September 15, 2023


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BROMAGEN, Stephen, 76, St. Gabriel, Connersville, April 5. Brother of Kathleen Gregory, Mary Mertens, Ann Steinbrunner, Patricia Sterling, Anthony, Christopher and Timothy Bromagen. Uncle and great-uncle of several.

DURBIN, David, 93, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, July 27. Father of Patty Horan, Judy Lee, Carol Munsell, Kathleen Porter, Mary Sparks, Jean Thayer and Sylvia Zimmerman. Brother of Ruth Walsh and John Durbin. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of 12.

GLASGOW, Teresa, 75, Holy Family, New Albany, July 27. Wife of Alan Glasgow. Mother of Laura, Rebecca and Sarah Glasgow. Sister of Martha Russ, Dorothy Tidmore and Robert Hamilton.

GOLEY, Patricia, 82, Prince of Peace, Madison, Aug. 4. Sister of Jean DeVore, Ruth Dixon, Elizabeth Garrett, Mary Jo Jandosky, Bernie, Bob and Tom Ringwald. Aunt of several.

GRUNKEMEYER, Cletus F., 94, St. Anthony of Padua, Morris, July 27. Husband of Rose Marie Grunkemeyer. Father of Sandra Zeigler, Chris, Dale, Glenn, Randal, Roy and Steven Grunkemeyer. Brother of Rosella Billman. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of seven.

HAGEST, Sr., John R., 60, St. John Paul II, Sellersburg, July 28. Husband of Beverly Hagest. Father of Amber, John and Shawn Hagest. Brother of Linda Graf, Cindy Rudy and Sam Hagest. Grandfather of two.

HUGHES, Ruby, 96, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, July 25. Mother of Nancy Francavilla and James Hughes. Grandmother of two.

KENNEY, Norma, 91, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, July 29. Wife of Robert Kenney. Mother of Lynn Sherrow and Jeff Kenney. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 10.

LANDRY, Alma (Horn), 82, Prince of Peace, Madison, July 25. Wife of Robert Landry. Mother of Heather Kennedy, Deanna Stewart, Jonathan, Michael and Robert Landry. Sister of Anna Perkinson, Kenny Bruce, Jim and Ronald Horn. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of eight.

LASHER, Iola I., 90, St. Augustine, Leopold, July 20. Mother of Shirley Allard, Brian, Rodney and Todd Lasher. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 19.

LEPPERT, Pauline, 97, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, July 29. Aunt and great-aunt of several.

LESKOW, Joseph P., 87, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, July 22. Father of Susan Barr and Jennifer Brummett. Brother of Nellie Brown, Grace Kiesslind and Roland Leskow. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of 10.

LILLY, Ralph E., 92, Holy Family, New Albany, July 7. Husband of Juanita Lilly. Father of Evelyn Bostock, Donnie and Mike Lilly. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of six.

LUBER, Linda L., 76, St. Mary, Greensburg, Aug. 2. Sister of Mary Green and Robert Luber. Aunt, great-aunt and great-great-aunt of several.

MARTIN, Stephen L., 74, St. Mary, Rushville, May 6. Father of Jennifer and Stephen Martin. Brother of Becky Antonelli and Ginny Miller. Grandfather of three.

MCDONALD, Elizabeth, 95, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, July 19. Mother of Karen Lyons, Patty Rogers and Joe McDonald. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 19. Great-great-grandmother of one.

MOONEY, John, 96, Holy Family, New Albany, July 21. Husband of Marie Mooney. Father of Laura Meyer, Mary Ellen Routin, Jane Wease and Larry Mooney. Brother of Mary Kracha. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of 10.

OLGES, John L., 88, St. Joseph, Corydon, July 25. Husband of Mary Olges. Father of Lisa Cobb, Terri Harless, Susan Rizer, Mark and Michael Olges and John and Joe Rizer. Brother of Roberta Coomes, Ruth Fogle and Mary Murphy. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of nine.

PETERS, Susan K., 65, St. Mary, Greensburg, July 27. Wife of Eugene Peters. Sister of Sandra, David, Michael and William Shaw. Aunt and great-aunt of several.

PIERLE, Daniel J., 76, St. Roch, Indianapolis, July 21. Husband of Christine Pierle. Father of Regina Ashley, Angela Kraft, Daniel II and Matthew Pierle. Brother of LeeAnn Biggeman, Donna Wheeler, Gary and Michael Pierle. Grandfather of nine.

REDMON, Kathy M., 67, St. Peter, Harrison County, Aug. 5. Wife of John Redmon. Mother of Joshua and Stewart Redmon. Sister of Sandy Haller and Bruce Lockett. Grandmother of six.

SHOCK, Carl R., 94, St. Roch, Indianapolis, July 15. Husband of Joan Shock. Father of Cynthia Meier, Patrick and Thomas Shock. Brother of Doris Cline and Shirley Melvin. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of six.

SHUMATE, Rita M., 67, St. Mary, Lanesville, July 30. Mother of Dr. Ashley and Jason Shumate. Sister of Mary Rose Block, Theresa Savage, Charles and John Sell.

SLOWEY, Grace, 90, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, July 22. Stepmother of Bill, Dave and John Slowey. Aunt of several.

SMUCK, Richard M., 89, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, July 29. Husband of Kay Smuck. Father of Elizabeth Graham, Jennifer Smith and Kristopher Smuck. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of two.

SPELLMAN, Sr., Michael T., 78, Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, July 14. Father of Rebecca Mourning, Deborah Perr and Michael Spellman. Brother of Edwin Spellman. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of one.

STACEY, James R., 84, St. Mary, Navilleton, July 19. Father of Marisa Rowe and Erick Stacey. Brother of Connie, Sally, David, Nett and Roger Stacey. Grandfather of seven.

STENGER, Ruth F., 91, All Saints Parish, Dearborn County, July 25. Wife of Jake Stenger. Mother of Terri Gardner, Lynn Hertel and Jerry Stenger. Sister of Carrol and Wilfred Gramman. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of four.

SWEENEY, Rosemary A., 89, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Aug. 1. Mother of Jeanne Bowling, Kathleen Helderman, Jim, Michael and Rob Sweeney. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.

VICIAN, Edwin B., 89, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, July 16. Father of Michael Vician. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of one.

WARD, Patricia J., 64, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Aug. 5. Sister of Charles Ward.

YOUNG, Yolanda, 72, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, July 30. Mother of Sonya, Tonya, David, Jr., and Eric Mulkey. Stepmother of Josh Young. Sister of Mary Painter, Annie Urick and John Sercer, Jr. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of one.

Benedictine Sister Marie Oliger served in Catholic schools for 41 years

Benedictine Sister Marie Oliger (formerly Sister Frances Mae), a founding member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, died on July 25 at the Envive of Beech Grove in Beech Grove. She was 97.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 29 at the Monastery Chapel at Our Lady of Grace. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Marie was born on Jan. 24, 1926, in North Vernon. She entered Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Ind., in 1944, professed first vows on June 30, 1946, and perpetual vows on Aug. 10, 1949. She later became a founding member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery.

Sister Marie earned a bachelor’s degree in education at the former St. Benedict College in Ferdinand and a master’s degree in education at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

During her 77 years of vowed religious life, Sister Marie ministered for 41 years in Catholic schools across central and southern Indiana. In the archdiocese, she served at the former St. Paul School in Tell City from 1954-57, at

St. Mary-of-the-Knobs School from 1957-61 and 1974-89, at St. Bartholomew School in Columbus from 1961-62, at the former St. Mark School in Perry County from 1962-65 and in Indianapolis at St. Barnabas School from 1965-66 and 1968-74 and at Christ the King School from 1966-68.

Sister Marie is survived by a sister, LaVerne Newcome of Las Cruces, N.M.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Retired Sisters’ Fund, in care of Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107 or online at †

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