May 5, 2006


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BEDEL, Rita R., 83, St. Anne, Hamburg, April 22. Mother of Marilyn Freyer, Edith Lecher, Carolyn Rennekamp, Ambrose, Anthony, Mark, Maurice, Paul, Robert and Thomas Bedel. Sister of Joseph Bunyard and Mary Abplanalp. Grandmother of 47. Great-grandmother of 27.

BRADFORD, Laura F. (Gunther), 94, St. Mary, New Albany, April 14. Mother of Mary Ann Bradford and Polly Keach. Grandmother of three. Step-grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of seven. Step-great-grandmother of seven.

BRUHN, Donald J., 77, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, April 20. Husband of Rosie Bruhn. Father of Rita Roush, Jean Stubbs, David, Donald II and Thomas Bruhn. Brother of Betty Lou Carlile. Grandfather of seven.

BUNKER, Sandy, 53, St. Andrew, Richmond, April 15. Wife of Jesse Bunker. Mother of Stephanie Juday. Sister of Becky Dorsey, Cindy Hall, Linda Smith, Allen and Don Stolle. Grandmother of one.

BURNETT, Rosemary E., 88, St. Mark, Indianapolis, April 14. Mother of Rosalie Richards. Sister of Lucille Roth. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of three.

BUTLER, Linda J., 66, St. Jude, Indianapolis, April 13. Wife of Charles Butler. Mother of Nancy Lowery, Cathy Norman, Jerry, Rick and Tony Butler. Sister of Dennis, Patrick and Timothy O’Neill. Grandmother of 10.

CIRILLO, Joseph A., 82, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, April 15. Husband of Barbara (Divine) Cirillo. Father of Marla Pate, David, Joseph, Michael, Robert and Rock Cirillo. Stepfather of Cynthia Kepler and Douglas Divine. Brother of Genevieve Falcone. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of five.

COSTELLO, Leo F., 87, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, April 4. Father of Joan Schiener, Patricia, Robert and Thomas Costello. Brother of Catherine Black, Irene Quinn and William Costello. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of three.

CROCKETT, Cindy, 53, St. Jude, Indianapolis, April 22. Wife of Randy Crockett. Mother of J.D. Reuter. Daughter of Alice Crockett. Sister of Pamela and David Crockett.

DARGIE, William, 68, St. Andrew, Richmond, April 15. Husband of Janice Dargie. Father of Renita Baumer and Gregory Dargie. Brother of Joan Doerflein, Lorraine Fitzgibbons, Audrey Hoffenbacher, Lillian Richardson and Robert Dargie. Grandfather of two. Step-grandfather of two. Step-great-grandfather of six. Step-great-great-grandfather of one.

DeWEES, Foster E., Jr., 60, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, April 12. Sister of Diane Hall, Debbie Roudis and Terry DeWees.

DICK, Jane L. (Lewis), 60, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, April 12. Mother of Cindy Downton Mefford. Daughter of Wilbert White Jr. Sister of Charlotte Bennet, Debra Bischoff Reynolds and Wilbert White. Grandmother of nine.

DOWLING, Joan T., 78, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, April 12. Mother of Diane Dugan, Danny, David, Dennis and Doug Dowling. Sister of Lillian and Joseph Lyons. Grandmother of four.

DUH, Anthony L., 77, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, April 17. Father of Catherine Wiley, Anthony, Frank, Joseph and Thomas Duh. Brother of Frances Barnett, Rose Nickoloff, Sophie and Joseph Duh. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of two.

FARREN, Bridget T., 89, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, April 15. Mother of Mary Atelski, Bridget, Neil and Owen Farren. Grandmother of 12.

FEDERLE, Agnes, 91, St. Louis, Batesville, April 20. Mother of Dorothy and Daniel Federle. Sister of Dolores Roell.

FISHER, George F., 83, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, April 18. Father of Sue Coleman, Beth Davis, CeeCee Kaylor, Maggie White and Stephen Fisher. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of one.

FOLMER, Lois, 80, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, April 20. Wife of Bill Folmer. Father of Linda Edwards, JoAnn McPherson, Shari Mundy and William Folmer III. Sister of Merce Humbert and Juanita Schloemer. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of one.

FOSSI, John E., 78, Sacred Heart, Clinton, April 17. Husband of Lucia Fossi. Brother of Delcie Meyer.

FOX, Rita A., 85, St. Paul, New Alsace, April 11. Mother of Rita Booker, Virginia Graf, Mary Rose Perkins, Irene Stenger, Irvin and Russell Fox. Grandmother of 23. Great-grandmother of 34. †

Benedictine Sister Vincetta Wethington
helped found Beech Grove monastery

Benedictine Sister Vincetta Wethington died on April 8 at St. Paul Hermitage in Beech Grove, where she was a resident. She was 84 and was a founding member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 11 at Our Lady of Grace Monastery Chapel in Beech Grove. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Zelma Marie Wethington was born on Sept. 16, 1921, in Clementsville, Ky.

She entered the Monastery Immaculate Conception at Ferdinand, Ind., in the Evansville Diocese, in 1940 then made her perpetual monastic profession in 1945.

Sister Vincetta transferred to Our Lady of Grace Monastery and became a founding member.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at the former St. Benedict College in Ferdinand and a master’s degree in education at St. Louis University in St. Louis.

Sister Vincetta taught at the former St. Martin of Tours School in Siberia and at the former St. Paul School in Tell City. She also served as a teacher at the former Our Lady of Grace Academy in Beech Grove and at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis.

After retiring from teaching, Sister Vincetta was instrumental in helping the Sisters of St. Benedict establish the physical therapy department at St. Paul Hermitage. She ministered in the monastery’s health care area until her retirement in 1981.

Surviving are a brother, Philip Wethington; two sisters, Geraldine Wethington and Mary Frances Wethington; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Senior Sisters’ Retirement Fund, Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107. †


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