May 25, 2018


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BETTCHER, Robert E., 85, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, May 5. Father of Cathleen Buckland, Angela Cook, Leslie Dalton, Vicki Vandergrift, Robert Bettcher, Jr., and Louie Brand. Brother of Otto Bettcher. Grandfather of 16. Great-grandfather of 10.

DAVEY, Andrew F., 88, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, May 9. Husband of Dorothy Davey. Father of Carol Beatty, Nancy Kell, Susan Tsangaris, Christopher Mally, Andrea, Brian and Kevin Davey. Grandfather of 13.

ENGLE, Lillie W., 92, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, May 10. Mother of Marsha O’Connor, Barbara Peters and Dwayne Engle. Grandmother of three. Great-grandmother of three.

FREIBERGER, Doris, 84, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, May 7. Wife of Eugene Freiberger. Mother of Janice, Brent, Lane, Mark and Philip Freiberger. Sister of Ken Pearl. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of seven.

FREIBERGER, Glenn E., 62, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyd County, May 9. Son of Evans Freiberger. Brother of Charles and Duane Freiberger. Uncle and great-uncle of several.

GALLAGHER, Carol, 62, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Richmond, May 13. Mother of Kraig and Kyle Gallagher. Sister of Donna Matheny and Patricia Turner. Grandmother of two.

KELLER, Ann C., 94, St. Paul, Tell City, May 9. Mother of Mary Elder, Alan and Joe Keller. Sister of Francis Kleeman. Grandmother of seven. Great-grandmother of 14.

KRAMER, Ruth (Cooper), 91, Prince of Peace, Madison, May 6. Mother of Joy and Michael Kramer. Sister of Paulina Goins and Sharon Larson. Grandmother of three.

PARADISE, Francis N., 87, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, May 6. Father of Debbie Andrewski, Jeanne Thompson, Dennis and Mark Paradise. Brother of Margaret Harper. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of 11.

SCHLECHTWEG, John, 85, St. Mary, Rushville, May 13. Husband of Mary Schlechtweg. Father of Mike Schlechtweg. Brother of Bill Schlechtweg. Grandfather of 11. Great-grandfather of 15.

SCHNEIDER, Gerald, 65, All Saints, Dearborn County, May 13. Husband of Debbie Schneider. Father of Sandra Bellesmore, Nichole Ludwig, Ashley Oblinger and Timothy Schneider. Son of Alberta Fecher. Brother of Karen Knueven, Tammy Mullalley, Jim and John Fecher, Dan, Mike and Peter Schneider. Grandfather of three.

WAGNER, Jacob, 9, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, April 28. Son of Ryan and Paula Wagner. Brother of Erin Wagner.

WAGNER, Virgil L., 92, St. Gabriel, Connersville, May 14. Father of Susan Douglass, Bernadette Goins, Mary Hopkins, Therese Whitlock, Barbara Williams, David, Joe, John and Mark Wagner. Brother of Katherine McLaughlin. Grandfather of 20. Great-grandfather of 16.

WAMSLEY, Elmabelle L., 89, St. Bartholomew, Columbus, April 27. Mother of Dale, Sr. and Don Wamsley, Jr. Sister of Merlyn Blanford. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 15. Great-great-grandmother of two.

WOLFE, Thomas J., 74, Christ the King, Indianapolis, May 10. Husband of Linda Wolfe. Father of Anne Wolfe Buck and Rachel Wolfe. Brother of Suzanne Hering and Richard Wolfe. Grandfather of one.

Sister Edward Schniedermeier taught at Roncalli, Cathedral high schools in Indy for 17 years

St. Joseph of Carondelet Sister Edward Cecilia Schniedermeier died on May 12 at the Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, a retirement facility for her religious community. She was 91.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 15 at the chapel of Nazareth Living Center. Burial followed at the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis.

Audrey Marcella Schniedermeier was born on April 14, 1927, in St. Louis. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on Sept. 15, 1945, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1951.

Sister Edward Cecilia earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin in 1958 at Fontbonne University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in education in 1967 at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

During her 72 years as a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Sister Edward Cecilia served for 54 years as a teacher in Catholic schools in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

In the archdiocese, she ministered as a Latin teacher in Indianapolis at Roncalli High School from 1975-88 and at Cathedral High School from 1988-92. She then served as a substitute teacher in the archdiocese from 1992-2002 when she retired to the Nazareth Living Center.

Sister Edward Cecilia is survived by two sisters, Marlene Christiana of Overland Park, Kan., and Patricia Kohlberg of St. Louis.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. †

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