March 14, 2014


Please submit in writing to our office by 10 a.m. Thursday before the week of publication; be sure to state date of death. Obituaries of archdiocesan priests serving our archdiocese are listed elsewhere in The Criterion. Order priests and religious sisters and brothers are included here, unless they are natives of the archdiocese or have other connections to it; those are separate obituaries on this page.

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ABRAHAM, Norbert, Sr., 80, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, Feb. 22. Husband of Katalin (Herner) Abraham. Father of George, Norbert Jr. and Robert Abraham. Brother of Rafael Abraham Sr. Grandfather of two.

ALEXANDER, M. Carolyn, 82, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 22. Mother of Carol, Laurie, John and Kerry O’Brien. Sister of Sue McShay, Chris and Vincent Greiner. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of four.

AMRHEIN, Fern, 94, St. Michael, Brookville, March 1. Mother of Mary Horninger, Gareth, Mark, Michael, Rodger and Stephen Amrhein. Sister of Helen Prifogle. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 21.

ANTICO, John, 88, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Feb. 27. Husband of Bertha (Williams) Antico. Father of Dan, Jim and Stephen Antico. Brother of Joseph Antico. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of 14.

BESSENBACH, Arthur H., 89, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Feb. 15. Husband of Nora Montgomery. Father of Nancy Hartsock, Angels Kinsey, Kay Leonard, Brian and Raymond Bessenbach. Grandfather of six.

CONNOR, Lawrence S. “Bo,” 88, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 28. Husband of Patty Connor. Father of Julia Dietrick, Janet Kahler, Maureen Stark, Carolyn Weigel, Lawrence Jr. and Michael Connor. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of six.

CONSIDINE, Donald Patrick, 88, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis, Feb. 27. Father of Mary Beth Harlow, Ellen Simpson, Susie Smith, Bob, Matt and Terry Considine. Brother of Rita Minogue and Jack Considine. Grandfather of six.

CURRAN, James Joseph, 89, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Feb. 18.

DONICA, Sandra JoAnn (Mace), 78, St. Ambrose, Seymour, Feb. 9. Mother of Martha Reinbold and Ray Donica. Stepmother of Karen Petro. Sister of Shirley Garvey and Rita Nowling. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of five. Great-great-grandmother of four.

DUDAS, Michael S., 72, St. Andrew, Richmond, Feb. 28. Husband of Mary Kay Dudas. Father of Julie Vecera, Andy, Chris, Eric, Michael and Nick Dudas. Brother of Mary Meek, Steve and John Dudas. Grandfather of 14.

GENGLER, Daniel S., 71, St. Michael, Brookville, Feb. 25.Husband of Jane Gengler. Father of Kellee Cobb, Karen Kuntz and Kristin Shires. Brother of Beth Davies, Charlotte Campbell, Kathy Umscheid, Patricia, Mike, Stan, Tim and Tom Gengler.

GRIFFIN, Helen T., 84, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Feb. 20. Mother of Paula Hill, Kitty and Joe Griffin. Sister of Ann Bova. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one.

HALL, Tyler F., 14, St. Mary, Greensburg, Feb. 25. Son of Amy Stainbrook. Brother of Emily Hall and Hannah Mathis. Grandson of Richard and Susie Van Dyke.

HOBBS, Maria Aurora, 81, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Feb. 17.

KRETZER, Josephine M., 95, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Feb. 25. Mother of Margaret Cinotto and Paul Kretzer. Grandmother of two. Step-grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of five. Step-great-grandmother of six.

LaFAVE, Paula Rose (Kervan), 79, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Feb. 25. Mother of Kevin and Thomas LaFave. Grandmother of seven.

PEARSON, Patricia B., 87, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Feb. 24. Wife of Charles Pearson. Mother of Patty Fossey, Michael and Stephen Pearson. Grandmother of four. Step-grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of nine.

PETTY, Martha, 86, St. Paul Hermitage, Beech Grove, Feb. 22. Sister of Mary Virginia Cunningham, Margaret Lamping, Elizabeth Larkin, Charles Jr. and John Petty.

SHACKELFORD, Tyler Lee, 28, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 23. Father of Giulianna Shackelford. Son of Tim and Diane Shackelford. Brother of Sandra Kuzniar, Sherrie and Timothy Shackelford Jr. Grandson of Gen Crafton and Edna Shackelford.

SMITH, James F., 71, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, March 2. Husband of Mary Ann (Voll) Smith. Father of Christopher, Marcia and Timothy Smith. Brother of Phyllis Andres, Denise Bomersbach, Darlene Schy, Karen Thomas, Jerry, Julius and Richard Smith. Grandfather of two.

THUER, Walter C., 71, St. Patrick, Indianapolis, Feb. 26. Husband of Joan (Wilson) Thuer. Father of Elizabeth Harper and Walter Thuer Jr. Son of Walter Thuer. Brother of Mary Josephine Benson and Theresa Johnson. Grandfather of two. Great-grandfather of one.

WILKINS, Brian Anthony, 55, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Feb. 22. Son of Donald Wilkins. Brother of Christopher, Donald, Jeffrey, Patrick and Terry Wilkins.

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