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Joseph Damien Allen
, Sr., age 49, of Huntingburg, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville from injuries sustained in a vehicular accident.

He was born January 6, 1968, in Newport, Kentucky. Joseph was employed as a cook at Shoney’s Restaurant in Jasper. He is survived by his father, William “Bill” Allen of Owensboro, Kentucky; his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Damien (Sarah) Allen, Jr. of Huntingburg; and by aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services for Joseph Allen, Sr. will be held at 10:00 a.m., E.D.T., on Friday, March 17, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Ryan Hilderbrand.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 5:00-8:00 p.m., E.D.T., on Thursday.


 
Francis O. Brinkman, 72, passed away Sunday morning, March 12, 2017, at his residence near Huntingburg.

He was born in Ferdinand, Indiana on February 4, 1945, the son of Joseph and Augusta (Hackman) Brinkman; and was married to Mary H. Beyke on September 24, 1966, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. Francis graduated from St. Ferdinand High School in 1963 and served in the United States Army. He retired from farming and was part owner of Duckville Trucking, Inc. He enjoyed gardening, fishing with his grandkids and was looking forward to meeting his newest grandchild. He was a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Huntingburg; Ferdinand American Legion Post #124; and a life member of Dubois County Disabled American Veterans Chapter #77, where he was a past Commander. Francis was a Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 181 in Huntingburg and a long-time member of the Scout Committee. He was named Dubois County’s Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976 and received the Boy Scouts Lincoln Heritage District Award of Merit. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Cletus and Andrew Brinkman; and sister, Anna Marie Wagner.

Francis is survived by his wife, Mary Brinkman; three sons, Greg (Vicky) of Duckville, Ben (Stephanie) of Ferdinand and Vincent (Marla) of Huntington; three daughters, Mary “Fran” Brinkman of Ferdinand, Susan (Garry) Elkington of Huntingburg and Becky Brinkman of Evansville; two brothers, Wilfred of Jasper and Leonard of Ferdinand; two sisters, Rosaline Hopf of Duff and Irma (Danny) Borman of Duckville; and ten grandchildren, Kylie and Leah Eckert, Allison (Justin) Sutton, Elizabeth, Alyssa, Brendan, Aidan and Audrie Brinkman, Emily McLean and Claire Elkington.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., E.D.T., Saturday, March 18, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Ryan Hilderbrand. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Ferdinand American Legion Post #124 Memorial Detail.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00-8:00 p.m., Friday. The Disabled American Veterans Chapter #77 will conduct a vigil service at 6:30 p.m., Friday, followed by a parish rosary prayer service led by Deacon Tom Holsworth. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, Huntingburg Boy Scout Troop 181, The Dale Helmerich Memorial Scholarship Fund, or a favorite charity.


Gail E. Berg, age 45, of Birdseye, passed away at 1:00 a.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017, at I.U. Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born June 13, 1971, in Huntingburg, Indiana to John and Dorothy (Wilkey) Huff. Gail was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Sandra Kay Huff-Enlow.

She is survived by four children, Damend Berg of Jasper, Dalton Berg of Birdseye, Desin Berg of Birdseye and Daegan Berg of Birdseye; six siblings, Tracy Huff of Eckerty, Cliff Huff of Huntingburg, Scott Huff of Birdseye, Mark Huff of Jasper, Doug Huff of Jasper and Joyce Rickenbaugh of English; and one grandson, Rilyn Martinez.

Funeral services for Gail Berg will be held at 2:00 p.m., E.D.T., on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Cox Cemetery near Kyana.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 2:00-8:00 p.m., on Tuesday; and also from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be given to be used for funeral expenses.


Sarah Leann Goldman, age 37, of Birdseye, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at her son’s residence in Mariah Hill.

She was born September 15, 1979, in Paoli, Indiana to Edward Goldman and Lora (Clouse) McCracken. Sarah was a healthcare worker and in her spare time enjoyed listening to music, being outdoors and spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Goldman; grandmother, Sherry Clouse and uncle, David Clouse.

She is survived by one son, Isaac (fiancÚ- Brittney Adams) Goldman of Mariah Hill; mother, Lora McCracken of Petersburg; fiancÚ, Nicholas Gordon of Birdseye; step children, Lily and Molly Gordon at home; sisters, Joni Goldman of Huntingburg, Selena McCracken of Petersburg, Maria Clouse of Dale and two grandchildren, Rylan and Nolan.

A memorial service for Sarah Goldman will be held at 3:00 p.m., E.S.T., Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Art Ross, Jr. will officiate the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., the day of the funeral. Condolences may be shared online at: www.nassandson.com.
The family has requested that memorial contributions may be made to help with funeral expenses in lieu of flowers


Mildred M. Helmerich, age 89, of Huntingburg, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in route to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born July 1, 1927, in Holland, Indiana to Daniel and Lena (Nussmeyer) Schroeder; and was united in marriage to Gerald Helmerich on January 20, 1946, at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Holland. Mildred retired from Styline after working there for 17 years. She enjoyed spending time with family, quilting, collecting salt and pepper shakers and was an active member of St. Paul United Church of Christ as well as St. Paul’s Women’s Guild. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Ida Sickbert; husband, Gerald Helmerich, who passed away in 1986; son, Gregory Helmerich; sister, Luella Gray and daughter-in-law, Meredith Helmerich.

She is survived by one daughter, Donna (Duane) Davis of Katy, Texas; three sons, Rick (Ruth) Helmerich of Louisville, Kentucky, Sherrel (Gail) Helmerich of Nashville, Indiana and Philip (Brenda) Helmerich of Huntingburg; brother, Melvin Schroeder of Holland; by ten grandchildren, four step grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one step great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., E.S.T., on Monday, March 6, 2017 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Holland with Pastor Debbie Roe officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 4:00-8:00 p.m., on Sunday; and also from 10:00-11:00 a.m., Monday, prior to the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul’s Cemetery fund.


Robert E. Harris, Sr., 80, of Jasper, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville.

He was born February 14, 1937, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Charles E. and Mary Elizabeth (Taylor) Harris; and was united in marriage to Joan L. Boeglin on December 26, 1959, in Shawneetown, Illinois. Bob was employed at Whirlpool in Evansville for 41 years; was a member of the Huntingburg High School Class of 1955; and enjoyed hunting, fishing and wood working. He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers, Crellis, Collis, Carlas, James, infant Charles, Ronald Ray and Gerald Harris; and three sisters, Doretha Whitledge, Marcella Reed and Alberta DeFur.

He is survived by his wife, Joan L. Harris of Jasper; four children, Brenda Volz of Dale, Robert Harris, Jr. of Oakland City, Judy Meyer of Jasper and Mary Elizabeth Bruce of Princeton; by seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Interment will take place at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg and a celebration of life memorial service will be held at a later date. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Marjorie Mae Lewis, age 95, of Huntingburg, passed away at 6:30 a.m., on Friday, February 24, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

She was born May 30, 1921, in Mariah Hill, Indiana to Christian and Emma (Arnold) Michel. Marjorie graduated from Huntingburg High School in the Class of 1939; worked as a custodian at the Huntingburg United Methodist Church where she retired; was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, the Ladies Sodality and the Daughters of Isabella in Jasper; enjoyed creating ceramics and baby quilts; and loved following her children’s and grandchildren’s activities. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Lewis, who died March 24, 1993; and by one great grandchild.

She is survived by three daughters and three sons-in-law, Carol “Jeannie” (Don) LaGrange of Washington, Linda (Lou) Seng of Jasper and Marcia (Kent) Butke of Huntingburg; one son and daughter-in-law, Denny (Cathy) Lewis of Jasper; by (15) grandchildren and (33) great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., E.S.T., on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 4:00-8:00 p.m., on Monday. A parish rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m., Monday evening, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the American Cancer Society or to a favorite charity.


Kemmel Lee McKim, age 86, of Huntingburg, passed away at 9:15 p.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017, at The Waters of Batesville in Batesville, Indiana.

He was born December 4, 1930, in Taswell, to William and Anna (Sturgeon) McKim. Kemmel married Mary Ann Mullen on April 22, 1950. Before moving to Batesville, Kemmel was a truck driver and a member of the New Hope General Baptist Church in Birdseye. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann McKim, who passed away on July 17, 2005; son, Terry McKim; daughter, Kimberly Ann McKim; sisters, Anmae Snider, Frances Sturgeon, Lois Atkins, Ruby Patton, Lois Enlow and Closis Hollen; brothers, Charles, William and Gido Atkins.

He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Jane (Joseph) Russell of New Baden, Illinois; son, Steven Allen (Patricia) McKim of Moores Hill; brother, Kenneth McKim of Paoli; seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 1:00-2:00 p.m., E.S.T., on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Funeral services held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home with burial at the Highfill Cemetery in Taswell.



Michael Jacob Volz, age 20, of Huntingburg, passed away at 5:43 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born August 11, 1996, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Jacob Lee Volz and Stephanie Petry. Michael was an avid video gamer; Bob Marley fan; and devoted to his dog, “Luna”. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Pam Wollenman; great grandparents, Clarence and Sylvia Petry, Don Barkley, John and Emma Volz; and cousin, Isaac Fawks.

He is survived by his mother, Stephanie Petry (fiancÚ, William Frye II) of Huntingburg; father, Jacob Lee Volz of Jasper; grandparents, Danny and Marcia Petry of Jasper, Dee and Dan Hochgesang, Mary Ann Barkley and Chester Volz all of Huntingburg; sisters, Jessica Volz and Jasmine Volz both of Huntingburg; brother, Christian Dominguez of Huntingburg; stepsister, Aliviah Frye and stepbrother, Villjo Frye both of Indianapolis; nephew, Darius Guitterez and one niece on the way; and by half-brothers and half-sisters.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00-7:00 p.m., E.S.T., on Saturday, February 25, 2017. A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Saturday evening, at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg.


Harold Wellmeyer, 85, of Holland, Indiana passed away at 2:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at his home.

Harold was born May 9, 1931, in Stendal to the late Herbert and Ethel Wellmeyer. He grew up attending St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stendal and began attending Zoar United Methodist Church after his marriage to Roberta Weitkamp on June 17, 1961.

Harold Graduated from Stendal High School in 1949. He served in the Army, until his honorable discharge in 1956, as a Staff Sergeant assigned to the Atomic Artillery Unit stationed at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas and Baumholder, Germany. He worked for more than 25 years at Holland Dairy where he retired in 1993. Harold loved hunting, fishing and taking rides at night to count deer, wild turkeys, and, in recent years, bald eagles. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Carla Jo Wellmeyer; and sister, Mable Borman of Boonville.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Roberta Wellmeyer; daughter, Connie Wellmeyer of Evansville; son, Jeff Wellmeyer of Holland; sisters, Rosemary Latta of Brazil and Ruth (Leon) Rauscher of Huntingburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Memorial Hospital in Jasper and Kindred Hospice for the excellent care they provided.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., E.S.T., on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Zoar United Methodist Church in Zoar with Pastors Keith Chanley and Cindy Keck officiating. Burial will be in Zoar Cemetery. The Holland American Legion Post #343 will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00-8:00 p.m., on Friday; and at church from 9:00-10:00 a.m., Saturday. Memorials can be made to Zoar United Methodist Church.


Kathy Jean (Newton) Morris, 67 years young, of French Lick, entered into eternal rest on March 17, 2017, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington.

She was born in Paoli on April 21, 1949, to Adrian and Marian Eleanor (Francisco) Newton.

Kathy married Harold Lee Morris on July 12, 1969, and he survives.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Lee Morris of French Lick; two sons, Jason (Dana) Morris of French Lick and Shane (Shawna) Morris of Whiteland; one brother, Ronnie (Cathy) Newton of Birdseye; and four grandchildren, Justin, Lillian, Avery and Eli Morris.

A Funeral Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 21 at 11 a.m. by Pastor Jimmy Johnson at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel in French Lick. Interment will follow in the South Liberty Cemetery in French Lick.

Friends may call Monday, March 20, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel.



Lanny “Joe” Ball, 65, of Eckerty, passed away on March 15, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Joe was born on October 12, 1951, to the late Ira and Edith (Norman) Ball in Huntingburg.

Joe was an avid sportsman, he loved hunting and fishing, ATV riding, mushroom hunting and he loves playing cards.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Kathy (Ball) Hammond and Geneva (Ball) Mitchell and infant Gene Leon Ball.

Surviving Joe are his wife Billie Ball; children, Melissa (Kerry) Whipking, Melody (Heith) Thewes, Robert (Tamara) Jones, Tim (Debbie) Jones, Stacy (John) Deno; sisters Brenda Ball of Eckerty, Beverly Goodpaster of Arizona, Lucille Enlow of English; brother, Shirley Hensley of Eckerty; grandchildren, Skylar Whipking, Angus Whipking, Brandon Whipking, Cheyenne Whipking, Sydney Thewes, Ronnie Thewes Hunter Thewes, Nicky Jones and Kennedi Jones; six great-grandchildren and one on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 5 p.m., with visitation starting at 2 p.m. at Denbo Funeral Home in English. Officiating the funeral service will be Bro. Albert Madden, with cremation following.



Ruth Ann Hynes, 86, of Jasper, passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Campus in Jasper.

Ruth was born on August 7, 1930, in Jasper to Felix and Frances (Bohro) Kunkel. She married Thomas Hynes on August 28, 1954, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

After working at Memorial Hospital for a short time, Ruth was employed by Dr. Edward Ploetner. In the early 1970s, Ruth and Tom opened Adventures in Travel — Jasper’s first travel agency. Ruth’s last employment was as a receptionist for the Dodson Accounting Office.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and involved in the church commissions. She volunteered her time reading at mass.

Ruth had a curious nature about her. She passed that inquisitive nature of the outdoors on to her children. She expressed herself through painting landscapes. She hunted game with her father, Felix. Her wooden spoon cream puffs were simply delicious. Quilting and crocheting were part of her past time. Many of the weekends raising her children were spent at the lake house fishing and trekking through the woods in Southern Indiana. She had a zeal for life, travel, and adventure. Ruth’s great love was sports. She especially enjoyed tennis, golf, and bowling. Rarely did she miss watching an IU or Pacers game.

The better part of Ruth’s adult life was spent providing care to her ailing mother. After her mother’s passing, she had a few short years enjoying life with her husband before caring for him in his elder years. Her selfless nature will be remembered by all the people she touched.

Surviving are five children, Jim (Lori) Hynes of Indianapolis, Lynn (Omar) Freyre-Montero of Indianapolis, David (Carla) Hynes of Evansville, Lisa Hynes of Stamford, Conn. and Dan (Amy) Hynes of Cuzco; one brother Alan (Brenda) Kunkel of Jasper; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She loved raising her children and the opportunity to influence the next generation’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are two brothers, Richard and Jim Kunkel.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ruth Ann Hynes will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The Daughters of Isabella will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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



Wilma L. Neukam, 92, of Jasper, passed away at 4:10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper, Indiana.

Wilma was born in Harbison Township, Indiana, on July 3, 1924 to Leslie and Mattie (Meyer) Freyberger. She married Willis John Neukam on October 8, 1955 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville, Indiana. He preceded her in death on December 29, 1989.

She retired from Jasper Laundry and Cleaners. She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Crossroads in Dubois. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, crocheting, watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, and seeing her grandkids and great grandkids.

Surviving are two sons, Charles Burk (Linda) and Duane Neukam, both of Jasper; son-in-law, Charles Denton of Jasper; one sister, Helena Thomas of Columbus; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are one daughter, Deborah Denton and one sister, Leona Giesler.

A funeral service for Wilma L. Neukam will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Crossroads in Dubois with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the church on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or to the wishes of the family



Walter William “Bill” Stutz, 89, of Evansville, passed away on March 13, 2017 at River Pointe Health Campus in Evansville surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born on November 1, 1927, the son of Walter Carl and Louise (Kern) Stutz in Terre Haute.

He worked in the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation for 36 years. He started as a teacher and guidance counselor. He was principal from 1962 to 1969 when he became superintendent until he retired in 1991. He attended Crossroads Christian Church in Newburgh. He also served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois Price, they were married on June 21, 1952, at the Old Union Christian Church; four children, Mark (Kathy) Stutz of Vincennes, Jane (Larry) Jones of Newport News, Virginia, Ann (John) Smith of Evansville and Phillip (Mackenzie) Stutz of Madison, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Juanita Hunter of Logansport.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dorothy Raubuck.

Services will be on Friday March 17 at 1 p.m. CDT, with Tom Ellsworth officiating, in the chapel of Holders Funeral Home in Owensville. Burial in Saulmon Cemetery, with Military graveside service conducted by the retired military veterans.

Visitation will be on Thursday, March 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. CDT at Holders Funeral Home in Owensville.

Memorials may be made to the Saulmon Cemetery. C/O Bob Straw PO Box 206 Poseyville IN 47633



Virlee C. Burger, 88, of Ferdinand died Monday, March 13, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

She was born in Ferdinand to John & Isabelle (Altmeyer) Schreiner. She married Bob Burger Sr. on April 20, 1948, in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Virlee was a lifelong member of Saint Ferdinand Parish and it’s Saint Ann’s Sodality. She retired as a school custodian. She enjoyed playing cards, games and spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are her husband, Bob Burger Sr.; one son Terry (Marla) Burger of Ferdinand; two daughters, Connie (Tom) Lueken and Donna Trafton, both of Ferdinand; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Burger of Ferdinand; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bob Burger Jr.; a son-in-law, Gary Trafton; a great-grandson, Abram Burger; and a brother, Hubert Weyerbacher.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 17, in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.



Raphael Leo Greulich, 82, of St. Meinrad, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017, at his home.

Raphael was born February 11, 1935, in St. Meinrad to Benno and Lela (Will) Greulich. He married Irene Marie Collignon on October 1, 1960, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda.

Raphael was retired from the Abbey Press and was also a professional photographer. He was a lifetime member of the St. Meinrad Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Professional Photographers Association and the Quail Hunters Club.

Raphael is survived by his wife, Irene; two sons, Brian (Kelly) Greulich of Santa Claus and Todd (Dawn) Greulich of Santa Claus; one daughter, Renae (Joe) Harper of Santa Claus; two brothers, Leroy (Bettye) Greulich of St. Meinrad and Omer (Judy) Greulich of Shepherdsville, Ky.; six grandchildren.

Friends may call at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand on Tuesday from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. CDT and Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. CDT. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. CDT in St. Meinrad Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.



Micheline A. Lubbers, 62, of St. Anthony, passed away at 7:12 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Micheline was born in Canada on December 4, 1954. Her parents were Leo and Alice (Herbig) Ambs of Jasper. She married Ronald L. Lubbers on May 26, 1994 in Colorado.

She had taught GED Adult Education Classes at Vincennes University in Jasper for 17 years, and was also a homemaker. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Catholic Church.

She loved her pet dogs, especially Afghan Hounds and Chihuahuas. She also enjoyed vacationing in Colorado, Longaberger baskets, anything Disney, sending greeting cards, and Christmas gatherings with family.

Surviving is her husband, Ronald L. Lubbers of St. Anthony; two daughters, Angela Vogler and husband Chad of Jasper and Tristany Lubbers of Washington; one son, Brandon Lubbers of Bedford; three grandchildren, Jessica Ferguson of Noblesville, and Logan and Grant Bromm of Jasper.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m until the 11:00 a.m. service time at church on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish or to a favorite charity.



Marian Louise Angerer, 87, of Haysville, passed away at 10:55 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper, Indiana.

Louise was born in Crawford County, Indiana on November 25, 1929, to Oscar and Erma (Baker) Atkins. She married her husband of 44 years, Joseph C. Angerer from Haysville, IN, on May 25, 1958. He preceded her in death on February 22, 2002.

She was a member of the Prospect Church of Christ in West Baden Springs, Indiana for nearly 60 years.

She was a homemaker as well as an experienced farmer who helped out with everything on the farm until the very end. She was still driving tractors until age 87. Her hobbies included squirrel hunting, vegetable gardening, bird watching, flower gardening, canning, reading, cooking, baking, and collecting among other things. She has resided in Haysville Indiana since 1958.

Surviving is one son, Jerry Angerer of Haysville.

Preceding her in death besides her husband were two sisters, Rosa Nicholson and Betty Ann Abel.

Funeral Services for Marian Louise Angerer will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, Indiana with burial to follow in Haysville Community Cemetery. Brother Larry Mickler will officiate.

Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m on Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.



Morris E. Weidenbenner, 83, of Ireland, passed away at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, due to injuries sustained from an accident near his home.

Morris was born in Ireland, Indiana, on January 1, 1934, to Andrew and Olevia (Durcholz) Weidenbenner. He married Mildred Hulsman on May 3, 1955, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana. She preceded him in death on July 7, 2001.

Morris was a 1952 graduate of Ireland High School. He was an independent contractor and retired from the Otwell and Ireland Water Utilities. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, a lifetime charter member of the Ireland Sportsman Club, and a member of the Ireland K of C.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family. He was also an avid Atlanta Braves and Purdue Boilermakers fan.

Surviving are five children, Dave Weidenbenner (Michelle) of Warsaw, Brenda Krempp (Andy) of Jasper, Wanda Munroe (Greg) of Orlando, Fla., Mike Weidenbenner (Melinda) of Jasper and Tim Weidenbenner (Shari) of Jasper; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marilyn Eckerle of Greenwood, Virginia Mehringer of Jasper and Frances Waddell (Jim) of Jasper; two brothers, John Weidenbenner of Ireland and Bernie Weidenbenner (Dorothy) of Jasper; and one sister-in-law, Helena Weidenbenner.

Preceding him in death are one brother, Jerome Weidenbenner and one grandson, Zane Weidenbenner.

Funeral services for Morris E. Weidenbenner will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

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



William A. Danford, 71, of Dubois, passed away at 11:21 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, in St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

He was born in East Gary on May 18, 1945, to Arnold and Edna (Lemster) Danford.

He was a retired construction worker.

He is survived by two sisters, Beverly Lamb, Merrillville, and Bonnie (Rex) Lewis, Lake Station; one brother, Jim (Pamela) Danford,Merrillville; a sister-In-Law, Carole Danford, Dubois; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death besides his parents is one brother, Warren Danford.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in the Cuzco Cemetery.



Laura R. Kunkler, 89, of Huntingburg, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Waters of Huntingburg.

She was born in St. Anthony, Indiana on May 5, 1927, to Leonard and Mary Rose (Englert) Kunkler.

Laura retired from Jasper Rubber Products and had previously worked for GE in Tell City, Indiana. She is a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Campus, Christians Mothers, V.F.W. Auxiliary to post # 673 in Jasper.

Laura enjoyed gardening and county music.

She is survived by two nieces, Brenda Tuggle (Kevin) of Jasper and Glenda Theising (Jeff) of Jasper; sister-in-law, Rose Marie “Toots” Kunkler of St. Anthony.

Preceding her in death are two brothers, Clarence “Ponce” Kunkler and Kenneth Kunkler.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in St. Anthony Catholic Church with burial to follow in St. Anthony Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour before services at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.



Lisa J. Gehlhausen, 56, of Ireland, passed away at 11:27 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana.

She never wanted to leave the ones she loved behind, but she was ultimately prepared to accept God’s heavenly invitation. Up until the moment she finally did, Lisa fought cancer with grace, attitude, strength, and love.

Lisa was born in Jasper, Ind., on April 10, 1960, to Jim and Pat (Lechner) Weisheit. She married Jerry Gehlhausen on May 24, 1981, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana.

She was a 1978 graduate of Jasper High School. She was a past teller at Dubois County Bank Jasper and a past manager at AAA Travel Agency in Jasper for several years. She then ran her own daycare for 13 years, which she truly loved. Most recently, she was a clerk for the City of Jasper Utility Office. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana, where she was a Eucharistic Minister, donated her time quilting for the church, and was chairman of the roast beef committee for the church picnic. She was a 19-year band parent and spent a lot of time volunteering with the band. She was a chairman for the Marching Wildcat Burger Stand.

She loved the outdoors and also enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, camping, quilting, crocheting and spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandson, Joel.

Surviving are her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Gehlhausen of Ireland; one daughter, Bridget Hanselman (Nathan) of Jasper; three sons, Benjamin “B.J.”, Bradley and Brayden Gehlhausen, all of Ireland; one grandson, Joel Hanselman; her mother, Pat Weisheit of Jasper; four sisters, Debbie Buschkoetter (Brian) of Shelbyville, Kathy Bierma (Ted) of Wilsonville, Ore., Tina Heim (Kent) of Jasper and Tonia Weisheit of Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death is her father, Jim Weisheit.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. A rosary will be prayed at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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



Ida M. Gehlhausen, 74, of Ferdinand, passed away Monday, February 28, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

She was born December 26, 1945, in St. Meinrad to Albert and Frieda (Gessner) Fetter. She married Bernard “Bennie” Sanders on October 14, 1967, in St. Meinrad Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on April 7, 1993. She married Leonard B. Gehlhausen Sr. on December 26, 1994, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Ida was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and the Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 Auxillary. She was a housekeeper and worked at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center cafeteria. She also volunteered for several area charities. She enjoyed playing cards, cooking, cleaning & spending time with her family and friends.

Surviving are her husband, Leonard B. Gehlhausen; two sons, Keith Sanders and fiancÚ Terra Fuhs of Lake Helmerich Village, and Lieutenant Col. Michael (Kathy) Sanders of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia; one stepson, Leonard B. Gehlhausen of Huntingburg; two stepdaughters, Jody (Dale) Kessinger of Evanston and Christy Beadles of Huntingburg; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eileen (Robert) Artmeyer.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Daniel, Sylvan and Delbert Fetter and two in infancy; and four sisters, Arlinda Wendholt, Jeanette Buechler, Lietta Wendholt and one sister in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4, in Saint Ferdinand Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday and after 7 a.m. Saturday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.



Wallace G. Schaaf Sr., 93, Santa Claus, died on February 27, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

Wally was born February 4, 1924, in Dale to Gilbert and Phoebe (Wetzel) Schaaf.

He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, farmer and after retirement worked for Christmas Lake Golf Course. He was an 80-year member of Santa Claus United Methodist Church, a charter member of the Santa Claus Optimist Club and a long-time member of the Santa Claus American Legion. He was also a 50-year member of Gentryville Masonic Lodge #424 F. &A.M., Scottish Rite and Hadi Temple serving on the Hospital Staff and Chrisney Eastern Star Chapter 357.

He is survived by his children, Mike Schaaf of Dale, Bud Schaaf of Santa Claus and David Schaaf or Orlando, Fla.; stepson, Neal Fry of Greenfield, Ind.; two granddaughters, Jeanette Holmberg of Virginia Beach, Vir. and K.C. Schaaf of Orlando, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Faye Jeanette Schaaf in 1986 and wife of six years, Roberta Fry in 1996; a son, Eugene Wesley Schaaf in infancy; a stepson, Gary Fry; and siblings, Samuel, Oswald and Viola Schaaf.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, March 3, 2017, at 10 a.m. CST at the Santa Claus United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Church Cemetery. Rev. Tim Ahlmeyer will officiate.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. CST Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Santa Claus United Methodist Church, with a Masonic Memorial Service conducted at 7 p.m. at the church.

Fuller Funeral Home in Dale is handling the arrangements.



Esther C. Gutgsell, 97, Jasper, passed away at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Esther was born on May 8, 1919, in Ireland, Indiana, to Max and Elizabeth (Schuetter) Renner. She married Victor A. Gutgsell on December 9, 1944, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana. He preceded her in death on June 19, 1994.

Esther was a lifetime homemaker and worked at Jasper Glove Factory for 10 years. She was a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the V.F.W. Post #673 Auxiliary. Esther and her family were recipients of the Holy Family School Distinguished Family Award.

She was an avid quilter, and enjoyed playing bingo, cooking, music, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

Surviving are seven children, Janis Seger (Gene) of Huntingburg, Thomas Gutgsell (Shelley) of Jasper, Daniel Gutgsell (Kathy) of Jasper, Karen Primus (William) of Vincennes, Russell Gutgsell and companion Brenda Strohmeyer of Jasper, John Gutgsell (Julie) of Jasper and Lisa Birge (John) of Jasper; 15 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Ruth Vonderschmitt of Jasper and Wilma Jean Begle (Otto) of Ferdinand; one sister-in-law, Rose Merkley of Huntingburg.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are three sisters, Rita Lampert, Valeria Bellner, Beatrice Schroeder, and one brother, Albert Renner.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Esther C. Gutgsell will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper on Thursday, March 2, 2017. The Ladies of the Blessed Virgin 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.



Lucille M. Hochgesang, 98, of St. Anthony, passed away at 4:50 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Lucille was born in Celestine on July 14, 1918, to August and Theresia (Prechtel) Betz. She married Raymond W. Hochgesang on May 17, 1947, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Celestine, Indiana. He preceded her in death on May 12, 2004.

Lucille was a homemaker and worked at Masterbrand Cabinets for over 10 years. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, the St. Anthony Community Center and the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

She enjoyed crocheting, baking, cooking, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna Boehm (Tom) of St. Anthony and Susan Reckelhoff (Dave) of St. Anthony; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are two sisters, Clara Mae Borgmann and Selma Hackman and three brothers, Ray and Leo Betz, and Othmar Betz, who died in infancy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church on Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish, the St. Anthony Fire Department or to a favorite charity.



Gary Kevin Barnett, 49, of Selvin, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at his home.

Gary was born in Los Angeles, California on March 14, 1967 to Gary F. Barnett and Linda G. (Meredith) Barnett.

Kevin was a roofer for many years with the union. He enjoyed spending time fishing. Kevin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his mother.
Kevin is survived by his wife of 16 year, Lisa Barnett of Selvin; children, Daniel Kelley and his wife Katrina of Dale and Pamela Kelley of Huntingburg; granddaughters, Bailey Kepley of Huntingburg and Kylee Albin of Evansville; father, Gary Barnett of Selvin; siblings, Greg Barnett and his wife Amanda of Selvin, Shawn Barnett of Selvin, Kathy Waters and her husband Darrell of Boonville, Theresa Bierlein of Selvin, Sarah Morris and her husband Jay of Evansville and Casey Horton and her husband Daniel of Chander; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 10A.M. at Selvin Cemetery in Selvin Indiana with Pastor John Wongler officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.



Clara P. Stemle, 99, of Jasper, passed away at 6:03 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Clara was born on October 15, 1917, in Scott City, Mo. to William and Elizabeth (Seyer) Blattel. She had two marriages. She married Leroy J. Egler on December 26, 1940, in Kelso, Mo. He was killed on June 4, 1945, during combat in the Philippines during World War II. She then married John Stemle on July 2, 1959, in St. Joseph Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1998.

Clara retired as a head cook for the Greater Jasper School Corporation, where she was instrumental in starting the first school cafeteria in Jasper. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, where she was a past member of the Daughters of Isabella. She enjoyed cooking, baking cookies, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, Gary Egler and wife Rita of Jasper; brother, Leon Blattel of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; three grandchildren, Debbie Mann, Jennifer Ulsomer and Tom Egler; four great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death besides both of her husbands were four sisters; Maria Gawthorp, Alvina Haase, Dorothy Miller and Virginia Mehringer; and two brothers; Theon Blattel and Paul Blattel,

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper at a later date.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the church on Monday.

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



John C. Himsel, 53, of Dubois, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at home.

John was born in Troy, Missouri on January 27, 1964, to James C. and Viola (Recker) Himsel.

He was a graduate of Jasper High School. He worked for Farbest Foods in Huntingburg. He loved to read, liked history and science, collecting Indian artifacts, mushroom hunting and traveling.

Surviving include six sisters; Wanda Haas of Jasper, Mary Hohl of Santa Claus, Angela Himsel Sacks (Selig) of New York, N.Y., Elizabeth Eblen (Doug) Greenwood, Ind, Sarah Burcon (David) Ann Harbor, Mich., and Rachael Himsel of Bloomington; three brothers; James R. Himsel and Edward Himsel (Kathy), both of Jasper, and Paul Himsel of Terre Haute; nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was his partner, Lucy Bove, his parents, and one sister, Abby Himsel.

A visitation for John C. Himsel will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Becher- Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

A gravesite service at Community Cemetery in Haysville will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or a favorite charity.



Lester F. Merder, 97, of Jasper, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Lester was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 28, 1920, to Henry and Clara (Blessinger) Merder. He married Caroline Wilz on April 25, 1940, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. She preceded him in death on December 17, 2014.

Lester was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He retired from Jasper Novelty, where he had worked for 40 years. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, the Holy Name Society, the American Legion Post #147, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, where he was a 4th degree knight, and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post #673,

He was an avid sports fan, and especially loved I.U. basketball games and Jasper sports.

Surviving are one daughter, Ruth Flick (Tom) of Jasper; two sons, Rich Merder (Gloria) of Jasper and Bob Merder (Kathy) of McKinney, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Jane Merder of Jasper; nine grandchildren, 28 ggreat-grandchildren two great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death is one son Ron Merder.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Lester F. Merder will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. The V.F.W. Post #673 will conduct military grave site rights.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Memorial Hospital Foundation or to a favorite charity.



Jerald L. “Jerry” Mundy, 72, of Jasper, passed away at 9:42 p.m. on Monday, February 20, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Jerry was born in Davenport, Iowa, on January 15, 1945, to Theodore and Mathilda (Witt) Mundy. He married Yvonne Korthaus on August 8, 1987, in Wilton, Iowa.

Jerry previously worked for Grunder Ready Mix in Wilton, Iowa. He then worked at Jasper Engines for 25 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He volunteered for the French Lick Railroad and was on the board of directors from 1995 to 2009. Afterwards, they gave him a lifetime membership for his years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Yvonne Mundy of Jasper; two stepdaughters, Marjorie Rust (Robert) of Seymour and Melissa Korthaus of Jasper; one stepson, Kenneth Korthaus and fiancÚ, Heather Hasenour of Jasper; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death is one sister, Evelyn Mundy.

A memorial service for Jerald L. “Jerry” Mundy will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, Indiana, with burial to follow at a later date. Pastor Darrel Land will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family.



Mary Jo Holmes, 81, of Jasper, formerly of Ferdinand, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017, at St. Charles Assisted Living Center in Jasper.

Mary Jo was born October 22, 1935, in Maywood, Ill. to Henry and Alexandria (Tennis) Schmitz. She married Wendell Holmes on August 7, 1954, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Princeton. He preceded her in death in March of 1983.

Mary Jo is survived by a son, Michael (Joyce) Holmes of Lafayette, Ind.; two daughters, Connie H. (Jerry) Egloff of Ferdinand and Barbara (Roel) Vining of Windsor, Colo.; two sisters, Sr. Barbara C Schmitz, OSB of Ferdinand and Patricia Schleinzer of Lombard, Ill.; one brother-in-law, David (Marsha) Holmes of Evansville; one sister-in-law, Susie Wilson of Evansville and six grandchildren.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell and a daughter, Kathy Holmes.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery Church. Burial of cremains will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mt. Carmel, Ill.


 


Kimberly S. Sermersheim, 46, of Huntingburg, died peacefully surrounded by the love of family on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

She was born August 5, 1970 to Lawrence E. and Rita M. (Wagner) Sermersheim.

Kim was a 1988 graduate of Southridge High School. She attended the University of Southern Indiana where she joined Delta Zeta Sorority. She transferred to Vincennes University and graduated with a degree in accounting. Kim worked as a bookkeeper for Northside Machining Incorporated in Huntingburg.

Kim was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg where she was a member of the Ladies Sodality and also served as a Sacristan. She loved animals (especially her dog, Maddie), crafts, sewing, wood burning art, reading, and so much more; her talents were many. Kim adored being an aunt, and her niece and nephews adored her. She always enjoyed attending their piano concerts and their school and sporting events whenever possible.

To know Kim was to love Kim. She fought the good fight, endured and persevered with amazing strength, but in the end lost the battle to this horrible, nasty disease called cancer. Kim, always doing things for the benefit of others, left this world doing the same. As an organ donor — even though the cancer prevented the use of most of her organs — her corneas have given the gift of sight to two individuals who could not previously see. Kim lives on!

Kim is survived by her loving parents, Lawrence E. and Rita M. (Wagner) Sermersheim of Huntingburg; brothers, Kevin J. of Birdseye and Keith A. (wife Connie) of Evansville; sister, Katherine L. of West Lafayette; niece, Maria; nephews, Kyle (Devon), Luke (wife Jill), Benjamin, Jacob and Christopher; great niece and nephew, Reagan and Mason;maternal grandmother, Caroline Wagner; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 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. Tuesday. A parish rosary and Ladies Sodality prayer vigil will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family requests memorial donations to be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg or the Dubois County Humane Society.


Chad A. Knies, 17, of Celestine, passed away on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Chad was born in Jasper on April 14, 1999 to Kent and Brenda (Buechler) Knies.

Chad was a Senior at Northeast Dubois High School in Dubois. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Catholic Church, Celestine. He had a passion for farming and enjoyed tractor pulls, deer hunting and spending time with his friends.

Surviving include his parents, Kent and Brenda Knies of Celestine; one brother, Blake Knies; his maternal grandparents, Jim and Janet Buechler of Celestine; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Elmer and Imogene Knies.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Chad A. Knies will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel Home in Jasper.

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


Eileen D. Rogier, 63, of Saint Croix, died Friday February 17, 2017, at her home.

She was born November 19, 1953, in St. Meinrad to Alois C. & Hilda (Fischer) Vaeth. She married William “Bill” Rogier on May 2, 1986, in Monte Casino Church in St. Meinrad.

Eileen was a member of St. Augustine Parish in Leopold and a former member of St. Meinrad Parish. She was a member of St. Meinrad Legion Post 366 Auxillary. She volunteered at Catholic Charities in Tell City. Eileen enjoyed quilting, crochet, counter cross stitching, gardening and especially growing African Violets and fishing.

Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Rogier; one daughter, Gwen (Sam) Bland of St. Croix; two grandsons, Colten and Cameron Bland; three sisters, Estella Kreilein of Jasper, Rosalee Wieshan of Ferdinand and Mildred Fest (Cornelius) of Mariah Hill; and a sister-in-law, Betty Vaeth of Ferdinand.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Jessica Lynn and Billie Jo Rogier; one sister, Mary Ward; and one brother, Ignatious Vaeth.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. CST Tuesday in St. Meinrad Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call after 1 p.m. CST Monday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand, and after 9 a.m. CST Tuesday at St. Meinrad Catholic Church.



John Russell Bolton, 84, Jasper, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 5:56 p.m. following an extended illness.

John was born in Shoals on November 9, 1932, to Dorothy Dillon, who preceded him in death along with three half-brothers Melvin Bolton, Jon Leonard, Jim Leonard and half-sisters Bette Ann Schmidt and Ruby Atchison.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 61 years, Rosa (Powell) Bolton; two daughters, Debbie (Bob) Taylor of Anderson, Karen Lombness of Clarkston Mich., and a son, Tim (Alicia) Bolton of Jasper; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his dearly loved half-sisters; Brenda (Mike) Jones of Washington, Carolene (John) Leonard, Bobbie Murray, and Dee Dee (Don) Trout, all of Robinson, IL.

John was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War from 1951-1954. Early in his career, he was employed 21 years at McCord Corporation in Washington as a plant superintendent when the company phased out. John retired from Kimball Electronics in Jasper after 20 years of employment as a manufacturing manager. He enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, golfing and watching the Indianapolis Colts.

John was a charter member of Shiloh United Methodist Church where he served faithfully on the initial church building committee, a lay leader representative at the general conference, a trustee, and many other areas of service.

Two recent lifetime highlights include a recorded interview of John’s stories from the Korean War with a veteran representative which are recorded in the Library of Congress. Another highlight was recognition for the prestigious 50-year membership award with the Masonic Lodge.

A celebration of life will take place at 11:00 a.m. EST Monday, February 20, 2017, at the Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper with military burial to follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Ireland.  The V.F.W. Post #673 will conduct military gravesite rites.  Grandson Rev. Brandon Risch and Rev. Paul Alvey will officiate the service.

Friends may call for visitation at Shiloh United Methodist Church from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, 2017, and one hour before the funeral service on Monday.  The Masons will conduct a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be donated to Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or Heart to Heart Hospice.



Diana “Cricket” L. Cook, 80, of Birdseye, passed away at 12:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at The Timbers of Jasper.

She was born March 15, 1936, in Newton Stuart, Indiana, to James Douglas and Ora (Hollen) McFarland. She married Clifton Clarence “Jack” Cook, Jr. on June 29, 1952, at Wickliffe.

Diane had worked at Gossards and later, as a cook at Pine Ridge Elementary School. She was a member of New Hope General Baptist Church in Birdseye where she sang in the choir. She was a campground host at Bear Lake and Indian Celina Lake in Perry County. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, cross stitch, camping and fishing.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Cliff and Doug Cook.

She is survived by her husband, Clifton “Jack” Cook,  a daughter, Mary (Eli) Snelling of Wickliffe; a sister, Faye Weightman of Evansville; eight grandchildren, Dawn (Joe) Detty of Birdseye, Shawn (Angie) Cook of Velpen, Shanna (Chad) Cook of Jasper, Erica (Ryan) Scherzinger of Jasper, Chris (Ashley) Cook of Newburgh, Andy (Dana) Snelling of Wickliffe, David (Shelley) Neukam of Celestine, Mike (Candance) Neukam of Memphis, Tennessee;  14 great-grandchildren, Kyle and Kristen Detty; Levi, Wyatt and Grace Allinger; Hunter and Evan Snelling; Paige, Meredith and Grayson Cook;  Nichole Hunter; Landon Harlee; Marshal Scherzinger; Dawson McBride; a great-great-grandson, Keaton Neukam.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the New Hope General Baptist Church in Birdseye with burial to follow at Birdseye Cemetery.  Reverend Albert Madden will officiate the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday.



Frederick Joseph Birkle, 79, passed away on February 9, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at his home in Centerville, Utah, with his family at his side.

 Fred was born July 18, 1937, in Evansville to Arnold A. and Beulah “Boots” C. (Clark). He graduated in 1956 from Jasper High School. Fred married Juanita (Nita) A. Schafer on April 25, 1959, at St. Ferdinand’s Catholic Church in Ferdinand. Fred and Nita lived in Huntingburg for over 45 years before moving to Utah in 2004.

He was a truck driver for DMI and Kimball International, having driven over 3 million safe miles. Keep on Truckin’.

Fred loved fly-fishing, reading, going to plays, the Utah Jazz, and spending time hunting, fishing, camping and road trips with family and friends.

Fred is survived by his wife, Nita, of 57 years, and their children, Eric, Grant (Hollie), Tonya (Steve) McNally, and Kirk; and five grandchildren, Joshua, Kameron, Andrew, Brent, and Christian.

His son, Scott; his parents; and his brothers, Lawrence (Tiny), David and Robert preceded him in death.

In honoring Fred’s final wishes, a private family service was held on Friday, February 10, with cremation to follow.



Betty Jean Baisas, 82, of Jasper, formerly of Pensacola, Fla. and Evansville, passed away at 6:34 a.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

She was born September 6, 1934, in Pensacola to John M. and Zelena Mae (Hammac) Alford.

Betty worked as an LPN. San he was alumni of the University of Kentucky. She lived in the Philippines, California and in Evansville alongside her husband, Dr. Wilfredo “Fred” Biasas, who worked as an emergency physician.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, who died on August 9, 1979; a son, Bobby Lott; two daughters, Debra Matthews and Barbara Burnett.

She is survived by three children, Sharon Conklin of Charlotte, N.C.; Michael Aggerton of Pensacola, Fla.; Catherine Lucas-Maurer of Knoxville, Tenn.; a sister, Edna Hill of Clermont, Fla.; her caregiver, Carolyn Green of Dale; fourteen grandchildren and twenty-nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. EST Friday, February 17, 2017, at Dale Cemetery, Dale, Indiana. Craig Taylor will officiate the service.

There will not be a public visitation.



Paul E. Allen, 64, Jasper, passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper, Indiana.

Paul was born in Washington, Indiana, on December 1, 1952, to Thomas Jefferson and Delores (Harder) Allen.

He was a 1971 graduate of Barr-Reeve High School.

Paul was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Vietnam War Era. He was a truck driver for Boyd Trucking for several years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his mother, Delores Allen of Jasper; four daughters, Melissa Allen of Washington, April Harp (Nick) of Jasper, Amber Sutton (Travis) of Jasper and Loretta Allen of Jasper; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Janet Doscher (Kevin) of Cannelburg; two brothers, Lonnie Allen (Carolyn) of Washington and Terry Allen (Pamela) of Jasper.

Preceding him in death are his father, Thomas Jefferson Allen; one son, Timothy Allen; and one granddaughter, Audra Bath.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.



Racine Victoria O’Connell, 99, of Jasper, Indiana, died peacefully in the Lord at 5:10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper, Indiana.

Racine was born on December 30, 1917, in Logan, Ohio. Her parents were Cyrus and Marie (Brown) Rochester. She was baptized at St. John’s Catholic Church and graduated from Logan High School in Logan, Ohio.

She worked at the department of children and protected service upon graduation from high school and married James Francis O’Connell on June 23, 1945.

Racine committed her life to her family and faith. Her motto was “don’t give up the ship.” This meant never to give up on your faith and family. She was an advocate for children and the unborn. One of her favorite scripture passages was from John’s gospel chapter 13 verse 34: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” Her top ten sayings were: 10) kindness is a language everybody understands, 9) work on your marriage all you life, 8) all things will pass, 7) always be grateful, 6) don’t be afraid to be happy, 5) remember who your best friend is 4) Jesus is your best friend, 3) be true to yourself, 2) who wants to live forever and 1) trust in the Lord, we belong to Him. Three of the happiest periods in her life were marrying our father, having eight children and working with the monks at St. Meinrad.

They were married 68 years. He died on February 1, 2014.

Surviving are eight children; Pat O’Connell (Linda) of Terre Haute, Therese Hochstetler (Bob) of Jasper, Kathleen Abernathy (John) of Rio Rancho, N.M., Mike O’Connell (Linda) of Springville, Ind. Katie O’Connell of Bloomington, Jim O’Connell (Louise) of, Paoli, Dan O’Connell (Ann), Portage of Mich., and Kevin O’Connell (Janet) of Elk River, Minn. They have many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Mass for Racine Victoria O’Connell will be celebrated by Fr. Ben Syberg and Fr. Eugene Hensell, O.S.B. at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Japer. A visitation will be held from 4:0 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Becher – Kluesner North Chapel, 3221 N. Newton Street, Jasper, Indiana 47546.

Fr. Vic Subb, Glenmary, will conduct a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family request that you donate to the monks of St. Meinrad at St. Meinrad Archabbey, 100 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577; the Carmelite Sisters at 59 Allendale, Terre Haute, IN 47802; and the Little Sisters of the Poor at 2345 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.



Barbara Aline Johnson, 79, of Jasper, formerly of Huntingburg, passed away at 1:25 a.m., Monday, February 13, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society – Northwood Retirement Community.

She was born January 29, 1938, in Velpen, Indiana to Roy and LoCallie (Jones) Resenbeck. She was united in marriage to Donald R. Johnson on February 17, 1957, in Huntingburg.

Barbara worked at Stork Hospital for two-and-a-half years and at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the dietary department for 29 years. She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg; Huntingburg VFW Auxiliary for 47 years. She enjoyed making crafts, playing bingo and collecting Santa Claus figurines. She enjoyed her cats, especially Carmel Kid.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, on July 21, 2008; and one son, Randy Johnson, January, 29, 2002; Randy’s first wife, Sarah Johnson; three brothers, Bill, Roy “Joe” and Don Resenbeck; two sisters,  Mary Carnahan, Ruth Kissell and 3 infant siblings; a step grandson, Matthew Gehlhausen

She is survived by two daughters, Kimberly (husband, Kenneth “Kenny”) Epple of Jasper and Sherry Merkley of Huntingburg; daughter-in-law, Theresa Johnson; eight grandchildren; step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. EST Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. Pastor Mark West will officiate at the service. The Huntingburg V.F.W. Post #2366 Auxiliary will conduct a memorial service on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday.



Patricia Olsen 73, of St. Meinrad, died on Feb. 11, 2017, at Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 24, 1943, in Cincinnati, OH. to Elmer and Edna (Powell) Hopkins.

She married John Olsen on Dec. 28, 1962, and enjoyed traveling.

She is survived by her three children, John Olsen Jr. of Tobinsport, Ind., Mary Olsen-York and Robert Olsen, both of Ringgold, Ga.;  three siblings Diana Sossman, Rick Hopkins and Linda Siefrig.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents one brother Philip Hopkins; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren

Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. CST at Fuller Funeral Home.

Funeral Services are planned for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at 10 a.m. CST at Fuller Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Garden of Memory Cemetery in Gentryville. 

Fuller Funeral Home in Dale is handling the arrangements. 


Christine M. Lubbehusen, 53, of Jasper, passed away at 10:05 a.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at home.

Christine was born in Jasper on June 30, 1963, to Jim and Barbara (Souders) Klem.

She was a 1981 graduate of Forest Park High School. She then attended Bellarmine College.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed interior design. She also volunteered at nursing homes.

Surviving are two sons, Philip Lubbehusen of Atlanta, Ga. and Stephen Lubbehusen of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; her parents, Jim and Barbara Klem of Jasper; three brothers, Eric Klem of Atlanta, Ga., Greg Klem (Beth) of Louisville and Todd Klem (Amy) of Oviedo, Fla.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony, Indiana, with burial at a later date in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. service time at the church on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association or the American Heart Association



Katherine Guy-Pendleton, 94, of Loogootee, passed away at 8:21 a.m. Sunday, February 12, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Bloomington.

She was born June 10, 1922 in Logan County, Arkansas to the late Simon and Gertrude (Leding) Edelhuber.

Katherine was one of 11 children growing up during the Great Depression. In her junior year of high school her father was killed in a coal mine accident. She stayed home and helped her mother for one year and returned to finish high school at St. Scholastica in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

During World War II, Katherine, worked as a chemist at a Navy facility in Oakland. In 1942 she met Charles L. Guy, at a USO in Little Rock, Arkansas. They continued to correspond with each other when he was sent to Europe during World War II. When Charles was sent home after the war he went straight to Arkansas and proposed and married Katherine. They were married on November 5, 1945 in Paris, Arkansas and they were married for 53 years.

Shortly after being married they moved to Indiana as Charles started a job as bindery supervisor at the Abbey Press in St. Meinard, Indiana. Charles and Katherine moved to Crane and Charles worked there as a fireman for 27 years, until his retirement. Eventually they settled down in Loogootee where they raised 9 boys and 5 girls.

Katherine loved to garden and grow her own vegetables. She raised chickens to have eggs for the family. Once she was asked why she didn’t have a cow for milk, but she said because they were still inside the city limits they weren’t allowed to have four-legged livestock.

Katherine’s memory always amazed her family. She could remember things all the way to her childhood. She will always be remembered for making everyone she knew feel like a member of her own family. She concerned herself with people and always inquired about their families and children.

She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Martin County Right to Life.

Katherine was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Guy; daughter, Michelle Merrill; 1st husband, Charles L. Guy, who passed October 15, 1998 and her second husband, Lewis Pendleton, who passed June 26, 2014; parents, Simon and Gertrude (Leding) Edelhuber; and 10 brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children, Mary Louise (Jeffrey Jones) Guy of Bloomington, Tim Guy of Loogootee, Martha (Paul) Butler of Houston, Charles K. (Debbie) Guy of Loogootee, Margaret (Stephen Sr.) Elkins of Flat Rock, N.C., Michael (Mary) Guy of Loogootee, Patrick (Hysue) Guy of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mark Guy of Jasper, Elizabeth Guy of Holland, Christopher (Julie) Guy of Chandler, Arizona, John (Lucita) Guy of Bloomington and Gerald Guy of Jasper; 21 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Guy of North Ridgeville; son-in-law, John Merrill of Indianapolis; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Edelhuber of Paris, Ark. and Mary Edelhuber of Subiaco, Ark.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loogootee. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Martin County Right to Life.



Linus J. “Spitz” Knebel, 93, of Jasper, passed away at 1:08 a.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the home of his daughter.

Linus was born in Jasper, on August 3, 1923, to Frank and Helen (Betz) Knebel. He married Edna Kunkler on April 17, 1948 in St. Anthony Catholic Church.

He was a World War II Navy veteran who served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1946. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #673. Linus was a long time employee of the City of Jasper, working for the power plant for 13 years and for the Parks Department for over 10 years. He also owned and operated Knebel’s Lawn Service. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. He loved to garden, hunting, fishing, was a an avid fan of Jasper High School Sports and professional sports.

Surviving is his wife; Edna Knebel; five daughters, Ruth Knebel, Shirley Harter (Jeff), Bonnie Young (Greg), Mary Weyer (Don) and Pam Hughes (Ralph), all of Jasper; five sons, Edward Knebel (Anna), Terry Knebel (Lannette), Gerry Knebel (Corma), Fred Knebel (Lisa) all of Jasper, and Jeff Knebel (Teresa) of Haysville; 20 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two sisters, Tillie Jessup (Dale) of Indianapolis and Mary Ann Hunter (Frank), Tampa, Fla.

Preceding him in death were two sons, Donald and Charles Knebel, three sisters; Hilda Hauser, Elanora Volz, and Roselle Mac Farlane, five brothers; Clemens, Sylvester, Leo, Carl, and Edward Knebel, two sisters who died in infancy; Thresia and Mary Knebel, and one grandson; Kevin Knebel.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Linus J. Knebel will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. The Jasper VFW Post #673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, IN, and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday.

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



Paul “Paulie” N. Goepfrich, Jr., 33, of Jasper, passed away at 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at home.

Paul was born in Jasper Indiana on May 1, 1983, to Paul Sr. and Cynthia (Hand) Goepfrich.

He was a 2002 graduate of Jasper High School where participated in the school band. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church. He had worked at several food establishments and gas stations in the Jasper area. He enjoyed playing the drums and spending time with family.

Surviving is his mother, Cynthia Bemis and husband Terry of Jasper; father, Paul Goepfrich Sr. of Jasper; one sister, Valerie Lampert and husband Craig of Jasper; one brother, Gabriel Bemis of Jasper; maternal grandparents, Larry and Sharon Whitman of Oakwood, Ill.; one nephew, Patrick Lampert.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Hilbert and Edna Goepfrich.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Paul N. Goepfrich Jr. will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Precious Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, and one hour before the services at church on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Catholic Church, the Ehler-Danlos Society, or a favorite charity.



Irene V. Eckerle, 100, of Jasper, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February, 6, 2017, at Hamilton Trace Senior Living Community in Fishers. She was a lifelong Jasper resident before relocating to Fishers in 2013 to be closer to her children.

Irene was born in Jasper, IN, on September 22, 1916, to George and Rose (Buechlein) Wilz. On September 4, 1943, she married Arnold L. Eckerle in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He preceded her in death on January 1, 1996.

Irene graduated from Jasper High School in 1934 and from Lockyear Business College. She was employed in the office of the Hoosier Desk Company following graduation. During World War II, Irene worked in military bases for the Civil Service at various locations to which her husband was assigned. These include bases in Colorado (Hdqs. Second Air Force, Colorado Springs), California (Hospital Red Cross, Camp Roberts) and Oklahoma (Combined Arms, Ft. Sill). She retired from the 10th Street School culinary department in 1978.

Irene was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and their St. Ann’s Society. She was also a member of the VFW Post #673 Auxiliary.

She is survived by three children, Janice (Robert) Kaye of Noblesville, Arlene (Scott) McDonald of Fishers, and Daniel (Deloris) Eckerle of Franklin, Tenn.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Dr. John (Margaret) Eckerle of Louisville; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death beside her husband Arnold, was one sister, Cornelia Beeman and two brothers, John W. Wilz and Ambrose Wilz.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Irene V. Eckerle will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, IN.

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



Janice “Jan” M. Schneider, 73, of Holland, passed away at 12:20 p.m. CST on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

She was born December 30, 1943, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Arthur “Art” and Mary G. (Kielblock) Fenneman. She was united in marriage to Jerry Schneider on September 5, 1964, in Fort Branch, Indiana.

Mrs. Schneider worked at Holland Industries and also at Masterbrand Cabinets for 26 years. She was a member of Holland United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and watching her grandchildren play sports.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Nelta Williams and Cleo Evaskis; and one brother, Bobby Fenneman.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Schneider of Holland; one son, Stan (Mari) Schneider of Holland; two daughters, Shawn (Kevin) Kalb of Dubois and Nicki Schneider of Holland; two brothers, Glen (Stuart Ann) Fenneman of Lee, Florida and Jerry “Butch” (Ruth) Fenneman of Holland; one sister Jean (Bernie) Fehribach of Poseyville; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services for Janice M. Schneider will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at the Holland United Methodist Cemetery in Holland.  Reverend Cindy Keck and Reverend Keith Chanley 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 Monday.



Betty Langebrake-Reynolds, 78, of Huntingburg, passed away at 9:55 p.m., Thursday, February 9, 2017, at home.

She was born June 8, 1938, in Posey County, Indiana to Clifford and Mae (East) Mathew.

Betty worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in housekeeping and at the Southridge High School cafeteria. She was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Russel Langebrake, in 1996; and one brother, Raymond Mathew.

Betty is survived by her husband, Miles Reynolds of Huntingburg; three children, Cheryl Langebrake of Bedford, Randall (Lynette) Langebrake of Holland and Rhonda (Greg) Lindauer of Saint Henry; one sister, Juanita Hayden of Owensville; by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. EST Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Zoar United Methodist Church in Zoar with burial to follow at the Zoar Cemetery. Reverend Keith Chanley will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday; and also at the church from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Sunday. Memorial contributions can be made to Zoar United Methodist Church.



Margie Ann Clark, 81, of Loogootee, passed away at 9:48 p.m. at Jasper Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

She was born February 1, 1936, in Loogootee to Alfred and Wilma (Way) Clark.

Margie was a member of St. Martins church in Whitfield. She earned her master’s degree in nursing. She worked and taught at St. Mary’s School in Evansville and the University of Evansville. She worked at many hospitals over the years, including Daviess County Hospital, Jasper Memorial Hospital and several hospitals in Indianapolis, including St. Francis.

She is survived by her brothers; Frank (Linda) Clark of Jasper, Jack (Marcia) Clark of Beaufort, S.C., John (Patricia) Clark of Jasper, Fred Clark of Jasper and Tom Clark of Albany, Ga.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Margie is preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Wilma Clark; brothers, Bob Clark, Bill Clark and Jim Clark; and sisters; Mary Walton and Betty Sutton.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2017, from 10 a.m. until noon and a memorial service will be at noon at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will be held on a later date.



Francine M. Verkamp, 50, Schnellville, passed away at 2:58 a.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Francine was born in Jasper, Indiana on January 19, 1967, to Charles and Rita (Vaeth) Young. She married David C. Verkamp on September 26, 1987 in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana. He preceded her in death on August 3, 2016.

Francine was a 1985 graduate of Dubois High School. She was a homemaker and member of Divine Mercy Parish – Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are four sons, Jacob Verkamp (Blakney) of Celestine, Craig Verkamp and fiance Tiffany Parks, Schnellville and Keith and Travis Verkamp of Schnellville; three sisters, Diane Gramelspacher (Tim) of Jasper, Carla Dittelberger (Mark) of Ireland and Anita Seger (Dave) of Jasper; four brothers, Charlie “Chuck” Young of Celestine, Jerry Young of Ireland, Mark Young (Barb) of Jasper and Alan Young (Marilee) of Ireland.

Preceding her in death are her husband and her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Francine M. Verkamp will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville, Indiana, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish or to a favorite charity



Francis R. Ebenkamp, 91, of Jasper, passed away at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper.

Frank was born in Jasper on July 14, 1925 to Frank and Rose (Brockman) Ebenkamp. He married Patricia Dishinger on April 21, 1951 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She preceded him in death on November 12, 2010.

Frank was a Navy Corpsman attached to the Fifth Marine Division which fought on Iwo Jima in WWII. He was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a member of the Jasper VFW Post #673, the American Legion Post #147, and the Southern Indiana Leathernecks Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

He was a member of the Jasper Kiwanis, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, and the Jasper Knights of Columbus.

He was a huge supporter of Jasper High School sports, and was known for his black and gold overalls and leading his cheer of “Alright, Alright, Alright, OK, OK, OK, Alright, OK, Go Cats, Go”

He enjoyed playing tennis, loved to volunteer his time to community events, and loved to spend time with his grandchildren.

Surviving is one son, Scott Ebenkamp; wife, Shannon of Jasper; three grandchildren, Abby, Sam, and Kayce Ebenkamp.

Preceding him in death beside his wife were three sisters, Mildred Blessinger, Loretta Jacob, and Cyrilla Birk, and one brother Erwin Ebenkamp

A Mass of Christian Burial for Frank Ebenkamp will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper. The Jasper VFW Post #673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

A visitation will be held from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Southern Indiana Leathernecks Detachment of the Marine Corps League will hold a memorial service at 4:00 p.m.

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



Fay G. Bullock, 74, of Huntingburg, passed away at 2:19 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2017, at her home surrounded by family and friends.

She was born November 26, 1942, in Holland to Andrew, Sr. and Opal (Hagemeyer) Buse. She was united in marriage to John E. Bullock on July 4, 1970, in Tampa, Florida.

Fay enjoyed spending time outdoors, mowing the lane, keeping her yard nice, gardening and canning. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Tom Boyer; sister, Nina Kamman; brother, Andrew Buse, Jr.; and granddaughter, Missy Culver.

She is survived by her husband, John Bullock, Sr. of Huntingburg; three daughters, Sherrie (Joe) Sievers of Boonville, Aby (Mike) Brown of Chrisney and Tina (Brian) Riggs of Lamar; two sons, Keith (Denise) Boyer of Fort Branch and John (Barb) Bullock, Jr. of Birdseye; three sisters, Mary (Dale) Meyer of Holland, Sue (Warren) Tooley of Holland and Kay Voegerl of Huntingburg; two brothers, Rex (Cindy) Buse of Huntingburg and Don (Beth) Buse of Evansville; by fifteen grandkids and twenty great grandkids.

Funeral services for Fay Bullock will be held at 2:00 p.m., E.S.T., on Friday, February 10, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. James Lutheran Cemetery in Holland. Reverend Dan Diekhoff will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and also from noon to 2:00 p.m. Friday.



Florence M. Hagedorn, 97, formerly of Saint Meinrad, died Monday, February 6, 2017, in Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

She was born June 28, 1919, in Ferdinand to William & Mayme (Hedinger) Werne. She married Earl E. Hagedorn on May 10, 1938, in St. Meinrad Archabbey Church. He preceded her in death on January 2, 1969.

Florence was retired from General Electric in Tell City and from the Abbey Press Gift Shop. She was a member of St. Meinrad Parish, St. Elizabeth’s Society. She was an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Florence enjoyed cards, quilting and embroidery as well as traveling with friends and being with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by one son, Bill Hagedorn; a granddaughter, Gayle Schuler; a great grandson, Abram Burger; and four brothers, Arthur, Linus, Jerome and Gilbert Werne.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Albert) Dilger of Ferdinand and Carol (Jim) Hedback of Indianapolis; three sons, Jim (Judi) Hagedorn of Ferdinand, Jack (Janice) Hagedorn of Georgetown and Bob (Maureen) Hagedorn of Santa Claus; 18 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Mary Rose Haas and Adeline Hardwick, both of Huntingburg.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. CST Friday in St. Meinrad Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 1 to 7 p.m. CST Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand, and Friday after 9 a.m. CST at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Meinrad Parish or St. Meinrad Cemetery Fund.



Laverne V. Holst, 82, of Huntingburg, passed away at 1:00 a.m., Monday, February 6, 2017, at The Waters of Huntingburg.

She was born February 17, 1934, in Jasper to Edwin and Gertrude (Merkel) Heldman and married Albert H. Holst on June 23, 1953, at Salem Church in Huntingburg.

Laverne worked at Inwood for 27 years. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Holland, the Jasper Moose Lodge, Rebekah Lodge and Huntingburg Fraternal Order of Eagles. She enjoyed playing cards and dancing with her husband.

Albert passed away December 7, 2012; along with one brother, Jim Heldman.

She is survived by three children, David (companion, Marlene) Holst, Linda (Mike) Gehlhausen and Steve (Sandy) Holst, all of Huntingburg; two sisters, Willa Mae Underhill and Jeannie Messmer both of Huntingburg; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.Friday, February 10, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. Reverend Debbie Roe will officiate at the service.

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



Randy J. Morton, 62, of Jasper, passed away at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at home.

Randy was born in Jasper on July 12, 1954, to Charles and Margaret (Klein) Morton. He married Becky Voegerl on April 30, 1983, in Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.

Randy worked for Mehringer Metal in Jasper. He was a member of the Jasper Moose Lodge #1175 and Jasper Outdoor Recreation. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and I.U. basketball. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Surviving are his wife, Becky Morton of Jasper;, one daughter, Amy Dawkins (Adam) of Jasper; three sons, Chad Morton (Carrie) of Middlebury, Ind., D. J. Klem (Tasha) of Jasper and Ryan Morton (Holly) of Jasper; 13 grandchildren, Lance, Luke, and Ross Dawkins, Lucy and Joey Fetterer, Parker and Reid Morton, Norah and Jonah Klem, Kody, Kylie, Mason, and Mackenzie Morton; one sister, Ruth Bough (Steve) of Jasper; five brothers, Jack, Darryl, Douglas, Bob (Beverly) Morton, all of Jasper, and Paul Morton (Marilyn) of Indianapolis.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Funeral services for Randy J. Morton will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper with burial to follow at a later date. Rev. Larry Van Camp and Pastor Paul Alvey will officiate.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and one hour before the service time at church on Thursday. The Jasper Moose Lodge #1175 will conduct a memorial service at 6pm on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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



Thomas Smith Sr., 72, Jasper, passed away Saturday at 7:40 EST February 4, 2017, at Good Samaritan Nursing & Rehab in Oakland City, Indiana.

He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 1944, to Joseph and Ruth (Geisking) Smith. He married Patricia Trimble on February 7, 1964, New Whiteland, Indiana. (Married for 53 years).

Tom retired from Kimball Electronics where he had worked for many years. He is a member of CrossPoint Baptist Church in Jasper.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Smith; two daughters, Carla Mehringer (Doug) of Jasper and Amy Hinderliter (Andy) of Greenwood, Ind.; two sons, Thomas Smith Jr. (Judy) of Velpen and Bradley Smith, (Anik) of Pikeville; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Joe Smith of Indianapolis, John Smith (Margaret) of Milwaukee, Wisc. and Jerry Smith (Vivian) of Chicago; one sister, Judy Lowrey (Jim) of Florida.

Preceding him in death are three brothers and four sisters, Bob Smith, Bill Smith, Jack Smith and Betty Imhausen, Laverne Nibarger, Mary Meisenheimer and Martha Daughtery

Funeral services for Thomas Smith will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at CrossPoint Baptist Church in Jasper.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. Tuesday until the 6:00 p.m. service time at the church.



Kathy Neighbors, 74, of Santa Claus, died February 1 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh.

She was born Aug. 12, 1942 in Easton, Maine to Frank and Bessie (Crawford) Frasier.

She was a member of Beta Beta Sorority and retired after 21 years as a security guard for Christmas Lake Village.

She is survived by her husband Howard Neighbors; children, Norman Neighbors of Jasper, Roseann Fredrick of Pompano Beach, Fla., Michael Neighbors of Virginia Beach, Va., Debra Neighbors of Santa Claus, Howard B. Neighbors of Charlotte, N.C. and Susan Roach of Jasper; two sisters, Irma Corns of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Laura Lobbis of Fargo, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Vic and Wally Neighbors; and a brother, Robert Frasier.

The family would like to extend the heartfelt appreciation to the doctors and staff at Deaconess Gateway Hospital as well as Dr. Jeff Selby and staff.

Graveside services are planned for 12:00 p.m. CST Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Garden of Memory Cemetery in Gentryville.
Fuller Funeral Home in Dale is handling the arrangements.



Douglas “Dumpy” Harmon, 60, of Birdseye, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2017.

He was born April 2, 1956, in Terra Haute, Indiana to Hubert Vern and Norma (Linthicum) Harmon.

Mr. Harmon worked as a coal mine end-dump driver at Solar Sources. He liked Ford vehicles and working on antique hit and miss engines.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Derrick (Kendra) Harmon of Augusta and Clayton (Karrissa) Harmon of Birdseye; one daughter and son-in-law, Kelsey (Joshuah) Baker of Indianapolis; his mother, Norma Harmon of Birdseye; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Terry (Susan) Harmon of Birdseye and Scot (Pam) Harmon of Eckerty; one grandson, Rhett Harmon of Birdseye; and by one niece and three nephews.

Funeral services for Douglas Harmon will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at the Birdseye Cemetery.  Reverend

Albert Madden 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 Monday.



Robert G. Conrad, 79, of Crystal, passed away at 12:38 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born at Crystal, Indiana on October 13, 1937 to Elva D. and Corine (Chastain) Conrad. He married Florence McGuire on September 29, 1956 in Crystal Community Church.

Robert was a member of the French Lick High School Class of 1955. Robert was a retired farmer and backhoe operator. He enjoyed spending time with his family at gatherings and visiting with friends. He also enjoyed traveling and seeing the countryside. He was a member of Crystal Community Church and a former cub scout leader. He enjoyed watching basketball games.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Conrad; one son, John Conrad (Pam) of Dubois; three daughters, Sherry Schnell (Allen) of Dubois, Sheila Taulman (Scott) of Columbus and Shelly Beyke, (Mike) of Crystal; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Robert G. Conrad will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in Crystal Community Church with burial to follow in Crystal Community Cemetery. The Rev. Michael Stout will officiate.

Visitation from 9:00 a.m. Tuesday until the 11:00 a.m. service time at church.


Carmon “Pete” Haase, 79, of Jasper, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at his daughter’s residence.

He was born in Jasper on November 5, 1937, to the late Albert and Alvina (Blattel) Haase. His wife, Julia “Judy” Haase, preceded him in death in August 2016.

Pete was a graduate of Jasper High School. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. Pete was also a member of VFW Post #673 in Jasper. He loved fishing, hunting, animals, and playing cards. Pete was a store manager at Buehler’s Foods in Jasper for many years.

Pete is survived by three children, Vicki (Tony) Sullivan of Troy, Kristi (Rick) Schnarr of Louisville and John (Jeanette) Haase of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one brother, Eugene Haase of Jasper; and four grandchildren, Bryce and Brittney Sullivan and Courtney and McKenzie Schnarr.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Baird Funeral Home in Troy, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Dubois County Humane Society, 426 Wernsing Road, Jasper, IN 47546.



Jane Ann (Musselwhite) Warren, 78, of Dale, passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Willowdale Village.

Jane was born November 24, 1938, in Paoli to Henry and Charlotte (Medcalf) Musselwhite.

She graduated High School in 1956 in Sheridan, Ind. but attended school in Dale through the 10th grade. She furthered her education at Indiana Central Business College in Indianapolis and Indiana University. She was a member of the Dale Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder. She had a dual membership in The Order of The Eastern Star Bay Chapter 219 in Michigan and Chrisney Chapter 357 in Gentryville. And in Michigan, was a past matron, and a past royal matron of the Order of the Amaranth.

She married John Warren in 1968, and he preceded her in death.

Survived by her sister, Frances Powell of Springfield, Ohio; two brothers, Dan (Linda) Musselwhite of Jasper and Don Musselwhite of Dale; one niece and six nephews; four great-nieces and five great-nephews and many cousins; Also by Fran Warren and step-grandchildren and a special friend, Sandra Orr from Ridgeville, Ind.

Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, from 3 to 5 p.m. CST at the Fuller Funeral Home in Dale.

Funeral Services are planned for Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at 1 p.m. CST at the Dale Presbyterian Church, burial to follow in the Dale Cemetery.

Fuller Funeral Home in Dale is handling the arrangements



Cynthia E. Traylor, 64, of Otwell, passed away at 3:25 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 2017, at I.U. Medical Center in Indianapolis.

Cindy was born in Jasper  December 23, 1952, to Thomas and Val (Fehribach) Rasche. She married Erwin Traylor on April 22, 1972, in Otwell United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on June 20, 1985.

Cindy retired as the Postmaster for the Otwell Post Office after 35 years of service. She enjoyed watching all of her grandchildren’s sporting events.

Survivors include one son, Dustin Traylor (Jane) of Velpen; two grandchildren, Alex and Hunter Traylor; one sister, Vicky Eisenhut (Marvin) of Haysville.

Preceding her in death besides her husband were her parents.

Funeral services for Cindy Traylor will be held at noon on Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, with burial to follow in the Otwell Cemetery. Pastor Larry Van Camp will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.



Ronald “Chico” L. Denu, 70, of Bristow, passed away, Thursday, February 2, 2017, at his home.

Ronald was born May 22, 1946, in Bristow to Hilbert and Gladys (Quinlin) Denu.

Ronald was retired from Kimball International. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting and arrowhead hunting. Ronald loved spending time with family and friends as well as his beloved dog Molly.

Ronald is survived by one son, Todd Denu of Huntingburg; three daughters, Deann (Tony) Mann of Loogootee, Lisa Long of Huntingburg and Tina (Bret) Vaal of Bretzville; two brothers, Kenny (Mary) Denu and Steve (Angie) Denu, both of Jasper; six grandchildren, Joshua, Jared and Jordan Mann, Andrew Long Jr., Kaylyn Long and Hailey Vaal; one great-grandson, Zander Mann.

Ronald was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley Uyeno and Joann Denu; one brother, Hilbert A. Denu and a grandson, Garrett Vaal.

Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. CST and Monday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. CST at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Funeral services will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. CST at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Siberia. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with St. Meinrad American Legion Post 366 conducting military graveside rights.



John Daniel “Dan” Bush, 74, of Otwell, passed away at 5:00 a.m. CST on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

He was born December 26, 1942, in Velpen, Indiana to Eugene “Buck” and Pansy (Eads) Bush and was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Schnarr on December 31, 1960, at the Otwell Wesleyan Church.

Mr. Bush worked as a carpenter and was a member of the Carpenter’s Union Local #546, now known as Local #224.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Jerry Bush and Phillip Bush.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Bush of Otwell; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Dee (John) Burgess of Shelbyville, Indiana and Alice (Rick) Goeppner of Otwell; one sister, Lora Etta Henry of Greenwood, Ind.; his half-sister, Jean Kamplain of Washington; his grandson, Dustin Daniel Potts and granddaughter, Jaydlyn Goeppner both of Otwell.

Funeral services for John “Dan” Bush will be held at 2:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at the Otwell Cemetery in Otwell.  Reverend Roy Stilwell 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 Saturday and also from noon to 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Memorial contributions can be made to the Otwell Wesleyan Church.



Emily M. Rasche, 72, of Jasper, passed away at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at her home.

She was born in Jasper, Indiana on January 1, 1945 to Carl J (Bun) and Wilma (Brown) Giesler.

Emily retired from Kimball Electronics where she had worked for 30 years. She previously worked for Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center medicals records. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, Jasper Moose Lodge #1175 and the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed her grandchildren socializing with her friends.

She is survived by four sons, Rick Rasche (Lisa) of Huntingburg, Tim Rasche (Ann) of Jasper, Shane Rasche of Bloomington and Jayme Rasche (Wendy) of Jasper; one sister, Sarah Frazier of Lafayette; one brother, Gerry Giesler (Carol) of Jasper; six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one grandson, Elliott Rasche and one brother, Carl C. “Junie” Giesler. Step-granddaughter, Crysta Lockyear.

Mass of Christian burial for Emily Rasche will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, February 6, 2017, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow in Shiloh Cemetery in Jasper.

Visitation is Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center.


Joyce H. Neukam, 74, of Jasper, passed away at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in the Timbers of Jasper.

She was born in Jasper, Indiana on February 23, 1942, to Arthur and Harrietta Seitz Neukam.

Joyce had worked for many years at Arby’s in Jasper. She was a member of Truelove Methodist Church and Loogootee Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church.
Her hobbies were going to yard sales and going to dances.

She is survived by one daughter, Lisa Allen (Jim) of Loogootee; one grandson, David Allen; brothers, Gary Neukam, Earl Neukam and Gerald Neukam, all of Jasper; Daniel Neukam of Velpen.

Preceding her in death are one daughter, Kathy Witt and one brother Glenn Neukam.

Funeral services for Joyce Neukam will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow in Truelove Cemetery at Loogootee, Indiana. Rev. John Simmons will officiate.

Visitation from 10:00 a.m. Monday until the 2:00 p.m. service time at the funeral home.

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



Betty L. Pieper, 81, Dubois, passed away at 8:35 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at home.

Betty was born in Huntingburg, Indiana on April 6, 1935, to Arthur and Rosa (Steffe) Hoing. She married Eugene “Jiggs” Pieper on June 19, 1954, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, IN.

Betty was a homemaker and previously worked as a hairdresser and at Stork Hospital in Huntingburg. She was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Dubois, IN.

She was an avid IU basketball, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, and St. Louis Cardinals fan. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene “Jiggs” Pieper; two daughters, Marcia Knust of Cuzco and Gwen Kelley (Jeff) of Celestine; five grandchildren, Trisha Eichmiller, Jami Weikert, Katie Knight, Sierra Ward and Natasha Ward; six great-grandchildren, Nicholas Jones, Laken Eichmiller, Katelyn and Reese Weikert, Alexis and Greyson Hackney.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Betty L. Pieper will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Dubois, IN, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Saturday at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Dubois.

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



Cynthia Wagner, 46, of St. Anthony, passed away at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in the Deaconess VNA Charlier Hospice Center, Evansville.

She was born in Huntingburg, Indiana on August 28, 1970, to Richard and Mary Jane Hopf Wagner.

Cindy was a member of the Forest Park High School Class of 1988. She enjoyed family, friends, animals, cooking and attended The Arc of Evansville. Cindy was an inspiration for all who knew her throughout her life’s journey. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Campus.

She is survived by her mother, Mary Jane Wagner; three sisters, Debbie Brockman (Matt) of Evansville, Sharon Meyer (Matt) of Huntingburg and Lynn Schmitt (Todd) of Schererville, Ind.; one brother, Jeff Wagner of Indianapolis; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Her father Richard Wagner and one nephew Jacob Meyer preceded her in death.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017, St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial to follow in St. Anthony Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel and one hour before services at the church on Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jacob Meyer Memorial Endowment and at The Arc of Evansville.



Sandra Sue Lents, 73, Huntingburg, passed away at 8:56 a.m., Monday, January 30, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born August 16, 1943, in Loogootee to John Lewis and Pauline (Birch) Lents.

Sandra formerly worked at Druther’s Restaurant; was an animal lover, especially of cats; enjoyed going out with family and friends; and loved spending time with her granddaughter, Haley.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Lewis Lents.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jason (Amy) Lents of Huntingburg; sister, Edna May (Donald) Hembree of Loogootee; brother, Paul Lents of Jasper; and granddaughter, Haley Lents.

Funeral services for Sandra Sue Lents will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Burial will take place at St. John’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Loogootee at 10 a.m., Thursday.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Dubois County Humane Society.



Othmar H. Troesch, 81, Ferdinand, died Friday, January 27, 2017, at Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center, Jasper.

He was born in Saint Meinrad on September 20, 1935, to Norbert & Anna Marie (Hasenour) Troesch. He married Kathleen V. Brosmer on April 11, 1970, in Sacred Heart of Jesus in Schnellville. She preceded him in death on July 22, 2016.

Othmar was owner of OT Trucking and was a self-employed service station mechanic. He was a member of Saint Meinrad Parish, St. Meinrad Legion Post 366, and St. Meinrad K of C # 5599. He enjoyed working, fishing, and being with family & friends.

Othmar was preceded in death also by two brothers, Clarence Troesch and Louis Troesch in infancy; and a sister, Bernice Waninger.

Surviving are a daughter, Rachael (Chris) Fortune of Boonville; a son, Robert (Tracy) Troesch of Ferdinand; four grandchildren, Lauren & Owen Troesch, and Austin & Zakkary Fortune; three sisters, Dorothy Beckman of Georgetown, Barbara (Dennis “Duke”) Franchville of Floyd Knobbs & Norma (Ray) Kessner of St. Anthony.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. CST Wednesday, February 1, in Saint Meinrad Catholic Church. Burial will follow with military graveside services by St. Meinrad Legion in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 7 p.m. CST Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand, and after 9 a.m. CST Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Meinrad Parish.



Edward J. Stenftenagel, 84, Jasper, passed away at 3:50 p.m. on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Ed was born in Jasper, Indiana on April 14, 1932 to Florian and Agnus (Blessinger) Stenftenagel. He married Bettye Schneider on June 24, 1954. She preceded him in death on August 6, 1989.

Ed was a 1950 graduate of Jasper High School, where he was a member of the 1949 Jasper Basketball State Championship Team. He graduated from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 1954 where he played on the university basketball team and was the team captain his senior year. He was a life member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

He entered the U.S. Air Force pilot training school in 1954. After graduating as a pilot, he served with the Strategic Air Command until 1957. He piloted B36 and B52 bombers. He served as a liaison officer with the Air Force Academy until 1982 and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He was a graduate of the Squadron Officer School in 1965, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1970, and the Air War College in 1978. He was a member of the Indiana Aerospace Association, the Air Force Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the Jasper American Legion Post #147.

He was the co-owner and operator of Schneider’s Department Store in Jasper for over 30 years.

He served as a director for the Dubois County Bank, the Liberty Building Loan Association, Jasper Retail Association, the Jasper Jaycee’s, and the Jasper Country Club. He was a member of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. He served as the president of the Columbian Noon Luncheon Club in 1961, Chairman of the Airport Study Commission in 1966, Chairman of the Dubois County Park Board in 72-73, was selected into the Who’s Who in 1972, and served on the Dubois County American Heart Association Sunday Heart Drive. He was a charter member of the Wabash Valley Association.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and the Jasper Knights of Columbus.

He enjoyed playing golf, making wine and gardening.

Surviving are two sons, E.J. Stenftenagel II of Calif. and Blake Stenftenagel of Fla.; two grandchildren; four sisters, Doretha Schmitt of Jasper, Betty Egan of Cincinnati, Ohio, Geraldine “Gerry” Giesler of Jasper and Jane (Tom) Eckerle of Indianapolis; two brothers, James (Flora) Stenftenagel and Michael “Mick” (Mary Ellen) Stenftenagel of Ft. Worth, Texas; one brother-in-law, Ronald R. Schneider of Fla.

Preceding him in death besides his wife was one sister, Marge Gramelspacher.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Edward J. Stenftenagel will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana with entombment to follow at Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military gravesite rites.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or a favorite charity.



Noe Abraham Calderon, 4 months, Jasper, passed away at 8:17 a.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Noe was born in Jasper, Indiana, on October 3, 2016, to Wendy Calderon.

Surviving are the mother,Wendy Calderon of Jasper; one brother, Carlos Calderon of Jasper; grandparents, Noe Calderon of Jasper and Edith Calderon of Jasper.

A visitation for Noe Abraham Calderon will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

Private burial will be held at Enlow Cemetery in Jasper.

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



Claretta L. Wagner, 85, Jasper, passed away at 9:55 a.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Claretta was born in Jasper, Indiana on March 8, 1931, to Sylvester and Pauline (Mundy) Vogler. She married Joseph B. Wagner on April 18, 1953. He preceded her in death on March 1, 2012.

She graduated from Jasper High School in 1949. Claretta worked as a cook at the Schnitzelbank Restaurant in Jasper and as a bus driver for SIRS. She was a charter member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, and a member of the Ladies Sodality, and the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She volunteered at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. She was awarded the Brute Society Award from Precious Blood Catholic Church. She enjoyed needlework, embroidering, reading, flowers and spending time with her family.

Surviving are four daughters, Barb Bartley (Rick) of Jasper, Karen Ackerman (Dean) of Vincennes, Martha Rasche (Donny) of Ferdinand and Diane Schaffer of Dayton, Ohio; three sons, John Wagner of Jasper, Michael W. Wagner (Jane) of Jasper and Mark Wagner (Michelle) of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandson; two sisters, Betty Seifert of Jasper and Anna Mae Singer of Jasper; one brother, Sylvester Vogler Jr. (Connie) of Huntingburg.

Preceding her in death besides her husband is one brother, Bill Vogler.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Claretta L. Wagner will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper, with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church.

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



Henrietta M. Schnell, 90, Celestine, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017, in Northwood Retirement Center in Jasper.

She was born at St. Henry, Indiana on July 15, 1926, to Eberhard and Catherine (Helming) Auffart. She married Arthur Schnell on January 12, 1952, in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand.  He preceded her in death on December 24, 2016.

Henrietta was a homemaker. She is a member of St. Isidore Parish – Celestine Campus. She enjoyed playing cards, country music and playing the harmonica.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Voegerl (Randy) of Celestine and Shirley Hagedorn (Linis) of Celestine; son, Allen E. Schnell (Sheryl) of Dubois; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are one sister, Leona Garr and two sisters who died in infancy, Verena and Elnora; also two brothers, Hilbert and Victor Auffart and another brother Robert died in infancy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in St. Celestine Catholic Church with burial to follow in St. Celestine Cemetery.

Visitation from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine.

Memorial to St. Celestine Catholic Church or a favorite charity.



Clara M. Margarida, 92, Jasper, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017, at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana.

Clara was born in St. Anthony, Indiana on September 21, 1924, to August and Clara (Miller) Troxler. She married William Margarida on November 12, 1944, in Newark, N.J. He preceded her in death on February 19, 1983.

Clara retired as an administrative assistant for the auditor’s office for Dubois County. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, crafts and viewing hummingbirds, plant and flowers.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Jean Griffin and Gina Frick (Roy), both of Huntingburg; one son, Arthur Margarida (Ruth) of Jasper; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Irma Bromm of St. Anthony.

Preceding her in death besides her husband were five sisters, Cornelia Hauser, Augusta Sternberg, Beatrice Elmore, Ruth Klueh, and Marian Schmidt, and one brother, Anthony Troxler.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Clara M. Margarida will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Tuesday January 31, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

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



Clarence “Ponce” Kunkler, 85, Saint Anthony, passed away at 4:05 a.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born in Saint Anthony, Indiana on October 27, 1931, to Leonard and Mary Rose (Englert) Kunkler. He married Rose Marie Horney August 30, 1958,  at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Clarence served as a military policeman during the Korean War. He retired from the Indiana Desk Company in Jasper where he worked for many years. He is a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Campus. V.F.W. Post # 673 in Jasper. He enjoyed gardening, casino trips and country music and his Farmall tractors.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie “Toots” Kunkler; two daughters, Brenda Tuggle (Kevin) of Jasper and Glenda Theising (Jeff) of Jasper; sister, Laura Kunkler of Huntingburg.

Preceding him in death is one brother Kenneth Kunkler

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in Divine Mercy -St. Anthony Campus with burial to follow in St. Anthony of Padua Cemetery. V.F.W. Post # 673 in Jasper will conduct Military grave side rites.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and 1 hour before services at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish St.
Anthony Campus.



Anthony “Tony” F. Ebert, 94, of Ferdinand, passed away, Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

He was born September 24, 1922, in Spencer County to Joseph and Mary (Rahman) Ebert. Anthony married Hilda Denning on April 15, 1947, in St. Meinrad. Hilda preceded him in death on February 19, 2013.

Tony enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed following politics, playing cards and was an avid Colts fans as well as Nascar. 

Anthony is survived by two sons, Glenn Ebert of Indianapolis and Harley Ebert of Edgewater, N.J.; three daughters, Judy Mehling of Ferdinand, Linda (Jon) Ray of Avon, Ind. and Carol (Barry) Conti of Silver Springs, MD; 12 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Tony was preceded in death by four brothers; Robert, Othmar, Edwin and Raymond Ebert in infancy; one son Stanley Ebert and a grandson, Nick Ebert.

Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and Monday from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.



Joshua James Stout, 35, of Ferdinand, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at home.

He was born December 26, 1981, in Augusta, Georgia to James and Janessa (Houchin) Stout and was married to Sally Burress on November 17, 2010.

Josh worked as a finish sprayer and enjoyed fishing, refurbishing wood projects and spending time with his children.

He was preceded in death by his father; his daughter, Savannah Rose Stout; and grandmother, Ruth Pauly.

Josh is survived by his wife, Sally J. Stout of Ferdinand; son, Jayden Stout; daughters, Jasmine and Willow Stout; stepdaughter, Kailey Hagedorn; mother and stepfather, Janessa and Randy Bryant of Cannelton; and grandparents, Margie and Jerry Houchin of Huntingburg.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. EST Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Redemption Christian Church in Jasper with Brother Jason Denton officiating. Friends may visit at the church from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, the day of the service. Nass & Son Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made out to the Huntingburg Church of the Nazarene to be used for the benefit of his children.



Dorothy M. Schnarr, 101, of Jasper, passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper, Indiana.

Dorothy was born in Portersville, Indiana on August 23, 1915 to Henry and Nannie (Nelson) Schnarr.

She was a farmer in the Portersville area and cared for her sister, Bessie, until she died on May 20, 1999. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Alfordsville, Indiana. She enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by a niece, Ruth Bush (Dan) of Otwell; two nephews, Paul Gary Schnarr and Joseph Dean Schnarr, both of Otwell; great nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death is one sister, Bessie Elizabeth Schnarr and one brother, Paul Schnarr.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, with burial to follow in Portersville Cemetery in Portersville, Indiana. Rev. Jim Goeppner will officiate.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. service time at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Assembly of God Church.



Paul Thomas Cave Jr., 87 years young, of Dubois, entered into eternal rest on Jan. 23, 2017, at his residence.

He was born in Crystal on Sept. 12, 1929, to Paul Thomas Cave Sr. and Belle Bernice (Ziegler) Cave. Paul married Eva Flo Elkins on July 3, 1949, and she survives.

Paul was a member of the Crystal Community Church, the Crystal Community Club and graduated from French Lick High School with the Class of 1947. He was an avid bowler, enjoyed watching high school basketball, playing cards and loved to spend time with family and friends.

He worked Jasper Lumber Company for several years until he was hired at United States Gypsum in Shoals where he worked for 36 years and retired as a Maintenance Foreman.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sharon Hilton; a brother, Dennis “Butch” Cave; two sisters, Janice Ann Dodd and Mary Jane Ballard.

 
Paul is survived by his wife, Eva Flo Cave of Dubois; four sons, Thomas L. Cave and Roger M. (Kathy) Cave, both of French Lick, Scott W. Cave of Jasper and Aaron K. (Christine) Cave of Medford, N.J.; a daughter, Connie L. (Russ) Puckett of Linton; three brothers, Donal (Marie) Cave of Jasper, Ernest Glen “Ernie” (Roberta) Cave of French Lick and Kenneth (Auretta) Cave of Crystal; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Pastor Mike Stout at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel in French Lick. Interment will follow in the Crystal Cemetery in Crystal.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel and again on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

The family requests memorial contributions be made in memory of Paul to the Crystal Cemetery Fund or to the Crystal Community Club.

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Service in French Lick, Indiana 47432.



Erin J. Dawson, 44, of Santa Claus, passed away at 9:01 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Erin was born in Rushville, Indiana on January 13, 1973, to Harry and Susan (Clemons) Dawson.

Erin was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked at H & H Auto Sales in Jasper.
He enjoyed spending time with his daughter.

He is survived by one daughter, Elena Dawson of Louisville; fiancÚ, Amy (Ward) Laughlin of Santa Claus; one sister, Ann Dawson-Baker of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; his grandfather, Ernie Clemons of Greensburg, Ind.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Harry and Susan Dawson, maternal grandmother, Betty Clemons, and paternal grandparents, Florence and Harry Dawson.

A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow at a later date. Pastor Wininger will officiate.

A visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

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



Henry Thomas Huff, 71, Birdseye, passed away at 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at his residence.

He was born June 11, 1945, in Kyana, Indiana to Thomas Franklin and Evelyn (Basinger) Huff. He was united in marriage to Linda S. Welp on May 5, 1979, in Siberia, Indiana.

Henry was a retired manager at Best Chairs in Ferdinand; was a member of Bethlehem Masonic Lodge #574 F&AM in Birdseye and the Bethel Christian Church in Doolittle Mills; and enjoyed gardening, caring for his animals, fishing, talking with friends and reading.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Carrender; a brother who died in infancy, Curtis Huff; niece, Kenneta Merder; and nephew, John Gilmore.

He is survived by his wife, Linda S. Huff of Birdseye; one sister, Lola (Kenneth) Gilmore of Birdseye; his sister-in-law, Karen (Kenneth) Eaton of English; one niece, Rhonda Hochgesang of Jasper; four nephews, Daniel Gilmore of Huntingburg, Jim Gilmore of Sumter, South Carolina, Jason Eaton of St. Croix, and Christopher Eaton of Franklin; by great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services for Henry Huff will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Cox Cemetery near Kyana.  Reverend Jack Wilson 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 Wednesday. Vigil services by the Birdseye Order of the Eastern Star #590 and Masonic Lodge #574 will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Birdseye Masonic Lodge, the Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.



Wayne “Jack” Schneider, 85, Jasper, passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017, in Carmel, Indiana.

Jack was born in Jasper on December 24, 1931 to Arnold and Anita (Landgrebe) Schneider. He married Josephine Mead on July 13, 1956, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Evansville. She preceded him in death on July 22, 2013.

Jack was a 1949 graduate of Jasper High School. As the sports editor of the school newspaper the Comet during his senior year, he garnered statewide recognition as the only person to predict the Jasper Wildcat Basketball team’s capture of the 1949 state crown. After attending Indiana University, he began a nearly 20-year career in the newspaper business working primarily as a sportswriter for papers in Greenwood, Evansville, Louisville, Kentucky and Scottsburg.

While in Louisville, he served as the Indiana Sports Editor for the Louisville Times and was the beat writer for Indiana University Football and Basketball. The highlight of his sports writing career was covering the 1967 IU Football team who played in the Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 1968. He traveled with the team to Pasadena. California.

In 1972, he returned to Jasper and became the Director of Public Relations for the Jasper Corporation later known as Kimball International. He retired in 1996 after 24 years with the company.

He was a member and past president of the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Jasper Band Parents and the Jasper Kiwanis Club. He served as committee chairman for the club’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1986. He also handled publicity for the Dubois County Unit of the American Heart Association and served as Vice President of the unit’s Board of Directors.

He was an avid photographer shooting many areas and features of the Jasper community among others. His favorite target was St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in which he was an active member serving over the years as a Eucharistic minister, a lector, a Stephen minister, editor of The Tower publication and was a part of the Liturgy Commission.

In his retirement, Jack enjoyed creating and maintaining many flower gardens around his home drawing the attention and compliments from many in the Jasper community.

He and his wife Josephine enjoyed traveling during their golden years, visiting many destinations around the United States and Europe.

He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and a close follower of Indiana University Football and Basketball teams as well as Jasper High School Athletics.

Surviving are six daughters; Jackie (Jim) Schultheis of Fishers, Judy (Terry) Kleiser of Plainfield, Jennifer (Steve) Braun of Zionsville, Joyce Schneider (Indianapolis), Jane (Matt) Thibodeau of Fischers, Crystal (Brad) Strong of Palatine, Ill.; three sons; Charlie (Connie) Schneider, Craig (Jami) Schneider, and Carey Schneider, all of Jasper; 22 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis Pauley of Indianapolis; two brothers, Jerry (Jan) Schneider of Holland and Pat (Virlee) Schneider of Indianapolis.

Preceding him in death besides his wife were one son, Christopher Schneider, one grandson, Ian Sean Schneider-Thomas, and one brother, Fred Schneider.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday January 27, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. A rosary will be prayed at 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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



J.P. Salb, M.D, 88, Jasper, passed on Friday, January 20, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper, Indiana, where he was a highly regarded and beloved family practitioner.

J.P was born in Jasper, Indiana, on July 8, 1928, to Grover and Lucille (Beckman) Salb. He was a graduate of Jasper High School where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, was awarded the Edward Rottet Memorial Trophy and was selected for the Kiwanis Award for senior achievement. He attended Indiana University and was a dedicated “Hoosier” for life having received both his B.S. and M.D. Degrees from IU. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon achieving the rank of captain. He married Elizabeth Fierst in 1951, and they enjoyed over 50 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on February 22, 2003.

In 1956 J.P. returned to Jasper and opened his office of Family Practice. He maintained this practice until December 1985 when he assumed the position of Medical Director of Southern Railway in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1989 he was responsible for consolidating the medical departments of Southern Railway and Norfolk Western Railroad and moving those combined units to Norfolk, Virginia. He was then appointed Director of Medical Services for Norfolk Southern Corporation, which oversaw healthcare for 27,000 employees. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1994. During his employment, he served as Chairman of the Medical Section of The American Association of Railroads and as President of the American Association of Railway Surgeons.

Upon retirement, he returned to Jasper where he served on the Board of Directors of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. He served as Secretary of the Board and later as Chairman of the Board from which he retired in 1998.

Dr. Salb was a life member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Practice and the Indiana State Medical Association. He was Board Certified in Family Practice.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, the VFW Post #673 and the American Legion Post #147.

Dr. Salb served as Chief of Staff for Memorial Hospital twice. He was Chairman of the Board of the First United Savings Bank and was Secretary of the Dubois County Board of Health. He also served on the Board of Directors of The Jasper Group, a case goods and seating manufacturing company.

In 1971 he was elected to the Silver Anniversary Team of The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1987 he was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame for his many years of service as team physician. In 2001 he was recognized by the Lincoln Heritage District of the Boy Scouts of America with the Distinguished Citizen Award. In 2009 he was selected as the Indiana University Outstanding Alumnus for the Southwest region.

An avid fisherman and hunter, J.P. spent his retirement fishing, hunting and camping with his family and close friends. He enjoyed winters in Naples, Florida, where he volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

He is survived by his two daughters, Rebecca (Michael) Eckerle and Nancy (Mark) Morelli, and his son, John (Margaret) Salb, six grandchildren: Chris (Stephanie) Eckerle, Craig (Courtney) Eckerle, Alex Morelli, Hannah Morelli, Keri (Mike) Mertz, Kaitlyn (Jose) Celis and six great grandchildren: Emma and Charlotte Eckerle, Tristin and Garrett Favia, Jaydenn and Madalyn Mertz.

The family would like to express their warmest gratitude to Dr. Dean Beckman, and Dr. Adam Dawkins, who have continually offered comfort and care. During Dad’s last year of life devoted nurses, caregivers and staff at Brookside Village and Southern Care Hospice took loving care of him, and in turn, the rest of the family. We are forever grateful for their appreciation of Dad’s wit and for every kindness shown him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. The VFW Post #673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm, on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the “J.P. Salb Scholarship” at the IU School of Medicine and mailed to the IU Foundation, PO Box 7072, Indianapolis, Indiana. 46207-7072 or to St. Joseph Catholic Church.



Mary Ann Sadenwater, 77, Fort Wayne, died Saturday, January 14, 2017, at her home.

She was born August 21, 1939, to Philip Sr. and Minerva (Piper) Hubbuch.

Mary Ann was a 1957 graduate of Jasper High School.

She is survived by two sons, Bob Sadenwater, Jr. and wife Christy and Patrick Sadenwater and wife Christine; two daughters, Beth Krudop and husband Jeff and Karen Sadenwater; six grandchildren; three brothers, John Hubbuch and wife Dianna, Tony Hubbuch and wife Dianna, and Don Hubbuch and wife Jill; one sister, Kathy Allen and husband Mark; and sister-in-law Linda Hubbuch.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Sadenwater, Sr. and one brother, Phil Hubbuch, Jr.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Klaehm, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road in Fort Wayne, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4525 Arlington Avenue, in Fort Wayne.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with inurnment at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw.



Virgil R. Lechner, 82, Jasper, passed away at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 19th, 2017, at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper, IN.

Virgil was born in Jasper, IN on December 14, 1934, to Henry and Philomenia (Gramelspacher) Lechner. He married JoAnn Durcholz on December 27, 1955, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, IN.

Virgil was a real estate developer who developed the Lechner subdivision in Jasper, and he also worked as a self-employed carpet layer and farmer. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards and going to yard sales and auctions.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Lechner of Jasper; daughter, Jane Weidenbenner of Cartersville, Ga.; four sons, Terry Lechner and wife Sherri of Jasper, John Lechner and wife Mary Lou of Huntingburg, Joe Lechner of Jasper and Mike Lechner and wife Brenda of Jasper; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren;
five step-great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was one son, Jim Lechner. Virgil was the last survivor in his family of six sisters, Cordella Hopf, Florence Hurst, Eleanor Gogel, Rosetta Keusch, Marcella “Sally” Heim, and Ruth Schmitt, and one brother, Vincent Lechner.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Virgil R. Lechner will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017, at Precious Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the church on Monday.

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



William A. “Bill” Hancock, 65, Ferdinand, died Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center, Ferdinand.

He was born February 19, 1951, in Huntingburg to Roger & Thelma (Hollinden) Hancock.

Bill retired from OFS Furniture. He was a Vietnam veteran and a member of St. Meinrad Legion Post 366. He enjoyed sports, NASCAR and cards.

Surviving are one son, Nathan “Tater” (Ashley) Hancock of Ferdinand; one daughter, Karrie Brown of Saint Meinrad; four grandchildren; four sisters, Donna (Ernest) Magnes of Chicago, Paula (Chris) Bolte and Charlotte Hancock of Ferdinand and Ruth (Jim) Ransom of Saint Croix.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Allan and John Hancock.

Funeral services 10 a.m. Thursday, January 19 at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Burial with military honors by St. Meinrad Legion Post 366 to follow in St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. until service time Thursday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand.



Sister Wilma Davis, 95, of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, died at 6:50 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017, at the monastery’s Hildegard Health Center.

Sister Wilma was born February 20, 1921, in Columbus, Indiana, the fourth of seven children of Gary and Clara (Schneider) Davis. She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1938 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1940. She celebrated the 75th anniversary of her monastic profession in 2015.

She is survived by her brother, Father Prior Thomas Davis, OSCO, nieces, nephews, and members of her religious community. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Regina Davis, Josephine Blades, Anne Russell, and Sister Mary Jean Davis, OSB; and her brother, Gary Davis.

Sister Wilma taught at Assumption School in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sacred Heart School in Vincennes, Indiana, and at Ferdinand Elementary School in Ferdinand, Indiana.  In 1957, she was sent to North Dakota, where she taught at St. Ann Indian Mission School in Belcourt, served as director of religious education at Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, also in Belcourt, and as diocesan director of religious education in Fargo.  She also served as subprioress and as prioress of Queen of Peace Monastery in Belcourt.  After returning to Ferdinand in 2004, she worked in supportive services at the monastery.  She most recently served in the ministry of prayer.

Visitation will be at the monastery on Thursday, January 19, from 3:00 to 6:45 p.m. EST and on Friday, January 20, from 2:00 to 4:15 p.m.  A wake service will be held on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held on Friday 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.



Lloyd A. Wright, Jr., 70, Birdseye, passed away at 6:33 a.m. Monday, January 16, 2017, at his home in Birdseye.

He was born May 5, 1946, in Perry County, Indiana to Lloyd A. Wright, Sr. and Eithel (Underhill) Wright. He was united in marriage to Pansy L. Kellems on June 26, 1965, in Cannelton, Indiana.

Lloyd enjoyed working and was employed as a carpenter. He was a member of the Oak Ridge Apostolic Church in Bristow and was an avid Harley Davidson motorcycle rider and enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Wright; one sister, Rosalie Allen; and his grandson, Daniel Wright.

He is survived by his wife, Pansy L. Wright of Birdseye; one son, Kenneth (Jill) Wright of Birdseye; two daughters, Dawn Kissel of Grantsburg and Joanella R. (Toby) Hartley of Birdseye; three sisters, Lulabelle Morgan of Birdseye, Mary Kellems of Birdseye and Carolyn King of Boonville; by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Lloyd A. Wright, Jr. will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye.  The funeral service will be officiated by Reverend David Hayes, Reverend Arlie Brock and Reverend Bobbie Renshaw.

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



Urban O. Blessinger, 81, Huntingburg, passed away at 12:50 a.m. Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville.

He was born December 6, 1935, in Jasper to Edward and Veronica (Vogler) Blessinger and married Barbara J. Streicher on September 3, 1960, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Mr. Blessinger was a past Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Huntingburg and also ran an accounting business. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict; member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, life member of V.F.W. Post #2366 and Moose Lodge; Holland American Legion; and Fraternal Order of Eagles #3335 where he served as Secretary for 19 years.

Urban was preceded in death by his daughter, Kristi L. Wheatley, who died June 28, 2011; eight brothers, Silas, Victor, Roman, Alois, Sylvester, Claude, Jerome and Elmer Blessinger; and five sisters, Sr. Theresa Blessinger, Sr. Olivia Blessinger, Gertrude Hollander, Bernadette Blessinger and Doretha Paris.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Blessinger; one son and three daughters, Kerry (April) Blessinger, Amy (Gary) Hoffman and Julie Birkle all of Huntingburg, and Kim (Rodney) Mundy of Ireland; four sisters, Mary (John) McMahand of Arkansas, Leona (Donald) Johnson of Deer Park, Texas, Mildred (Cletus) Merkel of Jasper and Anna (Harold) Smith of Owensboro, Ky.; by twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., E.S.T., on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg; burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery with military rites conducted by the V.F.W. Post #2366 Memorial Detail.  The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00-8:00 p.m., on Wednesday; along with a 6:30 p.m. prayer vigil.



Jess F. Bailey, 95, Oakland City, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017, at the Northwood Good Samaritan Home in Jasper.

He was born in Pike County on February 17, 1921, to Alva and Stella (Strode) Bailey.

Jess graduated from Stendal High School and played on a sectional-winning basketball team.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during WW II in the 749th Tank Battalion. He was a coal miner, retiring in 1986. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Old Ben Coal No. 1 mine for over 40 years and was a member of U.M.W.A.  He was a member of the Oakland City First General Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Constance Bailey of Holland, Mich. and Tony and Joan Bailey of Oakland City; daughter-in-law, Sarah Bailey of Indianapolis; a sister, Renelda Erwin of Terre Haute; a brother, Paul Bailey of Stendal; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Craig) Newton of Bloomington, Susan (David) Eldridge of Cookeville, Tenn., Mike (Kitty) Bailey of Carlsbad, Calif., David (Erica) Bailey of Bristol, Dr. Jessica (Thomas) Reynolds of Atlanta, Ga.; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 73 years, Mabel L. Bailey, who passed way in 2014; son, James Bailey; sister, Elsie Barrett; and six brothers, Amel, Charles, Luther, Herschel, Floyd, and Marvin.

Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Oakland City First General Baptist Church, with Rev. Darin Nossett and Rev. David Eldridge officiating. Burial will follow in the Montgomery Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Corn-Colvin Funeral Home in Oakland City and from 8:30 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church. Military Services will be conducted by the Retired Military Veterans.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oakland City First General Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and the church. 



Fr. Rupert Ostdick, 95, a monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, died on January 14, 2017, at the monastery.

He was a jubilarian of profession and priesthood, and a participant in the Rush Religious Study on Aging and Alzheimer’s. Fr. Rupert was born in Elgin, IL, on November 14, 1921, and was given the name Howard Otto at his baptism.

Fr. Rupert came to Saint Meinrad in 1939 and enrolled in Saint Meinrad College, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1943. He was invested as a novice on August 5, 1943. He professed his simple vows on August 10, 1944, and his solemn vows three years later. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 1948.

Fr. Rupert served in various leadership positions at Saint Meinrad, including 31 years as treasurer. During the last seven years of that work, he also assumed the duties of the business manager.

Concurrent with these full-time responsibilities, he served as assistant spiritual director in Saint Meinrad College from 1959-63 and as the spiritual director from 1963-64. In the late 1970s, he also served as publisher of Abbey Press and acting general manager. He was appointed general manager of Abbey Press in 1979 and held the position through 1991.

Fr. Rupert was subprior (third in leadership) of the monastery from 1986-96. Other assignments included novice master for clerics, pastoral liaison with the Archabbey’s co-workers, assistant in the Human Resources Department and a member of the Monastery Vocation Department.

For the past 16 years, he served as an extraordinary confessor for the seminary community.

Surviving are a brother, Bruce Ostdick (Florence), Elgin, Ill.; and four sisters, Marjorie Banker and Mary Burnell (Charles), both of Elgin; Sister Patricia Ostdick, Chicago; and Geraldine Mistretta (Vincent) of Carpentersville, Ill.

The Office of the Dead will be prayed at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 16, in the Archabbey Church, followed by visitation until 9 p.m. Visitation on Tuesday will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. in the Archabbey Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Archabbey Cemetery. All times are Central Time.



Alvin John Niehaus, 98, Saint Meinrad, passed away, Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

Alvin was born July 6, 1918, to Frank and Mary Elizabeth (Brockman) Niehaus in Siberia, Ind. He married Frances Rasche on August 9, 1947, in St. Ferdinand Church. She preceded him in death on June 8, 1993.

Alvin was a member of Saint Meinrad Catholic Church Parish. He enjoyed cooking and woodworking. He was a retired mechanic. Alvin served in World War II and was a recipient of the Bronze Star.

He is survived by four sons, Ron (Patti) Niehaus of New Jersey, Dennis (Martha) Niehaus of Bretzville, Tim and Rich Niehaus both of Saint Meinrad; two daughters, Patty (Steve) Grant of Peoria, Ill. and Jane (Pat) Hellmann of Alexandria, Ind..; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren also survive.

Alvin was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; six brothers, Raymond, Amil, Sylvester, Louis, Arthur and Pete Niehaus; four sisters Helen, Marie, Ester and Sally.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. CST at  Saint Meinrad Catholic Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Saint Meinrad Legion Post 366 will conduct military graveside rights.

Visitation will be Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. CST and Wednesday at the church from 9:00 a.m. CST until the time of services



Elmer F. Jochim, 91, Dale, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017, peacefully at home with his children present.

He was born June 25, 1925, in Mariah Hill to Paul and Blanche (Bosler) Jochim.  Elmer was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Helen Werne, his sister, Alice Ackerman and brother, Rudy Jochim.

Elmer enjoyed 58 years as an auto body technician. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dale where he served on the Parish Center Building Committee and the Building and Maintenance Committee for many years. He was also a member of the choir and Holy Name Society.  In 1997, Elmer received The Brute Society Award for Exemplary Stewardship. He was a charter member of St. Joseph Conference of St. Vincent DePaul Society since 1956 and charter member of Jasper District 6 Council of St. Vincent DePaul serving as secretary from 1958-79.  His hobbies included gardening, sports, playing cards, taking care of the buildings and grounds at church, and spending time with family.

He is survived by daughters Donna (David) Betzner of New Palestine and Pamela (Mike) Moesner of Dale, son, David (Barb Schepers) Jochim of Santa Claus, sisters, Rea Blair and Charlotte Gasser both of Sparta, IL, Edna Stagnitto of Endwell, NY, Florence Borman of Carmel, 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at St. Joseph Church in Dale from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. CST Wednesday, Jan. 18th, and 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. CST Thursday.  The funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 19th at St. Joseph Church. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Vincent DePaul Society or St. Joseph Church Building & Grounds.



Thomas J. Wegeng, Jr., 64, Jasper, formerly of Plainfield, passed away on Jan. 9, 2017.

He was born on Aug. 25, 1952. in Kansas City, Mo., to the late Thomas J., Sr. and Geneva Stottle Wegeng.  He married Carrie Holdsworth on July 1, 2008; she survives.

He was a 1970 graduate of Plainfield High School and a 1978 graduate of Purdue University.

Tom was an Engineer for Allison’s for over 30 years, retiring in 2009.

Tom was a musician and played in the band “Knee Deep in the Weeds” for several years and was an avid and accomplished golfer, having won several club championships and attempting to qualify for the Senior U.S. Open.

Survivors include his wife, Carrie Holdsworth; children Scott Wegeng and wife Megan, Ashley Wegeng, Holly Wegeng, Sarah Marchman and husband Tim and Anna Rolwing and husband David; brothers Robert, William and Donald Wegeng; grandchildren Maxon Bennett, Will Marchman, Julia Marchman, Elliott Rolwing, Natalie Rolwing and Maisy Rolwing.

Calling hours will be on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Hall-Baker Funeral Home, Plainfield.

Funeral services will be on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Jon Lilly officiating.  Entombment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery Mausoleum, Plainfield.



David “Davey” E. Wilz, 67, Jasper, passed away Wednesday morning, January 11, 2017, at his home.

He was born February 12, 1949, in Huntingburg, Indiana to Hilbert P. and Alberta H. (Marks) Wilz.

David was formerly employed for 12 years at the Jasper Novelty Plant #2 in Jasper and recently retired from Kimball Office’s 15th Street Plant where he worked for 39 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching basketball games and loved spending time with family and friends.

David was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Joan Craig; one brother, Hilbert “Butch” Wilz; his nephew, Chad Mutchman; and his niece, Theresa Whitaker.

He is survived by three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Linda (Eugene) Sherman and Mary (David) Mutchman both of Huntingburg and Carol Dischinger of Owatonna, Minn.; his co-worker, friend and caregiver, Rodney Kapp of Jasper; and by nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for David E. Wilz will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST Saturday, January 14, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Michael Madden.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday. A parish vigil prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.



Joan C. Oeding, 76, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017, at her home.

She was born in Jasper on November 26, 1940, to Anton F. and Theresa (Knust) Bockelman. She married Jerome Oeding on November 23, 1961, in St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Joan was a graduate of Jasper High School Class of 1958. She was a homemaker and did alterations for Siebert’s Clothing in Jasper. She enjoyed IU Basketball, shopping, antiquing, cooking and more recently traveling. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Jerome Oeding; sons, Luke Oeding and wife (Ann) and Tim Oeding and wife (Jill); four grandchildren, Lacey, Jake, Grace and Hope; sister, Ardella Lubbehusen and husband (Cletus),

Preceding her in death are sisters, Dorothy Horney and Eleanor Sermersheim. Five brothers, Anton Harold, Fredrick, Sylvester and Claudie Bockelman.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.



Ruby Fern Gramelspacher, 94, Jasper, peacefully passed away in her home at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017.

Ruby was born in Daviess County, Indiana on March 5, 1922, the fifth of 11 children, to Richard and Bertha Elizabeth (Cox) Huls. She married her high school sweetheart, John W. Gramelspacher after his return from World War II. They were married on October 9, 1947, in Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church in French Lick, Indiana. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2003.

Ruby was a 1942 graduate of Jasper High School. Upon graduation, she worked at the Dubois County Bank.

She was a founding parishioner of Precious Blood Catholic Church and a member of their Ladies Sodality. Along with John, she was inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. While busy with a young family, Ruby was both a girl scout and a cub scout leader, volunteered with the Patoka Valley Center for Handicapped Children and at Memorial Hospital. She and John hosted many exchange students from all over the world. Entertaining came easy to Ruby whether tailgating, hosting business friends or gathering her large family.

She is survived by four daughters, Maribeth Seger and her husband Randy of Indianapolis, Kathryn Jerrell and her husband Steve of Jasper, Anne Hasenour and her husband Daniel of Huntingburg and Gretchen Sell and her husband Steve of Auburn, Calif.; three sons, George Gramelspacher of Jasper, Joseph Gramelspacher and his wife Audrey of Nashville, Tenn. and Philip Gramelspacher and his wife Annie of Jasper; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are six sisters, Norma Opel, Helen Himsel, Wava Critchlow, Phyllis Neal, Jean Breidenbaugh and Edna Huls and four brothers, Forrest, Larry, Jerry and Leo Huls.

Funeral services for Ruby Fern Gramelspacher will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Precious Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana 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 Friday.

Memorial contributions in Ruby’s honor may be made to the Precious Blood Endowment, Holy Trinity Catholic School Endowment or Sisters of Providence



Aimee Bolen 56, Dale, died at her home on Sun. Jan. 8, 2017.

She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on Jan. 30, 1960 to Elmer and Jean Clement.

She was a CNA at Willowdale Village.

She is survived by her husband, Trafton Bolen; a daughter, Nichole Clement; a stepson, Mark Bole; stepdaughter, Tina Bolen; sister, Retta Clement; brother, Joe Clement; three grandchildren, Khloe, Alyssa and Vickie.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kaylee; her parents; a brother, William Clement; and a sister, Diana Clement.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. CST on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at Gentryville United Methodist Church with burial to follow.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. CST till the service time on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at the Gentryville United Methodist Church.

Fuller Funeral Home in Dale is handling the arrangements.



Rita Marie Tucker, 88, Jasper, passed away at 1:45 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017, at her home in Jasper.

She was born in Fowler, Ind. on November 16, 1928, to August J. and Ernestine E (Pamperin) Gretencord. Her mother was originally from Green Bay, Wisc. and her father from Ottawa, Ill.

Rita grew up on the family farm near Dunnington, Ind. during the Great Depression which, in addition to her parents’ influence, served to shape her outlook on life. On July 3, 1954, she married Robert L. Tucker in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dunnington. They were married for more than 40 years until Bob’s death on April 10, 1995.

Rita was one of 14 graduating members of the 1946 class of Freeland Park High School. Then, in 1950 she graduated with honors from Indiana State Teachers College in Terre Haute with a BS in Education. Immediately after graduation, Rita taught home economics at Jasper High School followed by various elementary grades at Holy Family School. Rita was a teacher by both training and nature; with the patience that allowed you to learn from your mistakes. Later she began a career in retail, first as a partner in R & B Menswear and then in the bridal business; retiring from the Bridal Boutique on the square in Jasper in 2015.

Rita was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church for over 60 years where she was active in many capacities including the parish RCIA team for an extended period up until her death. In 2015, Bishop Charles C. Thompson and the Catholic Diocese of Evansville bestowed upon her the Simon Brute award in recognition of her good and faithful service. She was a member of the parish’s Sodality of the Blessed Virgin and one of the founding leaders of the Holy Family Young Hopefuls 4-H club.

Rita is survived by her four children, Carol Stutsman, Terry Tucker and wife Kim Lampert-Tucker, Ann Rasche and husband Tim, all of Jasper, and Joe Tucker and wife Lesa of Vincennes; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Brian Stutsman, Kelsey Valenta, Craig Tucker, Amanda Tucker, Adam Tucker, Kyle Tucker, Lauren Tucker, Savannah Stutsman and Brady Stutsman.

She was also preceded in death by her stepmother Florence M. (Pamperin) Gretencord and three sisters Doris M. Victor, Janet A. Kramerich and infant Josephine Gretencord.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. Entombment will follow at Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before Mass on Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church. The Holy Family Blessed Virgin Sodality will pray the rosary at 1:45 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to either Holy Family Catholic Church or a favorite charity.



James C. Himsel, 91, Jasper, passed away at 10:18 p.m. Sunday, January 8, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Haysville, Indiana on December 17, 1925, to Edward and Helene (Koenig) Himsel. He married Viola V. Recker on April 17, 1953. She preceded him in death on December 28, 2016.

He was a World War II Army veteran who served in the European theater.

He was a retired construction worker and member of the Local labor union #561 and also worked as a machinist for McDonnnell Douglas Air Craft and Caterpillar. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post #673 in Jasper.

He loved reading, history and genealogy

He is survived by six daughters, Wanda Haas of Jasper, Mary Hohl of Santa Claus, Angela Himsel Sacks (Selig) of New York, N.Y., Elizabeth Eblen (Doug) Greenwood, Sarah Burcon (David) of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Rachael Himsel of Bloomington; four sons, James R. Himsel,  Edward Himsel (Kathy) both Jasper, Paul Himsel of Terre Haute and John Himsel of Dubois; 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Viola Watson of Houston, Texas.

Preceding him in death besides his wife is one daughter, Abby Himsel; two grandchildren, Phillip Haas and Nina Marie Himsel; and one brother, Robert Himsel.

Funeral services for James Himsel will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017, in Redemption Christian Church in Jasper with burial to follow in Community Cemetery in Haysville, Indiana. V.F.W. Post # 673 in Jasper will conduct military grave side rites.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the 2:00 p.m. service time at Redemption Christian Church in Jasper.



Clara E. “Edie” Merkley, 89, Portersville, passed away at 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Waters of Huntingburg.

Clara was born in Perry County, Indiana on December 6, 1927, to Edward and Edna (Albin) Hartwick. She married Hubert Merkley on September 26, 1992, in Jasper, Indiana.

Clara retired from Jasper Desk Company after 26 years of service. She enjoyed fishing, quilting, gardening and reading.

She is survived by her husband, Hubert Merkley of Portersville; three daughters, Diana Seger and husband Mike of Celestine, Pat Wininger of Haysville and Linda Fuhrman and husband Tom of Otwell; two sons, Larry Bouillon and wife Brenda of Jasper and Gary Bouillon and wife Linda of Otwell; eight stepchildren, Pamela Chavain, Randy Merkley, Sara Merkley, Dennis Merkley, JoAnn Merkley, Hubert Merkley Jr., Darrel Merkley, and Nancy Merkley; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Bonnie Gerber of Petersburg.

Preceding her in death was a husband, Roy Rodenhouse; two grandchildren, Danny Joe Bouillon and Tracy Lynn Law; a stepson, Roger Merkley; one sister, Kathleen Faulkenberg; and three brothers, Louis,  Alfred, and Allen Hartwick.

Funeral services for Clara E. “Edie” Merkley will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper, IN.  Pastor Larry Van Camp will officiate.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

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



Gene R. LaGrange, 78, Mariah Hill, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville.

He was born in St. Meinrad on July 16, 1938, to Everett and Jeanette M. (Werne) LaGrange. He married Anna I. Dilger on Oct. 25, 1958, in Mary Help of Christians Church in Mariah Hill.

Mr. LaGrange was a retired teacher at North Spencer School Corp. He received his teaching degree from Brescia College and his master’s degree from Indiana University.

He was a member of St. Francis Of Assisi-Mary Help Of Christians Parish.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed golf and was an Indiana University basketball and Los Angeles Dodgers fan.

He is survived by his wife, Anna I. LaGrange; one son, John (Stacey) LaGrange of Santa Claus; two daughters, Cheryl (Ray) Springston of Holland and Jennifer L. LaGrange of Mariah Hill; one brother, Don (Jeannie) LaGrange of Washington; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his dog.

There will be no visitation.

A funeral will be held at a later date.

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



Jerry D. Fesler, 78, Jasper, Indiana passed away at 11:37 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper. Surrounded by family and friends.

He was born at Oolotic, Indiana on March 1, 1938, to Estel and Julia (Hatfield) Fesler. He married Donetta “Jean” Bollinger on September 4, 1981.

Jerry was a graduate of Loogootee High School and served in the Indiana National Guard. He retired as a supervisor from Westinghouse at Bloomington, Indiana.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Fesler; son, Michael Fesler and wife Diana of Bloomington; one daughter, Andrea Horne and husband Cullen of Superior, Wisc.; stepson, Roy McRoberts and wife Dee of Solsberry, Ind.; stepdaughters, Mary Ann McRoberts of Jasper, Marsha Smith and husband Mark of Centerville, Texas and Beverly Dean and husband Mark, of Louisville, Ky.; Sister, Betty Chambers of Ocala, Fla.; 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death is one daughter, Terri Lynn.

Memorial services are planned for a later date.



Helen Mae Schnarr, 94, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017, in French Lick.

She was born October 16, 1922, in Otwell to William Austin and Alta (Arnold) Padgett. She married Clair Eugene Schnarr on November 4, 1944.

She worked at Scraper Sales in Otwell, a parachute factory in Washington, and welded on the LST Ships in Evansville. She was a member of Vincent Christian Church in Otwell where she was involved in the vacation bible school and other youth activities.

Helen is survived by her children, John Thomas (Barbara) Schnarr of Indianapolis and Susan (Walter) Freeman of West Baden; grandchildren, Eric (Lori) Schnarr of Fishers; Jason Schnarr of Miamisburg, Ohio; Chad Freeman of West Baden; Derek (Emily) Freeman of Jasper; great-grandchildren Austin and Sydney Schnarr. Preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Lorena Burton, Harold Padgett, Margeret DeJarnett, and William Padgett Jr.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 11th, at Harris Funeral Home in Petersburg from 3 to 7 p.m. EST. Services will be held 11:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Vincent Christian Church in Otwell. Visitation at the church will take place from 9:30 until the time of service on Thursday. Burial will follow at Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Vincent Christian Church or the Vincent Cemetery Association at 8264 E. St. Rd. 56 Otwell, IN 47564. Harris Funeral Home has been entrusted with care.



Lucille Caroline Bies (Gutgsell), 85, Jasper, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2017, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Jasper surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Jasper on September 17, 1931, to Godfrey and Veronica (Wehr) Gutgsell.

She was joined in holy matrimony to Dr. John G. (“Jack”) Bies, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, on February 7, 1953. Lucy and Jack enjoyed a long, loving marriage of sixty-three years, a love story that began at a dance at the Calumet Lake Pavilion.

Lucy was a loving mother and homemaker for much of her life. In her early years, she worked at Wilson’s Drugstore and for Dr. Klamer; after an empty nest, she worked at Dubois County Tri-CAP. In all of these roles, served with kindness and grace. She was an avid golfer, who both enjoyed and took the sport seriously, working hard to improve her game and to be competitive, which eventually earned her the County title. She also took up watercolor painting in mid-life, favoring old barns, trees, and other rural, natural settings as her subjects. Her faith was abiding, and for much of her life she attended Mass daily at St. Joseph’s Church in Jasper, volunteered for Perpetual Adoration, and prayed the Rosary (especially on long car trips). For decades, she made regular trips to walk the Way of the Cross at Monte Cassino Shrine Church in St. Meinrad, Indiana. A highlight of her life was visiting the Marian Shrine Fatima in Portugal. A gracious woman, she also possessed an easy sense of humor. Words don’t do justice to how delicious Lucy’s potato salad, sauerkraut and ribs, peach custard pie, and chocolate sheet cake were. She was well loved and will be deeply missed.

In addition to her husband Jack, she is also survived by her son John Bies (of Evansville, Indiana); son Doug Bies and his wife, Cindi Bies (of Jasper); daughter, Christine and her husband Todd Curtis of Woodstock, Ill. and son, Kurt Bies of Jasper; daughter Angela Bies and her husband Toby Egan (of Potomac, Maryland); 15 grandchildren; and four great-children. Lucy was one of 12 siblings, and is survived by her sisters, Lorraine Brown and her husband Bob of Ft. Wayne, Patty Sermersheim and her husband Jerry of Ft. Wayne, Sr. Betty Gunselman of Evansville, Barb Berger and her husband Dave of Jasper, and Mary Lehmkuhler of Jasper; brothers, Larry Gutgsell and his wife LouAnn of St. Anthony, Dave Gutgsell and wife Rosie of Jasper and Jim Gutgsell and wife Louise of Jasper; brother-in-law, John Hoban of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Irene Hoban; her brothers, Sylvester Gutgsell and Robert Gutgsell; her brothers-in-law, Ralph Gunselman and Ed Lehmkuhler; and sister-in-law Rosie Gutgsell.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Lucille Bies will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m.service time on Thursday in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. Father William Traylor will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or to Good Samaritan Society – Northwood Retirement Community, Jasper.

Lucille’s family is profoundly grateful to the skilled, loving staff at Good Samaritan Nursing home, and for the many family and friends who faithfully visited her there over the years.



Martina “Teeny” H. Erny, 98, Jasper, passed away at 5:08 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2017, in Brookside Village in Jasper.

She was born in Jasper, Indiana on July 6, 1918, to Frank and Agatha (Gardner) Mendel. She married Aloysius “Woody” Erny on August 31, 1937, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Martina was a member of the first graduating Class of Jasper High School class of 1936. She worked as a book Keeper in several retail stores in the area including the Greek Candy Kitchen, J.J. Newberry, Sears Roebuck, Corbins and a teacher’s aid at Jasper Middle School. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She enjoyed golf, camping and the Chicago Cubs traveling.

Surviving are four sons, Gerald “Jerry” Erny of Vincennes, James Erny and wife Janice of Jasper, Melvin “Bud” Erny and wife Kathy of Vincennes and John Erny and wife Sharon of Ireland; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are two sisters, Petronella Rothenberg and Margaret Schum. Also three brothers, Jerome, Sylvester and Maurice Mendel.

Rosary by the St. Anne’s and D of I’s will be held at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral services for Martina Erny will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the American Cancer Society.



Helen C. Gress, 85, Ireland, passed away at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper, Indiana.

Helen was born in St. Henry, Indiana on June 13, 1931, to Adolph and Clara (Lange) Begle. She married Wilfred “Wif” Gress on May 10, 1952, in St. Henry Catholic Church.

She was a 1949 high school graduate of the Ferdinand Academy, where she was a member of the orchestra. She was a homemaker and also worked at Wal-Mart in Jasper for 13 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and their St. Anne’s Society, and the Jasper Circle of the Daughters of Isabella. She also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, The Ireland Historical Society, the Dubois County German Club, and a past member of the Ireland Extension Homemakers.

She enjoyed flowers, gardening, quilting, reading the newspaper, listening to music, traveling and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Wilfred “Wif” Gress of Ireland; one daughter, Cindy Vogt and husband Mike of Jasper; six sons, Steve Gress and wife Becky of Indianapolis, Terry Gress and wife Susan of Ireland, Mike Gress and wife Debbie of Ireland, Ken Gress and wife Jami of Jasper, Dave Gress and wife Karen of Princeton and Dan Gress, and companion Molly Ballard of Santa Claus; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Esther Fischer and husband Pat, Ferdinand; four brothers, Otto Begle and wife Jean of Ferdinand, Norbert Begle and wife Jo Ann of Holland, Adolph “Butch” Begle and wife Cindy of St. Henry and Dennis Begle and wife Mary of Dale.

Preceding her in death were brothers Charles and Edwin Begle; sister Rita Hoffman; and one brother Edward Begle who passed in infancy.

Funeral services for Helen C. Gress will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday,  January 14, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, Indiana. The St. Mary’s St. Anne’s Society will pray the rosary at 1:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church building fund, St. Vincent de Paul, or a favorite charity.



Mabel Nalley, 91, Oakland City, passed away at 10:56 a.m. CST Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana.

She was born June 26, 1925, in Gibson County, Indiana to Gaines and Rosa (Usery) Nalley.

Mabel worked at Gossard’s in Huntingburg for 16 and a half years and then at the Snack Bar, as a clerk, at Oakland City University for 24 years.  She was a member of New Liberty General Baptist Church in Coe; enjoyed flowers and gardening; and loved and was proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mabel was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Milford Nalley, Millard Nalley, Robert Nalley and Warner Nalley; one grandchild, Trevor Nalley; and one great-grandchild, Gabe Meece.

She is survived by seven children, Don (Joyce) Nalley of Evansville, Brenda Young of Francisco, Linda (David) Williams of Elberfeld, David (Kim) Nalley of Oakland City, Dale (Martha) Nalley of Oakland City, Janell Lee of Winslow and Brett (Krissy) Nalley of Stendal; one brother, Ray (Marlene) Nalley of Oakland City; by 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and (1) great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Mabel Nalley will be held at 2:00 p.m. EST Sunday, January 8, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at New Liberty Cemetery in Coe, Indiana.  Pastor Gary Pancake will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00-8:00 p.m. EST Saturday; and also from noon to 2:00 p.m. EST Sunday.  Memorial contributions can be made to the New Liberty Cemetery Fund c/o David Nalley, 2594 E. County Road 800 S., Oakland City, Indiana 47660.



Silas W. Spaulding, 83, Jasper, passed away at 3:12 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana.

Silas was born at Alfordsville, Indiana on October 4, 1933, to William and Catherine (Colvin) Spaulding.   He married Beverly Batchelor on Oct 1, 1961, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Washington, Indiana.

Silas retired from DMI in Ferdinand, Indiana for many years.  After retirement, he worked in security at Jasper Engines.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

He enjoyed collections coins as a hobby, involved in original Dubois County Coin Club.  Also was an organizer in the development of the Patoka Valley Center in Jasper.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly A. Spaulding of Jasper; daughter, Kim Street of Jasper; son, Ron Spaulding and wife Sue of Jasper; four granddaughters and four great-grandchildren; five sisters, Margaret Bridgewater of Loogootee, Claire Batchelor of Plainfield, Martha Cox of Kentucky, Mary Beasley of Bedford and Carolyn Blake of Bedford; two brothers, James Spaulding and wife (Luella) of Washington and Tony Spaulding and wife Lorna of Mitchell.

Preceding him in death is one daughter Sherri Spaulding; four sisters, Pat Crane, Louise Wheeler, Elivna Spaulding and Rose Mary Robinson; two brothers, Frank Spaulding and Joe Spaulding.

Funeral services for Silas W. Spaulding will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Washington, Indiana.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

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



Raymond Charles Green of Santa Claus, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at St. Charles Nursing Home in Jasper, Indiana.

Ray was born in Lansing, Michigan, on December 19, 1937.

He is survived by three sons, Raymond Michael Green and wife, Gena, of Tampa, Florida; Kelly Joe Green, of Lansing, Michigan, and Daniel Nathaniel Green and wife, Elizabeth, of Owosso, Michigan, and grandchildren, Randi, Haley, Chandler and Ireland.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Jellema and Chester R. Green, of Lansing, Michigan.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.



Cletus R.  Sermersheim, 80, Jasper, passed away at 2:31 a.m. CST Wednesday, January 4, 2017, in St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana.

He was born in Jasper, Indiana on July 15, 1936, to Carl J. and Loretta (Schmitt) Sermersheim.   He married Sadie Voelkel on April 25, 1957, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Cletus was a graduate of Dubois High School Class of 1956 and served in the Indiana National Guard. He was a route salesman for Dubois County Beverage in Jasper for 42 years. He also worked in maintenance at Meadowood Apartments for eight years. He farmed the family farm with his brother for 34 years. He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Sadie Sermersheim; one daughter, Linda Gerber (Joseph) of Jasper; two sons, Russell Sermersheim (Stephanie) of Edinburgh, Ind. and Kevin M. Sermersheim and companion Tracy Haase of Haysville; four grandchildren, Nicholas Gerber, Amanda Thornton and Samantha Gerber and Alexandria Sermersheim; two great-grandchildren, Eliza and Ivan Gerber; one sister, Ruth Beckman of Jasper; brother-in-law, Jim Vaughn of Jasper.

Preceding him in death are four sisters, Bernetta Rasche, Luella Sermersheim, Rita Vaughn, Alma Foster and also, one brother, Marvin Sermersheim.

Funeral services for Cletus Sermersheim will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, January 9, 2017, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

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



Mary Lou Tretter, 75, Celestine, passed away at 5:15 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana.

Mary was born in Celestine, Indiana on July 10, 1941, to Leo H. and Veronica (Gadlage) Hoffman. She married Linus Tretter on June 20, 1964, in St. Celestine Catholic Church.

Mary was a graduate of the Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana. She was a secretary at the parish office at St. Celestine Catholic Church, and after retirement was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus and the St. Ann’s Society. She enjoyed working with flowers, gardening, reading, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Linus Tretter of Celestine; one daughter, Denise Schroering and her husband Kevin of Celestine; three sons, Brian Tretter and his wife Jill of Huntingburg, Kevin Tretter of Indianapolis and Michael Tretter and his wife Kelly of Celestine; 10 grandchildren; two sisters, Eugenia “Jeanie” Rahman of Jasper and Carol Knies and her husband Paul of Jasper; one brother, Alan Hoffman and his wife Dana of Jasper; one brother-in-law, Jack Goodman of Celestine.

Preceding her in death is one sister, Shirley Goodman.

Funeral services for Mary Lou Tretter will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at St. Isidore Catholic Church – St. Celestine Campus, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish or a favorite charity.



Raymond James Jenkins went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on December 28, 2016, after a short battle with cancer.

Born in Huntingburg, Indiana on March 11, 1933 to Laura Denk and James Jenkins.

He lived his early life in Huntingburg, Indiana before enlisting in the United States Navy to serve his country during the Korean Conflict. He married his wife of 58-years, Betty Schnarr on May 7, 1958.

Ray completed his BS Degree in Production Management at the University of Evansville in 1957 and worked in the corrugated container business until he retired. He ended his career as co-owner of DSE Container Inc. in San Antonio, Texas.

Ray is survived by his wife Betty, two sons Brian Ray Jenkins and Brent Lane Jenkins both military veterans and both of New Braunfels, Texas. He has three grandchildren (Chelsea, Amanda and Raymond) and three step-grandchildren (Donna Caberto Nunez, Meagan Tovar and Brooke Hefley) and three step-great-grandchildren (Mylah and Logan Reyes and Ava Nunez).

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Walter.

He will be missed by all that knew him.

A celebration of his wonderful life will be held at First Protestant Church, 172 W. Colt St, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 on Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with luncheon reception to follow the service in the church Family Life Center. All friends and family are welcome to attend this celebration.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to First Protestant Church in New Braunfels, Texas or MD Anderson Cancer Research Hospital in Houston, Texas. gifts.mdanderson.org.



Angela “Angie” Jane Meyer

After a courageous battle with ovarian cancer, Angela “Angie” Jane Meyer returned to her heavenly Father on January 1, 2017, at the age of 51.

Angie was born on May 9, 1965, in Jasper, Indiana, to William M. Hopf and Mary Ann “Nancy” Hopf. She grew up in a large, caring family with four sisters and three brothers.

In 1987, she graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She received a master’s degree in counseling from Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis in 1995.

For the past twelve years, Angie served as a dedicated Associate Director at the IU Kelley School of Business Career Planning Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to that, she served as a recruiter for Business Management Personnel. Angie was passionate about helping individuals through career planning and advice. She was known for her great work ethic mixed with positivity, grace and a people-centered focus. Throughout her battle with cancer, she continued to serve students.

Angie led a faithful life as a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church. A devoted Catholic, Angie was known for her contagious and sunny smile along with her generous and joyful attitude. Angie was always determined to put others before herself. Angie was a loving mother and wife who raised strong, faithful and warmhearted children. She could often be found at Cardinal Ritter Football and Cross Country events supporting her children. As an enthusiastic IU basketball and football fan, she enjoyed attending tailgates and games. She also enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She found peace in observing sunsets on the beach.

Angie is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Kenneth Omer; her son, Nathan William; daughter, Kendall Marie; her father, William (Bill); stepmother, Kathy; and seven brothers and sisters: Kathy (Ed) Uebelhor of Schnellville; Mike (Kim) Hopf of Jeffersonville; Karen (Gary) Riley of Louisville, Ky.; Brian (Christine) Hopf of Santa Claus; Mary (Dave) Schmidt of Carmel, Ind.; Lisa (Jim) Nordhoff of Carmel, Ind.; Jay (Anne) Hopf of Brownsburg, Ind. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews along with members of her husband’s family.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Ann “Nancy” Hopf.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 5, 2017, from 4 pm to 8 pm at Saint Christopher Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. A rosary will be prayed starting at 3:45 pm.

A Funeral service will be held Friday, January 6, 2017, at 11:00 am at Saint Christopher Catholic Church. Burial will take place in a private setting at St. Mary Catholic Church Cemetery in Ireland, Indiana on Saturday, January 7th.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.



Kenneth “Pete” Rudolph, 100, Ireland, passed away at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Pete was born in Ireland, Indiana, on September 17, 1916, at the Rudolph Farm home place, where he farmed and resided the last 100 years. He was born to William F. and Matilda (Himsel) Rudolph.

Pete was the last surviving member of the Ireland High School class of 1934. He enjoyed telling stories of his school days and the early basketball games at Ireland High School. Pete was a lifetime farmer. He was a member of the Farm Bureau Association and the Ireland Historical Society. He was an avid reader of three newspapers, loved informational magazines and receiving first class mail. He always documented the received date on all mail before he opened it.

His hobby was collecting pencils, pens, and paper to have ready for recording information.

He is survived by one niece, Mary Jane Eckert and her husband Dr. Donald C. Eckert of Jasper; two nephews, David J. Rudolph and his wife Angie of Ireland and Dr. Richard W. Rudolph and his wife Janice of Jasper;

Preceding him in death are one sister, Mildred May Rudolph; two brothers, Lenas E. and William Rudolph Jr.; and one nephew, John K. Rudolph.

Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, with burial to follow in Shiloh Cemetery in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ireland Community Endowment.



Eugene W. Goodman, 86, Celestine, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday Morning, January 3, 2017, at home.

Eugene was born in Dubois, Indiana on February 7, 1930, to Theodore and Leona (Zehr) Goodman.  He married Mildred M. Miller on June 20, 1953, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. She preceded him in death on February 7, 2004.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the St. Anthony American Legion Post #493. Eugene was a farmer in the Celestine area, and also worked for Aristokraft Cabinets in Celestine and Jasper for many years. He was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Parish – St. Peter Celestine Campus, and a member of the Celestine Knights of Columbus and a life member of the Celestine Community Club. He enjoyed farming, gardening, making wine, fishing and telling stories.

He is survived by two daughters, Pam Carter and husband Dan of Louisville, Ky.; Cheryl Burkhart and husband Paul of Washington, Ind.; two sons, LeeRay Goodman of Jasper and Ted Goodman and wife Kim of Celestine; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Goodman and wife Frances of Celestine and Ernest Goodman and companion Mary Walters of Wickliffe; two sisters, Inez Knies and husband Dallas of Jasper and Carol Gehlhausen and husband Neil of St. Anthony.

Preceding him in death besides his wife was a granddaughter, Alicia Holden; daughter-in-law, Denise Goodman; and two sisters, Pauline Sermersheim and Nancy Eichmiller.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene Goodman will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017, at St. Peter Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The St. Anthony American Legion Post #493 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Friends may call from Noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Good Sheppard of the Hills Knights of Columbus will pray the rosary at 11:45 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish or a favorite charity.



Doris Jane Hildenbrand, 87, Holland, passed away at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born November 14, 1929, in Holland, Indiana to Raymond and Olive (Wood) Hunefeld.

Doris was employed in the offices of Holland Dairy. She was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church, the Zoar United Methodist Women, and served on many church committees. In her youth, she was very active in the local 4-H Club, square dancing, and the rural youth. Doris continued her participation in local 4-H Club activities later in life and was a 4-H leader for over forty years. She also participated in the horticulture and leadership activities of the Indiana State Fair for over 20 years; was involved in the activities of the Dubois County Museum; as well as the Holland Christmas Decorating Committee. She was a member of the Purdue Council for Agricultural Research Extension and Teaching for many years.

Doris is survived by one daughter, Jane Hildenbrand of Indianapolis; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Daniel Hildenbrand of Holland, Charles (Diana) Hildenbrand of San Antonio, Texas and Tom Hildenbrand of Bristow; one brother, Jerry Hunefeld of Huntingburg; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Doris Jane Hildenbrand will be held at 11:00 a.m. EST Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Zoar United Methodist Church in Zoar, Indiana with burial to follow at the Zoar Cemetery. Reverend Keith Chanley 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. Thursday and also at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Friday, before the funeral. Memorial contributions can be made to the Zoar United Methodist Church or the Indiana 4-H Foundation.



Dr. Arnold William Kunkler, age 95, passed away on December 25, 2016, in Indianapolis.

As a devout Catholic, his family is comforted in knowing he is home with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Arnold was born in St. Anthony, IN to Edward J. and Selma Kunkler. He was the oldest of seven children.

He graduated from Jasper High School in 1935, and from? Indiana University (IU – Bloomington) in 1942, with a B.A. in chemistry. He continued his education receiving his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Indiana University in 1949, after serving with the Army European Theater of Operations during World War ll.

On May 22, 1954, he married Muriel Helen Burns, and together they raised six children.

In 1955, he located his surgical practice in Terre Haute with the guidance of his uncles, Drs. Joe and Will Kunkler, and pharmacist Paul Kunkler. He was an active staff member at St. Anthony / Terre Haute Regional Hospital and a courtesy staff member at Union Hospital from 1955-1995. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1959.

His esteemed medical career encompassed the following: Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the IU School of Medicine (1960); Director of Medical Education at St. Anthony / T.H. Regional Hospital  (1968-89); President of the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (1981-82);  Chairman of the Board at T.H. Regional Hospital (1981-84); President of the Vigo County Board of Health (1989-97);  Chief of Medical Staff and Chief of Surgery at St. Anthony / T.H. Regional Hospital; and recipient of “Outstanding Health Care Professional” by Terre Haute Regional Hospital Foundation (1994).  In addition, he was awarded the “Sagamore of the Wabash” in 1994.

In 1976, Arnold became Clinical Professor of Surgery at the IU School of Medicine, and he continued his pursuit of medical excellence for an additional 25 years to further his clinical research and to educate medical students.

A second chapter in his life began in 2004, when he married Barbara (Hole) McElroy. Together they enjoyed an active travel life completing his journeys to all seven continents.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his sisters and brothers: Ann (Tom) Laughlin (IL); Edward Kunkler (CA); Kenneth (Julie) Kunkler (IN); Mary Elizabeth Kunkler Gross (IN); sister-in-law Rita Kunkler (IN); his children: Lisa (Bob) McClure (VA); Arnold Kunkler, Jr. (VA);  Carolyn Kunkler; Christine (Tom) Hull (IN); Dr. Phillip  (Karen) Kunkler (IN); Dr. Kevin (Tracey) Kunkler (MD); stepchildren: Daniel (Pam) McElroy (IN);  Betsy McElroy (Bob) Cometa (MA);  Meredith (Patty) Hole (IN); thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward J. and Selma Kunkler; wife, Muriel Burns Kunkler; and brothers, Urban Kunkler and Joseph Kunkler.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church in Indianapolis, IN.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church.  A visitation and burial service will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Terre Haute, IN. at 3:00 with service at 3:30pm p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the IU Foundation for the Arnold W. Kunkler Medical Student Scholarship Fund, the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Saint Meinrad Seminary, or St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.



Kathleen J. Jahn, 60, Jasper, passed away at 5:15 a.m. on January 1, 2017, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, IN.

Kathy was born in Jasper, Indiana on June 21, 1956, to Joseph and Mary “Betty”  E.  (Schoenberger) Rowekamp.  She married Anthony “Tony” R.  Jahn, on April 23, 1978, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana.

She worked for 40 years in the healthcare field.  During those years she worked at the Huntingburg Clinic, Dr. Thomas Gootee’s office and most recently at Flannagan Plastic Surgery.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, and Ireland Sportsman Club. She graduated from JHS in 1974 and attended Indiana University.

She enjoyed playing cards, reading, golf, spending time at the farm, canning pickles, enjoying her dog Stella, spending time with family and friends especially her grandsons Parker and Nolan.

She is survived by her husband, Tony R. Jahn of Jasper; one son, Brandon Jahn and his wife Audra of Jasper; one daughter, Molly Jahn of Jasper; two grandchildren, Parker and Nolan Jahn of Jasper; three sisters, Linda Mehringer and her husband Skip of Jasper, Donna Schmid and her husband Steve of Jasper and Jane Siebert and her husband Jim of Jasper; one brother, Bill Rowekamp and his wife Kathy of Jasper.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Funeral services for Kathleen J. Jahn will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper.

Friends may call from 12:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity School and the Memorial Hospital Foundation.



Hilda B. Kunz, 91, Huntingburg, passed away at 1:50 a.m., on Sunday, January 1, 2017, at The Villas of Guerin Woods in Georgetown, Ind.

She was born April 23, 1925, in Dubois County, Indiana to Joseph and Clara (Schilling) Blessinger; and in 1946 was united in marriage to Othmar J. Kunz in Jasper.

Hilda worked as a seamstress and was employed at Gossards, Best Chairs and the Jasper Glove Factory.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Hilda was preceded in death by her husband, Othmar J. Kunz, who died on April 18, 1985; three brothers, Wilfred Blessinger, Cletus Blessinger and Gilbert Blessinger; and one sister, Beatrice Kazmerack.

She is survived by three sons and three daughters-in-law, Don (Gail) Kunz of Georgetown, Ind., Mike (Lucy) Kunz of Carmel, Ind. and Ed (Alice) Kunz of Martinsville, Ind.; by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Hilda B. Kunz will be held at 11:00 a.m., EST on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday the day of the funeral.  Memorial contributions can be made to The Villas of Guerin Woods located at 8037 Unruh Drive, Georgetown, IN 47122.



Colin D. Gill, 64, Jasper, passed away at 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017, at home.

Colin was born in Grantham, England on April 29, 1952 to Ronald Vickers and Gwendolyn Gillison. He married Sylvia Anderson on June 4, 1977 in New Harmony, Indiana.

He was as a quality manager at National Office Furniture, a division of Kimball International, for 35 years.

He was a member of the Actors Community Theatre and was a brother of the HUNT Group. He was also a member of the American Society of Quality. He enjoyed playing guitar, acting, playing golf and target shooting.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Gill of Jasper; two daughters, Megan Gill and her fiancÚ of Jeff Spellmeyer, Santa Monica, Calif. and Chelsea Gill of Los Angeles, Calif.; his mother, Gwendolyn Gill of England; two brothers, Ivan Gill and his wife Juliet of Scotland, Robin Gill and his wife Helen of England; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are one daughter, Heather Gill; his father, Ronald Vickers; and one brother, Richard Gill.

A Luau Celebration of Life Memorial Visitation for Colin D. Gill will be held Wednesday, January 4, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Jasper Community Arts Center. The family requests that visitors wear Hawaiian attire.

Memorial contributions may be made to the A.C.T., the Dubois County Humane Society or to a favorite charity.



Harold A. Meyer, Sr., 87, Huntingburg, passed away at 1:16 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

He was born February 18, 1929, in Mariah Hill, Indiana to Edward and Clara (Bredhold) Meyer; and was united in marriage to Mary Ann Bertke on April 30, 1955, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda.

Mr. Meyer was a construction laborer who worked for Olinger Construction Company and W.D. Bartlett Construction. Harold was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and a 66-year member of the Santa Claus American Legion Post #242.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Mark Meyer; three brothers, Renus Meyer, Melvin Meyer and Elmer Meyer; and one sister, Estella Meyer.

Harold is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Meyer of Huntingburg; two daughters and one son-in-law, Rosemary Meyer of Huntingburg and Donna S. (Ray) Sattler of Holland; five sons and three daughters-in-law, Paul J. (Bonita) Meyer of Jasper, Allen (Carol) Meyer of Huntingburg, George J. Meyer of Ferdinand, Harold (Joan) Meyer, Jr. of Huntingburg and Thomas E. Meyer of Huntingburg; his daughter-in-law, Lily Hubert of Fulda; one brother, James J. Meyer of Huntingburg; by 13 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Harold A. Meyer, Sr. will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand and military graveside rites will be conducted by the Santa Claus American Legion Post #242 Memorial Detail.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., EST on Tuesday. A parish rosary prayer vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.



Norbert J. Schroeder, 92, Jasper, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at his home in Jasper.

He was born at Celestine, Indiana on November 18, 1924, to Herman J. and Katherine (Schroering) Schroeder. He married Verena Hopf on June 8, 1948, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She preceded him in death on December 28, 2013.

Norbert retired from Kimball International in Jasper (Jasper Corporation Division).

He dedicated himself to a life of service to his family, Jasper Community and especially Precious Blood Catholic Church.

Norbert was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church and the Jasper Knight of Columbus.

He is survived by one daughter, Patricia Schroeder of Wauwatosa, Wisc.; two sons, Rev. Eugene Schroeder of Evansville and Thomas E. Schroeder (Jo Ann) of Newburgh; son-in-law, Jerry Vestweber of Mt. Prospect, Ill.; nine grandchildren, James Vestweber, Cassandra Vestweber, Mellissa Dragoo, Laura Armes, Thomas J. Schroeder, Valerie Clarke, Benjamin Schroeder, Jeremy Jackson, Lori Coole; 15 great-grandchildren, Madison, Zachary, Brianna, Larissa, Anthony, Trevor, Kaylin, Maverick, Dillon, Aleigha, Natalie, Callie, Elijah, Annalyse, Harper; sister, Marie Beckman of Celestine; three sisters-In-law, Bernie Schnell, Theresa Hopf and Kathy (Luckie) Hopf; nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death besides his wife were one daughter, Margaret Vestweber; three sisters, Rosina Mehringer, Veronica Mehringer and Bernadette Schroering; five brothers, Jerome, Joseph, Alois, Edward, Rev. Othmar and Rev. Sylvester Schroeder.

Funeral services for Norbert Schroeder will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST Saturday, January 7, 2017, in Precious Blood Catholic Church with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 2:00 tp 8:00 p.m. EST Friday, January 6, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church. A prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Norbert and Verena Schroeder Endowment for Precious Blood Parish.



Fred “Fritz” E. Block, 50, Dubois, passed away at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Dubois.

Fritz was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on December 28, 1966, to Erwin and Marie (Frederick) Block.

Fritz worked for Jasper Rubber Products in Jasper for over 13 years.

He enjoyed grilling, fishing, hunting, canoeing, going to shooting matches, auctions, riding horses, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Monica “Lexi” Ramirez and husband Prince of Evansville; son, Justin Block and wife Destiny of San Antonio, Texas; mother, Marie Block of Camby, Ind.; four grandchildren, Nathaniel Block, Aleah Block, Cason Block, and Lily Ramirez; girlfriend, Bobbie Rasche of Dubois; one sister, Michele Reel of Camby, Ind.; one niece, Danielle Reel.

Preceding him in death was his father, Erwin Albert Block.

Funeral services for Fritz Block will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, Indiana, with burial to follow at a later date. Pastor Drew Thurman will officiate.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

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



Nancy E. Pence, 73, Jasper, formerly of Wabash and Columbia City, Ind., passed away at 5:34 a.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at the Timbers of Jasper.

Nancy was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on September 18, 1943, to John and Norene (Lasher) Studinski. She married Stephen Pence on July 3, 1972, in Warsaw, Indiana.

She was a homemaker and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

She enjoyed playing cards, flower gardening, and spending time with her cat and her grandchildren.

He is survived by her husband, Stephen Pence of Jasper; one daughter, Polly Sumansky and husband Brad of Terre Haute; one son, John Householder and wife Cathy of Nashville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Ryan, Grant, and Zachary Householder, and Joseph and Anna Sumansky; one great-grandchild, Casen Householder; one sister, Mary McDowell of Marysville, Wash.; two brothers, Tom Studinski and wife Suzanne of Ft. Wayne and Jim Studinski and wife Joleen of Ft. Wayne.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Nancy E. Pence will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow at a later date.

Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at church on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.



Olive Jane Spraggins, 94, Huntingburg, passed away peacefully at 10:35 a.m. on Friday, December 30, 2016, at The Waters of Huntingburg while surrounded by family and friends.

She was born in Birdseye, Indiana on June 3, 1922, to Claude and Ada (Atkins) Ford. She was united in marriage to Russell Glenn Spraggins (a Purple Heart medal recipient of World War II) on January 25, 1943, in English, Indiana.

Mrs. Spraggins was a homemaker and employed by General Electric before the company moved to Tell City. She worked as a nursing home aide at Good Samaritan of Jasper; was a waitress at Yaggies Restaurant in Jasper; and was a cook at several area restaurants. She was a member of the Huntingburg V.F.W. Post #2366 Ladies Auxiliary and the Birdseye Christian Church.

Olive was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Glenn Spraggins, who passed away on May 22, 2007; and two sisters, Agnes Polen and Ruby who died in infancy.

She is one son, Donald Glenn Spraggins of Birdseye; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda Lou (James) Dilger of Ferdinand, Janice Jean (Joe) Jones of Jasper and Anita Darlene Ackerman of Jasper; one brother and sister-in-law, Henry Lee (Debbie) Ford of Huntingburg; two sisters, Evelyn Young of Birdseye and Rita Eckert of Huntingburg; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

services for Olive Spraggins will be held at 2:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye, Indiana.  Reverend Albert Madden 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. EST on Monday.  A  V.F.W. Post #2366 Ladies Auxiliary memorial vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.



Bonnie L. Fleetwood, 87, Jasper, passed away at 4:45 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at The Timbers of Jasper.

Bonnie was born in Seymour, Indiana on October 28, 1929 to Fredrick and Virginia (Baker) Dannettelle. She married Ray Fleetwood in Seymour, Indiana. He preceded her in death.

Bonnie worked at Excello shirt factory in Seymour, Indiana. She enjoyed yard sales and cooking.

She is survived by three sons, Bert Allman of Jasper, Alan Allman and wife Wilma of Seymour, Ind. and John Allman and wife Rhea of Seymour, Ind.; one sister, Carolyn Ruth Allman of Albuquerque, N.M.; one brother, Thomas Dannettelle and wife Connie of Seymour, Ind.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death besides her husband was one son, Gavin Wayne Allman; and two brothers, Marvin John Dannettelle and Fredrick Eugene Dannettelle.

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

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



Viola V. Himsel, 83, Jasper, passed away at 8:29 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2016, in Memorial Hospital & Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born on November 28, 1933, in Jasper, Indiana to Oscar Sr. and Ellanora (Vonderheide) Recker. She married James C. Himsel on April 17, 1953.

Viola was a caregiver most of her life, taking care of the elderly in the area. She was a social worker in area nursing homes and an emergency medical technician. She was an avid quilter and gifted many quilts to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, James C. Himsel; six daughters, Wanda Haas of Jasper, Mary Hohl of Santa Claus, Angela Himsel Sacks and husband Selig of New York, N.Y., Elizabeth Eblen and husband Doug of Greenwood, Ind., Sarah Burcon and husband David of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Rachael Himsel of Bloomington; sons, James R. Himsel of Jasper, Edward Himsel and wife Kathy of Jasper, Paul Himsel of Terre Haute and John Himsel of Dubois; 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Rita Mae Purcell of Sacramento, Calif., Linda Lampert and husband Dennis of Jasper and Susie Leinenbach and husband Pat of Bretzville; one brother, James Recker of Jasper.

Preceding her in death is one daughter, Abby Himsel; two grandchildren, Phillip Haas and Nina Marie Himsel; one brother, Oscar Recker Jr.; and one sister, Shirley Fischer.

Funeral services for Viola Himsel will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016, in Redemption Christian Church in Jasper. Burial will follow in Community Cemetery in Haysville, Indiana.

Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. Services at Redemption Christian Church in Jasper.

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



Jackie L. Fowler, 82, Jasper, passed away at 10:26 a.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper, Indiana.

Jackie was born in Beverly Hills, Calif., on August 12, 1934 to William and Bertha Mary (Harris) Wolf.

She worked as an administrative assistant for Architectural Digest and Bon Apetit magazine publications, and also as an administrative assistant for Winston Tires. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, and spending time with family.

She is survived by one sister, Sandra Wohlberg of Palm Springs, Calif.; caregiver and nephew, Dr. Michael Wohlberg and wife Janet of Jasper; one niece, Cathryn Craig and husband Darin of Valencia, Calif.; one nephew, Steven Wohlberg and wife Kristin of Priest River, Idaho; great nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Private services were held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Homes in Jasper, Indiana, with burial to follow at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul.



Linda Ann Dennis, 70, Boonville, passed away, December 28th at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

She was born September 21, 1946, in Carmi, Ill. to Francis and Chole (Navret) Manson. Linda married David Dennis in May of 1972.

Linda was a retired nurse. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and shopping.

Linda is survived by her husband, David Dennis of Boonville; two daughters, Jenny Ash of Newburg and Julie (Richard) Fedewa of Campbellsville, Ky. Three grandchildren also survive.

Private services will be held at a later date.



Michael L. “Mick” Reynolds, 77, Jasper, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2016, in Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

He was born in Loogootee, Indiana on September 30, 1939, to Harry T. and Irene M. (Kidwell) Reynolds. He married Betty Erny on September 12, 1964, in Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper.

Mick attended Loogootee High School. He retired from the Jasper Cabinet Company where he had worked for over 40 years. He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jasper Moose Lodge #1175, American Legion Post # 147 and Jasper Outdoor Recreation. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and training guide dogs for bird hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Reynolds; three daughters, Tina Wehr and her husband Brent of Jasper, Pam Reynolds of Huntingburg and Mary L. Gentry of Ferdinand; eight grandchildren, Nathan, Nicholas and Mallory Wehr, Crystal Fawks and Brandon Boyer, Nolan Gentry. Karli Kitten and Jake Kitten; three great-grandchildren; sister, Elaine (Jon) Thomas of Bloomfield, Ind.

Preceding him in death is a son John Michael Reynolds. One Brother, Harry Reynolds. One sister Mary Reynolds.

Funeral services for Michael Reynolds will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 30, 2016, in St. Joseph Catholic Church 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 St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

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



James L. Ferguson, 88, Santa Claus, died Monday, December 26, 2016, at his home in Christmas Lake Village.

He was born July 29, 1928, in Bloomfield, Ind., to Quince & Jane (Haywood) Ferguson. He married Wilma Jean Thompson on July 4, 1952, in Bloomfield Methodist Church, in Bloomfield.

James was a retired mechanic after 35 years at the Crane Naval Depot. He was a Korean Era war Veteran. He was a former member of the Bloomfield Elks Club and the Bloomfield American Legion. He enjoyed playing golf and the outdoors, hunting, especially deer.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Wilma Jean Ferguson. Two daughters, Terri Crowder of Fulda, and Lora Miller (Shawn) of Leander, TX.  One son, Scott Ferguson of Franklin, Ind.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren also survive.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Ferguson & Margret Klier, two brothers, Joe & Richard Ferguson, and a son-in-law, Jerry Crowder.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. CST Saturday, December 31st at Santa Claus United Methodist Church. Pastors Arlan Pope and Tim Altmeyer will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. CST Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association in care of the family.

Becher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Louis J. Korff, Jr, 88, Salem, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at 8:35 am, in Salem Crossing. Born August 22,

Born August 22, 1928, in Evansville, Indiana, he was the son of the late Louis Korff Sr. and Helen (Kress) Korff.

He was a 1946 graduate of Jasper High School and a 1952 graduate of the University of Mississippi. He was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church, the old Washington County Memorial Hospital Board for 20 years, a board member of Hoosier Uplands and served on the Salem City Council. Louie served during World War II and the Korean War as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, was a former company commander of the Salem National Guard Unit and a member of the Salem V.F.W. Post #6636, the Salem American Legion Cecil Grimes Post #41, the Salem Moose Lodge #2380 and the K of C. He was vice president and general manager at Kimball Office for over 30 years.

Louie married December 29, 1951, to Dorothy M. (Heeke) Korff, who passed away April 21, 2009.

He is survived by a son, Jay Korff III of Salem; three daughters: Lana K. (Scott Groeger) Dougherty of Evansville, Gina L. Naugle and Ava J. Kinney, both of Salem; seven grandchildren, Chad (Jennifer) Korff, Eric Korff, Kyle Dougherty, Jacob Korff, Lindsey (Chris) Wieck, Andrea (Jason England) Kinney, Allison Kinney; one great-grandchild, Owen Wieck.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rhonda Korff; and one granddaughter, Renea Korff.

VFW Post # 673 in Jasper will conduct a military funeral for Louis J. Korff at the 11:00 a.m. funeral mass on Monday January 2, 2017 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Dawalt Funeral Home and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Becher & Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper. Interment at Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Memorial Contributions: Washington County Food Bank P.O. Box 128 Salem, Indiana 47167


 
Gail S. Cartwright, 61, Celestine, passed away at 1:58 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, in Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana.

Gail was born on April 20, 1955 in Wilmington, Delaware to Walter and Joan (Drischler) Steinbauer. She married Jack Cartwright on February 18, 1982.

She previously taught art for the Southwest Dubois Elementary Schools. She was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and granddaughter.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Cartwright of Celestine; one daughter, Rachel Cartwright of Washington; two sons, Ely Cartwright and his wife Lauren of Durango, Colo. and Sam Cartwright and his fiancÚ Sendy Mohamad of Las Vegas, Nev.; one granddaughter, Aria Cartwright, at home in Washington; mother, Joan Steinbauer of Akron, Ohio; one sister, Joy Steinbauer of Akron, Ohio; two brothers, Brad Steinbauer of Las Angeles, Cali. and Mat Steinbauer and his wife Yuki Toyota of Phoenix, Ariz.

Preceding her in death is her father Walter Steinbauer.

Funeral services for Gail S. Cartwright will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 30, 2016, at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper, Indiana, with burial to follow at a later date. Ely Cartwright will officiate.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Haiti Christian Mission or to a favorite charity.



Carrie Y. Phipps, 56, Huntingburg, formerly of Louisville, Ky., passed away Monday, December 26, 2016, at her home.

She was born November 17, 1960, in Louisville, Kentucky.  Mrs. Phipps worked as a health care provider.  She loved reading books, watching movies, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Carrie was preceded in death by her husband, Peter L. Phipps, who passed away on June 2, 2009; two sons, John Phipps and Jason Phipps; and one sister, Judy Miles.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles (Amy) Phipps of Jasper; by two sisters, one brother, five nieces, three nephews and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services for Carrie Phipps will be held at 10:00 a.m., EST Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday. Burial will take place at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff, Kentucky at 1:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.



Douglas K. Cannon, 63, Loogootee, passed away at 2:15 a.m. CST on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

Douglas was born in Washington, Indiana, on April 1, 1953, to Harold K. and Anna F. (Butcher) Cannon.

He was a 1971 graduate of Loogootee High School. He was a body shop manager for Bob Lueguers Motors in Jasper. He was a member of the Loogootee V.F.W Auxiliary Post #9395, the Loogootee Sons of the American Legion Post #120, and a life member of the NRA. He enjoyed hunting, and watching and attending NASCAR races.

He is survived by two daughters, Amber Snyder and her husband Josh of Indianapolis and Calley Kress and her husband Brent of Jasper; one son, Colt Cannon and his wife Kristin of Noblesville; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Linda Lett and her husband David of Loogootee, Kimberly Williams and her husband Robert of Washington and Cheryl Schneider and her husband Lonnie of Ferdinand; three brothers, Randall L. Cannon of Amarillo, Texas, Don N. Cannon and his wife Nancy of Washington and W. Scott Cannon of Arlington, Vir.

Preceding him in death are his parents.

Private services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, at the family’s request, memorial contributions may be sent to Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home.



Ronald J. Berger, 81, Jasper, passed away at 1:00 a.m. on Monday, December 26, 2016, at home.

Ronald was born in Jasper on August 3, 1935 to Odillo and Carolyn (Kunkel) Berger. He married Linda Kemp on September 10, 1960 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She preceded him in death on June 22, 2012.

He was a United States Navy veteran, serving from 1954-1958. Ronald worked at the Jasper Corporation and then retired from the Jasper City Police Department, where he had been a police officer for 20 years. After retirement he worked for the Jasper Municipal Golf Course. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He enjoyed watching football and baseball, especially the Oakland Raiders and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He is survived by three sons, Keith Berger and his wife Carrie of Jasper, Tim Berger and his wife Dana of Jasper and Mike Berger and his wife Candace of Jasper; one sister, Susan Slott of Jasper; four grandchildren, Colten and Chloe Berger and Kyle and Sydney Berger.

Preceding him in death besides his wife is one grandson, Ronald Anthony Berger.

Funeral services for Ronald J. Berger will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military gravesite rights.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

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



Arthur J. Schnell, 92, Celestine, passed away at 6:50 a.m. on Saturday, December 24, 2016, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Arthur was born in Celestine on November 15, 1924, to Jacob and Thresia (Hauser) Schnell. He married Henrietta M. Auffart on January 12, 1952 in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church.

Arthur was a lifelong farmer and worked in Real Estate as an agent for Key Associates in French Lick, Indiana. Also served on the board of the Celestine Fire Insurance Company over thirty years. He graduated from Cuzco High School. He was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church – Celestine Campus. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards, his dogs and working outdoors.

He is survived by his wife Henrietta M. Schnell of Jasper; two daughters, Mary Voegerl and husband Randy of Celestine and Shirley Hagedorn and husband Linus of Celestine; one son, Allen E. Schnell and wife Sheryl L. of Dubois; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were three sisters, Margaret Vogler, Marie Mundy and Lorena Gutgsell; and three brothers, Anthony, Edwin and Hilbert H. Schnell.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Arthur J. Schnell will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 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 time on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at St. Isidore Catholic Church – Celestine Campus in Celestine.

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



Damian J. Schepers, 85, Jasper, passed away at 4:53 a.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Damian was born in Celestine on June 24, 1931, to Raymond and Theresia (Seger) Schepers.

Damian graduated high school from St. Meinrad Archabbey. He worked at several feed mills in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and Georgia. He was a farm supervisor at several large farms in those states. He returned to Indiana and was employed at Stens full time for several years as a supervisor and retired in 1996. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and the Jasper Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed baseball, basketball, and football. He was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles. He liked family gatherings and visiting relatives.

He is survived by one brother, Ray Schepers and wife Doris of Jasper; 18 nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were brothers; Marcus, Elmer, Edgar, Thomas, and Jerome Schepers, sister Clara Mae Streigel and sister Mary Lou Schepers who died in infancy.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Damian J. Schepers will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine with burial to follow in St. Celestine cemetery.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine.

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



Eugene Leo Stallman, 74, Mariah Hill, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at Willowdale Village in Dale.

He was born in Mariah Hill on March 9, 1942, to Emil and Clara C. (Strobel) Stallman.

Mr. Stallman retired as a foreman and construction worker for Streicher Construction in Jasper. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam Era. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 and a lifelong member of St. Francis Of Assisi Parish-Mary Help Of Christians Catholic Church in Mariah Hill. His hobbies were construction and electrical work. He was a hobby farmer.

He is survived by two brothers, Charles (Anna Wirth) Stallman of Santa Claus and David (Margie) Stallman of Ferdinand; a sister, Emily Stallman of Huntingburg; his caregivers, Eric and Lisa Stallman of Mariah Hill; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert and Bernard “Bernie” Stallman.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. CST Thursday in St. Francis of Assisi-Mary Help Of Christians Catholic Church in Mariah Hill. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Ferdinand Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. CST Wednesday and 7 to 9:30 CST Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.


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Marilyn Lagenour, 62, Dubois, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at The Timbers of Jasper in Jasper.

She was born in Orange County on Oct. 26, 1954, to Lawrence and Florence (Howard) Beatty. Her husband, Ronald Lee Lagenour, passed away April 15, 2004.

Ms. Lagenour worked at Kimball Electronics as a circuit board inspector and enjoyed going to the casino and spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are her significant other, Bobby Howell of Dubois; a son, Larry Joe Lagenour  of Odon; a daughter, Rhonda Lynn Montgomery of Newport, Tenn.; a brother, Edward Beatty of Paoli; a sister, Sharon Sue Keller of Jasper; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Brosmer-Kemple Chapel in French Lick. Pastor Albert Madden will officiate. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery in French Lick.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel.


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Norma Jean (Utt) Devine, 88, of Huntingburg, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016, at Cathedral Healthcare Center in  Jasper.

Norma was born January 12, 1928, in Bruceville to the late Ernest and Frances (Lueking) Utt.

She graduated from Bruceville High in 1946 and then married Robert V. Devine on November 9, 1947, in Fritchton. They moved to Huntingburg in 1950 and opened and operated Devine’s Department Store and later opened The Fabric Shop and Tots N Teens stores on Main Street in Vincennes. She closed the stores in 1974 and traveled around the United States with her husband, working for Brooker Sales until her retirement. Norma was an accomplished oil painter, she loved working in her yard, she was a creative seamstress and enjoyed doing crocheting and embroidery projects. She was a member of Jasper’s Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Diana Abell of Loogootee;  granddaughters, Sarah Abell of Largo, Fla. and Anne (Sean)  Hager of Huntingburg; great-grandchildren, Adara Carr of  Largo, Fla., and Alexander Hager of Huntingburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Robert on October 6, 2000; second husband, Donald Daughtery on July 3, 2011; daughter, Kathy Lynn on August 18, 1972;  brother Royce Utt; and sister, Doris Garner. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 21,  2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Brother Gene Dunning officiating at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home Bruceville  Chapel.

Visitation will be held from noon until time of service.  She will be laid to rest at Royal Oak Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jasper Kingdom Hall of  Jehovah’s Witness.


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Frances “Fanny” Frick, 90, Huntingburg, passed away at 2:45 a.m., on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at her home.

She was born March 10, 1926, in Jasper to Carl and Louise (Miller) Fleck and was united in marriage to Harold “Buddy” Frick on January 28, 1947, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Fanny was a homemaker and also worked as a cafeteria employee at Maple Park Elementary and Southridge High School. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality. She volunteered at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital and was a catechism teacher at St. Mary’s Church. She loved to play cards, travel, spend time with her family and attend family sporting events. She also enjoyed flowers.

Fanny was preceded in death by her husband, Harold “Buddy” Frick, who passed away on October 16, 2011; two daughters, Mary Buechler and Kathy Frick; one son, Buddy Frick Jr.; one son-in-law, Steven Harris; one sister, Anna Mae Lasher; one brother, Clarence Fleck; and one granddaughter, Jami Knies.

She is survived by four daughters and two sons-in-law, Toni Frick of Huntingburg Cindy Harris of Huntingburg, Gail (Terry) Werne of Huntingburg and Tina (Brad) Knies of Celestine; one son and daughter-in-law, Greg (Charlotte) Frick of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; her son-in-law, Dan Buechler of Jasper; two sisters, Rosalee Studer Kleiser of French Lick and Mary Lou Campbell of Englewood, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Frances “Fanny” Frick will be held at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, December 22, 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 Reverend Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. A rosary prayer service conducted by Deacon Tom Holsworth will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to The Special Olympics, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Kindred Hospice or a charity of your choice.


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Lyle William Pitsonbarger, Jr., 63, of Corydon, Ky., passed away at 7:35 p.m. CDT on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

He was born October 21, 1953, in Ottawa, Illinois to Lyle Pitsonbarger, Sr. and Blanche Virginia (Wise) Pitsonbarger.

Lyle was a truck driver. He enjoyed working on cars and trucks. He was very family-oriented and was a best friend you could always talk with.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shelia Kay (Hagemeyer) Pitsonbarger, who passed away August 25, 2013; and twin brothers, Albert and Allen Pitsonbarger.

He is survived by seven children, Debbie Sue Hurt of Evansville, Kimberly Pitsonbarger of Corydon, Ky., Christine Pitsonbarger of Corydon, Ky., Lyle Pitsonbarger III of Ky., April Taylor of Ky., Paula Oglesby of Ind. and Angel Pitsonbarger of Ky.; seven siblings, Daniel Pitsonbarger of Ky., David Pitsonbarger of Ky., Donald Pitsonbarger of Vir., Johnathon Pitsonbarger of Ky., Kathy Keene of Ky., Mary Lyon of Ky. and Blanche Saeur of Ind.; by 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Lyle Pitsonbarger, Jr. will be held at 2:00 p.m. EDT Monday, December 19, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at the Zoar Cemetery in Zoar, Indiana. Pastor Nathan Herron will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, the day of the funeral.


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Brice Alexander Phillips, 12, Winslow, passed away at 9:35 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Brice was born in Dayton, Ohio on March 27, 2004, to William and Ashley (O’Neill ) Phillips.

Brice attended Pike Central Middle School where he was in the sixth grade. He enjoyed building robots, working on cars, and riding four wheelers.

He is survived by his father and mother, William and Ashley Phillips of Winslow; one sister, Alicia Phillips at home; maternal grandparents, Terry and Teresa O’Neill of Winslow; paternal grandmother, Cheryl Kline of Miamisburg, Ohio; paternal grandfather, Thomas Phillips of Glezen, Ind.

A prayer service for Brice Alexander Phillips will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, with burial to follow at a later date.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until the 7:00 p.m. service time on Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel.

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


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Stanley G. Krempp, 89, Jasper, passed away at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Stan was born on May 20, 1927, in Jasper, Indiana to Edwin and Marcella (Hochgesang) Krempp. He married MaryJane Gosman on June 15, 1949, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She preceded him in death on March 5, 2014.

He attended Culver Military Academy Summer School, where he won the Governors Award for the most outstanding Naval Student in navigation. He attended Purdue University where he studied Mechanical Engineering and later graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Business Production.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran who served during World War II and was a member of the American Legion Post #147 in Jasper.

in 1954, he founded United Cabinet Incorporated, which became Aristokraft, and now Masterbrand Cabinet Corporation. He was three times president of the National Kitchen Cabinet Association serving in 1962, 1971 and 1972. Under his leadership, they achieved certification for national standards for the production and testing of kitchen cabinets. He was on the board of directors for Indiana Desk, now know as Indiana Furniture. He was instrumental in the development of an ultraviolet curing process for cabinet finishes, as well as other modern patented finishing processes. He was a founder of the United Cabinet Foundation, which provides local philanthropy for local religious institutions and the arts. He was a past co-owner and director of Krempp Lumber Company in Jasper.

Stan was a founding member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper, where he served as a member of the Bishop’s Finance Committee. He was also a member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus, and was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash award. Stan was a founding member of the Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana. He was also the founder of the Dubois County Catholic School’s Foundation which provides tuition for Catholic school students, and was on the board of St. Benedict College

He was the chairman of the Jasper Bicentennial Committee in 1967 and a member of the Board of Directors of Jasper Memorial Hospital.

He was a member of the Friends of IU, the Hoosier 100, and was active in Habitat for Humanity in Florida.

He enjoyed studying Genealogy, organic gardening, speaking German and opera and ballroom dancing. He was the leader of the dance orchestra “The Rhythmlads”.

He is survived by two daughters, Martha K. Beckman and husband William of Omaha, Neb. and Jeanne K. Campbell and husband Dr. Marc Campbell of Jasper; one son, Michael E. Krempp and wife Pam of Arlington, Texas; seven grandchildren, Andrew Krempp, Monica, John, and Nicholas Beckman, and Emilie, Elizabeth, and Christopher Campbell; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Daniel Krempp; one brother, Kenneth Lewis Krempp and wife Jane of Jasper.

Preceding him in death was his wife, MaryJane Krempp.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Stanley G. Krempp will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Jasper, IN. The American Legion Post #147 will perform military graveside rites.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 19, 2016, at the Becher Kluesner Downtown Chapel and one hour before the service time at the church on Tuesday. The Precious Blood Parish will pray the rosary at 1:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Catholic School, or the Friends of the Arts, Inc.


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Ray Malcolm Dixon, 76, Carmel, formerly of Birdseye, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at his residence in Carmel.

He was born September 26, 1940, in Birdseye, to Mansfield and Pearl (Lane) Dixon and was united in marriage to Anita Partenheimer on September 5, 1958, at the Birdseye Christian Church in Birdseye.

Mr. Dixon retired as a project engineering manager for Honeywell. He was a deacon at the Speedway Baptist Church in Speedway, Indiana.  Ray was dearly loved and made a positive impact on the lives of everyone he touched.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita Dixon, who died December 9, 2012; one son, Mark Dixon, who died March 31, 2004; and one brother, Glenn Dixon.

Ray is survived by, one daughter and son-in-law, Michelle “Shelly” (Chuck) Hirschinger of Carmel; two grandchildren, Whitney (Aaron) Carpenter of Carmel, Ind. and Tyler Hirschinger of Brown Deer, Wisc.

Services in Speedway, Ind. on Dec. 19th

A memorial service celebrating the life of Ray Dixon will be held at noon EDT on Monday, December 19, 2016, at the Speedway Baptist Church located at 2986 Moller Road, Speedway, Indiana 46224. A time of visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service

Services in Huntingburg, Ind. on Dec. 20th

Funeral services for Ray Dixon will be held at 1:00 p.m.EDT on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at the Birdseye Cemetery in Birdseye, Indiana.  Pastor Mark Hetrick will officiate at the service.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday the day of the funeral. Memorial contributions can be made to the Speedway Baptist Church



Mary Bede Betz, OSB (formerly Theresa Catherine), 90, peacefully died at Our Lady of Grace Monastery where she resided.

She was born in Schnellville, Indiana to John and Arlina (Miller) Betz on January 4, 1926.

She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy and went on to receive her Bachelors’ of Science Degree in Education from St. Benedict College and Catholic University. She began her 52-year teaching career in 1947 at various schools mostly in Southern Indiana. She retired to Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana in 1999. Sr. Mary Bede entered Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana in 1943. She made her Perpetual Monastic Profession on August 10, 1949. In 1960, she transferred to Our Lady of Grace Monastery where she was a founding member. In 2005, she celebrated her 60th jubilee.

Her parents, sisters, Clara Mae Hohl, Augusta Hopf, and Josepha Betz, and brothers, Leo and Albert Betz preceded her in death.

She is survived by, brothers, Eugene Betz of Jasper, Joseph Betz of Huntingburg and Richard Betz of Dale; sisters Frances Schepers of Hopkinsville, Ky., Erlene Gehlhausen of Newburgh, Margaret Knies of Jasper and Sr. Lucia Betz, OSB of Beech Grove, Ind.; many nieces and nephews and her religious community.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a wake service at 7:00 p.m. in the Monastery chapel.

Her funeral will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m. until the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Retired Sisters’ Fund, c/o Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Avenue, Beech Grove, Indiana 46107 or online at www.benedictine.com.

Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove, are entrusted with the arrangements.



Rebecca M. Coulter, 54, Jasper, passed away at 4:54 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

Rebecca was born in Paoli, Ind. on April 16, 1962, to James P. Jr. and Rosa (Garland) Duggin.

She worked at various restaurants and furniture manufacturing companies in the Jasper area. She enjoyed warm weather and being outside.

She is survived by her son, Silver D. Coulter of Velpen; one sister, Sherry Trueblood and husband Billy of Salem.

Preceding her in death were her parents; one sister, Brenda Nolan; and one brother, Jeffrey Duggin.

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

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



Paul Winston Loveall, 75, Huntingburg, passed away after a long illness, on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Wellington Parc of Owensboro in Owensboro, Ky.

He was born November 9, 1941, in Jasper, Indiana to Wayne and Mary Catherine (Sturm) Loveall. He was united in marriage to Nancy Jo Kissel of Robards, Kentucky on March 14, 1970, in Evansville.

Paul embarked upon a course of studies at DeVry Electronics School in Chicago, Illinois following his graduation from Jasper High School in 1959. Then, after receiving a calling to become a missionary, Paul attended the Holy Apostles Seminary at Cromwell, Connecticut for a year and a half before deciding to go into the Peace Corps. His volunteer service in the Peace Corps took him to Malaysia, where he taught industrial arts and home economics in secondary schools throughout the country. Once he returned from the Peace Corps, he enlisted in the United States Army for two years. He was a former cabinet room supervisor at Indiana Chair and was an accomplished pianist.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Mark Jason Loveall; and one brother, Lawrence “Larry” Loveall.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Nancy Jo Loveall of Huntingburg; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Vincent (April) Loveall of Jeffersonville and Troy Loveall of New Albany; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Bill (Karen) Loveall of Bloomington and Joe (Mary) Loveall of Milford, Penn.; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Fay (Ed) Gootee of Floyds Knobs and Kathy (Steve) Pease of Valparaiso; five nieces, seven nephews and five great-nieces and -nephews.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Private graveside interment services will be held at Shady Grove Cemetery in Poole, Kentucky. Memorial contributions can be made to the Huntingburg Police Department’s K-9 Unit fund.

Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

Nancy, Vincent and Troy would like to thank the staff of Wellington Parc of Owensboro, who specialize in the care of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients, for the excellent care they provided to Paul; and to family and friends who stood with and supported him over the years.



James C. Brewer, 76, Huntingburg, passed away at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand.

He was born November 14, 1940, in Mitchell, Indiana to John H. and Esther Louise (Goldsberry) Brewer.

Mr. Brewer was a self-employed mulch business operator, farmer and realtor. He served in the United States Army.

James was preceded in death by one sister, Juanita Hasty.

He is survived by four children, Theresa Maria (spouse, Bruce) Buse of Huntingburg, Thomas James (spouse, Carolyn) Brewer of Huntingburg, Jeffrey Alan (spouse, Lisa) Brewer of Jasper and Timothy John (spouse, Cindy) Brewer of Huntingburg; his former wife, Maria Brewer of Huntingburg; two sisters, Wilma Vines of Alabama and Judy (spouse, Kenneth) Barrett of Bloomington; one brother, Bill (spouse, LeAnna) Brewer of Bloomington; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. A graveside committal service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg with military rites conducted by the Holland American Legion Honor Guard. Friends and family are to meet directly at the cemetery Thursday morning for the graveside service.



Charlotte I. Sturdevant, 75, Jasper, passed away at 10:24 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Charlotte was born in Jasper, Indiana on April 26, 1941, to Kenneth and Kathleen (Reed) Ahrens. She married Lowell Dale Sturdevant on December 21, 1979, in Franklin, Indiana. He preceded her in death on January 30, 1999.

Charlotte was a cook for the K of C, and she also worked at the Providence Home in Jasper for many years. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed playing bingo, loved coloring and watching I.D. TV.

She is survived by three daughters, Kathy Lynn Kluesner and her husband Herman of Jasper, Julie Renee Heichelbec of Huntingburg and Tina Diane Gill of Jasper; two sons, David Wade Rothrock and his wife Deb of Huntingburg and Clinton Jeffery Rothrock and his wife Sherry of Loogootee; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Donna Faye Williams of Evansville and Stephanie Taber of Jasper.

Preceding her in death besides her husband is one daughter, Lisa Christine Hubert, one son, David Allen Rothrock, two sisters, Pamela Vonderheide and Rosemary Heichelbech, and three brothers, Kenneth Zeke, Ronald, and Errol Wayne Ahrens.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Charlotte I. Sturdevant will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana with burial to follow in Enlow Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

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



Sarah J. Chambers, 77, Jasper, formerly of Loogootee, passed away at 11:12 a.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Sarah was born in Loogootee, Indiana, on June 21, 1939 to Reason and Rosemary (Wagoner) Wagner.

She managed several food service businesses in the Loogootee and Shoals area. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Loogootee, Indiana. She enjoyed playing bingo, cards, sewing, painting, doing word puzzles, and was devoted to her grandchildren. She loved to listen to anyone who needed someone to talk to.

She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Chambers of Ireland, Ind. and Diana “Lynn” Chambers of Huntingburg; one son, Richard Chambers and wife Karen of English; four grandchildren, Joe Chambers, Kari Boeglin, Kyle Chambers and Kaleb Chambers; four great-grandchildren, Brentley Chambers, LT Boeglin, Hunter Chambers and Greyson Chambers; one sister, Judy Fuesler and husband Donnie of Greenwood; two brothers, Ed Wagner and wife Susan of Vincennes and Tom Wagner and wife Linda of Loogootee.

Preceding her in death was one sister; Norma Hickman, and one brother; Michael Wagner.

Funeral Services for Sarah J. Chambers will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana with burial to follow at a later date. Fr. Cris Adongo will officiate.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until the 6:00 p.m. service time on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana. A rosary will be prayed at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or a favorite charity.



Larry George “Hudy” Hudson, 81, Otwell, passed away at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born Aug. 13, 1935, to Forrest and Myrtle (Mulkey) Houtsch-Hudson.

Mr. Hudson was a 1953 graduate of Otwell High School. He was a farmer and a daily patron of the Otwell Circle A group.

Surviving is a half-brother, James Houtsch of Otwell, and nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Otwell Cemetery in Otwell. Ron Ficklin will officiate.

Harris Funeral Home in Petersburg is in charge of arrangements.



Richard L. Eckerle, 88, Jasper, passed away at 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Richard was born in Jasper, Indiana on October 5, 1928, to Anton and Rose (Fink) Eckerle. He married Romilda Eckerle on September 23, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. She preceded him in death on October 16, 2010.

Richard was co-owner with his brother, Arnold of the Eckerle Dairy which was operated from 1951-1965. He retired as property manager from Kimball International. He was responsible for planning, supervising, and construction of the Kimball Building Program, Kimball Forestry Program, Kimball Corporate Headquarter Maintenance and Kimball Farms.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where he was also Parish Counselor from 1961-1965. He served on the K of C Columbian Home Board for 23 years and was President for 10 years. He was also Grand Knight from 1966-1967 and was Faithful Navigator, Jasper 4th Degree Knight from 1972-1973. He was president of Jasper Jaycees from 1959-1960 and was President of the Jaycees Associate Members Club from 1980-1982. He served on OEO Tri-Cap Board for 15 years and was President for five years. He served on Jasper Little League Board for 10 years and was President for two years. He also served as President of the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Building Corporation.

He served as Dubois County Commissioner from 1961-1970 and was president for eight years. He served as county councilman from 1974-1982 and was president for six years; he again served from 1991-2004, and was president from 1993-2004. During that time he was involved in making the South Newton Street and North Mill Street extensions a reality. He served as president of both the Indiana County Commissioner Association and the Indiana County Councilman Association. He was president of the Association of Indiana County Officials in 1970. He served on the Indiana Local Government Study Commission from 1977-1980. He served on the Indiana Long Term Highway Finance Study Commission from 1977-1978. He served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1972 and 1976. He served on the Dubois County Health Board for 12 years. He served on the Shawnee Trace Private Industry Council for 10 years. He was appointed by the governor to serve on the Indiana Local Government Property Tax Control Board; his service ended in 2004.

He was a recipient of several Jaycee Awards, the Jasper Distinguished Service Award in 1961, the Golden Ruler Award presented by the Association of Indiana Counties for dedicated service to County Government in 1970, Jasper High School Alumni of Distinction Award in 1991, Indiana Association of Counties Arthur R. Himsel Award in 1996, Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Governor Evan Bayh in 1996 and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce President’s Community Excellence Award in 1991.He enjoyed serving Dubois County. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and IU fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

He enjoyed serving Dubois County. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and IU fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by two sons, Mark Eckerle and his wife Amelia of Indianapolis and Greg Eckerle and his wife Brenda of Jasper; four grandchildren, Nichole Eckerle Rubright, Jessica and Shannon Eckerle, and Margot Burke; one brother, Dr. John Eckerle and wife Margaret of Louisville, Ky. Preceding him in death besides his wife are three sisters, Rita Hahn, Dora Schmidt, and Joan Schipp, and three brothers Herb, Bernard, and Arnold Eckerle.

Preceding him in death besides his wife are three sisters, Rita Hahn, Dora Schmidt, and Joan Schipp; and three brothers, Herb, Bernard and Arnold Eckerle.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Richard Eckerle will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, Indiana.

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



William T. Mehringer, 84, Jasper, passed away at 6:25 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Bill was born on April 19, 1932, in Jasper, Indiana to John S. and Christina (Schuetter) Mehringer. He married Beatrice Fleck on June 21, 1962, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, Indiana. She preceded him in death on October 8, 2014.

He retired from Masterbrand Cabinets after 35 years of service.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana, Jasper Outdoor Recreation, and the Ireland Sportsman’s Club.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening, working with small engines, going on Sunday drives, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by three daughters, Christine Popp and husband Todd of Jasper, Kimberly Lubbehusen and husband Don of Huntingburg and Vicki Ludwig and husband Jason of Evansville; two sons, Glenn Mehringer and wife Marlene of Jasper and Rick Mehringer of Jasper; six grandchildren; one step-grandchild; two step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Lewis (Dud) Mehringer of Jasper.

Preceding him in death was his wife Beatrice; six sisters, Helen Mehringer, Leona Seng, Sally Mehringer, Virginia Jochem, Mary Lou Hohl and Dorothy Rees; and six brothers, Bernard, Eugene, Norbert, Delmar (Bud), Alvin (Chebbie) and Robert Mehringer.

Funeral services for William T. Mehringer will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2014, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

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



Jerome A. Streicher, 89, Jasper, passed away at 8:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Jerome was born in Jasper on December 28, 1926, to Anthony and Clara (Hochgesang) Streicher. He married Clara Scherle on September 4, 1954, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She preceded him in death on May 28, 2015.

Jerome was a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II with the Occupied Japan Reconnaissance Tour. He was a member of the VFW Post #673 and their military funeral detail and the American Legion Post #147.

He retired as a supervisor from Jasper Rubber Products after 42 years of service and was a founding member of Jasper Southgate Industries. Jerome was a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and their Holy Name Society, where he served as an original member of the choir and served on their finance ministry and participated in their softball league. He was a recipient of the Simon Brute Award in 2010.

He was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, the Jasper Knights of Columbus and the Jasper German Club. He volunteered at Memorial Hospital and local blood drives and was an RSVP Volunteer with Tri-Cap.

He enjoyed watching and listening to sports and was an IU basketball and Cincinnati Reds fan. He also enjoyed gardening, traveling and trips to the casino. He was a member of the Happy Go Lucky and Camping Hoosiers camping clubs.

He is survived by two daughters, Sharon Fuhs and husband Steve of Jasper and Rosemary Woolsey and husband Marlon of Jasper; two sons, Dan Streicher and wife Elizabeth of Avon and Ron Streicher and wife Annette of Jasper; nine grandchildren.

Preceding him in death besides his wife was one grandson, Matthew K. Woolsey; five sisters, Marcella Klein, Bert Borho, Lucille Merkle, Mildred Horney and Lila Templeton; and two brothers, Rufus Streicher and Linus Streicher.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jerome A. Streicher will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. The VFW Post #673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the church on Saturday.

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



Chase W. Blessinger, 29, Evansville, passed away Friday, December 2, 2016, at his home, due to heart failure.

Chase was born in Evansville on October 17, 1987.

Chase graduated from North High School and was due to graduate with honors from Vincennes University on December 11, 2016 with a degree in Conservation Law. He loved his family very much and was a devoted Christian. Chase was an extremely good athlete, playing soccer, baseball and basketball. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and Bush Craftsman. Chase loved his dogs, Chevy trucks, and was a Kansas City Chiefs football fan. He was champion of the underdog and enjoyed helping people. He will deeply be missed by his family and many friends.

He is survived by his parents, Randy and Yvonne (Williams) Blessinger; sisters, Lindsay Blessinger Charles (Steven) and Lauren Blessinger; nephews, Burley and Emory Charles; grandmothers, Mary Lou Blessinger and Mary Wanda Williams; Godparents, Eric Blessinger and Rhonda Berrones; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his dogs Otis and Remi; aunts and uncles, Stephen, Dana, Lisa, Dean and Eric Blessinger, Tammy Wahl, Conrad Blessinger, Jr., Gina Jochem, Cynthia Gress, Jeffery Williams and Rhonda Berrones; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 5, 2016, at Alexander East Chapel, officiated by Pastor David Cullison, with burial in Syria Church Cemetery in Paoli. Friends may visit Sunday from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.



Damian J. McBride, 19, Birdseye, passed away at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016, in a house fire in Pike County alongside his Rottweiler dog, Zander.

Damian was born in Evansville, Indiana on January 28, 1997, to Karena Vonderheide and Josh McBride.

He was a graduate of Forest Park High School, where he played football. He was currently attending his second year at Vincennes University.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, the St. Anthony Conservation Club, the NRA, and ABATE. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, the outdoors, helping people and was a loving brother and son.

He is survived by his parents, Karena Vonderheide and Josh McBride of Birdseye; two brothers, Justus and Xavier McBride of Birdseye; paternal grandmother, Vickie McBride and husband Gary Chism of Evansville; paternal grandfather, Arthur B. McBride of Cuzco; maternal grandfather, William Vonderheide of Huntingburg; great grandfather, James D. Neukam of Huntingburg; aunts and uncles.

Preceding him in death was his grandmother, Alvina Vonderheide.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Damian McBride will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana, with burial to follow at a later date.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

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



Elaine Claire Grundhoefer, 76, Santa Claus, passed away, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

She was born in Dale Feb. 19, 1940, to Harold and Ella (St. Claire) Byers. She married Marvin Grundhoefer July 9, 1960. He preceded her in death on May 13, 1995.

Mrs. Grundhoefer was a graduate of Dale High School and went to cosmetology school. After retiring from her beautician and post office work, she enjoyed traveling, the ocean and beaches of south Florida during the winter, playing bridge and watching birds.

She is survived by a daughter, Sherri Grundhoefer of Bloomington; a son, Timothy Grundhoefer of Singapore; three brothers, Harold (Nancy) Byers of Highland, Ill., Gary (Barbara) Byers of Dale and Sam (Gail) Byers of North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Terri Byers of Greenwood; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Wahl, and a brother, Ronald Byers.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. EST Monday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

There will be no services. Burial of the cremains will be in Santa Claus United Methodist Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice.



Virgil J. Messmer, 89, Jasper, passed away at 8:20 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper.

Virgil was born in Huntingburg, Indiana on November 4, 1927, to Frank and Rose (Bische) Messmer. He married his wife of 58 years, Clara Mae Schnell on September 6, 1958, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville.

Virgil was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War. He retired from Jasper Desk after 20 years of service. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper and their Holy Name Society, the VFW Post #673, and the NRA. He enjoyed gardening and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Mae Messmer of Jasper; two daughters, Joann Messmer and companion Brian Clevenger of Spencer and Dorothy (Dee) Mendel and fiancÚ Stuart Campbell, Jacksonville, Fla.; three sons, Joe Messmer of Tampa, Fla., Frank Messmer and partner Nate Simons of Grove City, Ohio, and Tony Messmer of Schnellville; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four sisters, Marcella Oeding of Huntingburg, Norma Steffen of Jasper, Ann Hoffman of Huntingburg and Bernadine Mohler and husband Johnny of Greencastle, Ind.; three brothers, Orville Messmer of Huntingburg, Hubert Messmer of Ferdinand and Donald Messmer of Velpen;

Preceding him in death was a son, David Messmer; one sister, Viola Schafer; and a brother, Richard Messmer.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Virgil J. Messmer will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper. The VFW Post #673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Ferdinand Monastery of Immaculate Conception, or to a favorite charity.



Patricia Jean Mansini, 93, Ferdinand, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born in Indianapolis on Feb. 9, 1923, to Thomas J. and Louise (Seuffert) O’Connor. She married Angelo Mansini in 1944 at St. Phillip Catholic Church in Indianapolis. He preceded her in death in 1995.

Mrs. Mansini attended St. Phillip Parochial School, the Franciscan Academy and Marian College. She worked for many years in the Center Township assessor’s office and was a trust officer at Indiana National Bank. She was a former member of St. Phillip, St. Andrew and St. Lawrence Catholic churches in Indianapolis and was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish.

Surviving is a son, Guy Mansini, OSB, of St. Meinrad.

She was preceded in death by a son, Matthew Mansini, and a sister, Margaret Connel.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Little Flower Catholic Church in Indianapolis. Burial will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and after 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Meinrad Archabbey and School Of Theology.



Thomas L. Sternberg, 70, Jasper, passed away at 10:38 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at his home.

Tom was born in Jasper on April 11, 1946 to Albert “Jack” and Dorothy (Gunselman) Sternberg. He married Patricia Schwenk on January 24, 1970 in Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper.

Tom was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Germany. He was an owner of Sternberg Automotive Group, headquartered in Jasper, Indiana with affiliates in Louisville, Evansville, Bloomington and Dale. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper and their Holy Name men’s sodality. He was a member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus and the Jasper Kiwanis.

He enjoyed golf, playing sheephead, bowling, pickleball, going to the grandkids sporting events, and of course, selling cars.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Sternberg of Jasper; two sons, Derek Sternberg and wife Vicki of Jasper and Curtis Sternberg and wife Nancy of Jasper; five grandchildren, Dillon, Madison, Kiersten, Kyle, and Andrew Sternberg; one brother, Steve Sternberg and wife Grace of Louisville, Ky.; stepmother, Carol Sternberg of Bloomington; nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Jack Sternberg Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Tom Sternberg will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana, with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. The VFW Post #673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. A one-hour visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. service at church on Friday morning.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, or the Dubois County Leukemia Association.



Rev. Edward L. Bennett, 93, Petersburg, Indiana, formerly of Columbus, passed from this life at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Amber Manor Care Center in Petersburg.

He was born March 21, 1923, in Columbus, to Earl S. and Effie G. Wagner Bennett. He married Carolyn M. Manning, June 29, 1946. She preceded him in death, May 9, 2016.

Rev. Bennett was a minister for over 60 years and retired in 1990 from the ministry. He was currently a member of Rocky Ford Free Methodist Church (The Rock). He was an Army Veteran of WWII serving with a field hospital unit that was involved in Battle of the Bulge.

He is survived by his children, Rex E. (Nancy) Bennett of Greenwood, E. Kyle (Michelle) Bennett of Jasper and Harleen Cutrell of Greenwood; grandchildren, Katelyn and Hannah Bennett, Claire (Michael) Sutherby, Ethan Bennett, Evan (Kelsey) Bennett, Shaun (Donna) Cutrell and Brandon Cutrell (Rob); great-grandchildren, Bennett and Nolan Cutrell and Eden Bennett; and his sister, Dorothy Renner of Columbus; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death his parents; wife; and brothers, Harley and John Bennett; and a son-in-law, Theodore E. Cutrell.

The funeral will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rocky Ford Free Methodist Church (The Rock), 3990 Rocky Ford Rd., Columbus, IN 47203 with the Revs. Don Fausnaugh and Brian Buterbaugh officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday  at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street and 9:30 a.m. to time of service Wednesday at the church. Private burial will be at Daugherty Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Ford Free Methodist Church (The Rock) at 3990 Rocky Ford Road, Columbus, IN 47203.



Georgina “Jeanie” Stetter, 84, Jasper, passed away at 5:50 a.m. on Monday, November 28, 2016, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Jeanie was born in Jasper on February 4, 1932, to William P. and Theresa (Birk) Mehringer. She married Edgar Stetter on August 8, 1953 in St. Joseph Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on March 16, 2001.

Jeanie retired from 10th Street School in Jasper. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper and their St. Ann’s Society. She enjoyed gardening, puzzles, playing cards, and spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by four daughters, Donna Thewes of Jasper, Deb Starrs of Jasper, Diane Williams and husband Devin of Ft. Branch and Denise Saalman and husband Dwaine of Frisco, Texas; one son, Larry Stetter and wife Carol of Ireland; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Ambrose Mehringer and wife Mary Lee of Jasper.

Preceding her in death beside her husband were sisters; Lorena Englert, Armella Hochgesang, Anna Mae Hasenour, Jenny Bockting; and one brother; Thomas Mehringer, who passed in infancy.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jeanie Stetter will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper with entombment to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper, IN.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Joseph St. Ann’s Society will pray the rosary at 3:45 p.m.

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



Elza Edward Quinn, 81, Hillham, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at his residence.

He was born in Martin County on Oct. 26, 1935, to Roy and Hazel (Qualkenbush) Quinn. He married Patsy Hallaway on Dec. 25, 1953.

Mr. Quinn retired from Coastal Corporation Pipeline in 1996 after 29 years. He was caretaker and treasurer of Emmons Ridge Cemetery for more than five years. He was a 1953 graduate of Shoals High School, where he was valedictorian and captain of the varsity basketball team. He was an avid golfer and won several tournaments in the tri-state area.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Quinn; three sons, Roger (Ann) Quinn and Joseph (Michele) Quinn, both of Loogootee, and Brian (Marsha) Quinn of Roland; a daughter, Kathy Kalb of Hillham; a sister, Carol (Gary) Moffatt of Hillham; a sister-in-law, Joette Quinn of Crystal; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Quinn.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at T. L. Pinnick Chapel in French Lick. Rev. Brian Harrison will officiate. Burial will be in Emmons Ridge Cemetery near Hillham. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and after noon Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Emmons Ridge Cemetery, c/o Kathy Kalb, 2494 Hillham Road, French Lick IN 47432.

Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home in French Lick is in charge of arrangements.



Linda J. Fulling, 68, Oakland City, passed away at 11:37 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She was born September 22, 1948, in Maine to Lawrence and Dottie MacDonald and was united in marriage to Robert Fulling on March 18, 1998, in Mackey, Ind. Linda was a registered nurse and served as a captain in the United States Air Force.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Linda is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Fulling of Oakland City; one son, Robert Andrew “Andy” (Brittany) Heeman of Huntingburg; her father, Lawrence MacDonald of Petersburg; by stepchildren, one sister, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Cremation will take place with no public visitation or funeral services. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the disposition arrangements.



Kathleen D. LaRue, 85, Huntingburg and Jasper, formerly of Wheeling, W.V., passed away at 12:27 a.m. Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at the Northwood Good Samaritan Retirement Community in Jasper.

She was born June 19, 1931, in Harrisburg, Penn. to Harry Newton and Maude (Yost) Hester and was united in marriage to Harold E. LaRue on October 14, 1950, in Wheeling, W.V.

Kathleen was a committed wife and a dedicated mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. LaRue, who died November 3, 2005; one sister, Dorthea Mundy; and two brothers, Richard Hester and Henry Hester.

She is survived by three sons, Harold E. (Audrey) LaRue Jr. of Holland, Bruce W. LaRue of Evansville and Joseph LaRue of Winslow; two daughters, Joyce Arlauskas of Huntingburg and Rehnea Bell of Duff; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren.

A reception celebrating Kathleen’s life will be held from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m., CDT on December 21, 2016, at the Christmas Lake Village recreation center in Santa Claus, Indiana with a memorial service held at 2:00 p.m. CDT during the reception. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with her disposition arrangements.



Irma L. Moeller, 75, Jasper, passed away at 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Irma was born in Ferdinand, Indiana, on March 30, 1941 to Charles and Olivia (Graehler) Moeller.

She worked in patient accounts at Memorial Hospital for over 25 years. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, word searches, crocheting, bowling, and collecting angels and salt and pepper shakers.

She is survived by three sisters, Henrietta Bieker and her husband Robert of Jasper, Mary Jane Bieker of Ferdinand and Martha Woebkenberg and her husband Wayne of Jasper; six nieces; four nephews.

Preceding her in death besides her parents, is one brother-in-law, Oscar Bieker Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Irma L. Moeller will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday (November 28, 2016) at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, or to a favorite charity.



Stella R. Lubbers, 92, St. Anthony, passed away at 3:20 a.m. on, November 22, 2016, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Stella was born in Schnellville, Indiana, on November 27, 1923 to Cyrene and Veronica (Dudine) Welp. She married Roman J. Lubbers on May 2, 1942 in New Albany by Monsignor John Dudine. Her husband preceded her in death on November 23, 2009.

She retired from Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper and also worked for TRICAP in Jasper. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish St. Anthony of Padua Campus, the St. Anthony Christian Mothers and the Jasper Circle of the Daughters of Isabella. She was also a member of the St. Anthony American Legion Post #493 Auxiliary, The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, the VFW Post #673 Auxiliary, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Dubois County Museum.

She enjoyed baking, embroidery, making crafts, flower gardening, and spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by five daughters, Janet Kluemper and husband Dave of Jasper, Ruth Goepfrich and husband Jim of Ferdinand, Judy Kerstiens and husband Ralph of St. Anthony, Jean Weyer and husband John of Ferdinand and Rhonda Knust and husband Gary of St. Anthony; two sons, Roman Joe Lubbers and wife Janet of St. Anthony and Ronnie Lubbers and wife Mich of St. Anthony; 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one brother, Merlyn Welp and wife Kathy of Schnellville.

Preceding her in death besides her husband was one daughter; Joyce Marie Lubbers, one great-granddaughter; Aubrey Geopfrich, step-mother; Mary Welp, two sisters; Virginia Schnell-Fleck and Ethellee Welp, and two brothers; Virgil Welp and Clifford Welp.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Stella Lubbers will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony, Indiana, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25, 2016, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, IN, and from 9:00 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m services at church on Saturday. The St. Anthony Christian Mothers will pray the rosary at 1:45 p.m on Friday at the funeral home. The St. Anthony American Legion Post #493 Auxiliary will conduct a memorial service at 4:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish, the Dubois County Museum, or a favorite charity.