October 6, 2006


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DOYON, Patricia A., 70, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Sept. 16. Mother of Theresa Demers, Michele, Greg and Ronald Doyon. Sister of Jeanine Ruel. Grandmother of six.

EHLERS, Marcia Ann, 51, Holy Family, New Albany, Sept. 20. Sister of Grace Kulbitskas, David, Ed, Mike, Steve and Tony Ehlers.

GARTNER, Keith E., 44, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Sept. 17. Husband of Dolores (Kot) Gartner. Father of Gracie Ann Gartner. Stepfather of Tina Roberts and Kevin Lamb. Son of Dick and Jean Gartner. Brother of Rick Gartner.

GONZALES, Fidel J., Jr., 53, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Sept. 18. Husband of Brenda (Wolfe) Gonzales. Father of Christopher, Kelly and Patrick Gonzales. Son of Fidel Gonzales Sr. and Susanna Smith. Brother of Anna, Janie, Linda and Micky Gonzales. Grand-father of seven.

HARTMAN, Marjorie H., 84, St. Anthony, Morris, Sept. 17. Mother of Diane Hornbuckle, Jean Johnson, Rose Morton, Francis and Roger Hartman. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of seven.

HYDE, Jeffrey P., 48, St. Michael, Brookville, Sept. 16. Son of Jim and Eileen (Ortman) Hyde. Brother of Pam Barton and Brenda Dare. Uncle of nine.

MARSELLA, Ida M., 96, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis, Sept. 11. Mother of Jack and Frank Marsella. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 10.

McMURRAY, Joan Moulder, 75, St. Luke, Indianapolis, Sept. 19. Wife of Harry McMurray. Mother of Nancy Davis, Suzanne Kirschling, James and William McMurray. Sister of Ann Rau.

MITCHELL, Morris G., 94, St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, Sept. 13. Father of Charles and Mick Mitchell. Brother of Fred Mitchell. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of two.

READ, Edward G., 87, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Sept. 19. Husband of Margaret Read. Father of C. Gregory and Edward Read. Brother of Cleona Tonini and Doriz Zollner. Grandfather of two.

ROHM, Harriette L., 87, St. Luke, Indianapolis, Sept. 14. Mother of Teresa, Frank and John Rohm.

SMITH, Clifford J., 92, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Sept. 19. Brother of Evelyn Leidolf and Harold Smith.

WESTHEIDER, Madaline H., 86, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Sept. 8. Mother of Sue Ann Collins, Mary Ellen Nierlich and James Westheider. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 26.

WETTERER, Thomas, 76, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Sept. 2. Husband of Barbara (Dearing) Wetterer. Father of Martha Braunshausen, Bridget, Bruce, Julie and Tom Wetterer Jr. Brother of Robert Wetterer. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of one.

WILLIAMS, Mia, 3, St. Mary, Indianapolis, Sept. 16. Daughter of André Williams and Eva Avila. Sister of André Alem Williams. Granddaughter of Ismael and Zenaida Avila and Rodrick and Mae Williams.

WILSON, Florence A., 91, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Sept. 25. Mother of Shirley Dauenhauer and Larry King. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 12.

WOODSON, Ruby (Page), 95, St. Mary, Indianapolis, Aug. 26.

Franciscan Sister Louise Ann Rossi ministered as a teacher for 52 years

Franciscan Sister Louise Ann Rossi, formerly Sister Patricia Clare, died on Sept. 11 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, in Oldenburg. She was 77.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 14 at the motherhouse chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Louise Ann was born on June 10, 1929, in Middle-town, Ohio.

She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Feb. 1, 1948, and professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1954.

Sister Louise Ann served as a teacher for 52 years, ministering at St. Joseph School in Evansville, Ind., as well as at Catholic grade schools in Cincinnati and Middletown, Ohio.

In 2001, Sister Louise Ann retired to the motherhouse.

Surviving are a sister, Laura Brown of Indianapolis, and many nieces and nephews.

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

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