February 9, 2024


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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BROOKBANK, Robert G., 67, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Jan. 12. Husband of Angela Brookbank. Father of Molly Alderson, Jacob and Lucas Brookbank. Son of Gloria Stryker. Stepson of Bud Stryker. Brother of Jerry and Rob Brookbank. Grandfather of three.

CHEEK, Alice M., 87, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 17. Mother of Sharon Goffena, Lisa Smith and Michael Cheek. Sister of Emmitt Strull. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of four.

FERRARO, Nina Lou, 98, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis¸ Jan. 14. Mother of Dr. Maria Hayes and Cathy Merrell. Sister of Jack Dillon. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of four.

GRANDE, James E., 95, St. Michael, Greenfield, Dec. 13. Father of Rosemarie Kottlowski, Bernadette Von Essen, Maureen, David and Thomas Grande. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 23.

GRAY, Timothy W., 41, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Jan. 3. Husband of Kim Gray. Father of Ella, Layla and Nora Gray. Son of Timothy and Karen Gray.

GUERRINI, JoAnn A., 89, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Jan. 1. Mother of Maria Mercer, Michael and Nicholas Guerrini. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 11.

GUY, Barbara (Hohmann), 74, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Jan. 23. Mother of Alicia Borders, Jessica James and Brenna Smith. Sister of Lisa Ehrgott, Angie Hawkins, Linda and Michael Hohmann. Grandmother of eight.

HAMMER, Joan, 88, Annunciation, Brazil, Jan. 6. Mother of Karen Burk and Kevin Hammer. Sister of James Groves. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of seven.

HARRINGTON, Gerald R., 86, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Jan. 18. Husband of Mary Sue Harrington. Father of Sandra Gonczy, Dana Lehrter, Ryan Getz and John Harrington. Brother of Gladys Kazarim. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of six.

HAUCK, Robert C., 87, St. Catherine of Siena, Decatur County, Jan. 17. Husband of Charmaine Hauck. Father of Karen Baker, Darlene and Dianne Hauck. Brother of Marlene Smith and Jerry Hauck. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of five.

HENSON, Ann S. (Gerkin), 81, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Jan. 17. Mother of Cindy Watts and Shane Lovelace. Stepmother of Tina Amrhien and Margie Hunt. Sister of Emmy Gray and Sandi Miller. Grandmother of four.

HOFFMEIER, Joan C., 86, All Saints, Dearborn County, Jan. 19. Sister of Ellen Bulach and Betty Ripperger. Aunt of several.

HOYLAND, Marcia, 80, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Jan. 24. Wife of Richard Hoyland. Mother of Tracy and Rick Hoyland. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of one.

LAWLESS, Barbara L., 77, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Jan. 14. Wife of Robert Lawless. Mother of Kathryn and William Lawless. Sister of Marilyn Zelinga, Anita and Steve Moody. Grandmother of three.

MARTINEZ, Maria E., 76, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Jan. 6. Mother of Lydia, Armando and David Martinez. Sister of Alicia, Margarita, Yolanda and Jesus Ramirez. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of one. Great-great-grandmother of one.

MELBARDIS, Bronislava, 95, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Jan. 18. Mother of Astra Plucis and Andis Melbardis. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of four.

MERCIER, William, 87, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Jan. 24. Father of Dawn Anderson, Rhonda Glenn, Danielle Howard, Kim and Julia Smith, Jeanette VanWinkle and Billy Cornwell. Brother of Diane Frederickson. Grandfather of 23. Great-grandfather of 12.

NORRIS, Mary L., 82, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Nov. 27, 2023. Sister of Jane, Josephine, Ruth and Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Margaret Anne Norris. Aunt and great-aunt of several.

RATEKIN, Rex, 78, St. Mary, Rushville, Jan. 20. Father of Allana Edwards, Denis, Mark and Pete Ratekin. Brother of Anna Jean Graham and Linda Lamb. Grandfather of 10.

RILEY, Raymond F., 92, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Jan. 5. Husband of Barbara Gallagher. Father of Anne Marie Goedde, Cindy Rosswurm, Jeanne Watson, Dan and John Riley. Brother of William Riley. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of six.

ROSENBERGER, Larry, 84, St. Michael, Brookville, Jan. 21. Husband of Marilyn Rosenberger. Father of Buzz, Dan and Jeff Rosenberger. Brother of Carol Ferkinhoff, Linda Gillespie, Bernie and Kenneth Rosenberger. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of two.

RUTH, Paul D., 76, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Nov. 29. Husband of Patricia Ruth. Father of Jeffrey and Thomas Ruth. Brother of Mary Francis McElroy and Charles Ruth. Grandfather of four.

SIMMONS, Harry, 93, St. Joseph, Jennings County, Jan. 10. Father of Charlotte Hendrix, Brenda King, Elizabeth Kirchner, Lisa Martin, Melinda Schmidt, Sandra Stockman, Bonnie, Brad and Robert Simmons. Grandfather of 27. Great-grandfather of 34. Great-great-grandfather of three.

STEIGERWALD, H. Walter, 88, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, Jan. 16. Husband of Jinny Steigerwald. Father of Shauna, Christopher, Jeffrey, Mark, Timothy and Vincent Steigerwald. Grandfather of 17. Great-grandfather of four.

STOUT, Cheryl (Rude), 68, St. Ambrose, Seymour, Jan. 20. Sister of Carol Killion, Teresa Miranda, Richard and Robert Rude. Grandmother of two.

WAECHTER, Alan A., 76, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 17. Husband of Sue Waechter. Father of Matt and Zach Waechter. Brother of Rose Meyer, Marian Smith, Linda, Jim, John and Mark Waechter. Grandfather of two.

WOODS, Loralyn K., 55, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 9. Wife of Scott Woods. Mother of Mackenzie, Madison and Dillon Woods. Sister of Debbie Brewer, Marie Castetter, Shelley McCracken-Rania, Edward II and Patrick McCracken. Grandmother of two.

ZETZL, Robert S., 84, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Jan. 24. Father of Brian and Steve Zetzl. Brother of Linda Stewart, Alfred and Franciscan Father Ralph Zetzl. Grandfather of three. †

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