Robert Henry Edelen III

July 19, 1924March 3, 2018

Robert Henry Edelen, III, 93, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 3, 2018. He was born July 19, 1924, to the late R. H. Edelen, Jr., and Leona Rapier Edelen. A curious and compassionate individual with a love for life, Bob graduated from St. Joseph’s School, Bardstown, Kentucky, and entered the Xaverian Brothers, Professed and taught English and Literature at Trinity High School. He continued summer work in New York City expanding his broad appreciation of the Arts and Film. He then attended St. Mary’s and St. Meinrad Seminaries after which he was ordained to the Priesthood on June 11, 1960. Among other assignments, he ministered to the McDaniel’s Family and the community of St. Paul’s Church, Jackson Street, Louisville, Kentucky. In the 1970s, he resigned the priesthood and later married Mary Louise Fougerousse McDaniel.

His death follows that of his wife, of forty-three years, Mary Louise Fougerousse Edelen, by one month to the day. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers and six sisters. Surviving is his sister, Virginia Bennett; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Family would like to express a warm appreciation and Thank You to Mary Louise’s former daughter-in-law and guardian, Mary Helen Edwards, for her dedication, care and support of Robert and Mary Louise.

A Memorial Mass will be 11 am on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1752 Scheller Lane, New Albany, IN with private burial in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society is appreciated.

Online condolences may be made to


  • St. Vincent de Paul Society


  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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Steve Ramsey

March 13, 2018

Mr. Edelen’s portrait is so excellent and it brings back so many wonderful memories for me. As the portrait shows, he was always so attentive and warm to those around him. And since he was so well read and so articulate, he could really carry on a conversation and finish each one with his wonderful grin. I am proud to say he was my greatest mentor for a long time. He was a true treasure just as was Mrs. Edelen. To have been able to enjoy quality time, conversations and the tremendous meals with those two will always rank with some of the best times in my life.
I know they both will be greatly missed.

With much gratitude,

Steve Ramsey
Class of 1981

John Helm

March 12, 2018

Mr. Edelen, Father Edelen, at that time, was my English teacher during my junior year at Trinity High School. English was not my favorite or best subject but Father Edelen made it come a live. He encouraged us to write journals, a few of which I saved. I had a high regard for him and am grateful that he was my teacher. I am glad that he found joy with his wife.

My sympathy to his family and friends who mourn his death. He and his wife will be in my thoughts and prayers.

John Helm, Trinity class of 1964

Judi Bennett

March 10, 2018

My Uncle Bob was always kind and fascinating to all of us kids. He was very handsome, articulate and dearly loved. His beautiful Sousi preceded him to heaven by one month and I'm sure he just couldnt wait to meet her at heavens gate. I've never seen a couple so completely and tenderly devoted to one other.
Rest in Peace Uncle Bob & Aunt Sousi
Judith Ann