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Randy Lane Hawkins, 58, Huntingburg, passed away Thursday evening, May 12, 2016, at I.U. Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born December 17, 1957, in Huntingburg to David and Christina (Sullivan) Hawkins. He married Barbara Ellen Petry on January 8, 1977, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Randy was employed as a maintenance technician at Indiana Furniture in Jasper. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family. He was a veteran of the United States Army and Indiana Army National Guard.

Randy is survived by his wife, Barbara Ellen “Bobbie” Hawkins of Huntingburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Misty (Donald) Moeller of Huntingburg; one son, Nathan Hawkins of Dubois; his parents, David and Christina Hawkins of Huntingburg; two sisters, Paula Braunecker of St. Henry and Kathy Braunecker of Santa Claus; one brother and sister-in-law, David Wayne (Mary) Hawkins of Huntingburg; two grandchildren, Garrett and Randi Moeller both at home; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Randy Lane Hawkins will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday. A parish vigil prayer service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.


 
 

Allen E. Knies, 74, Jasper, passed away at 4:20 a.m.CST Wednesday, (May 11, 2016), in St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville.

He was born at Celestine, Indiana on March 5, 1942 to Leo T. and Irene (Haas) Knies. He married Virginia Buechlein on February 22, 1962 in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Allen retired from Leitz Tooling Company in Jasper, he worked in tooling for over 40 years.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church- Holy Name Society, Jasper Outdooor Recreation, Schnellville Conservation, Lake Helmerich Village Association and Sebring Garden Association and Camping Hoosiers Club. Also, he was a forty year survivor from a transplant kidney donated by his brother Kenneth Knies.

He enjoyed his winter Florida home, fishing, traveling, spending time outdoors, being with family and had a great love for life.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; son, Brian Knies and wife Joan of Jasper; two daughters, Renee Fuhrman and husband Bob Jr. of Jasper and Emily Stuckey and husband Josh of Fishers; six grandchildren, Courtney Knies, Adam T. Knies and FiancÚ Jessica Lawson, Bailey S. Fuhrman, Avery , Corbin R. and Nolan A. Stuckey; two sisters,
Janice Mehringer and husband Kenneth of Jasper and Lori Baumeyer and husband Dean of Evansville; sister-in-law, Mary Lee Knies of Ferdinand; five brothers, Ronald Knies of Celestine, Herman Knies and wife Nancy of Jasper, Keith Knies and wife Debbie of Jasper, John Knies and wife Rosie of Arlington, Texas and Jack Knies and wife Jane of Goshen.

Preceding him in death is one brother Kenneth Knies.

Funeral services for Allen Knies will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Holy Family Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper at a later date.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Holy family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, Mentors for youth, Young Life or a favorite charity.



Loval Richard Zehr, 68, Birdseye, passed away Tuesday morning, May 10, 2016, at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville

He was born November 5, 1947, in Birdseye to Theodore and Anna Lois (Hollen) Zehr.

He served in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Richard married Joyce Fern Lagenour on February 15, 1974, in Jasper; and was a lifelong construction worker. He was employed at Jasper Lumber Company and then Blitz Builders, where he retired as yard coordinator and was affectionately known as “Moose”.

Richard enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren, his beloved dog Zeus, craft projects and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Clyston Zehr; and two sisters, June Norman and infant Carol Jean Zehr. 

He is survived by his wife, Joyce F. Zehr of Birdseye; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Kevin (Elaine) Kelley of Birdseye, Mark (Jodi) Kelley of Ferdinand, and twins William “Cody” Zehr and Martin “Kit” Zehr, both of Birdseye; one brother, Elvis (Alice) Zehr of St. Meinrad; six sisters, Beulah Curl of Madison, Mildred Giesler of Jasper, Edna (Harold) Bolden of Birdseye, Norma Porter of Santa Claus, Janice Wright of Jasper and Connie (Larry) Wooldridge of Meriden, Connecticut; thirteen grandchildren, Logan Kelley, James Kelley, Viva Nicole Kelley, Christy Kelley, Brandon Kelley, Amanda Davis, Jessica Davis, Rebecca “Becky” Davis, John Davis II, Shawntia “Tia” Zehr, Emerald “Emmi” Zehr, Kayli Gramelspacher and Tyler “T.J.” Gramelspacher; eight great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Loval Richard Zehr will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with Rev. Albert Madden officiating.

Graveside committal services and Interment for Richard Zehr will be held at 2:00 p.m., E.D.T., on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the St. Anthony American Legion Post #493 memorial detail.



Leonard L. “Buck” Borman, 86, Huntingburg, passed away at 12:28 a.m., on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg, Indiana. 

He was born March 23, 1930, in rural Huntingburg to Henry W. and Mary Ella (Sunderman) Borman.

Buck attended grade school in Duff and graduated from Huntingburg High School in 1948. He served in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.

On June 26, 1954, Buck married Mary Elizabeth Gasser at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

In 1961, he graduated with a Pharmacology degree from Butler University. He worked as a pharmacist at Kiesling’s Drug Store in Huntingburg for four years, at Stork Memorial Hospital as an administrative assistant, at the Huntingburg Clinic as pharmacy manager for 12 to 14 years, and then proceeded to open the Ferdinand Pharmacy and Jasper Pharmacy, which he owned and operated. He sold his businesses and semi-retired as a pharmacist at CVS until his permanent retirement in 2010.

Buck enjoyed farming and joked that he became a pharmacist in 1961 but was a farmer since 1930.

Mr. Borman was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Y.M.I. Club, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Indiana Pharmaceutical Association, the American Pharmaceutical Association, the Jasper American Legion, and was a life-member of V.F.W. Post #2366 in Huntingburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E. Borman, who died June 3, 2014; one sister, Anna Mae Lehmkuhler; and one brother, James Borman. 

He is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Edward R. (Carol) Borman of Dunedin of Florida and Brian L. Borman of Huntingburg; two daughters and one son-in-law, Donna Marie (Garry) Sauley of Greensburg, Ind. and Paula A. Borman of Chicago, Ill.; two brothers, Bennie Lee Borman of Indianapolis and Danny R. Borman of Ferdinand; one sister, Lou Dittmer of Huntingburg; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren with two additional great-grandchildren on the way.

Funeral services for Leonard L. “Buck” Borman will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Military graveside rites will be conducted by the V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail assisted by members of the Jasper American Legion.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday. A parish rosary prayer service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. The YMI Club will conduct a vigil service at 7:00 p.m., EDT, Friday, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.



Joan L. Hilsmeyer, 79, Holland, passed away at 7:52 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

She was born January 9, 1937, in Holland, Indiana to John and Violet (Rauscher) Hilsmeyer.

Joan worked at Holland Dairy in the ice cream room. She was a member of the Holland United Methodist Church and enjoyed time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Dorothy Partenheimer; and one brother, Ralph Dean Hilsmeyer.

She is survived by one brother, Russ Hilsmeyer of Holland; two sisters, Doris Partenheimer of Holland and Alice Coleman of Washington, Ind.; by nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Joan L. Hilsmeyer will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at the Holland United Methodist Cemetery in Holland.  Pastor Keith Chanley will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from noon until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, the day of the funeral. Memorial contributions can be made to a favorite charity or to family wishes.



Wanda R. Lytle, 81, Jasper, passed away at 5:20 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

Wanda was born in Burkett, Texas on July 12, 1934 to Walter and Nellon (Nelson) Martin. She married Wayne Lytle on December 21, 1951 in Corpus Christie, Texas.

Wanda was a homemaker and a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper. She also participated in the RSVP volunteer program and was a volunteer at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. She enjoyed traveling and reading.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Lytle of Jasper; one son, Vic A. Lytle and his wife Julia of Ft. Worth, Texas; two grandsons; three great-grandsons.

A Memorial Service for Wanda R. Lytle will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper, with burial to follow at a later date. Rev. Larry Van Camp will officiate.

Friends may call from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. service time at the church on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church or to a favorite charity.



Alice M. Betz, 80, Schnellville, passed away at 9:31 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Alice was born on May 19, 1935 in Jasper, Indiana to Joseph and Elizabeth (Schneider) Jahn. She married Alois “Ollie” Betz on October 15, 1953 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana. He preceded her in death on February 4, 2006.

Alice retired from Kimball International – Jasper Furniture Company. She was member of St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine and their St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed working with her flowers, enjoyed nature, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters, Paula Vaal and husband Gene of Celestine, Jeanne Merkley and husband Dick of St. Anthony and Sharon Hassfurther and husband Kurt of Schnellville; two sons, Randall Betz, Schnellville and Terry Betz and wife Debra of Celestine; 10 grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; five sisters, Darlene Kordes of Bloomfield, Shirley Heichelbech of Evansville, Dottie Boeckman of Jasper, Ruthie Bohnert of Knightstown, Ind. and Sally Lee and husband Darrell of Huntingburg.

Preceding her in death beside her husband was one brother, Bob Jahn; and three sisters, Martha Betz, Mary Goeppner and Pat Durcholz.

Funeral services for Alice M. Betz will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine Indiana with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at St. Celestine Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Celestine Catholic Church, Northwood Good Samaritan, or to the wishes of the family.



Loretta L. Wiseman, 61, Birdseye, passed away peacefully at 8:47 a.m., on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born December 1, 1954, in Franklin, Indiana to Lester W. and Lillian (Hammond) Wright.

Loretta worked as a licensed practical nurse. She was a member of the Victory Worship Center in Birdseye and the Order of the Eastern Star Birdseye Chapter #590. She enjoyed taking care of her animals and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Lester E. Wright.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Bradley A. and Sheila (Folz) Wiseman of Boonville; two grandchildren, Sabrina Wiseman and Alexander Wiseman, both at home; two nieces, Kim Wright of Birdseye and Sandy Gubenko of Noblesville; two grand nieces, Rachel Gubenko and Kailyn Wright; special friend, Debbie Caldemeyer; and several cousins.

Funeral services for Loretta L. Wiseman will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Victory Worship Center in Birdseye with burial to follow at the Taswell Cemetery in Taswell, Indiana. Pastor Jason Troop will officiate. A prayer vigil, conducted by the Order of the Eastern Star Birdseye Chapter #590, will be held at 1:45 p.m., just prior to the start of the funeral on Saturday.

Friends may call for visitation at the Victory Worship Center in Birdseye from noon until 2:00 p.m.,Saturday. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. All public visitation will be held at the church the day of the service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Victory Worship Center in Birdseye.



Joseph A. Welp, 59, St. Anthony, passed away on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, in Ferdinand, Indiana.

Joe was born in St. Anthony, Indiana on December 22, 1956 to Linus and Evangeline (Pfaff) Welp.

Joe retired from the Hasenour Motor Company in St. Anthony as a service technician after 42 years of service. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony and the St. Anthony Community Center. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, gardening, attending church picnics and Forest Park basketball games. He also enjoyed studying war history and going to museums, spending time outdoors and being with family. He had a great love for life.

He is survived by three sisters, Jane McCann of Logansport, Ind., Judy Lamkin and husband Ken of Huntingburg and Jackie Marlow and husband Mark of Victoria, Texas; one brother, John Welp and wife Donna of Huntingburg; three nieces, Erin Robbins, Carrie Sitzman and Alex Marlow; one nephew, Todd Lamkin; great nieces, Maggie and Addie Robbins.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother-in-law, Jerry McCann.

Funeral services for Joseph A. Welp will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Monday, May 9, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Anthony Catholic Church, or the Dubois County Community Foundation – The St. Anthony Community Endowment.



Susan Ellis, 57, Gentryville, died Monday, May 2, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville.

She was born June 11, 1958 to George and Anna Laura (Tribbie) Bender.

She was a long time beautician in Gentryville.

She is survived by her husband, Glenn (Mike) Ellis; son, Samuel (Robbi Redman) Wilder of Evansville; daughter, Nicole (Bradley) Fischer of Ferdinand; two grandsons, Grant and Logan; her mother, Anna Laura Hartley of Gentryville; sister, Doris Daughtery of Chrisney; brother, Roger (Connie) Bender of Gentryville; nieces also survive.

She was preceded in death by her father, brothers Allen and Aaron and a nephew Jeremy Bender.

Services will be private.

Fuller Funeral Home in Dale is handling the arrangements.



Jess Anthony “Tony” Klem, 57, Jasper, passed away at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at home.

Jess was born in Jasper, Indiana on December 29, 1958 to August and Mary Catherine (Craney) Klem.

Jess was a U.S. Navy Veteran and worked for the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis for many years. He enjoyed playing golf and music. He was also a competitive ping pong player.

He is survived by one brother, Frank Klem of Jasper; three sisters, Sheila Ann Deusser of Huntingburg, Rita Hollis and her husband Jan of Otwell and Janet Rees and her husband Jim of Yukon, Okla.

Preceding him in death besides his parents are one sister, Mary Agnes Schoop and one brother, Junior Klem.

Private funeral services for Jess Anthony “Tony” Klem were held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper with burial to be held at a later date.



Florence C. Henke, 94, Jasper, passed away at 3:22 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Florence was born on November 5, 1921 in Jasper to August and Veronica (Sherman) Eckert. She married Edgar F. Henke on April 16, 1940 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on August 16, 1987.

She was a homemaker, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and a member of the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed playing bingo, being outside, and taking care of her plants.

She is survived by three daughters, Sharon Henke of Jasper, Judy Dickey and husband William of Shoals and Donna Wigand and husband John of Jasper; two sons, Ronald Henke and wife Alethea of Jasper and David Henke and wife Jane of Jasper; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were two sisters; Augusta Kuntz and Alma Schmitt, five brothers; Linus, Matthew, Norbert, Dennis and Urban Eckert, and one grandson; Brian Henke.

Funeral services for Florence Henke will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or to the wishes of the family.



Eugene Leonard “Lenny” Blessinger, 73, Jasper, passed away at 4:38 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at University of Louisville Hospital.

Lenny was born in Jasper on July 31, 1942, to Leo and Florentina (Merkley) Blessinger. He married Margaret Bohnert on February 8, 1964 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Lenny retired from Jasper Cabinet Company where he had worked for several years. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and the Jasper Outdoor Recreation. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, landscaping, reading, cooking, and watching basketball and old movies.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Blessinger of Jasper; two daughters, Stacey Willis and her husband Chris of Allegan, Mich. and Kristin Blessinger of Jasper; two sons, Tom Blessinger and his wife Christy of Jasper and Brian Blessinger of Jasper; four grandchildren, Blake Blessinger, Britteny Watkins, Justin Wright, and Amy Wright; two great-grandchildren, Kaylee Carnahan and Jaxton Watkins; one sister, Jeannie Leinenbach and her husband Ronnie of Jasper; one brother, Leo Blessinger Jr. and his wife Germaine Blessinger.

Preceding him in death are four sisters, Doris Burke, Rose Wehr, Lucy Ambs, and Bernice Miller, and three brothers, Edwin, Paul, and Conrad Blessinger.

Funeral services for Blessinger will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the 12:00 p.m. service time at the church on Thursday.

Memorial contributions to Holy Family Catholic Church or to a favorite charity.



Ralph Dean Hilsmeyer, 90, Holland, passed away at 1:05 a.m., Monday, May 2, 2016, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

He was born August 31, 1925, in Holland to John and Violet (Rauscher) Hilsmeyer.

Mr. Hilsmeyer was employed at Holland Dairy for 45 years and retired as a branch manager. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of the Holland American Legion Post #343. He was also a member of the Holland United Methodist Church. He was an avid sports enthusiast who followed the Dodgers, Cardinals, and I.U. sports and loved watching his grandchildren in their sporting endeavors.

Mr. Hilsmeyer was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalee Marie (Hollander) Hilsmeyer, who died April 10, 1998; and one sister, Dorothy Partenheimer.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Tom (Carolyn) Hilsmeyer of Jasper; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Cheryl (Tim) Hilsmeyer of Stendal, Jayne McKain of Evansville and Denise (Keith) Oser of Holland;one brother, Russ Hilsmeyer of Holland; three sisters, Joan Hilsmeyer of Holland, Doris Partenheimer of Holland and Alice Coleman of Washington; seven grandchildren, Bryan (Lindsy) McKain of Boonville, Ryan (Meagan) McKain of Evansville, Jamie (Ryan) McKain Crick of New Albany, Justin Hilsmeyer of Holland, Brooke (Ryan) Hilsmeyer Harris of San Jose, CA, McKenzie Hilsmeyer of Jasper and Kate Oser of Holland; and five great grandchildren, Jaxon McKain, Brie McKain, Nolan Harris, Harrison Crick and Houston Crick.

Funeral services for Ralph D. Hilsmeyer will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Holland United Methodist Church in Holland with burial to follow at Dale Cemetery in Dale, Indiana. The Holland American Legion Post #343 Memorial Detail will conduct military graveside rites and Rev. Keith Chanley will officiate at the funeral service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and also at the Holland United Methodist Church one hour prior to the funeral Saturday morning.



John H. Patton, 88, of Huntingburg, passed away at 10:45 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016, at The Waters of Huntingburg.

He was born September 25, 1927, in Crawford County to Ollie and Edna Ruth (Young) Patton. John married Lois Kendall on July 19, 1952, in Huntingburg.

Mr. Patton worked for the railroad for ten years and then spent the rest of his career in the woodworking industry, retiring from Dolly Madison Industries. He was a current member of Central Christian Church in Huntingburg and former member of First Christian Church where he served as a Deacon.

John enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, gardening and yard work, listening to gospel and bluegrass music, and carving wooden canes from tree limbs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ollie Patton Jr. and Jesse Patton; two sisters, Bernice Mills and Irene Petry; one son-in-law, Dan schilling; and one granddaughter, Allyson Patton.

Mr. Patton is survived by his wife, Lois Patton of Huntingburg; eight children, Judy (Bill) Schilling-Keller of Edmond, Oklahoma, Ron Patton of Huntingburg, Debra (Leonard) Voegerl of Jasper, Jerry (Annette) Patton of Huntingburg, Randall (Marie) Patton of Jasper, Rob Patton of Huntingburg, Douglas Patton of Huntingburg and John (Tricia) Patton of Huntingburg; two sisters, Anna Grimes of English and Mary Faye Bath of Leavenworth; by (14) grandchildren, (15) great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for John H. Patton will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Central Christian Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. Pastor Paul Newland and Rev. Albert Madden will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday and also at church one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday. Memorial contributions can be made to Central Christian Church.



Anna Mae Betz, 96, Schnellville, passed away at 8:17 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Timbers of Jasper.

Anna Mae was born on June 5, 1919 in Schnellville, Indiana to Henry and Frances (Loechte) Verkamp. She married Jerome H. Betz on June 9, 1942 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. He preceded her in death on December 17, 1997.

Anna Mae was a homemaker and a cook for Betz’s Butcher Shop for many years. She was a member of St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine and their St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, and playing cards.

She is survived by two daughters, Doretha Boeglin and husband Erwin of Ferdinand and Lou Alice Dilger and husband Sam of Mariah Hill; four sons, Ernest Betz and wife Donna Kay of Celestine, Ralph Betz of Celestine, Marvin Betz and wife Phyllis of Celestine and Leroy Betz and wife Jenny of Celestine; 18 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death beside her husband was one sister Alberta Betz and two brothers, Leo and Oscar Verkamp.

Funeral services for Anna Mae Betz will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine Indiana with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, IN. The St. Celestine St. Anne’s Society will pray the rosary at 1:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Celestine Catholic Church, or a favorite charity.



Walter Guido Seaton, 95, Jasper, passed away at 9:22 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Guido was born on January 17, 1921 in Beechwood, Indiana to Eddie Cleo and Anna (Wiseman) Seaton. He married Edwina Otto on October 25, 1947 in St. Meinrad Archabbey Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on January 15, 2016.

He served as a U.S. Navy Seabee in the South Pacific and Okinawa during World War II.  Guido retired from the Indiana Telephone Company/Contel after 45 years of service, and served on the Jasper Utility Board.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jasper Kiwanis, Jasper Outdoor Recreation, the Huntingburg YMI, and the VFW.

He played semi-pro baseball in the Indiana-Kentucky League for the Huntingburg Merchants and the Jasper Reds. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and watching the St. Louis Cardinals, Dubois County Bombers baseball, and Jasper High School sports.

His is survived by four daughters, LaDonna Joergens of Evansville, Lois Kuntz of Jasper, Bridget Seaton of Jasper and Martha Hartz and husband Tony of Evansville; two sons, Roger Seaton and wife Marla of Melbourne, Fla. and Rob Seaton of Ferdinand; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death beside his wife were three sisters; Violet Bullington, Ruby Johnson, and Betty Seaton, four brothers; Harold, Charles, Calvin and Ed Seaton, and one daughter-in-law Jenny Seaton.

Funeral services for Guido Seaton will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. The Jasper VFW Post #673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Friends may call from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. The Huntingburg YMI will conduct a memorial service at 6:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Northwood Retirement Community.



Carol Sue McFarland, 70, Huntingburg, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at her home.

She was born May 1, 1946, in Huntingburg, Indiana to James and Alta (Oxley) McFarland.

Ms. McFarland was retired from Kimball Corporation.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed cooking and collecting cookbooks.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Orlena Gae McFarland and Ora Mae McFarland.

She is survived by one brother, James “Mac” McFarland, Jr. of Huntingburg; one niece, Maggie McFarland of Richland, Ind.

Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the arrangements. There will be no public visitation or funeral services.


Mary O. Songer, 90, Huntingburg, passed away at 7:40 a.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at The Waters of Huntingburg.

She was born July 9, 1925, in Duff to Martin and Olivia (Oeding) Durcholz. She married James L. Songer on November 19, 1960, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.

Mary was a homemaker; member of Salem United Church of Christ. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, and watching Indiana University basketball and St. Louis Cardinals baseball on television.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Songer, who passed away on March 6, 2012; one son, Kurt Songer; one daughter, Kathy Songer; two brothers, Raymond Durcholz and infant Martin Durcholz; and one grandchild.

She is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law, Linda (Mike) Lish of Jasper, Ginger (Jerry) Lanham of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Sharon Songer of Ft. Wayne; Barbara (Todd) Jochem of Gibsonia, Penn.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Mike Songer of Huntingburg and Keith (Michelle) Songer of Huntingburg; two sisters, Maratha Neukam of Loogootee and Geneva Englert of Fishers, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mary Songer will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Mayo Cemetery near Duff.  Pastor Mark West will officiate at the funeral.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.



Phyllis A. Winkler, 69, Ferdinand, passed away, Friday, May 20, 2016, at her home.

Phyllis was born October 6, 1946 in Ferdinand to Edwin and Dorothy Hoge. She married James Winkler on October 14, 1967 in St. Ferdinand Church.

Phyllis was a member of St. Ferdinand Church where she served on the Welcome Committee. She belonged to Daughters of Isabella and served as Treasurer. Phyllis loved gardening and baking. She won several local baking contests over the years.

Phyllis along with her husband Jim were very active in Ferdinand Little League. They served as coaches and later as concession stand managers.

Phyllis enjoyed babysitting for many years. She was an avid fan of Holiday World and was a longtime season pass holder. Phyllis loved going for walks and riding her bike. She enjoyed anything in the community that her kids and grandkids were part of.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Jim of Ferdinand; three sons, Alan (Debbie) Winkler and Philip (Kerri) Winkler all of Ferdinand, Brian (LeAnn) Winkler of Lacey, WA; one daughter, Deb (Joe) Butler of LaGrange, IL; nine grandchildren, Garret, Grant, Katie, Nolan, Gavin and Mason Winkler all of Ferdinand, Shannon, Jason and Grace Butler all of LaGrange, IL; one brother, Bill (Mary Ann) Hoge of The Villages, Fla.

Funeral services will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Henry Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Becher Funeral Home and Monday from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.



Stanley F. “Butter” Mehling, 76, St. Meinrad, died Thursday May 19, 2016, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center, Jasper.

He was born in Saint Meinrad on July 1, 1939 to Hubert & Alice (Maffenbeier) Mehling. He married Beverly Ann Lechner on September 29, 1978 in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. She preceded him in death on December 13, 2012.

Stanley retired from Best Chairs in Ferdinand. He was a member of St. Meinrad Parish and a member of St. Meinrad K of C # 5599. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wine making, gardening, woodworking, softball, & horse shoes.

Surviving are five sons, Quinn and Zack Mehling both of Saint Meinrad, Travis Mehling of Evansville, Justin Mehling of Cincinnati and Joel Mehling of Tell City; three brothers, Norman (Judith) Mehling of Orange, Va., Jim Mehling of Saint Meinrad and Terry (Donna) Auffart, of Saint Meinrad; three sisters, Ann Hunt of Gainesville, Ga., Margie (Mike) Steckler of Huntingburg and Ruth (Ray Jr.) Fritz of Mariah Hill; two grandchildren, Napoleon and Olivia Mehling.  

He was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard Joseph Mehling.

Funeral services 10:00 a.m. CDT Tuesday in Saint Meinrad Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. CDT, Monday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand and after 9 a.m. CDT Tuesday at the church.



Anthony H. “Tony” Buschkoetter, 79, passed away on Thursday morning, May 19, 2016, at his residence in Huntingburg.

He was born March 10, 1937, in St. Anthony, Indiana to Ben and Lucilla (Heim) Buschkoetter. He married Mary Lou Sermersheim on October 3, 1959, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Tony was a farmer and worked as a foreman at Jasper Corporation for 20 years. In 1975, he retired from Jasper Corporation and started farming full-time. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Lou Buschkoetter, who passed away on January 20, 2007; one sister, Bertha Veller; and two brothers, Martin Buschkoetter and John Buschkoetter.

He is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Rod (Diane) Buschkoetter of Lake St. Louis, Mo. and Ryan Buschkoetter of Huntingburg; two sisters, Lillian (Art) Sickbert of Jasper and Mary Lou (Albert) Sander of Huntingburg; three brothers, Charles (Wanda) Buschkoetter of Jasper, Paul Buschkoetter of Petersburg and Ben (Deb) Buschkoetter, Jr. of Huntingburg; brother-in-law, Bob Veller of Florida; sisters-in-law, Sharon Buschkoetter of Jasper and Marsha Buschkoetter of Huntingburg; five grandchildren, Kyle, Craig, Andrea, Zach and Doug Buschkoetter; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Anthony Buschkoetter will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.  A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or to a charity of your choice.



Rosemary Hohl, 89, Huntingburg, passed away at 9:15 p.m., on Sunday, May 15, 2016, in the emergency room of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born November 14, 1926, in St. Anthony to William and Catherine (Bonifer) Fleck. She married Jerome A. Hohl on September 11, 1948, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Mrs. Hohl worked as a cook at the former St. Mary’s School cafeteria and as a furniture factory worker. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and loved doing needlework and spending time with her family.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome A. Hohl, who died December 17, 1997; one son, Tim Hohl; two brothers, Virgil Fleck and Ernest Fleck; and two sisters, Virginia Small and Dorothy Tabor.

She is survived by one son, Kerry Hohl of Huntingburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Jane (John) Wendholt of Huntingburg; her very dear friend, Faye Ransome of Huntingburg; three grandchildren, Kim Butler, Abbey Hohl and Tracy Eckstein; two step-grandchildren, Jason Evans and Deborah Walter; five great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and two step great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Rosemary Hohl will be held at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.



Timmy “Curly” Hart, 58, died Monday, May 9, at home following a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

He leaves behind his wife of almost 38 years, Debbie (Harger) Hart, whom he married on October 21, 1978 in Grants, New Mexico; daughters, Jennifer (Bart) Gilmore of Huntingburg and Jessica Hart of Illinois; nine grandchildren, Dusty and Joshua Riggle of Washington, Ind., Jonny Noble of Ill., Alecia, Caleb, Tomas, Gavin, Peytan and Brayden Gilmore of Huntingburg; sister, Linda Ludwig of Mesa, Ariz.; second mom, Norma Hart of Washington, Ind.; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel Lininiger; father, Richard Hart; brother, Jerry Ramos and sister, Dee Arce.

Curly was born in Illinois and raised in Arizona. He earned his diploma while serving in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Colorado and later Germany. He supported his family as a hard rock miner in the western states before moving to Indiana. He became a professionally licensed plumber and pipe-fitter where he worked for Buchanan Mechanical in Washington and later became a member of UA Local 136 in Evansville. After retirement, he enjoyed working in his woodshop. He also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and golfing. Most of all her loved the Lord and spending time with his close family.

There will be no services at this time. A private scattering of ashes will take place upon his wife’s death. Their ashes will be joined and set free at The Superstition Mountains, where they began their life together.



Herbert H. Fleck, 94, Ferdinand, passed away Friday, May 13, 2016, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

He was born in Ferdinand on April 23, 1922, to Joseph and Agatha (Dall) Fleck. He married Anna Mae Weyer on June 11, 1946, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Mr. Fleck retired as a partner in Weyer Fleck Painting. He was a founding and charter member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. He was a lifetime member of the Jasper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 673. He belonged to St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Joseph’s Sodality. He enjoyed his family and grandchildren, hunting, fishing and gardening. He was an avid outdoorsman.

Surviving are his wife, Anna Mae Fleck; two sons, David (Caren) Fleck of Simi Valley, Calif., and Bob (Charlene) Fleck of Huntingburg; one daughter, Annie (Rob) Oxley of Santa Claus; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Martin Fleck, and a sister, Florentine Schnell.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Henry Catholic Church. Burial will be in the St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rights.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ferdinand Parish or Ferdinand American Legion Post 124.



Mary Margaret “Peggy” Haugh, 84, Jasper, passed away Friday, May 13, 2016, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

She was born May 8, 1932, in Glenn Ellyn, Ill., to Harold and Anne Napier.

Mrs. Haugh attended St. Patrick School and graduated from Wiley High School in Terre Haute. She attended Indiana University.

She worked as a Title I assistant at Davis Park Elementary in Terre Haute and 24 years at Hamilton Center Children’s Learning Center with Early Head Start. She retired in 2003. She earned her bus driving license at age 70.

She moved to Jasper in 2008 and was active at the Arnold F. Habig Community Center. She enjoyed devoting her time to her family, home and garden.

Surviving are two daughters, Laura and Ken Buck of Jasper and Margaret and Bill Crellin of Orlando, Fla.; four sons, John Vidal of Cape Coral., Fla., and Daniel, Andrew and Tony Vidal of Terre Haute; a brother, John Napier of Jensen Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eamer Haugh; a sister, Patsy Nutall; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Napier. 

Visitation will be at 2 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 4, at the Callahan-Hughes Funeral Home, 605 S. 25th St., Terre Haute. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. EDT.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arnold F. Habig Community Center or Dubois County Humane Society.



Mark “Rookie” Schneider, 63, Jasper, passed away at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville.

Mark was born in Jasper on July 9, 1952, to Ralph and Ruth (Basch) Schneider. He married Jan Gerber on September 22, 2015 in Jasper.

Mark retired as the General Manager of the Krempp Lumber Company in Jasper, where he had served for over 42 years.

He was a Jasper High School graduate and a graduate of Indiana University.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, a member and past president of the Dubois County Builders Association, the Jasper Moose, the Jasper Knight of Columbus, and was active with the I.U. Alumni Association.

He enjoyed pheasant hunting, golf, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Schneider of Jasper; daughter, Samantha Schneider of Hampton, Va.; stepdaughters,
Kelly Joas of Jasper and Sarah Joas of Jasper; two step-grandchildren, Wyatt and Waylon Stout of Jasper; sisters;
Jane Krempp and husband Kenneth of Jasper, Phyllis Middleton and husband Bill of Houston, Texas and Sylvia Metzger of Jasper; twin brother, Mike Schneider of Indianapolis.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Funeral services for Mark “Rookie” Schneider will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, or a favorite charity.



Viola L. Seidl, 88, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Waters of Huntingburg.

Viola was born in Huntingburg on February 3, 1928, to James and Doreatha (Heilers) Schwinghammer.  She married Victor Seidl on September 25, 1947, in St. Henry.

Viola graduated from Holland High School and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and loved to travel the world.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Thompson and husband Steve of Elkhart; three sons, Tom Seidl and wife Carole of Avon, Robert Seidl and wife Kathy of Huntingburg and Larry Seidl and wife Gayla of Flora, Ill.; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Stidham of Tacoma, Wash.

Viola was proceeded in death by her husband, Victor Seidl, a daughter, Sandy Kaiser (wife of Bill Kaiser), and a son Richard Seidl (husband of Patricia Seidl), brothers, Wilfred (Butch), John, and Alfred, sister, Eleanor, and great-grandson, Gavin Hunter Reese.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday June 4 at 10 AM. Friends may call at the church from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg or your favorite charity.



Elizabeth “Bettye” Clara (Schwenk) Meyer, 88, Huntingburg, passed away at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2016, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

She was born November 7, 1927, to Otto L. Schwenk and Olivia E. (Schmitt) Schwenk in Boone Township. She was married to Renus F. Meyer on June 22, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dale, Indiana. He preceded her in death on November 26, 1994.

Mrs. Meyer worked for General Electric for 24 years. She also worked at Styline. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg; a past Regent of the Daughters of Isabella Circle #230 in Huntingburg; a member of St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality; and a member of the Santa Claus Home Economic Club.

Bettye was a lifetime member of the Santa Claus Legion Auxiliary and an 8th District past President of the American Legion Auxiliary. She and her husband, Renus, were the first Commander and President team of the 8th District from the Santa Claus Unit #242.  She held many offices and chairman positions in the district and unit.

Bettye was chairman of the Indiana Veterans Home for 31 years. In 1960, she received the first award from the Indiana Department of Legislature for excellence. She was a charter member of the Lincoln Hills Forty & Eight Voiture #868, in which she held many offices.

Bettye was preceded in death by her husband, Renus F. Meyer; her parents, Otto and Olivia Schwenk; one brother, Robert; her stepmother, Marie (Stemaly) Schwenk; and one stepsister, Kathleen.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Beverly (Jon) Kaetzel of Dale; one son, Eric Meyer of Wantage, New Jersey; four grandchildren, Jeff (Marcia) Kaetzel of Dale, Jeremy (Amy) Kaetzel of Bruceville, Brandy (James) Welp of Ferdinand and Eric Ryan Meyer of Evansville; ten great grandchildren, Kyle, Makinze, Kasey and Kent Kaetzel of Dale, Chris, R.J. and Leslie Kaetzel of Bruceville, and Carter, Mason and Tanner Welp of Ferdinand; and one sister, Sharon Apple of Jasper.

Funeral services for Bettye Meyer will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.



Rebecca L. McFarland, 62, Petersburg, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2016, In Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born at Indianapolis, Indiana on June 23, 1953 to Ruby E. and Alice (Murphy) Presley. She was married to James Michael McFarland. He preceded her in death in 2006.

Rebecca worked as a certified nurse assistant at The Golden Living Nursing Home in Petersburg for many years.

She is survived by one daughter, Alesha Brown of Vincennes; three sons, Michael McFarland of Indianapolis, Shawn McFarland of Petersburg and Christopher McFarland of Indianapolis.

Private services were held at the Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper.



Carol M. Pfister, 64, Jasper, passed away at 8:05 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2016, at home.

Carol was born in Jasper, Indiana, on August 21, 1951, to Raymond and Clarissa (Burke) Hochgesang. She married John L. Pfister on July 14, 1973, in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana. He preceded her in death on August 30, 2011.

Carol was president and co-owner of Dubois County LP Gas for 39 years. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper and the Jasper High School Class of 1969. She was an avid I.U. basketball fan. She enjoyed playing dominos with friends, traveling and spending time with her family, friends and grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Audra Fleck and her husband Adam of Jasper; one son, Aaron Pfister and his wife Beth of Ireland; two grandchildren, Sawyer and Hudson Pfister; two sisters, Kathy Fuhs of Jasper and Donna Welp and her husband John of St. Anthony; two brothers, Joe Hochgesang and his wife Sarah of Jasper and Mark Hochgesang and his wife Brenda of Jasper.

Funeral services for Carol M. Pfister will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. St. Joseph’s Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Dubois County Leukemia Society, Gentiva Hospice or to a favorite charity.



Brent A. Kelley, 45, Celestine, passed away at 9:26 a.m. CDT Saturday, May 28, 2016, in St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

He was born in Jasper, Indiana on May 1, 1971, to Ray and Ida (Aders) Kelley. He married Julie Schepers on October 13, 2012 in the Ireland Historical Church.

Graduate of Northeast Dubois High School Class of 1989 and ITT Technical College in Evansville. Brent worked as a manufacturing engineer at Masterbrand Cabinets, Decora Division in Jasper. He is a member of St. Celestine Catholic Church and the Celestine Community Club. He enjoyed Jeep riding and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Julie Kelley; one son, Jase Kelley; two stepdaughters, Hali Nesbitt and Keira Nesbitt, all at home; mother, Ida Kelley of Huntingburg; brother, Jeff Kelley of Celestine; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death is his father, Ray Kelley.

Funeral services for Brent Kelley will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016, in St. Celestine Catholic Church with burial to follow in St. Celestine Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to wishes of the family.



Mary Broeker, 95, Huntingburg, passed away at 8:40 p.m., on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

She was born May 7, 1921, in Jasper, Indiana to Herman and Clara (Hopf) Kluemper. She married Ralph W. Broeker on April 24, 1941, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Mrs. Broeker retired as a school cook, having worked at St. Mary’s and Crestview Schools. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality, and the V.F.W. Post #2366 Auxiliary.  Mary enjoyed quilting, reading, completing puzzles of all kinds, and was an avid Cubs fan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph “Buzz” Broeker, who died November 19, 2003; one son, David Broeker; three brothers, Edwin, Andy and Robert Kluemper; and one sister, Margaret Burger.

She is survived by two daughters, Dianne (Gene) Mehringer of Ireland and Annette (Mike) Kugler of Huntingburg; four sons, Don (Pat) Broeker of Huntingburg, John (Peg) Broeker of Huntingburg, Bill (Shirley) Broeker of Oakland City and Rich (Joan) Broeker of Rockport; by 16 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mary Broeker will be held at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 3:00 p.m. and a V.F.W. Post #2366 Auxiliary vigil will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.



Eileen L. Hall, 86, Jasper, passed away at 5:42 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born in Jasper, Indiana on January 31, 1930 to Mike U. and Flora (Krapf) Schwinghamer. She married William L. Hall on August 19, 1950. He preceded her in death on July 18, 2003.

Eileen worked for many years for Dubois County Cable services and also along with her late husband, Bill, worked with the Jasper Engines and Transmission Nascar Racing Team Hospitality Division as their Motor coach manager.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the St. Anne Society.

She is survived by her son, Tony Hall of Lynnville; daughter-in-laws, Carla Hall of Jasper and Donna Hall of Jasper;  sister, Elfredia Fleck and husband Leon of Jasper; brother, Ronald Schwinghamer and wife Elsie of Ferdinand; nine grandchildren, Eric, Holly, Niki, Brook Butler, Janel, Craig, Evan, Alex and Amber; eight great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are three sons, Michael, Wayne and Brian Hall; two sisters, Esther Rumbach and Mary Ann Hedinger.

Funeral services for Eileen Hall will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the wishes of the family.



Rebecca Darlene Wright, 56, Birdseye, passed away at 3:40 p.m., on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born August 13, 1959, in New Albany, Indiana to Guido and Mary (Brown) Wright.

Rebecca worked at Jasper Engines and Transmissions; was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Birdseye; and dearly loved her dog, “Socrates”.

She was preceded in death by her father; and one brother, Ronnie Smith.

She is survived by one daughter, Carmen Groves of Birdseye; one son, Jeremy Morris of Milltown; her mother, Mary Wright of Mitchell; one sister, Ginger Scott of Mitchell; by four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Rebecca Wright will be held at 12 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery near Birdseye. Pastor Bret Eckert will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday the day of the funeral.



Matthew K. Woolsey, 34, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Jasper, passed away on Friday, May 27,2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

Matt was born on October 17, 1981 in Jasper, Indiana to Marlon and Rosemary (Streicher) Woolsey.

Matt worked for Stens Corporation as an outside sales representative for the Ohio region. He was a graduate of the Jasper High School class of 2000 and a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. He enjoyed outdoor activities, camping, golfing, cycling, kayaking, fishing, and gardening.

He is survived by his parents, Marlon and Rosemary Woolsey of Jasper; one sister, Natalie Oliver and husband Josh of Fischers; grandfather, Jerome Streicher of Jasper; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Harmon and Joanne Woolsey and his maternal grandmother, Clara Streicher.

Private services will be held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper with burial to follow at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.



Gerald “Jerry” Newman, 53, Jasper, Indiana, passed on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Bakersfield, Cal.

Jerry was born on May 5, 1963, to Kathryn (Whitehead) Greer. He married Diana Loeffler-Vonderheide on June 27, 2003.

He was an electrician and a member of the Local I.B.E.W. 648 since 1985. Jerry traveled extensively throughout his career. In 2004, he spent a year working in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Wherever he went, Jerry never met a stranger. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

He was a member of Redemption Christian Church of Jasper,

He enjoyed fishing, cooking, riding his motorcycle and had a love for animals.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Newman of Jasper; son, Sgt. Brandon Stuhlmueller of Virginia; stepdaughters, Vanessa Balsmeyer and husband Scott of Holland and Heather Siddons of Huntingburg; mother, Kathryn Greer of Fairfield, Ohio; seven step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sister, Debra Miller and husband Roy of Ross, Ohio; niece, Amber Langevin of Ross, Ohio; nephew, Staff Sgt. Chris Langevin, who is deployed overseas.

Preceding him in death was his stepfather, Richard D. Greer.

Funeral services for Jerry Newman will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Redemption Christian Church of Jasper, with burial to follow in Enlow Cemetery in Jasper. Rev. Darrel Land will officiate.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Redemption Christian Church of Jasper, the Dubois County Humane Society, or to a favorite charity.



Ralph J. Schepers, 77, Long Beach, Cali., formerly of Jasper, passed away at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Long Beach, Cal.

Ralph was born in Dubois, Indiana on April 3, 1939 to Henry and Ardella (Theising) Schepers.

Ralph worked as a general contractor in Long Beach California for over 30 years. He also worked as a realtor in California and previously operated the Twin Front Shell station in Jasper and the Shell Station in Dubois. He also worked part time for Holiday World in the summer of 2015.

He attended and received his certificate from LeCordon Blue Culinary School.

He was a member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Long Beach. He served in the Indiana Army National Guard. He enjoyed oil painting and wood carving of birds. He also enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, traveling, the outdoors, and spending time at the beach.

He is survived by four daughters, Diane Denton and husband Will of St. Anthony, Brenda DeLapaz and husband Ferdinand of Long Beach, Cal., Gail Fischer and husband Rodney of Santa Claus and Sherry Smith and husband Lane of Lake Mills, Wisc.; two sons, Darryl Schepers of Huntingburg and Michael Schepers of Huntingburg; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Monica Jahn and her husband Jerry of Jasper.

Preceding him in death was one grandson; Joshua Laymon, and three brothers; Herbert “Herb” Schepers, Jerome Schepers, and Harold Schepers.

Funeral services for Ralph Schepers will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016, in St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois with burial to follow in St. Raphael’s Cemetery.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, or to a favorite charity.



Rebecca J. Schroeder, 64, Jasper, passed away at 11:34 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Rebecca was born in Jasper, Indiana on July 28, 1951 to Joseph and Esther (Fischer) Schroeder.

She was a graduate of the Jasper High School Class of 1969 and worked as a beautician and a child daycare provider. Rebecca was a member of All Saints Catholic Parish in Evansville, IN. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, spending time with children, and volunteering at the soup kitchen in Evansville.

She is survived by her sisters, Kate Labhart and husband Neil of Jasper, Rose Ann Sanders and husband Harold of Reelsville, Carolyn Auffart of Ferdinand, Linda Lambert and husband Dave of Evansville and Christine Prior of Huntingburg; brothers, Leroy Schroeder and wife Bernetta of Jasper, James Schroeder and wife Donna of Jasper and Charles Schroeder and wife Ruth of Greencastle; sister-in-law, Sue Schroeder of Ireland; brother-in-law, Bruce Rosbottom of Santa Claus; nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were two sisters, Norma Jean Mehringer and Cynthia Rosbottom; and one brother, Ronald Schroeder.

Funeral services for Rebecca Schroeder will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper, IN

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or a favorite charity.



Virginia M. Frick, 74, Huntingburg, passed away at 9:15 a.m., on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Virginia was born June 30, 1941, in Jasper, Indiana to George and Mable (Taber) Klee. She married Marvin C. Frick on November 19, 1960, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Virginia worked as a certified nurses aide for over 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters, Helen Herbig, Georgia Ann Klee and Carol Lee.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin C. Frick of Huntingburg; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Medea (Willie) Kluemper of Jasper, Jackie (Herb) Alexander of Jasper, Jo El (Bill) Joenks of Owatonna, Minn., Stefanie Frick of Jasper and Terri (Rodney) Weyer of St. Meinrad; by 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Virginia M. Frick will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. The Reverend Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday.  A rosary prayer vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.



Duane A. Kieffner, 61, Haysville, passed away at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, (May 22, 2016), in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born in Jasper, Indiana on June 10, 1954 to Lenis and Willa (Hoffman) Kieffner.

Duane worked for Kimball International Corporate offices for over 40 years. He was a graduate of Northeast Dubois High School and Vincennes University. Duane was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville. Jasper Outdoor Recreation Club, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1175, Ireland Sportsman Club.

He enjoyed his Corvette and ’64 Ford convertible – Partnership Beagle Dogs. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and playing cards.

He is survived by his mother, Willa Kieffner of Jasper; brother, Gene H. Kieffner of Haysville; brother-in-law, Fred Harder of Jasper; one nephew, Jon Harder and wife Tammy; two nieces, Teresa Harder and Sara Schwartz.

Preceding him in death is his father Lenis Kieffner and sister Marilyn E. Harder.

Funeral services for Duane Kieffner will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with burial to follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Haysville.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel and one hour before services at church.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.



Arnold V. Lange, 82, Huntingburg, died Saturday May 21st at his home.

He was born January 17, 1934 in Huntingburg to Clem F. & Clara (Brinkman) Lange. He married Martha Welp on January 7, 1956 in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Arnold retired from Jasper Chair. He was a graduate of Holland High School Class of 1952. He was a lifelong member of St. Henry Catholic Church and was a past president of the St. Henry Community Club. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, horseshoes, quilting, and being with his family.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Martha Lange; six daughters, Debbie Moore (Jim) of Whitfield, Maria Graves (Charlie) of Bristow, Jean Rahman of Ferdinand, Carla Hoffman (Jerry) of Portersville, Elaine Main (Bernie) and Annette Buse (Brad), both of Huntingburg; four sons, Alan (Dana) Lange of Holland, Gary (Diane) Lange, Jason (Belinda) Lange both of Huntingburg and Darryl (Lora) Lange of Mariah Hill; 30 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Virginia Johannemann of Ferdinand, Mary Ann Treat (Jim) of Santa Claus and Fran Jerger (Ron) of Huntingburg; two brothers, Ray (Dorothy) Lange & Clem (Mary C.) Lange, both of Huntingburg.

He was preceded in death by a son Gary Allen Lange in infancy, a son-in-law, Gary Rahman, and two sisters, Edna Tempel and Irene Lange in infancy; one brother, Victor Lange.

Funeral services 10:00 a.m. Thursday in Saint Henry Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Henry Catholic Church or St. Henry Cemetery Fund.


 
Jackie L. Lane, Sr., 81, of Birdseye, passed away at 11:57 p.m., on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Golden Living Center in Tell City, Indiana.

He was born August 7, 1934, to Jacob and Bertha (Hammond) Lane in Eckerty.  He married Pauline Bayer on June 21, 1956 at the Birdseye Pentecostal Church. She preceded him in death on December 19, 2002.

Jackie was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in the Korean War. He worked for B&G Tire. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline; six brothers, Ernest, Elmer, Earl, Paul, Melvin and Andy Lane; one son-in-law, Phillip Dale Morgan.

He is survived by one daughter, Angela Morgan; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Jack L. Lane, Jr. of Birdseye, Stanley J. (Judy) Lane of Birdseye, Bruce W. (Debbie) Lane of Birdseye and Randal L. (Pennye) of Pensacola, Florida; one sister, Lulabelle Bean of English, Indiana; nine grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Jackie L. Lane, Sr. will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Pastor Bret Eckert will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Birdseye Cemetery. Military graveside rites will conducted by Huntingburg V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday.


William Edward “Ed” Lehmkuhler, 79, Jasper, passed away at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at his home.

Ed was born in Siberia, Indiana on September 10, 1936 to Casper and Dorothy (Dooley) Lehmkuhler. He married Mary Gutgsell on August 20, 1960 in Holy Family Catholic Church.

Ed retired from Masterbrand Cabinets where he had worked for 40 years. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church and an adorer at the Divine Providence Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. He was also a member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus.

He coached little league baseball for many years and enjoyed playing golf, watching L.A. Dodger baseball, I.U. basketball, Notre Dame football, and spending time with the grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lehmkuhler of Jasper; onedaughter, Kathy Christian and husband Kerry of Poquoson, Va.; four sons, Willie Lehmkuhler Jr. and wife Jill of Jasper, Phil Lehmkuhler and wife Sarah of Indianapolis, Paul Lehmkuhler and wife Christina of Jasper and Glen Lehmkuhler and wife Kelly of Jasper; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Leon “Cas” Lehmkuhler and wife Naomi of Florida, Jim Lehmkuhler and wife Judy of Jasper and Larry Lehmkuhler and wife Linda of Virginia.

Preceding him in death was one brother, Don Lehmkuhler.

Funeral services for Ed Lehmkuhler will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, IN. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at the Divine Providence Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at 3:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Divine Providence Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, Precious Blood Catholic Church, or a favorite charity.



Marilyn “Ruth” Street

She was born April 5, 1932, to Elmer and Velma (Wininger) Quinn. She married Eugene Street on Feb. 11, 1950. He died June 21, 2015.

Mrs. Street attended school in Martin County and was a homemaker.

She is survived by one son, Duane Street (Allen Sullivan) of French Lick; two daughters, Karen (Ronald) Haefling of Dubois and Gloria Jean Cox of Jasper; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a stepson, Edward Street, and a brother, James Quinn.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at T.L. Pinnick Chapel, French Lick. Burial will be in Emmons Ridge Cemetery, Hillham.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday at T.L. Pinnick Chapel.

Memorial contributions be made to the family or Emmons Ridge Cemetery c/o of Elza Quinn, 2475 Hillham Road, French Lick IN 47432.

Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Homes is in charge or arrangements.



Glenda “Sue” Schmitt, 76, of Evansville, formerly of Dale, passed away, Monday, May 30th at Brentwood Golden Living Center in Evansville.

Glenda was born February 12, 1940 in Spencer County to Albert and Iona (Jones) Ruston. She married Kenny Schmitt on March 27, 1958. He preceded her in death on May 29, 2004.

Sue is survived by three sons, Larry (Angie) Schmitt of Evanston, Steve (Becky) Schmitt of Florida and David Schmitt of Evansville; one daughter, Cathy (Shawn) Schwindel of St. Meinrad; 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gay (Glen) Schriefer of Cleveland, OH and Anne (Alan) Lottes of Washington.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, June 11th at 1:00 p.m. CST in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dale with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 11:00 a.m. CST until time of services. Father Anthony Vinson, OSB will officiate.



Ambrose L. Schmitt, 87, Jasper, passed away at 10:23 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at home.

Ambrose was born in Jasper, Indiana, on October 27, 1928 to Henry and Catherine (Stratman) Schmitt. He married Sally Sermersheim on May 15, 1954, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Ambrose was the Owner and Operator of the Dubois County Insurance Agency for over 30 years. He was a 1946 graduate of Jasper High School. He was an Army veteran who served during the Korean War.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, the Serra Club, V.F.W. Post #673 and the American Legion Post #147. He was a recipient of the Brute Award. He was a choir director for 30 years at Holy Family Church and spent 70 years in the choir between St. Joseph’s and Holy Family Catholic Churches.

He enjoyed birdwatching and spending time with his grandchildren and his granddogs, Scruffles and Blacktop. He also loved history, especially reading history books about the city of Jasper.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Schmitt of Jasper; two daughters, Debbie Schmitt of Jasper and Diane Story and her husband John of Fishers; one son, Gerard Schmitt and his wife Inthira of Aurora, Ill.; three grandchildren, Taylor Story, Laura Story and Amanda Schmitt

Preceding him in death are one grandson, Arthur Michael Schmitt; five sisters, Roberta, Henrietta and Mary Catherine Schmitt, Theresa Holder, and Anna Horney; and four brothers, Sylvester, Jerome, Henry Jr., and Leo Schmitt.

Funeral services for Ambrose L. Schmitt will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. V.F.W. Post #673 will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the church on Friday. Holy Family Parish will pray a rosary at 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, Gentiva Hospice or to a favorite charity.



Ray Stilwell, 63, of Brownsville, Penn., formerly of Huntingburg, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, at home, after a long battle with bladder cancer.

He was born August 15, 1952 the son of Roy and Mildred (Faulkner) Stilwell. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Donny, Larry and Roy E. Stilwell.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Alison (Gribble) Stilwell, Brownsville, PA; his fur baby, Pepper; four children, Lisa Littlejohn and husband Don, Dallas, Texas, Julie Beyer and husband John, Newburgh, April Fani, and John Fani, both of Uniontown, Penn.; brother, Jim Stilwell, Newburgh; sister, Ruth Flannelly, Pittsboro, NC; four grandchildren, Ali, Brant Lee, Jordan and Emma Beyer; nieces and nephews, Rachel Vera, Ryan, Greg, Joel and David Stilwell; and numerous cousins and friends.

Special thank you to Amedisys Hospice, especially nurses Lisa and Jill, and to Dr. Sri Kottapally.

Arrangements and professional services were provided by Novak Funeral Home, 515 Front Street, Brownsville, Penn., and were private for the family.



Sister Mary Clare Scheessele, 90, of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, died at 3:55 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in the monastery’s Hildegard Health Center.

Sister Mary Clare was born November 17, 1925, in Spencer County, Indiana, the eighth of nine children born to John George and Ida (Griesbaum) Scheessele. She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1945 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1947.  She celebrated 60 years of monastic profession in 2007.

She is survived by one brother, Kenneth, of Newburgh; nieces and nephews; and members of her religious community. She was preceded in death by her parents; seven sisters, Beatrice Scheessele, Esther Browning, Coletta Scheessele, Dorothy Lindauer, Eleanora Lathery, Sister Jovita Scheessele, OSB, and Sister Mary Kenneth Scheessele, OSB.

Sister Mary Clare taught at St. Benedict School and taught and served as principal at Mater Dei High School, both in Evansville.  She was the registrar and dean of sister students at St. Benedict College in Ferdinand.  At the monastery, she served as subprioress, Oblate director, and business office assistant.  She coordinated the sisters’ missions in Peru and Guatemala, engaged in retreat ministry, and served as a spiritual director.  She was secretary to the Marian Heights Academy principal and administrative assistant to the president of the Federation of Saint Gertrude. She most recently served as clerical assistant to the subprioress and to the monastery bakery.

Visitation will be at the monastery on Wednesday, June 8, from 3:00 – 6:45 p.m. EDT and on Thursday, June 9, from 2:00 – 4:15 p.m. EDT.  A wake service will be Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The funeral Mass will be on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. EDT in the monastery church followed by burial in the monastery cemetery.

Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of the arrangements.



Dennis P. “Bick” Bickerest, 63, Jasper, passed away at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6, 2016, at home.

Dennis was born in Louisville, Kentucky on November 28, 1952 to John II and LaVerne (Mackin) Bickerest. He married Pam Tyler on August 22, 1981 in Jasper, Indiana.

Dennis worked at Kimball Electronics as an electronic technician/engineer for 25 years. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, the American Legion Post #147 and the Jasper Moose. He loved sports, but was especially an avid Louisville Cardinals fan.

He is survived by his wife, Pam Bickerest of Jasper; two sons, Sean Hurst of Jasper and John Bickerest IV of Jasper; one brother, Jack Bickerest and wife Nancy of Memphis, Tenn.; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and -nephews.

Preceding him in death besides his parents is one sister, Donna Cox.

A Memorial Mass for Dennis P. “Bick” Bickerest will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the church on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or to a favorite charity.


  

Margaret E. Beckman, 84, Jasper, passed away at 1:40 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2016, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper, Indiana.

Margaret was born in Jasper, Indiana on July 11, 1931 to Cyril and Margaret (Seacrest) Wilson. She married James F. Beckman in Attica, Indiana on January 5, 1957. He preceded her in death on October 14, 1999.

Margaret graduated from Jasper High School in 1949, Stephen’s College, Columbia, MO in 1951, and then from Colorado State University in 1953 with a degree in journalism. While at Colorado State University, she was a member of the Phi Delta Sorority.

She worked, after college, for the Ohio Oil Co. in Terre Haute. She then moved to Attica, Indiana and worked in a friend’s dress shop called the Jean Miller Dress Shop. She also worked in the Fountain Co. Assessors’ Office.

She was a member of the Eastern Star, Tri Kappa in Attica, Indiana, and was active in the Republican Party in Attica, Indiana for many years. She also belonged to a couple’s poker club with her husband and a ladies’ Bridge Club.

She enjoyed playing poker and Bridge. She loved animals and donated food to the Animal Shelter in Attica and the Dubois County Humane Society. She loved doing crossword puzzles, reading with her social circle in Attica, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by one sister, Carma Habig and her husband John of Jasper; two sister-in-laws, Shirley Weidenbenner of Jasper and Anne Beckman of Indianapolis; nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are two brothers-in-law, Tom and Mike Beckman, and one niece, Debbie Beckman Chaney.

Funeral services for Margaret E. Beckman will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the 2:00 p.m. service time at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel on Thursday. Rev. Jim Neely will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Dubois County Humane Society or a favorite charity.



Norbert L. Mehringer, 81, Jasper, passed away at 11:26 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Norb was born in Ireland, Indiana on June 26, 1934 to Karl and Hilda (Hohler) Mehringer. He married Ruth Burger on June 16, 1959 in Precious Blood Catholic Church.

Norb was a U. S. Army veteran.  He retired from Kimball International after 15-plus years of service and worked for Holiday Liquors for many years. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper and former Grand Knight with the Jasper Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed watching I.U. basketball, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Syracuse Orange, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth A. Mehringer of Jasper; two daughters, Diane “Dee Dee” Kilian of Jasper and Susie Mehringer of Syracuse, N.Y.; two sons, Mark Mehringer and girlfriend Chrissy Byrd of Jasper and Shaun Mehringer and wife Joyce (Verkamp) of Celestine; three grandchildren, Shelby Mehringer and Eli and Wyatt Mehringer; two sisters, Frances Stamm and husband John of Jasper and Helen Giesler and husband Ed of Ireland; one brother, Eugene Mehringer and wife Dianne of Ireland.

Preceding him in death was a son-in-law, Gary Kilian and one sister, Rosemarye Elmore

Funeral services for Norbert L. Mehringer will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. The Jasper VFW will perform military graveside rites.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Catholic Church, or a favorite charity.



Phillip A. Freeman Jr., 42, Otwell, passed on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at his home in Otwell, Indiana.

He was born at Peoria, Ill., on July 16, 1973 to Philip Freeman Sr. and Patricia Wright Freeman.

Phillip was self-employed as a sales representative for a cleaning products. He graduated from high School in Phoenix, Ariz. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Jasper and of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his parents, Phillip and Patricia Freeman of Otwell; brothers, Wallace Wright of Otwell; two sisters, Angela Evans and husband Oliver of Jasper and Tracy Gilpatrick husband Virgil of Jasper.

Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

Private services will be held later.



Cletus Schaefer, 78, Evanston, passed away, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville.

Cletus was born June 5, 1937 in Huntingburg to Edward and Francis (Waninger) Schaefer. Cletus married Doris Woebkenberg on May 2, 1959 in St. Joseph’s Church in Dale. She preceded him in death on January 18, 2008.

Cletus was a lifelong farmer. He belonged to St. Boniface Church in Fulda and also it’s Men’s Sodality. Cletus was a former director of St. Joseph’s Mutual Insurance. Cletus served as a member of the National Guard and belonged to St. Meinrad American Legion.

Cletus is survived by two sons, Kenneth (Jane) Schaefer of Lamar and Donald (Connie) Schaefer of Dale; two daughters, Jill (Tony) Mehling of Ferdinand and Joy Brock of Evanston; his companion Bronie Leland of Evanston; nine grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; one great-grandchildren; one brother, Clarence (Belle) Schaefer of Ft. Branch; two sisters, Mildred (Martin) Lindauer of Ft. Branch and Dorothy (Wilfred) Lindauer of St. Henry.

Cletus was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Schaefer and a sister Helen Harpeneau.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 9:00 a.m. CDT in St. Boniface Church in Fulda. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand from 2 to 8 p.m. CDT and Saturday from 8 a.m. CDT at the church until time of services.



Michael F. Patterson, 75, Jasper, passed away at 2:48 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Mike was born in Loogootee on February 25, 1941 to Timothy and Bernadine (Nordhoff) Patterson. He married Judy Dedrick on June 29, 1968 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Mike retired from Jasper Cabinet Company with over 30 years of service. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper, the Jasper Knights of Columbus and the Jasper Moose Lodge #1175.

He enjoyed golf, playing cards, watching IU sports, spending time outdoors and with the grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Patterson of Jasper; two sons, Charles Patterson and wife Linda of Jasper and Aaron Patterson and wife Pam of Jasper; four grandchildren, Danielle Brassard, Chase Patterson, Kylie Patterson and Caleb Patterson; four brothers, Kenneth Patterson and wife Lu of Eureka, Mo., Justin Patterson and wife Elsie of Upham, Va., Louis Patterson and wife Clarissa of West Baden Springs and John Patterson and wife Pam of Montgomery, Texas.

Preceding him in death was one sister, Rosemarie Schnarr and one brother, Robert Patterson.

Funeral services for Mike Patterson will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2016, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana. The Jasper Moose will perform a memorial service at 4:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Catholic Church, The Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or to a favorite charity.



Esther F. Reckelhoff, 86, Jasper, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at University of Louisville Medical Center in Louisville.

Esther was born in Ferdinand, on October 2, 1929, to Leo and Theresia (Stetter) Gehlhausen. She married Frank Reckelhoff on July 1, 1950, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand, Indiana.

Esther worked at K-Mart in Jasper for 23 years. She was also a homemaker. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Ladies Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Holy Family Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing, walking, gardening, watching TV, cooking — especially making pies, quilting, canning, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Reckelhoff of Jasper; two daughters, Janet Welp and her husband Stan of Schnellville and Diann Verkamp and her husband Lenny of Schnellville;two sons, David Reckelhoff and his wife Susan of St. Anthony and Gerald Reckelhoff and his companion Betty of St. Louis, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; three sisters, Helen Englert of Ferdinand, Rose Marie Reckelhoff and her husband Roman of Cincinnati, Ohio and Dorothy Fehribach of Jasper; one brother,
Eugene Gehlhausen and his wife Virlee of Huntingburg.

Preceding her in death are one daughter-in-law, Kathleen Reckelhoff; one step-grandson, Martin Lampe Jr.; and two brothers, Irvin, and Leo F. “Junie” Gehlhausen.

Funeral services for Esther F. Reckelhoff will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper.

Friends may call from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and one hour before services at the church on Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

The Ladies Sodality will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or to a favorite charity.



Aileene May Kron, 87, Gentryville, passed away, Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

Aileene was born September 27, 1928 in Evansville to Jacob and Bertha (Hahn) Fischer. She married Norman Kron on July 21, 1951. He preceded her in death on November 27, 1997.

Aileene was confirmed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Evansville on March 29, 1942. She graduated from Reitz High School and later from Bramwell’s School of Business on December 30, 1946. She worked at Hesmer’s Inc. and Franklin Bank & Trust Co.

Aileen was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Evanston. Aileene loved working on the family farm in her younger years.  She enjoyed playing ping pong, piano, checkers and gardening.

Aileene is survived by a daughter, Donna (Herman) Sherman of Gentryville; one son, William Kron of Gentryville; one grandson, Curtis Sherman of Gentryville; a granddaughter, Amie (Jamie) Waninger of Lamar; three great-grandchildren, Austin, Kelsey and Kyle Waninger all of Lamar.

Aileene was preceded in death by a son, Alan Kron.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 3 7 p.m. CDT at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m. CDT at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. CDT at Becher Funeral Home with Pastor Rodney Schmeltz officiating.  Burial will follow at Alexander Memorial Park Cemetery in Evansville.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Alzheimer’s Association or a favorite charity.



Austin Matthews Jr., 69, Rockport, formerly of Jasper, passed away at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

Austin was born in Jasper on April 18, 1947, to Austin Sr. and Barbara (Haas) Matthews. He married Alfrieda Elmer on July 1, 1972, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

He was an Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War and was also stationed in Germany.

Austin retired from the Laborers Union #561 in Evansville and also served as a past manager for the St. Meinrad American Legion, the St. Meinrad Knights of Columbus, the Santa Claus American Legion and the Twinkle Inn in Jasper. He also owned the Double A restaurant in Mariah Hill. He worked in several furniture factories.

He was a member of the Tell City Knights of Columbus, the Spencer County Memorial Forest Association and the Jasper American Legion Post #147.

He enjoyed fishing, meat processing, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Alfrieda Matthews of Rockport; one daughter, JoEllen Wassmer and husband Jeff of Evansville; two grandchildren, Kelsey and James Wassmer; two sisters, Diane McAllister of Louisville, Ky. and Patty Cacioppo and husband Richard of Omaha, Neb.; five brothers, Robert Matthews and wife Barbara of Ferdinand, Richard Matthews of Florida, Kenneth Matthews and wife Mary of Greenwood, Paul Matthews of Florida and Mark Matthews of Jasper; nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were two sisters; Mary Holst and Brenda Wolf and one brother; John Matthews.

Funeral services for Austin Matthews Jr. will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the wishes of the family.



Marsha L. Witt, 57, Jasper, passed away at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday June 21, 2016, at home.

Marsha was born on January 24, 1959 to Earl and Doris (Hopkins) Witt.

She was a 1977 graduate of Barr-Reeve High School. She then graduated from the LPN Program at Vincennes University. Marsha was employed at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper, where she had worked in the medical records department for 34 years. She was an LPN for over 38 years. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, and being with family.

She is survived by four sisters, Thelma Witt of Jasper, Virginia Witt of Jasper, Wilma Watters and companion Terri Duvall of Casey, Ill. and Peggy Carrico of Jasper; two brothers, David Witt of Triangle, Va. and Donald Witt and his wife Phyllis of Shoals; three nieces, Robin Piper and her husband Bill, Missy Pierce and Kortni Brown (Goddaughter) and her husband Cody; two nephews, Jim Witt and his wife Heather and Lonnie Hill; great-nieces and nephews,
Casey Blair, Clayton Blair, Michael Witt, Eli Witt, Evan Witt, Micah Pierce, Lexi Hill, Zander Hill and Nathaniel Hill; several other nieces and nephews

Preceding her in death besides her parents are one sister, Linda Hill, and two brothers, Bill and Johnny Raymond Witt.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. service time at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper on Friday, June 24, 2016.

Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family.



Dorothy Mae Egg, 85, Jasper, passed away at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Dorothy was born in Huntingburg, Indiana, on April 20, 1931 to Leslie and Hazel (Winkler) Harlow. She married Virgil Egg on October 15, 1949 in Jasper, Indiana. He preceded her in death on February 27, 1992.

She was a graduate of the Huntingburg High School Class of 1949. Dorothy worked at Sears for eight years and then she retired from Old National Bank after working there for 26 years. She was a charter member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper. She enjoyed going to casinos and shopping. She also loved dogs.

She is survived by one daughter, Vicky Egg of Jasper; one son, Mike Egg and his wife Jan of Jasper; three grandchildren, Melissa Hargett, Melanie and Matthew Egg; five great-grandchildren, Ayla, Rylan, and Aubrey Hargett, and Kyah and Haven Egg; one sister, Marian Prior and her husband Paul of Newcastle, Ind.; one brother,
William Harlow and his wife Jean of Brownsburg, Ind.

Preceding her in death are three sisters, Phyllis Dameron, Mildred Meloski, and an infant, Ramona Harlow; and two brothers, Bob and Ronald Ray Harlow.

Funeral services for Dorothy Mae Egg will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

As per Dorothy’s request, there will be no visitation.



Willis W. Nigg, 87, Jasper, passed away at 1:04 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Willis was born in Dubois, IN on September 23, 1928, to David and Catherine (Kalb) Nigg. He married Annetta Buchta on November 5, 1949, in St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Dubois Crossroads.

Willis was a farmer and retired in the construction industry. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper. He enjoyed growing roses, woodworking, and spending time with the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Annetta Nigg of Jasper; two sons, Don Nigg and wife Connie and Gene Nigg and wife Rhonda, all of Jasper; four grandchildren, Michele Roelle, Kimberly Nigg, Adam Nigg, and Wendi Lindauer; four great-grandchildren, Antony Roelle, Lillie Roelle, Ethan Nigg, and Silas Nigg.

Preceding him in death was one grandson; Jeffrey Nigg, one sister; Evelyn Goller, and six brothers; Henry, Philmore, Elmer, Martin, Leander and Edgar Nigg.

Funeral services for Willis W. Nigg will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper, Indiana with burial to follow in Community Cemetery in Haysville.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. service time on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church or a favorite charity.



Naomi M. Mattingly, 70, Huntingburg, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center emergency room, Jasper.

She was born October 20, 1945, in Huntingburg to Dallas and Tabitha “Elizabeth” (Eckert) Wright. She married Paul R. Mattingly on June 12, 1976 at First Christian Church in Huntingburg.

She was a member of Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Jasper. Naomi enjoyed bowling, mushroom hunting, fishing and, in her earlier years, riding her motorcycle.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, Dallas Wright and Elizabeth Wright- Englert; infant daughter, Deana Lorraine Morton who passed away on October 30, 1970; four sisters, Carol Selig, Mary Ellen McNallin, Hettie Nash and infant Edith Wright.

She is survived by her husband, Paul R. Mattingly of Huntingburg; five daughters, Dawn Morton of Jasper, Tracy Jenkins of Gleason, Ind., Robin (Kevin) Breitwieser of Jasper, Rhonda Shafer of Princeton and Tina Hill of Patoka; one brother, Marvin (Patty) Wright of Vincennes; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Naomi Mattingly will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Cremation will follow the funeral service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.



Raphael “Rafe” Fleck, 66, Jasper, passed away at 3:33 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016, at his home in Jasper.

Raphael was born in Washington, Indiana on September 9, 1949 to Harold and Venita (Schuler) Fleck. He married Linda Jacobs on September 11, 1971, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper.

He was a graduate of Jasper High School Class of 1967. A U.S. Navy veteran who served two tours in Vietnam on the USS Theodore E. Chandler. Rafe retired from the Jasper City Power Plant where he worked for over 40 years and served as superintendent for several years. He delivered appliances for Sears for over 20 years.

He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post # 673 in Jasper. He enjoyed his grandchildren, woodworking and his John Deere Tractors.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Fleck; daughters, Kim Fleck of Lamar and Angie Persohn and husband Bart of St. Anthony; son, Josh Fleck of Celestine; three grandchildren, Jacob, Will and Lea; sisters, Dianna Wilson and husband William of Loogootee, Carol Lanman of Huntingburg and Marilyn Rasche and husband George of Dubois; brothers, Michael Fleck and wife Debbie of Huntingburg and Joseph Fleck of Jasper.

Funeral services for Raphael Fleck will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. V.F.W. Post # 673 in Jasper will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Catholic Church, Lange Fuhs Cancer Center or to a favorite charity.



Leroy C. Goeppner, 72, Jasper, passed away at 4:49 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at his home.

Leroy was born in Ireland on August 26, 1943, to Albert and Mattieline (Huber) Goeppner. He married Joan Kunz on May 18, 1963 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Leroy retired from Merkley’s Meat Packing Company where he had worked for over 35 years. He enjoyed being outdoors. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and playing guitar. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the White River Country Boys Band and also Jasper Outdoor Recreation club.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Goeppner; daughter, Kathy Eisenhut and husband Gene of Jasper; three sons,
William J. Goeppner and wife Twyla of Winslow, David J. Goeppner and wife Stacy of Huntingburg and Michael J. Goeppner and wife Kim of Huntingburg; nine grandchildren, Case, Samantha, Lindsey, Sarah, Laryn, Noah, Savanah, Mikah and Aaron; 2 great-grandchildren, Sophie, Kenton; five sisters, Rosie Jellison and husband Larry of Jasper, MaDonna Freyberger and husband Leroy of Jasper, Marilyn Beier and husband Bernard of Ireland, Wilma Stemle and husband Dave of Ireland and Martha Best and husband Thomas of Ireland; three brothers, Ralph Goeppner and wife Carol of Jasper, Bernard Goeppner and wife Judy of Holland and Cletus Goeppner and wife Rita of Ireland.

Preceding him in death is one son, Donald J. who died in infancy; one great-grandchild, Cole Schepers; and one brother, Lee Goeppner.

Funeral services for Leroy Goeppner will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lange Fuhs Cancer Center or to St. Joseph Catholic Church.



Rev. Wilbur M. Milbourn, 93, West Baden Springs, formerly of Birdseye, died at 4:06 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Springs Valley Meadows, French Lick.

He was born November 3, 1922, in St. Joseph, Missouri to Frank and Julia (Menges) Milbourn.

During high school, he was actively involved in music and part of All String Orchestra playing the guitar, bass, piano or mandolin. The group played at the 1939 New York World Fair. After graduation, he attended Guard Business College and later decided to travel to New York City where he played the accordion, of which he was a master, on stage in various venues.

He entered the US Army Air Corps and climbed the ranks to Sgt. Milbourn where he served for three years until his discharge at the end of WWII.  Not long after, he met and married Mildred Bayer, from Birdseye.

Wilbur and Mildred along with Rev. Harold Bayer traveled for two years in evangelistic ministry.  Later, Rev. Bayer married Juanita Hemphill and the four continued the evangelical ministry. Rev. Milbourn felt God calling him to start the first apostolic church in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Today the Pentecostals of St. Joseph are still in that city.

In 1965, Rev. Milbourn became the Dean of Music and taught Biblical Studies at Pentecostal Bible Institute in Tupelo, Mississippi where he served until 1967.  He returned to full time evangelistic ministry until 1973.

Rev. and Mrs. Milbourn moved to Clearwater, Florida in 1987 to pastor a new church of 19 people. Soon the average attendance was in the 90s.  He and his wife had to come back to Birdseye not long after the church’s growth to care for his mother.

He and his wife began attending church in French Lick to help their daughter and son-in-law in the church that they pastored. Even though he was advancing in age, he accepted the pastorate at Oakridge Church from 1994 to 2002.

Rev. Milbourn took his calling to the ministry very seriously and gave everything that he had to the work of God. He has mentored many men in the ministry as well as men behind bars who were baptized and filled with God’s spirit. Some never experienced freedom in this world but left for a better place free from chains on their souls because he took time to care.

Truly he fought a good fight and kept the faith.

Rev. Wilbur Milbourn is survived by his wife, Mildred Anna Milbourn of West Baden Springs; three children, Barry (wife:  Jan) Milbourn of Bloomington, Rodney Milbourn of Nashville, Tenn. and Mrs. Velda (husband: Kern) Qualkenbush of West Baden Springs; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant brother, Frank James Milbourn; step father, Rev. John Buford; step brothers, Donald and Garel Buford.

Funeral services for Rev. Wilburn Milbourn will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at New Life United Pentecostal Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Birdseye Cemetery. Reverend Charles E. Carr will officiate at the funeral service. V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail assisted by Evansville Honors Team will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Friday and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. service time at the church on Saturday.  Memorial contributions may be made to Bharosa Ghar Mission and Orphanage, India.



Mary Margaret Gurley, 81, Evansville, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Superior Care Home in Paducah, Ky.

She was born Oct. 31, 1934, in Washington, to Leo “Cabby” and Leona (Nicasse) O’Neill.

Surviving are two sons, William Elles of Memphis, Tenn., and Michael Elles of Des Moines, Iowa; one sister, Ann (Brian) Morrow of Paducah, Ky.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Robert Gurley, and a son, James N. Elles.

Funeral services will be at noon Friday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1301 S. Green River Road, Evansville. Father Bernie Etienne will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. CDT Thursday at Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Ave., Evansville. A rosary service will be said at 7 p.m. CDT.



Geraldine L. Cox, 67, of Huntingburg, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016, at her home.

She was born August 19, 1948 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Gerth and Martha (Settles) Anderson.

Geraldine enjoyed crafting.

She was preceded in death by her son, Nicholas Cox; parents, Gerth and Martha (Settles) Anderson.

Geraldine is survived by her husband, Larry Cox of Huntingburg; sons, Larry (Teresa) Cox Jr. of Indianapolis and Chad (Brandie) Cox of Celestine; grandchildren, Kelsey, Samantha, Jewlea Cox, and Kaylee Bolin; sister, Norma Short of Dresden, Ohio.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, at Gooch Funeral Home in Rockville.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 17, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Fr. Damian Schmelz, OSB, monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, died on June 12, 2016, in the monastery infirmary. He was 84 and a jubilarian of both profession and ordination.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

Born in Georgetown, Ind., on May 7, 1932, to Aloysius William and Grace (Miller) Schmelz, Fr. Damian was given the name Vincent Eugene at his baptism. After completing his elementary education at St. Mary School in Lanesville, IN, he entered the Minor Seminary at Saint Meinrad in 1950, and entered the novitiate two years later. He professed his simple vows on July 31, 1953, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1958.

Fr. Damian earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Saint Meinrad College, and then a baccalaureate in sacred theology from Saint Meinrad School of Theology and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He began teaching biology at Saint Meinrad High School seminary immediately after his ordination.

During summers, he pursued graduate studies at Purdue University, earning a master’s in plant ecology in 1964 and a doctorate in that field in 1969. He taught biology at Saint Meinrad College until its closing in 1998.

Fr. Damian also served as assistant dean of students for four years, as academic dean for 18, and as provost and vice rector for five years. He also served as the manager of The UnStable, the campus pub, for over 25 years.

He also was well known in the Indiana Academy of Science, of which he was a member since 1966, serving twice as chairman of the Academy’s Plant Taxonomy Section. Fr. Damian also served terms as the Academy’s treasurer and then president, was the Academy’s representative to the Indiana Natural Resources Commission, and was the Academy’s Speaker of the Year in 1979-1980.

Fr. Damian was named a fellow of the Academy in 1973, and received their Outstanding Service Award in 2003. He was known for his research in Indiana old-growth forests, and was chairman of a blue-ribbon committee assigned to study controlled deer hunts in Brown County State Park. He and a colleague specialized in the area of Donaldson’s Woods; in 2000, an addition to the Donaldson’s Woods Nature Preserve was dedicated in his honor.

Fr. Damian served for 33 years on the Indiana Natural Resources Commission and was co-author of Natural Areas of Indiana (1969), which served as a guide for the creation of Indiana’s Natural Preserves.

In 2007, he was awarded a Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award by the Indiana Wildlife Federation. Two years later, he was a member of the inaugural class named to the Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame.

In 2015, Fr. Damian was named a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor bestowed by the Governor of Indiana.

His membership in other professional organizations included Sigma XI, the Ecological Society of America, and the Indiana Natural Resources Commission.

Most recently, he served as pastor of St. Henry Parish, St. Henry, IN, from 2001 to 2015, when declining health led to his retirement.

The Office of the Dead will be prayed at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, in the Archabbey Church. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the Archabbey Church. Fr. Damian arranged for his body to be donated to the Indiana University School of Medicine. Burial will be held at a later date. All times are Central Time.


Mark E. Gilbert, 53, of Holland, passed away at 7:40 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Mark was born in Russellville, Kentucky on May 1, 1963 to Morris and Sandra (Eden) Gilbert. He married Diana Miller on September 22, 2001 in St. Henry.

Mark was a sander technician at Masterbrand Cabinets, where he had worked for 25 years.

He enjoyed being outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and camping. He enjoyed farm work and also enjoyed working on cars as a mechanic his entire life. He loved spending time and cooking out with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Gilbert of Holland; mother and step-father, Sandra and Thomas “Tommy” Woods of Madisonville, Ky.; one daughter, Cassandra Mays and her husband Thomas of Earlington, Ky.; two step-daughters, Brittany Hash and her husband Donald of Bloomington and Nichole Neukam and her fiancÚ Steven Hulfachor of Chrisney; one son, Marcus Trent Gilbert of Gentryville; one stepson, Zachary Gentry of Holland; one child, whom he cared for as his own, Jacoby Rust of Bowling Green; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Jason Woods of Madisonville, Ky.

Preceding him in death are his father, Morris Gilbert and one grandson, Jayson Inghram.

Funeral services for Mark E. Gilbert will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow on Friday, June 17, 2016, in Union Grove Cemetery in Lewisburg, Kentucky, with procession to the cemetery leaving from Young Funeral Home in Russellville, Kentucky at 11:00 a.m. CDT.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.



Glenn Seger, 64, of Otwell, passed away at 7:12 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016, at University of Louisville Medical Center in Louisville.

He was born in Jasper on April 15, 1952, to Jerome and Wilma Jean (Lechner) Seger. He married Susanne Miller on November 24, 1984, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

Glenn retired from OFS Brands in Huntingburg. He was a graduate of Jasper High School Class of 1970. He coached youth sports in basketball, football and baseball in Pike County for many years. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed walking.

He is survived by his wife, Susanne Seger; son, Buck Seger and wife Camelia of Winslow; two grandchildren, Ava and Hunter; three sisters, Linda Parker and husband Stephen of Hawaii, Sherry Seger of Bloomington, Ill. and Karen Uebelhor of Huntingburg; four brothers, Steve Seger of Evansville, Dave Seger and wife Anita of Jasper, Wayne Seger and wife Bonnie of Jasper and Terry Seger and wife Brenda of Velpen.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the Ireland Sportsman Center in Ireland at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016, with friends and family gathering until 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Pike County Youth Sports or to a favorite charity.



Juanita E. Weisman, 90, of Portage, Ind., passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Valparaiso Hospice Center, Valparaiso.

She was born on December 20, 1925 at Haysville, Indiana to Clifford and Mathilda (Neukam) Hoffman. She was married to Delbert Weisman on April 10, 1947. He preceded her in death on November 29, 2006.

She retired from Sears where she worked in the restaurant deli department in Clarksville, Ind. and also Merrillville, Ind. She was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Merrillville.

She enjoyed making cross-stitch quilts for all her children and grandchildren and loved cooking and playing bingo.

She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Riechers and husband Don of Crown Point, Ind.; six sons, Terry Weisman and wife Marie of Jasper, Darrell Weisman and wife Mary of Ireland, Don Weisman of Arroyo Grande, Cal., Dale Weisman and wife Debbie, LA Porte, Ind., Dean Weisman and his fiancÚ Heidi of Mazon, Ill. and Darren Weisman and wife Kim of Valparaiso; 14 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; brother, Roger Hoffman and wife Rosie of Haysville.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are one brother George Hoffman, who died in infancy.

Funeral services for Juanita Weisman will be held at noon Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow in Community Cemetery in Haysville. The Rev. Timothy Weisman will officiate.

Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family.



James L. Bilderback, 84, Huntingburg, passed away at 2:48 p.m., on Friday, April 29, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born June 7, 1931, in Evansville to Lowell Stanley and Jonnie Mae (Gough) Bilderback. He married Lois Frances Meyer on August 16, 1952 in Yankee Town, Indiana.

Mr. Bilderback was a retired educator and school administrator. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Jubin Valley Deer Camp and a founding member of the Canadian White Trout Fish Camp.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Frances Bilderback, who died in 2011.

He is survived by one daughter and one son-in-law, Cathy (Ron) Kenworthy of Louisville, Ky.; three sons and three daughters-in-law, Michael (Silvia Campos-Bilderback) Bilderback of Fishers and Mark (Oranud) Bilderback of Savoy, Ill. and Matt (Lorrie) Bilderback of Newburgh; one brother, John Bilderback of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Elizabeth “Betsy” LaPage of Redondo Beach, Cali.; five grandchildren.

Memorial services for James L. Bilderback will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14th, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with interment to follow at Bates Hill Cemetery in Yankeetown, Indiana.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on May 14th, 2016, the day of the memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Huntingburg Public Library.



Howard W. Goss, 73, Jasper, passed away at on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at home.

Howard was born in Milltown, Indiana, on December 3, 1942 to Gerald and Fern (Day) Goss. He married Kathy Sendelweck on January 30, 1965 in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township.

Howard worked as an Electrical Line Foreman at Hoosier Energy for over 30 years. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township. He enjoyed knife-making and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Goss of Jasper; one son, Philip Goss of Lebanon; one sister, Joyce Gilliatt of Birdseye; two sisters-in-laws, Janice Lemond of Terre Haute and Jean Hoffman and her husband Bill of Jasper; one brother-in-law, Richard Sendelweck and his wife Rita of Jasper; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are one daughter, Angela Sutton; three sisters, Jeanette Wynn, Vivian Curtis, and Patricia Kluesner; and two brothers-in-law, Albert and Daniel Sendelweck.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Howard W. Goss will be held at 1:00 p.m.on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township, with burial at a later date. Pastor Catherine Burnette will officiate.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Special Olympics or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.



Alice (Mattingly) Walker, 90, Loogootee, passed away at 3:28 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center.

She was born November 25, 1925 in Loogootee to the late Thomas Ervin and Flora Agnes (Greenwell) Mattingly.

Alice married Bryan W. Walker on April 10, 1944 and he passed away January 21, 2004.

She was a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She also was a member of the St. John Quilters and St. John Funeral Dinner Committee. She volunteered at the Martin County Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center and was a Silver Star RSVP volunteer.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Bryan W. Walker; parents, Thomas Ervin and Flora Agnes (Greenwell) Mattingly; grandchild, Samantha;six brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by her children, Tom (Jean) Walker of Loogootee, Paul “Fred” (Tina) Walker of Longview, Texas and Brenda Walker of Loogootee; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; siblings, Ron Mattingly of Huntingburg and Don Mattingly of Loogootee.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loogootee. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday, June 26, 2916 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry.



Douglas Alan Butler, 62, Celestine, passed away at 12:16 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at his home.

He was born in Jasper, Indiana on August 5, 1953 to Melvin and Jenny (Keller) Butler.

Doug was a graduate of Dubois High School Class of 1971. He was a construction worker for many years.

He is survived by two sons, Jeremy Butler and wife Amanda of Dale and Jason Butler of Jasper; mother, Jenny Butler of Celestine; two sisters, Joyce Linne of Dubois and Theresa Lampert and husband Mark of Huntingburg; three brothers, Morris Ray Butler of Dubois, Michael Butler of Jasper and Mark Butler of Clayton, Ind.; four grandchildren, Timothy, Tyler, Tessa and Damian.

He was preceded in death by his father Melvin Butler.

Visitation is noon until the 2:00 p.m. June, 26, 2016 at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel.

At 2 p.m. the same day, a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held for Douglas Alan Butler at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow at a later date. Fr. Eugene Schmitt will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family.



Rosemary O. Mundy, 87, Huntingburg, passed away at 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at her residence.

She was born September 18, 1928, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Raymond P. and Mary (Kordes) Olinger.

She married Leroy E. Mundy on June 5, 1952, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. Mrs. Mundy was a homemaker and worked as the office manager at Olinger Construction Company. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and former member of the Library Board of Directors and Youth Center Board of Directors.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leroy E. Mundy, who passed away February 20, 2007; one son, Joe Mundy; one infant daughter, Carolyn Mundy; and two brothers, Lee Ray Olinger and Norb Olinger.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Paul (Gretchen) Mundy of Huntingburg; three daughters and three son-in-laws, Kathy (Mark) Schmidt of Jasper, Mary (Mike) Uebelhor of Huntingburg and Jean (Todd) Lancaster of Washington; one sister, Doris Tretter of Huntingburg; one brother and sister-in-law, Max (Dorothy) Olinger of Santa Claus; eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild and 13 step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Rosemary Mundy will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Ryan Hilderbrand.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday. A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Sisters of St. Benedict, or the Alzheimer’s Association.



Antoinette “Ann” Fisher, 75, Jasper, passed away at 3:20 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Ann was born in Jasper on November 20, 1940, to VeLoice and Cecilia (Dick) Fisher.

She was an elementary school teacher in Jasper Consolidated Schools for over 40 years, and was recognized numerous times for her contributions to elementary education. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed fishing and spending time with her dogs.

She is survived by her niece, Theresa Thompson and husband Larry of Grand Blanc, Mich.; caregiver, Jean Marcum and husband Gene of Stendal; cousins.

Preceding her in death was one sister, Patricia Cornett.

Funeral services for Ann Fisher will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Jasper, IN.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. service time at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or the Dubois County Humane Society.


Otto F. “Ottie” Kiefer, 85, Holland, passed away at 6:24 a.m., on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at his home.

He was born June 7, 1931, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Robert P. and Matilda (Burger) Kiefer.

Otto retired as a construction crew supervisor from the Daniel Boone Development Council in Kentucky. Following his retirement, he worked part-time at Aristocraft in Huntingburg. Otto served in the Indiana Army National Guard for nine years.

He was united in marriage to Joyce Anderson who passed away on May 17, 1961.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by three daughters, Marcia Jones, Brenda Swindle and Marlene who died in infancy; one grandson, Chad Swindle; two sisters, Roselyn Schmidt and Anna Seifrig; and seven brothers, Ambrose, Roman, Hugo, John, George, Robert Kiefer and George who died in infancy.

He is survived by one son, David (Aldene) Kiefer of Russell Springs, Ky.; one daughter, Charlene Kiefer of Corbin, Ky.; one sister, Helen Kiefer of Huntingburg; his caregiver and niece, Barbara Ramsey of Holland; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews.

Funeral services for Otto F. Kiefer will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Shiloh Cemetery near Ireland.

Pastor Paul Newland will officiate at the service. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Holland American Legion Memorial Detail.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday.  Memorial contributions can be made to Heart-to-Heart Hospice of Jasper, the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, or the American Heart Association.



Mildred M. Fischer, 99, Huntingburg, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at The Waters of Huntingburg.

She was born June 8, 1917, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Leo and Louise (Lewis) Dearing. She married Christian J. Fischer on June 23, 1937, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Mrs. Fischer was a homemaker and worked in the housekeeping department at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality, and the Daughters of Isabella.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Christian J. Fischer, who passed away September 12, 1989; one son, Gary Alan Fischer; one grandson, Adam Fischer; two brothers, Charles “Bud” Dearing and Leo “Jr.” Dearing; and two sisters, Evelyn Stone Byers and Barbara Ellis.

She is survived by one daughter, Marlene (Paul) Ralph of Haubstadt; seven sons, Paul Fischer of Newburgh, James Fischer of Evansville, C. Michael Fischer of Grove City, Florida, Roger (Pat) Fischer of Huntingburg, Stephen (Judy) Fischer of Huntingburg, Dan (Sheila) Fischer of French Lick, and Gene Fischer of Huntingburg; one brother, Jim Dearing of Evansville; one sister, Betty McGregor of Palatine, Illinois; and by 16 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mildred M. Fischer will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and also from 9:00 to 9:40 a.m. Friday morning.

A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.



Stan K. Gehlhausen, 58, Montgomery, passed away at 3:03 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Stan was born in Huntingburg on March 5, 1958 to Kenneth and Betty (Ubelhor) Gehlhausen. He married Kathy Potter on June 24, 2005.

He was a 1976 graduate of Jasper High School. Stan worked as a welder and machinist. He was a member of the NRA. He loved hunting and fishing. He was also an avid Chicago Bears and NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Gehlhausen of Montgomery; one daughter, Anna Sizemore of Montgomery; five sisters, Ann Hochgesang, and her husband Bernard of Jasper, Cheryl Snedeker and her husband Mark of Jasper, Janet Eckert and her husband Brien of Celestine, Cindy Steltenpohl and her husband Paul ofJasper and Linda Gehlhausen of Jasper; several nieces and great nephews.

Preceding him in death besides his parents are one son Matthew Gehlhausen, and one nephew, Alex Snedeker.

Funeral services for Stan K. Gehlhausen will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, with burial to follow at a later date.

Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until the 7:00 p.m. service time at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family.



Alan F. “Al” Sollman, 68, Huntingburg, passed away at noon on Monday, July 18, 2016, at his residence.

He was born August 11, 1947, at Stork Memorial Hospital in Huntingburg to Elmo “Poppy” and Wilma “Mimi” (Burns) Sollman. He married Deborah Deich on May 11, 1984, at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.

Al was enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1972 and served in the Vietnam War as an Air Force C-130 crew chief. He served in the Army National Guard from 1973 to 1990, retiring with the rank sergeant first class.  In the early 1970’s until 1990, he was employed as a salesman for Phillip Morris and worked at Wabash Foods until his retirement. After retirement, he went to work at the Buffalo Trace and Ruxer Golf Courses in Jasper.

Al enjoyed participating in the Huntingburg Little League program where he was a baseball coach from 1978 to 1981. He also served as a scoutmaster from 1979 to 1981 for Cub Scout Pack 184 where he was instrumental in bringing the Boy Scout Popcorn Fundraising program to the community.  He was a lifetime member of the Huntingburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2366; an avid dart and golf enthusiast; and a founder of the Huntingburg Dart League and participant in the Dubois County Amateur Golf Tourney for the past 25 years.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents, Elmo and Wilma Sollman.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah (Deich) Sollman of Huntingburg; one daughter and one son-in-law, April (Jay) King of Huntingburg; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Chad (Angie) Sollman of Jasper, Nate (Brandy) Sollman of Ferdinand and B.J. Sollman of Jasper; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Carol (Rex) Bredemeier of Huntingburg and Kathy (Larry) Vonderheide of Huntingburg; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services for Alan F. “Al” Sollman will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg followed by military honors conducted by the V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday the day of the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the family. Friends are invited to participate in two upcoming events dear to Al’s heart – a Memorial Dart Tourney at the Gaslight and a Memorial Golf Outing. The dates and times for each event will be announced later.



Larry L. Powell, 75, Otwell, passed away at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, (July 17, 2016), in Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

He was born in Waverly Kentucky on July 1, 1941 to Willie Norris Powell and Willie (Loree Hunter) Powell. He married Shirley Breidenbaugh on September 17, 1966 in Iva Union Church in Otwell, Indiana.

Larry graduated from Selvin High School Class of 1959. He attended TTI Institute in Evansville, Indiana.
He retired from Kimball Electronic after 42 years. Larry is a member of the Otwell Wesleyan Church. He enjoyed doing woodworking and gardening.

He is survived by his wife Shirley Powell; two sons, Lane Kendall of Miami, Ok. and Ryan Kent Powell of Otwell; two grandchildren, Brandon Powell and Kaley Powell; two sisters, Helen Shuck and her husband John Jr. of Blytheville, Ark. and Wilma Clark of Owensboro, Ky.; four brothers, Kenneth Powell and his wife Joanne of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Jerry Powell and his wife Marlene of Dale, Darrell Powell and his wife LaVonne of Holland and David Powell and wife Alice of Holland.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lee and George Powell.

Funeral services for Larry Powell will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. The Rev. Roy Stilwell will officiate. Burial will follow in Iva Public Cemetery in Otwell, Indiana.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.



Herbert “Herb” J. Burke, 72, Celestine, passed away at 4:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016, at home.

Herb was born on May 6, 1944 in Huntingburg, Indiana, to Herman and Lorena (Reckelhoff) Burke. He married Patricia Betz on September 1, 1973 in St. Celestine Catholic Church.

Herb was a graduate of Dubois High School. Herb was a farmer and the owner of Hall Creek Catering. He was a member of St. Celestine Catholic Church, the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, Schnellville Conservation Club, Schnellville Community Club, Celestine Community Club and the St. Anthony American Legion Post #493. He enjoyed going to auctions and was interested in antique machinery.

He is survived by Patty Burke of Celestine; three sons, Chris Burke, Adam Burke and Phillip Burke, all of Celestine; mother, Lorena Burke of Celestine; one sister, Mary Ann Boeglin and her husband Randy of Huntingburg; one brother, Eugene Burke of Celestine.

Preceding him in death is his father Herman Burke.

Funeral services Herbert “Herb” J. Burke will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at St. Celestine Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The St. Anthony American Legion Post #493 will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. St. Celestine Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. The Celestine Volunteer Fire Department will have a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Celestine Catholic Church, the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department or to a favorite charity.



Florence C. Gardner, 102, Jasper, passed at 12:54 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2016, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Florence was born in Jasper, Indiana, on January 19, 1914 to Edward and Elizabeth (Seng) Otto. She married Melvin Gardner on November 8, 1934. He preceded her in death on March 14, 1987.

Florence worked as a sales person at the former Reising and Taicherts on the Square in Jasper. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the St. Ann’s Society, Jasper D of I, American Legion Post #147 Auxiliary, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and AARP. She embroidered over 300 quilt blocks for Precious Blood and Holy Family Catholic Churches and for the R.S.V.P.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are four sisters, Frances M. Schuch, Anna Otto, Emma Bohnert, and Henrietta Haase, and one brother Ollie Otto.

Funeral services for Florence C. Gardner will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the church on Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or to a favorite charity.



Sister Assunta Highbaugh, 99, Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, died at 12:25 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at the monastery’s Hildegard Health Center.

Sister Assunta was born September 17, 1916, in Alexandria, Indiana, the second of two children of Harvey and Nellie (Wood) Highbaugh. She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1931 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1933. She celebrated the 80th anniversary of her monastic profession in 2013.

She is survived by nieces, nephews, and members of her religious community. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Harvey, and stepsisters Lorraine (Prieshoff) Leffler, Kathleen (Prieshoff) Doyle, Lucille (Prieshoff) Dugan, and Peggy (Prieshoff) Hagelskamp.

Sister Assunta taught at St. Paul School in Tell City, St. Ambrose School in Seymour, and St. Benedict School and St. Joseph School, both in Evansville. She was principal at Christ the King School and St. Pius X School, both in Indianapolis.

She served as dean and president of St. Benedict College in Ferdinand and as a student teacher supervisor at College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. She was a founding member of Holy Spirit Monastery in Grand Terrace, California. In California, she served as principal at St. Mel School in Norco, and at St. Mary School in Apple Valley; as a teacher in Rancho Jurupa, and at Our Lady of Guadalupe; and as assistant principal at Notre Dame High School in Riverside, and at Aquinas High School in San Bernardino.

She served in parish ministry at St. Simon and St. Jude Parish in Huntington Beach, and at St. Catherine Parish in Laguna Beach.  She served as prioress and ministered to the sick at Holy Spirit Monastery.  After returning to Ferdinand, she worked in supportive services at the monastery. She most recently served in the ministry of prayer.

Visitation will be at the monastery on Sunday, July 17, from 3:00 to 6:45 p.m. EDT and on Monday, July 18, from 2:00 to 4:15 p.m. A wake service will be held on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held on Monday at 4:30 p.m. in the monastery church followed by burial in the monastery cemetery.

Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand.



Norma Lee Bodkins, 86, Mt. Vernon, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Park Terrace Village.

She was born January 20, 1930, in Knox County to the late Virgil J. and Henrietta M. (Sprinkle) Morrison.

Throughout the years she worked as a surgical tech and doctor’s assistant, and graduated later in life from USI with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Services with a Minor in Social Work. Norma founded the River City Eagles in Evansville and the Oakland City Eagles, where she held many offices throughout the years. She had also been active in the State Eagles Organization with her husband. She loved dancing the polka and the waltz.

Previously, Norma lived in Gibson County, Vanderburgh County, Pike County and Bradenton County, Fla.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Oral Calvin Bodkins; brother, Jackie Joe Morrison; and her parents.

She is survived by her son, Steven Roy (Patti) Bodkins of Texas; daughters, Angela (Howard “Butch”) Draper of Tiptonville, Tenn. and Teresa (Alan) Blackburn of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Shane O’Keefe of Evansville, Mark Blackburn of Mt. Vernon, Erick Bodkins of Evansville, Ivy Bodkins, Cheri Norrington and Andy Hurst, all of Winslow; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Alexander West Chapel. Friends may visit Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Special thanks to the staffs of Heritage Hospice and Park Terrace Village for their excellent care and compassion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 or to Heritage Hospice, 1202 W. Buena Vista Rd, Evansville, IN 47710.



William Amos Lamar, 74, Dale, died on June 29, 2016 at his home in Dale.

He is survived by a son, Kevin Lamar; grandchildren, Nathan Lamar, Amanda Diamond and Nick Myers.

Services will be at a later date.

Fuller Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.



Martha Lamar 68, Dale, died on June 29, 2016 at her home in Dale.

She is survived by a three sisters, Sadie Carter, Bonnie Lawalin and Velma Riley; and a brother, Bill Kendall.

She was preceded in death by her son Danny Poehlein; a sister, Connie Harlen; and her husband, William.

Services will be at a later date.

Fuller Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.



JoAnn Smith, 81, Jasper, and formerly of Anderson, Ind., passed away at 7:41 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2016, at her home.

She was born at Dubois, Indiana on July 29, 1934 to Leo and Emma (Kempf) Greive. She was married Glenn Smith and he preceded her in death in January 28, 2003.

JoAnn was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

She is survived by her caregiver and niece, Rhonda and Greg Uebelhor of Ferdinand; nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are two sisters, Evelyn Neukam and Mary Ann Serles, three brothers, Bernard, Hilbert and James Greive.

Funeral services for JoAnn Smith will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow in the Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery at Anderson, Ind.

Friends may call one hour before services on Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.



Maria Julianna (Krieschneider) Mihajlovits, 90, passed away at 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Maria was born in Eztergom, Hungary on December 8, 1925, to Ferenc Krieschneider and Katalin Kheil.

She and her husband, Alexander, escaped from Hungary during the Communist uprising in Hungary in 1956. They relocated to Syracuse, New York where they resided until they moved to a retirement community in New Port Richey, Florida.

While living in New York, Maria was employed by Schultzle Needle Company for 27 years. After the passing of her husband in 2014, she moved to Huntingburg.

Maria loved being around her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her hobbies included gardening, reading, cooking, crocheting, knitting, decorating and playing cards.

Maria was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander L. Mihajlovits, Sr.; by two sisters, Julianna & Erzsebet; and by two brothers, Ferenc & Joszeph in Hungary.

She is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Stephen (Kristine) Mihajlovits of Doswell, Va. and Alexander “Al” (Andrea) Mihajlovits of Huntingburg; three sisters, Katalin, Magdaline & Margit all of Tat, Hungary; five grandchildren, William (Bethany) Mihajlovits of Doswell, Va., Stephanie (Corey) Salomone of Doswell, Va., Matthew Mihajlovits of New Albany, Nicole (Jason) Mihajlovits Stephens of Newburgh and Natalie (Jarrod) Mihajlovits Newell of Carmi, Ill.; four great-granddaughters and five great-grandsons living in Indiana, Illinois, and Virginia; by one sister-in-law and by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews living in Hungary, Germany, Romania, and France.

Maria was a Catholic and requested no visitation or funeral. Her wishes were to be cremated followed by a private service with immediate family attending.

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in honor of Maria to the American Heart Association.



Amanda A. Angerer, 95, Dubois, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, in the Timbers of Jasper Health Care.

Amanda was born at Haysville on March 11, 1921 to Henry and Carrie (Frank) Neukam. She married Walter J. Angerer on May 16, 1940 in Emanuel Hill Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on March 31, 1988.

She was a homemaker and member of Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville. She enjoyed working her crossword puzzles and like flowers and her puppy.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda White and husband Ed of Jasper; son, Dennis Angerer of Dubois; two grandchildren, Nathan and Craig White; five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Sydney, McKenzie, Maddie and Evan.

Preceding her in death besides her husband is a son, Kenneth Angerer; daughter, Melba Ziegler; four sisters, Annetta Sendelweck, Marie Barnes, Amelia Neukam Anna Mae Neukam; and one brother, Raymond Neukam.

Funeral services for Amanda Angerer will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville, Indiana with burial to follow in Community Cemetery.

Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. Sunday until the 2:00 p.m. service time at Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or to a favorite Charity.


Violet Jeanette “Igg” Collins, 88, Huntingburg, passed away at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

She was born August 3, 1927, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Albert and Lillian (Brockriede) Hilgeman. She married Marvin “Buck” Collins on May 8, 1948, at the Salem Church parsonage in Huntingburg.

Jeanette worked at General Electric for 20 years and also at the Best Western Dutchman Inn Restaurant for 20 years. She was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church; was an avid Indiana University basketball fan; and enjoyed following the weather.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin “Buck” Collins, who passed away November 10, 2002; and two brothers, Ellis Hilgeman and Allen “Pickle” Hilgeman.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Sandy (Greg) Zink of Huntingburg; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Gary Allen (Faye) Collins of Huntingburg and Jeff (Ginger) Collins of Jasper; two sisters, Dorthea Chase of Indianapolis and Connie Frick of Huntingburg; by three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Violet Jeanette “Igg” Collins will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Zoar Cemetery in Zoar, Indiana. Pastor Keith Chanley will officiate at the funeral service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Memorial contributions can be made to Generations Meals on Wheels.



Rose “Joan” Blount, 77, Huntingburg, passed away at 2:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at her residence.

She was born October 6, 1938, in Loogootee to Omar James and Mary Conrad (Meyer) VanHoy.  She married Charles E. Bount on July 1, 1961, in Loogootee.

Joan was a retired registered nurse and worked at Memorial Hospital in Jasper for 30 years. She was a member of Christ Community Fellowship in Huntingburg; enjoyed reading, working on jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren; and was an avid euchre player.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles E. Blount, who passed away May 28, 2009; and one sister, Peg Sefton.

She is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law, Jamie (David) Oldham of Huntingburg and Jennifer (Jay) Kerkhoff of Holland; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Michael (Clara) Blount of Huntingburg, Bert (Susan) Blount of Chrisney and Chad Blount of Evansville; one sister and brother-in-law, Dee (Bill) Grinnell of Santa Monica, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, Chuck (Pat) VanHoy of Greenwood, Ind.; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Rose “Joan” Blount will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Cup Creek Cemetery near Velpen.

Pastor Jan Jay Miller will officiate at the funeral service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday and also from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Memorial contributions can be made to Christ Community Fellowship or to a favorite charity.



Mary T. Fischer, 79, Ferdinand, passed away, Friday, July 1, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Mary was born October 2, 1936 in Siberia to John and Theresa (Jasper) Tiemann. She married Irvin H. Fischer on October 24, 1959 in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Siberia. He preceded her in death on October 15, 1993.

Mary was a homemaker who enjoyed embroidery, canning tomatoes, listening to music and watching birds. She was especially fond of cardinals.

Mary is survived by seven sons; Paul, David, Dennis, Marvin, Steve and Michael (Donna) Fischer, all of Ferdinand, and Leroy Fischer of Niles Mich.; five daughters, Ruth Fischer, Deanna Fischer, Brenda Fischer and Marilyn Weyer, all of Ferdinand, and Marlene (Sal) Johnson of Omaha Neb.; one sister, Anna Lee (Dennis) Fischer of Jasper; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Irvin; three sons, Ralph, Greg and Mark Fischer; one daughter, Jane Fischer; one brother Edward Tiemann.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday at the church from 8:00 a.m. until time of services.



Jerome “Chick” Alles, 90, Jasper, who served as mayor of the City of Jasper from January 1, 1980 thru December 31, 1991, passed away at 11:05 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

Mayor Alles was born in Jasper, Indiana on May 22, 1926 to Jacob J. and Anna T. (Rasche) Alles. He married Annie (Hoffman) on May 22, 1947 in St. Meinrad Abbey Catholic Church. Annie Alles preceded him in death on January 21, 2014.

He graduated from Jasper High School Class of 1944. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the European Theatre during WWII. Besides his three terms as mayor of the City of Jasper, he served on the Dubois County Council for two terms 1993 to 2001 and 13 years as Bainbridge Township Trustee from 1967 to 1979 and also many years on the city park board.

He played baseball and basketball at JHS and was a member of the 1944 Jasper High School Basketball sectional champions. He was a two-time recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, once by Governor Bayh and once by Governor O’Bannon. He was named and honorary field examiner by the Indiana State Board of accounts and was the first Democrat to ever to receive this award.

He was an avid sports fan who played for the Jasper Reds baseball team. He was big fan of Jasper High School Wildcats sports, San Francisco Giants and IU basketball.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, V.F.W. Post # 673 American Legion Post # 147 and J-Men Letterman Club.

He is survived by two daughters, Bev Alles of Jasper and Eve Ambler and husband Eric of Carmel; five sons, Joe Alles and wife Sissi, Bob Alles and wife Brenda, Bill Alles and wife Paula, Tom Alles and wife Ellen and Jerry Alles all of Jasper; 10 grandchildren, Ryan Hochgesang, Melanie Alles, Stephanie Alles, Michael Alles, Natalie Merkley, Kristin Alles, Steve Alles , Mallory Alles, Austin Alles and Matthew Alles; four great-grandchildren. Mia Hochgesang, Madeline Alles, Claire Alles and Edward Alles.

Preceding him in death besides his wife are six brothers, Hilary, Oliver, James, Norbert, Edward and Charles Alles.

Funeral services for Jerome “Chick” Alles will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow in the Jasper City Cemetery. V.F.W. Post # 673 will conduct military graveside rites.
Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. Thursday until service time at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jasper Reds Baseball, 844 19th Street, Jasper, IN 47546, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1029 Kundek Street, Jasper, IN 47546 or to the Dubois County Museum, 2704 Newton St., Jasper, IN 47546


 

Clara V. Hurm, 93, Jasper, passed away at 12:36 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

Clara was born in Tell City on August 1, 1922, to Hilary and Laura (Braunecker) Gramelspacher. She married Victor Hurm on January 30, 1943. He preceded her in death on September 9, 1974.

Clara was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the St. Ann’s Society and the Jasper D of I. She was also a former volunteer at several nursing facilities in Jasper. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, bowling, and spending time with family and friends, especially going on trips and outings with them.

She is survived by three daughters, Nancy Marks and her husband Lenny of Jasper, Patty Bailey and her husband Ronnie of Jasper and Debbie Freyberger and her husband Scott of Elizabethtown, Ky.; three sons, Victor Hurm Jr. and his wife Brenda of Jasper, Gene Hurm and his wife Janet of Tell City and David Hurm and his wife Joey of Jasper; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bertilla Bell of Evansville and Dorothy “Dottie” Wright of Owensboro, Ky.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are three grandchildren, Matthew Marks and infant twins Laura and Henry Freyberger; three sisters, Lorena Gramelspacher, Viola Zoglman and Hildegard Miller; and four brothers, Peter, Ervine, Earl and Hilary Gramelspacher.

Funeral services for Clara V. Hurm will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Ann’s Society and the Jasper D of I will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Dubois County Community Foundation or to a favorite charity.



Tom J. Flinn, 68, Dubois, passed away at 2:08 p.m. CST Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh.

He was born in Bloomington, Indiana on January 20, 1948, to Hurvey Earl and Oweeta (Pace) Flinn. He married Mary Jane Kluesner on July 20. 1968, in St. Celestine Catholic Church.

Tom was a graduate of Bloomington High School South Class of 1966. Tom was an avid mechanic, machinist and welder through his career and after retirement he enjoyed gardening, fishing, cooking, watching tractor shows, metalworking and spoiling his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Flinn; daughter, Andrea Harger of Wadesville, Ind.; three sons, Todd Flinn of Dubois, Jamison Flinn of Hardingsburg, Ind., and Mike Flinn of Bloomington; mother, Oweeta Flinn of Bloomington; sister, Connie Ducker of Bloomington; brother, Steven Flinn of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Cody, Tommy, Elijah, Tyler, Leeland and Aiyrah.

Preceding him in death is his father Hurvey Earl “Ick” Flinn and one brother, Ronald Flinn and grandson, Keegan Harger both who died in infancy.

Funeral services for Tom Flinn will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in St. Raphael’s Catholic Church with burial to follow in St. Raphael’s Cemetery in Dubois.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday, July 4, 2016 at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.



Chris Gerald Mundy, 44, Washington, passed away, Tuesday, June 28th at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Chris was born December 7, 1971 in Jasper to Orville and Bernadette (Humbert) Mundy. He married Natalie Alford on December 11, 2015 in Jasper.

Chris was a self-employed construction worker. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with family, rock-n-roll, riding his Harley Davidson, spending time with friends and cooking. Chris was a member of the Eagles Club in Washington.

Chris is survived by his wife, Natalie (Alford) Mundy; five daughters, Justice Mundy, Stormi Cole, Tyanna Graber, Lillian Miller and Sarah Graber; two sons, Scott Mundy and Jacob Graber; seven brothers, Larry (Kathy) Mundy and Joe (Tammy) Mundy all of Ferdinand, Tom (Jodi) Mundy of Huntingburg, Gary Mundy and partner Jayne Hurst and Kevin Mundy all of St. Anthony, Patrick Mundy of Dale, Mark (Linda) Mundy and Steve Mundy all of Birdseye; five sisters, Rebecca Taylor of Evansville, Ruth (Elisha) Sterling of Washington, Mary Mundy and partner William Robinson of Ferdinand, Karen (Mark) Beckman of St. Anthony and Elaine Duncan of Huntingburg.

Chris was preceded in death by both his parents, Orville and Bernadette Mundy.

Friends may call Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and Saturday from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. There will be a graveside service at 10:00 a.m. in St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery.

In death, Chris gave the gift of organ donation with Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.


Victor J. Knies, 89, Jasper, passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

Vic was born in Jasper, Indiana on December 14, 1926 to Joseph and Mayme (Schroering) Knies. He married Monica Mehringer, his wife of 65 years, on October 20, 1951 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana.

Vic graduated from Jasper High School in 1945. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired after over 35 years in the woodworking industry.  He was a Jasper City Council Member for 28 years and was on the Jasper Board of Public Works for many years. He also served on other various boards and committees through the years. He was very active in the Sister Cities Program.

He and his wife, Monica, were recipients of the Simon Brute Award. He was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Frank O’Bannon in 1999. He was also awarded the German Heritage Award in 2009.

He was a member of the K of C #1584 and was a 4th degree knight.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #147, a past member of the Indiana Regional Planning Commission where he was treasurer, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Holy Family Catholic Church where he was very active in church functions.

He enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Monica Knies of Jasper; two daughters, Barb Bleemel and her husband Bob of Jasper and Elaine Knies of Greenwood, Ind.; three sons, Tom Knies of Jasper, Jerry Knies and his wife Chris of Jasper and
Marty Knies and his wife Judi of Greenwood, Ind.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Preceding him in death are one son, Greg Knies; one grandson, Scott Bleemel; five sisters, Catherine Betz, Marie Burger, Delphine Ruhe, Florence Kordes and Loretta Eckert; and seven brothers, Edwin, Henry, Charles, Andrew, Raymond, Oscar and Donald Knies.

Funeral services for Victor J. Knies will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2016, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church on Friday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, the St. Meinrad Archabbey, or to a favorite charity.



Irma Jean Hasenour, 75, of rural Huntingburg, passed away at 6:02 p.m., on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at her residence.

She was born March 6, 1941, in Schnellville to Albert and Emma (Schnell) Welp. She married Allen Edward Hasenour on May 19, 1962, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville.

Allen and Irma were lifelong farmers and started Hasenour Organics in 2003. Irma loved spending time with her children, grandkids and great grandkids. She enjoyed crocheting, baking and loved being a homemaker. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and the St. Henry Christian Mothers.

Irma was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Edward Hasenour, who passed away March 20, 2005; one sister, Betty Neuhoff; three grandchildren, Brad Grass, Nicole Grass and Curtis Hasenour; and one great grandchild, Alyse Grass.

She is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law, Sheila (Jim) Grass of Lamar and Linda (Duane) Gehlhausen of Huntingburg; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Chris (Angie) Hasenour of Huntingburg, Tim Hasenour of Huntingburg and David Hasenour of Ferdinand; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Mary Catherine Persohn of Jasper, Doris (Bill) Birk of Brownsburg, Ind., and LaVerne (Jim) Uebelhor of Ferdinand; one brother- and one sister-in-law, Marvin (Mary Fae) Welp of Schnellville; by 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Irma Jean Hasenour will be held at 10:00 a.m., EDT on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at the St. Henry Catholic Church in St. Henry with burial to follow at the St. Henry Cemetery. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Jack Durchholz.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday; and also from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to family wishes.


Bessie Kellems, 88, Lamar, passed away, Friday June 24.

She was born June 12, 1928, in Tell City.

She was the oldest of twelve children born to William Joshua “Doc” Bryant and Mary Louise Ammons Bryant in Tell City on June 12, 1928.

She was a Christian. She married Louie Kellems on August 3,1946, who preceded her in death in 2009.

Bessie was also preceded in death by an infant son, Shane, daughter-in-law, Teresa Kellems and granddaughter, Vanessa Van Winkle, sisters, Ida Belle Bryant, Ruth Sandage, Mary Emma Kraft, Virgie Hoosier, Dorothy Nevitt and Betty Embrey, and a brother, Albert Bryant.

Bessie was a hard worker all of her life. She began working at age 13 and lived with families to do their cleaning and ironing. She worked at General Electric prior to marriage. Following her marriage, she was a homemaker for many years. She later worked at Dale Furniture, Swiss Plywood, Heritage Hills High School and retired from Kimball.

Surviving her are her children Jowashia (Mike) Day of Dale, Jack (Patti) Kellems of Greer SC, Carol Van Winkle of Lincoln City, Nancy (Marvin) Heilman of Newburgh, and Kevin Kellems of Lamar. She is also survived by sisters Linda Burdin (Woody) of Chrisney, Daisy (Butch) Meredith of Newburgh, Frances Cronin of Rockport, and brothers Kenny Bryant of Florida and Dick Bryant of Arkansas, and brother in law Porter Kellems of Dale. She is also survived by grandchildren Brandon Day, Sacheen Day, and Samantha Day, Andy Burl Kellems, Jaclyn Kellems, Emily Tychek, Sara Collins, Whitney Jordan, Haley Devine, Tyler Heilman, Andrew Kellems, and Lacey Collins. She is also survived by 22 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, June 28, at 10 a.m. CDT at Fuller Funeral Home in Dale. Burial to follow in Lily Dale Cemetery.

Visitation is Monday June 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. CDT at Fuller Funeral Home.


Michael “Beau” Ladley, 42, passed away Thursday morning, June 23, 2016, at his home.

He was born at Carmi, Ill. on April 29, 1974, to Thomas Michael and Marsha (Scroggins) Ladley.

He was a graduate of Wetumpka Alabama High School class of 1992 and attended Auburn University. He was working for Jasper Engines and Transmissions as a sales associate. He was an avid Auburn football fan.

He is survived by his companion, Jodi Richardson of Jasper; mother and stepfather, Marsha Sullivan and Paul of Wetumpka, Ala.; sister, Tiffany Singleton and husband Gary of Wetumpka, Ala.; stepbrother, Michael Paul Sullivan of Prattville, Ala.; also nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow at a later date in Carmi, Ill.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center Behavioral Health Services department.


James R. Adams, 76, Jasper, formerly of Kokomo, passed away at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at home.

James was born in Bradley County, Ark., on July 12, 1939 to Raymond and Barbara (Goodwin) Adams. He married Sally Jo Sanders on March 31, 1987, in Arcadia, Florida.

James retired in 1995 as a maintenance supervisor for Delco Electronics in Kokomo. He was a Green Beret Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Jasper VFW Post #673 and the Jasper American Legion Post #147. He enjoyed running 5k races for charity and participating in martial arts tournaments. He also enjoyed gardening and spending time with his cat Sandy.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Jo Adams of Jasper; one sister, Marcile Davis and husband David of Eureka Springs, Ark.; seven nieces and nephews; many great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Preceding him in death was one sister, Martha Adams.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for James R. Adams will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Pastor Gerald Fry will officiate. The VFW Post #673 will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. service time at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation.