March 3, 2023


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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BACK, Virginia F., 81, All Saints Parish, Dearborn County, Feb.13. Mother of Kristie Gabbard, Kay Johnson, Karen Lozier and Kevin Back. Sister of Marcie Schutte. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.

CASTNER, Betty, 92, St. John the Baptist, Osgood, Jan. 12. Mother of Mary Beth, Craig, Greg, Tim and Todd Castner. Sister of Donna Siebert. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of nine.

CONSTANTINE, Michael L., 83, St. Mary of the Knobs, Floyd County, Feb. 18. Husband of Vivian Constantine. Father of Jill Aemmer, Karen Davis-Powers, Cheryl Martin, Elizabeth Miller and Hollee Smith. Brother of Susan O’Grady. Grandfather of 13.

ETIENNE, Francis, 66, St. Augustine, Leopold, Jan. 25. Husband of Rita Etienne. Father of Natilie Wais and Matthew Etienne. Brother of Donna Bruggeman, Margie Edwards, Ruth Ory, Monia Richard, Doyle, Fred, Justin and Phil Etienne. Grandfather of four.

GADDIE, Barbara Y., 80, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Feb. 12. Mother of Andrea Gaddie Bartlett, Heather Gaddie Contee and Brian Gaddie.

GRONEFIELD, Catherine (Decker), 90, All Saints Parish, Dearborn County, Feb. 15. Mother of Linda Bedel, Brenda Collier, Debbie Miller, Deacon Bob, Jim, John and Ron Decker. Sister of Janice Wagner. Grandmother of 24. Great-grandmother of 51. Great-grandmother of one.

HEIDENREICH, Dolores, 93, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Feb. 12. Wife of William Heidenreich. Mother of Amy Bova, Teresa Boyd, Mary Bradley, Mary Davis, Kathy Erb, Julie Ford, Becky Gorman, Donna Lannan, Joanna Nevitt, Suzie O’Hara, Anna Marie, Paul and William Heidenreich and John, Tim and Tom Lannan. Grandmother of 53. Great-grandmother of 77.

MILLER, Walter, 93, St. Peter, Harrison County, Feb. 12. Husband of Juanita Miller. Father of Denise Hubert, Diane Metz, Donna Withers and Doug Miller. Brother of Catherine Miller. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 10.

PARAISO, Virginia, 94, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Feb. 15. Mother of Marie Antoinette, Marie Fidela, Michelle and Sandra. Sister of Josefina, Leticia, Roman and Sergio. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of four.

SCHROEDER, William D., 67, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Feb. 13. Father of Rosalyn, Sterline Schroeder and Todd McCutcheon. Brother of Sheila Bennett and John Schroeder.

SERBAN, William, 79, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Feb. 7. Father of Beth Thrasher, Trisha White and Jason Serban. Stepfather of Chuck Newkirk. Grandfather of nine. Step-grandfather of three. Step-great-grandfather of one.

SPAETH, Bernard J., 90, St. Mary, Rushville, Jan. 25. Father of Constance Amos, Eileen Clemons, Jennifer Hoeing, Ann Robben,

Patricia Schultz, Regenia Sutter, Bernard, Charles, David, James, Michael, Richard and William Spaeth. Brother of Mary Barr, Louis and Robert Spaeth. Grandfather of 50. Great-grandfather of 52.

SULLIVAN, Maureen, 70, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Feb. 11. Wife of William Mattingly III. Mother of Charles, Daniel, Peter and William Mattingly IV. Daughter of Agnes Sullivan. Grandmother of 13.

WITTE, Sherry, 74, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, Feb. 11. Mother of Karen King, Angela Voiles and Matthew Witte. Sister of Jeannette Wilson and Jerry Roddy. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of two.

Brother Howard Studivant served in Indianapolis parishes and schools

Brother Howard Studivant, who was affiliated with the former Benedictine St. Maur Priory in Indianapolis, died on Feb. 19. He was 87.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 24 at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Brother Howard was born on Sept. 16, 1935, in Faunsdale, Ala. He came to Indianapolis in his life with the St. Maur Priory community. St. Maur was founded in South Union, Ky., in 1947 as a racially integrated monastic community. It moved to Indianapolis in 1967 and closed in 2001.

In Indianapolis, Brother Howard served as sacristan at the cathedral and at St. Rita Parish and as a bus driver for Holy Angels School and the former St. Rita School. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish, the Knights of Peter Claver and the Knights of Columbus.

Brother Howard is survived by his sisters, Pauline Washington of Birmingham, Ala., and Rhondria Young of Montgomery, Ala. †

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