July 29, 2022

Obituaries

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ALBANO, Florence, 98, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, July 2. Mother of Sandy Black and Robert Albano. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of one.

BIRK, William, 92, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, May 28. Husband of Doris Birk. Father of Janet Ernstberger, Jayne, Duane, Eric, Glenn and Paul Birk. Brother of Donna Mehling, Martha Schmitt and Carolee Taylor. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of 17.

BOND, Barbara A., 84, All Saints Parish, Dearborn County, June 25. Wife of James Bond. Mother of Jenny Miller, Robin Reckers, Jan Southern, Jeff and Mike Bond. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 12.

BRADLYN, Linda K., 74, St. Jude, Indianapolis, June 30. Mother of Stephanie Deckard, Pamela McClain and Amber Schiefelbein. Grandmother of six.

BRUCE II, Jeffrey M., 29, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bright, July 1. Father of Landyn White. Son of Jeff and Debbie Bruce. Brother of Jessica Broering, Krystina Fielder, Laura Guettler and Katelin McAdams. Grandson of Michael and Carol Bruce.

BUTLER, Charles F., 87, St. Jude, Indianapolis, June 10. Father of Nancy Lowery, Cathy Norman, Jerry, Rick and Tony Butler. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of one.

BUTZ, Debra M., 63, St. Maurice, Napoleon, June 23. Wife of Ron Butz. Mother of Angie McEvoy. Sister of Paula Scheidler and Mike Manlief. Grandmother of four.

CHRISS, Kevin L., 68, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, June 17. Husband of Mary Chriss. Father of Lisa Arbuckle, David and Scott Chriss. Son of Jack and Shirley Chriss. Brother of Craig Chriss. Grandfather of one.

COZART, Daniel, 28, American Martyrs, Scottsburg, Sept. 30, 2021. Son of Richard and Patricia Cozart.

FELDHAKE, Jean T., 90, St. Jude, Indianapolis, June 27.

Mother of Teresa Ratz, Linda Richardson, Mary Ann Weibrock, Michael and Thomas Feldhake. Sister of Ed Kirch. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of five.

FISCHER, Leroy O., 75, St. Meinrad, St. Meinrad, June 30. Husband of Dorothy Fischer. Father of Lance and Troy Fischer. Brother of Brenda Kleiser, Mary Jo Wirthwein, Danny and Kenny Fischer. Grandfather of four.

FREEMAN, Norman D., 95, St. Paul, Tell City, June 30. Father of Tom Freeman. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of four.

GIVAN, Kathleen, 73, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, June 29. Wife of Rex Givan. Mother of Bridgett Alcorn and Jason Givan. Sister of Theresa Ploughe and Patrick Wynne. Grandmother of three.

HASKAMP, Ethel R., 91, Holy Family, Oldenburg, June 24. Mother of Pam Haskamp and Susan Shook. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of two.

HUMMEL, Charles A., 88, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, June 23. Husband of Eva Hummel. Father of Terri Lambert, Alisha Renfro, Brad and Gary Hummel, Jr. Stepfather of George Gates, Jr. Grandfather of 18.

JAMISON, David H., 72, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, June 24. Husband of Nancy Jamison. Father of Tracy Carroll, Stacy Thorn, Greg Jamison and Drue Scott. Brother of Norman and Robert Jamison. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of three.

KAUFER, Paul J., 76, Holy Family, New Albany, June 26. Husband of Carolyn Kaufer. Father of Christy Boone, Paula Hall, Pamela Miller, Eric and Kevin Kaufer. Brother of Frank and Raymond Kaufer. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of two.

KERR, Laurel, 94, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, June 27. Wife of John Kerr. Mother of Paula, Brian and Christopher Kerr. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of five.

KIESLER, Anthony, 66, American Martyrs, Scottsburg, Feb. 24, 2021. Husband of Shelia Kiesler. Brother of Janet Arbuckle and Teresa Wheat.

KLINGMAN, Elizabeth, 99, St. Gabriel, Connersville, June 29. Mother of Marabeth Selm. Stepmother of Teresa McCann, Dan and Phil Klingman. Grandmother of four. Step-grandmother of several. Great-grandmother of two.

MCMAHON, Ross, 28, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, June 19. Son of Judith Mackensie and Christian McMahon. Brother of Amanda McMahon.

MOSTER, Anthony J., 86, St. Anthony of Padua, Morris, July 4. Husband of Patricia Moster. Father of Gloria Brelage, Bernadette Huber, Geraldine Kuntz, Regina Siefert, Stephanie, Dominic, Eric, Sebastian and Vincent Moster. Brother of Beata Moloney. Grandfather of 32. Great-grandfather of 14.

O’DONNELL, Michael J., 69, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, June 12. Husband of Pamela O’Donnell. Father of Amelia Rosser, Aaron and Conor O’Donnell. Brother of Kellie Braasch, Kathy Coulthard, Carol Norman, Beth Redler, Susan Vevon, Dan, John, Joseph and Matt O’Donnell. Grandfather of one.

OWENS, Candace, 67, St. Gabriel, Connersville, July 4. Mother of Nicole Martin and Jason Graves. Sister of Karen Leach, Kim Wilson, Kevin, Robbie, Shane, Terry and Todd Gough. Grandmother of eight.

READ, Matt, 51, American Martyrs, Scottsburg, Sept. 30, 2021. Father of Alisha Josh, Dylan and Kyle Brii. Son of Patricia Read. Brother of Tammy Brown, Terri Calloway, Toni, Chris, J.C. and Vince Read. Grandfather of three.

RENN, Patricia A., 64, American Martyrs, Scottsburg, Sept. 21, 2021. Mother of Matthew Renn. Sister of Janet Arbuckle and Teresa Wheat.

RIGGS, Kathleen (Sullivan), 64, St. Gabriel, Connersville, June 17. Wife of David Riggs. Mother of Allison Crouch, Stephen and Timothy Riggs. Sister of Anne Hart, Dennis, John and Joseph Sullivan. Grandmother of four.

SCHWAB, Michael T., 81, St. Michael, Brookville, July 4.

Husband of Rita Schwab. Father of Christine Ross, Donna, Douglas, Gregory, Keith, Michael and Stephen Schwab. Brother of Raymond Schwab. Grandfather of 24. Great-grandfather of 17.

SMITH, Timothy A., 57, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, June 21. Son of Mary Ann Smith. Brother of Marci and Chris Smith.

THOMAS, Janet, 76, St. Joseph, Corydon, June 27. Wife of Denis Thomas. Mother of Doug and Scott Thomas. Sister of Bob and Joe Kerstiens. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of nine.

THORNSBERRY, Mary A., 88, St. Louis, Batesville, June 25. Mother of Julie Day, Mary Jane Harmeyer, Wilma Soular, Marv, Shorty and Tom Thornsberry. Sister of Alberta Fecher, Wilma Ripperger and Kenneth Flaspohler. Grandmother of 21. Great-grandmother of 35.

TIBBETTES, Wyona J., 83, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, June 24. Wife of Howard Tibbetts. Mother of Colleen Meyer, Teresa, Charles and William Tibbetts. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 12.

TURNER, Charlotte, 84, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, June 24. Mother of Sharon Canfield, Dan, Paul and Steve Turner. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of two.

WALTERS, Delores, M., 79, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, June 29. Wife of Mike Walters. Sister of Carolyn Chase. Aunt of several.


Franciscan Sister Maureen Mahon was a missionary for 29 years in Papua New Guinea, served as educator

Franciscan Sister Maureen Mahon, formerly Sister Zita, died on June 20 at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 86.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 28 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Maureen was born on Jan. 28, 1936, in Cincinnati. She joined the Sisters of St. Francis on Sept. 8, 1955, and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1961.

Sister Maureen earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Marian University in Indianapolis and pursued education through numerous workshops and courses while serving as a missionary in Papua New Guinea.

During 67 years as a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Sister Maureen ministered in Catholic education for nine years in Missouri and Ohio. In 1966, she began service as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, ministering there for 29 years for different periods as a teacher, catechist and in pastoral ministry.

After returning to the U.S., Sister Maureen served in parish ministry in Missouri and Ohio as well as at St. Anthony Messenger in Cincinnati. She retired to the motherhouse in 2014.

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

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