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ALBRECHT, Carolyn Janet (Herr), 65, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, March 14. Wife of Paul E. Albrecht. Mother of Douglas, Mark and Paul Albrecht. Sister of Judy Yust, Mary Jo, Toni and Stephen Herr. Grandmother of three.

BACK, LeRoy A., 50, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, March 9. Father of Ashley and Emily Back. Son of Betty (Bader) Back. Brother of Geraldine Allgeier, Lois Hunn, Mary Heitzman, Denise Schott, Dessie Seibert, David, Gerald and Patrick Back.

BASS, Kenneth, Sr., 88, Annunciation, Brazil, March 21. Father of Mary Kathryn Lanham, Jim, Paul and Tom Bass. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of 17.

BECHT, Francis E., Sr., 83, St. Mary, Navilleton, March 23. Husband of Dorothy C. (Banet) Becht. Father of Mary Jacobi, Veronica Messmer, Suzanne, Francis Jr., John, Lawrence and William Becht.

BECKMAN, Everett Joseph, 80, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, March 15. Husband of Marie Rose Beckman. Father of Beverly Leonhardt, Pam Stephens, Cynthia Stevanson, Lynn Timmons, Gary, James, Richard and Steven Beckman. Brother of Lois Muiener, Shirley Schnell, Jerome, Victor and Vincent Beckman. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of seven.

DAVIS, Phillip, 56, St. Pius V, Troy, March 16. Father of Siobhan Davis. Son of Irmina (Kuntz) Davis. Brother of Sue, Bruce, Joe, John and Steve Davis.

DONATONE, Nicholas A., Sr., 43, St. Joseph, Indianapolis, March 14. Father of Nicholas Donatone Jr. Brother of Anthony, Matthew and Steve Donatone.

GRIMES, Jesse, 48, SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis, March 23. Son of Jerry Grimes. Stepson of Geneva Grimes.

HELLMICH, Charles W., 60, St. Mary, Greensburg, March 28. Husband of Rita Hellmich. Father of Amy Vanderbur and Tim Hellmich. Brother of Ruth Ann Bishop and Shirley Gang. Grandfather of four.

HENKEL, Margery (Laughlin) Johnson, 86, St. Luke, Indianapolis, Feb. 8. Mother of Ellen Kingston, Dr. Susan Johnson Hadler, David Johnson III, Amy, Clare, Dan and John Henkel. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of one.

HORN, Dorothy, 82, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, March 19. Mother of David, Lawrence, Louis and Robert Horn. Grandmother of four.

ILICH, Anna, 91, St. Martin of Tours, Martinsville, March 21. Mother of Mary Ann Brinkman and Anthony Ilich. Sister of Frances Little.

KELLER, Charles J., 66, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, March 17. Husband of Mary Keller. Father of Lori Gettelfinger, Cindy Happel, Missy Huff, Nicki Strunk, Eric and Keith Keller. Brother of Carol Helmcamp, Dick, Jerry and Jim Keller. Grandfather of 12.

KRAMER, Elenora I., 90, St. Mary, Greensburg, March 23. Mother of Kathryn and Marilyn Berkemeier, Carol Bishop, Jean Campfield, Clara Dwenger, Frieda Hellmich, Rita Meyer, Alvin, Harold, James, Michael and Norbert Kramer. Sister of Rita Kramer, Gertie Riedeman and Henrietta Stein. Grandmother of 63, Great-grandmother of 78.

KRUER, Martina J., 49, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, March 24. Daughter of John and Mary Ann Kruer. Sister of Amy Lindsey, Nancy McGarvey, Laura Sweney, Denis, John and Mark Kruer.

LEE, David Anthony, 74, St. Matthew, Indianapolis, March 17. Father of Susie Homan, Kathy Huston, Christopher and Michael Lee. Brother of Sister Mary of Jesus Lee and Lawrence Lee. Grandfather of nine.

McCANN, Michael T., 67, St. Vincent de Paul, Bedford, Jan. 14. Father of Mark McCann. Brother of Suzanne Eikenberry. Grandfather of one.

MURRAY, Paul D., 80, St. Joseph, Indianapolis, March 14. Husband of Maxine Murray. Father of Teresa Newby and Peter Murray. Brother of Jo Murra, Mary Frances Woods, Pat and Wray Murray. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of 16.

PATRICK, Gladys Lavene, 93, Annunciation, Brazil, March 24. Mother of Patricia Janz, Veronica Lawson, Rita Rothrock and Barry Patrick. Sister of Leona Philabaum. Grandmother of six. Great-grandmother of 10.

PETER, Nora, 94, St. Paul, Tell City, March 22. Mother of Mary Elaine Reisz, Allen and Larry Peter. Sister of Edwin Goffinet. Grandmother of 21. Great-grandmother of 36. Great-great-grandmother of four.

PETERS, Carol, 58, St. Michael, Cannelton, March 18. Wife of James Peters. Mother of Jeremy and Stephen Peters. Sister of Ruth Embry and Dorothy Weedman. Grandmother of two.

STAROST, Luzia I., 83, St. Anne, Hamburg, March 25. Mother of Rose Kinker, Lucy Mayer, Veronica, Bernhard, Eberhard, Gerhard, John and Reinhard Starost. Grandmother of 19. Great-grandmother of eight.

STRIEGEL, Aloysius L., 87, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, March 24. Husband of Martha Striegel. Father of Christine Baumann, Shirley Harbeson, Debbie Page, Barbara Vance, Jeanette, Marty, Marvin, Robert and Tony Striegel. Grandfather of 29. Great-grandfather of 38. Great-great-grandfather of two.

STUHRENBERG, Robert H., 84, St. Mary, Greensburg, March 15. Uncle of several.

TAYLOR, Dorothy Christina, 92, St. Anthony, Indianapolis, March 16. Mother of Elnora Stidham, Barbara, Larry and Robert Taylor. Sister of Helen Lee and Carl Sanders. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 12. Great-great-grandmother of three.

WISEMAN, Mandi, 21, St. Joseph, Corydon, March 15. Mother of Elizabeth Burke. Daughter of Mary Covele and Scott Wiseman. Sister of Kara Wiseman. Granddaughter of Sally Covele.

WOERTZ, Margaret (Davis), 82, St. Peter, Buena Vista, March 20. Mother of Cheryl Quebbeman, Donald and Douglas Woertz. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of seven.

ZIEGLER, William D., 94, Holy Family, Oldenburg, March 25. Stepfather of Sharon Disney. Brother of Gertrude Monnig. Step-grandfather of two.

Providence Sister Mary Anselm Coppersmith
taught for 39 years

Providence Sister Mary Anselm Coppersmith died on March 3 at Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 93.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 8 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Christina Gertrude Coppersmith was born on Jan. 25, 1913, in Clyde, Mo.

She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 11, 1937, professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1939, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1945.

During 69 years as a Sister of Providence, she taught at schools staffed by the sisters in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire and Missouri.

In the archdiocese, Sister Mary Anselm taught at St. Philip Neri School in Indianapolis from 1939-41, the former Holy Trinity School in New Albany from 1945-49, Holy Family School in New Albany from 1954-56 and Our Lady of the Greenwood School in Greenwood from 1956-62.

She also taught at St. Patrick School in Terre Haute from 1964-66, St. Joan of Arc School in Indianapolis from 1966-67 and St. Matthew School in Indianapolis from 1987-91.

Sister Mary Anselm returned to the motherhouse in 1991 and ministered in residential services. In 2004, she retired and began her prayer ministry.

Surviving are many nieces and nephews, including Providence Sister Miriam Clare Stoll of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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

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