June 17, 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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BATTLES, Mary Lee (Lauck), 81, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, June 3. Wife of Richard Battles. Mother of Debra Cunningham, Tina Montgomery, Beau, John and Mike Battles. Sister of Rosemary Beckham, Barbara Flodin, Jo Ann Lichtenberg, Elizabeth Stahl, Anthony and Leo Lauck. Grandmother of 10.

BENNETT, Ronald D., 63, St. Jude, Indianapolis, June 1. Husband of Pamela Jo Bennett. Father of Alan Bennett. Son of John McCreary. Brother of Julie Bates and Bruce Bennett. Grandfather of two.

BEYER, Stephan, 76, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, June 5. Husband of Shirley Beyer. Father of Michelle Lozier, Robert Beyer, David and Douglas Crane. Brother of Rose Mary Sheedy, Thomas and Timothy Beyer. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of 14.

ENGLE, Martha, 93, St. Mary, Navilleton, May 22. Mother of Karol Kupper, Kathy Potts, Karen Sheriff, Tina and John Engle. Sister of Mary Becht and Barbara Missi. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 13.

HAMMILL, Flora Mae, 81, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, May 29. Mother of Debra Cagg. Sister of Carol and Mary. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of three.

HARTMAN, JoAnn M., 78, All Saints Parish, Dearborn County, May 24. Wife of Harold Hartman. Mother of Chris Brennan, Patrick and Tony Hartman. Sister of Carol Henshaw, Sandy Schoettelkotte and Dan Murtaugh. Grandmother of seven.

HOPPER, Samuel R., 77, St. Mary, New Albany, May 25. Husband of Clara Hopper. Father of Felicia Fletcher, Catherine Foreman, Mary Harmon, Jessica Korte, Laura Sinkhorn, Christopher, Philip and Vincent Hopper. Brother of Sharon Shirley and Donnie Hopper. Grandfather of 21. Great-grandfather of 12. Great-great-grandfather of two.

JARBOE, Betty Ann, 85, St. Mark, Perry County, June 1. Mother of Jackie Lockridge and Jill Peter. Sister of Pat Haney, Sr. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of three.

KNUE, Rita H., 92, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, June 6. Aunt of several.

LECHER, Edward J., 94, St. Mary, Greensburg, May 31. Father of Brenda Emsweller and Julie Keillor. Brother of Jim Lecher. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of six.

MEYER, Leon J., 87, St. Mary, Greensburg, June 3. Father of Christy Bokelman and Suzanne Ritter. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of six.

MINGER, Irene C., 91, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, June 4. Mother of Suzanne Webster, Brett, Robert and Timothy Minger. Sister of Helen Brede. Grandmother of one.

MOLOY, Kenneth G., 92, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, May 22. Father of Andy, Jim, Ken, Jr., and Steve Moloy. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 18.

MUGGLEWORTH, Richard, 78, St. Gabriel, Connersville, May 29. Husband of Linda Muggleworth. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of six.

OLECK, Dr. Adrian, 73, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, May 25. Husband of Leslie Oleck. Father of Jenny Boling and Jeff Oleck. Brother of Carla Skiba. Grandfather of four.

OVERBAY, Katherine E., 97, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, May 30. Mother of Ann Durrett and Kathy Summitt. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of five.

PEATS, Robert G., 74, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 28. Husband of Patricia Peats. Father of Matthew Peats. Brother of Cheryl Lowden and Michael Peats. Grandfather of five.

SMITH, Mildred C., 94, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, May 16. Mother of Patricia Hutton, Larry and Tim Smith. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 15. Great-great-grandmother of one.

STROHMIER, Judy K., 70, St. Michael, Brookville, May 28. Mother of Beth Anderson, Chris and Phil Strohmier. Sister of Bernice Kirschner, Pat Steffen and Tom Hertel. Grandmother of six.

SWARTZ, Joseph P., 58, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 26. Husband of Ronda Asher-Swartz. Father of Mary, Lucy and Luke Swartz. Stepson of Dorine Swartz. Brother of Sandy Clark and MaryAnn Hubbs.

TELKER, Anna, 98, St. Gabriel, Connersville, June 2. Mother of Linda VanHoegarden, Mary and Randy Telker. Sister of Michael Mulheeren. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 18. Great-great-grandmother of six.

THOMPSON, Gloria A. (Wincek), 89, St. Jude, Indianapolis, May 7. Mother of Malynda Wincek Owen, Patty Wincek Seaton and John Wincek III. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of six.

THORNBURY, Arvilla A., 96, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, May 23. Mother of Carol Lippert, Cheryl McCarthy, Rose Medlock, Kim Peters, Eric, Greg and Kevin Thornbury. Sister of Charlotte Burger, Doyle and Ronald Roth. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of nine.

VARGO, Mary Joan (Osos), 90, St. Jude the Apostle, Spencer, May 14. Mother of Terry Beisser, Kathy Hogan, Angela Paul, Mary Jeanne Reuter, LuAnn, Chris, Greg, Mike and Tony Vargo. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 19.

VOLPERT, Paul, 79, St. Mary, New Albany, May 25. Husband of Linda Volpert. Father of Shelley and Steve Volpert. Brother of Carol Volpert. Grandfather of two.

WAGNER, Anne G., 62, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, March 19. Wife of Richard Wagner. Mother of Betriz Sainz and Isabelle Seale. Daughter of Celman Lutzky. Sister of Alain, Danielle, Esther and Isabelle. Grandmother of two.


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