March 10, 2006


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CALLAHAN, Edith Cecilia, 76, Annunciation, Brazil, Feb. 22. Mother of Casey DeHoney, Kelly and Samuel Callahan. Sister of Rita Freeman and Agatha Provoost. Grandmother of one.

COTTER, Pauline, 87, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Feb. 20. Mother of Harriet Irwin, Mark and William Cotter. Grandmother of three.

CURLEY, Elizabeth Kathleen, 59, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 22. Mother of Peggy Eaket, Lisa Graham and Christopher Curley. Sister of Maureen Piper and Martha Spellman. Grandmother of four.

DENTON, Paula J., 43, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 16. Mother of Sabrina Moore and Terry Denton. Sister of 15. Grandmother of four.

DIERCKMAN, Rosemary C., 76, St. Louis, Batesville, Feb. 25. Wife of Elmer Dierckman. Mother of Ellen Eckstein, Lola Fisher, Barb Kruthaupt, Linda, Lisa, Melanie, Bill, Bob, Dennis, Roger and Steve Dierckman. Sister of Anna Mae Erhart, Shirley, Alois and Floyd Doll. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of two.

FOHL, Martha J., 96, Holy Guardian Angels, Cedar Grove, Feb. 27. Sister of Ruth Fohl, Virginia Monroe, Carolyn Pratt and Frances Schuck.

HUNT, Elizabeth G. (Zwissler), 91, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Feb. 18. Mother of Barbara Stout and Nancy Waltz. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 10.

KRAFT, James D., 71, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Feb. 14. Husband of Sharon Karnes Kraft. Father of Vicki Cruz, Debi Feger, Terri Raley, Rebecca Reinhart, Gerald and James Kraft. Grandfather of 15.

KRUSE, Loretta E. (Roth), 90, St. Louis, Batesville, Feb. 28. Sister of Anna and Emma Roth.

LAMBERT, Frances M. (Perko), 88, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Feb. 12. Mother of Carole Barnaby, Deborah Lambert and Franciscan Brother Christopher Lambert. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of seven.

MARTIN, Lucy Mae, 100, St. Mary, New Albany, Jan. 5. Mother of Rose Marie (Martin) O’Neill. Grandmother of one.

MILLER, Joyce E., 29, St. Monica, Indianapolis, Feb. 28. Daughter of Howard and Rachel (Cody) Miller. Sister of Howard and John Miller. Granddaughter of Bettie Mae Cody and Cecil Miller.

MUNCHEL, Albert Joseph, 88, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 25. Father of Mark Munchel.

POHLAR, Annabel, 89, St. Bridget, Liberty, Feb. 21. Mother of Keith and Kenneth Pohlar. Sister of Thelma Hoff, Melvina Wiwi and Harold Dudley. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 12.

TREDWAY, Donald P., 82, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Feb. 23.

ZIMMER, Marguerite C., 87, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 22. Mother of Jay Zimmer. Sister of Frances Brant. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of four.

VERTREES, Shelby, 81, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, June 20, 2005. Husband of Laverne Vertrees. Stepfather of Dianne Wolfe.

Providence Sister Teresa Ann Callahan served as
a teacher and principal

Providence Sister Teresa Ann Callahan died on Feb. 19 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 89.

The Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Feb. 24 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed in the sisters’ cemetery at the motherhouse.

The former Helen Loretta Callahan was born on Jan. 8, 1917, in Chicago.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on July 16, 1934, professed first vows on Jan. 23, 1937, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1943.

During 71 years as a Sister of Providence, she taught and served as principal at Catholic schools staffed by the sisters in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.

Sister Teresa Ann ministered for 39 years in Illinois, including 22 years as a principal, and 12 years in Indiana.

In the archdiocese, Sister Teresa Ann taught at St. Joan of Arc School in Indianapolis in 1937, St. Philip Neri School in Indianapolis from 1937-42, the former St. Benedict School in Terre Haute from 1943-45, Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Indianapolis from 1948-51 and the former Holy Trinity School in New Albany from 1952-53.

Sister Teresa Ann retired to the motherhouse in 2002 and assisted with the sisters’ prayer ministry.

Surviving are a niece, Terry Cronin of N. Safety Harbor, Fla., and a nephew, Jesuit Father John Callahan of Kansas City, Mo.

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


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