March 21, 2014


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ADAMS-GRAF, Mary Jean, 87, St. Paul, Sellersburg, Feb. 27. Wife of Charles Graf. Mother of Jan Davis, Ann Willian, Michael and Thomas Graf. Sister of Robert Adams. Grandmother of five.

ANDRES, Catherine Marie (Jacobi), 90, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, March 5. Mother of Cindy Klusmeier, Deborah Wessel, David, Donald, James and Patrick Andres. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of eight.

BOOTH, Nora Marie (Allen), 85, Holy Family, New Albany, March 5. Mother of Tina McCauley, Rita O’Neal, Sandra Spencer, Laura Vallandingham, Janet, Donald, Gary, Kenneth, Ronald and Timothy Booth. Sister of Johnnie Allen. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of three.

BOWMAN, Joan E., 81, St. Gabriel, Indianapolis, Feb. 25. Mother of Anita Walton, Andrea, Christopher, Michael and Patrick Bowman. Sister of Phyllis and Albert Starner. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of two.

CHERRY, Colleen, 51, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, March 4. Wife of David Cherry. Mother of Jenny Burkhart, Jessica and Stephanie Cherry, Jennifer and Michael Colson. Daughter of Hugh and Roseanne Miller. Sister of Kathy Pataky. Grandmother of seven.

CONCANNON, Mary M., 96, Christ the King, Indianapolis, March 5. Mother of Maureen Peterson, Annette Shriner, Dave, Timothy and Vincent Concannon III. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 17.

CURSEADEN, Paula I. (Massing), 65, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, March 6. Daughter of Kathryn Massing. Sister of Sarah Himes, Anna LaBaw, Mary Sturm, John, Joseph and Leo Massing.

DWENGER, Jeanne E., 83, St. Anne, Hamburg, March 6. Mother of Mary Curran, Linda Flannery, Janet Mancarrella, Deb Ostendorf, Dave and Steve Benz. Stepmother of Paula Duenne, Brian, Bruce and Wayne Dwenger. Sister of Dellene Arnold. Grandmother of 16. Step-grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of seven. Step-great-grandmother of eight.

ESBOLDT, Robert W., 62, St. Mary of the Assumption, Mitchell, March 3. Husband of Sue Esboldt. Father of Rob Esboldt. Stepfather of Melissa Livingston and Kathy Thompson. Brother of Bernie Esboldt. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of two.

GATCHELL, Sherman Michael, 86, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, March 1. Father of Cathy Bond, Renee Wampler and Duff Gatchell. Brother of Rita Spellman. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of seven.

GERRETY, Patrick V., 82, St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, March 7. Husband of Lois Gerrety. Father of Mary Kay Aday, Peggy Brickweg, Sandy Ford, Connie Mezger, Debbie Phillips, Debbie Smith, Tim Ruberg, Doug and Mickey Gerrety. Brother of Rosemarie Gerretty. Grandfather of 24. Great-grandfather of 19.

GIRK, Robert R., 99, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis, March 6. Father of Kristin Robinson, Kathleen Winkler and Nan Girk. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of one.

GOULDING, John M., 78, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Feb. 23. Husband of Wanda Goulding. Father of Kathy Willis and Tim Goulding. Grandfather of four.

HASSER, Emily, 33, Christ the King, Indianapolis, March 5. Daughter of Stephen and Mary Hasser. Sister of Erin Gorski, Meghan, Ben, James and Jeff Hasser. Granddaughter of Theresa Hasser and Betty Swindler.

McHUGH, Lynda Kay, 65, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, Feb. 27. Wife of Michael McHugh. Mother of Michelle, Anthony, Bryan, Gregory, Michael Jr., Patrick, Sean, Thomas and Timothy McHugh. Sister of Cecilia, Judy and Lee Conners. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of two.

McKNIGHT, Grace E., 79, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, March 3. Mother of Mary Donahue, Jennifer Fenwick, Karen Lyons, Anna Martinez and David McKnight. Sister of Dorothy Eisman, Theresa Wimsatt, Chris and Ronnie Fink. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of six.

READER, Dorothy L., 89, St. Joseph, Corydon, Feb. 27. Aunt of several.

RENN, Francis C., 84, St. Paul, Sellersburg, Feb. 19. Husband of Arlene Renn. Father of Rhonda Miracle, Barbara Spalding, Charles and Eric Renn. Brother of Elmer Renn. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of three.

RICHESON, Mary, 89, Holy Trinity, Indianapolis, Feb. 23. Mother of Betty, John and Thomas Richeson. Sister of Frances Borders, John and Joseph Lampert. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of five.

SCHROEDER, Catherine, 85, St. Andrew, Richmond, March 3. Mother of Diane Baker, Mary Morgan, Jane Mottram, Joe, Philip and Tom Schroeder. Sister of Martha Samuels and John Juerling. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of five.

SCHWARTZ, Leona, 90, St. Paul, Tell City, March 6. Wife of Martin Schwartz. Mother of Laura Titzer, Barbara Weiserbs, Angela and Paul Schwartz. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 10.

SCHWERING, Mary C., 82, St. Mary, Greensburg, March 9. Sister of Dale and Paul Schwering.

SIMON, Agnes, 88, St. Paul, Tell City, March 5. Mother of Judy Biever, Jane Bunner, Ed, Jim and Paul Simon. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of eight.

SIMPSON, Franklin T., 89, St. Paul, Tell City, Feb. 24. Father of Karen Daum, Connie Grabert, Lisa Fowler and Tom Simpson. Grandfather of 10.

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

SOLBRIG, Irene M., 93, St. Paul, Tell City, March 4. Mother of Norma Jean Rogier and Charles Solbrig Jr. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of six.

STEINER, Martha Marie, 65, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, March 6. Mother of Mary Fulkerson, Madonna Hankee, Marian Mehringer, Virginia Quillen, Barbara Riley and Regina Wininger. Sister of Norbert, Paul, Robert and Tony Steiner.

TULLY, Michael J., 77, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Feb. 16. Father of Patricia Ballard, Rose O’Neal, John, Matthew and Stephen Tully. Brother of Patricia Burbules, Father Henry Tully, James and Robert Tully. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of two.

WAECHTER, Thomas R., 64, Holy Family, Oldenburg, March 2. Husband of Susan (Osburn) Waechter. Father of Shannon Fullenkamp, Libby Werner, Stacy and Mike Waechter. Brother of Rose Meyer, Marian Smith, Linda, Alan, Jim, John and Mark Waechter. Grandfather of six.

WINBURN, Susan, 36, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Feb. 17. Wife of Tommy Winburn. Mother of Briant Winburn. Daughter of Rick Missi Sr. and Marianne Gatlin. Sister of Teresa Cummings, Amanda Stenberg and Rick Missi. Step-sister of Dana Benitende, Tatum Combs, Robin Gettelfinger, Aaron and Stephen Gatlin. Granddaughter of Lucille Missi and Bonnie Traughber.

WRIGHT, Robert William, 49, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Indianapolis, March 2. Father of Jonathan and Thomas Wright. Son of Geneva Wright. Brother of Lisa Chapman, Wendy and Jeffrey Wright.

WYLER, Phyllis M., 92, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, March 7. Mother of Patricia Decker, Carol Robinson, Kathleen Wood, David and Robert Wyler. Sister of Richard Poinsette. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 17.

YOCHUM, Michael D., 45, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, March 9. Husband of Bridgett (Heaverin) Yochum. Father of Dylan and Ryan Yochum. Son of Eddie and Betty (Thompson) Yochum. Brother of Wayne Yochum. Grandson of Jean Heaverin and Sylvia Robertson.

Franciscan Sister Jonette Scheidler ministered in Catholic schools for 57 years in Indiana, Missouri and Ohio

Franciscan Sister Jonette Scheidler died on March 6 at the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Oldenburg. She was 97.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 10 at the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Mary Josephine Scheidler was born on Dec. 16, 1916, in Millhousen.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Sept. 8, 1946, after working as a bookkeeper in Greensburg. She professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1952.

During 67 years as a Sister of St. Francis, Sister Jonette ministered in Catholic education for 57 years in schools in Indiana, Missouri and Ohio.

In the archdiocese, Sister Jonette taught at the former Holy Trinity School, St. Christopher School and St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower) School, all in Indianapolis, and at the former St. Andrew School in Richmond, St. Joseph School in Shelbyville, the former St. Joseph School in St. Leon, St. Louis School in Batesville, St. Mary School in Greensburg, St. Mary School in North Vernon and St. Mary School in Rushville. She also served as a pastoral minister and librarian at St. Joseph Parish in Shelbyville.

Sister Jonette is survived by her brother, Anthony Scheidler of Greensburg, and Franciscan Sister Janice Scheidler.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN 47030-0100. †

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