September 5, 2014


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APPELL, Mary J., 85, St. Anthony of Padua, Clarksville, Aug. 5. Sister of John Appell.

EDWARDS, Gary W., 62, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Aug. 21. Husband of Helen Edwards. Father of Catherine Gettinger, Lisa and John Edwards. Brother of Norma Jackson, Kimberly Pope, Patricia Price, Barry, Robert and Timothy Edwards. Grandfather of six.

FOHL, Clara, 99, St. Michael, Brookville, Aug. 7. Stepmother of Jim Fohl.

GREESON, Kenneth J., 72, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Aug. 15. Husband of Barbara Greeson. Father of A.J., Brian, Jeffrey and Steven Greeson. Brother of Rosalin Holmes and Jim Greeson.

HAAS, Jean M., 83, All Saints, Dearborn County, Aug. 5. Wife of Carl Haas. Mother of Carla Bischoff, Betty Jo Buckingham, Mary Kesterson, Emily Rivers, Jan Schnitker, Sharon Wilhelm, Donald and Stephen Haas. Sister of Rita Holman, Betty Lamping, Elvera Michalwicz, Arvilla Schumacher and Eugene Andrews. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of five.

HEITKEMPER, Mildred, 91, St. Mary, Lanesville, March 20. Mother of Linda Hubbard, Donna Hublar, Norma Menges, Ruth Shumaker, Mary Wismann, Guy, James and Robert Heitkemper. Grandmother of 25. Great-grandmother of 29.

HEPPNER, Daren M., 49, St. Louis, Batesville, June 24. Father of Alyssa and Amber Heppner. Son of Jerry Heppner. Brother of Dena Heppner and Debbie Hughes.

JOHNSON, Melanie, 37, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, Aug. 20. Mother of Braxton Johnson, Danton and Mason Wendling. Daughter of William and Mary Kay Angel. Sister of Alex Angel.

LAWSON, Dian, 66, St. Mary, Richmond, Aug. 18. Mother of Dawn Carpenter, Dusk DeVito and Sunday Morris. Sister of Deanna Allen, Carey Holt, Deborah Martin and Joyce Young. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of five.

LORI, Lenora (Woelfin), 94, Holy Family, New Albany, Aug. 17. Mother of Norvetta Bartley, Virginia Biener and Diana Graves. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 20. Great-great-grandmother of four.

MARKING, Theresa H., 87, Holy Family, New Albany, Aug. 17. Wife of Charles Marking. Mother of Becky Boggs, LaDonna Nelson, Lisa Owen, Charles and Wayne Marking and Tony Payne. Sister of Eva Cecil, Bernadette Roberts, Charles, Junior and William Higdon. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 16.

MEER, Thelma M., 90, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Cambridge City, Aug. 6. Mother of Linda and Shirley Meer.

MERK, Sybil A., 92, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Aug. 22. Sister of Sue King.

MUNCHEL, Janette F., 94, Holy Family, Oldenburg, Aug. 8. Mother of Charlene Whittaker, Darrell and Vernon Munchel. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 30.

O’MALEY, James F., 76, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Beech Grove, Aug. 24. Husband of Barbara O’Maley. Father of Steve Klaiber, Bryan and Michael O’Maley. Brother of Betty Prestel. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of one.

PAGE, Paul F., 74, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, Aug. 23. Husband of Judith Page. Father of Kelly Burke, Barbara, David and Paul Page, Jr. Stepfather of Kristin Lang, David, Kevin and Ryan Carr. Brother of Antoinette Dullaghan, Marie Pittman-Oechsle and David Page. Grandfather and great-grandfather of several.

PATTERSON, June L., 90, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Aug. 21. Mother of Jina Lawrence, Jann Mayville, Jill, Joyce, Jack and Jay Patterson. Sister of Sharon Holland, Judy Zern and Donald Zern. Grandmother of four.

PONSOT, Andre G., 86, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, Aug. 16. Husband of Antoinette Ponsot. Father of Monique Kofoid, Marc and Thierry Ponsot. Brother of Nicole Baveux and Monette Copain. Grandfather of seven.

PULSIFER, Winfred F., 91, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Aug. 2. Husband of Mary G. Pulsifer. Father of Joseph and Richard Pulsifer. Brother of Joseph Pulsifer. Grandfather of one.

QUINKERT, John J., 87, St. Mary, Lanesville, Aug. 8. Husband of Ruth Quinkert. Father of Sara Wiseman, Alan, Andy, Jack, Steve and Terry Quinkert. Brother of Dodie Day, Providence Sister Joann, Benedictine Abbot Denis, and Pat Quinkert. Grandfather of 10.

SCHENE, Michael A., 66, St. Louis, Batesville, Aug. 20. Father of Brad Schene. Brother of Karen Cox, Barbara Hendrix, Bernadette Nunlist, Alvin, Anthony and Christopher Schene.

STAHL, June E., 67, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Aug. 21. Mother of Roxie Turner, Tom Mann, Ronnie Stahl and James Worth. Sister of Bob Meyer. Grandmother of three.

TATRO, Doris, 93, St. Anne, New Castle, Aug. 19. Mother of Deb Hopsecker and Tom Tatro. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 10. Great-great-grandmother of three.

TOLEN, Kenneth L., 76, St. Joseph, Indianapolis, Aug. 25. Husband of Linda Tolen. Father of Debra Govert, Julie Lennerud, Wendy and Keith Tolen. Brother of Betty Bradley and Virginia Griffith. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of two.

Conventual Franciscan Father Sebastian Cunningham was pastor of St. Simon the Apostle Parish

Conventual Franciscan Father Sebastian Cunningham, a member of the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation based in Mount St. Francis, died on Aug. 12 in Las Cruces, N.M. He was 90.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 19 at the friars’ chapel at Mount St. Francis. Burial followed at the friars’ cemetery.

Father Sebastian was a jubilarian of profession and priest.

The former Joseph Cunningham was born on Sept. 17, 1923, in Chenault, Ky. He professed simple vows as a Conventual Franciscan on Dec. 8, 1953, and solemn vows on Dec. 26, 1956. He was ordained a priest on Feb. 21, 1960.

Father Sebastian spent many years in pastoral ministry and promoting missionary work. He also served as a military chaplain. He ministered in Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico and Ohio.

In the archdiocese, he ministered as pastor of St. Simon the Apostle Parish in Indianapolis from 1977-80. He served at Mount St. Francis from 1988-94 as the secretary of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation.

Father Sebastian is survived by his sisters, Mary Lou Greaves and Doris Jean Manning.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation, Development Office, 103 St. Francis Blvd., Mount St. Francis, IN 47146. †

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