothy Filson and Clara Hummel. Grandmother of 30.

GALLAGHER, Thomas F., 84, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, April 27. Father of Kelly Gallagher-Kiley and Sean Gallagher. Brother of Robert Gallagher. Grandfather of seven. (correction)

GERDES, Neal P., 74, Christ the King, Indianapolis, April 21. Stepfather of Jack and Patrick Kent.

GOOTEE, Carl. R., 77, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, April 28. Husband of Judy Gootee. Father of Emily Eagan and Scott Gootee. Brother of Helen, Marian, Bob, Don, Greg and Joe Gootee. Grandfather of eight.

GRILLO, Giuseppe S., 95, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, April 20. Father of Linda Bour, Margo and Joseph Grillo. Brother of Vittorio Grillo. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of one.

JAMES, Margie A., 79, St. Augustine, Leopold, April 30. Mother of Dena Buchanan and Derek James. Grandmother of seven.

JELENCHICK, Mark W., 72, St. Mary, Navilleton, May 3. Husband of Elizabeth Galligan. Father of Jessica Ford, David and Peter Galligan. Brother of Robert Jelenchick, Jr. Grandfather of two.

KNOTTS, Sr., Charles, 78, Holy Family, New Albany, May 5. Husband of Becky Knotts, Father of Tony Knotts. Brother of Joan Disney. Grandfather of two.

MODLY, Yolande S. (De Garady Jeney), 86, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, May 3. Mother of Bernadette Brutans, Ilona Hogan, Victoria Newhouse, Christine Willetts, Attila, Csaba Jeney and Stephen Modly III. Sister of Elizabeth Perr, Laszlo Garady and Steven De Garady. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 13.

MORRALL, Stephen, 91, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, May 2. Husband of Gloria Morrall. Father of Craig and Mark Morrall. Grandfather of four.

NOONE, Daniel P., 60, St. Roch, Indianapolis, April 24. Husband of Choung Oun Noone. Father of Amber Doughty, Sabrina, Jennifer, Nathan Noone and Steven Screeton. Brother of Kathleen Mickel, Denise Wood, Joe, Kevin, Paul, Tim and Tom Noone. Grandfather of two.

PHILLIPS, Charlene, 68, St. Bridget of Ireland, Liberty, April 6. Wife of Bryan Phillips. Mother of Shirley and Charles Phillips. Daughter of Charles R. Smith. Sister of Mike Smith. Grandmother of four.

ROHLEDER, Nicholas, 79, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, April 25. Husband of Mary Rohleder. Father of Nancy Martin, Nick, Jr., and Tom Rohleder. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of two.

RUMPEL, Marcella E., 82, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, April 23. Mother of Lynn Oliver and Sheri Sons. Sister of Dennis Gleason. Grandmother of five.

SCHWEITZER, Anita, 74, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, April 22. Mother of Nicole Deal and Andrea Guffey. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of five.

SIMON, Eugene, 78, St. Maurice, Napoleon, May 1. Husband of Patricia Simon. Father of Mary McCoy, Eva Volz, Nick and Scott Simon. Brother of Rita Bedel, Mary Gilland, Linda Wissel, Amelia Wolter and Dale Simon. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of four.

SMITH, Jeanne A., 91, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, May 5. Mother of Maureen Bard, Lorraine Kemmerle, Jeanne Muzzillo, Ron and Shawn Smith. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of several.

STINER, William J., 78, Most Precious Blood, New Middletown, April 30. Brother of Lois Drury. Uncle and great-uncle of several.

STRAUTMAN, Robert, 84, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, April 27. Father of Laurie Mumfrey, Brian, Chris and Jon Strautman. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of five.


Providence Sister Joan Matthews served for 45 years in Catholic schools

Providence Sister Joan Matthews, formerly Sister Ignatius, a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, died on April 25 at Mother Theodore Hall on the campus of her religious community’s motherhouse.

She was 93.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on May 24 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial will follow at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Joan was born on July 4, 1928, in Columbus, Ohio. She entered the Sisters of Providence on July 22, 1947, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1955.

Sister Joan earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree in voice at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

During her 75 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Joan ministered in Catholic schools for 45 years in California, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. She later assisted in music and liturgical art at the motherhouse before committing herself to prayer in 2021.

In the archdiocese, Sister Joan served at the former Holy Trinity School in New Albany in 1950, in Catholic schools in Terre Haute from 1952-53 and at the motherhouse on her community’s corporate renewal team from 1972-75.

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.


Providence Sister Marcelline Mattingly served for 47 years in Catholic schools

Providence Sister Marceline Mattingly, a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, died on April 24 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. She was 106.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on May 23 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Because she donated her body to science, her cremated remains will be buried at a later date at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Marcelline was born on Nov. 23, 1915, in Henderson County, Ky. She later moved to Indianapolis where she attended the former St. Agnes Academy and was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish. Sister Marcelline entered the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 10, 1933, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1941.

Sister Joan earned a bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind.

During her 89 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence, Sister Marcelline ministered in Catholic schools for 47 years in Illinois, Indiana and Washington, D.C. She later served in parish ministry in New Albany. Returning to the motherhouse in 1988, Sister Marcelline served her community as assistant activity director and as an instructor in the Learning Resource Center at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

In the archdiocese, Sister Marcelline served in Indianapolis at St. Anthony School from 1938-40 and at St. Philip Neri School from 1942-46. She also ministered at St. Mary School (now St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School) in Richmond from 1940-41, Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville from 1968-70 and as a pastoral associate at St. Mary Parish in New Albany from 1983-89.

Sister Marcelline is survived by a brother, Jerry Mattingly of Benton, Ill.

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.


Franciscan Sister Kathleen Mulso served in parishes and Catholic schools

Franciscan Sister Kathleen Mulso, formerly Sister John Marie, died on May 1 at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 74.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 6 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Kathleen was born on Sept. 27, 1947, in Mount Clemens, Mich. She joined the Sisters of St. Francis on Feb. 3, 1965, and professed final vows in on Aug. 12, 1972. Sister Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree at Marian University in Indianapolis and continued her education at Indiana University in Bloomington and the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill.

During 57 years as a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Sister Kathleen ministered in Catholic education for 15 years in Indiana and Michigan. She later served as director of religious education in parishes in Michigan from 1982 until poor health led to her early retirement to the motherhouse in 2004.

In the archdiocese, Sister Kathleen served at Holy Name of Jesus School in Beech Grove from 1968-70, St. Lawrence School in Indianapolis from 1970-75, St. Gabriel School in Connersville from 1975-80 and the former St. Michael School in Charlestown from 1980-82. After retiring to the motherhouse in 2004, she volunteered for periods at Holy Family Parish in Oldenburg, St. Joseph Parish in Shelbyville and at the Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Oldenburg.

Sister Kathleen is survived by a brother, James Mulso of Chesterfield, Mich., Jacqueline Impellizzeri of Ray, Mich., Julie Nowicki of Washington, Mich., and Mary Shellabarger of Armada, Mich.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036-0100. †

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