July 7, 2006


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BARNHORST, William R., 89, St. Louis, Batesville, June 26. Father of Janet Meyer, Robert and William Barnhorst. Grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of seven.

BELDING, James A., 77, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, June 22. Husband of Joan Belding. Father of Brian, Christopher, Samual and T. Matthew Belding. Brother of Wilma Jean Wright. Grandfather of seven.

CILLIAN, Leonard J., 81, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, June 17. Father of Terri Alford, Theresa Lee and Joseph Cillian. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of one.

ELKIN, Robert M., 68, St. Philip Neri, Indianapolis, June 19. Father of Ruthanne Eaton, Teresa LeBeau, John, Joseph and Ronald Elkin. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of three.

HARRIS, Rick J., 58, St. Roch, Indianapolis, June 14. Father of Brian and Rick Harris II. Son of Mary Elizabeth Sink. Brother of Nancy Johnson and Larry Harris. Grandfather of four.

HEADY, Derald E., 78, St. Matthew, Indianapolis, June 16. Husband of Mary Heady. Father of Deborah Evans, Martha Heady-Messman and David Heady. Brother of Janett Boling and Gwendolyn Meurer. Grandfather of three.

KING, Nancy Katherine, 76, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, June 21. Wife of Arthur D. King. Mother of Kathryn, J. Kevin and Peter King. Sister of Rosemary Gazitua. Grandmother of three.

KNARZER, Joseph L., 65, St. Agnes, Nashville, June 14. Husband of Pat (Minahan) Knarzer. Father of Michael Knarzer. Son of Lola Belle (Sims) Knarzer. Brother of Phyllis King and Thomas Knarzer. Grandfather of one.

LOEW, Dorothy D., 95, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, June 16.

MINTA, John H., 65, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, June. 1. Brother of Anne Minta Noler, Peter and Thomas Minta.

McCALL, Richard H., 72, Sacred Heart, Indianapolis, June 17. Husband of Margaret McCall. Father of Teresa Horsley, Pamela Martin, Sherry Moore, Angela Petit, Suzanne Sopotnick, David, Mike and Timothy McCall. Grandfather of 18. Great-grandfather of nine.

MYERS, James Lee, 50, Christ the King, Indianapolis, June 23. Son of Marilyn (Farrell) Myers. Brother of Daniel Myers.

RAY, Petrina, 89, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, June 6. Mother of Anna Lang and Anthony Ray. Sister of Santina Gallamore, Rose Polk, Ann Squillace, Joseph, Michael Jr. and Paul Bova. Grandmother of five.

REYNOLDS, Dorothy, 89, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, June 19. Mother of Patricia Lewis-McManus. Sister of Dr. James Constantine. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of five.

ROTH, Emma C., 92, St. Louis, Batesville, June 22. Sister of Anna Roth.

ROUNTREE, David, 78, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, June 2. Father of Sue Lewis and Kathleen Koike. Grandfather of eight.

ROWEKAMP, Melvin K., 72, St. Gabriel, Connersville, June 18. Stepfather of Laura Shoemaker and John Foster. Brother of Harold Rowekamp. Step-grandfather of three.

SCHAEFER, Genevieve, 88, St. Paul, Tell City, June 21. Mother of Mary Basham, Bill, Dr. Charles, Kenny and Raymond Schaefer. Sister of Martha Long and Rose Bredemeyer. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of three.

SCHLICK, Martha A., 93, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, June 19. Mother of Ailene, David and John Schlick. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 11.

SEWARD, Mary H., 76, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, June 18. Mother of Deborah Cahill. Grandmother of three.

TORBECK, Lucille M., 85, Mary, Queen of Peace, Danville, May 27. Mother of Richard and Thomas Torbeck. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of one.

Providence Sister Mary Aileen Minta
taught at Catholic schools for 52 years

Providence Sister Mary Aileen Minta died on June 24 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 86.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 28 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Elizabeth Jane Minta was born on Dec. 25, 1919, in Indianapolis.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 2, 1939, professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1941, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

During 67 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as a teacher for 52 years at Catholic grade schools and high schools in Indiana, Illinois and Massachusetts.

Sister Mary Aileen taught at Catholic grade schools for 22 years, and taught English and Biology classes at Catholic high schools for 30 years.

In the archdiocese, Sister Mary Aileen taught at the former Holy Trinity School in New Albany from 1953-55, St. Joan of Arc School in Indianapolis from 1955-61 and Our Lady of Providence Jr./Sr. High School in Clarksville from 1968-75.

Sister Mary Aileen also taught at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis for 16 years, from 1975-78. From 1992-94, she served as librarian at Our Lady of the Greenwood School in Greenwood.

She returned to the motherhouse in 1994 and ministered at the Providence Center Gift Shop as well as in health care and residential services during her retirement years. In 2001, she began her ministry of prayer with the senior sisters.

Surviving are many nieces and nephews. Msgr. John J. Minta, one of her brothers, died on Aug. 31, 2003.

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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