September 23, 2022


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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ANDREWS, Gerald, 80, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Aug. 29. Husband of Kathleen Andrews. Father of Kristin Waterman. Brother of Audrey and Norman Andrews. Grandfather of one.

BALDWIN, Raymond L., 84, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Aug. 10. Husband of Patricia Baldwin. Father of Lynn and Jeff Baldwin. Brother of Donna Johnson, Sharon Van Vliet and Loren Baldwin. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of one.

BOWER, John, 67, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Aug. 25. Husband of AynnRae Bower. Father of Beth Kane and Christopher Renner. Brother of Julie Brown, Jennifer Cheraso, Janice Gootee, Jackie Hofman, Joyce Smith, James and Jeff Bower. Grandfather of four.

BROWN, Joseph E., 87, American Martyrs, Scottsburg, Aug. 26. Husband of Joan Brown. Father of Lori Brown and Deborah Shea. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 22. Great-great-grandfather of one.

BROWN, Richard L., 81, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Aug. 25. Husband of Sheila Brown. Father of Johna Jennings and Scott Hatfield. Brother of Bonnie Ingle. Grandfather of three.

BRUNER, Mark, 75, Prince of Peace, Madison, Sept. 12. Husband of Stella Bruner. Father of Jeanine Gray, Stephanie and Aaron Purvis. Brother of Chris, Joanna, John and Larry Bruner. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of four.

CHRAPLA, Michael L., 73, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Sept. 1. Husband of Ellen Chrapla. Father of Joseph, Mark and Matthew Chrapla. Brother of Ann Long, Ellen and Mag Chrapla.

COZART, James, 65, American Martyrs, Scottsburg, Sept. 2. Husband of Diana Cozart. Father of J. Michael Cozart. Brother of Tina, Ed and Rick Cozart. Grandfather of three.

CRAFT, Roger, 80, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Aug. 30. Husband of Darice Craft. Father of Cori Cole and Rhett Craft. Brother of Barbara, Christine and Bruce Craft. Grandfather of five.

DAWSON, Betty Jeanne (Sauer), 98, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Aug. 26. Mother of Tish Dahlby, Nancy Johnson, Lisa Knott, Susie Kuntz, Mary Wegener, Chris, Joe and Rick Dawson. Sister of Cathy Campbell, Mary Jo Roberts and Guerin Sauer. Grandmother of 31. Great-grandmother of 46.

FULNER, Marilyn J., 92, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Sept. 7. Mother of Stacy Edgecomb, Laurie Natalizia, Diane Robinson, Carol Sandberg, Eileen Weaver, Guy, Scott, Terence and Tom Fulner. Grandmother of 21. Great-grandmother of 15.

GRAMMAN, Rita Mae, 94, St. Michael, Brookville, Sept. 9. Mother of Marlene Fohl, Donna Forthofer, Karen Pflum, Melanie Roberts, Maureen Seals and Kevin Gramman. Sister of Elaine Amberger, Charlene Bravard, Emily Market, Alice Springman, Ralph, Richard, Steve and Willy Lunsford. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 13. Great-great-grandmother of one.

HEIDENREICH, Patricia, 92, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Sept. 6. Mother of Donna Ashcraft, Sharon Greenwell, Janet McCauley, Clifford and Joseph Heidenreich. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 17. Great-great-grandmother of three.

HOLLAND, Marva, 77, Holy Angels, Indianapolis, Sept. 2. Mother of William Holland, Jr. Sister of Charlotte Bailey and Larry Hutchens. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of one.

KAPFHAMMER, Michael J., 47, Holy Family, New Albany, Aug. 30. Father of Lillian and Sydney Kapfhammer. Son of Mike and Eva Kapfhammer. Brother of Kelly Leonardo and Tom Kapfhammer.

KAVANAGH, Tom, 84, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Sept. 9. Husband of Kay Kavanagh. Father of Christine Poindexter and Michael Kavanagh. Brother of Ellen Albrecht. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of two.

KUNKEL, Lester, 87, St. Peter, Franklin County, Sept. 2. Husband of Regina Kunkel. Father of Cathy Schuman, Barb Stindt, Jeff and Randy Kunkel. Brother of Jean Drews, Florence Lunsford, Dorothy Purkey, Ohmer, Jr., Orville and Virgil Kunkel. Grandfather of seven.

MCMASTERS, David P., 83, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Aug. 29. Husband of Frances McMasters. Father of Brian, Dan, Dave, Kevin, Mike, Ryan and Tim McMasters. Grandfather and great-grandfather of several.

MOORMAN, Thomas V., 73, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Aug. 23. Husband of Donna Moorman. Father of Thomas and Timothy Moorman. Brother of Roseann Clark. Grandfather of four.

NELSON, Ruth A., 92, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Aug. 25. Aunt and great-aunt of several.

PATRICK, Avis A., 74, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 6. Mother of Meredith Curtis, Jessica Moore, Elizabeth Small, Gary, Tom and William Patrick. Sister of Lorna Ford and Shelly Wolf. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.

POSCO, Stephen, 55, St. Bridget of Ireland, Liberty, Aug. 17. Husband of Melissa Posco. Father of Calli Posco. Son of Janet Posco.

REEDY, Jr., John, 73, Mary, Queen of Peace, Danville, Sept. 8. Husband of Kathryn Reedy. Father of Jacqueline Dunlavey, Janelle Gates, Jessica Heck, Kristyn Monceski, Johanna and John Reedy III. Brother of George Reedy. Grandfather of 15. Great-grandfather of two.

SANTORO, Yvonne M., 94, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Sept. 4. Mother of Nadeen Compton, Richard and Victor Santoro. Sister of Raymond Beilouny. Grandmother of six. Great-grandfather of several.

SCHROEDER, Mary P., 82, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, July 17. Wife of Thomas Schroeder. Mother of Christine Grissom, Diane Self, Anita Short and Matt Schroeder. Grandmother of seven. Step-grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of one.

TORLINE, Martha, 83, Prince of Peace, Madison, Sept. 9. Wife of Charles Torline. Mother of Brian, James, Joseph, Robert and William Torline.

Sister of Betty Cord, Carolyn Smith, Delores Spoonmore, Dorothy and Joseph Winkel. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 13.

Franciscan Sister Therese Tackett served in Catholic schools, ministered in Appalachia

Franciscan Sister Therese Tackett, formerly Sister Mary Kenneth, died on Sept. 12 at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 90.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 21 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Therese was born on Oct. 22, 1931, in Bluefield, W.Va. She joined the Sisters of St. Francis on Sept. 8, 1948, and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1954. Sister Therese earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Marian University in Indianapolis, a master’s degree in education at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and a master’s degree in counseling at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

During 74 years as a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Sister Therese ministered in Catholic education for 28 years in Indiana, Ohio and Missouri. She later served as a guidance counselor at the Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Oldenburg, led a drug and alcohol awareness group in Oldenburg and Batesville, served as director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Evansville, Ind., and in various community and education programs in the Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky before returning to the motherhouse in 2010 and retiring from ministry a year later.

In the archdiocese, Sister Therese served at the former St. Francis de Sales School in Indianapolis from 1951-54, at Holy Name of Jesus School in Beech Grove from 1956-59 and at the Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Oldenburg from 1980-83.

Sister Helen is survived by a sister, Mary Kathryn Freshour of Knoxville, Tenn.

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

Carmelite Sister Mary Helen Nixon served as formator of novices in Terre Haute monastery

Carmelite Sister Mary Helen Nixon, a member of the Carmelite Monastery of St. Joseph in Terre Haute, died on Sept. 12 at the monastery. She was 84.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 17. Burial followed in the monastery cemetery.

Sister Mary Helen was born on May 15, 1938, in Carshalton, England, and was later a student at St. Philomena Convent School in England.

Sister Mary Helen discerned a call to the contemplative life and joined the Carmelite Monastery in Chichester, England, on Aug. 22, 1960. She was known there as Sister Mary Augustine. She professed vows as a Carmelite nun on May 1, 1962.

Sister Mary Helen was elected prioress of her community in 1992. Two years later, the community closed due to a lack of new members. The remaining nuns transferred to various other monasteries. As the prioress of the Chichester Monastery, Sister Mary Helen arranged for placing the nuns in monasteries of their choice. She then requested to transfer to the monastery in Terre Haute.

Sister Mary Helen served her new community in various capacities, including formator of novices and for many years as a member of the council of the monastery.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Monastery of St. Joseph, 59 Allendale, Terre Haute, IN 47802. †

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