January 20, 2006


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.

ADAMS, Nancy B. (Pierson), 62, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Dec. 23.

BOEHLE, Anthony T., 87, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Dec. 28. Husband of Dorothy (Lewis) Boehle. Father of Darlene Calvert, Leslie Flaherty, Judy Salts and Antoinette Susemichel. Grandfather of nine.

BOWMAN, Eva A., 73, Holy Family, New Albany, Dec. 24. Mother of Gregory Bowman. Sister of Helen Morris, Martha Woodward, Charles and Raymond Emery. Grandmother of two.

COX, James R., 78, St. Michael, Brookville, Dec. 25. Father of Dennis, Donald and Marvin Cox. Brother of Rose Marie Dula, Margaret Feller, Alta Jean Meier, Mary Alice Wilhelm, Donald, John, Louis, Richard and William Cox. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of four.

CHRISMAN, Jerome E., 69, St. Mary, Aurora, Dec. 29. Husband of Betty Chrisman. Father of June Navaro, Janelle, James, John and Joseph Chrisman. Brother of Dellene Arnold, Joyce Cook and Jean Swenger. Grandfather of two.

FLOCK, Marilyn A., 70, St. Joseph, Corydon, Nov. 12.

GARCIA, Alexis Daniel, infant, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 21. Son of Jose and Maria Garcia. Grandson of Hector Garcia.

GERSTUNG, Mary M., 92, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 25. Mother of Virginia Biagi, Kathryn Todd and Robin Gerstung. Grandmother of three.

GIBSON, Theresa (Winch), 98, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Dec. 26. Aunt of one.

GOUGH, Francis W., 84, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Jan. 6. Husband of Patty (Lewis) Gough. Father of Deborah Showalter and Sandy Lewis. Stepfather of Victoria Croumie. Brother of Betty Campbell and Barbara Sallee. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of seven.

HOGG, J. Bill, 77, St. Mary, Greensburg, Jan. 5. Husband of Sarah (Wallpe) Hogg. Father of Debra, Sherri, John and Terry Hogg. Stepfather of Larry Wolfe, Jason and Jeffrey Patterson. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of 10.

HUBERT, Leslie, 93, St. Paul, Tell City, Jan. 2. Mother of Nila, Lorna, Dale, Gary and Wayne Hubert. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 15.

KING, Helen Florence, 81, St. Bernadette, Indianapolis, Jan. 4. Wife of Kenneth King. Mother of Yvonne Grismore, Robyn Slye, Teresa Sullivan and Wanda Thompson. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of two.

KOCH, Stephen D., 44, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 1. Father of Joshua and Stephen Koch Jr. Son of Patricia Koch. Brother of Barbara Eaton, Patricia McCracken, Theresa, Paul and Robert Koch Jr.

METZGER, Matt F., 81, Sacred Heart, Jeffersonville, Dec. 13. Husband of Mary Metzger. Father of Jennifer Smith, Helen Pashich, David, Phillip and Richard Metzger. Grandfather of five.

MIDDLETON, Angela T., 85, St. Peter, Buena Vista, Dec. 12. Wife of William Middleton. Sister of Cammilla Ansert and Joan Chandler.

MONTGOMERY, John N., 73, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Dec. 29. Father of George Pierson. Brother of Carolyn Guidry, Norma Birdwell, Ronald and Stanley Montgomery.

NAVILLE, Teresa M., 78, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Dec. 30. Mother of Lois Endris, Marilyn Glotzbach, Carole Paris, Teresa Snyder and Joseph Naville Jr. Sister of Carole Bates, Katherine Fackler, Bernadine Wampler, Forrest and Jo Quinn. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 17.

NEWHART, Nicole Elizabeth, 23, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 20. Daughter of Diana Sims. Stepdaughter of Ron Sims. Sister of Ryan Newhart. Granddaughter of George Jr. and Sandra Newhart. Great-granddaughter of George and Ellen Newhart.

ORTMAN, Eugene, 81, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Jan. 4. Father of Debra Dicarlo and Eric Ortman.

PIKE, Daniel J., 55, Annunciation, Brazil, Dec. 20. Husband of Cindy (Kopacz) Pike. Father of Becky Glines, Stephanie Joy, Andy and Danny Pike. Son of Robert Pike. Brother of Janet Weir and David Pike. Grandfather of six.

PUTNAM, John Thomas, Sr., 67, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Jan. 5. Husband of Betty (Gardner) Putnam. Father of Michelle Huff, Shareen Klasing, Theresa Pritchard, Michel and Steven Putnam. Foster father of Kathy Miller, Danny and John Harbar. Brother of Sandra Althoff, Rita Kopernak and James Putnam. Grandfather of 16.

REECE, Barbara A., 74, Annunciation, Brazil, Dec. 19. Wife of Jack Reece. Mother of Catherine Kiefer and Monte Reece. Sister of Dolores Beaman, Anita Cary and William Murphy. Grandmother of five.

RINGO, David Joseph, 59, Annunciation, Brazil, Dec. 16. Husband of Mary Diann Ringo. Father of Jena and David Ringo. Brother of Kathryn Crosby and Dan Ringo. Grandfather of two.

ROBBINS, Steven M., 58, St. Gabriel, Indianapolis, Dec. 10. Husband of Barbara Robbins. Father of Susan Goodard, Bill Hergel, Stephanie Robbins, Gail and Kevin Lindsey. Brother of Becky Lloyd, Debbie, Kevin and Mark Robbins. Grandfather of five.

RUTHERFORD, Robert L., 75, St. Michael, Cannelton, Dec. 26. Husband of Mary Rutherford. Father of Susan Smith, Ann Sullivan and Jeff Rutherford. Brother of Helen Rutherford. Grandfather of five.

SAHM, Marie Dorothy (Armbruster), 83, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Dec. 27. Mother of Joanne Botkin, Mary Jo Perkins, Charles, Christopher, Lawrence, Michael, Paul and Victor Sahm. Sister of Virginia Toner, Joseph and Benedictine Father Julius Armbruster. Grandmother of 29. Great-grandmother of 16.

SANDERS, Anna Pearl, 75, Holy Angels, Indianapolis, Dec. 19. Mother of Patricia Ann Brown, Kim Reedus, Curtina Jo Sanders and William David Pippens II. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of three.

SCHEPERS, Judy K., 58, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Dec. 18. Wife of David Christopher Schepers. Mother of Mark Kleier and Matthew Schepers. Daughter of Nancy Franklin. Sister of Charles Franklin.

SHOEMAKER, Wilma Irene West, 84, Holy Name, Beech Grove, Dec. 10. Mother of Claudia Bruce, Paula Clark, Stacie Mays, Terese Miller, Constance Parsons, Anthony and Vincent Shoemaker. Sister of Theresa Cartright, Marjorie Morris, Francis. Morris and Richard West. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 23.

SINGER, Wilbur, 83, St. Joseph, St. Leon, Dec. 9. Husband of Alma Singer. Father of Linda Coyne, Melissa Reed, Diane Weber, David, Dennis and Ronald Singer. Brother of Leona Stenger and Ben Singer. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of six.

STEELE, Anna M., 93, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Dec. 21. Mother of Robert and William Steele. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of three.

STONEBERGER, Ruby E., 78, St. Mark, Indianapolis, Dec. 14. Wife of Harold Stoneberger.

STRANGE, Mary A., 85, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Dec. 15. Mother of Linda Clark, Karen Lindsay and Mark Strange. Sister of Frances Mahin. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of three.

TEKULVE, James C., 50, St. Louis, Batesville, Jan. 7. Husband of Susan (Raab) Tekulve. Father of Becky, Eric and Nick Tekulve. Brother of Bev Wehr, Steve Spencer, Bill, Bob and Jon Tekulve.

THORNTON, Maria E., 93, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Dec. 25. Mother of Maria and William Thornton. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of three.

URIBE, Gustavo A., 86, St. Mary, North Vernon, Jan. 5. Husband of Carmen (Saenz) Uribe. Father of Melly Apsley, Maria DeLordes Garrity and Sarah Loudermelk. Brother of Homer and Horacio Uribe. Grandfather of five. Great-granfather of three.

WAIZ, Eugene R., 82, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Dec. 24. Husband of Doris Waiz. Father of Randy, Richard, Ron and Todd Waiz. Brother of Delores Gelbach, Bill, Charles, Herbert, Joseph Jr. and Robert Waiz. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of two.

WESSELER, Cecilia M., 92, St. Mary, Greensburg, Dec. 23. Mother of Elvera Muckerheide, Barbara Retzner, Bernard, Cletus, Donald and Francis Wesseler. Sister of Antoinette Enneking, Alfreda Peters, Coletta Prickel, Delores Weisenbach, Alberta and Ferdinand Bedel. Grandmother of 21. Great-grandmother of 37. Great-great-grandmother of one.

WIESSLER, Margaret E., 81, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Dec. 25. Wife of John Wiessler. Mother of Shelley Anderson, Karen Finch-Taylor, Margaret Givens, Sandra Smith, Linda Wiessler-Hughes and J. Jeffrey Wiessler. Sister of Dorothy Gutekunst and Lee Spade. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of five.

WHITE, Kitti E., 50, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Dec. 17. Wife of Mark White. Mother of Nathan, Nicholas and Noah White. Daugher of Jane (Roach) Garner. Sister of Kelly Garner.

WIDOLFF, Rita, 84, St. Martin, Yorkville, Dec. 15. Mother of Joyce Herget, Jean Weber, Dale, Mark and Pat Widolff. Sister of Frank Ennis. Grandmother of seven.

YOUNTS, Suzanne M. (Nowaczyk), 59, St. Anne, New Castle, Dec. 6. Mother of Dawn Frazier and Lori McDonald. Sister of Carol Ann Garza, Mary Ann Relish, Joe and Mark Nowaczyk. Grandmother of six.

Providence Sister Louise Leary served as a teacher for 39 years

Providence Sister Lois Leary, also known as Sister Jerome, died on Jan. 2 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 86.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 6 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed in the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Louise Agnes Leary was born on Dec. 14, 1919, in Somerville, Mass.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on July 20, 1939, professed first vows on Jan. 23, 1942, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1948.

During 66 years as a Sister of Providence, Sister Louise taught at schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Hampshire for 39 years.

In the archdiocese, Sister Louise taught at the former St. Joseph School in Terre Haute from 1948-49 and Our Lady of the Greenwood School in Greenwood from 1957-60.

From 1981-83 and 1984-92, Sister Louise ministered as a homemaker in Malden, Mass.

In 2003, she returned to the motherhouse and participated in the sisters’ prayer ministry.

Surviving are two sisters, Winifred Nugent of Malden, Mass., and Mary Kwiatkowski of Chelsea, Mass., as well as one brother, Joseph Leary, of Melrose, Mass.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.

Benedictine Sister Francesca Brogan was a teacher from Indianapolis

Benedictine Sister Francesca Brogan, a longtime teacher and native of Indianapolis, died on Dec. 14 at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Ind. She was 78.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 17 at the monastery church in Ferdinand. Burial followed in the sisters’ cemetery.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1927, and grew up in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Indianapolis.

She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand in 1953, made her first profession of vows in 1955 and made her final profession of vows in 1958.

Sister Francesca celebrated the 50th anniversary of her monastic profession last August.

She taught at Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Ind.; the former St. Benedict College in Ferdinand; the former St. Ferdinand High School in Ferdinand; the former Academy Immaculate Conception/Marian Heights Academy in Ferdinand; and the Jasper Center at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Ind.

Sister Francesca also worked as an artist and ministered in support services at the monastery.

Surviving are two brothers, Robert Brogan of Marietta, Ga., and Thomas Brogan of Fishers, Ind., as well as several nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Benedict, Monastery Immaculate Conception, 802 E. Tenth St., Ferdinand, IN 47532. †


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