Most entries are courtesy of the Indianapolis Star.
Carolyn Marie Legg, 35, of Muncie, entered into heaven after a tragic car accident on November 11, 2023.
She grew up in Fishers, Indiana and graduated from Bishop Chatard High School. Carolyn went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University.
Carolyn is survived by her parents, Donna and Bill Legg of South Bend; grandfather, Allan Legg of Richmond; brother, Brian (Monica) Legg of South Bend; niece, Mila King of South Bend and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Anthony and Mary Cucinelli of Fort Wayne, and Carol Legg of Richmond.
Carolyn was known for her smile and care for others. She had a huge heart and cared deeply for the people around her. Throughout her life, Carolyn was passionate about volunteering and helping people in need. She was a campaign volunteer for the Delaware County Republican Party, as well as a volunteer at Urban Light Community Church.
Viewing was held on November 18 followed by services at the Urban Light Community Church in Muncie. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery in Fort Wayne at 3:00 p.m.
Contributions may be made to Urban Light Community Church in Muncie.
Paul William Krier, 51, a lifelong Indianapolis resident, passed away November 5, 2023. He will be remembered for his ability to help others celebrate life, whether he was singing and strumming his guitar for them or scoring touchdowns for Bishop Chatard High School and later for the Kokomo Mustangs, the semi-pro team for which he played.
According to Amy Kistler Krier, whom Paul married in 1998, “He was always there for people. It made his day to make them smile.”
Paul also loved it when others made him smile, such as when he asked Amy’s father for permission to marry Amy. As she recalls, Paul was deeply relieved when he heard the reply: “Yes! It’s about time, stoop!”
Paul was born to Jackie Prange Krier and William Joseph Krier on January 31, 1972. He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary and Christ the King grade schools, was graduated from Bishop Chatard High School and attended Indiana University. He was both a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout, achieving the rank of Life Scout.
Paul was known for cherishing his friends and typically greeting them with one of two nicknames: “Monk,” (“What’s up, Monk?”) or “Kiddo” (“How ya doin’, Kiddo?”). His cousin, Matt Krier, one of the Monks, recalls that Paul would toss in humor wherever he could, playing his guitar, dealing cards for games of Showdown and more: “He would make people laugh showing them his oddly shaped elbow.”
In addition, Matt and his wife Molly Kartholl Krier credit Paul with helping them to launch their relationship. Says Matt, “When Molly and I first started dating I invited her to a party at a friend’s house. She was hesitant to go as she was going to Aruba the next morning with her family, but went to the party for a moment, stopped and thought about going home. Then she met Paul. He played the Beach Boys song ‘Kokomo’ and sang, ‘Aruba, Jamaica, you know I wanna take ya’ while he was looking at Molly. She said she couldn’t have felt more welcomed or picked a better friend group.”
Paul’s welcoming ways were standard throughout his life. As his cousin, Theresa Krier Fleck, one of the Kiddos, puts it, “It was remarkable how kind he always was. I never heard an unkind word from Paul. Ever.”
Paul is survived by his wife, Amy Kistler Krier; mother, Jackie Prange Krier; father, William Joseph Krier; sisters, Jennifer Krier & Michelle Krier Greer; brother-in-law, David Greer; niece, Kaylee Greer; uncles, Larry (Chris) Prange, George (Connie) Krier, John (Kim) Krier Tom (Pam) Krier; aunts, Beth Ann Krier, Mary Krier (Bryan) Clayton, Annie Krier-Drake, Suzanne Hewitt, Carolyn Friedman; legions of cousins and tons of Monks and Kiddos. Paul was preceded in death by his uncles, Joe Krier, Jim Krier, & Paul Prange, Jr. ; aunt, Barb Krier; cousin, Michael Krier.
A Celebration of Paul’s Life will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19 at The Northside Events and Social Club, formerly known as The Northside Knights of Columbus, 2100 East 71st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220. To plant a tree in memory of Paul Krier, please visit our Tribute Store.
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James Jeffrey “Jeff” Keen, beloved son, brother, father, and grandfather, of Indianapolis, IN, passed away in his home on December 1, 2021 at the age of 67.
Jeff was born in Ft. Wayne, IN, on September 2, 1954, to James and June Keen (née Archer). He attended St. Joan of Arc for grade school, graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis in 1973, and continued his education at ITT Technical Institute. He retired from RCA Corporation (Thompson). He was married to Patricia Keen (née Poynter) from June 7, 1975 to 2006 during which time they welcomed three children: Chris, Jennifer, and Matthew.
Jeff is survived by his three children, Chris (Stephanie) Keen, Jennifer (Jr.) Anderson, and Matthew (Fae Ehsan) Keen; his grandchildren, Brook, Austin, Demery, and Oscar; his mother, June Keen (née Archer); his sisters, Carolyn Kurek, Marsha Salvage, and Bethann (Robert) Hammond; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended friends and family. He was preceded in death by his father, James Chester Keen, and his best canine friend, Taylor Keen.
A talented athlete in his youth, throughout life Jeff acquired a skill for darts, enjoyed bowling and golfing, watching “Jeopardy,” and was an avid Indiana sports fan. Most of all he just wanted to watch golf on Sundays and spend time with his family.
In lieu of flowers and cards, financial donations may be made to the food pantry at Old Bethel Church at 8032 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN.
After a 16-year battle with cancer, Courtney Bayse Ercan passed on September 21, 2023. She was born to her surviving parents, David and Catharine Stout Bayse. She graduated from Christ the King School, Bishop Chatard High School, and Butler University. She completed her education with a Masters degree from the University of New Hampshire where she met her husband, Tolga Ercan, son of Yücel and Meral Ercan.
To know Courtney was to love her. She always showed a sincere interest in everyone she knew and encountered throughout life. She was an optimist who viewed the world as a “glass half- full” and ﬁlled her shortened life with memorable experiences.
Her life may best be summed up by the Ercan Family Rules posted on the family refrigerator: 1. Know God; 2. Family ﬁrst; 3. Work hard – nothing is ever free; 4. Tell the truth – without truth you are nothing; 5. Be kind – people matter.
Courtney’s passion for life was being a mom, traveling, playing tennis, solving crosswords and trivia puzzles, and indulging in chocolate. She is survived by her husband, Tolga; children Sam, Leyla, and Nesli; her parents and in-laws; her sisters, Helen (Mike) Workman and Anne Proctor; six nieces and nephews; and her sister and brother in-law, Bilge and Serhan Tuncer.
There will be a “kid friendly” Celebration of Courtney’s Life on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Woodstock Country Club, 1301 W. 38th St. Indianapolis, IN 46208. In lieu of ﬂowers, donations may be made in her name to Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577.
Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel assisting with arrangements. To share a memory and make a contribution please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.
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Michael Alan Theising, 70, died at home on September 10, 2023. Mike was born November 28, 1952, to Gregory B. and Ann E. Theising. He graduated from Chatard High School in 1970 and received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue College. After a brief career with Anaconda Wire, Mike suffered a spinal cord injury and became physically challenged.
Mike married Brenda Eaton and had a daughter Heather (David) Douglas and two grandchildren, Lacey and Colt. Mike is survived by his brother Marc (Joyce) Theising, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Mike enjoyed life and its challenges and managed to help others less fortunate. He was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a long-time parishioner of St. Pius X Church.
Much appreciation goes to Unconditional Love Caregivers, Tammy Davis, Tammie Cooper, and Paul O’Donnell.
Visitation will be held Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, from 10am-11am at St. Pius X Church, Indianapolis, with service following. Burial will be at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery.
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Mark Bunny passed from this world in August 2023. Information will be posted as it becomes available.
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Donn Michael Scotten, 74, BCHS Class of 1968, Indianapolis, passed peacefully May 31 at home with his beloved wife, Chris.
Donn was a Professional Land Surveyor and was a founding partner of Certified Engineering before launching his own Indianapolis business, Benchmark Surveying. Most recently, he had served as Director of Surveying for Axis Surveying.
He was a graduate of Purdue University, where he acquired an Associate’s Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology before confronting a difficult job market in the aviation industry of the 1970’s. As the son of a Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor, Donn returned to Purdue and earned a Schools of Engineering Bachelor’s Degree in Land Surveying.
Donn met Chris at Bishop Chatard High School, where they were high school sweethearts. They were married 51 years, and their union was blessed throughout by the close-knit nature of their extended family.
Dubbed “Uncle Fun” by his nieces and nephews, Donn always turned their extended family gatherings, trips and vacations into adventures with thoughtful and generous contributions designed to make sure everyone had a good time. Not one to spare an expense when family fun was at stake, he once bought a boat during a group vacation to Lake Wawasee after his own boat broke down and emergency repairs were unavailable.
Donn was an avid golfer who enjoyed countless outings with like-minded friends and family. He was especially fond of his regular brothers-in-law-only weekends that featured golf as the highlight of their fun-filled recreation.
One of Donn’s favorite pastimes was tinkering in his garage under the close supervision of his three dogs, Bell, Spike and Quinn. He was meticulous in his work with his precious tools and equipment, and he was a perfectionist when it came to his many projects, sometimes to the dismay of wife Chris, who always gave him a deadline. Donn was never in a hurry; he was certainly blessed with the gift of patience.
Donn could also be counted on to lend a helping hand with others’ projects. From airplanes and cars to home maintenance and all things in between, he loved sharing his knowledge and always had the right tool for the job or knew where to get it.
Donn was born May 25, 1949 to the late Elvan F. and Katherine R. Scotten. Survivors include: spouse Christine Hurrle Scotten; children Eric M. Scotten (Alyssa), Suzanne C. Platt (Andrew), Stephanie A. Gallagher (Colin); grandchildren Oliver, Elliot, Owen, Charlotte, Fletcher, Everett, Graham; siblings Christine Bordenet (Daniel) and Daniel Scotten (Susie).
Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Donn Scotten to Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220 or the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors – ISPLS Foundation General Fund, 3502 Woodview Trace, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46268 or donate online at https://www.ispls.org/donations/donate.asp?id=11180. Arrangements are entrusted to Flanner Buchanan-Broad Ripple.
Barbara Tutterow Gaffney, age 84, went to be with her Lord on Friday morning, August 18, 2023, in the comfort of her own home.
Barb was born on November 16, 1938, in Loudon, Tennessee, the oldest of five children, to her late parents Gilbert and Juanita (Coffelt) Tutterow.
Barb’s parents moved to Hagerstown, Indiana in 1948, where Barb attended Hagerstown schools. She graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1957 and moved to Indianapolis in 1958, to work and attend school. She enrolled at Butler University to study accounting, then attended St. Mary of the Woods to study theology. She obtained a certificate in Youth Ministry from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Barb worked in several different places through her life, including General Finance, Gillman Shoes in downtown Indy on the Circle, and Mayflower Warehouse. One great accomplishment and source of pride for her and the family was the creation of Mi-Kel’s Neckwear (named for her children Michael and Kelley), a kiosk store in Glendale Mall, which the family owned from 1976-1983.
Her most recent and rewarding positions were at Bishop Chatard High School. Over 37 years, she held 5 different positions, including Assistant to the Principal, Religion Teacher; for which she received an “Outstanding Educator” award, Campus Minister, Attendance Officer and Receptionist. Working with teenagers was what she loved most. Barb retired in 2020, at the age of 81.
Barb loved to read as well as travel with her sisters to Tennessee – God’s Country, as she described it. Martha, I mean Barb, also loved hanging with her 4 BFF’s, Nancy Wathen, Ruth Roell, Joanie Leffler & Ellen Landers, who all worked together at Bishop Chatard High School.
Outside of her daily work, Barb was a devout Catholic who attended Christ the King Catholic Church regularly as long as she was able. She served there at various times as Youth Minister, Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Teacher of Religious Education, and Bible Study Leader.
Barb is survived by her eldest child, Kelley Gaffney and youngest child, Michael Gaffney, her two sisters Debbie (John) Maples and Grace Bavender, many nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and nephews.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents Gilbert and Juanita (Coffelt) Tutterow, husband of 49 years, George B. Gaffney, brothers Gilbert B. “Jim” (Cheri) Tutterrow and Charlie (Joanna) Tutterow.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Bishop Chatard School Tuition Assistance Fund or to Christ the King Church.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Gaffney family.
Paul Richard, Indianapolis, father of Maryann (Richard) Gaines, BCHS Class of 1990, peacefully passed away on July 29, 2023 at the age of 77 with his family at his side. Paul was born and grew up in
Paul spent his entire career in the museum field after graduating with a masters degree from the Cooperstown Museum Studies Program, Cooperstown, NY. Prior to pursuing his education, Paul served with the US Army and was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. Paul spent many happy and creative years at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as the Executive Vice President before leaving to start his own consulting business, Small Exhibits.
After retirement Paul passionately dedicated his time and
talent to helping veterans through the arts. Among his many interests and hobbies were traveling, gardening, writing poetry, making furniture and being a beekeeper. Paul’s deep love for family and his faith was an essential part of his being. Paul’s deep curiosity and knowledge of the natural world
were inspiring to his family, friends and colleagues.
Ever the romantic, he and his wife Camille were married in Vienna, Austria in 1988 and that was the first of their many adventures around the world.
In addition to Camille, Paul is survived by son Joshua (Nichole), daughters Stephanie (Stephen) Stratigakis and Maryann Gaines as well as six grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is also survived by his sister Jilda St. Martin, sister-in-law Martina Richard, numerous nieces and
nephews and his mischievous Airedale, Woodrow.
A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Paul’s memory can be made to support the ArtTroop program at the Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th Street, Indianapolis
46220. The family asks that when in nature you look up to the heavens and say hello to our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Sharon Marie Wagner, age 65, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2023. Sharon was born February 6, 1958 in Indianapolis to Paul “Dick” and Mary Agnes (O’Brian) Wagner. Sharon attended St. Pius X grade school and graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 1976. After high school, she earned her Associate’s Degree from Purdue University. Sharon worked for Speedway Motel for many years. She went on to work for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for 23 years, beginning at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, and then 19 years as Business Manager for St. Pius X Parish. Sharon was known for her willingness to work long and hard to meet the needs of the parish family and the greater community.
Sharon is survived by her son, Chris Wagner; siblings, Mike (Michele) Wagner, John (Regina) Wagner, Mark (the late Julie) Wagner, Deacon Rick (Carol) Wagner and Steve (Angela) Wagner; stepmother, Donna Wagner and additional siblings, Mark (James) Crayton and Cathy (Jim) Fiala. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Paul “Dick” Wagner and Mary Agnes (O’Brian) Wagner.
A visitation for Sharon will be held on Wednesday, July 19th, 2023 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at St. Pius X Parish, 7200 Sarto Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46240. A second visitation will take place Thursday, July 20th from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM also at St. Pius X Parish. A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 11:00 AM.
Sharon will be laid to rest at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, 9700 Allisonville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46250.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to IndyHumane, 7929 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
Kristen Renee Allen, beloved daughter of Faith Eckert Allen and the late Thomas Allen, passed away on May 24, 2023 at the age of 38. Kristen was born in Indianapolis, attended Chatard High School and traveled to France with the I.U. Honors Program. She graduated from DePauw University with a double major in Computer Science and English Literature. While at DePauw she was a member of the Information & Technology Associates Program and the Delta Zeta Sorority. Kristen was a software developer for numerous companies in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. She was also a “master box lunch maker” for Jug’s Catering during the race months.
Kristen will always be remembered for her big heart and giving nature. Her dear friend Ben wrote, “her ideal day would have been a gentle rain, snuggled under a blanket with one of her pets, with a good book and a cup of tea. She had a bright smile, shining eyes and a big hug that let you know she was always glad to see you. She was kind, to a fault. She didn’t have many friends but the ones she did have she would fight tooth and nail to keep safe.”
We find comfort in knowing that Kristen is now safe in heaven with her father, Thom, her grandfather, Charles “Jug” Eckert, and uncles, Sam Eckert and Ron Allen. She is survived by her mother, grandmother, Beatrice Eckert Deitchman and husband Dick Deitchman, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, along with her very good friends.
A memorial service will be held at an undetermined date for family and friends at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Cemetery in Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Kristen’s name to Coburn Place Safe Haven, 604 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN or to your favorite animal shelter.
A special thanks goes to all of Kristen’s cherished family and friends for their wonderful support during this difficult and tragic time.
Kelly Elizabeth Funk, age 42, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2023.
She attended St. Luke Grade School and was involved in CYO sports, namely volleyball and basketball. Additionally, she was a Brownie Scout. During grade school she studied ballet at the Jordan School of Dance at Butler University. Later, she studied piano and flute at the Butler School of Arts.
Kelly graduated with honors from Bishop Chatard High School. She was a member of both the swim and soccer teams. She was on the first Women’s soccer team of the school. During her high school years, she was selected as a delegate to the National Leadership Conference held in Washington, D.C., between her junior and senior years. She also participated in the school production of Little Orphan Annie.
Kelly enrolled at Loyola University in Chicago to begin her college career. Following her first year, she elected to return to Indianapolis to attend IU-PUI. The only request was that she could live in an apartment on the canal in downtown Indianapolis where she lived for three years while a student. Kelly was on the Dean’s List for academics in the Sociology Department and graduated with honors from Indiana University. During her school years, she worked as a volunteer at the Indiana Girls School working with young women, helping to consider different choices in their life.
During a family holiday trip to St. Thomas, USVI, Kelly found her first dream job. She moved to the island and worked as a first mate on a boat doing day snorkel trips. She taught guests snorkeling and assisted in operating the boat. After about 15 months, island life was wearing on her and she returned to Indianapolis.
Upon returning, she worked in a law firm handling filings, and later worked at Crossroad Services. She met John Ferree and in 2007, and they were married in Danville, Indiana. Kelly and John were organic farmers and sold their product at a number of farmers markets and to local restaurants. Kelly had found her second dream job. They were selected by the local “Slow Food” organization to attend an international meeting in Italy in 2008.
On July 10, 2010, while working in one of their fields, Kelly was struck by lightning and was totally incapacitated as a result. Following the injury, Kelly resided in several assisted living facilities, lastly Carmel Health and Living Community.
Kelly is survived by her parents, James W., and Janis Funk of Indianapolis, her daughter Senka Ferree, and brother Christopher (Molly) Funk.
You are invited to visit the website www.leppertmortuary.com to share a personal memory of Kelly. You may also arrange a memorial contribution to Gibault Children’s Service, 6401 US Highway 41 South, Terre Haute, Indiana 47802, in Kelly’s name, or, you may consider a contribution to your local food bank as a memorial to Kelly, in lieu of flowers.
Errick Michael Freeman passed away unexpectedly on May 17, 2023 and his family and friends are devastated and saddened by this tragic loss. He passed away at the young age of 40. in Boynton Beach, FL where he lived since 2020.
Errick was born April 11, 1983, in Columbus, IN to Mark and Debbie Freeman. His mother, Debbie, survives. He is also survived by his grandmother Kathleen Freeman of Shelbyville, IN). He is also survived by his Aunt Theresa Freeman-Griffin (Frank), Paul Freeman (Valerie) and Phil Freeman all of Shelbyville, IN and his Aunt Janie of Jacksonville, FL and his many friends and cousins who love him more than words can express.
He is preceded in death by his father Mark, his brother Matthew, Grandfather John Freeman, Grandparents Leonard and Christine Burton Aunt Kathy Smith, Uncle Jim Smith and Uncle Rick Smith (who he was named after).
He attended elementary school at St Joe, Shelbyville, IN, graduated high school from Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis, IN, graduated college from the Culinary Institute of America (2005) in Hyde Park, NY and earned his Court of Master Sommeliers in 2004.
While he was in high school, he loved marching band and competitions. He marched in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2001. He was a member of the Indiana Youth Jazz Ensemble, won a Prelude Award at the Children’s Museum and loved to golf, go to concerts, play music on his Saxophone and have fun with his friends. Once he graduated high school, he followed his love for food creations and enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America.
Errick’s resume is quite impressive since he graduated from the CIA. His culinary degree took him to restaurants in New York, California, Indiana, and Florida and he was a private chef. While in Boynton Beach he worked most recently as a Restaurant Manager at Martini’s until they closed and before his passing was employed by Winston Trails Country Club. His words of wisdom regarding his love for cooking was “There’s more in the world than cooking; but, nothing like cooking to take you around the world”.
Anyone that knew Errick, knew that he was a kind, gentle, fun loving, hard-working, loyal man who had an immense passion for the restaurant industry and was always a source of positivity. Errick always had a smile on his face. He was a happy person and loved to have fun. We’ve lost a shining light in our lives and will miss his calls, text messages and emails.
Errick will forever be remembered and loved by his family and friends.
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John (Zig) William Leach, 68, of Noblesville, Indiana, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2023.
Zig was born on September 10, 1954 to Robert Paul Leach and Ruth Ann Cox in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Zig attended Speedway High School then went onto graduate from Bishop Chatard High School, he went on to further his education at several universities, studying Business at Indiana University, University of Miami, and Samford University studying law. After college, his education afforded him to work for companies such as Toshiba, IBM and the Indiana Pacers.
Zig is survived by his son Robert Paul Leach II, who he loved to watch play basketball and was the center of his world.
Stephen (Steve) Karl Stipher passed away in Mission Viejo, CA on Tuesday March 7, 2023 at 75 years old. Steve was born on July 25, 1947 in Indianapolis, IN to Karl and Jean Stipher.
He grew up in Indianapolis where he graduated from Bishop Chatard High School, playing several sports. After graduation, he attended Indiana University where he earned a B.A. in Economics and Marketing. After graduation, Steve was listed in the Army Reserves where he was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana and trained as a combat medic.
For 18 months, Steve was in the Army Reserves and was honorably discharged. After the Army, Steve worked for 3M, starting his sales career, which would span over 50 years.
While building his sales career, Steve and Ann married in April 1972. Steve and Ann left the Midwest and headed West for better business opportunities. They lived in Arizona, Nevada, and California. Steve spent the majority of his life, almost 40 years, in Mission Viejo, CA.
Steve was widowed by Ann after 44 years of marriage and remarried to Elaine Holroyd in 2019. Steve was a kind, loving and hardworking individual that brought out the best of everyone he met. Steve will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Steve is survived by his wife, Elaine Holroyd of Mission Viejo. His 3 children, Jason Stipher, his wife Beth Stipher and their 2 children Luka and Finley of Laguna Niguel, CA. Amy Loros, her husband Dave Loros and their 2 children Lilly and Olivia of Costa Mesa, CA. And Ryan Stipher, his wife Rae Stipher of Las Vegas, NV. Jeff Holroyd, his wife Kristine Holroyd and their 6 children Jillian, Tatym, Finlee, Kasen, Cora, and Shay of Celina, TX. Eleyce Winn and her husband Kenny Winn of Danbury, CT. Steve’s siblings include Richard Stipher of Sycamore, IL and Karen Stipher of Indianapolis, IN.
Steven Tolve Laurenzana, a beloved son, father, and friend, passed away on April 3rd, 2023, at the age of 51 due to natural causes. He was born on December 29, 1971, in Indianapolis, and grew up in Broad Ripple. Throughout his life, he continued to live and work in Indianapolis.
Steve was a man of many passions and hobbies, which included spending time with his children, attending concerts, playing the daily lottery, bowling, camping, and watching the latest episodes of Stranger Things. He was an avid fisherman, sometimes Steve would stop before his shift at the pond near his work to cast a line, enjoy the solitude, and maybe catch a bite.
Steve was a simple man who lived life to the fullest and cherished every moment with his family and friends. He will be remembered for his kind heart and his love for those around him. His loss will be deeply felt by those who knew him.
Steve is survived by his wife, Bobbie-jo; his two children, Lilly-Mae and Landon; and step-children, Marissa and Alex Garrod. He also leaves behind his parents, Tony and Sue Laurenzana; and his sister, Jennifer Eve.
Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Melba Stone; uncles, Dan Conner and Hank Stone. May he rest in peace, and may his family find comfort in the memories they shared with him.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made online to help with future expenses for his children. Go Fund Me – Steve Laurenzana
Ralph Thomas Hatcher, 38, born April 17th, 1984, to Sue Anne (Lex) and Ralph Eugene Hatcher, passed away suddenly after a brief illness the afternoon of December 28, 2022. Thomas, or “Baby,” as his biological and military families called him, was a proud Marine, father, son, and brother. Thomas graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 2002 and enlisted with the Marine Corps in 2006.
Thomas served as a Combat Engineer, a Rifle Expert, in the Marine Corps until 2012, during which time he was deployed to Iraq. He also completed missions and training in Mozambique, London, and the Dominican Republic. Thomas was a fierce Patriot – fearless and convicted in his beliefs of God and country.
Thomas was a natural guardian. A protector. Strong, determined, gentle, and complex. He was a jack-of-all-trades. If ever you were in need, Thomas would be the first one to show up and help with a Jeep full of tools and his hair freshly faded. He was humble, quiet, and knew how to love in a way most never learn.
Thomas found his calling and source of true happiness as a father. His pride rested in his four surviving children, Tyler, Teagan, Tatum, and Rafe Hatcher.
Thomas is preceded in death by his grandparents, John & Theresa Lex and Ralph & Anna Hatcher, and by his father, Ralph Eugene Hatcher, MD. He is survived by his mother, Sue Lex Hatcher, his brother, Wesley (Camille) Hatcher, sisters Catherine (Adam) Walden and Colleen (Justin) Groves. He leaves behind the love of his life, Candace Ryall, ten nieces and nephews, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Too many to name, Thomas is also survived by his many Marine Corps brothers.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hope for the Warriors and the Resilient Warrior Program, MSC 7613, PO Box 415000, Nashville, TN 37241. Please make note that it is in memory of Thomas Hatcher.
During the evening of January 19, 2023 with her family comfortably close by, at the much-too-tender age of 67, Kathy Pratt quietly passed through heaven’s door after a long and difficult bout with ALS.
Born in Indianapolis in 1955 to Edgar and Virginia Hauser, Kathy spent an active and often mischievous childhood romping about with neighborhood pals, older brother, Eddie, and younger sister and brother, Ginny and Evert. A graduate of North Central High School, Kathy excelled at Indiana University where she blew through the Business School; cheered with poms poms in hand at floor level for the 1976 undefeated, national-champion Hoosiers; helped to kick off the well-known Indiana University Red Steppers dance team; and laid the foundation for a long and fruitful relationship with the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She also found the time at IU to woo an unsuspecting graduate student by the name of Jamie Pratt, and together they embarked upon a life-long journey, having celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary just last August.
Seattle was the first stop for the happy couple. There, Kathy began her career at the powerhouse accounting firm, Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers); her interest in accounting motivated by the desire to help her Dad organize the books at the family-owned firm, Oil Way (“It’s the only way!”), her summer time employer while in high school.
Kathy and Jamie spent 13 terrific years based in Seattle, which created many life-long friendships and included an 18-month stint in Zurich, Switzerland where Kathy worked as a tax advisor for ex-patriots. Most important, in the mid 1980s they produced a couple of little people (Jason and Ryan), igniting Kathy’s powerful motherly instinct and calling her away from tax returns to her true love, raising a family … and did she ever excel at that!
Terrific mothers, however, don’t just sit around at home eating bonbons; no, they get out into the community – church groups like Christian bible studies, charities, and alumnae groups … and in each of these organizations Kathy was a leader, including president, board member and almost always treasurer, normally one of the few in the group who knew the difference between an income statement and a balance sheet.
In 1990 the family of four moved to Wilmette, Illinois on the outskirts of Chicago for a year, where Jamie taught at Northwestern. But that stay was short-lived; in 1991 it was “Back Home Again in Indiana” as the foursome settled in Bloomington, Indiana, where they have since grown considerable roots. Kathy never slowed down in the Hoosier state, where the “stork” dropped off a third son (Dylan) and she continued to lead alumnae groups and charities – Pi Beta Phi, Red Steppers, and Meals on Wheels. She also pursued one of her passions – ball room dancing. Indeed, she even competed in a Dancing with the Stars-like competition, which raised nearly $100,000 for the local Meals on Wheels chapter … for which of course she was president at the time! What a gal! Also worth a mention, during the 30+ years in Bloomington Kathy managed a very active and complex rental property in the Bahamas and still found time to move to France for a year and enroll her 3 young boys in French schools – an endeavor not for the faint of heart.
While Kathy was an extremely talented leader and active participant in just about everything you can think of, she always found the time to lovingly look after her husband and boys. Family was always first and as the boys have grown to men creating their own families, the family-first idea has extended to a daughter in-law (Aleksandrina from Bulgaria) and two wonderful grandchildren – Oliver (6) and Scarlett, who claims “Just about 4.” It’s a slam dunk that Kathy was simply THE BEST MOM/NANA EVER … and that love was also generously shared with friends from all over the world.
As she fought ALS it was staggering just how many people from so many walks of life offered beautiful thoughts of prayer and support. Indeed, as the “Wizard” advised the tin woodsmen … “A heart is measured not only by how much it loves, but how much it is loved by others” and the love we all hold for Kathy will undoubtedly spill over to others, helping us all to mold a better world. And finally, there is one more legacy … Kathy’s Christian faith gave her incredible courage to face what many of us consider the great unknown. Just maybe she didn’t think of it that way. Indeed, she was very special!
A gathering will be held to celebrate Kathy’s extraordinary life at a date to be determined. Allen Funeral Home and Crematory, 4155 South Old State Road 37, Bloomington, has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with family and friends at www.allencares.com
Kathy was the spouse of BCHS Alumnus Jamie Pratt ’69
Denise Ann (Barrett) Tobin, 63, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2022.
Denise was born on July 3, 1959, in Indianapolis, IN. She attended St. Pius X Catholic School and Bishop Chatard High School. In her youth, she was an avid swimmer and diver; she received many awards and was featured in local news articles as a competitive, champion athlete. As a young adult, she married Michael Tobin, her husband of 42 years, on June 14, 1980, at St. Pius X Catholic Church. They raised their three children near the eastside of Indianapolis, IN, and attended Holy Cross Church. She became profoundly involved in the athletic program at Holy Cross School, as a volleyball and kickball coach, and CYO Director (1988 – 2004). In recognition of her volunteerism and to honor her years of service, she was the recipient of the “Monsignor Albert Busald Award” in 1995, “St. John Bosco Medal” in 2004, and “Thank A Coach” in 2022. Over the years, she would receive countless messages from women expressing their gratitude for her endless care and compassion and her impactful contributions as a coach.
She will be remembered as a caregiver to her parents, a committed and devoted wife to her adoring husband, a selfless and heroic mother, a sassy and trustworthy mother-in-law, a generous and influential grandmother (aka Gigi), a loving and faithful friend, an unconditional and spirited sister, and a mentor to young female athletes. Most of all, she was a brave and courageous woman with extraordinary strength and determination.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Barrett; father, William Barrett Jr.; sister, Debra Barrett; mother-in-law, Patricia Schneider; and father-in-law, Mathias Tobin Sr.; stepmother-in-law, Phyllis Barrett. She leaves behind her husband, Michael Tobin; daughter, Nicole Wesling (Brian); sons, Jonathan Tobin (Katie) and Matthew Tobin (Jamie); grandchildren, Hunter, Ethan, Gunner, Patrick, and Mackenzie; siblings Diana Hay, William Barrett III (Carol), and Dennis Barrett (Beth); stepfather-in-law, Donald Schneider; sibling-in-laws Mathias James Tobin Jr. (Lori) and Kathy Saylor (Rick); many nieces and nephews; and dearest friend, Ellen Fuqua (Matt).
For memorial donations, please consider Holy Cross Central School.
Robert Norman Dietrick, Bob, or Bobby, as his friends knew him, passed away at St. Vincent Hospital on December 7, 2022, at the age of 67. Bob leaves behind his wife, Karen, daughter, Blair, son, Bo, daughter-in-law, Catty, and grandson, Wally. He was a lifelong member of the Indianapolis community, alongside his surviving siblings Deb (Marten), Andy, Chris, Jan (Huxhold), and P.J.
Bob was born on August 22, 1955, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis to Robert Edward and Janet Matches Dietrick. He attended St. Pius X for grade school and middle school, and Bishop Chatard for high school, where he was an active athlete and an accomplished student. At Purdue University, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, played on the Purdue baseball team, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
After graduating from Purdue in 1977, Bob joined his father in the family business – Robert E. Dietrick Manufacturer’s Representative. Upon his father’s retirement in 1984, Bob founded Robert Dietrick Co., Inc., a manufacturer’s representative and industrial solutions provider for the loading dock and specialty door arena throughout Indiana and the surrounding states. Today, his business legacy continues with an operation employing 100 Indiana residents with offices located in the Fishers, Columbia City, Evansville, and Columbus communities. RDC remains a family-owned business to this day.
Outside of his successful professional career, Bob was a devoted father, avid baseball fan, and voracious reader. He also had a passion for mentoring and served as a coach to many young men and women of the community spanning several decades. Bob will be remembered for his warm greetings and thoughtful conversations with anyone he encountered. He had a true interest in and enthusiasm for hearing what other people had to say. Bob lived as Henry David Thoreau observed: “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to Indy Reads at giving.indyreads.org.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.leppertmortuarynora.com for the Dietrick family.
Sonja Mae Deiter, age 82, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022. She was born April 22, 1940 in Indianapolis to the late Robert and Thelma (Gordon) Wuensch. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Charles Joseph Deiter and her two brothers, Ronald Wuensch and Dennis Wuensch.
Sonja was a proud graduate of St. Agnes Academy and Marian University. She began her career as an elementary school teacher after graduating from Marian with a Bachelor’s of Education degree. Sonja spent much of her education career teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes school on the eastside of Indianapolis, before deciding to stay home to care for her ever growing family. Although she had 10 children of her own, Sonja was a mother figure to countless neighborhood children over the years, too numerous to name, who were always welcomed at her house or yard, with a warm smile, kindness and hospitality. Sonja was a long time member of St. Joan of Arc Parish and was devoted to praying the rosary. She enjoyed spending time reading and solving crossword puzzles. She loved lighthouses and everything that went along with them, but above all else she loved her family and her Lord.
Sonja is survived by her children, Anne Culpepper (Warren), Teresa Florczak, John Deiter, Robert “Bob” Deiter, Marie Gagne (Wen), Patrick Deiter (Lorie), Philip Deiter (Jodie), Matthew Deiter, Elizabeth Andrachik (Keith), and Christopher Deiter (Nizeet); 21 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and her sister, Michelle Wuensch.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sonja’s memory may be made to St. Joan of Arc. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Deiter family.
Sonja was the mother of the following BCHS alumni: Anne ’82, Theresa ’84, John ’85, Robert ’87, Marie ’88, Patrick ’89, Philip ’91, Matthew ’92, Elizabeth ’94, and Christopher ’96
Kimberly Sue (Ruse) Roberts took her final bow on Friday, November 25, 2022. In her 48 years on the planet, she played the roles of daughter, friend, actor, educator, mentor, colleague, wife, and mother to great acclaim.
Most recently a resident of Fishers, Kim was born in Indianapolis on May 5, 1974. She graduated from Bishop Chatard High School (Indianapolis) and earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre education from Ball State University as well as a master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University. She was awarded the Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018 and served on the department’s alumni board.
“Miss Ruse” encountered hundreds of students in her 22 years as a high school theatre, drama, and speech teacher, initially at Muncie Southside High School and most recently at Southport High School (Indianapolis). She directed dozens of productions in her career. More importantly, her classes and shows offered students from a wide variety of backgrounds an opportunity to build diverse communities and enjoy a respite from the struggles of high school. She inspired her student performers with the quote, “Magic is theatre. Theatre is magic. And blessed are we who create that magic.”
Outside of her career as an educator, Kim was an award-winning actor and fixture in the Indianapolis theatre community. She performed regularly at venues including Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Carmel, Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis, and Buck Creek Playhouse in Indianapolis. When not in the classroom or on stage, Kim could often be found enjoying her family’s lake house on Lake Shafer or watching the Purdue Boilermakers with her dad.
Kim is survived by her loving husband, Ryan; son, Harry; parents, Susie (Woirhaye) and Tim Ruse; parents-in-law, Charlene and Marion Roberts; dear friend Brianne Williams; lifelong companion Theodore Bearington; aunt Margie (Rod) Bruce; and uncles Daniel (Carole) Ruse and Steve Winegardner. She was preceded in death by grandparents Harry and Eleanor Woirhaye, grandmother Anna Marie Ruse, great-grandmother Ann Jennings, aunt Lucinda Winegardner, and uncle John Woirhaye.
“The Girl” is also survived by scores of friends, students, colleagues, fellow performers, and admirers who were all inspired by her bravery, which never allowed anything to break her spirit, interrupt her plans, or quiet her laughter. Her friends and family plan to gather on her next birthday, May 5, 2023, to celebrate Kim and offer a standing ovation for her performance in this life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Ball State University Department of Theatre and Dance. Visit connect.bsu.edu/FineArts-Give and select the “Theatre and Dance” option to donate. Arrangements are being handled by Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory in Greenfield.
Gregory Stephen Luedeman, 52, of Indianapolis, died November 7, 2022 at home. Greg was born August 17, 1970 in Indianapolis, IN to Stephen Luedeman and Maureen Luedeman.
Greg worked as a sales consultant for Top Knobs where he has over the years grown a successful sales agency. Greg currently welcomed his son Jacob to begin sharing the business with him in June 2022.
Greg enjoyed a life full of anything involving his four children and his family. He was an avid race fan, most specifically the Indianapolis 500. There wasn’t a sport he hasn’t sat on the sideline of at some point to play, watch, or coach.
Greg was preceded in death by his brother Matthew Luedeman.
Greg is survived by his four children Connor, Jacob, Nicholas, and Emma; as well as his father Stephen Luedeman (Carla Putnam), mother Maureen Luedeman, his brother Mike (Erin)Luedeman, and his sister Megan Luedeman.
Memorial donations can be made to the Matthew J. Luedeman Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Journalism at https://give.myiu.org/iu-bloomington/P370006454.html
John Patrick McCalley, 56, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away at his home on January 11, 2022. John was born on June 17th,1965 to Richard and Eleanor McCalley, the youngest of twelve siblings.
John graduated from Bishop Chatard High School and spent two years at Butler University. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard where he had four happy years saving lives off the coast of Oregon. He was a family man, first and foremost. He loved spending time with his children, grandchild, wife, and extremely large family. Quick with a joke and a laugh, he will be remembered as a man who brightened everyone’s day.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa; his daughter, Erica McCalley; his son, Jason (wife: Kendra) McCalley; his stepchildren, JC Bruckmann, Nikki Bruckmann and Grace Bruckmann; his granddaughter, Remington McCalley; and his siblings, Tom McCalley, Tim McCalley, Peggy McCullough, Jeannie TeKolste, Andrea Perkins, Patty Roach, Joe McCalley, Kevin McCalley, Chris McCalley, and Mary Myers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Eleanora, and his sister, Catherine Barney.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian Street, Suite 200: In Memory of John McCalley to the library, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.
John W. Thompson, Jr., 71, of Southington, Connecticut, formerly of Farmington, Connecticut passed away after a four-and-a-half-year battle with lung cancer, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on December 22, 1950 in Indianapolis to the late John and Ann (Mueller) Thompson. He graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 1968. In high school he was an Indiana All State high school football center. He played defensive tackle for the Brown University Bears all 4 years. He graduated in 1972 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
His first job at Gilbane Building company gave him the opportunity to live in many places including Rhode Island, Connecticut, Michigan, Texas, Louisiana and New Jersey. He moved to Connecticut in 1982 to be the head of North American Operations construction division for Otis Elevator. In 1991 he started his own company, Construction Insight. He was very passionate about his career. He worked long hours and traveled thousands of miles by car and plane for work. Over the years, he built up Construction Insight to include offices in Connecticut and Virginia. At it’s peak, the company employed about 20 employees and serviced clients all along the East Coast. He enjoyed his time spent with other professionals and chose to work up until the last week of his life.
He was involved in many aspects of his community with Indian Guides, the Farmington and Southington High School football booster clubs, the Plainville YMCA board of directors, the Southington YMCA and Zion Lutheran church. But his most beloved volunteer position was as a mentor for the Southington Cyber Knights Robotics club, where his son, JT, was a member. If he had the luxury of retirement years, he had planned to become a mentor for the Cyber Knights again.
He enjoyed planning packed itineraries for vacations with his large and loving family. His travels included trips to Hawaii, Sweden, Disney, Canada, Maine, California and Alaska. He also traveled endless miles and endured extreme temperatures to support his children and grandchildren in their various athletic competitions. As an athlete himself, he took great pride in supporting his children through youth and collegiate sports. He was also a dedicated Patriots fan and enjoyed friendly banter between his siblings who supported their hometown Indianapolis Colts.
He married the love of his life, Karin (Swanson), in January 2007 after meeting through their involvement at Zion Lutheran Church. They created a blended family of eight children. During their 17 years together, they welcomed seven grandchildren into their lives. Nothing brought him more joy than bringing his family together for milestone event celebrations or holiday gatherings. He leaves behind his beloved wife, and eight children, Kevin Thompson (Lisa) of Brea, California, Elaine (Matt) Strohl of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Robert Morelli, of Southington, Connecticut, Stephanie (Justin) Pronovost of Plainville, Connecticut, Joshua (Erin) Morelli of Bristol, Connecticut, and Amanda, Matthew and John W. Thompson III of Southington, Connecticut, and seven grandchildren Drew, Zachary, Lynnea, Jack, Sunne, Simon and Grant, his sister Cheryl Striewe and her husband, John, of Indianapolis, Indiana and sister-in-law MaryAnn Thompson, of Deland, Florida, and several nieces. He was preceded in death by his brother, David Thompson, of Deland, Florida.
Calling hours are Friday evening, October 28th from 6 to 9 PM at Carlson Funeral Home, 45 Franklin Square, New Britain. Funeral services are Saturday, October 29th at 10 AM at Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, Berlin. Burial will follow in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. All are invited to attend a reception immediately following the funeral at Testa’s, 26 South Center Street, Southington, CT.
In Lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to The John Thompson Memorial Travel Scholarship Fund, benefiting the Southington High School Cyber Knights, a nonprofit organization. To donate online go to: srtea.org/donate/ . When answering the question of “who referred you” for the online form, please enter “In Memory of John Thompson” to earmark the funds for this scholarship. Checks can also be mailed to SRTEA, P. O. Box 826, Southington, CT. Make sure to include “John Thompson Memorial Scholarship” in the note section of the check. This scholarship will help underprivileged students afford travel expenses for robotics competitions.**Courtesy of usobit.com.
Ann Temple McDaniel passed away on 4th day of October 2022, at the age of 70.
Born on the 20th of June 1952, to Mig and Bill Temple, Ann grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, Ann graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1974, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and met her husband of 46 years, George McDaniel.
Ann was devoted to her faith, family, and friends. She found joy in life’s big and small moments. She exuded grace, beauty and love. The outpouring of love for Ann and her family in her final years is a testament to how much she meant to so many people. We know that so many others, like us, will miss Ann’s optimism, kind and gentle manner, and laughter.
Behind Ann’s grace and humility was an inner strength. She was steadfastly faithful and focused on life’s blessings, even during hard times. In the face of a terrible diagnosis, she found peace and reassurance from reading the word of God and praising Him.
Ann’s greatest legacy is her family, and she would be quick to tell you that they were her greatest joy. She raised three wonderful children and gave them her optimism, faith, and quiet strength. Ann’s family grew to include eight beloved grandchildren: Mae McDaniel, Walker O’Black, Annie McDaniel, William O’Black, Otto McDaniel, Kate McDaniel, Caroline McDaniel and Brooke O’Black. Affectionately known as “Gran”, she showered them with love, attention, and endless prayers. She treated each one as if they were her only grandchild-encouraging their individual interests and filling them with confidence. She was unwaveringly present at games, recitals, performances, tea parties, and cousin play dates. She loved the energy from all of her grandchildren running around together and especially cherished weekends and holidays spent together at their bay house in Galveston.
Ann saw the best in everyone and every situation. She formed close friendships at every place she lived-Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, California, and Houston. She maintained those friendships over decades and long distances. Friends were like family. Friends knew that they could count on her support wherever and whenever. She would be there, by your side, to hold you up in difficult times.
Ann was a longtime member of The Church of St. John the Divine where she served on the Altar Guild and was the president of the Episcopal Church Women. She was a member of the River Oaks Garden Club and the Junior League of Houston and was very involved in Kappa Kappa Gamma throughout the years. Last year, Ann was pleased to receive her 50-year Kappa pin, with her daughter Mary (a Texas Kappa) by her side. Ann was also a skilled bridge player and accomplished needle pointer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Charles Michler. Ann is survived by her husband, George; her son and daughter-in-law, Mac and Kayli McDaniel, and their children, Mae, Annie and Otto; her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Weston O’Black, and their children, Walker, William and Brooke; her son and daughter-in-law Will and Kari McDaniel, and their children, Kate and Caroline; her sister, Marie Macadam and husband, Steve of Atlanta, Georgia; and her brother-in-law Mike McDaniel and wife Laura of Houston. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins whom she loved dearly.
Her memory will always be a blessing.
A memorial service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 17th of October, at the Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, where the Reverend Leigh Spruill will officiate. Immediately following the service, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Sumners Hall.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Ann’s honor be directed to Family Legacy Missions, 3030 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1400 Dallas, TX 75234, or at https://give.familylegacy.com/, or The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard, Houston, TX, 77019 or at www.sjd.org/give/
From the Houston Chronicle from Oct. 10 to Oct. 16, 2022
Colleen A. (O’Connor) Crandell, age 61, of Bellmore IN, left this world on August 4th. Born April 1961 in Indianapolis, the daughter of Patrick & Roseanna O’Connor, 2nd of 6 children. Married to her husband of 32 yrs, Cy Crandell. She attended Christ the King, graduated from Chatard H.S, in 1980 & attended cosmetology school.
She raised 7 children of which 4 are quadruplets. A huge animal lover who also spent her free time mushroom hunting & gardening. Colleen is survived by her husband & 7 children, Matt (Angela) Sharp, Amanda (Brad) McGrannahan, Jason Sharp, Alyssa, Cyrus, Chloe & Kelsey Crandell, her siblings, Marilyn, Pat, Kevin, & Tim O’Connor, 5 grandchildren & 4 nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents & sister Karen.
On August 11th at 2:00 pm, a celebration of life will be held at the Bellmore Fire Dept. located at 7020 US-36 (crossroad St. Rd 59).
Kelly Stonebraker, age 61, of Fortville, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Kelly was born August 5, 1960 in Indianapolis to Orville Dean “Stoney” and Billie Jean Stonebraker. Kelly grew up and attended schools in Indianapolis and was a graduate of St. Andrew Catholic School and Bishop Chatard High School. Upon graduation, he entered into the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served his country for three years. Upon discharge, Kelly then earned a degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Kelly was a kind and gentle soul who always put others needs before his own. He grew up working in his family’s restaurants and was a natural entrepreneur. Over the years, he had owned and operated storage units and Stoney’s Steakhouse on the west side. He lived the meaning of a hard day’s work and was happiest bringing a smile to hungry faces. His fan club stretched across the Central Indianapolis Metropolitan Area. Kelly most recently owned and operated Murphy’s Pubhouse South.
When Kelly wasn’t working hard for others, he enjoyed live music, a round of golf, playing cards or hitting the casino. His true happiness was simply making meaningful memories with his family and friends. He loved family time and especially spoiling his grandchildren.
Kelly was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Donnie Stonebraker, his loving mother, Billie Jean Stonebraker and his devoted dog, Rocky.
He is survived by his loving children, Jenny (Jeff) Oakes, Megan (Jeremy) Rogers and Jake Stonebraker and step-sons, Zach (Alexandra) Bradford and Samuel (Andreya) Bradford; devoted father, Orville Dean “Stoney” Stonebraker; dedicated siblings, Teresa Sue (Al) Russell, Bryan Dean (Annette Groves) Stonebraker, Mary Shawn (Drew) Heimer, Craig Patrick (Lisa Marie) Stonebraker, Shannon Beth (Scott Griffey) Stonebraker, Scott Matthew (April) Stonebraker and Ryan (Stephanie) Stonebraker; his loving grandchildren, Cambrie, Ashlynn, Novella and Kellan Oakes, Nick and Grant Rogers and step-grandchildren, Beatrice, Lincoln and Indy Bradford and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins grateful customers and his dog Maggie.
A visitation for Kelly will be held Tuesday, August 2, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel, 740 East 86th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 PM.
Interment follows at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.leppertmortuarynora.com for the Stonebraker family.
Santiago Arteaga, Jr., of Indianapolis, Indiana died unexpectedly on June 10, 2022. He was born on October 13, 1972, in Azcapotzalco, Mexico to Santiago and Ignacia (Correa) Arteaga. Santiago was an Equipment Engineer for Endress + Hauser Co. He loved spending time with his family especially watching his sons playing football, spending time with his daughter, cooking especially during the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, he would prepare a feast, he enjoyed dancing, and the family said at Christmas he would only let his family open presents one at a time because he wanted to get the perfect photo of their expression once it was opened. He was a good husband, brother, father, son, and friend and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Maria C. (Boyzo) Arteaga, children, Santiago Junior III Arteaga, Aidan Arteaga, Jacob Arteaga, Sophia Arteaga, his parents, Santiago and Ignacia Arteaga, brother, Raudel (Erika) Arteaga and their children Raudel Arteaga, Jr., Olivia Arteaga, Leah Sophia Arteaga, and his sisters, Manuela (Jerry) Christner, and their children, Jaeden Christner, Joseph Christner, Joshua Christner, Yolanda Arteaga, and Noemi (Ryan) Pinkston and their children, David Pinkston, Calvin Arteaga, Isabel Pinkston, Ryan Pinkston, Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 10 AM, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 337 N. Warman Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46222 with visitation on Monday, June 20, 2022, 4:00pm-8:00pm at Flanner Buchanan Floral Park. He will be laid to rest at Floral Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial gifts go to https://gofund.me/71b42400 To sign the online guest book and share your memories and stories with his family please go to www.flannerbuchanan.com .
Santiago was the father of Aidan Arteaga ’24, Jacob ’25 and uncle of Olivia and recent graduate Raudel.
Christine Theresa (Jungbluth) Knuth died peacefully at home on April 28, 2022.
Chris was born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin on December 27, 1949, the daughter of John and Alice Jungbluth. She lived a very full and beautiful life, moving many times and gathering many friends along the way. She was so caring and giving, a true “people person” who didn’t meet a soul she couldn’t talk to. She was an expert listener, and her advice was full of love and sincerity. She truly was a genuine friend.
Her life was fulfilling in so many ways as a devoted wife and mother, an aerobics instructor, an exercise program director, a claims adjustor, and probably her favorite calling as a nanny to several Kansas City families. Her success was truly in the many lives she touched.
Chris lives on through her much–loved family; her husband of 42 years, Fred; daughter Lisa (Matt) Heitz; sons Kevin and Ryan (Caitlin); her two dogs Alice and Sophie; grandchildren whom she took such pride in, Andrew, Grace, Luke, Holland, and Braeden; Sisters Nancy (Brian) Jacenko, Susan (Jeff) Gahan, David (Lisa) Jungbluth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Chris’ family would like to express sincere gratitude for the kind, loving support of her various caregivers, friends, and family during her courageous fight with cancer. Thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at KU Medical Center, the Village at Mission, and Harbor Hospice.
A funeral Mass will be held on June 11, 2022 at 11:00am, St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 7231 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. Memorial contributions in Chris’ name may be made to either the Glioblastoma Foundation or The Great Plains SPCA. Assistance with Funeral Advocates, LLC.
Although Chris only attended BCHS until her junior year, she faithfully attended reunions for her class throughout the years. She considered herself a ‘Trojan for Life’.
Ralph Patrick Morone, age 85, died from cancer in Surprise, Arizona on Sunday, March 7, 2021. Ralph was born in Albany, New York, on January 31, 1936. His parents, Henry J. Morone and Philomena Morone, gave him a birthright of being a second-generation Italian. Ralph wore his Italian roots proudly, making sure Sunday dinners were pasta.
At a young age, Ralph pinned frogs to boards for examination, which undoubtedly led to his decision to attend Albany Medical College, where he gained a much gentler bedside manner. He was a proud graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts (Go Crusaders!). Ralph was popular in high school as a track star and class president, showing that he could outrun anyone on the field or in the art of diplomacy.
After medical school, Dr. Morone left his East Coast roots to work at a hospital in Toledo, Ohio, where he met the nurse of his dreams, Trudy Maier. Dr. Morone spent the majority of his career in public service. He was a USAF Captain, serving as a Medical Officer in San Antonio, Texas. He served 25+ years at the Federal Aviation Administration and Indiana State Board of Health in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he raised his family and never missed his children’s events.
Ralph retired in Surprise, Arizona, where he enjoyed 20+ years of unbroken sunshine, a few rounds of golf, some travel, and many visits with family and friends. He loved listening to music, talking about the financial markets, and attending classes at Arizona State University. He was a lifelong learner and some would even say, philosopher. He was admired by many, and his kind listening ear was often sought.
Ralph was devoted to his loving wife of 57 years, Trudy. He will be remembered forever by his 4 children: Kristin M. Floyd (Brent), Jeffrey J. Morone, Laurie M. Kuhl (Timothy), and Gregory J. Morone (Bahiyyih). Poppy was adored by his 8 grandchildren: Thomas Floyd, Dominic Floyd, Nicole Floyd, Wesley Morone, Zoey Hillebrands, Joey Morone, Vincent Morone, and Teague Hillebrands. He will also be fondly remembered by his 2 bonus grandchildren: Andrew and Amanda Kuhl. Ralph believed the meaning of life was love and children, and he showed it every day.
Ralph is predeceased by his parents, his brother Guyton Morone, and his sister Teresa Copeland. He is survived by his brother and stogie supplier, John Morone (Margaret), and his sister Marylyn Bonville (George).
A celebration of Ralph’s life will be held in private services for family and friends at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024, on Good Friday, 2 April, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, www.hov.org/donate/. Please mention Team X in the Tribute box.
Ralph was the father of BCHS alumni: Kristi Floyd (Morone) ’82, Jeff Morone’ 84, Laurie Morone Kuhl ’85 & Greg Morone
Reva Sahm lived an extraordinary life. She was born February 24,1928, in Fountain County, Indiana, to the late Grace and Clint Coffing. An only child, Reva grew up on a farm in Covington, Indiana. She went to Vine Grade School, where she rode her horse to school each day. She was active in 4-H from an early age, showing horses and cattle as well as sewing and baking, and often a ribbon winner in the Indiana State Fair competitions.
Reva was a 1946 graduate of Attica High School, where she was active in youth clubs and student council. Reva continued her education at Purdue University, majoring in Home Economics and minoring in Physical Education. She was a founding member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority chapter at Purdue and kept in touch with her sorority sisters over the years.
She began her teaching career at Griffith High School in 1950, where she taught Home Economics. She met her late husband, William (Bill) Sahm, through a mutual friend at a wedding. By the end of the evening, Bill told Reva he was going to marry her someday, to which she replied, “We will see about that.” Their first date was not long after, a Notre Dame football game in South Bend, where Bill lived at the time. From the night they met until the day they were married, Bill wrote Reva one love letter a week. She kept the letters in chronological order, stored neatly in a box for her entire life. They were married in June of 1954 and moved to Indianapolis where they started their family. Theirs was a short, yet true, love story.
After her husband Bill died suddenly in 1973 at the age of 45, Reva was left to raise their nine children. She took comfort in the Catholic widows group she joined and the support of Immaculate Heart parish and the broader Catholic community. Her favorite prayer was the Serenity Prayer. She was an active mom, attending as many activities as she could. She was also an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and School, volunteering whenever she could. Reva was always on the sidelines at CYO kickball, football and basketball games, along with little league baseball games and baking and sewing contests. She sat through high school and college football games, volleyball matches, basketball and baseball games and never once yelled at a ref. She worked odd jobs to make ends meet until she decided to teach again. She taught Home Economics at Bishop Chatard High School for seven years (and possibly wrote a few get out of class passes for a few of her children who were students there at the time).
Before Bill’s death, the family would take their summer family vacations to Scituate, Massachusetts, although for Reva it may have been more of a chore. But the long car rides, the time spent at the beach and getting paid to jump in the frigid water, the wiffle ball games in the front yard, the card playing at night— those were all made possible by Reva and Bill.
Reva welcomed her children’s spouses into the Sahm family and so enjoyed their friendships over the years.
She never let up in her zest for life. She loved trying new things like line dancing (much to the joy of her grandkids), she was competitive with her card groups, she joined the Bishop Chatard ladies bowling league, she worked out at Live Rite, and she traveled extensively with her close group of girlfriends. Reva loved Sahm’s wings, spinach melts and mushroom caps, and she devoured peppermint ice cream. She also loved driving fast, which she passed on to most if not all of her children. She loved gathering shells, reading, and watching sunsets at the beach.
Her grandchildren were one of the greatest loves of Reva’s life (even though she thought she was too young to be a grandma). She welcomed each and every one of them with loving arms and was an instrumental part of their lives. Just like with her own children she was always there, quietly cheering them on. She made every holiday special. She hosted sleepovers, taught card games and Rummikub, and made s’mores at campfires. One Sahm Family vacation was especially memorable, when she dressed up in her ice cream attire for the “beauty pageant.” They all had a special love for her and were proud to call her Grandma Reva.
She is survived by her loving children: Bill (Debbie), Karen (Tim), Cewa (Dave), Kathy (Mark), Lizzie (Jon), Ed (Jenny), Gracie (Maris), John (Dawn), Mike (Alicia); grandchildren, Sarah, Andy, Katie and Janet; Tim, Scott, Kevin, Jennifer, Mike, and David; Alice and David; Ben and Kellie; Billy and Henry; Eddie, Adrienne and Molly; Clint and Annie; John, Daniel, Nick and Jack; Jake and Sam; and her great-grandchildren, Addie, June, Trip, Indy, Teagan, Ari, Zeke, Trudy, Felicity, Gemma, William, Robert, Ryan, Owen, Will, Luke, Barrett, Juliet, Blair, Audrie, Aida, Hadley, Grant, Luca and Imogen.
She will be so sadly missed by her family, but her kindness and love have left a lasting legacy on all who knew and were so touched by her. She will live on in all of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all of the little Sahms to come.
People often referred to her as the strongest person they knew, and they were probably right, yet she never considered herself that. When asked how she made it through all of those years with so much responsibility and heartache, Reva always replied, “You just do.”
A visitation for Reva will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2022 from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Bishop Chatard High School, 5885 N. Crittenden Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 12:00 PM at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 4100 E. 56th St. Indianapolis, IN 46220.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made by mail to the CYO (Catholic Youth Organization), 580 Stevens St. Indianapolis, IN 46203.
Reva was a Home Economics teacher at BCHS for seven years. She is the mother of current BCHS President Bill Sahm and mother and grandmother to many BCHS alumni.
Nathan M. Otolski, 26, of Indianapolis passed away unexpectedly on March 4, 2022. Nathan was born in Louisville, KY, to parents Gregory A. and Karen Merk Otolski. He graduated from Bishop Chatard High School, class of 2014, and went on to attend Xavier University and IUPUI, graduating from Purdue with a bachelor’s degree in organizational management.
At the time of his passing, Nathan worked as Community Outreach Manager for Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana. Prior to that, he worked for Holy Family Shelter, an agency of Catholic Charities. Nathan was active in the Indianapolis recovery community, where he supported and was supported by many other young people in recovery and was deeply loved. He volunteered with the Indy Hunger Network and IUPUI Students in Recovery and was a youth volunteer for Fairbanks Treatment Center.
Nathan was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Robert J. Merk, and paternal grandfather, Clem T. Otolski, and an uncle, George Otwinowski.
He is survived by his loving parents, Greg and Karen Otolski; sisters Katharine and Claire Otolski; maternal grandmother, Marilyn Merk of Cincinnati, OH; paternal grandmother, Patricia Otolski of LaPorte, IN; loving partner, Francie Wilcox; aunts and uncles: Robert Merk, of Chicago, Greg Merk (JoAnn) of Cincinnati, Steve Merk of St. Louis, MO, Brian Otolski (Mary) of Grand Rapids, MI, and Mike Otolski, Steve Otolski (Barb), Michelle Otwinowski (Max Miller) and Tom Otolski (Maria), all of LaPorte IN; and many beloved cousins, great-aunts/uncles and other family members, dear co-workers and wonderful friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 4100 E. 56th St, Indianapolis, where friends may call from 11 a.m. until Mass time. Burial will be private at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to: Holy Family Shelter (907 N. Holmes Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46222-3714), Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana (708 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202), and Circle City Sober Living.
Nathan was the brother of the following BCHS alumni: Clarie ’20 and Katharine ’13.
John Mark Brosius passed away Thursday, 2/17/2022 at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis after a long illness. Mark was born on 2/10/1957 in Indianapolis. IN to John M. Brosius and Jeannette (Flynn) Brosius. He was the
3rd oldest of 10 children.
Mark attended St. Joan of Arc elementary school and Bishop Chatard High School in Indpls., graduating in 1976. Mark was a small business entrepreneur throughout most of his career. He worked as a financial planner, flipped houses
and owned a small painting business to name a few. He loved to learn new things, fix cars, read, play guitar, sing karaoke, research family genealogy, practice photography
and most importantly be with his family. He was known for his sense of humor and his good natured teasing. Before the pandemic, he loved to spend time at his favorite spots,
drinking coffee or singing karaoke and shooting the breeze with whomever joined him at the table. He was a peaceful soul and didn’t hold grudges against those who slighted him,
no matter how painful.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved son, Brian Brosius and his nephew, Joshua. He is survived by his beloved children Mary (Brosius) Arnold, John
(Brosius) Caviness, Aly B Caviness as well as his grandchildren: Jacob Noel, Derrick Rivera, Isiah and Kylie Harvey; Jadynn and Brooklynn Brosius and; Luke
(Caviness) all of whom he adored.
He is also survived by his 9 siblings: Leanne, Karen, Donna, Rose, Bruce, Paul, Bill, JJ ( Mike), and Christine as well nieces and nephews: Kevin & Christopher Fry; Audi, April &
Courtney McCullough; Jessica Pogue & Cory Brosius; Arthur & Kai (Athena) Brosius; Evie Brosius & Erin Flynn and multiple in laws, great nieces, nephews, cousins and
He will be dearly missed by those who loved him. Rest In Peace.
There will be a Celebration of Life service at 1:00 to 4 PM (Eulogies at 2 PM) Sunday, May 1st at Holiday Park Pavilion, 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis, southeast end
by the playground. All are welcome.
In keeping with Mark’s love of outdoor family gatherings this will be a potluck (bring a dish) picnic atmosphere. Condolences may be left at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com
Mark was the brother of the following BCHS alumni: Leanne ’74, Karen ’75, Paul ’84, Bill ’84, JJ ( Mike) ’86, and Christine ’88.
William “Bill” Joseph Fehribach, age 87, of Indianapolis, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Bill was born August 4, 1934 in Jasper, Indiana to the late Victor and Lucille Fehribach. Bill graduated from Jasper High School. After high school, he served in the United States Air Force where he participated in Atomic Test Operation Castle in Marshall Islands. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Bill married Bernice Uebelhor in October of 1955.
Bill was a licensed engineer, and he was awarded Distinguished Alumni for Civil Engineering. He was the founder of A&F Engineering. He was a member of the John Purdue Club for many years. He enjoyed world travels with his wife and family. Bill was a Boy Scouts Leader and coached many sports at St. Matthew Catholic School. Bill received the Sagamore of Wabash Award given by the Governor.
Bill is survived by his children, Greg (Mary Beth) Fehribach, Steve (Lauri) Fehribach, Therese (Dr. Arthur) Coffey and Doug (Teresa) Fehribach; and numerous grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Ferhibach; and parents, Victor and Lucille Fehribach.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Bill will be held Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 4100 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220. Due to covid, the Mass is limited to family only. Bill will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scouts of America, PO Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079
Bill was the father of the following BCHS alumni: Greg ’76, Steve ’79, Therese ’81, Doug ’82.
Jordan Robert Kontor, 28, died unexpectedly Feb. 25, 2022. He was born in Indianapolis Sept. 22, 1993. He is survived by his loving family: parents Jeff and Robin Kontor, Noblesville, sisters Courtney Robinson (Matt) (Indianapolis) and Frankie Kontor (Noblesville). He is also survived by his grandfather Frank Kontor and his grandmother Judy Haney.
Extended family includes Jordan’s aunt and uncle Sheryl (Kontor) Babb & Scott and cousins Corey and Matt Babb; aunt and uncle Dawn (O’Deen) Wojkovich & Ron and cousins Kevin Wojkovich, Rebekah (Wojkovich) Cooper (Grant) and child Clark Cooper, Gabrielle Wojkovich, Tessa Wojkovich; aunt and uncle Erin (O’Deen) Cook & Jeff and cousins Paige & Brett Cook. He was predeceased by his grandfather Kenneth O’Deen and his grandmother Gloria Kontor.
Jordan loved his family and friends and went out of his way daily to help anyone who needed it. Jordan’s circle of friends grew even more after his 2013 Bishop Chatard High School graduation when he attended Vincennes University and Indiana State. Jordan started his own commercial landscape business that flourished in the six years he operated it.
Far beyond education or work, Jordan’s light shined through his generous, kind spirit. He was the first one to help those who needed a helping hand. He was the first one to give a hug when needed. He loved to laugh and have fun, especially with his family. His work ethic was beyond compare as was his kindness to others.
A funeral Mass will be Friday, March 4 at 1 p.m. at St. Pius X Parish at 7200 Sarto Dr. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X. A celebration of life will follow at Northside Events & Social Club – 2100 E 71st St, Indianapolis, IN 46220 (formerly the Northside Knight of Columbus).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to “Jordon Kontor or Jeff Kontor” at 413
Chris Lane, Noblesville, IN 46062.
In Jordan’s family, are his mother, past BCHS teacher/staff Robin Kontor, and sisters Courtney ’10 and Frankie ’17.
John William Ahlers, 63, of Indianapolis, passed away January 19, 2022. He was born August 8, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Robert D. Ahlers and Dorothea Ann Schwert Ahlers. John was a graduate of Chatard High School, Class of 1976 and attended Indiana State University. He worked in retail management for Target, Lowe’s and Meijer. John was also a member of Christ the King Catholic Church.
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel, 9900 Allisonville Road, Fishers. A service will be held Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Avenue, Indianapolis with Father Todd Riere officiating the service.
John is survived by his loving wife, Jan A. Bedwell Ahlers; daughter, Jennifer M. Ahlers; siblings, Robert D. Ahlers (Megan), Christopher J. Ahlers, Andrew J. Ahlers (Ellen), and Matthew P. Ahlers (Crissy); sisters-in-law, Joani Fidger (Jack) and Shirley Bedwell; brothers-in-law, John W. Bedwell (Tina) and James Bedwell; and many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his sister, Anne Garber in December 2007.
Memorial contributions are suggested to The American Cancer Society.
John is the brother of the following BCHS alumni, Christopher ’75 and Anne Graber (’71, deceased).
Torrey Orlando Grady (Indianapolis, Indiana) passed away on January 4, 2022 at the age of 44. Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Torrey Orlando Grady as a last tribute.
Visitation was held on Monday, January 17th 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals (5811 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46218). A funeral service was held on Monday, January 17th 2022 at 12:00 PM at the same location.
Louis John Dunn III died peacefully on December 15 2021. He was 74 years old.
Louis was born June 28, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He moved to San Francisco in 1982. He earned his Masters degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling at San Francisco State University in 1987, and worked for 22 years at the California State Department of Rehabilitation. There he helped many people with disabilities to find employment. His main focus was finding employment for persons with HIV disease, and he worked tirelessly to provide services for them at a time when they were being stigmatized and discriminated against. He was a pioneer in this work, and other agencies from all around the country consulted with him.
For a more complete description of his amazing and well-lived life, go to the San Francisco Columbarium website.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 7 to Jan. 9, 2022.
Thomas Charles Hellwig, age 71, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Saturday, December 18, 2021. Thomas was born January 23, 1950 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He was the husband of BCHS alumna Barbara (Buehler) Hellwig ’68 and father to Trent Hellwig, BCHS Class of ’96.
Kevin Daniel Torzewski, 52, passed away December 13, 2021 at Abbie Hunt Bryce Home, Indianapolis, Indiana. He was a graduate of Chatard High School, 1987, Associate of Automotive and Diesel Technologies degree from Lincoln Technical Institute, 1989, and was licensed for Insurance in 25 states.
Kevin is survived by his two children, Gabriella Rose and Colton Douglas; Parents, Daniel J. and Susan K. (Thompson) Torzewski; Siblings, Christine, Kerri, and Molly (Geoff Pierce); Ex-Wife, Pamela Anderson and many special family and friends.
Kevin was a kindhearted soul who would go out of his way to be loving to friends. He was a devoted father, a good son, a brother, and cherished friend. He was a down to earth kind of man with big opinions and a big laugh. As an Indianapolis native, he was an avid Colts and Notre Dame fan, and never missed an Indianapolis 500! His spirit will be missed by many.
Please join the family in Kevin’s Celebration of Life at St. Simon’s Parrish Life Center, located at 8155 Oaklandon Road, Indianapolis, IN 46236 from 11:00am to 1:30pm on Saturday, December 18th. Flowers can be sent to 6722 Silver Tree Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46236, donations can be made in Kevin’s honor to St. Simon’s to help families in need.
Kevin’s brother Kerri Torzewski is a BCHS alumni Class of ’90.
Maribeth (Maloof) Presnal, of Granger, IN, passed away at her home with her family by her side, at the age of 56. She was born on June 19, 1965 in Indianapolis, IN, to Shelby Maloof (Chapdelaine) and the late Phillip Maloof. On July 31, 1987 in Indianapolis, she was united in marriage to E. Mike Presnal Jr.
She was a 1983 graduate of Bishop Chatard High School and a 1990 graduate of Indiana University School of Nursing. Maribeth was employed by Memorial Hospital of South Bend between 1990-2017 where she was Director of Nursing and held a variety of nursing positions.
Maribeth is survived by her mother, Shelby (Maloof) Chapdelaine of Indianapolis; brother, Mark Maloof (Aliceann) of Indianapolis; husband, Mike Presnal and their four children: Andrew Presnal of Mission, KS; Sam Presnal of Granger; Lucy Presnal of Granger; and Michael Presnal (Natalia) of Grand Rapids, MI. Maribeth was preceded in death by her father, Phillip Maloof, and her brother, Michael Maloof.
Maribeth was an active member of St. Thérèse, Little Flower Catholic Church where she participated in a variety of ministries.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 17, 2021 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Drive, Indianapolis, IN. Friends may visit with the family at the church in Indianapolis beginning at 10:30 a.m. until the start of Mass. The family respectfully requests that attendees wear masks to protect the health of compromised individuals.
A celebration of life will also be held in South Bend, Indiana, at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, 2700 Horizon Drive, Suite 120, King of Prussia, PA 19406 or online at theaftd.org; or IU Foundation, PO Box 7072, Indianapolis IN 46207; Acct #0380009961-AD research in Pathology.
Online condolences may be left for the Presnal family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.
In Maribeth’s family are the following BCHS alumni: husband E. Michael Presnal, ’81; brothers Mark Maloof ’74 and Michael Maloof ’77
Born in Indianapolis on March 5, 1979, Molly moved on to another dimension on October 29, 2021. Her life was full of love from, and for, family and friends. She was blessed with many talents, as a champion swimmer, musician, singer, actress, artist, storyteller, and great sense of humor. Molly graduated from St. Lawrence Grade School and attended Cathedral and Chatard High Schools, graduating from Chatard in 1997. She also attended Ball State University. Molly worked as a cosmetologist, medical assistant, and earned her real estate license while working for FC Tucker Real Estate Company.
She could light up a room and was a brightly shining star until she became a prisoner of drugs. As hard as she tried, time and again, she could not escape from their grip. In the end, fentanyl was her executioner. We build more and more prisons and incarcerate people who are already imprisoned by drug addiction. We need to develop better ways to treat this scourge and provide more mental health facilities that are open, accessible, and affordable to those in need.
Molly was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dr. Paul and Virginia Kirkhoff, and Margaret and Scott Johnson. She leaves behind her beloved son, Sammy, who never gave up hope that she would turn it all around, and a daughter, Jane. Her mother, Jane Kirkhoff Maguire and husband Jim, and her father, Paul Johnson and wife Carol D’Amico, and her sister Sarah Pollard and husband Chuck, and sister Kate Croswell, mourn her passing, as do her niece Ellie and nephew Max Pollard. Her many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews, and sisters, brothers, nephews and nieces by marriage, all share in the sorrow of her loss.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in her name to NAMI Indiana at 921 E. 86th Street #130, Indianapolis, IN 46240 or Community Fairbanks Recovery Center at 8102 Clearvista Pkwy, Indianapolis, IN 46256.
In the early morning of October 10, 2021, Art and Toni Reiner experienced a home invasion and, due to senseless gun violence, Toni lost her life protecting her family. Friends describe her as warm, caring and approachable with a fantastic sense of humor. She was a hypnotherapist, with a rich soothing voice, that helped many.
Read memories of her life at tonimacri-reiner.com
A dear son, brother, uncle, and friend, David Alan Savka, age 57, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Thursday October 21, 2021. David was born on January 14, 1964 to Louis and Phyllis (Bishop) Savka. He graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 1982 and studied at Indiana University – Purdue University in Indianapolis. Most recently he was employed as a medical editor at Syneos Health.
David is survived by his loving parents Louis and Phyllis Savka, sisters, Nancy Nichols (Terry), Jane Heuring (Dave), brothers, Dan Savka (Barb), Louis Savka Jr. (Melissa), and Stuart Savka (Amy), as well as thirteen nieces and nephews and nineteen great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 12:00 Noon until the time of service to be held at 2:00 p.m. at Leppert Nora Chapel, 740 East 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Humane Society of Indianapolis or the Damien Center.
In David’s family are the following BCHS alumni: Barb (Moss)’79, Lou ’77, Stuart ’87 and Jane ’79.
Jean Murray McDermott-Cratty, 54, of Greenwood, Indiana passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at her home with family by her side.
Jean was born on July 19, 1967 to the late Martin Downey and Jean Marie (Holt) McDermott in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated Chatard High School with 9 varsity letters. She played many sports including basketball, softball, and volleyball. She later attended the University of Indiana and earned her bachelor’s degree in General Studies.
The first love of her life was her daughter Julie. She couldn’t say enough how much she loved and doted on her. She spoiled her, but mainly with unconditional love. Jean married Jeff Cratty on August 11, 2001 in the Chapel at Our Lady of The Greenwood and were married 20 years this year.
Jean was a simple woman. She loved her family dearly. She enjoyed being outdoors in nature, watching the birds, listening to her wind chimes, relaxing and taking in the beauty of her garden sanctuary. She loved animals. She currently she had 2 dogs and 3 cats but throughout life she always had pets. No matter what was going on in life she was always positive.
Jean is survived by her husband, Jeff Cratty; daughter, Julie McDermott; siblings, Cathy McClure and her husband Alan, Martin D. McDermott and his wife Sandy, John McDermott and his wife Anne, Suzanne Sherman and her husband Charles, Bill McDermott, Russell McDermott and Vivian Getz.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Jean, and sister-in-law, Lisa McDermott.
In her family are the following BCHS alumni: Martin McDermott ’78, John ’79, Suzanne ’80, Vivian ’91, Bill ’82.
George Thomas “Tom” Williford III, 62, of Indianapolis, left this earth to be with his Lord and Savior July 31, 2021. He was born April 14, 1959, in Washington D.C., the son of late George II and Faye Marie (Whitehurst) Williford. He married Deborah (Moore) Williford on December 11, 1988.
He graduated from Ivy Tech with a concentration in HVAC in 1986. He went on to work for Duke Realty for 29 years, becoming the lead regional locksmith for the company in the Midwest. He had an extensive knowledge of lock and key systems, HVAC, and was the “go to” for any building maintenance issues. He enjoyed anything cars, racing, and quality time with his wife and kids. He loved his German Shepherd ‘Ares’ and enjoyed spending time taking him on walks and giving loving care of him. He had an extensive miniature model car collection that he built. He enjoyed his recently purchased Pontiac Firebird and had hoped to spend much time at car shows and hanging out with his “car friends”. Everyone he came in contact with, whether work or personal life always talks about how positive and friendly of a person that he was. He had a deep faith in Christ as his personal Savior and his family has hope of seeing him again one day.
He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Deborah Williford; three children, Joseph (Amber) Williford, Heather (William) Goudreau, and Matthew Williford; four grandchildren, Adreyan, Caleigh, Tyler, and Owen; his sister, Susan (Gary) Hassell; and a brother-in-law, Charles Babcock. He was preceded in passing by a sister, Jean Babcock.
Services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 12, 2021, at Flanner Buchanan – Oaklawn Memorial Gardens (Conner Suite), 9700 Allisonville Road. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to https://gofund.me/a61b27e8. Online condolences may be shared by visiting flannerbuchanan.com.
Tom was the father of BCHS alumni Matthew Willford, ’20.
Jacquelin Marie Jones-Gibbs was born on July 27, 1954, to the union of Daniel Jones Sr. and Josephine Staples Jones in Indianapolis, Indiana.
She grew up attending local parochial schools and graduated from Bishop Chatard High School and then completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees both from Indiana State University. She received a master’s degree in Counseling and worked at Family Service Association as an outreach counselor providing families in the Christamore and Flanner House neighborhoods with all facets of family counseling and much needed social services. The agency’s mission statement was “to serve the most needy and vulnerable” which Jackie adopted as her own personal mission.
Returning to school Jackie earned her school clinical counseling license and went on to work over twenty years as a high school counselor for the public schools last serving at Arsenal Tech High School. She knew that her experience working in the high-risk neighborhoods would translate over to working with students who were at risk.
During her high school counseling career, Jackie started to explore real estate especially since she had purchased two homes on her own and became a landlord in the process. Jackie had also watched her father working as a part-time landlord which grew to peak her interest in the world of real estate. After completing real estate licensing Jackie worked consistently to help people become homeowners.
Jackie retired from the school system and began working full-time as a realtor to continue serving all families in Central Indiana. She was always patient and attentive to her clients needs. Her years of experience with listening and advocating for students, families, and seniors allowed her the unique opportunity to negotiate her customer’s real estate needs.
When she was not working Jackie enjoyed spending time with her family, watching sports, listening to music, religious-spiritual podcasts, trying new restaurants, and reading. She was active with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and Oasis Tutoring Program where she worked with students at Oaklandon Elementary School. Jackie participated on her sorority’s Seasonal Wraps Committee which she crocheted and knitted hats for homeless families. Jackie also enjoyed helping with the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree distribution and the Brightwood Community Center after school program.
Jacquelin Jones-Gibbs went home to be with the Lord on July 24, 2021. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her oldest brother, Daniel Jones II.
She leaves to cherish her husband of 24 years, William E. Gibbs; sister, Charlotte Leavell; brother, Djuane Jones; nieces, Nichelle Leavell and Rochelle Leavell; nephew, Daniel Jones III; great-nephew, Dewayne J. Eddie Wallace; stepson, William B. Gibbs, grand-children, Deja Gibbs, Dominique Gibbs; great grandchildren; Delaney Moody and Isaiah Harris.
Jacquelin was the sister of the following BCHS alumni Charlotte Leavell ’67 and Daniel Jones II ’66, and aunt of Nichelle Leavell ’95, Rochelle Leavell ’97 and Daniel Jones III ’92
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Lamontae was the son of BCHS alumni Lawrence Guynn ’72 and brother of BCHS alumni LaMarkus Guynn ’97.
Mary Patricia (Pat) C Young (94), passed away April 22, 2021. Pat was born and raised in Galesburg, IL, the only child of George H and Mary G Foley Campbell.
After graduating from Clarke University, Dubuque IA, Pat moved to Chicago to pursue her career in dietetics. There she met and married her husband, Beman. Moving briefly to Pierre, SD where their son Tim was born, and to Evanston, IL where their daughter Teresa was born, Pat and Beman and family then moved to Indianapolis in the mid-1950s. Pat was a longtime member and volunteer at St. Matthews Catholic Church and School. In later years she enjoyed the many friends she met and re-acquainted with at Marquette.
Pat is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Beman Dawes Young. Surviving are her son Timothy C Young; daughter, Teresa A Young; granddaughter, Amanda (Christopher) Jones; grandson, Timothy M Young; and four great-grandsons, Blake, Mason, and Cole Jones, and Elija Young.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Pat’s memory to the Marquette Manor Foundation, 8140 Township Line Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or to the St. Vincent DePaul Society of Indianapolis, 3001 E. 30th St, Indianapolis, IN 46218.
Pat was the mother of the following BCHS alumni: Teresa ’71 and Tom ’77.
Sheila (Persinger) Baker of Indianapolis was born to Thelma and Forest Persinger in 1947. Sheila passed away at age 74 on July 21, 2021. She was known for her infectious smile and laughter. She brightened up the world with her love and care for others. Sheila used her gifts in many leadership roles throughout her life. She was always there for family and had an enormous number of friends. Everyone loved Sheila!
She was the oldest daughter of seven children. Her father died at the young age of 48, so Sheila helped her mom take care of Sheila’s six siblings, including four brothers and two sisters.
After graduating from Chatard High School, Sheila earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy from Purdue University. She then earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from Butler University.
Sheila’s first teaching position was speech and hearing therapy for Harrison School in Mississippi. She lived in Mississippi during Hurricane Camille, the 2nd most intense hurricane to strike the continental US in history. Sheila continued her teaching career in Indiana for 33 years, serving students in multiple Lawrence Township Schools. Brook Park Elementary was the last elementary school she worked for. Sheila’s teaching philosophy was to “do the best I can do for every student.”
Sheila had a love for Special Education. For nearly 20 years she coached local, state, and international Special Olympics bowling teams, eventually becoming Special Olympics program coordinator for Lawrence Township. Sheila and her Special Olympic International bowling team were honored to sit as guests with Vice President George H W Bush and Barbara Bush at the International Pan Am Games in Indianapolis. Sheila also had the privilege of meeting Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics.
Sheila was an active member of the Indianapolis Bridge Center and achieved Life Master. She was also co-president of the Beta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and an active member. Both organizations meant the world to her and brought her many valuable friendships!
Sheila was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma and Forest Persinger, and her brother Kenneth (surviving spouse Sherry) Persinger. Sheila is survived by her siblings Thomas (Gail) Persinger, John (Michelle) Persinger, Richard (Dawn) Persinger, Kathryn (Mark) Helmke, and Theresa (Gregg) Anderson.
There will be a “Celebration of Sheila’s Life” at The Indianapolis Bridge Center at 8030 Castleway Drive on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 1 pm (**Proof of Vaccination card must be shown to enter, unless under the eligible vaccination age). Visitation of Sheila’s interment can be viewed at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis at visitors’ convenience.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Indianapolis Bridge Center, Special Olympics, or the Stroke Foundation.
Sheila is the sister of the following BCHS alumni John, ’70 and Tom ’68.
Brett Christopher Hayes, age 31, of Carmel, Indiana passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2021. Brett was born July 30, 1989 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church.
Brett was an avid outdoorsman, preferring to be camping, hiking, hunting, or fishing. He enjoyed all things sharks, fish, turtles, and most every other type of living creature. Sharks and hunting were some of his favorite topics of conversation. Being out amongst nature was where he found the most at peace. He had a passion for teaching safe marksmanship and responsible gun ownership. He often would spend hours hunting and hiking at nearby state recreational areas while his beloved Grandma Betty would wait patiently, driving him there and back all to have cherished 1:1 time with her grandson.
Brett attended Christ the King Grade School and played a year of football at Bishop Chatard High School before graduating from Options High School in Carmel. After a few years working at McAllisters in Carmel, Brett moved to Prescott, Arizona to study gunsmithing at Yavapai College. After receiving his degree, he returned to his home state and worked as a gunsmith in Fort Wayne. On one of his trips home from Prescott, Brett drove the entire way on a small motorcycle that took him on a three day cross-country adventure.
Brett was a respectful young man who was known and loved for his politeness. He had a smile that could light up the room and he was best known for his genuinely heartfelt hugs, especially the “tighter, tighter, tighter” variety. Quiet and gentle, his family and close friends meant the most to him.
Brett is survived by his parents, Tom Hayes and Amy (Williams) Hayes; sister, Cara Bilse (Alex); brother Ryan Hayes; grandparents, Robert and Joanne Williams; niece, Hensley Bilse; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Brett was preceded in death by his grandparents, Grandma Betty (Williams), Robert Hayes and Barbara Hayes.
Visitation for Brett will be held Friday, July 9, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM. He will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Brett’s memory may be made to Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220.
You can also honor Brett by casting a line in a nearby lake or river and just sitting and enjoying the outdoors. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Hayes family.
BCHS alumni in Brett’s family are his father Tom Hayes, ’77 and his sister Cara ’08 and brother Ryan ’14. Brett also attended BCHS before his transfer.
Daniel J. Grissmer (Danny), 40, was called by the Lord on May 23, 2021, in Charlottesville, VA where he was residing. He was born on February 15th, 1981. Son of Tom & Alma Grissmer and brother to Cristy Grissmer.
Danny attended Christ the King School where he played sports and was a server for Christ the King Church. He graduated from Bishop Chatard H.S. in 1999. He graduated from St. Louis University in 2003 where he was a member of the Pep Band.
Danny loved sports, music and traveling. He dreamt of visiting all 50 U.S. States. He made it to 17 of them, as well as Australia, Aruba and Puerto Rico.
Danny was preceded by his grandparents John and Helen Grissmer and Jose and Guadalupe Amaya. Left behind to cherish his memory are his parents Tom & Alma Grissmer, sister Cristy Grissmer, Uncle Dave & Aunt Judy Grissmer and Aunt Jane Grissmer. He also has a large number of loving cousins in Virginia, Maryland and Texas.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at Christ the King Church, 5884 N Crittenden Ave Thursday June 10th at 11am with visitation at 10am in the lobby prior to the mass.
Danny is already greatly missed by his family, friends and all those who came to know him. He will always be in our hearts.
Donations can be made in his memory to Christ the King Church. Thank you.
With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Norma June Seib (Indianapolis, Indiana), who passed away on April 29, 2021 at the age of 65. Family and friends are welcome to send flowers or leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.
She was predeceased by her daughter Lisa Seib; her granddaughter Maddie Seib; and also Richard Cordell. She is survived by her husband Ed; her mother Beth Cordell; her siblings, Dale Cordell (Rita), Party Williams (Chris Mayes), Barb Cordell and Lynda Wilson; her children, Ed V (Jane), John (Julie), Matt (Brittany), Christy Stinette (Michael) and Michael (Kat); her grandchildren, Eddie V, Daisy, Frankie, June, Grace, Charlotte, Gigi, Luke, Emily and Caroline; and her niece Angela Wilson.
Norma was the mother of the following BCHS Alumni: Christine Seib ’07, Ed Seib ’96 and John Seib ’98.
Janice (Spielman) Stueve, 82, of Indianapolis passed away June 3, 2021. She was born January 27, 1939, in Baileyville, Kansas to Leo and Clara (Kramer) Spielman. Jan attended Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated from Baileyville High School in 1957.
On August 22, 1957, Jan married James Stueve. For 61 years, Jan and Jim built a life together and raised four children. Jan loved to be outdoors, to travel, to learn, to garden, and to compete in sports and games.
Jan is survived by her husband, James; sons, Jeff (Cathy), Joseph, and John (Christine) Stueve; daughter, Jane (Rene) Garcia; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind brother, Jerry (Sue) Spielman; sisters, Kathy (Lawrence) Kopp, and JoAnn Spielman; and many special extended family members and friends.
A visitation will be held at Flanner Buchanan-Broad Ripple, 1305 Broad Ripple Ave. Indianapolis, from 4:30-7:00pm on Tuesday, June 8. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Christ the King Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 9, at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Online condolences may be shared at www.flannerbuchanan.com.
Janice was the mother of the following BCHS Alumni: Jane Garcia ‘86, Jeff Stueve ’79, John Stueve ’82 and Joseph Stueve ’80.
Debra Ellen Barrett, 66, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Monday, April 19, 2021. Debra was born on October 31, 1954 to the late William J. Barrett Jr. and Mary E. Barrett.
Debbie was a long-time parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church where she would always make sure to attend Sunday Mass at 11am with her family and good friends Dave and Kathy McNulty. She was also a member of the St. Pius Shawl Ministry. She coached volleyball for over 30 years for St. Pius X, Cathedral, and Bishop Chatard High School. Debbie received both the Monsignor Busald and the St. John Bosco CYO awards, both of which she was very proud of.
She spent the last 31 years of her life working for Mussett Nicholas & Associates as their business manager. She showed great pride in her work, and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and cross stitching during her free time. You could always find Debbie on the sidelines of her nieces and nephews or great nieces and great nephews sporting events as their biggest fan!
Debra is survived by siblings; Diana Hay, William J. Barrett III (Carol), Denise Tobin (Mike) and Dennis Barrett (Beth). Also surviving is stepmother Phyllis (Markey) Barrett, stepsiblings Phil Markey, Paul Markey (Jackie) and Ann Branson (Jim) and several nieces, nephews and several great nieces and great nephews. She is preceded in death by both of her parents.
A visitation for Debra was be held Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E. 71st St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220. A Funeral Mass was Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240. A livestreaming of the service can be viewed on the St. Pius X facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/spxparishindy
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Debra’s memory may be made to the Debbie Barrett Scholarship at St. Pius X School, 7200 Sarto Dr., Indianapolis, Indiana 46240. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Barrett family.
In Debbie’s family are the following BCHS alumni: William ’67, Dennis ’85, Denise (Barrett) Tobin, and Diana (Barrett) Hay ’78.
Judy Gaffin, 76, passed away on January 8, 2021. Judy was very involved in Bishop Chatard as a parental volunteer. She was an ICU RN at Riley Children’s Hospital, then at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando before her retirement. She is survived by her only child Jill (Gaffin) Meinero, BCHS Class of ’82, 2 granddaughters, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Mary Elizabeth “Bee” Bowman, 102, of Indianapolis, departed this life Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Bee was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1919 in Indianapolis to the late Albert J. Fromhold and Emma Catherine (Bailey) Fromhold. She was a graduate of Cathedral Grade School in 1933 and St. Agnes Academy, class of 1937. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business from Butler University in 1941. After graduating college, Bee worked many years for Union Federal Savings and Loan where she met her husband, Merrill A. Bowman, a handsome veteran returning from WWII in 1945. They married on February 8, 1947 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Bee and Merrill proceeded to raise five children and were happily married for 54 years until his death in 2001. Bee was a devoted mother and cherished “Grandmommy.” She also distinguished herself as a successful Realtor for twenty years working for Carriage Estates Co. and George Skinner Century 21 Realty before retiring in 1981.
A devout Catholic, Bee was a longtime member of St. Matthew parish and later Christ the King Catholic Church where she volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister and sang in the Resurrection choir well into her nineties until her health started to decline. Bee was happiest when she was serving others and spending time with her family. She truly had a servant’s heart. She was also very social and enjoyed a lifetime of playing bridge with her beloved bridge group and was a proud and loyal member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority for over 80 years.
In addition to her husband, Merrill (2001), Bee was preceded in death by her precious daughter, Alice Marie Countryman (2004), dear sisters Emma Blanche Wilson and Dorothy Anne Kaufman, and special 1st cousin, Connie Zeller. She is survived by her loving children, Joyce (Jim) Nitchman, Linda (Bob) Haislup, Marcia (Ewing) Shields, Anthony “Tony” (Nancy) Bowman, and son-in-law Stuart Countryman; ten amazing grandchildren, Brad (Eileen) Countryman, Heather (Matt) O’Brien, John Countryman, Dr. Nick (Cyndi) Countryman, Peter (Missy) Countryman, JJ Nitchman, Suzanne Dieker, Dr. Christine “Chrissie” (Anthony) Van Gessel, Elizabeth (John) Bertrand, and Ewing “Chip” (Jane) Shields; 19 darling great-grandchildren; scores of loving nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends through the years.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Monday, April 26th at Christ the King Catholic Church with calling there beginning one hour prior to service. The Mass will be livestreamed at www.leppertmortuary.com. Entombment follows at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested in Bee’s name to Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Ave. Indianapolis, IN or Right to Life of Indianapolis https://rtlindy.org/
In Bee’s family are the following BCHS alumni: children Alice Countryman ’66 (Deceased), Joyce Nitchman ’68, Linda Haislup ’70, Marcia Shields ’70, Anthony Bowman ’77 and many greatgrand kids.
Michael Anthony Navarra, Jr., 59, of Brandon, Florida, and previously of Carmel, passed away on March 24, 2021 after a long and courageous battle with his health. Michael was born in Indianapolis on August 30, 1961 to Michael Anthony and Frances (Caito) Navarra.
Michael graduated from Bishop Chatard High School. He went on to maintain numerous jobs in telecommunications over the years. He was very talented when it came to repairing things, always eager to lend a helping hand. If Michael couldn’t fix it; it couldn’t be fixed. In his spare time, Michael enjoyed boating and riding motorcycles. He will be remembered as a very good son, father, and brother who had a great sense of humor.
Michael is preceded in death by his father, Michael Anthony Navarra, Sr., who passed away on December 23, 2013.
Survivors include his mother, Frances (Caito) Navarra; daughters, Gina M. (Matthew) Green, Angela “Ang” (Yeni) Navarra, and Laura Navarra; siblings, Charles Navarra, Francie (Neil) O’Mahony, Mary Ann Swiss, Theresa (Eric) Halvorson, Gus (Suzi) Navarra, Anthony (Laura) Navarra, and Michele (David) Roth; his two grandchildren, Trevor and Eliana Green; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Family and friends will gather for the visitation on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in the O’Riley Funeral Home, 6107 South East Street, Indianapolis. Recitation of the Rosary will begin in the funeral home on Thursday at 7:30 PM. The Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 9, 2021 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 520 Stevens Street, Indianapolis. Entombment will follow in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Indianapolis. Please visit www.ORileyFuneralHome.com to leave an online condolence for the Navarra family.
In Michael’s family are the following BCHS Alumni: siblings: Francie (Navarra) O’Mahony ’74, Theresa (Navarra) Halvorson ’76, Gus Navarra ’76, Anthony Navarra ’84, sister-in-law Laura Behringer ’82.
Rock W. Washburn, 70, of Indianapolis, passed away on April 8, 2021. He was born on November 13, 1950 in Indianapolis to the late George and Mary Martha (Anderson) Washburn. Rock graduated from Chatard High School in 1969. He served in the U.S. National Guard.
Rock worked at Supreme X, formerly known as Bower’s Envelope Company, for almost 52 years. Rock loved the outdoors, coaching sports and watching The Indianapolis Colts. He was a very fun-loving and caring man who enjoyed spending time with his family. Rock was a very generous and selfless man, always putting the needs and wants of others before his own. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Rock is survived by his wife, Peggy Washburn; children, Andy (Lisa) Washburn, Matt (Wendi) Washburn, Chris (Ginger) Washburn and Kaia Coughlan; 12 grandchildren with one on the way; 1 great grandchild on the way; and sister, Kristine Rader. Rock was preceded in death by his parents; and uncle, Herrell Anderson.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 3:00PM until 7:00PM at Feeney Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E. 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:30AM at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7575 Holliday Dr E, Indianapolis, IN 46260. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Rock was a member of the BCHS Class of 1969, the father of BCHS alumnus Matt ’93 and father-in-law of BCHS alumna Lisa (Ottenweller) Washburn ’94.
James D. Thomas, age 71, of Indianapolis passed away on March 25th 2021. He was the beloved husband of Linda Queisser Thomas and father of Sarah (Nobel) Lashley and Amy Thomas. His siblings were Morris and John (Diane) Thomas. He was preceded in death by his parents Morris and Ruby (Wray) Thomas and his sister Ann Donato and brother in law Albert Donato. James had a career in industrial sales. He was a member of the St Joseph’s men’s Group, a member of Christ the King Church and a member in their choir.
Family and friends will gather in Christ the King Catholic Church on Tuesday April 6th from 10:00 to 12 noon with Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon.
Visit www.leppertmortuary.com to share a memory of Jim or arrange a memorial contribution to Christ the King Catholic Church.
James was the father of BCHS alumnae Amy Thomas, ’04.
Nicole A. Jones, age 45, of Indianapolis, passed away November 14, 2020. She was born on July 9, 1975 in Indianapolis to Jack and Chris Jones. She attended St. Matthew Catholic School and graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 1993.
We were blessed to receive the gift of laughter and pure joy from Nicole. Her infectious smile and contagious laugh will not be forgotten. She enjoyed being with family, reading, spending time at the farm, and her beloved dog, Ruby. She will be remembered for her happy-go-lucky spirit and never knowing a stranger. Nicole cherished her many lifelong friendships, especially Chad Goodyear.
Nicole is survived by her mother, Chris Jones; sister, Michelle (Bryan) Boyd; sister-in-law, Delores Jones; nephews, Hunter, Dakota and Austin Boyd; niece, Caroline Boyd; and many supportive aunts, uncles and cousins. Nicole was preceded in death by her father, Jack Jones; and brother, Steve Jones.
Due to COVID, private services will occur by invitation only. A public Celebration of Life will take place at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to pawsandthink.org. Arangements are being handled by Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary.
In Nicole’s family are the following BCHS alumni: sister Michelle Boyd ’89, brother-in-law Bryan Boyd ’88. She was an aunt to these BCHS alumni: Hunter Boyd ‘20, Dakota Boyd ‘21 and AJ Boyd ‘23.
Gloria Celeste Kenne, beloved mother, grandmother, and wife passed away peacefully in her home in Idaho on February 12, 2021. She was 69 years old. Gloria was born on July 22, 1951, in Beech Grove, Indiana. She grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, where her parents, Charles and Mary Morrow raised their family of five daughters. In 1972 she met and married her husband of 48 years, Leonard Kenne. Leonard and Gloria lived in Ames, Iowa until 1982, where they built a home and began raising their family. They moved out west to Montana with their two daughters and their son and completed their family of six when their third daughter was born in 1984. Gloria enjoyed sprucing up her flower gardens and living by the Bitterroot River for 38 years in Montana before moving in June 2020 to Post Falls, Idaho to be closer to the lakes in North Idaho and her grandchildren in Moscow, Idaho.
Gloria’s greatest joy in her life was her family – her husband, her four children, and her 14 grandchildren. She was even known as the best neighborhood grandma, as she always loved any children who lived nearby and would spoil them with treats and flowers any chance she got. While she was primarily a stay-at-home mother most of her life, she did various other work including running a seamstress business, substitute teaching and watching other children in her home.
Gloria was a seamstress her whole life. She made all of the dresses for her wedding party, clothes for herself, her kids and grandchildren, dolls, horses, pillows, and baby blankets with detailed embroidery work. She was an artist, bringing animals to life in chalk pastel drawings and in her embroidery work. She made dolls of every kind, including horses, bears, and bunnies, and sold some of her creations, labeling them as “Made in Montana, by Grandma’s Dolls.”
Fishing, camping, and boating with her family and husband brought her great joy, whether, in their own boat on a beautiful lake in Montana or Idaho or on a charter boat on the Pacific Ocean, she always knew how to reel the fish in. Gloria and Lenny traveled to Alaska three times, two by cruise ship and once by car. Gloria once caught a 110-pound halibut on a fishing trip in Alaska, the biggest catch on the boat.
Gloria and Lenny have enjoyed traveling in recent years, with a trip to Switzerland, including the Alps, and Salzburg, Austria because Gloria always wanted to see where The Sound of Music was filmed. They also made three pilgrimage trips to the Holy Land, including Isreal, where Gloria walked in the footsteps of Jesus and traveled the path of Moses in Egypt and Jordan, and followed the ministry of Paul and John in Athens, Greece, and Ephesus, Turkey. Gloria met some of her best friends on these trips and felt the presence of Christ while touring the Holy Land and boating on the Sea of Galilee.
Gloria is survived by her husband Leonard Kenne; her three daughters: Heather Wonch, Oregon; Jeanette Langston, Vermont; Rebecca Couch, Idaho; her son: Shawn Kenne, Colorado; four sisters, two sisters-in-law, many nieces, and nephews, cousins, and her 14 grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents, Charles and Mary Morrow.
Visitation and rosary for Gloria will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at English Funeral Chapel, 1700 N Spokane Street, Post Falls, Idaho. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at St. George’s Catholic Church, 2004 N Lucas Street, Post Falls, Idaho, with the committal service to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. A reception will follow at English Funeral Chapel.
Stephen A. Koers, 75, died February 6, 2021 at Community Hospital North. He was born September 18, 1945, the 4th of 7 children to Raymond and Roberta Koers. Steve is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Elaine (Koers) Roberts. Survivors include his wife Sandy (Wheatley) Koers, children: Steve (Kathy) Koers, Mark (Dawn) Koers, Matt Koers, Michelle (Sean) White, and John (Amanda) Koers; Siblings: Ray (Barbara) Koers, Pat (Diane) Koers, Diane (Rick) Martinez, Kevin (Kristi) Koers, and Anita (John) Boyle; Grandchildren: Meghan, Sam, Eddie, Molly, Jian, Willie and Jessie.
There was not a person Steve met who was not in some way touched by his infectious personality, booming voice and, most importantly, his generosity. He loved watching his grandchildren play and delighted in making them laugh. He was always quick with a joke, a good story or an unquestioned helping hand. Most of all, he cherished his family and lifelong friends. Sundays and Holidays were usually reserved for cookouts, watching games, reminiscing, and night-time card games where laughter was always in the air.
Visitation will be Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow. Donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Health and Happiness. Peace and Love. Services are entrusted to Flanner Buchanan – Washington Park East. For a full length obituary and livestream information, please visit https://flannerbuchanan.com/obit/stephen-steve-arthur-koers/
In Steve’s family are the following BCHS Alumni: children Mark Koers ‘87 (daughter-in-law Dawn (Wiltshire) ’89); Matt Koers ‘92, Michelle (Koers) White,‘95 and Johnny Koers ‘98 (daughter-in-law Amanda (Shaffer) ’96) and grandchildren Meghan Koers ‘20, Sam Koers ‘22, Eddie Koers ‘23 and Molly Koers ‘23.
Angela Lynn Shockley was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana to Mrs. Denise Shockley-Reynolds and Mr. William Shockley. A graduate of Bishop Chatard High School, Angela was a proud alumnus of Indiana University-Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business.
Angela’s love for travel led her to the airline industry where she began her career at AirTran Airlines, which was acquired several years later by Southwest Airlines. Her passion for efficient world-class excellence in travel coupled with her love for people from all over the world allowed Angela to flourish in her purpose as an Operations Supervisor, a position she embraced and was dedicated to for over 15 years.
Through Southwest Airlines, Angela was able to volunteer within her local Indianapolis community throughout the year. She spearheaded donation activities for her station, and always went above and beyond for her team, colleagues, family, and friends. A proponent of self-care, Angie embraced quiet time by lighting a candle, enjoying her favorite foods, and reading an entire book in one day. When she wasn’t resting, she could be found talking on the phone to her best friends or visiting loved ones. A movie buff, Angela enjoyed attending new movie releases at the local theatre with close friends and staying active in her local community with her family.
Angela lived the life she wanted. She was young, beautiful, kind-hearted, principled, and shared her inner beauty in such a powerful way that she left an awesome impression on many, whether on the job or on vacation. Angela truly loved her career in the airline industry, where she also served as a mentor to many of her colleagues, peers, and more. She adored her family and friends, with friendships of over 20 years, and she was in love with a man who truly adored her. As we mourn Angela leaving Earth, be comforted by the notion that we have gained an angel in Heaven. Angela is survived by her Mother-Denise Shockley-Reynolds, Father-William Shockley, Brother- Dr. KMT G. Shockley, Sister- Kimberly Shockley, Niece- Jade Miles, Nephew- Jaden Hasse, as well as Cousins, Aunts, and Uncles from near and far.
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The immediate family of Angie is grief-stricken and appreciates the support, but will hold a private ceremony for Angie’s funeral in the near future. The family is overwhelmed and appreciates your support during this unprecedented time. A Zoom Celebration of Life was held on Feb. 13.
In Angela’s family was BCHS alumna her sister, Kimberly, BCHS Class of ’93.
Paul W. Traub, 77, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 surrounded by his beloved family. Oldest of nine siblings, Paul was a graduate of St. Philip Neri grade school and Cathedral High School. He earned his engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati and his master’s degree from Purdue University.
Paul was a longtime member of St. Pius X parish, where together with his wife JoAnn he was a strong supporter of Catholic education and a prayerful member of a small faith sharing group. He served on the parish Board of Education as well as the North Deanery Board of Education. Paul had retired after a long career as an engineer with P. R. Mallory and Emerson Electric. He demonstrated to his family the value of hard work with purpose, never putting his work above the needs and nurture of his family. His commitment as the ultimate protector of his wife and family was unequaled.
In retirement Paul was the most devoted Grandpa and Pop-Pop to his seven grandchildren. Paul loved spending time cheering them on at their sporting events, school activities, and dance recitals.
Paul is survived by his wife of 53 years Mrs. JoAnn R. (Lutz) Traub; children Dan (Tracey) Traub, Brian (Elaine) Traub, and Cindy (John Kindschuh) Traub; beloved grandchildren Nathan, Caty, Ryan, Andrew, Maggie, William, and Anna; siblings Jerry (Betsy) Traub, Anne Thompson, Pat (Alison Kothe) Traub, Joan (Mike Martin) Traub-Martin, and Martha (Alan) Nelson. Paul is preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Margaret Traub, sister Helen, brothers Donald and Timothy, and brother-in-law Al Thompson.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:30pm. COVID guidelines including masks and social distancing will be required. We welcome those unable to join in person to watch via livestream at facebook.com/spxparishindy. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. A celebration of Paul’s life will be planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Pius X Catholic Church, Bishop Chatard High School, or the United Stroke Alliance at www.unitedstrokealliance.org.
Expressions of sympathy and loving memories for the Traub family may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com.
In Paul’s family are the following BCHS alumni: children Brian ’91, Cynthia ’97 and Dan ’89.
Nancy was born in Decatur, Illinois to Noland and Josephine Turner on October 23, 1939. She was one of four sisters. Nancy attended Saint Teresa High School in Decatur, Illinois, and the University of Rochester College in New York for nursing. She married Gerald (Jerry) Konrad on May 4, 1963, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Decatur, Illinois.
Nancy and Jerry moved to Indianapolis in 1972 to raise their three children. While raising their family, they were active members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School and Parish, as well as Bishop Chatard High School. They are currently parishioners of Christ the King Catholic Church.
Nancy and Jerry may be most well-known for being the owner/operators of the Watt-a-Copy! printing shop in Broad Ripple from 1984 – 2000.
Nancy spent her lifetime “living” with the people she loved the most: raising her family, socializing with friends such as “The Volleyball Group”, attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities, playing bridge with her beloved friends, and traveling with her sisters and family.
Nancy always had a radiant smile on her face, laughter in her voice, a fun-loving spirit, a loving heart towards everyone, and she was always the most beautiful woman in the room.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Jerry: her three children Tim (Amy), Mike (Christina), and Kara Gin (Mike): and her four grandchildren: Matthew Konrad; Lucy, Lily, and Lexi Gin. All surviving family members are residing in Indianapolis.
Showing was Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Leppert Mortuary, 740 East 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Funeral Services will be Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 11:00a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 5692 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220. Mass will be streamed www.facebook.com/ihmindy. Private family burial after the funeral mass at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation tribute.michaeljfox.org
In Nancy’s family are the following BCHS alumni : her sons Mike ’86, Tim ’83; daughter and son-in-law Kara ’89 and Mike Gin ’89 and current BCHS student Lucy Gin ’21.
Misty N. Roseman 47, passed away Jan 29, 2021. Public visitation was Feb 8, 2021 with service to follow at St. Lawrence Catholic Church 6944 E. 46th street. Burial Calvary Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Roseman children education fund care of Kenneth Roseman. Final care and arrangements entrusted to Quincy J. Webster Funeral Chapel.
Misty was the mother of BCHS student Anthony Rosemond, Class of 2022.
Read an article about her as a mother and person in the IndyStar.com
Note: Misty’s husband, Ken, was named the BCHS Boys Basketball head coach in June 2021.
Michael R Bain, 52, died January 30, 2021 at St Vincent’s Hospital. He was born October 24, 1968, at Hendricks County Hospital the 5th of 6 children to Jack and Madonna Bain. Michael is predeceased in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife Bridget (Hynds), children: John (Jack), Lucy and Eleanor, Siblings: Ken (Amy) Bain, Jackie (Mike) Meunier, Dave (Cathy) Bain, Donna (Jon) Murray and Steve (Denise) Bain.
Mike’s idyllic youth started as a child drawing Military uniforms with passion and ended with entire summers spent staffing Scouting adventures at Ransburg in Indiana and Philmont in New Mexico. He was an Eagle Scout, Minisino Firecrafter, and served on the Eagle Scout Board of Review. Mike graduated from Brownsburg High School, Class of 1987. He earned a BA in Economics from Indiana University in 1991 and then received a Law Degree at Indiana University at Indianapolis in 1994. He began his law career as a Deputy Prosecutor in Hendricks County before eventually becoming a Senior Partner at Hume, Smith, Geddes, Green and Simmons. He tried multiple cases to juries, represented clients before the Indiana Appellate Court and was admitted to the Supreme Court and 7th Circuit. Mike was a member of the Indiana Bar Association, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Defense Research Institute, Indianapolis Law Club and regularly recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer. However, in keeping with the spirit of Michael, his impressive resume was not his focus. His interests centered on family and friends.
After a chance meeting on a trip to an IU football game, Mike and Bridget found something special and built their life in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood in Indianapolis. Their 25 year marriage was centered on their three children. Mike was proud of the man his son Jack had become. Like many fathers, he absolutely adored his daughters Lucy and Eleanor and they had his heart. His family would describe Mike as a lifelong learner with a keen intellect always peppering those he met with questions due to his genuine interest in others.
Mike was a loyal friend, mentor, and a fun person to be around in most any setting. He had an incredible knack for remembering names, county seats, high school mascots, random World War II facts, sports trivia, or how his favorite team lost their last game. His quick wit and wry smile kept those around him on their toes. Mike loved listening to the Grateful Dead, a good fire, and sharing a drink with friends. He volunteered with numerous youth sports and cherished his time watching his son compete in junior hockey. Mike enjoyed his time as a youth lacrosse coach and followed his former players’ careers as they competed in high school. He was the voice of Chatard’s lacrosse programs for several years, manning his public address duties with colorful commentary and a vast playlist for breaks in the action. The last football game he attended was capped by ringing the Monon Bell with his son Jack, who played for the DePauw Tigers that day. Mike was a devout Catholic and 25 year member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
Mike, we’d love to have more time to pepper you with questions because at your very core was Love. As he was a long-time supporter of youth sports, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Indianapolis Catholic Youth Organization.
Visitation is from 3-7 PM at Leppert Mortuary in Nora, Friday, February 5th
Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Saturday, February 6th at 11:00 AM
Mike was the father of the following BCHS alumni: Jack ’17 and Lucy ’20 and current student Eleanor ’21.
Alex Lloyd Munroe, 54, died at his Indianapolis home on Saturday, January 16, 2021 surrounded by family.
The Indianapolis native attended Eastwood Middle School and graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1984. He served in the U.S. Marines, attaining the rank of corporal. Alex returned to active duty in 1990 to serve in Operation Desert Storm. After completing additional training, he boarded a transport plane headed for Kuwait. Upon landing in Germany the troops learned that a ceasefire agreement had been signed which ended hostilities, so he returned to the U.S. without seeing any combat duty.
Transitioning to civilian life, Alex lived in Cincinnati for a time, married and started a family. Deciding to move back to Indianapolis to be close to relatives, he began working for the Stuart Anderson steakhouse chain. An opportunity for advancement led him to take the position of head of operations at the New Orleans House. This legendary seafood buffet establishment was where Alex really grew to love food service and honed his management skills. His growing reputation led him to be recruited to craft the menu for John and Nancy Hill’s Broad Ripple Brewpub in 1990, the state’s first brewpub. A year later, he helped Puccini’s Smiling Teeth launch its first store at West 86th Street and Ditch Road.
A stint at Snax/Something Different helped him hone his gourmet cooking skills which he put to good use at Peter’s in Fountain Square. This pioneering high-end gourmet restaurant preceded Indy’s foodie scene by two decades.
Alex’s life was upended in 1994 when he was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident. He severed his femoral artery, required 14 pints of blood and flatlined three times during emergency medical procedures. The injuries were so severe that he was unable to derive nutrition from food. This required total parenteral nutrition (TPN) for the rest of his life, which, he was told at the time, would end before he reached his 40th birthday.
In fact, he survived another 26 years thanks to his pharmacist Tammy McDowel at Nutrishare and to an innate stubborn streak that made him a fighter.
Not one to sit idly, he continued to consult in the food service industry, assisting David Wilson in opening a restaurant in Broad Ripple, the Village Idiot, that eventually became 3 Sisters Café. In 1995 the place was under new management and owner David Hansmann’s girlfriend at the time was a vegan. He needed a chef so he hired Alex to run the kitchen at night and make vegan entrées.
That’s when Alex became reacquainted with Moira Sommers, a server who had been a member of the Village Idiot opening team. Both had mutual friends from middle school but their lives went in different directions and they drifted apart. Working together at 3 Sisters, they became smitten with each other and began dating. When the opportunity arose to purchase the business, they spent a year putting together a proposal. On November 4, 2005, the partners launched their business life at the beloved Broad Ripple restaurant that continues operations to this day.
3 Sisters Café maintains its reputation as a local favorite breakfast and lunch spot. The casual atmosphere and wholesome, hearty portions of homemade food using fresh ingredients has generated a loyal following. Alex took particular pride in his soups, “Never had a lesson,” he proclaimed, and the proof of his expertise was in the flavor.
The restaurant gained national exposure in 2011 by appearing in Season 11 of The Food Network’s Diners Drive-ins and Dives. Watch the episode online and see the rapport Alex has with host Guy Fieri. They were clearly kindred spirits.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no services or calling. Indiana Funeral Care is handling arrangements. On Saturday, January 30, 3 Sisters will hold a celebration of Alex’s life from 4-8 p.m. Social distancing protocols and COVID-19 restaurant occupancy restrictions will be in place.
Alex is survived by his parents, Bruce and Phyllis Munroe; brother Grant Munroe and wife Ginny; daughters Caroline and Lucy Munroe, Josie Sommers and fiancé Alex Hoving; sons Charlie, Owen, and Emerson Munroe, Eliot Sommers and partner Rachel Fleitz, and long-time love, Moira Sommers.
Moira’s Hope Fund is a Go-Fund-Me page established by friends to help her defray expenses.
Alex was the father of current BCHS student, Owen, Class of 2022.
Deborah Ann Larsen, age 69, went to her heavenly home on Monday, January 18, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Larsen; parents, William and Joanne Sutton; mother-in-law, Gertrude Larsen; brother-in-law, Jimmy Larsen. Deb is survived by her sons, John (Sara) Larsen and James (Jennifer) Larsen; grandchildren, Owen Larsen, Kadin Graham, Koen Larsen, James Larsen, Kinley Larsen, Eli Larsen; brothers, William (Cheri) Sutton; brother-in-law, Jerry (Becky) Larsen; sisters, Amy (Kurt) Eicholtz, Lisa Murray; sisters-in-law, Michele Larsen, Joanna (Kerry) Flory, Jan (Jerry) Asbury; 18 nieces and nephews. Deb was born on January 24, 1951. She spent 21 years as an educator. She taught English and journalism at Greenville High School along with overseeing yearbook and the school newspaper. Deb was an avid reader. She had more books than the public library. Outside of impacting her students’ lives, she enjoyed shopping and spending time with her grandkids.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Magnify Church, 6727 Kutshill Drive NE, Rockford, MI. Deb’s family will greet relatives and friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids, the Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan, or the American Cancer Society of West Michigan. To share a photo, memory and to sign the online guestbook please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com
Our precious son, Daniel E. Schroeder, 30 of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on December 31, 2020. He attended grade school at St. Simon the Apostle Catholic School. He attended high school at Bishop Chatard High School. He was a graduate of Indiana University at the IUPUI campus. He is survived by his parents James and Teresa (Hall) Schroeder, his brother Ben Schroeder (Catie), his grandfather Karl Schroeder, his uncle Dave Schroeder (Linda), his aunt Lori Schroeder (Tom), and many cousins. His grandparents Noble and Blanche Hall, grandmother Linda Schroeder, and uncle Noble Hall Jr. preceded him in death.
Daniel was co-captain of his varsity tennis team at Bishop Chatard and was a life-long tennis player. He was a certified lifeguard and worked at a community pool during the summer. He was a sports fan who also loved movies, books and comedy.
As a young child, Daniel truly lived in the moment. He experienced all that life had to offer with great intensity. Although he would have been a poor mechanical engineer, he had an inherent understanding of what made people tick. He won a spelling bee or two with his amazing memory. He showed incredible people skills at an early age and was happiest when he could be with others. He had the gift of gab and was a natural at sales as an adult.
The adult Daniel was a person of great loyalty and quick wit. Although he could be a little unorganized, he always had an upbeat view of life. One thing you noticed when spending time with Daniel was that his phone never stopped ringing. Calls and texts streamed in constantly. He always had a broad smile on his face as he texted someone back or spoke to them on the phone. If he changed jobs, he collected another handful of friends. He loved talking to old schoolmates, neighbors, or to be honest, everyone he encountered.
At his core, Daniel was a gentle soul and was very soft-hearted. Daniel loved life and was always busy making plans for the future. He had just ordered a passport and was planning on doing some traveling once the pandemic was under control. He looked forward to new experiences. He enjoyed going to the art cinema to catch a film or perusing the wares at the half price bookstore.
We will miss him terribly. Although this is not the timing any of us would have chosen for his death, Daniel openly discussed his Christian faith with us, so we know we will join him in heaven someday. We love and appreciate every one of you who were in Daniel’s life. This world will be a little more organized, but a lot less friendly without Daniel. He certainly would have wanted us all to love and support each other.
Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Simon Catholic Church.
Matthew Kirby Summers, 31, of Indianapolis, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020. He was born on October 5, 1989 in Mishawaka, Indiana to Kevin A. and Mary Kay (Julian) Summers.
He graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 2008 and attended Wabash College and Purdue University. He worked in the restaurant industry before joining Hubler Automotive as a sales associate. He enjoyed golf, cooking, and spending time with family.
He is survived by his loving parents, Kevin and Kay Summers; brother, Chuck (Emily) Summers; grandfather, Kirby Julian; nephews, Tommy and Alexander Summers; and girlfriend, Malorie McDole.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Catherine Julian and paternal grandparents, Charles and Betty Summers.
Family and friends will gather on Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services, 1458 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, where a rosary service will be held at 6:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Very Rev. Joseph Newton on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 4217 Central Ave., Indianapolis IN 46205. Prayers will be said at the funeral home prior to Mass at 10:15 a.m. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Indianapolis.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a show of support via a donation to the Herren Project in Matthew’s honor.
The Funeral Mass will be live streamed on St. Joan of Arc’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/rwDQ4_qD7E8 Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.LauckFuneralHome.com.
Matthew’s brother, Chuck, was also a BCHS graduate in the Class of 2006.
Carol Leona O’Loughlin, 85, of Indianapolis, passed away October 7, 2020. She was born July 17, 1935 in Terre Haute, Indiana to the late Henry E. and Helen (Nacke) Broemmelsiek. Carol graduated high school at St. Joseph Academy in South Bend, Indiana in 1953. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Marquette University in 1957, her Master of Science in Physics from Purdue University in 1962 and her Ph. D. in Solid State Physics from Tulane University in 1968.
Carol worked for Bendix Corporation in South Bend for 3 years, Boeing Co. in New Orleans for a year and Tulane University for 5 years. She was a Professor at IUPUI for 28 years where she taught physics and electrical engineering.
Passionate about teaching, Carol received The Wisner-Stoelk Outstanding Faculty Award from Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology in 1983 and 1995 and the Outstanding Teaching Award in Electrical Engineering from 1986-1998. She also received U.S. Navy EMPF Recognition in 1994. She was a member of Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society) and American Physical Society.
Carol was an active member of Christ the King Parish for 47 years, serving and participating in many capacities. She was an avid woodworker and a master at crossword puzzles. As a devoted mother and caring grandmother, she will be greatly missed.
Carol is survived by her children, Catherine “Kate” (Kevin) O’Connell, Marian (Kevin) Power and Leo (Carrie) O’Loughlin; grandchildren, Erin O’Connell, Anna O’Connell, Mary O’Connell, Cassie Clark, Allison Clark and Mary O’Loughlin; and many nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, John Rice O’Loughlin; her parents and her siblings Gene, Marc and Ray.
A visitation for Carol will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Feeney Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E. 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220. The Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed and can be accessed at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 15th by visiting Carol’s tribute page online at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com or by visiting Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary’s Facebook page.
Carol was the mother of these BCHS alumni: Catherine O’Connell ’82, Leo O’Loughlin ’87 and Marian Power ’85.
David’s birthday was December 7, 2020 and he would have been 52 years old. He passed away the week before of natural causes at his home in Lafayette, In.
David graduated from St. Lawrence grade school in 1983 where he played 5-6 and 7-8 grade football. He also ran track and wrestled. David was an avid sport fan along with his dad, loving the Chicago Cubs and Indianapolis Colts. His passion was fishing at the family cottage in Buffalo, IN.where he caught many a cat fish.
David graduated from Chatard high School in 1987, where he played football for four years and ran track and wrestled. He entered the Navy in 1988. He is survived by his mother, Patricia Lee Loner – Lady Lake, Florida and his three sons. Cody Allen Spitler (his daughter Adelynn), Dreyk Howell, and Joseph M. Loner – US Navy. His sister, Stacey Lee Loner – Chinle, Arizona – Navaho reservation, niece Jerra Lee Kelly and nephews Joshua Loner and Jacob Dobson. Many loving Aunts and Uncles and many cousins!
David never met a dog, cat, bird, squirrel, chipmonk or any other animal that he didn’t successfully befriend immediately. He loved music, played the drums and sang with many groups.
David was preceded in death by his loving father, J. David Loner.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary T. Klinger Veterans Resource Center, 420 N. 4th st. Lafayette, IN 47901 NOTE: for Loner Memorial or….PayPal https;//ww.mtkvets.org/donate/ Note: Loner Memorial in notes
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Thomas John Warner, beloved husband, father, family man, and resident of Cicero, Ind., passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 9, 2020, at the age of 56.
He was born in Minneapolis, Minn. on Jan. 24, 1964 to Thomas and Rosemary.
Growing up, the youngest of four siblings, Mr. Warner was his three sisters’ favorite brother. According to his sisters, he was spoiled as a child and loved sitting in the dugout with his dad, the baseball coach and athletic director at Butler University.
Mr. Warner graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas in 8th grade, from Bishop Chatard High School in 1982, and from Butler University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, where he was also the kicker on the Butler football team. On Oct. 1, 1988, Mr. Warner married Wendy, the love of his life and his high school sweetheart. They had four children, Stephen (29), Mindy (26), Lily (22) and Abby (14). After college, Mr. Warner worked as a sports writer/editor for the Daily Journal, Greenfield Daily Reporter, and Noblesville Ledger. He later worked for Liberty Mutual, JW Flynn Insurance Agency, Warner-Cox Insurance Agency, Walker Insurance Agency, and spent his last four years at Camico Insurance as the National Sales Manager.
As an adult, Mr. Warner was a devoted husband, father, brother, son, friend, coach and mentor to many, and most importantly, a follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He enjoyed music of all kinds, was an avid Chicago Cubs and Butler Basketball fan, and loved golf (he was a proud Senior Olympian)! He was a fixer and a problem solver. When something needed done, he figured it out. He always put others first. He made time for people who needed him even when he didn’t have the time to give. When a friend or family member needed something, he often said “YES” before he even knew the question. He was a humble man and never expected thanks or recognition. Although Mr. Warner’s parents passed away many years ago, he loved and took care of his wife’s parents, Steve and Marcia, as if they were his very own. In the same way, they also treated him like a son. He loved coaching his kids over the years in baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer. He served as President and was a longtime board member of the Hamilton Heights Amateur Sports Association (HHASA). He devoted a lot of extra time to organizing and prepping fields, concessions, equipment, working with the young players, coaching, umping and doing whatever needed to be done.
Mr. Warner had a deep passion and devoted countless hours of serving and leadership to the Hamilton County and Heartland Great Banquet Communities, as well as the Central Indiana Awakening Community for youth. He also felt very honored to be in the Eldership Apprentice Program at Cicero Christian Church. Mr. Warner also loved his town and really enjoyed serving the Town of Cicero with several years on the Cicero Economic Development Committee (EDC) and the Cicero/Jackson Township Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). His wife was the most important person in his world. He and Wendy were a team and are the spiritual rocks of the family. He loved his children fiercely and showed them how to be self-sufficient, love Jesus, and serve others in everything they do. Mr. Warner will be deeply and painfully missed until we all are reunited with him again someday. Until then, his legacy lives on through his wife, kids and the thousands of lives he has touched in the name of Jesus.
Survivors include his wife, Wendy Warner (Wendy Foster); his children, Stephen (Miranda), Melinda, Lillian and Abigail Warner; his parents in law, Stephen and Marcia Foster; his sisters, Michele (Kent) Moore, Rita (Shane) Rummel and Rosemary (Curtis Davis) Warner; his dogs, Toby, Buttercup and Cookie; his grand-dogs, Coco, Pepper and Riley; and countless beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters in Christ and friends who he called family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Marcian and Rosemary Ann Warner (Rosemary Ann Mullen).
Due to COVID, the funeral service will consist of family only. However, a candlelight celebration will occur in the Cicero Christian Church parking lot at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Please arrive in the church lot between 4 – 4:45 p.m. Arrangements are entrusted to Hartley Funeral Home, Cicero Chapel, 209 West Jackson Street, Cicero, Indiana 46034
Memorial condolences may be made at www.gofundme.com/f/tom-warner-and-family-tribute-fund. Paper check donations can be made to Cicero Christian Church, 1715 Stringtown Pike, Cicero, IN 46034. Please put “Tom Warner Memorial Fund” in the memo section.
Online condolences at: www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com.
This information is from The Hamilton County Times
Mr. Warner’s wife, Wendy also is a BCHS graduate, in the Class of 1984.
John Homan passed away on December 9, 2020, at the age of 86 with the comfort of the Last Rites of the Catholic Church. John was born in Celina, Ohio and grew up in Burketsville, OH attending his freshman year of high school at St. Henry. John then moved to Middletown, Ohio where he graduated from Middletown High School.
John graduated from the University of Dayton with a BS in Accounting and later graduated from Butler University with an MBA. He participated in ROTC while at the University of Dayton and spent 8 years in the Army, active and reserve, attaining the rank of Captain.
John’s career was primarily spent at the Lau Blower Company, later becoming Philips Industries. John greatly enjoyed his work including his many years as Plant Manager for the Lau Indianapolis plant. He enjoyed reminiscing about the great friends and fun times had there, finishing his career as Sales Manager at corporate headquarters in Dayton, Ohio.
John enjoyed golf, bowling, fishing, woodworking and travel. He was cofounder of the RAAOOD’s (Royal and Ancient Order of Old Duffers), a group of like-minded retirees. John had many great times at the lakes in Perham, Minnesota and later southern Indiana where friends and relatives gathered together.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Olive Homan and his brother Fred Homan. He is survived by his loving wife Janet Thesken Homan “Jan” and children, Daniel (Susie) Homan, Christopher (Charlene) Homan, and Nancy (Mark) Smith and grandchildren, Matthew (Anne) Homan, Alex (Erin) Homan, Nicholas, Jonathon, Danny & Sophia Homan and Rachel and Jacob Smith, and four great grandchildren, JJ, Bee, Olive and Henry Homan.
John’s greatest joy in life was spending time and having fun with his family. He always loved the children and will be sorely missed by all.
Private services are being handled by Flanner Buchanan. John will be laid to rest in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis. To leave a memory for the family visit FlannerBuchanan.com.
In John’s family are the following BCHS alumni: Dan ’77 (son) and his wife Susie (Lee) Homan ’78 and their sons Matthew ’04 and his wife Anne (Hurrle) Homan ’06 and Alex ’06 and his wife Erin (McCalley) Homan ’06; Chris ’78 (son); Nancy (Homan) Smith ’80 (daughter) and her children Jacob ’18 and Rachel Smith ’18.
Marvin L. Hackman passed away peacefully on November 22, 2020 with his family at his bedside.
Marvin was born in Jasper, Indiana on January 29, 1934 to his loving parents Ted and Sarah Hackman and his sister Laverne who have all preceded him in death. He graduated from Jasper High School in 1952 where he was the valedictorian of his class, captain of the Wildcats’ basketball team, ran high hurdles on the track team, was an Eagle Scout and played saxophone for a popular dance band called “The Starlighters.”
Upon graduation, Marvin received an athletic scholarship to play basketball at St. Joseph’s College (Ind) where he was a member of the glee club and also competed for the Puma track team. He was again named valedictorian of his class after graduating summa cum laude in 1956. He is a member of St. Joseph’s Athletic Wall of Honor as well as a President’s Fellow.
Marvin then earned his law degree (JD with highest distinction) in 1959 from Indiana University School of Law where he graduated at the top of his class, was named editor in chief of the Indiana Law Journal and was honored with membership in the Order of the Coif.
Upon graduation he went on to clerk for Judge William Steckler at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana where he served until 1961 when he joined as an associate of the law firm of Thompson, O’Neal & Smith. In 1966, Marvin became a partner of that firm which is now known as Hackman & Hulett. His work there included many years as senior partner and was highlighted by various projects that had a major impact for the city of Indianapolis and Central Indiana. Marvin worked closely with Fred Tucker, Jr., Tom Binford and other city leaders to develop such downtown properties as the Hilton, Hyatt Regency, The Canterbury Hotel, and Market Square Arena. He was instrumental as lead counsel in the deal allowing the Pacers to move from the ABA to the NBA as part of their merger and helped the fledgling franchise survive those early years. He also played a role in bringing cable television to Indianapolis. Marvin was very well respected among his peers who often pulled his children aside to compliment their father’s integrity, intelligence and work ethic. He was a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indianapolis Lawyers’ Club and the Business of Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections of the American Bar Association.
In 1958, Marvin married the love of his life, Jane Sermersheim, and they enjoyed 62 wonderful years together while they resided on Indianapolis’ northeast side and raised four children: Steve (Jill), Anne (Jody Morris), Mike (Mary Ann) and Dan (Carrie). When not supporting their kids’ educations, playing golf, vacationing with the family, enjoying time with friends, attending their kids’ sporting events, or cheering on the Pacers, Hoosiers and Colts, Marvin and Jane could be found traveling all over the world including a trip to the Holy Land with fellow Jasper native Archbishop Daniel Buechlein.
They were proud members of St. Pius X parish for 53 years and put all four children through St. Pius X grade school and Bishop Chatard High School. Marvin was active in the Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Archdiocese Mitre Society. Over the years, he and Jane supported many philanthropic causes in the areas of education, the Catholic Church and various children’s causes. Marvin was a board member of several civic associations including The Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis, Hillcrest Country Club and the American Pianists Association.
Marvin and Jane also took full advantage of their memberships at Highland and Hilcrest Country Clubs as well as the Bonita Bay Club located in Bonita Springs, Florida where they spent many winters over the past 25 years. While never actually getting one himself, Marvin liked to boast that he and Jane had combined for eight holes-in-one.
In addition to his wife and children, Marvin is survived by eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren whom he loved and cherished, and who all loved and revered their “Pappaw.” He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth.
Due to COVID restrictions, there will not be a calling. A funeral mass will be held at St. Pius X Church at 10 am on Saturday, November 28th and will be streamed live at Facebook.com/spxparishindy . A larger celebration of Marvin’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church or The Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis.
Marvin is the father of the following BCHS Alumni: Stephen Hackman ’77, Anne Hackman-Morris ’79, Michael Hackman ’84 and Dan Hackman ’85.
Edna Poole Simpson Dill, age 91, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Edna was born on January 16, 1929 in Tipton, Indiana to the late Raymond and Edna Simpson.
She was a graduate RN from Saint Vincent School of Nursing in Indianapolis. She was the beloved wife of her late husband of 64 years Myron Ketcham Dill, MD and a loving mother to 7 children, loving grandmother to 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was a member of Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church.
Edna is survived by her children Gregory S. (Sheryl) Dill, Jeffrey T. (Rebecca) Dill, Mary D. (Harvey) Garrison, Elizabeth A. (Jeffrey) Falcone, Myra T. Dill, Anthony N. (Melissa) Dill, Jenifer M. Dill, grandchildren Breelyn Dill, Eric (Lauren) Dill, Andrew (Shelley) Dill, Nathan Dill, Laura (Joel) Denis, Kymberly (Craig) Richardson, Jonathan Falcone, Jennifer Falcone, Vincent Falcone, Rachel Dill, Abigail Dill, Sara Dill, Mary Garrison and 13 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her 7 siblings.
A visitation for Edna will be held Friday, December 4, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 4217 N Central Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 AM. Entombment will take place at Calvary cemetery immediately following the service.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Dill family.
In Edna’s family are the following BCHS alumni: daughter Jennifer Dill ’84, grandson Andrew Dill ’01.
C. Warren Holland of Indianapolis died on November 23, 2020. Warren was a beloved husband, father, and friend. Warren was born April 1, 1928 in Indianapolis to the late William and Frances Holland.
He would often describe warm memories of growing up in a loving home with his sister Dorothy and his brother Jack just a few houses down from Joan of Arc Church. Whether he was playing baseball on the school playground or attending Mass where his mother played the organ, the Church was a central part of his childhood. He went on to Cathedral High School and the University of Notre Dame. In college, he became interested in teachings on moral and legal philosophy which would play a large role in his decision to become a lawyer dedicated to advocating for others in need. Upon his graduation from Notre Dame Law School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served during the Korean War. Much of his service involved defending the rights of fellow service men before military tribunals. When he returned home, he and his future wife, Helen Curry, started dating. He would often say that he had his eye on her since their days at Joan of Arc where she would play the piano at school assemblies. They were married on August 25, 1956.
Warren and Helen raised their four children in Saint Lawrence parish. Following the example set by their own parents, they were determined to make sure that faith would be the central part of their family’s life. They would attend Mass as a family. Warren had quite a good voice and loved singing hymns. One of his favorite jokes involved those occasions when he was asked to bring around the collection basket. Invariably, when he got to his family’s pew, he would pause and shake the basket in front of his children as if to say “Come on, hand it over.” As their children moved on to high school and college, Warren and Helen remained active in the parish. They helped establish the Saint Lawrence Blessed Sacrament Chapel where they spent countless hours in prayer.
Warren dedicated his professional life to representation of the injured and the grieving. As a trial lawyer, he used his God given gifts of compassion, intellect, and an incredible work ethic to seek justice and compensation for his clients. His clients would often remark that Warren treated them like they were family. He enjoyed practicing law and appreciated the many good friends he made during his career. He was blessed to be able to work until age 89.
Warren and Helen enjoyed nothing more than watching their children’s and grandchildren’s games and competitions. Warren was even known to show up at practices on occasion. The kids and grandkids have played at all levels from CYO to the NFL and their accomplishments have been an ongoing source of joy. In the many cards and letters he would send to his family, he would sign off “A.I.O.H” which stood for Always in Our Hearts.
Warren’s passing to the next life reminds his family of the words of scripture “He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.” Warren’s faith infused his daily life. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years Helen Holland; their children Mike Holland (Dolores), Ceil Hanley (Mike), Dan Holland, Gretchen Etling (Joe); grandchildren, Dolores Murphy (John), Joseph Holland (Danielle), Marianne Caltrider (Steven), Shane Hanley, Shea Hanley, Kit Hanley, Grace Hanley, Joey Etling ( Allison) Mary Kate Etling, Danny Etling, Meaghan Etling, Gretchen Anne Etling; great grandchildren, JJ Murphy, Lola Murphy, Holland Caltrider, and Taylor Etling.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents, William and Frances Holland, his sister Dorothy Ostheimer, his brother, Jack Holland, and his grandson Ryan Hanley.
The family is holding private services. He will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Saint Lawrence Catholic Church, 4650 N. Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46226.
Warren was the grandfather of the following BCHS alumni: Delores (Holland) Murphy ’03, Joseph Holland ’07, Marianne (Holland) Caltrider ’10.
Catherine (Cathy) A. (Avelis) Ford, 68, longtime Indianapolis resident, passed away peacefully at home November 13, 2020, after an eight-year battle with cancer. Cathy was born October 6, 1952, in Indianapolis to the late John and Helen Mary (Eckerman) Avelis.
Cathy graduated from Schulte High School in Terre Haute, IN and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Saint Mary of the Woods, IN and also earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana State University. Cathy was a proud “Woodsie” and stayed in touch with several classmates over the years and was excited two nieces followed in her footsteps to the Woods. After teaching school for five years, she moved to Indianapolis and started her 32 year dream job as courtroom deputy in the United States Bankruptcy Court under the Honorable Frank J. Otte. A devout Catholic, she was a longtime and active member of Christ the King Catholic Church for over 37 years where she participated in numerous committees. Cathy belonged to Stansfield Circle, a wonderful social service organization that provides services to senior citizens at Fletcher Place Community Center near Fountain Square.
Cathy met her husband, Joseph B. Ford, on a blind date, and they married on June 14, 1980 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Their only child and the apple of Cathy’s eye, Sara, was born in Indianapolis on September 27, 1982. Cathy’s favorite hobby was being with her three beautiful granddaughters and following their various activities. She loved traveling, doing crafts and working in her backyard community garden. Cathy is best known as, and excelled at, being a great wife, mother, daughter, Gammy, sister, in-law, aunt and friend to many. “Miss Cathy’s” backyard connected all the kids on the block. Survivors include her husband of over 40 years, Joseph B. Ford; daughter Sara Catherine (Jon) Berscheit and their children, Camryn Z. Hackney, Bailey G. Hackney and S.J. Berscheit ; siblings, John (Mary Margaret) Avelis, Edward (Deborah) Avelis, Michael (Victoria) Avelis, James (Kim) Avelis, Beth (Randall) Shaw, Patrick (Marlene) Avelis and Therese Avelis; a large extended family including Joe’s siblings and their spouses, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday November 18, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00pm, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Avenue, Indianapolis. You will have the opportunity to pay your respects at the casket and greet the family from a distance, who will be seated in pews. Respectfully, all those attending will be required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am on November 19, 2020, in the church. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. For those wishing to remember Cathy from their own home, the Mass will be livestreamed on the Christ the King YouTube channel. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Catholic Church. Carlisle – Branson Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the family. Visit www.CarlisleBranson.com to share a favorite memory or to sign the online guest registry.
In Cathy’s family are the following BCHS alumni: her husband Joe Ford ’69, her daughter Sara (Ford) Berscheit ’01, her brother-in-law Mike Ford ’76, sister-in-Law Jane Wilkes Ford ’68, nephews Dan Ford ’09 and Tom Ford ’12.
Nicholas McGuinness, age 40, passed away on October 6, 2020. He was born on July 3, 1980 to Bernie and Michele (Bogle) McGuinness. He graduated from Bishop Chatard High School. After high school, Nicholas graduated from Ball State University and Pepperdine University with his Juris Doctorate.
Nicholas was a brilliant trial attorney and public defender in Marion county. He was a Pepperdine Alumni and a member of the Indiana State Bar Association.
Nicholas is survived by his parents, Bernie (Karen) McGuinness and Michele McGuinness; siblings, Bernie (Jennifer) McGuinness III, Dr. Maureen (Scott) Sampson, Shannon (Chris) Kennedy and Courtney Cooper; nephews and nieces, Bernie McGuiness IV, Elizabeth McGuinness, Emma McGuinness, Samantha McGuinness, Kate Sampson, Joey Sampson, Allie Sampson, Emily Duggan, Conrad Cooper, Clara Cooper, Brenna Cooper, Annabelle Kennedy and Shaeleigh Kennedy; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A visitation will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46240. A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 7:00 PM. Entombment at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 10:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made by mail to Autism Speaks, 1 East 33rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016.
Nicholas was the son of Bernie J. McGuinness ’69; brother of Bernard McGuinness ’95 & Dr. Maureen (McGuinness) Sampson ’97. He was also brother of Shannon Kennedy and Courtney Cooper.
Mary Jane Lyons Knoth (98) was born on July 31, 1922 to Daniel and Rose Lyons in Chicago, Illinois. She passed away on September 6th, 2020. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Chicago, and Chicago Teachers College. She received her Masters Degree from Indiana University.
Mary Jane married Bernard Hillard Knoth on October 22, 1944. After many happy years of married life, she was widowed at the age of 47 in 1969. She was blessed with 8 children: Mary Chloupek (Bob), Bernard (Aaron), Dan, Jim (Pam), Rose Johnson (Don), Dave (Debbie), Dick (Patty) and George (Michele). She was blessed with 17 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 7 great, great grandchildren. Mary is survived by two brothers, Dan (Louise, deceased) and Jerry (Charlene). Mary has several nieces and nephews who were very dear to her. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bernard H Knoth, her brother George and his wife Ginny, and her grandson Philip Knoth.
After Mary Jane was widowed, she taught at IPS School #87 for 17 years. She was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, St. Augustine’s Guild, several bridge clubs, and a past member of Riviera Club. Her volunteer work included doing manicures for residents at St. Augustine Home for the Aged for 18 years. She enjoyed sharing time with her family, playing bridge, reading, saying the rosary and, most recently, meeting up with kind lady friends for 4:00 mass at Marquette Manor. She will be dearly missed and remembered as a strong, determined, smart, fun-loving and sweet Irish woman. The family would like to thank the staff at Marquette Manor for their care and friendship over the last four years with a special thanks to Nurse Ann Beckett.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 10:00AM until 11:30AM at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Dr, Indianapolis, IN. A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 11:30AM. Burial will take place at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Please adhere to all coronavirus mandates by wearing a mask and social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to St. Pius X Catholic Church (address above) or Bishop Chatard High School, 5885 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220.
Mary Jane was the mother of the following BCHS alumni: Mary ‘65 and Pam ’70.
Mrs. Margaret “Muffy” Wagner, born on November 3, 1930 in Belmont, Massachusetts, passed away at age 89 on September 5, 2020. Muffy was married to her beloved husband Charlie for 62 years, with whom she raised seven children. Muffy graduated from Mt. Auburn nursing school in Massachusetts in 1951, then worked as a contract nurse for the U.S. military, making numerous round trips from New York to Germany, where she met her sweetheart Charlie, then in the Army. After starting their family in Portland, Oregon, Muffy & Charlie moved to Indianapolis, where they spent the remainder of their married life happily together. Muffy was a devout Catholic and an active member of Immaculate of Heart of Mary parish, then St. Pius X. In addition to raising seven children, she volunteered to read to the blind and also delivered meals to the elderly. Muffy loved the ocean, the Boston Red Sox and Notre Dame. She enjoyed visiting Hilton Head Island as well as her family home in the seaside town of Scituate, MA. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles; daughter, Mary Nelson; sisters, Pat Gillis, Jean Smolenski, and Sheila Fleming, and brother John Fleming. Muffy is survived by her sons, Charles (Elissa), Daniel (Jan), John and Michael (Lisa); daughters, Margaret Bower (Michael) and Ann Bourque (Peter); sister, Mary Fleming and brother Frank Fleming; grandchildren, Lauren, Evan, Ian, Heather, Hannah, Nick, Mark, Lexie, Jack, Kathleen, Brendan, Molly, Guerin, Emma, Mary, Erik, Brian and Joe; great grandchildren Graham and Logan; and niece, Theresa Hufford (Andy). Friends and family members may attend the visitation from 9:30-10:30am on Saturday, September 12th immediately followed by the Memorial Mass at 10:30 am, both at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Drive, Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 2345 W.86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46260. Online condolences are available at www.leppertmortuary.com.
Muffy was the mother of BCHS alumna Ann Bourque ‘84.
David Lee Thompson, 67, of DeLand, Florida passed peacefully at his home on September 5, 2020. He was born February 6, 1953 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Anne Louise Mueller Thompson and John W. Thompson. He was a 1971 graduate of Chatard High School. He was a graduate from Rollins College, Florida.
He worked as a respiratory therapist for over 45 years. David worked at Community Hospital, the I. U. Med. Center and Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. He worked at Florida Hospital South, Bert Fish Hospital and retired from Advent Health DeLand. David formed and actively participated in the Central Florida COPD support groups. He was known for his interesting wellness presentations on COPD throughout Florida.
David is survived by his wife MaryAnn Coridan Thompson, his brother John W. Thompson Jr (Karin) and his sister Cheryl Striewe (John). Also, his stepsons, Jon Pulley (Cathy) and Jacob Pulley (Stacy), grandsons Aaron Pulley and Keegan Pulley, loving nieces and nephews and extended family and friends. There will be no services at this time, but you may make a contribution in his name to your favorite charity. Alavon Direct Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
Marcus Alexander Cain, 65, of Nashville, IN, formerly of Indianapolis, died unexpectedly on May 15, 2020. He was born May 5, 1955 (thus 5-5-55, his favorite moniker) in Indianapolis to John F. Cain and Margaretann Forestal Cain. He attended St. Pius X grade school and Bishop Chatard High School before obtaining his electrical contracting license through Ivy Tech. He was the former owner of Cain Electric of Nashville and had most recently been working at Brown County State Park.
Marcus loved life and loved everyone around him, never knowing a stranger. He enjoyed time with his family and many friends, fishing, gardening and riding his motorcycle. His favorite times were when family and friends gathered at his and Sandy’s home for parties and his famous campfires.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Sandy Seitz Cain of Nashville, grandson Marley Cain, sister Kathleen Cain St. John (Frank), brothers Jack (Nanette Jackson) and Dick (Cheryl). Nephews Justin Cain (Addy), Neil Cain (Jenny Ollikainen), Matt Cain, nieces Lacey St. John Hamilton (Dan), Holly St. John, Dakota Cain and Sierra Cain. Sister-in-law Nan Stiles (Kent), nieces and nephews Darby and Kerrie Stiles, Amber and Landon Hickman all of Arkansas, Matthew Seitz of Nashville, Bill Clinger of Texas and Josh Seitz of Bloomington and many great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Nathaniel Marcus Cain, and brothers Jimmy and Charlie.
A gathering of the family only was held on May 20, 2020. A celebration of life is being planned for a future date.
Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville handled arrangements. Tributes may be posted on their website.
Dennis M. Foley, 67, passed away February 10, 2020. Dennis graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 1970 and worked for Kroger Grocery for 40 years.
Dennis is survived by wife Cecelia “Corky” Foley, children: Bryan (Michelle) Foley; Christopher (Angie) Foley and Megan (Martin) Gutierrez; 7 grandchildren: Madison, Grace, Rylee, Raygan, Austin, Jaxson and Colton: siblings: Irene (Randy) Emmick, Maureen Foley, Patricia (Bob) Foley, Kevin (Melanie) Foley. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Tim, Brian and Terry Foley.
Visitation: Thurs, Feb. 13 from 4 to 8 pm at Seals Funeral Home, Fortville. Funeral Mass:Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 11:00 am with calling from 10:00 am at St. Pius X Church in Indianapolis. Catholic burial: Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Indianapolis.
Dennis was the brother of the following BCHS Alumni: Timothy Foley ’66 and Irene (Foley) Emmick ’67.
Sister Cathy Ann Robinson 72, of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana, died on Wednesday, September 2, at the monastery in Ferdinand, Indiana.
Sister Cathy Ann was born on December 28, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was one of six children of John and Rosemary (Schwert) Robinson. She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1997 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1999.
She is survived by her brothers, Stephen and wife Barbara (Simpson), Richard and wife Carol Ann (Wyler), and Mark; sister Mary Jane Arnett and husband James; and nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents, John and Rosemary (Schwert) Robinson, and sister Sandra Robinson.
Sister Cathy Ann attended Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana, receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. She also received a master’s in pastoral studies from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sister Cathy Ann worked as a pastoral associate for St. Simon Parish in Washington, Indiana, and St. Meinrad Parish in St. Meinrad, Indiana. She also worked as a nurse in Hildegard Health Center and Community Health at the monastery in Ferdinand, Indiana, and as a hospice nurse for St. Vincent’s Hospice in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, visitation and funeral liturgies for the monastic community and family will be private. A limited public visitation for friends will be held on Friday, September 4, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 5, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. This public visitation will take place in the Alumnae Center of the monastery, not in the church.
Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand will oversee the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand.
**Information courtesy of The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand.
Mary Ann (Wilhelm) Kenney was born October 11, 1930, to Francis and Ann (O’Gara) Wilhelm. She was a proud graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Agnes. She graduated from the St. Vincent School of Nursing in 1951. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at St. Louis University in 1953. She was the first Head Nurse of the Operating Room at Community East Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. David Kenney, her parents and her brothers, Francis, Jr., John, Lawrence and Philip. She is survived by her brother, James Wilhelm, her children Ann (Tom) Unversaw, Mary Marsh, Sheila (Tim) McNelis, Kathleen (Tim) Malarney, Philip (Colleen) and Vincent (LeAnne) Kenney, 19 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
She was a dedicated volunteer to Birthline, St. Mary’s Child Center, Crossroads, Girl Scouts, St. Matthew Catholic Church and School, St. Paul Hermitage and the Progress House. In lieu of flowers, please send money to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.
Visitation for Mary Ann will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 4100 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 11:00 AM also at the church. Please be mindful of the limited capacity of the church. The service will be live streamed through http://saintmatthewparish.yourstreamlive.com/. Burial at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens will immediately follow mass.
Mary Ann was the mother of the following BCHS alumni:
Ann (’77) , Mary Marsh (’84), Sheila (’86), Katie (’88), Philip (’79), Vincent (’80). Also, 14 of the 19 grandchildren attended BCHS.
John David “Jack” Shockley, age 24, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Jack was born April 25, 1996 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jack graduated from Bishop Chatard High School (2014) and Indiana University (2018) and was working at Green Bean Delivery as a valued and well-loved employee. He was known by friends to be a rascal who resisted all things trendy, especially in the way he dressed. He was blessed with a sharp wit, an old soul, and the beginnings of deep wisdom. Jack was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, and was named after St. John of the Cross, whose writings inspired him. As much as he enjoyed the company of his beautiful friends, he also took time to himself to think, read, and write. Jack was thoughtful, generous, and kind, with a heart for the poor and disadvantaged. Everybody doesn’t like somebody, but nobody didn’t like Jack.
Jack is survived by parents, Steve and Cheryl Shockley; sister, Grace Liegibel (Brandon); brother, Peter Shockley; grandmother, Evelyn Gray; and nephew, Owen Liegibel.
Jack was preceded in death by his grandfather, David Gray; grandfather, Quentin Shockley; and grandmother, Roberta Shockley.
Visitation will be Monday, August 17, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana. Please follow social distancing guidelines when attending. The family will greet guests at the front of church from a distance. His Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM at the church with burial to follow in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. Please be mindful of the limited capacity of the church. The service will be live streamed on the Facebook page of Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary and viewable on Jack’s obituary page at www.feeeneyhornakkeystone.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation through Catholic Relief Services (www.crs.org) to support the victims of the tragic explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.
Jack was the brother of BCHS alumni Grace ’07 and Peter ’08.
Antoinette “Toni” Greene Stuhldreher, age 83, of Indianapolis, passed away July 29, 2020. Toni was born on August 27, 1936 to the late Pauline and John Powell. She graduated from Thomas Carr Howe High School and attended Butler University briefly before marrying and beginning a family with the late William Robert (Bob) Greene. Bob and Toni welcomed five children before his death in 1974. Toni was blessed to then meet and marry Donald Stuhldreher, a widower with six children. In addition to her full-time job of mothering a household of now 11 children, Toni always found time to volunteer in her communities of both Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis. She gave most of her time to organizations benefitting children and families and those representing her strong Catholic faith. In 1980, Toni was honored with the prestigious Monsignor Busald Award for work with her treasured Catholic Youth Organization. In 1999, she became a Lady in the Order of the Holy Sepulchre for her exemplary practice of Christian charity.
She was preceded in death by her beloved Don in 2017 after almost 43 years of marriage. She is survived by her children, Sharon, Mark, Kurt, Tim (Ginny), Lori (Gordon Stanley), Pete (Laurie), Tony (Sara), Kevin, Mindy, Michael (Cristy), Jennifer and nephew Bill Tobin plus many bonus children who embraced her as a Mother. She is also survived by brothers Steve (Kim) and Ames Powell. Toni’s 19 grandchildren brought her continuous joy and will carry on their Meemie’s laughter, stories and songs.
A family mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Pius X of Indianapolis. You are invited to visit the website www.leppertmortuary.com where you may share a personal memory or arrange a memorial contribution to Holy Family Shelter (Indianapolis), IndyHumane or St. Stephen’s Community House (Columbus, Ohio). To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store
Toni was the mother of the following BCHS alumni: Sharon Stuhldreher ’77, Mark Stuhldreher ’78, Kurt Stuhldreher ’79, Pete Stuhldreher ’83, Tony Greene ’83, Lori (Greene) Stanley ’81 and grandmother to Chris Winship ’04, Claire Winship ’07, Colleen Winship ’09, Christine Greene ’12.
Bradley “Brad” W. Smith, 66, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 17, 2020 surrounded by those he called “his whole world”: his loving wife, Patricia (Hurrle) Smith, his daughters, Meredith Fredrickson, Frances Smith, and Eleanor Smith, and his son-in-law Sean Fredrickson.
Brad was a lifelong Hoosier, attending IPS 84, Broad Ripple High School (Go Rockets!), DePauw and Indiana Universities.
Bruce (Trish) and Brian (Carla) Smith remember Brad as a funny and cool older brother who shared his love of racing and music with them. His mother, Mabel Smith, believes that Brad “got it done.” His daughters will remember him as a father who instilled empathy, humor, loyalty, and love of life. Grandchildren Erin Grace, Michael Bradley and Samuel Kenneth Fredrickson will remember their “Poppi” loved them dearly and was their absolute biggest fan. He enjoyed every moment with “his buddies.” As a friend, Brad was a friend for life. His extended family has memories from many themed parties, which included Brad as “Carnac the Magnificent” and host of “Club Smitty” for his 26 nieces and nephews. Patty will remember her husband “Smitty” providing spoken and unspoken love and trust throughout their 40 years of marriage.
Brad is leaving a legacy of his love of music through his guitar playing, singing, and songwriting. He will also be remembered through the houses he built and remodeled alongside his father, Gregory Lee Smith (deceased), during their 35 years working together at Greg Smith Associates. One client shared, “my family will always cherish this home that we have that has so much of Brad in it.”
Brad had a smile that lit up a room. He had a way of making anyone he encountered, whether meeting for the first time or a lifelong friend, feel that they were loved and valued. The connections he made with people was clear given the vast amount of cards, gifts and well wishes he and Patty received this past year.
A private funeral for the family will take place on Saturday, July 25th at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church. You can visit Leppert Mortuary
to view funeral mass program, photos and share memories.
A celebration of life will be celebrated in the spring when restrictions have been lifted. If you would like to be added to the list and be included in information, please email email@example.com and include your name, mailing address, email address and phone number.
Donations can be made to the St. Pius X for the Brad Smith Arts Fund. Please make checks payable to St. Pius X and write “Brad Smith Arts Fund” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to 6701 N. Oakland Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220.
Brad was the father of the following BCHS alumni: Meredith (smith) ’00 Fredrickson, Ellie Smith ’08, Franny Smith ’03.
Dina Graffitti, 80, passed away on July 18, 2020. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 22 from 4-7pm at Feeney Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E 71st St, Indianapolis, IN. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, July 23 at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN. Entombment to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Dina was the mother of the following BCHS alumni: Arlene ’89, Anita ’86 and Diane ’95
Carl John Getz, Jr., Indianapolis, died Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the age of 99 years. Carl passed away peacefully in his sleep in his room at the Copper Trace assisted living center in Westfield.
Carl was born in Fort Wayne on March 13, 1921. He was the third child of Carl J. Getz Sr. and Irene Comparet. He moved with his family to Indianapolis in 1936, at age 15.
Carl graduated from Shortridge High School in 1940 and later attended Butler University, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. During World War II, Carl put his college education on hold to serve in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, he spent two years in Europe and a third year in the United States. After serving in the Navy, he returned to Butler to finish his senior year of college.
Carl married Patricia Ely on Feb. 7, 1948. Carl and Patricia enjoyed a loving marriage and a close parenting partnership for 71 years.
Carl was employed by Burroughs Corp. (now known as Unisys) for 34 years, before his retirement in 1983. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Indianapolis and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in Carmel, Indiana.
Carl was an avid sailor who spent his childhood summers at his family’s cottage on Clear Lake, in northern Indiana. He was proud of the fact that he taught all seven of his children sailing and other water sports. He took similar pride in the fact that his children collectively completed 32 years of college education.
Carl is survived by two daughters, Kathryn P. Howard of Tucson, Arizona, and Jeanne M. Loughery (Mark) of Indianapolis; four sons, Thomas J. Getz (Lucy) of Charlotte, North Carolina, Robert E. Getz of Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, Carl J. Getz III (Laura) of Chicago, and William A. Getz (Shirley) of Indianapolis; his son in law Keith Gerbers of Fort Wayne; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and his sister in law, Katie Ely Obrien.
Carl was preceded in death by wife, Patricia, who died in December 2019; their oldest child, Deborah A. Gerbers of Fort Wayne, who passed away in October 2019; his siblings Thomas A. Getz, who passed away in 2012, and Geraldine Getz Ward, who passed away in 2003; and his brother in law John W. Ely, who passed away in 2015.
A funeral Mass for Carl was held on Tuesday, July 14, at Christ the King Catholic Church. Following the Mass, Carl’s family laid him to rest next to his beloved Patricia at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Indianapolis.
Carl’s children thank all of the dedicated nurses and other staff members at the Copper Trace assisted living center in Westfield — including Lindsay, Heather, Tonya, Aiyana, Candace, Shelli and their colleagues — for their excellent and compassionate care of Carl and Patricia in the last years of their lives.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clear Lake Township Land Conservancy, 111 Gecowets Drive, Fremont, IN 46737.
Carl was the father of the following BCHS alumni: Deborah A. Gerbers ‘67 deceased, Thomas J. Getz ’69, Kathryn P. Howard ’71, Robert E. Getz ’73, Jeanne M. Loughery ’75, Carl J. Getz III ‘78
Edward John Fillenwarth, Jr., 80, died on July 2, 2020, five days after his 56th wedding anniversary. Ed was born on October 10, 1939 to Edward and Helen (Keating) Fillenwarth. He was in the first class at Scecina, where he was co-captain of the football team and All-City Center. He graduated from Notre Dame and ND Law School and served in the Army National Guard, retiring as a Captain in the JAG Corps. His father, Ed Sr., and he formed their own law firm, which became Fillenwarth, Dennerline, Groth and Towe. For 48 years Ed was dedicated to representing working people and their labor unions. He was listed among the Best Lawyers in America.
Ed and Valerie Miller were married at St. Joan of Arc In 1964. They volunteered at St. Lawrence and Bishop Chatard for the 27 years that their children were there. Ed served on the Boards of East Deanery Education, Catholic Social Services, Archdiocesan Social Ministries, and the Chatard Board of Regents. He was also named a distinguished alumnus of Little Flower School.
Ed truly cared about people. When many jobs had been lost in Indiana, he and Val went to Mexico with Witness for Peace, and learned that NAFTA had been even worse for workers there. They joined WFP delegations to Nicaragua and Colombia to learn why families are forced to leave their homes. Ed served on the National Board of WFP for six years. He and Val visited the Tamarindo Community in El Salvador and the Maryknoll Sisters in Bolivia. They helped start Indy’s Pax Christi, the international peace movement that began after WW II.
Ed was devoted to the CYO, which was started here by Bishop Ritter, Ed’s father and many others. He was President of the CYO Board for two terms and, like his father and son Jack, was given the St. John Bosco Medal. His son Bill is named for CYO greats Bill Kuntz, Bill Sahm and Bill Sylvester. At age 59 at the urging of his kids, Ed ran the first of his 15 full and 27 half marathons! Running led to so much fun for the “Big Filly Fam”.
Ed’s greatest love was for his close, supportive family who all live nearby: Dan and Amy (Eck), Jack and Beth (Johnson), Sheila Mays, Diane (Bob) Schultz, Brian and Christy (Leighton), Drew, and Bill. His 17 grandchildren are: Kyle and Gracemarie (Mike), Christy (Andrew) Desmarais, Emma, Max, Lily and Zach, Erin, Annie, Brynn and Shain Mays, Nick, Valerie and Owen Schultz, Joe, Sarah and Andrew, and little great-grandchildren Evelyn, Ben, Jack, and Jacob. He is survived by Val, his sisters Marianne (Sam) Rhinesmith and Jeanmarie (Hugh) McGowan, the Miller family, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ed was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Ben Fillenwarth.
A Mass will be held on the west lawn of Bishop Chatard High School on Thursday, July 9 at 9:30 am. Please bring a chair, wear masks and respect social distancing. You may park at Christ the King Church or Bishop Chatard. Burial will be at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. A live stream of the Mass can be viewed on the Feeney-Hornak Keystone Facebook page.
Donations in Ed’s memory may be made to the Catholic Youth Organization, 580 E. Stevens St., 46203.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Fillenwarth family.
Ed was the father of the following BCHS alumni: Dan ’83 (wife Amy Eck ’84), Jack ’84, Sheila ’86, Diane ’87, Brian ’90, Drew ’98 and grandfather of the following BCHS alumni: Christy ’08, Kyle ’03, Emma ’13, Max ’15, Lily ’17, Nick Schultz ’13, Valerie Schultz ’16.
Donald L. Beckerich, 90, of Indianapolis, passed away June 24th, 2020. Don was a much beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, brother, uncle and great-uncle to many. He was born on August 14, 1929 to the late Leonard and Gertrude (Hughes) Beckerich. His sister Martha (Marty) Martin and brother Robert Beckerich also preceded him.
He grew up in Indianapolis, attending St. Joan of Arc grade school and Cathedral High School, Class of 1947. He was proud of the four-year perfect attendance medal he received at his high school graduation. He received his undergraduate degree at Butler University (Phi Beta Kappa) and graduated from the IU School of Law in 1955. He graduated law school with a Doctor of Jurisprudence with high honors. He spent the next two years serving his country in Japan as part of the US Army.
Dad had met the love, of his life, Joyce M. Abrams, in 1952 and they were married in November 1957 upon his return from the service and Japan. They had over 53 years of marriage, a beautiful example of the sacrament to all who knew them. They were married in Cincinnati but made their home in Indianapolis, where Dad started out with the law firm of Kunz and Kunz. He stayed with Kunz and Kunz for nearly 40 years, then going out on his own with Beckerich and Zubek; he was semi-retired the last several years, but still working hard almost to the end.
He was a kind and generous man. He truly always found the good in people and was well loved by many. Next to his deep faith, his family was everything to him. It was important to him to be there for his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. He made time to attend birthdays, sporting events, concerts, and anything else going on in our lives. He was a devout Catholic and rarely missed daily Mass until the last several years. He would often be found in his easy chair saying his morning or evening prayers and a rosary was never far from his hand.
Don was involved in many organizations relating to the legal profession and to the Roman Catholic Church. He was very active in Immaculate Heart of Mary parish and became a part of St. Luke parish in his later years. He was a member of the Secular Franciscans, a long-time member of the Serra Club, he belonged to Rivi and The Knights of Columbus. He was a member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity and served on the National Board in the 90’s. He was a member of the St. Thomas More Society of Central Indiana. Dad also was a life-long tennis player, playing over 40 years with a group of friends, The Indiana Lovers. He was a Eucharist Minister at IHM for many years and volunteered as a Communion Minister at Methodist Hospital for several year.
His love of the Christmas season was known by all and passed on to his family. His giant trees (or giant bushes) were infamous!
Don’s beloved wife, Joyce, preceded him in 2011. His sister, Mary Ann Pluckebaum and brother-in-law Phil Martin survive. He is survived by his daughters Karen (Charles) Feeney, Mary Ann (Ken) Froemming and Nancy Beckerich (Terry Hickey). His grandchildren, who will miss him dearly are Don (Annie), Charles (Michele), Bridget (fiancé Jason Williams) and Mary Grace Feeney, Alexandria, Charles A, Lilly and Lila Joyce Perry, Daniel, Kara and Jason Froemming. Great-grandkids Jacob, Margaret and Catherine will miss their Great-Grampa. There are many nephews, nieces, greats and great greats who also survive Uncle Don.
There will be a calling Monday, June 29th, at Leppert Mortuary in Nora Chapel, 740 East 86th Street in Indianapolis from 4 to 8 pm. Face masks are required and social distancing exercised. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday morning, 10 AM June 30th, at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7575 Holliday Drive East, Indianapolis. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Masks are required at all services.
You are invited to visit www.leppertmortuary.com where you can live screen the Mass and to share a personal memory of Don and please consider The Donald L. and Joyce M. Abrams ’51 Beckerich Endowed Scholarship at Marian University, St. Augustine Home for the Aged, The Serra Club, St. Meinrad Seminary, or St. Mary of the Woods College, all of these were near and dear to Don’s heart.
Don is the father of Karen Feeney, who works in the tuition office BCHS and father-in-law of her husband, Charles ‘76. Their children are Don’03, Charles ‘06, Bridget ‘09 and Mary Grace, ’13.
Franklin Wilfred Sequeira, 72, of Cicero, Indiana, passed away June 1, 2020. He was born in Mangalore, India on March 13, 1948 to the late Sylvester Bartholomew and Laetitia (D’Costa) Sequeira. Franklin is survived by his wife, Deeya; children, Stephanie, Brittany, Valerie, Sean, Claire, Ian, Brooklynn; two grandchildren; siblings, Walter, Oswald, Richard, and Hazel.
Franklin was just short of celebrating his 40th year working with Radiology of Indiana as an Interventional Radiologist, never missing a day of work. He was also a member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Westfield.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020 from 4-8 PM at Leppert Mortuary – Carmel Chapel, 900 N. Rangeline Road, Carmel, Indiana. (Due to gathering restrictions, we will be allowing only 50 guests in the building at one time). Eulogies will begin at 10:45 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 6, 2020, all at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 17102 Spring Mill Rd., Westfield, Indiana 46074. (Face masks will be required for both the visitation and Funeral Mass).
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the following: www.gofundme.com/f/1zuuxkisqo , to go toward his youngest daughter’s education fund. To share a memory, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.
Franklin was the father of the following BCHS alumni: Brittany ’02, Claire, Sean, Valerie — all Class of 2003.
Bob passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 21. Bob was born in Indianapolis on September 8, 1927 and attended St. Joan of Arc grade school, Cathedral high school and the University of Notre Dame where he graduated in 1949. He spent his career in the finance business and retired from Indiana National Bank.
Bob’s hobby was spending time with family and friends. He really enjoyed being with others and was a long-time member of the Indianapolis Athletic Club. He promoted vocations to the priesthood through his membership in the Serra Club and served as past president. He enjoyed all things Notre Dame & Cathedral and if he wasn’t watching or attending a Notre Dame football game, he was thinking about their next game or season.
Bob is pre-deceased by wife Anne and parents Robert L. Kessing Sr. and Ruth Kessing. He is survived by his sons Robert L. Kessing III (Sara) and Joseph M. Kessing (Cyndi), grandchildren Robert L. Kessing IV (Anne), Lauren O’Connell (Ryan), Natalie Kessing, Greg Kessing and great grandchild Jay Thomas O’Connell.
Burial service is private and there will be a mass of celebration at a later date. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of American Village for their care and compassion and Paradigm Health for the great hospice care and support over the past few weeks.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 5692 Central Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana 46220. Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel assisting with arrangements. To share a memory, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.
Bob was the father of the following BCHS Alumni: Robert L Kessing III ’76 and Joseph Kessing ’78 and grandfather of BCHS alumni Robert L Kessing IV ’06 and Lauren (Kessing) O’Connell ’09.
Reba Jean (Hindman) Vogelgesang, 93, of Fishers, IN went to her heavenly home on May 18, 2020. She was born August 23, 1926 in Elnora, IN to Myrtle and Alva Hindman. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 70 years, Omer A. Vogelgesang Jr., her granddaughter Katie Vogelgesang and her three sisters and nine brothers.
She graduated from Arsenal Technical in 1944 where her love of sewing was developed.
Reba’s greatest joy was being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved helping her family any way she could and loved even more just being together.
She attended every event where her children or grandchildren were participants.
She enjoyed cooking, sewing, or knitting for her family, friends and Church. If anyone wanted a shopping buddy, she was ready to go. She looked forward to traveling, especially to Siesta Key, FL. She was open to trying new adventures and always had a great time. In recent years, she had been active in the St. Anne’s group at St. Louis de Montfort.
She is survived by her children, Linda (Mike) Kavanaugh and Philip (Ruth) Vogelgesang, her grandchildren, Heather (Brian) Wilson, Steve Kavanaugh, Karen (Pat) Dagon, Julie (Nick Vote) Kavanaugh, David (Lex) Vogelgesang, Tim Vogelgesang, 16 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Patty Vogelgesang and Wilma Hindman, several nieces and nephews and many friends.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Meadow Brook who took such good care of Reba.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Village of Merici at 5707 Lawton Loop East Drive. Box 22, Indianapolis, IN 46216.
There will be a private family burial at this time with a Mass and Celebration of Life at a later date.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Vogelgesang family.
Reba was the mother of the following BCHS Alumni: Linda(Vogelgesang) Kavanaugh ’68, Phil Vogelgesang ’71; grandmother of the following BCHS Alumni: Heather (Kavanaugh) Wilson ’95, Steve Kavanaugh ’98, Karen(Kavanaugh) Dagon ’99, Julie Kavanaugh ’00, and great grandmother of current student Kaden Morgan ’21.
Our loving parents, Peter G. and Eleanor D. (Kinzie) Pasotti, both departed this life in the last month. Together for over 65 years, they could not bear to be apart for long. Eleanor passed away April 5, 2020 of pneumonia and Peter on May 1, 2020 after a stroke.
Eleanor was born in Peru, Indiana on March 6, 1933 to Ralph and Lelah Kinzie. She has one sister, Joann Draughon who survives. She was a graduate of Muncie Central High School. She attended Franklin College before receiving a degree in English at Ball State University.
Pete, as he was known by family and friends, was born in London, England on September 9, 1930 to F. George and Victoria Pasotti. The family, including his older brother Mike Pasotti who survives, emigrated to Muncie, Indiana in 1935. Pete became a proud citizen of the United States in 1944. He graduated from Muncie Burris High School and attended Ball State University. He also served in the Air Force during the Korean War and earned a degree in business from Indiana University upon his return. Pete was a 32nd Degree Mason and was active at Lawrence United Methodist Church as Sunday School Superintendent for many years.
An introduction from lifelong friend Jack Chaddock during their high school years, led to a first date on Groundhog Day and eventually marriage in 1954. Mom and Dad were a very devoted couple and shared many interests. They loved to travel, making several trips to Europe, Russia, and Canada, and visited 45 of the 50 states. They loved to entertain and vacation with their many friends and had a knack for making every day a special occasion.
Pete was a salesman for pharmaceutical companies A.H. Robins, American Home Products and Pfizer. He combined his personality, persistence and love of people to become somewhat of a legend with the companies that he worked for. In short, he could sell anything to anybody. That same vibrant personality endeared him to both family and friends and everyone he met.
Eleanor was a lifelong gardener and lover of books. She was a collector, buyer and seller of books, specializing in rare children’s books, for over 40 years. She was a devoted mother and dedicated volunteer to the Indianapolis Public Library. She was also active in the Girl Scouts and at Lawrence United Methodist Church.
Pete and Eleanor were preceded in death by their parents and granddaughter, Andrea Zentz. They leave behind a loving family: daughter Diane K. Rupert (Mark), and son David K. Pasotti (Sandra), four grandchildren, Stacy Zentz, David J. Pasotti (Emily), Nicholas Pasotti (Lara), Michael Pasotti, and four great-grandchildren, James Murphy, Ava Murphy, Morton Murphy IV, and Madalynn Murphy.
Should you so choose, memorial contributions may be made to SeedsofHopeIndy.org or Indyplfoundation.org.
The Pasotti’s have the following BCHS alumni in their family: son David, ’79 and wife Sandi (Albers) ’79; grandchildren David ’04, Nicholas ’06, Michael ’09.
Jennifer “Jenny” Doyle Walker, age 50, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Monday April 20, 2020 with her family by her side. Jenny was born February 24, 1970 in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Dolores “Muffy” (Dezelan) Doyle and James B. “Jimmy” Doyle. She is also preceded in death by her sisters Debby Doyle McCalley and Jody Doyle Dolen and brother, Mack Doyle. Jenny battled MS throughout her life including being the first person in Indiana, 11th in the US, and 31st in world to participate in the Bridge to Recovery program to rehabilitate damaged heart tissue and recover to come off the heart transplant list. She attended St. Pius and Chatard, where she played volleyball. Jenny was an active member of St. Pius Catholic Church where she was engaged 2-3 days per week volunteering. She could be found stuffing envelopes, helping in the kitchen, serving as playground mom, and organizing events. Most importantly, Jenny was devoted to her family. She was a loving wife and mother and the kind of aunt who was a friend to her nieces.
Jenny is survived by her husband, Chris Walker; daughter, Ellie Walker; brothers, Dan Doyle (Janet) and Tim Doyle (Becky); sister, Jamie Ismail (Ahmed); brother-in-law, George Dolen; nieces, Erin McCalley Homan (Alex), Dr. Katie McCalley, and Hannah Ismail; great nephew, JJ Homan; and great niece, Deborah “Bee” Homan.
A visitation will be held Sunday, April 26, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E 71st St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220. Social distancing and 10 person gathering limits will be respected, please wait in your vehicle for instruction from staff to enter and be mindful of others waiting to pay their respects. Limited family members to include her husband, Chris and daughter, Ellie may be available to greet you but many others will not be in attendance to allow for more people to have an opportunity to say goodbye to Jenny. A private family funeral service will occur Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:00 am at the funeral home which will be streamed on the Facebook page of Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary. Following the service from approximately 10:40 to 10:55 the procession will pause in front of St. Pius Catholic Church in the parking lot for those unable to attend to drive by and pay their respects to Jenny and the family in route to her private family interment at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jenny’s memory may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation, PO Box 776, Carmel, Indiana 46032, www.mdff.org; and Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 6520 N. Andrews Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33309, https://msfocus.org/Donate.aspx.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Walker family.
Jenny is survived by the following BCHS alumni in her family: siblings: Dan, ’77, Tim ’79, Jamie ’82; brother in law: George Dolen ’79; nieces: Erin ’06, Katie ’09.
Patricia Jean Alandt Connor died Sunday, April 12, 2020, at the age of 86.
Patty was born on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) 1933, selected Baby New Year 1934 by The Indianapolis Star and died on Easter 2020. Obviously, she liked a good celebration.
The daughter of August Alandt and Margaret Kiefer Alandt, she was a lifelong resident of Indianapolis and graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, St. Mary Catholic High School and St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing.
For many years, she was a nurse in the surgery department at St. Vincent Hospital.
She married Lawrence “Bo” Connor of Indianapolis in 1956. They had six children: Carolyn Weigel, Julia (Christopher) Dietrick, Lawrence S. Connor Jr., Maureen (Thomas) Stark, Janet Kahler, Michael (Joanna) Connor, and 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, all of whom survive. She was predeceased by three sisters: Ruth Ann Alandt Ciresi, Mary Catherine Alandt Bollman and Margaret Alandt Davis.
But Patty will be remembered for her omnipresent smile, positive outlook on life and mediocre cooking skills. She adored traveling with Bo and made lifelong friends from their adventures. She loved swimming at Ellenberger Park with her sisters, meeting up with her nursing friends, and talking to the person in front of her at the grocery. She was the mom who got her hair wet at Rivi in the 1970s, and the grandma who got down on the floor to play with her grandbabies. She had great verve, wit and the ability to laugh at life and herself. Boy, she was a lot of fun.
Memorials can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Indianapolis. Funeral services will be handled by Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary. Because she died with Covid-19, services will be held at a later date.
Patty was the mother of the following BCHS alumni: Julie ’77 and Carolyn ’75 and grandmother of other BCHS alumni.
Edythe Mae Mehl, 94 years old, of Indianapolis Indiana, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020. Ede was born in Indianapolis, on July 21,1925. She graduated from Shortridge High School and continued to receive a Bachelor of Arts at Butler University in 1949, and Master of Education during her professional career. She married her devoted husband Robert E Mehl on June 21,1950; and they were married for 68 years until his death in 2018.
Edythe worked for more than 25 years at Bishop Chatard High School serving as teacher, Dean of Students and Student Activities, retiring in 1990. Like her mother before her, Ede was an accomplished seamstress, and enjoyed stained glass work, knitting, and crewel embroidery, winning awards for her work making family heirlooms. Ede was preceded in death by brothers Thomas Leachman and Robert Leachman, and sister Mary Louise Miller. She is survived by daughter Ann Marie Alley and son Dr. Robert Mehl Jr, her six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Arrangements handled by Crown Hill Funeral Home, 700 West 38th St, Indianapolis, Indiana. Memories can be shared online on www.crownhill.org
Nancy Marie Friedman, 68, of Fishers, passed away April 10, 2020. Nancy was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 1, 1951, to the late William and Rose (Pastura) Friedman. She is survived by many dear friends and relatives, and her beagle buddy Gemma. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her brother C. Gary Friedman. Nancy was a member of Christ the King Church and a graduate of Bishop Chatard High School.
Patrick William Kennedy, 63, was born on June 27, 1956, to the late William E. Kennedy, Jr., and Frances L. Kennedy. A lifelong Indianapolis resident, Pat graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School , Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, and the University of Notre Dame, Class of 1978.
Pat was the 4th-generation president of the three Kennedy family companies: Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing in Indianapolis; Southern Tank in Owensboro, Kentucky; and STAFCO in Columbia City, Indiana. At Kennedy Tank he worked alongside his three sons, Bill, Jimmy, and Patrick; his brother-in-law Paul Bolin; and his nephew Kevin Bolin. Under Pat’s leadership, the companies grew dramatically and became nationally recognized in quality fabrication of steel tanks, pressure vessels, and heat exchangers. Pat was a long-time board member of the Steel Tank Institute, the Steel Tank Insurance Company, and Business Owners International Manufacturing Alliance. Pat also was heavily involved in the Young Presidents Organization and The American Business Club.
Outside of managing the family’s businesses, auto racing was Pat’s greatest passion. He attended 57 consecutive Indianapolis 500 Mile races and all other motor-sport events held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) since his childhood. Pat purchased and refurbished a vintage IndyCar, the Kennedy Tank Special, that originally competed in the 1948 and 1949 Indianapolis 500s. In driving the car on “Carb Day” at IMS numerous years, Pat lived out his lifelong dream of being a race car driver. Pat served on the board of the 500 Mile Oldtimers Organization, sponsored race car drivers, and wrote two books on race trivia, collaborating with IMS historian and friend Donald Davidson as a technical advisor. The two books he authored, How Much Do You Really Know About the Indianapolis 500? and The Official Indy 500 Trivia Book were updated yearly with Short Chute Editions. His books were the result of a lifetime of immersive research and experience at the track. Pat was a former director of the 500 Festival Board and current director of the 500 Festival Foundation Board. The leaders of the IMS have voiced or written numerous notes and prayers to the family about Pat’s passionate involvement. Anyone who spent a day at the track with Pat Kennedy came away with a richer feel for the man and his beloved Speedway.
There was nothing that would keep Pat from fall football weekends and stadium tailgates in South Bend. This year, as every year, was going to be “Notre Dame’s year,” according to Pat. He was named the Indianapolis Notre Dame Club’s “Man of the Year” in 2017, an honor previously bestowed upon his father. A devoted sportsman, Pat was a talented basketball player at the Indianapolis Athletic Club, where he showed his prowess and passion for competition. He was a life-long runner, participating in twenty-five 500 Festival Mini Marathons. His family spent summers at Lake Wawasee, and Pat continued that tradition with his own family, spending every August at the lake.
Pat was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 174, Highland Golf & Country Club, the White River Yacht Club, The Hundred Club, and the Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis. He supported numerous organizations, including Wheeler Mission, CYO, United Way, Friends of Holliday Park, Little Sisters of the Poor, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, and many schools and parishes in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Pat was a passionate sports fan, rarely missing a game played by those in his family, but his interest extended to any great competitive event. Pat was a devoted supporter and longtime season ticket holder of the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts.
Pat was preceded in death by his beloved parents. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cheryl Kennedy; children Maura (Chris Page), Bill (Ellen), Jimmy (Anna Grace Sterry), Patrick, and Joey Gaines; grandchildren Kate, Grace, Luke, and Bo; sisters Peggy Shorter (Mark), Kathy Fairchild (Thom), and Ann Bolin (Paul); and nieces and nephews Kelly Schneider (Matt), Mickey Shorter (Ashley); Kimmie Rumer (Justin) and Kyle Fairchild; and Courtney, Kevin, and Brian Bolin.
Because of the uncertainty of the virus, a Mass and celebration of life will be delayed until time allows. A private family viewing and burial will occur in the coming few weeks. Please remember Pat as you celebrate Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, a Wawasee summer, Notre Dame football, and the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. The Kennedy family would like to thank the incredibly passionate nursing, physician, and respiratory therapy staffs at the St. Vincent Carmel and 86th Street campuses. We also send a special thank you to family friends Dr. Michael Bojrab, our daily medical counsel during Pat’s hospitalization; and Dr. John Ramsey, who served as the family voice to Pat, as well as liaison and spokesperson with his caregivers. We are forever grateful.
For those who wish, memorial contributions can be made to Wheeler Mission (c/o W.M. Administrative Offices, 205 East New York Street, Indianapolis 46204) and Little Sisters of the Poor (2345 West 86th Street, Indianapolis 46260).
Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel assisting with arrangements. You are invited to visit the website www.leppertmortuary.com where you may share a personal memory of Pat.
Pat was the father of the following BCHS alumni: Maura ’05, Bill ’08, Jimmy ’08, Joey Gaines, ’08 and Patrick ’09.
Cecelia Marie (Carriger) Rodger, 69, passed away April 5, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was born November 11, 1950, to Robert M. and Mary O. Carriger. Residing in Indianapolis most of her life, she graduated from St. Andrew Catholic School, Bishop Chatard High School (1968) and attended Purdue University where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.
Cece is survived by her husband, Alexander (Al) Rodger. They had three daughters, Michele (Paul) Spencer, Angela (Chip) Wood and Kelly (Alan) Short, and eight grandchildren: Catherine and Grant Spencer, Emily and Ethan Wood, Julianna, Cooper, Stella and Henry Short. Preceding Cece in death were her parents. She is also survived by her siblings, Richard (Debbie) Carriger, Mary Ann Franklin and James (Tonia) Carriger and her nieces and nephews.
Cece’s career encompassed working with her parents in their family businesses and owning the Rodger Insurance Agency. She was a long time member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church where she was an active parishioner and school volunteer. Cece’s greatest joys were being with her family, gardening, and giving back to the community through her volunteer work.
A private committal service will take place at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Fishers. A Memorial Mass and Celebration for Cece will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Parkinson Foundation. Friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com.
Cece was also the grandmother of current BCHS student Catherine Spencer.
William Ansty JR. age 90 of Carmel, IN (formerly of Indianapolis, IN and Bonita Springs, FL) died February 25, 2020. He was born June 8, 1929 in Springfield, MA to William T. Ansty Sr. and Alice Meagher Ansty. Bill graduated from Springfield Classical High School. His baccalaureate degree was conferred by Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and he attained an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Bill voluntarily interrupted his studies at Georgetown to enlist in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant before returning to Georgetown to complete his undergraduate education.
Following graduate school Bill was recruited by Cummins Engine Co. and fast tracked to a number of management positions. After pursuing employment opportunities with several other manufacturing companies, he found his true calling in the field of higher education. Bill’s teaching career in the Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology at the Indianapolis campus (IUPUI) spanned 27 years. Drawing upon his previous years of working in the private sector, Professor Ansty became a recognized expert in management and labor relations. Bill was the recipient of the 1986 AMOCO Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 1993 Frank E. Burley Distinguished Professorship Award. He retired in 1994 with Emeritus faculty rank.
Bill was preceded in death by his first wife of 25 years, Janice Birchler Ansty, sister, Jean Ansty Smith and brother, Edward C. Ansty.
Survivors include Bill’s second wife of 36 years, Jane Ryker Ansty, four adult children from his first marriage, Jane Ansty Grosvenor, William T. Ansty III, Elizabeth Ansty Sullivan, and John C. Ansty. Bill also leaves two surviving brothers, John D. Ansty of West Newton, MA, and Robert J. Ansty of Largo, FL, as well as 13 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill and his second wife Jane moved to Bonita Springs, FL in 1994, fulfilling his childhood dream to live in the tropics. Ten years later they moved back to Indianapolis to spend more time with family. Thereafter, Bill and Jane returned to Florida during winter escapes to Bonita Springs for many years.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 4 from 10:00 am to noon at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46240, immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. A private interment will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Pius X Catholic Church or any other charity of your choice. Online condolences can also be offered at www.FlannerBuchanan.com
William was the father of BCHS alumni Beth, Class of ’78 and John, Class of ’87.
Rita Kathleen Allspaw, Fishers, age 83, passed away peacefully February, 2020, at her home with family by her side. Rita was born March 31, 1936 in Phillipsburg, New Jersey to Rose and Andrew Tarpey. Rita was the youngest in her family, with two brothers and two sisters. Rita was a devoted member of the St. Lawrence community, volunteering regularly at the school while all six children were students, doing everything from recess duty to helping in the cafeteria. She continued to support the church through multiple ministries for the rest of her life and was a fixture at Friday Adoration and Sunday service with her husband Carl. Rita will always be remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was incredibly nurturing and loving, with the rare ability to always know how to solve a problem, and find the silver lining in any situation, always drawing on her deep faith to provide perspective and hope. Everyone just felt better after talking with Rita.
Rita is survived by six children; Christine Jackson (Stan), Kathleen, Carl (Brenda), Steven, David (Bethany) and Daniel (Katie) and ten grandchildren; Cassie Gavioli (Wayne), David, Emily, Andrew, Julianne, Brian, Chloe, Benjamin, Adam and Samuel.
Rita’s husband of 62 years passed away in December 2019. Carl and Rita were blessed with a full life and a very active retirement with plenty of travel and time spent with family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Autism Society of Indiana, an organization very dear to Rita (autismsocietyofindiana.org).
Rita was the mother of the following BCHS alumni: Christine’77, Kathleen’78, Carl’79, Steven’83, and David’85.
Former BCHS teacher, basketball coach and baseball coach, Dave Alexander, passed away on Feb. 25 at the age of 79. Dave was also a longtime Purdue baseball coach, alumnus and athletics department administrator. Dave was a dynamic presence during his 13 years (1964-1977) as a coach and teacher at BCHS, inspiring and challenging many students and student athletes to achieve beyond what they believed possible. He was also very generous to Bishop Chatard supporting tuition assistance for students in need and playing a large role in the construction of the state of the art multi-purpose/baseball field named in his honor.
Read ‘Purdue Mourns the Passing of Dave Alexander’ at purduesports.com
Visitation is Tuesday, March 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Soller-Baker Funeral Home in Lafayette. Funeral mass is Wednesday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Lafayette.
Rita Kathleen Allspaw, Fishers, age 83, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon at her home with family by her side. Rita was born March 31, 1936 in Phillipsburg, New Jersey to Rose and Andrew Tarpey. Rita was the youngest in her family, with two brothers and two sisters.
Rita was a devoted member of the St. Lawrence community, volunteering regularly at the school while all six children were students, doing everything from recess duty to helping in the cafeteria. She continued to support the church through multiple ministries for the rest of her life and was a fixture at Friday Adoration and Sunday service with her husband Carl. Rita will always be remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was incredibly nurturing and loving, with the rare ability to always know how to solve a problem, and find the silver lining in any situation, always drawing on her deep faith to provide perspective and hope. Everyone just felt better after talking with Rita.
Rita is survived by six children; Christine Jackson (Stan), Kathleen, Carl (Brenda), Steven, David (Bethany) and Daniel (Katie) and ten grandchildren; Cassie Gavioli (Wayne), David, Emily, Andrew, Julianne, Brian, Chloe, Benjamin, Adam and Samuel.
Rita’s husband of 62 years passed away in December 2019. Carl and Rita were blessed with a full life and a very active retirement with plenty of travel and time spent with family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11am on Friday, February 28, 2020 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 4650 N. Shadeland Avenue, with visitation starting at 9:30am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Autism Society of Indiana, an organization very dear to Rita (autismsocietyofindiana.org).
Rita is the mother of the following BCHS alumni: Christine’77, Kathleen’78, Carl’79, Steven’83, and David’85.
Shellie R. Redelmam, 54, of Indianapolis, passed away February 17, 2020.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 5-8 PM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 5692 Central Ave., Indianapolis Indiana. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:30 AM also at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel is assisting with arrangements.
Shellie is the wife of Derek, and mother of Katelyn, ’17 and current BCHS students: Hayden, ’20 and Grace ’23.
Catherine Long Hurrle, age 93 of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully at home, February 11, 2020. She graduated from St. Joan of Arc Grade school in 1940, St. Agnes High School in 1944. Catherine attended Marion University & then attended St. Vincent’s School of Nursing, graduating in 1948.
Catherine worked at St. Vincent’s for 35 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of St. Vincent’s Hospital Guild and St. Augustine Guild. She volunteered at St. Augustine’s Home for the Aged, St. Thomas Food Pantry and Christ the King Catholic Church, where she was a member for more than 65 years. When she was able, she loved going to daily Mass there.
She was proud of her Irish Heritage and never missed the Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Her hobbies were gardening, traveling, reading, needlework and spending time with her family and friends. One of her favorite hobbies was her daily 5 o’clock cocktail with her best friend Patty Cronin.
Catherine was preceeded in death by her husband, Raymond Paul Hurrle, who passed away in 1969; her parents, Marguerite Misner Long and Frank Long; her brother, Robert Long; and her sister, Mary Long Dinklage. She is survived by her 6 children: Christine (Donn) Scotten, Beth (Jim) Mahin, Bob (Janice) Hurrle, Jane (Tom) Panyard, Suzanne (John) Engle, Barbara (Mike) Weimer. Catherine had 21 grandchildren & 33 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 17 from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220. Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 11:00 AM. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery following the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Vincent School of Nursing Alumni, Inc. or to Christ the King Catholic Church.
Catherine was the mother of the following BCHS alumni: Christine ’68, Beth ’70, Bob ’71, Jane ’73, Suzanne ’75 and Barb ’79 and grandmother to many others.
Dolores T. Yeadon, 91, of Indianapolis, passed away January 24, 2020. She was born May 26, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Earl W. and Mary Agnes (Burns) Blanchard.
A devoted member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church for over 55 years, Dolores was active in church renewals, with a passion for the Cursillo Movement. Seeking to deepen her faith, she became an oblate for the Sisters of St. Benedict. She was especially talented in sewing and needlepoint, and she baked the finest cinnamon bread and dinner rolls in the Midwest. She loved with a servant heart and was loved immensely in return.
Dolores is survived by her 15 children, Bill (Colleen) Yeadon, Mike (Yvonne) Yeadon, Carol (Ron) McGuire, Mark (Teri) Yeadon, Mary Therese (Kevin) Jardina, Patty Yeadon, Nancy Yeadon, Sister Kathleen Yeadon, OSB, Tim (Beth) Yeadon, Mary Frances Yeadon, John (Tracy) Yeadon, Margaret (Joe) Schneider, Suzanne (James Ingram) Yeadon, Jennifer (Larry) Winters, and Joe (Wendy Morris) Yeadon. Also surviving are her 47 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Barbara Doran Dunbar.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Yeadon, in 1993, after 45 years of marriage. Also preceded in death by her sister Arlene Rogel, brother Earl “Bud” W. Blanchard Jr., brother-in-law Raymond Doran, and great-grandson Jonathan David McMasters.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2020, from 2-6 p.m. at Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020, at 10 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 4217 Central Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dolores may be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and School or Society of St. Vincent DePaul, 3001 E. 30th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.
John S. Leemhuis (64) died peacefully in his home on Sunday, January 12, surrounded by his family. John was born June 2, 1955, in Indianapolis to Jack and Rosie Leemhuis. He is survived by his wife Bet, sons Jack (Melissa), Frank, and Tim, brother Tom (Mary Elizabeth), sister Mary (Kevin), and many nieces and nephews.
A graduate of The Latin School of Indianapolis and Marion College, John remained in Indianapolis his whole life, working for Ernst & Young as a CPA before joining the Indiana Sports Corp. John then started his own accounting firm, Leemhuis Group, later merging and forming Petrow, Kane, & Leemhuis.
John passionately served in many Indianapolis organizations over the years, including the Catholic Business Exchange, St. Pius X School Board and Athletic Committee, the Catholic Youth Organization, Allisonville Youth Baseball & Softball Board and Challenger Division, Penrod Society, Catholic Cemeteries Association, and a number of professional accounting groups. Later in life, John found a passion for teaching, serving as an adjunct professor of accounting at Marian University.
John was loved by all, but no one gave him more happiness than his family. Some of John’s favorite things to do included attending and coaching his sons’ many sporting events, Notre Dame football, and spending time with Bet in their second home on St. Simons Island, Georgia. In addition to his love for his Indiana family, John embraced his wife’s southern roots through frequent visits with her family in Virginia. John never met a stranger, and everyone he interacted with was touched by his love.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020, from 2PM to 5PM and on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 10AM to 11AM at St. Pius X Catholic Church, with a Catholic funeral mass immediately following at 11AM.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s name to the IU Health Foundation Lung Transplant Program, located at 1633 N. Capitol Ave, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN 46202, from which John received the gift of a lung transplant in June of 2016.
John is the father of BCHS alumni Tim Leemhuis, Class of 2014.
Anna Marie (Proctor) House, of Indianapolis, 68, passed on December 21, 2019. She was born on May 9, 1951 to Paul R. and Rosemary A Taylor Proctor. She worked for Easterseals Crossroad Rehabilitation for 30 years. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Anna Marie is survived by her daughters Cathleen Rose (Ronald) Siders, Christine Ann (Shane) Gordon, sister Joan Kimbley, brothers Mark, Jack, and Donn Proctor, grandchildren Robert (Amanda), Caleb (Jenna) Hannah Marie Siders, Dalton Gordon, great grandchildren Alayna, Jeremiah and Kyah Siders. She is preceded in death by her husband Danny House, brother Joseph Proctor. Visitation will be Thursday, December 26 from 4 – 8 pm at Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 27 at 10 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Anna Marie will be remembered for never forgetting a birthday or anniversary and for her love of family and friends. Memorials in Anna Marie’s name may be made to Easterseals Crossroad Rehabilitation. Tributes may be made at www.feeneyhornakshadeland.com.
Anna Marie was also the sister of BCHS graduate Joan Proctor Kimbley, ’71.
Barbara Jean (May) Young of Carmel, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2019, at the age of 70. Barbara was born in Indianapolis on September 29, 1949 to the late James Quinn and Freida Jean (Roarty) Cunningham. Barbara was a graduate of Chatard High School and Indiana Business College. She was successful in her career at Xerox Corporation, IKON, and Republic Airways.
Barbara is survived by her son Steve May, her grandchildren Quentin May and Mya May, her sisters Kathleen Cunningham Dupont, Cynthia (George) Kirles, Nancy (David) Famulari, and her many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. Barbara was predeceased by her son Jeffrey May and her husband Wayne Young.
Barbara was loved and will be greatly missed, and her memory will be cherished by all who knew her. The calling and memorial service will be held on Saturday November 16th beginning at 1:00PM at Leppert Mortuary 740 E. 86th., Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240 In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The American Cancer Society.
Deborah Ann (Getz) Gerbers, 70, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, surrounded by her family. Born July 8, 1949, in Richmond, Va., Debbie was the daughter of Carl and Patricia (Ely) Getz, who survive. She attended school in Indianapolis, Indiana and was a 1967 graduate of Bishop Chatard High School. She went to college at Franklin College in Indiana, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and met the love of her life, Keith. Keith and Debbie were married in June of 1970 and have remained faithfully together for 49 years. She graduated from Ivy Tech school of nursing in 1985 and went to work in a pediatric office for a decade before moving to a neurology office and then finished her career in the Alzheimer’s unit of a nursing home. She spent her life in care of others and was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, friend and nurse. She was a faithful servant of God her whole life and was a lifelong member of the Catholic church. In her retirement years she and Keith enjoyed spending winters in Florida. She is also survived by her husband, Keith; children, Kevin (Deb), Tricia (Scott Norberg) and Brian (Jennica). Debbie was passionate about her family and in particular her seven grandchildren, Allison (19), Grant (16), and Kellen (8) Gerbers, Nicholas (9) and Andrew (8) Norberg, and Virginia (7) and Jude (4) Gerbers. Mass of Christian Burial is 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at St. Jude Catholic Church, 2130 Pemberton Drive, Fort Wayne, with visitation two hours prior. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Debbie’s memory may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Ronald Lee Thompson, 63, of Indianapolis, unexpectedly passed away September 20, 2019. Ron was born November 21, 1955 to Ira and Evelyn Thompson. He graduated from Bishop Chatard High School (’74) where he met the love of his life, Celeste (Stocker) Thompson. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s Degree in Business Management.
Ron is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 42 years, Celeste Thompson; his mother, Evelyn; his sons, Joe (Erin) and Lee (Katie). He was the proud grandpa of Macie, Allison, Lucas and Anna. Ron is also survived by his sisters, Patty Keenan and Debbie Carter (Les). He will be deeply missed by many lifelong friends.
Ron was the President of Industrial Sales & Engineering. He had more than 40 years of experience in the industrial automation field. Ron was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. He was a proud supporter of Butler University where his sons Joe and Lee are graduates. Ron was a good man who enjoyed time spent at the lake with his family and being with his grandkids.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at St. Pius X Parish, 7200 Sarto Dr., Indianapolis, Indiana 46240. The family will receive friends and family at the church on Tuesday, September 24th from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens following the Mass on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Joe and Barb Krier Foundation at Krierfoundation.org and/or the Daughters of Holy Mary of the Heart of Jesus, 700 Lovers Ln., Steubenville, OH 43953.
Brian Huffine, was born on July 22, 1964 and passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019.
Brian was a resident of Indiana at the time of passing.
Brian was a 1982 graduate of Bishop Chatard High School.
Visitation was Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel, 9900 Allisonville Rd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1827 Kessler Blvd., Indianapolis. JUL 31. 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM (EDT) Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel 9900 N. Allisonville Road Indianapolis, IN, 46038 Mass of Christian Burial AUG 1. 11:00 AM (EDT) Christ the King Catholic Church 1827 Kessler Boulevard East Drive Indianapolis, IN, 46220 Mass of Christian Burial begins.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Huffine Scholarship Fund, in care of Brian Huffine, at 8651 Castle Park Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46256.
Mary Beth Breedlove, 68, of Indianapolis, passed away July 5, 2019. She was born January 27, 1951 in Indianapolis to the late Thomas and Elizabeth (McLaughlin) O’Connell. She was a graduate of Bishop Chatard High School and received a Business degree from Indiana University.
Mary Beth is survived by her husband of 25 years, Max; step children, Shelley (Curt) Parrott, Greg Breedlove, and Tracey (Greg) Collins; 8 grandchildren; and brother, Joseph (Janet) O’Connell. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jack O’Connell.
Mary Beth was owner of the Lebanon Travel Agency for five years and was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Indianapolis. She loved to cook and travel, and was well known for her homemade candies.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 5692 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN., with calling also at the church beginning at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church or the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674
Aaron James Moreillon, 28, of Indianapolis, passed away at home on Monday, June 17, 2019. He was born on June 5, 1991 in Indianapolis to Kyle A and Kathleen Suzann (Laughlin) Moreillon. Aaron attended St. Simon Catholic School and graduated from Bishop Chatard Catholic School in 2010. He went on to pursue an education in Graphic Design from Indiana University, graduating in 2014.
Aaron moved back to Indianapolis where he began working for Gannett in downtown Indianapolis as a Graphic Artist, having worked there 5 years at the time of his death. Aaron loved to spend time with his family, friends, his beloved dogs, Stella and Stoli; and enjoyed boating on Geist Reservoir, snow skiing and being outdoors. However, his greatest passion from a young age was his art, some of which may be viewed at www.aaronmoreillon.carbonmade.com.
Aaron is survived by his parents; twin brothers, Connor and Shane Moreillon; paternal grandparents, Archie and Joyce Moreillon of Anderson, IN; and maternal grandparents, James and Suzann Laughlin of Elkhart, IN.
Aaron is also survived by many uncles, aunts and several cousins, Kurt and Kathy Moreillon and their 2 children; Jill Laughlin and her 3 children, Christopher and Colleen Laughlin and their 9 children, Kevin and Melissa Laughlin and their 4 children, Dr. Michael and Maureen Campbell and their 4 children, Colleen Lawrence and her 2 children. Aaron was preceded in death by 2 uncles, Timothy Laughlin and Corey Lawrence.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 12pm – 1pm at St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church, 8155 Oaklandon Rd, Indianapolis, with a Memorial Mass immediately following. A celebration of Aaron’s life will be held privately following the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to the American Cancer Society. Friends are invited to leave online condolences for the family at www.flannerbuchanan.com.
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Brenda Maria (Nichols) Tolliver, age 66, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. Friends may visit from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Indiana Funeral Care, 8151 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis 46250. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Drive, Indianapolis 46240. The Rite of Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, 9700 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis 46250. For her full obituary, and to leave condolences, please visit www.indianafuneralcare.com.
Carolyn Michele (Dickmeyer) Reutter, age 33, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away Friday, April 19, 2019. Carolyn was born November 17, 1985 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Steve and Mary Ellen Dickmeyer. She attended St. Pius X Catholic School. She graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 2004. After high school she went to Purdue University where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree. She also obtained her Master’s Degree from Ball State University. She met the love of her life, Lance Reutter, on St. Patrick’s Day in 2011. Carolyn and Lance got married on July 27, 2013 and had two daughters, Kate and Anna.
Carolyn was an ABA Therapist for autistic children. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish. She loved decorating her home and spending time with her family, especially her daughters. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Carolyn is survived by her loving husband, Lance Reutter; daughters, Kate and Anna Reutter; parents, Steve and Mary Ellen Dickmeyer; sisters, Katie (Tim) Healy, Teresa (Peter) Leenhouts and Barbara (Chris Schenck) Dickmeyer; nieces and nephews, Norah Healy, Liam Healy, Fiona Healy, Charlie Leenhouts and James Leenhouts. parents-in-law Glenn and Marlene Reutter; sister-in-law, Lindsey Lareau; and brother-in-law, Landon (Megan) Reutter. Carolyn was preceded in death by her grandparents, Arthur and Barbara Helms and Russell and Mary Margaret Dickmeyer.
In lieu of flowers, the family has opened an account at Chase for the education and welfare of Kate and Anna. Funds may be sent via www.zellepay.com to firstname.lastname@example.org or by check payable to Kate and Anna Reutter and mailed to Lance Reutter, 6013 Camelback Ct., Indianapolis, IN 46250.
Carolyn was the sister of the following BCHS alumni: Katie ’99, Teresa ’02 and Barbara ’13.
James Edwin “JDub” Warren, Jr., 23, of Indianapolis passed away February 22, 2019 at Indiana University Hospital from a 6 month battle with cancer. He was born November 5, 1995 in Indianapolis the son of James E. Warren, Sr. and Ruthann Parmerlee. He was a standout football player at Bishop Chatard High School where he graduated and was a member at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. James was a Senior at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana where he was a double major in Criminal Justice and Business. He was an avid shoe collector, going to many events.
Visitation is 4-8 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 at Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary, 1307 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis, IN and 1 hour prior to mass at the church. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM, Thursday at Little Flower Catholic Church, 4720 E. 13th St., Indianapolis, IN.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of James to the Go Fund Me Account set up in his name.
Michael “Mike” John Delehanty, Indianapolis, age 61, passed away on Tuesday January 15, 2019. Mike was born March 1, 1957 in Bowling Green, Ohio to Leonard and Meryl Delehanty. He was a graduate of Bishop Chatard High School (’75), Indiana University (’79), Loyola Law School Los Angeles (’82), and obtained another Master’s Degree later in life at Indiana University. He is a retired attorney with State Farm Insurance and taught history at St. Bartholomew in Columbus, Indiana. Mike was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church and the Indiana Bar Association. He had a compassion for caring that he exhibited in his care for his wife, Melody and his mother, Meryl as well as the way he would always provide guidance and advice to anyone who asked. Mike also enjoyed motorcycle riding in his free time along with being a voracious reader and acquirer of knowledge.
Mike is survived by his wife, Ann Howard; daughter, Caitlan C. Delehanty (Brian Tyree); mother, Meryl Delehanty; brothers, Timothy Delehanty (Kim) and Patrick Delehanty (Ann); and many nieces and nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by his first wife, Melody Ann Delehanty; father, Leonard Delehanty; and brother, Kevin Delehanty.
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at St Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Dr, Indianapolis, Indiana. His Mass of Christian Burial will occur Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the church with burial to follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mike’s memory may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3500 Depauw Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Delehanty family.
Mike was brother to the following BCHS graduates: Tim Delehanty ’81 (husband to Kim, Trojan Tots teacher); Patrick Delehanty and the late Kevin Delehanty ’77.
Mary Pat Flynn, the daughter of Edward J. Flynn and Eleanora F. Flynn, passed away on January 14th, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the city of her birth. Pat graduated from Ivy Tech with an Associates degree, serving as a Legal Assistant with Barnes and Thornburg for almost 43 years. She was a traveler, enjoying trips to England, Ireland, France, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and most recently, Italy. Pat was athletic and enjoyed competitive swimming and bowling in her youth, then other adventures as she grew older: zip lining through a tropical rain forest, walking across the Sidney Harbor Bridge, and scaling down the side of a 30-story office building. Pat was also very generous: the first one to respond to a need, sign up for a charitable walkathon, or donate to a cause. Pat was an avid cook, often catering weddings and other family events. Pat was not only a Great Aunt, she was the greatest aunt, sister, friend, and co-worker. She was a fierce, formidable, force of nature who was also loyal, compassionate, generous, and understanding.
Mary Pat is survived by her sisters Noreen (Paul) Tasker, Elizabeth (Robert) Wilson, and Jennifer (Scott) Fulton; and her brothers Joseph (Kathy) Flynn, Michael Flynn, Dennis Flynn, Robert (Carol) Flynn, and Daniel (Debbie) Flynn; 17 nieces and nephews; and 8 great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation will be held at Christ the King Church, 5884 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220, from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. on January 26th, 2019, starting with a Rosary led by a family member. A Mass of Christian Burial begins at 12:00 P.M, followed immediately by a Peace Meal at Tuohy Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society or the Leukemia Foundation are welcome.
Mary Pat was sister to the following alumni: Noreen Flynn Tasker ’66; Elizabeth Flynn Wilson ’71; Jennifer Flynn Fulton ’76; Michael Flynn ’70 and the late Dennis Flynn ’80
Carole Joan Schaefer Hancey left us unexpectedly early Saturday, November 10th.
She was born to Robert and Joan Schaefer in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 10, 1958. She graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 1976 and then went on to earn a BS in Computer Engineering from Indiana University.
She lived and worked in California before making Utah her home in 1988. She spent over 20 years as a programmer supporting medical personnel with their research at Huntsman Cancer Institute.
She met and married Mark Hancey (later divorced). Together they raised and loved two wonderful children. They enjoyed traveling as a family and shared much laughter and many adventures together.
She loved the outdoors, was a gifted runner and skilled climber. Her greatest love was her children and her pup, Toni. Being Riley and River Hancey’s mother gave her the most joy and purpose in her life. She suffered the tragic death of her son, Riley in the spring of 2017.
She will be greatly missed by her daughter, River and her family and friends. In honor of Carole’s life, hug your children, your loved ones, your pup and/or make a donation to an animal shelter. Carole’s family encourages anyone struggling with alcohol addiction or other addictions to reach out and seek help.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate and remember her life on December 16th at Cafe Solstice at Dancing Cranes Imports just off 7th East on Simpson Ave. between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Carole was the sister to the following BCHS alumni:
Bill Schaefer ’70; Diane Schaefer ’72; Bob Schaefer ’79 and Tom Schaefer ’83.
Jack Carr Boyd, age 71, of Noblesville, IN passed away at his home surrounded by family and good friends on December 1, 2018. Born on December 11, 1946 in Indianapolis, he was the son to the late Guy F. Boyd, Jr and Bette Anne Carr Boyd. Jack graduated from Bishop Chatard High School and Butler University where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He was a real estate agent for 45 years and had worked with Century 21 Boyd & Sons, Century 21 Realty Group One, Prudential and currently with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Indiana Realty. Jack was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cicero, IN. He was owner and operator of Indy Trolley, an avid water skier, and wake surfer (some credit him with creating the sport after returning from Hawaii in the 1960’s with a 9 foot long board) on Morse Reservoir where he lived, and Lake Wawasee, IN. Jack served our country in the United State Air Force Reserves. He was predeceased by his lovely wife; Mary Ellen Barton Boyd along with his parents and sister; Sandi Sheetz. Jack is survived by his three children; JB (Kiki) Boyd, Chris (Libby) Boyd and daughter; Katie (Tony) James. Eight grandchildren (Patrick, Sam, Ellie, Annie, Taylor, Clay, Charlotte, and Elisabeth). His brothers are; Guy F. (Christy) Boyd, III and Gregg Carr (Debbie) Boyd.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Luke Catholic, where he was married, on Thursday December 6th at 11:00 AM. Family and friends will gather on Wednesday December 5th from 3:00 to 7:00 PM in Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, 740 East 86th Street
To share a memory of Jack please visit www.leppertmortuary.com
or to arrange a memorial gift instead of flowers to Indiana School for the Blind (Attn: Yuletide Celebration) which he has supported for many years.
Jack was a member of the Bishop Chatard Class of 1965.
Thomas Charles Craig, Indianapolis, 70, a life-long resident of Indianapolis, IN, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018. He was born on January 7, 1948 to Robert James and Caroline Fenner Craig. Thomas attended Broad Ripple High School, graduated from Bishop Chatard High School, and attended I.U.P.U.I. before going to work as a buyer in the men’s department for L.S. Ayres, a job he loved. After Ayres was sold, Tom became co-owner of “Antiques and More” store, and finished his working career as an Office Manager with Ardsley Property Management Co.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, and his older brother, James R. Craig. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Craig Fox, of Northallerton, England and his cousin, Cynthia L. Lewis of Indianapolis, who, along with her family, cared for him at the end of his life.
There will be no services, but condolences may be left online at CrownHill.org
. Memorial Contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels of Indianapolis.
Thomas was a member of the Bishop Chatard Class of 1967.
Frank Minton, BCHS Class of 1989, passed away on November 18, 2018. Viewing will be on Sat., Dec. 8 from 10 a.m – noon at Grace Apostolic Church, 649 E. 22nd Stree, Indianapolis, 46202. Services begin at noon.
Patrick Hoyt, 49, of Golden, Colorado passed away on November 28.
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‘Packy’ was the brother of the following BCHS alumni: Fr. Michael Hoyt, Danny Hoyt ’85, David Hoyt ’84, Jean Ann Hoyt ’86, Megan Mary Hoyt ’90, Elizabeth “Buffie” Hoyt VanWienen ’96 and Sam Hoyt ’98.
John D Ward passed away quietly in his sleep on 9/10/18. John was a graduate of Bishop Chatard High school and received his Bachelor’s Degree of Liberal Arts and Political Science from Indiana University in Indpls., IN. John was married for 21 years to his loving wife Therese Byerly, whom he loved and cared for deeply. John was the youngest of six children of Charles and Patricia Ward: brothers, Michael Ward (Sherri),Daniel Ward (Genie) and sisters, Mary Marks (Pete),Theresa Ward, Jacqueline Neible (Jon) abd several nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his father Charles Ward.
John was an avid Notre Dame fan and lived for opening day of football and basketball season.
A Celebration of Life gathering will take place at a future date to be announced.
John was the brother of the following BCHS alumni: Theresa Ward ’79, Daniel Ward ’80 and Jackie Neil ’82.
James McCrea “Mack” Doyle, Fishers, 61, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018. He was born March 12, 1957 in Indianapolis to the late James B. “Jimmy” and Dolores Dezelan “Muffy” Doyle. Mack is also preceded in passing by his sisters, Debby Doyle McCalley and Jody Doyle Dolen. He was a member of the Bishop Chatard Class of ’75 and a graduate of Miami of Ohio. Mack retired as a Principal at Somerset CPAs. He served on the board of the Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation and was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church.
He is survived by his brothers, Dan Doyle (Janet) and Tim Doyle (Becky); sisters, Jamie Ismail (Ahmed) and Jenny Walker (Chris); brother-in-law, George Dolen; four nieces, Erin McCalley Homan (Alex), Dr. Katie McCalley, Ellie Walker, and Hannah Ismail; and great nephew, JJ Homan.
The Doyle family would like to express our gratitude to the Chatard Class of ’75, the Dinner Angels, and those dear friends, who for 10 years volunteered nightly and came to Mack’s aid.
Visitation will be 9:00 am to 11:00 am Monday, July 30 at Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E. 71st St., Indianapolis, IN 46220. Following will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 am at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220 with a luncheon immediately following in the church hall. He will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation, www.mdff.org
, PO Box 776 Carmel, IN 46032.
Online condolences may be left at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com
‘Mack’ was a member of the BCHS Class of 1975. He is preceded in death by two sisters who were alumni, Debbie (Doyle) McCalley ’74 and Jody (Doyle) Dolen ’80 and had these alumni in his family: brothers and sisters: Dan Doyle ’77, Tim Doyle ’79, Jamie Ismail ’82 and Jenny Walker ’88; and nieces: Erin (McCalley) Homan ’06; Dr. Katie McCalley ’09 and Hannah Ismail ’21.
Sandra Cecconi Farney, age 56, died July 17, 2018 in Carmel, IN.
Visitation will be on Friday July 20 at Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E. 71st Street, Indianapolis from 4 pm to 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday July 21, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Drive, Indianapolis at 10:30 am with visitation an hour before service. Following the graveside service at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, 9700 Alisonville Rd., Indianapolis, a reception to follow at Capri Restaurant 2602 Ruth Dr., Indianapolis.
Memorials in Sandra’s name may be made to The American Cancer Society.
Robb James McGinnis passed away peacefully on Wed. June 27, 2018, at Indiana University Hospital surrounded by his family and very close friends.
Robb is survived by Catherine Behrman, the love and strength of his life; his children, Annie, Emily, and Ben; children’s mother, Tina McGinnis; his father Daniel T. McGinnis and step-mother Antoinette McGinnis; his mother Jo Ann Stevenson; six brothers, Dan, Dave, Joe, Brad, Matt, Zack; two sisters, Beth and Jennifer. Robb’s extended family includes seven nephews and five nieces.
A Celebration of Robb’s life will be Monday, July 2, 2018, at Leppert Mortuary- Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th Street from 4-8 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7575 Holliday Drive East, at 11:00 a.m. Robb says Go Cubs and bring another World Series!
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the family for the care of his children.
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Robb was a member of the BCHS Class of 1984 and the father of BCHS alum, Annie, Class of 2013.
Steve Alan Jones, Noblesville, 48, died May 5, 2018. He was born April 1, 1970 in Cincinnati Ohio. Steve was a manager at Salle Mae. Steve was the ultimate baseball, fan, player and coach, impacting youth baseball players into young men. Steve is survived by his wife Delores Newsome Jones, mother Chris Koch Jones sisters Michelle (Bryan) Boyd, Nicole (Chad) Jones, nieces and nephews Hunter, Dakota, Austin and Caroline. Honorary daughter LaSha (Tim) Redmond and his baseball teams and friends throughout the years. He is preceded in death by his father Matthew “Jack” Jones.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday May 10 at 11 am at St. Matthew Catholic Church with a gathering from 10 – 11 am. Memorials in Steve’s name may be made to Bishop Chatard Athletic Association. Remembrances and thoughts may be made at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com
Services entrusted to Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary. He is survived by many including his 2 sisters who are also Bishop Chatard alumni: Michelle (Jones) Boyd ’89 and Nicole Jones ’93.
David E. Drew, age 45, passed away Saturday, December 30th in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a loving husband and father of three. David had a long career in medical device sales with Zyga Technologies and previously Rapp Medical. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors in Public and Envioronmental Affairs. He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, Penrod Society, Sigma Chi Fraternity and Meridian Hills Country Club.
David is survived by his loving wife: Julia “Julie” Valenti Drew, and his triplets: Maren, David and Caroline Drew. His parents; William and Jane (Clark) Drew and siblings; William (Diane) Drew, James (Jennifer) Drew and Jane (Dax) Pisacane. Parents-in-law are Joseph and Karen Valenti. Julie graciously thanks the St. Luke families for their care and prayers along with the numerous medical institutions for their loving care of David. Through your profound love and generosity, you have filled David’s family with hope and provided a home away from home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00am in St. Luke Catholic Church. Visitors are welcome on Friday, January 5th in the St. Luke Gym from 3:00 to 7:00pm with a Rosary said at 6:00pm. Words of remembrance following the rosary. Additional calling will be Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00am in the Fr. Paul Courtney parlor.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the David Drew Brain Cancer Research Fund https://www.fidelitycharitable.org/docs/Contribution.pdf
Account number 1139687.
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His brother James and sister-in-law Jenny are both members of the Class of 1988.
Jenni Skinner-Stoltz, Class of 1986, passed away on November 19. A memorial gathering hosted by her family will be held at Moe and Johnny’s, on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome.
Nancy Lynn Spanton Todd, 59, of Westfield, passed away October 19, 2017 following a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born June 13, 1958 in Covington, KY, to Robert and Nancy Taylor Spanton. Nan was a 1976 graduate of Bishop Chatard High School. She was the Credentialing Manager for St. Vincent Hospitals for over 30 years. Her greatest joys in life were being a mom, spending time with family, and taking trips to Disney World.
Visitation will be Monday, October 23, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel, 9900 Allisonville Rd. with funeral services Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.
Nan is survived by her loving children, Blake Beard (Rebecca Havens), Emily Gunselman (Andrew) and Jeffrey Todd; mother, Nancy Spanton; siblings, Robert Spanton (Phyllis), Richard Spanton (Deborah Ley) and Suzanne Spanton; nieces, Megan Herman and Kelley Culp (Gregory); and nephew, Brad Herman.
Memorial contributions in Nan’s memory are suggested to: pinkribbonconnection.org and/or metavivor.org. From Shirley Brothers
Nancy’s brother, Richard, was also a member of the Class of 1976.
Stephen James “Steve” Rayl, 19, of Indianapolis, IN passed away Tue., Oct. 3, 2017. Steve was born in Indianapolis, IN on Oct. 26, 1997 to parents Roger E. and Nancy J. Rayl. He was a 2016 graduate of Bishop Chatard High School
Steve is survived by his parents, Roger and Nancy; brothers, Benjamin and Christopher Rayl; sisters, Cathy Williams and Emily (Bryan) Elrod; and his nephews, James and Alex.
Calling: 5-8pm, Fri., Oct. 6, 2017 at Flanner and Buchanan- Washington Park East, 10722 E. Washington St, Indianapolis and 9-10am, Sat., Oct. 7th at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 6944 East 46th St, Indianapolis, where his Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 10am. Burial: Washington Park East Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Steve Rayl Memorial Fund.
Family and friends are encouraged to visit Steve’s online tribute page at www.flannerbuchanan.com
. Steve was a BCHS graduate in the Class of 2016.
Zacary Edward Vincent Burton, 27, passed away in LA, California on September 2, 2017. Zacary was born October 24, 1989 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Zac lived in Santa Cruz, CA and Los Angeles, CA for the last 2 years. Zac graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 2008 and went on to attend Ball State University, majoring in business. Zac loved surfing, watching football, snow boarding, wake boarding, listening to music, making people happy, and reading. He was also an avid movie buff.
Above all, Zac loved spending time with his family and friends. His smile and big, blue eyes brought a spirit of joy into every room he entered. The kindness Zac gave unconditionally to his family, friends, and even complete strangers should be an inspiration to all of us.
Zac is survived by his parents Chris and Jennifer Baker Burton, his brothers Nicolas (Lauren) and Christopher (Erin Hays), sister Mande Miskewycz (Darian), grandparents Woody and Sondra Baker, grandmother Jean Burton, aunts and uncles Randy Baker (Cricket) and Randy Snyder (Susie), cousins Mollie Baker, Joe Snyder, Meghan Snyder Pavek (Kyle), and many other loving relatives and friends. Zac is proceeded in death by his Aunt Susie Snyder.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish at Geist, 10350 Glaser Way, Fishers, IN 46037. Visitation on Monday, September 11, 2017 will be at 10 a.m., followed by Mass at 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit Parish at Geist. Burial will immediately follow at Washington Park Cemetery, 10612 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46229.
In lieu of flowers, please make your contributions payable to Holy Spirit Parish at Geist for the Zac43 Foundation that is being established in his honor. Your contributions to this foundation are deeply appreciated by our family. Holy Spirit Parish at Geist, 10350 Glaser Way, Fishers, IN 46037, 317-849-9245, email@example.com
Flanner and Buchanan-Washington Park East assisting the family with arrangements.
Zac was a member of the BCHS Class of 2008. His brother Nicolas graduated in 2005 and his youngest brother Chris also attended Bishop Chatard.
Daniel Theodore Veza, Jr. (Ted) passed away in the Philippines on January 9, 2017. He was born July 29, 1949. His body has been cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean, at his request. Dan was a proud graduate of Bishop Chatard High School’s Class of 1967, Indianapolis, IN, where he was a talented athlete. He also attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN.
Dan was a true American patriot. At the age of seventeen, he entered the military, volunteering for service to his country. He served in the Vietnam war at great personal cost, as he later suffered from the effects of PTSD and Agent Orange. Dan was proud of his service to his country, and in his later years, he was seldom seen without the cap identifying him as a “Vietnam Veteran.” It warmed his heart to receive a handshake and a “Thank you for your service,” from strangers expressing gratitude.
Dan Veza was a Vietnam veteran, a loving son, a caring brother, a supportive uncle, and a friend to all who met him. He knew no strangers. He was deeply committed and loyal to his family, wanting only love and acceptance in return. He was extremely close to many of his nephews and nieces; he loved spending time with them when he traveled home from California to visit with those family members who loved and accepted him. His sweet, generous spirit was evident to all who truly knew him.
Dan was preceded in death by his father, Daniel T. Veza; his mother, Marjorie J. Veza; his younger brother, Thomas F. Veza; his wife, Joan Veza; and his stepson, Carlo Flora. He will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. Daniel was a BCHS graduate in the Class of 1967 and served as the BCHS honorary football captain during the 2016 Homecoming game.
Rose Essary of Breckenridge, Colorado passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Cliff and Mary Ann Seufert. She attended Purdue University, then worked in Indianapolis where she met Chuck Essary; the two quickly became best friends. They married in 1994, and settled briefly in Chesterton, Indiana before realizing a lifelong dream of moving to the mountains, landing in Breckenridge in 2000. Rose immediately embraced the outdoor lifestyle, trail running, mountain biking, skiing, camping and hiking. She was constantly outside playing with her two boys, Will and Kevin. She became active in the community, channeling her love of children into work at the Breckenridge Recreation Center and Carriage House Preschool, and her love of books at the Summit County Library. She treasured the close-knit local community and the amazing friends she made.
Rose leaves behind her beloved husband Chuck and incredible sons Will and Kevin. She is also survived by her parents Cliff and Mary Ann Seufert; siblings Joe (Krissy) Seufert, John Seufert, and Kathleen (Drew) Grimes, all of Indianapolis, Dan Seufert of South Lake Tahoe, CA, Jim (Mindy) Seufert of Grand Rapids, MI, Theresa (Mike) Sispera of Grand Haven, MI , David (Lynn) Seufert of Louisville, KY, Steve (Sara) Seufert of Denver, CO and Mike Seufert of Salt Lake City, UT, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial donations can be made to Carriage House Preschool, 890 Airport Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424. The best way to honor Rose, however, is to gather friends and/or family together and go outside and enjoy nature’s gifts.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Carter Park in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Silverthorne is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.kentfuneralhomes.com
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Rose was one of 9 children who attended BCHS between 1983-1996. Thank you for keeping her and her family in your prayers. Rose’s siblings who are BCHS alumni are: Joseph ’83, John ’85, Daniel ’88, James ’90, Theresa Sispera ’92, David ’93, Steve ’95 and Kathleen Grimes ’96.
Jane Marie “Janie” Kirkpatrick, 66, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at her home with her family by her side. She was born November 4, 1950 in Indianapolis to the late George and Sylvia (Luley) Luebke. She graduated from Bishop Chatard High School and Indiana University. She was a Registered Nurse and worked at Methodist Hospital before becoming a full time homemaker of her 3 boys. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed volunteering with the Red Cross, being involved with Cathedral High School events, golf, traveling the world, and keeping everyone up to date with the world’s weather and natural disaster events. With a vivacious and social spirit, Janie was the life of the party and will be missed by all. One of the many thing her family hopes for, is that Janie finds “TAB” in heaven.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Kevin Kirkpatrick; 3 sons, Paul (Lisa), Peter (Jasmine), and Philip Kirkpatrick; 5 grandchildren, Kelyn, Klaire, Teresa, Thomas, and Ryan; and 4 sisters, Diane Marschke, Mary Anne Jaynes, Jeanne Cox, and Linda Collins. Her family will be forever grateful for the love and support they received from her family, friends, and caretakers.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 at Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E 71st St, Indianapolis, IN 46220 and 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220. Her Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31 at the church with entombment of her urn to follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to: The American Red Cross, 1510 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202 or Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 South Meridian St., Suite 200 Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Janie was the sister of the following BCHS Alumni: Diane Marschke ’67; Mary Ann Jaynes ’71 and Jeanne Cox ‘73.
Mason “Mase” William Craig, born April 13, 1993, passed away May 9, 2017. He is survived by his parents, Tom and Dottie Craig (Indpls.); sister, Jillian (Indpls.); paternal grandmother, Georgie Craig (Charlotte, NC), aunt and uncle Nancy (Craig) and David Blough (Charlotte, NC); and cousins, Callan (Blough) Bahr (Atlanta, GA) and Logan Blough (Charlotte, NC). He is preceded in death by paternal grandfather, William “Bill” Craig, maternal grandparents, John and Dorothy Mason; aunt, Becky Mason, and longtime companion, Lexi Fite (Anderson).
Mase was a friend to all he met, kindhearted and free-spirited. He was a voracious reader, enjoying everything from anime to science and fantasy. He was quite the cook, never hesitating to try new combinations of foods and spices. Mase had an infectious laugh, smile, and twinkle in his eye. He loved much and was much loved, and will be forever missed.
Mase most recently worked for a dog day care. He loved all kinds of animals, but had a soft spot for dogs.
Visitation will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 13th and conclude at time of services at 2:00 pm at Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel. Interment follows at Crown Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Humane Society of Indianapolis in Mason’s name. Online condolences at: www.leppertmortuary.com. (from Leppert Mortuary
Mason’s sister, Jillian is a 2010 BCHS graduate.
Barbara (Thibodeau) Moore, of Indianapolis, passed away on March 5, 2017. A memorial gathering will be held at Feeney Hornak Shadeland Mortuary on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following at 3:00 p.m. www.feeneyhornakshadeland.com
Barbara was a member of the ‘Spirit of ’76 (BCHS Class of ’76) and aunt to BCHS alumni Tracy and Keith Thibodeau, Class of 2009.
Alison Marie Schafer, 22, of Indianapolis, IN, died on March 6, 2017. She was born March 17, 1994.
She is survived by her parents Neil and Marlene Schafer of Indianapolis; mother, Pamela Prickett-Schafer of South Carolina; sisters, Ashley (Brandon) Hardin of New Castle, IN and Emily Schafer of Steubenville, OH; brother, James (Charlotte Haffner) Schafer of New Castle, IN; step-siblings, Josh (Kim) McCullough and Michelle (Darryl) Griffin both of Indianapolis; boyfriend, Will Craig of Evansville as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Richard Dakin, James Schafer, Rita Dakin-Schafer, Forrest and Jeanette Prickett and a cousin, GiGi Schafer.
Visitation will be on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 6:30 p.m. at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services – Lawrence, 5215 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 6950 E. 46th Street, Indianapolis. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Indianapolis.
Memorials in honor of Alison can be made to the Little Red Door Cancer Agency. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit www.legacycremationfuneral.com
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Allison is survived by family members including her sister Emily, BCHS class of 2010 and brother James, BCHS Class of 2011.
Michael Paul Froehlich passed away on January 22, 2017 in Lakewood, CA. Michael was born on Oct. 6, 1962 in Rockford, IL. He was a computer programmer.
Michael was a member of the BCHS Class of 1980. He was the brother of the following BCHS alumni: Angi ’86, Lynn ’73 and Susan ’68.
Jeffrey “TRO” Alan Bruner, Jr., 35, of Indianapolis, passed away December 23, 2016. The son of Jeffrey Alan Sr. and Elizabeth D. Melton Bruner, Jeffrey was born October 16, 1981 in Beech Grove, Indiana. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and was involved in all types of sports. For 12 years, Jeffrey served our Country in the U.S. Air Force for 12 years. Jeffrey is survived by his children, Brayden and Jalynne Bruner of Elwood, Indiana; his mother, Elizabeth D. Bruner of Indianapolis; his sister, Angela (Darrell) Combs-Brown of Trafalgar; grandmother, Mary Melton of Beech Grove; niece, Alexis Combs and close friend, Rebecca Mills of Acton. Visitation: Private. Private funeral services were held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home – 1977 South State Road 135, Greenwood. Burial with military honors followed at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Legion Department of Indiana – 5440 Herbert Lord Road Indianapolis, Indiana 46216.
Christopher Ray O’Connor passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 18th, 2016. He was a wonderful son to his parents, a loving brother to his sister and brothers, and a devoted uncle and godfather to his niece and nephews. Born, July 4th, 1987, Chris had a short time on this earth, but his light, spirit, and tremendous sense of humor impacted anyone he met and left an impression, which will echo in our hearts forever.
Chris graduated from Christ the King grade school in 2002 and went on to Bishop Chatard High School. He graduated in 2006, and went on to attend Ball State University to study radio and television. He worked in kitchen management for various restaurants, but most recently enjoyed working as a freelance tech for sports television. Chris loved fishing and golfing at the lake with his family, and cheering on his favorite team, the Indianapolis Colts.
Chris is survived by his mother, Sue O’Connor, his brothers Michael O’Connor (Ellen) and Ryan O’Connor (Kim), his sister Colleen Fuydal (Chris), and his niece and nephews Allison, Joey and Anthony Fuydal. He is preceded in death by his father, Michael J. O’Connor.
Services will be held Friday, November 25th at Leppert Mortuary Nora Chapel from 4-8 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, November 26th at Christ the King Catholic Church at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bishop Chatard High School or Christ the King Catholic School.
Chris was the brother of the following BCHS alumni: Ryan O’Connor, ’00; Colleen Fuydal, ’89 and Michael O’Connor, ’87.
STEPHEN ALLEN JOHANTGES, 48, of Indianapolis passed away at home on Saturday, August 6, 2016. He was born in Indianapolis, IN. November 11, 1967 to George Allen and Deborah Lee (Sanders) Johantges. A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Indiana Funeral Care.
Read a tribute to him from the Class of 1986 blog.
Kyle Jordan Guyton, 22, of Indianapolis, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 while chaperoning in Poland. Kyle was a 2011 graduate of Bishop Chatard High School; he went on to further his education by attending Indiana State University graduating in 2015. He joined the BCHS staff in 2015 as Theatre Director and Teacher.
Kyle was baptized in Jesus name and filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost at Grace Apostolic Church under the late Bishop Larry J. Hunt, where he served as Junior Usher, Media/Audio, Youth Musician and President of the Youth Choir. Kyle also worked with the stage and technical production of Upon This Rock, an Easter Passion Play.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 19, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Grace Apostolic Church with additional calling on Wednesday, April 20, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with the Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 a.m. Entombment is at Crown Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother, Kathy O’Neal; father, Wilburt Guyton (Linda); three brothers, Wilburt Westmoreland, Dominique Guyton and Thomas Williams; sister, Cassandra Westmoreland; and a host of aunts, uncle other extended family and friends.
Final arrangements have been entrusted to Stuart Mortuary, Inc. Expressions of condolence and sympathy should be directed to: www.stuartmortuary.com.
Scott Wesley Cook, of Indianapolis, died suddenly in his home of a heart attack on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. He was 36 years old.
Scott was born at Methodist Hospital on June 22, 1979. He attended the Bureau of Jewish Education Preschool and Kindergarten, St. Thomas Aquinas for grade school, Bishop Chatard High School, and Ball State University. He graduated from Ball State with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Criminology.
Scott always wanted to be in law enforcement, and following his education he was employed by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department as a Corrections Officer for many years and as a patrolman in Eaton, Indiana. Scott developed a serious heart condition and was plagued by several resulting medical issues. The family is grateful for the support and tenderness exhibited by the EMTs and paramedics of the Indianapolis Police Department and the officers and chaplain of the Indianapolis Police Department.
Scott is survived by his much loved wife, April Smith-Cook, and a much loved son, Henry Lashawn Cook, age six months. He also leaves behind his grieving parents, Dr. David and Lynda Cook, his brother, Brian, his Second Mother Elizabeth Roffey, and his Sort-of-Brother and Best Friend Julien Roffey, his mother-in-law Algene Smith and brother-in-law, Eddie Smith, a sister-in-law, Veronica Carpenter, aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, and friends.
A service for Scott will be private for family and invited friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the education of Scott’s son, Henry. Please send to Henry Cook, c/o April Smith-Cook, 501 Copley Place, Indianapolis, IN, 46290.
Scott was the brother of BCHS alumnus, Brian Cook, ’00.
Dima Avila, class of 2013, passed away on February 6, 2016. The funeral will be held on Wed, Feb. 10 at noon at Flanner and Buchanan-Geist. <a href=”http://fbtributes.com/obituary?id=236374″>Most current information</a>
Mary Colleen Hennessey Guimont, 62, of Indianapolis, passed away on December 17, 2015. Colleen had worked for St. Matthew and Washington Township Schools.
She is survived by her husband, Rick Guimont; children, Jon (Jenny) Guimont, Jennifer (Todd) Caddell, and Michael Guimont; siblings, Richard, Carole Carnes, John, and Kevin; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Maureen and brother Patrick.
BCHS alumni in her family are siblings: Richard (Buddy) Hennessey ’69; Carole (Hennessey) Carnes ’70 and John Hennessey ’77.
Aristotle Christos “Ari” Pappas, 24, of Indianapolis, died suddenly on September 10, 2015. He was born March 28, 1991 in Indianapolis. Known by friends and family as Ari, he was the epitome of kindness, sweetness and sensitivity. When you were a friend of Ari’s, you were a friend for life.
While he loved people and never met a stranger, Ari’s opponents on the football field wore targets on their backs. He was a warrior and a fierce athlete. He excelled as a running back for the Bishop Chatard High School, and earned two State Title rings in his freshman and sophomore years. As an All City and All State recipient, Ari still holds many unbroken records at BCHS, a school known for great running backs. Playing football at BCHS is a Pappas family, time-honored tradition. Seven Pappas boys have dominated the field over the years including his father, Joe and brothers, Angelo and Nick. A student at Ivy Tech University, Ari was witty, funny and loving. He was a voracious reader, a movie buff and a lover of life. He was quite simply a joy to know and to love.
Ari was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Peggy Sue Pappas; and grandfathers, Ralph Beber and William Pappas. He is survived by his father, Joseph (Heather) Pappas of Westfield; brothers, Angelo Pappas, Nick (Casey) Pappas, and Kyle Pappas of Indianapolis; step-brothers, Nolan and Cameron Jaffe; grandmothers, Joyce Beber of Cicero and Eleanor Pappas of Indianapolis; special nieces, Bella, Teah, Sofia, Jalynn and Zoey; loving aunts; uncles; cousins; nieces; nephews; and many devoted friends.
Stephen Foley, a founding partner of Minneapolis-based law firm Foley & Mansfield, died Saturday at the age of 55.
Foley died at home and surrounded by family after a long fight with cancer, his law firm said in a news release. He tried more than 50 jury trials, representing insurers and their customers in complex product liability cases, toxic chemical exposure lawsuits and commercial litigation. His firm listed a billion-dollar insurance coverage fight over silicone breast implants, multimillion-dollar fire cases and asbestos cases among his key victories.
He co-founded the law firm with Kyle Mansfield in 1989. He built the firm’s core Minneapolis practice and the toxic exposure lawsuit defense operations in California. Foley & Mansfield now has offices in Chicago; Detroit; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York City; Oakland, St. Louis; and Seattle.
“Steve was a brilliant strategist, a daunting opponent, a strong role model to numerous young attorneys and a brilliant friend to all who had the privilege to know and work with him,” Mansfield said in a statement. “His keen wit, intelligence, drive and vision has been key to the development of our firm’s culture and continued success these past 25 years.”
Foley also was an avid golfer and cyclist and co-founded the Foley & Mansfield Charitable Foundation.
He is survived by his wife, Lynn; children Lindsey, Kaitlyn and Dylan; brothers William, Michael and John; sister, Liz; and extended family.
In Steve’s family were these BCHS alumni: his brothers: John, ’66 and Michael, ’74 and his sister, Liz, ’78.
Grady Gilkey III, 47, Indianapolis, died July 14, 2014. Services will be held at 1 p.m. July 19 in Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, with visitation from Noon. Additional visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. July 18 in Williams and Bluitt Funeral Home Peoples Chapel. Burial is at the Crown Hill Cemetery.
Karen Kathleen O’Connor, 42, died June 28, 2014. Services will be private. Arrangements: Indiana Funeral Care and Crematory .
Thomas R. Cross, 65, of Indianapolis, departed this life July 8, 2014 in Indianapolis. He was born March 28, 1949 in Indianapolis to the late Warren W. and Helen Maxine (Daniels) Cross. Tom was a lifelong and dedicated member of Christ the King Catholic Church. Tom was a 1967 graduate of Bishop Chatard High School. He then attended IUPUI, earning his degree as a paralegal.
Tom worked over 30 years as a senior paralegal at Linder and Hollowell Law Firm. He formed the Indianapolis Paralegal Association and contributed research and articles to the Annual Surveys of Fidelity and Surety, published by the International Association of Insurance Law Council for a period in excess of ten years.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James P. Cross and sister, Lisa Harper. He is survived by his brothers, Warren W. “Bill” (Patricia) Cross and David E. (Charleen) Cross; ten nieces and nephews; six great-nieces and nephews and a host of dear cousins, friends and associates.
Tom’s brother, David, ’68 is also a BCHS graduate.
Mary Ann Rene, 65, Indianapolis, passed away on June 3. She was a 1967 graduate of Bishop Chatard.
Colleen Marie Nelson, 55, of Indianapolis, passed away May 13, 2014. She was born November 1, 1958 to Harold and Carolyn Sullivan. Colleen was a lifelong active member of Christ the King Catholic Church, and was a 1977 graduate of Bishop Chatard High School. She married Bill Nelson on April 23, 1983. Colleen was loved deeply and is survived by many family members; husband, Bill Nelson; three children, Jennifer Riva (Rudy), Joe Nelson (Jackie Mastin) and Samm Nelson (Michael Glaser); grandchildren, Jeff and Nikki Riva; mother, Carolyn Sullivan; brothers, Tim (Jeanie), Tom (Sharon), Mike (Ann) and John Sullivan; sisters, Marianne Cappel (Paul), Suzanne Richards (Gary) and Pam Wickham (Paul); mother-in-law, Shirley Nelson; 14 nieces and nephews; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews. Colleen’s father, Harold Sullivan, preceded her in death. She will also be missed greatly by so many friends who loved her like family.
Colleen was the wife of BCHS Alum Bill Nelson, ’73 and the sister of the following BCHS alumni: Tim Sullivan ’72, Tom Sullivan ’72, Marianne (Sullivan) Cappel ’73, Mike Sullivan ’77, John Sullivan ’81 and Suzanne (Sullivan) Richards ’86.
Jason A. Hennegan, Age 35, of Indianapolis, IN, died on Sunday, February 2, 2014. He was born on June 23, 1978 in Evansville, IN to Michael A. Hennegan and Tami L. Sweet.
A 1996 graduate of Bishop Chatard, he attended Ball State and the University of Southern Indiana. He worked in restaurant management where he was loved by his co-workers and customers alike. His biggest passion was for mentoring children through sports. He loved all kinds of sports and coached little league baseball and football for 7 years.
He is survived by his mother, Tami Lynn DiBella-Sweet; grandmother, Schearlene Sebastian; aunts, Teri (Mark) Freels and Renee Davis; uncles, Frank Sebastian and Sean Davis; close family friends, Linda (Bill) Hampton, Tonya Jiles, Rachael and Tanner Bennett. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Bud Sebastian and Richard Sweet; great-grandmother, Ida Mae Ost.
Mark E. Martin Jr., 60, of Indianapolis, IN, died on January 25, 2014. He was born on May 5, 1953 to the late Mark and Mary Vincentia (Connor) Martin.
He was a 1971 graduate of Bishop Chatard High School. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Colts and Pacers. He enjoyed spending time with family and is survived by his siblings, Mary Ellen Martin, Jim (Peg) Martin and Sally (Bruce) Hale, his nieces and nephews are Katie (Mike) Dillon, Courtney Martin and Tucker Hale and great-nephew, James Dillon. He will be missed by many friends.
Mark’s sister, Sally (Martin) Hale is a BCHS aluma, Class of 1976.
Melissa Irene Morris, peacefully passed on Thursday, December 12th. She was preceded in passing by her father, Rick Morris and her grandparents from both her mother and father’s side, Robert and Irene Schaffer and Mickie and Marion Morris, respectively.
Melissa was an Indianapolis resident, graduated from Bishop Chatard High School, Purdue University as well as University of Indianapolis for her Master’s Degree. She had an enormous smile that lit up any room and could correct the spelling of those from Webster’s.
Melissa was beautiful and intelligent and her wit was unmatched. More than anything she LOVED being an Aunt to her brother and sister’s children. If you are a friend or a member of Melissa’s family, there is not a doubt in your mind about the love she had for you. She will be sorely missed by all of us.
Melissa is survived by her loving mother, Rebeka Franklin (step-father, Danny Franklin); her siblings, Nicole and Christopher Morris; her niece, Rebeka Woodley and her nephews, Charlie and Sam Morris.