September 19, 2014


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BECHT, Thomas E., 61, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Sept. 6. Brother of James Becht.

GOSS, Esther D., 89, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Sept. 6. Mother of Judy Lykins, Debbie McCullum, David and James Tebbe. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 12.

HODGE, Martha J., 94, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Aug. 9. Mother of Suzanne Dickerson and Theckla Koskey. Sister of Lucy Grady. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of two.

HOWE, Cornelius S., 82, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Aug. 4. Father of Cornelius J. Howe. Grandfather of two.

KEY, Roy E., 78, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Sept. 2. Husband of Diana Key. Father of Christie Jenkins and Mark Key. Stepfather of Brent Terry. Brother of Donald, Jerry and John Key. Grandfather of five.

KOENIG, Arthur, 81, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 4. Husband of Sharon Koenig. Father of Rebeca, Richard, Robert and William Koenig. Brother of Jean Norton, Lawrence and William Koenig. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of three.

LANMAN, Eloise, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 3. Mother of Jennifer Drummond, Janet Jessee, Jay and Jeffrey Lanman. Sister of John Dugan. Grandmother of eight.

LIHOTA, Mary, 96, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Aug. 21. Mother of Diane Lihota. Grandmother of one.

MANUS, Barbara J., 82, St. Mary, Greensburg, Sept. 10. Wife of Frank Manus. Mother of Dianne Graham and Dan Manus. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of five.

MARSHALL, Richard K., 85, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, Aug. 30. Husband of Kathryn Marshall. Father of Susan Lee, Sheila Marshall and Sharon Scott. Grandfather of four.

MCDANIEL, Gilia, 93, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, Sept. 7. Mother of Sharon Raymond, Chris Sunkel, Gregory, Mark, Phillip and Dr. Robert McDaniel. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of five.

PARENT, Gerald J., 88, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Sept. 2. Father of Tawn Spicklemire, Alys and Jami Parent. Brother of Lois Fortier, Muriel Goyette, Claire Lacoste, Jeanne Levasseur, Annette Poitras and Al Parent. Grandfather of six.

REED, Rosella M., 95, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Sept. 3. Aunt of several.

RUSSELL, William B., 96, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Aug. 30. Brother of Bertha Mercer, Marie Sabin and Shirley Zampich. Uncle of several.

SEYFRIED, Elreda M., 85, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, Sept. 7. Mother of Lynn James, Anne Ogle, Carol Potter and John Seyfried. Grandmother of 14. Great-grandmother of 16.

STEEB, Lawrence, 85, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Aug. 18. Father of Anne Hicks and Vincent Steeb. Grandfather of three. Great-grandfather of three.

TODD, William E., 71, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 2. Husband of Mary Sue Todd. Father of Amber Buchanan and William Todd. Brother of Carol Jean Tillman and Joni Marie Norton.

VERCHECK, Josephine, 96, St. Jude, Indianapolis, Sept. 6. Mother of Marie Lacava, Lewis and Regis Giammaria. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of six.

Franciscan Father Gary Bernhardt ministered in the archdiocese at former Alverna Retreat Center in Indianapolis

Franciscan Father Gary Bernhardt, a member of the St. Louis-based Sacred Heart Province of the Order of Friars Minor, died on Aug. 26 in Branson, Mo. He was 56.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 2 at St. Francis Solanus Church in Quincy, Ill. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Quincy.

Father Gary was born on June 16, 1958, in Quincy.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Iowa State University.

He entered the Sacred Heart Province on June 28, 1985, and professed final vows on Sept. 30, 1989. Father Gary was ordained a priest on April 24, 1999.

During his 29 years as a Franciscan, Father Gary ministered in Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee. In the archdiocese, he ministered in 1990 at the former Alverna Retreat Center in Indianapolis.

At the time of his death, Father Gary was serving as the director of Franciscan charities and development for his province.

He is survived by his parents, Carl and Margie Bernhardt, and his brothers Dan, Joe, Michael and Randy Bernhardt.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Franciscan Charities, 3140 Meramec Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4399. †

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