October 3, 2014


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APOGS, Helena, 99, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, Sept. 17. Sister of Stanislavs Platacis.

BALMER, Janet Lou (Adams), 68, St. John the Baptist, Starlight, Sept. 20. Mother of Greg Balmer. Sister of Chuck, Eddie and Jeff Adams.

BIR, Carolyn Margaret (Ariens), 87, St. Mary, Rushville, Sept. 14. Mother of John Bir. Sister of Ernestine Johnston. Grandmother of two.

BRADLEY, Harriett R., 88, St. Michael, Brookville, Sept. 16. Wife of Robert Bradley. Mother of Donald, Howard and Robert Bradley. Sister of John Flack. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 10.

BURTON, Robert H., Jr., 77, SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi, Greenwood, Sept. 18. Husband of JoAnn (Liford) Burton. Father of Mary Beth Arends, Joyce Rogers, Sharon Sorrentino, Eve Schmidt and Robert Burton III. Brother of Bill, Bruce, David and Jim Burton. Grandfather of four.

COX, Howard (Tyson), Jr., 94, St. Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 11. Husband of Anna Marie Cox. Father of Mary Sorenson. Brother of Georgianna Streett and Daphne Tefft.

EVE, Dennis L., 64, St. Mary, New Albany, Sept. 16. Husband of Lillian Eve. Father of Melody Eve, Kristie Robinson and Robert Sperzel. Brother of Debbie Downs and Elizabeth Hochadel. Grandfather of four.

FOLTZ, Dolores Margaret (Samulowitz), 89, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 17. Mother of Lisa and Ed Foltz.

FOUT, Agnes Clara, 91, St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Sept. 19. Mother of Tim Fout. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of three.

HESS, Doris Lee, 84, St. Paul, Tell City, Sept. 14. Mother of Sue Bosler, Merry Hale, Sheila Yelland, Ed, Ken and Tom Hess. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 10.

HUMPERT, Leah M., 87, St. Mary, Greensburg, Sept. 19. Mother of Betty Benken, Charles, John and William Humpert. Sister of JoAnn Brooks, Mary Louise Meyer, Jane Stankavich and Paul Stuehrenberg. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of four.

KETCHAM, Kathleen Ellen, 58, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Sept. 18. Wife of Carl Ketcham. Mother of Jamie Messer and Christina Ketcham. Sister of Mary Jo Farlow, Susan Hubbell, Peggy Rich, Barbara, Bill Moran Jr., Patrick and Timothy Moran.

KRUPA, Kevin James, 58, St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis, Sept. 20. Husband of Fatima Krupa. Father of Jason and Matthew Krupa. Brother of Monica Prizevoits, Joseph and Thomas Krupa. Grandfather of four.

LEWIS, Roger, 64, St. Joseph, Clark County, Sept. 18. Husband of Kathie (Yochem) Lewis. Father of David and Joe Lewis. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of one.

LICHLYTER, Marie Matilda (Thinnes), 89, Prince of Peace, Madison, Sept. 11. Mother of Linda Porter, Margaret Yates and John Lichlyter. Sister of Margaret Sommer and George Thinnes. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of 10.

MANUS, Barb, 82, St. Mary, Greensburg, Sept. 10. Wife of Frank Manus. Mother of Dianna Graham and Dan Manus. Grandmother of five.

MORRIS, Robert M., PhD., 75, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood, Sept. 13. Husband of Judith (Mandabach) Morris. Father of Monica Gillum, Monica and Bryce Morris and Russell Schaub. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of four.

MULINARO, Angeline M., 87, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Sept. 12. Sister of Joan Ingle and Joseph Mulinaro.

NICHTER, Paul Eugene, 77, St. Ambrose, Seymour, Sept. 18. Husband of Marjorie (Brandenburg) White. Stepfather of Teresa and Christopher White. Brother of Bernard and William Nichter.

NIEHOFF, Leo Anthony, 83, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, Sept. 22. Husband of Mildred (Andres) Niehoff. Father of Janice Schneider, Diana Traub and Leo Niehoff Jr. Brother of Mary Elizabeth Schneider. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of five.

ORSCHELL, Henry D., 75, St. Gabriel, Connersville, Sept. 16. Husband of Carol (Steiner) Orschell. Father of Cathy Burgdoerfer, Stacy Lorek, David, Eric and Mark Orschell. Brother of Otta Lee Cohen and Dorothy Sweetwood. Grandfather of 13.

PARKER, Allan, 73, St. Mary, New Albany, Sept. 1. Husband of Marie Parker. Father of Elizabeth Daugherty, Victoria Gutwein and Katherine Reyes. Son of Beatrice Mae Parker. Brother of Judith Linehan. Grandfather of eight.

ROBERTSON, Delsie L., 94, St. Joseph, Corydon, Sept. 17. Mother of Jennie D’Angelo, Mary Jane Hammontree and Joseph Robertson. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of eight.

SCHOTT, Mary F., 80, St. Michael, Brookville, Sept. 19. Mother of Michelle Brier. Grandmother of three.

SIERACKE, Elizabeth Jane, 79, St. Patrick, Terre Haute, Aug. 18. Sister of Edward Curley.

SONTCHI, Anita, (Kil), 86, St. Mary, Greensburg, Sept. 17. Mother of Vicky Fee and Brian Sontchi. Sister of Harriette Dewey, Anne McMahon, Virginia Pulaski, Irene Suth, Chester and Richard Kil. Grandmother of two.

THORNTON, Miriam M., 92, Holy Family, New Albany, Sept. 16. Mother of Mary Anne and James Thornton. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of three.

VOGELESGANG, Alice, 83, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Aurora, Sept. 9. Wife of Clarence Vogelesgang. Mother of Angela Bentle, Joyce Cavin, Dan, Gary, Ivan and Mark Vogelesgang. Sister of Esther Hartman. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of one.

YING-RAIL, Leott, 72, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, Sept. 5. Mother of Suzette, Courtney and Bryan Hyde. Sister of Bonita Ying-Johnson, Elizabeth and Darral Ying. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of one. †

Providence Joanna Brown ministered for 50 years in Catholic education in Indiana, Illinois and Oklahoma

Providence Sister Joanna Brown, previously Sister Louise Marie, died on Sept. 19 at Mother Theodore Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 85.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 22 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

Joanna Mae Brown was born on Sept. 29, 1928, in Loogootee, Ind.

She entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on July 22, 1946, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1954.

Sister Joanna earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, and a master’s degree in education at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

During 68 years as a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Sister Joanna ministered in Catholic education for 50 years in Illinois, Indiana and Oklahoma.

In the archdiocese, she served in Terre Haute at St. Patrick School from 1969-71 and the former St. Margaret Mary School from 1971-77.

After retiring from teaching and administration in 1999, Sister Joanna continued to volunteer at Precious Blood Parish and School in Jasper, Ind., in the Evansville Diocese, which had been her last assignment prior to retirement. She returned to the motherhouse in 2006 where she served her congregation and the local community.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence Road, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876. †

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