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ANDRES, Philip L., 96, St.Paul, Sellersburg, June 23. Father of Dorothy Bertrand, Donna Whiteley and Ronald Andres. Brother of Wilhelmina Beavin and Florence Renn. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of 11.

ATON, Juanita Elizabeth (Kirschner), 89, Good Shepherd, Indianapolis, June 29. Mother of Don Jr. and John Aton. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of nine.

BAKER, Paula Enid, 90, HolySpirit, Indianapolis, May24. Mother of Linda Dennemann and Tony Baker. Sister of Elizabeth Hines, Charles and Paul Moates. Grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of four.

BESSE, Leo J., 89, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, June 22. Husband of Elizabeth Besse. Father of Carol Gaboney, Janet Magina, Marjorie, Paul and Timothy Besse. Brother of Josephine Illingworth, Patricia Koons, Mathilda Lamb and David Besse. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of four.

BONE, Irene A., 87, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, June 15. Mother of Barbara Grannis, Donna Scheumann, Marilyn Tentler, Cynthia Bone-Heithoff and Ronald Bone. Grandmother of nine. Great-grandmother of one.

BOSLER, Richard Carl, Sr., 83, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, June 12. Father of Ann Barnett, Jody, Laura, Sue and Richard Bosler Jr. Brother of Lucy Collier, Martha Federspiel, Clare and Paul Bosler. Grandfather of 10. Great-grandfather of two.

BUCHANAN, James A., 78, American Martyrs, Scottsburg, June 4. Husband of Margaret (Nalley) Buchanan. Father of Janie Alexander, J.D., Jerry and Tom Buchanan. Brother of Jonell, Mary, Father Don Buchanan and Hubert Buchanan. Grandfather of six.

CAMPBELL, Joyce, 72, St.Augustine, Jeffersonville, June21. Wife of Milton Campbell. Mother of Angela Kendall, Michelle Kerrick, Christopher, Michael and Tony Campbell. Sister of Rosella Hayes. Grandmother of seven.

CATTERSON, Ideen B., 94, St.Pius X, Indianapolis, June 27. Mother of Nancy Lavely, Patricia and Michael Catterson. Sister of Charles and Greg Callahan. Grandmother of four.

DAUBY, Kenny, 66, St. Mark, Tell City, June 21. Husband of Diane Dauby. Father of Phyllis LaGrange, Brad, Jeff and Todd Dauby. Brother of Margie Peter, Darryl, Dennis, Gene, Gerald, Jay, Randy and Steve Dauby. Grandfather of 12.

DeCLUE, Leonard R., 86, St.Bartholomew, Columbus, June 22. Husband of Martha Jane (Dahn) DeClue. Father of Dorothy Lore, Kathy Schubel, Carey McBride, Amy Powell, Kim, Linda, Sue and Curt DeClue. Brother of Doreen Crump, Mildred Klaus, Ann Short and Ed DeClue. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of five.

DRZEWIECKI, Kathy L., 51, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, June23. Wife of Daniel Drzewiecki. Mother of Randall Morning. Sister of Cynthia Bowman. Grandmother of two.

FLISPART, Margaret A., 73, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, June 21. Sister of John and William Flispart.

GARNER, Billy J., 56, St.Lawrence, Indianapolis, June15. Husband of Lorraine Garner. Father of Tara Tillberry and Zachary Garner. Stepfather of Andrew, Steven, Thomas and Timothy Kottlowski. Brother of Laurie Fields and Joe Mauk. Grandfather of two.

GERLACH, Joan C., 79, St.Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, June 12. Mother of Lawrence Gerlach.

HALVELAND, Rita Mary (Risch), 88, St. Gabriel, Connersville, June 25. Mother of Karen Abner, Melinda Hauri, Juliana Powell, Gary, Jerry and Royden Halveland. Sister of Betty Pflum. Grandmother of 17. Great-grandmother of 20.

HICKSON, Adelina, 87, St.Jude, Indianapolis, June 28. Wife of Valjean Hickson. Mother of Carol Hale and Jack Hickson. Grandmother of five. Great-grandmother of seven.

HOTCHKISS, Mary Jo (Welch), 91, St. Mary, NewAlbany, June 19. Sister of William Welch.

KOPITZKE, Erich K., 68, St.Mary, North Vernon, June 23. Father of Chris, David and Matt Kopitzke. Brother of Christine Hobbs, David and Frederick Kopitzke III. Grandfather of six.

KRETZER, Marianne, 82, St.Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, June 21. Sister of Sid Luckett. Aunt of several.

KREUTZJANS, Sylvester H., 86, St. Anne, Jennings County, June 23. Brother of Marcella Magateaux, Aloysius, Edward, George and Joseph Kreutzjans.

LUNDY, Margo Marie, 70, St.Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower), Indianapolis, June 16. Mother of Laura Foshee, David and John Lundy. Grandmother of seven.

MASTIN, Herbert Dewey, Jr., 84, St. Anne, New Castle, June24. Husband of Elsie Mastin. Father of Mark and Richard Mastin. Brother of Norma Dishman, Josephine Walters, Clifford, Jerry, John and Larry Mastin. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of two.

MELLING, James P., 83, MostSacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, June 9. Father of James II and Larry Melling. Brother of Joyce Lynch, Jack and Tom Melling. Grandfather of three.

POLLMAN, Lillian B., 93, St.Vincent de Paul, ShelbyCounty, June 24. Mother of Mary Ann Clifford, John, Joseph, Mark, Paul and William Pollman. Grandmother of four.

ROSNER, James L., 80, St.Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, June 23. Husband of Judith Rosner. Father of Rose Marie Aust, Roberta Baker, Joanne Dowling, Mary Ann Flanary-Schenk, Jennie Gerard, Judith Krebs, Ruth Morby, Sandra Smith, Jeanne Saferight, James, John, Michael and Robert Rosner. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of 11.

SANSOUCY, Barbara, 85, St.Bartholomew, Columbus, Jan.16. Mother of Noreen Mann, Kim Melton and De Robitaille. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of five.

SAVOY, Christopher Joseph Earl, 28, St. Gabriel, Connersville, June 20. Father of Shaylee and Logan Savoy. Son of Bill Savoy and Teresa Sergent. Brother of Kayla Staples, Kendra Sergent, Andrew and Scott Savoy. Grandson of Doris Savoy.

SHRADER, Robert F., 61, St.Anthony, Indianapolis, June23. Brother of Carolyn and Thomas Shrader.

STOUT, Elizabeth M., 88, St.Luke the Evangelist, Indianapolis, June 12. Mother of Cathy Bayse, Nancy Hutchins, Wendy O’Brien, Hilary Salatich, Julie and Harry Stout. Grandmother of 18. Great-grandmother of 24.

STROTHMAN, Robert, 65, St.Peter, Franklin County, May21. Father of Richard and Ryan Strothman. Brother of Kathy Bauman. Grandfather of three.

SULLIVAN, Madeline M., 86, St. Gabriel, Connersville, June24. Mother of Anne Hart, Kathleen Riggs, Margaret Wesche, Dennis, John, Joseph and Patrick Sullivan. Sister of Katherine Austin, Anne Lynch and Joseph Speiser. Grandmother of 26. Great-grandmother of 13.

WAIZ, Charles J., 91, St. Paul, Sellerburg, June 17. Father of Peggy Craig, Daniel and David Waiz. Brother of Dolores Gehlbach, Bill, Bob and Joe Waiz Jr. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of one.

WARNOCK, Angela M., 38, St.Malachy, Brownsburg, June 22. Wife of Joseph L. Warnock. Mother of Alexis and Autumn Warnock. Daughter of Larry Miller and JoAnne McGrath. Stepdaughter of Gordon McGrath and Gaye Miller. Sister of Emily, Ben and Dusty Miller. Stepsister of Angie Goodwin and Todd McGrath. Granddaughter of Harold Miller.

ZAMORA, Ricardo, 78, St.Jude, Indianapolis, June 24. Father of Gladys Schubach, Ed and Peter Zamora. Brother of Clara Ancheta. Grandfather of six. Great-grandfather of one.

Benedictine Sister Mary Jane Ofer was a teacher and organist

Benedictine Sister Mary Jane Ofer, a founding member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, died on June 30 at the monastery. She was 91.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on

July 3 at Our Lady of Grace Monastery Chapel in BeechGrove. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery adjacent to the monastery.

The former Mary Joceal Ofer was born on Sept. 22, 1917, in Mount Vernon.

She attended the Academy Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Ind., and entered the Monastery Immaculate Conception in 1933 while still in high school.

Sister Mary Jane earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at the former St.Benedict College in Ferdinand and a master’s degree in elementary education at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

She ministered as a teacher and organist for 56 years until her retirement in 1993.

In the archdiocese, SisterMary Jane served at St.Joseph Parish in Sellersburg, St. Meinrad Parish in St.Meinrad, St. Michael Parish in Cannelton, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs Parish in Floyds Knobs, St. Pius Parish in Troy and St.Mary Parish in Mitchell.

She also ministered at St.Anne Parish in Belcourt,N.D., a mission parishserving Native Americans, and at St.Henry Parish in St. Henry, located in the Evansville Diocese.

Surviving are a brother, Hubert Ofer of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Benedict, Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Ave., BeechGrove, IN 46107. †

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