October 20, 2006


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FLOREANCIG, Barbara J., 74, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Sept. 24. Mother of Becky Quillen. Daughter of Mildred Jones. Grandmother of two.

FOERDERER, Robert, 90, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Oct. 2. Husband of Helen Foerderer. Father of Patricia Brooks, Helen Gossert and Jane Waldon. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two.

FRANTZ, Virginia Ann, 82, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Oct. 6. Mother of Margie Downey, Nancy Sammuli, Stephen and Thomas Frantz. Sister of James Shiffler. Grandmother of three.

FRENCH, Carole Marie, 66, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Oct. 1. Wife of William French. Mother of Jennifer Hilcz. Grandmother of two.

GULLANS, Betty L., 79, Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Oct. 10. Mother of Nancy Sluder, David and Gary Gullans. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of five.

HACKER, James Michael, 46, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Oct. 6. Father of Amber, Lynn, Joseph and Richard Hacker. Son of James R. Hacker and Carolyn Sabean. Brother of Sharon Peoples, John and Thomas Hacker. Grandson of Catherine Schmidt. Grandfather of four.

HAYDOCK, Theora M., 79, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Sept. 1. Wife of Robert Haydock. Mother of Denise Rose. Sister of Mary Ellen Cox, Harriett Scheidt and Wanda Vance. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one.

HUTT, Beth Ann, 30, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indian-apolis, Oct. 3. Daughter of Tom and Betty Hutt.

LEARDI, Ilene Alma (Cunningham), 75, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Oct. 7. Wife of Eugene Leardi. Mother of Bonnie Halsey, Lisa Sharp, Jack and Kenneth Potts, and John and Richard Leardi. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of five.

MARION, Margaret, 92, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Sept. 17. Mother of Vickie Newkirk. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of one.

MARKS, Mildred, 90, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, Sept. 26. Mother of Maria Hardy.

MASCARI, John A., Sr., 82, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Oct. 1. Husband of Rose Mascari. Father of Anne, Elizabeth and John Mascari II. Brother of Josephine Kretzer, Frank and Thomas Mascari. Grandfather of one.

McCONAHAY, Richard L., 82, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Oct. 6. Brother of Theresa Meyer, Charlotte Scheibelhut and Robert McConahay.

McCORKEL, Benjamin Louis, infant, St. Maurice, St. Maurice, Oct. 5. Son of Colby and Beth McCorkel. Brother of Brandon McCorkel. Grandson of Leonard and Jayne Grisswold and Louis and Catherine Mauer.

MECKES, Judith Anne, 77, St. Mary, Rushville, Sept. 25. Mother of Eric and Mark Meckes. Sister of Julian Myers. Grandmother of two.

MENDEZ, Teresa, 87, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, Sept. 26. Mother of Sandra Switzer.

PICKHARDT, Annabelle Lee, 83, Holy Family, New Albany, Sept. 20. Mother of Patricia Goodwin, Cynthia Hertog, Mitsi Paquette, and Kathleen and Kristopher Pickhardt. Sister of Mary Helen Sarli. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of four.

POFF, Catherine, 95, St. Joseph, Sellersburg, Oct. 7. Mother of Mary Ann Reed, Kathleen Wesson, Bernard, Dennis, James and Conventual Franciscan Father Pius Poff. Grandmother of 21. Great-grandmother of 31. Great-great-grandmother of two.

RIGSBY, James, 67, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Oct. 6. Husband of Anne (Bushinger) Rigsby. Father of Debra Darley, Deanna Ford and James Rigsby. Brother of Dorothy Mock and Arnold Rigsby. Grandfather of seven.

RISCH, Stella S. (Misiniec), 85, St. Rose of Lima, Franklin, Sept. 29. Mother of Judy McGinnis and Sharon Nolting. Sister of Kate DeNeen, Anna Misiniec and Agnes Schludecker. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of three.

ROELL, Dolores H., 79, St. Louis, Batesville, Sept. 27. Mother of Pat Meer, Mary, Carl, Jerry, Louis and Stanley Roell. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of one.

RUSSELL, Paul E., 69, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 30. Husband of Dorothy M. Russell. Father of Georgia Hodge, Frances Vaughn, Jane Sheese, Mary, David and Robert Russell. Brother of Mary McKnight, Martha Zufhall and Max Russell. Grandfather of 12.

SCHICKEL, Mark C., 43, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Oct. 9. Son of Kenneth and Judith Schickel. Brother of Leslie Routh, Lynne Yander, James, John and Kenneth Schickel.

SCHOETTLE, Dorothy M. (Hemmer), 100, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Oct. 4. Mother of Patricia Farrell and Loretta Morey. Sister of Mildred Birch and Bernadette Yoder.

SHIPLEY, Maria T. (Boso), 51, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Oct. 1. Mother of Elizabeth, Jennifer, Edward and Joseph Shipley. Daughter of Mary (McGuire) Boso. Sister of Catherine, Molly and Casper Boso.

SMITH, Lucile B., 85, St. Matthew, Indianapolis, Oct. 2. Sister of Lillian Gelinas. Aunt of two.

STILES, Betty, 55, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 21. Wife of Wayne Stiles. Mother of Kerri Zuelly, Derrick and John Stiles. Daughter of Evelyn (Hagedorn) LeClere. Sister of Mary Daum, Delores Goffinet, Rita Jo Holtzman, Jean Schulthise, Bernard, Jim, John and Rick LeClere. Grandmother of five.

TEBBE, Kathryn A., 89, St. Mary, Greensburg, Oct. 7. Mother of Mary Malone, Judy Nobbe, Dennis, James and Stanley Tebbe. Grandmother of 20. Great-grandmother of 26. Great-great-grandmother of one.

TRAUNER, Bernard J., 81, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Sept. 21. Husband of Clara (Canales) Trauner. Father of Kathleen Bates, Elizabeth Brodnik, Nancy Davis, Phyllis Marlar, Clara Powell, Jeanne, Margaret, Marilyn, Bernard II, Eric, James, Robert and William Trauner. Brother of Angeline Beach. Grandfather of 31.

ULRICH, James A., 72, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cambridge City, Sept. 29. Father of Amy Foster, Pablo Leguina, Lisa Mack and Thomas Ulrich. Brother of Marilyn Seamons, Don and Larry Ulrich. Grandfather of three.

WARDELL, Rita Ann, 74, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Terre Haute, Sept. 14. Sister of T. Chernay and C. Hovey.

WEIGEL, Mildred B., 94, St. Louis, Batesville, Oct. 2. Mother of Diane Indriksons. Aunt of several.

WHITE, Elza E., 77, St. Michael, Brookville, Oct. 3. Husband of Fannie (Garofola) White. Father of Judith Sparks, Richard and William White. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of seven.

WISSEL-YAGER, Ruth E., 74, St. Mary, Rushville, Sept. 30. Wife of Henry E. Yager. Mother of Judy Bambach, Mary DePaoli, Jeff, Stephen and Tom Wissel. Stepmother of Betty Anthony, Ann Koors, Janet Litmer, Don, James, Jerry and Paul Yager. Grandmother of 37. Great-grandmother of seven.

Providence Sister Alice Clare Kuper taught at grade schools, high schools

Providence Sister Alice Clare Kuper died on Sept. 30 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 87.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 5 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Mary Alice Kuper was born on April 9, 1919, in Terre Haute.

She entered the congregation on Jan. 11, 1936, professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1938, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1944.

During 70 years in the order, Sister Alice Clare taught at Catholic schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Massa-chusetts. She taught grade school classes for 22 years and high school classes for 15 years.

In the archdiocese, Sister Alice Clare taught at the former Holy Trinity School in New Albany from 1938-39 and the former St. Catherine School in Indianapolis from 1953-55.

She also taught at the former Bishop Chartrand High School in Indianapolis from 1967-69, Roncalli High School in Indianapolis from 1969-70 and the former Paul Schulte High School in Terre Haute from 1970-72.

In 1975, Sister Alice Clare returned to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, where she ministered for 29 years.

At the motherhouse, she served five years on the infirmary staff, nine years as local treasurer and in Medicare insurance, seven years as local treasurer and sacristan of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Providence Hall, and eight years helping with residential services.

In 2004, Sister Alice Clare began her ministry of prayer with the senior sisters at the motherhouse.

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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