January 17, 2014


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ARNOLD, Harold James, 93, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Jan. 7. Father of Marcia Kirk, Cindy Rentsch, David and Richard Arnold. Brother of Mable Coffey. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 14.

BADAR, Dale L., 69, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Dec. 20. Husband of Mary Catherine (Daly) Badar. Father of Donna Bradley and Teresa Tratar. Grandfather of four.

BEARD, Barbara P., 85, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Jan. 1. Mother of Kathleen Armentrout, Delores Ferrill, Brenda, Linda and Ronald Beard. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of eight.

BUCCELLA, Tony, 87, St. Mary, Richmond, Dec. 22. Father of Tom Bucella. Brother of Virginia Brooks. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of one.

BUERGLER, Dorothy Anne, 88, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Dec. 26. Wife of Joseph Buergler. Mother of Dianne Cutri, Barbara Davis, Laurie Gates, Alaine Melfi, Carol Sandefer, David and Paul Buergler. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of nine.

BULICK, Rose Mary, 82, St. Pius, Ripley County, Dec. 25. Mother of Connie Bradley, Debra Johnson and Tina Pevlor. Sister of Lawrence Billman. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 10.

BYERLEY, Floyd K., 96, St. Joseph, Corydon, Dec. 15. Father of Patricia McGill. Brother of Shelby Byerley Jr.

COLEMAN, Catherine Elizabeth, 88, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 23. Sister of Mary Lou Whipple. Aunt of several.

COSTA, Joseph John, 62, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis, Dec. 21. Husband of Gayle Costa. Father of Kristen Sayman and Jason Costa. Son of Dorothy Costa. Grandfather of one.

DIERCKMAN, Elmer B., 89, St. Louis, Batesville, Dec. 27. Father of Ellen Eckstein, Lola Fisher, Barb Kruthaupt, Linda, Lisa, Bill, Bob, Dennis, Roger and Steve Dierckman. Brother of Cleora Kuntz, Joe and Ralph Dierckman. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of eight.

FAVALI, Rose M., 84, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Dec. 23. Mother of Kathy and Frank Favali. Sister of Jo Ann Nickels. Grandmother of four.

FERGUSON, Beverly A. (Bullock), 48, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 23. Mother of Jacquelyn and Jonathan Dossey. Sister of Kim, Pam, Bill, Charlie and Kenny Bullock.

FITZGERALD, Mildred A., 92, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 28. Mother of Joan Gutzwiller, Liz Kiesle, Peggy Walko, John, Michael and Richard Fitzgerald. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 13.

GAUGHAN, Margaret L., 79, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 24. Wife of Edward Gaughan. Mother of Beth Lyons, Jeff, Mike and Steve Gaughan. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of three.

GOEBEL, Mary Jane, 80, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 17. Mother of Julie Nagel, Kathryn Schlichte, James, John, Joseph, Robert and Thomas Goebel. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of three.

GRUNKEMEYER, Nancy E., 91, St. Mary-of-the-Rock, Franklin County, Dec. 7. Mother of Beth O’Rourke. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 25.

HANKINS, Virginia Marie, 81, St. Mary, Rushville, Dec. 17. Mother of Cynthia Harley, Pamela Oliver, Gina, James and Kenneth Hankins. Grandmother of seven.

HARLAN, Francis Lowell, 72, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Dec. 21.

HERBERT, Merlin, 81, St. Mary, Rushville, Jan. 1. Husband of Barbara Herbert. Father of Lisa Flannery, Marilyn King, Larry, Mark and Rick Herbert. Brother of Fern Hodson, Ellis, Jerry and Norman Herbert. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of 12.

HERRON, Elaine E., 72, St. Mary, North Vernon, Dec. 10. Mother of Lisa Caseltine and Teresa Gholson. Daughter of Leona Ortman (Davis) Brewer. Sister of Kathy Garrett. Grandmother of three.

HOLTEL, Regina J., 85, St. Louis, Batesville, Dec. 25. Mother of Susan Arcy, Sharon Berger, Donna Duffy and Mimi Ryan. Sister of Mary Ann Jacks. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of two.

JUSTICE, Madeline Eleanor, 15, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Nov. 29. Daughter of Tim and Marizel Justice. Sister of Melanie Justice. Granddaughter of Romeo Manalo.

KENNEDY, Thomas S., 86, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Dec. 24. Husband of Dottie Kennedy. Father of Denise Kidwell, Linda Morse, Stephanie Pittenger and Joe Kennedy. Brother of Joan Bates, James and Patrick Kennedy. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of nine.

KILLINGER, Luetta R., 92, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Dec. 5.

KIRCHGASSNER, Anna Jo (Hoffmeier), 89, St. Martin, Yorkville, Dec. 19. Mother of Essie Adams, Mary Trossman, Rita, Dan and John, Mark Kirchgassner. Sister of Jean Bonomini and Ruth Martini. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 29.

KISTERS, Nola J., 90, St. Charles Borromeo, Bloomington, Dec. 18. Mother of Ginger Christie, Linda Dayhuff, Judy Inlow, Mary Lois Robertson, Forrest Eads and Dick Kisters. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of eight.

LAMOND, Nancy Jo, 67, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 20. Wife of John Lamond. Mother of Susan Sexton Hull. Grandmother of one.

MAYER, Mark A., 66, St. Bridget, Liberty, Dec. 15. Father of Damon and Mark Mayer. Grandfather of two.

MORLAN, Norma Joan (Jones), 88, Annunciation, Brazil, Dec. 17. Mother of Tyra Handlin. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of two. Great-great-grandmother of two.

MORRIS, Melissa Irene, 33, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 12. Daughter of Becky Franklin. Stepdaughter of Danny Franklin. Sister of Nicole and Christopher Morris.

MURPHY, David Joseph, Jr., 71, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 2. Father of Damian and David Murphy III. Brother of Katie, Molly, Alex and Frank Murphy. Grandfather of three.

MULLIN, John William, 91, St. Roch, Indianapolis, Dec. 4. Husband of Virginia (Diver) Mullin. Father of Margaret Bowers, Mary Smith, Martha Weber, John and Timothy Mullin. Grandfather of nine.

NAVARRA, Michael A., 83, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, Dec. 23. Husband of Frances (Caito) Navarra. Father of Theresa Halvorson, Francie O’Mahoney, Mary Ann Swiss, Michele, Anthony, Charles, Gus and Michael Navarra Jr. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of two.

OSTING, Patricia, 80, St. Mary, Rushville, Dec. 21. Wife of Walter Osting. Mother of Julie Connolly, Tina Kotter and Elizabeth Voorhees. Grandmother of nine.

PARSLEY, Rose (Calvetti), 87, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Dec. 28. Mother of Linda Brentlinger, Jennie Smith and James Johnson. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of 17.

POHLMAN, John E., 84, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Dec. 27. Father of Lisa Durkin, Janice Enneking, Linda Wolters, Mary and Timothy Pohlman. Brother of Marilyn Elliot. Grandfather of 14. Great-grandfather of seven.

RANDOLPH, Rita M., 86, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, Dec. 12. Mother of Steven Randolph.

ROSEMAN, William A., 71, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 8. Husband of Cindy Roseman. Father of Nicole Simpson and Keith Roseman. Brother of Dick, John, Steve and Tom Roseman. Grandfather of four.

RUSSELL, Richard A., 60, St. Peter, Franklin County, Dec. 26. Father of Christopher Russell-Kincaid. Brother of Susan Kraus, Connie Summers and Donald Russell. Grandfather of two.

SCHOLLE, Paul, 68, St. Maurice, Napoleon, Dec. 4. Husband of Mary Scholle. Father of Mary Angela Bradley, Andrew, Christopher and Michael Scholle. Brother of Jerome and Philip Scholle. Grandfather of four.

SOYACK, Paul, Jr., 67, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Dec. 13. Brother of Anna Marie Soyack.

STEWART, David E., 67, Holy Family, New Albany, Dec. 11. Brother of Ruth Payne and Carolyn Stewart.

SULLIVAN, Elizabeth A. (Matthews), 78, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Dec. 18. Wife of Hugh Sullivan. Mother of Terri Davis, Judi Lewis, Libbi Rodefeld, Monica Sommers, John and Kenny Matthews. Stepmother of Marianne Roan, Kathleen Smith, Hugh III, Kevin and Mark Sullivan. Sister of Thomas Strassell. Grandmother of 16. Great-grandmother of seven.

TOLBERT, Thomas Joseph, 57, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Nov. 15. Father of Sean Alexander. Stepfather of Andre Jackson. Brother of Karen Land, Linda Sawrey, Mary Smith, Kathleen, Brian, Robert, Ronald and William Tolbert.

WANINGER, Catherine, 104, St. Paul, Tell City, Jan. 7. Sister of Edward Reckelhoff.

WEBSTER, Harold Wayne, 83, St. Mary, North Vernon, Jan. 3. Father of Chris, Jon and Matt Webster. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of two.

WEILER, Vincent Conrad, 94, St. Peter, Franklin County, Dec. 21. Husband of Leona (Batta) Weiler. Father of Brenda Bessler, Joanne Bone, Diane Gehring, Marjorie Powell, Linda Skipton, Irene Zerr, Allen, Frank, Harold, Lawrence and Martin Weiler. Grandfather of 40. Great-grandfather of 54.

WEISMILLER, Frank, Jr., 85, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, Dec. 13. Father of Amy Denning, Ann Sans, Abby Theobald, Kurt and Matthew Weismiller. Brother of Mary Lansing. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of one.

WERTZ, Monte W., 61, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Dec. 10. Husband of Rita Wertz. Father of Amy Markey and Brian Wertz. Son of Ada Wertz Fromer. Brother of Vicky Roberson. Grandfather of one.

WINKLER, Clara L., 89, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Dec. 22. Wife of Kenneth Winkler. Mother of Penny Bush, Becky Haulk, Angie and Jackie Jones, Peggy McCracken, Rick and Tony Winkler. Sister of Norma Browning, Wanda Hewitt, Jim and Walt Beyer. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 21.

WISE, Lowell E., 67, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Nov. 22. Husband of Patricia (Neuman) Wise. Father of Amy Burwick, Angela Shah, Bill and Mark Wise. Brother of Debbie Cloyd, Louise Jagielski, Rose Ann Moffett, Janet Risselman and Ron Wise. Grandfather of 12.

WOLTER, Leo F., 86, St. Mary, Greensburg, Dec. 21. Husband of Marie Wolter. Father of Linda Meek, Karen Mirick, Nancy Moore, Mark and Norm Wolter. Brother of Isabella Schoettmer and Charles Wolter. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of five. Step-great grandfather of five. Step-great-great-grandfather of seven.

WOLTER, Ruth C., 85, St. Mary, Greensburg, Dec. 15. Wife of Charles Wolter. Mother of Philomena Banks, Linda Burton and James Koetter. Stepmother of Sandra Richardson, Cynthia Wickizer, Judith, Michael, Steven and Timothy Wolter. Grandmother of nine. Step-grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of 16. Step-grandmother of one.

YARBROUGH, Douglas, 76, St. Mary, New Albany, Dec. 13. Husband of Christine Yarbrough. Father of Tanya Bowman, Jaime Cole, Missy Julian, Sherri, Chris and Matt Yarbrough. Brother of Bill and David Yarbrough. Grandfather of 11.

Franciscan Sister Mary Martin McHugh ministered as an educator, hospital chaplain

Franciscan Sister Mary Martin McHugh died on Dec. 19, 2013, at the motherhouse of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 88.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 23 at the motherhouse chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Margaret Mary McHugh was born on Feb. 8, 1925, in Cincinnati, and entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Sept. 11, 1949.

Sister Mary professed her final vows on Aug. 12, 1955.

She ministered in Catholic education for 24 years in schools in Indiana and Ohio. In the archdiocese, she taught at St. Therese of the Child Jesus (Little Flower) School in Indianapolis. She later served as a hospital chaplain in facilities in Cincinnati and at St. Clare Hall in Oldenburg for 22 years before retiring in 2004.

Surviving are her sisters, Catherin Denier and Ann Parker, and many nieces and nephews.

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

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