March 17, 2006


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ABEL, Margaret Theresa, 93, St. Luke, Indianapolis, Feb. 27. Mother of Sharon Lee, Donald, Frederick and Gerald Abel. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of six.

CROSSEN, Todd Michael, 21, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Feb. 22. Son of Scott and Lori Crossen. Brother of Mark and Matthew Crossen. Grandson of Pete and Peggy Apple.

GRUNER, Charlotte G., 88, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, March 3. Wife of Kenneth Gruner. Mother of Patricia Pittman. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 11. Great-great-grandmother of two.

HOMBURG, Charles F., 82, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, March 6. Husband of Esther (Smith) Homburg. Father of Jane Holmer and Robert Homburg. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of two.

KIEFER, George H., 87, St. Mary, North Vernon, March 3. Husband of Ruby (Morgan) Kiefer. Father of Peggy Cheesebrew and George Kiefer Jr. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of 15. Great-great grandfather of one.

LEPPERT, David W., 63, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Feb. 22. Husband of Cynthia (Stephenson) Leppert. Father of Katherine Kirkham, Charles and J. Dustin Leppert. Brother of Donald Leppert.

LOPEZ, TARA Lynn (Tate), 31, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Feb. 28. Wife of Santiago Lopez. Mother of Chelsea Lafferty and Luis Alejandro Lopez. Daughter of Charles and Ruth Ellen Tate. Sister of Leah, Molly and Brent Tate.

LUESSE, Martha J., 84, St. Louis, Batesville, March 6. Mother of Sandy Sims, June Smith, Robert and Steve Luesse. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of three.

MURPHY, Louis, 86, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Feb. 17. Husband of Joyce Murphy. Father of Carolyn Ferguson, Dilla Lopp, Donna Naville, Patsy Wright, Michael Murphy and Tom Pickett. Brother of Thelma Caudill, Bertha Diekrich, Margaret Gillespie and Mary Mahon.

NGUYEN, Chat Van, M.D., 73, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Feb. 4. Father of Dr. Huey and Dr. Van Nguyen. Brother of Hao, Ve, Hoang and Phac Nguyen. Grandfather of six.

POLLITT, Susan K. (Bullard), 60, St. Gabriel, Connersville, March 3. Sister of Ellen Dixon, Janice Huston, Raetta and Peter Bullard.

RIEHLE, Gerald, 46, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, March 9. Husband of Diane Riehle. Father of Angela, Kristen and David Riehle. Brother of Janet, Lois and Rita Rauch, Lawrence and Richard Riehle.

WHEATLEY, Robert Joseph, Jr., 54, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Feb. 17. Husband of Susan (Vettes) Wheatley. Father of Aren Capps and Craig Wheatley. Son of Dorothy (Smith) Wheatley. Brother of Jan, Jane, Bob, David, Gary and Gene Wheatley. Grandfather of two.

WILSON, Kenneth H., 73, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Feb. 25. Husband of Jane (Caffrey) Wilson. Father of Jeanne Milan, Julie Nash, James and Michael Wilson. Grandfather of six. †

Benedictine Sister M. Edith Hohl taught at schools in southern Indiana

Benedictine Sister M. Edith Hohl, a member of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Ind., in the Evansville Diocese, died on March 2 at St. Joseph Hospital in Huntingburg, Ind. She was 82.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 4 at the Monastery Immaculate Conception Church in Ferdinand. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Margaret Hohl was born on Oct. 4, 1923, in St. Henry, Ind.

She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand in 1947 from St. Henry Parish in St. Henry. She made her first profession of vows in 1949 and her final profession of vows in 1952.

Sister M. Edith taught at St. Joseph School, Holy Rosary School and Holy Redeemer School, all in Evansville, Ind.; as well as at Catholic schools in Boonville, Ind.; Elberfeld, Ind.; Rockport, Ind.; Haubstadt, Ind.; Hawesville, Ky.; and Norco, Calif.

She served as director of religious education at St. Ferdinand Parish in Ferdinand and St. Henry Parish in St. Henry, where she also ministered as pastoral associate. She also taught religious education at parishes in Schnellville, Ind.; St. Anthony, Ind; and Ferdinand.

Sister M. Edith is survived by two sisters, Benedictine Sister Mary Lois Hohl, a member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, and Sophia Davis Taylor of Evansville, Ind., as well as one brother, Leo Hohl of St. Henry, and several nieces and nephews.

Contributions in memory of Sister M. Edith may be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Monastery Immaculate Conception, 802 E. 10th St., Ferdinand, IN 47532. †

Franciscan Sister Antoinette Marie Manus died on March 6 at age 100

Franciscan Sister Antoinette Marie Manus died on March 6 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, in Oldenburg. She was 100.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 9 at the motherhouse chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Elizabeth Manus was born on July 22, 1905, in New Albany.

She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Aug. 15, 1921, and professed her final vows on July 26, 1927.

Sister Antoinette Marie taught at Catholic grade schools for 53 years.

In the archdiocese, she taught at St. Mary School in Rushville, St. Louis School in Batesville, St. Vincent de Paul School in Bedford, St. Mary School in Greensburg, the former Holy Trinity School in Indianapolis, St. Gabriel School in Connersville, St. Mary School in New Albany, the former St. Mary School in Lanesville, St. Andrew School in Richmond and St. Michael School in Brookville.

Sister Antoinette Marie also taught at Catholic schools in the Evansville Diocese as well as in Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky.

In 1985, Sister Antoinette Marie retired to the motherhouse, where she served in retirement ministry.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036. †

Providence Sister Angela Louise Schwartz taught school for 39 years

Providence Sister Angela Louise Schwartz died on March 1 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 78.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 4 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Elizabeth Catherine Schwartz was born on Jan. 12, 1928, in Evansville, Ind.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on July 21, 1946, professed first vows on Jan. 23, 1949, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1954.

During 59 years as a Sister of Providence, Sister Angela Louise taught at Catholic schools staffed by the sisters in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland and the District of Columbia for 39 years.

In the archdiocese, Sister Angela Louise taught at the former Annunciation School in Brazil from 1952-53 and 1954-58, St. Philip Neri School in Indianapolis from 1958-63, the former St. Catherine School in Indianapolis from 1963-68 and St. Michael School in Greenfield from 1968-69.

In 1989, Sister Angela Louise returned to the motherhouse, where she ministered in health care services. She served as director and coordinator of activities from 1989-98, as an activity department staff member from 1998-2002, and as a ministry of care volunteer from 2002-05. In 2005, she began a ministry of prayer.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

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


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